The government’s decision to scale back the provincial fine option program has some community-based organizations worried.
The fine option program allows people to pay traffic and parking tickets through hours of community service.
“We rely very heavily on fine options to come in with volunteers who are working off traffic and parking fine tickets,” Tracey Mazur, Habitat for Humanity’s acting CEO, said.
“Last year alone, the 2016/2017 year, it was over 1200 volunteer hours that we had from fine options and really what it equates to if we were paying minimum wage, which we don’t, is over $18,000 worth of wage payments,” she added.
By reducing the availability of the fine option program for people who have traffic violations, the government wants to save more than a million dollars. It argues less than half of those who register for the program actually complete it.
“They’re supposed to be held to task, but the way that the program works is that we’re not always made aware of those people that don’t complete,” Justice Minister Gordon Wyant said.
“There’s going to be some consequences to some [community-based organizations], but I think returning to the original intent of the program is appropriate. We are going to keep an eye on the effect and our community-based organizations. We do value the work that they do within the communities, but again, if people aren’t completing the work, then I’m not sure that the value to the province is there.”
People in the fine option program usually average 30 to 40 hours at Habitat for Humanity, Mazur said.
She also said it isn’t common for people to miss their shifts.
“We have forms that we fill out so the government and the John Howard Society can keep track, and we certainly submit those forms, but we’ve certainly had very low to no problems with that at all,” she said.
According to the John Howard Society, which manages fine options, more than 27,000 hours of community service helped pay off 1,300 fines in Regina alone last year.
Many of those volunteers actually return to help out after all fines are paid, Mazur said.
“When you look at what they’re looking at as a cost savings, it’s peanuts compared to what the community impact is,” Mazur said.
Corey Perry scored 6:57 into the second overtime as the Anaheim Ducks completed an improbable comeback to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 in Game 5 of their second-round playoff series on Friday night.
Rickard Rakell, Cam Fowler and Ryan Getzlaf scored for Anaheim in the final 3:16 of regulation to erase Edmonton’s 3-0 lead and send the game to an extra period. John Gibson made 35 saves for the Ducks, who became the only team in NHL history to win a playoff game in overtime after trailing by three or more goals with less than four minutes to play.
Perry took a crisp pass from Getzlaf, faked a shot to get Cam Talbot off balance and put it around the goalie’s left skate. The Ducks barreled onto the ice to dog pile Perry, while the Oilers trudged back to their dressing room.
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The Ducks now lead the series 3-2.
Connor McDavid had a power-play goal and Drake Caggiula and Leon Draisaitl also scored during a three-goal eruption in the second period for the Oilers. Talbot made 60 saves.
Game 6 is Sunday in Edmonton.
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Honda Center was emptying out when Getzlaf finally scored, only for Fowler to come up with a second goal 35 seconds later.
The tying goal perfectly captured the madness of the moment, with Fowler throwing the puck on net from the blue line where it ended up among a mass of bodies, including two Ducks, two Oilers and a sprawling Talbot. Somehow the puck came loose after two attempts by Perry and ended up at Rakell’s feet, and he fired a backhand shot that got through all that traffic with 15 seconds left.
It was an ending that did not seem possible given the Oilers’ mastery of the middle 20 minutes of regulation.
Anaheim Ducks right wing Corey Perry, left, scores the game winning goal past Edmonton Oilers goalie Cam Talbot during the fifth period in overtime in Game 5 of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Anaheim, Calif., Friday, May 5, 2017.
(AP Photo/Chris Carlson)
After being outscored by three goals in the second in their last game at Rogers Place, the Oilers were happy to return the favour. Draisaitl scored just 15 seconds in, pouncing on a rebound of Oscar Klefbom’s shot for his second goal of the series and third this post-season.
McDavid then capitalized on a two-man advantage to put the Oilers up 2-0, swatting a rebound between nemesis Ryan Kesler’s legs into an open net. It was McDavid’s third consecutive game with a goal.
McDavid picked up an assist on Caggiula’s goal, finally notching his first multi-point performance of the playoffs after posting 30 during the regular season to claim the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer in the league. The Oilers were able to spring a 4-on-2 break but only needed a give-and-go between Caggiula and McDavid to break the game open.
