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December 16th, 2018 by admin

Liberals say they’ll retroactively fix gendered pay inequity in cabinet

The Liberal government was in damage-control mode on Day 3 of its government after it emerged that five of the historic 15 women cabinet ministers were actually ministers of state, more junior cabinet members who get paid less than their ministerial counterparts.

The Liberals say this will change, that all 30 ministers are full-fledged ministers and will be paid the same.

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“To reflect their role as full members of Cabinet, the government is taking steps to adjust their salary so that it is the same as that of their colleagues,” Raymond Rivet, director of corporate and media affairs with the Privy Council Office, said in an emailed statement Friday.

But no one from the party was willing to go on the record to clarify the reason behind this apparent taxonomical hiccup.

Meantime, the pay scale for those ministers says otherwise: Ministers of State make $20,000 less per year, according to the Parliament of Canada website.

The salary change would be retroactive to Wednesday, when these ministers were sworn in. But it isn’t clear how long the change will take.

All of the Ministers of State in the new cabinet are women.

A Liberal source told Global News that these five MPs are being called Ministers of State to ensure they’ll have departmental support regardless while the government changes are being made.

“They’re all ministers and there’s nothing wrong with describing them all as ministers,” said Rob Walsh, a former parliamentary law clerk.

“But the term ‘Minister of State’ is used for a minister who doesn’t have a department for which he or she is responsible.”

All the same, Walsh thinks that the Liberals should have realized this would be an issue, especially after Trudeau’s public embrace of gender equity in his cabinet.

“I think they’re caught in an embarrassing position where they appear to have been slighting women generally by putting them in these junior portfolios at reduced pay, and they’re trying to repair that by bringing in equal pay and equal status, and disregarding the question of whether in fact the responsibilities are comparable.”

That last thing, Walsh argues, should be what determines members’ paycheques.

“The Minister of National Defence, you can be sure, is going to be called upon to account for the operations of his department and government policy in relation to defence far more often than will the Minister for Sport, Status of Women or Science,” he said.

“It’s unfortunate that Mr. Trudeau found himself, perhaps unwittingly, giving the junior portfolios to women only. But I think the system itself is sound. It’s fewer responsibilities, so you have a lower pay scale and you don’t have the same status.”

READ MORE: Trudeau’s gender-equal cabinet makes headlines around world, social media

Several Liberal MPs have defended the setup, saying all 30 ministers are equal.

“We’re a singular cabinet and each minister has equal responsibilities and input into cabinet decisions,” Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould told Global News Friday afternoon.

Peter Schiefke, Liberal MP for Vaudreuil-Soulanges, argues the Ministers of State issue is “just semantics.”

“The fact is that we’ve got 15 women and 15 men that are in very high-profile positions who are incredibly qualified and capable.”

Not all Liberals are happy with these optics, however. Sources have told Global News that many women in the party are furious this happened, saying it’s been embarrassing for the five women appointed Ministers of State.

The website of the Privy Council Office listed the following five members of cabinet, unveiled on Wednesday and styled as “minister” by the new government, as “ministers of state”:

Bardish Chagger, Small Business and Tourism

Kirsty Duncan, Science

Marie-Claude Bibeau, International Development and La Francophonie

Patty Hajdu, Status of Women

Carla Qualtrough, Sport and Persons with Disabilities

Qualtrough, for example, is listed as “a Minister of State to be styled Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities” with a mandate “to assist the Minister of Canadian Heritage and the Minister of Employment and Social Development, effective November 4, 2015.”

She told Global News that she considers herself a full minister.

“As far as I’m concerned, and the message I get regularly is, I report to the Prime Minister, I don’t report to another minister,” she said.

WATCH: Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities Carla Qualtrough discusses her role in cabinet

“The machinery of government is such that because there’s no separate ministry of sport  – Sport Canada is currently housed in he department of Canadian Heritage – there’s a bit of work to be done in terms of the machinery side of government. I think that’s personally where some of the confusion and concern is laying.”

“But my marching orders, and the person I report, and I’m very confident in that, is the Prime Minister himself.”


December 16th, 2018 by admin

Calgary police chief warns of ‘fluid’ gangs, more weapons on city streets

CALGARY – Speaking to a recent spate of gun and gang violence in the city, Calgary Police Chief Roger Chaffin said Thursday he’s seen “big increases” in the presence of weapons on the street, and warned against the changing nature of gangs.

