Why is skating banned on Grenadier Pond?

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There are yellow signs all around Grenadier Pond in High Park.  Some say “Danger.  Ice unsafe.  Keep off.”

Even though these signs warn of the risk – many still venture out onto the ice.

“Beautiful.  It’s beautiful,” said Adrian Gonzalez, who was out for his first skate on the pond.  When asked if he worried about his safety he said, “yes, but it’s worth it.”

He’s not alone.  People have skated past the warning signs for years.

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However, according to city officials, Toronto’s Parks Municipal Code – 608 and the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Activities on Frozen Open Bodies of Water Policy, prohibit skating and other recreation activities on frozen open bodies of water in city parks, including Grenadier Pond.

Here is the by-law, according to the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 608, Parks:

608-21. Skating.

A. On a natural ice surface posted and designated for skating, or an artificial ice surface located in a park, no person shall:

(1) Use speed skates unless authorized by permit or in a posted area in accordance with posted conditions;

(2) Skate or act in a manner as to interfere with or endanger any other person using the surface;

(3) Use a stick of any kind except in accordance with posted conditions; or

(4) Disregard the instructions or information provided by designated ice patrollers, rink guards or supervisors.

B. No person shall access or skate on a natural ice surface in a park where it is posted to prohibit it.

The fine for violating the by-law and accessing or skating on a natural ice surface where prohibited in a park is $125.

According to city officials, before amalgamation, the former Metropolitan Toronto had an ice monitoring service and a portion of Grenadier Pond was maintained as part of a Natural Ice Rink Program.

In an email, Donna Kovachis, Manager Parks – Etobicoke York District explained, “Skating on Grenadier Pond was discontinued in approximately 2001 for many reasons including staffing requirements to meet required standards to monitor and maintain ice thickness for safety are cost prohibitive, fluctuation in temperatures contribute to inconsistent formation of ice on open water, use of road salt makes its way into water systems increasing ice instability, storm water sewers drain into Grenadier pond and the average temperature in Toronto does not normally allow for extended periods of -15 degrees Celsius or colder which is the optimal weather condition for ice freezing.”

City officials add, there are still many places to skate in Toronto, including artificial outdoor ice rinks, natural ice rinks (on parks land) and indoor arenas.

Here are some ways to find somewhere to skate in the city of Toronto:

Residents can call 311 for the nearest location in their communityCheck their local FUN GuideCheck the city’s website at 广州蒲友苏州美甲美睫培训toronto苏州美甲美睫培训/skate

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More oilpatch cuts as Cenovus slashes budget

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CALGARY – Oilsands giant Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) is bracing for a prolonged stretch of low oil prices, announcing Wednesday it’s taking $700 million out of its 2015 budget, released just a month and a half ago.

The Calgary-based company said its budget for this year now sits at between $1.8 billion and $2 billion. In mid-December, Cenovus figured it would spend between $2.5 and $2.7 billion, which was already 15 per cent lower than 2014 levels.

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    “I believe crude oil prices will rebound, but the timing is uncertain. We’re taking the actions we deem prudent to help protect the financial resilience of Cenovus without compromising our future,” said CEO Brian Ferguson in a release.

    U.S. benchmark crude for March delivery was at around US$44 a barrel on Wednesday. Cenovus is assuming a US$50.50 price for 2015.

    When Cenovus released its initial 2015 budget, crude prices were at US$60 and the company was expecting US$77 West Texas Intermediate crude for 2015. Last summer, crude was well above US$100.

    Bearing the brunt of the budget cuts are the bulk of Cenovus’ conventional drilling program in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan and longer-term oilsands projects. Its core Christina Lake and Foster Creek oilsands projects in northeastern Alberta will continue to be funded.

    Cenovus expects its total crude production to be between 195,000 and 212,000 barrels a day, slightly lower than the range it predicted back in December.

    The company plans to shuffle its employees within the company to better align with its spending plans. Its contract workforce will be reduced, but it didn’t say by how much.

    Ferguson said there could be some silver lining in the downturn.

    “As a result of the dramatic slowdown across the energy sector, we expect to see continued reductions in demand for labour, service and materials. This should create potential opportunities for us to drive improvements in our cost structure.”

