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.

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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.

    READ MORE: April Irving’s psychiatric assessment still not completed

    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.

READ MORE: Montreal’s new Champlain Bridge on schedule

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.

READ MORE: Man launches website to lure Trump-sick Americans to Cape Breton – says he’s got ‘serious’ inquiries

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.

No more delays in approving any pipelines: Notley

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CALGARY – Premier Rachel Notley says there can’t be any unnecessary federal delays when it comes approving a new pipeline — any pipeline — to transport Alberta’s oil to international markets.

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The future of the Northern Gateway pipeline proposal is now in the hands of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government after the Federal Court of Appeal on June 30 quashed a permit issued for the project.

READ MORE: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley rethinking stance on Northern Gateway pipeline

“We’re just going to continue to work hard to make the case for why all of Canada needs this pipeline or a pipeline to get to tidewater and then a decision has to be made,” Notley said Friday.

“We just can’t dither on this for a lot longer.”

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The previous Conservative cabinet approved the $7.9 billion project in 2014. The appeal court said the Tories failed to meaningfully consult with affected First Nations.

Meanwhile, Kinder Morgan’s bid to triple the capacity of its existing Trans Mountain pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., is before the federal government after the National Energy Board sanctioned the $6.8-billion project in May.

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“Frankly, if I was in the federal government, I would not shut down any of my options until I knew I had one option that’s successful. But that’s me,” she said.

“I think that Kinder Morgan tends to be the most obvious choice, but even that is not without its challenges.”

Enbridge Inc.’s (TSX:ENB) Northern Gateway pipeline would ship bitumen from Alberta to Kitimat, B.C., and bitumen-thinning diluent in the opposite direction.

Eight First Nations, four environmental groups and a labour union launched legal challenges against the approval, which were consolidated and heard by the appeal court in October.

Notley said she understands the need for First Nations to have a say in the Northern Gateway process.

She said Alberta is examining the court decision and will ask the federal government to take whatever action is necessary to meet those standards.

“But in a respectful way that engages meaningfully with affected stakeholders and in particular First Nations people because they have a strong set of rights under our laws.”

Notley said she hopes to meet with Trudeau when he visits the Calgary Stampede next week.

How one woman survived a two-year shopping ban

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Could you not shop for two years?

Cait Flanders, 31, has not bought anything other than essential, consumable goods since she vowed to stop spending in July of 2014.

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“I never identified as a shopaholic,” said Flanders, a full-time freelance writer in Victoria, B.C.

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“But I would say I was a mindless spender —; you know, you go to the store for two things and come out with five, or you see something on sale and talk yourself into thinking you need it, even though yesterday you didn’t need it.”

Flanders had already achieved a majorly impressive feat —; she paid off $30,000 of debt in two years, documented in her blog —;  when she realized she wasn’t making very smart money decisions.

“I had all this money again freed up in my budget, but instead of putting money into savings…I wen’t back to spending a lot of it,” said Flanders.

“It just didn’t make any sense.”

She said one day it was like a “switch” flipped in her head: instead of the common practice of saving 10 or 20 per cent of every paycheque and spending all the rest, people should be living on as little as possible.

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“We probably all overspend on lots of things without really realizing it.”

“As soon as I started thinking about that, I…realized I could walk around my home and see where my money had been going.”

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That’s when she decided to make a change.

“I decided to not shop —; it was just a year at first —; I decided to not shop for a year, and also went through my belongings and decided to get rid of things I didn’t use.”

She started on July 7, 2014 and gave herself strict rules. Consumables such as fuel for her vehicle and food got the green light. Clothes, books, electronics were on the banned list. If something had to be replaced, like when her one pair of jeans got an irreparable (she tried to fix it) hole, then she could replace them.

“One in, one out,” Flanders said. “It’s something you use often.”

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She says not buying books was her biggest challenge. In the past she would go online to order one book, and end up with three to get free shipping. That came to an end. She also cut out takeout coffee.

“Even though it’s a consumable per se, I wasn’t comfortable with how much I was spending on it.”

There was the odd new item purchase over the years. She needed a dress to attend multiple weddings one summer, new winter boots and a long-overdue new bed.

