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Calgary records its hottest day

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Friday was hot and now it’s official; the mercury stretched to 36.3 degrees which is an all-time high temperature for Calgary.

It surpasses 36.1 the record set on July 15, 1919 and July 25, 1933.

Jean Barron will be 90 in November and while she doesn’t remember the specific day in 1933 when it reached 36.1 degrees but she does remember it was hot and what her family did to stay cool.

“We did it with the hose. There was no water rationing. We’d have fun running back and forth with my three sisters and my mother would be sitting there in her bathing suit and we loved it,” says Barron.

Barron did what she could to keep her home cool today including closing her blinds and making sure the fans were on throughout her house.

“This past week has been over the top, we just have never experienced such weather,” says Barron. “I don’t go outdoors a lot.  I’ll walk early in the morning and perhaps later at night. The house is comfortable for me and I don’t seem to feel the heat.”

Cailey Chase with Vahana Nature Rehabilitation and her 133 grazing goats on McHugh Bluff have been starting earlier in day to try to get a head of the heat.

Usually they are in the park by 9:00 a.m. but with the skyrocketing temperatures she’s had the goats out around 7:00 a.m. to start munching on thistles.

 “When the heat came in we changed our shift to the early morning and late evening, kind of following what our friends in Europe and down south do–take a siesta in the afternoon,” says Chase.

The dogs that help keep the goats in line are taking dips in the Bow River to keep cool and the horses got electrolytes.

 “We put that in the water and we can also put it in their feed,” says Chase. “The goats come from a desert background so they do really well in the heat but they have lots of sense so they’ll lay down in the shade.”

The extreme heat has triggered fire bans in northwest and northeast of Calgary which means no charcoal barbeques or campfires are allowed.

The province has also issued fire restrictions which stretch to the B.C. border and south to Waterton Lakes National Park.

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Protest camp coming down

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RCMP say they will enforce a court injunction today and remove Trans Mountain pipeline protesters who have been camped outside a Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby.

Police say in a release that large structures at the protest camp, known as Camp Cloud, will be dismantled and the area cleaned up. Officers began moving in on the camp this morning.

The release says police do not expect what they call violence or disorder while the injunction is being enforced.

Protesters said Monday that several members were prepared to protect a sacred fire that's been burning around the clock at the site, although the injunction specifically says it should be extinguished due to dry conditions.

The camp has grown since November from a single trailer to include a two-storey wooden structure, a cabin, an outdoor shower, more than a dozen tents and multiple vehicles and trailers.

On Friday, a B.C. Supreme Court judge granted the City of Burnaby an injunction ordering protesters to remove all structures, shelters and vehicles from the site outside a Kinder Morgan tank farm within 48 hours, but that deadline passed on Sunday.

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Winnipeggers slam Bernier for tweet about city park named for Pakistani leader

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Winnipeggers are condemning Conservative MP Maxime Bernier for using the naming of a community park in South Pointe as a way to criticize "extreme multiculturalism."

In a tweet, the former party leadership contender suggested it was an odd dichotomy that Victoria recently removed a statue of Canada's founder, and Winnipeg recently dedicated a park to Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of the modern state of Pakistan.

Bernier also argued the partition of India, which led to the creation of Pakistan in 1947, killed nearly one million people.

His remarks came Tuesday night, after Bernier's initial series of tweets on the weekend were roundly disparaged for stoking racist and xenophobic tensions.

Rashid Ahmed, a Pakistani university professor in Winnipeg, scoffed at the suggestion that more diversity and multiculturalism is somehow a form of extremism.

If "being loved by each other is extreme, that's fine," said Ahmed, who campaigned for the new name to city officials. "I'm happy with that word as extremism." 

Rashid Ahmed, a Pakistani university professor in Winnipeg, was part of the group that asked that the park be named after Muhammad Ali Jinnah. (Radio-Canada)

He said Bernier appears to be exploiting Islamophobia to rile up anti-immigrant sentiment. 

"Why do they only choose this name, this park, as the symbol for the division or the multiculturalism? Why not other parks all over Canada?"

In a followup tweet sent Monday, Bernier said his controversial tweets were not meant to trash diversity itself, but rather "ever more of it." Members of his party have tried to distance themselves from his remarks since the weekend.

"Something infinitely diverse has no core identity and ceases to exist," he tweeted.

Ontario Conservative Sen. Salma Ataullahjan, who is Pakistani-Canadian, said Maxime Bernier's latest tweet about the naming of a park in Winnipeg after the founder of the modern Pakistani state is offensive and an attempt to divide Canadians. (Salma Ataullahjan/Senate of Canada)

Conservative Ontario Sen. Salma Ataullahjan, who is Pakistani-Canadian, told CBC News that Bernier's remarks are not merely offensive — it's an attempt to divide Canadians of Pakistani origin from other Canadians.

"A lot of [Pakistani-Canadians] supported his leadership bid and instead of wishing them well on Pakistan Independence Day he tweets this out … He's just poking us in the eye for no reason."

The City of Winnipeg held a naming ceremony for the park in the city's south end this May. It is in honour of a revered figure in Pakistan who is called "Qaid e Azam," Urdu for "great leader."

Jinnah Park lies alongside a pond and includes a cricket field, play structure, swing set and benches. It is located south of Tim Sale Drive at Northern Lights Drive.

Local MP Terry Duguid was among those Wednesday to ask Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer to dismiss Bernier from caucus.

This new multicultural reality is reflected in our parks, our streets, our buildings, and I view that as a very, very positive thing.– Liberal MP Terry Duguid

"It's really unfortunate, these tweets and these comments by Maxime Bernier. They're very divisive. They're not helpful."

Duguid said Winnipeg has a history of naming places in support of their cultural communities, such as Dr. José Rizal Park, named after a Filipino hero, and Manila Road, based on the Philippines' capital city.

"This new multicultural reality is reflected in our parks, our streets, our buildings, and I view that as a very, very positive thing."

Scheer said in a statement late Wednesday that Bernier doesn't speak for his party on any issue.

"I disagree with politicians on the left and the right when they use identity politics to divide Canadians. I will not engage in this type of politics."

Scheer did not elaborate specifically on the tweet. A request from CBC News to both Scheer and Bernier about the Winnipeg tweet was not returned.

Coun. Janice Lukes (South Winnipeg-St. Norbert) said she was approached by the city's Pakistani community to name the park after one of their leaders.

She said the new name creates a broader understanding of Pakistan for other Canadians, while acknowledging the contributions of the Pakistanis already making a life in the city.

Winnipeg has more than 5,000 people of Pakistani origin, according to the 2016 census. A large contingent resides in the city's southern reaches.

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Toronto firefighters rescuing woman trapped on downtown crane

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Fire department workers are in the process of rescuing a woman inside the operator's compartment of a crane in downtown Toronto.

Emergency services were called to the construction site near the intersection of Dan Leckie Way and Lake Shore Boulevard West at around 6:30 a.m. ET.

Firefighters say they will attempt to speak to the woman first, then determine how to safely bring her down.

"They are going to go through their procedures to try to negotiate with her to get her down safely," said Acting Staff Sgt. Sean Cassidy of Toronto police.

The fire department's high-angle rescue squad is leading the operation.

"The crane boom actually hangs over, partially, onto the Gardiner Expressway, so there was some concern for her safety," Cassidy added.

It was not immediately clear how the woman scaled the crane.

It's the second such incident in 16 months in Toronto. In April 2017, a 23-year-old woman was rescued, and in January was granted an absolute discharge after pleading guilty to two mischief counts.

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