The ceremony will also be available live on the provincial government website at www.gov.ns.ca . More information about the recipients can be found on the website at www.gov.ns.ca/prot/2006recipients.htm . Nova Scotians interested in viewing the 2006 Order of Nova Scotia investiture ceremony will be able to watch it live on television and the Internet. Legislative Television will broadcast the ceremony on EastLink Digital Cable channel 95 beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 3. This year’s Order of Nova Scotia recipients are: Alida (Cora) de Jong Greenaway, Dartmouth, Halifax Regional Municipality Joan Dillon, Antigonish, Antigonish Co. Ronald Stewart, Sydney Mines, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Col. (Ret’d) Ian Fraser, Toney River, Pictou Co. George Clarke, Toronto, Ont./Three Mile Plains, Hants Co.
Pour diffusion : Le vérificateur général, Jacques Lapointe, a déposé aujourd’hui (11 juin) son rapport spécial sur la catégorie économique du Programme des candidats de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le rapport contient les résultats de l’audit de certains aspects de la catégorie économique du Programme de candidats de la Nouvelle-Écosse effectué par le vérificateur général. Monsieur Lapointe a déclaré que le rapport faisait état de lacunes considérables dans la conception, l’implantation et l’administration du programme. Le rapport complet est sur le site Web du vérificateur général à w-w-w point gov point ns point c-a barre oblique a-u-d- g . -30- Le vérificateur général, Jacques Lapointe, a déposé aujourd’hui, 11 juin, son rapport spécial sur l’audit de la catégorie économique du Programme des candidats de la Nouvelle-Écosse. Le rapport contient les résultats de la première étape de la vérification de certains aspects de la catégorie économique du programme d’immigration de la province effectuée par le vérificateur général. Monsieur Lapointe a déclaré que le rapport faisait état de lacunes considérables dans la conception, l’implantation et l’administration du programme. « Bien qu’une grande partie de la conception et de l’administration du programme ait été confiée au secteur privé à contrat, le contrat avec le fournisseur était inadéquat, a déclaré M. Lapointe. Il ne faisait pas mention de pratiques commerciales loyales et ne prévoyait pas une surveillance appropriée par le gouvernement. « L’objectif du programme de fournir aux candidats un poste avec mentorat n’a pas été atteint. Moins de 50 p. 100 des candidats ont bénéficié de mentorat, et la plupart des entreprises marraines étudiées dans le cadre de l’audit ne répondaient pas aux critères minimums. » Le rapport complet se trouve sur le site Web du vérificateur général à www.gov.ns.ca/audg/ . On peut en obtenir une copie en s’adressant au Bureau du vérificateur général au 902-424-5907 ou par courriel à email@example.com .
Nova Scotia is building on its position as a leader in the tidal energy industry by creating another way for developers to test and prove their ideas for innovative new devices. Applications are now available for tidal energy demonstration permits. These permits allow for projects up to five megawatts in size, and give companies the ability to sell the electricity they generate. “As part of our ocean sector, tidal energy has enormous potential to create more opportunities in rural areas, while addressing our climate change goals,” said Energy Minister Geoff MacLellan. “These permits will help us stay at the forefront of this rapidly changing industry by finding ways to address technical challenges while lowering the cost of tidal energy.” No more than 10 megawatts of total power will be authorized.All operators are required to have applicable permits and approvals, including an environmental assessment approval for tidal projects that could generate two megawatts or more. The permits fall under the Marine Renewable-energy Act. Government proclaimed the act today, Jan. 24, and approved administrative regulations for the industry. For more information or an application form email firstname.lastname@example.org .
