from the City of Calgary
Temporary Face Coverings Bylaw comes in effect this weekend: free masks will be available while supplies last.
The temporary Face Coverings Bylaw (BYLAW NUMBER 26M2020) regulations that require the wearing of face coverings in indoor public premises and public vehicles begins Saturday, August 1, 2020.
“In entering the temporary regulations this Saturday, we want to remind Calgarians to not only have a face covering at hand to wear when entering an indoor public space or public vehicle, but to exercise our kindness and compassion that Calgarians are known for,” says Kay Choi, Manager, Strategic Services, Calgary Community Standards. “With underlying medical conditions or disabilities inhibiting the ability for some to wear a face covering, we ask that people not pass quick judgements, and kindly ask others if they are unable to wear a face covering before they assume.”
Under the bylaw business operators or owners are required to display Face Coverings Bylaw requirement signage in public entryways of the business or vehicle. The City of Calgary has made downloadable signage (including translated versions) and a business and operators guide available on Calgary.ca/covid19.
The City of Calgary, as part of an allotment of face coverings provided by the Province of Alberta, will be making free disposable face coverings available at a number of locations across Calgary, the next 500,000 which will be available starting August 1.
“We have several spots in Calgary where you can pick some free face coverings up,” says Deputy Chief Susan Henry, Calgary Emergency Management Agency. “We recognize that cost and availability may be a barrier for some, so this may help ease the burden on those who don’t already have their own face coverings.”
“Please take only what you need to make sure all those who need them have a chance to get some. If you have your own cloth or homemade face covering, remember those work just fine to help protect others as long as it fits you well.”
The City of Calgary’s primary focus is educating Calgarians on the importance of wearing face coverings in indoor public spaces and public vehicles, rather than enforcement. Failure to wear a face covering where required or failure to display prescribed signage can result in a penalty of $50 or $200.
More information about the bylaw, as well as a list of pick-up locations for the face coverings are available on calgary.ca/covid19.
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Mangiapane nets 3-year deal, $17.4 million from Flames, avoids salary arbitrati
CALGARY — Andrew Mangiapane of the Calgary Flames was rewarded on Monday for setting career highs in goals, assists and points this past season.
The Flames signed the 26-year-old forward to a three-year contract worth $17.4 million.
Mangiapane set career highs in goals (35), assists (20) and points (55) during the 2021-22 NHL season. The winger, who played all 82 regular-season games, finished the season with the fourth-most goals on the Flames and tied for the sixth most road goals in the NHL with 23.
He had three goals and three assists in 12 Stanley Cup playoff games.
Selected by Calgary in the sixth round (No. 166) of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft, Mangiapane has 132 points (78 goals, 54 assists) in 260 regular-season games, and 12 points (six goals, six assists) in 27 playoff games.
Mangiapane was a restricted free agent and avoided a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for Friday.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 2, 2022.
The Canadian Press
Sentencing arguments for Calgary man who ran down and killed his wife with U-Haul van
By Bill Graveland in Calgary
A Calgary judge reserved his decision Tuesday on a sentence for a man who deliberately drove over his wife with a U-Haul van during an argument and left her to die alone on a snow-covered street.
Ronald Candaele was convicted of second-degree murder a year ago in the February 2020 killing of Melissa Rae Blommaert.
Candaele already faces a life sentence but the Crown wants him kept in custody for 18 years before he’s eligible for parole due to his long history of domestic violence.
“He was violent. He was unpredictable. He dismissed court orders put in place to separate him and Ms. Blommaert for her safety. The murder of Ms. Blommaert on Feb. 10, 2020, was not an isolated incident,” said Crown prosecutor Robert Marquette.
“It was part of a long, terrible cycle of domestic violence which culminated in the offender committing the most heinous offence against Ms. Blommaert, taking her life.”
Candaele and his wife had been arguing when she got out of the vehicle in the Bowness neighbourhood of northwest Calgary and her husband got behind the wheel.
As she stormed away, Candaele drove the U-Haul into his wife. After running her over, he turned around and drove past her as she lay dying in the street.
The couple had been evicted from their subsidized housing apartment earlier in the day.
Marquette said Candaele also tried to hide his role in her death. When he was first questioned by police, he denied being with his wife and told officers she was missing, had maybe been kidnapped or committed suicide.
Candaele’s lawyer, Kim Ross, said his client should only have to serve the minimum of 10 years before being eligible for parole, saying the murder was not planned.
Ross said it happened at 4:10 a.m. and occurred in less than two minutes. He called the relationship a tumultuous one.
“This was a spontaneous, impulsive situation,” Ross said. “Two minutes changed the lives of a great many people.”
A victim impact statement from Monique Blommaert, the victim’s cousin, was presented in court.
In it, she said she has been suffering from anxiety and depression and worries the victim’s two children will eventually find out how she died.
“I still have a hard time believing that she’s dead and talk to her as if she’s still here,” said the cousin. “I still can’t believe that she was left to die alone in the street, run over and squished like nothing.”
Justice Blair Nixon has set the sentencing date for Aug. 31 and asked Candaele if he wanted to address the court.
“I’m sorry about the things that have happened. It was out of my control. I never seen her. She wasn’t in front of me at any moment in time,” Candaele sobbed.
“I’m a truthful person, sir, but I never seen her. I feel like this isn’t right. I maintain my innocence and I know God knows the truth. So does Melissa. So do I. I love her with all my heart and I always will.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published July 26, 2022.
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