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September, 2019

What to do if your yard was destroyed by the summer snowstorm – Calgary

CALGARY- A sudden summer snowstorm that downed trees and power lines has left some Calgary homeowners with major property damage.

Falling trees and branches damaged some cars and homes, and obliterated plants and shrubs. The city says there have been nearly five thousand calls made to 311 since midnight Tuesday, and about 900 of those were in regards to damaged tree limbs.

“Clean up what you can, what’s damaged,” suggests Cheryl Trotter from Palliser Insurance. “Remove all the broken stuff now, because it’s just going to be an open wound for next year.”

While there is limited insurance coverage available for outdoor trees and plants, it can be hard to prove snow damage.

“It all depends on your type of shrub, how healthy it is, how much snow can accumulate,” explains John Duncan from Greengate Garden Centre. “There can be a lot of variables in there.”

He suggests shaking snow off of trees and shrubs to reduce the weight, and cutting away broken tree limbs.

City landfills are accepting broken tree limbs, and do not charge a disposal fee.

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City still putting finishing touches on some school zones – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG – Some of the city’s new reduced-speed school zones don’t yet meet all the requirements laid down by provincial legislation. But police say they’ve only been issuing tickets to speeders in zones where all the t’s have been crossed and i’s dotted.

Officials said Tuesday they are still in the process of documenting the details of the new 30 km/hr school zones around 171 Winnipeg schools.

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“Provincial regulation requires that municipalities include dimensional information in their by-laws to document the installed location of each sign,” says city manager of transportation Luis Escobar in a statement.

Police say they will continue conducting enforcement in all school zones including those still waiting to be documented but it is “unlikely officers will issue a ticket in those zones at this time unless the speed is excessive,” police Det. Sgt. Natalie Aitken told Global News.

Police say the tickets handed out to school zone speeders so far this month were in zones that meet all the regulations.

“Since the start of September the WPS has issued tickets to drivers speeding in the school zone speed reduction areas,” Winnipeg Police say in a statement issued by their Public Information Office Tuesday. “however those tickets that were issued were not in areas where the City of Winnipeg is still in the process of finalizing the documentation of locations for inclusion in the City by-law.”

Officials say all the school zone and speed limit signs are placed correctly, contradicting a report earlier Tuesday.

Halifax councillors vote to save historic Khyber building for now – Halifax

HALIFAX – The historic Khyber building on Barrington Street in Halifax has been saved for now.

City council voted Tuesday to remove the 126-year-old building from a list of surplus properties the municipality would consider selling.

Downtown councillor Waye Mason put forward the motion, which also directed staff to give a detailed report on the building’s condition and look into why a 2010 plan to make the Khyber an arts incubator never materialized.

“Even if everything goes our way and if everybody agrees that the arts centre is worth investing the money in and council votes to spend a couple million bucks, we’re still looking at a long time frame to get it done,” Mason said.

“But I think it’s worth doing and doing properly.”

Dozens of supporters wearing white T-shirts with the slogan ‘Khyber Forever’ gathered ahead of the council meeting and marched towards City Hall bearing a petition with more than 2,300 signatures.

Supporters wearing ‘Khyber Forever’ T-shirts marched towards City Hall ahead of Tuesday’s council meeting.

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The event was organized by Friends of the Khyber, a group that includes artists and musicians who have a connection to the building.

“It’s a place I’ve been an art exhibitor, I’ve seen my favourite bands, I’ve played in my own band,” said Emily Davidson. “It’s a place I feel has a lot to give this city and I’m hoping to see Halifax give back to the artists’ community.”

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The Khyber used to be a bustling arts and music venue, but its condition has deteriorated over the years and asbestos was found in the plaster. The city estimated renovating the building would cost more than $4.1 million and its operating cost was a further $33,000 per year.

But advocates say preserving the building would have both cultural and historical significance.

“I think the city can show by the way it treats that building, how heritage buildings should be treated,” said Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia president, Linda Forbes.

Musician Joel Plaskett, who famously sang about the Khyber, was also at the council meeting.

“I think what the Khyber represents is sort of bigger than the building itself but the building itself is also incredible and it’s done a lot for the community so we want to keep that happening,” he said.

While he was encouraged by the councillors’ decision, he stopped short of calling it a victory.

“I think it’s promising but it isn’t a victory until the doors are open on that place again and we can get back in there.”

Frost advisory back in Sask., killing frost possible into Thursday – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – Frost advisories have been issued for the second day in a row for parts of central Saskatchewan including Prince Albert, Lloydminster and North Battleford.

A ridge of high pressure building on the backside of a cold front that slid through Monday night will clear skies and bring in a cold airmass, resulting in temperatures falling below the freezing mark Tuesday night.

The cold front also stirred up snow across parts of southwestern Saskatchewan into Tuesday morning, causing some to wake up to a winter wonderland with two weeks left before the first day of summer.

Temperatures on Tuesday morning fell well below the freezing mark in some areas.

Weather advisories for frost are issued by Environment Canada when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, leading to damaged crops.

Frost may damage crops in frost-prone areas, so be sure to cover up plants in vulnerable areas.

Temperatures in Saskatoon are expected to drop to the freezing mark Tuesday night. Although there is no frost advisory for the city, it would be advisable for residents to cover up any outdoor plants that may be susceptible to frost damage.

Wednesday night though Thursday morning should see another round of frost advisories.

These advisories will likely include Saskatoon and areas further south as temperatures across much of central Saskatchewan are expected, in some cases, to drop well below the freezing mark, which could raise the risk for a killing frost as an arctic high pressure centres itself over the Prairies by Thursday morning.

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Frost advisory ISSUED for:

City of LloydminsterPrince Albert – Shellbrook – Spiritwood – Duck LakeThe Battlefords – Unity – Maidstone – St. WalburgMelfort – Tisdale – Nipawin – Carrot RiverHumboldt – Wynyard – Wadena – Lanigan – Foam LakeMeadow Lake – Big River – Green Lake – PiercelandYorkton – Melville – EsterhazyHudson Bay – Porcupine PlainKamsack – Canora – Preeceville
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Oliver Jones mural unveiled in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighbourhood – Montreal

MONTREAL — Jazzman Oliver Jones was honoured with some unique street art near his childhood home in Little Burgundy on Tuesday.

Jazzman Oliver Jones was honoured with some unique street art near his childhood home in Little Burgundy on September 9, 2014.

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He was celebrating his 80th birthday two days early with the unveiling of a mural, a tribute to his long music career.

Jazzman Oliver Jones was honoured with some unique street art near his childhood home in Little Burgundy on September 9, 2014.

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The piece is produced by the charitable organization MU, whose mission is to beautify Montreal by creating murals anchored in local communities.

Jazzman Oliver Jones was honoured with some unique street art near his childhood home in Little Burgundy on September 9, 2014.

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The mural is at the intersection of Lionel-Groulx and Georges-Vanier in the heart of Montreal’s historical jazz sector.

Jazzman Oliver Jones was honoured with some unique street art near his childhood home in Little Burgundy on September 9, 2014.

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The new piece of street art is the eighth in an ambitious series of murals by MU celebrating Montreal’s cultural icons.

Jazzman Oliver Jones was honoured with some unique street art near his childhood home in Little Burgundy on September 9, 2014.

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