NS Health Authority aware suicidal people cleared from ER have died by suicide

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Despite conveying suicidal thoughts to medical staff, people have been cleared from the QEII hospital’s emergency department and later committed suicide.

“That has happened, yes,” Dr. Curt Peters, an inpatient psychiatrist at the QEII Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, said. He added that he didn’t have statistics for these kind of cases.

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    “People have come to the emergency department, expressed that type of concern and, as a result of the assessment, still sent home. Partly, it may be that they’ve chosen not to engage in the treatment that’s offered for whatever reason.”

    There is renewed interest in mental health care at the department after a woman went public on Tuesday with concerns about her friend’s suicide risk assessment.

    The friend, who doesn’t want to be identified, said she is suicidal but is not being admitted for treatment. She’s now staying with friends who are making sure she doesn’t harm herself.

    “We have a lot of patients that present to our emergency department expressing that type of hopelessness or even suicidality,” Peters said.

    Following a medical clearance, the emergency physician determines if the patient needs to be consulted by psychiatric emergency service staff.

    Each patient fills in an assessment form and the clinician determines suicide risk, which subsequently determines if admission or another plan is necessary.

    “The assessment itself is intended to be therapeutic and a lot of times that’s enough, together with a follow-up plan, to have a patient feel like they’re ready to go home,” Peters said.

    Decisions also factor in the patient’s history.

    “If a patient is well known, it might be a case where help has been offered, admission to hospital may not have been of benefit in the past,” Peters said.

    There are treatment options available, including through the Mental Health Mobile Crisis Team, Urgent Care Centre, and Community Mental Health Services, he added.

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2 people seriously injured in crash in southwest Edmonton

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EDMONTON – A man and a woman were taken to hospital suffering serious injuries after their vehicles collided Wednesday afternoon.

The crash happened just after 1 p.m. at 199 Street and Lessard Road NW.

The man driving the truck was trapped inside and had to be pulled out by firefighters.

The woman inside the Lexus SUV was rushed to hospital.

On Thursday, police said the man suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

The woman remains in hospital in serious but stable condition.

Police said alcohol and drugs could be factors in the crash. Charges are pending against the female driver of the Lexus.

The EPS said the Lexus was seen speeding south near 178 Street and Callingwood before the crash. They are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call them.

Police closed down the road for several hours to investigate.

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Assisted death bill could land feds in court all over again

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Just when you thought Canada’s years-long legal battle over assisted death was finished, the federal government may find itself back in court, being sued again over allegedly unconstitutional laws.

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The target in this instance is Bill C-14, the law the Liberals unveiled last week as their response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s landmark 2015 decision in Carter v. Canada, striking down Canada’s prohibition on physician-assisted death.

READ MORE: What if there is no assisted death law?

Health Minister Jane Philpott and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould characterized the bill as a principled compromise on a tight time frame.

WATCH: Wilson-Raybould outlines assisted death eligibility

But the people who spent years fighting for the right to get a doctor’s help dying are not impressed.

They say this bill doesn’t comply with the Supreme Court’s Carter ruling. And if C-14 passes as-is, they may take the feds to court over it.

“Absolutely. That will take hardly any time at all [for someone to file a challenge],” said Maureen Taylor, co-chair of a provincial-territorial panel that submitted recommendations on how to implement assisted death last year.

“In the end, we taxpayers will have to pay for that to go back to the Supreme Court again. That’s our tax money the government uses when it goes to defend legislation it should know right now cannot pass a challenge.”

Some of the key plaintiffs in the original case, including Kay Carter’s daughter Lee Carter, spoke out against C-14 alongside the B.C. Civil Liberties Association in Ottawa Thursday afternoon.

The Civil Liberties Association is considering legal action if the “reasonably foreseeable” part of the bill isn’t taken out, said executive director Josh Paterson.

“We’ve been fighting this for the last five or six years and thought we had a win, thought we were done. And now we as an organization are going to have to look, as this bill passes, at what we’re going to do. It’s not as easy as walking into court the next day and saying, ‘Well, we’re back,’” Paterson said.

“Definitely it’s something that we’ll be considering. And I’m sure individual patients who are exlcuded will be considering [legal action].”

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Taylor argues that Kay Carter, who became the face (and the name) of assisted death in Canada, wouldn’t qualify for assisted death under the Liberals’ proposed bill: She wasn’t about to die from the condition causing her so much pain.

