On April 3, the group served Beilke with a second notice of intent to circulate a recall petition. But in a single-sentence letter sent to the City Clerk’s Office last Friday, C-TIP said it intended to halt the recall attempt. Murga said he uncovered a “technical deficiency” in the recall document that forced his group to drop the effort. He said he had referred to Beilke as mayor pro tem instead of mayor in the petition. Beilke claimed Tuesday that the group could not even gather 500 signatures. “I don’t know of anyone who even saw the petition,” he said. But Murga said his group simply ran out of time. He blasted Beilke’s estimate of the number of signatures C-TIP was able to collect. “We have never stated how many signatures we gathered,” he said. “That goes to show his arrogance.” Beilke, who has been on the council for two years, said he believes C-TIP now has 120 days to collect the needed signatures. As part of the recall process, he said he was allowed to write up a rebuttal. He said he would not do so. “Let’s put it this way, I have seven days to put my response in to be published. I didn’t even bother responding before and I won’t bother responding this time,” he said. “I have city business to attend to.” email@example.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! C-TIP claims the mayor should be removed for abuse of power and fiscal malfeasance. Murga said his group takes issue with Beilke over his support for newly rehired City Manager Chuck Fuentes and the City Council’s decision last year to close the Pico Rivera Stables. Beilke said he did not know why he was being recalled. “I don’t truly know what their reasons are, but whatever their reasons are are bogus and unfounded,” he said. It was C-TIP’s third recall attempt against the mayor. The first came to an anti-climatic end March 16, when C-TIP announced it had failed to collect the needed 5,109 voter signatures to force a special recall election. PICO RIVERA – A local political group has served Pico Rivera Mayor Ron Beilke for the third time with notice they plan to circulate a recall petition against him. Raul Murga, executive director of Pico Rivera Community for Truth in Politics – also known as C-TIP, said he served Beilke with the papers after Tuesday’s City Council meeting. The mayor showed no signs of worry Tuesday night. “It’s a waste of time like the previous two times were,” he said. “The residents absolutely ignore these people and they are happy with the progress we have been making and are more than willing to give this new council a chance. But these people \ have nothing better to do in life.”
RaphoeRAPHOE NOTES Raphoe Family Resource Centre:Hamper Winners The winners of the Family Resource Centre’s ‘Little Smiles with Big Dreams’ Parent & Toddler Group’s Christmas Hamper were: Hamper-Leah Hamilton; Gym Voucher-Rosalind Nelis; 2 bottles of wine-Susie Dunlop. The Group would like to thank Frances Brennan for sourcing and supplying the prizes, Bernard Mc Carron’s Butchers for displaying the Hamper over the past few weeks and to all those who bought and sold tickets. The total amount raised was a tremendous €395.00!The winner of the Family Resource Centre’s Christmas Hamper was Ross Bell.We would like to thank all those who bought or sold tickets and our sincere thanks go to Raphoe Credit Union for displaying the Hamper. The money raised was €180.00 which will go towards supporting the Centre’s Counselling Services for adults and children.Santa Night The Family Resource Centre would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the families who attended our Annual Santa Night on Monday 14th December. Our Special Guest was Santa himself who passed out gifts to all of the children. Thanks Santa! Santa arrived at The Volt House courtesy of local Gardai and we would like to sincerely thank Sgt. Jim Collins who was on hand to personally ensure arrived safely to his destination.We would also like to thank Cllr. Gerry Crawford once again for his kind contribution from Donegal Co. Council Members Development Fund Allocation towards the cost of the night.Christmas & New Year GreetingsThe Management Committee, Staff and Volunteers of the Family Resource Centre extends Seasons Greetings to all of the children, young people, families and the wider community of Raphoe and we hope that you all have a Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. We look forward to seeing you all again in 2016.The Family Resource Centre will reopen again on Monday 4th January 2016.BTEI Care in the CommunityDonegal Education and Training Board will be delivering Care in the Community QQI (FETAC) Level 5 in Raphoe in the New Year. Elements include Care Skills, Occupational First Aid, Patient Handling and Manual Handling. The module will be run through the Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) that provides part-time further education programmes for young people and adults. The aim is to give people an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities.Anyone who has