TORONTO — In a bizarre video that surfaced online Tuesday, actor Randy Quaid simulates intercourse with his wife Evi while she is wearing a photo of News Corporation chair Rupert Murdoch as a mask.
The 64-year-old, sporting a bushy white beard, starts the video with a rant about helping News Corp. and Warner Bros. earn over $1 billion from his films Independence Day and Christmas Vacation.
“What did I get in return?,” Quaid asks, before claiming “a Warner Bros. exec stole my house” and the studio “had my wife and I falsely arrested six times by TMZ.”
Quaid also alleges a smear campaign by a New York newspaper.
“Evi and I have been put through a living hell of biblical proportion,” he says, before Evi puts the masks on and the couple simulates sex.
“So Rupert, you want to f*** me, I’m going to f*** you,” says Quaid. “Maybe you’ll thank me for this.”
During the act, Quaid declares: ‘Together, we’ll wipe out police media corruption.”
Quaid does not explain why he is angry at the two companies.
It is not clear when or where the video was made.
One version of the video was taken down by YouTube because it violated its “policy prohibiting content designed to harass, bully or threaten.”
The actor and his wife have been in Canada since 2010, when they sought refugee status in Vancouver following arrests in California for burglary. They claimed they were not safe in the U.S. because “Hollywood star whackers” were out to get them.
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In 2011, the Quaids screened a documentary, Star Whackers, in which they claimed celebrities are targeted for murder by industry executives.
A Vancouver Sun reviewer dismissed the film as “drugged-out dreck.”
Randy’s application for permanent resident status in Canada was denied in 2013 but the couple has been allowed to remain in Canada because Evi has nationality through her father.
The pair, married since 1989, face arrest if they return to the U.S.
In addition to Independence Day and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Quaid’s credits include Midnight Express, Kingpin and the made-in-Alberta film Brokeback Mountain. He is the older brother of actor Dennis Quaid.
WATCH ABOVE: Millions of people turn to celebrities for health tips. However, a local professor has a new book about science versus celebrity culture. Su-Ling Goh reports.
EDMONTON — Gwyneth Paltrow was once named the world’s most beautiful woman and has millions of adoring fans, but does that really qualify her and her other celebrities to dish out health advice?
The 42-year-old has previously used her health and lifestyle blog, Goop, to promote a macrobiotic diet. Most recently, she’s used the site to advertise what she calls a “Mugworth V-Steam” — essentially, a vaginal steaming. The post sparked ridicule on social media from many, including comedian Ricky Gervais.
Just steaming my vagina https://t.co/kTfpvNCGhQ
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) February 2, 2015
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“Gwyneth is a great example of the impact of celebrity culture in our lives. Not only does she talk about health products and lifestyle interventions, but it’s part of her brand,” said University of Alberta law professor Tim Caufield.
In his latest book, Is Gwyneth Paltrow Wrong About Everything, Caufield tried to put some of the actress’ tips to the test, starting with her 21-day detox diet plan. So what did he think of it?
“I hated it. It was 21 days of hell.”
“There’s no evidence that you need to detoxify your body. You have organs that do that for you, your kidney, your liver and even your skin. When you pee, you’re detoxing.”
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It’s not just the $5 billion detoxing industry that Caufield has a problem with, nor is it just Paltrow. There are plenty of other celebrities who also delve into the world of health and wellness, like Jenny McCarthy, who was once outspoken about linking vaccines to autism.
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Today I quit my beloved coffee & make the switch to vitamin B complex ☹ Don’t worry @starbucks it’s not forever. #tourtourtour
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) February 9, 2011
@RealFloydCyrus everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, phyisical and mental health is amazing! U won’t go back!
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 9, 2012
Caufield believes that whether we realize it or not, what celebrities say affects our choices about our appearance, careers and our health.
“Celebrities have become the standard by which we measure ourselves. Even if we don’t think we’re doing that, it’s a phenomenon called Social Comparison.”
