WatchGas prices expected to hit 141 in Ontario this weekend a cent

CALGARY — Motorists in many parts of Canada are expected to see rising gasoline prices as they fire up their vehicles for road adventures on the Victoria Day long weekend.But price direction will vary across the nation, said fuel market analyst Dan McTeague of GasBuddy.com, with prices rising in Ontario, the Maritimes, Manitoba and Saskatchewan but actually expected to fall from recent peaks in Alberta and Quebec.He says prices for regular gasoline in Toronto, Hamilton, Ottawa and most of the rest of Ontario are expected to rise by one cent per litre on Friday and another cent on Saturday, reaching an average of 140.9 cents per litre, the highest since June 29, 2014.“We said this would be the highest price (in four years) … but honest to God, I never thought it would be this high,” said McTeague.As of Thursday afternoon, GasBuddy.com showed the average Canadian gasoline price as 134.4 cents per litre, up 2.6 cents from a week ago and 26 cents from the average of 109.4 cents per litre last year.The highest average price it has recorded in Canada was 142.4 cents in August 2008, it says.Higher fuel prices at this time of year are to be expected because increased demand allows retailers to build in bigger profit margins, said Kent Group vice-president Jason Parent.“We’re into the beginning of the summer driving season and demand’s on the rise and supply generally is a bit tighter,” he said. “The general trend at this time of year is upward.”Manitoba and Saskatchewan, which had the cheapest gas prices in the country on Thursday, are expected to see price increases of five to seven cents over the weekend, McTeague said, adding many retailers in the two provinces have been losing money on gas sales.“When you suddenly double the traffic with people heading out for the long weekend, you can’t afford to lose double what you’ve been losing,” he said.“So it’s retailers that tend to drive these prices up regardless of what the (wholesale) market does.”Gas prices in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador went up Thursday by more than two cents, McTeague reported.Quebec prices of about $1.48 per litre are expected to fall by as much as 10 cents over the weekend, while Alberta prices of around $1.35 are to slump by about four cents, in both cases due to local market pressures.McTeague said Vancouver region prices could rise by a cent or two over the weekend from Thursday’s average of about $1.61 cents per litre but will fall back as the workweek dawns.Parent said Vancouver prices are higher than anywhere else in North America because of logistical issues including the inability to transport more refined fuels from Alberta on the fully-booked Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.“They can’t bring enough product from Alberta into the region so they have to go out and get imports and over the last while those have been higher priced because the import market is fairly competitive on the West Coast right now,” he said.Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. has threatened to abandon an expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline by May 31 because of continued opposition from the B.C. government.Gasoline prices are emerging as an issue in the Ontario provincial election.Earlier this week, Ontario Progressive Conservative leader Doug Ford promised to lower gas taxes by 10 cents per litre by cutting 5.7 cents in provincial taxes and another 4.3 cent from his pledge to eliminate the province’s cap-and-trade system.Gas prices across the country and in parts of the United States have been hovering near record highs, with little relief in sight as the New York benchmark price of oil remains above US$71 a barrel. read more

Ring made from shard of glass that injured WWI tank commander in

first_imgHe had married Rose Loewe two months earlier in July and presented her with the ring after he recovered.Lt Henriques went on to serve with distinction at the Battle of Cambrai and on other fronts.After being demobbed in 1919 he dedicated his life to social work, and particularly the social welfare of children.He set up boys clubs for deprived Jewish children and from 1923 until 1950 the philanthropist sent youngsters to his country home in Buckinghamshire for rest and recuperation.He was also a magistrate and the former Berner Street in Whitechapel, East London, was renamed Henriques Street in his honour.Mr Willey said: “Basil Henriques joined the new tank unit with his old school friend George Macpherson who was killed on the day of the first attack. Lieutenant Sir Basil Henriques had the ring mounted in a gold ring which he then gave to his new bride, RoseCredit:TheTankMuseum/BNPS This is one of our smallest objects on display but certainly one of the most moving and is proving to be one of the most popular.David Willey, curator Lt Henriques, who was knighted in 1955 for his dedicated work for the social welfare of children, died in 1961 aged 71.His widow later donated the treasured ring to the Tank Museum in Bovington, Dorset, where it has been held in their archives ever since.This year marks the centenary of the first use of the tank in action at the Somme and archivists stumbled upon the delicate item while trawling through their collection to research early tank pioneers.The unique ring has now been given a polish and put on display at the museum and will also be on show at Trafalgar Square in London on September 15 when a fully working Mk IV tank will be driven to mark the 100th anniversary.David Willey, the curator at the museum, said: “Our tanks are always going to have a presence and draw but objects like this ring help tell the personal stories of the men and their experiences. “He later wrote movingly about how lonely he was without George who was a ‘marvellous companion’ and he felt ‘blank’ and ’empty’ without him.”Tanks were developed in great secrecy and the first volunteer crews – including Henriques and Macpherson – didn’t know what they were actually volunteering for.”Conditions were awful inside with eight men to operate them in temperatures of 50 degrees C (122F) with a deafening noise, a top speed of three mph at the very best – and drawing German fire.”Carrier pigeons were taken on board to relay messages but often the carbon monoxide in the fumes left them too debilitated to fly.”Two out of every ten tank crew were killed and many others were wounded and it’s important we remember their contribution.”The first tank attack was not a great success, many tanks broke down and others lost their way, but a few made a real difference.”We have researched the lives of these eight early tank pioneers for our exhibition that marks the centenary, and their personal stories can’t help but powerfully bring home the nature of this new type of war.” Lieutenant Sir Basil Henriques had the ring mounted in a gold ring which he then gave to his new bride, Rose The Mark I female C6 ‘Cordon Rouge’ at Albert, 15 September 1916Credit:TheTankMuseum/BNPS The Mark I female C6 'Cordon Rouge' at Albert, 15 September 1916 A poignant ring made from a shard of glass that struck a First World War tank commander when his periscope took a direct hit has been unearthed 100 years later.Lieutenant Sir Basil Henriques was peering into the viewpoint during the first outing of the Mk I tank on the battlefield when artillery fire struck a glass prism that shattered, sending splinters into his face.Medics later removed the pieces and the officer kept the largest part and had it mounted in a gold ring which he then gave to his new bride, Rose. “For us now it seems amazing that after a day of such terror, confusion and loss Henriques was able to think of his new wife and make a present to her out of something that had nearly blinded him.”This is one of our smallest objects on display but certainly one of the most moving and is proving to be one of the most popular.”Lt Henriques came from a prominent Jewish family and was educated at Harrow and Oxford University.He served in the Tank Corps in the First World War and took part in the Battle of Flers on September 15, 1916. The action was part of the greater Battle of the Somme but was known for the first time tanks were used.The British invented the ‘land ships’ a year before as a solution for getting troops across shell holes, trenches and quagmire of No Man’s Land.Military top brass pretended the hulking vehicles were large water carriers and called them tanks as a result to hoodwink German spies as they thought the name land ship was too obvious.When the huge machines first appeared in the battlefield a terrified German soldier is said to have shouted ‘the devil is coming’ upon seeing them for the very first time.One of the men inside the first tanks was Lt Henriques who suffered severe facial wounds when it took a direct hit. Despite his injuries he managed to get the tank back to base. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more