Highway construction continues in Saskatchewan as the long weekend arrives

As many Saskatchewan residents hit the road for the Canada Day long weekend, the province is reminding travelers to be cautious this weekend as highway construction crews continue their work.

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“Our construction projects are designed to provide a safe and efficient road network for the people of our province, and this comes with some short-term inconveniences over the construction season,” Highways Minister Jeremy Cockrill said.

“When travelling, you should always leave yourself some extra time and check the Highway Hotline when planning your route.”

Through work zones, drivers must slow down to 60 km/h, regardless of whether or not workers are present.

A number of highways near provincial parks will be under construction this weekend including:

  • Highway 26 to Meadow Lake Provincial Park
  • Highway 38 to Greenwater Provincial Park
  • Highway 204 access to Battlefords Provincial Park

Paving will also occur on roadways within the Battlefords and Meadow Lake Provincial Parks.

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As Canada celebrates its birthday, SGI is also reminding drivers to take it slow this weekend.

“It’s estimated that for every 10 km/hr over 90 km/hr you travel, you use 10 per cent more fuel,” SGI said in a press release. “Speeding tickets start at $170 for 10km/h over the limit.”

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24-year-old man charged in connection with indecent acts in Whitchurch-Stouffville

A 24-year-old man from Whitchurch-Stouffville has been arrested and charged in connection with an indecent act investigation, police say.

York Regional Police said officers began an investigation on June 2 after receiving a report that a man had allegedly exposed himself near an elementary school on Greenwood Road.

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“During the investigation, officers received reports of additional incidents that were believed to have been committed by the same suspect,” police said in a news release.

Officers said a 24-year-old man was arrested and charged with indecent acts on June 30.

“Due to factors associated to the accused, his name will not be released at this time,” police said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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June 2022 Coach of the Month: Gary Sova

Gary Sova has been selected as sport Manitoba's coach of the month for June. He's been the leader of the Inner City Judo club since 1969. Global's Marek Tkach reports.

Those familiar with mixed martial arts know that there’s a countless amount of disciplines athletes can specialize in. For over forty years, Gary Sova has chosen judo. He is now being recognized by Sport Manitoba as June 2022’s coach of the month.

“Helping young people learn self-defense, a wholesome Olympic sport, and so they can learn discipline and camaraderie. Our club is like a family,” said Sova, the lead instructor of the Inner City Judo Club.

Gary Sova going over a 'bow' to his Judo class at the Inner City Judo Club.

Gary Sova going over a 'bow' to his Judo class at the Inner City Judo Club.

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It’s a family that’s helped raise numerous athletes both in and out of the gym, from the moment they chose to take up the sport as a child.

“He was always so committed. He would pick me up from practices and bring me to provincial practices, always supporting me,” said May Baldo-Oduca.

Baldo-Oduca holds a fourth-degree black belt. She first started learning Judo from Sova in fourth grade.

“My father passed away when I was young, and I always called him dad even when I was growing up,” she said.

“Now I’m a lot older, so it’s Mr. Sova and it always just sticks. It’s never going to be Gary. It’s always Mr. Sova, because that’s how much respect I have for him.”

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Sova spreads mutual respect through all of the age groups he coaches at St. Augustine church on River Avenue.

“There are different goals like fitness, self-defense, working to go to the Olympics, or to nationals or just judo tournaments in Manitoba and western Canada,” continued Sova, who has amassed a seventh-degree black belt in Judo.

Only a handful of his athletes rise to compete at a national level, but his love for the sport and attention to detail shines through no matter who’s on the other end of his instructions.

“I look for ability, attitude and to see how they get along with other athletes,” he said.

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Manitobans take in bigger Canada Day celebrations since start of pandemic

Manitobans will be taking in Canada Day festivities for the first time in nearly two years.

The 2020 and 2021 celebrations were either done on a small scale or cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

One of the most popular events that takes place at The Forks is being renamed as “New Day at The Forks” to reflect the impacts colonialism has on Indigenous peoples in Canada.

Events started at 8 a.m., which included a morning ceremony led by Elders Wanbdi Wakita and Pahan Pte San Win in Oodena.

