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City: 2nd person in days struck, killed by Mardi Gras float

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 06:01

 2nd person in days struck, killed by Mardi Gras floatNEW ORLEANS — A person was struck and killed by a Mardi Gras float during a raucous Saturday night street parade in New Orleans, the second person in days killed along a parade route in this year's Carnival season, authorities said.A city agency tasked with emergency preparedness tweeted that the person was fatally injured Saturday night as the popular Krewe of Endymion was rolling. The agency's online platform, NOLA Ready, tweetetd it had no immediate details exactly how the death occurred or the person's identity.NOLA Ready said the remainder of Endymion's parade was scrapped Saturday evening. Reports said 13 floats had already gone ahead when the accident occurred with the 14th float in the formation. Remaining floats that followed, along with marching groups, diverted elsewhere from the accident scene on Canal Street, a wide route in this Mississippi River port city popular with parade viewers.New Orleans police said first responders swiftly converged on the site, tweeting out calls for crowds to avoid the area.The float, with its gaudy lights still twinkling, was cordoned off by police on horseback and on foot. All around, streets were strewn with tossed bead necklaces and trinkets thrown from the floats, along with other party debris. TV stations reported a sombre mood had taken hold of members of the parade group upon learning of the fatality.The fatality came as New Orleans was still mourning the death of a 58-year-old woman who — witnesses said — was run over by a parade float Wednesday night in the run-up to the Fat Tuesday finale.Mayor LaToya Cantrell said Saturday night that the south Louisiana city was grieving.“To be confronted with such tragedy a second time at the height of our Carnival celebrations seems an unimaginable burden to bear. The City and the people of New Orleans will come together, we will grieve together, and we will persevere together,” Cantrell said in a statement. “Our hearts break for those lost and for their loved ones, and our prayers and deepest sympathies are with them."Wednesday's fatality had occurred during the parade of the Mystic Krewe of Nyx, an all-female Carnival group. Witnesses said the woman, New Orleans native Geraldine Carmouche, had apparently tried to cross between two parts of a tandem float and tripped over a hitch connecting the sections.It wasn't immediately clear if a tandem float was involved in Saturday night's fatality, but the city agency NOLA Ready tweeted that tandem floats would not be allowed for the few days remaining in the 2020 festival season. Tandem floats are multiple floats connected together and pulled by one tractor.The Carnival season is nearing its traditional all-out Fat Tuesday celebration, the raucous climax of a week or more of parades, merrymaking and partying.The deaths also come just a year after a car sped into a bicycle lane near a parade route, hitting nine people and killing two bicyclists not far from where the Krewe of Endymion formation had just passed. A man identified as the driver was subsequently charged with two counts of vehicular homicide.Before this year, the most recent Carnival float-related fatality happened in 2009, when a 23-year-old rider fell from a float and in front of its wheels in Carencro, about 120 miles (195 kilometres) west of New Orleans.In 2008, a rider getting off a three-part float after the Krewe of Endymion parade in New Orleans was killed when the float lurched forward and the third section ran over him, police said.The Associated Press

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VPD search for high-risk sex offender after he cut off electronic monitoring bracelet

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 04:41

VPD search for high-risk sex offender after he cut off electronic monitoring braceletVancouver police are warning the public and asking for their help in finding 38-year-old Kirstjon Olson, a provincial sex offender, after he cut off his electronic monitoring bracelet and left his residence against his release conditions.Police say Olson is considered a high-risk sex offender and there are reasonable grounds to fear he will commit a sexual offence against a child under the age of 16.Olson is also under 27 court-ordered conditions, which include complying with electronic monitoring and curfew.He is currently wanted for breach of recognizance for not abiding by those conditions.Police describe Olson as: * 5'8" tall and 245 pounds. * Having brown hair and brown eyes, with a light complexion.Olson left his residence in the Downtown Eastside late Friday night wearing black clothing and a black hat. He was carrying a backpack with red straps. Police ask anyone who sees Olson, or knows his whereabouts, to immediately call 911 or Vancouver police detectives at 604-717-0603.

