Reggie Abercrombie Jersey Retirement

Reggie Abercrombie Jersey Retirement

When someone refers to someone as a legend, the term often feels exaggerated and loses some of its meaning. That said, some people are exceptions to this circumstance. Reggie Abercrombie is one of those names, and he lives up to every ounce of meaning attached to the word “legend”.

Reggie Abercrombie tips his cap to the Winnipeg Goldeyes Fans

He joined the Goldeyes in 2014 and spent the next six seasons establishing a legacy that can be seen far and wide both around the Goldeyes organization and the entire American Association. He holds the league records for hits, runs, home runs, and RBI, and was recently inducted into the
American Association Hall of Fame. He didn’t need further recognition to solidify his status, but he deserved the honour.

The key to Reggie’s success wasn’t always on the field, but instead it created an aura around the entire ballpark. He was the most approachable person one could ever meet. Despite not knowing many of them personally, his conversations with the fans along the left field line were similar to those with an old friend. You didn’t have to be his teammate to be along for the ride with Reggie Abercrombie, he made sure everyone was welcome to have a quick chat.

This didn’t change after he helped the Goldeyes win back-to-back American Association Championships in 2016 and ’17, as he leveraged Winnipeg’s celebration to fuel his own. The trophy raised high above his head, Reggie marched around Shaw Park sharing the experience with a packed house, letting everyone join in the celebration.

Reggie’s journey may not have started in Winnipeg, but it came to a close here with thunderous applause. A former Major Leaguer who made stops in the MLB with the Florida Marlins and Houston Astros, his professional baseball career took him all over the affiliated minor leagues, Mexico, and eventually brought him to the American Association. His six seasons in a Goldeyes jersey were just part of his long and storied journey, but they created a lifetime of memories.

Reggie Abercrombie practices swinging during a game for the Winnipeg Goldeyes

There are few athletes who you can say had the true balance of skill and charisma, but Reggie was most certainly one of them. He had the athleticism that could bring the house down, but he’d enjoy it just as much as the fans would. He loves the game of baseball, and it showed every single night when he stepped out of the dugout. His teammates relied on him to be their sparkplug, and he would always live up to that role. His energy was at the core of the success of the team on the field, but it also established life-long friendships off the field as well.

His jersey retirement on August 11 is simply just another step in a long line of well-deserved achievements.

So, from fans and teammates alike, that retirement will act as a salute to one of the greatest athletes Winnipeg has had the pleasure of watching. From his MLB draft date in 1999 to his final professional game in 2019, he was a true professional and played every game like it was his last.

Thank you, Reggie Abercrombie.

Reggie Abercrombie holds a championship trophy in front of Winnipeg Goldeyes fans in Shaw Park

Passport

Canada updates passport design, adds online renewal

Canada updates passport design, adds online renewal

The Canadian government has unveiled a redesigned passport that will soon be available for Canadians to renew online. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser and Social Development Minister Karina Gould introduced the new passport at the Ottawa International Airport. The updated passport features new artwork and enhanced security features throughout.

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The new Canadian passport is unveiled at an event at the Ottawa International Airport in Ottawa.

Fraser emphasized that the new security measures will ensure that Canadian passports remain highly secure, reliable, and universally accepted worldwide. Printing of the new passports will commence in the summer and will be gradually rolled out over the next year. Starting in the fall, Canadians will have the option to submit online applications for passport renewals. However, it is important to note that individuals who have recently been issued a passport should continue to use it until it expires.

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New artwork and enhanced security features have been implemented in the updated passport.

What’s new?

The redesigned passport showcases various changes. The cover design includes an outline of a maple leaf, while the inside pages feature artwork that highlights Canada’s diverse people, landscapes, wildlife, and four seasons. Notably, these images can only be seen in ultraviolet light. The new security features include a polycarbonate data page, similar to Canadian currency and driver’s licenses, as well as laser-engraved personal information to enhance durability and prevent tampering or counterfeiting. Additionally, a visible passport chip and antenna have been added to confirm the passport’s validity and protect information.

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Security features are revealed and colours change under ultraviolet light.

The redesign process began in 2013 to combat counterfeiting and integrate more advanced security features and design techniques. While the government expects a recovery in passport processing following disruptions caused by a recent public servants’ strike, they acknowledge the possibility of longer lineups and processing times during the initial recovery period. However, Service Canada is prepared to address these challenges.

