Jim Prentice remembered at state memorial: ‘he gave Canada and Alberta his very best’

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

A state memorial for Jim Prentice, the former Alberta premier who was killed in a plane crash in B.C. earlier this month, was underway at Calgary’s Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Friday morning. There were 700 invited guests and 800 members of the public in attendance.

WATCH: Hundreds attended the state memorial for former Alberta premier Jim Prentice, two weeks after he was killed in a tragic plane crash. Gary Bobrovitz reports.

Prentice’s daughter Cassia thanked Canadians for their outpouring of support as she and her family try to cope with the loss.

“As you have stood from coast to coast in observance of moments of silence, you have shared the weight of the emptiness that bears down upon our hearts,” she said.

“My father was so much to so many and he was absolutely everything to our family.”

Watch below: Jason Hatcher, Master of Ceremonies, opens the state memorial for Jim Prentice 

Cassia spoke of her father-in-law, Dr. Ken Gellatly, who also died in the plane crash.

“His boundless energy and joy for life found its perfect match in my father. Our family will forever treasure the memories of their laughter in what we could not have known would be their final days.”

READ MORE: Jim Prentice’s friends Dr. Ken Gellatly, Sheldon Reid, also killed in BC plane crash

Cassia described her father’s love for his family and his impact on Albertans and Canadians.

“We know that we do not grieve alone. Broken and shattered, we must all today stand tall on the foundations that he laid: integrity, kindness, hard work and community. But most importantly, the love of family.”

The public memorial opened with an aboriginal honour song performed by members of the Black Otter Singers.

Watch below: Members of the Siksika Nation perform an Aboriginal Honour Song at the state memorial for Jim Prentice.

Alberta Lt.-Gov. Lois Mitchell was one of the first to speak, remembering Prentice as “a great Albertan and a great Canadian.”

“He always had that ability to see the very best in people around him,” Mitchell said.

“He had the rare ability to talk to anyone… He was a trusted and a valued friend; a source of kindness and thoughtfulness.”

Watch below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley speaks at the state memorial for former Alberta premier and federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley spoke next, highlighting Prentice’s accomplishments in office including restoring respect between government and indigenous peoples and creating the first version of the child benefit plan.

“I’m grateful for the friendly, thoughtful advice he shared with me,” Notley said, remembering him as a “talented, dedicated leader and brilliant public servant.”

Watch below: PC Chuck Strahl delivers a prayer at the state memorial for Jim Prentice

Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper also presented a tribute, looking back on Prentice’s personal and political life—as well as the strength he brought as a player on the Conservative Party hockey team.

“That kind of bench strength really came to the fore when we became the government of Canada,” Harper said, highlighting Prentice’s role in finalizing and implementing the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

“We gave the hardest assignments to the people best able to handle them and Jim is one of those people.”

Watch below: Former Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper speaks about Jim Prentice at the state memorial for the former Alberta premier 

Harper quoted Stockwell Day’s assessment of Prentice, that “when Jim won, he didn’t gloat. When he lost, he didn’t pout.” The former prime minister also told a story about sending Prentice to the U.S. upon President Barack Obama’s request for someone to look at energy and environment issues.

“I said, ‘I think you guys will like him. He’s probably the most capable guy that I’ve got,’” Harper said. “To which Barack said: ‘That’s great Stephen, I promise not to tell your other guys you said that.’”

“He always gave Canada and Alberta his very best. That is how he deserves to be remembered.”

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Prentice, 60, and Gellatly were on board on a Cessna Citation that went down on Oct. 13 shortly after taking off from Kelowna. The crash also took the lives of friend Sheldon Reid and pilot Jim Kruk.

Prentice was Alberta’s 16th premier but held the position for less than eight months. He served until May 24, 2015.

Watch below: Canadian businessman and philanthropist Richard Haskayne speaks about his neighbour, Jim Prentice

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Karen, three daughters and two grandchildren.

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Following the memorial, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he gets to meet a lot of people in politics, but was impressed by how Prentice was driven by a “deep love for community.”

“A man devoted to his family, an incredibly loyal friend but also a man who sacrificed everything for community,” Nenshi said. “I think that’s something we can all honour today.”

