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Saskatchewan a hidden gem in Canada for golf courses

Saskatchewan a hidden gem in Canada for golf courses

Watch above: Saskatchewan’s hidden golf gems shine in the summer months

SASKATOON – Capilano Golf and Country Club in West Vancouver, Glen Abbey in Oakville and Royal Montreal Golf Club are just a few that come to mind when you think of extraordinary golf courses in the country.

But courses in Saskatchewan are on the map and moving up the leader board and with 5.7 million golfers in the country, the province is becoming a golfing destination.

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“The writers and the golf writers around Canada have taken notice,” said McLaren Taylor, the general manager and golf professional at Dakota Dunes Golf Links south of Saskatoon.

Dakota Dunes is one course making a charge; hosting some of the best golfers on the PGA TOUR Canada year after year.

“They know we have a short season, they know we have harsh winters, so they’re surprised at the conditions of the golf course,” said Taylor.

The links style course isn’t the only hidden gem in the province.

“If you go for a drive, you can stop almost anywhere and find a good track,” said Mike Doherty from Moonlake Golf and Country Club.

“Saskatchewan is golf crazy, every small town has some sort of facility whether it’s a driving range, could be a sand green golf course, a lot of the great 9 hole golf courses around the province,” said Brian Lee, Golf Saskatchewan executive director.

Saskatchewan has the most golf courses in the country per capita, 288 for over 1.1 million people.

“You have things from sand greens to artificial turf to grass greens to truly what you’d call championship venues and lay outs,” said Kevin O’Donovon, prairie chapter regional director of the National Golf Course Owners Association Canada.

“I think the diversity is there, I certainly think people have opportunities to look at and decide in an area that say we want to play this today or play that tomorrow.”

Saskatchewan’s golf season lasts about five-and-a-half months but year after year courses continue to be green.

Dakota Dunes and Waskesui Golf Course were named among the top 10 courses in the country to golf for around $50.

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Hundreds of teenage girls in Colombia struck by mystery illness – National

Hundreds of teenage girls in Colombia struck by mystery illness – National

BOGOTA, Colombia – A mystery illness has overwhelmed a small town in northern Colombia as scores of teenage girls have been hospitalized with symptoms that parents fear could be an adverse reaction to a popular vaccine against cervical cancer.

Authorities say they still don’t know what caused more than 200 girls in El Carmen de Bolivar to come down with symptoms ranging from fainting to numbness in the hands and headaches. Some have hinted that the town of 95,000 near Colombia’s Caribbean coast could be experiencing a rare case of mass hysteria.

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Parents are on edge however because all the girls, ranging in ages from 9 to 16, were injected in recent months with the vaccine Gardasil. On Wednesday, residents marched peacefully to demand a thorough investigation.

Francisco Vega, the town’s mayor and a trained physician, told The Associated Press that illnesses first appeared at the end of May and have been steadily increasing since. Over the weekend 120 girls were rushed to hospitals, collapsing the town’s limited medical facilities. None of their symptoms were life-threatening and all have since been released, he said.

Echoing the assurances of national health and toxicology experts, who have travelled to the town to collect blood samples and investigate possible environmental hazards, he said there’s no evidence the vaccine, which has undergone extensive testing and regulation globally, is to blame.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Alejandro Gaviria is criticizing hyped coverage by the media for stirring panic, saying concerns about their vaccine, which has been applied to 2.9 million women in Colombia, are baseless.

“On one side we have the weight of scientific evidence and on the other are opinions and moral prejudices,” he told W Radio on Wednesday, adding the cervical cancer claims the lives of more than 3,000 women every year in Colombia.

Veronica Trulin, head of communications in Latin America for Merck, said all lots of the vaccine, including the ones sent to Colombia, meet all required quality and safety standards.

“We don’t comment on speculation about our products,” she said in an email

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Drivers keeping an eye on Saskatoon road repairs – Saskatoon

Drivers keeping an eye on Saskatoon road repairs – Saskatoon

Watch above: road construction season not wearing on drivers

SASKATOON –  The City of Saskatoon warned it was coming but some drivers are feeling the squeeze more than others as they navigate around construction sites this summer.

From cabs to emergency crews, those on the roads are keeping a keen eye on what crews are doing in order to avoid lengthy delays.

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At United Group of Companies, failing to plan is planning to fail. As quickly as the city announces where new construction zones will be popping up, updates go out to the companies fleet of 90 cab drivers.

“That’s key so that we can still get to our calls in the quickest way that we possible can so are there challenges absolutely but they’re definitely workable,” said Troy Larmer, general manager of United Group of Companies.