“That stuff about a ‘reasonably foreseeable’ death? Kay Carter herself wouldn’t meet that criteria,” Taylor said.

“It’s going to lose at the Supreme Court if it’s challenged. Why they would put us all through that, I don’t know.”

Liberal MP Rob Oliphant, who chaired the committee that made its own detailed recommendations to Parliament earlier this year, also has concerns the bill wouldn’t survive a Charter challenge.

“I’m not a lawyer; however, in my reading, and on advice I’ve received from a number of lawyers, I think it’s very doubtful the whole bill would be completely Charter-proof,” he said.

“I could imagine a number of instances where people say they feel left out of this bill and it could be challenged.”

But Oliphant would rather not see it come to that.

“You don’t want to put a person who is facing imminent death in any way, or has intolerable suffering, through the requirement of challenging a law in the court,” he said.

“It’s a long process: Both Gloria Taylor and Kay Carter died before that decision came about. And I always weigh towards never making people suffer longer than they have to suffer.”

If people do take the federal government to court over the assisted death law, it’ll be a long legal slog: They’d have to start back at square one in trial court, says University of Waterloo political science professor Emmett Macfarlane.

“The only way to challenge the new law once it passes would be from scratch, at a trial court,” he wrote in an email.

“That would take, at minimum, something like four years to complete, assuming it want all the way to the [Supreme Court].”

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’You gotta wear your seat belts’: Edmonton man pinned in serious crash walks away with scrapes, bruises

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EDMONTON – A young Edmonton man whose truck flipped several times after he was struck by another vehicle in the city’s southwest Wednesday credits his seat belt for saving his life.

Omar Chua was heading home from Home Depot Wednesday afternoon and had just crossed over the Lessard Road bridge when he was struck by a white SUV.

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    “Very last minute before I got hit I saw a white spot in my rear-view (mirror),” Chua said Thursday. “Then all of a sudden it’s just ‘BAM’ and then spinning everywhere… While I was flipping all over, it was slow motion. But I was up for the whole thing, so I was seeing everything happening. I didn’t pass out.”

    “It was like a roller coaster.”

    Chua thinks his truck rolled at least three times before coming to a stop. A construction student at NAIT and a guitar player, Chua said the first thing he did was check to make sure all of his fingers were intact and moving.

    He then tried to get out of the vehicle but couldn’t because his foot was trapped under the truck. He said several passersby stopped and tried to lift the vehicle off him, but they weren’t able to move the truck.

    “I just stayed calm the whole time because I felt like if I panicked when my foot was stuck I would have probably passed out.”

    READ MORE: Woman facing charges after 2 people seriously injured in crash in southwest Edmonton

    Fire crews arrived on scene and Chua was taken to hospital. While he suffered some pretty nasty cuts and bruises-including a large, black bruise on his hip from the seat belt-Chua said he is lucky his injuries weren’t more serious.

    “It’s not bad for what happened… You gotta wear your seat belts. It saved my life,” he said. “I feel blessed. Just so blessed to be alive.”

    Omar Chua, 22, walked away from a serious crash with scrapes and bruises.

    Credit, Omar Chua's Facebook page

    The woman driving the white Lexus SUV was taken to hospital where she remains in serious but stable condition.

    Police said alcohol and drugs could be factors in the crash and charges are pending against the woman driving the Lexus.

    Officers said the Lexus was seen speeding south near 178 Street and Callingwood Road before the crash.

    Anyone who may have witnessed the crash is asked to call police at 780-423-4567.

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Thousands of kids’ goods up for grabs at Edmonton Stollery fundraiser

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It’s the toughest, worst-paying job Andrea Peyton has ever had.

The gig requires her to haul heavy loads, scrub plastic surfaces with a toothbrush, and wash and iron thousands of pieces of fabric.

At her busiest, she works 40 hours a week during evenings and weekends.

Oh, and the job doesn’t pay a dime.

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    That’s because Peyton, a senior financial officer for Calder Bateman by day, reaps the rewards of knowing sick and injured children in northern Alberta will prosper from her hard work and generosity. Peyton is preparing for the Edmonton Spring Pop-Up Tot Sale, a fundraiser for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

    Peyton was inspired to give back three years ago after family friends lost their son to leukaemia.

    “I just wanted to give back to the local hospital here…It’s just really inspirational for me,” Peyton said.

