1. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    It's the Victoria Day long weekend fellow Canuckians so enjoy ... and drink responsibly !!!

    The next big one is Canada's 150th B Day on July 1st ... that will be a party to end all parties lol. I won't be back by then but will make sure that wherever we are at the time the people there will know I'm a proud Canadian that day. :D:D:D
     
  2. BigSuzyB

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    Visiting north of the 53rd low fire hazard and a nice weekend in the offing. Happy trails Bunnyman.
     
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    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    Let the games begin, the NAFTA talks are about to restart ...

    ‘We’re keen to sit down at the table’: Canadians officials ready for NAFTA talks with U.S.
    OTTAWA — The Trump administration is likely to quickly trigger the process that will lead to renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, now that a new U.S. trade representative has been confirmed, say two Trudeau cabinet ministers heading Canada’s side of the talks.

    International Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne said he’ll likely get his first opportunity to meet face-to-face with Robert Lighthizer when the two attend an APEC minister’s summit this week. The U.S. Senate approved Lighthizer as President Donald Trump’s trade czar on Thursday.

    Soon after, Trump said it was his intention to quickly file a 90-day notice with Congress to kickstart the NAFTA talks with Canada and Mexico, a requirement under U.S. law.

    Canada maintains a solid footing for the negotiations, whenever they begin, Champagne told Global TV’s West Block. “We are ready, we are prepared, and we’re going to see what they put on the table,” he said. “But we’re going to be firm in our position as to protecting Canadian workers and protecting Canadian interests.”

    Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she also expected to meet with Lighthizer soon, and that the pre-negotiation process would likely start “very soon.” With Lighthizer’s confirmation, “I think that the process ought to now get moving,” Freeland told CTV’s Question Period. “And we’re enthusiastic about that,” she added.

    “We’re keen to sit down at the table with our American and Mexican partners and to modernize what has been a really great trade agreement for our continent.”

    The Trump administration has signalled that it wants significant changes in a range of sectors, including dairy, lumber, automobiles, pharmaceuticals and the NAFTA dispute-resolution system.

    Trump himself has said he expects “massive” changes, telling The Economist last week that “big isn’t a good enough word” to describe the negotiations.

    But whether there is time for a “massive” restructuring of the long-standing trade deal is being questioned by observers, who point out that Mexico has expressed a desire to get a new deal by early next year, before the Mexican election.

    In the meantime, both Freeland and Champagne said Canada will continue pressing Ottawa’s position in behind-the-scenes discussions with political actors in the U.S.; that NAFTA has been a boon for jobs in both countries.
     
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      Bring it on!
       
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    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    Thank you sweety.

    Camp fires fuel Victoria Day celebrations for most and here is a little good news (ish) about that ... as well as ATVing.

    Alberta lifts fire ban in parts of province because of cooler weather
    EDMONTON – A little over a week after issuing a province-wide fire ban and as a massive wildfire continues to burn near the Saskatchewan border, the Alberta government said Friday it was lifting the ban as well as off-highway vehicle restrictions in parts of the province.

    The province said cooler and wetter weather in southern and southwestern Alberta prompted the ban to be lifted in some areas.

    “The protection of Albertans and their communities from the threat of wildfire is our priority,” Oneil Carlier, minister of agriculture and forestry, said in a news release Friday evening. “Fortunately, the weather conditions in southern parts of Alberta have helped reduced the fire hazard. The fire hazard across the northern area of the province remains high to extreme, so the restrictions will remain in place. We ask all Albertans to please continue to exercise extreme caution with fires.”

    In the areas of the province where the fire ban remains in effect, all open fires are still prohibited and all fire permits remain suspended. Also, “incendiary targets” are still banned across the province for the entire fire season.

    The government said municipalities or national parks may still have fire bans, restrictions or advisories in place. Municipalities that originally fell under the province-wide ban can still opt to enact their own fire bans, restrictions or advisories.

    For the latest on fire bans, you can find more information here. For more information on off-highway vehicle restrictions, click here.

    The following are rainfall totals over the past couple of days for some areas in southern and southwestern Alberta:

    Banff
    May 11 12.2mm
    May 12 7mm

    Bow Valley (Canmore)
    May 11 8.8mm
    May 12 11.6mm

    Kananaskis
    May 11 1mm
    May 12 7.5mm

    Jasper
    May 11 4.7mm
    May 12 0mm

    Crowsnest
    May 11 1mm
    May 12 7.5mm
     
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      Alberta gumbo stuck to my boots. Scorcher in TO before flying out.
       
