Texas Stories, sur la route du Far West

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GUIDE DE VOYAGE – À l’ouest d’Austin, le Texas joue sans complexe la carte Far West: immenses plaines désertiques, villages fantômes, canyons vertigineux, sans oublier le légendaire Rio Grande. Road trip dans une Amérique mexicaine, entre les beautés naturelles du Parc national du Big Bend et les créations d’art contemporain de Marfa, la cité arty du Texas.

Le Texas est un drôle d’État. Tout le monde le connaît, mais personne ne sait vraiment à quoi il ressemble. Des ranchs, des puits de pétrole, des grandes villes… Est-ce tout? Laissons Dallas et Houston de côté. C’est à Austin qu’il faut commencer le voyage. Voilà une ville à taille humaine avec son Downtown au bord du fleuve Colorado. Une population jeune et métissée s’y retrouve pour courir, pédaler, pagayer, pique-niquer. On ne rêve que de les imiter. Alors, courons les boutiques cool et branchées de SoCo, le quartier de South Congress Avenue où l’on trouve des  bottes en cuir, des lunettes sixties, des ceinturons, un Stetson.

Austin se distrait le jour, mais c’est vraiment la nuit qu’elle s’amuse

Ainsi attifé, on ressemble vite à un cow-boy, sauf qu’ici personne n’aurait l’idée de se moquer. Austin est l’une de ces villes où une Harley-Davidson garée devant un club de rock aux néons clignotants ne fait pas cliché. Dans le soir tombant, on se frotte les yeux: deux hommes à cheval, …

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Volunteer West Island opens Meals on Wheels in Dollard-des-Ormeaux – Montreal

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Volunteer West Island has partnered with the city of Dollard-des-Ormeaux to set up a Meals on Wheels programme in the municipality.

The service provides hot meals to the elderly, as well as other vulnerable people in the area.  A regular visit by the volunteers also helps to ensure that those in need don’t feel isolated.


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“It’s an aging population,” explains Volunteer West Island (VWI) executive director Lynda Barrett.  “There’s a lot of individuals that are completely functional but as soon as they have a loss of autonomy or they have a stroke they need support.”  She adds that the waiting lists Meals on Wheels are growing.

This is the 13th Meals on Wheels kitchen that VWI has in the West Island.  Others can be found in Lachine, Pointe Claire, Pierrefonds and as far west as Senneville.

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The last time they opened one was 35 years ago.  This new kitchen will operate out of the DDO civic centre and the volunteers expect to serve up to 40 clients.

“Because there was a bigger demand in DDO, Lachine as well as Pierrefonds, it was important for us to open something,” Barrett added.


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Dollard-des-Ormeaux Mayor Alex Bottausci adds that not everyone in the West Island is affluent as some people might think.

“There are pockets of poverty and living below the threshold,” Bottausci said, “and we need to be cognizant of that and be a little bit empathetic to this sort of thing.”

Each meal is $4.  Delivery has already begun and will happen every Thursday.

Volunteer West Island eventually wants to have the service twice weekly.

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West Island Palliative Care Residence celebrates giving at 20th annual Valentine’s Ball – Montreal

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There were flappers and jazz music as the Roaring ’20s were revived Friday night for the 20th annual Valentine’s Ball benefiting the West Island Palliative Care Residence.

A sold-out crowd of more than 500 people took part in the fundraising event at the Château Vaudreuil.

The West Island Palliative Care Residence is a 23-bed facility that provides end-of-life care and services to patients as well as support for their families.

“The money that we’re going to raise tonight goes toward operating the residence,” said Rhonda O’Gallagher, president of the residence’s board.

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O’Gallagher noted that the residence only receives one-third of its funding from the Quebec government.

“Every year, we have to fundraise more than $4 million to ensure the services are offered to the residents,” she said.

Support from the community is more important than ever, as construction has begun on a brand-new, 30,000-square-foot building.

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West Island Palliative Care currently has 23 beds, but they are divided between the organization’s main residence on André-Brunet Street in Kirkland and a second location nearby.

The new facility will house all 23 beds in one location.

The new building will also house the Montreal Institute for Palliative Care, which aims to improve palliative care not just in Quebec but across the country.

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O’Gallagher said the fundraising goal for the consolidation project was set at $12.5 million.

“I’m very pleased to say that so far we’ve raised $9.5 million, but we still have $3 million to go,” she added.

“Any support we could get from the residents, from the community within the West Island is much appreciated.”

A net total of $580,000 was raised at Friday night’s gala event.

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Open houses for proposed West Kelowna development – Okanagan

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West Kelowna residents are invited to a series of open houses to look over plans for a proposed development on Campbell Road.

