Toronto fans are not unfamiliar with failure and heartache but after a championship season was followed by the highest regular-season win percentage in franchise history, the drop off this year has been painful to watch.
Toronto fans are not unfamiliar with failure and heartache but after a championship season was followed by the highest regular-season win percentage in franchise history, the drop off this year has been painful to watch.
Amy Conroy eats, sleeps and breathes basketball but the ongoing pandemic-enforced hiatus has offered the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic hopeful a welcomed new perspective, writes Ross Lawson.
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LOS ANGELES — Republican Caitlyn Jenner said Friday she will run for governor of California, injecting a jolt of celebrity into an emerging campaign that threatens to oust Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office. Jenner — an Olympic hero, reality TV personality and transgender rights activist — said in statement posted on Twitter and on an accompanying website that she has filed initial paperwork to run for the post. Newsom, a first-term Democrat, is facing a likely recall election this year, though officials are still reviewing petition signatures required to qualify the proposal for the ballot. Several other Republicans have also announced plans to run. The race had failed to attract a nationally known contender before the entrance of 71-year-old Jenner, who is widely known from shows “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and the spin-off “I Am Cait.” However, she brings an abundance of questions about her ability to potentially lead the nation’s most populous state. She is untested as a candidate and little is known about her positions on critical issues facing the state, from the coronavirus pandemic to managing the economy. She has ties to former President Donald Trump, who remains broadly unpopular in California outside his GOP base, as well as his former political operatives. Jenner credits herself with advancing the movement for equality, but the LGBTQ advocacy group Equality California said it would oppose her candidacy, citing her ties to Trump and Republicans who have sought to undercut transgender rights. Still, with her name recognition and ability to attract publicity, she could overshadow other GOP contenders, including former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, former U.S. Rep. Doug Ose and businessman John Cox, who lost to Newsom in the 2018 governor’s race. In a statement, Jenner called herself “a proven winner” and the only candidate “who can put an end to Gavin Newsom's disastrous time as governor.” “I'm in,” she wrote on her website. “For the past decade, we have seen the glimmer of the Golden State reduced by one-party rule that places politics over progress and special interests over people. Sacramento needs an honest leader with a clear vision.” It was notable that her announcement did not include a video, which is commonplace in political campaign kickoffs. Instead, in her written statement, she referred only vaguely to cutting taxes, a “roadmap back to prosperity” and taking on special interests. Her campaign did not respond to a request for an on-camera interview. She described herself as “economically conservative, socially progressive” in a People magazine interview last year. Her run would come nearly two decades after the ascendancy of Arnold Schwarzenegger, another Republican who used his Hollywood fame as a springboard to California's highest office in a 2003 recall election. If the recall qualifies for the ballot, as expected, voters would be asked two questions: first, whether Newsom should be removed from office. The second would be a list of replacement candidates to choose from, if more than 50% of voters support removing Newsom from office. The effort largely has been fueled by criticism of Newsom’s handling of the pandemic, which shuttered schools and closed thousands of businesses. If the recall qualifies, Newsom would be forced to fend off rivals in the midst of a pandemic that has cost the state millions of jobs, cored government budgets and upended life for nearly 40 million residents. He’s also been hit by the fallout from a multibillion-dollar fraud scandal at the state unemployment agency while weathering a public shaming for dining out with friends and lobbyists at an exclusive San Francisco Bay Area restaurant last fall, while telling residents to stay home for safety. However, recent polling has suggested Newsom would hold his seat, and the sour public mood could shift as more schools and businesses reopen. California also is likely to be the recipient of billions of dollars of federal recovery funds, which Newsom will dispense and could use to his political advantage. Jenner made headlines in recent years with her ties to Trump, who lost to Joe Biden in the state in November by over 5 million votes. Jenner supported Trump in 2016 but later criticized his administration’s reversal of a directive on transgender access to public school bathrooms. She also criticized Trump after he said transgender people would not be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. In a statement, Newsom campaign spokesman Dan Newman said, “We always knew the ... recall would be a ludicrous circus full of Trump supporters.” The team advising Jenner has included Trump’s former campaign manager, Brad Parscale, and GOP fundraiser Caroline Wren, who worked for Trump's campaign. Michael R. Blood, The Associated Press
