first_imgTHOMPSON, Man. – A young man says he’s devastated after his father and his dad’s best friend died in a canoeing accident in northern Manitoba along with two of their sons.James Cripps says it’s surreal that his father and younger brother are gone.“It just feels like your entire world crashes down on you,” he said Tuesday.RCMP said a search began on Monday after the four paddlers were reported overdue from a trip on the Burntwood River north of Thompson.Police officers and firefighters launched two rescue boats and chartered a helicopter. Several boaters in the area also took part.The overturned craft and the bodies of the four canoeists were found in the water.Police said all the victims were wearing life jackets. They were all from Thompson, about 740 kilometres north of Winnipeg.Loved ones say Shane Cripps, 44, and Conor Sykes, 33, were best friends.Cripps’s son Dylan, 14, and Sykes’s son Liam, who was six, were with them on the excursion.James Cripps, 18, said he looked up to his father.“My dad was my hero, obviously. He’s everything I aspired to be as a man when I grew up. He taught me so many lessons. He’s been there for everything,” he said.“He was just an awesome, awesome guy. All families have their disagreements at times, but he never hesitated to tell me that he’d be there for me.”He said his brother Dylan was his best friend and he remembers being there to catch his little brother when he was just learning to walk. Later, they loved to play hockey together.If ever the brothers had a big fight, everything would be fine the next day, he said.He remembered one time when his dad fell into the water when their canoe tipped on a lake. He was able to swim back to the boat and get back in and everyone had a good laugh about it.“Any time someone falls in the water, everything’s OK, you’re going to laugh about it after,” Cripps said.“This time they weren’t.”The elder Cripps was a well-respected entrepreneur in northern Manitoba, who had an ecotourism lodge, restaurant and other ventures, said friend Jody Linklater.“He was very influential in starting businesses and employing lots of people from the north,” he said.Linklater, who knew Cripps for 15 years, said they were working together on organizing northern Manitoba’s first sanctioned mixed martial arts event in June.He said Cripps’s wife, Li, has told him she wants to honour her husband’s legacy by going ahead with the “Throw Down in T-town” event, but it’s been postponed until the fall.Linklater said Dylan was a great kid. Linklater had played Ping-Pong with him just four days ago.He said the family was tight.“They spent a lot of time together and canoeing was one of the activities that they liked doing.”Linklater said he doesn’t understand how all four could have died, but he noted that ice has remained on the Burntwood River longer than usual this season and the area got some snow in the last week or so.Lindsay Catherine Rose Sykes told CBC News it was the first canoe trip of the year for her husband Conor, their son Liam and the Cripps pair.“I have a baby girl. Her name’s Annabelle. She’s four and she lost her best friend, Liam, her brother, and her daddy,” Sykes said through heavy sobs. “We were so happy. We were such a happy family.”She posted a photo on Facebook of her husband smiling at the boy on his lap with the caption “loves of my life.”The photo garnered several messages of condolence.“This is absolutely heartbreaking. I can’t imagine what you are going through,” said one.Another said: “Shocked and sad. If there’s anything we can do, please let us know. Love you.”— By Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

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first_imgThe 30-year old woman killed in the London Bridge attack just over a week ago is one of many being honoured at vigils in Calgary and Castlegar B.C. Sunday night.Christine Archibald attended Mount Royal University where she graduated with a degree in social work and eventually worked at the Alpha House homeless shelter. She was on London Bridge with her fiancee on June 3, when she was struck by a van that ran into a crowd of pedestrians.“A young lady that is vibrant, just participates in the regular things in small communities and you get noticed because that’s what it’s all about in small communities,” said Castlegar Mayor Lawrence Chernoff.Her hometown of Castlegar is also hosting its second annual healing event. Vigil organizer Deb McIntosh said tragedy affects everyone, especially in a community like Castlegar.“We just need to some together and that’s how we heal,” she said.“It has a ripple effect because we’re a small community and we are all connected somehow and at some point.”The Calgary vigil will remember Archibald and other victims of recent terror attacks in the U.K. It starts at 7 p.m. at Prince’s Island Park.Participants will sign a large Canadian flag which will be sent to the U.K.last_img read more

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first_imgEDMONTON – A former UFC fighter who was reportedly knocked out in a boxing event in Edmonton remains in hospital.Jackie Neil said in a brief emailed statement on Saturday that her brother, Tim Hague, is in critical condition.The 33-year-old Hague, who grew up on a farm in Boyle, Alta., was known as “The Thrashing Machine,” when he fought UFC.He was competing against former Edmonton Eskimos defensive end Adam Braidwood at the Shaw Conference Centre on Friday evening in an event promoted by KO Boxing.Reached Saturday evening, Melanie Lubovac of KO Boxing wouldn’t comment on the event or the injury, but said a statement would likely be issued Sunday or Monday.Neil said in her statement that Hague’s immediate family is now with him, and that they are asking for prayers and privacy at this awful and difficult time.A video on YouTube that purports to be the fight shows Hague lying still on his back on the canvas after taking a punch to his head from Braidwood.A heavyweight trained in jiu-jitsu, Hague put his teaching career on hold to make his pro MMA debut in 2006.His first UFC fight came in May 2009 at UFC 98 — a submission win over Pat Barry in the first round. He competed on three more UFC cards by May 2010, dropping all three bouts. His last UFC event was a Fight Night show in January 2011 and his final pro MMA fight was in July 2016. He compiled a 21-13 MMA record before switching to boxing.Hague grew up playing a variety of sports, enjoying hockey in particular, and began working out and lifting weights when his parents gave him a gym membership as a graduation gift after high school.At the University of Alberta, Hague joined the powerlifting team. He eventually heard about workouts with fighter Travis Galbraith and jiu-jitsu instructor Kyle Cardinal, so he began training with them, learning submissions and kickboxing.