Nineteen and counting. Nelson’s Fat Tire Festival went off like a bang as cycling enthusiasts flocked to mountains and streets of the Heritage City to participate in the event in memory of Cam Alexander, a friend and avid cyclist who lost his life tragically while riding his bike 19 years ago. The three-day event started with the bike clinics and the Kootenay Krawl Friday, took to the hills for Kootenay Kasino Day before concluding at the former Morning Mountain Ski Hill for Cross Country racing.Here are the results from the weekend:Kootenay Krawl:5 and under: Jack Denny6-8 year olds: Wyatt Atkins9-13 year olds: Liam Lazier”Grown-ups”: Travis Hauck (for the 2nd year)Last Wheelie Standing:Under 18: Nate AtkinsOver 18: Dude! (for the 2nd year!)Double Up Cross Country RaceSane Open Women: Jennifer Ross (solo)Sane Open Men: 1st: “AK Clueless” Alexander McKenzie and Kevin Cornics 2nd: “Slow Roller” CJ Reinecke and Matt PeschklSane Open Mixed: 1st: “Get awesome or die trying” Rachel MacCowie & Levon Schmidt 2nd: “McOlsen” Jenn McLean and Karl Olsen3rd: “Cherry Pickers” Tobi Ridge and Travis HauckSane Juniors: 1st: Arlo Henderson and Ira McKimmSane 80+ Mixed: 1st: “Cycle-eye” Nicola Kuhn and Ryan Kuhn 2nd: “S&M” Sue D and Mark DSane Over/Under: 1st: “Team Awesome” Mike Lazier and Liam Lazier 2nd: “Can Kiwi” Wendy Horning and Damian Horning 3rd: “100 Pounds of Bikes” Jim Jamieson & Coda Punchard 4th: “Team Green” Tracy Punchard and Oso Punchard 5th: “Maley Madness” Anthony Maley and Imogen Maley 6th: “Unicorn Cruzers” Blair Weston and Jordan WestonInsane Open Mixed: “Kiwi Kruisers” Nik Bernhard and Will Young (From NZ!)Insane Open Women: 1st: “New Bike-itis” Kristi Crowe & Jessica DeMars 1st: “Team V” Jeannie Dwyer and Neeva MarechalInsane Open Men: 1st: “Last Minute” Shane Keyser and Nelson Rocha 2nd: “RossGar” Gerry Heacock and Dave Sutton 3rd: “Mighty Manitoba” Mike Hood and Remi Champagne 4th: “Uphill Battle” Mark Weigeldt and Sylvain Turgeon 5th: “Johnstones” Luk Jansma and Sasha Kalabais 6th: “Star Trekies” Adam Coyle and Patrick Walker 7th: “Speed Demons” Jackson Giroux and Robbie KalabaisInsane Open 80+ Mixed: 1st: “Peddle, Dang It!” Sue and Kelly Robertson 2nd: (no team name) Candace English and Rudy 3rd: “Sollidos” Allison Lutz and Eric Sollid 4th: “Diamond Duo” Con and Martine DiamondInsane 80+ Men: 1st: “Screaming J’s” John Boulanger and Jakob Dulisse 2nd: “Expo 86” Graeme Marshall and Joel McBurney 3rd: “Moose Knuckles” Lucas Meyers and Dylan Henderson 4th: “C&C” Con Diamond and Case Grypma 5th: “R & B” Randy Lall and Bruce GardueInsane 100+: 50/50: Laura Lundy and Thierry BrionneKids X-C 2-3 Girls: 1st Sahara, 2nd Elise, 3rd Taya, 4th Stella, 5th Julia2-3 Boys: 1st Tristan, 2nd Jasper, 3rd Liam, 4th Cole, 5th Romi4-5 Girls: 1st Molly, 2nd Jersey, 3rd Winter, 4th Naiya, 5th Savanah4-5 Boys: 1st Liam, 2nd Dylan, 3rd Aiden, 4th Ceder, 5th Parker6-8 Girls: 1st Ruby, 2nd Anouk, 3rd Rowan, 4th Sasha, 5th Lauren6-8 Boys: 1st Lachlan, 2nd Marco, 3rd Aiden, 4th Cole, 5th Evan9-12 Girls: 1st Cayenne, 2nd Maggie, 3rd Imogen, 4th Maika9-12 Boys: 