Nova Scotia seniors and their families will no longer be required to pay security deposits before entering nursing homes. “We promised to eliminate the burden on seniors and their families caused by security deposits and we have delivered,” said Health Minister Maureen MacDonald. “It’s another commitment we have kept to make life better for families.” The Department of Health announced today, Feb. 10, that effective immediately, nursing homes and residential care facilities licensed by the department will no longer be permitted to charge security deposits to residents. In some nursing homes in the province, security deposit charges could range anywhere from $900 to $4,700, depending on the client’s daily accommodation rate and whether the home requires a 30 day, 60 day or 90 day deposit. The regulatory change prohibiting security deposits will require current security deposits to be refunded by April 12. Ms. MacDonald said the change is not expected to have any impact on nursing home operators, because bad debt has not been a serious problem. “Seniors welcome the elimination of security deposits in long-term care facilities,” said Group of IX spokesperson Jack Hatcher. “They’ve been an unnecessary burden for years.” The Group of IX represents seniors’ organizations in the province.
Nova Scotia is built to build ships and the province is investing in the next generation of shipbuilders. The province, through jobsHere, the province’s plan to create good jobs and grow the economy, will invest more than $190,000 in a new metal fabrication program at Nova Scotia Community College beginning in September. “One of the main goals of the jobsHere strategy is to help Nova Scotians learn the right skills to land good jobs and that is what this investment is all about,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “Nova Scotia has a proud history of shipbuilding, and the future looks bright. This is an investment in jobs, in education, and in future generations of shipbuilders in Nova Scotia.” Metal fabricators cut, bend and assemble metal into structures, and these skills are essential to key Nova Scotia industries such as shipbuilding, heavy machinery and structural steel and manufacturing plants. The provincial investment included $67,200 to redevelop the metal fabrication apprenticeship curriculum and $123,000 to buy equipment to support a second section of the metal fabrication diploma program at NSCC. The new, re-developed program will continue at the Marconi Campus in Sydney and the additional section will be offered at the Akerley Campus in Dartmouth. Irving Shipbuilding Inc. donated 25 state-of-the-art welding stations and supplies worth $112,500 as part of its commitment to industrial and regional benefits for the Mid-Shore Patrol Vessel construction program at Halifax Shipyard. These welding machines will be used by students in the new metal fabrication lab at the Akerley Campus. “This new program is a prime example of the province of Nova Scotia and NSCC responding to a growing labour force need,” said Steve Durrell, president, Irving Shipbuilding. “Steel fabrication is a huge part of the shipbuilding industry and, based on our current order book of projects, we will need more steel fabricators at Irving Shipbuilding over the next five to seven years. The number of apprentices in our workforce peaked at 300 last year, a clear indication that we have already begun in earnest to invest in the shipbuilders of tomorrow. It certainly made the decision to invest in new welding equipment to support this new program an easy one.” Another dozen employers from Nova Scotia’s steel manufacturing industry have donated $119,500. “The input we received from employers and the workforce development experts at the Department of Labour and Advanced Education is just as valuable as their financial contributions,” said Don Bureaux, president, NSCC. “Their knowledge, insight and experience is infused in this program, which means our students are learning exactly what they need to build careers, and futures, right here at home in Nova Scotia.” Irving Shipbuilding Inc. is the single largest employer of apprentices in Nova Scotia. Premier Dexter said it’s this kind of commitment to skills and training that makes the company the best choice to build Canada’s fleet. “This new program is a demonstration of the possibilities created when government, industry and educators work together,” said Premier Dexter. “It’s what makes Nova Scotia built to build.”
