Huskies $10,000 fundraiser raffle taking place this Sunday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Huskies will be doing the draw in their $10,000 fundraiser raffle this coming weekend.The Huskies are using the raffle to raise money for the upcoming 2018 Alberta Junior ‘B’ Provincials, which the team will be hosting next year. There are only 4,000 tickets for the raffle in total, with a grand prize draw of $10,000 taking place at the North Peace Arena on April 30th.Huskies President Mike Bacso says that there are only 1,000 tickets left for the draw, which happens this coming Sunday at 7:30 p.m.- Advertisement -Tickets are $5 each, and can be purchased in a number of ways. The Huskies will be selling tickets at both Save-On Foods and Ernie’s in the Totem Mall on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and again at Ernie’s on Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m..For more information, or to buy tickets, contact Huskies President Mike Bacso at (250) 794-1777, or via the Huskies’ Facebook page.last_img read more

SA urged to stand up against rape

first_img12 February 2013 The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) has added its voice to the national call for South Africans to get involved and take a firm stand against rape and all forms of violence against women and children. GCIS staff members took to the streets of Pretoria on Monday in a bid to increase community awareness about the scourge of rape. Carrying placards with messages such as “No means no”, “Say no to rape”, “Real men don’t rape”, “Don’t look away: report and act against rape”, staff members interacted with the public, handing out pamphlets with toll-free helpline numbers for Crime Stop and Childline, among others. The pamphlets also had information on steps individuals and communities could take to protect themselves. “We are calling on society to be active participants and unite against the abuse of women,” said acting GCIS CEO Phumla Williams. “Government alone cannot do it.” “As the GCIS, we want to empower the public with the information . We want everybody to be part of the campaign.” Williams emphasised the need to empower people in South Africa’s rural areas, saying they had to be better equipped to report incidences of rape. The campaign’s message resonated with members of the public. Lillian Raophala (25), a student in one of the colleges in the Pretoria city centre, said she fully supported the campaign. “Women should be free and they must report incidences of rape,” she said. Thabang Phago from Mamelodi, east of Pretoria, said rape should not be tolerated. “As men, we need to unite against such acts,” he said. The campaign was triggered by recent rape cases, the most recent being that of Anene Booysen (17), who was raped and mutilated in Bredasdorp in the Western Cape. She was found at a construction site on Saturday, 2 February, left for dead by her attackers. She died later that day from her injuries. One of Booysen’s alleged killers appeared before the Bredasdorp Magistrate’s Court on Monday. Three people, all from Bredasdorp, have been arrested in connection with Booysen’s death. Booysen was buried at the weekend. Source: read more

