Tobacco Point of Sale Update

first_img In April, 2007 tobacco inspectors will visit as many vendors as possible to answer questions about tobacco-product storage and display. In May and June, verbal warnings will be issued if tobacco is not stored as required by the new regulations. A three-month transition period will help vendors comply with new legislation to prohibit cigarettes from being advertised and displayed prominently behind store counters. Health Promotion and Protection Minster Barry Barnet said that amendments to the Tobacco Access Act, passed last fall, will be implemented in two phases: Follow-up inspections will be carried out during the summer that may result in written warnings and prosecution. Before proceeding with a charge, inspectors will consider the vendor’s intent to make changes, or proof of plans. “Tobacco retailers have concerns about making the changes,” said Mr. Barnet. “A three-month transition period will provide them with time to ask questions and make the necessary alterations.” Vendors will, however, be expected to comply with all other changes to the Tobacco Access Act by March 31, including removing signs and materials promoting and advertising the price or sale of tobacco products or tobacco-related promotions. Tobacco manufacturers’ colours and logos will not be permitted. Regulations about storage and display of tobacco products will be released shortly. Whether housed overhead, under the counter or in some other manner, the only tobacco product permitted to be viewed by the customer or public during a purchase is the product requested. So-called power walls, large displays of tobacco products often seen behind the counters in retail operations, will be prohibited. “Research indicates power walls are particularly appealing to children and young adults,” said Mr. Barnet. “Removing the only remaining avenue of tobacco product promotion is an important step in our ongoing and successful efforts to reduce smoking rates.” Tobacco use is a major contributor to premature death, disability and health-care costs, with an estimated impact of $550 million annually on the Nova Scotia economy. More than 1,600 Nova Scotians die each year because of tobacco use and 200 people die because of second-hand smoke.last_img read more

Nominations Sought for Human Rights Award

first_imgWith the approach of the 60th anniversary year of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Partner’s for Human Rights committee is looking for Nova Scotians who have enhanced human rights in their communities. The Partners committee and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission will recognize a person or an organization that has made a significant contribution to advancing or protecting human rights. “We encourage individuals and organizations across the province to make nominations for the Human Rights Award and recognize those promoting human rights issues in their communities,” said Ann Divine, co-ordinator of Race Relations and Affirmative Action at the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and co-chair of Partners. Nominations should relate to the theme of this year’s International Human Rights Day event, Human Rights in Nova Scotia: Past, Present and Future — Sixty years and counting. This year’s award recipient will be the first selected under the committee’s new name. The organization has operated as Partners Against Racism for more than 15 years. “The committee changed the name to be more reflective of all the issues we work on. In addition to combating racism and we promote human rights issues,” said Sandra Smith Muir, Partners for Human Rights committee co-chair. “We feel that this name is more inclusive of other human rights issues in the community that should be recognized.” The committee will continue to work toward a respectful and inclusive community. In addition to organizing the International Human Rights Day event, they will focus on public outreach and community participation. Deadline for nominations is Friday, Nov. 23. For nomination applications, see the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission website at . Nominations can be forwarded by e-mail to or faxed to 902-424-0596, attention Linda Nicholl. Partners for Human Rights members will consider the nominations and forward recommendations to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. The award will be presented at the International Human Rights Day event, Monday, Dec. 10.last_img read more

Province Creates Crown Corporation for Investment Program

first_imgNova Scotia has created a new Crown corporation that will allow the province to access federal funds to provide financial assistance for economic development projects. Participation in the federal Immigrant Investor Program means the province can provide loans of at least $1 million for projects that contribute to government’s economic development plan, Opportunities for Sustainable Prosperity. Nova Scotia companies and organizations can submit proposals in areas such as export development, information technology, environmentally sustainable infrastructure, manufacturing and production. To administer this program, the province has established the Nova Scotia Strategic Opportunities Fund Inc., as a Crown corporation and authorized the corporation to accept funds from the federal government. The corporation’s board of directors will oversee the portfolio and designate loans. Under the federal program, qualified foreign investors can make an investment of $400,000 in return for the opportunity to immigrate to Canada. The federal government loans this money to provinces for investing and the provinces return the $400,000 in five years. The federal government then returns the funds to the investor. Nova Scotia is one of six provinces participating in the program. There is no impact on the provincial surplus or net direct debt anticipated as a result of this program. The financial statements of the fund will be consolidated in the public accounts of the province. Organizations can apply for funding through the Department of Economic Development and can access application guidelines at . For more information on the Immigrant Investor Program visit .last_img read more

