Monday News Roundup: May 2, 2016

Greyhound plans shuttle service to new depot

Greyhound will be offering a three-times-a-day shuttle service from the Welcome Centre beside the Shaw Conference Centre to its new depot at the Via Rail station in response to the lack of public transit available to that site. The shuttle will be free—available only for people with Greyhound tickets—and will run in the morning, afternoon and early evening, said Greyhound Western Regional Vice-President Peter Hamel. The current downtown Greyhound station has to relocate, as the property is being redeveloped as part of Ice District. The new facility will begin operations on May 30.

Edmonton considering 2018 Juno Awards

Edmonton is considering hosting the Juno Awards in 2018, said Candice Stasynec, executive director of Edmonton Events.  According to Stasynec, the city is looking at the bid requirements now and working with local members of the music community and the Oilers Entertainment Group to win that bid.

Alberta firefighter faces 18 arson charges

An Alberta firefighter, Lawson Michael Schalm, 19, of Mayerthorpe is facing 18 counts of arson following the investigation into a recent rash of fires, including the recent blaze on the Canadian National Railway bridge on the outskirts of Mayerthorpe. Schalm is the son of a former Mayerthorpe mayor and joined the fire department as a junior member when he was 15. Schalm is in custody and will make his first court appearance on Wednesday.

Long-form census returns after five-year absence

Over then span of eight days, starting Monday, more than 15 million households across Canada will receive Statistics Canada’s mandatory long-form census, which had been replaced with a voluntary survey five years ago. The long-form questionnaire was dismissed by the former Conservative government, but has been reinstated by the Liberal government. Every home will receive a short-form questionnaire, and one in every four homes will receive the long-form census, which can be filled out by hand or online. The census gives a statistical snapshot of the Canada’s population by collecting the demographical information of every man, woman and child in a household. Failure to fill out the form could lead up to a $500 fine or up to three months in jail, or both.

Twelve women shortlisted for new Canadian banknote

Canada is getting a new banknote—due out in 2018—that will feature a female Canadian. The Bank of Canada announced that it has shortlisted 12 females: artists Emily Carr and Pitseolak Ashoona; authors Lucy Maud Montgomery, Pauline Johnson and Gabrielle Roy; feminists Nellie McClung, Idola Saint-Jean and Thérèse Casgrain; humanitarian Lotta Hitschmanova; aircraft designer Elsie MacGill; Olympian Bobbie Rosenfeld; and pioneering businesswomen Viola Desmond. There were 26 000 submissions nominating more than 460 women. Finance Minister Bill Morneau will have the final selection on who will be featured on the new bill, but a poll will be commissioned to gauge the public’s view.

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