One year from now we will know some very cool things about Pluto – National

Posted on 11/09/2018

TORONTO – It may have been demoted from planet to dwarf planet in 2006, but those involved with the mission to Pluto aren’t letting that stop their enthusiasm.

“It’s kind of hard not to be excited,” said Dipak Srinivasan, of Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory. Srinivasan worked as a system verification engineer on the New Horizons spacecraft that is a year out from reaching its destination.

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Pluto – once considered the ninth planet in our solar system – is the most mysterious world in our solar system. At an average distance of 5.9 billion km from the sun (about 3 billion from Earth), its composition and exact nature has eluded astronomers.

But in just one year, that won’t be the case.

New Horizons, the fastest spacecraft ever built – travelling at a mind-blowing 43,000 km/h  – will pass within 10,000 km on July 14, 2015.

Two of Pluto’s small moons – Nix and Hydra – are photographed here in 2005.

NASA, ESA, H. Weaver (JHU/APL), A. Stern (SwRI), and the HST Pluto Companion Search Team

Getting to this point has been a long time coming for those who have worked on the spacecraft.

“Some of us started working on the mission back around 2000 or 2001, so to finally be at this point right now is very exciting,” said Mark Holdridge, New Horizons’ Encounter Mission Manager with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory.

But unlike other spacecraft – such as NASA’s Cassini, now in orbit around Saturn – there will be no stopping: being ultra-fast means being ultra-light which in turn means being unable to stop. That means that the data collected will be within a very short time-span.

WATCH: New Horizons

That’s not to say that it will only have a day to observe and collect data: the cameras on New Horizons will be focused on Pluto and Charon – the icy world’s largest moon – months before it arrives. It’s seven scientific instruments will collect data on Pluto’s composition, atmosphere, and as well as how the solar wind might influence the tiny world.

A planet by any other name

American astronomer Clyde Tombaugh discovered Pluto in 1930 at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona (interestingly, the name was chosen by an 11-year-old British girl).

In 2006, little Pluto was “demoted” by the International Astronomical Union and reclassified as a dwarf planet after similar worlds were discovered beyond its orbit. The decision was met by anger. World-renowned astrophycist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who is also the head of the Hayden Planetarium in New York, received angry letters blaming him for the “death” of Pluto, claiming he got the ball rolling (in 2000, the redesigned planetarium omitted Pluto from the collection of planets in the solar system, reclassing it as a member of the Kuiper Belt, a region beyond the orbit of Neptune that is home to icy worlds).

But to Holdridge, it doesn’t make a difference.

“To me, it doesn’t matter because it is what it is, regardless of what label you put on it,” Holdridge said. “It doesn’t really change what it is….Regardless of how big or small it may be, it’s still going to be as interesting.”

“It’s all about discovery and just figuring out another piece of the puzzle of our solar system,” Holdridge said.

READ MORE: Hubble Space Telescope spies smallest moon yet around former planet Pluto

But once New Horizons reaches Pluto, its mission isn’t over. Scientists plan to further explore the outer reaches of our solar system in the Kuiper Belt, home to not only Pluto and many other dwarf planets such as Eris, discovered in 2003 by Mike Brown (which lead to Pluto’s demotion), Makemake and Haumea.

The orbit of Pluto and Eris in the Kuiper Belt.


“One of the interesting things is that we’re going to fly by Pluto, but then the journey is ongoing… It will be interesting to me to see where we go next,” Srinivasan said.

Holdrige is hoping that the mission discovers things that scientists haven’t even considered about Pluto.

“I think it’s the unexpected I’m hoping for,” said Holdridge. “It’s the excitement of discovery.”

WorkSafe report overhauls investigations

Posted on 11/09/2018

VANCOUVER – The agency that investigates workplace accidents in British Columbia will undergo a significant overhaul to ensure cases involving potential wrongdoing can be successfully prosecuted in court, the provincial government announced Tuesday, following botched probes into two fatal sawmill explosions.

The province outlined the changes as it released a report examining both the risks associated with sawmill dust and, more broadly, how workplace injuries and fatalities should be investigated by WorkSafeBC.

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The report, which the government said would be fully implemented, includes more than 40 recommendations, including specialized teams that would work with prosecutors and police, increased inspections, and a wider array of penalties.

Earlier this year, Crown prosecutors announced there would be no charges in connection with two fatal mill explosions in 2012, which each killed two workers. The blasts — first in Burns Lake and then in Prince George — have both been linked to dust from dry, pine beetle-infested wood.

