Rejuvenating Lethbridge one fence at a time – Lethbridge

Posted on 29/03/2019

Everyone wants to maintain a beautiful yard, but for those who are disabled or elderly, that can be a challenge. Project Paintbrush is looking to help.

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Armed with sandpaper, paintbrushes, and good hearts, volunteers work to spruce up properties with good old fashioned paint jobs. Scott Weber is the Rural Development Coordinator at Project Paintbrush. “The objective of Project Paintbrush is to paint fences, single story homes and garages for seniors and people who are physically and/or financially unable to do the work themselves at little to no cost to them. The fence painting rejuvenates the property so it really gives the homeowner more enjoyment out in their yard. Sometimes a coat of paint is all a fence needs to last another couple years, and it increases the property value of the neighbourhood.”

The organization has been around for a number of years now, but it still surprised people that such a unique initiative exists. However, once the job is done, those who have had their property rejuvenated quickly appreciate the difference it makes. Kelsey Ronne is a Project Paintbrush Assistant and recalls one satisfied homeowner. “Even after we finished her garage, which was about 60 years old when we painted it, she was calling me for the next week after saying, ‘I just wanted to let you know that all the neighbours came by and they really liked it’, and she’ll call and thank us which is so nice. It just makes it feel really worth it to get that appreciation and know that we’re doing something to make them feel better. So it’s awesome.”

The volunteers have no shortage of potential projects in the city, but are now looking to expand outwards to the outlying rural communities. “We’re trying to do twenty projects in Lethbridge, that’s our goal. With another six in the surrounding area. Taber, Coaldale, Coalhurst. Just anywhere in the immediate vicinity of Lethbridge.”

The Project Paintbrush team spent Tuesday morning painting the fence of the Potvin family, who’s owner is legally blind and can’t do it herself. “It’s incredible, absolutely incredible,” said the homeowner’s son, Ross Potvin. “We’re so pleased that so many volunteers have come out here and taken the initiative to take care of my mom for us and the family is very grateful and very thankful.”

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Trans Mountain pipeline review delayed

Posted on 29/03/2019

VANCOUVER – The City of Burnaby’s refusal to co-operate with Kinder Morgan has forced a seven-month delay in a National Energy Board review of the company’s proposed expansion of its Trans Mountain pipeline through British Columbia.

The NEB announced Tuesday it has deferred the deadline for the final report to cabinet until Jan. 25, 2016, while Kinder Morgan completes necessary studies.

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The agency wants more information about a preferred new route through Burnaby Mountain but, so far, the Metro Vancouver city has been steadfast in its opposition. Burnaby has not allowed engineers and other specialists hired by Trans Mountain onto city property.

“There’s a number of different studies that we would need in order to assess the application,” said Sarah Kiley, the board’s communications officer. “What we’re looking at is a new route that would go through the mountain.”

The company told the board that the route through the mountain, which is home to Simon Fraser University and a vast park, is preferable because of the lower construction cost.

No one from Trans Mountain responded to a request for comment but the company told the board that it has attempted for more than a year to work with Burnaby to collect the required information.

“Despite these extensive efforts, the City of Burnaby has refused to meet with Trans Mountain on these matters and has stated that it will not provide Trans Mountain with access or permits,” the company said in documents filed with the board.

If Burnaby continues to be unco-operative, Trans Mountain said it will apply to the regulatory board for an order granting access.

“Trans Mountain has indicated that it does require access to City of Burnaby land,” Kiley said. “If the city refuses access, Trans Mountain can request an order from the National Energy Board to gain access to those lands.”

The company reiterated that its preference is to work collaboratively.

Burnaby council is officially opposed to the $5.4-billion expansion that would almost triple the current pipeline’s capacity, from 300,000 barrels a day to almost 900,000 barrels.

Like the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Enbridge (TSX:ENB), the Trans Mountain project faces some staunch opposition.

Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan was not available for comment Tuesday, but in documents filed to the board, the city said that “the ‘engagement’ that Trans Mountain is requesting appears in some cases to constitute support or pre-approval by Burnaby.”

In other cases it’s akin to city staff helping the company to meet its obligations to the National Energy Board, it said.

It appears unlikely Burnaby will offer its co-operation without an order from the regulator.

“Burnaby takes the position that now the hearing process is underway for the project, communications with Trans Mountain should take place transparently on the hearing record,” the city wrote to the board earlier this month.

