Archive for December, 2018

Calgary weather: when will it warm up? – Calgary

CALGARY – The bitterly cold weather isn’t over yet. But when can we expect some relief?

Global Calgary Meteorologist Jordan Witzel suggests more moderate temperatures are on their way – but not until the end of the week.

Monday’s forecasted high is a biting -17°C.

The mercury will rise slightly on Tuesday, before gradually climbing to a high of -5°C on Friday.

By the weekend, we might even see highs in the double digits.

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The cold snap started on Friday, with the temperature plummeting over the weekend.

EMS say they responded to 18 cold weather calls of frostbite and hyperthermia over the weekend.

Calgary’s seven day weather forecast

Burst Pipes

Burst pipes caused problems at several Calgary businesses, including a Safeway in Brentwood and The Kahanoff Conference Centre in the downtown core.

Officials say the sprinklers at the Safeway burst early Monday morning, causing water to pour into the grocery store.

There is no word on when the store will reopen.

At the Kahanoff Centre, a burst pipe flooded the first floor of the building.

Meanwhile, the cold weather is being blamed for a plumbing break at Robert Thirsk High School. The incident caused the closure of the school on Monday.

Calgary Board of Education

Officials say all Calgary Board of Education schools will remain open on Monday despite the cold weather, but warn there may be bus delays due to the extreme cold.

The CBE says Southland and First Student bus carriers tried to keep their mainly diesel-fueled buses from freezing throughout the weekend, but despite their efforts, there is a chance that some buses will have cold-related problems on Monday.

They’re asking parents not to leave children unattended at local bus stops, and to make sure kids have an alternative place to seek shelter, like at a neighbour’s home.

Parents and guardians whose children access charter bus service can view the status of their bus by visiting myschoolbusmonitor苏州纹眉学校.

Rocky View Schools

For information on bus delays or cancellations, call the Rocky View Transportation Late Bus Line at 403.250.0016.

For information on school closures, call the Rocky View Transportation Information line 403.250.0016, visit the Rocky View Schools website, or check their Facebook and 苏州纹眉学校 accounts.

To get your weather forecast on the go, download our Skytracker Weather App.

Bedford private health clinic opens with unique CT scanner – Halifax

HALIFAX – Patients visiting a new private medical clinic in Bedford will soon be able to get a CT scan from a device that’s the first of its kind in Canada.

Picture Your Health Medical Centre, the facility operated by Atlantic Medical Imaging Services, will provide the services of an Aquilion ONE (Vision Edition) CT scanner, which the company says is cutting-edge technology.

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“The standard detector is four centimetres. This detector is 16 centimetres, so it can scan a complete organ in one pass,” said Jamal Instrum, the CEO of the centre.

Joan Burt, the centre’s vice-president of communications, said the machine gives off up to 90 per cent less radiation than other scanners in use today.

The scanner, which weighs three tons and has a table capable of supporting a patient up to 660 pounds, is worth $3 million.

Burt said it serves several purposes.

“We can catch the heart all in one beat,” she said, adding it can do brain studies and is “wonderful for pediatrics because of the low dose.” She said it can also perform virtual colonoscopies.

Alan Brydie, the head of diagnostic imaging for Capital Health, says the regional health authority has five capable scanners, including one that’s considered high-end.

“It’s still to my understanding, the fastest type of scanner that’s installed in Canada,” he said.

That high-end scanner is only used for cardiac and vascular scans, and Brydie said its use wasn’t always required.

“For the vast majority of what we do, some of these bells and whistles really don’t add anything.”

Brydie said the longest wait time for a CT scan is 40 days, but half of 1,200 scans monthly are emergency cases, performed the same day.

Instrum said at his private clinic, the wait is shorter.

“If you want better screening, or you want to get in faster to find out what’s happening, there’s an opportunity now to be able to pay for it and get it done,” he said.

The Nova Scotia Workers’ Compensation Board uses both the public and private systems to help get people back to work as quickly as possible and plans to contact the Picture Your Health centre.

“If they offer services that we think will help injured workers facilitate a safe and timely return to work, then we would be very interested in what they have to offer,” said Shelley Rowan, the organization’s vice-president of prevention and service.

The board will also assess the service’s cost to determine whether or not it will be used.

Patients will require a doctor’s requisition for a scan, however, whether it’s through a public or private facility.

©2014Shaw Media

Russia says troops in Ukraine are protecting its citizens – National

GENEVA – Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday justified the use of Russian troops streaming into neighbouring Ukraine’s Crimea region as a necessary protection for his country’s citizens living there.

The use of Russian troops is necessary “until the normalization of the political situation” in Ukraine, Lavrov said at an opening of a month-long session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

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“This is a question of defending our citizens and compatriots, ensuring human rights, especially the right to life,” Lavrov said.

Ukraine has accused Russia of a military invasion and has called on the Kremlin to withdraw its troops. Lavrov dismissed the criticism, and said that “new provocations are being committed, including against the Russian Black Sea fleet,” which is based in Ukraine’s Crimea, a strategic peninsula now effectively under Russian control.

