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.
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.
Despite numerous Alberta city councils voting unanimously to declare states of emergency regarding the effects of climate change, Calgary has refused to follow suit, with some councilors essentially lambasting the movement for being alarmist.
According to the Calgary Herald, “When asked if there was interest in making a similar declaration in Calgary, Coun. Sean Chu laughed before saying there was no way he would let it happen.”
“No way whatsoever. Over my dead body,” said Chu, adding that “pea-cocking” over environmentalism arbitrarily worries people too much.
Councillor Ward Sutherland seems to share the opinion and said that he hasn’t heard anything about such a state of emergency being declared in Calgary.
“From my perspective, I think it’s overly dramatic and I certainly would not favour it,” said Sutherland. “The rationale behind that is simple, we do have an environmental policy that is one of the strongest ones in Canada, and we’ve been moving forward with many initiatives.”
Coun. Shane Keating and Ray Jones agreed, adding that it isn’t the municipal government’s job to act on such calls.
“We can take a number of actions to help the climate but I’m not sure that we’re the right political body to be coming out and declaring things like that,” said Keating.
“The cities that have heavy industries should be addressing it and Calgary does not have a lot of heavy industry,” said Jones.
Two other councillors are more willing to open discussions but have stood firm behind Calgary’s history of being environmentally ahead of the curve.
“Calgary has been the steward of water in Alberta, so we have been very aware of the impacts of climate and we’ve been doing everything we can to mitigate it,” said Coun. Jyoti Gondek.
“It would be an interesting conversation on council given that we’ve, unfortunately, pitted our oil and gas business against our climate goals. I’m personally of the opinion that they are not oppositional conversations to be having,” said Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra.