BMW owns Alphabet.com and has no plans to give it up to Google – National

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TORONTO – It seems Google should have done some more Googling when it came to picking a name for their new holding company, Alphabet Inc.

On Monday, Google announced a radically different operating structure under the new name that would separate its well-known web companies — like its search engine, YouTube, and Chrome — from its research and investment divisions.

READ MORE: Google to be part of new holding company called ‘Alphabet’

But turns out, BMW operates a fleet service by the name of Alphabet. The auto maker also owns the domain Alphabet杭州龙凤 and reportedly has no plans of giving it up to Google.

Alphabet chose abc.xyz as the URL for its domain – a choice that proved very popular with the tech crown online.

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According to Business Insider, BMW is already looking into whether there are any trademark implications with Google’s new identity; however, a company spokesperson noted there are currently no plans to take legal action against the tech giant.

But BMW isn’t the only business that might take issue with the tech giant’s new name.

Both Bloomberg and The New York Times pointed out that many of small and midsize companies use the name Alphabet. There is even an Ohio-based company that uses the name Alphabet Inc.

Alphabet doesn’t even have control of the @alphabet 桑拿会所 account – the account belongs to Cleveland, Ohio, resident Chris Andrikanich.

Andrikanich’s account was inundated with tweets following Monday’s announcement. His follow up tweet which read, “Well, that was an interesting way to end a Monday…,” garnered over 7,000 retweets.

The 桑拿会所 user has since changed his bio to read, “I’m not affiliated w/ Google/Alphabet Inc.”

Redevelopment moving forward at Edmonton’s former City Centre Airport – Edmonton

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WATCH ABOVE: The first phase of the Blatchford redevelopment project has begun. Mayor Don Iveson was on hand for Wednesday’s ground breaking.

EDMONTON – Ground has been broken on the first phase of the Blatchford redevelopment project. Work has begun on underground utilities at the site.

The project will turn the site of the former City Centre Airport into one of the world’s largest sustainable communities, eventually becoming home to 30,000 people.

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“We do think we have something unique here, something in between urban and lower density residential communities that I think is going to be very, very family friendly and people are going to want to be close to the amenities,” said Mayor Don Iveson.

The Blatchford community will include gardens, energy-efficient buildings and custom-designed streets for walking and cycling.

Iveson is confident the development will be a success despite some economic uncertainty.

“It’s important to realize that this is a 30-year project, and there’s a lot of developers who are moving ahead in servicing right now so that they’re ready for when oil comes back and demand comes back up,” said Iveson.

“So housing starts may be down but that doesn’t mean that private developers aren’t investing as well.”

The project has been moving forward better than expected so far. Demolition and environmental re-mediation were completed at $290,000, which was well below the anticipated $1-million cost.

Alberta: Liberals have opportunities in Calgary, NDP in Edmonton

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For many years, deep-blue Alberta wasn’t really on the radar during federal elections. The Conservatives (and before them, the federal PCs) didn’t have to work all that hard to lock down nearly every seat in the province, and the other parties took resources elsewhere.

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But times have changed, as a startling NDP majority victory earlier this year indicates. In the aftermath, Conservatives have found themselves playing defence in parts of Calgary, once a stronghold, the NDP’s thin organization has been stretched to its limits, and the Liberals are smelling opportunity.

“The NDP is going to make gains in Edmonton, and the Liberals are going to make gains in Calgary,” predicts Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt.

“I think the rest of Alberta will go blue.”

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While the NDP did well in Calgary provincially, Bratt says, they will find it hard to match that in a federal election:

“One of the reasons the Liberals did so poorly in the provincial election is that some of its MLAs dropped out to run federally, and they’re taking that base of support with them – think Darshan Kang in Calgary Skyview and Kent Hehr in Calgary Centre. The absence of those guys running provincially – they probably would have won their seats provincially for the Liberals. The fact that they didn’t (run) swung it to the NDP.”