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The Oilers were lucky to get out of the first without giving up a goal, especially as absences on defence piled up. Klefbom missed roughly half of the period after taking a puck to the chest, while Matt Benning briefly exited the game after being cleanly checked into the boards by Nate Thompson. Andrej Sekera was shaken up on a seemingly routine check from Getzlaf with an apparent left leg injury.
Sekera did not return, leaving the Oilers with only four defencemen for part of the second when Kris Russell was also shaken up.
Getzlaf missed a penalty shot after Milan Lucic had to grab the white-hot Ducks captain to disrupt a breakaway, and Anaheim failed to capitalize on two dominant power-play chances, allowing Edmonton to recover during the first intermission and seemingly take control of the game until the dramatic final 3:16.
Watch below: Anaheim Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle spoke to reporters following his team’s win in double overtime of Game 5 in their series against the Edmonton Oilers.
NOTES: Edmonton’s Zack Kassian and Anaheim’s Nick Ritchie each received 10-minute misconduct penalties in the second after fighting in spite of several warnings from the officials. â€¦ With Patrick Eaves (foot) and Ondrej Kase (lower body) out of the lineup, forward Nic Kerdiles made his first post-season appearance for the Ducks. Kerdiles is the Ducks’ first player from Orange County.
Saskatchewan’s wood tick population could be on the rise as a result of cool, wet weather in parts of the province.
The two types of adult ticks in the province lie dormant during the winter and suffer in dry and hot conditions, according to Dr. Emily Jenkins, a veterinary parasitologist at the University of Saskatchewan.
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“If it’s a cold, wet spring like we’re experiencing right now, they do very well. They survive better and as soon as they get the chance, on a nice sunny day, they’ll be out looking,” Jenkins said.
Experts believe the climate in Saskatchewan has become more favourable for ticks to move northward in province, she said.
At the same time, cities are growing outward, often creeping into tick territory.
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About 94 per cent of Saskatchewan’s ticks are the American dog tick. Rocky Mountain wood ticks are also present, according to the Saskatchewan government.
Neither variety carries Lyme disease, an infectious disease spread through tick bites.
Since 2008, the province has collected around 16,000 ticks – of which 41 were identified as black-legged ticks.
Only four black-legged ticks tested positive for the bacterium behind Lyme disease, according to a government website.
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A red rash in the shape of a bull’s-eye is one of the clearest indicators of Lyme disease, though others exist, said pharmacist Kelly Kizlyk.
“Anything like fever, feeling unwell, flu-like symptoms after a tick bite and even within the months following a tick bite, seek medical help,” Kizlyk said.
Prince Albert, Sask., has now tossed its name into the hat to become the location for the head office of the province’s single health authority.
By this fall, all 12 regional health authorities will cease to exist in favour of one authority for the entire province.
Despite the name, Athabasca Health Authority is not considered a regional health authority. It’s funded both provincially and federally so it will stay the same during the transition.
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The rest however will be rolled into one and the location of the head office is still up in the air but if Prince Albert’s mayor had his way, it would be located there.
“You can set up your operations any where in our province because of technology so I think PA is the prime location, we do have government buildings that have space here to house them so we got the infrastructure,” Prince Albert Mayor Greg Dionne said.
“I think it’s important for the citizens that any time we have a chance to bid on new, good paying jobs that we should be front and centre.”
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Earlier this year, Moose Jaw advocated to serve as the single superboard’s headquarters. On Tuesday, the minister of health said Saskatoon and Regina will also be considered during the decision making process.
“What makes sense from a business perspective, it’s about patients so we’re trying to do this without any effect on patients,” Saskatchewan Health Minister Jim Reiter said.
Cost savings isn’t the only reason for the restructuring. Officials said with no regional boundaries in the province – patients should receive seamless service no matter where they go.
According to the ministry, management as well as support services will still be required across Saskatchewan to support the delivery of high quality health care.
“Even if they do, I want to make sure that we’re primed and let the government know that we’re open for business and we’re ready to set up their offices here,” Dionne added.
The final location of the head office, according to Reiter, will be announced before the end of session. Shortly thereafter, the search for a new CEO and board appointments will be undertaken.
