Rallying – Moto Ouest http://moto-ouest.com/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 19:11:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://moto-ouest.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/moto-ouest-icon-150x150.png Rallying – Moto Ouest http://moto-ouest.com/ 32 32 Take an in-depth look at Prodrive’s rally-inspired P25 https://moto-ouest.com/take-an-in-depth-look-at-prodrives-rally-inspired-p25/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 18:28:30 +0000 https://moto-ouest.com/take-an-in-depth-look-at-prodrives-rally-inspired-p25/

Prodrive’s new P25 may be incredibly expensive, but it proved to be one of the highlights of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed ​​and, at the event, Carfection’s Henry Catchpole had the chance to check out the car in person.

In creating the car, Prodrive wanted to combine the best elements of the famous Impreza 22B with the STi WRC rally car to create the ultimate driver’s car. Only 25 units will be built.

The Prodrive P25 sits on a stock WRX two-door chassis, and while it features Subaru’s current 2.5-liter under the hood, that engine has been revised and sports a new motorsport-derived Garrett turbocharger, from new lines, pistons, rods and a bespoke. valve train. There is also a high-performance intercooler and an Akrapovic exhaust made of a combination of titanium and stainless steel.

Read more: 400-HP Prodrive P25 is a $560,000 Subaru Impreza Restomod

Prodrive’s official press release says the car is good for 400bhp and 443lb-ft (600Nm) of torque, but speaking with Catchpole, Prodrive’s head of research and development says it has in makes over 450 hp.

Coupled to the engine, a six-speed sequential transmission with helically cut gears can change gears in just 80 milliseconds. There’s also a powerful launch control system that handles the first two gear changes before shifting control once the car is in third gear. Prodrive says it can hit 62 mph (100 km/h) in under 3.5 seconds.

This Carfection video also gives us our first in-depth look at the interior. It is very similar to a stock WRX but has been re-upholstered in black leather and Alcantara, with blue contrast stitching and a set of large paddle shifters. Prodrive notes that it will offer customers the choice of a stripped down, hardcore version of the interior or a slightly more luxurious and comfortable version.

Donald Trump backs Darren Bailey in Illinois GOP primary https://moto-ouest.com/donald-trump-backs-darren-bailey-in-illinois-gop-primary/ Sun, 26 Jun 2022 02:46:00 +0000 https://moto-ouest.com/donald-trump-backs-darren-bailey-in-illinois-gop-primary/

MENDON, Ill. — Former President Donald Trump took advantage of a rural rally in west-central Illinois on Saturday night to endorse Darren Bailey for the Republican nomination for governor in Tuesday’s primary, as he also reaffirmed his support for U.S. Representative Mary Miller and took a victory lap for the U.S. Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

“Darren is a farmer and he is a fighter and he was an outstanding warrior in the Illinois State Senate where he is totally, totally respected by everyone,” Trump told a crowd of thousands. at the Adams County Fairgrounds near Quincy.

“He will crack down on the violent crime that is eating up our Democratic-run cities and restore the State of Illinois to greatness. Darren has my complete and utter endorsement,” Trump said, calling Democratic Governor JB Pritzker’s first term and re-election “one of the worst governors in America.”

Bailey, a staunch Trump supporter who actively sought the former president’s endorsement as a cornerstone of success in a six-party primary race for the GOP, said he would work to get Illinois to welcome a new candidacy from Trump in the White House in 2024.

“Here is the market. I won’t lie to anyone and I won’t let anything go unnoticed. And when I see him, I’ll name him,” Bailey said after Trump recounted the story of Bailey plucking a misplaced hair from the former president’s head during pre-rally photos.

“We’ve got our work cut out here in Illinois, my friends,” Bailey said. “I promised President Trump that in 2024 Illinois would roll out the red carpet for him because Illinois would be ready for President Trump.”

Trump lost Illinois by 17% of the vote in his winning bid for president in 2016 and losing re-election in 2020.

Trump, who has often delayed endorsements unless he’s sure a candidate will win, predicted that Bailey “would win the primary by a huge margin and you’re going to go on and win the election.”