left full-time education can take part. However, priority will be given to those with less than upper second level education. Certification is offered to all participants.Objectives of the module include: to assist the participants to recognise the different types of clients needing care, different types of care needs and the differing care needs of clients; to enable participants to develop the necessary knowledge to respond effectively to clients’ individual needs with their involvement and their use of choice; to assist participants to acquire practical skills in the area of client personal care; to enable participants to develop the knowledge and skills required for the maintenance of a safe, healthy and hygienic environment for clients.For further information please contact Siobhan Coughlan, BTEI Learner Support Worker on 074-9725520 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Raphoe Boxing ClubThe winners of the Raphoe Boxing Club Christmas draw were as follows:1st Prize Oven Ready Turkey – Lorraine Doherty, Ballindrait, Lifford2nd Prize Bottle of Whiskey & Christmas Cake – Joshua Mc Namara, Raphoe3rd Prize Bottle of Vodka & Tin of Sweets – Christian Mc Cullagh, Raphoe4th Prize Hairstyle Voucher – Tom Doherty, Ballindrait, LiffordAvery sincere thanks goes to the sponsors of the prizes- Ciaran Mc Cullagh, Siobhan Lafferty and Christy O’ Donnell and to all who supported this annual fundraising draw, your support is greatly appreciated.The Club will re-open on Monday 4th January 2016. We would like to say a very happy Christmas to all our generous sponsors for your support throughout 2015.New Year’s Day Family Fun RunRaphoe Road Runners, supported by Raphoe Scouts are hosting a 5k family fun run and walk at 12 noon on New Year’s Day 2016. Registration will take place in Raphoe Boxing Club from 11-11.45am. Category prizes: Junior, Senior, 40 plus, 50 plus (male and female). Registration fee is €5.00 per adult while children u-12 are free. Shower facilities are available. Refreshments will be available afterwards. “Raphoe Shop Local 2015”“Raphoe Shop Local 2015” A special thank you to all our local businesses & business people here in Raphoe who have provided services and goods to our community over many years. Over these years the local businesses have never let us down when it came to donations or sponsorship for our various community groups and fundraising activities. This year in particular please remember all our local businesses and give them our support. We are fortunate in Raphoe to still have excellent goods on sale and local services in the various outlets and plenty of bargains especially on the run up to Christmas. So please don’t forget our own town and our own people this year.Thank You.Christmas Wishes from Raphoe Tidy Towns Volt House RaphoeThe Tidy Towns Community Employment staff will be on Holidays from Thursday 24th December Christmas Eve until Tuesday 5th January 2016. There will be a town litter cleaning service over the holiday period. A sincere thank you to all the various residential areas, Schools, Churches, RCIA Ltd Volt House, the County Council, local County Council workers, all local people, community groups and businesses who have supported our work for the town during the year. Everyone in Raphoe Tidy Towns Ltd, extend a very Happy Christmas and New Year to everyone in Raphoe and district and especially all those from the town and surrounding areas who are abroad this year. As always you will be remembered in a very special way this Christmas and New Year here in Raphoe. We also welcome those who are home for Christmas this year with their families and send best wishes to anyone who is sick or in hospital at this time. The following Christmas poem is dedicated to all Raphoe people wherever you may be this Christmas.A Raphoe Christmas Eve.The leaves they are all gone nowThe air is cold and stillThe burn runs through the valleyFrom Braehead wood and past the millThe townlands and streets are quietThe moon shines down belowThe stars are shining brightlyIn the hearths the fires glow.The animals are restingIn the stables and the barnsJust like this night so long agoThe night that Christ was bornThe children are all dreamingOf reindeer flying through the snowWith Santa, toys and presentsOn his visit to RaphoeO Silent night, O Starry nightOf Miracles from Heaven abovePlease send your new born Son to usWith His gifts of peace and loveThe Town Clock in the DiamondKeeps time for all to knowAs the people wait on ChristmasIn our City of Raphoe.By: Martin Laird Raphoe Local History Volt House.Please note that items for the Raphoe Notes should be placed in the box provided in the Post Office on or before 12 noon on Fridays. Items can also be emailed to email@example.com or handed in to the Family Resource Centre, The Volt House. Items should be submitted at least one week in advance of publication of local press. The next Raphoe Notes will be accepted on the week commencing Monday 4th January 2016 to appear in the local press on the week ending Friday 15th January 2015.DD LOCAL: DID YOU WIN A HAMPER WITH RAPHOE FRC? was last modified: December 18th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalNotesRaphoe
LightingHere are just a few of the new ways you’ll be lighting your set in the year ahead, courtesy of NAB 2016.ARRI SkyPanelSome of the earliest NAB news we saw came from ARRI, who updated the firmware on the SkyPanel. They introduced a ton of new features like onboard gel libraries, tungsten mode, and dimming mode. You can read more about ARRI’s SkyPanel and other announcements here.Recently, No Film School got a look at the SkyPanel in action.KinoFlo Select Series Lighting company KinoFlo introduced the Select Series at NAB 2016. The LED fixtures have a Kelvin range of 2700K to 6500K, and offer a green/magenta correction as well as wireless DMX. The Select 30 and Select 20 can be operated wirelessly as well. The lights will come with a 90-degree honeycomb louver, and a 60-degree is available to add on. The Select 30 ships in May, and the Select 20 is scheduled for June.Here’s look at the KinoFlo Select Series from No Film School.Ikan LED Soft LightsIkan released the new Lyra LED Soft Lights, designed with a CRI LED chip and soft panel — the fixture offers a nice soft wrapping light. The series of lights include the Lyra Daylight LED Half x 1 Soft Light (LW5), the Lyra Bi Color LED Half x 1 Soft Light (LB5), the Lyra Bi-Color LED 1 x 1 Soft Light (LB10), and the Lyra Daylight LED 1 x 1 Soft Light (LW10).Here’s a look at the Lyra LED Soft Lights from Newsshooter.Aputure Lightstorm Fresnel and MicrophonesAputure introduced a few new work lights designed to fit the tight budget of indie filmmakers. The new Lightstorm COB 120t fresnel will come in daylight and tungsten versions at first, with an adjustable color temperature version coming later. Expect the light to cost around $585.The company also announced two new microphones, the A-Lyra Lavalier mic and D3 Shotgun mic. The A-Lyra was designed for mobile use and will actually connect to iPads and iPhones via lightning cables. They also designed the A-Lyra with Mac devices without a 3.5mm jack in mind, as the device has its own 3.5mm jack for monitoring. The A-Lyra will cost $120 upon release.The D3 supercardioid shotgun mic was designed to make broadcast-quality audio more affordable. In the video below, you’ll see the D3 tested next to the Sennheiser 416. The D3 will be available for $280. Here’s a look at their new lights and microphones from No Film School.FotodioxFotodiox introduced a new FlapJack LED Wand and LED Ring Light at NAB 2016. The bi-color light wand has removable barn doors and a pistol-grip for handheld use. The color is adjustable between daylight and tungsten. It’s powered by either Sony NP-F batteries of AC power.The LED Ring Light was designed to offer 360-degrees of soft and uniform light. The fixture has a 1/4-20 thread, compatible with 15mm and 19mm camera rods.AudioOn top of the Aputure microphones mentioned above, here’s a look at some of the other noteworthy NAB 2016 audio announcements.Tascam DR-10SGTascam debuted the DR-10SG, a $199 recorder with built-in microphone that attaches directly to your camera. This is ideal for those shooting on DSLR and mirrorless cameras. The supercardioid microphone rests on an integrated shock-resistant mount. The recorder has four selectable EQ modes, audio pass-through, and an onboard audio slate. The DR-10SG also uses a Dual Recording mode with records a secondary track at a lower level, in case you experience any popping or loud bursts of sound from your subject.Take a look at the Tascam DR-10SG from No Film School.Zoom U-24 and U-44Well known by indie filmmakers for their handheld recorders, Zoom just introduced the U-24 and U-44 interface. These devices allow you to connect microphones, instruments, or monitors into an array of recording devices like computers and iPads.The U-44 is the more impressive of the two, as it features a 10-pin connector compatible with all other Zoom products. There are combo TRS/XLR inputs, a selectable S/PDIF connection, MIDI support, and outputs than can go directly to your monitors. The U-44 is available for $199.99 and the U-24 for $149.99Sennheiser MKE 440Sennheiser announced a new supercardioid microphone designed specifically for DSLR and mirrorless users. The MKE 440 is a stereo pair set up in a new arrangement developed by Sennheiser. The V shaped setup is said to represent the viewpoint of the camera. This allows the microphone to pick up dialogue and ambient noise, offering a more accurate sound of the shooting environment.The MKE 440 has built-in shock mounts and can run for over 100 hours on two AAA batteries. It connects to your DSLR via a 3.4mm jack. The MKE 400 will be available in June.Keep up with the PremiumBeat Blog for more on NAB 2016. Take a look at some of the new HDR monitors, light fixtures, microphones, and recording devices from the 2016 NAB show.Top image via SmallHDWe’ve seen some awesome camera