Opportunity For Public Input into Student Absenteeism

first_imgNova Scotians are invited to provide input to help improve the learning environment in schools and address student absenteeism. The public can share their views and make submissions to the Minister’s Working Committee on Absenteeism and Classroom Climate through an Education Department online survey, beginning today, June 10. The deadline for submissions is July 10. “It is important that we hear from students, parents, educators and all others interested in helping this committee develop strong recommendations that will improve the learning environment and address chronic absenteeism in our schools,” said committee chair Howard Windsor. Although provincial statistics aren’t kept on the subject, many high schools and boards report that more students are skipping classes and falling behind on school work. School administrations say they feel powerless to enforce attendance. The working committee, which will have representation from a range of interested education groups, was established last month to make recommendations that will improve attendance, increase student engagement and offer strategies to support a productive learning environment. The online survey is available at .last_img read more

NS Student Bursary Keeping Tuition Low

first_imgA $1,283 bursary available to every Nova Scotian university student is putting a degree within reach of more families. With the bursary, Nova Scotia has the lowest undergraduate arts and sciences tuition in the Maritimes and, overall, tuition remains at, or below, the national average. “Nova Scotia has a reputation for excellent universities, which is why more than half of Maritime Canada’s students come here,” said Minister of Labour and Advanced Education Marilyn More. “While some people say it costs more to attend university in Nova Scotia, that isn’t the case.” When the bursary is factored into numbers released today, Oct. 9 by the Maritime Provinces Higher Education Commission (MPHEC), undergraduate tuition at Nova Scotia College of Art and Design is reduced to $4,549. Undergraduate arts tuition at other Maritime universities ranges from $4,945 to $7,095. Similarly, undergraduate science tuition at Saint Mary’s University would drop to $4,637. Undergraduate science tuition at other Maritime universities ranges from $5,150 to $7,257. “We don’t think the MPHEC report shows a true picture of what Nova Scotian university students pay for tuition,” says Ms. More.”Each province takes a different approach to managing the cost of a post-secondary tuition so I understand why MPHEC used the amount that appears on a tuition invoice rather than what students actually pay.” But Nova Scotia has capped tuition increases at three per cent for the past two years. Using MPHEC’s numbers, Nova Scotia had some of the lowest tuition increases across the region last year. Tuition increases in other Maritime provinces were as high as four per cent for an undergrad degree. To help keep a university education affordable for Nova Scotian families and taxpayers, the province invested more than $90 million over the past two budgets. This means students receive more assistance in non-repayable grants instead of loans, that they have more money to cover the day-to-day costs of going to university including food, rent, transportation and books. As well, the province’s debt cap limits the amount of debt for a student at $28,560, a reduction of 36 per cent. Using the latest 2011-12 enrolment data available from the Association of Atlantic Universities, there were 70,868 university students in Maritime Canada in September 2011. More than half, 44,338, were attending universities in Nova Scotia. “We’re making a university education affordable for Nova Scotian families and we need the universities to make sure they’re getting maximum bang for every buck they get from government,” said Ms. More. The province is also working with university administrations to help them permanently reduce their annual operating costs.last_img read more