1st Mason, 2nd Aidan, 3rd Tayton, 4th JoeDownhillUnder 13 Girls: 1st: Cayenne Caney 5:08.20 2nd: Neeva Marechal 5:29.33 3rd: Imogen Maley 6:54.74 4th: Macy Weston Under 13 Boys: 1st: Nate Atkins 3:40.68 2nd: Bodhi Kuhn 3:47.63 3rd: Adam Kuch 3:59.70 4th: Nova Schiewe 4:09.86 5th: Liam Lazier 4:10.16 13-15 Boys: 1st: Jona Caney 3:23.26 2nd: Kalob Jensen 3:30.26 3rd: Evan Merritt 3:30.4916-18 Boys: 1st: Sam Kuch 3:19.45 2nd: Conrad Wekwert 3:21.66 3rd: Christopher DeVuono 3:30.50 16-18 Girls: 1st: Devin Knox: 4:01.43Open Women: 1st: Michelle Griffiths 3:17.40 2nd: Gaby Cote 3:41.38 3rd: Tara Carr 3:50.76 4th: Helen Miles 3:51.25Novice Women: 1st: Kerry Greenley 4:32:95 2nd: Lynda Dechief 4:36.45 3rd: Cassie Leclair 5:19:15Open Men: 1st: Mark Talbot 2:59.93 2nd: Levon Schmidt 3:05.62 3rd: Seb Lutz 3:06.10 4th: Russ Fountain 3:10.62 5th: Eric Wahn 3:11.60Master Women: 1st: Sheila Street 4:01.17 2nd: Nicola Kuhn 4:14.75 3rd: Tracy PunchardMaster Men: 1st: Ryan Kuhn 3:12.15 2nd: Sean Marechel 3:14:86 3rd: Ric Schneider 3:16.77 4th: Dylan Henderson 3:37.95 5th: Mike Lazier 3:45.92CAM SLAM: Coda Punchard and Jackson Giroux
Former champions Vere Technical advanced to the 2016 Headley Cup final after easing past Munro College by nine wickets last Friday.Scores in the two-day semi-final match played at Vere were Munro 95 and 140; Vere Technical 215 and 21 for one.The Robert Turner-coached Vere Technical have been unbeaten all season and they continued their fine run with another magnificent display. The destroyers on Friday were spinners Romaine Jacobs, with five for 36, and Ryan Burnett, three for 36. Javon Francis (28), David Curtis (25) and Phillip Ebanks (20) were the main contributors for the Malvern-based Munro.Vere reached 165 for six in reply on the opening day. The second day was delayed by almost two hours due to overnight rain. However, when play was resumed, Vere added a further 50 runs for their last four wickets. Romario Allen made 51 and Javere Bryan 36.GOOD INNINGSKnowing that only an outright win was their only hope of advancing, Munro started their second innings on fire as they racked up 35 runs off the first five overs. However, when Vere introduced the spin attack of AndrÈ Stubbs and Burnett, it was a different affair. Stubbs had excellent figures of seven for 61 and Burnett three for 24 as Munro slipped to 140 all out and a 20-run overall lead. Vere easily got past the required runs.Turner is hoping to turn back defending champions St Elizabeth Technical when both teams meet in the three-day final starting tomorrow at the Jamalco Sports Club.”It’s a great feeling to be in the final as the boys have played very well all season, and we did not expect to win that easily as Munro have been scoring very high all season,” Turner said.He said Vere were very confident they could dethrone St Elizabeth.”We are looking forward to meeting St Elizabeth Technical as over the years, they have beaten us either at this stage or in the quarter-finals but this time around, we are confident that we can go all the way,” Turner said last Friday.
