Avalanche warnings issued for western Alberta and eastern B.C.

REVELSTOKE, B.C. (660NEWS) — With warmer temperatures in the forecast for the weekend, Avalanche Canada along with Parks Canada and Alberta’s Kananaskis Country are warning those headed to the backcountry. Anyone visiting the mountains in western Alberta and eastern B.C. should be aware of the risks as warm temperatures could destablize the snowpack. Avalanche Canada has had several reports of close calls of slides and is concerned with the forecast. ❗️ We’re issuing a NEW Special Public Avalanche Warning for the North Rockies, Cariboos, South Rockies, the Lizard-Flathead regions and @BanffNP, @YohoNP, @KootenayNP, and @WatertonLakesNP (1/2)https://t.co/JnnpGNdZaQ pic.twitter.com/ziR4DIzSN9 — Avalanche Canada (@avalancheca) March 3, 2021 With the warmer weather, it is more likely for a natural or human-triggered slide and the

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Judge questions whether B.C.’s top doctor appreciated right to religious freedom

VANCOUVER — A lawyer for British Columbia’s attorney general says the provincial health officer understands the importance of balancing any COVID-19 restrictions on in-person gatherings against the charter right to freedom of religion. In a hearing over a petition challenging Dr. Bonnie Henry’s health orders, Gareth Morley told the B.C. Supreme Court that Henry has outlined the reasons for her orders both verbally in public briefings and in writing. He says Henry’s statements described how rapidly rising COVID-19 cases in B.C. last fall threatened exponential growth that could have overwhelmed the health-care system, and further restrictions were necessary to prevent transmission while keeping schools and essential workplaces open. Paul Jaffe, a lawyer for the group of petitioners that includes three

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Fort McMurray football team puts a focus on mental health

FORT MCMURRAY ( 660 NEWS ) –The Fort McMurray Saints football team are doing their best to support their players mental health, and the mental wellbeing of the community. After receiving a grant for $9,000 from the Alberta Government, the team is putting on a series of conferences focusing on fostering growth – not only for the Saints, but for the rest of the community as well. Kevin Garbuio is a special education teacher at Father Patrick Mercredi Community High School in Fort McMurray, and the Saints head coach. He says that a tragedy last spring sparked his interest in getting a mental wellbeing initiative going with his team. “We had a boy pass away, a former player, in the

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Sixteen new cases of B.1.1.7 variant, 12 additional deaths reported in Alberta

EDMONTON (660NEWS) — Twelve additional deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in Alberta. The updated numbers come as the province records 402 new cases of the virus, as well as 16 additional cases of the B.1.1.7 variant. WATCH: Dr. Deena Hinshaw provides latest update on COVID-19 in Alberta. Hospitalizations from COVID-19 now sit at 251, with 48 people now in the ICU. UPDATED: NEW: – 402 new COVID cases in Alberta on 10362 tests (3.9%+– 251 in hospital (-10), 48 in ICU (-3)– 12 new deaths reported, now up to 1902– 4649 active cases (+18)#yeg #yyc #ableg #covid19ab pic.twitter.com/Hv86fgxbaY — Courtney Theriault (@cspotweet) March 3, 2021 READ MORE: Union confirms fourth death linked to Olymel plant outbreak

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Review: In ‘Truffle Hunters,’ an enchanting but beset world

You’ve got to love a movie that credits its dogs before it does its executive producers. “The Truffle Hunters,” Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw’s exquisitely charming documentary about old Italian men who scavenge truffles and the dogs they’re bound to, lists the canines with the appropriate respect in the end credits. Birba. Biri. Charlie. Fiona. Nina. Titina. Yari. These are some of the stars of “Truffle Hunters,” a profoundly lovely movie that delights in the noble scavengers of a dog-eat-dog world. “The Truffle Hunters,” which is shortlisted for best documentary at the Academy Awards and which Sony Pictures Classics will release in theatres Friday, is set in the northern Italy forests of Piedmont. Dweck and Kershaw, both cinematographers, film the

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Businesses tied to Noem family got $600,000 in virus grants

PIERRE, S.D. — Family members of South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem received over $600,000 in funds from a state grant program pushed by the governor that directed federal coronavirus relief funds to small businesses. A ranch belonging to Noem’s family, Racota Valley Ranch Partnership, received $500,000, and a business operated by her brothers, Rock and Robb Arnold, received payments of just over $100,000, according to records on the grant program. The Legislature approved the grant plan in October, but the family businesses benefitted from adjustments the Republican governor made. The plan initially capped grants at $100,000, but later in the month, with plentiful federal funds at their disposal, Noem’s administration adjusted the grant cap to $500,000. The governor also later

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US infrastructure gets C- from engineers as roads stagnate

AUSTIN, Texas — America’s infrastructure has scored near-failing grades for its deteriorating roads, public transit and storm water systems due to years of inaction from the federal government, the American Society of Civil Engineers reports. Its overall grade: a mediocre C-. In its “Infrastructure Report Card” released Wednesday, the group called for “big and bold” relief, estimating it would cost $5.9 trillion over the next decade to bring roads, bridges and airports to a safe and sustainable level. That’s about $2.6 trillion more than what government and the private sector already spend. “America’s infrastructure is not functioning as it should, and families are losing thousands of dollars a year in disposable income as a result of cities having to fix

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EU, Britain clash again in latest post-Brexit spat

BRUSSELS — The European Union said Wednesday that Britain’s “unilateral action” on trade rules will breach international law and is threatening legal action as post-Brexit tensions continue to escalate between the two sides. Commission vice-president Maroš Šefcovic said in a statement that UK’s decision to unilaterally extend a grace period on checks for goods moving between Great Britain and Northern Ireland amounts to “a violation” of the so-called Northern Ireland Protocol. The Protocol was designed to ensure an open border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic after Brexit. “This is the second time that the UK government is set to breach international law,” Šefcovic said. “This also constitutes a clear departure from the constructive approach that has prevailed up

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Oregon moves to ban display of nooses, a racist symbol

SALEM, Ore. — Greg Evans, a Black man who joined a parade of witnesses urging Oregon lawmakers to ban the display of nooses, said the issue was personal for him: A member of his family had been lynched over a century ago in South Carolina. “He was killed basically for offending a white man,” Evans, a member of the Eugene City Council, testified Tuesday. “He was hung by a noose. His body was riddled with bullets, and then he was set on fire.” Louisiana, Virginia, California, New York, Maryland and Connecticut previously criminalized the display of nooses. The bill under consideration in Oregon would make intimidation by display of a noose a misdemeanour punishable by up to a year in

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Reports: Myanmar military-named deputy UN ambassador resigns

CAMEROON, Cameroon — Myanmar’s deputy U.N. ambassador, who was assigned by the military to head the country’s mission to the United Nations after the ambassador strongly opposed their recent coup, resigned on Wednesday, according to social media and newspaper reports. Tin Maung Naing was named by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as the mission’s charge d’affaires in a letter to U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres received Tuesday. It said Ambassador Kyaw Moe Tun had been terminated. Tun sent letters Monday to the General Assembly president and Guterres saying he represents the country’s “legitimate” government and remains Myanmar’s ambassador. Deputy Ambassador Naing posted on Facebook Wednesday that he was resigning, without giving a reason, according to The Irrawaddy newspaper in a report

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