EDMONTON – Meat lovers filled Clarke Stadium on Saturday as the third annual Porkapalooza got into full swing.
Darcy Fitzgerald, executive director for Alberta Pork, said approximately 70,000 people are expected to walk through the grounds during the three-day event.
Fitzgerald said he hopes the event gives attendees a greater appreciation for barbecue, such as pulled pork, brisket and pork and beef ribs.
“The intent really was to try and introduce Alberta and Edmontonians to more barbecue,” he said.
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“I think traditionally most people think of barbecue as grilling. You take the meat, you put it over a flame and you cook it really quickly. But barbecue is really about low and slow – low temperatures for a long time.”
The low and slow barbecue technique is something Myke Badry is familiar with. The Edmonton man is one of three men who make up MJM Competition BBQ.
The trio have barbecued together for about five years now but decided to enter the barbecue competition at Porkapalooza this year.
“It’s a popular thing throughout the U.S. We see it on TV all the time. We thought, why not , give it a shot,” Badry said.
So what is the key to good barbecue? Badry said the answer is actually quite simply.
“To have fun – I think it’s all about getting people together in the backyard making delicious meat.”
Attendees like Leon Cardinal have been coming to Porkapalooza ever since it started three years ago.
“It’s pretty laid back, just like barbecue, low and slow,” he said.
Cardinal said he finds himself drawn to pork ribs and beef ribs in particular.
This year was Margaret Duma and Scott Cameron’s first time at the event.
“We are both meat lovers,” she said with a laugh.
“We love to eat and being Father’s Day coming up, I figured I would bring Scott.”
“We’re looking at buying a smoker and thought we’d check out what these guys do,” Cameron said.
Porkapalooza includes a concert series and this year, Alberta Pork decided to donate 8,000 tickets as a way to say thank you to everyone who helped out with Fort McMurray fire relief.
“We looked at this and just thought Edmonton and Alberta and others just really opened their hearts, opened their doors and helped out the evacuees from Fort McMurray. We’ve seen so much giving, we just thought, why don’t we give too?” Fitzgerald said.
Concertgoer Breanna Duguay calls the idea “great.”
“It also gives people extra incentive to donate as well instead of just paying [the admission],” she said.
Fitzgerald said the donation is a big financial cost but he hopes people enjoy it.
“We hope people remember a good time and I hope people remember Alberta Pork helping out a great cause,” he said.
The Rotary District 5370 Charitable Foundation is also on-site at Porkapalooza to accept donations for the Fort McMurray Fire Relief Fund.
It’s been exactly six months since Karanpal Bhangu was shot and killed while working at a Mill Woods Mac’s convenience store.
In the middle of the night on Dec. 18, 2015, three masked men allegedly burst into the store in an armed robbery.
Police say Bhangu cooperated, but the gunmen still shot him in the stomach. The 35-year-old died soon after.
The suspects then drove to another Mac’s store in Pleasantview. That’s where Ricky Cenabrae was working alone. He too was shot and killed.
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Bhangu’s widow, Kiranbir Bhangu, said she has not been able to move forward since her husband’s death.
“Karan was everything to me. He was my husband, he was my mentor, he was my guide, my everything,” she explained. “Love of my life.”
To help her cope, she’s spearheading the Karan Project, an initiative named in her husband’s honour, to improve the safety of overnight workers.
“The project is my way of saying thank you to the community and finding a purpose in my life.”
After more than five years of waiting to join his wife, Karanpal had just moved to Canada with the couple’s six-year-old son, Royce, in August 2015.
The 35-year-old had only started working at the convenience store one month before he was murdered.
“Kiranbir and her family came to Canada for the security and safety and that was robbed from them,” said Karan Project supporter Monica Lewicki.
“It was stolen from them. It’s heartbreaking.”
Kiranbir believes a few changes would go a long way in protecting workers like Karanpal.
“Night shift employees should be behind a secure barrier or a bulletproof countertop or shield,” she said.
She also wants to see them working in pairs.
“If somebody’s in the back room and they see there is something going on, they can jump in or they can call the police.”
Karanpal’s cousin, Navpreet Baath, agreed. He worked overnight at a Mac’s store for two years before quitting due to safety concerns.