— Seven companies committed to additional growth in the province and this activity from investment attraction clients is forecasted to generate an average salary of $51,316. –- Seventeen business financing projects were authorized, and six companies have enhanced their productivity using the Strategic Investment Fund. — Under NSBI’s venture capital division, four projects were authorized. “Although our economy has clearly seen the impact of global turbulence, we still have seen some success in Nova Scotia, and now is the time to be even more strategic and vigilant,” said Stephen Lund, president and CEO of NSBI. “There is a lot more we can do to help our clients and partners stay aggressive and proactive so we can continue to see world-class business growth in the province and around the world.” The 2010-11 annual report measures NSBI against goals from its 2010-11 business plan. For more information on NSBI’s results, visit www.novascotiabusiness.com/Report2011 . Nova Scotia Business Inc. is the province’s private-sector-led business development agency. Through trade development, investment attraction, business financing and venture capital, NSBI helps local companies and attracts international businesses to Nova Scotia. Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) and its partners continued to help local and international companies as they seized opportunities to compete and grow across the province and internationally in 2010-11. NSBI released its ninth annual report today, Oct. 6, which covers the fiscal period from April 1, 2010, to March 31, 2011. “With the work of agencies like NSBI and business development partners across the province, we continue to position our people and businesses to compete successfully, create good jobs in Nova Scotia and contribute to a growing economy,” said Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris. Based on activity by its clients in the past fiscal year, the province’s business development agency projects $142 million in potential payroll creation. “I’ve witnessed the transformative power of global competitiveness in my role with NSBI,” said Jim Eisenhauer, chair of NSBI’s board of directors. “Meeting the changing demands of a global economy fuels innovation and boosts productivity. This, in turn, creates good jobs and drives economic growth.” Some highlights of the annual report include: In collaboration with partners, NSBI’s trade services helped 328 companies expand existing markets and explore new markets.
Schools across the province are celebrating Stand Up Against Bullying Day today, Sept. 10. Since 2007, government and education partners recognize the second Thursday in September as Stand Up Against Bullying Day. Students, teachers and administrators wear pink to support putting a stop to bullying and cyberbullying. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey joined students and staff at John MacNeil Elementary in Dartmouth to participate in anti-bullying celebrations. “Schools have really embraced anti-bullying and have worked hard to make progress on this very important issue,” said Ms. Casey. “While it is important that we reaffirm our commitment to stop bullying, I commend the students, teachers and staff that work to end bullying all year round.” To help combat bullying and other unacceptable behaviours, government introduced a provincewide Code of Conduct Policy which came into effect on Sept. 1. The code strengthens a school’s ability to respond effectively to unacceptable behaviours, including bullying and cyberbullying, violence, and all forms of harassment. Parents and students can watch a short video about it at http://dvl.ednet.ns.ca/videos/provincial-school-code-conduct and can read the full policy at https://www.ednet.ns.ca/educationreview/ . Teachers, parents, students and community members can report incidents of cyberbullying to CyberSCAN by calling 1-855-702-8324 (toll-free) or 902-424-6990. More information can be found at http://cyberscan.novascotia.ca/. For more information on bullying and cyberbullying, where to go for help, and ways to report visit www.antibullying.novascotia.ca .
Nova Scotians will continue to receive quality health-care advice and support through 811 when Medavie’s Emergency Medical Care Inc. assumes operation of the service on Nov. 1. McKesson Canada, the current vendor, has chosen to transition its telecare service over to Emergency Medical Care Inc. Provisions within the contract awarded in 2014 allows McKesson to move the existing contract to another vendor. There will be no disruption or changes in the services as a result of this transfer. The same trusted, well-trained staff who currently answer calls will remain employed and the cost of the service will remain the same to taxpayers, as all provisions of McKesson’s contract will move to the new company. Telecare includes access to registered nurses who provide advice about everything from abdominal and chest pain to rashes, coughs, nausea and vomiting. The service also provides support for smoking cessation and problem gambling through trained counselors. It is available around the clock in over 120 languages and last year, more than 120,000 Nova Scotians used the service.
London: Hosts and hot favourites England will know this is their best chance to lift the crown for the first time, when they take on perennial underachievers South Africa in the World Cup opener at The Oval here on Thursday. England, who are still in search of their first trophy like South Africa, have risen from the ashes of their poor campaign in the showpiece last time, following that group-stage exit by ascending to the summit of the ICC ODI rankings. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunEoin Morgan’s side boast of the most dominant batting unit in 50-over cricket and their bowling too oozes the firepower few teams can rival. Such has been England’s dominance that their 4-0 whitewash of Pakistan earlier this summer meant the Three Lions haven’t lost a multi-game series for two-and-a-half years. In the warm-up games, England faltered in their first outing losing to fellow title contenders Australia before chalking up an easy win over lesser lights Afghanistan. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-upBut other teams would very well know that these matches mean little when it comes to tournament proper where the English bat as deep as anyone with the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy boasting the highest strike-rates of any openers in ODI history to have posted more than 1,000 runs, yet still have the highest average of any pair topping the order in the competition. Joe Root is one of the world’s best batters in all formats with skipper Morgan, in-form Jos Buttler, all-rounder Ben Stokes following him to lead a talent-laden cast of cricketers. In men’s ODI history, only 20 players have ever averaged over 25 with the bat at a strike-rate over 100.
