first_imgFrontline Gardai across Donegal are to lose 13 of its 50-strong vehicle fleet.And Garda management have told senior Gardai in the county that there is no money in the budget to replace them.The news comes just weeks after it was revealed that Balybofey Garda station, one of the busiest in the county, does not have its own patrol car. Instead, Gardai must use their own vehicles to use as part of their work.And with Brexit just around the corner, there are now fears that the lack of Garda cover along the border will leave Donegal exposed to all sorts of criminality.Donegal Garda Representative Association member Brendan O’Connor said the local force is being prevented from doing its job properly because of lack of resources including vehicles.“There are 13 vehicles, there are around six gone and seven more approaching end of life. And we are being told there is no money to replace them,” he told the Sunday Independent. And O’Connor warned about the lack of equipment “This is happening in an environment where we have attempts made to kill police officers basically within five minutes of Lifford and ten minutes of Buncrana and Burnfoot.” Donegal Gardai to lose 13 of their 50 vehicles was last modified: September 18th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan O’ConnorcarsdonegalGardailossVehicleslast_img read more

first_img[vemba-video id=”van/sc/2019/04/19/bang_978a7519-05ad-4da3-8165-01a9d650b659″]Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry says a focused mindset was the differences between Thursday’s 132-105 win against the Clippers and the previous upset in Game 2.At the postgame news conference, he said a gameplan that focused on Kevin Durant jump started the team, and they focused on playing better defense without the turnovers. Durant’s offense combined with more efficient play on both sides of the ball …last_img read more

first_imgTest matches The Proteas will also play six test matches in the six-month period between July 2014 and January 2015, which includes fulfilling the two-match series against Sri Lanka which was postponed last year. The revised schedule sees a further 13 ODI matches added to the programme in the current Future Tours Programme schedule. 26 February 2014 Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Monday announced a packed programme of 23 one-day internationals involving five countries to help the Proteas build up to the 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. There could, in fact, be a 24th match if the Proteas Castle Lager ODI squad qualifies for the Final of the Triangular tournament against Zimbabwe and Australia in Harare in August and September. 2015 Cricket World Cup “Once we have completed our challenge for the ICC World Twenty20 in Bangladesh next month, we will turn much of our attention to next year’s World Cup,” CSA chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement. “Building quality experience is a vital part of preparing our ODI squad for the World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. The series of ODI matches we will be playing in these two countries will provide valuable experience for the players as they prepare for the conditions expected during the World Cup. “At the same time, we would want to respect the primacy of test match cricket,” he added. “The Sunfoil Test Series against the West Indies will be the highlight of our home summer. With the traditional New Year Test match at Sahara Park Newlands and a Boxing Day encounter at Axxess St. George’s, fans will be in for a treat as we continue to defend our number one status. The relevant boards will soon announce the detailed itinerary with venues and dates for the Proteas’ away tours. The Proteas’ preparation for the ICC World Cup will conclude with the West Indies visiting the Rainbow Nation for a full series comprising three tests, five ODIs and two T20 Internationals.‘I’m excited’ “I’m excited about the upcoming international fixtures for the next year,” Proteas coach Russell Domingo stated. “With it being a World Cup year, we have placed a lot of emphasis on the 50-over format and have tried to maximise our preparation by playing as many matches as possible in conditions that will be similar to those in New Zealand and Australia. “There were encouraging signs of good support for test match cricket at Axxess St George’s, and we hope to see even greater attendances over the holiday period. That’s why we want to announce our international fixtures early, so that fans have plenty of time to make their holiday plans and come out in large numbers to support the Proteas.”Sri Lankan and Zimbabwean tours The Proteas will travel to Sri Lanka in July to play two tests and three ODIs. This will be followed by a trip to Zimbabwe in August/September for a single test, three ODIs and a triangular series involving Zimbabwe, South Africa and Australia. The Castle Lager Proteas ODI squad then travels to New Zealand in late October for a three-match ODI series against the Black Caps. Thereafter, they remain in the Antipodes to take on Australia in three T20 Internationals and five ODIs during November 2014. “I’m particularly pleased that we have managed fit in a tour to New Zealand ahead of our two limited-overs series against Australia, and hopefully playing at the prospective World Cup venues