If you do require a taxi give yourself some extra time especially if you’re heading to the airport where a $2.25 million road construction project is currently underway to improve traffic flow.

Officials also warn patrons that they could be looking at a slightly higher cab fare if  detours need to be taken to your destination but cab drivers will always take the quickest route possible.

“In a perfect world where there is no construction and the roads are free and clear your fare will be indicative of that and it’s all based on distances and time,” added Larmer.

In situations where a few minutes could mean the difference between life and death, MD Ambulance say it’s paramount that its paramedics know which routes to avoid.

“To date, we haven’t had any emergency calls that have been delayed but our alpha which are non-emergent we’ve had some delays there just due to the fact that it’s traffic and we’re not lights and sirens,” explained Troy Davies.

Motorists say they’re willing to bear it and the orange zones hasn’t pushed them to see red just yet.

“Anything they do will make it a little bit better and you can’t do it without obstructing traffic to some extent.”

Spending more money than ever before this summer on road repairs, more than $50 million which is up 47 per cent from last year. The city says having crews work around the clock has resulted in fewer complaints from drivers.

“I think we’ve done an excellent job of just making sure we’re doing it the smart way and the right way and not having to redo it,” said Davies.

Whether the same amount of money will be spent next year on road work, Davies explained he’d like to see a full report of the work completed this season and if expectations were fulfilled.

“We’ve got to get back to fixing the roads and the little things before we look at any major, major projects.”

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Timeline: 40 Years of ‘Our’ TV – Edmonton

Timeline: 40 Years of ‘Our’ TV – Edmonton

WATCH: Look back at Global Edmonton’s past four decades as we celebrate our 40th birthday.

EDMONTON — The year was 1974 when ITV — now known as Global Edmonton — was born. Life in Edmonton looked a little different, to say the least.

Jasper Avenue and 106 Street, 1974

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1974

Headline news: U.S. President Richard Nixon resigns

Oscar-winning film: The Godfather Part II by Francis Ford Coppolla

Top songs:  The Way We Were by Barbra Streisand and Terry Jacks’ Seasons In The Sun

Edmonton’s population was 445,691, slightly more than half what it is today. Ivor Dent was finishing up a six-year term as the city’s mayor, and William Hawrelak was beginning what would be one year in office.

On the news front, the launch of ITV was about to transform the media landscape.

As we celebrate our 40th birthday, here are some of the highlights from the past four decades.

The trip down memory continues with a few of our favourite photos from years gone by.

The official sign-on of ITV on September 21, 1974 with Dr. and Mrs. Allard.

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Our current station manager, Tim Spelliscy, in his reporting days at ITV.

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ITV reporter interviewing the premier.

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Lorraine Mansbridge circa 1980s. To this day, she’s a huge part of Global Edmonton’s Morning News.

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Bird’s eye view of the set.

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Weatherman extraordinaire Bill Matheson in front of his renowned weather board.

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One of our old live trucks.

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Gord Steinke, Lynda Steele, John Sexsmith, and Claire Martin in the ITV days.

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Kory Siegers was the first female camera operator in the studio. She now works as an assignment editor.

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Lesley MacDonald during her ITV anchoring days. She now hosts the Woman of Vision segment on Global Edmonton each month.

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John Candy on SCTV

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WATCH: The extended version of our 40-year montage

A huge thank you to those of you who have been with us from the very beginning.

SEE MORE: Then & Now

We’d love to hear what your favourite ITV/Global Edmonton memories are! You can share them in the comments section below, on our Facebook page, or on 桑拿会所.

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Tips to help get you organized for the first day of school

Tips to help get you organized for the first day of school

WATCH ABOVE: The countdown is on. Global News sought the advice from an organization expert to help you get ready for that first day. Carey Marsden reports.

With school less than one week away, now is the time to get organized.

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“I think one of the biggest challenges I hear from parents, and I have as a parent, is getting everyone prepared and out the door on time,” said Jill Pollack, organizational expert and host of HGTV Canada’s Consumed.

Pollack offered some tips to help get you better prepared for the first day.

Have a Clothing System

To avoid last minute drama, Pollack advised to plan the week on Sunday night.

“A great tip to get ready in the morning and to avoid confusion and last minute chaos is to label the clothes and the outfits for everyday of the week,” she said.

There are hanging clothes racks that allow you to plan clothes five days a week. But Pollack said it can be as simple as using painters tape. Just label the days of the week on the tape and stick it on the hanger. Pollack said it can help to plan ahead when there are field trips, recitals or gym classes too. Another great system is to have shoes and socks ready. Pollack said to keep shoes altogether in a bucket with socks in a plastic bag nearby. How many times have you searched high and low for that matching sock?

