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A delicate dance between art, science
Julius Csotonyis portraits of dinosaurs are so compelling, you can almost hear his subjects tramp through the forest.
Story on PAGE A3FORECAST ON A2
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Photo by JEFF STOKOE/Advocate staff
Alberta Art and Drafting employee Zach Lesyk works to apply a fresh coat of varnish to the mural on the south side of the Alberta Art and Drafting building in downtown Red Deer Tuesday.
Wheres the money coming from to pay for refugees?
BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
VANCOUVER As British Colum-bia joins other provinces pledging sup-port for displaced Syrians, an immigra-tion expert says that calls for Canada to accept more refugees fail to address the crucial question of who would foot the bill.
University of Toronto sociology pro-fessor Monica Boyd said such requests amount to asking the federal govern-ment to pay the tab about $35,000 per refugee family in the first year.
But the topic of funding is absent from the discussion taking place pub-licly between a growing list of prov-inces and Ottawa, she noted.
Theyre having a conversation in the middle of a marshmallow, said Boyd, who is also the Canada Research
Chair in Immigration, Inequality and Public Policy. What that means is
there are certain things that arent be-ing said, namely: Wheres the money
coming from?Under current regulations, provinc-
es are legally not allowed to sponsor refugees only the federal govern-ment and private citizens have that power. But that hasnt stopped prov-inces from chiming in with announce-ments ranging from demands to boost immigration numbers to provincial funding for refugee support programs.
On Tuesday, Premier Christy Clark announced a $1-million readiness fund to help refugees from war-torn Syria settle in B.C.
The one-time investment will pro-vide trauma counselling, assist profes-sional associations to recognize for-eign credentials, support job place-ment programs and help private spon-sors navigate the refugee-sponsorship process.
On Monday, Quebec announced it was prepared to take in 3,650 Syrian refugees by the end of the year 2,450 more than initially planned.
Abrupt end to murder
trialBY MURRAY CRAWFORD
A murder trial for a man accused of killing a woman and then putting her body into a recycling dumpster has been cancelled.
Nathan Mi-chael Deshar-nais, 26, of Red D e e r f a c e s charges of sec-o n d d e g r e e murder and in-terference with human remains. The trial was scheduled for this week.
The body of Talia Meguinis, 27, was dumped in a recycling bin in Riverside Meadows on Feb. 22, 2012. A recycling truck picked the bin up and transported the body to a Red Deer recycling plant in Riverside Industrial Park. It was there that the body was discovered.
Desharnais Red Deer Court of Queens Bench trial before a judge and jury was to start on Tuesday, but the trial was cancelled abruptly. The trial was to run until Oct. 2.
Some potential jurors only found out the trial had been cancelled on Tuesday morning when they came to the court house and were notified at the front door by signs or by Alberta Sheriffs.
It is unclear why the trial was can-celled, but Desharnais will appear in Red Deer Court of Queens Bench in arraignment court on Sept. 14 to speak to the charges.
A three-day preliminary hearing to test the strength of the Crowns case, determining if it the matter could pro-ceed to trial, was held on Dec. 16, 18 and 19, 2013. After that, a trial was or-dered.
Please see MEGUINIS on Page A2
prepping for winter
BY SUSAN ZIELINSKIADVOCATE STAFF
Medicine River Wildlife Centre will have heat to continue running this fall and winter while construction of its new animal hospital continues.
It wont be pretty, and it wont be the most efficient, but it will be better than freezing here or having to shut down, said executive director Carol Kelly on Tuesday.
She said a plumber will be putting together a coil heating system to oper-ate in the three rooms that were once public spaces but have since been turned into the hospital during con-struction.
Kelly was worried the hospital would have to shut down while the centre fundraises to build its replace-ment hospital.
She said thankfully word spread and $70,000 was raised this year, and about $15,000 in gifts and in-kind dona-tions.
Were getting up to the $100,000 mark. Were hearing from people all over the province, Kelly said.
A few community fundraising proj-ects are also underway.
Were optimistic well continue to move forward, and continue to build over the winter and have it set up in the spring.
The $900,000 project includes a re-placement building and new septic system. So far about $400,000 has been raised, with $250,000 to $300,000 in grants pending.
She said enough money has come in so that concrete and septic system work continues.
Weve got the concrete foundation in for the new wing and part of the old wing. The septic system is going in next week.
Im desperate to make sure (the walls) are up before the snow flies.
Throughout construction, injured and sick animals in Central Alberta have still been treated at the centre.
So far this year, staff have seen about 1,500 patients.
Please see WILDLIFE on Page A2
PROVINCIAL CALLS FOR MORE SYRIANS IGNORES QUESTION:
NEXT WAVE OF MIGRANTS ON MARCH TO HUNGARY A6
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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark becomes emotional while announcing a $1-million fund to help Syrian refugees settle in the province on Tuesday.
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MEGUINIS: Mother ofthree sons
Desharnais was charged with Meguiniss murder in September 2012, seven months after her body was found.
Meguinis, of Calgary, was the mother of three sons. Police said she arrived in Red Deer on Feb. 17, 2012.
The charges were laid after an extensive inves-tigation that involved the Red Deer RCMP General Investigation Section, Major Crimes Unit, Forensic Identification Unit, Victims Services an the Police Dog Service. The Calgary Major Crimes Unit, K Divi-sion Special Tactical Operations, Polygraph Sections in both Calgary and Edmonton, Calgary Police Ser-vice and the Tsuu Tina Police also assisted.
Police believe Meguinis and Desharnais were ca-sual acquaintances who met over a weekend.
Desharnais is serving jail time for a June 2012 sex-ual assault. He was convicted of aggravated sexual assault and choking with intent to aid the commis-sion of an indictable offence on June 27, 2014, in Red Deer Court of Queens Bench. Justice Adam Germain sentenced him to six years in custody, with four left to serve because of his pre-sentence custody.
WILDLIFE: Baby squirrels saved
Among them was a family of four-week-old baby squirrels found in logs that a man had purchased in Sundre this the summer.
He was stacking them and he thought he heard a squeaking. He went investigating in the logs and he found one that had a hole in it. He very carefully cut it open to find a nest of baby squirrels.
There were seven of them tucked down into the nest. They were quite dehydrated. We have three of the seven that have done well and theyre thriving.
Right now, a lot of young hawks are coming in, she said.
Its the season where the hawks are leaving home and starting to get out into the world. They are teen-age hawks and not real bright about the world, so theyre getting hit by vehicles and getting electro-cuted.
When staff are not treating or rescuing wildlife, they are advising people who call with wildlife is-sues.
Were having lots of calls about skunks moving into peoples yards and digging in for the winter. Were dealing with all those calls.
To find out more about Medicine River Wildlife Centre, visit www.mrwc.ca.
REFUGEES: Our job is to make sure were ready
The province promised $29 million to assist in that effort, with most of the money going towards lan-guage training, job aid, education and health care.
Late last week, Ontario called on the federal gov-ernment to accept 5,000 Syrian refugees by the end of 2015, while Manitoba committed $40,000 to help settlement service providers accommodate hundreds additional refugees in the coming months.
The provinces are saying, Listen, we can support a lot more than what youre currently bringing in. We can absorb these people. We have the transportation infrastructure; we have the schooling infrastructure; we have assisted housing infrastructure. Boyd said.
(The provinces) are not saying, We will pay for these individuals to come, and in part they cant be-cause that is not their political mandate.
During Tuesdays announcement in Vancouver, Clark emphasized that it wasnt British Columbias job to decide refugee admission numbers.
