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Modern Family’s Nolan Gould for The National Audubon Society and Toyota, showing how you can keep the beach safe for birds and other wildlife.Video: Help Wildlife by Sharing the Beach — Helpful Tips from Toyota TogetherGreenThis video is the second in a series of comedic videos sharing bird-friendly, and conservation tips that Audubon and Toyota will roll out over the next year. The first video in the series features Kate Flannery of NBC’s The Office in a hilarious video, purporting to be the first ever PSA written, directed and edited by birds.The videos are presented by Toyota TogetherGreen, a partnership between Toyota and The National Audubon Society that supports and fosters diverse, community-driven conservation projects that result in sustainable and innovative solutions. The program, now in its seventh year, has invested $25.4 million in community-based conservation, engaging more than 435,000 people in 295 cities and all 50 states. For more details about Audubon and Toyota TogetherGreen, please visit: www.togethergreen.org.While the video uses a humorous tone to convey the message, the issue of protecting nesting birds and their habitats is actually quite serious. With Labor Day weekend approaching many people will choose to celebrate the holiday weekend at the beach. Birds are already there—terns, skimmers, oystercatchers, plovers— nesting on the beach and trying to raise their chicks. It’s a critical time for coastal birds and there’s no better time to help protect our Atlantic coast and the birds that depend on it every year. The National Audubon Society has compiled the following guide on sharing the beach with nesting birds, so hopefully you can avoid making the same missteps as Nolan on his first date.Atlantic Coast Birds Need Beaches • Birds nest on beaches throughout the Atlantic coast, often on the same beaches that are popular with visitors for the Labor Day holiday. The breeding season is April through the end of August. • The greatest threats to beach-nesting birds are human disturbance and habitat loss. • It only takes a few minutes in the hot summer sun for little chicks to die from temperature stress. • The most endangered shorebird along the Atlantic Coast in the continental U.S. today include the Piping Plover (federally threatened). • Least Terns, Common Terns, Black Skimmers and American Oystercatchers are listed in many Atlantic Coast states as threatened or special concern species.Simple Ways You Can HelpWhen people help shorebirds by sharing the beach, they are rewarded with the spectacle of wild birds including the opportunity to observe the excitement that unfolds with every nesting season. These are some simple steps you can take to help coastal birds.• Enjoy the sanctioned and approved firework celebrations. Impromptu fireworks in the vicinity of nesting areas can be devastating for birds. • Respect protected areas and signs. Birds, eggs, nests and chicks are well-camouflaged and disturbance by people and their pets can cause birds to abandon their eggs and chicks, leaving them vulnerable to predators and extreme temperatures. • Avoid disturbing groups of birds that are nesting or feeding. If birds take flight, call loudly or act agitated it means you are too close. • Keep your dog on a leash and away from the birds. Coastal birds perceive people and pets as predators and leave their nest or chicks. • Please don’t leave trash or fishing line on the beach. Take your trash with you and place in an appropriate trash container. Trash attracts real predators such as gulls, crows, raccoons and foxes. Fishing line entangles and kills birds. • Please do not fly kites near nesting and feeding areas. This will cause birds to leave their nests or chicks leaving them vulnerable to predators and extreme temperatures, which can kill them.
Jennifer Metcalfe, Gemma Merna, Ashley Taylor Dawson, Kieron Richardson and Fabrizio Santino are just some of the Hollyoaks cast who have united to join the frontline against cancer this autumn to show cancer ’it’s payback time’.Hollyoaks Cast Stand Up To CancerSupporting Stand Up To Cancer, the joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 which aims to accelerate new treatments to cancer patients, the cast have joined together to take a defiant stance against the disease which affects more than one in three of us in our lifetime.Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Cancer Research UK and Channel 4 raising funds to accelerate new cancer treatments to patients and save more lives. People can join the frontline against cancer this autumn by joining the March On Cancer on Saturday 11th October, through fundraising, buying Stand Up To Cancer merchandise, and tuning into the live TV show on Channel 4 on Friday 17th October. Visit www.standuptocancer.org.uk for more information.
