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Pipeline support strong at East Coast Energy Connection Conference

The kickoff to Saint John’s two-day East Coast Energy Connection Conference served mostly as a support summit for the proposed Energy East Pipeline.

Both New Brunswick Premier Brian Gallant as well as former Manitoba Premier Gary Doer touted the benefits of the controversial pipeline during the event’s kickoff luncheon.

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“Not only will it stimulate the economy in the short term and create many jobs, it will also help us be prosperous in the long term,” Gallant said, adding that he’ll do whatever it takes to make sure the pipeline comes to Saint John.

“It’ll help an industry that’s very important to the Canadian economy and an industry that’s very important to the New Brunswick economy.”

The hydraulic fracturing moratorium that was recently extended in the province was done so due to safety concerns. Gallant and his government doesn’t have the same concerns about the project, though.

READ MORE: Business and energy leaders upset over extension of fracking moratorium

That falls in line with Doer’s stance —; he says during his time in office he approved the method and says science shows it’s the safest way to transport oil.

“I preferred to have oil in a pipeline than on rail, I prefer to have the safety factor that scientists have agreed on,” Doer said.

Pipeline talks are expected to remain at the forefront of the conference on day two, when vocal supporter Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is scheduled for a keynote address.

The proposed Energy East pipeline route.

Courtesy: TransCanada

Surviving the Slump: Travel Alberta without breaking the bank

The repercussions of economic decline can hit home the hardest during the holidays. Christmas, birthdays, and summer vacations all become exponentially more challenging to manage, and rather than being a source of bliss and relaxation, they can actually be a huge source of stress and frustration.

With layoffs across the province and a weak Canadian dollar, making travel plans–especially beyond our borders–may be out of the question for many Albertans this summer.

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This week’s guest on Surviving the Slump, Tamara Elliott, is a Calgary-based travel writer and the founder of Globe Guide. Elliott is a long-time resident of Calgary and came by the station to offer her expertise on how to get the most out of a summer vacation spent in Alberta.

“I think a lot people are just kind of watching the bottom lines,” Elliott said, “and rethinking their grand vacation plans that they usually have and thinking, ‘how can we make our money go a little bit further and perhaps stay in our own backyard this year?’”

Driving just an hour outside the City of Calgary can take you to some stunning locations, where there are seemingly countless options for entertainment, relaxation or adventure.

There are also numerous offers, packages and deals available that can help get you the most out of those places while minimizing the strain on your finances.

For example, this summer the Calgary Zoo and Telus Spark have joined forces to offer a flex pass, giving visitors the chance to purchase passes for both locations at a savings of 40 per cent. General admission passes are available for $34.

Similarly, if you want to travel up to Edmonton, you can get the Edmonton Attractions pass, which also allows you access to multiple attractions like the Valley Zoo or Jurassic Forest, among many others. There are two options with this offer, you can either get an ultimate pass for access to all attractions or choose four with the U-Pick Pass.

The City of Calgary is also offering “unlimited summer fun” for only $50 with their new concept, the Youth Passport. 

Calgary Attractions are offering coupons with discounted rates for tons of great attractions across the city.

Another one is the Experience Alberta’s History Pass which is an affordable way to get an educational experience of some of the historic sites around the province. A family pass goes for $12, adults for $50, seniors for $40, youth for $30, and kids under seven can get in for free. Check out sites like Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump, the Royal Tyrrell Museum or the Brooks Aquaduct.

Dinosaur Provincial Park is offering visitors the chance to create their own unique adventure in the badlands, pick from a number of discounted activities and save up to 15 per cent with Heritage Inn and Suites. Adventure options include the Fossil Safari Tour, Explorer’s Bus Tour or Centrosaurus Quarry Hike. Dino-enthusiasts eat your hearts out!

If you’re up for a quick visit to Calgary’s neighbour to the east, Medicine Hat, there are numerous hotel offers giving guests the chance to save over 50 per cent, with packages that include Fast & Curious, a local culture package, or 18 holes of golf.