Stocks were rising in afternoon trading Friday and erasing most of the losses for the S&P 500 at the end of a choppy week. Investors continue to be focused on individual company earnings, getting results late Thursday from chip giant Intel and, on Friday, companies like American Express and Honeywell. Corporate earnings have been mostly positive, but investors are weighing economic growth against threats from the pandemic and worries about changes in tax policy. The S&P 500 index was up 1.1% as of 1:04 p.m. Eastern. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 217 points, or 0.6%, to 34,033 and the Nasdaq rose 1.5%. The gains were shared broadly by nearly every sector in the S&P 500. Technology companies were the biggest winners, with Apple rising 2.1% and Microsoft gaining 1.5%. Banks made solid gains as bond yields ticked higher, which allows them to charge more lucrative interest on loans. The yield on the 10-year Treasury rose to 1.56% from 1.55% late Thursday. Several earnings reports out overnight disappointed investors. Intel fell 5% after the company said it expected the ongoing chip supply shortage to remain for some time. The shortage of semiconductors has impacted other industries too. Car manufacturers like Ford and General Motors have had to halt production due to the lack of chips. American Express fell 2.1% after the company reported a 10% drop in revenue from last year as many of its customers stopped using their cards for travel, entertainment and dining. The company has called 2021 a “transition year” and did not give an outlook for the upcoming year due to the uncertainty on when travel and dining would return in the U.S. and globally. Investors are also taking into account the news out of Washington that President Joe Biden plans on introducing higher capital gains taxes to help pay for all the increased government spending that is happening to help the economy recover from the pandemic. Bloomberg News reported the pending proposal, citing unidentified sources. Higher taxes on capital gains would make stocks marginally more expensive in the long term, which might impact the market's overall valuation. Despite millions of Americans having their retirement funds in the stock and bond markets, most stocks are owned by the rich. The price of Bitcoin dropped more than 10% to below $50,000. It had traded for as much as $63,000 as early as last week. Damian J. Troise, The Associated Press
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WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has decided to keep an aircraft carrier in the Middle East to help provide protection for American and coalition troops during their planned withdrawal from Afghanistan in coming weeks, U.S. defence officials said Friday. Also, two U.S. Air Force bombers will be deployed to Afghanistan as part of the pre-pullout bolstering of security. The moves back up Pentagon officials' public assurances that U.S. forces will be prepared to meet whatever resistance the Taliban might present during the withdrawal of more than 10,000 U.S. and coalition troops starting after May 1. About 2,500 to 3,500 of those troops are American. “I would advise the Taliban that we will be well-prepared to defend ourselves throughout the withdrawal process,” Gen. Frank McKenzie, the head of U.S. Central Command, said Thursday at the Pentagon. Prior to President Joe Biden's announcement last week that he would complete the U.S. withdrawal by Sept. 11, the Taliban had insisted that Washington stick to a February 2020 agreement the militants had reached with the Trump administration to complete the U.S. withdrawal by May 1. U.S. officials said after Biden's announcement that extra military personnel would likely be positioned in Afghanistan to facilitate the pullout of troops and equipment, and the Pentagon typically beefs up its military presence as a precaution when executing a sizeable withdrawal. When the U.S. pulled troops out of Somalia in January it kept an aircraft carrier in the region as a precaution. Officials on Friday said the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, an aircraft carrier that is operating in the Arabian Sea, will remain in the region. Also, two U.S. bomber aircraft will be deployed to Afghanistan, along with hundreds of Army Rangers to provide security during the pullout, the officials said. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss moves that had not yet been announced. Lolita C. Baldor And Robert Burns, The Associated Press
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Boost Media Agency The Motivational Speakers to Watch NEW YORK, April 23, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The past year of unexpected and constant turmoil has undoubtedly changed the world forever. This tumultuous period had many questioning what it is they truly value in their lives, as many suddenly found themselves isolated, lonely and experiencing depression for the first time. Throughout this time though, we’ve seen the emergence of countless thought-leaders, motivators, inspirational stories, and of course, people coming together like never before to aid one another. It can be hard to keep ourselves positive at the best of times, but thankfully there are countless individuals around the world with a gift for inspiring others to break through their pain and arise stronger than ever before. Motivational speakers have never been valued more than now, with their words not only being life-changing, but life-saving to many. According to Boost Media Agency the motivational speakers people are most affected by are those that open up about their past experiences to allow their audience to go on a journey of discovery with them. Check out our list below of the top motivational speakers to watch for in 2021. Shinjini Das (@SpeakerShinjini) Shinjini Das is the proud founder and CEO of Das Media Group, a media company where she advocates for