In each case, the Crown declined to approve charges in part because of concerns that evidence collected by WorkSafeBC wouldn’t be admissible.

WorkSafeBC has a range of special powers, such as warrantless seizures, that are designed to allow it to determine the cause of an accident. However, that sort of evidence isn’t admissible in court.

To avoid that apparent conflict, Tuesday’s report said the department that handles injury and death investigations should be split in two.

If investigators determine a case could lead to a prosecution, it would be handed off to a separate team that would start over, obtaining warrants and warning employers of their charter rights. The teams would work directly with prosecutors from the criminal justice branch and a special constable would be assigned to co-ordinate with police.

“It is absolutely essential that once there is a recognition that there is potential for prosecution, the case begins from that point,” said Labour Minister Shirley Bond.

The report also recommends a range of new measures to target employers found to be violating occupational health and safety regulations.

Those include the introduction of tickets and citations, with escalating consequences ranging from warnings to fines; expanding the scenarios in which stop-work orders can be issued; and changing the law to prevent employers from declaring bankruptcy to get out of paying financial penalties.

Opposition New Democrat labour critic Harry Bains said WorkSafeBC had failed to enforce rules that existed before the explosions.

While he said some of the proposed changes were promising, he argued the Liberal government’s plan should have gone even further. In particular, he said the province needs a special prosecutor who would specialize in workplace accidents.

“I think they have not gone far enough to put enough incentives or deterrents for negligent employers to protect workers,” said Bains.

The explosions at the Babine Forest Products mill in Burns Lake and the Lakeland Mill in Prince George have been linked to combustible dust.

While investigations suggested the explosions were preventable, Crown prosecutors said both mills had taken steps to mitigate the buildup of dust.

The Burns Lake explosion killed Carl Charlie, 42, and Robert Luggi Jr., 45. In Prince George, 43-year-old Alan Little and 46-year-old Glen Roche died.

Family members have called for a public inquiry to examine the explosions and the failed investigations.

Luggi’s widow, Maureen, said an inquiry is still the only way her family and the public will know exactly what went wrong.

“The province has failed me and my children; WorkSafeBC has failed us,” she said in an interview Tuesday.

“They could have prevented this if they were doing their inspections properly. If they did their investigation properly, the Criminal Justice Branch would have called for charges.”

The province has ruled out a public inquiry, pointing to the various reports and investigations that have already happened, as well as the plans for inquests by the BC Coroners Service.

The explosions prompted increased inspections to ensure mills were taking steps to control dust.

The latest phase of inspections found 84 per cent of sawmills tested were in compliance, up from 58 per cent during the previous round. Other manufacturing operations, such as pellet mills, had a far lower compliance rate of 40 per cent.

Why some clothes could pose a safety hazard during MRI exams – Toronto

Posted on 11/09/2018

TORONTO – Health professionals are warning clothes containing metal fibres can be dangerous during MRI(Magnetic Resonance Imaging).

“Because you’re going into a magnet,” Sara Lamothe, a MRI Technologist at Lakeridge Health in Oshawa. “You’re putting metal into a magnet. It can actually react and spark or heat up and burn them.”

Jenn Marr learned that the hard way during a recent MRI exam when she was wearing her yoga pants.

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“I was getting a burning sensation so strong that I had to press the emergency button for them to stop the machine and pull me out,” she said.

“I said I’m burning. ‘What do you mean you’re burning?’ Like I’m burning. My legs are on fire.”

No one made the connection with the pants butafter a quick break, Marr decided to remove the pants and try again.

“I was in the machine for 15 minutes and had no burning whatsoever,” she said.

But the technologist still didn’t think the problem was with the pants. The next day, a fifth-year resident  she met told her the pants have silver in the material that can cause burning during the exam.

MRI Technologists admit it is still fairly new. That’s why some hospitals may not ask you if you are wearing certain clothes.

Queen’s University has a MRI Safety Questionnaire that asks patients if they are wearing clothing with silver or gold threading, like Lululemon Silverescent.

Lululemon uses what it calls silverescent technology, according to information on some Lululemon clothing. The technology purports to stop odour-causing bacteria from embedding itself into the clothing.

But according toAlison Matthews David, an assistant professor at Ryerson University, silver or metal fibres can turn up in other brands but you may not know it.