Mathématiques et littératie points forts du programme de la 1re à la

first_imgÀ compter de septembre, un programme uniformisé et innovateur avec une forte composante en mathématiques et en littératie saura mieux encadrer un apprentissage important pour les élèves de la 1re à la 3e année. La ministre de l’Éducation et du Développement de la petite enfance, Karen Casey, a présenté le programme, aujourd’hui 20 mai, à 200 enseignants des premières années du primaire et à des directeurs d’écoles primaires de toute la province. Le personnel du ministère a travaillé avec les enseignants depuis février pour apporter les changements qui feront que la plupart des matières seront intégrées dans les deux grands champs de la littératie et des mathématiques. Il a aussi réduit le nombre des résultats d’apprentissage de plus des deux tiers pour mettre l’accent sur les résultats d’apprentissage essentiels et pour que les attentes quant à l’apprentissage des élèves soient plus claires. « Les changements au programme aideront les élèves à acquérir une solide base en mathématiques et en littératie, soit des connaissances qui les aideront tout au long de leurs études, a indiqué Mme Casey. « Nous donnons suite aux commentaires qu’ont formulés plus de 3 000 enseignants l’automne dernier lors des consultations du comité ministériel sur le système d’éducation public. Il nous faut un programme qui met l’accent sur l’essentiel et qui permet à nos élèves d’acquérir les connaissances dont ils ont besoin pour réussir à l’école et dans la vie. » Le programme uniformisé de la 1re à la 3e année tient compte de plusieurs problèmes que les enseignants ont cernés, y compris le besoin d’avoir plus de temps pour enseigner les matières de base, du soutien dans le contexte des classe à années multiples, et la surveillance et l’intervention soutenues quand les élèves apprennent à lire, à écrire et à compter. Le programme de la 1re à la 3e année est l’une des 21 nouvelles initiatives mises en œuvre dans les écoles de la Nouvelle-Écosse en septembre dans le cadre du plan d’action quinquennal du gouvernement en matière d’éducation, plan qui est destiné à renouveler, réorienter et rebâtir le système d’éducation. « Faire partie de l’équipe de conception et d’élaboration a été une occasion magnifique d’aider à façonner ce qui va se produire dans les classes de la 1re à la 3e année dans la province, de dire Michael Macdonald, enseignant à l’école élémentaire John MacNeil de Dartmouth. « Les changements vont créer de riches occasions d’apprentissage pour nos élèves tout en mettant l’accent sur la lecture, l’écriture et les mathématiques. » Le nouveau modèle de préparation de programmes est conçu pour que les programmes soient continuellement mis à jour pour refléter les tendances modernes en éducation. Tous les programmes de la 1re à la 12e année seront revus et uniformisés au cours des quelques prochaines années.last_img read more

Highway Cleanup Campaign Begins

first_imgHundreds of kilometres of Nova Scotia highways will soon get their annual spring cleaning with the kick-off of the 2016 Adopt-A-Highway program. “Adopt-A-Highway volunteers have been making Nova Scotia highways look better since 1993,” said Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal Minister Geoff MacLellan. “All Nova Scotians can help these hard-working volunteers by slowing down and being extra cautious when they see these groups at work. “More importantly, drivers can best support these volunteers by not littering. Litter is not only unsightly, it can be a hazard for motorists, cyclists and wildlife.” The program co-ordinates the efforts of volunteers who pick up trash alongside roadways. Last year, 2,543 volunteers cleaned along 940 kilometres of highways and 15 interchanges. They gathered 4,284 bags of garbage and 272 bags of recyclable material. “Volunteers wear fluorescent safety vests and may be close to the road when picking up litter,” said Gina Bain, co-ordinator, Adopt-A-Highway program. “Our volunteers are out there doing work that benefits all Nova Scotians and we want to make sure they’re safe.” Adopt-A-Highway is an internationally renowned roadside litter cleanup program. It protects and preserves the environmental health of the landscape and maintains scenic routes for motorists. More information about the Adopt-A-Highway program is available at read more

Provincial Government Offices to Reopen Today Nov 29

first_imgProvincial government offices in Richmond, Victoria and Inverness counties in Cape Breton will reopen today, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. Offices in Cumberland, Pictou and Antigonish counties will delay opening until noon due to weather and road conditions. Provincial government offices in all other areas of the province are open as usual. -30-last_img

