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  • Long-awaited response to petition to deport Justin Bieber

    WASHINGTON - The White House has two words for those who want President Barack Obama to deport Justin Bieber: No comment.

    Nearly 275,000 people signed an Internet petition calling the Canadian-born teen idol reckless and asking Obama to revoke his green card.

    That's far more than required to merit an official response through the White House's "We the People" program.

    The White House says it's sorry to disappoint, but it won't be commenting. It's citing a caveat that lets the White House decline to address certain petitions.

    But the White House is using the occasion to argue that an immigration overhaul could shrink deficits by nearly $1 trillion over two decades.

    The White House says that's equivalent to 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Bieber's debut album.

  • Respect our privacy; families of Calgary mass murder victims release statement

    "UNIMAGINABLE SORROW"

    CALGARY - The families of the victims stabbed to death at a party in Calgary on Tuesday have joined together to issue a statement about the horrific crime.

    Matthew de Grood faces five counts of first-degree murder in what police are calling the worst mass murder in the city's history.

    "In this time of tremendous grief and tragedy, our five families have come together as one. We know the public and media are searching to understand how this could have happened, as are we. But we also know that these answers will take time and nothing will come as quickly as we want or need.

    "As a group, we have come together to support one another, and in time, start the healing process. First, we must say goodbye to our loved ones, which includes memorials and funerals over the coming days and weeks.

    "We ask that in this time of unimaginable sorrow, you respect our privacy and give us the breathing room we need to come to grips with what has happened to Josh, Zack, Kaiti, Jordan and Lawrence.

    "We are not at a point where we are ready to speak publicly to any media outlet or reporter. We can assure you that when the time comes we, as a group, will do so. This will be co-ordinated through the Public Affairs/Media Relations Unit of the Calgary Police Service.

    "We ask that you extend this privacy to the witnesses and close friends of our beloved five, as they, too, are suffering unimaginable grief. When the time comes for them to speak out, they will do it with the help of the CPS.

    "Over the coming days, we will be releasing details of various funds where donations can be made to support the numerous bursaries and scholarships being planned to remember our loved ones.

    "We wish to extend our thanks to Calgarians, and others who have expressed their condolences for our loss. We know you are grieving, too, and we truly appreciate the support."

    Police have said de Grood finished his late shift at a grocery store before going to a house party which was being held to celebrate the last day of classes at the University of Calgary. He was an invited guest and mingled with some of the 20 people there before he allegedly grabbed a large knife and started attacking people one by one.

    Police said a significant part of their investigation will focus on whether de Grood was suffering from mental illness and officers will be looking into any communications he had with people before the slayings.

    The Calgary Herald reported that de Grood sent disjointed and confusing text messages to his family before showing up at the party. The newspaper quoted an unnamed officer close to de Grood's father as saying the family was worried he might commit suicide that night. His mother called police and his father went looking for him, the source said. The story also said de Grood had mental health problems in high school.

    Fay said he knows nothing of any texts and had not heard that his client had been mentally unstable in the past. He said de Grood's family doesn't agree with a lot of things being reported in the news media, but did not elaborate.

    De Grood remains in custody at a psychiatric centre. Fay had earlier indicated a psychiatric assessment had been ordered, but clarified Thursday that that order had yet to be given. He said he expected the Crown would request one when de Grood appears in court Tuesday.

    Fay said he has met with de Grood, but the man's parents have yet to see their son.

    "He appeared distraught. He appeared upset. He appeared fearful. All those things that one would expect under those circumstances," Fay said of his client.

    Police spokesman Kevin Brookwell said any messages de Grood sent before the party would form "a significant part of this investigation." He told reporters that if any texts exist, they might help explain the suspect's state of mind and also provide clues to a motive.

    Investigators have said it appears there was nothing — no grudge or vendetta — that might have provoked the attack. They aren't even sure de Grood knew the victims.

    Brookwell said officers are still interviewing witnesses and piecing together what happened at the party. He said it's not known how one person managed to kill five people in a crowded home and escape. De Grood was taken into custody about 40 minutes after the attack, with the help of a police dog.

    "There's going to be a lot of guessing and everybody's trying to get that answer as to how this possibly could have happened and did no one intervene?" said Brookwell. "It is quite possible that people didn't even know it was going on, people froze."

    The victims have been identified as Zackariah Rathwell, 21, Jordan Segura, 22, Josh Hunter, 23, Kaitlin Perras, 23, and Lawrence Hong, 27.