Paris: Torrential rain caused a complete washout of quarter-final action at Roland Garros on Wednesday with Novak Djokovic and Simona Halep amongst the biggest victims.It is the second time since 2016 that all French Open play was cancelled and third since 2000.The decision left world number one Djokovic and defending women’s championHalep facing having to play their quarter-finals on Thursday and semi-finals on Friday if they get through. With the women’s final setfor Saturday, third seed Halep could end up playing three days in a row. Djokovic had been due to face German fifth seed Alexander Zverev on Court Philippe Chatrier on Wednesday as was Halep who was up against American teenager Amanda Anisimova. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunOn Court Suzanne Lenglen, America’s Madison Keys was due to face Australia’s Ashleigh Barty before 2018 runner-up Dominic Thiem clashed with Russia’s Karen Khachanov. The first quarter-finals had been completed on Tuesday with 11-time champion Rafael Nadal setting up a Friday semi-final against old rival Roger Federer. Johanna Konta and Marketa Vondrousova also won Tuesday with their semi-final, originally set for Thursday, to be played on Friday. Agencies
Rampur (UP): Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan’s name has been put on an online list of land mafias by the district administration here following FIRs registered against him, drawing strong protest from his party which raised the issue in UP Legislative Council alleging that he is being framed in “fake” cases.The state BJP government dismissed the SP’s allegations, asserting it is treating everyone the same and the action is not driven by any political vendetta. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The name of the Rampur MP has been put on the list of anti land mafia portal of the state government on Thursday after FIRs were lodged against him on land-grabbing charges,” Additional District Magistrate (Administration) JP Gupta told PTI. “The listing was done by SDM Sadar,” he said. The former Uttar Pradesh minister was named in the FIRs lodged in connection with alleged forcible acquisition of land for Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, of which he is the founder and Chancellor. Also Read – 14-yr-old girl raped, strangled to death in UP’s ShamliDistrict Magistrate A K Singh said that the “farmers had claimed that Azam Khan had acquired their land for Jauhar University through coercion”. “The name of those who have acquired someone’s land with alleged criminal acts and continue to have possession over it are included in the list on the portal,” the DM pointed out. The Samajwadi Party, however, alleged that the move was a conspiracy by the Rampur District Magistrate to defame Khan and the university. SP president Akhilesh Yadav has constituted a 21-member committee, led by leader of opposition in the Legislative Council Ahmad Hasan, to “probe” “fake cases” lodged against Khan in Rampur. Proceedings in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council were disrupted on Friday as Samajwadi Party members protested the registration of cases against Khan, terming them as “fake”. As soon as the House assembled at 11.00 am, Leader of the Opposition Ahmad Hasan raised the issue. He said, “Nearly a dozen cases have been registered against senior SP leader Azam Khan. The most painful thing is that he has taken land for building a university and not for any personal gains. In which direction is the government going? Azam Khan is a land mafia?”
VANCOUVER – The case of a British Columbia man found not criminally responsible for killing his three children because of a mental illness is up for review, two years after a provincial board opened the door to him receiving supervised day trips.Allan Schoenborn has yet to be granted escorted day passes, despite the B.C. Review Board delegating the authority to grant them in May 2015 to the director of the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital in suburban Vancouver.Schoenborn stabbed his 10-year-old daughter Kaitlynne and smothered his two sons Max and Cordon, eight and five, at the family’s home in Merritt in April 2008. A court ruled he was experiencing psychosis at the time and believed he was saving his children from a life of crime, and physical and sexual abuse.Schoenborn’s annual review board hearing is scheduled for Wednesday. His lawyers, Diane Nielsen and Dante Abbey, have not said whether they will request any changes to their client’s custody order.“Nobody wants an untreated and potentially dangerous person on the street,” Abbey said in an interview.“The board is ultimately responsible for striking that balance … between protection of the public and safety. And, frankly, they’re not doing a bad job.”Escorted outings are typically brief, lasting no longer than two hours, Nielsen and Abbey said in an email. Patients are accompanied by at least two staff members and visits are planned at pre-arranged locations near the hospital.The Crown is also applying separately in B.C. Supreme Court to have Schoenborn designated a high-risk accused, which would end the possibility of any outings, and extend the time between annual review hearings up to three years. Only a new court order could reverse the designation.Former prime minister Stephen Harper used Schoenborn as an example when introducing the new designation, which can be applied to people found not criminally responsible because of mental disorder.Lawyer Rishi Gill, who represents Schoenborn in the high-risk accused proceedings, described the change as a “huge waste of resources” that punishes people with mental illness.