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After successfully completing one year, she decided to do it again.

“It’s probably just a lifestyle now, it has gotten really easy.”

On July 6, she officially completed her two-year shopping ban —; but she has no plans for a wild spending spree. For Flanders, living with less has become a way of life.

She has some trips planned, so the extent of her shopping will be stocking up on some supplies.

“I will be shopping this summer, but it will be camping related, camping gear.”

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So is there at least one frivolous thing she’s dying to buy?

“Um, no. I don’t think so,” she said with a laugh. “I know that’s a terrible answer. I’m trying to think.”

One thing she is sure of, she’s not going to slide back into her old ways.

“Never,” Flanders said firmly.

She says you don’t have to go to her extremes to make a difference in your finances, but you do need to make sure you’re not setting yourself up for failure.

“Try to find the right balance so that you are enjoying life and don’t feel completely deprived,” said Flanders.

“If you feel totally deprived you’re not probably changing your spending habits, you’re just kind of pushing pause on a bigger issue and not changing yourself or setting yourself up for the long term.”

Here are some tips from Flanders for “baby steps” to reduce your spending:

Give up one thing for 30 days. Spending can become a habit, banning it for just 30 days can help break that habit.Keep a list of things you want to buy on impulse. Wait a few weeks and see if you still want it before you make the purchase.Be mindful of quality. Buying one good shirt instead of four cheap ones will reduce waste and help you live with less.

Saint John in holding pattern over L.N.G. tax deal

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The city of Saint John will have to wait a few more months before its controversial tax deal with Irving Oil over the Liquified Natural Gas facility can be repealed.

That deal will see Irving pay the city $500,000 per year in property tax —;  a number that’s believed to be far below its assessed value.

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The province has been asked by the city to repeal the agreement, struck in 2005, so it can access potentially millions of dollars more in yearly tax revenues.

It was hoped that would happen during the spring sitting of the legislature, however that didn’t happen.

The city received a letter late Thursday regarding the situation.

“There are some implications for other communities in which we want to ensure that we take some time to consult,” Premier Brian Gallant wrote in the letter. “So we’ve said to the City of Saint John ‘we can continue with the proposal that they’ve given but we we do have to consult.’”

That proposal involves extra property tax revenue received by the city for the L.N.G. property going into a trust fund until any appeal process has concluded. It could then be distributed among the municipalities through the unconditional grant formula which provides core funding to communities.

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Saint John Mayor Don Darling hasn’t commented on the specifics of the letter. In a statement Mayor Darling says he is “pleased with the language in the letter, and the province’s commitment to have a plan in place for the 2017 tax season”.

Councillor Gerry Lowe says the issue is important to all councillors.

“Because it’s a tax thing and that’s one of our main problems here in the city,” Lowe said.

“We’re not getting enough taxes in to look after the the residents of the city.”

Fredericton Councillor Eric Megarity heads the Cities of New Brunswick Association and says he hasn’t consulted his municipal colleagues yet but likes the potential for millions of extra dollars becoming available.

“If that money comes back, that’s $3.5-4 million that will be distributed among the municipalities that that need that equalization so that’s a win situation,” he said.

Saint John Common Council is expected to discuss the letter Monday night.

Dallas shooting: Police in Saskatoon, Regina lower flags to honour slain officers

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Flags were lowered to half-staff outside the stations of the Saskatoon Police Service and the Regina Police Service on Friday to honour the police officers killed in Dallas, Texas a day earlier.

Five Dallas police officers were killed and seven others were wounded in the gunfire that began around 8:45 p.m.

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    The officers were shot in an “ambush-style” attack, according to Dallas Police Chief David O. Brown.

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    Saskatoon Police Chief Clive Weighill, who also serves as the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, issued the following statement:

    “This is a tragedy felt by every member of law enforcement, not just in the United States but north of the border as well.

    “This incident shows the dangers faced by police officers in the course of their duties.  Sadly, the same can be said in Canada. This week marked the 10th anniversary of the deaths of RCMP Constables Robin Cameron and Marc Bourdages, who were gunned down while on duty near Spiritwood, Saskatchewan.”

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    “We honour their names just as we will honour the names of the victims of the shooting in Dallas, Texas.”

