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October, 2018

LRT service shut down Sunday for signal testing – Edmonton

EDMONTON – Edmonton’s LRT service will be shut down Sunday as crews work to test the new signalling system.

The City of Edmonton says buses will replace LRT service between Clareview and Century Park Stations all day Sunday. Bus route 505 will be running on a seven to eight-minute frequency.

The closure is due to testing of the new signalling system, which the city says will allow the Metro Line and Capital Line to safely and efficiently share the tracks.

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This isn’t the first time this year the system has been shut down for signal testing.

In March, the city said while construction on the Metro Line to NAIT was completed on schedule, it’s taking longer than anticipated for the contractor to complete the new signalling system.

READ MORE: Opening of Edmonton’s Metro LRT Line to NAIT delayed yet again

The 3.3-kilometre Metro Line was originally expected to be ready for passengers in April 2014. In December, the city announced the opening date would be pushed back to June 2014. Now, the city expects the Metro Line to open at the end of the year.

‘We still want to find her’: Family pleads for information 25 years after Kimberly McAndrew disappears – Halifax

HALIFAX – Tuesday marks a difficult anniversary for Megan Adams; August 12 will be the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of her sister, Kimberly McAndrew.

“It’s just not something that makes any more sense now than it did when it happened 25 years ago,” Adams told Global News.

The case is one that has haunted Adams’ family and the Halifax area. Kimberly, whose family called her Kim, from Parrsboro left her job at the Canadian Tire on Quinpool Road on August 12, 1989. There are reports she took a bus to Penhorn Mall. Then she was never seen again. Kim was 19 years old.

Kimberly Ann McAndrew, 19, disappeared in Halifax in 1989.

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The case remains an active missing persons file with Halifax Regional Police.

Adams said she remembers the day Kim, who is older than her by three years, went missing.

“I would have been in Parrsboro at the time. My sister Erin, who lived with Kim, called home and I was in bed. She asked for dad on the phone. I knew something was wrong immediately. That’s when she told my parents Kim hadn’t come home from work,” she said.

Adams said that behaviour was out of character for Kim, adding the sisters had made plans to see the buskers festival, meet friends and celebrate a birthday.

“They knew early on something bad had happened,” she said.

“Kim was not a girl that went off on her own at all. She didn’t even like walking downtown in Parrsboro by herself. There was no way she was just off doing something independently. Her bank accounts were never touched. It was just the matter of what happened.”

A search quickly began for Kim but it soon became a dead end, and it has been for the past 25 years.

The family has been alerted over the years whenever human remains have been found in the Halifax area, which Adams said can sometimes cause a wave of emotions.

There was a search for remains in the fall of 1995 in Fleming Park, and police also looked at wells at Point Pleasant Park in 1996.

Serial killer Michael Wayne McGray was also loose in the area around the time Kim disappeared, though he maintained he could not remember whether she was one of his victims or not.

Last March, a property in Shad Bay belonging to the brother of Andrew Paul Johnson was searched. Johnson is serving time in B.C. for sex-related crimes, and he has long been suspected in Kim’s disappearance.

“It’s difficult [but] we’re still waiting for answers. [Kim] has a mother that still aches for her every day,” Adams said, as she tried to compose herself.

She does not want people to forget about Kim, a woman she describes as vivacious.

“She was quiet if out in public but around family and friends, she was very funny, goofy and liked to make others laugh and certainly laugh a lot,” she said with a smile.

“She loved Bryan Adams and had a close group of friends that she kept throughout the years. She was just a great girl, one of the most unlikely people that you would expect this to happen to because she just was not a risk taker.”

Adams said her family has thought extensively over the years about what could have happened to Kim.

“We know that whatever happened, it wasn’t something good. She would not go anywhere with anyone that she did not know very well. We think Kim was taken against her will and other than that, that’s really where it [ends],” she said.

The mystery surrounding Kim’s case was especially trying for Kim’s dad, a former RCMP officer, who passed away 10 years ago.

“It absolutely haunted him that he was not able to find her, to save her, to protect her from whatever that was.”

“That was something that never, ever left him.”

Adams said while she and her four siblings have moved on with their lives – getting married and having children – Kim is still frozen in time.

“There’s still the 19-year-old we miss terribly and want to know what would she be like today. Would she have children? Would she get married?”

“She’s still my sister no matter what. Do I expect to open my door and have her walking through it? Probably not. But she’s still very much a part of our family and is still very much a part of all that we do. We’re a big family and every one of us carry her with us.”

Adams said the family understands the likelihood Kim is still alive is quite low but they are still grasping for closure.

“If Kim is not living anymore then we still want to find her.”

“We want to have her with us. We want to be able to bury her properly,” she said.

So on the 25th anniversary of the disappearance, the family wants anyone with information about Kim or what may have happened to her to come forward.

“[We’re] pleading with anyone that may have information. If they haven’t come forward before or if they have come forward and felt police didn’t look into it as perhaps they thought they might, to call police or call again and help us find out what happened,” Adams said.

