Mike Smith will be back in net for Edmonton Oilers in Game 2 against Flames

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Mike Smith will start in goal for the Edmonton Oilers Friday night in Game 2 of their series against the Calgary Flames.

Smith was pulled in Game 1 on Wednesday after allowing three goals on 10 shots. The Oilers wound up losing 9-6.

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith cools off with water after letting in a goal during first period NHL second round playoff hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Wednesday, May 18, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Edmonton Oilers goalie Mike Smith cools off with water after letting in a goal during first period NHL second round playoff hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Wednesday, May 18, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

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“Mike is quite clear on the team’s faith in him and certainly the coaching staff’s faith in him as well,” said Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft.

“The message from me is I want to go out there and be the backbone and help this team stay calm and show that by my play, not by what I’m saying in the locker-room,” Smith said Thursday. “Obviously, that didn’t (happen) last night.

“We’ll regroup today and be better because of it.”

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The Oilers were hemmed in their own end for much of Game 1. They were outshot 48-28 and committed numerous turnovers in the face of Calgary’s heavy forecheck.

“I really believe we have to get back to defending properly,” Woodcroft explained. “That is something we’ve hung our hat on here for the last three months or so. I think it’s what has led to some of our success.

“We feel we’re going to score enough to win games. For us, our work back to our own end, our detail in our end, is an area of improvement we’re going to focus on.”

“If they won it 2-1 or 9-6, it’s still one win,” Smith said. “You have to win four. It’s about regrouping now, not letting that affect the rest of the series.”

The Oilers have seen an old problem resurface in the playoffs: poor starts to games. They were trailing 2-0 before Wednesday’s contest was one minute old.

“It’s to a man to be ready to compete right from the drop of the puck,” Smith said. “We’re in the second round of the playoffs now. There are no surprises.

“You would think everyone is prepared and ready to go from the get-go. It’s been somewhat of an issue for our group in the games that we have lost.”

Woodcroft said they’ll decide on Friday if there will be any lineup changes.

You can listen to live coverage of Friday’s game on 630 CHED beginning with The Faceoff Show at 6 p.m. while the actual game starts at 8:30 p.m.

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Williston Basin Petroleum Conference is back in Regina

The Williston Basin Petroleum Conference has returned to Regina after three years. Over 400 people attended it from around North America.

“We are looking at the possibilities of all subsurface energy. There is a lot of technical innovation around emissions reductions, carbon capture and oil recovery. Even topics of water, helium, hydrogen, geothermal energy and innovations are being presented,” Ranjith Narayanasamy, president and CEO of the Petroleum Technology Research Centre (PTRC) said.

Narayanasamy touted the carbon capture utilization and storage plant built by Saskpower in Estevan at the Boundary Dam Power Station.

“What we do is we deliver the carbon and we capture it. So we want to measure, monitor and verify. We captured almost 40 million tons of CO2 from the plant to use it for enhanced oil recovery and the remaining (40 million tons) CO2 captured is stored under the ground, 3.2 kilometers deep. ”

He claims enhanced oil recovery is the most environment friendly way to produce oil because the 40 million tons of CO2 that is stored would have otherwise gone in the atmosphere. Pollution from billions of cars have been taken out of the roads through carbon capture and they are using the captured CO2 to produce oil instead of using steam and gas to produce it.

Ranjith Narayanasamy, President & CEO, PTRC talks to attendees at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Regina

Ranjith Narayanasamy, President & CEO, PTRC talks to attendees at the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Regina

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Bronwyn Eyre, Minister of Energy and Resources said, “If you don’t like oil, you don’t like enhanced oil recovery but, I don’t think that critics should be blind to the fact that enhanced oil recovery generates 82 per cent fewer emissions than traditional wells and it’s really one of the only workable ways you can get from net zero.”

She added that the other thing about enhanced oil recovery is that it actually generates revenue.

“So, you know, if you don’t do that, of course you’re just storing it, but there’s no revenue,” Eyre said. “So it becomes a very, very expensive proposition.”

Premiere Scott Moe addresses audience at Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Regina on May 17

Premiere Scott Moe addresses audience at Williston Basin Petroleum Conference in Regina on May 17

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Dr. Hussameldin Ibrahim, director of the Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute at University of Regina, said, “It is not only energy security, but energy security and climate security and they are quite intertwined.

“It’s not a one solution, one size fits all. Even though focus is carbon capture there is also nuclear, wind, solar, geothermal. We need everything to be able to achieve those (climate) goals.”

