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BY LANA MICHELINADVOCATE STAFF
When his pregnant daughter called for a ride, Doug Brown thought hed have time for a cup of cof-fee before driving her to the hospital.
Mother Nature proved him wrong.Tiffany Brown had three contractions by the
time we got to the Alberta Springs Golf Course, re-called Doug, who ended up delivering his grandson on the side of Hwy 11 at 4:45 a.m. on Jan. 9.
Doug had taken on hospital driving duty because his daughters partner, Chris Foster, was still ap-prenticing as a millwright in Lloydminster when Tiffany went into labour. The young couple believed there would be plenty of time until the birth, since their second child wasnt due until Jan. 23.
But there wasnt time.This isnt supposed to happen, Doug remembers
thinking, after his daughter said, Dad, I think the heads coming
I thought: Oh dear god, here we are. This is real life happening here! Doug recalled.
The outside temperature was -25 C when he pulled off the dark, mostly empty highway. He parked his truck near the entrance to the golf course and called 911.
Although Doug remembers being calm because I had to be, he appreciated hearing what to expect from emergency dispatcher Alanna Robertson. She said get a good hold of him, (the babys) going to be really slippery when he comes out, Doug recalled.
All it took was one push by Tiffany, and Doug was holding his newborn grandson, Owen who is brother to Patrick, age 20 months.
After the infant started breathing and crying, Doug wrapped him up in his jacket. Robertson told Doug to use one of his shoelaces to tie off the umbil-ical chord about six inches from the babys belly and then to wait for the ambulance to arrive.
Tiffany and her newborn were taken by para-medics to hospital, where Owen weighed in at seven pounds, three ounces. There were no birth complica-tions.
Ten weeks later, mom and baby are doing so well they wanted to thank Robertson in person for her assistance. Along with Grandpa Doug, the whole Syl-
van Lake family met the emergency 911 dispatcher in Red Deer on Saturday to express appreciation.
BY LANA MICHELINADVOCATE STAFF
Asdolah Khierandishs hand-woven rug tells a sto-ry of horror and hope.
It recounts his history, as well as that of his war-torn homeland.
Khierandish, a master rug weaver from Afghan-istan, designed the artistic carpet on display at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery as part of an exhibit about the Central Alberta Refugee Effort. It was the best handiwork Khierandish brought out of his country when fleeing from the Taliban, along with wife and three young children, in 2008.
Like the family, the rug survived a long and per-ilous journey through Iran, Turkey and Syria before finally arriving in Red Deer in March, 2012.
Yet this one-of-a-kind weaving was the item Khie-randish later chose to donate to a CARE fundraiser.
Theres an Afghan saying: When you donate some-thing, give the best you have, said the rug maker, who wanted to express his gratitude through this gift for the assistance provided by CARE and other orga-nizations during his familys passage to Canada.
The tapestry-like carpet, purchased by the Allard family of Red Deer, was woven in red-dyed wool, symbolizing those fighting for freedom in his coun-try. Slim, broken bands of blue denote hope for a better future, said Khierandish.
Arrow-like symbols represent people joining to-gether, while a band of barbed-wire symbols repre-sent Taliban oppression in Afghanistan. Its a jail, said Khierandish, who nearly lost his life recording destruction in his village.
He was two years old when the Soviets invaded Afghanistan in 1979.
At age nine, Khierandish was sent to become a rug-weaving apprentice.
Photo by ASHLI BARRETT/Advocate staff
Defenceman Kayle Doetzel of the Red Deer Rebels and Ben Carroll of the Edmonton Oil Kings collide in the corner during their Saturday night WHL tilt at the Enmax Centrium. The Rebels defeated the Oil Kings 7-2. See related story on Page B1.
Threads of hope
HAND-WOVEN RUG RECOUNTS HISTORY OF AFGHANISTAN
THIS IS REAL LIFE HAPPENING HERE!FAMILY DESCRIBES BABYS BIRTH ON HWY 11
Photo by Lana Michelin/Advocate staff
Red Deer emergency dispatcher Alanna Robertson meets Baby Owen, his mother, Tiffany Brown, and his grandfather, Doug Brown, who helped delivered the baby at the side of a road in Sylvan Lake.
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BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
BLACKFALDS The father of an Alberta politi-cian who died following a highway crash last Novem-ber says an RCMP search of the median has turned up his sons missing watch and eyeglasses.
But Baljinder Bhullar says some of his sons oth-er personal effects including his kara a bracelet worn by Sikhs is still missing along with his cuf-flinks and shoes.
Manmeet Bhullar, 35, died on Nov. 23, 2015, when he pulled over on Highway 2 between Calgary and Edmonton to help a stranded motorist and was struck in a chain-reaction crash.
A special tactical operations team of the RCMP temporarily shut one lane each of the busy four-lane divided highway near Blackfalds on Saturday to search for some of Bhullars personal effects that have been missing since his death.
Police say the search was not related to the inves-tigation into the crash that killed the Calgary mem-ber of the legislature.
Baljinder Bhullar says he feels blessed that the searchers were able to find some of the missing items.
Thanks to God, thanks to the RCMP who have spent the time, Bhullar said Saturday from Calgary.
RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Sharon Franks couldnt say whether it was unusual in Alberta for police to assist in such a search, although she said having of-ficers present would assist in the safety. She didnt know what sparked the search four months after the accident, but suggested it might be due to the fact the crash occurred during a snowstorm and couldnt be easily searched at the time.
An RCMP news release says police consulted with Alberta Transportation in launching the search.
Franks said the search was concluded on Satur-day afternoon and that an item or items had been located, but she said she didnt know what they were.
Bhullar served in three cabinet portfolios Ser-vice Alberta, Human Services and Infrastructure under the previous Conservative government.
After Bhullars death, the World Sikh Organiza-tion praised the politician for his service, including his work on achieving the accommodation of the kir-pan in Alberta courthouses.
Under the Alberta policy introduced in 2013, a person must tell security officers they have a kirpan and wear it in a sheath, under clothing and the blade of the kirpan can be no longer than 10 centimetres.
The organization said at the time that it was the first province to adopt a policy that was uniform for all its courthouses.
Bhullars watch, glasses found in highway search
BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA The political messaging that will weave through Justin Trudeaus first budget is poised to have a recognizable ring to it: reducing inequality while laying the groundwork for long-term economic growth.
But delivering the most substantial items from the prime ministers election platform has been a tougher task than his government anticipated during the fall campaign.
For starters, Trudeaus $10-billion deficit pro-jection is now widely expected to be three times the size.
His Liberals will unveil their inaugural budget Tuesday for an economy that has been battered by an oil-price shock. The already-dim fiscal pros-pects during the campaign have only darkened since the party took office in November.
Despite the slide, the government has signalled it will follow through on many if not all of its big-ticket election vows.
The promises include billions of dollars for economy-boosting measures, such as an enhanced child-benefit plan and infrastructure spending.
Theres no question that times are tough right now for many Canadians across the country, and in that situation, a less ambitious government might see these conditions as a reason to hide, to make cuts or to be overly cautious, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said last month after releasing a fis-cal update that suggested the government would more than double its previous shortfall target.
But our government believes strongly that the economic downturn makes our plan to grow the economy even more relevant than it was just a few short months ago.
The Liberals have cited the worse-than-expect-ed economy as the reason they broke their prom-ise to cap deficits at $10 billion over the next two years.