“This legislation is purely political,” Gill said, adding that Schoenborn’s next appearance in that case is scheduled for mid-June.The 2015 review board decision says Schoenborn was diagnosed as having a delusional disorder, a substance abuse disorder and paranoid personality traits, but his symptoms have been in remission for many years.The document also describes how Schoenborn has suffered “significant negative attention” while in custody because of the notoriety of his offences including taunts, name-calling, threats and physical assault.The B.C. Review Board sits in panels of three and can order someone to remain in custody or grant them either a conditional or absolute discharge. Custody orders can be tailored to individual cases, Nielsen explained.Schoenborn’s most recent review hearing was in May 2015. He consented to forego a hearing in 2016 while hearings were held on whether he should be designated a high-risk accused.— Follow @gwomand on Twitter
WINNIPEG – The home of the National Hockey League Winnipeg Jets is getting a new name.After 13 years as MTS Centre, the downtown arena is being renamed Bell MTS Place.The change reflects the recent takeover by Bell Canada of MTS. There are no other changes to MTS’s naming agreement that expires in 2021.Jets co-owner Mark Chipman says since there is already a Bell Centre in Montreal, using the word “place” in the new moniker avoids any potential confusion.The arena opened in 2004 and was initially home to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League.In 2011, the Jets moved in after being relocated from Atlanta.“It’s been an era where building name changes have been common. I think we’re one of the longest-standing-name buildings in the country and we’re really proud of that,” Chipman said Tuesday.“I love the fact that Bell has kept the MTS name as a part of their name going forward.”
NORFOLK, Va. – An 89-year-old Canadian woman has been evacuated from a cruise ship off the Atlantic coast after exhibiting signs of a heart attack.The Coast Guard said Sunday that it responded to a call Saturday afternoon from the cruise ship Insignia, which was 80 miles southeast of Cape Lookout, North Carolina.A helicopter from the Coast Guard Station in Elizabeth City, North Carolina responded and arrived at the ship about two hours later.The woman, a Canadian, was hoisted to the helicopter and taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital for treatment.A nurse from the cruise ship accompanied her.Oceana Cruises’ website describes the Insignia as an 11-deck ship that accommodates nearly 700 cruisers.The coast guard and the hospital couldn’t say where in Canada the woman was from.
Six stories in the news for Thursday, Aug. 10———B.C. TO OUTLINE NEXT STEPS ON TRANS MOUNTAINTwo key NDP cabinet ministers in British Columbia are expected to outline the government’s next steps today on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. No details have been revealed about the announcement by Attorney General David Eby and Environment Minister George Heyman, but the future of the $7.4-billion project has been heavily scrutinized since the NDP government came to power.———TRUDEAU ‘PLEASED AND RELIEVED’ PASTOR FREED IN NORTH KOREAAn Ontario church is celebrating the release of its pastor from a North Korean prison on “sick bail” more than two years after he was arrested for crimes against the state and sentenced to life with hard labour. In a statement early today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he was “pleased and relieved” that Hyeon Soo Lim had been released and that the government is working to ensure he receives whatever medical attention he needs.———B.C. TOURISM AFFECTED BY WILDFIRESTourism officials are starting to assess the impact of devastating wildfires in British Columbia and have received mixed feedback on the toll so far on the travel sector. Maya Lange of Destination BC, the province’s tourism planning and marketing corporation, says businesses outside the fire zone have reported cancellations. Lange says data reflecting the financial cost of the fires won’t be ready for another two to three months.———SOLDIERS TO HELP HANDLE ASYLUM SEEKS AT QUEBEC BORDERAbout 100 soldiers have set up camp near the Quebec-U.S. border to help fellow authorities cope with the crush of asylum seekers crossing into Canada. More than two dozen tents have been erected to accommodate up to 500 people. The soldiers will have no role in security and will not take part in any law-enforcement duties. A Quebec government official says 2,620 people asylum seekers are currently being housed in temporary accommodation in Montreal.———ONE DEAD IN SARNIA, ONT., AFTER SUSPECTED OPIOID USEPolice in Sarnia, Ont., have issued a public safety notice after one person died and two others were taken to hospital last evening due to suspected drug overdoses. Police say the drug involved was thought to be cocaine but is now believed to have been laced with the dangerous opioid fentanyl. Police say the three overdoses occurred over five hours.———CHASE THE ACE FEVER BUILDS IN NEWFOUNDLANDThe chase for the elusive ace of spades will continue in Newfoundland after huge crowds descended packed a community on the outskirts of St. John’s for a chance to win the $1.42-million jackpot. George Chaulk of Goulds had the lucky ticket to draw a card last night, but drew the nine of spades for a consolation prize is $185,014. Chase the Ace is like a 50-50 draw in which players buy numbered tickets for about $5 each.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq chiefs will meet with AFN national chief Perry Bellegarde and Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould in Wolfville.— Alberta Premier Rachel Notley will tour Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project in Hardistay.
