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Tuked away no more Canadas first permanent road to Arctic coast to

first_imgTUKTOYAKTUK, – At 6 a.m. on Wednesday, in the arctic cold and darkness of the Mackenzie Delta, Darrel Nasogaluak will fire up his vehicle and head out on Canada’s newest and most exotic road trip.Nasogaluak, mayor of the Northwest Territories hamlet of Tuktoyaktuk, will drive down 120 kilometres of brand-new, two-lane, all-weather gravel to Inuvik. Replacing a seasonal ice road, the new highway is the country’s first permanent link to its Arctic coast.With apologies to Stan Rogers, travellers will now be able to grasp the hand of Franklin reaching for the Beaufort Sea from the heated comfort of their drivers’ seats.“It’s something that’s been on the community’s want list for 40 years,” said Nasogaluak, who will make the early morning trip to join up with opening ceremonies in Inuvik.After it’s done, he’ll join an official motorcade heading back up the road to Tuk. That’s where the real party begins — speeches, songs, fireworks and a lavish community feast with local favourites including caribou, reindeer, char, whale and muktuk.The $300-million road will cross a rolling landscape of tundra and lakes with many stream crossings and bridges.“I’ve travelled a lot of highways, but the scenery on this one is quite different,” said Nasogaluak, who’s already been out on the route on his ATV. “You come out of the forested areas out on to the tundra and you eventually reach the ocean.”N.W.T. Infrastructure Minister Wally Schumann has driven half the road.“When you come out of Inuvik, for about 20 kilometres you don’t realize how much you’re going uphill. The trees just get smaller and smaller and smaller and all of a sudden you’re on the top of a mountain and there’s no trees and you can see about 100 kilometres on both sides of the highway.“It’s an amazing feeling.”People first began talking about the project in the 1960s. Surveys began in 1974.The Northwest Territories made the first proposal in 1998 and Ottawa granted $200 million in funding in 2009 after years of lobbying from the territory as well as aboriginal and business groups. Construction began in earnest in 2014.It’s taken a while. But maybe that’s a good thing, said Nasogaluak.“It’s given us an opportunity to prepare really well.”The community has had many public discussions on the road’s potential impact, both social and environmental. And it’s getting ready for visitors.A southern company has donated 2,000 cans of brightly coloured paint to spruce up the place.The local bed and breakfast has added rooms. Tuk is developing RV parking sites and public facilities such as toilets.It’s also estimated that a reliable route for supplies will reduce the cost of living in the Tuk by about $1.5 million a year. That’s the equivalent of $1,500 in savings for every man, woman and child in town.The road is likely to boost economic activity in the area by reducing transportation costs, said Schumann. It’s an example of the kind of infrastructure the N.W.T. desperately needs.“Our infrastructure deficit is horrendous,” said Schumann.The Inuvik-Tuk road is only the start of the territory’s asks.It’s been looking for an all-weather road from Yellowknife into the heart of the territory, where some of the richest mineral deposits anywhere in the world await, linking up to a port on Nunavut’s western coast. It would also like a road reaching up the Mackenzie Valley to open that region for tourism and development.“Every dollar invested by the federal government into this type of infrastructure in the territories is not only going to benefit us, it’s going to benefit all Canadians,” Schumann said.But for now, Inuvik-Tuk is cause enough for celebration, said Nasogaluak.“Everywhere you go, somebody’s saying it’s two months, it’s one month, now we’re down to days. A lot of people are excited and we’re going to have quite a celebration.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow him on Twitter at @row1960last_img read more

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Suspected impaired driver stripped of keys to Lamborghini by Victoria police

first_imgVICTORIA – The owner of a high-end sports car in Victoria has learned it’s best to keep the vehicle well maintained to avoid attracting unwanted attention.Police say a 31-year-old man was at the wheel of his black Lamborghini Gallardo near the downtown core late Saturday when he was pulled over when a patrol officer noticed flames shooting from the exhaust.The two-seat coupe was fine but the driver appeared to be impaired and received a 90-day driving prohibition.The vehicle, which has a top speed of 325 kilometres per hour and can accelerate from zero to 100 in 3.4 seconds, has also been impounded for 30 days.In an email, Const. Matthew Rutherford says the two penalties are permitted under the Motor Vehicle Act when a driver’s blood alcohol exceeds 0.08.The Gallardo is one of Lamborghini’s more affordable models, with one automotive website listing the price at about $200,000.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misspelled Gallardo in paras 2 and 6.last_img read more

