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Decades of intensive farming and population growth have turned a huge swath of Southwestern Ontario into one of the country’s “crisis ecoregions,” a national conservation group warns. Lake Erie's north shore, extending hundreds of kilometres from Windsor to Brantford, is flagged in a massive new study by the Nature Conservancy of Canada as one of nine regions of Canada whose bio-diversity is most in need of protection. The southernmost part of Canada, with rare plants and wildlife more like that found in more temperate areas of the United States, Southwestern Ontario stands out for its diversity in ways few areas of Canada, with harsher climates, do. But intensive farming in the region and growing cities have combined to erode the region's natural areas and shrunk habitats for already at-risk wildlife, the study found. “Southwestern Ontario is one of the most important regions for protecting endangered species in Canada,” said Daniel Kraus, one of the study's authors and a senior conservation biologist with the Nature Conservancy. In the study, a first of its kind trying to stem the loss of bio-diversity, the organization took a comprehensive look at 77 regions in southern Canada to assess their needs to help protect nature amid habitat loss and climate change. Nine areas, the Lake Erie zone among them, were identified as crisis ecoregions, where wildlife and habitat are the most diverse but also under the greatest threat. Other areas pinpointed include the Manitoulin Island-Lake Simcoe area, the eastern part of Vancouver Island, the St. Lawrence River valley and forested and grassland areas of the Prairie provinces. While Canadians may think of other areas of the globe when they think of climate change and other threats to nature, the study — especially after a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, when many people turned to nature for escape — should be a wake-up call, the Nature Conservancy says. “Canadians are often really aware of things like the plight of the Amazon . . . (and other) international conservation issues,” Kraus said. “(But) there are species and ecosystems that are as endangered and threatened as anything else on the planet right in our backyard.” An area the group calls the Lake Erie lowlands, essentially Lake Erie's north shore — taking in Windsor, London, Chatham, Sarnia, Brantford, Hamilton and Toronto — ranked high in that analysis for both at-risk wildlife and threats to natural areas. The region is home to 138 at-risk species of wildlife, 36 species of plants and animals considered rare globally and one plant — called Hooker's bugseed — believed to be found almost nowhere else, the study found. The at-risk species include some you may not know, for example, the prothonotary warbler, a small songbird. Others include a minnow called the redside dace that leaps from the water to eat insects, and the eastern ratsnake. While it accounts for only a fraction of Canada's landmass, the Erie area of Southwestern Ontario, part of which is known as Canada's Carolinian zone, has a greater variety of plants and animals than any other ecosystem in the country, with 70 different species of trees alone, according to Carolinian Canada, a coalition of naturalists. You can chalk up that diversity, much of it on display in provincial parks and other protected areas, to geography and a relatively mild climate. But the Nature Conservancy study found much of the area that makes Southwestern Ontario stand out is also one of the most altered regions in Canada, with only 14 per cent natural land cover left in the area and few large, intact blocks of natural habitat. The group cites "agricultural intensification over the last 30 years" as a factor in that decline, but decades of urban growth also have contributed to the loss of forests. Agricultural and urban areas account for two-thirds of the ecoregion’s land use, the group found. Much of the land left in need of protection is privately owned, Kraus said. Some Southwestern Ontario naturalists said more needs to be done to save the region's ecological jewels. “You’re talking about a stewardship role that we have a moral and ethical responsibility to play,” said Gordon Neish, president of Nature London and the McIlwraith Field Naturalists. He called the study's findings "spot on," saying the area needs more protected land. "I've been at this for 50 years," said Paul Pratt, president of the Essex County Field Naturalists' Club, who wasn't surprised by the study's findings. "I see things continuing to decline, just because of the heavy threat that’s upon the landscape,” he said. “We have made some progress in some areas . . . but it’s still far short of what’s needed to just protect what’s left, let alone restore things back to the way they used to be.” Kraus said there are some positives amid the “doom and gloom" including that habitat loss in Ontario has slowed from historically high rates. The nine crisis regions account for just five per cent of Canada’s total land but fall in areas where 70 per cent of the population lives, highlighting the need for their protection. “We’re finding the places (where) we’ve lost the most nature are the places where we need nature the most,” Kraus said. “Having people in these regions, some could say that’s the problem, but ultimately it's part of the solution.” He said the group hopes its study can help shape future policies to preserve nature. The federal government has committed to protecting 30 per cent of Canadian land by 2030. At the end of 2019, Canada had 12.1 per cent of its land and freshwater conserved. Only about 10 per cent of land in Ontario is protected. email@example.com Twitter.com/MaxatLFPress Max Martin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, London Free Press
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Toronto, Ontario--(Newsfile Corp. - March 8, 2021) - CanBud Distribution Corporation (CSE: CBDX) (FSE: CD0) ("CanBud" or the "Corporation") is pleased to announce that it has closed the final tranche of its oversubscribed non-brokered private placement for aggregate gross proceeds of approximately $4,730,000 (the "Offering"). The Corporation issued a combined total of 39,409,346 units (each a "Unit") at price of $0.12 per Unit, with each Unit comprised of one common share in the capital ...