— With files from CP reporter Neil Davidsonlast_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – Toronto city council has approved regulations for short-term rentals in the city that would apply to such services as Airbnb.The rules allow the rental of a principal residence only and homeowners won’t be allowed to list secondary suites, such as a basement apartment, for short-term rental.Entire home rentals will be capped at 180 days a year.The city will create a registry of short-term rental landlords who would have to declare that their rental property was their principle residence and pay an annual fee of $50.Around 10,800 Airbnbs were rented out in Toronto in 2016 and the company estimates that over three quarters of their Toronto landlords are renting out space in their principal residence.It says more than half of all Airbnb listings are in the city’s downtown, and the vast majority — over 80 per cent — accept only short-term bookings.Fairbnb, a coalition founded by a Toronto-area hospitality workers’ union to advocate for Airbnb legislation, called for rental units to be preserved for long-term renters, not vacation rentals.last_img read more

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first_imgEDMONTON – Alberta’s child advocate wants the province to create a youth-specific response to the opioid crisis with a school curriculum that starts teaching students in elementary school about substance abuse.Del Graff makes the recommendation in a report that outlines the deaths of a dozen teens from overdoses of drugs that include fentanyl and carfentanil.“The deaths of these 12 young people puts the issue front and centre and as Albertans we must respond,” Graff said after his report was released Tuesday.Last year, the province declared opioid-related deaths a public health crisis. The government has funded various projects to raise awareness and distribute life-saving kits containing the naloxone antidote.Health Canada has also approved six supervised consumption sites in Alberta.But Graff says young people need more help.“They are developmentally unique from adults. Their brains are still developing, which influences decision-making behaviour and emotional regulation,” he said.Fentanyl deaths in Alberta have increased sharply in recent years. There were six deaths in 2011. By 2016, that had risen to 358. There were 562 fatal overdoses — including 76 young people — last year.“Youth between the ages of 15 and 24 have the fastest-growing rates of emergency department visits and hospitalization due to opioid use,” said Graff.Education about opioids, as well as on healthy living, needs to start in elementary grades and continue through into high school, he said.“We want it to be an incremental learning,” Graff said. “We know that investment for children with respect to health promotion will pay off down the road.”Education Minister David Eggen said in a statement that access to information on substance abuse with be strengthened with a new curriculum already in the works. He did not mention if the program would specifically address opioids.Students currently learn about substance abuse starting in Grade 5 and, under the new curriculum, will be introduced to the difference between prescription and non-prescription drugs as early as Grade 2.“Our government takes this extremely seriously and we will continue taking action to protect children, youth and families from the opioid crisis,” Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said in a release.She said she has met with Graff and her office is reviewing all of his recommendations, which also include that children’s services workers receive more substance abuse training and that youth addictions programs do more to involve families.In addition, Graff said he wants the province to update its legislation that allows guardians to seek court orders to confine youth to protective safe houses for 10 days. Opioid withdrawal is different from that of other drugs, he said, with a higher risk for overdoses after a period of abstinence.last_img read more

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first_imgTORONTO – An interim sexual-education curriculum introduced by Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government discriminates against some students and puts them at greater risk of sexual violence, the province’s human rights commission said Tuesday as it joined a legal challenge of the document.The interim curriculum, which replaces a modernized version drafted by the previous Liberal government in 2015, discriminates against students who are at the highest risk of exclusion, harassment and violence, the commission said.