Government is expanding dental coverage for young Nova Scotians through the Children’s Oral Health Program. All children ages 14 and younger will now be eligible for molar sealants and an annual fluoride treatment. Children at high risk for developing cavities will be eligible for a second annual fluoride treatment. “Dental care is an important part of our overall health and should start at an early age,” said Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey. “The expanded services are focused on preventive care, to get ahead of dental issues before they start.” Previously, only children with cavities were eligible for an annual fluoride treatment and only those with deep molar grooves were eligible for sealants. The expanded services are part of an agreement between the province and the Nova Scotia Dental Association, which is retroactive to April 1, 2018. The new agreement also increases the fees dentists earn on Nova Scotia’s MSI dental programs, including the Children’s Oral Health Program, by five per cent. These changes will cost $921,000 a year. This is in addition to the $10.2 million being invested in these programs annually. “An increase in preventive services for children means more children will be eligible to receive more of the preventive dental care they need,” said Nova Scotia Dental Association President Dr. Nada Haidar. The Children’s Oral Health Program is a universal program that covers basic dental care. Children with private insurance coverage use that first, before government coverage is accessed. Last year, more than 56,000 children accessed the program.
Mumbai: Shahid Kapoor says he was drawn to flawed characters in his career at a time when many mainstream actors were wary of taking up such roles. The actor, who started out as a romantic hero in 2003 with “Ishq Vishk”, is now more famous for his roles in “Kaminey”, “Haider”, “Udta Punjab” and the upcoming “Kabir Singh”, a remake of Telugu film “Arjun Reddy”. “Nobody else had the guts to play these characters. Maybe because I am my father’s (Pankaj Kapur) son, I felt the need to play such flawed characters,” Shahid told PTI in an interview. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography After starring in a series of love stories, Shahid’s career witnessed a turn around when Vishal Bhardwaj cast him in a double role in “Kaminey”, setting the tone for his future filmography. Shahid followed it up with a critically-praised role in Bhardwaj’s “Haider”, an adaptation of Shakespearean classic “Hamlet”. The Kashmir-set drama saw him as a young student who gets caught in the politics of the Valley when he returns to his home to find his father has disappeared and his mother is about marry his uncle. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot In “Udta Punjab”, he played a drug addict rapper Tommy Singh and in “Kabir Singh” he will be seen in the role of a doctor who descends into self-destruction and alcoholism after a heartbreak. Shahid believes the perception about flawed characters has changed over the years in the industry as more and more actors are keen to take up such roles. “Ranveer did a negative character in ‘Padmavat’, Rajkummar (Rao) and Vicky (Kaushal) have played interesting characters. Now everyone is getting there. But I felt the need to do it pretty early (in my career). “I’ve made many mistakes as well but the thing with choices is, they are always judged in retrospect of the result,” the actor said. Shahid, 38, said a mainstream actor has to be good at many things and acting is just one aspect of it. He believes one has to learn to handle failures as the nature of rejection is public. “Acting has made a man of me. You have to learn to take failure on your chin, to take responsibility for your actions, to deal with the very public rejection and failure. You’ve to learn to believe in yourself when no one else does. “You’ve to make choices which people around you say aren’t safe. You have to learn to find yourself as an artiste and not try and be like hundred other successful people.” Shahid said though hits and misses are a part of an actor’s life one cannot afford to be complacent because there is always “too much competition”. “There are so many people doing good work, you just can’t be complacent.” “Kabir Singh”, directed by Sandeep Reddy Vanga, and also featuring Kiara Advani, is scheduled to be released on Friday.
Reminding your kid that he or she has various roles to play in life such as son, daughter, friend, reader or helper can lead to better problem-solving and more flexible thinking in them. Researchers in the US have found that reminding children of their many identities also showed more flexible thinking in them about race and other social groupings – a behaviour that could be valuable in an increasingly diverse society. “This is some of the first research on reminding kids about their multi-faceted selves,” said the study lead author. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainChildren who were reminded of their multiple roles also showed more flexible thinking about social groupings, said the study published recently. According to a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, it’s great that such research has come out to remind kids about their multi-faceted selves apart from just being the pampered son or daughter of a family. “It is the duty of the parents that they should make their kids understand the various relationships they share with the other people in their life. That not only makes them a responsible individual but also helps them to boost their problem-solving skills,” the psychologist said. It also helps them expand their life and thought the process that will help them to form a simple, non-judgmental mindset. “This practice of introducing kids to their various roles also broadens their horizon. They try to look at things in a new perspective, which isn’t fixed by the society,” the psychologist further added.
Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Friday welcomed the Supreme Court order in the Unnao rape case and said the victim and her kin can settle here and his government would treat her as a “daughter of the state”. The Supreme Court on Thursday transferred all five cases registered in connection with the Unnao rape incident from a Lucknow court in Uttar Pradesh to a court in Delhi with directions to hold trial on daily basis and completing it within 45 days. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “The Supreme Court decision on Unnao rape case is a welcome step. I appeal to the victim, her mother and family members, who have decided to leave Uttar Pradesh as it is unsafe, to settle in Madhya Pradesh. Our government will provide full security to the entire family,” Nath said in a tweet. “We will also provide better treatment to the victim and will take care of her in all aspects, including providing quality education, and ensure she does not face any problem,” Nath added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Nath further said the MP government will take care of their to and fro journey to Delhi for court hearings. “We will take care of her as the daughter of the state,” Nath added. The 19-year-old woman, who was allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar at his residence in 2017, was travelling with her family on July 28 when their car was hit by a speeding truck in the northern state’s Rae Bareli district. Two of her family members were killed in the accident while she and her lawyer were critically injured.
New Delhi: FMCG major Nestle India on Friday reported an increase of 10.83 per cent in net profit to Rs 437.84 crore for the second quarter ended June 2019, led by sales and volume growth. The company, which follows January-December as financial year, had posted a profit of Rs 395.03 crore for April-June 2018. Net sales during the quarter under review were up 11.35 per cent at Rs 2,982.83 crore as against Rs 2,678.57 crore in the year-ago period, Nestle said in a BSE filing. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”We have now delivered 10 straight quarters of volume and mix led growth. Our continuing momentum is a testimony to the unrelenting efforts of our employees, partners and other stakeholders, as well as to our quest for consumer relevant, science based innovation and renovation,”Nestle India Chairman and MD Suresh Narayanan said. Total expenses were at Rs 2,414.29 crore in the latest quarter as against Rs 2,163.32 crore a year ago. Revenue from domestic sales in April-June 2019 was at Rs 2,835.37 crore, up 13.08 per cent from Rs 2,507.33 crore a year earlier. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostExports were down 13.88 per cent to Rs 147.46 crore as against Rs 171.24 crore earlier. Meanwhile, Nestle also said it will ramp up its production capacity by investing around Rs 700 crore in two years to set up a new factory in Sanand, Gujarat to manufacture its range of popular instant noodles Maggi. Nestle India would soon commence construction of its ninth plant, which would generate employment to around 400 people, it said in a statement. “In line with our commitment to ‘Make in India’, we will soon commence construction of our newest, and ninth factory in India, at Sanand, Gujarat,” said Narayanan. This plant would be a “significant step” in enhancing Nestle’s manufacturing footprint in India, he added.
There is no underestimating the vitality of effective leadership in taking developments to desirable heights. Good leadership especially stands out in the areas such as education, science, politics, governance, bureaucracy, business, etc. and it is valued particularly in these fields as milestones achieved here decide the course of matters pertaining to numerous other things relevant to the common man. And, conversely, any deficit of leadership in areas such as these will have a telling impact on various aspects of common lives. Economic excellence is generally rated very high and is a widely accepted parameter for development and progress. India’s rank on the global indexes of ease of doing business and economic freedom have significantly improved in recent times but the reason ground reality does not yet reflect its benefits is that the social aspect of development and intended advancements do not adequately consider the social pertinence of decisions and developments. Prioritising economic gains over social upgrading can improve ranks on global indices but changes on the ground are more enduring and therefore need to be given greatest importance. There are several ways of reaching out to the grassroots, the determinants of a thriving society; politics is one way but competing political outfits are bound to be driven by interest over everything else. Another means that reaches out to various areas at all possible levels is the bureaucracy. Functioning at the behest of the government, the aim of public service is general welfare. There is a need to combine bureaucracy and governmental intervention for the benefits to trickle down to those at the lowest and the furthest in the system. It is vital that the institutions of the government at all levels, and especially the basic, ground-level ones be allowed to exercise autonomy for optimum results. It was in 2014 when PM Modi, before he rose to power at the Central government, insisted on the notion of ‘maximum governance, minimum government’. This novelty led to the rise of numerous start-ups, aspiring entrepreneurs, business students, traders, venture capitalists, etc. and entrepreneurship was suddenly in vogue like never before, to the extent that Modi was even compared to 40th US President, Ronald Reagan. ‘Maximum governance, minimum government’ is also essentially about limiting the interventionist power of the government in financial developments, social spaces, and cultures. For this to happen, the most obvious method is to empower people in a manner that it also helps in delivering good governance. With respect to bureaucracy, the much-needed leadership traits like empathy, empowerment, enablement, and collaboration can not only be found but must also be encouraged as well-meaning officers play a proactive role in taking societies towards the heights that nation drams of achieving. In recognition of this notion, 16 district magistrates were honoured with The Indian Express Excellence in Governance Awards for their pioneering work across different categories, some of which are projects like a cluster of solar panels installed on a hillock as an alternate energy source and a neo-natal unit in the heart of Maoist territory and an anti-corruption drive along the international border. This acknowledgement is made to celebrate the finest work done by the women and men at the forefront of governance and bringing change across the country.
