TRC taking feds to court over documents

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Truth and Reconciliation Commission is heading taking Canada to court hoping to force the federal government to hand over what they say is much needed documents.The TRC has collected thousands of statements from survivors of Indian Residential Schools, many who have shared their painful stories of abuse and being torn away from their families. Tens of thousands of children were removed from their homes and put in the schools.The TRC say part of their mandate is to review millions of government documents but to date only a portion of 150 years of documents have been handed over given.The feds say they see no issue with how things have been handled.last_img read more

Budget2017 The expectations for child welfare in Manitoba

first_imgShaneen Robinson-Desjarlais APTN National NewsAs First Nation child advocates continue to fight for money promised after last year’s historic human rights tribunal ruling, some in Manitoba are hoping tomorrow’s budget will provide much-needed cash for programs for First Nations child welfare agencies.Manitoba has one of the highest rates of child apprehension in the country.srobinson@aptn.calast_img

Alberta advocate says province not doing enough fast enough to protect children

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsIn Alberta, there are too many children in the child welfare system and too many who are trying to take their own lives says the provinces child and youth advocate.“One of the things we are quite concerned about with Indigenous young people is the number of people in care of the government,” said Del Graff. “They are vastly over-represented in Alberta.“We’ve addressed that through a number of reports and we are pushing the government to develop a plan in concert with Indigenous leadership and communities to try to change that tide.”Graff just released his 2016-17 annual report.According to the reports, 69 per cent of the young people in the care of the province are Indigenous.Last year his office made 12 recommendations to the Alberta government to reduce the number of Indigenous youth attempting suicide.In Alberta, Indigenous young people are six times more likely to die by suicide.One key recommendation is to work with First Nation communities to develop their own youth support system.“Certainly a mechanism to enable Indigenous communities, in particular, to be able to attend to the needs of their youth members,” he said. “Through some type of suicide prevention plan – one that’s in the community, built by the community.”Graff said the provincial government is moving slowly toward implementing his recommendations.“From my point of view, they are not doing enough fast enough – but the fact that they are taking some action,” he said. “They are putting a framework together. They are trying to address those needs in Indigenous communities, it is an important development. It’s one we are quite pleased about.”Graff said his office worked with the Alberta government on the Child Protection and Accountability Act which may become a law next year.The law will allow the Advocate’s office the ability to review every death under 20 years old who were part of the child welfare systemThe hope is that the number of children being taken into care, and the attempted suicides will drop.“My office worked very hard to try to make it so that we can reduce the likelihood of trauma for young people that can lead to circumstances like them dying by suicide,” he said.last_img read more

Submissions for MMIWG Inquiry conclude in Ottawa

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsFinal oral submissions for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls wrapped up this week in Ottawa.Johannes Lampe, president of the Nunatsiavut Government in Labrador, told the inquiry that reducing the incidents of violence and deaths among Inuit in Labrador is critical.“We are of the view that measurable actions mush be taken in everything,” he said.“The poor social determinants of health, Inuit self-governance, and particularly participation in national, provincial, and territorial governance is the most effective means of ensuring policies, programs, services and practice approach are appropriate of indigenous communities and people.”Katherine Hensel of the Association of Native Child and Family Service Agencies of Ontario urged the commissioners to ensure any proposed federal legislation on child welfare not be limited to children living on reserve.“We know that many…Indigenous children who’ve been in contact with child welfare…are in urban centres or off-reserve, so we will also be urging the commission to make recommendations that the provinces correct and reverse and eliminate the perverse funding incentives that not only don’t fund prevention, but incentivize the removal of children,” she said.During the final two weeks of oral submissions — in Calgary and Ottawa — the commission heard from 53 of the parties with standing.The commissioners are now tasked with analyzing what they’ve heard throughout the inquiry and submitting a final report to the federal government by April 30, 2019.afrancis@aptn.ca@APTNAFrancislast_img read more

