North Saskatchewan River Infected by whirling disease

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has confirmed the presence of whirling disease in the North Saskatchewan River watershed in Alberta.

According to the agency, the watersheds of the Bow River, Oldman River and Red Deer River are also already affected.

The Government states, however, that all fish in the affected areas are not contaminated by the disease.

Friday’s statement gives the federal government a role in the fight against trout disease in Canada.

A fish was first detected with the disease at Johnson Lake in Banff National Park in 2016 , but the disease subsequently spread to several watersheds in southern Alberta.

Peter Giamberardino, coordinator of the provincial whirling disease program, told CBC the disease was detected in the North Saskatchewan after sampling and surveillance work conducted in 2017.

“We know that once it’s in the wild, it’s there to stay,” he said.

“So we can’t treat the disease or eradicate it, but what we can do is really prevent the spread of the disease and do our best to protect those natural trout populations that have yet to be exposed or impacted by the disease.

The name of the disease comes from the fact that fish swim in a circular fashion when they are infected. The tournis is cold water salmonids such as salmon, trout and whitefish. The disease is not harmful to humans.

The Government of Alberta encourages fishers to clean and dry their equipment to prevent the spread of the parasite that causes the disease.

First Grand Prix Diving in Calgary

A diving competition organized by the International Swimming Federation (FINA) brings together 111 divers from 19 countries from May 10 to May 13 at the Repsol Sports Center in Calgary.

At the FINA Diving Grand Prix, top athletes will challenge each other in an individual jump, a synchronized or mixed duo, diving platforms three and ten meters high.

Caeli McKay, Meaghan Benfeito’s new 10m synchro partner, is from Calgary.

At age 18, it’s the first time she will compete in a competition of this magnitude in her hometown.

I’m stressed, but especially excited to dive into the pool where I started at the age of 5 years.

Caeli McKay, diver

Global selections

The Canadian stage of the FINA Diving Grand Prix is ​​the last major competition before the Diving World Cup, which will be held June 5-10 in Wuhan, China.

This is the last chance for many athletes to be selected.

“I’m already in a good position for the qualification, reassures Vincent Riendeau, a Quebec diver. But I’m going to try to improve my scores here, because of course the other divers will also want to qualify.”

Alberta dentist foundl guilty of professional misconduct

Accused of causing irreversible brain damage in his 4-year-old patient, Dr. William Mather was convicted on Friday of professional misconduct. The Alberta Dental Association and College found that he had committed serious offenses before and after anesthesia.

Amber Athwal had undergone dental surgery under general anesthesia at William Mather’s office in September 2016. She had suffered a cardiac arrest after the procedure and was rushed to hospital undergoing respiratory assistance. She spent several months in the hospital and was able to find, in part only, the use of its members and speech.

Dr. Mather, now retired, faced five charges of professional misconduct. The college opened its trial in October and found him guilty on all five counts.

“Dr. Mather has committed serious violations of his professional and moral duty,” concluded the report by the college.

Amber’s father, Ramandeep Singh Athwal, said his family was satisfied with this judgment. “We are grateful [to the college] for taking our case seriously and helping us find answers,” he said.

“On the other hand, we are heartbroken to know that all this could have been avoided,” added the father.

The college determined that Dr. Mather had failed in his duty:

  • to obtain Amber’s parents’ informed consent and to discuss with them the risks and benefits of treatment and general anesthesia;
  • to establish whether the girl had drunk and ate before anesthesia;
  • to ensure that the anesthetic gases were extinguished before leaving the room;
  • to maintain Amber under perfusion during the postoperative phase;
  • correctly monitor Amber’s vital signs during and after surgery;
  • to ensure that Amber was continuously monitored by a competent and qualified staff member;
  • to ensure that a physical examination was conducted, including a pre-anesthetic evaluation.

The college also concluded that Dr. Mather had not responded adequately to the emergency. He did not, for example, call the helpers quickly enough.

