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  • admin 18:37 on 30/08/2019  

    Watch above: Manufacturers specializing in energy parts, like pipes and electrical wiring, are expecting a boost in business following the Northern Gateway pipeline announcement. Eric Szeto reports.

    EDMONTON – With the planned Northern Gateway pipeline taking a step forward Tuesday, developer Enbridge isn’t the only firm that stands to benefit.

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    In industry-heavy Nisku, south of Edmonton, businesses are looking forward to the pipeline’s construction. Nisku houses thousands of businesses and provides work to tens of thousands of workers, serving as a manufacturing hub that supplies pipe and other products needed for oilsands projects.

    Triumph Processing, a small steel processor which only employs 25 people, is expecting to significantly increase that number in the next few years. Some steel processing requires as few as three workers. While the company processes steel for a variety of purposes, oilsands production is its main focus. Triumph President Chris Albert says their automated system is more than ready for the increased demand for steel. In fact, it was made for it.

    “We’ve prepared in advance for any decision that is to be made with Enbridge… Where other companies are looking for 50 or 100 people, we know we can find six or eight and we can support companies like Enbridge to help build pipelines,” says Albert.

    “We’re ready right now. We’ll be ready in a year from now, two years from now. However long it takes for a decision to be made, we are to going to be here, and we are going to be ready to support that.”

    Triumph expects its production to quadruple in coming years as Nisku booms.

    Across town at Alegro Projects, there is an air of cautious optimism. Senior Project Manager Gord Nichol and his team fabricate a variety of pipeline projects, including the pressurized pipes needed for pipelines like Northern Gateway.

    “We do pipeline work here, we do work with Enbridge,” says Nichol.

    “We’re anticipating, whether directly through Enbridge or one of the subcontractors, that we will be getting a piece of that work,” he continues, referring to the Northern Gateway project.

    The question now is whether it’s all just wishful thinking for the businesses of Nisku. Nichol knows that with Ottawa’s political climate and environmental issues, it will be years until Northern Gateway goes ahead, if it goes ahead at all.

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    With files from Eric Szeto, Global News.

     
  • admin 18:37 on 30/08/2019  

    EDMONTON – The community of Claresholm is scrambling to deal with a flood residents describe as much worse than the one experienced just one year ago.

    Southeast of Calgary, the rain continues to fall, flooding roads that now look more like lakes and filling basements.

    “I went down, checked the basement and… it was up to the second stair before it came up into the main house,” said Jo-Ann Peach, who lives on the west side of town.

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    Recent rain coupled with a heavy downpour Tuesday night caused Claresholm to declare a local state of emergency around 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday.

    A voluntary evacuation order is in place, but most residents are staying in their homes.

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    Many of the roads in town were flooded, and some closed to traffic.

    Crews were quickly dispatched to the area to help homeowners, but there was nothing anyone could do to stop the water.

    “I don’t even know what to think about this,” said Kandice Meister, who moved to Claresholm two months ago with her family.

    “It’s purely amazing, for sure, but it’s still a little devastating. We’re not even fully moved in yet, really.”

    The town experienced flooding in 2005 and again in 2013. But, residents say this year is considerably worse.

    “Twice as much water, twice as much damage,” said Phyllis Faulkner.

    “I have way more water in the backyard now than I ever had.

    “My furnace is done, my hot water tank is done – it’s going to be another $5,000 to put it back in,” said Faulkner.

    Peach is also worried about the damage.

    “[It’s] pretty devastating. I don’t know if the insurance will cover it this year.”

    The town’s mayor says, despite upgrades to the storm drainage system after the 2005 flood, too much rain fell in a short period of time.

    “There comes a time when our sanitary and storm infrastructure just simply can’t handle that amount of rainfall at one time,” explained Rob Steel.

    An evacuation centre has been set up in the town’s arena to assist flooded residents.

     
  • admin 18:37 on 30/08/2019  

    KELOWNA, B.C. – Finn Stackhouse is getting a lesson in ‘Activism 101’ as he pounds the pavement with Central Okanagan teachers.

    The 9-year-old student doesn’t have a daycare spot so has to spend the day with his dad’s girlfriend, teacher Hilde Dietzel.

    “We don’t have childcare either, so we’re bringing our kids with us to the picket line,” says Dietzel. “We’re scrambling just like parents are. We are parents.”

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    Stackhouse sympathizes with teachers, “because they have too many people in their class.” He carries his own hand-made sign of support.

    High school students are also at school this week, but only for Provincial exams, deemed an essential service during the strike.

    Feelings ranged from casual to awkward as students crossed picket lines.

    “I wasn’t sure to just ignore them or just say hi,” said one grade 10 KSS student as she left her math exam.