The reason so many people seem to listen to the advice celebrities offer, according to Caufield, likely has to do with our pursuit of perfection and our desire to achieve it the easy way.
But the quick fixes can be dangerous and unhealthy. Science shows we should listen more to our doctors — and less to celebrities like Paltrow.
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The not-so-elusive secret may boil down to just adopting a healthy lifestyle that you can maintain long-term. And leaving celebrity culture where Caufield feels it should be: “as a form of entertainment.”
WATCH ABOVE: A Detroit, Michigan man has an extraordinarily difficult commute to work travelling 21 miles every day, much of it on foot. Lauren Podell reports.
DETROIT – Hundreds of people have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to help a Detroit man who says he typically walks 21 miles to get to and from work.
The Detroit Free Press reports that James Robertson rides buses part of the way to and from his factory job in suburban Rochester Hills, but because they don’t cover the whole route, he ends up walking about 8 miles before his shift starts at 2 p.m. and 13 more when it’s over at 10. Lately, he’s been getting occasional rides from a banker who passed him walking every day and finally asked what he was doing.
After the newspaper wrote about the 56-year-old’s situation over the weekend, multiple people started crowdfunding efforts to help him buy a car and pay for insurance. Some have offered to drive him for free and others have offered to buy or give him cars.
Robertson began making the daily trek to the factory where he moulds parts after his car stopped working ten years ago and bus service was cut back. He’s had perfect attendance for more than 12 years.
“I set our attendance standard by this man,” said Todd Wilson, plant manager at Schain Mold & Engineering. “I say, if this man can get here, walking all those miles through snow and rain, well I’ll tell you, I have people in Pontiac 10 minutes away and they say they can’t get here – bull!”
Evan Leedy, a 19-year-old student at Wayne State University, read the story and started a GoFundMe site with the goal of raising $5,000. As of Monday evening, he had raised more than $90,000.
Robertson said he was flattered by the attention and amazed strangers would step in to help.
Asked about a federal program newly available through Detroit’s bus system that might pick him up at home and drop him off at his job, Robertson said, “I’d rather they spent that money on a 24-hour bus system, not on some little bus for me. This city needs buses going 24/7. You can tell the City Council and mayor I said that.”
TORONTO —; The lead singer of Smash Mouth turned into a potty mouth Sunday night during a concert in Colorado.
Steve Harwell flipped out when someone in the crowd at Taste of Fort Collins threw bread on the stage just as the band was getting ready to play its 1999 hit “All Star.”
“You throw one more piece of s*** on f***ing stage, I’m gonna come find your a**, I’m gonna beat your a**, whoever the f*** you are out there,” Harwell said.
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“Walk your bad a** up here. You bring your a** on stage, whoever’s throwing s*** at me. I will tell you right now I will beat the f*** out of you. You’re a p**** punk b****.”
The 48-year-old singer, one of only two original members of Smash Mouth, threatened to walk off stage.
“You’re ruining the show for thousands of people right now,” said Harwell, who then went into the crowd to confront someone he suspected of being responsible for the yeast projection. A member of the band’s crew jumped into action and held Harwell back.
After some in the crowd started booing, a Smash Mouth musician started singing “All Star” —; and the crowd joined in.
Harwell’s expletive-filled tirade at the family-friendly event quickly hit social media with hashtags like “#breadgate2k15” and comments about the singer being gluten intolerant.
