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Government of Canada continues to support Kivalliq hydro-fibre link

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Today, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CanNor, announced nearly $3 million in additional investments to support early phase data collection and analysis for the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link project. CanNor invests nearly $3 million to…

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Today, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CanNor, announced nearly $3 million in additional investments to support early phase data collection and analysis for the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link project.

CanNor invests nearly $3 million to build on a prior feasibility study examining the development of a hydroelectric and fibre-optic link between Manitoba and the Kivalliq region of Nunavut.
May 4, 2021 – Rankin Inlet, Nunavut – Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor)

There are significant economic and environmental opportunities in Nunavut’s Kivalliq region. That’s why in 2019 the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) invested in technical and feasibility work to support the potential development of a hydroelectric and fibre-optic link that would connect communities in the region to Northern Manitoba.

The feasibility work was successful in gathering technical data, providing design work, examining some of the impacts the link would create, and consulting with government officials and other organizations that could benefit from the project.

Federal government continues to support clean energy and connectivity in the North
Today, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CanNor, announced nearly $3 million in additional investments to support early phase data collection and analysis for the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link project.

This funding will support preliminary geomorphological, biophysical, heritage, and permafrost studies that will be conducted along the proposed route of the hydro-fibre link. It will also include engagement with communities and traditional land use studies amongst First Nation communities throughout Manitoba as well as Inuit in Nunavut to ensure proper consultation on the project. Budget 2021 also proposes to invest $40.4 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to support feasibility and planning of hydroelectricity and grid interconnection projects in the North. This additional funding could advance projects such as the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link Project.  

The economic and environmental benefits to this link are significant. This project is expected to reduce fossil fuel usage while introducing reliable clean power and high speed broadband to communities. The mining industry is expanding in the Kivalliq region, but it is currently dependent on diesel to provide electricity. The establishment of a hydro-fibre link will provide more affordable electricity and improve the viability of future mining projects and encourage more exploration.

“The hydro-fibre link will bring significant benefits to Nunavut’s Kivalliq region. The project will deliver clean energy to communities and businesses currently reliant on diesel and high speed internet will significantly improve communication and give communities an economic boost. That’s why the Government of Canada is funding research into the link as part of our continuing commitment to sustainably grow Nunavut’s economy.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for CanNor

“Our government’s support for this project, including proposed investments through Budget 2021, will help in the development of a critical piece of infrastructure for the future economic success of Manitoba and Nunavut, while also working with Indigenous partners to ensure respect for traditional lands and cultures and protection of the Northern environment.”

The Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs

“The Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link is an Inuit led national infrastructure project that can sustainably transform our communities, industry and connect our region to the rest of Canada for the first time. This project represents the future of the Arctic and by partnering with the Government of Canada and others we look forward to the work that lies ahead to develop this critical infrastructure link.”

Kono Tattuinee, President, Kivalliq Inuit Association

CanNor is investing $2,993,762 million over three years to support further feasibility work for the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link project including the preliminary data collection and analysis as well as consultation with Inuit in Nunavut and First Nations in communities throughout Manitoba. The Kivalliq Inuit Association is contributing $752,934.

In 2019, CanNor invested over $1.6 million in the feasibility study for this project. The investment supported the gathering of technical data, conceptual design work, required permits, as well as government and stakeholder engagement.

Budget 2021 proposes to invest $40.4 million over three years, starting in 2021-22, to support feasibility and planning of hydroelectricity and grid interconnection projects in the North. This funding could advance projects, such as the Atlin Hydro Expansion Project in Yukon and the Kivalliq Hydro-Fibre Link Project in Nunavut. Projects will provide clean power to northern communities and help reduce emissions from mining projects.

The Kivalliq Inuit Association represents Inuit in the region, from the communities of Arviat, Whale Cove, Rankin Inlet, Chesterfield Inlet, Baker Lake, Naujaat, and Coral Harbour.

