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

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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.

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    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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Meet the woman behind #OscarsSoWhite hashtag

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TORONTO – It all started January 2015.

April Reign, managing editor of BroadwayBlack苏州美甲纹绣培训, settled on to her couch eagerly awaiting the 2015 Oscar nominations announcement.

“I’ve been a watcher of the Oscars for over 30 years,” Reign said.

But as each of the nominees were announced, Reign noticed an unsettling trend.

“Picture after picture after picture came up and there were no people of colour, there was no one from a marginalized community, there were no one from LGBT community people represented,” she said.

“I was disappointed and frustrated with the lack of representation in film and so I took to social media to vent that frustration.”

Reign composed a simple, but poignant 45 character tweet that would start the #OscarsSoWhite phenomenon.

#OscarsSoWhite they asked to touch my hair. 😒

— April (@ReignOfApril) January 15, 2015


“It was a lark. It was something funny and cheeky,” Reign said.

“And then the conversation turned into something much more serious and it became a rallying cry to have more in depth discussion on this issue.”

Now, more than one year since the hashtag’s composition, it’s still relevant.

“[It] experienced a resurgence,” she said.

“This year was disappointing and a lot of people thought that 2015 was just a fluke but when we saw 2016 and there still was not any significant inclusion in film of marginalized communities, I think people started to realize that perhaps this was a pattern.”

Reign said movies like “The Martian”, with the lead character being played by Matt Damon could have considered casting actors of colour.

“Matt Damon did a great job in it but there’s nothing to say that a person of colour could have not played that role,” she said.

“Similarly, a movie like the ‘Danish Girl’ with Eddie Redmayne, he was great playing a transgender woman and was nominated, but the movie ‘Tangerine’ was overlooked by the Academy and one wonders why a transgender woman could not have played the role that Eddie Redmayne did. Those are the sort of issues in respect to inclusion that #OscarsSoWhite speaks to.”

Since the #OscarsSoWhite resurgence, Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs said she has since redoubled efforts to diversify its membership.

“I am very energized  by the fact that the academy  has made some structural changes, which is more than I could have imagined,” Reign said.

“The systemic change that they are making is historic. It hasn’t happened in the 80 year history of the awards.”

But this is just the beginning Reign said, adding she no longer wants to have these discussions.

“What I would like to have happen is that we don’t have to have these discussions anymore. We shouldn’t be able to pick on one hand the  number of people of colour or the number of people in marginalized communities that have been nominated.”

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Handwritten letters dating back to WWII show side of Alberta man his grandchildren never knew

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EDMONTON — An Alberta family says letters penned by their grandfather in the Second World War reveal a side of him they never got the chance to know.

On Wednesday morning, Jason Rasmussen and his sisters, Trish Rasmussen and Kristen Evans, were reunited with the letters their grandfather, Gen. Mungo Clark, wrote and mailed home during his time overseas in the 1940s.

“The things he must have seen and had to do to stay alive, to survive. I can’t wait to read all of these with our family and our kids,” Jason said.


“This is like a small treasure for us,” Trish added.

The letters were seized by Rimbey RCMP after officers found them inside a stolen vehicle on Feb. 5. When officers realized the sentimental value the letters had, the search began for their rightful owners.

READ MORE: Handwritten letters dating back to 1946 found, Alberta RCMP look for owners 

The letters mean a great deal to the central Alberta trio – their grandfather passed away in 1995. Reading them now, Clark’s grandchildren are seeing a softer side of him; a side that showed great love and admiration for his family.

“I was too young to really have a good conversation with him before he died and so reading this as a conversation is indescribable,” Kristen said.

“Very caring, very loving. We never saw that when I knew him. Never saw that,” Jason said.

The grandfather they knew was cold. He showed all the signs of what is now known as post-traumatic stress disorder.

“My grandpa, in his later years, was not the same man as before the war so I think it would be really nice for my mom to see a sentimental side to him because she certainly didn’t see that in his later years,” Trish added.

Jason recalled times when a slamming a door too hard would cause his grandfather to jump out of his skin.

“Being on the frontlines, the things that he must have seen or had to do? That would change anybody,” Jason said.

