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Wait, Is Peter Going to Let [SPOILER] Come Back on the Show After Eliminating Her? – Cosmopolitan

January 20th, 2020

[Warning: There are Bachelor season 24, episode 3 spoilers ahead—read at your own risk!]

  • After being told that contestant Alayah Benavidez wasn’t being real with him, Peter Weber eliminated her at the third rose ceremony.
  • However, it looks like she might be coming back…

    Wow guys, Peter Weber’s season is BRINGING IT with the content—first we got two episodes with Hannah Brown cameos, then we got a bottle of champagne exploding on contestant Kelsey Weier’s face, and tonight was all about the beauty queen drama. And even though it looked like we had seen the last of Alayah Benavidez, aka former Miss Texas, it seems like that might not be the case after all!

    After Peter eliminates Alayah during a very intense rose ceremony (Chris Harrison comes in to take away one of the roses dramatically), he pulls aside a producer and tells her that he has regrets about letting Alayah go. He doesn’t know if he made the right choice, and worries that he’s going to regret it “like crazy” and that he won’t get past her going home “for a while.” “I thought that was the right thing to do,” he says, “but I don’t know right now. I just hope I made the right decision.”

    THEN during teasers for next weeks’ episode, who shows back up during a group date but Alayah, who saunters in and announces, “I here to freaking set the record straight about what was said about me.” And FYI, the things be said about her presumably refer to most of the other contestants saying that she was fake/Victoria P. telling Peter that Alayah asked her to lie about them knowing each other.

    So, I guess this leads me to ask: Do we think that Alayah will be rejoining Peter and the other contestants on their journey to ~lurve~?

      Alanna Greco is the weekend editor at Cosmopolitan.com and a freelance writer based in New York.

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      Texas pet owner is devastated after vet accidentally euthanizes cat instead of giving rabies vaccine – Daily Mail

      January 20th, 2020

      A cat owner in Texas is devastated after her pet was accidentally euthanized.

      Michelle Olson took her eight-year-old cat Sophie to Suburbia North Animal Hospital in Spring and returned home thinking she had received a rabies shot.

      But Olson and her husband received an alarming call from staff urging her to return the animal as soon as possible.

      Michelle Olson took her eight-year-old cat Sophie to the vet and returned home thinking she had received a rabies shot

      Michelle Olson took her eight-year-old cat Sophie to the vet and returned home thinking she had received a rabies shot

      Michelle Olson took her eight-year-old cat Sophie to the vet and returned home thinking she had received a rabies shot

      But Olson and her husband received an alarming call from staff at Suburbia North Animal Hospital in Spring urging her to return the animal as soon as possible

      But Olson and her husband received an alarming call from staff at Suburbia North Animal Hospital in Spring urging her to return the animal as soon as possible

      But Olson and her husband received an alarming call from staff at Suburbia North Animal Hospital in Spring urging her to return the animal as soon as possible

      ‘It was the doctor herself calling saying, “Please get Sophie back here immediately, we gave her euthanasia instead of a rabies vaccine”,’ Olson recalled to ABC 13.

      Olson focused on having quality last moments with her furry friend as she knew Sophie wouldn’t make it.

      ‘I immediately took her out of her cat carrier and I held her, talked to her, because I knew that was going to be the last thing she would remember. I knew she wasn’t going to come back at that point. I just knew it,’ Olson said. ‘She pretty much was dying in my arms.’

      The vets tried to save the feline’s life but she didn’t pull through.

      The vets tried to save the feline's life but she didn't pull through.

      The vets tried to save the feline's life but she didn't pull through.

      The vets tried to save the feline’s life but she didn’t pull through.

      Now Olson is traumatized by what happened.

      ‘Every time I close my eyes, I see that look on her face and I just can’t get it out of my head,’ Olson cried in a TV interview. ‘They’re very sorry, that’s all they can say really,’ Olson said. ‘It was an accident, I get that, but it was an accident that should’ve never happened.’

      Olson said she was speaking out so other pet owners know to take extra care.

      Sophie was only going in for a routine checkup.

      ‘My main concern is not to bash them at all, just want to make public aware to be vigilant, ask questions that you didn’t think you had to ask of your veterinarian so this doesn’t happen to anyone else,’ Olson explained.

