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Saskatoon weather outlook – June 28

Thunderstorm threat continues, but does it last into the long weekend?

Severe Thunderstorm Watch

Severe thunderstorm watch issued in northwest, north-central and east-central Saskatchewan.

SkyTracker Weather

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the La Ronge, La Loche, Buffalo Narrows, Key Lake, Canora, Kamsack and Yorkton areas.

Conditions are favourable for the development of severe thunderstorms this afternoon with the threat diminishing this evening.

The main threats of these storms are brief heavy downpours, hail to the size of quarters and damaging wind gusts.

Saskatoon Forecast


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The day started out around 13 degrees under mostly sunny skies before warming into the mid-20s by late morning.

Humidity was making it feel close to 30 degrees by late morning as well – about four degrees warmer than the temperature at times!

The mercury is expected to top out in the high 20s today with clouds building in this afternoon as a few thunderstorms roll through the region.


Partly cloudy conditions will stick around tonight as temperatures drop back into the mid-teens.


Most models are bringing in cloud cover again tomorrow morning with a chance of showers and the possibility of a thunderstorm through the day before conditions clear into the evening.

Temperatures will top out around 26 degrees in the afternoon.

Thursday-Friday (Canada Day)

Mostly sunny skies will stick around on Thursday as high pressure settles in overtop of us before a push of moist air brings in cloud cover and a chance of rain for Friday on Canada Day.

Daytime highs will be in the mid-20s both days.

Weekend Outlook

It does look like mostly cloudy skies will likely stick around on Saturday with a chance of thunderstorms both that day and Sunday before conditions clear toward the end of the weekend.

Temperatures will likely remain in the mid-20s Saturday afternoon with the potential to push into the high 20s on Sunday.

Duran Bruno snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo at Fond-du-Lac:

June 28: Duran Bruno snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo at Fond-du-Lac.

Duran Bruno / Viewer Submitted

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City asks people affected by DWA in Saskatoon to reach out to friends, family for water

As thousands of people in six Saskatoon neighbourhoods deal with a drinking water advisory (DWA), city officials are asking them to reach out to family and friends in unaffected areas for potable water.

“We know most people will look after getting their own water and we’re hoping to make that a bit easier for residents,” said assistant fire chief Anthony Tataryn.

“Of course family, friends and employers in unaffected areas are encouraged to help where they can by allowing those people to fill jugs of potable water from their unaffected taps.”

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    On Monday morning, a private contractor damaged a primary water line near McOrmond Drive, depressurizing the water distribution system.

    It affected six neighbourhoods: Arbour Creek, Erindale, Evergreen, Forest Grove, University Heights S.C. and Willowgrove.

    The city issued a DWA for the neighbourhoods, meaning water should be boiled before being consumed – including brushing teeth, making ice cubes or washing fruits and vegetables.

    The city has also set up water filling depots at fire hall No. 9 on Attridge Avenue and fire hall No. 5 on Central Avenue, where people can fill large, clean jugs.

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    However, they are asking those who are able to get water from elsewhere to do so.

    “If you are able to get a water supply from an unaffected area, please go that route,” Tataryn said.

    “We want to keep the Fire Stations open for the folks who may not have that as an option.”

    The DWA is expected to remain in place until at least Thursday.

    Officials say due to the size and scope of the DWO, NotifyNow will be used on a daily basis to provide updates until the DWA is lifted.

Istanbul airport attack: Suspected ISIS bombers kill dozens

ISTANBUL – Suicide attackers killed dozens and wounded more than 140 at Istanbul’s busy Ataturk Airport, the latest in a series of bombings to strike Turkey in recent months. Turkish officials said the massacre was most likely the work of the Islamic State group.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 36 people died Tuesday as well as the three suicide bombers. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said 147 were wounded.

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Yildirim said in a press statement early Wednesday that air traffic had returned to normal and “our airport has been opened to flights and departures from 02:20 (local time) on.”

There were conflicting accounts of the attack.

