The Discovery Channel has brought us documentaries depicting real jobs that are dangerous and cutthroat. We ve seen this in Deadliest Catch , Gold Rush and Alaskan Bush People among other Discovery reality series. This season we re introduced to a series similar to Gold Rush but taken to the extreme. Devil s Canyon follows 3 gold prospectors as they pan for treasure in British Columbia s Devil s Canyon. Devil s Canyon is thought to be one of the largest creek side gold deposits known to man. The problem is that it is barely reachable because of the terrain, weather and wild animals. Big mining companies certainly can t get in to explore the area. The Discovery Channel s Devil s Canyon shows the journey of 3 prospectors willing to take the risk and travel to the area with just a backpack and what they can carry. Of course, their time is limited because winter is coming. Devil s Canyon premiered this month. Here are 5 things you didn t know about Devil s Canyon .
They really are extreme prospectors
Devil s Canyon is located deep in the heart of British Columbia s most difficult terrain. The area is filled with dangerous wild animals including black bears, grizzly bears and mountain lions. The terrain is rough and isolated. The area is prone to quick and strong storms. Within the canyon is a creek bed filled with possibly millions of dollars in gold that has yet to be prospected. There is no way to get large equipment into the region so those seeking gold must make the trek on foot. Men have died trying. While the prospectors strive to reach their goal of finding gold mines, they must also survive the dangers that they face. There is also just 6 weeks of prime time when the creek bed is low and before the most treacherous storms arrive. This is truly a realty documentary of man vs nature.
They really are on their own
Most reality shows have multiple camera, crew and producers present to document and guide the cast members. Devil s Canyon does not. It would be impossible for a camera crew to follow the prospectors into the wilderness on their expedition. The 3 men who appear in Devil s Canyon are each on their own. Each prospector must carry their own supplies in a back pack that weighs more than 100 pounds. Each has a history of gold prospecting and each is up for the challenge. They are left with small cameras to document the journey themselves. We watch as they struggle to find a good safe place to set up their base camp and start fires in the wind and rain. The men agree that one of the most difficult parts of the journey is being apart from loved ones for so long, the loneliness and the anxiety.
Extreme prospector Boyce Goff is a 44 year old hospital security guard. He also has a dream of finding enough gold to take care of his family for life. Goff has long been interested in mining and has traveled across the North America chasing his dream in some of the roughest areas of the continent. He is up for the challenge of Devil s Canyon and hopeful to find his big break. He is no stranger to the outdoors.
Ben Van der Valk
Ben Van der Valk is a 34 year horse farrier who has chased his dream of striking gold for more than 12 years. He remembers panning for gold with his brother as a kid. He has been prospecting for gold ever since. An avid outdoorsman, Van der Valk chose to carry little food with him in his backpack and opted for survival supplies instead. He hopes to live off the land during his quest for gold. Van der Valk has already expressed his loneliness and how he misses home, his girlfriend and his dog.
Jack Belchick doesn t appear on Devil s Canyon until the second episode. Thee 68 year old former marine is a tough outdoorsman who is not afraid to fight the elements. Belchick has always loved adventure. He has been mining for gold for years and hopes to hit his goal in the dangerous environment of Devil s Canyon.
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Security managers at Saskatchewan music and sports venues are assuring the public that safety is their top priority after the shocking terror attack in Manchester, U.K., overnight.
Children were among the 22 killed and 59 injured in the bombing at an Ariana Grande concert at Manchester Arena.
In Saskatoon, flags at the SaskTel Centre were flying at half-mast for the victims of the attack.
The centre’s chief executive officer Will Lofdahl said the team at the SaskTel Centre, which seats up to 13,000 people, was very aware of its safety responsibilities.
Safety, security priority at Sask. venues
“In our industry, that is something that is forefront in our mind all of the time,” said Lofdahl.
Student banned from graduation for breaking dress code. (Photo: Getty Images) More
A high school senior s graduation is in jeopardy, and all because she gave the cold shoulder. Literally.
Summer, a senior at Hickory Ridge High School in North Carolina, was wearing a loose army green blouse that was slightly off-the-shoulder and exposed her collarbone when her principal demanded she cover up during lunch. According to a local news station, the principal asked her to put on a jacket. When Summer said she thought her shirt was fine, the principal retorted that her lower back was also completely exposed, going against the school s dress code. Summer said again that she thought it was fine.
Summer tried to comply, though. She didn t have a jacket, but her friend gave her one. I pulled it up, put the jacket over it, zipped up the jacket, Summer told WCNC. Apparently, the principal didn t let her off the hook though, telling her she would have to go to the control room to change her clothes. The student said, I completely understand why a dress code is put into place but I feel like after I put on that jacket it should have been subdued.
She thinks the problem lies in the fact that there s been tension between her and the principal for years. So much so that her mother now has to be informed of any disciplinary action taken against her child before it happens. So when the principal demanded Summer go to the control room, she didn t budge. They can t take me anywhere unless my mother is called, she said. So I said I apologize, I can t go anywhere with you unless my mom is called.
At an assembly later, unable to reach Summer s mother, the principal, with a security guard, separated Summer from the rest of the students. [The security guard] was within five feet of me, he had his hand on his gun. [The principal] said, I m gonna give you an ultimatum. We have tried to call your mother. You either come with me to the control room to change your shirt or we will arrest you, Summer recalled. I stayed in my seat just like a lot of role models that I have looked up to stayed in their seats, she says. I mean, you have to stand up for what you believe in. Luckily, Summer s mom called back before they could cuff her. Because, apparently, her outfit needed bracelets.
While Summer claimed on Twitter that the police attempted to arrest her and charge her with trespassing, she received a 10-day suspension instead, which will prevent her from attending any senior activities, including graduation.
hickory ridge high school just attempted to arrest me for dress code. lmaoooooooooo????
It s just sad because I worked so hard for four years to walk across that stage, she said. We have drug dealers walking across that stage, we have sex offenders walking across that stage and then the 4.4 student who showed her shoulders can t.
Summer also has a full ride to a major university, according to WCNC. Her principal still wants to expel her, but her mother plans to appeal. The school s dress code does prohibit students from showing their shoulders or back, although Summer s back and shoulders weren t completely exposed.
Fellow students expressed their frustration with the situation on social media:
lol hickory ridge is trash. you can’t even wear what you want even if its dress code, might as well wear uniforms. 10/10 don’t recommend!!
Clearly, their dress code is a little tight, considering this isn t the first fashion related fallout the school has experienced. Earlier this school year, 45 students at Hickory Ridge High were sent to the principal s office for wearing leggings with shirts that were considered too short,  according to WCNC.
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- ^ school s dress code (www.cabarrus.k12.nc.us)
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- ^ May 19, 2017 (twitter.com)
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- ^ 45 students at Hickory Ridge High were sent to the principal s office for wearing leggings with shirts that were considered too short, (www.independenttribune.com)
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