Waters rising in floodravaged southern BC as residents brace for round two

Waters rising in floodravaged southern BC as residents brace for round two

Oct 17, 2019 xosquutfofpr by admin

first_imgGRAND FORKS, B.C. – Officials in southern British Columbia say another surge of water is due to reach an already flood-damaged community near Grand Forks as early as Tuesday afternoon.Kevin McKinnon with the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary says water levels are now rising in the Ruckle neighbourhood along the Granby River, just north of the Canada-U.S. border.McKinnon says the high water levels are “the start of round two” as unseasonable heat rapidly melts snowpacks, but this time the water isn’t expected to recede overnight as it did in the first flood.Heavy rains combined with spring runoff to push floodwaters to levels not seen in 70 years in and around Grand Forks last week.At least 1,500 homes in the district remain evacuated following that flooding and provincial officials say evacuation orders cover another 500 homes around the province, while more than 2,600 homes are on evacuation alert.Emergency Management BC says the Boundary region and Similkameen Valley have already seen significant flooding, while risks are also high across the Okanagan and Shuswap regions.last_img read more

Details of upcoming royal visit by Prince Charles and Duchess of Cornwall

Oct 17, 2019 bwxjpxjscies by admin

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has released a detailed itinerary for the upcoming royal visit by Prince Charles and his wife Camilla to Canada’s north, eastern Ontario and the National Capital Region for Canada Day festivities.The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will begin their brief tour on June 29 in Nunavut where they will meet with Iqaluit residents who are working to preserve and promote Inuit language and culture.The royals will also discuss climate change in the region and take part in discussions on women’s health before attending a community feast.The following day, Charles and Camilla will meet with members of the Canadian Armed Forces at CFB Trenton in eastern Ontario and visit a farmers’ market and winery in the area.Then, on Canada Day, July 1, the royals will open the Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History before taking part in the celebrations to mark Canada’s 150th birthday.Prince Charles will then open the newly-renovated National Arts Centre and visit Ottawa-based e-commerce company Shopify before he and Camilla wrap up their tour by unveiling of The Queen’s Entrance at Rideau Hall — new front doors that symbolize 150 years of Canadian history.This will be the 18th visit to Canada for the Prince of Wales, and the fourth for the Duchess of Cornwall.last_img read more

Life on earth began in small ponds McMaster University research suggests

Oct 17, 2019 epfutrtembre by admin

first_imgNew research from Canadian scientists suggests life on Earth began in warm little ponds after meteorites splashed into them about four billion years ago.A McMaster University graduate student and his professor said they have run the numbers for the first time on a theory from Charles Darwin in the 1870s that suggested warm ponds were the breeding grounds for the first life forms.Their calculations suggest meteorites bombarded the earth and delivered the building blocks of life that then bonded together to become ribonucleic acid (RNA), the basis for the genetic code.Ben K.D. Pearce, a PhD student at McMaster, said he was having a conversation about interplanetary dust with a colleague while in Germany when inspiration struck.“We can do a calculation here and actually find out whether interplanetary dust or meteorites could deliver enough organics — building blocks of RNA — to reach high concentrations within ponds,” he said.On a train to Berlin, he did more calculations. Then over the course of more than a year at McMaster he crunched more numbers from previously published data from a wide variety of fields in a way that he said has never been analyzed before.He added in more components including the effects of wet-dry cycles, ultraviolet radiation, drainage of ponds, precipitation and evaporation.“We expanded this model so it encompassed all facets of science,” Pearce said.The results, published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggest the plausibility that life began in warm ponds.It also suggests the other theory on the beginning of life is wrong. That theory postulates the building blocks of life came about through vents in the earth’s crust at the bottom of the oceans.“That theory has an irreconcilable problem where it can’t seem to make chains of RNA because it’s permanently in water,” Pearce said.The wet-dry cycles — when ponds dry up and are then filled up again through precipitation — were a necessary component for allowing the creation of RNA polymers, basically long chains of RNA molecules bonded together.The results expand on work done in the 1990s by Carl Sagan that showed interplanetary dust and meteorites were a crucial component of providing the genetic building blocks forming life on earth.The work by the McMaster researchers, along with their collaborators at the Max Planck Institute for Astronomy in Germany, theorizes what happens after that point.“Nobody’s put this together and tried to build a theory that’s truly interdisciplinary,” said Ralph Pudritz, Pearce’s professor at McMaster. “This is tremendously exciting!”Pudritz and Pearce are excited to test their theory next summer when McMaster opens an origins-of-life laboratory.last_img read more

