An organic health food store in downtown Edmonton is closing its doors.
Earth’s General Store posted on its website that it’s given notice to its landlords that it will shut down its location on 101 Avenue and 104 Street on Oct. 31.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that I have to announce that we are in the position where we are closing our downtown store on Oct. 31, 2017,” owner Michael Kalmanovitch wrote.
“I tried to squeeze another month before giving our notice to see if things improved but had to finally resign to the reality – things are not improving and I have to minimize our losses.”
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In January, Earth’s General Store issued an ultimatum to the community that it would close its downtown location if business didn’t pick up, and that didn’t happen, according to Kalmanovitch’s online post.
“When Sobeys closed down I was concerned that we would not be able to meet the demand for good quality groceries at fair prices and offering organic foods. This demand not materialize,” Kalmanovitch wrote.
“The downtown store has never made money. It always ran at a deficit. It was propped up by the Whyte Avenue store but extra funds from Whyte have diminished and I am simply running out of money.”
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Kalmanovitch apologized to his employees and the downtown community, who he said he “failed.”
“I am not a businessman. I am a person that does business. I think a ‘good’ business person would have done things a bit differently since their value system has a different focus and that a ‘good’ business person would have seen the writing on the wall a while ago and pulled out of this venture but I see more than just the return on investment of a financial return,” Kalmanovitch wrote.
Kalmanovitch said there is a possibility of opening Earth’s General Store at a different location but sales will need to increase for that to happen.
Boston Red Sox President Sam Kennedy is apologizing for fans at Fenway Park taunting Baltimore Orioles centre fielder Adam Jones with racial slurs.
Kennedy also apologized Tuesday for a fan throwing peanuts at Jones during Monday night’s game. He said the organization is “sickened by the conduct of an ignorant few.”
Jones, who is black, said he was “called the N-word a handful of times” in quotes reported by USA Today Sports and The Boston Globe.
Statement from the #RedSox regarding Adam Jones incident at Fenway Park: https://t.co/GxMgzEnWih
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) May 2, 2017
“It’s unfortunate that people need to resort to those type of epithets to degrade another human being,” Jones said.
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, in a tweet Tuesday, also called the behaviour by fans “unacceptable and shameful.”
“This is not what Massachusetts & Boston are about,” the tweet said.
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Jones, a five-time All-Star, said he has been the subject of racist heckling in Boston’s ballpark before, but this was one of the worst cases of fan abuse he has heard in his 12-year career, according to USA Today Sports.
USA Today Sports reported that Red Sox officials confirmed that a fan threw a bag of peanuts at Jones and was ejected from the stadium.
“It’s pathetic,” Jones said. “It’s called a coward. What they need to do is that instead of kicking them out of the stadium, they need to fine them 10 grand, 20 grand, 30 grand. Something that really hurts somebody.”
The Red Sox said they are reviewing what happened at the game, but that any spectator behaving poorly forfeits the right to be in the ballpark and could be subject to further action.
The Orioles’ 5-2 victory marked the latest testy game between the AL East rivals this season, including a dustup in Baltimore a week ago.
Statement from Commissioner Rob Manfred. pic.twitter杭州桑拿/lCUNbv9eyc
— MLB (@MLB) May 2, 2017
In the teams’ previous meeting at Camden Yards, Boston reliever Matt Barnes sent a pitch that whizzed behind Manny Machado’s head and hit the slugger’s bat. Barnes was suspended four games and fined.
Machado had rankled the Red Sox with a hard slide into second baseman Dustin Pedroia’s left leg two days earlier. Pedroia missed a handful of games.
Orioles pitcher Dylan Bundy hit Mookie Betts near the left hip with a fastball Monday night, prompting loud boos.
OTTAWA – Canada’s free-trade pact with Europe is poised to produce “modest” economic gains that work out to an average annual income boost of $220 per Canadian, the federal budget watchdog says in a new report.
The parliamentary budget officer released a study Tuesday that estimates the trade deal would have lifted Canada’s overall economic output in 2015 by 0.4 per cent or $7.9 billion, had it been implemented at the time.
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Canadian exports of goods to the EU would have increased $4 billion, services would have been up $2.2 billion and investment would have grown by $3.1 billion, the analysis found.
But the report did put the overall projected improvement into perspective by noting that Canada boasts a $2-trillion economy.