“The whole purpose is to make the project better through this process,” George Mylonas, President and CEO of Landstar Development Corporation out of Calgary said.

Blackmun Bay Village is being pitched as a 6.8 hectare development that would include nearly 340 townhomes and condo units and a 120 room luxury hotel, with towers as high as ten stories.


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It would also include a 241 slip marina and a winery.

Barb Mayo attended an open house at the Lakeview Heights Hall in West Kelowna on Thursday night.

She has some concerns about the scope of the development proposal.

“Well, progress is going to happen,” Mayo said. “But I think it should be on a much smaller scale.”

A common concern among those attending was the increased traffic the development would put on Campbell Road.

“That’s a lot of cars,” Barbara Cochrane said. “If someone has to get out in a hurry, for whatever reason; probably a fire, it’s going to be stressful.”

West Kelowna city council asked the development company to hold the open houses ahead of considering the application.

Two more are planned for Friday, February 15 from 6 p.m. to 8p.m. and Saturday from 3p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lakeview Heights Hall at 860 Anders Road.

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West Kelowna recruiting firefighters for full-time and on-call positions – Okanagan

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Now that city council has approved eight new positions, more firefighters will soon be available to respond to emergencies in West Kelowna.

Between the newly-approved positions and two vacancies, the city is now actively recruiting for 10 full-time career firefighters and 25 paid on-call positions.


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Anyone who wishes to be a paid on-call firefighter must live in West Kelowna or on Westbank First Nation and attend a minimum number of calls and ongoing training.

An information session will be held at West Kelowna’s Station 34 at 7 p.m. on Feb. 13.


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Applications must be submitted online by Feb. 25.

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Alberta Liberal party launches campaigns for Lethbridge East and West constituencies – Lethbridge

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Alberta Liberal Party leader David Khan made a stop in Lethbridge Saturday to launch the campaigns for Devon Hargreaves and Pat Chizek. Hargreaves is running for the Lethbridge-East constituency and Chizek is running for Lethbridge-West.


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“This is going to be a great opportunity for us to regain seats in the legislature. Lethbridge-East and Lethbridge-West are going to be a big part of that plan. We’ve elected Liberal MLAs here in the past and we’re going to do it in the future,” said Khan.

Hargreaves was born and raised in Alberta. He is married, works in the private sector and has lived in Lethbridge for several years. Speaking to the crowd of supporters, Hargreaves talked about his passion for inclusivity, diversity and his desire to take back the ridings that were once Liberal.


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Challenging in Lethbridge-West is former teacher Pat Chizek, who discussed her passion for public health over private.

“I would like to make sure seniors have enough facilities to care for them so that they can live dignified in the last years of their life,” said Chizek.

The two new candidates along with the Alberta Liberal Party Leader spoke to a room of supporters, at a local Lethbridge restaurant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Canadians in the west, more than those in the east, say Ottawa does not treat them fairly: poll

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Nearly three out of four Canadians living west of Ontario believe their province is not treated fairly by the federal government, according to a new poll from the not-for-profit Angus Reid Institute.

And Westerners who feel that way — that the rest of the country is not giving them any respect — say it’s been getting worse in recent years.

This survey, the third in a four-part series from Angus Reid looking at Western Canada and its place in Confederation, shows that Western Canadians increasingly believe that the values and lifestyles of their region are distinct from the rest of Canada, a finding that has key implications for national political parties — each of which has their own regional bases of power — as they campaign in this election year to build the kind of broad national coalition that can not only win government, but can also be seen to be governing in the interest of Canadians from all regions.


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The survey also paints a picture of a federation where residents in all regions, except British Columbia and Ontario, do not believe they have the respect of Canadians living outside their region, a finding that also has political implications for any government in Ottawa that is trying to design, for example, a national housing strategy, a defence procurement program that benefits all regions, a national climate change strategy, or a national employment insurance program fine-tuned to regional variations.

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Angus Reid also tries to come to grips with the question: What is the West? And it finds that, even within Canada’s four westernmost provinces, there are some strong differences in politics and identity, most notably between British Columbia and the three provinces to its east: Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

But those four provinces are united on this: A healthy majority of all of their residents agree with the statement that their province is not treated fairly by the federal government. Just 28 per cent of Canadians west of Ontario agree that they are getting a fair shake from Ottawa.

 

Angus Reid then asked those Westerners who do not believe their province is getting a fair shake from Ottawa if things have been getting better or worse in that regard in “the past few years.”

