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Paralympian Josh Sundquist’s Lumière costume wins Halloween

24/01/2019 Posted by admin

U.S. Paralympian Josh Sundquist is the talk of social media after posting his creative and playful costumes online – costumes he says celebrate what makes him different.

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“I used to be pretty self-conscious,” Sundquist, a former ski racer, wrote on his blog. “In high school I wore prosthesis all the time and didn’t want anyone to find out I was missing a leg. But now I’m more at ease with who I am and what I look like, and I guess with these Halloween costumes you could even say that I celebrate what makes me different. Which may be either weird or refreshing, depending on your perspective.”

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This year Sundquist will be Lumière, the beloved candelabra featured in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast – or as Sundquist refers to him, “Disney’s most famous monopod.”

“I’ve always wanted to try this costume,” he wrote. “And as you probably know, there’s a live-action Beauty and the Beast coming out next year. It’s unclear from the photos I’ve seen if Lumière will still be a hopping monopod or if the new Lumière will have bipedal locomotion. If the new movie changes the way we imagine Lumière, this could be the final Halloween in which I could dress like him. So it had to be Lumière in 2016.”

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#TBT this child staring at me rather than actual flamingos at the zoo

A post shared by Josh Sundquist (@joshsundquist) on Nov 5, 2015 at 12:45pm PST

Last year, Sundquist was an IHOP sign, a foosball pawn in 2014, a flamingo in 2013, the famous “leg lamp” from A Christmas Story in 2012 and a partially eaten gingerbread man in 2010.

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Here’s my costume. Happy Halloween!

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Sundquist says he and his assistant Lisa McLaughlin begin brainstorming ideas months in advance, leaving enough time to construct the sometimes complicated costumes.

But Sunquist wasn’t always a Halloween fanatic.

Citing religious reasons for not celebrating the event growing up, the athlete didn’t wear his first Halloween costume until he was in college.

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Our first Halloween costume as a married couple

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“So it’s a funny twist of life that my Halloween costumes will probably be the most visible thing I ever do,” he writes. “Like, no matter how many motivational speeches I give or books I write or YouTube videos I upload, it’s unlikely they’ll reach a fraction of the amount of people who have seen my costumes in the past few years.”

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As it turns out, he may be right. Since posting his Lumière costume to his social media accounts, people can’t stop talking about Sundquist’s costumes.

“Yes,” wrote maddyb404 on his Instagram. “I don’t even know what to do with myself. Just yes.”

“My friends and I are going to be Disney princesses this year,” wrote anniekhall. “You would TOTALLY boost our cool factor!”

However, don’t expect to see Sundquist dressed as any amputee clichés like a shark attack victim or pirate, he says.

“I look for costume ideas that represent a creative twist on my situation, ideally something only I am able to dress as because of the unique shape of my body,” Sundquist says. “Here’s the thing… I don’t want to dress as an amputee. I’m already an amputee 364 days per year. I don’t need a costume for that. Halloween is the day I can be something else.”

Sundquist was a part of the U.S. Paralympic ski team for the 2006 Paralympics in Turino, Italy. He is now a member of the U.S. Amputee Soccer Team, a motivational speaker, author and YouTube personality.

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Max, a border protection beagle, retires after 8 years at Edmonton airport

24/01/2019 Posted by admin

A sniffer dog is retiring from his post at the Edmonton International Airport after eight years working with the Canada Border Services Agency.

“Working with a dog is the best job you can ever have,” border services officer Iris Zelter said.

She met Max – who came from the SPCA in Montreal – in 2008 at CBSA training in Quebec and they’ve been together ever since.

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    “The very traits that make lousy pets make fantastic working dogs: not listening, always following their nose, totally ignoring you when they’re on the scent of something and never wanting to quit.”

    Zelter said there have been times she’s had to physically lift Max up and carry him off the floor at the end of their shift because there were still bags to check.

    “Over his eight-year career, he’s had 310 agricultural penalties with a total of $178,000 in penalties paid. He’s also found other jewellery, drugs, undeclared currency,” she said. “A single apple led to an undeclared currency seizure of $43,000 and Max found the apple.”

    Max is trained to sniff out seven different odours: pork, beef, chicken, soil, plants, bulbs and apples. Since college, he’s added to his repertoire, which now sits at 15 different scents.

    “He even found a box of chocolates where someone had put chocolates on top, packaged those chocolates but there were plants underneath and they were trying to hide them to bring them into Canada,” Zelter said. “He’s found trees, he’s found live tortoises – there’s a lot that he’s found over his career.”

    Max’s retirement certificate.

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    Max checks bags on the luggage carousel at EIA Oct. 28, 2016.

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    Max the beagle retires from the CBSA at EIA, Oct. 28, 2016.

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    Beau the Labrador Retriever will take up the job at the EIA, Oct. 28, 2016.

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    Now, the “beagle something” and his human partner will hand over EIA duties to Beau, a Labrador-retriever, and handler Lareina Da Silva.

    Meanwhile, Max will be trading sniffing for snacking.

    “Max is going to come home and be a farm dog with my other two dogs,” Zelter said with a big smile.

    “He’ll get to sleep on the bed, he’ll get to eat as much as he wants instead of being on a diet to keep his trim figure and he’ll get lots of treats just because he’s cute not because he has to work for them.”

    Their parting advice to the new team?

    “Trust your dog and enjoy the job because it’s the best job in the world.”