    Two Edmonton prosecutors have been assigned to the case to address any perception of bias because of de Grood's father. Brookwell dismissed any notion that an outside police force should also be brought in.

    He said police made a speedy arrest and charges had been laid by the end of the day.

    The City of Calgary has lowered all flags at its municipal buildings and said they will remain at half-mast until sunset on the day of the last victim's funeral.

    The first service has been set for Segura on Monday.

  • Man charged with making death threats against father of Rehtaeh Parsons

    HALIFAX - Police in Halifax have charged a young man accused of making death threats against the father of Rehtaeh Parsons.

    Police won't disclose the name of the alleged victim or of the 19-year-old accused, who has yet to appear in court.

    But Parsons' father, Glen Canning, said Saturday the charges relate to online threats made against him last year.

    Canning also said police told him the accused is one of two teens facing child pornography-related charges in connection with his daughter's case.

    "They called me on Thursday night and mentioned that charges were filed in relation to the online threats that I had received," Canning said in an interview.

    Canning's daughter, Rehtaeh Parsons, was taken off life-support last April after attempting suicide in her Halifax home. Her family says the 17-year-old was relentlessly tormented after a photograph of her allegedly being sexually assaulted in November 2011 was passed around her school.

    Two teens face charges of distributing child pornography in connection with the case, while one of them also faces a charge of making child pornography. They cannot be named because they were under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged offences and both are charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

    RCMP spokesman Cpl. Scott MacRae said police began investigating the alleged death threats last Aug. 2 after receiving a complaint from a 49-year-old man.

    "It did take until April of this year to move the investigation along," he said. "There are means to eventually determine the ownership of the computer or possibility of who made the threats, albeit a complex process."

    MacRae said police executed a search warrant at a home in the suburb of Eastern Passage and seized a computer and electronic storage devices. A 19-year-old man was arrested at the home Thursday.

    He is due in court May 20 on charges including uttering death threats and criminal harassment.

    Canning, who has been an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault and cyberbullying, said he and his family have been the targets of online harassment since his daughter's death.

    But Canning said some comments went too far and that's when he contacted police.

    "I believe they were just threatening to kill me if I didn't shut up," he said.

  • Big money raised in colourful fundraiser

    KELOWNA – It’s the very latest in fundraising and it is extremely colourful.

    The Easter Seals Splash of Colour Family Fun Run was held in Kelowna and Vernon Saturday morning.

    Over 1,000 people burst through clouds of brightly coloured powder to raise money for Easter Seals Camp in Winfield.

    Participants were running, biking and pushing strollers on the 5 km course.

    There was an appropriate bunny theme thanks to the event being held on the Easter long weekend.

    "We raised approximately $95,000 in total for both cities with Kelowna coming in around $52,000 and Vernon doing extremely well at an estimated $43,000,”  president and CEO Easter Seals BC/Yukon Stephen Miller said. “The money we raise in the Okanagan helps Okanagan kids and their families.”

    Check out some of the pictures posted to social media during the run.

     

  • Free Yukon Blonde concert

    KELOWNA – Yes. A free concert by up-and-coming pop rockers Yukon Blonde.

    Frontman Jeff Innes, guitarist Brandon Scott and drummer Graham Jones originally hail from Kelowna where they started out as Alphababy in 2005.

    The trio reinvented themselves in 2005 as Yukon Blonde.

    The free concert goes May 19 at City Park and is part of the Red Bull Hometown Tour.

    The band’s debut album Everything in Everyway, was recorded in 2009 in Vancouver.

    You can RSVP for the Kelowna concert at Red Bull’s website.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • VIDEO: Air Canada under fire over video showing baggage being dropped

    TORONTO - Air Canada is apologizing after a video purporting to show a baggage handler dropping luggage from roughly six metres off the ground hit social media.

    The video, taken by a passenger on board a plane, shows a baggage handler dropping bags from a boarding gate to a luggage bin.

    The video posted April 18 on YouTube is titled "How Air Canada Handles Your Baggage," but it doesn't say where or when the incident occurred.

    It's generating a wide range of comments both on the video site and Twitter, with some people lambasting Air Canada and saying they won't fly on the airline again.

    Others were more charitable saying the airline should not be judged by the actions of one baggage handler.

    In Twitter posts on Saturday, Air Canada says it has launched an investigation and is "very disappointed & sorry about the actions in the video."