“If there are two guys working, you can feel like you have someone backing you up. And if you’re behind the counter, you feel more safe. You have a little space that’s yours.”
One of the safety suggestions is to have two people working overnight. Another is to have bullet-proof glass. #yeg pic.twitter长沙桑拿/B4yQB2BoXX
— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) June 18, 2016
Kiran said on the night of the robbery, her husband activated the store’s emergency transponder – but the store owner told her that alarm company can’t see what the surveillance cameras do – that’s another company.
“They call the police and they call the dealer,” she said. “Then police call the store, three times, a minute apart, to make sure it’s not a false alarm. I think it’s too long.”
She’s worried those phone calls tip off the burglars that the employee has reached out for help.
“If you push it multiple times, in a panic, a patrolling officer should arrive there (without calling first),” she explained. “No wasting time.”
With help from her employer, the Progressive Academy, Kiranbir hosted a special brainstorming event for the Karan Project on Saturday.
She’s hoping to hear suggestions from others on how to ensure employees make it home from their shift.
The Karan Project aims to protect the lives of employees who work overnight shifts. Like Karan, killed at Macs. #yeg pic.twitter长沙桑拿/0IHOLCVMWS
— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) June 18, 2016
“I feel like night shift workers are at a high risk of violence. We need to get together to make our voices heard and get decision makers to have our voices heard.”
Labour Minister Christina Gray came to Progressive Academy to speak with Kiran. She sent this statement to media later in the day:
“My heart goes out to Kiran and all of Karan’s family. I was overwhelmed by today’s powerful show of support from the Edmonton community for Kiran following such a tragic loss. I was also touched to meet with her and hear from the Karan Project team about the ideas they have for improving the safety of workers in Alberta’s convenience stores and gas stations. These are tragic situations that should be preventable. Families need to know that when their loved ones go to work, they will come home safe at the end of the day.”
Gray also extended an invitation to Kiran to meet with her and her staff at the Legislature.
We sat down with Karan’s widow, Kiran, to talk about how the last 6 months have been for her and her son. #yeg pic.twitter长沙桑拿/0iD9ObOHk0
— Sarah Kraus Global (@SarahNKraus) June 18, 2016
“The darkness of night is so horrifying. I don’t want anybody else to go through this.”
Global News reached out to Mac’s Convenience stores, but has not yet received a response.
The provincial and federal government celebrated the official opening of 12 affordable rental housing units in Regina with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday.
“This project is interesting, because it’s not all in one location. It’s at nine different locations throughout the city of Regina,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale explained.
The units are a mix of duplexes and two-storey family units. Most of the rentals are located in the North Central neighbourhood.
The federal and provincial government, through the Saskatchewan Housing Corporate (SHC) and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) jointly contributed $240,000.
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That money will go towards six of the 12 units over the course of ten years. The savings for low income families equate to $300 per month.
“This gives the individual or the family a really good running start to be able to make sure that they have some sort of help and assistance with their housing needs,” MLA Regina Rochdale Laura Ross said.
According to Avana Homes president Jennifer Denouden, the total affordable rental housing project costs $2.4 million.
“It’s very important to give back, and what better way to give back as a homebuilding company that to invest in affordable housing,” Denouden said.
READ MORE: Regina’s Housing First strategy sees success in early steps
According to the latest “Housing Market Outlook” according to CMHC’s Spring 2016 forecast, rental vacancies across Regina are at an all time high.
Still, the federal government said investing in social infrastructure, and specifically social housing, will help boost the economy.
“We increased over the next two years, the federal investment (of Affordable Housing Agreement) by 1.5 billion dollars. That is part of the acceleration that we’re making in infrastructure across the country,” Goodale said.
The province acknowledges there is more social housing that needs to be addressed, but believes this is a start.
“We have more work to do, there’s just no doubt about that … We’re committed to helping ensure that families and individuals have good quality homes,” Ross explained.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lays claim to the best known father-son story on Parliament Hill, but there’s another, very similar story unfolding for one of his most trusted advisors.
Cabinet minister and government House leader Dominic LeBlanc is also following in the footsteps of his dad, Romeo LeBlanc, who served in the cabinet of Pierre Elliott Trudeau in the 1970s.