Earlier this week at GLSEN’s Respect Awards in New York City, Glee’s Matthew Morrison was honored with the Inspiration Award for portraying a shining example of the vital role a supportive educator can have in creating an affirming, positive and supportive school culture for LGBT students.Glee’s Matthew Morrison Honored At GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty Images/Craig BarritOther honorees of the night included John Stryker, Desiree Raught and Johnson & Johnson.Raven-Symoné At GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty Images/Craig BarritGuests in attendance included Raven-Symoné, Anneliese van der Pol, Maulik Pancholy, Sutton Crawford, Rain Dove, Rain Pryor, Kevin Thomas and Kimberly Reed.Glee’s Matthew Morrison At GLSEN Respect AwardsCredit/Copyright: Getty Images/Craig BarritThe GLSEN Respect Awards, introduced in 2004 and held annually in Los Angeles and New York, showcase the work of students, educators, individuals and corporations who serve as exemplary role models and have made a significant impact on the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth.GLSEN has led the way on LGBT issues in K-12 education since 1990. Through ground-breaking original research, innovative program development, student leadership and educator training, community organizing, and targeted state and federal advocacy, GLSEN has seen the impact of its work through the development of educational resources, direct engagement of youth and educators, and national programs like GLSEN’s Day of Silence, GLSEN’s No Name-Calling Week, GLSEN’s Ally Week.
Iconic singer, songwriter and humanitarian, Steven Tyler, and Live Nation will present the inaugural Janie’s Fund gala and GRAMMY Awards viewing party on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at the historic RED Studios Hollywood.The exclusive event will include a star-studded red carpet, live viewing of the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, live auction, dinner, and a musical performance.Attendees will be treated to a multi-course dinner menu designed by GRAMMY Award-winning singer, best-selling cookbook author and lifestyle expert Trisha Yearwood. Following the dinner and telecast, Steven Tyler and his Nashville based band, LOVING MARY, will take the stage for a can’t-miss special live performance to close out the night.Co-chair supporters for the event include Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Andrea Bocelli, Bo Derek, Britney Spears, Sir Elton John, Jim Carrey, Joaquin Phoenix, Joe & Marjorie Walsh, Kate Hudson, Lionel Richie, Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg, and Yoko Ono.Proceeds from the event will benefit Janie’s Fund, a philanthropic initiative created by Tyler in partnership with the national family services nonprofit Youth Villages to bring hope and healing to girls across America who have suffered the trauma of abuse and neglect. Tyler first gave voice to this cause with his hit “Janie’s Got a Gun,” and his establishment of the fund ensures that these vulnerable girls will have an enduring voice for years to come.“The time has arrived to share what we’ve done and what we’re striving for. This inaugural gala is designed to bring my friends and family together so we can continue to provide uplifting and needed support for Janie’s Fund. This gala is more than a night out, it’s a break on through to the other side for these girls whose lives have been stunted. It’s an opportunity to learn of the valuable work we will be doing to get them there. It’s time to bring the awareness out of the darkness and into the light for these girls, for all to see,” said Tyler.Since the November 2015 launch of Janie’s Fund, the organization has raised more than $2.5 million, directly helping more than 525 girls and providing more than 66,000 days of therapeutic care. On December 6, Tyler celebrated the opening of a new residential center named Janie’s House, a joint partnership with his philanthropic organization Janie’s Fund and Youth Villages. Janie’s House provides support to vulnerable young girls in the Atlanta Metro Area who are survivors of abuse and neglect, and has residential accommodations for up to 30 girls annually with access to 24-hour medical care and therapeutic support.Tyler added, “You can reach the heights of your passion, go all across the entire world and meet people from all walks of life, but the look on these girls’ faces when they know that they’ve found their safe haven, especially after being put through the pain of abuse and neglect. Now, they’re being taken care of by the best of the best in experiential therapy and 24/7 caregiving. Every five minutes, someone comes in and checks in on them and they love it, because they know someone is not coming in to abuse. This event is a testament to the important work happening at Janie’s House.” Learn more at JaniesFund.org.Sponsors for the event include Kia Motors, Hilton, and Patrón Tequila. A media alert with further information on attendees will be announced in the coming weeks. For more information on table purchases or company sponsorships, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.Note: This event is not affiliated with, endorsed by, or licensed by The Recording Academy of the GRAMMY Awards.