Former Pondy CM R V Janakiraman dead

first_imgPuducherry :Senior Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader and former Chief Minister of Puducherry R V Janakiraman died at a private hospital here Monday due to age-related ailments. He was 79. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy, Speaker V P Sivakolundhu, DMK’s south wing convenor R Siva, MLA,and its north wing convenor S P Sivakumar and leaders of different political parties were among those who paid their respects to the departed leader. The Chief Minister told newsmen later that the funeral of the departed leader would be held with State honours. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoC The last rites of the leader would be held in his native village of Alathur in neighbouring Villupuram district of Tamil Nadu tomorrow, family sources said. Janakiraman was elected from Nellithope segment here for five consecutive terms from 1985. He was Chief Minister of Puducherry between 1996 and 2000 and was heading the DMK-Tamil Maanila Congress (TMC) coalition government. He had served as Leader of the opposition, whip of the DMK and also PWD Minister before becoming Chief Minister. Also Read – Two squadrons which participated in Balakot airstrike awarded citations He began his career as a taxi driver and became a fleet operator. Lieutenant Governor Kiran Bedi condoled the death of Janakiraman. In her condolence message, the former IPS officer said, “Janakiraman was one of the political veterans in Puducherry. As Chief Minister and DMK party veteran he was known for his astuteness in politics and administration`. She conveyed her condolences to the bereaved family. PCC leader and PWD Minister A Namassivayam recalled the administrative acumen of Janakiraman and condoled the death of the leader.last_img

Benítez to leave Newcastle United

first_imgLondon: English professional football club Newcastle United has parted ways with Spanish coach Rafael Benitez, the Premier League side announced on Monday. “We have worked hard to extend Rafa’s contract over a significant period of time, however it has not been – and will not be – possible to reach an agreement with Rafa and his representatives,” Newcastle said in a statement. Benitez’s contract is due to expire on June 30 after two and a half seasons at the helm of the club, reports Efe news. “Rafa’s coaching staff, Paco de Míguel Moreno, Antonio Gómez Pérez and Mikel Antia, will also leave the club on 30th June,” the club added. Benitez joined Newcastle after a seven-month stint at Real Madrid in 2016. He was landed with a sinking ship in March 2016 as the team from northeast England struggled to leave 19th place, the second last place in the table. The team went down in the Championship but under the continued management of Benitez came straight back up to the top-flight, where it finished 10th that season. The team finished 13th in its most recent campaign. During his period in charge, Newcastle played 146 matches, with a ratio of 62 wins to 31 draws and 53 defeats, scoring 209 goals and conceding 171.last_img read more

Draft ecomm policy data protection may figure at IndiaEU meet in Brussels

first_imgNew Delhi: Issues such as draft e-commerce policy, data protection and price control on some medical devices are expected to figure in the upcoming meeting between India and the European Union (EU) on July 4 in Brussels, sources said. The officials of both the sides may discuss these issues as part of their Trade Sub-Commission meeting. The other matters which could come up for deliberations include phase II of India’s Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of (Hybrid) and Electric Vehicles (FAME) scheme, steel quality issues, market access for alcoholic beverages, and rules pertaining to cosmetic sector. Also Read – Turkey preparations for Syria offensive ‘completed’ The main objective of the FAME scheme is to encourage faster adoption of electric and hybrid vehicles by way of offering upfront incentive on purchase of electric vehicles and also by way of establishing necessary charging infrastructure. “The main aim of the meeting is to find more ways to enhance trade and investments between the two sides,” the sources said. India and the EU are already negotiating a comprehensive free trade pact, officially dubbed as the Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement (BTIA), but the talks are stalled since May 2013 due to differences on several matters. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi Jinping Deliberations of issues such as the country’s draft e-commerce policy, data protection norms and price control on some medical devices like coronary stents in the meeting would assume significance as several multi-national firms have allegedly raised concerns on these matters. The draft e-commerce policy has proposed setting up a legal and technological framework for restrictions on cross-border data flow and has also laid out conditions for businesses regarding collection or processing of sensitive data locally and storing it abroad. The European Union is seeking greater market access for its alcoholic beverages and have raised concerns over high duties in Indian states. The two-way trade between the two regions have increased to USD 115.6 billion in 2018-19 from USD 101.5 billion in 2017-18. European countries, including Germany and France, are among the top ten investors in India.last_img read more