Canadas solitary confinement rules unconstitutional

Oct 17, 2019 gzmqbjoksvvv by admin

first_imgVANCOUVER – A British Columbia Supreme Court judge has struck down a law that permits federal prisons to put inmates into solitary confinement indefinitely.Justice Peter Leask says the practice of isolating prisoners for undefined lengths of time is unconstitutional.The British Columbia Civil Liberties Association and the John Howard Society filed the legal challenge in 2015, calling solitary confinement a cruel and inhumane punishment that can lead to severe psychological trauma and suicide.The Crown argued the practice is a reasonable and necessary tool when prisoners pose a threat to others or are at risk of being harmed by the general prison population.Leask concluded in his judgment released Wednesday that prolonged confinement places all federal inmates in significant risk of serious psychological harm, including mental pain and suffering, and puts them at increased risk of self-harm and suicide.The written decision says the risk of harm is intensified in the case of inmates with mentally illness.He says while many acute symptoms are likely to subside when prisoners are brought out of segregation, “many inmates are likely to suffer permanent harm as a result of their confinement.”The federal government introduced a bill in June that would set an initial time limit for segregation of 21 days, with a reduction to 15 days once the legislation is law for 18 months.The government tried to stop the trial, saying legislation introduced earlier this year would impose a time limit on solitary confinement terms, but the judge allowed the case to proceed.last_img read more

Even strong climate change believers dont get carbon pricing survey shows

Oct 17, 2019 votwpslwaksb by admin

first_imgOTTAWA – More than four in 10 Canadians surveyed about climate change last month said there is conclusive evidence climate change is real, that it is being caused by people and that they believe addressing the problem should be a top government priority.However, even among this group — labelled by the Ecofiscal Commission as “climate believers” — only two-thirds see a carbon price as the best way to curb greenhouse gas emissions, and fewer than half of them express confidence that they even know what carbon pricing actually is.And even in provinces that already have a carbon price, more than half of respondents said they weren’t aware of its existence.The survey, done for the commission by Abacus Data, suggests to Ecofiscal’s chair Chris Ragan that governments have so far done a poor job communicating carbon-price policies to the public.Ragan and the commission have written a 36-page explanation of carbon pricing that’s being released today along with the survey, conducted in February with 2,250 respondents from the polling firm’s panel of online participants.The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not random and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.“There’s a lot of people who just don’t understand how (carbon pricing) is either supposed to work or how it does work, so that’s why we’re writing this paper,” Ragan said.Of the respondents, 61 per cent said they believe there is conclusive or strong evidence to support climate change being real, while 27 per cent said there is some evidence but not enough yet to convince them and 11 per cent cited little or no evidence at all.What is clear, said Ragan, is that among those who believe in climate change and lowering emissions, they consider carbon pricing the best way to do it from an economic point of view.During a parliamentary committee appearance last month, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna was unable to say by how much emissions could be cut by a carbon price.That prompted Conservative environment critic Ed Fast to argue the government was imposing carbon pricing without proof it would have the desired impact.Ragan, who watched some of that exchange, called it another opportunity lost for the government to explain the benefits of carbon pricing.“It was not good messaging,” he said.Ragan said there is modelling to show emissions are lowered when people or companies are made to pay for what they emit, either through a direct tax on carbon emissions or a cap-and-trade system that limits emissions and makes companies pay to emit more than they allowed.“The bottom line is that they all put a price on (greenhouse gas) emissions, which creates an incentive to produce fewer of them,” the report says, likening the philosophy to that of using tobacco taxes to curb smoking.The paper looks at research that studied existing carbon prices in British Columbia, California and parts of Europe and concluded they were generally successful in changing people’s behaviour.In B.C., gas consumption fell in the five years after the carbon price was introduced, rising again in 2013 when the price was frozen in place. In Denmark, a 10 per cent increase in the price of fuel saw the average driver cut their driving time by three per cent.Carbon pricing in the United Kingdom helped that country push to close coal-fired power plants, although the paper notes that the U.K. now imports more power — some of it from places that still mostly use coal, such as the Netherlands.Emissions in B.C. are five to 15 per cent lower with the carbon price, the report concludes.The Ecofiscal report also says economic growth was not hurt by the introduction of a carbon price, with growth in B.C. and California outpacing national numbers in the years after it was put in place.The survey also found those who reported a left-wing leaning or who voted Liberal or NDP in the last federal election were more likely than their conservative counterparts to say climate change is real and caused by human behaviour.The bottom line, said Ragan, is that for those who want curb emissions, carbon pricing is the most economically prudent course of action.“Our message is if you want to reduce emissions, and every government in the country has said they want to, then this is the best way to do it.”last_img read more