At Sunday’s Edmonton Oilers playoff game at Rogers Place, some female fans were surprised to find women’s bathrooms had been converted to men’s, causing their wait times to increase.
Earlier in the playoffs, male fans had complained about lengthy lines for washrooms during Oilers playoff games.
The Oilers Entertainment group attempted to cut down on the wait times by adding a staff member to the washrooms to help point out empty stalls and putting sticks on the floor to assist fans in knowing where to line up.
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Watch below: In response to fans, Rogers Place has made a few changes to help speed up washroom lineups during hockey games.
But on Sunday night, Rogers Place did something different, flipping women’s bathrooms to men’s in an attempt to reduce wait times for male fans.
“For playoffs, what we’re seeing is we’re getting predominantly men in here – the more exciting the hockey gets, I think the less guys are willing to give up their tickets,” said Susan Darrington, general manager of Rogers Place. “So we’ve adjusted our plans and we flipped a restroom on our main and on our upper concourse to be more available for men.”
On Sunday night, the women’s bathrooms backed up and female fans took to 杭州桑拿会所 to voice their concerns.
Thanks @RogersPlace for screwing the females with the bathroom change. This is chaos.
— Cee (@hunny_goose) April 30, 2017
@EdmontonOilers @RogersPlace TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE THAT YOU HAVE CHANGED HALF THE WOMENS BATHROOM INTO MEN #stupid
— Cheryl Stuart (@Lundyhistorian) May 1, 2017
@RogersPlace @EdmontonOilers heads up on bathroom changes would be nice! One women’s bathroom for the entire end of the arena…come on now!
— Stacey Brennan (@12sbrennan) May 1, 2017
“We came across an extremely long lineup and found out that was actually the lineup for the women’s washroom. And we had to go, we had to wait,” Jacqueline Comer said.
She estimated she got into a bathroom line on the upper level about two minutes into the intermission and spent about 25 minutes waiting to use the washroom.
“It was ridiculous. Waiting five minutes, 10 minutes – it’s OK. But waiting half an hour? That’s not acceptable,” she said.
Charlene Zacharuk encountered the same issue.
“I go to the washroom that’s always the women’s washroom and it’s a men’s washroom. So we make our way three-quarters of the way around the building and the women’s washroom is 60 deep,” she explained. “There was no lineup at the men’s washroom that was previously the women’s washroom, so that made it even more frustrating.”
Darrington said staff are trying to address the issues.
“We clicker count, we’ve got people watching the lines and again, we’re studying them and doing everything we can operationally to make it as comfortable as we can for our fans.”
She said staff survey season-ticket holders to try and get an idea of how many men are coming to a game compared to women.
“You’ll never make everyone happy. I think we actually feel good about what we’ve done. The men are getting through faster, the women are seeing a little more of a delay.”
Zacharuk said flipping the bathrooms isn’t a fair solution.
“I get that the men had to wait, and it was an inconvenience for them, but they solved the problem by creating another problem.”
Not wanting to miss a minute of the action, Zacharuk chose not to drink in the second period so she could stay in her seat and avoid the long lineups.
“I don’t know why they couldn’t make it just one unisex bathroom. You could have a choice. If you don’t want unisex, you go to the guys’ or you go to the girls’ washroom,” she said, suggesting the idea as a means of eliminating the wait times for both genders.
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Comer felt the decision showed male fans took precedent over women.
“It just felt like we were on the other end of the scale for us in terms of what fans were important,” she explained.
“You should have enough washrooms for the number of people that are going to be in there. I think it’s kind of a no-brainer.”
Rogers Place aims to have fans in and out of the bathrooms in about four minutes, a time Darrington said they were successful with in the regular season.
According to the City of Edmonton, there are 172 toilets and urinals required by code, while Rogers Place has 485. However, some have use restrictions, including company boxes, the Loge Level and Sportsnet Club.
A Medicine Hat family is hoping get answers in a fatality inquiry following the tragic death of a loved one.
Glenn Piche hung himself with a bed sheet four years ago while he was a patient at Medicine Hat Regional Hospital in 2013.
His brother, Marc Piche, had called Redcliff RCMP and had him taken into custody on a mental health warrant. He was admitted to the hospital’s psychiatric ward.