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall expressed his sympathies to Prentice’s family and the people of Alberta.

WATCH: Family, friends of Jim Prentice pay final respects to former Alberta premier

“Alberta’s like our twin in Confederation,” Wall said. “What’s good for Alberta is good for Saskatchewan and what causes sadness and difficulty for Alberta causes us that same sadness.

“It’s a loss to Western Canada and it’s a loss to our country.”

WATCH: Memorial service in Calgary honours the late Jim Prentice

The province’s interim Progressive Conservative leader Ric McIver was emotional when he spoke to reporters.

“Jim Prentice accomplished a great deal in his shortened life and we all owe a debt to him in one way or another,” he said. “The greatest thing that I saw during the time I knew Jim was his unquenchable thirst to bring people together for a common good.”

Watch below: The Honourable Jay Hill speaks about colleague and friend Jim Prentice at the state memorial for the former Alberta premier and federal minister Jim Prentice.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be directed to the Children’s Cottage Society. Donations can be made online at 2115.thankyou4caring长沙夜网 or by cheques mailed to 204, 2120 Kensington Road NW Calgary T2N 3R7.

People are also invited to pay tribute by signing condolence books.

In Edmonton:

Alberta legislature Rotunda
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday
Available until end of day Friday

In Calgary:

McDougall Centre
455 6 Street SW
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday
Available until end of day Friday

A book of condolences for former Alberta premier Jim Prentice is on display at the MacDougal Centre in Calgary in an October 17, 2016, file photo.


An online tribute page will also be available until Nov. 1.

Shaw TV will rebroadcast the Prentice memorial on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Watch below: Jim Prentice’s family, friends and loved ones gathered in Calgary on Friday to remember the life of the politician. Here are some sights and sounds from the final farewell to Alberta’s 16th premier.

A memorial for Kruk was held in Airdrie on Oct. 21. A funeral for Gellatly was held on Monday.

BELOW: View the program for the State Memorial for former Alberta premier Jim Prentice 

Former Alberta Premier Prentice Memorial Service Program by etucks7 on Scribd


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Saskatchewan government reducing markups for local and regional brewers

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

Local craft breweries, brew pubs and regional brewers in Saskatchewan are about to see reductions to production markups.

Effective Nov. 1, microbreweries will also gain the ability to “direct deliver” their products to retailers in Saskatchewan, sell other locally made products and set up a second retail location away from their production site.

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    Government officials said they’re happy to announce these improvements to regulations, especially in light of recent tax increases on Saskatchewan beer exported to Alberta.

    “Our response, as opposed to massively increasing taxes and imposing new regulations, was to significantly reduce taxes and to cut regulations so producers can compete in a free market environment,” Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority Minister Jeremy Harrison said.

    “This significant reduction in markup rates will assist manufacturers as they plan for the future and allow them to make necessary investments to increase their production volumes and create jobs in a growing industry.”

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    Shawn Moen, co-founder and CEO of 9 Mile Legacy in Saskatoon, is glad to see the changes.

    “The changes being announced are a great example of government and industry working together to build a solid foundation for future growth and success,” Moen stated.

    The change in production markups will also benefit larger brewers in the province.

    Saskatoon-based Great Western Brewing Company will see a reduction in its mark-up rate.

    READ MORE: Great Western Brewing expects ‘substantial’ hit on sales after Alberta beer markup

    Great Western president and CEO Michael Micovcin said the changes will create a more level playing field and bring Saskatchewan more in line with other provinces.

    “The Alberta government’s recent decision to raise the mark-up on out of province regional brewers as significantly impact our business,” Micovcin said.

    “This mark-up change encourages competition and promotes interprovincial trade since it applies to all brewers, not just those in Saskatchewan.”

    There are currently 38 licensed microbreweries and brew pubs in the province.

Calgary police officer Jeff Duggan charged with assault after alleged on-duty incident with ex-wife

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

Calgary police officer Jeff Duggan has been charged with assault after an alleged on-duty fight at his ex-wife’s home.

Police began investigating on Monday after the Duggan’s ex-wife reported the officer “verbally threatened to assault” her current boyfriend and “attempted to force his way into the home.”