Hey now, I’m a Rockstar, get your bread on, don’t play. #smashmouth #TFC #tasteoffoco
— Brian Petersen (@BePthree) June 15, 2015
Well, the bread starts comin and it don’t stop comin. Fed to the rules and I hit the ground cussin’ – Hahaha I couldn’t help it #smashmouth
— RckyMtnHeather (@Rckymtnheather) June 15, 2015
The Smash Mouth concert was the best thing since sliced bread #tasteoffortcollins #bread2k15 #smashmouth
— Keerk (@Keeerkus) June 15, 2015
#SmashMouth lead singer just had a tantrum on stage and walked out at an all ages concert. Calling random people pussy bitches… #classy
— Patrice Winsor (@Patrice312) June 15, 2015
Just witnessed a grown man throw the biggest tantrum over bread. #smashmouth #tasteoffortcollins #🍞
— Jenna Beutler (@jennalives97) June 15, 2015
In addition to “All Star,” which was featured in the movie Shrek, Smash Mouth had hits like “Walkin’ on the Sun” and recorded covers of “Why Can’t We Be Friends” and “I’m a Believer.”
The group’s last album, 2012’s Magic, peaked at No. 22 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart.
WATCH: A handful on Moncton doctors set out Monday to cycle 500 kilometers over five days to help patients fighting cancer. Global’s Shelley Steeves reports.
MONCTON – A handful of Moncton doctors set out to cycle 500 kilometers Monday to help patients fighting cancer.
The N.B. Doctors Cycling Against Cancer Ride is a five-day cycling event in support of the oncology clinic at the Moncton Hospital.
It took a year, but Moncton oncologist Dr. Mohammed Harb says he finally found a crew of doctors crazy enough to follow his lead. He says he rode in a similar fundraiser while practicing in the United Kingdom.
“I really found an amazing crazy group to do it with me,” he said. “It’s going to be a grueling ride, but knowing that we’ll be improving cancer care for patients in our region makes it all worth it.”
Experienced cyclist Dr. Paul Goobie lead the pack.
“He (Dr. Harb) is crazy but I am crazy too so we decided it would be a great idea to put this together and cycle against cancer and raise some money for the oncology centre and for our patients,” Goobie said.
The money raised will be used to buy medical and telecommunications equipment used in at least 53 clinical trials taking place at the Moncton Hospital’s Oncology Centre.
The alternative cancer treatments benefit patients like Patricia Samuelsen, who is now winning her battle with breast cancer.
“I think I am freer, more relaxed, not so worried about things just take each day and enjoy them,” she said.
“The technology we hope to purchase from this ride will improve access to care and ensure quicker and more accurate results for patients enrolled in the program,” said Harb.
But he says it won’t be an easy trip for the team.
“We are going to head to Sussex, from Sussex to Fredericton to Miramichi and then back,” he said.
They’ll travel about 100 kilometers each day, rain or shine.
“Cancer patients have storm days and cyclists have stormy days too and that’s okay we just keep on going,” said Goobie.
The goal is to raise $25,000. The doctors say they’ll fight for every penny and every peddle to help their patients.
Donations can be made at the oncology centre or through Friends of the Moncton Hospital.
WATCH ABOVE: All Jeremy Cook wanted was to find his lost cell phone. But when the 18-year-old London, Ont. teen tracked it down, it ended with him losing his life. Jennifer Tryon has the details.
Funeral details have been announced for Jeremy Ryan Cook, the 18-year-old Brampton man fatally shot in London, Ont. on Sunday, after a dispute over a lost cellphone.
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The first visitation for Cook will be held in at Ward Funeral Home at 52 Main St. South in Brampton on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., while the second and third visitations will be on Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and again from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Cook’s funeral service is scheduled for Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Anne’s Roman Catholic Church in Brampton.
London Police are still searching for three suspects in connection with the shooting and said Cook had left his cellphone in a taxi cab and electronically tracked it to a parking lot at 1181 Highbury Ave. North on Sunday.
Upon arriving at the address with a relative at about 5:15 a.m., police said they approached a silver 2004 Mazda 6 four-door sedan occupied by three men and a “discussion occurred about the phone.”
Police said one of the passengers exited the car and walked away from the area while the vehicle started to drive away, which is when Cook then partially climbed onto the car and held onto the driver’s side door.
