Rickford speaks at First Nations’ tanker meet

VANCOUVER – With the clock ticking down for his government’s decision on Northern Gateway, Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford said Monday there have been significant strides forward on pipeline and marine traffic safety in talks between Ottawa and First Nations.

For at least the fourth time in as many weeks, Rickford was in British Columbia. This time, he was speaking at an aboriginal summit on pipeline and marine tanker safety.

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“Obviously, there are varied reactions. We’ve all, I think to a certain extent, agreed that there are issues around a specific project or a specific aspect of energy infrastructure, energy transportation, but we’re plenty capable to have those conversations,” Rickford told reporters following his speech.

“I’m confident that we’ve laid the foundation for an effective dialogue moving forward.”

But leaders of the three most powerful aboriginal organizations in B.C. said the answer remains “no” to Northern Gateway.

“In the event that the Harper government attempt to ram this through… it will serve to poison the well with respect to the LNG efforts to develop First Nations’ support for that set of proposals,” warned Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs.

“It’s going to completely undermine and damage what’s left of the relationship between First Nations and both provincial and federal governments.”

Grand Chief Ed John, head of the First Nations Summit, said while LNG falls under provincial jurisdiction, there are concerns about the cumulative effects of many different projects. Those include fracking, oil pipelines, the B.C. government’s Site C hydroelectric dam and mining.

Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould, regional leader of the Assembly of First Nations, urged about 150 people attending the conference organized by the Musqueam nation to take a measured approach to the divisive issue.

But she also scolded the federal government for its use of omnibus budget legislation to make changes to environmental laws and governance.

“Our relationship with the federal government remains challenged, to say the least,” Wilson Raybould said after her speech.

Phillip was more blunt.

“It’s very difficult to sit there and listen to Minister Rickford talk about building partnerships and collaboration when everything they’ve done has been done unilaterally, without any discussion,” he said.

“And he stands up there and he maintains there’s this strong engagement, this robust engagement with First Nations and that’s just absolutely not true.”

With a June 17 deadline for a final decision on the $6.8-billion Northern Gateway pipeline, Rickford gave no hint of when or what that decision will be.

He did, however, reiterate the need for a pipeline leading somewhere for land-locked Alberta oil. Rickford’s predecessor Joe Oliver, now the federal finance minister, echoed those comments on the other side of the country.

“Canadians need to understand the consequences of not moving our resources to tidewater,” Oliver said at an international economic conference in Montreal.

A diversified market for Canadian oil is worth $30 billion a year, he said.

Canada has 168 billion barrels of proven oil reserves, possibly 300 billion with advances in technology, Oliver said. The country also has 37 trillion cubic metres of natural gas.

“So the choice is stark: head down the path of economic decline, higher unemployment, limited funds for social programs like health care, continuing deficits and growing debt or achieve prosperity and security now and for future generations through the responsible development of our resources.”

Rickford told industry and aboriginal leaders in Vancouver that global demand for energy is expected to increase by one third by 2035.

In B.C., investment in natural gas is expected to bring $180 billion in economic benefits over the next 25 years, he said. Across Canada, hundreds of resource projects worth $650 billion are planned or underway.

“However, none of that can come to fruition unless we have a strong and confident relationship, in particular between First Nations communities and the provincial government and federal government,” Rickford told reporters.

Texas can continue to keep execution drug supplier secret – National

HOUSTON – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused an appeal from a Texas death row inmate whose attorneys had demanded that state officials disclose the source of drugs intended to execute him.

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Robert James Campbell, 41, had avoided execution May 13 when the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals stopped his punishment less than three hours before he could have been put to death. That court agreed to give Campbell’s lawyers time to pursue claims that he’s mentally impaired and ineligible for the death penalty. That issue is still pending.

At the time of the reprieve, Campbell’s appeal seeking identity of the supplier of the pentobarbital used by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for executions was before the Supreme Court.

Campbell was sentenced to death for the 1991 abduction, rape and slaying of a 20-year-old Houston bank teller, Alexandra Rendon.

The ruling, one of three Monday involving condemned Texas prisoners, was in line with similar rulings from the high court, which so far has not halted an execution based on a state’s refusal to reveal its lethal injection drug supplier.

Death penalty states have been scrambling to find drugs after several manufacturers refused to sell their products for use in lethal injections.

The secrecy argument also was used by lawyers ahead of a bungled execution in April in Oklahoma, though that inmate’s collapsed veins, not the drug, have been cited as the likely culprit.

READ MORE: Should we worry about ‘botched’ executions?

Last month, the Texas Attorney General’s office, ruling in an open records case from attorneys for a death row inmate, said Texas can keep its execution drug supplier secret. The ruling cited arguments from law enforcement that suppliers face serious danger if they are identified.