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Calgary Confederation is also competitive for the Liberals, Bratt says.

Edmonton

Edmonton, where the federal NDP already has a foothold in Edmonton-Strathcona, is much more fertile ground for the party. Even in a simulation of Alberta’s provincial election in which Wildrose and PC votes are combined, all nine Edmonton ridings light up bright orange.

WATCH: Provincial Affairs reporter Tom Vernon takes a look at the six new ridings in Alberta for the federal election and what shifting boundaries could mean for voters and candidates.

“The NDP has always had its roots in the city of Edmonton. It’s been tied into the labour movement, both trade unions and public sector unions. Edmonton is much more of a union town.

“We joke in Calgary that it’s made up out of public sector workers and refinery workers. Whereas the white-collar jobs, the engineers, the businessmen, the head offices, are all in Calgary. The people that built the rigs, that commute to the oil patch, and the people that work for the Alberta government tend to be in Edmonton. So Edmonton’s been a much more progressive, Liberal/NDP city for decades.”

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“The other to watch is Edmonton Centre. (Chrétien-era Liberal cabinet minister) Anne McLellan won it very narrowly – she was in a dogfight every time. That Liberal support is gone – it’s all NDP. They’ve recruited a star candidate named Gil McGowan, who’s a former president of the Alberta Federation of Labour.”

A riding prediction map produced by Wilfrid Laurier University political scientist Barry Kay shows Edmonton Strathcona, Edmonton Centre and Edmonton Griesbach as solidly NDP, and Edmonton Mill Woods, Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton Manning as too-close-to-call blue/orange races.

St. Albert-Edmonton, where ex-Tory independent MP Brent Rathgeber will run against Conservative Michael Cooper, creates an unusual opening for the NDP.

In a one-off way, St. Albert-Edmonton may have a version of the divided-right dynamic that marked the provincial election. (In a united-right simulation of the provincial election, nearly all polls in St. Albert-Edmonton stay orange.)

“Can an independent win? Usually they don’t, but the situation in which they do, it’s when you have an independent who’s already an MP, and an independent who left on a point of principle, as opposed to being thrown out of his party or losing a nomination battle,” Bratt reflects.

“Rathgeber walked away because he felt that the Conservative party wasn’t conservative, and that it was anti-democratic. We’ll see how that plays out.”

Kay’s map shows Lethbridge as leaning NDP. Bratt predicts it will stay Conservative, despite a strong NDP performance there provincially.

“In Lethbridge, they had a local candidate who had been campaigning for multiple years, who was well tied into the community. There are some vulnerabilities in Lethbridge (for the Conservatives), but in the end I think they will go through.”

Conservative Jim Hillyer won in 2011 despite a reclusive campaign in which he avoided all-candidate forums and refused to speak to the media.

“A potted plant won for the Conservatives,” Bratt says.

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Despite (and in some ways because of) the NDP’s sweeping provincial win, the party’s resources remain very thin in Alberta, Bratt says.

“The NDP does not have a strong organization here.”

“Even the people who won provincially – they were winning nomination battles with under two dozen people. They had paper candidates who didn’t have signs out, who didn’t campaign, who got elected.”

“The situation may be different in Edmonton, because they have more resources. But the reason they had to bring in so much of the Premier’s staff, and communications people, and chiefs of staff for ministers, was because they didn’t have the people in the province.”

On the trail to a cure

Saddling up her horse, Molly Hill remembers how close she came to losing her life.

It was just over a year ago the 63-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer, the most terrifying thing she has ever been through.

“Sure it’s scary for any woman, for the family,” she said. “I was worried about my horse, because if I died, who would look after my horse.”

Hill had a double mastectomy and is now remission. However, she did not want to stop the fight there.

She decided to join the Wild Pink Yonder 500 KM horseback trail ride. The 23-day event raises funds and awareness for breast cancer research.

“I’m riding for my two granddaughters and my great granddaughter, in hopes that something comes for them,” she added.