Montreals real estate market sizzled in 2017 with sales hitting 10year high

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal was one of Canada’s hottest real estate markets last year as low unemployment and economic growth translated into the area’s best sales growth in a decade.Total sales in the Greater Montreal Area increased eight per cent to 44,448 on the strength of condominium sales and good overall activity on the Island of Montreal.Sales growth exceeded 20 per cent in five of the city’s most popular boroughs.That compared with sales decreases of 18 per cent in the Greater Toronto Area and 10 per cent in Greater Vancouver.Unlike Toronto and Vancouver, Montreal doesn’t have a foreign buyers tax.More than 14,000 condos changed hands across the Island of Montreal and nearby communities during the year, marking a 17 per cent increase from 2016.“It’s on fire,” said Paul Cardinal, manager market analysis for the Quebec Federation of Real Estate Boards.The overall sales growth far exceeded his expectations. He said the last time growth in Montreal sales outpaced Toronto and Vancouver was in 1998.Cardinal thought new mortgage rules implemented in the fall of 2016 would impair the number of first-time buyers and reduce the total number of transactions.But Quebec’s best consumer confidence in 15 years and a high number of permanent residences stimulated demand and compensated for the new rules and higher mortgage rates during the summer.Transactions of single-family homes rose three per cent to 25,601 while sales of buildings with two to five units increased six per cent to 4,336.Demand was particularly strong for luxury accommodation. Sales of homes exceeding $1 million rose 20 per cent in Greater Montreal and condos priced above $500,000 were up 42 per cent.The total value of sales grew 13 per cent to $16.2 billion, about half of which was on the Island of Montreal.The average price of homes in the Greater Montreal Area increased nearly six per cent to $364,510. That was the largest increase since 2010, with single-family homes sustaining the greater price increases.Prices rose 6.1 per cent to $467,496 on the Island of Montreal, which includes Canada’s second-largest city and suburbs.Cardinal said the number of foreign buyers, particularly from China, has grown but remained marginal overall. They were mostly concentrated in wealthier neighbourhoods and the downtown core.He said Montreal is attractive for foreign buyers because the city provides a high quality of life, affordable housing, low pollution and a university system that contributed to it being named last year as the best city in the world for students.Direct flights to two major Chinese cities have also made it easier for family visits.Cardinal is forecasting another strong year in 2018 with the number of sales transactions increasing five per cent.“That would lead us to a new record so we would beat the 2007 mark,” he said.Average prices are also expected to increase almost five per cent.Montreal capped a strong year with total sales across Greater Montreal increasing 10 per cent to 2,781 in December. That included a 35 per cent increase in condo sales. Total active listings fell nine per cent from a year ago.While sales on the Island of Montreal increased 15 per cent, it was outpaced by Laval at 20 per cent and on par with the south shore.last_img read more