“The Human Rights Commission believes that all students should see themselves and their families reflected in Ontario’s curriculum,” Chief Commissioner Renu Mandhane said. “We’re concerned about the interim curriculum, in particular we believe it discriminates on the basis of sex, sexual orientation and gender identity and gender expression.”Six students’ families filed a complaint with the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in August, claiming the interim curriculum makes no mention of issues such as gender diversity or the rights of LGBTQ students.Their lawyers argued that the government’s decision to repeal the modernized curriculum violates the province’s human rights code and should be declared unlawful. The lead applicant in the case is an 11-year-old transgender student.The 2015 sex-ed curriculum included warnings about online bullying and sexting, but opponents, especially social conservatives, objected to the parts of the plan addressing same-sex marriage, gender identity and masturbation.Mandhane said the commission would like the tribunal to order the province to either revert back to the 2015 sex-ed curriculum or ensure that concepts like sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression are taught in the revised lesson plan.Repealing the modernized curriculum was one of Premier Doug Ford’s key campaign promises, and one of the first things he did after taking office this summer.Last month, the Tories began a cross-province consultation to develop a new sex-education curriculum, promising it would be the largest in the history of Ontario.At the same time the government introduced an interim lesson plan, which was delivered to public school boards and posted online after repeated requests from educators who sought clarity on the issue.Critics of that document said it only makes passing mention of modern concepts such as the internet and cellphones but largely reverts to the vague language and broad topic outlines used in the old curriculum last updated in 1998.Kayla Iafelice, spokeswoman for Education Minister Lisa Thompson, said the government is moving forward with the provincewide consultations through online submissions, and will soon roll out an online survey and telephone town halls.“As this matter is before the court, it would be inappropriate to comment further,” she said.The Canadian Civil Liberties Association and the union representing Ontario’s elementary school teachers have also launched their own legal challenges of the interim curriculum.last_img read more

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first_imgHAMILTON — Two former Hamilton Tiger-Cats are hoping to have the same success in the political arena that they had on the gridiron.In a joint press conference at the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Peter Dyakowski and Marwan Hage announced Wednesday that they are seeking the Conservative Party nomination in different Hamilton ridings for the next federal election .Dyakowski is seeking the nomination in Hamilton Mountain, and Hage is running in Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.If the former offensive linemen secure their nominations, they will face an uphill battle in federal ridings that have traditionally not gone the Conservatives’ way.Hamilton East-Stoney Creek has elected either a Liberal or New Democrat MP since its formation in 2003, while Hamilton Mountain hasn’t elected a representative from a conservative party since the Progressive Conservatives won the riding in 1979.Scott Duvall of the NDP is the incumbent MP in Hamilton Mountain, while Liberal Bob Bratina represents Hamilton East-Stoney Creek.The 34-year-old Dyakowski, who announced his retirement form the CFL on Nov. 1, appeared in 166 career regular-season games —149 as a starter — with Hamilton (2007-16) and Saskatchewan (2017).The Vancouver native was the winner of CBC’s Canada’s Smartest Person reality special in 2012 and appeared on an episode of “Jeopardy!” on June 3, 2014, finishing in third place.Hage, who emigrated with his family from Beirut, Lebanon to Montreal in 1990, spent 10 seasons with the Ticats from 2004 to 2013. He was a CFL all-star in 2010.The 37-year-old owns multiple Tim Hortons franchises in the Toronto area.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — The union representing Canadian diplomats says too much bureaucracy keeps the government from making sure diplomatic and embassy staff stationed overseas are kept safe.Federal auditor general Michael Ferguson reported this week that security at Global Affairs Canada’s embassies and missions abroad has “significant” failings that need immediate attention.Pamela Isfeld of the Professional Association of Foreign Service Officers says staff in foreign missions face a wide and fluid range of risks to their personal safety and deserve to be protected.She says the concerns highlighted by the AG are not new, but that complicated bureaucratic policies and practices within the department often get in the way of security improvements.Gar Pardy, a retired Canadian diplomat who served in Central America, echoed these concerns, saying management at Global Affairs has long been too slow to respond to the shifting security landscape.In his audit, the AG found concerns had previously been raised about many of the security problems he uncovered, but recommended steps to address these deficiencies hadn’t been followed.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — The main organization representing Franco-Ontarians says legal action is possible if the provincial government doesn’t reverse cuts affecting francophones.Organization president Carol Jolin says he wants a meeting with Premier Doug Ford to demand the province restore its support for francophones.Jolin told a news conference in Ottawa today it isn’t too late to overturn the government’s plan to cancel the opening of a French-language university and scrap the office of the French-language services commissioner.The Assemblee de la francophonie de l’Ontario represents 160 community organizations and institutions in the province. Jolin says his group is determined to uphold past gains and defend members’ rights.The province announced its intentions last week, drawing criticism from francophones across Canada and from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.On Wednesday, a member of Ford’s caucus who represents a mainly French-speaking riding called the cuts extremely disappointing.