For even more budget-wise adventures, check out all of the different options offered on Travel Alberta’s website.

And of course, as our guest adamantly attested to, there are also many ways to enjoy the city or province with little to no expenditures.

“That’s the great thing about our city, is that we don’t need to even travel at all during the summer,” Elliott said. “There’s so much going on.”

There is, of course, the Calgary Stampede, but Elliott touched on some more simple locations around town that merit a summertime visit.

The newly redeveloped East Village, for example, with its riverside art, numerous food and beverage options and plethora of live music events makes it an ideal spot to check out.

“There’s some really great options within the city that you can still have a really nice getaway,” Elliott said, mentioning the Kensington Riverside Inn, the sister hotel to Hotel Arts. It has a stunning location and offers spa packages among numerous other offers.

“It’s a nice way to indulge a little bit while still staying close to home.”

Calgary’s close proximity to the Rocky Mountains allows easy access to incredible natural beauty.

“We’ve got a lot of fantastic campgrounds obviously within an hour or two drive from Calgary or even closer,” Elliott said. “So you really don’t need to break the bank to have a nice weekend away.”

Whether it be Grassi Lakes near Canmore, or a little farther to the gorgeous, turquoise Peyto Lake or northwest of the city to the Sundre area.

“There’s horseback riding adventures, there’s rafting,” Elliott explained. “You could take an easy hike from what’s called the Ya Ha Tinda area and there’s a beautiful waterfall there called Big Horn Falls. Again that’s a really easy hike, it only takes five or ten minutes walking along a creek-side to get to a beautiful big waterfall, so there’s all these sorts of places around the province that people don’t necessarily realize that we have and they’re totally free to go to. You’ve just got to go find them and find the time.”

So while it is true that our economy is a hindrance on many Albertans’ travel plans, by looking into some of these many offers, you can craft unique, personalized, fun trips for yourself or your family, without added financial stress and guilt.

RCMP say Fort McMurray wildfire likely ‘result of human activity,’ investigate if blaze was criminal

Mounties said for the first time Tuesday the Fort McMurray wildfire was “most likely the result of human activity” and is now asking the public for assistance as they investigate what caused the massive blaze.

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    “That doesn’t mean that that’s necessarily arson,” RCMP Insp. Gibson Glavin said Tuesday before adding that if the fire does turn out to have been deliberately set, the RCMP could pursue charges. “If we do find a criminal cause, and if we do identify the person or persons who deliberately caused it, arson is a charge within the Criminal Code of Canada, a very serious charge, particularly if it potentially puts live and property at danger.

    “We’ve been really lucky in this fire – nobody lost their lives or (was) seriously injured directly as a result of the fire – that’s extraordinary,” Glavin said, pointing out things could easily have turned out differently.

    The fire has been burning for over six weeks as of Tuesday and RCMP said a joint investigation with wildfire investigators has ruled out lightning as a probable cause.

    Watch below: Global News’ ongoing coverage of the Fort McMurray wildfire.

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    Raw video: First look at the devastated Abasand neighbourhood of Fort McMurray

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    RCMP are involved in the investigation in order to establish whether or not a criminal offence took place with regard to the start of the fire.

    According to police, the blaze, officially referred to as “MWF-009”, broke out about 15 kilometres southwest of Fort McMurray and was first spotted from the air on May 1 by a forestry crew.

    Police are looking to speak with anyone who was using the Horse River Trail System between April 29 and May 5.

    Glavin said many people may think they have no meaningful information to offer police, but highlighted the importance of calling the RCMP anyway.

    “That would be completely natural, to think, ‘I don’t have anything to offer. I don’t really know what I saw.’ No, you’re exactly who we want to talk to.”

    Ed Rostalski, a veteran fire investigator who worked on the Slave Lake fire and now works for Global Forensics Inc., said whether the investigation reveals the fire was deliberately set or simply the result of human error – like carelessly tossing a cigarette – minute pieces of evidence could be crucial in breaking the case.

