Experts warn against baiting harassing wildlife for Instagramworthy photos

first_imgMONTREAL – While some wildlife photographers dream of that perfect shot of a majestic moose or a swooping snowy owl, some observers say more and more people are stooping to unethical practices to get a great photo.Parks Ontario ecologist David Legros says there has been a spike in the number of people trampling through sensitive habitat, blocking roads, laying down food or chasing wild animals in the quest for a photo — and he believes social media platforms such as Instagram are partly to blame.“I think a lot of it is driven by increases in the accessibility of digital photography, and social media, because everyone is showing their pictures and everyone else wants to get great pictures too,” Legros said in a phone interview.In a blog post published in April, Parks Ontario highlighted some instances of recent bad behaviour, including chasing moose, cutting down tree branches for a better view or smearing peanut butter on trees to attract pine martens.The most common problem, Legros said, is “baiting” animals with food, which makes it easier to get a photo but can cause them to become aggressive toward humans or spend more time around roads where they’re more likely to be struck and killed.He added that bad guests are in the minority and most people behave with respect.The issue also crops up among professional wildlife photographers, where the pressure to get great images can be intense.In April, London’s Natural History Museum disqualified one of the winning entries in its Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest after concluding it was “highly likely” the anteater in the shot was a taxidermy specimen.The museum said in a press release that five independent scientists all reached the same conclusion, which photographer Marcio Cabral strongly denied.Canadian Geographic says it is “very much aware” of the problem, and tries to filter out photographers who bait their subjects, or try to pass off captive animals from zoos or game farms as wild.“We do not publish images where it is obvious that such methods were used, and in instances where we have any suspicion this may be the case, we check with the photographer,” editor-in-chief Aaron Kylie said in an email.In Canada, intense debate has erupted over the practice of owl baiting, which usually entails using live mice to lure birds of prey.Laura Kaye, an amateur photographer and bird watcher, remembers driving to a spot near Montreal about two years ago in the hopes of spotting a rare great grey owl.But when she arrived, she was puzzled to see the wild animal swooping down and landing right in front of a large pack of photographers.“Then I realized they had a cooler that was full of mice, and they threw a mouse onto the snow, and I realized they were feeding the owl with mice,” she said.Kaye said she was troubled by the idea that the owl’s natural behaviour was being altered.“Rather than going out hunting, it’s staying in one spot, getting used to humans, and later down the road that could get the owl in danger,” said Kaye, who has since started the Instagram account and hashtag #ethicalowlphotos to highlight the work of photographers who don’t use such practices.But even Kaye admits the subject is a controversial one and that photographers and scientists are divided over whether baiting actually does any harm.Calgary-based nature photographer Robert Berdan says he doesn’t bait, simply to avoid the criticism, but doesn’t judge those who do so.“I have found no scientific evidence that feeding the animals harms them, and I have consulted owl and wildlife experts,” he said in an email.Kerri Martin, a Calgary-based photographer who is doing a master’s in ethical wildlife photography, says the issue of ethics in photography goes far beyond baiting or snapping shots at zoos or game farms.Many behaviours can cause stress, including getting too close or causing a bird to fly away and drop a meal, she said in a phone interview.And while she doesn’t personally like baiting or game farm photography, she says she doesn’t necessary judge those who use them, as long as the photographers disclose how the photo was obtained and the animal’s welfare is considered above all.“No picture is worth harming or causing stress to an animal, but that balance is hard to achieve,” she said.last_img read more

No suitors emerge for pipeline project stake as Kinder Morgan deadline looms

first_imgCALGARY – With just over a week remaining until the May 31 deadline set for abandoning its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, no suitors have publicly emerged to step into builder Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s shoes.Analysts and observers say they remain perplexed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s comment last week that “plenty of investors would be interested in taking on this project,” after the federal government said it would offer an “indemnity” or insurance to guarantee it is built.Kinder Morgan said Monday it has nothing to add to last week’s statement from CEO Steve Kean in which he repeated the May 31 deadline and said that discussions are ongoing but “we are not yet in alignment.”It’s difficult to guess who might take Kinder Morgan’s place without knowing what guarantees or deals are being offered by the federal government and possibly the province of Alberta, said Samir Kayande, a director with RS Energy Group in Calgary.He pointed out that the richer the deal, the longer the list of potential replacements for Kinder Morgan, which could include pension or private equity funds.“There is still time to get something done around a guarantee of some sort that will satisfy Kinder Morgan,” he said in an interview on Monday.“It really depends on the scope of the federal and provincial guarantees that are going to be offered. The governments are in kind of a tough spot here because if anyone does step in, it’s going to take them months or longer, potentially, to ramp up the whole effort.”The federal government has said its indemnity and suggestion of the entry of a third party gives it an advantage as it negotiates with Kinder Morgan but Dennis McConaghy, a former TransCanada Corp. executive and industry analyst, said he disagrees.He said it would be a “political disaster” for both Morneau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley if the pipeline in-service date is delayed beyond 2020 because both governments have staked their reputations on it being built.“I’ve been very skeptical about the advent of third parties,” said McConaghy. “This deal has to get done with Kinder if the focus is to get the pipeline in service by 2020.“This project is essentially an expansion and a debottlenecking of an existing pipeline so it’s very difficult to build the project without selling the original Trans Mountain asset, which is of course a very complicated prospect.”He said the cost and delays involved in bringing in a third party makes it clear that the federal government’s best bet is to reach an agreement with Kinder Morgan.Meanwhile, finance officials had no new details to report in an email received Monday.Trans Mountain has been operating since the 1950s, carrying as much as 300,000 barrels a day of oil and refined fuels from Edmonton to the Vancouver area, where it connects with a line carrying crude to refineries in Washington state.The planned tripling to 890,000 barrels a day could give Canada access to alternative markets as booming production from U.S. shale plays reduces Canada’s biggest customer’s need to import northern oil.B.C. is fighting the pipeline in the federal Court of Appeal and in B.C. Supreme Court. It has also referred to the B.C. Court of Appeal its own proposed legislation to cap oil shipments across the province.Enbridge Inc., North America’s biggest crude pipelines operator, has denied it is negotiating to take over the Trans Mountain expansion project. Rival pipeline company TransCanada Corp. didn’t respond to a request for comment on Monday.Oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc., a company hit hard by oil price discounts in the first quarter and a committed shipper on the project, refused comment when asked if it is interested in buying a stake in the project.Kinder Morgan says it has already spent $1.1 billion of estimated $7.4 billion price of the project.Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies mentioned in this story: (TSX:KML, TSX:ENB, TSX:TRP)last_img read more