Calgary Police officer Jeff Duggan has been charged with assault after an alleged on-duty incident with his ex-wife. (File: June 2008)

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Police said the accused was in uniform at the time.

The victim also alleged a different verbal altercation occurred with the accused at a public location.

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    Calgary Police Supt. James Hardy said he didn’t want to “jump to conclusions” when asked repeatedly if it was concerning to him that an officer was charged with assault while in uniform and on duty.

    “Right now we’re at 20,000 domestic investigations that we’ve gone through this year at the Calgary Police Service,” Hardy said. “What’s gone on here is not untypical of many, many other situations of families that are in crisis where they reach a crisis point.

    “We’re not immune to similar stresses and pressures of any other families in the city and until those [legal] processes go through, we can’t rush to judgment.”

    Police have also charged Duggan with uttering threats and four counts of breach of probation, incidents which took place over between three to seven days, Hardy said.

    WATCH: Calgary Police Service Supt. James Hardy answers questions on the domestic violence investigation.

    He acknowledged Duggan was on a conditional sentence at the time of the latest charges.

    “When the domestic first came to light—some time ago for us—the actual officer was released on what was called a conditional sentence,” Hardy said. “What a conditional sentence is—it’s similar to a peace bond…so as long as that particular individual (or any member of the public) adheres to that conditional sentence order, you’re fine. Once you step outside of that, the actual charges then become breach of probation charges. So it’s under Section 730 of the Criminal Code. However, I’d like to stress this: it is not a criminal conviction.”

    Hardy said like with other domestic investigations, it’s CPS’ hope to work alongside the families involved and “sometimes that includes a peace bond or a conditional sentence order.”

    Police said the incident was being released to “ensure transparency to the public.”

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    “We’ve come forward with these allegations to make sure that we’re transparent and showing accountability, but I think the officer has—like anybody else in Canada has—the right to be presumed innocent.”

    The 16-year member of the Calgary Police Service (CPS) has been placed on administrative leave and his status will be continually reviewed.

    Anyone experiencing abuse or domestic violence is encourage to call the Family & Sexual Abuse Network at 403 -237-5888 (Toll Free: 1-877-237-5888), the 24-hour Family Violence Helpline at 403-234-SAFE (7233) or 211. 

    Victims of domestic violence can also contact the Calgary Police Service anytime by calling the non-emergency line at 403-266-1234, or 911 if they are in immediate danger.

Vancouver School Board audits say trustees ‘ineffective’

24/09/2019 Posted by admin

A special adviser’s report looking into the actions of the Vancouver School Board says problems within the board stemmed from some trustees prioritizing their political agendas, rather than stewardship of the district.

Education Minister Mike Bernier fired all nine members of the board last week and says two reports that show failures of governance and budgetary practices deepen his lack of confidence in the former board.

“It underlines the fact that stewartship is challenging enough without the distractions created by a focus on political advocacy,” Bernier said.

The province released the forensic audit by special adviser Peter Milburn along with a detailed review and audit by Ernst and Young. It also released a supplemental report on the impact of school closures at the Vancouver School Board.


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The reports offer a long list of options that trustees could have pursued to balance the budget, including following past recommendations by external reviews that were never implemented.

All school boards in the province were required by law to submit a balanced budget by June 30.

In a conference call Friday, Bernier told reporters that the audits support his decision to fire the board members because the report says trustees chose not to provide a balanced budget in an act of protest for more funding.

The special adviser’s report also cited problems of overstaffing, the need to better monetize unused facilities and real estate and improve collective agreements with staff and service providers.

“The Vancouver School Board allowed money to be tied up in inefficiencies rather than spent in classrooms, in services for students,” he said.

Former board chair Mike Lombardi couldn’t immediately be reached for comment but he did issue a statement on 桑拿会所 calling the forensic audit “nothing more than a fishing expedition.”

Lombardi said the reports are being used as a distraction from decades of underfunding of education from the province.

The report looked at opportunities for the board to balance its budget with and without school closures.

It recommended the board sell its Kingsgate Mall property, which could produce more than $50 million in revenue.