The Canadian passport currently ranks 26th globally according to the Passport Index. Canadian passport holders enjoy visa-free entry to 115 countries and can obtain visas upon arrival in 51 countries. The new passport design aims to enhance security and ensure the continued acceptance and reliability of Canadian travel documents.

Source: Global News

Wildfires in western Sask. posing threats to First Nations

Wildfires in western Sask. posing threats to First Nations

As wildfire season rages on in Saskatchewan, several First Nation communities in the province are already feeling its devastating effects. The Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs (BATC) issued a warning on Wednesday, stating that a “high severity” wildfire had already consumed approximately 2,800 hectares and was still burning, posing a “significant threat” to the Moosomin First Nation located about 35 kilometres north of North Battleford.

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Steve Vandall, the BATC’s emergency management coordinator, described the difficulty in containing the fire due to hot and dry weather, with constant winds exacerbating the problem. Thick black smoke filled the air, causing panic among residents and officials alike. Vandall urged residents to remain alert to any changes in the fire’s behaviour and to have medications and clothing ready in case of an evacuation order.

The nearby Saulteaux First Nation is also on high alert as the wildfire continues to spread. The BATC is working closely with both communities, the province, the city of North Battleford, and any volunteer groups willing to lend a hand. However, the suppression efforts are not enough, and more resources are urgently needed to contain the fire.

With the situation spiralling out of control, farmers or other equipment operators who have the ability to cut fire control lines around properties are being asked to contact the BATC. The situation is dire, and officials are scrambling to keep up with the blaze’s pace.

Mandatory evacuation order 

As if the situation wasn’t already dire enough, a mandatory evacuation order was put into effect on Wednesday evening for the Clearwater River Dene Nation, located about 511 kilometres north of North Battleford. The fire smoke and flames had crossed the only highway into the community, making it impossible for residents to escape. Chief Teddy Clarke of the Clearwater River Dene Nation posted on Facebook, urging all members, especially elders, babies, young children, and anyone with chronic health conditions and respiratory problems to evacuate immediately.

The evacuation command centre was being set up at the Clearwater River Dene Nation community hall, and buses were being made available to take members to Meadow Lake and Lloydminster. With the flames rapidly spreading, officials are working around the clock to ensure the safety of those affected by the wildfires. Saskatchewan’s wildfire season is proving to be a force to be reckoned with, and the province’s residents are left hoping for the best while preparing for the worst.

Source: CBC News

Fungus

Deadly fungus threatens Alberta hospitals and care homes

Deadly fungus threatens Alberta hospitals and care homes

Experts are warning of a serious global health threat posed by Candida auris, a drug-resistant fungus that has been detected in small numbers in Alberta, Canada. Vigilance will be key in preventing outbreaks in hospitals and care homes, say experts, as the fungus can cause serious infections in people who are already very sick or immune-compromised, often in hospitals and nursing homes. Mortality rates for invasive C. auris infections, where the fungus infects the blood or organs, are estimated at over 40%.

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According to Alberta Health Services, there is currently no routine screening for C. Auris among patients.

43 known cases in Canada

Across Canada, 43 cases have been confirmed since 2012, including 21 cases in British Columbia or Alberta, two in Saskatchewan or Manitoba, 19 in Ontario or Quebec, and one case from the Atlantic region, according to data from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).

Dr. John Gill, a Calgary-based infectious disease specialist, warned that C. auris will be a threat in every major healthcare facility in the developed world. The fungus, first identified in Japan in 2009, can be resistant to multiple drugs and is on everyone’s radar. PHAC’s surveillance shows that most of Canada’s known cases (35 of them) have been detected within the last five years, and one-third of these cases have been resistant to multiple drugs.

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Dr. John Gill, an infectious disease specialist in Calgary.

No routine screening

Dr. Samir Sinha, director of geriatrics at Mount Sinai and the University Health Network Hospitals in Toronto, wants healthcare systems across the country to heed the warning out of the United States, where C. auris is spreading at an alarming rate in healthcare facilities. Sinha said that routine screening for the fungus is not currently in place in Canada, and often the diagnosis is missed. He noted that the fungus lives on surfaces, is hard to clean, and spreads easily by contact. Nursing homes are particularly vulnerable, and infection prevention and control measures need to be put in place to prevent outbreaks.

Alberta Health Services is monitoring the situation and developing a screening protocol in case it is needed. While events are rare in Alberta, patient screening and protocols will be implemented as needed. PHAC said that it is possible that C. auris will become more common in Canada, including the potential for outbreaks in healthcare and long-term care facilities. However, the risk to the general population is “very low” because healthy people don’t typically become seriously ill with the pathogen.

