Lucky duck! Winnipeg police step up to help orphaned duckling

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WINNIPEG —; They can fit in the palm of your hand and thanks to some kind Winnipeggers, a group of ducklings are lucky ducks.

“We actually received quite a large number of ducklings,” said Lisa Tretiak, with the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.

Over the past few days 14 ducklings have been brought to the rescue organization. Seven of them were saved by bystanders along Kenaston Boulevard after their mother was hit by a vehicle.

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“The babies were trying to get back to their mom in the middle of the road, so they managed to keep them off the road and called one of volunteers who was able to come with a box,” said Tretiak.

Wednesday night six more ducklings were turned in. On Thursday morning, Winnipeg police officers found a little duck and called the organization.

“They are very difficult to foster to a wild mother which is what we would like to do,” Tretiak said. “Wild duck mothers can be a little more knowing of her own so it is difficult to add more ducklings unless she is what we call a super mom.”

The rescue group says gosling and ducklings have started to hatch around the city and is reminding people to be careful while driving. If someone comes across a lone duck without a mom there are a few things you can do.

“They can eat on their own but can’t keep themselves warm at night or protect from predators, so if they do spot one it is important they bring them into us,” said Tretiak.

“We can then amalgamate it with other babies of the same kind. A lot of time we have different ages and we will match them up with the proper ages so they form a group, they don’t get used to people and we can release them into the wild.”

Once the ducks are a few weeks old they will be taken to a marsh and released.

If you find gosling or duckling that is in need of help you can reach the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at 1-204-510-1855.

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Legalized marijuana: Capitalizing on cannabis or profiting from potheads?

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VANCOUVER — 420 is a mega-marijuana mart in Olympia, Washington — a big box store selling pot from local producers with names like “time bomb.”

But business is certainly booming, according to owner Chad Champagne, and there was a steady stream of customers the morning and afternoon Global News paid a visit to the store.

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    “Demand is high,” Champagne told Global News. “People now feel comfortable coming in and buying pot.”

    He said his customer base is a bit older than many might expect. “People in their mid-40s and mostly male.”

    The cash-only joint is run like Fort Knox, with three different security systems and night patrols.

    But in the backroom, vaults are filled with the green stuff rather than greenbacks.

    Washington state law allows for adults over the age of 21 to purchase pot to be consumed in the privacy of their own homes. Initiative 502 made recreational pot legal in Washington state in 2012 and retail stores have been allowed to operate since 2014.

    READ MORE: Colorado pot report: More adults smoking weed, not kids

    According to the website 502data老域名购买, pot shops in the state can take in anywhere from US $5,000 to $50,000 a day. 420 is somewhere in the middle.

    “The overall scope of the business is growing,” Champagne said.

    The green rush happening in Washington state is proving to be a boon for both business owners and the state.

    So far, overall revenue is at about $1 billion, while the state has collected $210 million in taxes.

    “The idea was if you regulate it like alcohol, that money can be used for the state rather than for the black market,” said Rick Garza, director of the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board.

    WATCH: Is cannabis Canada’s next cash crop? Robin Gill reports.

    Washington charges a 37 per cent excise tax, as well as a 9 per cent sales tax. Some stores include it in the overall price. Others add it at the till.

    But Mark Kleiman, who advised the state on how to proceed with its public health policy, is critical of the current situation and believes the state — and the industry — is profiting from potheads.

    “The vast majority use marijuana occasionally and they contribute nothing to revenue,” said Kleiman, a professor of public policy at New York University. “It comes from people who are smoking all the time.”

    He said the only way to manage this problem is to keep prices high.

    Right now, however, prices are down because there is plenty of pot to go around. In fact, the state is allowing licenced producers to grow up to 12.3 million square feet of marijuana, or the equivalent of about 300 football fields, to supply the medical and recreational marijuana markets.

    “A gram used to sell for $20 to $30,” 420’s Champagne said. “Now, it’s $8 to $15.”

    Low-cost pot is a big concern for those opposed to legal marijuana sales.

    Derek Franklin is with the Washington Association for Substance Abuse and Violence Prevention — a group that fought to stop Initiative 502 and lost.

    He calls legal pot a “public health disaster.”

    “Our culture likes to abuse things. This is an abusable substance,” Franklin told Global News.

    But, the state argues it was the will of the people.

    “People felt marijuana is as available as alcohol and alcohol is regulated and taxed highly,” said. Garza.