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He added that using renewable forms of energy are expensive and there is no incentive, not enough tax exemptions are put on it. But now, with government subsidies like the federal government’s announced tax credit of 60 per cent for investing in equipment to directly capture carbon from the air, 50 per cent investments for projects that capture and store carbon emissions and 37.5 per cent for investment in storage equipment, transportation and use, carbon capture is feasible.

Dr. Hussameldin Ibrahim Director, Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute at University of Regina

Dr. Hussameldin Ibrahim Director, Clean Energy Technologies Research Institute at University of Regina

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But despite calls from the oil industry, no incentives were given for enhanced oil recovery where carbon is captured and pumped into older oil wells to pull out more oil.

Peter Prebble, the director of environmental policy at Saskatchewan Environmental Society, said, “Having carbon capture is better than not having it.” He said that the main experience they’ve had so far is at the Boundary Dam Power Station which is a coal fired power station where one unit was retrofitted for carbon capture.

“They’ve had lots of problems operating it but the operations have improved over the years,” Prebble said. “More and more carbon has been formed, more carbon dioxide has been captured.”

Prebble said the captured carbon dioxide has been used for enhanced oil recovery which has helped offset the cost of the carbon capture project. “So in that particular case, it’s not really that the carbon dioxide was completely kept out of the environment in the sense that … it’s been used to pump more oil out of the ground.”

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He added that all the CO2 did not come to the surface but more fossil fuels will be burned as a result of the oil recovery so it’s not exactly a carbon neutral project.

“If you’re looking at did more carbon dioxide remain outside the atmosphere as a result of the work? Because that fossil fuel that was removed all got burned. I would say the answer is no, but if you’re saying was there more carbon dioxide kept out of the atmosphere from the burning of coal at that unit? The answer would be yes,” Prebble said.

Ice breaking session at the williston basin petroleum conference held in Regina on May 17, 18

Ice breaking session at the williston basin petroleum conference held in Regina on May 17, 18

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Saskatchewan has been criticized for its performance by environmental groups for a long time.

Prebble said that environmental organizations’ view is that we can’t undertake new fossil fuel projects and hope to avoid catastrophic impacts from climate change.

“Saskatchewan needs to wind down its coal-fired power plants and close them all and retrofitting them with carbon capture and storage isn’t going to be good enough. They need to be shut down.”

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Larissa Shasko, a PhD candidate at University of Saskatchewan’s Centre for Study of Science and Innovation Policy, said that a lot of people’s thinking stems from this notion of “all or nothing.”

“It’s unrealistic to discount the work of the oil and gas sector and in looking specifically at carbon capture and storage, to not recognize that those people are part of the solution isn’t getting us to that ultimate goal of solving this problem,” Shasko said.

“It is a transition, it isn’t something that is going to be automatic. We can’t get to net zero in one day, in one decade or … in a very small amount of time.

“I think the largest barrier to solving the climate change crisis is that. Unwillingness to be open minded to other people’s opinions.”

PTRC director of communications Norm Sacuta sitting at one of the booths at the williston basin petroleum conference in Regina

PTRC director of communications Norm Sacuta sitting at one of the booths at the williston basin petroleum conference in Regina

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Vancouver police officer charged with assault over 2019 incident near Strathcona Park

A Vancouver police officer has been charged with assault in relation to an incident near Strathcona Park three years ago.

The BC Prosecution Service confirmed the charge against Const. Simrit Roycombough in relation to the June 9, 2019 incident on Thursday.

The service said the charge was approved by a prosecutor with no connections to the officer.

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The Independent Investigations Office submitted a report to Crown counsel opening the door to charges in January.

According to the IIO, the incident happened just before 3 p.m., as a man was walking with a female friend near the park.

“The male alleges that he had a conversation with a uniformed Vancouver Police Officer in an unmarked SUV,” the IIO said in a June 2019 media release.

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“He then alleges there was a further interaction which resulted in the male being tackled to the ground by the officer and arrested.”

The IIO said the man sustained a “serious injury,” and was taken to police cells before being assessed by a paramedic and taken to hospital.

The IIO’s mandate is to investigate any incident where police actions or inactions may have caused serious injury or death to a civilian person, whether or not there is an allegation of wrongdoing by officers.

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London, Ont. police recorded 56% jump in hate-related crimes, incidents in 2021: report

The number of hate-related crimes and incidents reported to police in London, Ont., rose significantly last year compared to the year before, a report presented to the London Police Services Board (LPSB) this week shows.

