Calgary safe injection site causing a spike in police calls and crime
Calgary’s Sheldon M. Chumir Health Centre, a safe consumption site located in the Beltline, has started raising major safety concerns among locals living close by.
In 2019 from the months of April to June there were 883 calls to police from members of the public within a 250-metre zone near the Safeworks consumption site.
Get ready Southern Alberta, winter is here.
Areas in Southern Alberta won’t just be the coldest places on earth this weekend, they’ll also be one of the snowiest in Canada.
Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings for a large chunk of Southern Alberta including Calgary.
Residents can expect anywhere from 10 to 25 cm of snow, while temperatures will include a high of -12 C and a low of -15 C.
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Environment Canada has advised Albertans to be prepared to adjust to changing driving conditions as the snow starts to fall.
It may be early November but for parts of Canada, it already feels like winter.
For those in the west, its about to get much colder.
According to the Weather Network, Alberta will be one of the coldest places on earth this coming weekend, reaching -30 C with the wind chill. This will make Alberta colder than the North Pole.
“Arctic air is forecast to barrel down from the North Pole and will settle east of the Rocky Mountains,” reports The Weather Network. On Saturday evening, temperatures will begin to plummet and by Monday morning, they are expected to hit -30 C.
With the cold, come snow, 20 to 40 centimetres of it to be precise will fall on northwest Alberta Friday and early Saturday.
As a result of the oncoming cold, Environment Canada issued winter storm and snowfall warnings multiple parts of the province.
The major Canadian oil company Husky Energy has announced hundreds of layoffs in the country.
According to Bloomberg, Husky Energy Inc will be laying off hundreds of workers Tuesday as the company has been bracing for impact on oil production and low pricing.
“Today we did have to say goodbye to some of our colleagues. Husky has been taking steps to better align the organization and workforce with our capital plan and strategy,” said Kim Guttormson, a spokesperson for the company.
Most of the job losses will affect western Canada, a majority being in Calgary.
Last year, Husky redirected $300 million of this year’s budget to brace for the ailing oil sector and are expecting to see a 10 percent decrease in annual capital spending.
On Saturday, a crazed driver, 22 and male, and his passenger, 28 and female, attempted to plow through police barricades and infiltrate an ongoing military parade in downtown Calgary, possibly with the intent to do harm.
According to police, a driver broke through police barricades in the 600 block of 8th Avenue S.W. toward members marching with the 41 Service Battalion Freedom at 2:50 p.m.
Police initially tried to block the oncoming car with a patrol vehicle, which led the driver to pull a fast U-turn in a bid to flee. An officer then attempted to stop the driver by firing 5 rounds at the vehicle. It was finally stopped when it smashed into a pedestrian vehicle passing by.
“He started driving toward me, toward the intersection,” recalled Greg Kucharski, who was working nearby. “That’s when he opened fire.”
“There [were] broken windows from where the bullets hit the car. He kept driving … it is pretty crazy to see something like that.”
The other driver was not injured during the incident, nor were police or pedestrians. However, both the driver and the passenger who attempted to enter the parade have been hospitalized. Both remain in stable condition.
Despite the potentially political nature of the incident, Calgary police and the national security partners, who are investigating the case, do not believe the act was politically motivated and the man has no obvious extremist links. Alberta’s police watchdog has also been called in to investigate.