will play to our advantage during the tournament.” World Cup squad Reflecting on the selection of the South African World Cup squad, he continued: “This bumper ODI schedule will allow us to finalise our group as quickly as possible and to start playing around with strategies and game plans. “We will be facing strong opposition in the form of Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand and the West Indies, so I have no doubt that we will be adequately prepared ahead of the tournament. “The Christmas test is a premier fixture on our cricketing calendar and I hope the fans in Port Elizabeth will come out in their numbers to support the Proteas. This is always a fixture that the players look forward to and I’m sure the PE fans will make it a special and jovial occasion when it returns this summer against the West Indies.” WEST INDIES TOUR TO SOUTH AFRICA10-12 Dec: WI v SA Invitation XI, Willowmoore Park17-21 Dec: 1st Sunfoil test match, SuperSport Park26-30 Dec: 2nd Sunfoil test match, St. George’s2-6 Jan: 3rd Sunfoil test match, Newlands9 Jan: 1st KFC T20 International (D/N), Newlands11 Jan: 2nd T20 International (D/N), Wanderers 16 Jan: 1st Momentum ODI (D/N), Kingsmead 18 Jan: 2nd ODI (Day), Wanderers 21 Jan: 3rd ODI (D/N), Buffalo Park 25 Jan: 4th ODI (Day), St. George’s 28 Jan: 5th ODI (D/N), SuperSport Park SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_imgA year ago, I looked on the web for information about repairing a poorly designed SIP (structural insulated panel) roof system. I found Green Building Advisor and posted questions here. It was suggested that I share my roof repair experience for the benefit of others who may be grappling with the same misfortune as mine. Here is my story.In 1997, my two sisters remodeled a summer cottage built by my great-grandfather, Victor Poole, in Bailey’s Harbor, Wisconsin. They replaced most of the house with a SIP system. At the time, this was a new method. The roof is made of 16 foot long panels, either 3 feet, 4 feet, or 6 feet wide, spanning from the ridge to the eaves. Each panel has a groove in each edge which receives a 3 3/8-inch spline made of extruded polystyrene (XPS) faced with OSB on the inside and outside surfaces. There is no structural lumber incorporated in the panel joints.The core of each panel is made of 7 1/4-inch-thick expanded polystyrene (EPS); the EPS is faced with 1/2-inch OSB on both the inner and outer surfaces. The total panel thickness matches that of a 2×8. No help from the SIP manufacturerThree or four years ago, the mounts for the rooftop TV antenna gave out and we began to notice swelling under the asphalt shingles where the seams between the roof panels were splined together (see Image #1, above). RELATED ARTICLES Q&A: Is it possible to repair a SIP roof that is rotting?Q&A: Structural Insulated Panel (SIP) roof decayHow to Protect Structural Insulated Panels from DecayHow to Make a SIP Roof BetterTrouble on the Roof Air Sealing SIP Seams Catastrophic rotThis project was a can of worms. Moist air movement in SIP seams can be catastrophic. I was so afraid that my roof was in terrible shape that I considered tearing off the roof and replacing it with an energy-inefficient roof.I took a vacation from my regular life to be on site for this project. The two crews I hired were great to work with. Their philosophy was that they would find a way to solve the problems that came up, and they did.The roofing crews tried to give us a quote based on what we thought we would find, but what we found was different. They adapted quickly. They were good at thinking and hashing out ideas in a genuine and diplomatic manner. Since I was right there, we made decisions in five minutes that could have taken hours or days otherwise.This project took 14 work days to complete, but that time frame included 154 square feet of conventional re-roofing. Advise to owners of SIP roofsSIP construction requires extremely tight joints. Joints should be filled with foam continuously or at close intervals so that there is no chance for air movement. If there is any way to incorporate an air barrier on the inside surface of the roof, then that should be also be done — with great care and attention to detail.Wiring and plumbing passageways in foam panels should be foamed-in where possible to block air movement. Indoor humidity levels in winter (especially in cold climates) should be monitored and controlled.If you are not good at details or obsessing over a tight fit, then you should not attempt to install a SIP roof. But if your SIP roof has crumbled, my experience is that it can be successfully repaired.For a SIP roof repair project, these questions must be answered:Is the roof structurally sound enough to be worked on?Can the upward/outward movement of moist house air be stopped?Can I find a contractor who understands this kind of work, who is willing to take on a project of uncertain scope?For my project, we discovered a roof with no viable outside nailing surface. We were able to scrape off the rotten OSB and apply a new nailing surface on a 12/12 pitch roof. A small amount of the OSB was sound, so we had to fit the new plywood around it. We encountered the most difficult roof conditions and managed to prevail.I feel that we have adequately addressed the causes of the failure and restored the roof to