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Overall cost of Edmonton’s downtown arena goes up $7M; Katz to foot bill

When the deal for Rogers Place was signed several years ago, the city posted the all-in cost as $606.5 million. A recent update on the city’s website pegged the price tag at $613.7 million.

The city stresses the cost difference – $7.2 million – will not be paid for by taxpayers.

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    It explained there were changes to the project’s scope: improvements to the Community Rink (being paid for by MacEwan University, which will be using the rink) and improved connections between the casino building and the hotel (being paid for by the Katz Group.)

    Since the work is happening at the same time as the arena construction, the costs are being included in the overall price tag.

    “Everyday citizens, they won’t see a difference,” Rick Daviss, executive director of the Downtown Arena Project, said. “The cost increases, yes. We are getting a better facility with a higher value, but that’s all being funded by MacEwan or by the Katz Group. And so the city contribution remains as it was.”

    READ MORE: Edmonton city council to debate borrowing $32M for downtown arena 

    The downtown arena project still faces a $31.5-million funding gap, unrelated to these two improvements.

    The city was hoping provincial grants would help pay for part of the arena and Community Rink costs, but the funds did not come through.

    Council will vote to tap into the Community Revitalization Levy to make up the difference.

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    Rogers Place is scheduled to open Sept. 10 ahead of the 2016 NHL season.

    The Edmonton Oilers will play their first game there on Monday, Sept. 26 against the Calgary Flames.

Winnipeg Jets know their man ahead of NHL Draft

WINNIPEG —; In just 10 days the Winnipeg Jets will get to use the second overall draft pick they won in the NHL Draft Lottery.

Jets general manager Kevin Cheveldayoff discussed the club’s plans for the draft and without saying who they’ll pick, Cheveldayoff indicated they know who they’ll take with the number two overall selection.

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“The list I think is getting pretty much in ink,” said Cheveldayoff. “I think you’re still doing some due diligence. You can’t watch anymore hockey with it, so the evaluation on the hockey side is essentially left to video or whatever which you’ve done a lot of already. Unless something really dramatically makes a shift that you just don’t see and obviously you saw some crazy things in the NFL draft this year. Yeah our minds are very set.”

Of course the Toronto Maple Leafs could throw a wrench in the Jets plans by taking somebody other than Auston Matthews with the first overall pick. And the Jets had a good sit down with the possible number two selection Patrik Laine.

“We had a good interview with him. He’s got a good sense of humour. He’s someone that’s obviously is confident. We talked a lot about just him as a person, his family, obviously the year, a variety of different topics.”

Regardless of who the Jets pick, they believe they’ll be getting a player who can play in the NHL right away.

“The players at the top end of the draft look like they’re ready to step in.” said Cheveldayoff.

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Cheveldayoff also addressed the rumours that Jacob Trouba, who will soon be a restricted free agent, is on the trading block.

“I’m not trying to trade anybody.” Cheveldayoff said. “I think in this game there’s a distinct possibility that anybody can get traded. We’ve got some good young players here. We’ve got two of them that are up for contracts in Trouba and (Mark) Scheifele and we’re going to do our best to get those contracts done in the books. So trying to trade him ? No.”

The first round of the 54th NHL Draft is on June 24 in Buffalo, N.Y.

WATCH: Jets G.M. Kevin Cheveldayoff discusses the NHL Draft, Patrik Laine and Jacob Trouba

Young cancer survivor preparing for Manitoba Marathon ‘Super Run’

WINNIPEG —; With each stride, Courtney Mitchler moves a step closer to her goal.

“I want to run further and reach the mile I want to reach,” said the Hedges Middle School Grade 8 student.

RELATED: Winnipeg students get a leg up on Manitoba Marathon training

But not long ago, she faced a much bigger challenge.

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Courtney was diagnosed with cancer in 2014 when she was just 11. Doctors discovered a tumor after her appendix burst.

“I didn’t know what it was at first,” said Courtney.

“I was very terrified. I didn’t know if I was going to live.”

It was a dark moment that Courtney, now 13,  says she maneuvered with a bright outlook.

