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Canada is getting two “green” McDonald's locations

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As a consumer, it’s easier than ever to make positive, eco-friendly choices in your day-to-day routines at home, but when it comes to making these changes while travelling, it can be a challenge. Some restaurants, however, are aiming to help
'As a consumer, it’s easier than ever to make positive, eco-friendly choices in your day-to-day routines at home, but when it comes to making these changes while travelling, it can be a challenge. Read More'

Raptors’ OG Anunoby hopes to end tough season on high note in Finals

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It’s been a tough season on and off the court.But if the 22-year-old can get heathy enough to help his Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals, he will get a chance to end the season on a positive note.
'TORONTO — OG Anunoby had been dealing with the stomach pain for a little while. No big deal — he thought nothing of it. Then he started having headaches. It’s all good — it happens. But on the night of April 10, when the pain in his stomach and his head became too much to handle, keeping him up all night, he decided to alert the Toronto Raptors training staff to what was going on. After a few quick tests the next morning, he was off to the emergency room at Mount Sinai Hospital. And a couple hours after that, he was under the knife. It was an emergency appendectomy, which, unfortunately for Anunoby, wasn’t quite emergent enough. His appendix had already ruptured, spreading bacteria into his abdomen, which caused infection. Recovery from an appendectomy varies from individual to individual. But what we can be certain of is that a case like Anunoby’s is going to be on the lengthier end. Which is why he hasn’t played basketball since. \'The pain is very severe. It hurts a lot. I couldn’t sit up. It hurt to walk. It hurt for a couple of weeks after,\' the 21-year-old said Wednesday, sitting at a podium on the court at Scotiabank Arena for NBA Finals media day. \'[The recovery,] it’s slower because it’s stuff on the inside. So, you can’t really control how fast you go and how much you do. I’m just taking it day by day.\' That’s meant a lot of shooting, a lot of conditioning, and a lot of film study. And not much else. Anunoby’s only now, seven weeks after his surgery, progressing to contact drills during Raptors practices. And even those have been light. He’s still in pain — not nearly as bad as initially, but it’s still there. In any other season, Anunoby would be shutting it down for the summer, recovering fully and working toward a return months from now. But in his absence, the Raptors have found their way to the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. They have at least four games to play, and maybe as many as seven, over the next couple weeks. So, does Anunoby think he’ll be able to be active at some point in the series? \'Yes, hopefully,\' he said. \'Hopefully I’m close. I’ll take it day by day. We’ll see.\' And even if he does take the floor at some point against the Golden State Warriors in these Finals, it’s tough to know what to expect. He’ll be two months removed from his last appearance in a game, which would pose a challenge if this were the regular season. But an NBA Finals game is another beast entirely. It’s more intense, more physical, more closely scrutinized. Throwing Anunoby into that deep end and asking him to swim would be a lot to ask. But his team sure could use him. Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse has trusted only eight players with meaningful minutes in these playoffs, with apologies to Jodie Meeks who received a couple brief mid-game appearances in earlier rounds. If Anunoby was healthy, he’d certainly stretch Toronto’s rotation to nine, lessening the load on some of his teammates. He’d also provide some much-needed length and versatility as a switchable defender who can guard a variety of positions. And considering Toronto’s struggles to hit open shots at times throughout these playoffs, if Anunoby were healthy and able to offer anything close to the 44.8 per cent (13-of-29) three-point shooting he delivered over 10 games in last season’s playoffs, it could have helped the Raptors avoid some of the stress they experienced on their road to the Finals. And of course, Anunoby wishes he could have taken part in all this. The 2018-19 season has been an exceptionally challenging one for him both on the court as off. He’s been forced to take several leaves from the team for personal reasons, which may have affected his performance, as his numbers suffered slightly from his rookies season last year. The last thing he needed was for his appendix to burst two days before the playoffs began. But that his team has found a way to get by without him has provided Anunoby with an opportunity to at least end his year on something of a positive note. No one should expect 20 minutes a night. But if he can merely get back on the floor and do something positive for his team, it’ll be a small victory in and of itself. \'It was bad luck. It was bad timing. But you can’t control it. No one can control it. It just happened,\' he said. \'I just try to make the next day better. Not being down on one day. Not being down on this injury. Just trying to improve the next day and do what I can. \'It’s been frustrating. Of course I want to play. But I’m taking it as a learning experience. Just watching guys, seeing how they play, seeing all the team schemes. And just trying to learn from that.\' It’s at least given him an opportunity for a new perspective on the game. He’s had a front row seat for everything the Raptors have done in these playoffs, from the inspired effort plays of Kyle Lowry, to the growing process of Pascal Siakam, to the utter transcendence of Kawhi Leonard. No matter what team Leonard ultimately decides to play for this off-season, Anunoby’s an important part of Toronto’s future. He’s been a little out of sight, out of mind this season — and especially these playoffs. But he still possesses the raw athleticism, work ethic, and untapped potential that made him a first-round pick and regular starter during his rookie season. That’s why it’s so valuable that Anunoby gets to spend time around an elite athlete like Leonard. That he gets to see him up close and observe all the little things that go into being a player as great as he is. The Raptors certainly hope Anunoby and Leonard will share a floor again before the Finals are through. That’d be ideal. But even if they don’t, Anunoby’s still coming away with lessons learned. \'It’s the attention to detail. He takes it very serious. He’s very locked in at all times. He prepares very well. He takes care of his body,\' Anunoby said of Leonard. \'Seeing it, it makes me want to do it — do the stuff he does. \'I’m feeling really good. I’ve been working out the past week. Just getting back into things. It’s been hard not being able to play. But I’ve still just been supporting my team. Watching a lot of film, watching the guys play. I’m learning a lot.\''

