Rachel Notley announces provincial election

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(photography by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)

Rachel Notley will look to continue her position as Alberta’s premier as she called a provincial election for April 16th.

Notley made the announcement at the National Music Centre Tuesday morning. With the election being a little more than three weeks away, Notley wasted no time speaking of controversies involving Jason Kenney and the United Conservative Party.

“I do believe as a party the UCP has a problem with racism. . . Mr. Kenney wants an Alberta divided over people’s rights.”

Notley spoke about the recent controversy regarding UCP candidate Caylan Ford. Notley went on to say “I do believe as a party the UCP has a problem with racism. . .Mr Kenney wants an Alberta divided over people’s rights.”

The upcoming election will be the first for the UCP and Kenney.

-Logan Stein

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Global Lethbridge – Week 2

I had an awesome second week here. I’m getting more acquainted with the editing system here and the other programs they use to put their show together. This has been really helpful because then I can just get right down to work rather than learning everything while trying to put a story together.

Half of the week I worked on several VO SOTs in one day. This is always fun because you get to go to 2-3 events/interviews in a day and write some quick stories for them. The scripts for these need to be in by 3 p.m. because that’s when Liam pre-records his anchored bits. (For our packs he just needs the leads by 3:00 and our finished product needs to be pushed by 4:45)

The other days in my week pitched two big stories and was able to do a full pack on them. One story was about the Blood Tribe receiving a $150-million settlement from the government. This is when I was reminded that I’m working with a big news station (because this story was shared on the national Global twitter and webstie as well) because when it was tweeted out a tonne of people were commenting/trolling the article. So it was pretty eye-opening to see some of the things people had to say. I loved covering this because it was a big story with lots of implications. It was hard to get some elements of the story because the Blood Tribe’s council didn’t want to comment on camera so I had to use a video they had posted online to inform tribe members about what the settlement was about and why they needed to vote. And then I was able to track down someone living in Lethbridge who is a member and was willing to comment on camera. This is the first time I think I’ve ever shot my stand-up 100% on my own which was also difficult because I was outside with a lot of snow glare. I should’ve cut my arms off more to look less awkward but it was very hard to see. But C’est la vie. The other big story I covered was a pack on farmworkers legislation in response to Kenney making comments that, if elected, he would scrap Bill 6. I loved doing this story. I was able to go out to a farm to interview for an interview first thing and then I drove over an hour away to talk to the founders of the Alberta Farmworkers Union. So driving alone added almost 3 hours to my day.  The union people were also super chatty, which normally I love, and I was learning a lot from them but I ended up leaving much later than I was hoping to. When I tried to film my stand-up I mistakenly thought my mic was on but I was looking at the internal mic levels… so once I had put everything away in my car and was ready to rip back to the station I noticed and had to re-do the whole thing. In the end I was still able to write my script but then I was getting close to my deadline and listening back now I wish my VO sounded more ‘newsie.’ I had pulled all my clips, written my script and did the voice-over but only had 10 minutes left to the deadline so a VJ here came to help me edit the B-roll together quick and wrap things up so unfortunately we weren’t able to take the time to find my very best b-roll shots because we were under such a time crunch so that made me a little sad because I knew the video portion had more than the finished product I had but all in all I’m very happy I was able to do this (mostly) all by myself, and finished on time even with the extra time taken from my day because of how far I had to drive. And I was very happy that it made it to the show on time, thanks to my co-worker who is an absolute rockstar.

Since I wasn’t able to spend as much as as I would’ve liked on the video pack I spent some extra time on my web story, adding a lot more points and elements to it because the story is much bigger than something you could put in a 2-minute pack. So I’m very happy with my web story. (Same link as the previous one above.)

 

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Amber alert canceled after Edmonton boy found safe

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An amber alert for eight year old Edmonton boy Noah Ducharme has been canceled. The alert was issued Friday afternoon, when he was allegedly abducted by his mother from his elementary school.

“Police believed the boy was in ‘Imminent danger.’ “

Early Saturday morning an off duty RCMP officer spotted the vehicle that she was driving. She was arrested by RCMP in Okotoks where she remains in custody.

Police believed the boy was in “imminent danger.” Ducharme was subject to a parenting order and his mother was not supposed to have custody of him.

She is facing a charge of abduction. Ducharme is now safe at home with his father.

– Kierra Lentz

SAIT Trojans Men’s Hockey team’s season has come to an end

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Over the weekend SAIT played in the deciding three of their Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference Semifinal Series (ACAC) against the NAIT Ooks.

NAIT took game 1 of the series 2-1 on Friday in Edmonton, and the Trojans won 5-3 Saturday night at SAIT. Sadly, on Sunday the Ooks controlled the play for majority of the evening and won 7-2.

The Trojan’s head coach Brent Devost said it was “very disappointing the way we came out.”

“… it just slipped away from us.”

This loss brought  SAIT’s 2018/2019 campaign to an end, after an amazing season with 17 wins since October.

-Aimee Michaelis

Canadian teenager upsets at Indian Wells

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Canadian tennis player, Bianca Andreescu, has won her first Women’s Tennis Association title in Indian Wells at the BNP Paribas Open.

Andreescu, an 18-year-old Ontario native, went into the tournament unseeded and went all the way to the final match against the eighth seeded Angelique Kerber from Germany.

“I’m the effing champion of the Indian Wells.”

Andreescu beat Kerber in their first match 6-4, lost in the second 3-6 and won the final 6-4 in their best of three series.

During her post match interview, Andreescu was overcome with excitement saying “I’m the effing champion of the Indian Wells. It’s crazy. Crazy is the word of the tournament for me. Just crazy.”

With the win, Andreescu became the first wild card player to win at the Indian Wells and the first Canadian to win a title in a WTA Premier Tournament. Her next major tournament begins today at the Miami Open.

 

-Sean Marks

Calgary Flames smoke the New York Rangers 5-1

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The Calgary Flames were on fire last night earning a 5-1 victory over the New York Rangers.  Matthew Tkachuk got his 31st and 32nd goal. All three of his assists managed to be what put them into the lead and it was his 100th  assist in the NHL.

 “I don’t think of myself as a shooter or a passer, I’m just somebody trying to read the play and make the best play possible.”

Matthew Tkachuk

The American-born professional hockey player is currently an alternate captain for the Flames and was a top-rated prospect who was sixth overall in the 2016 NHL entry draft. Tkachuk was showcasing his smart plays, impressing spectators at the Saddledome. Now the flames move one point ahead of the sharks with 11 games to go. Flames goalie David Rittch made an impressive 24 saves. Next, the Flames will go head to head with the Winnipeg Jets at the Bell MTS place

-Raynaldo Suarez

 

Canada’s Bianca Andreescu wins at Indian Wells

Canada’s very own rising tennis star, Bianca Andreescu has won her first Woman’s Tennis Association title with a huge win in Indian Wells.

The 18-year-old who was ranked 152nd at the start of the year has now become the 24th ranked women’s tennis player in the world. Her match-up was against German tennis player Angelique Kerber who was seeded 8th in the tournament while Andreescu was unseeded.


“I want this so bad,”

Bianca Andreescu to her coach Sylvain Bruneau

This was Andreescu’s first finals appearance in the start of her young career.

“I want this so bad,” were the memorable words said by Andreescu to her coach Sylvain Bruneau after calling for a break during the third set. She eventually beat Kerber in the finals of the BNP Paribas Open 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to take home the trophy and her earnings of $1,354,010 million US.

Mackenna Jamieson