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NS man waiting over two years for hip surgery optimistic about wait time reduction

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A Nova Scotia man who has been waiting two years for a hip replacement is welcoming the province’s latest investment aimed at reducing orthopedic surgery wait times.

Greg Slaunwhite, who used to be an active athlete, was placed on the wait list for hip surgery in May 2014 after his hip pain forced him to retire from his job early.

READ MORE: Long wait for hip replacement surgery in NS

He calls his doctor regularly, and was told most recently in February that his wait could last another seven to 12 months.

“Your life goes on hold for two years basically,” Slaunwhite said.

“Not only the pain you put up with, it’s everything else that comes with it. You start getting depressed, you put on weight…it’s so discouraging.”

Greg Slaunwhite of Lower Sackville, N.S. has been waiting two years for a much-needed hip replacement surgery.

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Slaunwhite’s story isn’t unique.

The average wait time for joint replacement in Nova Scotia is 18 to 24 months, but the national standard is six months.

Nova Scotia has always ranked among the worst in the country when it comes to orthopedic surgery wait times.

To improve the situation, the province pledged $1.9 million in the spring budget to fund 160 more orthopedic surgeries this year.

READ MORE: Highlights from Nova Scotia Budget 2016

In total, the province has invested $8.1 million this year in improving orthopedic wait times.

The money will be used for assessments, surgery materials as well as physician costs for hip and knee replacements, foot and ankle procedures and pediatric spinal surgeries at the IWK Health Centre.

The province says the redevelopment of the QEII Health Sciences Centre will also change where and how surgeries are performed and improve efficiency.

“Finally prioritizing those who have been waiting the longest to get them in for surgery has become the now the goal of the past couple of years,” said Health Minister Leo Glavine at a media event at the Dartmouth General Hospital Wednesday.

“I think if we get those people who have been waiting the longest —; those are the ones who will get the quality of life restored as their mobility improves.”

Dr. Eric Howatt, the co-chair of the Provincial Orthopedic Working Group, says there have been improvements since the working group was created a few years ago.

“For the first time, we didn’t actually increase the wait list for joint replacement [last year] and we’ve been working three years on that,” Howatt said.

“So this [funding] will help us actually do an additional couple hundred [surgeries] to get the long waiters off the list. I would love it if it was a lot more [money] because there are about 3,500 people waiting.”

With the province’s aging population and the success and popularity of joint replacement surgeries, Howatt says the demand for these types of procedures will only grow in the years to come.

That means it could take a while for Nova Scotia to reach that six-month benchmark.

“I think if we can continue on the path that we’re on, it will take us several years but I’m much more hopeful than I was when we started this process four years ago with the working group. It was looking very hopeless,” Howatt said.

Meanwhile, Slaunwhite calls the additional funding a “good start” and hopes his days of waiting will soon be over.

“Especially when you’re going on your backside of your sixties and you want to enjoy what you have left, right?,” he said.

“I am active. I was and I’m not anymore. It’s all over.”

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Trial date set for 2 former McGuinty staffers in Liberal gas plant scandal

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TORONTO —; Two of former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty’s top staffers are set to go on trial in September 2017 on breach of trust and mischief charges.

David Livingston and Laura Miller, who were McGuinty’s chief of staff and deputy chief of staff, were charged after a police investigation into the deletion of emails about the Liberals’ decision to cancel two gas plants prior to the 2011 election, at a cost of up to $1.1 billion.

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    They face charges of breach of trust, mischief in relation to data and misuse of a computer system to commit the offence of mischief.

    READ MORE: Former Ontario Liberal staffers due back in court Feb. 24 on charges in gas plant case

    Police have alleged in court documents that Livingston and Miller hired her partner – a computer expert under contract to the Liberals – to wipe clean about 20 hard drives in the premier’s office.

    Both Miller and Livingston have denied the charges.

    Their lawyers appeared in court Thursday and scheduled the trial for six weeks starting Sept. 11, 2017.

    The case will also be back in court June 28 of this year for a disclosure motion, and Feb. 21, 2017 for a focus hearing.

    READ MORE: Charges laid against former McGuinty chief of staff in gas plants scandal

    The federal Crown is prosecuting the case instead of Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney General.

    Miller has accused the provincial police of having a bias against her because of a complaint she filed with the Ontario Independent Police Review Director. She has raised more than $74,000 to fund her defence through a crowdsourcing website.

