Heat advisory issued for Edmonton region

WATCH ABOVE: While it’s not officially a heat wave, we are in the midst of another stretch of scorching weather. As Tom Vernon explains, those who work and play outside need to be extra careful.

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services issued a heat advisory for the Edmonton zone Wednesday, as temperatures in the region are expected to soar over the next few days.

The advisory will be in effect until noon on Friday.

AHS is reminding people of the following tips to avoid burns, exhaustion and heat stroke:

Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day;Take frequent breaks from heat, spending time indoors at cooled public buildings (including malls or indoor pools);Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated;Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle. Apply a sunscreen of at least sun protection factor (SPF) 30, at least 20 minutes before heading outdoors;Be sure the SPF 30 screens out both UVA and UVB rays, and reapply frequently (as directed on product label);Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses (with a UVA/UVB CSA certified seal);Wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants that cover skin.

“Normal activity that may be safe on a cool day might be dangerous in current weather conditions. If you start to feel overheated, stop your activity immediately, seek shade and drink fluids,” advised Dr. Joanna Oda, a medical officer of health in the Edmonton Zone.

Oda said people also need to look out for each other, particularly those with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly and the very young.

“Excessive heat can aggravate underlying medical illness such as congestive heart failure, and can also be of heightened danger to children and seniors. Individuals who are socially isolated may not know when or how to seek help, or be able to monitor their own symptoms.”

WATCH: Margeaux Morin’s long-range weather forecast

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A heat advisory was issued for the Calgary zone Tuesday afternoon, which will be in effect until Thursday afternoon.

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Harper speaks at Conservative rally in Edmonton

WATCH ABOVE: Conservative Leader Stephen Harper spoke at a rally in Edmonton Wednesday. Provincial affairs reporter Tom Vernon was there and has the details.

EDMONTON — Conservative Leader Stephen Harper made a stop in Edmonton Wednesday to speak to party supporters at a local rally.

Harper spoke about what he believes are his party’s strengths: security and the economy.

With the majority of his speech focused on the economy, Harper aimed his attacks on the Liberals and NDP.

Harper reminded supporters that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau once said the budget will balance itself. He also made reference to a comment Trudeau made in Regina earlier Wednesday.

Trudeau said his party will grow the economy not from the “top down,” but from the “heart outwards.”

“What does that mean? I tell you what it means, it means Justin Trudeau is just not ready,” Harper said Wednesday afternoon.

WATCH: Harper says voting Conservative is the ‘right’ choice

When talking about the NDP, Harper said tax increases are in the party’s DNA. He also drew in Alberta’s NDP government with his attack, speaking about its economic record in the province.

“More and more people, like the company we’re in, we’re here at right now, more and more worried about what this gamble with an NDP government is going to mean. But friends, the bottom line is this: we cannot afford to take this kind of NDP gamble with our entire country and we will not,” said Harper.

WATCH: Harper slams Alberta’s NDP government

While Edmonton has long been a Conservative stronghold, the Liberals and NDP believe they have a good chance in the October election.

Wednesday was Harper’s first appearance in Edmonton since May 2014.

Harper was in Vancouver earlier Wednesday, where he announced plans to spend half a million dollars next year to figure out just how many foreign investors own condos and homes across Canada, many of them sitting empty year-round.

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5 things we learned from Nigel Wright’s emails in the Duffy trial

WATCH ABOVE: Nigel Wright took the stand to explain why he gave Mike Duffy a $90,000 cheque to pay off his senate expenses – and shed some light on what Stephen Harper knew about it. Laura Stone reports.

Hundreds of pages of emails were presented as evidence as Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, testified at Senator Mike Duffy’s trial on Wednesday.

The emails detail the machinations that went on behind the scenes in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as Wright and other staff attempted to manage the Duffy situation.

READ MORE: Harper didn’t know Mike Duffy wouldn’t use his own money to repay claims, Nigel Wright says

Here are some things we learned from those emails:

1. The PMO carefully managed Duffy’s repayment and statements about it.

The image below shows a draft statement prepared for the senator and its goals.

2. The PMO reviewed a statement that accompanied Duffy’s $90,000 repayment,  but said they were not involved in writing it.

