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Alberta One-Call reminds you of the dangers of digging blindly

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Alberta One-Call reminds you of the dangers of digging blindly.

Warmer weather and staying home has many Albertans embarking on projects that require digging.  There’s a problem though.  A growing number are not submitting a “locate request” to find and mark buried utilities.  The reluctance stems from a concern that making the request will result in a “stranger” coming on their property, increasing the risk of contracting Covid-19.

Here are a few things to consider before you dig:

When utilities operators come to locate and mark buried utilities, they are wearing appropriate PPE (personal protection equipment) and maintaining physical distancing protocols.  Alberta One-Call reminds you that there is no danger to homeowners related to COVID-19.

Submit a “locate request” to Alberta One-Call via website www.albertaonecall.com or by phone (800-242-3447) at least three full working days in advance of any project

More than 600 buried utility damages were reported last year alone resulting in an average cost of $20,000 in damages each time.

It’s critically important to all of our safety to make sure you know what’s under the ground before you put a shovel in.

Alberta One-Call is a non-profit corporation that provides a communication service between the digging community and the owners of buried facilities.

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Judge to decide if pastor accused of violating public-health orders will receive bail

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EDMONTON — A judge is to decide today whether to release an Alberta pastor from jail, after his lawyer argued he should be free to lead worshippers until his trial.

James Coates with GraceLife Church, west of Edmonton, has been in jail for over two weeks and is appealing his bail conditions.

Coates is charged with violating Alberta’s Public Health Act and with breaking a promise to abide by conditions of his bail release, which is a Criminal Code offence.

His lawyer, James Kitchen, told court Thursday that Coates can’t follow a bail condition that forbids him from holding services, because that would violate his conscience by disobeying God.

A prosecutor argued that the pastor’s release is a danger to the public.

The church has been holding services that officials say break public-health orders on attendance, masking and distancing.

The church has continued to hold services, even though Coates is in custody.

He is to stand trial in May.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021.

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Flames fire Geoff Ward, bring Darryl Sutter back as head coach

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CALGARY — The Calgary Flames have fired Geoff Ward and brought Darryl Sutter back as head coach.

The team made the announcement Thursday night after Ward coached the Flames to a 7-3 win over the Ottawa Senators. The Flames went 11-11-2 under Ward.

Sutter coached the Flames from 2002 to 2006, and served as the team’s general manager from 2003 to 2010.

The 62-year-old from Viking, Alta., guided Calgary to the Stanley Cup final in 2004 when the Flames lost in seven games to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Sutter coached the Los Angeles Kings from 2011 to 2017 and won Stanley Cups in both 2012 and 2014.

He has 18 seasons of head-coaching experience in the NHL with Chicago, San Jose, Calgary and Los Angeles.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2021.

 

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