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TDs online brokerage service faces outage as customers complain on social media

first_imgTORONTO – Some Toronto-Dominion Bank customers are having problems using its WebBroker internet brokerage service and taking to social media with their complaints.Several Twitter and Facebook users are complaining about problems logging into or using TD’s WebBroker website since Friday, and complaints about the bank logged on canadianoutages.com on Tuesday began to climb at around 9:30 a.m.The bank posted a message on the WebBroker website saying it is experiencing a system issue that is affecting a small percentage of clients, and clients can use the TD Mobile App as it works towards a solution.TD Bank spokesman Paolo Pasquini said the bank plans to make capacity upgrades Tuesday night to WebBroker that will help solve intermittent delays some of its clients have recently experienced online. Pasquini said clients can also call TD Direct Investing (1-800-465-5463) to speak with an investment representative who can help process transactions on their behalf.“We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank our clients for their patience,” he said.TD WebBroker user Adam Kauppi said he started having problems using the service on Friday and called the bank for assistance, but hung up after waiting for two hours on hold.Kauppi, vice president of strategy and operations for U.S. startup Adcuratio, who lives in Toronto, said on Tuesday he eventually reached a TD Bank representative via Facebook, who offered to reimburse him the fee for four trades. However, Kauppi said he’s a fairly active trader — with transactions typically ranging from US$10,000 to US$200,000 — and that roughly $40 in refunded fees is not enough.“When you’re trading in big dollars, any matter of seconds changes considerable dollars, which doesn’t compare to the $9.99 commissions they’re going to reimburse me,” he said in a phone interview.Kauppi also expressed frustration that there were problems on Dec. 29, the last day of the trading year, because failure to execute trades can have tax implications. He said he plans to reach out to TD again to ask for free trades as further compensation.Pat Martin, a bookkeeper based in St. Catharines, Ont., estimated that she has lost a couple of thousand dollars due to missed buys and sells since she began having intermittent problems with WebBroker in recent days.However, she said that she has had problems with WebBroker at least a half-dozen times over the course of the year, but the recent episode was “exceptionally bad.” Martin said she tried to call TD on Friday, but gave up being on hold for more than an hour. She was unsuccessful reaching TD Bank by phone on Tuesday as well, she said.“I’ve dealt with TD since 2009… and it’s a hassle to switch to a different broker,” Martin said in a phone interview. “But this year, I’m going to seriously do some due diligence on other brokers.”last_img read more

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CEO caught on TV singing Were in the Money after takeover

first_imgLONDON – The CEO of British supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has apologized after being caught on camera singing ‘We’re in the Money’ following the takeover of Walmart’s unit Asda.Mike Coupe was preparing for an ITV interview to discuss the $10 billion deal when caught on microphone singing a song from the musical ’42nd Street.’Coupe sang “we’re in the money, the sky is sunny, let’s lend it, spend it, send it rolling along.” He later described it as “an unguarded moment” before settling down to speak.He says it was “an unfortunate choice of song from the musical … I saw last year and I apologize if I have offended anyone.”The value of Coupe’s 1.28 million shares in Sainsbury’s rose over half a million pounds ($750,000) Monday after the deal’s announcement.last_img read more

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GFL executive joins forces with Paul Coffey in new waste management company

first_imgTORONTO — An executive with Green For Life Environmental has joined forces with former NHL star Paul Coffey to launch new environmental waste management company Environmental 360 Solutions Inc.Danny Ardellini, who founded National Waste Services which later merged with GFL, will head the new company.He says the company has the expertise and financial backing to become a significant player in the North American environmental waste management industry through acquisitions and internal growth.Toronto-based E360S says it completed its first deal by acquiring Can Pak Environmental Inc., a central Alberta-based business serving residential, commercial and industrial properties.E360S has nearly 100 employees, more than 35 trucks, and two recycling facilities that serve more than 150,000 customers weekly.In addition to the Stanley Cup champion, private equity firm Almada Inc. has also invested in the company.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Collision between train and tractortrailer closes Prespatou Road

first_imgThe road is said to be closed in both directions, and it’s not known when the road will reopen. At this point, there’s no word on the status of the occupants of both the train and the tractor-trailer. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A collision involving a CN Rail train and a tractor-trailer has closed the Prespatou Road north of Fort St. John.According to the RCMP, the collision occurred at around 8:51 a.m. at a level crossing approximately 30 kilometres north of Fort St. John. Sgt. Dave Tyreman with the Fort St. John RCMP said that that the collision occurred in the Montney area, near where the Prespatou Road and the 256 Road meet.The approximate location of this morning’s train collision. Just in: Train Vs Semi. Prespatou Rd at 256 Road. No other details at present. Updates will be provided once Known. Prespatou Road Currently closed.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) June 28, 2018This is a developing story, and we’ll have an update once we receive more information.If you have any news tips or photos of the scene of the collision, email [email protected]last_img read more