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What young P.E.I. farmers are saying about the future of farming

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 00:46

What young P.E.I. farmers are saying about the future of farmingYoung Atlantic Canadian farmers are talking about the survival of family farms and how to plan for the future knowing that the next generation might not want to take over.Dozens of farmers attended the Young Farmer Summit Saturday in Charlottetown. It's the first time the summit has been hosted on P.E.I.Even though the farmers present were all under 40, one of the topics was what comes next.Tom Deans, a speaker at the event, specializes in family businesses and succession planning.He said about half of the adult population of P.E.I. doesn't have wills, something especially important for farmers because of land, animal and equipment ownership. "It is a challenging issue," said Deans. "So many farmers have always left it a little bit late. It's because it's such an emotional subject."We always think that the answer is going to present itself and it usually doesn't."Not 'financially feasible' for everyoneIan Drake, a cattle and potato farmer, is already having that conversation with his family, even though both his children are under five.He took over the farm from his parents and said he'd like to pass it on to his children if they're willing."It's hard to say right now. It's been in the family, so try and keep it in the family if we can," Drake said."We'll deal with it when it comes."Matt Hughes, who is 31, grew up on his father's dairy farm, but eventually made the switch to becoming a sheep rancher."To start out as a young farmer, it just wasn't a financially feasible thing for me to get through at the moment," Hughes said. "It was easier for me to get into lamb and horticultural crops."[My sister is] more interested in that area of the business so hopefully there'll be someone else, another sibling to maybe take over that side of the business."Farming more of a 'risk' now than everAlexandra Macdonald, 22, moved from Toronto to P.E.I. and has been working on a dairy farm. But she says while she enjoys the work for now, she has no plans to become a professional farmer because of family."For me, as long as I have time to be with my daughter, it's good for me but sometimes, dairy farming especially, is very time-consuming. Some people milk their cattle three times a day."So that's a lot and it's a lot of back and forth and I don't mind it but I just prefer to have my good time to myself." Deans said any farmers wanting to keep their business in the family, or to have it continue after they're gone, should start having these conversations sooner than later.He said there's more being asked of farmers than ever before and that the job comes with much financial risk."The earlier we start to explore whether or not the next generation truly loves the risk ... the earlier they can start, the more likely they'll be successful with a transition inside the family," Deans said.More from CBC P.E.I.

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Happy City St. John's holds second annual Neighbourhood Summit

Sun, 02/23/2020 - 00:00

Happy City St. John's holds second annual Neighbourhood SummitFor those who want to get more involved with their community and build a stronger neighborhood, it's sometimes difficult to know where to start.That's why Happy City St. John's is hoping their Neighborhood Summit will help to make more welcoming and inclusive neighbourhoods for all.Jen Crowe, the chair of the not-for-profit group that focuses on civic engagement, says the experience of moving to a new neighbourhood can be daunting for anyone."We want to acknowledge that a lot of those constraints and challenges that folks face, are the same no matter where they're coming from," Crowe said."It's trying to engage and be a part of what is often a really insular community here in St. John's."The summit, now in its second year, took place at the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing and Homelessness Network in St. John's and held panel discussions on topics like how to hold neighbourhood events and how to with the city and province to get permits. But welcoming newcomers was a theme that ran through all the topics discussed at the summit. A panel titled, Welcoming and Including Newcomers dealt with it directly. Tilak Chawan was one of the speakers on that panel. Chawan is an honoree of the Royal Bank of Canada Top 25 Immigrants Award. Chawan spent 20 years as a refugee in other countries before becoming a permanent resident of Canada.He now considers Canada his home, and knows how important it is to feel like you belong. Now, he's helping fellow immigrants through his work with the Association for New Canadians.Chawan says building a better community is a worthy goal, but it takes passion and commitment."It doesn't come with a little effort, it has to be through the passion they have," Chawan said. "How passionate they are to support newcomers to their community."Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

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The Buffalo Declaration: Fact-Checking Four Alberta MPs’ Demands

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 21:43

 Fact-Checking Four Alberta MPs’ DemandsIs any of what they’re asking for even possible?