14 March 2003A small municipality in southern KwaZulu-Natal has solved its office accommodation problems and created a potential tourist attraction by building a new R4.6-million railway station.The station, built in the traditional verandah style in the province’s southern town of Creighton, doubles as the civic offices of the new Ingwe municipality, which has chosen railway tourism as a major avenue for economic development.The Johannesburg-based Bushveld Safari charter train already stops regularly at the town on its way to Kokstad and Matatiele, in East Griqualand, and visits are likely to become more frequent.Ingwe municipality has earmarked another R4-million to buy a three-coach train that is expected to run excursions between Himeville and Underberg in the KwaSani municipality and Creighton.KwaSani already has a strong tourism infrastructure that Ingwe plans to expand on by creating a link with its neighbouring towns. The idea is to create economic opportunities for poor communities in an area largely reliant on a strong commercial farming sector.Part of the initiative will be for minibus taxi operators to offer tourist trips from the station, with stops every 12km to view attractions. These will include a viewing platform at Indodeni Falls to see a colony of bald ibis, a craft centre at the historic Centocow Mission built in 1890, and access to school choirs and cultural experiences in traditional homesteads.The municipality also plans to build a raised boardwalk around the Little Creighton Wetland – which is in walking distance from the station – where rare bird species such as the marsh owl and the African snipe can be seen. The municipality is also the habitat of the rare Cape parrot.Other plans include biannual steam train festivals that will be advertised internationally and will feature restored locomotives.The old Creighton station – a wood and iron colonial building – will be refurbished and converted into a museum. The old post office, also on the station platform, will become a tourist information centre. A shaded boma and braai facilities for tourists are being constructed on the platform, and the whole vicinity will be attractively landscaped with indigenous trees and shrubs.The council chamber at the new civic offices is already being used extensively for other public business such as regional police conferences.“We took a strategic decision”, said Ingwe Mayor Innocent Miya. “We saw an opportunity in railway tourism to create economic benefits for our people. We needed civic offices, so it made sense to construct them right here on the railway platform and create an attraction right away.”Meanwhile, the adjacent Ubuhlebezwe (Ixopo) municipality plans to restore an old steam train to draw the Paton Express, which is currently being drawn by a diesel train. The Paton Express operates in the hill country immortalised by Alan Paton in his novel, Cry the Beloved Country.Source: BuaNews
India’s Olympic momentsIndia has had more misses than medals at the Olympics over the years1900, Paris Norman Gilbert Pritchard, born in Calcutta, is the first Indian athlete to participate in the Olympics. He wins a silver each in 200 m dash and 200 m hurdles.1928, Amsterdam Men’s hockey team wins gold.1932, Los Angeles Men’s hockey team wins gold.1936, Berlin Men’s hockey team wins gold.1948, London Men’s hockey team wins gold. It is also the year that sees the first delegation of the men’s football team.1952, HelsinkiMen’s hockey team wins gold for the fifth time. Wrestler Khashaba Dadasaheb Jadhav wins bronze in men’s freestyle bantamweight wrestling.1956, Melbourne Men’s hockey team wins gold again. Men’s football team finishes fourth.1960, Rome Men’s hockey team wins silver.1964, Tokyo Men’s hockey team wins gold.1968, Mexico Bronze for men’s hockey team.1972, Munich Bronze for men’s hockey team.1980, Moscow Men’s hockey team wins gold.1984, Los Angeles P.T. Usha misses a bronze by 1/100th of a second.1996, AtlantaLeander Paes wins bronze in men’s singles tennis championship.2000, Sydney Karnam Malleshwari wins bronze in 69 kg weightlifting.2004, Athens Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore wins silver in the men’s double trap shooting.2008, Beijing Abhinav Bindra wins gold in men’s 10 m air rifle shooting. Sushil Kumar wins bronze in men’s 66 kg freestyle wrestling. Vijender Singh wins bronze in men’s 75 kg boxing.