Adopt a Pet: Juniper the German Shepard

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Juniper is a lovely dog who has been through a lot in her short life. This sweet soul is ready to settle, She will need a caregiver who is home for long hours, and is able to practice short leaving exercises with her to build trust that they are
'Juniper is a lovely dog who has been through a lot in her short life. This sweet soul is ready to settle, She will need a caregiver who is home for long hours, and is able to practice short leaving exercises with her to build trust that they are coming back. She is likely to..'

People using marijuana to make traveling with children easier

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Researchers reported on Thursday that about one in seven Washington state drivers were tested positive for the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, THC, as they were traveling with kids.
'Researchers reported on Thursday that about one in seven Washington state drivers were tested positive for the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, THC, as they were traveling with kids.According to their report published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, the researchers used a roadside survey in order to determine that 14.1 percent of drivers with children on board had used cannabis. “One of the things I would like consumers to know is that cannabinoid products can be impairing,” said a senior research scientist with the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and study co-author, Angela Eichelberger. “And different products and methods of ingestion might have different effects.” She said that another concern would be that the people who tested positive might not have been in their proper thinking.The number of highway crashes in four of the states that were analyzed in two studies, grew after the legalization of the recreational use of marijuana, in October.A cause-and-effect of marijuana use and crashes has not been proved by the studies, but the trend makes transportation experts worry about this.Cannabis and driving are not topics that you would usually find together in a study, but the fact that response time and thinking are slowed by this drug has been proven as well as the lead to an increased risk of crashes.The new study used information coming from the Washington State Roadside Survey, which was conducted within six countries in the state from June 2014 to June 2015.The data was collected for the surveys during four two-hour nighttime periods in Friday and Saturday (10 p.m. to midnight, and 1 a.m. to 3 a.m.) and one daytime two-hour Friday session (either 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. or 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.). . The post People using marijuana to make traveling with children easier appeared first on Advocator .'

