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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - July 11, 2015, Lethbridge, AlbertaDrilling for water its business As usual. But drilling for Oil or Gas will no longer be a common sight in Southern Alberta. Thais the forecast from Gary Leach president of the explorers and producers association of Canada. While Oil company executives in Caigan say the slump in Oil prices As an Opportunity to become More efficient Leach warns that Means layoffs for Many albertan a and the province s Economy will suffer. A this is probably the toughest Challenge we have had in decades a he says. With its Oil and Gas prices both at a. Low Point a Alberta has had a couple of severe blows. As a result Leach says the number of drilling rigs operating in Alberta and nearby provinces has dropped about 50 per cent Over the last year. In addition to a world wide surplus of crude Oil. He says Alberta is also facing increased production and exports from its traditional customer the United states. New Gas discoveries in the Eastern states have led to increased sales to Ontario and Quebec leaving Alberta producers out in the cold. At the same time Eastern provinces have shown insufficient interest in building an Oil pipeline from Alberta to serv e their refineries. A your Industry is in a scrap for Market share and its not faring Well. At this Point Leach says. Alberta producers Are being paid the lowest prices while paving some of the highest costs. Quot that Model is not sustainable and it s triggered layoffs right across the Industry. A tens of thousands have lost their jobs but Alberta has t yet begun to feel the full Impact that will happen Leach says when the workers Severance packages run out. The Industry s difficulties he warns Are being exacerbated by the provincial government s decision to raise corporate taxes and to review the Royalty rates currently paid by producers. But Alberta in t the Only place caught in a Cost squeeze he adds. A at today a global prices there is no Oil production anywhere in North America that makes nevertheless faced with declining production from their older Wells Alberta companies must continue some drilling if they want to meet their production goals. Looking ahead. Leach says there Are few sign it of improvement Over the balance of the year. Quot Don t look for a lot of drilling rigs on the horizon anytime soon wildfire grows in Jasper National Park the Canadian press Jaspe a wildfire burning in Jasper National Park grew substantially Friday As staff w worked to get campers and other visitors out of the area Kim Weir a Parks Canada spokeswoman said the 50-Square-Kilometre fire in the maligned Valley was 14 Kilometres from the town and 15 Kilometres from maligned Lake. A we expect the fire to spread toward maligned Lake that is. To the South and that Means away from the Community of Lasper Weir said. A the risk to the Community is Weir said possible wind gusts and lightning were expected later in the Day. Three Parks Canada fire Crews supported by five helicopters and heavy equipment were Busy fighting the wildfire which officials believe was probably caused by lightning the Road into the Valley and campgrounds in the immediate area was closed the popular Rocky Mountain National Park remains open but with a Complete ban on Camp am games begin thousands gather for opening ceremony Paola Loriggio the Canadian press Toronto weeks of nonchalance gave Way to excitement and Pride Friday As thousands descended on downtown Toronto for the pan american games opening ceremony officially kicking o the largest International Multi sport Competition Ever held in Canada. Hordes of people a and often wearing a flags from More than a dozen countries packed into the Rogers Centre temporarily renamed the pan am ceremonies venue for the sold out show. The crowd of some 45,000 Rose to its feet As team Canada led by Flag bearer and Veteran paddler Mark Oldershaw marched into the stadium w whistling and cheering in a standing ovation that lasted until the athletes themselves took their seats. The stands were peppered with Canadian flags hoisted High. More than 700 canadians will compete at the games which run through Luly 26. The thrill of seeing both her native country and her adopted one perform was almost too much to Bear for Margarita Caropresi 53, who came to Canada from Mexico 17 years ago �?o1 Haven to been Able to sleep for a week Quot said Caropresi who brought a Small mexican Flag beaded necklaces in the country s colours and a Pendant that includes both the Canadian and mexican flags. A this is a big thing in latin. America a she said. A there its just like another game but not for us a its the pan am. So we celebrate this As a serious thing. Its kind of like the Home olympics Quot Roberge de Olivera 39, came from Brazil to Volunteer for the games and said the Chance to support his National team was a a dream come Quot maybe i la cry too Quot he said. Quot because it s emotional to see your country from outside. When you live there you Don t feel the same but when you go outside you feel proud because they represent you Hometown Pride was also in full Force with the crowd a sea of red and White. Some draped themselves in the Maple Leaf while others opted for Quot Canada shirts and hats. Alison Eacock who arrived hours Early with a Large Canadian Flag said the opening ceremony a and the Parade of elite competitors a was the one pan am event she miss. The ceremony kicked off with a Gravity daring stunt from olympic Gold medallist Donovan Bailey in a pre taped bit that depicted members of Canada s Gold medal winning 1996 4x100-metre relay team trotting the Torch around Toronto and eventually to the top of the in Tower. Bailey was the last to receive the flame and promptly base jumped off the 553-Metiie-High Structure parachuting onto the roof of the dome. The Star sprinter then appeared live in the stadium descending from the ceiling. A continued heave see Page a2 Herald photo by Ian Martens course is no obstacle Emma Hiebert and Jagger Bennett race through an obstacle course during the Quot All about wheels Quot week of summer Camp Friday at West. Wind gymnastics club. Along with gymnastics and Parkour the Camps feature a different weekly theme of activities throughout the summer footless rooster now footloose and fancy free of Calgary researchers create new claws for footless foghorn a the Canadian press Calgary a rooster who lost both of his feet to frostbite is cock of the walk once More thanks to researchers from the University of Calgary. Foghorn had. Just stumps and could t walk when bylaw officers took him from a City property earlier this year. Daniel Pang an assistant professor at the University a faculty of veterinary Medicine Learned of foghorn condition and wanted to help. He talked to faculty colleague Mark Lungrin who does some work in his lab on simulated body parts. Lungrin tasked a mechanical engineering student working in his lab with creating prosthetics for foghorn using a 3d Printer. Douglas Kondros first attempt was t successful but his second try had foghorn strutting his stuff once More. The fortunate fowl has been adopted by a family and has a new Home on a Rural property North of Calgary. A i went and got some Moulds of his stubs and scanned them to make a computer Model. 1 got my hands on some wild Turkey feet and used the scanner for that As Kondro explained. A then i printed off the stumps and printed off the new feet and painted them with silicone so they a be sturdy but flexible and soft for the the first ones did no to work. A the really walk and kept tailing Over so i was pretty disappointed a Kondro said. A so i made version 2.0 and 1 strapped the feet onto him. A it was pretty exciting to see him strut can it frn no photo foghorn a rooster who Tost his feet to frostbite walks with new prosthetic legs created on a 3d Printer and designed by so Hutch school of engineering University of Calgary student Douglas Kondro in conjunction with or Daniel Pang with the University of Calgary faculty of veterinary Medicine a this undated handout photo drillers face Tough Challenge number of rigs has dropped by about 50 per cent says official Dave Mabel Lethbridge Herald a Mabel # . 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