      At the advice of their legal counsel, the animal hospital has declined to comment on the incident.

      Olson said she was speaking out so other pet owners know to take extra care

      Olson said she was speaking out so other pet owners know to take extra care

      Sophie was only going in for a routine checkup

      Sophie was only going in for a routine checkup

      Olson said she was speaking out so other pet owners know to take extra care. Sophie was only going in for a routine checkup

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      Here’s what the proposed Granville bridge redesign looks like – CBC.ca

      January 20th, 2020

      The City of Vancouver revealed its proposed plan for a redesign of the Granville Street Bridge Monday.

      The redesign is meant to improve access and accessibility on the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists in one of the most important connectors in the city, linking the city’s downtown core to the south Granville and central Broadway areas.

      “This bridge is really important to be connecting those two areas of high population and jobs,” said Paul Storer, the manager of transportation design at the City of Vancouver.

      The design was chosen after public consultations and discussions among a diverse set of stakeholders, Storer said.

      Here’s what the proposed redesign looks like

      1) The number of vehicle lanes will shrink from eight to six.

      The Granville Bridge, which was designed for a high-volume downtown freeway which was never built, currently has eight lanes. 

      “The Granville Bridge right now has way more motor vehicle capacity than it needs,” Storer said. 

      The Granville Street Bridge was originally designed to accommodate a downtown freeway. The freeway was never built and so the bridge has far more motor vehicle capacity than it needs, the city says. (City of Vancouver)

      He says the number of motor vehicles that use the bridge could more or less fit into four travel lanes out of the eight,  but this design will still leave six lanes for travel. 

      The space from the two removed lanes will be reallocated to wider sidewalks and bike lanes.

      2) Both sides of the bridge will have newly accessible sidewalks with protective barriers between motor traffic. 

      Storer said most people submitted feedback saying they want both sides of the bridge to be accessible and comfortable to walk on.

      Pedestrians walk along the Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver on Sept. 6, 2019. One of the concerns around the bridge is the current sidewalks are extremely narrow and are not separated from traffic. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

      The west side sidewalk will be wider with more bench seating and mini-plazas at key locations along the bridge. The west side was chosen, Storer said, because people preferred the west-side views of the Burrard Bridge and English Bay.

      Each sidewalk will have barriers protecting them from motor traffic. 

      3) A two-way protected bike lane will be built on the west side of the bridge. 

      The west side of the bridge will have a two-way protected bike lane. 

      Storer said the design team had considered splitting up the lanes in favour of one-way bike lanes on either side but that would have been a less efficient use of space.

      The bike lane would be relatively flat and connect with the 10th Avenue bike route.

      A proposed cross-section of the bridge, showing the widened sidewalks, the two-way bike lanes, and the six lanes of traffic. (City of Vancouver)

      4) There will be traffic signals at four off-ramps to help people and cyclists cross safely. 

      As part of the design upgrade, there will be traffic signals at the Howe Street, Fir Street, Hemlock Street, and Seymour Street ramps to help pedestrians cross safely.

      The new redesign includes traffic signals at crosswalks. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

      “The nice thing about these signals is that because they’re only stopping one direction of traffic they can be really tightly co-ordinated with the traffic signals on either end, so that it doesn’t really introduce any new delay to people driving across the bridge,” Storer said.

      More approvals to come

      The design still has to go through more refinement. There will be public open house events surrounding the design as well as a survey. Vancouver council will discuss the proposed bridge redesign and public feedback between March and April this year. 

      There’s also the question of cost.

      Council has approved $25 million for the redesign, but this proposed model is projected to cost $30 to $40 million. Storer says the first phase of the project could be covered by the $25 million, to be completed within the year 2021.

      The additional projects and funding for the bridge will be subject to council’s approval of the city’s capital plan for 2023 to 2026.

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      Atlantic storm causes Newfoundlanders to step up for their neighbours – CTV News

      January 20th, 2020

      TORONTO — Newfoundlanders have been lending a helping hand to their neighbours after an unprecedented amount of snow hit the Atlantic region.

