Finland and Sweden remain committed to joining NATO at the same time despite Turkey's opposition to the Swedish candidacy, the two countries prime ministers told a joint news conference in Stockholm on Thursday. "I don't like this atmosphere, position where Sweden is presented as a sort of trouble child in the classroom. I don't think this is the case," Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin said.
A 7.8 magnitude earthquake shook southeast Turkey early Monday and was followed by another strong temblor. It was felt in several provinces in the region and knocked down a number of buildings, reports said.
The U.S. Geological Survey said quake was centered about 33 kilometers (20 miles) from Gaziantep, a major city and provincial capital. It was about 26 kilometers (16 miles) from the town of Nurdagi.
It was centered 18 kilometers (11 miles) deep, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A strong 6.7 temblor rumbled about 10 minutes later.
Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management agency, AFAD, said the quake measured 7.4 and was centered in the town of Pazarcik, in Kahramanmaras province.
Several buildings tumbled down in the neighboring provinces of Malatya, Diyarbakir and Malatya, HaberTurk television reported. There was no immediate reports on casualties.
Turkey sits on top of major fault lines and is frequently shaken by earthquakes.
The earthquake was also felt in Lebanon and Syria.
Syria’s state media reported that some buildings collapsed in the northern city of Aleppo and the central city of Hama.
In Syria’s rebel-held northwest that borders Turkey several buildings collapsed, according to the opposition’s Syrian civil Defense.
There was no immediate word on casualties.
In Beirut and Damascus, buildings shook and many people went down to the streets in fear.
A local radio station recently celebrated its four-year on-air anniversary during the first-ever Community Radio Week in Penticton.
Peach City’s very own community radio society CFUZ 92.9 FM first broadcasted online only, before debuting on the FM dial.
“As soon as we were able to have a physical studio and be broadcasting on FM it sort of opened the floodgates. We had a lot more people listening, because they’re driving around listening in their cars, stereos,” said CFUZ Board of Directors president Claire Thompson.
“We had lots more people contacting us saying ‘hey, I love what you’re doing’, ‘how do I get involved as well?’ So going on FM really opened things up for us.”
The non-profit radio society is solely operated by volunteers and has grown to a team of around 25 people.
“It’s people who like myself, who are passionate about music, with people who are passionate about spoken word, news. It’s just a group of folks. Every single minute of the day, we operate 24/7. It’s all volunteers doing that,” said CFUZ music director and programmer Ian Mackinder.
“I have two shows – on Wednesdays with my friend Dave called left Off the Dial. We’ve been doing that show for 11 years, before Peach City Radio existed, as a podcast and then now it’s on the radio and then I do a show on Sundays called Sound Explorer.”
This weekend, Peach City Radio held its annual OnAir-versary event to raise money for operation costs and an expansion of the studio.
The event raised just over $14,000 of the station’s $20,000 goal.
“We don’t have any paid staff, we don’t run jingles, so our main way to get money is through this big fundraising drive,” said Thompson.
“The funding this year is paying for our rent, our licensing, utilities, but also we are doing a big expansion. So the footprint of the station is increasing, not quite doubling but a pretty substantial increase and we’re hoping to build two studios so that we can welcome more of the community and to make radio with us.”
However the fundraiser is more than just donations to the society.
“One thing that was really rewarding yesterday was the people who did come in in person, because this is the first time we’ve really been able to invite people into the station for a while,” said Thompson.
“We always find out about people who are listening and it’s always heartwarming to hear how long they have been listening for.”
CFUZ Board director Melissa McWilliams echoed that it was nice to welcome the community into the station.
“I love this day, it’s a big fundraiser but I also get to meet a lot of the community members that listen to the station,” said McWilliams.
“It’s a fun thing because the station you don’t have an idea really of how many people are listening or who’s listening so this is really great because we get to meet the community members that are a part of listening.”
Meanwhile, this weekend also marked the end of Penticton’s first ever Community Radio Week, following a recent declaration from the mayor of Penticton.
“The city of Penticton proclaimed the first week in February, February 1-7, as Community Radio Week and that was huge for us well to know that we have the support of our city,” added Thompson.
The OnAir-versary event officially wraps up on Saturday. More information on ways to donate or get involved can be found on Peach City Radio’s website.
By the year 2040, nearly 50,000 new residents are projected to call Kelowna home. To keep up with the growth, Kelowna city council will be reviewing a transportation workshop on Monday, to go over ideas that could improve the way residents access the city. Jayden Wasney reports.
