Monthly Archives: June 2019

PotashCorp giving boost to Saskatchewan food banks – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – Food banks in Saskatchewan will be getting a holiday boost this season from PotashCorp. The Saskatoon-based company launched its annual one-million dollar matching gift campaign Wednesday.

PotashCorp will match every dollar donated to food banks through to Jan. 16. The company says it reiterates its commitment to local food security.

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“We know that food security is not just an issue in the developing world,” said Denita Stann, vice president of investor and public relations at the company. “We’re in the food business and we know that food security issues … affect us here at home.”

The campaign will help food banks buy supplies and equipment, restock shelves and support programs and services. Laurie O’Connor, the executive director of the Saskatoon Food Bank, says the contribution makes a difference.

“The support for food banks across our province is unparalleled and when citizens know that a corporation like PotashCorp is supporting their donation as well, they are absolutely far more open-hearted,” said O’Connor.

“Their commitment to food security is making a difference in all corners of our city, our province and throughout the world.”

This is the fifth year PotashCorp has supported the matching contribution program, with $5.4 million to date for the province’s 35 food banks.

Food bank usage in Saskatchewan has increased by more than 50 per cent since 2008. The HungerCount 2014 report found nearly 27,000 people, almost half of those children, were assisted by a food bank in the province in a one-month period.

Rocks thrown at city workers building controversial fence in affluent Calgary community – Calgary

CALGARY – A battle brewing in Britannia over changes to an iconic vista has reportedly escalated to the point where angry residents pelted City of Calgary employees with rocks.

Workers are in the process of erecting a fence along the so-called ‘Britannia slopes,’ located along Britannia Drive S.W. The construction is part of a $6-million remediation project underway in the affluent community, which includes improvements to Sandy Beach and River Park.

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The City of Calgary is building the fence to help stop erosion along the hill, and protect visitors from the steep slope.

“The remediation of the Britannia slopes needed to be addressed,” wrote Britannia Community president Tim Taylor in the community’s fall newsletter. “You couldn’t help but notice the braiding of the pathways above the ridge as more and more people enjoyed this special place.”

However, some residents are unhappy with the fence, saying it’s too tall and obstructs the view for those seated on area benches.

“As it stands now, the upper rail is exactly at eye level when sitting on the benches,” complained past-president of the Britannia Community Association Karen Paul in the newsletter.

The issue has become so divisive it apparently led to vandalism and the assault of city employees.

“I was recently contacted by our Calgary Police liaison officer, Matt Forest, regarding harassment of City employees working on the remediation of the Britannia slopes,” explained Taylor.

“Constable Forest and board members have been informed of rocks being thrown at workers and their equipment, unkind and inappropriate words spoken to City employees, and of vandalism and graffiti.”

Taylor warned residents that police are hoping the situation won’t escalate to the point where charges have to be laid.

“Please… help us and work with us as we try to remember, and implement, the spirit of community and neighbourliness,” added Taylor.

Apple to push Beats music app to all iOS devices: report – National

TORONTO – Apple is planning to include a pre-installed Beats music streaming app in the next version of its mobile operating system iOS, according to a Financial Times report.

The report, which cited people familiar with the situation, said the subscription-based app would be automatically downloaded on millions of iPhone, iPad and iPod devices as early as March.

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Apple acquired Beats Electronics and Beats Music in May for $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock, making it the most expensive acquisition in Apple’s history.

Including a pre-installed app on its operating system would mark Apple’s first major attempt to take advantage of its purchase of the companies, originally founded by rapper Dr. Dre and producer Jimmy Iovine.

Apple declined to comment on the report.

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Usually when an app is pre-installed on Apple’s operating system – like it’s newly added Health app – users aren’t able to delete it from their device. This may cause some frustration for users who already subscribe to other music streaming services, like Rdio or Spotify, who don’t wish to use the app. The app itself would be free, but users will have to pay for a monthly subscription to use the service.

No word yet on how much the subscription will cost.

And, as Apple found out recently, its users aren’t too keen on being forced into downloading content they don’t want.

In September, Apple and Irish super-group U2 teamed up to give away their new album to every iTunes user for free, by way of automatic download.

The move resulted in widespread anger from users who were surprised to find the album popping up on their devices and Apple was eventually forced to release a tool allowing users to remove it.

桑拿会所 users are already objecting to the idea of a pre-installed Beats app.

According to the Financial Post, the Beats app will likely be rebranded under the iTunes name, which already includes downloads and iTunes Radio services.

Though the purpose of a pre-installed app is likely to reach the most users, it may not be a winning approach for the tech giant.

iTunes Radio, which was pre-installed on iOS 7, has not been as popular as other subscription music services.


Saskatchewan Huskies basketball team turns to ‘unsung hero’ – Saskatoon

Watch above: Andrew Henry ready for a new challenge in his final year with the Saskatchewan Huskies men’s basketball team. Jack Haskins reports on the “unsung hero.”

SASKATOON – When Saskatchewan Huskies all-star point guard Stephon Lamar decided to leave the men’s basketball team this summer to pursue a pro career, it left a gaping hole in the front court. Lamar led Saskatchewan in scoring (19.0 PPG), and in assists with 5.3 AST/G.

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His talent will be missed, but the Huskies have to move on, which is why head coach Barry Rawlyk has tapped fifth year Andrew Henry, a man Rawlyk believes to be an “unsung hero,” to help fill the void.

“It’s a different transition from what I’m used to playing the past couple years at the two spot,” said Henry before practice on Wednesday. “I’m getting used to it, I did it back in high school.”

Henry’s freshman year with the Huskies came off the heels of Saskatchewan’s miraculous CIS Championship victory in 2010. Andrew has played with several great players in his career, but one mentor stands out from the rest.

People remember Jamelle Barrett as a supreme talent on the court, being named Canada West MVP in 2010 and 2011, but Barrett’s ability to guide his younger teammates was something you couldn’t find in a box score.

“Jamelle Barrett really helped me out, especially through my first couple years,” said Henry. “He comes back from time to time to Saskatoon, so he always gives me pointers on what he’s doing out in the pros, and how to make my game better.”

And his game has gotten a lot better. Henry has shown steady progression through his five seasons with the Huskies. Henry isn’t exactly what you would call a “vocal leader,” but that’s alright with Rawlyk, who sees his fifth year point guard as someone who leads by example.

“Extremely hard worker,” said Rawlyk “He’s got a very strong work ethic and he always puts in his best effort.”

Henry and the rest of the Huskies will have their hands full this week, when the dogs host the seventh ranked Victoria Vikes, a team boasting a 4-0 record.