“I think staying positive and being happy is a better thing than being upset all the time,” Courtney said.

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Within weeks, Courtney had surgery to remove the growth. She joined the Hedges Middle School Running Club once she got back on her feet. The group is one of 100 participating in this year’s Manitoba Marathon Champions in Training program. The goal is to introduce kids to an active lifestyle.

The Hedges Middle School runners will race in Sunday’s Super Run, a 2.6-mile fun run.

“She just wants to stay healthy,” said Kim Mitchler, Courtney’s mom. “She wants to get her six-pack back. She’s a very determined girl.”

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Not just to help herself but also others. Courtney runs an annual fundraiser for cancer research. In two years, she’s raised more than $3,000.

“You can go through some trials in life and that can drag you down or you can go through some trials and come out a stronger person,” said Hedges Middle School Running Club leader Rowland Hayward. “I think she’s come out a stronger person.”

A role model for those running the same race — on or off the course.

Tim Bosma murder trial: Deliberations resume after jury member suffers migraine

HAMILTON – A Hamilton jury weighing the fate of two men accused of killing Tim Bosma has resumed deliberations after a sick juror recovered.

Justice Andrew Goodman says the juror fell ill with a migraine Wednesday morning on the third day of deliberations in the first-degree murder trial for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich.

Goodman concluded his instructions to the 12-member jury in the trial on Monday afternoon.

READ MORE: Tim Bosma’s accused killers also face charges in death of Toronto woman Laura Babcock

Millard, 30, of Toronto, and Smich, 28, of Oakville, Ont., have both pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in Bosma’s death.

WATCH: Jury still deliberating in Tim Bosma murder trial. Mike Drolet reports.

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    Bosma, 32, disappeared on May 6, 2013 after taking two men for a test drive of a truck he had listed for sale online. His remains were found days later burned beyond recognition.

    READ MORE: Tim Bosma’s accused killer too smart to commit such a dumb crime, says lawyer

    The Crown alleges Millard and Smich planned for more than a year to steal a truck, kill its owner and incinerate the body.

    Smich testified that Millard shot, killed and burned Bosma. Millard did not testify, but his lawyer told court that Smich accidentally shot Bosma on a nearby highway in an attempt to steal his truck.

‘We got burned, hosed’: Yarmouth resident on new ferry

A Yarmouth resident says he’s “angry” about the deal the government signed with Bay Ferries to operate the Yarmouth ferry.

“We got burned, hosed,” Jim Jeffery said.

Bay Ferries and the Americans who negotiated leasing the navy’s ferry to the service “treated us as though we were stupid and desperate and I don’t think we should be either,” Jeffery said Tuesday.

The controversial CAT ferry will set sail to Portland, Maine for its third season Wednesday with a new boat and operator. Bay Ferries is running the service which has faced criticism from a variety of angles since the deal was announced in March.

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Including start-up costs, the ferry is expected to cost taxpayers $23.3 million for the first year.

Jeffery cited the ban of commercial trucks on the ferry and the all American crew as reasons for being upset with the deal.

He says the government also showed it was “desperate” by accepting the deal.

“It’s a done deal”

Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood defended the ferry and the deal the provincial Liberals signed with Bay Ferries, saying its value for Nova Scotia is “off the charts,” and ferries across Nova Scotia operate with a subsidy.

READ MORE: Yarmouth ferry lease hiccup could result in loss of passenger numbers, revenue

Mood called on the ferry’s detractors to rally behind the ferry because its a “done deal” and has a better chance of success if it’s supported across Nova Scotia. Its hoped the ferry will bring more American tourists to Nova Scotia as part of the government’s goal to double its tourism revenue by 2024.

“I also say… how sad that we can’t get on board and support this,” Mood said.

The Yarmouth ferry is a “game changer” for the economy in Yarmouth she said.

One man arrested in Sooke shooting; police still searching for 2 other suspects

One man has been arrested following a massive manhunt on Vancouver Island after two people were shot in Sooke on Tuesday night.

Police located and seized a grey sedan, which was reported stolen and believed to have been used in the shooting, in Langford on Wednesday. Police arrested one man at the scene and he will be going in front of the Judicial Justice of the Peace on Thursday afternoon.