“Burnaby is open to engagement with Trans Mountain through the NEB process … .”

Trans Mountain now has until Dec. 1 to submit the required studies to the board. Interveners will then have until Feb. 3 to review and respond to that information.

Oral hearings expected to begin next January will now begin in July 2015. The rest of the assessment will continue as planned and hearings to gather aboriginal oral evidence are expected to go begin as scheduled at the end of August.

Under the original schedule, the board’s report was due July 2, 2015.

Kennedy Stewart, the New Democrat MP for Burnaby-Douglas, notes the new deadline for a final decision is after the next federal election in October 2015.

“Up until this point the NEB has allowed Kinder Morgan to play fast and loose with this process,” Stewart said in a news release. “My constituents have known for months the company had at least three pipeline routes in play through Burnaby and it looked like the NEB was going to let them get away with not specifying whose homes and properties would be affected.”

Silicon Valley venture capitalist takes step toward ballot initiative to split California – National

Posted on 01/03/2019

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper began submitting signatures Tuesday for a ballot initiative that would ask voters to split California into six separate states, a move he said would create governments that are more manageable and responsive to residents’ needs.

Draper said the state of 38.3 million people, the most populous in the U.S., has become ungovernable and that there are too many diverse interests for politicians to effectively represent their constituents.

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Draper and a bipartisan team of political consultants delivered what he said were 44,000 signatures to the Sacramento County registrar of voters. The signatures are among 1.3 million the Six Californias campaign plans to submit statewide this week.

If enough signatures are verified, voters in November 2016 would be asked to divide the state into six states called Jefferson, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California.

Map of how venture capitalist Tim Draper envisions his Six Californias plan.

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Critics note that the plan would separate the wealthiest and poorest Californians, potentially creating some of the poorest states in the nation. But Draper brushed away such concerns, saying the individual states could pursue new revenue and jobs when they are freed from other burdens.

“Those places are poor under the current regime. They don’t have to be poor. These can be wealthy states,” he said.

It’s too bad that California’s initiative process subjects voters to the whims of an eccentric billionaire, said Steve Maviglio, a Democratic political consultant and spokesman for OneCalifornia, a group formed to oppose Draper’s initiative.

“If you have $30 million, you can put anything you want on the ballot in California,” he said. “It’s just a tragedy of the initiative system that the voters have to go through this kind of debate and our state will have to go through this kind of debate for now two years, not just a regular campaign season, just to gratify his ego.”

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Mother of murdered girl asks for people to step up, close unsolved cases – Halifax

Posted on 01/03/2019

HALIFAX  – Ruth Slaunwhite will face the man accused of killing her daughter, Melissa Dawn Peacock, in court on Wednesday.

Slaunwhite said she is healing a little more every day, but still gets choked up talking about her late daughter.

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“She’d give you the shirt off her back. She really would take the shirt right off her back and give it to you. The best sister that my kids could ever, ever have,” Slaunwhite said.

Peacock was first reported missing in November 2011. Her body was found in Upper Stewiacke, N.S. on July 4, 2012.

Her murder was the first case listed under the province’s Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes Program that actually resulted in an arrest.

“We might not have answers today if not for the program, and I don’t even know where we’d be without it” said Slaunwhite.

At its inception in October 2006, the Rewards For Major Unsolved Crimes program offered a reward of $50,000 for a tip leading to an arrest and conviction in a case.

Since then, the reward has tripled to $150,000.

Although the program has been around for nearly eight years, it only got it’s breakthrough in the past year.

“We’ve had close to 100 calls in which persons have provided information on numerous cases that we have in our program,” said Roger Merrick, Director of Public Safety, for the Nova Scotia Department of Justice.

The program has also helped police lay charges in the murder of Ryan Matthew White, who was shot and killed on Jarvis Lane in Halifax in July 2010.

Charges have also been laid in the homicide of Narico Danefu Downey. The 23 year-old was shot in North Preston in the summer of 2012.

With three successful cases, officials say they are hoping to close more unsolved files.

“There’s a lot of people that out that are grieving, a lot of people with questions about what happened to their family members and we’re hoping we can solve all the cases in the program,” Merrick tells Global News.

As the mother of a murder victim, Slaunwhite said she’s experienced firsthand how the program helps families heal, and so she’s asking for others to speak up.

“We only went eight months, which is a really, really long time,” she said. “But, there’s families that have done many, many years and they need, they need answers, they can’t go on without answers.”