NEW YORK — The lawyers tapped to investigate sexual harassment allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo both have experience handling high-profile cases involving men accused of abusing their power. One of the attorneys, Joon Kim, was a federal prosecutor who directed investigations that sent one of Cuomo's top aides to prison on a bribery conviction and led to the conviction of another on charges connected to a massive economic development project that Cuomo championed. The other investigator, Anne L. Clark, is an employment lawyer who once represented a woman in sexual harassment lawsuit filed against a powerful New Jersey politician. New York Attorney General Letitia James appointed Clark and Kim on Monday to look into accusations against the Democratic governor made by several women, including three former staffers in his administration. “These are serious allegations that demand a rigorous and impartial investigation. We will act judiciously and follow the facts wherever they lead,” Kim said in a statement released by James’ office. The allegations include asking questions about the women's love lives and discussing his own, making inappropriate comments about their appearance and, in some cases, subjecting them to unwanted kisses or too-intimate hugs. Cuomo has denied touching anyone inappropriately, and said some of the allegations are false. But he has apologized for engaging in what he called office “banter” that some women “misinterpreted” as flirting. He has said he didn’t realize he was making anyone uncomfortable. “The people of New York deserve an exhaustive and independent investigation into these allegations, and I am committed to seeing it through,” Clark said in a statement via James' office. The Associated Press left messages with both Clark and Kim seeking further comment. Kim served as acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York for 10 months in 2017 and 2018, taking over after his predecessor, Preet Bharara, was abruptly fired by President Donald Trump. The office would later be deeply involved in investigating members of Trump's inner circle, including his lawyer Michael Cohen and political strategist Steve Bannon. But during Kim's tenure, its highest-profile cases involved public corruption. Kim held various top posts in the office while it investigated Joseph Percoco, a longtime Cuomo friend and aide whom the governor once likened to a brother. Percoco was convicted in 2018 and is serving a six-year sentence for accepting more than $300,000 from companies that wanted to gain influence with Cuomo's administration. Cuomo wasn’t accused of wrongdoing, but testimony presented an unflattering picture of his office's inner workings. After Percoco’s conviction, Cuomo said there’s “no tolerance for any violation of the public trust.” His opponents, meanwhile, said the case showed the governor hadn’t done enough to address chronic corruption in state government. Kim also was a key figure in the U.S. attorney's office while it investigated the state’s Buffalo Billion high-tech construction project, a probe that led to the conspiracy and wire fraud conviction of a man whom Cuomo once called his “economic guru” — Alain Kaloyeros, a former head of the State University of New York’s Polytechnic Institute. He was sentenced in 2018 to 3 1/2 years in prison but has remained free while his case is appealed. Days into his tenure as the acting U.S. attorney, Kim announced prosecutors wouldn't seek criminal charges against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, after investigating whether his administration solicited campaign contributions from people seeking official favours from the city. Kim, who has been in private practice for the last three years, was known in the U.S. attorney's office as being detail-oriented while also having a good sense of humour that people didn't always recognize. Clark is a New York City law firm partner who has handled sexual harassment, disability discrimination and equal pay cases. Among her past clients is a woman who sued former New Jersey state Assembly Speaker Garabed “Chuck” Haytaian, accusing him of repeatedly kissing and groping her against her wishes while she worked for the Assembly in the mid-1990s. Haytaian denied the allegations. The state eventually paid the woman $175,000 to settle the case. Haytaian, who also chaired the state Republican Party for a time, later retired from political life. Earlier in Clark's career, she worked for what was then the National Organization for Women’s Legal Defence and Education Fund; it's now called Legal Momentum. She was periodically quoted in the media — including about a 1993 Supreme Court case that hinged on whether a Tennessee-based forklift rental company president’s sexual innuendos and sexist remarks, which he said were jokes, amounted to an abusive work environment. A lower court had said no, reasoning that the executive’s conduct was offensive but wouldn’t have been expected to “seriously affect” an employee’s psychological well-being. Clark, who wasn’t involved in the case, saw it differently: “You shouldn’t have to suffer a nervous breakdown before you can make a claim,” USA Today quoted her as saying. The Supreme Court ultimately also disagreed and sent the case back to the lower court to proceed. ___ Associated Press writers Jim Mustian and Michael R. Sisak contributed to this report. Jennifer Peltz And Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press
