Your Saskatchewan – Regina: December 2016

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Dec. 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Curt Borys along the Saskatoon River.

Dec. 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a snowy owl was taken by Philippe Gaudet near Humbolt, Sask.

Dec. 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Francisco Sosa in Regina, Sask.

Dec. 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Wanda Larose in Ferguson Bay, Sask.

Dec. 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by John Eagle in the Prince Albert National Park.

Dec. 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Paul Harrison near Major, Sask.

Dec. 9: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Leda Laliberte near Beaver River in northern Sask.

Dec. 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Shelly Gerein near Scott, Sask.

Dec. 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken Gloria Katsiris on Jackfish Lake, Sask.

Dec. 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Denny Klatt‎ in Lampman, Sask.

Dec. 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Micheal Lessard near La Ronge, Sask.

Dec. 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Scott Aspinall.

Dec. 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jill Apshkrum. Frost and a combine was an all-too-common site this year, as harvest was drawn out.

Jill Apshkrum/Submitted

Dec. 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Joanna Komorek.

Dec. 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Kelly Pankratz near Saskatoon.

Dec. 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Gina Rea on Murray Lake.

Dec. 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Craig Boehm near Regina.

Dec. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jay Riedel.

Dec. 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Barbie Krushlucki near Wascana Park.

Dec. 30: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Eldon Laird near Prince Albert, SK.


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SaskPower rate increase coming next month

People can expect to see an increase on their power bills starting next month. SaskPower’s rate increase of 3.5 per cent takes effect on Jan.1.

The Crown corporation originally applied for a five per cent increase for January, but the Saskatchewan Rate Review Panel recommended the 3.5 per cent increase.

According the SaskPower, the average urban residential customer will see a increase on their bill of $4 per month.

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    This is the second of two rate increases for customers in less than six months. Rates went up five per cent on July 1, which led to an average bill increase of $6 per month.

    “SaskPower understands its customers need reliable power,” Minister Responsible for SaskPower Gordon Wyant said in a statement.

    “In light of the challenges with maintaining and growing the electricity system, as well as keeping up with demand and meeting targets for renewable generation, additional funding is needed to provide that reliable power to the people of Saskatchewan. SaskPower has been making historic investments to maintain and improve our province’s electricity system to ensure it meets the growing need for power.”

    The Crown corporation says the increase will allow them to invest in a number of generation, transmission, and infrastructure projects.

    The projects include:

    • Pasqua to Swift Current transmission line ($260 million)
    • Kennedy to Tantallon transmission line ($113 million)
    • Construction of Chinook Power Station ($680 million)
    • Distribution customer connects ($509 million)
    • E.B. Campbell Hydroelectric Station life extension ($245 million)
    • Wood pole remediation ($498 million)

    “The approved rate increases provide us with the necessary financial certainty to make sure we have the power our customers need when they need it,” SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh said in a statement.

Alberta mom’s bleached bathing suit spurs questions on chlorine safety in Airdrie pool

An Alberta mother whose bathing suit was bleached after wading in the City of Airdrie tot pool with her young daughter is raising potential health concerns, despite being told the chemical levels were safe.

“It may be safe within Alberta standards, but what about for people to swim in that?” Jenny Wagner told Global News.

“It obviously bleached my bathing suit; I can’t see how that would be safe. It would be like swimming in my washing machine on a bleach cycle.”

An Alberta mom says her bathing suit was bleached after swimming in the City of Airdrie tot pool in November 2016.

Provided by Jenny Wagner

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    Wagner said she was at the pool with her daughter from about 11 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Nov. 29, but noticed “extreme” bleach spots all over her bathing suit when she got home. She had health concerns, so she called the pool. She said she was told the levels were safe: on a scale of one to 10, they tested at an eight at 12 p.m.

    City of Airdrie spokesperson Lynda Phelan told Global News the levels never exceeded the provincially-approved standard. She said water samples are sent to Alberta Health every few days and the city is notified if the water is outside of the range, which would result in a pool closure.

    She said between 400 and 500 people use the tot pool per day and there haven’t been any other reports of faded bathing suits.

    But Wagner said she’s heard similar concerns from other moms and remains concerned despite the official chemical level.

    “I want [pool management] to be more considerate of the people in the pool,” she said. “It (is unfortunate) if they have to close the pool down for contamination, but I would still go and pay if that means I have to wait an hour for the pool to be clean, rather than be worried about chemicals.”