“CETA will lead to some gains for Canada, but they will be modest,” the report said, referring to the deal’s full name: the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.
“The work outlined in this report projects a small, but positive, overall effect on Canada’s economy … Starting from relatively low levels, exports of goods will increase by 9.3 per cent and services by 14 per cent.”
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The PBO based its analysis on 2015 because projecting into the future would have been more difficult. It was also the most recent year for which a complete set of economic data was available.
The budget office predicted some Canadian sectors will likely see slower growth under the agreement, including some dairy and agricultural products, textiles and some machinery and manufactured goods.
On the other hand, the report predicts sectors including transport and motor vehicles, some metals and wheat will likely grow more quickly.
The report focused on the parts of the agreement that it said could be studied analytically.
WATCH: Canada-EU CETA deal impact on Canadian businesses and consumers (Feb. 2017)
The areas analyzed included tariff reductions on goods, reduction in trade barriers for services and intellectual property as it relates to royalty payments for patented drugs. The report also examined the overall impact that the deal might have on Canada’s gross domestic product through investment.
“With the signing of CETA, questions arise concerning the magnitude of the benefits and impacts, as well as how they will be distributed,” said the report by Jean-Denis Frechette’s office.
“Liberalizing trade is intended to bring benefits through greater specialization … but the impact on sectors could be uneven.”
Parliament is expected to ratify CETA in the coming months. Once approved, about 90 per cent of the deal would come into force under provisional application.
The deal is expected to come into force amid concerns in corporate Canada over protectionist policy proposals under discussion in the United States.
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Frechette’s office predicted that strengthening business ties with the EU will make Canadians a little less dependent on their existing trade partners, predicting that Canada’s annual exports to the U.S. could decline by 0.4 per cent or $1.4 billion, while exports to the rest of the world could fall by 0.7 per cent or about $384 million.
Last year, Canada exported about $39.8 billion worth of merchandise to the EU, making it Canada’s second-largest export destination, the report said. In comparison, Canadian merchandise exports to China were about $21 billion.
“But this is still only a tenth of the exports that go to the United States,” the PBO said.
“Canada’s sales of oil and gas to the United States alone are worth more than all the goods and services it sells to the EU.”
Speaking in Fort McMurray one year after the wildfire forced a massive evacuation, Alberta’s premier called Wednesday “a sombre anniversary” while the region’s mayor said it was also a time to “reflect on the remarkable experiences of the past year.”
Community events were quiet and respectful — something the region’s officials heard was how residents wanted to mark the day.
“When you have a milestone event like this one, the importance of recounting the progress that’s actually being made is helpful in some people’s recovery, ignoring the date entirely for some people who just don’t want to face it as a reminder is another thing that’s important to respect,” Wood Buffalo Mayor Melissa Blake said. “So, the low-key events that we have staged down at MacDonald Island are supportive of the desires of the community.
“To offer these different things, whether it’s spiritual or cultural or artistic or yoga at five in the morning… Everybody needs to do their own thing to mark this day.”
Premier Rachel Notley also noted the day was one to mourn the loss of two young people killed in a crash on Highway 881, fleeing the fires: Emily Ryan, 15, and Aaron Hodgson, 19.
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“We also remember all that the fire took from people: their homes, their baby photos and all the cherished belongings that helped to anchor so many cherished memories.”
Watch below: Premier Rachel Notley marks 1 year since Fort McMurray wildfire: ‘This is a very difficult day’
“This is also an opportunity to extend our gratitude to our brave emergency responders, whether they were from Alberta or came to help from beyond our borders.”
The premier said everywhere she goes, she is asked about Fort McMurray.
“Everywhere, the sentiment is the same… Your province is very, very proud of you. People from the U.S. to China to Japan are inspired by the bravery, strength and resilience this community did show and continues to show.
“Albertans have long known the people of Fort McMurray are as caring and resilient as they come,” Notley said. “The evacuation proved that to the world.”
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Blake also spoke about how overwhelmed she was by the support of Canadians, through the Red Cross, to help people that were complete strangers.
“We thank you from the bottom of our hearts,” the mayor said.
“To all the Canadians from coast to coast to coast who opened their hearts and homes to us, we will forever be in your debt. During the darkest time in our history, these overwhelming acts of kindness and compassion sustained us.”
“Strangers housed us, fed us, clothed us, even filled our tanks with gas… Our entire community has been personally touched.”
Watch below: Mayor Melissa Blake marks 1 year since Fort McMurray wildfire
Roughly 20 per cent of the community has decided not to return to Fort McMurray since the fire. However, Notley said the school population showed a 94 per cent retention rate as of September.
When asked about calls for another access route out of the city, the premier said the transportation ministry was working with the municipality on possible options. The Alberta government has already dedicated $5 million towards a feasibility study, with the municipality also putting in $5 million.
“That’s the first step,” Notley said, adding she anticipates the study will begin “very soon.”
Notley and Blake were joined by several emergency officials, including the municipality’s new fire chief, RCMP supervisor, and members of the Recovery Task Force.
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Both speakers stressed the importance of reaching out for help processing emotions and grief in the wake of the disaster.
“I’ve spoken to many residents who are dreading this day,” Blake said. “Others will want to mark it privately.
“Mental health matters and it is OK to reach out.”
Watch below: Family of teens killed fleeing Fort McMurray wildfire reflects on past year
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Notley and Blake reiterated that progress is being made but there is still a long road ahead.
“Yes we have come a long way and it’s encouraging to see,” Blake said. “But it’s still early days.”
“We know the journey is not over,” Notley added. “We are still with you.
“Wood Buffalo and Fort McMurray, you are strong.”
For complete coverage of Fort McMurray: The Road Back, click here.
Watch below: Fort McMurray wildfire one year later: hear from residents and the premier
MERRITT, B.C. – British Columbia Liberal Leader Christy Clark appears to be betting that the simmering softwood dispute with the United States is fertile ground for votes as she increased the pressure in the trade spat Tuesday, promising a hefty carbon tax on U.S. thermal coal.
Clark said she would tax the coal that’s shipped through the province’s ports to make it uncompetitive and defend workers from the policies of U.S. President Donald Trump.
“Now is the right time to do it, the right time to send a strong message to the Trump administration and U.S. lumber barons that we will not back down in the face of their aggressive attacks on workers here in British Columbia,” said Clark, who has pushed hard on the issue in the latter stages of the provincial election campaign.
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If the federal government doesn’t act on her request to ban the coal, she said the Liberals would develop regulations that impose a carbon price of about $70 per tonne if they are re-elected in the May 9 election.
“The levy would make thermal coal shipped through British Columbia utterly uncompetitive in the global market,” she said while campaigning in Merritt.
The plan escalates a threat she first made last week after the American’s imposed an average duty of 20 per cent on Canadian softwood lumber.
The coal moves through B.C. ports to be shipped to China, but Clark says it’s among the dirtiest and most carbon-intense methods to generate power and heat. About 6.6 million tonnes of thermal coal was exported through B.C. ports last year, 94 per cent of that came from the United States.
NDP Leader John Horgan said that if Clark was serious about thermal coal she could have done something about it years ago, accusing her of only reacting now because of the election.
“I think this is reckless, it’s irresponsible,” he said at a campaign stop in Kamloops. “If we don’t get a good deal on softwood lumber, it’s going to mean thousands of jobs are at risk and the only job Christy Clark cares about is hers.”
About 30 supporters gathered on a bank of the South Thomson River to meet Horgan, who said if each of them represented 1,000 people that would total the 30,000 people in the city the NDP says don’t have a family doctor.
“That’s a crisis. It hasn’t been addressed because of 16 years of neglect by the B.C. Liberals,” said Horgan.
The NDP would invest in public health care, including building a new patient care tower at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, and urgent care centres across the province to fill the gap between walk-in clinics and clogged emergency rooms, Horgan said.
“It’s time we had a government that’s working for you, and in seven days we’re going to get that,” he said.
Liberal Health Minister Terry Lake, who isn’t running for re-election in Kamloops-North Thompson, showed up at Horgan’s campaign stop. The NDP has not won the riding since 1991, but Horgan said he thinks they can be successful there.
Lake said the NDP is exaggerating when it says 30,000 people lack a family doctor in Kamloops, but added access to primary care is a challenge.
“There’s no magic bullet that’s going to solve this problem overnight and I think it’s disingenuous for Mr. Horgan or anyone else to claim that they can do that,” he said.
Horgan’s campaign cited a media story from last November quoting telemedicine provider Medview MD for the 30,000 figure.