According to the report, which went before board members on Thursday, 146 hate-related occurrences were reported to police in 2021, an increase of 56 per cent from 2020 (93), and an increase of 139 per cent from 2019 (61).

Eighty-three of the occurrences were deemed hate-related crimes, while 63 were hate-related incidents, according to the report.

  • Hate crime: Any criminal offence committed against a person or property, that is perceived to be motivated and/or is motivated, in whole or in part by the suspect’s hate, bias or prejudice based on real or perceived race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or any other similar factor.
  • Hate incident: Behaviours that, though motivated by bias against a victim’s or group’s race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, age, mental or physical disability, or sexual orientation, are not criminal acts. A hate incident can include hostile speech or other behaviours that may be motivated by bias but are not criminal in nature. Although hate incidents are not criminal in nature they often have a tremendous negative impact on the individuals and communities who are targeted.

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Members of London’s Black, LGBTQ2+, Muslim, Jewish and Middle Eastern communities were the targets in about 71 per cent of all reported occurrences, the report states. All saw an increase in reported occurrences since 2020.

At least 32 of the 146 occurrences involved the city’s Black community, while 27 targeted the LGBTQ2+ community. In at least 18 occurrences, London’s Muslim community was targeted, of which roughly 83 per cent were reported after the Hyde Park attack.

Members of London’s Asian, Indigenous and South Asian communities also experienced an increase in reported occurrences, according to the report.

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“I would suggest that some of our communities might say these crimes have always been happening. They just haven’t been reported,” said Deputy Chief Stu Betts in an interview Thursday with Global News.

“I guess if anything, I’m happy that the members of these communities feel that they can report this with confidence to the London Police Service, and really that drives us to be able to dedicate more resources to helping to investigate these types of incidents and crimes.”

The tabling of the report comes on the heels of a series of incidents in the city involving hate-related graffiti, and days after a white gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y., killing 10 Black people — a massacre which Buffalo Police Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia called “an absolute racist hate crime” by a man with hate in his “heart, soul and mind.”

The five most frequently targeted groups of hate-related crimes and incidents in London, 2017 to 2021.

The five most frequently targeted groups of hate-related crimes and incidents in London, 2017 to 2021.

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Hate crime occurrence types in London by year, 2017 to 2021.

Hate crime occurrence types in London by year, 2017 to 2021.

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It’s not entirely clear if the increase is due to an overall rise in hate-related crimes and incidents being perpetrated, or if people are more willing to come forward and report occurrences.

“We do see a correlation to events locally, provincially, nationally, internationally with increased reporting,” said Betts.

The report notes the increased number of hate-motivated crimes and incidents involving London’s Black and Muslim communities reported in the wake of the Hyde Park attack in 2021, and the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020.

“However, also last year we saw an increase in property-related damage that was hate or bias-motivated. That may not in fact be tied to any particular event, just an increase that we just aren’t aware of the motivation for,” he said.

“The big concern for us, of course, is the impact it has on the greater London community.”

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According to the report, 46 per cent of occurrences reported in 2021 involved property damage, while 31 per cent involved violent crime. Of those, assault was the primary offence in 92 per cent of cases.

Asked whether police had observed any trends regarding those perpetrating hate-related crimes and incidents, Betts said that while it was hard to “put a fine point on trends… we do know that a great number of these types of offences are committed by young white men.”

“Why that is is beyond the scope of a police service to be able to identify, however, it does provide us with some insight into who some of these perpetrators may be,” he said.

“When we see, for example, some graffiti and hate graffiti, we often see signs and symbols that would suggest that the people involved are somewhat immature. And that points us in a certain direction in terms of investigative leads as well.”

Hate crime charges laid by London police by year, 2017 to 2021.

Hate crime charges laid by London police by year, 2017 to 2021.

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According to the report, police laid more than double the number of hate-crime charges in 2021 than the year before — 55 compared to 25 in 2020.

The report says while that increase may be attributed to the overall jump in occurrences, factors such as victim participation, and the “applicability of specific offences” as defined in the Criminal Code may also play a role.

“We know that a great number of those charges are going to be related to the murders of the Afzaal family, so that will account for a number of those charges that were laid,” Betts said.

“Where we have the evidence, we certainly pursue it. We’ve added a dedicated hate crime investigator now who will augment the team approach we already have, and we hope to see even greater numbers of successful investigations where possible.”

