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CALGARY — A judge has dismissed an attempt to quash the United Conservative government's inquiry into whether foreign groups have conspired against Alberta's oil industry. Court of Queen's Bench Justice Karen Horner says the environmental law firm Ecojustice failed to prove the inquiry was called to intimidate charities that have raised concerns about the industry's environmental impact. "Ecojustice has failed to show that the (order in council creating the inquiry) was enacted on a bad faith basis or for other egregious reasons," Horner said in her decision Friday. She also said there's no reason to believe that the political context around the inquiry suggests it's biased. "I have considered whether there is a basis to hold that the context of the (order in council), its terms of reference and the past conduct of commissioner (Steve) Allan combined to raise a reasonable apprehension of bias and I find that they do not," Horner said. She also found the inquiry is within the province's jurisdiction. "We are very pleased with the court's decision today," Energy Minister Sonya Savage said in a statement. "We make no apologies for standing up for Alberta's oil and gas industry by thoroughly investigating the widely reported foreign-funded campaign aimed at discrediting the province's energy sector." The challenge was always going to be a long shot, said Devon Page of Ecojustice. "We knew we were in for a tough battle." Page emphasized that Ecojustice was questioning the way the inquiry was created, not its actions or its conclusions. "The context for the inquiry, we say, is to conclude that the conclusions are predetermined. But you can only prove that once the report is released." It will still be possible to challenge potential bias once the inquiry's report is delivered, Page said. Ecojustice argued that Premier Jason Kenney's many comments about environmental charities working against Alberta's interests and his threats to use the inquiry to attack their tax status suggests the outcome is rigged. In her oral judgment, Horner said that suggestion was premature. Her written analysis is expected next week. The provincial government and some industry leaders have said Canadian environmental charities that accept U.S. funding are part of a plot against Alberta's energy industry. They say the aim is to block pipelines and landlock Alberta's oil to benefit American competitors. Legal scholars and non-profit groups say the inquiry is an attempt to bully and silence industry critics. Ecojustice had argued that the inquiry was formed for an improper purpose. Lawyers for the provincial government said in their written submissions to the court that cabinet is entitled — and mandated — to decide what's in the public interest and what issues warrant a public inquiry. They also said that questions before the inquiry concern the province's economic viability. University of Calgary law professor Martin Olszynski said Ecojustice had a tough case to argue. The inquiry's terms of reference and the political context around it do raise alarm bells, he said, but they weren't necessarily relevant to the narrow focus of Ecojustice's challenge. "It was always going to be a hard argument to make," he said. "You're asking the courts to say there are certain sorts of things that politicians aren't allowed to inquire into." Courts normally defer to elected officials in such cases, he said. Olszynski said the report itself, due after several delays to be tabled with the provincial cabinet on May 31, could still be challenged. Alberta law requires inquiries to seek a response from those who are the subject of negative findings, he noted. No such response has been sought from groups such as Greenpeace or the Sierra Club. "At this point, there are essentially two options," he said. "Either there are no adverse findings or else the commissioner is going to be requesting another extension." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021. — By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitter The Canadian Press
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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — River traffic has reopened on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee, three days after it was closed when a crack was discovered in the Interstate 40 bridge that connects Tennessee and Arkansas, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday. The Arkansas Department of Transportation, meanwhile, said a video taken by an inspector two years ago found “significant rust and the beginning of a crack" in the same area as the fracture that prompted the bridge's shutdown this week. More than 60 tug boats hauling more than 1,000 barges were in line Friday to cross under the Hernando De Soto Bridge, the Coast Guard said. Economic development officials had been concerned that an extended closure of river traffic could hurt the region's economy and have ripple effects on the nation’s supply chain. The bridge itself will remain closed to vehicles indefinitely, with road traffic rerouted to Interstate 55 and the 71-year-old Memphis & Arkansas Bridge, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) south. River traffic under the six-lane bridge was shut down Tuesday after inspectors found a “significant fracture” in one of two 900-foot (274-meter) horizontal steel beams that are crucial for the