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER — A newly discovered cave in a remote valley in British Columbia’s Wells Gray Provincial Park might just be the country’s largest.The feature was spotted by a helicopter crew from the province’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change in March, when they were conducting a caribou census through the northeastern part of the park.Geologist Catherine Hickson, who first went to the cave in September, said the discovery promises a dramatic new chapter in the story of Canadian cave exploration.“It was absolutely amazing,” she said. “I immediately recognized that this was very significant.”Before making the trip, Hickson and fellow researchers including John Pollack, a cave expert, spent months studying satellite imagery and rocks in the area, she said.The entrance pit to the cave is about 100 metres long and 60 metres wide, and while its depth is hard to measure because of the mist from a waterfall, initial examinations show it is at least 135 metres deep.“It’s about the size of a soccer field,” Hickson said. “So, if you think of a soccer field and you put that soccer field on its end so you have this pit going down. Think about this giant circular or oval hole that just goes down and down and down. It is truly amazing.” The cave is the largest known of its type, a variety of “striped karst,” which is marble interspersed with other types of ancient ocean rock, she said.“It’s in an area where this size of a cave is unusual,” she said. “It’s an important landmark — an important feature for Canadians to be proud about.”The people who first spotted the cave from the helicopter named it Sarlacc’s Pit, because of its similarity to the lair of Sarlacc, a creature from “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.”But a formal naming of the cave will happen after consultations with First Nations, she said.The feature was formed underneath glaciers for potentially tens of thousands of years, so there is no way of knowing the real age of the cave right away, Hickson said.“Right now, because of the recession of the glaciers, it is open to the sky,” she said, adding that as ice retreats from the landscape due to climate change, more such features might be discovered.Although the cave is in a remote, rugged valley covered with snow and ice for a greater part of the year, Hickson said researchers are keeping the exact location a secret so as to preserve the unique area.Hickson said further investigations and research of the cave and its unique geography will likely be carried out in 2020, depending on funding.“We think everything is known and everything has been discovered, but here’s a major discovery that is made in today’s world and likely has never been seen before and certainly not explored before,” she said.“It’s just a message that there is still stuff out there yet to do and yet to be discovered.”The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgBC’s premier says the feds have done the right thing in halting flights in the wake of the deadly crash over the weekend.“It’s one that took the life of a public servant here. Micah Messent, a young man who was doing the business of the people of B.C., on his way to a conference and tragically lost his life in the crash,” John Horgan said.Horgan says as hearts go out to Messent’s family it’s right to save other families the same anguish. He adds despite any inconvenience it may cause, grounding the aircraft is the right decision.“That’s going to have an impact on the travelling public. But these are federal decisions and it will obviously have an impact. But [is necessary] until we find out whether or not there are significant challenges with that aircraft.”The government’s announcement comes just a day after Garneau had said he saw no reason to prohibit flying the planes in Canada, although he did note that “all options are on the table.”The U.S. government followed suit, three hours after Ottawa’s announcement on Wednesday.“I didn’t want to take any chances. We didn’t have to make this decision today. We could have delayed it — we maybe didn’t have to make it at all. But I felt it was important, both psychologically and in a lot of other ways,” said U.S. President Donald Trump.Sunwing Airlines was the first Canadian carrier to temporarily ground its fleet of 737 Max aircraft, following Sunday’s crash, joining a growing number of other carriers worldwide who had also stopped using the type of plane.On Tuesday, the European Aviation Safety Agency moved to keep the aircraft out of the air over all of Europe.Minister Garneau asked if airlines gave him any pushback over grounding the Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9. He says when he informed the air lines this morning they did not object, they understand this is a safety issue. #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 13, 2019Garneau says there have been no complaints raised by pilots operating Canadian planes about the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. However, multiple media reports have suggested several complaints have been made by pilots in the U.S.The decision to ground the plane is being described by the federal government as a precautionary move.Boeing has recommended the grounding of its entire fleet of 371 737 Max aircraft worldwide.In Consultation with the FAA, NTSB and its Customers, Boeing Supports Action to Temporarily Ground 737 MAX Operations:— The Boeing Company (@Boeing) March 13, 2019Passengers and the groundingPassenger-rights advocate Gabor Lukacs said Wednesday that it would be prudent for Garneau to suspend use of the aircraft until questions are answered about what caused the Ethiopian crash.