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The day, however, did not only consist of listening to enlightening public figures. Team building and reflection exercises were scattered throughout the event to keep our minds active and involved. We were able to meet these speakers face to face, to talk about their views in greater depth, and to pose in a few pictures with them, to solidify the event in our memories! Over a great lunch break, I personally got to talk to the Brothers, Alex and Tyler Mifflin, about their TV show.

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In high school, you have your daily routine. You get up, go to school, go home, do homework, maybe procrastinate, watch some TV, go to sleep, and then repeat the cycle.

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The arrival of election day has at least one mayoral candidate calling for Winnipeggers to vote strategically.

At his last press conference prior to election day, mayoral candidate Brian Bowman said a vote for one of his competitors particularly Gord Steeves is a vote for Judy Wasylycia Leis, the other frontrunner in the race.

The arrival of election day has at least one mayoral candidate calling for Winnipeggers to vote strategically.

The neck in neck poll results will likely influence residents to vote and to vote strategically, he said.

settle for something you don want, pick a candidate who you believe in, he said.

be clear: if you vote for Gord Steeves, there is a good chance you are going to end up with Judy as mayor, Bowman said. is taking the sentiment, really, that Gord Steeves himself has been saying throughout the course of the campaign and now is the time for those that may have previously supported him to listen to his words and get behind us. was referencing a statement made by Steeves in late August when a Probe poll placed Steeves second in the race to Wasylycia Leis which called on small c conservatives to coalesce around one candidate.

Recently, signs stating not Judy have been popping up all over the city. The person or group behind the signs remains a mystery.

think a lot of voters will vote strategically, I think we will get a higher turnout in this election as a result of this poll, he said. who want Judy to be the mayor will turn out and won sit at home complacent that she will win and those who don want Judy to win will be going to the polls to vote for who they think we defeat her. candidate Robert Falcon Ouellette who placed third in the Insightrix poll came out on Tuesday encouraging voters to vote their conscience.

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are a lot of people who really like Robert Falcon Ouellette campaign, the things he has been saying, his innovation, etc., but I think many of those people, when it comes down to it, will switch their vote back to Wasylycia Leis, he said.

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A recent Insightrix poll showed a dramatic shift in voting patterns, placing Bowman and Wasylycia Leis in a dead heat while knocking Steeves down to fourth.

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be clear: if you vote for Gord Steeves, there is a good chance you are going to end up with Judy as mayor, Bowman said. is taking the sentiment, really, that Gord Steeves himself has been saying throughout the course of the campaign and now is the time for those that may have previously supported him to listen to his words and get behind us. was referencing a statement made by Steeves in late August when a Probe poll placed Steeves second in the race to Wasylycia Leis which called on small c conservatives to coalesce around one candidate.

At his last press conference prior to election day, mayoral candidate Brian Bowman said a vote for one of his competitors particularly Gord Steeves is a vote for Judy Wasylycia Leis, the other frontrunner in the race.

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Dining on small fish, the loon is neither a razor clawed killer nor a scavenger (take that, advocates of the snowy owl and raven). And its chicks can swim immediately after they hatch, although they prefer riding on a parent back. (A habit familiar to countless Canadians with 20 something kids.)

a quintessentially Canadian bird

All in all, it an estimable creature.

It can be found in much of Canada, features striking black and white plumage, and has notable traits apart from its call, such as solid bones (unlike most other fowl) and an ability to dive as deep as 80 metres.

Cue its mournful call and hail the common loon.

Unlike those countries and scores of others, Canada has no national bird. Thankfully, The Royal Canadian Geographic Society has launched a determined effort to change that in time for the country 150th birthday next year. Five avian finalists have been selected, but one soars above all others as the most fitting feathered symbol of this land.

No wonder the loon topped a recent survey by Women Canada Goose Kensington Parka Navy Australia Shop the geographic society asking people to select a national bird. With almost 50,000 votes cast, and close to 13,000 essays submitted, the loon was chosen by 13,995 respondents. In second spot was the snowy owl, with almost 9,000 votes. The other top five finalists are the Canada goose, the gray jay (or whiskey jack), and the black capped chickadee. In other words, a pest and two rather commonplace specimens.

The obvious solution is to declare the loon Canada official avian avatar. Yes, it Ontario provincial bird but, in keeping with our traditional role in Confederation, we don mind sharing.