Labour groups and some politicians are pushing to repeal a bylaw that allows retailers north of Toronto to stay open on holidays such as Family Day.Councillors in York Region, which consists of nine municipalities including Markham, Vaughan and Richmond Hill, Ont., voted 17-3 in favour of the Holiday Shopping Bylaw in November.The legislation exempts all businesses from a provincial law requiring them to close on nine statutory holidays each year. They’re now able to open, if they choose, for 364 days per year — every day except Dec. 25.The Toronto and York Region Labour Council has drafted a petition urging York Region to reconsider the bylaw, saying the extra days will cut into retail workers’ valuable time with their families.Labour council president John Cartwright said that in today’s “incredibly fast-paced world,” that time is more important than ever.“Often, that’s the only guaranteed time that people know they can spend with their families — statutory holidays — and now that’s been stripped away,” he said.According to the York Region Employment and Industry Report, approximately 64,000 people are employed in the retail sector in the region. Cartwright said many of them work two or three jobs in order to get by.“You can’t put a roof over your head in the (Greater Toronto Area) working only one job at 14 dollars an hour,” he said.Ontario’s Retail Business Holidays Act requires retailers to close on New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.Some businesses are exempted, including gas stations, pharmacies and any business under 225 square metres. The law also permits municipalities to exempt themselves from the requirements.The Retail Council of Canada applauded York Region’s decision, and said it is now lobbying neighbouring Peel Region to make a similar change.“Retailers should be deciding at their discretion whether to be open on statutory holidays without restrictions imposed by governments,” the council said in a statement.Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti was one of the three York regional councillors who voted against the bylaw, and he said there’s a growing movement to have it repealed.“I’m not even sure to what extent local municipalities are aware, or really understand the impacts of this new bylaw,” said Scarpitti, who held an event Friday with labour leaders to raise awareness of the issue.“The impact of this is not fully felt yet, obviously.”Cartwright said that many businesses initially called for volunteers to fill shifts on New Year’s Day, when the bylaw took effect, but ended up having to assign shifts.He said while employees will receive extra pay for working holidays like Family Day, he worries that may not last.“They used to get overtime pay on Sundays, when Sunday shopping first came in. But what happened over the years is that just became part of the reality,” he said.“It would only be a matter of time before this becomes the norm for those holidays as well. That’s how the market works, I’m afraid.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Local music group Scarlet Sway, and solo-artist Adam Winn have made it into the top 100 of CBC’s Music Searchlight.Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country. Voting is open until March 19th, and both groups are looking to get the vote of Peace Region residents.If both bands pass the voting stage and a panel of judges, they’ll get to partake in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, and will get to perform at JUNOFest 2019. Adam Winn. Photo courtesy Facebook page. Dawson Creek’s Scarlet Sway, who have made it into the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight national music contest. Photo by Scarlet Sway/Facebook Anyone wanting to vote for Scarlet Sway and/or Adam Winn can do so once a day by visiting:www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlight
An area of dense fog has formed causing near-zero visibilities, and the fog will likely continue until late Saturday morning. The warning covers Grande Prairie, Beaverlodge, Hythe, Sexsmith and out to Valleyview.Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.See the full warning below.Statements8:06 AM MDT Saturday 17 March 2018Fog advisory in effect for:Co. of Grande Prairie near Beaverlodge Hythe and DemmittCo. of Grande Prairie near Grande Prairie and WembleyCo. of Grande Prairie near Sexsmith and La GlaceM.D. of Greenview near DeBoltM.D. of Greenview near Little SmokyM.D. of Greenview near O’Brien Prov. Park and Big Mtn CreekM.D. of Greenview near Sturgeon LakeM.D. of Greenview near Valleyview and New Fish CreekM.D. of Greenview near Wapiti and Shuttler Flats Rec. AreaNear zero visibility in fog is expected or occurring.An area of dense fog has formed. Near-zero visibilities in fog will likely continue until late Saturday morning. UPDATE – The fog advisory has ended.GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Environment Canada has issued a fog advisory for Grande Prairie and surrounding communities.The warning says near zero visibility in fog is expected or occurring. Travel is expected to be hazardous due to reduced visibility in some locations. If visibility is reduced while driving, turn on your lights and maintain a safe following distance.Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #ABStorm.
