LANGFORD, B.C. – The B.C. government says a plan is in place to provide shelter and housing for all homeless campers currently staying at Goldstream Provincial Park, and those who remain past Tuesday will face eviction.In a statement issued Wednesday afternoon, Housing Minister Selina Robinson says people will transition into housing and shelters in the coming days and BC Parks will notify the public when the campground is ready to reopen.Robinson says transportation and storage for the campers’ personal belongings are also being co-ordinated for Monday. She says BC Housing and outreach staff are working to match campers with housing that fits their individual needs before the 14-day maximum stay at provincial parks is reached on Tuesday.Pacific Housing will continue to deliver daily outreach and provide harm reduction supplies and other necessities to campers until then.Robinson says the goal is to have the campers leave voluntarily, but those who choose to remain past Tuesday will be evicted according to parks policy and in co-ordination with the RCMP, other ministries and outreach workers.The same group of campers was ousted from provincially owned land in nearby Saanich early last week, just days after a court order forced them out of another park that some had occupied since the spring.
HUMBOLDT, Sask. – Humboldt Broncos player Tyler Smith had a broken collarbone, a broken shoulder blade and nerve damage down his left arm.He was on the junior hockey team’s bus when it collided with a semi-trailer at a Saskatchewan intersection on the way to a playoff game. Sixteen people died.Smith, now 20, was one of the 13 players who were hurt.He has mostly recovered — other than some nerve damage in his left hand and wrist — and he plans to play Friday in his first game with the Broncos since the crash.“I’m really excited, but at the end of the day I’m still pretty nervous,” Smith told The Canadian Press. “It’ll be OK after the first couple shifts but that first shift is going to be a lot of emotions. Even before the game it’s going to be pretty emotional.“We play for them is a really true statement … I just really want to play for them.”The 6-foot-1, 185-pound forward from Leduc, Alta., said he had juggled the idea of playing for the team again as he recovered from his injuries.“I just want to get back to it,” he said. “A couple of weeks before I came, I decided to get up and go.”He started practising with this year’s team, which includes Brayden Camrud and Derek Patter. They were the only two players who were involved in the crash who are back on the Broncos roster this season.Smith was in Humboldt to watch the team’s emotional Sept. 12 home opener but he said it was difficult to return as a player.The toughest part was being back in the dressing room — which still has the inspirational words of his former coach on the wall — without so many of his teammates.“We were a special and tight-knit team so getting into a new dressing room atmosphere was a different feeling,” he said. “It’s a good group of guys here and I’m excited for them. They’ve been awesome throughout already.”Smith said having Camrud and Patter on the team was a huge help.They helped ease him back into practice.Camrud and Patter were also on his first bus ride last weekend when he tweeted “as horrible as it was, I know my 16 amazing angels were watching over from the second I stepped on to the second I stepped off.”Smith said getting back on a bus was another step forward.“It was very tough,” he said. “Obviously that brings back memories, flashbacks … pretty much everything.“If I needed something, they were there. I just took some deep breaths and tried to get through it.”Smith said he knows it will be a long road ahead.“Mentally it’s more of a day-by-day process,” he said. “I take a step back when I need to, a lot of deep breaths.“Mentally it’s a whole different story. Physically I feel as though I’m ready but mentally, that’ll come.”— By Colette Derworiz in Edmonton.