As Lake spoke to reporters, NDP supporters carried signs that said “700,000 without a family doctor,” a reference to the total number of people the party says lack a primary care physician.
“Hire more nurses!” said Diane Lingren, a nurse with 10 years of experience, wearing her blue scrubs.
“We are,” responded Lake.
“No you’re not. You’re filling vacant spaces,” she said, shaking her head.
Lingren said nurses are working short-staffed and under-supported with patients being treated in hallways. People look at the wards and say, “Oh, it’s just like ‘M.A.S.H.’ in here,” she said.
Green party Leader Andrew Weaver campaigned in Vancouver on Tuesday, attacking the NDP for making “disturbing” multibillion-dollar promises without saying how it would be paid for.
The Liberals and NDP have also failed on climate change and getting the province ready for the new economy, he said.
“We recognize that if we want to be leaders in tech innovation we must also embrace the tech innovation that we want to be leaders in,” he said.
“B.C. Liberals have no plan, the B.C. NDP have a plan to come up with a plan to develop a plan, and the B.C. Greens actually have a plan for a prosperous future.”
The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to step up U.S.-Russian diplomatic efforts on Syria.
The Russian government says the two leaders agreed in a telephone call Tuesday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will intensify their efforts to bring about a cease-fire, with the goal of beginning a real peace process in Syria.
The Kremlin characterized the call as “business-like” and “constructive.”
A Russian news agency says Trump and Putin also discussed holding their first in-person meeting in July on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Germany.
The White House says Trump and Putin held a “very good” conversation about the ongoing crisis on Syria.
A White House readout of the phone calls says the two leaders discussed the creation of safe zones in Syria, and agreed that the suffering in Syria “has gone on for far too long.”
Reporters in the U.S. were unable to ask questions about the phone call during the White House daily press briefing because Press Secretary Sean Spicer left without taking questions.
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Tuesday’s call was the first known discussion between the leaders since the U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian government air base. Russia is one of the Syrian regime’s most important backers.
Despite having previously warned against U.S. intervention in Syria, Trump ordered the strikes against Syrian government targets in early April after accusing the regime of using chemical weapons in a deadly attack on civilians. The U.S. action was accompanied by a dramatic shift in the Trump administration’s rhetoric toward Russia, one of the Syrian government’s most important benefactors.
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Trump, who spent months touting the prospect of warmer ties with Putin, declared after the strikes that the relationship between the U.S. and Russia “may be at an all-time low.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley also sharply condemned Moscow’s role in supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Yet Trump has continued to hold out the prospect of a stronger relationship with Russia, which was a cornerstone of his foreign policy platform as a presidential candidate. He took to 杭州桑拿会所 days after the Syria strikes to say that “things will work out fine” between the U.S. and Russia and “everyone will come to their senses.”
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The shifts in the Trump administration’s posture came amid a steady swirl of controversy surrounding possible ties between the president’s associates and Russia during last year’s election. The FBI and congressional committees are investigating whether Trump’s campaign co-ordinated with Russia as it meddled in the election.
Putin, who met earlier Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, denied that Moscow ever interferes in other countries’ elections. He said accusations of Russian meddling aimed at helping Trump in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton were “simply rumours” being used as part of a political fight in Washington.
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Trump has vigorously denied any nefarious ties to Moscow, calling the Russian investigations a “hoax.”
Trump and Putin have spoken twice since the U.S. president took office in January, including last month following an attack in St. Petersburg, Russia. The attack occurred days before the U.S. missile strike in Syria.
Hamilton police have taken over the investigation into Monday’s tragic house fire that claimed the life of a three-year-old boy on the west mountain.
Fire crews responded just after 10 a.m. to reports of heavy fire and smoke at a semi-detached house on Golden Orchard Drive, in the area of Garth Street and the Linc, in Hamilton.
Firefighters found the toddler after being told there was one person still inside the house. Cayden, 3, was pulled by firefighters from the basement of the home and was later pronounced dead.
Young child found dead in Hamilton mountain fire
“I went to the door and I heard the mother yelling for help. I ran over, she told me that her son was inside and I took a couple of steps in to see if I could do anything and the smoke was so thick I came out choking, coughing,” said Steve, a neighbour Global News has agreed to identify by first name alone.
