Stampeding buffalo returning to Canada

The massacre of North America’s bison in the 1800s paralleled the persecution of the continent’s indigenous people.

Since 2012, Parks Canada has been striving to reintroduce the animals, also known as buffalo, to Banff National Park – the oldest park in the country.

In February, more than 50 indigenous tribes bound together to make their return a reality.

Watch as the bison return to the park.

Video by Charlie Northcott

Additional footage from Parks Canada

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Amid Trump crackdown, U.S. immigrants head to Canada

LISA DESAI: Much of the four thousand mile American border with Canada is wide open and unsecured. In the first three months of this year, a steady stream of immigrants from all over the world braved the bitter cold to reach a country where they believe there’s less risk of detention and deportation.

Just north of Minnesota and North Dakota lies the Canadian province of Manitoba. The town of Emerson is a main entry point. An hour’s drive north is the provincial capital, Winnipeg, a city of 700-thousand. That’s where I met this woman from Somalia.

For her safety, we agreed to shield her face and call her “Nasra.” She settled in Minneapolis on a U.S. medical visa to get treatment for her six-year-old autistic son. Her family is part of a minority clan persecuted in Somalia’s civil war.

NASRA: I faced a lot of problems in Somalia. During the war, my father and my brother were attacked, and my mother and I endured so much pain — we left and never went back.

LISA DESAI: After President Trump listed Somalia as one of the countries whose citizens would be blocked from entering the U.S. Nasra decided that although she was legal, it wasn’t safe to stay.

NASRA: I heard that they were going to arrest people and take them back to Somalia and that they were going into people’s homes and they were going to separate families, mothers from children.

LISA DESAI: What would happen if you were deported back to Somalia?

NASRA: If I go back to Somalia I won’t stand a chance there, I would be killed.

LISA DESAI: In February, she left Minneapolis and became one of nearly 1,000 migrants, according to the Canadian Government, to cross from the U.S. into Canada this year. She paid a driver to take her and her son most of the way.

NASRA: We walked for hours, the snow was falling, we couldn’t see. It was cold, it was dark and if it wasn’t for God we would have died.

LISA DESAI: Under Canadian law, people like Nasra, who cross the border illegally, are arrested and taken in for a background check. If they don’t have a criminal record, they are often released within 24 hours. They’re appointed a government lawyer to represent them in their asylum hearing which usually takes place in two months. They are also connected with nonprofits that provide food and housing.

YASMIN ALI: Well, these are donations that’s been given to the organization for the newcomers.

LISA DESAI: Yasmin Ali heads up the Canadian Women Muslim Institute, a Winnipeg nonprofit that helps refugees like Nasra. Since January, Ali says she’s received a surge in clients crossing from the U.S.

YASMIN ALI: We help them with finding places to live, with finding, getting places, things to fill their apartment, so they have because when they come they are very limited in income.

LISA DESAI: With only a few paid staff members and no government funds, the institute relies on volunteers and donations.

YASMIN ALI: It’s very hard to be wandering the world with families and children and not know where you’re going to live, not know you’re going to be settled down and be safe. So they’re just looking for a safe place where they can raise their families and live.

LISA DESAI: Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council is another nonprofit that provides settlement and legal services to refugees and asylum seekers in Winnipeg.

RITA CHAHAL: Hi, I just wanted to say hi. I’m Rita. And your name is?

KASEEM: Kaseem.

LISA DESAI: Rita Chahal is the Executive Director.

RITA CHAHAL: Just in this month alone we’ve had four unaccompanied minors.

LISA DESAI: Chahal says the people seeking asylum come from all over the world, not just the countries included in President’s Trump’s proposed travel ban. They are coming from places like Bangladesh, China, Germany.

RITA CHAHAL: We’ve certainly seen a number of them in the last little while, last few weeks coming from Central America, from Guatemala, Nicaragua.

LISA DESAI: One of those undocumented migrants from Honduras is Alexanco. He says he left for the U.S. 5 years ago because drug cartels had threatened to kill him. Last month he left Florida for Canada with his wife and baby.

