West Canada – David Thompson Things http://davidthompsonthings.com/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 22:46:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://davidthompsonthings.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/default.png West Canada – David Thompson Things http://davidthompsonthings.com/ 32 32 YouTuber funds Taliban escape of 170 Hazara filmmakers and activists in Canada – Penticton Western News https://davidthompsonthings.com/youtuber-funds-taliban-escape-of-170-hazara-filmmakers-and-activists-in-canada-penticton-western-news/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 22:46:00 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/youtuber-funds-taliban-escape-of-170-hazara-filmmakers-and-activists-in-canada-penticton-western-news/ A YouTuber who gives investment advice helped finance the escape of 170 Afghans from the Taliban to Canada. David Lee, an investor who lives in Texas, helped a large group of stranded Afghans get to the Pakistani border after the Taliban takeover last August. The Hazaras, who arrived in Calgary earlier this week, included filmmakers, […]]]>

A YouTuber who gives investment advice helped finance the escape of 170 Afghans from the Taliban to Canada.

David Lee, an investor who lives in Texas, helped a large group of stranded Afghans get to the Pakistani border after the Taliban takeover last August.

The Hazaras, who arrived in Calgary earlier this week, included filmmakers, members of the Afghan arts community and human rights activists.

They fled Kabul last summer when the Taliban took control but found themselves stranded in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan, with no funds to get to the Pakistani border. They had days to get to a border post before it closed, but they had spent all their money fleeing Kabul.

Lee, who had previously financed the flight of a group of 38 Hazaras to Pakistan, as well as emergency food shipments to Afghanistan, was contacted by an Afghan from a humanitarian organization in the United States to see if he could help urgently.

Members of the 170-person group do not want to be identified for fear of Taliban reprisals against their friends and family.

According to Senator Salma Ataullahjan, who was born in Pakistan and has contacts with many Afghans, the Taliban fundamentalists have targeted democracy activists and women, as well as musicians, breaking their instruments and beating them. She said a professional Afghan musician she knows buried his instrument for fear of persecution.

The Taliban have also imposed severe restrictions on what Afghans can watch and banned women from appearing in TV dramas, according to a BBC report. The Ministry for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice ordered broadcasters not to broadcast films or programs “contrary to Islamic or Afghan values”.

Along with some of his YouTube subscribers, Lee raised around US$12,000 in a matter of hours to fund taxi fares and other costs to get refugees to a crossing point into Pakistan before the closure of the frontier.

Lee, who provides investment training via YouTube, previously helped a group of 38 Afghans, including the family of a University of British Columbia student, cross the Pakistani border. He warned the contact who had asked him for help that the group only had a few days to get out of the country before the Afghan-Pakistan border closed near Quetta.

But local bus services that could have taken them to the border ceased after the Taliban took over.

“They wanted to cross the border but they were stuck. They had spent all their money to get to Kandahar. Taxis charged prices ten times higher than usual. I had helped 38 other people cross the border and said, ‘Your group has to leave as soon as possible,’” he said.

“I reached out to my network and a group of people who watch investor videos, and within hours we got the fees – it was about $12,000 for their costs, mostly for transportation. They got out just in time, and a few days later the land border was closed.

The money was transferred to Pakistan where a middleman managed to arrange transport for the group of Hazaras.

The Hazaras are one of the largest minorities in Afghanistan and speak Hazaraqi, a Persian dialect. They are also found in parts of Iran and Pakistan, with a large population in Quetta. Historically, they have been persecuted in Afghanistan, notably by the mainly Pashtun Taliban.

The border, near Quetta, was closed a few days after the refugees crossed. Some members of the group almost failed to cross, Lee said. A man spent three days at the border trying to persuade the guards to let him through. At the border, the refugees had their luggage removed and then returned to the Pakistani side.

From the border, they traveled to Quetta where they ended up sleeping on the floor of an unheated wedding hall.

In Islamabad, with the help of human rights groups, they were referred to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which referred them to Canada’s “special humanitarian programme” – one of two place to help bring 40,000 Afghan refugees to Canada. The program is intended to help vulnerable groups, including human rights activists, women leaders, persecuted religious or ethnic minorities, LGBTQ people and journalists.

In Islamabad, Lee said, Canadian embassy staff interviewed refugees and took biometrics before approving immigration to Canada.