Woman in Peru says Mike Duffy is her father: report – National

Posted on 01/03/2019

OTTAWA – A Peruvian woman claiming to be the daughter of Mike Duffy says the suspended Senator had an affair with her mother – a convicted drug mule, Maclean’s Magazine reports.

The bombshell article quotes Karen Duffy, 32, who says she and her mother tried to reach out to the former broadcaster on numerous occasions but have never heard back.

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Karen Duffy has now filed a lawsuit in Peru seeking to prove the former Conservative senator is her father, the magazine says.

In an email to Global News, Duffy said: “The Maclean’s story contains untrue allegations, made by a convicted narcotics smuggler, and which go back more than 30 years. I will respond to any legal process from Peru in an appropriate manner. I will have no further comment.”

The article says Yvette Benites, Karen Duffy’s mother, served less than two years at Kingston Penitentiary for Women after being found guilty of importing drugs.

In prison, Benites met Mike Duffy’s sister, Moira, who asked her to deliver a birthday present to her brother when Benites was paroled, it says.

After a brief affair, Benites discovered she was pregnant, the article says. Before being deported she left a letter for Mike Duffy in his apartment telling him about the child, the report says.

According to the article,Karen Duffy has for years sought her father’s attention.

“I don’t know how else to get his attention,” she told the magazine. “I write to him, but I don’t know if he reads it. Or if he’s ignoring me, or he’s just scared.”

The magazine also features photos of Karen Duffy side-by-side with her alleged father.

Duffy, who was suspended from the Senate, is currently under investigation for fraud, breach of trust and frauds on the government.

The police investigation relates to living and travel claims he made as a Conservative senator, as well as his use of office resources and a $90,000 cheque given to him by former chief of staff Nigel Wright to repay the expenses.

The RCMP announced in April Wright will not be criminally charged.

Oromocto clinic to help military families get better access to health care – New Brunswick

Posted on 01/03/2019

OROMOCTO, N.B. – Horizon Health Network and 5th Canadian Division Support Base Gagetown unveiled the plan for the new health clinic in Oromocto Tuesday.

The clinic will have a physician, two nurse practitioners, nursing staff,  a dietician, social worker and administrative staff, to serve the town of Oromocto, the military base and the Oromocto First Nation.

It’s a project that’s been in the works for five years.

The clinic begun as a thesis proposal, by Janet Weber, a nurse practitioner who now serves the military base.

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“There were people who’s health was suffering, and once you seen how much they were suffering, you couldn’t not see it,” Weber said. “And you couldn’t not do something about it.”

She collaborated with several others, and took it to Horizon Health. A team has been pushing the clinic to become realized ever since.

Military families move three times more than the average Canadian family. So, while it’s already difficult for people to find family doctors, military families have an even more challenging time.

“They come, and they’re on wait lists until they leave and then they go to a new province and they’re on another wait list and they haven’t received care,” Weber said.

In some cases, it’s caused health problems to deteriorate much quicker.

“I see people who are coming to me, who’ve not had regular screening, who’ve not had regular children checks, well-women checks, males who’ve not had regular check ups in several years,” said nurse practitioner Raelyn Lagacé, who’s already treating some patients in Oromocto.

The clinic will be built within an existing space on Iroquois Avenue and will open its doors in November. Horizon Health estimates it will serve 3,000 patients.

4 questions in the Calgary family disappearance-turned-homicide case

Posted on 29/01/2019

WATCH: As the news sets in that 5-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents, Alvin and Kathryn Liknes, will never come home, the prime suspect was formally charged with their murders. Francis Silvaggio has the story.

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TORONTO – The disappearance of five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and grandparents Alvin and Kathryn Liknes has resulted in three murder charges against suspect Douglas Garland.

The Amber Alert was discontinued by police on Monday, but police continue their investigation. And there are some seemingly unusual questions being asked by those following the case.

How can murder charges be laid without the victims’ bodies?

Though Garland has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder related to the Liknes’ and one count of second-degree murder related to O’Brien, no bodies have been recovered.

“While it is unusual for homicide charges to be laid without the bodies, and there’s obviously a huge amount of information that comes from being able to obtain that additional evidence, what it tells me is that the evidence the police have already collected points to this particular conclusion,” said forensic psychologist Patrick Baillie.