Here is your chance to join Ringo Starr in celebrating his birthday in France.Video: Celebrate Peace & Love with Ringo Starr at his Birthday Celebration in FrancePrizeo is giving you this unique opportunity, and all you have to do to get in the draw is donate to the David Lynch Foundation.The more you donate, the more chances you have to win.“In 2008 a TV reporter asked what I would like for my birthday and I answered, ‘If on July 7, my birthday, people would say or post Peace & Love at Noon their local time that would be a great gift to me’,” says Ringo. “Every year since I have invited everyone everywhere to say or post Peace & Love, and I have joined fans wherever I am at Noon in a moment of Peace & Love. This year I am on tour with the All Starrs so we will celebrating at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nice, France and I’m inviting YOU to join us.“For just a $10 donation to the David Lynch Foundation, who promote world peace by teaching meditation to at-risk individuals all across the world, you will be entered for a chance to win a trip to Nice, France to join me at my Peace & Love Birthday Celebration.“But remember – it does not matter where you may be on July 7th, everyone everywhere is invited to join in on spreading Peace and Love by stopping what you’re doing at noon and thinking, posting or speaking those words into the universe with us. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for.”To find out more, visit prizeo.com.
Facebook The original “Cancon” movie is a grimy glimpse into the endless possibilities Toronto of the 70s could offer, and was directed by none other than Donald Shebib, Drake producer Noah Shebib (aka 40)’s dad.The Collaborators (1973)Like a 70s Toronto-set CSI, The Collaborators explored the hot-blooded conflicts between forensic scientists working in Metropolitan Toronto Police Department and the hard-boiled detectives and street cops on the front-line. Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Toronto in the 1970s was by all accounts a wild place; industrial soot from decades past still coated the city, but a cheery makeover saw new icons appearing at an accelerated rate – The CN Tower, The Eaton Centre, Ontario Place, The Metropolitan Zoo, The Toronto Blue Jays and Citytv, all born in the so-called decade of malaise.Here are few of the best examples of films and TV shows which perfectly captured that transformation in 24 frames per second, and in some cases showcased the new iconographic Toronto sites better than then anyone since.Goin’ Down the Road (1970)Everything from Letterkenny to Bob & Doug Mackenzie to Trailer Park Boys owe their existence to this, the original low-rent adventures of two Nova Scotian hosers who set upon 1970 Toronto looking for girls, booze and darts. Twitter
Advertisement Twitter Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE TORONTO MONOLOGUE SLAM – CLICK HERE Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Congrats to Samuel Asante on his FIRST Toronto Monologue Slam championship! And congrats as well to runner ups Roby Hollywood and James Smith … and all the incredible actors who took the stage tonight and bared their souls.WHAT IS THE “TORONTO MONOLOGUE SLAM”?Toronto Monologue Slam has been created to give actors an alternative outlet to explore and display their craft to friends, colleagues and industry professionals, creating relationships and opportunities that will enrich and may possibly lead to furthering their careers. We also wanted to create a fun event for those of us who love theater and performance and just want a fun night out!!!This showcase event is about providing a platform for actors to practice their craft and improve their performance skills. Our primary aim is to create an environment where actors can network and support each other but most importantly learn, develop and BE EXTRAORDINARY. Most actors can go 3-5 months without having an audition, which causes nerves and can affect your next audition. So by preparing for our event each month we have the chance to treat it like a casting. Because lets face it; to perform in front of any audience still requires the effort and discipline you would put in if you had a casting for for the next James Cameron movie.