Firm says trees obstructing vision at Humboldt Broncos crash intersection

Oct 17, 2019 mayitfactdvf by admin

first_imgREGINA — A consulting firm says sight lines are a safety concern at the rural intersection where the deadly Humboldt Broncos bus crash happened. A 70-page safety review done for the Saskatchewan government says a stand of trees, mostly on private property, obstructs the view of drivers approaching from the south and east — the same directions the bus and semi-trailer were coming from when they collided.Negotiating with the landowner to remove the trees is one of 13 recommendations included in the report. Rumble strips, larger signs and painting “Stop” and “Stop Ahead” on the road are some of the other suggestions.  Sixteen people died and 13 others were injured in the collision at an intersection north of Tisdale in April.The bus was travelling north on Highway 35 and the semi was westbound on Highway 335.Both roads have speed limits of 100 km/h. Highway 335 has a stop sign. Highway 35 does not. The RCMP have charged the truck’s driver, Jaskirat Sidhu, with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily injury.The review notes that because Sidhu’s charges are still before the court, RCMP investigators would not talk to consultants from McElhanney Consulting Services about the causes of the crash.The report’s authors found six collisions at the intersection between 1990 and 2017 and another 14 on roads nearby.One of those collisions was deadly. In 1997, six people were killed when a pickup truck heading east failed to stop on Highway 335 and was hit by a southbound tractor-trailer.Those vehicles where heading in the opposite direction as the bus and truck in the Broncos crash. The review did not find another accident with vehicles travelling west and north.“Although there have been two multiple fatality collisions at the intersection, the location does not have a high overall frequency of collisions, including high-severity collisions,” the review concludes. “No significant collision trends were identified at the intersection. However, the geometric design review did identify some potential safety issues that could be mitigated to further reduce the collision risk at the intersection.”The government cut down some of the trees in October, but most of them are on private property. There was also a private building within the sight lines of the corner but it has been moved since the crash.“Removing the trees within the sight triangle in the southeast corner is desirable,” the report says.“The recent removal of the building in the southeast corner means that only trees would need to be removed in order to achieve the sight triangle, which would be significantly less expensive, but would still require negotiation with the landowner.”If the trees can’t be removed,  additional warnings about the stop sign on Highway 335 are needed, the review says.Rumble strips could be installed on both east and west approaches to the intersection, the report says, but the approaches would need to be re-paved to provide a deep enough surface.It also says “Stop” and “Stop Ahead” could be painted on pavement for vehicles heading westbound. It suggests median stop signs would also be a possibility, but could pose a challenge for farm machinery.The report doesn’t recommend a roundabout or a four-way stop.It says Highway 335 is uncontrolled and motorists could become complacent and assume the highway is uncontrolled at all intersections.“This factor, in combination with other issues, such as the tunnel vision discussed … and large lateral offset of signs, increases the risk that a motorist will overlook the stop control and fail to stop.”— Follow @RyanBMcKenna on TwitterRyan McKenna, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline expansion Five things to know about the project