    Acting Chief Corey Zaharuk offered his condolences in a statement on behalf of the Regina Police Service:

    “This is a very tragic event…as is any violence that takes lives and causes injuries.  These acts change people’s lives forever. We are shocked and saddened by this event, and extend our deepest sympathy to all involved.

    “In terms of what it may mean to our police service…we don’t know enough about the events in Dallas to try and analyze from a distance and offer comment.  We will stay connected to this event as observers, and our hearts go out to our neighbours to the south.  We will seek to learn in the coming days what the local or national implications for policing might be.”

    Flags fly at half-staff outside the city police station in Regina.

    Fire halls in Saskatoon also lowered their flags to honour the victims.

    The Dallas police officers were shot during a peaceful protest over police shootings of black men in Baton Rouge, La., and St. Paul, Minn.

‘I feel that I have failed you’: mother asks for help finding Mekayla Bali

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Editor’s note: This story was originally published July 8, but was updated July 20 with the information of an extended child search alert.

As Mekayla Bali’s disappearance reaches past three months, family members and RCMP are asking for the public’s help.

The Missing Children Society of Canada sent an update Wednesday, saying a child search alert for Bali has been activated in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Bali, who was 16 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen at the STC bus depot on 1st Avenue North in Yorkton, Sask. at 1:45 p.m. CT on April 12.

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She was reported missing the same day.

READ MORE: Yorkton, Sask. teen missing for nearly two months

Mekayla’s mother, Paula, who spoke at an update in Regina, said the last time the family has heard from Mekayla when she was dropped off at school that morning.

She also said it is out of character for Mekayla not to be in contact with her family

“That feeling of not knowing if you are alright is beyond heartbreaking. It is unspeakable pain and worry, ” Paula said tearfully.

“I feel that I have failed you in my most important role in life as a mother because I can’t protect you right now.”

This week was Mekayla’s seventeenth birthday, Paula said.

“Mekayla, 17 years ago, my first whispered words to you were it’s me and you against the world,” Paula said.

“I pray for you to have peace, love and hope until that time when I will again hear your voice, feel your hugs and again touch your beautiful face.”

Insp. Jennifer Ebert, with the RCMP “F” Division South District, also spoke on Friday and said investigators have determined Bali did not board a bus on April 12.

RCMP did receive a tip yesterday that went back to Bali’s actions on April 12. Ebert said they are following up on that tip.

“The question we are asking the public is ‘where were you on April 12?’” Ebert said.

Ebert said investigators have conducted more than 100 interviews with people who know Bali or have seen or spoken to her in the days leading up to her disappearance.

“Investigators have developed a timeline of her whereabouts on the morning of April 12, 2016, with the exception of one hour between 10:45 a.m. and 11:55 a.m,” Ebert said.

Ebert also said the unknown adult man who may have been with Bali at the STC bus depot and was brought to the attention of the police via a tip, has not been located at this time.

The man, who police describe as between 40 and 50 years old, five-foot ten to six-foot two in height, with dark hair and a tattoo below his left elbow of a cross with flames around it, is not considered a suspect.

A sketch of the tattoo seen on the unknown man who may have information related to Bali’s disappearance.

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He was seen leaving the bus depot at the same time as Bali.

Bali is described as Caucasian, five-foot two, 125 pounds, with blond hair and blue eyes. She also goes by the name Mekayla Niebergall.

She is known to change her appearance. Police say her red-ish hair can be dyed blond or other colours. Bali is also known to wear her hair down, pulled back, straight or wavy.

Bali sometimes wears dark rimmed glasses and a teal/mint coloured infinity scarf.

Ebert said there is no evidence that Bali has a passport and has left Canada, but they have notified law enforcement at border crossings.

At this point in the investigation, Ebert said there is no indication of foul play.

“April the 12th is the last date we can confirm any details about Mekayla,” Ebert said.

“For Mekayla to have been missing since April 12 and to know nothing about where she’s been for the past months is very concerning to us and that’s why we are asking the public to please help us fill in the gaps.”

Anyone with information on Bali’s whereabouts is asked to contact Yorkton RCMP at 306-786-2400, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or their local police service.

With files from Brandon Gonez

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