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EPS issues statement about Walterdale Bridge blockade

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Statement from Edmonton Police Service:

On Monday, October 7, the Walterdale Bridge was blocked by climate change protestors from 0700hrs until 0809hrs, at which time police convinced protestors to allow traffic through. This protest was part of a larger global effort, with demonstrations occurring across Canada and Europe.

In Canada, all people have the right to gather peacefully. There are, however, limitations on peaceful assembly contained in various sections of the Criminal Code.

The Edmonton Police Service moved first to maintain public order as angry drivers were approaching the protestors.  Photos of the incident show police assembled in a line, between the protestors and the drivers.  While this was happening, the police “duty officer” negotiated with the group to conclude the protest. The protestors were warned of police powers to arrest.  Although the protestors wanted the blockage to continue until 0900hrs, a resolution was agreed upon and the bridge reopened at 0809 hrs.

While no charges were laid at the scene, the incident is now under investigation and it is possible that charges could be laid at a future date.

Police wish to thank the many citizens who were inconvenienced this morning in traffic for their patience, while police negotiated a peaceful end to the protest.

 

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Fire rescue at Blue Plate

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Edmonton downtown winter

We love stories from our community.  Register here and publish your own stories.  Thanks to local writer and communicator and former journalist Glenn Kubish for this delightful snapshot of a recent act of kindness that melted everyone around!

Fire rescue at Blue Plate

Sick with a cold, tired from the non-stop and just a bit weary from the sick and tired, I drove home down 104 Ave this afternoon in a rush hour that felt like a funeral procession.

And hungry. Right, no lunch. Add hunger to the list. No doubt, I was suffering. I’m not aware of anyone who suffers quite like I do. Shelagh, sitting next to me in the car, would likely agree.

And not on my bike. Let me keep counting the woes.

We turned off at 122 Street, parked the car and headed for Blue Plate. I ordered an Old Fashioned. A stabilizer, as my friend Al would say. I sipped it. Contemplated the maraschino cherry pinned between the glass and the ice cube die. Remembered how my parents said mar-a-SHEE-no, but Bogart said mar-a-SKEE-no. We talked about music. Shelagh remembered parties where she first heard Dire Straits and Talking Heads. We’ve been telling each other stories for 35 years. I hadn’t heard that one before. That was nice.

I looked out the window at a fire truck, its lights flashing, parked in front of the restaurant. The vehicle also captured the attention of a young boy walking into the restaurant with his parents. The little guy slowed his pace to keep looking at the light show. Who could blame him? The three eventually sat at a booth next to ours. A few minutes later, a firefighter came in and quietly asked the parents if their son would like a firefighter colouring book. The boy was so happy.

The restaurant melted.

“That is so nice,” a woman said from a table behind us.

Later, the boy’s father walked up to our table and said he had noticed I had captured the moment and would I be kind enough to share the pics?  He was overwhelmed by the firefighter’s kindness. There were tears in his eyes. I texted him the pics. We talked a bit. His family is francophone de l’Alberta. We spoke a bit of French.

There is so much that I am not certain about anymore. So much that’s murky. But I know for sure that that father loved his son.

I felt in the world again. Maybe we don’t need to find rest as much as we need to see kindness.

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Family values and a depth of knowledge set Bird Automotive apart from all others

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The moment you walk through the doors of our shop on Yellowhead Trail, you’ll feel a difference.  Maybe you’ll relax a bit, knowing that your vehicle and you and are in good hands. You’ll probably meet Max, a 2 year old Doodle who hangs out at the shop with us most days and keeps us all smiling.

First and foremost, Bird Automotive is a family business.  Our staff have been with us for years and there likely isn’t an automotive project we haven’t seen.  We’ve been operating since 1994 and we service all types of vehicles.  We tend to specialize in European brands, but our customers are very diverse.  Some come in looking for some love for their 1995 Ford Escape, hoping to get a few more years of life out of it.  Others bring in their prized BMW’s, Audi’s, and Porsche’s, knowing we understand their cars very well and will give them the very best service available.  We recently re-built a V12 for a customer’s rare 1990 BMW 850 – a project most shops like ours would be hesitant to take on.  We nailed it, and the customer was thrilled.

We are a friendly, resourceful group.  We like challenges, but above all, we like happy customers who appreciate quality work at a fair price.

The most important thing you can do for your vehicle?  Maintain it.  Preventive maintenance is a schedule of planned maintenance actions.  Performed properly, we can help your vehicle to deliver peak performance and reduce the risk of costly breakdowns and failures.

Automotive Tune Up

Traditional tune-ups of years gone by involved changing the spark plugs, cap and rotor while tweaking the carburetor.

Automotive technology has come a long way, and so have tune-ups. Modern tune-ups start with a complete system scan identifying any recorded errors or issues and continue on to fuel injector cleaning, electronic system and sensor analysis, ignition system testing and comprehensive performance checks.

Scheduled tune-ups help ensure your vehicle will perform at peak performance level, year after year, while reducing the possibility of road side break downs and costly repairs.

Other benefits of properly maintaining your vehicle include longer service life, greater resale value and better fuel efficiency.

Tune-up Services include:

Diagnostic Scans

Oil Change: Synthetic or Mineral

Automotive Computer Services

Emissions: Inspections, Failures, and Repairs

Fuel System Fuel Injection Services

A/C and Heat Service and Repair

Check Engine Light Diagnostics

Ignition System and Spark Plugs

Air Induction and Air Filter

“..The staff at BIRD AUTOMOTIVE are passionate about automobiles and take real pride in the quality of their work. We like to treat our customers as family, and family always takes care of itself…”

Call now to book an appointment for your vehicle at 780-496-9497. We are located at 9164 Yellowhead Trail NW in Edmonton, and are open Monday to Friday 8am – 5:30pm.We are a Certified OOP inspection facility by the Alberta provincial government.

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