The vehicle drove northbound on Highbury Ave. and then turned east, which is when police said shots were fired and reported by witnesses.
Police responded to the scene and found the victim without vital signs after suffering multiple gunshot wounds behind a plaza located at Highbury Ave. and Huron St.
Paramedics attempted to revive Cook, but were unsuccessful and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The end result of this whole scenario is definitely tragic. It’s very unfortunate, we never suggest anyone grabbing onto a moving vehicle, as that in-and-of-itself is very dangerous, but if there’s any concern whether it be of criminal nature, such as a stolen item or any concern for your safety we certainly encourage people to contact police,” said Const. Ken Steeves.
“I don’t think anybody would have been able to predict that the end result in this scenario would have been the case under the circumstances. But if anyone has any information in relation to where their lost items may be, certainly there’s nothing wrong with inquiring, but if there’s any suspicion or any indication that there’s trouble or anything like that we certainly encourage people to contact police.”
Police said the vehicle then drove west on Huron St. and collided with a fence and a hydro pole near Barker St., before it was found abandoned on nearby Wyndham Cres.
“With the vehicle, often times you’re able to determine the registered owner but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he or she is involved in the scenario,” said Steeves.
“I’m not indicating whether he or she is involved in this situation but it doesn’t always solve or provide concrete answers.”
My heart aches for the senseless taking of my nephews life, Jeremy Cook was a beautiful soul…justice will come ❤️❤️ pic.twitter广州桑拿网/lzY07TT4wK
— bulldogs#1 (@ChrissyCuratolo) June 16, 2015
After the vehicle was abandoned, police said a man was seen running through a nearby park and three separate suspects were arrested and taken into custody after a cab they were in was stopped by police.
A citizen then reportedly called police after the victim’s cellphone was found in the area of Wyndham Cres. and Barker St.
Police initially said they were not looking for any other suspects, but on Monday police released the three suspects after it was determined they were not involved with the shooting.
Police said the suspects and the victim were not known to each other, and the victim was not known to London Police.
They are currently searching for three men – including the two who were in the vehicle and the one who walked away. They are all described as being between 18 and 21 years of age and police are appealing to the public for information on the suspects.
The first suspect is described as black, wearing a white shirt with a black design, the second is described as black with very short hair, wearing a black jacket or shirt and a fitted hat, while the third is described as black with a slim build, wearing a blue shirt and black hat.
Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact London Police.
WATCH ABOVE: Massive condo and apartment fires have been caused by smoking material. But, changes are coming and Vinesh Pratap goes through the details.
EDMONTON — Concern over recent condo fires led to Edmonton’s fire chief and Alberta Municipal Affairs announcing new measures Monday to fight fires caused by improperly disposed smoking materials.
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“Fires caused by the improper disposal of smoking material are completely preventable, and yet are the cause of some of our city’s most dangerous and devastating fires,” said Fire Chief Ken Block.
“As we have seen, the actions of an individual can have a profound and permanent impact on residents, emergency services and our city at large.
In May, a cigarette butt put in a diaper container on a balcony sparked a massive condo fire in Clareview that caused more than $16 million in damage.
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“I am personally asking Edmontonians to take responsibility for their actions related to fire use,” said Block.
“If you are going to smoke, it must be disposed of in a proper receptacle.
“Let’s work harder to keep each other safe.”
Block – along with Jeremy Wagner, acting deputy fire commissioner with Alberta Municipal Affairs – announced they will pursue stricter enforcement of fire code regulations in apartments and condos. Officials will also look at other changes to help prevent similar fires.
Edmonton Fire Rescue Services will be working with condo boards and owners to have proper smoking receptacles on balconies of residential complexes by 2016, if smoking has not been prohibited altogether.