its original structural and functional condition. Let’s see if the test of time agrees. I will keep you posted. The design of the SIPs and caulking method prescribed for sealing the seams between the panels did not prevent moist inside air in wintertime from traveling upward within the seams and eventually condensing on the asphalt felt underlayment. Over the years, water accumulated on the OSB, especially at the seams. A spot inspection over a seam revealed that the glue that held the OSB chips together was decomposing from the excess moisture. Galvanized roofing nails were rusting through and some shingles were coming loose. Though the outside OSB on the panels was structurally compromised, and the panel’s unsupported span was 16 feet in many places, structural failure was not a concern.I sought help from the company that sold us the panels. I knew that the SIP design and the prescribed caulking material were at least part of the problem. Other SIP roofs with similar construction details must also be failing or have failed. The company should have already encountered these problems and I hoped that they would be eager to help their customers with proven remedies. However, they were quick to refuse any guidance at all. They advised me to look to the building contractor for solutions and seemed unwilling to acknowledge that their design was flawed. Gluing new plywood to the EPS panel coresOnce this work was done, the roof was swept and blown clean with a leaf blower.We needed a system to apply pressure to the new layer of 9/16 inch plywood that we were gluing to the EPS panels. The roof was too steep for weights to be a reliable solution.We talked about using 8-inch-long screws to go through the 7 1/4 inched of foam to the inner OSB (which was also the ceiling). We settled on an idea that used the 2x8s that were located in the ridge and at the eave for fastening a series of 18-foot-long 2x6s, on edge, using 8-inch hex-head wood screws (see Image #7, below).We would lay down a grid of PL300 foam adhesive from a large caulk gun, match the surfaces of the rigid foam and the new plywood, hold them apart till tacky, and then reset the piece of plywood and quickly bolt down a few of the 18-foot 2x6s on edge over the plywood.To focus the pressure on the glued plywood, we used 2 or 3 opposing stacked cedar shingles, and drove them together with a hammer until we had the plywood pressed against the roof. Glue setting time was 20 minutes. We ran the 4’x8′ sheets of plywood horizontally and avoided having a plywood seam break over the EPS panel seams. The south roof wasn’t as rottenThe south-facing roof was in much better condition because the sun baked out more of the moisture from the OSB. Though the panel edges were swollen and crumbling, the OSB elsewhere was solid enough to be nailed into.We decided to glue and air-nail a layer of 9/16-inch plywood over the original OSB (see Image #8, below). As I did on the north roof, I drilled holes on 8-inch centers along the panel edges to blow Great Stuff canned spray foam into the spaces between the splines and the panels.Once we had new plywood on the roof surface, the rest of the roofing project proceeded predictably and quickly. The whole job took about two weeks.center_img Adding canned spray foam to the SIP seamsI began to hope that all the OSB on the north roof was soft and rotten — that would have made removal of the OSB easier — but that was not the case. After the panels were scraped clean of the rotted OSB, they still looked like OSB, because the texture and color was embedded in the foam.All the rotted OSB on the roof was scraped off the foam panel surface. We pulled the partially rotted 3 3/8-inch-wide OSB strip from the block spline of each joint. When these splines were manufactured, the foam in the block splines was kerfed with a saw to a depth of about 2 inches, presumably to give the splines some “give” (see the illustration above). We broke out 2 inches of the EPS spline, down to this kerf, to create a channel to lay down a layer of spray foam in the panel joint where there was once space that allowed interior air into the seam. I then drilled 3/8-inch holes on 8 inch centers, to blow Great Stuff canned spray foam into the space between the block spline and panel. (Canned spray foam produces more volume and cures faster if it is sprayed with a mist of water.) On the north side, most of the OSB was rottenThe most important thing, I felt, was to find a way to stop air movement in the panel seams. If that could not be accomplished, the problem would eventually return. I had to wait till the roofing was torn off before I could decide what to do.My sister located a coalition of two locally well-known contractors: Up Top Roofing, operated by Jim McCarthy from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin; and Appleport Builders, operated by Terry Lindenberg of Sister Bay, Wisconsin.Terry had experience with SIP construction. He and his crew were involved in the job for as long as we needed them to adequately address the unique problems of repairing a rotting SIP roof. The combined manpower of the two crews was enough to get the roof done quickly.On August 1st, we set up scaffolding for the north-facing roof, which has a 12/12 pitch. Terry adapted two long ladders so that they could be hooked over the peak. The