TSB says all commercial Beaver planes should have stallwarning system

first_imgMONTREAL – The Transportation Safety Board of Canada is recommending all Beaver-type planes be equipped with a stall-warning system.The agency made the announcement Thursday as it released its report into a fatal crash involving a Beaver floatplane that struck ground near Tadoussac, Que., in 2015.As the pilot tried to manoeuvre the plane closer to the ground, it stalled in a steep turn and crashed, killing all six people on board.The TSB said the experienced pilot didn’t realize a stall was imminent when he was making the turn and the aircraft had no stall-warning system.It is recommending Transport Canada require all commercially operated de Havilland DHC-2 float planes, known as Beaver aircraft, be equipped with such a system.The TSB said there are currently 382 DHC-2s registered in Canada, 223 of which are used commercially.last_img read more

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Canada keen to see Trans Mountain pipeline built get more oil to

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada will continue to produce oil and ship it across the country whether or not new pipelines are built, says the minister of natural resources says.Building pipelines just means it can be shipped more safely, Jim Carr says in a recent interview with The Canadian Press.Next week, Carr will play host to a major conference in Winnipeg looking at how Canada can and will adjust to a low-carbon energy world.However, he says, even as Canada adapts to that new world, oil resources will be extracted and will continue to be shipped.Getting more oil to the West Coast so it can be loaded on tankers and sold to China will be better for the country and getting it there on pipelines rather than rail cars is better for everyone, he says.The federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline is under a legal microscope this week as Indigenous and environmental groups and British Columbia cities argue the process was incomplete and failed to take into account the impact the pipeline could have on everything from killer whales to waterways.The $7.4 billion pipeline project is being built by Trans Mountain, a subsidiary of Kinder Morgan, to more than double the capacity of an existing line between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C.The federal Liberals gave the green light to the project last fall, after making changes to the review process that Carr said included more Indigenous engagement.“We approved it because more than 15,000 jobs will be created,” Carr said. “We approved it because we don’t feel comfortable sending 99 per cent of our oil and gas exports to one country, the United States.”Whether there was enough Indigenous engagement is one of the key questions that will be answered by a court case underway in B.C. this week.Carr said the government remains keen to have the line built. He said the judge will decide whether it can proceed, but the government believed the project was in the national interest when it approved it last fall and still thinks so today.“Nothing has changed that would alter our judgment on why it was approved,” Carr said.Next week’s Generation Energy conference in Winnipeg is a key moment for Carr in his tenure as natural resources minister, as his mandate letter calls for the creation of a national energy strategy. That includes working on energy security and making it easier to produce and transmit cleaner energy across the country.Carr said many key policies and solutions in Canada have come from similar conferences. He also said there is no battle between moving to a low-carbon economy and continuing to produce oil in Canada.“There are examples around the world where the production and distribution of conventional sources go hand in hand with investment in renewable sources of energy and that’s happening more and more now in Canada,” he said.-follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

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Cape Breton man posts unsettling image of brother before he succumbs to