    Wagner said despite being in the middle of swimming lessons for her daughter that have already been paid for, her family has decided not to visit the Airdrie pool until the issue is resolved in her mind.

    An Alberta mom says her bathing suit was bleached after swimming in the City of Airdrie tot pool in November 2016.

    Provided by Jenny Wagner

    With files from Mia Sosiak

Victoria Police and CBSA make fentanyl seizure worth $400K sent from China

A 27-year-old Montreal man is facing several drug trafficking charges after police seized $1.2 million of illicit drugs including 1.45 kilograms of fentanyl that was sent from China and bound for Victoria.

In mid-October, Victoria police started an investigation after an alert by the Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) that a large shipment of fentanyl was being sent to an address in Victoria. CBSA officers were able to intercept the fentanyl package, which was worth an estimated $400,000.

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“Considering a lethal dose of fentanyl could be as little as two milligrams, there was enough fentanyl in this shipment to cause 725,000 possible overdoses,” Victoria Acting Police Chief Del Manak said.

“That’s more than twice the population of the entire Capital Regional District.”

The VicPD’s investigation led them to a home in Victoria and subsequently to another home in Saanich. In Saanich, officers seized 6,052 individual doses of a heroin/fentanyl mixutre, 1.2 kilograms of methamphedamine, and 6.2 kilograms of cocaine both in powder and crack form. VicPD estimated the street value at $850,000.

Police are recommending multiple drug trafficking charges against Duc Khoung Pham.

“VicPD is working on many fronts in the fight against fentanyl,” Manak said.

“One way we are combating the opioid crisis is to target the drug traffickers who are preying on some of the most vulnerable people in our community. I am immensely proud of the entire VicPD team that executed this successful operation.”

Mike Morris, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, said the bust was possible due to cooperation and the sharing of intelligence across law enforcement agencies in the province and the result helps to protect British Columbians.

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Victoria Police and CBSA made a major drug bust worth $1.2 million.

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Victoria Police and CBSA made a major drug bust worth $1.2 million.

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Victoria Police and CBSA made a major drug bust worth $1.2 million.

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Florida cop attacked by pit bull accidentally shoots off own finger

A Florida police officer’s body camera captured the terrifying moment she shot and killed an attacking pit bull – and accidentally shot off her own finger.

Pasco County Deputy Monica Bray responded to a call last Saturday at a homeless camp after a pit bull attacked one of the residents.

Bray’s body camera was rolling as she approached a mobile home inside the camp. Suddenly, the pit bull appears in her field of vision.

The pit bull growls and appears to get aggressive as the officer approaches.

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    “Better stay there brother,” Bray can be heard warning the dog, before calling out to its owner. “Hello, Virginia!?”

    But moments later, the dog lunges forward, knocking Bray over. It’s not clear what happens next as the officer’s body camera is obscured; however it’s clear that Bray fires two shots from her service revolver.

    Then as she stands up, she realizes the consequences of at least one of her shots.

    “Shot my finger off. I just shot my fingers,” Bray says. “I don’t want to look at it.”

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    Another officer then helps Bray into the back of his squad car. Police confirm the dog later died as a result of a gunshot wound inflicted by Bray.

    According to Jim Ames, who lives next to Virginia in the camp, the pit bull is usually on a leash, but that was not the case last Saturday.

    “She was on her back and the dog was headed for her,” Ames told WFLA News in Florida. “Someone had cut the leash.”

    Meanwhile, investigators tell Bay 9 News that the dog may have broken its own leash, either during the initial attack on the homeless man or the subsequent attack on Bray.

    Ames said he feels sorry for the dog’s owner, but says he felt Bray had no choice but to fire.

    “It really hurt [the owner] because it was a rescue dog to begin with and it was her protection in case somebody came in during the night or anything like that,” Ames said. “The dog just kept coming, there was nothing [Bray]could do. I can’t find fault with the Pasco County Sheriff Department at all.”

    The department has not made Bray available for interviews as she recovers from her injuries, and say they are conducting a full investigation into the incident.

    Police did mention that Bray is the owner of three pit bulls herself and is familiar with their behaviour and how to handle them.

Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: December 2016

Every day on Global News at 6 and Global News at 10, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

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GALLERY: Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: November 2016

Dec. 1: Jodine Siebert took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Borden.

