New restaurant, warehouse approved for development in Dawson Creek

first_imgCity council on Monday approved a development permit for the restaurant among a couple of other development applications. The restaurant is proposed on three vacant lots along Eighth Street and 114 Avenue, across from the Northern Lights College.Chief administrative officer Jim Chute noted the lots are actually remediated brownfield sites that used to be occupied by a Turbo gas station.Mayor Mike Bernier joked that his son told him having a Wendy’s built in Dawson Creek was the only thing he wanted his dad to accomplish as mayor.- Advertisement -The permit requires the successful completion of a 10-day notification period and receipt of the required financial security in the amount of $50,000.Council also approved a development permit for the construction of a 4,800-square-foot office and warehouse building proposed by Techmation Electric and Controls for 69 Vic Turner Road.The property currently houses a 40-foot office trailer and two, 40-foot sea-cans which are being used as tool cribs. The proposed building will be used to provide electrical and instrumentation services to the oil and gas industry and approximately 10 employees will be working out of the location.Advertisement The permit is also subject to a 10-day notification period, and a $60,000 security bond.last_img read more

Standing at Attention: Advocating for our Family Members

first_imgpixababy [family heart father forward 222763 by geralt, December 4, 2013]By Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFTWe all know the old adage about the mother bear and her cubs, right? You know the one; where the mother bear would do absolutely anything to protect her young. That’s what comes to my mind when I think of Advocacy. Perhaps it was the five years that I spent alongside parents of children with special needs when I was working in Early Intervention. Or, maybe it’s the fact that I am a mental health professional who has witnessed the importance and power of advocacy within families. Whatever the reason may be, it’s the mental image I have in my head of advocacy.Much like the mother bear protecting her cubs, we humans sometimes have a tendency to let our natural instincts kick in. I have certainly experienced that before when protecting my own children. But unlike bears, we are able to push through those primal instincts to a much higher set of functioning. Advocacy is about acting on behalf of others to make sure that their needs are met. It’s also about raising awareness. And, last, but certainly not least, it can also be about protecting and standing up for ourselves.Whether you are advocating for someone else or advocating for yourself, there are tools that are necessary in assisting us with being able to be successful at accomplishing our ultimate goal, whatever that may be. Here are some basic suggestions that can assist in navigating through this sometimes complicated and confusing world.Know your rights – Whether you are advocating for yourself or for someone else, it is extremely important to know what your rights are surrounding the topic of concern. Part of advocacy includes researching and doing some digging. And, it may require some extra elbow grease and a magnifying glass! This is one of those times when you don’t want to “show up unprepared”. The more you know about your rights or those for whom you are advocating, the more successful you will be in your efforts.Let your emotions work for you instead of against you – When we humans are passionate about someone or something, we have a tendency to allow our emotions to initially control us. As difficult as it can be, it is so very important to let your emotions help you when advocating rather than hurt you. This means that you may have to work really hard at putting that inner filter on overdrive before saying the first thing that comes to your mind; that first thing may actually be coming from your heart rather than your brain.Keep your eyes on the prize – Try to remember what your ultimate goal is when advocating for yourself or someone else. You will not be able to create peace on earth, nor will you be able to end hunger and strife. But, keeping your mind on the end result will help to keep you focused and well prepared.Don’t give up – You may very likely realize that the hill you thought you were climbing has now turned into a mountain. But, instead of turning around and walking off of the mountain, try to strap your hiking boots on and keep on going. As easy as it may seem to just give up, remember that prize (refer back to number 3).Build yourself a support system – Make connections with others and equip yourself with the cushion of others. Not only is it helpful to have people in your corner, but it is also helpful to have people who have had similar experiences. Connect with others through social media sites, community meetings, and public gatherings. It’s amazing how far you can get with a strong support system.It goes without saying that there are many other things that one can keep in mind when advocating, but having these basic and simple tools in your box can at least help to guide you on a steady path. Unlike the mother bear who does not have the capacity to follow these steps, we humans are equipped with the ability to protect those we love with a much higher level of functioning.This post was written by Bari Sobelson, MS, LMFT, the social media and webinar coordination specialist for the MFLN Family Development Team. The Family Development team aims to support the development of professionals working with military families.  Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network Family Development team on our website, Facebook, and Twitter.last_img read more