“The difference is, how difficult it is to notice it,” he said, comparing gang members past and present. “They could be standing beside you, in the same bar as you…you wouldn’t necessarily say, ‘hey there’s a gang member standing next to you.’”

“They’re not beholden to each other like in the past…they tend to go to each other by need.”

Chaffin said police are in the midst of five major operations dealing specifically with guns and gangs, and 85 other operations related to crime in the city.

“Rest assured that the service’s intent in this is to identify these people that are doing this, to arrest them, to put them before the courts and the justice system, and to lock them away. These people need to be behind bars; they need to be away from the community.”

WATCH: Chief Cst. Roger Chaffin responds to the recent violence in Calgary, Nov. 5, 2015.

The press conference came a day after a man was rushed to hospital after a shooting in the community of Marlborough Park. One witness, who did not wish to be identified, told Global News he heard several shots fired, at which point he left his house and saw the victim covered in blood and sitting inside a vehicle. Shortly after the attack, armed officers were seen performing what appeared to be a takedown along Marlborough Drive N.E.

Watch below: Calgary police investigate another shooting, this time in Marlborough Park. Global’s Bindu Suri reports.

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  • Man rushed to hospital after Marlborough Park shooting

“Obviously when shots are fired in a residential community, it puts everybody at risk,” said Chaffin. “Bullets…go through walls and places and it’s not acceptable–not acceptable for us, and not acceptable for the city.”

Staff Sgt. Quinn Jacques of the guns and gangs unit said recent violence, while based on drugs, also raises issues of territory and disrespect.

“It’s new that we see criminals bypass all reasonable methods of settling a dispute and escalate right to guns. We saw it last night and the night before,” he said, referring to Marlborough Park and another shooting in Panorama Hills on Tuesday.

Jacques said using the term “gangs” is simplifying what’s going on in the city.

“They don’t view themselves as gangsters…That’s a handle we put on them,” he said. “They cooperate with each other for a brief amount of time and move on. They are, I hate to say it, but they are thrivers. They develop relationships with who they need for what they need, and once that is no longer of value to them, they move on.

“The old days of ‘blood brothers forever’ and the signs—we are not seeing that in Alberta anymore.”

Watch below: Staff Sgt. Quinn Jacques of the Guns and Gangs Unit talks to media regarding the recent violence in Calgary on Thursday.

Chaffin said police are currently “looking at” around 50 to 100 people who may be involved in gang activity, but emphasized it’s a “fluid group.” He said there’s been some movement between the Lower Mainland in British Columbia and Calgary.

Police are also predicting an 80 per cent uptick in their seizure of weapons this year, which he called alarming.

“Our homicides related to gang problems last year were, I think, one, and this year we’re up to five,” Chaffin said. He said what’s also alarming are the many incidents where people could have died.

Chaffin said he didn’t have scientific data to back it up, but assumes there is a relationship between the struggling economy and the current crime trends. He said despite all this, Calgary is still an “incredibly safe city for people to live in.”

“What’s going on is a new trend in a) presence of weapons and the propensity to use those weapons and just the day to day activities those criminals have with each other. It is a cause for us to re-look at ourselves, to ensure a professional police service… is on the street and it’s doing everything it can to get in front of it and create long-term solutions.”

READ MORE: Police searching for suspect in Panorama Hills shooting

The chief said he wouldn’t “insult the intelligence” of residents and suggest more arrests were the only answer, but said enforcement plays an important role.

“There are people that need to be arrested, put before the courts and locked away in order to really create safety. That’s something that has to happen…that is certainly one of our major goals.”

Police suggested community members who want to help can make sure they’re locking their own cars and homes, and make sure to call police whenever they see suspicious activity.

“The real message to any community is whether you’re part of offending group or just innocent people, is these are real lives that are at risk, and people have to understand how serious it is to use weapons like they are with such random recklessness.”


December 16th, 2018 by admin

Alberta government to review all agencies, boards and commissions

EDMONTON — The provincial government is now reviewing all agencies, boards and commissions (ABCs) as it looks to find cost savings and eliminate duplication of services.

There are 301 ABCs in the province, and they direct the spending of almost 50 per cent of the provincial budget. They include everything from the Alberta Energy Regulator to the Health Quality Council and the Workers’ Compensation Board.