Jodine Siebert / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 2: Chris Hartman took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Regina.

Chris Hartman / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 3: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tammie McGonigal near Rosetown.

Tammie McGonigal / Supplied

Dec. 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jason Field near Waldheim.

Jason Field / Supplied

Dec. 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Gloria Katsiris at Jackfish Lake.

Gloria Katsiris / Supplied

Dec. 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Robert Johnson of a bison bearing through Monday’s blizzard near Fairlight.

Robert Johnson / Supplied

Dec. 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jenalle Tari Bahm in Kerrobert.

Jenalle Tari Bahm / Supplied

Dec. 8: Tammie McGonigal took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Rosetown.

Tammie McGonigal / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Eldon Laird north of Prince Albert.

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Dec. 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Heather Godwin at Tantallon.

Heather Godwin / Supplied

Dec. 12: Pervaiz Iqbal took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

Pervaiz Iqbalb / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Gina Rea at Murray Lake.

Gina Rea / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 14: Garfield MacGillivray snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo at Quill Lake.

Garfield MacGillivray / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken at Belle Plaine by Scott Aspinall.

Scott Aspinall / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 16: Lucas Carrier took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Stony Rapids.

Lucas Carrier / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo of the supermoon was taken by Kitiara Martens near Hepburn.

Kitiara Martens / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Corning by Shelby King.

Shelby King / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 19: Cam Leslie took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a sundog on Dec. 17 at Lake Diefenbaker.

Cam Leslie / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 20: Can you spot the snow owl in this Your Saskatchewan photo taken by Jenine Boser near Unity?

Jenine Boser / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 21: Krista Sharpe took this Your Saskatchewan photo of Mission Ridge Winter Park at Fort Qu’Appelle.

Krista Sharpe / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Leslie Anderson in Prince Albert.

Leslie Anderson / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 23: Karen Smith took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Wilkie.

Karen Smith / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Viceroy by Stephanie Schneck.

Stephanie Schneck / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carol Couillonneur at Île-à-la-Crosse.

Carol Couillonneur / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 27: Kevin Neabel snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

Kevin Neabel / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo of fertilizer domes was taken in Hanley by Susan Sagen.

Susan Sagen / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Margaret Flack near Vanscoy.

Margaret Flack / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 30: Scott Aspinall took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Pilot Butte.

Scott Aspinall / Viewer Submitted

Dec. 31: This Your Saskatchewan photo of Lake Diefenbaker was taken by Maria Steinson.

Maria Steinson / Viewer Submitted


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Texas to require health-care facilities to cremate or bury aborted fetuses

Health care facilities in Texas offering abortion services will soon be required to bury or cremate fetal remains, according to new regulations approved this week.

Under the rules, filed with the secretary of state’s office on Monday, hospitals, abortion clinics and other health-care facilities are prohibited from disposing of fetal tissue in sanitary landfills like other medical waste. Instead they are required to cremate and bury the remains, no matter what the stage of development.

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Reproductive rights advocates have told ABC News that the new rules will likely deter women from getting an abortion and will increase health-care costs dramatically, as the health-care facilities pass on higher costs of disposing of fetal tissue.

“This regulation is another blatant attempt to deceive and shame Texas women and block access to safe, legal abortion,” Yvonne Gutierrez, executive director of Planned Parenthood Texas Votes said in a statement to ABC News.

“Texas politicians are intent on interfering with it. These restrictions do not protect people’s health and safety — just the opposite.”

The rules will not apply to women having miscarriages or abortions at home.

Proposed at the direction of Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services drafted the rules.

“Governor Abbott believes human and fetal remains should not be treated like medical waste, and the proposed rule changes affirms the value and dignity of all life,” Ciara Matthews, spokesperson for the Texas governor’s office told Global News in a statement.

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“For the unborn, the mothers and the hospital and clinic staff, the governor believes it is imperative to establish higher standards that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life.”

Several other states have tried implementing similar regulations. Planned Parenthood and other groups filed lawsuits Wednesday in North Carolina, Missouri and Alaska challenging laws that they view as unconstitutional restrictions on abortion.

In Missouri for example, the regulation of requiring abortion clinics to meet physical standards for surgical centres and mandate that their doctors have admitting privileges in nearby hospitals, is being challenged.