A transportation workshop is set for Kelowna city council on Monday, outlining the need for infrastructure improvements and additions, to keep up with the growing population.
“When you think about us being the fastest growing municipality in the whole country, how do we keep up with the demand,” said Kelowna city councilor, Mohini Singh.
“So yes, as a council we have a lot on our plate, and we have been working to ensure our citizens get the vest they can.”
The workshop includes ideas to reduce vehicle trips, add to pedestrian access, add improve cycling networks as well as the transit system.
It also highlights the fact that there is a demand for more roads. Currently 84 per cent of trips within the city are taken by car, so the province is aiming to reduce that by 25 per cent by the year 2030.
“Making it easier to move traffic, goods and services is absolutely one of the issues that’s top of our agenda.” said Singh.
“We heard that loud and clear during the election — people we’re talking about the gridlock in traffic and the need to move traffic faster.”
In the pedestrian network, there are several challenges including a shortage of sidewalks, high-traffic area crossings and seasonal maintenance. Some ideas are to put an overpass on Highway 97 and Bertram Street, look at improving safety at crosswalks and install more sidewalks.
As for cyclists, the list of ideas includes connecting the city’s 5 urban centre’s with bike lanes, joining the Okanagan Rail Trail and Greenway, improving the lighting on the rail trail and adding neighbourhood bikeways.
Fast, reliable transit is part of the city’s long-term plan, but in order to make that happen, a new transit operations facility is needed. Another suggestion is making a dedicated bus corridor along Highway 97 from the William R. Bennett Bridge to UBCO.
Implementing every suggestion outlined in the workshop would cost the city an estimated $70 million.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said on Sunday that all Senators from both parties could be briefed as early as Tuesday on China and the spy balloon that was shot down Saturday. Schumer said all Senators will be briefed by the Department of Defense on their Office of Net Assessment (ONA) involving where the U.S. stands with respect to China on everything from surveillance capabilities, to research and development to advanced weapon systems.
The U.S. military said on Sunday it is searching for remnants of the suspected Chinese surveillance balloon it shot down the previous day, in a dramatic spy saga that has further strained American-Chinese relations.
The U.S. Navy is working to recover the balloon and its payload and the Coast Guard is providing security for the operation, said General Glen VanHerck, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and U.S. Northern Command.
A successful recovery could potentially give the United States insight into China’s spying capabilities, though U.S. officials have downplayed the balloon’s impact on national security.
A U.S. Air Force fighter jet on Saturday shot down the balloon off the coast of South Carolina, a week after it first entered U.S. airspace near Alaska. VanHerck said the incident took place over U.S. territorial waters.
China protested the response as an “obvious overreaction,” but analysts said that any counter-move by Beijing will likely be finely calibrated to keep from worsening ties.
Republican lawmakers on Sunday criticized President Joe Biden for waiting days to shoot down the balloon as it floated over the United States, accusing him of showing weakness toward China and initially trying to keep the breach of U.S. airspace undisclosed.
“I think part of it is the president’s reluctance to take any action that would be viewed as provocative or confrontational towards the Chinese communists,” said Republican Tom Cotton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Former President Donald Trump and his former national intelligence director, John Ratcliffe, denied Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s assessment that similar balloons had transited the United States during his presidency.
“China had too much respect for ‘TRUMP’ for this to have happened, and it NEVER did,” Trump wrote on social media site Truth Social.
But Republican Representative Michael Waltz backed up Austin, telling the Washington Post that the Pentagon had notified Congress that Chinese balloons were spotted near the United States several times during Trump’s tenure.
He said balloons had been spotted near Texas and twice near Florida, as well as previously known sightings near Hawaii and Guam.
Democrats said Biden’s decision to wait to shoot down the balloon until it had passed over the United States protected civilians from debris crashing to Earth.
“The president called for this to be dealt with in a way that balanced all of the different risks. That’s exactly what happened,” U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said on CNN’s “State of the Union” program.
Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer dismissed the Republican criticism as “premature and political.”
“The bottom line here is that shooting down the balloon over water wasn’t just the safest option, but it was the one that maximized our intel gain,” he said at a news conference.
The Pentagon will brief senators on the balloon and Chinese surveillance on Feb. 15, Schumer said.
Republican Mike Turner, chairman of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said he believed China was using the balloon to figure out how to counter U.S. nuclear weapons and missile defense systems.