“If you see the label, anti-microbial, in other words it kills microbes or bacteria, it mostly like does that with silver technology. Nano silver technology,” she said.

David is currently writing a bookabout how clothing can cause bodily harm. She says metal has been used for centuries in clothes butit’s more common now in athletic wear.

“We have bacteria on our skin that causes us to smell bad and the silver kills that,” David said.

Lakeridge Health requires all patients to disrobe and use a gown for MRI appoinments. Marr says she would like to see all hospitals adopt the same policy.

“Clearly, you have no idea what’s in the material. I never would have guessed that there would have been any form of metal in these pants.” she says.

Student whose corneas eaten by amoeba a cautionary tale for contact lens wearers – National

Posted on 29/06/2019

TORONTO – Eye doctors are urging consumers to be scrupulous about cleaning and caring for their contact lenses following reports that a Taiwanese student lost her sight after microscopic bugs ate through her eyeballs.

The story, which went viral on social media this week, described how Lian Kao, 23, reportedly did not remove her limited-wear, disposable contact lenses for six months straight and even wore them while swimming.

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As a result, amoeba got under her lenses and tunnelled through her corneas, causing permanent damage that led to blindness in both eyes. The single-cell bug, called Acanthamoeba, can survive in tap water, swimming pools and hot tubs.

“While an amoeba burrowing into one’s cornea is certainly an extreme case, we want people to realize the importance of using contact lenses as prescribed,” said Dr. Tim Hillson, chair of the Eye Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. “Because they are worn directly on the eye, contacts create an environment that could lead to infections, corneal ulcers and, in rare cases, blindness.”

RELATED: Eyeball-eating amoeba? 5 things contact lens users need to know

Hillson said contact lenses decrease the amount of oxygen available to the corneas, which causes excess blood vessels to grow – the body’s way of supplying oxygen and nutrients to the eyes. Wearing lenses overnight severely compounds the problem.

“Those cells, when they don’t get enough oxygen, they are not as healthy as they usually are and they’re more susceptible to infection,” the ophthalmologist said Tuesday from Orillia, Ont., where he practises. “So there’s some bacteria clinging onto the contact lens and they have an opportunity to penetrate the cornea.”

Although having amoeba infect the eyes is a rare occurrence – Hillson said he saw a similar case years ago while a resident in training – it underscores the importance of using contact lenses as prescribed and keeping them clean.

RELATED: Contact lens abuse: Why we do it and the potential dangers

“Most people don’t get Acanthamoeba. It’s usually common bacteria like staphylococcus aureus or other skin organisms. So they’re not usually weird and wonderful things like this, but they’re common and can still hurt the corneas.”

“To lose the eye altogether, that’s rare, but you could have a scar on the cornea that affects your vision and you don’t correct to 20/20 anymore.”

If the eyes look red, feel sore or have a gooey discharge, those could be signs of infection requiring medical attention, he said.

Hillson said it’s critical to disinfect lenses nightly, preferably using one of the commercially prepared cleaning solutions, which contain chemicals that destroy micro-organisms.

“They’ve got to come out every night and the catchphrase we use is: ‘If in doubt, take it out,”‘ he said, advising that contact lens users get a pair of glasses they feel good wearing to give their eyes a breather.

“Generally, people who don’t like taking their contacts out, it’s usually a vanity thing. Just not liking their glasses. But a big, red, drippy eye is not exactly attractive either. So that’s worth remembering.”

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Balloons fill sky in tribute to family at centre of triple murder case

Posted on 29/06/2019

CALGARY- People around the province gathered to support a grieving Calgary family on Tuesday night, just one day after police announced that Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents were no longer considered missing, they were victims of homicide.

Five-year-old Nathan and Alvin and Kathryn Liknes haven’t been seen since June 30.

On Tuesday, Douglas Garland, 54, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder in connection with the case.

On Tuesday night, people across Calgary and in communities around the province including Lethbridge, Three Hills, Chestermere , and Airdrie gathered in a show of solidarity. Green candles were lit, and green balloons were released in honour of the victims.

WATCH: Lethbridge residents band together to release green balloons for the three victims of homicide.

“I wanted to release the balloons to show respect and sympathy for the family who has lost so much,” says Cindy Castiglione, who organized a balloon release in Lethbridge.

When asked why this story hits so close to come, Castiglione fought back tears and simply stated “a five year old boy.”

A makeshift memorial has also popped up in front of the Liknes’ Parkhill home, and green ribbons line streets in the neighbourhood. Many people have also changed their photos on social media to show a green ribbon with the names Nathan, Kathryn and Alvin.

