As yellow tape surrounds the pumps at multiple Calgary and Edmonton Petro-Canada gas stations, Suncor is also tracking the situation across the Prairies.“We are monitoring Manitoba and Saskatchewan,” Suncor spokesperson Nicole Fisher said. “But right now, the sites are just Alberta.”The cause for the fuel shortage stems from seasonal maintenance, and Fisher said while they do plan to have supply on hand, in this case, there’s a reduced inventory level.“I don’t have a timeline,” she said about when the stations could come back online. “Just doing everything we can to source additional supplies as soon as possible.”Senior Petroleum Analyst with gasbuddy.com Dan McTeague said the maintenance is at a major Suncor facility in Edmonton.“I would expect Petro-Can’s situation, although it is noticeable, may very well come back into align by this time next week,” he said. “I suspect it may be very close to completing their work.”It isn’t exactly clear how many stations are shut down, but as of Thursday afternoon, some closed stations in Calgary include the ones in Bridgeland, Brentwood, Crescent Heights and Sundance.McTeague suspects some hiked prices coming soon.“Don’t hesitate, if you can see gasoline under $1.29 take it up,” he said.
The Canadian PressMost of the recommendations from a public inquiry three years ago into the death of a five-year-old Manitoba girl in government care have not been implemented, the province’s children’s advocate said Thursday.“We were very surprised,” Darlene MacDonald said on the finding that less than one-third of the recommendations from the inquiry into Phoenix Sinclair’s death have been enacted. “Basically, the only reason I was given was some of them would take time, and with the processes that they were going through, they felt that some would take longer than others.”Phoenix was repeatedly neglected, abused and finally beaten to death in 2005 by her mother and her mother’s boyfriend after she fell through the cracks in government care. The inquiry found social workers frequently lost track of her and closed her file without checking on her.The inquiry report by retired judge Ted Hughes recommended a new central database to better track children in care, lower caseloads and better training for social workers. He also recommended more power for MacDonald’s office, an independent body, to investigate and report on problems.Hughes said the province would have to address the fact that the vast majority of kids in care are Indigenous.The province has acted on 29 per cent of the recommendations, including better training of and education for child-welfare workers, MacDonald said.Half the recommendations are still works in progress, including reducing caseloads and setting up the information database. Social workers are still using an old system from the early 1990s.“My understanding is there was some fine-tweaking done … but it’s still very cumbersome to use,” MacDonald said.Caseloads will only be reduced when the province finds a way to reduce the number of kids in care, MacDonald said. Manitoba has roughly 10,000 children in the system – one of the highest per-capita rates in Canada.It apprehends an average of one newborn baby a day.Another 21 per cent of the recommendations have yet to be addressed. They all relate to expanded powers for MacDonald’s office. The former NDP government introduced legislation to enact the changes, but failed to get it approved in the legislature before the provincial election in April.The new Progressive Conservative government has promised to reintroduce the bill in the coming [email protected]