By Elisa ScartonSTUDENTS at Pakenham Springs Primary School got more than they bargained for recently, when they had a visit…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.
“We are very proud of this group of talented young hockey players and look forward to watching them represent BC on the national stage,” said BC Hockey Chief Executive Officer, Barry Petrachenko in a media release. “The coaching staff and evaluators have done an exceptional job in selecting the team and preparing Team BC to meet the challenges of a multi-sport event like the Canada Winter Games.”Hunt, a member of the Okanagan Hockey Academy, was part of Team BC at the 2017 National Women’s Under-18 Hockey Championships in Quebec City.The U18 selection process began with players invited to the 2018 Female U18 Provincial Camp held in August in Shawnigan Lake, BC and in-season evaluations.Team BC kicks off the 2019 Canada Winter Games on February 24, 2019 against Alberta. Team BC will also face Ontario and Nova Scotia in preliminary play prior to the quarterfinals that start on February 28, 2019. Semi-final action will be played on March 1, 2019 and the medal games take place on March 2, 2019. Hockey will be played at the downtown and Kinex Arenas along with the Centrium in Red Deer.British Columbia had their highest finish ever, winning the silver medal in 1991. BC finished sixth at the last Canada Winter Games held in Prince George, BC in 2015. BC Hockey announced Monday that forward Reece Hunt of Nelson has been selected to represent BC at the at the 2019 Canada Winter Games in Red Deer, Alberta from February 24 – March 3, 2019.Hunt, a graduate of Nelson Minor Hockey, was picked following the three-day U18 Team BC selection camp held during the weekend in Penticton. Rachel Teslak of Cranbrook is the only other player from the Kootenay region selected to the squad.
The State Board of Elections is committed to ensuring the safety and security of all voters. Security at polling places is primarily the responsibility of county elections officials in coordination with local law enforcement.Aware of heightened security concerns this election season, the State Board of Elections office has taken steps to ensure the safety of voters, observers and poll workers during the voting process.The agency is in communication with state law enforcement officials to share information regarding election laws, including the requirement that advocacy groups stay within designated electioneering areas outside the voting place. The State Board is issuing guidance regarding conduct expected of individuals outside voting locations throughout early voting and on Election day. That guidance will be posted on the board’s website,www.ncsbe.gov.“The State Board of Elections is dedicated to ensuring that voters have a safe, positive experience at early voting sites and on Election Day,” said Kim Westbrook Strach, executive director of the State Board of Elections. “As the 2016 general election approaches, we encourage everyone to help us ensure that all North Carolinians are treated with courtesy and respect at the polls.”
Dons play regional final at Wausau Newman on SaturdayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterGREENWOOD — Earlier this season the Marshfield Columbus Catholic volleyball team blew a 2-0 lead and dropped a five-set match to Greenwood in a Cloverbelt Conference East Division matchup.On Thursday in a WIAA Division 4 regional semifinal, the Dons nearly had the same thing happen. However, this time Columbus prevailed.Third-seeded Columbus Catholic won the match 25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 12-25, 15-9 to advance to a regional final at 7 p.m. Saturday at Wausau Newman.“We went in missing our setter (Jennifer Reigel) tonight, but the whole team stepped up and played some of their best volleyball this season,” Columbus Catholic coach Kat Egle said. “I am proud of how they played tonight.”Natalie Pospyhalla and Abby Baierl stepped in at the setter position and shined for the Dons. Pospyhalla finished with 28 assists, and Baierl had 11 to help set up a majority of the 52 kills accumulated by Columbus in the victory.Kendra Baierl had a team-high 22 kills, Celine Scholin added 13, and Maren Seefluth had nine for the Dons. Seefluth had 33 digs, and Sierra Litwaitis added 25 to lead the Columbus defense.Wausau Newman, the No. 1 seed in the regional, swept Rib Lake 3-0 on Thursday.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Tigers finish regular season Tuesday at D.C. EverestBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterTOMAH — The Marshfield boys tennis team placed second at the Tomah Quad on Saturday, finishing just one point behind the host school for the tournament title.Tomah had 20 points, followed by the Tigers with 19, New Richmond with 18, and Viroqua with 11.John Weisenberger at No. 2 singles and the No. 1 doubles team of Evan Fait and Derek Reckner went a perfect 3-0 for Marshfield.The Tigers wrap up their regular-season schedule with a dual meet at D.C. Everest on Tuesday. The Wisconsin Valley Conference Meet is Thursday at Wausau East and West high schools.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
This Thursday is Thanksgiving. By design, it’s a time to give thanks, usually for such things as family, health, relationships, freedom, and prosperity. I am thankful for all those things, too. But then I was thinking, there has to be a lot of other things to be thankful for. My career came to mind. So, as I look back over 49 years in the business world, what am I thankful for? I’ve listed a few of those things below. Hopefully some of these things will apply to you, or you can learn from them.Good bosses. I recently wrote about characteristics of good bosses and bad bosses. Thanks for some; no thanks for others. But you can learn from both. Be thankful when you have a good boss.I loved what I did. In my whole career, I never had a job I really didn’t like. The lesson here is, if you don’t enjoy going to work every day, go find something you really like to do, quit, and go do it. You’ll be happier.- Sponsor – I had a loving and supportive spouse and family. My wife of 42 years has stuck by me through thick and thin. And, we are blessed with three wonderful daughters. Find someone who provides personal support to you in your career. It could be a spouse, a partner, or a friend. But find someone.I had people at work who believed in me. Some were bosses and superiors, some were peers, and some were subordinates. Find those who believe in you and stick with them.I’ve had some lucky breaks. Some was timing, some was from contacts, and some was just dumb luck. Speaking of contacts, develop them and stay connected. They can be of immense help if you ever have to “transition” jobs or companies.I worked for great companies. The three major companies I worked for were powerhouses in their industries. Those fortunate enough to work for great companies will probably enjoy better compensation over time. But they will also be proud of where they work. Choose carefully if you can. Always look to work for the best and most successful companies possible.I’ve had some hard lessons and tough breaks. Some were not