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Victoria Conservatory of Music shows off new technology lab at open house

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News staff, CTV Vancouver Island

Published Saturday, September 7, 2019 4:31PM PDT

The Victoria Conservatory of Music showed off its facilities at its open house Saturday.

Members of the public were invited to tour the conservatory, including performance halls, practice rooms and a library featuring more than 60,000 music sheets and books. Visitors also got to enjoy free concerts by VCM faculty and students.

One of the stars of the show, from the conservatory’s perspective, is the recently opened Music Technology and Creativity Lab, which was made possible by a donation from Pitt and Sheila Linder.

The lab features computers and software for music recording, editing and production, and it’s open to both beginners and experts.

“It’s something we’ve dreamt about for years,” said Stephen Green, dean of the conservatory.

In addition to the software and the computers, the room includes a multi-channel audio system that will allow students to hear their creations and discuss with instructors and peers. There is also a large smart TV that allows the conservatory to connect live with professional musicians and teachers from around the world.

“It’s all here,” Green said. “We want to make sure that anyone who has an interest in music technology knows that it’s not just one particular group. You don’t have to be, like, a professional musician. It’s all open to everyone.”

The new space means greater accessibility for the conservatory, he said, adding that it helps the organization meet the needs of the 21st century musician.

The space cost roughly $50,000 to create, according to the conservatory.


‘That’ll teach me to lock my doors now’: Video shows B.C. bear easily opening car door | CBC News

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When a Vancouver woman discovered the doors of her car had been opened, she thought someone had broken in — until she saw a giant paw print on the seat.

After seeing security camera footage, Terry McPhail later found out that print belonged to a black bear.

“There was slobber on both handles and a little bit inside,” McPhail said. 

She had been house-sitting in the village of Anmore, near Port Moody, B.C., and had parked her car in the driveway of the remote private property.

She said when the dog she was watching for the owners of the house started barking, she wasn’t too surprised as bears are common in the Anmore area.

She found evidence of the intruder when she returned to her car later that day.

Four days later, when the property’s owners returned, McPhail was able to go through the security footage and confirmed the culprit was a bear:

The bear appeared to have no problem standing up and opening the car doors, she said.

“‘That is not the first time this bear has opened a car door,’ is what went though my mind. And the second thing that went through my mind was: ‘That’ll teach me to lock my doors now,'” she said. 

After viewing the footage, McPhail realized she had missed the bear by minutes after the dog barked enough to send her looking outside. 

“It took [the bear] one minute and 38 seconds to get in the one side and get fully inside and have a look around. And then less than a minute to open the other door, look in and then wander off,” she said.

McPhail says there was no food in the car. 

Apart from the slobber, the bear left the car in its original condition, she said.


Trudeau has support of remaining 33 members of cabinet, survey shows

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In the wake of Jane Philpott’s sudden resignation from the federal cabinet over what she said was her “lack of confidence” in the way the Liberal government has handled the SNC Lavalin affair, CBC News reached out to the remaining 33 members of cabinet to ask if they still support Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

As of Monday evening, all remaining members of the federal cabinet were saying they continue to support Trudeau and the government. Some issued statements, others simply confirmed their support. Below is a list of statements from cabinet ministers who provided them to CBC News:

Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan

“I have full confidence in this prime minister and am committed to continuing on with the important work ahead for Indigenous peoples and all Canadians.”

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau

“Absolutely. I’m proud to work with a leader that is focused on jobs, growing the middle class and strengthening our economy.”

Minister of the Environment Catherine McKenna

“Yes, Minister McKenna has full confidence in the PM and will remain in cabinet,” said spokeswoman Caroline Thériault.

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour Patricia Hajdu

“My confidence in the prime minister remains untouched. I stand by him and believe in his ability to lead a government that delivers for all Canadians. I am sorry to see one of my Cabinet colleagues step down and I wish her the best.”

Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion Mary Ng

The minister told CBC that she supports Trudeau “100 per cent.”

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett

“I have absolute confidence in our government, and our prime minister, and will continue the vital work of advancing reconciliation and self-determination as the minister of Crown-Indigenous relations.”

Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism Pablo Rodriguez

The Quebec MP said he backs Trudeau “totally,” 

Minister of National Revenue Diane Lebouthillier

“I support the prime minister and am proud of the work we have accomplished during the last three years to make life better for all Canadians.”

Minister of Democratic Institutions Karina Gould

“I have full confidence in the Prime Minister and this government.”  

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen

“Minister Hussen has full confidence in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his vision for Canada,” said spokesperson, Mathieu Genest.

Minister of Intergovernmental and Northern Affairs and Internal Trade Dominic LeBlanc

“I have full confidence in the prime minister. We will continue to take action to make life easier for Canadians, and create good, middle class jobs across the country.”

Minister of International Trade Diversification Jim Carr

“The PM and this government as a whole has minister Carr’s full confidence. He remains committed to his role as minister and to the important work the PM has given him to carry out on behalf of Canadians,” said spokeswoman, Isabella Brisson.

Minister of Tourism, Official Languages and La Francophonie Mélanie Joly

”Of course, the Prime Minister has my full confidence.”

Minister of Infrastructure and Communities​ François-Philippe Champagne

“I absolutely have confidence in the prime minister and the plan he put in place for Canadians and I will continue to be a strong voice for rural Canada, for a strong and growing economy and for Quebec.”

Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard Jonathan Wilkinson

“I am proud of the progressive accomplishments made under the leadership of the prime minister. I have full confidence in the prime minister and our government.”

