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Construction work on Mercier Bridge finishes ahead of schedule

As Global News first predicted earlier this week, work on the Mercier Bridge has finished ahead of schedule.

After eight years of complex work, the deck replacement program on the federal section of the Mercier Bridge will be complete by Sunday evening.

READ MORE: Mercier Bridge construction expected to finish ahead of schedule

That is good news for south shore commuters, as all lanes will be open to traffic as of 5 a.m. Monday.

This summer, 78 precast concrete panels were installed at the junction of the south shore access ramp, bringing the total of panels used to create the new deck to 982.

This photo shows the new deck on the Honore Mercier Bridge. Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016.

Courtesy of the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated

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  • Final push to finish construction on the Mercier Bridge

    According to the Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI), the work is expected to increase the longevity of the bridge by 75 years.

    READ MORE: Mercier Bridge reopened after truck crashes into structure

    Despite technical difficulties encountered throughout the project, JCCBI said “work done around the clock, seven days a week,” allowed the work to be done one week ahead of schedule.

    In a written statement, JCCBI thanked all of its partners with a special thanks to the Mohawk Bridge Consortium for the “incredible work done by contractors.” The rehabilitation of the bridge is one of the largest contracts carried out by Aboriginal Canadians.

    Relief from construction work may be short-lived though, as an analysis is currently underway on the provincial section of the bridge which could pave the way to some major work in the near future.

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Rider players thank Stamps QB Bo Levi Mitchell after drama filled week

The drama between the Stampeders and Roughriders continued Saturday night in Saskatchewan —; in fact, it even got better after the game.

If there was ever a time to master the art of lip reading, watching the post game exchange on the field between both head coaches was it.

“It wasn’t anything complimentary,” Dave Dickenson said, about the comments Chris Jones made to him when they said their goodbyes – which is why he didn’t repeat them.

Several reports suggest Jones finished the exchange by saying ‘win with some class’ while he patted Dickenson on the side.

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But by Sunday, Dickenson was over it.

“Things are said and done on a field that don’t happen in normal life. I’m fine with it. Moving on. It was a big win, that was the key,” Dickenson said. “These types of things take away from the game and what’s important. Football’s an emotional game, so we move forward, no hard feelings.”

Stamps QB Bo Levi Mitchell was anything but surprised by it.

“I saw what we always see after a game playing him,” Mitchell said about Jones.

They say loose lips sink ships, but in this case, a tweet made by Bo Levi Mitchell earlier in the week – which ignited the firestorm, made a CFL rivalry that much sweeter and indirectly led to some big money being coughed up by the Roughriders organization.

The Roughriders were fined $60,000 on Thursday after the Canadian Football League completed an investigation into alleged roster violations.

Saskatchewan also had its 2016 salary cap deducted in excess of $26,000 as part of the penalty.

Mitchell has no regrets though about his tweet or how it led to the Riders drama in the first place.

“I said the truth. I didn’t say anything definite. I didn’t say exactly what they were doing or go after them in a bad way. I just said what I felt, something that everybody in the league knew about.”

The best part of it – even members of the riders organization appreciated it.

“About 9 or 10 rider players came up to me and thanked me(after the game). So if people thought there was hostility with me and the riders – they’re wrong. Because all the players were happy about it, they don’t want that kind of thing,” Mitchell said.

Still, it’s a situation that Stamps Head Coach Dickenson wants his players to learn from.

“I don’t mind having opinions, just be careful. We love the league, we love the game and to be honest, I think the league is doing a good job and what they can,” Dickenson said.

Sadly, the series is over between the Riders and Stamps this season and Saturday was their final visit to Saskatchewan’s infamous football stadium. That’s fine by Charleston Hughes though.

“I know it’s the last time we’re ever going to play in that stadium again. So good riddance.”

Jerome Messam felt more nostalgic however.

“There was a lot of emotions going on because of what happened throughout the week. For me – it was my last game at Mosaic (Stadium), so it was a lot of emotions, just good feelings and memories.”

Messam wouldn’t comment about what was said between Jones and Dickenson, but was familiar with their history.

“They know each other pretty well, they’ve coached with each other and against each other. So I’m not too sure about the dynamic of their relationship but coach Jones is a pretty fiery guy and Dickie’s not going to back down from anyone,” Messam said.

Mum was the word for stamps kicker Rene Parades, who is just focused on showing up and doing his job, as he helped his Stampeders to their eighth straight win against the Riders, kicking four field goals in the 19-10 victory.

“I don’t read lips and I don’t know too much about it,” Paredes said.