first_imgHALIFAX – The stark image shows a 50-year-old man with short, dark hair motionless in a hospital bed, eyes closed and a plastic breathing tube extending from his mouth.He could be sleeping, or in a coma.But the brief caption above the Facebook photo of Kevin Bernard makes it clear the Cape Breton man was close to death when the picture was taken.“Today, I lost my younger brother to drugs,” Barry Bernard, 57, wrote on Saturday. “My heart is heavy but he’s in a better world.”The sombre and unsettling photograph had prompted more than 600 responses by Wednesday afternoon, most of them expressing sorrow for the Bernard family’s loss. But a few thanked Barry Bernard for using such an intimate and moving moment to raise awareness about the scourge of drug abuse.“Sorry to hear of this,” said one post. “Yet proud of you for telling the story. Maybe … just maybe it will help others realize the dangers of drugs. God works in mysterious ways.”Barry Bernard, who works for the Mi’kmaq Legal Support Network in Cape Breton, says there’s no point in hiding the fact that his brother had struggled with an addiction to prescription drugs for more than 25 years.“Some people were shocked, but people were proud that I put this image out there,” Bernard said in an interview Wednesday.“It’s a story that has to be told … I didn’t think that this photo would be that powerful, but I was getting calls and messages from people I didn’t even know … and some were saying, ‘It’s about time that we took action.’”After his brother overdosed last week while in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., he was transferred to a hospital in Halifax, where he was declared brain dead on Friday.After discussing the matter with his sisters Pamela and Patricia, Bernard said they decided Kevin should be taken off life support.“My question was: ‘What quality of life do we want for my brother? Do we want it for us, or do we want it for him?’ … We all decided that we’ll have to take him off the machine and let the Creator and him decide where he wants to go.”And that’s when Bernard decided to take the photo.“I don’t know if it was my ancestors helping take this photo, but when I took it I didn’t think about putting it on Facebook … but I wanted to show people who have loved ones with addictions that this is real. It happened to me.”Kevin Bernard died at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. The photo was posted at 9:35 a.m.Barry Bernard recalled how his brother, a plumber by trade, was a kind man with an easy smile.“He loved fishing and he loved being with his friends,” he said. “He always met you with a smile.”But he had a dark side. When he was young, he was introduced to some kind of drug at a party and his addiction grew from there.Barry Bernard, who also runs the Eskasoni Red Tribe Boxing Club to keep local kids off the streets, said he would sometimes argue with his brother about his addiction, but the two would always work things out.“At the end, he would still smile, grab my shoulder and say, ‘Let’s go for tea,’” he said. “People want to know his story. It’s real. It’s reality.”last_img read more

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Pierre Tremblay vs Pierre Tremblay two Quebec mayoral candidates have same name

first_imgMONTREAL – The next mayor of Les Eboulements, Que. will definitely be Pierre Tremblay, but voters will have to decide which one.That’s because both the candidates running to be mayor of the municipality 100 kilometres northeast of Quebec City have the same name.While the two Tremblays share a moniker, they say their visions for the area are very different.One of the candidates is the incumbent mayor, who says the 1,330-person municipality on the banks of the St-Lawrence could realize its full potential through further development.“I feel there are a lot of possibilities at the touristic level, at the agricultural level,” he said in a phone interview.“We should try to develop the advantages we have here, especially tourism.”The other Tremblay, who is currently a city councillor, thinks the town’s development should proceed more slowly.He’s concerned that people from out of town buying vacation homes are pushing up the value of land, and wants to protect local farmers from the bigger tax bills they could face as a result.“I’ve lived here all my life, I’m a person who communicates a lot with others,” he said in an interview.“The current mayor keeps things to himself, he comes to council and things have to be adopted right away, it’s too fast.”The men, who are both in their 60s, say they’re not related.Tremblay, however, is Quebec’s most popular surname, accounting for over one per cent of the population in 2006.A online search for “Pierre Tremblay” in the province’s phone listings currently yields over 1,500 results.To ensure voters can tell them apart, the two candidates are featuring their street addresses prominently on their campaign material.Since photos aren’t allowed in the voting area, the candidates’ full addresses will appear on the ballots along with their names.The city held a draw to see which candidate will be listed first on the ballot.While such coincidences are rare, they’re not unheard of.Ten of 24 candidates who recently ran for council in Trout River, N.L. all had the same last name — Crocker.And in 2016, three candidates named Vasile Cepoi ran for mayor in a town in Romania, according to The Associated Press.last_img read more

