‘Accidental kindness’ by humans harm baby animals found in spring

While people often aren’t intending to harm wild baby animals that are out and about in spring, that is the case, most times humans try to “rescue” animals that appear stranded.

Ninety-five per cent of the animals that are injured or orphaned, being treated at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation, are there because of humans.

“Accidental kindness is one of the worst things that people can do for the baby animals,” Katrina Jansen told Global News Morning.

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“Especially because they look so cute — you want to pick them up, you want to cuddle them, but that is one of the worst things for their well-being.”

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Jansen said that thousands of animals come into the institute each year, with 1,000 baby animals being brought in last summer alone — which accounted for more than half the total patients.

The biggest issue is that many people see baby animals on their own and think they’ve been abandoned, when really, time alone is part of how they’re raised.

“We do have some baby jackrabbits right now that have been brought in because people thought they were orphaned,” Jansen said, adding that jackrabbit mothers will leave the babies alone for extended periods of time, hiding them in a specific spot.

“If you find the babies, they’re not in trouble, their mother is coming back for them, so the best thing to do is just leave them where they are,” she said.

Some of the animals need special care, Jansen said, leading the non-profit wildlife institute to host a Baby Shower Fundraiser to try to compensate some of the costs.

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The open house at the institute happens on May 28, and involves an hour-long lecture on how baby animals are rehabilitated, as well as a tour of the facility. Another open house will be held in July.

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Mexico to investigate video that apparently shows soldier executing civilian

A video released by Mexican media outlets Wednesday appears to show a soldier executing a civilian lying face down in the street with a shot to the back of his head.

The video’s circulation was quickly followed by condemnation and pledges from the defence department to determine its authenticity and the Attorney General’s Office to investigate the May 3 events in the town of Palmarito.

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The security camera footage first published by Diario Cambio purportedly depicts part of the military’s encounter with fuel pipeline thieves that the government said left 10 dead in the central state of Puebla.

Fuel theft has long plagued Mexico, but is generating more violence lately as federal authorities crack down. Mexico’s treasury secretary said Tuesday the practice costs the country $780 million to $1 billion each year.

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The military originally said that in the May 3 encounter the thieves used local residents as human shields in an initial ambush on an army patrol. Two soldiers were killed and a third wounded.

Reinforcements of 1,000 soldiers and police were sent in and hours later another patrol was ambushed. Two more soldiers were killed along with three attackers. Puebla state officials later said three more attackers had also died.

It is unclear if one of those events is depicted in the video released Wednesday. The Associated Press could not independently verify the video’s authenticity.

The heavily edited video captured by a security camera shows a silver four-door car slowly reversing into the frame on a darkened street with gunshots hitting it and marks already visible on its windshield. At least one shot appears to come from the rear door on the driver’s side, which is ajar.

According to the time stamp, soldiers advanced by foot on the car about eight minutes after it stopped, but what happened in the intervening minutes is not shown.

The video shows the driver’s door opening and a man stepping out with his back to the camera. At the same time, a second man exits from the rear door on the driver’s side and lies down in the street. The driver is briefly illuminated as he steps through the beam of the tail light, then two soldiers rush in from the darkness and the driver quickly gets on the ground beside the other man.

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A minute later, a soldier pushes a third man from around the back to the front of the car and out of the frame. Seconds later, the man who had gotten out of the back of the vehicle emerges from the darkness and is pushed by a soldier out of the frame in the same direction.

Then a soldier grabs the arms of the apparent driver and another soldier takes his legs, and they drag him toward the car’s front and deposit him on his back. With apparent difficulty, he rolls over onto his stomach.

Six minutes later, the driver remains face down in the street as a soldier holds a rifle in the foreground and two other soldiers stand near the car. Suddenly, a gun and helmet enter the left edge of the frame directly over the unmoving driver and there is a flash from the gun. The man’s prone body bucks and the soldier in the foreground lifts up one foot as if surprised by the sound.

Whatever happened next is not seen. The remainder of the video does not include a time stamp, but a narrator says more than 1 1/2 hours has passed. The man’s body remains in the street and soldiers walk toward the camera and the image suddenly jerks and goes white.