“You think that he’s safe, that he’s in a place where they’re going to take care of him, and then I couldn’t believe it,” Marc said.
Marc says his brother struggled with mental health throughout his life.
“If he had proper guidance and got back on his feet, he’d still be here today,” he said.
Marc and his family have been searching for answers ever since Glenn’s death.
Wednesday, after years of pushing, a fatality inquiry is set to get underway, examining the circumstances surrounding the tragedy.
“My brother was always there to help other people, always,” Marc said. “He picked up people off the street, feed them, housed them into his home and stuff.”
Glenn was just 49 years old when he died, and left behind four daughters.
The family tragedy didn’t end there. A year-and-a-half after Glenn died, his wife also took her own life.
“It was a hard blow,” Marc said. “She left a note saying she’s gone to be with him.”
Alberta Health Services told Global News an initial review was done in 2013 and determined staff need to be better educated about assessing patients’ suicide risk.
The public fatality inquiry held by the Alberta government will go from May 3-5.
Marc hopes no other family will have to go through what his family did.
“I hope at the end of all this, is that it doesn’t happen to somebody else.”
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help.
The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.
Christy Clark said she could have taken more time to talk to Linda Higgins, a citizen who drew enormous attention online when she confronted the BC Liberal leader and said she wouldn’t vote for her last week.
Clark said as much in an interview with Vancouver radio station CFOX on Monday.
“In retrospect, yeah of course, I wish I’d stopped and spoken to her,” Clark told the Jeff O’Neil Show.
“I normally try to, but the thing is, you go to these things and they’re just whipping through, and there’s 100 people to talk to, and I do move a little bit quickly.”
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Higgins, a Sunshine Coast resident, became a prominent name in B.C. media after a CBC News reporter tweeted video of an encounter between her and Clark in a North Vancouver grocery store last week.
The video showed Clark circulating in the store before Higgins greeted her and said, “I would never vote for you.”
This is one of the risks of going out and talking to voters in a grocery store. #BCVotes2017 pic.twitter杭州桑拿/f1bGXHcOES
— Richard Zussman (@richardzussman) April 28, 2017
Clark quickly responded, “You don’t have to. That’s why we live in a democracy.”
“Yeah, thank goodness,” Linda said. “Hopefully, you won’t get elected in.”
Clark subsequently walked away and talked to other potential voters in the store.
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The encounter helped to spark a hashtag, #IAmLinda, that became a rallying point of sorts for people opposed to the BC Liberal leader.
It also inspired backlash from BC Liberal supporters who accused Higgins of being an NDP plant.
#IamLinda was an NDP plant. https://t.co/F7yEbTG9i3. #bcelxn17 #bcpoli
— Mark Marissen (@marissenmark) April 29, 2017
Higgins denied being an NDP plant, or even a card-carrying party member in an interview with The North Shore News.
She said she made a spontaneous decision to speak to Clark, and didn’t mean to be disrespectful.
“I think it’s important for her to hear from the Joe Average voter,” Higgins said.
There’s no way in you know where that Matt Niskanen should be suspended for Sidney Crosby’s latest concussion.
The Capitals defenceman was given a five-minute major and a game misconduct for cross-checking the Penguins captain and NHL superstar in the first period of Monday night’s Game 3 of their Eastern Conference semifinal series.
But no further discipline has been handed to Niskanen by the league, and rightfully so.
I don’t buy that he intended to smash his stick across Crosby’s noggin.
It happened way to fast for it to be determined a premeditated attack.
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Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan says Crosby will miss Game 4 on Wednesday night, adding “We will evaluate him from there.”
If there is a glimmer of hope, Sullivan also said of Crosby, “He’s very upbeat and positive. We’re very optimistic and hopeful we’ll have him back in a timely fashion.”
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But with concussions, as we’ve come to know, no one really knows how an individual is going to react.
And the more concussions an individual suffers, the greater the risk of long term implications.
Crosby has dealt with multiple concussions during his career, including one in which needed nearly two years to fully recover from.
We’d all love to see him back sooner rather than later.
But we also want him to be healthy, and that is especially true for his post-hockey life.