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Edmonton’s mayor says he will seek both short- and long-term solutions to the city’s public washroom shortage after a recent survey suggested there is a need for more of them in the central part of Edmonton.

There are currently 51 public washrooms in the downtown core communities. For example, Central McDougall and McCauley both have seven facilities, Oliver has four, Queen Mary Park and Stony Plain Road each have three while Boyle Street has two.

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    Out of the 51 facilities in the downtown core, only 14 are open after 9 p.m., none are open after 1 a.m. and generally none are open earlier than 6 a.m.

    “Opportunities for public washroom use diminish further away from the core,” the report, done by the city, reads.

    The matter was discussed at the Community and Public Services Committee on Monday. Mayor Don Iveson acknowledged the growing need for public washroom facilities. He said while a comprehensive approach will take some time to develop, he’s hoping to have some interim solutions right away.

    “I think looking at an overall strategy for this makes sense but in the interim, we may need some temporary measures – certainly with the (NHL) playoffs coming – places for people to go on a temporary basis.
    “With all of this downtown vibrancy that we’re creating by having the arena and the associated events down here, we don’t want to inadvertently create an unintended consequence of a bad smell every morning after a lovely evening the night before,” Iveson said.

    “I think what we’ve seen is it’s not without challenges to have these facilities but the alternative of just leaving people to do their business on the street, particularly vulnerable people, is also unacceptable. So, we’re going to have to bite the bullet. We’re going to have to add some more facilities, certainly downtown.”

    The survey found respondents said there was a greater need for others to use a public washroom than their own need.

    The following are the three main themes of the survey’s comments:

    Convenience – such as for parents with children, seniors or those with health issues, free to useDignity – such as businesses that restrict use, inadequate housing, human rightsDesign – such as size, accessibility and running waterThe survey suggests there is a need for more washrooms in the following neighbourhoods: downtown, Boyle Street, McCauley, Stony Plain Road, Central McDougall, Queen Mary Park and Oliver.

    “There’s no doubt that for people who are living on the street, for the most vulnerable among us, that not having a place to go and take care of your most basic need is just one more challenge to deal with and it leads to difficult consequences for people in terms of having to do their business in a back lane or something like that and that creates social disorder as well,” the mayor said.

    Iveson said while washrooms in the city’s core were a high priority, more public washrooms in city parks and throughout the river valley were next on his radar.

    “It has made a huge difference in Old Strathcona to have a place for families, festival goers and vulnerable Edmontonians.”

    City administrators will report back to the committee in early 2018 in order for councillors to begin considering long-term solutions.

    “The other thing is we really need people to be conscientious about is going and doing their business before they leave a restaurant, Rogers Place – wherever,” Iveson added. “So that, to the extent possible, they’re using the facilities that are there for them.”

The City of Montreal and the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Corporation have announced a major urban development plan to develop the approaches of the Jacques Cartier Bridge and revitalize the surrounding area.

The city intends to build a new park between de Lorimier and Papineau avenues that will connect with an existing park on Ontario Street.

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    The city will contribute $110 million to the project, while the bridge corporation intends to spend $10 million to rejuvenate the surface under the bridge by creating public space.

    Mayor Denis Coderre hailed the project as one that would improve the quality of life for borough residents.

    “The makeover was a necessity, strictly based on safety,” Coderre said. “And truly it needed a lot of love.”

    However, Coderre could not specify how much it would cost to maintain the park once it is built.

    The mayor also added he would be open to sharing the cost with other levels of government.

    WATCH BELOW: Jacques Cartier Bridge lights up

    Montreal’s plan is to turn the area into a cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly neighbourhood. They’ll do so by extending the De Maisonneuve bike path to the trail east of the bridge.

    The corporation will also extend its bike path to one managed by the City of Montreal.

    In addition, the city said it plans on creating an urban farm on the corner of Logan and Dorion Streets, as well as an open market on Malo Avenue, and public art space on de Lorimier Avenue.

    The area surrounding the Papineau metro station is also expected to get a facelift aimed at making it safer for people travelling by bus, and those using active modes of transportation.

    The project is slated to begin in 2018 and is scheduled to be completed in 2025.

    The date was chosen to coincide with the end of current construction on the Jacques Cartier and Champlain bridges.

    Construction is expected to have some impact on traffic, but the mayor says the city will help will mitigate the problem.

    Nearby residents aren’t buying into the project so easily, however.

    Thomas Bohdal visits this park regularly with his family. He’s worried the existing park will lose its trees and that security will be an even bigger issue.

    “We have drug problems in this park. We already find syringes from time to time under the trees,” Bohdal said. “How is it going to be when we have underpasses and tunnels [going through the area]?”

    While pleased to see the city investing in the area, Bohdal wonders if officials have thoroughly examined the proposal.

    He lives on Parthenais Street, but often parks his car on Logan Street. Logan is one of several streets in the neighbourhood the city plans to turn into pedestrian-only roads.

    “I think that it’s possible that my street will become more busy, because people will have to use that one instead,” Bohdal said.

    Residents are invited to voice their opinion on April 20, between 3 and 9 p.m., at the Cabaret Lion d’Or, located at 1676 Ontario St. E.

NEW YORK – Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is urging President Donald Trump to veto a resolution that would kill an online privacy regulation, a move that could allow internet providers to sell information about their customers’ browsing habits.