The Stereotypes of Sales Are Tired

first_img Get the Free eBook! Want to master cold calling? Download my free eBook! Many would have you believe that cold calling is dead, but the successful have no fear of the phone; they use it to outproduce their competitors. Download Now Salespeople are not reviled by buyers. Every day across the world, salespeople spend time with their clients and prospects, focusing on fixing problems that require outside help, be it a product, a service, or a more complex solution. Some of these salespeople create little value, others are irreplaceable. Few of them are reviled. They’re moms, dads, brothers, and sisters.Salespeople aren’t inherently lazy. Like many people who aren’t as productive as they might be, they are poorly led. Salespeople don’t have some genetic predisposition to laziness, and as a group ,they are no different than any other profession.The likelihood of salespeople being disintermediated by technology is no greater than any other field. While anything transactional in nature lends itself to automation, the human stuff, like deep caring, deep trust, and creative problem solving aren’t puzzles that algorithms can easily solve.On the whole, salespeople are no more selfish that any other group. This is especially true in this day and age when a self-orientation will repel clients and success away from you. The human behaviors are not the exclusive domain of salespeople, even though there was a time 50 years ago when they were taught and trained to behave badly.Buyers aren’t working any harder to avoid salespeople than any other time. They still want to avoid time wasters, and they still share their time with people who can create value for them. This isn’t likely to change anytime soon.The stereotypes no longer match the reality of sales. Projections on the future of sales that suggest that it is going away, soon to be replaced by technology go too far and are too pessimistic.Sales is evolving every bit as fast as buying. Don’t buy the hype, stay true to first principles.last_img read more

Two bank guards killed in Shopian firing

first_imgTwo bank guards were killed as suspected militants attacked a van carrying cash in Shopian on Monday.Preliminary reports suggest a number of gunmen opened fire on the bank van at Poju Keller on Monday afternoon.”Two guards were injured in the firing. They succumbed to their injuries in the hospital,” said a police official.The bank official could not confirm immediately if any cash was looted by the gunmen.last_img

Odisha woman gets alimony after 27-year fight

first_imgTwenty-seven years after filing a case seeking maintenance from her estranged husband, a woman in Bhubaneswar now sees a glimmer of hope of getting regular alimony.In the long court battle, the woman not only had to justify her rightful claim for an allowance, but also had to establish the identity of her husband as the man she was really married to. The curious case of Sabita Chand, now 56, and her estranged husband Ashok Kumar Das alias Ashok Kumar Chand has hopefully come to an end, with a family court in Bhubaneswar directing immediate release of a maintenance fee to her.Ashok Kumar Chand, who worked in the Indian Railways, had married Ms. Chand in 1985 by concealing his identity. In 1992, Ms. Chand filed a case in the court seeking maintenance. Earlier this month, the court directed the bank manager to transfer one-third of his pension to Ms. Chand.last_img read more