Theyve also backed away from their central pledge to balance the books by 2019-20. There are now doubts whether the party can even fulfil its most-flexible fiscal vow: reducing Canadas debt-to-GDP ratio in every year of their mandate.
Morneau argued the Liberals starting point was much further back than they had expected.
In his budget speech, Canadians can expect Morneau to refer to helping the so-called middle class by gradually creating conditions that will allow it to thrive even as the countrys population
ages.Infrastructure will be a key part of the plan.The Liberals have said the infrastructure pro-
gram will focus on maintenance and repair work over the next two years before shifting to larger, more substantial projects aimed at increasing long-term growth and guiding Canada toward a low-carbon economy.
Morneau took the rare step last month of releas-ing the governments grim fiscal numbers only a few weeks before the budget. Observers have de-scribed it as a smart political strategy to prevent much of the bad news from overshadowing budget day.
Still, experts like former parliamentary budget officer Kevin Page believe Morneau owes Canadi-ans a clear explanation for why hes about to drive the country billions of dollars deeper into deficit.
If youre going to talk about a major fiscal ex-pansion I think youve really got to make the case that you know what youre doing from a fiscal policy perspective, Page said in an interview, not-ing that current conditions arent nearly as gloomy as the deep recession of 2009-10.
Page, now a University of Ottawa professor, urged the government to show how much of the shortfall will be structural and how much is cycli-cal, an analysis other countries such as the United States routinely share with the public. He also called on the Liberals to spell out exactly what their measures will deliver in terms of boosting economic output and creating jobs.
The costly suite of Liberal election promises, however, doesnt just contain spending commit-ments aimed at reinvigorating the economy. It also includes measures such as federal cash for home health-care services.
On top of that, the Liberals have made numer-ous uncosted vows before and since the election that could easily reach billions of dollars.
The yet-to-be fully costed pledges include end-ing all boil-water advisories on aboriginal reserves within five years, delivering on all 94 recommen-dations from the Truth and Reconciliation Com-mission and lifting the two-per-cent cap on annual federal funding increases for First Nations com-munities. Morneau has maintained the budget will include costing for every single one of the gov-ernments initiatives to give Canadians a very clear understanding of the financial situation.
To offset part of its spending plans, the govern-ment has also said it will find ways to raise reve-nues.
FILE Photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, goes face-to-face with Finance Minister Bill Morneau at Rideau Hall in Ottawa in November. The political messaging that will weave through Justin Trudeaus first budget is poised to have a recognizable ring to it: reducing inequality while laying the groundwork for long-term economic growth.
The deficit diveLIBERALS WILL TRY TO SELL BIGGER SHORTFALLS AS KEY TO GROWTH
RCMP seek help IDing assailants Red Deer RCMP are seeking the publics help
in identifying two men who assaulted and robbed a man near Spruce Drive on March 4.
The victim was walking on the walking path on the east side of Spruce Drive at approximately 1:30 pm on Friday, March 4, when he was approached by two men who asked him what time it was. When he stopped to check, they assaulted him, took his cell phone and MP3 player and left him in the snow beside the path. He regained consciousness a short later and went to the hospital, where he was treated for hypothermia and released. RCMP were told one of the two assail-ants as an aboriginal man with a stocky build and shoulder-length black hair. No description is avail-able for the second suspect. The investigation is ongo-ing. Anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the Spruce Drive area or adjacent walking trails, or has information about this attack and robbery, please call Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575.
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THE CANADIAN PRESS
MONTREAL Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of many Canadi-ans who joined millions around the world Sat-urday night in turning off their lights for Earth Hour.
Government build-ings and monuments across the country also went dim from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. local time, in-cluding Torontos CN tower, the cross on Mon-treals Mount Royal and Edmontons High Level bridge.
Trudeau tweeted a photo of himself and his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, cuddling by candlelight Saturday evening.
Were all on this planet together, he tweeted, hinting the up-coming federal budget would contain measures to deal climate change.
T w e e t i n g a b o u t .EarthHour is one thing. Tuesday, well put words into action with a budget that builds a clean econ-omy for Canada.
Some of Trudeaus cabinet ministers al-so took to social media. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna posted a series of tweets and International Trade Minister Chrystia Free-land also noted the oc-casion.
The events main or-ganizer said the leaders support was a welcome addition to the 10th edi-tion of the event, which
was launched in Austra-lia in 2007 as a way to draw attention to envi-ronmental issues includ-ing climate change.
Seeing national , provincial and munici-pal leaders take part and encourage others to take part shows that Earth Hour is more than a symbolic gesture, said David Miller, CEO of WWF-Canada. Its a message to change cli-mate change thats heard by those in positions of political power.
He said a record-set-ting 178 countries and territories participated this year.
Canadians also par-ticipated in a range of activities in cities across the country , which ranged from a stargaz-ing event in Westmount, Que., to a low-light skate at Whistler, B.Cs Olym-pic Plaza.
It was not immedi-ately clear how many Canadians took part in this years Earth Hour. Toronto Hydro tweet-ed Saturday night that the citys electricity use dipped by 3.2 per cent, which the utility said was the equivalent of taking 36,000 homes off the grid.
PowerStream, which serves nine municipal-ities north of Toronto, reported a 4.3 per cent drop in electricity con-sumption during Earth Hour.
That was down slight-ly from the six per cent reduction achieved last year.
The City of Edmonton tweeted Sunday morning that the city decreased its energy use by 2.5 per cent.
While Earth Hour grew to include 7,000 cities worldwide last year, some say the event has been losing steam in recent years, at least in Canada.
B C H y d r o , f o r example, said British Columbians reduced the provincial electricity load during Earth Hour by just 0.2 per cent last year much less than the two per cent reduction recorded in 2008. Miller says critics who measure the events success in megawatt hours are missing the point.
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BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO An Ontario university professor who has applied for perma-nent residency in Canada is facing the prospect of having to leave the country because his son has Down Syndrome.
Citizenship and Immigration Can-ada has told Felipe Montoya that his sons condition makes him inadmissi-ble to Canada because of the potential burden the child would place on the health care system.
Immigration lawyers say that when a whole family applies for residency, a finding of inadmissibility against one of its members winds up applying to everyone on the application.
Montoya takes exception to CICs ruling, saying his 13-year-old son is currently making use of the same pub-licly available resources as his daugh-ter, who does not have a disability.
He also questions CICs calculation of how much money his son could cost Canadian taxpayers, adding that he and his wife have been among those taxpayers since arriving in the country four years ago.
CIC said it could not comment on the specific case, which Montoya says has potential implications for families besides his own.
We consider it to be in contradic-tion to the charter for many reasons, and we think that its based on outdat-
ed views of so-called disabilities and that it needs to be looked at again and brought up to date, Montoya said in a telephone interview.
The familys saga began when Mon-toya moved to Canada from his native Costa Rica to take up a position at To-rontos York University. He remains on staff there as a full-time, tenured professor of environmental studies.
Three years ago, Montoya filed an application for permanent residency for himself, his wife and his two chil-dren.
The fact that his son Nicolas had Down Syndrome was disclosed at the outset and confirmed by doctors the family visited for the medical exams required for the application process. Montoya said Nicolas, along with all the rest of the family, was found to be perfectly healthy.
Montoya hoped the medical clear-ance would help finalize his applica-tion, but a letter from CIC told a differ-ent story.
I have determined that your family member Nicolas Montoya is a person whose health condition might reason-ably be expected to cause excessive demand on social services in Canada, reads a letter sent to Montoya. An ex-cessive demand is a demand for which the anticipated costs exceed the aver-age Canadian per capita health and so-cial services costs, which is currently set at $6,387.