There’s now even more symmetry to the Trudeau-LeBlanc generations as Dominic takes on the portfolio his father created and held for many years: that of fisheries and oceans minister.
“My dad saw politics as a chance to really try and look out for people who often don’t have somebody standing up for them,” said LeBlanc in the latest edition of Plane Talk with Tom Clark.
“If I can speak for some of these people and some of these communities in the House of Commons and in the cabinet, and hopefully encourage the government to make decisions that improve the lives of these people, then I’ve done something positive.”
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Asked under which circumstances he might lie, LeBlanc confessed that it usually happens when his wife checks on his diet.
“The one question where the answer might not entirely be accurate is, ‘Oh were you careful with what you ate? You didn’t have pizza at 10:30 with (immigration minister) John McCallum surely? Why did you go to a Chinese buffet?’” he said, chuckling.
“Like, all those—no, no I didn’t go to a Chinese buffet. What are you talking about? I had sushi.”
The House leader, who is originally from New Brunswick, said the last few months have been a whirlwind of late-night pizza and major policy announcements.
“We were sworn in on that day in early November, which I think will be marked in the imaginations of anybody who was lucky enough to be at Rideau Hall that day. And it’s been a fantastic experience.”
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Editor’s note: This article has been edited to clarify timelines with the debate that played out on 桑拿会所 between Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall and author and social activist Naomi Klein.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall continued tweeting his views regarding the climate change aspect of the Leap Manifesto over the weekend after getting into a twitter battle with Canadian activist Naomi Klein.
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Shut down ALL of Canada’ energy sector & 192 MT/yr of CO2 is eliminated. China’s coal fleet alone emits 4000 MT/yr. @SaskPowerCCS #CCS
— Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) June 18, 2016
On June 14, Wall delivered a speech in Toronto in support of the proposed $15.7 billion pipeline that would transport oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to refineries in eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick.
The pipeline was also part of a closed-door discussion between Wall and New Brunswick premier, Brian Gallant.
Wall then posted a clip of his speech online where it shows him speaking out against the Leap Manifesto and the Saskatchewan NDP finance critic, Cathy Sproule, for wanting to debate the manifesto.
Leap Manifesto’s 100% renewable plan cost? $1.86 TRILLION, 3X Canada’s debt. A number so big as to be meaningless. https://t.co/7DyMXtgOwK
— Brad Wall (@PremierBradWall) June 13, 2016
Created by national leaders, authors, activists and authors, the Leap Manifesto is a list of changes Canada can make to restructure the economy as a way to move away from our reliance on fossil fuels.
After seeing the clip, Canadian author and activist Naomi Klein criticized Wall and said he referenced Stanford professor Mark Z. Jacobson incorrectly. Jacobson also joined in with his own tweets.
It’s not “our” plan, @PremierBradWall – it comes from Stanford wiz engineer @mzjacobson. And I’m pretty sure he’s better than you at math.
— Naomi Klein (@NaomiAKlein) June 14, 2016
1 more thing @PremierBradWall: Aren’t you the guy that wants a federal bailout out to clean up oil + gas wells? But renewables are too $…
Each person in #Canada pays same fuel cost w/100% WWS but $8700/yr less in health+clim cost @PremierBradWall @NaomiAKlein
— Mark Z. Jacobson (@mzjacobson) June 14, 2016
Wall also faced criticism on June 18 over a comment in Saskatchewan’s throne speech in May that said climate change is “a misguided dogma that has no basis in reality”.
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Over a dozen people rallied outside city hall on Saturday to protest the comment.
Wendy Lynn Lerat spoke at the protest about how indigenous people pride themselves on respecting the earth, and leaving it the way it originally was.
“We need to know where we’ve come from to know where were going, and Brad Wall he’s clearly talking from a very ignorant perspective and yet trying to envision a future without even understanding his past,” Leret said.
OAKLAND, Calif. —; Oakland lost its third police chief in eight days as it struggles with allegations that a number of officers had sex with a teenage prostitute and exchanged racist text messages.
Mayor Libby Schaaf said acting Police Chief Paul Figueroa was on the job for two days before stepping down on Friday but said his decision was not connected to the two scandals.
However, she denounced the department’s “toxic, macho culture” and vowed to root out “the bad apples.”
