The pipeline debate flows on

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat down today with the premiers of Alberta and British Columbia in an attempt to break the trans mountain pipeline impasse.

At the meeting Trudeau reiterated that the federal government has the authority to ensure the pipeline will be built.

The B.C. government has responded that they will continue to pursue action against the pipeline construction through the courts regardless of the federal government claims.

Update: An Angus Reid poll was published on April 18, which stated the majority of B.C. residence are in favor of the Kinder Morgan pipeline.

-Andrea Ferrari

 

 

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Hopes of hosting the 2026 Olympics are rapidly dwindling

pexels-photo-720456.jpegA city council committee has agreed to vote on whether or not to pursue the 2026 Olympics and a lack of progress in the bid process has left many Calgarians with a host of questions.

” I think we should be concerned about the level of transparency” George Chahal, ward 5 councillor

The city’s Olympic project team is under scrutiny after many missteps and failing to provide information to the public.

A subcommittee compromised of members of the public that will benefit from the Olympics is also raising concern among councillors.

Even if the bid goes through, hosting the Olympics will be no walk in the park due to the  price tag associated with it. The city will have to renovate older sports facilities and build new ones, costing taxpayers billions of dollars.

  • Husham Tahir

 

 

Lack of communication could kill Calgary’s Olympic bid.

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The 2026 Olympic bid is on the rocks again, and the main reason? Lack of transparency.

A city council committee agreed on Tuesday, that a vote is needed to on whether or not to invest anymore into the Olympic bid. A large concern of many Councillors is Calgarians are being left in the dark.

The city has decided to form a subcommittee, tasked with public outreach. The biggest concern here is the fact that the subcommittee is composed of all people that stand to benefit from the Olympics. For some members of council, this just doesn’t sit right.

“Well i think we should be concerned with the level of transparency, because if the public doesn’t know and doesn’t have the information which i was advocating for, how can you make a decision?”

Ward 5 Councillor George Chahal, had the attention of Councillors, saying that citizens should know more than they do. Others may not share the same perspective, but it seems like unless the Councillors and the public can start seeing eye to eye, this bid could die real quick.

 

Jake Foster

Calgary Trucking company under investigation for Humboldt Broncos crash

pexels-photo-93398.jpegAn investigation is now underway for the Calgary trucking company that was involved with the Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash.

Adesh Deol Trucking, the company that contracted out the semi that collided with the Broncos team bus, has now been suspended and will continue to be until the investigation into the crash is complete.

“The suspension is a direct result of the collision and the fact the company still has another vehicle in operation,”

The Alberta Transportation ministry says the suspension is standard procedure any time a commercial carrier is involved with a high profile accident.

The RCMP has yet to release any information as to the cause of the crash that killed 15 and 14 others last Friday.

-Ryan O’Donnell

New impaired driving law launched in Alberta

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A new impaired driving law that gives Alberta police more roadside authority went into effect on Monday.
“I’m very hopeful that it will reduce the incidence of serious injury and death as a result of impaired driving.”
This legislation will give law enforcement the ability to issue an immediate 90 day license suspension to people with blood alcohol levels of 0.08 or higher or those driving high. People caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol will have their vehicles seized for three days and will be required to attend a year-long program led by Transportation Alberta.
These consequences are even more severe for those with a learners or probationary license.
Transportation Minister Brian Mason says he’s “very hopeful that it will reduce the incidence of serious injury and death as a result of impaired driving.”
The province says new blood alcohol limits will also come into effect later this year.

 

— Louise van Dam

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Don’t doobie and drive: New rules to impaired driving laws to include pot

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Alberta’s updated impaired driving laws went into effect on Monday.

Under the new legislation, law enforcement will have the ability to issue an immediate 90 day suspension to impaired drivers, which now includes pot impairment.

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Individuals with blood alcohol levels at or above 0.8, are found to have cannabis or illegal drugs in their system, or those who refuse to be tested, will receive an immediate 90 day license suspension.

Drivers will also have their vehicles seized for three days.

The legislation will require impaired drivers to participate in a one-year ignition interlock program immediately following a driver’s license suspension in order to have their license reinstated.

If they choose not to participate in the program, their license will remain suspended for an additional year.

The ignition interlock program requires drivers to breathe into a breathalyzer in order to start their ignition.

Alberta has also introduced a zero tolerance program for drivers under the Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program.

Graduated drivers who are found with any amount of marijuana or illegal drugs in their system, will face an immediate 30 day license suspension and have their vehicles seized for one week.

Graduated drivers will also have their GDL status extended for two more years, which includes a year of suspension-free driving.

Alberta officials say nearly 6000 people were injured in alcohol-related injuries between 2013 and 2015.

-Cindy Letic

 

 

Alberta to receive $3.3B in federal infrastructure funding

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The federal government will commit $3.3B to fund infrastructure projects across Alberta over the next ten years.
Federal Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi says investments in infrastructure are key to creating jobs for the middle class and strengthening our economy.
The money will go towards public transit, green infrastructure, recreation and community projects.
The bulk of the money will go to Edmonton and Calgary.
-Mandy Vocke