      Amidst the remnants of last week’s blizzard, there were handfuls of so-called “shovel brigades” and volunteers pushing snowblowers across St. John’s to help people move the mounds of snow.

      In a single day, St. John’s saw the largest snowfall ever recorded in the city: a stunning 76.2 centimetres.

      The display captured one of the province’s greatest strengths — neighbours being neighbourly.

      Homeowner Hasan Hai told CTV News that after clearing the snow, he and his team “had a big hug and a visit and it became a big social thing.” 

      The epic weather event has created its own class of celebrities in the city’s snowplow operators, who went out when everyone else stayed in.

      A video went viral of a man snowboarding in the streets — refusing to let a good snowfall go to waste. One comment online encapsulated the moment: “Only Newfoundlanders could be hit by a storm and make the rest of Canada feel like it’s missing out.” 

      The region’s musicians also joined in on the fun. In the tune of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues,” Derrick Vaters of Victoria, N.L. even played a song about the storm.

      The internet has been flooded with images posted for laughs, which vastly outnumbered those conveying any sense of misery.Some people were seen taking advantage of the wall of snow right outside their doors by stuffing beverages into them to keep them cold.

      Even NTV meteorologist Eddie Sheerr, who covered the storm extensively, seemed to have secured his place in Newfoundland lore.

      But perhaps no one will be as closely linked to the blizzard as Levi Jacob Snow, who was born during the blizzard.

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      Sega Will Announce Sonic News On The 20th Of Every Month In 2020 – GameSpot

      January 20th, 2020

      WWE Raw results, recap, grades: Titles change hands, Brock Lesnar sends final Royal Rumble message – CBS Sports

      January 20th, 2020

      The 2020 Royal Rumble event is just around the corner, but before WWE makes the much anticipated stop in Houston on Sunday to open up the Road to WrestleMania, the go-home edition of Raw came to us from the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas. Raw, which has been on a roll for the most part of late, largely failed to deliver overall as an event the magnitude of the Royal Rumble looms in just six days. This fact was highlighted by the main event choice for the go-home show that did anything but leave fans with the feeling that one of the most anticipated shows of the year is on the horizon, as well as another pointless appearance by the WWE champion. 

      What this episode of Raw did provide, however, was a championship change that can be described as shocking. Seth Rollins’ new faction gained some more power in the form of the Raw tag team championship, though that power is not wielded by the tag team you may think. 

      Let’s have a look now at everything that went down Monday night on the 2020 Royal Rumble go-home episode of the flagship show. 

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      Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy capture the prize 

      Rollins, AOP and new disciple Buddy Murphy kicked off Raw this week. Rollins thanked the crowd, because without them, there would be no “Monday Night Messiah.” After expressing his gratitude, he turned his attention to thanking Murphy for his help last week and standing on the right side of history. He said that it was time for everyone in the locker room to make a decision because the battle lines have been drawn. “Either you’re with us or you’re against us,” Rollins warned before he was interrupted by Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe. Owens said that the problem they have is that despite taking out the Big Show, they didn’t take out he and Joe. Rollins declined Owens’ request for a fight before Joe called him a “lawyered-up asshat.” Aware of the numbers game, Rollins invited them to the ring to get beaten down. Joe, however, pointed out that he and Owens never said they were alone. “Come on out, boys,” Joe ordered before The Viking Raiders emerged. Owens, Joe and the Raw tag team champions cleared the ring of the heels to close the opening segment. 

      In a backstage interview with Charly Caruso, Rollins said they were issuing a challenge to The Viking Raiders for the tag team titles tonight. It won’t be AOP challenging them, though. It’ll be Rollins and Murphy gunning for the Raw tag team championship. 

      Seth Rollins & Buddy Murphy def. The Viking Raiders (c) via pinfall to win the titles: Incredible match here resulting in a big title change just six days out from one of the biggest PPV events of the year. AOP were out right at the beginning of the match but were eventually run off by Owens and Joe who emerged to even the odds. Near the finish, Ivar was posted up on the top rope ready to deliver a leg drop onto Murphy when Rollins knocked him off onto the floor. Left alone, Erik ate a knee from Murphy and fell into the ropes where he was met by a Stomp from Rollins on the apron. Murphy was there to capitalize and get the 1-2-3, giving us new Raw tag team champions. 

