Ontario doctors to vote on arbitration proposal for compensation disputes

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TORONTO – Ontario’s doctors, who have been without a physician services agreement for three years, are set to vote this weekend on a tentative deal that would send contract disputes with the government to binding arbitration.

Seven other provinces and the Northwest Territories set physician compensation through a binding arbitration process, but the Ontario government had rejected the doctors’ demand until reversing course earlier this year.

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The Ontario Medical Association, which has about 44,000 members, reached the tentative deal on a binding interest arbitration framework last month, following a years-long dispute that saw doctors protesting in the streets, waging media campaigns and threatening job action.

The framework determines how the doctors’ next contract, and all subsequent contracts, will be settled – first there would be an effort at negotiation, and if a deal can’t be reached, they would go to mediation and then binding arbitration.

The Liberal government has angered doctors by imposing fee cuts for some services and clawing back their pay.

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Doctors voted down a proposal last summer that would have increased the approximately $12-billion physician services budget by more than $1 billion but also included $200 million in fee cuts. They dismissed another proposal last year, saying it was just a rehash of the previous offer.

Binding arbitration has been a sticking point in the long dispute.

There are divisions in the profession, however, with the OMA supporting the latest tentative agreement and some independent physician groups urging doctors to vote it down, saying it doesn’t go far enough.

OMA president Shawn Whatley said the tentative agreement allows the association to negotiate physician compensation through a fair and independent process.

“We’ve been asking for this for years,” Whatley said.

The provincial government appears to have made a significant concession in the agreement, a copy of which was obtained by .

According to a memo prepared by the OMA’s lawyers, the government initially sought a “hard cap” for the annual physician services budget, but eventually agreed not to include that provision in the tentative agreement.

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In previous years, the government capped the budget, which meant that when doctors collectively billed the government more than it budgeted for in a given year, the extra cost was clawed back from doctors’ pay – a move unpopular among doctors.

Under the tentative deal, how cost overruns are dealt with will be negotiated.

“In the past, the government was able to act unilaterally and say this is what we’re prepared to pay and not a penny more,” Whatley said.

“With this offer, that ability to act unilaterally is removed. We have rebalanced power.”

However, a coalition of independent physician groups that led a successful campaign to vote down the last agreement on compensation the OMA reached with the province argue the binding arbitration agreement isn’t good enough.

Kulvinder Gill, head of Concerned Ontario Doctors, said the agreement makes it too easy for the government to later impose a hard cap through the arbitration process, and doesn’t give doctors back any of the money the province clawed back because of hard caps over the past three years.

Gill said the agreement also prevents doctors from striking, and while it’s typical of similar agreements in other jurisdictions, she said this offer goes too far.

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The agreement prevents doctors from withdrawing any service from patients for the purpose of pressuring the government, not only on matters that can be arbitrated under the agreement, but any issue of policy, legislation or regulation. It does not prevent activism such as protesting or letter-writing campaigns.

Gill said some doctors are concerned the government will one day pass legislation to void some parts of the agreement, depriving doctors of binding arbitration, but leave the prohibition on job action in place – similar to when the B.C. government passed legislation in 2002 that cancelled an arbitrated compensation increase for doctors, and ended their right to binding arbitration.

According to a legal opinion sought by the Concerned Ontario Doctors, the agreement also entrenches the Ontario Medical Association as the province’s official bargaining agent for doctors in perpetuity.

Gill said most doctors are unhappy with that status quo – and the majority have said in opinion surveys they would not pay their membership dues to the OMA if they were not mandated to by law.

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Canadiens acquire winger Jonathan Drouin from Lightning

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The looming NHL expansion draft helped make Jonathan Drouin a Montreal Canadien.

The Canadiens plucked the skillful 22-year-old winger from Tampa on Thursday afternoon in exchange for 2016 first rounder Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second round pick in 2018.

The Lightning made the move with next week’s expansion draft and salary cap in mind.

Drouin gives the Canadiens a much-needed dose of offensive upside and creativity. The third-overall pick in 2013 and a native of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., Drouin had a career-best 21 goals and 53 points last season, including nine goals and 26 points on the power play.