The CIC letter references reports that Nicolas functions at the level of a three-year-old. It goes on to estimate that special education supports for Nicolas would cost between $20,000 and $25,000 a year, a finding Montoya questions. He said CIC provided no de-tailed breakdown of how the estimate was reached, adding that his son did not require special accommodations because he joined a pre-existing com-munity classroom in his local public school.
There were no extra provisions for him. He joined a classroom just like my daughter did, Montoya said. My daughter is not deemed inadmissible because of her use of state services, yet Nico is.
Cases like Montoyas are surprising-ly common, according to Toronto immi-gration lawyer Henry Chang.
Canadas current immigration laws around family members with chron-ic conditions, are very strict, he said, adding the sweeping rules can even apply to people who are not physically living in Canada.
Lets say you have a child whos in university in the United States who isnt going to be immigrating to Cana-da with the rest of the family, but they have cancer and theyre having treat-ment right now. That could theoret-ically result in a whole family being barred for medical grounds, Chang said. It sounds crazy. If youre not an
immigration lawyer, theres no logic to this.
Chang said the Montoyas still have a few strategies available to them if they want to fight the finding. They can file documents challenging CICs calcu-lations of Nicolas financial needs or appeal on humanitarian grounds.
Some Canadians turn off the lights for Earth Hour
Family may have to leave over sons Down Syndrome
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Nico Montoya, a 13-year-old boy with Down syndrome, plays soccer with his home with his father Felipe, right, his sister Tania, second left, and his mother Alejandra Garcia, left, at their home in Richmond Hill, on Saturday.
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Employment situation in Red Deer is worse than
reportedIt was with interest that I read the
comments from Tim Creedon with re-gards to the employment picture in Red Deer.
While I do appreciate the statistics, and the fact that there are projects coming into the region that will create employment, I was somewhat alarmed at the conclusions he made.
He noted the following: I dont see Red Deer as being in a huge mess at the moment, I see it as having some substantial challenges but Im not getting feedback that were in dire straits.
As one of the unemployed, and not
government supported (either through EI or other government programs), I would beg to differ with his conclu-sions. I believe we are in dire straits. I would like to offer the following obser-vations:
1. The unemployment numbers are only up by 3,500 but are likely realis-tically higher than that. Many laid off workers are not on EI, and have transi-tioned to welfare and other programs or are living off their savings, credit cards and lines of credit. What that re-al number is, I would not want to guess , but I suspect it is probably at least double that.
2. While projects are coming on board in the region (ie. schools, In-nisfail terminal, college health cen-tre), those projects require skill sets the recently unemployed and middle management workers are not quali-
fied and will never find employment in those projects. Trades people will find homes, but those with skill sets more non-management will not. Un-deremployment is just as difficult as unemployment.
3. An examination of job postings on Kijiji and in the Red Deer Advocate shows that thousands of individuals viewing job listings. By the numbers, if there is one job available, it may be more profitable to purchase a lottery ticket than apply for work, even if the companies who post their openings ac-tually hire someone.
4. On the positive side, there is an increase in job numbers for those looking for work doing handy man work, recycling beverage containers or self employed sales people and chang-ing occupations. However, much of that income just might be underground
status, and never declared.5. With fewer positions being filled
in the area, workers are fleeing the Red Deer region for BC, Saskatche-wan and Ontario, thereby reducing the number of unemployed, but increasing residential vacancies. Perhaps, hous-ing prices and rental rates will fall in the short term.
In short, the conclusions drawn by Mr. Creedon are not those of someone who is unemployed and searching for a position in the area. Our challenge is keeping up with household expens-es while managing an employment search. Our challenge is to survive, and that takes far more tenacity than an executive or business owner with resources to keep the wolves at bay.
Tim LasiutaRed Deer
Federal Conservatives have moved with astonishing speed and depth in their repudiation of the Stephen Harper years.
Some senior members of the par-ty now talk of the need for carbon pricing. They back the Liberal inqui-ry into missing and murdered indig-enous women. They talk of a national anti-poverty strategy, speak in more centrist tones and are showing Canadi-ans a softer, more appealing style with Rona Ambrose as interim leader.
They are quickly putting the days of snitch lines and niqab wedge politics behind them.
And then theres that obnoxious, mi-sogynist neighbour downstairs, the guy bellowing late into the night, shout-ing out his poll numbers, playing loud metal and breaking the furniture.
As federal Conservatives embark on a national leadership race, Donald Trump is no longer just a distraction. He is a stain on a political philosophy, just as the Canadian right is seeking to moderate.
He is not going away, as conserva-tives initially hoped. He is almost cer-
tain to win the Republican nomination and the saturation Canadian coverage of his race to the White House against Hillary Clinton will only ramp up and act as unwelcome background music to a Conservative leadership race.
The Canadian right and American right were not always comfortable bedfellows, but there were unmistak-able and enduring Conservative and Republican links. The Tea Party era leaked north of the border but now Conservatives must run from their brawling, cussing cousins.
Can they can run far enough?The presence of Trump on the front
of Canadian websites and topping net-work television news every night only helps Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
For Trudeau, this is all remarkably easy. He can sit at any U.S. venue, avoid direct comments on Trump, say he has faith in the better angels of U.S. democracy, vow to work with any-one, smile and having everyone watch-ing him know they are watching the true anti-Trump.
One of the early victories for Trudeau has been his aggressive gen-der equality campaign, his self-pro-claimed feminism that he links inex-tricably with progressive policies. He has challenged men to step up. He was given an award in New York for his gender equality and it has won him global acclaim.
While he was preparing to accept his award, an anti-Trump ad was in
heavy play in Florida in which women read back some of the comments about women from the Republican frontrun-ner.
Women. You have to treat them like s-, recites one. You know, it really doesnt matter what (they) write as long as youve got a young and beau-tiful piece of a, recites another.
Trump calls Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly Crazy Megyn, still upset that she asked him tough debate ques-tions, attributable, in Trumps view, to the fact she was menstruating.
Wednesday, he released an online ad featuring Vladimir Putin and a Daesh fighter and Clinton barking like a dog, as if in response to the dangers.
Trudeau repudiates this with his actions. Conservatives must do it with words as well.
To her credit, Ambrose has said Trumps voice would not be welcome in the Conservative party. She repudi-ated his ridiculous call to temporar-ily halt Muslim immigration into the U.S.
But the fact is, links remain. Repub-lican strategists have worked on Cana-dian campaigns. Conservatives have travelled to Republican conventions and have studied Republican get-out-the-vote strategies.
There have been widening gaps be-tween the two parties in recent years before this years chasm.
Canadian Conservatives, for exam-ple, assiduously courted immigrants,
with electoral success in 2011. Re-publicans have repeatedly ceded the Latino vote to Democrats in the U.S. through a mix of rhetoric, failed poli-cies and candidates lacking appeal.
The Republican car crash south of the border does have ramifications for the right in Canada, even if no seri-ous potential Conservative leadership candidate holds views anywhere near Trumps, whether on immigration, for-eign policy, trade or the treatment of women.
They are in a box - trying to engage voters who have tuned them out, trying to provide a pragmatic conservative view in a country which has shown its preference for progressive politics, with a crazy American uncle remind-ing every Canadian voter how quickly the right-wing vessel in that country can come unmoored.
There seems to be a question for Trudeau about Trump every 15 min-utes.
