Brexit: U.K. votes to leave the European Union, Cameron to step down as PM

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019


The UK has voted to leave the European UnionBritish Prime Minister David Cameron said he will resign by OctoberThe pound and stock markets plunged Friday morningAn overwhelming majority of young voters wanted to remain What is next for Britain after EU referendum

Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the government Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.

The decision launches a yearslong process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the United Kingdom and what will become a 27-nation bloc, an unprecedented divorce that could take decades to complete.

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“The dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom,” said Nigel Farage, leader of the U.K. Independence Party. “Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day!”

Prime Minister David Cameron, who had led the campaign to keep Britain in the EU, said he would resign by October and left it to his successor to decide when to invoke Article 50, which triggers a departure from European Union.

“I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months,” he said, “but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers the country to its next destination.”

READ MORE: ‘Out is out’: But what does leaving European Union really mean for Britain?

A majority of voters in England and Wales voted to leave the EU while most voters in Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay.

WATCH: Scotland separation from UK ‘on the table’ after ‘Brexit’ vote

The national result, which has caused the British pound to plummet to its lowest levels since 1985, it expected to launch years of negotiations over Britain’s trade, business and political links with the EU. Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney sought to reassure the markets.

WATCH: Northern Ireland considers ‘border poll’ for Republic of Ireland unification after referendum

The plunge began shortly after the results in Newcastle and Sunderland contributed to a six per cent drop in the value of the British pound early Friday morning, even though though only seven out of 382 counting areas had reported their results (as of 7:55 p.m. ET).

“We are well prepared for this,” Carney said. “The Treasury and the Bank of England have engaged in extensive contingency planning. … We have taken all the necessary steps to prepare for today’s events,” Carney said.

The U.K. is the first major country to decide to leave the bloc, which evolved from the ashes of the war as the region’s leaders sought to build links and avert future hostility.

Carney, a former governor of the Bank of Canada, says the Bank of England can provide liquidity in foreign currency if needed.

Financial authorities around the world have warned that a British exit will reverberate through a delicate global economy.

Carney says Bank of England has contingency plans for EU vote

The result saw British stocks plunge as the market opened as investors scrambled to react to the news that Britain voted to exit the EU.

The main stock index, the FTSE 100, nosedived 8.7 per cent to 5,790 points shortly after the open while the British pound plunged to a 31-year low.

WATCH: Bank of England governor expects some economic volatility following Brexit vote

Leaders react to Brexit vote

Top European Union officials are hunkering down in Brussels trying to work out how to navigate uncharted waters after the shocking decision by British voters to leave the bloc.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is hosting talks Friday with the leaders of the European Council and Parliament, along with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency.

The four will try to agree a European position on the vote, which could see a member country leave the bloc for the first time ever, ahead of a summit of EU leaders in Brussels starting on Tuesday.

Parliamentary leaders were meeting separately, and European commissioners – the EU’s executive body – could hold separate talks later.

European People’s Party chairman Manfred Weber, the head of the biggest political bloc in the European Parliament, says Friday that the vote “causes major damage to both sides, but in first line to the U.K.”

Weber added that “this was a British vote, not a European vote. People in the other states don’t want to leave Europe.”

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As dawn broke over London, those who wanted Britain to stay in the European Union woke up to grim news.

Veteran Labour lawmaker Keith Vaz says “this is a crushing, crushing decision. This is a terrible day for Europe.”

Green lawmaker Caroline Lucas said she was devastated by the news, blaming “alienation, anger and frustration” for the results of Thursday’s vote.

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, a prominent “remain” campaigner, said “I don’t think I’ve ever wanted magic more” in a 桑拿会所 message.

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Britain’s ‘Independence Day’

With a significant enough lead in votes to leave the European Union, hours before the final result was in, U.K. Independence Party leader and top Brexit proponent Nigel Farage told a crowd of cheering supporters to “Let June 23rd go down in history as our Independence Day.”

“If the predictions now are right,” Farage said, “this will be a victory for real people, for ordinary people, a victory for decent people!”

WATCH: Nigel Farage compares referendum day to ‘Independence Day’

Analysts say anti-EU sentiment ran unexpectedly strong in northern English cities hits hard hit by industrial decline and job losses, with broad swathes of England and Wales recording leave majorities.

READ MORE: Why voters’ ‘flinch factor’ will doom Brexit

The vote constituted a rebellion against the political, economic and social Establishment. All manner of groups — CEOs, scientists, soldiers — had written open letters warning of the consequences of an exit. Farage called the result “a victory for ordinary people against the big banks, big business and big politics.”

Donald Trump praised the decision during a visit to one of his golf courses in Scotland, saying Britons “took back their country. It’s a great thing.” He likened the vote to the U.S. sentiment that has propelled him to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, saying people in the United States and the United Kingdom are angry about similar things.

“People are angry all over the world,” he said.

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After winning a majority in Parliament in the last election, Cameron negotiated a package of reforms that he said would protect Britain’s sovereignty and prevent EU migrants from moving to the U.K. to claim generous public benefits.

Critics charged that those reforms were hollow, leaving Britain at the mercy of bureaucrats in Brussels and doing nothing to stem the tide of European immigrants who have come to the U.K. since the EU expanded eastward in 2004. The “leave” campaign accuses the immigrants of taxing Britain’s housing market, public services and employment rolls.

Those concerns were magnified by the refugee crisis of the past year that saw more than 1 million people from the Middle East and Africa flood into the EU as the continent’s leaders struggled to come up with a unified response.

Cameron’s efforts to find a slogan to counter the “leave” campaign’s emotive “take back control” settled on “Brits don’t quit.” But the appeal to a Churchillian bulldog spirit and stoicism proved too little, too late.

WATCH: Celebrations in Sunderland after 82,394 votes to leave the European Union.

WATCH: Results roll in from across the United Kingdom

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French President Francois Hollande said he profoundly regrets the British vote to leave the European Union, but that the union must make changes in order to move forward. In a brief televised statement, Hollande said the vote will put Europe to the test, and he called for bolstering security and industrial policies.

He also called for reinforcement of the zone of countries that use the euro.

He said, “To move forward, Europe cannot act as before.”

It’s no trick: there’s been a magic museum in Manitoba for 25 years

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

WINNIPEG —; In rural Manitoba, in a tiny church, is a place full of magic. It may not be well known to people who live in Winnipeg, but a map with pinpoints hung on the wall shows where visitors have come from. People from all over the world have been through Philip’s Magical Paradise.

The unassuming building holds items from famous magicians like Harry Houdini and Dean Gunnerson. The idea all started with a little boy who loved magic.

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“An elderly gentleman showed him how to do a few tricks. And then when he got sick, he met Dean Gunnerson at the hospital and from there it just grew,” Marilyn Hornan, the owner of the museum said.

Marilyn’s son Philip was just 10-years-old when he was diagnosed with cancer. He spent the last five years of his life performing magic tricks for people in between treatments.

“He couldn’t do things that the other kids were doing,” Marilyn said.  “It was just not possible to run with them or ride bikes the way they could. It was his outlet.”

Philip wrote a letter to his parents before he died requesting that a room in their home be dedicated to his magic. His parents did far more than that. They built a museum for him. It’s in its 25th year, and after Marilyn’s husband Gordon passed away she continued running it on her own. It’s not an easy task for a 72-year-old.

“It’s a lot of work, but there’s enjoyment in it. I sort of get revived when I come over here. It’s special to me,” Marilyn said.

Marilyn receives a lot of support from Winnipeg’s Magic Club. On Sundays, volunteer magicians come by to perform for visitors.

“When people come out to this unique little spot in rural Manitoba, they have no idea what they’re getting into,” Scott Carnegie, one of the volunteers said.

Carnegie said the best part of sharing his magic is seeing the reaction.

“Magic is so fun,” Carnegie said. “The best part of magic is when you see that look in people’s faces when you wow them.”

Carnegie hopes that the museum is preserved when Marilyn can’t run it on her own anymore.

“It’s part of our history.”

Marilyn said for her, it’s a way to keep her son Philip alive every day.

Philip’s Magical Paradise is located on Provincial Road 311 in Giroux, MB. The museum is open throughout the summer. Admission is donation based and that money goes towards running the museum and cancer research.

WATCH: One-on-one with Sarah McLachlan ahead of Vancouver Jazz Fest

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

As the Vancouver International Jazz Festival readies their stages for the first day of the 2016 concert series on Friday, Vancouver’s own Sarah McLachlan spoke to Global News’ Sonia Beeksma ahead of her headlining performance, tackling life as a mom and singer, and of course, her music.

McLachlan is set to perform on Monday, June 27 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre after weekend stops at the Toronto and Ottawa jazz festivals. It’s a busy weekend for the Canadian singer, who has seen no shortage of acclaim in her career.