May said she’s perfectly fine with Green popularity pushing other parties to raise their games on climate. While both the Liberals and NDP claimed their motions had been in the works before the byelection result, May said there is no doubt in her mind that Paul Manly’s winning and the NDP and Liberals finishing distantly third and fourth, “had almost everything to do with” the motions.The NDP motion failed because it called for Canada to drop plans to expand the Trans Mountain pipeline, a pipeline May also opposes. The Liberal motion hasn’t yet gone to a vote.The Green climate plan also calls for Canada to double its cuts to greenhouse-gas emissions by 2030 and get emissions to zero by 2050. That plan includes no longer selling combustion-engine cars after 2030 and replacing all existing combustion-engine vehicles by 2040.Canada imports about a million barrels of oil a day and produces four times that much. In 2017, Canada produced 4.2 million barrels of oil, and exported 3.3 million of those. Domestic refineries handled 1.8 million barrels. OTTAWA, O.N. – Green party Leader Elizabeth May says saving the world from climate change requires Canada to get off oil before the middle of the century.In the meantime, she wants Canada off foreign oil as soon as possible.The promise to make Canada energy independent is _ perhaps unexpectedly _ in line with the economic and climate strategy of Conservative leader Andrew Scheer. Scheer’s plan calls for Canada to import no foreign oil by 2030, partly by planning an energy corridor across Canada that could simplify the construction of pipelines able to move Alberta oil to any coast. He sees it as a way to find additional domestic markets for Canada’s oilsands, in a bid to increase their production.May’s plan, to “turn off the taps to oil imports” is only a stop-gap measure to keep foreign oil out until Canada can break its oil habit altogether.By 2050, May wants bitumen to be used in Canada only by the petrochemical industry for plastics, rubber, paint, and other such products.“As long as we are using fossil fuels we should be using our fossil fuels,” said May.May’s climate plan is likely to get more scrutiny than its predecessors in past elections.The Liberals and NDP already proved they are paying close attention to the rising threat of Green support, with both pushing similar motions to declare climate change an emergency in the House of Commons earlier this month. Both motions were tabled less than a week after the Greens elected a second MP in a Vancouver Island byelection, and not long after a provincial wing of the party formed the official opposition in Prince Edward Island. Canada’s oil producers already pump enough product to meet domestic demand but there are two problems: there is no pipeline from the oil-rich west to refineries in the east, and even if there were, those refineries aren’t equipped to handle the heavier bitumen that is the Alberta oilsands’ trademark.For Canadian refineries in the east, bitumen from the oilsands must be upgraded to synthetic crude. May’s plan is to invest in upgraders to do it.She acknowledges weaning Canada off foreign oil won’t happen overnight, given existing contracts Canadian refineries have and figuring out how to build the upgraders and then ship the product.Privately, Liberal government critics suggest there is no way to have Canada’s east coast use Canadian oil without building a new pipeline to get the products there. May does not support a new pipeline anywhere, and argues the raw bitumen could be transferred by rail as long as Canada invests more in its rail services.The proposed Energy East pipeline to carry diluted bitumen to the east coast fell apart in 2017 amid significant opposition in Quebec, opposition that continues under the new Coalition Avenir Quebec government.Scheer’s plan is to establish an energy corridor that would allow an Energy East-like pipeline to proceed alongside interprovincial electricity grids, with only one right-of-way required.May said the Greens are the “only party that have a plan that allows human civilization to survive.”“It’s not a Canadian lifestyle choice,” she said. “All of humanity is at risk.”