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.

©2014The Canadian Press

‘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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2 bodies pulled from Red River in Winnipeg – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG – The Winnipeg Police Service underwater recovery unit pulled two bodies from the Red River in two different locations on Sunday.

Police, fire and paramedics pulled a woman from the river near the Alexander Docks, north of The Forks near downtown Winnipeg, around 1:30 p.m., after a father and son spotted something floating in the water.

An autopsy is pending and the homicide unit is investigating the death, police said at a news conference Monday morning.

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“Investigators are hopeful that we will have this person identified and much more information tomorrow,” Const. Eric Hofley said.

Missing women reports are being consulted, he said.

“Our ident unit would be heavily involved in that type of thing, you know, be it checking for marks, fingerprints, to see if this person has had previous involvement with us.”

In the second case, a man’s body was found in the river near Kildonan Park in north Winnipeg just before 7:30 p.m.

An autopsy is pending and police said they don’t know if it’s the same person who was seen in the river on Friday.

Searchers spent the weekend looking for a man after he disappeared into the river on Friday afternoon.

A water taxi captain threw a flotation ring to the man but suffered a heart attack during the attempted rescue, and the man in the river disappeared.

The taxi captain is reported to be recovering in hospital.

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‘Turtles’ beat ‘Expendables 3’ atweekend box office

NEW YORK – Moviegoers continued to shell out for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, while Sylvester Stallone’s action ensemble The Expendables 3 was easily out-gunned in its weekend debut.

The rebooted reptiles took in $28.4 million in the film’s second weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. That far surpassed the limp $16.2 million earned by Stallone’s gang of aged but buff warriors.

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The paltry, fourth-place total for The Expendables 3 is well below previous debuts in the franchise. The last two Expendables opened with $34.8 million (in August 2010) and $28.6 million (in August 2012). The third film was the first to be rated PG-13 in the previously R-rated series, which potentially signalled watered-down explosiveness to an audience that was largely over 25, anyway.

Expendables 3, which features a sprawling cast of Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson and others, also leaked online before its release, potentially damaging its impact in theatres.

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Instead, Guardians of the Galaxy came in second with $24.7 million, bringing its three-week cumulative total to $222 million. Along with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the cosmic romp starring Chris Pratt has helped restore some strength to the summer box office. Sequels are already in the works for both films.

After box-office returns well off the pace of last summer, Hollywood has made a slight comeback in August, typically a dumping ground for studio leftovers. The summer overall is still running at a 15 per cent deficit from last year’s record-breaking season, but the gap had once been above 20 per cent. August is up 14 per cent on last year.

Opening in third place was the buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops, starring Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans Jr. It took in $17.7 million.

Also debuting was the Lois Lowry adaption The Giver, a dystopian young-adult tale starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep. It opened in fifth place with an estimated $12.8 million.

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Obama back in Washington on rare vacation break – National

WATCH: President Obama returned to Washington early Monday to deal with some pressing issues including the situation in Iraq.

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama returned to Washington just after midnight Monday for break from a summer vacation, during which airstrikes in Iraq and street clashes in Missouri intruded on his golf and beach plans.

Obama had meetings on both matters scheduled for Monday.

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The exact reason for Obama’s return remained unclear, though it appeared aimed in part at countering criticism that Obama was spending two weeks on the Massachusetts resort island of Martha’s Vineyard in the midst of multiple crises.

His return to Washington was planned even before the U.S. military began striking targets in Iraq and before the standoff between police and protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, over shooting death of a black teenager.

The president was scheduled to return to Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday night.

The president spent a leisurely Sunday on the island before his late night departure. He played a round of golf – his most frequent vacation activity – then attended a jazz concert and dinner with first lady Michelle Obama.

While Obama has had plenty of downtime since arriving in Martha’s Vineyard a week ago, he also made two public statements about the situations in Iraq and Ferguson. The president had ordered the Iraq strikes days before leaving for vacation, while the tensions in Ferguson boiled over during his vacation.

©2014The Canadian Press

Friend of Ice Bucket Challenge creator dies celebrating ALS fundraising – National

WATCH: Corey Griffin died tragically on Saturday is remembered by his childhood friends

TORONTO – A 27-year-old Massachusetts man died Saturday during a celebration for raising US$100,000 towards ALS research.

