CanadaVOTES: CHP candidate Larry R. Heather in Calgary Southwest

Friday, October 10, 2008

In an attempt to speak with as many candidates as possible during the 2008 Canadian federal election, Wikinews has talked via email with Larry R. Heather. Heather is a candidate in Alberta’s Calgary Southwest riding, running under the Christian Heritage Party of Canada (CHP) banner. The CHP is a minor, registered political party running a significant number of candidates across the country, looking to earn its first ever seat in the House of Commons.

Best known as an anti-abortion activist, this shipper-receiver holds a Bachelor of Religious Education from Saskatchewan’s Briercrest College and Seminary, and a BA in religion from Calgary’s Rocky Mountain College. He hosts the Gospel Road program on AM1140 in High River, and is remembered by many for his ketchup-soaked run-in with abortion law activist Henry Morgentaler.

He has run in the federal election of 1984 (Calgary South, ind.), 1988 (Calgary Southwest, ind), 1993 (Calgary West, CHP), 1997 (Calgary Southwest, CHP), 2004 (Calgary Southwest, CHP), and 2006 (Calgary Southwest, CHP), provincial elections of 1986 (Calgary Glenmore, ind), 1989 (Calgary Elbow, ind), and 2004 (Calgary Glenmore, Alberta Social Credit), and for various public school board ridings in 1989 and 1992. He has run against some big names, including Ralph Klein (1989), Preston Manning (1997), and Stephen Harper (1993, 2004, 2006). His 2006 campaign featured controversial and graphic images, to illustrate his pro-life and anti-same sex marriage messages.

His major opponent in the riding is economist and lecturer Stephen Harper, a Conservative, who just so happens to be the current Prime Minister. Harper previously represented Calgary West. Other names on the ballot include Liberal Marlene Lamontagne, New Democrat Holly Heffernan, Libertarian Dennis Young, and Green Party candidate Kelly Christie. The riding is any part of Calgary that is west of the Canadian Pacific rail line, and south of the Glenway Trail.

The following is an interview with Heather, conducted via email. The interview has had very limited editing, to eliminate in-text mentions of website addresses, but is otherwise left exactly as sent to Wikinews.

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Dispenser Jobs Require Rigorous Training}

Submitted by: Stefan Kyriakides

Dispenser jobs involve correctly dispensing medication and medical products. In addition to medicine dispensers, specialist dispensers dispense hearing aids, ophthalmic items and so on. Different kinds of training are needed for different kinds of dispensers. NVQ 2 vocational qualification is a typical requirement for pharmaceutical dispensers, for example.

Pharmacy Dispensers

Pharmacy dispensers dispense both over-the-counter and prescription medicines. Because wrong medicines or wrong dosages can have serious consequences, these dispensers have to undergo vocational training in relevant pharmacy topics. In addition to dispensing medicines, pharmacy dispensers would typically have to:

1. Advise customers on symptoms and products

2. Assemble prescribed items, appropriate containers and labels on receipt of a prescription

3. Receive and store pharmaceutical products

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4. Mix medical preparations

Naturally, they need specialized training that will help them discharge these functions correctly under the supervision of a pharmacist. National Vocational Training (NVQ) certification of level 2 in pharmacy is a typical qualification demanded of pharmacy dispensers.

New pharmacy counter assistants will have to join such a course soon after accepting a dispensing job and complete the course within a prescribed period. Existing dispensers, whose competence has been attested by their employer, are exempt from this requirement.

The training program will help the trainees understand the legal and professional issues involved in dispensing medicines, including packing and labeling. For example, they will learn when and how to use childproof containers. The trainees will also be given exercises in selecting items and dispensing against prescriptions. There would typically be a project that involves the trainees selecting a large number of items in a dispensing enviroment without error. Then will come a period of probation when their performance will be observed. Licensing to work as a pharmacy dispenser will come only after this kind of rigorous training.