Thats (Ottawas) job, she said. Our job is to
make sure were ready.Clark eyes brimmed with tears as she spoke
about the death of three-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi, whose lifeless body on a Mediterranean beach was captured in a photo that sparked grief around the world.
Alan Kurdi and his family didnt die because they were anything but unlucky enough to live in a country wracked by war, Clark said, pausing to re-gain her composure.
We are lucky. Alan Kurdi was unlucky. And our task b& is to make sure that we take more opportuni-ties to share the great luck that we have as Canadi-ans.
Municipal leaders have also added their voices to the mix, with Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson calling for Ottawa to adopt a national baseline of ac-cepting 20,000 government-supported refugees annu-ally by 2020.
Its clear that the government of Canada has not been meeting our international obligations in this continuing humanitarian crisis, said Robertson in a statement.
Canadas Big City Mayors Caucus will meet later this week to co-ordinate further action, he said.
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Judy Boyd of the Medicine River Wildlife Centre looks out from the old dismantled hospital onto the work that has begun on the new hospital.
Calgary bake shop customer leaves staff a whopping $525 tip, by accident
CALGARY The staff at a Calgary bakery may have been flattered but were mostly worried on the weekend when a customer using a debit machine bought $49 worth of baked goods and left a whopping $525 tip.
Workers at the Sidewalk Citizen didnt notice the generous gratuity until they were cashing out at the end of the day.
They suspected it might have been an error, so they held onto the money, hoping the customer would come back to claim it.
Owner Aviv Fried said since most people go over their statement at least once a month, the bakery was prepared to hang onto the money for that long just to be on the safe side.
They also contacted the Royal Bank, which man-aged to contact the customer and determine that it was indeed a misunderstanding.
Customer Pat Benedict said shes grateful for the vigilance of the bakery staff.
They said, do you know you left about a $525 tip? I said no, I didnt know I did that, said Bene-
dict, who returned to the bakery for her refund on Tuesday.
Somebody is looking after me, Id say. It makes me feel good.
Benedict said its a lesson for everybody to slow down a little bit and know what youre paying for be-fore you hit the OK button on the debit machine.
Couple accidentally sells treasured wedding video in garage sale
PENETANGUISHENE, Ont. An Ontario couple is hoping the people who bought their treasured wedding video at a garage sale will return the tape.
Randy Ladouceur of Penetanguishene, about 150 kilometres north of Toronto, says the video was in a box with a few dozen other VHS tapes including The Land Before Time and other cartoons.
He and his wife were selling the tapes for 10 cents each, but when a couple offered Ladouceur three bucks for the box, he didnt think twice.
Ladouceur says his wife, Claire, realized after the weekend garage sale that shed put their wedding tape in the box as well.
Ladouceur says he doesnt remember a lot about buyers, but says they drove a black SUV, and the man mentioned he laid tiles for a living and was wearing a Maple Leafs jersey.
Ladouceur says he just wants his wedding video back, and is hoping the couple who bought the box will hear the story and contact him.
Mom and baby whale Number 5 doing well off B.C. coast
SOOKE, B.C. Scientists say a fifth baby has joined an endangered population of killer whales off British Columbias coast.
The newest calf in the L pod was spotted frolick-ing with its mother Sunday near Sooke.
The Washington state-based Center for Whale Research said the baby dubbed L122 is the newest member of the pod since last December.
It said the calf was photographed from a research vessel and measured using a drone that was already doing work in the area on southern resident killer whales.
Its good news all around, said Ken Balcolm, a senior scientist at the center. Were happy to see that they still can produce babies. One of the real concerns was toxins in their bodies causing them re-productive failure.
He said that although many toxins, such as PCBs, were banned in the 1970s, they still accumulated in the ecosystem and the whales food supply.
The southern residents, which ply the waters off B.C. and Washington state, are made up of three pods J, K and L and now number 81, Balcomb said Monday.
The newest calfs mother, named L91, was seen swimming alone last Thursday, he said, adding the babys appearance is providing clues about when it was born.
BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
CALGARY The local chapter of an internation-al hunting group with ties to the American hunter who killed Cecil the lion has decided to move a scheduled fundraiser away from the Calgary Zoo.
Animal rights groups criticized the zoo earlier this summer for allowing the Calgary chapter of Sa-fari Club International to hold a fundraiser at the zoo next April.
Trophy hunting has come under intense pressure since U.S. dentist Walter Palmer killed a protected lion named Cecil while on a guided hunt in Zimba-bwe.
Palmer and his guide have had their member-ships in Safari Club indefinitely suspended. The group, which promotes big-game hunting worldwide, has approximately 55,000 members.
The fundraiser involves auctions for several hunt-ing trips including a 10-day safari in Africa with the chance to hunt 23 different species such as impalas, gazelles and leopards.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals ap-plauded the move in a news release Tuesday, claim-ing public pressure led the zoo to cancel the event.
The Calgary Zoo has made the right call in cut-ting ties with a group that celebrates and enables the massacre of majestic animals who want only to be left in peace, said PETAs Brittany Peet.
PETA is calling on other businesses to follow the zoos lead and show the despicable Safari Club Inter-national the door.
But David Little, the director of Safari Clubs Calgary chapter, said it was the group that made the call.
It was this unfair pillorying of the Calgary Zoo that made us decide to move it, said Little. It was our decision in spite of the fantasy that PETA put forward in a press release. It was not the zoos deci-sion.
Zoo spokeswoman Trish Exton-Parder confirmed it was the club that pulled out.
We have had numerous conversations with SCI Calgary and they have decided to move their event to another venue, she said. This decision is in the best interest of all and it allows us to put this matter behind us and focus on our conservation projects
around the world.Little said it is disappointing that the Calgary Zoo
took the brunt of the criticism. He said his group hasnt had any more flak than usual over the fund-raiser.
Weve got pretty thick skin because there always is a lack of understanding between those fringe groups that would pillory the zoo and the conserva-tion groups like ours that include hunting and fish-ing, he said.
Little said a new venue for the fundraiser hasnt been secured and he isnt ruling out a return to the zoo once things cool down.
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ALBERTA A3WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 9, 2015
BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
His portraits are so compelling you can almost hear his subjects tramp through the forest and smell their heaving breath.
Yet Julius Csotonyi has never seen any of the ani-mals he depicts. Dinosaurs, after all, have been gone a long time.
Its really fun, said Csotonyi, whose dramatic illustrations of extinct beasts enliven the densest of paleontological papers. Its the unknown and try-ing to figure out new things. Thats always interested me.
Csotonyis work appears regularly in top scien-tific journals. The Vancouver-based illustrator has brought life to everything from a bus-sized shark to a primitive snake with legs.
Hes worked with Albertas Royal Tyrrell Muse-um, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Royal Canadian Mint and the National Geographic Society.
He has won paleontologys top illustration award three times.
Hes one of the people that paleontologists want to work with most, said University of Alberta pale-ontologist Philip Currie.
Like a lot of kids, Csotonyi grew up drawing dinos.But he never stopped. Even when he was working
on his doctorate in microbiology, he drew dinosaurs on the side for publications such as Prehistoric Times.
Then, in 2005, an English publisher preparing a dinosaur encyclopedia called him up. Thats when Csotonyi realized he could make a living at it.
Picturing an animal known only by a few bones, Csotonyi said, is a delicate dance between art and science.
You come up with an image thats plausible, but interesting as well.
A commissioning scientist will send him photos of fossils and share whatever data might help. Csotonyi comes up with a sketch and a careful back-and-forth ensues to get the dino right and have it doing some-thing believable in the correct context.