Dutee to run in World Cships, gets favourable order from CAS

first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 29 (PTI) Sprinter Dutee Chand today got the confirmation to take part in the World Championships after the top tribunal of international sports suspended the policy of the international athletics federation, which had barred her from competition, by another two months. The 21-year-old Dutee, who missed the original entry standard of 11.26 seconds, got an invite from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as the target number of 56 athletes for the womens 100m event was yet to be reached for the August 4-13 World Championships in London. Dutees best of 11.30 seconds, which she clocked during the Indian Grand Prix in New Delhi on May 15, has now earned her a quota entry for the World Championships. Her 11.30secs timing gives her a current global ranking of 103. The IAAF yesterday sent an invite to the Athletics Federation of India, asking to reply in yes or no about accepting the offer and the AFI, after taking consent from Dutee, had responded within the stipulated time that she was ready for the global flagship event. It has come as an advantage that Dutee is already having United Kingdom visa. “Yes, Dutee is taking part in the World Championships. The AFI has said yes to the IAAF invite. Why would she not accept the offer? She is ready and she is also happy to be able to take part in such a big event,” Dutees coach Nagpuri Ramesh told PTI. AFI Secretary C K Valson added: “Dutee has been cleared to take part in the World Championships. She currently has a UK visa, as we had told all those in borderline timings (of qualifying standards) to apply for visa. The 24-member team has already left the country and Dutee will most likely leave alone for London in a direct flight.” Meanwhile, in her gender case before the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in Lausanne, Switzerland, the worlds top sports tribunal has suspended IAAFs Hyperandrogenism Policy, under which the AFI suspended Dutee from competitions in 2014. The top tribunal said today that Dutee remains eligible to compete in national and international events. Dutees future was under a cloud after the IAAF recently decided to submit fresh evidence at the CAS in support of its policy of barring female athletes who produced natural testosterone (male hormones) above permissible range from taking part in competitions. In July 2015, the gutsy Odisha athlete got the ban imposed on her by the AFI overturned as the CAS partially upheld her appeal. The worlds top sports tribunal had given time of two years to the IAAF to produce conclusive evidence that female athletes with high levels of naturally producing testosterone have an unfair advantage over their peers. That period of two years ended on July 24 and after the IAAF approached the top sports tribunal recently, it was decided by the parties involved in the case to further suspend the policy for another two months. “Based upon the agreement of the parties and at the approval of the Panel, the Hyperandrogenism Regulations have been suspended for an additional two months. During such extended suspension, Ms Dutee Chand remains eligible to compete in both national and international level athletics events,” the CAS said in a statement. “Should the IAAF not file any scientific evidence within the additional two-month period granted by the CAS Panel (i.e. end of September 2017), the Hyperandrogenism Regulations will be declared void,” it added. Giving a background of the case, the CAS said, “On 24 July 2015, the CAS issued an Interim Award in the arbitration procedure between the Indian athlete Dutee Chand, the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF). “The CAS Panel in charge of the procedure (The Hon. Justice Annabelle Claire Bennett AO, Australia (President), Prof. Richard H. McLaren, Canada, and Dr Hans Nater, Switzerland) suspended the IAAF Regulation Governing Eligibility of Females with Hyperandrogenism to Compete in Womens Competition (the “Hyperandrogenism Regulations”) until 24 July 2017 in order to give the IAAF the opportunity to provide the CAS with scientific evidence about the quantitative relationship between enhanced testosterone levels and improved athletic performance in hyperandrogenic athletes.” PTI PDS CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp: Pulisic to Chelsea? Another…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp: Pulisic to Chelsea? Another…by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has offered his opinion on Chelsea’s deal for Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic.Liverpool had been in competition with the Stamford Bridge club to land the American this January, but Klopp cooled his interest in the forward and the Blues swooped.Chelsea opted to loan the American back to Germany until the end of the season, at which point the 20-year-old will link up with his new team.And Klopp said: “[He’s] a really good player, another good player for Chelsea. “I’ve known him for a while and followed him [in his career]. Another really skilled boy playing in England.” last_img read more

Interest rate hike new mortgage rules may trigger real estate market slowdown

first_imgTORONTO – Canada’s real estate market will hit a slow patch in 2018 as tighter mortgage stress tests apply pressure and the impact could be exacerbated if an expected interest rate hike drives buyers to put off their home purchases, economists said Monday.The Bank of Canada will make its first interest rate announcement of the year on Wednesday. Many observers predict will boost the country’s benchmark rate by 25 points to 1.25 per cent after the economy’s strong performance last year and a particularly strong jobs report from November. If the economy keeps pace, they believe that rate may be bumped up a few more times over 2018.The suspected hikes could heap stress onto buyers already combating stricter regulations that were introduced by the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions on Jan. 1 for uninsured mortgages, and elevated five-year, fixed mortgage rates that were pushed up by the CIBC, RBC and TD banks last week.“This is the most significant test the market has seen in recent years,” said Benjamin Tal, CIBC’s chief deputy chief economist.He expects a market slowdown to be seen as early as the first quarter as people who were hoping to scoop up homes weigh whether renting or living with family for a bit longer will pay off later in the year, when the country has grown accustomed to the new conditions.“The big question though is to what extent investors will stop buying,” says Tal. “That will carry a big effect, but it’s still the biggest unknown.”The Canadian Real Estate Association slashed its sales forecast for 2018 to predict a 5.3 per cent drop in national sales to 486,600 units this year, shaving about 8,500 units from its previous estimate due to the impact of the stricter mortgage stress tests.On Monday, the association released a report revealing that national home sales rose 4.5 per cent in December from the month before and that the average national home price reached just over $496,500, up 5.7 per cent from one year earlier.It said the bounce likely stemmed from buyers scrambling to nab homes before being forced to submit to the uninsured mortgage regulations, which requires would-be homebuyers with a more than 20 per cent down payment to prove they can still service their uninsured mortgage at a qualifying rate of the greater of the contractual mortgage rate plus two percentage points or the five-year benchmark rate published by the Bank of Canada.“It will be interesting to see if the monthly sales activity continues to rise despite tighter mortgage regulations,” Gregory Klump, CREA’s chief economist, said in the report.It also shared that the number of homes on the market increased by 3.3 per cent in December from the month before and December home sales were up 4.1 per cent on a year-over-year basis.The improvements signal that the country is “fully recovering from the slump last summer” when there was a drop in sales before a set of policies introduced by the Ontario government in April produced the desired market slowdown in Toronto during the second and third quarters following a hot first quarter.“The new OFSI measures and a shift to a rising-state environment should prevent speculative froth from building again, and contain price growth to a reasonable pace for the remainder of the cycle,” BMO Capital Markets senior economist Robert Kavcic predicted in a note Monday.Looking across the country, he said Toronto home sales were in “a strong spot,” Calgary’s “remained steady” and Ottawa and Montreal were “continually showing better momentum.”CREA said in December it had seen 60 per cent of all local markets surge in activity.That spike came as no surprise to Toronto-based realtor David Fleming.While agents typically avoid keeping listings up over the holidays, he saw many bucking their usual habit this year by leaving homes on the market because sales were so strong.Of the three listings he let sit, one sold on Dec. 31 and another on Jan. 2.“There are definitely people who thought they had to close a deal before Jan. 1. and the numbers are really showing that,” Fleming said.“I think it will take a couple months for buyers to wrap their heads around the new rules and for the country to see the affect.”last_img read more

Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for November by province

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.6 per cent in November. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 12.2 per cent (12.7)— Prince Edward Island 8.5 (7.2)— Nova Scotia 7.0 (7.7)— New Brunswick 7.9 (7.2)— Quebec 5.4 (5.2)— Ontario 5.6 (5.6)— Manitoba 5.7 (6.1)— Saskatchewan 5.5 (6.2)— Alberta 6.3 (7.3)— British Columbia 4.4 (4.1)The Canadian Presslast_img

United Nations Initiative Aims to Reduce the 125 Million Road Crash Deaths

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 9, 2017 – Nassau – In the time it took you to read the headline of this story, a child somewhere in the world was hit and killed by a car on her way to school. “The statistics are alarming,” says David McLaughlin, FIA Project Development Director for the Caribbean. “Speed kills.    Somewhere in the world a child dies every 30 seconds as a result of a road crash.    Road accidents are the 10th leading cause of death worldwide and the 13th leading cause of death in The Bahamas.    Every year, 1.25 million people die as a result of accidents.”To put the brakes on the tragic numbers that take more than a million innocent lives a year and leave millions more injured, many severely and for life, the United Nations launched the Save Lives Slow Down movement.  This is the fourth year that the FIA, the world governing body of motor sport and sanctioned by the International Olympics Committee (IOC), has driven the UN global campaign, but the first time The Bahamas has taken part. “Given that the UN Global Road Safety Week is May 8-14 and there is a lot of other activity at this time, we are focusing efforts on spreading the message about the dangers of speeding and distracted driving.    We will also host an event at the Mall at Marathon this Saturday, May 13,” said McLaughlin, a former race driver himself and the chairman of Bahamas Motor Speedway.    Students who came through the popular EduKarting program will be on hand at the Mall with a go-kart. “The idea is for kids to write in a few words why they believe it is important to slow down. We will provide the paper and once they have penned their words, they will have the opportunity to be pictured in the kart holding their small sign, take a selfie and share it on social media. The words could be something like, ‘I slow down because all lives matter.’ We really want to encourage people to take the on-line road safety pledge which only take a few seconds and to get involved.”Participants will also be able to sign up for this summer’s EduKarting program and can find more information on the program on its Facebook page.  McLaughlin will also be a guest on Guardian Talk Radio Friday at 9 am and will address the Rotary Club of East Nassau at its luncheon meeting May 12. Among the guests expected to be on hand between 11 am and noon at the Mall is Wellington Miller, President of the Bahamas Olympic Committee. Sponsors of the Save Lives, Slow Down road safety program include JS Johnson, Oasis Furniture, Phillips Sailmakers & Awning Manufacturers, Aquapure, Rotary Club of East Nassau, Valvoline, Battery & Tyre, Bahamas Waste and Custom Computers.   last_img read more