The Hazaras were among a group of 252 Afghan refugees welcomed to Canada by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser on Tuesday, and the first admitted under the Special Humanitarian Program.

The day after their plane landed in Calgary, the leader of the group texted Lee to tell him that the entire group was now on Canadian soil and safe and sound.

The group is now isolated in a hotel in Calgary and will travel to Edmonton upon release from quarantine, Lee said.

Lee, who lives in Texas, hopes to travel to Edmonton to meet with band members when the pandemic subsides.

“I was so thrilled personally when they arrived,” he said. “Their lives and those of future generations will be changed forever.”

– Marie Woolf, The Canadian Press

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SCORES 1-13-22: Notre Dame Women’s Basketball and West Canada Valley Men’s Basketball continue their winning streaks; Hamilton’s Blackford becomes winningest manager in Section III history | Sports https://davidthompsonthings.com/scores-1-13-22-notre-dame-womens-basketball-and-west-canada-valley-mens-basketball-continue-their-winning-streaks-hamiltons-blackford-becomes-winningest-manager-in-section-iii-history-sports/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 06:15:50 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/scores-1-13-22-notre-dame-womens-basketball-and-west-canada-valley-mens-basketball-continue-their-winning-streaks-hamiltons-blackford-becomes-winningest-manager-in-section-iii-history-sports/ Highlights and scores from January 13, 2022 GIRLS BASKETBALL Notre Dame 41, Camden 16* The Jugglers won their fourth straight game, playing their best fourth-quarter basketball to take sole possession of the TVL Pioneer Division’s No. 1 spot. Maggie Trinkaus spearheaded the scoring for Notre Dame with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Erica Zike […]]]>

Highlights and scores from January 13, 2022



GIRLS BASKETBALL

Notre Dame 41, Camden 16*

The Jugglers won their fourth straight game, playing their best fourth-quarter basketball to take sole possession of the TVL Pioneer Division’s No. 1 spot.

Maggie Trinkaus spearheaded the scoring for Notre Dame with 14 points and seven rebounds, while Erica Zike led Camden with five points.

The Jugglers improve to 9-4 on aggregate, 7-2 in Tri-Valley League play. The Blue Devils are 6-5 overall, 1-5 in TVL competition.


BOYS BASKETBALL

Canada Valley West 82, Westmoreland 63*

The Indians extended their winning streak to three straight games by comfortably dominating the Bulldogs in a Center State Conference interdivisional battle.

Will Smith led the charge for Western Canada with 27 points, while Brayden Shepardson had 23.

Matt Doyle set the tone for Westmo with 12 goals.

The Indians improve their record to 11-1 this season, 5-0 in CSC play. The Bulldogs drop to 8-4 overall, 2-2 in the league.


BOYS BASKETBALLBlackford sets record for Section III wins

Hamilton 87, Sauquoit Valley 37

Longtime Emerald Knights head coach Tom Blackford became the winningest basketball coach in Division III history, earning his 572nd victory between Hamilton and Fayetteville-Manlius.

Blackford, who have been coaching for 40 years, overtakes former Bishop Ludden and East-Syracuse Minoa coach Pat Donnelly for the most wins of any Division III coach.

He is currently in his 26th season overall at Hamilton, sixth in his second stint at the school. He is 392-71 in charge of the Emerald Knights.

Blackford also spent 14 seasons at FM where they went 180-114.

During his career, his Hamilton teams won two state titles, five regional titles and 13 league titles.

He was inducted into the Greater Utica Sports Hall of Fame last year, after being enshrined in the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame in 2011.

Hamilton improves to 10-0 on aggregate, 5-0 in CSC play this season with Thursday’s win.


Other sheet music:

BOYS BASKETBALL

  • Herkimer 63, Poland 27
  • Waterville 90, Frankfurt-Schuyler 57
  • Little Falls 54, Adirondack 27

GIRLS BASKETBALL

  • New York Mills 40, Otselic Valley 12

VOLLEYBALL GIRL

  • Whitesboro 3, Proctor 0
  • New Hartford 3, Camden 0
  • East of Syracuse-Minoa 3, Rome Free Academy 2