    “They’ll be looking for glass, they’ll be looking for debris…they may even find something as simple as a cigarette,” he said. “When you’re putting a puzzle together, the smallest little piece of information could be the key to everything.”

    Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP’s wildfire investigation phone line at 1-844-620-9826 or to submit an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

    Earlier this month, the province completed the voluntary, phased re-entry into Fort McMurray after the fire forced over 80,000 people from their homes last month.

    READ MORE: Air quality advisory lifted for Fort McMurray following wildfire

    On Tuesday, Alberta Health Services lifted an air quality advisory for the community.

    On Monday, the province announced the fire is being held for the first time since it became out of control in early May.

    READ MORE: Fort McMurray wildfire classified as ‘being held’

    The fire destroyed roughly 2,400 buildings and scorched nearly 590,000 hectares of land.

‘Highly offensive:’ Republicans distance selves from Donald Trump on Orlando shooting

WASHINGTON – Dismayed Republicans scrambled for cover Tuesday from Donald Trump’s inflammatory response to the Orlando massacre, while President Barack Obama and Democrat Hillary Clinton delivered fiery denunciations that underscored the potential peril for the GOP.

Republican hopes are fading for a new, “more presidential” Trump as the party’s divisions around him grow ever more acute.

Clinton, campaigning in Pittsburgh, said, “We don’t need conspiracy theories and pathological self-congratulations. We need leadership and concrete plans because we are facing a brutal enemy.”

WATCH: Donald Trump says Hillary Clinton can ‘no longer claim to be a friend to the gay community’

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In Washington, Obama said of Muslim-Americans: “Are we going to start subjecting them to special surveillance? Are we going to discriminate against them because of their faith?” After meeting with counterterrorism officials, a stern-faced Obama said: “We heard these suggestions during the course of this campaign. Do Republican officials actually agree with this? Because that’s not the America we want.”

Several of Trump’s fellow Republicans clearly did not agree with him. They were nearly as unsparing as the Democrats in their criticism of his boundary-pushing response Monday to the killing of 49 patrons at a gay club in Orlando, Florida, by an American-born Muslim who pledged loyalty to the Islamic State group.

READ MORE: Some on terrorist watch list can legally purchase guns in United States

Among other things, Trump suggested moderate Muslims and perhaps even Obama himself might sympathize with radical elements and expanded his call for a temporary ban on Muslim immigration to the U.S.

“Mr. Trump seems to be suggesting that the president is one of them, I find that highly offensive, I find that whole line of reasoning way off-base,” said Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “Mr. Trump’s reaction to declare war on the faith is the worst possible solution.”

WATCH: Donald Trumps speaks out about Orlando shooting

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois said Trump’s comments could be used to radicalize uneducated Muslims.

“I guess I appreciate Mr. Trump’s fieriness in talking about it, and strength, but you don’t do it by alienating the very people we need and those are moderate Muslims,” said Kinzinger. “To use religion as a test, to say we’re going to discriminate against all Muslims, is so counterproductive it really almost doesn’t deserve being talked about.”

Trump responded to Obama’s criticism in a statement saying: “President Obama claims to know our enemy, and yet he continues to prioritize our enemy over our allies, and for that matter, the American people. When I am president, it will always be America First.”

WATCH: Trump angers Democrats, GOP over ‘racist’ comments about judge

House Republicans said they would meet with Trump on July 7.

The lawmakers’ reactions underscored an atmosphere of anxiety and unease among Republicans on Capitol Hill, who hoped to see Trump moderate his impulses in the weeks since clinching the nomination. The presidency and control of Congress are at stake in November.

READ MORE: ‘Blood was everywhere’: Orlando shooting survivors recall scenes of terror

Instead the opposite has occurred as the billionaire businessman has stoked one controversy after another and shows no sign of slowing down.

One senior Senate Republican, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, went so far as to suggest Trump might not end up as the party’s nominee after all.