“As the mayor of Oakland, I’m here to run a police department, not a frat house,” Schaaf told a news conference Friday evening.
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Schaaf said she will not immediately appoint an acting or interim chief. Instead, the command staff will report to City Administrator Sabrina Landreth, who will be responsible for personnel and disciplinary decisions.
“This is the appropriate time to install civilian oversight in this police department,” Schaaf told a news conference Friday evening.
“I want to assure the citizens of Oakland that we are hell bent on rooting out this disgusting culture.”
The police department was already engulfed by the sex scandal when Schaaf revealed Friday a separate investigation into racist text messages that she said were “wholly inappropriate and not acceptable from anyone who wears the badge of the Oakland Police Department.”
Schaaf said the number of officers involved is not as widespread as those involved in the sex scandal, but cautioned that the investigation was ongoing. One of the officers under investigation in the text scandal has been placed on leave, she said.
Some of the officers being investigated were “engaging in hate speech,” and others were “tolerating it” by receiving offensive messages and not reporting them, Schaaf said.
She said Figueroa has taken a leave of absence and asked to return to the force as a captain, not as an assistant chief.
Schaaf appointed Figueroa on Wednesday after abruptly removing the interim police chief, Ben Fairow, after learning unspecified information that led her to lose confidence in his ability to lead the beleaguered department. She had appointed Fairow after Chief Sean Whent suddenly resigned June 9.
Two officers with the troubled Oakland department have resigned amid the sex scandal, and three others remain on paid leave.
The scandal involving at least 14 Oakland police officers is another blow to a department already under federal oversight over past failures to adequately hold officers accountable for misdeeds that included planting evidence and robbing residents in predominantly black west Oakland.
The United Kingdom is absorbing the equivalent of “a pretty large city” each year, says a British cabinet minister, and leaving the European Union may be the only way to stem the tide of new arrivals.
Chris Grayling, who also serves as Leader of the House of Commons. has been campaigning hard for an exit from the European Union as the U.K. prepares to hold a referendum on the question this coming week. His central argument is that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are simply too small to handle the number of people who want to move in.
“The flood of refugees coming in from the Middle East into central Europe is a different question to the one that we face,” Grayling told the West Block’s Tom Clark.
“The issue in the United Kingdom is this: We have seen a big increase in our population over the course of the past 15 years. We are currently seeing the equivalent of a pretty large city arrive in the United Kingdom every year and we’re a relatively small country.”
According to Grayling, that is leading to a loss of open spaces, pressure on public services, and more congested transport systems, to name a few issues. While the British remain part of the EU, he argued, any other European citizen can come settle in the U.K.
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“I think the people of the United Kingdom should have a choice about this future. They should be able to set limits on the number of people who come and live and work in the United Kingdom.”
Opponents of what has been dubbed “Brexit” argue that leaving the EU will have serious economic consequences, particularly when it comes to international trade. But Grayling says he doesn’t buy that.
“There are five million EU jobs that depend on British consumers. It makes no sense for them to not want to carry on trading as normal.”
WATCH: Brexit: U.K. divided on whether to stay in or leave EU
Supporters on both sides of the Brexit debate have been engaged in a sometimes heated and aggressive campaign that will likely reach fever pitch in the coming week.
Nigel Farage, leader of the UK Independence Party, recently made waves when he unveiled a billboard that some deemed racist for featuring a long line of non-white migrants.
Voting for the referendum will take place this coming Thursday.
The EU has failed us all. pic.twitter长沙桑拿/Lb7txUghar
— Nigel Farage (@Nigel_Farage) June 16, 2016
Late last week, however, campaigning was temporarily suspended after an MP, Jo Cox, was murdered in broad daylight by a man who allegedly shouted “Britain First” as he shot and stabbed her to death.
The suspect, who reportedly had ties to Neo-Nazi groups in the UK, was quickly apprehended and appeared in court on Saturday.
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In just a few days an Ontario woman will find out if she is to become the first lady of Iceland.
Eliza Reid, who married an Icelandic history professor and moved to the Nordic country more than ten years ago, has found herself at the centre of an election campaign in which her husband has emerged as the front-runner for the office of the president.
The whirlwind race, and its implications for the future, have Reid grappling with the very real possibility of taking up a public position and having to move her family into the presidential residence.