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Funeral chain creates program to underscore the dangers of fentanyl

first_imgLANGLEY, B.C. – A funeral services chain in British Columbia is developing a program it hopes will cut the number of drug deaths related to fentanyl among children and young adults.Alternatives Funeral and Cremation Services has created a fentanyl prevention program after a funeral home in the chain reported serving four to five families every month who had lost a loved one to an overdose in Metro Vancouver.The owner of the chain, Tyrel Burton, says the company felt it could no longer tolerate those numbers and unlike other programs focusing on harm reduction, it decided to aim at prevention through the use of visual aids that it describes as “powerful, perhaps even controversial.”The program includes a poster of grieving family members surrounding a coffin, under a banner reading “Will fentanyl be the reason for your next family get-together?”A casket and hearse are also part of the 45-minute presentation aimed at parents and their children aged 12 and up.The death toll has surged since the powerful opioid fentanyl arrived in the province.Coroners service statistics between January and September of this year show there were 186 deaths involving victims aged 10 to 29.The company’s presentation also involves personnel from local victim services and parents who have lost a child or young adult family member to addictive drugs.“We felt that we had to do something to reach teens and young adults before they become addicted,” Burton said in a news release. “This program is our response to what we see as a critical need.”Funeral director John Romeyn in nearby Abbotsford said he backs the program after hearing a comment from a grieving dad.“I had a father say to me, ‘I was supposed to (be choosing) clothes for my daughter to wear for her graduation. Now I’m picking something to wear for her casket,’” he said.Romeyn said all of those involved in the presentation try to impress on young people that no one is immune from the dangers of fentanyl or other opioids.“We’ve dealt with pastors’ children and lawyers’ kids, and everyday people who are out there … either experimenting or the casual user who isn’t aware of what’s out there,” he added.The funeral home plans to visit schools, church youth groups and community centres around Metro Vancouver with presentations, which are expected to begin in early 2018. (The Canadian Press, CKNW)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly stated that the coroners service was involved in the presentation.last_img read more

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Details about sale and use of pot in BC

first_imgVANCOUVER – British Columbia has announced details of how marijuana will be sold and regulated in the province once the federal government makes it legal later this year. Here’s a list of proposed regulations:— Pot will be sold in public and private stores, not where liquor or tobacco are sold.— Personal possession of non-medicinal marijuana for people who are at least 19 will be limited to 30 grams.— Marijuana smoking will be allowed in public places where tobacco smoking or vaping is permitted, but not in parks or beaches where children would go.— Adults will be permitted to grow up to four plants per household, but landlords are allowed to prohibit cultivation.— A 90-day driving ban will apply to anyone caught driving while drug-impaired, and the province will increase training for law enforcement officers to recognize impairment.— A registration process will be launched for people applying for a cannabis retail licence, but licences will not be issued without the support of local governments.— The changes are expected to be introduced in the spring legislative session.last_img read more

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Veteran supreme court judge named head of Nova Scotias police watchdog agency

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia has appointed retired judge Felix Cacchione as director of the province’s independent police watchdog agency.Cacchione will be heading the Serious Incident Response Team after 32 years on the bench, having recently retired from the Nova Scotia Supreme Court.He replaces interim director John Scott, who was appointed to replace the agency’s first director, Ron MacDonald.The agency started up in 2012.Cacchione’s appointment comes into effect Monday.The Montreal-born former judge studied law at Dalhousie University and has been a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society since 1975.He practised criminal law throughout his career and was appointed a Nova Scotia county court judge in 1986 and a Supreme Court judge in 1993 when the courts merged.last_img read more