people who strive to achieve their goals and are ambitious enough to make their dreams come true through real-time motivational media content marketing. Her social media platforms reach over 15 million go-getters around the world every month and she’s passionate about providing motivation through her media content. Shinjini is an incredible motivational speaker and also an author. She published her first memoir, called "Unapologetically, Shinjini", at the age of 26. Her book and her public speaking have inspired many to make big life changes and chase the things in life that will make them more fulfilled, which is something she’s very happy about. Her drive to help others step into their confidence and use the media and personal brand marketing to their advantage is what led her to create Das Media Group in 2016. The Das Media Group is focused on creating media content that will keep the go-getters of the world motivated and focused so they can take the first step towards making their vision a reality. Shinjini reaches go-getters all over the world, including Africa, Asia, and Latin America, who are looking for guidance to reach their goals and she sets them on the right path. The Das Media Group’s media marketing services for B2B, B2C, media platform, and D2C clients are personalized, focused on positive marketing messages, audience targeted, and ROI specific, with high monetization conversion rates, making them valuable and effective. Jovan Glasgow (@iamjovanglasgow) Jovan Glasgow is truly a speaker who possesses an innate ability to inspire anyone to achieve more whilst compromising less. Jovan’s work as a motivational speaker, coach, author, and entrepreneur enables others to discover their life’s purpose by drawing upon his own story of overcoming pain to generate power and fulfillment. For the past decade, Jovan has been challenging, inspiring and empowering a generation of thinkers, with his why deeply embedded into his company's name – TEOS (The End Of Suicide) International Inc. As one of the most dynamic speakers and thought leaders of this era, Jovan has helped thousands of individuals worldwide, including diverse groups of Fortune 500 companies and entrepreneurs, gain more clarity, confidence, and influence - daring them to achieve the unimaginable. To Jovan, it isn’t about becoming ‘better’. His work is solely focused on nurturing breakthroughs. By using his creative style to deliver exhilarating presentations, and create emotionally charged social media videos, Jovan’s messages of hope and love drastically transforms the life of anyone who comes across them. Jovan has, and continues to, empower individuals from all walks of life to use their greatest pain as a platform for their purpose, their obstacle as an opportunity for change, and their rejection as a reset to revolutionize the norm. Lauren White (@iamlaurenwhite) Lauren White is a life coach, motivational speaker, neurolinguistic programming practitioner, and transformation mentor who specializes in trauma and addiction. She’s passionate about working with hard workers and over-achievers who struggle to break free from toxic behaviors, self-sabotage, and addiction. She helps them fight through these demons and find their inner power again so they can finally be free to create the life they truly deserve. As a motivational speaker, Lauren has worked with brands and companies to help staff and employees with their mindset, self-esteem, and mental health. A business can’t find success if the people don’t have the right mindset or are not in the right state of mind to make the best possible use of their abilities and talents. Her services as a life coach and transformation mentor allow her to help her clients find their life purpose and their authentic selves through a 6-week program. With the help of this program, clients can learn to tackle all the self-sabotaging behaviors that have been dragging them down for so long and finally be able to create the life they deserve. Lauren speaks from a place of truth and she uses her experience to empower people and help them understand they can accomplish anything they put their minds to. Kwansi Cooke (@mr.all_work_is_good_work) Kwansi Cooke is a motivational speaker, a real estate investor, self-published author, and Soldier. In his new book, The 5 Actions, he outlines the 5 actions that anyone can implement into their life no matter their background or age to change their financial situation, marriage, friendships, and overall life for the better. The book is available on Amazon and on his website for anyone who wants to make important changes in their life but doesn’t know where to begin. In addition to everything else, Kwansi offers one-on-one coaching and webinars through which he implements his mental detox program at schools with the purpose of helping young people break through the obstacles that are keeping them from reaching the next level and focusing on their goals. He is also deeply invested in his foundational leadership program, which has proven to be very successful. Through this program, Kwansi teaches leaders of all walks of life to understand how they can inspire their employees and bring out the very best they have to offer so the organization can thrive and grow. His life experience has allowed him to develop the ability to overcome many obstacles and his experience as a soldier equipped him with the knowledge to relate to anyone. He’s become a great speaker because of this and his passion to reach others. BabbleOnBrooke (@BabbleOnBrooke) BabbleOnBrooke is an international award-winning host, Fortune 500 spokesperson and former TV/stage actor turned motivational speaker and business/life coach. She’s passionate about creating supportive environments so