3rd/4th Grade Presented by Bruns-Gutzwiller, Inc.KFC/Taco Bell 46, Batesville Lions Club 16Enhanced Telecommunications Corporation 32, Daffodilly’s Flowers and Gifts 9New Point Stone Company 19, Cook’s Performances 165th/6th Grade League Presented by Skyline Chili Batesville and Ison’s Family PizzaEnneking’s Auto Body 37, FCN Bank 33Margaret Mary Health 33, Voldico Insurance- Shannon Tekulve 29Knights of Columbus #1461 23, Gilman’s Hardware 18Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jay Gerkin.
A FOUR-MEMBER team will represent Guyana at the North American Power Lifting (NAPF) Caribbean Powerlifting Championships set for August 15 to 20 in St Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.The team includes lone female lifter Andrea Alicia Smith as well as male lifters Erwyn Smith and Karel Mars, with Kathleen Paul as the team manager.Ms Smith will be competing in the Women’s 63kg Open Division with her sights set on obliterating the current Squat and Deadlift records in her division which stand at 160kg (352lb) and 142.5kg (314lb) respectively.Mr Smith will be competing in the Men’s 93kg Open Division tomorrow at 09:35hrs while Karel Mars will be lifting at 13:00hrs. kindTeam Guyana had been plagued with sponsorship issues for this overseas engagement but timely assistance from some members of Corporate Guyana and ordinary citizens made this trip a reality for the trio.Guyana’s team was initially set at 22 comprising of 19 athletes and 3 officials. It was, however, reduced after the competition’s organisers changed the format.The team was further reduced due to sponsorship issues, which found the athletes applying for individual sponsorship even as the Federation appealed to Corporate sponsors and Government.The Government had chipped in to sponsor the female athlete while other sponsors were Public Utilities Commission, International Pharmaceutical Agency, Demerara Harbour Bridge Ltd, GUYOIL, Evan’s Brother Automotive, Hand-in-Hand, DIGICEL, Tower Suites, Demerara Mutual, Caribbean Airlines and Sookraj Cambio.
If you do not already include tankless water heaters as part of the signature features in your homes and remodels, you should at least understand why so many folks are in love with the benefits. The reasons just may surprise you — and hopefully motivate you to learn how to sell more of them and how to better satisfy your clients.When I sell tankless water heaters, I do not sell them based on their perceived water efficiency or that they provide instant hot water. In fact those are myths that I usually have to dispel first before talking about their benefits.I explain that hot water users will still have to wait for the hot water to travel from the water heater (tanked or tankless) to the location you want the hot water. No, they are not wireless, and the only way to get hot water immediately from the tap is either by moving the water heater (tank or tankless) closer to the tap or by installing a hot water circulation loop. Tankless water heaters instantly heat the water, but they do not instantly transport it.Next I explain that users may actually end up using more water, not less, because tankless water heaters mean they will never run out of hot water. Thus their teenagers can take endless showers knowing they will never run out of hot water. That’s why the Rinnai website is www.foreverhotwater.com and not something else! HOW TO SELL GREEN UPGRADESPart One: Radiant Barrier PaintsPart Three: Energy AuditsPart Four: Exhaust FansPart Five: Electrical ImprovementsPart Six: Better InsulationPart Seven: A Few Small Things So if they are not so green, what about tankless water heaters makes them so attractive? First and foremost, if you live in a warm climate, you can install them unobtrusively outdoors. That means you can (a) more easily service the unit because the plumber does not have to come in the house to flush it, (b) you have no need for a vent stack, which saves money on the stack and labor to install it, (c) No stack means one less ugly roof penetration and thus one less place a roof can leak, (d) Exterior installation gives you the option of a hot water hose bib right outside the house, and (e) Exterior installation also frees up the closet it was located in for more storage, or it gets a ticking time bomb out of the attic which is where most tanked water heaters are stored in our region of the country.But regardless of location, a tankless water heater makes sense when dedicated to the master bathroom. A tankless enables the user of an oversized 6-foot tub to actually fill and keep it filled with hot water. And when you install dueling shower heads in a new oversized shower, a tankless ensures the same.The bottom line in bathrooms is that we have yet to remodel one in order to make it smaller — nobody ever asks for a smaller tub or shower! When you locate that tankless near the master bath, you can get very close to achieving instant hot water right when you turn on the tap. And the client can still keep the existing tanked water heater in the home if it is operating OK — adding a tankless and dedicating it to the master bath will actually extend the life of the existing tanked unit because it will get less use!And finally, whether installed inside or out, stand-alone or in conjunction with a tanked water heater, tankless models simply resonate with homeowners because they understand the easiest concept to grasp of them all — when you are not using hot water, you aren’t using energy to heat it!