“Unfortunately, back then it was alcohol, that’s how they dealt with it and that’s how my grandfather dealt with it and it’s really sad. It’s really sad.”

What makes the discovery of the letters even more significant is that the family didn’t even know they existed. Before learning of them last week, the only keepsakes they had of their grandfather was a small box of documents from the war, which includes his discharge papers.

“This is serendipity, right? We found something good that we weren’t even looking for,” Trish said.

RCMP are still investigating to determine where the letters were stolen from.

Gen. Mungo Clark’s letters Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016.

Fletcher Kent, Global News

Gen. Mungo Clark’s letters Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016.

Fletcher Kent, Global News

Cst. Jonathan Maillet with Kristen Evans (L), Jason Rasmussen (C) and Trish Rasmussen as they look through their grandfather’s letters Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016.

Fletcher Kent, Global News

Rimbey RCMP are looking for the owners of these letters which date back 1946. The letters were written between a Margaret Clark and a Gen. Mungo Clark.

Courtesy, Rimbey RCMP

Rimbey RCMP are looking for the owners of these letters which date back 1946. The letters were written between a Margaret Clark and a Gen. Mungo Clark.

Courtesy, Rimbey RCMP

Rimbey RCMP are looking for the owners of these letters which date back 1946. The letters were written between a Margaret Clark and a Gen. Mungo Clark.

Courtesy, Rimbey RCMP

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Saskatchewan indigenous groups look to build bonds with refugees

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SASKATOON – An indigenous welcome event Wednesday in Saskatoon for recent refugees will go a long way in creating a lasting relationship between the two groups, according to organizers.

“When you don’t know each other, there’s that prejudgment and lack of understanding,” said Beulah Gana, the director of the Saskatchewan Association of Immigrant Settlement and Integration Agencies.

“With understanding of each other’s culture and where you are coming from, there’s a welcoming community.”



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    Roughly 200 refugees took in Wednesday’s event at Holy Family Cathedral, which was organized in part by Gana. It featured speeches from indigenous groups, who explained parts of First Nations history and certain customs.

    “We want to just provide an event that says that we’re behind you and we want to support you in any way that we can,” said Brad Bird, the cultural coordinator for the Aboriginal Friendship Centres of Saskatchewan.

    “We want to ensure that they have a good understanding of where we come from as an aboriginal community, how the community around us was built.”

    READ MORE: Syrian refugees thank Saskatoon for warm welcome

    Similar events are planned in Regina and Moose Jaw over the coming days. Organizers say the effort is in response to the Syrian refugee crisis and is open to all refugees who have arrived in Saskatchewan since the start of November.

    “This country embrace and hug us and we not forget these warm moments and I think these unforgettable moments for us,” said Raad Al Jamous, one of Saskatoon’s Syrian refugees who participated in Wednesday’s event.

    “I found warming, welcoming, that make me to forget the cold weather here in Saskatoon.”

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Marco Muzzo apologizes for killing 3 children and grandfather, will learn fate March 29

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NEWMARKET, Ont. – A drunk driver who killed three children and their grandfather in a horrific crash told the grieving family Wednesday that he wished he could erase his “inexcusable” actions, but his apology was rejected by the children’s parents.

Marco Muzzo, 29, faced a packed courtroom as he expressed the sorrow and regret he said have been consuming him since the Sept. 27 tragedy in Vaughan, Ont.

“I am tortured by the grief and the pain that I have caused the entire family,” he said.


“I will forever be haunted by the reality of what I have done. I am truly sorry.”

His voice trembling at times, Muzzo acknowledged that his words could bring no consolation to those whose lives have been irreparably harmed by his behaviour.

But he vowed to work to make amends by educating others on the dangers of drunk driving.

“I will spend the rest of my life attempting to atone for my conduct,” he said.

READ MORE: 3 findings from Marco Muzzo’s psychiatric report

Muzzo pleaded guilty earlier this month to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Nine-year-old Daniel Neville-Lake, his five-year-old brother Harrison, their two-year-old sister Milly, and the children’s 65-year-old grandfather, Gary Neville, died after the van they were in was hit by an SUV.

Jennifer and Edward Neville-Lake, whose family was decimated in the crash, left the room as Muzzo took the stand and did not return until he was back in the prisoner’s box.