BOYS VOLLEYBALL

  • Westmoreland 3, CVA 0
  • Sauquoit Valley 3, Mount Markham 0

BOYS BOWLING

  • Dutch patent 5, Herkimer 0

GIRLS BOWLING

  • Dutch patent 5, Herkimer 0

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

  • SUNY Oneonta 57, SUNY Fredonia 47

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Canadian Civil Liberties Association calls COVID tax constitutionally vulnerable https://davidthompsonthings.com/canadian-civil-liberties-association-calls-covid-tax-constitutionally-vulnerable/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 09:36:43 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/canadian-civil-liberties-association-calls-covid-tax-constitutionally-vulnerable/ As COVID-19 cases put Canada’s hospitals at or near capacity, Quebec’s unprecedented plan to tax adult residents who refuse to be vaccinated comes under fire. As COVID-19 cases put Canada‘s hospitals at or near capacity, Quebec’s unprecedented plan to tax adult residents who refuse to be vaccinated comes under fire. The Canadian Civil Liberties Association […]]]>

As COVID-19 cases put Canada’s hospitals at or near capacity, Quebec’s unprecedented plan to tax adult residents who refuse to be vaccinated comes under fire.

As COVID-19 cases put Canada‘s hospitals at or near capacity, Quebec’s unprecedented plan to tax adult residents who refuse to be vaccinated comes under fire.

The Canadian Civil Liberties Association says the tax plan is deeply troubling, noting that the Charter of Rights and Freedoms recognizes individual autonomy over our bodies and medical decisions.

In a statement emailed Tuesday evening, Cara Zwibel, the association’s acting general counsel, says the tax penalty is a divisive measure that will end up punishing and alienating those who may be most in need of support and services. public health.

She says the government of Quebec premier François Legault should drop what she calls a “constitutionally vulnerable proposal.”

Quebec reported 2,742 COVID-related hospitalizations on Tuesday, including 255 intensive care patients, as well as 62 other deaths.

The rapid spread of Omicron has led to staff shortages across the country, prompting the Ontario Minister of Health to announce that internationally trained nurses will be allowed to work in hospitals, homes long-term care facilities and other health facilities in the province.

In Nova Scotia, a legislative committee has learned that 25 of the province’s 133 nursing homes have stopped accepting new admissions due to staffing issues caused in part by the pandemic.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 12, 2022.

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LANDORE RESOURCES LIMITED – PROGRESS REPORT, BAM GOLD DEPOSIT, JUNIOR LAKE PROPERTY https://davidthompsonthings.com/landore-resources-limited-progress-report-bam-gold-deposit-junior-lake-property/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/landore-resources-limited-progress-report-bam-gold-deposit-junior-lake-property/ This announcement contains inside information as defined in article 7 of the market abuse regulation n ° 596/2014 (Witness AIM: LND.L) LONDON, January 10, 2022 / CNW / – Landore Resources Limited (AIM: LND) (“Landore Resources” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide an update on the progress of the 2020-21 drilling program (the “Drill […]]]>

This announcement contains inside information as defined in article 7 of the market abuse regulation n ° 596/2014

(Witness AIM: LND.L)

LONDON, January 10, 2022 / CNW / – Landore Resources Limited (AIM: LND) (“Landore Resources” or “the Company”) is pleased to provide an update on the progress of the 2020-21 drilling program (the “Drill Program”) on the BAM gold deposit. , Junior Lake property, Ontario, Canada (“BAM Gold Deposit”).

Strong points:

  • West Extension of the BAM Gold Deposit: Recently completed drilling confirmed the continuation of the BAM gold deposit along the westerly direction with drill hole 0421-823 intersecting 9.25 meters at 4.04 grams per tonne of gold, of which 1.01 meter at 31.50 grams per tonne of gold. Visible gold was identified in five of the eight holes drilled. Mineralization remains open to the west and down dip.
  • Mineral Resources Update: All data from the 2020-2021 drilling campaign has now been compiled and transmitted to Cube Consulting of Perth, Western Australia (“Cube”) for the finalization of the updated mineral resource estimate on the BAM gold deposit, the results of which are expected to be completed and published by early February.

