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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.

    READ MORE: New Oiler helping Edmontonians get fit

    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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  • admin 13:39 on 29/07/2019  

    AMMAN, JORDAN – It’s not every day you hear a rap song about public health insurance.

    But for Jordanian artist Amer Al-Taher, shouting lyrics about contradictions Jordan’s health care system is an important public service.

    “I have to give them something helpful for their lives,” he says.

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    The 26-year-old rapper weaves political messages into his songs, often drawing audiences to a concert with raps about more ordinary topics (“silly commercial songs” as he puts it) and then hitting them with lyrics about issues that affect everyday life.

    Hence the rap about health insurance.

    “When I have the flu, you give me free medicine, but when I need surgery, I should pay for this. How do you expect me to pay for this, while I’m asking you to give me medicines for my flu?”

    And, he says, audiences respond.

    “Whenever I drop a punch line, people are like, ‘Ah!’” he says. “They love that.”

    “We’re not trying to get people out to the streets and cheer for removing the king or whatever,” he says. (Insulting the royal family is illegal in Jordan. Al-Taher, like most others, is careful to abide by that rule)

    “I wish Jordan stays how it is. I don’t have a problem whatsoever with our main politics.”

    Instead, he says he’s interested in improving the standards of living.

    Rap is a great way to spread this message, he thinks: People remember rhymes and verse – he points to the Koran as an example.

    “I believe that rhymes touch you. It can deliver you a specific message,” he says. It’s why he started writing poetry as a teenager in Saudi Arabia, and why he raps now.

    “I can’t be this selfish rapper who talks about myself, my life,” he says. Instead, “I’m trying to help them with my words, to ask for their rights.”

    WATCH: Eskenderella music video for the song “Safha Gedida” – which translates to “A New Page.”

    Before Egypt’s revolution, Alexandrian folk-rockers Eskenderella played songs critical of then-President Hosni Mubarak’s regime. The 13-member band participated in protests in Cairo’s Tahrir Square and elsewhere, both as musicians and as protestors.

    Now that Abdel Fattah al-Sisi – a general under Mubarak who led the overthrow of Egypt’s first elected president, the Muslim Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi – is in charge, people aren’t interested in those kinds of critical songs any more, says Hazem Shaheen, the band’s lead singer and oud player.

    So the band sang instead about people’s courage during the revolution, and how they have transformed.

    Music should reflect the circumstances that people live in, Shaheen says.

    The revolution was like “witnessing the birth of a totally new humankind to the Earth,” he says, through a translator.

    Shaheen sees himself as a musician and artist first, however.

    “I think the art is the revolution.”

    Eskenderella’s reinterpretation of traditional songs and poetry is revolutionary, he says, because it’s different than the standard pop that people usually listen to. He hopes that people will listen to better music instead, because “that will be nutrition for the soul.”

    Still, he feels politics has a special place right now in Middle Eastern music.

    “The world will be shaped by the revolutions happening in this region. So that’s why you will find lots of politics and music and they are intermingling together.”

     
  • admin 13:39 on 29/07/2019  

    REGINA – Most of us have been there, clicking through our inboxes and seeing one unsolicited e-mail after the other.

    Canada’s anti-spam legislation comes into effect on July 1, and you may already be seeing e-mails from businesses asking if they can continue sending you messages.

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    Under the CASL, if companies don’t have consent, they could face millions of dollars in fines – though enforcement may not be easy, according to University of Regina computer science professor David Gerhard.

    “A lot of our spam comes from places like Russia or Nigeria, for example,” said Gerhard. “Even though this law should apply to those places, it’s going to be very difficult to hold those places to account using this law.”

    There are exemptions for groups like the Alzheimer Society, which sends items like a newsletter to about 7,000 people in Saskatchewan.

    They don’t require the same permissions businesses do, but the society’s chief executive officer, Joanne Bracken, says it is important for charities to only e-mail what applies to each individual.

    “If somebody contacted us about wanting to access our programs and services, we would only send them information about programs and services,” Bracken said. “We wouldn’t necessarily start sending them fundraising solicitations.”

    When you buy something online and provide your e-mail address, some companies may take advantage of that ‘implied consent’ and blast you with e-mails you don’t want.

    The one thing everyone must provide – is a way out.

    “Every e-mail that gets sent has to have that big ‘unsubscribe’ button, and you should just be able to click,” Gerhard said.

     
  • admin 13:39 on 29/07/2019  

    Watch above: Canadian Tire teams with CHEP to provide fresh food to the community

    SASKATOON – It wasn’t the most ideal day to build a community garden but the rain didn’t stop a number people and organizations from getting their hands dirty on Wednesday.

    Over 75 volunteers helped Fiskars, an American leader in the lawn and garden industry, with it’s Project Orange Thumb.

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    “We go to under-served communities around Canada and around North America and this is our way as being leaders in the garden business to give back and pay it forward,” said Fiskars president Paul Tonnesen.