Quebec has already named the snowy owl as its provincial bird and, according to The Canadian Press, there concern in La belle province that Canada might be with its avian symbol. Heaven forbid.

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Instead, the boy was taken to a bedroom inside a cabin in Upper Chelsea, about 130 kilometres southwest of Halifax, where his clothes were taken and he was repeatedly sexually assaulted, the statement says.

An agreed statement of facts says LeBlanc offered the boy a painting job and drove him from Halifax in a van to Lunenburg County on the pretext of going for painting supplies.

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Judge Richard Coughlan sentenced him on both matters. LeBlanc was given credit for 258 days he has served in custody prior to his trial, meaning he has about 10 years, 3 1/2 months left on his sentence.

LeBlanc pleaded guilty three weeks ago to kidnapping, forcible confinement, sexual assault, uttering threats and breach of conditions. He also pleaded guilty to making and distributing child pornography as well as sexual interference in a separate case involving two boys, aged five and two.

During his captivity, the boy was "secured naked by chains attached to his wrists and ankles and in turn to bolts in both the floor and ceiling of a bedroom."

David James LeBlanc pleaded guilty last month to kidnapping a 16 year old boy and keeping him captive last September.

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But there are some areas where their numbers are in decline, particularly in the eastern part of the United States, because of loss of habitat due to human development and land use changes.

It's for that reason many people who are into falconry choose the kestrel to begin learning about the sport.

Males have blue tinted wings and one black bar on their orange tail feathers.

Often, they will stash the leftovers in strategic places and come back for them.

American kestrels, like other falcons, do not build traditional nests, but rather use cavities found in trees, like those hollowed out by woodpeckers.

Females have orange wings with black stripes and black bands on their orange tail feathers.

They also nest in rock or cliff cavities and take well to nest boxes built by humans.

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This time of the year, there is a lot of competition for nest sites and food.

Kestrels often harass larger hawks during migration and during breeding season. Because of the competition, they often fall prey to larger raptors like red tailed hawks and Cooper's hawks.

Both have two dark colored moustache markings on their white cheeks.

Depending on the size of their meal, kestrels might eat on the ground, putting them at risk from other birds of prey.

When they do spot prey, they dive powerfully in what is termed a "stoop."

Kestrels are one of the few raptors in North America where males and females are very different in appearance.

During the hunt, kestrels are among the most graceful and agile birds of prey found anywhere.

Kestrels mainly feed on insects, snakes and small rodents like mice and voles as well as small birds like sparrows, earning them the inaccurate common name of sparrow hawks, although they are members of the falcon family. making it a species of least concern in terms of conservation priorities.

In the field, the American kestrels are easy to identify as they hunts. They will often perch on power poles, fence post or other man made objects, lying in wait for prey.

Because of this, kestrels must compete with other birds for nesting places. Like other raptors, they are mostly solitary birds that hunt by day. But during the spring breeding season, they often stick together.

During the nesting season, the female will mind the eggs and the young for the most part while the males hunt and bring food back to the nest.

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Kestrels favor open areas with short ground vegetation where they spot prey like grasshoppers, mice or occasionally larger rodents like ground squirrels.

Although in other parts of southern North America the kestrel population has been on the rise, as a whole, it declined an estimated 47 percent during the same period, according the Kestrel Partnership's website.

Kestrels, like other birds, can see ultraviolet light light that is invisible to humans and they use that sense to track the urine trails that mice and voles leave as they run along the ground sort of a glowing map to their next meal.

Once the young fledge, kestrels will often hunt together as a family unit.

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The shaman listened to these arguments. "You have to be reasonable and compromise," he said after some thought. "Here is what I suggest. The council of elders should place a toll booth at the entrance to the access road, and everyone who comes in and out should pay a fee." "But this will make it more costly for us to trade," the fishermen objected. "Yes indeed," the shaman replied. "But it will also reduce over fishing and make up for the loss in contributions at the feasts." "And it won't cut off trade altogether," he added, pointing with his head to the villagers who wanted to block the road.

As time passed, however, things turned sour. The road gave villagers from beyond the forest easy access to the lake and allowed them to take up fishing, which they did in droves. Since neither the council nor the fisherman's cooperative could enforce the fishing restrictions on outsiders, the fish stock began to deplete rapidly again.

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I think what needed instead is a fishermen syndicate, and catch share agreement.

"Oh, but what can we sell in return?" asked the villagers. "I hear the people inland love dried fish," said the shaman.