Amish sheep production continues dramatic expansion

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Wednesdays, the Mt. Hope Auction is abuzz with the excitement of the livestock sales as buyers and sellers crowd in to monitor prices. In recent years, sheep have become a much more significant part of the sale.“In the mid-90s, Mt. Hope was selling maybe 1,000 head of sheep and goats combined annually. Today they are selling more than 40,000 sheep only and still increasing,” said Leroy Kuhns. “The demand is really strong.”As the nearby auction has demanded more lamb, the Holmes County Amish population — including Kuhns and his family — has dramatically expanded sheep production. Kuhns was among the first to ramp up to commercial-scale sheep production.“When we bought our flock in ’96, I knew of only four sheep farmers in our community that had more than a hobby sized flock,” Kuhns said. “Holmes County has had a tremendous increase in sheep in the last several years.”Kuhns and his wife, Martha, took over his parents’ farm in 1986 and really emphasized diversity on the 86 acres.“We have just about done everything. We used to milk cows, we fattened beef steers, we fattened hogs, we farrowed pigs, and we raised a lot of dairy replacement heifers. The difference I see with raising sheep is that on a comparative scale some of these things we have been into is for every $30 of income you end up having $25 in cost,” Kuhns said. “With sheep, there seems to be less income, maybe a $10 income on a comparative basis, but we are able to keep $6 or $7 of that $10. There is a lot less investment and maintenance. I still want to be diversified, but right now we are really just into the sheep. We are increasing our numbers so we can make a living off of just the sheep. We are at 220-head now and might step up to 300.”The Kuhns family focused on “old style” Dorsets, in part due to their out-of-season breeding abilities.“They have the out-of-season breeding gene in them and 50% of that flock lambed the first fall. WeEwes with body depth are preferred so they can do well on grass.were raising a lot of dairy heifers at the time and we couldn’t raise enough feed. Once the sheep numbers got over 100 head we’d sell most of them and keep some of the best ewes. We did that three times through about 2001,” Kuhns said. “Now we are up to about 220 ewes. For the last 15 years or so we have just been breeding pure Dorsets. Those old style Dorset lambs are good for the Easter and Christmas markets, which is what we focused on. As time has gone on there are more foreign-born people in this country who seemingly prefer to eat lamb and there is more demand for the butterball fat roasting lamb weighing 50 to 60 pounds. About any time of year that class of lamb really sells well. The weekly high at Mt. Hope is around $3.75 a pound. The lowest high in 2016 was around $2.40 or so in the summer. Any more I don’t focus on the Christmas or Easter markets. I just focus on getting ewes bred that are open.”The consistently strong prices from the nearby auction have created demand for good breeding stock.“In the last six years we have sold breeding stock to more than 100 sheep operations. Some of those sold out of state but most of them were right in this community,” Kuhns said. “Most of our ewe lambs get sold as breeding stock and probably 10% of the ram lambs get sold as breeders.”Kuhns has worked to breed sheep that are a fit on his grass-based system.“We prefer a lot of body depth to allow them to stuff a lot of grass in there. I’ve had contact with a farmer who had a leggy ram out on grass. He had a tubular body design. He’d lose weight on grass and when they’d take him into the barn and get him on grain he’d start to gain weight. The same farmer had a Dorset ram with a lot of body capacity and he was fine on grass,” Kuhns said. “We like a ewe with a lot of body condition. I prefer to have the legs out on the corners with a wide body and a lot of stretch to them and I can never have enough muscling. There are other breeds that are fine, but if you want toThe handling system is an important part of the farm.breed out of season it narrows your choices down in the wool breeds to Dorsets and Polypays and their crosses. The hair sheep will do that too, but the hair sheep market at Mt. Hope is generally 20 to 60 cents a pound less than the wool breeds. That is why the Dorsets fit what we do. They have good muscling, good mothering and they breed out of season.”Kuhns tries to get his ewes to lamb three times in two years.“For the most part, we lamb in January, April and September, which we call an accelerated program. The group that lambs in January can lamb again in September and the group that lambs in the fall can lamb again in April,” he said. “Any individual ewe can have lambs three times in two years. We try to get from 60% to 70% of the ewes exposed to rams in the spring to conceive.”At 220-head, the Kuhns farm can produce nearly all of the feed for the flock.“We supply free choice mineral. We’ll buy lamb starter pellets, often 20% starter that is medicated to control coccidiosis. The highest-priced starter is around $16.50 for a 50-pound bag. One lamb will only consume maybe a third of a bag and they grow really well on that. We only feed creep pellets in the winter. When we lamb in January, we wean at an average of around seven weeks of age so that ewe needs to be fed no grain and coarse, poor-quality first-cutting hay for a week or so before weaning for the lamb to suck that bag down to prevent mastitis. We take them out on grass and the ewes really respond well and have great body condition after a month or so with no grain,” he said. “The spring group of lambs goes out on permanent pasture, which is generally bluegrass. The fall lambing group is often on third- or fourth-cutting mixed alfalfa grass hay. There is very little input for the spring or fall group.”The main labor with the sheep in the summer is moving the fence.“We do a lot of rotational grazing. We are probably moving a group every week,” Kuhns said. “The pastures are predominantly bluegrass with some occasional clover or orchardgrass. We don’t like to graze it shorter than three or four inches to help with parasites. However, in real life sheep don’t go by the rules and in some areas they will graze it right down and not in others so we shoot for a happy medium. We’ll put out 80 ewes to 2.5 or three acres and they are moved in a week’s time or so. It depends on the time of year and the weather.”Standing fields of corn are also an important food source on the farm.The Mt. Hope Auction is a very important market for the area Amish farming community.“With mature sheep it wouldn’t work so well, but last summer we had over 100-ewe lambs from our flock and they were born in January and in the spring. If they are any older they would be too big and they would damage the corn,” Kuhns said. “We run them into the corn field once the corn has been tasseling for a week or two, maybe late July or August. They clean up the bottom leaves and the grassy waterways and along the fences. We’ll have gravity flow water to almost all of the fields with hydrants. They get free choice mineral but that is all they get. Later in the year when they get the leaves cleaned up they will eat some of the grain. This year we had 105 ewe lambs we didn’t need to feed from early August to about the first of November. We had been no-tilling but we plowed this so there was very little parasite issue there. We lost one lamb. There is not a lot of maintenance involved, it is cool and it saves a lot on labor and feed.”For success grazing in the corn, Kuhns said to make sure the lambs are wormed and updated on their CDT vaccines to prevent overeating.Fencing can be a challenge for some Amish communities. Kuhns is permitted to use ElectroNet fence, which has been a real asset to the operation for the rotational and corn field grazing situations. It also really helps with predators.The handling system for the animals is another important tool on the farm.“Anybody with a lot of sheep that can’t afford a good handling system better not try sheep because it is hard to do it without one. Before we had this, there were a lot of things we should have done that we didn’t do because we couldn’t do them in a practical manner,” Kuhns said. “We have a scale that goes right into the head shoot. When we wean them we run the lambs over that scale. Whatever lambs are 48 pounds are over are sold that day on the meat market if they are not being kept back for breeding stock. That handling system is really worth a lot if you want to sort the ewes, check their bags or worm them.”Looking forward, further expansion to 300-head would require additional lambing facilities and purchasing hay.“I have a son that is 29 that is working with us on the farm. It remains to be seen if two households can make a living raising sheep on 86 acres. I feel it is possible, but there is quite a bit of labor involved when we are lambing in the winter,” Kuhns said. “Farming has a way of humbling you, but I am always learning and I love sharing information with others. I am excited about it. There is not a guarantee you will have a profit, but the sheep market has been good for many, many years, especially the roasting lamb market. I feel there is a lot of potential in sheep farming.”last_img read more