Hints come from all sorts of sources. Environment might suggest colour; scraps of fossilized skin or feathers point to texture; a related species even one still living might offer clues.
Sometimes ... animals that are closely related to it have certain features that are conserved in a group. We use those to insert what missing parts of the animal may have been like.
This August, Csotonyi drew on a modern iguana species for an image of an extinct, 60-million-year-old lizard.
Subjects are posed to emphasize whatever the pa-per is focusing on.
The more of a story the image tells, the better it is.
Whats not shown sometimes says as much as what is.
If there are parts that are not known, you can hide parts of the animals anatomy.
And imagination is always an asset.I love to try to imagine what it would be like
standing in a particular time and make a visual im-age, where you hold in your head the kinds of trees and plants that would be around, what it sounds like, try to get a visceral feel for what it might be like to stand there.
Occasionally, Csotonyi revises images once new research comes along. Once, he surmised that a feathered dinosaur from China was red.
The next paper that came out on it allowed the researchers to build up a map of the colour patterns striped wings, a russet crest on its head, dark greys on various parts, he said. Thats whats kind of fun about science.
Working with an artist such as Csotonyi can help scientists refine their ideas. Theories formed by measuring bones dont always make sense when translated into an image, said Currie.
If you reconstruct an animal a certain way and it turned out it had legs that were just impossibly ridiculous, you may not know that from looking at the measurements themselves. By having the discus-sions, youre able to see things better yourself.
Csotonyi holds an advanced degree in the scienc-es, but has never formally studied painting.
So, scientific artist or artistic scientist?Dont ask Csotonyi to distinguish.Its just really fun to be able to reproduce some-
thing like this and to try to create an image thats not just plausible and accurate, but also makes for an esthetically pleasing image.
A delicate dance between art, scienceILLUSTRATOR RENOWNED FOR PICTURING ANIMALS KNOWN ONLY BY A FEW BONES
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Natural history illustrator Julius Csotonyi stands for a photograph with one of his dinosaur illustrations on display as part of the Ultimate Dinosaurs exhibit at Science World in Vancouver, B.C.
Hunting club moves fundraiser to new venue from zoo
Tuition freeze now in effect at post-secondary institutions
CALGARY The NDP government has followed through on an election promise to freeze tuition and fees for post-secondary students for the next two years.
The tuition and fee freeze went into effect on Tuesday and the province says starting this fall it will review the overall funding model for post-sec-ondary institutions.
Advanced Education Minister Lori Sigurdson says the initiatives are a first step toward making higher education more affordable.
She says shes met with many of the presidents of the provinces 26 post-secondary institutions and says they are encouraged by what the government has done.
The province also restored funding that had previ-ously been cut and says the extra money will ensure all institutions freeze the cost of mandatory non-instructional fees.
Romy Garrido, chairwoman of the Council of Al-berta University Students, says the tuition freeze is good news.
During the freeze, students are looking forward to collaborating directly in the planning of the long-term funding framework for post-secondary educa-tion, and to ensuring that the principles of afford-ability and predictability continue to guide future considerations for the tuition and fees we pay, she says.
Her comments were echoed by Erik Queenan, president of the Students Association of Mount Roy-al University in Calgary.
Its a good first step after years of increases and ever-growing student debt, says Queenan. Every penny counts. Students are pleased that the govern-ment is considering students needs and that theyre consulting us.
The freezes will last for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.
Woman sought after truck allegedly sideswipes Calgary police officer
CALGARY A Calgary police officer is recover-ing from a minor leg injury that happened while checking out an allegedly stolen pickup truck.
Officers spotted the truck in a southeast neigh-bourhood early Tuesday morning after getting re-ports of possible prowlers.
They pulled the vehicle over and a male passen-ger was removed without incident.
Police say when a woman who was driving was asked to step out, she put the truck in reverse, side-swiped an officer and collided with a police vehicle before speeding away.
The officer was treated at hospital.The woman has still not been found.
Shootings, injuries, cap off Edmontons last long weekend of summer
EDMONTON Two young men are being treated after suffering wounds in one of three Labour Day shootings in Edmonton that police think may be con-nected.
The first shooting happened around 4:30 p.m. Mon-day when shots were fired from a vehicle at the men as they were standing on a sidewalk.
Both have non-life-threatening injuries.Two vehicles in the vicinity that were carrying
children were also struck, but the occupants werent harmed.
Bullets ripped into a restaurant and some ve-hicles at two other locations Monday evening, but no one else was hurt.
Police are still looking for suspects.
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C E N T R A L A L B E R T A SD A I L Y N E W S P A P E R
As the election campaign moves in-to high gear, neither Stephen Harper, Thomas Mulcair nor Justin Trudeau is out of the game yet.
With six weeks to go to the Oct. 19 vote, it is still possible to chart a path to victory for the Conserva-tives, the New Democrats or the Liberals.
But after the equivalent of a typical 37-day cam-paign, each party still has a tall order to fill to secure the bare minimum of a workable minority mandate next month.
In a vote this week, Harp-er would have lost his bid for another majority and, possibly, the election itself. Only in the Prairies are the Conservatives decisively in the lead, and it is that region that offers them the least room for growth. In 2011, they won all but five of the seats in the three Prairie provinces.
The Conservatives lag well behind the Liberals in Atlantic Canada; the party is in fourth place in NDP-domi-nated Quebec and 15 to 20 points off its last election finish in British Columbia
and Ontario.Since the vote was called, Conser-
vative support has hovered around or below the 30-per-cent mark. For the sake of compari-sons, Harper lost his first election as leader in 2004 with a score like that.
It speaks volumes of the Conservatives first month on the trail that the party has mostly elicited admi-ration for the resilience of the Conservative core sup-porters in the face of the Mike Duffy trial, a missing-in-campaign-action finance minister and the television antics of the minister in charge of the refugee file. (That resilience was tested again on Monday when the
party had to fire two GTA candidates for inappropriate behaviour.)
And yet the Conservative lead-er might as well be running a front-runner campaign. Attendance at his campaign events is tightly controlled. His partys policy offering can best be summed up as more of the same. The goal seems to be to consolidate the party base, even, at times, at the ex-
pense of wooing past supporters back into the fold.
Harpers response to the refugee is-sue is a case in point. The Conservative leader has cast Canadas participation in airstrikes on Islamic extremists in the Middle East and a more proactive refugee policy as either/or proposi-tions. But, as France and Great Britain are demonstrating, the two are not mu-tually exclusive. At the end of the day, an opportunity to showcase leadership a central Conservative theme was sacrificed to wedge politics.
If Harper does not want the next five weeks to be about whether Mul-cair or Trudeau is best to replace him, he will soon have to reconnect with lost 2011 Conservative supporters on a basis other than fear of the alterna-tives.
This has been a good Labour Day for the New Democrats, with organized labour promising to round up votes on their behalf across the country. That active support might not have been as forthcoming if Mulcairs party had not held the lead in voting intentions.
But what if the NDP should lose that card? For Canadas unions, as for a critical mass of non-Conservative vot-ers, achieving regime change is job No.
1 in this election.So far the NDPs edge in voting in-
tentions has been more a ceiling than a floor, with the race tightening over the past five weeks. A second orange wave in the making in Quebec has yet to translate into a flood of NDP support in Ontario. At this critical juncture, Mulcairs campaign outside Quebec could use a second wind.
On the scale of expectations, the Liberals have had the better month. The party has registered a modest but real growth in support, and some polls suggest Ontario could become Trudeaus to lose.
But the Liberal campaign is all but competitive in francophone Que-bec, and without more support from Trudeaus fellow Quebecers the par-ty has faint hopes of winning enough seats to form a government.