Will quit AAP fight polls as an Independent Lamba

first_imgNew Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party’s Delhi MLA Alka Lamba on Sunday announced that she will resign from the party and contest the next Assembly election as an Independent candidate. Lamba, who has not been on the same page as the party on various issues since past several months, said she took the decision after consulting the people of her Chandni Chowk constituency. In a tweet in Hindi, she said that people from her constituency have agreed that instead of compromising with her self-respect, she should resign from the party’s primary membership and secondly, that she should contest the next election as an Independent candidate.last_img read more

Raghibs friend becomes sole witness of Shakespeare Sarani accident case

first_imgKolkata: Turning yet another page in the Shakespeare Sarani accident case involving elder Arsalan scion Raghib Parvez, Kolkata Police has recorded the statement of Raghib’s friend who was also in the car at the time of accident.Police have also decided to appeal before the court in order to record his statement in front of the magistrate, as per the provisions under section 160 CrPC. According to sources, during interrogation Raghib stated that one of his friends was also in the car at the time of accident, who had also fled after the accident. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAfter his statement, CCTV footages were scrutinised again, where police found presence of the second person. It was seen that another person had deboarded the car and started running in the opposite direction of Raghib. Raghib stated that he and his friend were coming back from a birthday party. He was going to Salt Lake in order to drop his friend there. But all of a sudden, they got in touch with another friend and went towards Kyd Street. But at the last moment, the second friend refused to meet. As a result, Raghib turned his car and was going towards Park Circus in order to go onto Maa flyover. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayFollowing the statement made by Raghib, his friend was detained and questioned. Later, his medical examination was done and injuries were found on his face and hand similar to Raghib’s. According to Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime), Murli Dhar, police will reconstruct the accident scene with him, as he is the only witness left. Apart from the statement regarding the accident, police also came to know that Raghib was addicted to drugs and had been admitted to a rehabilitation centre for necessary treatment. Police are questioning his friend to confirm whether Raghib was driving in an intoxicated state. Sources informed that as Raghib’s friend has agreed to be a witness, he was not booked by the investigators. Police are keeping a close watch on him as he is the only witness in the case, with the two Bangladeshi nationals dead and another person having gone back to Bangladesh.last_img read more

