Red Crow College describes rebuilding as ‘a new start’

Nearly a year after it was destroyed in a fire, officials at Red Crow Community College announced they will be rebuilding the institution. When flames tore through the former residential school in August, it was met with mixed emotions.

“For a lot of our parents and grandparents, they suffered a lot of traumas in there,” Red Crow Community College Board Chair Lionel Weasel Head said.

But now, the college is starting over. Crews will be rebuilding across the highway from the old site.

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“I really think this will be a new start for the college and for the community,” Weasel Head said.

All that’s left of where the college burnt down is an empty field. The school could rebuild in exactly the same spot, but is choosing not to because of its cultural beliefs.

“We’ve been here for thousands of years and we have our own cultural ways and norms,” Blood Tribe Councillor Billy Wadsworth. “Part of those ways is the teaching that we don’t ever build on sites where there’s fires.”

College officials peg the financial loss of the fire at over $10 million. A lot of the re-building cost will be covered through insurance, but not all losses can be regained.

“One of the hardest things is some of those priceless items,” Weasel Head said. “Those elders’ interviews, even artefacts, those kind of things are going to be hard to get back.”

Last September, fire officials determined arson was the cause, but Blood Tribe officials have yet to see a report and no charges have been laid.

As for the re-building process, that can’t begin until the insurance money comes in.

“Frustration for me personally speaking is the insurance process being so slow,” Wadsworth said. “Being in leadership we have to answer to our community. There’s been a lot of public inquiry and students (asking about the rebuilding) and it’s been difficult to accept the fact that insurance processes are so long.”

There’s no firm timeline on when construction will start, but officials hope it will be within the year.

Inattentive truck driver may be responsible for crash that killed 4 in Toronto: OPP

Ontario Provincial Police say an inattentive truck driver may be responsible for a fiery multi-vehicle collision on Highway 400 that killed a five-year-old girl and three others in Toronto Friday night.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the child was one of three occupants traveling inside a vehicle involved in the crash that occurred around 9:45 p.m. on the southbound lanes of Highway 400 just south of Finch Avenue.

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“I don’t think that I’ve been to a collision scene that was this devastating —; the vehicles were crumpled up, were smashed beyond recognition, the fire consumed them as well,” Schmidt said.

“Four people lost their lives. I’ve been to many collisions involving fatalities, involving transport trucks and multiple vehicles, but this collision was particularly hard to deal with.”

Police said the two other occupants of the vehicle in which the child died were all female family members.

A fourth person in a separate vehicle also died in the crash. Their gender and identity have not been released.

Schmidt said police have spoken to family members of the deceased and autopsies are being conducted Monday by the Chief Coroner for Ontario.

Police said they are concentrating their investigation on a transport truck that may have caused the collision involving a total of 11 vehicles.

Schmidt said that while traffic was slowing down in one of the lanes, the truck did not adjust its speed and set off the chain of events that led to the “horrible tragedy.”

WATCH: 4 dead in Highway 400 crash

“Completely preventable as far as I’m concerned and really we just want to get that message out to truck drivers and all drivers that you have to focus on the road, you’ve got to look what’s coming up down the road,” he said.

“The lanes on the left and right, they may be moving at full speed, but if there’s one lane that’s slowing down and that’s the one you’re in —; you have to address your driving and we’re really just calling on truck drivers as well, if you’re involved in a collision like this it’s something that you’re going to be held accountable for.”

“It only takes a moment for something to happen and some of the attention to be diverted away from their task of looking forward and seeing how traffic is changing and that’s when things like this happen.”

The crash stopped traffic for several hours in both directions Friday evening and investigators were on scene for 14 hours. Many of the vehicles had to be turned around and rerouted in the area.

“The importance of paying attention to what we’re doing at all times is unbelievable. We’re pulling 80,000 pounds down the road —; the minute we take our eyes off the road, we’re off what we’re doing or for whatever reason we fall asleep while we’re behind the wheel —; disastrous things happen,” said Rob Jackson, a senior driver trainer at Humber College.

“The truck driver has a responsibility to drive the truck at the proper following distance knowing he takes a lot longer to stop than any other vehicle on our roads.”

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LBPSB votes to keep Lakeside Academy open

MONTREAL – The Lester B. Pearson School Board (LBPSB) voted unanimously to keep Lakeside Academy open indefinitely.

The board considered closing the school last December because of low enrollment, but said it would make a final decision at a later date.

The previous decision to keep the school in limbo was criticized by parents who advocated for the school to be saved as detrimental to student success.

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    A group of parents led by Jennifer Park have worked to improve student enrollment.

    “It’s a big relief, honestly, you have no idea how many people came together to work to get this done,” said Park.

    “A lot of times, people feel that you can’t stand up and you can’t say what you really want and it amazed me that so many people came together and believed that we could do it.”

    The movement began when Park, alongside city councillor Maja Vodanovic, collected 11,582 signatures over 10 days for a petition to save Lakeside Academy.

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    “If Lachine loses an English high school and loses the English population, we won’t be as lucky to know two languages anymore,” Vodanovic said.

    “It’s a loss, it’s a cultural loss.”

    “We never thought ill of the Lester B. Pearson because, in Quebec, we’re having a problem with our English school boards and our enrollment in dwindling.”

    Lakeside Academy has capacity for over 1,000 students, but currently enrolls an estimated 400 students with 85 new secondary students.