her audiences and clients can grow, believe in themselves, and amplify their voices. She is the ultimate hype person and her major focuses are speaking, social media, mindset and resilience. Brooke has become an in-demand Clubhouse moderator and enjoys leading rooms that inspire others. In the spaces she creates, Brooke allows people to share their stories or ask questions to experts they wouldn’t have access to otherwise. With her new and highly acclaimed course, Moderating Made Easy, she teaches her students how to become confident moderators while providing the tools needed to improve their speaking and leadership skills. Nearly a decade ago, Brooke was involved in an accident and spent many years housebound due to a severe neck injury that compromised her ability to breathe and speak. In essence, she lost her voice for a long time, but her recovery journey allowed her to grow and come into her own strength. She named this chapter of her life “From Hollywood to Housebound to Healing”. As a result of her experience, she became an advocate for invisible disabilities and conditions, and has been recognized repeatedly for the hope she brings others while supporting them in an uplifting, positive, and fun way. Kelly Cardenas (@therealkellycardenas) Kelly Cardenas is a Forbes contributor, author, podcaster, founder-CEO of a national multi-million dollar brand, and a cultural efficiency coach. He is the authority when it comes to constructing a culture that will enable sustainable growth in every aspect of the business and ultimately impact the bottom line.) He believes that building an iconic brand and successful empire is simple, although not easy, once we learn to focus on what truly matters, the people. Kelly’s approach to coaching is based on the foundational truth that his father instilled. Build amazing people and allow them to build the business! Cardenas believes that building companies and brands that will have a long lasting impact must begin with a healthy culture. No one understands this better than Kelly, which is why he provides the services that will empower organizational buy-in. The secret lies in focusing on the most valuable asset, which is the people. Draw out the best in the people and the business will grow exponentially. He has been gifted with the ability to speak life into the people of any organization and that is why he is the premier authority when it comes to CULTURE. Hernando Planells Jr. (@coachhpjr) Hernando Planells Jr. is a successful motivational speaker and one of the most well-traveled and experienced coaches in the world. He teaches organizations and individuals the power of visualization and how to use the same mindset that world-class actors and athletes use to have a consistent performance at the highest possible level. He has built an amazing career and has earned a trustworthy reputation by building teams and working with them to help them unlock their inner potential. Hernando had a successful career as a basketball coach at the professional and college-levels, working with the NBA, Duke University and organizations overseas. For the past 20 years, he has worked with some of the best actors and athletes in the world, including the likes of Adam Sandler, Channing Tatum, and others. It’s safe to say he has gained not only the knowledge but also the experience to teach others the power of visualization. He’s the founder of Be Contagious and it’s his mission to help organizations grow and help them strengthen their leadership, communication, and culture with the help of improvisation and visualization. Using this tool effectively will allow organizations and individuals to reach their goals. He is also the host of the highly rated Be Contagious Leadership Experience Podcast where he sit down with leaders from all walks of life. Working with Hernando guarantees that “eureka” breakthrough people are looking for because he’s able to put things into perspective in a way that’s life-altering. Alex Katz (@alex__katz) Alex Katz is a health, wellness, and higher education professional, a speaker, a ninja warrior athlete, a nonprofit director, and the creator of Mind Body Breakthrough. She has over 6 years of professional experience in the fields of mental health, fitness, and education, which she combines with her rich life experience overcoming childhood trauma, homelessness, and a life-altering health condition to provide a holistic and trauma-focused approach to wellness and behavior change. She’s passionate about helping women battle their negative thoughts, tap into their resilience, and skill up their lives. Alex’s intersectional and strengths-based approach allows her to teach and empower women to communicate and act with confidence, set better boundaries, prioritize their mental and physical health, and unapologetically advocate for themselves and others. Alex is on a mission to revolutionize the wellness industry and help others find strength in their stories. She sees the human brain, body, and health system as a giant puzzle, which people often struggle to understand so they feel unable to solve their problems. With her holistic approach, she helps people see that what can feel like a dysfunctional puzzle is actually a beautifully unique masterpiece full of endless strength and possibilities. Julian Pace (@Julian_pace_) Julian Pace is the Founder and CEO of Happiness Co., a social enterprise that was inspired by the devastating loss of his father and best friend, who both took their own lives. He realized that he wanted to make a positive impact in the world and help those who are struggling, so he set a goal for himself: to positively impact 10 million lives in 10 years. That’s how his company started. He founded Happiness Co in 2017 and