Morning Checklist

This was a tried and true technique for Pollack with her own six-year-old.

“I just wrote down everything that needed to be done in the morning in a chronological order,” she said.

Pollack said to write down everything your child has to do in the morning, such as get dressed, wash face, brush teeth, make bed and eat breakfast. Your child is responsible for going through the list and checking off each one on the “to-do” list.

Mom of three, Alison Dowler said the clipboard and checklist gets an A+ from her.

“It makes them take responsibility for their actions and we’re out the door,” she said

Homework Station

At her home, Dowler has a small kit with pencils, pencil crayons, pens and erasers. Everything her children in grades one and two will need. She said it is something she learned after her son finished grade one.

“What can we do to make sure that he gets started and isn’t spending a half-hour looking for a pencil or a sharpener or anything he needs to do his homework,” she said.

Pollack says saving time is the key for a homework station. She said it is also age dependent.

“A homework station for older kids, they may need a calculator, they may need rulers, they may need a computer. What they definitely need is a place that they can work and be undistracted,” said Pollack.

WATCH: Children may show signs of stress in many ways but there are different techniques to dealing with back to school. Jennifer Palisoc reports.

Lunch and Snack Centre

Perhaps the biggest stressor for parents is what to plan for lunches.

“Probably just coming up with some variety of options for them so that they’re not having the same things day in and day out,” said Dowler.

There are tons of guides online to help you search for lunch ideas. Litterless lunches are getting a lot of talk now, too. Just like the clothes, Pollack said you can plan your meals a week in advance. She suggested that you put snacks in a bin, out of the original packaging. She said that can help your children be independent too.

“Another great thing is to have them help pack their lunch box. Maybe you make the sandwiches and they can grab their snacks,” she said.

Backpack Station

Make a row of hooks for each child to place backpacks and coats. Place white erase boards or chalk boards over each one for last minute reminders.

“So you can put their name on it and that way you can put any last minute thoughts. Don’t forget the permission slip, or it’s double snack day, or whatever the day is and it’s the last thing you see,” said Pollack. “You’re not running late.”

Pollack says it’s a good idea to to do a test run to school before the first day. Especially if it’s a new route or school. She said to time the walk.

“It’s a good thing to start thinking about back to school, so everyone is a little more regimented and everyone is a little more prepared.” she said.

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Premier Wall zeroing in on Ontario in push for freer trade

Premier Wall zeroing in on Ontario in push for freer trade

REGINA – Ahead of the premiers meeting in Charlottetown this week, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is again garnering national attention by putting the focus on internal trade.

Certain barriers make it difficult for companies to do business in other provinces and Wall believes some Saskatchewan sectors are getting short changed.

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“I think the outlier here is the province of Ontario. Arguably, the most important cylinder in the engine of Canada’s economy is engaging in protectionism,” said Wall to reporters in Charlottetown on Wednesday.

Wall said local construction contractors in Ontario have a competitive advantage – as much as a ten per cent head start over outsiders.

However, his comments are not sitting well with the Ontario Premier.

“Rather than coming at it in a sort of confrontational way, I’d like to sit down and have a discussion about where the real problems are,” said Premier Kathleen Wynne. “We’ve got companies from around the world that are taking part in building in Ontario, so obviously we haven’t closed our borders.”

Freer trade between the provinces has been on Wall’s radar for some time. Back in July, he and the other western premiers proposed a new plan but now he needs the other premiers on board.

“If Ontario is not at the table and not going to play ball, that really is going to limit any progress we can make,” said Marilyn Braun-Pollon with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

Trade barriers exist in many sectors; however some are simply a result of each province doing things a different way.

“A business that sells first aid kits has to comply with multiple provincial jurisdictions and regulations,” said Braun-Pollon

The Saskatchewan Construction Association said increasingly local contractors don’t even bother bidding on projects elsewhere and even worse, out of province competitors sometimes have an edge in Saskatchewan.

“They have subsidies and other benefits in Ontario,” said Mark Cooper, president of the Saskatchewan Construction Association. “It means we have Saskatchewan companies that are losing opportunities to work here and they also don’t have opportunities to work there.”

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Halifax language mapping research crosses the Atlantic

Halifax language mapping research crosses the Atlantic

HALIFAX – Scientists at the IWK in Halifax have developed an algorithm to help doctors better pinpoint the brain’s language centres, and now the research is going international.

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Research scientist Dr. Tim Bardouille, who is also a professor at Dalhousie’s School of Physiotherapy, has been working on the algorithm for the past few years, which will be used in magnetoencephalography, also known as MEG, scans.