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The military’s statement Wednesday said the video shows soldiers coming under fire and capturing suspects. It said the video apparently also shows a soldier shooting a man while in custody. That incident must be “irrefutably” cleared up by federal investigators, it said, adding: “Under no circumstances can conduct contrary to the law and human rights be justified.”

The Mexican National Human Rights Commission said it has a copy of the video and other recordings of the encounter. It said the gravity of the events demand a swift and thorough investigation.

The Mexican military has been implicated in extrajudicial killings before, including the killing of 22 suspects at a warehouse in the Mexico state community of Tlatlaya.

After investigating that June 30, 2014, incident, the rights commission said soldiers executed at least a dozen suspects after they surrendered. The military had said that all died in a gunfight in which only one soldier was wounded, but the AP found evidence at the scene that contradicted that version.

New Brunswick business owner copes with flooding as communities reflect on flood

In the aftermath of heavy rainfall that lead to flooding in parts of New Brunswick, some businesses are hoping things return to normal soon to reduce the financial impact of flooding.

Wetmore’s Landscaping, Sod and Nursery Ltd. owner Rod Wetmore said it’s been a “slow-start” to the garden season.  Wetmore said he’s currently three weeks behind because of the rain and is hoping for good weather over the weekend.  He said the slow start “definitely impacts the bottom line.”

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Wetmore is also currently waiting for water levels to recede off his water-covered sod fields in Maugerville and Fredericton.

“The flooding itself impacts our sod production,” Wetmore said.

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He said the fields in Maugerville are at least three feet under water, with the fields in Fredericton a bit less water-covered.  He said he’s growing more concerned each day the water stays over the fields.

“The problem with that is that if it stays up for more than four or five weeks you start to get dieback on your sod, and grass doesn’t like being under water.   It doesn’t mind a bit of water, but if it’s under that long it can actually die off and start to rot,” Wetmore said.

He said the weather impacts approximately 25 per cent of the bottom line, by losing the first three early weeks on business.  He said that’s the case with most garden centres and nurseries across the province.

“The impact of losing our sod, that’s hard to tell until afterwards, but you’re looking at losing up to 50 per cent of your capital investment in there that won’t come back and that’s pretty key whether you have 20 acres in the ground or 200 acres in the ground,” Wetmore said.

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He also said he could lose $600 worth of Echinacea plants if the ground doesn’t dry up soon.

Wetmore said he is waiting to see what the weekend weather brings, but said he’ll start to get more concerned if water levels are still high by Monday.

He said the water has been going down quickly, and he hopes that continues.

According to the province’s Emergency Measures Organization, water levels along the St. John river should continue to decrease over the weekend.

Village of Doaktown Flooding

Things in the Village of Doaktown are now back to normal following weekend flooding.

Doaktown Mayor Bev Gaston said when the Miramichi River gets high from the constant rain, the storm sewers get backed up.  He said water was coming up through the storm sewers and needed to be diverted into the nearby brook.

“Compared to the weekend it’s 100 per cent better, we’re sort of back to normal other than the rain,” Gaston said.  “The water’s down, the problem is over right now, we’re hoping it’ll stay that way.”

Doaktown flooding on May 7, 2017.

Courtesy of Darlene Carvell-Robichaud

He said the village’s emergency measures team that works through the fire department and members of the province’s Emergency Measures Organization worked together, along with police, ambulance and natural resoures and the department of transportaion worked together over the weekend.

Gaston said there was some concern over senior residents who are shut in, but said fire officials know who they are and where they are and are in constant contact with those residents.

He said one home had water in the basement, but he said he gave them a sump pump to help them get the water out.  He said luckily the only real impact to the village property was dirt which he said they are now busy cleaning up.

“[It’s] always a concern when you get water coming in like that, that’s sort of out of control,” Gaston said.

“The more concern was having to shutdown the highway if it got any higher and then of course it might [have] come into our fire hall so we had to move our equipment.”

He said he’s glad Route 8 didn’t need to be shutdown, with water levels not quite reaching the road.

