Calgary theatres providing edgy options

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Advertisement Calgary has a particularly vibrant alternative theatre scene, and with news from Handsome Alice, Theatre Basement and Sage Theatre about their upcoming seasons, this could be a most memorable year for theatre goers searching for edgier choices.With Kate Newby at its helm, Handsome Alice is proud and determined to showcase the voices of contemporary female artists.The company’s first offering is Jill Connell’s The Tall Building which will run Sept. 9 to 17 in the Arts Common’s Big Secret Theatre. Newby calls The Tall Building “a twisted, dark, quirky little comedy. It’s something very different than what we’re used to seeing here in Calgary.”The Tall Building, which stars Genevieve Pare, Geoffrey Simon Brown and Telly James, is being directed by Denise Clarke.“It was essential Denise direct this show because she has a similar sensibility as the playwright who she mentored at the National Theatre.”Following close on the heels of The Tall Building, Handsome Alice will present Rosemary Rowe’s The Good Bride, which received its world premiere at Edmonton’s Northern Lights Theatre last season. Twitter Facebooklast_img read more

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS Market Development Travel Dance

first_img Login/Register With: Who is not eligibleArtistic directors or the equivalent leader(s) of an ad hoc group/collective or organization. In this case, the ad hoc group/collective or organization must be the applicant.Arts presenters and representatives of presenter networks.Arts agents.Non-arts organizations.Students currently enrolled in post-secondary studies. A student is an individual enrolled in a full-time (two or more courses) undergraduate program at a college or university, dance school, or studying dance at a private studio or training organization/conservatory.Dance schools, colleges and universities.Read the Guide to OAC Project Programs for more eligibility information.FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION – CLICK HERE ImportantPartial grants are not awarded.OAC will not accept requests for changes to your funded activity. If you are unable to complete the activity as proposed, you will be required to return the grant. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Deadline DatesThis program has an open deadline.This means that applications are accepted at any time until the program budget is spent.You must apply a minimum of four weeks before your departure date or the date of the event.Grant notification will be available approximately four weeks after an application has been submitted. What’s changed this yearThis is a pilot program administered and assessed by OAC staff in the Dance, and Touring and Audience Development sections. Advertisement PurposeThis program supports Ontario’s professional dance artists and dance companies to travel to promote their work, build their profile, and develop relationships with arts presenters in Ontario, Canada and abroad. Facebook Advertisement PrioritiesA higher priority will be given to applications from those who have not traveled to and/or performed in a region for similar activities. Who is eligibleProfessional dance artists who are Ontario residents.Ad hoc groups/collectives of professional dance artists or arts professionals with expertise in dance.Incorporated not-for-profit Ontario-based dance organizations.All applicants must have a permanent physical address in Ontario.ImportantYou can receive one Market Development Travel: Dance grant per year. Grant amount(s)Ontario and Quebec: $500Canada (all other provinces and territories): $1,000United States: $1,500Europe, Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean: $2,000Africa, Asia/South Asia, Pacific/Oceania, and Middle East: $2,500last_img read more

MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING CREATOR NIA VARDALOS FILES FOR DIVORCE FROM

first_imgNia Vardalos is filing for divorce after 24 years of marriage to “Cougar Town” actor Ian Gomez.According to TMZ, the “My Big Fat Greek Wedding’ creator and star filed divorce documents in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday.Vardalos and Gomez have been married since 1993. The 55-year-old Canadian-American actress listed June 29, 2017 as their date of separation. Advertisement Facebook Advertisement The couple released a joint statement to ET Canada regarding the news. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more

Saskatoon lawyer set to launch healing fund

first_imgAPTN National NewsLisa Abbott is a Saskatoon-based lawyer who represents 130 residential school survivors in their hearings with the Independent Assessment Process (IAP). She acknowledges that some lawyers involved with the IAP may have been taking advantage of their clients, and says she wants to prove that not all lawyers are like that.“I wanted to show claimants and our residential school survivors that there are lawyers that do care,” says Abbott, who will launch the Athabasca Healing Fund in early 2012.APTN National News reporter Delaney Windigo sat down with Abbott in Saskatoon, and has this story.last_img read more