Early diagnosis and testing will be necessary to prevent outbreaks, said Dr. Gill. He added that surveillance and awareness are key, and more aggressive intervention may be necessary if the fungus becomes a problem locally. Candida auris is a serious global health threat that requires vigilance and concerted efforts to prevent its spread and mitigate its impact on vulnerable populations.

Source: CBC News

Galen

Galen Weston stepping down as Loblaw president

Galen Weston stepping down as Loblaw president

The Loblaws grocery chain is about to undergo a significant leadership change, with Galen G. Weston, the current president and public face of the company, set to step down from his role by the end of the year. In an announcement on Tuesday morning, Loblaw Co. Ltd. revealed that Per Bank, the CEO of Salling Group A/S, Denmark’s largest retailer, will be taking over as president and CEO of Canada’s biggest grocer in 2024.

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Loblaw President Galen Weston leaving role.

According to the release, the appointment follows a search that began in August in preparation for the retirement of Robert Sawyer, Loblaw’s chief operating officer. Weston became president in 2021, taking over from Sarah Davis, who had previously held the position. After his departure, Weston will remain the chair of the board and will continue to run George Weston Limited, the parent company of Loblaw, which is controlled by the Weston family.

On Tuesday morning, Loblaw executives praised Bank during a call with investors to discuss the leadership transition. Weston, meanwhile, drew parallels between Salling Group’s position in Denmark and Loblaw’s in Canada, highlighting the challenges and opportunities that come with being a large company in a relatively small country.

Weston will step back, but not go far

While Weston stated that Bank’s appointment will enable him to step back from the day-to-day management of the business, he made it clear that he intends to remain involved in Loblaw’s long-term direction. As he put it, he will be stepping back into his “natural role” as the controlling shareholder of the company.

Weston has been a familiar face to Canadians as the spokesperson and corporate leader for Loblaws’ grocery stores. He has appeared in commercials and defended the company’s profits in front of members of Parliament at committee meetings. Weston and other grocery executives have faced criticism over the past year for their growing corporate profits in the face of rampant food inflation.

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No Name is a line of generic brand grocery and household products sold by Loblaw.

At a parliamentary committee meeting last month, Weston defended Loblaw’s profits as “reasonable,” explaining that the company only makes $1 of profit for every $25 spent on groceries at its stores. Inflation at the grocery store has eased somewhat in recent months, dropping to 9.7% in March, but it remains more than double the headline rate of inflation for the month.

In late 2022, Loblaw announced a temporary price freeze on its No Name brand products, aimed at helping Canadians deal with high inflation. Despite the challenges faced by the company and the industry as a whole, Weston’s departure from the role of president is a significant development that will be watched closely by Canadians and investors alike.

Source: Global News

Vancouver

Squatters take over one of Vancouver’s priciest properties

Squatters take over one of Vancouver’s priciest properties

For nearly a year, squatters have been using a vacant lot located at the end of Belmont Avenue in Vancouver as a makeshift shelter. The lot is one of the city’s most expensive pieces of real estate, with a price tag of $80.7 million and currently assessed at nearly $60 million. B.C. numbered companies own it, with a sole director, Edison Washington, who lists a West Vancouver residential address.

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A temporary structure set up at 4883 Belmont Ave.

The campers have been constantly changing locks and confronting the owner. Property manager Hosein Akbari, who works for the owner, first encountered a camper when a real estate agent was trying to show the property. He stated that the camper was shouting, which was a bit frightening. Akbari called the police, but they told him that there was little they could do unless the camper was present at the time.

The campers have set up a small shelter made of wooden planks and blue tarp, along with gardening tools, a rake, shovels, plastic pails, and a watering can. There is also a toilet nearby. Akbari noted that he does not want to disturb or get rid of the campers’ belongings.

Initially, real estate agent Danny Deng held the properties, putting them on the market in 2021. Deng’s ad stated that a potential buyer could “apply for redevelopment” and included a photo illustration that showed 27 residences on the combined parcel. Later, it was removed, and the city stated that the lots are zoned RS-1, which permits one- and two-family dwellings through a development permit process.

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A temporary structure at 4883 Belmont Ave.

