RDC’s Indoor Track Team Ready For The Races
The Red Deer College Indoor Track team is ready for their 1st competition this weekend. Kari Elliott, who experienced a lot of success as the Head Coach of the RDC Cross-Country Running team, will be leading a talented group of student-athletes at The Running Room Grand Prix #1 in Edmonton on Saturday.
Many members from RDC Cross-Country Running will join the team. Jordanna Cota, Amy Severtson, Samantha Debree, Laura Szymanek, Lauren Mearns, Jill Stewart, Breanna Berridge and Teagan Shapka will be competing for the RDC women. Janaya Garbe, who was a member of the Cross-Country team, will not be joining the team. While Garbe will be missed, Sadie Borgfjord, will be a capable replacement. Borgfjord, a sprinter from Camrose, has a personal best of 1:04 over 400 m and a will be a strong ACAC competitor at 300 m and 600 m.
Members of the Men’s Cross-Country Running team, Nolan Dyck, Jeffrey Willoughby, Cory DeRaadt, Devon Gurney, Justin Moltzahn, Nathan Goode and Corey Garbutt will participate on the team. Unfortunately, Jonathan Lam has moved to Hong Kong but Adam Wass will take his spot. Wass will be competing in the 1,500 m and 3,000 m and is expected to be one of the strongest runners by the fall.
Head Coach Kari Elliott believes that some success achieved from the Cross-Country Running season will transfer to Indoor Track, especially the longer distances. “I expect that we will have some strong performances over 3,000 metres,” said Elliott. “We are working hard and will be ready for our first meet on Jan. 28.” While the Indoor track team aims to perform well, the abbreviated season will also help the studentathletes prepare for Cross-Country Running. “Our focus is on the Cross-Country Running season in the fall, where we expect to have strong men’s and women’s teams. The Indoor Track season is a great motivator to keep our studentathletes in shape and compete in something different,” said Elliott. “They enjoy training for the shorter distances and our workouts are focused more on speed, although there is some emphasis on endurance.”
MacEwan University will be hosting The Running Room Grand Prix #1 on Saturday, Jan. 28.
Poilievre threatens to filibuster budget bill if Liberals don’t meet demands
Flanked by Conservative Finance and Middle Class Prosperity critic Jasraj Singh Hallan and Conservative deputy leader Melissa Lantsman and other members of Parliament, Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre speaks with reporters in the Foyer of the House of Commons, Monday, June 5, 2023 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
By Nojoud Al Mallees in Ottawa
During a news conference Monday, Poilievre outlined two conditions to avoid potential filibustering by his party.
He called on the federal government to present a plan to balance its budget “in order to bring down inflation and interest rates.”
He also demanded the Liberals cancel any future increases to the carbon price.
“If the government does not meet these demands, we will use all procedural tools at our disposal to block the budget from passing,” Poilievre said.
Those tools include amendments and lengthy speeches, he said.
Poilievre’s threat comes as MPs gear up for their summer break, with the Commons set to rise June 23.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled the 2023 budget in March after promising to keep spending plans restrained, given inflation is still high.
However, the fiscal projections in the budget show no end in sight for federal deficits despite the fall budget update in November projecting a balanced budget in 2027-28.
Following the release of federal and provincial budgets, Bank of Canada governor Tiff Macklem said that while government spending was not helping to bring down inflation, it was also not pushing it higher.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2023.
Conservatives call on feds to see killer Bernardo returned to maximum-security prison
Paul Bernardo sits in the back of a police cruiser as he leaves a hearing in St. Catharines, Ont., April 5, 1994. The lawyer for the families of Paul Bernardo’s victims says the killer and serial rapist should be returned to his maximum-security prison and transparency be provided around what led to his transfer to a medium-security facility in the first place.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
By Stephanie Taylor in Ottawa
Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is calling on the federal government to use whatever tools it can to reverse a decision by the Correctional Service of Canada to transfer killer Paul Bernardo to a medium-security prison.
Bernardo’s move to a facility in Quebec was made public last week after the correctional service notified the lawyer representing the families of 15-year-old Kristen French and 14-year-old Leslie Mahaffy, whom Bernardo kidnapped, tortured and murdered in the early 1990s.
The killer and serial rapist had been serving a life sentence at Millhaven Institution, a maximum-security penitentiary near Kingston, Ont.
Tim Danson, a lawyer for the victims’ families, says it was unacceptable that the prison service refused to answer questions about the reason for the Bernardo’s move or details of his custody conditions, citing his privacy rights.
Speaking to reporters in Ottawa, Poilievre called Bernardo a “monster” and said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government should work to see him returned to a maximum-security prison.
In a statement last Friday, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said Bernardo’s transfer was “shocking and incomprehensible,” adding that he planned to raise the issue with Anne Kelly, commissioner of the federal correctional service.
Danson said he was pleased to the minister’s statement
“Now we need action,” he told The Canadian Press on Sunday. “This is one of Canada’s most notorious, sadistic, psychopathic killers.”
“We need the public in masses, in millions, to be writing to the minister, to the commissioner of corrections, and to the members of Parliament, to express their outrage over this — that secrecy will not work. We want transparency.”
Mendicino said in his statement he expects the correctional service to “take a victim-centred and trauma-informed approach in these cases.”
The service, for its part, issued a statement offering no details about Bernardo’s transfer but saying safety is its “paramount consideration” in all such decisions.
“While we cannot comment on the specifics of an offender’s case under the Privacy Act, we want to assure the public that this offender continues to be incarcerated in a secure institution, with appropriate security perimeters and controls in place,” the statement read.
It went on to note that Bernardo, who has been designated a dangerous offender, is serving an “indeterminate sentence” with no end date.
Danson said the French and Mahaffy families were shocked to hear of Bernardo’s transfer, with the move bringing up decades of anguish and grief.
“Then for me to have to tell them as their lawyer and their friend, ‘I’m afraid I have no answers for you because of Bernardo’s privacy rights,'” he said.
“Of course their response is the one that you would expect: What about the rights of Kristen? What about the rights of Leslie? What about their rights?”
“These are questions I can’t answer other than just to agree with them and share in their despair.”
Bernardo’s dangerous offender status makes the move all the more puzzling, Danson added as he questioned why Bernardo should reap any benefits of being in a medium-security facility with more lenient living conditions.
“We need an open and transparent discussion and debate. These are major, major public institutions paid for by the taxpayers of Canada.”
He suggested the correctional service’s handling of the matter risks leading the public to feel suspicious of the entire system.
“They want to do everything behind closed doors and secretly.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on June 5, 2023.
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