Kinder Morgan station hit by oil spill in British Columbia

Emergency crews were called in on Sunday following a crude oil spill at a Kinder Morgan pump station north of Kamloops, British Columbia.

The British Columbia Ministry of the Environment reported that a flow meter had leaked 100 liters of crude oil into the ground at the Darfield pump station.

No streams were affected by this leak which was properly contained.

The leak comes just days before the end of Kinder Morgan’s deadline for assurances that his Trans Mountain Pipeline Project will be completed.

The company suspended all non-essential work on the project in April, citing BC government actions that put the viability of the pipeline in jeopardy.

Red-capped Vulture Increasingly Visible in Nova Scotia

A bird with a bright red bald head has not gone unnoticed this spring in Cape Breton, where many residents have spotted it for the first time. The red-headed vulture, or vulture, will visit this part of Nova Scotia more and more regularly, and we will have to get used to its presence, according to experts.

Cape Bretoners should not be worried about the presence of this bird in the face of the eyes of the people, but rather rejoice, says ornithologist and columnist Alain Clavette.

“It’s an environmental cleaner, it’s an important animal,” he says.

He gives us a service by cleaning up, recycling carrion, putrefying animal matter. It purifies our ecosystems.

Alain Clavette, ornithologist and columnist.

The red-headed urubu only feeds on the flesh of dead animals. A food he finds in abundance in the Maritimes and elsewhere.

The presence of the Red-breasted Vulture would be due to the expansion of the North American road network in the last century.

“Road development, human development in general, will produce more fatalities in wildlife, so more carcasses to eat,” says Clavette.

As a result of collisions involving various animals on motorways, the urubu followed its food, from the south of the United States and elsewhere, to our home.

“The quantity of carrion to eat at the beginning of the 19th century was just not there, so these birds did not have any business here,” summarizes Mr. Clavette. “Now the carrion is there, so they are there. ”

Most of the urubi return south in the fall, but the bird slowly but surely colonizes the territories where it ventures. The new generations endure our winters well, the presence of food being the reason that ultimately leads them to settle here. The climate has little to do with the expansion of the species, says Clavette.

The red-headed urubu first appeared in New Brunswick in the early 1990s, recalls Alain Clavette.

These observations were rather rare at the time. The situation is different today. “He’s going, more and more, to places he did not go before, and we even have birds now that are going to spend the winter,” he says.

In addition to animals killed by road collisions, the urubu will feed on hay when animals, including rodents and other birds, are caught in agricultural machinery. “In the middle of the nesting season, the urubu has only to walk after in these fields, and it is a lunch,” says Alain Clavette.

Since the species does not compete with native species for food, the red-headed urubu “appropriated an ecological niche that was vacant, or perhaps nonexistent,” says Clavette.

The bird, with a spout suitable for bones, is particularly poorly equipped to attack other animals. There is no need to worry, therefore, for his pets or livestock.

The urubu is satisfied with its role of cleaner and, despite its worrying air, is harmful neither to humans nor to other animal species.

“We all have the image of the Wild West, the Arizona desert, with urubuses circling a corpse. We are far from this image when you see them on a truck at the back of a shopping center in the middle of January, but that’s exactly the reality, “says Alain Clavette.

Anti-G20 demonstrations: police want reinforcements

On Friday, police in Hamburg Germany requested reinforcements to face the many anti-G20 demonstrations in the city, which prevented the wife of the US president from leaving her hotel.

“The [reinforcement] request is under way”, it is a question of “alleviating the forces already engaged”, he said.

Riot police units in Berlin and the Schleswig-Holstein region, near Hamburg, in the north of the country, said they were preparing to send several hundred reinforcements.

Security forces have already mobilized more than 20,000 people to ensure security in Hamburg at the summit of leaders of the world’s 20 largest economies.

But the multitude of demonstrations for several days and clashes that broke out Thursday night and continued Friday, the day of the opening of the summit, puts the strengths to strain.

US president’s wife, Melania Trump, was kept locked up in his residence in Hamburg on Friday because of the many anti-G20 demonstrations in the city, the spokesman said.

“We have so far not been granted permission to leave the house by the police,” the spokeswoman told the German news agency DPA.

A source close to the Donald Trump delegation to the G20 confirmed this information to AFP.

Donald Trump and his wife reside in the Hamburg City-State Government House, a magnificent waterfront villa.

Due to the incidents and rallies, the G20 Leaders’ Wives program, in which Melania Trump participated, had to be modified.

M me Trump was unable to attend a boat cruise in the port city and a visit to a center on climate scheduled for midday was canceled and replaced by a debate in a Hamburg hotel, a source close Organisation.