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L'Arche: Investigation reveals abuses committed by founder Vanier

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 21:36

 Investigation reveals abuses committed by founder VanierJean Vanier, the now deceased founder of L'Arche, a not-for-profit organization which helps people with learning difficulties, sexually abused six women in France, the body said on Saturday, citing the conclusions of an investigation. In a letter sent on Saturday to the L'Arche Federation, the leaders of the organization made public the conclusions of the investigation which they had commissioned from an external and independent UK-based body GCPS. Vanier, who founded l'Arche in 1964, died last year aged 90.

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Wet'suwet'en member wants protesters to 'back down'

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 21:03

Wet'suwet'en member wants protesters to 'back down'

Marion Tiljoe Shepherd is a member of the Wet'suwet'en First Nation who supports the Coastal GasLink pipeline. She says the land dispute is a 'Wet'suwet'en fight,' and non-Indigenous protesters should stop.

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Research team from B.C.'s Camosun College turns The Witness Blanket into virtual reality

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 21:00

Research team from B.C.'s Camosun College turns The Witness Blanket into virtual realityArt commemorating the tragic legacy of residential schools may soon be available in isolated First Nations through a virtual reality project spanning Western Canada.The Witness Blanket is a major art installation at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in Winnipeg, Man., that recognizes the pain visited on Indigenous people during the residential school era. It has already toured Canada for several years, but mounting the large-scale exhibit in remote areas is a challenge.That's why Camosun Innovates, a research hub in Camosun College on Vancouver Island, is creating a virtual reality version of The Witness Blanket that visitors who wear VR headsets can experience, making it accessible to Indigenous communities from coast to coast.Camosun Innovates director Richard Gale was in Winnipeg last week with a VR expert and a visual arts student from the college, scanning all the 800-plus artifacts that make up the artwork. Some of the items were donated by Indian residential school survivors and their families, while others were reclaimed from residential school sites across Canada.Visitors cannot touch the artifacts on The Witness Blanket that is covered with Plexiglas panels, but they can do so with the virtual national monument."Each of these [artifacts] tells a different story about the residential schools and the children who were part of that period," Gale told All Points West host Kathryn Marlow. "Rather than pulling out a drawer and looking at something in a museum, you can actually reach out and see what this thing really looks like in your hand."More than 150,000 Indigenous children were forced into residential schools between 1870 and 1996 where they lived away from their families and weren't allowed to speak their own languages.Detailed scan on each artefact on the BlanketIn the style of a woven blanket, The Witness Blanket is a 12-metre structure made of wood frames that hold together items ranging from letters and photos to fragments of buildings such as doors and bricks. The VR project took physical as well as technical efforts from Gale's team which scanned the artifacts without their Plexiglas covers."We have the Blanket disassembled in one of the galleries... We're doing very detailed scans that will then be translated into point clouds and large scale data which we're going to map together and stitch it into a virtual experience."Point clouds are sets of data generated by 3D scanners to illustrate the surfaces of objects.VR facilitates engagementGale saw The Witness Blanket in person when it first toured around the country, but he said turning the artwork into VR is not about making it a better experience. "It's [about] bringing that experience to more people and giving them an opportunity not just to see the Blanket, but actually to engage with it, to hear more about the stories, to be part of the environment where these artifacts were originally found."The Witness Blanket was created by Kwakwaka'wakw artist Carey Newman, who is also a visual arts professor at University of Victoria. He will do part of the narration for the virtual Witness Blanket's soundscape that tells where the artifacts originated.Listen to the interview with Richard Gale on CBC's All Points West:

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Weinstein jury indicates it is split on most serious counts

