Winnipeg man recalls close brush with 9/11 terror attacks

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WINNIPEG – A Winnipegger who narrowly avoided becoming a victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City is sharing his story.

Evan Kuz was visiting New York for the first time in 2001 and had plans to be at the World Trade Centre the morning of the attacks.

He had visited the Twin Towers the evening before with a woman named Camilla whom he had met on his travels. But the view from the observation deck was obscured by clouds, so the pair made plans to meet again at the same spot to take pictures at 8:30 the following morning.

“We really only planned on meeting at the World Trade Centre because her hotel was nearby,” Kuz recalled.

But when the fateful morning came, Kuz opted to go for a run with another friend instead of meeting his date early in the morning.

“I still don’t know why, but I decided quickly I would go for the run.”

Kuz returned from the run to a worried call from his sister in Winnipeg, which is when he found out about the 9/11 terror attacks. At 8:46 and 9:03 a.m., hijacked aircraft slammed into both towers of the World Trade Centre, killing more than 2,600 people in the towers and on the ground.

Evan Zuk’s ticket from his visit to the World Trade Centre in New York on September 10, 2001

Evan Zuk


For a day and a half Kuz was unable to reach Camilla to ensure she was okay. When he finally got a hold of her, he found out she had slept in that morning and also missed the date at the ill-fated Twin Towers.

“It was the most bizarre reunion I’ve ever had in my life. I think we knew we were going to be connected through this incident forever.”

Kuz lost touch with his travel friend but is still often reminded of that day, especially on the anniversary.

“You never know what could trigger it, it could even be looking at the clock and seeing it’s 9:11,” Kutz said. “There’s always going to be reminders, which pretty much just ensures me that it’s something that’s never really going to go away. It’ll always be present.”

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Rob Ford transferred to Mt. Sinai hospital for ‘subsequent treatment’

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TORONTO- Mayor Rob Ford has been transferred to Mt. Sinai Hospital from Humber River Regional Hospital for what officials are calling “follow-up investigation and subsequent treatment.”

“We did a CT scan and biopsy of the mass in the abdomen. We also did a CT of the chest and an ultrasound examination,” said Dr. Zane Cohen, an internationally recognized colorectal surgeon overseeing the clinical team for Ford. “Tomorrow (Friday) we need to do further examinations in the form of an MRI.”


Cohen added results from these examinations will not become available for approximately one week but says Ford is resting comfortably, surrounded by family.

Ford was first admitted to Humber River on Wednesday after complaining of abdominal pain that had persisted for “at least three months” but which had worsened in the past 24 hours, Dr. Rueben Devlin said in a press conference on Wednesday.

READ MORE: What’s next for Rob Ford and Toronto’s mayoral race?

Ford was admitted for further examination, at which time doctors established a working diagnosis of a tumour after doing a CT scan.

“The tumour is in his abdomen. It’s being investigated further to determine what type of tumour it is,” Devlin said.

Doug ford made a brief and emotional statement at the press conference where news of the tumour was announced.

“It saddens me that I have to be here today,” Doug told reporters.

He said Rob was in “good spirits” and asked that the family be given a few days to deal with the news.

WATCH: Mayor Ford’s director of communications Amin Massoudi said there was no update on the mayor’s condition 

When asked if Ford plans to drop out of the mayoral race to focus on his health, Doug said “no comment.”

Recent polls have put Ford in second place among those surveyed, with John Tory in first and Olivia Chow in third.

Tory said he does not want to make any comments based on speculation but hopes Ford gets better and can continue his bid for mayor.

“I want whatever is ailing him to get fixed and I want him to be where he wants to be because he wants to be back at these debating tables,” said Tory. “You can see the passion and the joy he has for participating in these debates, for right or for wrong, in terms of his points of view.”

As of Thursday afternoon, neither candidate has publically stated exactly how Ford’s health will affect the election going forward.

Tory has told Global News that his campaign “will continue with their plans and planned events.”

Olivia Chow has postponed a campaign announcement today and has not yet stated when it will be held.