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London police is also a standing member of the provincially-funded Hate Crime and Extremism Investigative Team, or HCEIT, which is made up of 15 police departments from across Ontario, the report says.

The team coordinates intelligence gathering among the departments and provides specialized training to officers when it comes to hate crime investigations, according to the province.

What comes next for London police will be continuing to build trust with the community, and letting residents know that they can trust police to conduct thorough investigations into these types of occurrences, Betts says.

“We are asking for these crimes to be reported so that we can bring closure to them. We need that outreach. We need to break down any barriers that communities may feel exist to making these reports,” he said.

“So if we can do anything to make those positive connections and those outreaches, then we’re certainly committed to doing so.”

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Part of the outreach will also include members of the community who may be reluctant to file a report on a loved one who is becoming radicalized.

“The City of London was one of three cities here in Canada that were participants in a replication study to that very effect. We’re looking forward to the results of that because hopefully, that will guide us in how we can break down those barriers and increase reporting,” Betts said.

During Thursday’s meeting, the police board endorsed a motion brought forward by member Megan Walker to include a breakdown in future reports detailing the gender of those targeted in hate-related crimes and incidents.

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Advance voting locations now open in Hamilton ahead of June 2 Ontario election

A spokesperson for Elections Ontario says casting a ballot for the 2022 campaign is significantly different from previous engagements with more ways to participate and length of time to do it.

Jo Langham, manger of media and public engagement with Elections Ontario, says Hamiltonians new options include voting by mail, special ballot at a local returning office or satellite office on June 1, plus an advance vote and assistive voting at a returning office.

“Those who want to use assistive voting technology can use that at their returning office from May the 21st to June 2,” Langham told 900 CHML’s Hamilton Today.

“There are options also for voting by home visit.”

Voting cards went out May 13 and most Ontarians should expect to have it by Friday. (May 20).

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The timeline to put in an advance vote has been lengthened to 10 days compared to the five last elections to allow those the option to avoid crowds.

“Even though in a lot of locations across the province, COVID numbers are down, but they don’t want to meet up with crowds,” said Langham.

“So those 10 days of advance voting really give people the opportunity of choosing a day in a location that best suits them.”

Unlike the last federal election, Ontario has not experienced a vote amid the pandemic.

Langham says her office has been watching elections in other provinces during COVID and says there’s been no indication that turnout has been affected negatively compared to previous outings.

“What we have noticed is that people are voting in different ways, you know, like taking advantage of vote by mail,” Langham remarked.

Advance voting locations opened in Ontario on Thursday ahead of the official voting day set for June 2.

The advance period is running until May 28, with venues open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Those who want to get their ballot in early can click on to elections.on.ca, enter a postal code and search for an electoral district.

“The thing that people should note is this election, you can vote at any advanced voting locations in your electoral district,” Langham said.

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“So if the advance voting location near your office is more convenient for you, then you can vote that you don’t have to vote at the advanced voting location that is closest to your home.”

However, residents can only use advanced polls in the riding in which they reside.

In case you haven’t got a voters’ card mailed to you yet, here are the advanced poll locations:

Hamilton Centre

Centre on Barton (Returning Office) – 1211 Barton St. East Suite D03 (May 22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 29: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Bennetto Community Centre – 450 Hughson St. N., Hamilton, L8L 4N5 (May 19 to May 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Hamilton Central Library – 55 York Blvd., Hamilton, L8R 3K1 (May 19 to May 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

The First Unitarian Church Of Hamilton – 170 Dundurn St. S., Hamilton, L8P 4K3 (May 19 to May 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Hamilton East—Stoney Creek

Red Hill Creek Centre (Returning Office) – 2255 Barton St. E unit 4, Hamilton, L8H 7T4 (May 22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 29: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Sir Winston Churchill Recreation Centre – 1715 Main St. E., Hamilton, L8H 1E3 (May 21 to May 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Stoney Creek Recreation Centre – 45 King St. W., Stoney Creek, L8G 1H7 (May 21 to May 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Winona Community Centre – 255 Winona Rd., Stoney Creek, L8E 5L3 (May 19 to May 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

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Hamilton Mountain

South Hamilton Square (Returning Office) – 1550 Upper James St. unit 201, Hamilton, L9B 2L6 (May 22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 29: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board’s Education Centre – 20 Education Ct., Hamilton, L9A 0B9 (May 19 to May 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

St. Michael’s Anglican Church – 118 Fennell Ave. E., Hamilton, L8T 1S6 (May 19 to May 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