It also says the board could rectify past decisions that have limited the amount of revenue it can earn from its real estate and caused properties to be leased at below-market rates.

On the issue of governance, the report says the board of trustees took “an unusual and ineffective approach” with the operation of the school district and interfered with management.

The report says the board’s actions caused management “an unsustainable amount of stress.”

Bernier would not comment on the ongoing investigation by WorkSafe BC into allegations that senior management had put forward about bullying in the workplace.

The entire senior management of the school district went on medical leave at the end of September, but Bernier said he expects staff to return to their posts in the coming weeks.

Four fired trustees affiliated with the reigning Vision Vancouver party demanded a retraction and apology from the education minister earlier this week. They say he made defamatory statements about them, accusing them of creating a toxic work environment.

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There were 59 governance and budgetary recommendations made between the two audits, which the education minister says the newly appointed trustee Dianne Turner will be responsible for implementing.

Former trustee Patti Bachus tweeted her response on Friday, firing back at the provincial government.

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Commercial development under construction in north Lethbridge

24/09/2019 Posted by admin

The city of Lethbridge continues growing ever closer to having 100,000 residents and with more residential areas going up, the need for services is growing too.

Now, a new commercial development is under construction to service the Legacy Ridge subdivision.

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“To invest in a building is a long-term investment, it’s capital intensive and it is also a 20- to 30-year process, so these people that are committing to do this, are doing it because they have confidence in their business and in Lethbridge in general,” said Matthew Sherwood, the president of Sherwood Developments – the company behind the new development.

“Legacy Gate is the name of the development,” Sherwood said. “It’s six acres, its right at the entrance into Legacy Ridge subdivision.”

The local developer added the commercial development will help provide some key services to north Lethbridge, an area where he says commercial development still needs to catch up to residential growth.

“There will be a Tim Hortons as well as a 7-Eleven which will have a Petro-Canada gas bar out front. We will be having a Jetz Car Wash adjacent to the Petro-Canada,” Sherwood said. “We do have a lease in place with a liquor store that will be connected to the 7-Eleven.”

Construction on Legacy Gate started just a few months ago, but already, two buildings are up and there is still plenty of space for more development.

“We have been in conversations with different banks and restaurants that we feel would be complimentary to that type of concept, ,” Sherwood added. “It’s the things that you need in a hurry -coming home to and from your house, to and from work. We hope other businesses like fitness facilities, medical facilities – we would love pharmacy… chiropractic – also come to the area.”

Residents in the area can expect to grab a cup of coffee or fill up their car in Legacy Gate as soon as January 2017.

Chicago Cubs World Series ticket battle drives divorcing couple to court

24/09/2019 Posted by admin

CHICAGO — The frenzy among Chicago Cubs fans to snag pricey and scarce tickets to World Series games at Wrigley Field has now landed in divorce court.

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Court documents obtained by The Associated Press from Cook County Circuit Court on Friday say a suburban mom this week submitted an “Emergency Petition For World Series Tickets” to see Game 5 Saturday against the Cleveland Indians. A judge’s order says the tickets for Saturday are held by Nancy Riddle’s estranged husband and fellow Cubs fan John Riddle.

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Judge Marya Nega ruled after in-court arguments that the husband can keep the tickets for himself and the couple’s 12-year-old son but should pay for a new ticket for Nancy Riddle in a “comparable” section to his. The cheapest available tickets start at around $3,000.

 The Cubs haven’t won a World Series title since 1908 and long-suffering fans are paying a minimum of thousands of dollars per ticket to attend games at Wrigley Field. Even standing-room tickets on sites such as StubHub started at around $2,500, with tickets for most actual seats going for at least five figures and some sellers asking for more than $100,000 for prime box seats.

The husband’s lawyer, Michael Berger, declined to name his client in a Thursday interview. But he did describe the legal tussle, saying his client landed the World Series tickets because he bought a season-ticket package deal with his friends this year before divorce proceedings began in April.

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Berger said he objected to the notion that because the Cubs hadn’t made it to a World Series in 71 years, the request for the judge to intervene on the ticket issue was an emergency because the Cubs might not make it back to another World Series in the wife’s lifetime.

