Archive Month: February 2019
Feb 16 , 2019 / By :

WATCH: Carey Marsden finds out what other Leafs fans think of the actions of the men who threw their jerseys on ice.

TORONTO – Using the hashtag #Jerseygate, Toronto Police confirmed on 桑拿会所 that three men have been ticketed for throwing their jerseys onto the ice at the Air Canada Centre Monday night.

They were ticketed for engaging in “prohibited activity,” a non-criminal provincial offence.

Police also confirm they were escorted out of the ACC during the game against the Carolina Hurricanes and are banned from all Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment properties for a year.

The Hurricanes won the game 4-1, and Leafs jerseys were flung onto the ice four times, at least once during play and not while a stoppage in play.

The loss to Carolina adds to the Leafs’ five-game losing streak.

They’ve won 22 games this season and have lost the same amount.

It’s not the first time fans have thrown their frustration on the ice.

They were thrown in October, when the Toronto team lost against the Pittsburgh Penguins, and again when they fell to the Detroit Red Wings later that month.

WATCH: Leafs players react to the banning of the men from MLSE property for throwing their jerseys on the ice.

The MLSE has told Global news that throwing things onto the ice could result in a trespassing charge and “some sort of ban” from the building.

Players reacted after the game. Forward Phil Kessel told the Toronto Sun, “we don’t appreciate that, obviously.” He added, “we’re trying. I don’t know if people see that, but we are trying.”

“I don’t how that happens, what security or the ushers are doing,” Nazem Kadri said. “It seems like we’re giving the guy an extra couple minutes to flip everybody off and to mock our real fans.”

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Feb 16 , 2019 / By :

CALGARY – Royal Dutch Shell is scrapping its Carmon Creek project in northwestern Alberta, citing a lack of pipelines to coastal waters as one reason for the decision.

The move comes after a review of the project’s design and costs and where it stacks up against other projects Shell has in its portfolio.

The European energy giant first announced it would build the 80,000-barrel-a-day, steam-driven operation near Peace River, Alta., in October 2013.

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But last March, the company said it would slow down the project while attempting to lower costs and improve its design.

However, the company now says now the project doesn’t rank in its portfolio — and one reason is the lack of infrastructure to get Canadian crude to global markets.

Shell will take a $2-billion charge against its third-quarter results because of the decision.

“We are making changes to Shell’s portfolio mix by reviewing our longer-term upstream options world-wide, and managing affordability and exposure in the current world of lower oil prices. This is forcing tough choices at Shell,” CEO Ben van Beurden said in a release.

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On Wednesday, the Town of Peace River issued a statement saying Shell’s decision was “disappointing” and concerning for the town and Albertans who will be “directly impacted by the decision.”

The town’s full statement:

As a region, we have all collectively benefited from the oil industry and we will all feel the pinch.

Peace River’s Mayor, Tom Tarpey, expressed empathy for those working on the project.

“When I heard the news my first thought was concern for those who have literally poured their hearts and souls into making this project a reality,” he said. “This has really been a punch to the solar plexus for the engineers and management team involved.” 

Although the news is troubling it does not represent a lack of faith in heavy oil production or exploration in Alberta’s northwest. It is our understanding that pipeline access was one of the major factors in the closure. 

Our town has benefited tremendously from Shell’s investment in our community. They have helped to fund a number of important community projects, they were also the major backer behind Northern Lakes mobile steam lab and the Peace Regional Airport’s recent upgrades. 

Fortunately this cancellation will not impact the airport project – this is an important transportation infrastructure project that has helped to connect Peace River to the rest of Canada and the world.

In the coming days Peace River’s Mayor and Council will be reaching out to Federal and Provincial authorities to outline our need for greater infrastructure in the north to support industry development. That means pipelines but also roads, railways, bridges, and market access to ensure the long-term sustainability of our industries. 

We are still a great place to live and work and with strong industries like forestry, agriculture and power generation we will weather this change of fortunes in the oil market.

U.S. benchmark crude is at around $43 a barrel — a far cry from the more than US$107 a barrel highs it hit in the middle of 2014.

Pipelines that would get Canadian oil players a better price for their product — like Enbridge’s (TSX:ENB) Northern Gateway pipeline to the West Coast and TransCanada’s (TSX:TRP) Energy East pipeline to the East Coast — face an uncertain future amid First Nations opposition and regulatory delays.

“Public opposition to new tar sands pipelines is keeping the carbon in the ground, giving us time to develop the alternatives,” said Keith Stewart of Greenpeace Canada.

“We hope our new federal government will put its weight behind building the green energy economy we need to stop climate change, rather than backing pipelines like the Harper government did.”

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Feb 16 , 2019 / By :

CALGARY – A big cleanup was needed on the QEII Highway on Tuesday, after a tanker-trailer carrying fuel rolled into a ditch.

It happened around 4 a.m. near Cross Iron Drive, north of Calgary.

RCMP say the tanker-trailer was southbound when it collided with the centre median and rolled.

No one was injured, but gasoline in the tanker began leaking.

The truck was carrying 40,000 litres of gasoline and diesel at the time.

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According to Grant Kaiser with Rockyview County, an estimated 25,000 litres of fuel spilled into the ditch and drained into nearby farmland.

Hazardous materials response teams worked to clean up the spill as Alberta Environment and the Alberta Emergency Management Agency monitored the impact on nearby wetlands.

Police told drivers to avoid the area, and implemented intermittent closures of the QEII as they worked to clean up the fuel spill.

“It does pose a hazard that it might ignite during this process,” said Corp. Darrin Turnbull. “So for everyone’s safety we had to close the highway.”

Highway 2 reopened in both directions around 12:30 pm.

RCMP believe the driver of the tanker-trailer may have dozed off at the time of the crash.