Balloons being released in a park near the Liknes residence in Parkhill.

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Balloons being released in a park near the Liknes residence in Parkhill.

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Balloons being released in a park near the Liknes residence in Parkhill.

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Balloons released in Fish Creek Park.


The O'Brien family was in attendance at the tribute in Cougar Ridge.

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Rod O’Brien stands amongst a crowd of supporters in Cougar Ridge

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Balloons being released in Cougar Ridge.

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Green ribbons line a street in Parkhill in support of the missing family.

A memorial in front of the Liknes’ home.

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A memorial in front of the Liknes’ home.

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A mother and her son at a memorial for a missing Calgary family.

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Fighting the bite: how to beat mosquitoes this summer – Regina

Posted on 29/06/2019

REGINA – Regina has now beat the ten-year average in the number of mosquitoes around the city – a number that has risen dramatically since heavy rainfall in late June.

But now that much warmer temperatures are here, how do we enjoy the outdoors without putting up with those irritating bugs?

You can spray repellent, smack them off, but mostly, you’ll probably just be scratching the bite left behind.

1.  Homeopathic remedies

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Lesser-known options like Ledum can help you deal with the itch, or prevent it in the first place. It’s a tiny, plant-based, inexpensive pellet you put under your tongue.

Dr. Wendy Presant-Jahn, a naturopathic doctor, says Ledum assists in healing the puncture wounds that mosquitoes leave behind.

“If you take this before going into a mosquito area, then take it afterwards, it may reduce the number of bites you get and it may help them heal more quickly and be less itchy,” Presant-Jahn said.

2) Attack the source

Out in the yard, standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. You can find it anywhere from eaves troughs to rain buckets.

Shawn Sherwood of Poulin’s Pest Control suggests Aquabac, a mosquito larvicide.

“There’s a bacterium dried into those granules. When they make contact with the water, the granules absorb the water and the bacterium comes out,” said Sherwood. “It finds the mosquito larvae that are hanging under the surface of the water.”

3) Mobile apps

A newer, less-proven remedy may come from your smartphone. Apps like ‘Anti Mosquito’ give off a high-pitched frequency, designed to deter the bugs.

“Any kind of vibration, (there may be) some kind of deterrent,” said Ray Morgan, the city of Regina’s forestry and pest control manager, who didn’t put much faith in the apps. “If you’re in a closed setting, it might work.”

4) Diet & race

Experts say mosquito resistence can be based on your ethnicity and the food you eat. Adding more garlic to your diet might help you give off a scent that mosquitoes won’t like.

“You may repel mosquitoes and your friends, but what’s more important? Not getting bitten,” Present-Jahn said with a laugh.

There are so many ways to protect yourself from mosquitoes this summer, but if you choose to go without, your only defense may be to get them – before they get you.

App raises money for Sask. animal rescues just by walking

Posted on 29/06/2019

REGINA – A new app allows you to raise money for the animal shelter of your choice, just by walking.

An Indiegogo campaign raised $20,000 for ResQwalk and now, each week, a donation pool is divvied up between the participating shelters in Canada and the United States, depending on how far supporters walked.

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This week, 620 shelters and rescues are part of the app and the donation pool sits at $1,000.

The Regina Cat Rescue, the Saskatoon Humane Society and SCAT (Saskatoon’s Street Cat Rescue Program) are three Saskatchewan charities on the list this week.

“I think people will find it really refreshing because we’re not asking them to open their pockets,” said Rachel Molnar with Regina Cat Rescue. “So far we’ve only raised about $4, but we’re hoping as more people download and start using the app we can raise a lot more.”

The $4 was raised by Regina Cat Rescue supporters walking a total of 8.79 kilometres last week. The money per kilometre changes each week depending on how many walkers partake and the distances travelled.

The Regina Humane Society applied to be on the ResQWalk app, so it’ll likely be added to the list next week.

“It really gives control to the donors on how they want to give,” said Karen Dackiw, development director with the Regina Humane Society.

ResQwalk was created by a couple in New York but it has a Saskatchewan connection.

“I don’t know if it’s a function of the fact that my husband is from Saskatchewan, so we have lots of good vibes coming through the province, but we just had amazing support,” said founder Bailey Schroeder. “The idea with ResQwalk is to be able to give people the opportunity to help, without having to spend any money or do anything outside of their daily routine.”

