Alberta Court of Appeal ruling shows error in bill's restrictive approach
previously claimed to be 'hotspots of sea rise acceleration'
move Rio Olympics; fear worldwide spread of Zika virus
Fixed-route infrastructure such as streetcar rails and subway tunnels are solid assets in proven high-volume routes. But flexible bus routes make more sense in areas where patterns may change. Central planners who use faulty models can spend $$ billions creating LRT or other expensive infrastructure on routes that will lose ridership and money as new city hubs emerge and transit needs diverge from original assumptions. Some see it as a fundamental conflict between central planning and market-driven solutions. If more people work from home, or have home entertainment centres, or prefer to walk to local stores and services, how is public indebtedness for expensive fixed infrastructure justified? When will wide-open public debate precede expensive central planning solutions?
Former Prime Minister Stephen Harper speaks at the Conservative Party convention in Vancouver, Thursday, May 26, 2016. He told his Party to stay united and be ready to return to power in the service of Canada and Canadians.
tackles protester who charged podium amid heightened security
Makes sense to experts — hoped-for breakthrough from Harvard team?
Donald Trump, according to an Associated Press count, has surpassed the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for President. Trump now has at least 1,238 committed delegates, one more than needed. With 303 delegates still at stake in five state primaries on June 7th, Trump will easily pad his total, avoiding a contested convention. Trump, the only remaining GOP candidate left in the race, will go on to accept the Party nomination in Cleveland in July.
Stephen Harper will resign as the MP for Calgary Heritage before Parliament resumes in the fall, as he pursues new interests on corporate boards and the establishment of a foreign policy institute, according to close confidants of the Conservative former Prime Minister.
Gord Downie has terminal brain cancer; final summer tour anyway
Queen Victoria reigned from 1837 to 1901 — second longest reign of an English Monarch to only the current Queen Elizabeth II. Victoria was intimately connected to Canada, and was for many decades known as the beloved 'Mother of Confederation'. Victoria's reign began in the year of rebellions in both Upper and Lower Canada, saw her choose Ottawa as the permanent capital of the Province of Canada in 1857, and oversee and approve of the founding of the Dominion of Canada through Confederation in 1867 -- the British North America Act has her signature. Victoria's appointment of Lord Durham to report on the violent pro-democracy rebellions of 1837 led directly to her enabling the Canadian move to 'Responsible Government', taken for granted now, but radical at the time for a colony. Acting quickly on Lord Durham's advice, in 1840 Victoria oversaw Upper and Lower Canada officially dissolved as separate entities and united into the new Province of Canada, as Canada East and Canada West. In 1849 'Responsible Government' was transformatively in place. By direct result of her efforts and actions, Canada became the second largest country in the world. Victoria Day has been vigorously celebrated in Canada with fireworks, parades and public and private celebrations since 1845. It has also been known informally and welcomed by successive generations of Canadians as the start of summer and as the 'May 2-4 weekend' (a beer reference). Broadly part of Canadian culture, for example, "the holiday is referenced in the song 'Lakeside Park' by Canadian rock band Rush, from their 1975 album 'Caress of Steel'. The song features the line, 'everyone would gather on the 24th of May, sitting in the sand to watch the fireworks display'." For Canadian history in greater detail, see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Province_of_Canada
With the party set to choose its next leader in 2017, some of the membership appears to be looking for more control of the process both before and after the vote.
Authorities have released a set of photographs of the wreckage of the plane as the international hunt for the main body of the EgyptAir Airbus A320 continues. An Egyptian source says search teams have located the black box data recorder and are now working to retrieve it. The so-called 'black box', which is actually orange, records conversations in the cockpit and technical flight data which could provide a vital insight into the last moments of the plane.
national referendum on electoral reform
dogsledder saved team from wildfire
A fifth-generation competitive musher, Moe Ladouceur was blindsided on May 2nd when the wildfires began inching towards his dog yard in Prairie Creek, near the Fort McMurray airport. The 28-year-old kennel owner wasted no time in gathering his 43 dogs, most of them German short-haired pointers crossed with greyhounds, and hit the road heading south, the flames leaping behind him. ~ Edmonton Journal
got physical; treating Commons as an annoyance
legislative agenda and shakes confidence in Trudeau
vast Canadian landscape evoke a lost frontier and the power of nature
'Lake and Mountains' by Lawren Harris, 1928; oil on canvas; included in 'The Idea of North' exhibit now showing at the Boston Museum of Art. Art Gallery of Ontario, Gift from the Fund of the T. Eaton Co. Ltd. for Canadian Works of Art, 1948. © Family of Lawren S. Harris.
on unprecedented Liberal 'hijacking of Parliament'
Official Opposition Leader Rona Ambrose rises on May 18th to question Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Liberals' attempt to hijack Parliament. "This is a sad day for our democracy," NDP House Leader Peter Julian told the House. The Liberal motion would rewrite the House rules in 17 different ways "so that they, the executive, have unilateral control over all the procedural tools in the House."
EgyptAir confirms wreckage not found near Greece
EgyptAir Flight MS804 disappeared early Thursday morning en route to Cairo. EgyptAir said it was about 16 km within Egypt airspace when it disappeared from radar.
