Huge moves all across the NHL on trade deadline day

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It was a busy day in head offices league wide as many teams were looking to boost their lineup down the stretch.

Several teams who have big playoff hope were ‘buyers’ at the deadline such as the San Jose Sharks who picked up star forward Evander Kane from Buffalo.

Another big move was the east leading Tampa Bay Lighting bringing in former Rangers Captain Ryan Mcdonagh and forward J.T. Miller.

The Flames weren’t idol as they acquired center Nick Shore to add depth down the middle.

The Oilers who were expected to be sellers at the deadline, moved first liner Pat Maroon to New Jersey.

Another surprise was a some big trade bait names ended up staying put.

Erik Karlsson and Max Pacioretty who were both expected to be dealt in blockbuster deals are staying on their respective teams, at least until the end of the season.

Jordan Bay

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Swatting call’s strike children’s hospitals across Canada

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Calgary, and two other children’s hospitals were all hit with fake gun calls late Sunday night.

Calgary Police Service say someone called 911, saying that they and others were entering the Alberta Children’s Hospital with firearms.

Police searched the building, but nothing suspicious was found and the lock down was lifted an hour later.

Similar calls were made to the Stoller children’s hospital in Edmonton and Sickkids in Toronto.

Police are describing the incident as a case of “swatting” – when someone misleads emergency services into dispatching personnel for a false alarm.

Police believe that the calls are related and are continuing to investigate, although no arrests have been made.

-Ryan O’Donnell

Alberta Children’s Hospital is shutdown in response to a firearm threat.

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Calgary police are investigating a swatting incident that occurred at the Alberta Children’s Hospital Sunday night.

Police surrounded the hospital at approximately 8:40 p.m. after receiving a call that there were people with guns inside.

Officers searched the premises for almost an hour before confirming the threat was a fake.

Similar incidents occurred at two different children’s hospitals in different cities at approximately the same time.

Police believe all three incidents may be related.

 

-Louise van Dam

Alberta’s Education Minister says superintendent salaries are too high

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Alberta’s Education Minister, David Eggin, says measures need to be taken with Alberta’s overly high superintendent wage.

A report showed base salaries for Alberta school superintendents rose by 10 percent between 2015 and 2016, while pay for teachers remained flat.

In Calgary, the Chief Superintendent of the Public System receives a base salary of 295,000 dollars a year.

Eggin hasn’t specified what measures will be taken, but hasn’t ruled out a salary cap.

-Mandy Vocke

 

Two Alberta women deny dancing dirty in Cambodia

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Two Alberta women landed back in Canada after being jailed in Cambodia for what was called “pornographic dancing.” The two women deny all charges against them.

After a picture of an outdoor pool was uploaded by 19 Eden Kazoleas on to Facebook, she and 29 year old Jessica Drolet were both arrested among eight other people.

“It was terrifying, honestly”

Kazoleas said what made the experience so scary was neither of the women spoke the native language. 90 people were detained and it’s unclear why only 10 people were taken into custody. Their lawyer Frances Tibollo, said Kazoleas and Drolet didn’t appear to be in the photo.

The women aren’t happy about how they were portrayed in the media. Now the two are just glad to be back on Canadian soil. Drolet advises that if you’re going to be traveling, be aware of culture and do your research.

Vanessa Arrate

Nenshi considers Calgary Olympic bid from Pyeongchang

calgary skylineCalgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi is in South Korea this week, while he and delegates from the City of Calgary weigh the pros and cons of a potential 2026 Winter Games in the city.

Calgary is the last remaining North American contender to host in 2026, as the U.S. Olympic Committee has announced that both Denver and Salt Lake City have decided not to bid.

As a guest on the CBC Olympic broadcast, Nenshi recognized that Calgary possesses all the tools to host a fantastic Winter Games, but questioned whether or not it’s a good decision for the city right now:

“We have to answer two questions: Can we do it? Absolutely, we can do it, and we can do a great job of it. But the more important question right now is should we do it. Is it right for Canada, is it right for Alberta, is it right for Calgary to do it now?”

Calgary hosted the Olympics in 1988, and much of the infrastructure built for those Winter Games remains in decent shape. However the estimated price to host is still estimated at almost $5 billion.

Nenshi expects that they will have a decision on a Calgary bid by this summer. Cities in Sweden, Japan, and Switzerland are also in the running for 2026.

 

— Danica Ferris

Man arrested for shooting granted day parole

Mohamed Salad’s prison sentence has been greatly reduced.

pexels-photo-690800.jpegBack in January 2016, Salad was arrested at Calgary’s Ten X nightclub after firing three bullets at the club. The incident occurred after Salad has caused a commotion in the club, and security had him removed. Salad returned soon after and fired three shots, one hit a man named Kenneth Duru in the abdomen, breaking his ribs. The second shot grazed a man’s arm as the third hit the wall.

Salad was handed a seven year prison sentence on October 3, 2016, but has since been granted day parole for what the prison employees call “Great behavior behind bars.”

Salad is eligible for full parole in September of 2020.

-Christian Oldale