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement ABOUT THE SERIESLocked up after a drug bust, David Slaney (Allan Hawco) makes a daring escape from a New Brunswick prison to attempt one more drug deal with his former partner. It’s Slaney’s last chance at freedom but in this tale of bravado and betrayal, nothing is what it seems and no one can be trusted. The series stars Allan Hawco, Paul Gross, Tori Anderson, Eric Johnson, Charlotte Sullivan, and Enuka Okuma.Set in 1978, Caught is an adaptation of Lisa Moore’s acclaimed novelABOUT THE CASTALLAN HAWCO as DAVID SLANEYAllan Hawco is one of the country’s most recognizable stars, whose wide range of talents appeal to audiences of all ages.PAUL GROSS as ROY PATTERSONPaul Gross is one of Canada’s most popular actors, internationally known for his role as Constable Benton Fraser on the multi award-winning drama series Due South.ERIC JOHNSON as BRIAN HEARNEric can currently be seen in Fifty Shades Darker and will next be seen in Fifty Shades Freed from Director James Foley, opposite Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan.TORI ANDERSON as ADABorn in Edmonton, Alberta and the second youngest from a family of five children, Anderson and her siblings grew up immersed in the arts.ENUKA OKUMA as KATE WILLIAMSFive-time Gemini Award-nominee Enuka Okuma hails from Vancouver, British Columbia where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Simon Fraser University. There’s no such thing as a clean getaway.The con with a vendetta. The ex-partner he can’t trust. The cop with unfinished business.Allan Hawco, Paul Gross, Eric Johnson, Enuka Okuma and Tori Anderson star in Caught – premiering Monday February 26th on CBC. Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter Login/Register With:
APTN National NewsA high school in Thunder Bay, Ont., is finding new ways to keep its students in class.Not only do they get build a very cool musical instrument.They’re also learning some valuable lessons about life.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.
APTN National NewsThousands of athletes from North and South America are in Toronto for the Pan Am games.And the thousands of athletes and visitors are getting the chance to sample some gourmet Indigenous dishes.As Delaney Windigo reports, there’s no need to reserve a table, just grab a spot on the email@example.com
Read about Connie Oakes case hereJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe murder conviction of a Saskatchewan Cree woman facing a life sentence for the killing of a Medicine Hat, Alta., man is based on a “legal fiction,” according to documents filed with the Appeal Court of Alberta Monday.Connie Oakes was found guilty by a jury on Nov. 15, 2013, of killing Casey Armstrong who was found dead in the bathtub of his Medicine Hat trailer during the May 2011 long-weekend with a large puncture-wound through his neck. Oakes was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 14 years.Oakes has insisted she is innocent of the murder.Police found no murder weapon, DNA evidence or fingerprints tying Oakes, 50, to the murder. The only evidence came from a woman with an IQ of 50 by the name of Wendy Scott, 30, who said she was there when Oakes killed Armstrong.Before Oakes’ trial, Scott pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years. The Crown built its case against Oakes based on Scott’s murder confession and testimony, which was riddled with contradictions.The foundation for the case against Oakes took a major hit in October when the Court of Appeal of Alberta quashed Scott’s conviction and struck her guilty plea. The ruling followed a concession by the Crown handling the appeal that there were not enough grounds to support Scott’s guilty plea on second-degree murder.Scott is now facing a new trial and her arraignment hearing is scheduled for Dec. 17 in Medicine Hat.Wendy Scott in a Facebook photo posted in 2008.Oakes’ lawyers have filed an amended notice of appeal partly based on Scott’s wrongful conviction.Oakes’ lawyers Alexandra Seaman and Aleksandra Simic argue that because Scott’s guilty plea has been struck her client’s conviction now rests on a “legal fiction” and should also be overturned.