Calgary news, weather and traffic for March 23
Cool start to the day, but a double-digit high expected
Good morning, Calgary! It's clear and –5 C at 8 a.m. Here's what's happening in Calgary this morning.
It'll be a cool start to the day today but the temperature is expected to rise quickly. We'll see a mix of sun and cloud later today and a high of 10 C. The wind will be out of the west at 20 km/h gusting to 40 km/h later this afternoon.
Overnight, the low will drop down to 2 C. Tomorrow, there's a 60 per cent chance of showers with a high of 9 C expected.
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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.
Progressive Conservative candidate Prab Gill has won a byelection in the provincial riding of Calgary-Greenway. Gill won the seat with 27.7 per cent of the ballots cast, by a margin of 335 votes over Wildrose candidate Devinder Toor. Liberal candidate Khalil Kharbani was third, while NDP candidate Roop Rai placed fourth. Voter turnout was just under 30 per cent. The byelection was called after PC MLA Manmeet Bhullar was killed in a highway accident late last year.
A Calgary economist says changes to employment insurance in the federal budget will help many Alberta families. Any region that's seen its unemployment rate rise by more than 2 per cent will see the changes, which will affect most of the province, except Edmonton, according to Trevor Tombe, of the University of Calgary. He points out that most Alberta families will see an increase in child benefits, as a result of the budget, as some pre-existing programs will be rolled into one.
A controversial plan to develop the Peaks of Grassi area in Canmore is going ahead but with conditions. One Canmore resident is requesting that a judge review town council's decision to allow the development. The subdivision approving authority has agreed it will not begin any development until after the court has heard the judicial review. The court hearing is expected to take place in the fall.
WestJet is denying claims by a former flight attendantwho is suing the Calgary-based airline, claiming she was sexually assaulted by a pilot six years ago. Mandy Lewis alleges the airline protected him and fired her. In the legal defence statement filed Tuesday, WestJet cites eight warnings, suspensions and disciplinary actions against her for issues ranging from poor attendance to drinking alcohol before duty. Lewis calls the company's focus on her disciplinary record a "full-blown diversion." WestJet says the facts show she was fired for just cause and not because of her allegations against the pilot. The airline says it did investigate her allegation but was "unable to conclude" that the pilot assaulted Lewis.
On your radio
Jennifer Keene and Angela Knight host the Wednesday morning edition of the Calgary Eyeopener on CBC Radio One from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
On today's show:
- Federal infrastructure minister Amarjeet Sohi joins us at 6:10 a.m. to discuss the federal budget.
- Mayor Naheed Nenshi will offer his thoughts on the budget at 8:10 a.m.
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