USChina trade battle kicks off markets take it in stride

first_imgBEIJING, China – The United States and China launched what Beijing called the “biggest trade war in economic history” Friday, imposing tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods amid a spiraling dispute over technology.The Trump administration is confronting China over development tactics it says include stealing technology or pressuring foreign companies to hand it over. American officials worry U.S. industrial leadership will be eroded by Chinese plans to create tech champions in fields including robotics, biotech and artificial intelligence.Washington imposed 25 per cent duties on $34 billion of imports from China, the first in a series of possible increases that President Donald Trump says could affect up to $550 billion of Chinese goods, more than the total amount China exported to the U.S. last year.The first round targets Chinese industrial goods, not consumer products, in an attempt to limit the impact on U.S. households, but companies that rely on Chinese-made machinery or components may eventually have to pass along increased costs to customers.The Chinese Foreign Ministry said “retaliatory tariffs” also took effect, but provided no other details. The Communist Party newspaper People’s Daily said tariffs were imposed on a list of goods issued last month that included soybeans, pork and electric vehicles. U.S. soybean farmers have been particularly concerned, and the price of soybeans has plunged 17 per cent over the past month on tariff fears.Washington has “ignited the biggest trade war in economic history,” said a Commerce Ministry statement.During an official visit to Bulgaria, China’s No. 2 leader, Premier Li Keqiang, said “no one will win by fighting a trade war, yet China will take countermeasures in the face of unilateral moves.”Companies worry the dispute could chill global economic growth, but Asian financial markets took Friday’s developments in stride.Japan’s main stock index, the Nikkei 225, gained 1.1 per cent while the Shanghai Composite Index added 0.5 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng also rose 0.5 per cent.The conflict between the world’s two biggest economies reflects chronic tension in their relationship as customers, business partners, and increasingly competitors. It also is rooted in the clash between American notions of free trade and Beijing’s state-led development model.China’s ruling Communist Party has insisted on making changes at its own pace while sticking to state-directed technology development seen as the path to prosperity and global influence. Beijing has announced reforms this year including ending limits on foreign ownership in its auto industry, but none directly addresses complaints that are fueling its conflict with Washington.On Thursday, Trump said higher tariffs on an additional $16 billion in Chinese goods were set to take effect in two weeks.After that, the hostilities could intensify: Trump said Washington is ready to target an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports — and then $300 billion more — if Beijing does not yield.That would bring the total of targeted Chinese goods to $550 billion — more than the $506 billion in goods that China shipped to the United States last year.Chinese officials reject accusations they steal or force foreign companies to hand over technology. But rules on auto manufacturing and other industries require companies to work through state-owned partners, obliging them to share know-how with potential competitors.Other governments express similar complaints toward Beijing, but Washington has alienated potential allies by raising import duties on steel, aluminum and autos from Europe, Canada, Mexico and Japan. Some have responded by hiking their own tariffs on U.S. goods.Trump’s confrontational outlook applies to other trading partners as well as China, said Tai Hui, chief strategist for JP Morgan Asset Management, in a report.“This is a potential concern for the outlook of corporate investment and consumption around world,” Hui said.The official China Daily newspaper accused the Trump administration of “behaving like a gang of hoodlums.” It said they would damage the global economy unless other countries stop them.“There should be no doubting Beijing’s resolve,” the newspaper said.Forecasters say global economic growth could be reduced by up to 0.5 percentage points in 2019-20 if both sides wind up raising tariffs on $250 billion of imports.The American Chamber of Commerce in China appealed to both sides to negotiate.“There are no winners in a trade war,” the chamber’s chairman, William Zarit, said in a statement. Companies want fairer treatment but will be hurt by U.S.-Chinese tensions, Zarit said. “We urge the two governments to come back to the negotiation table.”___Complete coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/Globaltrade___Wiseman and Superville reported from Washington. AP Writer Catherine Lucey on Air Force One contributed.last_img read more

Sidewalk Labs unveils draft data and privacy plans for hightech Toronto project

first_imgTORONTO – Sidewalks Labs has submitted a draft proposal detailing how it will handle data and privacy issues stemming from a high-tech community it hopes to build in Toronto.The Alphabet Inc.-backed organization said in the proposal released Monday that Sidewalk Labs does not plan on owning data the company gathers in public places.Instead, it’s proposing that an independent organization called the Civic Data Trust will control the data, set the rules around its use and make it open and accessible to people while offering privacy protection.“The Civic Data Trust would be guided by a charter ensuring that urban data is collected and used in a way that is beneficial to the community, protects privacy, and spurs innovation and investment,” said Alyssa Harvey Dawson, head of data governance at Sidewalk Labs in a blog post.Anyone wanting to collect and access the data will have to seek approval from the Trust, and Sidewalk Labs will not receive any special status or rights, she said.The goal is to allow the publicly gathered data to eventually be available for free to help with future urban designs and improvements.“We believe that, as a default matter, de-identified urban data should be made freely and publicly available,” said Dawson.The Trust would govern data collected without consent, such as pedestrian counters and street-facing cameras, though it would be wiped of personal information. Data collected with consent, however, such as through websites and mobile apps, wouldn’t be subject to control of the Trust.Some critics of the data collection have raised concerns about it being stored in other countries, but Sidewalk Labs has rejected calls to keep storage local.“Data localization presents a number of challenges, including that it runs counter to the way information travels across the internet and creates higher barriers to entry for startups,” said Dawson.Instead, legal protection can be best achieved through contractual requirements and technical mechanisms, she said.Sidewalk Labs’ proposal will next head to Waterfront Toronto and the public to review and incorporate into the draft master plan for that project that they are due to release next year.Since the project was announced, it has been marred with concerns around privacy and how data will be collected, kept, accessed and protected.last_img read more