READ MORE: Doctors weigh in on Rob Ford in hospital for tumour in his abdomen

Both candidates have also announced they will be speaking at an 8 p.m. on Thursday at 28 Distillery Lane.

At City Hall, a spokesperson for Ford gave a brief statement today, calling it business as usual at the mayor’s office.

“We are dealing with the constituents who are calling us, helping Toronto residents, and doing the work of the mayor’s office as we were,” said Amin Massoudi, communications and media relations for Ford. “There has been a lot of calls coming in, a lot of support and again, we are grateful for that but we have to ask for some privacy for the family.”

Ford has been hospitalized twice before during his mayoralty: For a kidney stone in 2011 and once with asthma problems in 2012.

He also had a tumour removed from his appendix while he was a councillor in 2009.

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City says Emterra responsible for finding market for broken glass

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For more than one year, Reginans have been doing their due diligence and paying for the privilege to make the city a little greener – placing glass items on their curb to be recycled. But as it turns out, some of that glass is instead going to the landfill.

“This will probably change as we have more discipline and less contamination of the material, we’ll be able to extract the glass that’s broken and find a market for that as well,” Mayor Michael Fougere said Thursday.


Glass makes up about six per cent of each blue bin. Intact glass is recycled by Emterra, but broken glass goes to the landfill.

The city can’t say how much, but it’s estimated the majority of the 650 tonnes of glass that’s collected by Loraas each year doesn’t withstand the collection process and is shattered by the time it arrives at Emterra’s facility.

“We can tell by the volume of glass that’s broken in the pile. The problem is that that glass is mixed with dirt and pottery and other materials that really are not recyclable, and trying to separate things like organics from that glass can become difficult – but we can see that there’s a large volume,” said Karen Gasmo, Regina’s executive director of transportation and utilities.

The city uses broken glass that residents bring to the landfill as road material. But if it arrives through the recycling program, it ends up unused – for now. The municipality says it’s the responsibility of the service provider to find a market for that material.

“To make it very clear here, for Emterra, it’s in their financial interest to get rid of that broken glass because they pay hauling charges to the landfill,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. He added, “So there’s a financial hit to them as well. They want that broken glass out and so do we as the city. So there’s an incentive for them to do that, and they are going to do that.”

Global News reached out to Emterra to find out how much the company is paid by the city to process glass for Regina. That information wasn’t released, as the company cited it as commercially sensitive and confidential material.

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Token progress: Why Toronto’s so behind on fare-card technology

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WATCH: Former TTC Chair Karen Stintz explains why Toronto is so far behind other systems when it comes to fare-card technology.

TORONTO – Toronto is now one of the few remaining major North American cities to still be using tokens and fare cards as Philadelphia has started implementing smart card technology across their public transit system.

Toronto is working on it – and has been for awhile. So what’s taking so long? Well, the TTC is big and complex.



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    “We’ve been working diligently with them to get it rolled out. It’s the biggest roll out, given that the TTC is the largest system in Canada, and also the most complex system,” Metrolinx spokesperson Anne-Marie Aikins said in an interview Monday. “Not only do you have streetcars, but you have old ones and new ones. So you have to design machines for legacy vehicles and new ones.”

    Philadelphia awarded the $130 million contract to install the smart card technology in 2011.

    Chicago stopped selling tokens in 1999, New York stopped in 2003 and Boston followed suit in 2006.

    “It’s not behind schedule, per se. it has taken longer of course to implement, than people wanted,” Aikins said.

    Fourteen TTC stations took part in a Presto pilot program in 2009. In November, 2012 transit officials announced Presto would be implemented across the TTC’s streetcars, buses and subways by 2016. That’s been moved to 2017 now.

    The TTC has implemented Presto sporadically across the network thus far: at Union Station, 15 subway stations, and on the new Spadina streetcars. Metrolinx wants to increase Presto implementation to 26 subway stations, four streetcars (Spadina as well as Harbourfront, Dundas and Bathurst) by next year.

    Metrolinx is working to speed up the process. Aikins said the transit agency is currently in talks with the TTC and Presto to speed up the implementation of the smart-card but nothing yet has been decided.