“We do not have a nominee until after the convention,” Alexander asserted in response to a question. Reminded that Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee, Alexander retorted: “That’s what you say.”

Other congressional Republicans claimed, improbably, not to have heard what Trump said. “I just don’t know what he was talking about, I frankly don’t know what you’re talking about. I hadn’t heard it,” said Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, in response to a question about Trump’s suggestions about Obama.

As he has in the past, House Speaker Paul Ryan denounced Trump’s call for an immigration ban for Muslims, saying: “I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest. I do not think it is reflective of our principles not just as a party, but as a country. And I think the smarter way to go in all respects is to have a security test and not a religious test.”

Ryan, who endorsed Trump only recently after a lengthy delay as he grappled with the implications of the celebrity businessman’s candidacy, ignored shouted questions about whether he stood by his support. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he would not be commenting Tuesday about Trump.

READ MORE: Orlando shooting: Gay MPs shocked, saddened and ‘shattered’ by massacre

“I continue to be discouraged by the direction of the campaign and comments that are made,” said Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, Republican chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee. Monday’s Trump address was not “the type of speech that one would give that wants to lead this country through difficult times.”

For many Republicans the prospect of continually facing questions about Trump was plainly wearing thin.

“I’m just not going to comment on more of his statements. It’s going to be five months of it,” said Sen. John Barrasso of Wyoming.

Said Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina: “What Trump does or says, every time he says something doesn’t mean I have to have an answer for it.”

Orlando shooting: Pulse owner says club will honour lives lost in massacre

The Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla, the site of the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, was named in honour of owner Barbara Poma’s late brother — and she’s vowing the club will “continue to be the heartbeat of Orlando.”

Poma, along with business partner Ron Legler, established Pulse in 2004 as a way of mourning her brother John, who died from AIDS-related illness in 1991.

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    She came up with the name Pulse as a nod to “John’s heartbeat” — to have a place where he could be “kept alive in the eyes of his friends and family.”

    READ MORE: ‘Blood was everywhere’: Orlando shooting survivors recall scenes of terror

    She wanted it to be a “safe, fun place to come and be who you are.” And it was, until early Sunday morning when gunman Omar Mateen opened fire inside Pulse just before the club was set to close.

    Speaking to NBC News in an interview that aired Tuesday morning, she said the club’s name will now honour the heartbeats of the 49 victims of Sunday’s massacre.

    Poma recounted how she screamed in disbelief when she learned of the attack and was overwhelmed as the death toll kept rising — one of her employees was among the dead.

    Security guard Kimberly “KJ” Morris, 37, had only recently started working at Pulse. The Orlando Sentinel reported she moved to Orlando from Hawaii to be closer to her mother and grandmother.

    “She was really good. She was a good fit for our family,” Poma told NBC‘s Matt Lauer.

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    Poma described the staff and customers at Pulse as “family.”

    “It’s not to just honour my brother anymore. It is to honour all the families affected. It is to honour the true spirit of Orlando,” Poma told NBC News.

    She said the club will be rebuilt and will be a part of the collective healing process the city and its LGBTQ community have ahead of them.

    “We weren’t just a place to work. You know, we worked together toward one certain goal, a certain mission, and we have to do it together, and now we mourn together,” Poma said.

    According to her story on the Pulse website, Poma’s older brother introduced her to the gay scene — which was still very much secretive and underground — when she was a teenager growing up in Fort Lauderdale.

    READ MORE: Why LGBTQ pride and gay bars still matter

    “To Barbara, John wasn’t gay. John was simply her loving brother that did her makeup, put highlights in her hair, and taught her EVERYTHING she need to know about fashion,” the story on the website reads.

    Their family accepted John when he came out, something that “allowed Barbara to create unforgettable (and sometimes blurry) moments with her older brother.”

    Poma said she has to return to Pulse and carry on with the club’s mission — to continue to be there for the community, the victims of the shooting and their families.

    “We just welcome those families into our family and we just have to move forward and keep their [the victims’] hearts beating.”

