5 Edmonton firefighters taken to hospital from west-end cement plant

EDMONTON — Five firefighters were taken to hospital Tuesday after battling a blaze at a west Edmonton cement plant.

At around 11:30 a.m., Edmonton fire crews were called to a fire in a 20-foot coal silo at Inland Cement, located in the area of 170 Street and Yellowhead Trail.

During the call, five firefighters were injured and sent to hospital. Four were released from hospital Tuesday evening and one was released Wednesday morning.

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The City of Edmonton’s Technical Rescue Team was called in to help firefighters down from the top of the coal silo. Hazmat was also on scene to help.

The Inland Concrete Plant is owned by Lehigh Hanson Materials Limited. Gerry Sanderson, director and health and safety with Lehigh Hanson, said the fire broke out at around 9 a.m.

“What I’m told is [there’s] a potential he inhaled some CO2 [carbon dioxide] or some hazardous gas and became light-headed. They received oxygen on scene,” Sanderson said of one firefighter’s injury.

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Sanderson described the blaze as a smouldering fire with no flames and a lot of smoke. He said a coal fire is very uncommon and has never seen anything like this in his career.

“A lot of smoke. A lot of smoke in the general area. They would be wearing a breathing apparatus on their face obviously for contaminants in the air,” Sanderson explained.

The extent of the firefighter’s injuries have not been confirmed by fire or health officials.

Sanderson said no employees at the concrete plant were injured in the fire.

The plant is operating as usual.

The city said 56 firefighters worked diligently to get the fire was under control by 8:47 p.m.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: The original copy said four firefighters were taken to hospital. The city said Wednesday that five firefighters were taken to hospital.

Body shaming backlash: Magazine for girls apologizes for swimsuit article

NEW YORK – The publisher of a magazine aimed at tween girls apologized Tuesday for offering adult-like tips on choosing bathing suits based on size and curves, unleashing a body shaming backlash.

Girls who are “curvy” on top, for instance, were advised in the latest issue of Discovery Girls to go for a one-piece with other side cutouts or ties to draw attention to elsewhere. Big block patterns were offered for those rounder in the middle — all under the headline: “What Swimsuit Best Suits You?”

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    The magazine is aimed at 8- to 12-year-olds.

    After taking heat on 桑拿会所 and other social media, founder and publisher Catherine Lee issued a lengthy apology on the Discovery Girls Facebook page. She, too, expressed shock that such an approach was published. She called herself the mother of the first Discovery Girl, in 2000.

    “I am in total agreement with all of you regarding this article, so much so that I wanted to make this letter as public as possible,” she wrote.

    “We want to make sure that our girls know that any article that makes you feel bad about your body is not a good article, and should be questioned.”

    The article was supposed to be “about finding cute, fun swimsuits that make girls feel confident, but instead it focused on girls’ body image and had a negative impact,” she wrote. “Nobody knows better than Discovery Girls how impressionable our girls are at this age and we are ALWAYS mindful of this.”

    The magazine has received hundreds of thousands of letters over the years from “girls sharing their insecurities about their bodies,” Lee added.

    She said the magazine is “not immune to making mistakes, but we are always willing to get better and learn from our mistakes.”

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