      Backstage afterwards, Rollins officially entered himself into the Royal Rumble match, saying that he will assert the group’s dominance even more when he wins on Sunday for the second year in a row. Prior to the main event, Owens and Joe declared themselves as entrants as well. 

      This was certainly a surprise of the pleasant variety, now wasn’t it? The momentum continuing to build within Rollins’ stable captivates every week, and this was a fantastic move to put the tag titles on he and Murphy as the latter immediately bounced back in a major way from his losing streak angle opposite Aleister Black. It gives this feud more time to breathe through the Rumble as Owens and Joe continue their quest to take down the “Monday Night Messiah” and his cronies, and it was also a solid route to take that keeps AOP and The Viking Raiders away from one another which is a massive WrestleMania tag match ready to be handed to us on a silver platter come April. Grade: B+

      Ricochet confronts Brock Lesnar

      Brock Lesnar and Paul Heyman were out to the ring six days before the WWE champion heads into the Royal Rumble as the No. 1 entrant. Heyman again expressed that there is no one in the locker room worthy of main-eventing any pay-per-view, much less WrestleMania, against Brock Lesnar for the WWE championship. He polled the crowd inquiring if they actually believed there was anyone worthy in the locker room, which drew a chorus of boos. Lesnar and Heyman were then interrupted by a rather unlikely adversary. Ricochet was out, and he told Heyman and Lesnar that he has no fear. Heyman warned him to go back to the locker room before he gets hurt, but Ricochet stepped into the ring anyway. The former United States champion challenged Lesnar to a fight right then and there. Lesnar laughed and began departing the ring before returning after Ricochet questioned whether he was scared. Lesnar then walked right up to Ricochet and kicked him in the crotch before grabbing the microphone and proclaiming he’s “not scared” and walking away. 

      I found the closing sequence of this segment highly amusing because it’s hilarious that BROCK LESNAR (!) feels the need to kick someone half his size below the belt and declare he’s not afraid. Aside from that, however, there was little-to-no point to any of this taking place. We know we’re not getting Ricochet vs. Lesnar at any point in the near future, so there was no need for this interaction other than to remind everyone that we could see the two face off on Sunday in the Rumble match for a hot second. The inclusion of the WWE champion in the Royal Rumble as the No. 1 entrant was a hot angle at the jump, but the follow-up has fallen flat. Grade: D+

      What else happened on Raw?

      • United States Championship — Andrade (c) def. Rey Mysterio to retain the title in a ladder match after Zelina Vega provided a distraction at the top of the ladder, leading to Andrade planting Mysterio through a ladder with the Hammerlock DDT. This allowed the champ to grab his title and retain. Post-match, Vega pulled the padding from the concrete floor, but before they could do any further damage, a man in a Mysterio mask showed up. That man was a returning Humberto Carrillo, who sought retribution against the man who took him out. 
      • Aleister Black def. an unnamed enhancement talent via pinfall in mere seconds after a Black Mass. 
      • Drew McIntyre def. Randy Orton via disqualification after the OC ran out and started attacking McIntyre. Orton hit the ring to make the save, and the two eventually ran the heels off before Orton nailed McIntyre with an RKO outta nowhere. Afterwards, McIntyre took the mic and told Orton that he prays they’re in the ring together on Sunday so he can kick his head off and win the Rumble. 
      • Becky Lynch (c) def. Kairi Sane via submission in a non-title match with the Dis-Arm-Her. Post-match, Asuka hit the ring and took out Lynch with the Asuka Lock. Backstage following the match, Asuka said that Lynch is not ready for her at the Royal Rumble. 
      • Erick Rowan def. Matt Hardy via pinfall after the Iron Claw Slam. 
      • Bobby Lashley & Lana def. Rusev & Liv Morgan via pinfall after a spear from Lashley onto Rusev. This served as the main event of the Royal Rumble go-home episode of Raw, which was quite the confusing decision, to say the least. 