“The president has allowed this to go across our most sensitive sites and wasn’t even going to tell the American public,” Turner said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” program.
Republican Marco Rubio, vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told the ABC News program “This Week” that China was trying to send a message that it could enter U.S. airspace. Rubio said he doubted that the balloon’s debris would be of much intelligence value.
(Reporting by David Lawder, Kanishka Singh, Gram Slattery and Andy Sullivan in Washington and Ryan Woo in Beijing; Editing by Scott Malone, Will Dunham, Grant McCool and Diane Craft)
The province promised health care reform and is now taking steps to try and free up ambulance services, but an Alberta woman is concerned the new system isn’t working. After calling 911, she was redirected twice and then forced to take her mom to the hospital herself. Sarah Komadina has more.
Jacqui Bayne’s mom, 92-year-old Barbara Ross became sick last week. Bayne knew her mom needed immediate medical care and called 911 for an ambulance, but the ambulance was never dispatched.
“I said, ‘She’s weak, she’s dehydrated, everything is going through her. She can barely stand, can barely walk,’ and they said, ‘I’m going to switch you over to 811 so they can assess it.'”
Bayne took her mom to the emergency room and waited the whole day for Ross to be admitted. Ross was treated released to go home but her symptoms didn’t improve.
Ross lives in a independent living facility where staff do checks in the morning, and Ross wasn’t waking up.
“I received a call from the facility again — they had problems waking her. When I spoke to my mother she said again, ‘weakness’. I went over there, I said this is ridiculous. I called 911,” Bayne said.
“I was immediately transferred to 811.”
Bayne said at that time, she was asked to give the phone to her mom and take it off of speaker phone.
“They asked if she had chest pains, she said yes. They asked if she has some breathing issues, she said yes. She was saying how weak she was, couldn’t walk, couldn’t eat anything and put me back on the phone and basically said to take to her to her GP,” Bayne said.
Bayne didn’t want to go to a family doctor —she wanted her mom to be treated at a hospital. She was worried about transporting Ross herself because she was so weak.
“They suggested all sorts of arrangements to do in the car transport. I said she is too weak. They told me to call a medical transport agency to take her.”
Bayne said she gave up with the conversation and helped mom get dressed and then took her to the emergency room at the Misericordia Hospital.
“She needed to be there on a stretcher, she waited the entire day at the Misericordia in chair slumped over. The security guard even felt sorry for her.”
The province announced early February, 911 calls determined to be less severe will be transferred to 811 to speak to a registered nurse. It’s meant to free up paramedics to focus on life threatening calls.
The health minister estimated this could divert up to 40,000 calls a year where ambulances aren’t needed.
Alberta Health Services said in a statement on Sunday, transfers are not forced and any Albertan requiring EMS will receive it.
“This process uses a set of complex, internationally accepted guidelines to assess the seriousness of an EMS call and determine if an ambulance needs to be dispatched or the call can be transferred to a Health Link RN for further assessment. After the RN assessment, should it be determined an ambulance is required, Health Link will immediately transfer the call back to EMS for emergency response to be dispatched.”
After this experience, Bayne isn’t too sure how well the process working.
“If something happens to her again, heaven forbid we have to call 911.
“It’s horrible because you don’t know where to turn or what to do anymore and it’s degrading for this poor person to go through this.”
Beyoncé is now the most decorated artist in the award show’s history after taking home four awards on Sunday. She won best dance recording for Break My Soul, traditional R&B performance for Plastic Off the Sofa and R&B song for Cuff It — all songs off her hit album Renaissance, which was recognized as best dance/electronic album.
Beyoncé has won 32 Grammys, officially toppling the previous record of 31 awards held by the late Hungarian-British conductor Georg Solti.
“I’m trying not to be too emotional,” the superstar said as her husband Jay-Z stood and applauded her. The singer thanked her late uncle, her parents, Jay-Z and her children for supporting her. “I’m just trying to receive this night. I want to thank God for protecting me. Thank you, God.”
The Queen Bee led artists this year with nine nominations, eight for her album Renaissance. With these nominations, Beyoncé tied with her husband for the most nominations received by any one artist — a whopping 88 nods.
Kendrick Lamar was the second-most nominated artist of the night with eight nods. He took home three awards, winning best rap album for Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, and best rap song and best rap performance for The Heart Part 5.
Lizzo brought home Record of the Year for About Damn Time, an upbeat hit that spawned a viral dance trend on TikTok. In her acceptance speech, Lizzo acknowledged Beyoncé’s record-breaking night and spoke about how the performer inspired her to pursue music at a young age.