MEG scans give doctors a 3D and 360-degree view of the brain and can offer more detail than the traditional MRI scan.

The study involves setting patients up with the MEG, showing them a series of pictures and having the patients say the name of what those pictures are.

“We can look at what’s happening in your brain in just a split second, frame by frame,” Bardouille said. “Then we can isolate the part of the activity that’s related to actually thinking of the name that you have to say.”

The algorithm is meant to streamline work for doctors.

“Getting from sitting in the scanner to a picture of your brain, there’s a lot of steps in that process. Some of them require expertise to be completed. What we’ve done is we’ve automated that entire process so it’s basically a one-click process. You get the scan. You press a button. You get the brain image out.”

The research focuses primarily on epileptic patients, although researchers are also looking at patients with aphasia and who have trouble understanding and initiating speech.

Bardouille said the algorithm is particularly important for patients with epilepsy since their brains rewire where language comes from, meaning it can sometimes be difficult to pinpoint exact locations of language centres in the brain.

He adds finding those specific centres are critical, especially if the patient needs surgery to remove the part of the brain that is generating epilepsy.

“If you’re going to do surgery on the brain, you want to be really careful about the areas that you target. Particularly to keep the areas that are most important for things like walking, talking and using your hands,” he said.

“This study is looking particularly at saving those areas that are involved in talking and understanding language.”

Currently the Wada test is used for language mapping, but it can be invasive and risky for patients. Bardouille said using the MEG scan instead is advantageous for patients because it is non-invasive, thereby more scans can be done faster, which could take patients to surgery faster.

He also said that the algorithm makes MEG scans more consistent, meaning a scan done in one part of the world will look exactly the same as a scan done on the other side of the globe.

“The MEG scans can tell you which areas are involved in producing language within a centimetre. That’s really helpful information for surgeons. But one of the problems is MEG labs all around the world will take a different approach to how they take the brain scan and turn it into a pretty picture.”

“That variability makes it difficult for us to get a large scale assessment of this technique. Having this algorithm allows us to do this in a consistent way.”

The IWK researcher has partnered with scientists in Helsinki, Finland to test the new technology in a clinical trial.

Jyrki Makela, a neurologist and senior lecturer at Helsinki University, said Helsinki has a long tradition in MEG scans.

He is hopeful for what the algorithm could add to the current process of language mapping.

“In normal subjects, it seems to be working beautifully and although we have several ways to localize speech that we use in Helsinki, we would like to improve those possibilities,” he said.

“If we can make really precise maps of individual features of speech and organization in patients, this will be tremendously useful for surgery.”

Makela expects to scan and test between 20 to 25 patients in Helsinki for the clinical trial. Roughly the same number will be tested here in Halifax.

Researchers expect results of the collaboration to be completed in one year and then, after that, they hope to expand to other centres around the world.

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Canada Post earns profit, gets boost from parcels and lower pension costs – National

Canada Post earns profit, gets boost from parcels and lower pension costs – National

OTTAWA – The Canada Post Group of Companies reported Wednesday a net profit of $67 million in the second quarter, boosted by growth in its parcel delivery business and lower pension costs.

The result was up from a loss of $50 million in the same period a year ago as revenue for the group, which includes the postal service, the Purolator courier service and other businesses, totalled $2.007 billion for the 13 weeks ended June 28, up from $1.862 billion a year ago.

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All that prompted a call from the union representing many of its workers to find alternatives to cutting services.

“When our post office has been profitable for most of the last two decades, the types of cuts that Canada Post and the (federal) Conservatives are trying to impose on us are completely unnecessary,” Denis Lemelin, national president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers, said in a statement.

“We need to do what the rest of the world is doing and make the post office a better service, not a lack of service.”

Canada Post, the group’s largest division, earned $42 million in the second quarter, compared with a loss of $71 million in the same period a year earlier.

The traditional post office segment saw its revenue from operations climb 10 per cent to $1.56 billion, up from $1.35 billion in the comparable period of 2013, helped by higher stamp prices, provincial elections in Ontario and Quebec and increased parcel shipments.

Transactional mail revenue was $823 million, up from $732 million a year ago, even as the volume of mail slipped 2.3 per cent. Parcel revenue increased by 11.3 per cent to $353 million in the second quarter compared with $322 million a year ago.

Direct marketing revenue slipped to $308 million from $310 million, while other revenue totalled $75 million, up from $71 million in the same quarter last year.

Also helping boost the results was a $58-million reduction in employee benefit costs due to strong pension fund investment returns and an increase in interest rates used to calculate pension costs. However, the company warned that future employee benefit costs, including pensions, continue to be “high volatile and unpredictable.”

