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Conservatives to woo Quebec voters with late-summer campaign

Conservatives to woo Quebec voters with late-summer campaign

MONTREAL – Federal Conservatives are capping off their summer with a pre-electoral push in Quebec, a charm campaign to help the party rebound in what has proven to be challenging terrain.

Denis Lebel, the prime minister’s Quebec lieutenant, is banking on his 12-day “End of Summer Tour” to court a province where the Conservatives hold only five seats and recent polls have suggested they trail the New Democrats, Liberals and Bloc Quebecois in popular support.

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Even though the next election could be more than a year away, Lebel has been shaking hands and delivering speeches across the province on a trek that wraps up Thursday in Quebec City.

“We wanted to be sure that everybody in Quebec understands that Quebec is very important for our government,” Lebel told a crowd of about 100 supporters at a rally this week in Montreal’s Mount Royal riding, a district long coveted by the Conservatives.

“The End of Summer Tour is for us to make political gains. We have worked very hard to make political gains in Quebec, everywhere, in all regions.”

He told the audience that the drive started months before he kicked off his tour, with 12 cabinet ministers from outside the province paying visits to Quebec since April.

Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander as well as Lynne Yelich, junior minister responsible for consular affairs, accompanied Lebel at the Mount Royal event.

A Leger poll taken in June found the Conservatives had the support of only 12 per cent of Quebecers, compared with 34 per cent for both the NDP and Liberals and 17 per cent for the Bloc.

Polls conducted more recently suggest the Liberals have gained ground in regions like Ontario and the Maritimes at the expense of the Tories, which could make additional wins in Quebec even more important.

“If the Tories lose seats elsewhere, they’re going to have to find places to make those up,” said David Coletto, chief executive officer of research company Abacus Data.

“I think in their mind if they can regain five seats in Quebec … that probably can at least offset what will likely be some losses in Atlantic Canada and other parts of the country.”

But Coletto said the Tories’ growth potential in Quebec appears limited, particularly since recent surveys have found its support has hovered between 12 and 20 per cent – similar to its level after the 2011 election.

Even the turmoil within the Bloc, now reduced to two MPs, could hurt the Conservatives’ chances of a turnaround, he added.

Recent data from his firm has suggested that only 11 per cent of Bloc voters have a positive view of Harper, 50 per cent have a favourable view of NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair and 27 per cent hold a positive view of Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau.

In 2011, the Conservatives lost six of the 11 ridings they held in Quebec following a surge in popularity of the NDP and then-leader Jack Layton. Harper cabinet ministers Lawrence Cannon, Jean-Pierre Blackburn and Josee Verner were all defeated.

The Quebec City region, where the Conservatives lost three seats in 2011, would likely be a focal point of any Tory revival in the province.

To help replenish Tory coffers, a party source says the Conservatives are organizing a $500-per-person fundraising dinner in Quebec City on Sept. 8.

Lebel and Alexander both expressed confidence their party will bounce back.

Following the Mount Royal rally, Alexander predicted to reporters that the Conservatives would add new cabinet ministers in Quebec after the 2015 election. When asked how many, he directed the question to Lebel, who replied: “As many as possible, for sure.”

The Tories will once again target Mount Royal as a potential beachhead in Montreal, where the party hasn’t won a seat in a quarter-century.

In 2011, Tory candidate Saulie Zajdel finished about 2,300 votes behind popular Liberal incumbent Irwin Cotler in the riding previously held by Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

Cotler has announced he will not seek re-election in the district, which is home to a large Jewish population.

In his speech, Lebel told the Mount Royal crowd that Harper’s foreign policy has helped Canada become Israel’s “best friend.”

“Obviously, our government is taking a strong stance on the right of Israel, not only to exist but also to defend its citizens,” Lebel said, drawing a big applause.

“As you know, Mount Royal is a riding we are determined to win – we came pretty close … But this time we will have to seal the deal.”

The Conservatives will run another candidate there in the next election.

Zajdel was arrested last year as part of Quebec’s anti-corruption crackdown. He was charged with alleged crimes police say took place between 2007 and 2008 when he was a municipal councillor.

Robert Libman, a prominent figure in the area who’s served as a local mayor and a provincial politician, has said he’s decided to seek the nomination in large part due to Harper’s Middle East approach and his economic policy.

“I think our riding is ready to make the switch after voting Liberal since 1940,” said Libman, who, as a member of the Equality party, won a provincial riding in the area that had long been a rock-solid Liberal seat.

“As I proved in 1989, if you work hard enough, and if the circumstances are working in a certain way around certain issues, you can turn the tide.”

Lebel’s cross-Quebec tour has taken him to a poutine festival, a lunch event at a Royal Canadian Legion and a riding where a Conservative incumbent lost a nail-biter in 2011.