A look at nine candidates left in the governments supercluster competition

first_imgThe federal government has narrowed down to nine the candidates for $950 million in funding for supercluster sites. The government hopes to create dense business areas with the initiative where large and small companies can collaborate with research institutes and organizations to commercialize ideas. Here’s a look at the shortlist of sites of the more than 50 proposals — up to five will be selected for funding.The Oceans Supercluster (Atlantic Region): Maximize the economic potential and sustainable development of Canada’s ocean economy. Address shared innovation needs by investing in digital ocean technologies for industries such as aquaculture, capture fishery, offshore oil and gas, and clean energy to improve productivity and global competitiveness.The proposal is backed by Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador — one of over 25 firms, including Emera Inc., Clearwater, Aspin Kemp & Associates, radient360 and Dalhousie University.The “AI-powered Supply Chains” Supercluster (Quebec): Define a new global supply chain platform and bolster Canadian leadership in AI and data science. Empower Canada as a leading exporter — for example through demand forecasting, products customization and flow optimization — to profoundly impact the retail, manufacturing and infrastructure sectors.The proposal is backed by Optel Group — one of over 80 firms, including Agropur, Aldo, Alimentation Couche-Tard, Bell Canada, CGI Group, Cascades and Polytechnique Montreal.The “Mobility Systems and Technologies for the 21st Century” Supercluster (Quebec): Leverage digital technologies to advance Canadian industrial leadership in next generation mobility products and services. Focus on innovation and commercialization to serve market needs in aerospace, ground transportation and advanced manufacturing.The proposal is backed by CAE Inc. — one of over 170 firms, including Pratt & Whitney Canada Corp., UrtheCast Corp., Marinvent Corp. and Polytechnique Montreal.The “Clean, Low-Energy, Engaged, and Remediated” Supercluster (Ontario): Transform Canada’s mining sector and position Canada as a global leader in clean resources, clean technology and responsible sourcing of metals. Tackle global challenges of energy intensity, water use, and environmental footprint through collaborative innovation, initiate export pathways and create new skilled jobs.The proposal is backed by the Canada Mining Innovation Council — one of over 90 firms, including Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd., Barrick Gold Corp., Teck Resources Ltd., Motion Metrics and University of British Columbia.The “Building an Advanced Manufacturing” Supercluster (Ontario): Supercharge manufacturing competitiveness in Canada by building an Industry 4.0 ecosystem. Drive collaboration between technology and manufacturing sectors to create and diffuse new solutions by scaling production and speeding adoption.The proposal is backed by Communitech Corp. and MaRS Discovery District — one of over 100 firms, including Linamar Corp., Maple Leaf Foods, Miovision Technologies Inc., Myant Inc. and the University of Waterloo.The “Protein Innovations Canada” Supercluster (Prairies): Position Canada as the world’s paramount supplier of plant-based proteins and related products. Capture the massive export market opportunity for safe, nutritious plant-based food and feed by stimulating collaboration on novel technologies and value-added supply-chain infrastructure.The proposal is backed by Ag-West Bio Inc. — one of over 60 firms, including AGT Food and Ingredients, Dow AgroSciences Canada Inc., ISM, DuPont Pioneer, Bioriginal Food & Science Corp. and the University of Saskatchewan.The “Smart Agri-food” Supercluster (Prairies): Make Canada the preferred global supplier of sustainable, high-quality, safe food. Advance market competitiveness by building information technologies, including data analysis and quality verification platforms, to add informatics, connectivity and traceability in the crop, livestock and agri-food processing sectors.The proposal is backed by Agrium — one of over 50 firms, including Telus Corp., Farmers Edge, BIXSco. and Olds College.The “Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure” Supercluster (Prairies): Transform Canada’s built environment to make it more resilient, sustainable, productive and cost-effective. Revolutionize the design, construction and operations of infrastructure and make Canada a world leader with the use of advanced digital communications, cutting edge tools, and interconnected applications and services.The proposal is backed by Stantec Consulting Ltd. — one of over 25 firms, including PCL Construction Management Inc., Ledcor Group, Barry Johns Architecture Ltd., Athabasca University and Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.The “Digital Technology” Supercluster (British Columbia): Make Canada faster, smarter and more collaborative in inventing, developing and applying digital technologies. Advance data collection, analysis and visualization to drive competitiveness across environment and resource tech, precision health and manufacturing.The proposal is backed by Telus — one of over 70 firms, including Avcorp Industries Inc., D-Wave Systems Inc., Timberwest Forest Corp., Microsoft Canada Development Centre and six post-secondary institutions.last_img read more