Schroeder is hoping to secure corporate sponsorship to continue the program beyond September, when the Indiegogo fund runs out.

UPDATE: Nose Creek residents displaced by Red Deer Creek wildfire allowed to return home

Posted on 29/06/2019

EDMONTON – Residents of the Nose Creek Settlement impacted by the Red Deer Creek fire are being allowed back in their homes at 6:00 p.m. Monday.

The evacuation zone has been reduced to areas south of the Wapiti River, west of Nose Creek to the BC border, west of Two Lakes Road to the BC border, and north of Township 61.

This is the same area that was affected by the July 15th Evacuation Order, with the exception of the Nose Creek Settlement where a total of 10 people had been evacuated from.

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All affected residents will be contacted by officials to let them know they can return home. Residents will remain on a two-hour evacuation notice.

The State of Local Emergency remains in effect and the Two Lakes Road remains closed. Access permits are being granted by Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development (AESRD) on a case-by-case basis.

There are currently five active fires within the municipality; all are classified as being “held” except for the Red Deer Creek fire originating in B.C. On the Alberta side of the border, the Red Deer Creek fire is being held at the Narraway River, but is classed as out-of-control due to the wildfires in British Columbia.

READ MORE: Parts of Alberta, B.C. under evacuation alerts and orders due to wildfires

The total fire size is estimated at 34,827 hectares. The Alberta portion of the fire continues to be around 3,000 hectares.

Information updates from the municipality will be provided at mdgreenview.ab桑拿按摩 and on twitter @mdgreenview16.

Apple turns to IBM for help in gaining more corporate customers – National

Posted on 29/05/2019

CUPERTINO, Calif. – Apple is teaming up with former nemesis IBM in an attempt to sell more iPhones and iPads to corporate customers and government agencies.

The partnership announced Tuesday calls for the two technology companies to work together on about 100 different mobile applications designed for a wide range of industries.

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The applications, expected to be released this fall, will feature some of data-crunching tools that IBM Corp. sells to companies trying to get a better grasp on their main markets while scouring for new money-making opportunities.

IBM is also pledging to provide better security to reassure companies concerned about hackers stealing vital information off the mobile devices of employees doing less of their work on desktop and laptop computers.

Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook said his company is turning to help from IBM because it doesn’t understand the needs of corporate customers as well as it does consumers. IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said the alliance will help her company by widening the audience for its technological tools, providing bigger returns on the roughly $24 billion that IBM has invested in data analytics.

“It’s a watershed partnership that brings together the best of Apple and the best of IBM,” Cook said Tuesday during an interview at Apple’s Cupertino, California headquarters. Underscoring the importance of the alliance, Rometty flew from IBM’s Armonk, New York headquarters to join Cook for the announcement.

“This is about two powerhouses unleashing the power of mobility for (businesses),” Rometty said. “This is going to remake professions and industries.”

By joining forces, Apple and IBM are hoping to build mobile applications that prove iPhones and iPads can serve many other business purposes besides checking email and keeping track of appointments. Cook says the devices are already used for work within all but a handful of Fortune 500 companies.

Both Apple and IBM are counting on their foray to boost their own revenue. The companies both have been facing concerns on Wall Street about whether they will be able to accelerate their revenue growth at a rate that will propel their stocks higher.

The worries about Apple’s future prospects have been easing amid widespread anticipation for an iPhone with a larger display screen this fall and the expected release of a smart watch with sensors to tracks people’s health. Apple’s stock has rallied from its recent lows reached in 2013 and is now approaching its all-time high. The shares shed a $1.13 Tuesday to close at $95.32, just 5 per cent below their split-adjusted peak of $100.72.

IBM’s stock fell $1.37 to close Tuesday at $188.49, about 13 per cent from its high of $215.90.

The partnership underscores how technological upheaval can change allegiances. The notion of Apple and IBM helping each other out would have seemed inconceivable back in the 1980s and 1990s when they were bitter rivals in the personal computer market. The animosity ran so high that Apple famously skewered IBM as a soulless company devoid of new ideas in a commercial that evoked images of novelist George Orwell’s “Big Brother” figure in 1984.

The hard feelings have faded away as technology has evolved and the companies have moved in new directions. IBM got out of the PC business when it sold that division to the Lenovo Group nearly a decade ago. Apple now makes far more money from its iPhones than it does from its Mac computers.