    "The actions don't reflect our procedure. We apologize for this," the airline said in another tweet.

  • Killer sponge discovered off Vancouver Island

    VANCOUVER - They look like fuzzy fingers, waving gently from the depths of the ocean floor but make no mistake — they're stone cold killers.

    Scientists have discovered four new species of carnivorous sponge off the Pacific Coast, including one deadly variety found hanging from the deep-sea ridges off southern Vancouver Island.

    Fortunately, these killers are about the size of a piece of spaghetti and they feed only on the tiny, shrimp-like amphipods and copepods that drift through the sea.

    "Sponges characteristically feed on small particles, like bacteria, little tiny guys," said Henry Reiswig, a retired professor of biology at McGill University, volunteer taxonomist at the University of Victoria and the Royal British Columbia Museum, and self-described "sponge guy."

    But these meat eaters feed on tiny crustaceans.

    "It's a snaring process involving spicules, pieces of glass on their surfaces that they use to snare," said Reiswig, who is "77 or something like that."

    Two of the newly discovered species were collected by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute off the California coast and another from a hydrothermal vent field in the Gulf of California off Mexico. The fourth hails from a formation called the Endeavour Segment on the Juan de Fuca Ridge, off south Vancouver Island.

    The Canadian beast, Cladorhiza caillieti, looks like a skinny bottle brush. The samples were five to seven centimetres long and only millimetres wide, found attached to the underside of overhanging ledges of basalt more than two thousand metres below sea level.

    Reiswig and William Austin, of the Khoyatan Marine Laboratory on Vancouver Island, were enlisted by marine biologist Lonny Lundsten from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to help identify the sponges.

    Carnivorous sponges were only discovered in 1995. Since then, only 137 species have been described, including these four. Just 11 of them were found in the North Pacific.

    They've been described as the Venus fly traps of the deep sea, a "truly extraordinary species," wrote Lonny Lundsten, the lead author of an article published in the most recent edition of the scientific journal Zootaxa.

    Lundsten said the samples were collected by remotely operated vehicles during other research, most of it geological surveys of the sea floor.

    Their meat-eating ways are believed to be an adaptation to the nutrient-poor environs of the deep sea, where most are found.

    "Typical sponges must continually beat the flagella of choanocytes to create a current which flows through their bodies. From this current they strain single celled organisms and bacteria, which they eat," Lundsten said in an email interview.

    "But constantly beating these flagella is not efficient, energetically, when food is largely unavailable. Rather than creating a current, carnivores act more like spiders webs, with a matrix of tiny hooks waiting to catch any plankton that drift past them in the currents."

    They're ancient. Specimens have been found in Jurassic sediment dating back 200 million years.

    Reiswig believes a single mutation is responsible for the many descendants being discovered today.

    "They're all over the world: Sweden, Antarctic and throughout the equatorial zones," he said. "But it only takes a million years or so for sponges to get around."

    So far, they've only been found in very deep water ranging from 600 to 3400 metres offshore. But we now know there are at least 11 species found in the northeast Pacific, he said.

    It's another small step in understanding the biodiversity of the largest and least known habitat on Earth, Lundsten said.

    "Each time we dive, we get a sense of what the early explorers must have felt exploring new worlds and seeing things no one had ever seen before. In that sense, we will continue exploring this last remaining wild frontier on planet earth."

  • Drivers warned about snow on the Coq

    DUMP OF SNOW EXPECTED SATURDAY NIGHT

    KELOWNA – If you are driving to or from the Lower Mainland Saturday, you better still have winter tires on your vehicle.

    Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Coquihalla Highway from Merritt to Hope.

    Up to 15 cm of snow is expected as a Pacific frontal system spreads moisture to the Coquihalla summit.

    The rain will start on Saturday afternoon before turning to snow as the freezing level falls thanks to an approaching cold front.

    The freezing level will drop to 1,200 m Saturday evening and 900 m overnight.

    The snow, at times heavy, will taper to a few flurries or showers by early Sunday morning.

    For the very latest weather conditions go to Environment Canada's website and for the very latest highway conditions check out Drive B.C.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infotelnews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

  • Long-awaited response to petition to deport Justin Bieber

    WASHINGTON - The White House has two words for those who want President Barack Obama to deport Justin Bieber: No comment.

    Nearly 275,000 people signed an Internet petition calling the Canadian-born teen idol reckless and asking Obama to revoke his green card.