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      Trump impeachment: Republican plan for quick trial draws anger – Al Jazeera English

      January 20th, 2020

      The United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday proposed a condensed, two-day calendar for each side to give opening statements in President Donald Trump‘s impeachment trial, ground rules that are raising objections from Democrats on the eve of the landmark proceedings.

      The Republican leader outlined the process in a four-page resolution that will be voted on as one of the first orders of business when senators convene on Tuesday. It also pushes off any votes on witnesses until later in the process, rather than upfront, as Democrats demanded.

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      McConnell has been angling for a speedy trial towards the acquittal of the charges against the president, and the closely held rules package arrived on Monday after Trump’s legal team asserted in a legal brief that he did “absolutely nothing wrong”, urging the Senate to swiftly reject the “flimsy” and rigged impeachment case against him.

      With Republicans holding the Senate majority, McConnell’s proposal is likely to be approved by senators in the president’s party.

      The Senate Democratic leader, Chuck Schumer, called the Republican leader’s proposed rules package a “national disgrace”.

      “It’s clear Senator McConnell is hell-bent on making it much more difficult to get witnesses and documents and intent on rushing the trial through,” Schumer said. He promised to propose votes to try to amend the package.

      White House welcomes resolution

      The rules package arrived late on Monday as Capitol Hill was bracing for the start of the trial.

      After the four days of opening statements – two days per side – senators will be allowed up to 16 hours for questions to the prosecution and defence, followed by four hours of debate. Only then will there be votes on calling other witnesses.

      In the rare event that senators agree to call witnesses, the rules propose that any witness must be deposed and the Senate would then decide which ones, if any, would testify in public.

      At the end of deliberations, the Senate would then vote on each impeachment article.

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      Trump waves before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House [Alex Brandon/AP Photo] 

      The White House welcomed the proposal for a speedy trial.

      “We are gratified that the draft resolution protects the president’s rights to a fair trial, and look forward to presenting a vigorous defence on the facts and the process as quickly as possible, and seeking an acquittal as swiftly as possible,” said White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland.

      In a brief from Trump’s lawyers, they argued he did “absolutely nothing wrong” and urged the Senate to swiftly reject the “flimsy case”.

      “All of this is a dangerous perversion of the Constitution that the Senate should swiftly and roundly condemn,” the lawyers wrote. “The articles should be rejected and the president should immediately be acquitted.”

      Demands for ‘fair trial’

      The 110-page brief from the White House, plus the House Democratic response, come as the Senate could be facing 12-hour sessions for the rare trial taking place in an election year, with some of the very senators running to replace Trump as president sitting as jurors. Democrats warned that such a plan would almost certainly push the proceedings into hours when Americans may not be watching.

      With security tightening at the Capitol, the House prosecutors made their way through crowds of tourists in the Rotunda to tour the Senate chamber. The White House legal team led by Pat Cipollone and Jay Sekulow soon followed, both sides under instructions to keep the chamber doors closed to onlookers and the media. Four TV monitors were set up inside to show testimony, exhibits and potentially tweets or other social media, according to a person familiar with the matter but unauthorised to discuss it who spoke on condition of anonymity.

      Senators are poised for only the third trial of its kind in US history, but first, they must contend with a rules fight and whether to allow new witnesses.

      In their own filing Monday, House prosecutors issued fresh demands for a fair trial in the Senate.

      “President Trump asserts that his impeachment is a partisan ‘hoax.’ He is wrong,” the prosecutors wrote.

      The House Democrats led by Chairman Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee said the president cannot have it both ways – rejecting the facts of the House case but also stonewalling congressional subpoenas for witnesses and testimony. “Senators must honour their own oaths by holding a fair trial with all relevant evidence,” they wrote.

      Nancy Pelosi and managers

      House Speaker Nancy Pelosi speaking during a news conference to announce impeachment managers on Capitol Hill in Washington [Susan Walsh/AP Photo] 

      The White House document released on Monday says the two articles of impeachment brought against the president – abuse of power and obstruction of Congress – do not amount to impeachable offences. It asserts that the impeachment inquiry centered on Trump’s request that Ukraine’s president opens an investigation into Democratic rival Joe Biden was never about finding the truth.