since then, he has become an award-winning entrepreneur and world-renowned international speaker. Julian is known for his authentic approach and his infectious personality, which have earned him many notable awards. Including Australian of the Year finalist, Citizen of the Year, Mentor of the Year Award, National Small Business Champion, Top 40 Under 40, and a Paul Harris Fellow Award. He’s passionate about sharing his story and empowering his audience to understand what it takes to create happiness and fulfillment in their lives. Julian has the power to inspire audiences and provide the tools they need to change their lives forever. He loves people and he has an unmatched drive to help them create the confidence they need to live a happy life, which is why his programs and workshops are available to anyone who’s ready to make a big change and never look back. Vicky Pellowe (@vickypellowe) Vicky Pellowe is a dedicated mental health advocate who found her mission after being diagnosed with Stage IV Cancer at the age of 29. Living through some of the toughest mental challenges and after years of research and rediscovery, she found her calling speaking to worldwide audiences about the power of mindset. Vicky believes that everyone has the ability to transform even the most challenging times of adversity into inspiring opportunities to thrive. She has a refreshing perspective on mental health and the power of lived experience through sharing stories. She has developed a unique style, known for her masterful combination of humor, vulnerability and brutal honesty. She’s also dedicated to working with other change-makers in the wellness industry, to build connected communities where everyone has the power to thrive with peace and purpose. Everyone faces challenges in life; they’re unavoidable. This is why she helps audiences to develop effective strategies for managing uncomfortable change and building more resilience in the process. Through her public speaking and coaching, Vicky is on a mission to empower women to transform their lives with mindset changes, inspired confidence and authentic action. Make sure to follow each of these amazing motivational speakers. Each of their Instagram's have been directly linked here. Finally, we would like to thank Boost Media Agency for taking the time to put this article together. This article is Boost Media Agency’s selection of the 10 people to watch. Disclaimer: The information written in this piece was sought from the individuals, and to the best of Boost Media Agency’s knowledge, the representation of these entrepreneurs is accurate.Media DetailsContact: Lewis SchenkCompany: Boost Media AgencyPhone: 3106001787Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: www.boostmediaofficial.page Information contained on this page is provided by an independent third-party content provider. Global Releasewire make no warranties or representations in connection therewith. 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The team of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez said they have also recruited Ben Hodgkinson as technical director from Mercedes to oversee the switch.
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says suspending incoming passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the next month must be done to keep Canadians safe. Trudeau says it was necessary because there has been a concerning surge of COVID-19 cases and the emergence of more variants of concern in certain parts of the world. "A determination was made that there needed to be further steps taken," he said Friday. Testing at border entries has shown that half the people who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus after arriving in Canada by plane have come from India, federal officials said. There has also been a disproportionate number of positive cases from travellers arriving from Pakistan. All commercial and private passenger flights arriving in Canada from the two countries were suspended effective 11:30 p.m. Thursday. The new travel measures were announced earlier Thursday following pressure from provincial leaders, who said not enough was being done to keep infectious variants out of the country. The B. 1.617 variant that appears to be fuelling widespread infections in India has been detected in several provinces. The travel measures require people coming from India and Pakistan through indirect flights to get a negative COVID-19 test in the last place they landed before arriving in Canada. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair said Canada already had significant requirements for returning travellers that has helped reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Canada. More than a year ago, all non-essential travel by land and air from abroad was banned and the border with the United States was closed. People returning to Canada are required to present a pre-board negative COVID-19 test, get another test upon arrival and quarantine for two weeks. There are some exceptions for essential workers. Blair said the further restrictions were added based on advice from the Public Health Agency of Canada. "We will always do what's necessary to keep communities safe from COVID." This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 23, 2021. The Canadian Press