    While the Presto implementation is on schedule, it could have happened sooner, according to former TTC Chair Karen Stintz.

    “When Adam Giambrone was chair, he didn’t support Presto, so he actually moved the TTC in a different direction,” she said.

    “When I became chair, I moved us back to Presto, but we had lost four years in that implementation, so while others cities, like Ottawa, Vaughan, Mississauga were already busy implementing Presto, we were just getting started.”

    But not only that, Stintz said the process of getting Presto through the heaping bureaucracies of both the TTC and Metrolinx slowed the implementation further.

    “Well there wasn’t really an innovative spirit that was customer focused until Andy [Byford] and Chris Upfold were hired.  And once those changes were in the bureaucracy, we started to see some movement,” she said. “I think the TTC is more customer-focused now than it was six years ago but I still think there is a long way to go.”

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Curiosity findings suggest Mars crater once home to long-lasting lake

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TORONTO –  On Monday, NASA revealed new findings from the Mars Curiosity rover that suggest that the planet’s Mount Sharp was built out of sediments left in a large lake bed over tens of millions of years.

Curiosity collected the data while in Gale Crater, on its way up Mount Sharp, a five-kilometre tall mountain.

READ MORE: Mars dirt a water reservoir, Curiosity finds

The layers at the base of Mount Sharp alternate between lake, river and wind deposits which suggests that the lake repeatedly filled and then evaporated.

This evenly layered rock photographed by the Mast Camera (Mastcam) on NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover on Aug. 7, 2014, shows a pattern typical of a lake-floor sedimentary deposit not far from where flowing water entered a lake.


“The great thing about a lake that occurs repeatedly, over and over, is that each time it comes back it is another experiment to tell you how the environment works,” Grotzinger said. “As Curiosity climbs higher on Mount Sharp, we will have a series of experiments to show patterns in how the atmosphere and the water and the sediments interact. We may see how the chemistry changed in the lakes over time. This is a hypothesis supported by what we have observed so far, providing a framework for testing in the coming year.”

WATCH: NASA visualizes Mars’s changing climate



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    Scientists have long wondered why five-kilometre tall Mount Sharp sits in a crater. Another thing scientists have sought to understand is the difference in rock layers, which alternate between lake, river and wind deposits. This suggests that the crater filled with water which then evaporated lasting far longer than believed.

    “We are making headway in solving the mystery of Mount Sharp,” said Curiosity Project Scientist John Grotzinger of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California. “Where there’s now a mountain, there may have once been a series of lakes.”

    Though water is now believed to have existed on the planet’s surface, the question is how long it lasted and whether or not it was long enough to present a habitable environment for life.

    Meanwhile, the science collected from the planet will also help pave the way for future manned missions to the red planet.

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Trial begins for U.S. teen charged in satanic killing of 15-year-old girl

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WARNING: The content of this story may be disturbing to some viewers. Discretion is advised.

HOUSTON – A teenager accused of killing a girl in a satanic ritual had gouged out her victim’s eye as she begged for her life, prosecutors said Monday during the opening of the teen’s capital murder trial.

Opening statements began in the trial of 18-year-old Jose E. Reyes, who prosecutors say is responsible for the February death of 15-year-old Corriann Cervantes in a vacant apartment southeast of Houston.


A 16-year-old boy also is charged with capital murder and is expected to stand trial later.

READ MORE: Judge rules ‘Slender Man’ stabbing suspect ‘unfit to stand trial’

Reyes, who was 17 at the time of the crime, faces a life sentence if convicted of capital murder but would be eligible for parole after 40 years, according to the Houston Chronicle. If he’s convicted of murder, the jury would determine his punishment.

Prosecutors contend the two teens were hoping to make a deal with the devil when they disfigured the girl’s body, including carving an upside down crucifix on her stomach.

“Whether or not the devil was involved, what happened in that apartment was sadistic and inhumane,” Harris County Assistant District Attorney John Jordan told jurors. “He said he had no regrets.”

Jordan told jurors Cervantes and the alleged assailants, who attended school together, went to the apartment to have sex after a late night of alcohol and marijuana use at a friend’s apartment. He said the scene descended from consensual sex to a brutal beating with the heavy porcelain lid of a toilet tank.