“Those who are trying to interpret the situation as a sort of aggression and threatening sanctions and boycotts, these are the same partners of ours who have consistently encouraged their political forces in the ultimatum to refuse dialogue and ultimately have polarized Ukrainian society,” Lavrov said. “We call upon them to show a responsibility and to set aside geopolitical calculations and put the interests of the Ukrainian people above all.”

Lavrov will meet later Monday with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to discuss the tense situation.

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“Human rights is too serious a matter to be used either as a bargaining chip in geopolitical games, or a means of imposing one’s will on others, not to mention as a pretext for regime-change operations,” Lavrov told the Council.

“As experience shows, military interventions on the pretext of civilian protection produce the opposite effect, compounding the sufferings of innocent civilians and depriving them of a fundamental human right, the right to life,” he said.

Ban said he would emphasize to Lavrov ways of de-escalating the crisis and may seek creation of a “contact group” led by Swiss President Didier Burkhalter in his role as chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

“Both sides should lower their temperature … and engage in a dialogue,” Ban told reporters.

©2014The Canadian Press

Stars, surreal moments at Elton John’s Oscar bash

LOS ANGELES – The Academy Awards were on at Elton John AIDS Foundation’s viewing dinner party, but the real entertainment came from the performances, celeb watching, and the surreal moments of the evening.

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Lady Gaga, members of the Kardashian clan (including new mom Kim), Steven Tyler, Britney Spears, Heidi Klum, Quincy Jones, Whoopi Goldberg and more were among the celebrities taking part in the 22nd annual event, which raises funds for those afflicted with HIV and AIDS.

The event was held in a cavernous tent a few miles away from where the actual awards were taking place. Huge screens adorned the venue as party-goers watched the Oscar action.

“If Pharrell Williams doesn’t win best song, then I’m (expletive) going home early,” John bellowed to the crowd after Williams performed his nominated song “Happy” (Williams didn’t win, but thankfully for the crowd, the award was handed out late in the ceremony, making John’s threat moot).

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The crowd laughed with host DeGeneres and whooped when various winners took the stage (and let out a loud moan when a brief technical glitch knocked out the telecast for a few minutes).

But the night got more interesting when the broadcast ended and the party got into full swing. First there was an auction of key items; Neil Patrick Harris jokingly offered to make out with the top bidder (and go a bit further than that) for an item featuring tickets to his upcoming Broadway show, Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Not to be outdone, Steven Tyler told a few bawdy jokes of his own as he helped to auction off five nights in his Hawaiian getaway, which raised $100,000.

Elton John also got in on the auction act, taking crowd requests and playing a few of his hits on a piano that was auctioned off for $220,000.

It seemed as if that brief instrumental performance would be the only one from John on the night. But late, he joined the night’s performer, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, for a rendition of John’s classic “Candle in the Wind”

The party didn’t end there. Dinner was followed by dancing, as more celebrities came: Among those who were on hand included Olympic ice dancing gold medallists Meryl Davis and Charlie White, along with bronze bobsledder Aja Evans, all with their medals, holding up for medals for admirers to see — and take selfies as well.

The evening raised $5.1 million for the foundation, according to organizers.

©2014The Associated Press

University of Manitoba downs UBC for CIS volleyball title – Winnipeg

REGINA – The University of Manitoba Bisons defeated the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds in straight sets to capture their first CIS women’s volleyball championship since 2002 on Sunday.

Set scores were 25-22, 25-22, and 25-20.

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UBC entered the gold-medal final having won the last six national titles, tied with Winnipeg and Alberta for the longest streak in CIS women’s volleyball history. The Thunderbirds were the top seed going into this weekend’s tournament after sweeping Manitoba in straight sets in last week’s Canada West final.

With the win, the Bisons claimed their seventh overall CIS volleyball title, moving into a tie for second place all-time with Winnipeg and Alberta, and three behind UBC.

Manitoba’s Rachel Cockrell was named the championship MVP after registering a match-high 18 kills on 34 attempts in the final with just one error for a .500 hitting percentage. Cockrell was also in on five blocks for the Bisons.

Taylor Pischke finished with six kills and six digs for the new champs, Brittany Habing recorded a match-high 28 assists to go along with five blocks, and Emily Erickson and Jordana Milne posted six blocks apiece.

UBC was led by CIS player of the year Lisa Barclay, who had 13 kills and nine digs in a losing cause. Abbey Keeping also had double-digit kills with 10, while Kirsty Setterlund chipped in with 27 assists and four digs.

Earlier, Laval earned its first CIS medal since 2011, defeating Dalhousie in four sets (23-25, 25-22, 25-23, 25-15) for bronze.

Laval’s Alyssa Fields-Bouchard had a match-high .429 hitting percentage with 13 kills and just one error on 28 total attacks. Eve Thibault led Laval in both kills (18) and digs (20) while hitting .340 for the match.

Esther Gilbert had 15 kills, and Sophie Dallaire tied Fields-Bouchard for the team lead with five blocks. She also had 18 of Laval’s 99 digs.

Dalhousie’s Maggie Li had 17 kills and hit .341 for the Tigers, while Desiree Nouwen led all players with 19 kills. Katherine Ryan totalled 28 digs and Marisa Mota added another 21.

©2014The Canadian Press

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