“Generally, one should always be erring on the side of caution when it comes to safety questions,” he said from Halifax. “If there is enough evidence of a potential harm, and in this case I think there is evidence of potential harm, then the prudent thing is to ground those aircraft.”Minister Garneau says there will be travel disruptions as a result. Adds it is unfortunate but “we must put safety at the top of our agenda” #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 13, 2019Air Canada says it has a ‘flexible rebooking policy’Air Canada spokeswoman Isabelle Arthur says in a statement the airline has a “flexible rebooking policy” that includes options to change flights to another aircraft if space permits.“Based on real information and data, and ongoing consultations with government safety regulators including Transport Canada and the FAA, we have full confidence in the safety of our fleet and operations and we continue to operate the 737,” she said.In a statement, Air Canada said its “cancellation and rebooking policies are in place with full fee waiver for affected customers.”“We are working to rebook impacted customers as soon as possible but given the magnitude of our 737 MAX operations which on average carry nine to 12,000 customers per day, customers can expect delays in rebooking and in reaching Air Canada call centres and we appreciate our customers’ patience,” the airline said.Air Canada added it supports the decision.WestJet working to re-book affected customersWestJet says it respects the decision made by Transport Canada.“This decision has an impact on the travel plans of our WestJet guests and we ask for understanding as we work to rebook all guests affected as quickly as possible,” the company said in a statement.“We have 162 aircraft or more than 92 per cent of our overall fleet that remain in service,” WestJet said, adding it will continue to fly throughout its network.Anyone affected by the grounding is being asked to contact their airline to find out what to do.Air Canada has 24 Max 8 planes used mainly for domestic and U.S. routes. Meantime, WestJet has a fleet of 13.The U.S.-based Boeing has said it has no reason to pull the popular aircraft from the skies and does not intend to issue new recommendations about the aircraft to customers.The Federal Aviation Administration has also backed the jet’s airworthiness and said it is reviewing all available data.Meanwhile, the Air Canada Pilots Association says the decision to ground the aircraft was a difficult one to make “but ultimately important to ensure continued public confidence in aviation.”Statement from the Air Canada Pilots Association following Minister @MarcGarneau’s decision to ground the Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 models following the Ethiopian Airlines crash #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) March 13, 2019-With files from The Associated Press OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – Both Canada and the U.S. have now moved to ban the use of Boeing 737 Max 8s and 9s.Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced Wednesday morning that a safety notice has been issued, meaning the new type of aircraft would be banned from flying in or above Canada. A Boeing 737 Max 8 plane was involved in the deadly Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday that left 157 people dead, including 18 Canadians.Transport Minister @MarcGarneau announcing Canada has decided to ban domestic use of Boeing 737 MAX 8 plane. The safety notice will remain in effect until further notice @NEWS1130— Simon Druker (@Simon_Druker) March 13, 2019Garneau says the decision was made after new information about Sunday’s crash was received Wednesday morning. He cites some evidence suggests a worrying correlation between the Ethiopian Airlines crash and one in Indonesia just this past October.“The new information, and I hasten to say this is new information that we received and analyzed this morning, comes from validated satellite tracking data suggesting a possible, although unproven, similarity in the flight profile of the Lion Air aircraft,” the minister said. “I caution that this new information is not conclusive, and that we must await further evidence, hopefully, from the voice and data recorders.”Garneau adds it’s still too soon to speculate about the exact cause of the crash of Ethiopian Airlines flight 302.The safety notice takes effect immediately, and will remain in effect until further notice. Garneau says any flight currently in the air on its way to Canada will be allowed to land.last_img read more

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first_imgHALIFAX — Less than three months after one of Canada’s biggest cryptocurrency exchanges was shut down amid a swirl of controversy, a bid to restructure Vancouver-based QuadrigaCX has failed and the virtual company has officially entered bankruptcy proceedings.The move, approved today by a Nova Scotia judge, marks a turning point for the 115,000 users who are owed more than $260 million in cash and cryptocurrency, including Bitcoin and Ethereum.The transition to the bankruptcy process means Ernst and Young, the court-ordered monitor overseeing the case, will be granted enhanced investigative powers as a trustee under the federal Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act.The insolvent company was granted protection from its creditors under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act on Feb. 5, but it quickly became clear that the company had no real assets and no employees — and that the process of recovering the missing funds would be difficult.The exchange was shut down Jan. 28, more than a month after its lone director — 30-year-old Gerald Cotten of Fall River, N.S. — died suddenly while travelling in Jaipur, India.Soon after his death was announced, court documents revealed he was the only QuadrigaCX employee who knew the encrypted pass codes needed to access $190 million in cryptocurrency locked in offline digital wallets.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgOTTAWA — Two former Liberal cabinet ministers who resigned over the SNC-Lavalin controversy are set to announce their next moves.Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott say they’ll announce their political futures at events held at the same time in their ridings.Wilson-Raybould is the independent MP for the B.C. riding of Vancouver Granville and Philpott is the independent MP for the Ontario riding of Markham-Stouffville.Neither is saying what they have in mind, other than that constituents have been invited to meet with them as they share announcements about their political futures.Wilson-Raybould served as justice minister in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet before she was shuffled to the portfolio of veterans affairs in January.She later revealed she thought the decision to move her out of the justice role was motivated by her handling of a request to intervene in the criminal prosecution of the Quebec engineering giant, SNC-Lavalin.Wilson-Raybould gave four hours of testimony to the House of Commons justice committee in February detailing sustained pressure she felt over a period of four months to head off the company’s prosecution on corruption charges related to contracts in Libya.Philpott, a former health minister, Indigenous-services minister and president of the Treasury Board, resigned from cabinet in early March over Trudeau’s handling of the affair.In early April, both were ousted from the Liberal caucus.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgPARIS — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is meeting French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris this morning.The meeting is only the latest between the two leaders, who have emerged as kindred spirits in pushing a progressive global agenda at a time when right-wing nationalism is on the rise.Macron warmly welcomed Trudeau on the steps of the grand Palais Elysee before the leaders and a handful of close advisers huddled behind closed doors.The two are expected to discuss a range of issues, including climate change, Russia and China, as well as the rise of violent extremism and online hate in many countries.This latest meeting comes as both leaders have struggled with low popularity numbers over the past year, raising questions about their ability to advance their shared progressive agenda.Trudeau’s meeting with Macron marks the end of a three-day visit to Europe, during which Canada, France and numerous other countries commemorated the 75th anniversary of D-Day.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgMONTREAL — Quebecers hoping to buy cannabis chocolates, jujubes and other sweets after they become legal in Canada will be out of luck as the provincial government has decided to ban their sale.Judging the measures planned by Ottawa to regulate the upcoming legalization of cannabis edible sales insufficient, Quebec unveiled its more stringent rules Wednesday.The province announced it would ban the sale of cannabis candies, confections, desserts — including chocolate — and “any other product that is attractive to minors.”Solid products containing cannabis will not be allowed to have levels of tetrahydrocannabinol — the high-inducing compound known as THC — greater than five milligrams per unit or 10 milligrams per package. For liquids, the limit will be five milligrams per package.Ottawa will legalize edible products on October 17, but it will take at least another 60 days for products to hit the shelves. Cannabis extracts and products for topical use will also be permitted.Quebec maintains that federal measures to regulate the new products will not allow the province to “achieve its public health and safety objectives.”The provincial government says more needs to be done to reduce the appeal of cannabis to young people and the risk of accidental intoxication.Ottawa has said it will not allow the sale of edibles that are appealing to young people, but assessments of whether the line is crossed will be made on a case-by-case basis. Whether an edible cannabis product is reasonably considered to be appealing to kids would depend on various factors including its shape, colour, flavour, scent and how it is packaged, a federal government official said last month.Among the other measures introduced by Quebec is the prohibition of additives intended to modify the smell, flavour or colour of cannabis products.Cannabis for topical use will not be allowed for sale in Quebec “for the moment”, the government adds.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgIn today’s Big Story podcast, we’ll reveal what the raw numbers say in this episode. But here’s the important thing: If you crunch all the stats — like, all the stats — you end up with an interesting place from which to start a discussion about what we value about where we live.Is affordability more important to you than recreation or health care? Do you value good weather more than lower taxes? Do you need to be somewhere with a booming economy, or are you fine telecommuting?And then there are the big things that can impact how our community works for us. Do you have kids? Are you retirement age? Do you plan to ever own your own home? Are you a new immigrant? The way we each determine what makes an area the best community for us might be subjective — but if you gather the numbers that can answer all your questions, you’ll have a good sense of where in Canada you might feel most at home. And our guest today did exactly that.You can take a look at the full rankings, and even weight factors to create your own list, right here at Claire Brownell, reports and rankings editor, Maclean’sAudio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google and Spotify.You can also find it at read more