    Cenovus shares were off by about three per cent at $28.90 on the Toronto Stock Exchange around mid-day Wednesday.

    “Cenovus is one of the growth entities in the oilsands space, so to push out growth further in time will weigh on the stock,” CIBC World Markets analyst Arthur Grayfer wrote in a note to clients.

    The firm has been mulling options for its royalty land holdings in Alberta. Grayfer sees Cenovus selling them rather than spinning them out into a new publicly traded entity, much how Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) created PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. (TSX:PSK) last year. He said the land is likely worth around $900 million.

    Cenovus is not the first major oilsands player to rewrite its 2015 budget in the face of lower crude prices. Earlier this month, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) reduced its 2015 budget by $2.4 billion. Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) has reduced its workforce by 1,000 and its budget by $1 billion.

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A new normal at the supermarket: fewer deals, higher prices

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Promo prices on leftover clementines from Christmas and discounted apples stored since the fall. Those are about the best offers shoppers have seen on fruits and vegetables in recent weeks as grocers grapple with a crashing exchange rate that’s sending produce prices sharply higher.

The deals on clementines and apples were what Metro Inc. had on offer at its Food Basics stores in Ontario. No Frills, owned by Loblaw, elected to offer no promotions on fruits and veggies during that same week.

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“The biggest issue facing Canadian grocers is the crashing exchange rate,” Perry Caicco, a retail stock analyst at CIBC World Markets said in a new research note on Wednesday.

The loonie was down by another half a percent against the U.S. dollar Wednesday morning, trading just above 80 cents U.S.

And with lower oil prices dimming the outlook for the domestic economy, experts suggested this week the Canadian dollar will fall to as low as 75 cents by early next year.

MORE: Canadian dollar expected to slip to fresh low of 75 cents, TD says

For grocers— and by extension their customers— that’s a problem. “A lower year-over-year exchange rate boosts costs dramatically, some quickly, some slowly,” Caicco said.

Canadian supermarkets like Metro, Loblaw, Sobeys and Safeway import about 80 per cent of their fruits and vegetables and 60 per cent of consumer packaged goods. And the vast majority of those products are priced in U.S. dollars.

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The loonie’s dramatic plunge of late is already broadly fanning prices higher across multiple grocery aisles. Metro, the third largest supermarket operator in the country, said this week food inflation rose 3.0 between mid-September and mid-December, its highest showing in several quarters.

The loonie has shed another five cents through January, and the downbeat outlook for the dollar is sending experts scrambling to adjust forecasts for what that means for food prices this year. Researchers at the University of Guelph will release a revised outlook for retail food prices in the coming days, an update to its initial forecast published only in December.

The researchers had been calling for food prices to rise generally by two per cent (and change) this year, with meat and produce costs rising faster by about 5 per cent.

“Increases will now likely exceed 5 per cent for several products,” Sylvain Charlebois, a professor at Guelph and food industry expert said.

MORE: Here’s what’s in store for supermarket prices next year

Grocers are expected to import more than $40 billion (U.S.) worth of food in 2015, Charlebois said. “Among the myriad food products are nuts, coffee, fish, and some speciality meats and alcohol beverages. Most importantly, due to a weaker dollar, edible vegetables, fruits and nuts are likely to see significant price increases.”

More to come

So far grocers have been able to mask price increases with tactics like deep discounts on older produce. They’ve also been absorbing some of the hit themselves – careful not to ramp prices too high too quickly.

“In the first quarter [mid-September to December] consumers did not see a huge impact or increase in inflation in produce,” Eric La Flèche, the head of Metro said Tuesday.

But prices will creep ever higher in the weeks and months to come, especially now that Target is vacating its stores, a retreat that’s weakening the competitive pressures on prices.

Among the big grocery chains, “there is more and more appetite for raising prices,” CIBC analysts said Wednesday. “I.e. a lack of competition.”

While fruits and vegetables and meat are feeling the most heat, packaged foods and other “centre of the store” products, like cereal, crackers, cookies and the like will start to edge up too.