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He’s a speedy, shifty and plenty skilled force on the wing (perhaps at centre too) and someone who instantly upgrades a Montreal lineup that sometimes struggled to score last season and was knocked out in the first round by the New York Rangers.

The clock is ticking on the Habs’ competitive window with Shea Weber due to turn 32 this summer, Max Pacioretty closing on 30 and Carey Price approaching potential free agency next summer.

The trade ends a rocky four-year tenure in Tampa for Drouin, who clashed with head coach Jon Cooper and was suspended by the club at one point last season following a trade request. He ultimately rejoined the group for the 2016 playoffs, piled up 14 points and 17 games and had his most productive NHL campaign this past season.

Drouin is due a pricey, new second contract this summer, which – along with expansion – was a likely factor in Tampa’s decision to part with him. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has a tight rope to walk with regard to the cap in the coming weeks, with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat also both due new deals.

Trading Drouin allows Tampa, which also netted a conditional sixth rounder in 2018, to protect one more player ahead of next Wednesday’s expansion draft with protection lists due for submission on Saturday. They were faced with potentially losing promising 24-year-old centre Vladislav Namestnikov for nothing.

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While Drouin is a big loss to their long-term talent pool, they get a high-upside 18-year-old defenceman in Sergachev who is exempt from selection by Las Vegas. The ninth overall pick in 2016 won the OHL’s defenceman of the year award after the 2015-16 season when he had 17 goals and 57 points in 67 games for Windsor.

The Canadiens announced the signing of Charles Hudon to a two-year, one-way contract. The 22-year-old Alma, Que., native had 27 goals and 49 points in 56 regular-season games with the American hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps last season.

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Average hourly wages in Canada have barely budged in 40 years

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The average wage Canadians are paid per hour has hardly changed since the 1970s, even as an increasing number of people become increasingly educated, according to recent Statistics Canada data.

In 2016, the average hourly wage paid to full-time employees was $27.70, wage data released Thursday found.

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An analysis of historical data from Statistics Canada, meanwhile, found that minimum wage and the average hourly wage have remained, more or less, unchanged since the 1970s.

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“While Canada has undergone important economic, social and technological changes since the 1970s, the minimum wage and the average hourly wage are essentially unchanged,” according to the agency.

“Taking inflation into account, the minimum wage peaked in 1976 at just over $11 and hour in Canada. The following year — 1977 — average hourly earnings peaked at close to $24.”

Meanwhile, a look back at education trends among Canadians aged 15 years and older, shows the number of people earning degrees — whether high school, university bachelor or doctorate degree — increased consistently over 20 years, according to census data between 1986 and 2006.

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Data released Thursday offered a look at average hourly wages in ten broad groups (management, health, manufacturing, etc.) as well as in dozens of specific jobs (bartenders, hairstylists, greenhouse workers, etc.).

Broadly speaking, the highest wages in 2016 were paid to managers, with an average of $40.25. The range in this category was vast, going all the way from $64.45 for managers of mining and oil and gas extraction to $18.10 per hour for restaurant and food services managers.

Among the broad categories, the second spot went to full-time employees in natural and applied sciences jobs, where the average pay was $33.45 per hour, followed by occupations in education, law and social, and community and government services, were full-time employees drew an average hourly wage of $33.20.

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On the other side of the coin, those in the sale and service industries were the lowest paid, earning an average of $18.85, followed closely by those in manufacturing and unities with an average $21.90 hourly wage, and those in natural resources and agriculture with an average $22.15 hourly wage for full-time workers.

Drilling down into the specific job listings, specialist physicians, dentists and petroleum engineers were the occupations with the highest average full-time hourly wages, clocking in at $88.75, $72 and $62.75 respectively.

The lowest full-time wages in 2016, on average, were paid to bartenders, food servers and restaurant hosts or hostesses, which Statistics Canada pegged at $11.50, $11.85 and $12.85 respectively.

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Mike Pence hires private lawyer to help him through Russia investigation

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WASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) – U.S. Vice President Mike Pence has hired a lawyer known for defending government officials in high-profile investigations to help him through probes into whether there were ties between the election campaign of U.S. President Donald Trump and Russia, his office said on Thursday.

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U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Moscow interfered in last year’s presidential campaign to try to tilt the vote in Trump’s favor.

Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month for probes by a special counsel and congressional committees, lashed out on Thursday after a report that he was under investigation for possible obstruction of justice and he dismissed as “phony” the idea his campaign colluded with any Russian effort to sway the 2016 election.

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Pence chose Richard Cullen, chairman of law firm McGuireWoods, a former U.S. federal prosecutor who has long ties to former FBI Director James Comey, who Trump fired on May 9.

Cullen represents former FIFA President Sepp Blatter in the corruption probe into world soccer’s governing body. He represented Tom DeLay, a Texas Republican and former majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives, during the investigation into corrupt Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff. DeLay was not charged.

Pence had been looking at hiring his own counsel for several weeks, and made his decision earlier this week after interviewing several candidates, his office said.

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“The vice president is focused entirely on his duties and promoting the president’s agenda and looks forward to a swift conclusion of this matter,” Pence spokesman Jarrod Agen said in a statement.

The Washington Post first reported the Cullen hire. Just before the story broke, Trump wrote a pair of angry tweets, suggesting that Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent in the election, should be under investigation instead of him.

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Earlier on Thursday, Trump called the probe a “witch hunt” on 上海夜生活. “They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice,” Trump wrote.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether anyone on Trump’s campaign, or associated with it, with him or with any of his businesses, may have had any illegal dealings with Russian officials or others with ties to the Kremlin, said one U.S. official familiar with the rough outlines of the probe who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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Mueller is also looking at a second line of inquiry: whether, if any potential offenses were committed, Trump or others attempted to cover them up or obstruct the investigation into them, the source said.

An examination of possible obstruction of justice charges was “unavoidable” given testimony by former FBI Director James Comey, although the issue may not become the main focus of the probe, the source said.

Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump dismissed him to undermine the FBI’s Russia probe. He also told the Senate Intelligence Committee in his June 8 testimony that he believed Trump had directed him to drop a related agency investigation into the president’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

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Regardless of the outcome, the specter of Mueller examining the possibility of obstruction of justice appeared to be a new blow to Trump, whose first five months in office have been clouded by the federal and congressional probes into the Russia issue.

Although he was strongly critical of some of Comey’s testimony, the president said last week that the former FBI chief had vindicated him when he said that while he was at the agency, Trump was not the subject of the FBI’s Russia probe.

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Examining the possibility of obstruction charges will allow investigators to interview key administration figures including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and possibly Trump himself, said the source familiar with the Mueller investigation.

While a sitting president is unlikely to face criminal prosecution, obstruction of justice could form the basis for impeachment. Any such step would face a steep hurdle as it would require approval by the U.S. House of Representatives, which is controlled by Trump’s fellow Republicans.

“It’s not a witch hunt”

Mueller was named by Rosenstein on May 17 to lead the Russia investigation as a special counsel, a position created to conduct investigations when a normal Justice Department probe would present a conflict of interest.

According to the Washington Post, Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, the head of the National Security Agency, and Richard Ledgett, the former deputy director at the NSA, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week. It cited five people briefed on the requests by Mueller’s team who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Coats met with the Senate intelligence panel in a closed session on Thursday, the committee said in a statement.

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The emergence of the obstruction of justice inquiry may make it harder for Trump to have Mueller removed. On Monday, a Trump friend said the president was considering dismissing Mueller although the White House said later he had no plans to do so.

Republican Senator John Thune defended Mueller’s integrity and said he needs to be able to continue to do his job and get to the bottom of the issues.

“It’s not a witch hunt,” Thune told MSNBC in an interview on Thursday. “It is in everybody’s best interests if we let him do his job.”

Putin reiterates denial

On Thursday, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Comey had presented no evidence to prove that Moscow meddled in the U.S. election, adding that Washington had tried to influence Russian elections “year after year.”

Putin also echoed Trump’s criticism of Comey, saying it was “very strange” for a former FBI chief to leak details of his conversations with the U.S. president to the media through a friend.

The obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began days after Comey was fired, according to people familiar with the matter, the Washington Post said.

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The administration initially gave differing reasons for his dismissal, including that he had lost the confidence of the FBI. Trump later contradicted his own staff, saying on May 11 he had the Russia issue in mind when he fired Comey.

Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Trump’s legal team, denounced the Post report, saying on Wednesday: “The FBI leak of information regarding the president is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal.” It was not clear why he attributed the report to an FBI leak. The Post report did not name the FBI as its source.

A spokesman for Mueller’s team declined to comment on Wednesday.

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Finance minister calls idea of a Liberal speaker in an NDP government ‘bizarre’

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The BC Liberals have fired another salvo in the war of words over B.C.’s minority legislature and the role of the Speaker.

Finance Minister Mike de Jong told reporters Thursday the idea of a BC Liberal helping to prop up the NDP-Green alliance was “bizarre,” adding the move wouldn’t cause a constitutional crisis but was rather the product of a “close election.”

The comments came a day after NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver held a joint press conference to accuse the Liberals of dragging their heels and playing political games.

The Liberals say they will provide a Speaker for the upcoming Throne Speech and confidence vote, but no longer than that, while the NDP and Greens have argued it’s that person’s duty to stay in the job for the life of the legislature.

“[They have] a minority government of 41 that is relying on three other MLAs to prop itself up, to give it 44 vs. an opposition of 43,” de Jong said.

“There are some practical challenges that I think Mr. Horgan and Mr. Weaver are waking up to. You have to provide a Speaker, and you have to provide a chair of the committee of the whole.”

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De Jong rejected claims the Liberals are holding up business, saying the timeline for returning MLAs is on par with previous years.

“I anticipated someone would ask that question, so I went and I checked when parliaments have historically convened after elections. And we’ve had six elections in May, Parliament is convening earlier than it has in other instances where there was a May election,” de Jong said.

As for where Christy Clark has been in recent weeks, and what she’s been doing with the time since the election, de Jong says she’s been discharging her duties as premier.

“The premier is engaged in albeit a caretaker government, governing. And you saw her swear in a cabinet. And engaging in the role of being premier during this time, during this time of minority government.”

De Jong also suggested the NDP-Green alliance wouldn’t last long, and refused to rule out the possibility of a snap summer election.

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Canada 150: Your Town

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From Île-à-la-Crosse to Big Beaver, Global News at 6 aired fun facts about small Saskatchewan towns throughout the month of June to celebrate Canada 150.

Facts included Alvena once being the bootlegger capital of the province to an old flour mill in Kincaid that held a well kept secret. You can see all the photos and facts in the gallery below.

Fun fact: the flag of Saskatchewan was created in Hodgeville back in 1969. It was designed by school teacher Anthony Drake, he won a province-wide competition that had over four thousand entries.

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Fun fact: Canadian country music artist Hank Snow references Gravelbourg in his song “I’ve Been Everywhere.” that song was also made popular by Johnny Cash.

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Fun fact: Rosthern got its name after a man named Ross drowned in the creek that flows through town. Tern is old English for a small body of water. And somehow, the name stuck.

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Fun fact: Alvena was the bootlegger capital of the province. To boot, the rumour is Al Capone liked hanging out here!

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Fun fact: Outlook is located along the South Saskatchewan River and is the province’s irrigation capital.

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Fun fact: Brock Lesnar calls Moosomin home!

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Fun fact: The church in Stanley Mission is the oldest standing building in Saskatchewan.

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Fun fact: Odessa is home of Thunder on the Prairies… and it has nothing to do with weather. It’s actually an annual antique tractor pull!

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Fun fact: Ardill is home to the first ever licensed bar in Saskatchewan and it’s still open.

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Fun fact: Back in the 1990s, a complete plesiosaur skeleton was found near Ponteix and now you’ll find “Mo” a statue of the sea reptile as you drive into town.

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Fun fact: the bar in Coderre is well known for the brands that are burnt all along the walls from neighboring cattle farms. … and their massive mushroom burger of course.

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Fun fact: the population of Big Beaver would be described as a handful of people but they do have a general store and it’s motto is “if we don’t have it, you don’t need it.”

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Fun fact: NHL star Patrick Marleau hails from Aneroid and returns to help on family farm during the summer months.

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Fun fact: this is my favourite by far. Word is… it is illegal to frown at a cow in Bladworth BUT I spoke with the mayor and he says if you so choose to furrow your brow at a cow, they won’t write ya a ticket.