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 20:30

Weinstein jury indicates it is split on most serious countsNEW YORK — The jury in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial indicated Friday that it is deadlocked on the most serious charges against the once powerful Hollywood mogul, but the judge told the panel it must keep working.In a note to the judge late in the fourth day of deliberations, jurors asked if it was permissible for them to be hung on one or both counts of predatory sexual assault while reaching a unanimous verdict on the other charges.Weinstein’s lawyers said they would accept a partial verdict, but prosecutors said no and Judge James Burke refused to allow it. He sent jurors back to deliberate for a few more minutes before letting them go home for the weekend. They'll resume Monday morning.“It is not uncommon for a jury to have difficulty initially in reaching a unanimous verdict, and it is not uncommon for a jury to believe that they will never be able to reach a unanimous verdict," Burke said, reading instructions to the jurors. “But after further deliberations, most jurors are able to reach a unanimous verdict.”The jury posed its deadlock question in hypothetical fashion, writing: “We the jury request to understand if we can be hung on (Count) 1 and/or (Count) 3 and unanimous on the other charges? Thank you.”One reason for that phrasing could be that the verdict sheet — which lays out the charges — doesn't include instructions for what to do if they can't agree on a particular count, only how they're supposed to proceed once they've reached a verdict of guilty or not guilty.The way the sheet is designed, jurors are supposed to first reach a unanimous verdict on the predatory sexual assault counts, which carry a maximum penalty of life in prison, before they can even consider the other three counts.Law professor Cheryl Bader said the note suggests the jury is split on a key aspect of both predatory sexual assault counts — “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra's allegations that Weinstein attacked her in the mid-1990s — and that it is in unanimous agreement on the allegations by two other women — an aspiring actress who says he raped her in March 2013 and a former film and TV production assistant, Mimi Haleyi, who says he forcibly performed oral sex on her in March 2006.Weinstein has maintained any sexual encounters were consensual.The Associated Press has a policy of not publishing the names of people who allege sexual assault without their consent. It is withholding the name of the 2013 rape accuser because it isn’t clear whether she wishes to be identified publicly."It's not unusual for the judge to have them keep deliberating and not just give them a pass at the first sign of trouble," said Bader, a former federal prosecutor who teaches at Fordham University School of Law.The defence said speculating on the verdict at this point “would be premature and a mistake.”In all, Weinstein, 67, is charged with five counts stemming from the allegations of Sciorra, the aspiring actress and Haleyi.To convict Weinstein of a predatory sexual assault charge, jurors must agree on two things: that Weinstein raped or forcibly performed oral sex on Sciorra, as she alleges, and that he committed one of the other charged offences.The predatory sexual assault charge requires prosecutors to show that a defendant committed a prior rape or other sex crime, but doesn't have the statue of limitation constraints that would bar Sciorra's allegations from consideration on their own.Since getting the case Tuesday, jurors have been focusing a lot of attention on Sciorra, who testified nearly a month ago and was the first accuser to do so in the closely watched MeToo trial.They started the day Friday by listening to a reading of her cross-examination and follow-up questioning by prosecutors. About 90 minutes into the reading, the jurors notified the judge they had “heard enough” and resumed their deliberations.Earlier in their deliberations, jurors looked at emails that Weinstein sent regarding Sciorra, including ones to the private Israeli spy agency he allegedly enlisted to dig up dirt on would-be accusers as reporters were working on stories about allegations against him in 2017.Sciorra, now 59, told jurors how Weinstein showed up unexpectedly at the door of her Manhattan apartment before in late 1993 or early 1994 before forcing her onto a bed and assaulting her.Bader said she was surprised the jury appears to be struggling with Sciorra, "because she was a much cleaner witness" than the other alleged victims, who admitted to having non-forced sex with Weinstein and staying in touch with him after their alleged assaults.Sciorra went public in a story in The New Yorker in October 2017 after one of the few people she says she told about the incident, actress Rosie Perez, got word to reporter Ronan Farrow that he should call her.Sciorra's allegations weren’t part of the original indictment when Weinstein was arrested in May 2018, but after some legal shuffling they were included in an updated one last August.“Annabella was brought into this case for one reason and one reason only,” Rotunno said in her closing argument last week. “She was brought in so there would be one witness who had some star power, one witness you may recognize and one witness whose name may mean something.”___On Twitter, follow Tom Hays at and Michael Sisak at more coverage of the Harvey Weinstein case, visit: Hays And Michael R. Sisak, The Associated Press