rigs and gear updates announced at NAB 2016 — and the industry headlines just keep coming. Here are some of the latest in lights, sound, and storage.MonitorsNeed to keep an accurate eye on what you’re shooting? These just-announced monitors are a fantastic place to start.SmallHD SmallHDRPerhaps the most popular monitor manufacturer at the moment is SmallHD. They’re known for the 500 and 700 series of mobile monitors, but the company recently teased their new HDR line. The company started their announcement by showing off their Torture Test, in which they literally shot the monitor with a gun and parked a truck on top of it.The incredibly sturdy SmallHDR will come in three sizes, all priced in a way that makes this one of the most affordable lines of HDR-capable production monitors on the market: 17-inch ($3999), 24-inch ($5499), and 32-inch ($7999). The SmallHDR line will be available in May.AbelCine got a look at the new SmallHDR monitors at NAB.Blackmagic Video Assist 4KWe didn’t hear too much from Blackmagic this year, but the company did announce some updates to their cameras and software. One of the more exciting new devices was the Video Assist 4K, which is a touchscreen display that also allows you to record 10-bit 4:2:2 quality ProRes or DNxHD files to an SD card.Atomos Shogun InfernoAtomos was the first to introduce an all-in-one monitor recorder, and they’ve just announced a new flagship monitor in the Shogun Inferno. The monitor combines 1500nit/10bit/HDR recording capability with 4Kp60 over Quad-SDI playback and editing. The Atomos Shogun Inferno is scheduled for a Q3 release at $1995.Take a look at the Shogun Inferno and more in this video from Adorama.Teradek SphereFor those of you working in VR, there have been quite a few announcements about 360-degree video production. One of the latest announcements comes from Teradek, who has introduced Sphere, a wireless monitoring system for VR. Not only does it offer real time monitoring on an iPad, you can also use the device to live stream VR video — which will be supported by YouTube.
Isaiah Austin arrives in Manila, ready to get to work for Gilas The 20-year-old may have taken the task too literally—as he reportedly hit a growth spurt and has grown an inch or two, according to Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell.“I think he’s at least 6’10”. He might be 6’11,” Trudell said of Ingram, who was initially listed at 6’9 during his rookie season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think he might be 6’11”, if not 7 feet,” he shared during an episode of ESPN LA’s “Thompson and Trudell Show”.Aside from possibly adding more height to his already rangy frame, Trudell claims that the 2016 2nd overall pick has also altered his shooting mechanics and developed his leg strength. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients 2 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self PLAY LIST 03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Ingram’s improvement was on display during the 2017 Las Vegas Summer League, but had to sit out the rest of the tourney after just one game due to an injury.Since then, the sports journalist said the lanky forward has progressed even more.“You’re just going to have to take my word for it for now until you watch him play,” Trudell said. “I think you’re going to be very pleasantly surprised to see Brandon Ingram.” Khristian Ibarrola/JBRELATED STORY:NBA: Brandon Ingram is the only ‘untouchable’ Laker, says Magic JohnsonADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Brandon Ingram. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)The Los Angeles Lakers is fully embracing its youth movement in their quest to return as the NBA’s elite.But to be back atop the extremely tough NBA Western Conference, the “Purple and Gold” is heavily dependent on the potential growth of incoming second-year player Brandon Ingram.ADVERTISEMENT WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ View comments Read Next E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary
NEW YORK — For once, Clayton Kershaw was glad to see a long shutout streak end.Kershaw became the first pitcher to win the National League MVP award since Bob Gibson in 1968, coasting to an easy victory Nov. 13. “A little bit of shock, honestly,” the Dodgers ace said on a conference call. “I guess I never really anticipated to win that.”A day after unanimously taking the NL Cy Young Award, Kershaw completed a Los Angeles sweep. A little earlier, Angels outfielder Mike Trout was a unanimous pick for the AL MVP.Trout had been blanked in his bid the past two years, finishing second both times to Detroit slugger Miguel Cabrera. The 23-year-old Trout was the youngest unanimous MVP pick in major league history.