Wild Pink Yonder in Pincher Creek, AB.

Jane Hurl, who started the ride in 2009, is also a survivor.

“Initially I thought I’d only do one year, but it was so successful I thought maybe I’ll do two,” she said. “Halfway through our second year my step daughter died from breast cancer. At that point you got to be pretty mad at breast cancer.”

It was then that finding a cure became her top priority, turning Wild Pink Yonder into an annual event.

Map of Wild Pink Yonder 2015 Tour.

The ride is hosted by 23 different municipalities across Alberta, each helping raise funds for the ride and getting their communities involved in the hopes to be named The Pinkest Little Town in the West.

“They are going above and beyond, I just love it,” added Hurl. “It just helps us so much, and when it helps us every single person that gets told ‘you have cancer.’”

If you would like more information on the fundraiser go to: Wild Pink Yonder.

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WATCH: First official trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s new film ‘The Hateful Eight’ – National

TORONTO – “Well well well…Looks like Minnie’s Haberdashery is about to get cozy for the next few days.”

So intones Tim Roth’s character in the first official trailer for director Quentin Tarantino’s latest film The Hateful Eight, a madcap western starring a who’s who of the director’s previous films.

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After a blizzard forces bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell), and his captive Daisy Domergue (Jennifer Jason Leigh) to seek shelter in a remote Wyoming cabin along with six strangers, allegiances are tested and tensions run high as the group suspects one of them may not be who they claim to be.

The film brings back many of the stars of the director’s previous works including the aforementioned Roth, Russell, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Zoe Bell, and more.

READ MORE: Quentin Tarantino, Tracy Morgan among additions to Hollywood Walk of Fame

The film represents a return to the Western genre for Tarantino after 2012’s Django Unchained, a rare move for a director known for his broad range of cinematic genres.

The film also came very close to not being made at all – in an interview with Deadline, Tarantino said he considered dropping the project all together after an early draft of the script was leaked online.

However, he changed his mind after a live reading of the script at the United Artists Theater (featuring much of the current cast) was very well received.

The film will hit theatres in North America on Christmas Day 2015.

Calgary man charged after bank robbery, helicopter chase, car crashes

CALGARY – A man has been charged after a bank robbery in the city’s southwest ended in a car crash on Tuesday afternoon.

Calgarian James Andrew Boisse, 31, has been charged with one count of robbery, police said Wednesday.

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Police said a call came in at 3:34 p.m. Tuesday after a lone man entered the ATB Financial bank in the 900 block of 85 St. S.W. He approached a teller with a note demanding cash, and was given an undisclosed amount of money before leaving the bank. No one was injured in the bank.

Police said the man got into a red hatchback with a woman and drove away at a high rate of speed.

A HAWC helicopter followed the car, which ended up causing two minor collisions, including a crash into another vehicle near the intersection of Sarcee Trail and 17 Avenue S.W.

The suspect and a woman who police described Wednesday as a passenger in the car tried to flee on foot after the crash. Both were taken into custody.

Boisse is set to appear in court on Thursday.

The woman was released and isn’t expected to be charged.

Calgary police continue to investigate and further charges related to dangerous driving could be laid as the CPS Traffic Section investigates the crashes.

Anyone who may have information is asked to call Calgary police at 403-428-8787, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Watch below: Attempted Calgary bank robbery leads to helicopter chase, car crash on Aug. 11. Stefan Keyes reports.

Jimmy Carter says he has cancer, revealed by recent surgery

WATCH ABOVE: Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said on Wednesday that a surgery he had on his liver showed he has cancer, a disease his three siblings and father all died from. Dr. Jon LaPook has the story.

ATLANTA – Former President Jimmy Carter announced he has been diagnosed with cancer in a brief statement issued Wednesday.

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The statement from the Carter Center makes clear that Carter’s cancer is widely spread, but not where it originated, or even if that is known at this point. The liver is often a place where cancer spreads and less commonly is the aprimary source of it. It said further information will be provided when more facts are known, “possibly next week.”