Why Independent Film Festivals Matter Now More Than Ever

first_imgAs the film industry continues to grow, indie film festivals are becoming essential for up-and-coming filmmakers.Cover image via D Magazine (Bret Redman).Indie film festivals — historically fringe territory for filmmakers outside of the mainstream — are now becoming a hotbed for up-and-coming filmmakers looking to develop their craft, make connections, and launch their brands.Using the Oak Cliff Film Festival, a fast-growing indie fest hosted around the historic Texas Theatre in Dallas, Texas, as an example, let’s explore how filmmakers are using these festivals for everything from audience testing, to networking opportunities, to even de facto theatrical runs.Filmmaking ConnectionsImage via D Magazine (Bret Redman).Film festivals, at their core, bring people together to watch films. Quite a concept, I know, but as films are gradually moving away from theaters and toward online streaming, finding opportunities to sit, watch a film, and chat with other enthusiasts at real screenings are becoming more rare.The indie film industry is built on collaboration. If you’re not actively involved with a community and helping friends on their projects (as much as others help you on yours), film festivals are the perfect place to meet some fellow contributors.Test Audience ReactionsDavid Lowery screening A Ghost Story for audiences at the OCFF — image via Clayton Browning.Indie films, unlike the majority of their blockbuster counterparts, do not often get the luxury of multiple rounds of audience test screenings. Instead, indie filmmakers most often rely on screenings for feedback and audience reactions.Film festivals are a great place for filmmakers to screen a project for hundreds of people, whom they can actively engage before and after. It’s not uncommon for films to go through a festival run only to get re-cut (or sometimes even re-shot) based on critical feedback from crowds.The Allure of LaurelsDirectors Julia Halperin and Jason Cortlund winning the Narrative Feature — Grand Jury Prize for their film La Barracuda — image via OCFF.While this may be a point of contention, screening at film festivals puts your film in front of new people, and it brings your project a stamp of approval.In addition to laurels for screening, film festivals give out plenty of awards for achievements in everything from directing, to cinematography, to breakout performances. Many even include cash prizes or sponsorships.De Facto Theatrical RunsImage via OCFF.In many cases, films that screen at indie film festivals may very well be the local public’s only opportunity to see these movies on the big screen. While some may go on to major theatrical runs, the majority will screen sporadically in select cities before finding a home online — whether it’s through Netflix, Amazon, or some more indie-focused online channel.For films caught between major theatrical runs and their pending online VOD distribution, a tour of indie film festivals across the country becomes the de facto theatrical release, which offers one-off chances for fans to see the film and engage with other fans and the filmmakers.Community EngagementEric Hatch speaking at the OCFF awards ceremony at Small Brewpub in Oak Cliff.Film festivals also give filmmakers a chance to engage with local communities and develop connections. Festivals usually have deep roots in the communities that host them. From outdoor screenings, to daytime workshops, to trips to nearby restaurants — attending film festivals gives filmmakers a great opportunity to engage the community and the filmmakers who support it.For a full recap of the 2017 Oak Cliff Film Festival, you can go to their website or Facebook page — or check out their video recap below. What are your thoughts on the indie film festival scene? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

