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McDonald’s refunds customers for recalled Shrek glasses

McDonald’s Restaurant is offering customers who return Shrek glasses to the restaurant $3, even when the original purchase price was just $1.99.
McDonald’s in Canada has followed the US lead on instituting a voluntary recall of this year’s special edition Shrek glasses. These glasses were produced for the opening of Shrek Forever After. These have been found to have cadmium in the paint used on the outside of the glasses. On Thursday of last week, McDonald’s Restaurant in the United States initiated the recall. Canada quickly followed suit.
“Upon learning of the evolving assessment of standards for cadmium in consumer products in the United States through the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), McDonald’s Canada determined in an abundance of caution that a voluntary recall of the glassware is the appropriate course of action. Importantly, the CPSC has said the glassware is not toxic and Health Canada has said the glassware meets Canadian requirements,” said a statement on the McDonald’s Canada website.
Brandi Schneider, owner of McDonald’s in Drumheller told The Mail customers who purchased the glasses can bring them back to the restaurant for a refund, and more. The Restaurant will give customers $3 per glass.
“This is a voluntary recall, we are always concerned about the welfare of our customers,” said Schneider.
She said so far, there has been a healthy uptake of customers bringing back the glasses, and she is encouraged. She also points out that only Shrek Forever After glasses are being recalled. Shrek glasses from previous movie promotions are not subject to the recall.
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Fourth Annual Relay For Life starts Friday night - Aiming to break $1 million

    The one place to be this coming weekend is the annual Relay For Life as it continues on its quest to raise $1 million.
    This is the fourth annual Relay in Drumheller.  The event kicks off at the Drumheller Stampede and Ag Society grounds at 5 p.m. on Friday night, June 11, and continues until dawn Saturday morning. Organizer Merridy Martin said all the elements are in place to have a successful event.
    So far, there are 18 teams signed up for the event. These teams have been feverishly raising funds to support those with cancer and cancer research. The creed of the event is to Remember, Celebrate and Fight Back, and the whispers made by the teams speak volumes for those affected by cancer.
     The Relay For Life opening ceremonies begin at 7 p.m., and these immediately lead into the Survivor’s Lap. This is where cancer survivors stand up and are counted as victors.  To inspire the event along, piper Dave Daly will lead the procession. This year they expect another strong showing with at least 85 survivors signed up to take part.
    This is followed by the team parade where team members take to the track to start their personal relay. This is also a time for costume judging. Every year enthusiastic teams, often with a theme, will show their true colours. Any guesses as to what Relay stalwarts the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Elvis will be wearing?
    After the parade, the main stage lights up with locally grown entertainment. First up:  Live in Stereo. Other entertainers to follow include Starland Sadie, Band O’ Coots, and taking the midnight slot is Fire Coulee Bandits.
    In a Relay For Life tradition, at 10:30 p.m., the Luminary Ceremony will take place. This starts with a minute of silence and one by one, the luminaries, small bags that are bought in dedication of those who have won the battle with cancer, those who have lost, or those who are still battling, are lit. In short work, the track is illuminated with all these wishes. Luminaries can be purchased in advance from ScotiaBank in Drumheller as well as online. They will also be available onsite.
    Throughout the night emcee Jason Blanke will be holding court directing the action, which includes all kinds of other activities including possibly a limbo contest, a head shaving, face painting, and to get the blood going in the early hours of Saturday morning, a rooster calling contest.
    Martin is grateful for the support the Relay continues to garner from the community and is confident the event will break the $1 million mark.
    “We are sure hopeful,” said Martin.
    To prepare for this year’s Relay, Martin said there is a volunteer’s meeting at the Stampede Barn tonight (Wednesday, June 9) at 7 p.m. to organize for this year’s event.

Wintering Hills wind project earns government’s OK

    The Wintering Hills wind power project has jumped another hurdle, as Suncor Energy has won regulatory approval to build its planned 88-megawatt turbine near Drumheller.
    Suncor Energy Products said Monday the Alberta Utilities Commission had approved the installation of up to 55 turbines on 6,475 hectares of private land 21 kilometres southeast of Drumheller.
    “This is an important milestone," said Suncor spokesperson, Sneh Seetal.
    “It brings us one step closer to Suncor’s largest wind power project to date.”
    In peak operation, the project can be expected to generate enough clean electricity to power approximately 35,000 Alberta homes.
    This output is the equivalent of 200,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.
    The project is expected to be completed towards the end 2011.
    Construction will begin this summer.
    “Wind farms are able to be constructed in fairly short order,” Seetal said of the rate of development.
    Suncor said they had conducted “extensive” public consultation, using letters to land owners, open houses, public meetings with Wheatland County, ads in local papers, and consultation with 27 land owners within a 2 kilometre radius of the proposed site.
    Suncor Energy products currently has joint ownership of four wind farms already in operation, with a combined generating capacity of 147 megawatts.


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