Bad Bunny opened the Grammy Awards with a festive, high-energy performance that brought many of the audience to their feet, including Taylor Swift who danced near her table.
Harry Styles won the main ceremony’s first award for best pop vocal album for Harry’s House which included his fun-filled, massive hit As It Was — which he later performed live in a silver fringed body suit. The British pop star also captured the coveted Album of the Year award.
Sam Smith and collaborator Kim Petras took home the award for best pop duo performance for their smash hit Unholy.
“I’m the first transgender woman to win this award,” Petras said in her acceptance speech. “I want to thank all the incredible transgender legends before me who kicked these doors open for me so I could be here tonight.”
During the in memoriam segment, the Grammys recognized the lives of Loretta Lynn, Migos rapper Takeoff and Christine McVie with several star-studded performers paying them homage. Kacey Musgraves sang Coal Miner’s Daughter in tribute to Lynn; Quavo hit the stage to honour his slain nephew and bandmate with the song Without You; and Sheryl Crow, Mick Fleetwood and Bonnie Raitt performed Songbird to remember McVie.
Drake decided to withhold his solo album Honestly, Nevermind from Grammy contention this year. He has boycotted the award show since 2020, alongside fellow Canadian artist The Weeknd, calling the accolade insignificant and disconnected from the landscape of popular music.
Find below a complete list of all the nominees in the major categories. Final winners will be bolded as the ceremony goes on.
Album of the Year
Voyage, ABBA 30, Adele Un Verano Sin Ti, Bad Bunny Renaissance, Beyoncé In These Silent Days, Brandi Carlile Music of the Spheres, Coldplay ** WINNER: Harry’s House, Harry Styles Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, Kendrick Lamar Special, Lizzo Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe), Mary J. Blige
Record of the Year
Don’t Shut Me Down, ABBA Easy on Me, Adele Break My Soul, Beyoncé You and Me on the Rock, Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius Woman, Doja Cat As It Was, Harry Styles The Heart Part 5, Kendrick Lamar ** WINNER: About Damn Time, Lizzo Good Morning Gorgeous, Mary J. Blige Bad Habit, Steve Lacy
Song of the Year
Easy on Me, Adele Break My Soul, Beyoncé ** WINNER: Just Like That, Bonnie Raitt God Did, DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend and Fridayy ABCDEFU, Gayle As It Was, Harry Styles The Heart Part 5, Kendrick Lamar About Damn Time, Lizzo Bad Habit, Steve Lacy All Too Well (10 Minute Version) (The Short Film), Taylor Swift
Best New Artist
Domi & JD Beck
Omar Apollo ** WINNER: Samara Joy
Best Music Video
Easy on Me, Adele Yet to Come, BTS Woman, Doja Cat As It Was, Harry Styles The Heart Part 5, Kendrick Lamar ** WINNER: All Too Well: The Short Film, Taylor Swift
Best Pop Vocal Album
Voyage, ABBA 30, Adele. Music of the Spheres, Coldplay Special, Lizzo ** WINNER: Harry’s House, Harry Styles
Best Pop Solo Performance
** WINNER: Easy on Me, Adele Moscow Mule, Bad Bunny Woman, Doja Cat Bad Habit, Steve Lacy About Damn Time, Lizzo As It Was, Harry Styles
Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Don’t Shut Me Down, ABBA Bam Bam, Camila Cabello featuring Ed Sheeran My Universe, Coldplay & BTS I Like You (A Happier Song), Post Malone & Doja Cat ** WINNER: Unholy, Sam Smith & Kim Petras
Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Thank You, Diana Ross When Christmas Comes Around..., Kelly Clarkson ** WINNER: Higher, Michael Bublé I Dream of Christmas (Extended), Norah Jones Evergreen, Pentatonix
Best Rap Performance
God Did, DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend and Fridayy Vegas, Doja Cat Pushin P, Gunna and Future Featuring Young Thug F.N.F. (Let’s Go), Hitkidd & Glorilla ** WINNER: The Heart Part 5, Kendrick Lamar
Best Melodic Rap Performance
Beautiful, DJ Khaled Featuring Future and SZA ** WINNER: Wait for U, Future Featuring Drake and Tems First Class, Jack Harlow Die Hard, Kendrick Lamar Featuring Blxst and Amanda Reifer Big Energy (Live), Latto
Best Rap Song
God Did, DJ Khaled Featuring Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z, John Legend and Fridayy Wait for U, Future Featuring Drake and Tems Pushin P, Gunna and Future Featuring Young Thug Churchill Downs, Jack Harlow Featuring Drake ** WINNER: The Heart Part 5, Kendrick Lamar