Isles Slip Past Blue Jackets, 3-2

first_imgCOLUMBUS, Ohio — Skating the length of the ice with the puck on a 2-on-none breakaway, Josh Bailey decided to let Kyle Okposo have the glory of getting the winning goal.Okposo got his second goal of the game on a drop pass from Bailey at 2:16 of overtime to lift the New York Islanders to a 3-2 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Dec. 12.“Just happy to see that one go in,” Bailey said of Okposo’s eighth. “I didn’t want to just take an end to end breakaway knowing Okie was there.”Apparently Bailey was too busy to hear Okposo’s instructions.“I was yelling at him to just take it but I was prepared for it,” he said. “In that situation sometimes you drop it but it worked out. I just tried to make the goalie bite.”Frans Nielsen also scored and Jaroslav Halak had 28 saves as New York improved to 7-0-2 in its last nine games.Brandon Saad and Cam Atkinson had goals for Columbus, which has one win in its last seven (1-3-3). The Blue Jackets had a potential winning goal in the final minute of regulation overturned by a video review.Even with the Islanders’ strong record of late, coach Jack Capuano wasn’t pleased after the game. He thought his team provided Columbus with energy.“If you look at the chances we gave them it came from mismanaging the puck,” Capuano said. “I’m disappointed, our decision making has to be better. I understand we have some skill guys but sometimes they want to make the sexy play and that’s not the right play to make. You’ve got to take what’s available to you.”Curtis McElhinney finished with 16 saves while making a second consecutive start since Sergei Bobrovksy suffered a strained groin late on Dec. 8 against the visiting Kings. Bobrovksy is expected to be on the shelf for three weeks.In overtime, Bailey and Okposo broke in alone. Approaching the crease, Bailey left it for Okposo, who made a forehand to backhand move then tucked the puck past McElhinney for his eighth.Columbus mounted a charge the second half of the game. Atkinson made it 2-apiece at 8:20 on a long slap shot for his ninth and third in the third period the last two games.The Blue Jackets then thought they won it with 48 seconds remaining, but the goal was overturned in the league’s video review room. It was ruled Boone Jenner used a “distinct kicking motion” to convert a rushing Saad’s centering pass.“It went of my stick and I just kind of lost it with the goalie and everything,” Jenner said. “Replay showed I guess there was a kicking motion. I can’t do anything about it now.”In a blurry sequence in the crease it appeared the pass hit Jenner’s stick then maybe hit his skate or even trickled in off the stick of defenseman Travis Hamonic.“I’m happy we came back to get one (point),” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “But we’ve got try and figure out getting that extra point in these types of games if we’re going to get from underneath the water.”Okposo made it 1-0 with 4:39 remaining in the first period. He stole a bad breakout pass toward the middle of the ice by Gregory Campbell then quickly snapped a shot over McElhinney’s glove.Saad tied it at 5:08 of the second period when Jenner’s spinning centering pass deflected off his skate past Halak. The goal was Saad’s 10th ending an 11-game drought, one short of tying his career long skid.The Islanders responded just 57 seconds later on the power play with Nielsen scoring his 12th. At the top of the crease he controlled a bouncing puck and squibbed a weak, low shot by McElhinney’s outstreched arm and David Savard on his knees at the goal line.“I think that we’ve done a pretty good job of getting a couple points when we haven’t been at our best,” Okposo said. “We’ve just got to find a way to get back to that level because we know we can’t sustain this.”(ROBERT DENHARD)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