Six stories in the news today May 30

first_imgSix stories in the news for Tuesday, May 30———TRUDEAU CONTINUES OFFICIAL VISIT TO ITALY TODAYPrime Minister Justin Trudeau will continue his official visit to Italy today, where he will meet Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni and deliver an address to parliamentarians. Trudeau is promoting cultural and economic ties between the two countries, including the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement between Canada and the European Union. Trudeau met with Pope Francis on Monday, and says he asked the pontiff to apologize for the role the Catholic Church played in the tragedy of residential schools.———HEARINGS OF MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN INQUIRY START TODAYThe first family hearings of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls begin today in Whitehorse. Forty families are registered to testify before the commissioners in both public and private hearings between today and Thursday. Commissioners will be examining and reporting on the causes of violence against indigenous women and girls by scrutinizing practices, policies and institutions, including policing and child welfare.———MINISTER SAYS FIGHTING FAMINE STARVES TERRORISMCanada’s international development minister says famine-ravaged countries in Africa and the Middle East will breed terrorism if the world can’t help feed their people and give them hope. Marie-Claude Bibeau says Canadians may want to do the compassionate thing and help ease the suffering of 20 million people in Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen and Somalia. The government has launched a matching fund for famine relief in those four countries. It will match donations made to registered charities over the period of March 17 to June 30.———B.C. NEW DEMOCRATS TO VOTE ON DEAL WITH GREENSThe B.C. New Democrats are scheduled to vote today on a deal the party made with the Greens to pave the way for the formation of a new minority government. A Green party team has been negotiating with the NDP and Christy Clark’s Liberals since the May 9 election didn’t produce a clear winner. Premier Christy Clark has signalled she isn’t ready to immediately release her grip on power. She has promised to say more today after consulting her caucus.———NOVA SCOTIANS HEADING TO THE POLLS TODAYAfter a 30-day campaign, Nova Scotians will head to the polls today to elect the province’s next government. The major-party leaders fanned out across the province on Monday trying to sway undecided voters in the final hours before the provincial election. The NDP and Progressive Conservatives were once again focused on health care, with both parties challenging Premier Stephen McNeil’s track record.———CLOSING ARGUMENTS IN NURSE MANSLAUGHTER TRIALClosing arguments are expected to begin today in the manslaughter trial of an Ontario nurse who took a woman off life support without a doctor’s order. Joanna Flynn is also charged with criminal negligence causing death in connection with the events of March 2, 2014. Flynn was working in the intensive care unit of Georgian Bay General Hospital in Midland, Ont., that night and acted as Deanna Leblanc’s primary care nurse.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada releases the balance of international payments for the first quarter and the industrial product and raw materials prices indexes for April.— The Parliamentary Budget Officer posts a new report entitled “Following the Dollar – Tracking Budget 2016 Spending and tax Measures.”— Alberta Children’s Services Minister Danielle Larivee tables new child protection act in the legislature.— Three-week trial scheduled to begin for former RCMP inspector Tim Shields, who faces one count of sexual assault.— Scotiabank, Laurentian Bank among companies reporting second-quarter earnings.— Prince Harry attends the London launch of the U.K. team selected for the 2017 Invictus Games, which will take place in Toronto.last_img read more