“Just anxious throughout the day,” Trout said of the waiting period. “I knew the experience I had the last two years. It helped me with it.”Trout, the MVP of the All-Star game in July, and Kershaw both led their teams to West division titles. In August, they finally faced each in a regular-season game — Trout singled, doubled and struck out looking at Dodger Stadium.Someday, they hope to meet in October. “I think in the future we’re going to contend for the World Series, year in and year out,” Kershaw said.To do that, they want to improve in the playoffs. Kershaw went 0-2 with a 7.82 ERA against St. Louis in the Division Series, leaving him 1-5 with a 5.12 ERA in the postseason.The MVP and Cy Young prizes don’t “take the sting away of what happened in the playoffs,” Kershaw said.Trout went 1-for-12 in a three-game sweep by Kansas City in his first playoff try. “It’s tough to do. You have all these expectations, you want to do so good,” he said.The awards voting was completed by the end of the regular season. Kershaw breezed past Miami bopper Giancarlo Stanton and Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen to become Most Valuable Player.While Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander won the AL MVP in 2011, no one on the NL side had done it for nearly a half-century.There was plenty of everyday player-vs.-pitcher MVP debate before this announcement. Kershaw had acknowledged “there are so many people out there who don’t think a pitcher should win.”But the 26-year-old lefty again dominated the hitters — Kershaw led the majors in wins and ERA while going 21-3 with a 1.77 ERA and throwing a no-hitter.Kershaw got 18 of 30 first-place votes and 355 points in balloting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. He drew nine second-place votes, one third and pair of fourths.“To be a pitcher and win the MVP, it’s pretty awesome,” he said.Stanton got eight first-place ballots and 298 points. He led the NL with 37 homers and was second with 105 RBIs, and missed the last 17 games for the fourth-place Marlins after being hit in the face by a fastball.McCutchen got four firsts and 271 points in his bid to win the award for the second straight year. He hit .314 with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs for the wild-card Pirates.Six AL pitchers have won the MVP since Gibson took it for the Cardinals. Before Gibson, seven pitchers had won the NL MVP, a list that includes Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax, Carl Hubbell and Dizzy Dean.The AL MVP has been won 12 times by pitchers, starting when it was first presented in 1931 to Lefty Grove.Kershaw won the major league season opener in Australia on March 22, then missed more than a month when a strained upper back put him on the disabled list.Featuring sharp breaking pitches, Kershaw came back to win his second straight NL Cy Young and third in four years.Kershaw led the big leagues in complete games and was best among starters in strikeouts per nine innings and WHIP (walks plus hits per inning).The four-time All-Star struck out 239 in 198 1-3 innings. On June 18, he threw the first no-hitter of his career, at Dodger Stadium against Colorado.Trout received all 30 first-place votes and 420 points. Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez was second with 229 points and Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley third with 185.Trout hit .287 and set career highs in home runs (36) and RBIs (111) while leading the major leagues in runs with 115 and extra-base hits with 84. In his third full season, he matched his bests in doubles (39) and triple (nine).“The power’s definitely up,” he said. “Getting a little older and a little stronger.” Other numbers also changed. He led the AL with 184 strikeouts and his stolen bases dropped to 16.Trout was a unanimous pick as the 2012 AL Rookie of the Year and was second in MVP voting to Cabrera in both of his first two full seasons, 81 points back in 2012 and 103 points behind last year.Trout is the fifth-youngest MVP, STATS said. Vida Blue (1971), Johnny Bench (1970) and Stan Musial (1943) were 22 and Cal Ripken Jr. (1983) was a younger 23.Kershaw and Trout won the last of baseball’s major postseason awards. Just in time, too. Pitchers and catchers are due at spring training in only 98 days.(BEN WALKER, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton striker Adams happy for matchwinner Djenepoby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton striker Che Adams is happy for Moussa Djenepo over his goalscoring form.Djenepo, who also joined in the summer, bagged his second goal of the campaign to give Saints a win over Sheffield United.Having already produced two match-winning strikes, Adams is backing the £14m winger to be a success on the south coast.Adams explained: “He does it in training all the time. We know what he can bring and that’s why the manager brought him into a more attacking role.“From when he stepped in the door, you could see he has the ability and that’s why the club signed him.“It’s important if you’re an attacking player, you need to be able to cause opposing teams problems and he’s shown that.“I think he will be a massive player for us, he’s an attacking threat, and that’s what we need. He will help us in the league.”