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Fun fact: Kincaid had a flour mill which was famous for its perfect pancake flour – which was sold nationwide. Many companies approached the small mill for the recipe but it was never sold and remains a secret to this day.

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The Canadian metis-leader, Louis Riel has a couple ties to Île-à-la-Crosse. His father, Louis Riel Sr. was born there and his sister Sara Riel was a nun in the town and is now buried in the local cemetery.

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Fun fact: Canada’s leading supplier of lumber and building materials, Beaver Lumber started in the town of Wolseley back in 1883. It is no longer open but the building is still standing.

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Fun fact: back in 2005 there was a big foot sighting near Wakaw. The sighting was recorded by the Big Foot Field Researcher’s Organisation.

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Fun fact: Maple Creek is where NHL player Zack Smith was born and raised. He currently plays for the Ottawa Senators.

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Fun fact: Cochin has the only lighthouse in Saskatchewan!

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Fun fact: in 1946, Lang purchased the first school bus in Saskatchewan for $4,200. It could transport 28 students and the first to board was Betty-Joy Olson.

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Your Saskatchewan – Regina: June 2017

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Every day, Global Regina features a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan on Global News Morning, Global News at 6 and Global News at 10.

Submit your photo with a description and location via Facebook, 上海夜生活 or by email to [email protected]上海夜生活.

Photos should be added to the email as an attachment, in jpeg format, landscape orientation and at least 920 pixels wide.

READ MORE: Your Saskatchewan – Regina: May 2017

June 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Taya Grueter near Saskatoon.

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June 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Barbie Krushlucki in Regina.

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June 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Mitchell Langois.

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June 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Annette Wylie of Wakaw, Sask.

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June 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Nicole Bateman in Shaunavon, Sask.

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June 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Claire Sauve.

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June 9: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Candace Woodside of Lake Athabasca, Sask

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June 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Kenneth J. Friedt on the Tor Hill Golf Course in Regina.

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June 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Taya Grueter near Saskatoon.

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June 15: This Your Saskatchewn photo was taken by Karen Wolaniuk in Douglas Provincial Park.

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June 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cara Giesbrecht.

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June 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Lawrence Pagan.

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June 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Mike Petty in Pike Lake, Sask.

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June 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Travis Viczko of Anglin Lake, Sask.

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June 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Norman Brown in the Avonlea Badlands.

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June 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Monica Iron of Saskatoon.

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June 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Danilo Zambuchini.

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June 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Karen Wolaniuk near Drake, Sask.

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June 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Wanda Millard near Livelong

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June 30: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Nicole Zieglgansberger.

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Memorial grows for woman killed by falling lawn mower in eastern Alberta

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A 21-year-old woman who died from injuries she sustained when working on a large riding lawn mower in eastern Alberta earlier this week has been identified as Martina Levick.

A large memorial with flowers and pictures of Levick was set up outside the Dewberry, Alta. maintenance yard where the incident happened on Tuesday afternoon. Several personal messages to Levick were also written and placed at the site.

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Kitscoty RCMP said they were called to the maintenance yard at around 2:30 p.m. to respond to a sudden death.

“We had a young female who works for the village as a maintenance worker,” Sgt. Juan Huss said. “She was found underneath a lawn mower deck, a large lawn mower deck, that she had been working on.”

“She was working alone in the shop and she was found by a passerby who quickly ran to the fire hall and requested assistance.”

Fire crews were the first to arrive on scene and pulled the woman out from underneath the piece of equipment, Huss said. The volunteer firefighters and EMS tried to revive her but the young woman died at the scene.

READ MORE: Woman killed by falling lawn mower in eastern Alberta village

RCMP attended the scene, as did Occupational Health and Safety inspectors who have since taken over the investigation.

“They investigate all cases where it’s related to a work environment and they decide what the cause (is) and if there’s any rectification to what happened. Basically, if they can put recommendations forward or if charges are warranted.”

OHS ordered the village to stop using the lawn mower.

Dewberry is about 70 kilometres northwest of Lloydminster.

A memorial grows outside a maintenance yard in Dewberry, Alta. where a 21-year-old woman was killed by a falling lawn mower.

