Occupants plan to demolish 16 houses in Mariupol to hide evidence of crimes

In Mariupol, the occupants plan to demolish 16 private houses and one of the shopping centers to eliminate the traces of their crimes.

This was reported by the city council of Ukrainian Mariupol on Telegram, Ukrinform reported.

“The occupants have published lists of private houses that are being dismantled in Mariupol. These are 16 houses… Also, the invaders plan to demolish the shopping center (formerly ‘Elizabeth’) near the Central Market,” the message says.

The city council published a list with the addresses of these private houses and emphasized that in this way, the Ukrainian city of Mariupol “is being erased, as well as traces of Russian war crimes against civilians.”

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As reported, Russia’s aggression has caused one of the largest humanitarian disasters in Mariupol. The city is almost 90% destroyed as a result of shelling. Residential buildings, hospitals, schools, kindergartens, businesses, etc. were damaged and destroyed.

It is known that 3,000 houses in the private sector alone were destroyed in Mariupol.

Many migrants from Russia have come to the seaside city, allegedly to ‘rebuild’ it.

The Russian occupiers are turning Mariupol and the surrounding villages into a military and logistic hub.

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City of Mandurah council votes for removal of illegally built garden bed

An anonymous tip has led to a Mandurah property owner being forced to rip up their front garden.

Councillors voted unanimously at their December meeting to order the owner to remove a garden bed, fence and wall that were built without approval.

A staff report said the owners were unaware they were not permitted to build a raised limestone brick garden bed with a picket fence on the property’s west side and a limestone brick wall on the eastern side.

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Details of the address and owners’ names and the exact nature of the works were kept confidential.

The structures came to the attention of the City in March 2022 after an anonymous report.

A report said the structures were “constructed partially within private property and partially within the road verge” and “directly abut the public footpath”, as well as lying over gas, power, water and sewer services.

It deemed them a hazard to people using the footpath because they were about 2m from the road and touched the footpath.

The City found their position could cause “abrasions” and “trips and falls” by people using the footpath because they might have to climb over them to use the path.

The report said the owners had not acted on the City’s request for them to be removed.

They were given three weeks in August to remove the offending structures — and a subsequent extension — before they lodged an objection with the City, along with a personal appeal.

The owners said they were unaware they were not allowed to build a garden bed on the verge, that the slope of the verge caused “washout”, and the garden was an “attractive addition” that they maintained “to a high standard”.

Councillors voted unanimously

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Ohio House to consider bill to allow communities to permit guns in buildings with courtrooms

When state lawmakers return from the Thanksgiving break, the House could take up a bill that further expands gun rights in Ohio, by allowing people to carry weapons into buildings that have courtrooms in them, but not when court is in session. The bill passed a House committee and is on its way to the floor.

Rep. Adam Mathews (R-Lebanon), one of the bill’s two sponsors, said state law already allows municipalities to vote to allow concealed carry in their buildings.

“Our larger cities have distinct courthouses and city halls,” Mathews said. “However, in many of our smaller communities, good stewardship of taxpayer dollars often means a single multi-purpose city or village hall. This city hall may house the tax department, the electric department, council chambers, and a room that is sometimes a courtroom.”

The bill would allow concealed carry weapons in those buildings with courtrooms when court is not in session, if a community passed legislation to permit that.

But opponents have said courtrooms are emotionally charged places, so guns should be far away from them. And Ann Morhan of Moms Demand Action told the House committee hearing the bill it’s part of a continuing trend that worries her.

“It would appear that this House Bill 272 is just another attempt by Republican legislators to continue to pepper the state with guns,” Morhan said. “It is a solution in search of a problem.”

