How accessible is Rogers Place?

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It markets itself as one of the finest sports arenas in the world, but how does Rogers Place stack up when it comes to accessibility for those living with disabilities?

When put up next to Rexall Place, there’s really no comparison, said Zachary Weeks with the City of Edmonton’s Accessibility Advisory Committee.

“There really isn’t the right words to even describe it,” Weeks said.

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    “It’s a world-class facility with world-class accessibility behind it. It’s inclusive for everyone.”

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    The Accessibility Advisory Committee was brought in five years ago during the design phase of the new downtown arena to consult on accessibility features. From additional seats and elevators, to Braille and technology to help the hearing impaired, Rogers Place goes above and beyond what’s required in Alberta building codes.

    “It was invaluable. They gave us so many good ideas,” Jack Ashton, program manager at Rogers Place, said of the committee.

    “Helping guide us through some of the special needs that the community has, things to consider. And not just to meet the Alberta Building Code requirements… or even the City of Edmonton accessibility policy, but to make the arena better than that.”

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    Rogers Place has 73 accessible seats plus the same number of companion seats; they’re located throughout the arena. At Rexall Place, there were 24 accessible seats plus companion seats and they were only located in the four corners of the arena.

    “Rexall, you could only sit in the four areas, each corner of the rink. Here you can literally sit in any section that you want,” Weeks said. “Upper bowl, lower bowl, Sportsnet lounge, Loge, you name it.

    “In terms of seating options, you can’t get much better.”

    There are 10 elevators in Rogers Place, up from the one elevator Rexall Place had. The lifts are also located throughout the facility to make it easier for those who need them.

    “They’re conveniently located near the platform areas so that the patrons can go up or down to various levels within the facility without having to travel all the way back to the main elevator core,” Ashton said.

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    The stairs are equipped with nosing to make them easier to see for the visually impaired and there’s Braille on all of the signage. The Accessibility Advisory Committee also helped recommend features for the hearing impaired.

    “We included some induction loop technology in a lot of the guest services areas,” Ashton said. “They can adjust a toggle on their hearing aid and go up and can actually have a transaction with the person inside the box office or the guest services area.”

    The cost of the additional features was factored in during the design stage. The Accessibility Advisory Committee has been involved with the project every step of the way and the outcome is an arena everyone involved is extremely proud of.

    “I know we’ve come a long way and there’s always going to be a little bit more to do but it’s an excellent example, I think, of what arenas should be today,” Ashton said.

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    “It’s a special moment to be able to roll the halls and see everything come to life after so many years of collaboration. It’s something that I’m really proud about. I think it’s something that the city needs to be proud about, the citizens needs to be proud about.”

    All of the staff at Rogers Place have gone through specialized training to be able to assist people with a range of disabilities.

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Manitoba government hints at hiking tuition

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WINNIPEG – Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative government hinted at higher post-secondary tuition fees Tuesday, a move it says could be partially offset by increased bursaries and scholarships.

“Right now, we’re the third-lowest in the country (for tuition fees), you know, certainly that is a challenge for many of our post-secondary institutions,” Education and Training Minister Ian Wishart said Tuesday.

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“We’re considered a deal, especially by foreign students. So we have to keep those things in mind, but we also have to make sure post-secondary institutions have sustainable funding arrangements. And that means we have to review where we sit.”

The former NDP government froze tuition rates for a decade starting in 1999, and later limited any increases to the rate of inflation. Universities and colleges complained they were being squeezed financially and tried to raise money through a variety of user fees.

The Tories made no promises on tuition fees in the spring election campaign, but did promise more money for scholarship and grants, including bursaries established by the private sector.

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The Opposition New Democrats said Tuesday any sharp increase in tuition rates will make higher education less affordable, and scholarships and bursaries are not always available to low-income students.

Education “is the ladder by which people climb up the socio-economic rungs in our society,” NDP education critic Wab Kinew said.

“Education is the transformative intervention you can make in people’s lives.”

Wishart said he did not have a number in mind as to how much tuition should rise, and is consulting with people in the post-secondary field.

The spectre of higher tuition fees comes as the government tries to whittle away at a $846-million deficit in the fiscal year that ended last March. The former NDP government ran a string of deficits starting in 2009 and the Tories have promised to balance the books by the end of their second term if they are re-elected.

“We have to get back to those fundamental values that Manitobans understand — you can’t keep spending more than you bring in every single year,” said Premier Brian Pallister. “You’re going to jeopardize the future.”

Surrey RCMP is under new management

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There has been a changing of the guard at the country’s the largest RCMP detachment.

On Tuesday, Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner introduced Dwayne McDonald as the new Officer in Charge of Surrey RCMP.

“I am excited about this opportunity, for no other reason than I love being a police officer,” said McDonald during the announcement.

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Surrey continues to face serious crime-related issues including drug use and gang violence, despite efforts to improve the situation. McDonald said he intends to stay the course set by his predecessor, Assistant Commissioner Bill Fordy, continuing the detachment’s youth and community engagement work. Fordy was recently promoted to Commander of RCMP’s Lower Mainland District. This promotion means McDonald will be working directly under Fordy in his new position.

Over the last year Surrey RCMP has added almost 100 officers to its police force. When asked if more police boots on the ground is the solution to crime in his city, McDonald said there is no easy answer.