COLUMBIA, SC – OCTOBER 29: Head coach Will Muschamp of the South Carolina Gamecocks reacts after a call during their game against the Tennessee Volunteers at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 29, 2016 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh has really stirred the pot when it comes to satellite football camps and the SEC, sparking constant debate through the early months of 2016. So when head coaches of the SEC gathered for spring meetings Tuesday, it should come as no surprise it was once again a hot topic. But it was more than just Nick Saban banging on his podium during a heated rant – South Carolina’s Will Muschamp got in on the fun, too. So when the topic of Michigan camping in Florida was brought up by media members, Muschamp felt the perfect way to respond was to take a jab at Michigan, the state. 3HL 1045 The Zone and CoachingSearch.com’s Chris Vannini were on the scene and share these quotes on Twitter.Muschamp on Michigan, “It’s only nice about 3 months a year up there.” pic.twitter.com/DQslHfIOhz— #3HL (@3HL1045) May 31, 2016Will Muschamp on Harbaugh spring trip: “Have you ever been in Michigan in March? I’d go to Florida, too.”— Chris Vannini (@ChrisVannini) April 4, 2016Shots fired. This won’t be the last we hear on the topic.[Diehard Sport]
Highlights from the news file for Wednesday, July 26———COURT QUASHES SEISMIC TESTING AT CLYDE RIVER: The Inuit Hamlet of Clyde River won a nearly six-year battle Wednesday to stop seismic testing in the Arctic that could kill or maim the marine mammals upon which they rely for food and jobs. The Supreme Court unanimously ruled the National Energy Board failed miserably at properly consulting Inuit and didn’t adequately assess the impact on treaty and Indigenous rights of the proposed oil and gas exploration project before approving it in 2014. The court quashed the NEB’s approval, meaning the testing cannot proceed. In a separate but related decision, the court upheld the approval granted to Enbridge to reverse the flow and increase capacity of its Line 9 pipeline between Ontario and Quebec. In that case, also a unanimous decision, the court found the NEB properly consulted the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation in southwestern Ontario. In both cases, the court upheld that the NEB is capable and allowed to fulfil the Crown’s duty to consult Indigenous groups about development projects in their traditional territories, as long as that consultation is robust.———TRUMP SAYS TRANSGENDER PEOPLE SHOULD BE BARRED FROM MILITARY: U.S. President Donald Trump said Wednesday he wants transgender people barred from serving in the military “in any capacity,” citing “tremendous medical costs and disruption.” Trump’s announcement on Twitter would reverse the effort under former president Barack Obama to open the armed services to transgender people. He did not say what would happen to transgender troops already in the military. The president tweeted that he was making his announcement after consulting with “generals and military experts,” but he did not name any. He said the military “must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders offered little clarity about the policy at a press briefing. Asked what will happen to transgender troops currently serving, she said the Department of Defence and the White House will work together “as implementation takes place and is done so lawfully.” She did not provide a timeline.———RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL CEMETERY NOW A HERITAGE SITE: Along a dusty gravel road on the edge of Regina is a residential school cemetery that is now Saskatchewan’s first such cemetery to be designated as a provincial heritage site. Culture Minister Ken Cheveldayoff formally recognized the cemetery Wednesday, saying it will be protected and respected for generations to come. There’s just one headstone in the cemetery for the children of the first principal of the Regina Indian Industrial School. However, archeologists believe dozens of Indigenous children are buried there too, in unmarked graves. Heather Bear, vice-chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, says no one knows who these children were, but they were loved and had families who grieved their loss. Elder Noel Starblanket says the children have laid forgotten for many years and “it now falls upon us to remember them.” The Regina Indian Industrial School operated between 1891 and 1910. An unknown number of students died there.———LOBLAW WARNS ABOUT MINIMUM WAGE HIKES: Canada’s largest grocery and drug store operator warned Wednesday that minimum wage increases in Ontario and Alberta threaten to harm its bottom line and it will have to find ways to cut costs. Loblaw Companies Ltd., which owns Shoppers Drug Mart and grocery chains including Loblaws and No Frills, estimates the wage hikes will mean its labour costs will grow by about $190 million next year. “We are flagging a significant set of financial headwinds and the organization is mobilizing all of its resources to see whether or not it can close that gap,” Loblaw chairman and CEO Galen G. Weston told analysts during a quarterly earnings conference call. The Ontario government has proposed legislation that would boost the hourly minimum wage, which is currently set to rise from $11.40 an hour to $11.60 in October, to $14 on Jan. 1 and $15 the following year. The province has said the wage increases are intended to increase people’s purchasing power and stimulate the economy. But a number of business groups, including the Ontario Chamber of Commerce and the Canadian Federation of Independent Grocers, have decried the legislation, saying it will result in job cuts.