TORONTO — Athletics Canada became the latest domestic sport organization to take steps to drop the use of the term ‘midget’ as an age category classification, a move that came days after the Ontario Basketball Association stated its plans to do the same.“This topic is now on our agenda for our SAGM (semi-annual general meeting) in Vancouver next week,” Athletics Canada spokesman Mathieu Gentes said Friday in an email to The Canadian Press. “We will be following suit to pursue eliminating the term midget as an age category descriptor.”The recent developments were applauded by Dwarf Athletic Association of Canada director Allan Redford, who said change is overdue.“Like any of the social challenges that groups like ours have, it’s the right thing to do,” Redford said. “I think it gains awareness, it’s respectful, it provides the proper acceptance of people of short stature, people with dwarfism.”Several sports across the country — notably hockey, football and lacrosse — use the term prominently as a youth age category. However, the word is considered a derogatory slur.“It is very offensive,” Redford said. “It harkens back to the times of the circus with the freak shows. So every time you hear it, you cringe. It’s just not something that we like as a group. We don’t like to be identified in that manner.”OBA executive director Jason Jansson said the organization’s board supported the change and plans will likely be formalized later this season. The midget category will likely be called U15 (under-15) and major midget would go to U16 (under-16), age terms that are currently in use at the sport’s national and international levels. Athletics Canada, the governing body for track and field in Canada, currently uses age designators for some of its categories.“It’s not a huge shift for us,” Gentes said.Regina Scott, who has a two-year-old son with dwarfism, reached out to the local youth basketball association in Guelph, Ont., after noticing the term on a banner at a mall. Changes were soon made and the provincial association was quick to get on board too. “It’s such a positive change,” Scott said from Guelph. “There is nothing positive about that word.”Hockey Canada classifies the midget category as players who are under 18 as of Dec. 31 of the current season. Bantam is for athletes under 15, with peewee, atom and novice used as classifications for younger players. Depending on the sport, some local, provincial and national organizations use descriptors like minor midget and major midget as well.“It was often confusing anyway, so why not just use the actual age?” Redford said. “That makes the most sense to me and eliminating the M-word of course is very important to all of the little people organizations … basically to take control over what has become a slur.“Until as a community we can control that word, we won’t have that ability to get the awareness and acceptance that’s been overdue.” When asked if Hockey Canada might be planning to consider a change to its categories, an organization spokesman declined comment.Messages left with Football Canada and the Canadian Lacrosse Association were not immediately returned.“It’s a word that’s dehumanizing and belittling,” Scott said. “It’s usually used to mock somebody. It’s never used in a positive way.”In its mission statement, the DAAC said it is committed to providing athletic competition, guidance, support, and information to people of short stature and to their families.“We really are asking now for all organizations across Canada to eliminate the M-word,” Redford said. “Replace it with a proper age category. It will be better for everybody.”———Follow @GregoryStrongCP on Twitter.Gregory Strong, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Donald Trump’s envoy to Canada says China’s rise might have worrying implications for North American workers but she says the U.S. pursuit of of a Huawei executive is a separate legal matter.Ambassador Kelly Craft says there is “absolutely” no political motive behind the controversial arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the Chinese telecom giant’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder.However, Craft says, her government insisted on inserting a new provision into the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to strengthen the continent’s economy against China’s. The controversial new clause calls on all three North American partners to notify each other if they engage in free-trade talks with a non-market economy, widely understood to mean China.Craft spoke to reporters in Ottawa today as Meng’s bail hearing resumes in Vancouver. Canada arrested Meng on Dec. 1 at the Vancouver airport at the request of the U.S., causing a major disruption in relations between the two North American neighbours and China. The United States wants Meng to face charges related to possible violations of trade sanctions against Iran.The arrest came the same day presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping agreed to a 90-day ceasefire in a tariff war over Beijing’s technology policy. It prompted concern that trade talks might be derailed, but Beijing indicated Tuesday they are going ahead.Earlier today, China’s foreign minister vowed to protect its citizens abroad. Beijing will “spare no effort” to protect against “any bullying that infringes the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese citizens,” Foreign Minister Wang Yi said at a conference in Shanghai.Wang didn’t mention Meng by name. A Chinese government spokesman said Wang was referring to cases of all Chinese abroad, including Meng’s.