Bailey, a delegate to Trump’s 2020 presidential nomination, comes from an area of ​​southern Illinois where voters have strongly backed the former president, and he has sought to cultivate their support in his gubernatorial bid. as a base of support that gradually grew across the state. .

He has also been Pritzker’s most outspoken critic, beginning with — ultimately unsuccessful — lawsuits that sought to block the Democratic governor’s pandemic mitigation orders while promoting an evangelical rural populist candidacy that denounces the cultural policies of the city of Chicago.

Bailey is among a group of candidates that includes Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin, investor Jesse Sullivan of Petersburg, businessman Gary Rabine of Bull Valley, former state senator Paul Schimpf of Waterloo and Hazel Crest’s attorney Max Solomon.

Trump’s visit was also aimed at bolstering the participation of Miller, whose freshman term has been rocked by controversy, in a contest against five-term Republican U.S. Representative Rodney Davis in the newly designated 15th congressional district. The game between Miller and Davis, an offshoot of the Democratic redistricting after the 2020 census, is the only one between Republican incumbents in Congress in Tuesday’s state primary.

Trump endorsed Miller on Jan. 1 and held a subsequent fundraiser for her at his Mar-a-Lago estate. But Davis has the support of much of the local GOP establishment, including 31 of the district’s 35 county GOP chairs as well as neighboring GOP congressmen Darin LaHood of Peoria and Mike Bost of Murphysboro.

“With Mary, you can elect a fearless America First Patriot,” Trump said. “She’s an amazing woman, someone I’ve come to know well. She’s been with me since day one. No bad statements, you know, saying bad things about me two years ago, he three years ago, a year ago,” Trump said, adding that she is “a warrior for our movement.”

Continuing to attack the two Republicans on the House Select Committee investigating Trump’s role in the January 6, 2021 insurrection on Capitol Hill, the former president told the crowd, “If you want to send a message to (Wyoming US Rep.) Liz Cheney, (Illinois) U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger and (Democratic Speaker of the U.S. House) Nancy Pelosi and the fake news media, so this Tuesday you have to vote for a truly wonderful person, Mary Miller.

Miller said that “on behalf of MAGA patriots in America,” she wanted to thank Trump “for the historic victory for white lives on the Supreme Court,” but did not specify what she meant. A campaign spokesperson said after the rally that Miller meant “right to life” but misspoke.

The court’s decision, Miller said, “never would have been possible if the RINO Never-Trump had succeeded,” – using the term to label Davis a “Republican in name only.”

After Trump’s speech, Davis predicted he would win on Tuesday even as he sought to underscore his support for the former president’s policies at the White House.

“I’ve always said I’m proud of my conservative record of working with Trump when he was in office. Together, we protected the unborn, championed the Second Amendment, cut taxes, secured our border, supported our police and our farmers, and so much more,” Davis said in a statement.

Trump also sought to take credit for the appointment of three conservative justices during his presidency and their role in Friday’s 6-3 ruling that overturned the 1973 court ruling that gave women the right to marry. abortions without undue government interference.

“The court has rendered a victory for the Constitution, a victory for the rule of law and above all, a victory for life,” Trump said. Quoting generations of the anti-abortion movement as well as constitutional conservatives, “your boundless love, sacrifice and dedication has finally been fully rewarded.”

The crowd chanted “Thank you, Trump.”

Thousands of Trump supporters gathered inside and around the fairgrounds, not far from the Mississippi River bluffs across from Missouri, many sporting red “Make America Great Again” hats, others wearing shirts proclaiming “Jesus is my saviour. Trump is my president” and “God, guns and Trump”.

Symbolizing the influence Trump still wields over Republican voters, Rhonda Goodwin of nearby Quincy admitted not knowing much about Miller’s two years in Congress but said the former president’s endorsement was good enough for her.

“Anyone who endorses Trump is likely to be the winner,” Goodwin said. “I didn’t do a lot of my own research. I thought his people looked into it more than I ever could and if he approves of it, that’s all I need.

Enjin-s on – A 25% rally, investor balances, etc. https://moto-ouest.com/enjin-s-on-a-25-rally-investor-balances-etc/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 01:31:15 +0000 https://moto-ouest.com/enjin-s-on-a-25-rally-investor-balances-etc/

The market rally has seen many cryptocurrencies trend upwards, which has greatly pleased investors. However, the takeaway is that most altcoins have been on a downtrend since May 2021, making recent rallies nothing more than a dot in their price action.