asphalt shingles were loosely attached and came off in large gobs (see Image #2 at the bottom of the article). We quickly learned that that the OSB was rotten — not just at the seams, but across almost the entire roof (see Image #3). Our plan for repair and cost estimates were discarded.I found two garden hoes in the shed, and they became our most useful tool for removing the OSB chips from the EPS panels (see Image #4, below). The illustration above shows, top to bottom: (1) the block spline with the 3 3/8-inch-wide rotted OSB strip removed, (2) the EPS foam broken out to the depth of the kerf, (3) the resulting space filled with Great Stuff canned spray foam.Image #5 (at the bottom of the article) shows how we re-foamed the seam splines. A Japanese pull saw was great for sawing the foam flush with the roof once the foam had cured. We ended up with an unvented “hot” roofOne other approach that we considered, but did not use, would have been to strip the OSB, then glue 1×3 nailing strips on 16 inch centers, vertically, then nail or screw the plywood to them. This would have created ventilation channels for the roof. The ridge and eave would have had to be vented.SIP roofs can get really hot. Installing asphalt shingles over foam insulation without ventilation channels can reduce the lifespan of the shingles. Some shingle manufacturers void their regular warranties on such installations. Providing ventilation channels would also have allowed any moisture that migrated through the panels to drain off or evaporate.The ventilation channels would have kept the roofing shingles cooler, and would also have kept the outside layer of OSB (the nailing surface) drier. Allan Poole is a Connecticut Licensed Arborist who lives in Middlefield, Connecticut. He has owned and operated his own tree service business for the past 36 years. He and his wife Nancy designed and built their own energy-efficient oak timber frame home in 1981.last_img read more

first_imgLacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games View comments NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers KUALA LUMPUR- A total of 409 foreigners were picked up and a passport-forging syndicate masterminded by a Pakistani man was busted in the first ever large-scale joint operation led by Bukit Aman Special Branch Counter Ter­rorism Division.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Most residents cooperated when the authorities came knocking, with documents in hand for verification.Those who ignored the knocks soon had their doors and locks broken.Some units where the occupants refused to cooperate were found to be full of foreigners with incomplete papers or none at all.Police also detected fake passport makers and seized some RM54,000 along with 70 passports, including 67 Indian passports, and a machine used to forge Immigration stickers.Resident Annuar Amin, 43, said he was shocked to see dozens of suspects tied up at the apartment courtyard as they awaited processing.“I was about to go back upstairs, but I saw people being rounded up,” he said.“Then I heard loud noises, so I decided to just wait below until everything was over.”DCP Ayob said the 409 foreigners detained were brought to Bukit Aman for further screening.“They were from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Myanmar, Oman, Yemen and Nigeria, among others,” he said.“We held those suspected of being involved in terrorism activities. The others were handed over to Immigration for offences under their jurisdiction. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo About 200 law enforcement officers hit the streets yesterday to nab foreigners linked to international terror groups, those without valid documents and those suspected of illegal activities.Counter Terrorism Division head Deputy Comm Datuk Ayob Khan later confirmed that the operation was held as part of preparations for the 2017 SEA Games, which starts on Aug 19.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsConcentrating on the city centre around Jalan Masjid India, security personnel in full tactical gear were not only armed but also equipped with radionuclide identification devices (RID) to detect radioactive material.Counter Terrorism Division offi­cers, along with their comrades from other units such as the Special Action Unit, General Operations Force Tiger Platoon and Traffic Investigation and Enforcement Department, took part. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Other agencies involved were the Immigration Department, Atomic Energy Licensing Board, National Registration Department and Interpol.Weekenders flooding the streets were initially shocked to see such a huge deployment of manpower.Public buses were also stopped for checks and in one instance, a Nigerian man ran so fast to escape that bystanders commented that he was faster than Usain Bolt.Police personnel managed to catch him, although it took five of them to overpower him.In a raid on the Menara City One condominium in Jalan Munshi Abdullah, multiple enforcement teams made their way from the top and lowest floors simultaneously, with armed officers at stairwells to block escape routes.ADVERTISEMENT “(The op) is focused on the Klang Valley. Our top goal is to nab foreign terrorist elements.“We are being proactive in dealing with possible threats.,”DCP Ayob also said the operation did not detect any radioactive ma­­terial, but his division will continue to use RID in future operations.“Given that terrorists are beco­ming more creative in using radioactive devices, we have to be equipped with the right tools,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Sparring partner Malignaggi slams ‘scumbag’ McGregor Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremonylast_img read more