Mail service halted in Ottawa as Commons looks to take up backtowork

first_imgOTTAWA — Striking Canada Post workers are shutting down the mail in Ottawa today as the House of Commons takes up legislation that would force them back to work.The capital, as well as smaller towns in Ontario and British Columbia, and Sherbrooke, Que., are all being targeted by rotating strikes by the Canadian Union of Postal Workers.Members of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers have held rotating walkouts for a month, causing massive backlogs of unsorted mail and packages at postal depots.On Thursday, Labour Minister Patty Hajdu tabled a bill to end mail disruptions across the country but debate on it was held back to give a special mediator time to settle the dispute.Hajdu said the Liberal government brought forward the legislation after exhausting every option, adding it has a responsibility to all Canadians and businesses that drive the economy.Canada Post says it could take weeks — even stretching into 2019 — to clear the backlog that has built up, especially at major sorting centres in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for December by Canadian city

first_imgOTTAWA — The national unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent in December. Statistics Canada also released seasonally adjusted, three-month moving average unemployment rates for major cities. It cautions, however, that the figures may fluctuate widely because they are based on small statistical samples. Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— St. John’s, N.L. 7.5 per cent (8.1)— Halifax 5.7 (6.2)— Moncton, N.B. 5.2 (5.2)— Saint John, N.B. 6.3 (5.7)— Saguenay, Que. 5.1 (5.4)— Quebec 3.9 (3.8)— Sherbrooke, Que. 5.5 (5.4)— Trois-Rivieres, Que. 5.3 (5.3)— Montreal 5.9 (5.9)— Gatineau, Que. 4.8 (4.6)— Ottawa 5.0 (4.6)— Kingston, Ont. 5.9 (5.5)— Peterborough, Ont. 5.2 (5.2)— Oshawa, Ont. 5.8 (5.7)— Toronto 6.0 (6.2)— Hamilton, Ont. 4.3 (4.7)— St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 6.9 (7.0)— Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.1 (5.1)— Brantford, Ont. 6.4 (7.0)— Guelph, Ont. 2.3 (3.0)— London, Ont. 5.0 (4.8)— Windsor, Ont. 5.4 (6.0)— Barrie, Ont. 4.8 (5.0)— Sudbury, Ont. 6.3 (6.3)— Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.2 (5.1)— Winnipeg 5.8 (5.9)— Regina 5.9 (6.4)— Saskatoon 5.6 (6.1)— Calgary 7.6 (7.9)— Edmonton 6.3 (6.2)— Kelowna, B.C. 3.3 (3.9)— Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 4.5 (4.6)— Vancouver 4.4 (4.1)— Victoria 3.6 (3.8)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Alberta passes bill that could cut oil to BC in Trans Mountain