CALGARY – A leadership candidate for Alberta’s new conservative party says he hopes organizers of the Calgary Pride parade will reconsider and allow the party to participate.Brian Jean, who was Opposition leader in the legislature, said Monday he is disappointed with a decision by organizers on the weekend to reject the United Conservative Party’s request to join the parade. They said the party doesn’t have a clear policy stance on issues such as sexual diversity.Jean said he had asked to march in the parade and has always championed diversity and tolerance.“I have many family members who are gay and I know the community. Frankly I’m just disappointed,” Jean said after outlining his education platform as part of the leadership race.“Possibly they’ll have a change of heart and hopefully they will. This is all about uniting people and putting aside differences and divisiveness.”Jean’s campaign organizers said that while plans are not firm, he is aiming to attend as a spectator.Organizers have invited party members to take a workshop on topics such as sexual health and gender diversity. Calgary Pride president Jason Kingsley did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The party says interim leader Nathan Cooper will attend the parade as a spectator and all members of caucus have been invited to join him.“While we are disappointed to not be participating in this year’s parade, we respect the organizing committee’s decision and look forward to showing our support for Calgary’s LGBTQ community as spectators,” said caucus spokeswoman Samantha Johnston in an email.“Plans to attend a course offered by the Calgary Sexual Health Centre are in motion and final scheduling is being confirmed.”Jason Kenney, former federal cabinet minister and leadership candidate for the new party, does not plan to attend.“Mr. Kenney is always happy to attend events to which he is invited,” said campaign spokeswoman Annie Dormuth in a statement. “We have not received an invitation to this event.“On Sept. 3rd, (Kenney) is committed to attending and speaking at several large multicultural community events to which he has been invited.”Fellow leadership candidate Doug Schweitzer said he will come watch the parade with his family and other supporters.“It’s important that all Albertans know that their leaders are there and that they’re supportive of different communities across Alberta,” said Schweitzer, who has made social progressive issues a key plank in his platform.“Obviously we have a lot of work to do to build trust with the LGBTQ community.”Jeff Callaway, who is also running to lead the party, said he had originally planned to march in the parade, but will probably go as a spectator.“Treating people fairly and respectfully is just part of the foundation of our party, as it should be for any political party,” said Callaway.The UCP was created last month after members of the Progressive Conservative and Wildrose parties voted overwhelmingly to join forces. A new leader is to be picked in October. That’s to be followed by a founding convention.Both the PCs and Wildrose had strained relationships with the LGBTQ community.The Wildrose party lost the 2012 general election in part due to its refusal in the campaign’s final days to sanction a candidate who once warned gays to repent or face eternity in hell’s “lake of fire.”The PCs faced a backlash in government over their handling of gay-straight alliances before passing legislation acceptable to all sides in early 2015.By law, students in any school can now form gay-straight alliances if they wish. The alliances are peer support networks designed to help young people better understand each other and to help LGBTQ students feel welcome.Kenney has been criticized for urging that parents, in some circumstances, be told if their children attend a gay-straight alliance. Critics say that could out kids before they are ready and put them at risk of family estrangement or worse.— By Dean Bennett in Edmonton
A church group is being pressured to cancel two speakers at a conference in Pugwash, N.S., next month, amid concerns they promote a homophobic message to young people.The event at Camp Pugwash, a venue owned by the Maritime Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, is scheduled to run from July 20 to 28, in a week-long conference open to families.Michael Carducci and Danielle Harrison are invited as “youth speakers” at the event. They are leaders of Coming Out Ministries, an Ohio-based Christian group led by “redeemed souls” who tell their personal stories about being “freed from the chains of homosexuality” to follow God.Two Halifax LGBTQ groups — Pride Halifax and the Youth Project — have co-authored a petition asking the church to rescind the invitation, expressing concern that the speakers’ message promotes techniques similar to conversion therapy, the practice of trying to change people’s sexual orientation.“Exposing young people to these messages is extremely problematic and they have no place in modern discourse,” said Adam Reid, executive director of Pride Halifax, who said community members will discuss next steps at a meeting this week.