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In the news today March 9

first_imgFive stories in the news for Friday, March 9———TRUDEAU TO NAME NEW RCMP BOSS IN REGINAPrime Minister Justin Trudeau has a busy schedule in Regina today, including the naming of a new RCMP commissioner. Sources say the prime minister will name Brenda Lucki to the post during an event at the force’s “Depot” training academy. Trudeau is also set to deliver remarks at a library about parental leave measures in last week’s federal budget, and he’ll meet with new Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe. Last night, Trudeau told supporters at a fundraiser that Canada needs to do more to help Indigenous people.———COURT TO HEAR ARGUMENT TO EXTEND ONT. PC LEADERSHIP RACEA Toronto lawyer representing a disenfranchised member of Ontario’s Progressive Conservative Party says he’s taken legal action in an effort to extend the party’s leadership race. Jeffrey Radnoff says the Superior Court of Justice is scheduled to hear his application for an injunction this morning, just hours before voting in the contentious race was scheduled to end. The party ruled against prolonging the race late Wednesday, saying that would contravene its constitution. But Radnoff said in an email late Thursday that his client, along with a “significant number” of party members, had not received a personal identification number allowing him to vote.———B.C. JUDGE TO RELEASE POLYGAMY DECISIONA judge in British Columbia is scheduled to hand down a decision today in a constitutional challenge of Canada’s polygamy laws. Winston Blackmore and James Oler were found guilty last July of having multiple wives, but they argue the law infringes on their rights to freedom of religion and expression. Blackmore has been found guilty of marrying two dozen women, while Oler was found to have five wives. The convictions have not been entered pending the outcome of the constitutional arguments.———CHAMPAGNE TO ANNOUNCE NEW TRADE TALKSInternational Trade Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne is in Paraguay today, where he’s set to announce the start of free trade talks with the Mercosur group of South American countries. Officials say negotiations with the bloc — which also includes Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay — could begin within the next 10 days. But experts say striking a deal won’t be easy, as Brazil and Argentina have been reluctant to talk free-trade with Canada in the past.———‘LOVEWINS’ CONCERT FACES BACKLASH FROM LGBTQ COMMUNITYOrganizers of a concert billed as “part vigil, part celebration” in the wake of the arrest of an alleged serial killer have responded to some of the concerns raised by members of Toronto’s LGBTQ community. LoveWins is a free music event planned for March 29, with a lineup that features Carole Pope and members of the Barenaked Ladies. Critics say the plans are tone deaf regarding what’s actually happening in Toronto’s LGBTQ community, as police continue to seek answers about a man who allegedly targeted gay men in the city for years. A poster promoting the concert was taken down from the event’s Facebook page Thursday night.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Statistics Canada releases the labour force survey for February and the industrial capacity utilization rates for the fourth quarter— Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer attends the Canada – United Kingdom Chamber of Commerce roundtable in London.— Finance Minister Bill Morneau delivers remarks and discusses the federal budget at New York’s Penn Club.— A Halifax judge will deliver his decision in the case of two men charged with manipulating the price of Knowledge House Inc. shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange.— The Paralympic Winter Games opening ceremony takes place in Pyeongchang. Cross-country skier Brian McKeever will be Canada’s flag bearer.last_img read more

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Starting Friday Canadians to get emergency alerts on their cellphones

first_imgStarting Friday, Canadians won’t have to be near a television or radio to receive emergency alerts.Life-threatening emergencies will now be broadcast on compatible mobile phones.The National Public Alerting System — commonly called Alert Ready — will include wireless networks, in addition to traditional broadcast channels.In the case of a life-threatening emergency, officials will send a localized alert that will compel compatible phones to emit an alarm and display a bilingual text warning.Situations that could prompt an alert include forest fires, terrorist threats or an Amber Alert for a missing child.Canada’s broadcast regulator, the CRTC, has said that wireless carriers will conduct one test of the system during the week of May 6.The shrill, siren-like alarm tone is the same one that currently accompanies emergency broadcasts on radio and television.The Alert Ready website says individuals will not be billed for the messages.last_img read more

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Heres a quick glance at unemployment rates for March by province

first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s national unemployment rate was 5.8 per cent in March. Here are the jobless rates last month by province (revised numbers from the previous month in brackets):— Newfoundland and Labrador 14.2 per cent (14.0)— Prince Edward Island 10.3 (10.1)— Nova Scotia 7.4 (7.9)— New Brunswick 8.0 (8.2)— Quebec 5.6 (5.6)— Ontario 5.5 (5.5)— Manitoba 6.2 (5.9)— Saskatchewan 5.8 (5.6)— Alberta 6.3 (6.7)— British Columbia 4.7 (4.7)last_img

