Trans Mountain a frustrating, anger-inducing process for Alberta: Notley

first_imgFORT MCMURRAY, A.B. – Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the challenges facing the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion shows her province can do everything by the book and still get shortchanged.Notley says the recent Federal Court of Appeal decision quashing the expansion project has provoked frustration and anger in Alberta, but her government will continue to fight to get it built.She says without it, the ongoing pipeline bottlenecks will continue to cost Canada $40 million a day in a discounted price for oil.- Advertisement -“I know I speak for everyone here in this room and every Albertan in saying that we are frustrated and, let’s go with it, angry about the recent court decision on Trans Mountain,” Notley said at the official opening of Suncor’s new Fort Hills oilsands extraction site, north of Fort McMurray on Monday.“Alberta and Albertans have done everything right and so far it hasn’t worked, but you know what we are not going to let it rest. We are going to keep fighting.”The Appeal Court recently struck down the pipeline on the grounds the federal government did not consult properly with First Nations and did not take into account the impact of tanker traffic on marine life.Advertisement The Trans Mountain project would double the existing line from Alberta to B.C. to triple the amount of oil shipped to the coast, allowing producers to sell to Pacific Rim markets and fetch a better price.The Alberta government says lack of pipeline access is forcing its producers to sell exclusively to the U.S. market at a substantial price reduction.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is considering all options to get the project restarted. Notley met with Trudeau last week in Edmonton and said Trudeau promised her a new timeline within weeks.Ottawa now owns the existing Trans Mountain line, purchasing it along with other assets recently for $4.5 billion to ensure the expansion gets completed.Advertisement In the meantime, Notley has pulled Alberta out of the federal climate change program, which calls for escalating levies on carbon emissions.Notley has said getting Trans Mountain up and running was quid pro quo for Alberta signing on to the federal carbon program, and that Alberta will stay on the sidelines until the Trans Mountain problem is fixed.Alberta retains its own climate plan, which taxes carbon at $30 a tonne, but for now won’t increase it in 2021 to keep it in lockstep with the federal program.last_img read more

Northern Development Initiative Trust Administrates BC Hydro Fund

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT) was appointed as the Financial Administrator of the Peace Agricultural Compensation Fund (PACF) by BC Hydro.The fund, launched earlier this year, with a transferred $20 million to NDIT, the final step in the creation of the fund. Inaugural grant applications are anticipated in fall 2019.The PACF supports agricultural priorities, such as production and economic activity, in the Peace Region. This is a recognition of the role agriculture plays in the Peace River Region and BC Hydro’s acknowledgement of the potential effects of the Site C Project on agriculture.- Advertisement -The NDIT was selected through a competitive procurement process, as an independent corporation that was established in 2005. They manage more than $80 million in funding for partner organizations, including administration of the $800,000 BC Hydro Generate Opportunities (GO) Fund shares BC Hydro.NDIT as the PACF Administrator will manage the fund and act as a secretariat to the regional decision-making board, according to BC Hydro who share they are responsible for overseeing the management and disbursement of the fund.A strategic five-year plan being developed by the NDIT and the board will fund application packages and evaluation criteria, as well as a financial management plan.Advertisementlast_img read more