LAS VEGAS — A traffic case involving Las Vegas Raiders player Josh Jacobs was closed Monday after he completed community service and paid a fine stemming from a vehicle crash in January near McCarran International Airport, his lawyers said. The 23-year-old running back mentored at a Boys & Girls Club and paid a $500 fine to resolve a failure to exercise due care traffic violation, said his attorneys, David Chesnoff and Richard Schonfeld. Jacobs received several stitches for a cut forehead and was initially also charged with driving under the influence after the 2019 Acura NSX he was driving crashed early Jan. 4 into a tunnel wall at the Las Vegas airport. The DUI charge was dropped a week later because Jacobs’ blood-alcohol level did not reach the 0.08% level needed to pursue the case, his attorneys and a prosecutor said. Jacobs, who lives in Las Vegas, was alone in the vehicle after returning to Las Vegas from Denver, where the Raiders defeated the Broncos in their final NFL regular-season game less than 12 hours before the crash. A team representative did not immediately respond Monday to an email message about the case. The Associated Press
New York Attorney General Letitia James Monday set two lead attorneys to investigate allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct against Governor Andrew Cuomo, They are Joon Kim, former acting U.S Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and employment discrimination attorney Anne Clark. “We are committed to an independent and thorough investigation of […]
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NEW YORK, March 08, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mesoblast Limited (Nasdaq:MESO; ASX:MSB), global leader in allogeneic cellular medicines for inflammatory diseases, announced today the successful completion and settlement of its US$110 million private placement led by a strategic US investor group, that was announced on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. The US$110 million (A$138 million) was raised via the issue of 60 million shares at A$2.30 per share, and was led by a strategic investment from the principals of SurgCenter Development, one of the largest private operators of ambulatory surgical centers in the US specializing in spine, orthopaedic and total joint procedures. Based on the US$110 million private placement, pro-forma cash-on-hand at December 31, 2020 would be approximately US$187.5 million. As announced on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, the use of the proceeds from the capital raising include: Operational and regulatory initiatives in support of the Company’s activities for regulatory meetings with United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in the coming quarters. These activities relate to its product candidates for steroid-refractory acute graft versus host disease (SR-aGvHD) in children, chronic heart failure and chronic lower back pain.Building commercial inventory of remestemcel-L ahead of potential approval for SR-aGvHD in children.Continuing to invest in manufacturing optimization and scale-up of rexlemestrocel-L and remestemcel-L platforms for larger market opportunities. About Mesoblast Mesoblast is a world leader in developing allogeneic (off-the-shelf) cellular medicines for the treatment of severe and life-threatening inflammatory conditions. The Company has leveraged its proprietary mesenchymal lineage cell therapy technology platform to establish a broad portfolio of late-stage product candidates which respond to severe inflammation by releasing anti-inflammatory factors that counter and modulate multiple effector arms of the immune system, resulting in significant reduction of the damaging inflammatory process. Mesoblast has a strong and extensive global intellectual property portfolio with protection extending through to at least 2040 in all major markets. The Company’s proprietary manufacturing processes yield industrial-scale, cryopreserved, off-the-shelf, cellular medicines. These cell therapies, with defined pharmaceutical release criteria, are planned to be readily available to patients worldwide. Mesoblast has completed Phase 3 trials of rexlemestrocel-L for advanced chronic heart failure and chronic low back pain. Remestemcel-L is being developed for inflammatory diseases in children and adults including