TOKYO — Only three months before the postponed Olympics are set to open, Tokyo and Japan's second largest metropolitan area of Osaka have been placed under emergency orders aimed at stemming surging cases of the coronavirus. The measures, which take place during Japan's “golden week” holiday period, are meant to limit travel and keep people out of public places. They are to end on May 11, just ahead of a widely reported visit to Hiroshima by International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Bach said this week that the visit, reported for May 17-18, is still in the “planning phase.” But Bach's presence was immediately criticized by opposition lawmakers who say the Olympics are being prioritized ahead of public safety. “Japan should decide its own public health policies. There is no reason we should be told by Mr. Bach what to do," said Yuichiro Tamaki, the head of the Democratic Party for the People. Bach said the duration of the state of emergency had nothing to do with his planned visit to the city, where he would greet the Olympic torch relay. Hiroshima was destroyed in 1945 by the American detonation of an atomic bomb over the city, and is a favourite backdrop for visiting politicians and dignitaries. “This (state of emergency) is absolutely in line with the overall policy of the government,” Bach said. “But it is not related to the Olympic Games. It is related to the golden week.” Japan's third state of emergency is to include shutdown orders for bars, department stores, malls, theme parks, as well as theatres and museums. Even restaurants that do not serve alcohol are being asked to close early, as well as public transportation. Schools will stay open, but universities are asked to return to online classes. “I hope that the situation is going be better as soon as possible," Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the organizing committee, said Friday in a online briefing. Japan has attributed about 10,000 deaths to COVID-19, good by global standards but poor by standards in Asia. It has vaccinated less than 1% of the population and has not enforced lockdowns with people becoming impatient and less co-operative as cases have again accelerated. Hashimoto said several test events would continue during the emergency period, but without fans. The Olympics open on July 23. She was asked again if there were any plans to cancel the Olympics. The question had disappeared at briefings, but has surfaced again in the last several weeks. “As the organizing committee, we are not thinking about cancellation,” Hashimoto said. The IOC gets almost 75% of its income from selling television rights and has seen that cash flow stalled by the postponement. It needs the games to happen, which will be followed in six months by the boycott-threatened Beijing Winter Olympics. Tokyo is officially spending $15.4 billion to organize the Olympics, with several government audits suggesting the number is much larger. The IOC and organizers are hoping to muffle more cancellation questions next week by rolling out the second edition of the “Playbooks,” guides that are to explain how the Olympics can be held safely in a pandemic. The first edition rolled out in February was vague. Next week promises to offer more details and is likely to include requirements that 15,400 Olympic and Paralympic athletes be tested almost daily while in Japan. The IOC has said vaccinations are not required to participate in the Olympics, but it has encouraged all athletes to be vaccinated. The Playbooks are not expected to offer a decision on venue capacities, nor if any fans will be allowed at all. Fans from abroad have already been banned. Hashimoto, who participated in seven Olympics as an athlete and won a bronze medal in speedskating at the 1992 Albertville Games, has been open about her concerns. Between 70-80% of the Japanese public polled say they games should not go on. “I understand a lot of people are worried and also healthcare workers might be worried,” Hashimoto said. “I think about the feelings of those people — every day I think about this.” ___ More AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/olympic-games and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Stephen Wade And Mari Yamaguchi, The Associated Press
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River banks have slumped, forests have been lost and buildings have shifted and cracked on soft ground. Lakes and ponds have drained in some places and formed in others where once-solid land has collapsed. Permafrost, which underlies 40 per cent of Canada’s landmass, is continuously frozen earth beneath the surface layers that freeze and thaw with the seasons. But with northern Canada warming about three times as fast as the rest of the world, climate change threatens the permanence of vast stretches of this frozen ground — and the ecosystems and communities it supports. For the people living in the subarctic Dehcho region of the Northwest Territories, the changes have been stark. “Our Elders definitely noticed a real change in how things look,” Dehcho First Nations Grand Chief Gladys Norwegian told The Narwhal in an interview. “They don’t have to be scientists to know, they just feel it and see it.” While the impacts are felt most acutely in the North, permafrost thaw has implications for the global climate as well. Scientists are now investigating how increased warming of the North could be part of a vicious feedback cycle known as the permafrost carbon feedback loop — the more the climate warms, the more permafrost thaws and potentially emits more greenhouse gasses, which further warms the climate and thaws more permafrost. Permafrost holds twice as much carbon as the atmosphere, and roughly 15 per cent of that stored carbon is vulnerable to being released, Merritt Turetsky, director of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado Boulder, told The Narwhal in an interview. While Turetsky said emissions from permafrost are small relative to human-caused carbon pollution, they are an added burden on a climate already in crisis. “It is a threat to climate; it will create additional warming on top of anthropogenic emissions,” she said. The