    That's far more than required to merit an official response through the White House's "We the People" program.

    The White House says it's sorry to disappoint, but it won't be commenting. It's citing a caveat that lets the White House decline to address certain petitions.

    But the White House is using the occasion to argue that an immigration overhaul could shrink deficits by nearly $1 trillion over two decades.

    The White House says that's equivalent to 12.5 billion concert tickets — or 100 billion copies of Bieber's debut album.

    ...More...

  • Respect our privacy; families of Calgary mass murder victims release statement

    "UNIMAGINABLE SORROW"

    CALGARY - The families of the victims stabbed to death at a party in Calgary on Tuesday have joined together to issue a statement about the horrific crime.

    Matthew de Grood faces five counts of first-degree murder in what police are calling the worst mass murder in the city's history.

    "In this time of tremendous grief and tragedy, our five families have come together as one. We know the public and media are searching to understand how this could have happened, as are we. But we also know that these answers will take time and nothing will come as quickly as we want or need.

    "As a group, we have come together to support one another, and in time, start the healing process. First, we must say goodbye to our loved ones, which includes memorials and funerals over the coming days and weeks.

    "We ask that in this time of unimaginable sorrow, you respect our privacy and give us the breathing room we need to come to grips with what has happened to Josh, Zack, Kaiti, Jordan and Lawrence.

    "We are not at a point where we are ready to speak publicly to any media outlet or reporter. We can assure you that when the time comes we, as a group, will do so. This will be co-ordinated through the Public Affairs/Media Relations Unit of the Calgary Police Service.

    "We ask that you extend this privacy to the witnesses and close friends of our beloved five, as they, too, are suffering unimaginable grief. When the time comes for them to speak out, they will do it with the help of the CPS.

    "Over the coming days, we will be releasing details of various funds where donations can be made to support the numerous bursaries and scholarships being planned to remember our loved ones.

    "We wish to extend our thanks to Calgarians, and others who have expressed their condolences for our loss. We know you are grieving, too, and we truly appreciate the support."

    Police have said de Grood finished his late shift at a grocery store before going to a house party which was being held to celebrate the last day of classes at the University of Calgary. He was an invited guest and mingled with some of the 20 people there before he allegedly grabbed a large knife and started attacking people one by one.

    Police said a significant part of their investigation will focus on whether de Grood was suffering from mental illness and officers will be looking into any communications he had with people before the slayings.

    The Calgary Herald reported that de Grood sent disjointed and confusing text messages to his family before showing up at the party. The newspaper quoted an unnamed officer close to de Grood's father as saying the family was worried he might commit suicide that night. His mother called police and his father went looking for him, the source said. The story also said de Grood had mental health problems in high school.

    Fay said he knows nothing of any texts and had not heard that his client had been mentally unstable in the past. He said de Grood's family doesn't agree with a lot of things being reported in the news media, but did not elaborate.

    De Grood remains in custody at a psychiatric centre. Fay had earlier indicated a psychiatric assessment had been ordered, but clarified Thursday that that order had yet to be given. He said he expected the Crown would request one when de Grood appears in court Tuesday.

    Fay said he has met with de Grood, but the man's parents have yet to see their son.

    "He appeared distraught. He appeared upset. He appeared fearful. All those things that one would expect under those circumstances," Fay said of his client.

    Police spokesman Kevin Brookwell said any messages de Grood sent before the party would form "a significant part of this investigation." He told reporters that if any texts exist, they might help explain the suspect's state of mind and also provide clues to a motive.

    Investigators have said it appears there was nothing — no grudge or vendetta — that might have provoked the attack. They aren't even sure de Grood knew the victims.

    Brookwell said officers are still interviewing witnesses and piecing together what happened at the party. He said it's not known how one person managed to kill five people in a crowded home and escape. De Grood was taken into custody about 40 minutes after the attack, with the help of a police dog.

    "There's going to be a lot of guessing and everybody's trying to get that answer as to how this possibly could have happened and did no one intervene?" said Brookwell. "It is quite possible that people didn't even know it was going on, people froze."

    The victims have been identified as Zackariah Rathwell, 21, Jordan Segura, 22, Josh Hunter, 23, Kaitlin Perras, 23, and Lawrence Hong, 27.

    Two Edmonton prosecutors have been assigned to the case to address any perception of bias because of de Grood's father. Brookwell dismissed any notion that an outside police force should also be brought in.

    He said police made a speedy arrest and charges had been laid by the end of the day.

    The City of Calgary has lowered all flags at its municipal buildings and said they will remain at half-mast until sunset on the day of the last victim's funeral.

    The first service has been set for Segura on Monday.

    ...More...

  • Man charged with making death threats against father of Rehtaeh Parsons

    HALIFAX - Police in Halifax have charged a young man accused of making death threats against the father of Rehtaeh Parsons.

    Police won't disclose the name of the alleged victim or of the 19-year-old accused, who has yet to appear in court.

    But Parsons' father, Glen Canning, said Saturday the charges relate to online threats made against him last year.

    Canning also said police told him the accused is one of two teens facing child pornography-related charges in connection with his daughter's case.

    "They called me on Thursday night and mentioned that charges were filed in relation to the online threats that I had received," Canning said in an interview.

    Canning's daughter, Rehtaeh Parsons, was taken off life-support last April after attempting suicide in her Halifax home. Her family says the 17-year-old was relentlessly tormented after a photograph of her allegedly being sexually assaulted in November 2011 was passed around her school.

    Two teens face charges of distributing child pornography in connection with the case, while one of them also faces a charge of making child pornography. They cannot be named because they were under the age of 18 at the time of the alleged offences and both are charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

    RCMP spokesman Cpl. Scott MacRae said police began investigating the alleged death threats last Aug. 2 after receiving a complaint from a 49-year-old man.

    "It did take until April of this year to move the investigation along," he said. "There are means to eventually determine the ownership of the computer or possibility of who made the threats, albeit a complex process."

    MacRae said police executed a search warrant at a home in the suburb of Eastern Passage and seized a computer and electronic storage devices. A 19-year-old man was arrested at the home Thursday.

    He is due in court May 20 on charges including uttering death threats and criminal harassment.

    Canning, who has been an outspoken advocate for victims of sexual assault and cyberbullying, said he and his family have been the targets of online harassment since his daughter's death.

    But Canning said some comments went too far and that's when he contacted police.

    "I believe they were just threatening to kill me if I didn't shut up," he said.

    ...More...

  • Big money raised in colourful fundraiser

    KELOWNA – It’s the very latest in fundraising and it is extremely colourful.

    The Easter Seals Splash of Colour Family Fun Run was held in Kelowna and Vernon Saturday morning.

    Over 1,000 people burst through clouds of brightly coloured powder to raise money for Easter Seals Camp in Winfield.

    Participants were running, biking and pushing strollers on the 5 km course.

    There was an appropriate bunny theme thanks to the event being held on the Easter long weekend.

    "We raised approximately $95,000 in total for both cities with Kelowna coming in around $52,000 and Vernon doing extremely well at an estimated $43,000,”  president and CEO Easter Seals BC/Yukon Stephen Miller said. “The money we raise in the Okanagan helps Okanagan kids and their families.”

    Check out some of the pictures posted to social media during the run.

     

    ...More...

  • Free Yukon Blonde concert

    KELOWNA – Yes. A free concert by up-and-coming pop rockers Yukon Blonde.

    Frontman Jeff Innes, guitarist Brandon Scott and drummer Graham Jones originally hail from Kelowna where they started out as Alphababy in 2005.

    The trio reinvented themselves in 2005 as Yukon Blonde.

    The free concert goes May 19 at City Park and is part of the Red Bull Hometown Tour.

    The band’s debut album Everything in Everyway, was recorded in 2009 in Vancouver.

    You can RSVP for the Kelowna concert at Red Bull’s website.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw at aproskiw@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-0428. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

    ...More...

  • VIDEO: Air Canada under fire over video showing baggage being dropped

    TORONTO - Air Canada is apologizing after a video purporting to show a baggage handler dropping luggage from roughly six metres off the ground hit social media.

    The video, taken by a passenger on board a plane, shows a baggage handler dropping bags from a boarding gate to a luggage bin.

    The video posted April 18 on YouTube is titled "How Air Canada Handles Your Baggage," but it doesn't say where or when the incident occurred.

    It's generating a wide range of comments both on the video site and Twitter, with some people lambasting Air Canada and saying they won't fly on the airline again.

    Others were more charitable saying the airline should not be judged by the actions of one baggage handler.

    In Twitter posts on Saturday, Air Canada says it has launched an investigation and is "very disappointed & sorry about the actions in the video."

    "The actions don't reflect our procedure. We apologize for this," the airline said in another tweet.

    ...More...

  • Killer sponge discovered off Vancouver Island

    VANCOUVER - They look like fuzzy fingers, waving gently from the depths of the ocean floor but make no mistake — they're stone cold killers.

    Scientists have discovered four new species of carnivorous sponge off the Pacific Coast, including one deadly variety found hanging from the deep-sea ridges off southern Vancouver Island.

    Fortunately, these killers are about the size of a piece of spaghetti and they feed only on the tiny, shrimp-like amphipods and copepods that drift through the sea.

    "Sponges characteristically feed on small particles, like bacteria, little tiny guys," said Henry Reiswig, a retired professor of biology at McGill University, volunteer taxonomist at the University of Victoria and the Royal British Columbia Museum, and self-described "sponge guy."

    But these meat eaters feed on tiny crustaceans.

    "It's a snaring process involving spicules, pieces of glass on their surfaces that they use to snare," said Reiswig, who is "77 or something like that."

    Two of the newly discovered species were collected by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute off the California coast and another from a hydrothermal vent field in the Gulf of California off Mexico. The fourth hails from a formation called the Endeavour Segment on the Juan de Fuca Ridge, off south Vancouver Island.

    The Canadian beast, Cladorhiza caillieti, looks like a skinny bottle brush. The samples were five to seven centimetres long and only millimetres wide, found attached to the underside of overhanging ledges of basalt more than two thousand metres below sea level.

    Reiswig and William Austin, of the Khoyatan Marine Laboratory on Vancouver Island, were enlisted by marine biologist Lonny Lundsten from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute to help identify the sponges.

    Carnivorous sponges were only discovered in 1995. Since then, only 137 species have been described, including these four. Just 11 of them were found in the North Pacific.

    They've been described as the Venus fly traps of the deep sea, a "truly extraordinary species," wrote Lonny Lundsten, the lead author of an article published in the most recent edition of the scientific journal Zootaxa.

    Lundsten said the samples were collected by remotely operated vehicles during other research, most of it geological surveys of the sea floor.

    Their meat-eating ways are believed to be an adaptation to the nutrient-poor environs of the deep sea, where most are found.

    "Typical sponges must continually beat the flagella of choanocytes to create a current which flows through their bodies. From this current they strain single celled organisms and bacteria, which they eat," Lundsten said in an email interview.

    "But constantly beating these flagella is not efficient, energetically, when food is largely unavailable. Rather than creating a current, carnivores act more like spiders webs, with a matrix of tiny hooks waiting to catch any plankton that drift past them in the currents."

    They're ancient. Specimens have been found in Jurassic sediment dating back 200 million years.

    Reiswig believes a single mutation is responsible for the many descendants being discovered today.

    "They're all over the world: Sweden, Antarctic and throughout the equatorial zones," he said. "But it only takes a million years or so for sponges to get around."

    So far, they've only been found in very deep water ranging from 600 to 3400 metres offshore. But we now know there are at least 11 species found in the northeast Pacific, he said.

    It's another small step in understanding the biodiversity of the largest and least known habitat on Earth, Lundsten said.

    "Each time we dive, we get a sense of what the early explorers must have felt exploring new worlds and seeing things no one had ever seen before. In that sense, we will continue exploring this last remaining wild frontier on planet earth."

    ...More...

  • Drivers warned about snow on the Coq

    DUMP OF SNOW EXPECTED SATURDAY NIGHT

    KELOWNA – If you are driving to or from the Lower Mainland Saturday, you better still have winter tires on your vehicle.

    Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Coquihalla Highway from Merritt to Hope.

    Up to 15 cm of snow is expected as a Pacific frontal system spreads moisture to the Coquihalla summit.

    The rain will start on Saturday afternoon before turning to snow as the freezing level falls thanks to an approaching cold front.

    The freezing level will drop to 1,200 m Saturday evening and 900 m overnight.

    The snow, at times heavy, will taper to a few flurries or showers by early Sunday morning.

    For the very latest weather conditions go to Environment Canada's website and for the very latest highway conditions check out Drive B.C.

    To contact the reporter for this story, email Howard Alexander at halexander@infotelnews.ca or call 250-491-0331. To contact the editor, email mjones@infotelnews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

    ...More...