Berger is a fan of the Cubs’ bitter cross-town rivals, the White Sox, and said he reluctantly acknowledged to the court during arguments before the judge that the Cubs “are a great team.”

“Even if the Cubs lose this time, it is likely — regrettably — that they will be back to the World Series again soon,” he said in a Thursday phone interview.

The law firm representing Nancy Riddle, Davis Freeman LLC, declined any comment.

Frustration at Edmonton law courts over justice delayed

24/09/2019 Posted by admin

Late Friday morning, a small group of people emerged from the Edmonton law courts angry and frustrated.

“I’m shocked that this can even be happening,” Lori McConnell said.

“How can we keep delaying this process for an indefinite period of time,” McConnell asked.

McConnell was speaking for her friend Gina Robinson, an Edmonton woman who died in April 2014.

The 54-year-old was found in a northwest Edmonton home with serious injuries. She died days later as a result of blunt force trauma according to the autopsy.

Gilbert Robinson, Gina’s estranged husband, is facing a second-degree murder charge.

Gilbert Robinson is facing a charge of second degree murder in the death of Gina Robinson.


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The case was scheduled to go to trial twice, but both times the accused fired his lawyer at the last minute; most recently, last week.

“Gina’s brother drove from Chicago, got here in the afternoon just to find out everything had been delayed,” McConnell explained, adding, “her daughter came from England.”

There is worry the accused, who is out on bail, is firing his counsel as a stall tactic.

In court Friday morning, the judge ordered the accused must be ready for the new trial dates. It’s now been set to be heard between Jan. 8 to 26, 2018, nearly four years after Gina’s death.

“This is difficult,” McConnell said.

“Any client has the right to fire their lawyer for any reason,” Kelly Dawson, president of the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association, said.

Dawson said a lawyer being fired by a client is not a “common occurrence.”

“They (an accused) can’t use that delay to argue that their right to a trial in a reasonable time has been violated,” Dawson said.

When it comes to the administration of justice, the onus is on the Crown and the courts to ensure a trial proceeds in a reasonable amount of time. As for delays caused by an accused?

“We trust the court to guarantee, not only the rights of the accused, but to make sure that the system is not abused,” Dawson explained.

“And I think judges are very aware of that and very cautious about what they do in these kinds of situations.”

Gina Robinson’s family and friends vow to continue to be there for their friend, no matter what obstacles come up.

“Gina is very much alive in our hearts and she will remain very alive in our hearts,” McConnell said. “And so, we just have to keep digging in.”

Tribute to veterans on Alberta highway vandalized: ‘Have some respect’

24/09/2019 Posted by admin

With just two weeks until Remembrance Day, a special tribute to our fallen soldiers has been vandalized.

It happened near Sylvan Lake where 128 flags line Highway 11.

The organization Veterans Voices of Canada says a flag was taken off the pole and tossed in the ditch. A hero plaque at the memorial was also taken down and left in the ditch.

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    “I’m looking at the flags and I’m looking at the hero plaques and I’m wondering why the heck somebody would want to do that,” founder Al Cameron said.

    “It’s a tribute. It’s a memorial tribute … The fact that my family members are on that flag line and that somebody can come along and do that to anybody’s family – it’s pretty brutal as far as I’m concerned.”

    Cameron said he feels the act is incredibly disrespectful and hopes it won’t happen again.

    “I’m really hoping that this is going to be a one-time thing. I”m going to put my faith in humanity once more.”

    “I’m going to hope that whoever did this … that they’re going to understand what these flags mean and the effect it has,” he said.

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    Cameron said he’s considering enlisting volunteers to guard the memorial site. That step had to be taken in Kingston, Ont. where a similar site was seeing flags stolen on a nightly basis.

    “They actually had the community come together to protect those flags and that flag line,” Cameron said.

    A flag line pays tribute to our fallen soldiers on Highway 11 near Sylvan Lake, Alta.

    Al Cameron/Veterans Voices of Canada

    A flag line pays tribute to our fallen soldiers on Highway 11 near Sylvan Lake, Alta.