Just learned smoking receptacles like this are now required by fire code. #yeg 1/2 pic.twitter广州桑拿网/jyJ7WE4L2t
— vinesh pratap (@vineshpratap) June 15, 2015
Fire services hopes to see the receptacles in place on balconies by 2016. Condos can also go non smoking. #yeg 2/2
— vinesh pratap (@vineshpratap) June 15, 2015
EFRS will also explore other improved fire safety features that will limit the spread of fires that start on balconies of complexes built under previous building codes.
“Last year, seven people in Alberta lost their lives because smoking materials were not safely extinguished,” said Deron Bilous, minister of Municipal Affairs. “Please remember that fire safety is a responsibility we all share. Edmonton Fire Rescue Services have launched an important life-saving awareness campaign and I commend them on their initiative.”
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On Monday, the “Stub itRight, Don’t Ignite” campaign was launched. Officials say it will teach people how to properly dispose of smoking materials and raise awareness of the devastating impact these fires can have on communities.
Since 2010, smoking materials that weren’t handled properly have caused more than $45 million in damage to multi-dwelling homes.
Over the past five years, 97 fires have been attributed to the improper disposal of smoking materials.
WINNIPEG – Malathion fogging to control nuisance mosquitoes has been suspended because low temperatures are forecast Monday night.
Mosquitoes aren’t active when temperatures are low, and fogging is most effective when the insects are flying and make direct contact with the malathion, a city news release said. Fogging is suspended when the temperature drops below 13 C; Environment Canada forecasts a low of 9 C Monday night.
The fogging scheduled for Sunday night wasn’t completed because of low temperatures, the news release said.
The southern and western parts of Winnipeg were fogged on the nights of June 11 and June 13. Insect management areas 1-10 (east of the Red River and north of Marion Street and the Symington Yards) and areas 40-51 (east and north of the airport, including most of the West End, the city centre, the North End, West Kildonan and north to the city limits) are the only areas that haven’t been sprayed. Go to the City of Winnipeg insect management branch website to learn which insect management area you live in.
The white area of the map – insect management areas 1-10 and 40-51 – hasn’t been fogged with malathion. Mosquito fogging has been suspended due to low temperatures.
City of Winnipeg / winnipeg广州桑拿网
The mosquito adulticiding factor analysis – the tool the city uses to help determine whether to fog – was high on Monday, with an average trap count of 27. Despite the fogging last week, the highest count was in the southwest, with an average of 38 mosquitoes per trap; the southeast had the lowest average, at 15. The average count in the northwest was 22 and the average in the northeast was 32.
WATCH: A near-violent altercation between families and supporters of a young man who was stabbed to death in Whistler, after one of his alleged attackers was released on bail. Jill Bennett reports.
VANCOUVER – One of the people charged in the death of 19-year-old Luka Gordic has been granted bail. There were gasps and tears in the courtroom when the judge announced their decision.
Arvin Golic, 18, is charged with manslaughter. He has been in custody for a few weeks following a number of appearances to decide if he will be granted bail. As part of his bail conditions he must be under house arrest 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Outside the courthouse on Monday, following Golic being granted bail, police had to break up a fight.
Truck swarmed outside North Van court by people upset with bail decision. Police break up fight. pic.twitter广州桑拿网/ujS3pDtfHC
— Jill Bennett (@jillreports) June 15, 2015
A large group of Gordic’s friends and family have been at the North Vancouver courthouse for every appearance, many wearing black t-shirts bearing the hashtag #justiceforLuka.
Luka’s older brother, Milos.
During the morning break outside the courthouse a few weeks ago, Golic’s father went up to Gordic’s godfather and the two exchanged a few words before the father went back inside.
Gordic’s godfather told Global News what he said:
‘You know, what my son done, you know, I got nothing to do with this.’
I said ‘that doesn’t help you know.’ He knows his son, he lives with him, you know, he knows what kind of son he’s had.
All of the details surrounding the bail hearings for Golic are unable to be released to the public due to a publication ban.
Three teens were also arrested in connection with Gordic’s death, but they cannot be named due to that ban.
Two of the 17-year-olds were released on bail a few weeks ago, but the third remains in custody. The teens were released to their parents, must report to a bail supervisor and abide by a nightly curfew.
Gordic died May 17 in Whistler.
“This was a situation where a group of young people who knew each other had a dispute which turned deadly,” said Sgt. Stephanie Ashton of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.
Friends have set up a 广州桑拿网 page in his memory.
Gordic graduated from Burnaby Central Secondary School a year ago and was studying to become a plumber.
He was the youngest of four kids and lived at home with his parents, two older brothers, one sister and the family dog.
TORONTO – As the price of groceries continues to climb, interest in urban farming in big cities like Toronto and Vancouver is on the rise. Besides growing fruits and vegetables, many people across the country also want to keep animals like chickens in their backyard. And while having a seemingly endless supply of fresh eggs sounds like a great idea, there are many important factors you need to know before setting up a coop and running out to buy a hen.
The rules surrounding backyard chickens
The rules surrounding backyard chickens vary across the country with only a few major Canadian cities allowing them. You can legally keep chickens in your yard in Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, Surrey, Montreal, Gatineau, Moncton and Whitehorse, but Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Halifax, Winnipeg, Regina and Saskatoon all ban the practice.
Edmonton currently has a pilot project in place until August 2015 that allows a certain number of homes to keep chickens, and smaller Alberta cities, such as Grand Prairie, Airdre, Peace River and Fort Saskatchewan allow them, as do the Ontario cities of Guelph, Waterloo, Brampton, Quinte West and Niagara Falls.
Most bylaws where chickens are allowed require a specific distance between the placement of the chicken coop in relation to the neighbour’s property line and most refer to keeping hens, not roosters, under the general term “chickens.” Some municipalities also require a permit if you wish to keep chickens in your yard.
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TC, who runs the website torontochickens广州桑拿网 and wishes to remain anonymous, keeps five hens and a turkey in her Toronto backyard. She says most municipalities don’t allow chickens because of “misconceptions.”
“When people visit farms and see tens of thousands of chickens together it’s really smelly and it’s loud,” she says. “They [only smell] if you don’t manage their droppings properly. But it’s the same thing with a dog; if it piles up it’s going to smell.”
She says as long as you are a good pet owner chickens are no different than a dog or cat.
“They’re not noisy, not noisier than a dog at least, and as soon as the sun goes down they go to sleep so there’s never any night noise.”
The city of Toronto won’t actively try to find people keeping chickens, but if someone complains they have to react. TC has received many notices from animal control to get rid of her chickens, but says there is no mention on them of what will happen if she doesn’t move them out of the city.
In an email to Global News, Toronto Animal Services confirmed that it only enforces the rule on a complaints-basis and that there is a fine associated if the notices to move the animals are ignored.
“If the person is found to have prohibited animals, they would be provided a timeframe to remove them, as per the bylaw. The fine for a prohibited animal is $240,” the email states.
Toronto Coun. Joe Mihevc tells Global News the city needs to change the bylaw to allow backyard hens.
“Basically, we allow dogs, we allow cats, we allow pigeons, we allow rabbits and the one pet-slash-animal we don’t allow is the one that allows us to feed ourselves,” he says.
“No one is looking for 20 chickens. It’s not about farming. It’s about setting a maximum —; three or four or five [hens] for one home. The same way we regulate cats and dogs, we don’t allow you to have 20 dogs or 20 cats.”
Mihevc says that although there is a bylaw written to allow backyard hens in Toronto, the city is not actively trying to approve it.
“We tried last term to get the city to look at it and it didn’t make it through committee,” he explains. “It’s at the political end that we’re encountering resistance.”
What to expect having chickens in your backyard
The BC SPCA warns that raising backyard chickens is not a “suitable practice for individuals with little to no knowledge or experience in chicken care” and recommends consumers looking for alternatives to store-bought eggs purchase them from an SPCA-certified farmer instead instead of raising their own chickens.