first_imgEDMONTON, A.B. –  Alberta has passed landmark legislation giving it sweeping power to intervene in oil and gas exports that could result in punitive price spikes in British Columbia in the dispute over the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion.Premier Rachel Notley won’t say when and how the power will be used, but said she won’t wait long.“Alberta will be equipped with new tools to assert our rights to control the flow of our resources to British Columbia,” Notley said Wednesday prior to Bill 12 passing third and final reading. “Albertans, British Columbians and all Canadians should understand that if the path forward for the pipeline through B.C. is not settled soon, I’m ready and prepared to turn off the taps.”The bill would give Alberta the power to intervene in the energy market, to decide how much fuel is sent and by what means, be it by rail or pipeline.B.C. Premier John Horgan called the Alberta law provocative.“Instead of asking how can we work together on this, they took aggressive action,” he said in Chilliwack, B.C.B.C. Attorney General David Eby, in a letter, said legislation designed to inflict harm on another province violates the constitution.He urged Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley to first run the bill past the courts to confirm its legality. “In the absence of such a commitment, I intend to instruct counsel to bring an action challenging its constitutional validity in the courts of Alberta,” said Eby.“Bill 12 is a step back towards trying to resolve differences through threats of economic harm.”Cutting oil flow to B.C. is expected to cause price spikes in gas at the pumps along with other related fuel fees.But Notley said it’s justified legislation, given that Alberta is losing billions of dollars due to transportation bottlenecks and the fact that B.C. is frustrating the federally approved Trans Mountain project.center_img “With pipeline capacity stretched to the limit, Albertans have the right to choose how our energy is shipped,” said Notley.“Alberta has the right to act in the public interest.”The Trans Mountain expansion would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to tankers on the B.C. coast.Notley said Alberta oil sells at a discount because of tight pipeline capacity and because most of it goes to the United States. A better price could be fetched on overseas markets.The $7.4-billion project was approved by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government in 2016, but since then has been hamstrung by permit delays and court challenges in B.C.Horgan has said his government remains concerned about the effects of spills on the inland waterways and coastline.The pipeline owner, Texas-based Kinder Morgan, has scaled back spending on the line and has given Trudeau’s government until May 31 to show that there is a way to complete it.The Alberta and federal governments have committed to backstopping the project with public dollars if that’s what it takes to make sure it’s completed.Earlier Wednesday, federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said those talks continue. He said if Kinder Morgan wants to abandon the expansion, there are plenty of other investors willing to step up.Notley’s bill echoes similar legislation passed in Alberta a generation ago in the early 1980s in a dispute with Ottawa over oil ownership and pricing.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Nexen fined 750K for huge pipeline spill in northern Alberta

first_img(THE CANADIAN PRESS) CALGARY, A.B. – A Calgary energy company has pleaded guilty to federal and provincial environmental charges over one of the largest pipeline spills in Alberta history.Nexen has been ordered to pay a total of $750,000 in fines for the Long Lake spill southeast of Fort McMurray that released five million litres of bitumen, sand and produced water over an area of 16,000 square metres of lake and muskeg in 2015.“A number of landbird, shorebird, waterbird and waterfowl species protected by the Migratory Birds Convention Act use and were observed in the impacted area and adjacent unnamed lake,” said the agreed statement of facts. Nexen, a subsidiary of Chinese state-owned firm CNOOC Ltd., acknowledged the pipeline southeast of Fort McMurray was leaking for more than four weeks before it was discovered by workers in the area.The statement said the leak began June 13. Although the spill was visible from satellite imagery by July 3, it wasn’t until July 15 that Nexen realized there was a problem when two employees spotted it while doing work in the area.The double-walled pipeline, designed to carry raw bitumen from the ground to a processing plant had been installed a year earlier. The pipeline, which used a relatively new technology, operated at 100 degrees Celsius in order for the thick bitumen to flow.Nexen said the release went undetected because a computer failed to sound an alarm.“This failure was unknown to Nexen prior to the release,” says the statement. “Nexen had no written procedure in place to check for the type of failure that occurred.”The pipeline remains out of operation.center_img “Over the last three years, we’ve kept a close eye on Nexen’s operations to bring the company back into compliance,” Jim Ellis, head of the Alberta Energy Regulator, said in a release.“The pipeline responsible for this spill will remain suspended until Nexen can demonstrate to us that the company can operate it safely.”The total provincial fine is $460,000. About $450,00 of that will go into funds to help establish best practices on pipeline spills and to expand an environmental sciences degree program for Indigenous youth.The federal fine of $290,000 is to go into an environmental damages fund for migratory bird habitat.last_img read more