New Delhi: Leading single brand retailers hailed the government’s move to ease local sourcing norms and allow online sales, saying it is an encouraging step to attract investments in the sector. The government on Wednesday expanded the definition of mandatory 30 per cent domestic sourcing norm. It also allowed single brand retailers to start online sales, waiving the previous condition of setting up a mandatory brick-and-mortar store. Swedish fashion retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalwelcomed the government’s decision, saying it will help attract investment from global companies. “We are delighted! H&M has been sourcing from India since the last 30 years for its international markets, its great to see global sourcing is now part of the 30 per cent local sourcing norms. “We see this supporting the ease of doing business in India and driving in larger investments from global companies,” H&M India Country Manager Janne Einola said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe government has also decided to include global sourcing by the single brand retailers for adjusting their 30 per cent manadatory local sourcing norm. Terming the government’s move as “encouraging”, Swedish furniture giant Ikea has said that the move would enhance ease of doing business in India. “Ikea India welcomes the relaxation of local sourcing norms for single brand retailers. Government of India’s efforts to enhance ease of doing business for single brand retailers is encouraging. Ikea has been sourcing from India for more than 30 years,” said Ikea India in a statement. Ikea further said that it was committed to increase local sourcing from India. “We have ambitious and optimistic plans to work with affordability and offer everyday low prices for the many people in India,” it added. According to consulting firm Deloitte, it has brought goodies for the global retail companies whichever have been holding on their decisions to invest to tap the Indian market. “Allowance of seamless usage of the goods to be procured either for domestic or exports, relaxation of the current deadline of 5 years as well as determination of incremental sourcing, permission of sourcing of goods for global operations will go a long way to give a final nudge to the retailers to take this long awaited decision,” said Deloitte India Partner Anil Talreja.
MONTREAL – A southwestern Quebec town is counting down the days until an unwelcome piece of marine history disappears from its shores.Officials say they hope the dismantling of the Kathryn Spirit proceeds smoothly after a fire a few weeks ago aboard the rusting cargo vessel parked off its shores.“You know how badly we want this to be behind us,” said Beauharnois Mayor Bruno Tremblay, the latest elected official to take up the cause.“We would like for Beauharnois to be known for something other than the Kathryn Spirit.”Fire broke out earlier this month in the engine room of the corroding ship, which has been moored about 60 kilometres south of Montreal since 2011.The fire caused some concern among local firefighters, who said they were unaware there was still dangerous materials on board. Anne Minh-Thu Quach, the New Democrat MP for the local riding of Salaberry-Suroit, raised the issue in the Commons.In a statement Wednesday, the Canadian Coast Guard said the machine room contained only petroleum residue and lead paint and that the blaze was triggered during work that involved cutting through the ship’s steel.The coast guard says loose paint and asbestos had been previously removed and that any other hazardous materials aboard the vessel, including PCBs and mercury-filled items, were all taken out then.Authorities have previously said the “vast majority” of hazardous or flammable materials were removed in 2013.The recent fire broke out due to sparks from a torch used to cut through the steel, igniting residual substances absorbed by other materials over time.“They are using pneumatic-powered tools to avoid another catastrophe like this from happening,” said Tremblay, adding sprinklers are also in place.Barring delays, Tremblay said, the hull is expected to be dismantled by late June or early July. The cofferdam — an enclosure built around the ship to remove the water around it — will need to be taken down carefully after spawning season has ended for local marine life.“It’s a delicate job because they can’t move the sediments at the bottom, so it’s an operation that should begin about September,” Tremblay said, with work to be wrapped up by December.Built in 1967, the 150-metre-long Kathryn Spirit was used to haul cargo. In 2011, local company Groupe St-Pierre bought it with the idea of stripping it for scrap. Those plans were scuppered by the province and local residents.A Mexican company subsequently bought the ship and intended to bring it back to Mexico but the tugboat hired to tow it was impounded in Halifax and the company eventually went bankrupt.The federal government announced last year that a joint venture between Groupe St-Pierre and Englobe Corp. would oversee the dismantling for just over $11 million.Tremblay said the town will be happy to see the ship vanish from the local landscape.“We don’t mind being on the map, but could we please find a different subject?,” the mayor quipped.
