May 14

‘We have five children depending on us’: Kelowna family has four days to find a home

KELOWNA —; The Kishors thought they had finally found some relief: after searching for a rental home for nearly three months, they thought they were going to move in on Wednesday. But late Tuesday night, they received a call, saying  that place had unexpectedly become unavailable.

“We have the moving truck coming and not really sure where we’re taking it to,” said Christine Kishor, a mother of six children —; five of whom still live at home.

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Global News interviewed Kishor earlier this month when the family was struggling to find an affordable rental home.

READ MORE: Kelowna family about to become homeless because of a housing crunch

Now Kishor is back on the hunt, frantically browsing ads online, and emailing and phoning  property managers.

She said she’s under the gun because her landlord is selling the home and her family must move out by Sunday. But she said there are very few vacancies available and even fewer in their price range.

Kishor said homes are renting for between $2,800 and $5,000 a month in Kelowna, out of reach for the professional couple’s $2,000 budget, adding most landlords are increasing prices as demand goes up.

“What in the world are we going to do? We have five children depending on us. The last thing a parent wants is not being able to provide shelter for their children.”

Vacancy rates in Kelowna can be very low at times, but property manager Courtney Deshayes with Vantage West Realty said the numbers are almost unprecedented.

Deshayes said for every 1,000 homes in Kelowna, only five are available for rent.

“I don’t think we’ve seen it at 0.5 per cent. Last year, around this time, it was one to 1.5 per cent,” she said.

Kishor and her family are putting their belongings in storage as they desperately look for a place to call home. She said  if they aren’t able to find a suitable place in time  they may have to separate the family and move in with various friends.

May 14

Foxvalley housing complex a new place to call home

REGINA – Construction has begun on a new family complex with a mission to keep young aboriginal families in complex situations together.

Mike O’Donnell, city councillor for Ward 8, says the land where the complex is being built used to be the edge of the city and was a place for buses to turn around.

“The land has been vacant for a long time,” O’Donnell said.

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The space became a surplus land for the city, with parks and schools now nearby, making it a great place for families and a perfect choice when the project was in its early stages.

The File Hills Qu’Appelle Tribal Council is teaming up the city, Silver Sage Holdings and Foxvalley Councilling to make this a reality.

The 14-unit complex will provide temporary housing for a one-year term and also offer future residents different support programs that they pick and tailor to their needs.

“The families have had some struggles,” O’Donnell added.

“So they just need a place that would be safe, that would be theirs, and that would have support services available to them.”

Some of the supports put in place help to teach the parents and families practical skills.

These skills include learning how to cook, how to shop, how to budget money properly and learning different parenting techniques. There are also counselling programs to deal with any domestic violence, addiction or other trauma that these families may be coming out of.

Mark Fox, the executive director and founder of Foxvalley Counselling said that “within that one year they should have learned the skills that they need to learn.”

According to Fox, the success rate for the program is 96 per cent and can be attributed to the individual families for their hard work.

The homes are designed to help residences get their families back together and keep them together.

Edmund Bellegarde, chairman of the board for Silver Sage Holdings, said that it is critical to have a program like this in place.

“It’s a very significant program because it means support for families that are at risk of losing their children into foster care,” Bellegarde said.

“It means critical supports and counseling services for families that are fighting to get their children back from foster care. It means critical importance to building communities and building a healthy community. It starts with that family unit and the center of that family unit is a home.”

Building these communities gives residents a place to feel safe and call home.

The Foxvalley housing complex is getting ready to move residents in by the end of the year.

May 14

It takes 23 years to save for a down payment in Metro Van, says study

Another study into Vancouver’s housing market has underlined the difficulty young people face in purchasing their first home.

It now takes 23 years for a person in Metro Vancouver to save for a 20 per cent down payment on a home, up from 5.9 years from 1976 to 1980, according to a new report by Generation Squeeze.

The report, authored by UBC professor Dr. Paul Kershaw and master’s student Anita Minh, bases itsfindings on a person in Metro Vancouver making an average full-time wage ($47,178), and saving 15 per cent for year for an average home (which currently costs $812,653).

In comparison, it takes 15.2 years to afford a down payment in Metro Toronto, 14.6 years in the rest of B.C., and 11.7 years nationwide.

“When housing has become so expensive in B.C…the reality is younger adults in this generation are going to have to be proud as being renters for much of their lives, if not their entire lives,” says Kershaw.

WATCH: Paul Kershaw authored the study and explains the new reality for potential homeowners.

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    “Imagine you dream to say I’m only going to try to cobble half a million dollars – which is really is a herculean thing to do in many ways, because half a million dollars would have bought you two entire homes a generation ago – and what we’re finding is in all of Metro Vancouver, half a million dollars barely buys two bedrooms. That is a challenge, thinking about the sustainability of the region, in terms of where do we find place for people to raise families? A lot of people are joking about how they’re raising their children in their closets.”

    Kershaw says that while many people compromise by purchasing homes in the suburbs, it can mean up to $200,000 in extra commuting costs over a 25-year period if they work in Vancouver.

