Monthly Archives: January 2019

Coast Guard on scene after fuel slick spotted in English Bay

Crews are on scene after a diesel slick was spotted in English Bay Friday morning.

Dan Bate, with the Canadian Coast Guard, said a resident reported what looked like a diesel slick in the area of False Creek around 10:30 a.m.

Western Canada Marine was contracted to clean it up after the Coast Guard spotted the visible sheen.

Upon further investigation, the slick was deemed non-recoverable as no product could be picked up and the sheen was too thin on the surface.

WATCH: The Global 1 Helicopter captured images of the large fuel slick Friday afternoon.

Bate says they are not classifying it as a “spill” at this time, but rather a release of product that happens from time to time and is not unusual for the area.

Bate says last year’s oil spill from MV Marathassa involved a much heavier product, called Bunker C fuel. The ship appeared to suffer a malfunction when it leaked about 2,700 litres of fuel on its maiden voyage to Vancouver on April 8, 2015, launching a massive clean-up effort.

Coast Guard crews remain on the site.

The origin of the spill is not known but Bate says it could have been caused by someone refuelling a vessel.

Photos courtesy of Rob Anderson

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Researchers spot new signs North Korea is producing plutonium

WASHINGTON – As North Korea intensifies testing of its ballistic missile technology, a U.S. website said Friday it also sees further signs from satellite imagery that North Korea is looking to produce more plutonium for nuclear weapons.

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The website 38 North, which monitors sites in North Korea associated with its weapons programs, says that an image taken Monday at the Nyongbyon nuclear complex shows a rail flatcar at radiochemical laboratory complex where the North separates weapons-grade plutonium from waste from a nuclear reactor.

READ MORE: North Korea says long-range rocket engine tests successful

It says the tanks or casks seen on the flatcar could be used to supply chemicals or haul out waste products. In recent weeks, exhaust plumes have been seen at the laboratory, also suggesting that nuclear reprocessing activity could be in the works.

“The presence of a loaded flatcar, together with the presence of exhaust plumes, suggest that North Korea is preparing or conducting a reprocessing campaign to separate more plutonium for weapons,” says the analysis by Joseph S. Bermudez, a specialist in satellite imagery and North Korea’s military.

South Korean and U.S. officials said Friday that North Korea conducted a failed launch of what was reportedly an untested mid-range missile that could one day be capable of reaching far-off U.S. military bases in Asia and the Pacific.

WATCH: North Korea threatens nuclear strikes as U.S.-South Korean military exercises begin

It is the latest in a series of provocations. The North conducted its fourth, underground nuclear test explosion in January and a long-range rocket launch in February that drew the strongest international sanctions yet against Pyongyang.

Separating plutonium is one of two avenues North Korea has to produce fissile material for bombs. The North announced in 2013 its intention to restart a reactor which had been shuttered for years. This February, U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told Congress that North Korea has been operating the reactor long enough that it could begin recovering material for nuclear weapons “within a matter of weeks to months.”

READ MORE: China restricts trade with North Korea over nuclear tests

Last week, the Institute for Science and International Security, a Washington-based think-tank , said that there’s growing indications that North Korea is separating plutonium but said it’s hard to say with certainty. It estimated that the reactor could have produced about 5 to 7 kilograms (11 to 15 pounds) of weapon-grade plutonium since its 2013 restart – enough for one to three nuclear weapons.

Pyongyang is already believed to have a handful of crude nuclear bombs and is making progress toward having a nuclear-tipped missile that could reach the U.S. mainland.

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Road work in Vernon won’t be further delayed

VERNON–Vernon city council has voted not to further delay roadwork on 32 Avenue between 27 and 29th Streets.

READ MORE:  Vernon business owner feels ‘blind-sided’ by city project

The work was supposed to be done last summer, but when quotes came in over budget, the city put it off until this year.

The work will close the road during most hours of the day for three months.

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The problem is that the road is the main artery to Briteland Holdings, a Vernon farm and garden centre.

Spring is the busiest time of year for the business, and Briteland Holdings owner Dave Weatherill is very upset.

“I was horrified because this is our Christmas, this is where we make the income to survive on for the next 12 months,” says Weatherill.

The work will also mean school busses that park behind Beairsto Elementary School will also have to be rerouted.

When the city realized that summer would be a better time for the project, it delayed the work.

The contractor warned the city that delaying the work until July would cost $100,000 in fines.

Already, the contractor is asking for $26,717 for delaying work until April 18.

At a special council meeting on Friday, council voted to allow the work to proceed.

The Mayor of Vernon, Akbal Mund says there will be a traffic management plan in place between 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. when traffic will be allowed to pass, and concessions have been made to help larger supply trucks access the farm and garden centre.

