French composer dies from bear attack while gathering nature sounds in Northwest Territories
French composer for the Brittany Symphony Orchestra Julien Gauthier is dead following a sudden encounter with a bear while gathering sounds for a music project in the Northwest Territories.
“His work was faithful to his curious spirit, humble in front of the vast power and beauty of nature. He wanted to transmit through his music, to the public, his love and respect for nature,” Orchestra director Marc Feldman said.
Bell Let’s Talk is partnering up with the Northwestel and government of the Northwest Territories to announce a $500,000 collaboration to support the Strongest Families Institute. Strongest Families is an award-winning charity that provides mental health services to youth and adults throughout the N.W.T. according to a press release.
The Institute helps families to overcome anxiety and behavioural challenges through the use of various evidence-based programs. Operating out of nine provinces in total, coaches provide support any time of the day or night, available in both French and English. Strongest Families also partners with Indigenous advisors to help better connect with people’s needs. The Institute is also committed to respecting the privacy of those they support.
“Our government is committed to making decisions to improve the lives of NWT residents. By partnering with Bell Let’s Talk, Northwestel and the Strongest Families Institute, we are able to provide individuals, families, caregivers and youth with mental wellness and behavioural challenge supports when and where they need them from their home community. There is no waitlist for this innovative, flexible and evidence-based service that is available by phone and can be scheduled around each person’s needs.” said Diane Thom, Minister of Health and Social Services.
One of Strongest Families’ approach is to have weekly 45-minute calls with their clients over a 12 week period, or more if necessary. The clients are given handbooks on different ways that they may be able to deal with their particular mental health issue. There are also videos to accompany the handbook that demonstrate how such skills might be implemented.
“Strongest Families Institute is proud to partner with the Government of the Northwest Territories (NWT), Bell Let’s Talk and Northwestel, to increase access to timely mental health services for children, youth, adults and families. We are honoured to work with these partners to improve access to care. The announcement of this investment allows us to provide our skill-based programs that are proven to overcome mental health issues to NWT residents. Equipping people with life skills will lead to a healthier future. Through today’s announcement of matched funding, together we will improve the well-being of those in need of assistance. Strongest Families Institute applauds Bell Let’s Talk, the Government of the Northwest Territories and Northwestel on their funding commitment to improved mental health wellness for all.” said Dr. Patricia Lingley-Pottie, President and CEO of Strongest Families Institute.
According to Lingley-Pottie about 90 percent of clients report that their mental health issue was eventually resolved or at least improved significantly by the time they had finished the program.
“Bell Let’s Talk is pleased to build on our existing partnership with the Strongest Families Institute to bring new mental health resources to families in the Northwest Territories. Bell and Northwestel share the Government of the Northwest Territories’ commitment to expanding access to mental health support in ways that will make a real difference in people’s lives,” said Mary Deacon, Chair of Bell Let’s Talk.
“As a longstanding partner of Bell Let’s Talk and a passionate supporter of mental health in the North, Northwestel is proud to be involved in today’s announcement about how we will make additional resources available to Northwest Territories families. Mental health affects all of us, and I want to thank Bell Let’s Talk, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and the Strongest Families Institute for the work they are doing to make mental health a priority in our communities,” said Curtis Shaw, President of Northwestel
Bell will donate 5 cents to Canadian mental health programs for each text sent at no extra cost to the consumer. One of the main goals is to remove the stigma of discussing issues of mental health publicly. Bell Let’s Talk will be on January 29th.
An 84-year-old man has been arrested after firing shots at a mosque in France. Two people have been injured.
The suspect was a former candidate of the far-right National Rally party, according to police sources.
He was arrested near his home in Saint-Martin-de-Seignanx after police found a gun, gas cylinder, and grenades in his possession. He is an 84-year-old former soldier.
The shooting occurred in the Bayonne region of France, according to the Independent.
A 74-year-old and 78-year-old were both rushed to the hospital after being gravely wounded.
This is a Breaking News article, and will be updated with more information available.
Sixty-two-year-old Mario Laplante has been charged with Possession of Child Pornography and Making Available Child Pornography under Sec 163.1(4) and Sec 163.1(3) of Canada’s Criminal Code.
According to an RCMP news release, Laplante’s charges come as a result of a “proactive investigation initiated by the NT RCMP Internet Child Exploitation Unit (ICE). Mario Laplante, a 62-year-old-man residing in Whati, has been charged in relation to a child pornography investigation.”
Since his initial arrest, Laplante has been released under strict conditions, and now must reside at his Ontario residence.
A publication ban is currently in police leading up to his court date; and, thus, few details remain. However, police have said that he is scheduled to appear before the Court on January 14th, 2020.
According to the RCMP, “The NT RCMP ICE Unit is a newly established unit, comprised of two RCMP members that conduct investigations focusing on crimes involving child exploitation and/or abuse on the Internet.
“The NT ICE Unit encourage anybody interested in learning about important topics such as online child exploitation, cyberbullying and internet safety is encouraged to visit Cybertip.ca and ProtectKidsOnline.ca.”
A post from a zoo in France has gotten attention following the scratching of a “stupid” person’s name into the back of a rhinoceros, according to the Zoo of Palmyre’s Facebook.
The post lambastes the “stupidity” of the two who scratched their names; one named Julien and one named Camille.
“Regarding the inscription found a few days ago on the back of one of our rhinos, the park’s management is obviously outraged by the stupidity of the inscription’s author,” the post, originally in French, said.
“Because of the layer of dust, dried sand and dead skin that covers the back of the animal, the inscription was easily erased with the help of a brush and did not cause any discomfort to the animal.”
Zoo director Pierre Caille told AFP the two taggers “probably used their nails,” but that the rhino may “not have even realized” that the duo were putting their signature on its back.
The zoo says they remain active in ensuring the safety of all animals in their exhibits. The rhino’s exhibit is large enough for the rhinos to stay far from the walls if they so desire, but oftentimes they will get close enough to the enclosure walls that attendants can pet the back of the animal.
La Palmyre is one of the most visited zoos in France.