Best Rap Album
God Did, DJ Khaled I Never Liked You, Future Come Home the Kids Miss You, Jack Harlow ** WINNER: Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, Kendrick Lamar It’s Almost Dry, Pusha T
Best R&B Performance
Virgo’s Groove, Beyoncé Hurt Me So Good, Jazmine Sullivan Over, Lucky Daye Here With Me, Mary J. Blige Featuring Anderson .Paak ** WINNER: Hrs & Hrs, Muni Long
Best Traditional R&B Performance
’Round Midnight, Adam Blackstone Featuring Jazmine Sullivan Keeps on Fallin’, Babyface Featuring Ella Mai ** WINNER: Plastic Off the Sofa, Beyoncé Good Morning Gorgeous, Mary J. Blige Do 4 Love, Snoh Aalegra
Best R&B Song
** WINNER: Cuff It, Beyoncé Hurt Me So Good, Jazmine Sullivan Good Morning Gorgeous, Mary J. Blige Hrs & Hrs, Muni Long Please Don’t Walk Away, PJ Morton
Best R&B Album
Breezy (Deluxe), Chris Brown Candy Drip, Lucky Daye Good Morning Gorgeous (Deluxe), Mary J. Blige Watch the Sun, PJ Morton ** WINNER: Black Radio III, Robert Glasper
Best Dance Recording
** WINNER: Break My Soul, Beyoncé Rosewood, Bonobo I’m Good (Blue), David Guetta and Bebe Rexha Don’t Forget My Love, Diplo and Miguel Intimidated, Kaytranada Featuring H.E.R. On My Knees, Rüfüs Du Sol
Best Dance/Electronic Album
** WINNER: Renaissance, Beyoncé Fragments, Bonobo Diplo, Diplo The Last Goodbye, Odesza Surrender, Rüfüs Du Sol
Best Rock Album
Dropout Boogie, The Black Keys The Boy Named If, Elvis Costello & The Imposters Crawler, Idles Mainstream Sellout, Machine Gun Kelly ** WINNER: Patient Number 9, Ozzy Osbourne Lucifer on the Sofa, Spoon
Best Rock Song
** WINNER: Broken Horses, Brandi Carlile Patient Number 9, Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck Black Summer, Red Hot Chili Peppers Blackout, Turnstile Harmonia’s Dream, The War on Drugs
Best Rock Performance
Old Man, Beck Wild Child, The Black Keys ** WINNER: Broken Horses, Brandi Carlile So Happy It Hurts, Bryan Adams Crawl!, Idles Patient Number 9, Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Jeff Beck Holiday, Turnstile
Best Metal Performance
Call Me Little Sunshine, Ghost We’ll Be Back, Megadeth Kill or Be Killed, Muse ** WINNER: Degradation Rules, Ozzy Osbourne Featuring Tony Iommi Blackout, Turnstile
Best Alternative Music Album
WE, Arcade Fire Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You, Big Thief Fossora, Björk ** WINNER: Wet Leg, Wet Leg Cool It Down, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Best Country Album
Ashley McBryde Presents: Lindeville, Ashley McBryde Growin’ Up, Luke Combs Humble Quest, Maren Morris Palomino, Miranda Lambert ** WINNER: A Beautiful Time, Willie Nelson
Best Country Solo Performance
Heartfirst, Kelsea Ballerini Circles Around This Town, Maren Morris In His Arms, Miranda Lambert ** WINNER: Live Forever, Willie Nelson Something in the Orange, Zach Bryan
Best Country Duo/Group Performance
Midnight Rider’s Prayer, Brothers Osborne ** WINNER: Never Wanted to Be That Girl, Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde Wishful Drinking, Ingrid Andress & Sam Hunt Outrunnin’ Your Memory, Luke Combs & Miranda Lambert Does He Love You (Revisited), Reba McEntire & Dolly Parton Going Where the Lonely Go, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss
Best Country Song
** WINNER: ’Til You Can’t, Cody Johnson Doin’ This, Luke Combs Circles Around This Town, Maren Morris If I Was a Cowboy, Miranda Lambert I Bet You Think About Me (Taylor’s Version) (From the Vault), Taylor Swift I’ll Love You Till the Day I Die, Willie Nelson
Best Latin Pop Album
De Adentro Pa Afuera, Camilo Aguilera, Christina Aguilera Viajante, Fonseca ** WINNER: Pasieros, Rubén Blades and Boca Livre Dharma +, Sebastián Yatra
Best Comedy Album
** WINNER: The Closer, Dave Chappelle Comedy Monster, Jim Gaffigan Sorry, Louis C.K. We All Scream, Patton Oswalt A Little Brains, a Little Talent, Randy Rainbow
Best Musical Theatre Album
A Strange Loop, Original Broadway Cast Caroline, or Change, New Broadway Cast ** WINNER: Into the Woods (2022 Broadway Cast Recording), ‘Into the Woods’ 2022 Broadway Cast MJ the Musical, Original Broadway Cast Mr. Saturday Night, ‘Mr. Saturday Night’ Original Cast Six: Live on Opening Night, Original Broadway Cast
Best Songwriter, Non-Classical
The-Dream ** WINNER: Tobias Jesso Jr.