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Some on terrorist watch list can legally purchase guns in United States

WASHINGTON – Omar Mateen, investigated twice by the FBI, was on the government’s terrorist watch list for 10 months before being removed. Yet even had he remained on that listing, it wouldn’t have stopped him from buying the firearms he used in Sunday’s Orlando shooting rampage.

Senate Democrats are hoping to use that little-known fact and the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history to pressure Republicans to take what could be a politically painful election-year vote to curb gun sales.

The FBI investigations, in 2013 and 2014, closed with no charges against Mateen, 29. Yet the day after the American-born Muslim killed 49 people and wounded more than 50 others in a gay nightclub, President Barack Obama and FBI director James Comey said he was probably inspired by foreign terrorist groups. Mateen died in a gunfight with a SWAT team.

WATCH: Moment of silence for Orlando victims turns controversial after some lawmakers walk out

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A look at the intersection between the terrorist list, guns and the Orlando bloodbath:

Q: What is the terrorist watch list?

A: The FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, created in 2003 following the 9-11 attacks on the U.S., maintains the terrorist watch list, a database of people known or suspected of being involved in terrorist activities. Federal agencies used to keep nearly a dozen separate listings but shared them only occasionally.

READ MORE: ‘Blood was everywhere’: Orlando shooting survivors recall scenes of terror

The list has around 420,000 people on it, according to FBI figures from 2011, with records updated daily and shared with state, local and foreign agencies. Some 16,000 of its names comprised the government’s no-fly list in 2011, the FBI says.

Q: That’s a lot of people.

A: It is. But the FBI notes that only about 2 per cent of them are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents allowed to buy guns. The rest are foreigners, many of whom are not permitted to purchase firearms here.

WATCH: Obama on Orlando

President Obama slams those demanding he use the phrase ‘radical Islam’ to describe Orlando shooter

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President Obama slams those demanding he use the phrase ‘radical Islam’ to describe Orlando shooter

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President Obama calls for a reinstatement of the assault weapon ban following Orlando shooting

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No evidence to suggest terrorist group planned Orlando shooting: President Obama



Q: Why can people on the terrorist watch list buy guns?

A: That’s the law. Being on a terrorist watch list is not “in and of itself a disqualifying factor” for people purchasing firearms and explosives, according to a 2013 report by the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service.

People purchasing guns from federally licensed firearms dealers must undergo background checks, and they can be denied if they fall into any of 10 categories. These include convicted felons or drug abusers, people found by courts to have certain mental problems and immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

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The FBI is notified when someone on a list applies to purchase a gun, often resulting in increased surveillance of a suspect. But being a suspected or known terrorist is not one such category.

People don’t need background checks to buy guns from unlicensed sellers, such as from some who offer firearms at gun shows or online. It’s unclear exactly how many guns are sold that way.

The FBI also conducts background checks on people applying for licenses to ship or receive explosives.

WATCH: Obama vs. Trump

President Obama tears into Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigraton

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President Obama tears into Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigraton

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Donald Trumps speaks out about Orlando shooting



Q: Are there many sales to people on the terrorist watch list?

A: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chief sponsor of legislation that Democrats are pushing following Orlando, got numbers in March from the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, Congress’ investigative arm.

GAO said from February 2004, when the background check system began monitoring the terror watch list, through 2015, 2,477 names of would-be gun and explosives buyers were on the watch list. Nearly all were for gun purchases.

READ MORE: Orlando shooter frequented gay nightclub before killing spree

Of those, 91 per cent, or 2,265, of the transactions were permitted.

For comparison, the FBI and states conducted more than 23 million background checks last year for gun purchases, the most ever.

WATCH: ‘I’m next, I’m dead’: Orlando nightclub survivor describes attacker shooting him

Q: What would Feinstein’s bill do?

A: It would let the attorney general deny firearms and explosives to people known or suspected of being involved in terrorist activities. It’s not necessarily based on the government’s terrorist list.