In federal elections, Quebec tends to walk to the beat of its own drum-mer. It will take more than encourag-ing Liberal poll numbers in Ontario to move the province over to Trudeau. That may require a remarkable per-formance in the Sept. 24 and Oct. 2 French-language leaders debates.
Chantal Hbert is a national affairs writer syndicated by the Toronto Star.
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Warming shelter will likely end up North of the river
Will the warming shelter be built in Red Deer North?
The downtown has made it perfectly clear that they do not want the warming shelter downtown. Something about being marginalized, I read. Not-In-My-Backyard, (NIMBY) means it will be hard to locate. Like many other things, if it is unwanted, you send it north of the river.
Shelters, centres, yards, industry anything that is not attractive or an attraction is apparently destined for north of the river. Arenas, pools, high schools, concert halls or spray parks are attractive or an at-traction worthy of south of the river, anything else goes north of the river.
The north side of the river you can have shelters beside residences beside industrial parks. The south side of river would not allow residential neighbor-hoods to abut industrial parks. That can only happen on the north side if industry leaves room.
The next time NIMBY, comes into play for a shel-ter, friendship centre, an unpopular application, watch to see how long before a north side location is suggested. They will probably build the next remand centre on the north side so they can convert the one downtown into a concert hall.
Does Red Deer have a class system separated into north and south? The residences on the north are like the poor second cousins you shuffle all unwant-
ed things upon?The warming shelter is an issue that needs
thought and compassion. The location is the utmost important aspect of the decision because you cannot base location on time traveled or bus route as the homeless travel by foot in cold weather. I know it will not be a $100 million dollar attraction, it proba-bly will not bring high profits to businesses, and this is just compassion for our fellow human beings.
Red Deer North already has deficits in recreation, education, cultural, and social facilities. The north side has the majority share of industry and along with that already has the worst air quality and the highest rate of contaminants and particulate com-pared to Red Deer south. As reported in various air studies by the department of Alberta Environment.
There are 9 decision makers voting on the loca-tion of the warming shelter and only 1 lives north of the river, so it is a safe bet where the warming shel-ter will be located. Can anyone say NORTH?
Garfield Marks Red Deer
Jury still out on human responsibility for global warming
I am perplexed by the ubiquitous assumption that global warming is due to carbon dioxide, and then the assumption that it is directly due to human ac-tivities.
It should be noted that the world is in the midst of a warming trend, the fossil record and climate research bears that out, and that it has never been shown that carbon dioxide is to blame. Indeed many scientists have gone on record to state that it is water vapour, and a natural cycle, that has led to recent warming trends.
What disturbs me is that the public is being con-stantly fed with the idea that we humans are directly responsible and that carbon emissions are to blame. It has become assumptive and ingrained. Lots of money to be made there!
The widespread enforcement of the reduction of carbon emissions is adding a cost to almost every-thing, energy companies are particularly under the microscope. It should be noted that this is all based on a very poorly conducted piece of scientific the-ory backed by an very dubious video by an American politician, An Inconvenient Truth, which now looks more and more like a political attempt at popularity.
Make no mistake, I am a keen environmentalist, active in ecological education for over 30 years. But I see the assumptions being made today as very poor science, and I see lots and lots of monies being put towards the myth that we are responsible for the global warming. And lots of people are making a very good living out of perpetuating the theory.
Of course it doesnt hurt to be careful but we should also be aware that just because we are being told something, it doesnt necessarily make it true.
David MathiasRed Deer
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Coalition talk comes up in
tight raceBY THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA Polls suggesting a tight, three-way race among the main federal parties forced their leaders Tuesday to confront scenarios around a possible minority government as the post-La-bour Day phase of the election cam-paign opened.
That raised the possibility of cross-party alliances, including the conten-tious coalition question, which also reared its head, as it did in last federal campaign.
But the Conservative, NDP and Lib-eral leaders were determined to carve some daylight between their parties.
Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau added economic planks to their platforms, throttling up their campaigns to full speed after more than a month of summer cam-paigning.
But with no breakaway front runner emerging for the Oct. 19 election, all three faced questions about whether they might try to join forces with an-other party if the country awakens to a minority government the next day.
Harper held firm to his anti-coali-tion stance, saying it was the right of the party winning the most seats to form the government.
Thats always been my view. Ive lived by that and I hope that party is us, Harper said in Mississauga, Ont., where he announced a plan that would increase the governments contribution when low- and middle-income families invest in education savings plans.
The Conservative plan would see the government contribute $200 for the first $500 invested each year by a fam-ily earning up to $44,000. For a family earning up to $88,000, the governments cut would be $100.
At the same time, Harper painted his NDP and Liberal rivals as promot-ers of high taxes and endless deficits who would be toxic to the economy.
Campaigning in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Trudeau said Cana-dians dont want a coalition if a party
wins a minority government, but re-iterated his partys willingness to co-operate with other parties to pass leg-islation.
We will always be open to working with others, but the fact is, Canadians arent interested in formal coalitions, Trudeau said, before he promised ma-jor changes to the employment insur-ance system.
Trudeaus plan includes a reduction in premiums, more for the provinces for skills training and a reduction in wait time for a first payment to one week from two.
One of the things that is very, very clear is that Mr. Harper has got more than 60 per cent of Canadians wanting to see someone else as prime minis-ter, Trudeau added.
Mulcair sidestepped questions about his position on the coalition question at an event in Montreal, where he pledged new funding for the aerospace industry.
We, of course, have raised that is-sue any number of times. In 2008, we went so far as to write a formal co-alition agreement with the Liberals, Mulcair said.
But as you know, they turned up their nose on their own signature and seven years later Stephen Harper is still there.
The coalition question arose Mon-day night when Harper was asked about the issue during an interview with CBC television.
Harper said he would not serve as prime minister if the Conservatives finish in second place even by a close margin.
Like Trudeau, Mulcair said he was focused on defeating the Conserva-tives.
Mulcair promised a $160-million fund to help small- and medium-sized aerospace companies adopt new tech-nology and increase production to in-crease their global competitiveness.
Mulcair said he would lead trade delegations to major international in-dustry events to help promote Cana-dian companies.
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Archdiocese of Toronto Bishop Vincent Nguyen, left, a refugee from Vietnam, listens as Cardinal Thomas Collins announces an emergency refugee resettlement campaign called Project Hope during a press conference in Toronto on Tuesday.
Son pleads not guilty to murder in fathers death
BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
SAINT JOHN, N.B. Dennis Oland pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the second-degree murder of his father, w h o s e f a m -ily built one of the Maritimes most successful breweries, as jury selection began in a hock-ey arena turned into a makeshift courtroom to accommodate h u n d r e d s o f prospective ju-rors.
A s k e d b y J u d g e J o h n Walsh of the Court of Queens Bench to enter a plea, the 46-year-old Oland stood, leaned forward into a microphone and said not guilty.
Oland entered his plea on Tuesday afternoon, hours after those called for
jury duty stood in long lines to get into the Harbour Station arena in Saint John, N.B.
Security was tight as 5,000 summons-es were initially sent out to people in Saint John and Kings counties to ap-pear for jury duty. Many had reasons to be exempted, leaving more than 1,000 potential jurors.
Richard Oland was 69 when he was found dead in his Canterbury Street office in Saint John on July 7, 2011.
The Oland family operates Mooseh-ead Breweries the oldest indepen-dently owned brewery in Canada although Richard Oland left the com-pany in 1981. He went on to have a suc-cessful business career separate from the family brewery and was an active community member in Saint John.
With such a large jury pool for the trial, regional sheriff George Oram said a lot of advance planning has gone into this weeks jury selection.
Its one of the biggest weve under-taken here in Saint John and we have a lot of staff who have put in extra hours and a lot of effort has gone into this to-day, he said outside court.
Man accused in stabbing rampage found not criminally responsible
BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
A man who went on a bloody stab-bing rampage at a Toronto office while he was being fired was found not crim-inally responsible for his actions by an Ontario court Tuesday, in a decision a judge called an extremely close call.
Chuang Li was charged with three counts of attempted murder, four counts of aggravated assault and four counts of assault with a weapon in an incident that captured the citys atten-tion last April.
Four people were taken to hospital, two of them with life-threatening inju-ries, after Li started stabbing people while he was in the process of being fired from human resources company Ceridian Dayforce Corporation.
His trial heard that Li suffered from a mental illness at the time and had been carrying knives with him even before the incident because he thought he was being watched by an organiza-tion that was out to get him.
I am satisfied on a balance of prob-abilities that Mr. Li was not criminally responsible by reason of mental dis-order, said Justice Fergus ODonnell. But by a very narrow margin.
Li showed little emotion as his ver-dict was delivered, nodding only slight-ly when the judge addressed him.
He has been in custody since the incident and will now go before the Ontario Review Board, which will de-termine which hospital he will receive treatment in.
Lis lawyer said his client suffered from paranoid delusions at the time of the incident.
Accused in Lac-Megantic rail disaster case to return to
court in DecemberLAC-MEGANTIC, Que. The
criminal case stemming from the 2013 Lac-Megantic rail disaster has been delayed until Dec. 1, when a trial date may be set for three men each charged with 47 counts of criminal negligence causing death.
Defunct rail company Montreal Maine and Atlantic Railway, train driver Tom Harding, railway traffic controller Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre, the manager of train opera-tions, have all pleaded not guilty and opted for a jury trial.
On July 6, 2013, a parked train broke loose, roared downhill toward Lac-Megantic and bounced off the tracks, wiping out much of the downtown area and killing 47 people.
Demaitre and Harding were present in court Tuesday as the case was de-layed when Demaitres lawyer, Gaetan Bourassa, recused himself because his client was told he didnt qualify for legal aid.
Four of 5 missing persons reported in Winnipeg are
kids in Manitoba care: policeWINNIPEG Police in Winnipeg
say four out of five missing persons re-ports they receive every month involve kids in the care of Manitoba Child and Family Services.
A report prepared for the citys po-lice board says officers deal with an average of about 550 missing persons reports a month. Of those, 83 per cent involve kids in government care and 71 per cent are female.
Another police report prepared for the same board meeting shows the top 19 addresses associated with missing persons reports are Child and Family Services facilities.
The vast majority of missing per-sons reported are short-term chronic runaways, the report says. Most are vulnerable indigenous youth who are in the care of Child and Family Ser-vices.
The police figures also show that habitual/chronic missing persons accounted for almost 70 per cent of all 709 missing persons reported between April and June and that 22 people ac-counted for 20 per cent of the reports during those three months.
Winnipeg police are refusing to comment on the numbers until they are formally presented to the city Fri-day.
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City reaches wrongful death settlement with family of Freddie Gray
BALTIMORE The parents of Freddie Gray reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement with the city of Baltimore, nearly five months after their 25-year-old son was critically injured in police cus-tody, sparking days of protests and rioting.
The deal, announced Tuesday, appeared to be among the largest settlements in police death cases in recent years and happened just days before a judge is set to decide whether to move a trial for six officers charged in Grays death.
Greys spine was injured April 12 in the back of a prisoner transport van after he was arrested. Gray, a black man, died at the hospital a week later. In the aftermath, Gray became a symbol of the contentious relationship between the police and the public in Baltimore, as well as the treatment of black men by police in America.
The settlement still needs the approval of a board that oversees city spending. That board will meet Wednesday morning.
The proposed settlement agreement going before the Board of Estimates should not be interpreted as a judgment on the guilt or innocence of the officers facing trial, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake said in a news release.
Rawlings-Blake refused to comment further on Tuesday at an unrelated news conference.
The settlement does not resolve any factual dis-putes, and expressly does not constitute an admis-sion of liability on the part of the city, its police department or any of the officers. The settlement has nothing whatsoever to do with the criminal proceed-ings, the press release said.
Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe hunt returns to work
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. The Minnesota dentist who killed Cecil the lion returned to work Tuesday after weeks away, walking silently into his small dental practice, past swarming media and a handful of protesters calling for him to be sent to Zimbabwe to face trial.
Walter Palmer had largely retreated from public view since he was identified as Cecils killer in July, offering little insight into the hunt that until a Sun-day interview with The Associated Press in which he defended the kill as legal and announced his plan to return to work.
Some of the uproar bubbled up shortly after sun-rise Tuesday as a security guard whisked Palmer in-side the clinic, past reporters shouting questions and a protester repeatedly yelling Extradite Palmer! Palmer walked from a nearby street where police had blocked off traffic, meeting the guard in the parking lot of his Bloomington practice and rushing through a door covered in messages reading: Jus-tice for Cecil and May you never hunt again.
The small throng of protesters didnt match the furor in the days after Cecil was killed during a July hunt in Zimbabwes vast Hwange National Park, when hundreds gathered to hold vigils for the big cat with the black mane and forced River Bluff Dental to temporarily close. Just a few protesters were on site when he arrived.
Democrats get enough votes to block measure against Iran nuclear deal
WASHINGTON The White House and insistent U.S. Senate Democrats locked up the votes Tuesday to frustrate attempts by outraged Republicans to pass a legislative rebuke to the Iran nuclear accord.
Three previously undeclared Senate Democrats Richard Blumenthal , Ron Wyden and Gary Pe-ters announced their support for the international agreement in a co-ordinated burst. That pushed sup-porters to the crucial 41-vote total that would allow them to block a Republican disapproval resolution with a delaying tactic and prevent a final vote.
The agreement struck by Iran, the U.S., China, Russia, France, Britain and Germany in July would provide Iran hundreds of billions of dollars in re-lief from international sanctions in exchange for a decade of constraints on the countrys nuclear pro-gram. The deal aims to keep Iran at least a year away from being able to produce enough nuclear material for a weapon.
There is no better deal available now, declared Blumenthal, one of the Senates Jewish Democrats, announcing his support for an accord that is strongly opposed by Israeli leaders as well as Republican senators.
The three lawmakers were among just a handful of undeclared senators and were all considered pos-sible no votes. Coming on the first day of Congress fall session after a five-week summer recess, their announcements were a dramatic start to what prom-ises to be a bitter, partisan debate on the deal aimed at curbing Irans nuclear program.
The debate will take on some of the trappings of a political circus Wednesday with Republican presi-dential candidates Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz preparing to headline an anti-accord rally outside the Capitol.
Queen Elizabeth II surpasses Queen Victoria in length of service
LONDON Queen Elizabeth II has reached a major milestone by becoming the longest-reigning monarch in Britains history.
She passes Queen Victoria, her great-great-grand-mother, who was on the throne for 63 years and 7 months.
Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that millions on Britons would celebrate the queens historic moment.
Over the last 63 years, Her Majesty has been a rock of stability in a world of constant change and her selfless sense of service and duty has earned admiration not only in Britain, but right across the globe, Cameron said.
It is only right that today we should celebrate her extraordinary record, as well as the grace and dignity with which she serves our country.
Buckingham Palace marked the event by releas-ing an official photograph of the queen taken by Mary McCartney, a photographer who is the daughter of former Beatle Paul McCartney.
Elizabeth came to the throne in 1952 upon the death of her father King George VI. She was touring a remote part of Kenya when news of her fathers death arrived.
Next wave of migrants on the march to Hungary
BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
BUDAPEST, Hungary Leaders of the United Nations refugee agency warned Tuesday that Hun-gary faces a bigger wave of 42,000 asylum seekers in the next 10 days and will need international help to provide shelter on its border, where newcomers already are complaining bitterly about being left to sleep in frigid fields.
Officials from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said it was sending tents, beds and thermal blankets to Hungarys border with Serbia, where for the past two days frustrated groups from the Middle East, Asia and Africa have ignored police instruc-tions to stay put and instead have marched on a high-way north to Budapest.
Commissioner Antonio Guterres accused the en-tire European Union of failing to see the crisis com-ing or take co-ordinated action, even though the 28-nation bloc of 508 million people should have enough room and resources to absorb hundreds of thousands of newcomers with ease.
There was needless suffering in the migration crisis because Europe is not organized to deal with it, because the European asylum system has been extremely dysfunctional and in recent weeks completely chaotic, Guterres said. He told a news conference in Paris that it appeared clear that if Europe would be properly organized, it would be a manageable crisis.
The EU has struggled, in part, because front-line nations such as Hungary and Greece have not put enough facilities in place to house a human flow av-eraging 2,000 to 3,000 a day while the vast majority of people try to push deeper into Europe and seek refu-gee protection in Germany, the nation accepting the greatest number by far.
Germany already expects to take in 800,000 this year, and vice-chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said Tues-day it could take a further 1 million over the next two years. Many other EU members have yet to fol-low Germanys lead, and Hungarys government in-stead is focusing on building a border fence to block the route from Serbia. It plans a series of get-tough frontier security measures that it hopes to start en-forcing Sept. 15, although international observers are skeptical.
The UNHCRs refugee co-ordinator for Europe, Vincent Cochetel, told a Budapest news conference that Hungary could not cope on its own with the com-ing, even bigger volume of asylum seekers. He said 42,000 people 30,000 in Greece, 7,000 in Macedonia and 5,000 in Serbia were likely to enter Hungary in the next 10 days, requiring greater international help.
We need better co-ordination to make sure we dont have chaos at the border, he said, chiding Hungary for allowing people to be left overnight in a very dire situation.
Hungarys inconsistent reception near the border village of Roszke has left many hundreds waiting for buses that arrive too infrequently, leaving large
numbers stranded at night. Officers have found it in-creasingly difficult to keep them within a designated field. Some have pushed through police lines and walk north deeper into Hungary, while others head south back to Serbia where camps are sometimes better organized.
On Monday, a few hundred people broke through police lines near Roszke and, despite being hit with pepper spray, made it onto the main highway link-ing Serbia with Budapest. It happened again Tues-day night following a day of scuffles with officers in which one man was injured amid a stampede.
Weve been here for two days, and the Hungarian government only brings one bus? said a Syrian man, who gave only his first name, Ali. Were asking to go back to Serbia and they are not giving us this right. Were asking to go to Budapest and they are not giv-ing us this right. Why? Why?
The government has given little aid, leaving vol-unteer groups to provide food and water instead. The field near Roszke has become strewn with garbage.
At Budapests main international train station, more than 300 people mostly asylum seekers queued for tickets. Last week, Keleti station became an open-air refugee camp when Hungary briefly stopped migrants from taking trains to Austria and Germany. Authorities are once again letting these travellers take trains deeper into the EU, although they often ride in separate carriages from other pas-sengers.
UN WARNS 42,000 MORE ASYLUM SEEKERSCOMING IN NEXT 10 DAYS
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A boy drinks his milk at a refugee camp in the southern Macedonian town of Gevgelija, Tuesday. Hundred of thousands migrants and refugees trying to reach the heart of Europe via Turkey, Greece, the Balkans and Hungary have faced dangers, difficulties and delays on every link of the journey.
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Volatility discouragingBY THE CANADIAN PRESS
OTTAWA The Bank of Canada is expected to keep its key interest rate on hold Wednesday follow-ing a string of better than expected economic data.
However, the continued weakness in oil prices and the turmoil on the global markets amid fears about the Chinese economy are expected raise con-cerns for the central bank, economists say.
Benjamin Tal, deputy chief economist at CIBC World Markets, said hell be watching to see what the Bank of Canada highlights in its rate announcement.
It will be very interesting to see what the focus is, Tal said.
Oil prices are lower than the Bank of Canada fore-cast in its July monetary policy report and Chinese economic weakness is expected to hurt commodity prices.
So, while the third quarter has been shaping up to show growth, the Canadian economy still faces chal-lenges, Tal noted.
They definitely will talk about the recovery in
the third quarter, but I think that they probably wont be as optimistic about the fourth quarter, he said.
The central bank has cut the rate twice this year, most recently in July when it also downgraded its outlook for the Canadian economy.
Since then, Statistics Canada has reported that the economy contracted at an annual pace of 0.5 per cent in the second quarter, in line with the Bank of Canadas expectations.
There has also been better than expected trade results for July and stronger than expected job num-bers for August, pointing to an economy that has pulled out of the slump it had been in for the first half of the year.
The data adds up to expectations that the Cana-dian economy will grow in the third quarter after contracting for the first two quarters of the year, put-ting the country into a recession.
However, BMO senior economist Benjamin Re-itzes said the volatility in financial markets in recent weeks is hardly an encouraging sign for global growth.
The knock-on effect of Chinas weakness on emerging markets and the resulting impact on com-modity prices will be significant concerns for the Bank of Canada, Reitzes wrote in a report.
Look for the statement to highlight increased downside risk coming from emerging markets.
Meanwhile, Tal also noted that the Bank of Can-adas core inflation rate has been above the two per cent for 12 straight months.
In its last monetary policy report, the central bank attributed it to transitory effects including the drop in the loonie compared with the U.S. dollar and some sector specific factors.
However, Tal said at some point it will be a con-cern.
Since then the dollar went down and it might go down even more, especially with the Bank of Cana-das policy relative to the Fed, Tal said.
ECONOMISTS EXPECT BANK OF CANADA TO HOLD ITS KEY RATE AT 0.5 PER CENT
Pension managers must weather
climate-change risk: study
BY THE CANADIAN PRESS
Climate change is one of the biggest risks faced by Canadian pension plans and plan managers may be forced into taking public stands to fulfil their legal duties, says a new legal study.
Climate change risks must be taken into account, and pension trustees may protect the longer term interests of their beneficiaries by acting as effective public-policy advocates for climate change regula-tion, says the report from the Toronto-based firm of Koskie and Minsky, one of Canadas leading pension law firms.
The urgency of climate change, coupled with its potentially severe consequences, suggest that pen-sion fiduciaries may engage governments on climate change issues to attempt to achieve a collective out-come that they are incapable of achieving alone.
The report was commissioned by Shareholder As-sociation for Research and Education (SHARE), a non-profit environmental investing consultancy that advises clients with a total of about $14 billion in assets, said spokesman Kevin Thomas. It was under-taken because pension managers need to think more long-term than other fund managers.
The typical pension plan is thinking 70 years down the road, Thomas said Tuesday. They have to make sure that their current and future beneficia-ries are all taken care of.
In that kind of time frame, the report concludes that climate change creates a series of risks for investors. Those risks include regulatory change, extreme weather, access to resources and costs of factors such as energy.
Managers need to consider which companies in their portfolios are unduly exposed to those risks, said Thomas.
Theres some things you can do in terms of screening your portfolio or engaging with the com-pany to change practices.
But the report goes further. It says trustees may also have a responsibility to preserve an overall economy in which it is possible to prosper. It notes previous studies have found balanced portfolios are likely to do much better if global warming is limited to two degrees Celsius.
There is no meaningful distinction between non-financial criteria that may affect financial performance and financial criteria, says the report. Trustees must take both into account when making investment decisions.
One thing trustees can no longer do is deny whats happening, says the report.
In making investment decisions, climate change denial is not an option, it says.
Traditionally, trustees havent been vocal, Thomas said. But it is becoming more common.
In recent years were seen pension fund trustees being increasingly vocal about issues like climate change.
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Mike Lazaridis, former co-CEO of Research in Motion, gestures at the end of his keynote address to the BlackBerry DevCon Americas conference in San Francisco. Wilfrid Laurier University is naming its school of business after BlackBerry founder Lazaridis.
Few consumers feel rewarded for sharing personal data: Aimia
TORONTO A survey of 20,000 people in 11 coun-tries done by Aimia Inc. suggests a minority of them were satisfied with the rewards they get in exchange for sharing personal information with businesses.
The Montreal-based company said 31 per cent of the Canadian respondents rated their personal in-formation as highly valuable and 26 per cent said that they expect better service and benefits in return for sharing it.
Only eight per cent of the Canadian respondents felt they get better offers as a result of sharing the information.
Aimia executive David Johnson says companies have an opportunity to build meaningful relation-ships with their customers but the golden moment will quickly disappear if they fail to respond appro-priately.
The company has employees in 20 countries in-cluding Canada and provides its clients with analyt-ics of consumer data.
The 11-country global survey compiled responses from Australia, Brazil, Canada, several members of
the European Union, India, the United Arab Emir-ates and the United States.
In Canada, Aimia operates the Aeroplan customer loyalty program used by Air Canada, TD Bank and CIBC, and retailers.
Canadian auto insurance giant working with Uber on new productsTORONTO One of Canadas largest auto insur-
ance providers is working to tailor products for the Uber ridesharing service.
Intact Financial Corp. (TSX:IFC) says its inten-tion is to market the products under the Intact and Belairdirect brands. The company is Canadas larg-est provider of property and casualty insurance, col-lecting $7.5 billion in premiums annually through its various subsidiaries.
It says more details of the the Uber products will be provided as the products become available.
Uber offers an alternative to conventional taxi services, causing controversy and sometimes friction in communities where it operates.
Although Uber has said its insurance policies are adequate, coverage for Uber drivers has been a con-tentious issue.
In July, the Insurance Bureau of Canada said driv-ers who work for Uber should verify their vehicles are insured for commercial use. It said some policies provide coverage for only personal automobile use and insurers could reject a claim if the vehicle is used to generate income.
Business planning as important as ever in turbulent economyUnlike the recession in 2008-09, which was mainly
a banking liquidity problem, the 2015 technical re-cession in Canada is primarily due to depressed commodities and market vola-tility. Low oil prices and the issues of getting oil to market have resulted in financial cut-backs and large layoffs.
On the federal election scene, none of the political parties have offered informa-tion regarding future policies that will address the state of the Canadian economy.
The Government of Alber-tas recent deficit announce-ment, plus undefined policies, yet to be started/completed Royalty Review and late budget, are creating lots of anxiety in the business com-munity.
All these issues have had a profound impact on business one way or another, and its difficult to re-
main optimistic. However, its extremely important to concentrate on business basics and focus on the keys areas that are within your control.
Negative thoughts have a way of fostering negative outcomes. Check in with your mindset to consider how you can respond to issues in a more positive manner. Its important to be proactive, not reactive, in order to maintain a balanced approach.
Remember that you are accountable for your own behaviour and performance. Be aware of how your performance influences results. Update the key per-formance indicators in your business that are criti-cal to your business success. Implement a default diary to assist you to complete tasks on time. Re-ward yourself and others for positive results. Share and celebrate even small successes.
Business planning is as important as ever. Best practices recommend a 12-month plan that factors into a broader five year plan. In todays economy a five-year plan seems overly optimistic, but it is criti-cal to evaluate all scenarios facing your company.
Pull out the annual plan and review each quarter. Realign your goals each month to implement strate-gies that include weekly activities to move the plan
forward. Be mindful of the issues you might encoun-ter expected or unexpected in the next 90 days. Look for niches that might fill a need so that you can be prepared once the economy starts to rebound.
Consult with professional advisors regularly. Get an accurate picture of your current financial situ-ation and keep accountants informed where you forecast problems. A company may seem profitable on paper but the numbers will indicate the cash flow gaps. Its also a good time to refresh your financial literacy skills.
Focus and invest in your high-value customers, those that are likely to continue to purchase your products and services. Although customers may be cutting back, target product segments where your value proposition drives revenue and possibly even growth.
Finally, make customer service everyones re-sponsibility, especially in a small business where team members wear many hats. Train your team, from the receptionist to the delivery driver.
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PENSION: Sentletter to premier
Thomas own group has joined in. On Tuesday, SHARE co-signed a let-ter to Alberta Premier Rachel Notley asking her to give full consideration to encouraging renewable energy as her governments climate-change panel plots the provinces path.
Notley has asked the panel to draw up a renewed climate change plan for Alberta. It is expected to report later this fall.
Effective climate policy can stimu-late innovation and bolster the diver-sification of the Alberta economy, says the letter, signed by more than 100 foundation heads and pension plan managers representing more than $4.6 trillion.
Well-designed policies will en-
courage scaling up of these invest-ments and Alberta is well positioned to benefit.
BASICS: Invest in training
Investing in training is money well spent. Select areas where there is the greatest need and master a new skill. Focus on quality training that cre-ates tangible results in your business. Training must be relevant and ap-plicable so that staff put training into practice. A plan that doesnt include a process that integrates accountability measures will not succeed.
Most businesses are looking at ways to operate clean and lean. Keep your inventories in check and take advan-tage of your suppliers payment terms. Re-evaluate your margins to get an accurate picture of where the profits really are. Understand where your break-even is so that you know when
you become profitable on a weekly, monthly and yearly basis.
Revisit existing marketing programs to maximize advertising ROI. Focus on programs where there is most demand and eliminate campaigns related to segments that have declined or no lon-ger in demand. Increase investment in areas where demand remains strong.
Its apparent that the 2015 economic realities will be with us for the next 12 to 18 months. Outside forces are be-yond your control. Successful business
owners know their own limits. Associate with business colleagues
that promote and reinforce positive philosophies. Learn techniques that will help you to stay motivated and focused. Stay informed, then dig in and manage what you can.
John MacKenzie is a certified business coach and authorized partner/facilitator for Everything DiSC and Five Behaviours of a Cohesive Team, Wiley Brands. He can be reached at [email protected]
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BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
China is losing its appetite for dump trucks, iron ore and construc-tion cranes. But the Chinese still want to travel and give their kids a better education.
Growth in the worlds second-largest economy is decelerating and rattling financial markets around the world. Behind that slowdown is an evolution-ary shift in Chinas economy from a dependence on exports and invest-ment in factories and housing to a reliance on spending by its emerging middle class.
That transition, a gradual and per-haps painful one, will affect which U.S. companies stand to benefit and which will be squeezed as Chinas growth slides from the double-digit annual rates of the mid-2000s to 7 per cent, 6 per cent, maybe even less.
The shift is likely to pinch American manufacturers that prospered during Chinas investment boom makers of heavy construction equipment and in-dustrial machinery, for instance.
But the service sector a broad category that includes things like res-taurant meals, haircuts and hotel stays remains reasonably robust and has been a dominant driver of Chinas growth since the first half of 2012, said economist Nicholas Lardy, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for In-ternational Economics.
Yes, China is slowing, said Jeremy Haft, an entrepreneur, consultant and author of the forthcoming book Un-made in China: The Hidden Truth about Chinas Economic Miracle. But house-holds have huge (savings). People need to keep eating, walking, powering their homes.
Chinese consumers now have more discretionary income to spend on en-tertainment, education and travel after years of robust economic growth. That additional income has created a bright outlook for companies that serve them.
The Princeton Review, a Natick, Mass., company that helps students prepare for standardized tests and col-lege entrance exams, remains bullish on China. The company declines to provide specific sales numbers. But the number of Chinese students en-rolling in U.S. colleges is growing by double digits every year.
We do not see any slowdown in the future, said Steven Chou, internation-al vice-president at Princeton Review.
Also doing well are American com-panies that make things in China and export them back to the United States, where economic growth is solid.
Haft, for example, runs a company that exports U.S. cattle hides to China. Business is booming, he says, because the Chinese turn the hides into wal-lets and ship them back to the United States, where the economy and con-sumer demand are comparatively healthy.
Recent trade numbers highlight the changes: U.S. merchandise exports to China rose just 0.2 per cent in the sec-ond quarter to $30.5 billion from a year earlier. By contrast, services exports, which include tourism and banking, surged nearly 14 per cent to $11.97 bil-lion.
Boeing Co., the biggest provider of commercial jets in China, forecasts demand for 6,330 new jetliners in that country by 2034, with a value of $950
billion. Most of those new planes will handle passenger growth. Company ex-ecutives said in a recent podcast that theyre seeing tremendous demand for international flights, and they also expect a surge in demand for cargo-carrying aircraft.
At General Motors, which sells more vehicles in China than any of its U.S.-based competitors, sales in July slipped 4 per cent compared with a year ago. But the companys first-half sales in China rose 4.4 per cent to a record 1.7 million vehicles, and the carmaker still forecasts single-digit growth for the rest of the year.
So far, the shift is hurting companies that have benefited from Chinas build-ing boom. Construction equipment gi-ant Caterpillar, for instance, said its Asia-Pacific region sales dropped 21 per cent in the second quarter a ca-sualty of a slowing China.
China is facing a construction glut, which is leading to a deceleration in property investment that will likely bottom over the next few quarters,
Lardy, the economist, said.Ninety per cent of the population
already has a house, he said. Theyve got a lot of very under-utilized real estate.
Market-wide demand for medi-um- and heavy-duty trucks in China plunged 30 per cent in the first half of the year. Thats not good for a compa-ny like diesel engine maker Cummins Inc., which draws between 10 per cent and 15 per cent of its revenue from China.
But the companys results show that picking winners and losers of Chinas shift isnt as simple as identifying broad industries that are experienc-ing either growth or slowing demand. Cummins second-quarter sales in Chi-na advanced 6 per cent to $916 million, thanks in part to a government push for tighter emissions standards. Those standards are fueling demand for new engines and parts that help older ones cut pollutants.
CHINAS SHIFTING ECONOMY MINTS SOME CORPORATE WINNERS, OTHERS
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File photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
An employee works in a textile factory in Huaibei in central Chinas Anhui province. The worlds second largest economy is decelerating, and the prospect of its slowing growth is rattling financial markets around the world. But China also is shifting from a dependence on exports and investment in factories, infrastructure and housing to a reliance on consumer spending from the countrys emerging middle class.
Uranium mining touches a sensitive chord in QuebecBY THE CANADIAN PRESS
MONTREAL Fears about radio-active contamination may close the door to uranium mining in Quebec just as public angst shelved shale gas ex-traction in the province in 2011.
Like shale gas, it touches a sen-sitive chord in Quebec, says Ugo Lapointe of MiningWatch Canada, which opposes mining of the metal that fuels nuclear power plants.
Hundreds of municipalities have joined First Nations to oppose ura-nium mining, worried that it could threaten their health, harm natural en-vironments and ruin traditional hunt-ing and fishing.
Quebecs environmental regulation agency (BAPE) has concluded there is no social acceptability for uranium mining to proceed at this time. After a year of study, a three-person panel
said that it would be premature to au-thorize development of Quebecs ura-nium industry.
While uranium mining has made substantial progress, especially in con-taining waste, there are still many un-certainties and significant gaps in scientific knowledge of the impacts of uranium mining on the environment and public health, it said in a lengthy report.
The panel said the province could make the current, nearly two-year mor-atorium permanent, but advised the government to take its time to mini-mize potential costs, including a large potential payout to Strateco, which is suing the province for $190 million for holding up its mining project in north-ern Quebec.
A permanent ban would align Que-bec with British Columbia and Nova Scotia, coal-producing provinces that have rejected uranium mining.
Quebec Environment Minister Da-vid Heurtel has appointed an interde-partmental committee to review the environmental agencys report.
Currently, Saskatchewan is the only uranium-producing province in Cana-da, and the second-largest producer in the world behind Kazakhstan.
In 2013, its output for three mines was almost 9,000 tons, or about 16 per cent of global production. Quebecs identified uranium reserves are rela-tively small at about 8,800 tons, the BAPE said.
Industry observers and environ-mentalists say the regulatory agencys report has given Heurtel cover on the sensitive issue.
Going against the BAPE ... could be very dangerous politically for him, said Louis Simard, associate professor of political studies at the University of Ottawa.
He said BAPE, which has been
around for 35 years, has a lot of cred-ibility with Quebecers.
But the agencys report ignited an angry response from the head of Can-adas nuclear safety watchdog, which said its conclusions and recommenda-tions lack scientific basis and rigour.
To suggest that uranium mining is unsafe is to imply that the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) and the government of Saskatchewan have been irresponsible in their ap-proval and oversight of the uranium mines of Canada for the last 30 years, Michael Binder wrote in a letter to the minister.
The nuclear safety commission said there is no link between cancer de-velopment and living near or work-ing in a mine or processing facility. It added that environmental monitoring in northern Saskatchewan has shown no risk to health from traditional foods consumed by aboriginal populations.
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COMPANIESOF LOCAL INTEREST
MARKETS CLOSETORONTO North Amer-
ican stock markets began the holiday-shortened trading week in an upbeat mood Tuesday as a rebound on Chinas main in-dex appeared to cheer investors, although experts warn the recov-ery is likely to be short-lived.
The S&P/TSX index in To-ronto was up 152.36 points at 13,630.67, with the metals and mining sector by far the biggest gainer climbing nearly nine per cent amid a huge jump in copper prices. China is a ma-jor purchaser of copper, which is used in many industrial pro-cesses.
The only sector of the Toron-to stock market that didnt regis-ter gains was health- care, which declined by less than three per cent.
The Canadian dollar rose 0.34 of a U.S. cent to 75.73 cents US.
In New York, markets jumped even more after last weeks big losses, with the Dow Jones in-dustrial average rebounding 390.30 points to 16,492.68 while the broader S&P 500 index ad-vanced 48.19 points to 1,969.41 and the Nasdaq gained 128.01 points to 4,811.93.
But despite the rebound, Ben Jang, a portfolio manager at Ni-cola Wealth Management, says investors should expect a bumpy ride.
I think were going to get persistent volatility, both on the downside and the upside, for the next few month, said Jang. So although were seeing a nice re-covery today, there is nothing really suggesting that we are on the path for a sustained recov-ery.
Jang says investors are skit-tish ahead of