Canadas return to peacekeeping five things to know about the details

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has finally unveiled Canada’s long-awaited commitment to United Nations peacekeeping efforts, and it’s getting mixed reviews. Some observers wonder if it will be enough to help Canada secure a coveted UN Security Council seat in 2021. Here are five things to know about the federal government’s plans:Contributions: The prime minister has offered up to six helicopters and two transport aircraft, plus crews and support personnel, as well as a 200-member quick reaction force for UN operations. He also says the government remains committed to its original promise of up to 600 soldiers and 150 police officers.Women: Canada has also has also pledged $21 million to help double the number of women deployed on peacekeeping operations. Trudeau said women bring a “unique” perspective to conflict resolution. Women now make up only seven per cent of 13,000 police officers deployed as peacekeepers and two per cent of the country’s 87,000 military personnel.Training: Canada will offer a training and advisory team which will work with nations planning peace operations, to better help such countries contend with the challenges of peacekeeping themselves. The trainers will be prepared to accompany the trainees on their deployments.Child Soldiers: Trudeau said Canada will promote a set of principles dealing with the use of child soldiers. They support the reporting of abuses against children in armed conflict, call for the inclusion of child protection expertise in peacekeeping operations and highlight the need for proper psychological support for peacekeepers who face child soldiers. The UN says thousands of children and have been recruited or coerced into fighting factions around the world.Reaction: While some welcomed the announcements as a renewal of Canada’s long-standing commitment to the UN and peacekeeping, others panned it. Walter Dorn of the Royal Military College, an expert on peacekeeping, said Canada is still “delaying and dithering.” Retired general Lew MacKenzie, who led a famous Canadian peacekeeping mission in Sarajevo in 1992, called it “condescending.”last_img read more

PMO confirms staffer being probed over allegations

first_imgOTTAWA – An official in Justin Trudeau’s office is being investigated over unspecified allegations, both the Prime Minister’s Office and the official confirmed late Wednesday.The Prime Minister’s Office has not identified the official or the nature of the allegations, but several media outlets have reported that the accusations involved “inappropriate behaviour.”The staffer, Claude-Eric Gagne, the PMO’s deputy director of operations, has issued a statement that he is on leave because of an “independent investigation regarding allegations” that have come to the PMO’s attention.“I am taking this situation seriously and I have offered my full and complete co-operation to the investigator who gave me the opportunity to expose my version of the facts to these allegations which I challenge the veracity,” Gagne said in an emailed statement.“I hope that the process will succeed as soon as possible.”Gagne says he won’t comment any further to avoid undermining the process he has agreed to participate in.Trudeau’s director of communications, Kate Purchase, says any allegation brought to the PMO is taken extremely seriously.“In this case, an investigation was immediately triggered with the assistance of an independent investigator and the individual in question went on leave, pending the outcome.”Purchase said the PMO would not comment further to protect the integrity of the process.last_img read more

Pride members resign over calls for police apology for alleged homophobia

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Most of the board members of a Newfoundland Pride group have abruptly resigned, days after one of its leaders accused the police of targeting homosexual men for allegedly having sex in a mall bathroom more than two decades ago.Noah Davis-Power, co-chairman of the St. John’s Pride board of directors, said that at least one of the resignations was due to his recent call for an apology from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary over arrests at a local mall in 1993.Davis-Power, who will step down Saturday, said the request didn’t sit well with a law enforcement officer who was on the board before resigning earlier this week. He had also reportedly said St. John’s Pride was considering a ban of RNC officers and Liberal politicians.“I understand that my politics aren’t coinciding with what a lot of the community feels right now,” Davis-Power said on Twitter. “I don’t think Pride is about one person. It’s never about one person. When it is, you’ve lost the goal. That’s when it’s time to step away.”Power had asked for a police apology for a series of arrests related to alleged sexual activity in the washrooms at the Village Shopping Centre in St. John’s.Police began investigating in 1993 after a woman complained that her young son was approached by a man at the mall who started a conversation of a sexual nature.At the time, police installed hidden cameras in the men’s washrooms and captured 60 men on camera performing various sexual acts. About 34 men were charged with indecent acts in what police said at the time was an investigation into alleged pedophilia and a homosexual sex ring.The apology request and news stories prompted RNC Chief Joe Boland to issue a statement earlier this week saying the investigations were “free from discrimination” and did not target homosexuals.Boland said in the brief statement that the 1993 investigation “produced evidence of sexually explicit acts occurring in the open area of a public washroom.”“I can assure you that this investigation was not carried out for the purpose of targeting homosexual men,” he stated. “At no time did the RNC refer to the subject of this investigation as a ‘homosexual ring’.”The provincial government has rejected a request for an apology, but Davis-Power said an apology would help set the groundwork for true “bridge building.”He alleged that a number of the men involved killed themselves for being outed in that way, but Boland insisted that the RNC did not publicly identify the people involved.(VOCM)last_img read more

David SaintJacques talks space training and robotics during stop in Montreal

first_imgMONTREAL – David Saint-Jacques is two-thirds of the way through his training ahead of his flight to the International Space Station in November, the Canadian astronaut said Saturday.Saint-Jacques, who took a break from his training to cheer on the participants of a youth robotics competition in Montreal on Saturday, said he’s finished the theoretical part of his training, and is currently working on simulators and practising the science experiments he’ll do in space.“I’m in the very practical part of my training, where we’re learning to react to every emergency situation available,” he said in a brief interview.“It’s a bit like the launch ramp is at the summit of Mount Everest, and I’m at about the two-thirds mark of climbing Everest.”The 47-year-old will be the first Canadian aboard the ISS since Chris Hadfield spent five months aboard the station in 2013.By the time he leaves Earth, the Quebecer will have undergone intense training, including time in the microgravity simulator.On Saturday, Saint-Jacques, who is both an engineer and a doctor, appeared eager to check out the talents of the next generation.He spent time touring and chatting with the mostly teen-aged participants and took in the competition, where student-designed robots raced to pick up and place bright yellow cubes as rock music blared.Nouha Doghri, 16, said she was impressed and touched by Saint-Jacques’ interest in their project.“He’s really inspiring as a person, having done all those jobs: pilot, astronaut, astrophysicist,” said Doghri, part of an all-girls team.“It’s really impressive and motivating because it shows that if you want something you can do it.”Saint-Jacques told reporters that robotics are Canada’s main contribution to space flight and he’s happy to see that innovation continue in the next generation.He said there’s always a chance one of the students could design the next Canadarm — the country’s famous now-retired robotic contribution to space flight — but even if they don’t, they’re still learning.“They’re learning to be ingenious, thinking outside the box, fixing, focus on the solution, not the problem — all these skills that will be invaluable later in life,” he said.He compared the students’ hard work to his own preparation to go to space, adding that for the moment, he was more focused than excited.“(They students) were eager to get ready for the big day, and that’s the shoes I’m in,” he said.last_img read more

