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Elite athletes to paddle board from Vancouver to Victoria for men’s health – BC

Eleven elite athletes plan to traverse the waters between Vancouver and Victoria on paddle boards this week to draw attention to men’s health.

The Stand Up Paddle for Men’s Health kicks off Thursday morning at 5 a.m. from First Beach, arriving in Victoria on Saturday night.

Leading the group of paddle boarders will be four-time Canadian Olympian Simon Whitfield.

He hopes the trip across the Georgia Strait will make men think about the small changes they can make to live healthier.

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“I’ve definitely seen it in my life, when my Dad addressed his health, the happiness followed,” says Whitfield.

The paddle is being organized by the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation, a national non-profit organization founded by Dr. Larry Goldenberg, targeting men between 30 and 50.

Whitfield says he was surprised to learn there wasn’t already a foundation focusing on the health of Canadian men.

“When you look into the issues, the campaign is very effective.”

The paddle between the Mainland and Vancouver Island is 140 kilometres and will take three days. It takes approximately 600 paddles to travel one kilometre, but Whitfield says it’s not a race.

“We will be going about 8-10 km/h, which is much faster than a traditional paddle board,” says Whitfield.

“It’s not about being the fastest or the first, but it’s about the fraternity of doing things together, and the idea that men’s health is an issue the community should take on together,” says Whitfield.

He says the group is in good company, with Lina Augaitis, a world champion stand-up paddle boarder, along for the trip.

Some of Augaitis’ paddle boarding achievements include paddle boarding around the Hawaiian Islands, and from Whitehorse to Dawson on the Yukon River, a distance of 750 km.

She is one of two women on the trip, something Whitfield says is important.

“Women play an important role in men’s health issues, in terms of support and counsel,” he says.

Whitfield says he’s the least experienced paddle boarder of the group, having only picked up the sport last September. But he says he’s prepared.

“I’ll have my coffee grinder and bodum on the support boat, and lots of sea-salted popcorn to snack on,” says Whitfield.

The group plans to be on the water 12 hours the first day, and eight hours each day on the second and third days, contingent on good weather. They will be camping along the way on the Gulf Islands.

According to the Canadian Men’s Health Foundation men are 79 per cent more likely to die from heart disease, and 57 per cent more likely to die from diabetes than women. In addition, men are 24 per cent less likely than women to have visited a doctor in the past year.

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Canadian Men’s Health week runs from June 9 – June 15 (Father’s Day).

Map of the paddle board route.

WATCH: Keeping men healthy, part one – Elaine Yong reports:

Northern Gateway: Why environmentalists believe it’s not worth the risk

TORONTO – With the proposed Northern Gateway Project one step closer to becoming a reality, some may be left wondering about the potential environmental impact.

The twin pipeline, travelling 1,177 km across Alberta and British Columbia, will transport bitumen, a thick form of oil that needs to be diluted with light petroleum oil. It comes from Alberta’s oil sands. When it is diluted, it is called dilbit.

This dilbit will end up in a terminal in Kitimat, B.C., and will then be loaded onto tankers that will travel the Douglas Channel, eventually heading out to the Pacific Ocean, and, its advocates say, open up the Canadian market.

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But many scientists and environmentalists are afraid of what an oil spill could mean to the environment.

On May 26, 250 Canadian scientists – as well as some from around the world including the United States, Switzerland, and Australia – signed a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to reject the Joint Review Panel’s assessment of the Northern Gateway Project. The 12-page letter cited a concern over the perceived “flawed analysis of the risks and benefits to British Columbia’s environment and society.”

One of their concerns was the failure by the panel to conduct external reviews.

It’s this lack of external review that has led the group called Concerned Professional Engineers, located in British Columbia, to publish a white paper in March detailing its concerns over the risk of  an oil spill.

Both groups seriously question whether or not the economic benefits are worth the risk to the environment should something go wrong.

Dinara Willington, vice president of research at the Canadian Energy Research Institute, has studied the economic benefits of the Northern Gateway Project. Her study examined at length the economic benefits.

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“More than half of GDP impact will occur in British Columbia –$4.7 billion,” Dinara told Global News.

But for many people in that province, that isn’t worth the risk. There has been some debate as to whether or not dilbit will sink or float if it spills. If it floats, it’s easier to clean.

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“Once oil spills, it’s other damages that can occur other than it sinking,” Merv Fingas, an independent environmental consultant told Global News.

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“It might sink in fresh water, but not typically in salt water,” Fingas said. “However, if it interacts with particles and other heavier materials it could sink in salt water,” Fingas said. The particles could include clay or other minerals.

Andrew Weaver, the Green Party MLA for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, B.C., said that if dilbit were to spill in salt water that had suspended particles, it would be of great concern to the environment.

“What happens there is it either sinks or creates tar balls,” he told Global News. “What we know is that in many of these coastal waters, particularly where we are in Fraser River…there is no shortage of suspended sediments in the actual water column.”

Weaver pointed to an Enbridge pipeline that ruptured in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2010, spilling 3.3 million litres of oil into the Kalamazoo River. The bitumen sank and efforts to clean it have lasted more than three years.

Fingas said that the effects of an oil spill would be just as devastating as other oil spills. “I think the unknown characteristics of this have led a lot of people to be sort of confused about what might happen. It seems as though this is extraordinary, but it’s just the same.”