Eyes on the road

first_imgAfter automatically capturing a license plate, the system checks it against a statewide crime database.Two key locations within the city will each be covered by two cameras, officials said.“The four cameras will capture approximately 95 percent of the vehicles and their license plates traveling in and out the city,” said Captain Mike Smith of Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Industry Station.Officials unveiled the system at a news conference at Hacienda Boulevard and West Road, where two of the cameras have been installed. The second location is a secret, Smith said.Officials hope the system will allow deputies to obtain vital information on vehicles involved in criminal activity, such as car thefts, illegal dumping, missing persons and AMBER Alerts. Photo Gallery: Advanced Surveillance and Protection LA HABRA HEIGHTS — Officials Monday pulled the lens caps off a new surveillance camera system that photographs vehicles’ license plates from two fixed locations, making La Habra Heights the first city in the county to employ such a system.While automatic license plate recognition systems are used in other cities, including La Mirada and Whittier, La Habra Heights’ Advanced Surveillance and Protection system is the first to have cameras deployed at fixed spots in the city.Other cities use the system in police patrol cars. “We’re very excited about this new program,” La Habra Heights Mayor Brian Bergman said.Earlier this year, the City Council approved $45,970 to install the cameras, using California Law Enforcement Equipment Funds — a state grant program..The camera surveillance already is proving its mettle, officials said. On June 1, during a test of the system, the cameras captured the license plate number of a truck that had been stolen earlier that day in Orange County.Within two seconds, the system transmitted the license plate to the Industry Station, where a dispatcher deployed units to intercept the truck, Smith said.Deputies who stopped the truck found a sawed-off shotgun, live ammunition, burglary tools, stolen property and a controlled substance inside the vehicle, he said.The male driver, a parolee at large, and a female passenger, both of La Habra Heights, were arrested, he added.“The program has already shown to be a great success, and we are looking for more arrests,” Bergman said.Sheriff’s officials in La Mirada have installed a license-recognition camera in a patrol car there, while one patrol car used by the Whittier Police Department also is equipped with the system, officials said.sandra.molina@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Long arm of Trader Joe’s

first_imgTrader Joe’s will replace the Longs Drugs that closed on Ventura Boulevard near Canoga Avenue a few months ago. The new store will be on the north side of the street, and details on the opening are still being worked out. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

DONEGAL-BASED BUSINESSMAN BUYS HOMES TO STOP BANKS RE-POSSESSING THEM

first_imgPeter CaseyA DONEGAL-based businessman has been buying homes and leasing them back to families so the banks don’t get them.Peter Casey, a successful businessman in the world of recruitment who argues for ethical ways of doing business, has saved several families from eviction.The executive chairman of recruitment company Claddagh Resources, has bought several homes just before they were reposessed by banks. And then he leased them back to the occupants so they weren’t left without a roof over their heads.“Before the banks foreclose, I buy the property and enter into a long-term lease [with the occupants], so they don’t put up the for sale sign,” said Casey.He says he works with an estate agent who identifies families in trouble and then helps out.It’s understood he bought around 14 such properties in last year alone. “I bought one last week, the banks were foreclosing on this lady and now the neighbours don’t know,” he said.“Don’t get me wrong, I make a decent return on them. I’m getting around 7.5% or 8% yield.“The banks could easily have been doing this themselves,” he insisted.But the way he works allows people to stay in their homes and pay affordable rent. It works for both sides.Casey’s recent book, The World’s Greatest Company – Tata, focuses on a company which employs 300,000 people and is chaired by Ireland’s richest man Cyrus Mistry. Mistry’s mother Patsy Perin Dubash is from Dublin and is married to Pallonji Mistry and they all hold Irish passports.The family owns 18.4% of Tata, while 66% is owned by philanthropic trusts. The company has businesses in seven sectors: communications and information technology, engineering, materials, services, energy, consumer products and chemicals. It also owns the Jaguar luxury car company. Tata became Claddagh’s biggest client in the last decade after a former Ernst & Young executive who Casey had worked with joined Tata.The book began as a 15-page information manual about the company. However, the project expanded and Casey gained extensive access to the very private company. Casey was impressed by its ethos of doing good deeds.“Every employee in Tata is required to sign the Tata code of conduct, it would blow your mind”. “If every director in Ireland had been forced to sign it, we would never have gotten into the mess we’re in,” said Casey. “And every politician should be forced to sign it.”Casey is also setting up a company which uses cloud-based video technology for the recruitment sector in Letterkenny.Casey, who divides his time between Atlanta in the US and Derry, also tries to invest in ethical stock.“I sold all my Apple shares when I realised they pay minimum wage in most countries where they could get away with it,” said Casey. “They could change the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in China by paying $1 more an hour.His own company Claddagh Resources, is based in Lisfannon, although he mostly lives in Atlanta.DONEGAL-BASED BUSINESSMAN BUYS HOMES TO STOP BANKS RE-POSSESSING THEM was last modified: December 30th, 2014 by John2Share 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:banksDonegal DailyPeter Caseylast_img read more