SJHL teams get mental health fund after Broncos crash

first_imgHUMBOLDT, Sask. – Saskatchewan hockey officials have announced an assistance program for players and their families following a bus crash that killed 15 people.The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League says the fund will provide mental health help for everyone involved in its dozen teams across the province, including the Humboldt Broncos.The Broncos were heading to a playoff game Friday when their bus collided with a truck at an intersection north of Tisdale.Fourteen others were injured.Former National Hockey League player Sheldon Kennedy was at the fund announcement and says many players will need long-term help to deal with the trauma.Kennedy survived a bus crash in 1986 that killed four of his teammates with the Swift Current Broncos.“We know more today than we ever did back then,” Kennedy said.“The scars that last a lifetime are real.”last_img read more

In the news today June 6

first_imgFive stories in the news for Wednesday, June 6———FINAL DAY OF CAMPAIGNING IN ONTARIO ELECTIONThe three major party leaders in the Ontario election race have one more day of campaigning before voters head to the polls. A poll released Tuesday suggests Andrea Horwath’s NDP and Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are in a virtual tie heading into Thursday’s vote at 39 and 38 per cent respectively. Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals are well back with just 18 per cent support among those surveyed.———CANADA REJECTS BILATERAL DEAL TO REPLACE NAFTAOttawa is rejecting a push by the Trump administration to strike separate, bilateral trade deals with Canada and Mexico instead of forging ahead with a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement. Ottawa’s refusal to pursue a one-on-one trade deal with the United States came after Larry Kudlow, Donald Trump’s top economic adviser, said the president was serious about pursuing bilateral agreements with its NAFTA partners.———SENATE SEEKS DISCLOSURE OF POT INVESTORSThe Senate wants to ensure organized crime doesn’t use offshore tax havens to wind up secretly controlling the recreational marijuana market in Canada once pot is legalized. Senators voted 45-29 Tuesday to amend the cannabis legalization bill to require that any company licensed to grow marijuana must publicly disclose all its shareholders or executive members who are not based in Canada.———NO CERTAINTY AT G7 ON PLASTICS OR CLIMATEDoubt is percolating about Canada’s ability to deliver on its two biggest environmental commitments at this week’s G7, with no agreement yet on a plastics waste charter and Canada’s recent pipeline purchase casting a pall over its commitment to climate change. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna said Tuesday it is still uncertain whether Canada will get its proposed zero plastics waste plan signed at this week’s G7 leaders summit.———B.C. INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE SPEAKER AWARDEDShe’s the last surviving fluent speaker of her Indigenous language, but Elizabeth Phillips says she’s more confident than ever that her mother tongue will survive. The 79-year-old Sto:lo Nation elder is scheduled to receive an honorary degree Wednesday for her efforts to preserve the Halq’emeylem language in British Columbia. Phillips, whose Sto:lo name is Siyamiyateliyout, will receive an honorary doctor of letters degree at the University of the Fraser Valley’s convocation ceremony.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada releases April data on the value of building permits and Canadian international merchandise trade.— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with French President Emmanuel Macron.— Gov. Gen. Julie Payette meets with French President Emmanuel Macron at Rideau Hall.— Preliminary hearing in Edmonton for Michelle Rice, charged in the death of her 11-day-old daughter.— Transportation officials will outline details of Calgary’s first low-speed autonomous shuttle pilot.last_img read more