RCMP investigating possible pedestrian hit and run

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are investigating what they believe is a hit and run that occurred early this morning behind the Fire Hall.Just after 6:30 Monday morning, the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a man lying in the middle of the road in the area of 94th Ave and 94th St.Officers attended and began their investigation into a suspected Hit & Run involving the male pedestrian, who is approximately 30 years old. The man was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries.Police say that their investigation is in the early stages, and is being assisted by the RCMP’s Traffic Reconstruction Unit.The Fort St John RCMP request the public find alternate routes of travel as the road will be closed for an indeterminate amount of time as the investigation continues.If anyone was in the area and saw anything suspicious or has information about this incident, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.calast_img read more

Regional District hosts meeting on Old Fort landslide update

first_imgMcQuarrie says changes in the landslide status depends on the weather conditions.“It will all come down to how much rain you will get in the Spring, how much snow you get over the Winter, and how things melt. That’s when the next risky period is going to be when it comes to Spring.”Highlighted in the report, the main elements at risk that will be monitored will be the southern part of the gravel pit, the temporary access road, and Old Fort Road.According to McQuarrie, they are still unsure as to how deep the landslide is and the rate of its movement.McQuarrie’s presentation ended as some residents continued to argue with him about the quarry and how they claim it is a contributing factor to the landslide.Following McQuarrie’s presentation Nikki Hogg, of Ministry of Transportation, gave an update on the current road status and the monitors that have been set up to watch the progress of the slide.Hogg says there are currently four thresholds that collect data that monitor slide activity.“We have four different thresholds, and that triggers different responses. They’re pretty conservative right now just because we want to see how the slide’s reacting. Since we’ve installed them since the slide has slowed down and has stopped moving, we haven’t seen any alerts from those monitoring systems and where they’re placed right now, right around five centimetres is when we will start to trigger an alert, and we will be sharing that information with the Regional District and other affected agencies to make some decisions on whether we need to close the road, increase patrol, how it’s affecting the road, and those types of things.”Hogg assured the residents that the Ministry would continue to monitor the condition of the road.Regional Chair, Brad Sperling, was on hand to report some resolutions that have been sent by the Regional District to the Provincial Government.Some of those resolutions include that the government takes full responsibility to monitor the landslide movement and that the Ministry of Public Safety should launch an investigation into the cause of the slide. Sperling feels this should not be PRRD’s responsibility.Some residents wanted to make sure that the Regional District is on board when it comes to them staying in there homes as long as possible.Sperling responded saying, “You will be, as long as it’s possible and if you’re not in danger, you will be staying there.”Sperling also assured residents that the Regional District has an evacuation plan set in place if any further sliding were to occur.At the end of the meeting, residents stated that they wish to be better informed when it comes to the releasing of information about the landslide status, as they feel they are the biggest stakeholders involved in this situation since it is they’re homes and livelihood that would ultimately be heavily affected by the landslide.The District says it will continue to improve ways of keeping residents informed on updates as they become available.The full geotechnical report can be viewed on the Regional District’s website. To present the completed geotechnical report was Eric McQuarrie of Westrek Geotechnical Services.McQuarrie says the movement of land has ceased for the time being in part to seasonal changes.“The movement has ceased, but it’s what we call suspended. We won’t call it inactive yet; it has to go through a full cycle where we don’t see any movement; have a little bit more confidence that it has stopped. This case here is just suspended because we got into the cold and we got into lower groundwater levels.”McQuarrie says a change in groundwater levels and pressures is a likely cause of the landslide and not the gravel pit alone.“Groundwater pressures are a significant contributing factor to most large landslides; therefore, the causes of the landslide would most likely be factors that increase groundwater levels or piezometric pressures. The removal of overburden soils as part of the gravel pit operation could have impacted the groundwater level by greatly reducing the volume of soil capable of absorbing groundwater within the vadose zone.”Some residents in attendance were pretty upset by the report as they say it does not list the gravel pit as a contributing factor to the landslide as they have large stockpiles of gravel on top of the hill. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District hosted a community meeting for the residents of Old Fort on Monday at the North Peace Cultural Centre.Many concerned and frustrated residents came out to listen to the updates on the landslide status.The meeting included a presentation of the completed geotechnical report, slope monitoring system, and discussions of the DRAFT evacuation plan.center_img McQuarrie says the weight of the gravel pit stockpiles is pretty minor in contributing to the landslide.“The weight of the stockpiles is pretty minor. Weight is not an issue, and the weight hasn’t changed. They haven’t really changed, what’s happened is the groundwater has changed.”McQuarrie adds that while most slides are caused by loading issues, he believes this is not the case in Old Fort, stressing that the purpose of this report is to determine imminent hazard and not the precise cause of the slide.“In most slides, the loading is an issue. In this one, we haven’t gone into enough detail, and that’s going to be a different report. You have to keep in mind that what we’re trying to deal with the imminent hazard.”last_img read more

