Kelowna’s labour market ranked second last in Canada

Written by admin on 27/07/2019 Categories: 苏州美甲纹绣培训

KELOWNA – Recent hiring fairs in the Okanagan have been overwhelmed with applicants and now a BMO report card has ranked Kelowna’s labour market as the second worst in the country. Many believe the region is feeling the effects of layoffs in Alberta.


A long line-up of job seekers formed in Vernon this weekend as hundreds vied for 50 jobs with Canadian Tire. It was a similar scene in Kelowna last November when Suncor held a hiring fair.

Now there is more bad news for Okanagan residents looking for work. A year ago unemployment in Kelowna was sitting at 3 per cent. It’s now jumped to 7.6 per cent. That was one of the stats BMO took into account in a report card that rated Kelowna’s labour market as the second-worst in the country.

The economist who wrote the report believes layoffs among Okanagan residents commuting to Alberta are playing a role and may even be making the situation look worse on paper than it is in reality.

“The fact that employment is down more than 2 per cent in the last year, I think part of that reflects some of those job losses that are actually taking place in Alberta,” says senior economist Robert Kavcic.

“It is exaggerating the weakness quite a bit, I think.”

Kelowna’ mayor says it is too soon to sound the alarm.

“It is just a one-month snapshot. Let’s take a look at what the next three months look like and if the numbers are still trending in the same way, then I would say we have a trend,” says Colin Basran.

Basran says there are other signs like the growth of knowledge-based industries and the city’s development statistics that suggest the city’s economy is actually heading in a positive direction.

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Calgary dog Blackberry competing in Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show

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CALGARY – A Calgary canine will be competing in the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City this month.

Blackberry, a black and white sheltie, will be among more than 3,000 dogs competing in the events of Westminster Week, which includes the all-breed dog show, its 3rd annual Masters Agility Championship and the inaugural Masters Obedience Championship.

Blackberry has already won numerous competitions throughout Canada.

WATCH:Meet the furry Calgary canine who will be competing at the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City



    ‘Happy ending’ for emaciated and neglected dogs seized in southern Alberta

    His owner, Karen Linkletter, admits the canine has been an unlikely show dog; although he finished his Canadian championship easily as a puppy, Blackberry had to take several years off to recover from multiple surgeries after ingesting objects like socks, bath mats and garbage.

    According to Linkletter, Blackberry spent so much time with a shaved belly that his vet joked they should perhaps install a zipper.

    Linkletter said they’re ready to go, albeit she’s a bit nervous.

    “It will be exciting. He’s travelled a fair bit with me so I don’t think he’ll care. He’s happy to do whatever, go wherever.”

    “I’ll be competing against a lot of professional handlers, and I’m certainly not. I just do this for fun,” Linkletter said.

    The Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show will be held on Feb. 15 and 16.

    Blackberry will be competing in the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City.

    Karen Linkletter

    – With files from Dallas Flexhaug

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‘I’m going to continue to tattoo’: Calgary man disputes AHS shutdown linked to HIV risk

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A Calgary man running a home-based “Discount Tattoo” shop has posted a YouTube video in response to what he called “haters” and “insane” comments after Alberta Health Services shut down his operation, and urged any clients to get tested for HIV and Hepatitis.

“This video is in response to all of the haters …and all the hate I’ve been getting from the public on social media, 苏州美甲纹绣培训, emails, Kijiji,” said the man in the video.

“My name is Ryan Kinsella, and I’m the guy that got fined for the unlicensed tattooing.”

Dr. Judy MacDonald, Medical Officer of Health with the Calgary Zone of AHS, said Monday Kinsella’s operation didn’t have proper sterilization or sanitation processes in place, “meaning individuals who received tattoos through this operation may have been exposed to viruses, including Hepatitis B and C, and HIV.”

WATCH: A video posted to YouTube by user Ryan Kinsella, claims to be the man fined for running an unlicensed tattoo business. He responds to critics in a portion of the video above.



    Clients of Calgary tattoo shop urged to get tested for HIV

    Discount Tattoo was shut down by AHS on Jan. 28. Kinsella is not permitted to offer tattoo services while the closure order is in place.

