Yakutia or Yakutiya known as Republic of Yakutia, is a federal Russian republic. It had a population of 958,528 at the 2010 Census ethnic Yakuts and Russians. Comprising half the Far Eastern Federal District, it is the largest subnational governing body by area in the world at 3,083,523 square kilometers, its capital is the city of Yakutsk. It is known for its extreme and severe climate, with the lowest temperatures in the Northern Hemisphere being recorded in Verkhoyansk and Oymyakon, regular winter averages being below −35 °C in Yakutsk; the hypercontinental tendencies result in warm summers for much of the republic. Borders: internal: Chukotka Autonomous Okrug, Magadan Oblast, Khabarovsk Krai, Amur Oblast, Zabaykalsky Krai, Irkutsk Oblast, Krasnoyarsk Krai. Water: Arctic Ocean. Highest point: Peak Pobeda, Mus-Khaya Mountain Peak Maximum N->S distance: 2,500 km Maximum E->W distance: 2,000 km Sakha stretches to the Henrietta Island in the far north and is washed by the Laptev and Eastern Siberian Seas of the Arctic Ocean.

These waters, the coldest and iciest of all seas in the Northern Hemisphere, are covered by ice for 9–10 months of the year. New Siberian Islands are a part of the republic's territory. After Nunavut was separated from Canada's Northwest Territories, Sakha became the largest subnational entity in the world, with an area of 3,083,523 square kilometers smaller than the territory of India. Sakha can be divided into three great vegetation belts. About 40% of Sakha lies above the Arctic circle and all of it is covered by permafrost which influences the region's ecology and limits forests in the southern region. Arctic and subarctic tundra define the middle region, where lichen and moss grow as great green carpets and are favorite pastures for reindeer. In the southern part of the tundra belt, scattered stands of dwarf Siberian pine and larch grow along the rivers. Below the tundra is the vast taiga forest region. Larch trees dominate in the north and stands of fir and pine begin to appear in the south.

Taiga forests cover about 47% of Sakha and 90% of the cover is larch. The Sakha Republic is the site of Pleistocene Park, a project directed at recreating Pleistocene tundra grasslands by stimulating the growth of grass with the introduction of animals which thrived in the region during the late Pleistocene — early Holocene period. In recent years, global warming has caused the melting of frozen soils. Thousands of homes are in danger of collapsing in the mud in summer, while northern villages are overwhelmed by floods. Sakha Republic is the only subject of Russia. Sakha spans three time zones Yakutsk Time Zone. Covers the republic's territory to the west of the Lena River as well as the territories of the districts located on both sides of the Lena River. Vladivostok Time Zone. Covers most of the republic's territory located between 140 ° E longitude. Districts: Oymyakonsky, Ust-Yansky, Verkhoyansky. Magadan Time Zone. Covers most of the republic's territory located east of 140°E longitude. Districts: Abyysky, Momsky, Srednekolymsky, Verkhnekolymsky.

The largest river is the navigable Lena River. As it moves northward, it includes hundreds of small tributaries located in the Verkhoyansk Range. Lena River Vilyuy River Lena River tributary Markha River Vilyuy River tributary Morkoka River Markha River tributary Tyung River Vilyuy River tributary Aldan River Lena River tributary Amga River Aldan River tributary Maya River Aldan River tributary Uchur River Aldan River tributary Olyokma River Lena River tributary Linde River Lena River tributary Nyuya River Lena River tributary Olenyok River Kolyma River Indigirka River Selennyakh River Indigirka River tributary Alazeya River Anabar River Yana River There are over 800,000 lakes in the republic. Major lakes and reservoirs include: Lake Mogotoyevo Lake Nedzheli Lake Nerpichye Vilyuyskoye Reservoir Sakha's greatest mountain range, the Verkhoyansk Range, runs parallel and east of the Lena River, forming a great arc that begins in the Sea of Okhotsk and ends in the Laptev Sea; the Chersky Range has the highest peak in Sakha, Peak Pobeda.