Not one of that group of Westerners — zero per cent — told Angus Reid they believe the treatment of the West over the past few years is “a lot better.” Instead, 46 per cent said treatment of the West over the last few years was getting “a lot worse”; 21 per cent said it was getting “a little worse.” Just 12 per cent thought it was getting “a little better” and 21 per cent said the West’s treatment by Canada was unchanged.

By contrast, those who live in Ontario and Quebec were much more satisfied with the way Ottawa treats their provinces, while Atlantic Canadians felt about as disconnected from Ottawa as those in the West.

That said: Canadians in all regions — save B.C. and Ontario — say they don’t get enough respect from the rest of the country.

In this, Quebecers and Albertans, for example, are united. Angus Reid found that 74 per cent of Albertans disagree with the statement “My province is respected by the rest of the country.” In Quebec, 71 per cent disagreed with that statement. But it didn’t stop there: 71 per cent of those in Saskatchewan and 71 per cent of those in Atlantic Canada also say they are not respected by the rest of the country.


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It was only in Ontario and B.C. where a majority said they believed the rest of the country respected them — 53 per cent in Ontario and 57 per cent in B.C.

Angus Reid also found that Westerners situate themselves in different communities of interest. Those in Alberta and Saskatchewan seem to identify with each other, seeing many similarities in values and lifestyle when they look across the border at each other. Manitoba, Angus Reid noted, appears to have “unrequited love” for Saskatchewan, in that 70 per cent of Manitobans say they identify most with Saskatchewan, while 61 per cent of those in Saskatchewan say they most identify with those in Alberta.

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British Columbians, though, stand distinctly apart with 54 per cent of those in that province saying they identify most closely with those in the state of Washington. The number two pick in this category of British Columbians — 18 per cent — was the state of Oregon.

The survey of 4,024 Canadian adults was done online between Dec. 21 and Jan. 3 by Angus Reid Institute, a Vancouver-based not-for-profit research organization. Angus Reid itself paid for the poll and designed its questions. Margins of error cannot be calculated for online polls of this kind, but the pollster says that a poll of a randomly-selected group of 4,024 Canadians would be accurate to within 2.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

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A third of Toronto’s young adults live with their parents. Here’s how Bloor West compares to the Bridle Path, and more

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Twenty-six-year-old Ian Sinclair has found the perfect basement apartment in the west end.

It’s close to transit, with its own entrance. He even gets along well with his landlords, who happen to be his parents.

“Essentially I’m their basement tenant but not paying rent,” says Sinclair, who works full-time in the public sector. He moved back into the house he grew up in near Runnymede Station after graduating university in 2017.

“I definitely feel fortunate and privileged,” he says of his situation. “I have many friends from school whose parents aren’t from the city so they didn’t have a choice.”

As Toronto’s housing crisis continues, experts are seeing a new divide taking hold among the younger generation: those who can live with their parents — and save for a down payment — and those who can’t.

The highest percentage is found in one of the city’s wealthiest communities, Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills, where a whopping 75 per cent of young adults are sticking with mom and dad.

“I see living with parents as a form of privilege,” says University of Waterloo assistant professor Nancy Worth, who studied the issue in a 2017 report called GenY at Home.

Worth said living at home is also increasingly being seen as a smart financial move that sets younger people up for success, rather than the old stereotype of the “lazy millennial” trapped in their parent’s basement delaying adulthood.

“It’s sort of introducing a kind of inequality within a generation, rather than just across a generation.”

The trend is not only about money, Worth says, as many boomer parents and millennial kids have a closer relationship than previous generations. Precarious work also pushes people back home, as it’s hard to lock into a 30-year mortgage or even a yearlong lease on a six month contract.

But without affordable housing options for younger people, it’s the family who steps up, and that impacts who is able to then save and buy future real estate, she says.

“If you can’t give your kids $50,000 but you can give them their room back, especially in your large single family home, you’re essentially giving them a savings of rent which can be quite significant in a place like Toronto.”

In the Bridle Path, notoriously one of Toronto’s toniest addresses, adult children living with their parents just makes sense in terms of “pure square footage,” says Barry Cohen, owner of ReMax Barry Cohen Homes Inc., who sells homes in the area.

“It’s quite common through the Bridle Path because the homes are so large and extravagant,” he said, noting there are even a few multi-generational homes in the neighbourhood, with features such as separate entrances, designed for grandma and grandpa as well as mom and dad and adult kids, Cohen notes.

“Why not live in the lap of luxury?”

The lowest rates of young adults living at home are in neighbourhoods along the waterfront and financial district, like Niagara (4 per cent), and the Bay Street corridor (7 per cent), where smaller, newer, condo units make multi-generational living crowded.