Texas law enforcement officials have refused to say what threats they have found, calling any details about them “law enforcement sensitive information” and refusing to say if any pharmacies were in danger or what the agency was doing to investigate.

Lawyers for death row inmates insist they need the information to verify the drugs’ potency and protect inmates from unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment.

In another case Monday, the Supreme Court refused to consider an appeal from a man sent to Texas death row for strangling and trying to rape a woman jogging near her Houston home nearly 17 years ago.

Arthur Lee Burton, 44, had appealed a lower court’s rejection of his arguments that his admission to a prison sociologist that he killed Nancy Adleman, a 48-year-old mother of three, was improperly obtained. Burton’s original sentence was thrown out by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. He received another death sentence at a new punishment trial in 2002. Burton also had argued his legal help at his trial and in earlier appeals was deficient.

In the third case, the high court upheld the murder conviction and death sentence given to Kwame Rockwell of Fort Worth for a 2010 convenience store holdup that left two men dead. Rockwell, now 38, was convicted in 2012 of the fatal shooting of Daniel Rojas, 22, a store clerk. Evidence showed a 70-year-old deliveryman, Jerry Burnett, also was fatally shot.

None of the three – Campbell, Burton or Rockwell – has an execution date.

©2014The Associated Press

How should Edmonton grow? City seeks input on infill housing plan – Edmonton

EDMONTON – One week after releasing its infill plan proposal, the City of  Edmonton is asking residents to provide their feedback.

Edmontonians are invited to review the Infill Action Plan online or at two public events:

–          On Wednesday, June 11 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. in City Hall’s City Room;

–          On Saturday, June 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Central Lions Recreation Centre

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“People are resistant to change,” said Leith Deacon, an assistant professor in the University of Alberta’s planning program.

“It would be strange if people rolled over and just took something without giving feedback.

“I think it’s good that Edmontonians and other citizens from other communities are involved in this discussion. It shouldn’t be something that’s implemented across the board without adequate back-and-forth.”

Deacon said the city’s draft infill plan is a good first step.

The document contains 24 proposals, many of them entailing specific actions to be taken by city administration.

“The vast majority are dealing with ideas surrounding access and transparency and ensuring that citizens feel that they have adequate opportunity to participate in this discussion.”

READ MORE: City releases infill plan proposal, asks public for feedback 

There are proposed changes to both the single family (RF1) and small-scale infill (RF3) zones. (Read the full action plan below).

The new RF1 zone would allow for easier subdivision of lots into two, encouraging the creation of newer, smaller residences. The easing of restrictions on the RF3 zone is meant to support the construction of more row housing. In addition, new garage and garden suites are identified as a top priority, and the city plans to again relax regulations to encourage construction of these housing types.

City of Edmonton seeks input on infill housing plan, June 9, 2014

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City of Edmonton seeks input on infill housing plan, June 9, 2014

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City of Edmonton seeks input on infill housing plan, June 9, 2014

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City of Edmonton seeks input on infill housing plan, June 9, 2014

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City of Edmonton seeks input on infill housing plan, June 9, 2014

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City of Edmonton seeks input on infill housing plan, June 9, 2014

City of Edmonton seeks input on infill housing plan, June 9, 2014

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City of Edmonton seeks input on infill housing plan, June 9, 2014

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The plan outlines a series of proposals to encourage infill development over the next two years. In 2013, only 14 per cent of all new residences went up in established neighbourhoods.

During the three-week public review process – which runs until June 23 – Edmontonians are invited to comment on the Action Plan.

“Stagnant is not the answer to the vitality of a community or a city,” said Deacon.

“Especially a city like Edmonton that is growing and that does have a lot of space in a lot of neighbourhoods for infill.”

Still, Deacon believes the city has to apply some zoning regulations to ensure infill development matches the older neighbourhoods in some way, shape or feel.

The president of the Infill Development in Edmonton Association (IDEA) says that is all part of good design.

“You do need to design infill well and you do need to take into context the neighbourhood and the street face,” Tegan Martin-Drysdale explained. “To do anything else is just not good design.”

She adds that city restrictions need to be balanced to allow for innovation, creativity, and affordability – by allowing for secondary suites or multi-family housing, for instance.

Martin-Drysdale would also like to see the city approve infill housing in more Edmonton communities.

“What we’ve got is a scarcity in supply, which drives prices up.”

READ MORE: Edmonton moves forward on controversial mature neighbourhoods bylaw 

Developer Doug Kelly agrees.

“In my opinion, council has to rezone or approve the subdivision of 50-foot lots in more neighbourhoods to increase the supply to keep the prices relatively stable.”

He’s confident there’s a big market in Edmonton for new homes in older neighbourhoods.