In January 2023, the owner turned to a new listing agent, Malcolm Hasman, who repriced two of the larger lots and put them back on the market at $24.8 million and $17.8 million. The third lot is not on the market but still belongs to the same owner. Hasman does not think the situation with the campers is affecting the marketing of the property.

Open Investigation

The VPD has opened an investigation after receiving reports of conflicts between residents and people camping in the area, though no enforcement action has been taken. Recently, police received reports of one camper being shot at with a BB gun and running out of the property looking for help. On Sunday evening, VPD officers were called to the entrance of the property, where they found a man in the middle of the road waving a pruning saw. They released him after it was revealed that no crime had been committed.

The situation has unsettled the neighbors and the police. Hasman commented that it is a sad situation but he understands why people would seek shelter in a vacant lot, as it is private and safe. He also noted that it is not just happening on Belmont Avenue but all over the city.

Source: Vancouver Sun

Vancouver police begin removing encampment on East Hastings

Vancouver police begin removing encampment on East Hastings

Wednesday morning, Vancouver police moved into Downtown Eastside to begin the process of removing a street encampment from the neighbourhood. East Hastings Street, where people have been living in tents and makeshift structures. Main Street has been shut down while the process begins.

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Vancouver police, city staff remove tents, structures on East Hastings Street on Wednesday.

The City of Vancouver said it requested support from the Vancouver Police Department in order tobring the East Hastings encampment to a close due to public safety concerns and an increase of fires in the area. This decision has come after eight months of tension between those living in the encampment, those advocating for them, bylaw officers, and police.

At a news conference Wednesday morning, city manager Paul Mochrie said the encampment has made the area more dangerous and the goal is to have all the structures removed by the end of the day. Vancouver Fire Rescue Services reported more than 400 outdoor fires on East Hastings in the last eight months that injured four people. Vancouver Police Department says there has been a nine per cent increase in assaults in the neighbourhood since last August when the encampment began. Vancouver Fire Chief Karen Fry has issued an order to remove structures on the street because of extreme fire risk.

Vancouver Mayor Ken Sim told reporters fire, police and city staff are one unified team with a common purpose.We need to restore Hastings as a street that is safe and welcoming for everyone,” Sim said.

Krusty Poirer, 43, who has been living in a structure on the street for two years, said that those living in the encampment were not given enough warning about the removals. Many of them are substance users, so they were likely out looking for their first fix of the day and unaware that their homes were at risk of being removed.

The Pivot Legal Society

The Pivot Legal Society, which advocates for those on the Downtown Eastside, calls the dismantling of the Hastings Street site agross human rights violation.” A coalition of DTES networks also issued an open letter, raising concerns about the city‘s plan and stating that the actions will only serve to further traumatize the community and perpetuate tensions between police, city officials and DTES residents. The letter calls on the City of Vancouver and the Province of British Columbia to prioritize providing adequate housing and support services before displacing individuals.

The decision to remove the Hastings Street camp is similar to what happened two years ago when Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth told campers at the city‘s Oppenheimer Park that they could leave or accept the housing they were offered. More than 200 campers had been living in the park for months after they were kicked out of Crab Park. The B.C. Supreme Court has since issued orders allowing camps to remain in Victoria and Prince George.

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/vpd-encampment-removal-1.6802439

Winnipeg

Crash on icy road leaves Winnipeg man dead

Crash on icy road leaves Winnipeg man dead

Tragedy struck on a Manitoba highway on Monday morning when a Winnipeg man lost his life in a collision caused by icy road conditions. The incident occurred on Highway 3, just north of Highway 14 in the RM of Stanley. The RCMP received a report of a semi-trailer hitting a ditch around 9:30 a.m. that day, prompting an investigation into the accident.

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Upon investigation, it was determined that the driver of the semi-trailer, a 47-year-old Winnipeg man, was heading southbound when he lost control of his vehicle on the ice and veered into the ditch. He then exited the semi-trailer and stood on the passenger side of the vehicle. Unfortunately, at this point, another driver also lost control of their vehicle, a deck truck, and hit the ditch, striking the man standing outside his semi-trailer.

The Winnipeg man was immediately transported to the hospital but succumbed to his injuries, while the driver of the deck truck was unharmed in the collision. An investigation into the accident is ongoing, with the RCMP and a forensic collision reconstructionist working to piece together the events that led to this tragic loss of life.

This incident serves as a sobering reminder of the dangers posed by icy roads, particularly during the winter months. It is crucial for drivers to exercise caution and adjust their driving habits to suit the conditions. Even experienced drivers can find themselves in precarious situations on icy roads, and a momentary lapse in judgement can lead to devastating consequences.

