Back Home Again wins award at 2021 Edmonton International Film Festival

Back Home Again wins award at 2021 Edmonton International Film Festival

By Scott McLean, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 25, 2021 Back Home Again has won the jury prize for best animation short (Alberta) at the 2021 Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF). The film tells the story of a group of woodland creatures dealing with the evacuation and rebuild following the 2016 Horse River Fire. It features a star-studded cast including Jeremy Renner,…

Continue Reading
Film about pilot Wilfred ‘Wop’ May receives jury award at Edmonton International Film Festival

Film about pilot Wilfred ‘Wop’ May receives jury award at Edmonton International Film Festival

By Scott McLean, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 25, 2021 A new film about the legacy of pilot Wilfred ‘Wop’ May has received the jury award for best documentary short film (Alberta) at the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF). Blind Ambition: The Story of Wop May chronicles the life of one of Canada’s most celebrated pilots. May survived a dog fight with…

Continue Reading
RCMP warning local businesses about bitcoin scam

RCMP warning local businesses about bitcoin scam

By Scott McLean, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 25, 2021 Mounties are investigating multiple reports of a phone scam targeting local businesses using the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Police said that over the past two weeks three separate businesses in Fort McMurray, St. Paul and Vermilion have been targeted by fraudsters. In each of the cases employees were contacted by an Ontario phone number.…

Continue Reading
Fort Liard nears vaccine threshold for gradual border reopening

Fort Liard nears vaccine threshold for gradual border reopening

By Sarah Sibley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 23, 2021 Residents of a Northwest Territories hamlet appear poised to reach 80 per cent full vaccination, the threshold required for the N.W.T. government to begin reopening the Highway 7 border. Highway 7, stretching down to the British Columbia border, is currently only open twice a week for people to leave the territory by appointment. The…

Continue Reading
Book by Winnipeg teacher, author on helping children cope with stress, anxiety now available in Cree, Anishinaabe

Book by Winnipeg teacher, author on helping children cope with stress, anxiety now available in Cree, Anishinaabe

By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 23, 2021 A book that teaches young children to cope with issues like stress and anxiety is now available in two Indigenous languages, after the author says she was inspired to have her work translated into both Cree and Anishinaabe. “I feel as a settler on this land, I am called to work towards…

Continue Reading
Company finds space in hydrogen charger market

Company finds space in hydrogen charger market

By Hannah Scott, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 22, 2021 A decade-old Richmond company is benefitting from the increased popularity of alternative fuel vehicles. Deriving its name from the infrared radiation that fuels its products, IRDI System is the brainchild of Edward Li, who after working at General Hydrogen for a number of years was inspired to create his own product. “(General…

Continue Reading
Manitoba school bus drivers in high demand

Manitoba school bus drivers in high demand

By Maggie Macintosh, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 21, 2021 School bus drivers are in high demand as a longtime Manitoba-wide shortage of the professionals, made worse by COVID-19 and new public health orders, disrupts routes and student commutes. Transportation managers in school divisions across the province are increasingly facing challenges with driver recruitment and retention, according to Paul Ilchena, executive director…

Continue Reading
Suzuki outlines path to saving planet – from ourselves

Suzuki outlines path to saving planet – from ourselves

By John Boivin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 21, 2021 At the end of his 90-minute online appearance, Dr. David Suzuki offered a message of hope. “We don’t know much about nature, and nature will surprise us,” he told the roughly 120 Kootenay and Boundary residents attending his virtual lecture. “And a lot of it will be good. We won’t deserve it.…

Continue Reading
Former Brandonite elected Calgary’s first woman mayor

Former Brandonite elected Calgary’s first woman mayor

By Chelsea Kemp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 21, 2021 A former Brandonite has been elected the first woman mayor of Calgary Jyoti Gondek was named mayor of Calgary Monday defeating 26 challengers for  the role with 174,649 votes, accounting for 45 per cent of all ballots  cast. Gondek originally hails from London, England but has close ties to Manitoba. Her family…

Continue Reading
‘Dire need’ for teachers’ housing in N.W.T. communities

‘Dire need’ for teachers’ housing in N.W.T. communities

By Sarah Sibley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Published Oct 21, 2021 Teachers in the Northwest Territories are struggling to find anywhere to live, a problem exacerbated by the impact of this year’s flooding in some communities. In the village of Fort Simpson, finding accommodation has already proved a barrier for incoming teaching staff. Failing to attract and retain teachers will affect the education…

Continue Reading