Province flip-flops on displaced senior – Regina

REGINA – The Department of Highways has gone back on its word to let a senior stay in her home for the winter.

In August, Gertrude Frank’s family contacted Global News after learning their 83-year-old mother was being pushed off her property to make room for the Regina bypass.

Her house is directly in the path of the new highway, meaning Frank had no choice but to move with little notice.

At the time, the ministry said it would grant the senior an extension.

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“She’ll be able to stay in her home throughout the winter months,” said Steve Shaheen, a communications liaison with highways.

Frank was elated.

“What? That’s great news! For sure? That’s great news. Then I can make it slowly,” she said at the time.

Six weeks later, the Franks reached out to Global News again, this time to say the government had broken its commitment to their mother.

“There was some concern with utility moves. Power and gas would be cut off. As a result of those utility moves, the house would be unlivable over the winter,” said Shaheen, explaining the construction plans changed.

Gertrude Frank is upset over the way the situation was handled and is once again packing up her things, preparing to move.

“They’re going to give her until the middle of October,” said Shaheen.

But Frank said she can’t trust the government’s timelines anymore.

With the help of her children, she’s looking for temporary accommodations while she awaits the construction of her new house at the end of October.

Summer construction projects come to a close in Saskatoon – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – Director of public works Pat Hyde summarizes the City of Saskatoon’s progress on annual summer maintenance and infrastructure programs by saying it may not be glamorous, but civic crews have been working through the season fixing roads and infrastructure.

“The spring blitz program for sweeping and potholes. Then we carry on to our city-wide street sweeping program. We did multiple other programs such as bridge sealing, bridge cleaning, guard rails, blade leveling, as well as back lane maintenance programs,” said Hyde.

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On the contentious issue of potholes, the city says it got a good handle on the situation thanks to the popularity of the online report a pothole app.

“We’ve had about 2,800 potholes reported on the pothole app and we have about 60 per cent of those completed,” said Hyde.

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Mother Nature was on the city’s side. The nice weather was an essential to keeping most maintenance plans on schedule.

“We’ve had a very good start to the programs because it has been unusually dry. For both spring and early summer conditions, which really helped us kick start the programs. It made a huge impact,” said Hyde.

As the summer months come to a close crews are beginning to wind down their construction season.

However, in preparation for the first snowfall a tentative final street sweep is scheduled for Oct. 18.

Paralyzed Edmonton man takes part in charity walk thanks to the help of robotic exoskeleton – Edmonton

EDMONTON — An Edmonton man who was paralyzed from the chest down after a car accident five years ago was able to participate in a five-kilometre walk thanks to the help of technology.

Denny Ross used the ReWalk robotics exoskeleton to take part in the N.E.R.D. Run/walk at Hawrelak Park Saturday morning. The device powers hip and knee motion; leaning from side-to-side triggers a step.

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“It was just a game-changer for me,” Ross said of the first time he used the exoskeleton.

After breaking his back in 2010, Ross said he went through a period of depression and didn’t know what to do.

“Having something that you take for granted so easily as walking just taken away from you, it’s devastating,” he said. “It took months for it to even set in, maybe even years for me to realize the full magnitude of it. And then it took probably a couple more years for me to stop fighting the fact that I thought I would never walk again.”

Wanting to do something to better himself and others in his situation, Ross joined a pilot study at the U of A that looks at how people benefit from the ReWalk. Since joining the project last year, Ross has made incredible progress with the exoskeleton and can now walk more than one kilometre.

“Being able to put on a robot suit and actually stand up and take a step on my own, it was an amazing feeling. It still amazes me every time I get to get up and go for a rip.”

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Dr. Jaynie Yang, with the U of A’s Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, said training with the ReWalk is intense; those using it train five days a week for three months.

“You don’t just put the suit on and walk. It’s a lot of work,” said Yang.

Yang is part of the research team studying how the ReWalk affects the nervous system to help Ross and others with paraplegia. Karim Fouad, director of operations at the U of A’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute, said while the ReWalk is just a start, he hopes continued research will help improve people’s quality of life.

“To do that, you actually have to meet these people and learn what they really need and want,” Fouad explained. “You cannot just live in your ivory tower. It’s really important to talk to the community and to break down barriers.”

And that’s why having Ross participate in events like the one in Edmonton Saturday is so important, Fouad added.

“The goal is to have people here to raise awareness of our institute, to raise awareness of neurological disorders and all those things our institute actually addresses.”

Ross was happy to help because he too knows this is only the beginning for him.

“This is just the beginning of the technology, right? Who knows where it’s going to go.”

The ReWalk was purchased by the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre in 2014 and then leased to the U of A for $1.

All money raised at the N.E.R.D. run goes towards research at the U of A’s Neuroscience and Mental Health Institute.

2 top Mexican prison officials among 13 arrested in drug kingpin Guzman’s prison escape – National

MEXICO CITY – The former head of Mexico’s federal prisons and the ex-director of the Altiplano penitentiary that drug capo Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman escaped from are among 13 additional people arrested in the jail break, an official with the federal Prosecutor’s Office said Saturday.

A statement from the Prosecutor’s Office on Friday said 11 men and 2 women had been arrested, but didn’t name them.

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Celina Oseguera Parra, who oversaw the country’s federal prisons, and Valentin Cardenas Lerma, the Altiplano prison director, were among those arrested, said an official with the Prosecutor’s Office. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to be quoted by the press.

Oseguera Parra and Cardenas Lerma were both forced to resign after the July 11 escape.

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The suspects in the latest batch of arrests also included Leonor Garcia Garcia, head of the prison’s legal department and top official on duty the night of the July 11 prison break, the official said. The other 10 suspects also worked in the penal system.

A federal judge this month began proceedings in the case against four officials, including two intelligence service members and two prison control room employees. They were accused of aiding Guzman’s escape through a tunnel dug to his cell.

Proceedings were already under way against the person in charge of the penitentiary’s control room and two prison guards.

Guzman, head of the Juarez Cartel, also escaped from another maximum security prison in 2001.

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