Besides the legal issues, TC says there hasn’t been any challenges with keeping her backyard chickens. She says it only takes a few minutes of her time each day to manage them, with a big cleaning once a week being the most time-consuming.
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Winter care of backyard chickens can be problematic, however, and even TC admits it’s “not fun.”
“The main thing is to keep the wind out,” she explains. “The other thing is to get a breed that does well in the winter. Our breed was developed in Canada, in Quebec, and they do really well in the cold.”
Hens can live up to 10 years but stop laying eggs after about five. Barbara Cartwright, CEO of the Ottawa-based Canadian Federation of Humane Societies, told the National Post in a 2013 article on backyard chickens that they “expect to see an influx over the next couple of years as chickens stop laying [eggs].”
Cartwright recommends having a humane slaughter plan or a plan to care for them as a pet once they stop laying eggs.
You also need to be aware of predators and disease that can hurt your hens and take precautions to prevent both. There’s also concerns of the chickens attracting rodents, such as rats. TC says if you properly manage them and don’t keep the chicken feed out this won’t be an issue.
“Rats aren’t interested in chickens, they’re interested in the feed,” she says.
Mihevc says that while some people will be sloppy with backyard hens, there is no health or cleanliness concerns surrounding them.
“Vancouver has some exhaustive public health analysis around avian flu and identify that this is not a worry in the least from their perspective. There’s no red lights here other than people’s perceptions.”
Benefits of backyard chickens
The biggest benefit of having hens in your backyard is the fresh eggs they produce. On average, a hen will give an egg a day. If you have three hens, you’re looking at about 91 dozen eggs a year. TC says the eggs are also “far superior” than the ones from the store.
“You get more omega-3 fatty acids, you get more vitamin A. Because the chickens are outside they get sun and you get vitamin D from the eggs, which you wouldn’t normally get,” she says.
Fresh eggs from TC’s hens.
Brian McKechnie, Global News
There are also great educational and environmental benefits of having backyard chickens.
“Environmentally, it’s a lot less wasteful,” TC says. “We used to buy eggs. We would drive to the store and pick up a dozen or two dozen eggs and the cartons would go in our blue box and the next week we would go shopping again and we would have more cartons.”
TC says chicken droppings, which are rich in nitrogen, also make good fertilizer.
“What I do is layer in the droppings from the chickens [in compost bins] and I have a basket of leaves that I save from the fall, which is carbon. And I just alternate it and we get really rich compost, which I then use in the front [yard] where I’m growing food.”
If you are set to move forward with the idea of backyard chickens, TC recommends you start small.
“Somewhere between three and seven is a good number. You never want to have just one chicken because it would be very sad. They’re social animals.”
She also recommends you “bribe your neighbours with eggs,” and be a good pet owner.
“Make sure it doesn’t smell, make sure it’s clean and tidy and make sure they don’t escape.”
The biggest upfront cost associated with backyard chickens is the coop, which is also the most important piece of equipment needed. A proper coop costs anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars.
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A rodent-proof feeder is recommended and fencing to prevent the chickens from escaping (and any predators from getting in) is also required around the coop.
Chicken feed costs about $15 for a regular bag and $30 for organic. It’s only needed a couple of times per year, making it less expensive than feeding a dog.
For those concerned about making the investment, there are chicken rental programs in some Canadian cities, including Toronto.
Backyard Bok Boks in Guelph, Ont. offers a package that includes three heritage hens, a waterproof coop, bedding and nesting box straw, organic feed and predator-proof electric fencing. They also include delivery and pick-up. Prices vary depending on how long you want to house the hens. A two-week trial costs $349, a month is $399, and for the entire summer (3 months) the cost is $749.
Pennsylvania-based Rent the Chicken, which recently expanded to Toronto and PEI, offers multiple packages depending on how serious you want to get.