Right after that bill passed along party lines, another Republican-backed bill was approved that ensures federal gun control laws can’t be enforced and would allow Ohioans to sue. Supporters say it would make Ohio a so-called “Second Amendment sanctuary state”, as nearly 20 other states are. That bill is opposed by law enforcement and prosecutors who say it will make it harder to work with federal

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The Leaf garden and greenhouse complex launches in Canada

Situated deep in the Canadian prairies, Winnipeg’s The Leaf is a new, format-defying greenhouse complex and horticultural attraction. The city, a relatively remote, mid-sized urban centre, is used to experiencing acute fluctuations in temperature. While long winters often see averages hovering around -40°C, summer days peak at +40°C. It’s no wonder that, like other northern metropolises, the city’s 750,000 residents benefit from a network of above and underground passageways, if not also a swathe of climate-resilient construction projects that model the latest low-energy consumption and low-tech climate control solutions. Addressing temperature extremes is a way of life here – and The Leaf truly embraces this and a particularly sustainable architecture approach.  

aerial overview of The Leaf botanical gardens

(Image credit: Ema Peter)

leaf-at-one-with-nature-in-the-canadian-prairies-3″The Leaf: at one with nature in the Canadian Prairies

Positioned on a northwest-southeast axis within the city’s beloved Assiniboine Park, the new 14-hectare destination features everything from teaching kitchen gardens to integrated amphitheatres, and collaboratively programmed grounds paying tribute to the long-undervalued Indigenous cultures of the area. 

At the centre of this meticulously and consciously landscaped campus is a 7,840 sq m greenhouse incorporating two distinct climate biomes, a butterfly garden, classrooms, a sizable event space, and a top-ranked restaurant sourcing ingredients from the 12,000 or so on-site plantings; some emphatically native and others coming from further afield. 

aerial of The Leaf botanical gardens

(Image credit: Ema Peter)

Toronto-based firm KPMB Architects teamed up with local practices Architecture49, Blackwell Structural Engineers, and HTFC

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Editorial: Increase fines for monster houses

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City restricts its water use while more Calgarians choose xeriscaping

The City of Calgary is restricting its water use and encouraging residents to do so as well after assessing the current drought risk.

And a growing yard trend is helping people cut back.

The city moved its drought monitoring dial from “normal” to “dry” conditions based on its ongoing monitoring of precipitation levels, reservoirs and lake levels, stream flow rates in rivers and water demand.

“This movement from ‘normal’ to ‘dry’ conditions is being proactive,” said Sarah Marshall, water resources planner for the City of Calgary.

The city is now lowering its water use in various ways, including cutting back on watering flowers, parks and sports fields, limiting the use of decorative fountains and not washing city vehicles as often.

There are no mandatory restrictions for Calgarians at this point but everyone can play a part in trying to keep it that way.

“Water restrictions may be required if our actions today are not sufficient to protect water supply and ensure it supports our needs and protects environmental health,” Marshall said.

Calgary communities use up to 50 per cent more water in the summer because of outdoor watering.

You can avoid evaporation by watering lawns early in the morning or late in the evening and leaving your grass two to three inches high.

Succulents, shrubs and flowers native to the Prairies have filled Kath Smyth’s yard for about a decade, ever since she decided to get rid of her lawn.

“I hate cutting grass,” Smyth said with a chuckle.

She does not spend as much time doing yard work or as much money on her water bill.

Landscaping companies say more Calgarians are replacing traditional lawns with drought-resistant plants or hard surfaces such as tile.

Most people are choosing it because it’s less work to maintain but it also

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Thousands flee their homes as heavy rain lashes Beijing

BEIJING (Reuters) – Beijing recorded its heaviest rainfall this year as the remnants of Typhoon Doksuri passed through China’s capital on Monday, forcing over 31,000 people to evacuate their homes in the city, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

Heavy rain continued to fall in the capital as well as Hebei, Tianjin and eastern Shanxi as Doksuri dissipated over northern China, the China Meteorological Administration said.

Doksuri is one of the strongest storms to hit China in years and caused widespread flooding over the weekend in the southern province of Fujian, driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.

Average rainfall in Beijing overnight reached 140.7 mm (5.5 inches), with the maximum recorded rainfall in Fangshan area hitting 500.4 mm (19.7 inches), according to the city‘s observatory. Rains in the southern and western areas were expected to be heavier early Monday.

There was no reported damage or casualties, state media said.

Work was halted on more than 4,000 construction sites, almost 20,000 buildings were inspected for damage, and scenic spots in the city were closed, media reported.

While Doksuri continues to taper off, forecasters warned that typhoon Khanun was approaching and was set to strike China’s densely populated coast this week.

Authorities said Khanun could inflict further damage to corn and other crops that have already been hit by Doksuri.

(Reporting by Liz Lee and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Stephen Coates)

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