    Miller now works as the B.C. Liberal Party’s executive director. She stepped down when the charges were laid last year, but the party’s executive board reappointed her in March.

    It was the Ontario Liberals’ initial refusal to hand over gas plant documents to the legislature’s justice committee that sparked a contempt debate that eventually forced McGuinty to resign as premier under a cloud of scandal in October 2012.

    READ MORE: Timeline: What led to charges in the Ontario gas plants scandal

    Wynne has apologized repeatedly for the gas plants scandal, which the opposition parties called “an expensive Liberal seat-saver campaign.”

    The gas plants scandal is one of several criminal investigations the Liberals have faced.

    The Ontario Provincial Police are looking into financial irregularities at the Ornge air ambulance service, and potential breaches of a bribery section of the Election Act related to a 2015 byelection in Sudbury, Ont. A Liberal fundraiser was charged in a criminal investigation over the same byelection allegations, but those charges were stayed.

    The provincial police also recently started another investigation after Trillium Power Wind Corp. complained to police about the alleged destruction of documents in a lawsuit it filed against the province.

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Another argument emerges in Moose Jaw’s water main replacement plan

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MOOSE JAW, Sask.- Another conflict emerged in the ongoing debate over how Moose Jaw will pay for much needed cast iron water main replacement.

Last month, city council approved the use of a Local Improvement Program (LIP) funding model. This will see affected property owners pay 30 per cent of the cost, with the city paying the remaining 70 per cent.

Estimates released by the city have this amount pegged at over $500 per frontage foot.

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Citizens Advocating Sensible Taxation (CAST) are circulating a petition to make the payment structure a ballot issue during October’s municipal election.

READ MORE: Petition launched to get water main referendum included in Moose Jaw election

However the city says CAST is circulating an incomplete “Indemnity and Release” document. Essentially, it’s a waiver that allows city crews to do work on private property to replace connection infrastructure to the water system.

The city says CAST omitted the words “negligence in performance of work expected.”

CAST takes issue with the wording saying it’s unclear what would happen if construction related issue arise.

“The waiver itself waives everything. The city says they will be responsible in their press release, but that’s not the same standard as negligence,” spokesperson Terry Gable said.

However, the city says that’s exactly what the negligence clause means.

“It’s pretty clear that would include if something was to happen that’s a result of us performing construction in a way that’s unsafe or there was damage incurred, we would of course be liable for that,” Joe Mickleborough, Moose Jaw’s Director of Engineering Services, said.

The city set a May 27th at noon deadline for the waivers so they can get rolling with the June 1 construction start date.

CAST continues to collect signatures for their petition to have a referendum on using LIP or general revenue to pay for water main replacement.

Gable says they have about 2,500 signatures of the needed 3,500 to get on the ballot.

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Family demands explanation after 6-year-old boy goes missing at bus stop

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Some Calgary parents are demanding answers after going through what they’re calling “the most terrifying experience of their lives.”

Their six-year-old boy, Gabe Yarema, who has special needs, didn’t get off his school bus on his return from kindergarten Wednesday.

“It was quite a frantic hour or so to figure out where he was,” Gabe’s mother Ann Yarema said.

The boy’s parents say when they called to inquire about their missing son, the bus company told them his mom had picked him up.

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    “I thought, ‘oh that’s interesting because I’m 25 kilometres away and I certainly didn’t pick him up,’” Yarema said. “We were frantically wondering where our son was, wondering if there was one of the moms that possibly picked him up, but thought that was highly unusual and that they would contact us to say that they had our son.”

    The Yaremas said this went on for almost an hour before they received a call from their son’s bus driver.

    “About 50 minutes after our son’s bus was supposed to arrive, Dave [Gabe’s father] had gotten a call from the bus driver saying that she had our son on the bus,” Yarema said. “I guess he had fallen asleep and she didn’t do her usual check to make sure that the bus was empty.”

    Eventually their son woke up and alerted the bus driver that he was still aboard the bus, they said. The Yaremas had to make arrangements with the driver to set up a place they could pick him up, Gabe’s mom said.

    “The protocol is to usually go back to the school of origin and pick up your child there, and in this case it was a little different,” Gabe’s father said. “I thought, ‘wow have the policies changed or something?’”

    Gabe was, for the most part, no worse for wear after his ordeal, other than being a little hungry.

    “Our son is pretty amazing,” Dave said. “We’ve done a lot of hard work making sure that our kids are fairly secure on their own and traveling…He just took it in stride and he really enjoyed his nap.”

