RCMP have confirmed the presence of lethal W-18 in drugs seized in Surrey.

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W-18 is a powerful opioid 100 times stronger than fentanyl. It was previously discovered in Vancouver last April and also found in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

According to a release, Surrey RCMP seized pebble heroin in December 2016. The drugs were sent to Health Canada for analysis and recently came back positive for W-18.

In a similar case, West Shore RCMP on Vancouver seized what they believed to be cocaine in May 2016. The white powder substance was sent for analysis and tested positive for an analog of fentanyl – a new strain of the deadly opioid not seen in the region before.

At the time of the seizure, West Shore RCMP reported three overdoses in their jurisdiction.

“These lab results are once again prompting us to warn illicit drug users that it doesn’t matter where you buy your drugs, or who you get them from,” said BC RCMP’s Investigative Services and Organized Crime assistant commissioner Jim Gresham. “The danger is the same if you’re in the big city or in a small community. I cannot stress that enough – there is no safe haven.”

“You must be aware that at any time dangerous and potentially lethal drugs may be present in what you’re consuming. Unfortunately, there is no way for you to know what is really being sold to you. Please take steps to avoid making a potentially lethal decision,” he added.

The RCMP says it is currently investigating several cases of illicit drug trafficking and continues to receive more notices from B.C. communities regarding the presence of fentanyl in drugs.

Where does W-18 come from?

The drug comes from a “W-series” of opioid compounds first discovered at the University of Alberta in 1982, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. There are 32 compounds, W-1 to W-32, with W-18 being the most toxic.

W-18 is not currently regulated under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act and can be manufactured and bought freely, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control.

With files from Paula Baker

For sports fans, the next 18 months will be extra special as Regina will be hosting five major sporting events and at least one high-profile concert.

In 2017

Aug. 27: Guns N’ Roses Concert at new Mosaic Stadium

Sept. 5-10: Grand Slam of Curling’s season-opening Tour Challenge at the Co-operators Centre.

Oct. 26-29: Skate Canada International at the Brandt Centre

In 2018

Mar. 8-11: Canadian University Women’s Basketball Championship at University of Regina

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Mar. 17-27: Memorial Cup at the Brandt Centre

The Brandt Centre will still need to undergo upgrades to get it ready for the centennial Memorial Cup.

“We do know that there will be a requirement for more seats and we’ve accommodated that in the past for other events,” Regina Exhibition Association communications manager Paula Kohl said.

The whole property is really built around attracting those events, so we’re ready, bring it on.”

As the Brandt Centre prepares for upgrades, so too is Regina’s airport.

YQR airport boasted record-breaking passenger numbers last year, and that trend is expected to continue.

“We hit an all-time record of over 1.26 million passengers,” Regina Airport Authority president and CEO Richmond Graham said.

Graham said he expects to see passenger traffic double within the next decade and said the airport is ready to welcome the influx of visitors coming into the city.

“The mornings are very busy and the gate space are sometimes limited. But we do have expansion plans that we are working on,” Graham said.

“We see expansion to meet that requirement and we need to build into the future.”

Longtime volunteer Bernadette McIntyre said people have already started asking about volunteer opportunities.

“Right after we announced the Brier, we were getting calls. People were saying you know when it’s time to sign me up, let me know,” McIntyre said.

Despite a couple of events coinciding, McIntyre said she doesn’t believe there will be a shortage of volunteers nor volunteer fatique.

“We do have a little bit of overlap with the Brier and the CIS Women’s Basketball Championship but I think we got enough volunteers to make both those events huge successes,” she said.

McIntyre estimates there will be 600-700 volunteers for the Tim Horton’s Brier.

“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure this out that those teams with new stadiums at some point will get a Grey Cup to show support for them,” Mayor Michael Fougere said Thursday.

“I am wanting a Grey Cup, I’ll say that much. Whether it happens is another issue. I’m pushing for that,” he said.

“Stay tuned.”

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Dwayne Schnell was released on $3,000 no-cash bail Friday. The 37-year-old is facing a number of child pornography charges after an investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcement Teams (ALERT) Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) team.

Friday’s decision was a joint release between defence and the Crown.

Schnell will be residing in Calgary with his parents. He can not leave the province of Alberta. He has to report to a bail supervisor and can not work or volunteer in any position of trust or authority with children under 16.