———TORONTO HOUSING MARKET TO BOUNCE BACK, CMHC SAYS: The recent downturn in Toronto’s real estate market, brought on after Ontario introduced measures this spring including a foreign buyers’ tax, is expected to be brief, the federal housing agency said Wednesday. Property prices in the city — which fell from an average of $919,589 in April to $793,915 last month, according to data from the Toronto Real Estate Board — should pick up again due to supply constraints and a stronger economy, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. said. The provincial government’s measures, which were retroactive to April 21, include a 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers in the Greater Golden Horseshoe region, expanded rent controls and legislation allowing Toronto and other cities to tax vacant homes. Like Toronto, Vancouver also experienced a real estate slowdown following the implementation of a tax on foreign buyers a year ago. But there have been signs this year that the city’s housing market is heating up again. CMHC, in its latest housing market assessment released Wednesday, kept its overall risk rating for the national housing market at strong. The quarterly report, which is based on data from the first three months of this year, precedes the Ontario government housing rules.———VIA RAIL TRIES TO LIMIT SCOPE OF WHEELCHAIR POLICY: Via Rail is trying to limit the scope of a policy to make its trains more accessible to travellers using wheelchairs and mobility aids. The national rail provider had revised its policy in May in compliance with an order from the Canadian Transportation Agency, which directed Via to double the number of mobility devices that could be tied down on trains from one to two. The ruling was prompted by a complaint to the CTA from a married couple who asserted the old rules barred them from travelling together. Via’s revised policy was subject to approval from the CTA, which wrote the company in June to confirm that the new rules would be applied to “all Via trains operating across Canada.” But Via Rail has now explicitly stated it only plans to implement the revised policy for travel between Quebec City and Windsor, Ont. It also says it can currently only apply the policy on one of the three classes of train travelling that route, leaving the couple whose complaint sparked the change concerned that Via has no genuine commitment to broader accessibility.———NATIONAL DEFENCE STRUGGLING WITH LIBERAL TAX-BREAK PROMISE: National Defence has been struggling to make good on one of the Trudeau government’s recent promises: giving tax breaks to military personnel and police officers deployed on certain overseas operations. Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan announced the measure during a major speech at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont., in May as part of the Liberals’ new defence policy. Some service members based in Kuwait had become increasingly vocal in the weeks leading up the announcement about a policy change that threatened to strip their tax-exempt status. Yet the devil has proven to be in the details, with officials now scratching their heads over what types of operations and deployments should and should not be eligible for tax relief. The debate is particularly relevant for the navy’s sailors, many of whom on close reading of the defence policy would not be eligible for tax relief despite spending up to six months at sea at any given time. Sources tell The Canadian Press that the military’s senior leadership is now seized with the issue, and that defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance has told officials he wants the issue resolved by mid-August.———VIA RAIL PLOTTER WANT TO APPEAL SENTENCE: A man found guilty of plotting to derail a passenger train between Canada and the U.S. is seeking to appeal his sentence as well as his conviction. A lawyer appointed to assist Chiheb Esseghaier says she told a court about his desire to broaden his appeal at a hearing Wednesday. Erin Dann says Esseghaier will ask the Court of Appeal for Ontario to give him more time to file a notice of appeal against his life sentence. Dann says that since filing his original notice of appeal over his conviction, Esseghaier has been treated for mental health issues and “now understands the severity of the sentence imposed.” Esseghaier and his co-accused, Raed Jaser, were found guilty in 2015 on a total of eight terror-related charges between them. They were sentenced to life in prison, with no chance of parole until 2023. Jaser is also appealing his conviction.