“There is an even bigger legal elephant in the room. Whatever individual or cumulative legal errors may be posited or advanced in critique of the treatment of the guilty plea, there is a unique feature to this case in light of the Court of Appeal judgement (in the Scott case) and that factor is akin to a legal fiction,” said the lawyers in their submission filed with the court. “At all times in the proceedings…the trier of fact (judge) was actually weighing a wrongful conviction and had before them, what we now know to be a legally unsupported mode of criminal liability for murder.”The quashing of Scott’s conviction also leads into another facet of Oakes’ amended appeal filing which argues the Medicine Hat Crown who handled the case, Andrea Dolan, “engaged in multiple instances of prosecutorial misconduct” by exaggerating the meaning of Scott’s confession in statements to the jury.In particular, Oakes’ lawyer argues, that Dolan tried to paint the decision by Oakes’ lawyer to keep her from the stand — which is her right — as proof she was guilty.Seaman and Simic’s submission puts the focus on Dolan’s opening statement and quotes parts deemed troubling.“We may never know why Casey was murdered. Only Connie knows,” stated Dolan, during the opening statement. “Wendy entered a guilty plea to second degree murder… in this courtroom. She sat in the box. The charge of murder was read and she said she was guilty and she said that Connie did it too. With tears streaming down her face, she then turned to Casey’s two kids … and said she was sorry.’Oakes’ lawyers argued Dolan went too far.“Drawing upon Ms. Scott’s assumption of responsibility, when coupled with the rhetoric ‘only Connie knows,’ it belittled the appellant’s right to silence,” said Seaman and Simic in their submission. “Troubling yet still, as revealed (previously), a review of the transcripts of (Scott’s proceedings) call into question whether the actual words of Ms. Scott in those proceedings were presented in a balanced fashion, thus making the transgression from principles of fair play even more acute.”Medicine Hat, Alta., prosecutor Andrea Dolan. APTN/FileThe latest appeal filing builds on previously submitted fresh evidence that includes an affidavit from Scott who now claims that she doesn’t believe Oakes was at the trailer when Armstrong was killed. Oakes’ appeal filing also includes an affidavit from Kim Pate, the executive director of the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, who was told by Scott that Oakes wasn’t involved in the murder.Scott has stated in sworn affidavits that she was high on drugs during police interrogations which occurred several months longer than was disclosed to the defence before Oakes’ trial. Scott has also stated that police interrogators suggested evidence to her, including pointing out the car believed to have been used in the killing.APTN previously reported that Dolan possessed a file outlining details of the red car that police believed was used, but never introduced them during the trial. The details included the make of the car, a Grand Am, and that it was owned by a woman who once lived in Saskatchewan. The woman told APTN she sold the car before the murder happened for drugs and cash to a dealer nicknamed “Ginger.” Ginger, who has red hair, was also initially named by Scott as the culprit of the murder. Scott also accused two men of the crime before admitting her own role and accusing Oakes.An eye-witness testified during Oakes’ November 2013 trial that she saw two women in Armstrong’s driveway on the Saturday morning after Armstrong was killed putting a bag into the trunk of a red car. The witness testified that one of the women had red hair.Police also found a size 11E bloody boot print in the bathroom were Armstrong was found. The source of the boot print has never been identified.Oakes’ appeal hearing is scheduled for Jan. firstname.lastname@example.org@JorgeBarrera
APTN National NewsAfter being in prison for two years and five months, Connie Oakes is a free woman.Thursday, an Alberta Crown prosecutor requested a stay in proceedings in the case against Oakes, who was convicted of the 2011 murder of Medicine Hat, Alta., resident Casey Armstrong.On Friday, Oakes was heading home to the Nekaneet First Nation in Saskatchewan with her family.She stopped to talk to APTN about her email@example.com
Annette Francis APTN National NewsCanada’s capital city is known for its award-winning museums, full of history and art.But some have noticed there is a big portion of Canadian history that is being left out of museums.With all the talk of truth and reconciliation, there are a growing number of people who say it’s time for something firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris Stewart APTN National NewsIn Calgary, Inuit and First Nations artists will have a new place to show and sell their work.The owner of the new gallery says she wants to help promote Indigenous artists.