“Recent liver surgery revealed that I have cancer that now is in other parts of my body,” Carter said in the statement. “I will be rearranging my schedule as necessary so I can undergo treatment by physicians at Emory Healthcare.”

Carter, 90, announced on Aug. 3 that he had surgery to remove a small mass from his liver.

READ MORE: George H.W. Bush, 91, falls at Maine home, breaks bone in neck

Carter was the nation’s 39th president, defeating Gerald Ford in 1976 with a pledge to always be honest. A number of foreign policy conflicts doomed his bid for a second term, and Carter lost to Ronald Reagan in a landslide.

After leaving the White House, he founded the centre in Atlanta in 1982 to promote health care, democracy and other issues globally, often with wife Rosalynn by his side, and won a Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

He has remained active for the centre in recent years, making public appearances at its headquarters in Atlanta and travelling overseas, including a May election observation visit to Guyana cut short when Carter developed a bad cold.

Carter also completed a book tour this summer to promote his latest work, A Full Life.

READ MORE: Former President Jimmy Carter undergoes liver operation

Carter included his family’s history of pancreatic cancer in that memoir, writing that his father, brother and two sisters all died of the disease and said the trend “concerned” the former president’s doctors at Emory.

“The National Institutes of Health began to check all members of our family regularly, and my last remaining sibling, Gloria, sixty-four, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and died in 1990,” Carter wrote. “There was no record of another American family having lost four members to this disease, and since that time I have had regular X-rays, CAT scans, or blood analyses, with hope of early detection if I develop the same symptoms.”

Carter wrote that being the only nonsmoker in his family “may have been what led to my longer life.”

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to President Carter,” said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society.

“There’s a lot we don’t know,” but the first task likely will be determining where the cancer originated, as that can help determine what treatment he may be eligible for, said Dr. Len Lichtenfeld, deputy chief medical officer of the American Cancer Society. Sometimes the primary site can’t be determined, so genetic analysis of the tumour might be done to see what mutations are driving it and what drugs might target those mutations.

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TDSB names rookie trustee Robin Pilkey as new chair – Toronto

TORONTO — A first-term trustee is taking over as chair of the largest school board in Canada.

Parkdale-High Park trustee Robin Pilkey was acclaimed as the head of the Toronto District School Board during a special meeting Wednesday.

Pilkey was the lone candidate looking to fill the shoes of outgoing chair Shaun Chen, who’s leaving to run for federal office as the Liberal candidate in the new riding of Scarborough North.

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She steps straight into a difficult position, as head of an embattled board and with ongoing labour issues unresolved with just 27 days until the start of the school year. Nonetheless, she sounded cautiously positive after her win.

“I want to offer my sincere thanks to my fellow trustees for placing their faith in me as Chair — a role that I approach with both a fresh perspective and a renewed sense of optimism,” she said after her win.

“While there are challenges ahead, I’m confident that our Board will meet them head on.”

Among those challenges is an upcoming report by former Toronto mayor Barbara Hall, examining the structure of governance of the board plagued by infighting. An external review published last January said a “culture of fear” permeated the board, leading to paranoia and mistrust.

Pilkey serves an abbreviated term that runs until November 30, when the board holds a full election.

Acting chair Sheila Cary-Meagher will resume her duties as vice-chair and the next board meeting takes place on August 26.

WATCH: Beauty queen stripped of title, jailed for faking cancer – National

A Pennsylvania beauty queen has been jailed on charges she faked having leukemia to benefit from fundraisers, and will be stripped of her title.

Online court records show 23-year-old Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates of State College was arraigned Tuesday on charges of theft by deception and receiving stolen property. State police say an April bingo benefit raised $14,000 for the Miss Pennsylvania U.S. International pageant winner. Troopers are asking the public to come forward if they have donated money to Weaver-Gates.

