HOW TO HIT THE POW

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Fresh snowfall means it’s shredding season for skiers and snowboarders across the city, but also a reminder to play it safe.

Ski patrollers say safety starts with you staying in control and avoiding collisions.

Be sure you’re comfortable and adjusting to the proper terrain based on your skillset.

It’s as simple as wearing a helmet and getting fitted with the proper equipment.

Winsport equipment leader, Dan Powe adds this is the first step, but a trusty helmet will never do you wrong.

Your bindings and boots should fit snug so they fall off when you crash and burn and stay on when you’re going fast.

Being aware of your surroundings and staying in the boundaries of each hill is the key to a safe season.

Winsport ski patroller, Ryley Bennett says the most common injuries are suffered below the waist for skiers and on the wrists for boarders.

A total of 70 thousand Canadians suffer unintentional injuries as a result of winter sport activities each year.

Be sure when shredding down the hill, you ride on terrain suited to your abilities.

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NEW TAX FOR ALBERTA

Alberta’s NDP government announced the new carbon tax today.

The tax is expected to collect about 3 million dollars from the province as of 2018 with hikes in power as well as gas and electricity.

Calgary environmentalists are happy however because the carbon tax is one of the key elements in the provinces new climate change strategy.

Premier Notley stated the tax will be used for rebates incentives and green infrastructure, but only time will tell if the government will follow through on their promise.

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MAYOR NENSHI RESPONDS TO FEDERAL REFUGEE ANNOUNCEMENT.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi spoke to the media today about how the city plans to accommodate a portion of the 25 thousand Syrian refugees the federal government has promised to bring to Canada by 2016.

Nenshi explained they’re counting on the private housing market to absorb refugees and prevent them from living in social housing.

He says housing is the only aspect they need help from the federal government with and believes if they have their funding right it shouldn’t be a problem.

Although there’s a rough estimate of 1300 Syrian refugees, We still don’t know exactly how many will be coming to Calgary because of an influx of municipalities willing to help out.

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WINTER STRIKES YET AGAIN

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Calgarians woke up to a winter wonderland this morning, but it wasn’t the prettiest sight for drivers.

The slippery roads and poor lane definition has caused quite the headache for those who drive to work and school.

City bus and school bus routes are suffering from the snowfall, with delays of fifteen to twenty minutes for most routes.

City crews have been working all night to clear the major commute roads, but that hasn’t stopped from multiple accidents occurring this morning.

Calgary Police responded to 24 accidents between midnight to eight AM; five of them resulted in injuries to drivers.

It’s expected the city will receive around five centimeters of snow throughout the day.

CPA OIL AND GAS CONFERENCE LOOKS AT CRITICAL ISSUES

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Experts in Canada’s energy sector met today to talk money saving strategies at the CPA (charted professional accountants) oil and gas conference.

Alberta’s royalty review was the main subject and left most oil companies with tied hands as they decide whether or not to drill in major wells.

Analysts at the conference say it’s especially tough in a low price environment where many investment opportunities remain unclear.

However, demand for infrastructure is at an all-time high in the province, netting returns just below 10 per cent for companies.

Panelists at the conference say oil plays in the markets of shale and Viking drilling are growing vastly in southern Alberta, and are expected to increase competition and boost future capital; but analysts say companies aren’t making any knee jerk reactions as the NDP government conducts a royalty review.

Forecasters say the price of oil may not bounce back until late 2016, but companies are expected to recapitalize their investments and diversify opportunities for increased future capital.

ALBERTA LOSES MLA TO HIGHWAY ACCIDENT

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Politicians of all stripes have come together to express their condolences after the loss of Calgary MLA Manmeet Bhullar.

The thirty-five year old was helping a stranded motorist on highway two when an oncoming semi-truck lost control and hit him last night.

The Alberta tory caucus has issued a statement commending Bhullar for his passion and dedication towards helping better Alberta.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi said he will miss getting together for chai tea and sharing in depth conversations of politics and community.

Legislature speaker Bob Wanner issued a statement this morning expressing the sadness felt throughout members of the legislative assembly of Alberta.

He described Bhullar as a trusted advocate for his constituents who showed a quick political acumen that earned him respect from many members.

Wanner said Alberta has lost a good person and he hopes Bhullar’s family may find comfort knowing Manmeet touched many lives.

Manmeet Bhullar was the youngest member to be elected at the age of twenty-eight.

Flags are at half-mast outside the provincial legislature to honor him.

Snow Snarls Calgary’s Drivers.

12282936_10205262940678892_2019287872_nCalgarians woke up to a winter wonderland this morning, but it wasn’t the prettiest sight for drivers with slippery roads and poor lane definition causing quite the headache for those heading to work and school.

City bus as well as School bus routes are suffering from the snowfall, with delays of fifteen to twenty minutes for some routes. City crews have been working all night to clear the major commuter roads, but that hasn’t stopped from multiple accidents occurring this morning. It’s expected the city will receive around five centimeters of snow throughout the day.