    She started collecting donations of gently-used baby and kids’ clothing, toys and furniture and putting on pop-up sales. In just three years, she’s raised more than $80,000 for the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation.

    “The amount of money that they get – it’s a tiny portion of their program – but they always just make you feel like you’re giving a $1-million cheque instead of a $20,000 cheque.”

    That’s because these kinds of community initiatives make up $1.7 million of the foundation’s annual revenue.

    “The money that’s raised through community initiatives goes to funding excellence at the hospital, so it’s anything that’s above and beyond the standard level of care,” Joanna Begg Pattison, senior community initiatives coordinator for the foundation, explained. She cites the hospital’s pet therapy program, which eases the stress and anxiety of patients, as an example.

    “It’s really heart-warming.

    “It’s very rewarding and inspiring that these people in the community have taken their own time and initiative and put a lot of their own effort into these events,” Begg Pattison said.

    The Edmonton Spring Pop-Up Tot Sale runs April 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Terwillegar Community Church.

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‘Wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy’: grandfather of 18-month-old who died of meningitis takes stand

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LETHBRIDGE – Thursday’s court proceedings began with Doral Lybbert taking the stand in the trial for David and Collet Stephan. The couple is charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life in the death of their nearly 19-month-old boy.

Lybbert is the fire chief for Mid-Rivers Fire Department in Glenwood and was in that role in March of 2012.

He testified his department has an ambulance but was not called out for the 911 request when Ezekiel Stephan stopped breathing.

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    He also testified he recalls seeing Ezekiel at church either two days before the 911 call, or nine days before. He could not be sure, but felt it was most likely two days.

    Lybbert said he was surprised when he heard about what had happened.

    “He was in church, playing and running around,” he said.

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    Anthony Stephan, Ezekiel’s grandfather was the final witness to take the stand.

    He testified he was at David and Collet’s the evening before the 911 call was made to give the 18-month-old a blessing.

    “I put my hands on his head,” Anthony said. “It didn’t feel hot, his colouring in his face was not inflamed, he looked normal, just low energy.”

    READ MORE: Alberta father whose son died from meningitis testifies at trial 

    He then testified David called him the night Ezekiel stopped breathing, calling it a horrifying event. He said he met them at the hospital in Cardston.

    “It was shocking, absolutely shocking. I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. No grandparent should have to see him in that state.”

    David’s dad also broke down on the stand when he explained David and Collet’s state when Ezekiel was in the Children’s Hospital in Calgary. He said they were worn out and emotionally distraught.

    Both the defence and Crown have finished calling evidence. Closing arguments are expected Friday and Saturday.

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Minister says forest fire conditions ‘normal’ after record blazes in 2015

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REGINA – Saskatchewan Environment Minister Herb Cox says there are “relatively normal conditions” ahead of the forest-fire season, after historic blazes last year.

There was some concern earlier this year due to below-normal snowfall and generally warmer temperatures over much of northern Saskatchewan this winter.

Saskatchewan also recalled firefighting crews early as it prepared for what was feared to be an early start to the wildfire season.

But Cox says officials in the north have told him there’s been some improvement in terms of the snow pack and more moisture.

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The province’s fire hazard map currently shows a moderate risk across northern Saskatchewan.

Natural Resources Canada says Saskatoon will be back in the extreme fire danger zone tomorrow.

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There were 720 fires that forced about 13,000 people from their homes last year and burned 17,000 square kilometres of forest.

Daily Saskatchewan Wildfire Map – April 21, 2016.

Ministry of the Environment

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers QB Drew Willy ready for the season

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WINNIPEG —; Happy and healthy, Drew Willy is prepared to play.

The Winnipeg Blue bombers quarterback has fully recovered from last year’s season ending injury. The fracture and ligament tear in Willy’s right knee knocked him out just seven weeks in.

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    “I’m 100 per cent,” said Willy. “I feel great! That was my first major injury where I missed significant time. Obviously that’s tough but at the same time, you can learn from that injury.”

    Winnipeg’s primary pivot will work with a new offensive coordinator this season. The Bombers hired Paul LaPolice to replace Marcel Bellefeuille who was let go following the 2015 season.

    “He’s open to a lot of stuff that has been successful in the league the last three years,” said Willy.

    He will also have fresh targets on the turf. The Bombers brought in several big names through free agency like running back Andrew Harris as well as receivers Weston Dressler and Ryan Smith. The three players were added to help boost an offense that last season scored a league low 353 points.