The Senate rejected it last December by a near party-line vote, and barring an unexpected compromise the same fate likely awaits it.

Last year’s vote occurred a day after an extremist couple killed 14 people in San Bernardino, Calif. Nearly all Republicans opposed Feinstein’s proposal, saying owning guns is a constitutional right and noting that some people have been erroneously suspected as terrorists.

That same day, senators derailed a proposal by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, that was opposed by most Democrats and would have let the government delay firearms sales to suspected terrorists for up to 72 hours. The transaction could be halted permanently if officials could persuade a judge to do so.

Democrats said clever lawyers could easily delay court action for 72 hours, rendering the proposal toothless.

Democrats say they intend to try forcing a vote on the Feinstein measure again soon. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said Republicans would find opposition difficult “in a political season” as presidential and congressional elections approach.

WATCH: Democrats shout down House Speaker Paul Ryan after Orlando nightclub shooting

WASHINGTON —;  After a mass shooting in Orlando, Democratic lawmakers erupted on the House floor with loud criticism of House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republican leaders for leaving the nation’s gun laws untouched. Some protested by leaving the House chamber during a moment of silence honouring the victims.

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Democrats yelled “Where’s the bill?” and “No leadership!” Monday evening after Ryan held a moment of silence for 49 people killed at an Orlando nightclub early Sunday.

The disruption came after South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn, the No. 3 Democrat in the House, attempted to ask Ryan on the floor when bills curbing gun use would be considered. Before Clyburn could finish, Ryan ruled his question out of order and directed the House to move to the next vote.

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A handful of Democrats left the House floor during the moment of silence, including Connecticut Rep. Jim Himes. Himes said earlier Monday in an interview that he’s done with the moments typically held on the House floor after mass shootings, calling them “obnoxious expressions of smug incompetence” and the perfect metaphor for congressional inaction on guns.

Himes’ Connecticut district is close to Newtown, where a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults at an elementary school in 2012.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi stayed for the moment of silence and said she supported it. But after the disruption, she told reporters that Democrats have “had enough” of the ritual after mass shootings when Congress does not act on bills that could keep guns out of the hands of criminals.

“The moment of silence is an act of respect, and we supported that, but it is not a license to do nothing,” she said.

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Leaving the House chamber, Ryan, R-Wis., declined to comment on the exchange. Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong tweeted that Democrats were politicizing the moment of silence, and called that “disheartening.”

Himes is not the first Democrat to protest the ritual. When a moment was held to honor victims of a deadly shooting rampage in San Bernardino, California, in December, several Democrats criticized it.

“We need to stand up, speak up, and take actions rather than another moment of silence,” said Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., in a House floor speech at the time. “It is deafening, and it is killing us.”

Alberta government invests in Leduc facility to help agriculture industry

The Alberta government is investing $10 million to expand its food-processing and business-development facility.

The government said the investment will be used to increase the capacity at Agriculture and Forestry’s Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator and Food Processing Development Centre in Leduc by adding 2,350 square metres of business incubation and development space.

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    “Our agri-food entrepreneurs employ tens of thousands of Alberta workers and every year the Food Processing Development Centre helps as many as 100 new and existing businesses grow and succeed,” Minister of Economic Development and Trade Deron Bilous said.

    “Expanding this facility means more jobs and a more diversified economy that builds on our strengths. This is the Alberta Jobs Plan in action.”

    The facility provides equipment and services to help companies develop their products, test their business plans and grow their business.

    “The food-processing centre in Leduc has supported our company in its development and helped create the climate for our success,” Siwin Foods president Qiang Lin said.

    “We have now built a new 3,250 square metre facility in Edmonton, employ 47 people and ship our Alberta-grown and made products across Canada and recently listed with a major retailer in Japan.”

    According to the Alberta government, the province’s food and beverage industries employ about 25,500 people with sales of more than $13 billion, making it Alberta’s second-largest manufacturing sector.