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A memorial grows outside a maintenance yard in Dewberry, Alta. where a 21-year-old woman was killed by a falling lawn mower.

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A memorial grows outside a maintenance yard in Dewberry, Alta. where a 21-year-old woman was killed by a falling lawn mower.

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A memorial grows outside a maintenance yard in Dewberry, Alta. where a 21-year-old woman was killed by a falling lawn mower.

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A memorial grows outside a maintenance yard in Dewberry, Alta. where a 21-year-old woman was killed by a falling lawn mower.

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A memorial grows outside a maintenance yard in Dewberry, Alta. where a 21-year-old woman was killed by a falling lawn mower.

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Sask. gov’t outlines plan to transfer management of community pastures

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The Saskatchewan government has outlined a three-year plan to transfer the management of community pastures to local producer groups.

Agriculture Minister Lyle Stewart says the groups could include municipalities, environmental agencies or First Nations and will be offered 15-year leases.

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    He says 13 community pastures in the northwest will be handed over next year, another 19 in the northeast and the northwest in 2019 and the remaining 18 pastures by 2020.

    Cattle farmers have traditionally used the pastures set up in the 1920s as grazing land for their animals.

    The phaseout was announced in the March provincial budget.

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    One lobby group has raised concern that privatization of prairie grasslands could result in poor management and erosion of important wildlife habitat.

    Trevor Herriot with Public Pastures-Public Interest has said community pastures are also important for research projects and carbon sequestration.

    The province held consultations with ranchers before crafting its transition plan.

    In 2013, the previous Conservative government in Ottawa announced its plan to transfer control of 900,000 hectares of community pastureland to Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta.

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Giving kids food as a reward can lead to emotional eating: dietitian

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I consider myself a fairly healthy, clean eater. And yet, old patterns around food die hard.

Hard day with a terrible two? Glass of wine, please.

Stressful day at work? Chocolate, please.

Big win at soccer? Beer and nachos for everyone!

For some reason, the peaks and valleys in life have food associations for many of us. Lalitha Taylor, the national spokesperson for Dietitians of Canada, says these types of behaviours around food are learned very early in life (Thanks Mom and Dad! I’m kidding, of course).

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Taylor says parents can set their kids up for a healthy relationship with food by avoiding certain habits.

“When we start to use food for other purposes other than nourishment, it can teach our children to associate food with certain behaviours,” she said. “So for example, if I do good at something – whether it be cleaning off my plate of food at suppertime, whether it be potty training or maybe getting good grades – I associate that with getting ice cream or something else. Also, maybe if I’m feeling sad or upset or disappointed about something, I deserve chocolate! And so as kids, when we start to associate certain behaviours with getting certain things, we start to feel that food can make us happy and that food can also be a reward for being good.”

Taylor says this moves children away from intuitive eating, or eating when they’re hungry. It also sets them up to want to eat emotionally.

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Aston University psychology researchers studied different feeding practices of parents with children aged three to five to explore the influence of using food as a reward. They followed up two years later.

“The results showed that children were much more likely to emotionally eat at ages five to seven if their parents had reported using more food as a reward and were overtly controlling with foods when the children were younger,” the university concluded in a 2016 news release.

Taylor recommends replacing food rewards with other treats: stickers, a trip to the zoo or Monopoly money that can be turned in for a toy.

I’m going to try it in our house although I think the transition will be hardest for the adults!

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South Okanagan General Hospital emergency department to close for 14 hours this weekend

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Interior Health (IH) announced Thursday that the emergency department at South Okanagan General Hospital in Oliver will be closed for 14 hours from Friday evening to Saturday morning.

The health authority is blaming the closure on “limited physician availability.”

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The mayor of Oliver said he is not happy to hear about the closure.

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“We’ve met with the doctors. We’ve met with IH. I know our MLA is working on this as well as we speak. I know they are working for a workable solution. They were very apologetic but they just have nobody to cover for tomorrow night. There is really not much that we can do about it other than hope that things go well,” said Ron Hovanes.

“We continually stress that for our coverage area, where we have 18,000 plus citizens between Oliver and Osoyoos and the rural areas it is critical that our emergency department stay open. That’s the strong message we continue to give.”

