Three friends set off on a 400 km biking and packraft expedition through the heart of the sacred headwaters in northwestern British Columbia, birthplace of three critical salmon rivers, and home to the Tahltan people. In the wake of the devastating Mount Polley Mine disaster, the team’s goal is to understand what is at stake as a wave of new mines are developed across this remote corner of the province.
Their journey offers an exciting and sobering window into this wild landscape as they pedal through vast boreal forest, paddle frigid whitewater, battle monster trout, outrun a grizzly, learn about the Tahltan’s fight to protect their homeland and glimpse inside a massive open pit mine.
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More than 4,500 people have been evacuated due to flooding in British Columbia. Canadian Armed Forces personnel have been called in to help.
It’s a good day to be a bee in the European Union: EU court upholds partial pesticide ban to protect bees – Irish Times
Tourism gets the red light in Amsterdam – New Zealand Herald
Bitcoin estimated to use .5% of the world’s electric energy by end of the year – EurekAlert
GQ’s comedy issue cover, featuring Kate McKinnon, Issa Rae, and Sarah Silverman, mocks Vanity Fair’s Photoshop fail – GQ
1785: Saint John, New Brunswick is incorporated, the first in Canada.
1804: The French Senate proclaims Napoleon Bonaparte as emperor.
1980: The Mount St. Helens volcano in Washington state erupts.
The Canada Pension Plan total assets increased by almost $40 Billion in past year – CBC
Taking a break is part of your job – Quartz
May 17: The International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia raises awareness of LGBT rights violations and stimulate interest in LGBT rights work worldwide.
Reported use of excessive force and live ammunition is inexcusable. It is imperative we establish the facts of what is happening in Gaza. Canada calls for an immediate independent investigation.
– Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Gaza violence
1642: Ville Marie, the city of Montreal, was founded by Paul de Chomedey, sieur de Maisonneuve.
1756: Britain declared war on France. The Seven Years War results in the British conquest of most of New France in North America.
1906: Construction on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway began at Prince Rupert, B.C. with the construction of a tool shed and the erection of tents as accommodation. The 4800 km long GTPR main line ran from Winnipeg and Edmonton to Prince Rupert, British Columbia.
1939: King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived in Quebec City for the start of the first royal visit to Canada by a reigning British sovereign. The royal tour extended to June 15, covering every Canadian province, the Dominion of Newfoundland, and a few days in the United States.
1939: First televised baseball game airs on NBC.
1989: Tessa Virtue was born this day. Along with skating partner Scott Moir, she is the 2010 and 2018 Olympic champion, the 2014 Olympic silver medalist, three-time World champion (2010, 2012, 2017). They are also 2014 Olympic silver medallists and 2018 Olympic gold medallists in the team event.
1999: The Saskatchewan government awarded David Milgaard $10 million in compensation for his wrongful murder conviction and 23 years of imprisonment. Milgaard was cleared by DNA evidence in 1997.
2006: Captain Nichola Goddard died near Kandahar, Afghanistan. She was the first Canadian female combat soldier killed in combat.
How Hiroshima rose from the ashes – BBC
Warnings for Puerto Rico as already battered island faces new hurricane season. The Atlantic storm season begins in just two weeks, and the island has yet to fully recover from the ravages of last year’s Hurricane Maria – CBC
A camper north of Dawson Creek, B.C. woke up to find a black bear sniffing him inside his tent. He chased it off. Twice. – CBC
Alberta now has the largest protected boreal forest in the world – CBC
A Canadian doctor was shot by an Israeli military sniper near the Gaza border – Globe and Mail
1929: The first Academy Awards ceremony takes place at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles.
1975: Japan’s Junko Tabei becomes the first woman to reach the summit of Mount Everest. She was the first woman to reach the Seven Summits.
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The rest of the provinces need to follow their example.
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From The North Face
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