    Canadian Tire has partnered with Fiskars since 2007.

    “We’ve done Vancouver, we’ve done Calgary, we’ve done Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and now Saskatoon,” said Michael Magennis, Canadian Tire seasonal and gardening vice president.

    The 6,000 square foot park in the Meadowgreen neighbourhood has some brown patches but before you know it, there will be a lot of green.

    Fruits, vegetables, flowers, trees and shrubs are expected to grow in over 30 garden beds.

    “It’s a great way for communities to come together and for people to come out get some exercise, learn about growing things, about eating healthy,” said Magennis.

    “I think the reason this site was successful, was the big element of a wide variety of people from a lot of different backgrounds. That was important for them and the demand for the garden space,” said Gord Androsoff, CHEP Good Food Inc. community garden coordinator.

    Meadowngreen becomes the 34th community garden in Saskatoon, a growing trend in the Bridge City.

    Since 2007, Fiskars has helped build 17 gardens in North America.

     
  • admin 13:39 on 29/07/2019  

    WASHINGTON – General Motors employee Laura Andres was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Impala home when she hit a bump in the road. The engine stalled, and the Impala came to a dead stop. The car behind her had to swerve to avoid a collision. Andres took the car into the shop, and a technician identified the most likely culprit as a faulty ignition switch.

    In an email to 11 GM colleagues, she wrote: “I think this is a serious safety problem … I’m thinking big recall.”

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    Andres wrote the email Aug. 30, 2005. The Impala was finally recalled Monday – eight and a half years after she sounded the alarm. GM said a key with too much weight on it can cause the switch to move from “run” to “accessory” and stall the engine.

    READ MORE: GM recalls 3.4M more cars due to ignition switch problems

    Still, Andres warning came back to haunt GM Wednesday in a congressional hearing into faulty ignition switches that have been linked to 13 deaths and have forced GM to recall 2.6 million small cars, such as the Chevrolet Cobalt and Saturn Ion.

    Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., confronted GM Chief Executive Mary Barra with Andres’ email.

    “I was driving 45 mph when I hit the pothole and the car shut off,” Andres wrote. “I don’t like to imagine a customer driving with their kids in the back seat, on I-75 and hitting a pothole, in rush hour traffic.”

    Upton asked Barra what GM would do with such an email if it were sent today. Barra said the company would “take immediate action” if a faulty part caused the car to stall. She said GM’s worldwide recall Monday of 3.4 million large cars, including 2006-2014 Impalas, showed how the company now reacts.

    It was less responsive in 2005. Andres’ warning was brushed off by GM engineer Ray DeGiorgio, who replied that he had recently driven an ’06 Impala and “did not experience this condition.” He also noted that the Impala had “a completely different column/ignition switch” than the ones that were causing the Pontiac Solstice and other small GM cars to stall.

    READ MORE: 10 largest GM recalls this year

    An internal GM investigation, conducted by former prosecutor Anton Valukas and released to the public June 5, concluded that DeGiorgio alone approved the use of switches in the small cars that didn’t meet company specifications. It also found that years later he ordered a change to a new switch without alerting anyone else at GM. DeGiorgio was one of 15 GM employees dismissed in connection with the recall.

    GM declined to disclose any information about Andres’ position with the company when she wrote the email.

    AP Business Writers Marcy Gordon in Washington and Tom Krisher in Detroit contributed to this story

    ©2014The Canadian Press

     
  • admin 13:39 on 29/07/2019  

    UPDATE: The Craft Beer Market at the Olympic Village re-opened at 11 a.m. Thursday morning after being closed Wednesday afternoon due to norovirus.

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    “CRAFT Beer Market has worked diligently with VCH to ensure all necessary steps have been made to ensure our guest safety and at 11 a.m. this morning we were cleared by Vancouver Coastal Health to re-open the restaurant, says Scott Frank, Owner and operator. “CRAFT’s focus throughout this process has been the health and safety of our guests and staff. Under the direction of VCH we will open our doors to the public at 11 a.m. today.”

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    VANCOUVER – Norovirus has caused the popular Vancouver restaurant, Craft Beer Market, to temporarily close.

    Vancouver Coastal Health says inspectors were called to the restaurant in the Olympic Village earlier in the week after receiving reports six patrons had fallen ill. They ordered the closure today.

    The cause of the illness was employees who were ill and went to work.

    The restaurant says they are now sanitizing and will re-open when it is safe to do so, which may be in a few days.

    On their Facebook page Craft Beer Market posted:

    We take the health and safety of our guests and team members very seriously. A couple of our team members haven’t been feeling well and as a precautionary measure we have closed the restaurant as we work with Coastal Health to identify and rectify any areas of concern. Please note that no causes have been identified at this time. We will keep you posted as the day goes on. Thank you for you understanding and patience.

    However, Vancouver Coastal Health confirmed the cause to Global News as norovirus. They would like to remind food handlers to not report to work if they are feeling ill.

     
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