Commenting on this development, the Managing Director of Landore Resources, Bill Humphries, noted:
“The Board of Directors is very pleased with the results of the additional drilling on BAM’s new western extension which has the potential to significantly improve BAM’s mineral resources and justifies postponing its scheduled update to include this exciting new area. . ”

Previously unreported drill results include:

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North

Borehole

From

Interval*

At



No

Meters

Meters

g / t

600E

350N

0421-822

144.49

0.97

7.47



and

150.56

1.02

14.40



and

328.39

2.13

1.49

750E

330N

0421-826

255.60

1.00

2.76



and

274.30

0.86

9.81

800E

300N

0421-820

148.08

0.83

19.75

850E

340N

0421-823

231.72

9.25

4.04



including

237.97

1.01

31.50

900E

285N

0421-819

273.68

1.5

3.52

* The drill holes were drilled 45 to 52 degrees north in a lithologic set dipping approximately 85 to 80 degrees to the south. The actual true thickness of the mineralization is estimated to be 65% to 75% of the intervals shown in the table above.

BAM Gold Deposit:
The BAM gold deposit is located approximately midway along a very promising Archean greenstone belt that crosses the Junior Lake property from east to west for approximately 31 kilometers. The favorable greenstone belt extends 0.5 to 1.5 kilometers wide and supports several known gold occurrences, including the Lamaune gold prospect.

Western extension of the BAM gold deposit:
An additional 2,428 meters of eight-hole HQ diamond core has been completed on the recently discovered western extension of the BAM 600E to 900E gold deposit. Drilling intersected lithology and mineralization typical of BAM. Initial internal modeling suggests an extension of the western rod of BAM Gold dipping approximately 15-20% to the west with widths and grades improving at depth.

2020-2021 drilling program:
The drilling program, consisting of a total of 25,500 meters of HQ diamond drilling, began on October 15e, 2020 and was designed to complement and expand the defined resource of the 1,015,000 ounce BAM gold deposit. To date, a total of 24,361 meters of HQ diamond drilling, comprising 102 drill holes, (0420-725 to 0421-826) has been completed.

BAM Geology and Mineralization:
Interpretive work and conceptual modeling conducted by Landore’s senior geological consultant and independent engineers indicated that the gold mineralization resides in a series of tabular-shaped zones oriented in a roughly stepped configuration, generally parallel to the general direction of the host rock units (east-south-east direction).

Upgrading the Mineral Resource Estimate:
Landore hired Cube to carry out a mineral resource estimate (“MRE“) and the update of the preliminary economic assessment (” PEA “) on the BAM Gold deposit. All the data required to complete the resource estimate has been transmitted to Cube.

Planning:
Drilling will resume in March to further delineate the new western extension discovered as well as the start of drilling in the very promising Felix zone along the strike and west of the BAM gold deposit.

The Lac Junior property:
The Junior Lake property, 100% owned by Landore Resources, as well as the adjacent Lamaune Iron property (90.2% owned) (jointly the “Junior Lake Property”), covering an area of ​​30,507 hectares, is located in the province of Ontario, Canada, about 235 kilometers north-northeast of Thunder bay and is the host of; the BAM gold deposit; the B4-7 nickel-copper-cobalt-platinum-palladium-gold deposit; the VW Nickel-Copper-Cobalt deposit; Lamaune gold prospect and many other precious and base metal showings.

Covid-19
The Company follows government guidelines Covid-19 in its operations in Canada.

Michele Tuomi, (P.Geo., BSc. Geology), Director / VP Exploration of Landore Resources Canada Inc. and a Qualified Person as defined in Canadian National Instrument 43-101 and the AIM Rules for Companies, has reviewed and verified all mining technical disclosures contained in this posting.

About Landore Resources
Landore Resources is an exploration company that seeks to increase shareholder value through the acquisition, exploration and development of precious and base metals projects in the East Canada. The Company is primarily focused on the development of the Junior Lake project. Landore Resources has mineral rights to 5 properties in the east Canada. The company is headquartered in Guernsey, with a Exploration office located at Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.

SOURCE Landore Resources Limited

For more information: Landore Resources Limited, Bill Humphries, CEO, Tel. : 07734 681262; Glenn Featherby, Chief Financial Officer, Tel. : 07730 420318; Cenkos Securities (Advisor and Appointed Broker), Derrick Lee / Peter Lynch, Tel. : 0131 220 9100

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Teen Madeline Schizas Wins First Canadian Figure Skating Title https://davidthompsonthings.com/teen-madeline-schizas-wins-first-canadian-figure-skating-title/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 19:09:06 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/teen-madeline-schizas-wins-first-canadian-figure-skating-title/ OTTAWA – Madeline Schizas won the women’s singles title at the Canadian figure skating championships, while nearly winning her trip to the Beijing Olympics. Skating in front of “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini, the 18 year old girl from Oakvile, Ontario. OTTAWA – Madeline Schizas won the women’s singles title at the Canadian figure skating championships, […]]]>

OTTAWA – Madeline Schizas won the women’s singles title at the Canadian figure skating championships, while nearly winning her trip to the Beijing Olympics. Skating in front of “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini, the 18 year old girl from Oakvile, Ontario.