CIBC said manufacturers of brand name and store-brand products will need to raise the prices of what they charge grocers by between two and four percent to make up for the shortfall created by the falling loonie.

“Inflation will soon move to the centre of the store,” CIBC’s Caicco said.

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Ontario announces new rules restricting pesticides linked to bee deaths

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WATCH: 16×9’s investigation “Season of Change”

Ontario’s farmers will have to reduce their use of a widespread pesticide, linked to bee deaths, by 80 per cent in the next two years, according to new final rules issued today by Ontario’s Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.

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The class of pesticides known as neonicotinoids are widely used in agriculture. Close to 100 per cent of corn seed and 60 per cent of soybean seed sowed in Ontario, a total area of almost four million acres in the province, are treated with neonics.

But these pesticides are also widely suspected of contributing to bee losses as high as 58 per cent in Ontario in the winter of 2014.

READ MORE: Senate Committee asks feds not to delay results of pesticide re-evaluation

The new rules will allow farmers to keep using neonics if they can “demonstrate continued need for their use.” Farmers will have to undergo training on pesticide use, and get special soil assessments that confirm a pest problem before they are allowed to use the product.

Ontario is the first large jurisdiction in North America to implement this partial ban, which is spearheaded by Ontario’s Minister of the Environment, Glen Murray.

Right now neonics “are used almost like an insurance policy,” Murray says. “It’s being used on all corn seeds and most soy seeds whether or not the pests are there. So the very minimum now, in the first year, the pests are going to have to be there in (sufficient) numbers…to support some use of (neonics) and over time that will be further reduced to safer levels.”

READ MORE: Proposed ban of suspected bee killer sets off massive fight in rural Ontario

CropLife, the lobby group representing the pesticide industry, has fought hard against a partial ban, it also declined an on-camera interview with Global News. In a recent blog post, Ted Menzies, the President of CropLife Canada accused the government of “ignoring the science and dismissing input from those in the agricultural value chain,” such as farmers.

In 16×9’s last investigation into neonics, CropLife said farmers may face significant loss if the partial ban comes into effect. “So the problem is that you may get farmers where… there will be very little impact. But you may get other farmers where their losses will be quite significant,” says Pierre Petelle, a vice president of CropLife.

An internal federal government draft report, obtained exclusively by Global News’ 16×9 last month, showed that banning neonics would have a minimal effect on corn and soybean yields overall. The Pest Management Regulatory Agency, the department that regulates pesticides estimated that a ban on neonics could mean up to a $91.3 million net loss in revenue for farmers, out of a total $4.69 billion, or 1.9 per cent.

READ MORE: Banning neonics will have smaller impact on agriculture than industry estimates: leaked draft report

“We are concerned that farmers won’t have access to the tools they need to control pests because these regulations may handicap them,” says Mark Brock, Chariman of the Grain Farmers of Ontario, a farmers group that allied itself with Croplife to fight the new rules. Brock also said that his group is still reviewing the new regulations.

In contrast to the opposition from the pesticide lobby and some grain farmers, The Ontario Beekeepers Association likes the new rules. “This is something beekeepers have been hopeful for, for a very long time, for responsible use regulation on a pesticide that is used prophylactically on all these fields,” Tibor Szabo, the Association’s President says.

“The bee yards that are near corn and soy fields are at risk of being exposed, it’s highly, highly toxic so it’s a big issue,” Szabo says.

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A look at the EPS Hate Crime Unit that Const. Daniel Woodall worked for

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WATCH: Police said a group of officers were shot at from inside a Callingwood-area home, when they came to arrest a suspect for criminal harassment. Const. Daniel Woodall, 35, of the hate crimes unit, was killed.

The man suspected of killing Edmonton Police Service Const. Daniel Woodall was the subject of an investigation by the force’s Hate Crimes Unit.

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    Woodall, 35, was fatally shot while trying to arrest 42-year-old Norman Raddatz at a home in the West Edmonton neighbourhood of Callingwood Monday night.

    READ MORE: Who was fallen Edmonton police officer Const. Daniel Woodall?

    Edmonton police chief Rod Knecht said Tuesday morning that Raddatz had been the focus of an investigation that dates back to February 2014.