— with files from the Associated PressThe Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Academics and civil liberties advocates are telling senators the Liberal government’s sweeping national-security bill doesn’t go far enough to protect the rights of people ensnared by Canada’s no-fly list.The bill takes aim at the recurring problem of mistaken no-fly list name matches involving youngsters.Several witnesses are urging a Senate committee to bolster the no-fly appeal process by assigning a special legal advocate, one allowed to see secret evidence, to assist people barred from getting on planes. The bill would also limit — but not eliminate — powers that allow the Canadian Security Intelligence Service to actively disrupt terror plots.It opens the door to new paths for security services in data-crunching and cyberwarfare, and enhances accountability and review through creation of a super-watchdog.The legislation would also tighten provisions on information-sharing among federal agencies, redefine terrorist propaganda and narrow a general prohibition against promoting terrorism offences to the crime of counselling someone to commit a terrorist offence.The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending the federal system for appointing judges after revelations several in New Brunswick have personal connections to Liberal cabinet minister Dominic LeBlanc.CBC reported this week that five of the last six federally appointed judges in New Brunswick have ties to LeBlanc, who is Trudeau’s minister of intergovernmental and northern affairs.One is LeBlanc’s neighbour, a second is a relative and three helped him pay off debt he accumulated during his unsuccessful run for the Liberal party leadership in 2008.A complaint has since been filed to the ethics commissioner by watchdog Democracy Watch, which is asking for the government to suspend further appointments until an investigation is concluded.Trudeau didn’t specifically address the five judges in New Brunswick when asked about them during an event in Montreal, but instead defended the Liberal-installed system for appointing justices as merit-based and transparent.He added that the government was pleased to have nominated “top-notch judges” across the country, and that it does not plan to stop appointments.The Canadian Press
The Screen Actors Guild Awards is expanding efforts to further reduce its carbon footprint thanks to a unique reforestation partnership with Chile’s Patagonia Sur, a for-profit conservation company founded by American entrepreneur Warren Adams that is a leader in private land conservation, reforestation and carbon offsetting in South America.Though Hollywood and Chilean Patagonia are thousands of miles apart, these two unique regions are being linked in an exclusive effort to battle climate change. In 2012, on behalf of the SAG Awards, Patagonia Sur planted a grove of 45 native-species trees on degraded lands in Patagonia, Chile, to help remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, thereby helping to fight the threat posed by climate change.For the 2013 SAG Awards, Patagonia Sur is planting 3,400 trees — two for each of the 1,700 guests at the Post SAG Awards Gala hosted by People magazine and the Entertainment Industry Foundation. In their gala gift bags, guests will find a code enabling them to log on patagoniasuroffsets.com/SagAwardsForest/ where they will be able to affix their names to the trees being planted in their honor within a part of Chilean Patagonia, now called the SAG Awards Forest. Viewers inspired by these efforts can also evaluate their personal carbon footprint by going to the same website.This year’s expanded partnership with Patagonia Sur continues the SAG Awards’ commitment to green practices. In October 2012, for the fourth consecutive year, the SAG Awards was honored with the Environmental Media Association’s Green Seal, recognizing the production’s outstanding efforts to implement sustainable initiatives and promote environmental awareness, while creating a nearly zero waste event.What’s in a tree? Actually quite a lot when it comes to reducing greenhouse gases. Trees capture, or sequester, carbon from the atmosphere in the process known as photosynthesis.In 2010, Patagonia Sur launched a reforestation project at its 8,000-acre Valle California property in the Palena region of southern Chile, with the aim of enhancing biodiversity and selling carbon offsets. The company is planting a mix of native beech trees on degraded lands that were previously cleared for pastureland by early settlers. A single tree planted in Valle California will sequester nearly half a ton of carbon over an 80-year period.Patagonia Sur’s Valle California project, which planted one million trees in 2012, is the first in Chile to use native species to generate carbon offsets, and has been officially accredited by the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) by meeting three key criteria: measurability, permanence and independent verification. That means SAG Awards attendees will offset 1,700 tons of carbon, negating their carbon footprint.Patagonia Sur is a for-profit conservation venture that invests in, protects, and enhances scenically remarkable and ecologically valuable properties in Chilean Patagonia. A leader in eco-tourism experiences, Patagonia Sur has developed sustainable lodging on two of its properties, Valle California and Melimoyu, (patagoniasurreserves.com), where guests may enjoy all the amazing outdoor activities scenic Chilean Patagonia has to offer.The 19th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 27, 2013. Nominations were announced Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012.
