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Calgarians support pedestrian victim of hit-and-run

Over $7,000 raised for Chad Ainsworth at pub fundraiser

fundraiser 002thumbOn Sunday, Feb. 8 over 200 people gathered at The Blind Monk for Fundraiser for Chad, an event to support local Calgarian Chad Ainsworth, whose life was changed forever on Dec. 21, 2014.

Ainsworth was a victim of a hit-and-run, and according to a Calgary Police Service news release, the vehicle was travelling at 90 km/h when it hit him. The accident that occurred at Macleod Trail and 39th Avenue S.E. ended up hospitalizing the 32-year-old.

Ainsworth suffered 20 broken bones, eight of which are in his right shoulder. But, he said doctors believe he is healing ahead of time.


A 911 operator educates about dangers lurking in the workplace

Presentations aimed at preventing tragedies like death of Calgary police officer John Petropoulos

dealing with danger in the workplace As a 911 emergency operator, Jody Jones knows what to do when tragedy strikes.

After being informed that Calgary Police Service Const. John Petropoulos died on duty after a fatal fall, Jones knew she wanted to improve health and safety in all fields, not just for emergency workers. She was proactive by getting involved in the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund (JPMF).

In 2000, Petropoulos, 32, responded to a break-and-enter call. After finding no potential criminal on the lower level of the building, there was only a mezzanine left to check. Petropoulos searched behind boxes, again to no avail. He walked across the mezzanine and onto a false ceiling that was not sealed off by a railing, which the law requires.

Petropoulos fell nine feet and hit his head, eventually dying from brain injuries.


New data feeds Alberta’s greenhouse gas stigma

Big energy companies control pace of efforts to reduce emissions

greenhousethumbnailPremier Jim Prentice recently promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta—which has a reputation for being Canada's environmental bad boy. The reason for that reputation is that it's home to the top greenhouse gas generating facilities in Canada.

Environmental activists said actions must be taken to reduce emissions at those facilities. But one of their owners said steps have already been taken to do just that.

The facilities that are taking these steps are Suncor Energy Inc. Oil Sands, the Sundance Thermal Electric Power Generating Plant, the Mildred Lake and Aurora North Plant Sites.

Combined, these facilities released more than 30 million tonnes of greenhouse gases in 2012.


Survey shows parents most concerned about cyberbullying

Primus is partnering with PREVNet to develop an e-learning program on online safety for adults

CyberbullyingThumbnailCyberbullying is more concerning than teenage pregnancy, drug and alcohol use, according to Canadian parents based on a recent survey conducted by Primus Telecommunication Canada, Inc., and PREVNet.

In recent years, bullying has become such a large concern that in 2012, the Education Act in Alberta was revised to define the term. Bullying is "repeated and hostile or demeaning behaviour by an individual in the school community where the behaviour is intended to cause harm, fear or distress to one or more other individuals in the school community, including psychological harm or harm to an individual's reputation."

A recent research survey, Protecting Canadian Families Online was conducted from April 22 to April 28 of last year on the issue of cyberbullying. It was known that cyberbullying was a concern, but to what extent?