Aboriginal suicides to be addressed at UN gathering

first_imgBrandi Morin APTN National NewsThe United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues will talk about suicide next month.It’s a growing problem in Canada and around the world, Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner Wilton Littlechild told APTN National News on March 10 in Winnipeg.The suicide rate in First Nation communities in Canada is five to six times higher than that of the total population. The disparity is even higher among Inuit people at six to 11 times higher.It’s a plague that is mostly affecting the young. Suicide accounts for more than one-third of all deaths among Aboriginal youth.The First Nation community of Maskwacis, Alta. (formerly known as Hobbema), has been reeling from multiple suicides in recent months. A reported 40 people took their lives over a three-month period from November 2014 to January 2015.It`s hard to find someone in the central Alberta community who has not been affected.Rick Lightning, hails from Ermineskin Cree Nation –  one of the four bands that makes up Maskwacis. He lost his 27-year-old granddaughter in February.Then his own daughter took her life on March 4.“It’s a pain that – when you have an anxiety attack – it’s like multiply that by 100,” said Lightning.“You question yourself – the could’ve, the should’ve – trying to formalize it in your mind and trying to get an understanding as to the whole reason behind it.”His daughter Ambur Lightning, 20, seemed to have everything going for her. She was beautiful; an honours student taking a makeup artistry course in Edmonton with dreams of one day making it big in the industry.She had had a fight with her boyfriend and was under the influence when, perhaps, during a moment of despair she decided to end it all.Community members say suicides seem to have a domino effect and some youth tend to romanticize the idea of it.Last week, clusters of loved ones gathered around the Lightning family home to grieve, including Ambur’s peers. But through his tears, Lightning pleaded with the youth to choose a different path.“I told her friends ‘I need you girls to live, I need you girls to fly,’” he said.“This is a pain. When it’s self-harm like that, it’s an extreme pain that you can’t even describe it.”Ironically, Rick works with youth in the community and teaches about suicide prevention. He is currently leading a grief recovery workshop while working to get through the shock of Ambur’s death.But it’s not enough, he said. The community is crying for answers, for help and funding to put more preventative measures into place.“It’s in Indian Country across our land! We see all of these things, but where’s the money so we can hire people to come in and work with the youth? We could create something that gives them hope,” he said.Community health workers labor around the clock to keep up with the crisis.Ermineskin First Nation Chief Randy Ermineskin said the issue needs to be talked about more and that the community needs to come together to identify how to help. As for the reasons why suicide is so rampant, he said it’s difficult to pin down.“That`s a very, very tough question to answer because you can say one thing and then the next day the ones you think are doing right could be the ones that are affected by it,” said Ermineskin. “There`s too much noise out there for our young people nowadays and we`re not monitoring it and we don`t know what`s going on behind their bedroom doors.”Wilton Littlechild, also from Ermineskin, lost his 12-year-old grandson last month to suicide.He was also a member of parliament in the Brian Mulroney Conservative government and sponsored the first national conference on suicide prevention for Indigenous peoples back in the early 1990s.He will be part of a team of delegates that is taking the issue to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York in April. This will be the first time the topic of suicide is addressed at the United Nations because it has become a serious problem for Indigenous communities not only in Canada, but in other parts of the world.“I’m saddened by what’s going on locally at home because it’s increasing and it’s timely that we start discussing it at the leadership level, the highest leadership level,” said Littlechild.“I feel really encouraged because I’ve been trying for a long time to get the United Nations to address the situation of youth at risk. What I hope will happen is that we will find out better and newer ways that we can prevent suicide in our communities. I know that there’s ways to prevent it that offer Indigenous youth to make a better choice- by that I mean to make a choice to live rather than to take a drastic step.”During his time as commissioner, he travelled across the country listening to stories of both residential school and intergenerational survivors, and although there are many contributing factors to the reasons suicide happens, he believes the residential school experience is connected. He said sometimes the solution may just be taking the time to listen to someone if they reach out, as it just might encourage them to keep living. Suicide is now the leading cause of death among First Nations youth and adults up to age 44.“For the first time I think many of us are openly talking about suicide, so we don’t know from before when it was not talked about whether it was more serious or this is a recent phenomenon. The fact that we’re willing and able to talk about the situation at the community level, nationally and internationally, I think is a good opportunity for us to deal with what appears to be an emerging situation that’s increasing.”Although global attention to the rising numbers of Indigenous suicides is starting to unravel there is still not enough tangible information about its causes and adequate intervention methods.Maskwacis has a 24-hour suicide prevention hotline and youth-centered programs put in place. However the community is still in dire need of additional resources, both Ermineskin and Lightning said.bmorin@aptn.ca@songstress28last_img