It might be more interesting to ask prospective Conservative leadership candidates about the man whose pres-idential bid once sparked amusement, but now sparks fear among allies. The distance between Trump and Trudeau is well known. The distance between Trump and Canadian Conservatives is more crucial.
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Woman in wheelchair kidnapped from hospital
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. Police are widening the search net as they look for a woman they allege has been kidnapped from a hospital in northern British Columbia.
Prince George RCMP spokesman Craig Douglass says they are notifying neighbouring authorities about the in-cident, including police in Alberta.
Mounties say witnesses outside the University Hospital of Northern B.C. saw a man pushing a woman in a wheelchair out of the facility and forc-ing her into a vehicle against her will Sunday afternoon.
Police say the hospital has reported that a 50-year-old woman is missing and that she is in need of medication.
The RCMP are not releasing the name of the woman, saying theyre not comfortable identifying her and that they dont believe doing so is neces-sary to find her.
Police have identified a suspect in the case as 44-year-old Prince George resident Lash Leroux and they say he is considered violent.
The vehicle is described as a stolen, red Honda hatchback with B.C. licence plate 425 FRH.
Police say Leroux and the woman know each other.
Edmonton casino victim of cyberattack
EDMONTON Officials at an Ed-monton-area casino are doing damage control after finding out they were the
target of a cyberattack that put em-ployee and customer information at risk.
Over the weekend, computer sys-tems at the River Cree Resort and Casino went down, but what happened wasnt made clear until this week.
General manager Vik Mahajan says at first they thought it was a technical failure but later realized it was an ac-tual attack.
He says there was theft of customer and employee information though he wont say how many people are in-volved but the incident didnt affect the casino floor.
Officials say as soon as the attack was discovered, police were contacted, along with cyber security experts at a private company.
Mahajan wouldnt say what type of cyberattack took place, or what infor-mation was compromised.
Were trying to sift through all that, Mahajan says. I know theres some personal information in our sys-tem that would relate to associates as well as customers and how much of that information is gone, we are trying to determine that.
River Cree has been contacting peo-ple whose information may have been compromised. The Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission has been con-tacted, and is investigating as well.
Joe Clark honoured for international leadership,
innovationATLANTA An international
governance think tank has honoured former prime minister Joe Clark for his extraordinary contributions to innovation in global governance.
Waterloo-based Centre for Inter-national Governance and Innovation named Clark as one of its 2016 Honou-rees at an event in Atlanta, Ga.
At the International Studies Asso-ciation Conference Friday night, the
president of CIGI commended Clark for setting powerful precedents in global governance. Clark is currently vice chair of the Global Leadership Foundation, and he is president and founder of an international consulting firm. Alvaro de Soto, who was formerly under-secretary-general of the United Nations, was also honoured.
Addictions and northern development debated in Manitoba election
campaigningWINNIPEG Parties looking to un-
seat the Manitoba NDP in next months provincial election have focused on justice costs and northern develop-ment during weekend campaigning.
Liberal Leader Rana Bokhari prom-ised on Sunday to double funding for the Winnipeg Drug Treatment Court, which currently gets $400,000 from the federal government.
Bokhari says the investment will cut justice costs because more people will be returned to the community and the vast majority are unlikely to re-offend.
The Liberals say supporting the Winnipeg program will pave the way for it to expand outside the city.
The Progressive Conservatives, meanwhile, promised an economic development plan on Saturday to pro-mote sustainable development of for-estry and mining in Manitobas north, as well as tourism in the region.
The party says the tourism oppor-tunities would include Beluga whale watching, polar bear and aurora bore-alis tours, fishing and hunting.
Weve listened and heard the significant challenges we face in the north, Pallister said in a news release. If you care, you care about results. I want a better life for all Man-itobans. Working together as partners we can achieve that.
The NDP responded that the Con-
servatives have spent years saying no to northern development, and that the party leaders promised cuts will hurt the region.
Brian Pallister and his Conserva-tives have no real plan for the North. Theyre focusing on tourism because they are just visiting, a statement on the NDP website said Sunday.
The NDP also said on its website that it agrees with the importance of addressing addictions issues, stating thats why it created the Winnipeg Drug Treatment Court together with the federal government.
Toronto Police say baby in back seat of missing car
found safelyTORONTO A three-month-old ba-
by in the back seat of a stolen car was found safe and sound Sunday night, about four hours after the theft.
Police received a tip from a mem-ber of the public about an infant in a car spotted in a parking lot in the citys northwest, said Toronto Police Const. Craig Brister.
They had seen a vehicle with a baby in the back seat and were con-cerned about the well-being of the child.
The infant was unharmed and was being reunited with his family.
The discovery followed a frantic search that led to an Amber Alert be-ing issued and had a number of police forces responsible for the suburbs around Toronto, as well as the Ontario Provincial Police, on the lookout for the stolen vehicle.
The car was taken from a flea-mar-ket parking lot in Torontos west end Sunday afternoon, police said.
A father (who) had been at the flea market had got out of his vehicle to go inside the flea market for whatever reason and had left his three-month-old infant in the back seat, Brister said.
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Sled Dogs Bonefight a snows-kating competition similar to ice cross downhill (better known as Crashed Ice) hit Canyon Ski Re-sort this past weekend, drawing competitors from as far away as Iceland to take part in the unique, up-and-coming sport. The event was the final of just three Bone-fight competitions worldwide this season, with prior races held in Wagrain, Austria and Landgraaf, Netherlands.
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Canadians Jaye Sutherland, Er-ic Moltzahn and Justin Moltzahn placed first, second and third, re-spectively, in the racing portion of the competition, earning a por-tion of the $1,000 prize pool. The Moltzahns once again stood atop the podium in the Jump contest, with Justin taking first place, Eric placing third and Icelandic com-petitor Ingi Freyr Sveinbjornsson taking second.
The event coincided with Can-yon Ski Resorts Retro Weekend 2016 - their final weekend of the season. Skiiers and snowboarders took advantage of discounted lift passes, prizes for the best dressed on the slopes, and competed in the fifth annual Slush Cup on Sunday afternoon.
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BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
VANCOUVER Almost immedi-ately after Shergo Kurdi arrived in Canada, he picked up a hockey stick.
The 15-year-old is the cousin of Al-an Kurdi, the two-year-old boy who became a symbol of the Syrian refu-gee crisis when his lifeless body was photographed on a Turkish beach last September.
Just a few months ago, Shergo was working in a clothing factory in Turkey to help support his family after they fled the war in Syria. On Saturday, he met his goalie idol Kirk McLean and watched the St. Louis Blues practice at Rogers Arena.
My team is Canucks, and I like to play goalie, said Shergo, clad in a Vancouver Canucks jersey and clutch-ing a signed photograph of McLean.
The grinning teenager was one of 13 refugee youth who toured the arena as part of an event arranged by non-profit organization S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and the Vancouver Canucks, with help from a federal government grant, to introduce newly-arrived Syrians to Canadian culture through hockey.
As Shergo sat in the stands with his father Mohammad Kurdi and brothers and sisters, the moment couldnt have been more different from his old life. His Metro Vancouver-based aunt, Tima Kurdi, has said while in Turkey he couldnt go to school and had to work to help his family.
When the photograph of little Alan surfaced, it sparked international outcry and placed pressure on Canada to welcome more Syrians. Alans father, Abdullah, attempted the treacherous crossing from Turkey to Greece after Mohammads refugee
application was rejected by Canadian authorities.
The government later invited Mohammad to apply again, and the family of seven arrived in Metro Vancouver in late December.