Justin Trudeau grabs Conservative Whip, elbows NDP MP and then pushes by and physically confronts NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and other NDP MPs. The result is an uproar in the House of Commons Wednesday afternoon. The Speaker ruled it was inappropriate to "manhandle" MPs; Trudeau admitted he had done so, but claimed it was unintentional. The video (above and linked here) tells a different tale. ~ CTV
hectares (4,230 sq km); 18 other wildfires now burning in Alberta
evacuated Monday night; workers in other lodges told to "wait for news"
These photos show Blacksands Executive Lodge engulfed by flames at 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. ~ CBC
fire evacuations add to global supply disruption
facilities and consuming 30 to 40 metres of forest per minute
of 8,000 from 12 work camps north of Fort McMurray
$16M ransom paid, says Filipino terrorist group Abu Sayyaf
north of Fort St. John; state of emergency declared for 2nd time
The Peace River Regional District issued an evacuation order for homes near the Beatton Airport Road wildfire on Sunday, May 15, 2016.
A damaged OGA Charters bus is hauled away after a fatal rollover on Saturday, May 14, 2016, south of the Dimmit-Webb County line on U.S. 83 North in Texas. ~ Danny Zaragoza Laredo Morning Times
— actually — on coming back from a wildfire
In May 2011, Slave Lake set up a reception centre where residents received cleaning supplies and information packages which included colour-coded utility needed signs to be posted outside their homes. ~ John Lucas Postmedia
Lac La Biche Mayor Omer Moghrabi, second from left, greets members of the Singh Khalsa Sewa Club of Brampton who drove across Canada with donations for the evacuees.
suspended after losing impeachment vote
"...naked attempt by one party to control the process from start to finish"
Via Rail train on picturesque 1856 bridge over Napanee River, between Toronto and Montreal. ~ photo by Jake
media tour with Premier shows hospital, some neighbourhoods untouched
celebrates Russia's role in toppling Adolf Hitler
Tanks of Pro-Russian separatists ride during the Victory Day parade in Donetsk on May 9, 2016. Tanks and rocket systems rolled through the rebel bastion of Donetsk in east Ukraine on May 9 as pro-Russian insurgents celebrated the 71st anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany in WWII. ~ Aleksey Filipov AFP/Getty Images
A convoy of evacuees escapes direct path of raging fire known as 'the Beast'.
evacuation of camp housing firefighters & other emergency personnel
Webcam captures the raging fire outside and then inside as Fort McMurray house burned as homeowner watched.
The devastation is eerie and complete. The Beacon Hill has been neighbourhood levelled by the monster wildfire. Click on the link and look at all of these incredible pictures. ~ Tyler Hicks The New York Times
fire evacuees drive south through still-burning city and countryside
Evacuees leave Fort McMurray in the early morning, after being stranded north of the city, on Friday, May 6, 2016. Overhead, advance helicopters watch for fire flare-ups and road dangers. An ever-changing, volatile situation is fraying the nerves of residents and officials alike as a massive wildfire continues to bear down on the Fort McMurray area of northern Alberta. ~ Jason Franson Globe&Mail/The Canadian Press
officials brace for 'extreme' firefighting conditions
of Canada’s oil capacity and closes major pipelines
now evacuated from Anzac after blaze moves south
Hundreds of evacuees from Fort McMurray were sent to Anzac on Tuesday after fleeing the city from the wildfire. Evacuees are being moved to Lac La Biche, about 280 kilometres south, or even further to Edmonton.
Beacon Hill resident Michel Chamberland fled his Fort McMurray neighbourhood Tuesday as part of the wildfire evacuation, in a wild drive he captured on video.
1,600 buildings destroyed and another 19,000 under threat
Out-of-control 7,500-hectare wildfire has destroyed 1,600 buildings so far
The blaze began on the weekend, but firefighting crews appeared to be making progress controlling it until Tuesday when the situation worsened dramatically — and quickly. By mid-afternoon people from three neighbourhoods in the city were told to leave immediately.
in Beacon Hill; “a more intense burning day” predicted today
This frightening video shows what evacuees faced last night. Fort McMurray’s geography complicated the evacuation. Highway 63 is the only route in or out — north and south. Hundreds of trucks, cars, motorcycles and mobile homes had pulled over to the side of the highway, suffering from engines choked by smoke or running low on gas. People sat dazed, many in tears. Emergency officials said Tuesday night that Fort McMurray, and many of the surrounding communities, were emptied of gas. Traffic was bumper-to-bumper as people packed families and pets into cars, trucks and campers. Line-ups snaked around gas stations and late in the evening Tuesday, RCMP were advising they would travel the highway with gas to assist stranded motorists.
largest ever in Alberta due to fire
destroys urban homes — entire city evacuated
The 26-sq km wildfire in Fort McMurray has engulfed homes in the Centennial trailer park and more mandatory evacuations have been ordered for multiple neighbourhoods. The trailer park has been on mandatory evacuation since Sunday, with about 200 people out of their homes. Residents of the Abasand, Grayling Terrace and Beaconhill neighbourhoods and parts of downtown Fort McMurray in the Wood Buffalo municipality have also been told to leave their homes.
Bailey Circus elephants perform for the last time
Superannuated and never to be forgotten: The six Asian elephants perform for the final time in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus on Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Providence, R.I. ~ Bill Sikes AP
with one month left in 2015-16 fiscal year
limits; "province's restrictions on bringing alcohol into province
for personal use violate Constitution's free-trade provisions"
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Don Braid: NDP cuts fire-fighting budget while predicting 'catastrophic' conditions; "Why does the government think $86 million is enough to fight fires, when the job cost almost $500 million last year?"
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