Online building materials seller BuildDirect wins court protection from creditors

first_imgVANCOUVER – Online building materials seller BuildDirect.com Technologies Inc. has been granted court protection from creditors as it tries to recapitalize or arrange a sales transaction.The Vancouver-based company’s court-appointed monitor, PwC Canada, says it obtained an order under the Companies Creditors Arrangement Act on Tuesday.It says BuildDirect has negotiated a US$15-million loan from significant investors to continue its operations while it works on its financial restructuring.In an affidavit posted with the B.C. Supreme Court, BuildDirect vice-president of finance John Sotham says the company founded in 1999 has generated significant revenue but has not been profitable, instead relying on debt and equity financing to fund operations.He says BuildDirect, which employs most of its 224 employees in Vancouver, grew revenues to $120 million in 2014, adding it had $72 million in revenue through the first nine months of 2017 but its costs exceeded revenues by about $2.6 million per month.Sotham says founder and CEO Jeff Booth resigned last Friday.The company owes its secured lenders about $75 million and has breached financial covenants in the past year, Sotham adds. He says the immediate cause of BuildDirect’s current difficulties is its failure to complete an equity financing expected in mid-October.BuildDirect also has offices in Waterloo, Ont., and Bangalore, India.last_img read more

Doctor fights to regain license lost to lax computer skills

first_imgNEW LONDON, N.H. – Holding manila folders filled with pages of her handwritten reports, Dr. Anna Konopka insisted her system for keeping track of her patients’ medical conditions and various prescriptions works fine.But the New Hampshire Board of Medicine disagrees. It is challenging the 84-year-old New London physician’s record keeping, prescribing practices and medical decision making.Part of their concern is her remedial computer skills, which prevent her from accessing and using the state’s mandatory electronic drug monitoring program. The program, which the state signed onto in 2014, requires prescribers of opioids to register in an effort reduce overdoses.Konopka surrendered her license last month and went to court Friday in an effort to regain it.Konopka doesn’t have a computer in her office and doesn’t know how to use one. Two file cabinets in a tiny waiting room inside a 160-year-old clapboard house hold most of her patient records. The only sign of technology in the waiting room is a landline telephone on her desk.“The problem now is that I am not doing certain things on computer,” said Konopka, who emigrated from Poland in 1961 and has decorated her office with family photos and symbols from her homeland. “I have to learn that. It is time consuming. I have no time.”According to the state, the allegations against Konopka started with a complaint about her treatment of a 7-year-old patient with asthma. She’s been accused of leaving dosing levels of one medication up to the parents and failing to treat the patient with daily inhaled steroids. Konopka, who agreed to a board reprimand in May, said she never harmed the patient and the issue was that the boy’s mother disregarded her instructions.Four more complaints have since been filed against Konopka. The board in September voted to move forward with a disciplinary hearing on those complaints. But before the hearing was held, Konopka agreed in October to give up her license — something she said she was forced to do.Konopka has built a loyal following in New London, population 4,400, and surrounding towns because she brings a personal touch that is attractive to patients weary of battling big hospitals and inattentive doctors. She often attracts patients who have run out of options, many with complicated conditions, such as chronic pain. She also draws patients who have no insurance and little means to pay. She takes anyone willing to pay her $50 in cash.“I’m interested in helping people. I didn’t go to medicine for money, and I didn’t make money,” she said, noting she works alone and can’t afford things like and administrative assistant or even a nurse.Her ongoing fight with the state has prompted scores of patients to write letters on her behalf and call her repeatedly to check on her case. Several of Konopka’s patients attended Friday’s hearing, some admitting they had struggled since she stopped seeing them.“It stinks, but you have to find a new doctor, and it’s a rat race,” said Stanley Wright, who saw Konopka the past year for chronic back pain. “The doctor I had before was over-medicating me, and she gives me a lot of herbal stuff and I was doing a lot better. Now, I’m back to being screwed. I don’t know what to do.”At the hearing, Konopka told Merrimack Superior Court Judge John Kissinger that her inability to practice is putting her patients at risk because they are having a hard time finding another physician and getting drug prescriptions.“If I close my office, they will be without medical care,” she told the court. “Some of them need medications. Who will prescribe for them if I don’t have a license? I worry what will happen to them.”Kissinger did not rule Friday on Konopka’s request.Assistant Attorney General Lyn Cusack said Konopka’s request should be denied, arguing the doctor has been given plenty of time to close her practice and help patients find other doctors. She also said Konopka hasn’t provided any evidence she was forced to give up her license. If she wants to get her license back, Cusack said, Konopka could file for reconsideration with the Board of Medicine.last_img read more