steroid refractory acute graft versus host disease and moderate to severe acute respiratory distress syndrome. Two products have been commercialized in Japan and Europe by Mesoblast’s licensees, and the Company has established commercial partnerships in Europe and China for certain Phase 3 assets. Mesoblast has locations in Australia, the United States and Singapore and is listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (MSB) and on the Nasdaq (MESO). For more information, please see www.mesoblast.com, LinkedIn: Mesoblast Limited and Twitter: @Mesoblast Forward-Looking Statements This announcement includes forward-looking statements that relate to future events or our future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. We make such forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and other federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and actual results may differ from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements, and the differences may be material and adverse. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the initiation, timing, progress and results of Mesoblast’s preclinical and clinical studies, and Mesoblast’s research and development programs; Mesoblast’s ability to advance product candidates into, enroll and successfully complete, clinical studies, including multi-national clinical trials; Mesoblast’s ability to advance its manufacturing capabilities; the timing or likelihood of regulatory filings and approvals, manufacturing activities and product marketing activities, if any; the commercialization of Mesoblast’s product candidates, if approved; regulatory or public perceptions and market acceptance surrounding the use of stem-cell based therapies; the potential for Mesoblast’s product candidates, if any are approved, to be withdrawn from the market due to patient adverse events or deaths; the potential benefits of strategic collaboration agreements and Mesoblast’s ability to enter into and maintain established strategic collaborations; Mesoblast’s ability to establish and maintain intellectual property on its product candidates and Mesoblast’s ability to successfully defend these in cases of alleged infringement; the scope of protection Mesoblast is able to establish and maintain for intellectual property rights covering its product candidates and technology; estimates of Mesoblast’s expenses, future revenues, capital requirements and its needs for additional financing; Mesoblast’s financial performance; developments relating to Mesoblast’s competitors and industry; and the pricing and reimbursement of Mesoblast’s product candidates, if approved. 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Kamloops residents can help fund the much-needed programs and services at the Mustard Seed by grabbing a slice of pizza next week. From March 15 to March 21, $5 from every $30 purchase at the local Pizza Now will go to The Mustard Seed Kamloops during the store’s inaugural YKA Pizza Week. “Kamloops has been awesome to me over the years and have provided me the opportunity to give back to those that need the help. I want to make this an annual event so I can give back as much as possible,” Pizza Now president Rocky Hunter said. Additionally, customers can purchase a $2 pizza slice certificate in advance of YKA Pizza Week at Pizza Now or at The Mustard Seed’s Thrift Store, downtown at 342 Seymour St. Half the proceeds from each certificate sold goes directly to The Mustard Seed and purchasers can redeem the certificate for a slice at Pizza Now’s 1415 Hillside Drive location in Dufferin. “Rocky has never hesitated to step up and do more than his share when it comes to donating to The Mustard Seed Kamloops,” said Kelly Thomson, managing director for The Mustard Seed. “We are thrilled to be the beneficiary of his YKA Pizza Week fundraiser because the funds donated will remain here in Kamloops and will go a long way in helping support and build our programs and initiatives to help many in our community.” As YKA Pizza Week coincides with spring break for most schools within School District 73, Pizza Now is also thanking teachers by offering them free 12-inch pizzas during YKA Pizza Week with proof of a teacher’s certificate. The Mustard Seed is a Christian non-profit organization that has been caring for individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty since 1984. Its outreach centre is downtown at 181 West Victoria St. Michael Potestio, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Kamloops This Week
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Former 16-year major league relief pitcher Rheal Cormier died of cancer on Monday, the Philadelphia Phillies announced. Cormier pitched for five different teams but spent the most time -- six seasons -- with the Phillies. Cormier was drafted by the Cardinals in 1988 and spent his first four major league seasons in St. Louis.