first_imgTouch Football Australia (TFA) is pleased to announce the successful applicants for the 2014/15 Targeted Growth Program. All of the successful applicants will look to implement growth initiatives in areas of junior, school and female participation growth during the summer season. The following affiliates were successful in receiving funding in the 2014/15 Targeted Growth program:Lower Blue Mountains Touch Association – Junior Affiliate GrowthThe Lower Blue Mountains will aim to provide a number of junior development clinics targeted at primary aged school children in the Mid to Upper Blue Mountains region. Port Lincoln Touch Association – School to Affiliate LinkagesPort Lincoln will promote the sport through local schools, as well as provide in-school clinics to entice school children to play at their affiliate. At the end of the junior season, they will also host a family day to stimulate interest in the families of participants.Dubbo Touch Association – Female Participation GrowthThe Dubbo Touch Association will look to establish relationships with the local League Tag, Netball, Soccer and Hockey clubs to cross-promote alternate team activity for female participants. Milton/Ulladulla Touch Association – Junior Affiliate GrowthMilton/Ulladulla will utilise their funding to provide a number of junior clinics at their venue to attract new junior participants to their affiliate. Tamworth Touch Association – School Competition and Affiliate LinkagesTamworth will look to develop an interschool competition with all of the local high schools, while also promoting the community pathway. This initiative will complete the pathway between their primary school competition and adult participation. The following affiliates were also successful in receiving $300 Advertising Assistance grants to promote competitions for this coming season:·         Doyalson Touch Association·         Ryde Eastwood Touch Association·         Wallsend Touch Association·         Whyalla Touch AssociationRelated LinksTargeted Growth Programlast_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City boss Guardiola: Foden won’t leave – not even for €500Mby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has made it clear that Phil Foden will not be sold.Guardiola says the midfielder will not be allowed to leave.”We did not accidentally sign a new contract with Foden,” he said. “He’s the only player who will not be sold under any circumstances – the only one. Not even for 500 million euros.”Phil is City. We will not sign anyone else for his position.” last_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Education has devised several strategies aimed at strengthening the early childhood sector, in light of the fact that the formative years are critical to the development of children.Some of the strategies include: the merging of uneconomical and ineffective basic schools into primary institutions; teacher training; the development of nutrition programmes; and forging partnerships with stakeholders, which will result in the advancement of the sector.[RELATED: Gov’t Adds $1 Billion to Budget for Early Childhood and Special Education]This was noted by Senior Advisor to the Minister of Education, Radley Reid, at the opening of an early childhood development conference, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, on March 25.Mr. Reid said the Ministry intends to absorb basic schools, where possible, into infant departments of primary schools, which have space and teachers.“The Ministry is working fervently to provide high quality student places equivalent to 1,600 basic schools that are now too small to be economically viable within the next four years. The Ministry hopes to do so by merging them into primary schools and create infant departments,” he said.Mr. Reid said the Ministry will be interfacing with trained teachers continuously to place them in early childhood institutions.“The Ministry will address the quality of early childhood education through nutrition and teacher training,” he said, and noted that there is a shortage of approximately 4,500 early childhood trained teachers in the sector.He pointed out that parents play a critical role in the advancement of their children, and as such, the Ministry will provide, through ‘Parent Places’, information to support this effort.‘Parent Places’ are identifiable locations within the communities where parents can access parenting information, courses and workshops, mentoring support from other parents, and income-support training activities.The Senior Advisor also said the Ministry is expected to upgrade several resource centres islandwide to make them available to the basic schools.He emphasised that improving existing infrastructure and building new infant schools, through partnerships, are vital to strengthening the early childhood sector, which will ensure that children are prepared for learning at higher levels of the educational system.