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first_imgA couple in Alberta has been found not guilty of failing to provide the necessaries of life for their toddler son. Court heard that David and Collet Stephan gave 19-month-old Ezekiel natural remedies before he died in 2012. He had bacterial meningitis and his parents called 911 after he stopped breathing.Here are some other criminal cases involving parents accused of failing to seek medical help for their children:November 2013: John Clark, 14 months, dies of a staph infection complicated by malnutrition in Calgary. A trial hears that he didn’t see a doctor until the day before he died, and online searches in the family’s home were done for natural remedies for gangrene, such as cabbage leaves and cayenne. Jurors are also shown photos of the dead boy with a rash over his body and blackened toes. Jennifer and Jeromie Clark are found guilty of criminal negligence causing death and failing to provide the necessaries of life. They are sentenced to 32 months.March 2013: Ryan Lovett, 7, of Calgary dies after getting strep throat. Court hears his mother gave him dandelion tea and oil of oregano when he developed the infection, which kept him bedridden in their Calgary home for 10 days before he died. Tamara Lovett is convicted of criminal negligence causing death and sentenced to three years in prison.December 2006: Shatoya Chatelaine, 17 months, dies in Saskatoon after getting the skin infection impetigo around her mouth. A doctor who saw the baby during a home visit several days earlier had advised her mother to take the child to an emergency room. After the baby dies, it’s discovered she was also covered in bruises and had broken ribs. Charissma McDonald tells police she didn’t take the baby to a hospital because she worried social workers would apprehend the Shatoya and her older siblings. McDonald pleads guilty to criminal negligence causing death and is sentenced to two years. The sentence is increased to three years on appeal.September 1987: Lorie Atikian, 17 months, dies of malnutrition and pneumonia in Toronto. Her parents had fed and cared for her based on the advice of an herbalist. Court hears that as the girl withered away, the herbalist told the couple not to take the child to a doctor. A jury convicts Sonia and Khachadour Atikian of failing to provide the necessaries of life, but a new trial is ordered on appeal. The charges are eventually dismissed.October 1981: Christopher Tutton, 5, dies in Ontario after his parents take him off insulin. Several doctors had warned the religious couple not to, but they believed he had been miraculously cured of diabetes. A jury in Kitchener convicts Carole and Arthur Tutton of manslaughter, but a second trial is ordered on appeal. That ruling is upheld by the Supreme Court. The Crown does not retry the case.September 1964: Bonnie Deabay, 5, dies in New Brunswick of an infection from a cut lip that her mother treated with home remedies. An autopsy reveals the infection caused the girl’s death. It spread over several weeks — destroying one side of her lip, extending up the side of her face, down her neck and into her chest. Bonnie had also suffered other injuries. Her mother and father, Glenna and Omar Deabay, are charged with criminal negligence causing death. A jury acquits them at trial.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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first_imgRays of Sunshine are delighted to welcome magician Dynamo to the Rays of Sunshine team as an Ambassador.Rays of Sunshine Children’s Charity was formed in 2004 to help children who are living with serious or life-limiting illnesses between the ages of 3-18 across the United Kingdom by granting wishes.Dynamo, who is currently filming the next of series of Dynamo: Magician Impossible took time out of his busy schedule recently to meet Jack. Jack is 10 years old and is living with juvenile arthritis which is treated with methotrexate injections. Jack’s greatest wish was to meet Dynamo and he was overwhelmed to spend a morning with him, asking lots of questions and watching lots of new tricks!Jack said: “I didn’t just meet Dynamo; I went down to London to meet him! I was EXTREMELY excited about meeting him. All the tricks you see on TV are real! Meeting him was Ace!”Dynamo said: “After granting a wish for Rays of Sunshine I have seen the real magic of a wish. I feel privileged to be an Ambassador for such an inspirational charity and look forward to meeting many more amazing children.”Dynamo will join the charities other ambassadors who include Simon Cowell, Leona Lewis, JLS, One Direction, Gordon Ramsay and Lorraine read more

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first_img“Hundreds of thousands of British people have supported our call for a Fur Free Britain, so we hope Mrs May will take decisive action to address the current double standard on fur cruelty,” says a Fur Free Britain campaign spokesperson. “Britain made its stance on fur clear almost two decades ago by banning fur farming because it’s unethical, so it makes no sense to still be importing hundreds of millions of pounds of fur from animals who have endured horrific cruelty in other countries. It’s time the UK pulled the plug on the fur trade.”Brian May said, “In the light of the now proven appalling cruelty to animals in the production of fur, it’s time to make a stand. Fur that did not grow on us has no place in a decent society.”More than 100 million animals suffer each year for the global fur trade, most of them reared in terrible conditions on fur farms. Naturally free-roaming species such as raccoon dogs, minks, and foxes are subjected to physical and psychological torment in small, barren cages for their entire lives before being killed by gassing or electrocution and skinned. Wild animals trapped for their fur, such as coyotes, fare little better – they can languish in agony in cruel traps for hours or even days before dying from dehydration, starvation, or attacks by predators or being killed when the trapper returns.The Fur Free Britain campaign is calling on the government to use Brexit as an opportunity to make the UK a fur-free zone. Although the UK has outlawed fur farming and EU regulations ban imports of fur from cats and dogs and from commercial seal hunts, Britain still imports and sells the fur of a variety of other species, including foxes, rabbits, minks, coyotes, raccoon dogs, and chinchillas. Campaigners want the existing import