  • Rockets edge Hawks in conference final thriller

    GAME TWO TONIGHT AT PROSPERA

    KELOWNA - The Kelowna Rockets defeated the Portland Winterhawks 5-4 in a thrilling opening game of the WHL Western Conference final, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to earn the win in front of a sold-out crowd at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

    Tyson Baillie scored a goal and added two assists for the Rockets, who got better as the game went on including a third period that saw Kelowna outshoot the Winterhawks 14-4 and score twice to complete the comeback victory.

    "Our team has had belief all year," Rockets head coach Ryan Huska said."I thought it was important that we continued to have patience. Our older players did a good job of staying positive tonight and guys found a way to chip away and score some timely goals."

    After falling behind 3-0 midway through the first period, Baillie opened the scoring on a quick wrist shot, before captain Madison Bowey made it 3-2 with a short-handed marker, with under a minute to play in the first period.

    The team's exchanged goals in the second period as Portland jumped ahead 4-2 before Rourke Chartier cut the lead to 4-3.

    In the third the Rockets took over, taking the game to Portland and scoring twice to earn the win. Justin Kirkland tied the game with a tip-in of a Bowey shot, setting the stage for Jesse Lees to score the game-winning-goal, banging home a rebound six minutes into the third.

    Attendance at Prospera Place was 6,218.

    The series continues on Saturday night with game two at Prospera Place in Kelowna.

    Tickets are available through www.selectyourtickets.com, at the box office or by phone at  250-762-5050.

    Meanwhile, Cody Corbett had a pair of goals and Curtis Lazar added a goal and an assist as the Oil Kings pumped Medicine Hat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference final.

    Griffin Reinhart, Luke Bertolucci, Brandon Baddock, Dysin Mayo and Brett Pollock also scored for Edmonton, which used a five-goal second period to pull away.

    Curtis Valk extended his point streak to nine games for the Tigers by scoring twice and Alex Mowbray had the other.

    Tristan Jarry made 28 saves for the Oil Kings. Marek Langhamer allowed five goals on 22 shots for Medicine Hat while Nick Schneider let in three goals on eight shots in 6:22 of relief.

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  • Colouring Easter eggs? Roll out the fun with shaving cream and food dye

    If dyeing Easter eggs with vinegar and colour tablets is feeling old, reach for a new duo: shaving cream and liquid food colouring.

    It's a tactile project many kids will enjoy — especially swirling the colours into the cream.

    "They thought it was really cool to drop the food colouring into the shaving cream and take the toothpick and swirl it," Sarah Barrand of Caldwell, Idaho, says of her four children.

    "And the shaving cream will actually even help clean up the mess afterward," she wrote in her blog, A Thrifty Mom.

    As simple as the traditional egg-dyeing method but potentially messier, this method involves filling a deep-sided baking pan or sheet with an inch of shaving cream — no more, to be thrifty — and then smoothing it so colours won't run together. Randomly add drops of two to four colours — more than that "creates brown or ugly green," says Barrand.

    With a toothpick or lollipop stick, swirl the colours through the shaving cream, being careful not to over-mix. "Large swirls and loops will give the layering effect," writes Barrand in her blog.

    Working from one end of the pan to the other in a straight line, roll a hard-boiled egg through the swirled colours and deposit it in an egg carton to dry. Wear rubber gloves or the food colouring will dye your hands.

    Barrand could roll three eggs in a 9-by-9-inch pan before the colours muddied. When that occurs, rinse and dry the pan, add more shaving cream — don't use shaving gel — and start the process anew.

    After 3 minutes, clean off an egg to check its colour — likely a light pastel. For darker shades, wait 10 minutes so the food dye has more time to seep into the eggshell. The eggs will look as if they've been tie-dyed.

    If you're concerned about using shaving cream on an edible egg, use whipping cream instead, Barrand says. Or blow out the eggs before coloring them.

    "An eggshell is porous, so technically if you left it for like a day, I wouldn't recommend eating it, but it's only in the shaving cream for a few minutes," Barrand says. "My kids totally ate all the eggs."

    Use a glass pan, if you have it; the liquid colour may stain metal pans where they're scratched or pitted. Create new colours in glass cups before dropping them into the shaving cream.

    "Our kids enjoyed every part. With the old tablets and vinegar, they always got bored and thought it smelled," Barrand says in her blog.

    Find other easy egg-dyeing ideas — colouring with Kool-Aid, Sharpie pens, crayons, glitter, tissue paper and more — at Pinterest.com.

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