EDMONTON – Parks Canada’s plans for fly-in tours to the nesting grounds of the world’s last natural flock of whooping cranes may be as endangered as the enormous birds themselves.
Excursions planned for May and June have been cancelled, because the birds have declined to nest near observation blinds built by officials at Wood Buffalo National Park on the Alberta-Northwest Territories boundary.
And while tours are still planned for August, an aboriginal band is preparing to ask the Federal Court for an injunction to ban the trips altogether.
“We haven’t been consulted on these tours,” said Chief Frieda Martselos of the Salt Lake First Nation in Fort Smith, N.W.T. The band has the right to practise traditional activities in the park. “We don’t want the tours to go ahead.”
SHERRIDON, Man. – The wildfire situation in Manitoba is not as dire as in Alberta and Saskatchewan, but crews are battling blazes near Cormorant, northwest of The Pas, and Sherridon, northeast of Flin Flon.
Water bombers were being used Tuesday to battle the Cormorant blaze, which was close to roads and the railways.
Fire damaged the transmission line providing power to the community of Sherridon, but Manitoba Hydro expected to have the power restored soon.
WINNIPEG – A nurse who arranged for a woman to be sent home from hospital in a cab and without her house keys hours before she died says the patient was discharged safely.
Wayne Didkowski told an inquest into the death of Heather Brenan that he made arrangements for the 68-year-old to go home when a doctor at Winnipeg’s Seven Oaks Hospital decided she was well enough late one evening in January 2012.
He said Brenan was worried she didn’t have her keys or a ride home, but he assured her she would be sent in a cab and a friend would be there waiting for her with the keys.
An unregistered firm soliciting investments from Manitobans has triggered a warning from the Manitoba Securities Commission.
The commission says Camaco International Ltd. is not registered to sell securities in Manitoba and its actions are not in compliance with provincial securities laws.
Camaco recently ran an advertisements on a Winnipeg radio station, with its spokesperson Stuart Price encouraging Manitoba investors to place funds in offshore trading accounts in order to access the foreign exchange market (FOREX) through “contract for difference trading,” which he described as new investment product that uses leveraged funds to increase returns.
MONTREAL – Michael Sam says his priority is helping the Montreal Alouettes win, not making history as the first openly gay player in the Canadian Football League.
Sam was signed to a two-year deal by the Alouettes last week.
“I’m not trying to really do anything historic here by being with Montreal, I’m just trying to help the team win some games so we can bring the Grey Cup back home,” Sam told a packed news conference Tuesday.