    “The online hatred and bullying of an Edmonton family had already become extreme and the family members were increasingly worried about their personal safety, at which time the Edmonton police service became involved.”

    Knecht did not go into further details about how or why Raddatz was allegedly cyberbullying the family.

    WATCH: Edmonton Police remember Const. Woodall as a ‘keen investigator’, devoted husband and father

    The Edmonton Police Service Hate and Bias Crime Unit was established in 2003 to advocate for “human rights, safety, security and inclusiveness for all identifiable communities in Edmonton.”

    EPS describes hate and bias crime as “an offence committed against a person or property, which is motivated, in whole or in part, by the suspect’s hate, bias or prejudice towards an identifiable group based on, real or perceived, race, national or ethnic origin, language, colour, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, sexual orientation or any other similar factor.”

    The Hate Crime Unit works with liaison committees for the LGBTQ, Indo-Canadian, Jewish and African communities, among others, as well as puts out brochures in multiple languages — French, Chinese, Somali, Punjabi, Persian and Urdu.

    READ MORE: Hate Crime Unit investigating after ‘Leave Canada’ spray-painted on Edmonton Sikh temple

    Hate crimes in Edmonton last year were at their lowest level in six years, with just 32 hate crimes on record, the Edmonton Journal reported in March — in an article that featured an interview with Woodall.

    In the EPS statistics provided to the Edmonton Journal, 15 of the recorded hate crimes were related to race or ethnicity, 10 involved religion and seven were related to sexual orientation.

    The number of hate crimes across Canada have also dropped in recent years, according to the latest report from Statistics Canada.

    Police departments reported 1,167 hate crimes in 2013, a 17 per cent drop from the year before, the agency reported Tuesday.

    READ MORE: Edmonton mayor expresses grief felt across the country

    The Hate Crime Unit breaks down the difference between hate crimes and hate incidents — incidents motivated by hatred or bias but not “criminal in nature.”

    According to the unit, a hate crime can be any of the following.

    Violence or threats of violenceActs of mischief of vandalismDistribution of hate literature or hate mailThreatening phone callsDestruction of religious property or symbols

    The unit describes a hate incident as:

    Intimidation against identifiable groups or individualsDistribution of prejudicial mateiralUse of racial slurs against individuals

    EPS points out it’s still important to report hate incidents to authorities, saying the “impact on the individual or community is similar” to that of a hate crime — even if the acts aren’t classified as a hate crime.

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Is there hope for shampoo-wielding 6-year-old from Walmart brawl?

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WATCH ABOVE: A mother asks her son to punch another woman during a fight inside a Walmart. WARNING: Video contains graphic violence. Viewer discretion is advised.

TORONTO — Like mother, like son. That’s what some of the millions are saying who’ve watched a video of a mother and her young son fight a Walmart shopper in the U.S. (the shopper miraculously regains her mobility during the brawl, but that’s a whole other story).

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    “Johnny, punch her in the [expletive] face!” instructed the mother of the boy, who according to WGN-TV is six years old.

    The youngster wasted no time punching and hitting with what appears to be shampoo bottles. He even antagonized the other woman, yelling: “I don’t care about you, dummy! Ya, do something about it. What are you gonna do?” When an observer from the crowd tried to stop him, Johnny wasn’t having it.

    “You can’t tell me to stop,” he declared, before marching over to the onlookers, whom he told: “Do not even tell me what to do.”

    Experts we spoke to say the viral incident is a classic case of what’s known in psychology as modelling.

    “That behaviour was surely learned from the mother,” speculated University of Toronto psychology professor Joan Grusec, who has studied the role parents play in how their children develop socially and emotionally.

    “Children at different ages of their development are much more vulnerable to learning through social modelling,” added fellow U of T psych professor Gary Walters.

    Johnny, he explained, is around the crucial age when the child’s brain hasn’t yet fully developed its executive functions. So the child largely learns through observing those around him.

    “There isn’t a lot of ‘gee, I wonder if this is right?’ That clicks in a lot later.”