    When it comes to the bus company, the Yaremas believe it needs to make sure its drivers understand the policies.

    “I feel quite sad about the bus driver,” Ann said. “I’m not holding any hard feelings toward her at all. I think that it shows that Southland needs to train their drivers better.”

    Southland Transportation issued the following statement Thursday:

    “SOUTHLAND Transportation has completed its investigation into this matter and the driver has been dealt with accordingly for not following proper post-trip procedure. Student safety is paramount to our organization and we took immediate action to remedy this situation, ensuring transparency with all parties. Although this is an isolated incident and the child was never left unattended, we take matters such as this very seriously and have procedures in place to prevent such occurrences.”

    Gabe’s parents said they still hadn’t received an explanation directly from Southland Transportation Thursday afternoon.

    But they’re happy Gabe got home safely but hope this never happens to another family.

    “The worst nightmare, of course, crosses your mind and thankfully in our case it all worked out well,” Ann said. “But it sure was a stressful day for both of us.”

    With files from Paul Rodgers

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Doctors and vets say ticks are prolific

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The mild winter and early spring has given the tick population in Saskatchewan a head start this year.

“They’re really prevalent this year, they’re way more prevalent than they’ve been in the past even,” said veterinarian Dr. Rekha Orchard.

During the winter months ticks become inactive and a cold winter can drastically reduce the population, which was not the case this year.

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    “We know that the number of ticks that are present this time of year are going to be related to how many were able to survive the winter and so in this case we do seem to have some reports that there might be more ticks present than normal,” said Dr. Michael Cshwandt, Saskatoon Health Region deputy medical officer.

    READ MORE: ‘It was just pure grace’: dog saved from euthanasia when vet finds paralyzing tick

    But what does that mean you for? For the most part a tick bite can be prevented by covering skin with long sleeves, wearing a hat and tucking pants into socks.

    If you are bitten then the key is to remove the tick properly.

    “What’s very important when removing the tick is to ensure all of the parts of the tick, including the mouth are fully removed because there is potential for infection to spread. We really encourage people to try to use some sort of antiseptic like rubbing alcohol on the area,” said Dr. Cshwandt.

    There are three types of ticks in Saskatchewan: wood, dog and deer. However, it’s the least common deer tick that’s known to carry Lyme disease.

    “We’ve had in the last decade or so around three cases of Lyme disease and only one of those as far as we know was acquired locally,” said Dr. Cshwandt.

    Veterinarian Rekha Orchard sees animals coming to the clinic daily with ticks and she expects to see more this summer than ever before.

    “This year they anticipate the tick season to be about six months long. Typically we get around three months with a bit of a resurgence in the fall. But, we’re definitely having a longer tick season,” said Dr. Orchard.

    For animals owners, Dr. Orchard says the biggest concern is with dog ticks, which can live for up to two years in your home.

    “One female tick, if it feeds on your animals and drops off, it can have 4,000 babies,” said Dr. Orchard.

    Reason enough to make sure you’re checking yourself, your children and animals after being outside this summer.

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Experts fear newly discovered ‘superbug’ will render antibiotics useless

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A new bacteria discovered in an American patient is alarming researchers and prompting a medical journal to declare “the emergence of a truly pan-drug resistant bacteria.”

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An abnormal E. coli germ was discovered in the urine of a Pennsylvanian woman undergoing treatment for symptoms resembling a urinary tract infection. Doctors found it was resistant to a powerful antibiotic called colistin, mostly used as a last-ditch effort to treat infections that have not responded to other drugs.

Other antibiotics were eventually effective in treating the bug, but what is worrying researchers is the gene that made the strain of E. coli drug resistant.

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The MCR-1 gene is what makes bacteria resistant to antibiotics like colistin. It is able to be passed from one gene to another and this is what is worrying to scientists. The fear is that E. coli with the MCR-1 gene could be passed to another mutated gene, creating a true superbug resistant to all known antibiotics.

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Dr. Tom Frieden, the director at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the Washington Post this recent discovery of the first MCR-1 on E. coli in the United States has the potential to lead to one of these nightmare scenarios.

“It basically shows us that the end of the road isn’t very far away for antibiotics — that we may be in a situation where we have patients in our intensive-care units, or patients getting urinary tract infections for which we do not have antibiotics,” Frieden said.

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The easily transferable antibiotic-resistant MCR-1 gene is mostly found in livestock, possibly from the overuse of antibiotics in poultry farming, but it has most likely leaped to humans through food consumption.

