May 14

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks unveils new $26M centre downtown Calgary

A dream decades old is soon to become a reality for Decidedly Jazz Danceworks.

The school is set to unveil a brand new state-of-the-art dance centre in downtown Calgary.

“This is what we thought was going to be a summer project at the time… and 32 years later, we have a building,” Vicki Adams Willis, the founder in residence of DJD said.

The 40,000 square foot facility at 111 12 Avenue S.E. includes seven dance studios and a theatre that can seat 320 people.

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    They’re expecting a full house Friday night for an opening gala and brand new performance, aptly called “New Universe”.

    “We’re interpreting bug-like creatures in this show,” described dancer Catherine Hayward.

    She has been with DJD longer than any other dancer and is excited that the group will finally have a permanent home.

    “So often we’re searching for spaces to rehearse or perform, and now we have a building with seven studio spaces and a studio theatre. So it will allow all different artists who are rehearsing or performing to come under one roof.”

    Willis, meanwhile, is happily growing the legacy her family leaves behind.

    “My mother, who was Alice Murdock Adams, opened the first full-on dance studio in 1927 and my aunt was a great pioneer in the city in the 1950s and 60s,” Willis said. “I guess it was in my genes.”

    Vicki Adam William’s mother, Alice Murdoch Adams (above) opened the first full dance studio in Calgary in 1927.

    “I often look around and think ‘look what you started mom, back in 1927’.”

    Final touches are still underway on the $26-million facility, with hopes the building will become a hub for Calgary’s dance community.

    “We hope to bring a new vibrancy and a new life to the arts and Calgary,” artistic director Kimberly Cooper said.

    Gala opening performances will be held at DJD Friday and Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m.

May 14

Protesters clash with police outside Trump rally in California

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) —; A day after violent protesters outside a Donald Trump rally threw burning items at police and toppled barricades, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee railed against “Crooked Hillary” Clinton and leaders in his own party who haven’t yet endorsed him in a boisterous but less heated rally on Wednesday.

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Outside, demonstrators quietly held up signs reading ‘Love and Peace” and “Migration is beautiful” during the rally, but the modest crowd grew rowdier when Trump supporters came outside. The two sides shouted at each other as dozens of police, some on horseback, moved in to prevent a renewal of the violence that included rock-throwing and burning T-shirts Tuesday night in New Mexico.

READ MORE: Riot breaks out at Donald Trump rally in New Mexico

Five people were arrested as a line of police slowly moved scattered protesters along a nearby street.

Inside, Trump’s rally was interrupted several times by protesters who were escorted out of the Anaheim Convention Center, which was packed with thousands of Trump supporters.

“Get ’em out!” he shouted at one point. “Out! Out! Out!” But Trump urged his supporters and security to handle his interrupters gently. “Don’t hurt ’em,” he told them. “I say that for the television cameras. Do not hurt him even though he’s a bad person.”

Later, a pair of protesters in the stands behind the candidate ripped a Trump sign in half and made a rude gesture toward the crowd.

As for Clinton, Trump noted Wednesday’s report by the State Department inspector general that faulted her for her use of private email for official business when she was secretary of state.

WATCH: Raw footage shows protesters clashing with police officers outside a Donald Trump rally in Orange County, Cali. on Wednesday.

“She had a little bad news today, as you know. Some reports came down, weren’t so good,” Trump said. “The inspector general’s report – not good.”

Trump said that he was eager to run against Clinton, but wondered aloud, as he often does, whether she would actually be the Democratic Party’s nominee.

“It could be we’re going to run against Crazy Bernie,” he said. “He’s a crazy man, but that’s OK. We like crazy people.”

Trump appeared to be making a concerted effort on Wednesday to tout his support with women. He met with a group of female business leaders ahead of the rally and invited several onstage. “I’m telling you, women do like me,” he said.

But later he went after Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has been vigorously criticizing him.

“She gets nothing done, nothing passed. She’s got a big mouth, and that’s about it,” he said of Warren. “But they use her because Hillary’s trying to be very presidential. She’s stopping with the shouting, OK?”

“I’ll be honest with you, I cannot listen to her,” he added of Clinton.

READ MORE: Trump, Clinton win Washington state’s presidential primaries

Trump’s western swing comes as he works to unify a Republican Party that often remains skeptical of his candidacy. During the rally, Trump offered jabs at 2012 nominee Mitt Romney and former rival Jeb Bush, who have yet to endorse his candidacy.

House Speaker Paul Ryan is still holding out on endorsing Trump even as his staff and other House Republicans and aides communicate increasingly closely with the Trump campaign on policy.

Meeting with reporters Wednesday, Ryan shot down rumors that an endorsement was imminent. “I don’t have a timeline in my mind and I have not made a decision and nothing’s changed from that perspective,” he said.

WATCH: Trump rallies continue to draw protesters; new information released on Clinton email scandal

Later in the day his staff disclosed that Ryan planned to speak with Trump Wednesday evening by phone but insisted it was not about endorsing. “The purpose of the call tonight is for the two of them to continue their conversation about unifying the party,” said spokesman Zack Roday.

Before the Anaheim rally, police issued a firm warning to protesters that violence would not be tolerated following the clashes between anti-Trump protesters and police in New Mexico a day earlier.

In one of the presidential campaign year’s more unruly spectacles, anti-Trump protesters had thrown burning T-shirts, plastic bottles and other items at police officers, injuring several, and had toppled trash cans and barricades.