Even after initial licensing, they will need to be reassessed every two years or so to continue to work as pharmacy dispensers. Many developments are taking place in the field of pharmacy medicines and the dispensers would be expected to show that they are keeping up with the developments through a continuing education program.

Ophthalmic Dispensers

Ophthalmic dispenser trainees need to be taught how to use various ophthalmic equipment correctly and interpret the results. They also must learn how to assess the thickness of a lens, locate and determine its axis and perform other lens-related tasks. Frame-related topics such as determining frame size, temple length and bridge style are other topics the trainee has to master.

Finally, the trainee must learn how to fit the patient with the right lens and frames, and do required adjustments for best vision and comfort.

Hearing Aid Dispensers

Hearing dispensers test the degree and type of hearing loss, and help patients select the right hearing aid for them. The dispensers have to interpret the results provided by hearing assessment equipment, and to be familiar with hearing aid electronics and specifications. They will also have to carry out required modifications and programming to fit the aid to the hearing loss.

Hearing aid dispensers have to get trained under a licensed hearing aid dispenser, and can then sit for competency assessment examinations.

As we can see above, all kinds of dispenser jobs require specialized training and internship.

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BBC apologises to Queen Elizabeth II for misrepresentation in documentary

Friday, July 13, 2007

The BBC would like to apologise to both the Queen and Annie Leibovitz for any upset this may have caused.

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has apologised to Queen Elizabeth II and photographer, Annie Leibovitz, after a trailer for a documentary suggested she had walked out of a portrait sitting when the photographer asked her to remove her crown.

The trailer shows a clip of the photographer telling the Queen, “I think it will look better without the crown because the garter robe is so…” The Queen responded with “Less dressy! What do you think this is?” The following clip shows the Queen walking down a corridor saying, “I’m not changing anything. I’ve had enough dressing like this, thank you very much.”

It has since been clarified that this second clip shows the Queen arriving at the sitting, not departing.

In a statement the BBC said, “In this trailer there is a sequence that implies that the Queen left a sitting prematurely. This was not the case and the actual sequence of events was mis-represented. The BBC would like to apologise to both the Queen and Annie Leibovitz for any upset this may have caused.”

The BBC blamed a production error for the mistake, saying, “This assembly was never intended to be seen by the public or the press. Unfortunately, this assembly was given in error to the BBC personnel who were preparing the BBC One autumn launch tape.”

The company responsible for the editing of the documentary, RDF Media, also apologized to the Queen. Michael Grade, previous controller of BBC One, blamed the mistake on “young, untrained” workers who “don’t understand that the basic ethic of broadcasting in this country is trust.”

Photographer, Leibowitz, commenting about the session in Vanity Fair even before the release of the trailer, said, “She doesn’t really want to get dressed up any more. She just couldn’t be bothered and I admired her for that.”

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Nigerian jet attacks refugee camp, killing dozens

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

A Nigerian Air Force jet fighter mistook refugees for rebels yesterday, Nigerian military said, firing on a camp in Rann, Borno State. Dozens of refugees and aid workers died.

The lowest estimate from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is of 50 dead. The BBC estimates at least 52 dead, while one Borno State official is attributed by AP as saying over 100 are dead. MSF say at least 200 were wounded.

The Red Cross said at least six of its staff died and twelve more injured. The impoverished region, in the northeast of the nation, has suffered severe famine as conflict interrupts agriculture. Farmers are unable to work owing to bombs on their land. The Red Cross said volunteers were at the camp, home to thousands, to distribute food.

The military said the Air Force was dispatched to deal with “remnants” of the Boko Haram militant group, which it claims to be in a final push against. Major General Leo Irabor, who led the operation, said, “Unfortunately, the strike was conducted but it turned out that other civilians were somewhere around the area and they were affected”. Irabor said two soldiers were amongst the dead and others were wounded.

Military spokesman General Rabe Abubakar said the military are “all in pain” after the disaster, adding “in a military operation such as this, from time to time these things do occur.” Irabor promised an investigation. President Muhammadu Buhari said he was saddened by “this regrettable operational mistake” and sought calm.