Since the first day they arrived in Canada, I remember (Shergo) went outside and he picked up the hockey stick, said Timas son Alan Kerim.
They started playing hockey and since that day, they loved the sport. So now to get this opportunity and to come see this on the ice and meet Kirk McLean, it was a great experience for them.
Kerim said Shergo had never played before but has been getting pretty good, and though he isnt on a team he regularly plays street hockey. After all his cousins had been through, Kerim, who was born and raised in Canada, said it was great to see.
Now they just live their normal lives, playing hockey, going to school. Its nice to see.
Shergos sisters, 16-year-old Heveen and nine-year-old Ranim, both said their favourite players were Henrik and Daniel Sedin.
Very nice day today, said Heveen, wearing a toque that read Canada and carrying a hand-drawn Go Canucks Go sign. I like to watch hockey.
Mohammad has been working with his sister Tima at their salon Kurdi Hair Design in Port Coquitlam. He is still learning English, but said, with his daughter acting as translator, he is very happy.
Some 23 refugees, including youth and their parents, took part in the tour, which was also attended by Immigra-tion Minister John McCallum. The kids met Canucks mascot Fin, saw the
teams dressing room and were set to watch the game later Saturday.
We Canadians hold deep value in this game, said Queenie Choo, chief
executive officer of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Its a way to learn about Canadian culture and Canadian living through a sport.
Kurdi family embraces Canadian culture through hockey
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Syrian refugee Shergo Kurdi, 15, watches St. Louis Blues NHL hockey practice after a tour of Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday. With a federal government grant the Vancouver Canucks and local social services agency S.U.C.C.E.S.S have teamed up to teach refugees about hockey as a way to better understand Canadian culture and to integrate them into the community.
BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
VANCOUVER For 40 years, Dr. Ellen Wiebe has been fighting for choice.
At a time when providing abortions meant death threats and violent at-tacks on her peers, she spearheaded clinical trials of a pregnancy-termina-tion pill. Now, as the country debates assisted death, she has performed whats thought to be the first legal pro-cedure outside of Quebec.
(These issues are) just really im-portant to me, she said in a recent in-terview in her bustling womens clinic in Vancouver. The choice over your reproduction is just crucial.
The right to die is another thing Im passionate about. We should all have the right to die at our own choice, and I will put in the effort and take the risks.
On Feb. 29, Wiebe was by the side of a Calgary woman with ALS when she died. The woman, identified in court documents as Ms. S, won a legal ex-emption to receive assisted death, but she had to fly to Vancouver because she couldnt find a local physician to help her. It was a situation Wiebe fore-saw last fall, when she learned that many palliative-care physicians were not planning to offer assisted dying. It struck her that although the law was set to change, there might not be doc-tors available to provide the proce-dure.
Thats so much like abortion, where you have a legal right to a med-ical procedure but you dont have ac-cess unless youve got providers, she said.
She and a colleague set about pre-paring for Feb. 6, the original deadline the Supreme Court gave the federal government to come up with assist-ed-dying legislation. The court later granted an extension until June 6, but patients can seek exemptions from a judge in the meantime.
Wiebe spoke with assisted-dying providers in Oregon and the Neth-erlands to learn first-hand. She now knows how to have conversations with people who are considering ending their lives and how best to use lethal medications. She said most family doc-tors are familiar with end-of-life care and wouldnt require much training. While some physicians have expressed reservations about how assisted dying squares up with their oath to do no harm, Wiebe sees no contradictions.
My job is to help them have a good life and a good death by their stan-dards, not by mine or anybody elses.
But Larry Worthen, executive direc-tor of the Christian Medical and Den-tal Society, said doctors in his organi-zation are struggling with impending legalization. He said hes concerned
Canadians havent thought carefully about the implications.
If society thinks that assisted death is a virtuous thing, that youre saving money for the health-care system, youre saving your family from grief how long before it starts to become an expectation?
Most members of the Canadian So-ciety of Palliative Care Physicians do not want to provide assisted death, said executive director Kim Taylor.
If you look at the World Health Or-ganization definition of palliative care youll see it states neither hastens nor postpones death, she said. There must be a safe place for the majority of patients who do not want a hastened death.
Those who know Wiebe arent sur-prised she has taken on the cause.
When Vancouver abortion provider Dr. Garson Romalis was stabbed in 2000, Wiebe was leading cross-Canada clinical trials of abortion pill RU-486 and faced death threats.
She really is fearless in her advo-cacy, said Dr. Wendy Norman, assis-tant professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. She places herself as a target because she can be seen, and so much of the care for women and for vulnerable people is not seen in that way.
Wiebe speaks with a sense of ur-gency inside her cramped office. The reason shes going public, she said, referring to her recent media inter-views, is to persuade other doctors to stand up and say they will provide as-sisted death.
And they are doing it, she said excitedly.
The number of doctors willing to of-fer assisted death is growing, she said, and shes asking more to come forward to Dying With Dignity Canada, the na-tional advocacy organization.
But helping people die also re-quires the co-operation of nurses and pharmacists, and Wiebe expressed frustration at regulatory colleges that have advised members of those pro-fessions to seek legal counsel before participating in assisted death.
Looking ahead to June 6, she said she hopes the government creates a compassionate legal model that isnt too sterile, allowing people to choose whether to take medication them-selves or have it administered by a doctor, and to die in their setting of choice.
Wiebe said she hasnt gotten any threats because of her work on assist-ed dying, but those she received as an abortion provider only hardened her resolve.
Death threats are terrorist acts, which are meant to scare you and make you stop working, she said, dis-missing the idea with a laugh.
Vancouver doctor involved in assisted death is an advocate for choice
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
RIO DE JANEIRO A new poll published Sunday suggested strong support for the impeachment of embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in a politically polarized country mired in an economic recession and a corruption probe that has ensnared much of the countys political brass.
The poll by the respected Datafolha agency, published in the Folha de S. Paulo newspaper, said 68 per cent of people surveyed want to see lawmakers vote to impeach Rousseff. Thats up 8 percentage points since February, with the jump was highest among the rich, who supported Rousseffs impeachment by 74 per cent.
Just 10 per cent rated Rousseffs agoverment good or excellent, with 69 per cent calling it bad or terrible.
The ratings of her predecessor, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, were also down possibly dented by controversy over his appointment as Rousseffs chief of staff, a move critics said was a bid to shield him from corruption allegations.
Fifty-seven per cent said they disapprove of him a dramatic drop from the near-90 per cent approval rating he had when leaving office in 2010.
But in a sign of the depth of Brazilians disgust with the entire political establishment, Silva held
onto his ranking as the best president Brazil ever had, with 35 per cent of the surveys respondents picking him, compared with the 16 per cent who chose his predecessor, President Fernando Henrique Cardoso.
A Supreme Court justice on Friday suspended Silvas nomination to the Cabinet post, and the full Supreme Court will have to decide whether he can take office.
Under Brazilian law, Cabinet members cannot be investigated, charged or imprisoned unless authorized by the Supreme Court.
The Datafolha survey was carried out on March 17 and 18, with face-to-face interviews with 2,794 people in171 cities and towns.
The margin of error is plus or minus 2 percentage points.
The effort to impeach Rousseff over allegations of fiscal mismanagement moved forward last week when the lower house created a special commission on the matter.
Rousseff backers say impeachment is a power grab by opponents who themselves have been sullied by an unrelated probe into kickbacks and bribery at
t h e s t a t e - r u n o i l c o m p a n y Petrobras. Eight of the 65 members of impeachment commission are currently facing charges, as is the speaker of the lower house, Eduardo Cunha, who opened the impeachment proceedings.