“When I broke the window all the smoke and flames shot outside, there was nothing we could do —; no way to enter. It was helpless.”
“I have my own children, I can’t even think what it would be like to have a situation like that,” he added. “It’s heartbreaking for anyone.”
Steve Godden, another neighbour who watched the tragedy unfold, said he and his wife watched firefighters try to revive Cayden but then learned he had tragically passed away.
“It’s hard when you have children of your own too, you put yourself in that position and you can’t imagine how you would feel,” Godden said.
“To see it firsthand it hits home a little bit more and puts things into perspective.”
Neighbour Shelley Donovan said losing a child in such a tragic way was incomprehensible to her.
“I can’t imagine what the mom is going through,” she said. “To see her in the house and then try to run back and she couldn’t get down there.”
A GoFundMe online fundraiser has been set up to help the boy’s family with the cost of funeral expenses. As of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, it had raised $1,745.
Cassandra Buckland, the organizer of the campaign and the boy’s cousin, said Cayden’s mother Susan is “an emotional wreck” after the tragic fire.
“Tragedy struck our family, Cayden (3) lost his little life on the morning of May 1 2017. Fire broke out in a basement apartment on Hamilton mountain and Cayden was not able to survive,” she said on the fundraising page.
“We are seeking help for funeral expenses and to help [the] family through. Anything is appreciated if you can help.”
Buckland said the fundraiser would cover the cost of the burial and a headstone and any remaining funds would be donated to the family.
“We thank everyone for their support it means more then words can express,” she said. “We are asking to respect us as we mourn and refrain from asking anything regarding to the case, let the police finish their investigation.”
An investigator with the Ontario Fire Marshall’s office was then called in to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Damages are to the house are estimated at $150,000.
Police said Tuesday morning they would not be releasing any further information at this time and have not provided any details yet on the suspected cause of the fire.
Hamilton Police are now leading the investigation into Monday’s fire which claimed the life of a three-year-old mountain boy.
May Day protesters in Portland and other American cities mocked a recent Pepsi commercial starring Kendall Jenner during marches to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration, labour and other policies on Monday.
READ MORE: Several arrested after May Day protests turn violent across U.S.
In Portland, police were forced to shut down a protest they said had become a riot and arrested more than two dozen people, after masked demonstrators threw smoke bombs, Molotov cocktails and cans of the popular soft drink at officers.
A @PDXFire medic was hit by a full @pepsi can thrown during #MayDayPDX protest march. Not injured.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) May 1, 2017
At least three people were arrested after anarchists smashed windows, set fires and vandalized police vehicles.
Earlier in the protest, a Portland Mercury reporter snapped a photo of a demonstrator attempting to hand riot police a can of Pepsi. Apparently the officer didn’t take it.
Police took some shields from anarchists, anarchists grouped up toward cops. 1 tried to hand Pepsi to cop, unsuccessfully #Mayday #MayDayPDX pic.twitter杭州桑拿/IV8nDzxLeP
— doug brown (@dougbrown8) May 1, 2017
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May Day marchers in New York also tried to extend a figurative olive branch with a can of pop. Gothamist reported that the NYPD officer declined the can as well.
Can Of Pepsi Fails To Bring Protesters & Police Together At NYC May Day March https://t.co/xmb0ef9Z6w pic.twitter杭州桑拿/SnGPaOb3Lj
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) May 2, 2017
In Los Angeles, a demonstrator had a little more success passing a can to a police officer. Video shot by an alternative activist site captured the LAPD officer accepting the can before the protester began yelling and harassing him.
A May Day demonstrator in Los Angeles pokes fun at Pepsi and Kendall Jenner by handing LAPD officer a can of soda.
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The use of pop cans was a satirical response to a controversial commercial featuring model Kendall Jenner released by the soft drink giant last month, which was accused of being exploitative, appropriating Black Lives Matter and trivializing activist movements.
WATCH: Pepsi pulls Kendall Jenner ad after it fizzles
The advertisement was pulled shortly after its release due to backlash on social media.
May Day demonstrations, celebrated as International Workers’ Day, were far more peaceful in other international cities, which saw protesters demanded better working conditions.
But the widespread protests in the United States were aimed directly at the new Republican president, who has followed up his aggressive anti-immigrant and anti-socialist rhetoric on the campaign trail with action in the White House.
-With files from The Associated Press.
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