Enjin-s on!

The native token of the community management platform, ENJ, has increased by 25.21% in the last five days. This rise is certainly organic as the gradual slope seen by the Chaikin Money Flow (CMF) highlights the inflows that have been seen throughout this rise.

However, while this is a good sign for short-term traders, the long-term picture for the altcoin continues to be disappointing.

Enjin Course | Source: TradingView – AMBCrypto

Although the ENJ managed to score a new ATH in November last year, the spike was only slightly higher than its April 2021 ATH of $4.03. Anyway, in these eight months, ENJ has decreased by more than 88%.

Additionally, even though the price action peaked in November, the average balance in each investor’s account was highest in April 2021. Usually, a lower average balance is caused by either an increase in addresses , or by lowering the price. In the case of November’s $24,000 average, this was due to an increase in the number of ENJ holders. At present, the average balance has dropped to just $2.5,000, this is due to lower prices.

Enjin’s Average Investor Balance | Source: Intotheblock – AMBCrypto

Surprisingly, despite the 89% drop in the balance, investors have not lost faith in the altcoin. Not a single one of ENJ’s 168,000 holders left the market despite the 88% drop in price.

In fact, the resilience of Enjin holders is evidenced by the fact that despite the highest market-wide losses worth $60 million on June 14, these investors held their ground. The losses were observed due to the transactions made by the investors on that day, of which those in loss exceeded the mark of 65 million dollars.

Enjin transactions in loss | Source: Santiment – ​​AMBCrypto

Thus, those viewing this rally as an opportunity to step in might want to hold back as no clear signs of a consistent rally are visible.

Even in the short term, the Squeeze Momentum indicator seemed to point to further price declines. This is likely to be more suitable and in line with the general market trend (ref. Enjin price action image).

Teenagers rally around their 15-year-old friend who is battling rare liver cancer https://moto-ouest.com/teenagers-rally-around-their-15-year-old-friend-who-is-battling-rare-liver-cancer/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 08:23:03 +0000 https://moto-ouest.com/teenagers-rally-around-their-15-year-old-friend-who-is-battling-rare-liver-cancer/

While many teenagers their age will be preoccupied with impending GCSEs or summer plans, two friends Charlie Buckley and Kieran Owen are busy supporting their close friend through life-saving cancer treatment.

Barney Price, from Liskeard, was diagnosed with a rare form of liver cancer two months ago after experiencing symptoms including loss of appetite and nausea. Charlie said: “At first it was a loss of appetite, he wasn’t eating and was throwing up a bit, then he was taken to the doctor for blood tests. It’s not what you expect.

“At the time it took a bit of time to sink in but I’m starting to get used to it now, it’s a bit more normal, everyone knows that. It was hard but you have to face it and be strong.

Read more: Protesters plan to block A30 petrol stations over soaring prices

Kieran said: “I was in maths class and he got really sick and I thought it was going to be a cold or something. He didn’t say anything for a while and then I was in the car with my parents and I got a text – it really hit me.

The boys have been able to see Barney each week when he is not commuting between hospitals in Bristol and Derriford for his second round of chemo. However, due to the risk of infection, Barney is housebound.

To help keep her entertained indoors, a small charity named Molly Olly’s Wishes donated an Xbox to her. Mandy, Charlie’s mum, said: ‘Barney came home from hospital the other day and had a brand new Xbox and monitor on his doorstep – he was so shocked.

Seeing the impact this had, the boys were inspired to organize a ten mile sponsored walk from Harlyn Bay in Newquay to Bedruthan Steps in Padstow to raise money for the charity Molly Olly’s Wishes and Young Lives vs Cancer. Overnight, the boys’ goal of £500 was reached and they are now approaching the £5,000 mark.

The Just Giving page says: “You hear about cancer on TV and social media, but you never expect it to happen to someone so close, especially at our age. It all happened so fast, one minute Barney (15) is this lively, energetic person, the next he’s undergoing chemotherapy and treatment to save his life from a rare form of liver cancer.