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“There’s many people out there that have family friends, neighbours that are affected with some sort of cancer. Unfortunately you have people out there who take advantage of that,” Pennsylvania State Trooper Thomas Stock told NBC affiliate WJAC.

Police said the investigation into Weaver-Gates found many inconsistencies, including how the beauty queen didn’t know the names of her doctors. They also found that she was not registered as a patient at any of the hospitals from which she claimed she was receiving treatment.

The elaborate lie even deceived Weaver-Gates’ family, as they would take her to the hospital for treatments and wait for her in the waiting room for several hours.

The backlash on Weaver-Gates’ Facebook page has been swift and harsh. Commenters have called her a “con artist” and “despicable” for her alleged plot.

Butler’s Beauties, the company that sponsors the pageant, said in a Facebook page statement that they were also “led to believe that she was dealing with this horrible disease” and are making her return her crown and sash.

Records don’t list an attorney for Weaver-Gates, who faces a preliminary hearing Aug. 19.

– With files from the Associated Press

Heat advisory issued for Edmonton region – Edmonton

WATCH ABOVE: While it’s not officially a heat wave, we are in the midst of another stretch of scorching weather. As Tom Vernon explains, those who work and play outside need to be extra careful.

EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services issued a heat advisory for the Edmonton zone Wednesday, as temperatures in the region are expected to soar over the next few days.

The advisory will be in effect until noon on Friday.

AHS is reminding people of the following tips to avoid burns, exhaustion and heat stroke:

Consider rescheduling outdoor activities to cooler hours of the day;Take frequent breaks from heat, spending time indoors at cooled public buildings (including malls or indoor pools);Drink plenty of water and other non-alcoholic, non-caffeinated beverages to stay hydrated;Do not leave any person or pet inside a closed vehicle. Apply a sunscreen of at least sun protection factor (SPF) 30, at least 20 minutes before heading outdoors;Be sure the SPF 30 screens out both UVA and UVB rays, and reapply frequently (as directed on product label);Wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses (with a UVA/UVB CSA certified seal);Wear light-coloured long-sleeved shirts and pants that cover skin.

“Normal activity that may be safe on a cool day might be dangerous in current weather conditions. If you start to feel overheated, stop your activity immediately, seek shade and drink fluids,” advised Dr. Joanna Oda, a medical officer of health in the Edmonton Zone.

Oda said people also need to look out for each other, particularly those with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly and the very young.

“Excessive heat can aggravate underlying medical illness such as congestive heart failure, and can also be of heightened danger to children and seniors. Individuals who are socially isolated may not know when or how to seek help, or be able to monitor their own symptoms.”

WATCH: Margeaux Morin’s long-range weather forecast

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Harper speaks at Conservative rally in Edmonton

WATCH ABOVE: Conservative Leader Stephen Harper spoke at a rally in Edmonton Wednesday. Provincial affairs reporter Tom Vernon was there and has the details.

EDMONTON — Conservative Leader Stephen Harper made a stop in Edmonton Wednesday to speak to party supporters at a local rally.

Harper spoke about what he believes are his party’s strengths: security and the economy.

With the majority of his speech focused on the economy, Harper aimed his attacks on the Liberals and NDP.

Harper reminded supporters that Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau once said the budget will balance itself. He also made reference to a comment Trudeau made in Regina earlier Wednesday.

Trudeau said his party will grow the economy not from the “top down,” but from the “heart outwards.”

“What does that mean? I tell you what it means, it means Justin Trudeau is just not ready,” Harper said Wednesday afternoon.

WATCH: Harper says voting Conservative is the ‘right’ choice

When talking about the NDP, Harper said tax increases are in the party’s DNA. He also drew in Alberta’s NDP government with his attack, speaking about its economic record in the province.

“More and more people, like the company we’re in, we’re here at right now, more and more worried about what this gamble with an NDP government is going to mean. But friends, the bottom line is this: we cannot afford to take this kind of NDP gamble with our entire country and we will not,” said Harper.