SAINT-GEORGES, Que. – Back in the early settler days, Quebec City residents would quickly spot the Beauce farmers among them because they were covered in mud from the long trek up the shores of the Chaudiere River — often on foot — to sell their animals and produce.They were called the “Jarrets Noirs” (muddy legs) and instead of feeling shame, modern-day citizens living along the same river south of the provincial capital have assumed the moniker and wear it with pride.It is from this region of Canada that Tory leadership contender Maxime Bernier hails, and it is not surprising the race’s most libertarian candidate comes from arguably the most libertarian part of Quebec.“When we showed up to the city and they saw us all full of mud — they knew exactly who we were,” said Claude Morin, mayor of Saint-Georges, a city whose population of 30,000 belies its influence across the province.Saint-Georges is the biggest and richest town in Beauce, which stretches from south of Quebec City down to the Maine border.Its people talk of common values such as solidarity, personal independence, and hard work.Morin boasts the total property assessment in the town is valued at $3 billion.“There isn’t another city in Quebec whose property is as valuable as ours with a population this small,” he said.Bernier, whose hometown is Saint-Georges, has stood out among the 12 other leadership contenders with policies that attack the way the country has been governed for decades.He wants to abolish the capital gains tax, stop federal payments to big companies such as Bombardier and end the federal government’s role in funding health care by transferring the tax points to the provinces.Bernier is seeking to end what he calls the “maple syrup cartel” that sets production quotas and price. He has also campaigned to liberalize the egg, poultry and dairy industry, which is also under a supply management system and protected from foreign competition.“Les Beaucerons” may not believe in all his policies, but locals say they are rooted in the values of the region, which sets itself apart from the rest of the province by a strong aversion to waiting — or asking — for government help.“We feel responsible for what happens to us,” said Marc Dutil, president and CEO of Canam Group, the multinational company headquartered in the small town and whose steel and other construction products can be found in structures across the continent.“There is a certain non-dependence here,” he added. “Maybe not full independence, but a non-dependence.”Canam’s offices are located in possibly the most imposing building in the town, a large, rectangular glass structure horizontally striped with white panels that curve into the shape of a ship’s bow.The building look likes a glimmering multi-storey cruise ship towering over the Chaudiere River, where the Jarrets Noirs used to begin their voyage to Quebec City.“We call it the White House,” Morin said with a chuckle, “but yes, it does look like a big boat.”Statistics back up the locals’ bravado about their entrepreneurial spirit.The Beauce and surrounding areas have an unemployment rate of 4.6 per cent, the best in Quebec, and almost two full points lower than the national rate of 6.5 per cent.According to the local economic council, there are 431 manufacturing companies in the region, which produced $4.6 billion worth of products in 2015.Helene Latulippe, who is head of the council, says roughly 50 per cent of all the region’s manufacturing companies are exporters.What’s noticeably absent in Saint-Georges is a large number of franchise companies that line the streets of other cities across the country.“It wouldn’t be seen favourably if a big company installed a branch plant here, with their big salaries,” said Morin. “They can just pick up and leave (if revenues fall). They would have a lot of trouble doing that.”Instead, Beauce is full of companies and businesspeople from the region who help one another, donate generously to charities and help develop society, he said.Dutil has done his part, including founding the Beauce Entrepreneurship School, where the province’s most prominent business leaders donate their time to share their experiences running and growing successful companies.The school has seen roughly 500 people graduate so far, Dutil said.Another important part of Beauce’s business culture stems from the region’s proximity to the United States.When entrepreneurs consider exporting, they look to the north-south corridor, Dutil said, adding, “it’s much more natural for a Beauceron to export to New England than to think of Ontario.”