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Numerous pop-up events will be held throughout the day as well, including hands-on activities, music, theatre and dance.

Most of the events at The Forks will run until about 5 p.m. and no fireworks will take place this year.

Other celebrations are taking place at Assiniboine Park’s Lyric Theatre, St. Norbert, Tyndall Park and Assiniboina Downs.

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Fireworks will take place at the Assiniboina Down and Tyndall Park gatherings. They are expected to get underway at about 10:30 p.m.

Towns outside of the provincial capital are holding Canada Day celebrations, including fireworks in Portage la Prairie and Brandon.

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Paramedics strike at 40 Quebec ambulance services to demand pay increase

Paramedics working at 40 Quebec ambulance services across the province, including the provincial capital, began a strike Friday.

Daniel Chouinard, the president of the union that represents the paramedics, says the strike won’t affect the level of care provided to patients due to the province’s essential services law.

He says the strike will see paramedics stop doing certain tasks, such as completing billing forms and limiting the hours when non-urgent services like transporting patients home from hospitals are offered.

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Chouinard says the union wants the same salary and retirement conditions as other health-care workers in the province.

The union, which represents 2,500 pre-hospital service workers including paramedics, has been in negotiation with the provincial government since September 2021.

Outside of the cities of Montreal and Laval, ambulance services in Quebec are offered by private companies who contract with regional health authorities, though salaries are set by the province.

“Essentially, we want our salaries to catch-up ,to be the equivalent of police officers, firefighters and nurses. We’re an emergency service, we want parity in that,” Chouinard said in an interview.

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ParkArt returns to Moose Jaw on Canada Day

The Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery’s largest and longest-running annual fundraiser is returning Friday as they celebrate Canada Day.

ParkArt will be held at Crescent Park from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., marking the event’s first return since 2019.

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Over 40 booths of handmade artwork and crafts by artists from Moose Jaw and around western Canada will be featured.

“There is something for every taste available, from paintings to pillows, metal sculptures to jewelry, cookies to woodworking,” the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery said in a press release.

There will also be free Crescent Park activity kits for children available throughout the day. Scavenger hunt passports can be picked up in the gift shop and there will clues scattered around the park in 10 different locations.

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Once people have found all 10, families can claim a prize back at the gift shop.

Admission to the event is $5 or free for those 12 and under.

ParkArt is in the Northwest corner of Crescent Park, outside the Moose Jaw Museum & Art Gallery and the Moose Jaw Public Library. To complement the day, other Canada Day activities presented by the Moose Jaw Kinsmen will be taking place in the rest of the park.

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Toronto cancels 1 fireworks display, postpones another after vendor backs out: city

The City of Toronto says it’s cancelling a Canada Day fireworks show and rescheduling another after the vendor backed out at the last minute.

The city says the vendor originally contracted to put on the fireworks shows at three parks informed city staff Thursday it was going ahead with the production.

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As a result, the city says the fireworks show at Milliken Park in Toronto’s northeast has been canceled.

The city says it was able to find a new vendor for the lakeside show at Ashbridges Bay Park tonight and a postponed show at Stan Wadlow Park, in the city’s east end, on Saturday evening.

Fireworks at Mel Lastman Square and Downsview Park are set to take place tonight as scheduled.

In a news release, the city says staff worked into Thursday night contacting companies across Ontario, Quebec, Manitoba and the U.S. in a bid to find a new vendor for the Canada Day fireworks shows.

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Canadian QB Tre Ford starts for Edmonton Elks on Canada Day in Hamilton

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Looking for their first win of the 2022 CFL season, the Edmonoton Elks are turning to a Canadian to start at quarterback. Tre Ford will get the call on Canada Day against the Tiger-Cats from Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton in a battle of 0-3 teams.

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The Elks drafted Ford eighth overall in this year’s CFL Draft. The Waterloo Warriors product won the Hec Creighton Award in 2021 given to the best football player in USports.

In six games last season in Waterloo, Ford led the OUA in passing with 1,465 yards, throwing 10 touchdown passes and four interceptions. Ford added 629 rushing yards and scored three touchdowns.