    “Here’s the reality: you can go to Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge and Langley and Delta, and you’re still going to be finding very little that costs under 500,000 and provides you more than two bedrooms, and on top of that, you’re going to be commuting hours more a week than people used to do.

    WATCH: A recent panel at UBC looked at the correlation between having affordable housing and a high quality of life. Peter Ladner from the SFU Centre for sustainable community development weighs in on the possible future of the city.

    Kershaw, whose work has focused on intergenerational equity, says governments need to tax housing wealth and start treating residences as “homes first, investments second.”

    “The sirens need to be blaring on fire trucks and police cars and in hospital wards, so realize that housing isn’t unaffordable in few neighbourhoods in Point Grey, Vancouver: it’s a provincial problem.”

Apr 15

Long-awaited rain over long weekend has southern Alberta farmers optimistic

The lack of snow and frost coming out of the winter months had farmers roaring to go; then a dry spring nearly turned the tables.

Ryan Mercer was about two to three weeks ahead of schedule.

“It seems like we’ve been seeding for about a month now, or over a month, and I guess it’s OK to be spread out a bit at harvest time, it’s nice if everything isn’t ready at once.”

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READ MORE: Rainfall, snowfall warnings in place for areas of central, southern Alberta

Once the crops were in, farmers were keeping an eye on the sky. In southern Alberta, precipitation was well below average —; until the May long weekend.

“It was dry in southern Alberta, but even dryer in central Alberta, to the point where they were even having wind erosion problems a few weeks ago, so this rain has been very beneficial,” added Ross McKenzie, a research scientist in Lethbridge.

“Most areas across Alberta had upwards of two inches, some areas even had as much as four.”

According to McKenzie, from May 18 to 24 Brooks saw 56 mm of precipitation, Bow Island had 47 mm, Lethbridge and Cardston saw 40 mm and Claresholm received 33 mm.

WATCH : Alberta campers face cool, wet weather on May long weekend 

Jennifer Dale with UFA said customers were reacting to the lack of moisture.

“We saw a lot more wheat and barley put in then maybe more of the high-crop input cost such as peas, lentils and canola, but then once we started to see the moisture in the forecast we saw the change back over to the high-input cost products.”

McKenzie said the rain came at just the right time for most grain farmers, but there are some producers that will still suffer from the early dry conditions.

“It was…a little bit on the late side for our range land and pasture land but, [but] better a little bit late than not at all.”

He added it’s important with unpredictable growing conditions like we’ve seen this year that producers grow a variety of crops because some do better in dry conditions than others.

Apr 15

Your Manitoba: May 2016

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Apr 15

Elections BC recommends reforms for reporting political donations

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s electoral body is recommending three options for revamping how political contributions are reported after criticism about high-priced fundraising events.

Elections BC chief electoral officer Keith Archer says none of the options can be fully implemented before the next provincial election in May because legislative changes would have to be made.

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    Attorney General Suzanne Anton asked Archer last month to review how contributions are reported following complaints to the province’s conflict commissioner that Premier Christy Clark receives what amounts to gifts when people pay thousands of dollars to attend fundraisers and get exclusive access to her.

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    Archer’s report says B.C. could switch to reporting political contributions on a monthly or quarterly basis, within 24 to 48 hours of them being made, or within 10 days of a contribution.

    All politicians and registered constituency associations are currently required to file annual reports on all contributions they receive totalling $250 or more, while candidates and leadership contestants must file within 90 days of a vote.

    Ontario is the only other province requiring frequent disclosure, and Archer says switching to “real-time disclosure” within 24 to 48 hours of a contribution would make B.C. a leader in North America.

Apr 15

Paul Grebinski moves to heavyweight for Saturday Night Fights Round 11

REGINA – When professional mixed martial arts (MMA) debuted in Regina last November, it allowed some fighters to perform in front of their hometown crowd for the first time in years.

However that wasn’t the case for Paul Grebinski. He was slated to for a light heavyweight bout but failed to make the required 205 pounds at the weigh-in.

“[I] got a little on the sick side. I ended up not making weight, and it was a disappointing thing,” he explained.

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“I worked hard for a lot of years to be in [Regina’s] debut pro MMA event, but I guess I’ll settle for this instead.”

“As a coach I just thought, for Paul’s health 205 is behind,” AJ Scales said.

Scales is the head coach at Complete MMA, as well as the promoter for Saturday Night Fights. He’s been coaching Grebinski for almost a decade, and Scales says he knows when to push Grebinski, and when to pull him back.

For his training camp leading up to Saturday Night Fights Round 11, they decided it’s best to focus on training instead of cutting weight.

Grebinski began his last training camp around 250 pounds, and had to cut about 45 pounds. Fighters often refer to weight cuts as the first fight they need to win.

“You’re really stressed out the week of the fight because of making weight. Your diet obviously, depleting yourself, the dehydration process is all very grueling,” Grebinski said.

“You minus that out of the equation, and it’s a lot more enjoyable.”

