Internationally-commissioned artwork to be on display at new Edmonton transit garage

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After going through a number of concepts, Edmonton has chosen the art project that will be on display at the new transit garage under construction in northeast Edmonton.

The winning piece, called 53º30’N, is by artist Thorsten Goldberg who lives and works in Berlin. The piece is a collection of topographic models of mountain landscapes from all over the world, that are on the same latitude as Edmonton and are remote and uninhabited.

“Of all the proposals it is the one meant to be with this building,” read a comment from one committee member in charge of the selection process.

53º30’N, by artist Thorsten Goldberg who lives and works in Berlin, will be on display at Edmonton’s new transit garage in the city’s northeast.

Courtesy, Edmonton Arts Council

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Another interesting fact about this particular piece is that Goldberg knew that Edmonton was on almost the same latitude as Berlin, and so he followed that path of latitude in a western direction which is where some of the inspiration for his work came from.

The landscapes were digitally mapped to be made into metal sculptures.

Artists from all over the world, including local talent, applied to have their pieces commissioned for the new transit building.

READ MORE: Construction underway to transform old Canada Packers site into new Edmonton transit garage

There was a two-stage selection process for choosing the artwork, which included six artists being shortlisted by a committee of community representatives, architects,, artists, City of Edmonton personnel and project team members.

Edmontonians were then asked to respond to an online survey about the artists’ proposals. More than 3,300 people responded to this survey.

The Arts Council said those who responded to the survey commented positively on Goldberg’s proposal and liked that his work connected Edmonton to the rest of the world.

“Thorsten’s piece makes me think heavily of the mountains and I think it’s very Alberta and does so in a way that is accessible to people who may not be abstract art lovers,” said one of the respondents to the survey.

Goldberg’s piece is, to date, Edmonton’s largest art commission.

The new transit garage is being built on the site of the old Canada Packers plant. It will be the size of 10 football fields and will hold about 300 buses. It is expected to be completed by early 2019. The art piece, which will be mounted on the lanterns crowning the building, is expected to be installed in 2018.

Fort McMurray wildfire: oil firms not expected to make insurance claims

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Oilsands producers are not expected to be among the recipients of a record insurance payout arising from the wildfires in Fort McMurray, Alta., even though some of them had to halt production, which bit into their bottom line.

Suncor Energy said it won’t file a claim despite losing more than three-quarters of its total oil production for about a month.

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    Spokeswoman Sheh Seetal said none of the company’s producing facilities were damaged by the fire — they were shut down due to employee evacuations or precautionary closings of pipelines — and therefore can’t collect on business interruption insurance.

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    Calgary financial analysts say none of the oilsands companies they report on are expected to file insurance claims for the same reasons.

    Experts have estimated that 30 million barrels of oilsands production worth up to $1.6 billion was lost due to the fires that erupted in May.

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    The Insurance Bureau of Canada has estimated the fires caused about $3.58 billion in insurable damage, making it the costliest disaster in the country.

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    About $1.25 billion of that is expected in commercial claims, which would also cover business interruptions.

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    The fires forced almost 90,000 residents from their homes. It also destroyed about 1,800 houses as well as buildings containing 600 apartments or condo units.

    People have since been allowed back into the community, but it took nearly two months before a state of emergency could be lifted.

Accused animal abuser April Irving may be back in Saskatchewan

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Animal Protection Services of Saskatchewan (APSS) is turning to social media to try and locate April Dawn Irving, who is wanted in Alberta on animal cruelty charges.

In a Facebook post, APSS said they are sharing Irving’s picture in the hopes she can be located on an outstanding warrant.

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    The warrant was issued in February 2016 after Irving failed to appear for a second time in court on the charge.

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    Irving is charged with one count of cruelty to animals after five dogs were found dead on her property near Milk River, Alta., along with 201 neglected animals that were seized in December 2014.

    Kaley Pugh, the executive director of the APSS, said there are rumours Irving may be back in Saskatchewan.

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    Irving was convicted in June 2010 of charges under Saskatchewan’s Animal Protection Act after 82 dogs were seized from her property near Foam Lake.

    She was fined $5,000, the highest penalty under the act at the time, and given a ten-year restriction on owning more than two dogs.

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    Anyone with information on Irving’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Lethbridge Crown Prosecutor’s office at 403-381-5211 or their local police detachment.

New Champlain Bridge celebrates one year of construction

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MONTREAL —; It’s been one year since construction began on the new Champlain Bridge.

Five hundred workers a day are onsite to build the future span, which is estimated to be usable for 125 years.

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Nevertheless, many commuters said they hope the new structure will be able to handle a possible surge in traffic.

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In response, Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre insisted he isn’t worried about future congestion problems if the volume increases.

“Didn’t you get the memo?” Coderre rhetorically asked during a Friday afternoon press conference.

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He then continued to explain the bridge will have a light rail transit system for mass transit users, which should help offset vehicular traffic.

Close to 160,000 cars use the existing bridge every day.

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The new structure will be toll free and is costing tax payers more than $4 billion to build.

It is expected to be finished and open to the public by Dec. 1, 2018.

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Attention Trump fleeing Americans: this N.B. cottage might be for you

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For Americans worried about Donald Trump becoming the United States’ 45th president, a cottage owner in Atlantic Canada may have the perfect Canadian getaway from reality.

Greg Hemmings is looking to sell his cottage located at 11 Memory Lane in Quispamsis, N.B. and is using the U.S. election to help.

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The ‘Trump Retreat’ cottage, for sale along Kennebecasis River, is located just over an hour from the Calais, Maine border and features views of the river and wildlife. It’s a convenient roughtly 15 minute drive from Saint John.

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Hemmings says the cottage has been listed for the past three summers, and while he’s in no rush to sell, he said a friend in Georgia suggested he use the election as a marketing tool.

“He said ‘are you kidding me? You’re only selling that place for $174,000 that’s insane because nowhere else in the world would you get a waterfront cottage in this natural environment so close to a city, close to an airport for that cheap,‘” Hemmings said.

Hemmings also admits he was swayed after seeing how much interest a Cape Breton tourism campaign offering a similar refuge for Trump-sick Americans received.

He added he doesn’t want to disrespect Trump supporters, saying the cottage would also be a great place for those who would like to see Trump become president.

“Maybe a Trump supporter wants to buy this place, and hey, one way or the other doesn’t matter to me, we will welcome you as a ‘Saint Johner.’  We love the left and the right,” Hemmings said.

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Hemmings says he’s gotten some offers on the property from Canadians, but wants to ensure whoever purchases the property is a good fit for the neighbourhood.

While the Cape Breton campaign is said to have resulted in serious inquiries from Americans, president of the Saint John Real Estate Board Shiela Henry told Global News she hasn’t received any calls from people in the U.S. looking to purchase homes in New Brunswick.