Ford said he’s been doing his best to prepare for his first CFL start in a short week.

“I found out early in the week, coach told me so I could mentally prepare myself for the game, and that’s what I’ve been doing,” Ford said. “It was a shorter week so we didn’t get our full practice time in but I have to just stay on my keys mentally. Read the defence, see the blitzes and see everything work out for our offense.”

Edmonton Elks quarterback Tre Ford speaks about his first CFL start in Hamilton on Canada Day

In the first three games, Nick Arbuckle recorded 795 passing yards, throwing for two touchdown passes. Arbuckle has also thrown six interceptions, which is tied for the CFL lead with Hamilton Tiger-Cats quarterback Dane Evans.

Head coach Chris Jones says Arbuckle won the starting job out of training camp based on his experience and his numbers during camp were slightly above Ford’s. Jones says it’s now time to make a change.

“We’re 0-3 now. We’ve played some good football but also some inconsistent football,” Jones said.

“Tre is going to bring a different package to the game and different abilities compared to Nick so we’re going to attempt to win the football game.

“Every decision that we make is to win the football game and we feel like Tre is hopefully bring some things to our team that we need.”

Edmonton Elks head coach Chris Jones on his decision to start Tre Ford at QB against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Canada Day

The Elks offence received a big blow on Thursday morning as running back James Wilder Junior was placed on the team’s six-game injured list with a shoulder injury.

Wilder Junior missed some practice time over the last couple of weeks. Jones says the shoulder has been an issue for Wilder Junior over their last two games.

Sherman Badie will make his first CFL start at running back. He dressed in last week’s 30-23 loss to the Calgary Stampeder.

In two pre-season games, Badie rushed three times for 28 yards and caught three passes for 11 yards.

Linebacker Deon Lacey has been placed on the one-game injured list.

Last week in Calgary, Lacey led the Elks in defensive tackles with 10.

Sheldon Brady will start at middle linebacker after missing last week’s game with a knee injury.

Jeawon Taylor was signed back to team this week and will start at SAM linebacker, he recorded five defensive tackles and one special teams tackle in two pre-season games.

The following are the projected offensive and defensive starters for the Elks:

Offence

Quarterback: Tre Ford

Running back: Sherman Badie (fullback: Tanner Green)

Offensive line: Tony Washington, David Foucault, David Beard, Mark Korte, Martez Ivey

Receivers: Derel Walker, Kenny Lawler, Emmaneul Arceneaux, Kai Locksley, Mike Jones

Defence

Defensive line: Thomas Cositgan, Makana Henry, Christian Rector, Matthew Thomas

Linebackers: Adam Konar, Brady Sheldon, Jeawon Taylor

Defensive backs: Jalen Collins, Ed Gainey, Scott Hutter, Treston Decoud, Nafees Lyon

You can hear live coverage of the Canada Day matchup between the Elks and Tiger-Cats on 630 CHED starting with Countdown to Kickoff with Brenden Escott at 4 p.m. The opening kickoff from Tim Hortons Field in Hamilton will be at 5:30 p.m. with Morley Scott and Dave Campbell with analysis by former Edmonton Football Team offensive lineman and two-time Grey Cup champion Blake Dermott.

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Is it Canada Day without fireworks? What you should know about its risks

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After two years of COVID-19 lockdowns, in-person celebrations are back on Canada Day.

With events underway and planned across the country, the day will be capped off with spectacular fireworks – a long-standing celebratory tradition, but also a hazard.

“We haven’t had large-scale Canada Day events the last couple of years. This year is going to be even more meaningful,” said Aleem Kanji, chief advocacy officer for the Canadian National Fireworks Association.

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In Canada, municipalities have different rules for displaying fireworks and the federal government has legally approved 4,000 products, said Kanji.

However, there are concerns about the potential impacts on the environment, wildlife and to our health.

“There are a lot of things that actually are not really great about fireworks,” said Kent Moore, a professor of physics at the University of Toronto, Mississauga.

The colours that look beautiful as they light up the sky are created by oxidizing minerals, like copper, barium and lithium, which are toxic to the environment, he said. These chemical minerals settle down to the earth and can leach into rivers.