A Turkish official said authorities are going through CCTV footage and witness statements to establish a preliminary timeline and details of the attack. “It is a jigsaw puzzle” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government protocol.

READ MORE:Istanbul airport attack: Air Canada halts service to Ataturk Airport

The Haber Turk newspaper reported that one attacker blew himself up outside the terminal, then two others opened fire at the point where the X-ray machines are. One attacker was shot at while running amid fleeing passengers, then blew himself up at the exit. The third attacker went up one level to where the international departures terminal is, was shot by police and blew himself up.

Airport surveillance video posted on social media showed the moment of one blast, a huge ball of fire, and passengers fleeing in terror. Another appeared to show an attacker, felled by a gunshot from a security officer, blowing himself up seconds later.

WATCH: Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport hit by deadly terror attack. Jackson Proskow reports. 

The recent attacks on a key partner in the U.S.-led coalition against IS and a NATO member have increased in scale and frequency. They have scared away tourists and hurt the Turkish economy, which relies heavily on tourism.

As dawn broke over the destroyed terminal, workers began removing debris left by the blast. The airport partially reopened, but an information board inside showed that about one-third of scheduled flights had been cancelled, with a host of others delayed.

Earlier, the hundreds of passengers who fled the airport in fear were left sitting on the grass outside. Several ambulances drove back and forth, and security vehicles surrounded the scene.

Adam Keally, from Boston, said he heard gunfire followed, by several explosions, then saw people “very badly injured.”

Hevin Zini, 12, had just arrived from Duesseldorf, Germany, with her family and was in tears.

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“There was blood on the ground,” she told AP. “Everything was blown up to bits… if we had arrived two minutes earlier, it could have been us.”

Yildirim, speaking to reporters at the airport, said all initial indications suggested the Islamic State group was behind the attacks.

“The findingsof our security forces point atthe Daesh organization as the perpetrators of this terror attack,” Yildirim said, using the Arabic name for IS. “Even though the indications suggest Daesh, ourinvestigations are continuing.”

Turkey shares long, porous borders with Syria and Iraq, war-torn countries where IS controls large pockets of territory. Authorities have blamed IS for several major bombings over the past year, including on the capital Ankara, as well as attacks on tourists in Istanbul.

WATCH: Travellers at Istanbul airport take cover from explosions, gunfire

Turkey has stepped up controls at airports and land borders and deported thousands of foreign fighters, but has struggled to tackle the threat of IS militants while also conducting vast security operations against Kurdish rebels, who have also been blamed for recent deadly attacks.

The devastation at Istanbul’s airport follows the March attack on Brussels Airport, where two suicide bombings ripped through check-in counters, killing 16 people. The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for that attack, as well as a subsequent explosion at a Brussels subway station that killed 16 more people.

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said on 桑拿会所: “Our thoughts are with the victims of the attacks at Istanbul’s airport. We condemn these atrocious acts of violence.”

READ MORE: Canada condemns Istanbul airport attack that killed 36

Yildirim said air traffic at Ataturk Airport, which was suspended after the attack and stranded hundreds of passengers, had resumed early Wednesday. A stoppage of flights to and from the United States and Istanbul lasted several hours but was later lifted, said a U.S. official who spoke on background to discuss sensitive security issues.

Yildirim said the attackers arrived at the airport in a taxi and blew themselves up after opening fire. Asked whether a fourth attacker might have escaped, he said authorities have no such assessment but are considering every possibility.

Another Turkish official said two of the attackers detonated explosives at the entrance of the international arrivals terminal after police fired at them, while the third blew himself up in the parking lot.

The official, who also spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government regulations, cited interior ministry information and said that none of the attackers managed to get past security checks at the terminal’s entrance.

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Turkish airports have security checks at both the entrance of terminal buildings and then later before entry to departure gates.

South African Judy Favish, who spent two days in Istanbul as a layover on her way home from Dublin, had just checked in when she heard an explosion followed by gunfire and a loud bang.

She says she hid under the counter for some time.

Favish says passengers were ushered to a cafeteria at the basement level where they were kept for more than an hour before being allowed outside.