“When I was growing up in the Ottawa Valley it would never have occurred to me that my future would have taken me in this direction,” said the 40-year-old. “I feel like I’ve been very welcomed by Icelandic society. It would be a tremendous honour to be able to have that role.”
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As election day looms on June 25, Reid believes her Canadian background has helped in a campaign which cropped up “completely out of the blue.”
“As a Canadian, my stereotype is a bit that I am grounded and regular and don’t try to be something that I’m not,” said the mother of four who works as a writer and editor. “And I think those are things about us that appeal to the electorate, we’re just what you see is what you get.”
Reid met her husband, Gudni Johannesson, when they were both studying history in England. They moved to Iceland in 2003 and married a year later.
Running for the presidency – a largely ceremonial role which has been compared to Canada’s Governor General – only came up this spring, Reid said.
Iceland’s outgoing president first announced in his New Year address that he would not be seeking another term as the country’s head of state, prompting people to start declaring their interest, she said.
Some asked Reid’s husband, who is an academic expert on the history of the presidency, if he would consider running, but the suggestions weren’t initially acted upon, she said.
The situation changed in April, when the Panama Papers scandal revealed that the family of Iceland’s prime minister had offshore accounts, Reid said.
The prime minister ended up resigning, Johannesson was called upon to provide a fair bit of commentary on the matter, and his public profile rose, she said.
“He was seen as having intelligent, but non-partisan things to say about what was going on,” said Reid.
“People just started calling our house, sending him Facebook messages and calling his cellphone…saying you should really consider running.”
After mulling it over with his family, Johannesson announced on May 5 that he would run for the presidency and has since emerged as the leading candidate.
“People don’t necessarily want a career politician as their head of state,” said Reid. “Gudni is seen as being very knowledgeable of the institution of the presidency, of its roles and limitations, but is also not seen as having his own private agenda.”
Since their campaign began, Reid has been by her husband’s side at almost every event, and says she has been received warmly by his supporters.
“People often elect the couple, especially because of this sort of figurehead capacity of (the role),” she said. “People like to know that I was born somewhere else but I’ve learned the language and have been taking part in society for a number of years.”
PENTICTON – The first-ever A Welcoming Communities Summit was held in Penticton this weekend. Organizers of the two day event say the aim is to raise awareness about how to help refugees and immigrants adapt to life in Canada.
“Studies show that immigrants report it takes 15 years for them to feel integrated into the community, so we thought we might be able to expedite that process and raise the bar,” says senior manager for employment programs at YMCA Okanagan, Robert Bryce.
The event was put on by the South Okanagan Similkameen Local Immigration Partnership. About 150 people took part and among the participants were city staff, service providers, settlement workers and immigrants.
“The U.S. is a melting pot, Canada is about multiculturalism and this is what we stand for and that’s what attracted me to come to Canada,” says Penticton resident Rose Cargill, who immigrated to Canada from Jamaica in 2008.
With the Canadian government resettling 25,000 Syrian refugees in the span of about four months, the question organizers of the summit hope to tackle is what comes next.
“There’s an increased focus on making sure that we continue to remain a welcoming country that is willing to grow and change with the people that come here,” says senior manager of workplace development at the Immigrant Employment Council of B.C. (IECBC), Sangeeta Subramanian.
There were breakout sessions covering topics ranging from entrepreneurship and enrolling international students, to immigration law and employer tools, like how to find, hire and retain newcomer talent.
“It starts right from creating those jobs descriptions, it’s very important if we are going to invite an immigrant to apply then we have to be looking at an essential skills type of job description,” says employer relations manager at IECBC, Hanif Ladha.
The keynote speaker at the summit, Nick Noorani, focused on his advice to his fellow immigrants.
“When we come here, we’ve left everyone behind, we don’t know anyone here so it’s important for them to start volunteering, networking, for them to start getting a mentor so they start creating that special capital,” says Noorani.
Organizers say they hope to make the summit an annual event.
“In the Okanagan, to my knowledge, this [event] is certainly a trend-setter but we hope it isn’t the last opportunity,” says City of Penticton economic development officer, Colleen Pennington.
The event concludes with a celebration in Gyro Park on Saturday evening. The celebration is open to the public.