Oct 17, 2019 kukvwurvkfbq by admin

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal cabinet’s long-awaited decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is due Tuesday. Here are five things to know about the project.1. What is it?There is an existing, 1,150-km pipeline carrying crude and refined oil products from Alberta’s oilsands to a terminal in Burnaby, B.C. It transports about 300,000 barrels of oil a day, with refined products including gasoline, diesel and jet fuel making up about 15 per cent of its flows and crude oil the remainder. The refined products are used mainly in B.C.. About half the crude is sent to Washington state refineries on a different pipeline, and the rest mostly goes to Burnaby. Less than 10 per cent is loaded onto oil tankers. In 2018, 53 oil tankers used the Westridge Marine Terminal, where the pipeline ends.The expansion, first proposed in 2012, would build another pipeline roughly parallel to the existing one, and be able to carry another 590,000 barrels a day, all of it diluted bitumen. It will require about 980 kilometres of new pipeline and reactivating 193 kilometres of existing pipeline that has not been used for many years. There will also be 12 new pumping stations along the route and 19 new storage tanks at terminals in both Alberta and B.C.The expansion will use the existing right of way for 73 per cent of the route, and 16 per cent will use right-of-ways granted for other infrastructure including telecommunications, hydro lines and highways. Eleven per cent of the route requires a new right of way.2. Why do proponents want it expanded?One of the most common reasons given is that Canada’s existing pipeline infrastructure is at capacity, and for Canadian oil producers to expand production, they need either more pipelines or more rail capacity. The lack of ability to get products out is having some impact on the price Canadian producers can get for the oil, though it is only one of the factors. The hope is also that getting more oil to the west coast will open up the option of Asian markets. Right now 99 per cent of Canadian oil exports go to the United States, which also has an impact on prices.However, there are no refineries in Asia that can currently handle Canadian bitumen, which needs to be processed first into synthetic crude. Project proponents believe that if there was more product available ,the refineries in Asia would develop to use it because demand for oil in places like China and India is growing. Critics call that expectation a myth and say any extra oil coming from Trans Mountain for export would still end up going to the United States for refining.3. What is diluted bitumen?The main product coming out of Alberta’s oilsands, bitumen is a thick product close to the consistency of cold molasses. To flow through pipelines, it must be mixed with chemicals to make it less viscous. The resulting product is diluted bitumen, or dilbit for short. It is more expensive to produce, is mined rather than pumped out of oil wells, and the science on how it behaves when spilled is still somewhat scarce.A major dilbit spill occurred in Michigan in 2010, when an Enbridge pipe leaked more than 3.7 million litres of dilbit into a tributary of the Kalamazoo River. Cleanup efforts took more than five years and a section of the river was closed to recreational use for nearly two years. Natural Resources Canada has concluded that spilled dilbit doesn’t sink and may in fact be easier to clean up. Three years after the Kalamazoo spill, however, Enbridge was ordered to return to the river to remove submerged oil and contaminated sediment. As of 2014, the estimated clean-up cost was more than $1 billion.4. What is Bill C-69 and how does it relate to Trans Mountain?Bill C-69 is the federal government’s proposed overhaul of the environmental assessment process for major national projects, including interprovincial pipelines and highways, new refineries, electricity grids, airports and offshore wind farms. The Liberals say it is needed because the process created in 2012 by the former Conservative government was considered to be too weak on Indigenous consultation and environmental protection; under that process the Federal Court of Appeal overturned cabinet approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline and the Trans Mountain expansion.C-69 has yet to become law and does not apply to Trans Mountain, but it would kick in for any future projects if the Senate passes it this week. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has vowed to repeal the bill if he becomes prime minister in the fall. The oil and gas industry says the legislation will prevent another pipeline from ever being approved in Canada, while environment groups argue it brings back some semblance of balance between approving major resource projects and ensuring Canada meets its climate change commitments.The Senate introduced more than 180 amendments to the bill, many of which would have reduced the requirements for taking into account impacts on Indigenous communities and climate change, and the government rejected more than half the Senate’s proposals. The Senate this week will debate the government’s response and decide whether it can live with the bill without those amendments.5. What are the political ramifications of the Trans Mountain decision?The voices for and against the project are strong. Oil-industry advocates and conservative politicians say the pipeline is a must to keep the oilsands industry going; environmentalists and more left-leaning politicians are adamant that a new pipeline will make it impossible to meet Canada’s international climate change obligation to cut emissions almost 30 per cent over the next 11 years.For the Liberals, who have been trying to balance the economic needs of the oil industry and Alberta, with the concerns about climate change and the environment, the pipeline has proven troublesome. It is part of their “grand bargain” to prove their constant refrain that the “economy and the environment go hand in hand.”Their efforts to appease the oil industry by approving the pipeline and pulling out as many stops as they can to back up that approval — including buying the existing pipeline for $4.5 billion and promising to expand it themselves — have not improved the government’s credibility in the oil industry. Environmental groups that largely supported the Liberals in 2015 are also deeply skeptical. Indigenous communities are also divided over the pipeline, with some who feel if they can get a financial stake in the pipeline it will be a path to economic freedom, and others who worry if there is ever a spill it will have devastating consequences for their traditional way of life.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Sentencing hearing for Winnipeg man who stabbed woman dumped her body