Notley says Odin photos show Jason Kenney needs to stop dogwhistle politics

first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says Opposition Leader Jason Kenney must stop “dog-whistle” politics that allow hateful extremists to believe they have a home in his United Conservative Party.But Kenney is accusing Notley of exploiting a one-off event orchestrated by a “kooky” organization against the UCP and its candidates.Candidates running for the UCP nomination in the constituency of Edmonton West Henday posed for pictures at a pub event last Friday with the Soldiers of Odin, an anti-immigration group that originated in Finland and has been linked to neo-Nazis in Europe. The Canadian branch says it is not racist but more of a neighbourhood watch.“Why are these folks showing up at these events and feeling as though they are welcomed?” Notley said at the legislature Tuesday.“If you use dog-whistle politics enough, eventually soon enough people are going to respond to the whistle.”She described such politics as a “subtle embracing of issues that are designed to attract people with fairly extreme opinions to your movement. That’s something that we’ve been seeing on the right more and more.”Two of the candidates, Kenney, and the riding association say the Soldiers of Odin crashed the event and the candidates didn’t know who they were with when they posed for photos. They unreservedly denounced the group’s views.Notley said what happened highlights a trend in right-wing politics and Kenney’s party. She noted that others running for candidacy in the UCP in recent months have either been rejected or allowed to run despite expressing bigoted comments.“This is not an isolated incident,” said Notley.“We also look at this pattern that we see developing with respect to the proliferation of candidates with that (UCP) party that also appear to hold views that are rooted in hate.”She said such views must be challenged loudly and repeatedly, and called on Kenney to do more than send out statements on social media.“He needs to speak directly to it … and very definitively declare, not only his position, but what they will do to stop it from happening in the future.”Kenney, speaking in Calgary, noted that one of the people seeking the nomination in West Henday is Cree and another is Metis.“It’s unfortunate but I’m not entirely surprised the premier is going into gutter politics,” he said.“It would be nicer if the premier were actually to stand in solidarity with our Aboriginal nomination candidates, who were obviously the targets of political mischief.“This has nothing to do with our candidates.”Since taking leadership of the UCP, Kenney has made it clear in speeches and statements that those who foster hate have no place in his party and that they will not be allowed to run in the spring election.There have been controversies with some UCP candidates.Todd Beasley was disqualified as a candidate in Brooks-Medicine Hat in the summer after making anti-Islamic comments on social media.Also in the summer, Sandra Kim was allowed to run for the nomination of Maskwacis-Wetaskiwin despite homophobic social media comments from 2015.Cindy Ross, a one-time nominee for Calgary Fish Creek, apologized last month for online comments she made years ago opposing the opening of a mosque in Fort McMurray.last_img read more

Federal government confirms new Champlain Bridge wont be ready until 2019

first_imgMONTREAL – The new Champlain Bridge slated to open later this year now won’t welcome traffic until sometime in 2019, the federal government confirmed Thursday.Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said during a visit to the site that key work won’t be completed before the winter months take over, forcing a delay to the planned Dec. 21 opening.The $4.2 billion bridge will now open sometime in 2019 — by next June at the latest — Champagne said.“To ensure the durability of the new bridge, certain finishing works … need to be done next spring,” he said.Champagne said while the main structure of the bridge will be completed by December, other work including waterproofing and paving of the span will have to wait until weather conditions are more favourable.Putting down a membrane and two layers of asphalt will take about two months and requires temperatures of at least 2 degrees Celsius.A firm opening date will be announced early next year, but in the meantime the old bridge located next to the new structure will remain open to traffic.Champagne said the government had undertaken measures in 2017 to ensure the old structure would remain “open, functional and safe.”Another $10 million has been added to the previous $50 million earmarked for keeping the aging bridge in service until the new span opens.Champagne said there will be a cost to the consortium building the new bridge because of the delivery delay.The contract provides penalties of $100,000 per day the bridge is late for the first seven days and $400,000 per day late after the first week, to a maximum of $150 million.“When there’s delays, there are consequences and both sides will be looking at the contractual terms and conditions, there will be discussion and there will be legal and financial consequences,” Champagne said. “However, I must say the focus of everyone is to deliver the new Champlain Bridge.”Some 1,600 workers have worked around the clock, seven days a week on the Champlain Bridge project.Champagne said the project has been hit by certain “excusable delays” and any penalties will be the subject of confidential discussions among lawyers.Daniel Genest, who heads Signature on the Saint Lawrence Group — the consortium building the bridge — said a crane was struck by lightning, immobilizing it for three days. Crane operators were also on strike in June and there were some weather-related delays.Genest believed a Dec. 21 delivery was possible until September, because of those delays.“I did ask for other expert opinions which confirmed the work could not be done,” Champagne said. “In my role managing public money, we had to come to the conclusion that this work could not be done without impacting the durability.”The new bridge is expected to last 125 years.last_img read more