“We deserve to know and she deserves to be found.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, submit a secure web tip at 杭州夜生活crimestoppers.ns桑拿按摩 or text a tip: Tip 202 then your message to 274637.

The case is also a part of the province’s Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program, which provides a $150,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Kim’s disappearance.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 on the Global Edmonton Morning News

Steve Makris is back with Tech Talk. This week he’s talking about the new store finder kiosk at West Edmonton Mall.

SAFE TEAM RESCUE – Safe Team Rescue has been saving, rehabilitating and re-homing abused, abandoned, feral and unwanted animals in the community for years. Nicola sits down with Kelly Kennedy to talk about the organization and its upcoming fundraisers.

AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT – It was a rough week for the governing PC Party. The auditor general released his report into the travel habits and expenses of former premier Alison Redford and her office. The AG said an aura of power led to several violations. Now the opposition is calling for a full public inquiry. Tom speaks about the report and its fallout with Robert Murray the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

RIDE FOR CELIAC – The 2014 ride-walk-run for celiac is being held Sunday afternoon. The annual race is one of the largest fundraisers for the Edmonton chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association. Don Briggs joins the Morning News to tell us a little bit more about the event and gluten free diets.

THREE BOARS – Jeff Savage and Brayden Kozak from Three Boars Eatery stop by the Morning News for Sunday’s cooking segment. They’re whipping up a few of their signature items.

WINE TIME – Edmonton wine guy Gurvinder Bhatia joins Tom and Nicola to talk about rose wines and the misperception around them.

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Engineering company that designed Mount Polley tailings pond issues a statement – BC

The engineering company that originally designed the Mount Polley tailings pond that breached almost a week ago sending millions of cubic meters of waste water into local lakes and rivers issued a statement saying it warned Mount Polley Mining Corporation and B.C. government about potential risks that can arise in the future.

The Engineer of Record for the Mount Polley Mine has issued a statement highlighting a letter written to Mount Polley Mining Corporation  in 2011 when Knight Piesold parted ways with the project.

The letter states:

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The embankments and the overall tailings impoundment are getting large and it is extremely important that they be monitored, constructed and operated properly to prevent problems in the future.

The letter also said that Knight Piesold would no longer have any responsibility for the performance of the tailings storage facility.

The company says the original engineering accommodated a significantly lower water volume than the tailings storage facility reportedly held at the time of the breach.

“Significant engineering and design changes were made subsequent to our involvement,” says the company in a statement.

In a phone interview to Global News, Vice President Corporate Affairs at Imperial Metals Steve Robertson said he does not think the report was damning.

“It’s the type of thing that they would send to both the government and the company just as part of their normal course,” says Robertson.

But concerns have also been raised by a former mine worker of seven years.

Gerald MacBurney claims he was responsible for the tailings pond and quit his job in June over stress and confrontation with management.

Read the full statement and letter.

Saskatoon’s baby boom projected to last until 2024 – Saskatoon

Watch above: the baby boom Saskatoon is experiencing is expected to last for another 10 years

SASKATOON – If you’re expecting a baby or know someone who is, you’re not alone. According to experts, Saskatoon’s baby boom continues with predictions it could last another ten years.

Among those having babies is Sarah Cochran, who told Global News she and her husband always wanted a large family and had enough time and energy to fulfill that dream.

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“We have four boys and no, we’re not planning on having any more, so we have a seven-year-old, a five-year-old, three-year-old and newborn,” said Cochran.

The fourth and final baby for the couple was born just a little over a month ago, part of a baby boom that has been re-shaping this city for a decade.

In 2003, there were 3,900 babies born in the Saskatoon Health Region including home births, last year more than 5,300. Already in 2014, Saskatoon’s birth rate is ahead of that by six per cent.

“On average, we have 15 births a day but in obstetrics nothing is average and we’ve had just a few weeks back had as many as 30 babies in a 24-hour period,” said Leanne Smith, director of maternal services for the Saskatoon Health Region.

One of the big challenges of the boom, say health officials, is making sure there are enough staff to deliver the babies.

“We have increased our staffing levels in our obstetrical, labour and delivery unit since last year so that’s helped but it’s just really orchestrating all those babies and having the physicians there in time but we always manage to do it and do it safely,” added Smith.

In 2012-13,  the province lead the country for the number of babies born along with Alberta.

Birth rates are being driven by population growth not seen in any other major Canadian city in more than 15 years. Newcomers have been arriving at a rate in the province nine times greater than before the boom and robust economy.

“I think it has a lot to do with people feeling really secure in the markets, their jobs are going well, business is booming and they want to have more children,” said Lisa Wass, owner of Birth Rhythms.

“When you’re registering for Pre-K stuff then  you really notice the population boom because there’s so many pre-kindergarteners and kindergartners,” said Cochran.

New schools are being built in the region and this year 28 new teaching positions are being filled at public elementary schools to keep up with the boom.

“The conscience parenting movement in Saskatchewan is absolutely beautiful to watch, people coming together, different types of parenting styles, different types of communities are blossoming things that I don’t think we’ve seen for maybe 30 years,” added Wass.

At least until 2024, when estimates show birth rates in the region should start slowing down.