Where The Source Comes From Means Something
Where The Source Comes From Means Something:
Brian Scott President of Solar DEV
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BRIAN SCOTT: You know, NASA’s been a big part of most of I shouldn’t say most of but so many different scientific discoveries are a big part of evolution. GPS, so many things have come from NASA. And that’s not to say that they get to decide everything. I’m not saying that. I’m just saying where the source comes from means a lot.
I think you see a lot of people put out a YouTube video with great production value, they make their statements and, you know, that’s how they fight their side of the argument. And you’ll see data like well, you know, last year was really cold, so obviously we’re not experiencing climate change. Well, weather goes up and down. If on average it’s going up, well, yeah, there’s going to be years where it goes down. I mean, it’s not you know, it’s not that hard to comprehend, I don’t think.
But at the same time, do we ever really know? Like, science has always been kind of and I know some people who will hate this when I say this, but science has always been kind of best guess, right? You look historically, scientists have changed the world, but there’s been lots of opinions that have turned out to be wrong, right? And maybe not way wrong, but just a little bit, right?
Things like that that we need to kind of keep in mind. I don’t know how many people can look at the world and say, no, nothing’s changing, it’s not you know, like, I think it’s very obvious that there’s a lot of change in the world with weather, and if it’s not climate change, what is it? I don’t know, I haven’t really heard any other presented ideas other than, oh, this is just how it is.
Calgary city council to debate safety bylaws after protests at library drag events
Calgary’s city council is set to discuss updating one bylaw and bringing in another to address protests at drag events.
The proposed changes, which are on the agenda for this week’s council meeting, include adding the word “intimidation” to the existing public behaviour bylaw.
A second bylaw, which would be called the safe and inclusive access bylaw, is also set to be debated by councillors as early as today.
It would prohibit protests within 100 metres of an entrance to a recreation facility or library and anywhere inside those facilities.
The move comes as a 36-year-old man faces criminal and bylaw charges related to a disruption during a Reading with Royalty event at a public library in February.
The family-friendly story times at libraries are led by drag queens or kings, and children are invited to dress in their best outfit, cape or crown.
Charges under the city’s public behaviour bylaw carry a maximum penalty of up to $10,000 or six months in jail.
If passed by council, the safe and inclusive access bylaw would carry the same penalty.
“Recent protests have targeted members of the (LGBTQ) community and impeding the city of Calgary’s ability to provide safe and inclusive access to city services,” reads the new bylaw proposal. “The public is entitled to access these services without being exposed to messaging or behaviour that is hateful, intimidates, harasses or discriminates.”
It lists multiple events that have led to safety concerns including: a Drag on Ice event that was postponed at the Chinook Blast festival Feb. 10; ongoing protests at Canyon Meadows aquatic and fitness centre, which is connected to Calgary Recreation’s transgender and gender diverse facility; and the children’s reading programs at public libraries.
Libraries across Canada — including Moncton, Halifax and Coquitlam, B.C. — have faced similar protests this year.
There have also been anti-drag protests outside the Tate Britain art gallery in London, as well as several bookstores and libraries in the United States.
Tennessee recently brought in a law that would ban drag shows in public spaces, starting July 1, and several other states are considering restrictions.
Across the United States, conservative activists and politicians have complained that drag contributes to the “sexualization” or “grooming” of children.
The efforts seek to smother popular “drag story hours,” at which drag queens read to kids. Organizers of LGBTQ Pride events say they put a chill on their parades.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 14, 2023.
— With files from The Associated Press
Convicted killer charged with murder of another woman had finished sentence in June
A Calgary man charged with murder in the death of a woman whose burned body was found in a park last month had completed his prison sentence for a similar killing less than a year ago.
Christopher Ward Dunlop, who is 48, was charged this week with second-degree murder and causing an indignity to a body in the death of 58-year-old Judy Maerz.
Her body was found by a passerby in Deerfoot Athletic Park on Feb. 16.
Dunlop previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the 2009 death of Laura Furlan, who was found dead in another Calgary park.
He was sentenced in 2015 to 6 1/2 years.
Documents from the Parole Board of Canada show Dunlop was pre-approved for statutory release in December 2019, and completed his prison sentence on June 3, 2022.
A risk assessment at the time suggested Dunlop had a low to moderate risk to reoffend.
“It is reported you took full responsibility for your offences,” said a pre-release report. “It appears that you have the motivation for continuing to maintain necessary behavioural changes to help with lowering your risk.
“The clinician reported you admitted that a significant risk factor for yourself would be feelings of rejection or being used.”
His release conditions included not consuming alcohol and not being in contact with the victim’s family.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 3, 2023.
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