my fault, but some certainly were. Fortunately, I learned from all them. As I look back, many of my hardest lessons were learned from being influenced by others when my gut told me it was the wrong direction or decision. If you are sure you are right, try to stick with it. It’s probably the right decision.Being fired. Sounds funny, but it’s true. I used to tell people who worked for me that you really haven’t faced reality unless you’ve been fired at least once. It happened to me three times—once as the result of a corporate merger, once as a result of a corporate buy out, and once as the result of one of those “bad bosses” I described in my earlier article. It makes you look in the mirror, reassess, and get your butt in gear. I learned from all of them. In my case, the first time I got a much better job. The second time, I got an equal job. And the last time, I retired. Getting fired happens. Be ready. Keep developing your skills and stay connected in your field. Friends and relationships will make it hurt less and make it easier to land on your feet. Unless, of course, you’re ready to retire.Developing lifelong friendships. I think I’ve said this before, but three of our closest friends (three couples) came from my first career job at Bullock’s Department Stores (now Macy’s) in Southern California. Best friends then and best friends now, 40 years later. Get to know your coworkers. Find ones you really like and stay connected.Teaching others and watching them grow. Some of the people who worked for me have gone on to become corporate directors, vice presidents, successful entrepreneurs, and even company presidents. It’s not only rewarding to find good talent and help them grow, it’s amazing to see where some of them end up. Try to identify potential talent and never stop teaching.Retiring with no regrets. I think that is a culmination of all of the career “thanks” I have talked about above.I surely hope you will realize some of these experiences in your career and learn from all of them. Happy Thanksgiving! Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now
OTTAWA – Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says getting China into Canada’s international alliance to wean the world off coal power would be a huge win, but the world’s most populous country can’t make that kind of commitment right now.McKenna is in Beijing this week as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s China trade mission.She tells The Canadian Press she trusts that China is committed to climate change, has installed a significant amount of renewable energy, is cutting back on building new coal plants and is on track to meet its commitment to see its emissions peak before 2030.But while she has discussed coal with Chinese officials, getting them into the alliance is not on the table.“I just don’t think they’re in a position to sign on yet,” she said.Twenty nations signed onto the Canada-United Kingdom Powering Past Coal Alliance at the United Nations climate change conference in Germany last month. None of them are among the world’s biggest consumers of coal power, such as China, the United States, India, Germany and Japan.The goal is to grow the group to 50 within a year, but the 20 in the alliance right now are already among the world’s least dependent on coal, including five which don’t use coal at all.China is the world’s No. 1 producer and consumer of coal, consuming more of it than the rest of the world combined. In 2014, about 70 per cent of its power supply and 71 per cent of its emissions came from burning coal. There are nearly 4,000 coal-fired plants in operation across the country.Burning coal to make electricity is the single biggest source of carbon dioxide emissions from human activity, representing almost half the total production of carbon dioxide emissions in the world. A typical 500-megawatt coal plant produces the same amount of emissions in a year as 600,000 cars.About nine per cent of Canada’s emissions — and 10 per cent of the country’s electricity — came from burning coal in 2015, the last year for which emissions data is available. Canada intends to phase out coal by 2030, although agreements with Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia to make that happen are still in the works.The Paris climate change accord aims to keep risks associated with climate change from skyrocketing by limiting global warming to less than two degrees Celsius by the end of the century. The scientific analysis that informed the Paris agreement says developed nations have to be off coal by 2030, with the rest of the world to follow by 2050, if there is to be any chance of meeting that target.McKenna acknowledged having China at the Powering Past Coal Alliance table would be hugely beneficial to bringing the rest of the world into the coal-phase out plan.“Maybe at some point they will be ready, but ultimately every country has to figure it out,” she said.Canada and China released a joint statement Monday on climate change reaffirming both countries are committed to the Paris agreement. The statement talks about “reducing reliance on traditional fossil energy and transitioning to clean energy,” but never mentions coal.Catherine Abreu, executive director of Climate Action Network Canada, said while China should get credit for agreeing to cancel more than 100 planned coal plants at home, Chinese companies are still one of the biggest players in building coal plants internationally.Germany’s Urgewald environmental group tracks coal plants and says there are 1,600 new plants being planned in 62 countries. Chinese power companies are behind 700 of the plants, and about 140 of those are not in China.Abreu said if Canada and the United Kingdom want their anti-coal alliance to have a real impact, they need to have difficult conversations with China about cutting back its international coal plant construction plans.“That is something that China can absolutely make a move on and that Canada should be having a conversation about.”— Follow @mrabson on Twitter
OTTAWA – Heat warnings are in effect for much of Ontario and parts of Quebec heading into the long weekend, while the Maritimes are being cautioned about warmth and humidity.Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for parts of northern Ontario and all of the southern part of the province.The warnings stretch from Sudbury and North Bay down to Windsor and east past Montreal.The national forecaster says temperatures could reach the mid-30s with humidex values into the mid-40s, while some areas could see severe thunderstorms.Meantime, the weather agency has issued special weather statements for the eastern reaches of Quebec, as well as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.It says “a very warm and humid airmass” will settle over eastern Quebec and the Maritime provinces this weekend, and will last into next week.
APTN National NewsMusic pop star Justin Bieber’s recent comments that he’s Inuit or First Nation and that’s what entitles him to free gas is still causing a stir here in Canada.APTN’s Donna Smith goes to the Museum of Inuit Art and talks to the gallery’s director about why they’re offering free admission since the Bieber comment was made.