Calgary news, weather and traffic for Jan. 15
Walking or driving, it's slippery and cold in Calgary today
Good morning, Calgary! It's – 11 C at 6 a.m., but it feels like – 17 C with the windchill. Here's what's happening in the city today.
We can expect some light snow on and off today with a high of – 9 C in the city. Overnight, there'll be more flurries, with a low of – 16 C.
On Saturday it'll be cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of flurries, winds up to 15 km/h, with a high of – 14 C
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If you see anything happening on Calgary roads or southern Alberta highways, you can give Calgary Eyeopener traffic reporter Angela Knight a call at #1010, *1010 or 403-521-1010. You can also send a tweet to @CalgaryCommute.
Calgary Bishop Fred Henry is under fire, after writing a letter opposing the province's new LGBTQ guidelines for schools. He called the guidelines "anti-Catholic", He wrote the government's policies "breathe pure secularism" and "totalitarianism is alive and well in Alberta." The comments were quickly criticized over social media. Kelly Ernst, president of the Rocky Mountain Civil Liberties Association, says the Bishop was invited repeatedly to join the consultations on the new guidelines. School boards have been given until the end of March to approve their own policies, which must conform with the provincial guidelines.
Some people laid off in the energy sector are hoping the federal government will consider the tough times in Alberta when it comes to EI benefits. Some, like Karen Muma, are nearing the end of their EI benefits and don't know where to turn to next. Muma, 49, received a little severance from her employer and 35 weeks of EI benefits, which end next month. She says she has never claimed EI so she was surprised she didn't qualify for 52 weeks.Benefits are based on a region's unemployment rate. The lower the rate — presumably the easier it is to find work — so the period is shorter. The federal minister of finance is in Calgary today to meet with people for his pre-budget consultations.
Residents say their concerns about logging trucks running down a narrow country road are being ignored. About 30 people met with their MLA last night west of Cochrane to call on the province to ensure rules are followed an accident. This week, Spray Lakes Sawmills started hauling logs out of harvesting areas north of Ghost Lake. The trucks are using a narrow road used by local residents and school buses. Steve Repic, who lives in the area, says Jamieson Road isn't able to handle this kind of traffic.
The union representing Alberta nurses says Alberta Health has withdrawn formal disciplinary action against 24 health care workers accused of breaching a patient's privacy. The CEO of Alberta Health issued a statement last October saying health care workers in Calgary were facing discipline over inappropriate access to information. In its December newsletter, United Nurses of Alberta says it has been told AHS will withdraw letters of discipline and remove them from members' files. AHS will also reimburse lost wages, according to the union.
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