OTTAWA – Madeline Schizas won the women’s singles title at the Canadian figure skating championships, while nearly winning her trip to the Beijing Olympics.

The skating on “Madama Butterfly” by Puccini, the 18-year-old from Oakvile, Ont., Was not faultless, but her total score of 198.24 was good enough for gold.

Veronik Mallet of Sept-Îles, Que., Posted 170.65 for silver, while two-time Olympic and world bronze medalist Gabrielle Daleman was third (167.50).

The title was at stake for Schizas as she took a lead of more than 12 points from the short program to the long program on Saturday.

Due to safety concerns and provincial crowd restrictions due to the recent spate of COVID-19, the event is taking place in front of no supporters at the TD Place Arena.

The championships determine the Canadian Olympic figure skating team in Beijing, which will be announced on Sunday. Canada has one spot in women’s singles, two pairs and men’s singles and three in ice dance.

The men’s singles, pairs and ice dance free programs were scheduled for later in the day.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 8, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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Escaping COVID-19 on the trails: How this Corner Brook ski club is regaining a sense of normalcy https://davidthompsonthings.com/escaping-covid-19-on-the-trails-how-this-corner-brook-ski-club-is-regaining-a-sense-of-normalcy/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 22:30:00 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/escaping-covid-19-on-the-trails-how-this-corner-brook-ski-club-is-regaining-a-sense-of-normalcy/ The manager of a cross-country ski club in Corner Brook says membership is on the rise this winter as people are drawn to the freedom the sport offers amid COVID-19 restrictions. Shawn Leamon, manager of the Blow Me Down club, says people are drawn to the spacious 42 kilometers of groomed trails that provide outdoor […]]]>

The manager of a cross-country ski club in Corner Brook says membership is on the rise this winter as people are drawn to the freedom the sport offers amid COVID-19 restrictions.

Shawn Leamon, manager of the Blow Me Down club, says people are drawn to the spacious 42 kilometers of groomed trails that provide outdoor exercise with great physical distance.

“Everyone is troubled by everything that is going on in the world with COVID-19. All you hear is what you can’t do. The Beauty of Blow Me Down [is] we’re here to tell you what you can do, ”Leamon said.

Dozens of skiers hit the slopes during their lunch break on Wednesday.

Sanctuary

Wayne Eastman says he enjoys exercise and tries to ski 10 kilometers a day.

“It’s like a sanctuary here. And the people who work here are like family. For example, I forgot my boots today. My first day out, I walked in, they took me in. Gave some boots. It’s just a nice break from all of the COVID-19 related things happening all around us, “Eastman said.

Wayne Eastman, an avid Nordic skier who says he skis 10 kilometers a day, says the slopes are a nice break from pandemic developments. (Colleen Connors / CBC)

The club has grown from around 600 members to 900 this winter. The province’s Alert Level 4 means there are some limitations inside the lodge, but Leamon says there is only freedom on maintained trails.

“Just with the equipment, the sky and the polls, you already have roughly already six feet of social distancing already accomplished just by putting on your gear,” he said.

He says skiers are sliding down his slopes, looking for a break from everything COVID-19 – from press briefings and mandatory masks, to the new, fast-spreading variant.

Anyone who wants to learn to ski is welcome, Leamon said, and night skiing should start all over again when the snow is falling.

Marble Mountain Update

He says some new cross-country ski club members are avid downhill skiers waiting for the Marble Mountain ski resort to open.

Dozens of people raced down the slopes at Blow Me Down Cross Country Ski Club during their lunch break on Wednesday, distancing themselves from each other on the 42 kilometers of trails. (Colleen Connors / CBC)

Mild temperatures and forecast rain prevented the popular west coast attraction from opening as scheduled on Wednesday, with management saying weather is a big factor.

