Calgarians now have more places to charge their electric vehicles (EVs), following investments in EV charging infrastructure from the federal government, the City of Calgary and the city-owned utility provider Enmax Power.
On Monday, the city announced 20 Level 2 chargers will be available for public use at recreation centres and Calgary Transit park and ride lots.
Level 2 or fast chargers allow for charging at rates four to 12 times a Level 1 or slow charger that plugs into a home outlet.
Calgary Skyview MP George Chahal said he was excited to see federal government supporting municipal goals of climate resilience.
“Increasing EV affordability is a shared goal, and this is an important milestone in sustainable local infrastructure,” Chahal said in a statement.
The design, installation, electrical upgrades, and operation and maintenance for a five-year timespan came to a $264,000 total cost, with Natural Resources Canada putting up $100,000, Enmax footing $120,000, and the city contributing $44,000.
Enmax president Jana Mosley said funding the charging stations continues its support of the city’s work to build out EV infrastructure.
“ENMAX Power is preparing for steady growth in electric vehicle adoption and ensuring Calgarians have access to chargers throughout the City is an important part of meeting customer demand in the years ahead,” Mosley said in a statement.
WATCH: The former Princess Street bar dates back to the 1850s.
The future of one of the oldest pubs in the province remains a mystery as does the property’s purchaser.
The Royal Tavern, which dates back to before confederation, sold for $1.7M.
From the exterior, at least, the property has looked run-down for years, but in its heyday in the mid to late 1800s it was a heavily-frequented watering hole.
“I understand it was (a) popular stop for farmers as they were leaving the market on their way to the rural area — this was along their direct route,” said Ryan Leary, a senior planner in the municipality of Kingston’s heritage services.
The tavern also has heritage designation, which means any proposals for the site will need approval from both city council and the Heritage Kingston Committee.
“Heritage conservation is just a piece of the larger puzzle that council has to consider when it’s looking at a development application,” said Leary.
“How do we allow additional residential units downtown? How do we support and encourage new commercial units downtown while keeping the historic characteristics and historic sense downtown that has made it so vibrant and so successful for so many years?”
To date, a development plan hasn’t been submitted to the city but municipal staff did say if rezoning is required it could take several years to get final approvals.
WATCH: A Calgary woman who is out $2,500 following a cryptocurrency investment is now warning others to be careful who they give their money to. As Tomasia DaSilva reports, consumer advocacy groups say crypto fraud is “exploding”.
An Alberta woman has another warning about so called “digital gold” and the rush to cash in on cryptocurrency.
A Calgary investor — new to cryptocurrency and crypto assets — told Global News she is out roughly $2,500 due to what she believes is fraudulent activity.
“I was being very adventurous and very unprepared for what I was investing in,” Isabelle Lévesque said.
“I trusted them. I can’t believe I got caught.”
Lévesque said she found company TrueNorthBit, a cryptocurrency exchange platform, while looking online a few months ago. She reached out and the company was quick to respond. She said she continued to get calls from the company regularly over the next few weeks.
“They kept insisting on talking to me on the phone,” she said. “They wanted to get to know me better.”
Lévesque said company representatives gained her trust, so she trusted them with her money. Especially, she added, when she started seeing returns.
“The profits just kept growing every day. At one point, just within two weeks, I had made $200 in profit.”
But then Lévesque said she was pressured to invest more — thousands more. She said she was told if she didn’t put in about $10,000 total, she would be transferred to a more junior advisor and would not see the returns she had been seeing.
Lévesque sent email after email to the company, which Global News has obtained.
In one them she asks: “What did you do to my account? You didn’t call me back as scheduled on Dec. 24 and my account with TrueNorthBit shows $0. I didn’t receive my money.”
An email response from the support department at TrueNorthBit reads: “As we can see, you have lost the amount due to trading activities, please check your closed positions for further information.”
Lévesque is adamant she did not trade anything and added she just did what the representative told her to do.
Global News tried to contact TrueNorthBit for a response to her claims. We sent numerous emails directly to the representatives that were in charge of handling Lévesque’s accounts. We also called both the Canadian and UK phone numbers listed on the emails, but we did not get any response.