AMSA Bans Cargo Ship from Australian Ports

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license The Philippines-flagged cargo ship Thorco Luna has been banned from Australian ports after it was detained for the third time this year for consistently failing to meet international standards.According to the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), the ship was released from its latest detention at Port Kembla on June 8, 2018 and will not be permitted to enter an Australian port for a period of three months.AMSA inspected the ship five times between November 2017 and June 2018. On three of these occasions the ship was detained and issued with 34 deficiencies. The ship’s average deficiency rate is 6.8 deficiencies per inspection, which is nearly triple the industry average of 2.3.The most serious deficiencies stemmed from the fact that officers and crew were unfamiliar with the operation of critical shipboard equipment and procedures for navigation and fire safety.In one case, the ship’s navigating officers had planned to transit a compulsory pilotage area without a pilot and were unfamiliar with the operation of the electronic navigation systems upon which they relied. AMSA also has concerns with safe systems of work and the operation of critical shipboard equipment for fire-fighting, navigation and alarms.AMSA’s Acting General Manager of Operations, Stephen Curry, said Thorco Luna’s operator had repeatedly failed to ensure the crew ran the ship safely and in line with international standards.“Thorco Luna has been banned from entering an Australian port for a period of three months, which should give the operators time to reassess the management of their operations,” Curry informed.last_img read more

Shopping while brown InFocus tackles racial profiling

first_imgInFocusRacial profiling can come in many forms. Have you ever been followed by store staff while shopping? Do you seem to get served differently in restaurants or in stores? Does it happen regularly?  Has you changed the way you act in stores because of this?If you said you yes, you may be the victim of racial profiling.  This week, Host Melissa Ridgen put Shopping While Brown InFocus.What exactly does it mean to be racially profiled in store?Tomee Sojourner-Campbell is a Master of Laws candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University and founder of Prevent CRP (Consumer Racial Profiling).She has been working for years to bring awareness of this problem and works with businesses to prevent it.“Consumer racial profiling is when you walk into a store and someone is following you and it’s the assumption that the person they see in the store or going into the bank, usually racialized Black or Indigenous is going to do something wrong,” she said. “Because it’s often, not only the assumption that somebody is a threat but its in the way you get treated.”“It’s not just about people assuming that you’re going to steal but its about the lack of context, the lack of respect that’s afforded to the individual that’s come into the store to purchase an item.”Amy Anderson is a Winnipeg resident who has had enough of these experiences.  She told Ridgen that she recently had an unpleasant experience in a local restaurant that is frequented by many Indigenous patrons.Anderson, along with her parents were ignored after they sat down.  They had to ask multiple times to have someone take their drink order.  When they finally got to order their food, they waited for an hour for it come – and once it arrived, she found a pubic hair in her dish and her mother’s chicken wings were undercooked.“My parents have been at this hotel numerous times and it seems like it’s the same service, the same treatment and it just so happened that both my mom and my food was tampered with. How could that be a coincidence?” Anderson said.“It did feel discriminatory towards us.”last_img read more