Oct 17, 2019 vtuctqxvrymq by admin

first_imgWood had come to Winnipeg with her family and disappeared from the hotel where they were staying after going out one night in August 2016.Her body was found in a ditch outside the city 10 months later.“We want our grand daughter back.” From Christine Wood’s grandparents’ victim impact statement. Family describes daily pain that’s gotten worse and caused them to lose relationships and motivation.— Stefanie Lasuik (@StefanieLasuik) July 2, 2019Wood’s mother, Melinda Wood, wrote in a victim impact statement read at Overby’s sentencing hearing this morning that her heart has been broken into pieces.Overby admitted to the killing but said he didn’t remember what happened and didn’t mean to harm the young woman.2nd degree murder carries with it a life sentence, but eligibility for parole can vary. (10 year minimum) Crown is asking Overby serve 17 years before being eligible for parole.— Stefanie Lasuik (@StefanieLasuik) July 2, 2019A second-degree murder conviction carries a mandatory life sentence and the Crown is asking for 17 years before Overby is eligible for parole.The Canadian Press WINNIPEG — The family of a Manitoba woman who was stabbed numerous times and died in her killer’s basement says she didn’t deserve to be left in a shallow grave like garbage.Brett Ronald Overby was found guilty in May of second-degree murder in the death of 21-year-old Christine Wood from the Oxford House First Nation.In court today for sentencing of Brett Overby, the man convicted for murdering Christine Wood after the two met on the dating site Plenty of Fish in 2016.— Stefanie Lasuik (@StefanieLasuik) July 2, 2019WATCH: Overby murder trial closeslast_img read more