Bernard Genereux thought he had retained his seat in Montmagny-L’Islet-Kamouraska-Riviere-du-Loup, but a recount revealed he had lost to the NDP’s Francois Lapointe – by nine votes.

Genereux, who’s seeking the nomination once again, said several cabinet ministers from outside Quebec have also visited the area in recent months.

“There’s nothing exceptional about what’s happening right now,” said Genereux, who thinks recent attention paid by the Tories was similar in the lead-up to 2011.

“It’s important to be visible in politics.”

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Flight MH370: Phone call offers new clue in search for missing plane – National

Flight MH370: Phone call offers new clue in search for missing plane – National

CANBERRA, Australia – Just weeks before the hunt for the missing Malaysian airliner is set to resume, an Australian official said Thursday that the sprawling search area in the southern Indian Ocean may be extended farther south based on a new analysis of a failed attempt to call the plane by satellite phone.

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Australian Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss said the analysis of the call, attempted by Malaysia Airlines officials on the ground soon after Flight 370 disappeared from radar, “suggests to us that the aircraft might have turned south a little earlier than we had previously expected.”

The Boeing 777 disappeared after veering off its northerly course from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, and has become one of aviation history’s most stunning mysteries. It is thought to have crashed 1,800 kilometres (1,100 miles) off Australia’s west coast, but no trace of the plane or the 239 people aboard has been found.

READ MORE: Malaysia Airlines set for shakeup after disasters

The overall search area remains unchanged, Truss said. However, Australian Transport Safety Bureau chief commissioner Martin Dolan said he would meet with international experts next week to decide whether the 60,000-square kilometre (23,000-square mile) targeted search area should be extended or shifted south based on the new analysis.

“We think we may extend that area farther south; that’s the thing we’re currently considering,” Dolan told The Associated Press.

The new analysis applies to satellite data from the first of two satellite phone calls Malaysia Airlines ground staff attempted to make to Flight 370’s crew.

Investigators have long been aware of the phone calls, but it has taken until recently for them to develop methods to analyze the phone data to glean clues about the plane’s direction. It was through a similar analysis of satellite data from the plane’s jet engine transmitter that investigators were able to define the current search area.

By the time the calls were attempted, the plane had become invisible to civilian radar. It had flown west without communications past Sumatra and beyond the range of Malaysian military radar.

Dolan said the new analysis suggested the jet was already flying south when the first phone call was attempted, less than 20 minutes after the plane dropped off military radar.

“Previously, there was the possibility that it could have been quite a bit later, so we had to do our modeling based on a range of possibilities as to where the aircraft turned,” Dolan said.

“We’re now more confident that it turned comparatively early. That does make a difference to how we prioritize the search along the seventh arc,” he added, referring to the broad area where investigators believe the flight ran out of fuel and crashed, based on the last ping from the jet engine transmitter.

READ MORE: Flight MH370 search shifts to remote stretch of Indian Ocean

Investigators are attempting to calculate which parts of the search area should be examined first. The analysis adds weight to an Australian Transport Safety Bureau crash investigation report in June in which most of the modeling of the plane’s potential flight paths factored in a relatively early switch to a southerly course.

The current search area covers a swath of ocean 700 kilometres (435 miles) long and 80 kilometres (50 miles) wide. An initial search of 850 square kilometres (330 square miles) of seabed to the north ended with officials concluding that they were focusing their efforts in the wrong place.

Truss and Malaysian Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai signed an agreement Thursday in Canberra on sharing the ongoing costs between the two countries as the search progresses to the expensive next phase, which could take up to a year and cost 52 million Australian dollars ($48 million).

Until now, each country involved in the search has been bearing its own costs.

In three weeks, Dutch contractor Fugro Survey Pty. Ltd. will begin the operation with three vessels towing underwater vehicles equipped with side-scan sonar, multi-beam echo sounders and video equipment, Truss said.

Liow said investigators had advised that success in the undersea search for wreckage and the aircraft’s black boxes with cockpit voice recordings and flight data is crucial to solving the mystery of the disaster.

“The investigation cannot continue without the search result,” Liow said.

“We need to find the plane, we need to find the black box in the plane so that we can have a conclusion in the investigation,” he added.

Malaysia, as the country where the Boeing 777 was flagged, has overall responsibility for the crash investigation. But Australia has search and rescue responsibility.

Chinese Vice Minister of Transport He Jianzhong, who also attended the Canberra meeting, said the ministers agreed that the search will not be interrupted or given up. Most of the passengers – 153 – were Chinese.

©2014The Associated Press

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Two women face charges after Sunwing flight diverted back to Toronto

Two women face charges after Sunwing flight diverted back to Toronto

TORONTO – Two female passengers are facing multiple charges after a Sunwing Airlines flight to Cuba was escorted back to Toronto Pearson International Airport by two CF-18 fighter jets Wednesday night.