Corey Griffin, a former college hockey player, jumped off the top of a building on Nantucket Island into the water below at around 2 a.m.

Police say Griffin floated to the surface before going under and not coming back up.

Griffin was pulled from the water shortly after by an off-duty life guard.

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After police performed CPR trying to resuscitate him, he was sent to hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Griffin was close friends with Pete Frates, whose battle with ALS launched the ice bucket challenge.

The challenge — which has people posting videos of themselves pouring buckets of icy water over their heads — has help raise more than US$11 million in donations towards ALS research.

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“Team FrateTrain lost a good friend today,” Frates posted on his Facebook page Sunday about Griffin.

“Helping out was nothing new for Griff. He held his own event for me back in 2012, just a few months after diagnosis. He worked his butt off these last few weeks for ALS. We texted everyday, planning and scheming ways to raise funds and plan events.”

Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS gradually paralyzes the body. According to Lisa Pluhowy, president of the ALS Society of Saskatchewan, sufferers will eventually “lose their ability to hug, speak, and even breathe.”

ALS Canada says two out of 100,000 people 18 years and older are diagnosed with ALS each year. Ninety per cent die within five years of being diagnosed.

About 3,000 Canadians live with the disease, which has no cure or effective treatment.

-With files from Steve Silva

Ebola health workers battle death, heat, rumours – National

WATCH:Ebola patients were forced to flee during an attack at a health care center in Liberia over the weekend. As Mancy Clark reports, the attackers believe the Ebola outbreak is a hoax.

LONDON – Doctors and nurses fighting Ebola in West Africa are working 14-hour days, seven days a week, wearing head-to-toe gear in the heat of muddy clinics. Agonizing death is the norm. The hellish conditions aren’t the only problem: Health workers struggle to convince patients they’re trying to help them, not hurt them.

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Rumours are rife that Western aid workers are importing Ebola, stealing bodies or even deliberately infecting patients. Winning trust is made harder by a full suit of hood, goggles, mask and gown that hides their faces.

“You want to say so much … because they’re in so much pain,” said nurse Monia Sayah, of Doctors Without Borders. “They suffer so much, but they can only see your eyes.”

The outbreak has hit three of the world’s poorest countries, where health systems there were already woefully understaffed and ill-equipped. In Liberia, there is only one doctor for every 100,000 people, while in Sierra Leone there are two, according to the World Health Organization; there were no statistics available for Guinea. The figure is 245 for the United States.

Emotional distress conspires with exhaustion and dehydration, but doctors say it’s hard to stop working. “When the need is so great, you can’t justify not being there for a day or going home earlier,” said Dr. Robert Fowler, who recently worked in Guinea and Sierra Leone.

The critical care doctor at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, Canada – now on sabbatical with the World Health Organization – said that the barrier of the protective suit is big but not insurmountable.

“There was a young girl, about 6, who came in late in the illness who was bleeding from her bowels, very dehydrated and delirious,” he said. Ebola wiped out her immediate family – so she was all alone.

“She was very frightened and very reluctant to engage, and just wanted to push people away,” he said. Fowler spent days trying to help her, bringing her things she wanted like Fanta soda. “She eventually developed this sense that this person in the suit who’s a bit scary is trying to help me.”

One day he brought the girl her favourite dish: cucumbers and lime. “She chowed down,” he said – a sign that she was on the mend. Fowler said the girl was close to being discharged by the time he left Guinea.

The girl is the exception rather than the rule. Death is the fate of more than half of the West Africans infected in the Ebola outbreak.

“With the mortality rate being what it is,” Fowler said, “you know every day there will be a couple of patients on your ward who didn’t make it through the night.”

Dr. Kent Brantly – an American who fell sick from Ebola last month treating patients – echoed Fowler in speaking of the moral weight of the struggle.

“I held the hands of countless individuals as this terrible disease took their lives away from them,” Brantly said in a statement this month. “I witnessed the horror firsthand and I can still remember every face and name.”

Brantly is now being treated in an Atlanta hospital. His condition was improving.

Sayah, the nurse, said that heat makes it impossible to work continuously for more than an hour. It means tasks have to be completed with near-military precision. Her makeshift Ebola tent hospital in Gueckedou, southern Guinea, was converted from an earlier clinic set up by Doctors Without Borders to handle cholera epidemics.

“If you have to do patients’ blood work and IVs, you focus only on this, and you know your other team members will get the patients food and drink,” she said.

The tough odds don’t make it easier to see a patient die.

“There was a very strong, resilient, gentleman, who always made an effort to sit up and open his eyes and tell us how grateful he was that we were here,” said Sahah. She said the man appeared to be improving but suddenly deteriorated. She was forced to take a break after getting dehydrated. When he returned about 40 minutes later, he was dead.

“When a patient dies like that, it’s very upsetting because we’re their last hope.”

Cokie van der Velde, a sanitation specialist for Doctors Without Borders in Guinea and Liberia, cleaned Ebola wards – washing floors, emptying buckets and collecting bodies.

One day, she came across a harrowing sight.

“I walked into a room with four bodies and they’d all died in the most grotesque positions, with a lot of blood and feces everywhere,” she said. “During the night, one man had crawled to the door and the other people who died, they seemed to have fallen off their beds and were bent backwards.”

Normally, the Briton spends her days in Yorkshire, England, tending to her garden and looking after her grandchildren. Van der Velde has worked on two previous Ebola outbreaks and says she does it because she believes in justice and equality.

She said the need for medical care is overwhelming in this outbreak because of the heavy toll Ebola has taken on health workers. Many of those sickened and killed have been doctors and nurses. That has sparked fear among local staffers and led to strikes and resignations.

“I can’t blame them,” van Der Velde said. “They’re scared.”

©2014The Canadian Press

Toronto Morning: What you need to know today – Toronto

IN THE NEWS…

The Toronto Transit Commission wants to improve service to its riders but it will have to come at a cost. A TTC report to be presented at a board meeting on Tuesday proposes to add a myriad of improvements to existing bus, streetcar and subway service at a cost of $19 million in 2015 and an increase each year of up to $69 million in 2018.Transits users traveling their way through Union Station may notice a slightly less congested commute Monday with the opening of a new subway platform. Toronto Transit Commission crews have been working all weekend long to put the finishing touches on a second platform which opened to the public at 6 a.m.Police are investigating two pedestrian fatalities after both were struck and killed by separate vehicles in Scarborough and downtown Toronto. The vehicles remained at the scene in both cases but there’s no word yet on any charges.The poll from CIBC found that about half, or 51 per cent, of post-secondary students said they would need to borrow money to pay for tuition, living expenses and books.Emmanuel Arceneaux’s 53-yard TD grab with just over seven minutes remaining earned the B.C. Lions a 33-17 milestone win over the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday night. Arceneaux broke two tackles en route to the end zone at 8:33 of the fourth quarter to anchor the Lions’ 500th all-time victory. B.C. (5-3) outscored Toronto (3-5) 20-7 in the final frame for its third straight victory.

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More on current weather conditions and a 7-day forecast. 

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1 dead, 3 in hospital following collision on Highway 881 – Edmonton

EDMONTON – One person was killed and three others injured in a single vehicle collision on Sunday night in northern Alberta.

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. at kilometre marker 173 on Highway 881, which is about 150 kilometres north of Lac La Biche.

RCMP from both Lac La Biche and Fort McMurray responded, and arrived to find one of the people in the vehicle was dead. Three others, all men, were injured.

Cst. Chris Clark with Lac La Biche RCMP said one man was flown to the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray via Phoenix Heli-Flight, a local helicopter company that provides medevac services in and around the northern Alberta city.

The other two men were driven via ground ambulance to the same hospital in Fort McMurray. Cst. Clark said Monday morning he didn’t know what condition the three men were in. He also would not release the identity of the deceased, as police were still attempting to contact their family.

Police continue to investigate, but said road conditions were good at the time of the crash. The highway was closed overnight while police investigated, but was re-opened around 5 a.m. Monday.

Lac La Biche is located about 250 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

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Most students expect to have over $10K of debt by graduation

TORONTO – Getting a post-secondary degree can be an expensive endeavour, but a recent survey suggests that most students believe they’ll be on track to pay off their student loans within five years of graduating.

The poll from CIBC found that about half, or 51 per cent, of post-secondary students said they would need to borrow money to pay for tuition, living expenses and books.

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Although about a quarter expected to owe less than $10,000 by the time they graduate, almost three quarters (73 per cent) expected to owe more than $10,000, including 40 per cent who said they’d likely be on the hook for $25,000 or more of student debt.

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The Canadian Federation of Students says students in Ontario and the Maritimes have debt loads averaging $28,000 at graduation, the highest in the country.

Yet despite the predictions of big debt, most students remain optimistic about their ability to eliminate it.

Sixty-six per cent surveyed believed they’d be able to pay down their debt within five years or less, while 34 per cent expected it would take them more than six years to be debt-free.

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“While their intentions are admirable they may not be realistic,” said Christina Kramer, executive vice-president of retail and business banking at CIBC.

“As students graduate and look to start their careers, they will likely be moving out on their own, saving for a car or a down payment on a home, or even starting a family. That’s why it’s important for them to manage the amount of debt they take on, develop a budget that helps them carefully manage their spending while in school and have a plan to pay off debt once they graduate.”

Looking over the short term, another survey – this one by the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) -suggested that those going to college or university were planning on spending an average of $1,121 on school supplies.

It also found some regional differences between where students lived and how much they expected to spend. Those who live in Alberta expected to spend the most on back to school purchases with an average amount of $1,236; followed by Ontario students with $1,204. Those in Saskatchewan and Manitoba expected to spend the least, a combined average of $857.

According to the survey, a third (34 per cent) of the students said they planned on using loans and scholarships to pay for these purchases. Thirty per cent said they were going to rely on financial help from friends and family, while about a quarter (27 per cent) would be using credit.

It found the vast majority of students recently surveyed said most of their costs would be going towards textbooks (88 per cent); new clothes (58 per cent); computers or cell phones (41 per cent); and furniture (20 per cent).

The CIBC poll was conducted online by Leger, which surveyed 500 Canadian university or college students between July 10-17. The BMO survey was conducted by Pollara online between Aug. 1-8, with a sample of 600 Canadian post-secondary students.

The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.

©2014The Canadian Press

Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion – National

WATCH: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes announcement that appears to indicate he would be leaving embassy

LONDON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved.

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Assange made the cryptic comments during a press conference at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London following a meeting with Ricardo Patino, the Latin American nation’s foreign minister. When asked about speculation – some of it sparked by a recent interview with a British newspaper – that the 43-year-old Australian was ready to leave the embassy to seek medical treatment, Assange declined to answer directly, instead pointing to Kristinn Hrafnsson, the WikiLeaks spokesman, who was in the back of the room.

“He said I can confirm that I am leaving the embassy soon, but perhaps not for the reasons that (news media) are saying,” Assange said.

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He refused to elaborate on the awkwardly worded statement.

Leaving the embassy would be a big move for Assange, who has remained trapped in the building since he sought refuge there more than two years ago. Assange is seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sex crimes allegations, or the United States, where authorities are investigating his spectacular disclosures of secret information.

As bewildered journalists huddled after the press conference, Hrafnsson said that what Assange meant to convey was that he was ready to leave the embassy as soon as the British government gave him the guarantees he was seeking, namely the right to travel freely to Ecuador where he has asylum.

“The plan is to leave as soon as the U.K. government decides to honour its obligations,” Hrafnsson said, repeating Assange’s long-held position.

That seems unlikely anytime soon. Patino said Monday negotiations between Ecuador and the U.K. remain deadlocked.

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Countdown to ‘Gottingen 250’ celebrations underway – Halifax

HALIFAX – Organizers of an event to celebrate 250 years since the naming of a well-known Halifax street are expected to release a full schedule of events Monday.

Gottingen 250 will celebrate a quarter of a millennium since the naming of Gottingen Street. It will run from Sept. 9-14, and the main event will take place Friday, Sept. 13 at 2183 Gottingen Street.

Organizers say they want to celebrate the street’s rich history.

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“Gottingen Street area is becoming more diverse on a daily basis and I think that’s a wonderful thing considering the history of Gottingen going back 250 years. So we’re celebrating the diversity because the diversity in my opinion does wonderful things for a community,” said Linda Carvery, one of the event’s organizers.

“It’s an opportunity for people who have perhaps never been on Gottingen Street but have heard about the new and wonderful things happening to take a stroll up to see what’s happening on Gottingen Street because there’s exciting things happening here.”

Over its 250-year history Gottingen Street has seen a number of different ethnic groups move in and out of the area. Event organizers say the event will reflect that history.

The lineup will feature musical acts from many different genres including gospel, blues, hip hop, and even some traditional German music.

A detailed schedule of events will be posted to the event’s website.