Current Affairs

B.C. lifting gas restrictions but extends provincial state of emergency until December 28

Gas restrictions at some B.C. pumps due to expire by the end of Tuesday will not be extended.

The province began restricting non-essential vehicles in southwestern B.C. to 30 litres of gas per visit to stations last month after severe flooding choked supply chains and put the Trans Mountain pipeline out of commission.

Restrictions introduced November 19 were initially going to be in effect 10-11 days before the government extended them until the end of day on December 14.

Victoria confirmed Monday it will not be extending the restrictions further once the order expires.

The government said the gradual reopening of the Trans Mountain pipeline as well as shipments of fuel arriving by truck and barge are enough to allow it to ease off the restrictions.

Access to gas had been prioritized for emergency and essential vehicles, which were granted unrestricted access to gas using commercial card-lock stations…read more.

Gordon Ramsay moves restaurant HQ to Texas from California: Report

Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay has relocated his restaurant headquarters from California to Texas, Dallas Morning News reported.

Ramsay has hired a team of businessmen and chefs to expand his restaurant brand across North America, the outlet reported. It added that the team, which will be based in Las Colinas, plans to launch 18 restaurants in cities including Boston, Miami, and Chicago.

The CEO of Gordon Ramsay North America, Norman Abdallah, will oversee the opening of 75 company-owned restaurants across the country in the next five years, according to Dallas Morning News.

The availability of chefs and restaurant support staff, as well as the favourable tax policies, are what attracted them to Dallas, Abdallah told the outlet. “The cost of living adjustment [from California to Texas] is pretty substantial,” he added…read more.

Opinion: We are Wet’suwet’en and the Coastal GasLink pipeline protesters do not represent us

The following was authored by members of the Gidimt’en Clan and released by Wet’suwet’en First Nation council at their request.

We are members of the Gidimt’en Clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation, together with extended family members from other Wet’suwet’en house groups and communities, both on- and off-reserve. Our clan territories include the area where the Coastal GasLink pipeline crosses the river we call Wedzin Kwa. We are deeply hurt and angered by the conduct and statements of some of our community members and others who claim to be defending our lands and laws against the pipeline.

Our concerns are not about the pipeline itself. Some of us support it, some of us do not and some are neutral. Our issue is that our traditions and way of life are being misrepresented and dishonoured by a small group of protesters, many of whom are neither Gidimt’en nor Wet’suwet’en, but nonetheless claim to be acting in our name to protest natural gas development. On Nov. 20 and 21, we convened a virtual meeting to discuss these issues and the recent RCMP raid that was carried out on our ancestral lands.

The first thing to understand is that the collective rights of the Wet’suwet’en people to use the land and resources within Wet’suwet’en territory have for hundreds of years been managed through a system of five family based clans led by a hierarchy of leaders who hold hereditary names that have existed since time immemorial. These names are connected to specific areas within our territorial lands, called “nowh yintah,” and have been handed down for generations in a complex governing system we call “Bahlats,” or “the feast hall.”

The names and the powers of those who hold them are conferred on the basis of merit and recognition and, in our Wet’suwet’en law, follow hereditary lines. Traditionally, leaders are groomed for many years by those holding higher rank in the feast hall before progressing to greater responsibilities. Proper conduct and “wiggus” (respect) are among the many valuable lessons passed on during the grooming…read more.


Italian man wears fake arm in crazy attempt to avoid getting COVID-19 jab

An Italian man thought he had an ace up his sleeve to circumvent his country’s COVID-19 vaccine mandates — but was busted when he showed up for his shot wearing a fake arm, according to a report.

The creative anti-vaxxer may have paid hundreds of euros for the silicone prosthetic, which he wore to the vaccine center in Biella, a town in the northern Piemonte region near Turin, the Guardian reported.

The 50-year-old — who sought to avoid the jab but still get the so-called Green Pass — signed a consent form and lifted up his sleeve for the health care worker, who didn’t notice anything amiss at first.

But when the woman touched the faux limb, she realized something was odd, told the man to remove his shirt and discovered the trickster’s strong-arm tactic…read more.

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