Calgary’s ‘poop palace’ wins Teddy Waste Award from Canadian Taxpayers Federation

Written by admin on 27/07/2019 Categories: 广州桑拿网

CALGARY – The City of Calgary has received a dubious honour thanks to a local wastewater facility sometimes referred to as the “poop palace.”

The Forest Lawn Lift Station moves wastewater from low-lying areas to higher ones, then using gravity to allow it to flow to the Bonnywbrook Wastewater Treatment Plant.

The city decided to revamp the lift station as part of its WATERSHED+ initiative. The new lift station, completed in 2015, features a map of LED bar lights that change colour based on how fast water inside is pumping.

Upon opening, the new station proved controversial, with area residents creating the “poop palace” moniker.

WATCH: The City of Calgary was the winner of the Municipal Teddy for it’s ‘poop palace’, a waste-station art project in Forest Lawn. Gord Gillies reports.

On Wednesday, The Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTP) gave Calgary a Teddy Waste Award in honour of the project, which cost $236,000.

“Most people would agree that our waste water is something to manage discreetly, rather than celebrate with an expensive hilltop art project,” CTF Federal Director Aaron Wudrick said.

WATCH: The City of Calgary explains plans for revamping the Forest Lawn Lift Station

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    Other Canadian cities nominated for a municipal Teddy include Victoria, Peterborough and Saskatoon – which received two nominations.

    The CTF said Victoria’s nomination was for spending $10,000 to install musical sensors on stairwell railings in a municipal parking garage, while Peterborough paid two of its police chiefs severance payments even though they didn’t lose their jobs.

    Saskatoon, received a nomination for a $5.3 million money-losing parking system that doesn’t work well in cold weather, and also for spending $462,000 on a decorative lighting system on a bridge that was subsequently torn down.

    READ MORE: Liberals, Bombardier, PEI tourism ‘honoured’ with taxpayer waste awards

    The tongue-in-cheek pig-shaped Teddy Awards are handed out annually by the CTF to government’s worst waste offenders. The awards are named after Ted Weatherill, the former chairman of the Canadian Labour Relations Board, who racked up nearly $150,000 in expenses – including $700 on a lunch – and was fired in the late 1990s.

    CLICK HERE for a full list of 2016 Teddy Waste Award nominees and winners.

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Alta. man charged following fatal highway crash in North Battleford

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One person is dead after a semi slammed into their vehicle Tuesday afternoon on the outskirts of North Battleford, Sask. It happened around 4:40 p.m. CT at the intersection of highways 16 and 40 next to the Western Development Museum.

Mounties say a westbound semi lost control, went across a ditch and smashed into a SUV waiting for the traffic light to change.

The impact of the crash pushed both vehicles to the train tracks.

The driver of the SUV was killed instantly. His name has not been released.

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    The semi driver was arrested at the scene. Harry Weiss, 64, appeared in North Battleford court Wednesday charged with impaired operation of a vehicle causing death and dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.

    The accused, of Barrhead, Alta., was remanded in custody until his next appearance which is scheduled for Thursday.

    Traffic was restricted in the area for several hours while a traffic reconstructionist carried out an investigation.

    WATCH BELOW: Accident reconstructionists piece together puzzle

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Hesitance from Edmonton mayor over funicular in river valley

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Construction will soon start on a mechanized way to get into the heart of the city’s river valley trail system.

The City of Edmonton Executive Committee approved an environmental assessment report Tuesday, putting the city one step closer to having a funicular.

A funicular is a tram that moves up and down and there are plans to start building one at 100 Street near Hotel MacDonald. The project would end in the trail system near Low Level Bridge. It was approved by city council last June.

A proposal is on the table to build a funicular in Edmonton’s River Valley.

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A proposal is on the table to build a funicular in Edmonton’s River Valley.

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A proposal is on the table to build a funicular in Edmonton’s River Valley.

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A proposal is on the table to build a funicular in Edmonton’s River Valley.

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A proposal is on the table to build a funicular in Edmonton’s River Valley.

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A proposal is on the table to build a funicular in Edmonton’s River Valley.

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A proposal is on the table to build a funicular in Edmonton’s River Valley.

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A proposal is on the table to build a funicular in Edmonton’s River Valley.

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Trail users told Global News Tuesday night they are excited about the project, which would create barrier-free access to the trail system.

“It’s good to get people down here, more access,” Mark Woodhouse, who was running in the River Valley with his dog, said.

“This is really the aspect of the city we should probably tout the most,” said runner David Falk, who uses the trail system approximately five times a week.

“It’s a large green space and most cities don’t have it. It’s not a normal thing and if it makes it accessible to more of the population, I don’t see how that can be a bad thing.”

But while trailer users praised it, there was some hesitation from Mayor Don Iveson, who said he felt backed into the project.

“We were pushed by the deadline – particularly for the federal funding – into a series of decisions,” he said, adding he thinks the funicular will be “quite beautiful.”

“I’m not sure, if the dollars were unrestricted, which is what we always want, we want flexible unrestricted dollars that we can put to areas of highest use. I’m not sure it would be this quite honestly.”

Iveson said there may be better uses for the money, but at this point, it’s now or never since the funding will soon expire for the project, which includes a viewing area, a bridge and a wider staircase.

“If it was up to me, I might be doing something different. Is there another footbridge we could build? Are there other trail extensions we could build within the river valley? But really, this is the only thing we can do that will meet the timeline,” he said.

Iveson said the project will take two phases: the frame and structure then the actual funicular railway. The entire project has a price tag of $24 million. The River Valley Alliance, the province and the federal government are all chipping in money. The city is responsible for $500,000 plus maintenance and operations.

The mayor pegged those costs as between $500,000 to $1 million.

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What’s on tap? Alexander Keith’s heritage-inspired craft beer

Written by admin on 25/09/2019 Categories: 广州桑拿网

Famous Nova Scotia brewery Alexander Keith’s is hoping to tap into the craft beer market, welcoming a new brewmaster and launching a new brew this month.

Stefan Gagliardi has been brought on board to create a new beer selection that “celebrate the people, history and heritage of Nova Scotia.”

“I’m excited to tap into the Alexander Keith’s spirit of innovation and create new, great tasting brews that are as unique as the people who live and work in Nova Scotia,” Gagliardi said in a release.

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READ MORE: Century-old Alexander Keith’s bottle ‘highlight’ of Halifax diver’s collection

The first of the two “small-batch” brews currently in the works will be launched at an event at the brewery on June 16.

It’s called Cornerstone Edinburgh Pale Ale, named after the cornerstone laid in the construction of the original Keith’s brewery.

“It’s an English style pale ale with a Scottish twist,” Gagliardi said.

According to Keith’s, the beer has a “sweeter malt profile” and citrus aromas that are complemented by a late addition of English hops.

The second beer on the way is the Lunenberg Coffee and Cacao Stout, which Gagliardi describes as “a nice, dark, rich beer and it’s going to have a lot of coffee aromas and a nice sweet smooth chocolate finish.”

Along with the new beers, the historic brewery has also been refurbished for small-batch brewing — and with that comes a new tour experience and new events for beer lovers to attend.

READ MORE: Moosehead to open small-batch brewery to meet demand for greater variety

Alexander Keith’s says more new craft brews will be introduced throughout the year.

“We’re really excited to add some more brews to that family,” Gagliardo said.

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Vladimir Putin parody Twitter accounts are being suspended

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MOSCOW – Russian social media users are voicing their outrage at 广州蒲友’s decision to suspend popular accounts parodying President Vladimir Putin and other officials.

Several 广州蒲友 accounts, such as @DarthPutinKGB, which parodies Putin, and @SovietSergey, which mocks Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, were unavailable since Tuesday. However, the @DarthPutinKGB 广州蒲友 account was back online Wednesday afternoon.

The parody Putin account had attracted more than 50,000 followers before it was shut down. The link to the account said it was suspended. Lavrov’s parody account along with two others mocking the Russian Embassy in London and the Russian ambassador were restored and available to users after a reported suspension on Tuesday.

Social media users launched the #NoGulagForDarthPutinKGB hashtag on 广州蒲友 in protest.

Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, an avid social media user, condemned the suspension, calling it “one of the funniest parody accounts around.”

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Where is Yamato Tanooka? Japanese military joins search for missing 7-year-old boy

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Members of Japan’s military are now involved in the search for Yamato Tanooka, a seven-year-old boy who went missing Saturday afternoon after his parents left him by the side of the road as punishment for misbehaving.

A search team of roughly 200, including 75 members of Japan’s Self-Defense Forces (SDF), are looking for the boy, according to local media reports.

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READ MORE: Boy goes missing in woods after parents kick him out of car as punishment

He was last seen wearing a t-shirt and jeans near a wooded area on Hokkaido, the northernmost of Japan’s four main islands, which is also known for bears. The overnight temperatures can fall as low as 7 C.

“We still have no clue. We just do not know where he went,” rescue team spokesperson Satoshi Saito told CNN Wednesday. “Our fatigue level is peaking now. But we will continue to search for the boy.”

The Japan Times reports the parents had originally told police he became lost while they were out hiking, but later admitted they were angry after he threw stones at cars and people and had tried to discipline him.

When they returned to find him, he had disappeared.

WATCH: Japanese boy missing after being forced out of his parent’s car as punishment

Military support was requested after rescuers and police officers scoured areas up to 15 kilometres from where the boy was last seen, with heavy rain at times hampering the search.

“The military personnel will scour the mountain slope,” Saito, told media. “Unless he started climbing the mountain, he would have hit a main road after walking for two to two kilometres in any other direction.”

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Cyclist seriously injured in crash with City of Saskatoon truck

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UPDATE: Cyclist gets warning after collision with City of Saskatoon street-patching truck

Police are investigating after a cyclist was seriously injured in a crash involving a City of Saskatoon street-patching truck. Emergency services were called to the corner of Idylwyld Drive and 29th Street West at around 8:30 a.m. CT on Wednesday.

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    Police say the road patching truck had been travelling southbound on Idylwyld when it made a right-hand turn onto 29th Street, striking a 20-year-old man on a bicycle.

    As a result of the collision, the cyclist was taken to hospital by MD Ambulance where he is being treated for what are reported to be serious but non-life threatening injuries.

    READ MORE: Police investigating multi-vehicle collision on Circle Drive

    “The city extends its compassion for this man,” said Jeff Jorgenson, general manager of transportation and utilities.

    The city said it follows its protocols after a critical incident to ensure the proper operating procedures were maintained.

    Traffic restrictions on Idylwyld Drive and 29th Street have been lifted.

    Members of the police collision analyst unit have cleared the crash scene and the investigation is ongoing.

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Googling your name will now show you personalized privacy controls

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SAN FRANCISCO – Soon, all you’ll need to do is Google yourself if you’re wondering how deeply Google has been digging into your digital life.

In coming weeks, a shortcut to personal account information will appear at the top of Google’s search results whenever logged-in users enter their own names in the query box.

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The feature is part of an update to the “My Account” hub that Google introduced a year ago to make it easier for people to manage the privacy and security controls on the internet company’s services. While Google isn’t making any additional information available, it is making it easier to find.

The link to personal accounts will appear at the top right of the listings for searches done on personal computers and at the top of requests entered on smartphones.

Google is making the change because it learned that many users doing a “vanity search” under their name wanted a quicker way to find out what the company knew about them, as well as to see how they are depicted on various sites across the internet, said Guemmy Kim, a Google product manager.

A new feature on Google’s mobile app will also quickly take users to their account information with a spoken request. All that will be required are the words: “OK Google, show me my Google account.” This option initially will only be available in English.

People have become more interested in managing their digital profiles as a confluence of search engines, smartphones and online social networks makes it easier to track where they are, what they’re doing and what they’re thinking. Revelations about government agencies’ online surveillance programs also has heightened interest in privacy protection.

READ MORE: Google simplifies security and privacy with new account hub

Google uses the data collected by its search engine, Gmail and other services to analyze people’s interests and habits to show them ads about products most likely to appeal to them. Those ads generated $67 billion in revenue last year, providing most of the money that fuels Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc.

In addition to providing quicker ways to get to personal account information, Google also is introducing a “Find Your Phone” tool that’s designed to protect data stored on a device, as well as help locate it if it’s lost or stolen. The tool will work on Apple’s iPhone, as well as devices running on Google’s Android software. It’s meant to supplement the device-tracking and security features already built into the iPhone and the Android operating system.

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2 men dead after murder-suicide on UCLA campus

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Two men are dead following a murder-suicide on the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) campus.

William S. Klug, a professor of mechanical engineering, was gunned down in an engineering building office, according to a law enforcement official.

The other man, whose body was found in the same area, has yet to be identified.

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said a note was found near the bodies.

“I don’t know if it’s a suicide note, I don’t know if it’s a confession, I don’t know what it is,” said Beck.

The bodies were found in a small office, Beck confirmed, and a gun was found in close proximity.

All classes were cancelled for the day and are expected to resume Thursday.

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The school urged students to “go to a secure location and deny entry (lockdown)” after the shooting in an engineering building on campus.

The school is in its final weeks of classes for the term, with finals set to begin next week.

Both campus police and the LAPD responded to multiple reports of shots fired.

Helicopter footage from NBC Los Angeles showed police tactical officers running towards the entrance of the science building.

Dozens of emergency vehicles were on scene as well as SWAT teams; a bomb squad was on campus as a precautionary measure.

A UCLA student told CBS News that police stormed the building amid reports of a shooting.

“One of my friends was in Boelter, in class and she said a bunch of police with like machine guns came and told them to just run,” the student told the news station in a phone interview.

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Dozens of stores, pharmacies, banks reopen after Fort McMurray wildfire

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The first wave of Fort McMurray residents was able to return home Wednesday for the first time since a voracious wildfire forced a mass evacuation of the entire city.

Starting June 1, a voluntary re-entry plan will see groups of residents come back in a phased approach as to not to gridlock highways or overwhelm local services.

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    Officials with the municipality were expecting between 14,000 and 15,000 people to come back on Wednesday. And, while the city certainly doesn’t look like the one they left one month ago, there is some sense of normalcy returning to Fort McMurray.

    By June 1, there were five grocery stores up and running, five pharmacies, 10 gas stations, 10 hotels and 11 banks open.

    “Depending on the nature of the business you’re in – today will be the first entry day for anyone in the downtown – it might be a few weeks to clean off shelves and do what they need to to make their work environments appropriate,” Mayor Melissa Blake said.

    Businesses open in Fort McMurray as of June 1, 2016.

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    Businesses open in Fort McMurray as of June 1, 2016.

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    Businesses open in Fort McMurray as of June 1, 2016.

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    Businesses open in Fort McMurray as of June 1, 2016.

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    Blake said the city wanted to ensure essential services were in place on the first day of re-entry.

    “Our grocery stores were imperative, the gas stations… the pharmacies, just the really critical things for people and they did get an early-entry permit.”

    Still, the mayor said operations are far from regular.

    “What people will not experience is what they had when they left. You’re still going to be on diminished supply,” the mayor said. “Be prepared of course when you come in with things that are essential to them that may not exist in the community.”

    The Stoney Creek Save-On Foods opened its doors Wednesday. Everything in the store had to be thrown out and the entire building cleaned. The shelves were restocked in a matter of days.

    “In the last week to 10 days, we’ve pulled everything out, cleaned everything, wiped it down and restocked,” general manager Craig Anderson said. “It’s been four straignt days of cleaning and then the last two days, rebuidling and replenishing to be ready for business today.”

    George Cloete is the associate owner of the Shoppers Drug Mart in downtown Fort McMurray. He describes the last week as a whirlwind.

    “If I say chaos, I literally mean chaos.”

    Still, in an unbelievable amount of time, the team was able to get the store ready.

    “We started cleaning and stock arrived, in pallets and pallets and pallets,” Cloete said. “I never thought we’d be able to do it. What we did in six days typically takes six weeks for a team to do.”

    ATCO had re-lit pilots for natural gas in 1,776 homes.

    There were 15,000 people who qualified for re-entry Wednesday. Zone 1 includes Lower Townsite, Anzac, Fort McMurray 468 First Nation and Gregoire Lake Estates, which has more than 5,410 dwellings.

    READ MORE: ‘Welcome Home Fort McMurray’: Signs welcome residents forced to flee Fort McMurray wildfire 

    Thousands of workers with various organizations – including Alberta Health Services, the municipality, Telus, Transportation, Sheriffs, RCMP, Shaw, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, and Firesmart – are also on scene.

    The mayor said another challenge for local businesses will be supporting anyone whose home was lost or damaged by fire.

    “The understanding of who in their employee base has been impacted and what are their needs going to be,” Blake explained. “Normalization is certainly the destination we’re pursuing but the path that each individual business will take will follow differently.”

    “We’ve been supported so much, it’s time for us to support each other.”

    There are more than 700 staff with the Insurance Bureau of Canada currently in Fort McMurray. Another 744 are expected to arrive shortly, bringing the total to 1,554.

    Taxi service is scheduled to resume June 1.

    The wildfire remains out of control and is roughly 581,000 hectares. Nearly 2,400 firefighters and support staff are battling the blaze, which is not causing imminent threat to the community of Fort McMurray.

    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s Municipal Law Enforcement Services in cooperation with the Alberta SPCA and many other animal welfare organizations conducted the largest pet evacuation in Canadian history.

    Since the fire, 1,177 animals have been rescued. More than 1,078 have been reunited with their owners.

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Halifax councillor wants children’s school bus access criteria updated

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Every morning, a group of about 20 elementary school students get ready for school and wait along Beaverbank Road in Beaverbank, N.S.

Although multiple school buses pass them, none stop to pick the children up.

It’s been a recurring problem for the community dating back two decades. The only transportation students can access to get to their school is a Halifax Transit bus.

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The issue of transit service was a hot topic at Halifax City Council this week. Staff wanted to eliminate free rides for the twenty students who attend Beaverbank-Monarch Elementary School.

While debating the bylaw, concerns were raised about why these kids don’t have to pay to use the city buses, when others do.

“We pay our taxes, so why do we have to pay to send our kids on the bus to go to school?” said Diane Lane, a parent of a Beaverbank-Monarch student. “Either let us have our [Halifax] Transit or give us a stock bus, it’s as simple as that.”

The province of Nova Scotia provides funding to individual school boards who then arrange transportation to students. The problem in this case is that the students technically live within a standard walking distance to the school.

Students face dangerous walking journey

That criteria is based off a direct line of travel —; which in this case would see students walk through a wooded area and skirt along a swamp. The only alternative would be to travel along Beaverbank Road, which sees more than 14,000 vehicles daily.

“A number of years ago there was a student who was actually walking to the school, was cutting through a wooded area and actually fell into, or somehow ended up drowning in a lake that’s down here,” said Brad Johns, councillor for the area.

Johns is hoping the Halifax Regional School Board (HRSB) can consider updating the criteria they use to determine walking distance for students, so more children can have access to transportation.

“This is not a unique situation across the municipality. I get calls all the time about people —; particularity with students who are in the elementary schools —; who are complaining about the distance their kids have to walk to school,” said Johns.