Outside court, Jennifer Neville-Lake said the couple had no interest in what Muzzo had to say and questioned the sincerity of his remorse.

“There’s nothing he could absolutely say that would have any impact on me on my life so I don’t want to listen to the man who is responsible for killing my children,” she told reporters outside the court. “There’s nothing he can say, his actions spoke louder than words.”


I stand here before you today with great remorse, sympathy and unimaginable regret. As I listened with horror yesterday to the details of the catastrophic consequences of my actions, I knew that my words would be of no consolation. Ever since the tragedy that occurred as a result of my inexcusable conduct, I have wanted to say that I am sorry and apologize to your family from the bottom of my heart.

I am at a loss for words and I am on a constant search for the right way to express to you my sorrow. I know that there are no actions that can ever change what has happened. I know that there is no steps that I can take to bring back your children Daniel, Harrison, and Millie Neville-Lake and your father Gary Neville – I pray that I could – but I cannot. I wish that I could undo the heartbreaking experiences that your mother Neriza Neville and grandmother Josephina Frias had to witness and continue to live through. I am tortured by the grief and the pain that I have caused your entire family and the tragic effect that this has had on so many others and its impact upon the community.

I could never have imagined the degree of suffering and pain I have caused. If I could reverse the hands of time, I would without hesitation. I want nothing more than to attempt to bring some peace to your hearts and minds.

I wish that I could be able to give back to your family for all I have taken. I will spend the rest of my life attempting to atone for my conduct – by devoting myself to education the public of the disastrous consequences of drinking and driving.

Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe. I pray every day for the loss of your family and to help diminish the extreme sadness and grief you feel. As God resides in our hearts, and your family resides with Him, I hope that you can find some comfort in your faith.

I will forever be haunted by the reality of what I have done and I am truly sorry.

The family has even requested a court order barring Muzzo from contacting them from behind bars, though his lawyer said Muzzo would respect their wishes without an official restraint.

Just a day earlier, Neville-Lake had stared down Muzzo as she delivered an emotional statement to the court, saying his actions had shattered her world and robbed her of her identity as a mother.

It’s common for mourning families to dismiss the apologies offered by drunk drivers, said Andrew Murie, CEO of Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada. And while offenders often vow to change, few fulfil their promises, he said.

Muzzo’s lawyer, Brian Greenspan, said his client is “grief-stricken” and takes full responsibility for his actions.

READ MORE: Marco Muzzo speaks for first time at sentencing hearing

The crash was the result of a “terrible decision made by a very good person” who had otherwise led a “virtually exemplary” life, he said.

The Muzzo family, one of Canada’s wealthiest, owns the drywall company Marel Contractors and is worth nearly $1.8 billion, according to Canadian Business magazine.

Dozens of people, including relatives and employees of the family business, wrote letters denouncing what they called an unfair portrayal of Muzzo in the media.

A neighbour said Muzzo, who he has known for years, was always willing to lend a hand, while an employee described him as “humble beyond words and loved by everyone.”

His fiancee said the pair were inseparable and had spent the last few years building their home. They were set to be married in October, but those plans were derailed after Muzzo’s arrest.

A compassionate and helpful man, Muzzo took over caring for his family after losing his father to cancer a decade ago, Taryn Hampton said in her letter.

Marco Muzzo, right, leaves the Newmarket courthouse surrounded by family, on February 4, 2016. A sentencing hearing is scheduled today for the 29-year-old who pled guilty to driving drunk and causing a horrific crash that killed three children and their grandfather.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

The Crown, meanwhile, compared Muzzo’s actions to walking down the street with a loaded gun.

“It is time to send a message,” Crown lawyer Paul Tait said in calling for a sentence of 10 to 12 years and a ban on driving for eight to 10.

“Every drunk driver makes a choice and in this case that choice resulted in catastrophic consequences for the victims’ family,” he said. “An entire generation of the Neville-Lake family was wiped out in one fell swoop.”

There is no maximum sentence for impaired driving causing death and Tait said the judge could impose a sentence beyond what he requested, noting that it would set a strong precedent.