“There were pieces of porcelain embedded in her face,” Jordan said.

He said the teens used a screwdriver to stab Cervantes in the face and torso dozens of times.

Defence attorney Jerald Graber told the newspaper the defence team would “zealously represent” Reyes.

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Bernier ’embarrassed’ after saying Nelson Mandela was athlete

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TORONTO – We all make mistakes. But a mistake can be magnified when you’re a celebrity and you say something that is incorrect. Toronto Maple Leafs’ goaltender Jonathan Bernier learned that this weekend when he said former South African President Nelson Mandela was one of his favourite athletes.


“He is one of the most known athletes in the world and a lot of impact in any kind of sport that he did. Even playing hockey, everyone knows him. From being the type of person he was off the ice and on the ice. But you know he changed a lot while he was with us. He’s a tremendous guy.”

Nelson Mandela, an anti-apartheid revolutionary and Nobel Peace Prize winner was honoured before Friday’s Toronto Raptor’s game. It was a special tribute game on the first anniversary of his passing. Several sports icons including Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Charles Barkley, Michael “Pinball” Clemons, Brendan Shanahan and Damon Allen attended.  The “Giant of Africa” event held a reception and panel discussion before Friday’s game to talk about Mandela’s legacy and his contribution to sport.

A montage of celebrity clips from the red carpet, including Bernier’s comment, was posted on the Raptor’s website Saturday morning. Shortly after, it was removed, but not before the 广州蒲友verse had a chance to respond.

Bernier offered apologized after Saturday’s game, that saw the Leafs take a 5-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks,

“I’m embarrassed.  I didn’t mean to offend him, his legacy. I got flustered with the red carpet and I was nervous. I think everyone makes mistakes and that was me that night,” according to a report in The Toronto Star. 

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment would not comment on the incident, but referred to his apology.

Proceeds from the Friday evening event went to the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Masai Ujiri’s non-profit organization, Giants of Africa – A charity that helps enrich the lives of children in Africa, which is why Bernier was there.

“Any cause for children, I’m always up for it,” Bernier said. “You know I think it’s a great cause tonight. If we can help kids moving forward around the world.  I’m always going to be there.”

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Moncton woman offers holiday tours of home to raise money for charity

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MONCTON – Moncton grandmother Aline Breau is hoping to help grant the wish of a child by opening up her apartment to holiday tours.

Breau has spent hours painstakingly decorating every room in her two-bedroom apartment for Christmas. Now she’s inviting people to visit and open up their wallets to help sick kids.

To say that her apartment is all decked out is an understatement —; every nook and cranny is filled with holiday cheer.


“I love my village,” she said. “That’s what everybody goes for. To me that is the masterpiece.”

Breau said she believes it takes a village to help a child. Each December for the past eight years, she has offered Christmas tours of her festively decorated apartment to raise money for a local charity. This year she chose one that’s dear to her heart.

“My granddaughter, when she was eight years old, she was diagnosed with brain cancer. She went though chemo, she went through radiation and surgery. She had a wish at that time to go swimming with the dolphins in Florida.”

The wish was granted thanks to the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Kathy Saunders, who represents the New Brunswick chapter of the organization, said money raised in communities goes toward granting wishes, with the average cost for each one coming in around $10,000.

It has been 16 years since Breau’s granddaughter was sick. Now, she’s 24 and healthy, and Breau said being able to help grant the wish of another sick child her way of paying it forward. Fifty children made wishes this year, and she is hoping that by welcoming people into her home she can raise enough to grant at least one of them.

“There is no set price,” she said. “They can give whatever they feel they can afford.”

Last year, an anonymous donor gave $10,000. This year, Breau said she is hoping to top it.

“It would be great especially for the kids,” she said.

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Rotman school retracts, apologizes for allegedly sexist assignment

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WATCH: University of Toronto students are surprised at the allegedly sexist assignment from Rotman. Marianne Dimain reports.

TORONTO – The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has apologized and retracted an assignment after backlash from MBA students who called it sexist.