    But modeling isn’t limited to younger children, he cautioned. There’s research that suggests aggression can be modelled from playing violent video games or even watching pornography.

    When it comes to social modelling, i.e. learning from watching those around you, some people can be much more affected by what they see than others, and in entirely different ways.

    “Seeing your mother beaten up by your [father], you react as either the aggressor when you have your own conflicts or you may withdraw completely and move into depression.”

    Even if there’s no physical violence, seeing parents arguing a lot can be harmful to a child. Grusec cited research that claims “children are better off with parents who are separated or divorced when there’s a lot of conflict in the home.”

    So is there hope for little Johnny? Both Grusec and Walters think so, but admit that a change of environment might be required.

    According to WXIN, Beech Grove Police are looking into how the boy is being raised and whether the Department of Child Services needs to get involved.

    In the end, given the right conditions, modelling might work in the boy’s favour. Since, as Walters mentioned, as much as bad habits can be picked up from modelling, empathy can also be learned the same way.

    WATCH: Did you know “empathy” video games exist?

    Harvard psychologist Richard Weissbourd, of the Making Caring Common project, has come up with ways you can help your kids to be kind. See some of his tips for how to raise caring and respectful children in the video below.

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Federal, provincial ministers meet to discuss interprovincial trade barriers

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TORONTO – Canada’s industry minister says the provinces and territories are more keen than they’ve ever been to ensure Canada is as open for business interprovincially as it is to the United States and Europe.

“To have less economic freedom within Canada than we consent to and have agreed to with the rest of the world is completely backwards,” James Moore said following a meeting with provincial and territorial trade ministers.

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    The current provincial consensus on eliminating domestic trade barriers is a “very good moment” that follows years of sovereigntist governments in Quebec, overlapping provincial and federal elections and an array of disputes among the provinces and territories, he said.

    “This is really historic.”

    The trade ministers, meeting for the first time in four years to talk about renewing the 20-year-old Agreement on Internal Trade, said discussions to create a new deal are about halfway finished and there is a substantial amount of agreement between them.

    Brad Duguid, Ontario’s economic development minister, said he and his counterparts are well on their way to reaching an agreement by March, and they’ll meet at least once more before that.

    The ministers also heard from members of the business community on Tuesday, who told them there are myriad regulations across the provinces that get in the way of commerce, Duguid said.

    READ MORE: Wall, western premiers talk trade and diversification

    The Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses wants a comprehensive, national trade agreement to eliminate what it calls “artificial barriers” that prevent the movement of goods, services and labour within Canada.

    It wants changes so that when a product or service complies with rules in one province, it will be acceptable to all provinces, and that cross-border trade between provinces is permitted unless stated otherwise.

    The CFIB also wants to see a faster and more direct approach to solving disputes about interprovincial trade.

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3 teens arrested for alleged forcible confinement of woman, 25

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WATCH: Officers with the Halifax Regional Police and RCMP Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are trying to piece together a bizarre case. One that saw a 25-year-old woman being forcibly confined and landed three teenagers in police custody. Global’s Natasha Pace reports.

HALIFAX – Police say three teens are in custody in connection with a case of forcible confinement and theft in the Halifax area.

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Police say a 25-year-old woman was leaving a store in Porters Lake yesterday when two armed men forced her into her vehicle.

The woman was ordered to drive to a home in West Chezzetcook, where police say the suspects tried to enter, but couldn’t get inside the residence.

RCMP Sgt. Al LeBlanc said the pair then left the scene in the woman’s car, which was later found behind a grocery store in Porters Lake.

Police did not say what the suspects were looking for at the home.

“Based on what we know at this time, it does not appear that this was a random act,” LeBlanc said.

The Mounties say the victim wasn’t hurt.

Investigators with the Halifax Regional Police and RCMP Integrated Criminal Investigation Division spent much of their day at 55 Pondicherry Crescent in Dartmouth. They could be seen bagging evidence inside the home and searching the property outside.

Police say a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old were arrested at the home earlier Tuesday.

A 16-year-old boy was also arrested without incident and later released. Police say they are looking for a third suspect.

A damaged black Hyundai Tiburon car was parked outside the home in Dartmouth.