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Former Ukraine diplomat Marie Yovanovitch has book deal

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 20:28

Former Ukraine diplomat Marie Yovanovitch has book dealNEW YORK — Former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, the career diplomat who during the impeachment hearings of President Donald Trump offered a chilling account of alleged threats from Trump and his allies, has a book deal.Houghton Mifflin Harcourt confirmed Friday to The Associated Press that it had acquired Yovanovitch's planned memoir, currently untitled. According to the publisher, the book will trace her long career, from Mogadishu, Somalia, to Kyiv and “finally back to Washington, D.C. — where, to her dismay, she found a political system beset by many of the same challenges she had spent her career combating overseas."“Yovanovitch’s book will deliver pointed reflections on the issues confronting America today, and thoughts on how we can shore up our democracy,” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said in an announcement.Financial terms were not disclosed, but two people familiar with the deal told the AP that the agreement was worth seven figures, even though the book is not expected until Spring 2021, months after this fall's election. They were not authorized to discuss negotiations and spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss financial terms. Yovanovitch was represented by the Javelin literary agency, where other clients include former FBI Director James Comey and former national security adviser John Bolton.“Ambassador Yovanovitch has had a 30-year career of public service in many locations, with many lessons to be drawn. This is about much more than just the recent controversy," said Houghton Mifflin Senior Vice-President and Publisher Bruce Nichols, in response to a question about why her book wasn't coming out this year.Yovanovitch told House investigators last year that Ukrainian officials had warned her in advance that Rudy Giuliani and other Trump insiders were planning to “do things, including to me” and were “looking to hurt” her. Pushed out of her job earlier in 2019 on Trump’s orders, she testified that a senior Ukrainian official told her that “I really needed to watch my back.”Yovanovitch was recalled from Kyiv as Giuliani pressed Ukrainian officials to investigate baseless corruption allegations against Democrat Joe Biden and his son Hunter, who was involved with Burisma, a gas company there. Biden, the former vice-president, is a contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.According to a rough transcript released by the White House, Trump told Ukrainian leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy last summer that Yovanovitch “was bad news and the people she was dealing with in the Ukraine were bad news."The allegations that Trump pressured Ukraine to investigate a political opponent led to his impeachment in December on two counts by the Democratic-run House. Earlier this month, the Republican-run Senate acquitted him on both counts.Yovanovitch, 61, was appointed ambassador to Ukraine in 2016 by President Barack Obama. She recently was given the Trainor Award, an honour for international diplomacy presented by Georgetown University, and currently is a non-resident fellow at Georgetown's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.Hillel Italie, The Associated Press

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Building up, building out: The balance Calgary planners want for established neighbourhoods