“That was a long time ago,” Cook said of Apple’s old rivalry with IBM. “This is two pieces of a puzzle that fit together perfectly.”

Apple’s late co-founder Steve Jobs, Cook’s predecessor, never concealed his disdain for IBM, but longtime Apple analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies is convinced Jobs would have hailed Tuesday’s news as another step away from the days when IBM’s mainframe computers dominated technology. “Steve would have loved this,” Bajarin said. “It shows that the post-PC era is in full swing now.”

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Western Canada’s largest clean energy project officially launched – Lethbridge

Posted on 29/05/2019

It was a big day today in Vulcan County.

It was the official launch of Western Canada’s largest investments in clean energy. The Blackspring Ridge Wind Project is designed to provide electricity to 140,000 Albertan homes.

Enbridge, in partnership with EDF EN Canada, has invested more than half a billion dollars in the project, which has been seven years in the making.

“It’s all part of the strategy to build towards an energy future with a higher mix of greenhouse gas free generating sources,” said Richard Bird CFO of Enbridge.

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The wind turbines are located in Vulcan county, taking up 48 thousand acres of land. The Reeve of the county, Derrick Annable, said the project will help the community.

“This is a big project as far as generating tax revenue, bring some money into us. But the spin off for the communities is huge too.”

The Alberta Government has also invested 10 million dollars in funding to the project through the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation.

Minister Diana McQueen says the province is always in strong support of alternative sources of energy.

“The demand for energy comes from the choices we all make and fortunately Alberta’s strong regulations, position us to meet the demand while maintaining a sustainable environment and strong communities,” McQueen said.

Renewable Energy Credits generated from the project will be contracted to Pacific Gas and Energy and sold into the Alberta power pool.

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EXCLUSIVE: Yaletown shooting victim talks about his miraculous recovery

Posted on 29/05/2019

WATCH: We are hearing for the first time from a bike shop owner gunned down in Yaletown last month. John Daly has this Global News exclusive.

Paul Dragan believes it is a miracle he survived a brazen daylight shooting in Yaletown in early June.

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The 52-year-old Dragan was shot on a sidewalk in front of the Starbucks on Davie Street and Marinaside Crescent on June 10. The suspect, Gerald Battersby was charged with attempted murder of Dragan, along with five counts of attempted murder in relation to police officers involved in the shootout.

In an exclusive interview with Global News, Dragan says he mercifully has no recollection of the shooting and when he woke up in Vancouver General Hospital, he thought it was the next day. In fact, it was five days later.

READ MORE: Victim in Yaletown shooting described as ‘great guy’

From the moment Dragan was shot, he believes there were many factors at play that saved his life. It’s as though he was provided with everything necessary to keep him alive.

As Dragan tells Global News, it started with Dr. Clifford Chase, an ER doctor who rushed to Dragan’s aid and stopped any CPR being administered since it would have made him bleed out and instead, packed his wound to stem the bleeding. To the homicide police officers on-site that radioed for an ambulance immediately, which went straight to Emergency Health Services dispatch.  And lastly to the paramedics, who transported Dragan to VGH and happened to be Advanced Life Support (PALS) medics from the Infant Transport Team (ITT).

WATCH EXTENDED INTERVIEW: Paul Dragan spoke exclusively to reporter, and friend,  John Daly about his recovery.

All played a part, Dragan believes in keeping him alive, despite the fact Dr. Chase, the paramedics, and the trauma team at VGH thought he was not going to make it because he had lost from 60 to 80 per cent of his blood.

“If anyone of those steps hadn’t happened — I wouldn’t be here,” Dragan, who is the owner of Reckless Bikes.

READ MORE: Yaletown shooting victim off the critical list

Dragan says, despite their thoughts, no one stopped trying.

To give some perspective of the severity of Dragan’s wound, the ITT paramedics came to visit him and said his vitals flatlined twice while enroute to the hospital, and that the 52-year-old had lost so much blood in the ambulance, they had to sweep it out of the back.

Additionally, the VGH trauma surgeon, Dr. Hameed, had to cut out his breast bone immediately and pump his heart with his hand to get blood to his brain. It’s at this point, Dragan’s wife Erica says that doctors told her he had been without any blood pressure for seven minutes.

Despite everything that happened to Dragan, today he can walk, talk and his brain is fine.

The only visible signs of his trauma is a 70 centimetre scar from one armpit to the other across his chest, and some pain and weakness due to having lost one lobe of his right lung. He has no trauma or nightmares due to the the incident.