Torrey DeVitto To Host Road To Hope

Oct 16, 2019 tjgaqujgkegi by admin

first_imgImagine being five years old and having to walk miles through the bush to meet a health care worker who has the medicine your dying father needs to control his pain. And being the one responsible for feeding him, for taking care of him. Then imagine he dies and you’re left alone in the world with no one to care for you.Throughout Sub-Saharan Africa, this is the story of thousands of children who are orphaned as a result of losing one or both parents to HIV/AIDS and cancer. With no one to support them, they are forced to drop out of school and look for casual jobs, like selling ground nuts on the street in urban areas, or begging for money in order to survive. The Road to Hope program began as a way to transition these children to a better life.Pretty Little Liars star and current ambassador for The Hospice Foundation, Torrey DeVitto, will host the Road to Hope charity event to raise money and awareness for this cause. DeVitto was part of the Hospice Foundation’s documentary film crew that recently returned from three and a half weeks of filming in Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan.According to Mike Wargo, COO of The Hospice Foundation and the film’s producer/director, “Road to Hope explores the unique challenges of orphaned children after caring for their dying parents in poverty-stricken areas of Sub-Saharan Africa. We’re telling their stories through the lens of caring and supportive people, like Torrey, who have emerged to offer love and guidance as these children seek to rebuild their lives.”“When I was in Africa as part of the film crew, I got to meet some of the children in the program,” shared DeVitto. “The initial inspiration for the program was a five year-old child named George, who had been the sole caregiver for his dying father. When his father died, he no longer had anyone to care for – and no one to care for him. Because of the Road to Hope program he is now attending a good school and doesn’t have to worry about where his next meal will come from. And the cost to sponsor a child like George is less than a dollar a day.”The Road to Hope charity event will be held on Monday, April 14th at West Hollywood’s trendy Bootsy Bellows nightclub. All proceeds will benefit the Road to Hope program, which is co-sponsored by the Hospice Foundation and the Palliative Care Association of Uganda (PCAU). Based in Kampala, Uganda, PCAU is a non-governmental organization whose mission is to make palliative care accessible to all Ugandans. Caring for the orphaned children of their patients is a natural and important extension of their mission.The host committee for the event casts some of Hollywood’s favorite young celebrities and includes Brant Daugherty, Torrey DeVitto, Chris Evans, Ian Harding, Arielle Kebbel, Bethany Joy Lenz, Lindsey McKeon, Brittany Snow, and Daphne Zuniga. The evening will include special performances by Pia Mia and Trevor Jackson and guests will also be rocking to the tunes of a surprise celebrity DJ.“Our deepest thanks go out to Torrey and the entire event committee for making more people aware of the situation and how they can help put these children on the Road to Hope,” added Wargo.”The doors and red carpet will open at Bootsy Bellows at 7:00 p.m., with specialty cocktails provided by Akvinta Vodka and passed appetizers until 11:00 p.m. The dress for this 21+ event is business or cocktail attire. General admission for guests will start at $50 and can be purchased by visiting Eventbrite.com.For more information about the documentary, click here.PCAU meets many child caregivers as they work to make palliative care accessible to those who are dying throughout the country. The Road to Hope fund provides ongoing support for children that have lost one or both of their parents, most often to HIV/AIDS or cancer. The children in this unique program are a reminder of the plight of child caregivers in Uganda, where the life expectancy is 54 and median age is 15 years old.The Hospice Foundation is the supporting foundation for Center for Hospice Care (CHC), an independent, community-based, not-for-profit organization based in Northern Indiana. Partnered since 2008, PCAU, CHC and the Hospice Foundation work together on various initiatives that improve the quality of living for those facing end-of-life illnesses.last_img read more

Bill Clinton Pays Tribute To The Legacy Of Nancy Reagan

Oct 16, 2019 euyztfzgsukp by admin

first_imgBill Clinton has paid tribute to Nancy Reagan, who passed away this weekend, leaving behind a legacy of charity work.“Nancy was an extraordinary woman: a gracious First Lady, proud mother, and devoted wife to President Reagan—her Ronnie,” said Clinton. “Her strength of character was legendary, particularly when tested by the attempted assassination of the President, and throughout his battle with Alzheimer’s. She leaves a remarkable legacy of good that includes her tireless advocacy for Alzheimer’s research and the Foster Grandparent Program.“We join all Americans in extending our prayers and condolences to her beloved children and her entire family during this difficult time.”last_img read more