    Al Cameron/Veterans Voices of Canada

    128 flags line Highway 11 near Sylvan Lake to pay tribute to fallen soldiers.

    Al Cameron/Veterans Voices of Canada

    128 flags line Highway 11 near Sylvan Lake to pay tribute to fallen soldiers.

    Al Cameron/Veterans Voices of Canada

    128 flags line Highway 11 near Sylvan Lake to pay tribute to fallen soldiers.

    Al Cameron/Veterans Voices of Canada

    A flag line pays tribute to our fallen soldiers on Highway 11 near Sylvan Lake, Alta.

    Al Cameron/Veterans Voices of Canada

    Heroes plaques pay tribute to our fallen soldiers on Highway 11 near Sylvan Lake, Alta.

    Al Cameron/Veterans Voices of Canada

    Heroes plaques pay tribute to our fallen soldiers on Highway 11 near Sylvan Lake, Alta.

    Al Cameron/Veterans Voices of Canada

    128 flags line Highway 11 near Sylvan Lake to pay tribute to fallen soldiers.

    Al Cameron/Veterans Voices of Canada

    His message to those responsible?

    “If they want to question what we’re doing, come to us and question it, but think of those family members that have hero plaques on these sites. It’s giving tribute to their families so you’re basically disrespecting them and their veteran and their family.”

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    “We’re better than this,” Cameron added. “We can do better than this.”

    The flags are put up on the first Saturday in October with an opening ceremony at each tribute site across the country. A closing ceremony is held after Remembrance Day to take them down.

    Currently, there are nearly 40 sites in different communities across Canada.

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YMCA to close downtown Edmonton housing facility, displacing 120 residents

24/08/2019 Posted by admin

About 120 residents will have a year to find new housing after the YMCA of Northern Alberta announced it is permanently closing its downtown Edmonton housing facility.

After a two-year review of the YMCA’s downtown programs, the president and CEO of YMCA of Northern Alberta said the facility will be shut down by Oct. 31, 2017. Nick Parkinson said the decision to close was not taken lightly.

“We’ve made a very tough decision,” Parkinson said Friday. “The building is at end of life.”

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    Parkinson said the facility operated at annual loss of $100,000 to $150,000 and projected to increase.

    The housing facility on 100 Street and 102A Avenue opened in the 1950s as a youth hostel, mainly for travellers. Over the years, the needs of the population the YMCA serves have changed but the facility hasn’t. Because the facility supports people who stay long-term, the single-room occupancy model it currently runs is no longer viable for residents.

    “The rooms that we have right now are eight by 10 (foot) rooms,” Parkinson explained. “There’s no washroom in them, there’s no kitchen facilities in them. There’s a bed and a dresser, essentially.”

    “Could we actually renovate the building to add more of those rooms to create a viable operating model? We’ve worked with architects over the past two years, and unfortunately, we couldn’t create enough units to create a viable operating model… We currently are running at an operating deficit and that is projected to get worse.”

    Residents were notified Friday of the closure. Marc April has lived at the YMCA downtown on and off for 20 years. While he knew the old building would have to close down eventually, he said he was shocked to learn the organization wasn’t going to build a new facility. He said he’s going to miss the sense of community.

    “I’ve gravitated to the community here,” he said. “People come from different walks of life and hearing their stories and talking about yours and everything else, it’s always been a great thing to come be in here. Even if you leave, you always somehow come back.

    “No matter what, you can always come back and it feels like home. I mean, I don’t have a whole lot but it’s still my home.”

    April is working towards getting his Class 3 driver’s licence in hopes of getting a job driving somewhere. At this point, he’s not sure where he’ll go once the housing facility closes.

    “I am going to miss places like this that have this community. I don’t know where else to find it,” he said. “It’s really going to be a sad day when it closes down.”

    Parkinson said the YMCA will sit down with every resident in order to provide the support they need to find new housing.

    “The Y is not closing out. We’re committed to working with this population and helping people find permanency and supporting them through that transition,” he said.

    “What’s really important is, we’re not closing in a month and we’re not closing in two. We’re closing in 365 days. And that’s been very purposeful because as an organization that’s committed to people, we want to make sure that we rehouse people.”