“The slopes and the ski lift service will open as soon as the snow conditions allow,” management said in a Facebook post on Tuesday.

Staff will inform the public on a weekly basis of a possible opening date. The capacity inside the lodge, the kitchen area and the rental shop will be reduced when the ski resort opens.

“We’re hoping people can get to Marble soon and start skiing, because we’re all in the snow sports business, and it’s great to see that the West Coast has so many things to do,” Leamon said. .

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Canada to compensate Indigenous children | Western lawyer https://davidthompsonthings.com/canada-to-compensate-indigenous-children-western-lawyer/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 22:49:07 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/canada-to-compensate-indigenous-children-western-lawyer/ news world Canada announced two agreements totaling C $ 40 billion (AU $ 43.5 billion) to compensate Indigenous children who have been removed from their families and placed in the child welfare system and to reform the system that took them away and deprived them of the services they needed. The deals include C $ […]]]>

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Canada announced two agreements totaling C $ 40 billion (AU $ 43.5 billion) to compensate Indigenous children who have been removed from their families and placed in the child welfare system and to reform the system that took them away and deprived them of the services they needed. The deals include C $ 20 billion for potentially hundreds of thousands of children who have been removed from their families, have not obtained services or have experienced delays in receiving services. Another C $ 20 billion is to reform the system over the next five years. The settlements come nearly 15 years after the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society filed a human rights complaint. The Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has repeatedly found that child and family services discriminate against Indigenous children, in part due to the underfunding of on-reserve services, so that children have been removed from their homes and taken off reserve to receive these services. Canada has admitted its systems were discriminatory, but has repeatedly fought against orders to pay compensation and fund reforms, including an appeal it filed last year. Canada is also fighting a class action lawsuit on behalf of the First Nations children that the compensation agreement seeks to resolve. Justice Minister David Lametti said on Tuesday the government would drop its appeals once the deals were finalized. The reform agreement includes CA $ 2,500 in preventive care per child and provisions for children in foster care to receive support beyond the age of 18. Blackstock, Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society. “I see it as words on paper,” she told Reuters. “I judge victory when I can enter a community and a child is able to say to me: ‘My life is better than it was yesterday. “Nothing in these words really changes the lives of children until it is implemented. Representing First Nations children and families who have suffered harm,” said at a press conference that it would be the largest class action settlement in Canadian history. “The enormity of this settlement is due to one reason, and one reason only. And that is the full extent of the harm inflicted on members of the group, “he said. At the press conference, Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu pledged to end discrimination against First Nations children, who are overrepresented in families with children. welcome across Canada. “Canada’s decision and actions have harmed First Nations children, families and communities,” she said. “Discrimination has caused intergenerational harm and loss. losses are not reversible. But I believe that the cure ison is possible. Australian Associated Press

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Young Canadian team places fifth in World Cup luge relay in Germany https://davidthompsonthings.com/young-canadian-team-places-fifth-in-world-cup-luge-relay-in-germany/ Sun, 02 Jan 2022 21:13:04 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/young-canadian-team-places-fifth-in-world-cup-luge-relay-in-germany/ WINTERBERG, Germany – The young Canadian luge team ran for fifth in the relay at a World Cup on Sunday. Trinity Ellis, 19 from Pemberton, BC, Reid Watts, 23 from Whistler, BC WINTERBERG, Germany – The young Canadian luge team ran for fifth in the relay at a World Cup on Sunday. Trinity Ellis, 19 […]]]>

WINTERBERG, Germany – The young Canadian luge team ran for fifth in the relay at a World Cup on Sunday. Trinity Ellis, 19 from Pemberton, BC, Reid Watts, 23 from Whistler, BC

WINTERBERG, Germany – The young Canadian luge team ran for fifth in the relay at a World Cup on Sunday.

Trinity Ellis, 19 of Pemberton, BC, Reid Watts, 23 of Whistler, BC, and Calgarians Devin Wardrope (19) and Cole Zajanski (20) clocked a combined two minutes 25.587 seconds. .

“We are happy with the result even though our race was not the best,” said Wardrope. “Having the experience of running the relay now is going to be so beneficial to us in our future sliding career. With the limited runs and the experience we have on this track, it was good to see that we could do a downhill. while doing our best to minimize errors on the way down. “

Latvia won gold with 2: 24.294. Austria was second in 2: 24.652, while the Americans won the bronze (2: 24.802).