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Police are still looking for two other suspects involved in the shooting. Investigators are focusing their search for Josh Lafleur, who police say is the suspected shooter and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees Lafleur should not approach but call 911.

A third suspect in the shooting has been identified but not arrested by police. Names are being withheld until charges are laid.

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait said it was a targeted attack and everyone involved is known to police.

The shooting happened at 9 p.m. near the end of Ella Road in Sooke. The two victims were found by the side of the road. They were rushed to hospital, where they remain.

Reports say the shooter was in the backseat of the car but police have yet to confirm that detail.

Residents in the area are shocked by what happened.

“For Sooke, yes this is a surprise,” said one neighbour. “It’s a very quiet area. I mean, it’s a dead-end street. And we all know the neighbours so this is a bit of a surprise.”

Sooke RCMP are asking the public to be on the look out for this vehicle – if seen please call 911, and do not approach the subjects. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Fort McMurray residents pack Wood Buffalo council chambers at heated meeting

Area residents packed the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s council chambers for a heated meeting Tuesday evening, as councillors met for the first time in downtown Fort McMurray since a massive wildfire forced them to meet in Edmonton for the past month.

Many residents took the opportunity to address councillors and complain about the wildfire evacuation process as well as recovery efforts.

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    Mayor Melissa Blake said she was confident the rebuilding process would begin within 100 days but no decision had been made on the rebuild of any subdivision. However, a proposed bylaw amendment to temporarily suspend development for the hard-hit communities of Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways, passed first reading and was set to come back for a second reading and debate.

    READ MORE: ‘No decisions have been made’: Mayor Melissa Blake on rebuilding hard-hit Fort McMurray neighbourhoods

    The municipality’s administration had urged council to amend the Land Use Bylaw to allow for a 90-day development moratorium on the three communities which have been deemed unfit for habitation because of the detection of high levels of toxins. The moratorium is aimed at allowing officials to do more research and engage with those areas’ residents to come up with a redevelopment plan.

    Another controversial motion was brought forward which would have restricted Mayor Melissa Blake from meetings held by the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee, a proposed group which would oversee the recovery effort.

    “We don’t often go to these meetings,” Blake said. “It’s not like I’m going to go there to be a problem for these guys and yet they’ve made it a problem for me by saying I can’t attend…so I’m offended by that one and I’m saying I’m here to represent the citizens.

    “The bomb that was dropped on me here tonight is not something I’m about to bend and accept as it is,” Blake added.

    The motion passed first reading and second reading but council said there would be no there would be no third reading Tuesday night because of the heated emotions surrounding the issue.

    Other issues of debate were a proposed bylaw to relax laws on RVs in order to allow people to more easily use them as temporary accommodations and a proposed bylaw that would allow council to continue restricting access to Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways.

    The mayor said the public seating gallery was full of residents and was spilling into two separate overflow rooms.

    The meeting ran late and was still ongoing at 11 p.m. MT.

Tim Bosma murder trial: Deliberations resume after jury member suffers migraine

HAMILTON – A Hamilton jury weighing the fate of two men accused of killing Tim Bosma has resumed deliberations after a sick juror recovered.

Justice Andrew Goodman says the juror fell ill with a migraine Wednesday morning on the third day of deliberations in the first-degree murder trial for Dellen Millard and Mark Smich.

Goodman concluded his instructions to the 12-member jury in the trial on Monday afternoon.

READ MORE: Tim Bosma’s accused killers also face charges in death of Toronto woman Laura Babcock

Millard, 30, of Toronto, and Smich, 28, of Oakville, Ont., have both pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder charges in Bosma’s death.

WATCH: Jury still deliberating in Tim Bosma murder trial. Mike Drolet reports.

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  • Tim Bosma’s accused murderers killed ‘for the thrill of it’: Crown

    Bosma, 32, disappeared on May 6, 2013 after taking two men for a test drive of a truck he had listed for sale online. His remains were found days later burned beyond recognition.