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With 28 years in the business, 26 Juno Award nominations, three Grammy Awards, an Order of Canada, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, McLachlan has managed to stay grounded and connected to the local music community.

“The subject I write about is pretty universal, so many fans come up to me saying ‘that song really resonated with me and it made me feel like I was less alone’ and and I think it’s the greatest gift music has to offer, myself and everyone else,” said McLachlan, explaining why so many people are able to connect with her music on an emotional level.

But with the changing music industry, the onslaught of streaming players like Spotify and Apple Music, the way music is bought and sold is something McLachlan is adapting to better than some.

“I think it is very much song by song now, I like the arch of an album, I like putting together a body of work, but that being said it takes a year or two. Right now I have a song that’s almost finished … why wait for an album? Let’s just put it out.”

“You may not be able to get as much noise and get as much traction with that one song but it’s still out there in the world,” she added.

And that strategy allows her to play never-before-heard songs at shows like the Vancouver Jazz Festival. Her latest, “The Long Goodbye”, is already on the setlist for Monday.

The way McLachlan selects the song list for some of her shows is another way she honours her community and fans.

With over a dozen albums, she says putting the question out on 桑拿会所 is one of the best ways to make her fans happy.

“I want to play what they want to hear. Obviously a lot of the songs people requested are sort of the obvious choices, and I’m happy to play all of those and I play some new ones.”

But regardless of what she plays, her performances at three jazz festivals across Canada in the next week isn’t without some minor controversy. Critics say she should not have been included in the line-up since she is not a jazz artist.

“Of course it doesn’t fit. But in the same way I’m not a folk artist and I’m playing folk festivals. These days in order to survive you need to diversify. No, I’m not a jazz artist at all, I don’t profess to even know very much about jazz. It’s an opportunity for me to play, so I said yes.”

She adds she won’t be incorporating any jazz influences into her set either.

“I’ve got a horn player though,” she laughed.

Her next big shows will be on the road touring the U.S. with singer Josh Groban this summer.

Sussex hopes New Brunswick government will lift fracking ban for community

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

The government of New Brunswick says it’s willing to work with the town of Sussex about potentially lifting the fracking moratorium that’s been indefinitely put in place across the entire province.

Residents and businesses in Sussex want their region exempted from the fracking ban, and say the town’s good track record with natural gas exploration should allow them the exception.

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Stephen Moffett lives on a farm in Penobsquis and has leased part of the land to Corridor Resources natural gas facility for a number of years. Their use of the land includes wells for hydraulic fracking, which Moffett says has been an ideal situation.

“They’ve been here all this time and there just have been no issues what so ever,” Moffett said.

Moffett was part of a large gathering Thursday speaking out against the government’s decision to continue the fracking moratorium. He told the group he has no issues with safety when it comes to fracking in the region.

There are five conditions Sussex must achieve in order to have the ban lifted, and the community is calling on the government to help.

“If industry can meet the five conditions that have been set, our government will revisit the moratorium,” Energy Minister Rick Doucet said.

However, he added that global market conditions for natural gas makes it “unlikely that industry will invest the necessary efforts to address the conditions in the short- or medium-term.”

READ MORE: Energy industry urging government to lift fracking moratorium

The five conditions that must be met include:

Ensuring a social licence is in placeClear and credible information is available about the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on public health, the environment and waterA plan is in place to mitigate the impacts on public infrastructure and to address issues such as waste water disposalA process is in place to respect the duty of the provincial government to consult with First NationsA mechanism is in place to ensure that benefits are maximized for New Brunswickers

Fundy Royal Liberal MP Alaina Lockhart says the ban on fracking is a provincial issue, but the Sussex is unique.

“Where we had the exploration and development of natural gas in this area and as you’ve seen today there’s many cases of that being a positive experience,” Lockhart said.

“Not everyone in New Brunswick has that experience.”

‘Winnepeg’ Jets? Woman buys official NHL shirt with spelling error

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

KELOWNA, B.C. – A lifelong Winnipeg Jets fan was shocked to learn she’d bought a team T-shirt with the city’s name misspelled as Winnepeg.

Heather Prevalnig, 33, said she paid $30 for the T-shirt at a Winnipeg airport store on her way home to Kelowna, B.C.

Her brother had been teasing her for days about her loyalties to her childhood hometown team.

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“He was bugging me all weekend: ‘Are you a Jets fan, are you a (Vancouver) Canucks fan?’ I’m like, No, I’m a Jets fan, born and raised,” she said.