“Some of the cement barricades will be moved to allow the trucks to access his business now,” says Mund.

The mayor also says that city council are still discussing the need to pay the $26,717 fine in camera.

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In photos: Red carpet at the Global News Woman of Vision Celebration 2016

EDMONTON – The Global News Woman of Vision program, hosted by Lesley Macdonald, has shared the inspirational stories of more than 250 extraordinary women in and around Edmonton since 1995.

The 21st Annual Global News Woman of Vision Celebration was held on Thursday, April 14 with over 1,000 guests welcomed on the red carpet entrance.

Guests enjoyed a fabulous evening of inspiration celebrating the 13 women profiled in the past year, along with musical performances by John Cameron Entertainment.

Sentiments through the evening were shared through social media and can be followed using hashtag #WoV21.

Red Carpet moments were captured by the Global News promotions team and can be viewed in the photo gallery below.

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5 things that cause back pain and easy posture exercises to fix it

The sedentary lifestyles many of us lead can wreak havoc on our posture, and in turn, our backs.

“The big issue is people are spending too much time sitting and looking down on their cellphones,” said posture coach Austin Norris.

Norris works with clients to correct the damage done by that and other habits — like crossing our legs while sitting (massage therapists will always tell you that’s a no-no).

“Everything’s connected,” Norris explained.

“If you have a right ankle injury, if left untreated it will result in a left shoulder injury.

“The body works in really wild ways… It just kind of works itself up the system.”

Simple ways to improve your posture and alleviate back pain


Simple ways to improve your posture and alleviate back pain


Stretching exercises you can do at work to improve your posture


Practicing good posture


Ancient source of back problems

Here are some of things most of us do that contribute to our back problems, plus what Norris says you can do about it.

1. Problem: Your desk setup at work

Depending on how your chair and computer is positioned at work, you could be setting yourself up for a super sore neck.

READ MORE: 4 ways your digital gadgets are ruining your body

Easy fixes: 

When sitting at your desk, your elbows should be bent at 90 degrees and placed level with your desk. This prevents shoulder shrugging or forward slouching.You should be close enough to your desk that you can keep your upper arm bone (which runs from your shoulder to your elbow) relatively in line with your spine. This prevents reaching forward and slouching.Your computer monitor should be placed 10 to 15 degrees higher than your eyeline. This promotes a neutral rib cage position.Your core should be engaged 10 to 15 per cent while sitting. This involves sucking in your belly button slightly. Activating your deep core prevents spinal compression and leaning to one side.

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    Breaks, posture shifts help ward off low back pain

  • Align your spine: Healing low back pain

    2. ProblemLooking down at your cellphone

    We all do it. Our heads drift forward as we stare at our phones and computer screens.

    READ MORE: Why your smartphone is wreaking havoc on your back

    Easy fix: Be mindful of your head position and practice chin tucks regularly to strengthen the front of your neck and release the back of your neck.

    To do a chin tuck: look up as high as you can, Norris says, then move your head down as if you were going to tuck it into your throat. Repeat.

    WATCH: Norris demonstrates the proper way to do a chin tuck, and how your computer should be positioned at your desk.

    3. Problem: Sitting

    Prolonged sitting damages the cardiovascular, metabolic and musculoskeletal systems, Norris explains.

    READ MORE: 4 ways to combat sitting disease

    Easy fix: He recommends people stand up every 15 minutes, even if just for a minute. He says this will help prevent most of the health damage caused by sitting.

    WATCH: Simple exercises to stretch out your back after sitting all day.

    READ MORE: Sit up! How slouching leads to posture problem

    4. Problem: Footwear

    Certain footwear (like high heels) is also problematic. People’s body weight tends to be shifted forward so they don’t have stability in their ankles, which can lead to instability in their knees, hips and lower back.

    This can cause chronic tension and pain in these areas as the front side of the body often becomes very tight, and the back side becomes very weak.

    READ MORE: Clothing and accessories that can be harmful to your health

    Easy fixes:

    Wear comfortable flat shoes as much as possible.Be barefoot at home as much as possible.Do single leg balance moves (standing on one leg) whenever possible (while brushing your teeth, doing dishes or waiting for public transit). Try to place your weight evenly between your heel, base of the big toe and pinky toe.

    5. Problem: Carrying things

    Whether you’re carrying groceries or a purse, the extra weight on one side can put your back out of alignment.

    READ MORE: More exercises and stretches you can do at work

    Easy fix: Make sure to shift the load you’re carrying onto both sides to minimize the damage. Wearing a backpack – on both shoulders – can also help.

    WATCH: Keeping your back too straight can be problematic. Posture coach Austin Norris explains.

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