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Winnipeg’s camera shy councilor, Calgary’s Poseidon Concepts takes plunge, Edmonton’s Billy Bourne releases two albums, and Saskatchewan fisherman’s camera returned by water bird

Winnipeg Photo Radar plan up for seven-year renewal

 A recent report recommends that Winnipeg’s current photo radar plan be renewed for another seven years, but Councilor James Fielding wants to shy away from the proposed camera plan.  He would rather get rid of them and have more officers on the street.

The proposed extension covers the city’s  33 photo radar cameras and 10 mobile vans currently in use. The contract , if approved, would go until May 2020 and cost the city $21 million. Fielding thinks that the money could be better spent on more officers.

“So you might be able to catch criminals (and take) drunk drivers off the street as well. Let’s say there is a bank robbery half way down the street – you’d be able to augment officers that are there,” said Fielding to CTV News.

The report is suggesting that 81 per cent of Winnipeggers favour the renewal, while most of those who spoke to CTV News would like to see an increased police presence.


 Poseidon Concepts Corp. stock down

The shares of Poseidon Concepts Corp. took a plunge, as the company’s stock price fell 62 per cent on Thursday according to the Toronto Stock Exchange. The Calgary company grew fast in its first year of operations, but when the market closed on Wednesday, it opened at less than $6 per share, which is quite disheartening.

By the time markets closed on Wednesday, shares of Poseidon were worth an even $5 which was down $8.22 from its original share price of $13.22. This was a big blow for the shareholders adding up to a total loss of $667 million.  Kevin Lo, an analyst for FirstEnergy Capital refers to the 1818 poem Ozymandias. He calls this time of investing  (“fall of the king”) a time where many mighty leaders can plummet in the market.


Edmonton musicians release their collaborative Amoeba Collective Nov 17

His Bourne identity is quite simple really; a musician, his love for music began in the womb quite literally as his mother who was a musician played shows while pregnant with him.

“Maybe it’s what I was meant to be. In Africa some people are born musicians and that’s what they do all their lives,” says Bourne, who’s releasing two new CDs — his solo album, Songs From a Gypsy Caravan, and the collaborative Amoeba Collective.

Bourne released his first self-titled album in 1980. In 1984 he teamed up with The Tannahill Weavers ( a Scottish folk band) together they recorded the album Passage. Later, he and Allan MacLeod  (piper from the Weavers) recorded the album Dance and Celebrate which earned him a Juno for best roots or traditional album.

Bourne has had several solo albums and Juno nominations since then. He has collaborated with many artists over the years and in 2009 put together the Free Radio Band, which features his son, guitarist Pat Bourne of The Get Down, a local Edmonton band..

On Saturday night, he will release his new solo effort; Songs from a Gypsy Caravan and Amoeba Collective, which he and Agogo teamed up for. The debut will be at Edmonton’s Avenue Theatre at 7 p.m.

Billy Bourne live at Brantford Station House performing Dance & Celebrate link:


A cormorant retrieves the camera of a Saskatchewan fisherman

Some may say photography is for the birds and in this case, they wouldn’t be far off.  A camera, which was dropped by a fisherman several months ago in Saskatchewan, was returned to him thanks to the help of a cormorant and a curious woman.

Karen Gwillim could see something dodging traffic on a bridge near the village of Craven. Curious, she approached and could see it was a cormorant (water bird) that had a silver camera looped around its neck and traipsed over its back.

After taking the camera home, though water damaged, she was surprised to see that the card contained 239  perfectly good photos, mostly of fisherman and their catches but also some of family, and pictures from a wedding.

After Gwillim broadcasted her tale on the media, the fisherman recognized his photos that were aired and stepped forward to claim his camera.

“I think it’s interesting that a fisherman’s camera was retrieved by a fisher bird,” says Gwillim.



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

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