Two South African tourists, Paul and Susie Roos from Cape Town, were at the airport and due to fly home at the time of the explosions.

“We came up from the arrivals to the departures, up the escalator when we heard these shots going off,” Paul Roos said. “There was this guy going roaming around, he was dressed in black and he had a hand gun.”

The prime minister called for national unity and “global co-operation” in combatting terrorism.

WATCH: Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump comments on the Istanbul Airport attack that killed dozens and injured dozens others, saying “something is going on it’s really bad.”

“This (attack) has shown once again that terrorism is a global threat,” Yildirim said. “This is a heinous planned attack that targeted innocent people.”

He suggested that the attack was linked to what he said was Turkey’s success against Kurdish rebels, as well as steps Ankara took Monday toward mending strained ties with Israel and Russia.

“It is meaningful that this heinous attack came at a time when we have become successful in the fight against separatist terrorism … and at a time when we started a process ofnormalizing ties with our neighbours,” Yildirim said.

Yildirim said there was no security lapse at the airport, but added the fact the attackers were carrying weapons “increased the severity” of the attack.

Saudi Arabia’s Embassy in Turkey said at least seven Saudis were injured in the attack and all are in stable condition.

Dozens of anxious friends and relatives waited early Wednesday outside Istanbul’s Bakirkoy Hospital, where victims were taken for treatment.

“You can hear that people are wailing here,” said Serdar Tatlisu, a relative of a victim. “We cannot cope anymore, we can’t just stay still. We need some kind of solution for whatever problem there is.

Turkey is beset by a wide array of security threats, 26, including from ultra-left radicals, Kurdish rebels demanding greater autonomy in the restive southeast, and IS militants.

WATCH: Adam Keally from Boston, MA describes what he saw and some of the injuries sustained as suicide bombers attacked the Atuturk Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

On Jan. 12, an attack that Turkish authorities blamed on IS claimed the lives of a dozen German tourists visiting Istanbul’s historic sites. On March 19, a suicide bombing rocked Istanbul’s main pedestrian street, killing five people, including the bomber, whom the authorities identified as a Turkish national linked to IS.

Last October, twin suicide bombings hit a peace rally outside Ankara’s train station, killing 102 people. There was no claim of responsibility but Turkish authorities blamed the attack on a local cell of IS.

Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport was the 11th busiest airport in the world last year, with 61.8 million passengers, according to Airports Council International. It is also one of the fastest-growing airports in the world, seeing 9.2 per cent more passengers last year than in 2014.

The largest carrier at the airport is Turkish Airlines, which operates a major hub there. Low-cost Turkish carrier Onur Air is the second-largest airline there.

The independent Dogan news agency reported that a plane carrying Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama was arriving on an official visit at the airport when the attack occurred. The prime minister and his entourage were safely taken to an official residence.

Fraser reported from Ankara, and Soguel from Sanliurfa, Turkey. Associated Press writers Bram Janssen in Istanbul, Will Lester in Washington, D.C. and Scott Mayerowitz in New York contributed to this report.

Saskatchewan, Saskatoon Tribal Council argue in court over child protection

The Saskatchewan government is seeking an injunction to take back responsibility for children under the care of the Saskatoon Tribal Council, but some say the move infringes on aboriginal sovereignty.

Government lawyer Michael Morris argued the province has to step in because the tribal council isn’t sharing even basic information, such as how many children are in care or their names.

“Right now that information’s not being provided,” Morris told Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Lian Schwann on Tuesday.

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    “Who are the caregivers to those children? What services are being provided to them? What are their needs? What, if any, case planning is there in relation to them? For every child that has been put into care … Saskatchewan requires that information.”

    READ MORE: Social services taking over children’s care from Saskatoon Tribal Council

    Morris said the Ministry of Social Services not only has the authority, but also the duty to protect children on and off reserve.

    He said Saskatchewan needs access to documents “to ensure that children on the STC First Nations … are safe and receiving all proper support and services.”