The CDC has said that at least 2 million people are infected in the United States with antibiotic-resistant bacteria each year and up 23,000 people die because of these infections.

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Toronto teacher charged in alleged sexual assault of student from 2001 to 2003

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A Toronto teacher faces charges after police say she sexually assaulted a teenage student on numerous occasions more than a decade ago.

Toronto police said the student, who was aged between 14 and 16 at the time, was sexually assaulted during and after school hours between September 2001 and June 2003.

Yolande Bernadette Byam, 47, of Peel Region, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of sexual exploitation. She is set to appear in a Toronto court on July 5.

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Byam was an educational assistant with the Toronto District School Board at Bloor Collegiate Institute at the time of the alleged assaults. Police said she is currently still employed with the TDSB and added they are concerned there may be other victims.

A letter sent home to parents said Byam was currently working as a teacher in the Short Term Behaviour Program operating out of The Elms Junior Middle School Boys’ Leadership Academy in Rexdale, located at 45 Golfdown Dr.

READ MORE: Ontario teacher accused of 36 sex crimes involving minors

The TDSB said it does “not take these allegations lightly” and that the safety of students was a top priority. 

“Byam has not been in her role since the allegations came to our attention and will remain on home assignment, pending outcome of the matter,” principal Craig Tsuji stated in the letter.

“Our practice in a situation like this is to share as much information as we can with you. However, please do keep in mind that, because this is a police matter, there is much that we cannot share or don’t know.”

READ MORE: Burlington teacher charged with sexual assault after students complain: police

Tsuji said a meeting with parents and school officials will take place on Tuesday at the school to “review procedures” and “respond as best we can to any questions you might have.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 老域名购买按摩论坛老域名购买222tips老域名购买, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or leave a tip on Facebook.

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Jury sides with Google in battle over Android software

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SAN FRANCISCO — Google’s Android software just dodged a $9 billion bullet.

A federal jury found Thursday that Google didn’t need permission to use a rival’s programming tools as it built Android — now the world’s leading smartphone operating software and a key part of Google’s multi-billion dollar Internet business.

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Software competitor Oracle claimed Google had stolen its intellectual property and reaped huge profits by copying pieces of an Oracle programming language called Java. But the jury in U.S. District Court found that Google made “fair use,” under copyright law, of Java elements that help different software programs work together.

Oracle, which had sought $9 billion in damages, immediately said it would appeal.

READ MORE: EU charges Google over Android antitrust battle

The verdict was closely watched in Silicon Valley, in part because many popular features of today’s smartphones only work because apps can “talk” to one another or the phone’s underlying software. Google’s supporters — a group that included other tech firms, trade associations and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, an Internet rights group — warned that an Oracle victory would hamper future innovation by making that software cooperation more difficult and expensive.

Google argued that because it used only a small part of Java to create Android, a much larger system of software built for a new purpose, it qualified for a “fair use” exemption from copyright. Similar exemptions allow artists and critics to quote or reuse small portions of someone else’s work in a larger essay or creation.

Oracle and its allies simply argued that the company should be paid for the use of its code. While Google lets smartphone manufacturers use Android software without charge, it makes billions of dollars by showing advertising to people who use Google services, including its popular search engine and maps, on Android phones and tablets.

The high-profile dispute was a clash of Silicon Valley titans. While much of the trial focused on arcane aspects of computer programming, jurors heard testimony from prominent tech executives and a pair of multi-billionaire moguls. Google co-founder Larry Page testified in person, while Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison appeared on video.

Jurors also got a glimpse of Silicon Valley’s small world when they heard from Eric Schmidt, now chairman of Google’s corporate parent, Alphabet Inc. Schmidt was an executive of Sun Microsystems when that company created Java. Oracle acquired the rights to Java when it bought Sun in 2010.

READ MORE: Apple vs. FBI is the first fight in a much bigger war

The jury’s verdict marks Google’s second victory in the case. U.S. Judge William Alsup sided with Google in 2012, ruling that the APIs weren’t protected by copyright. An appellate court overturned Alsup’s ruling and sent the case back for a second trial.

Oracle said it will appeal the latest verdict on “numerous grounds.” In a statement, Oracle general counsel Dorian Daley added, “We strongly believe that Google developed Android by illegally copying core Java technology to rush into the mobile device market.”

Google welcomed the jury’s finding in its own statement.