Simon Fraser University’s Renewable Cities program has created a partnership with a North Shore community society to try and address some of B.C.’s housing needs.
The goal is to maximize living space through home sharing or renting out secondary suites, working towards housing solutions that can benefit both renters and homeowners.
The partnership, between SFU Renewable Cities and Hollyburn Community Services Society, connects under-utilized single-family homes and their owners to renters in need.
“This is an opportunity to really deeply understand the constraints and challenges seniors have that are interested in having secondary suites or a possible home share which they’ve never done before,” said Alex Boston, SFU Renewable Cities’ executive director.
“We want to understand what those concerns and apprehensions may be.”
The Hollyburn Community Services Society works to find these isolated seniors with single-family homes that could be part of the program.
“They’re isolated. They’re having difficulty with housework or yard work,” said Leya Eguchi, a Hollyburn spokesperson. “(The program) could be really mutually beneficial.”
According to statistics found by SFU, almost half of all B.C. housing is made up of single-detached homes with 18 per cent of those inhabited by one person.
Most of the single-house occupants are over the age of 60, researchers say.
If one in ten of those homeowners added a secondary suite that would create almost 50,000 new housing units.
It’s a living situation Bunny Brown found herself in for 11 years renting her upstairs unit to a friend.
“We were both seniors and both still working. Over the years we retired and end up living together at the residence,” she told Global News. “We were able to be there for each other.”
The program is something a B.C. housing expert has been calling for for years.
“I have often thought that before we build more and more housing, we should make better use of the housing we already have,” said Michael Gellar, retired Vancouver architect and planner. “I’m disappointed it’s taken so long to get attention in Vancouver.”
The housing solutions partnership will run into 2024, officials said.
Researchers hope the partnership and program will be adopted by the province to try and address affordable housing needs.
Edmonton Oilers goaltender Stuart Skinner made a lot of memories at the NHL All-Star Weekend in Sunrise, Florida, getting to rub shoulders with some of the best in the game.
“It was pretty cool. I was sitting across from (Nathan) MacKinnon, (Cale) Makar, and (Mikko) Rantanen. Everybody in that dressing room — it was pretty cool being able to talk to them, seeing what they do in the summertime, see who they are,” recalled Skinner.
On Friday, Skinner participated in the new Tendy Tandem event at the skills competition. He fired one shot the length of the ice into a small opening in the net at the far end.
“After I shot the one in and the goalies went back, Sid (Crosby) tapped me on the pads. He’s like, ‘Good job.’ I was like ‘Thanks, Sid!’ It was a pretty cool moment,” Skinner said.
Skinner and Oilers teammates were back at practice Sunday afternoon at Rogers Place. It was a high-tempo skate as the Oilers try to maintain their form that saw them go 7-0-1 in their last eight games.
“We set a goal of today it being a work day. We told the guys upfront we’re going to get you up-and-down the rink today,” said head coach Jay Woodcroft.
The practice ended with a scrimmage featuring five-on-five followed by four-on-four followed by three-on-three. It was finally decided in a shootout.
“I think there are different ways to get the work rate where it needs to be. We finished with something a little competitive there at the end. When you do that, the players usually up their intensity because there’s something on the line,” explained Woodcroft.
Mattias Janmark missed practice as he was attending to a family issue. He’ll join the team in Detroit on Monday when the Oilers will play the Red Wings (630 CHED, Face-off Show at 4 p.m., game at 5:30 p.m.).