The assignment was handed out to the first-year class and reportedly depicted a fictional female business student as materialistic, ditzy and confused about a job offer and its perks. She then turns to her Yale educated boyfriend to help her crunch the numbers, all the while daydreaming about shoes and jewelry.

The school says the character named “Elle Forest” was based on a pop culture figure. In the movie “Legally Blonde” the main character’s name is “Elle Woods.” Her boyfriend is not in Yale law school but Harvard law.

The Women’s Executive Network says such a controversial assignment is a step back in the fight for equality in the corporate world.

“When women go to business school like I did they’re really wanting to go into business thinking that there aren’t these kinds of biases that exist,” said Pamela Jeffery. “This is a good example of the fact that biases do exist and that these biases are preventing women from moving up to leadership roles.”

Jeffery used to work at Rotman as a teaching assistant for nine years and says overall the school has a good reputation.

“I think like organizations they make mistakes but what really matters is that they showed that they were leaders by saying we’ve made a mistake,” said Jeffery.

Still, students were reportedly told not to comment on the incident to protect the school’s image and brand. Marketing and strategy expert Brynn Winegard of Winegard Company says it will take a lot more than one assignment to tarnish the reputation of a school like Rotman, but that doesn’t mean it will be forgotten.

“It’s unlikely that an isolated incident like this would affect the brand though absolutely with social media the way that it is today we’re likely to see some reverberation through the students,” said Winegard.

In a statement to Global News, a spokesperson for the Rotman School of Management said “we deeply regret issuing the assignment.”

“The assignment has been retracted and will not be used again,” said Ken McGuffin. “The professors have acknowledged that the case is inappropriate and apologized to each section of the class who received the assignment.”

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Demolition begins on old Sylvan Lake arena

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Demolition crews have begun tearing down a building that used to be part of the heart and soul of Sylvan Lake, north of Calgary.

The roof of the community’s arena collapsed nearly one year ago, likely because of heavy snow.

The town’s mayor and councillors were on hand for the start of demolition as was the man who managed the facility for 35 years. Graham Parsons remembers the NHL players who took part in the arena’s hockey school.



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    “Brian Sutter was involved in the start,” recalls Parsons. “His brothers all became involved and Jarome Inginla was there for six years  – lots of pros.”

    Sylvan Lake’s mayor says the arena has been the hub of the community for generations.

    “And so when the arena collapsed, certainly there were a lot of feelings coming out,” says Sean McIntyre. “People had built a lot of memories in there.”

    The arena was built in the early 1970s and even before the roof collapsed, there were plans to build a new arena and complex.

    “It just rushed our timelines a little because the arena came down a little sooner than expected,” explains Amy Komarniski, who has been helping to coordinate a fundraising campaign.

    “That enhanced our need to move the plan along a little sooner than expected, but it also encouraged our community to step up in a huge way.”

    Those fundraising efforts for the new $32 million complex are well underway and it’s anticipated construction on a new arena will start in the spring.

    It’s likely some items salvaged from the old arena, including speakers, the score clock and rink netting, will be incorporated into the new arena.

    The roof of the arena in Sylvan Lake collapsed Jan. 20, 2014

    Fletcher Kent, Global News

    The roof of the arena in Sylvan Lake collapsed Jan. 20, 2014

    Fletcher Kent, Global News

    The roof of the arena in Sylvan Lake collapsed Jan. 20, 2014

    Fletcher Kent, Global News

    The roof of the arena in Sylvan Lake collapsed Jan. 20, 2014

    Fletcher Kent, Global News

    The roof of the arena in Sylvan Lake collapsed Jan. 20, 2014

    Fletcher Kent, Global News

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949 school zone speed violations in Edmonton last week

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WATCH ABOVE: Last week nearly 950 violations were recorded around Edmonton school zones. Vinesh Pratap has more on the sobering statistics.

EDMONTON – Nearly 950 drivers sped through Edmonton school zones last week, according to the city’s office of traffic safety.

Local schools recorded 949 violations last week, which is nearly double the amount recorded in the first week school zone speed limits took effect in September.