“Policing is always a challenge and I think it’s always simple to say more boots on the ground will produce a higher level of public safety…But as we all know the cost of policing is rising and we need to look at a way to more effectively and efficiently deploy our resources…The onus is first on me to determine – are we using what we have effectively?”

Hepner said her first priority for the new Officer in Charge are areas of the city that are “exacerbated” by issues of increased homelessness and mental health. McDonald’s appointment comes after a lengthy selection process that Hepner and other city officials had a hand in.

Previously, McDonald had been heading up the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT), and began his career in Burnaby RCMP 21 years ago. He is a father of three and is a long-time youth hockey coach.

During his own childhood he grew up in various areas of Surrey, and his own father works as a pastor in the city.

Oilers centre Drake Caggiula makes impact at training camp

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He’s the rookie with the hard-to-pronounce name who has made a name for himself at the Edmonton Oilers training camp.

Centre Drake Caggiula‘s performance so far in the NHL pre-season — a combustible mix of speed, soft hands, and bulldog backchecking — is forcing head coach Todd McLellan to rethink the makeup of his top two forward lines.

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    “He has an impact every night. He shoots the puck, he makes plays, looks comfortable on the power play, (and) he’s been able to penalty kill,” said McLellan after practice Tuesday.

    “That’s not a bad menu for a rookie coming into training camp for the first time.”

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    McLellan said the key domino effect of Caggiula could be what to do with Leon Draisaitl. The German had been penciled in as the third-line centre, behind Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

    Caggiula as a third-line pivot would allow McLellan to move Draisaitl to the wing and beef up Nugent-Hopkins’ second line. But McLellan stressed there’s a lot of pre-season left to play: “It’s certainly not written in stone.”

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    Caggiula, signed as a free agent in May to a two-year entry level deal, has two goals and 14 shots so far in the pre-season, turning heads with quick acceleration and ability to think the game on the fly.

    “I think I’ve gotten better almost every day here, and that’s all you can really ask for,” said Caggiula, 22.

    “You just want to set a new bar every day and make sure that bar’s a little higher than the one before.”

    His surname is Italian, and is pronounced cuh-JOOL’-uh.

    From his minor hockey days, it’s been twisted, botched and butchered (usually becoming cuh-GOOL’-ee-uh) not to mention the frequent, gleeful comparisons to the sadistic, depraved tyrant of ancient Rome.

    “I know people have been making fun of the whole Caligula thing. I mean it’s all in fun. I don’t really care too much about it, but I’ve had a ton of pronunciations growing up,” he said.

    Caggiula is from Pickering, Ont.

    “Hockey’s been my life from the get-go,” he said.

    “I remember just being in class as a first grader and the teacher asks what do you want to be when you grow up, and I wrote down ‘I want to be a hockey player.’”

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    He worked with his dad, Sal, who coached and mentored him from age eight to 15. There were on-ice skill drills followed by stickhandling and shooting pucks in the basement.

    Skating is the foundation of his game: figure skating when he was young to get his edges, then power skating two or three times a week as he got older.

    He played for the University of North Dakota, earning a degree in kinesiology, and in his final year scored 25 goals and 51 points to help lead the Fighting Hawks to a Frozen Four national championship.

    He is just five-foot-10 and 185 pounds, and said from the first moment he hit the ice, has been told he is too small.

    And relatively speaking, the higher he rises in hockey, the smaller he gets.

    His size, he said, has always been his motivation.

    “Any time you go in the corner and see a bigger guy, it means you’ve just got to outwork him. You’ve got to go out there and fight for everything.

    “It’s the way I try to live my life.”

WATCH: Video shows TTC bus driver with foot on dash, eating chips while driving

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The TTC is investigating after a video posted on social media showed a bus driver resting his leg on the dashboard and eating a bag of chips while driving.

“He’s driving with his one right wrist and with both of his hands he’s eating a bag of chips,” 17-year-old Gabriel Cordova told Global News Tuesday, while recounting his recent experience on an Eglinton Avenue bus.

“I’m thinking that’s totally jeopardizing the safety of everyone in the vehicle, let alone everyone outside of the vehicle.”

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Cordova said with the construction activity on Eglinton Avenue, there could have been a safety issue.

“If [the driver] were to, for example, hit a pothole or get into some sort of trouble —; it’d be really difficult for him to grab the steering wheel and steer us to safety,” he said.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross called the behaviour demonstrated in the video “disappointing,” because the rules for bus operators are clear.

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“Eating while the bus is in motion, or the foot up on the dash, those are behaviours we do not permit. We will be interviewing this operator today and making some decisions about next steps after that,” he said, adding that disciplinary action could include a warning, a suspension or dismissal.

“It’s not how we train our operators … we set the bar even higher because we are transporting 1.8 million people every day.”

Ross said operators are allowed to eat or drink while the vehicle is stopped.

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Meanwhile, Cordova also said he has had great experiences with other TTC streetcar and bus drivers and said by publishing the video he wanted to start a conversation about this type of behaviour.

“I hope the guy isn’t penalized too much – that wasn’t my intention at all,” he said.

“I just would really hope it’s brought to the attention of TTC staff that this kind of behaviour is really detrimental to not only the way the TTC looks, but the safety for all of the commuters and the driver.”