“Barney loves his rugby and his football, most of his week is devoted to sport. He is always messing around and joking and laughing at almost everything.

Barney’s football team will also join the sponsored walk, with numbers growing to around 30-40 people. Charlie and Kieran said they saw Barney’s mood improve since organizing the fundraiser, showing him how many people were there to support him.

Kieran said: “I wake up in the morning and wish I could do more. Charlie and I saw him yesterday to watch the England game and he loves it, he didn’t expect so much support, he’s definitely been animated since the first time we saw him.

“He was really happy when he saw us doing it and then when we smashed the target he was really happy and proud of us. We can’t do much but it shows we’re doing something for him, it’s our way of trying to help,” Charlie added.

“I just want to do whatever I can to help, it’s just a little too close to home really,” Mandy said.

The page received an overwhelming number of responses from people around the world, including many anonymous donations. Mandy says one of her favorite comments was made by their local bus driver who joked that Barney is a popular boy who always plays his music too loud.

Principal of the boys’ school, Mr Lingard, said: “At Liskeard, we often talk to pupils about the importance of having courage, resilience and kindness. We believe that by adopting these attitudes, you can make life better for yourself and for others.

“Kieran and Charlie showed them in abundance. Not only do they challenge each other to raise money for two great causes, but they show true friendship to a very special, resilient, and brave friend in Barney. We are extremely proud of them three.

You can read more about the boys’ fundraiser here. The march will take place on July 30.

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]]> Is the £552,000 Prodrive P25 the ultimate Subaru Impreza rally car? https://moto-ouest.com/is-the-552000-prodrive-p25-the-ultimate-subaru-impreza-rally-car/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 14:10:00 +0000 https://moto-ouest.com/is-the-552000-prodrive-p25-the-ultimate-subaru-impreza-rally-car/ Sports car

Drink in the spec – and look – of this motorsport spec tarmac rally restomod. Is it worth half a thousand?

Until now, restomods have been mostly cultured and stylish cars from the 1960s. Well, here’s a big shot in the eyes of the 1990s. Prodrive has unveiled its ultimate version of the legendary Subaru Impreza 22b. Discover the P25.

‘P25’, because the Oxfordshire-based race car maker will only build 25, and because it was built to celebrate 25 years since Subaru first won a championship stage of the rally world – with a team led by Prodrive, of course. The company has orchestrated Subaru’s three WRC titles to date, and now we’re getting a road car built with that level of expertise. Delicious.

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The P25 is based on the three-door body of the 22B, a special edition Impreza created in 1998. Initially, only 400 examples were built for the Japanese market, but demand for the 2.2-liter 276 hp special ( they said) was so intense Subaru built three more for its own rally team, five for Australia and 16 for the rally-loving Brits. Today coin acceptors range from £250,000 to £300,000 at auction.

Prodrive charges around £552,000 for its Tribute, but for that you get more power and less weight. Carbon panels are covered over the entire body of the donor, and thanks to bucket seats and a lithium-ion battery, even more grams are lost, so that the total weight is 1,200 kg. It’s pretty much the same as a Ford Fiesta ST. But you get all-wheel drive and double the power.

Under the hood hides a boxer four-cylinder boxer engine – what else? – attached to a huge Garrett turbocharger. Instead of the 2.2-liters you get in a 22B, it’s a 2.5-liter engine, putting out 400 hp and a whopping 442 lb-ft. do 0-62 mph in under 3.5 seconds and go to a limited top speed of 150 mph.

Now that means you don’t shift manually – there’s a six-speed semi-automatic shifter instead. Not very purist, you might say, but don’t forget that it’s not a Subaru product, it’s a Prodrive. Of course, a race team wants the fastest changes possible. And you will have something to play elsewhere.

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The center differential has variable torque split, there are adjustable Bilstein dampers, various engine maps and you can even adjust the anti-lag. The spec sheet is full of juicy details: an Akrapovic exhaust in titanium and stainless steel. The AP Racing brakes are so massive they need 19-inch rims to fit on them.

Said rims are wrapped in custom tires designed to work with the suspension that has better geometry than the old 22B because the track is now wider. And bodywork was overseen by Peter Stevens, designer of the 22B (and the likes of the McLaren F1 and Jaguar XJR-15). Which position.