West Highland Baptist Church – 1605 Garth St., Hamilton, L9B 1X8 (May 21 to May 25 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Hamilton West—Ancaster—Dundas

St. Augustine’s Parish Hall (Returning Office) – 58 Sydenham St., Dundas, L9H 2T9 (May 22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 29: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre – 10 Market St. S., Dundas, L9H 5G4 (May 19 to May 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Morgan Firestone Arena – 385 Jerseyville Rd. W., Ancaster, L9G 3L5 (May 19 to May 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Westmount Recreation Centre – 35 Lynbrook Dr., Hamilton, L9C 2K6 (May 19 to May 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Flamborough—Glanbrook

Rockton Fairgrounds (Returning Office) – 812 Old Highway 8 Rockton, L0R1X0 (May 22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., May 29: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.)

Ancaster Fairgrounds – 630 Trinity Rd. S, Jerseyville, L0R 1R0 (May 19 to May 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Binbrook Fairgrounds – 2600 56 Highway, Binbrook, L0R 1C0 (May 19 to May 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Family Church Of Heritage Green – 360 Isaac Brock Dr., Stoney Creek, L8J 2R2 (May 19 to May 21 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Harry Howell Arena – 27 5 Highway W, Dundas, L9H 7L5 (May 19 to May 28 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Heritage Green Seventh-Day Adventist Church – 349 Isaac Brock Dr., Stoney Creek, L8J 3S2 (May 22 to May 26 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

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Province warns of high wind effect, ice pileup along Manitoba lakes Friday

The Manitoba government has issued a high wind effect alert for lakes Winnipeg, Manitoba and Winnipegosis.

The alert is in place for Friday, when forecasters warn strong, sustained winds from the north may bring the risk of ice pileup and cause water levels to rise along shorelines.

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Wave action could also temporarily raise water levels, the province says.

The highest wind speeds are forecast for Friday morning and are expected to slow down by the afternoon. However, the province said the risk will persist throughout the day.

There is also high risk in an area near the Lake Manitoba Narrows and a moderate to high risk for the southern shorelines of Lake Manitoba from St. Laurent to the shoreline near Langruth, and the southern shoreline of Lake Winnipegosis.

Property owners are being warned to take necessary precautions.

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A full map of the Manitoba land wind effect forecast for Friday can be found on the province’s website.

A complete list of the province’s flood warnings, watches and high water advisories can be found online.

 

 

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New Blue and Ontario Party candidates appear on all Kingston-area ballots

WATCH: Ontario residents will notice some new party names on the ballot this election. There is currently a New Blue and Ontario Party candidate in all Kingston-area ridings.

With the Ontario election just two weeks away, candidates across the Kingston region are making their pitches to voters.

This includes some new, lesser-known parties on the ballot.

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“I wanted to bring a new option to Ontarians,” says Ontario Party Leader Derek Sloan. “Frankly, I believe the mainstream parties have failed us. We have the same issues that we’ve always had in terms of housing, health care, mental illness, all of this kind of thing.

“And if we want a change, we have to vote for new options. Not the people who brought us here.”

While the Ontario Party has been around since 2018, Hastings, Lennox and Addington candidate Sloan only recently became the party’s leader.

He was previously elected as the Conservative candidate for Hastings, Lennox and Addington in the 2019 federal election before being expelled from the party after it was revealed that he had received a donation from a known white supremacist.

During the 2021 federal election he ran as an independent in the riding of Banff-Airdrie, where he eventually lost.

“I have shown that I am willing to stand up for issues,” says Sloan. “Whether they’re politically correct or not, regardless of the consequences.

“So people in this riding know that they’ll have a fighter in their corner who’s not afraid, who’s not just there to enhance their career, that kind of thing. So people know what to expect from me, they know that I’ll always be honest and call it how I see it. And that’s the kind of representation they’re going to get from me.”

Running in the Kingston and the Islands riding is New Blue Party of Ontario candidate Stephen Skyvington.

“We’re where Doug Ford was four years ago when he ran as the PC Party and we voted for him and our MPP Belinda (Karahalios) was a member of his party,” says Skyvington. “And she got kicked out for standing up to him. Everybody has moved left of centre, Doug Ford is now in the same zone as Justin Trudeau. So we’re offering a true conservative alternative.”

Karahalios was kicked out of the PC party in July 2020 after voting against a government bill that grants powers to extend or amend some emergency orders a month at a time, for up to two years.