During the closure from 6:00 p.m. Friday to 8:00 a.m. Saturday, those who would normally go to the South Okanagan General Hospital emergency department are being told to access emergency services at the Penticton Regional Hospital instead.

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This isn’t the first time Oliver has faced an emergency department closure. The health authority thought it would have to shut down the department for two periods in early June.

However, those closures were avoided at the last minute when doctors were found to cover those shifts.

The health authority has said it is “committed on having a long-term solution to this issued around physician and emergency room physician coverage.”

– with files from Shelby Thom

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Concerns raised about overweight trucks on Saskatchewan’s roads

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Overweight vehicles thundering down Saskatchewan’s roads are causing millions in damage each year, and there’s concern the government isn’t doing enough to stop it.

“The processes the Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure uses to enforce vehicle weight and dimension laws on provincial highways were ineffective,” provincial auditor Judy Ferguson said when she released her latest report.

“We found that the plan wasn’t being carried out and management wasn’t actively monitoring whether or not it was carried out.”

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    In her audit, Ferguson found weigh scales aren’t open enough hours.

    “For example, in 2015-16, its ten weigh scales were open almost ten per cent less than the expected amount of time,” she said. “Three of six highway officers we tested only did up to one half of the expected number of vehicle inspections.”

    Overweight vehicles can cause increased damage to pavement and bridges and take longer to stop, while vehicles that exceed dimension requirements can obstruct traffic or hit overhead infrastructure, Ferguson said.

    Susan Ewart, Saskatchewan Trucking Association’s executive director, also wants to see more enforcement.

    “There’s trucking companies here that operate from the U.S., there’s out of province, we have different sectors of people who drive trucks that maybe aren’t governed by the same regulations as our members are,” she said.

    In a random test, Ferguson found that truck traffic on an alternate route increased by half after the weigh scale opened.

    “We do know that once the lights come on, some of the carriers will start to shift away from the scales and find alternative routes around,” Blair Wagar, Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure’s assistant deputy minister, said.

    He said that’s why officers will close the weigh scale and head out on patrol.

    “Those vehicles basically are mobile inspection stations. Everything they can do at the scale, they can do in their vehicle,” he said.

    Forty-five officers cover more than 26,000 kilometres of provincial highways, which is the largest per capita in the country.

    Approximately 1,250 fines totalling $1.3 million were given to overweight or over-dimension vehicles in the year between September 2015 to August 2016.

    The ministry estimates the damage is at least $10 million annually to repair damage caused by overweight and over-dimension vehicles.

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Calgary council asked to create economic development fund

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Calgary city council will be asked to create a $10-million economic development investment fund (EDIF) when it meets on Monday.

Numbers from Statistics Canada show that since August of 2015, nearly 53,000 jobs have been lost in the Calgary region.

An economic development investment fund has been used in many other North American cities as a way of dealing with an economic downturn and creating diversification.

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In a report going to city council, the goals of the EDIF include, but are not limited to:

Help create the right conditions for growth in the local economy, through efforts to strengthen industries and create new onesDiversify the local economyLeverage municipal funds for additional private and public sector investments into the communityCreate employment lands and stimulate employmentCreate a return on investment (both direct and indirect)

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    Councillor Richard Pootmans, whose background before going into politics was in economic development, welcomes the fund.

    “If we’re not making investments in our community, why should anyone else? And right now, we are seeking talent and investment for our community,” he said.

    “We estimate we are competing with approximately 1,000 other jurisdictions on the planet, for high quality jobs and investment in our city.”

    Of the $10 million, 20 per cent of it is earmarked for Calgary’s so-called 10 cornerstone arts organizations, which include Theatre Calgary, The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and the Calgary Folk Music Festival.

    Pootmans said Thursday he is keeping an open mind.

    “The arts are one of the factors that people consider when they’re coming here. I remember when I was at Calgary Economic Development, I would routinely [be approached by] people travelling from afar, wondering where they could go to an art gallery,” he said.

    “People are interested in the quality of life they are going to have if they come here.”

    City administrators said the arts organizations support the city’s high quality of life, vibrant downtown and diversified economy and in 2015 accounted for $49 million in direct economic activity.

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