Partly as a result of this, only one licensed abortion clinic remains in operation in Missouri.

The lawsuits were announced as supporters of abortion rights brace for renewed anti-abortion efforts at the state and federal level in the aftermath of the sweeping Republican victories on Election Day.

Requiring the cremation or burial of fetal remains in Texas is scheduled to take on Dec. 19.

— Will files from David Crary, The Associated Press.

Rams QB Noah Picton reflects on award-winning season

For Noah Picton, there’s no lack of motivation.

“A lot of things motivate me,” said the 21-year-old Regina Rams quarterback. “Fear is one of my biggest motivators. Fear to fail, fear to not meet expectations.”

But 2016 was a year to remember for Picton. He and the Rams exceeded everyone’s expectations, including those who once doubted him.

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    “There were some people who didn’t think we would be much this year,” he said in a sit-down interview with Global News. “And to kind of come out there and shut them up if you will, it was a good thing.”

    Picton and the Rams did just that in 2016, after going 0-8 last year, Picton helped guide the Rams to a 6-2 record and the team’s first-ever first place finish since joining the university ranks in 1999.

    On top of that, Picton also broke the national USports (formerly CIS) record for passing yards with 3,186. For his efforts, he was awarded the Hec Crighton Trophy, as the Most Outstanding Player in Canadian university football.

    “A lot of people don’t believe that I can do what I do,” he said. “And a lot of people don’t think that I should be where I am… whether it be because I was too small or because of who my dad is.”

    But one person who’s always been in Noah’s corner, is his father Dean, who coincidentally enough won a similar national award with the Rams exactly 30 years ago.

    “He was the one who taught me everything I know.” said Noah. “He’s been there from Day 1 and behind me the whole way. Without him I wouldn’t be the football player or the man I am today.”

    Dean set the standard for Noah off the field, and on, as he helped guide the Rams to two national championships when they were still part of the Canadian Junior Football League.

    So now, like father, like son, Noah’s ultimate goal is the same.

    “Win a Vanier Cup,” said Noah. “That’s my goal ever since I was a little kid. I’ve been a big fan of this team and I’ve been around this team since a young age.

    “Some guys dream of going to the NFL,” he continued. “But I always used to draw the Vanier Cup in my little colouring books and that’s been a goal of mine for as long as I can remember, so that’s what we’re working towards.”

    THE HEC CRIGHTON TROPHY

    Winning the Hec Crighton Trophy in 2016 was truly the feather in the cap of an impressive 2016 season. But it didn’t just start and end in 2016. It was years of preparation and hard work, that wouldn’t have been possible without the man he looks up to.

    “It’s for my dad,” said Picton, of the award. “For all the work I’ve put in, he’s probably put in the same amount. He’s with me throwing in the off-season as much as he can. We’re watching film together until 2 a.m. on a Tuesday night together. He was a quarterback and he understands it just as well as I do. He’s sacrificed a lot just to get me where I am today.”

    But who’s the better quarterback?

    “I think he’s probably better,” said Noah with a laugh. “He won two national championships. How I define a quarterback, is if you can win the big games, he’s probably pretty good.

    “And he still throws a better spiral than I do.”

    But there’s still two years left for Noah to catch his dad.

    “I’ll work on the spiral and try and win a few more games and maybe I’ll be in the same conversation as him,” he said.

    And while Noah and his dad will share the award, his mom has big plans with it.

    “There’s a plaque that I’m pretty sure my mom has a whole bunch of plans to hang somewhere in the house,” Picton said with a smile. “I’ll give that to her and she’ll take care of it.”

    Family is an important part of Picton’s life. The support from not just his mom and dad is what gets him through the challenging times of being a student-athlete, competing at such a high level.

    “The whole Picton clan is always in full force,” he said. “Without them, and the support they give me, I don’t know if I’d still be playing. With the hills and valleys of football, and those tough times, you need someone to lean on, and I’ve got 16 close family members that are always there to pick me up.

    “I probably don’t thank them enough,” he continued. “But I am truly grateful for all the support that they give.”

    TWO YEARS LEFT

    Picton still has two-years of university football eligibility left, which means two more years to try and win that national championship. But on top of that, if he keeps up his prolific passing, he could end his university career as the Rams leader in almost every passing category.