    READ MORE: Health and safety tips to consider before getting a tattoo

    But in the video, the tattoo artist claims his fine was only for carrying on a business without a valid licence.

    “I was not fined for using unsanitary equipment, I was not charged for using unsanitary equipment, I was not using unsanitary equipment,” he says in the video.

    “I have been fined for operating without a licence, not for giving people HIV, not for giving people Hep C or Hep B or you know, ruining people’s lives.”

    A screenshot from the YouTube video in which Ryan Kinsella shows what he says is a fine due to lack of business licence.


    In the video, the man identifying as Kinsella shows a drawing of a tattoo he’s about to perform on himself. He shows his Vaseline, gloves, popsicle sticks, anti-septic, and other tools, stressing that he uses them once then discards them.

    “Some people were making fun of my other mix, which is Speed Stick, Aloe Vera and hand sanitizer mix. Basically there’s nothing wrong with that. It goes on the skin, it transfers an image—ink. It doesn’t matter that I made it myself. It’s not any worse than stencil stuff.”

    READ MORE: Clients of Calgary tattoo shop urged to get tested for HIV

    AHS said Tuesday health officials have seen the video, and said contrary to Kinsella’s claims, the operation was shut down due to a failure to meet regulations under the Public Health Act, which include “numerous concerns with sanitation and sterilization.” The closure order can be found here.

    Photos of tattoos Ryan Kinsella claims he has tattooed or is in the midst of tattooing.

    Kijiji / Ryan Kinsella

    AHS also clarified it doesn’t issue business licences, and deferred to the City of Calgary regarding Kinsella’s claims.

    “Anyone who has came to me is an adult, knows I don’t have a licence, knows I’m an apprentice, knows the equipment I’m using,” the man says in the video. “I do not deceive anyone. Everyone knows what is going on; there is no one underage, there is no one who’s been too intoxicated to know what is happening. These people are adults.

    “All those people that want to hate on me, just don’t ask me for a tattoo, then. Stay away from me. … I’m going to continue to tattoo and for all the haters, I’m not going anywhere. Keep hatin.’”

    Watch below: Calgary zone medical officer of Health Dr. Judy MacDonald provides details on the closure of a Calgary residential tattoo shop due to concerns about HIV and Hepatitis. (Feb. 8)

    With files from Global’s Heather Yourex-West

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‘Losing a real piece of the community’: Concern over Scotiabank closure in Northeast community

Written by admin on 25/09/2019 Categories: 苏州美甲纹绣培训

CALGARY –  After over 50 years the Scotiabank branch in Mayland Heights Plaza on 19th street northeast is closing.

In October it will be consolidated with another branch at 36th street and 32nd avenue northeast, six kilometers away.

“It’s like losing a real piece of the community,” Judy Gerard said. “They are the heart and soul of this community and I’m just so afraid if they close, we will lose our businesses. They will suffer.”


Former city councilor and area resident John Schmal said the Mayland branch is the only bank within a 20 block radius and it serves a lot of clients.

“There’s a lot of employees, a lot of industry here. On the south side and the north side, and it’s a big area from memorial drive to 27th avenue northeast and that’s a long distance,” Schmal said.

Petitions have been posted in the community asking Scotiabank to reconsider the move.

Alma Holst said she depends on the bank weekly.

“You could have picked me up off the floor,” Holst said. “I just don’t know where I’m going to go from here because I’m older and I just need services close to where I live.”

Scotiabank says the branch closure has to do with technology, where customers live relative to branches and how they are using banks these days.

“We’re really looking at this decision from the basis of market analysis,” said Heather Armstrong with Scotiabank. “I wouldn’t want to say it has to do with one branch and the number of accounts in that branch. The fact is customers overall have a greater demand for convenience. 80 per cent of transactions in Canada today take place outside a branch.”

Scotiabank said it knows the change will be inconvenient and promises to work with customers to help them transition.

While the community still has five months until the move,  many are ready to switch banks if nothing changes.

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Hundreds protest at Montreal City Hall to save Pierrefonds green space

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PIERREFONDS-ROXBORO —; Protesters blocked Notre-Dame Street in front of Place Jacques-Cartier Monday evening in an effort to coax city officials into scrapping plans to put a 6,000-unit development on l’Anse-à-l’Orme, a green space in western Pierrefonds.