She was also removed from the Ontario legislature last December by Speaker of the House Ted Arnott after going against the COVID-19 screening protocols that had been adopted by the legislature.

“We’re right where we’re supposed to be. Doug Ford is not where he’s supposed to be,” Skyvington says.

Skyvington says that if you voted for the Progressive Conservative Party last provincial election, the New Blue Party reflects those same values.

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He says New Blue has a simple, seven-point platform that looks to reverse the actions of the Ford government throughout the pandemic.

“I’m going to take what you want to Queen’s Park,” Skyvington says. “I’m not going to ram ‘Made in Toronto’ policy down your throat like the other parties do. I think that sets me apart.”

There is currently a New Blue and Ontario Party candidate on the ballot in each of the five Kingston-area ridings this election.

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Bumpy Southern Interior roads to be rejuvenated

More than 450 kilometres of highways and side roads in the Southern Interior are about to get fresh layers of pavement.

“As we continue our recovery from the dramatic effects of recent climate-related events, maintaining road infrastructure is more important than it’s ever been,” Rob Fleming, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, said in a press release.

“Resurfacing projects provide good-paying jobs, protect our vital transportation corridors and ensure people and emergency services can get where they need to go.”

Approximately 60 km of highways 1 and 97B, and side roads in the North Okanagan area, will be repaved this summer.

Okanagan Aggregates Ltd. has been awarded an $11.3-million contract and work is expected to be complete this fall.

There are around 42 km of Highway 33,  from Big White Road to Molnar Road, as well as Ellison side roads set to get conventional paving. That work is expected to be completed in September.

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Eleven km of Highway 97, from Summerland to Greata Ranch, will be smoothed out with hot-in-place recycling resurfacing, a process that involves repurposing the existing asphalt by heating, softening and blending it with a small amount of new asphalt before re-applying it to the road surface.

That work is expected to be completed in the summer.

Nearby, at  Highway 97C, from Drought Hill to Silver Creek, and Highway 97, Greata Ranch to Deep Creek Bridge (20 kilometres), conventional paving work is expected to be completed in October.

The full list of road work is available online.

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SGI mails out first batch of vehicle insurance rebate cheques

Saskatchewan Government Insurance (SGI) has started mailing out it’s first batch of SGI rebate cheques to customers across the province.

More than 600,000 cheques are expected to be sent out by the end of the month totaling about $90 million.

Customers will receive a $100 rebate for each vehicle they had registered as of March 29 of this year.

SGI Minister Don Morgan says this is to help with the recent inflation pressures.

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“It’s our citizens’ own money that has accumulated as a surplus in that account and we felt it would be beneficial for our citizens to try and give them some money to help with the cost of gasoline and inflationary pressures that are there,” he said.

“Cheques will be mailed in an order that is randomly assigned by SGI’s system, so two customers in the same household may receive their cheques up to two weeks apart,” SGI said in a release.

The release adds that nearly all classes of vehicle (private, commercial, farm, etc.) are eligible, while trailers and snowmobiles are not.

Customers do not have to request or apply for the rebate. They should receive a cheque as long as their address is up to date with SGI.

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Customers are advised to ignore any texts they may receive from scammers saying they need to click a link to apply.

Customers are being asked to be patient while the cheques are being mailed, and if they have not received any by June 21 they can call the SGI customer service centre at 1-844-855-274.

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Man, 30, arrested in connection with Brampton carjacking: police

A 30-year-old man has been charged with a carjacking in Brampton, police say.

In a press release, Peel Regional Police said on May 14, at 9:30 a.m., a victim was pumping gas at a gas station in the Bramalea Road and Bovaird Drive area.

Police said while the victim was pumping gas, a suspect attempted to steal the vehicle but was “unsuccessful as the keys were not in the vehicle at the time.”

Police said the suspect then left the scene “without incident.”

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Around 20 minutes later, police said the same suspect approached another vehicle at the same location.

“The suspect encouraged the victim to exit their vehicle to look at something at the rear of their vehicle,” the release reads.

Police said once the victim exited the vehicle, the suspect entered and tried to leave.

“The victim tried to intervene but was pushed to the ground,” the release reads.

Officers said the victim suffered “minor injuries.”

According to police, the suspect fled the area in the stolen vehicle.

Police said officers later located and arrested a suspect and recovered the stolen vehicle.

Officers said 30-year-old Gurmeet Singh has been charged with theft over $5,000, robbery and wearing a disguise with intent.

Police said he was held for a bail hearing and appeared in court on May 15.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

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