“This large-scale attack on vulnerable people who have already fled from extreme violence is shocking and unacceptable,” MSF operational chief Dr Jean-Clément Cabrol said. The Red Cross said it has staff and facilities ready in neighbouring Cameroon and Chad to assist. “The whole camp is controlled by the army and no one can come in or out without being checked,” said MSF head of emergencies Hugues Robert. Robert added the group knew travel and work in the area was dangerous, and took precautions.

Helicopters have been evacuating the wounded, including a United Nations helicopter which brought four medical personnel and 400kg (900lb) of emergency medical aid, and left with eight wounded Red Cross workers. The UN is in the midst of an appeal for aid to the famine-hit region.

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Several injured at campground in Maine as storm topples trees

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

A family of six were injured at Flat Rock Bridge Family Resort and campground in Lebanon, Maine after a severe thunderstorm caused trees to topple, with one landing on a tent. A 10-year-old girl was critically injured after a tree fell on the tent she was sleeping in. Witnesses say the girl was pinned under the tree for at least 10 minutes before they were able to remove it.

Witnesses also say the day was beautiful and sunny, but at around 6:00 p.m. (EDT) a storm rolled in, darkening the sky, followed by heavy winds and rain. Witnesses describe a “funnel-like wind” which lifted items off the ground and threw them around. The strong winds then brought down trees and limbs, with one landing on the family’s campsite and tent. Severe lightning was also reported.

“The female patient was loaded into Lebanon Ambulance One and transported to Frisbie Hospital in Rochester to be stabilized and then was transferred to the trauma center at Maine Medical Center. Her injuries were considered critical and life threatening when she left the scene,” said Jason Cole, the assistant rescue chief for the area. The victims names have not been released and the girl’s current condition is not yet known.

Rescuers responding to the scene noticed several other trees and limbs scattered around other campsites and searched all 350 sites, but no other injuries were reported. Other campers say they had several close calls with tree limbs and debris. At least 12 trees were reported to have toppled during the storm. The family’s car was also destroyed when a tree limb landed on it.

The National Weather Service in Maine says it will investigate whether or not the storm produced a tornado.

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Cabinet Door Hinges An Important Part Of The Cabinet Refurbishing Process

By Jesse Akre

Your kitchen, it looks exactly like it did when your home was built thirty years ago. So, you have decided to change up its look and are going all out by painting, installing new molding, and yes, you are even refurbishing your cabinets. If you are going to do this, you need to do it right so when you put your cabinets back together, make sure you buy new hardware for them and that includes cabinet door hinges. There are many options, all of which are sure to please.

Now, if you are thinking that not getting new cabinet door hinges and hardware for your newly refurbished cabinets is not a big deal. Think again. For example, let’s say that you go with a completely new look with your cabinets and instead of a dark finish, you went with something a little lighter and more modern. Like, ones that have a gorgeous cherry finish. Well, then if you go with the dark ones that were on there before, then the look of your cabinets will be pretty off. So, you need to go with something that is also more modern looking and a great choice would be ones crafted out of steel that have a brushed finish. Or, maybe the look of your cabinets now have more of an old cottage type feel them. Well, a great option for you would be ones crafted out of wrought iron that have an oil rubbed finish.

As you can see, when it comes to cabinet door hinges, there are a lot to choose from that makes it pretty easy for you to find ones to match the look and styling of your kitchen cabinets. Along with the wrought iron and stainless options mentioned above, they can be crafted from a wide variety of other metals like brass and copper and can feature a wide variety of finishes including polished and satin. If you want to easily see all the options that are available, the fastest and easiest way to do it is by hopping on the internet for some online shopping. You can browse the many selections in no time at all and will probably find what you want at the lowest prices possible. Plus, when you do make a purchase, it gets shipped right to your door so you do not have to waste any time and gas by going to the hardware store.