SAINT-JEAN-SUR-RICHELIEU, – A former customs agent has been given an 11-year prison term for turning a blind eye to the importation of 182 kilograms of cocaine into Canada.A Quebec judge sentenced Stefanie McClelland in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on Tuesday after a jury convicted the mother of four last month.The Crown was seeking a 15-year prison term, while the defence suggested five years.In December 2014, McClelland allowed a vehicle carrying unconcealed bags of cocaine to enter Canada at the Lacolle border crossing.She testified she was distracted at the time.Testimony revealed McClelland had sent a text message to the alleged head of a drug-trafficking ring to tell him she was at the Nexus entry point. The drug-laden vehicle arrived just minutes later and sailed through in a matter of seconds without its occupants having their passports checked.(Radio-Canada)
TROUT RIVER, N.L. – The latest North Atlantic right whale to be found dead on the East Coast is so decomposed officials say we will likely never know what killed it.“It’s a very flattened whale. It’s like a right whale pancake, so it’s been drifting and dead for quite a while,” Jack Lawson, a research scientist with the Fisheries Department, said in an interview.Lawson said the whale washed up on a rocky shore near Trout River in western Newfoundland.Lawson said based on the degree of decay, it’s possible the remains belong to one of the eight North Atlantic right whales seen floating in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in recent weeks.“There was a whale that was seen in June off the southwest coast of Newfoundland drifting out at sea and this could be that whale.”Fisheries officials are taking photographs and samples of the whale and comparing it the floating corpse spotted in the area last month, Lawson said.“If it’s the same animal that was seen a month ago, that’s good,” he said. “If this is not a new animal, that means we’ve seen what we’ve seen, and hopefully the mortalities for this species in the gulf are all documented and finished.”Officials are using genetic testing to see if they can find a match for the carcass from a catalogue of right whales that has been maintained by scientists.North Atlantic right whales are critically endangered, with only about 525 estimated alive.Last week, another right whale was hauled to New Brunswick’s Miscou Island last week in a bid to determine the cause of death, while another right whale was found entangled in fishing gear in the gulf.Tests performed earlier on two other North Atlantic right whales in Prince Edward Island also showed signs of blunt trauma — possibly the result of a collision with a boat. Another died as a result of an entanglement in fishing line.Lawson said the washed-up carcass is probably too decomposed for scientists to glean the circumstances of its death.Much of the animal’s skin has been sloughed off, he said, and some of its organs appear to be missing.“The more rotted a whale becomes, the harder it is to determine things like that, and this animal is quite decayed,” said Lawson. “I suspect the decision will be not to do a necropsy (animal autopsy) on this animal, because … the inside more or less goes to a smelly soup, as you can imagine.“It’s impressive when you walk on them. It’s like a water bed.”Lawson said the remains washed up in a remote location, and there doesn’t appear to be a threat to public safety, so officials will probably let nature take its course in disposing of the animal.Tonya Wimmer of the Marine Animal Response Society said the Gulf of St. Lawrence has recently seen a resurgence of right whales, whose primary feeding grounds have been in the Bay of Fundy and Roseway Basin.Ship strikes and entanglements in fishing gear are among the greatest man-made threats to right whales’ survival, Wimmer said.The challenge, she said, will be working with the fishing and shipping industries to find ways to protect the animals in the gulf, as has been done in other parts of the Maritimes by rerouting shipping lanes, alerting fishermen to whales’ presence and setting speed limits for vessels.“(It’s) about upping the sense of the urgency. It really does need to actually happen quickly,” Wimmer said in an interview. “They’ve got a bit of catching up to do and a bit of a fire under their heels to do it, because as we’ve seen this year, it can cause major problems, and potentially devastating ones for this extremely small population.”The Fisheries Department closed a snow crab fishing area encompassing most of the southern gulf to protect right whales from the dangers posed by fishing gear.Disentanglements of right whales were recently put on hold by Ottawa following the death of a whale rescuer in New Brunswick.— By Adina Bresge in Halifax
New data shows most Canadian children and youth are still not getting the recommended amount of daily physical activity.Two studies from Statistics Canada reveal they are also spending more time in front of digital screens than experts like.The federal agency released the findings Wednesday, drawn from the Canadian Health Measures Survey.The first study concludes that fewer than 20 per cent of Canadian children and youth meet all three targets for sleep, sedentary behaviour and physical activity.The majority are getting enough sleep but half are too sedentary and only about a third get enough physical activity.It’s recommended that kids and youth get 60 minutes per day of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and spend no more than two hours a day with digital screens.A second study shows virtually no change from 2007 to 2015 in average daily minutes of physical activity.It also found that boys tended to be more active than girls, and that six- to 11-year-olds accumulated more physical activity than 12- to 17-year-olds.