Not all villagers were happy. Those who did not own a boat and whose livelihood depended on the garments they sewed were caught in a squeeze. They had to compete with the cheaper and higher quality garments brought in from the other villages and had a harder time getting their hands on cheap fish. They asked the shaman what they should do.

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A parable for the world economy

"Well, this is another problem for the council of elders to solve," said the shaman. "You know how every family has to make a contribution during our monthly feast?" "Yes," they replied. "Well since the fishermen are now so much richer, they should make a bigger contribution and you should make less."

Life for the villagers took a turn for the worse when the stock of fish in the lake plummeted. Villagers responded by working harder, but they were caught in a vicious cycle. The scarcer the fish got the longer the hours that each fisherman spent on the lake, which in turn depleted the fish stock at an even faster rate.

The new competition also cut into the earnings of the local fishermen. They began to complain about the feast tax being too onerous. "How can we compete effectively with the outsiders who are not subject to similar requirements?" they asked in desperation. Some local fishermen even made a habit of absenting themselves from the village on feast days the road had made it easy to come and go and evaded their obligations altogether. This made the rest of the villagers furious.

But in most cases, the problem is that limited resources aren so clearly identified and they are dispute on what the adequate fishing level is. Red tuna in the Mediterranean sea is a good example, it sounds simple at first but it very hard to identify the precise fishing level. And next the fishermen don want to respect the limit because they claim they are cheaters, some countries that are not part of the catch share agreement and are fishing freely, etc.

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Here, the need for regulation comes from a clearly identified limited resource.

I love village parables for economy, I seldom seen it used by economists, but I always thought it a great way of going from too complex to handle to something very simple, and then reintroduce the complexity step by step, to get to understand economic phenomenons much better.

The council of elders thought this was fair and they asked the fishermen to increase their monthly contribution. The fishermen weren't thrilled, but it seemed like a sensible thing to do to avoid discord in the village. Soon the rest of the village was happy too.

The shaman meanwhile had another idea. He said: "Imagine how much richer our village could be if our traders did not have to spend days traveling through the dense forest. Imagine how much more trade we could have if there was a regular road through the forest." "But how?" asked the villagers. "Simple," said the shaman. "The council of elders should organize work brigades to cut through the forest and lay down a road."

And everyone lived happily ever after.

It was time for another trip to the shaman. The village held a long and boisterous meeting at which each side argued its case passionately. All agreed that the situation was unsustainable, but the proposed solutions varied. The fishermen wanted a change in the rules that would reduce their contributions to the monthly feasts. Others wanted an end to the fish trade with outsiders. Some even asked to blockade the road with boulders so that no one could enter or leave the village.

The villagers agreed that this was a reasonable solution. They walked out of the meeting satisfied. Harmony was restored to the village.

The council of elders did as the shaman suggested. The villagers weren't happy that the elders told them how to run their business, but they understood the need for the restraint. In no time, the lake was overflowing with fish.

Do you know there actually an island that works exactly this way ? (saw that on TV, don remember what place it is unfortunately, and can find the right keyword to locate it on the internet).

And that is what the villagers did. They dried some of their fish and started to trade with the villages on the other side of the forest. The fishermen got rich on the high prices they received while the price of garments in the village dropped sharply.

The villagers went to the village shaman and asked for help. He shrugged and said, "What is our council of elders for? They sit around all day and do nothing but gossip. They should solve this problem." "How?" the villagers asked. "Simple," he said. "The council should set up a fishermen's cooperative that decides how much fish each man can catch in a month. The fish stock will be renewed and we will not run into this problem in the future."

Once upon a time there was a little fishing village at the edge of a lake. The villagers were poor, living off the fish they caught and the clothing they sewed. They had no contact with the other inland villages, which were miles away and reached only after days of travel through a dense forest.

The villagers returned to the shaman. They bowed in front of him and thanked him for his wisdom. Just as they were leaving, the shaman said: "Since you seem to be interested in my help, would you like me to give you another idea?" "Of course," the villagers cried in unison.

So your solution is not the optimal one. The optimal solution should be pinpointed on this limited resource whereas the toll on the road isn The toll impacts and limits a lot of trade that has no relation with that limited ressource.

Before long, the village was connected to the other villages by a paved road that cut down on travel time and cost. Trade expanded and the fishermen got even richer, but they didn't neglect to share their riches with the other villagers at feast time.