    First Nations agencies are required to monitor and track children in care on reserve and report back to the Ministry of Social Services. The province has delegation agreements with them.

    But Saskatchewan Social Services Minister Donna Harpauer said earlier this month that years of trying to negotiate a new deal between the province and the Saskatoon Tribal Council have reached an impasse. She also said that federal funding expired in March, which meant the province could terminate its part of the agreement.

    WATCH BELOW: Saskatchewan government moves to collect files from tribal council

    Lawyer Josephine de Whytell, who argued on behalf of the tribal council, said funding from Ottawa expires each year with the federal budget and is renewed.

    She said the council is following a bilateral accord on caring for children that was signed with the province in 1996. It’s not a matter of the province delegating power to the tribal council, she added.

    “Those First Nations have not given up their authority to act as independent nations responsible for the protection and well-being of their children,” she said.

    De Whytell said the tribal council is willing to provide the information for auditing and case transfer purposes, but not because it reports to the ministry as a subordinate agency.

    She called the province’s claims “frivolous and vexatious.”

    “The order that’s being sought is not necessary to protect the best interests of the children because those children are already being protected by their own First Nations who are accountable to their own membership.”

    Outside the courthouse, children held signs that said “No More 60s Scoop” and “Honour the Bilateral Accord #OurKidsOurJurisdiction.”

    READ MORE: Two-thirds of First Nations children in Saskatchewan live in poverty: advocate

    Saskatoon Tribal Council Chief Felix Thomas told reporters that the council will not abdicate control or be forced to sign a new agreement.

    “If you’re a sovereign nation, you cannot be told,’You need to give us that report.’ If you’re a sovereign nation, you’re told with respect, ‘Please share a report so that we can do what’s best for the child,”‘ said Thomas.

    “That’s all we’ve been asking for with the province is show us the respect and live up to the agreement that you signed.”

    Justice Schwann has reserved her decision.

Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: June 2016

Every day on Global News at 6 and Global News at 10, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

To submit a picture for Your Saskatchewan, email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

Pictures should be at least 920 pixels wide and in jpeg format.

GALLERY: Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: May 2016

June 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Suzy Pilat after Friday’s hail storm at Turtle Lake.

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June 2: Stephanie Styles took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Govan.

Stephanie Styles / Viewer Submitted

June 3: Aicha Bitam took this Your Saskatchewan photo of their newly filled dogout at Moreland.

Aicha Bitam / Viewer Submitted

June 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Anton Lariviere at Patuanak.

Anton Lariviere / Viewer Submitted

June 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped in Lillestrom by Juan Cardama.

Juan Cardama / Your Saskatchewan

June 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken taken by Kirsten Morin at Île-à-la-Crosse.

Kirsten Morin / Viewer Submitted

June 7: Brent Bell took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Maidstone.

Brent Bell / Viewer Submitted

June 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a robin’s nest full of eggs was taken in Saskatoon by Lucas Winiewski.

Lucas Winiewski / Viewer Submitted

June 9: Helen Waller took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Montmartre of the “Paris of the Prairies.”

Helen Waller / Viewer Submitted

June 10: Doug Sarnes took this Your Saskatchewan photo from a hot air balloon over the Delta Bessborough.

Doug Sarnes / Viewer Submitted

June 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jeanette Thoms at Wakaw Lake.

Jeanette Thoms / Viewer Submitted

June 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo of an eagle nest was snapped near Aberdeen by Diane Kacher.

Diane Kacher/ Viewer Submitted

June 13: Steve and Tina Leeks took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Regina of cedar waxwings.

Steve and Tina Leeks / Viewer Submitted

June 14: Jenny Hagan took this Your Saskatchewan photo 2500 feet above Eatonia where a group of hang gliders were trying to break a Canadian distance record.

Jenny Hagan / Viewer Submitted

June 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Harvey Carberry at Jackfish Lake.

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June 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dawn Williams of her pea fields starting to flower southwest of Kyle.

Dawn Williams / Viewer Supplied

June 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Charlie Lemaigre at Clearwater River Provincial Park north of La Loche.