The defence has argued an eight-year sentence would be sufficient, with credit for the four months he has already spent in custody.

A psychiatric report filed with the court Wednesday said Muzzo is showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and mild depression.

READ MORE: Marco Muzzo: Why a similar case attracted an 8-year prison sentence

Dr. Graham Glancy, who conducted the evaluation, said Muzzo shows “considerable remorse” and appears “distressed and tearful” at times, particularly when discussing the crash.

The psychiatrist said Muzzo told him he was stunned by the breathalyzer results, which court has heard were between two and three times the legal limit.

He said Muzzo recalled drinking until 3 a.m. the night before the crash but feeling fine in the morning. Muzzo remembered having three to four drinks on a plane before taking the wheel, but did not feel drunk.

Court has heard he was returning from his bachelor party in Florida on a private plane and picked up his car at Pearson International Airport.

Muzzo is to be sentenced on March 29.

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Winnipeg’s Great Ice Show will stay open longer, weather permitting

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WINNIPEG –If you haven’t had a chance to check out more than 100 ice sculptures at The Great Ice Show, now you’ll have more time to do it.

Organizers of the show said they’ll keep everything going until the weather gets too warm and melts the ice.

“The sun damages the ice sculptures the most,” organizer Paul Kostas said. “The structures that have any damage, either we repair them or we disregard them all together and we build new ones.”

On Friday, temperatures in Winnipeg could reach the freezing mark so Kostas knows the day will be challenging.

“Looking at the long range forecast I think as soon as we pass Friday we should be good for another week,” Kostas said.  “If the low temperatures are accompanied by overcast then the damage is minimal.”

The show kicked off at the end of January and features a 40 foot tall ice slide, bumper cars, an ice bridge, polar bear heads families can toboggan through and more.

“Festival du Voyageur has helped us and we have helped Festival,” organizer Andy Zhao said. “It all makes us a better package together and puts Winnipeg on the map.”

Zhao said people from outside the city who came to the show felt like there was a lot to see between The Forks and Festival du Voyageur, which wrapped up on February 21.

“We learned a lot this year and are looking to expand The Great Show next year here,” Zhao said.

He is looking at snow and ice festivals around the world and taking ideas to improve areas in the future.

“We are going to build a snow restaurant that’s in our plan and also local performers have contacted us,”  Zhao said. “Some people are even asking about wedding photos here.”

Zhao said families are coming in from across Canada to see the ice sculptures and international tourists are also stopping by.

Next year, visitors can expect a new look with more sculptures and possibly an earlier start date.

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Why a travel safety harness could save your dog’s life

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We all know the value of wearing a seat belt, and securing your pet is no different.

Finding the right travel dog harness could save your pet’s life. Veterinarians say even a low-speed crash can cause an animal to suffer significant injuries if it’s not properly secured inside the vehicle.

Dog owner Elisha McCallum knows that fact all too well. Last month, McCallum lost her beloved Jack Russell Terrier, “Radar”, in a car accident. Radar was not wearing a safety harness and died instantly.


“Radar was not restrained or crated at all and I believe if she had been restrained in some way, this could have been prevented,” says McCallum.

Pet owners are not required by law to use a safety harness, but U.S.-based groups like the Center for Pet Safety are trying to change that. In 2013, the CPS teamed up with Subaru to test a number of pet travel harnesses. The results were disturbing.

“What we learned was that the extension tethers and zip-line-style products that come with many of these products are dangerous. They could actually increase the risk of injury to the people in the vehicle. They can increase the risk of injury to the pet,” says founder and CEO of the Center for Pet Safety Lindsey Wolko.

The CPS also says many manufacturers of pet harnesses do testing, but can make all sorts of claims.

“They may have failed crash testing and they’ll still say that they have crash tested their product,” says Wolko.

So how do you choose the right harness? Dr. Adrian Walton from the Dewdney Animal Hospital says, “Take a close look at the box. They will actually mention things like crash testing, but some of them will say strength testing, which is really when they put a harness into a machine and pull on it to see when it failed.”

Also, make sure the harness fits properly. Your dog should be able to stand, sit, and lay down comfortably. However, it should not be too loose. “When you secure your pet inside the vehicle, ensure the distance between the seatbelt and harness is as minimal as possible,” says Dr. Walton.