bridge’s integrity, said Lorie Tudor, director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation. Engineers wanted to ensure the bridge could stand on its own before reopening river traffic. “Based on information provided to us by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Coast Guard has determined that transit under the I-40 bridge is safe for maritime traffic,” Coast Guard Capt. Ryan Rhodes, captain of the Port of Memphis, said in a statement. The Arkansas Department of Transportation on Friday said an image captured by an inspector's drone video in May 2019 showed evidence of damage on the lower side of the bridge, the same area as the crack that was discovered this week. DOT spokesman Dave Parker said the damage was found by a consulting firm that was inspecting the bridge's cables that year. “ARDOT is now investigating to see if that damage was noted in a September 2019 inspection report and, if so, what actions were taken," the agency said in a statement. The bridge remained closed as negotiations intensified between the White House and a group of Republican senators over a potential infrastructure package. Democrats have said the shutdown highlights the urgent need for more infrastructure funding. Republicans have called for a infrastructure plan with a smaller price tag than President Joe Biden's and with a narrower definition of public works. The Arkansas Trucking Association on Friday estimated the closure would cost the trucking industry at least $2.4 million a day because of the longer routes to cross the river. The group used data provided by the American Transportation Research Institute. Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton said the trip on the I-40 bridge between the two states averaged eight minutes. Since the I-40 bridge closure, trips on the I-55 bridge being used as the closest alternate route have averaged 84 minutes. “Even if you’re looking at 6-8 weeks, that's an incredible expenditure that the industry can’t simply absorb," Newton said. Tennessee's transportation department said there's no indication the bridge is continuing to deteriorate and said designers were working on an interim repair plan that would rely on steel rods that would be attached to the bridge and span over the fractured section. Designers were also looking at the possibility of installing a steel plate to beef up the fractured section. The interim plan would allow time for a new bridge component to be fabricated to replace the damaged section, the agency said. In an inspection for the 2020 National Bridge Inventory report, the Federal Highway Administration said the I-40 bridge checked out in fair condition overall, with all primary structure elements sound and only some minor cracks and chips in the overall structure. Its structural evaluation checked out “somewhat better than minimum adequacy to tolerate being left in place as is.” However, height and width clearances for oversize vehicles were “basically intolerable requiring high priority of corrective action,” the inspectors found. Tennessee recommended “bridge deck replacement with only incidental widening.” Arkansas transportation officials said the crack did not appear in the last inspection of the bridge, which occurred in September 2020. The bridge opened in 1973 and carries an average of about 50,000 vehicles a day, with about a quarter being trucks, Tennessee transportation officials said. Tug boats pushing barges could be seen passing under the bridge shortly after the Coast Guard's announcement Friday. Some onlookers came to a riverside park to get a glimpse of the vessels. ___ DeMillo reported from Little Rock, Arkansas. Adrian Sainz And Andrew Demillo, The Associated Press
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Danny Valencia ducked out of the scorching Arizona sun, reached into a cooler to grab an ice-cold drink and took a seat on the bench. The former Major League Baseball player savored the sweat dripping off his face onto the dugout floor, knowing he had found a second calling in the game of baseball. Leading Team Israel to Olympic gold in Tokyo this summer. “I wanted to play some meaningful baseball games,” Valencia said. “Before you knew it, I’m on a plane to Israel.” The 36-year-old Valencia, who played nine years in the majors, is one of many Jewish-American players handpicked by Team Israel President Peter Kurz, who has labored for more than a decade to piece together a competitive baseball roster on the international stage. The roster consists of former big leaguers like four-time All-Star second baseman Ian Kinsler, catcher Ryan Lavarnway and pitcher Josh Zeid, along with several players who were in the minors or played college baseball. They'll be part of the first team sport for Israel at the Olympics since the soccer team qualified in 1976 in Montreal. Israel qualified for Tokyo's six-team field in 2019 and spent the past week training in Arizona at the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies' spring training facilities to prepare for its games in Japan. Kurz lives in Tel Aviv but made the trip to Arizona to see the roster he assembled. He got a big kick out of watching Kinsler and Valencia take ground balls while providing leadership for the team. But he was also distracted, constantly checking WhatsApp on his phone to make sure his wife and three grown children were OK amid the escalating violence in the region. “It hasn’t been easy,” Kurz said. “You see messages like ‘We’re going to the bomb shelter.’ My wife heard a lot of booms and then they went down under the staircase. “You’re sitting here in a dugout, in paradise, watching our team that I put together. Then on the other hand, I see my wife is in a bomb shelter.” Joining Team Israel took a sizable commitment for the players. Prospective Jewish-American players had to go through a process of “making Aliyah,” which includes gathering required documentation of family lineage, traveling to Israel and going through a process to become an Israeli citizen. Valencia made the trip with a few other players in 2019. Valencia called his mother “the driving force” behind Judaism in their household. His father is also Jewish, converting to the religion after getting married. “It was inspiring and spiritual, it was a lot different than I was expecting,” Valencia said of his experience making Aliyah. “I was able to give back a couple different times. It's an amazing place. I hope I go back again.” Kinsler retired from MLB in 2019 and took a job with the San Diego Padres front office before Kurz reached out to see if he was interested in joining the team. The second baseman called the decision “a no-brainer” but his journey was almost derailed by the coronavirus. His was one of the final flights that arrived in Tel Aviv in early 2020 before the country shut down the airport to try to stop the spread of COVID-19. Kinsler — whose father's side of the family is Jewish — got a whirlwind tour of Israel and spent a few days at the youth baseball academy. He said the sport isn't particularly popular in Israel, but it's growing. “I think the showing we have in the Olympics could lead to some excitement,” Kinsler said. "That's kind of the goal, to draw more kids to something outside and something active.” Team Israel was an afterthought on the international baseball stage until 2017, when it finished in a surprising sixth place in a 16-team field at the World Baseball Classic. Kurz joked that some called Israel the “Jamaican Bobsled Team” of the WBC because of their underdog status, but by the end of the tournament, they had proven they belonged. The good showing gave Kurz confidence the team was heading in the right direction. But building a team for the Olympics was a harder task. In the WBC, players only needed to provide documentation that they could become a citizen of the country if they applied. For Tokyo, the players must actually be citizens of Israel. Baseball is returning to the Olympics after being dropped for 2012 and 2016. Cuba won the gold medal in 1992, 1996 and 2004, the United States in 2000 and South Korea in 2008. The sport is likely to be dropped for the 2024 Olympics in Paris and then restored again for 2028 in Los Angeles. Kurz also had to secure funding to help Israel's team make the trip to Tokyo. The Israeli Olympic organization usually only has to help a few individual athletes in sports like judo make the trip. A group of 24 players, coaches and support staff was an entirely different undertaking. So Kurz teamed with the Jewish National Fund-USA to help provide money. JNF-USA is also helping provide funding to build baseball fields in Israel to help grow the sport and provide a facility where the national team can train. “The growth of the sport in Israel has become paramount,” said Lou Rosenberg, executive director of JNF-USA. “Israeli Arabs and Israeli Jews are learning the game together — we call it ‘Baseball for All.'” Rosenberg also hopes Team Israel's baseball success can help give the country something to remember from the Olympics other than the 1972 killing of 11 team members by terrorists at the Games in Munich, West Germany. “Let's face it, Israel's Olympic reputation is built on tragedy,” Rosenberg said. “This is an amazing opportunity to perform on one of the world's largest sporting stages. When our flag is raised on the medal podium, and if we were to win and have Hatikvah (Israel's national anthem) played, I can't think of a better statement to combat anti-Zionism, anti-Semitism than seeing our guys on the world's sports stage." Kurz talked with the players about the current violence going on in and around Israel after one of the practices this week. He was heartened to know all the players had actually spent time in the country, had a connection and a real interest in the situation. For Valencia, the second home has provided a new purpose. The connection grows stronger each day. “After having a nice big-league career, this is kind of icing on the cake, some closure in a sense,” Valencia said. “But also to inspire and motivate the youth over in Israel to pick up the bat and ball and see us out there. Hopefully, young kids will be watching and telling their parents ‘I want to be like them and play baseball.’” ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports David Brandt, The Associated Press
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Grand Council Treaty #3, Canada and Ontario successfully concluded the negotiation of a tripartite education Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The MOU will foster mutual understanding and respect, and will help preserve, support and revitalize the language, culture and identity of Treaty #3 First Nations by supporting First Nations control of education to improve student success for First Nations youth in Northwestern Ontario.