    READ MORE: Tim Bosma’s accused killer too smart to commit such a dumb crime, says lawyer

    The Crown alleges Millard and Smich planned for more than a year to steal a truck, kill its owner and incinerate the body.

    Smich testified that Millard shot, killed and burned Bosma. Millard did not testify, but his lawyer told court that Smich accidentally shot Bosma on a nearby highway in an attempt to steal his truck.

‘We got burned, hosed’: Yarmouth resident on new ferry

A Yarmouth resident says he’s “angry” about the deal the government signed with Bay Ferries to operate the Yarmouth ferry.

“We got burned, hosed,” Jim Jeffery said.

Bay Ferries and the Americans who negotiated leasing the navy’s ferry to the service “treated us as though we were stupid and desperate and I don’t think we should be either,” Jeffery said Tuesday.

The controversial CAT ferry will set sail to Portland, Maine for its third season Wednesday with a new boat and operator. Bay Ferries is running the service which has faced criticism from a variety of angles since the deal was announced in March.

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Including start-up costs, the ferry is expected to cost taxpayers $23.3 million for the first year.

Jeffery cited the ban of commercial trucks on the ferry and the all American crew as reasons for being upset with the deal.

He says the government also showed it was “desperate” by accepting the deal.

“It’s a done deal”

Yarmouth Mayor Pam Mood defended the ferry and the deal the provincial Liberals signed with Bay Ferries, saying its value for Nova Scotia is “off the charts,” and ferries across Nova Scotia operate with a subsidy.

READ MORE: Yarmouth ferry lease hiccup could result in loss of passenger numbers, revenue

Mood called on the ferry’s detractors to rally behind the ferry because its a “done deal” and has a better chance of success if it’s supported across Nova Scotia. Its hoped the ferry will bring more American tourists to Nova Scotia as part of the government’s goal to double its tourism revenue by 2024.

“I also say… how sad that we can’t get on board and support this,” Mood said.

The Yarmouth ferry is a “game changer” for the economy in Yarmouth she said.

One man arrested in Sooke shooting; police still searching for 2 other suspects

One man has been arrested following a massive manhunt on Vancouver Island after two people were shot in Sooke on Tuesday night.

Police located and seized a grey sedan, which was reported stolen and believed to have been used in the shooting, in Langford on Wednesday. Police arrested one man at the scene and he will be going in front of the Judicial Justice of the Peace on Thursday afternoon.

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Police are still looking for two other suspects involved in the shooting. Investigators are focusing their search for Josh Lafleur, who police say is the suspected shooter and should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees Lafleur should not approach but call 911.

A third suspect in the shooting has been identified but not arrested by police. Names are being withheld until charges are laid.

Sooke Mayor Maja Tait said it was a targeted attack and everyone involved is known to police.

The shooting happened at 9 p.m. near the end of Ella Road in Sooke. The two victims were found by the side of the road. They were rushed to hospital, where they remain.

Reports say the shooter was in the backseat of the car but police have yet to confirm that detail.

Residents in the area are shocked by what happened.

“For Sooke, yes this is a surprise,” said one neighbour. “It’s a very quiet area. I mean, it’s a dead-end street. And we all know the neighbours so this is a bit of a surprise.”

Sooke RCMP are asking the public to be on the look out for this vehicle – if seen please call 911, and do not approach the subjects. Anyone with information on this crime is asked to contact the Sooke RCMP at 250-642-5241 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Fort McMurray residents pack Wood Buffalo council chambers at heated meeting

Area residents packed the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s council chambers for a heated meeting Tuesday evening, as councillors met for the first time in downtown Fort McMurray since a massive wildfire forced them to meet in Edmonton for the past month.

Many residents took the opportunity to address councillors and complain about the wildfire evacuation process as well as recovery efforts.

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    Mayor Melissa Blake said she was confident the rebuilding process would begin within 100 days but no decision had been made on the rebuild of any subdivision. However, a proposed bylaw amendment to temporarily suspend development for the hard-hit communities of Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways, passed first reading and was set to come back for a second reading and debate.

