Norway and Saskatchewan reach agreement in historic “Moose War” summit
After a long and divisive battle that has seen some of the most intense conflict of the 20th century, Norway, the Scandinavian country with a long and well established military history, and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, a small town in Canada’s 6th most populous province, have finally come to a legislative conclusion to the ongoing Moose war, which has burdened both parties’ resources since the conflict began.
“Finally, our families can rest. After a long and gruelling war, we can finally go to bed feeling safe, and knowing that our fathers, brothers, and friends will be returning home in one piece” said one local boy at the press conference where the truce was announced.
The conflict arose when a small Norwegian municipality called Stor-Elvdal built a large moose statue, a move that was in direct violation of the little known “Moose clause,” an obscure and often forgotten section of the Treaty of Versailles, the world changing legislature that put an to the state war between Germany and the allied powers after World War I.
Now, Moose Jaw and Stor-Elvdal have signed the “Moosarandum of Understanding,” a groundbreaking treaty that will seek to end all future moose related conflict.
The centerpiece to the ongoing conflict was Mac, a giant moose statue that stands proudly at 32 feet tall. Conflict arose when Norway decided to build a moose of similar proportions, a direct violation of moose-related International law.
“Linda has been very gracious and understands that with the public and private donations to make Mac the world’s tallest moose that we will be pursuing that,” Moose Jaw Mayor Fraser Tolmie said.
“In exchange for conceding the claim to world’s tallest moose, Moose Jaw will recognize Norway’s statue as the shiniest and most attractive moose in the world. Because Norway’s moose is a work of art, unlike Mac, it can’t be changed.”
“We’ve had talks about building a new moose in 20 metres gold,” the deputy mayor of Stor-Elvdal, Linda Henriksen, said. “I know the artist has been looking into it and it is possible, but it costs a lot of money.”
The bloody and well-documented conflict will now come to a conclusion with an official cease-fire, after four years of heated back and forths.
“I’m just happy it never got nuclear” said Gregory Lametti, a local pizza store owner and moose war historian.
“For a while there, I was very afraid. We know what kind of endings these types of conflicts these can have. Ever since our defeat in the sea otter war, our country’s confidence has been dwindling. Hopefully this can put the doubts of many Canadians to rest.”
An announcement will be made later on for official details on a moose parade.
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New Natural Resources Minister Seamus O'Regan overseeing hometown Atlantic boom, faced with western bust
As TMX pipeline fortunes vacillate and energy industry capital and jobs flee Alberta, Newfoundland MP and newly-minted Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan’s empathy for the West was overshadowed by his hometown enthusiasm.
Asked how being the furthest away from a stalled oil patch and the woes that has created for westerners, the Member of Parliament for St. John’s South—Mount Pearl said he “understand(s) where their head’s at right now… and all I can say is, you know, I will make my case.”
O’Regan then noted “that outside of the line items that I’ve had to deal with the direct responsibilities of the two ministries I’ve held previously, my number one priority has been oil and gas in Newfoundland and in Labrador.”
And compared to Alberta’s withering fortunes, the moving trucks at EnCana’s Calgary headquarters, bound for Colorado after a Halloween re-brand, Atlantic Canada’s offshore exploration boom has already begun.
In April, then-Environment minister Catherine McKenna’s green-lit Equinor’s Flemish Pass project located about 400 kilometres East of Newfoundland and Labrador. Meanwhile a “public comment” period has expired on a different proposal for the Flemish Passs locale by China National Offshore Oil Corporation.
“Newfoundland and Labrador is actually more dependent on oil and gas royalties than Alberta is … but I understand it is not the same industry,” said O’Regan.
Four offshore wells in the Atlantic – Hibernia, Terra Nova (Suncor), White Rose (Husky) and Hebron (Exxon) – already provide job and royalties for the province.
“I’m reminded every day that in Newfoundland and Labrador we get brand (sic) crude prices which today are still about doubled what Alberta gets for its. And you know that’s a very real concern.”
An estimated 120,000 oil patch jobs and related business has vacated Alberta and Saskatchewan since voters gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberals their first majority government mandate in 2015.
The failure to construct tidewater transmission lines for Alberta bitumen has kept its market value at below discount rates. Conversely, offshore drilling plays on the Atlantic coast are in the water, heading to sea or sitting on the regulatory launch pad–five in all proposed by BHP Billiton, BP Canada, and Exxon Mobile.
New Environment minister Jonathan Wilkinson will determine the fate of those projects as McKenna was shuffled to the Infrastructure portfolio.
While neither Saskatchewan or Alberta elected a Liberal MP in #exln43, Trudeau tapped his former Natural Resource Minister Jim Carr–MP for Winnipeg South Centre – as “special representative for the Prairies…(to) ensure that the people of Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have a strong voice in Ottawa.”
An Edmonton man has been arrested after a string of poppy box robberies in Lloydminster, Alta., and Sherwood Park.
RCMP responded to a call at a Lloydminster Tim Hortons after the thief stole a poppy box off the counter and walked out.
Later that night, two customers at a local business in Sherwood Park saw a man stealing poppy boxes before fleeing, according to RCMP. The couple followed him and detained him with the help of an off duty police officer.
Korey McPhee, 34 of Lloydminster, was charged in the theft of both poppy boxes.
McPhee appeared in court on Wednesday.
During a meeting in Ottawa, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister gave some “friendly advice” to Justin Trudeau. Pallister told Trudeau that there was growing frustration in western Canada has towards Ottawa, according to the CBC.
In their meeting, the two leaders discussed a range of issues that came up during the election campaign. This included climate change and indigenous issues, as well as western alienation. Speaking to the CBC, Pallister stated that “there’s some great frustration with the lack of progress, not just on pipelines, but on other things.”
After the election, a deep frustration with Ottawa turned quickly into a separatist movement. This was blamed on the Liberal party, who due to a series of policy decisions, did not pick up a single seat in Alberta. Parts of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba have also been vocal in their frustration with Trudeau’s government.
Pallister was critical of Trudeau’s carbon tax and other policies designed to hinder the Canadian oil and gas sector. This has been a deeply contentious topic in the prairies, especially due to the recession that was triggered as a result of Trudeau’s pipeline bungle.
Unlike the Saskatchewan and Alberta premiers, Pallister has not threatened to rip up the equalization agreement.
A paralyzed member of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team can now move his legs after a successful experimental surgery in Thailand, reported by the CBC. The player’s name was Ryan Straschnitzki, who is now 20 years old. Once he regained control of his legs, he immediately asked the doctor whether he could hit the gym.
The Saskatchewan hockey team got into a road accident in 2018, which injured 13 and killed another 16. After the accident, Canadians united across the country in support of the families and the greater Humboldt community.
On Monday, Straschnitzki had a device implanted into his spine that would link nerves in his limbs to the spinal cord. This implant can stimulate the nerves that provide feeling.
On Twitter, his family posted a video of Straschnitzki lifting his leg. “Ryan asks if he can go work out at the Mall Gym after. The stunned therapist said NO. You just had surgery.”
In the future, Straschnitzki hopes to win gold as a member of Canada’s Paralympics sledge hockey team.
Straschnitzki previously inked an endorsement deal with Adidas in which he was featured in an ad for the sportswear company back in September.