TransAlta Corp. deliberately timed outages at power plants in Alberta at peak times in order to drive up electricity prices, the province's utilities commission said in a ruling Monday. The Alberta Utilities Commission conducted hearings after the province's market surveillance administrator alleged that the Calgary-based company manipulated the electricity market by shutting down coal-fired power plants in late 2010 and early 2011 to drive up power costs during periods when demand was high. "The commission concludes, based upon clear, cogent and convincing evidence that TransAlta could have deferred each of the above described outages to off peak hours but chose instead to take them during peak or super-peak hours so as to maximize the benefit to its own portfolio," the commission said in its decision.
Police notes presented in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday recounted Amanda Korody's husband John Nuttall telling an undercover officer that his wife believed she would be doing Jewish children a favour by sending them to paradise, since she believed "grown-up Jews" go to "eternal hell" when they die. Nuttall acknowledged that Jewish children were non-combatants but explained that they would be raised to hate Arabs and Muslims, wrote the undercover officer.
The drowningÂ of a seven-year-old boy last week is raising concerns about safety at community lakes. Lakes similar to the one at Auburn Bay where the tragedy occurred doÂ not have a lifeguard on duty.Â The boy was pulled from the lake on Friday evening in the city's southeast. "There is a swim-at-our-own-risk policy that was voted on by the board," said Gisele Danis, a spokesperson for Brookfield Residential, the community's developer.