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    Lethbridge teacher facing child pornography charges: ALERT

  • Lethbridge teacher facing child pornography charges: ALERT

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    Police said the investigation first began in January 2017 when ICE was given a tip from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) about a user who was uploading child sexual exploitation materials. The ICE team did not know the user was a teacher until recently.

    ALERT said the ICE team arrested Dwayne Schnell on Wednesday. He is charged with possession, accessing and distributing child pornography. A number of computers and electronic devices were seized from his home in Lethbridge and will be examined.

    Part of his release conditions are:

    He cannot have any device capable of accessing the Internet, like a computer or cellphone and can only go online at a public library.A peace officer or probation officer can conduct a warrant-less search of his residence at any time to make sure he is not using a computer or the Internet.He cannot have any contact with any children under 16 years of age, accept for his own two children (with his wife or parents present).He can’t have any type of recording devices like a camera or video recorder.He must not attend any area where children under 16 could be present like parks, schools, swinging pools, playgrounds or a daycare.

    Schnell has hired defence lawyer Greg White.

    He will be back in court for his next appearance March 24.

Justin Williams and Tom Wilson scored as the Washington Capitals beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 on Friday night to tie the franchise record with their 13th consecutive home victory.

Williams’ game-winner in the third period was his 19th of the season. Washington’s streak of home games with five-plus goals ended at 11, but Braden Holtby made 30 saves to pad the team’s lead atop the NHL.

Evgeny Kuznetsov didn’t have a point but was arguably the Capitals’ best player against Edmonton. They have now outscored opponents 64-20 during their home winning streak.

Leon Draisaitl scored his team-leading 23rd goal of the season for Edmonton, which got 24 saves from goaltender Cam Talbot.

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  • Oilers’ defencemen play major role in Edmonton’s 4-3 win over Florida Panthers

  • Pakarinen scores lone Oilers goal as Edmonton loses 4-1 to Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Talbot leads Oilers past Blackhawks 3-1

    The Capitals had their most patchwork lineup of the season with injured regulars Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik and T.J. Oshie out along with Andre Burakovsky, who’s expected to be back in mid-to-late March. Washington is the league’s healthiest team this season with only 27 man games lost to injury, but four players out at one time meant the NHL debut of rookie forward Riley Barber and season debut of defenceman Aaron Ness.

    Oshie’s absence, his 10th missed game this season because of an upper-body injury, pushed Brett Connolly on to the first line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom. But it was the fourth line that jumpstarted the offence with Wilson’s fifth goal of the season through traffic 12:22 into the first period.

    A misplay by the Capitals’ second line led to Draisaitl’s goal 35 seconds into the second when the puck pinballed to the big German wide open in front. Connor McDavid added to his league-leading point total of 69 with the secondary assist.

    READ MORE: Connor McDavid named NHL third star of the week

    Williams, a pending unrestricted free agent, beat Talbot clean on a one-timer for the game winner 5:48 into the third. The Capitals dominated much of the final period and held on in the final minutes when Talbot was off for an extra attacker.

Female students at Simon Fraser University are fed up with the ongoing sexual harassment many are experiencing on campus.

Burnaby RCMP issued a warning on Wednesday following the sexual assault of a woman in a campus parking lot. The suspect in the attack has not yet been identified, and students are shaken.

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After the story broke, an SFU student contacted Global News to say that students have been reporting sexual harassment cases to campus security over the last several weeks, but their concerns were dismissed.

“A few years ago, Maple Batalia was attacked and killed at SFU and it could have been prevented. Last night’s attack could have been prevented if SFU security took the previous allegations seriously,” the student, who wishes to remain anonymous, said.

SFU taking RCMP warning ‘extremely seriously’ after sex assault at Burnaby campus

The school responded to the allegations, saying the sexual assault and the previous harassment reports were unrelated.

That hasn’t stopped students from feeling unsafe on campus. One woman who spoke to Global News says the multiple reports of harassment are lowering her opinion of the school.

“We started hearing stories of [a man] approaching females on the library floor, in the dining hall, in public, just saying he’s a T.A.,” the student said.

An unknown number of female students say they have been sexually harassed by a male student posing as a teaching assistant. Young women have been warning each other by way of social media and word of mouth.

“[He said] that in exchange for sexual favours, he would give exam results and exam answers.”

Neither of the women Global News spoke to have been personally approached by the potential suspect, but know women who have. They say security has been alerted but they’re not confident their concerns are being taken seriously.