risks to infrastructure in Dehcho communities loom in the future — potentially amplified by the permafrost carbon feedback loop — but permafrost thaw has already taken a toll in the region, Norwegian said. “Our winters are getting shorter and warmer, snow is melting earlier in the year, and the permafrost is thawing,” she said. “These changes are seen in the flow of the streams, the thickness of the ice on the lake.” “Many of our forests are dying off and being replaced by wetlands,” she said. For traditional land users, who harvest food by hunting and fishing, these are worrying shifts that have made travel more dangerous, Norwegian added. “It’s very unpredictable and it puts a lot of strain on all of us that still really depend on the land.” And now, with even more emissions potentially being released as part of the permafrost carbon feedback loop, permafrost melt threatens to accelerate further. And with it, the effects on the already altered region could accelerate as well. Whether greenhouse gases are emitted as a result of permafrost thaw depends on what’s frozen underground. If the permafrost consists of sand, which contains very little carbon, then it may destabilize the ground when it thaws, but it won’t result in high emissions, Turetsky explained. It’s a different story when the permafrost consists of peat and contains stores of carbon — the remnants of ancient plants and animals As permafrost thaws, microbial communities wake up from a frozen slumber and begin to metabolize the carbon that’s stored in the soil, Lisa Stein, a professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Alberta, explained in an interview. A diverse array of microbes breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, as humans do, Stein said. Specialized microorganisms called methanogens, meanwhile, generate methane, a greenhouse gas more powerful than carbon dioxide, as a by-product of metabolism. The rich organic and waterlogged soils left behind as permafrost thaws in certain areas “are the perfect conditions for methanogens,” Stein explained. “They survive and grow and divide because they’re making methane,” she said. “That’s actually how they make a living.” In response, some scientists are now investigating the potential to use another set of specialized microbes that consume methane, called methanotrophs, to help counteract the methane-generating methanogens awoken by permafrost thaw. Peat moss, for instance, has a microbiome that’s rich in microbes that consume methane, Stein said. “The idea would be that if you can encourage the growth of peat moss, then you’re also encouraging the activity of methane-consuming microbes,” she explained. “It’s a carbon sponge, essentially.” Growing more peat moss was just one of the potential responses to the permafrost carbon feedback loop discussed during a March dialogue series hosted by the Permafrost Carbon Feedback Action Group. Mike Brown, a Vancouver venture capitalist focused on climate change, established the group in partnership with the Permafrost Association of Canada to help address the challenge of greenhouse gas emissions from thawing permafrost. The group plans to draft an “intervention roadmap” to guide policy responses to permafrost thaw in support of global efforts to slash carbon pollution. “Emissions from permafrost can constitute a major global climate problem, one that’s potentially serious enough to make it much more difficult for us humans to achieve our net-zero carbon goals,” Brown said during his introductory comments to the dialogue series. Over the course of the next century, permafrost thaw could emit as many greenhouse gases as deforestation and other land use change, Ted Schuur, a professor of ecosystem ecology at Northern Arizona University, said during the first webinar. “When we think about climate change mitigation, which is keeping carbon out of the atmosphere, Arctic carbon emissions just makes that mitigation problem that much harder,” Schuur said. The basic premise of solutions to the permafrost carbon feedback loop is simple: reduce permafrost thaw to reduce the emissions it releases. How to prevent permafrost thaw is where things get complicated. In subsequent webinars, experts discussed ideas to help keep the Arctic cool and prevent further permafrost thaw, including land-use changes and the more controversial stratospheric aerosol injection. One example of a land-use change came from northern Siberia, where Russian scientists have introduced Yakutian horses, reindeer, musk ox and other herbivores to Pleistocene Park to re-establish the grasslands of the mammoth steppe biome that was widespread during that last ice age. The grasslands, which reflect more sunlight than the shrubs and forests they replaced, help keep permafrost cooler, John Moore, chief scientist at the College of Global Change and Earth System Science at Beijing Normal University, explained during the second webinar in the series. While this type of landscape change could be included as part of a portfolio of options to help preserve permafrost in certain areas, Moore said it may not be a feasible solution on a broad scale. Stratospheric aerosol injection, meanwhile, may offer broader cooling of Arctic and subarctic areas — but carries substantial risks. Stratospheric aerosol injection is a type of solar geoengineering that involves spraying sulphate particles into the atmosphere to reflect sunlight, mimicking the effect of particles released during volcanic eruptions. While experts say stratospheric aerosol injection could conceivably cool surface temperatures in the Arctic, it risks acid rain, which is detrimental to ecosystems, and depletion of the ozone layer, which offers protection from dangerous UV radiation exposure. “Every