Ojibwe photographer produces positive images of Indigenous people

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'Ashley Brandson APTN News Nadya Kwandibens picked up a camera for the first time at the age of 17 during her enrollment in Confederation College where she studied film production in Thunder Bay, Ont. “I don’t remember holding a camera before that.When I picked it up, I was just hooked,” says Kwandibens.She grew up in Animakee Wa Zhing 37 First Nation and remembers wanting to be a writer or an English teacher, and as a young Anishinaabekwe, she knew she wanted to tell stories.Now, almost 20 years later, she’s making a living telling stories through photography and travelling across Canada, capturing powerful and beautiful images of Indigenous peoples. “There was so much at the time and even still today, how much there’s a negative stereotype of our Indigenous people in mainstream media,” she says. “And why not combat that image out, completely obliterate it with beauty and strength of our nations.” Kwandibens founded Red Works Photography in 2008, which features portrait and headshot sessions, as well as live event photography.She’s also created three ongoing series that challenge perceptions of Indigenous issues, like her first series “Concrete Indians”. “It’s essentially about decolonization, reclaiming space.It asks the question, who are you as an Indigenous person and how does living in an urban centre effect you and your identity as an Indigenous person.” Another series she works on is called “The Red Works Outtakes” to challenge that stoic Indian stereotype.The photographer recently spent a week in Winnipeg taking photos for her latest series called “The Red Chair Sessions.” Kwandibens says her goal is to portray the importance on reclamation of Indigenous spaces, places, and languages, “The red chair being seated and grounded and seated firmly on it (the ground) says to me, we’re not going anywhere.This is our land.” Lisa Charleyboy who is a client says she’s seen “The Red Chair” series online and has been watching it grow and wanted to be a part of it. “I thought that was an interesting perspective and a really beautiful way of celebrating and show positive images of Indigenous people,” she says.Throughout the years, she’s captured so many powerful images, it can get emotional sometimes.In February she took photos for the National Inquiry Awareness Campaign for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls called “SacredMMIWG”. She photographed advocates, celebrities and even those impacted by this national issue. “All the sessions that I photographed, like the family members, it really touched me,” she says.Kwandibens explains shooting these emotional sessions, you have to take time for yourself and make sure you’re okay.This advice rang true for her last year when her mother, uncle, and sister passed away.As she reflects back on that time, even though she was grieving, she continued to work. \\ “I needed to be around people, it feeds my spirit, it’s fuelling me,” she says. “It’s love that’s going right back into my work and it’s going right back to me. “My mom wouldn’t want me to sit at home alone.She was really proud of the work I did,” says the photographer.In the end, she hopes she can inspire other people to break down negative stereotypes of Indigenous people. “My advice is always the same, just get out there and do it,” says Kwandibens. “It’s really all about spending time with people and that’s really a large part of the job.” ABrandson@aptn.ca @ashleybrandson     . The post Ojibwe photographer produces positive images of Indigenous people appeared first on APTN News .'