New research is digging in to why fracking causes earthquakes in some areas but not in others.A paper published Monday in Geophysical Research Letters suggests the likelihood of an artificial earthquake is heavily influenced by how stable the ground was before the energy industry showed up.“Some places appear to be particularly responsive to (artificially-)occurring earthquakes while other places aren’t,” said Honn Kao, a seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada and lead author.Scientists have known for some time that injecting fluids to dispose of wastewater or to free underground reserves of oil and gas can cause earthquakes.Regulatory records show there have been hundreds of seismic events since 2015 in a heavily fracked area of northwestern Alberta. Those earthquakes around the Fox Creek area have registered as high as 4.5 on the Richter scale — strong enough to rattle dishes and pictures.Alberta’s energy regulator has tightened restrictions on fracking in the area.Meanwhile, other regions see thousands of wells fracked while the earth remains still.While the link between fracking and earthquakes is well-established, precisely how that link works remains mysterious. Other studies have asked if it’s related to local geology or particular fracking practices, but Kao said he’s found a much more important contributor.“The background tectonic loading rate appear to be one of the predominant factors that control the region’s response to injection-induced earthquakes,” he said.In other words, the deep, underground shifting of Earth’s rocky tectonic plates create zones where tension is concentrated and stored like a coiled spring, called tectonic deformation. The sudden shattering of rock through fracking or the injection of high-pressure wastewater releases that pent-up energy in the form of an earthquake.The finding could help explain why western Alberta and northeast B.C. have a high rate of fracking-induced earthquakes and places such as Saskatchewan, which has thousands of fracked wells, doesn’t.“The Canadian side of the Rocky Mountains has a much higher tectonic deformation rate,” Kao said. “As you go from the Canadian Rocky Mountains eastward, the deformation rate drops quite rapidly.”Of all the fracking-induced earthquakes he and his colleagues studied, 98 per cent occurred in a 150-kilometre band down the Rockies where the subsurface rocks are naturally stressed.Those stresses aren’t the only way earthquakes are caused. Artificial temblors are common in Oklahoma, which has little of the underground tension found in Alberta.But there, Kao said, fluid injection may be big enough to cause problems on its own. Injection rates are 100 times higher there than in Canada, he said.Underground stress is probably best understood as a major contributing factor, Kao added.“It’s more of a competition of all these different factors.”The work has implications on how fracking should be regulated, Kao said. Regulations may need to be different in different regions, based on the tectonic tension deep underground.Kao said, in theory, those smaller artificial quakes might be a good thing. They may be relieving tension that would otherwise build up to a larger, more dangerous event.“We are reducing the occurrence of the future big earthquake,” he said. “Theoretically.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960
OTTAWA — Police chiefs say methamphetamine is fuelling a crime wave in some of western Canada’s biggest cities as use of the highly addictive drug skyrockets across the Prairies.Calgary’s interim police Chief Steve Barlow told a House of Commons health committee this morning the city’s crime rate is going through the roof as the price of meth drops.He says drugs are a factor in almost half of police-involved shootings.Winnipeg’s police Chief Danny Smyth told the committee meth is causing a big backlog because officers are tied up in health-care facilities with meth users.Winnipeg police have seized more than 20 kilograms of meth this year — nearly double what was seized the year before.Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman told the committee Ottawa must create a national strategy on illicit drugs including meth, as well as strengthen border protection and provide more resources for mental health.The Canadian Press