Black Friday enthusiasm wanes as some consumers retailers shun practice

first_imgVANCOUVER – Chaotic images of people clamouring to be the first through the doors to get their hands on hot deals have become synonymous with Black Friday in recent years.However, the one-day shopping frenzy at malls and stores following American Thanksgiving may be on the decline as some consumers and retailers start to shun the tradition by either opting out entirely or turning to internet shopping instead.“In the ’70s and ’80s if you wanted to distinguish yourself as a company you would participate in this event,” said Markus Giesler of York University’s Schulich School of Business in Toronto.“Today it’s the exact other way around.”Online fashion retailer ModCloth, for example, announced this year that its website would shut down on Black Friday and the company would donate US$5 million worth of merchandise to a non-profit organization.“It’s been fun, Black Friday. You had the deals and the steals, but this year we’re looking for the feels,” the company wrote in a blog post.Outdoor retailer REI, on the other hand, has closed its stores on Black Friday for the past two years, given their employees a paid day off, and encouraged people to partake in a new tradition and head outside instead.These brands are mimicking a consumer shift away from mass consumption, said Giesler.Once fringe activist movements like Buy Nothing Day — an anti-consumerism protest held on the same day as Black Friday — have seeped into the mainstream as more people embrace minimalism and choose conscious consumption.“My neighbours left and right would unsurprisingly now say, ‘You know, we no longer do the mall thing. We no longer do the Black Friday thing,’” said Giesler.Last year, Thanksgiving weekend sales in stores in the U.S. were down 4.2 per cent, while foot traffic fell 4.4 per cent, according to data from RetailNext, a retail analytics firm.Two factors seemed to have altered how people view Black Friday, said JoAndrea Hoegg, an associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business.Sales now last about a week, rather than being a single-day event, she said, and the internet has given consumers the ability to find great deals year round.“(There) seems to be less of an urgency about the purchases,” she said. “It’s sort of less of a hype that this is the one day of the year — this and Boxing Day — that you can really, you know, get that fantastic deal.”Still, she believes the shopping spree remains popular, especially online.American consumers spent US$30.39 billion online between Nov. 1 and 22, according to Adobe Analytics data, which covers 80 per cent of transactions made with the country’s 100 largest e-retailers. That’s up nearly 18 per cent from the same timeframe last year.As of 5 p.m. ET on Thanksgiving day, the company said Americans already spent nearly 17 per cent more than they did last year, shelling out $1.52 billion online.For shoppers not interested in the social aspect of Black Friday shopping, online purchases make much more sense, Hoegg said.“You don’t have to deal with the crowds and the deals are, by and large, just as good.”Certain industries in particular are experiencing a Black Friday renaissance online, said Giesler, highlighting that technology firms are known to offer “legendary” sales.Shoppers looking to buy an Amazon Alexa, a Phillips Hue system, a Nest thermostat or other trendy technology, he said, scour the internet for Black Friday deals.“I may not go for the big-box television flat screen at Best Buy,” Giesler said. “But I may go to Amazon, I may go to Nest or to Ecobee to buy myself a little bit of technology.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Total number of Canadians impacted by cyber attack passes 19000 Equifax Canada