B.C. and Alberta to try diplomacy first, but Kenney wields a big stick

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'We had a positive conversation. We agreed that we’ll meet in the short term.'
'VICTORIA — B.C. Premier John Horgan says he’s confident he can work with Alberta’s new premier-designate Jason Kenney, despite a threat from Kenney that B.C. will face “consequences” for continuing to obstruct oil pipelines.Horgan said he and Kenney spoke briefly by phone Wednesday, after Kenney’s United Conservative Party won a majority government in Alberta’s election the previous night.“I know the challenges that he faces, he is seized of the morning after and the work he has to do putting in place a cabinet, going through the transition from one government to another government,” said Horgan.“We had a positive conversation. We agreed that we’ll meet in the short term. We will be in Saskatoon … at a first ministers’ conference in the months ahead. I’m confident we’ll continue to work in a positive way.”Kenney too extended an olive branch of negotiations, before repeating Wednesday that he will enact the defeated Alberta NDP government’s so-called turn-off-the-taps legislation and use it as a bargaining chip with Horgan. Cutting off Alberta oil would cause gas prices in B.C. to soar.Horgan’s B.C. government has said it will use every tool at its disposal to block the expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion project from Edmonton to Burnaby, including court challenges and its own potential legislation to regulate increased shipments of bitumen from Alberta. The B.C. Court of Appeal has reserved decision on the reference case on B.C.’s power to do so.“I think Premier Horgan knows very well that we are serious about defending our economic interests,” Kenney told reporters in Edmonton. “It’s not our intention to begin reducing energy shipments to British Columbia, but to have the power to do so.“The Horgan government called the bluff on the Alberta NDP’s turn off the taps legislation. They said publicly that they’d received assurances that the current Alberta government did not intend to use Bill 12.“We’re going to change that fact by proclaiming into law Bill 12 on the afternoon of April 30. And then I think we sit down with the government of British Columbia with greater strength and clarity about the tools that Alberta can use to defend our vital economic interests. We have a number of other possible consequences for a campaign of obstruction.”Kenney’s new cabinet can proclaim the law with the stroke of a cabinet pen. It does not require new legislation from the Alberta government, which is expected to reconvene in late May.B.C.’s attempt to challenge the constitutionality of Bill 12 was thrown out by an Alberta court because the law had not yet been proclaimed. B.C. Attorney General David Eby has said he’s ready with another court challenge should Kenney proclaim the bill into law.However, Kenney said he also hopes to find areas upon which he can work with Horgan, including support for a liquefied natural gas industry and B.C.’s $40-billion LNG Canada project in Kitimat.“So while it appears we will have a continuing disagreement with them on Trans Mountain we will try to find areas of common ground, such as on LNG.”Kenney’s victory in Alberta puts in place conservative premiers in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario and New Brunswick, with possible allies for Alberta also in Quebec and the Northwest Territories. It also ramps up opposition to the federal Liberal government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s carbon tax, which B.C. supports.Kenney, a former cabinet minister with a federal conservative government under Stephen Harper, said he had a cordial conversation with Trudeau.“Just like with B.C. and Quebec we will begin with a path of diplomacy and try to find common ground,” he said. “We hope we don’t need to use more forceful measures to assert Alberta’s vital economic interests. But I think Prime Minister Trudeau knows that if we can’t get coastal access for our energy this new government will vigorously stand up for Alberta.”B.C. may be vulnerable to a short-term campaign with Alberta on its turn-off-the-taps legislation, but Kenney will soon find himself more focused on fighting Trudeau in this fall’s federal election, said Patrick Smith, a professor of political science at Simon Fraser University and the school’s director of the Institute for Governance Studies.“Kenney will certainly, if he thinks it’s advantageous and appeals to his base, push B.C. on its opposition,” said Smith. “But I don’t think it’s going to be his first fight. I think his first fight is going to be with Ottawa between now and the election. The carbon pricing issue is going to be more front and centre. He’ll leave John Horgan and company till the fall and see where things are.”“The notion is they’ll have started work on Trans Mountain by the fall and if they haven’t I think the game changes a bit more to being bumpy for B.C.”B.C. is isolated against a block of conservative premiers, but Smith said that may also work in the province’s favour as Trudeau’s federal Liberals fight to retain seats in key battlegrounds.“He’s not going to win any seats in Alberta and he’s not likely to win many seats across the rest of the Prairies so he’s going to be looking for where do I grow,” said Smith. Holding on to his B.C. seats then becomes very important for Trudeau, which could make him an ally of Horgan’s, said Smith.“He’ll be looking for friends.”B.C. Opposition Liberal leader Andrew Wilkinson said the dispute between Alberta and B.C. was started by the Horgan government trying to block the pipeline, and Horgan must now try to defuse the disagreement.“John Horgan should be getting on a plane to Edmonton and sitting down with Jason Kenney to solve this problem for the benefit of both British Columbia and Albertans,” he said. “It serves nobody’s interest to have these face-slapping squabbles across the Rocky Mountains.”Another potential fallout for B.C. could be Kenney’s promise to hold a public inquiry into what he called foreign-funded special interest environmental groups like Tides Canada, LeadNow, the David Suzuki Foundation, the Pembina Institute and others. Kenney has said those groups are supported by U.S. and foreign interests who are trying to undermine Canada’s oil industry on environmental grounds so that other countries benefit financially.The groups are very active in B.C. where they are closely aligned with the B.C. NDP (and in some cases the B. C. Greens). Wilkinson said he thinks Kenney’s inquiry is not a bad idea.“I think British Columbians and Albertans are getting tired of seeing organizations like the Dogwood Initiative and LeadNow actively trying to elect the NDP,” said Wilkinson.“A public inquiry is one vehicle, but we’re more inclined to bring the light of day to these things and show who is actually behind all these political organizations dressed up as charities.”rshaw@postmedia.comtwitter.com/robshaw_vansun'