An athlete all his life, Dragan says his recovery has been gradual starting with some simple walks and now he’s to the point where he’s walking each day. He hopes that in a month or two he’ll be able to go back to work and start exercising again. While he knows he won’t be doing any triathlons in the near future, Dragan says he’d love to be able to eventually participate in an event with his son.

Slideshow of the support for Dragan:

Paul Dragan and his wife Erica.

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Annual festival generates waste along Saskatoon’s riverbank – Saskatoon

Posted on 29/05/2019

Watch above: is there a way to reduce waste at Taste of Saskatchewan?

SASKATOON – The 19th annual Taste of Saskatchewan kicked off Tuesday in Saskatoon.

Thirty restaurants have set up shop in Kiwanis Park for the event, each serving a choice of three items. Taste buds will be tantalized by everything from pork ribs and poutine to fried alligator and deep fried pickles.

One of Saskatoon’s largest summer festival will fill stomachs and garbage bins alike.

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About 100,000 to 150,000 attend the summer sampler each year purchasing 250,000 menu items in total.

The site is accompanied by two massive garbage bins and a single recycling bin. Each bin holds 30 yards of waste. The event generates enough garbage to require that all bins be emptied daily.

According to organizer Scott Ford, the vendors are encouraged to use compostable materials rather than styrofoam or plastic.

“We’re at about 70 per cent compliance,” said Ford.

The green team also assists in the effort, consisting of a group of 12 people from the Saskatoon roller derby league.

The women remove garbage bags from containers and sift through the waste for recyclables.

On June 19, the City of Saskatoon hosted its annual civic pancake breakfast. It’s one of the city’s most environmentally friendly events.

In 2014, 1,133 breakfasts were served generating just 14 kilograms of waste. Meanwhile 300 kilograms of plates, napkins, stir sticks and coffee grounds were composted.

According to the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council (SWRC), Taste of Saskatchewan faces unique challenges.

“Because you’re going to each vendor and each vendor is giving you something to hold the food in,” explains Joanne Fedyk with SWRC.

SWRC recommends being a green patron instead. This includes bringing your own beverage in a reusable bottle, refusing utensils you don’t need and handing back excess napkins that accompany meals unnecessarily.

Edmonton’s Folk Fest and Vancouver’s Folk Music Festival both charge customers two dollars for a plate. Visitors wash the plates at a wash station and are reimbursed when it is returned to a plate booth.

UPDATE: Mt. Boucherie fire human caused

Posted on 29/05/2019

UPDATE 3:00 p.m. Wednesday: According to the Central Okanagan Regional District the fire is now 100 per cent guarded. The fire has been deemed human caused, as natural causes have been ruled out.

UPDATE 10:30 Wednesday: West Kelowna fire officials say the blaze appears to be human caused. It started on a walking trail a quarter of the way up the mountain off of East Boundary Road. East Boundary Road remains closed as the mop up efforts continue. Mt. Boucherie Park is closed indefinitely.

UPDATE: The Mt. Boucherie Interface Fire is fully contained and approximately 30 per cent guarded. Fire crews will patrol the fire through the night.

Spot fires and flare ups will be more noticeable when it’s dark. The district of West Kelowna asks that the public avoid calling 9-1-1 to report these.

Motorists are also asked to avoid East Boundary Road until further notice.

UPDATE: Officials say the fire is contained but is not officially under control.  The cause of the fire is under investigation. 

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WEST KELOWNA — There is a wildfire burning in West Kelowna, on the west side of Mt. Boucherie.  Smoke can be seen from several points in Kelowna.

Trees are candling, and the forest service has at least one helicopter dropping buckets of water on the flames.

However, the fire is not very aggressive and it’s mostly shrubs and tall grass on the west side of the mountain.

The West Kelowna Fire Department is attacking the fire from the ground. There is a communications tower in the area, which appears to be very close to the flames. No other structures are threatened.

A small fixed-wing aircraft loaded with fire retardant has begun to attack the fire. There are also two planes hovering over the area.

RCMP are asking motorists to be careful and refrain from stopping at the side of the road to look at the fire.

“Motorists along Highway 97 have been reportedly stopping to look at the fire and are putting themselves and other motorists at further risk. Police are asking all traffic to maintain a safe flow through the area and refrain from stopping roadside,” reads a statement from Kelowna RCMP.

East Boundary Road has been closed to all traffic between Daimler Road and Elk Road.