    Some stats about Max

    He’s helped make 310 agricultural seizuresTrained to detect food, plant and animal productsAssisted with 72 other (non agricultural) seizures, including drugs like khatAlso helped with seizures of currencyCame from SPCA in MontrealWorked at EIA, as well as Calgary and VancouverCBSA Detector Dogs have been protecting Canadians for nearly 40 years

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Saskatoon weather outlook – October 28

24/01/2019 Posted by admin

Fog, cloud and some showers for Halloween weekend! Here’s how it all breaks down.

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Mist started the day before drizzle moved into Saskatoon early this morning as temperatures sat around two degrees.

The drizzle moved out of the area mid-morning, but the added moisture combined with a north-northeasterly wind around 20 to 30 km/h and a few other factors kept us cool through the morning.

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We did manage to reach 3 C by noon with more precipitation set to move in this afternoon.

This next batch will likely fall predominantly as rain, but there is a chance of some wet snow mixed in.

The result of all of this will likely only allow us to hit a high of 4 C today.


That chance of precipitation does linger into the evening before it eases off under cloudy skies overnight.

After such a moist day as we cool down to -1, temperatures will reach the dewpoint temperature in the city allowing for fog patches to develop overnight.


There is a high pressure system that’ll slide by on Saturday that typically would bring in some sunshine, but this one will be what’s known as a “dirty high”, which means it’ll have cloud cover associated with it.

As such, we’re looking at a mostly cloudy Saturday with a very slight chance of precipitation in the morning and a daytime high around 5 degrees.


Chance of showers midday Sunday in Saskatoon.

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The next system will slide by on Sunday bringing in a slight chance of rain midday and it’ll also pull up our daytime high as we swing into the warm sector of the airmass.

So despite the mostly cloudy skies that are expected to linger throughout much of the day, the mercury will still likely top out around 8 degrees or so in the afternoon.


For all those ghouls and goblins hoping to hit the streets and trick-or-treat on Monday, I have some good news for you – that risk of rain we’ve been talking about in the evening is looking slimmer and slimmer!

Mostly cloudy skies will stick around through the day with temperatures creeping up to around five degrees in the afternoon before falling back toward the freezing mark in the evening.

So that means prepare yourselves for temperatures between zero and three degrees if you’re heading out in your costumes for the evening!

Mostly cloudy skies with a very slight chance of showers in Saskatoon for Halloween.

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Work Week Outlook

A few clouds will stick around on Tuesday as a system slides by north of the city with a daytime high again in mid-single digits.

Sunshine then presses into the forecast even more through the rest of the first week of November with daytime highs pushing up into high single digits on Wednesday and then soaring into low double digits later in the week as an upper ridge of high pressure builds in to kickoff the new month.

Upper ridge builds in the heat and sunshine to kickoff November.

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Wet October 2016

It has been the wettest October on record in a number of areas in Saskatchewan.

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It has been the wettest October ever recorded for in a number of Saskatchewan communities including Meadow Lake, Moose Jaw and Yorkton where up to eight times the normal precipitation has fallen in some areas, and the month isn’t even over yet.

Moose Jaw has seen an impressive 100 millimetres fall when on average they only see 11.2 millimetres.

It has been the wettest October on record in a number of areas in Saskatchewan.

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As of Wednesday, October 27, 2016, it has been Saskatoon’s 15th wettest October on record with 40.6 millimetres of precipitation having fallen so far, which is nearly two-and-a-half times the normal monthly total of 16.7 millimetres.

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Significant snow at the beginning of the month followed by moderate to heavy rainfalls later on have accounted for a large portion of these impressive totals.

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Oct. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Darci McLashen in Saskatoon.

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180K pounds of garbage removed from 950 Edmonton homeless camps this year

24/01/2019 Posted by admin

In the first seven months of 2016, 951 homeless camps have been dismantled in Edmonton, according to a report going to the city’s Community and Public Services Committee next week.

The report also found that between January and July of this year, 180,000 pounds of garbage was collected from city homeless camps, including 4,811 needles, 137 weapons and 93 propane tanks.

Material found at the camps ranged from litter and residential garbage to larger items such as couches and mattresses. Bio-hazardous materials were also disposed of, including used needles and human waste.

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At a meeting in September, Ward 6 councillor Scott McKeen asked administration to dig up information on how many homeless camps have been found and cleaned up so far this year, the nature of the waste collected, the amount of staff time and cost to manage the camps and key areas where camps exist.

Because of the early spring weather, McKeen said several people in his ward came forward with concerns about homeless camps in the River Valley.

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A map created by the city shows the majority of homeless camps were cleaned up along the river valley this year, but other locations are scattered throughout Edmonton.

Homeless encampment density map.

Credit, City of Edmonton

More than $2 million has been spent on responding to and cleaning up homeless camps in the past two years.

Since 2014, more than 2,300 encampments have been removed, and there has been a 46 per cent increase in the number of homeless camps cleaned from 2014 to the end of July 2016.

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In 2014, 653 camps were removed. That number increased to 714 in 2015.

The city report said the increase is partly due to streamlined processes, but added the number of encampments signals a “continuing concern” with homelessness in Edmonton.

In 2013, the city adopted a new approach to tackling homeless camps in response to growing complaints from Edmontonians. It included proactive monitoring of public land, more dialogue with people experiencing homelessness and increased efforts to connect vulnerable people with support services.

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In 2014, council added a dedicated park ranger peace officer to patrol the river valley during the summer. Additional funding to support outreach services was also approved.

The report will be discussed at the Community and Public Services Committee meeting on Monday.

The 2016 Edmonton homeless count was conducted last week but the numbers have not yet been released.

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