WWE today announced that Superstars for Sandy Relief, the largest ever global online auction to benefit Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York and New Jersey, has raised $524,742.Superstars for Sandy Relief party, April 4, 2013 at Cipriani Wall Street.Credit/Copyright: Business WireAs part of WrestleMania Week activities around the New York and New Jersey region, the auction was a combined effort between WWE, New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes with proceeds benefiting the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City and Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund.Superstars for Sandy Relief online auction ran from March 25-April 9, and featured unique, once-in-a-lifetime experiences with WWE Superstars and other international sports and entertainment celebrities. The auction generated more than 2,000 bids from 152 countries, making this the largest auction of the year on global charity auction site Charitybuzz.com.In addition to the online auction, entertainment powerhouse Sean “Diddy” Combs co-hosted a Superstars for Sandy Relief party with WWE Chairman and CEO Vince McMahon and special guests Dwayne Johnson, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno to kick-off WrestleMania Week at Cipriani Wall Street. The live auction, led by sportscaster Joe Buck, raised more than $75,000 to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.“The state of New Jersey is still recovering from Hurricane Sandy,” said Governor Chris Christie. “The overwhelming support from WWE and a host of celebrities to help the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund is something that the people of New Jersey will never forget.”“Hurricane Sandy relief is an on-going effort,” said Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. “We are grateful to WWE and all the celebrities involved for putting its global resources behind a cause that is so important to the City of New York and our more than 8 million residents.”“Superstars for Sandy Relief helped raise significant funds and awareness to support the people of New York and New Jersey who are still affected long after the devastating storm,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman and CEO. “I’m proud that WWE and its global fan base supported such an important initiative.”Source:BusinessWire.com
Sir Paul McCartney has written a letter to Vladimir Putin in support of the 30 Greenpeace activists currently being held in Russia after being arrested for protesting against oil exploration in the Arctic in September.“Dear Vladimir,” wrote Sir Paul. “I hope this letter finds you well. It is now more than ten years since I played in Red Square, but I still often think about Russia and the Russian people.“I am writing to you about the 28 Greenpeace activists and two journalists being held in Murmansk. I hope you will not object to me bringing up their case. I hear from my Russian friends that the protesters are being portrayed in some quarters as being anti-Russian, that they were doing the bidding of western governments, and that they threatened the safety of the people working on that Arctic oil platform.“I am writing to assure you that the Greenpeace I know is most certainly not an anti-Russian organisation. In my experience they tend to annoy every government! And they never take money from any government or corporation anywhere in the world.“And above all else they are peaceful. In my experience, non-violence is an essential part of who they are.“Vladimir, millions of people in dozens of countries would be hugely grateful if you were to intervene to bring about an end to this affair. I understand of course that the Russian courts and the Russian Presidency are separate. Nevertheless I wonder if you may be able to use whatever influence you have to reunite the detainees with their families?“Forty-five years ago I wrote a song about Russia for the White Album, back when it wasn’t fashionable for English people to say nice things about your country. That song had one of my favourite Beatles lines in it: “Been away so long I hardly knew the place, gee it’s good to be back home.”“Could you make that come true for the Greenpeace prisoners?”McCartney sent the letter a month ago and still hasn’t received a reply, although the Russian Ambassador responded by saying that their situation ‘is not properly represented in the world media’.Find out more about the plight of the Arctic 30 here.
Last week, “Pretty Little Liars” star Brant Daugherty visited the New Horizons workshop in the San Fernando Valley.Brant Daugherty visits the New Horizons workshop in the San Fernando ValleyNew Horizons is a non-profit that has been serving adults with special needs like Autism, Asperger’s, Down Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy & Epilepsy for over 60 years. The New Horizons “workshop” provides employment opportunities for the individuals New Horizons serves.Find out more about New Horizons here.