      The impeachment case accuses Trump of abusing power by withholding military aid from Ukraine at the same time as he was seeking an investigation into Biden and obstructing Congress by instructing administration officials not to appear for testimony or provide documents, defying congressional subpoenas.

      In a brief filed earlier, House Democrats called Trump’s conduct the “worst nightmare” of the framers of the constitution.

      “President Donald J Trump used his official powers to pressure a foreign government to interfere in a United States election for his personal political gain,” the House prosecutors wrote, “and then attempted to cover up his scheme by obstructing Congress’s investigation into his misconduct.” 

      But Trump’s team contended on Monday that even if Trump were to have abused his power in withholding the Ukraine military assistance, it would not be impeachable because it did not violate a specific criminal statute. 

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      The president’s team issued several opinions from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel to back up its claims and support its position that it had not illegally defied Congress.

      While the Senate, with a 53-47 Republican majority, is not at all expected to mount the two-thirds vote needed for conviction, the president’s lawyers went so far as to suggest such an outcome would be an “unconstitutional conviction” because of the overly broad articles of impeachment from the House.

      The Trump team claims that the constitution requires that senators agree “on the specific basis for conviction” and that there is no way to ensure that the senators agree on which acts are worthy of removal because a single count contains multiple allegations.

      Administration officials have argued that similar imprecision applied to the perjury case in the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, who was acquitted by the Senate.

      Trump’s lawyers accused Democrats of diluting the standards for impeachment, an argument that echoed the case made Sunday by one of Trump’s attorneys, Alan Dershowitz, who contended in talk shows that impeachable offences must be “criminal-like conduct”.

      That assertion has been rejected by scholars, and Schiff called it an “absurdist position”.

      The White House also suggests the House inquiry was lacking because it failed to investigate Biden or his son Hunter, who served on the board of a gas company in Ukraine while his father was vice president. There is no evidence of wrongdoing by either Biden.

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      Here’s what the proposed Granville bridge redesign looks like – CBC.ca

      January 20th, 2020

      The City of Vancouver revealed its proposed plan for a redesign of the Granville Street Bridge Monday.

      The redesign is meant to improve access and accessibility on the bridge for pedestrians and cyclists in one of the most important connectors in the city, linking the city’s downtown core to the south Granville and central Broadway areas.

      “This bridge is really important to be connecting those two areas of high population and jobs,” said Paul Storer, the manager of transportation design at the City of Vancouver.

      The design was chosen after public consultations and discussions among a diverse set of stakeholders, Storer said.

      Here’s what the proposed redesign looks like

      1) The number of vehicle lanes will shrink from eight to six.

      The Granville Bridge, which was designed for a high-volume downtown freeway which was never built, currently has eight lanes. 

      “The Granville Bridge right now has way more motor vehicle capacity than it needs,” Storer said. 

      The Granville Street Bridge was originally designed to accommodate a downtown freeway. The freeway was never built and so the bridge has far more motor vehicle capacity than it needs, the city says. (City of Vancouver)

      He says the number of motor vehicles that use the bridge could more or less fit into four travel lanes out of the eight,  but this design will still leave six lanes for travel. 

      The space from the two removed lanes will be reallocated to wider sidewalks and bike lanes.

      2) Both sides of the bridge will have newly accessible sidewalks with protective barriers between motor traffic. 

      Storer said most people submitted feedback saying they want both sides of the bridge to be accessible and comfortable to walk on.

      Pedestrians walk along the Granville Street Bridge in Vancouver on Sept. 6, 2019. One of the concerns around the bridge is the current sidewalks are extremely narrow and are not separated from traffic. (Maggie MacPherson/CBC)

      The west side sidewalk will be wider with more bench seating and mini-plazas at key locations along the bridge. The west side was chosen, Storer said, because people preferred the west-side views of the Burrard Bridge and English Bay.

      Each sidewalk will have barriers protecting them from motor traffic. 

      3) A two-way protected bike lane will be built on the west side of the bridge. 

      The west side of the bridge will have a two-way protected bike lane. 

      Storer said the design team had considered splitting up the lanes in favour of one-way bike lanes on either side but that would have been a less efficient use of space.

      The bike lane would be relatively flat and connect with the 10th Avenue bike route.