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Despite Trudeaus progressive rhetoric Canada not immune to populism experts

first_imgOTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau might see his country as a beacon of hope in a roiling sea of polarization and angry nationalist sentiment, but Canada is far from immune, experts warn.Just as he did Tuesday at the French National Assembly, Trudeau likes to portray Canada as a place where progressive values flourish — free trade, ethic diversity, immigration, environmental protection and gender equality.“At a time when the political movements exploit the real anxiety of their citizens, Canada has chosen to be against cynicism and embrace audacity and ambition,” he said.A sizable proportion of the Canadian public believes otherwise, research suggests.Ekos Research and The Canadian Press teamed up earlier this year to gauge populist sentiment in Canada. Fewer than half of respondents — 46 per cent — expressed views that reflected an open-minded perspective of the world and each other, while 30 per cent landed in the “ordered” category, which means feeling economically and culturally insecure. 25 per cent expressed “mixed” views.The survey, an aggregation of polls conducted with more than 12,000 Canadians, carried a margin of error of plus or minus 0.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Its results suggested there is indeed fertile ground in Canada for a populist movement to take hold.Canada has largely staved off the negative politics of pessimism and xenophobia that are major areas of concern in the U.S. and parts of Europe, said Ekos president Frank Graves. But that doesn’t mean populist sentiment isn’t brewing north of the border.“Those forces are very much at work,” Graves said, noting the icy reaction to Trudeau’s remarks from right-wing National Front leader Marine Le Pen.“Those forces are by no means extinguished in France and we see them definitely evident in Canada as well.”Graves cited Ontario Conservative Leader Doug Ford as an example of a political leader who speaks the language of the ordered, populist view, with campaign rhetoric that blames his Liberal rivals for the economic insecurity plaguing those who are struggling.Graves also mentioned recent electoral victories in Hungary and Italy by polarizing populist parties that show populism is on the march.“Canada did seem to be picking a different path on things like xenophobia and trade and immigration,” he said of his findings.“However, there was still a very sizable, very engaged portion of the public that were not buying into this at all… this is by no means a settled issue yet.”University of Amsterdam researcher Mike Medeiros, who specializes in ethnopolitics, political behaviour and political psychology, pointed to immigration as an issue that could become a flashpoint in Canada.Spurred in part by fear of a crackdown from U.S. President Donald Trump, illegal migrants have been streaming over the border into Ontario and Quebec in hopes of seeking asylum in Canada.All it would take is a charismatic leader to come along and exploit such issues to bring nativist sentiment in Canada to a boil, he said.“If (Trudeau) is expressing simply that Canada is different, fine, that’s fair, because Canada is different — or at least it has been so far,” Medeiros said.“But if he is expressing that, ‘We do not have these concerns,’ that is not accurate.”last_img read more

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Royal Canadian Legion releases digital version of the Remembrance Day poppy

first_imgOTTAWA – The Remembrance Day poppy has entered the digital age.The Royal Canadian Legion launched a digital version of the distinctive red flower Friday, which it says can be customized, shared online and used as a profile image on sites including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.The downloadable image looks like a silver coin with a red poppy at the centre. The words “Remembrance Day 2018” run along the top edge, while the bottom edge can be customized to display the name of a veteran or someone in service. Otherwise, the words “We Remember” will appear.The Royal Canadian Legion’s deputy director says he hopes it will appeal to younger generations accustomed to communicating on social media.“It’s the way they communicate to their friends and to groups of individuals and it’s the same as physically wearing a poppy and saying, ‘I support veterans,’” says Danny Martin.He also expects a downloadable poppy would address our “increasingly cashless society,” guessing that a growing reliance on debit and credit purchases mean shoppers often have less cash to donate when faced with a request.In the same way there are strict rules around how a lapel poppy should be worn (over the heart, with the original pin), there are limits to how the digital poppy should be used.Martin says they’re not meant to be altered, and although they can supplant a profile image on a social media account, they’re not meant to be combined with other images.The danger that the poppy can be co-opted and distorted is why the legion is fiercely opposed to creating a poppy emoji, he adds, despite the popularity of miniature images in messages and email.“It’s a free-for-all. People can take that emoji and utilize it for other purposes, which happens all the time in different environments or different companies,” he explains.“You send that thing out in the common domain, then we’ve lost control and we actually, legally, (would be) losing control of the poppy trademark.”Still, he admits there’s “no doubt” someone could manipulate the digital poppy that’s being released now.“Yes, there’s going to be cases where they’re going to abuse the symbol or try and use it for their own cause and we’ll have to deal with that as we go along.”Poppies are meant to be displayed from the last Friday of October until midnight, Nov. 11.Beyond that date, an accompanying link to the online poppy will expire, although the image will remain on sites they’ve been posted to or drives to which they’ve been downloaded, says Martin.The digital poppies are available for an online donation at www.mypoppy.ca until Nov. 11 and are meant to complement the traditional lapel poppy, typically available at cafe and convenience store cash registers alongside a donation box.Martin says the legion is also selling a butterfly clasp that for the first time is allowed for use with the lapel poppy to better secure it in place.Publicity material for the digital poppy featured endorsements by celebrity Canadians including Margaret Atwood, Ashley Callingbull and Don Cherry, who dedicated his poppy to his great uncle, Sgt. Thomas William MacKenzie. He died in battle four days before Armistice Day in 1918.— Cassandra Szklarski in Torontolast_img read more