The legion served as the village’s command centre and Gaston said village staff, fire crews and other volunteers started working Saturday night and worked “all through the night” until noon Sunday to get the water under control.  He said there were three fire trucks continuously pumping water.

“It was touchy for a while,” Gaston said. He said jersey barriers were put up to help direct the water into the nearby brook.

Gaston said council is currently looking at expanding one culvert by next spring and working with the province’s Department of Transportation to discuss a brook that crosses the road that’s on the provincial highway

He said there was no immediate danger but he wants to be proactive in case a similar situation happens again.

He said the flooding also brought people into the community to see the water levels, but added more people can make things complicated for first responders.

“When people come to look I know they mean well, but it’s hard for the first responders and those people to do their job when there’s a lot of traffic,” Gaston said.

He added the road didn’t have to be closed Route 8 going through the village.

Saskatchewan has fewer farms and older operators: Statistics Canada

Saskatchewan’s farms are bigger and being operated by an increasingly older demographic, according to a national report released Wednesday.

Statistics Canada found that the number of farms in the province decreased by 6.6 per cent since 2011, however the amount of farm area acres (61.6 million) remained virtually unchanged over the same time period.

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    Agriculture economist Eric Micheels said the numbers highlight a transition toward larger farming operations, which has been happening for decades in North America.

    “I think that’s a result of technological advances in both the seeds and the chemical inputs as well as machinery,” Micheels, a professor at the University of Saskatchewan, said of the trend.

    “If you look at machinery size, they’ve gotten a lot bigger so a farmer can run over more acres faster.”

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    Micheels added that some operations may have “excess capacity in their labour” and wish to deploy staff over additional acres if options to rent or buy come up near the land they own.

    The report also found that the average age of a farm operator in Saskatchewan is 55. That figure represents a 1.6 per cent increase from 2011.

    Micheels said the slight uptick isn’t concerning, since the agricultural industry seems to be consistently repopulating itself with operators.

    “The average [farmer] is going to be in that 52, 54-year-old range and that’s because that older end decides to retire and there’s that 25- to 35-year-old farmer that says I want to get in,” Micheels said.

    “We’re in that range that we’ve kind of been in for maybe a decade or so, so I think it’s kind of within the normal range.”

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    Saskatchewan’s agricultural trends almost mirror the national figures. The report shows that the number of Canadian farms decreased by 5.9 per cent and the average age of an operator is also 55.

Brad Wall says B.C. election result ‘concerning’ for pipeline project

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said the result of the British Columbia election is concerning if the province ends up being led by an NDP-led coalition.

Wall said that’s because the B.C. New Democrats have been clear that they will do whatever they can to kill Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project to the west coast.

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    Premier Christy Clark’s Liberal party, which supports the pipeline, won 43 seats – one short of a majority – in Tuesday’s general election.

    The NDP won 41 seats and the Greens hold the balance of power with three seats – both parties ran on platforms that included opposition to the pipeline.

    Wall said Evraz, a steel-making factory in Regina, has been selected to build the pipe for Trans Mountain.

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    He said the pipeline would help increase the value Saskatchewan received for its oil because it would get it to the coast where it would gain access to world markets and better prices.

    “The bottom line is that I do have to be concerned for jobs at Evraz in Regina,” Wall said Wednesday at the Saskatchewan legislature.

    “That’s a big part of my job. I should be concerned about the health of our energy sector in the province, and that’s linked in many ways to pipelines that get oil to port.

    “So if there is a party that gets elected in some other province that has a potentially negative effect on that — I don’t care what the party is — then it’s incumbent on us to point out what our interests might be.”

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    Walls said it would also be bad for B.C. if a government were to say no to major projects such as the pipeline.

    “B.C. is a port province. Its economy, certainly the ports, depend on exports from other provinces.”

    Desjardins Capital Markets analysts said that a minority government in B.C. could present significant challenges for the Canadian energy sector.

    They said Trans Mountain would be the most immediate casualty, with an effect on heavy oil producers. Oil and gas producers in the Montney Formation, which straddles B.C. and Alberta, could also face greater uncertainty, they added.