“The only response security gave was, ‘You should have just walked away,’” one of the students said.

On Friday afternoon, the university told Global News in a statement that the individual in this case had been identified and prohibited from visiting the campus.

“First off, we are aware of the concerns you raised and I can tell you that the university has been actively managing the situation. Due to privacy concerns for all parties, we can’t get into any specific details. But we can tell you that the university has been taking escalating measures to address the concerns raised about this individual.

“We have imposed a number of measures over the past few weeks and this afternoon, the university prohibited the individual from coming on campus.  We are continuing to monitor the situation.  

“To support our investigation, we are encouraging any women who have directly experienced disruptive or threatening behaviour related to interactions with this individual to contact Safety and Risk Services. Any additional information would assist the university in its response. 

“The safety and security of our students is our primary priority and our guiding principle.”

How much did U.S. President Donald Trump‘s tweet about Nordstrom help or hinder the retailer’s sales?

“I think it’s not really discernible one way or the other,” company co-president Peter Nordstrom said Thursday.

Sean Spicer explains why President Trump tweeted about Nordstrom but not Quebec City


Sean Spicer explains why President Trump tweeted about Nordstrom but not Quebec City


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Sean Spicer addresses Trump’s attack on Nordstrom


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Ivanka Trump lines pulled from stores

The question came in an earnings call that accompanied the release of the retailer’s fourth-quarter earnings.

It also came after Trump slagged the company on 桑拿会所 for treating his daughter Ivanka “unfairly” after it pulled her products because sales didn’t meet expectations.

In the call, analyst Omar Saeed asked Nordstrom executives whether they saw “any trend in your business at all around the president’s tweets, whether it’s helped you or hurt you at all?,” according to a transcript posted by Seeking Alpha.

“No, that would be negligible,” Peter Nordstrom answered, before the call moved on to other matters.

READ MORE: Donald Trump 桑拿会所 criticism of Nordstrom raises conflict of interest concern

Trump’s tweet might not have had any discernible impact on Nordstrom’s business, but it did raise concerns among ethics experts — one of whom worried that other brands might now decide against dropping Ivanka’s products because of fear of being criticized by the president.

“The implicit threat was that he will use whatever authority he has to retaliate against Nordstrom, or anyone who crosses his interest,” Kathleen Clark, a Washington University law professor, told The Associated Press earlier this month.

Meanwhile, Trump aide Kellyanne Conway was accused of breaking ethics rules when she encouraged people to buy Ivanka’s products.

Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Trump, watches the swearing in ceremony of Attorney General Jeff Sessions in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 9, 2017.

AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

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Sales of Ivanka Trump’s products at Nordstrom dropped by almost a third in the 2016 fiscal year, and they fell especially sharply in the weeks before the U.S. election, The Wall Street Journal reported.

They were over 70 per cent lower in October 2016 compared to the previous year.

READ MORE: Nordstrom sales of Ivanka Trump line fell sharply just prior to U.S. election: report

Nordstrom’s net earnings were $201 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, up from $180 million in the same quarter for the previous year.

Full year net earnings were down, however. They were $354 million for 2016, down from $600 million in 2015.

Premier Christy Clark is boasting about a surplus budget, but will she spend some of that extra money protecting B.C.’s lakes and streams? The concern about a mussel invasion was raised in the Okanagan Friday, where the premier was promoting this week’s budget to a business crowd.

The first question she was asked at the luncheon put on by the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce was about protecting B.C. waters from invasive mussels.

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8 permanent mussel inspection stations being set up in B.C.

It’s an issue that’s become more pressing since their larvae where found in Montana. The concern is that the invasive Zebra and Quagga Mussels could come in to B.C. from other contaminated jurisdictions on boats and that once they are here it would be hard to stop them from spreading quickly.

“Now that the threat is at our door will our province introduce laws that make it mandatory for all watercraft entering British Columbia to stop at inspection stations before launching in our waters?” asked chamber president Tom Dyas.

The premier acknowledged the environmental and economic impact an invasive mussel infestation would have on B.C.

“I certainly know once it comes there is no stopping it,” said Clark.

The premier hinted that a provincial announcement is coming but didn’t go into specifics.

“The investment that we are poised to make to try and stop it is going to be well worth it,” said Clark.