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Prevalnig, a recreation clerk with the City of Kelowna, said her dedication to the Jets began when she was a youngster playing minor hockey.

“I went to all the Jets games as a kid and I was part of the ’90s Save the Jets campaign and sold 50/50 tickets at Jets games in their old stadium.”

So she snapped a selfie holding the shirt and fired it off to him.

He immediately pointed out the spelling mistake.

Prevalnig couldn’t believe the error, especially because the T-shirt bore a tag with the NHL’s official logo.

The shirt was manufactured by a Wareham, Mass., company called Soft As a Grape, and owner Allen Katzen said an employee who made the error feels awful about it.

“It was an honest error from an employee and for some reason it didn’t go through a quality inspection like it should have,” Katzen said.

“It’s a serious situation, we made a mistake and we’re doing everything we can to rectify it. The shirts have been recalled and we’re reprinting them correctly.”

Katzen said 48 shirts were produced with Winnipeg spelled incorrectly and not all of them were sold.

“We’re apologetic to the city, we’re apologetic to the fans. We’re hockey fans, and of Canada.”



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Katzen said his company has had a licence to manufacture apparel for all NHL teams for about five years.

“We don’t have rights to sell into Canada, except for this one exception.”

Prevalnig said she has heard from the gift shop in Winnipeg, which has promised to “make it right.”

“I was really looking forward to wearing it and feeling pride about wearing it,” she said. “I have come to realize after moving to Kelowna that when you see somebody with Jets apparel it’s an instant connection, it’s an instant bond.”

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Heather Prevalnig, contributed

Winnipeg Jets spokesman Scott Brown said it’s unfortunate that the manufacturer made the mistake on Jets merchandise, “but mistakes happen.”

“It’s really unfortunate that the mistake made it all the way onto the shelves and someone had to make the purchase and then discover it a little late.”

Brown said the Jets have alerted the NHL’s merchandising staff about the error.

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— By Camille Bains in Vancouver with files from Beth Leighton.

‘We can basically consider ourselves a world leader’: Researcher excited by Lethbridge’s new neuroscience lab

Monday, June 24th, 2019

A state-of-the-art optical imaging lab in the Canadian Centre for Behavioural Neuroscience is providing the University of Lethbridge with new insight into neurological disorders, such as stroke and Alzheimer’s disease.

The University of Lethbridge unveiled its new neuroscience facility on Thursday.

The lab includes modern developments in technology, along with a group of genetically-modified mice – known as transgenic mice – that allow scientists to study the brain in action.

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    Dr. Majid Mohajerani, one of the doctors leading the project, said the new lab will give the university an edge in science.

    “I invested a lot of effort in order to bring our infrastructure to acceptable levels,” Mohajerani said. “We can basically consider ourselves a world leader.”

    Since human subjects cannot be used, researchers isolate the genes of a particular disease, transfer them into mice, then simulate potential situations. A mouse brain carries many of the same genes as a human, and therefore are extremely beneficial in the study of human illnesses, like neurological diseases.

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    “When the mouse grows up, it looks like the gene that affects humans also does something similar in a mouse brain,” Mohajerani said.

    “Now we can use the mouse as a model to study that type of disease.”

    With the new developments, researchers will now be able to solve many unanswered questions about the complex nature of a brain suffering from neurological diseases, including stroke and dementia.

    “One of the questions we are currently addressing in the lab, is how a very small stroke that we don’t notice can work towards the progression of Alzheimer’s and dementia,” Mohajerani said.

    “The problem happens when we get many of them accumulating and they prevent network activity in our brains.”

    The lab equipment gives scientists an opportunity to shine light on specific areas of the brain in a transgenic mouse and activate neurons in brain activity, such as recalling a memory.

    Mohajerani’s research enables the university to attain new information about how the brain functions, and could also lead to identifying the best treatment for human patients suffering from disorders.

    “We don’t know whether the findings we make with mice are necessarily translatable to humans, but we don’t have any other choice,” he said. “We have to try different things and hope to see one of them get translated into actual use in humans.”

    Mohajerani said after two and a half years of hard work, he’s excited to finally begin.

    “This would not be possible without the talented people who work with me in this department,” he said. “This is a collective effort of many people. I’m very glad that the senior members of this department had this vision.”

Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris feeling ‘100%’

Monday, June 24th, 2019

WINNIPEG – Breathe easy Winnipeg. Your hometown hero has healed.