LISA DESAI: Why did you decide to move to Canada?

ALEXANCO: We started to become very afraid, because every morning and every day we watched the news, we watched many friends with their kids. People who were deported, separated from their families, and that was one of my biggest fears that we had about living in the United States.

LISA DESAI: Fears Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been trying to calm, even during a recent visit to the White House.

JUSTIN TRUDEAU: We continue to pursue our policies of openness towards immigration, refugees, without compromising security

LISA DESAI: That policy is now being criticized in Emerson.

GREG JANZEN: This is the actual international border right in front of us.

LISA DESAI:Emerson Mayor Greg Janzen says the the border crossings are putting a strain on the town’s less than 700 residents. Volunteer firefighters rescued migrants stuck in snowstorms, and since last November, half the town’s medical calls have been to help asylum seekers.

GREG JANZEN: That is concerning for us in Emerson and the Canadians just because we’re not detaining anyone, we’re not punishing anyone for breaking the law. So our border right now is at risk of kind of being a joke.

LISA DESAI: Currently, under The SAFE Third Country Agreement between the U.S. and Canada, refugees must apply for asylum in the first country they enter. Refugees who’ve already applied in the U.S. and present themselves at an official Canadian border crossing are supposed to be turned away. But anyone who sneaks across the Canadian border has the right to apply for asylum.

LISA DESAI: A poll last month found Canadian support for welcoming refugees is slipping. 48 percent said Canada should send these migrants back to the U.S. 36 percent said Canada should accept them.

LISA DESAI: The illegal border crossings are starting to wear thin on some Emerson residents.

JACQUELYN REIMER: I think Trudeau should have to come and spent two weeks here in Emerson in one of the houses and see how his wife and children feel with these people crossing the border and banging on his door and windows at all hours of the night.

DALE PELKIE: If they’re already settled in the States, why can’t they go back to the States? Right? I don’t understand it. I really don’t, but I hope something gets done soon so that we can live in peace again.

LISA DESAI: One of the volunteers at the Canadian Women Muslim Institute in Winnipeg is Ahmed Osaa, a refugee who fled the United States, and is originally from the West African nation of Ghana. Osaa is gay, and in Ghana, homosexuality is a crime.

LISA DESAI: Why did you decide to leave Ghana?

AHMED OSAA: I was afraid for my life and I knew if I stayed maybe somebody, one day somebody might kill me. And I don’t want to die now.

LISA DESAI: Osaa left Ghana in 2013 for Ecuador, but it rejected his asylum claim. Three years later, he made it to Mexico and paid smugglers to take him to Brownsville, Texas, where he turned himself into the Border Patrol.

AHMED OSAA: I presented myself and told them, ‘Oh, I’m here to seek asylum.’ They started chaining my hand, my waist, and my legs. Then I started crying.

LISA DESAI: Osaa spent six months in an immigration detention center in Pennsylvania, and his asylum claim was denied. Released from custody but subject to a deportation order, Osaa made his way to Minneapolis to live with a friend.

LISA DESAI: Osaa planned his trip to Canada right after President Trump was elected — fearing even then he’d be forcibly sent back to Ghana.

AHMED OSAA: If I’m sent back to Ghana for example I can even go to jail, and I don’t want to go to jail.

LISA DESAI: Osaa crossed the border and Canada granted him asylum, making him a legal resident. He’s now receives a government stipend equivalent to 540 American dollars a month until he receives a work permit.

AHMED OSSA: I would say in Canada I’m treated with dignity and respect but in the United States no I wasn’t, I wasn’t treated with dignity. Now I have been accepted as a refugee in Canada. I’m OK now. I’m happy to be part of the Canadian people.

LISA DESAI: Nasra, the Somali refugee who snuck across the border with her son two months ago, is waiting for their asylum hearing.

LISA DESAI: So what’s your hope now for your future for you and your son in Canada?