Charlie Lemaigre / Viewer Supplied

June 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Linda Phillips at Long Lake.

Linda Phillips / Viewer Supplied

June 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tracey Cholin near Kerrobert.

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June 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by Mat Williams.

Mat Williams / Viewer Submitted

June 21: Brent Bell took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Maidstone.

Brent Bell / Viewer Submitted

June 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo of the strawberry moon was taken just north of Regina by Darcy Conn.

Darcy Conn / Viewer Submitted

June 23: Kirsten Morin took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Meadow Lake of a moose having a soak.

Kirsten Morin / Viewer Submitted

June 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dianne Mursell near Regina Beach.

Dianne Mursell / Viewer Submitted

June 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cary Fischer at Wascana Lake in Regina.

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June 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Pablo Benitez near Outlook.

Pablo Benitez / Viewer Supplied

June 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by April Moosomin.

April Moosomin / Viewer Submitted

June 28: Duran Bruno snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo at Fond-du-Lac.

Duran Bruno / Viewer Submitted

June 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a Saskatoon sunrise was taken by Lisa Dutton.

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June 30: Logan Bereti took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a loon having a snack at Fishing Lake.

Logan Bereti / Viewer Submitted

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Quebec City fire report doesn’t explain why family had to jump four storeys: lawyer

QUEBEC CITY – When the ladder on a Quebec City fire truck broke during a fire in January, a family of three was forced to jump four storeys to escape death.

Since the incident, the family’s lawyer, Dominique Bertrand, has been asking why firefighters didn’t do more to try and rescue them.

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    She insists a recent fire report on what happened that night provides few answers.

    Nathalie Chicoine broke 50 bones in her body when she, her 10-year-old son and her partner were forced to jump from their burning fourth floor apartment.

    She is likely to live the rest of her life in chronic pain, explained Bertrand.

    “They were screaming ‘we are suffocating, please help us. We are dying, please, please.’ So, you can understand the panic and no firemen were telling them to calm down,” Bertrand said.

    The lawyer received a copy of the report, which was commissioned by the Quebec City fire department.

    READ MORE: Quebec City fire victims sue after being forced to jump four floors to safety

    Bertrand told Global News she’s shocked by how few details it contained, claiming the investigator didn’t speak to her clients.

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    Bertrand said she also has concerns about what firefighters said happened after the truck ladder broke.

    “They said in their report that there was a Plan B to go and get a ladder with something to hook onto the window, but the ladder wasn’t in the truck,” she explained, adding the second ladder was still at the fire station.

    “So during this time, the people were still stuck in the fire, you understand? So, it doesn’t work for me. It doesn’t work. There was no Plan B.”

    The Quebec City fire department told Global News it wouldn’t discuss the case or the report, citing an ongoing lawsuit.

    READ MORE: Quebec City apartment fire victims want answers from fire department

    Bertrand is waiting to hear from the city to discuss a settlement and said the family is ready to sue.

Starwood begins managing hotel run by military in Cuba

HAVANA – American hospitality giant Starwood began managing a hotel owned by the Cuban military on Tuesday, opening one of the biggest holes in the U.S. trade embargo on Cuba since Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro declared detente in Dec. 2014.

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    The facade of the 186-room Quinta Avenida hotel in Havana’s upscale Miramar neighbourhood has been emblazoned with the logo of Starwood’s Four Points by Sheraton business travel brand and travellers can now book rooms through Starwood’s website.

    The Obama administration permitted the deal with a special Treasury Department license and Starwood announced it on the eve of President Obama’s March visit to Cuba. The stated intention of Obama’s normalization of relations with Cuba is creating more freedom for ordinary Cubans to operate independently of their single-party government, which maintains control of the most aspects of the centrally planned economy.

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    Allowing a high-profile U.S. corporation to work hand-in-hand with the Cuban military shows both the Obama and Castro governments’ eagerness to build as many economic ties as possible before the president leaves office, said Robert Muse, a Washington-based expert on U.S. law on Cuba.