    The YMCA of Northern Alberta has an affordable housing facility east of downtown Edmonton. It also provides housing in Grande Prairie and Fort McMurray.

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Tom Cochrane at unveiling of Calgary exhibit: ‘it’s humbling to be part of the cultural mosaic of Canada’

24/08/2019 Posted by admin

Canadian icon Tom Cochrane was in Calgary Friday at the National Music Centre (NMC) unveiling of a new temporary exhibit in his honour.

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    The Showcase: Tom Cochrane exhibition will show off some of his awards and artifacts, including the 1963 Gretsch guitar he used in the music video for “Big League” and seen on the cover of his Victory Day album with Red Rider. It will also feature the outfit worn in the music video for 1991 hit “Life is a Highway.”

    When asked if he ever gets sick of hearing people request “Life is a Highway” his short answer was: no.

    “I think Mick Jagger said that once, he said, ‘how could I ever get tired of ‘Satisfaction’ or one of those songs that just gets people off to such a degree that you get this energy—both psychic and physical energy—coming back from the audience?

    “I never take that for granted. I never get tired of that.”

    The exhibit is the first at Studio Bell to display content from the EMI Music Canada Archive, which was donated to the University of Calgary earlier this year, the NMC said in a release. It runs from Friday to April 30, 2017.

    “It’s wonderful to have a place like this that really celebrates our culture and reminds people what our culture is and where we’ve come from,” Cochrane said. “It’s flattering and it’s humbling to be part of the cultural mosaic of Canada and for this building to celebrate that, I think it’s so very, very important.”

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RCMP not responsible for death of Sheldon Thunderblanket: IIO

24/08/2019 Posted by admin

The suspect wanted in a Saskatchewan homicide and the shooting of a B.C. RCMP officer near Golden, B.C. died of a head trauma, according to an Independent Investigation Office of B.C. report released on Friday.

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The IIO’s forensic investigator found that despite being shot by police, Sheldon Kyle Thunderblanket died of a head trauma consistent with hitting a rock.

Thunderblanket was found dead in a river by police on Oct. 12 after a manhunt.

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The incident began on Oct. 11 when RCMP were conducting a check-stop on Highway 1 in Golden in connection with a possible theft. The driver of a stopped vehicle failed to comply with police direction, got out of his car and allegedly fired shots at an officer.

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The officer, confirmed to be RCMP Cst. Amber Brunner, was shot in the arm. In a Facebook statement, the City of Revelstoke said the officer had reconstructive surgery done on her hand and arm and is recovering.

The driver, Thunderblanket, was also fired at and hit in the forearm. The suspect then fled on foot, stole another nearby vehicle at gun-point and fled the area.

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Police picked up the trail of the stolen vehicle connected with Thunderblanket later that day and attempted to stop it with two spike belts. According to the IIO investigation, the vehicle failed to stop and shots were fired by police. No one was hit or injured in the confrontation.

The suspect continued to drive and eventually got out of the vehicle, cross the highway and go down a steep embankment. A K-9 unit was used but police were unable to find the suspect and eventually called off the search at 11:40 p.m. on Oct. 11.

Police continued the next morning and at 10:10 a.m. on Oct. 12, found Thunderblanket dead in a river.

After an investigation of witnesses, police officers and evidence from the scene, the IIO concluded there was no connection between the actions of the police and the death of Thunderblanket.

Dozens of Alberta ranches quarantined for bovine tuberculosis

24/08/2019 Posted by admin

About 30 southeastern Alberta ranches are being quarantined after bovine tuberculosis was reported in a single cow from the province that was slaughtered in the United States.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency said Friday its veterinarians and inspectors are making contact with cattle producers in five Alberta agricultural zones and are working with provincial authorities to investigate the report.

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“The investigation is ongoing and it is not yet known how many animals will require testing,” said agency spokesman Denis Schryburt in an email.

“The number of animals requiring testing will depend on a number of factors such as whether additional animals test positive and the movements of exposed animals to other locations.”

He said the affected cow came from a ranch near Jenner, about 250 kilometres east of Calgary. The agency said the United States Department of Agriculture reported the case of bovine TB in September.