APTN NewsThroughout 2017 the city of Thunder Bay has been in the news. It started with Barbara Kentner, a First Nations woman who was hit by a trailer hitch that was thrown at her by a passing vehicle. Kentner died in July.Then in May, all eyes would be on the community when two teenagers were found dead by waterways in Thunder Bay.Investigations were launched into the police service, and people were trying to figure out how to keep young people safe.Here is a look at some of the stories APTN News covered in Thunder Bay this year.
WASHINGTON – An agency ethics official at the Environmental Protection Agency says Administrator Scott Pruitt’s lease of a Capitol Hill condo tied to a prominent fossil-fuels lobbyist didn’t violate federal ethics rules.A memo signed by Kevin Minoli contends that Pruitt’s $50-a-night rental payments constitute a fair market rate. The memo was dated March 30, the day after ABC News first reported Pruitt lived last year in condo co-owned by the wife of Steven Hart, a registered lobbyist whose firm pushed EPA to relax pollution regulations. Pruitt’s college-aged daughter stayed in the second bedroom while interning at the White House last summer.Minoli’s memo says the $50-a-night rate would total $1,500 for 30 nights a month, which he deemed to be a fair price.Pruitt’s lease, however, required him to pay just for nights he occupied in the unit. Pruitt actually paid a total of $6,100 over the six month period he leased the property, an average of about $1,000 a month.But current rental listings for two-bedroom apartments in the neighbourhood show they typically go for far more than what Pruitt paid. A two bedroom townhome on the same block as the one leased by Pruitt was advertised for rent on Monday at $3,750 a month. Another two-bedroom unit on the next block was advertised as available for $4,740 a month.“The lease authorized use by the administrator and his immediate family, specifically including his spouse and children, and consistent with that provision of the lease his immediate family did stay there when they were in Washington, D.C.,” Minoli wrote. “The lease did not require payment when the property was not utilized. Neither of these two provisions render the rental cost under the lease as something other than market value.”EPA did not provide a copy of Pruitt’s lease and did not respond to questions about how Minoli determined what he considered to be the fair-market rate for the neighbourhood. Also left unanswered was how Pruitt came to rent a property tied to a lobbyist with business interests involving his agency.The unusual arrangement has attracted attention in Washington, where Pruitt has been under increasing scrutiny for this frequent taxpayer-funded travel, which has included first-class airline tickets. Though federal regulations typically require federal officials to fly in coach, the EPA chief has said he needed to sit in premium seats due to security concerns.Jennifer Kaplan, a spokeswoman for EPA’s Inspector General, said Monday the office is evaluating a request to investigate the circumstances surrounding the administrator’s condo lease. The EPA watchdog is already probing Pruitt’s 2017 travel spending.Walter Shaub, who ran the U.S. Office of Government Ethics until last year, rated EPA’s legal justification of Pruitt’s living arrangements as “Total Baloney.” He jokingly tweeted on Friday that he would like to rent the Harts prime location condo for $50-a-night.“I’ll only pay for nights I use it but need it held vacant all other nights,” wrote Shaub, who has become a frequent critic of what he sees as ethical lapses in the Trump administration. “@EPA has certified that these are standard terms at market rate, so it shouldn’t matter to you that I don’t run EPA.”A Republican who previously served as the state attorney general of Oklahoma, Pruitt has long been a champion of the oil and gas industry. In the year he has served as the Trump administration’s top environmental official, Pruitt has moved to scrap, gut or replace numerous environmental regulations opposed by the industry while boosting the continued burning of fossil fuels, which is the primary cause of climate change.In a statement to The Associated Press last week, Steven Hart described Pruitt is a “casual friend” from Oklahoma with whom he had only occasional contact.Records show the powerhouse lobbying firm where Hart serves as chairman and CEO, Williams and Jensen PLLC, represents companies that include Exxon Mobil and Cheniere Energy Inc.In December, Pruitt and members of his staff spent about $40,000 in taxpayer funds to fly to Morocco to help encourage the North African kingdom to import