The political turmoil comes as Brazil prepares to host the Summer Olympics in August while struggling with an economic crisis and an outbreak of the Zika virus, which health experts believe may cause a devastating birth defect in newborns.
Poll shows strong support for presidents impeachment
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Doug, who works as a mixer/driver with a local cement firm, said he had tried to talk to Robertson a few hours after the birth, but was told the dis-patcher had finished her night shift.
All of a sudden, you were gone, he told her.
Robertson said she actually helped deliver five babies by phone since she started dispatching in 2009, but this is the first time she got an in-person thank you. I got a couple of thank-yous before, but never like this. Its super cool, said the dispatcher, who was thrilled to meet the family espe-cially baby Owen.
Its nice to put a face to someone who helped you, said Tiffany, who doesnt remember much about what was said that night, but feels she was in good hands.
My dad was pretty calm, so I was calm. If he wouldnt have been, I wouldnt have been.
Considering Tiffanys labour with Patrick lasted 10 hours, Foster never expected Owen to come so fast. I wish I could have been there sooner, said the young dad, who thought they were messing with me when he was first told about the road-side delivery.
Tiffanys mom, Stacey Brown, also thought her jokester husband was pull-ing her leg about the baby being born in his truck.
I thought, yeah, right until I heard the baby crying. Stacey said shes very proud her husband kept it together right up until she asked him several hours later, how he was doing,
Then I lost it, admitted Doug. Its very close to my heart to be able to deliver my own grandchild. I still cant believe it happened.
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He practised his craft before and after school, often working from before sunrise to after sunset.
My father thought it was a good fu-ture for me, he said, since rug makers were esteemed, and could make a good living.
He became successful. By the time he was 20, Khierandish was employing other villagers to help weave his car-pets on looms.
But life became harder after the rise of the Taliban. He recalled Tali-ban members would bring their own livestock herds to graze on the land of farmers in his village of Behsood, located in a green belt. If local farmers protested, their homes and mosques would be burned.
The Talibans language is just guns, said Khierandish.
He started a side business as a wed-ding videographer to help supplement the family income. At the urging of village elders, he eventually began making videos of torched homes, over-grazed farmland, and other Taliban acts of aggression in Behsood.
One day, Khierandish was told someone wanted to buy copies of these videos. He was met by a group of men who beat him and attempted to drag him into a van. Afraid for his life, he shouted for help, and a number of vil-
lagers came to his rescue.Kierandish knew he would never be
safe in his homeland. He and his fami-ly went into hiding.
It was very difficult for me to leave my country, but I had to do that. I sac-rificed but it was worth it, he said, with the hint of a grin.
The next three years were the most difficult of his life. Khierandish, his wife Fouzieh Hosseini, and children Mohammed, who was then 7, Shaki-la, 5, and Safora, 2, were refugees in Syria. They just managed to scrape by, selling items at a local bazaar. It was very, very hard in a new country with a different culture, language and people, he recalled. There was no support.
The family had to brace for another big transition after being accepted into Canada four years ago. But Khieran-dish, whose youngest daughter, Yusra, was born in Red Deer, said he thanks God for this chance to live in peace and freedom in a cold, but friendly land.
His children are now happy at school.
He works at a local coffee shop and remains grateful for CAREs support in helping his family re-settle in Red Deer.
Khierandish eventually hopes to save enough to sponsor his brother and mother, who escaped to Pakistan, since he would like to be reunited with them in Canada.
Someday, he also hopes to make an-other beautiful rug that contains the threads of a more positive story.
Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff
Master rug weaver Asdolah Khierandish of Afghanistan with one of his rugs currently on exhibit at the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery.
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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia Avia-tion experts on Sunday began examin-ing the black boxes from the FlyDubai flight that crashed amid high winds at an airport in southern Russia, killing all 62 aboard.
FlyDubais Boeing 737-800 from Dubai nosedived and exploded in a giant fireball before dawn Saturday after trying to land for a second time in strong winds in the Russian city of Rostov-on-Don. FlyDubai confirmed all 62 people on the plane were killed. Most of the passengers were Russian.
Several planes had trouble landing at the airport at the time of the crash.
The Inter-State Aviation Committee said in a statement that the planes da-ta and voice recorders had been heavi-ly damaged in the crash.
But Sergei Zaiko, deputy chairman of the committee, was quoted by Rus-sian news agencies late Sunday as say-ing that the quality of material on the data recorder was high.
The black boxes were being viewed in Moscow by experts from Russia, the United Arab Emirates and France, the aviation commission said. The Amer-ican-made Boeing plane had French-made engines.
At Rostov-on-Don, hundreds of peo-ple flocked Sunday to the airport, the regions largest, to lay flowers and leave candles and toys in memory of the dead. The city is 950 kilometres (600 miles) south of Moscow near the Ukrainian border.
Closed-circuit TV footage showed the plane going down at a steep angle and exploding. The powerful explo-sion left a big crater in the runway.
The airport remained closed, but workers on Sunday afternoon were re-
pairing the damage to the runway, and plans are to reopen on Monday morn-ing, the airport said in a statement.
FlyDubais chief executive, Ghaith al-Ghaith, said on Sunday the plane had enough fuel to maintain its hold-ing pattern, which reportedly went on for two hours. He expressed confi-dence in Russian authorities and said the carrier intends to resume flights to the airport once it reopens. He reit-erated that the Rostov-on-Don airport
was open Saturday despite the high winds and was good enough to oper-ate at the time of the crash, and that it was up to Russian authorities to make that determination.
Some of the crash victims were from rebel-held areas in eastern Ukraine where fighting between Rus-sian-backed separatists and Ukrainian government troops has killed more than 9,100 people in nearly two years. The war has turned the regions main
airport of Donetsk into a wasteland, and many locals have been using the airport in Rostov-on-Don, across the border.
Self-proclaimed rebel authorities in Donetsk said Sunday that two res-idents had been killed in the crash, while the Komsomolskaya Pravda dai-ly reported that a family of three from the rebel-controlled town of Sverd-lovsk in Ukraine was among the vic-tims.
Black boxes from site are badly damaged
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Russian Police and Emergency Ministry employees investigate the wreckage of a crashed plane at the Rostov-on-Don airport, about 950 kilometers south of Moscow, Russia, Sunday. Winds were gusting before dawn Saturday over the airport in the southern Russian city of Rostov-on-Don when a plane carrying 62 people from a favorite Russian holiday destination decided to abort its landing.
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BRUSSELS The top suspect in last years Paris attacks told investiga-tors after he was captured that he was planning new operations from Brus-sels and possibly had access to several weapons, Belgiums foreign minister said Sunday.
Salah Abdeslam had claimed that he was ready to restart something from Brussels, and its maybe the real-ity, Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said.
Reynders gave credence to the sus-pects claim because we found a lot of weapons, heavy weapons in the first investigations, and we have seen a new network of people around him in Brus-sels.
Abdeslam, captured Friday in a police raid in Brussels, was charged Saturday with terrorist murder by Belgian authorities. He is a top suspect in the Nov. 13 attacks in Paris that left 130 people dead.
Abdeslam was wounded during the raid, and a senior Belgian police of-ficial said that he was shot in the leg as he ran toward officers outside an apartment in the Molenbeek neigh-bourhood.