No smoke alarms in Oshawa Ont home where blaze killed 4 fire

first_imgThere were no working smoke alarms in a southern Ontario home where four people were killed in a fire this week, an investigator said Wednesday, calling the deaths a “preventable tragedy.”A mother and her two young children, and an unrelated man who ran into the burning home to help those inside, were killed in the blaze in Oshawa, Ont., on Monday.“This is a preventable tragedy and it shouldn’t happen — not in today’s day and age with the technology we have, with the safety systems we have in place and the fire services that we have,” Rick Derstroff, an investigator with Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal, told reporters outside the home on Wednesday.Smoke alarms would have given the home’s occupants early warning of the fire and a chance to escape, Derstroff said.“There were definitely some (smoke alarm) mounts there, we’ve got the wiring for the smoke alarms … but the smoke alarms aren’t there,” he said, calling the lack of the devices “very disappointing.”The Toronto Professional Fire Fighters’ Association identified three of the fire victims as Lindsey Bonchek and her two children, Madeline and Jackson. It described the trio as relatives of an association member.The fourth person killed in the blaze was identified by his daughter and niece in emotional online tributes as Steven MacDonald.The fire was reported a little after 8 a.m. Monday in the midst of a heavy snowfall. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and flames that had to be fought from the outside before crews could attempt to rescue those trapped inside.“The firefighters made several heroic attempts to get in and get to the upper levels and they were pushed back,” Oshawa Fire Chief Derrick Clark said Monday at the scene. “They fought their way up through intense heat and smoke conditions … and after retreating, they forced their way back in again.”Neighbours reported hearing a bang and frantic cries for help as flames tore through the home.Clark said Wednesday that he did not know if the building had gone through a fire inspection.“That’s some of the data we’re currently looking into,” he said.The brown brick house, officially classified as having two storeys plus a loft, was divided into two units, Derstroff said.Natural gas has been ruled out as a fuel source for the fire and investigators are looking into other possible causes and ignition sources in the kitchen, he said.Derstroff also emphasized the importance of smoke alarms in preventing fire deaths.“When that 911 call comes in something has already happened so (fire crews) are already behind, so the smoke alarm is what’s going to save you,” he said, adding the fire service “may get lucky sometimes but it’s already gone too far.”“It makes it even worse when you have young children involved … there’s going to be an empty desk at school,” an emotional Derstroff said, issuing a challenge to teachers to get students to check on their home smoke alarms as a homework assignment.“Maybe that’ll save a child’s life.”last_img read more

Scientists express concern for ailing killer whale off west coast

first_imgVANCOUVER – Scientists who are trying to treat an ailing killer whale in the Pacific Ocean off Washington state are looking at injecting the animal with a second dose of antibiotics and another drug.For the past few weeks, the endangered female killer whale, called J50, has been at the centre of an international rescue effort. She was last spotted Friday.A veterinarian was able to dart J50 with a broad-spectrum antibiotic on Aug. 9.Michael Milstein of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the United States said biologists described the whale as skinny, underweight and emaciated.“In the most obvious sense, she’s not getting enough to eat. She’s not getting enough nutrition. That’s the fundamental problem,” he said in a telephone interview Monday. “But whether that’s caused by the fact that she’s weak and she’s not able to forage, or because perhaps she also has some type of infection or other condition that’s affecting her … we don’t know those specifics.”Martin Haulena, a vet with Vancouver Aquarium who fired the antibiotic-filled dart at J50, said veterinarians usually rely on definitive methods for diagnosing an animal, such as blood work, ultrasounds and looking at the animal up close. But those methods are not possible with J50 so coming up with a definitive diagnosis is difficult.In these kinds of cases, treatment is based on how the animal looks, samples collected from her blowhole, fecal samples, historical data and diseases that usually affect killer whales in that area.“I think this animal has had something going on with her that’s quite complicated and it’s just very, very hard to work without a diagnosis,” Haulena said.But scientists and vets do have a treatment plan in mind. Haulena said the priority for treatment would be to give J50 a second dose of antibiotics and a deworming drug.Milstein said it is not uncommon for marine animals to have worms. In the case of J50, the question is whether they are affecting her differently because she is weak.The plan this time, he said, is to use a collar needle, which is a type of dart that has a small ridge around the needle so it’s embedded in the animal long enough to deliver a full dose before it falls out.One of the other treatment plans is to put medicine in Chinook salmon and deliver them to the pod. The method was tried once before but J50 didn’t eat the fish.Haulena said capturing J50 and treating her before releasing her hasn’t be ruled out.“Certainly, resources for something like that have been identified,” he said. “If she’s stranded on the beach, lagging way behind on the group for a long period of time or had a very serious decline, something like that would be talked about.”In 2002 an orphaned northern resident killer whale known as Springer was captured and moved. The two-year-old was found in Puget Sound near Seattle, ailing and separated from her pod.J50 is part of the endangered southern resident population, which has just 75 members remaining.The silver lining to all the attention being paid to J50, Milstein said, is that people are becoming more aware of the problems whales face.“It’s very disconcerting,” he said. “And that’s something where there’s not an easy fix for it.”— By Hina Alam in EdmontonNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version based on information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said J50 was last seen on Aug. 19.last_img read more