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    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    Hey Canuckleheads LOL, you need to check out this 3 part series on History ... we do pretty well for "lil ole Canada". ;):)

    Dan Aykroyd narrating new history series 'The World Without Canada'
    The three-part program looks at Canada's innovations by imagining a modern world it, and will air May 31, June 1 and June 2 on History.
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    Canadian comedian Dan Aykroyd joins data scientist and futurist Juliette Powell, sci-fi author Robert J. Sawyer, and historian David O'Keefe in the History's new original series "The World Without Canada."

    TORONTO — Canadian comedy star Dan Aykroyd will narrate History's new original documentary series "The World Without Canada."

    The three-part program will air May 31, June 1 and June 2 on History.

    It looks at Canada's influence and innovations by imagining a modern world without this country.


    CGI graphics illustrate the global ripple effect that would occur if Canada's contributions failed to exist.

    Canadian experts featured in the show include data scientist and futurist Juliette Powell, sci-fi author Robert J. Sawyer, and historian David O'Keefe.

    The series focuses on Canada's natural resources, technological and medical breakthroughs, and humanitarian efforts.

    "Canadians are generally humble about the game-changing contributions and extraordinary achievements to humankind's advancements we've made both here and around the world," Aykroyd, who was born in Ottawa, said in a statement.

    "I'm proud to be part of this entertaining and suspenseful project that unapologetically showcases these accomplishments through an eye-opening lens where Canada doesn't exist."
     
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    I will put that show on my things to do before I shoot myself list. haaaa

    I like the US but it is sure nice to come home when I can.
     
  7. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    I feel sorry for wherever you are on Canada Day LOL.

    I can fly you here if you want ??? Your season is done like dinner anyway LOL. :p:bag::D
     
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    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    Online threat against Sophie Grégoire Trudeau leads to arrest of Lethbridge woman
    Woman charged with uttering threats released under several conditions


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    A Lethbridge, Alta., woman is facing charges after allegedly posting threats online against Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

    The RCMP's Integrated National Security Enforcement Team based in Alberta — K-INSET — was alerted to the threats made against the Canadian government on May 11 and an arrest was made the next day.

    Lisa Seymour-Peters, 49, was charged with one count of uttering threats. She was released with several conditions, including that she not contact or come within 100 metres of Grégoire Trudeau or her immediate family, and not attend any political party gathering or function.

    She is scheduled to appear in court on June 8.

    Police wouldn't reveal the nature of the threat or which social media platform it was posted to.

    This isn't the first time police have made an arrest based on online threats against the Trudeau family.

    In February, 41-year-old Christopher Hayes of Grayson, Sask., was found guilty of uttering threats for two posts referring to the prime minister.
     
  9. shootersa

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    Huh. And to hear JPT tell it, all the crazies are in America.
    Who knew?:D
     
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  10. justpassingthru

    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    We have our share bro BUT we prosecute ours ...

    *waits for Mr Smith, RK and Two Cards to hurry along to like shooters post lol* :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

    ms.man (the girly boy) would if he didn't have me on his ignore list ...
     
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    I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at this one ...

    Moose destroys Canada 150 tulip display
    ST. JOHN'S, N.L. -- In a clash of Canadian icons, a hungry Newfoundland moose destroyed a Maple Leaf tulip display planted to mark Canada 150 celebrations.

    The intruder left tell-tale hoof prints as it laid waste to hundreds of sprouting plants at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden in St. John's, N.L.

    "You can imagine what a botanical garden is to moose in spring," said horticulturalist Tim Walsh.

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    Stephen Trickett, Chris Langmead and Jack Bishop pose with tulip stalks in this recent handout photo. (Memorial University of Newfoundland Botanical Garden / THE CANADIAN PRESS)

    "It's a giant salad bar. When they finally find these delicious, sweet tulip leaves after a winter of eating nothing but fir branches and tree bark, these tulips must have been a very sweet meal."

    Walsh said volunteers helped plant about 800 bulbs last fall that were to bloom as a white Maple Leaf against a red background. The donated tulips came from P.E.I.-based company Veseys Bulbs, which contributed to celebration gardens across Canada.

    But staff arrived at the botanical garden last week to find a mess of stalks chewed down to the soil.

    Photos posted to Facebook have spawned many quips about the munching moose that ruined Canada Day.

    Walsh said there's still a good chance the bulbs will sprout new plants that will flower next year -- if they can keep moose that live in surrounding forests from feasting on them.

    "As gardeners, you have to be resilient. You have to look at the bright side of things.

    "If you're going to have tulips in your garden and if you're going to lose them, what better Canadian way than to lose them to the moose?"
     
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    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    Lethbridge mom fired while caring for son with cancer welcomes proposed law

    A Lethbridge, Alta. mother who was fired while caring for her son with cancer is applauding new provincial legislation designed to make sure other parents like her don’t lose their jobs during one of the toughest times of their lives.