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The first annual UNICEF Global Goals Awards last week honoured a lawyer who fights against child marriage in Tanzania, a Syrian teen and Olympic swimmer who saved fellow refugees from drowning, and an organization that brings health care to vulnerable girls and women in Pakistan.The three honourees were recognized for their contributions to advancing the rights of girls and women. Leaders from business, government and entertainment attended the ceremony including award presenters Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent for CNN, entrepreneur and Curator of TED Chris Anderson and Grammy Award winner and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Angélique Kidjo.The Global Goals Awards are part of ongoing efforts to rally support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of goals unanimously adopted by every country in the world to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.The awards were curated by UNICEF with the 17 SDG Advocates forming the official judging panel. Winners of the Global Goals Awards: • The Girl Award (to a girl or young woman for laudable work in creating progress for girls) Winner: Yusra Mardini, Syria Now in Germany, 18-year-old Yusra Mardini and her sister fled conflict in Syria in 2015. While traveling across the Aegean Sea their raft broke down and the sisters jumped into the water and helped guide the boat to safety, saving about 20 people on board. At the Rio Olympics Yusra was part of the Refugee Olympic Team and used the opportunity to tell her story and raise awareness about the plight of refugees and migrants around the world. Yusra also won her heat in the butterfly. • The Social Change Award (to an individual who achieved significant social change for girls) Winner: Rebeca Gyumi, Tanzania Rebeca Gyumi is a lawyer, activist and the founder and executive director of the Msichana Initiative, a Tanzanian non-profit that advocates for girls’ rights and access to education. Rebeca and the Msichana Initiative won a landmark court case in July that ended legal provisions permitting child marriage in the country. • The Campaigner Award (to an individual or organization improving the lives of girls and women) Winner: DoctHERS, represented by Dr.Sara Saeed Khurram, Pakistan The social enterprise DoctHERS matches trained junior female doctors in Pakistan with rural women and girls via telemedicine. DoctHERS reaches vulnerable girls and women with essential health care in Pakistan, while providing employment opportunities for qualified female health professionals.
APTN National NewsOne of the most striking things about Canada’s latest alleged serial killer is his age.If it happened as police say, 21-year old Cody Legebokoff would have only been a teenager when he took his first victim.It’s an investigation that is not over and police are asking for the public’s assistance.APTN’s Rob Smith has more.
APTN National NewsAboriginal Veterans Day is officially recognized in only one Canadian province.Manitoba has commemorated the day since 1994.On Tuesday, one of the few national veterans events was held in a small Manitoba community called Arborg, which is located near the Peguis First Nation.APTN National News reporter Matt Thordarson travelled to the local Legion there for the ceremony.
APTN National NewsOntario’s environment commissioner is taking the province to task over its handling of environmental issues in the area known as ‘The Ring of Fire’.Gord Miller says Ontario is not fulfilling it’s duty to assess the environmental impact of the proposed mining development in northern Ontario.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has more.
Laurie HamelinAPTN NewsThe University of Victoria has launched a new Indigenous law degree.Graduates of the program, a first in Canada, will receive two professional degrees, one in Canadian common law, and one in Indigenous legal orders.“There’s lots of people that didn’t believe that there is any such thing as Indigenous law, but when you are in the communities you understand that people are aspiring to live in a peaceful way that has order attached to that,” said John Borrows, professor of law at the university.Students will learn laws from Anishinaabe, Gitxsan, and Cree.Carolyn Belleau is one of 26 students in the new program.She hopes the resurgence of Indigenous law will help with reconciliation.“Being a Secwepemc woman going forward with this I think it will help improve relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous and I think that is something really special,” she said.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Call to Action number 50 called on the federal and provincial governments to fund Indigenous law institutes.The province has budgeted $2.5 million over two years to support the email@example.com@laurie_hamelin
WASHINGTON – The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump’s selection of Jerome Powell to be the next chairman of the Federal Reserve.The committee vote was 22-1 with all Republicans and every Democrat except Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., supporting the nomination.The strong committee vote indicated Powell will have no trouble winning approval from the full Senate. That vote has not yet been scheduled.Warren said she could not support Powell because of her concerns that he would join in efforts by the Trump administration to unravel the Dodd-Frank Act passed in 2010 to strengthen regulation of the nation’s banking sector.“Governor Powell has made clear repeatedly that he believes the biggest problem in our financial rules is that they are too demanding,” Warren said before Tuesday’s vote. “An army of bank lobbyists and executives have managed to convince Governor Powell that financial rules are strangling the banks and need to be rolled back. There is no evidence to support this claim.”Powell, who has been a member of the Fed’s board of governors since 2012, was tapped for the chairman’s job after Trump decided against nominating Fed Chair Janet Yellen for a second term. Trump said he wanted to put his own stamp on the central bank.The White House announced last week that Trump would nominate Marvin Goodfriend, an economics professor at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, to one of three vacant seats on the central bank.With the nomination of Goodfriend, Trump will have nominated three people to positions on the seven-member Fed board. In addition to selecting Powell as chairman, Trump earlier this year tapped Utah financier Randal Quarles for the position of vice chairman for supervision, a spot where he is expected to play a key role in Trump’s efforts to loosen regulations on the financial sector.There are two more vacancies for Trump to fill currently and when Yellen’s term ends on Feb. 3, Trump will have three spots to fill.There have been reports that Trump is considering nominating Mohamed El-Erian, an economist who has served as chief executive of Pacific Investment Management Co., or PIMCO, to serve as vice chairman, replacing Stanley Fischer, who left the board in October.Another name that has been mentioned is Michelle Bowman, the top banking regulator in Kansas, who could fill the spot on the Fed board reserved for a community banker.