now and then we get a really large volcanic eruption that dumps aerosols into the stratosphere, so high up in the atmosphere. Those [aerosols] persist for a while and cool the planet,” Douglas MacMartin, a senior research associate at the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University, explained during the second webinar. “In principle, you could do the same thing by flying airplanes into the stratosphere.” “Whether or not we should do it is, again, a more complicated question,” he added. In an interview, Turetsky said she’s skeptical of geoengineering as a way to prevent permafrost thaw and questions whether these ideas would address or perpetuate the climate and environmental injustices that northern communities are grappling with already. While Turetsky said she’s not opposed to more “brainstorming” on potential geoengineering solutions, the main focus should be on decarbonizing the economy. “We cannot lose sight that anthropogenic emissions are the driver, by far, of climate change,” she said. Brown, the chair and founder of the Permafrost Carbon Feedback Action Group, said the team will compile a final report on the dialogue series. But the group’s work won’t stop there. They plan to meet with officials in the federal government, engage with partners in other Arctic countries and push to ensure the challenge of permafrost carbon is on the agenda at international climate meetings in the fall. “The permafrost carbon feedback is a legitimate issue of concern and is an active area of scientific inquiry,” Cecelia Parsons, a spokesperson for Environment and Climate Change Canada, said in an emailed statement in response to questions from The Narwhal. The department “continues to work on advancing the incorporation of permafrost carbon feedback in our earth-system modelling to further our understanding of its influence on climate change,” she added. One message that came through clearly during the discussions is the need for Indigenous and northern communities to be actively involved in the work to address both climate change broadly, and permafrost thaw in particular. During the final dialogue, Natan Obed, president of the national Inuit organization Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said he’s “talked about not wanting to be the canary singing in the coal mine alone.” He wants to do more than ring the alarm bells. “I also want to be part of the way in which we solve this challenge,” he said. “We need to work together,” he said. For the North, the challenge of permafrost thaw is about more than emissions: it also raises substantial concerns for infrastructure built on increasingly unstable land. “Permafrost thaw is at the heart of the challenges that we are going to face in our communities and also in our homelands outside of our communities for the next generation — not only because of the risk of further elevated emissions,” Obed said. Vital community infrastructure is under threat from permafrost thaw in Inuit Nungangat, the Inuit homeland in Canada. Adapting to these challenges is a key priority in the National Inuit Climate Change Strategy, which calls for investments in widespread hazard mapping, vulnerability assessments and infrastructure that can withstand the changing climate. The Northwest Territories is facing similar challenges, with more than $1 billion worth of infrastructure at risk from permafrost thaw, according to Canada’s latest climate plan. In the Dehcho region, First Nations have partnered with researchers, combining Dehcho knowledge with western science, to better understand and adapt to the impacts of climate change in the region. Dehcho First Nations are working to develop a climate change strategy of their own and through the Dehcho Collaborative on Permafrost, a partnership with the Scotty Creek Research Station run by Wilfrid Laurier University, they are working with scientists to develop a regional permafrost map and monitor permafrost changes. This work is critical: even if the world were able to wrestle the greenhouse gas emissions generated by people to zero tomorrow, more permafrost would thaw because of emissions that have already been emitted. “Understanding what that change is going to look like is what occupies most of my effort,” Steve Kokelj, head of permafrost science at the Northwest Territories Geological Survey, told The Narwhal. It’s a complex task. “Permafrost thaw means very, very different things for different environments and consequently, it also means very different things for the people that live in the North, depending on where you are,” Kokelj said, noting some areas may experience landslides while others see conversion of forests to wetlands. Either way, it’s an impact. “Understanding that variability is super important for society to be able to adapt,” he said. Ultimately, if the goal is to save as much permafrost from extinction as possible, the best chance may lie in the drastic reduction of human-caused greenhouse gas emissions. “Decarbonization might save some permafrost,” Turetsky said. And saving permafrost could reduce the impacts of the permafrost carbon feedback loop. One thing is certain, continued growth of global emissions will result in the loss of biodiversity and ecosystems, with arctic and subarctic regions at particularly high risk for irreversible changes. “Our Elders kept telling us that there’s something that’s going to come to warn us,” Norwegian said. “COVID is just a warning for us that there is more to come — and I think we all know that — if we don’t do anything for climate change.” “We need to need to do things differently; we need to treat Mother Earth differently,” she said. Ainslie Cruickshank, The Narwhal
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