      A proposed cross-section of the bridge, showing the widened sidewalks, the two-way bike lanes, and the six lanes of traffic. (City of Vancouver)

      4) There will be traffic signals at four off-ramps to help people and cyclists cross safely. 

      As part of the design upgrade, there will be traffic signals at the Howe Street, Fir Street, Hemlock Street, and Seymour Street ramps to help pedestrians cross safely.

      The new redesign includes traffic signals at crosswalks. (Evan Mitsui/CBC)

      “The nice thing about these signals is that because they’re only stopping one direction of traffic they can be really tightly co-ordinated with the traffic signals on either end, so that it doesn’t really introduce any new delay to people driving across the bridge,” Storer said.

      More approvals to come

      The design still has to go through more refinement. There will be public open house events surrounding the design as well as a survey. Vancouver council will discuss the proposed bridge redesign and public feedback between March and April this year. 

      There’s also the question of cost.

      Council has approved $25 million for the redesign, but this proposed model is projected to cost $30 to $40 million. Storer says the first phase of the project could be covered by the $25 million, to be completed within the year 2021.

      The additional projects and funding for the bridge will be subject to council’s approval of the city’s capital plan for 2023 to 2026.

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      Saber Interactive Says The Witcher 3 Update For Switch Will Be “Worth The Wait” – Nintendo Life

      January 20th, 2020

      Newfoundland woman’s car fills with snow after leaving window open in blizzard – Global News

      January 20th, 2020

      Newfoundland native Lola Parsons battened down the hatches in advance of last week’s snowstorm that swept through Eastern Canada.

      What she forgot to secure, however, was one of the windows on her a car that she had left open by mistake — an error that led to the latest viral video emerging as a product of the storm.

      In an interview with Global News, Parsons said she had rolled down her passenger window to see out of her car after having dirtied the windows while driving on the muddy, slush-covered highway.

      She parked her car down the driveway from her friend Gail Soper’s home in Conception Bay, where she was staying for the weekend. Parsons was only able to see her car after having ventured out to check it on Saturday — two days after she first left it there.

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      “We went around to the passenger side of my car and I’m like, ‘Oh my gosh, the window’s gone,’ and then Gail’s like, ‘Don’t touch anything, maybe somebody broke into your car,’ and she started taking pictures for insurance purposes,” said Parsons.

      “And then I was like, ‘No, nobody could break into the car, it was a storm last night. Nobody was trying to break into people’s cars. The wind must’ve blew it out because the winds were really high.’”

      Figures from Environment Canada paint a picture of how severe Newfoundland’s historic blizzard really was. Record-breaking snowfall was measured just outside of St. John’s, with the city of Mount Pearl and the town of Paradise being buried with 93 and 91 centimetres of snow, respectively.

      Powerful winds also buffeted the province, with the strongest gust of wind from the storm recorded as 171 km/h just off Fortune Bay on Green Island.

      0:40Newfoundland shoveling-out after historic blizzard

      Newfoundland shoveling-out after historic blizzard

      “So we look in the car and we start taking the snow out and we’re like, ‘Wait a minute, there’s no glass,’ and I was like, ‘Oh, no, you know what I did? I left the window down,’ and then we both started hysterically laughing,” said Parsons.

      “And then Gail’s like, ‘I need to get this on Snapchat. I need to take a snap, I need to take a video.’ So we did a video. And then after that, it just went crazy. And then my son saw it and he put it on Twitter and Twitter just blew up.”

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      The video of Parsons and her car, which was posted on Twitter by her son Saturday, has been viewed over 390,000 times as of 9:30 p.m. on Monday.

      As for her snow-infused car, Parsons said that luckily for her, it came out of the ordeal in perfect condition.

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      Snow piles high against St. John’s homes after record-breaking blizzard

      “There was a lot of snow in the car. It took me about an hour to get it all out because the wind had, like, whipped it around in the car and it was packed tight under the seats,” said Parsons.

      “So I got it all out of the car as much as I could and I turned the car on, the heater on, and I put the heated seats on and left the car running for an hour and my car is sparkly clean. There was no electrical damage because it was too cold for the snow to melt.”

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      — With files from Kerri Breen

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