    “It certainly goes further and faster than anyone contemplated,” Muse said.

    “The Cuban government proved that it can quickly and decisively deal with the U.S. hospitality sector. No reason they can’t do it again and again and again.”

    The hotel is being gradually refurbished and equipped with new beds, linens and other amenities. The 180-member Cuban staff has been re-trained by a team of 15-20 Starwood managers from other countries over the last few weeks and will be permanently supervised by about five Starwood managers under the terms of the contract.

    Starwood officials said they were investing millions in the rehabilitation of the hotel. They declined to provide a more specific figure.

    Visitors to Cuba frequently and bitterly complain about the poor quality of the infrastructure and service in government-run hotels, and online reviews of the pre-Starwood Quinta Avenida offered a sampling of the challenges the company faces.

    Though interspersed with some praise, comments ranged from “hallways with dirty carpets full of dust and a wet smell” to “crickets and cockroaches in some parts of the hotels show that they weren’t cleaning much.”

    A Gaviota representative declined to comment Tuesday but Pablo Casal, the hotel’s general manager, said he was pleased with the quality of the hotel staff.

    “What we’re finding is a willingness to understand what we expect and apply it,” he said. “We’re working very hard, above all, to provide the service that our guests expect.”

    In the midst of a boom in tourism to Cuba, the hotel is running at about 80 per cent occupancy. Casal said he hoped to complete the renovation by the end of the year. In the meantime, reservations will come with a disclaimer that the hotel is undergoing rehabilitation.

Hundreds of bears killed due to conflicts with people, says province

KELOWNA 鈥?The growing conflict between people and wildlife is sparking an urgent plea from Okanagan conservationists.

A young bear had to be euthanized this weekend after spending the past few weeks eating household garbage in Kelowna neighbourhoods.

READ MORE:聽Bear in Kelowna falls 40 feet from tree after being tranquilized; later euthanized

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鈥淭heir sense of smell is 2,100 times better than ours. They鈥檙e trying to put on 20,000 calories a day so when they get into garbage and fruit trees and non-natural attractants, they get addicted to it,鈥?said conservation officer Ken Owens.

The province says every year hundreds, and in some cases more than a thousand, bears are destroyed as a result of conflicts with people.

Most of the time, the issue arises when there is easy access to non-natural food sources like garbage.

鈥淚t鈥檚 mainly garbage, bird seed, fruit trees, we really want people to ensure bears don鈥檛 have access to them,鈥?said Owens.

He says one way to do that is to become a 鈥楤ear Smart鈥?community, a status currently attained by only seven B.C. communities.

鈥淭hey embrace the root causes of bear and human conflict and they look for those long-term solutions so we are really hoping that more of our communities will come on board with the bear smart community program,鈥?said Owens.

It鈥檚 not just about ensuring bears don鈥檛 find food where they shouldn鈥檛. Conservationists are also urging people not to intentionally feed or get close to any wildlife.

READ MORE: Don鈥檛 feed wildlife, plead Okanagan conservationists

鈥淲e have motor vehicle accidents with deer, we have more encounters where people get hurt, dogs get hurt, so it鈥檚 just not good practice to feed any wildlife at any time, let鈥檚 just keep them wild and let鈥檚 just co-exist with them,鈥?said Owens.

The only Okanagan community with 鈥楤ear Smart鈥?status is Naramata.

Click here to view the Wild Smart website and more tips on how to prevent bears from entering your neighbourhood or yard.

Calgary prepares for visitors as direct flights from Beijing begin

The first non-stop flights between Calgary and China will start this Thursday and Calgary companies are getting ready to cash in.

The new direct flight from Beijing to Calgary will cater to the growing demand from Chinese visitors.

Hainan Airlines will offer the flight three times a week starting June 30.

“It’s about the ease of being able to directly fly to a destination,” Cindy Ady, with Tourism Calgary, said.

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“That is a whole different marketing exercise rather than have them land somewhere else and then entice them to come to your destination.”