Inside, it’s still recognizably an old Subaru, but there are gripes of leather, Alcantara and carbon fiber. If you’re feeling particularly hardcore, Prodrive will throw out the rear seats and install a roll cage with harnesses instead. There is also a data logger to record lap and stage times. And a hydraulic handbrake that disengages the center differential when you lock the rear axle, like a Toyota GR Yaris – or a real rally car.

It all sounds joyful and profoundly useful, but we can’t help but wonder – will the people who spend half a million pounds on the ultimate Scooby road rally actually use it, or will they just be cowering in the collection , just admiring the looks of the insurance broker?

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Opposition rally calls for early elections in North Macedonia https://moto-ouest.com/opposition-rally-calls-for-early-elections-in-north-macedonia/ Sat, 18 Jun 2022 22:47:31 +0000 https://moto-ouest.com/opposition-rally-calls-for-early-elections-in-north-macedonia/

SKOPJE, North Macedonia — Thousands of supporters of North Macedonia’s main opposition party, the VMRO-DPMNE, gathered in the center of the capital Skopje on Saturday evening to pressure the leftist government to call elections two years before the end of his term.

The centre-right VMRO-DPMNE accused the ruling social-democratic government of miring North Macedonia in corruption, devastating the economy and letting public health and education systems deteriorate. She organized Saturday’s protest rally under the slogan “It’s too much! Protest for change.

“The government is the reason for all our national misfortunes and disappointments. It is a voice against injustice and poor living conditions. There has to be a change,” opposition leader Hristijan Mickoski told the rally.

Annual inflation in the small Balkan country of around 1.8 million people rose for the ninth straight month in May to a 14-year high of 11.9%, from 10.5% in April. With average monthly salaries around 480 euros, unions are lobbying the government for an increase of at least 10%, arguing that current earnings cannot cover basic needs. Food and energy prices have risen 30-50% since the start of the war in Ukraine in February.

The ruling Social Democrats responded that they opposed early polling and accused the VMRO-DPMNE and its leader of protesting solely for “personal and party interests”.

“Instead of being constructive and cooperative, Mickoski is abusing every important process for the purpose of obtaining a small political gain,” the ruling party said in a statement.

Mickoski said the government is unable to stop the daily rise in the cost of living and deal with deep corruption.

The leader of the opposition also warned the government that his party “will not accept any agreement that is humiliating and detrimental to our national interests”. He was referring to a possible agreement with Bulgaria which could unblock North Macedonia’s candidacy for membership of the European Union.

Bulgaria has vetoed consideration of North Macedonia’s EU membership bid, demanding the inclusion of a reference to a Bulgarian minority in its constitution, a formal recognition that the Macedonian language has Bulgarian roots and the eradication of supposedly anti-Bulgarian rhetoric. North Macedonia claims that its identity and language are not open to discussion and that the solution must be based on European values.

The demonstration ended peacefully.

Sheriff questions rally after sports car travels 140 mph, killing two – CBS Denver https://moto-ouest.com/sheriff-questions-rally-after-sports-car-travels-140-mph-killing-two-cbs-denver/ Fri, 17 Jun 2022 04:28:00 +0000 https://moto-ouest.com/sheriff-questions-rally-after-sports-car-travels-140-mph-killing-two-cbs-denver/

SAN MIGUEL COUNTY, Colorado (CBS4) — A rural Colorado sheriff has slammed a sports car rally for endangering citizens in his county following a high-speed crash that killed two event members Thursday.

The two men, whose identities have not yet been released, died when their vehicle left the causeway 15 miles west of Norwood. The car was traveling at least 140 mph, the sheriff said in a Twitter post. He jumped a fence and rolled several times. The driver was ejected.

While offering his condolences to the families and friends of the two deceased men, San Miguel Sheriff Bill Masters wrote in the social media post that the crash “was a preventable incident. And I don’t appreciate that. That amounts to reckless and intentional disregard for the people of our county. They could have killed an innocent motorist. Crown Rally needs to rethink what they do on the roads.

Route 141 was first closed by the sheriff’s office around 3 p.m. Thursday.