“It’s kind of the wild west in the crypto asset market right now,” the BBB’s Wes Lafortune said. “It’s a big problem. It’s exploding.”
Lafortune said the median loss is $600 but he added there has actually been millions of dollars of losses due to cryptocurrency schemes and fraud in Canada.
Lafortune added the regulations around crypto investing are starting to “catch up” but he said real change is still a long way’s off. He suggested investors do their research, get investment advice from someone they trust, and don’t be in a hurry or feel pressured to invest.
“It’s a bit of the gold rush mentality,” he pointed out. “People want to make a quick buck and there’s promises of huge profit, huge gains and those usually don’t materialize.”
“Bottom line is don’t invest in a crypto asset unless you can afford to lose the money.”
Alberta Securities Commission alert
The Alberta Securities Commission (ASC) told Global News it is also aware of parties engaging in fraudulent investment schemes, including some in relation to crypto assets/cryptocurrency such as Bitcoin.
The ASC said it is focused on educating Albertans about investing, including investing in crypto assets, adding they are very high risk and not suitable for all investors. It has also added a number of resources on its site to help investors check which sites are registered.
It also strongly encouraged Albertans to ignore unsolicited crypto asset investment offers received online or through social media.
After leading the CFL in passing once again last season, Michael Reilly is hanging up his pads.
The B.C. Lions quarterback announced his retirement Monday after 11 seasons in the league.
“When you draw up quarterbacks, Michael Reilly is the kind of quarterback you want. He can do everything for you,” said Neil McEvoy, B.C.’s co-general manager and director of football operations.
The 36-year-old from Kennewick, Wash., first joined the Lions in 2010 and played backup for three seasons, including 2011 when B.C. won the Grey Cup on home turf in Vancouver.
Just as his contract was about to expire in 2013, the Lions dealt Reilly to Edmonton, where he became a dominant starter and played six seasons. He won a second championship title in 2015 and was named Grey Cup MVP.
Rick Campbell remembers the game well. At the time, he was coach of the Ottawa Redblacks, who Edmonton beat 26-20. Reilly finished 21-of-35 passing for 269 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
Now Campbell is head coach and co-GM of the Lions, and had an opportunity to work with Reilly during the 2021 season.
“I had a lot of respect for him, seeing him from the other sideline,” Campbell said.
“He does all the things you hope a football player does. He’s good on the field but also just super competitive, loves the game, he’s a great teammate, a great leader, all those things.”
Reilly impressed once again in 2017, earning the CFL’s most outstanding player award with career-highs in passing yards (5,830) and touchdowns (30).
In 2019 Reilly returned to B.C., saying he wanted to bring the Grey Cup back to Vancouver.
His second stint with the Lions was difficult, however. A broken wrist ended his 2019 campaign and the COVID-19 pandemic scrubbed the CFL’s 2020 season.
During the break in play, the star quarterback went through a contract grievance with his team before settling and renegotiating his deal to stay on through 2022.
An elbow injury to his throwing arm kept Reilly out of the first game of 2021 and nagged throughout the season.
The Lions finished the year out of the playoffs with a 5-9 record but Reilly still managed a league-high 3,283 passing yards with 14 touchdowns and six interceptions.
It was the fourth time he’d led the league in passing, following three straight seasons (2016-2018) in Edmonton.
“Whenever we had the football, we always had a chance to win because Mike was able to put you in a position to win,” McEvoy said.
“Not all quarterbacks have that allure. He was just one of the guys that have that.”
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Reilly’s retirement didn’t entirely catch the Lions by surprise, McEvoy said.
“He’s an 11-year professional athlete and when you start to get into the double digits, you start to think about your future and Michael is no different,” he said.
Campbell already knows who’ll replace Reilly as the Lions’ starter this season.
“Our plan is that Nathan Rourke will be the starter,” he said. “And we’d like to add a veteran CFL quarterback to the mix.
“I would look at it as a No. 1 and No. 1a situation.”
Rourke, a 23-year-old from Victoria, B.C., started the Lions’ final game of 2021, passing for 359 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 43-10 win over Edmonton. He also added three rushing TDs.