‘Big Brother 18’: Meet 12 contestants about to enter the house

It’s summertime, and that means a whole new batch of houseguests will be entering the Big Brother house.

The hit reality series will return for a two-night, three-hour premiere with host Julie Chen back for yet another season.

Following the premiere, Big Brother will air all summer on Sunday nights at 8 p.m., Wednesday nights at 8 p.m., and Thursday nights at 9 p.m.

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There are 16 houseguests expected to participate this season for the $500,000 prize, but so far, CBS has only revealed 12 of them. There are rumours that returning players (who you’ve seen in previous seasons) will be entering the house once the season has already started.

Siblings seem to be the order of the day for Season 18, with Paul Calafiore, the brother of Season 16 runner-up Cody Calafiore, and Tiffany Rousso, the younger sister of last season’s third-place finisher, professional poker player Vanessa Rousso.

You can take a closer look at the announced contestants below.

Tiffany Rousso
Age: 32
Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL
Occupation: High school teacher
Favourite Activities: Playing basketball, wake boarding, paddle boarding, singing and playing guitar.

Paul Calafiore
Age: 27
Hometown: Howell, N.J.
Occupation: DJ
Favourite Activities: A comfort zone is a wonderful place, but nothing ever grows there.

Glenn Garcia
Age: 50
Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Occupation: Dog groomer/former police detective
Three adjectives that describe you: Small, big and great.

Zakiyah Everette
Age: 24
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Occupation: Pre-school teacher
Favourite Activities: Dancing, modeling, cooking, eating, any form of designing or creating.

Natalie Negrotti
Age: 26
Hometown: Caracas, Venezuela
Occupation: Event co-ordinator
Most difficult part about living in the Big Brother house: Living with men because I have never lived with a man in my house, not even my own father!

Michelle Meyer
Age: 23
Hometown: Washington Township, Mich.
Occupation: Nutritionist
Favourite activities: Cooking, reading, going on Reddit, watching live feeds, researching nutrition related topics, photography, working out and selling stuff on eBay.

Victor Arroyo
Age: 25
Hometown: Slidell, Louisiana
Occupation: Gym manager
My life’s motto is: Get my money, develop my body and get women.

Paul Abrahamian
Age: 23
Hometown: Tarzana, California
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Caregiver allegedly stealing almost $270K from victim is ‘form of elder abuse’: RCMP

A 49-year-old caregiver is facing criminal charges after she allegedly stole close to $270,000 from an elderly Coquitlam couple under her care.

Police said the alleged theft occurred over a one-year span and an investigation was launched in April 2016 by the Coquitlam RCMP Economic Crime Unit after the 91-year-old victim realized money was missing from her account.

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With the help of the bank, police were able to watch surveillance images of local automated bank machines and, with help from the victim, identified the suspect as Antonette Dizon. Dizon worked as a long-time caregiver for the couple at Home Care Assistance.

On May 30, the Economic Crime Unit searched Dizon’s Burnaby home and gathered evidence to support a charge of fraud over $5,000.

“This was a person in a position of trust who saw an opportunity to benefit financially and took full advantage of the very people she was hired to care for,” said Coquitlam RCMP Cst. Jamie Phillipson.

“This is a form of elder abuse, plain and simple.”

According to Carolina Orosa, who is the manager of Home Care Assistance, Dizon was terminated in October 2015 for being “unreliable”. Orosa said she believes Dizon continued to have contact with the client after she was terminated from Home Care Assistance.

Orosa also said their facility has “never had any incidence of theft in our 6 years of operation and we have very stringent measures in place with respect to hiring our caregivers —; background checks, personality screening tests and reference checks.”

“I am completely shocked by the magnitude of theft committed and am extremely saddened that this happened. We will continue to support the family and the investigation in any way that we can.”

Mounties said Dizon was arrested and released on court ordered conditions, including restricted access to any elderly care home facility. She is scheduled to appear in the Port Coquitlam Provincial Court House on June 27.

For more information on preventing elder abuse, head to the RCMP’s website.