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    Winnipeg Blue Bombers running back Andrew Harris will play in Friday’s season opener against the Montreal Alouettes at Investors Group Field. The Winnipegger was questionable up until this morning after he suffered a suspected hamstring injury during Tuesday’s practice.

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    “He’s good to go,” said Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea.

    “We worked him out this morning, put him through the paces and he looked good.”

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    Harris went to make a catch near the end of Tuesday’s training session and seemed to favour his right leg as he came off the field. The injury forced the 29-year-old to watch Wednesday’s practice.

    “I think, like everyone, I was a little tight,” said Harris. “It was a little tweak on my leg.”

    I’ve been working hard on it to loosen it up. I worked out this morning and it felt great.”

    Harris signed with the Bombers as a free agent back in February. The former member of the Oak Park Raiders played his first six seasons in the CFL with the B.C. Lions. Last year, Harris logged 1039 yards rushing, 484 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.

    Timothy Flanders is being taken off the practice roster to backup Harris in tomorrow’s game. The Bombers decided to dress the American as a precautionary measure and to use him on special teams.

    “I feel quite comfortable putting him out there,” said O’Shea. “He’s an eager guy, a good athlete and we’re going to give him a shot.”

    INCOMING INTERNATIONAL: The Bombers have added American defensive back Travis Hawkins to their practice roster. Hawkins had 37 defensive tackles and two interceptions in 15 games with the Toronto Argonauts last season.

Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: June 2016

Monday, June 24th, 2019

Every day on Global News at 6 and Global News at 10, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

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GALLERY: Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: May 2016

June 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Suzy Pilat after Friday’s hail storm at Turtle Lake.

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June 2: Stephanie Styles took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Govan.

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June 3: Aicha Bitam took this Your Saskatchewan photo of their newly filled dogout at Moreland.

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June 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Anton Lariviere at Patuanak.

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June 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped in Lillestrom by Juan Cardama.

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June 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken taken by Kirsten Morin at Île-à-la-Crosse.

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June 7: Brent Bell took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Maidstone.

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June 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a robin’s nest full of eggs was taken in Saskatoon by Lucas Winiewski.

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June 9: Helen Waller took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Montmartre of the “Paris of the Prairies.”

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June 10: Doug Sarnes took this Your Saskatchewan photo from a hot air balloon over the Delta Bessborough.

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June 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jeanette Thoms at Wakaw Lake.

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June 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo of an eagle nest was snapped near Aberdeen by Diane Kacher.

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June 13: Steve and Tina Leeks took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Regina of cedar waxwings.

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June 14: Jenny Hagan took this Your Saskatchewan photo 2500 feet above Eatonia where a group of hang gliders were trying to break a Canadian distance record.

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June 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Harvey Carberry at Jackfish Lake.

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June 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dawn Williams of her pea fields starting to flower southwest of Kyle.

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June 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Charlie Lemaigre at Clearwater River Provincial Park north of La Loche.

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June 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Linda Phillips at Long Lake.

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June 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tracey Cholin near Kerrobert.

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June 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by Mat Williams.

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June 21: Brent Bell took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Maidstone.

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June 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo of the strawberry moon was taken just north of Regina by Darcy Conn.

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June 23: Kirsten Morin took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Meadow Lake of a moose having a soak.

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June 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dianne Mursell near Regina Beach.

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June 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cary Fischer at Wascana Lake in Regina.

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June 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Pablo Benitez near Outlook.

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June 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by April Moosomin.

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June 28: Duran Bruno snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo at Fond-du-Lac.

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June 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a Saskatoon sunrise was taken by Lisa Dutton.

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June 30: Logan Bereti took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a loon having a snack at Fishing Lake.

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Shortage of lifeguards hits seasonal beaches hard around US

Monday, June 24th, 2019

GEORGETOWN, Maine – Cities, states and private beach owners around America are scrambling to fill lifeguard positions as summer kicks off, especially in states where lifeguarding is a seasonal enterprise.

There are likely between 30,000 and 50,000 lifeguards at beaches in the U.S., and more are needed, said Tom Gill, a spokesman for the United States Lifesaving Association.

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    The need is most acute in states where beaches, ponds and lakes are only open in the summer. Officials in states such as Maine, where thousands of people flock to the beach in the summer, said they face a shortage as July 4 nears.

    At Reid State Park in Georgetown, Maine, 19-year-old lifeguard Kyle Hummel said the lack of lifeguards makes the job more stressful.