“I just don’t see (Rourke) changing much,” Campbell said. “He’s going to continue to work hard and do this thing.”
The province announced the campaign called There is Help, There is Hope that focuses on changing attitudes, behaviours and beliefs that contribute to the stigma.
“It’s important to know in these challenging times, we’re all facing more mental health challenges,” said Everett Hindley, Saskatchewan’s minister of mental health and addictions. “We want people to know there is help out there and there is hope for people.”
The public awareness campaign features Saskatchewan people who have experienced addictions, mental health issues, or have counselled people with those experiences.
The campaign will be featured through various channels such as television, cinema, radio, billboard, transit buses, and social media. To reach the Cree and Dene communities, translations will be provided for the radio spots.
“It’s important to break down the stigma, because we are not that label,” stated Tommy LaPlante, an addictions counsellor featured in the campaign. “We are so much more, we are people. If we can get rid of the labels, and get to know and love people, they’ll feel supported. The important thing to know is there is help, and there is hope.”
With the launch of the campaign, it ties in with the recently released Angus Reid study focused on pandemic fatigue.
According to the study, one in three Canadians are struggling with their mental health.
“Those in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, 39 per cent are the most likely in the country to have been dealing with poor pandemic-related mental health in recent weeks,” according to the study. “But at least three in 10 in all regions report feeling not good or terrible.”
In response, Minister Hindley says January is a difficult month as it is in the best of times, and given the times that we’ve faced, it’s more important now than ever.
“Do some basic things like increase human interaction and do what’s necessary. Pull back a little bit and take time for yourself,” he said.
“Take care of your own mental health because if your mental health isn’t in good shape then it’s hard for you to help other people.”
The province says this year’s provincial budget included an increase of $7.2 million for targeted mental health and addictions initiatives. The public awareness campaign is part of that targeted initiative.
The province is also investing a record $458 million in mental health and addictions supports and services.
Scott Douglas Flaman from Regina was taken into custody and later charged. RPS stated the officer who was physically assaulted did not sustain serious injuries and the second officer had to begin a medical protocol that is carried out when an officer comes into contact with bodily fluids.
Flaman is charged with assaulting a peace officer, assaulting a peace officer causing bodily harm, mischief and possession of methamphetamine.
Flaman made his first court appearance on these charges in Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.
WATCH: Djokovic arrives back home as Serbian fans criticize Australia for 'corona circus'
Top-ranked player Novak Djokovic could be allowed to defend his French Open title under the latest COVID-19 rules adopted by the French government, even if he is still not vaccinated when the clay-court Grand Slam starts in May.
Djokovic was deported from Australia and barred from playing in the Australian Open this month for not meeting the country’s strict COVID-19 vaccination rules.
It initially appeared that the Serb tennis star would not be welcomed at Roland Garros either under a new law intended to exclude the unvaccinated from stadiums, restaurants, bars and other public places.
As questions quickly arose about Djokovic’s status in France following his deportation from Australia, Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu previously said that as soon as the law was passed the country’s vaccine pass would become compulsory to enter stadiums, theater or exhibitions, “for all spectators, practitioners, French or foreign professionals.”
But the vaccine pass is not restricted to vaccination.
Under the law that took effect on Monday, anyone who has proof they tested positive within the previous six months is exempt from having to show a vaccine pass. That suggests Djokovic could play in the French Open in May and June, the next Grand Slam tournament, because he has said he tested positive in mid-December.
The French sports ministry was not immediately available to answer questions from The Associated Press on Djokovic.
French Open organizers have previously said it’s too early to comment since virus restrictions can change between now and May depending on the virus situation.
Djokovic’s team also declined to comment Monday. Djokovic said earlier he would not give public statements until the end of the Australian Open.
Cafe owners and patrons in Paris largely welcomed the new law, which is central to the government’s anti-virus strategy.
“Personally, it reassures me in the sense that I know the people I have around me,” said Parisian Charles Tuile. “We want to be in a place where we can be safe in terms of health. And if you can see that the waiter checks vaccine passes and even ID cards, then it’s reassuring in many ways.”