    “I'm thrilled beyond relief,” Amanda Jensen told CTV Edmonton after learning about Bill 17, the Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act that was introduced Wednesday

    Last October, Jensen’s seven-year-old Jake was diagnosed with leukemia. She let her employer know she needed to be with her son for an extended time in Calgary where her son was being treated.

    She told CTV News Channel earlier this month that she was given all assurances that her request for compassionate care leave would be accepted and was sent the paperwork needed to apply for Employment Insurance.

    Her employer told her they were there to support her and would offer her whatever she needed, Jensen said, adding one of her bosses even came to visit her and her son in Calgary where they were staying.

    “A short three weeks later, I received an email from my employer saying that my position was being terminated and they were outsourcing it,” she says.

    Jensen was stunned but soon learned that her termination was in fact legal and that she didn’t qualify for the federal compassionate care leave program because she had not been with her employer for a full year.

    All that could change if the new bill introduced Wednesday is passed.

    The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act – the first major overhaul of the province’s workplace rules in nearly 30 years – would bring maternity and compassionate leave up to federal standards and allow Albertans to take unpaid leave to look after themselves and loved ones.

    Parents caring for a critically ill child would receive 36 weeks of job protection. Victims of domestic violence, and those facing the criminal disappearance or death of a child would also be allowed leave.

    “Albertans should not have to choose between taking care of their family and keeping their job,” Alberta Labour Minister Christina Gray told reporters while announcing the legislation.

    Jensen, whose son is now recovering from his illness and doing well, says she is delighted with the proposed new rules.

    She says she hopes they mean that other parents like her won’t have to deal with the financial hit of losing a job and searching for new work while at the same time caring for a child who is critically ill.

    But the Wildrose Party is not as pleased with the proposed legislation, arguing it is too bulky.

    The bill includes changes to areas such as hours worked, overtime and vacation pay. And it would vastly change the procedure for workplaces to become unionized.

    While the Wildrose Party supports the changes to work leave, they argue the other aspects should be separated from the main bill.

    “Bill 17, to be clear, groups these common-sense ideas with major labour code changes that are still too premature to be passed,” party leader Brian Jean told reporters.

    If passed, the legislation would come into effect Jan. 1, 2018. But will do nothing to help Jensen, who is still looking for work while caring for three other children and contending with an on-going divorce.

    Though friends and family have set up a GoFundMe page to help her with the financial burden, Jensen says she’s glad that other parents could soon benefit from the new rules.

    “I was telling the kids it makes my heart smile to know that this is going to help somebody else,” she said.

    With a report from CTV Edmonton’s Bill Fortier
     
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    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    Dog dies after found beaten and buried in Quebec


    WARNING: Some readers may find details in the following story to be distressing

    A dog that was found beaten, strangled, wrapped in a sheet and buried alive in a field east of Montreal has passed away, according to an SPCA Facebook post.

    The animal was found in a shallow grave by a pedestrian on Tuesday morning, in the community of Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford, Que. The pedestrian heard the dog whimpering and spotted its paw sticking out of the dirt, the SPCA said.

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    This dog was buried alive sometime between Sunday and Tuesday May 23, 2017. It was then placed in the care of the SPCA Monteregie

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    A dog was found in a hole in Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford, Que., injured but alive, on May 23, 2017. (SPCA Montegerie)

    Police recovered the dog from the hole and took it to a veterinary hospital for treatment.

    The dog, which was a Boxer named Sugar Ray, had been in critical but stable condition Tuesday night, according to the Montegerie SPCA.

    Unfortunately, Sugar Ray passed away Wednesday afternoon.

    “Very sad news our beautiful Boxer whom we named Sugar Ray, who fought so hard to survive, has passed away this afternoon,” read the Facebook post. “He was surrounded by the people who loved and cared for him […] We are heartbroken as we know everyone will be.”

    The Montegerie SPCA added that the details of the dog’s death are not yet confirmed.

    The incident comes just four months after a pair of missing dogs were tortured, strangled, killed and dumped in Saint-Valerien-de-Milton, a community approximately 25 kilometres north of Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford. The dogs had been reported missing by their owners in Saint-Cecile-de-Milton, which is at roughly the halfway point between Saint-Velerien-de-Milton and Saint-Paul-d'Abbotsford.

    Surete du Quebec are investigating Tuesday's case. They have not indicated whether they believe it's connected to the earlier dog deaths.
     
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    justpassingthru No Rest For The Wicked

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    REALLY, nobody wants to comment on that poor dog in the above story ???

    On another note, the Progressive Conservatives will announce their new leader this weekend.