This post originally appeared at Yale Environment 360. Summers in the city can be extremely hot — several degrees hotter than in the surrounding countryside. But recent research indicates that it may not have to be that way. The systematic replacement of dark surfaces with white could lower heat wave maximum temperatures by 2° Celsius or more. And with climate change and continued urbanization set to intensify “urban heat islands,” the case for such aggressive local geoengineering to maintain our cool grows.The meteorological phenomenon of the urban heat island has been well known since giant cities began to emerge in the 19th century. The materials that comprise most city buildings and roads reflect much less solar radiation — and absorb more — than the vegetation they have replaced. They radiate some of that energy in the form of heat into the surrounding air.The darker the surface, the more the heating. Fresh asphalt reflects only 4% of sunlight compared to as much as 25% for natural grassland and up to 90% for a white surface such as fresh snow.Most of the roughly 2% of the earth’s land surface covered in urban development suffers from some level of urban heating. New York City averages 1-3° C warmer than the surrounding countryside, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — and as much as 12° warmer during some evenings. The effect is so pervasive that some climate skeptics have seriously claimed that global warming is merely an illusion created by thousands of once-rural meteorological stations becoming surrounded by urban development. Climate change researchers adjust for such measurement bias, so that claim does not stand up. Nonetheless, the effect is real and pervasive. So, argues a recent study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, if dark heat-absorbing surfaces are warming our cities, why not negate the effect by installing white roofs and other light-colored surfaces to reflect back the sun’s rays? Cool Roofs Cut Urban Water ConsumptionJunk Science and the Heat-Island EffectDo Green Roofs Temper Urban Heat?Los Angeles Lightens Streets in Bid to Stay CoolDenver’s Green Roof Ordinance Kicks In Rural areas also could benefitBut it may not just be urban areas that could benefit from a whitewashing. Seneviratne and her team proposed that farmers could cool rural areas, too, by altering farming methods. Different methods might work in different regions with different farming systems. And while the percentage changes in reflectivity that are possible might be less than in urban settings, if applied over large areas, she argues that they could have significant effects.Los Angeles has coated several streets in a light gray paint to reduce road-top temperatures by as much as 10 Fahrenheit. (Los Angeles Bureau of Street Services)In Europe, grain fields are almost always plowed soon after harvesting, leaving a dark surface of soil to absorb the sun’s rays throughout the winter. But if the land remained unplowed, the lightly colored stubble left on the fields after harvesting would reflect about 30% percent of sunlight, compared to only 20% from a cleared field. It sounds like a relatively trivial difference, but over large areas of cropland this could reduce temperatures in some rural areas on sunny days by as much as 2° C, Seneviratne’s colleague Edouard Davin has calculated.In North America, early plowing is much less common. But Peter Irvine, a climate and geoengineering researcher at Harvard University, has suggested that crops themselves could be chosen for their ability to reflect sunlight. For instance, in Europe, a grain like barley, which reflects 23% of sunlight, could be replaced by sugar beet, an economically comparable crop, which reflects 26%. Sometimes, farmers could simply choose more reflective varieties of their preferred crops.Again, the difference sounds marginal. But since croplands cover more than 10% of the earth’s land surface, roughly five times more than urban areas, the potential may be considerable. RELATED ARTICLES Cooler temperatures could save livesDuring summer heat waves, when the sun beats down from unclouded skies, the creation of lighter land surfaces “could help to lower extreme temperatures… by up to 2° or 3° Celsius” in much of Europe, North America, and Asia, says Sonia Seneviratne, who studies land-climate dynamics at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, and is co-author of the new study. It could save lives, she argues, and the hotter it becomes, the stronger the effect.Seneviratne is not alone in making the case for boosting reflectivity. There are many small-scale initiatives in cities to make roof surfaces more reflective. New York, for instance, introduced rules on white roofs into its building codes as long ago as 2012. Volunteers have taken white paint to nearly 7 million square feet of tar roofs in the city, though that is still only about 1% of the potential roof area.Chicago is trying something similar, and last year Los Angeles began a program to paint asphalt road surfaces with light gray paint. Outside the United States, cool-roof initiatives in cities such as Melbourne, Australia, are largely limited to encouraging owners to cool individual buildings for the benefit of their occupants, rather than trying to cool cities or neighborhoods.The evidence of such small-scale programs remains anecdotal. But now studies around the world are accumulating evidence that the benefits