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first_imgDONEGAL’S All-Ireland heroes are set to feature in a special documentary to be broadcast tomorrow night.We showed you a teaser video for the documentary on RTE at the weekend. Here it is again.‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ looks at Jim McGuinness’s two years in charge of the Donegal squad, taking them from THAT defeat to Armagh in 2010 to two Ulster titles and the Sam Maguire.McGuinness gives CocoTelevision an exclusive interview from his home in Glenties. There are also interviews with captain Michael Murphy, marksman Colm McFadden and Player of the Year Karl Lacey.Rory Kavanagh, Paul Durcan, Neil and Eamon McGee, Paddy McGrath, Martin and Mark McHugh Durcan also share their thoughts. Rory Gallagher, the Kilcar native, whose ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’ was the theme tune to the victory, also gives the background to the growth of his song – first shown on Donegal Daily!‘Jimmy’s Winnin’ Matches’ will be screened on RTE One television on Thursday, January 3rd at 9.35pm, and will be available to watch on the island of Ireland on the RTE Player. RTE TO SHOW DONEGAL’S ALL-IRELAND HEROICS IN SPECIAL ‘JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES’ DOCUMENTARY was last modified: January 2nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:RTE TO SHOW DONEGAL’S ALL-IRELAND HEROICS IN SPECIAL ‘JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES’ DOCUMENTARYlast_img read more

Vandalism causes death of 700000 young chum salmon at BC hatchery

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first_imgPOWELL RIVER, B.C. — The manager of a salmon hatchery north of Vancouver says it will take years to recover from vandalism that led to the deaths of 700,000 fish.Shane Dobler, hatchery manager for the Powell River Salmon Society, says vandals broke into the Duck Lake hatchery in late December.They turned off valves and removed pipes, which cut water to incubation tanks filled with newly hatched chum salmon.Dobler says 90 per cent of the tiny fish were deprived of oxygen and died, and the rest only survived because they had already been moved to different tanks that still had some water flow. Dobler believes the vandalism was a “random act of foolishness.”He says the deaths will mean a lot less fish in the ocean for this particular cycle and he predicts the effects will be especially evident in four years.But he adds the Powell River Salmon Society is very efficient at rearing salmon and he expects volunteers can rebuild chum returns to acceptable levels in 2023.“We know we can make up the difference. Very confident in that,” he said. “We are always looking for the victory and, in this case, we lost this round but we are looking for the victory in the next round.”Dobler said 180 volunteers logged 13,000 hours with the society in 2018.“It’s almost a religion here in Powell River.” He calls the loss hugely disappointing, but says “we can turn our attention to a heightened level of awareness and more security.”Powell River RCMP said in a news release that the vandalism occurred sometime between Dec. 28 and Dec. 31, but they have offered few other details about the break-in at the hatchery on a remote road just east of the city.“I don’t believe anybody went out to kill fish that day,” said Dobler. “But if you are smoking and driving through the forest on a hot day and you throw your cigarette out the window, I’m sure you didn’t mean to light a fire, either.”The society is holding a fundraising drive as it works to improve security at its hatcheries and augment its salmon preservation fund, said Dobler.“We don’t plan to lose another round.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Why some elected Wetsuweten councils signed agreements with Coastal GasLink

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first_imgSMITHERS, B.C. — It was a difficult decision to sign a benefit sharing agreement with Coastal GasLink that would allow for a natural gas pipeline through the Wet’suwet’en territory, but a necessary one, an elected band council member says.Joseph Skin is with the Skin Tyee band, a community of about 180 people within the Wet’suwet’en First Nation, and said many members live in “poverty” on the reserve and the agreement offered an opportunity for a better future.Skin said he spent most of his life living in a home shared by three or four families. There was no running water in homes on the reserve until 10 or 15 years ago, he said.“Decisions like this never came easy, I’m not going to say it was easy, because it was very difficult,” he said.“But like I said, the people who are concerned about our decision, they should come to the reserve and live in these conditions themselves and then have to weigh in on a decision like that.”Coastal GasLink has said it has signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations bands along the pipeline route from northeastern B.C. to LNG Canada’s $40-billion export facility on the coast in Kitimat.A blockade and the subsequent RCMP arrests while they enforced an injunction earlier this month set off a firestorm of protests across the country. The blockade was erected to stop the company from accessing a road where it planned to start construction work. Five Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say the project has no authority without their consent. While elected band councils like the Skin Tyee are administrators of their reserves, the hereditary chiefs say they are in charge of the 22,000 square kilometres of traditional territory, including the land where pipeline would be built.The hereditary chiefs have since reached a “temporary truce” with RCMP, agreeing that members will abide by the injunction allowing the company access through the end of January, so long as another anti-pipeline camp is allowed to remain intact.The issue of who supports the project is not as simple as a division between hereditary chiefs on one side and elected councils on the other. While the five hereditary clan chiefs say they’re “adamantly opposed,” other hereditary leaders have expressed support, and elected council members have landed on both sides.At a rally in support of the five hereditary clan chiefs in Smithers, B.C., last Wednesday, representatives from several other First Nations stood up in solidarity against the project. Some held both hereditary and elected chief titles.Ayla Brown, an elected councillor with the Heiltsuk First Nation said the division between hereditary and elected leaders has been overstated, and both share the goal of bettering their communities.“We’re here to say we stand with you,” she said. “There is no division here.”Wet’suwet’en elected Chief Ray Morris of the Nee Tahi Buhn band said his council signed a deal with Coastal GasLink based on advice of an elder gave when Enbridge was proposing a pipeline through the territory. The elder died at 96 in 2013.“He was with us when Enbridge first came around and he said, ‘You can’t beat this big company. Get the best deal you can for us.’ And that’s what we did,” said Morris, who has been the elected chief for 24 years.Signing an agreement means funding for things like education and elder care, he said.“We’re no different than any other human, we have the same needs as you do.”Morris said even though band members share lineage with the hereditary clan chiefs, that doesn’t mean they are under the same authority.“We’re independent of the Office of the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs,” he said. “We’ve been independent for many years.”Brian Michell, an elected councillor with the Hagwilget village of about 200 to 230 people in Wet’suwet’en territory said the company approached his council about seven years ago.The village council never got as far as hearing a dollar figure because they refused to entertain the idea of an agreement, Michell said.“Our village chief and council, we’re dead against, we can’t sign for something that we can’t control. It’s a hereditary system, we’re an elected council,” he said.The elected council can only make decisions within the village boundaries, which are not along the pipeline route, he said.“We couldn’t put a price tag on our hereditary system,” he said.Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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