Crown Rally West left Denver on Wednesday morning, the group’s Facebook post shows. Dozens of vehicles paraded down 14th Avenue within sight of the State Capitol in clouds of colored smoke.

The car apparently involved in the crash is seen one minute and 15 seconds into the video.

Crown Rally West is a five-day ride with scheduled overnight stops in Beaver Creek, Santa Fe, Scottsdale and Las Vegas. It ends Sunday on a private track, the Spring Mountain Motor Resort.

On its website, the Crown Rally organization also offers Crown Rally North in August (from Minnesota to Wisconsin) and Crown Rally South (from Illinois to Georgia) in October. The events are aimed at owners of “sports, luxury and exotic cars”.

A message has been sent to the organization requesting comment. This story will be updated with any response.

Rally calls for environmental responsibility of mining companies https://moto-ouest.com/rally-calls-for-environmental-responsibility-of-mining-companies/ Wed, 15 Jun 2022 13:56:00 +0000 https://moto-ouest.com/rally-calls-for-environmental-responsibility-of-mining-companies/ For nearly two hours, a large crowd of community leaders blocked Front Street in downtown Toronto to protest the negative impact on workers and the environment of the operations of major mining companies around the world.

Representatives of communities affected by mining projects in Colombia, the Philippines, Nunavut and the ‘Ring of Fire’ region of northern Ontario protest outside the annual conference of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada on Monday. , a major event that attracts over 1,000 exhibitors, 2,500 investors and 23,000 attendees.

The Mining Injustice Solidarity Network, organizers of the rally, explained that the Ring of Fire is a proposed project covering a 5,000 square kilometer area in northern Ontario that is believed to contain huge amounts of chromite, nickel and copper. , among other essential minerals needed for the production of electric vehicles and other “green” technologies.

In April, Noront Resources’ stake in the project was sold to Wyloo Metals, which some say has a history of violating Indigenous rights in Australia. Two Ontario First Nations in the region reached agreements with the province, while in December, the Neskantaga First Nation sued the Ontario government for failing to adequately consult First Nations about the project. . The Ring of Fire mining project could damage the region’s peatlands, which store more than 30 billion tonnes of carbon, protest organizers have said.

Chief Wayne Moonias of Neskantaga First Nation and Aliqa Kanangnak Illauq of Clyde River, Nunavut blamed mining operations for contaminating rivers in their communities and not having access to clean drinking water.

“These mining industries are coming to us and hurting our children’s future, in the name of money,” Kanangnak Illauq said, pointing to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which hosts thousands of mining producers and investors during the three-day conference.

Chief Moonias said his community has not had clean water for 27 years. “My 24 years. my daughter has never had clean water,” Moonias said. “These are the things we have to deal with as a community. And they want to build a road through our territory without consultation, without accommodation, without our consent. That’s why we are here. We want to be heard.

Accompanied by drums and dancers, community leaders spoke out against the Prospectors and Developers Association conference, the world’s largest mining expo, which they called the “colonial villain convention.” the greenest in the world »

On behalf of Anakbayan, an organization of Filipino youth and students in Canada, Myka Jaymalin said that Canada is home to 75% of the world’s mining companies. She alleged that Canadian mining companies “have been known for corruption and human rights abuses, especially in parts of the mining regions, such as the Philippines.”

Protesters speak at the Toronto Mining Conference. Isabel Inclan video.

She alleged that between 2001 and 2019, at least 300 conservationists were killed in the Philippines, “most of them our indigenous leaders”. In an interview with Canadian New MediaKirsten Francescone, Latin America program coordinator at Mining Watch Canada, explained that while Canadian mining companies claim their operations are sustainable, tackling the climate crisis and not harmful to the environment, that’s not the reality.

“What we see on the ground in Latin America, just like here in Canada, are Canadian companies perpetuating systems of colonial and imperialist domination,” she alleged. “They engage in practices that destroy the environment. They commit crimes against the environment and human rights.

After attending Ecuador Day as part of the PDAC convention, Francescone said that while indigenous peoples in the Ecuadorian Amazon have consistently condemned mining operations in the region, parts of the South American country were sold to mining companies as an “auction”.