“Most definitely,” stressed Kelly. “They’re willing to pay more for the mature trees, the established schools, the established shopping, so it’s very popular.”

And, to the critics?

“This comes with being a  big city and an urban environment.”

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Residential infill: new housing in established neighbourhoods, including new secondary suites, garage suites, duplexes, semi-detached and detatched houses, row houses, apartments, and other residential and mixed-use buildings.

Established neighbourhoods: neighbourhoods that are mostly residential, were planned and developed before 1995, and are located within the Anthony Henday.

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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.

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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.”

WATCH: Northern Gateway decision: Can public opinion be turned around?

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.

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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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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.

©2014The Associated Press

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.

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Seat projection, June 9

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Seat projection, June 9

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Recipe: Grilled chickpea salad with red onion and sourdough

Over the years, I’ve received roughly a half dozen of those perforated grilling pans as gifts. You know the ones I mean. They usually have sloped sides and small holes in them. The idea is that they let you cook smaller items on the grill without fear of losing the food between the grates.

I’ve never used a single one of them. Not even once. Until now.

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Maybe it’s because I don’t often grill small things. Or maybe it’s because when I do, I’m lucky enough to get my food to straddle the grates without it falling into the flames. Whatever the reason, I never found the need to dirty a pan. After all, one of the treats of grilling is no cleanup.

But as I contemplated a grilled salad, I realized I might finally have found a use for one of my six pans. I wanted to try grilling chickpeas for use in a grilled bread salad. Chickpeas are delicious when roasted, so it stands that they also would be delicious when grilled.

But even I would have trouble keeping these suckers from falling through the grates.

Are you one of the few Americans who doesn’t own (and never use) one of these grilling pans? No fear. Just toss the chickpeas with some oil and pop them on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast them in the oven at 450 F for 10 to 15 minutes, or until just starting to brown.

GRILLED CHICKPEA SALAD WITH RED ONION AND SOURDOUGH

Start to finish: 15 minutes

Servings: 6

Juice of 1 lemon4 tablespoons olive oil, divided3 cloves garlic, minced1 teaspoon dried oregano1/2 teaspoon ground cumin1/2 teaspoon kosher salt1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper1 large red onion, cut into thin rounds1 large red bell pepper, cored and cut into strips15-ounce can chickpeas, drained1 teaspoon garlic powder1 teaspoon smoked paprika1 loaf (about 19 ounces) sourdough bread, cut into 2-inch croutons5-ounce container arugula

Heat a grill to high. Set a perforated grilling pan on the grill directly over the heat source.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the garlic, oregano, cumin, salt and pepper. Set aside.

In a medium bowl, combine the onion, bell pepper, chickpeas, garlic powder, smoked paprika and 1 tablespoon of oil, tossing to coat evenly. When the grilling pan is very hot, transfer the mixture to the pan. Cook, stirring often, until the onions and peppers are lightly browned and tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a clean serving bowl. Set aside.

In a bowl, toss the croutons with the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Place the croutons directly on the grill grate. Cook, turning often, until lightly browned and crisp. Use tongs to transfer the croutons to the bowl of chickpeas and vegetables. Add the arugula, then toss well to slightly wilt the arugula. Drizzle the dressing over the salad, then toss again to coat. Divide between 6 serving plates.

Nutrition information per serving: 460 calories; 110 calories from fat (24 per cent of total calories); 12 g fat (2 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 73 g carbohydrate; 7 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 16 g protein; 970 mg sodium.

©2014The Associated Press

Missing kangaroo named Mirka back home in Saint-Lazare – Montreal

ABOVE: After a 12-month-old domesticated kangaroo named Mirka escaped from a zoo therapy farm in St-Lazare, Que. on Sunday, zoo therapist Luc Lefebvre was very happy to have her home.

MONTREAL – The search is over for a young kangaroo named Mirka, who went missing from a zoo therapy farm in Saint-Lazare, Que. on Sunday.

The kangaroo was spotted in a neighbour’s backyard late this afternoon and came quickly to his trainer when called.

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The 12-month-old is being trained to work with children as part of a zootherapy project.

In a brief conversation with Global News, the kangaroo’s trainer Luc Lefebvre said that he has been completely preoccupied with his search for the missing marsupial.

Mirka was staying at Lefebvre’s farm, located at the corner of Fief and Sainte-Angélique in Saint-Lazare, an off-island town about a 40 minute drive from downtown Montreal.

Lefebvre said that he thought that the young animal may have hopped over a fence. He was worried for her safety, as Mirka is not used to being out on her own in the wild.

Although she is still bottle-fed, he said he believed she could survive by eating leaves.

Mirka will get some rest and tender, loving care before her training resumes later this week.