Catherine Mounier-Desrochers

Press Secretary,

Office of the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages

catherine.mounier-desrochers@canada.ca

Jonathan Pameolik

Manager, Communications

Kivalliq Inuit Association

867-645-5766

jpameolik@kivalliqinuit.ca

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Kahun back with McDavid: When it comes to the forward line blender, Tippett slices and dices with the best of them

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Author of the article: David Staples  •  Edmonton Journal Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (97) gets knocked off the puck by Vancouver Canucks Quinn Hughes (43) during NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, May 6, 2021. Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia This in from the Edmonton Oilers, new line combinations, with the DYNamite Line of…

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Edmonton Oilers Connor McDavid (97) gets knocked off the puck by Vancouver Canucks Quinn Hughes (43) during NHL action at Rogers Place in Edmonton, May 6, 2021. Photo by Ed Kaiser /Postmedia This in from the Edmonton Oilers, new line combinations, with the DYNamite Line of Leon Draisaitl, Kailer Yamamoto and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins reunited, William Lagesson paired with Adam Larsson, and Dominik Kahun on the same line as Connor McDavid and Jesse Puljujarvi.

This from Oilers play-by-play ace Jack Michaels:

Practice today (minus P. Russell & Kulikov)…

Kahun-McDavid-Puljujarvi

RNH-Draisaitl-Yamamoto

Ennis/Neal-McLeod-Chiasson

Shore-Khaira-Archibald

Nurse-Barrie

Lagesson-Larsson

Jones-Bear

Koekkoek-Bouchard

Oilers line combinations, on-ice numbers 5X5, from Natural Stat Trick My take 1.  When it comes to blendering up the forward lines, Edmonton Oilers coach Dave Tippett is now slicing and dicing with the best of them. Of course, this is garbage time for the Oilers’ season where they’re unlikely to move up or down the standings. They’re playing out the string until the playoffs, striving to remain both healthy but also sharp and competitive at the same time. They’re playing what amounts to Exhibition games-plus. It’s a good time to experiment with forward lines and Tippett is taking advantage of that fact, changing up the lines every few games.

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2. It’s hard to judge each line over a short amount of time but that’s all Tippett has to go on at this point, these small amounts of time each trio has been together. What we see is that this year the most productive line has been Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and Kailer Yamamoto, which in 134 minutes together has scored 12 goals and given up just two. That’s out-of-this-world production, even better than what we saw from the DYNamite Line last year, when RNH, Draisaitl and Yamamoto scored 30 goals and gave up just nine.

3. The problem with the Oil’s most successful line is that it sees McDavid and Draisaitl combining well, but it’s likely that success in the playoffs will be predicated on having McDavid and Draisaitl leading their own lines, delivering that kind of one-two punch. Tippett has searched for an effective second line this year. He found it last year with the DYNamites, but that same line hasn’t done so well together so far this year, with three goals for and five against in 81 minutes. But, again, that’s a small sample size, and some of those minutes came when RNH was just back from a concussion. It’s a shrewd move to go back to the line now to see if it can again function at a high level.

4. I also like the line of McDavid, Puljujarvi and Kahun, a trio which has had some success in the smallest of samples, with three goals for and just one against in 35 minutes. Kahun loves to pass the puck and Puljujarvi is progressing as a shooter and passer. Both are solid enough defensively. I also like the line because it puts Puljujarvi in a more prominent spot, becoming the primary sniper. I have high hopes for this line.

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5. In recent games, Tippett tried out Kahun, RNH and Yamamoto. They played together 58 minutes and worked some tricky passing plays but didn’t score much, just one goal, while giving up two. The line did have some good moments against the Canucks, but I doubt that a trio of three smaller players will have much success in the heavy slogging of the playoffs.

6. It’s not a great bargaining point for RNH that each of the three top lines he’s been on here haven’t done so well.  But perhaps he can turn that around now with Drai and Yamo.