“We want to make sure the organizers of this conference are well aware of the risk and rescind this invite to visitors from the United States.”Reid said his organization decided to make the petition public after first reaching out to the church and receiving no indication that the event would be cancelled.The Maritime Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church did not respond to requests for comment from The Canadian Press. Stan Jensen, the Canadian media representative for the church, said in an e-mail last Thursday that he was not aware of any plans to cancel “as of yet.”The Halifax Seventh-day Adventist Church said over Facebook messenger that the church does not promote conversion therapy and said the church is “making this a matter of prayer.”The message also said the accusations of conversion therapy practices against Coming Out Ministries speakers have been “disproven many times.”The Canadian Psychological Association, which condemns conversion therapy, defines it as “any formal therapeutic attempt to change the sexual orientation of bisexual, gay and lesbian individuals to heterosexual,” using methods including “prayer or religious rites, modification of behaviours, and individual or group counselling.”Coming Out Ministries does not claim to offer the therapy — the group’s work is self-described as sharing personal testimonials about the spiritual benefits of leaving behind a person’s homosexual identity.Coming Out Ministries’ website describes the group as led by “four redeemed souls [who] have been plucked from the burning and have joined in a united front to provide education, hope and personal stories of God’s redemptive process.”Carducci and Harrison share their stories about living an openly gay life, before saying they left it behind after hearing Jesus’ teachings. Their speaking engagements and videos are meant to share their stories, so audiences have the opportunity to “[realize] how God’s generous healing for the sexually impure is parallel to the healing process of all sin.”The group also writes that heterosexuality “is not the only plan for His precious children, but is the only one He condones regarding sexual intimacy.”Reid said the suggestion that homosexuality and homosexual acts are impure and unwelcome in the church will have the same negative impact on youth, regardless of whether conversion therapy is used.“They’re not perhaps actually encouraging people to go through a conversation therapy process, the end goal is still the same-to try to get people to deny their sexual and gender identity, which is we know deeply, deeply harmful.”In an interview with The Canadian Press, Reid said that as conversion therapy becomes more widely rejected — the City of Vancouver recently introduced a bylaw banning the practice — people who condone the practice are becoming more cautious with their wording.“At this point they’re dancing around the issue. They’re saying the things that people who support, or might condone these sorts of messages, cling to and will further support. So, they’re just getting a little bit clever with the language used,” said Reid.Earlier this month, a New Brunswick retreat featuring speakers who promoted “healing” for the “relationally and sexually broken” was cancelled.Seventh-day Adventist Kinship International, a support group for “current or former Adventists who identify as LGBTIQ,” published a statement calling on the Maritime conference to rescind the invitation.“SDA Kinship believes that by promoting these voices as representative of the entire experience within the LGBTIQ community, even though they do not currently identify as such, the church is elevating stories that portray all LGBTIQ people as damaged, sex addicts, drug and alcohol abusers, unfaithful in relationships, and utterly lost if they do not follow the same path of these self-identified ‘redeemed’ individuals. This is not only unfortunate; it is dangerous,” the statement said.A change.org petition was started last week by a person who says the Maritime Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church has invited Coming Out Ministries to Atlantic Canada before.Matt DeMerchant wrote that Coming Out Ministries visited Sandy Lake Academy, a Bedford, N.S., school affiliated with the Maritime conference, while he was a student.“I became deeply depressed after hearing their message, and even had suicidal thoughts. I was pushed further and further from God and from His church. Their message is dangerous. I have since found peace within myself. I have found God and will never stop worshiping Him, but I still lead a homosexual lifestyle,” DeMerchant wrote.“This is a direct attack on those of us who wish to continue our faith in God and feel safe in our churches.”DeMerchant could not be reached for comment, and Sandy Lake Academy administrators also did not respond to interview requests.Reid said his organization plans to continue calling for cancellation.“Obviously first we’d like to see them cancel, rescind the invite,” said Reid. “Then, you know, it would obviously be nice for them to then make some kind of comment saying this is problematic and we’re going to do some internal review to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