The standard package runs from June to October and includes two hens, an easily movable coop, food and water dishes, feed, a guide on taking care of chickens, a copy of Lisa Steele’s Fresh Eggs Daily and delivery and setup. The package is priced, before taxes, at $275 in PEI and $375 in Toronto. The deluxe package includes everything in the standard package but comes with four hens instead of two. It costs, before taxes, $575 in Toronto and $475 in PEI.
Whether you decide to rent or buy your backyard chicken setup, the BC SPCA has a list of important questions on its website you should ask yourself before moving forward.
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WATCH ABOVE: Former NAACP leader addresses race claims on Today Show
Rachel Dolezal, the embattled president of the Spokane NAACP, has stepped down amid allegations that she lied about her ethnicity, pretending to be black while working for the civil rights organization.
She says in a resignation letter, which was posted to the Spokane NAACP 广州桑拿网 page Monday, that despite ongoing challenges like “police brutality, biased curriculum in schools, [and] economic disenfranchisement” the “ dialogue has unexpectedly shifted internationally to my personal identity in the context of defining race and ethnicity.”
She goes on to say that she “waited in deference” as others commented on her story after her parents told a local newspaper that she wasn’t actually black.
“I am consistently committed to empowering marginalized voices and believe that many individuals have been heard in the last hours and days that would not otherwise have had a platform to weigh in on this important discussion,” she wrote.
The NAACP issued a statement Friday afternoon supporting Dolezal.
“It is with complete allegiance to the cause of racial and social justice and the NAACP that I step aside from the Presidency and pass the baton to my Vice President, Naima Quarles-Burnley,” Dolezal wrote.
Her resignation came early Monday morning the day after she cancelled a chapter meeting where she was expected to speak about the controversy, and a petition was launched calling for her to take a leave of absence.
“It’s not about race, it’s about integrity,” Kitara Johnson, a member of the chapter who organized the petition, said. “If you’re a leader, you have to have integrity. She clearly lacks integrity. The other piece is credibility.”
TORONTO – Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation says demand for rental apartments weakened in parts of Western Canada this spring due to the decline in the oil price.
The number of rental apartments that sat vacant in April climbed to 3.2 per cent in Calgary and 2.4 per cent in Edmonton. Both cities had rental vacancy rates of 1.4 per cent a year earlier.
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Regina’s rental vacancy rate climbed to 4.8 per cent in April, from 2.5 per cent a year ago.聽Meanwhile, the rental market tightened in Vancouver to 1.4 per cent, from 1.8 per cent previously.
Toronto’s vacancy rate remained relatively flat, at 1.8 per cent, from 1.9 per cent previously.
Renters in Vancouver paid the highest average rent for a two-bedroom apartment, at $1,345 per month. Calgary came in second at $1,319, followed by Toronto at $1,269.
CMHC chief economist Bob Dugan said stronger economic conditions in Ontario and B.C. offset the negative impact of energy prices in Western Canada, leaving the national average vacancy rate relatively flat in April at 2.9 per cent.
That compares to 2.7 per cent in April 2014 鈥?a change that the CMHC says is not statistically significant.
“In Ontario, improving employment conditions for young adults aged 15 to 24, a key source of rental demand, and a stable supply of rental units placed downward pressure on vacancy rates, while increased immigration to British Columbia, another key source of rental demand, more-than-offset an increase in the province’s rental market supply,” Dugan said in a news release.
On Saturday, June 13, the Edmonton Eskimos kicked off the 2015 football season in Fort McMurray as part of the Northern Kickoff Festival. Global News was happy to be part of the preseason home game for the Edmonton Eskimos. It was the most northern game in the history of the CFL. As part of the Northern Kickoff Global News had a booth on site in Fort McMurray. Activities in the booth included a green screen activation where people were invited to take a digital photo with Gord Steinke, our Early News and News Hour anchor.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by our booth at the Northern Kickoff. Go Esks Go!