    “(There’s) obviously a ton of urgency,” said Willy. “We know everything that is going on in the organization. There’s urgency every year.”

    Willy’s first chance to run a few plays with the Bombers free agent acquisitions will be next week during the team’s three-day mini-camp at Investors Group Field. Willy is not only excited for the talent the new guys will be bringing to the team but also their leadership.

    “I think the chemistry will go quicker that way because these guys have been around,” said Willy. “They know what it takes.”

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How Prince and his music challenged the music industry

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With the death of Prince, the music world has not only lost one of its most prolific hit-makers but also an artist who challenged and changed the industry.

In a career spanning five decades, the “When Doves Cry”, “Little Red Corvette” and “Purple Rain” singer didn’t hold back when it came to standing up for his work, and his music had a long-lasting impact on the business.

TIMELINE: Looking back at Prince’s career as a musical icon

Prince changed his name to an unpronounceable symbol

Fans didn’t know what to say — literally — when Prince suddenly became formerly known as Prince.

Rolling Stone listed his 1993 decision to switch his name to an unpronounceable symbol as one of “the boldest career moves in rock history.”

rince performs during the ‘Pepsi Halftime Show’ at Super Bowl XLI between the Indianapolis Colts and the Chicago Bears on February 4, 2007 at Dolphin Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.

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The symbol was a hybrid of the male and female symbols and eventually became referred to as the “Love Symbol.” But in the media he was often referred to as the “Artist” or “Artist Formerly Known as Prince”.

Prince was at odds with Warner Bros. over how frequently he was releasing albums. He felt the company was holding his music back. As he sparred with Warner Bros. over the release of The Gold Experience, he even appeared on stage with the word “slave” scrawled on his face.

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His contract with Warner Bros. came to an end in 1996 and he released the three-CD album Emancipation. Prince finally became Prince again in 2000.

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In 2014, Prince and Warner made up and he signed a new deal with the music company for a 30th anniversary release of the 1984 album Purple Rain and new music.

We have Prince to thank for parental warnings on music

Prince embraced sexuality in his work but the lyrics in his song “Darling Nikki”, from the 1984 Purple Rain album, helped bring about the famous black-and-white “Parental Advisory” sticker slapped on any album with explicit lyrics.

The Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC) was co-founded by Mary “Tipper” Gore — who would become “Second Lady of the United States” when husband Al Gore became vice president in 1992  — after her 11-year-old daughter brought home the album.

Prince in a promotional photo for his 1984 film “Purple Rain.”

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The lyrics that weren’t music to Gore’s ears that inspired the PMRC’s formation were: “I knew a girl named Nikki/I guess you could say she was a sex fiend/I met her in a hotel lobby masturbating with a magazine.”

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The song topped the PMRC’s “Filthy Fifteen” list and helped inspire the creation of the warning label, which began appearing on the front of albums in 1996.

He took on his Facebook fans for sharing his music for free

For Prince, concertgoers who recorded his concerts and shared the footage on social media were seemingly no better than bootleggers.

In early 2014, he filed a lawsuit against 22 fans who shared unauthorized concert recordings on various websites — including dedicated Prince fan forums — and on Facebook.

According to a court filing on behalf of Prince Rogers Nelson, the defendants were accused of “engaging in massive infringement and bootlegging of Prince’s material.”

The musician sought $1 million in damages from each of the accused, for a total of $22 million. He ultimately dropped the suit.

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Seven years before that, he faced off with another internet user Stephanie Lenz, who uploaded a video of her toddler bopping out to his song “Let’s Go Crazy”.

According to ABC News, only 28 people had viewed Lenz’s video by the time YouTube sent her a notification that the video had been taken down due to a Universal Music Group request.

“Prince believes it is wrong for YouTube, or any user-generated site, to appropriate his music without his consent,” ABC reported the company saying in a 2007 statement. The news outlet also cited an unnamed source saying Prince “scours the internet” for copyright violations of his work.

But in the end — eight years later in September 2015 — it was Lenz who wound up victorious after she sued Universal. She challenged Universal’s claim her video violated the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and “constituted an infringing use of a portion of a Prince composition.”

The three-judge panel unanimously deciding that “parties must individually consider whether a work is a fair use before representing that the work is infringing in a takedown notice.”