The head of Belgiums special fed-eral police unit, Roland Pacolet, told broadcaster RTL that one hypothesis being studied by police was that the suspect wanted to commit suicide.
When someone comes out running toward the police, we have to ask our-selves some questions. What did he have in mind? What was he going to do? Either he wanted to get killed by the police, or he wanted to blow him-self up near the police, Pacolet said.
He said that Abdeslam was un-armed.
Speaking to security experts at a German Marshall Fund conference in Brussels, the foreign minister said we have found more than 30 people in-volved in the terrorist attacks in Paris, but we are sure that there are others.
Reynders urged European intelli-gence, law enforcement, and border authorities to exchange more informa-tion to help track the suspects down.
Interpol also has called on Euro-pean countries to be vigilant at their borders, saying Abdeslams accomplic-es may try to flee after his capture. The international police agency rec-ommended closer checks at borders, especially for stolen passports. Many of the Nov. 13 attackers and accom-plices travelled on falsified or stolen documents
Abdeslams Belgian lawyer, mean-while, threatened to launch legal ac-tion Monday against a French prose-cutor, accusing him of breaching the confidentiality of the investigation into the deadly rampage in Paris.
Sven Mary told Belgian public broadcaster RTBF that part of the press conference given on Saturday by Paris prosecutor Francois Molins is a violation. Its a fault, and I cannot let it go unchallenged.
Molins said Abdeslam, 26, told Bel-gian officials he had wanted to blow himself up at the Stade de France as a suicide bomber, but that he backed out at the last minute.
France is seeking Abdeslams extra-dition for trial there, but Mary said he would fight any attempt to hand over his client and that investigators have much to learn from the suspect, who was born in Belgium but has French and Moroccan nationality.
Salah is of great importance to this investigation. I would even say that he is worth gold. He is co-operating, he is communicating, he is not insisting on his right to silence. I think it would be worthwhile now to give things a bit of time for investigators to be able to talk to him, Mary said.
In response, an official in the Paris prosecutors office said French law allows prosecutors to speak about ele-ments of an investigation. The official spoke on condition of anonymity be-cause they were not allowed to discuss this issue publicly.
Paris attacks suspect reported to be planning new acts
RUSSIA PLANE CRASH
BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
LEVIS, Que. As Luc Villeneuve begins talking to a reporter about his renewable energy foundation, he is abruptly interrupted outside the con-ference room where public hearings on Energy East are taking place.
You didnt come here in an elec-tric car, did you? truck driver Michel Morin asks in a taunting voice.
Villeneuve, 46, a little shaken, re-plies he would love to buy such a car.
But there is oil in the car you drove here, isnt there? Morin aggressively counters, before storming off into the room where TransCanada vice-pres-ident Louis Bergeron is trying to as-suage local concerns about the pro-posed pipeline.
Villeneuve smiles and says, Hes been after me for days. I dont know that guys name but he hates all envi-ronmentalists.
On Friday, Quebecs environmental review agency wrapped up two weeks of hearings into the Energy East pro-posal by TransCanada (TSX: TRP). More hearings are scheduled to begin April 25.
Every day, Quebecers lined up at the back of the room inside a modern hockey complex across the St. Law-rence River from Quebec City in order to register to grill Bergeron and offi-cials from the National Energy Board and Environment and Climate Change Canada.
The hearings were civil but tense as the majority of participants voiced either outright opposition to the pipe-line or high levels of skepticism about TransCanadas promises to safely transport 1.1 million of barrels of oil daily through Quebec territory.
Many of the participants were re-tired, middle-class parents who start-ed their own environmental organiza-tions out of their basements.
Irene Dupuis, 65, a retired elemen-tary school teacher, co-founded her environmental group with her sister,
Carole.Under what circumstances is Tran-
sCanada not responsible for spills? she asked the commission. What if its IT system is hacked, what about van-dalism, earthquakes?
Bergeron said a new federal law coming into effect this summer stipu-lates companies like his will be entire-ly responsible for up to $1 billion in cleanup costs associated with a spill, regardless of who is at fault.
What about if a spill costs $1.1 bil-lion? Dupuis pressed, ignoring the one-question rule.
TransCanada will still have to pay upfront but can try and recoup the money from those responsible, Bergeron said.
Outside the conference room, Du-puis said TransCanadas promises mean little to her.
Every day when I drive my grand-son to daycare, he asks me about the colour of the St. Lawrence River, she said. Why is it blue today? he asks me. Why is it greyish today? I dont want him to ask me one day why its black.
Denis Desmeules, 59, a retired health-care worker, volunteers for a Quebec City-area environmental group that opposes pipelines.
The science shows us global warm-ing is real, he said. So when will we stop?
The people who work in the in-dustry, they want a salary, they want to pay for their car, they want to work. Environmentalists threaten their live-lihoods.
One of those threatened is Morin, who after calming down from his en-counter with Villeneuve, lights a ciga-rette outside the hockey complex and discusses his frustrations.
I have no problem with environ-mentalists, says the truck driver. But they should arrive here on foot or in electric cars if they are going to criti-cize oil and pipelines.
I am for the pipeline. It moves the economy. It gives us work.
He says Quebecers want expensive services but refuse major projects that can pay for them.
We cant have it all, he argues. Daycares at $7 a day paid for with money from other provinces. We want
parental leave for men. Then we reject energy projects.
TransCanada wants to build a 4,600-kilometre pipeline from Alberta and Saskatchewans oil deposits to a marine terminal in New Brunswick.
In between, the pipeline is sup-posed to cross hundreds of kilometres of Quebec territory, connecting to re-fineries in Montreal and Quebec City.
Final approval rests with Prime Minister Justin Trudeaus cabinet af-ter a review by the federal National Energy Board.
Quebecs environmental review board is scheduled to produce a report in November. While its recommenda-tions are not legally binding, Trudeau will have a difficult time green-light-ing the project if its rejected in Que-
bec.Real Picard, 72, a former worker
at Quebecs Citys Valero oil refinery, said hes for the pipeline with con-ditions.
He said hes worried about corro-sion but that what concerns him most is the threat of another event like the one nearly three years ago that over-shadows much of the discussion on energy projects in Quebec.
A recent report says many residents of Lac-Megantic were still suffering nearly 30 months after an oil-train de-railment killed 47 people in July 2013.
Lac-Megantic wouldnt have hap-pened if that oil was being transport-ed by pipeline, Picard said. The pipelines will take some of the trains away.
THE ADVOCATE Monday, March 21, 2016
A9BUSINESSTENSIONS HIGH DURING HEARINGS
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TransCanada Vice President, Quebec & New Brunswick Energy East Pipeline Louis Bergeron speaks at the TransCanada offices in Montreal earlier this month. On Friday, Quebecs environmental review agency wrapped up two weeks of hearings into the Energy East proposal by TransCanada. More hearings are scheduled to begin April 25
Even though they are still young and have a lot of time left, millenni-als (age 18-34) are facing some tough challenges when it comes to saving for their retirement in their Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs) and Tax Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs).
The competition out there is tough and many Canadians in that genera-tion are not finding jobs or are not get-ting the jobs they hoped for at the sal-aries they might have expected, says Geoff MacPherson, an adviser with Ed-ward Jones.
With younger millennials their focus probably is more on getting a job and saving for a home, so its often tough for them to save and put away for retirement. Consequently, saving for retirement often is put on the back burner.
Most millennials will not start thinking about retirement saving until their early 30s at which time the deci-sion on whether to put that money into an RRSP or a TFSA becomes relevant.