Meanwhile, Purolator earned $20 million for the quarter on revenue from operations of $427 million, up from a profit of $18 million on $412 million in revenue in the same quarter last year.

Canada Post’s logistics business, which includes SCI Group, earned $3 million on $52 million in revenue from operations, up from $2 million on $43 million in revenue a year ago.

The Crown corporation announced a plan late last year to phase out home delivery within five years and raise stamp prices.

It also said it would look to eliminate 6,000 to 8,000 positions over the same time period, mainly through attrition.

Canada Post said it continues to stay on course with its plan to cut down operating costs. In February, it installed community mailboxes for 100,000 addresses in 11 communities across Canada.

A total of 1.17 million conversions will be completed by 2015. It also raised prices for letter mail to better reflect inflation and operating costs.

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Scotiabank on Dilworth robbed — again

Scotiabank on Dilworth robbed — again

KELOWNA — Bank robberies are nothing new in Kelowna. They happen at various branches but for some reason robbers like to target a particular branch – the Scotiabank on Dilworth Dr.

The most recent incident happened Tuesday.

“A lone male suspect entered the bank with his face covered and deployed a bear spray into the facility and fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of cash,” says RCMP Cst. Kris Clark.

The robber got away.

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Police have been visiting neighbouring businesses looking for leads, including at Chris Elliott’s business next door.

“A police officer was in this morning and said: ‘Yeah, this bank has been hit several times,’” says Elliott of ABC Hobby & Games.

On Wednesday, a security guard was posted outside the bank, something employees tell Global Okanagan news they’ve been asking for.

Jonathan Wright runs a business in the same mall.

“The guy ran by me and I didn’t realize that. I thought it was kind of funny because who jogs in a jogging suit at 31 degree weather?” says Wright of Havana Room & Mini Market.

And wright has seen his fair share of robberies at the same branch.

“I would think at least six in 15 years I’ve been here.”

He figures it’s the layout of the mall and where the bank is located that is so attractive to robbers.

“It’s just too easy to get in and out of that bank and I think that’s why. They either run down the alley or they run across the highway and they’re gone,” says Wright.

And he says the security guard will also soon be gone.

“They usually have them there for a month, six weeks. I would imagine it’s bank policy and then they’ll leave. So they’ll have them there for a month to six weeks.”

Scotiabank won’t comment on the robbery citing security reasons.

RCMP say the Dilworth branch has been robbed at least five times since 2011.

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UPDATE: Maintenance crews fix unsafe rails near Lake Shore Blvd. – Toronto

UPDATE: Maintenance crews fix unsafe rails near Lake Shore Blvd. – Toronto

TORONTO – The city has taken responsibility for unsafe rail lines along Lake Shore Boulevard West near Carlaw Avenue – or least a city-owned company has.

The Toronto Port Lands Company (TPLC) own the tracks that cross over a bike path where a number of cyclists have been injured and on Thursday, maintenance crews managed to fix the problem with the rubber moulding.

The area around the track had come loose over the last couple of weeks. Tri-athlete Lynn O’Connor ended up with scrapes and bruises along one side of her body after falling.

“Who’s responsible? Why is it like that? It’s been like that for some time,” O’Connor said. “The bike path was built three or four years ago and it is dangerous.”


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When the problem was brought to the attention of TPLC on Monday, they said it was up the city to fix it. Managers with the city’s Transportation Services department claimed it was up to TPLC.

On Tuesday, Global News was told TPLC would replace the rubber on Wednesday but as of Wednesday morning, nothing had been done.

“We need to look at areas and get them fixed,” Public Works and Infrastructure Chair Denzil Minnan-Wong said. “If there’s a bike trail that’s dangerous we need to fix that.”

The Toronto Port Lands Company is owned by the city of Toronto.

Watch: (Aug. 25) Several cyclists hurt near dangerous part of road on Lakeshore

But dangerous tracks aren’t isolated to the city’s lake shore.

Issues with decommissioned streetcar tracks near St. Clair Avenue are supposed to be resolved this month after two years of studies and reports.

A memorial still stands on Wychwood Avenue near St. Clair Avenue West where Joseph Mavec died in 2012. City crews are expected to start covering the tracks with a “thermoplastic paint” before Labour Day.

“We miss spots from time to time and if we find out there’s a problem, we should repair them,” Minnan-Wong said. “The finger pointing should stop and getting things done should be the priority.”

Other locations where the material would be used are on Strathmore Boulevard close to Woodbine Station and Kipling Avenue north of Lawrence Boulevard.

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