Police responded by firing pepper spray and smoke grenades into the crowd outside the Albuquerque Convention Center.

READ MORE: ‘Small, insecure moneygrubber’: Sen. Elizabeth Warren blasts Donald Trump

In Anaheim, pro- and anti-Trump demonstrators clashed last month at Anaheim City Hall when the City Council discussed a resolution criticizing Trump as divisive. Rally attendees arrived early Wednesday, weaving through a maze of police barricades and security checkpoints before entering the venue.

The violence in New Mexico has prompted security concerns beyond neighboring California. Police in Bismarck, North Dakota, said Wednesday they would dedicate about a quarter of their force for security when Trump heads to the state Thursday.

Sgt. Mark Buschena said about 30 officers would be assigned to the event at the Bismarck Civic Center. Trump is keynoting the Williston Basin Petroleum Conference and Expo, with about 7,000 people expected to attend.

Trump was also scheduled to attend a TV taping and a fundraiser in the Los Angeles area Wednesday evening. He’ll be back in California on Friday with visits to Fresno and San Diego.

May 14

Does there need to be a potency limit for legal pot?

VANCOUVER — Doctors at Washington’s Providence St. Peter Hospital are dealing with an unusual emergency: patients showing up with panic attacks and psychotic episodes. That’s because they’re smoking stronger pot than they’re used to.

“These are mostly older folks who tried marijuana in high school and are using it again,” said Kristi Weeks with the Washington State Department of Health. “They’re surprised at how much stronger it is now.”

READ MORE: Legalized marijuana: Capitalizing on cannabis or profiting from potheads?

When Washington state made pot legal in 2012, no one predicted THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) potency would be an issue. THC is what produces the high in cannabis.

“We need to look at potency limits because there are no limits,” said Rick Garza, director of the state’s Liquor and Cannabis Board. “You can get concentrates of THC that are 75 to 80 per cent or higher.”

States like Colorado, where pot is also legal, are trying to limit it to 15 per cent. But public policy experts say it’s too late.

READ MORE: Washington rakes in the green from budding pot business

“The legal industry has cultivated a bunch of consumers who have used so much that they have a tolerance and need potent pot to get stoned,” said Mark Kleiman, a professor of public policy at New York University who advised the state on how to proceed with its public health policy.

Washington made recreational pot legal to put an end to the black market, but a THC potency limit may allow the underground market to survive.

“There will be smuggling of high potency pot from, say, a place like Vancouver,” said Kleiman.

READ MORE: Marijuana companies have budding aspirations for pot legalization in Canada

Derek Franklin rallied against the legalization of pot, concerned that young people will get hooked on these higher THC levels.

“When we normalize it, the barriers come down,” said Franklin. “So far, the youth who do use are using higher potency marijuana.”

Studies show that abuse of drugs can affect the development of young people’s brains up until the age of 25.

Washington lawmakers tried to ensure kids aren’t a target for the recreational marijuana industry, by making sure pot shops and billboards are at least 300 metres away from schools, parks, and libraries.

The state health department can only count on that – and an education campaign – to make sure young people don’t get hooked.

But the potency predicament may be a whole other ballgame.

“Maybe we are leading people to smoke more then,” said Weeks.

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May 14

Edmonton’s recent rain provides perfect conditions for mosquito development

EDMONTON – While many in the Capital Region rejoiced over the much-needed rain that fell over the weekend, there is a downside to all the moisture and it comes with a bite.

The rain led to a substantial amount of standing water in and around Edmonton, which is the perfect place for mosquitoes to develop.

“We are seeing hatching in a lot of those habitats. There are mosquitoes developing in a lot of that standing water,” Mike Jenkins, a biological sciences technician with the City of Edmonton, said.

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    But while there is the potential for mosquitoes to hatch, Jenkins said the type of rain the Edmonton area experienced was ideal as far as trying to control the skeeter population is concerned.

    “It was a fairly long, slow and cool soak-in rather than a big torrential downpour all in one afternoon,” Jenkins explained, adding much of the moisture was absorbed by the extremely dry ground and plants. “In a lot of ways it was the perfect type of storm to come through at this time.

    “Many of those habitats may actually be gone before the larvae are even able to develop into mosquitoes. But we’re going to be treating those because there is rain in the forecast again.”

    Crews are using three approaches in hopes reducing the number of aquatic larvae that are developing in the ponds before they hatch.

    Helicopters are the primary course of action, used to treat standing bodies of water. Ground crews are out using backpack sprayers to treat parks, industrial areas and spaces along train tracks. The city had also deployed ditch trucks, which mainly focus on water that collects in ditches on the side of the road.

    “It’s a much more effective process than trying to control them after they’re already out and trying to treat them as adults,” Jenkins said.

    Up until now, Edmonton has had a very low mosquito population this year because it’s been so dry.

    “Possibly among the lowest we’ve ever had. I haven’t actually compared exactly week-to-week to make sure but it’s definitely down there,” Jenkins said.

    READ MORE: Edmonton starts getting mean with mosquitoes, says dry conditions helping

    And of course, with more rain that could quickly change. Jenkins said it typically takes about one week after a significant rainfall for the mosquitoes to come out in full force.

    Rain totals varied throughout the city over the May long weekend, but on average, Edmonton saw about 68.9 millimetres of rain. The average rainfall for Edmonton in May is 46.1mm.

    So far this year, Edmonton has received about 119.3mm of rain.

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.

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    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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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.

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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.

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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.