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Depending on nature

Weaver believes that British Columbians, known for their eco-tourism, have spoken loudly about their concerns. It’s not just the wildlife, but the coastal waters – where people live, where people depend on nature – that concerns him most.

“We have a company that’s decided that it wants to ship diluted bitumen, despite the fact that virtually every First Nation in the area, the people of Kitimat, who are at the terminus of this, and something of the order of 80 per cent of British Columbians, including the present government, including the official opposition, and the B.C. Green Party, all of us have said no,” Weaver said.

“What about no, do you not get?”

Northern Gateway has been challenged by First Nations groups and Kitimat residents. Some of the concerns include impacts the pipeline would have on wildlife across both Alberta and B.C.

The proposed tanker route leaving from Kitimat, B.C. is shown on a map Thursday, Sept, 19, 2013.


And if there were to be an oil spill, there is the concern about how one would clean up it up.

In an emailed response from Environment Canada, spokesperson Mark Johnson said, should an oil spill occur, “All available countermeasures to respond…will be evaluated with the objective of achieving the best possible benefit for the environment.

“Only dispersants that provide a net environmental benefit would be approved.”

But the argument from environmentalists is that the risk of an oil spill just isn’t worth it.

“Nobody wants oil tankers in our coastal waters,” Weaver said.

“It’s a disaster waiting to happen.”

‘Wynne has gone beyond the pale’: Ex-NDP chief fires back at Liberal leader – Toronto

TORONTO – Former federal NDP leader Ed Broadbent fired back at Kathleen Wynne in a statement Monday after Wynne had sought to differentiate her Ontario NDP rival Andrea Horwath from such legends of the left as Broadbent or the late Jack Layton.

“Partisan debate is one thing, but by invoking my name in weekend speeches and articles to attack Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP, Kathleen Wynne has gone beyond the pale,” Broadbent said in the statement.

“Let no one doubt: I fully support Andrea Horwath and the Ontario NDP.”

Wynne appealed to stalwart NDP voters in a speech over the weekend telling them that a vote for the NDP on Thursday will only help Tim Hudak become premier.

“That is how far the NDP has fallen – it’s not the party that it was,” Wynne said. “It’s not the party of Jack Layton. It’s not the party of Ed Broadbent. It’s not the party of Stephen Lewis.”

The Liberals also launched an ad echoing Wynne, entitled “Vote Horwath – Elect Hudak.”

Horwath has also come under fire from left-wing stalwarts for her more populist policies in this election.

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Las Vegas shooting suspects had white supremacist ideology: police – National

Watch above: A shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, that left two police officers dead, doesn’t fit the pattern of other U.S. shooting incidents. Robin Stickley explains.

LAS VEGAS – Las Vegas police said Monday that the two suspects in the shooting deaths of two officers had ideology that was along the lines of “militia and white supremacists.”

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  • 2 officers, 3 others dead in Las Vegas shooting

Police are also looking into whether Jerad Miller and his wife, Amanda had been at Cliven Bundy’s Nevada ranch during a standoff with government agents earlier this year.

Bundy, who rejects the authority of the federal government, got into a high-profile showdown with U.S. officials who say he owes more than $1 million in fees and penalties for grazing his cattle on government land. Hundreds of supporters, some of them armed, went to the ranch to support Bundy.

Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said the two suspects believed that law enforcement was the “oppressor.”

McMahill said the shootings were an isolated act and officers were still looking for a motive.

The two officers were having lunch at a strip mall pizza buffet when the Millers fatally shot them at point-blank range in an ambush. The suspects then fled to a nearby Wal-Mart, where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said.

The attack at a CiCi’s Pizza restaurant killed Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, who are both husbands and fathers. Jerad Miller yelled, “This is a revolution!” McMahill said.

McMahill said at a news conference Monday that both suspects fired multiple shots into Beck. They then placed a note, a yellow “Don’t tread on me” flag and a swastika on the officers’ bodies.

The deadly rampage in the aging shopping centre about 5 miles (8 kilometres) northeast of the Las Vegas Strip took place in a matter of minutes.

Police were called at 11:22 a.m. to the pizzeria. Shots were reported five minutes later at a nearby Wal-Mart, where the shooters gunned down 31-year-old Joseph Wilcox of Las Vegas just inside the front door and exchanged gunfire with police before killing themselves, authorities and the Clark County coroner’s office said.

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Ontario election: Polls suggest tight race with just days left in campaign – Toronto

TORONTO – The Ontario Liberal party has a slight lead in the polls with just days to go before the 2014 Ontario election.

An aggregation of polls done by the Laurier Institute for the Study of Public Opinion and Policy suggests the Liberals could pick up 48 seats, the Progressive Conservatives 41 and the NDP 18.

That would mean results almost identical to 2011’s, with a minority Liberal government and no party losing or gaining more than five seats.

The projected seat distribution as of June 9. Data from Lispop桑拿按摩

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But when it comes to the popular vote it’s a tight race. The Liberals have a two-point lead in popular vote, one point less than a previous aggregation released on June 5.

Barry Kay, a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University used polls from May 28 to June 6 and a sample of roughly 5,000 respondents to formulate the results.

Seat projection, June 9 »

Seat projection, June 9

Seat projection, June 9 »

Seat projection, June 9

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