Trans-Canada highway near Field, B.C. closed after a rock slide.

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(Photo courtesy of Parks Canada)

On Monday, two workers were working at the rock-scaling site, 16 kilometers west of Field, B.C. drilling holes to place explosives when rocks started to crash down.

The workers were transported to the hospital with no life threatening conditions.

The highway is closed in both directions since then but it is expected to re-open one section of the road on Thursday.

Officials at Parks Canada says around 10,000 cubic meters of rock fell in the slide.

It could be months before the highway will get back to normal. The damage may not be fully repaired until spring.

For drivers, going to B.C. there is a detour in effect on Highway 93 South to Radium Hot Springs, then head north on Highway 95 to Golden to rejoin the Trans-Canada Highway west of the closure.

The detour might take an hour and a half.

 

Ivan Ivanoff

 

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State memorial for former Premier Jim Prentice to be held this Friday.

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By Cassandra Stefanic.

A state memorial for former Alberta premier Jim Prentice will be held this Friday.

Prentice, 60, was in among four people who passed away in a plane crash on October 13th.

The plane disappeared from radar shortly after takeoff from an airport in Kelowna.

The memorial will be held at the jubilee auditorium, Friday October 28th at 11 am.

Tickets to the public will be distributed beginning at 9:45 at the north entrance of the jubilee.

Calgary child abuse prevention gets support.

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By Cassandra Stefanic

Alberta is extending funding for community organizations in support of National Child Abuse Prevention month.

Human services is providing over 100 thousand dollars in grant funding through the family and community safety program for child abuse prevention in Calgary.

The government of Canada has provided almost 600 hundred thousand dollars to date, for 5 community organiztions across Alberta during the National Awareness Month.

Minister of Human Services, Irfan Sabir says “Child abuse is devastating, and has no place in our society. These tragic crimes are preventable, and we all have a responsibility to end abuse and ensure that survivors have the supports they need. Our government is proud to partner with Hull Services in their critical work of supporting survivors and those who love them.”
Anyone with concerns of an abused or neglected child, is encouraged to contact the confidential child abuse hotline at 1-800-387-KIDS. The Hotline is available seven hours a day, seven days a week.

Man Charged In Bank Robbery

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By: Chelsea Tomecek

Calgary Police Service Bank Robbery Team has charged one man in relation to a robbery that happened last week.

Just after noon on Wednesday, October 19th, a man entered the Scotiabank on the 3500 block of 32 Ave N.E. He approached a bank teller and handed over a robbery note indicating he was armed and demanding money. He was given an undisclosed amount of money before fleeing.

No one was injured and no property was damaged.

21-year-old Paul Bracegirdle-Yearwood was charged with one count of robbery, and charged with unrelated outstanding warrants. He will next appear in court on Monday, October 31st.

Calgary Hitmen to take on the Edmonton Oil Kings, and Prince George Cougars this weekend.

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By Cassandra Stefanic

In preparation to take on early season powerhouses, The Prince George Cougars, and rivals the Edmonton Oil Kings, the Calgary Hitmen have been ceaselessly practicing both on and off the ice.

This Friday The Hitmen will take on the Oil Kings, and will return to home ice on Saturday to play the Prince George Cougars at 7 PM.

The Calgary Hitmen record currently sits at three, five, and one.

 

 

WE Day occupies Saddledome in celebration of remarkable global change, led by students.

 

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By Cassandra Stefanic

“After more than 20 years of empowering people to create change around the world, our organization has evolved from “Free the Children” into a global movement called WE.”

This years WE Day brought nearly 16,000 students and educators from more than 700 schools together, filling the Saddledome.

The 2016 celebration of social activism started country strong, as Award winning artist Brett Kissel took center stage, and was followed by an incredibly star studded line up of activists, performers, astronauts, TV and radio personalities, including Margaret Trudeau, Kardinal Officiall, and Paula Abdul.

Tickets to the event cannot be purchased – each stadium seat filled globally, is earned through the WE Schools Program, by taking action on one local and one global cause.

This year, students attending WE day Alberta celebrates young adults that took action on initiatives including Fort McMurray wildfire relief, the welcoming and inclusion of Syrian refugees, reconciliation efforts and bringing awareness to mental health issues.

With help from students involved in WE schools, over $79 Million dollars have been raised for more than 6,500 local and global organization.

UPDATE: B.C. Rock Slide Shuts Down Trans-Canada Hwy

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By: Chelsea Tomecek

A section of the Trans-Canada Highway could be closed in both directions, for up to three days, after a rock slide caused by contractors drilling holes for explosives.

10,000 cubic metres of rock and debris had fallen.

Two contractors working on site were sent to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Police say clearing the road could take some time, and RCMP say they will notify when the road reopens.

Travelers driving into B.C. can head south on Highway 93, to Radium Hot Springs, then go North on Highway 95 to Golden to rejoin the Transport Canada Highway.

The next update is expected Thursday at 2pm.