Interior First Nations asks B.C. to partner on moose, caribou stewardship

The interim vice-chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government (TNG) says they have reached out to the B.C. government to partner with them to promote ‘reasonable’ stewardship of moose and caribou populations.

Although there are no allocations for cow moose in their territory west of Williams Lake, the TNG vehemently opposes this year’s antlerless moose hunt in B.C.

Xeni Gwet’in First Nation Chief Jimmy Lulua said for years now they have refrained from exercising their Aboriginal rights and traditional way of life to preserve the species.

“It’s frustrating that the government can come in and decide to undo all the years of sacrifice with poor management decisions,” Lulua said in a news release.

“My fellow Tsilhqot’in Chiefs and I have made the decision to refrain from hunting cow and calf moose with the expectation that B.C. would also do the same to ensure a sustainable future for generations to come.”

Data provided by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development shows licensed hunting of cow and calf moose have been concentrated within mountain caribou recovery areas over the past number of years.

This year the B.C. government authorized 400 cow/calf Limited Entry Hunting (LEH) tags —an increase of 57 animals. All but 78 of them fall outside the caribou recovery areas of Revelstoke and Parsnip north of Prince George.

By removing moose in such areas, predators, mainly wolves, are reduced and thus decrease predation on threatened mountain caribou, a ministry spokesperson said.

Despite the province hailing the antlerless moose hunt in caribou recovery areas as ‘good science,’ ?Esdilagh First Nation Chief Roy Stump believes otherwise.

“It remains deeply concerning that the province continues to push misconceived measures to recover caribou herds,” Stump said in a news release, arguing there is little evidence to suggest killing moose will correct the over-abundance of wolves and lead caribou recovery.

“This is a desperate attempt for the province to address caribou recovery because it is something that they have failed to do appropriately for years now,” he said.

The largest caribou herd in the Revelstoke area had stabilized after moose were reduced by approximately 80 per cent, said the ministry. However, two small herds continued to decline, and there appears to have been little if any benefit to caribou numbers in the Parsnip Valley.

Not all authorizations result in a kill, and of the 357 authorizations last year just 79 were successful.

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This year’s 400 cow/calf authorizations are a far cry from the 2,032 approved in 2011.

“We do not support the antlerless LEH and we invite the province to work with our nation to develop and implement more technically and culturally sound management measures when it comes to caribou recovery,” Stump said.

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With Investment from Interior Logic Group, Roomored Solidifies Position as Nation’s Premier Virtual Home Design Solution

ILG adds Roomored’s virtual design capabilities to its enterprise technology platform for homebuilders.

DALLAS, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Roomored, a visualization platform that allows homebuilders to drive the virtual home buying experience through sales and design technology, announced a strategic investment from Interior Logic Group (ILG), the nation’s leading provider of interior finish solutions for homebuilders. 

With this investment, Roomored will accelerate the adoption of its virtual modeling technology that enables a fully digital, end-to-end experience for homebuilders to engage buyers — transforming the way people shop for and design their homes. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the home search and customization process online, with virtual touring increasing by 400% since February. Combine that with an acceleration of existing home sales, and homebuyers are increasingly looking for ways to realize their perfect vision of a dream home.

Roomored, powered by ILG, provides a uniquely immersive experience for home and interior finish selection that homebuilders can offer buyers entirely online, while still accommodating those who prefer to meet in a sales office or design studio.

“ILG immediately recognized the vast market potential of Roomored’s mission to revolutionize the homebuilding industry. Their investment provides us with the capital, resources, and relationships needed to rapidly scale our business and offer even more capabilities,” said Roomored CEO Farrukh Malik. “With ILG backing us, Roomored is positioned to continue transforming the homebuyer experience with digital-first solutions at every stage of the process.”

The investment from ILG will bolster the company’s sales force, expedite integrations with third-party services, and accelerate the development of new technology offerings. 

Used by some of the industry’s top homebuilders, Roomored’s solutions include virtual walkthrough tours that allow homebuyers to browse, visualize and select finish options for their future homes. For homebuilders, Roomored dramatically reduces cycle times for home purchase and design and boosts revenue from upgrades.

“We were impressed with the way Roomored’s lead capture and visualization tools bring the entire home design process into the cloud,” said ILG CEO Alan K. Davenport. “The nation’s building industry has been clamoring for these capabilities as buyers become increasingly confident in making home-related decisions online, a trend that has only grown with the pandemic. We’re excited for the strategic investment in Roomored, which will become a key component of ILG’s innovative and unique technology platform.”

About Roomored
Roomored Inc. transforms the way homebuyers shop for and design their homes. Roomored’s visualization tools provide unlimited finish options, including flooring, cabinets and countertops, enabling builders to offer real-time design and selections directly to homebuyers, without having to enter a design center, showroom, or model home. Join leading homebuilders across North America in using Roomored’s technology. For more information visit www.roomored.com.  

About Interior Logic Group, Inc.
Powered by its industry-leading technology platform, Interior Logic Group, Inc. is  the largest provider of interior design and finish solutions to homebuilders. Our scalable solutions increase homebuilder profitability and improve construction quality and cycle times. We also provide supply chain management and

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Two Gulf nations will recognize Israel at the White House. Here’s what’s in it for all sides

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will join the foreign ministers of the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain at the White House to mark historic normalization agreements between Israel and the two Arab countries.



a man wearing a suit and tie: WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 27: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on January 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump said tomorrow he will announce the administration's much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)


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WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 27: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) welcomes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on January 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. President Trump said tomorrow he will announce the administration’s much-anticipated plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The last time such a ceremony took place in Washington was in 1994, when President Bill Clinton looked on as Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Jordanian King Hussein signed a declaration that paved the way for a peace deal months later.

For Trump, the timing is crucial. Less than two months before an election in which he trails in the polls, normalization agreements between Israel, the UAE, and Bahrain are major foreign policy achievements, even if the region was gradually moving towards these relationships regardless of who occupied the White House.

How did we get here?

For years, Israel has had covert relations with many of the Sunni Gulf states, driven in recent years by a mutual de facto alliance against Iran. Even so, the relations pre-date the Iran nuclear deal by more than a decade in some cases, as Gulf states looked to take advantage of Israel’s high-tech scene and Israel looked to secure its place in a turbulent Middle East.

Chief among these behind-the-scenes relations was the United Arab Emirates, with numerous public examples of the growing ties between the two states becoming more common. In late-2015, Israel opened a diplomatic-level mission to the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi. In 2018, then-culture minister Miri Regev made a state visit to the Grand Mosque on the heels of an Israeli gold medal at a judo tournament in the Emirates. Israel was also invited to Expo 2020 Dubai, a world expo that has since been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.



a large building with White House in the background: The White House stands in Washington D.C., on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.


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The White House stands in Washington D.C., on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019.

Like the UAE, Bahrain also had covert ties with Israel stretching back years. In addition, Bahrain has a small but sustained Jewish community, with one of its members serving as the country’s ambassador to the United States from 2008-2013. The small Gulf kingdom also hosted the unveiling of the economic portion of the White House’s plan for Middle East peace, signaling a willingness to engage with the US — and subsequently Israel — on the issue, even at a time when no progress on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict appears possible.

Crucially the UAE and Bahrain are also close allies of the US, with each country hosting a significant US military presence. The US Air Force has deployed F-35 fighter jets to an air base in Abu Dhabi, while the Navy’s Fifth Fleet and Central Command are based in Bahrain.

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