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Winnipeg speeds up, Calgary’s proud to The Core, and Saskatchewan’s overpopulated prisons


 Winnipeg plans to increase speed limit on certain streets

Winnipeggers may soon get to live in the fast lane, at least in some areas. Four-lane divided roadways such as the one on Grant Avenue is under review by the Manitoba Traffic Board (MTB), a body considering raising the speed limit from 50 km to 60 km an hour. The MTB has received calls from a myriad of drivers who feel the current limit is too slow.

“Having the speed set at 60 doesn’t necessarily make it more safe or less safe. It’s just consistent,” said Alfred Rivers, board chairman, on Monday.

Along with Grant Avenue, Stafford Street, and Kenaston Boulevard are also up for review at a hearing set for November 27. Sections of Pembina Highway are also being looked at for possible increases.

While many may be pleased by this consideration, driver instructor Bill Theissen doesn’t understand the need to keep going quicker all the time, he feels that an increase in speed could result in more collisions.



Indoor fireworks at Calgary’s Core to celebrate ‘Twas the Night

Calgarians are proud of their city and they’re not afraid to show it. For Calgary, 2012 marks the Calgary Stampede Centennial, and being recognized as Canada’s cultural capital.  The city plans to celebrate these milestones at The Core shopping centre with an exclusive event.

Kim Bogner, The Core’s marketing director thinks the event on November 28th will be a great way to wrap up the year and promote the city.

“Calgarians have had a rare opportunity to boast about the city they love this year, and ’Twas the Night will be the finale to one of Calgary’s best years,” says Bogner.

Like last year, this private holiday shopping event will once again feature one-night only deals, the lighting of the Core’s Christmas tree, and indoor fireworks. Former Calgarian Jessi Cruickshank of MTV and Etalk will host the event, and former Albertan, Noreen Flanagan editor-in-chief for Elle Canada Magazine will also make an appearance.

Bogner says this is a great way for Calgarians to raise money for local charities, as 100 per cent of proceeds from the tickets sold at $15 each will go to the United Way of Calgary’s BeCause initiative and the National Music Centre Project.



Saskatchewan’s overpopulated prisons

Saskatchewan prisons are reportedly overpopulated, to the point of having twice as many prisoners as they were built for. Money that was once used towards programming such as addiction treatment, anger management, education and skills training is now being spent on more security guards, relegating once-used classrooms to much-needed sleeping quarters. Overcrowding in Saskatchewan prisons has been an issue for a while and the minister of corrections acknowledges this, but Minister Christine Tell says the provincial government is working to solve the issue.

The new omnibus crime bill passed by the federal government only adds to this problem and Tell recognizes that soon Saskatchewan won’t be the only province in this predicament.



Chadd Cawson is an intern at Spectator Tribune. Follow him at: @ChaddCawson

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