As of Friday morning, several thousand demonstrators gathered around the strategic road junctions of the city of 1.7 million inhabitants in order to block the arrival of official delegations to the summit.

Clashes between anti-G20 demonstrators and law enforcement officials have been practically uninterrupted since Thursday night in the city.

Police reported that 159 of his agents had been injured to date in these incidents.

On Thursday evening, clashes had already pitted protesters against the police, making 111 light wounded among the police. Twenty-nine people were arrested and 15 were taken into custody.

According to the authorities, up to 100,000 protesters are expected to beat the pavement over several days, on the sidelines of the G20 summit, the first of Donald Trump, where the rulers argue over climate and trade.

The GPP police union condemned “massive attacks by violent extremist groups”, saying that “the self-proclaimed Black Blocks” had “diverted the peaceful demonstrations of tens of thousands of people to deliberately attack To the police.

And they are not at the end of their trouble: the biggest demonstration in numbers is expected Saturday. Until the end the summit risks giving the image of a besieged fortress.

PETA tries to make Céline Dion aware of the plight of animals

While Céline Dion has done a lot of talking about a picture on which she appears scantaly clad on the cover of Vogue magazine, it is rather a picture on which she is dressed in a long python skin coat that caused the reaction of Animal Welfare Organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

The photo, taken on June 28 at the the Royal Monceau Raffles in Paris, shows a Balmain set worth more than $ 25,000 including the famous coat, a t-shirt adorned with ‘A head of tiger and long suede boots.

“A snake-skin coat represents the death of several snakes, which are killed by nailing them to trees or by pumping large quantities of water into the body to release their skin before skinning them, often “They are still alive,” said Lisa Lange, senior vice president of PETA, in an e-mail exchange with Le Soleil .

The organization confirmed that it would try to sensitize the singer of Quebec to the fate of the animals after this episode.

“Céline Dion has the world at her fingertips and it would be so easy for her to show compassion for animals by wearing fake snake clothes, crocodile or any other chic vegan option,” Lange continues.


PETA on Wednesday sent a card to Céline Dion to congratulate her on the day she appeared in the python coat, a Givenchy fake leather overalls worth close to $ 2,000.

“We have just sent her a thank-you card for wearing this faux leather overall and we will most likely discuss this issue (the python coat) with her,” added Katie Arth, Deputy Director of Relations with Media at PETA.

This is not the first time that PETA has asked celebrities about their clothing choices. In May the organization sent a faux fur coat to the singer Rihanna and suggested that she leave her fur coats after seeing her wear one on a cruise organized by the Dior house.

In December 2016, Canadian singer Justin Bieber was spotted by PETA after being photographed wearing a thick fur coat in Los Angeles.

The company’s dealings have already convinced several stars to put aside the fur and leather, including actress Eva Mendes, model Evelyn Lozada and even Sharon Osbourne, wife and manager of metal singer Ozzy Osbourne.

Aboriginal Woman Attacked With Trailer Hitch Dies

Barbara Kentner, a 34-year-old native of Thunder Bay, died Tuesday morning after suffering injuries for more than five months. In January, she was hit by a trailer hitch thrown from a moving vehicle while she was riding in the street.

Barbara was at home, surrounded by her loved ones for several months after doctors told her they could not do anything to save her.

At the time of the attack, Melissa Kentner said she heard one of the passengers shouting “Oh, I got one,” after throwing the object in the middle of the night in a residential area of ​​Thunder Bay.

An 18-year-old man, Brayden Bushby, surrendered to the police a few days after the attack and has since been charged with serious assault.

Thunder Bay police told CBC that they was considering altering the charges in light of the victim’s death.

Condolences of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation

ON Tuesday, Deputy Chief Anna-Betty Achneepineskum presented her “most sincere condolences” to the family.

“We must all work together to make racism recognize. We must fight it and denounce it. We have to take the situation very seriously, it has gone on long enough.”

Anna-Betty Achneepineskum, Deputy Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation

Anna-Betty Achneepineskum says there is a rise in violence in the city of Thunder Bay and that we must not “minimize these horrible stories”.

“A young indigenous mother died today and a young girl is without her mother,” she said, adding that this news tears her heart and offers her support to loved ones.

Chief Alvin Fiddler also conveyed his compassionate wishes to the family on Twitter, including the clickable word RacismKills (racism kills).

Melissa Kentner said on her Facebook page that her sister’s body would be sent to Toronto for an autopsy.