A similar situation is occurring in Colombia with “several Canadian mining companies engaging in violent practices,” she added. “Canadian mining companies were trying to mine in the Paramo region, which is an environmentally sensitive area that has been overwhelmingly rejected by communities and organizations and still faces threats.”

One of the PDAC exhibitors, Christopher Haldane of GCM Mining, a Canadian company that operates gold mines in Colombia, assured NCM that his Canadian company is doing well in terms of sustainability. “We do a lot with water treatment and education, and small mining. All we do is make sure that whatever we take out, we don’t leave an environment in a worse state than what we found,” he said, adding that they take the environmental part “very seriously” and they have first class operations in Colombia.

But organizers said that in Latin America alone, disputes with Canadian companies resulted in more than 400 injuries and 44 reported deaths between 2000 and 2015. Four UN bodies and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights have called on Canada to keep its corporate actors accountable.

In January 2018, the Government of Canada created the Canadian Ombudsman for Responsible Business (CORE) to investigate human rights abuses by Canadian companies operating abroad in the oil and gas, mines and clothing.

But for Francescone, CORE is “just another attempt for the Canadian government to show or appear internationally that it cares about human rights, but in reality, it’s just a worthless piece of paper. It is an office that is not independent of Global Affairs and that allows Canadian companies to continue to operate with impunity abroad.

She stressed the urgency of implementing “binding legislation that can hold companies criminally responsible for the environmental and human rights crimes they commit.” She called for an independent ombudsman who has the power to investigate, compel witnesses, indict companies for their crimes. So far we have nothing. And we need much stronger legislation in Canada to be able to control operations overseas.

Mining Injustice Solidarity Network says PDAC sponsor Teck Resources faced the biggest ever fine under Canada’s Fisheries Act last year for massive selenium pollution of southern rivers -eastern British Columbia.

The first day of the PDAC conference continued smoothly, with maps on display of exploration and mining territories for gold, silver and other minerals.

Isabel Inclan is a reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative for Canadian New Media. The LJI program is funded by the Government of Canada.

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Parents and students gather outside MS 839 to protest the city’s proposed budget cuts for the 2022-2023 school year https://moto-ouest.com/parents-and-students-gather-outside-ms-839-to-protest-the-citys-proposed-budget-cuts-for-the-2022-2023-school-year/ Mon, 13 Jun 2022 22:00:24 +0000 https://moto-ouest.com/parents-and-students-gather-outside-ms-839-to-protest-the-citys-proposed-budget-cuts-for-the-2022-2023-school-year/

Teachers, students and parents gathered outside MS 839 in Prospect Park to call on City Council to postpone Monday night’s city budget vote.

The group marched down the street in front of MS 839 with signs, standing together and chanting to stop the cuts. Protesters wanted the vote postponed so they could get more information and data from those running these schools to see what the cuts might mean.

If passed, $215 million in school cuts would be in place due to declining enrollment, but parents and MS 839 students say these cuts will hit hard and do more harm than help.

“We’ve had a terrible few years where everyone had to give more to keep the school running,” said JD Davids, co-chair of MS 839’s parent-teacher association. completely useless.

“Our theater programs and our arts program are going to be reduced, even greatly reduced, and that will impact all of our experiences and possibly cause a lot of students to be much less engaged,” Winter Collins said. , a seventh-grade student.

This rally was one of many across the city calling on city council to delay the budget vote. This vote should take place on Monday evening.

Timaru stops for five-week nationwide tour rallying opposition to water reforms https://moto-ouest.com/timaru-stops-for-five-week-nationwide-tour-rallying-opposition-to-water-reforms/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 05:03:00 +0000 https://moto-ouest.com/timaru-stops-for-five-week-nationwide-tour-rallying-opposition-to-water-reforms/

A pressure group embarking on a five-week nationwide tour rallying opposition to government water reforms was warmly welcomed in Timaru over the weekend.

Timaru’s mayor, deputy mayor and some councilors, as well as Mackenzie District Mayor Graham Smith, were among the crowd of ‘about 50 to 60 people’ who attended the rally in Timaru, organizers said. .

That number was inflated by a large group from Christchurch who joined the rally outside Timaru District Council on Saturday, after crossing Stafford St.