District of Taylor holds groundbreaking ceremony for Jarvis Crescent

first_imgWork is expected to begin this coming week, with completion expected sometime in 2020. Mayor Rob Fraser says the new subdivision will serve Taylor’s growing housing needs and fits with the vision Jarvis had for the community.“We’ve hit a limit in Taylor with respect to residential homes, properties that are already serviced. We’ve hit a bit of a wall and for us to move to the next phase in Taylor’s development, as far as bringing in more people, we need another subdivision. The vision of this subdivision goes hand-in-hand with the vision that Fred had for our community. I’m excited to get this going and Fred’s legacy will last forever, really, in this community.”It was announced in February that the subdivision ‘Parcel Z’ would be named in honour of Jarvis.Located along Spruce Street, this parcel is a 22-acre piece of District property that includes 50 lots for new single-family homes.The area for the Jarvis Crescent Subdivision is outlined in red. Source Google MapsIn April, the District awarded a $3.39 million contract to S. Young Enterprises to construct the subdivision, with Urban Systems being awarded a $128,000 direct award for project management services. TAYLOR, B.C. – The District of Taylor held a groundbreaking ceremony on Friday for the Jarvis Crescent Subdivision.The new subdivision is in honour of Fred Jarvis, the late former Mayor of Taylor who passed away on December 2, 2018.Jarvis served 28 years as the Mayor of Taylor and 35 years of public service before he retired in 2014.last_img read more

British Airways to launch its shortest flight

first_imgLondon: British Airways is launching its shortest flight till date, a 54-mile, 50-minute flight from Bahrain International Airport to Dammam, Saudi Arabia, the media reported on Saturday. The return flight will be even quicker, with only 40 minutes spent in the air, CNN quoted the airlines as saying in a statement on Friday. The brief flight succeeds the airline’s current shortest trip: a 62-mile hop between the Caribbean islands of Antigua and Saint Kitts. The new service to Dammam is an extension of an existing route from London’s Heathrow Airport to Muharraq, Bahrain. At present, customers disembarking in Bahrain are offered a 90-minute limousine journey to Dammam. From December 1, travelers from London will have the option to continue on the same plane — a four-class Boeing 777-200 — to Dammam’s King Fahd International Airport. The 54-mile flight will not operate as an individual journey. Only passengers travelling to or from London will have access to the Bahrain-Dammam route. “The direct service will now enable seamless travel in eight hours from our home at Heathrow,” the airline statement said. “More than half of Saudi Arabia’s oil and gas is produced in this region, so this new link underlines the importance of the Eastern province of the Kingdom and the need for smooth onward connections to Europe and the US.”last_img read more