Jessica Seinfeld Hosts alice olivia by Stacey Bendet x GOOD Foundation Toy

Oct 16, 2019 asjipkupjnct by admin

first_imgStacey Bendet, GOOD+ Foundation Founder Jessica Seinfeld, Nicky Hilton and Georgina Bloomberg hosted a special holiday event last week at the alice + olivia Madison Avenue store to kick off the 6th year of the alice + olive by Stacey Bendet x GOOD+ Foundation holiday toy drive.Ali Wentworth, Jessica Seinfeld, Stacey Bendet, Georgina BloombergCredit/Copyright: Craig Barritt/Getty ImagesThe evening featured holiday-themed cocktails, shopping and ornament decorating. One-hundred percent of proceeds from purchases made in the Madison Avenue store during the event were donated to the GOOD+ Foundation.Ali Wentworth also attended.For those who were not able to attend the event, supporters can bring unused baby toys and essentials into any domestic stand-alone alice + olivia retail store from December 1, 2016, to December 19, 2016, and will receive 15% off their full-priced purchase (excluding the recent alice + olivia x Basquiat collaboration).last_img read more

Kristin Davis Writes About What Visiting Refugee Camps Has Taught Her

Oct 16, 2019 fewjzcltzucd by admin

first_imgKristin Davis has written a post on The Huffington Post about what travelling to refugee camps with the UNHCR has taught her.“Every trip I have made to visit UNHCR refugee camps has left me profoundly humbled at the strength and resilience of the people I meet,” she wrote. “I don’t know how they have survived what they have been through. Less than one percent of all refugees are resettled in any country. And the vetting process for the United States can take up to two years after a refugee has been submitted for resettlement based on the fact that they’re at extreme risk. I fear that the current changes in our national policy have damaged one of the few hopes these vulnerable people have left. After all, they have fled the very terrorist groups we fear in our country. I am heartened by the people who have stepped forward to stand #WithRefugees.“But right now there are people all over the world who are existing only because the UN Refugee Agency is there providing shelter and food for them. And sadly these efforts by UNHCR do not have enough funds for the magnitude of this crisis. So I’ve decided to start a CrowdRise fundraiser for UNHCR. We can help keep the Syrian refugees fleeing terror to stay warm this winter, help the babies born in the camps to have basic medical care, help the new people fleeing violence every day to be fed when they finally arrive at a UNHCR camp. I will be matching all donations made up to $10,000. Please help me say to the most vulnerable people in the world that we do care about them. And that we stand #WithRefugees.”To read the full post, click here. To find out more about her CrowdRise fundraiser, click here.last_img read more

NEW RULES FOR LADNER FILMING

Oct 15, 2019 xosquutfofpr by admin

first_imgAt the North 40 Park Reserve, film schedules and contact information will be posted at the park entrance when filming is underway, while applications for filming at the park will be assessed and approved based on the independent merit of each application.Council told staff to survey business owners and come back with a different set of regulations last December after a previous report had more stringent recommendations.Staff at that time recommend a 21-day hold back between filming in Ladner Village and the North 40, effectively banning movie production for three-week periods. The recommendations also included not making the municipal parking lot available for film crews, and that communication and safety improvements for filming be implemented.Staff put forward those earlier recommendations in response to complaints.A scene from the TV series Riverdale was shot in Ladner Village this springThe latest staff report notes a survey of 146 business owners, of which 45 participated, showed 75 per cent supported filming, 18 per cent were neutral while seven per cent did not support filming.The report also noted the survey found many wanted “appropriate gaps” of approximately one week between filming, but the report notes staff would continue to seek feedback from the community when it comes to scheduling.As far as the off-leash North 40 dog park in East Ladner, 46 park users took part in a survey which found the majority of users supported filming. Most of the ideas suggested in that survey are part of the recommendations to council, with the exception of limiting the number of film vehicles permitted to enter the park during filming.The parks recreation and culture commission came up with its own recommendation, calling for revenues derived from filming in the North 40 be held in a reserve and allocated to planning, restoration and interpretative efforts at the park. That recommendation was also approved.The staff report notes film revenue generates approximately $60,000 annually for the city, going into the engineering department’s budget. That money is used to pay the city’s film liaison clerk and associated auxiliary salaries. A little over half that revenue is attributed to filming at the North 40.By Sandor Gyarmati / Delta Optimist Facebook Delta is backing down on filming bans in a pair of popular Ladner locations.Council on Monday approved the staff recommendations in a report that has a number of changes in the way filming is carried out in Ladner Village and the North 40 Park Reserve.For Ladner Village those changes include maintaining the municipal parking lot at 48 Avenue and Bridge Street for customer use, notifying business owners of upcoming filming and posting “business open” signs when filming is taking place. Advertisement Advertisement Actor Johnny Depp was in Ladner Village last summer shooting a scene from his comedy drama Richard Says Goodbye.center_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img read more