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Holocaust scholar sues group that said he slandered Poland

first_imgWARSAW, Poland — A prominent Holocaust researcher says he is suing a Polish organization for libel after it waged a public campaign last year accusing him of slandering Poland’s good name for research exploring Polish violence against Jews during World War II.Historian Jan Grabowski, of the University of Ottawa in Canada, told The Associated Press he brought a lawsuit on Thursday against the Polish League Against Defamation, an organization allied with Poland’s conservative ruling party.The league didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the case.The league’s work has been part of a broader effort under the Law and Justice party-led government to challenge research on Polish participation in the killing of Jews by Nazi Germany. Poland was under German occupation during World War II.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Quebec minister refuses to bend on bill upping legal age to consume

first_imgQuebec junior health minister Lionel Carmant is refusing to bend on legislation that seeks to increase the legal age of cannabis consumption from 18 to 21 and ban the product from all public areas across the province.Carmant wasn’t even willing to accept amendments to his legislation during public consultations on the bill Tuesday in Quebec City. His stance led the Opposition Liberals to call the consultations — which are scheduled to end Wednesday — a “masquerade.”Despite calls to modify the bill from some of the 10 organizations that have so far testified in front of the legislature’s health committee, Carmant has refused to budge.“For one week, what I’ve heard is ‘psychosis’, ‘depression’, ‘motivation problems,’ ‘bad decision-making,’” Carmant said in the legislature. “Yes, I hear the groups: all the groups who support us in increasing the age to 21. Who are they? They are those taking care of patients on the ground.”Liberal health critic Andre Fortin said the groups who came Tuesday to testify in front of the health committee “have a greater chance of getting a sunburn than of convincing the minister to change his bill.” The Liberals used six questions in the legislature Tuesday to denounce what they called the government’s failure to listen and its incoherence on the cannabis file.Carmant also resisted calls from Montreal and Gatineau to modify his bill in order to permit the cities to maintain bylaws allowing the consumption of cannabis in most public areas. Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said Carmant’s bill violates the principal of municipal autonomy. Her city currently allows citizens to smoke marijuana in most places where tobacco is permitted.Plante added that roughly 60 per cent of Montrealers are renters, who would be disproportionately affected if the government’s bill limiting cannabis consumption to private property becomes law. The city’s renters would be barred from smoking marijuana in public and in their home, if their landlords don’t permit cannabis.Alexandre Cusson, the president of Quebec’s union of municipalities, called on the minister “to respect the autonomy and the jurisdiction of local governments.”Caroline Plante, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Raptors beat Golden State Warriors 123109