3. Nigel Wright was “beyond furious” to learn just how much money Duffy owed – but he paid it anyway.

4. Wright was worried about Duffy “going squirrelly” on weekend television shows.

5. Duffy was very upset by a Global News story – and PMO was baffled by his responses to Global reporters, since he had already paid back the money that they were asking about. Wright also said that he would “unleash Tkachuk” (Conservative Senator David Tkachuk) if Duffy tried to get back any of the money.

Global also got a notable mention earlier in the year in this (probably sarcastic) email exchange:

Read the full text of Nigel Wright’s emails below.

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Edmonton-based developer wins best overall app in provincial contest

EDMONTON — After going through dozens of entries, the provincial government has announced the winners of its “Apps for Alberta” contest and all of the winners are from right here in the province.

“Today we won—I think it was $60,000—that was the Best Overall Award and the Best Made in Alberta award,” said Darkhorse Analytics president Dan Haight . “We have 13 employees in the company and we haven’t talked yet about what to do with the prize money. We’ll probably celebrate somehow as a team.”

The contest, which encouraged developers to use open data to create useful apps for Albertans, received 29 entries from developers across North America.

The winners are:

Best Overall App: “Make the Grade,” designed by Joey Cherdarchuk from Darkhorse Analytics of Edmonton, allows Albertans to visually explore, filter and compare diploma exam results across the province.People’s Choice Award: “Risco,” designed by University of Calgary students (Team R-Squared: Gabriela Jurca, Megha Chopra, Govind Parmar, Omar Addam), helps outdoor enthusiasts access maps and information on outdoor hazards such as known grizzly bear zones, snake zones and active wildfires.Best Made in Alberta App Award: “Make the Grade“Best Student App Award: “Live Alberta” designed by MacEwan University student Karo Castro-Wunsch, combines text and visuals to convey a wealth of easy-to-arrange information on cities across Alberta.
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Haight said many of his staff are parents, and his app answers a question on the minds of many mothers and fathers: “Which school is best for my kids?”

“We used the provincial achievement tests and aggregated them across all subjects and all schools, so you can see how schools fare on those results.”

The apps are now available on the province’s Open Government online portal, which is meant to provide a place for Albertans to easily access government data and information.

“This information belongs to Albertans and I invite everyone to access the wide range of data we now have available on our new open government portal,” said Service Alberta Minister Deron Bilous.

Service Alberta partnered with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures for the competition, which launched in the spring of 2015.

“It’s extremely gratifying to have a project like this be made public and hopefully provide a lot of use for Albertans in understanding their education system better,” said Haight.

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Ken King’s email to Flames ticket holders spurs Calgary arena rumours

WATCH ABOVE: An email sent to Calgary Flames ticket holders and a 桑拿会所 account have lead to speculation an announcement of a new arena could come next week. Global’s Brendan Parker reports.

CALGARY –Flames season ticket holders are wondering what “transformative project” the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation is going to unveil next week after receiving an email on Wednesday morning.

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“We would like to share a proposal for a project that will make all Calgarians and Albertans proud,” said the email, signed by president and CEO Ken King. “This has the potential to be one of Calgary’s most transformative projects at a vital time in our city’s history. This will be our first public discussion on this project and it is important that you be among the first to know.”

The email, which is fuelling speculation about a new arena in the city, clarifies the Aug. 18 information session will not be an “official launch” but will share “what has been done to date” and the “vision for the future.”

Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s office declined to comment on the project described in the email.

The domain names for the websites calgarynext杭州丝足 and calgarynext杭州桑拿 were registered to a Calgary company in July.

During a March 5 interview on a local radio station, King alluded to such a project, and said, “when you see our project, people are just going to love it, and we’re not going to sneak in here and steal money from the city.”

WATCH: Ken King’s comments fuel arena speculation

The project, dubbed CalgaryNEXT, also started its own 桑拿会所 account on Wednesday.

It generated lots of reaction online from those in the sports community:

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Parapan Am promotion offers $5 tickets in final events

TORONTO — Parapan Am Games organizers are hoping to own the bleachers as well as the podium, offering a special promotion to entice more fans to attend.

TO2015 promoters have unveiled a “$5 Friday” campaign, offering fans deeply discounted tickets to both the final athletics and swimming sessions on Friday afternoon.