first_imgTORONTO – Equifax Canada has revised the number of Canadians caught up in a massive data breach earlier this year, saying an investigation has found that more than 19,000 were affected.The company previously said about 8,000 Canadian customers had their personal information compromised in the cyber attack, but couldn’t say how many additional credit cards were impacted across the country.Equifax issued a statement on Tuesday saying 11,670 of the affected credit cards are Canadian, bringing the total number of Canadians impacted by the hack to about 19,000.The company says an investigation has revealed that the credit card records contain names, addresses, credit or debit card numbers, expiry dates and Social Insurance Numbers.Hackers also accessed or stole the personal data of 145.5 million U.S. consumers and nearly 400,000 Britons in the breach, which was discovered on July 29.The company says it is notifying all affected consumers by mail, and is offering free credit monitoring and identity theft protection services to affected Canadians.Equifax first notified the public of the security breach on Sept. 7, though it said the unauthorized access is thought to have happened from May 13 to July 30.The company previously said that it believes that hackers accessed Equifax Canada’s systems through a consumer website application intended for use by U.S. consumers.But a website for Equifax’s Canadian division now says Canadian systems were not affected and are “entirely separated from those impacted by the Equifax Inc. cyber security incident reported in the U.S.”Equifax is facing investigations in Canada and the U.S., as well as at least two proposed class actions filed in Canada.last_img read more

German unemployment drops again as labour market stays strong

first_imgBERLIN — German unemployment fell in November by more than expected as the labour market in Europe’s biggest economy remained robust.The Federal Labor Office said Thursday that the unemployment rate, when adjusted for seasonal factors, fell 0.1 percentage points to 5 per cent in November over the previous month with 16,000 fewer people out of work. Economists had predicted a jobless drop of 10,000.In unadjusted figures the rate fell to 4.8 per cent from 4.9 per cent the previous month with a total of 2.186 million people registered as unemployed, some 18,000 fewer than in October and 182,000 fewer than the same month last year.Despite the positive development, Germany’s economy has recently been showing cracks with official data this month showing gross domestic product declined 0.2 per cent in the third quarter.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Report Walker strikes Kimberly deal his successor couldnt