NASRA: What I hope for is to live in a place of peace. Where I can be healthy, a place where there is no war, no fighting, no killing, God willing, I pray for that.

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Edmonton Human Rights Coalition marks 35 years of Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

A human rights advocate who has challenged Toronto police carding practices hopes to impart his experiences to Edmonton activists as part of a series of local events to mark the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Edmonton Human Rights Coalition planned several events to run through the weekend, including a rally in Churchill Square, workshops on “activisim 101” and a walk to draw attention to unsolved homicides in Edmonton’s Somali community.

Toronto-based human rights advocate Knia Singh traveled to Edmonton to host a workshop on fighting back against racial profiling, and will participate in a roundtable discussion on race and policing.

Singh said he plans to share his own experience fighting against arbitrary stops and checks by police, and to help Edmontonians learn how to apply practices that helped “move the ball forward” in Toronto.

Among the messages he hopes to convey is the importance of opening up a dialogue with politicians and authorities, and about how to bridge the “disconnection” between activists and the establishment.

“The main thing is communication. It’s about understanding both sides,” Singh said.

Both events will be held Sunday at the Aroma Cafe–the workshop is scheduled for 9 a.m., and the roundtable for 1 p.m.

Organizer with the Edmonton Coalition for Human Rights Mahamad Accord said the Charter is a symbol of what Canada is all about, but that it’s only a document–he said it’s important for people to speak out to ensure the principles outlined in the Charter are being upheld.

“There is a gap between what the ideal is, and what were are seeing currently,” Accord said.

Accord said events being held over the weekend are intended to raise the “voice of the voiceless”, and fight for Canada to live up to the principles laid out in the Charter.

The Charter was adopted on April 17, 1982 during the tenure of former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s government.

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Indigenous rights groups in Canada honoured with top Amnesty International award

(April 2017) – Celebrated global music artist and activist Alicia Keys and the inspirational movement of Indigenous Peoples fighting for their rights in Canada have been honoured with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2017.

The award will be officially presented at a ceremony in Montréal, Canada, on May 27.

Accepting the award recognizing the Indigenous rights movement of Canada will be six individuals representing the strength and diversity of the movement, which has bravely fought to end discrimination and ensure the safety and well-being of Indigenous families and communities. They are Cindy Blackstock, Delilah Saunders, Melanie Morrison, Senator Murray Sinclair, Melissa Mollen Dupuis and Widia Larivière.

“The Ambassador of Conscience Award is Amnesty International’s highest honour, celebrating those who have shown exceptional leadership and courage in championing human rights,” said Salil Shetty, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

“Both Alicia Keys and the Indigenous rights movement of Canada have in their own ways made inspirational and meaningful contributions to advancing human rights and towards ensuring brighter possibilities for future generations. Crucially, they remind us never to underestimate how far passion and creativity can take us in fighting injustice.”

Alicia Keys: From music to activism

Alicia Keys has used her career and platform as a 15-time Grammy award-winning artist to inspire and campaign for change.

“To be given this great honour, and to be in the presence of the Indigenous rights movement is a humbling experience,” said Alicia Keys. “It encourages me to continue to speak out against injustice and use my platform to draw attention to the issues that matter to me.”

Often referred to as the “Queen of R&B”, Ms. Keys has increasingly interwoven her activism with her art. Her extensive philanthropic work includes co-founding Keep a Child Alive (KCA), a non-profit organization providing treatment and care to children and families affected by HIV in Africa and India. KCA identifies and partners with local leaders in grassroots organizations to design, implement and share innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges in the fight against AIDS. KCA has raised more than $60 million to provide AIDS care to hundreds of thousands of children and their families, as well as advocate for more understanding and support.

In 2014, she co-founded the We Are Here Movement to encourage young people to mobilize for change, asking the question “Why are you here?” as a call to action. Through the movement she has sought to galvanize her audience to take action on issues such as criminal justice reform and ending gun violence.