Tyrannosaurus rex found in Canada is world’s biggest

first_imgMontreal: The towering Tyrannosaurus rex discovered in western Canada in 1991 is the world’s biggest, a team of paleontologists said Friday, following a decades-long process of reconstructing its skeleton. Nicknamed Scotty for a celebratory bottle of scotch consumed the night it was discovered, the T. rex was 13 meters (yards) long and probably weighed more than 8,800 kilos (19,400 pounds), making it bigger than all other carnivorous dinosaurs, the team from the University of Alberta said. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”This is the rex of rexes,” said Scott Persons, lead author of the study and postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Biological Sciences. “There is considerable size variability among Tyrannosaurus. Some individuals were lankier than others and some were more robust. Scotty exemplifies the robust,” Persons said. While the giant carnivore’s skeleton was discovered in 1991, paleontologists spent more than a decade just removing the hard sandstone that covered its bones. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsOnly now have they been able to study it and realize its uniqueness, which is not limited to its size. “Scotty is the oldest T. rex known,” having lived into its 30s, Persons said. “By Tyrannosaurus standards, it had an unusually long life. And it was a violent one,” Persons said. “Riddled across the skeleton are pathologies — spots where scarred bone records large injuries.” An exhibit featuring the dinosaur’s bones is to open in May at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum.last_img read more

Microsoft unveils new Xbox all-digital edition

first_imgSan Francisco: Microsoft has unveiled its Xbox One S All-Digital Edition for $249 which would be available starting May 7. This is a new model that will be sold alongside the original Xbox One S and the more powerful Xbox One X. “A disc-free, completely digital Xbox One is no longer just a rumoured pipe dream for cord cutters and the current generation of Fortnite fanatics who’ve never had to set foot inside of a GameStop. “The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will hit retailers on May 7 for $250 (that’s $50 less than the Xbox One S) and it’s available for pre-order today,” Engadget reported on Tuesday. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year The new console comes with three popular Microsoft-owned titles, namely Sea of Thieves, Forza Horizon 3 and Minecraft. “The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition is $50 less than Xbox One S and we expect to maintain at least this price difference between the two consoles,” Jeff Gattis, General Manager of Platform and Devices Marketing at Microsoft was quoted as saying by The Verge. There’s also a special offer on Xbox Game Pass, the monthly subscription service that includes access to more than 100 games.last_img read more

Jacqueline to make digital debut

first_imgMumbai: Jacqueline Fernandez is set to make foray into the digital entertainment space with Netflix thriller Mrs Serial Killer, the streaming service announced on April 24. The film is directed by Shirish Kunder and produced by Farah Khan. “When her husband is framed and imprisoned for serial murders, a doting wife must perform a murder exactly like the serial killer, to prove her husband innocent,” reads the one-line synopsis of the movie. The feature is one of the 10 new Netflix Indian original films that the streamer announced last week. Mrs Serial Killer is slated to be released on the streaming platform later this year. By the end of 2020, a total of 15 new original Indian films – including previously announced titles Music Teacher, Cobalt Blue, Chopsticks, Upstarts and Bulbul – will be available to Netflix subscribers around the world, the streamer said previously.last_img read more

‘Special day’ for history-making woman umpire

first_imgWindhoek (Namibia): Australia’s Claire Polosak said it was a “special day” as she made history in becoming the first female umpire to stand in a men’s one-day international. The 31-year-old officiated in the final of the World Cricket League Division 2 between hosts Namibia and Oman at the weekend and admitted she would “sleep well” after her performance. “It was a special day for everyone and I wanted to do the best I can,” said Polosak. “There was a little bit of intensity out there, some argy-bargy between the teams but I nipped it in the bud with a quiet word. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: Rijiju”Everyone responded well, there were no issues with player behaviour.” Polosak has already stood in 15 women’s ODIs, the first one in November 2016 between Australia and South Africa. She has also umpired the semi-final of the Women’s T20 World Cup in 2018 between England and India and four matches at the 2017 Women’s World Cup. “I had a couple of big calls,” she added of Saturday’s game which was won by Namibia by 145 runs. “Big caught behinds, lbws which I was pleased with. You never walk off completely happy but I will sleep well tonight.” Polosak has already blazed a trail — she was the first woman to stand in a men’s domestic fixture in Australia in her first List A match in Australia in 2017. In December last year, she and her South Australian counterpart Eloise Sheridan became the first female umpires to officiate on-field together during a professional match in Australia when the Adelaide Strikers hosted the Melbourne Stars in the WBBL.last_img read more