“Today’s verdict that Android makes fair use of Java APIs represents a win for the Android ecosystem, for the Java programming community, and for software developers who rely on open and free programming languages to build innovative consumer products,” the company said.

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How to keep your pets safe during hot summer months

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When it comes to keeping pets safe in the warm summer months, Officer Skylar Plourde with Lethbridge Animal Services said it’s a lot harder than you might think.

“Unfortunately in the end, common sense isn’t as common as we’d hoped it would be,” Plourde said.

The Lethbridge Police Service and Lethbridge Animal Services are once again reminding residents about pet safety in vehicles.

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    “If you step outside and you feel that it’s a little bit hot and uncomfortable, the dog is going to sweat twice as much,” Plourde said. “Leave them at home. If you have air conditioning in your house, that’s perfect, even just in the backyard where they have access to shade, that’s even better.”

    In the past 18 months, Plourde said Animal Services has received about 50 calls for animals being left in hot vehicles, some with temperatures inside reaching 35 degrees Celsius or higher.

    Under the bylaw, Plourde said the vehicle must have adequate ventilation – whether it’s air conditioning or leaving windows open – and always having water available for the animal.

    He said if you are ever worried about the well-being of an animal, make the call to the experts instead of taking matters into your own hands.

    “You could be set up with civil suits if the owner of the vehicle or dog decides to press charges or sue,” Plourde said.

    While it may seem like common sense not to have your dog on your lap while you’re driving, Const. Steve Baker with LPS wants to remind drivers that it is distracted driving, and you can and will be ticketed. He said the best place for your dog is either in their own seat buckled up or in the back seat, on the ground.

    “They need to be strapped in,” Baker said. “Because when that car stops moving they’re going to keep going.”

    Baker said pets in the back of pick-up trucks must be tethered on a leash or in a strapped-down kennel.

    The bottom line officers stress is: if you have any doubts about your pet’s safety during the summer, leave them at home.

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Artificial lawns on the rise in Metro Vancouver

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Summer and the living is easy – unless you’re continuously putting around your grass trying to keep it alive.

Hot weather, watering restrictions and chafer beetles all threaten your summer time grass. But if you didn’t have to worry about all that, would you consider digging up your grass and going synthetic?

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Four-year-old Bella Turf Artificial Grass warehouse has grown 226 per cent since this January. Owner Shaun Hunt says the product is flying off shelves. Landscapers want the turf, and Hunt is holding monthly seminars to train them on installing it.

“[With] new construction especially, no one’s been putting in real grass lately. I think they’re all scared of the water restrictions. If you can’t water your grass why put real grass in? So everyone’s been going artificial,” says Hunt.

Dave Abbott is seeing evidence of that. He owns River Rock Property Maintenance, and says he’s booked up into July.

“The majority of my customers have been replacing their lawns every single year and they’re just tired of it. They have something new and something exciting and have a perfect lawn for the next 20 years.”

However, some are concerned about the environment and what could happen to it during the lifespan of the product. Others are worried about the stench left when animals relieve themselves on the fake lawn. Both Abbott and Hunt says there are products they use to keep the smell down, and Hunt says his product is recyclable and doesn’t require any water, making it environmentally friendly.

If you’re planning on turfing your lawn, the average cost is ten to thirteen dollars per square foot.

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Low-income transit pass coming to Edmonton

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The province and the city have partnered to bring low-income Edmontonians a more affordable transit pass.

The low-income transit pass program will cost $12.4 million over the next three years. The cost will be split by the Alberta government and City of Edmonton.

Mayor Don Iveson estimates 20,000 people will benefit from the pass. It’s part of the province and city’s efforts to reduce and prevent poverty.

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    “Making public transit more affordable and accessible will enable more Edmontonians to reach their workplace, meet their health needs and take part in the community,” Iveson said. “This is a key End Poverty Edmonton recommendation and significantly advances the city’s partnership with the Alberta government on meeting the needs of our vulnerable population.”

    READ MORE: Edmonton council gives go-ahead for plan to end poverty

    “A low-income transit pass in Edmonton will make it easier for families to get around the city to access jobs, education, health care, community resources and government services,” Minister of Human Services Irfan Sabir said.

    READ MORE: Ending racism, providing affordable housing among recommendations to end poverty

    The passes will not be available until September 2017. Eligibility for the pass will be based on income.

    More information on the low-income pass is posted below.

    Low Income Transit Pass Edmonton

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