Stunned by the fact that there are now more refugees in the world today than at any other point in history, the musician helped create and appeared in a short film entitled “Let Me In” to mark last year’s World Refugee Day. With her song, “Hallelujah” at its center, the film brings the issue of the refugee crisis home to viewers by telling the powerful story of a young American family forced to flee to the US-Mexico border.

“Our conscience is something we are all gifted with at birth, no matter who we are,” said Alicia Keys. “That little voice that speaks to you and tells you when something is not right, I always use as my guide. Since I was a small girl my inner voice would yell at me! Now I just say, okay, what can I do? That is a question we can ask ourselves and then act upon.”

Shining a light for the rights of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Despite living in one of the world’s wealthiest countries, Indigenous women, men and children are consistently among the most marginalized members of society in Canada. Now, after decades of public silence and apathy, a vibrant and diverse movement of Indigenous activists has captured the public attention.

 Canadian Indigenous Rights Groups are a recipient of the 2017 Amnesty International Ambassador of Conscience Award for their courage in leading important Indigenous Rights battles. 

This year the Ambassador of Conscience Award will be shared between leaders and activists from the movement who have shown remarkable courage in leading important legal equality rights battles, defending land rights and inspiring non-Indigenous and Indigenous people to action.

Since December 2012, the grassroots “Idle No More” movement has helped to shine a light on Indigenous peoples’ ongoing struggle to be able to make their own decisions about their lands, resources and environment. At the forefront of this protest were Melissa Mollen Dupuis and Widia Larivière, the co-founders of the movement in Québec.

Mainly led by women, the movement represents a new wave of Indigenous mobilization that gives a platform for grassroots activists, fosters the cultural pride of Indigenous youth and brings Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in Canada closer together on common issues such as the environment and the economy.

On learning of the announcement, Melissa Mollen Dupuis and Widia Larivière said in a joint statement: “Receiving such a prestigious international award is an acknowledgement of the work done by thousands of people who have, in their own way, stood up every day for the rights of Indigenous Peoples in a spontaneous and peaceful citizens’ movement.

“In a society that encourages the pursuit of power and profit over the well-being of the community as a whole, the words and actions of the community – and of the members of it who are most at risk of experiencing social injustice and discrimination – are one of the most effective tools we have in combatting the effects of colonization in Canada.”

Cindy Blackstock hopes that the award will help to focus global attention on the injustices still prevalent in Canada today.

As head of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society, she led a decade-long legal battle against the underfunding of social services for First Nations children. In 2016, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal issued a landmark ruling calling on the federal government to take immediate action to end its discriminatory practices.

However the Canadian government has continued to drag its feet in fully complying with the ruling, meaning that First Nations children are still suffering discrimination.

“The conscience of the people is awakening to the Canadian government’s ongoing racial discrimination towards First Nations children and their families,” said Cindy Blackstock. “Now the question is: What are we going to do about it? Are we going to allow Canada to celebrate its 150th birthday while it bathes in racism, or will we speak up and demand the discrimination stops?”

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Somebody just put a price tag on the 2016 election. It’s a doozy.

The final price tag for the 2016 election is in: $6.5 billion for the presidential and congressional elections combined, according to campaign finance watchdog OpenSecrets.org.

The presidential contest — primaries and all — accounts for $2.4 billion of that total. The other $4 billion or so went to congressional races. The tally includes spending by campaigns, party committees and outside sources. It’s actually down, slightly, in inflation-adjusted terms from 2012 and 2008.

$6.5 billion is a staggering sum. With that much money you could fund the Corporation for Public Broadcasting for 15 years, fix the Flint, Mich., lead pipe problem 30 times over or give every public school teacher a $2,000 raise.

Instead, Americans used that money to fuel a 596-day political contest that most of us were ‘disgusted’ by well before it was over.

Clinton’s unsuccessful campaign ($768 million in spending) outspent Trump’s successful one ($398 million) by nearly 2 to 1. The Democratic National Committee and left-leaning outside groups also outspent their Republican counterparts by considerable margins.