That decision largely will be based on the individuals salary level and
personal circumstances.If youre income is the mid-$80,000s
or higher and you expect your income in retirement to be lower than when you are working it probably makes sense to invest in an RRSP to take advantage of the tax deductions now and the fact that your withdrawals in retirement will be taxed at a low-er rate when youre income is lower, MacPherson says.
In contrast if your income is lower now and you expect it to be relatively the same in retirement then youre probably better to forego the tax de-ductions from an RRSP and invest in a TFSA which will be totally tax free when money is withdrawn.
Youve got to go into this with your eyes wide open, says MacPherson.
It really depends on your personal circumstances and preferences but a financial adviser can certainly explain your options and make recommenda-tions based on your personal situa-tion.
If Canadian millennials are finding the times tough, the situation is worse for their counterparts in the United States.
A recent report by TD Economics has found that Canadians aged 25 to 34 do better when it comes to employ-ment, homeownership and net wealth than their peers south of the border.
As of the first half of 2015 50 per cent of millennials in Canada owned a home compared to only 36 per cent in the U.S. This is quite a feat consid-ering the average price of a home in Canada is six times that of the U.S.
Further, millennials in Canada have had better employment condi-tions with greater availability and ac-cess to credit than their American co-horts since the 2008/09 recession and they also carry less student debt than their U.S. counterparts.
Canadian millennials are faring better economically than is commonly portrayed, the report says.
Its critical to get involved and en-gaged in the management of your fi-nancial security and future. This in-volves spending time to set your goals and determine your tolerance to risk and volatility, choose financial instru-ments which match those criteria and then to keep in touch with an adviser at least once a year to take stock of where your plan is and make adjust-ments if necessary.
If you take the time to make these few basic steps youve got a pretty good chance of having a successful in-vestment experience, says MacPher-son. Millennials in fact everyone should get involved and engaged in their financial security and future.
Talbot Boggs is a Toronto-based busi-ness communications professional who has worked with national news organiza-tions, magazines and corporations in the finance, retail, manufacturing and other industrial sectors.
Millennials face retirement saving challenges
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Rodney, a month-old baby goat nibbles on the vest of Kaytie Peters, 7, at the Thistle Hill Petting Zoo during the 6th Annual Central Alberta Family Expo at Westerner Parks Parkland Pavilion Saturday afternoon. The Expo featured tons of activities, vendors and booths for children and families, as well as pictures with Dora the Explorer, Snow White, and members of the 501st and Rebel Legion Star Wars costuming clubs.
Online lodging service Airbnb opens Cuba listings to world
HAVANA Online lodging service Airbnb is allowing travellers from around the world to book stays in private homes in Cuba after the San Francisco-based company received a special authorization from the Obama administration, Airbnb announced Sunday.
Airbnb was the first major Ameri-can company to enter Cuba after Pres-idents Barack Obama and Raul Castro declared detente on Dec. 17, 2014. The service handles online listing, booking and payments for people looking to stay in private homes instead of hotels. Cuba has become its fastest-growing market, with about 4,000 homes added over the last year. Airbnb had only been allowed to let U.S. travellers use its services in Cuba under a relatively limited Obama administration excep-tion to the half-century old US trade embargo on the island. The expansion of that license gives Airbnb the ability to become a one-stop shop for travel-lers seeking lodging in private homes, which have seen a flood of demand from travellers seeking an alterna-tive to state-run hotels. Airbnbs new authorization was announced on the morning of an historic three-day trip by Obama to Cuba and a day after Starwood Hotels announced that it had signed a deal to run three Cuban hotels, becoming the first U.S. hotel company in Cuba since 1959.
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Monday, March 21, 2016BUSINESS A10
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BEIJING Chinas top plan-ner tried to reassure foreign compa-nies they are welcome in its slowing, state-dominated economy in a speech Sunday aimed at dispelling growing anxiety Beijing is squeezing them out of promising industries.
Speaking to an audience that in-cluded executives of top global compa-nies at a government-organized confer-ence, Xu Shaoshi pledged to promote two-way opening up and liberaliza-tion.
Xu promised foreign companies equal treatment with local enterpris-es as Beijing carries out a sweeping overhaul aimed at promoting self-sus-taining growth based on domestic con-sumption and making state companies that dominate a range of industries more competitive and efficient.
We are ready to share these growth opportunities with you, said Xu, chairman of the Cabinets National Reform and Development Commission.
The China Development Forum 2016 is being closely watched by glob-al companies because it comes at the start of the ruling Communist Partys latest five-year development plan that runs through 2020.
Executives are eager to learn de-tails of how the party might carry out pledges to make the economy more competitive, open more industries to private and possibly foreign competi-tors and to shrink bloated, money-los-ing industries including coal, steel and cement.
The guest list for the weekend con-ference at a government guesthouse in the Chinese capital included ex-ecutives of U.S., European and Asian banks, manufacturers, Internet and other companies.
The ruling partys plan promises to give the private sector a bigger eco-nomic role, but business groups say regulators are trying to shield Chinese rivals from competition or compel for-eign companies to hand over technolo-gy in exchange for market access.
Business groups say Beijing has yet to carry out most of the reforms prom-ised in a separate 2013 plan that called for giving market forces a decisive role in the economy.
They point to limits on foreign own-ership in an array of industries and say in some areas such as information security technology for banks regula-tors are reducing or blocking market access.
The big question is whether for-eign companies will be able to access that growth, John Frisbie, president of the U.S.-China Business Council, said in an interview last week.
Companies are getting mixed sig-nals from Chinese regulators, said Frisbie.
That uncertainty is weakening business confidence.
Meanwhile, Chinese leaders also are trying to restore faith in their abil-ity as economic managers following a stock market collapse and currency turmoil. Senior officials including Pre-mier Li Keqiang have spent the past month making an unusually prominent series of statements that the economy is on track and trying to dispel fears Beijing might weaken its yuan to boost exports.
On Sunday, Xu announced no new initiatives but promised to make mar-kets more open, more efficient and more sustainable.
Xu promised to reduce regional and industrial monopolies, a refer-ence to repeated promises to cut back the dominance of state companies in industries including banking, energy and telecoms that reform advocates complain are a drag on the economy.
Reform advocates complain the rul-ing party is dragging its feet on carry-ing out promises to open more indus-tries to private competition.
The party has given itself until 2018 to show the first results from its over-haul of state industry but reformers say with growth falling steadily, they need to act faster.
Last years economic growth fell to a 25-year low of 6.9 per cent and forecasters including the Internation-al Monetary Fund say it will decline further.
This years official target is 6.5 to 7 per cent, but the IMF and others say it is more likely to fall as low as 6.3 per cent.
Beijing wants to promote new growth drivers and encourage mass innovation in areas such as clean en-ergy, medical technology and artificial intelligence, Xu said.
He promised to lower the thresh-old for entrepreneurs to get into promising new fields.
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A Chinese worker load cables on a steel frames at a building under construction at the Central Business District of Beijing, Wednesday. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang pledged Wednesday to press ahead with an overhaul of the state-dominated economy and financial markets despite slowing growth, saying the countrys rising debt levels are under control.
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BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
TORONTO Five things to watch this week in Canadian business:
Ambrose: Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose is at the Eco-nomic Club of Canada in Ottawa on Monday to outline what the official Op-position wants to see in Prime Minis-ter Justin Trudeaus first federal bud-get, to be tabled on Tuesday.
Budget: Finance Minister Bill Mor-neau tables the federal budget in the House of Commons