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A damaged black Hyundai Tiburon car was parked outside the home. LeBlanc confirmed it is connected to the incident, but would not say how.

The vehicle was towed away for further examination.

Police say the case is still in the early stages and are asking for help from the public.

“If people were in the area of Porters lake last night, near the Superstore, if you noticed anyone suspicious or anyone unusual, we would like those people to call police,” LeBlanc said.

– With files from Natasha Pace, Global News

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CAPP sees slowing oil production growth

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CALGARY – The low price of crude today is expected to put a damper on Canada’s oil output 15 years from now, according to a new forecast by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

CAPP predicts the country’s total daily oil production will hit 5.3 million barrels by 2030 — a 43 per cent increase over 2014 levels.

But that’s 17 per cent less than what the association predicted a year ago when crude was above US$105 a barrel. Right now, it’s around US$60 a barrel.

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The 2014 and 2015 forecasts follow a similar trajectory for most of the forecast period, but diverge in later years.

No big change is expected for oilsands projects that are up and running or under construction, but some longer-term projects have been shelved due to the price uncertainty.

Oilsands production alone is expected to hit four million barrels a day by 2030, nearly doubling from 2014 levels. But a year ago, CAPP was predicting oilsands output of 4.8 million barrels a day by 2030.

Through 2019, CAPP sees the oilsands adding an average of 168,000 barrels a day of production each year. But during the last decade of its forecast, the pace slows to about 86,000 barrels a day of annual growth.

Greg Stringham, CAPP’s vice-president of oilsands and markets, said new pipelines to the East, West and U.S. Gulf Coasts will be necessary, despite the slower growth.

“By the end of our forecast…all of the proposed pipeline systems do become used. And from that perspective, it didn’t really change that outlook when many people would have been looking at it saying ‘Well, it’s a slower pace. We may not need all that (pipeline space).’”

Crude-by-rail will also continue to be an important way to transport “swing supply” to get crude to markets that aren’t served by pipelines, said Stringham.

The group surveyed its members in March and April of this year about their investment plans.

Total investment across the oil and gas industry is predicted to come in at $45 billion in 2015, down nearly 40 per cent from last year. In the oilsands, capital investment is seen dropping by nearly a third.

Stringham said there is some upside to developing Canada’s resources at a more moderate clip.

“The slower pace does mean that there is some additional labour availability. Some projects have been coming in on time and on budget. The last eight that I’ve seen have done that,” he said.

“From that perspective, I think it does help on the competitiveness side of things.”

Greenpeace campaigner Keith Stewart said it’s “remarkable” that CAPP predicted a huge rise in oilsands production the day after G7 leaders agreed to shift to a no-carbon economy by the end of this century.

“They need to be planning how they can become renewable energy companies, not doubling down on high-carbon oil.”

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Up to 19 schools in Vancouver could close following audit recommendations

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WATCH: An audit of the Vancouver School Board has found millions of dollars in savings through school cuts

VANCOUVER – An independent review of the Vancouver Board of Education’s (VBE) finances has found that there is no reason for them to be in debt.

Ernst and Young’s independent review has found there could be $72 million in potential annual savings and revenues and a one-time saving of up to $750.

The report also points to the fact that there are more than 10,000 empty seats in the district and recommend an “aggressive asset rationalization approach” that could see up to 19 schools close.

The report does not identify the schools but does provide maps showing which elementary and secondary schools have a less than 70 per cent utilization rate.

Five of the six under-utilized secondary schools are in the east side of Vancouver, with four of the schools in close proximity to each other (Britannia Secondary School and Templeton Secondary School; and Gladstone Secondary School and Windemere Secondary School).

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The report finds the majority of under-utilized elementary schools and annexes are in the east side of Vancouver, compared to the west side.

“It’s clear from Ernst and Young’s review there are more opportunities for the Vancouver Board of Education to find efficiencies, improve revenues and make better use of facilities,” said Education Minister Peter Fassbender in a release. “We are confident this review maps a positive path forward for the board that will ultimately benefit students and taxpayers.”

The audit makes 59 recommendations overall to save money.