“Our responding officers did speak with the driver of the tanker-truck,” said Turnbull. “The driver did indicate to the officer that he may have fallen asleep.”

“We’re looking at driver fatigue as one of the factors in this collision. Of course, we don’t stop there. We investigate further to determine if there were other factors that may have been involved.”

After testing the soil and groundwater in the area, the trucking company will be responsible for coming up with a plan to clean up any contamination.

It’s likely the driver and the company will face traffic charges. The province will only lay environmental charges if the company does not clean up the area properly.


Feb 16 , 2019 / By :

TORONTO – Alex Tilley, the man who created one of Canada’s most-prized outdoor wear companies, says it would be foolish to take the manufacturing of Tilley hats outside Canada.

But it’s a decision that is ultimately out of his hands once he sells his company, which built its reputation partly on being homegrown.

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  • Hat maker Tilley Endurables goes up for sale

“I cannot say ‘Stay in Canada,”‘ the 77-year-old founder of Tilley Endurables said in a recent interview.

“But it would be foolish, in my opinion, to take the hat manufacturing outside of Canada.”

Tilley planted a “For Sale” sign last week on the company he created over 30 years ago, sparking questions about whether a new buyer would alter the image of the brand, which helped shape the look of the modern adventurer.

READ MORE: Hat maker Tilley Endurables goes up for sale

Worn by Gulf War soldiers, British royalty, and even digested by an elephant, Tilley hats have endured through changes in fashion tastes and a shift by other companies to manufacture outside Canada.

Tilley hats are displayed in this undated handout photo. Alex Tilley is making plans to hang up his hat. Canada’s prolific hat and travel clothing designer says the company he founded more than 30 years ago is up for sale.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO – Tilley Endurables

Unlike other players in the garment industry, Tilley hasn’t caved to pressures to ship production overseas. He built his company on the streets of Toronto, and the waters surrounding the city, and that’s where he’s chosen to keep its main operations over the years.

All of its Tilley-branded products are made in Canada, with production mainly in the Toronto area, and contractors based in Nova Scotia, Quebec and British Columbia. Only its socks are manufactured in the United States, said chief executive Mary-Coleen Shanahan.

The idea for the Tilley hat was born from Alex Tilley’s failed search for a sailing hat that wouldn’t blow off his head and wouldn’t sink if it fell overboard.

In the early 1980s, he worked four days a week as a Toronto art dealer, renting and selling pieces to local businesses, a job that gave him heaps of time to spend on his sailboat.

He also spent hours searching for the perfect sailing hat, but always came up empty handed.

Instead of settling, Tilley put himself to work on a solution, which he quickly realized was something his friends in the sailing community also wanted to buy.

“I had a big advantage – I didn’t know anything about making a hat, but I had the time to do it,” he remembers.

Within months an early concept for the Tilley hat was created and the ball was rolling on his business. The hat debuted on the North American boat show circuit selling for $15.50 a pop, which meant he hardly turned a profit at first, he said.

“Finally, after a long time, I made enough money through the hat business to support myself to some degree,” he said.

As the business gained popularity, retailers began to demand the Tilley brand for their shelves too.

By the late-1980s, the Tilley hat was a phenomenon in the outdoors industry, helped by its lifetime guarantee and the face of its founder, who appeared on posters for its clothing lines.

Alex grew into a celebrity with his customers, who would sometimes ask him to autograph their hats.

Throughout the years, Tilley has graced the heads of Prince Phillip, famed explorer Sir Edmund Hillary and Canadian soldiers during the Gulf War, who sometimes dyed the light coloured hat with coffee to make it more camouflaged.

One advertisement boasted how the material was tough enough to be eaten by an elephant three times and survive its digestive tract only to be worn once again.

Looking back at how the brand came to fruition, the company’s founder says it’s unlikely that he’d be able to build its reputation the same way in the current market.

“The competition is very stiff with China, so one would probably have to go offshore,” he said.

Tilley said the reason he’s selling the company comes down to one point: “It’s time.”

“I used to make clothing for people like myself,” he said. “It’s time to step aside and make sure the clothing it suitable for the younger people – the 40 year olds.”

Asked how he’d like Tilley Endurables to be remembered after he sells it, his answer is simple.

“I’d like them to remember it was the best in the world at what we made, and that it was made in Canada,” he said.


Feb 16 , 2019 / By :

WATCH ABOVE: The family of a St. Albert RCMP officer who was shot during an investigation are saying their goodbyes. As Jessica Kent explains, the local community is showing its support.

EDMONTON – Friends and strangers came together in St. Albert on Monday night to honour two men shot in the line of duty this past weekend.

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One of them, Const. David Wynn, was shot in the head at close range and has not regained consciousness. In a tearful address to the public Monday night, his wife Shelly MacInnis-Wynn said the family was “saying their goodbyes.”

Touched by the tragic events, dozens of women and men gathered at a church in the Edmonton suburb to turn lengths of white ribbons into hundreds of bows.

 WATCH: A prayer service was held in St. Albert Tuesday evening in support of the families of the two RCMP officers who were shot over the weekend. Jessica Kent was there and has more.

“We hope to cover all of the main arteries in St. Albert, all the trees that line the boulevards with white ribbons,” said Tara McCormick, organizer of United in Light. McCormick said white ribbons are a symbol of community support.

“I think our community needs that right now, and I think this is a beautiful way to give the family the support they need,” she added. The group hoped to make about a thousand ribbons, which will be put up around St. Albert on Tuesday.

McCormick, who thought of the idea for the ribbons with a friend, said she was very moved by the number of people who showed up on Monday night.

“There are no words, really… just great people who care, who can’t believe what happened here, and just want to do whatever they can to help.”

Those wanting to help put up ribbons on Tuesday are asked to check the United in Light Facebook page for details.