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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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

 

Johnny Gaudreau powers Flames past Devils 9-4

Johnny Gaudreau had three goals and three assists to earn a career high six points on Tuesday night. The Calgary Flames scored six times in the third period to give them a 9-4 win over the New Jersey Devils.

“Just give him the puck”

Gaudreau entered the night with only one goal in his last 19 games. He became the first Flames player to accomplish the feat since Al MacInnis on March 20, 1994.

Sean Monahan spoke after the game saying “He (Johnny) was feeling it today. Just give him the puck and he was making plays all over.”

Flames now move on to meet the New York Rangers, who are 7th in the metropolitan division, on Friday at the Scotiabank Saddledome.

Hannah Lepine

Ethiopian Airline Jet crash leaves 157 passengers dead

The jet heading to Nairobi crashed soon after taking off killing all 157 people. The plane lost contact at 8:44 a.m. local time, six minutes after taking off from Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital.

Eighteen of those individuals where Canadian. Thirty-two Kenyans, nine Ethiopians, eight Americans, eight Italians and eight Chinese nationals were among the passengers. Seven French and seven UK nationals were also on board.

According to the airline’s Ceo and transport minister, four of the individuals worked for the united nations. The crash has raised questions about the safety of the Boeing 737 Max 8, a new model that also crashed in Indonesia in October. Although it’s unclear why UN employees were on the plane, the UN Environment Assembly is scheduled to begin Monday in Nairobi. –

-Raynaldo Suarez

Former Calgary Flames legend gets his number retired

It was a very special night on Saturday as Jarome Iginla had his number 12 jersey retired in a heartwarming ceremony.

The Flames legend spent 16 seasons with the club. He achieved the franchise record for games played, goals, as well as points. He was also known for his service to the community, as he raised $800,000 for KidSport.

“I won over and over again every day for the 20 years that I played in the NHL.”

Iginla went on to to speak about his time in the NHL, as well as how much the Flames organization and fans meant to him throughout his career. He went on to say “I won over and over again every day for the 20 years that I played in the NHL.” As he spoke about how much hockey meant to him.

Besides retiring his jersey, the Flames honored Iginla by paying $50,000 to his charity of choice, KidSport.

Iginla joins an exclusive club consisting of Mike Vernon, and Lanny McDonald to be the only Flames to have their jerseys retired.

-Logan Stein

Man shot and killed at Dalhousie train station

Police Tape 01At around 2 pm units were called to the Dalhousie train station due to multiple reports of gunshots. Upon arrival one man was found, presumably in his early 20s, suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

“I heard a loud noise, like a firecracker,”

The man was rushed to the Foothills hospital where he was pronounced dead and no other people from the scene were treated. Police have one person of interest in custody and witnesses are being questioned.

Tammy Sanderson, who said to have seen the shooting, spoke with a reporter saying, “It was really crowded getting off the train and some boys sounded like they were getting in a fight. I heard a loud noise, like a firecracker, then everyone started running. I looked back and saw one guy on the ground up there.”

Police have completely sealed off the Crowchild pedestrian overpass and are directing traffic away from the area. Calgary transit has temporarily suspended service of their red line; service will resume as soon as possible.

 

Hannah Lepine

 

 

 

 

Hot topics on city council agenda

thumb_COLOURBOX14163511Council will be meeting today to discuss a number of pressing issues on the city’s agenda including safety surrounding the safe consumption site, as well as a motion on fluoride.

Public safety has become a concern for area residents surrounding the Sheldon Chumir Health Centre, located in the downtown core, over the last few months. Calgary police have reported a drastic jump in crime and theft since the site opened in January, 2018.

Also on the agenda is a motion brought by the councilor of ward 13, Diane-Colley Urquhart, in order to re-introduce fluoride back into Calgary’s drinking water.

“I absolutely have an open mind”

Diane wants to have the discussion re-opened after the same motion was defeated following a study done at the University of Calgary in 2016. The study found that by removing the element children’s dental health had dropped.

“I’m a health care professional and even I’m not an expert on this so I absolutely have an open mind,” she said on Friday. “I haven’t made a decision on this so that’s why I want this work to be done.”

In order to add fluoride back into Calgary’s drinking water it would cost the city about $750,000.

Hannah Lepine