TORONTO – The Ontario fire marshal’s office says it will conduct tests this fall to better understand how hand-held fuel containers could ignite and inadvertently become flame-throwers when used around products like ethanol-fuelled lamps and recreational fire pits.The analysis comes as the office said it has noted four incidents in the last six years where the phenomenon — known as flame jetting — has occurred, leaving people with horrific injuries and, in one case, killing a woman.“The impact of the injuries and fatalities are extreme on the people who are directly involved or in the area when it happens,” said Jeff Tebby, a supervisor with the quality assurance and risk management unit at the Office of Ontario’s Fire Marshal, which conducts fire investigations and provides fire safety guidelines in the province.The office’s testing will look at the factors behind flame jetting, and will eventually result in a report to Health Canada, Tebby said, noting it would be up to the federal agency to decide what to do with the findings.The results of the testing will also help the fire marshal office’s staff if they are called to testify about flame jetting in court, he said.Flame jetting occurs when fuel is poured on products like lamps and fire pits that appear to be extinguished but aren’t, Tebby explained. Flames follow fuel fumes back to the fuel container, travel inside and combust. That propels liquid fuel out, turning the container into a flame-thrower, Tebby said.“The person who is doing the pouring is usually not the one hurt, it’s the victim in the direct path of the flame jet,” he said.One way to guard against the phenomenon is by having a flame arrester — plastic or wire mesh that absorbs heat from a container and prevents fire from travelling inside — on fuel containers, said Tebby, noting that it’s up to the product’s manufacturer to install one.The four incidents of flame jetting the office is aware of all involved ethanol-fuelled appliances, Tebby said, adding that Health Canada was notified of the one that involved a fatality.Hana Engel, an Ottawa woman who suffered severe injuries after a flame-jetting incident this spring, welcomed news of the testing.Engel said she was in a friend’s backyard when a guest poured fuel on an outdoor fire pit, thinking the flames had died out. The container carrying the fuel ignited and was thrown, hitting Engel, she said.The 24-year-old said she was left with second-and third-degree burns on a third of her body and underwent extensive surgery. She has since called for firmer regulations around fire-related products.“You can’t be scared of (fire), but you can use it properly and have safety measures around it,” she said. “It’s never too late.”The fatal incident involving flame jetting that the fire marshal’s office is aware of took place in August 2016, when a Peterborough, Ont., dentist was killed after an ethanol-fuelled lamp exploded.Dr. Judith Buys was sitting near the lamp at a cottage when a friend, who thought the lamp’s flame had gone out, tried to re-fuel it, Buys’ family said.Flames that flew out of the open refuelling container hit Buys, who died of severe injuries days later, said her husband, who is currently suing the maker of the lamp, alleging its product was unsafe.James McGorman said it’s time for rules around fuel containers to change and called for flame arresters to be required on all containers with volatile substances.“It’s time we had some action,” he said.Health Canada said ethanol bottles are subjected to regulation under the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act, which requires the products to be labelled correctly with warnings of possible hazard. The rules contain no information about flame arresters.One company that makes products like fire pits and lamps, and also sells bottles that contain fuel, said it puts instructions on its products warning users not to pour fuel directly onto a fire.“It’s kind of a common-sense product,” said Justin Orr, sales director of Bio Flame, which does not make the fuel containers it sells. “You’d never pour fuel on a fire.”Orr said Bio Flame recommends other companies in the industry put warnings on their products too.
CALGARY – The Yes side of the Calgary 2026 bid is getting a boost from a huge ’88 legacy.Michael “Eddie” Edwards, better known as Eddie the Eagle, landed at the Calgary International Airport Sunday, telling Calgarians to “check the little box that says ‘yes’” on Nov. 13. “Vote for another Olympics!” he smiled, adding the Winter Games are a very special event.The Brit who owned hearts of Calgarians and Canadians alike in 1988 told a group of admirers and reporters waiting at YYC it’s great to be back in Calgary.“I was in Calgary for the Stampede in July so it’s always nice to come back to Calgary… I feel like this is my home–it’s where Eddie the Eagle was born shall I say.”The Eagle has landed at @FlyYYC! Eddie the Eagle is in Calgary to share his support for a Calgary 2026 Olympic Bid @660NEWS. @BTCityNewsCGY pic.twitter.com/lxxMzUVtqR— Kass Patterson (@kassonair) November 4, 2018He is not the first athlete to support the yes side of the debate; Jarome Iginla, Haley Wickenheiser, Jesse Lumsden, and Kaillie Humphries are a just a handful of the hometown heroes pushing for a yes vote.Eddie says an Olympic games can bring a lot to a city, like enthusiasm, excitement, love of sports, and camaraderie, pointing to the ’88 games. “I think back…Calgarians were so proud to host the Olympic Games. It was such a special Olympics. I’m really biased,” he said, adding it was his dream to compete in a games.