Don’t go, Zlatan! PSG star pleads with Ibrahimovic to snub Man United interest

first_img Thiago Silva greets Paris Saint-Germain teammate Zlatan Ibrahimovic 1 Thiago Silva has told Zlatan Ibrahimovic to reject interest from Manchester United to stay at Paris Saint-Germain.The Swede has been in stunning form this season and has scored 38 goals in 41 games in all competitions.The 34-year-old’s contract with PSG expires in the summer, though, and he has attracted interest from Manchester United.But Ibrahimovic’s captain, Silva, wants the striker to snub a move to Old Trafford and stay in the French capital.“I’m not just saying this because I’m friends with him, but I can’t imagine PSG without Zlatan,” Silva told Sky Deutschland.“Ibra is invaluable for our team, opponents struggle to get him under control. He’s simply too clever and his moves are very intelligent.“Some argue that he’s getting old, I would rather say he’s experienced. At the moment I can’t imagine PSG without him very easily.”last_img read more

MASSIVE SAVINGS AT EVOLVE MENSWEAR’S SUMMER SALE!

first_imgPromoted postEvolve Menswear’s massive summer sale is now on. With suits from just €99, footwear from €10, and up to 70% off jeans, there’s huge savings to be had right across their Letterkenny and Derry stores.Prices have been slashed on clothing from Farah, Adidas, Fred Perry, Jack & Jones and Lyle & Scott, while many more leading clothing brands have been reduced by up to 50%.There’s also huge discounts on suits from Magee, Lambretta, and Remus Uomo to name but a few.Evolve Menswear, the North West’s leading menswear retailer, has branches at the Letterkenny Retail Park, and in Foyle Street in Derry. You can Like them on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/evolve.menswearMASSIVE SAVINGS AT EVOLVE MENSWEAR’S SUMMER SALE! was last modified: July 1st, 2016 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:Derrydonegalevolve menswearSALElast_img read more

Get involved

first_imgThe Los Angeles Unified School District isn’t known for being all that parent-friendly. That’s why events such as the Parents Summit coming up Saturday are so important. The 10th annual summit will allow parents rare interaction with the bureaucracy through workshops, which will help parents gain insight into accessing the district and empowering themselves. We encourage parents to show up in force, even if just for an hour or two, to make their voices be heard, to agitate for things their classrooms and schools need, and generally get involved. The summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Los Angeles Convention Center downtown. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Snowpack above normal in Sierra

first_img160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – A series of January storms has kept the vital Sierra Nevada snowpack about 20 percent above normal for this time of year, according to a new snow survey conducted Wednesday. The storms have been gentle compared to the heavy rains that flooded rivers and streams over the New Year’s weekend, but they still are piling up snow, to the delight of skiers and ski resort operators. The storms have rolled in every few days to powder the mountains after a warm December in which much of the precipitation fell as rain. “We had pretty close to a normal accumulation for January,” Snow Survey Chief Frank Gehrke said by phone from Phillips Station along Highway 50 south of Lake Tahoe. About nine new inches accumulated at the snow survey site there in the last month, bringing the snow depth to 56 inches. “We talked to a property owner up here and he was saying it’s been kind of a yucky January – just kind of gray. No big dumps, but every couple of days they get precipitation,” Gehrke said. As he spoke, a mixture of freezing rain and snow fell and temperatures hovered around freezing. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card More than 50 agencies and utilities collect the snow depth readings from 382 remote sensors and human surveyors, and the state Department of Water Resources tabulates them. Statewide, the second snow survey of the season found the snowpack at 121 percent of normal. That’s down from the 145 percent above average that was recorded just after the heavy New Year’s storms. The northern Sierra snowpack is 111 percent of normal for this time of year; the central part of the range is 121 percent of normal; and the southern Sierra has 133 percent of the typical year’s snowpack. A healthy snow accumulation is important to farmers and water managers as well as skiers. The state gets more than a third of its drinking and irrigation water from Sierra snow, which functions as a giant, frozen reservoir along the 400-mile range. Hydroelectric plants rely on the snow melt to produce about a quarter of the state’s power. This year’s accumulation lags last year, when more than 12 feet of snow fell over two weeks in early January, the most in nearly a century. With the bulk of winter storms likely still ahead, the snowpack statewide was at 73 percent of the total that would typically fall by April 1. last_img read more