“The board clearly knows, and we do, that there are 10,000 empty seats in the City of Vancouver,” said Fassbender in a press conference today. “That needs to be addressed to ensure that their budget, one, is balanced and number two, focuses on student outcomes.”

“The report does say that the Vancouver Board has some good budgeting processes, but it’s critical that they do develop a long-term strategy, which they currently do not have, in order to ensure that their planning and fiscal decisions are made in a prudent and well-thought-out process.”

June 30 is the deadline for the Vancouver Board of Education to submit its balanced budget to the ministry, which is something required of all districts.

The full report can be viewed here.

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‘He didn’t want to leave his guys behind’: Neighbour helps injured Edmonton officer to safety

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WATCH: Global News has video of a walk-through of a neighbour’s home that was riddled with bullets during the Edmonton police shooting.

EDMONTON — Ryan Colton was sitting on the deck in his backyard in the Ormsby Place area Monday night when he saw the first few undercover police officers arrive at his neighbour’s home.

He said they knocked on the door and when the homeowner didn’t answer, police called for backup. Colton recalled police once again requested access but were refused.

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    “Once they hit the door three times and broke it open, he opened fired upon the officers, hitting Officer Woodall…. the other sergeant got hit in the back as they were fleeing from the scene.”

    Const. Daniel Woodall, 35, was one of several police officers who had arrived at the home to execute an arrest warrant for 42-year-old Norman Raddatz at approximately 8 p.m.  Raddatz, who’s believed to have fired dozens of shots at the approaching police officers, was known to police, though he did not have an extensive police record.

    READ MORE: Edmonton police Const. Daniel Woodall, 35, killed in west-end shooting 

    Const. Woodall, of the hate crimes unit, was killed. Thirty-eight-year-old Sgt. Jason Harley, a southwest division patrol member, was shot in the lower back.

    “Shortly after shots were fired, a lot of officers started to flood in on the scene to help with the situation,” said Colton. “They evacuated the area, got all the homeowners out of the area; they secured the perimeter.”

    “I helped the one officer that got hit in the back.

    “He came to the corner of my lot and we carried him off – with another neighbour – we carried him out to the farthest perimeter of the area and waited for a bus to show up to rush him off to the hospital.”

    Colton said the officer’s wound was visible on the lower side of his back.

    “But his vest did save him. It stopped the bullet from penetrating.

    READ MORE: What you need to know about body armour, which saved life of one Edmonton police officer 

    “He was still walking. He was still trying to come back and do his job. The other officers told him, ‘You’re injured. You have to lay down.’

    “He wanted to do his job that he was trained to do. He didn’t want to leave his guys behind.”

    It was at that point, Colton said, they realized there was an officer down: Woodall.

    Woodall had spoken to Colton about his neighbour before the shots were fired, trying to get any relevant information about the man that could help police.

    “He was just doing his job… just started the night shift… I feel really bad for his family.”

    READ MORE: Who was fallen Edmonton police officer Const. Daniel Woodall?

    Colton said all the neighbours are very shaken up.

    “He was using a very high-powered rifle. It was pretty serious. You can see at the neighbour’s door across the street there’s 48 bullet holes through the door and they penetrated through the house.”

    That neighbour, 91-year-old Paul Noble, was resting on the couch when a spray of bullets came through his home, several leaving holes just a foot from where he was lying.

    “Had I been standing up, I would have got hit by those bullets right there,” said Noble.

    The World War II veteran’s home is evidence of the violent shoot-out. Bullets went through the garage door, passed through the back wall, into an office and through two more walls, shattering picture frames and hockey memorabilia.

    “I thought, ‘What the hell was that noise?’ … It was bullets coming in from the front of the house.”

    “I was lying there and I heard this noise. I didn’t know what it was. It went on for about 15 seconds I’d say. I guess it was the bullets coming through… I stood up and went into the other room and there was smoke and the fire alarm was going off.”

    It’s not clear exactly how many bullets were fired, but Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said 53 bullet holes were found in the home across the street.

    The suspect’s house was set ablaze and burned to the ground. Knecht said the last time police saw the suspect was inside the burning home. While no one has been arrested, he said he believes the risk to the public is over.