first_imgOAKLAND, Ca. (680 NEWS) — The Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors 123-109 in Game 3 of the NBA Finals on Wednesday night in Oakland, Calif., giving Toronto a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.Here were five key moments from Wednesday’s game:KLAY A NO-GOMinutes before the game, the Warriors made the call that star guard Klay Thompson would not play after suffering a hamstring injury on Sunday in Toronto.The decision put veteran Shaun Livingston in the starting lineup.One half of the Splash Brothers with Stephen Curry, Thompson was the Warriors’ third-leading scorer in the playoffs entering Game 3. With Kevin Durant and Kevon Looney also out, the Warriors were missing three key players.MONEY GREENDanny Green has struggled with his shot for much of the playoffs, but the Raptors guard had a big first quarter in Game 3.After Curry nailed a three-pointer to cut what once was a double-digit Raptors lead to four, Green hit his third three of the first quarter with two seconds left to give Toronto a 36-29 edge.Green had nine points in the first quarter, one more than he had in all of Game 2.LOWRY HEATS UPAfter a tough Game 2 in which he fouled out, Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry looked much more comfortable in the first half of Game 3.With the Warriors threatening to make a run at the end of the first half after the Raptors went nearly five minutes without scoring, Lowry drained a three off a nice feed from Serge Ibaka and then drove to the net for two more points in the final minute.Lowry finished the first half with 15 points, two more than he had in all of Game 2. On the negative side, though, he also picked up his third foul in the final minute of the first half of Game 3.After a Golden State basket late, the Raptors took a 60-52 lead into the locker-room.KAWHI IMPOSES HIS WILLRaptors star Kawhi Leonard stepped up in the third quarter, making sure the Warriors didn’t repeat their Game 2 heroics when they went on an 18-0 run to open the second half.Leonard, held to nine points in the first half, scored 15 points in the third quarter and was a force all over the court.A key sequence came late after Lowry was blocked on a drive to the net. Leonard tracked down the offensive rebound because of his hustle and found Green for a three to put Toronto up 96-80. The Raptors led 96-83 after three quarters, despite Curry putting up 40 points.FINISHING TOUCHThe Raptors got excellent play from Lowry and great energy from Ibaka in nearly five minutes to open the fourth quarter with Leonard on the bench.When Leonard returned, he made an immediate impact. He nailed a pull-up jump shot and then drove by Curry for two more to give the Raptors their biggest lead of the night _ 111-94 with 5:42 left.Later, Leonard escaped a double team, feeding it to Fred VanVleet, who nailed a three right just before the shot clock expired to put the Raptors up 118-105 with 1:37 left, all but sealing it.last_img read more

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Quebec man whose daughters death sparked youth protection inquiry denied bail

first_imgGRANBY, Que. — The father of a seven-year-old Quebec girl whose death sparked several probes about the state of youth protection services in the province has been denied bail.Quebec court Judge Serge Champoux ruled today the man, 30, would remain behind bars until there is a resolution to the charges he faces stemming from his daughter’s death.The man and the young girl’s stepmother were charged one day after police found the girl in critical condition in her family home in Granby, about 80 kilometres east of Montreal. In the hours following their initial court appearance on April 30, the girl died in hospital.The two accused, who cannot be identified to protect the girl’s identity, have been detained since.The bail hearing took place last week with a publication ban on the evidence.The man faces three charges — failing to provide the necessities of life, child abandonment and unlawful confinement. The girl’s stepmother returns to court June 21 on charges of unlawful confinement and aggravated assault.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Chief electoral officer decides to stick with voting day amid religious concerns

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s chief electoral officer says voting day this fall should not be moved.Election day can be no later than Oct. 21 under federal law, which this year falls on the Jewish holiday known as Shemini Atzeret, meaning Orthodox Jews are not permitted to work, vote or campaign.Elections Canada had been lobbied to change the date, but decided against it this close to an election, prompting a Federal Court challenge to the decision.Last week, the court ordered chief electoral officer Stephane Perrault to take a second look at the decision and balance the infringement on the charter rights of affected voters against the objectives of the election law.Perrault’s detailed decision says it is not in the public interest to move voting day.Cabinet now has until Thursday to make a decision about Perrault’s recommendation.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Scheer Harper among politicians at memorial for Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai

first_imgCALGARY — Some prominent Conservative politicians are paying their respects at a memorial for former Calgary member of Parliament Deepak Obhrai.Obhrai, who was 69, died earlier this month from liver cancer.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer and former prime minister Stephen Harper are to make tributes at the service, along with former cabinet ministers John Baird and Peter MacKay.A memorial service is set to begin soon for long-time Calgary MP Deepak Obhrai, signalling the final goodbye for many people. pic.twitter.com/agsiS9gtIM— Kayla Bruch (@KaylaBruch1) August 26, 2019Obhrai was born and raised in Tanzania and settled in Calgary with his family in 1977.The first Hindu to be elected to the House of Commons, he had represented Calgary Forest Lawn since 1997.He was the longest-serving parliamentary secretary to a minister of foreign affairs in Canadian history, and also the longest-serving Indo-Canadian MP in Parliament..@stephenharper Deepak was a “remarkable person,” friend, colleague, public servant and someone who touched the lives of so many people.— Kayla Bruch (@KaylaBruch1) August 26, 2019 The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Jury to start hearing evidence in trial of suspect in Edmonton officer

first_imgEDMONTON — A jury is to start hearing evidence today in the trial of a man accused of stabbing an Edmonton police officer and striking four pedestrians with a van.Abdulahi Hasan Sharif, who is in his early 30s, faces 11 charges.They include five counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault against the police officer and dangerous driving.Const. Mike Chernyk was on duty outside a Canadian Football League game on Sept. 30, 2017, when a driver crashed through a barrier, got out of a vehicle, pulled out a large knife and began stabbing the officer.A few hours later, the driver of a speeding cube van hit and injured four pedestrians as it raced through the city’s downtown with police in pursuit.The trial in Court of Queen’s Bench is expected to last six weeks.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 2, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Starkey Hearing Foundation to Help New Orleans Hear the Big Game

first_imgStarkey Hearing Foundation will conduct a service mission in New Orleans Saturday, Feb. 2, the day before the professional football championship game.Starkey Hearing Foundation is dedicated to bringing understanding among individuals and communities by providing the gift of hearing. On this mission, the foundation will continue fulfilling its commitment to provide 100,000 hearing aids to people in need annually, and 1 million by 2020, as a member of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).The Foundation’s team of audiologists and staff will fit each of the more than 100 pre-selected recipients—including 12 local musicians—with their own customized, digital hearing device. Hearing is so important to the playing and enjoyment of music, and music is the pulse that drives New Orleans culture, which is why this mission will take place at the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music in the Musician’s Village.Musicians’ Village is one of the most recognized post-Katrina rebuilding efforts of the New Orleans Area Habitat For Humanity (NOAHH). This project, spearheaded by New Orleans natives Harry Connick Jr. and Branford Marsalis, was created as a way to preserve the local music and culture.Celebrity and professional athlete volunteers commonly assist at the Foundation’s missions where they witness the life-changing impact of this cause and support recipients as they are fitted with their new hearing aids. As part of the mission, recipients also receive audio testing, counseling and instruction on how to care for their new devices, all courtesy of Starkey Hearing Foundation.“Music plays a significant role in New Orleans’ heritage and culture and I’m delighted to return to this area to give the gift of hearing once again,” said Bill Austin, founder of Starkey Hearing Foundation. “Watching somebody light up as they hear music clearly again is an incredible experience and sharing that moment is something you never forget.”Starkey Hearing Foundation’s New Orleans Mission is one of dozens conducted each year by the Foundation, both domestically and internationally. Hearing missions are the primary way Starkey Hearing Foundation realizes its goal: So the World May Hear. As a CGI member, the Foundation has pledged to fit 1 million hearing aids to individuals in need by the end of this decade.According to Starkey Hearing Foundation, hearing loss is pervasive, affecting 34 million Americans – or one in 10. Yet, with the help of a hearing device, hearing loss can often be corrected in a majority of cases, giving an individual the opportunity to better connect with their family, the community and the world around them.More information about the foundation’s work can be found at Starkey Hearing Foundation’s website, as well as via Starkey Hearing Foundation’s Facebook and Twitter pages.last_img read more

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