Same goes for Charleston Hughes…sort-of.

“I don’t know, I didn’t see much. I just saw a picture. A picture’s worth a thousand words is what they say right, so you can take your insight on what the picture meant and what was exchanged in that situation,” Hughes said with a chuckle.

As much as the CFL might disagree, players and fans chimed into the chirps and twitter-verse action all week surrounding this weekend’s much anticipated game, which also made for some hilarious crowd signs in Riderville.

“It’s good for the league. It’s fun, it’s stories, it fills the seats. It gets people excited about a game. You hear all the boos and people chirping me   – I think it’s fun,” Mitchell said.

It’s especially fun, when the fire starters walk away with the W.

“To kind of silence them at the end with that throw and that catch with Simon and make a big play to seal the game, was fun,” Mitchell concluded.

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Tension in Kelowna over plans to redevelop popular dog park

Some pet owners in Kelowna are determined to try and keep what they consider the best dog park in the city while the city has plans to redevelop the site.

Last fall, the City of Kelowna approved a master plan for a five-hectare property on the corner of Harvey Avenue and Richter Street, which was sitting vacant for 15 years.

WATCH BELOW: Plans approved for a multi-million dollar piece of Kelowna real estate

The new development, near the dog park, is called Central Green and will be a mixed density neighbourhood, which has some residents worried about what that’ll mean for their beloved dog park.

“I’m going to cry if we lose this,” said resident George Wajsen.

The park is meant for small dogs to run free without a leash. It also has many shady spots thanks to a nearby heritage tree, making it more comfortable on hot Okanagan summer days.

A dog  named Lucy plays in Kelowna’s Rowcliffe Park on Sunday morning.

Neetu Garcha/Global News

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    Rowcliffe Park has also been a place for dog lovers to bond for several years.

    “Being new to Kelowna, it’s how I met a lot of people in the area and so it’s social for me as well as for my dog,” said another resident, Patti, who preferred not to disclose her last name.

    “Once it’s gone, I’m going to have problems because I live close by and I don’t really have a yard. This is the only place I can bring my dog to run.”

    Development company Mission Group Homes is partnering with Al Stober Construction to build Central Green.

    READ MORE: New Kelowna residential community gaining ground

    But it’s the City of Kelowna that’s developing the Rowcliffe Park area and it said the park will definitely see big changes.

    There will be a dog run included in the development but much of the space will be opened up for all of the public to use, according to Communications Supervisor at the city, Tom Wilson.

    WATCH BELOW: Old KSS site in Kelowna sold

    Even though the plans are well underway, residents like Wajsen are still hopeful that the city will throw them a bone.

    “I’m going to fight for it, I’m going to [do] whatever it takes,” Wajsen said.

    For the past few months the city has been collecting public input on whether to change its bylaws at a half dozen Kelowna parks where dogs are currently prohibited from.

    WATCH BELOW: Leashed dogs in more Kelowna parks? City seeking input

    The bylaw changes, if approved, would mean as soon as this fall, leashed dogs may be allowed in some city parks.

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2 Houston kids found dead under home; mom in custody

HOUSTON – Two children were found dead under a neighbour’s house Sunday after their mother matter of factly told someone helping her move that she had drowned them in a bathtub, authorities said.

The 30-year-old mother was in custody and not yet charged but “all indications are she is the one who acted alone” in the deaths of her 7-year-old son and 5-year-old daughter, Houston police spokesman Kese Smith said. The woman allegedly said she drowned the children Friday but authorities have not yet confirmed a cause of death.

Smith said investigators were still interviewing the woman and had not determined a motive. She was turned into police by an acquaintance who came upon her throwing away trash in a field, where she allegedly told him she needed help moving right away.

When the man asked about her kids, she calmly said she had killed them, Smith said.

“She was so matter of fact about it he didn’t think she was serious. He thought she was joking,” Smith said. “He continued to help her pack.”

Smith said the man eventually realized something was wrong when he asked again and got the same answer. He then drove the woman toward a nearby police precinct and flagged down an officer, Smith said.

The mother apparently tried burying the children at first but put them under a neighbour’s house when that proved too difficult, Smith said.

Authorities were not immediately aware of the woman having any history of mental health problems, Smith said. He said police had been to the home before but for “nothing major.”

In 2001, Houston mother Andrea Yates drowned her five children ranging in age from 7 years to 6 months in the bathtub of her family’s home. She was eventually found not guilty by reason of insanity in July 2006 and sent to a state mental hospital.

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