    This season, he set Rams single season records in passing attempts (323), completions (224) and yards (3,186). His 25 touchdown passes are just one short of Teale Orban’s record of 26 set in 2006.

    Picton is currently just 2,100 yards away from passing Orban’s career record set between 2004 and 2008. He also needs just 172 completions to pass Orban’s record of 685.

    And while personal accolades are nice, for Picton, it always reverts back to the team.

    “Without the first place finish and without the play of the guys around me, I don’t think I would win the (Hec Crighton Trophy),” he said. “I’m not throwing for those yards if the guys aren’t making those blocks or if the defense isn’t forcing turnovers.

    “Everything falls back into the team aspect of it and as a team we won first place, so I think that’s more important.”

    So what lies ahead for Picton after his university eligibility? Is playing in the CFL a dream of his?

    “I’d be lying if I said I didn’t want to play football as long as I can,” he said.

    “I don’t view CIS as a stepping stone to the CFL. I don’t view the Hec Crighton as a fast track to the CFL. I’m a firm believer that if you’re good enough, they’ll give you a chance.

    “If they see that I’m good enough, then they’ll give me a chance and I’ll go at it. And if not, then that’s their decision.”

    Picton actually got a taste of the CFL in 2015, when he was invited to Saskatchewan Roughrider training camp, as part of the Canadian quarterback internship program.

    “It’s a tough league,” he said. “It’s a very fast, physical game. Even if you understand what’s going on.”

    BEING A STUDENT ATHLETE

    There’s no doubting that Picton has been in the work to get to where he is today. Being a student athlete is a full-time job and it’s one that Picton is dedicated to.

    “People don’t understand that every night of the week, we are in two hours of meetings, two hours of practice,” he said.

    On top of that, there’s the individual workouts and of course, watching video.

    “I’ll watch a lot of film at home,” said Picton. “There’s a lot of work that goes into putting the product out on the field. What people see on Friday or Saturday nights, it’s not as easy as it may sometimes look.”

    It a lot of commitment to take on throughout the year, but being awarded a trophy like the Hec Crighton, makes it all worth it.

    “You realize that you’re working for a purpose and you’re not just mindlessly going through the motions in the gym,” he said.

    “Going into the off-season, I think the motivation and the fire comes from the loss,” he said, referencing the Rams first-round playoff loss to the UBC Thunderbirds on Nov. 5, which ended their season. “When you feel like you probably could have won that one. Then you look at Calgary, who gets to the Vanier Cup, and you beat that team. It’s a bitter taste in your mouth.”

    “We realize that as good as we were, we weren’t good enough.”

    1ST YEAR HEAD COACH STEVE BRYCE

    Another person that had a big impact on Picton in 2016, was first-year head coach Steve Bryce.

    “He’s made myself and the guys around believe that we can play,” said Picton.

    And at the start of the season, Picton said his coach actually told him that he was going to be up for the Hec Crighton Trophy at the end of the year.

    But did he believe it at the time?

    “Steve’s just trying to get into my good books,” Picton said with a smile. “That wasn’t something that I ever saw attainable. I had confidence in myself, but it wasn’t something that never ever crossed my mind.

    “Steve sees things in people, and the players here, that we may not see in ourselves.”

    Bryce was an integral part of the Rams turnaround in 2016 and Picton will credit a lot of the Rams turnaround to his head coach.

    “To have a coach that believes in you that much, and has that much trust in you, it makes a difference,” said Picton. “It gives you confidence stepping out on the field to do your job.

    “When you have a coach like that, you want to go out there and compete for him.”

    UNFINISHED BUSINESS

    And while Picton will celebrate being named the best university football player in 2016, for him, it’s always about the team first.

    “When I’m playing, I’m not trying to be labeled as the greatest Ram’s quarterback,” he said. “But I’m trying to be the first Rams quarterback to lead them to a national championship and I think that would be a lot more special.

    “There’s been a lot of great quarterbacks here, but no quarterback has lead the team to a Vanier Cup, and that’s been my goal since Day 1.”

Arctic outbreak hits Edmonton Monday; frigid temperatures on the way

We’ve been spoiled with warm temperature for most of November. Edmonton had highs near +20°C to start the month, finishing November over five degrees above the 30-year average. However, the tables are about to turn. With meteorological winter beginning Dec. 1, it will feel much more like the new season after the weekend.

