Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

--Prairie Update-

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(Alta-Westjet-Lawsuit)

A Calgary woman whose foot had to be amputated after a fall while getting off an airplane is suing Westjet and the Vancouver Airport Authority.

The two-point-seven-million dollar lawsuit by Jaqueline Dyck alleges she slipped in water as she got off the plane.

Dyck says her right foot became infected after two surgeries and ultimately had to be amputated.

The province of Alberta is also listed as a plaintiff in the lawsuit, seeking to recover more than $160,000 in medical expenses from the airline and airport authority.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Westjet denies fault in a statement of defence and the airport authority has not yet filed its response. (CBC Calgary)

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(ATH-World-Triathlon) (Alta note)

The Alberta government is stepping up with three point five million dollars for Edmonton when it hosts the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final in 2020.

The grand final is a five-day competition featuring 35-hundred competitors from 70 countries assisted by 15-hundred volunteers.

It's expected to be broadcast to viewers in more than 150 countries.

This will be the third time Edmonton has hosted the ITU Grand Final, and it is forecast to generate more than 44-million dollars in economic activity for the region.

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(Sask-Spinal-Cord)

A therapy for people with a partial spinal cord injury has shown encouraging results during testing at the University of Saskatchewan.

Dr. Gillian Muir, a researcher on the project, says acute intermittent hypoxia therapy is a non-invasive treatment where the patient is exposed to brief periods of low oxygen.

The U of S researchers have been testing the therapy on animals with spinal cord injuries.

Muir says the spinal cord and brain communicate, but those messages don't get through when there's an injury.

The treatment provides a mild stress and helps the intact cells to get stronger -- and it seems to be working in the animals. …

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