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TransAlta timed power outages to drive up prices: Alberta Utilities Commission

National News - 1 hour 28 min ago

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.


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40-year-old man killed in speed-flying accident near Squamish, B.C.

National News - 1 hour 39 min ago
The BC Coroners Service says a 40-year-old man has died in a "speed-flying" accident. Speed-flying is a new sport similar to paragliding, but uses a significantly smaller wing, designed to provide a rapid descent. The coroners' service issued a release saying Kyle Macdonald-Wolochatuk was speed-flying near Squamish on Sunday when he hit a tree.
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Strong underground earthquake rocks Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua

National News - 1 hour 48 min ago
JAKARTA, Indonesia - A strong earthquake has rocked Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua, but there are no immediate reports of injuries or damage.
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Accused B.C. terrorist aimed to kill 'small Jews' to save them from hell: trial

National News - 1 hour 48 min ago

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.


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Boy's drowning in Auburn Bay sparks safety concerns about community lakes

National News - 1 hour 58 min ago

The drowning 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 do not have a lifeguard on duty. 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.


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