The Alberta Government is reporting hundreds of millions of dollars in new investment following international trade missions, but the economic development and trade minister says where the province goes in 2018 is still an open question.“We haven’t determined as of today which markets we’re going to be going into,” Deron Bilous said Tuesday.Bilous was joined by representatives from companies and stakeholders discussing his several ministerial missions in 2017, which the government says led to over $500 million in actual trade and investment since April 2017.The province reports that in the first 10 months of the year, Alberta exports were $82.7 billion, up 31 per cent from the same period in 2016, accounting for 64 per cent of Canada’s entire trade increase.Bilous’ trips included the U.K., Germany, Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates, but Bilous also highlighted his trips to Asia.“China’s a great example of a country that over the last 13 months I’ve been into three times,” he said. “Korea and Japan, there have been a number of missions, [but] what I can say to you is stay tuned.”Bilous’ trips received endorsements from Headwater Engineering, Ketek Group, General Electric International, the Alberta Industrial Heartland Association and the Edmonton International Airport.
VICTORIA – British Columbia’s government is counting on businesses, communities and residents to help fight climate change over the coming decades, the province’s environment minister said Monday.George Heyman has introduced legislation that includes new targets for dramatic cuts to carbon pollution, aiming for a 40 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions over the next 12 years.By 2040, the province wants emission levels to be slashed by 60 per cent, Heyman said.“We have to make steady progress,” he said. “We have to tell British Columbians what our comprehensive plan is.”Heyman said the plan will involve reducing emissions in the transportation industry, cutting energy consumption in public, commercial and residential buildings, and exploring new climate-friendly technologies.“I know that industry is here to work with us,” he said. “We’re working with them in a way that will keep them in business, keep them providing jobs for British Columbians and meeting our climate targets.”Currently, B.C. has a target of reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent by 2050. Heyman said the new legislation will not change that goal.The targets are based on emission levels measured in 2007.The former Liberal government introduced legislated goals a decade ago to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020. In 2015, the government said it could not hit that target but was still aiming for reductions.Heyman said his government will release its climate strategy this fall, including plans to establish emission reduction action for industries and communities.Andrew Weaver, leader of the Green Party, said in a statement that the new targets are a step towards making B.C. a leader in climate action.“This is a huge opportunity to build a thriving 21st-century economy centred around innovation,” he said.
OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau will provide an update Wednesday on the status of his talks with Kinder Morgan to expedite the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion — but he is not expected to announce a deal.Rather, Morneau is expected to articulate the broad strokes of how Ottawa sees a deal coming together — setting forth the federal Liberal government’s principles, values and goals that could form the basis of an eventual agreement.Morneau had been engaged in intensive talks with Kinder Morgan officials up until Tuesday, but the two sides have yet to declare any common ground on the amount of federal money involved.The finance minister’s very public display, which comes the day before the company’s annual meeting in Calgary, is likely to put additional pressure on the company.Amid mounting opposition from the B.C. government, environmental groups and protesters, not to mention skittish investors, Kinder Morgan halted all non-essential spending on its $7.4-billion plan to double an existing pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., and gave Ottawa until the end of May to broker some calm.Earlier Tuesday, before Morneau’s news conference — scheduled for 9 a.m. ET — was announced, Trudeau was in Calgary, trying to convince skeptical Albertans to believe his latest mantra: that the pipeline will be built.“Let’s be honest about these things. I don’t think there is anything that I can say that would reassure some of my critics who have such little faith in my government getting anything done for Alberta,” he said.“I don’t think there’s any magic phrase I can say that will have critics and skeptics put down their criticism and say, ‘You know what? The prime minister reassured me today.’”As Trudeau spoke, a small group of protesters were heard shouting, “Build KM” and “Build that pipe.”Morneau’s talks with Kinder Morgan had their genesis a month ago, when Trudeau promised to deploy both financial and legislative tools to ensure the disputed expansion is able to proceed.During a remarkable eight-hour stopover in the national capital, an unscheduled break from a busy overseas travel itinerary, Trudeau convened a summit in Ottawa with B.C.’s John Horgan, who has staked his government’s survival on opposing the pipeline, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, whose province’s economic health depends on it.Trudeau instructed Morneau to sit down with Kinder Morgan to find a financial solution that would soothe their investors. He also promised legislation that would reaffirm Ottawa’s authority to press ahead with a development deemed to be in Canada’s national interest.The Liberal government position is that it approved the project in 2016 after a rejigged environmental assessment and Indigenous consultation process, and in concert with the its climate change and oceans protection plan. Approval came in consultation with the previous B.C. Liberal government, which gave its consent to the project after its own conditions were met.Horgan’s election last year changed that. His minority government exists at the pleasure of the Green party, and on condition of his continued opposition to the project.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The previous version suggested the Kinder Morgan annual meeting is tomorrow instead of today.