The body of eight-year-old Tori Stafford was not found until three months after she went missing, and two months before Michael Rafferty and Terri-Lynne McClintic were arrested and charged with abduction. (In addition, Rafferty was charged with murder and McClintic was charged with knowingly aiding and enabling Rafferty).

Charges were also laid without a body in the Waterloo case of Catherine Todd, added sociology and legal studies professor at University of Waterloo Jennifer Schulenberg.

“It is rare (very rare) but it occurs when sufficient evidence exists to do so. An actual body is only part of an evidentiary picture,” Schulenberg told Global News.

Baillie said the prosecution can only go ahead when the Crown believes there’s reasonable possibility of conviction, so there must be sufficient evidence to justify the charges.

“We know there was a violent incident at the Liknes home and I would assume there is blood evidence collected at that scene,” he added. “We also have a suspicious vehicle—which was tied to the accused—so there may have been evidence gathered in that setting as well as the extensive search the police have done.”

Calgary Police Chief Rick Hanson said it’s “obviously” preferable to have a body so that the medical examiner “knows what you have.” But that’s not necessarily always the way a case concludes.

“People dispose of bodies and we have to pursue every investigative lead that we have,” said Hanson.

Why was there a delay between Garland’s arrest and processing?

Garland was arrested early Monday morning, but not escorted to the Calgary police arrest processing unit until much later Monday evening.

Baillie said from what he understands, investigators tried to use that time to “have a conversation with him.”

“There have been other cases where favours have been given to people that have been convicted, but in Mr. Garland’s position—to my understanding—there’s been no confession, no admission of responsibility; so he’s not in a position where he wants to give police additional information,” said Baillie.

Watch below: Murder suspect Douglas Garland escorted by police to see a justice of the peace

Schulenberg said hearings must occur without reasonable delay and within a 24-hour period or as soon as possible.

“This means there is nothing unusual with the timing of going before a Justice of the Peace,” she said.

Why did Garland violate his curfew and breach a police scene?

Garland was also released after having been taken into police custody and questioned last week in connection to the O’Brien/Liknes case, which revealed unrelated charges having to do with identity theft.

Garland then violated his curfew and returned to his parents’ acreage (which police are still searching). Since police have official custody of the acreage, Garland was also stepping onto the crime scene.

Timeline: Missing Calgary family Nathan O’Brien, Alvin and Kathryn Liknes

“We know that Mr. Garland made the decision to go back there, and we can assume he was aware of the conditions he wasn’t supposed to be in that area.  So he must have had a reason for wanting to get back there,” suggested Baillie.

But Schulenberg said a violation of parole speaks more to Garland’s criminal behaviour and record than it does to the case per se.

“We are not privy to exactly what the police are searching for and whether there is a probability that Garland would be aware and/or concerned,” she explained.

Why have police stopped updating the public?

Hanson has characterized the case as “complex” and said he understands why questions are lingering.

“But we live in a world, in a justice system, where once we lay a charge we no longer comment on what evidence we’re prepared to move forward [with],” he said.

“The reality is the evidence we have will be presented by the Crown in a court of law.”

Garland is set to appear in court Wednesday morning.

READ MORE:How you can support the Liknes and O’Brien families

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Testosterone therapy may pose risks: Health Canada

Posted on 29/01/2019

TORONTO – Health Canada is warning consumers and health-care providers about a potential risk of serious and life-threatening cardiovascular problems linked to testosterone replacement therapy for men.

Testosterone replacement products are used in men whose bodies don’t make enough of the hormone, causing such effects as flagging libido, low energy, loss of muscle, mood swings and disturbed sleep.

A recent Health Canada safety review found a growing body of evidence suggesting that the use of replacement testosterone may pose an increased risk of heart attack, stroke, blood clots in the lungs or legs, and heart rhythm irregularities.

The federal department says testosterone replacement products should not be used in men for non-specific symptoms if lab tests have not confirmed a low testosterone level, nor should they be used in children under 18 nor in women.

Men should advise their doctor of any history of cardiovascular disease or symptoms that might indicate such disease before using testosterone replacement therapy.

The agency also says health providers should assess patients for cardiovascular disease risks before prescribing testosterone and closely monitor men who begin hormone replacement.

In Canada, 12 testosterone replacement products are approved for sale, including such brand-name products as Androderm, Delatestryl, Androgel and Testim, as well as various generic equivalents.