first_imgMADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker planned Thursday to announce a $25 million deal with paper-products giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. using a power that his Democratic successor would not have under a bill passed during a lame-duck legislative session last week, according to a published report.The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported details of the deal ahead of Walker’s official announcement, which is planned for Thursday afternoon outside the plant that employs nearly 400 people. Walker’s office did not immediately confirm the report, which was attributed to people familiar with the agreement.Walker’s announcement comes after the Legislature failed to pass a larger tax incentive bill worth up to $100 million for the paper-products giant during last week’s lame-duck legislative session. Lawmakers did pass a bill that would require the Legislature to sign off on the creation of new enterprise zones, the mechanism Walker was to use for the Kimberly-Clark deal, the Journal Sentinel reported.Democrats have accused Republicans of a power grab with the lame-duck legislation, which would rein in some of the powers of Gov.-elect Tony Evers as well as the incoming Democratic attorney general, Josh Kaul.Evers renewed his call for Walker to veto the bill, saying in a statement that “the governor of our state shouldn’t be hamstrung when it comes to economic development.”Walker has signalled general support for the lame-duck bills, but has yet to sign them. He said earlier this week he would consider vetoing portions of the measures, without specifying which parts.Kimberly-Clark was founded nearly 150 years ago in Wisconsin and is now based in Dallas. It was weighing whether to close the Wisconsin plant or one in Conway, Arkansas.Under the new deal, the $25 million would be paid to Kimberly-Clark over five years, the Journal Sentinel reported. The company would keep the Cold Spring plant open and close one in Arkansas, the newspaper said.Kimberly-Clark originally asked for resolution by the end of September but agreed to wait to make a final decision about the plant until after the Legislature acted. Republicans failed to muster enough votes in the Senate for the original bill which would have given Kimberly-Clark up to $100 million, which was not voted upon during the lame-duck session last week.Opponents cast the original measure as a corporate giveaway and said the government shouldn’t be picking winners and losers. But supporters said it was worth the cost to save the jobs and increased economic activity that keeping it open would generate.After the bill died, Walker pledged to reach another deal to save the plant before he leaves office next month. He lost re-election to Evers.Kimberly-Clark, which makes Kleenex tissues, Huggies diapers and other paper products, said in January that it planned to close both the Fox Crossing and smaller Neenah plants in Wisconsin as part of the company’s plan to cut up to 5,500 jobs and close or sell 10 plants worldwide. Its North American consumer business is headquartered in Neenah, Wisconsin, where the company was founded in 1872. Wisconsin is home to about 3,000 Kimberly-Clark employees.The Fox Crossing plant employs about 388 people. Company officials had said they would add about 52 jobs and invest another $500 million over 15 years if the original bill before the Legislature were approved.___Follow Scott Bauer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sbauerAPScott Bauer, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Apple strikes deal to produce new Peanuts content

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the “Peanuts” crew will have a new home on Apple’s streaming service.Apple has struck a deal with DHX Media to produce new “Peanuts” content. The global children’s content and brands company will develop and produce original programs for Apple including new series, specials and shorts based on the beloved characters.“Peanuts” was created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950.DHX will produce original short-form STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) content that will be exclusive to Apple, including astronaut Snoopy.Peanuts Worldwide and NASA recently signed a Space Act Agreement, designed to inspire a passion for space exploration and STEM among the next generation of students.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fire Officials investigating Ridgeview Apartment Homes

first_imgBurrows explained that the fire spread to the roof, and that heavy winds pushed it into the attic space. Burrows added that if not for a fire wall separating the east and west side of the building, the entire roof could have went up in flames.Front of the Ridge View Apartment Homes. Photo by John Luke Kieper.The cause of the fire is currently unknown as crews are still investigating the area.Everyone was able to evacuate safely and fire crews were able to save all six cats in the building.More updates are to come shortly. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A fire erupted late Saturday night at the Ridge View Apartment Homes.According to Fort St. John Fire Chief Fred Burrows, the fire started at approximately 10:50 p.m. on the third floor of the west side of the building. Crews were on the scene battling the blaze until about 4:30 a.m.A photo submitted by Dustin Tanner Carnelllast_img read more

Why are there so many wasps in the Peace Region

first_imgHuber added that during the Spring the workers spend a lot of time expanding the nest and killing insects that are the protein food sources for the growing nest population.“For that reason, wasps are generally a good thing to have around,” said Huber. “They are natural pest control.”Huber explained that as the season progresses the nest becomes more concerned with producing the new queens for the next generation. The workers then begin seeking out sugar sources for added energy.Wasp finding sugar source. Photo by Eugene Windsor.That activity along with the fact that their numbers increase over the spring and summer is one of the biggest reason so many of them come in contact with humans at this time of the year.Huber went on to say that residents will likely see the same number of wasps for the next month or so, prior to when the first frost occurs, when the new queens will mate and hide away for the winter. The old nest and queen will die and the cycle will begin again next spring. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Noticing an increase in stinging insects lately? Well here is the reason why.According to UNBC’s Ecosystem Science and Managment Professor Dr. Dezene Huber, wasp numbers usually increase at this time of year.Huber explained that in the Spring the only wasps around are queens and they are too busy setting up the nest to deal with humans. Once the nest is in place they begin to lay eggs and make worker wasps. “While wasps are important pest control agents, there are times when nests are in dangerous locations near to areas used heavily by humans. While I suggest leaving most wasp nests alone if they aren’t causing problems, it is advisable to get rid of nests where they become a hazard.”last_img read more