Battle over Yukon mining in Tombstone

Oct 14, 2019 tjgaqujgkegi by admin

first_imgAPTN National NewsMeanwhile in the Yukon, the territorial government is giving the red light to a proposed mine in Tombstone territorial park.Canadian United Minerals wanted to explore for quartz in that area.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has this story.last_img

Yukoners meet to discuss FIPPA deal with China

Oct 14, 2019 ysfumvijwfom by admin

first_imgAPTN National NewsA free trade deal with China was tabled in the House of Commons in September.The deal has yet to be ratified by Parliament.But one Canadian law professor met with Yukon chiefs this week and told them what the deal could mean for them.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has more on the story.last_img

Former AFN Regional Chief caught in child luring net

Oct 14, 2019 nrbeeohtbedc by admin

first_imgBy Tim FontaineAPTN National NewsHalifax – A former high ranking official with the Assembly of First Nations has been charged with internet child luring.Halifax Regional Police and RCMP say Pierre (Rick) Joseph Simon, 57, of Hilden, N.S. was among five men nabbed in a four-day police sting.According to the information released by police, members of the HRP and RCMP Integrated Internet Child Exploitation and Vice unit posed as a 16-year-old child online. The five men were arrested as they went to Halifax hotels allegedly to pay for sex with the girl.Simon, who was previously the AFN Regional Chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland & Labrador, has been released and is set to appear in Halifax provincial court on April 2, 2013.He’s been charged with “using a computer to communicate with a person believed to be under 18 for the purpose of engaging in prostitution.”More to follow.tfontaine@aptn.calast_img read more

Mounties obtain documents in Senate expense probe

Oct 14, 2019 asjipkupjnct by admin

first_imgAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–The RCMP has obtained documents from the Senate as part of their examination into whether a full investigation is warranted into the ongoing travel and housing expense scandal that has engulfed senators Patrick Brazeau, Mike Duffy and Mac Harb.Senate Speaker Noel Kinsella said Thursday that the RCMP’s Sensitive and Internal Investigations unit had requested documents related to the Senate’s policy on housing and travel expenses.Brazeau and Harb have already faced a demand to pay back money they claimed through inappropriate expense claims.“I wish to inform senators that we have received a request from the sensitive and international investigative unit of the RCMP, national division, for copies of our policy instruments relating to living expenses and travel policy for the purposes of their examination of senators Brazeau, Harb and Duffy,” said Kinsella.Duffy is getting the most attention over a cheque given to him by Nigel Wright, to pay off the more than $90,000 he owed in bad expense claims. Wright was Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s chief of staff at the time. He has since resigned over the weekend despite Harper saying he had faith in Wright.Brazeau has been ordered to pay back nearly $48,000 and Harb, $51,000.Both have said they will fight paying the money back.Below is the letter from the RCMP and the Senate’s response:Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more

Volunteers plan to dredge Winnipeg river for missing people

Oct 14, 2019 pghosvtfqfpe by admin

first_imgAPTN National NewsA volunteer group in Winnipeg says dredging the Red River in search of missing people will begin next week.The recent discovery of two bodies in the river has some wondering if other missing people are in the water.A similar search was recently done in Edmonton where the body of a missing man was found in 15 minutes.last_img