    READ MORE: ‘No decisions have been made’: Mayor Melissa Blake on rebuilding hard-hit Fort McMurray neighbourhoods

    The municipality’s administration had urged council to amend the Land Use Bylaw to allow for a 90-day development moratorium on the three communities which have been deemed unfit for habitation because of the detection of high levels of toxins. The moratorium is aimed at allowing officials to do more research and engage with those areas’ residents to come up with a redevelopment plan.

    Another controversial motion was brought forward which would have restricted Mayor Melissa Blake from meetings held by the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee, a proposed group which would oversee the recovery effort.

    “We don’t often go to these meetings,” Blake said. “It’s not like I’m going to go there to be a problem for these guys and yet they’ve made it a problem for me by saying I can’t attend…so I’m offended by that one and I’m saying I’m here to represent the citizens.

    “The bomb that was dropped on me here tonight is not something I’m about to bend and accept as it is,” Blake added.

    The motion passed first reading and second reading but council said there would be no there would be no third reading Tuesday night because of the heated emotions surrounding the issue.

    Other issues of debate were a proposed bylaw to relax laws on RVs in order to allow people to more easily use them as temporary accommodations and a proposed bylaw that would allow council to continue restricting access to Abasand, Beacon Hill and Waterways.

    The mayor said the public seating gallery was full of residents and was spilling into two separate overflow rooms.

    The meeting ran late and was still ongoing at 11 p.m. MT.

Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air takes on South Pole medical rescue mission

Two Twin Otter planes from Calgary-based Kenn Borek Air are on their way to the South Pole to carry out a medical evacuation.

One will stay at the British station Rothera for search and rescue purposes, while the other will travel on to the Amundsen-Scott Research station at the South Pole.

The planes left Calgary on Tuesday morning and aren’t expected to arrive at their destination until Sunday.

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The National Science Foundation says a seasonal employee with Lockheed Martin at the Amundsen-Scott station requires hospitalization and must be evacuated.

No further personal or medical information is being released in order to preserve the patient’s privacy.

Foundation spokesman Peter West says they don’t normally schedule flights for this time of year because of darkness and the extreme cold, which hovers at around -60 C during the winter months.

He says they’re monitoring the situation closely to see when the weather will co-operate.

“Their equipment, their aircraft, are better suited for the cooler weather than some other options,” says West.

“We’re keeping a careful eye on the weather, I don’t know what the window is that far out.”

It is the third time in 15 years that Kenn Borek Air has carried out similar flights, with the other evacuations occurring in 2001 and 2003.

The company made improvements to its navigation charts for the Antarctic after three Canadians were killed when a Kenn Borek plane crashed into an Antarctic mountainside in January 2013.

The bodies of Bob Heath, 55, of Inuvik, N.W.T., Perry Andersen, 36, of Collingwood, Ont., and Mike Denton, 25, of Calgary remain on Mount Elizabeth, entombed in the wreckage of the plane in which they died.

Transportation Safety Board investigators were unable to pinpoint the cause of the crash.

– With files from CFFR

Deputies: Gator drags toddler into water near Disney resort

UPDATE: June 15 – Authorities are continuing their search for the missing toddler 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Authorities were searching early Wednesday for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney’s upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa.

WATCH: Investigation into boy snatched by alligator remains a ‘search and rescue’

The family of five from Nebraska was on vacation and wading in a lake Tuesday evening when the attack happened, Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told a news conference. The father tried to rescue his son but was unsuccessful, Demings said.

More than 50 law enforcement personnel were searching the Seven Seas Lagoon along with an alligator tracker and two marine units and would continue searching through the night, Demings said.

“We’re going to hope for the best in these circumstances,” Demings said.

The attack happened in an area of the Seven Seas Lagoon where “no swimming” signs were posted, Demings said. The alligator was estimated to be 4 to 7 feet long, but its exact size was not known, Demings said.

Disney spokeswoman Jacquee Wahaler said everyone at the resort was devastated by what happened and Disney is helping the family.

When asked if Disney was aware of alligators on the property, Wahaler advised there were signs that said “no swimming.”

Demings said there had been no other recent reports of similar alligator attacks on the lake.

“We have no record of this happening before,” he said.

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