Prison watchdog says politicians need to put McClintic transfer behind us

first_imgOTTAWA – When politicians use particular criminal cases to inflame their supporters it doesn’t help public safety, Canada’s corrections ombudsman said Tuesday.While ombudsman Ivan Zinger wouldn’t comment directly on the controversial transfer of the woman convicted of murdering eight-year-old Tori Stafford from a prison to an Indigenous healing lodge, he said he cringes when politicians start talking about crime and punishment in Canadian society.At a press conference in Ottawa Tuesday following the tabling of Zinger’s annual report, he was asked if the Correctional Service of Canada should consider preventing child killers such as Terri-Lynne McClintic from being transferred to healing lodges, a cause the Conservative opposition has been championing.Zinger said this is because historically political parties have used egregious cases as wedge issues. Political responses to those cases make for bad law, he said.“So I think we need to put this behind us. I don’t see any benefit in these kinds of debates and historically it hasn’t paid dividend to Canada.”He also said that under the previous Conservative government there was a “myriad of policies” focused on criminal laws that in the end did not improve public safety.Canadians’ priorities are employment, education, environment and health care, he said, and law and order is way down the list.Yet, said Zinger, when Stephen Harper was the prime minister, 25 to 40 per cent of Parliamentary sessions were dedicated to debating bills that had criminal-law components. “So, not what I would expect from a government that wants to focus on priorities of Canadians.last_img read more

Quebec First Nation and feds reach claims agreement for more than 116

first_imgOTTAWA — A Quebec First Nation has reached an agreement to settle 29 claims with the federal government and receive $116 million.The federal government also says it has signed a memorandum of understanding with Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation to guide how the two sides will partner to work on issues including the recognition of rights, socio-economic development and self-determination.Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation is located near the Quebec municipality of Maniwaki, about 130 kilometres north of Ottawa, with more than 3,400 members.The members of the First Nation accepted a settlement for 29 claims within the town of Maniwaki and can request that 363 acres of land could be added to the reserve as part of the settlement, or approximately the size of 180 soccer fields.Indigenous-Crown Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says in a statement the announcement marks an important step to strengthen the relationship between the federal government and the community.In the same release, Frankie Cote, a band councillor with Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg, said the settlement and agreement closes a chapter in the community’s history.“Together, we are moving away from the past where extinguishing rights was a requirement and moving on a path where we take our rightful place as an equal partner with Canada,” Cote said.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Family of Deadpool 2 stunt driver gets settlement after fatal filming incident

first_imgVANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — According to the Hollywood Reporter, the family of a stuntwoman who died a year and a half ago in Vancouver has received a settlement from the movie’s distributor.Joi Harris was a 40-year-old motorcyclist from New York City hired to perform a stunt for Deadpool 2 that required her to ride the motorcycle down a ramp over a set of stairs back in August of 2017.RELATED: Investigators release first official details of ‘Deadpool 2’ stuntwoman’s deathInstead of stopping at a landing, she drove the bike across a roadway, and was thrown into a glass-plate window of the Shaw Tower on Cordova Street.Witnesses at the time told NEWS 1130 the motorcyclist was going full-throttle.RELATED: ‘Deadpool 2’ stunt driver was reportedly working on her first filmIt was apparently the woman’s first time on a movie set, but she was an accomplished motorcycle racer.It’s not known how much 20th Century Fox paid out to the family.A final report by WorkSafe BC has yet to be completed.last_img read more