Oxidizers contained in fireworks are also carcinogenic, Moore added.

Fireworks have shown to increase levels of fine particulate matter air pollution by five to six times, said Paul Villenueve, an environmental epidemiologist at Carleton University.

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Even though the displays might only last about 20 minutes or so in length, the pollutants will linger in the air for five or six hours afterwards, he told Global News.

“There are substantial increases of fireworks on outdoor air pollution, and many of these increases result in air pollution concentrations going above established standards and guidelines for both Canada and the U.S.,” he said.

Children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with respiratory diseases are particularly vulnerable, Villenueve said.

Firework smoke, even though localized, can cause problems for people with compromised lung function, said Moore. And if you’re too close, “you might get watery in your eyes,” he said.

Then there is also the issue of noise pollution with the loud sounds, which animals are particularly sensitive to, both Moore and Villeneuve said.

Even though rare, fireworks come with the risk of setting a building or area on fire.

This is why the City of Kamloops in British Columbia has scrapped its fireworks this year due to concern about potential wildfires.

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Across the border, in the United States, several western cities have cancelled July 4 fireworks displays because of the threat of wildfire.

“With climate change and certainly … with some of the more extreme heat events that we’ve been seeing and lack of rain in drier areas, that really raises heightened concerns for the use of fireworks,” said Villeneuve.

Moore said that even though the majority of wildfires are not triggered by fireworks, there are cases where wildfires have been attributed to them.

“If it’s really dry and you’re in a forested area, I wouldn’t recommend using fireworks because they do involve fire,” he said.

The Canadian National Fireworks Association is encouraging all Canadians to follow the law and use fireworks safely and responsibly.

“Know the rules … before you use fireworks, the time of day that it’s allowed, and whether you’re allowed to use it in sensitive areas,” said Kanji of CNFA.

If you are planning to set them off at home, keep a flashlight and bucket of water and use safety goggles and gloves, he advised. Also, let your neighbours know in advance and clean up after, Kanji added.

“Make sure there’s no one in the immediate vicinity because they can misfire,” said Moore.

“You need to follow the instructions and understand that they are explosives in there and they contain gunpowder and they’re very dangerous.”

In some cities, petitions have been raised by residents calling for a ban on fireworks.

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In Vancouver, personal firework displays are banned and may only be discharged by a certified technician. In 2020, the city banned the sale and use of consumer fireworks.

Given the known hazards, experts stress the need to scale back on the use of fireworks or do away with the age-old tradition.

Villeneuve suggested shortening the length of firework displays and using other more environmentally-friendly alternatives such as drone light shows.

“So, there are a number of steps that can be taken apart from a full-out ban,” he said.

Fireworks can also be made less toxic by substituting some of the chemicals used, said Moore, but “generally they increase the cost and they may not be quite as impressive,” he added.

He said Canada, like other countries, should seriously think about the impacts of the firework celebrations on the environment and weigh the pros and cons of using them.

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14-year-old charged after fireworks allegedly set off on GO train

One teenager was charged after fireworks were allegedly set off on a Metrolinx train on Thursday.

In an email to Global News, Anne Marie Aikins, a spokesperson for Metrolinx, said at around 9:40 p.m., the company received a report that a group of young people had set fireworks off from the floor of a train cab.

Aikins said they were pulled off a Rouge Hill by Special Constables.

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In an email to Global News, Toronto police said a 14-year-old boy and a 16-year-old boy were travelling on the GO Train when the younger of the two allegedly set off a firework on the train.

Police said the two boys were arrested.

Officers said after further investigation, the 16-year-old was released.

Police said the 14-year-old was charged with mischief under $5,000.

Aikins said there have been two incidents this past week with people “illegally and dangerously setting off fireworks.”

She said earlier this week, an incident was reported where a firework was set off directly at one of Metrolinx’s station staff.

“Fortunately, neither incidents caused serious injuries,” she said. “However, setting off fireworks in the direction of people or on trains is incredibly dangerous and could result in serious charges.”

Aikins said officers are “actively” seeking to identify and charge more suspects in connection with Thursday’s incident.

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