    “A body was found late last evening in the basement of a burned out home,” the chief said Tuesday morning. “An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the identity of the remains and the exact cause of death.”

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One Edmonton officer saved by body armour, here’s what you need to know

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WATCH: Police Chief Rod Knecht updates in the investigation into the fatal shooting of Const. Daniel Woodall.

Constable Daniel Woodall and Sgt. Jason Harley were both shot when they approached the west Edmonton home of 42-year-old Norman Raddatz on Monday evening to execute a warrant.

Const. Woodall died. He was wearing body armour but none of the bullets hit it.

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    Sgt. Harley lived, having been shot in the lower back, and Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht credited his survival to his body armour.

    There’s four levels of body armour; they range from 1 to 4 and increase in protectiveness as the numbers get higher.

    They can be broken into soft and hard body armour.

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    Edmonton police refused to say Tuesday what type of body armour the officers responding to the home were wearing.

    Police officers in Canada generally wear level 2, according to Nir Mamen, the managing director of the Canadian Tactical Officers Association.  What differentiates the two types of armour is what they’re resistant to.

    Soft body armour

    Soft body armour is what’s most common in Canada. Mamen said this type of armour is designed to protect against handguns and shotguns but won’t protect against rifles with high-capacity rounds – which are illegal in Canada.

    “Soft armour in and of itself, it’s made out of layers of soft material that is stacked one on top of another, in a specific pattern, and what its designed to, when it hits, is every single layer of this material absorbs the shock more and more.”

    The armour doesn’t protect against knives or “edged weapons” but will stop most firearms. It won’t keep the wearer completely free from injury.

    “It doesn’t necessarily leave a person injury-free,” Mamen said. “The amount of energy that impacts can still cause damage to the armour, so it may not break the skin but it may cause a severe amount of bruising. It can potentially break ribs or bones just by virtue of the energy alone.”

    READ MORE: Social media overflows with grief for fallen Edmonton police officer

    Edmonton Police have not identified what kind of firearm Raddatz was allegedly using but Chief Knecht said during a press conference Tuesday that 53 bullet holes were found in the home across the street – three bullets went through the outside wall and were found inside the home.

    WATCH: Global News reporter Michel Boyer has an exclusive walk-through of a neighbour’s home that was riddled with bullets during a shooting that killed Edmonton police Const. Daniel Woodall.

    Though soft body armour doesn’t stop all types of firearms, it can also be upgraded. Mamen said police officers can get – and sometimes buy with their own money – steel inserts that can be placed within their soft armour to give them more protection.

    Hard armour

    The plates are an example of hard body armour which, though less common than soft armour, provide far more protection against heavy rifles.

    Tactical Teams and soldiers are generally issued hard body armour. This type of armour is usually made up of ceramic plates, Mamen said, which stop bullets but shatter when hit.

    “When a round impacts the armour, it shatters it, so you really don’t have the ability to take a lot of rounds into the plating before it loses its effect,” he said.

    There are new materials, Mamen said, which prevent shattering and allow the wearer to be hit more than once.

    But these heavy plates are also bulkier and heavy – making it a bit more difficult to move.

    READ MORE: Details of incident that claimed the life of Const. Daniel Woodall in west-end shooting

    “When you want the proposition of protecting against a round that can travel over 1,500 feet per second and can penetrate through a lot of dexterous material, that’s the compromise that you have, it does have to be bigger, it’s got to be thicker, it’s got to be stronger,” he said.

    Where to buy body armour

    Police officers are given soft armour but sometimes, according to Mamen, go out and buy inserts.

    Civilians can buy body armour as well through Amazon and other online retailers.

    A search for “bulletproof body armour” on Amazon苏州美甲美睫培训 turns up over 3,100 results but includes leg protectors, helmets, and forearm protectors.

    It’s not cheap. A “police style Stab & Bulletproof vest” on Canarmor苏州美甲美睫培训 retails for $900 and is considered a level 3A.

    Another, a SWAT-style bulletproof jacket with neck and shoulder protection, also a level 3A, retails for $1,100 and weighs approximately eight pounds.

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