The Center For Pet Safety recommends before purchasing a harness, weigh your dog and talk to the manufacturer to find out what kind of due diligence they’ve completed.

“If they’ve crash tested their products, how did they crash test it?” Wolko asks. “What standard did they use? If they tell you they’ve crash tested, but they’ve only tested one size, that’s a major red flag.”

For more information, visit the Center for Pet Safety’s website.

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Alberta Medical Association president says MDs grappling with assisted death

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EDMONTON – The president of the Alberta Medical Association says it’s time for physicians in the province to focus on how they will deal with patients who want help to die.

Dr. Carl Nohr says the Supreme Court has ruled that assisted death is a patient’s right by law, regardless of individual opinions.

Nohr says some may want to continue debating the morality of the law, but physicians must look at how they will treat patients compassionately.



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    The Alberta Medical Association is to hold meetings next month to discuss practical ways on how physicians are going to meet such requests.

    Nohr says he believes there will be enough doctors in Alberta who will be willing to help, so that no doctors will have to do so against their will.

    “With respect to the objections of individual physicians, I am confident that a sufficient number of physicians will be available … without any need to override an individual physician’s conscience,” Nohr wrote in a letter sent to association members Wednesday.

    “Respecting the choice of physicians who do not wish to participate will not hinder patient access.”

    READ MORE: Alberta Catholic church stresses opposition to ‘morally wrong’ physician-assisted death 

    Nohr said the March meeting is to include presentations by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta, the Canadian Medical Association, Alberta Health Services and the Alberta government.

    The meeting is not intended to reopen the debate over whether physicians should be involved with assisted dying, he said.

    “The principle of physician autonomy is not served by forcing all to one side or the other. Regardless of personal opinion, we must all support the right of choice — either way.”

    Alberta Health Minister Sarah Hoffman has said the province will consult with the public about assisted death. The province is expected to announce details of the consultation in the coming days.

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Bill Gates disputes reports that he sides with the FBI over iPhone hacking

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Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has disputed reports that he sides with the FBI when it comes to whether Apple should hack an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.

In an interview with Bloomberg Business Tuesday, the tech mogul said he was disappointed in articles that inaccurately reference a sit-down he had with The Financial Times.


In the interview, the former Microsoft CEO appeared to support the FBI’s argument that creating a special operating system, allowing investigators to hack the iPhone, would not automatically undermine encryption for all iPhone users.

READ MORE: US Justice Department looking at orders to force Apple to hack other iPhones, report

Gates told Bloomberg the articles published referencing that interview do not accurately reflect his stance on the debate.

“I’m hoping now we can have the discussion. I do believe there are sets of safeguards where the government shouldn’t have to be completely blind,” he said.

Gates added when it comes to this particular case, he believes the courts should decide whether or not Apple should be forced to hack the phone.

“These issues will be decided in Congress – the Patriot Act, how that gets evolved – you don’t want to just take the minute after a terrorist event and swing in that direction, nor do you want to completely swing away from government access when you get some abuse being revealed,” Gates said.

“You want to strike that balance.”

Last week a U.S. magistrate judge ordered Apple to help the FBI hack into an encrypted iPhone used by Syed Farook, who along with his wife, Tashfeen Malik, killed 14 people in San Bernardino last December.

The ruling would require Apple to create special software enabling the FBI to bypass the built-in self-destruct feature that erases the phone’s data after too many unsuccessful passcode attempts.

And while the Justice Department is only asking the company to help unlock Farook’s iPhone in particular, it’s unclear if the software could be adapted to hack other devices.

READ MORE: Why the FBI can’t hack an iPhone without help from Apple

“Once created, the technique could be used over and over again, on any number of devices. In the physical world, it would be the equivalent of a master key, capable of opening hundreds of millions of locks — from restaurants and banks to stores and homes,” Apple CEO Tim Cook wrote in an open letter to customers.

Microsoft has not officially commented on its stance on the matter. However, as The Financial Times pointed out, the Reform Government Surveillance organization – which the company is a member of – has released a statement saying companies should not be required to build backdoors into their products.

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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.

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