“Unfortunately, Dr. Mather and his staff […] were not fully trained or prepared to prevent and manage this medical emergency,” wrote Jack Scott, president of the college court.

The next step will be to decide the penalty against the dentist. The girl’s family sued Dr. Mather for $26.5 million.


Depriving British Columbia of Alberta oil would be devastating, say experts

Alberta’s threat to cut off oil deliveries to British Columbia to secure the future of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion should be taken very seriously, analysts say.

On Thursday, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced that her government will introduce a bill to this effect.

Dan McTeague, Chief Analyst for GasBuddy, is forecasting a $2-per-liter price increase for British Columbian consumers if such a scenario occurs.

Rachel Notley says the goal is to convince British Columbia’s leaders not to go after the Trans Mountain project, which promises to triple the amount of oil transported by the existing pipeline.

“If the Horgan government does not take this situation seriously, it is understood that consumers will take it seriously,” says McTeague.

A harder tone

The Prime Minister said that her government will introduce a bill that will allow it to act flexibly when needed. Oil, but also natural gas could be affected, and the province does not rule out measures that could penalize not only British Columbia but the rest of the country.

Rachel Notley says the goal is to convince BC leaders not to attack Trans Mountain while creating the least negative impact for residents. “We do not want to create a crisis, we will be measured and cautious,” she promised.

This statement contrasts with the more conciliatory tone adopted by the Alberta premier in recent weeks. She suspended the wine embargo against British Columbia, which she accused of blocking the Trans Mountain project. Victoria had meanwhile brought the case to justice.

This hardening brings the New Democrats’ position closer to that of the official opposition, the Alberta Conservatives.

Visiting British Columbia on Monday, their leader, Jason Kenney, spoke of an interruption in Alberta’s oil deliveries and the imposition of British Columbia natural gas tolls via Alberta.

The Conservative leader wanted a stronger position from the Notley government for several months. “The government has accepted my position that must be done to the end,” he said Thursday.

In British Columbia, Environment Minister George Heyman does not expect this threat to be implemented. “I see no reason to believe that Alberta will take unfair measures,” he said.

He adds that his government is only defending the interests of the province.

The Prime Minister said that her government will introduce a bill that will allow it to act flexibly when needed. Oil, but also natural gas could be affected, and the province does not rule out measures that could penalize not only British Columbia but the rest of the country.

Rachel Notley says the goal is to convince BC leaders not to attack Trans Mountain while creating the least negative impact for residents. “We do not want to create a crisis, we will be measured and cautious,” she promised.

In British Columbia, Environment Minister George Heyman does not expect this threat to be implemented.

This move would be “unprecedented,” according to Simon Fraser University political scientist Nicolas Kenny. He noted, however, that it is difficult to predict how much the discussions around the Trans Mountain project could escalate.

“The more this debate grows, the more we risk seeing a constitutional crisis around this issue,” he concludes.

Vancouver approves 39 women’s modular housing units

The City of Vancouver has approved the construction of a temporary modular housing project for women in the Downtown Eastside.

Atira Resources for Women, a non-profit organization, will manage the 39 units located at 525 Powell Street.

The agency will also provide tenant support services, including meals and health programs.

The apartments of 23 square meters will be equipped with their own bathroom and kitchenette. Seven of them will be designed to be wheelchair accessible.

On the other hand, the building will include shared rooms, including a kitchen, laundry room, and meeting rooms.

This is the most recent announcement in a series of similar projects. The province is investing $ 300 million over the next two years to build 2000 temporary housing units in British Columbia.

Construction on Powell Street is scheduled to begin in May.

So far, 156 modular housing units have been approved by the municipality and 104 proposed units are pending.

Greenhouse gases caused by cities underestimated, study finds

The goods and services we consume, most of which are imported, would be the main source of urban greenhouse gas emissions. This is the conclusion of a new C40 Cities study, presented Tuesday at the International Conference on Climate Change, held in Edmonton.

This is the first study that takes into account the greenhouse gas emissions generated by consumption in so many cities, nearly 80.

The authors took into account aspects of daily life such as buying food and clothing, cultural outings and online shopping.

Until then, most cities measured their greenhouse gas emissions based on the goods and services produced in their territory, rather than those consumed there.

With this new measure, the authors of the study estimate that the greenhouse gases emitted by cities are 60% higher than what could be calculated in the past.

C40 Cities is a network of some 100 major cities around the world, including Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal, engaged in the fight against climate change.

New levers of action for cities

According to Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities, the study provides a more complete picture of the causes of climate change.

“Greenhouse gas emissions have increased by 60% since the Kyoto Protocol, and continue to grow,” he says, “despite the fact that many countries and cities have reduced their emissions using the traditional measurement method. So, clearly, something is missing. ”

The conclusions of the study, he hopes, will give local politicians new means of action.

Beyond the issues of transportation and housing, cities should review, for example, how they get their supplies, or the choice of materials used in construction sites.

Victoria residents demand access to a public waterway

Victoria residents say private landowners block public access to a popular watercourse.

They cite a study by the Veins of Life Watershed Society and the University of Victoria, which noted that access to the Gorge Stream was hampered at 87 locations.

According to Calvin Sandborn, director of the University’s legal center, “private” and “no-go” signs are posted on public property at certain locations near the seven-kilometer estuary.

“The problem is that the public land near the water is privatized by neighboring landowners,” he says.

Mr. Sandborn added that sub-divisions in the area require access to the watercourse every 200 meters.

“What often happens is that landowners take possession of these lands and build carports, terraces, gardens and fences, or put their bins to compost. ”

The Association and the University presented the results of their study to the Saanich District Council, in addition to a call to action to notify landowners and begin to clarify public entry points.

In a statement, Saanich District says it has conveyed these concerns to the construction department, regulations, licensing and legal services.

Federal subsidy for employee training in Manitoba

The Manitoba government announced Thursday the companies in the province that will receive a Canada job grant.

The announcement took place at the offices of Tactica Interactive, a strategy and multi-platform digital media company located in St. Boniface.

A total of 3,600 employees from 137 private companies across the province will benefit from nearly $8 million to improve their training, including HyLife.

As a result of this grant, companies can apply for funding for skills training to get work.

This can affect various areas such as truck and transport mechanics, carpentry and computer science.

Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart says grant programs like this one help tremendously in attracting people to Manitoba.

It’s a very successful program to keep Manitobans trained and to attract new people to Manitoba.

Ian Wishart, Minister of Education and Training

St. Boniface MP Daniel Vandal, who was on hand for the announcement, says many private employers in the province are benefiting from this grant this year. He is also pleased that the announcement is made in his riding.

For me, it’s always good when ministers and premiers recognize the importance of St. Boniface in Manitoba.

Daniel Vandal, Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface

Daniel Vandal explains that under this program the federal government funds training up to a maximum of $10,000.

Pipeline Dispute: BC Will Ask Courts to Decide

The British Columbia government will ask the courts to clarify the scope of its right to protect its shores against bitumen spills, Premier John Horgan said in a news conference.

“We believe it is in our rights to put in place measures to protect our environment, our economy and our coasts from the serious consequences of a diluted bitumen spill,” says Horgan.

British Columbia wants to confirm this right in court, says the Prime Minister.

The government will seek the assistance of legal experts to prepare for this request for referral to court.

Alberta suspends embargo

Premier Rachel Notley reiterates Thursday that British Columbia does not have the constitutional right to go against a federal decision. She says she’s sure the court will agree.

“Alberta will not back down in this battle,” says the Premier, even though she decides to lift the ban on British Columbia wine imports pending removal. For now, she plans to start buying British Columbia wine again.

The consultation period

John Horgan took advantage of the press briefing to announce that the consultation period on risk assessment and a strategy for a diluted bitumen spill will begin shortly.

The provincial government committed to it last January and that is, in fact, what caused the conflict between British Columbia and Alberta.

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.