Three people critically injured in bus crash

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Three people have been critically injured after a bus crash on Highway 97 north of Prince George.On Thursday, November 1st, 2018 at approximately 3:45 PM, the Prince George RCMP received a report of a collision involving a highway bus on Highway 97 near Mitchell Road, north of Prince George, BC.Police and other emergency services attended the scene and located a highway bus off the road. No other vehicles were involved. Three persons were initially transported to hospital with injuries, one of which was believed to be critical. The critically injured person has since been downgraded and is expected to recover fully.The remaining passengers, up to 40, were transported to hospital by another bus to be checked by medical professionals.The highway is currently open to single lane alternating traffic until such time that the bus can be returned to the road, likely later tonight.Although the cause of the collision has not yet been determined, weather conditions at the time of the incident may have been a factor and will be looked at by investigators.A combination of rain and snow has fallen in the area for most of the afternoon and into the evening. Police are recommending that drivers do not travel on area highways. If you must travel, use extreme caution and bring emergency supplies.last_img read more

Environment Canada issues rainfall warning for Fort Nelson

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – Environment Canada has issued a rainfall warning today, June 18, for Fort Nelson.According to Environment Canada, the rain will intensify late this afternoon as a low-pressure system parks itself near the B.C., Alberta, Northwest Territory borders.Some areas could receive up to 50 mm of rain. Environment Canada says the heavy rain is expected to ease Wednesday night.Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads, so be sure to watch out for possible washouts near rivers, creeks and culverts.For up-to-date weather conditions, you can visit Environment Canada’s website.last_img read more

China will not pick sides in IndiaPakistan disputes

first_imgNew Delhi: China will not pick sides if war breaks out between India and Pakistan, according to a string of articles carried by media houses linked to the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC). The outlining of Beijing’s thinking is bound to come as a further constriction of Pakistan’s options for escalation against India, which is upping the pressure on Islamabad’s continuing support for terrorism. The op-ed in the Chinese state-run Global Times, which is widely considered to be a mouthpiece for the CPC, declared simply in its headline, “China will not pick sides in India-Pakistan disputes”. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF DayThis is the latest op-ed or editorial across the gamut of state-owned Chinese newspapers that are gradually changing the tone of their commentary, especially after the Balakot airstrikes and the subsequent Pakistani attempt at retaliation. After the Pulwama terror attack, in which Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists killed 40 Indian paramilitary personnel, Chinese government voices and the media repeatedly called for restraint. But after the airstrikes, the tone slowly changed into an emphatically stated position of neutrality. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty”Although China supported Pakistan in alleviating poverty and wiping out terrorism, Beijing is not an enemy of New Delhi… China will not pick sides in India-Pakistan disputes. Aiming at easing the two countries’ conflicts and improving the anti-terrorist situation, China will play the role of a mediator and facilitator amid the ongoing tensions,” read an op-ed published by Global Times late on Sunday. The op-ed also specifically mentioned Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), while strategically omitting mention of its flagship project, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). China’s anxiety over its investments in CPEC come against the backdrop of the fact that a part of the link passes through Gilgit-Baltistan, which is part of the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, which is claimed in entirely by India. The three days before that had seen other op-eds from Global Times proposing China as a mediator between the two South Asian nuclear powers. It also threw up the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), in which both India and Pakistan were inducted as members in June 2017, as a possible forum for the resolution of the India-Pakistan dispute. The emphatic statement that China will not pick sides by a CPC mouthpiece is likely to deal a blow to the confidence and bravado of Pakistan’s military intelligence, which has held that the ‘iron brother’ would not allow India to run over Pakistan. This, however, is consistent with China’s refusal to intervene during the 1971 war between India and Pakistan, which saw the country torn into two pieces.last_img read more