“You’re in 450, 500 square feet, you don’t have room for parents, you don’t have room for a cat,” says Nora Spinks, chief executive officer at the Vanier Institute of the Family, with a laugh.

In a city where the average detached home costs about $1.3 million, according to the Toronto Real Estate Board, and the average rent for a one-bedroom apartment is now more than $2,000, say figures from market research firm Urbanation, cost is the biggest factor for many.

It certainly was for Sinclair, who’s saving the “tens of thousands of dollars a year on rent, at least,” for a future down payment, by living with his parents in the west end.

But there are other reasons for living with mom and dad, such as taking care of a sick parent, or coming from a culture where it’s more accepted, says Spinks.

Amani Tarud, 24, who grew up in Chile and has Middle Eastern heritage, says it’s normal and even encouraged for young single people to live with their parents there.

“It’s a very North American ideal that you have to leave once you turn 18,” she says.

Tarud lives in a two-bedroom apartment near Yonge and Eglinton with her mom, twin teenage sisters and the family dog. She graduated from the University of Toronto last June but is sticking around as long as she can to save a nest egg for rent and work on paying off her student loan. Even though it means sharing a bedroom with her mom.

“Does it get in the way of social and romantic life a little bit? Yeah sure, but it’s not terrible by any means at all.”

Tarud, who is working in child and respite care, says a place of her own would be way out of reach financially. And there are perks such as being able to take care of each other when they get sick.

“If I have to live with a roommate it might as well be here, because at least it’s someone that I get along with,” she says.

Urban planner Cheryll Case lived with her parents in the Etobicoke neighbourhood of Kingsview Village The Westway (where 49 per cent of single adults aged 20 to 34 do the same) for a year after graduating from Ryerson University.

She too feels lucky she was able to save up “a good cushion” for rent before moving into a townhouse with her boyfriend and a roommate.

But, she notes, there are many neighbourhoods where if you want to remain in the area the only real choice is to stay in the house you grew up in, because of a lack of affordable housing.

Building more “missing middle” units across the city, lowrise apartments and townhomes that are a more affordable alternative to the two extremes of highrises and single detached homes, would help with supply issues, she says.

“It’s a great privilege to live with your parents and you save money, but it’s a great privilege to be able to live on your own if you so choose,” she says.

May Warren is a breaking news reporter based in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @maywarren11

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Croisière initiatique à la découverte du Kimberley, le Far West australien

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REPORTAGE – Pour les australiens eux-mêmes, elle est la «dernière frontière». Une région si sauvage, si isolée qu’aucune route n’y mène. A bord d’un superbe yacht, entre merveilles naturelles et mystères aborigènes, ce bout du monde dévoile ses trésors en toute intimité.

Sur le vaste plateau de Kimberley piqueté d’herbes blondes et de baobabs, des stockmen (cow-boys) rassemblent leurs troupeaux dans la moiteur d’une fin de saison des pluies. Scène de vie ordinaire et emblématique de ce gigantesque territoire qui constitue la plus septentrionale des neuf régions de l’Australie-Occidentale. Un «Far West» grand comme deux tiers de la France (423.517 kilomètres carrés) qui ne compte que trois villes et moins de 40.000 habitants, ce qui en fait une des zones les moins densément peuplées de la planète…

Les cours d’eau qui la sillonnent se jettent à corps perdu vers un littoral escarpé, spectaculaire, bordé de mangroves parmi les plus vierges du monde, et quasi inaccessible par voie terrestre. Si ce n’est via la légendaire Gibb River Road et ses ramifications: 660 kilomètres d’une piste réservée aux aventuriers aguerris qui, en 4×4, gagneront à la sueur de leur front l’accès à quelques-unes des merveilles du Kimberley. Pour le grand …

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Man, woman dead after head-on collision on Hwy. 9 just west of Newmarket – Toronto

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Ontario Provincial Police say a man and a woman, both in their 60s, are dead after a head-on collision just west of Newmarket Thursday night.

Police said officers responded a collision between two vehicles on Highway 9, between the 11th and 12th concession at 6:15 p.m.

Const. Tracey Lacarte said a car with one male occupant and a pickup truck with two female occupants were both travelling westbound when the collision took place.

Lacarte said the man was pronounced dead on scene. The two women were taken to hospital, one in Newmarket, the other in Toronto.

She said the woman in Newmarket has succumbed to her injuries, while the woman in Toronto remains in life-threatening condition.

It is not clear what led up to the incident.

The area has been closed for the investigation.

Witnesses or anyone with information is asked to contact the OPP Aurora detachment at 905-841-5777.

 

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