    “I know for our students, it’s unusual to be coming into a school and still seeing, at least in the vicinity, anyways, teachers on a picket line,” says School District #23 Superintendent Hugh Gloster. “I think for the most part students are responding quite well. We typically know which students struggle with anxiety related issues and try to support them as best we can. But it is an unfamiliar situation for many.”

    Teachers hope students feel comfortable approaching them on the picket line and parents are at ease discussing the strike with their children.

    “To try and hide that its happening is going to hide that anxiety inside,” says Karen Bernath, Central Okanagan teacher. “They need to talk them out and have their kids understand as best they can.”

    The Central Okanagan Teachers Association (COTA) has initiated a teacher food drive and hardship fund to assist those on the picket lines, both CUPE and BCTF members, during the strike.

    “Members are donating strike pay,” says Susan Bauhart, COTA President. “There were three days of strike pay. Some are donating just money and some are donating foods items for members to take. There’s no questions asked.”

    Bauhart says news of face to face negotiations with the province are encouraging with hope of finding a resolution quickly.

     
  • admin 18:37 on 30/08/2019  

    Watch above: The Edmonton Oilers’ captain has been recognized for his leadership and community engagement, winning the King Clancy Memorial trophy.

    EDMONTON – From launching a free community fitness project to becoming the first Edmonton Oiler to march in the city’s Pride Parade, it seems as though Andrew Ference’s contributions to the community haven’t gone unnoticed.

    On Wednesday, the National Hockey League announced the Oilers’ captain is this year’s recipient of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy. The award is given out each year, to the player who “best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and has made a noteworthy humanitarian contribution in his community.”

    “That’s an extreme honour, without a doubt,” says Ference. “It is important for me to come to my hometown and try to make it as great as I can and I have a very good platform to do that as a hockey player.”

    Since returning to the Capital Region last year, Ference has jumped in head-first, getting involved in several community initiatives.

    He launched the November Project: a free, early-morning fitness class that encourages people to get some exercise and meet new people.

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    The Sherwood Park native has also been involved with the Hope Mission Shelter and led the way on a Christmas toy delivery to the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

    Most recently, Ference and his young family marched in Edmonton’s Pride Parade.

    “It means a lot to me to see people be proud of Edmonton and celebrate what’s great about it.”

    READ MORE: Oilers’ captain to make history at Edmonton Pride Parade

    While his calendar might get a little full at times, Ference says he brings his family whenever he can, adding it’s fun to get involved with the community and meet new people.

    “It’s all positive. And I think that when the hockey season’s on there’s definitely priorities to be able to perform and be at my best for that. But there’s no excuse to sit at home and not get involved.

    “The most important thing is not just doing things because they might be expected of you, or because it might look good, but doing them because at the base of you it’s important and they’re things that you really care about.”

    Dedicated to living green, Ference has becoming involved in Edmonton’s ‘Go Green’ initiatives. He also spoke at the ‘Zero 2014’ conference, hosted in partnership by the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation and the City of Edmonton.

    Other recipients of the King Clancy Memorial Trophy include Patrice Bergeron, Daniel Alfredsson, Jarome Iginla and former Oiler Doug Weight.

    Ference will receive the honour at the upcoming 2014 NHL Awards Gala in Las Vegas.

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  • admin 18:37 on 30/08/2019  

    CALGARY- A community near Lethbridge has had to be evacuated, as flood waters creep closer to their homes.

    The Blood Tribe is located southwest of Lethbridge, and became threatened by the rising water on Wednesday afternoon.

    As a result, the following areas have been notified of evacuations:

    Fort Whoop UpLittle ChicagoFish Creek along the river bottomLower Laverne

    A number of roads have also been closed or washed out, including:

    Road to Little Chicago from Highway 505Fish Creek road by Sophie ScoutKainai Industries Road from Highway #2Bull Horn Coulee at Farm FourHealy BridgeLower StandoffLower Laverne (Chiefmoon Valley)Road to Doug Singer

    READ MORE: Several southern Alberta communities declare state of emergency

    Flooding at the Blood Tribe Reserve. Photo taken on June 19, 2014.

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    A swollen river near the Blood Tribe Reserve on Wednesday, June 18th, 2014.

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    Flooding at the Blood Tribe Reserve. Photo taken on June 19, 2014.

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    Flooding at the Blood Tribe Reserve. Photo taken on June 19, 2014.

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    “I have also been in touch with municipal and First Nations leaders in affected communities to let them know their government is ready to provide immediate support, whenever and wherever needed,” said Premier Dave Hancock, of the flood threat.

    Anyone requiring additional information is asked to call the Flood Reception Centre at 403-737-3868.

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