Zebra mussels multiplying in Lake Winnipeg, now found on shorelines

Last year the province had eight inspection stations to check for mussels coming across B.C.’s borders. There have been calls, including from the Chamber of Commerce, to increase the hours of operation for those inspection stations so they are open 24-hours a day. In response to that issue the premier said the government works each year to improve the system.

“It was successful last year. (There was) no evidence of any invasive species, but now that the mussels are getting even closer and into Montana we are re-examining it and seeing what more we can do. We’ll have more news for you on that in the coming weeks I hope,” said Clark.

Mussel inspections begin in March so time is ticking down to boost B.C.’s defenses for this boating season.

Abbotsford Police (APD) have issued a warning to the public following an escalating gang conflict in the city.

Police say that despite “aggressive enforcement and prevention campaigns,” public safety is at risk due to ongoing gang activity.

“It is not just a possibility that those engaged in the conflict will become victims of the violence but, increasingly, it is a likelihood,” Cst. Ian MacDonald said in a release Friday.

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APD says it is rare for the department to issue a warning to friends, families and associates of gang members, but sent a strongly-worded message to those people in the hope it could save lives.

“In the strongest possible terms, we must emphasize that it is not safe to be in the company of those involved in the Lower Mainland gang conflict. Although this may appear to be common-sense advice, we believe that now it could also be a life-saving decision that we need you to make,” APD said.

“When incidents of violence take place on our streets, it puts innocent members of our communities at risk, and when you associate with individuals with ties to organized crime, not only do you jeopardize the safety and security of the public, but also that of your own life,” added Staff Sgt. Lindsey Houghton of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C.

This comes after a shooting in the city on Tuesday left one 23-year-old man, Satkar Singh Sidhu, dead following a police chase. Police said the incident was linked to gang violence and the victim was targeted.

Three men were taken into custody but released shortly afterwards without charges due to insufficient evidence.

In January, police investigated after two men arrived at a hospital with gunshot wounds. Earlier that month, police also investigated after reports of shots fired at two homes near the 2900-block of Flagman Place.

APD Chief Bob Rich sent letters to the parents of suspected gang members in December 2016, warning them their child’s life is in danger.

“There are parents out there who are not fully aware. There are parents out there who are giving their sons the benefit of the doubt,” MacDonald said in an interview on BC1 after the letter became public.

“What we’re trying to do right now is to prove to them definitively that their kids are involved in this conflict in various ways and we are actively trying to work with them to protect their children.”

APD says two gangs are fighting over who gets to sell illegal drugs in Abbotsford and attributes five murders to the conflict. One victim was an innocent bystander and another of the five killed was an 18-year-old.

With files from Paula Baker

A smelly subject came up at the City of Edmonton Utility Committee hearing Friday as councillors and city administrators discussed how to address the thousands of complaints of foul odours emanating from Edmonton’s drainage system.

Over the last eight years, the 311 city services hotline has fielded more than 7,000 such complaints.

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READ MORE: ‘It is horrendous’: West Edmonton residents concerned about sewer odour

The committee resolved to have a strategy to deal with the sewer issue by the end of the year.

According to Coun. Michael Walters, his constituents living near 34 Avenue and 106 Street have been particularly vocal about the matter.

“The experience that I’ve heard from people is that they won’t go in their backyards at certain times when this happens,” he said. “It’s that strong. So I’ve stood there on that corner and it’s awful.”

The city says while the stench is more pronounced, the smell coming from the drainage system is actually quite widespread throughout the sewer system, which spans about 5,500 kilometres.

READ MORE: ‘People would vomit’: Edmonton residents bring sour gas concerns to City Hall

Edmonton’s director of city planning explained what causes the smell.

“Because of… the solids in the sewer system settle out, it does create an environment for where the bacteria can start to grow and create the gases we find that are foul,” Todd Wyman said. “So cleaning that out, gets rid of that food source and moves it along so that odour generation does not exist.”

It’s believed the large trunk sewer lines, deep below the ground, are what’s at the root of the bad smell. Because of their depth, they are difficult to clean and the city’s drainage department is now tasked with figuring out how to do that.

READ MORE: New sewer system problems for west Edmontonians beset with sewer issues for years

According to the city, on average, the sewer infrastructure is inspected every 10 years or so.

-With files from Shallima Maharaj and 630 CHED’s Scott Johnston.

Renovations. For most homeowners the word conjures up pictures of granite kitchen countertops, spa-style shower systems —; and having to camp out at the in-laws’ while the work is done.