Finance Minister Joe Ceci says Albertans need to feel confident ABCs are using public dollars effectively.

“This review, combined with new legislation to expand the sunshine list and enshrine it in law, will help ensure Albertans are getting value for their money,” he said.

The government introduced new legislation on Thursday to expand what’s commonly called the sunshine list. Bill 5 requires public disclosure of the salaries of all government agency employees who earn more than $125,000 a year.

The review of the 136 public agencies which fall under the newly-expanded sunshine list will be complete by March of next year.

The remainder will be completed by the fall of 2016.

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December 16th, 2018 by admin

Alberta folk musician John Wort Hannam shares story from the road

LETHBRIDGE – Life as a troubadour isn’t always easy.  Just ask Fort Macleod folk musician John Wort Hannam.  Halfway through his latest Alberta tour, he lost one of a travelling musician’s most valuable tools.

“As soon as we started to go, the van started to do this weird shimmy thing,” said Hannam.  “I’m not a mechanic, but I knew it wasn’t good.”

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“Vincent Van Go,” Hannam’s 12-year-old Pontiac van, had a broken cylinder.  The vehicle had to be scrapped and replaced.  It was a heavy financial burden for the songwriter, but to Hannam’s surprise, a cheque for $330 soon arrived in the mail.

“It wasn’t a lot of money,” said Hannam. “But, it was a lot of money to me.”

It was from CKUA, the historic, publicly-funded radio network.  Hannam says CKUA was the first station to ever play his music and support his career.  He donates $20 to the station every month, and recently sent a cheque for an additional $330 for advertising. The radio station, hearing of his transportation dilemma, decided to give back.

On a post on his Facebook page, Hannam writes: “[CKUA] just gave me my last 16 and half months of sponsorship back to help me pay for my new tour van. All while continuing to play my songs, ask me to participate in events, and promote the hell out of my tour dates. This is just so above and beyond.”

“Inside was a beautiful note that said, ‘we heard about your van blowing up, please consider this return cheque our contribution so you can continue to play’,” said Hannam.

CKUA’s chief operating officer, Katrina Ingram, said the station was empathetic to Hannam’s plight.

“People don’t go into being a travelling musician for the money; they do it for the love and the passion,” said Ingram.  “It’s really important we have those folks out there continuing to do that work and that’s why we try to support them the best we can.”

As for Hannam – he’s road-ready once again, armed with a new van and new attitude.

“It gives me hope in humanity and it just shows that when there’s a community and people are helping out each other and lending a hand, that anything is possible.”

Hannam’s next Alberta performance is Sunday, Nov. 8 at the Canadian Folk Music Awards in Edmonton.

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November 14th, 2018 by admin

‘It was always to get revenge’: Confessed Calgary killer soon eligible for parole

CALGARY – There’s nothing glamourous about life in a jail cell, and for a Calgary man now considered a rat, prison truly means losing all of his freedom.

“I come out half hour every two days…I’m locked in my room the whole time,” said confessed killer Michael Roberto in a videotaped interview with Calgary police.

Roberto is one of the most notorious gang members in Calgary’s history.

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From his jail cell, Roberto is breaking his silence on life as a high-ranking gang member, saying it started when he was a kid who created a “dial-a-dope” operation.

“Getting customers I trusted that I knew weren’t cops or undercovers or whatever, built the phone up to where I knew it was going to make money for me and then I would get people to work for me,” he said. “You look for the younger kids that are kind of not in a cool crowd—they are looking for a friend—so you put your arm around them, bring them in, show them… ‘We’ll be your friends, we’ll be your family, we’ll protect you.’”

There was a war going on between two rival gangs, and Roberto said he wasn’t about to lose it.

“I feared for my life everyday…just always looking over my shoulder, just making sure there was not someone there that was going to shoot me. I wore a bullet-resistant vest everywhere I went. I had a gun with me everywhere I went; I slept with it beside my bed,” he said. “At that point in my life I was just filled with pure hate, and that’s all I wanted to do was get these people.”

Roberto is responsible for some of the city’s most high profile, public killings, including the Bolsa Restaurant triple murder, that killed Aaron Brendle, Sanjeev Mann and innocent bystander Keni Su’a on New Year’s Day in 2009.

“Bolsa happened because of the individual (Sanjeev Mann),” said Roberto. “He was a high-ranking member, a well-known member of the rival group, and he was supposedly known to have killed one of my best friends.”

At the time, Roberto was on top of his game: running drugs and living life as a top-ranking gang member. He said killing became normal, and admitted to murdering five people.

“Five, and four of them were because of the war that I was involved in, because I lost friends,” he said. “One was having to do business. Towards the end I wasn’t even really about business or making money. It was always to get revenge, because I lost people, I lost friends, and I knew they were coming after me so I wanted to get them first.”

When Roberto got caught for the Bolsa shootings and faced life in prison, things changed.

“The person sitting next to you today will testify against you tomorrow,” said Detective Mike Shute with the Calgary Police Homicide Unit. “I think Mike always knew that and always believed that. It just came to a point where he knew he was going to be facing some pretty significant charges, and Mike was looking out for Mike.”

Roberto decided to switch sides. He offered cooperation with police, for immunity on first-degree murder. The catch: he will now testify against his former friends, and he’s officially labelled a snitch.

“He knows because of cooperating with police…that that’s not really an accepted behaviour, regardless of your situation,” said Shute. “So he—everyday, I’m sure, for the rest of his life—will be concerned for his safety.”

“If i could go back, I would definitely not do this whole gang thing,” said Roberto.

Roberto, now 31, will soon be eligible for parole because of the deal he’s cut. In the meantime, he’s in lockup nearly 24 hours a day.

“It’s basically horrible, same thing, day in day out,” he said. “A lot of time to reflect. You are in a room with four cement walls, nothing else.”

Roberto will be testifying in multiple murder trials for years to come.

November 14th, 2018 by admin

Searchers find baby’s body in South Carolina creek, mother said she put girl in water

SOCASTEE, S.C. – Searchers found the body of a baby in a swollen, murky South Carolina creek on Thursday, two days after a mother said she put the 5-month-old girl into the water, according to police.

Divers found the body about 3:45 p.m., Horry County police Chief Saundra Rhodes said at a news conference. Later, more than a dozen rescuers gathered in a circle, praying. Some of them wiped their eyes.

“All of us have a sense of peace knowing we can lay her to rest properly,” Rhodes said.

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On Tuesday, the girl’s mother, Sarah Lane Toney, went to a home about 500 yards across the creek and swamp from her house near Myrtle Beach and told a woman she had put her baby into the creek, police said.

Toney was taken into custody and charged with unlawful conduct toward a child. A judge denied bond Thursday before the body was found.

Toney asked officers at her bond hearing whether her baby had been found, then told the judge she should be released from jail because she didn’t plan to leave the area and needed to take care of her older daughter, who was turned over to her father after she reported her baby disappeared in the water.

“I went into the water with her, and I was unable to hold on to her,” Toney said at her bond hearing. “I didn’t intentionally put her in any danger. I was going with her, and I wasn’t able to hold on to her when the water sucked me in.”

The baby was found less than 75 yards from her home, Rhodes said. The removal of a large tree helped divers find the body, the police chief said. An autopsy has been ordered to determine how the girl died.

WATCH ABOVE: Searchers found the body of a baby in a swollen, murky South Carolina creek on Thursday, two days after a mother said she put the 5-month-old girl into the water, according to police.

Rhodes said her officers will consult with prosecutors, but she expects Toney to face charges in her daughter’s death.

Toney, who also has gone by the last name of Carlson, has an arrest record in South Carolina that dates back to 2008, according to records obtained Wednesday from the State Law Enforcement Division. They included two arrests on criminal domestic violence charges.

The search for the baby, named Grace, could only go on in daylight because the current is so swift and the murky, brown water in the swamp and creek are full of reeds, trees and other vegetation, Horry County Police spokesman Lt. Raul Denis said. Searchers used special sonar equipment, along with boats, canoes and personal watercraft to look in the 6- to 8-foot depths.

Neighbours said Toney kept mostly to herself. Kayle White said she saw Toney pushing the baby around the neighbourhood in a stroller, but they never spoke.

“She’d walk up and down the street, but I’ve never seen that baby up close,” White said.


November 14th, 2018 by admin

Alberta government moves to expand sunshine list

EDMONTON — Doctors and university professors are on the newest list of people who could find their salaries are public knowledge.

The Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act, introduced on Thursday, expands the province’s sunshine list, to require disclosure of salaries for all employees of public sector bodies, including Alberta Health Services and post-secondary institutions.

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Bill 5 also requires disclosure of payments to doctors and other health service providers.

Board members of the province’s agencies, board, and commissions will also see their compensation made public, no how matter how much or how little they are paid.

The information will be made public once a year, with the first disclosure scheduled to happen on or before June 30, 2016.

Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley says the government has not heard any objections so far to the expanded disclosure rules.

“Public sector workers, they don’t want their privacy unfairly invaded, but they also understand that this government has a commitment to transparency, particularly when we’re dealing with…over $125,000, so it’s, sort of, higher salary range people.”

Here’s how the new legislation affects each group:

Employees of Public Sector Bodies

Who: Everyone who works for an agency, board or commission governed by the Alberta Public Agencies Act. This includes, but is not limited to, Alberta Health Services, post-secondary institutions, the Alberta Energy Regulator, the Alberta Utilities Commission, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, and Alberta Treasury Branches. Covenant Health will also be included, as well as independent offices of the Legislature, like the Ombudsman and Auditor General.

Threshold: Anyone who makes more than $125,000 per year. That includes base salary, overtime pay, and any other remuneration, with the exception of pension contributions.

What: If the threshold is met, the employee’s full compensation will be released, including pay, employer pension contributions, and any severance paid.

Board members

Who: Members of governing boards of agencies, boards and commissions, as well as board members of Alberta Health Services, Convenant Health, and post-secondary institutions.

Threshold: None. All names and compensation will be disclosed, regardless of the amount.

What: All compensation, including employer pension contributions and any severance paid.

Physicians and other health service providers

Who: Anyone who is paid by the province on a fee-for-service basis, including doctors, optometrists, and dentists.

Threshold: Undecided. If a threshold is set, it will be done as a regulation and not included in the Act itself.

What: Fee-for-service payments, and any other payments made to health service providers by the provincial government, Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, and the Alberta Medical Association.

Government of Alberta employees

Who: All employees of the provincial government, who are currently covered by disclosure rules introduced by the previous PC government in 2013.

What’s new: Disclosure for government employees is currently required by a Treasury Board Directive. The same employees, and the same rules, will now be part of the new Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act.

Threshold: Originally introduced at $100,000 base salary or severance, the amount increases each year based on inflation. The current threshold is $104,754.

What: All compensation, including employer pension contributions and any severance paid.

The number of people affected is difficult to determine. More than 150,000 people work for government sector agencies, and the government expects several thousand of them will see their salaries disclosed. Figures obtained by the Wildrose party last December showed 9,786 employees of Alberta Health Services alone made more than $100,000 a year in 2013.

Wildrose MLA Jason Nixon says his party is still studying the bill, but he suggests all publicly-paid workers should meet the same standard.

“To us, $104,000 is already a pretty high salary, period. And I think anybody making above $100,000 in the public sector, it’s reasonable for Albertans to know where those salaries are happening.”

The Minister of Justice could also allow some exemptions. The salaries of crown prosecutors, for example, are not released because of concerns about their safety.

Under the existing rules, 3,556 provincial employees saw their pay information released last year. The full list can be found on the Alberta Government website here.


November 14th, 2018 by admin

Toronto woman charged with spraying boy, 3, with ‘acidic substance’ appears in court

TORONTO —; A 53-year-old Toronto woman accused of spraying a three-year-old boy with an “acidic substance” at a west-end movie theatre made her first appearance in court today to face the charges against her.

Toronto Police said the boy was allegedly assaulted while waiting in line with his father at the Humber Cinemas Theatre at 2442 Bloor St. W. at about 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.

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The woman allegedly sprayed the child on his ears and neck with the substance, before immediately leaving the area. The unknown chemical burned holes in the boy’s clothing and in the carpet of the theatre.

READ MORE: Toronto woman charged after boy, 3, sprayed with ‘acidic substance’ in movie theatre

Alverna Maria Lawrence was arrested and charged on Wednesday after initially being identified as a person of interest in connection with the alleged attack.

After several delays, Lawrence appeared in a Toronto court Thursday afternoon at 3 p.m. wearing a thin purple dress and standing barefoot.

