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Medicine Hat News (Newspaper) - September 5, 2015, Medicine Hat, AlbertaM Ain. 403 527 1101 c circulation. 403 528 5767 n newsroom. 403 528 news c classified. 403 526 sold City. A3 opinion. B7 sports. A9 classifieds. C2 comics crossword. B8 nation. A8 West. A7 world. A14 0 95225 87908 1 13 Good morning weather a4 phone us Index to the readers of the Medicine hat news including our valued subscriber Pat Brenda lib Oiron $ 1.25 plus get $ 1.43 Friday saturday m Medicine a news. Com tigers tabbies open preseason with win in Lethbridge a10 tech Bridge still not done a6 saturday september 5, 2015 9 the Canadian press Ottawa the charged debate Over Canadas acceptance of syrian refugees the subject of tear choked addresses this week by All three major party leaders began settling on to More familiar partisan turf Friday As prime minister Stephen Harper and nip Leader Tom Mulcair sparred Over Canadas military role in the conflict. Harper Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau each in their own Way have acknowledged that a More focused humanitarian Effort is needed to Speed the movement of displaced syrian families into Canada. Their emotional pledges to do better followed revelations thursday that the family of a drowned three year old syrian boy photographed lying in the surf of a turkish Beach had aspired to come to Canada where they had relatives in Vancouver. But the common spirit of compassion unusual in the midst of a Federal election began fraying before thursday was Over and by Friday the bitter ideological divisions were Back out in Plain View. Mulcair dismissed military action specifically Canadas current bombing Campaign in Syria and Iraq As a solution to the refugee flood that is overwhelming Europe and captivating worldwide Public attention. Speaking at a seniors residence in Brossard que., Mulcair said the gut wrenching plight of Alan Kurdi his brother Ghalib and their Mother Rehanna All drowned while trying to flee Turkey for Greece is not the kind of tragedy that can be solved by military Force. See military Page a2 Harper Mulcair revive Syria air War debate Gillian Slade Glade Medicine agnews. Com twitter Mongil Linslade people were being killed in the streets and authorities had him on a detain list there was no question about the need to flee his Homeland says a local syrian refugee. I saw people killed in front of my eyes. It was very dangerous you could be subject to detention any time or killed while walking Down the Street said Mohamad Alsheikh Mohamad 32, who lived with his wife and children in Banyas Syria. It was the most difficult decision of my life. Stay and be detained and killed. Only these two choices. Alsheikh Mohamadi voice quivers with emotion. His brother had already been detained because the eyed participated in a peaceful demonstration and then authorities opened fire. When he heard the authorities were looking for him he fled immediately on a bus to Damascus leaving his wife and children behind. It was the most difficult decision. Like my soul ripped apart from my body said Alsheikh Mohamad who took a flight on to Jordan. His wife Yemen who was pregnant with twins and had two other Young children later managed to get to Damascus but was not allowed to leave the country. Officials in Damascus at the Airport found Moh Amadis name on a list and insisted he needed to return to Syria if she wanted to be with him. Finally Mohamad paid a Complete stranger a sum of Money to drive his wife and children to a Remote Border with Jordan. This person also agreed to arrange for their passports to be suitably stamped. My wife said even if she had to walk All the Way to Jordan she was prepared to do it said Mohamad. See initial Page a2 Collin Gallant Gallant Medicine agnews. Com twitter Colli Gallant a torn up Street and terminated construction contract is raising questions about How a Road project located a Block South of City Hall could get so far behind. This week the City served innovative civil constructors inc., an Ontario company with Alberta offices with a contract termination notice. Alternate construction firms Are being sought to finish initial stages of Road and sewer replacement on second Street downtown fourth ave. On the Southeast Hill and another in Crescent Heights. The head of the Cit yes infrastructure committee says he can understand Why residents Are questioning How delays could go on for months before the City stepped in. I can understand Why a person would ask whereas the oversight a said coun. Robert Dumanowski on Friday. But this was not off the radar at City Hall. We cant arbitrarily terminate a contract without meeting certain hurdles and dates. There was a deliberate Legal process that we had to follow. Not much else is being said by City administrators about their dealings with Icci but on wednesday they stressed they Are moving to ensure municipal pipes and roads will be completed and protected from damage before Winter. Typically in Road or Utility construction the City employs the related engineering firm As the project manager to oversee. While City inspectors have final Signoff authority the outside firm ensures ongoing construction is done properly and provides updates. The Engineer represents the City in the contract and responsible for daily and weekly Progress reports said acting utilities commissioner Dave Panabaker. He stressed the firm in this Case associated engineering is still employed by the City and will Likely manage the completion of projects this fall. The projects fall under the environmental Utility department As part of a general renewal plans for replacing water and sewer lines but under two bids. See Icci Page a2 City says it acted As quickly As possible officials say a strict Legal process had to be followed before a termination notice could be issued to construction company news photo Emma Bennett work on fourth Avenue be has come to a halt after the City terminated its contract with innovative civil constructors inc., earlier this week. News photo Emma Bennett Mohamad Alsheikh Mohamad 32, fled Syria in 2012 afraid for his life when authorities wanted to detain him for participating in a peaceful protest. It was months before his wife and children could join him. They arrived As refugees in Medicine hat a year ago. Stephen Harper Tom Mulcair

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