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Three to See Saturday: Paula walks, Mars approached and Root 107

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Author of the article: Fish Griwkowsky A slice of Edith and Heinrich A Eichner’s mosaic work in Coronation Park. Fish Griwkowsky Paula in the park: In case you’re missing Paula Simons’ sharp and curious mind here at the Journal, the senator’s brand-new, online Jane’s Walk is a simply fantastic way to catch up, and also…

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A slice of Edith and Heinrich A Eichner’s mosaic work in Coronation Park. Fish Griwkowsky Paula in the park: In case you’re missing Paula Simons’ sharp and curious mind here at the Journal, the senator’s brand-new, online Jane’s Walk is a simply fantastic way to catch up, and also learn all about one of Edmonton’s underrated, north-side treasures: Coronation Park — which contains three of our best buildings, two of them planetariums, hilariously. In her precise and enthusiastic way, Simons circles the gorgeous peaks of Hemingway Pool, shakes loose the history of the imported Ross Shep totem pole, and even points out little-known Long Burrow 6, a rare example of conceptual land art around here. The jewel in the park’s path-drawn Royal Scepter (check out the overhead map) is the old Queen Elizabeth Planetarium, which as a temple of science is rather coyly surrounded by the 12 Greek astrological symbols in sidewalk mosaic by Edith and Heinrich Eichner. South of Douglas Cardinal’s planetarium, keep an eye out for the old bricks representing distances within the solar system. The next step is to head to the park — but start here.

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Details: On Senator Paula Simons’ YouTube channel, no charge

Under the dome: Speaking of space, part of the ongoing, online NorthwestFest documentary film fest, Red Heaven (2020) is the story of six volunteers who take part in the ultimate dress rehearsal, living inside a year-long NASA simulation to understand the effects of isolation on the human mind. Filmed by the crew, sealed within a 1000-square foot dome on the red, rocky slope of a Hawaiian volcano, Red Heaven captures the mounting tension, blossoming romance, and intense feelings of isolation that the six strangers must face in the name of future space exploration. Directed by Lauren Defilippo and Katherine Gorringe, 84 mins.

Red Heaven is one of 80 documentaries playing NorthwestFest through May 16. Photo by supplied Details: Playing through May 16 at northwestfest.ca, $12.95

Street eats: And just a quick reminder, Downtown Spark’s Root 107, the pallet-walled pop-up park in the core, is ongoing. Basically, a spread-out place to sit and eat food truck grub while looking at tiny murals, a cappella’s Curbside will be serving this weekend, and the whole affair is very kid friendly. Chances are good you’ll run into one of our many grubber downtown hares (not for consumption).

The Root 107 pop-park. Photo by Ian Kucerak /Postmedia Details: 107 Street and 101 Avenue, no charge

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Edmonton doctor charged with fraudulently billing Alberta government more than $3.5 million

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Author of the article: Edmonton Journal An Edmonton doctor is facing two charges for fraudulently billing upwards of $3.5 million to the Alberta government. May 7, 2021 Dr. Yifei Shi (BMSc, MD, CCFP, Clinical Professor) graduated from the University of Alberta Doctor Of Medicine (MD) program with a specialty in General Practice with an interest…

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An Edmonton doctor is facing two charges for fraudulently billing upwards of $3.5 million to the Alberta government. May 7, 2021 Dr. Yifei Shi (BMSc, MD, CCFP, Clinical Professor) graduated from the University of Alberta Doctor Of Medicine (MD) program with a specialty in General Practice with an interest in cosmetic medicine. In 2017 when CosmeticMD was born. Screencapture jpg An Edmonton doctor is facing two charges for fraudulently billing upwards of $3.5 million to the Alberta government.

In a news release Friday morning, the Edmonton Police Service said its economic crimes section received a request from the Alberta Justice department in April to assist with the arrest of a physician in relation to an ongoing billing scheme dating back to 2013. It is alleged the doctor fraudulently billed the province between $3.5-$4.1 million in fees for service.

Dr. Yifei Shi, 33, was arrested on April 23. She faces charges of fraud and theft over $5,000.

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