“It’s a fantastic opportunity for these guys to go to provincials. Hopefully participating in the provincials will help us to promote the program across the board and have younger guys have an opportunity to go. It’s going to be a fantastic experience and find out what lacrosse can be at this age and going forward.”Travis will be joined behind the bench by assistant coaches Alexander Travis, and Brian McAdie.Anyone wanting to get involved with lacrosse is encouraged to visit the leagues section of Fort St. John Now under Fort St. John box lacrosse. Boys and girls between the ages of 8-16 can play if interested. They may not be well known yet on the local scene, but that may change for the Fort St. John Thunder midget lacrosse team. The squad will be heading to provincials in Prince George starting tomorrow and will be the first Fort St. John based lacrosse team to take part in a provincial tournament.Coach Tracy Travis said the team has been around in the community for nearly a decade, and that hopefully the trip to provincials will help with their popularity around Fort St. John.“We’ve been going, I think this is our ninth year. Unfortunately there’s a lot of people that don’t know that this has been going on but the kids really enjoy it. Our lower program, our younger kids have come up quite a bit and hopefully we can continue on with the growth of the program.”- Advertisement -The games in Prince George will be the first formal contests that the Thunder have played this year as they weren’t able to secure a spot in leagues for the season.“This year we didn’t do any travelling,” Travis admitted. “Unfortunately we didn’t have anybody to play. They all had a league and unfortunately we weren’t invited. Next year we’re hoping to be part of the league, it’s based out of Prince George.”Travis said that the opportunity for the players to take part in an event like provincials will be big for helping them grow their respective games.Advertisement
“One would be hard pressed to find a South African who does not have an opinion on the current power crisis,” writes Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown. “Such robust debate is welcomed as part of our democracy. Nevertheless, there are times when the need for a nation to rise as one and work towards the greater good is paramount.” The Kendal power station in Mpumalanga is the largest indirect dry-cooled power station in the world. (Image: Media Club South Africa) Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne BrownOne would be hard pressed to find a South African who does not have an opinion on the current power crisis. Our democracy provides space for all to make their voices heard, and countless South Africans have strongly voiced their opinions on social networks, in the media and on other platforms.Such robust debate is part and parcel of our democracy and is welcomed. Nevertheless, there are times when the need for a nation to rise as one and work towards the greater good is paramount.Now is not the time to point the finger of blame. Our national power supply is under pressure due to the need to perform vital maintenance. There is also a risk of unexpected breakdowns at some of our aging power stations. Unfortunately this perfect storm often necessitates the need for load shedding to stabilise the system.We do not undertake load shedding lightly, however, there are times when this is the only option. Government is all too aware of the major disruptions and inconvenience that arise from unplanned electricity interruptions. We are very concerned about the impact on individuals and businesses which are the lifeblood of our economy.However, we dare not allow the current power challenges to define us. We are the country that emerged from the depths of Apartheid to form a nation built on the pillars of democracy and freedom for all. We are the nation which successfully hosted the 2010 FIFA World Cup and confounded naysayers who predicted that we would fail.All of South Africa’s many successes since 1994 have been built on our nation standing together as one. Together we can and will continue to overcome all odds.We ask citizens to bear with us in this trying time. Government is working to secure South Africa’s future energy supply through an energy mix which comprises coal, solar, wind, hydro, gas and nuclear energy.Many of these projects are already in the pipeline but getting them on stream will take time. We therefore call on South Africans to pull together and find creative ways to work around load shedding.Households and businesses are encouraged to make provision for the fact that there will be at least two-hour power outages between 7am and 10pm daily for the next 18 of months.In this pressing time every little bit helps, be it switching off geysers and pool pumps during the peak hours or forgoing the convenience of air conditioners.Government is under no illusion that we are asking a lot from South Africans. Nonetheless, we are all in this together, and only by pulling in one direction will we be able to overcome the short-term strain.South Africans should also know that government has the situation in hand and we have implemented measures to improve it. In the short term we continue to support the national grid through the more frequent use of diesel powered open-cycle gas turbines to help bridge the immediate gap between supply and demand. Work to reduce maintenance backlogs is on-going and will lead to improved performance of power plants and less frequent unplanned outages.We are confident that through our collective determination we will be able to manage the current electricity supply challenge which affects everyone. This situation affects everyone and so we all need to stand up and be part of the solution.
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia forestry workers are a “misunderstood bunch,” especially on the contentious practice of clear cutting, a legislature committee was told Thursday.“They are portrayed publicly as Joe Lumberjack with a chain saw looking to cut every tree from Cape Breton to Yarmouth,” Marcus Zwicker, general manager of Westfor Management Inc., told the resources committee.“The effort and the decision-making and the passion for what we do really doesn’t make it to the public eye.”Clear cutting and other forestry practices will be examined in a highly anticipated report by University of King’s College president William Lahey, that is expected to be released soon.In 2016 the province’s Liberal government backed away from a previously stated goal of reducing clear cutting on Crown land by 50 per cent.Jeff Bishop, the executive director of Forest Nova Scotia, told the committee that industry doesn’t like set targets for various harvesting methods.“Because the fear is we will not be doing proper forestry and what’s best for the land if we’re basing it on a number.”He said considerations have to be driven by what’s growing or not growing on a particular stand of trees.Bishop said forestry is more complex than boiling things down to discussions about whether clear cutting is a good or bad practice. Concerns have to be balanced between market demands and the best approaches to harvesting in various areas of forest whether they be on Crown or private lands, he said.Zwicker, whose company is owned by a group of 13 mills from across western Nova Scotia, said wherever companies use clear cutting, decisions are based on assessments of individual tree stands.He said those considerations include such things as soil, vegetation, and the quality and abundance of certain tree species.Zwicker said clear cuts are used for several reasons, including during salvages where a large number of trees have been blown down by wind, and in stands where there is a large number of over-mature trees.He later told reporters that cost is also a factor — clear cutting can be up to 30 per cent cheaper than certain selective cuts.However, Raymond Plourde of the Ecology Action Centre said cost is the primary reason for the practice.“It is the cheapest way to get the most amount of wood into the mill doors at the lowest possible price,” said Plourde. “It’s not because the land is telling us it needs a good shellacking every five years.”Plourde said Nova Scotia’s Acadian forest is ill-suited to clear cutting because of its multi-species composition, adding that the province needs to get back to a strong target like the one abandoned in 2016.“That’s why we have such a low percentage of old-growth forest and such a high percentage of increasingly young scrubby forest,” he said.NDP committee member Lisa Roberts said she believes the forest industry lacks the “social licence” to conduct wide-spread clear cutting.Roberts said companies such as Taylor Lumber in Middle Musquodoboit are an example of how forestry can be done. She said the company produces value-added products while conducting few clear cuts, and employing people year-round.“It shows us a path forward,” she said.