Anti-Pit Bull Act: About 100 Dogs Transferred Outside Quebec

Since the introduction of the new anti-pitbull law, the SPCA Montreal has transferred 134 dogs from Quebec to other Canadian provinces. And even in the United States.

While movement was once restricted to exotic animals or farm animals, since October 1, the transfer of dogs from outside the province has become a common practice for the Montreal organization.

Dogs are welcomed into partner shelters in Nova Scotia, Alberta and Vermont, who then arrange for an adoption family.

“This is a reaction to the new legislation,” explains Marie-Noël Gingras, who works for the animal welfare department of the SPCA Montréal.

Since the new regulation came into effect last fall, any dog ​​weighing 10 kilograms or more – no matter the breed – can not be adopted at the SPCA Montreal by residents of the island. Some animals are transferred outside Quebec.

“We do not classify dogs according to their breed, but their weight,” adds Ms. Gingras.

Recall that pitbulls are not a race in themselves. The term includes three different races : the American pitbull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, and the Staffordshire bull terrier.

The SPCA has denounced since last year the new law that targets the breeds listed above, as well as dogs with the same morphological characteristics.

Of the 134 dogs transferred by the SPCA Montreal, “some may have morphological characteristics” of the pitbull according to the criteria established by the City of Montreal, Marie-Noël Gingras points out, adding nevertheless that the visual identification of the dogs is not reliable .

From Quebec to Vermont

Two SPCA pitbulls found refuge at the Humane Society of Chittenden County, Vermont, USA. Trinity and Big Daddy, who weigh about 40 pounds each, are ready to be adopted.

The Vermont shelter did not hesitate to become a partner of the SPCA Montréal in the wake of the adoption of the new regulation. Devon Krusko, director of the Humane Society, describes it as “discouraging”.

These are good dogs that are left without option, and it makes us sad.

Devon Krusko, Director of the Humane Society

In the midst of the relocation, the SPCA Montréal expects to accommodate many dogs banned under the new regulations. The organization receives 600 animals per month, but this number could triple in the summer.

Prior to the new legislation, SPCA Montréal itself hosted 50 to 70 pit bulls a year from Ontario, which in 2005 became the first province in Canada to ban these dogs on its territory.

Health: New Challenges for the LGBTQ Community In Canada

TORONTO – In 2017, it is difficult to find a doctor with a clear understanding of the health problems of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) community, according to several experts consulted by #ONfr . The challenge is twofold when you want to obtain services in French.

“There is not enough French speaking physicians to meet the needs,” says Gilles Marchildon, Executive Director of Reflet Salvéo, a lead agency advising the Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs) Greater Toronto Area.

In 2012, Reflet Salvéo noted the existence of deficiencies in the French-language health system to help victims of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Among other things, there was a lack of case management for Francophones. Five years later, progress has been made on this issue, says Marchildon.

For example, Reflet Salvéo’s Executive Director recalls the creation of two case management positions at the Center francophone de Toronto (CFT), which gives a major boost to the community.

“There is still work to be done,” he believes all the same.

Mr. Marchildon added that the health problems of the LGBTQ community are becoming more and more known, helping to advance the cause.

Incomprehension of health professionals

Arnaud Baudry, president of FrancoQueer, shares in part the report of Reflet Salvéo. However, it demonstrates that there are many challenges in the LGBTQ environment.

“There is a lack of understanding and lack of knowledge within the medical community regarding transgender people” – Arnaud Baudry.

The president of the francophone association of the LGBTQ community in Ontario says he heard several stories of transgender people about the difficulty of communicating these issues openly with physicians. The issue is even more important when it comes to obtaining health care in French.

“There are services in French but the problems are the same and the patients are faced with caregivers who do not fully understand their reality,” says FrancoQueer’s president.

“It is unbelievable that health services are one of the places where LGBTQ people are most uncomfortable when they are most in need of services to care for themselves, ” – Arnaud Baudry.

Mr. Baudry also regrets that the changes expected by the LGBTQ community within the Ontario health system are not occurring quickly enough.

A gray area around the PrEP

Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), used to fight HIV, is becoming more and more popular in Canada.

However, Baudry and Marchildon note that there is still a gray area in Ontario with health professionals.

The cure can have two uses: either HIV prevention or the treatment of the virus. Its cost reaches $ 1,000 a month, says the president of FrancoQueer, which is a serious brake on its use.

In addition, Mr. Baudry regretted that doctors were not aware of the preventive use of the drug and that it was often the patient’s responsibility to inform the healthcare professionals.

For the president of FrancoQueer, it is clear that better education could make a big difference in the use of this drug.