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The New York senator and 46 other Senate Democrats signed a letter calling on Trump to “tell us whose side he’s really on.”

The Federal Communications Commission rule issued in October was designed to give consumers greater control over how internet service providers such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon share information. But critics said the rule would have stifled innovation and picked winners and losers among internet companies.

READ MORE: Stephen Colbert ‘burned my computer’ after Congress OK’s selling internet browsing data

Both the House and the Senate voted this week to pass the resolution, sending it to Trump.

“If President Trump clicks his pen and signs this resolution, consumers will be stripped of critical privacy protections in a New York minute,” Schumer said. “Signing this rollback into law would mean private data from our laptops, iPads, and even our cellphones would be fair game for internet companies to sell and make a fast buck.”

READ MORE: Anyone can be an internet troll under the right circumstances – even you: study

The Trump-appointed chairman of the FCC, Ajit Pai, is a critic of the broadband privacy rules and has said he wants to roll them back. He and other Republicans want a different federal agency, the Federal Trade Commission, to police privacy for both broadband companies like AT&T and internet companies like Google, which do not have to ask users’ permission before tracking what websites they visit.

Trump is expected to make his decision soon.

Monday is the day Blue Jays fans have been waiting months and months for: the team’s first official game of the season.

The team’s season opener will feature a game against the Orioles in Baltimore, but the Blue Jays are already winning big in the social media arena.

The Jays enter the season as the second most followed MLB team on 杭州桑拿会所, just behind the New York Yankees. The Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox and Philadelphia Phillies round out the Top 5.

The Blue Jays are also the most followed professional sports team on 杭州桑拿会所 in Canada, topping the Maple Leafs, Raptors, Canadiens and Canucks.

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The last few years have seen a huge upswell in support across the country for Canada’s only MLB team.

This year, the Jays will try to rally support online with the hashtag #LetsRise.

The hashtags for the two previous years were #ComeTogether and #OurMoment. Together, those two hashtags were used more than 1.2 million times during the two seasons.

During both those years, the team made the American League Championship Series (ALCS) in back-to-back seasons.

READ MORE: Blue Jays eliminated from playoffs after Cleveland wins 3-0 in Game 5 of ALCS 

杭州桑拿会所 also looked back at last season’s most memorable moments. The Top 5 moments that received the highest volume of #BlueJays Tweets were:

    Oct. 5, 2016: #BlueJays defeat Baltimore Orioles in the American League Wild Card Game on a walk-off home run from Edwin EncarnacionOct. 9, 2016: #BlueJays defeat Texas Rangers in Game 3 of the American League Division Series (#ALDS) to advance to the #ALCSJuly 8, 2016: Fans vote #BlueJays outfielder Michael Saunders into the 2016 MLB All-Star Game via social media

The Top 5 most-followed Blue Jays players on the 2017 roster are:

    Jose Bautista @JoeyBats19Josh Donaldson @BringerOfRain20Marcus Stroman @mstrooo6Russell Martin @russellmartin55Kevin Pillar @KPILLAR4

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On Sunday, the Jays announced their 25-man roster, which saw closer Roberto Osuna put on the 10-day disabled list and released outfielder Melvin Upton Jr.

READ MORE: Blue Jays place Roberto Osuna on 10-day disabled list, release Melvin Upton 

Toronto will put Marco Estrada on the mound. Estrada leads a starting rotation that includes Aaron Sanchez and Marcus Stroman and that’s been described as “lights out” and enters the 2017-2018 season with high expectations.

For more Blue Jays online details, check out 杭州桑拿会所 Canada’s blog.

Walleye fishing will be allowed on a number of Alberta lakes where it’s been prohibited for decades, in some cases.

The province says many lakes have been closed since 1996, when Alberta introduced major restrictions to walleye harvesting after population declines.

READ MORE: ‘It’s really a disaster’ – Hundreds of dead fish found in several Alberta lakes

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    Some lakes have been closed even longer, such as Glennifer Reservoir, which was last open 29 years ago.

    “For many Albertan families, fishing is a bond that links multiple generations,” Environment Minister Shannon Phillips said. “The re-opening of these lakes demonstrates the importance of conservation and sustainable harvesting. Sound management of our lakes, streams and rivers will ensure Albertans will be able to fish for generations to come.”

    READ MORE: Thousands of freshly stocked fish killed in Alberta’s Kananaskis Country 

    The province is implementing a tag system to prevent overfishing of walleye in the newly opened lakes, with the results of a draw to be posted May 8.

    The cost of the tags is $11; roughly two-thirds will be invested back into the provincial fisheries program, which will further protect management of Alberta’s fisheries. One-third will be used to cover administrative costs, the province said.

    April 1 marked the official start to Alberta’s 2017 sportfishing season. The new season also marks the launch of mywildalberta杭州龙凤, a responsive website with a new look.

    New fish harvest opportunities:

    · Walleye : Pine Coulee Reservoir, Burnstick Lake, Gleniffer Reservoir, Gull Lake, Lac Bellevue, Bourque Lake, Hilda Lake and Lac La Biche
    · Pike: Pine Coulee Reservoir, Magee Lake, Manatokan Lake, Bangs Lake
    · Yellow Perch: Strubel Lake

    — With files from Emily Mertz, Global News