Environmentalists argue the site has been slated for development for a dozen years, but say concrete plans for its development are slow in coming.

READ MORE: Fight continues to save Pierrefonds green space

They point out that it’s one of the last remaining green spaces in the City of Montreal, home to deer and endangered species of birds.

The site is privately owned by a consortium of about half a dozen developers and is currently zoned as residential.

READ MORE: Massive new housing project for Pierrefonds introduced

But, before it is developed, it must go through a consultation process.

One opposition city councillor, Justine McIntyre, is tabling a moratorium on developing the site.

Several CEGEP students were also bussed into downtown Montreal to participate in the protest.

READ MORE: CEGEP students join fight to save L’Anse-à-l’Orme Park

Chants could be heard in the streets as protesters shouted: “Let’s save l’Anse-à-l’Orme.”

The protest was peaceful and demonstrators divulged their plans to police.

There is currently no timetable for development of the project.



  • CEGEP students join fight to save L’Anse-à-l’Orme Park

  • Environmentalists say developing L’Anse-à-Lorme forest threatens plants and wildlife

  • Fight continues to save Pierrefonds green space

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Reporter’s notebook: Looking back at the Montreal cop murders

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I remember the day Montreal police constable Odette Pinard was killed.

It was Monday, Nov. 27, 1995. I remember there was a snowstorm and the newsroom scrambled to cover it.

At the time, I was working as an editorial assistant at the CBC, just starting my career.

A few months later, another Montreal Urban Community Police constable, André Lalonde was killed. This murder was on the West Island of Montreal, not far from where I grew up.

Twenty years later — incredibly — no one has ever been brought to justice for either murder.


READ MORE: Montreal police Const. Andre Lalonde laid to rest 20 years ago, but murder still unsolved

For my entire career, I’ve wondered about the families of the two officers.

What did they go through on that day? What have they been told? How painful is it knowing the killers have never been caught?

There are no developments this week. There hasn’t been an arrest. There are no new tips.

But one of the anniversaries has just passed again and I wanted to reach out.

Calling someone in a case like this, as a journalist, isn’t easy. You’re asking the person if they have time to sit down and dredge up horrible memories.

But I was shocked by the reaction from both families.

There was reticence. They were nervous. Absolutely. But they were also appreciative.

It was a lot like November 11, the day we pause to remember the sacrifice of soldiers. Instead, in this case, it’s the sacrifice of police officers.

We sat down with Patrick Lalonde in downtown Ottawa. He talked about how everyone loved his father. Growing up, he’d find his buddies confiding in his dad, seeking advice from a man they respected and trusted.

Sometimes people tell him he’s lucky to have had 22 years with his father, but he shrugs it off. There have been too many important things in his life since. His dad wasn’t there for any of it.

WATCH: The death of Const. Odette Pinard has been unsolved since November 1995. Mike Armstrong reports.

We met the Pinards in their home in Quebec City. They still live in the home where they raised their daughter, Odette.

One thing that’s changed in the neighbourhood is the name of the street behind them. A few years ago, the city renamed it Rue Odette Pinard.

The Pinards couldn’t have been nicer. They shared their story with laughter and tears. It was emotional for all of us.

I asked if having a street named after their daughter wasn’t a reminder of something painful — an honour you’d rather not have. They disagreed. Yvon Pinard, her father, said it meant Odette was a part of his life… every day.

I’ll never forget a moment when we were leaving. Yvon came to the window of our vehicle to make sure we knew how to get back to the highway.

With a big smile, overflowing with pride, he told us “you have to go up Odette.”

There are some weeks were I consider myself incredibly lucky to do what I do.

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Some Alberta first responders concerned about impact of Naloxone kits

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In recent years, Alberta has seen a rapid increase in the number of fentanyl-related deaths, and on Friday, Alberta became the second province in Canada to offer Naloxone kits, free of charge and without a prescription at pharmacies.

The opioid inhibitor Naloxone takes minutes from the time of injection to temporarily reverse the fatal effects of a fentanyl overdose.