“As a team so young, it was good for all of us to see that we can still be competitive. We know that with a little more experience and consistency we can climb higher in the rankings,” Wardrope said.

Canada finished fifth in the Beijing Olympic test in October.

The relay consists of a women’s sled, a men’s sled and a double sled. Athletes strike a paddle at the finish line which allows the next team member to start their race at the top of the track.

Earlier today, Ellis finished 15th in women’s singles.

The Canadian team has been in a period of rebuilding since the program’s first double medal at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics.

The World Cup circuit is now heading to Sigulda, Latvia.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on January 2, 2022.

The Canadian Press

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Canada debriefs on Biden-Putin appeal as ‘tough’ road awaits – National https://davidthompsonthings.com/canada-debriefs-on-biden-putin-appeal-as-tough-road-awaits-national/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 02:27:49 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/canada-debriefs-on-biden-putin-appeal-as-tough-road-awaits-national/ Secretary of State Antony Blinken briefed Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly on Friday of a difficult discussion between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin over the build-up of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border. Blinken’s office said in a statement that he and Joly discussed “common priorities, including a strong and united response to further […]]]>

Secretary of State Antony Blinken briefed Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly on Friday of a difficult discussion between Presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin over the build-up of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border.

Blinken’s office said in a statement that he and Joly discussed “common priorities, including a strong and united response to further Russian aggression against Ukraine.”

Joly said on Twitter that the two discussed Ukraine’s “sovereignty and territorial integrity”.

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Biden and Putin met on December 30 and insist they are hopeful that a channel for easing tensions may open during diplomatic talks scheduled for January.

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Biden told reporters on Friday that he informed Putin in a telephone interview a day earlier that the upcoming talks could only work if the Russian leader “defuses, not escalates, the situation” in the days to come. . The US president has said he is also seeking to convey to Putin that the United States and its allies are prepared to strike Russia with punitive sanctions if the Russians invade Ukraine further.

“I have made it clear to President Putin that if he takes any further steps in Ukraine, we will have severe sanctions,” Biden said. “We will increase our presence in Europe with NATO allies.”

Meanwhile, Biden’s national security team focused Friday on preparing for talks in Geneva, scheduled for January 9 and 10, to discuss regrouping some 100,000 Russian troops on its border with Ukraine.

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The Geneva talks, which are to be led on the US side by senior State Department officials, are expected to be followed by Russia-NATO Council talks and a meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. .

Biden is due to speak by phone Sunday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The two leaders plan to review preparations for upcoming diplomatic engagements, according to the White House.


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Biden warns Putin that Russia will pay “a terrible price” if it invades Ukraine – December 11, 2021

Besides Joly, Blinked also briefed Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg about the Biden-Putin appeal and discussed preparations for the upcoming summit.

“The next two weeks are going to be difficult,” said Daniel Fried, former US Ambassador to Poland who was a top Eastern European advisor to Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush. and Bill Clinton.

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“The Biden administration did a fairly credible job of describing, framing the negotiations. But the most difficult test is yet to come, as Putin will continue to engage in threats and collapsing maneuvers to see how determined we are. “

As Biden reiterated his readiness to impose sanctions that would ripple across Russia, Kremlin officials stepped up warning Biden to make a “colossal mistake” that could have huge ramifications for a relationship. American-Russian already tense.

A senior Putin official confirmed on Friday that Russia is maintaining its demands for written security guarantees. Moscow wants codified that any future NATO expansion must exclude Ukraine and the other countries of the former Soviet bloc and demands that the bloc withdraw offensive weapons from countries in the Russian neighborhood.

“We will not allow our initiatives to be drowned in endless discussions,” Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the state news agency RIA-Novosti on Friday. “If no constructive response arrives within a reasonable time and the West continues its aggressive course, Russia will have to take all necessary measures to maintain a strategic balance and eliminate unacceptable threats to our security.”

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The Biden administration and NATO allies have made it clear that the Russian demands are unfounded.

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The seemingly unrealistic rhetoric has made some in Washington question how effective the talks can be.

In the wake of the Biden-Putin call, a group of 24 former U.S. national security officials and Russian experts – a group that includes several officials who served in the Obama administrations, George W. Bush and Clinton – issued a statement calling on Biden to immediately, and publicly, outline the sanctions Russia would face if Putin went ahead with military action.