Tourism Calgary and Travel Alberta are providing seminars and training programs to help local restaurants and hotels dealing with the expected increase in travellers.

“My message is: ‘get China Ready.’ They’re coming and we are welcoming them as guests and we want to make sure that Calgary is ready,” Ady said.

“Because basically you need to have some understanding of their culture and how they think and what they want to recreate while they are your guest. So we have been working really hard with our partners here in Calgary to be ready. What do they enjoy doing? One, they love to shop. They love things like cultural experiences like Heritage Park and they like to go to the mountains to say they have been in the Rocky Mountains.”

READ MORE: Hainan Airlines to launch Calgary-Beijing route on June 30 

Over at the Westin Hotel staff are taking Chinese cultural training and have been for years now. The hotel’s general manager worked in Beijing for eight years and knows the importance of small touches like providing slippers, menus in Mandarin, and serving Congee for breakfast.

“We knew that the Chinese customer was going to travel the world. We have already been one step ahead by having a detailed PowerPoint presentation of the do’s and don’ts, what to do and what not to do for already about seven years,” Arjun Channa, general manager of the Westin Hotel in downtown Calgary, said.

Up to 70 per cent of the travellers coming to Calgary on the new flights are expected to be tourists, while most of the remainder will likely be business travellers, which Channa says couldn’t come at a better time.

“I think Calgary has a great opportunity. I think this is probably the best time ever for it to diversify and that means new markets.”

The new Hainan Airlines non-stop flights have the capacity to bring in an extra 37,000 Chinese travellers to Alberta in the first year. This is the company’s second Canadian route and its first from Western Canada.

Some Ontario physicians put time limit on patient visits to highlight government cuts

Ontario doctors are sending an abrupt message to their patients about cuts to healthcare services and funding by the provincial government.

At some offices, signs are posted indicating patient visits can only last 15 minutes —; so patients are asked to keep their questions and concerns down to one or two issues.

The signs are not meant to deter patients from visiting their doctor, but instead are meant to send a strong message about Ontario’s healthcare system.

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Dr. Douglas Mark, the interim President of DoctorsOntario, told Global News the time limit is a simple tactic to illustrate the time crunch doctors are faced with due to ongoing healthcare cuts.

“The government is rationing healthcare. We have half the hospital beds we need. We need 50 per cent more doctors right now,” he said.

“There are people waiting everywhere for access to emergency departments and specialists —; so doctors are doing this as a form of survival.”

Since March 2014, Ontario doctors have been without a deal with the province. They say the doctors are becoming a dying breed, with many retiring and others shutting down their practices because they can no longer afford it.

A note on a physician’s door in Toronto recommends patients only see their doctors for 15 minutes and limit their questions to two issues or less.

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“Doctors do have overheads and patients don’t remember this and therefore are paid a certain amount to see a patient and the overhead costs more than actually seeing the patient and how can that be a worthwhile profession to stay in?” Mark said. 

“The government really likes to dump on us and treat us like dirt, but I think our patients should treat us like gold. We are tired, we are suffering 80 per cent burnout and that is the reality. And the younger doctors have a huge debt load now. $150,000 debt load is not uncommon, plus the overhead, plus trying to make a living.”

But the Ontario Liberals say they are committed to keeping the province healthy and rather than making cuts, they are making significant advances in providing quicker and better accessibility to healthcare for everyone.

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“The reality is that, thanks to our investments, there are more doctors and nurses practicing in Ontario than ever before and growing at a rate that exceeds population growth,” Health Minister Eric Hoskins said in a statement to Global News.

“We’re committed to building on those investments. There is no limit set by OHIP on the number of medical issues that may be dealt with during a patient’s visit to a physician or the time allotted for each visit. There are no limits to the number of patients a physician can see and physicians will be compensated for every service they provide.”

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But Hoskins said individual physicians determine their own office policies, while the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) is responsible for governing the practice of medicine.

Groups like DoctorsOntario say they are ready to hash out a deal with the province, however with MPPs on summer hiatus, those discussions won’t be happening at least until the fall.