  • Fentanyl antidote kits available to Albertans free of charge without prescription

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  • Alleged Alberta fentanyl dealer linked to overdose death arrested, $36K seized

    READ MORE: 29 Alberta clinics now offer naloxone kits for fentanyl overdose treatment

    While the Naloxone kit is seen by many as a step in the right direction, it is causing hesitation among some first responders.

    “I think there are some concerns with it for sure,” Lethbridge Police Association President Jay McMillan said.

    “I think the harm reduction strategy is great but I don’t think we fully understand what the long-term ramifications are going to be.”

    READ MORE: Alleged Alberta fentanyl dealer linked to overdose death arrested, $36K seized

    McMillan has seen his fair share of fentanyl abuse in his 16 years as a police officer, and is worried the kits may be seen as a “temporary fix” for opioid users.

    “Our concern is that the message may be interpreted by users as: this is now a safe way to use fentanyl,” McMillan said.

    “That is not at all the case. There isn’t a safe way to use fentanyl.”

    McMillan says the kits are giving some drug users a false sense of security, with some not even seeking further medical attention for an overdose.

    “They’ll get an injection, they’ll start to feel the effects of it and they’ll leave medical care and they’ll wander off,” McMillan said. “Now they’re on their own, wandering the streets in a drug-induced state with no back up, no safety net.”

    READ MORE: Fentanyl fact sheet – what it is and what it does

    Still, when used correctly as a life-saving measure, the Naloxone kits are a step in the right direction. Easier access has made it possible for parents and family members of known drug users to acquire kits.

    “We do see a lot of family, friends, and loved ones who are concerned about someone and would like to have a kit for their loved one who is using,” Registered Nurse Lindsay Stella said.

    “This really opens the avenues that people can access these kits without a prescription in a preventative way for loved ones.”

    While the kits can – and have – saved lives, questions remain surrounding distribution, ensuring that the proper people are able to access the kits and are educated on how to administer the antidote.

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Technically, Canada does not have First Lady but Sophie Grégoire Trudeau wants second assistant

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REGINA – #PrayforSophie has sparked a sarcastic storm of one-liners. Tweeters joking they will set up lemonade stands or telethons to help Sophie Grégoire Trudeau afford the help she needs. Others, even going as far to say she wasn’t voted in, she shouldn’t be spending federal tax money at all.

Michelle Obama has two dozen staffers but she is the First Lady, a title which doesn’t officially exist in Canada.

The only spouse with an official title and role in Canada is the husband or wife of the Governor General.



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    So it raises the questions, what is the official role of the Prime Minister’s wife?

    Jim Farney is a political science professor at the University of Regina and says that the Prime Minister’s wife can technically be and do whatever she wants.

    “They’ve gone back and forth, Mila Mulroney back in the ’80’s had a presence very much like what Sophie Trudeau does now,” said Farney.

    In between the Mulroneys and the 2015 Trudeaus, there were comparatively more quiet wives, like Laureen Harper, Aline Chretien and Sheila Martin.

    Mulroney chose to be in the limelight aside her husband, she had an office in the PMO and three staffers. She constantly travelled for appearances and charity work much like Grégoire Trudeau.

    The Trudeaus currently have two tax-funded nannies, a personal chef and Grégoire Trudeau does have one personal assistant. However, in an interview with a French newspaper she mentioned how overwhelmed she is feeling, with constant invitations to public speaking.

    She told the newspaper she wants to attend all of them, and feels bad declining but just doesn’t have the current resources to handle a heavier workload.

    “It’s not too surprising to me that folks want to reach out to her and have her come in as a speaker, that she requires support for that eventually I would think we will end up with her being some a part of staff, or having staff,” explained Farney.

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Housing affordability crunch keeping millennials at home longer

Written by admin on 25/08/2019 Categories: 苏州美甲纹绣培训

In an attempt to offset the affordability crunch, many millennials are making trade-offs to afford life in Metro Vancouver. In this case, the trade-off is living at home with mom and dad.

According to a new Vancity poll, 61 per cent of respondents between 18 and 24 said they are still living at home, while 23 per cent of those between 25 and 35 have yet to move out. The survey cited unaffordable home ownership and unreasonable rents as the major roadblocks.


READ MORE: Vancouver millennials have lowest discretionary income in Canada: Report

While those findings may be considered surprising for some, for Kathy Daly, it’s the only way her 25-year-old daughter can get ahead financially and one day own a condo.