———McDAVID DISAPPOINTED AT NHL OLYMPIC BOW-OUT: Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid says he’s disappointed that the NHL won’t be sending players to the Winter Olympic in South Korea next year. He told reporters at a charity event this morning that Team Canada will not have the same prestige at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, thanks to the lack of NHL players. McDavid’s comments come a day after Hockey Canada announced it was looking for non-NHL talent for Canada’s 2017-2018 roster. Sean Burke, the team’s GM, said yesterday that the bulk of Canada’s Olympic team will come from players based in Europe. The NHL’s reasons not to participate in the upcoming Games include disagreements over costs as well as problems accommodating the Games during its regular season. The NHL had allowed players its to attend every Games since the 1998 Nagano Olympics.———WOOLLY LAWNMOWERS ON THE MOVE IN MONTREAL: A flock of 10 sheep took a rare stroll through the streets of Montreal today to take up their lawnmowing duties in a new city park. The six ewes and four lambs were carefully herded from one park to another with the help of shepherds and volunteers holding up barricades. The sheep are providing environmentally friendly lawn maintenance and educational opportunities in the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough this summer. Project director Marie-Eve Julien-Denis says grazing animals provide a natural way to trim the grass and eradicate invasive plant species. The organizers are also hosting workshops, picnics and even yoga sessions with the sheep in order to raise awareness of urban agriculture. Julien-Denis says it’s the first time in Montreal the sheep have been driven through the streets to reach a new grazing ground.
The Canadian PressCLEVELAND — Organizers protesting the Cleveland baseball team’s use of the Chief Wahoo logo have asked to be involved in talks with Major League Baseball about changes to the contentious symbol.A group asking the Cleveland team to abolish the red-faced logo and their nickname gathered outside Progressive Field on Tuesday before the club’s home opener against the Chicago White Sox.They were carrying signs that read “Racism Honors No One” and “Real People Not Mascots.” The advocates peacefully voiced their opinions as police looked on.The movement to replace the Wahoo logo has gained momentum in recent years. The Cleveland team has reduced its usage, but the logo, which the team has used for more than 60 years, still appears on some game caps and jerseys.The team has had talks with MLB about further changes.Commissioner Rob Manfred said during the World Series that he knows “that that particular logo is offensive to some people, and all of us at Major League Baseball understand why.”firstname.lastname@example.org
When asked about the potential impact on the project, Conway stated that the work stoppage would not impact the overall Site C project schedule, and that Hydro is currently assessing the potential cost implications. However, he added that any increase in costs related to the work stoppage would be covered by the project’s contingency funds.“We are proceeding with clearing and access road development along the transmission corridor outside of this area and waste wood disposal and hauling of already felled merchantable timber will continue along the entire transmission corridor,” said Conway in a statement. “We are assessing what additional work is planned for summer/fall in the other ‘critical areas’ identified in the injunction.”Conway added that this is not the first time BC Hydro has suspended work while waiting for a legal ruling. Work was suspended in the Moberly River area while awaiting a ruling after the West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations launched a judicial review of construction permits in August 2015, a case that Hydro ultimately won. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A BC Hydro spokesperson says a work stoppage on clearing a path for a transmission line to connect the Site C to the rest of the provincial grid won’t impact the project’s overall schedule.BC Hydro’s Site C Community Relations Manager Dave Conway said that clearing and road access work on the dam’s transmission line corridor was stopped in at the request of the West Moberly First Nations on February 16th. The section of the corridor covers 29 of the 75-kilometre length of the future power lines, and includes Trapper Lake, Sucker Lake and Peace Moberly Tract.Conway said the area was identified by the West Moberly First Nations as a “critical area” in its late January application for an injunction to stop work on Site C pending the outcome of a Treaty infringement lawsuit, which was also filed that month. Last Friday, the B.C. Supreme Court decided an injunction hearing will take place sometime between July 24th and September 10th, and is expected to take 10 days. Conway said that BC Hydro has suspended that work until either October 1st, or a court decision on the injunction is made.