No one is totally safe from a good prank. Not even a legendary college football coach like Nick Saban.Saban was on a rare vacation over the weekend. It makes sense, because we’re currently in one of college football recruiting’s dead periods, so he’s not allowed contact with recruits until the end of the month.Still, he will apparently pick up his personal phone for a number he doesn’t recognize. And based on a video first tweeted by “Top Tier Jay,” he did just that on or around July 7.The person on the phone in the video purports to be calling about a kicker recruit from “Happy Valley,” looking to set up a visit.The original video of the Nick Saban prank call, which has been going viral:They prank called Nick Saben lmao… be sure to follow @toptierjay pic.twitter.com/0OyMcyTr3R— TopTier Jay (@toptierjay) July 7, 2018Obviously, we don’t know for sure if that is Saban on the other end of the call, but it sounds just like him, and he plays it like a recruiting conversation that he’s probably had a million times.Saban mentions being on vacation, and the dead period. When the prankster references “a recruiter guy” that his player has been talking to, Saban posits that it might be new quarterbacks coach Dan Enos.If anything, it is a good look on Saban to just brush aside some potentially minor special teams recruit that he doesn’t know right away. He definitely isn’t leaving any stone unturned.That may cost Saban some brief embarrassment whenever he sees this video, but he has plenty of rings and trophies to point to in response.
Nova Centre, the largest integrated development project in Nova Scotia’s history, will move forward, creating thousands of jobs, attracting thousands of new visitors, and revitalizing downtown Halifax. The province announced today, July 12, with its federal and municipal partners, that work will begin on a new convention centre in the Nova Centre development. As well, the province, with the developer, will hold a series of public engagement sessions about the centre across the province. “The Nova Centre will change the landscape of downtown Halifax, and also help change the economic landscape across the province,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “The Nova Centre will allow us to work with international business to attract bigger, better partners and organizations to the region; to look more closely at joint ventures.” In just 10 years, the convention centre is expected to generate $85 million in provincial tax revenue, which will support essential priorities like health care and education. “This development will cement our position as the capital of Atlantic Canada,” said Mr. Paris. “Nova Scotia will be home to the first convention centre in the region capable of hosting significant national and international events, events we have not been able to host in the past.” Public input is a key component of new centre’s development. Tim Merry will lead 11 public forums throughout Nova Scotia, on behalf of Rank Inc. and the province, to learn about the vision Nova Scotians have for the Nova Centre, and ensure all will benefit from the economic opportunities the convention centre will provide. Attendees will help to identify ways the new convention centre can attract more visitors to Nova Scotia, and inspire those visitors to travel throughout the province to experience everything it has to offer. “Every new convention Nova Scotia attracts is an opportunity to expose new audiences to our 11 universities, our competitive business climate, local products, diverse research and innovation. Every new visitor is a potential investor or a return visitor,” said Mr. Paris. The convention centre will operate under a Memorandum of Agreement between the province and Halifax regional council. For more information on the public consultation sessions, visit buildyourcentre.ca .
EDMONTON — As governments and regulators consider new rules for methane, a poll suggests nearly three-quarters of Albertans want tighter controls on the release of a potent greenhouse gas from oil and gas facilities.The poll, done by EKOS research and funded by Environmental Defence, says 71 per cent of those surveyed want regulations on methane release to be at least as strict as those in the U.S.“We wanted to demonstrate that people in Alberta, in particular, want to see this issue addressed,” said Tim Gray with Environmental Defence. “The data shows that they do — they care about it a lot.”Methane, also known as natural gas, is a greenhouse gas at least 20 times more potent over the long term than carbon dioxide. The energy industry is Canada’s largest source and controlling those releases is considered to be one of the most cost-effective ways for the industry to address climate change.Many American states already have requirements that force companies to inspect more often for leaks and reduce methane venting, Gray said.The poll says 41 per cent of Albertans think their province should be equally as strict. Another 30 per cent wanted Alberta’s rules to be even tighter.Fourteen per cent of respondents thought the rules should be more relaxed and 15 per cent didn’t know.The poll surveyed more than 1,000 people by phone and online over a two-week period ending Aug. 8 and is considered accurate to within three percentage points, 19 times out of 20.Gray said Albertans have been living with venting and flaring of gas from energy facilities for decades and have a good understanding of the issue.“People in Alberta have first-hand experience with methane leaks,” he said. “People have had to deal with methane in the form of flaring from a human health perspective. I also think they see it as waste — wasted money, wasted jobs.”Both the federal government and Alberta’s energy regulator are designing new rules to reduce those emissions.The proposed federal regulations would force industry to regularly check for gas leaks and install equipment that prevents the gas from venting. They would apply to oil and gas wells and batteries, natural gas processing plants, compressor stations, and supporting pipelines.Ottawa estimates that its proposed rules would reduce methane emissions by 282 megatonnes by 2035.The Alberta Energy Regulator is considering how to meet the government’s target of a 45 per cent reduction in methane leaks by 2025. The industry is the province’s largest source of methane.Regulator spokeswoman Shelley Svetanova says draft requirements will go before the public this fall with final rules expected by next summer.Chelsie Klassen, spokeswoman for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, said in an email that the association is committed to reducing methane emissions. She said Alberta has already reduced emissions and outperforms reductions in jurisdictions such as North Dakota and California.Industry figures say 96.4 per cent of gases were conserved in Alberta in 2016, up from 94.1 per cent in 1999. That means about 770 million cubic metres of gases were released last year, the equivalent of 7.5 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.Gray said industry has resisted legal reduction requirements, arguing instead for guidelines.“If we go with a much less restrictive approach, the result is going to be much higher methane emissions from Canada than is necessary if we match the approach that’s being done in the U.S.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960