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Workplace attacks: tips to keep staff safe – Edmonton

Posted on 29/01/2019

EDMONTON – Have a security plan in place and trust your instincts. Those are two tips from Alberta security advisor Neil LeMay.

On Monday, police say a man working at a property management office was slashed across the neck by another man they believe was upset about a property he was renting.

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After an initial argument, the suspect left the building. At that time, the employees were sent home and the doors were locked.

“The actions of that supervisor probably prevented it from being a more tragic incident,” said LeMay.

“Whatever transaction took place with the aggressor in that building in the first meeting … was enough to create some concern,” he explained. “The fact that they sent the employees home clearly demonstrates that they had the interests and security and safety of the employees above and over those business concerns.

“In this case, I think that action probably saved a lot of people’s lives.”

On Tuesday, a 62-year-old man was charged with several offences in connection to the incident, including attempted murder.

Have safety protocol in place

LeMay stresses that a violence prevention assessment is not only required by Alberta law, having a plan laid out is paramount to keeping people safe.

“You need to have policy. You need to have some procedures in place. It’s very important that you do some training and drills so that your staff knows what to do.”

“I think this type of an event is a reminder that they need to take this seriously and put some basic procedures in place.”

Watch for warning signs

While violent incidents can escalate very quickly, LeMay says people should always be on the lookout for possible indicators.

“We recommend that at least employers and supervisors be aware of what the potential dangers are, be aware of what the red flags and warning signs are, whether it’s from an employee or a client or customer,” he said. “And, that when they do start to see a cluster of behaviours or a pattern of behaviours of concern, that they seek out some professional assistance.”

Create barriers for aggressor(s)

If an unexpected violent situation comes up, LeMay suggests putting barriers between yourself, your staff, and the aggressor.

For instance, in the July 14 Edmonton case, he says locking the doors was a smart decision.

“You want to buy yourself some time.

“You want to create barriers in place that allow the police to get there and delay the suspect from getting access to individuals that they can harm.”

LeMay believes having a safe room with a solid core door on site is another way to increase safety.

Trust your gut

LeMay, who worked with the RCMP for 27 years and was a homicide detective for a decade, says it’s important to trust your instincts.

“We have a tendency as individuals to overrule our gut with our head.”

“That intuition, that gut feeling – that ‘spidey sense’ we get when the hairs stand up on the back of our neck – we need to pay attention to that.”

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Keep sensitive accounts of residential school survivors, judge urged

Posted on 29/01/2019

TORONTO – Destroying the sensitive testimony of survivors of Canada’s notorious residential school system will seriously damage the historical record and the material should instead be sealed for 30 years, an Ontario court heard Tuesday.

In making a pitch to keep the records, a lawyer for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission said their preservation does not have to equal their publication.

“Destruction of those documents will have a deep, irreversible impact on the state of the record,” lawyer Julian Falconer said.

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“The minute you destroy the information, you alter the ability for generations to come to remind people of what was done to these victims.”

At issue are records of the often heart-rending and emotional testimony of 37,000 survivors of the residential school system who sought compensation for sexual, physical and psychological abuse.

Their evidence under the independent assessment process – separate from thousands of others who spoke publicly to the commission about their experiences – was intended to be confidential.

The head of the adjudication process, Dan Shapiro, with backing from a privacy expert, argues the only practical way to ensure that confidentiality and avoid revictimizing survivors is to destroy the documents.

At the same time, part of the mandate of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission is to create as complete a record as possible of the residential school system and its legacy.

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There are ways to protect privacy without threatening history, Falconer told Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Perell.

“Part of our mandate is to ensure claimant survivors aren’t revictimized,” he said.

Falconer proposed sealing the documents for at least 30 years. During that time, an “outreach” would occur to try to persuade survivors to agree to making their accounts part of the trove of material being housed at the National Research Centre at the University of Manitoba.

If that consent cannot be obtained, the materials would be transferred from Aboriginal Affairs after the 30-year waiting period to Library and Archives Canada, which would deal with them under its normal document protocols.

“You’re not deciding how to protect history today,” Falconer told Perell.

READ MORE: Indian residential schools inquiry about to get reams of documents

About 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children were taken from their families and forced to attend the residential schools over much of the last century to “take the Indian out of the child.” The last school closed outside Regina in 1996.

The head of the national archive dedicated to the residential schools has said the voices of thousands of the survivors would forever be silenced if their testimony was destroyed.

The hearing is slated to wrap up Wednesday.

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