liquefied natural gas from the United States. Cheniere is currently the only exporter of liquefied natural gas from the continental United States.The firm also represents OGE Energy Corp., an electricity company serving Oklahoma and Arkansas.Copies of Pruitt’s daily calendar obtained by the AP through a public records request show that Pruitt meet in his EPA office with two top OGE executives and a registered lobbyist from Hart’s firm in March 2017, when he was living at the condo.In October, EPA announced it would rewrite the Clean Power Plan, an Obama-era regulation that sought to limit planet-warming carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants like those operated by OGE, which paid Hart’s firm $400,000 in lobbying fees in 2017.___Follow Associated Press environmental reporter Michael Biesecker at http://twitter.com/mbieseck
Index and currency in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD)The Canadian Press TORONTO — North American markets plunged to start a shortened trading week as political uncertainties sent the Dow Jones industrial average to its worst ever Christmas Eve trading session and the price of crude oil falling to its lowest level since the summer of 2016.The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 155.25 points at 13,780.19. The Toronto Stock Exchange closed at 1 p.m. and reopens Thursday after a two-day holiday.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 653.17 points to 21,792.20. The S&P 500 index was down 65.52 points at 2,351.10, while the Nasdaq composite was down 140.07 points at 6,192.92.The Canadian dollar traded at 73.59 cents US, compared with average of 73.71 cents US on Friday.The February crude contract was down US$2.94 at US$42.65 per barrel and the February natural gas contract was down 3.27 cents at $3.42 per mmBTU.The settled February gold contract was up $13.70 at US$1,271.80 an ounce and the settled March copper contract was down 1.3 cents at US$2.66 a pound.
Forecasters say that a broad trough will spread showers to the BC Peace region this afternoon. Thunderstorms will also be possible as instability increases ahead of an approaching upper low.According to meteorologists, there is a 60 percent chance of severe thunderstorms that could cause rainfall rates of up to 25 mm per hour, hail of up to 20 mm in diameter, and wind gusts of up to 80 km/h.The forecast is calling for the upper-level low to move from Northern B.C. down towards Prince George by Friday. The north will undergo cooling on Wednesday and rebound to near normal after Thursday.The full weather statement from Environment Canada can be read below:Severe thunderstorm watch issued for:B.C. Peace River, B.C. (087300)Fort Nelson, B.C. (088100)Current details:Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts, large hail and heavy rain. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the B.C. Peace River and Fort Nelson regions today.Environment Canada says that conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms, which may be capable of producing heavy rain.A map of the thunderstorm risk in B.C. today. Photo by Avalanche Canada. Large hail can damage property and cause injury. Strong wind gusts can toss loose objects, damage weak buildings, break branches off trees and overturn large vehicles. Intense lightning is likely with any thunderstorm that develops. Heavy downpours can cause flash floods and water pooling on roads.Lightning kills and injures Canadians every year. Remember, when thunder roars, go indoors!Severe thunderstorm watches are issued when atmospheric conditions are favourable for the development of thunderstorms that could produce one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to BCstorm@canada.ca or tweet reports using #BCStorm.
In a coma, Kimmel was flown from Fort St. John to Vancouver for emergency treatment.Currently, she is battling for her life, with the major concern being critical swelling of the brain.From Kelowna, her father is the sole provider of the family and currently remains at the hospital, unable to work as he is at her bedside.Since being set up on Saturday, July 6, the GoFundMe page has already raised over $10,000 of its $20,000 goal.If you wish to donate, a link to the page can be found here. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A GoFundMe page has been set up for a young girl that was involved in an incident with an ATV.According to the GoFundMe account, on June 29, 12-year-old Abby Kimmel received traumatic injuries in an accident after falling from and being trapped under a side by side ATV.Due to being trapped under the ATV, she was unable to breathe for a prolonged period of time.