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UEFA to investigate Neymars VAR criticism after PSG defeat

first_imgParis: Paris St Germain forward Neymar will be investigated by UEFA for lashing out at the video assistant referee (VAR) system after their Champions League exit to Manchester United last week, European soccer’s governing body said on Wednesday. The Brazilian, sidelined by injury, was infuriated by a late penalty awarded to United in PSG’s last-16 second-leg defeat in Paris which saw them go out on away goals and Neymar later called the VAR system a “disgrace”. “A disciplinary investigation has been initiated based on Article 31(3) of the UEFA Disciplinary Regulations in connection with statements made by PSG player Neymar,” UEFA said. “Information in respect of this investigation will be made available in due course,” it added in the statement. United, who had lost the first leg at Old Trafford 2-0, were awarded a stoppage-time penalty for handball against Presnel Kimpembe after the referee consulted VAR. Marcus Rashford held his nerve to score and seal a 3-1 victory for United which was enough for the visitors to progress on away goals after the tie ended 3-3 on aggregate. Neymar missed both legs of the tie after injuring his foot in January.last_img read more

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Facing arrest Perus exprez Garcia shoots himself dead

first_imgLima: Peru’s former president Alan Garcia shot himself in the head at his home on Wednesday as police were about to arrest him in a sprawling corruption case, his lawyer and hospital officials said. The 69-year-old Garcia was undergoing emergency surgery for “a bullet wound to his head” at the Casimiro Ulloa Emergency Hospital in Lima, the hospital said. Peru’s Health Minister Zulema Tomas said Garcia was in “very serious and critical” condition. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”We’ve had to resuscitate him three times. He’s had three cardiac arrests,” said Tomas. “He is in a delicate condition and the prognosis is reserved,” added the health ministry, which said the bullet went straight through Garcia’s head. The attempted arrest took place at 6:30 a.m. (1130 GMT) at Garcia’s home in the posh Miraflores neighborhood of Lima. “This morning there was a regrettable accident: the president took the decision to shoot himself,” Erasmo Reyna, Garcia’s lawyer, told reporters outside the hospital. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsGarcia, who was president from 1985-90 and again from 2006-11, is suspected of having taken bribes from Brazilian construction giant Odebrecht in return for large-scale public works contracts. In November he sought refuge in the Uruguayan Embassy and applied for asylum but he left the next month after it was denied. He is one of four Peruvian ex-presidents embroiled in various corruption scandals alongside Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, Ollanta Humala and Alejandro Toledo. Odebrecht has admitted to paying 29 million in bribes to Peruvian officials over three administrations. Some of those payments were allegedly made during Garcia’s second term in office to secure a contract to build the Lima metro. Peruvian press reports also claim Garcia received a 100,000 payment from an illicit Odebrecht fund for giving a speech to Brazilian business leaders in Sao Paulo in May 2012.last_img read more

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Inter can cope without Icardi says Ausilio

first_imgPiero Ausilio believes is “convinced” that despite injuries to Mauro Icardi and Lautaro Martinez, Inter will succeed this season.Inter Milan director of sport, Piero Ausilio is confident that Inter can achieve their goals this season, even without a key player like Mauro Icardi.“Icardi had a fitness problem yesterday, so did Lautaro, so as they were in the 24 hours before the game, we didn’t want to take any risks,” Ausilio told Sky Sports Italia.[via Football Italia]“We’ve got a player like Keita, who was signed precisely for this sort of situation and to ensure the quality level remained very high indeed. There is Radja Nainggolan in the starting XI for his Inter debut after the transfer from Roma.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“Nainggolan, unfortunately, missed all of pre-season with this injury, but he has this experience, determination and hunger that means he’s raring to go.”Inter Milan will play Bologna this evening at the Stadio Dall’Ara.last_img read more

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