HRSB member Gin Yee says across Nova Scotia there is only transportation funding available for students who live 3.6 kilometers from school.

In Halifax, the criteria is different —; students are eligible to be bused to school if they live more than 2.4 kilometers away. Yee doesn’t think the standards will be changing anytime soon, saying it’s a matter of budget.

After much debate, councillors voted in favour of keeping the bus route as is. The matter will be before a public hearing in June. If it passes, the service will continue for the students of Beaverbank-Monarch Elementary School as long as its needed.

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Manitoba Bisons name Gene Muller as director of athletics and recreation

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WINNIPEG – The faculty of kinesiology and recreation management and Bison sports made a big announcement on Wednesday, naming Gene Muller the new director of athletics and recreation for the University of Manitoba.

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Muller, 49, takes over from Colleen Dufresne who announced her retirement in April after a 32-year career with Bison sports —; the last 15 of which were spent as athletic director. Under Dufrense’s leadership, four Bison teams won Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) national championships, as well as nine Canada West conference championships.

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A native of South Africa, Muller has served as director of the U of M’s Active Living Centre since October 2014, however his coaching resume is packed with accomplishments. He was the bench boss for South Africa’s women’s national field hockey team at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games and also consulted with the Australian field hockey team during the 2008 Olympic Games. Additionally, Muller was named CIS women’s field hockey Coach of the Year in 2001 as head coach of the Bison’s squad.

“Gene’s resume speaks for itself. We are tremendously fortunate and honoured to have someone with such comprehensive international experience and tangible success leading our sports and recreation services programs,” said Douglas Brown, Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management in a press release.

READ MORE: Active living centre opens at U of M

Muller has held many hats during his 15-year high-performance coaching and management career, including being at the helm for over 300 international matches. Among his prior titles are Women’s National Coach for the South African Hockey Association, Men’s National Coach for Field Hockey Canada, Women’s National Coach and director of player performance for the Irish Hockey Association and the General Manager of the high performance and national teams for Field Hockey Canada.

Muller had many people to recognize following the news.

“I am both honoured and excited to be appointed as the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management’s Director of Athletics and Recreation. We are fortunate to have a great team of coaches, administrators, directors and coordinators. They fuel my optimism for the future of Athletics and Recreation at the University of Manitoba. I have been lucky to get to know all the staff and coaches of Bison sports. I want to take the opportunity of thanking Coleen [Dufresne] for her impact on Bison sports —; her retirement leaves a void. I am thankful for her generous help in transitioning to the new position,” Muller said in a press release.

Muller will move into his new role starting on September 1, 2016.

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‘Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’: This is what Ron and Hermione look like

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On Tuesday, Pottermore, the all-things-Harry Potter website, revealed key cast member photos of the Potter family as they’ll appear in the London stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.

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Pottermore released further images Wednesday, this time showcasing the Granger-Weasley family, a.k.a. Hermione Granger and Harry Potter’s best friend, Ron Weasley.

Set 19 years after the events of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Granger and Weasley have a daughter, Rose. Her picture was also released. Weasley will be played by Paul Thornley, Granger by Noma Dumezweni, and Rose by Cherrelle Skeete.

READ MORE: Black Hermione cast in new Harry Potter play, J.K. Rowling approves

There was some internet backlash when it was announced that a black actress would be playing Hermione, who’s played by Emma Watson in the movies. Some people claimed it was jarring to switch the character from white to black.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling even stepped into the fray, insisting that she never clearly stated what skin colour Hermione has.

Hermione Granger (Noma Dumezweni)

Ron Weasley (Paul Thornley)

Rose Granger-Weasley (Cherrelle Skeete)

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth story in the Potter saga, has its world premiere in London’s West End at the Palace Theatre on July 30, 2016.

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The play is based on an original new story by Potter writer J.K. Rowling, along with co-writers Jack Thorne and John Tiffany.

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