Utilities commission seeks more data on Site C before final recommendation

first_imgVANCOUVER – The BC Utilities Commission has released a preliminary report into the future of the controversial $8.8-billion Site C dam project in the province’s northeast.But the commission said in its report released late Wednesday night that it does not have enough information in several areas to recommend whether the project should proceed.BC Hydro has said it has already spent $1.8 billion on construction for the massive hydroelectric dam, but Premier John Horgan’s NDP government asked the commission to review the economic viability of the project after taking office.The panel did conclude in its preliminary report that as of June 30 when BC Hydro submitted its must recent quarter-end report, the project was on track for its planned completion in 2024, but did not have enough data to determine whether the project is currently on budget,It also said it also does not have sufficient information to predict possible budget overruns once the Site C project is complete, or the total costs for the project in the event it is suspended and restarted later.Hydro’s 866-page submission to the commission said completing the dam as planned would still be best for ratepayers and terminating the project would cost $7.3 billion on a present-value basis.The commission also warned Wednesday night that if a diversion of the Peace River is not achieved in September 2019, the project will not stay within its budget.The commission said it will now conduct an “extensive consultation process” on the preliminary findings and submit a final recommendation on Nov. 1.The BC Hydro submission said demand for electricity is growing and without the dam, the province will face an energy shortfall by 2031.A report submitted for the commission’s review by the auditing firm Deloitte LLP concluded that putting the project on hold until 2025 would cost about $1.4 billion, while cancelling it outright would cost $1.2 billion.The Deloitte report says that the dam’s construction faces major risks including contractor performance problems, unforeseen geotechnical conditions and cost issues related to major contracts that haven’t been awarded yet.last_img read more

Mealkit trend grows into 120M industry in Canada

first_imgMatthew Richardson decided it was finally time to change his cooking habits.After moving in with his girlfriend this past summer, Richardson, 36, figured they should put a stop to their frequent eating out and make a real effort to prepare their own meals at home.But he didn’t know where to start. Elaborate recipes felt intimidating and he had no clue where to look for easy, healthy food that would appeal to both of their tastes.“She’s a vegetarian, I am not a vegetarian,” says Richardson, who lives in Saint John, N.B.“I was looking for ways to learn some recipes, and figure out how to prepare things I don’t know how to prepare.”So he turned to home-delivered meal kits, a phenomenon that has quickly grown into a $120-million industry in Canada, according to the market research company NPD Group.Meal-kit companies offer consumers a menu of ready-to-prepare dishes that are typically marketed as easy to make, healthy and delicious. Meal ingredients arrive pre-portioned with a recipe for consumers to follow.The meal-kit industry started in Sweden, according to Robert Carter of NPD Group, and has spread globally over the last five years. The industry has roughly doubled in Canada since 2014, Carter added.“It’s grown fairly aggressively in the U.S. marketplace, and kind of filtered here into Canada,” he said, adding that meal kits are “now one of the fastest-growing food segments in the Canadian marketplace.”On a friend’s recommendation, Richardson first signed up for Goodfood, a meal-kit company founded in Montreal in 2015. The largest family-sized meal-kit boxes start at $8.75 per person per meal and recent options have included whisky rubbed pork chop with scalloped potatoes, red lentil stew with sweet potatoes, and acorn squash tacos.One of Richardson’s favourite meals — quinoa-stuffed peppers — arrived boxed with portions of poblano peppers, corn, spinach, cilantro, quinoa, cheese, tomatoes, an onion, panko crumbs and a spice blend. It took Richardson and his girlfriend about 45 minutes to make.For Jayne Zhou, an HR co-ordinator in Vancouver who’s been on maternity leave since early in the year, meal kits have made life a little simpler.She says it initially took some trial and error to figure out how much food to order for her family of four. She started getting weekly meals delivered but found some food would get wasted if her family met up with friends or went out to dinner.They now order meals for two people every other week. Zhou says she loves that as a self-described “newbie cook” she’s built confidence in the kitchen.“We had ginger pork meatballs and I was like: ‘That wasn’t too hard, maybe I’ll be able to make this recipe again,’” she says.Richardson also believes his kitchen chops have improved. In the fall, a few months into his flirtation with meal kits, he visited his family’s farm in Nova Scotia and decided to pick some chanterelle mushrooms to make a risotto.“A year ago, I wouldn’t even consider making a risotto,” he says. “It would seem like this huge, intimidating task that I would never tackle. It definitely gave me more confidence, to go out and try dishes that I normally would be like, ‘That’s something that somebody who’s a professional would make.’”Both Zhou and Richardson say meal kits have been a cheaper alternative than ordering in or going to a restaurant but they’ve definitely been more expensive than doing their own grocery shopping.Graham McDonnell, a stylist from Dartmouth, N.S., was lured by the convenience of having meal kits delivered to his door but has gone back to doing his own grocery shopping.He and his partner used to shop for groceries often but would end up throwing away a lot of food since they didn’t plan properly. Now they’ve refocused their energy on meal planning.“If you take the time to plan your meals and not over-shop … you can kind of organize (a meal-kit type experience) yourself, basically,” McDonnell says.While meal-kit companies often market their food using buzzwords like “farm-fresh,” “sustainable,” and “antibiotic- and hormone-free,” one nutritionist says it’s too early to assess the health benefits of buying into a meal plan given few real studies have been done on the subject. But University of Guelph Prof. Jess Haines does see the appeal of the service, particularly for people who work long hours or don’t have a lot of time to think about shopping for food. And some of the meal kits she’s seen “appear to have very healthful options,” Haines says.After about three months of using Goodfood, Richardson and his girlfriend decided to try some of the competition. Richardson heard others swear by Toronto-based Chefs Plate but personally found the ingredients to be a little less fresh than what he was used to. He liked German company HelloFresh but found the vegetarian options lacking.The couple continues to try meal kits from new companies looking to cash in on the trend, especially since social media ads targeted to them are often offering a few free meals.“Apparently I’m looking at these things enough that the advertisers know that that’s what I’m into,” he says.last_img read more

Suncor CEO says hes encouraged new pipelines will be built after PMs

first_img“The simple measure will be we want to see shovels in ground and pipelines being built.”Suncor reported that the discount paid for oilsands blend Western Canadian Select compared with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude widened to an average of US$24 per barrel in the first quarter, double the US$12 per barrel average in the fourth quarter of 2017.The higher difference is blamed on difficulty in getting heavy crude out of Western Canada because of a lack of pipeline space.Williams said he’s “greatly encouraged” by what Alberta and federal governments are saying recently and believes even the Trans Mountain expansion project will be built, despite proponent Kinder Morgan threatening to abandon it if it isn’t reassured about its construction by the end of May.He said he also believes Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 pipeline replacement project into the U.S. Midwest will proceed, despite an ongoing disagreement in Minnesota over its routing.Suncor reported lower production in the quarter ended March 31 because of cold weather-related outages at its Base Camp north of Fort McMurray, Alta., and the nearby Syncrude Canada oilsands mine. It said operations returned to normal at Base Camp in February after a water line leak caused a power outage in the upgrader. At Syncrude, a blockage in a bitumen transport line led to the company starting a planned eight-week maintenance shutdown a month early.Total upstream production came in at 689,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the first quarter, compared to 725,100 boe/d in the prior year quarter, as oilsands output fell to 404,800 barrels per day from 448,500 bpd.The operations “fell short” of Suncor standards, Williams said on the call, adding, “We need to do better and, be assured, we will.”Suncor reported net earnings fell to $789 million, compared to $1.35 billion in the same period of 2017. CALGARY, A.B. –  The CEO of oilsands giant Suncor Energy Inc. says he’s confident new oil pipelines will be built after hosting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at its newly opened Fort Hills oilsands mine in early April.The message he left with Trudeau was that pipeline access must be assured if the industry is to attract the capital it needs to grow, Steve Williams said on a conference call on Wednesday.“We don’t want these new projects to have to bear the burden of some of these (oil price) differentials,” he said, reiterating Suncor’s commitment to build no new major oilsands projects without new pipelines.center_img Williams said the differential had no impact on Suncor’s earnings, however, because what was lost in the pricing of oilsands was recovered through the company’s marketing and refining operations, which benefited from low-cost feedstock as well as high capacity utilization and profit margins.First-quarter earnings included a $329-million non-cash loss on foreign currency denominated debt.There was also a non-cash gain of $133 million from a deal to buy a 37 percent interest in Canbriam Energy Inc. in exchange for northeastern B.C. mineral land holdings and $52 million.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more