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Saskatchewan may see less wheat and canola seeded: Stats Canada

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SASKATOON – Saskatchewan farmers intend to plant less wheat and canola in the province this year compared to 2015 according to a Statistics Canada report released Thursday. Canola farmers in the province intend to seed 2.6 per cent less acres than they did in 2015, according to the report.

The decrease is “a fairly small number,” according to Janice Tranberg, the executive director of Sask Canola.

“We normally expect there’s going to be some variance on year-to-year,” said Tranberg in an interview at the group’s Saskatoon office.

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    “Canola farmers or farmers in general, they make their decisions yearly based on what are the prices, what are the soil conditions, the weather conditions, what [do] they predict, where does it fit in their rotation.”

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    Tranberg said she didn’t expect the potential decrease to turn into a trend and pointed to predictions she’s seen that show canola seeding acreage will remain flat in the province or even increase. The Statistics Canada report states that farmers intend to sow 10.4 million acres.

    “We don’t predict a large decrease,” said Tranberg.

    “Canola has a really good return on investment; it’s always been one that farmers have looked too for a fairly good investment.”

    The report also states that farmers intend to seed 3.5 per cent less acres of wheat than they did in 2015. Spring wheat seeding intentions are down 9.6 per cent, however durum wheat acreage is expected to increase by 5.5 per cent. If the report holds, the total area seeded will be 12.6 million acres.

    Nationally, the report found wheat farmers plan to seed 1.1 per cent less acres this year, while canola could slow by 3.7 per cent in 2016.

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Paracyclist Carla Shibley hopes to inspire other by overcoming hurdles

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An athlete from an early age, Carla Shibley was involved in every sport possible.

But at age 10, her world was flipped upside down. Shibley was diagnosed with Stargardt’s disease, a form of juvenile macular degeneration, leading to progressive vision loss.

Shibley was forced to find something else to do to stay active.

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“I got into running and then I was introduced to a paralympic sport called goalball. I’ve been playing that for five years,” said Shibley. “And just last year I was introduced to road and track cycling.”

That’s when a new love was formed.

“It’s an exhilarating feeling, like you can just close your eyes and go down a hill, between 50 and 70 kilometres per hour and not have to see what’s going on and just have the wind blowing in your face,” said the 25-year-old.

“It makes me think I don’t have a disability, I can do whatever I want, no matter the circumstance.”

She uses a tandem bike, which is piloted by former university athlete Lindsay Kopf, who acts as her eyes.

“I probably don’t appreciate enough how much trust they have to have,” said Kopf.

Or how much of a difference she’s making as part of this tandem. If someone doesn’t volunteer their time, athletes like Shibley are stuck on the sideline.

“It feels pretty amazing to help an athlete get out and do a sport that they might not otherwise be able to,” said Kopf. “I went through all this as an athlete myself and now it’s my chance to give back.”

Now in her second year on the bike, Shibley still has an outside chance of qualifying for the Paralymic Games in Rio, however she needs an upgrade.

“I have an illegal bike. My bike has disc breaks and in para world that is not allowed,” said the dual sport athlete. “My goal is to get a race-ready carbon-fibre bike and that costs $15,000. I started a GoFundMe page and I’ve raised just under $5,000.”

In the meantime, the training continues and she hopes to inspire others with her journey.

“No matter your limitations, don’t let it hold you back,” said Shibley. “When you have a disability, you know, there’s a stigma where you’re pushed back, but you can look past your disability and be just like any able body athlete.”

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley rethinking stance on Northern Gateway pipeline

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EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Rachel Notley is rethinking her stance on the Northern Gateway pipeline as her government and British Columbia work on a deal that could see a pipeline to the West Coast swapped for the purchase of electricity.

Notley’s spokeswoman Cheryl Oates said Thursday that talks are ongoing.

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    “B.C. is really looking to export their hydroelectricity,” said Oates. “Alberta does not have a market for B.C.’s hydroelectricity unless we get our product to tidewater. So there’s a common understanding there.”

    Notley has been cool to the idea of the $6.5-billion Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline, which would take Alberta crude more than 1,000 kilometres to a marine terminal in Kitimat, B.C.

    The line faces multiple regulatory hurdles and concerns about the port location, along with opposition from environmentalists and First Nations groups.

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    Oates said Notley was skeptical those hurdles could be overcome, but says the premier now sees progress.

    “People have been working behind the scenes on some of those issues,” said Oates.

