Look out Edmonton, there’s a new farmers’ market in town – Edmonton

Watch above: A brand new farmer’s market has opened its doors in the heart of the city. Mother’s Market celebrates its grand opening Sunday. Tom sits down with Robert Holm and Phil Filipchuk to learn more about the new market.

EDMONTON – As more and more Edmontonians make the move to support locally produced food, a new farmers’ market has opened its doors in the city’s downtown.

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Mother’s Market celebrated its grand opening Sunday. Edmonton’s newest indoor market, located in the heart of the city, is open three days a week, 52 weeks a year.

“We’re different than other farmers’ markets,” said Mother’s Market CEO Robert Holm. “We stay open late on Friday so you can pick up groceries before heading home. Also, it’s a great lunch spot. Come in, eat, have a coffee and take a seat on our patio.”

The two-storey, 20,000-square foot market offers everything from fresh eggs, fish and vegetables to baked good and gelato. Upstairs, there are five hot food vendors offering Indian, Mexican, Aboriginal and Polish cuisine.

“What we’re trying to establish is a community feel,” said Holm’s business partner, Phil Filipchuk. “Bring the family down, enjoy the afternoon, just shop around. It’s a relaxed space, we have a jukebox, we have all kinds of fun stuff in there. Plus, we have great food, very healthy items.”

“I think people are really waking up to the foods and health and what we need to be eating and going back to more old school,” added Holm. “When I was young everybody had a garden and a cold room and now nobody is doing that. But the young people are really starting to take that on.”

READ MORE: To market, to market, Edmontonians go

Plans for the market began in November. There are already four markets like this in Calgary, so Holm and Filipchuk thought it was about time to bring one to Edmonton.

“The energy in this place is incredible,” said Holm. “People should go to all the markets in town. However, if you live in the area, come check us out too. We’re trying to get something going here, an answer to Vancouver’s Granville Market right here in Edmonton.”

The market is located in the old Mother’s Music building at 10251-109 Street. It is open Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the market’s website.

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Canada wins silver at women’s rugby World Cup – National

WATCH: Canada’s women’s rugby team made it to the world finals in Paris this weekend. And as Francis Silvaggio reports, the ladies are setting a fantastic example for girls everywhere.

PARIS – You could almost hear the sigh of relief from her English teammates as Emily Scarratt broke through one tackle, evaded another and touched down in the corner of Canada’s end zone.

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After having to fight for every inch against a resilient Canadian team, England needed a stellar solo effort from its star centre to cement a 21-9 win over Canada in the women’s rugby World Cup final.

Scarratt scored 16 points on Sunday, including 10 straight to close the gold-medal game, as England won its second World Cup and its first in 20 years.

After England dominated in the first half, Canada closed to within two points on a Magali Harvey penalty halfway through the second. But Scarratt kicked a penalty of her own a minute later, then capped the scoring with a try six minutes from the end of regulation.

“We had a couple of opportunities to score tries that could have made a difference, but because we didn’t then they were full of confidence and more physical and fresher than us,” Canada coach Francois Ratier said.

“When you have two opportunities and you don’t score, then it’s almost impossible. It’s not a question of passion or heart. It’s just a question of in the final of any sport, if you don’t score when you have the opportunities, then the other team will take them.”

Scarratt received the ball from a lineout and ran past Mandy Marchak, fended off fullback Julianne Zussman and ran the ball in to give England some much needed breathing room. She kicked a conversion to cap a spectacular tournament for the England centre.

“It’s just a missed tackle,” Ratier said. “We tried to tackle high but (Scarratt) has a really strong upper body. We should have gone lower but that’s the way it is.”

Harvey had all of Canada’s points on three penalties and finished the tournament with 61 points, second only to Scarratt’s 70.

It was Canada’s first appearance in the World Cup final. Its previous best finish was fourth, which it did in three consecutive tournaments from 1998 to 2006. England, meanwhile, ended 16 years of heartache by finally winning it after finishing as runner-up to New Zealand in the last three tournaments.

Harvey was named the IRB women’s player of the year after the game. Canadian captain Kelly Russell was also a finalist for the award.

Harvey and Russell were two of the five Canadian players on the World Cup roster who were on the team that lost to New Zealand in the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens final.

Canada fought to a 13-13 draw with England during the group stage, but it looked like a different English side in the first half on Sunday. They keyed in on Harvey and prevented her from making a game-breaking run as she did in Canada’s semifinal win over host France.

On offence, England used its size to exert all sorts of pressure, making several dangerous advances into Canadian territory.

Scarratt opened the scoring 11 minutes into the match. England drew a penalty after an impressive break from Natasha Hunt, who used her speed to run down the middle deep into the Canadian zone.

England could have come away with more early on, but Canada’s defence held firm with some solid tackling.

Canada was spared a try when Hunt was tackled near the touch-line. An official review declared Hunt had not moved the ball into touch when she was brought down by Andrea Burk.

England kept coming, and Scarratt kicked her second penalty of the game at the 25-minute mark to put England up 6-0.

Canada had trouble getting into England’s zone and it proved costly when Danielle Waterman capped a series of crisp passes and scored the game’s first try at the 33 minute mark. Scarratt missed the convert as England went up 11-0.

“We were not able to match physically. At times we were dominant but they were more consistent,” Ratier said.

“They won some balls and we were not able to attack on the outside. We tried, but they were just better at defence.”

Canada finally started to get some momentum late in the half, and it paid off with a key penalty before the break when England was called for offside. Harvey converted the kick on the last play of the half to cut the deficit to 11-3.

Harvey started the second half with two long penalties, the second from 42 yards out, and Canada suddenly looked dangerous trailing just 11-9.

But that was as close as Canada would come. Scarratt responded with a penalty one minute later to restore England’s advantage to five points.

Canada had some opportunities to close the gap, but Scarratt rescued her team when she scored a try with six minutes left in regulation, and added two points on a conversion.

Canada continued to press for their first try of the game as time ran out. While the Canadians were able to get deep into England’s zone, the English did an excellent job of preventing any runs on the outside from getting through.

“I was happy with how I played, how my team set me up, how they played,” Harvey said. “It’s too bad it couldn’t go until the end, so it wasn’t enough.”

Magali’s scoring, including an incredible try against France where she ran the length of the field, has made her the breakout star of the Canadian team. Ratier said while she is a good teammate and a good player, she is still only one part of the team.

“She’s a winger, so she scores tries because it’s her job,” Ratier said. “She’s the first to get a bit annoyed when she’s made out to be the star of the team, because she doesn’t feel like that at all.”

But Ratier sees the value of having someone like Harvey become the face of the team, especially for a sport like women’s rugby which is still finding a foothold in the Canadian sports landscape.

“It’s good for visibility, it’s good for marketing, it’s good for promotion of the sport, it’s good for the image big time,” he said.

Farm honours Derek Jeter by carving his likeness into 5-acre corn maze – National

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – As far as corny Derek Jeter tributes go, this one will be tough to beat.

A farm in central New Jersey carved an image of the New York Yankees captain and a thank you message to him into its five-acre corn maze. The VonThun Farm in South Brunswick is about 55 miles south of Yankee Stadium.

“Thanks Captain Clutch” is carved into the maze, along with a baseball with Jeter’s No. 2 on it. Farm owner Cindy VonThun said the maze will be open from Sept. 20 through Halloween.

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“This was just something totally different,” she said. “To walk out in the field and to be on a path and to say, ‘I’m in Derek Jeter’s chin,’ it’s pretty cool.”

Jeter is retiring after 19 seasons with the Yankees. He has been honoured at Major League ballparks around the country this year, including by former President George W. Bush, who presented him with a photo from his presidential library last month in Texas.

But this is the first known instance of him being honoured with a corn maze.

VonThun said the original idea was to do a design this year with a tractor carrying pumpkins. She said that the company in Utah that it contracts with to build the maze, The Maize Company, came up with the idea to honour Jeter.

“You’re in the middle of Jeter Country, why wouldn’t you be doing a tribute to this man, he’s wonderful,” she said of the company’s thoughts. “Everyone’s going to love that more than they’re going to love a tractor pulling some wagons, pulling some pumpkins. We thought about it and thought why not.”

She said that company maps out the image and then uses chemicals to prevent corn from growing in the spots that become the pathways of the maze, which can take an hour or longer to go through.

The farm celebrated its 100th anniversary last year and is known for its fall corn maze. The farm has previously carved a salute to Rutgers football into the maze.

The Maize Company also recently created a maze with “Today” show weatherman Al Roker’s likeness on it for a farm in Iowa.

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‘It limits our creativity’: Edmonton bartender on Alberta liquor law

EDMONTON – As the demand to prepare original, inventive cocktails grows in Alberta, some bartenders believe an Alberta liquor policy is tying their hands, creatively speaking.

“We have to work around these rules,” said Brady Grumpelt, manager and instructor at Edmonton’s Fine Art Bartending School.

“There are definitely things that I would like to be doing but I simply can’t.”

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According to the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission, “it is prohibited to adulterate or alter liquor in any way. Nothing may be added (including ice, mixes or flavouring agents) until the liquor is used to prepare a drink requested by a patron.”

The main concern with the policy for bartenders is the fact they aren’t able to infuse their own liquors.

“As a bartender, it limits our creativity a little bit,” said Grumpelt. “Being limited to only certain pre-made brands really holds back on what we’re able to give to the customers as an experience.”

Grumpelt says if Alberta bartenders were able to infuse their own liquors, it would drastically increase the variety of customized cocktails they’re able to offer customers.

“We can age cocktails for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks; and that is one of the methods that is very popular down in the States, out in Vancouver, Toronto and we’re just not able to do it here,” Grumpelt said, recalling a barrel-aged Manhattan he really enjoyed while in Victoria.

READ MORE: Should Alberta modernize its liquor laws?

The policy came under review a couple of years ago, but was found to be appropriate for protecting the health and safety of consumers, according to the AGLC. A spokesperson with the AGLC says it’s also important to ensure consumers know exactly what they’re putting in their bodies.

“The concern is – with mixing liquor products or adding food or any kind of additive – it does change the composition and level of alcohol in the product,” said Tatjana Laskovic, a spokesperson with the AGLC.

“The goal is to be responsive to industry and consumer trends, but we also need to balance that with social responsibility.”

However, Grumpelt maintains that – if done correctly – infusing liquor doesn’t drastically alter the alcohol content.

“This is just another regulation that’s thrown on there which ultimately just ties bartenders’ hands.”

According to the province, 76 per cent of Albertans consume alcohol; and the province leads the way nationally in alcohol sales growth.

Earlier this summer the AGLC said it was in the process of preparing a broad-based review of liquor laws and policies in the province, which were last overhauled in 2008.

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US wants to make cars talk to each other in a bid to save lives – National

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Monday it is taking a first step toward requiring that future cars and light trucks be equipped with technology that enables them to warn each other of potential danger in time to avoid collisions.

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A research report released by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the technology could eventually prevent 592,000 left-turn and intersection crashes a year, saving 1,083 lives. The agency said it will begin drafting rules to require the technology in new vehicles.

The technology uses a radio signal to continually transmit a vehicle’s position, heading, speed and other information. Similarly equipped cars and trucks would receive the same information, and their computers would alert drivers to an impending collision.

A car would “see” when another car or truck equipped with the same technology was about to run a red light, even if that vehicle were hidden around a corner. A car would also know when a car several vehicles ahead in a line of traffic had made a sudden stop and alert the driver even before the brake lights of the vehicle directly in front illuminate. The technology works up to about 300 yards (275 metres) away.

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If communities choose to invest in the technology, roadways and traffic lights could start talking to cars, as well, sending warnings of traffic congestion or road hazards ahead in time for drivers to take a detour.

The technology is separate from automated safety features using sensors and radar that are already being built into some high-end vehicles today and which are seen as the basis for future self-driving cars. But government and industry officials see the two technologies as compatible. If continuous conversations between cars make driving safer, then self-driving cars would become safer as well.

Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx called the vehicle-to-vehicle technology “the next great advance in saving lives.”

“This technology could move us from helping people survive crashes to helping them avoid crashes altogether — saving lives, saving money and even saving fuel thanks to the widespread benefits it offers,” Foxx said.

It will take time for the technology to reach its full effectiveness since the current fleet of vehicles on the road will have to turn over or be retrofitted. Once a critical mass of vehicles is equipped with the technology, they are expected to be able to follow each other safely at a close, pre-set distance on highways. Such “platoons” or “road trains” hold the potential to enhance the flow of traffic and save fuel.

The information sent between vehicles does not identify those vehicles, but merely contains basic safety data, NHTSA said. “The system as contemplated contains several layers of security and privacy protection to ensure that vehicles can rely on messages sent from other vehicles,” the agency said.

Adding the technology to new vehicles or retrofitting existing ones is expected to cost about $100 to $200 per vehicle.

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers praised the technology, but avoided commenting directly on the government’s intention to require the technology in new cars. Instead, both groups urged the Federal Communications Commission to preserve the 5.9 GHz radio frequency for vehicle-to-vehicle communications.

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The frequency was initially expected to be dedicated to transportation technologies, but the commission has said it is exploring whether that frequency can be used for other wireless demands as well.

“We understand the pressing need for additional spectrum and are open to sharing this spectrum if it can be done safely,” said Gloria Bergquist, vice-president for the alliance. “We continue to urge the FCC not to compromise the use of the spectrum until it is definitively established that sharing will not interfere with the safety of the driving public.”

©2014The Canadian Press

Astronauts perform spacewalk to deploy nanosatellite, other instruments – National

Watch the video above: Two Russian cosmonauts perform a spacewalk outside the International Space Station.

TORONTO – Russian cosmonauts are conducting a six-and-a-half hour spacewalk to deploy a satellite, as well as conduct other scientific missions.

Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev ventured out of the International Space Station at 10:02 EDT Monday morning.

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Artemyev deployed a nanosatellite designed to take photographs of Earth. The satellite – from the National University of Engineering in Peru – is equipped with two cameras that will transmit the images to a ground station.

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They also will affix a handrail clamp holder for an antenna the pair installed on the Zvezda module on June 19, and an experiment package that includes two astrobiology studies designed to study biomaterials and extremophiles – organisms that can survive in harsh, seemingly uninhabitable environments.

On top of those duties, the pair have several other tasks to perform including setting up an instrument and retrieving other science experiments.

This is the 181st spacewalk on the station. You can watch the spacewalk on NASA TV.

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Shot may have hit Michael Brown’s arm when teen put hands up: pathologist – National

WATCH ABOVE: Pathologist Shawn Parcells describes one of the gunshot wounds to Michael Brown and how the teen could have had his back turned or his hands up when shot in the arm.

FERGUSON, Mo. – An unarmed black teenager fatally shot by police suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, “but we don’t know,” a pathologist hired by the teen’s family said Monday.

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An independent autopsy conducted on 18-year-old Michael Brown determined that the teen was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, according to the pathologists and the family’s attorneys. Brown was shot by a police officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, touching off a week of rancorous protests in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, where police have used riot gear and tear gas, prompting  Gov. Jay Nixon to call in the National Guard.

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Brown’s death heightened racial tensions between the predominantly black community and the mostly white Ferguson Police Department. Civil rights activists have compared the shooting to other racially charged cases, especially the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot by Florida neighbourhood watch organizer who was later acquitted of murder. Both cases have fueled nationwide debates on the treatment of young black men in America.

Police have said little about the encounter between Brown and the white officer, except to say that it involved a scuffle in which the officer was injured and Brown was shot. Witnesses say the teenager had his hands in the air as the officer fired multiple rounds.

Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden during the autopsy requested by the family, said a graze wound on Brown’s right arm could have occurred in several ways. The teen may have had his back to the shooter, or he could have been facing the shooter with his hands above his head or in a defensive position in front of his face.

“But we don’t know,” Parcells said.

Baden said one of the bullets entered the top of Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when he suffered the fatal injury. The pathologists said Brown, who also was shot four times in the right arm, could have survived the other bullet wounds.

Baden said there was no gun-power residue on Brown’s body, indicating he was not shot at close range. However, Baden said he did not have access to Brown’s clothing, and that it was possible the residue could be on the clothing.

A grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether the officer, Darren Wilson, should be charged in Brown’s death.

Family attorney for Michael Brown, Daryl Parks, points to an autopsy diagram showing where the gun shots hit Michael Brown during a press conference at the Greater St. Marks Family Church on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri.

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Family attorney Benjamin Crump said the family wanted the additional autopsy because they feared results of the county’s examination could be biased. Crump declined to release copies of the report to the media, and the county’s autopsy report has not been released.

“They could not trust what was going to be put in the reports about the tragic execution of their child,” he said during Monday’s news conference with Parcells and Baden.

“It verifies that the witness accounts were true: that he was shot multiple times.”

He said Brown’s mother “had the question any mother would have: Was my child in pain. Dr. Baden shared with her in his opinion, he did not suffer.” He also noted that Brown had abrasions on his face from where he fell to the ground, but “otherwise no evidence of a struggle.”

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Meanwhile, another autopsy conducted by St. Louis county found Brown was shot six to eight times.

County medical examiner’s office administrator Suzanne McCune said that autopsy showed Brown was hit in the head and chest. McCune would not confirm whether Brown was hit elsewhere on his body or discuss other details, and full findings of the autopsy aren’t expected for about two weeks.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy.

Ferguson police waited six days to publicly reveal the name of the officer and documents alleging Brown robbed a convenience store shortly before he was killed. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer did not know Brown was a robbery suspect when he encountered him walking in the street with a friend.

Associated Press writers Darlene Superville in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Eric Tucker in Brewster, Massachusetts, contributed to this report.

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Hot and humid August will start to cool off – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — This week picks up where we left off from the weekend in Winnipeg and southern Manitoba: Saturday was hot, Sunday was humid.

Monday will be a cloudier version of Sunday. Temperatures will be in the mid-20s across the south but with the humidity, feel like it’s 30 C or warmer. You can also throw in a few scattered showers and the risk of non-severe thunderstorms.

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From Monday to Wednesday, temperatures slowly warm up and the skies get clearer. The downside is if we maintain similar levels of humidity, it’ll feel like it’s in the mid-30s. Tuesday and Wednesday could be a repeat of last Friday’s scorcher, when the humidex value got up to 39.

Regardless of humidity, Wednesday will likely give us our peak temperatures for the week and Thursday looks like a soggy one. Right now, rainfall amounts look light but they could go up as the system gets closer.

This low pressure will bring rain and also looks to be changing things up as far as the hot August we’ve been enjoying in the province. Seventeen days into August, only three have stayed below 25 C. The second half of the month could be the opposite, with just a few days above 25 C.

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Ghost Town Mysteries: Bradian, B.C. ghost town gets new owners

UPDATE Jan 2, 2015: Tom and Katherine Gutenberg, the owners of Bradian, sold the town on Dec. 29, 2014, to China Zhong Ya Group Hebei Canada-China Co.

John Lovelace of Sutton Seafair Realty said in a release “at the end of the day we feel that the China Zhong Yung Group will be a good fit. The company told us they plan to rehabilitate the town but I think they are prepared to take the time to plan everything out first.”

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It’s often assumed that ghost towns are far from civilization, in remote areas difficult to get to.

Just two hours from Whistler, however, is the ghost town of Bradian. A former suburb of the gold mining town of Bralorne, it has over 22 houses still standing in reasonable condition. It has power lines, phone lines, and the 50 acre site is already zoned rural residential.

And it can be yours for under a million dollars.

“It’s all ready to go,” says John Lovelace, the town’s Realtor.

“You’d have to do some work on the infrastructure, and the plumbing, but it’s there.”

PHOTO GALLERY: The ghost town of Bradian. Photos courtesy John Lovelace

The town of Bradian, north of Whistler, is back on the market after being sold less than a year ago.

Lovelace is selling the town for Tom and Katherine Gutenberg, who bought it in 1997. The two have spent the ensuing years upgrading the town, putting proper roofs on all the remaining buildings and bringing their children up every summer.

“It’s been really great bringing up the kids here. They have had such a tremendous exposure to something most children would never have in their entire life,” said Katherine when they decided put Bradian up for sale.

“We’ve done what we could do as a family. It’s time to pass it on to someone who would do a bit more with it,” added Tom.

That was in 2010. In the ensuing years, Lovelace has had people inquire about Bradian every month, but nobody has committed to a deal. It’s currently on the market for $995,000.

“I wonder continually why that property hasn’t been sold. If I was 20 years younger, I would have been involved,” said Lovelace.

“It’s beautiful, it’s right in the middle of these snow-capped mountains, there’s houses and lakes nearby, but when it’s really comes down to it, you have to spend time and money to bring it up to speed.”

WATCH: Global first reported on Bradian in 2010

He should know. Lovelace visited ghost towns from coast to coast when he produced “Wings over Canada”, a TV Series that explored some of the most unique spots in the country. It was during the show that he learned of Bradian, and became good friends with the Gutenbergs after filming a segment on the town.

“I’ve think I’ve looked and walked and talked on more Ghost Towns than any other person in Canada, and I’ve done this for years and years and years, and I can say that it’s the closest to a major city than any other area,” says Lovelace.

“Kitsault’s in the middle of nowhere. This one in the summertime, it takes just 3 or 4 hours to get to.”

Lovelace knows there are challenges with finding a buyer for Bradian. The town is only accessible through Lillooet for seven months of the year, adding three hours to the drive from Vancouver, and the sewage needs upgrading.

GALLERY: More photos of Bradian

Then there’s the question of how some one would make money if they seriously invested in the property. Lovelace is confident though.

“There’s a lot of money to be made there. If you build it, people would come…it’s the best snowmobiling in B.C.,” he says.

“The thing is, you have lots of snow, but you have snow everywhere in Canada. But the temperature range in those mountains is relatively mild. The environment and temperature and snow conditions are identical to Whistler – you don’t get minus 30 and 40, you get minus 5 and minus 10. That gets your winter covered. And in the summertime, you’ve got the Bradian Pass, and beautiful lakes.”

Most ghost towns are all about the past. But Lovelace believes Bradian has a future for someone who wants their very own place on the map.

“There’s lots of opportunities, and I think it’s just the matter of the right person with the right dream and time on their hands.”

“Ghost Town Mysteries” is a semi-regular online series exploring some of the strange sights from B.C.’s past.

The old trolley buses of Sandon
The swimming pool of Mount Sheer, B.C.
The stolen lightbulbs of Anyox, B.C.
The 30-year slumber of Kitsault, B.C.

Citizens Decoration Day honours fallen soldiers – Saskatoon

Watch above: honouring those who made the ultimate sacrifice defending Canada’s freedom

SASKATOON – Citizens Decoration Day gives family and friends a day to remember those brave men and women who have fallen defending our country. In Saskatoon, the 91st annual parade and ceremony included legion members, ANAVET members, cadets and armed forces.

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Those who wish to honour a fallen soldier can purchase a brass plaque and memorial tree at Woodlawn Cemetery along Memorial Lane. Since June 2013, 34 ex-service personnel and spouses have been buried in the veteran’s field.

Bernie Wilkinson travelled from Victoria to honour the uncle he never had a chance to meet. After discovering last year that Wilkinson’s memorial plaque had disappeared, he ensured that a new one was made, and the plaque and tree were rededicated in this year’s service.

“I’ve heard the saying, ‘We give veterans Remembrance Day,’ well one day isn’t enough. I came here, like many people, to honour them giving up their lives to ensure Canada is as safe as it is today,” said Wilkinson.

WWII and Korea War veteran Irving Larson is full of war stories; he comes to citizens decoration day every year.

“It’s a way of thanking those who protected Canada. I have a few medals myself, but lots of those men didn’t make it back. I’m honoured to be here and representing those who couldn’t be here,” said Larson.

Memorial Lane is open to the public at Woodlawn Cemetery, located near the north entrance.

Tropical storm Karina continues in Pacific, another forming close behind – National

TORONTO – As Tropical Storm Karina continues to churn in the east Pacific Ocean, another tropical storm is brewing behind it.

Tropical depression 12E formed on Sunday afternoon about 1,000 km southwest of the southern tip of Baja, California. As of Monday morning the storm was producing maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h. The National Hurricane Center in Miami, Florida, anticipates the depression could form into a tropical storm by late Monday.

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Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Karina is taking a rather strange track.

Karina developed into a hurricane late Thursday, but lost some of its punch and was downgraded to a tropical storm Friday.

Karina’s path takes it west before it moves east again. Tropical depression 12E, meanwhile, is forecast to become a tropical storm by Monday night.

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Karina is moving west-southwest at 15 km/h. However, preliminary tracking data has the storm moving west over the next couple of days before turning back toward the east.

The storm’s maximum sustained winds are 75 km/h, though some strengthening is possible during the next two days.

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Opioids like OxyContin to get stronger warning labels: health minister – National

OTTAWA – The federal government is putting stronger warning labels on extended-release painkillers like OxyContin in an effort to prevent the abuse of opioids.

“Too many people are abusing prescription drugs,” Health Minister Rona Ambrose told the annual conference of the Canadian Medical Association on Monday.

“Too many people are suffering and dying as a result.”

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In prepared remarks, Ambrose reminded the conference that Canada is now the second-largest per capita consumer of prescription opioids in the world, behind the United States.

As well, she pointed out, a 2012 study suggests that close to a million young Canadians between the ages of 15 and 24 reported using prescription drugs in the previous 12 months.

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The Canadian Alcohol and Drug Use Monitoring Survey also found that 410,000 Canadians said they’d abused prescription drugs like opioid pain relievers, including Demorol and OxyContin; stimulants like Ritalin and Adderall; and tranquilizers and sedatives that include Valium, Ativan and Xanax.

“Quite frankly, these numbers are frightening, unacceptable and the reason why our government is taking action,” Ambrose said.

The Conservatives’ new initiatives include stronger warnings on opioid labels that emphasize the risks and safety concerns associated with the drugs.

The new labels also remove reference to “moderate” pain to clarify opioids should only be used to manage severe pain.

Ambrose is also calling for the development of other practical solutions that will prevent opioid abuse while keeping the painkillers available for patients who truly need them.

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A year ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced safety labelling changes for all extended-release and long-acting opioids intended to treat pain.

David Juurlink, a medical toxicologist at the University of Toronto, said it’s “hard to argue” with label changes, adding OxyContin and related drugs should have been restricted for treating only patients in severe pain as soon as they came onto the market.

“The change will limit what drug companies can say in advertisements to doctors, but it’s not likely to change how doctors prescribe opioids,” he said in an interview. “That horse has bolted.”

Ottawa needs to go much further, Juurlink added.

“What we really need are federal initiatives to quantify the toll of opioid misuse, to properly educate doctors about the risk/benefit profile of opioids and perhaps even federal support for an investigation into how these drugs were marketed in Canada,” he said.

“That’s happening in the United States, and for good reason. Why it’s not happening here, I don’t know.”

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Government announces independent investigation into Mount Polley

WATCH: Two weeks after the tailings pond failure at the Mount Polley mine, the BC government is ordering an independent investigation into the disaster and a third party review of dam inspections at all tailings ponds in the province. Here’s Jas Johal.

The provincial government announced an independentinvestigation into the Mount Polley tailings pond breach today,along with a review of all tailings ponds in B.C.

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Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett announcedthe two reviews this morning, calling the breach “a disaster”.

“We need to find out why it happened, and ensure it never happens again,” said Bennett, who says the investigation will issue a final report by January 31.

“People need to know we can mine in this province safely.”

Bennett says all mine companies must conduct safety inspections of their own tailings ponds by Dec. 1, and to have the inspections reviewed by outside engineering firms.

The three-person panel reviewing the Mount Polley breach will be able to compel Imperial Metals, which owns the mine, to testify and give evidence during the investigation.

“The investigation will be thorough and rigorous,” said Dirk Van Zyl, one of the three appointees. “I have full confidence we will have complete freedom to make any necessary recommendations.”

Van Zyl, a UBC Mining professor with more than 30 years experience in researching tailings ponds, said that it is difficult to compare the Mount Polley disaster with other tailings pond breaches, because they’re all built differently. According to Bennett, there are 98 tailings ponds in B.C. alone.

“There has been worldwide interest from engineers on this,” he said.

“It’s important to understand how this occurred. It’s important for mining, and it’s important for governments.”

The tailings pond at Mount Polley Mine near the town of Likely breached on August 4, sending 4.5 million cubic metres of waste into Hazeltine Creek, Quesnel Lake and Polley Lake.

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The cost of the cleanup is expected to be around $200 million, and Imperial Metalslaid off 42 workerslast week.

While the long-term impact of the spill to the local environment will not be known for some time, water samples taken from Quesnel River and Lake in the past week have met drinking water guidelines.

A water ban is still in place in the area directly affected by the breach, including Polley Lake and Hazeltine Creek, and is expected to stay in place indefinitely.

Bennett also announced that a permit for Red Chris Mine, which Imperial Metals was hoping to open this fall, will be put on hold while the Tahltan Indian Band appoints someone to assess the mines’ tailings pond.

In addition, the Williams Lake Indian Band and Soda Creek Indian Band each have signed a letter with the government to work in partnership during the review. The two bands, who will each receive $200,000 from the government, will appointing a liaison to work with the independent panel.

While Bennett said that “one accident is one too many” in B.C., he defended the mining industry’s future, saying it would be an important economic engine for years to come.

“There has been no breach of a major tailings pond in B.C. of an operating mine in at least 40 years,” he said.

“The industry has, other than this accident, a very solid safety record. Safety as it relates to government, and safety as it relates to people.”

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Your Saskatchewan: August 2014 – Saskatoon

Every weeknight on News Hour Final and weekends on News Final, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

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Aug. 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Kevin Herman at Lac La Loche.

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Aug. 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Christina Larson at Fishing Lake.

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Aug. 3: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Myra Leanne at Pike Lake.

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Aug. 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Susan Fortay in Lloydminster.

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Aug. 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Harasyn at Emma Lake.

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Aug. 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Amanda Loseth near Estevan.

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Aug. 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Ryan Trotchie south of Battleford.

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Aug. 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Eric Beck high above Saskatoon Thursday morning.

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Aug. 9: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Roxanne Levis near Rosetown.

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Aug. 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Josie Adamko on Candle Lake.

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Aug. 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jill Carberry of her daughter doing yoga on a paddle board at Jackfish Lake.

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Aug. 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Hosneara Khanam at Shannon Lake.

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Aug. 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Trish Tanner at Nemebien Lake.

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Aug. 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Diane Kacher of a dandelion seed head near Aberdeen.

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Aug. 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Leah Kosh at the Saskatoon Zoo.

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Aug. 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Marion Beyer at Chitek Lake.

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Aug. 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Brandon Ovechkin in Prince Albert.

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Aug. 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Gisele Diehl in Turtleford.

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Aug 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dorothy Caisse of the smoky sky near near Île-à-la-Crosse.

Dorothy Caisse / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Paul Koo just south of Findlater.

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Aug. 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by @SSkPrairie in Lumsden.

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Aug. 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tejvir Sidhu of some loons in Prince Albert National Park.

Tejvir Sidhu / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Levana Dutertre at Emerald Lake.

Levana Dutertre / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Sandy Muyres at Turtle Lake.

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Aug. 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Trudy Tarasoff at Mistusinne on Diefenbaker Lake.

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Aug. 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Byron Hiebert at Sturgeon Lake.

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Aug. 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Shelly Gerein at Otter Creek.

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Aug. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Linda Asztalos near Bradwell.

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Aug. 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Nicole Anderson in Saskatoon.

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Aug: 30: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Sydney Ruest at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

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Aug. 31: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dorothy Caisse at Île-à-la-Crosse.

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