The second highest peak is Peak Mus-Khaya reaching 3,011 m. The Stanovoi Range borders Sakha in the south; the Republic's extensive coastline contains a number of peninsulas.

Canadian Co-operative Association

The Canadian Co-operative Association is a not-for-profit co-operative, dedicated to ending poverty around the world through co-operative action. CCA's mission is to establish and grow co-operatives, credit unions, community-based organizations to reduce poverty, build sustainable livelihoods, improve civil society in less developed countries. To achieve this mission, CCA works with Canadian co-operatives and credit unions to channel their knowledge and expertise to partner organizations and co-operatives in Africa and the Americas. CCA presently operates in 18 countries with an annual budget of $13 million. Climate resilience and gender are cross-cutting priorities in all of CCA's programs. CCA is headquartered in Ontario. CCA was created in 1987 by the merger of the Co-operative Union of Canada and the Co-operative College of Canada. From 1973 to 1987, the Co-operative College of Canada was a national centre for co-operative education and research, it was established to teach co-op principles.

The college itself was short-lived, its formative years date from the late 1930s and early 1940s, when there was a strong push and a practical need for an educational link to the co-operative movement. The Co-operative Union of Canada was formed in 1909 to encourage sharing of information, mutual self-help and concerted actions among co-operative organizations, it began its international development program in 1945 as a part of reconstructive efforts after the Second World War. In 1979 the National Association of Canadian Credit Unions, predecessor to the Credit Union Central of Canada, decided to merge its international credit union development program with CUC's. April 1, 2014 Co-operatives and Mutuals Canada was launched as a new national, bilingual association and allowed the Canadian Co-operative Association to focus its efforts on international co-operative development. Among those who have led CCA and the CUC since its inception in 1909 are A. B. MacDonald, a prominent leader in the Antigonish Movement, Alexander Laidlaw and Dr. Ian MacPherson.

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Bryan Hall (sportscaster)

Bryan Hall nicknamed "Hallsy", is a Canadian radio and television personality and retired radio play-by-play broadcaster for the Edmonton Eskimos on 630w CHED in Edmonton, Alberta. Hall was born on August 1934 in Toronto, Ontario, his father was a lawyer, who died when Hall was 9, his mother a nurse. Hall got his first broadcasting job at the age of 19, after moving to Edmonton, at CKUA where he did news, a jazz show, sports. At the suggestion of a columnist for the Edmonton Journal, Hall took up a vacant sportscaster job at CHED, which he held from 1955 to 1962. In 1962, Hall moved to Toronto to take up a job covering sports with CHUM, but moved back to Edmonton 3 years this time, back to CJCA, where he did play-by-play for the CFL's Edmonton Eskimos with the network from 1965 to 1993. During his time with CJCA, he pioneered the first open-line sports talk radio show in Edmonton. In the decade of the 70s, Hall worked as a racetrack announcer at Edmonton Northlands Park calling over 10,000 thoroughbred races.

When CJCA ceased broadcasting operations in 1993, Hall moved back to CHED to take up the position of sports director - continuing to do play-by-play of Edmonton Eskimos games until 2009. After 45 years of play-by-play for Edmonton Eskimos games, Hall retired in 2009. During his play-by-play career, he did play-by-play for the Edmonton Oilers, Edmonton Oil Kings, Edmonton Flyers; the media centre, The Bryan Hall Media Centre, in Commonwealth Stadium was named after Hall when he retired in 2009. Though retired from doing play-by-play, Hall, in his 65th year of broadcasting does 14 daily shows in the morning on CHED, I News and Global Television. Hall is known for doing radio advertisements on CHED for local Christenson Developments, Crosstown Motors, Lay-z-boy Furniture He was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame in 1989, the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2004. CKUA - 1953–55 CHED - 1955–62 CHUM - 1962–65 CJCA - 1965–93 CHED - 1993–current Bryan Hall on Twitter