of turning those 1 percents into 100 percents could be transformative and could save many lives every year.Keith Oleson of the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado looked at what might happen if every roof in large cities around the world were painted white, raising their reflectivity — known to climate scientists as albedo — from a typical 32% today to 90%. He found that it would decrease the urban heat island effect by a third — enough to reduce the maximum daytime temperatures by an average of 0.6° C, and more in hot sunny regions such as the Arabian Peninsula and Brazil.Other studies suggest even greater benefits in the U.S. In a 2014 paper, Matei Georgescu of Arizona State University found that “cool roofs” could cut temperatures by up to 1.5° C in California and 1.8° in cities such as Washington, D.C. Urban heat can be a killerThe urban heat island can be a killer. Counter-intuitively, the biggest effects are often at night. Vulnerable people such as the old who are stressed by heat during the day badly need the chance to cool down at night. Without that chance, they can succumb to heat stroke and dehydration.New research underlines that temperature peaks can cause a spike in heart attacks. This appears to be what happened during the great European heat wave of 2003, during which some 70,000 people died, mostly in homes without air conditioning. Doctors said the killer was not so much the 40° C daytime temperatures (104° F), but the fact that nights stayed at or above 30° (86° F).Such urban nightmares are likely to happen ever more frequently in the future, both because of the expansion of urban areas and because of climate change.Predicted urban expansion in the U.S. this century “can be expected to raise near-surface temperatures 1-2° C… over large regional swathes of the country,” according to Georgescu’s 2014 paper. Similar threats face other fast-urbanizing parts of the world, including China, India, and Africa, which is expected to increase its urban land area six-fold from 1970 to 2030, “potentially exposing highly vulnerable populations to land use-driven climate change.”Several studies suggest that climate change could itself crank up the urban heat island effect. Richard Betts at Britain’s Met Office Hadley Centre forecasts that it will increase the difference between urban and rural temperatures by up to 30% in some places, notably in the Middle East and South Asia, where deaths during heat waves are already widespread.A combination of rising temperatures and high humidity is already predicted to make parts of the Persian Gulf region the first in the world to become uninhabitable due to climate change. And a study published in February predicted temperatures as much as 10° C hotter in most European cities by century’s end.No wonder the calls to cool cities are growing. Unintended consequencesOn the face of it, such initiatives make good sense as countries struggle to cope with the impacts of climate change. But there are concerns that if large parts of the world adopted such policies to relieve local heat waves, there could be noticeable and perhaps disagreeable impacts on temperature and rainfall in adjacent regions. Sometimes the engineers would only be returning reflectivity to the conditions before urbanization, but even so, it could end up looking like back-door geoengineering.Proponents of local projects such as suppressing urban heat islands say they are only trying to reverse past impacts of inadvertent geoengineering through urbanization and the spread of croplands. Moreover, they argue that local engineering will have only local effects. “If all French farmers were to stop plowing up their fields in summer, the impact on temperatures in Germany would be negligible,” Seneviratne says.“Local radiative management differs from global geoengineering in that it does not aim at effecting global temperatures [and] global effects would be negligible,” she says. “It is “a measure of adaptation.”But things might not always be quite so simple. Reducing local temperatures would, for instance, limit evaporation, and so potentially could reduce rainfall downwind. A modeling study by Irvine found that messing with the reflectivity of larger areas such as deserts could cause a “large reduction in the intensity of the Indian and African monsoons in particular.” But the same study concluded that changing albedo in cities or on farmland would be unlikely to have significant wider effects.What is clear is that tackling urban heat islands by increasing reflectivity would not be enough to ward off climate change. Oleson found that even if every city building roof and stretch of urban pavement in the world were painted white, it would only delay global warming by 11 years. But its potential value in ameliorating the most severe consequences of excess heat in cities could be life-saving. The green and PV optionsAnother option is not to whitewash roofs, but to green them with foliage. This is already being adopted in many cities. In 2016, San Francisco became the first American city to make green roofs compulsory on some new buildings. New York last year announced a $100-million program for cooling neighborhoods with trees. So which is better, a white roof or a “green” roof?Evidence here is fragmentary. But Georgescu found a bigger direct cooling effect from white roofs. Vincenzo Costanzo, now of the University of Reading in England, has reached