But there are plenty of fixes that can make a big difference to your property value without taking a big chunk out of your savings and your quality of life.

Here are the five low-cost renovations with the highest return on investment, according to real estate professionals consulted by Global News:

Landscaping: Cost $500 – $2,000. Return: $5,000-$15,000. Return on investment: 650-900%

With homes, as with people, it’s hard to shake that first impression. Your front yard is your home’s first introduction to potential buyers and it can colour the rest of the experience.

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“Nicely-landscaped gardens convey a message that the owners care well for the house,” said Toronto-based real estate agent Marisha Robinsky. “Many homeowners don’t realize how big a difference it makes in how the house quality is perceived.”

The key is to avoid going overboard. Landscaping costs can easily stretch into five-digit figures depending on design, the choice of plants and paving stones, and the size of the property.

While it’s definitely worth it to repair the cracks and pull the weeds growing in your interlocking brick walkway, installing a brand new path could easily break your budget without adding significant value.

WATCH: Quick home renovations before the holidays that won’t break the bank

Painting wood paneling. Cost: $500. Return: $5,000-$15,000. ROI: 900-2,900%

Many people know that a fresh coat of paint can give a home an essential face lift. That effect, though, is even more dramatic in those old Canadian homes that feature dark wooden paneling.

Cover wainscoting and crown moulding in white and watch the magic happen. Dark, outdated-looking rooms suddenly appear bigger, brighter and breezier.

“For most buyers, wood paneling signals that a renovation is needed, but many of these same buyers rarely notice when wood paneling has been painted,” John Pasalis of Toronto real estate brokerage Realosophy told Global News.

You can even do the painting yourself, just make sure to pick a product meant for wood.

READ MORE: Edmonton app matches home improvement projects with contractors

Painting kitchen cabinets. Cost $500. Return: $5,000-$10,000. ROI: 900-1,900%

Is your kitchen stuck in the 1970s, with their brown cabinets and avocado-green appliances? One effective, low-cost touchup is to paint over the cabinets in lighter, more modern shades, said Pasalis.

Also, be sure to replace those squeaky hinges with some new hardware.

“It converts an old kitchen from being something most buyers feel they need to renovate asap, to a kitchen they can live with for the short term,” said Pasalis.

WATCH: HGTV’s Bryan Baeumler: How to prioritize your home renovation

Updating bathroom fixtures. Cost: $500-$750. Return: $5,000. ROI: 570-900%

This is the low-cost take on the bathroom makeover: take out those old brass faucets and replace them with the shiny, stainless steel variety.

You can also brighten up the bathroom with upgraded lighting and a light paint job.

Finally, you’ll be surprised what a difference new knobs can make. Splurge on some designer handles to turn a cabinet from “old” to “antique” or to add some flair to your Ikea furniture.

WATCH: Selecting the right paint colour: what works best for your home

Exterior painting. Cost: $750. Return: $5,000-$10,000. ROI: 570-1,200%

This is absolutely necessary if there are cracks or paint chips flaking off, said Pasalis.

But even if your exterior walls are in fine shape, you might want to consider a trendier colour combination. Charcoal grey with black trims and a bright-coloured door, for example, seems to be the palette of choice in Eastern Toronto right now, said Pasalis.

Have a walk around your neighbourhood and see if you can discern any recurring colour patterns among newly renovated homes, especially those that were revamped by experienced contractors. If you do, take note and replicate.

Here’s an infographic summarizing these tips on home renovation:

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Surveillance video from a deadly stabbing attack at a warehouse in Edmonton three years ago was played in a courtroom at Jayme Pasieka’s double-murder trial on Friday.

Pasieka is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and three counts of attempted murder in connection with the Feb. 28, 2014 incident at the Loblaw warehouse.

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The court was filled with Loblaw employees on Friday, hoping to get a better idea of how exactly the deadly day unfolded.

READ MORE: Jayme Pasieka faces two more charges in connection with Loblaw stabbings; autopsies completed

The first nine clips of the video showed a person dressed in black arriving to work as usual. A witness employed at the warehouse at the time identified him as Pasieka.

Later, the video shows a man falling in an aisle and reveals what happened in the immediate aftermath of the first stabbing.

People are seen running to try and help the victim. At one point, the attacker is seen walking through the frame, sending other workers scrambling to get out of the way as the person approached them.

Fitzroy Harris, 50, and Thierno Bah, 41, were the two men killed in the attack.

The final portion of the video shows people trying to get out of the way again when the attacker is seen leaving and threatening the workers. The man identified as the attacker then gets in a vehicle and leaves.

Pasieka’s trial began on Tuesday with the Crown prosecutor telling the jury this was not a “whodunnit” case. She said there was compelling evidence Pasieka was behind the attack and that the real question was if the killings were planned.

READ MORE: Crown tells jury Jayme Pasieka trial not a question of who did it but intent

In 2014, police said the suspect fled the scene and a massive manhunt ensued. Pasieka, who was 29 years old at the time, was arrested in his vehicle and taken into custody.

-with files from Fletcher Kent and Slav Kornik

The Whitemud flooded twice last summer, leaving motorists stranded. This summer, a pilot project gets underway to keep them above water.

Torrential rainfall quickly built up on the arterial road, transforming it into a murky waterway. On July 27, 2016 Global News captured footage of a manhole spewing water.

That same day, the City of Edmonton tweeted that nearly a dozen drainage crews had been dispatched to replace manholes and clear flooded areas.

Those who wound up trapped in their cars had to be rescued by Edmonton firefighters using lifeboats.

“What we see is people have routinely been getting stuck there when we have these flash floods,” said Coun. Michael Walters.

“If all it takes is a warning system that doesn’t have a ton of expense and keeps people out of those situations, I think that’s the best way forward.”

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  • Repeated Whitemud flooding prompts calls for better notification

    READ MORE: Edmonton streets flooded as city battered by rain during thunderstorm

    Whitemud Drive at 111 Street and 106 Street will be part of the pilot project.

    “We’ll be taking a look at painting lines on the various bridge piers to try and give an indication of what kind of level the flood would be at,” said Chris Ward, manager of drainage services with the City of Edmonton.

    “And we’ll be looking at trying to use existing sensors in the sewer system to try and give warning if we get an indication it is flooding or about to flood.”

    Currently there are five underpasses in the city with water level sensors in the sewer system. However, they are unable to judge how much water is accumulating on the road surface.

    Two of the sensors are located at spots that will be part of the pilot.

    “Between the time that we’re aware that the sewer systems are filling underneath Whitemud at 111 Street and it actually starts to flood the surface, we have about a 15-minute response window,” Ward said.

    Another component of the advance notice system will be portable road signs strategically placed before each underpass.

    “Depending on the success of the pilots, we will then start to take a look at other locations around the city. Should we? Could we? What can we do?”

    WATCH: City crews still cleaning up at night after Edmonton slammed by storm

    On July 27, 2016, parts of the city saw 67 millimetres of rainfall in just four hours. That is considered a once in 200-year storm.

Conservative leadership candidate Kevin O’Leary says he doesn’t recall whether he asked for permission before touching a model’s buttocks during the taping of a Dragon’s Den episode that aired in October 2013.

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During the episode, O’Leary and fellow “dragon” Bruce Croxon are seen touching the rear end of a model who was promoting women’s denim clothing line Monjeloco Jeans.

Quizzed about the incident Friday by a Huffington Post Canada reporter, O’Leary said he didn’t remember the incident.

READ MORE: New federal Conservative party leader will need to choose unity over populism: Manning

In fact, the Alberta-based entrepreneur behind Monjeloco Jeans, Nora Furber, told the St. Albert Gazette a few days after the show aired that the judges had indeed sought permission beforehand.

“On TV it looks as though the models are taken by surprise, but Furber said the judges had asked if it was OK,” the community newspaper reported.

One of the judges present at that Dragon’s Den taping, Arlene Dickinson, recently slammed O’Leary for making “misogynistic” comments about her. This came after O’Leary labelled Dickinson “emotional” in response to an article she wrote criticizing his candidacy for the Conservative Party leadership.

WATCH: ‘I was deeply hurt by that’: Kevin O’Leary responds to Arlene Dickinson’s comments calling him misogynistic

While he didn’t recall the Dragon’s Den incident, O’Leary said Friday that it’s common for television programs to be edited to show “all kinds of incontextual moments.”

“In the end of the day that is television, it’s not policy. This is a different world we’re in here,” the businessman-turned-politician said.

“We’re talking about an economy that’s collapsing, no jobs for millennials, and you want to talk about reality TV?”

O’Leary has long said he’s aware people are scouring thousands of hours of footage from his time on reality television looking for clips that could be used against him.

—; With a file from the Canadian Press