But Trump benefited immensely from “earned media” — the free TV time he got by virtue of being an unconventional candidate who frequently said outlandish and offensive things. Trump received about $5 billion in free media, according to an estimate by media analysis firm MediaQuant, compared with only $3.24 billion for Clinton. Those figures aren’t included in OpenSecrets’ tally of direct spending.

The amount of money we spend on candidates stands in sharp contrast with how much we like them once they actually get in office. Despite spending $4 billion on House and Senate candidates, for instance, less than a quarter of us actually approve of how Congress is doing its job, according to Gallup.

Similarly, we spent $2.4 billion on the presidential race to elect a man who most people now consider to be dishonest (61 percent), lacking in leadership skills (55 percent), indifferent to the plight of normal Americans (57 percent), hotheaded (66 percent) and, broadly speaking, embarrassing (52 percent).

This disconnect is partly a consequence of our polarized politics. 86 percent of Republicans view Trump favorably, while 87 percent of Democrats dislike him, according to the Pew Research Center. People who spent money on Trump during the campaign are still likely to be pleased with the return on their “investment,” in other words. But people who gave to Clinton, or to any losing candidate for that matter, essentially threw their money away.

Much of political campaign spending is wasted, in other words — the people who give to a winning candidate get to put their candidate of choice in office. The people who give to a losing candidate get nothing in return.

This stands in sharp contrast with other democracies, where governments often place strict limits on how much spending campaigns can do. In Britain, for instance, political parties can only spend $29.5 million in the year before an election and televised campaign ads are banned.

Similarly, spending limits in Canada mean that the typical candidate for the country’s Parliament spent between $12,000 and $90,000, on average, during the 2015 election. By contrast, American candidates for the House spent close to $500,000 in 2016, while Senate candidates spent around $1.5 million.

Overseas elections are typically much shorter than ours. Britain’s 2015 election lasted 139 days. Canada’s longest election lasted just 78. In Japan, campaigns are limited to 12 days by law.

Here in the States we’re wedded to the idea that money is speech. In a 2010 Gallup survey 57 percent of respondents said that money given to a candidate is a form of free speech, while only 37 percent disagreed.

But if money is speech, then giving it to a losing candidate is akin to shouting into the void.

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Explore Canada’s diversity through dance with Dance Canada: A Celebration of International Dance Day in Richmond

Richmond, BC – Celebrate Canada’s rich multicultural diversity with Dance Canada: A Celebration of International Dance Day in Richmond, BC on April 28 and 29, 2017.

 

Richmond residents and those in neighbouring communities are invited to celebrate Richmond’s rich cultural and artistic diversity through dance workshops and performances as part of Dance Canada: A Celebration of International Dance Day. This two-day celebration of dance and diversity offers free community workshops on Friday, April 28 and a free dance showcase on Saturday, April 29.

“Canada, and in particular, Richmond, is renowned for its cultural diversity” states Sudnya Mulye, the event’s Artistic Director. “With our International Dance Day celebrations in Richmond, we proudly showcase our city’s diversity by engaging the community through the experience of different dance styles”.

International Dance Day is celebrated around the world on April 29 to bring attention to and celebrate the accomplishments of dance. Since 2015, Sudnya Dance Academy and Clarkson Events, two Richmond-based businesses, have spearheaded bringing these celebrations to Richmond. The community’s support of these events has been tremendous, allowing the event organizers to grow the offerings each year.

“It’s truly amazing to see how much our event has grown since 2015” observes Reena Clarkson, the Event Coordinator. “The collaboration between Richmond businesses and artists has enabled us to grow a grassroots event into an annual celebration for our hometown of Richmond”.

To commemorate Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation, the 2017 International Dance Day Richmond celebrations are free for the community to enjoy, thanks to venue sponsor, Aberdeen Centre, who has partnered with Sudnya Dance Academy and Clarkson Events to host this year’s celebration.

The community is invited to learn a variety of culturally diverse dances through free workshops on Friday, April 28 from 1:00-2:30pm and a free performance showcasing dance traditions from around the world will take place on Saturday, April 29 from 1:30-3:00pm. Both events are open to people of all ages and abilities and will take place in the Central Atrium at Aberdeen Centre.