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 19:47

 The balance Calgary planners want for established neighbourhoodsPlanning how a city will grow and change is hard work — especially in already built-out communities.And a new document, the Guidebook for Great Communities, looks at that conundrum in more than 140 pages, attempting to boil down a lexicon of city planning jargon for the everyday citizen.Senior city planner Stephen Pearce said Calgary is looking to the future, especially because the size of Canadian households continues to shrink — the city can't keep building communities as they were conceived 50 to 60 years ago."Calgary will be growing both up and, and outward," Pearce said. "So, we're looking to balance that growth … creating communities that have more options for housing, more options for services for places to shop. That means, you know, kind of a little bit more intensity." The directive in the guidebook's chapters is to build up already built-out communities. It means the Calgary of the future should have more density, more styles of housing, and more transportation choices to support the growing population.But while it calls for more intensity or density, Pearce said it's still imperative the city feels walkable, and that buildings are constructed in a way that is still "human scale" — not imposing."It's not something that just happens tomorrow," Pearce said. "It's something that we work together to bring into the communities and those things kind of change incrementally over a matter of decades."Pearce added the city is looking at the policy to enable choice that meets citizens' needs — whether that's affordability, choice or flexibility.Leslie Evans, executive director at the Federation of Calgary Communities, said this means a complete overhaul of how planning is done and understood. For some communities, it's concerning.While she said the plan to create more options and communities for everybody is great, some of the guidebook's principles are broad and lack focus."What we need is we need certainty for developers, we need certainty for city planners, and we need certainty for people who live, work and play in those communities," Evans said. "Right now, there's a lot of uncertainty because the language in the guidebook is very broad. It's an enabling language. It's not like it used to be." > "It's frustrating, the conversations have always been around, where are we putting density but nothing on the flipside." \- Erin Joslin, Ramsay Community Association Erin Joslin is with the Ramsay Community Association. She said some of those concerns centre around funding and directives about community investments that would give the document teeth and appeal for communities taking on density. "It's frustrating. The conversations have always been around, where are we putting density, but nothing on the flipside," Joslin said. "Let's get some great bike connections from Ramsey to the rest of the city or pedestrian connections." And while the document does talk about transportation choice, green spaces and more amenities, Evans with the federation said there is fear about where the funding for those upgrades will come from. "How do we fund growth and change?" Evans said. "Funding is not just about park benches or rec centres, but it's about safety, transit, the streetscape … in our community's minds, it's missing some key things." 'Great communities for everyone'The guidebook builds on the Municipal Development Plan (MDP), another city directive adopted in 2009. When council approved that plan, it was to create a vision for how the city develops over the next 30 to 60 years — an important plan for the future."We think about a city that can adapt to changes," Pearce said. "Some of the environmental changes, economic changes, and when we think about that households are changing generally."He said this document is the menu, or building blocks, that will make up local area plans — yet another set of documents that will prescribe the community's vision for how an area will evolve. For example, where densification is appropriate, and how it is appropriate. These local area plans will combine several communities into a single plan. Previously, the city had more than 200 planning documents about planning and development in Calgary and Pearce said this process will help simplify and update those area visions. "[The guidebook] is a way of making it easier to start that conversation, because you've got a foundation to work from," Pearce said. "And then you can build on top of that."Joslin with the Ramsay Community Association said as a volunteer, she can't keep up with the guidebook — a living document."The number of hours required to like, follow that document, while also being highly engaged in your Local Area Plan, has just been unprecedented," Joslin said. "Right now, I would just like to see, you know, a finished document, but I don't think we're ready to be at that point yet."And she said that uncertainty makes it difficult to work on the Local Area Plan.Some happy to see a shift in the city's planning processKourtney Branagan is the president of the Haysboro Community Association. The south Calgary community is currently using the guidebook to inform its Local Area Plan. And working closely with the document, she said she's come to understand and appreciate it."What I see is opportunity, I see choice," Branagan said. "We have an aging baby boomer population, who are occupying a lot of our established neighbourhoods, for them to make a move within their community doesn't exist … especially a lateral move." She said everything innovates over time, including housing. And for her, the guidebook is innovating based on the expertise and best practices planners have gathered from what's working in other cities.Know the impacts, get engaged, community leaders sayOne of the big concerns right now, coming from the federation, is how the city is engaging citizens on this document — and whether Calgarians understand how important it is to be involved in the whole process."We've actually been engaging in trying to help people understand the guidebook," Evans said. "Citizens are an essential part of the planning process in Calgary, and while they may not understand the technicality of all the planning things … they're the ones that experience the community."The federation has been holding events to engage community associations. And the city has also been engaging citizens with a display at the Central Library. Those engagement activities will continue until the end of February. The Guidebook for Great Communities will be presented to a council committee on March 4 and go through an approval process.

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Planes, ferries, and cars: Labrador councils want to connect the coasts

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 19:45

 Labrador councils want to connect the coastsFor nearly half a century, delegates from communities dotting the Big Land have convened to figure out how to bridge the swathes of space between them.This year, those bridges were more literal than metaphoric, with transportation — an issue often top-of-mind for those inhabiting isolated communities — looming large.Amid an ongoing dialogue fraught with butting opinions on the state of ferry service, a fixed link to Newfoundland and a highway to Quebec that's been postponed for years, leaders from communities across Labrador petitioned their causes this week at the 48th annual meeting of the Combined Councils.Many of those motions hinged on finding ways to fund better transport options, whether by air, land or sea — with the quality of the newest ships to dock at Labrador ports under heavy scrutiny from all sides."Everyone has complained about the same thing. They really want to see a change in the ferry service," said Marjorie Flowers, AngajukKak of Hopedale, in reference to the Qajaq W and Kamutik W."They are not suitable for our waters."The ferry to Hopedale, she said, "really didn't service well at all this year. People are very disgruntled and really not pleased."Flowers had stern words for outgoing Premier Dwight Ball, also the Indigenous affairs minister, who made an appearance at Friday's session."I've lost my faith in the premier," she said. "I just hope something can be resolved with this fiasco."Others tabled similar resolutions. Chad Letto, council president and mayor of L'anse au Clair, said this month has caused disruptions for the south coast — similar to those faced this time last year.Friday's ferry service was cancelled again due to the sea ice, with a helicopter carrying locals instead.Dealing with the Qajaq ferry, often criticized for its inability to steer through the Strait of Belle Isle in cold weather, was at the top of his list."The stores are getting lower on fresh produce, milk, eggs, fruit are all starting to dwindle," Letto said, echoing complaints from other communities in the months since the two ferries went online.Labrador Marine, the ferries' operator, announced changes to its service earlier this month, calling the problems it's encountered "teething pains."Businesses and customers alike have been plagued with problems when moving goods up through the Labrador coast over the past year, with crates of food spoiling en route and protests brewing dockside over near-empty grocery shelves resulting from delays and cancellations.Peter Woodward, Labrador Marine's president and CEO, told CBC the company was working to address freight issues, and crews have been learning to manoeuvre the new vessels in sometimes violent waters.Linked by land?Hopedale's other major resolution, Flowers said, pushed for movement on a land link — a north-coast highway that would end the reliance on unstable seas. Like Flowers, Letto said he'd also appreciate a road to fly-in communities north of Cartwright."Seeing that the Trans-Labrador Highway is being completed … the next step is the north coast." he said.Randy Jones, mayor of Gros-Mécatina, Que., also chimed in on land transport.He joined the Labrador leaders with a pitch: complete Route 138, a highway that would connect the isolated communities of Quebec's Lower North Shore to southern Labrador.  "We've been lobbying for the last 50 years but now we've gone the full nine yards to try to get the road," Jones said. Advocates came a step closer recently, he believes — with "more than what we were expecting" earmarked in Quebec's budget for the road this spring. Jones said he was copied on an open letter from the province's transportation minister, announcing both extra funding and a survey of water infrastructure along the route."Perhaps we're dreaming in colour," he said, "but it seems like there is something afoot."According to Jones, there are about 360 kilometres of highway to be constructed to connect the Lower North Shore to Labrador. He thinks the cost would amount to an investment in the 15 communities currently not connected to the route, which ends on the Quebec side at Kegashka and from Labrador at Old Fort, Que.It would also be a lifeline."Our communities are dying. It's a terrible thing to see," he said. But a road means trucks, and trucks mean opportunities for fish plants, which he's seen thrive in the regions now serviced by Route 138."With the road you've got access," he said. Aside from ocean bounties, he added, "there's the wild berries. The mushrooms. The peat moss. The forestry. And not to forget the hydroelectric power."He anticipates that if the pavers got rolling, the work would take eight to 10 years to complete. "We're the last frontier," Jones said.The combined councils passed 19 resolutions this week, with many of them focusing on the northern coast.Read more from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador

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The tale of the tree and the teeth: Squamish snowboarder lucky to walk away from nasty crash

Sat, 02/22/2020 - 19:00

 Squamish snowboarder lucky to walk away from nasty crashOn a sunny Vancouver day, Ryan Paterson's mouth seems full of treasures, flashing silver every time he speaks or smiles.Solid bands of metal run the entire length of his top and bottom gum line, placed there by one of the city's top dental surgeons in an effort to persuade all the teeth he smashed in last month to reroot so solid foods might have a chance of re-entering his life."This one," he says, pointing to a front incisor that appears slightly adrift from the row, "probably needs a root canal."In fact, he needs two: the second to save the tooth next door. And while the procedure is often held up as a benchmark of unpleasantness — in the vein of 'I'd rather have a root canal than do my taxes' or 'I'd rather have a root canal than be sprayed by a skunk' —  when you've just escaped catastrophic injury as Paterson did, a couple of root canals are surely a better than, say, never walking again."No concussion, no internal injuries, no spinal and no leg injuries," he said. "It's pretty crazy."Five weeks ago the Squamish snowboarder was shooting videos in the Brandywine backcountry near Whistler with two colleagues.It was the end of the day and 25 year old was hoping to nail one last trick for the cameras — a Cab 540 (one and half rotations) off a jump the group had built on a steep slope.I thought, 'Oh, you idiot!'But in the split second before going airborne, Paterson caught an edge and was thrown sideways, face first into a big Dougals fir."The second I hit the tree I thought, 'Oh, you idiot!' " he said. "I could tell my jaw was very broken ... but I wasn't sure what else was wrong."A lot, as it turns out. His jaw was indeed broken in three different places. Most of his bottom teeth were hanging loose and both arms were fractured. And, there was a lot of blood. Friend Chris Rasman was first to his side. Ben Webb, who was shooting from below the jump, arrived about a minute later. Watch: Ryan Paterson snowboard video"Chris had already had his medical kit out ... and was trying to stop the bleeding," said Webb. "Ryan was sitting in the snow and he was pretty mangled up. His face was pretty bloody, he had teeth dislodged and he was in a lot of pain."Things went from bad to worse when they learned it was too dark for a helicopter rescue. With the temperature at –20 C and dropping, there was growing urgency to get Paterson medical attention.Thankfully, that's when things started to go right. Because they had cell service Rasman and Webb were able to call friends who came on snowmobiles.'My job was to stay calm'Miraculously, Paterson's back, neck and internal organs didn't seem badly injured. So he walked — with help — up the hill to a snowmobile and logging road that had been groomed by crews to help speed his exit. The ambulance was waiting in the Brandywine parking lot. "Chris and Ben did such a good job of keeping me warm, making a plan and getting in touch with other people. I knew they had me," said Paterson. "My job was to stay calm because if I started freaking out, that just makes the situation worse." The ordeal took two hours. But for a little frostbite on his own toes, Webb says they were lucky."It was super cold and honestly, I'm so glad were were able to get Ryan out because if we had to spend the night ... I don't think it necessarily ends well."Five weeks later, Paterson is well on the road to recovery.His right wrist is still in a cast and there's the matter of that dental work, but at least now that his jaw is no longer wired shut, not everything he eats has to pass through a straw.He says the list of people who deserve thanks is long. He also says he can't wait to get back riding and filming next season. What he hasn't yet plans for is viewing the video of his crash. It still too soon."Maybe one day we can look at it over beers and laugh. But not right now."

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