The violation rate was 10 per cent for Dec. 1 – 5. That means that one vehicle in every 10 was speeding through school zones.

“I do see that speeders are not really paying attention to that zone and slowing down as much as we’d like them to,” says Kristy Desmarais, assistant principal at St. Monica Catholic School.

In a tweet, the Catholic district shared the shocking number of violations in all local schools zones for four days last week.

“Our school district has made signs for all of our schools to put out there that give us the opportunity to let the public know that we want them to slow down and take a minute, not a life,” adds Desmarais.

St. Monica School is one of the more challenging locations.

“It makes me think that it’s our location,” she says. “Our location is on a very busy street that comes right off the Whitemud freeway.

“I think that speed limit from 80 to 30 is hard for people to remember to do.”

Driving 10 km/h over the 30 km/h speed zone limit could result in a $78 fine. Driving 15 km/h over could mean a $89 fine. Driving 20 km/h over the limit translates to a $124 fine and 25 km/h over could mean a $150 fine.

St. Monica Catholic School in Edmonton, Dec. 8, 2014

Vinesh Pratap, Global News

St. Monica Catholic School in Edmonton, Dec. 8, 2014

Vinesh Pratap, Global News

During the first week the new school zone speed limits were in place, the city’s office of traffic safety said there were 401 violations in front of 21 different elementary schools.

“We were disappointed to see a higher number of violations overall than we were expecting,” said the office’s executive director, Gerry Shimko, on Sept. 5.

READ MORE: Edmonton expects to be $10M over 2014 snow removal budget 

On Thursday, Nov. 27, the first heavy snowfall of the season, the city counted 210 speeding violations in school zones.

“Despite snow, we had 210 school zone violations on Thursday during the height of the snowstorm,” said Dennis Tetreault with the Office of Traffic Safety.

He said the school zone around St. Monica School on 53 Avenue between Whitemud Drive and Riverbend Road, there were 144 violations.

READ MORE: Snowfall amounts in Edmonton, northern Alberta 

“It’s worse now that the weather is bad. Your stopping distance at 50 km/h, you’re adding an extra 10-13 metres just on top of that on wet pavement, that’s not saying icy road conditions, snowy road conditions,” explained Tetreault.

“Even if you see a pedestrian, you can’t slow down enough.”

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Selling Acadia Park military homes in blocks was the best choice: councillor

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MONCTON – A Moncton city councillor says the federal government’s plan to sell off local military houses in large blocks could benefit the community.

Coun. Charles Leger said given the fact most of the homes in Acadia Park have been vacant for years, selling them in blocks is the best option.

“We can’t go back six years ago when things started to wind down in this area,” he said. “We’re faced with it now and I think what we’re trying to come together with is something that can work.”


Acadia Park includes 74 military homes, two vacant lots and one building zoned for residential use. The homes are set to start hitting the market in January.

The Department of National Defence and Public Works and Government Services Canada recently released details of its plan to residents living near the homes.

Residents had been worried about what could happen if the homes went up for sale all at once or ended up as low-income housing.

Last week, they heard the federal government plans to sell off the properties to developers in blocks and in four-week segments.

The government says selling them this way reduces the impact on local home sellers.

Leger says selling to developers could benefit the surrounding the area.

“They might remodel the homes and they might put them back on the market which might be a really good thing,” he said.

Homes that aren’t sold could be broken down and sold in smaller bundles.

Heather Merrett used to live in one of the homes and said they provide a good place to live, and they could still benefit families on a limited income.

“If they could get picked up at a reasonable rate people could make a nice family home out of them,” she said.

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2015: Year of the (continued) pipeline debate

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In 2014 we saw government ads, international talks, protests and arrests related to four major proposed pipeline projects. Will 2015 be the year any of these finally break ground?

For the most part: no. Almost all of these projects are still awaiting one form of approval or another – a process which takes years. While it’s possible that decisions might be made on some of them in 2015, it’s still too soon for construction to begin.

The exception is Enbridge’s Line 9, which could in theory start full operation this year.

