Pit bull Ban has People in Outrage

Nearly four months after a brutal pit bull attacked killed a woman in Montreal, QC, the city has implemented and passed a controversial pit bull ban.

Montreal city council voted Tuesday in favour of changing its animal control bylaw, which includes the ban of new ownership of pit bull and pit bull like dogs. The final vote was 37-23 in favour of the ban.

There is a broad range of dogs that meet the breed “pit bull”. These can include the following:

  • Staffordshire bull terriers
  • American bull terriers
  • American Staffordshire terriers
  • Any mix with these breeds
  • Any dog that presents characteristics of one of those breeds

Those that already own one of these breeds living in Montreal will need to acquire a special permit that involves requirements that they be sterilized as well as muzzled while in public.The ban will go into effect as of October 3rd.

  • Troy Durrell
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Minimum Wage Increases

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-Ali Kovacevic

Minimum wage is set to increase on October 1st by an extra dollar!

As of October the NDP government is going to raise Alberta’s minimum wage from $11.20 to $12.20.

This isn’t the only raise planned for Alberta, each year the minimum wage will increase by one dollar going up to 15 dollars an hour by 2018.

Minimum wage workers would benefit from this plan but the opposition says it may threaten business owners. Alberta Premier, Rachel Notley explains how cutting the tax from small businesses and other grants are going to make the climb from $11.20 to $15.00 easier.

YYC Pizza Week

 

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-Ali Kovacevic

YYC Pizza Week is in its third consecutive year to promote both local and small businesses!

Nearly 50 different pizza restaurants around Calgary have taken part in a competition to create their own signature pizza. There are four categories in the tournament, Thin Crust, Thick Crust, Gluten-free, and the Anything Pizza category (pizza fries, pizza muffins, pizza desert etc).

A portion of the proceeds from the pizzas sold will be donated to both charities Meals on wheels and 100 Men Calgary.

The voting process is still in effect and the winners will be announced next week.

Canadian Banks are less likely to give out big loans

 

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-Ali Kovacevic

Canadian Banks are being more cautious when giving out loans to businesses as of 2016.

Dynacor Mines Inc. has been asking for loans to finish an ore processing mill in Peru. Banks have denied their application because the mining proposal was deemed too much of a risk.

Like other companies, Dynacor has moved to private investors.

Dynacor has signed with a Montreal based investment company called ThirdEyeCapital. The two businesses have settled on a three year agreement for $10 million with a 13.5% interest rate.

Dynacor’s shares today have stayed the same but have lost 3.5% over the last week. Currently they are up by 60% from last year.

Phase 5

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The Crowchild Trail study project is now in Phase 5.

The Crowchild Trail study is a transportation passage that will have short, medium, and long term plans for Crowchild Trail to accommodate the growth of Calgary.

The new upgrades will include moving high volumes of traffic, improving travel along  all of Crowchild Trail, and maintaining bordering communities.

Early next week there will be two public open houses for any outstanding questions.

Open house #1- Saturday, October 1st

Time: 10am to 1pm.

Location: Sunalta School, Main Gym- 536 Sonora Ave. S.W

Open house #2- Monday, October 3rd

Time: 5 to 8pm

Location: Red and White CLub, McMahan Stadium-1833 Crowchild Tr. N.W 

  • Angela Stewart

 

 

Cancer Patient Brings together the community

 

University of Calgary Business student Coleton Strand was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma this past May.

Before Strands cancer diagnosis he had the idea of building a gaming desktop computer as part of his love for online gaming.

After learning he was interested in building a computer, a group of Strands closest friends teamed up and fundraised to get him the perfect gift as part of his recovery.

Strands friends surprised him this past weekend with a brand new gaming desktop computer and also managed to capture the special moment on video. The video was posted to Youtube and has now gone viral.

With the popularity of the video, Strand says people have reached out to him all over the world, and have wished him a speedy recovery.

Strand says he is doing his best to stay very positive during this difficult time.

  • Angela Stewart

 

Travel Abroad

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By: Kelly-Anne Roberts

The BMO centre hosted the Study and Go Abroad International University and Travel Expo.

For the 29th year students looking to expand their post secondary experience got the opportunity to ask questions and attend seminars at 52 booths organized by many universities from across the world.

The seminars included, “The Search for Scholarships” and “Take an Undergrad or Postgrad Degree in the UK!” as well as several others.

Katie Idle, director of sales and marketing for recruiting in Canada, says due to the lack of working Calgary, now is the perfect time for anyone who has ever thought about studying, volunteering or working over-seas.

Katie said, “Studies show people who travel abroad are more likely to get a job, land a promotion, and generally are more independent.”