The Opposition NDP wants the government and Provincial Capital Commission (PCC) to immediately consult Indigenous leaders on the bylaw review for Regina's Wascana Centre. The PCC was forced to review its bylaws after they were ruled unconstitutional by the Court of Queen's Bench last year. That's after the government used the bylaws to remove the Justice for Our Stolen Children protest camp from the legislative grounds in 2018. The camp was established after the deaths of Indigenous youth Colten Boushie in Saskatchewan and Tina Fontaine in Manitoba, and the acquittal of the accused in both cases. Those same bylaws were again enacted to try and force Tristen Durocher — who was raising awareness about high rates of Indigenous suicide — to leave the park. The NDP recently sent a letter to the PCC demanding Indigenous leaders be included in the bylaw review. "This is a complete disregard of the government's own First Nation and Métis consultation policy framework, which states its legal duty to consult when decisions or actions could have an impact on traditional uses of land for ceremonial purposes," said Betty Nippi-Albright, NDP critic for Truth and Reconciliation, First Nations and Métis Relations. "There hasn't been consultation. So any time decisions are being made it's important to have community involved in those discussions." Nippi-Albright said she wants to see a designated space for Indigenous protests and celebration within Wascana Centre. Nicole Sarauer, NDP critic for the PCC, said there has been a lack of transparency and public consultation since the Saskatchewan Party took control of Wascana park in 2017. "Frankly, if concessions can be made in the park for companies like Brandt then concessions should be made for these folks as well," Sarauer said. In an emailed statement, the PCC stated that a thorough review of the bylaws is complete. "As a result of the review, bylaws have been adjusted to comply with the Justice's order and will be reviewed by the PCC's board of directors before they are finalized," the statement said.
LOS ANGELES — The second of two defendants accused of using bogus transcripts and ghostwritten essays to help foreigners gain admission to U.S. colleges, allowing the applicants to fraudulently obtain student visas, has surrendered to federal authorities, prosecutors said. Yi Chen, 33, pleaded not guilty Monday to charges in a 21-count grand jury indictment that alleges conspiracy, visa fraud and aggravated identity theft, the U.S. Attorney's Office said in a statement. His co-defendant, Yixin Li, 28, surrendered March 2 and also pleaded not guilty. The two Southern California men are accused in a scheme to get foreigners into colleges, which allowed them to fraudulently get visas to enter or remain in the United States, prosecutors said. The indictment alleges that Chen and Li owned so-called educational consulting companies in the southern California cities of Alhambra and Arcadia that charged foreign students thousands of dollars for “guaranteed” admission to a college that would lead to the issuance of an F-1 student visa. The pair prepared application packages that used fake transcripts and they hired people to impersonate the prospective student to take standardized tests, according to the court documents. The indictment lists a number of foreign nationals for whom Chen and Li allegedly obtained transcripts, which helped the students gain admission to schools including New York University, Columbia University, Boston College, and several University of California campuses. Chen was ordered detained pending trial, which was scheduled for May 4. Li remains in custody and his trial is set for April 27. The Associated Press
The following are the top stories on the business pages of British newspapers. - Secondary school pupils in England who feel anxious about wearing masks in school will not be forced to do so, the children's minister has said. - UK has been warned not to send a dreadful message to the rest of the world by backing a controversial Australian former minister with a much-criticised climate change record to run the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.