On Saturday May 28, Grebinski returns to the ring to take on Manitoba’s Rick Genaille in a heavyweight collision. Cutting weight won’t be a factor for Grebinski, as the heavyweight division maxes out at 265 pounds.

“Paul’s a high level jiu-jitsu fighter, and has some great hands; some heavy hands. So let’s see them,” Scales said.

Grebinski has been investing time in his striking, and is banking on a highlight reel knockout at home; a moment he’s been waiting on for a long time.

Outside the ring, he’s a financial advisor with Sunlife Financial, so the big man knows the value of waiting for a big payoff.

Win or lose, some of that money may be coming Grebinski’s way as he’s had opponents become clients in the past.

“It’s kind of an interesting conversation piece, because at one point in time I’m fighting a guy, and then the next minute I’m trying to protect their wealth and health. It’s kind of a contrast in character,” he laughed.

Apr 15

Caddy Lake businesses recovering after wildfires

Cottagers and residents are back home and able to explore the burned out region around Caddy Lake, but business owners in the area are still feeling the effect.

The May long weekend usually draws hundreds of campers to the area, and with warm temperature in the forecast, business owners said they expected a bigger crowd.

“For us it was actually really busy,” Shannon Henwood, owner of West Hawk Lake Resort. “The campground didn’t look very busy though, which is unfortunate.”

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    The owner of Caddy Lake Resort said he noticed a 20 per cent drop in business from May long weekend last year.

    “The beaches are usually full especially with the beautiful weather we had,” Louay Alghoul said. “But it wasn’t as busy as we expected.”

    While the fires may have affected business over the long weekend, there will be an impact on the environment as well.

    “It’s a shift in the current environmental conditions,” Andrew Park from the forestry department at University of Winnipeg said.

    Park said that many insects and bird nests were likely destroyed, but new wildlife will be attracted to the area as the land regenerates.

    “You’ve liberated the forest floor from the vegetation that was there before,” Park said. “So you get a new growth of vegetation coming up that will be very attractive to white tailed deer and moose.”

    Evacuation orders have been lifted but crews are still in the process of containing fires in the region.

Mar 15

Bad grass leaves lawn customers livid after Toronto landscaper charges more than $500

Roma and Anthony Sapijonis of Etobicoke say they feel scammed after a Toronto landscaper contractor accepted more than $500 cash to prepare and re-seed their front lawn, which remains a weedy mess.

“He’s not a doctor or lawyer, he doesn’t deserve that kind of money,” said Roma, frustrated that the de-thatching and re-seeding didn’t take hold last month.

The soil used to root the grass is designed for gardens, not to reseed lawns.

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The retired couple say they were approached at their door by a sales representative from Five Star Lawn Care run by Mike Frustaci.

His website banner reads “sending students to school one lawn at a time” because it utilizes college and university students to sign up new customers and service lawns.

In an online recruiting video, several young people boast about how much money they can earn working at Five Star: one man claims he “earned $300 to $500 a day” with the company.

The Sapijonises say they called Five Star repeatedly to complain when the grass didn’t germinate.

They say Frustaci refused to give his last name when they threatened legal action in small claims court, at which point they say Frustaci hung up the telephone.

Global News approached Frustaci to ask why he didn’t respond to the couple’s frequent calls. Frustaci said he did return to their home at one point to add additional lawn seed and try to deal with the complaints. He admitted he did stop accepting the couple’s phone calls.

Following an interview with Global News, Frustaci went back to the couple’s home, apologized for the service they received, offered to re-seed the lawn and provide a $200 refund.

Global News intends to follow up and see if the work is actually performed.

Roma Sapijonis says she is unlikely ever to buy lawn care services at her door again after her experience with Five Star. She says she wants to warn others about the importance of checking out a company before paying for services.

“You feel like a fool and I don’t want others to feel the same way.”

Mar 15

Parents urged to communicate with their kids on National Missing Children’s Day

MONTREAL —; The Missing Children’s Network is launching a program called “Together for Safety” in an effort to stem the increasing number of missing children in the province of Quebec.

Pina Arcamone, the director of the network, said the incidents of missing kids jumped drastically in 2015.

“There is a 19 per cent increase [in missing children in Quebec] compared to the previous year,” she told Global News.

According to figures from the RCMP, about three-quarters of all missing children are runaways, and most are found within 24 hours.

To keep children from running away, the network is telling parents to keep in touch with their children.

Specifically, the network recommends watching their Internet use carefully, encouraging children to walk with a buddy, and using a family password in case of emergency.

The Missing Children’s Network speaks to students at École Barthelemy Vimont Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Caroline Lachance, mother of David Fortin, is seated left.

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Arcamone said that a recent alleged attempted kidnapping that occurred at Jeanne-Mance Park on Saturday is an isolated incident as most missing children are runaways, and most do return home.

But, some parents aren’t so lucky.

Caroline Lachance, the mother of David Fortin, 14, who’s been missing since February 10, 2009, told Global News she’s certain her son is alive, and said she still holds out hope she’ll see him one day.

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