Here’s where the projects are at:

Keystone XL

A route map for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Courtesy: TransCanada



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    This pipeline will carry oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, with a capacity of 830,000 barrels per day.

    According to the National Energy Board, the project has been approved on the Canadian side, and now, it’s up to the Americans.

    The Senate rejected a fast-track approval in November. However, there will be a new Senate next year, with more Republicans who are expected to be more in favour of the project. There have also been a variety of legal challenges to the project, which would have to be dealt with.

    Still, the ultimate decision-making power rests with U.S. President Barack Obama, and despite heavy marketing and diplomatic efforts from the Canadian government, it’s still uncertain which way he will go.

    It’s entirely possible he will make a decision in 2015, though as the Keystone XL website notes, the pipeline isn’t projected to be in service until two years after a presidential decision. So, 2016-2017 at the earliest.

    Energy East

    The proposed Energy East pipeline route.

    Courtesy: TransCanada

    This pipeline, if built, will carry oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to Quebec and New Brunswick. The capacity is 1.1 million barrels per day, according to TransCanada, the operator.

    The bulk of the pipeline is actually a conversion – changing an existing natural gas pipeline into an oil one. Some additional sections of oil pipeline will be constructed too, largely to extend it further east. Some oil terminals will also be built.

    This pipeline is extremely early in the approvals process. They only filed an application to the NEB in October 2014. If the application contains everything it is supposed to, says the NEB, then the board will announce hearings sometime in the first quarter of 2015, and the hearings process will continue throughout the year.

    Once that hearing order is issued, the NEB has 15 months to deliver a report, which would easily bring us to the middle of 2016. Then, the government has three more months to review the NEB’s recommendation and deliver a final decision. Construction of this project is a long way off.

    Trans Mountain expansion

    The proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion route.

    Courtesy: Trans Mountain

    This project is an expansion of Kinder Morgan’s existing pipeline, which runs for 1,150 kilometres between Strathcona County in Alberta and Burnaby, B.C. The expansion will essentially twin the pipeline, increasing its capacity to 890,000 barrels per day.

    The company filed a project application in December 2013, and the NEB pushed back the hearing schedule to ask for more information from Trans Mountain. Part of this process had the company out drilling to assess the geological composition of Burnaby Mountain, where they were met by protests.

    Still, because of the revised timeline, while there will be comments and hearings in 2015, the NEB is not required to issue a decision until January 2016. So, there will be no construction this upcoming year.

    Northern Gateway

    The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline route.

    Courtesy: Enbridge

    The Northern Gateway pipeline will run 1,177 kilometres (“rational and respectful” kilometres, according to the project’s website) from Bruderheim, Alberta, to Kitimat, B.C. It will be a twin pipeline, with the westbound route carrying up to 525,000 barrels of oil per day, and the eastbound route carrying up to 193,000 daily barrels of condensate – a chemical used to thin bitumen to make it more easily transportable.

    The NEB approved the project in June 2014. However, the board imposed 209 conditions on the approval – 113 of which must be completed before construction can begin. These include things like meeting with First Nations groups along the route to discuss employment opportunities and fish habitat compensation, and building fences around burial sites.

    Documentation related to many of these conditions must be submitted to the NEB a year in advance of construction. Given that the NEB doesn’t have this yet, it’s unlikely that construction could begin in 2015.

    Line 9

    The route of the Line 9 reversal.

    Courtesy: Enbridge

    Unlike many of the other major projects, this is not a brand-new pipeline. Rather, Enbridge wishes to reverse the flow of an existing pipeline between Sarnia, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec, and expand its capacity.

    The project was approved with conditions in March 2014 and most of the work has been completed. However, in October, the NEB told Enbridge that it was not convinced that all the safety-related conditions have been met. They were concerned about one in particular: shut-off valves along major water crossings. As such, the pipeline’s opening date was delayed.

    Enbridge responded in late October, but the NEB is still reviewing the response, and there is no timeline for when it has to deliver a decision. And, the board says that Enbridge is required to submit a final “leave to open” application, which it has yet to do. So although oil is currently flowing in a small section of the pipeline, the rest has yet to be started up. This could possibly happen in 2015 though.

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