“The day and age when I watched my grandparents go to work at the same place for 40 years, retire and get a golden watch and pension is gone,” Daly explained.

“Now when you look at CPP and what little you can get or that retirees are now having to get part-time jobs to supplement themselves… owning a home is like a retirement fund.”

Daly’s daughter Shauna graduated from Capilano University in 2008 with a degree in television and motion picture editing. When she graduated, despite having worked since she was 16 years old, she could not afford to move out of her parent’s home because of student loans and the cost of living in the Lower Mainland.

To help her out, Daly and her husband made a deal with Shauna that as long as she had student loans, she didn’t have to pay rent. The 25-year-old cleared her debt a few months ago and is now saving for a down payment on a condo.

Why not rent?

It’s not something Daly and her husband encouraged.

“When you look at renting a condo that is just a waste of money,” she said. “If you can save up and have that as an advantage, why not?”

Space isn’t a problem. Daly says they have the room in their Coquitlam townhouse and in hindsight it’s one thing she wishes she’d done differently in her 20s. Daly and her husband, who also have a 15-year-old daughter, still rent because they cannot afford to buy.

“We’re trying to let Shauna learn from our mistakes and teach our children the only way is to save, save, save.”

But living at home does not mean a free ride. Daly said although they let their eldest daughter live in the room downstairs, they are not doing anything for her. Shauna is an adult that leads her own life, is very independent and yet, also has chores.

“She purchased her own vehicle, her own cell phone and she’s been responsible for paying for those since she was a teen,” Daly said.

Although Shauna has been working hard at building her experience in the film industry in the Lower Mainland, Daly says it’s a process that takes time and at one point her daughter considered leaving the province and heading to California for more opportunities. In the end, Shauna decided to stay at home to pay off her student loans.

“Cost is the biggest factor and the Vancouver area, it’s becoming more and more expensive,” Daly said.

READ MORE: Home ownership for millennials – are they dreaming?

So if Daly and her husband, who both have full-time jobs supplemented by two part-time jobs, are busy helping their daughters get ahead financially, will they ever be able to own a home?

Daly laughs and says, “We joke all the time that maybe in our retirement. Maybe. Once the kids are out of the house… then maybe we can put that money aside and go buy a condo.”

While the poll appears to show most millennials in Metro Vancouver are keeping a positive outlook when it comes to owning a home, they also admit it will take them at least 10 years to achieve that dream.

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Burnaby man petitions federal government to track Vancouver foreign ownership

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A Burnaby man has launched a petition to the House of Commons asking the Government of Canada to intervene in Vancouver’s skyrocketing real estate market.


Raymond Wong from Burnaby started the petition, sponsored by NDP MLA Kennedy Stewart, in April and has since garnered over 4,000 signatures online. Wong calls on the federal government to collect data on foreign investment in Canada’s real estate market, and investigate suspicious financial transactions flagged by FINTRAC, among other suggestions.

He says families and young people are being driven away from the city due to the high cost of housing, seniors are being “taxed out” of their properties due to rising property taxes, and even the rental market is becoming too far out of reach for many.

READ MORE: Housing affordability crunch keeping millennials at home longer

With the benchmark price of a detached home in Vancouver rising over 30 per cent since April 2015, Wong suggests the government take a number of steps:

Collect data on offshore investment on Canada’s real estate market and the extent of which housing vacancies, flipping and speculation are driving up homes pricesInvestigate financial transactions flagged as suspicious by the Financial Transactions and Report Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC) and determine if any of them are linked to real estate purchasesIf appropriate, require potential buyers to register with the government in order to buy a home and consider restricting foreign ownership to those who reside in the city for a certain period of timeDemand real estate council and lawyers to disclose information of buyers and sources of incomesStudy the restrictions place on off-shore investment by Australia, USA, Hong Kong, England, Singapore and New Zealand

As of publication time, the petition had 3,721 signatures from B.C., 203 from Ontario, 96 from Alberta, and 29 from outside Canada. Signatures will close on August 6, after which the petition will be presented to the House of Commons and await the tabling of a government response.