“It was a fantastic Olympics.” As far as the magic of a games goes, Eddie told CityNews the Olympics are not made special by the “characters” that come out of it.READ MORE: Calgary Olympic debate shifting towards plebiscite arguments“I’m not sure if there will be other characters like myself anymore at the Olympics, but that doesn’t make the Olympics any less special. I think all the athletes that go there it’s their dream to be there and they want to do well and it’s always a very special event, and I’m hoping that will remain so despite other difficulties.”He says hopefully a 2026 Olympics will be bigger and than the games that put him on the map and says it’s time to put Calgary back in the spotlight. He added the 2026 games don’t necessarily mean Calgary needs to build new facilities. “Why build new ski jumps if you’ve already got them? Use what you’ve got.”READ MORE: The debate over Olympic infrastructure for a Calgary 2026 bidIf Calgary does vote yes and moves forward with a bid, Eddie says he will absolutely be there for it eight years from now.“Of course–if I’m still alive!” he joked.Calgarians vote in a non-binding plebiscite Nov. 13.-with files from Kass Patterson, 660 NEWS and Derek Brade, CityNews
OTTAWA — Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen says a backlog of “legacy” claims filed by refugee applicants to Canada who have been waiting over seven years for hearings will soon be cleared.Hussen says only a handful of claims remain from a backlog of that once stood at 32,000, thanks to efforts of a special task force struck to deal specifically with so-called legacy cases.The backlog was created in December 2012, when the Conservative government of the day set new deadlines for refugee hearings.The new rules said refugee hearings had to happen within 60 days.Officials at the arms-length agency that processes asylum cases struggled to meet that deadline for new claimants, so the 32,000 cases already in the system at the time were bumped to a lower-priority queue for scheduled hearings.That left thousands of asylum-seekers in limbo — on a list government will finally clear by the end of July.The Canadian Press
VANCOUVER — Uber says it has applied to operate its ride-hailing service in Metro Vancouver but not the rest of British Columbia.Michael van Hemmen, Uber’s head of western Canada, says the company remains interested in providing service across the province but proposed regulations aren’t conducive to operations in smaller municipalities.In a statement, the company says it has relayed its concerns to the provincial government about the need for a Class 4 drivers licence for its drivers, which is also required for services like limousines, ambulances and commercial truck drivers.It says there’s no empirical data that shows any safety benefit to requiring drivers to hold a Class 4 licence compared with a Class 5 licence when there’s been strict screening for safe driving history.The company says it has proposed a two-year pilot program to study the safety record of ride-hailing drivers and relevant Class 4 licence holders. The Canadian Press
Young people completing a Prince’s Trust course were last week visited by will.i.am, who saw how his £500,000 donation is making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged young people across the UK.will.i.am With Alex MorrisonCredit/Copyright: Prince’s TrustThe musician and philanthropist witnessed how his £500,000 donation, via his i.am.angel foundation, is helping young people build the digital skills they need to find a job.He was able to take part in playing a newly-created 3D printed musical instrument, created by the young people, which was today being showcased at the Barbican’s Digital Revolution exhibition, which runs until 14 September.The week-long course, Get Started with Product Design delivered in partnership with Makerversity, is designed to introduce unemployed young people to creative technologies and digital product design, building their skills, confidence and creativity so that they are able to find a job in the future.will.i.am, through his i.am.angel Foundation, has supported more than 800 disadvantaged young people through Prince’s Trust programmes focusing on technology and digital skills, following his donation in 2012. The funding has also supported a further 3,600 young people through short inspirational STEM sessions, run in partnership with the Science Museumwill.i.am said: “I am so proud that my work with The Prince’s Trust is giving young people from vulnerable backgrounds the chance to join the digital revolution and make a valuable contribution to modern society.“Around the world I have witnessed how unemployment, a lack of education, poverty and disadvantage can permeate someone’s path in life. I have no doubt that a kid from Brixton or Birmingham can create something that changes the world, with The Trust’s help.”The i.am.angel Foundation was launched by will.i.am in 2009 to transform lives through education, inspiration and opportunity.Tara Leathers, Prince’s Trust Fundraising Director said: “will.i.am’s donation has been a catalyst for The Prince’s Trust, creating a momentum that has brought technology to the forefront of our work with young people.“The aspiration is to equip tens of thousands of young people with the digital skills to help them find work and embed digital training across all of our courses. We can’t thank will enough for the generous support he has given The Trust.”Source:Prince’s Trust