NEW YORK — ‘Twas the week before Christmas and shoppers were already returning their holiday hauls.Delivery company UPS expects its busiest return day to fall before Christmas for the first time. The company says there are many reasons for the pre-Christmas return boom, including more people buying stuff for themselves that they want to send back.UPS expects to handle 1.5 million returns on Dec. 19, and predicts another spike on Jan. 3 when it expects to handle 1.3 million returned packages. UPS says it used historical data and information from retailers to come up with its figures.Joseph Pisani, The Associated Press
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Christopher Orford (20).He was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on February 19, 2019.Orford is described as: AboriginalBlack HairBrown eyes6’0″‘165lbsWearing coverallsTattoo on left arm of roses and the word JoyThere is a concern for Orford’s well-being.The RCMP would like to locate and speak with him as soon as possible. If you have any information about his whereabouts, you are asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
For more information and to order #NoHotPets decals; CLICK HERESigns of Heatstroke in dogs from the BC SPCA;Signs of heatstroke include exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting), rapid or erratic pulse, salivation, anxious or staring expression, weakness and muscle tremors, lack of coordination, convulsions or vomiting, and collapse.If the animal is showing signs of heatstroke and you’re able to safely and lawfully move the animal out of the vehicle, do the following: Move the animal to a cool, shady place.Wet the animal with cool water. Do not apply ice as this will constrict blood flow and discourage cooling.Fan the animal to promote evaporation. This cools the blood, helping to reduce the animal’s core temperature.Allow the animal to drink some cool water (or to lick ice cream if no water is available).Take the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible for further treatment. VANCOUVER, B.C. – With the summer season here, the BC SPCA has launched a #NoHotPets campaign to urge dog owners to keep their pets safe at home and not leaving pets in hot cars.As summer temperatures can be deadly, especially for dogs left in parked vehicles, the non-profit animal welfare society is reminding pet owners of the dangers of animals left in hot vehicles. The BC SPCA has launched the #NoHotPets campaign to inform people of the dangers of dogs in hot cars, steps to take if you see an animal in distress and free car decals people can request to help spread the word and save lives.“Every year our constables receive hundreds of calls to rescue dogs in distress in hot vehicles,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA. “Sadly, some dogs have already died by the time we are called. It is so tragic because it is a completely preventable death.”Chortyk says many dog owners don’t realize how quickly their cars can become a death trap for their pet. “Even on a cloudy day, parked in the shade with the windows rolled down, a vehicle can reach temperatures that put animals in peril in just 10 minutes,” she says. “Dogs can’t release heat from their bodies in the same way that humans can – they can only dissipate heat by panting and through the pads of their paws – so their internal temperatures reach dangerous levels very quickly.”Chortyk says even leaving the air conditioning on in a car is no guarantee that your pet is safe. “These systems have been known to break down, with tragic results.”The following steps are recommended by the BC SPCA if people see an animal in a hot car;Note the license plate, vehicle colour, make and model and ask managers of nearby businesses to page the owner to return to their vehicle immediately.If the animal is in distress, call the police, RCMP, local animal control agency or the BC SPCA call centre at 1-855-622-7722 as soon as possible. The call centre is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturdays and Sunday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Emergencies outside of those hours should be reported to your local police department or RCMP.“We also encourage people to keep our call centre number in their phones so they can access it easily if they see an emergency situation,” says Chortyk. “Members of the public should not attempt to break a window to free a pet themselves. Not only can this be dangerous for the animals if they are struck by glass, but it is also illegal and puts the Good Samaritan on the wrong side of the law.”