WATCH: Harper slams Alberta’s NDP government

While Edmonton has long been a Conservative stronghold, the Liberals and NDP believe they have a good chance in the October election.

Wednesday was Harper’s first appearance in Edmonton since May 2014.

Harper was in Vancouver earlier Wednesday, where he announced plans to spend half a million dollars next year to figure out just how many foreign investors own condos and homes across Canada, many of them sitting empty year-round.

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5 things we learned from Nigel Wright’s emails in the Duffy trial – National

WATCH ABOVE: Nigel Wright took the stand to explain why he gave Mike Duffy a $90,000 cheque to pay off his senate expenses – and shed some light on what Stephen Harper knew about it. Laura Stone reports.

Hundreds of pages of emails were presented as evidence as Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, testified at Senator Mike Duffy’s trial on Wednesday.

The emails detail the machinations that went on behind the scenes in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) as Wright and other staff attempted to manage the Duffy situation.

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Here are some things we learned from those emails:

1. The PMO carefully managed Duffy’s repayment and statements about it.

The image below shows a draft statement prepared for the senator and its goals.

2. The PMO reviewed a statement that accompanied Duffy’s $90,000 repayment,  but said they were not involved in writing it.

3. Nigel Wright was “beyond furious” to learn just how much money Duffy owed – but he paid it anyway.

4. Wright was worried about Duffy “going squirrelly” on weekend television shows.

5. Duffy was very upset by a Global News story – and PMO was baffled by his responses to Global reporters, since he had already paid back the money that they were asking about. Wright also said that he would “unleash Tkachuk” (Conservative Senator David Tkachuk) if Duffy tried to get back any of the money.

Global also got a notable mention earlier in the year in this (probably sarcastic) email exchange:

Read the full text of Nigel Wright’s emails below.

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Riverhouse Art Gallery a colourful landmark in revitalized Riversdale – Saskatoon

Watch above: It sits along the South Saskatchewan River in Saskatoon with a park as its backyard. Meaghan Craig introduces us to the Riverhouse Gallery, its owner and its history.

SASKATOON – Saskatoon is filled with diverse neighbourhoods but Riversdale takes the cake for character homes. One home in particular that may catch your eye as you walk along Spadina Crescent West is the Riverhouse Art Gallery,  a house that has evolved over the years along with the city blocks around it.

Nestled along the riverbank, the home’s eye popping exterior creates a picture of this home’s colourful past.

“I feel that I don’t own the house that I’m the current care taker. It has a life of its own, it has a spirit of its own,” said homeowner Cecilia Elizabeth.

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In 1995, Elizabeth and her husband bought the home for both its views and ample space for an art studio on the main floor.

“I fell in love with the house, I always wanted a great big old house and so to me it didn’t matter where it was.”

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The vision for this home even before it was built was grand with the soul intention that someone of prominence would call it home.

“The house cost, in 1908, five thousand dollars to build it and that was what was on the land-title.”

While it isn’t designated a heritage property according the Elizabeth, the home’s history runs deep and at times has been known as the “Lawton House” in addition to the “Woman’s House.”

“This house, out of the 10 owners, has been owned by eight women.”

A number of Saskatoon’s rich and famous have lived here as well as some rather infamous people. Elizabeth says according to one landlord, convicted murderer Larry Fisher lived here on the third level in the ’70s.

“All she would say is he was not a good tenant.”

Elizabeth admits the Riversdale neighbourhood has had it’s ups and downs over the years but revitalized it’s come a long way.

“I would have friends that would say I won’t drive through Riversdale unless I lock my doors that’s changed. I have 40 students coming weekly to my classes and they never worry about coming here to do classes.”

Riversdale is in a period of rebirth as new boutiques open, eateries with new builds reshaping one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. Elizabeth says if she has her way she’ll continue to live and eventually die here.

“It’s my kids inheritance,  I say ‘Be nice to me because this is your inheritance ’cause they’re not to get any money’,” laughed Elizabeth.