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MLAs are sworn in for Saskatchewan’s 28th Legislative Assembly

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REGINA – The 61 members that make up Saskatchewan’s 28th Legislative Assembly have officially been sworn in, and now it’s time to get to work.

Both parties are remaining fairly tight-lipped about their specific plans for the start of the session on Tuesday, but revealed some over-arching themes.

The governing Sask Party plans on introducing 25 to 30 bills, several budget related in this spring/summer session.

With a $428 million dollar deficit expect some belt tightening.


“We’ll watch our spending as close as we can,” Deputy Premier Don McMorris said.

“There will be more of the same in that. Looking for efficiencies whether it’s in healthcare or education, or any delivery of government services. That will be part in parcel with the government’s position moving forward.”

In addition to budget legislation McMorris says to watch out for bills related to election promises, like the sale of 40 public owned liquor stores.

Across the aisle, the opposition NDP say “stay tuned” for more plans, but were not shy about criticizing things they see as shortfalls in healthcare and education.

“We have kids in classrooms all across this province under great strain, teacher’s without the resources that they need. Student’s lacking the one-on-one supports that they need,” NDP Leader Trent Wotherspoon said.

The MLA’s will select a new Speaker of the Assembly Tuesday morning, and in the afternoon the government will fully outline their goals in the Throne Speech.

Historic Additions

Both the Saskatchewan Party and NDP are bringing firsts to the legislature this go around.

The NDP’s caucus is the first in provincial history to have gender parity with five men and five women.

Wotherspoon calls it something the whole province can be proud of.

Regina Pasqua Saskatchewan Party MLA Muhammad Fiaz became the first Muslim to be sworn in as an MLA in the province.

“It’s a great honour,” Fiaz said.

“I’m the first Muslim, but I’m responsible for Regina Pasqua so I’m going to do my best to represent all 23,000 of them, from all the communities as well.”

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Fort McMurray wildfire: Mandatory evacuation order expands to just south of Fort MacKay

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UPDATE: The province and municipality of Wood Buffalo updated the wildfire situation on Tuesday. Click here for the latest information.

An Alberta Emergency Alert was issued just before 10 p.m. Monday night, extending a mandatory evacuation order from Fort McMurray to just south of Fort MacKay.

The development came after some work camps were put under a mandatory evacuation order because of an out-of-control wildfire earlier in the day. Thousands of nearby oil workers were also being impacted by a precautionary evacuation.

All work camps and production refineries north of Fort McMurray and just south of Fort MacKay, including Aostra Road, were told to evacuate immediately and head south on Highway 63 if possible.

The evacuation order did not include Fort MacKay, Athabasca Camp and the Beaver River Camp, but all other camps and facilities south of the area are told they must evacuate immediately.

The mandatory wildfire evacuation for Fort McMurray was expanded Monday afternoon to include lodging camps north of the city.

At 4:30 p.m. all camps north of Fort McMurray up to and including to the Ruth Lake Camp were told to evacuate. Ruth Lake is about 30 kilometres north of Fort McMurray.

All camps and production facilities that use Aostra Road were also told to evacuate.

A provincial emergency alert told evacuees they should head south on Highway 63.

Watch below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley gives an update of the wildfire plaguing northern Alberta on Monday evening.

Premier Rachel Notley addressed the media shortly after 6 p.m. Monday about the latest developments.

“There has been a somewhat significant change in the fire and its behaviour in and around Fort McMurray,” she said. “In effect, as we indicated this might happen this morning, the fire has begun burning north and at this time, it is flanking to the west of the community of Timberlea.


“What we’re told is there’s a pretty substantial burned-out area between where the fire is now and the community, and there’s roughly five kilometres between where the fire is and the community and it’s flanking north. Nonetheless, roughly 150 to 200 firefighters are in that community that are keeping an eye out for embers spread should that move into that community.”

Notley said the mandatory evacuation of oil worker camps along Aostra Road amounted to between 500 and 600 people and that there was a precautionary evacuation in place at Syncrude and Suncor but that north of those facilities there was no immediate threat.

“Both Syncrude and Suncor have emergency plans in place which they are operationalizing and (have) firefighters in place as well,” Notley said. “It is a dynamic time right now – we’re in that fairly aggressive burning period – it should fade out and slow down in between about eight or nine o’clock tonight and then we’ll have a better sense of where things stand.”