France is registering Europe’s highest-ever daily coronavirus infection numbers, and hospitals are continuing to fill up with virus patients, even though the number of people in intensive care units has dropped in recent days.
The government has imposed few other restrictions amid the surge in the omicron variant, focusing instead on the vaccine pass, approved by France’s parliament and Constitutional Council last week.
Critics question whether the pass will make much difference in a country where 94% of French adults have had at least one vaccine dose, and scattered groups held protests Saturday against the new law. The French government hopes that it protects the most vulnerable and reduces pressure on crowded ICUs, where most patients are unvaccinated.
Since last summer, France has required a “health pass” to go to any cafe, museum, movie theater or take a regional train or domestic flight. But until Monday, unvaccinated people could activate the pass by getting a recent negative test. The new pass only works for people who are fully vaccinated and those who recently recovered from the virus.
“To me, it’s not a problem (to show ID card) but I can perfectly imagine the kind of downward spiral it could trigger – it’s like racial profiling,” said Tania Chauvin, 31, as she ate in a Paris restaurant.
France, meanwhile, opened up access to booster shots Monday for 12- to 17-year-olds.
Djokovic’s Australian saga began when he was granted an exemption to strict vaccination rules by two medical panels and the tournament organizer in order to play in the Australian Open based on documents he supplied showing he had recently had COVID-19. He received a visa to enter the country through an automated process. But upon arrival, border officials said the exemption was not valid and moved to deport him.
In the end, Australian authorities revoked Djokovic’s visa, saying his presence could stir up anti-vaccine sentiment and that kicking him out was necessary to keep Australians safe. He was deported a day before the tournament got underway in Melbourne.
Alex Turnbull in Paris contributed to this report. Petrequin reported from Brussels
The Edmonton Elks are bringing back their leading rusher and combined yardage leader from 2021.
On Monday, the Elks announced a one-year contract extension for running back James Wilder Jr. through to the end of the 2022 CFL season.
Wilder Jr. said since the 2021 season ended, he always wanted to come to Edmonton.
“Since I left Edmonton, I just felt like I had a lot of unfinished business,” he said. “And when (Elks head coach and general manager) Chris Jones came over, that just put the icing on the cake to make this whole thing happen.”
Listen below: Edmonton Elks running back James Wilder Jr. says he’s looking forward to working with new head coach and GM Chris Jones.
Despite a 3-11 record, Wilder Jr. was a bright spot for the Elks as he finished third in the CFL in rushing yards recording 770 yards, a 5.4-yard rushing average and scoring two touchdowns. Wilder Jr. added 26 rushes of 10 yards or more and five rushes of 20 yards or more.
The 29-year-old added 226 receiving yards and scored one touchdown. Wilder Jr. finished fifth in the CFL in yards from scrimmage with 990 yards.
Jones said Wilder Jr. is going to be a vital piece of the Elks’ offence.
“When you got a guy that you can hand the football off and he gets 5.7 yards a carry, that’s very important,” Jones said. “Yards after contact are extremely important and we are going to be a tough and physical football team.
“We’re going to play good defence and we are going to hand the football off a bunch. That’s kind of our M.O., and that’s why we need a back like James.”
Listen below: Edmonton Elks head coach and general manager Chris Jones on what James Wilder Jr. will bring to his football team.
After being unvaccinated during the 2021 season, Wilder Jr. has received his first COVID-19 vaccine dose and will be fully vaccinated by the time training camp begins in May.
After playing the 2021 season unvaccinated, Wilder Jr. said thanks to the advice of his doctor, he decided to take the vaccine. He said his message to other players who are unvaccinated is simple.
“Talk to a trusted doctor,” Wilder Jr. said. “One of my head coaches in high school named Frank Brown was a trusted doctor of mine and I got to talk to him instead of trying to do my own research.
“Someone who can break it down to you unforcefully and somebody you’re comfortable with and you’ll get all of the facts that you need. Trust it or not, you’ll feel comfortable with what you’re doing. The research and facts that I got back, I felt comfortable and so did the rest of my family.”
The Elks announced their entire team will be 100 per cent fully vaccinated by the start of the 2022 CFL season.