Huawei CFO back in court Tuesday for third day of bail hearing

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Huawei’s CFO, wanted on fraud charges in the U.S. will be back in court Tuesday morning for day three of her bail hearing. This is after a judge said he would not be making a decision Monday afternoon.Meng will be spending at least one more night in police custody.Also, judge just confirmed he will NOT be making a decision today, prompting some disappointed gasps from the public. Judge says he’s looking for more clarification on what the residency requirements of a surety in BC are #MengWanzhou #huawei @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 10, 2018Meng was arrested last Saturday while in transit at Vancouver’s airport.At the hearing, the defence is offering $15 million for her bail, $1 million of which would be in cash. While the Crown was satisfied with the amount, it argues $7.5 million should be cash.Meng’s lawyer David Martin said Meng could possibly put up enough cash to meet Crown’s suggestion.Court back in session. Crown making propositions for bail conditions. One, amount deposited in cash should be more. Currently, she’d be giving $15 mill. to get bail but only $1 mill. of that would be cash deposited. Crown says $7.5 mill. should be deposited #MengWanzhou @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 10, 2018On Friday, the first day of Meng’s bail hearing, the Crown revealed she is wanted due to an investigation into fraud and violations against U.S. sanctions against Iran.The U.S. is accusing the company of using subsidiary Skycom to do business with Iran, which would bypass sanctions. Meng is accused to have previously insisted the two were separate companies. If extradited and convicted, she could face sentences as long as 30 years.On Monday, Scott Filer, CEO of Lions Gate Risk Management, told court his company was contacted by Meng’s lawyers last week to come up with a “supervision plan” if Meng were to be released on bail.Filer said the plan would include a dedicated driver, and security team that would escort Meng and enforce bail conditions.The plan would also include a mapped perimeter of where Meng would be allowed to go, and workers would rotate on three eight-hour shifts per day.Plan also includes a mapped perimeter of where #MengWanzhou would be allowed to go. That includes Richmond, Vancouver, up to parts of North Shore. Filer says they would have eyes on her at all times. #huawei @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 10, 2018When questioned by the Crown, Filer admitted Lions Gate has never monitored someone on bail before, and this would be the company’s first time doing so.Filer admits Lions Gate has never monitored someone on bail before. This would be first time. Says they’ve done other similar jobs before, including protection and security, which he says is similar. Adds their services will be paid for by #MengWanzhou. #huawei @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 10, 2018Steve Tan with Recovery Science told court the company has done electronic monitoring in more than 500 of bail cases and is currently monitoring 115 people on bail with GPS ankle bracelets.Tan says it is possible for someone to force off a bracelet, but an alarm would trigger. However, he told court of one case where someone on bail was able to remove the ankle bracelet and run away, avoiding re-arrest.Tan says there’s one case he’s aware of where a person on bail wearing their ankle bracelet was able to take it off, run away, and successfully avoid getting re-arrested. #MengWanzhou #huawei @NEWS1130— Monika Gul (@MonikaGul) December 10, 2018On Friday, the Crown argued Meng should be denied bail, claiming she is a flight risk.Crown says charge U.S. pursuing against #MengWanzhou is conspiracy to defraud multiple international financial institutions. If convicted, that could lead to a sentence as long as 30 years. #Huawei— Martin MacMahon (@martinmacmahon) December 7, 2018On Friday, the judge lifted a publication ban that was in place at Meng’s request, thanks to a lawyer representing several media outlets.Monday’s court appearance, the second day of the bail hearing, came on the heels of an op-ed in a Communist Party newspaper, calling Canada’s treatment of Meng “inhumane.” It was published in Monday’s Global Times, following formal government protests to the ambassadors of both Canada and the U.S. over the weekend.RELATED: Fast facts about the arrest of a Chinese tech executiveHuawei is the most prestigious tech company in China and was founded by Meng’s father, Ren Zhengfei. The company has said it is not aware of any wrongdoing by Meng.– With files from the Canadian Presslast_img read more

Kingston youth charged with allegedly trying to get someone to plant a

first_imgThe Alzahabi family came to Canada about two years ago after fleeing war-torn Damascus for Kuwait. Their home in Syria has been destroyed. The father was once imprisoned for not joining the ruling political party in Syria and would be vulnerable to arrest and severe retaliation should he and the family return home, according to one of the churches that sponsored them as refugees.Bronek Korczynski, who co-chaired the sponsorship committee, said he and other members of the four churches that brought the family to Canada were shocked by news of the younger Alzahabi’s arrest.“Even though our sponsorship ended last July, many of us in the group have maintained relationships with the family – meaningful relationships – and this is just a real body blow,” he said. “We’re just gobsmacked by this. It’s so out of whack with the family we’ve come to know and care for.”Korczynski said he’d been at a meeting with Kingston Police and RCMP on Friday morning, alongside other community leaders. Officers wanted to ensure the leaders had the answers they needed, and were able to continue providing services to the family and the broader community.“It was very much an opportunity to say, ‘What can the community do to make sure that this doesn’t become an incident that unjustifiably targets any ethnic group, national group, religious group?’” he said.He added that Alzahabi has both a younger and an older sibling, both of whom are dedicated to their education.The investigation included a small RCMP surveillance plane, whose circling over Kingston has puzzled, and sometimes annoyed, residents for weeks.“The aerial support of the plane allows us surveillance capabilities from the air to ensure that we are able to maintain public safety and mitigate risk surrounding certain addresses, certain areas of concern,” Lambertucci said.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in a statement that the government constantly monitors all potential threats and has robust measures in place to address them.“Canadians can be confident that whenever credible information is obtained about a potential threat, the RCMP, CSIS and other police and security agencies take the appropriate steps to ensure the security of this country and the safety of its citizens.”Goodale said the country’s official threat level remains at “medium,” where it has stood since the autumn of 2014.In a joint statement, the Anglican and Roman Catholic dioceses for the Kingston area said they support the police in their investigation and pointed out that hundreds of people have been successfully settled in Canada as church-sponsored refugees after passing government screenings. Investigators confirmed that during a search of the youth’s home a potentially explosive substance was removed and blown up to neutralize it.“There were elements and trace elements but I’m not prepared to speak on that with regard to the ongoing investigation,” he said.Police say an adult male was also arrested but he was released late Friday without being charged.The man, identified as Hussam Eddin Alzahabi, told CityNews this was all “just a misunderstanding.” A Kingston youth has been charged with terrorism-related offences as part of a national security investigation.The RCMP, with the assistance of Kingston Police and the FBI, say a young person is facing a charge of knowingly facilitating a terrorist activity and counselling a person to deliver, place, discharge or detonate an explosive with intent to cause death or serious bodily injury.The youth cannot be named under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.The RCMP say the investigation began in late December 2018 after they received credible FBI information regarding an attack plot.“There was no specific target identified,” said Supt. Peter Lambertucci, who is in charge of the RCMP’s national-security enforcement team, at a news conference in Kingston Friday.“There was an attack plan, which is what led to our disruption (Thursday).”“The individual was reported to be involved in the manufacturing of homemade improvised explosive devices,” Lambertucci said.last_img read more