For more information about Dance Canada: A Celebration of International Dance Day in Richmond, please visit iddrichmond.wixsite.com/iddrichmondbc.

Canada’s oil industry ponders its fate as the threat of electric cars looms in the …

CALGARY –  Canada’s energy industry gathered at a petroleum museum Monday to consider how electric cars threaten oil, the country’s biggest export, especially if battery-powered cars make up 50 per cent of vehicles on the road by 2050 as projected.

Peter Tertzakian, executive director of ARC Energy Research Institute  — which organized the event — said even a slow or modest adoption rate for electric vehicles over petroleum-burning vehicles could cause pain for oil producers because “when demand moves, the price of oil moves,” which could result in large losses for higher cost oil producers.

Cars and trucks currently account for 40 per cent of the worldwide demand for oil, meaning electric vehicles could represent a large market share threat to the oil and gas industry depending on how quickly consumers replace their conventional cars with hybrids or electric vehicles.

Tertzakian said there are currently more than 1 billion cars and trucks in the world – a quarter of those are on the roads in the U.S. – and electric vehicles make up less than one per cent of the mix, but the proportion is projected to grow.

On Saturday, Tesla Inc. said it shipped a record 25,000 cars in the first quarter, exceeding analyst expectations.

Tertazakian says his team organized the conference as there are too many oil conferences that disregard how electric vehicles are challenging their market, while attendees at electric vehicle conferences “drink their own bathwater.”

Oil and gas companies have attempted to forecast the rise of electric vehicles in recent years to determine the threat to their market. ExxonMobil Corp, for example, issued one of the more conservative estimates that 10 per cent of cars on the road in 2040 will be electric, but analysts at the conference say the transition may be quicker.

Keynote speaker Steve Koonin, former under secretary at the U.S. Department of Energy and New York University professor, predicts that 50 per cent of the vehicles on the road in 2050 would be electric, meaning the threat to the conventional oil and gas business is large but not immediately imminent.

The adoption rate for electric vehicles is relatively slow, but is projected to ramp up over time and with regulations.

“It takes a long time to penetrate the fleet,” Koonin said, adding that the pace of adoption of electric vehicles will depend on battery technology.

Larry Burns, a former General Motors executive who has consulted for energy producer Hess Corp. and Alphabet Inc.’s self-driving car subsidiary Waymo, said the threat to the oil and gas industry is more near-term. “If you’re not prepared for this inevitability, I think you’re in trouble,” he told conference attendees.

“It takes a long time to penetrate the fleet”

Burns said fuel efficiency regulations in the U.S. could hamper the demand for petroleum in North America by between 30 and 45 per cent by 2025.

He said car manufacturers across the board are working to boost efficiency by reducing the weight of their cars, building electric cars or hybrids and also by engineering more driverless cars, which are being designed to be lighter than conventional vehicles and therefore more fuel efficient.

“Just over 1 per cent of the gas being burned (in your car) is moving you, the rest is being used to move the machine,” Burns said.

At present, ARC Energy Research Institute director of research Jackie Forrest, one of the biggest impediments to electric vehicle adoption is price, as electric cars are twice or three times as expensive as gasoline-burning cars.

“They do have lower operating costs but it’s hard to justify the initial capital cost,” Forrest said.

Another impediment to electric vehicle adoption is car dealerships, which frequently do not keep an inventory of electric vehicles so it’s difficult for consumers to test-drive a battery-powered car before making the decision to switch, said Bruce Power vice-president, corporate affairs and environment James Scongack said during one panel.

“We think there’s a big group of people who, despite the price, want to buy electric vehicles,” Scongack said.

Another challenge was managing the electric grid, and output from power plants, if cars were fuelled electrically rather than with gasoline. Scongack said power producers were preparing for the transition and provinces, which regulate Canada’s electricity markets, need to prepare long-term plans as well.