    “We’ve met with those people. We’ve heard from those people. They are sounding optimistic so we will continue to work with them, but in the end it’s up to the company to make their pitch for the project.”

    Enbridge is currently working to satisfy the 209 conditions included in its 2014 permit to build the pipeline.

    B.C. Environment Minister Mary Polak said in a statement the hydroelectricity export could be particularly beneficial to Alberta, which plans to eliminate all coal-fired electricity by 2030.

    “B.C. may be able to support Alberta’s planned closures of coal-fired generating plants by exporting clean electricity,” said Polak.

    “That proposal is one that staff are exploring and discussing in both provinces.”

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    But Polak said B.C. stands firm on the conditions it has on any new pipeline moving bitumen to the coast.

    Those conditions include B.C. getting a fair share of the returns, along with addressing First Nations concerns and ensuring that the proper resources are in place to deal with disaster.

    “When we established those conditions we knew we set the bar high, however, these are conditions that are achievable if the will is there, especially from senior governments and industry,” said Polak.

    “On the marine front, for example, there are gaps in marine response capabilities that the federal government will need to address.”

    Alberta Energy Minister Margaret McCuaig-Boyd said it’s part of ongoing discussions on how they can work together as provinces.

    “We’re just talking about ‘what ifs,’” she said. “It’s really, ‘how can we work together to get yes as a nation to pipelines.’”

    “To be clear, if we don’t have a pipeline we’re not going to need electricity moving down the roads.”

    Alberta Wildrose leader Brian Jean said he was surprised to hear about the potential deal, but happy to see the NDP moving forward on pipelines.

    “I’m not happy to hear that Alberta may be held hostage to buy power from British Columbia, I’d obviously rather generate it here in Alberta,” he said.

    Notley has been pushing hard for a new pipeline to get Alberta’s oil to markets overseas so that its price is no longer tied to a sole customer, the United States.

    Her focus has been on Energy East, a line that would take Alberta crude across Canada to refineries and ports in New Brunswick.

    READ MORE: ‘Project means so much to Alberta and Canada’: Alberta association pushing for Energy East Pipeline

    Oil remains the wellspring of Alberta’s economy but the prolonged slump in world prices has drained billions of dollars from its bottom line.

    The province forecasts a $10-billion deficit this year and again the year after that.

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Chabad NDG trying to raise $1 million by the end of May

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MONTREAL – Preparations for Passover may be underway at the Chabad NDG community centre, but there is a lot to worry about this year.

They have to raise $1 million by the end of May if they want to stay in their location.

“When the news came in, it was just, okay what do we do now? Do we go look for another place, do we downsize, what do we do?” Rabbi Bernath told Global News.

The Chabad is a tenant of property developer Robert Blatt, who owns St. Columba Church.

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    Blatt intends on tearing the church down, but save the parish hall to build townhouses.

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    However, his proposal was squashed when 225 residents signed a register to force a referendum on the issue and council decided not to move ahead.

    The Chabad, which occupies the parish hall next to the old church, has been given an ultimatum: come up with the money to buy the building or move out.

    “Right now, we have about $500,000 and we have small community donations coming in,” said Rabbi Bernath.

    Blatt refused to be interviewed, but said he was looking after the longterm interest of the community centre.

    He also refused to comment on what his new plans are for the former church.

    Tensions grew when NDG councillor Jeremy Searle made comments about Jewish guilt at a council meeting on April 4.

    “The only arguments I have heard in favour of this project this evening appear to be over-used Jewish guilt argument, which of course a form of reverse racism,” he had said.

    Searle stands by his comments.

    “I recognize those comments were somewhat over the top,” said Searle.

    “But at the same time, they pale in comparison of a Rabbi, who, without foundation, accused an entire community of antisemitism.”

    The rabbi doesn’t see it that way.

    “I don’t really know where his words are coming from,” said Bernath.

    “[I don’t know] why he decided that when I got up at the borough council and said that we’ve been harassed that means I was saying antisemitism. I never said that.”

    With Passover just around the corner, what would help make amends for the Rabbi, is to be able to stay at his current location and put all this behind.

    “My grandmother used to always say: that a nice bowl of chicken soup does a lot people good,” said Rabbi Bernath.

    “I would love to sit down with Mr. Searle for a nice bowl of soup and have a conversation and I would love if he could apologize to me, as a representative of the NDG Jewish community, to the NDG Jewish community and to the Jewish community at large.”

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