Minister of Natural Resources Amarjeet Sohi

“I have full confidence in our government. Canadians elected us to build a strong middle class and provide opportunities for those who work hard every day to join the middle class. That is what we have focused on since day one and this is what we will continue to do under the strong leadership of PM Trudeau.”

Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan

“I fully support the prime minister and our government, and as minister of science and sport, will continue focusing on our important work for science and research, and on making sport safe for all.”

Minister of Public Services and Procurement and Accessibility Carla Qualtrough

“I have full confidence in the prime minister and our government, and I look forward to continuing to serve Canadians.

“I’m sad to hear of Jane Philpott’s departure from Cabinet. She was a valued member of the team around the table. I thank the Prime Minister for his faith in me as I take on the interim position of president of the Treasury Board and minister of digital government.”

All remaining members of the federal cabinet have told CBC News that they continue to support Trudeau and his government.

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Video shows cougar hanging out on Maple Ridge deck

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A man from Maple Ridge, B.C. has shared video of a hair-raising encounter he had with a cougar over the weekend.

Kevyn Helmer said he locked his own cat in the bathroom after finding the apex predator hanging out on his deck on 287th Street Sunday afternoon.

“There’s a big, scary kitty cat out front,” Helmer says in a Facebook video. “My cat’s in the washroom, he’s meowing away.”

The video shows the cougar lounging right beside the door, barely paying attention as Helmer watches through the glass for several minutes.

“The road is right up there, so if anybody comes walking by – oh, man,” Helmer says. “I hope no kids or nobody walking their dog goes by the front gate there.”

The nervous resident called authorities to the home and they apparently managed to chase the cougar away without incident.

“He’s a big, nice kitty I’m sure they’ll take care of it,” Helmer says in a follow-up video.

The B.C. Conservation Officer Service has not responded to a request for comment on what happened.

According to WildSafeBC, anyone who encounters a cougar outdoors is advised to keep calm, appear as big as possible and back away slowly while keeping the cougar in view.

“If a cougar shows aggression, or begins following you, respond aggressively in all cases as cougars see you as a meal: keep eye contact, yell and make loud noises. Pick up nearby sticks, rocks, or whatever you have at hand to quickly to use as a weapon if necessary,” the organization says on its website.

In the event of an attack, WildSafeBC recommends focusing on the cougar’s face and eyes.

Anyone who sees a cougar that could pose an immediate threat to public safety is asked to call conservation officers at 1-877-952-7277.  


Mountain Lion on front door step

Posted by Kevyn Helmer on Sunday, December 30, 2018

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Vancouver study shows air pollution linked to possibility of autism

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Prenatal exposure to air pollution has been linked to an increased likelihood of autism, according to a recently published Vancouver-based study.

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Prenatal exposure to air pollution has been linked to an increased likelihood of autism, according to a recently published Vancouver-based study.

Lief Pagalan, a Simon Fraser University researcher, conducted the birth cohort study in Metro Vancouver using birth data from 2004 through 2009.

The study analyzed air pollution to assess exposure rates over the same period and found that there was an increased risk of Autism Spectrum Disorder in children when their pregnant mothers were exposed to air pollutants such as particulate matter, nitrogen dioxide and nitric oxide.

The impact, however, was small and not statistically significant.

“Our study, which indicates that air pollution is associated with ASD in a city with relatively lower levels of air pollution adds to the growing concern that there may be no safe levels of exposure to air pollution,” said Pagalan.

“While the causes of ASD are not yet fully known, this study suggests that reducing exposure to air pollutants in pregnant women could reduce the likelihood of their children developing autism.”

The findings are similar to those of previous studies conducted in the United States, Israel and Taiwan.

Pagalan noted that the study is important as it highlights that “there may be no safe levels of exposure to air pollution.” While the cause of autism is not fully known, researchers acknowledge that genetics and environmental factors play a role.

The study was conducted by linking pregnancy data with birth records in Vancouver from 2004 through 2009, alongside medical records of children up to the age of 5.

The study, Association of Prenatal Exposure to Air Pollution with Autism Spectrum Disorder was published in JAMA Pediatrics this year. It was conducted with the involvement of the following people and agencies:

• Celeste Bickford
• Whitney Weikum
• Bruce Lanphear
• Michael Brauer
• Nancy Lanphear
• Gillian E. Hanley
• Tim F. Oberlander
• Meghan Winters
• Faculty of Health Sciences, SFU
• Centre of Hip Health and Mobility
• School of Population and Public Health, UBC
• Department of Pediatrics, UBC
• Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children, BC Children’s Hospital
• BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
• Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, UBC
• Population Data BC

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Sketch shows man seen masturbating in UBC women’s washroom

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Mounties at the University of British Columbia have released a sketch of a man who allegedly exposed himself in a women’s washroom earlier this month.

According to police, a woman at a residence in the Lower Mall heard a man speaking to her while she was taking a shower on the evening of Sept. 14.

A second witness walked into the washroom and saw the man, who was allegedly naked and masturbating.

The suspect fled the scene on foot and police have not been able to locate him.

He is described as South Asian or Middle Eastern and is in his 30s or early 40s. He is between 5-7 and 5-8 with an average build and has hair that’s dark on the sides and lighter on top. The suspect was wearing a light-coloured hoodie or long-sleeved shirt, grey sweatpants and a small diamond or crystal earring at the time of the incident.

Anyone who can identify the man in the sketch is asked to contact investigators at 604-224-1322 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

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