bans extended to protect all species, and opinion polls show that most Brits agree – 80 per cent believe that it’s unacceptable to buy or sell animal fur in the UK, regardless of species.The Fur Free Britain campaign has garnered support from a number of prominent figures. Earlier this month, 31 of the country’s biggest celebrities – including Dame Judi Dench and Ricky Gervais – sent a letter sent to the Prime Minister calling for a fur import ban.The campaign is already gaining traction in Westminster. This month, the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee is conducting an enquiry into the UK fur trade, and a growing number of MPs of all political colours – including Conservatives Zac Goldsmith and Sir Roger Gale, Labour’s Kerry McCarthy, and Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas – have declared their support for a ban. Queen guitarist and animal advocate Brian May CBE joined the UK’s leading animal-protection groups at 10 Downing Street this week to hand in a petition with 425,834 signatures urging Prime Minister Theresa May to introduce a UK animal-fur import ban.Brian May With Petition To Introduce a UK animal-fur import banThe campaigners wore T-shirts that read, “#FurFreeBritain”, and two sported 2 foot papier mâché fox and rabbit heads, which were made by Paperhand Puppet Intervention.Fur farming was banned in the UK in 2000, but since then, Britain has imported animal fur worth more than £650 million from countries such as China and Poland, where animals are typically bred in appalling conditions on fur farms.The petition signatures were collected as part of the Fur Free Britain campaign by the UK animal charities Humane Society International UK, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), Four Paws, Animal Aid, Brian May’s Save Me Trust, Viva!, The Jane Goodall Institute UK, and Open Cages as well as social network Care2.More than a quarter of the signatures were gathered for a UK Government and Parliament petition initiated by citizen campaigners Diane Bartlett and Catherine Reda, which met its goal of 100,000 signees last week triggering a parliamentary debate on the UK fur trade, which will occur in June.The hand-in comes hot on the heels of San Francisco becoming the first major U.S. city to go fur-free and major brands and retailers like Gucci, Versace, Michael Kors, DKNY, Donna Karan and Yoox Net-a-Porter shunning fur.last_img read more

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first_imgUNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham travelled to Indonesia this week to meet children who have experienced classroom violence and bullying, and to see how 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund is supporting anti-bullying programmes in schools.David Beckham poses with students at the SMPN 17 school in Semarang, IndonesiaCredit/Copyright: UNICEF/UN0188666/ModolaSince 2015 7: The David Beckham UNICEF Fund has transformed the lives of millions of children around the world. From vaccinating 400,000 children against polio in Djibouti to helping 15,000 children access clean drinking water in Burkina Faso to 14,500 children protected from violence and abuse in Cambodia, Beckham has seen just how much can be achieved when UNICEF invests in the potential of children.The 7 Fund is newly supporting UNICEF programmes in Indonesia, El Salvador, Nepal and Uganda to help children break down barriers and unlock their incredible potential. The 7 Fund is tackling bullying, violence, child marriage and missed education and making sure children – especially girls – get a true chance to realise their potential. As part of this, the 7 Fund is supporting programmes in Indonesia to empower girls and boys as advocates of change to speak out when they experience or witness violence.During his visit to Semarang in Central Java, Beckham met 15-year-old Sripun and heard how she has become a leader in her school to prevent bullying. Sripun has been telling her story on David’s Instagram stories; showing the world her home, family and friends at school.“I spent time with an amazing young girl – Sripun – who was voted by her peers to take part in an anti-bullying programme to help stop violence in schools,” Beckham said. “She’s a change-maker and is now helping to create positive learning environments for other students to feel safe. This has increased her confidence and she’s hopeful that other students won’t have to go through the same bullying experience she did.”Peer violence and bullying are among the top issues concerning young people in Indonesia. More than one in five children aged 13-15 have been bullied, some 18 million children in total, and another one in three children have been physically attacked in schools. This violence increases the risk of poor mental health amongst children and leads to early school drop-out.Beckham saw first-hand how schools in Indonesia are taking a student-focused approach by involving not only children who have been bullied, but children who have previously bullied others. Under the scheme, a peer nominated group is trained around issues of bullying and taught how to create positive environments, while teachers learn how to use positive discipline to ensure classrooms remain violence-free. Beckham learned that the current bullying prevention programmes in Indonesia have already benefited 7,000 children, with initial results indicating that bullying has been reduced by nearly 30% in early pilot programmes.“The thing that strikes me most when I visit children around the world is the potential that exists in every child,” Beckham said. “Potential in every classroom, in every playground and in every home. I feel very proud to see how my 7 Fund is helping UNICEF tackle bullying and violence in schools in Indonesia, and is ultimately keeping children, especially girls, safe in their schools so they can continue their education and hope for a better future.”last_img read more

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