Peel Regional Police arrested 25-year-old Lilia Ratmanski from Whitby and 26-year-old Milana Muzikante from Vaughan when Sunwing Flight 656 diverted back to Toronto following a disruption on board.

In an email to Global News, a Sunwing spokesperson said the two passengers had allegedly “consumed a significant quantity of their duty-free alcohol purchase in the lavatory and lit a cigarette.”

The spokesperson also said the two allegedly triggered the smoke alarm, got into a physical altercation with each other, and made a “non-credible” threat against the plane.

Concerned over their actions, the pilot decided to return to Toronto mid-flight.

VIDEO: What caused the Sunwing flight to divert back to Toronto?

NORAD scrambled two fighter jets from Quebec to escort the plane back to Pearson. Dan Blouin, a spokesperson for the Department of National Defence, suggested the estimated cost of flying one CF-18 for an hour to be $16,750 but admitted the exact amount could vary.

Major Julie Roberge, a spokeswoman for NORAD based in Colorado Springs, Colo., said the CF-18s met the aircraft at the Canadian border and did not venture into American airspace.

A statement from Sunwing said the pilots followed the “appropriate procedure” by turning back to Toronto.

Ken Pole, a contributing editor to Skies Magazine, agreed.

“What else could they have done? Not much else. They played by the rules. These women, from what I understand, got into their duty-free liquor before they got very far,” Pole said.

He suggested airlines have several options when unruly passengers disrupt a flight: they can turn back, try to intervene themselves or land at an American airport.

The second option, he said, frequently leads to legal trouble for the airline and its unlikely the plane would have been allowed to land at an American airport.

As a “goodwill gesture,” Sunwing is giving inconvenienced passengers a $15 meal voucher at Pearson Airport and a $75 voucher for future travel.

“We are very apologetic for the inconvenience experienced by our customers and thankful to our flight crew for their efforts to safely manage the situation,” said the statement from the company’s VP of marketing Janine Chapman.

Sunwing officials say the flight took off for a second time around 11 p.m. Wednesday with a new crew.

Both female passengers have been charged with smoking on board an aircraft, endangering safety of an aircraft , mischief endangering safety, and uttering threats.

-With a file from The Canadian Press

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Israelis skeptical of PM Netanyahu’s claim of victory in Gaza war: Poll – National

Israelis skeptical of PM Netanyahu’s claim of victory in Gaza war: Poll – National

JERUSALEM – A new poll has shown that a majority of Israelis are skeptical of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that Israel achieved a “great military and political” victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip.

The poll, published in Thursday’s Haaretz newspaper, shows that 54 per cent of those surveyed believe there was no clear winner the 50 days of war. The fighting killed more than 2,100 Palestinians and 69 Israelis.

The poll questioned 464 Israelis on Wednesday and had a margin of error of 4.6 per cent. Later that night, Netanyahu said in a televised speech that Israel dealt Hamas “a heavy blow.”

Calm has prevailed since the two sides agreed this week to an open-ended truce, settling for an ambiguous interim agreement in exchange.

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Ban on pruning elm trees in Saskatchewan ends Sept. 1 – Saskatoon

Ban on pruning elm trees in Saskatchewan ends Sept. 1 – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – The pruning ban in Saskatchewan ends at the end of the month, so get ready to keep elm trees free of Dutch elm disease (DED).

Every year, pruning of elm trees is prohibited from April 1 to Aug. 31 to reduce the risk of DED.  During this time, the elm bark beetles that spread the disease are most active and fresh cuts attract the insects.

Elm beetles can carry a fungus that clogs the tree’s water conducting system, which eventually kills the tree.

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DED was first discovered in Saskatchewan in 1981 and continues to be found in more areas of the province.

It currently affects the southeast portion of the province spanning from Cumberland House to Tisdale to Moose Jaw and east of Estevan. The Saskatchewan forestry industry is not affected.

According to the City of Saskatoon, there is no DED present at this time in the city.

The most effective management strategy is to deprive the elm beetle it of breeding habitat. This involves removing tree waste and detached elm wood.

Starting Sept. 1, homeowners are encouraged to start pruning their American and Siberian elms.

Regular pruning, outside the ban period, helps trees resist disease, including DED.

Due to the risk of spreading DED, transporting or storing elm firewood is illegal. The Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment says there were no infractions in 2013 but a couple dozen warnings were issued and complied with.

Elm removal can occur outside the ban; however, the entire tree and stump must be removed by a trained individual with a permit.

The ministry’s insect and disease program specialist Jeff Gooliaff says civilians should get training or seek a certified arborist.

All elm wood should be disposed of by burning or burying it in a location approved by the local municipality.

In Saskatoon, the landfill is the only site approved for elm tree disposal.

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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

©2014The Canadian Press

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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.

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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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