Trade tribunal tosses US firms complaint about warshipdesign competition

first_imgOTTAWA — A federal trade tribunal is tossing out a challenge to the federal government’s handling of a high-stakes competition to design the navy’s new $60-billion fleet of warships.The Canadian International Trade Tribunal’s ruling removes one potential obstacle as Ottawa prepares to award a design contract for the warships to U.S.-based defence giant Lockheed Martin.The government and Irving Shipbuilding selected Lockheed’s proposed warship design in October over submissions from Alion Science and Technology of Virginia and Spanish firm Navantia.Alion subsequently filed complaints with the trade tribunal as well as the Federal Court, saying Lockheed’s design did not meet the navy’s requirements and should have been disqualified.But in a ruling issued on Thursday, the trade tribunal said neither Alion nor its Canadian subsidiary met the requirements to file a challenge and that it was dismissing the complaint.The government and Irving have been negotiating a final design contract with Lockheed for several months, which officials hope to complete in weeks.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trudeau says country must talk about how and where to rebuild after

first_imgOTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau didn’t close the door Sunday on using federal dollars to help relocate communities facing the recurring threat of severe flooding.Flooding in New Brunswick, Quebec and Ontario has forced the evacuation of thousands, and threatened more property as water continues to rise with peaks not expected along the Ottawa River until Tuesday.Since the Liberals took office in late 2015, the government has approved almost $1.27 billion in funding for 41 projects deemed “disaster mitigation,” according to federal figures. The numbers show that only a handful of projects have started and many will take years to complete.In the meantime, Trudeau suggested, the federal government needed to make sure future infrastructure spending hit the “right” projects to “protect our communities and ensure their prosperity long-term.”He said the country needed to look “new ways of ensuring” Canada was doing just that.“Once we secure the situation through this spring flooding season, we will have to have significant reflections and conversations on how we move forward,” he said at a press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.“(T)here is always much more to do and as we have conversations around how we build back, how we build back better and where we build back, indeed, the federal government will be a partner to the provinces and to the municipalities.”Flooding is the most common disaster event in Canada and has been a focus of funding through the $2 billion, 10-year Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund that Infrastructure Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne oversees.Champagne plans to fast-track projects that could prevent flooding in areas currently under siege, but warned in a recent interview that not every project would be approved, particularly those that might not be able to hold back Mother Nature.Federal assistance to provinces for natural disaster costs is estimated to be $198.35 million this fiscal year, which ends March 2020, even though last year’s estimates pegged the cost at $609 million.On CTV’s Question Period, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the program, called the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangement, has paid out more in the last six years than it did in the previous 40 years. He said the government would look at Quebec’s proposals, and referenced the decision in High River, Alta., to not allow redevelopment in flooded areas.“Building better infrastructure, protective devices is also part of the equation, but we’ll look at the proposal for relocation,” Goodale said in the interview televised Sunday morning.Jordan Press, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Whats next for Canadas Bianca Andreescu

first_imgShe’s currently ranked fifth in the world — a career-high.Andreescu is looking to cap off an incredible 2019 that has already seen her win her first Grand Slam, as well as the Rogers Cup and Indian Wells, both WTA Premier tournaments.Lewis hosts a podcast called Match Point Canada.WATCH: Bianca Andreescu on her big win, dealing with fame BEIJING (660 NEWS) — After winning the U.S. Open earlier this month, Canada’s Bianca Andreescu is ready for action again.The 19-year-old is in Beijing for the China Open. A solid run will help her qualify for the WTA Finals, where only the top eight seeds are invited to play.“Here she is, Bianca Andreescu, you could argue she’s been the best women’s player all season long when she’s played,” Sportsnet’s Ben Lewis explained. “It’s unbelievable to think of where she would’ve started this year rankings-wise. It seemed completely out of the realm of possibility that she could’ve possibly been a player on anybody’s radar to be competing at the end of year finals.”LISTEN: 660’s Sandra Prusina chats with Sportsnet’s Ben LewisAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.last_img read more

Live Chat With Robbie Rogers

first_imgWant to take part in a live chat with Los Angeles Galaxy star Robbie Rogers? The Trevor Project is giving you the chance.Robbie will be answering your questions during a Google+ Hangout on July 14 at 2pm, and you can leave questions for him via the Trevor Project’s Facebook page or you can tweet questions using #TalktoRobbie.Robbie is the first and only openly gay player in Major League Soccer – this is your chance to connect with this brave and inspirational hero.last_img

Jessie J To Perform At Delete Blood Cancer Gala

first_imgDelete Blood Cancer co-founder and board member Katharina Harf will co-host the 2014 Delete Blood Cancer Gala along with Honorary Gala Chairman Michele Scannavini CEO CotyInc on Wednesday, May 7.The evening will honor EvanSohn and The Sohn Conference Foundation and feature an unforgettable performance by Jessie J.Delete Blood Cancer started with one family’s search for a bone marrow donor and is today part of the world’s largest bone marrow donor center. They have registered more than 4.2 million potential donors and facilitated more than 41,000 life-saving transplants.Also expected to attend the event are Georgia May Jagger, Dita von Teese, Veronica Webb, Kimberly Chandler, Angela Bellotte (model), Anastasia Ganias (actress), Anne Slowey (Elle Magazine) and Michele Scannavini, among others.WHEN: Wednesday, May 7, 2014WHERE: Cipriani Wall Street55 Wall Street, New York CityFind out more here.last_img read more