“The fire is about 15 to 20 kilometres still to the south of the major oilsands facilities at this time,” Alberta wildfire manager Chad Morrison said at the 6 p.m. press conference. He added that it was still not clear whether it would reach the Suncor and Syncrude facilities.

While non-essential staff were being evacuated from Syncrude and Suncor, Scott Long of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency said a plan is in place to evacuate more staff if necessary.

“The essential personnel that they’re leaving behind… we don’t have precise numbers but clearly that’s the industrial firefighters and folks that are required to keep the camps operating and to complete the shut-ins,” Long said. “If it (fire) gets closer, then there would be triggers that would determine a mandatory evacuation and, at that point in time, all remaining personnel would complete the shut-ins and they would move to camps to the north as well.”

The premier said 300 people, mostly utility workers, were asked to assemble at Fort McMurray’s MacDonald Island Park so people knew where they were. She said another 300 people were “sheltering in place” at the hospital but added the temporary medical field operation remained open.

Late Monday afternoon, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo said about 4,000 workers in at least 12 plants were impacted by the “controlled precautionary evacuation.” At 9:30 p.m., officials tweeted 8,000 people were now impacted.

As of 2:30 p.m. Monday, the fire was heading north to Tower Road. As of 4:30 p.m. all traffic heading north into Fort McMurray was stopped. Highway 63 northbound was closed and Highway 881 remained closed. Highway 63 southbound remained open.

Earlier Monday, officials warned the air quality in the Fort McMurray area was at dangerous levels.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said the air quality health index is normally one to 10, with 10 being the worst, but the reading this morning was at 38.

READ MORE: ‘Extreme’ air quality conditions in Fort McMurray could delay re-entry plans

A spokesperson for Noralta said it had been given three to five hours to evacuate its Village location (on Aostra Road). The facility has roughly 2,000 guests and 300 staff.

“We are proceeding in an orderly evacuation in collaboration with our clients and industry partners,” Blare McCalla said.

Essential employees have been sent to Grey Wolf Lodge, which Noralta said would continue to operate as long as authorities deemed it safe.

Noralta Lodge provides accommodation for workers in the oil industry. The Village site is located 26 kilometres northwest of Fort McMurray.

The Grey Wolf Lodge is north of the Ruth Lake Camp.

A spokesperson for Suncor said its facilities and camps are not considered at risk from the fire but, working with the province, 120 workers at the Mackay River operation were moved to camps further north as a precaution.

READ MORE: Fort McMurray wildfire: Alberta oilfield workers head back to camps 

On Monday morning, the Edmonton International Airport was busy with hundreds of workers flying back to camps north of Fort McMurray.

Watch below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley provides an update of the Fort McMurray wildfire that continues to spread in northern Alberta on Monday evening.

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Some Calgary parking fines set to climb by about $18

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Parking illegally in Calgary could soon put a bigger pinch on your wallet.

Calgary is set to become the third priciest place in Canada to get a parking ticket.

The city’s transportation committee is considering a proposal to increase some parking tickets by about $18 per offence.

Infractions that could change are safety-related and include parking in front of a hydrant, parking too close to a crosswalk, blocking emergency lanes and driveways and more. About 30 offences are on the table for review.



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    That idea is to put city bylaws in line with provincial legislation under the Traffic Safety Act.

    “By doing so, we’re able to offer Calgarians early payment options and ensure that the money that is collected for those fines stays in Calgary, rather than going to the provincial government,” Mike Derbyshire, general manager for Calgary Parking Authority said.

    Several years ago, the city introduced a three-tiered payment system, offering a slight financial break to pay fines sooner.

    But either way, it could be a tough pill to swallow for commuters.

    “Of course I don’t like it. I don’t want to get fined any more than usual, you know?” Calgarian Cody Cyr said.

    “I paid 33 bucks just last week just for dropping [my son] there and coming back,” mother Anjue Yeadav said, on a daily trip to drop her son downtown for kindergarten.

    The city last hiked ticket prices in 2010. This move could generate an extra $500,000 for the city every year, according to officials.

    The proposal goes before the city’s transportation committee Wednesday.

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