    “More eyes mean more safety,” he said. “You’re totally responsible for everything that happens.”

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    Maine parks officials put out a call in April for lifeguards to staff several of its state beaches and still haven’t filled all the positions, said Gary Best, a spokesman for Maine State Parks. He said the department is currently rotating some of its lifeguards between multiple beaches to keep them covered.

    Lifeguard shortages have been reported in other states from Pennsylvania to Colorado.

    Filling seasonal lifeguard positions can be difficult because the job requires prior training and earned certification, Best said. Turnover is also heavy.

    “Like many positions that are that length of time, people move on,” Best said. “It’s understandable why every year we have openings.”

    Another issue is that many seasonal lifeguards aren’t well compensated. The average pay for a lifeguard in the U.S. is about $9 an hour; Maine pays $10.64 to lifeguards and $11.12 to lifeguard supervisors.

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    Full-time lifeguards in some West Coast cities can earn more than $100,000 per year, but seasonal lifeguards make much less. Gill, the United States Lifesaving Association spokesman and a Virginia Beach lifeguard himself, said offering a competitive wage helps alleviate lifeguard shortages.

    “It’s been our finding that if lifeguards are paid properly, trained well and in good working conditions, you have no problem finding lifeguards,” he said.

Investors in Asian-style New Horizon Mall north of Calgary confident of success

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Investors spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy retail shop space in a new Asian-style mall just north of Calgary say they aren’t worried about Alberta’s struggling economy and low oil prices.

Investors and dignitaries gathered Thursday in a field near the main highway between Calgary and Edmonton to officially break ground for the $200-million New Horizon Mall expected to be completed by late 2017.

The site of the New Horizon Mall near Balzac, Alta.

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The project differs from other Alberta malls in that most of its more than 500 stores are being sold to individual investors who can then lease them to others or take over the space themselves. About 90 per cent of the space available to investors has been sold. Larger stores for anchor tenants–accounting for about 30 per cent of the 320,000 square feet total–are being held by the developer.

Most malls in Canada are owned by property management companies that lease the space to retailers.

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Twenty-seven-old hair stylist Eman Kherfan of Calgary says she is using savings and proceeds from a residential property investment to help buy a $370,000 unit near the entrance to the mall.

She says she hasn’t decided whether she’ll bring in a tenant or set up her own hair-styling shop, but she is confident her investment will pay off.

“When it comes to the economy, I feel like it doesn’t affect people that much when it comes to shopping and that kind of stuff. People are still there, people are still spending,” she said.

Calgary businessman Naser Abdo says he’s investing about $1 million to buy two food court locations: a 350-square-foot space suitable for a tenant that needs a kitchen and an 85-square-foot spot for a snack or juice bar.

“The location is great … and I really like the concept, you know, the fact you can own your own,” he said, adding he had a market study done and is confident the mall will prosper thanks to its location on by highway and near the regional CrossIron Mills shopping centre.

New Horizon Mall has also attracted attention from former oil and gas workers.

Monika Swiderski and Amy Boers are both accountants who were laid off from energy company jobs in downtown Calgary in the past year. They have pooled their severance money to buy a 350-square-foot space in a high-ranked area near the escalator and close to a performance stage for about $500,000.

“We just think this is a unique investment opportunity. Where else would you own a piece of a big shopping mall?” said Swiderski, adding she doesn’t know yet who their tenant will be.

She said the budding entrepreneurs have also purchased a gelato franchise to be opened in July at CrossIron Mills.

Eli Swirsky, president of Toronto-based The Torgan Group, says New Horizon Mall is modelled on his company’s Pacific Mall in the Toronto area that opened about 20 years ago. He says the malls are designed to be more like an Asian or European bazaar than a traditional shopping centre.

Retail analyst David Ian Gray of Vancouver-based DIG360 Consulting said he thinks the concept of multiple owners will start out well, but could ultimately lead to a lack of a coherent theme in the mall as the original owners sell their spaces.

Swirsky said that’s not a bad thing.

“This mall, whatever is going to happen Day 1, it’s going to be different a month later, six months later,” he said.

“The difference between this mall and a normal mall or mainstream mall is that the owners of the stores, they determine each day what works for them and what they think is popular.”

He said the mall will likely open with many cellphone stores, electronics shops, jewelry boutiques, and ethnic spices and fashion retailers. But what happens then is largely up to the shop owners.