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And, when refurbishing your kitchen cabinets, remember that you will not only need to buy new cabinet door hinges for them, but other new hardware for them as well. That other hardware includes cabinets knobs, drawer pulls, and drawer slides. If you just get new hinges and not all the other options, then you are going to have a very mismatched look going on in your space, which is really tacky and makes it seem like you have no sense when it comes to design and home decorating.

So, you need to make sure that when refurbishing your kitchen cabinets, you get new kitchen cabinet hardware and that includes cabinet door knobs. If you do not, you kitchen will turn into an eye-sore.

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Utilize A Virtual Assistant Efficiently In Your Business

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In today’s technology news, virtual assistant is the most discussed term. Some may be having some knowledge about what a virtual assistant is and what they do. But most of the people are not having a clear knowledge about these virtual assistants. Virtual assistant is an independent contractor providing virtual assistance in the form of administrative, technical, and sometimes creative services to clients, usually to other independent entrepreneurs and small business practices.

Instead of spending most of your time in front of your computer, you can concentrate in core parts of your business and can do the things that you love. Isn’t it exciting? Hire a virtual assistant for all the time consuming tasks. Now you may have a number of questions heading up in your mind. You may think that you don’t have enough time or money to hire a virtual assistant. Or you may find it difficult to believe a person whom you have not yet seen and will never see in future. Either way it’s OK. Because I’m going to tell you more about virtual assistants and the services they can offer for you. In every approach, hiring a virtual assistant is more beneficial when compared to hiring a regular employee.

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So what exactly is a Virtual Assistant? A Virtual Assistant is a highly-skilled, independent professional who remotely provides administrative, technical and/or creative business support services. A Virtual Assistant is pretty much a regular assistant who works virtually. You can have a virtual assistant from any part of the world and you can make her work in the times you need. You can access her from anywhere using Internet and can assign her the tasks. Virtual Assistants cost a quarter of the price of a regular hire as well. Virtual assistants don’t need payroll expenses, paid vacation time, insurance coverage and other full time employee benefits. You don’t need to pay tax for hiring a virtual assistant. Hiring a virtual assistant is more beneficial than hiring a regular employee.

Hiring a Virtual Assistant is pretty easy. There are a number of Virtual assistant companies who can probably help you get setup with your own virtual assistant, however you need to be careful which one you choose. Only choose the companies that are much reputed and has their own mark in the virtual assistant field. Always care not to hire a virtual assistant from a company that has started just before some days. Choose wisely to go with the companies that have been around for a little while. Then only you will get a qualified and talented Virtual Assistant rather than someone you have no idea about. You should probably spend some time working with your Virtual Assistant, till they get into the right track you need. You can communicate with them via mail or by phone. Always make sure that you send them the detailed instruction set of your work. You have to explain to them clearly your needs and your goals to make sure that they understand the way you work. There are plenty of Virtual Assistant companies that will allow time for training. Once they are into the track, they will be seen as more beneficial and efficient than a regular employee.

Next you need to care is when you start up with your virtual assistant. When you first sign up for service, let the Virtual Assistant know that you’re just venturing into it, as well as your goals for your business and how you intend to utilize his or her services to best support your needs. Always make sure that you send them the detailed instruction set of your work. You have to explain to them clearly your needs and your goals to make sure that they understand the way you work. There are plenty of Virtual Assistant companies that will allow time for training. Once they are into the track, they will be seen as more beneficial, cost effective and efficient than a regular employee.

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Renewed factional violence in Gaza; interior minister resigns

Monday, May 14, 2007

A ceasefire between armed factions of the Palestinian groups Fatah and Hamas broke down hours after it came into effect, prompting the Interior Minister Hani Qawasmi to offer his resignation.

Hamas and Fatah officials said Sunday that the cease-fire would begin at 1:00 a.m. local time. The ceasefire between their armed factions was mediated by Egypt, but it did not last until sunrise.

A unity government including both groups was formed in February.

Violence in the Gaza strip has claimed the lives of seven people in two days.

Qawasmi had offered to resign on earlier occasions, and this time it was accepted by Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh.

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