When asked if the promotion might reflect disappointing ticket sales, a Parapan Am Games spokesperson said it’s strictly part of a larger push to show strong fan support for the Games.

READ MORE: Canada’s Michelle Stilwell and Benoit Huot race to Parapan Am gold

A #SoldOutSaturday 桑拿会所 campaign has Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne joining the chorus to encourage full stands.

“The aim of the $5 ticket promotion on Friday and the #SoldOutSaturday campaign is to finish the Games strong and let all Parapan Am athletes know the region is 100 per cent behind them,” TO2015 spokesperson Heather Irwin said in an email.

The #SoldOutSaturday remains a work in progress. The wheelchair basketball finals will play to a full house, but tickets are still available for the goalball and football seven-a-side matches. Irwin says the Parapan Am Games have sold “nearly” 85,000 tickets to date.

Canada currently sits second in the medal standings, behind a dominant Brazil and just ahead of the third-place U.S.

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Riverhouse Art Gallery a colourful landmark in revitalized Riversdale

Watch above: It sits along the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon with a park as its backyard. Meaghan Craig introduces us to the Riverhouse Gallery, its owner and its history.

SASKATOON – Saskatoon is filled with diverse neighbourhoods but Riversdale takes the cake for character homes. One home in particular that may catch your eye as you walk along Spadina Crescent West is the Riverhouse Art Gallery,  a house that has evolved over the years along with the city blocks around it.

Nestled along the riverbank, the home’s eye popping exterior creates a picture of this home’s colourful past.

“I feel that I don’t own the house that I’m the current care taker. It has a life of its own, it has a spirit of its own,” said homeowner Cecilia Elizabeth.

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In 1995, Elizabeth and her husband bought the home for both its views and ample space for an art studio on the main floor.

“I fell in love with the house, I always wanted a great big old house and so to me it didn’t matter where it was.”

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The vision for this home even before it was built was grand with the soul intention that someone of prominence would call it home.

“The house cost, in 1908, five thousand dollars to build it and that was what was on the land-title.”

While it isn’t designated a heritage property according the Elizabeth, the home’s history runs deep and at times has been known as the “Lawton House” in addition to the “Woman’s House.”

“This house, out of the 10 owners, has been owned by eight women.”

A number of Saskatoon’s rich and famous have lived here as well as some rather infamous people. Elizabeth says according to one landlord, convicted murderer Larry Fisher lived here on the third level in the ’70s.

“All she would say is he was not a good tenant.”

Elizabeth admits the Riversdale neighbourhood has had it’s ups and downs over the years but revitalized it’s come a long way.

“I would have friends that would say I won’t drive through Riversdale unless I lock my doors that’s changed. I have 40 students coming weekly to my classes and they never worry about coming here to do classes.”

Riversdale is in a period of rebirth as new boutiques open, eateries with new builds reshaping one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. Elizabeth says if she has her way she’ll continue to live and eventually die here.

“It’s my kids inheritance,  I say ‘Be nice to me because this is your inheritance ’cause they’re not to get any money’,” laughed Elizabeth.

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Patrick Kane investigation: EA Sports drops Blackhawks star from NHL 16 cover

VANCOUVER – EA Sports is pulling Patrick Kane from the cover of its “NHL 16” video game after police confirmed last week the Chicago Blackhawks star is the subject of an investigation.

Kane was to be featured on the cover alongside teammate Jonathan Toews.

EA Sports says that “in light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no longer be a spokesperson for the launch of EA Sports ‘NHL 16.”‘

The company says Kane will not be on the cover of the game or attend any promotional events.

The new cover will feature an image of Toews alone hoisting the Stanley Cup.

WATCH: Patrick Kane – A look at the Chicago Blackhawks star’s career and allegations

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Hamburg police confirmed the investigation last week, saying it involved an incident that may have happened at Kane’s home outside Buffalo on Aug. 2. Chief Gregory Wickett said police were gathering information and awaiting results of forensic tests.

A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on Monday that it involves something that occurred between the player and a woman in her 20s.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because authorities have not revealed any details of the investigation.

Kane is from Buffalo and was selected first overall by Chicago in the 2007 draft. He has helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships in the past six seasons, including one earlier this year.

“NHL 16” is scheduled for release in North America on Sept. 15.

Kane was also on the cover of the game in 2009.

– With files from The Associated Press

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UPDATE: NDP raises concerns about bedbug infestation at Regina seniors complex

REGINA –  The Saskatchewan NDP is asking the province to properly get rid of bedbugs at local seniors housing complexes after one resident spoke out about the issue.

Adele Bryson, 80, lives in an apartment at 2121 Rose Street that she said has been crawling with bed bugs for months.

Bryson hasn’t been bitten herself, but when her family comes to visit they leave with numerous bites. Her granddaughter appears to be their favourite victim.

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“When she stays with me overnight, the next day she’s just full of bites on her arms,” said Bryson.

“There’s thousands in there, thousands! You can’t go in there without seeing one,” said daughter-in-law Karren Jackson. “You just touch the bed and you see them crawl.”

Jackson has collected dozens of the bugs in traps to prove the infestation.

“It’s quite embarrassing. Not very pleasant really,” said Bryson.

By July the situation became so bad the senior felt she needed to leave her home, so she moved in with a friend.

Jim Gusul took Bryson in, but admits he’s worried about the bed bugs transferring to his home from hers.

“I won’t go in there. I don’t want her to go in there either. I don’t want to take the chance of coming back to my place with one or two or five in the cuff of my pants,” he said.

Exterminators are scheduled to treat Adele’s apartment, one on each side, as well as on top and bottom. But Bryson’s family doesn’t think that goes far enough in addressing the bigger problem.

They’ve put traps in other seniors’ units further down the hall and found bed bugs there too.

Bryson’s family is concerned that unless the whole building, including common rooms, is treated for bedbugs that the money will be wasted because the bed bugs could return.

“I just want my mom to be safe and comfortable,” said Bryson’s son, Jim Bryson.

“She’s on a small pension and doesn’t have the ability to take everything she owns to a dry cleaner or to move her own furniture. What about all the seniors in that building that don’t have family that can help? Those seniors will suffer, and the bugs from their suites will come right back into mom’s suite making the cost, the effort and displacement of mom all for nothing.”

The NDP is also calling for the entire building to be treated for pests.

“Families are approaching [us] to describe horrible bedbug infestations in seniors housing, and have a real struggle getting the government to properly treat the problem,” said NDP Housing critic David Forbes. “Do it once, so you’re not constantly coming back and having those expenses.”

But Saskatchewan Housing says that’s not reasonable, or necessary.

“It really isn’t practical to treat that many units at any given time,” said Dianne Baird, the executive director of the housing network.

She added the cost for a single treatment is around $1500 and so far this year, Saskatchewan Housing has spent over $700,000 on bed bugs.

She said officials were only recently made aware of Bryson’s issues.

“When an incident is reported, the housing authority jumps on it very quickly so the bed bugs are contained within a particular suite and do not spread,” said Baird.

Before the extermination happens, the home needs to be prepared, and furniture and clothing moved out.

Bryson’s son Jim Bryson, is worried about how other seniors could do that without the assistance of family or friends: “If I wasn’t here, in the city, to do this for my mom – there’s so many seniors that can’t get this done.”

“It’s not like they’re expecting an 80-year-old to do that. But they do reach out to the family and hope they help their family prepare the unit for treatment,” said Baird.

But Saskatchewan Housing said they would never leave anyone in a lurch. They will help individuals who do not have family to assist in cleaning their suites out.

According to the NDP, the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation has had its maintenance budget cut to $48.3 million in 2014 from a peak of $93.4 million in 2011.

Two charged in Yorkton, Sask. drug bust

YORKTON, Sask. – Two people have been charged after a drug bust in Yorkton, Sask. The bust happened Tuesday at a residence on Victoria Avenue.

Mounties say they seized marijuana, hydromorphone, drug paraphernalia and weapons while executing a search warrant.

Kenneth Peepeetch, 34, has been charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of cannabis marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of hydromorphone, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and assault.

Alisha Peepeetch, 25, is charged with trafficking cocaine, production of cannabis resin, possession of cannabis marijuana and possession of hydromorphone.

READ MORE: Three charged after RCMP seize 100 grams of cocaine in Carlyle

Hydromorphone is a controlled drug under Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act.

Both are scheduled to appear in Yorkton provincial court on Wednesday.

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