"Well," the shaman said. "Isn't it crazy that you all have to spend so much of your time sewing your own clothes when you could buy much better and cheaper ones from the villages on the other side of the forest? They aren't easy to get to, but you would only have to make the trip once or twice a year."

Their main resource is sea cucumber fishing. It very easy to overfish sea cucumbers because they basically don move and are a very easy catch. It their island, they have their own laws, so they decided that if you not a member of the fishermen syndicate you can fish them, and there a severely limited access to that syndicate membership. Newcomers only have temporary membership, it takes many years to get the permanent one, and they reserve themselves the right to let temporary members go if the resource level drops. But it works to protect the sea cucumber resource, and the syndicate also invests to have foreign expert come and analyze the sea cucumber population to help them determine what the adequate fishing level is.

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Cari Simson, outreach and events coordinator for the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition (DRCC), agrees. "We're never going to turn the clock back to the 1850s. It's important to keep industry here and work with them to do the right thing inside their gates and out in the community."

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Our group of 17 kayakers four of them guides had set out on a bright August morning to circumnavigate Harbor Island and visit salmon restoration sites on the lower Duwamish River, a tour aimed at highlighting the unique urban nature interface of this highly industrial area, which is a federally listed Superfund site.

Shipping container cranes to our right and cruise ship loading platforms to our left, here wildlife and water are the only reminders of the original river. It once fanned out in a wide delta similar to the Nisqually south of Tacoma. Salt marshes and mudflats stretched from Beacon Hill to Duwamish Head in West Seattle, changing daily with the tides. The Duwamish Tribe lived here when the Egyptians were building pyramids; cedar longhouses up to 300 feet in length dotted the river delta when settlers arrived in the mid 1800s.

"Seal 12 o'clock," Whittaker said, pointing out an unmistakable ball like head. Harbor seals, California sea lions and sea otters are frequently spotted along this route.

"It's important to keep it industrial," Whittaker explained, using the country's largest cement plant as an example. "Moving all that gravel overland would destroy our roadways, and this industry keeps Seattle somewhat recession proof."

Now protected from the wind, we peacefully passed pilings coated in barnacles and mussels. Pigeon guillemots squealed as they surf landed like water skiers. Wearing black and white in the summer months, these seabirds nest under docks and in sandy banks.

An experienced kayak guide who opened Alki Kayak Tours in 2005, Whittaker is the tourism representative for the Washington State Oil Spill Advisory Council and sits on the citizens' advisory committee for the city's Shoreline Master Program update. He makes it a company priority to be "an additional set of eyes on the Sound looking for preventable ecological harm."

"People are interested in the industrial aspects of the Duwamish River and seeing how wildlife can exist and thrive here," Whittaker said. "A lot of Seattleites take this tour because the river has been cut off from us. This is the best way to see every aspect of it."

Beware of toxic materials. If you wade in the river or walk in the mud, wash your shoes off outside. Clean your children's and dogs' feet before going indoors. Aug. 27. Explore shoreline restoration areas, wildlife and birds, neighborhood history and Superfund sites (from a safe distance). Tour leaves from Duwamish Waterway Park (7900 Tenth Ave. S.) in South Park. Bring your own kayak: $10. Rent a kayak: $30.

A community advisory group involved in all aspects of the proposed Superfund cleanup, DRCC helps industries learn how to become better stewards not only by following pollution regulations, but by getting involved in restoration work and supporting community events. "There are a lot of interesting things here worth saving and preserving," Simson said.

"I'm surprised it's so green," said Gurmeet Singh, a first time kayaker who had never been out on the Duwamish. "This is not too far away from where I live, and I didn't even know about it."

One of these is the Herring's House Park wetland restoration project. Sitting on a shell midden, this was prime herring and salmon territory, as the ancient name indicates. More recently this land was home to one of the city's original lumber mills. The first step in restoring 11 acres of polluted tidelands was to replace its contaminated soils. Housing tribal offices and events, it will be open to the public this fall for art exhibits, music, lectures and permanent exhibits.

Whittaker directed us to the Herring's House shore, and we disembarked on a muddy swath of beach. As we slip slopped up the slope (flip flops not recommended), I pushed PCBs out of my mind, thankful for that replaced soil.

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Local agencies, along with the federal Environmental Protection Agency, conservation groups and local neighbors, will join to celebrate the Duwamish River and educate visitors about its plight. The festival will feature updates on the Duwamish River Superfund cleanup, kayak tours, live entertainment (steel drum music, Mexican folk dancing and Duwamish Tribal youth dance), water taxi rides, free food, children's activities, health information, a toxic free nail salon, eco friendly car washes and an appearance by characters Bert the Salmon and the Mud Monster. Never eat crab, shellfish or bottom feeding fish from the Duwamish River.

We turned south into the East Waterway along Harbor Island, one of the largest man made islands in the world. To improve shipping access to river industries, by 1917 business moguls and civil engineers had removed 20 million cubic yards of mud and sand to change 10 miles of serpentine lower river into a canal 4.5 miles long. The transported earth formed this island.

Zigzagging through Harbor Island Marina, we spotted an osprey perched atop a mast. At least six pairs of these large raptors nest along the Duwamish (we saw two active nests atop light poles), their barbed feet perfect for nabbing fish. Blocking the channel, a tug nosed a barge into a new position, but the osprey eyed us more warily, accustomed to its home of constant movement and noise.

"It's going to be a beefy trip!" Greg Whittaker of Alki Kayak Tours shouted with a grin as he steered our double kayak from our launch point at West Seattle's Seacrest Park and out into Elliott Bay.

Herring's House is one in a corridor of seven lower river estuarine habitats built for migrating juvenile salmonids. Though far fewer than before, the fish return each year wild spawning and hatchery chum, coho, steelhead and cutthroat, as well as the endangered Puget Sound chinook. Cummings, coordinator of DRCC. "They provide places they can rest, hide from predators and eat." People for Puget Sound recently received funding for nine more such projects, and more funding is expected for additional habitat restoration for all species. "Rather than keeping people away from habitat areas, we want to make them more publicly accessible," Cummings said. Human use considerations include native plants, art, seating and interpretive signs to help people feel more welcome.

Important: Kayakers and others should not use any beach area unless it is designated public access.

I soon learned that "beefy" in this context meant navigating wind whipped waves across an open expanse of water. But the sun sparkled encouragement, and our group was all smiles as we headed toward a barge marked "HANJIN" piled high with shipping containers on the waterfront south of downtown the familiar sight taking on an appreciable immensity viewed from Buy Men Canada Goose Expedition Bonfire Australia our tiny craft. As a police boat sped past, a group of Caspian terns performed suicidal looking fishing dives ahead of us bright orange beaks pointed downward for vertical splashdowns.

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Just last week the Climate Prediction Center officially declared that La Nia is coming back to North America. La Nia is categorized when sea surface water temperatures in the Eastern Pacific are cooler than normal. When this takes place, the atmospheric patterns across North America are affected. Typically, this means cooler and wetter weather in the Pacific Northwest, warm and dry weather across Texas, and warmer and wetter weather in the Ohio River Valley.

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For us, La Nia means more variability in our weather. The current forecast is a weak La Nia will take place this winter. The colorful graph to the left shows how our global computer models are forecasting this. The zero line is neutral with areas above the line being El Nio and areas below the line being La Nia.

But here the bottom line: La Nia winters are highly variable in the Midwest. Both the Poplar Grove tornado of January 2008 and the Caledonia tornado of November 2010 occurred during La Nia. While we experienced some extreme severe weather we also saw quite a few blockbuster snow storms.

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So what does this mean for our upcoming winter months? In order to get some clues, we have to look at the forecast La Nia and compare it to previous winters that had similar strength La Nias. In 1998/1999 we had a very mild, very dry winter. In 1999/2000 it was again mild and dry. However in 2000/2001 and 2007/2008 we were very cold and snowy. So it hard to say with certainty where we will go from here.

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2) Wildfires near Alberta's oilsands have reduced Canadian output. Calgary analyst Martin King of FirstEnergy Capital says he now estimates a total of 700,000 barrels per day of oilsands output will still be offline next week and the cumulative loss in production to May 30 will be roughly 28 million barrels. He expects the price impact to linger "well into June."

5) Iran's influence on prices has been muted. When exports resumed in January after an embargo was lifted, most analysts expected prices to fall. That hasn't happened despite the country ramping up to over two million barrels per day.

3) International oil supplies disrupted. Attacks by militants in Nigeria have cut output there to a 20 year low. Meanwhile, Venezuelan production has been hit by power cuts.