Lawrence had initially been charged with assault causing bodily harm, assault with a weapon, weapons dangerous, carrying a concealed weapon and administering a noxious substance. Police added three more charges on Thursday including common nuisance and two counts of property damage.

The accused identified herself as “Maria Lawrence” and had one relative in court with her, a woman who identified herself as Lawrence’s cousin. 

The evidence presented in court today and the name of the alleged victim are both protected by publication bans.

Lawrence’s lawyers asked the court for more time to review the charges against her, so her hearing has been adjourned till Monday. The crown said it is looking to have her remanded into custody.

READ MORE: Suspect sought after boy, 3, sprayed with ‘burning substance’ at movie theatre

Const. Jennifer Sidhu said Lawrence is known to police as someone who has had mental health issues in the past, but added that she has never done anything like this before.

The boy was taken to hospital with minor burns and Sidhu said the substance was identified as “acidic” and is being investigated by a forensics team.

Det. Shawn Elliott said the child is recovering well from the incident and his burns are healing.

He added that the boy’s father works in the construction industry and “stayed calm” when the incident happened, as he had previously taken a course on chemical injuries.

Elliott said the boy’s father conducted first aid, applied water and washed off the chemical substance, preventing further injury to the child.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Toronto police or Crime Stoppers.

With files from Mark Carcasole


November 14th, 2018 by admin

Sask. gov’t defends carbon capture sales pitch

REGINA – More questions are being raised about the economic case for SaskPower’s $1.5-billion carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility.

On Thursday, the Opposition NDP cited an internal SaskPower memo leaked to the party, which suggested the project would be experimental.

Dated May 24, 2012, the briefing note said offsetting environmental impacts of coal power would require “vast advancement of existing CCS technology, the economics of which are unclear.”

The CCS plant near Estevan has been criticized in recent weeks because of poor performance and statements from the Sask. Party government and SaskPower officials that led people to believe the CCS project was “exceeding expectations.”

READ MORE: Chart shows capture performance not improving

Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower, says despite the early challenges, he expects the project to pay off through sales of carbon dioxide (CO2) and reducing CO2 emissions from the coal-fired power plant the facility is attached to.

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“Do we proceed with coal, which we have some approximately 200 to 300 year supply of coal in Saskatchewan, or do we shut it down? We made the decision to go forward.”

Tougher federal standards for emissions would have forced Saskatchewan to make changes to coal power generation by 2019.

On Tuesday, University of Regina environmental economist Samuel Gamtessa told Global News it may be difficult to sell the world on the expertise being gained at Boundary Dam, because other countries and power utilities would simply “learn from our failures.”

“You wouldn’t consider this technology because it’s profitable,” he said. “The consideration is an environmental requirement.”

“If by accident or by luck, we make profit, that’s good.”

Boyd argued that more than 200 companies and organizations have come forward, expressing interest in what SaskPower has learned so far – including the flaws.

“These are experiences SaskPower has now that they didn’t have before,” he said. “That’s very valuable information and I think companies would agree.”

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November 14th, 2018 by admin

WATCH: Reporter left speechless as boyfriend proposes live on the air

A North Dakota man brought his girlfriend to tears with an incredibly romantic wedding proposal Thursday morning while she was at work.

Of course, when the woman in question is reporter Kristi Larson, “at work” means he had to get down on one knee while she was on live television.

Larson is a reporter and on-air personality for Valley News Live, an NBC affiliate in Fargo, N.D.

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She had just wrapped up a live tease for her next segment when her boyfriend, Jaron Conner, strode onto the set, much to her confusion.

“What are you doing?” she asked as Conner approached her, even as the overjoyed face of the anchor makes it clear this is no accident.

WATCH: Carrie Brownstein officiates random wedding on book tour stop, Amy Poehler on piano

“I have something to tell you,” Conner said as Larson starts sobbing. “I’ve loved you since I first met you. You’re my best friend, my soul mate, and I want to spend the rest of my life with you.”

“Will you marry me?” Conner asked.

Luckily, she said yes.

“This made my day so much better,” Larson joked shortly after saying yes. “I woke up late for work today!”

Later, the newly-betrothed took to Facebook to share the news, and thanked her colleagues for keeping it a secret.

“Over the moon happy right now,” Larson wrote. “So many people were a part of this to keep it secret, and it really surprised me!”