”[They] were holding their own separate march, and they decided to join us, which probably tripled our numbers,” said Taxpayers’ Union spokesman Louis Houlbrooke, who was on the tour.

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It was great “to hear and highlight” Bowen’s concerns, as one of the most vocal opponents of the proposed reforms, Houlbrooke said.

Timaru, Waimakarairi and Whangarei district councils last week sued local government minister Nanaia Mahuta and the local government secretary over the controversial reforms, asking a judge for a blanket ruling on assets owned by the councils. .

Timaru District Mayor Nigel Bowen and Deputy Mayor Steve Wills at the Taxpayers Union rally to stop government water reforms in Timaru on Saturday.


Timaru District Mayor Nigel Bowen and Deputy Mayor Steve Wills at the Taxpayers Union rally to stop government water reforms in Timaru on Saturday.

“Obviously Mayor Nigel Bowen has led the charge for advice, not just in the media and in public, but in court,” Houlbrooke said.

The national tour, which started in Christchurch in early June, stopped in Fairlie on the second day before heading down the South Island, returning via Timaru among 15 other South Island stops and before the 26-stop North Island tour. from the end of next week.

Houlbrooke said that as well as collecting signatures for their petition, the tour will urge politicians on the select committee to look at legislation “to get out of Wellington and listen to those in the regions”.

He rejected the government’s claim that consolidating the country’s water resources would save public money.

Mackenzie District Mayor Graham Smith during Saturday's road show.


Mackenzie District Mayor Graham Smith during Saturday’s road show.

“The government is already handing millions to councils in ‘no worse’ funding and then planning to spend billions on water.

“The bill will come no matter what. The question then is whether the people spending that money are accountable to the taxpayers.

While local councils may not be perfect in delivering their services, they are at least accountable, “so it’s the devil you know, or more importantly in this situation, it’s the devil that you can at least vote,” he said.

“Basically, the people who make the decisions are separated from taxpayers and voters by four layers of bureaucracy. »

He said there are viable alternatives to the government’s plans, such as the councils’ proposals for local amalgamation.

“We certainly saw that in Hawke’s Bay after the Havelock North situation.”

In 2016, around 7,000 residents of Havelock North fell ill, more than 54 were hospitalized and at least four died, following contamination from one of the town’s water boreholes with sewage.

Timaru District Mayor Nigel Bowan speaks to Timaru District Council on Saturday.


Timaru District Mayor Nigel Bowan speaks to Timaru District Council on Saturday.

He agreed that “something has to be done”, with the country’s water infrastructure, but “the ideas don’t have to come from Wellington”.

The Water Services Entities Bill has passed its first reading and has now been referred to the Finance and Expenditure Select Committee, and Houlbrooke said he expects bids to open within coming weeks.

Bowen acknowledged he had become one of the country’s most prominent opponents of proposed water reforms, and the three South Canterbury councils are part of Communities 4 Local Democracy, the anti Three Waters group formed in 2021.

“We certainly took the lead in the court case, and we were also one of the main players in the C4LD steering group,” Bowen said.

“Partly because myself and a small group of other mayors saw over a year ago the direction this was taking and saw the disappearance of local democracy over time.

Bowen said the roadshow, court case and other measures would “hopefully put pressure on the government to consider another model, which was presented to them by our group. [C4LD] and others”.

“We have a very good model that we think can work, especially on property rights and local democracy.

A large group from Christchurch joined the roadshow after crossing the main street of Timaru on Saturday.


A large group from Christchurch joined the roadshow after crossing the main street of Timaru on Saturday.

“We worked with an international consultancy, Castalia, and came up with an alternative model, which is more of a bottom-up model with advice in catchment-type groups, like South Canterbury, working more closely together.”

Bowen said next month will be “a waiting game”, as he awaits the outcome of the case Timaru and two other counsel – Waimakariri and Whangārei – have brought before the High Court.

At the first of two days of hearings at the High Court in Wellington last week, Bowen told the Timaru Herald he was “cautiously optimistic” about the case, which seeks a ruling over the council’s assets.

He said the outcome will define the next step for those fighting reform, but in the meantime he hopes the select committee can be pushed to conduct its hearing on the road and in the regions so that “people can go out and have their say. ”