As the investigation into this accident continues, it is our hope that it will lead to a better understanding of how we can prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future. Our hearts go out to the family and friends of the Winnipeg man who lost his life, and we urge all drivers to remain vigilant and take every precaution necessary to stay safe on the roads.

Source: CTV News

Budget

Budget 2023: 5 ways it’ll affect your wallet

Budget 2023: 5 ways it‘ll affect your wallet

The 2023 federal budget from the Canadian Liberal government focuses on helping households manage their expenses by decreasing the cost of services like concert tickets and standardizing the charging port for mobile devices, among other measures.

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland explained that the budget aims to support financially vulnerable Canadians who have struggled with inflation and rapidly rising interest rates. The proposed measures will directly benefit households, while others will affect the fees and interest rates that businesses charge Canadians.

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Federal Budget 2023: ‘Grocery rebate’ among the big takeaways for Canadians.

Tax rebate aimed at grocery affordability

The government will offer a one-time tax rebate called the “grocery rebate” aimed at households with lower incomes to help them cope with high inflation in food prices. It will be delivered through the existing GST tax credit system and is expected to provide CAD 467 to a family of four, CAD 234 to a single adult without children, and CAD 225 to an average senior. The timeline for the rollout of this rebate depends on the 2023 budget’s passage in Parliament.

Cracking down on ‘junk fees’

The Liberal government is also taking action against “junk fees,” which include unexpected, hidden, and additional fees that businesses add to products or services, such as telecom services or shipping costs. The government did not provide many details on how it will tackle these fees, but it plans to work with regulatory agencies, provinces, and territories to reduce unfair and excessive costs on some common expenses. However, some measures in the 2023 budget could raise costs, such as the air travellers security charge (ATSC), which will increase for both domestic and international flights.

Help on loans

The government is also proposing measures to help Canadians struggling with high interest rates on loans, including a new mortgage code of conduct, through which financial institutions will provide Canadians with “fair and equitable access to relief measures” to help with mortgage payments.

The budget also proposes amendments to the Criminal Code to lower the threshold at which a rate of interest would be considered criminal, as well as a cap on the amount payday lenders can charge Canadians.

Standardizing chargers for devices

In addition, the government plans to standardize charging ports for smartphones and other devices and to create a new “right to repair” framework for broken appliances and electronics, making spare parts readily accessible to make repairs easier and reduce electronic waste.

Automatic tax filing to help low-income Canadians

Finally, the Canada Revenue Agency will pilot an “automatic filing system” to help vulnerable Canadians who do not regularly file taxes to take advantage of the benefits they may be missing out on.

Winnipeg

Winnipeg likely to go through 1st March without a day above freezing since 1899

Searching for spring: Winnipeg likely to go through 1st March without a day above freezing since 1899

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There was no sign of spring on this snowy hill at The Forks in Winnipeg on Tuesday. (Prabhjot Singh Lotey/CBC)

As Winnipeggers brace themselves against the cold winds, they continue to walk with their shoulders shrugged up to their ears, heads down, and hands shoved deep into the pockets of their down-filled coats. Although the temperature is set to warm up marginally by the weekend, CBC meteorologist Natalie Hasell predicts that more snow is on the way.

According to Hasell, temperatures are not expected to rise above zero degrees Celsius this March. CBC meteorologist John Sauder confirmed that there are no forecast highs above 0 C for the remaining days of the month, making it a frigid month for Southern Manitoba.

Sauder predicts a high of –8 C and an overnight low of –20 C for Winnipeg on Tuesday, which is considerably lower than the normal temperatures for this time of year. The last time the city experienced such cold temperatures in March was in 1899.

Hasell attributes this weather pattern to a cycle of cold Arctic ridges and low-pressure systems that have been affecting Manitoba and other parts of the Prairies. La Niña, a natural cooling of parts of the Pacific Ocean that changes weather worldwide, is also partly responsible for the current weather pattern.

However, Hasell assures that the lingering effects of La Niña should soon disappear, leading to a slight improvement in weather conditions. While temperatures are expected to edge closer to normal by Sunday, there is still a chance of wet flurries.

Despite the slight improvement, Hasell warns that a freeze-thaw cycle might occur, making it difficult to navigate roads, highways, sidewalks, and parking lots. She advises people to prepare accordingly and stay safe.

Source: CBC news (/Darren Bernhardt )