Alberta leads Canada with lowest child poverty rate

A new report released by Statistics Canada shows that Alberta has the lowest rate of child poverty in the country.

“The new “Alberta Child Benefit” and the CCB (Canada Child Benefit) cut Alberta’s child poverty rate in half .”

The report released on Tuesday that measured child poverty rates across Canada between 2015 and 2017 found that rates in Alberta were cut in half from ten percent to just five percent during that time.

Quebec was found to have the second lowest child poverty rate in the nation and every province except Nova Scotia saw a decline over the two years that the report covered.

“Huge variation across Canada in child poverty rates. Alberta has the lowest by far. The new “Alberta Child Benefit” and the CCB (Canada Child Benefit) cut Alberta’s child poverty rate in half since 2015.” said Economy Professor at the University of Calgary Trevor Tombe on Twitter.

Figures for 2018 will not be available until next year.

Austin Lee

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Calgary tech startup successfully breeds critically endangered frog

A critically endangered red-banded poison frog has been bred by a Calgary startup company. Biopod Systems have developed microhabitats that are capable of replicating an animal’s natural habitat. This is the very first time the frog has been bred anywhere outside of its original habitat of Colombia, according to Biopod Systems.

“One of the big focuses of the company is to further research and development in conservation.”

Biopod Systems have developed app-controlled pods that mimic the humidity, temperature, rain, airflow, and sunlight of an animal’s natural habitat. The pods can support over 330 different species because it uses real environmental data.

“Our hypothesis is (that) giving an animal as close to its natural habitat as possible will help it breed,” explains Biopod Systems founder Jared Wolfe. “One of the big focuses of the company is to further research and development in conservation.” Wolfe further explains.

The pods have already been used by conservation organizations and zoos worldwide.

Charlye Caldwell

Brooks Bandits continue record setting season

Hockey Stick-SkatesThe AJHL’s Brooks Bandits have had an impressive season, and have been piling up wins all year.

“The team has notched a record 54 wins, breaking the previous mark held by the Bandits as well”

Winning isn’t the only thing that the team has been doing this year, as they’ve been breaking records with their impressive play. The team has notched a record 54 wins, breaking the previous mark held by the Bandits as well. The year they set the 53 win mark, they went on to win the RBC cup, the national championship for Junior ‘A’ Hockey in Canada.

In addition to their win total, the Bandits have also set records for streaks as well, becoming the first team in league history to record a 29 game win streak, as well as winning 29 home games in a row.

The Bandits will look to continue their success into the post season, as they will host the RBC cup in Brooks, from May 11-19.

Darin Bain

 

Man pronounced dead after shooting at Dalhousie station

Police Tape 01A man in his twenties has been critically shot and is now pronounced dead. Calgary Police Service received multiple calls this afternoon, regarding an incident on Dalford Hill, NW. Police found the man with critical injuries on the train platform as they arrived on the scene.

Emergency Medical Services arrived onto the scene quickly after police. The man with critical injuries was taken to hospital by EMS, where he was later pronounced dead. The man appeared to be suffering from a gunshot wound. No other people were taken to the hospital or treated.

“I heard a loud noise, like a firecracker, then everyone started running.”

The person of interest has been taken into police custody. A number of witnesses are also currently being questioned, as police handle the incident.

“I heard a loud noise, like a firecracker, then everyone started running.” says eyewitness Tammy Sanderson. “I think some people stopped to help him but there was blood all over.” she further explains.

Calgary Transit posted online regarding the incident, saying “Calgary Transit has temporarily suspended service of their red line due to an incident at Dalhousie station”. Calgary Transit states that their service will resume as soon as possible.

Charlye Caldwell

 

Shooting at Dalhousie station prompts red line suspension

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A man in his early 20’s was allegedly shot at Dalhousie station and taken to Foothills hospital where he was pronounced dead this afternoon.Calgary Police received multiple calls with reports of gunshots in the 5800 block Dalford Hill N.W at just before 2 pm. One person of interest is in custody and police are questioning witnesses. Calgary Transit has suspended service of the red line until further notice.

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Man dead after shooting at Dalhousie train station

One person is in custody following a reported shooting that resulted in one death at the Dalhousie train station in Northwest Calgary.

“I heard a loud noise, like a firecracker, then everyone started running.”

Calgary Emergency Services have reported that the victim was in his early twenties and was taken to the Foothills Hospital where he was pronounced dead from what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

Calgary Transit has temporarily suspended service of their red line following the incident and the Crowchild pedestrian overpass has been completely sealed off as police investigate the scene.

“It was really crowded getting off the train and some boys sounded like they were getting into a fight. I heard a loud noise, like a firecracker, then everyone started running.” said a witness.

The people involved have not yet been named and Calgary Transit says passengers are not believed to be in any danger.

Austin Lee

A young man dies suddenly following an intense confrontation

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“I heard a loud noise, like a fire cracker, then everyone started running.”

Multiple reports of gunshots had a young man in his twenties taken to Foothills hospital with critical injuries. Tammy Sanderson was an eyewitness at the scene. “I heard a loud noise, like a firecracker, then everyone started running,”  Sanderson said. “I looked back and saw one guy on the ground up there.”

The incident took place at Dalhousie station located at 5800 block NW.  Calgary police and EMS arrived at the scene at 2pm. Police sealed the area. There were multiple eyewitnesses and one man was taken into police custody. EMS took the young man to the hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

Calgary Transit tweeted that they have temporarily suspended their service due to the incident but that their service will resume as soon as possible.

-Zack Demello