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The quarantine means that animals must remain on the ranch unless they are moved directly to an inspected slaughter facility, said Schryburt.

Bob Lowe, chair of the Alberta Beef Producers, said ranches under quarantine could face additional costs of housing and feeding their livestock as winter sets in, instead of selling the animals.

“As far as the Canadian cattle industry is concerned, it’s not a problem at all. It’s not a border issue, it’s not affecting markets,” he said.

“But if you’re one of the producers that’s quarantined, it’s devastating.”

If any infected cattle are found, the entire herd would have to be destroyed, he added.

Bovine TB is a reportable disease in Canada and has been subject to a mandatory national eradication program since 1923, the agency said.

It added that Canada is considered to be officially free of the disease although isolated cases may occur. It said the finding does not affect Canada’s current status.

The agency said that bovine TB generally does not pose a threat to public health in Canada but individuals who have extended, close contact with an infected animal while it is alive are at risk of contracting the disease. Wildlife may also transmit the disease to livestock.

Search for Chinese sailor called off, racing team urges US to keep looking

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KAPOLEI, Hawaii – The racing team of a Chinese professional sailor who went missing on a mission to set a solo trans-Pacific world record is imploring the U.S. Coast Guard to resume its search for him.

In a post titled “Who can help us save Guo Chuan?” the team said Friday it was disappointed the search for Guo was suspended two days ago. It also said members had written a letter to the Coast Guard for help.

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“We are deeply saddened by the decision to suspend the search and beg you to continue searching until there is confirmation that he has lost his last chance for survival,” the group wrote in the letter, according to the statement on its official social media page.

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“Guo Chuan’s crew will assist regardless of cost, if you could just tell us what to do,” they said in the statement.

The search was suspended Wednesday after a U.S. Navy crew from the USS Makin Island went aboard Guo’s 97-foot trimaran about 620 miles northwest of Oahu and found only his life jacket.

The Coast Guard often receives requests from family and friends of people missing in the ocean but can’t resume the search unless there’s new information, Chief Petty Officer Sarah Mooers said.

“It’s incredibly sad and it’s unfortunate this happened,” she said. “We never like suspending a search. Unfortunately after a certain point it becomes necessary.”

The last indication that Guo was aboard the vessel was Monday, she said: “Four days is a long time for something or someone to move adrift.”

Guo “was a professional mariner with a deep passion for sailing,” said Capt. Robert Hendrickson, who directed the Coast Guard’s search. “Our deepest condolences go out not only to his family and friends but also to his racing team and the sailing community.”

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Lt. Ben Powers, the Coast Guard pilot who was air commander in the search, said waves, wind and darkness hampered the effort.

“It was pretty frustrating not to find him, not to hear him,” Powers said Thursday at Air Station Barbers Point in west Oahu. “The hardest thing we do is search for a person in the water because it’s a huge ocean.”

Guo, 50, was the first Chinese person to sail around the world in 2013, according to his website, guochuanracing长沙桑拿. He left San Francisco on Oct. 18 to challenge the solo nonstop trans-Pacific world record of 21 days.

Powers piloted one of the HC-130 Hercules planes that participated in the search. He said he spent hours scanning the ocean for Guo through 4-to-6-foot waves. There was no moon, he said, so illumination was low even with night-vision goggles.

Rescuers radioed Guo every 15 to 30 minutes, Powers said. There was no response.

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“When the person’s in the water basically the only thing above the water is the person’s head,” Powers said. “So that’s really what we’re looking for – something the size of a human head from an aircraft from 300 to 700 feet.”

Guo’s team said a company that operates helicopters for tourism in Honolulu has expressed its willingness to provide up to 10 helicopters for the search. It said they can only travel 500 kilometres (310 miles) without stopping and would need a ship to serve as a platform for refuelling on the sea.

The team is in contact with commercial ships but the nearest one is hundreds of miles away because Guo Chuan was taking a non-traditional route, it said.

Guo’s sailboat, the Qingdao China, is adrift, and its main sail has been taken down, the Coast Guard said. Guo’s racing team plans to recover the sailboat, the Coast Guard said.