With all long-range models, especially at this time of year, there is variance. However, more than one forecast model has held this cool down in its runs all week.

READ MORE: Edmonton shatters 87-year-old heat record for Nov. 8

Edmonton will see another warm spell, which should last Thursday, Friday and Saturday. However, that comes as the double-edged sword. The warm and moist air moving in may offer up some freezing rain in parts of central Alberta, including Edmonton, Friday evening. Keep that in mind for weekend travel plans.

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    Now for even more bad news.

    The upper ridge in the jet stream will slowly start to collapse as a trough takes over. Once we’re on the bad side of that jet stream, there will be nothing stopping a cold, dry and dense Arctic air mass from moving in.

    This will likely happen Sunday evening. Monday will be “the day.” Edmonton will likely start the day with a fairly seasonal morning low near -10°C but the temperatures will fall throughout the day, finishing closer to -20°C.

    Tuesday and Wednesday will be even colder as the core of this Arctic high gets nice and cozy in the heart of central Alberta. We could be dealing with near -30°C morning lows and highs hovering close to -20°C.

    Enjoy the warm end to the week, as next week’s forecast will likely hold up. We always seem to get spoiled through the winter months with at least a few Pacific outbreaks to ease the winter woes.

    Looking at the latest model guidance, those days will be few and far between for the foreseeable future.

Amber Athwal case compels Alberta mother to speak out about son’s dental death: ‘I don’t want him forgotten’

June 5, 1978, was the day Agatha Syniak lost her 18-year-old son.

Dennis Syniak had a routine dentist appointment, hours later he was dead in an Edmonton hospital.

There has not been a day in the past 38 years Syniak hasn’t thought of her son, but the recent story of four-year-old Amber Athwal brought the pain rushing back.

“I couldn’t sleep all night after that,” 83-year old Syniak said after she heard about the little girl on the news.

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    “All the next day it was just there again like it had happened just the week before. It’s your child, you never give up on them.”

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    Syniak said Dennis was terrified of the dentist. When he cracked a front tooth he insisted he be put to sleep. Dennis went to an Edmonton dentist with an anesthesiologist on staff; the procedure lasted nearly three hours.

    When Syniak returned to the dentist office to pick up her son and take him home, she knew something wasn’t right. She heard him trying to throw up.

    “I thought, ‘Oh he’s going to be so upset that he was sick like that.’”

    That’s the last sound she heard from Dennis. Then the doors slammed shut and office staff had called an ambulance.

    “I went to the door and said, ‘That’s my son in there! What don’t you tell me what the heck is going on?’”

    A fatality inquiry ruled Dennis Syniak’s death was accidental, but it gave a detailed report of what happened that day. A general anesthetic was administered by Dr. Hugh MacPhail.

    The anesthesiologist gave Dennis a shot of methedrine to speed up his recovery but he went into cardiac arrest.

    Two recommendations were brought forward in that report: the first was to have all dental surgeons and physicians intending to practice dental surgery under intravenous or inhalational anesthesia have up-to-date knowledge of cardio-pulmonary resuscitation. The second recommendation was to make sure all machines used in administering general anesthetics be inspected two to three times a year by qualified technicians.

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    It’s not known exactly what happened to four-year-old Amber Athwal during her visit to Dr. William Mather’s office on Sept. 7, 2016.

    Mather said he gave the little girl a general anesthetic and there was nothing unusual about the procedure. In a letter he sent to anesthesiologists, Mather wrote that Amber was hooked up to blood pressure, heart rate, heart rhythm and oxygen monitors. He said a registered nurse was watching over Amber during recovery when she went into distress.

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    Amber suffered permanent brain damage and is being treated at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.

    The Alberta Dental Association and College has ordered a public hearing into what happened. Three dentists and one member of the public will rule if Mather is guilty of unprofessional conduct.

    All these years later Syniak said she is angered a child has been hurt in the dentist chair.

    “When I see the parents talking about their daughter it hurts and I can feel their hurt.”

    Syniak’s son Dennis would have been 56 today. He is remembered as an extremely intelligent and ambitious young man. He graduated high school at the age of 16 and had a dream of becoming a chef.

    “He’s gone and forgotten and I don’t want him forgotten.”

    Along with prayers for Dennis every night, Syniak said she now sends one to Amber and her parents.

    “I just hope for their sake that she comes out of this.”