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    Plans have also been put forward to open up the school to a community learning centre, as well as other organizations like the Boys and Girls Club to help fill the empty space.

    “The whole issue of closure brought to light some amazing programs that happen at Lakeside, and only at Lakeside,” Lester B. Pearson Chair Suanne Stein Day said.

    “Now, they’re looking at a science concentration, a basketball concentration. Their looking at these possibilities, they’re getting the word out and people are responding positively.”

City council agrees to reconsider CalgaryNEXT proposal

The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation (CSEC) met with Council Monday to respond to the request to consider an alternate site for the proposed megasports complex.

In a 12-3 vote, council agreed to have the CSEC, Calgary Municipal Land Corporation and other stakeholders meet over the next few months in order to consider all options.

The CSEC has asked to build a facility in the West Village that could house all of Calgary’s professional sports teams owned by the Calgary Sports and Entertainment group.

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In April, council suggested that the group behind the project was underestimating the cost of building the complex at the west end of downtown, and suggested the group look at building on the Stampede Grounds instead.

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 The CSEC West Village location sits on contaminated land.

A wood treatment facility owned by Canada Creosote Company used to be on the proposed site and was in operation from 1924 to 1963. The chemicals that were used in that treatment process over the 39 years leaked into the ground and contaminated the land. An extensive remuneration of the area will need to be completed before any development can occur. One of the challenges is that Canada Creosote Co. no longer exists, so it cannot help with the clean-up costs.

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One of the points of contention is who should pay to remediate the land. The CSEC said in a report Monday that clean-up costs do not typically fall on the shoulders of new developers, and it also disputes the cost of remuneration.

In a document released Monday, CSEC disputed the price tag council has offered for the site cleanup.

The city has suggested it will cost between $85 and $140 million to rehabilitate the area. The CSEC believes the cost will be closer to $50 million.

WATCH: Gord Gillies takes a bigger picture look at the CalgaryNEXT project.

Other areas of dispute included transportation and space, with the city suggesting there would not be enough public access and that the land could not possibly house a facility large enough for the complex.

A report on the CalgaryNEXT complex, as well as the alternate Plan B, must be completed by October.

Monkey business: Alberta researchers explore ‘phenomenon’ of tourists being ripped off by monkeys

In some parts of the world, it’s a more common crime than you may think: monkeys stealing things from tourists and then using the items to barter for food.

It’s a racket that has caught the attention of University of Lethbridge researcher Dr. Jean-Baptiste Leca.

Leca and his team conducted a study examining habits of the Balinese long-tailed macaque monkeys, and the results show their sneaky thievery is more than just a coincidence, it’s a phenomenon.

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    “It takes boldness during the robbing part, because it requires physical contact with a human and not all monkeys are willing to do that,” Leca said.

    “Then it takes patience and self-control during the bartering part. With a very skilled monkey, it works.”

    The team travelled to Uluwatu Temple in Bali to conduct its research along with Dr. I Nengah Wandia of Udayana University.

    Leca, an assistant professor in the university’s department of psychology, explains how tourists have been at the mercy of the macaque monkeys for over two decades, proving the behaviour is trans-generational and likely cultural.

    “We’re not exactly sure how the behaviour originated,” Leca said. “It could have been some human influence but the way it has spread is most likely cultural.

    “Some monkeys seem to go with quantity, only dropped the object for several food items, while others go for quality and physically rejected – with an arm movement – a series of food items before they get the one they are interested in acquiring.”

    The monkey thievery can often be quite bold. The macaques will take a set of sunglasses off the face of a tourist and then wait for the negotiation to begin.

    Leca explains that the most skilled monkeys will get what they want, drop their stolen token and be on their way. Both the object and the human victim are left unharmed.

    “In this population, the monkeys are not violent or aggressive towards humans,” Leca said. “They interact physically, but you’d be surprised how skilled they are at snatching things like eyeglasses with not even a scratch.”

    Leca and his University of Lethbridge research team, intend to use their findings to learn about the difference in personality traits between individual macaques, how the system is passed on culturally, and ultimately, whether the pattern could reveal information about behavioural economics.

    “It’s only the beginning of this work so we want to be very cautious,” Leca said. “But ultimately we’d like our research to have implications for behavioural economics.”

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Twitter reacts after Iceland Brexits England from Euro 2016

On Monday, Iceland, a country with a population of around 332,000 beat England, a nation of 53 million people, in what many are terming as the biggest upset in soccer history.

Goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson pushed Iceland past England and into the quarterfinals of the Euro 2016 tournament.

Unsurprisingly, 桑拿会所 users were less-than complimentary of the English performance.

READ MORE: Tiny Iceland sends mighty England packing in massive Euro 2016 upset

One 桑拿会所 user provided an idea of how big the gap is between the two European nations.

Many pointed out how cocky some English fans were before the game; and at least one freshly inked Iceland fan may have gotten ahead of himself. (Maybe it is a stick-on?)

Some English fans found solace in the bottom of a cup.

Many made remarks which were tied in with the U.K.’s recent decision to exit from the European Union.

Immediately after the loss, England manager Roy Hodgson announced he was stepping down. He was following in the footsteps of British Prime Minister David Cameron, who immediately announced he would step down after losing the Brexit vote Thursday.

With Hodgson gone, the search is on to find his replacement.

As one English fan pointed out, there’s always next year as the English Ladies, who made the World Cup semifinals in 2015 will be playing in Euro 2017.

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