Encana Corp. president and CEO Doug Suttles said his company has worked to become more efficient and lower its costs to compete with cheaper sources of energy.

For example, Suttles said Encana is now running crews 24 hours per day, fracking multiple wells at the same time, and using highly-automated drilling rigs to drill and finish a well as fast as possible.

“I think these trends are not going to slow down,” Suttles said. “You’re going to find these innovations moving to field application is happening in weeks now.”

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Maintaining and building a successful towing and recovery business

Considered by many to be Canada’s number 1 towing, roadside assistance, vehicle transport and commercial towing service organization, Abrams Towing Services’ Hamilton location has never been complacent about this attribution. As a company, Abrams examines its business and its relationships daily, always in an effort to present its customers — and employees — with an upbeat impression.

This means receiving consistent positive feedback from customers, which continues to demonstrate the company’s exemplary towing and recovery services. Great testimonials and reviews help customers determine whether they can trust you or not.

In the towing world, Abrams tow truck drivers are the ones whom customers will be dealing with every day. This translates into ensuring each driver treats every customer with respect and care. It’s all too easy for one frustrated customer to turn things upside down.

From the beginning of every call received by dispatch, the Abrams team kicks into action. Dispatch will be polite and helpful, all the while reassuring the troubled customer that professional help will soon be at the scene. The tow truck driver dispatched will then greet the customer with a smile and introduce themselves. As a result of this dialogue, and if the issue is relatively minor, the tow truck driver may offer a repair solution on the spot. Such minor repairs might include changing a flat tire, topping off the gas tank, providing a jump to a dead battery or retrieving a set of locked-in keys.

If, however, the operator determines that the repair required is beyond their capabilities, the vehicle must then be prepped for tow. The highly trained tow driver will be responsible for securing the vehicle for transport in a safe and timely fashion via wheel straps and hooks and chains. The Abrams employee may, if asked, refer the customer to local service shops they know they can trust for efficient repairs.

Abrams Towing Services makes a point of keeping their red-and-white branded trucks in excellent repair and in a clean state. Before heading out for the day, maintenance workers, and often the driver, too, will make sure a truck’s appearance as well as its basic mechanics are consistently kept up. This includes checking the oil and all fluids as well as the tire pressure.

Abrams Towing Services is the largest certified towing company in Canada — your towing resource in the region, regardless of your circumstances. Call 905-304-9387 or toll-free at 1-800-267-4594. Follow the company on Facebook and Twitter.

Donald Trump mocked by Canadian beer-maker with ‘Fake News Ale’

A craft brewery slated to open shop in Toronto this summer plans to pay tribute to President Trump with its first beer: “Fake News Ale.”

Northern Maverick said Monday that “Fake News Ale” will be available at its Toronto brewery when it opens to the public in the coming weeks in addition to being soon available to beer drinkers across Ontario.

Each can boasts an image of Mr. Trump, and a portion of proceeds will be given to a yet-to-be-determined charity “to help reverse a questionable policy,” Northern Maverick said.

The brewery said the beverage was developed “to offer a respite from the bleak political developments of late” and is “an easy-drinking beer that lends itself to long discussions over world events with friends.”

“With tongue firmly in cheek, the beer was found to pair well with small hands, striking comb overs, huge egos and all things Mexican,” the company added.

The expression “fake news” entered the American vernacular last fall as the internet exploded with bogus but legitimate-looking articles boasting blatantly false and misleading claims concerning Mr. Trump and his White House opponent, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.

Companies including Facebook have notably taken steps in the months since to purge so-called “fake news” from social networking services as concerns linger over the phenomenon’s potential affect on elections abroad.

Mr. Trump, meanwhile, has managed to make the phrase much his own. Days before taking office in January he decried CNN as “fake news,” and has continued since to criticize the journalistic integrity of multiple members of the Fourth Estate.

The president likely won’t be poised to endorse “Fake News Ale,” even if each can bears his likeness: Mr. Trump claims he’s never had alcohol in all his life.

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