a similar conclusion for Italian cities. But green roofs may have other benefits. A study in Adelaide, Australia, found that besides delivering cooling in summer, they also act as an insulating layer to keep buildings warmer in winter.There is a third option competing for roof space to take the heat out of cities — covering them in photovoltaic cells. PV cells are dark, and so do not reflect much solar radiation into space. But that is because their business is to capture that energy and convert it into low-carbon electricity.Solar panels “cool daytime temperatures in a way similar to increasing albedo via white roofs,” according to a study by scientists at the University of New South Wales. The research, published in the journal Scientific Reports last year, found that in a city like Sydney, Australia, a city-wide array of solar panels could reduce summer maximum temperatures by up to 1° C.That is the theory, but there are concerns about whether it will always work in practice. Studies into the impact on local temperatures of large solar farms in deserts have produced some contradictory findings. For while they prevent solar rays from reaching the desert surface, they also act as an insulating blanket at night, preventing the desert sands from losing heat. The net warming effect has been dubbed a “solar heat island.”The lesson then is that light, reflective surfaces can have a dramatic impact in cooling the surrounding air — in cities, but in the countryside too. Whitewashed walls, arrays of photovoltaic cells, and stubble-filled fields can all provide local relief during the sweltering decades ahead. But policymakers beware. It doesn’t always work like that. There can be unintended consequences, both on temperature and other aspects of climate, like rainfall. Even local geoengineering needs to be handled with care. Fred Pearce is a freelance author and journalist based in the U.K. He is a contributing writer for Yale Environment 360.
The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro flagship smartphones are now official. The Huawei sub-brand announced the Honor 20 series at an event in London following which the phones will come to India on June 11. Some of the key features of the new Honor 20 premium phones include punch-hole displays, Kirin 980 chips, quad cameras and Android Pie. Notably, these might be the last Honor phones to run on Android now that Google has pulled Huawei’s Android license.The Honor 20 is priced starting at EUR 499 (approx Rs 38,780) for the 6GB + 128GB model, while the Honor 20 Pro is priced at EUR 599 (approx Rs 46,500) for the 8GB + 256GB variant. The Honor 20 Lite, which has been official for a while, has also been launched at EUR 299 (approx Rs 23,000).Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro specificationsThe Honor 20 duo look similar to the Honor View 20 from earlier this year as they also get a similar hole-punch cutout on the display for the selfie camera. The punch-hole display allows the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro to offer notchless displays with maximum screen-to-body ratio. The Honor 20 flagship sports a 6.26-inch FHD+ display. Both the phones get LCD panels so instead of an in-display fingerprint sensor, the Honor 20 phones sport a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.The Honor 20 Pro comes with glass on the front and back. The rear panel comes with a dynamic holographic 3D Triple Mesh technology that includes three layers of glass, colour and depth. The panel reflects light in a way to create a splice effect. The 3D curved glass is curved on all four sides and the Honor 20 Pro will be offered in Phantom Blue and Phantom Black gradient colours. The Honor 20 will be available in Sapphire Blue, Midnight Black and Icelandic White colours.advertisementAs one would expect from a 2019 flagship Honor phone, the Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro are powered by Huawei’s Kirin 980 chipset that’s based on a 7nm process and paired with up to 8GB of RAM and up to 256GB of internal storage. The Honor 20 phones run on Android Pie with Magic UI 2.1 on top, which is essentially Honor’s own take on EMUI 9.Another major upgrade from last year’s Honor 10 is the camera. The Honor 20 and Honor 20 Pro both come with quad cameras like the Huawei P30 Pro. However, the configuration is different here. The primary camera is a 48-megapixel Sony IMX586 sensor with a crazy f/1.4 aperture, which is now the world’s widest aperture on a phone. There is also a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera as well, an 8-megapixel telephoto lens and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The regular Honor 20 gets most of the same cameras, but instead of an 8MP telephoto lens, it gets a 2MP depth sensor. Both the phones support AI Ultra Clarity mode, AIS Super Night mode and dual 4-axis OIS for the main and telephoto camera.The company is promising great things with the cameras on the Honor 20 Pro and this is backed by DxOMark that has declared a score of 111 for the flagship. This means the Honor 20 Pro ties with OnePlus 7 Pro for the third spot in the camera ranking. On the front, the Honor 20 Pro comes with a 32MP selfie camera.The Honor 20 houses a 3,750mAh battery, while the Pro model houses a 4,000mAh capacity. Both the flagships support 22.5W fast charging over Type-C. The flagships also support Virtual 9.1 Surround Sound technology over headphones.