Taylor Swift Challenges Radio DJs To HighRise Dare

first_imgBritish radio presenters Dave Berry and Lisa Snowdon are teaming up with Taylor Swift in their incredible charity breakfast show on October 9th – raising money for Global’s Make Some Noise.Global’s Make Some Noise Day will see the three take to the skies, 1,000 feet above London, at the top of The Shard to present a never-before-heard show.Not only will they be facing the heights of Western Europe’s tallest building, but Taylor has set Dave and Lisa a terrifying challenge: whoever raises the least in the run up to 9th October – Global’s Make Some Noise day – has to clean the windows of The View from the Shard – from the outside!Capital Breakfast’s Dave Berry said: “I’m absolutely terrified of losing out to Lisa on this challenge, so I’m going to need everyone’s support. I’m pulling out all the stops to raise as much money as possible for our new charity, Global’s Make Some Noise, so please get behind me and donate!”Lisa Snowdon said: “The forfeit for losing this challenge is possibly one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever been faced with, thanks Taylor! I need everyone’s support on this – help me get Dave up there! Come on, London, I need your help!”It’s up to you – are you Team Lisa or Team Dave?To save Lisa from scaling the shard text ‘LISA’ to 70070.To save Dave from this window-cleaning nightmare text ‘DAVE’ to 70070.The pair have just over a week to raise the most – so get donating today!Glabal’s Make Some Noise helps disadvantaged children and young people across the UK. These youngsters may be affected by illness, disability, bereavement or lack of opportunity. They want every child and teenager to reach their full potential. So they use the power of radio to MAKE SOME NOISE for those who struggle to be heard. Which allows them to award grants to specially selected projects across the country that are changing young lives.Find out more here.Source:Make Some Noiselast_img read more

Book Review The Frood The Authorised And Very Official History Of Douglas

first_imgDouglas Adams was a frood who really knew where his towel was. He was also one of Britain’s best comedy writers, a keen conservationist and is the subject of a new book by Jem Roberts – The Frood: The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy.The Frood by Jem RobertsJust for a bit of background – this review may be slightly biased. Placing a book about Douglas Adams in my hands is not entirely unlike placing a block of cheese in the hands of a hungry mouse (whether the block of cheese is actually very small or the mouse very large is not important. But I like your imagination). I was hooked on The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy from the moment I could work out how to turn on a radio. Later I found that Adams had turned the cult radio show into a series of books – I learnt to read for no other reason. Later still I discovered the TV show and Adams’ other books. So I’m a lifelong fan, and any book about the Grandmaster of Comedy will immediately gain a foothold in my library (if library is defined as a large plywood bookcase held together by duct tape and physics).Douglas Adams was a large man with a penchant for Apple products (before they were cool), digital watches (which were a neat idea) and animals (which are an even neater idea). Jem Roberts’ new book takes us from Douglas’ early days writing with Monty Python’s Graham Chapman, through his work as Script Editor on Doctor Who and his ground-breaking work on video games in the early eighties. It reveals a writer plagued by self-doubt who has expanded the cerebellums of readers/listeners/viewers across time and space, a scribe haunted by the sound of deadlines whooshing past.But it was Adams’ love of conservation that really made him a hoopy frood (for those unfamiliar with the Hitchhiker’s Universe – hoopy is a really together guy and a frood is a really amazingly together guy. Simple, really).This new book reveals how Douglas first encountered endangered Aye-ayes in Madagascar in 1985 while writing an article for Observer Colour Magazine. The trip opened our young and impressionable writer’s eye-eyes to the plight of animals on the brink of extinction, but just as importantly he met zoologist Mark Carwardine. The result: a BBC radio show and book called Last Chance To See, which featured the pair as they travelled the globe searching for rare animals such as the elusive Kakapo in New Zealand and the Northern White Rhinos of the Garamba National Park. It was a endeavor that led to renewed and increased conservation efforts around the world, and resulted in a follow-up project – 20 years later and eight years after Douglas’ death at the age of 49 – fronted by Mark Carwardine and Stephen Fry that revisited the same species to see how they were getting on (in the case of the Yangtze River Dolphin and the Northern White Rhino, they didn’t appear to be getting on very well at all).In 1994, Douglas became patron of Save the Rhino, an organisation dedicated to – funnily enough – saving the rhino. He was a dedicated and passionate supporter of the charity until his death in 2001. Since 2003, Save The Rhino has held an annual Douglas Adams Memorial Lecture – next year’s event will feature the author of an earlier biography about Douglas, Neil Gaiman. Save the Rhino will also celebrate its 21st birthday in November with a special event featuring Mark Carwardine.Douglas has also inspired the establishment of the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Foundation, which makes grants to small charities to benefit literacy. As Jem Roberts points out in his book, Douglas wanted to do as much good in this world as he could, so it is up to his fans to continue his legacy.For those who want to immerse themselves more fully in the Hitchhiker’s Universe, Jem Roberts has provided the perfect starting point. For fans who miss all things Douglasy, it fills a huge gap left vacant by a huge talent.The Frood: The Authorised and Very Official History of Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy by Jem Roberts is available from and, as well as wherever hoopy books are sold.Copyright ©2014Look to the Starslast_img read more