Signatories to the declaration included several former U.S. ambassadors, including Fried, Russian envoys Michael McFaul and Alexander Vershbow, and Ukrainian envoys Steven Pifer and John Herbst.

“We believe that the United States should, in close consultation with its NATO allies and with Ukraine, take immediate steps to change the Kremlin’s cost-benefit calculations before the Russian leadership opts for a new military escalation, ”the group wrote.

“Such a response would include a package of major and painful sanctions that would be applied immediately if Russia attacks Ukraine. Ideally, the outline of these sanctions would be communicated now to Moscow, so that the Kremlin has a clear understanding of the scale of the economic blow it will face. “


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Ukraine shows US military hardware and pledges to fight Russia – December 6, 2021

The Russians, for their part, continue to argue that they face an existential threat with Ukraine.

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Lavrov noted on Friday an increase in arms deliveries to Ukraine and the growing number and scope of joint military exercises conducted by Western powers with Ukraine, saying “the Kiev regime naturally sees this support as a card white for the use of force “. He added that Russia will protect its citizens living in eastern Ukraine.

“As for the inhabitants of Donbass, where hundreds of thousands of our citizens live, Russia will take all necessary measures to protect them,” he said. “An adequate response will be given to any possible military provocation by Kiev against the Donbass.”

Simon Miles, diplomatic and international historian of the Cold War at Duke University, said it would be a mistake for the White House to let “Russia unilaterally set the pace for what is about to unfold. “.

“Anything the United States can do to keep the Russians on their feet, instead of letting the Kremlin set the agenda, will be important in securing a favorable resolution,” Miles said.

– with files from Eric Stober from Global News

© 2021 The Canadian Press

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TransAlta Completes Conversion from Coal to Natural Gas in Canada | Energeticcity.ca https://davidthompsonthings.com/transalta-completes-conversion-from-coal-to-natural-gas-in-canada-energeticcity-ca/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 14:36:54 +0000 https://davidthompsonthings.com/transalta-completes-conversion-from-coal-to-natural-gas-in-canada-energeticcity-ca/ In a press release, TransAlta President and CEO John Kousinioris said the company took a major step forward long before a federal mandate that will require the complete phase-out of coal-fired power generation in Canada. by 2030. “We are happy to have taken this important step, nine years ahead of the government’s target,” Kousinioris said. […]]]>

In a press release, TransAlta President and CEO John Kousinioris said the company took a major step forward long before a federal mandate that will require the complete phase-out of coal-fired power generation in Canada. by 2030.

“We are happy to have taken this important step, nine years ahead of the government’s target,” Kousinioris said. “Our transition to coal is one of the most significant carbon emissions reduction achievements in Canadian history.

As of 2019, TransAlta says it has invested $ 295 million in its coal-to-gas program, which also included the conversion of Unit 6 at Sundance and Unit 2 at Keephills near Wabuman, Alta., And Sheerness Units 1 and 2 near Hanna, Alta., as well as the construction of new high volume gas delivery infrastructure.

Converting to natural gas from coal maintains the company’s current production capacity while reducing carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 50%, the company said.

Beginning Friday, TransAlta will also close its Highvale thermal coal mine, the largest in Canada and operating on the south shore of Lake Wabamun, west of Edmonton, since 1970.

TransAlta’s move away from coal is a milestone in Alberta as it strives to reduce its reliance on coal for power generation.

In 2014, 55% of Alberta’s electricity was produced from coal. The province, led by then-Premier Rachel Notley, announced in 2015 – three years before the federal government’s coal mandate – that it would phase out emissions from coal-fired electricity generation. by 2030.

In addition to TransAlta, other Alberta companies have also made significant utility conversion commitments. Edmonton-based Capital Power Corp. said it would spend nearly $ 1 billion to replace two coal-fired power plants west of Edmonton with natural gas and stop using coal altogether from here. 2023.

TransAlta said that overall, it had withdrawn 3,794 megawatts of coal production since 2018. The company still operates the Centralia coal-fired power plant in Washington state, which is expected to close at the end of 2025.

TransAlta says it is on track to reduce annual greenhouse gas emissions by 60%, or 19.7 million tonnes, by 2030 from 2015 levels and achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on December 29, 2021.

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Amanda Stephenson, The Canadian Press

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