The St. Catherine Parish Council has begun a drive to build safer communities and enhance public order across the parish.The Council has officially launched the Parish Safety and Security Committee, which will spearhead a campaign to increase the citizens’ participation in the development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of actions to improve their safety and security.Speaking at the launch, in Spanish Town, on February 14, Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, congratulated the Council and its key partners for taking on the leadership role to address safety and security in the parish.The Minister said that for far too long there has been the feeling that security is the sole responsibility of the police. He noted that it is only when people act together to find solutions for sustainable peace and harmony, will there be a real decline in acts of violence and other contributing factors that minimize safety at the community level.“It is due to the measureable interventions of this project and other major initiatives from the Ministry of National Security, the hard working members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and brave commitment of the St. Catherine Parish Development Committee and other partners, that this parish is boasting a lower rate of major crimes over the past 12-18 months,” Mr. Arscott said.Mayor of Spanish Town, Councillor Norman Scott, outlined several initiatives that the committee has spearheaded since its formation, including a Safety and Security Symposium which saw over 250 community members from Old Harbour, Linstead and Spanish Town getting together to share concerns and ideas that will promote safety and security for all. “The concerns were documented, prioritised, and will therefore determine which issues will be addressed in the short, medium and long term,” Mayor Scott said.He said the message of safety and security will be taken around the parish with public education events slated for February 27 in Old Harbour; February 28 in Linstead and March 11 for Spanish Town.Mr. Scott also informed that a safety audit has been done in selected communities to document existing safety hazards.Mayor Scott also addressed the issue of sexual assault and handed out posters and flyers at the official launch.The flyer depicted the message: ‘Real Men Don’t Rape’; encouraging respect for females, many of whom have been victims of abuse. “We believe that this positive message will result in behavioural change, one man at a time. This message will be taken to all our major townships as well as our rural areas,” Mayor Scott said.Among those participating in the launch were United Nations Development Programme’s Resident Representative to Jamaica, Dr. Arun Kashyap; Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Novelette Grant; Representative of the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Robert Hill and Head of the Parish Development Committee, Earl Hyde.
Story Highlights The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is reminding secondary-school principals to adhere to the school support contribution policy in the 2017/18 academic year. The policy stipulates that contribution from parents cannot be made mandatory and must not be a requirement for registration, school access, graduation, examination slips, application to sixth form or access to any public service at a public education institution. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is reminding secondary-school principals to adhere to the school support contribution policy in the 2017/18 academic year.Under the policy, implemented in 2016, the Government abolished the payment of auxiliary fees, and increased the funding to the high schools from $2.6 billion to $5.3 billion.For the upcoming academic year, the allocation will be further increased to $7.2 billion.The policy stipulates that contribution from parents cannot be made mandatory and must not be a requirement for registration, school access, graduation, examination slips, application to sixth form or access to any public service at a public education institution.In addition, no more than $5,000 is allowed to be charged for registration packages for new students.Schools must ensure that discussions are held with parent-teacher associations as it relates to the contribution amount being requested from parents.This amount must be approved by the Ministry, and parents must not be forced to pay any contribution.Meanwhile, the Ministry will begin disbursement of funds for 2017/2018 starting June, in order to ensure that institutions can make adequate preparations for the opening of school.The second disbursement will be made in September, the third in December, and the final payout in April 2018.
