June preliminary hearing set for man accused of killing Alberta father and child

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A man accused of killing a two-year-old girl and her father will face a preliminary hearing in June.

Derek Saretzky is charged with first degree murder in the September deaths of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and her father Terry Blanchette in Blairmore.

Saretzky is also charged with committing an indignity to the little girl’s body.

He appeared briefly in a Lethbridge court Friday via closed-circuit television from the Calgary Remand Centre.

This preliminary hearing is to determine if there is enough evidence for a trial and will be scheduled for 10 days starting June 20.

 

Calgary students to break a ‘groovy’ world record

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Students at Bishop Grandin School are grooving their way into the record books by  becoming the largest gathering of people wearing tie dye shirts.

The current record of 454 people is held by a high school in New Jersey.

Bishop Grandin aimed for 700 students and staff to wear the funky shirts, but they crushed that record with 885 students wearing the coloured shirts.

Throughout the month of February, students, staff, and parents have been working to create the shirts to bring the community together for school spirit and team building exercises.

Alberta invests in flood mitigation

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Alberta is providing grants to local governments for several flood mitigation projects.

The grants announced this morning by Premier Rachel Notley are under the 25 million dollar resiliency program for five cities and one first nation.

In Calgary, construction of a berm along groundwater and storm water management enhancements will be made to the Bonnybrook wastewater treatment plant.

Another berm will also be put in place along the bow river downstream of Eau Claire to the peace bridge.

More water wells in the Siksika nation will be relocated along with more work on existing construction projects near Turney valley and Chestermere.

A total of 500 million dollars is allocated for the resilience program over the next 10 years.

Former Alberta Premier Don Getty passes at 82

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The former premier Don Getty passed away early Friday morning at the age of 82 according a family spokesperson.

Don Getty helped steer Alberta through the economic slowdown and falling energy prices of the 1980s.

Getty was born in Quebec in 1933 and grew up to be a football star in high school and university as he headed to Alberta in 1955 to play quarterback for the Edmonton Eskimos.

He played ten seasons in Edmonton, winning two Grey Cups.

It was in that football dresssing room where Getty met his teammate and former premier, Peter Lougheed who convinced him to get into politics with the Progressive Conservative party.

Getty was elected in 1967 as a minister of intergovernmental affairs and energy.

In 1986, Getty would go on to lead the Tories to a majority government winning 61 of 83 seats as Alberta’s 11th premier.

He leaves behind his wife Margaret and four sons.

 

SHOPPING LOCAL MEANS GOOD ECONOMICS

Local buying power in in your hands and makes the most sense given Alberta’s current economic state.

Local Calgary businesses have seen a steady increase in customers and of course this has been caused by the decline of the Canadian dollar. What was once a great deal online may not be so good once you factor in the American dollar.

More and more owners have tried to source Canadian companies, to not only keep the cost down, but also stimulate the Canadian economy by supporting local producers, and other businesses.

The logic is to keeping money local by supporting local entrepreneurs instead of supporting large (mostly American owned) corporations or shopping online.

SAITSA’S annual instructor excellence award is coming up, and submissions are rolling in.

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 There have been over 350 submissions so far, with nominations coming from those teachers influence the most, their students. SAITSA Vice President Academic Kimmi Nguyen says “As busy students sometimes the time isn’t taken to recognize all the good done by instructors,” but the award not only puts the spotlight on stellar teachers, but also shines on SAIT’s sense of community along with school spirit and pride.
The award is presented to one instructor in each school, with a list of qualities present as a criteria for nominees. They must possess things such as being sympathetic, outstanding organization, embracing diversity and fair testing and grading.
Nominations for the award end at midnight on March 1st.

Police call death of man at Peter Lougheed Centre ‘suspicious’

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Calgary Police are investigating a possible suspicious death in the city’s northeast after a man was taken to the Peter Lougheed Centre Thursday morning with unspecified injuries.

The man later succumbed to his injuries in hospital.

The Major Crimes Unit has not been called in yet, but officers are speaking with hospital staff to determine what may have happened.