“If we get it right at the early childhood level, the primary level will increase; we will get better results at the Grade Four Numeracy and Literacy tests and we will get better and improved grades at the GSAT, and ultimately at the CSEC and CAPE levels,” he said.He thanked the thousands of persons who have contributed to the sector over the years, especially the early pioneers, such as Dudley Ransford Grant.“D. R. B Grant was a visionary. He was the father of early childhood education in Jamaica. He understood the importance of this level of education to the vast majority of children between ages three to six. He knew too well that the formative years are critical to the development of children,” he said.Of the more than 2,600 early childhood institutions in the island, 1,909 are basic schools; 134 are infant departments; 460 are privately operated institutions, such as kindergartens, and the others are nursery and day-care centres.The conference, which is being staged by the Dudley Grant Memorial Trust, is slated to end on Tuesday, March 26. It is being held under the theme: ‘Early Childhood Development for Nation Building in Jamaica: Retrospective and Prospective’.By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsGreen Party leader Elizabeth May says she wants to see the Indian Act reviewed when a brand new Parliament reconvenes after the Oct. 19 federal election.May said the Indian Act is at the root of many of the historical injustices faced by First Nation people.“A lot of the failures of Canada in achieving justice and fairness and respect with First Nation communities stems from the Indian Act and fixing that is a high priority,” said May during APTN’s first virtual town hall held Tuesday.The virtual town hall with May, hosted by APTN anchor Cheryl McKenzie, is the first of three with federal party leaders which will air this week.A virtual town hall featuring Liberal leader Justin Trudeau will be broadcast Wednesday followed by an appearance by NDP leader Thomas Mulcair on Thursday.All the town halls will be livestreamed on APTN’s news website.The Conservative campaign did not respond to APTN’s invitation to take part in the event.The town hall covered a wide range of issues, from the need for a public inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, to the Arctic and pipelines.May said she doesn’t expect to become prime minister, but she expects the election will produce a minority government and she hopes enough Green candidates gain sets to hold the balance of power.May said her party supports an inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women, but she also wants to see more cultural and gender sensitivity training for RCMP officers who investigate these cases.“We don’t want to just make this an inquiry into people we’ve lost, we need to stop the violence,” said May.May also called the Supreme Court’s landmark Tsilhqot’in decision “the most exciting thing that has happened in Canadians’ history living on Turtle Island.” In particular, May said the part of the decision—which stems from a long-running battle launched by the Tsilhqot’in Nation in British Columbia’s interior—that discussed the impact on future generations rings true to her.“Whatever is important to this generation needs to be available to future generations,” said May. “What does this look like generations from now and are we in our generation taking away chances that people in our generation have a right to expect.”May repeated her previous stated stands against the shipping of raw resources, like bitumen or logs, out of the country.“We shouldn’t be shipping any bitumen and all the pipelines being proposed they are all about shipping raw bitumen out of Canada,” said May.May said her party would also push for the re-establishment for a Canadian ambassador for the Circumpolar North to push Canada’s interests in the region which is under acute threat from climate change.“Stephen Harper got rid of the position of ambassador for the Circumpolar North,” said May.The May-led Green party will also push for the application of the principles contained in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the next Parliament.“It is a stain on Canada’s reputation that we were dragging our feet and not accepting it and not implementing it,” said May.When it comes to treaty rights, May said the next prime minister needs to be the one on point when it comes to ensuring Ottawa is living up to the honour of the Crown.“This is the sort of thing that should rest on the desk of a prime minister to make sure treaty rights are observed and taken as a priority,” said May.The Green Party will also push for the next Parliament to address all the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s recommendations that fall within federal jurisdiction, said May. The Green Party will also continue to push for First Nations, Inuit and Metis to have a seat at the Council of the Federation along with the provinces and municipalities.May said all it takes is for politicians to take these issues seriously and place them at the top of their priority lists to push these issues forward.“I think it’s political will,” said May. “I don’t think it’s a money question, I don’t think it’s a legal question.”news@aptn.ca@APTNNewslast_img read more