HALIFAX – (NSElxn)Nova Scotia New Democrats are promising to bring in $15-a-day child care beginning next year if they win the May 30 provincial election.Party leader Gary Burrill also said his party would provide free child care to families whose net income is less than $30,000 annually and create 400 new spaces across the province.Burrill says average monthly fees for licenced care currently are in the range of $825 for a toddler and $781 for a pre-schooler, and parents need more assistance.He says the program would lead to the creation of about 800 jobs either as a result of the direct hiring of child care workers or as a result of parents being able to work.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-NDP-Candidate)Inappropriate, sexist and homophobic language left lingering on the Internet is exacting a toll on the list of political hopefuls in Nova Scotia’s election, with a third candidate forced to withdraw Tuesday.The Tories sent out a terse news release noting that its candidate for Dartmouth South, Jad Cmogorac, was being dropped because of her social media postings.Her postings included an off-colour date rape joke.The withdrawal came a day after CTV News published excerpts from the Bullpen website of Dartmouth East candidate Bill McEwen, a youthful prospect for the NDP in a riding that appeared to be a hard-fought contest.(The Canadian Press)—(Tories-Nurses)Nova Scotia’s Progressive Conservatives are promising to hire 22 new nurse practitioners.They say the new hires will give 13,000 Nova Scotians access to the highly trained medical professionalsTory Leader Jamie Baillie says the nurse practioners will cost $3 million over four years, and the promise comes on top of the $6 million the Liberals announced for new collaborative care teams.Baillie says he is dedicated to improving access to health care services in the province.(The Canadian Press)—(NSElxn-Bears)The Tory candidate for Inverness is calling on the Department of Natural Resources to protect two orphaned bear cubs from being euthanized.Allan MacMaster says the bear cubs were found Monday trying to hide in a wooded area in Inverness County after the mother bear died.He says in an open letter to the department’s deputy minister that there is overwhelming support to change the province’s current policy on rehabilitation for bears in this type of situation.Later Tuesday, the department said both cubs have been placed in wildlife parks and will not be euthanized.(The Canadian Press)—(N.S. Election Roundup by The Canadian Press)
Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Check out the Richard Crouse Show NewsTalk 1010 podcast for Oct 1, 2016! This week Richard has an exclusive and in depth look at the show “Shoot the Messenger” with director Sudz Sutherland, producer Jennifer Holness and stars Shadia Ali and Hannah Anderson!Here’s some info on The Richard Crouse Show!: Each week on The Richard Crouse Show, Canada’s most recognized movie critic brings together some of the most interesting and opinionated people from the movies, television and music to put a fresh spin on news from the world of lifestyle and pop-culture. Tune into this show to find out what’s going on behind the scenes of your favorite shows and movies and get a new take on current trends. Richard also lets you know what movies you’ll want to run to see and which movies you’ll want to wait for DVD release. Click HERE to catch up on shows you might have missed! Read Richard NewsTalk 1010 reviews HERE!Listen to the whole thing HERE! Advertisement Twitter
Advertisement And after 12 years as our correspondent in Montreal, Natasha Gargiulo will continue host and produce entertainment shows for TV and radio, and expand her lifestyle retreats to empower women.You can still catch Natasha and Erin on the show throughout the month of July, and Rick will appear until the end of August.We sincerely thank Rick, Erin and Natasha for their tremendous contributions to ET Canada, and wish them every success in their future endeavours. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Heading into our 13th season of ET Canada, we are making some changes to the show. It’s an emotional day as we share the news that Rick Campanelli, Erin Cebula and Natasha Gargiulo will be moving on to pursue new ventures.After 12 years as co-host, Rick will be leaving ET Canada when his contract comes to a close later this summer. We are grateful for his dedication to the show and wish him well.Following 12 years as our West Coast reporter, Erin is moving on to produce and host quality lifestyle and entertainment content for broadcast and new media in Vancouver. Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter