Future of weed is not smoking Calgary set to accept licensing applications

first_imgPot enthusiasts celebrate 4/20 for likely that last time while non-medicinal marijuana remains illegal on April 20, 2018.In April 2017, the federal government introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. It’s legislation that is expected to be enacted by summer, 2018.In the interim, the roles and responsibilities of the province and municipalities become clearer. In Calgary, interested sellers are preparing for a business licensing lottery.“The city’s done a great job,” CEO and President of 420 Investments, Jeff Mooij told 660 NEWS.“They’ve been very proactive,” he said. “I think they’re one of the first cities in this province to start initiating some of these things, and actually getting some of the paperwork coming in to their city and their municipality for licensing.”After voting 10-4 to ban smoking, vaping or consuming cannabis in public, with an exception for those using it for medical reasons, the city is expected to begin accepting retail applications on April 24, 2018.“[It’s] a lot of hurdles, a lot of, you know, applications,” Mooij said. “A lot of paperwork, and the City of Calgary is fairly reasonable with what they’re asking for, for applications.”When it comes to marijuana responsibilities, when pot becomes legal, municipal governments will be the authority on retail locations and rules, public consumption, land use and zoning and education.“The process, right now, will be a huge lineup at City Hall on April 24,” Mooij said. “Sort of a first-come-first-served lottery, type thing, that’s happening on Tuesday morning. So, it should be a bit of chaos, should be interesting to see how many people line up.”The city clarifies that the lottery system will not be totally random, as they will review applications based on the order in which they are received and a pre-determined set of criteria.Applications can also be made online at calgary.ca/cannabisbusiness, beginning at 8 a.m. on Tuesday. When asked about the proposed Calgary bylaw, and a ban on public consumption, with medicinal exceptions, Mooij noted he was not concerned.“Medical versus recreational, outside, I mean, it’s all a moot point,” he proclaimed. “Eventually, you know, smoking’s a dying thing.”“Vape pens and edibles, that’s the future of this. Nobody’s going to be smoking outside,” he continued.Alberta Gaming and Liquor has received about 500 applications for pot-shops in the province, and with that knowledge, Mooij anticipates at least 100 businesses could be in search of a Calgary licence on Tuesday.last_img read more

Toronto mayor considering permanent memorial to van attack victims

first_imgTORONTO – A week after 10 people were killed and another 16 injured in a van attack in north Toronto, there’s word there may be a permanent memorial of the tragic incident.Thousands have visited makeshift memorials that sprang up in Olive Square and Mel Lastman Square after a van drove down the sidewalk on Yonge Street on April 23, mowing down pedestrians.Don Peat, a spokesman for Toronto’s mayor, says John Tory thanks everyone who has attended the sites to pay their respects and leave messages of love and support.Peat says Tory will be speaking with the community and the local councillor about a permanent recognition of the tragic event and says Tory is encouraging people to continue to visit the memorial sites.He says the city typically leaves memorials in parks for 30 days, but in this case it is too early to say what will happen with the temporary sites.Peat says city staff have promised they will treat the memorials respectfully and with great care.Thousands of people, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, gathered on Sunday evening in Mel Lastman Square at a vigil for the victims.Religious leaders of multiple faiths led the speakers’ list at the event, all of them sharing messages of support and strength.Many of them also commended emergency service personnel on their work the day of the incident, including the officer who was able to arrest the suspect without firing his gun.Alek Minassian, 25, of Richmond Hill, Ont., has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and 13 counts of attempted murder in the incident.Police have said another three attempted murder charges are imminent.last_img read more

Campfire bans backcountry restrictions lifted in BC as wildfire risk drops

first_imgWILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – Restrictions on travel to British Columbia’s backcountry and bans on campfires were lifted in some parts of the province on Wednesday as improved conditions lowered the wildfire risk.Campfires were once again allowed in most areas of the Prince George and northwest fire centres while officials from the BC Wildfire Service say a ban prohibiting access to the backcountry in the Cariboo region was also scheduled to be rescinded by the end of the day.Kevin Skrepnek of the wildfire service said although calm weather conditions are expected to change in the coming days, forecasted storms shouldn’t be severe and will bring more rain.The restrictions were extreme and reflected the severity of a historic wildfire season that has seen more than 10,000 square kilometres of land scorched, Skrepnek said.Campfire bans in the northern parts of the province are rare, Skrepnek said, as was a ban on access to Crown land, such as lakes, forest service roads and recreational sites, in the Cariboo district, which has been hard hit by wildfires.“Putting the backcountry closure in place was a pretty extraordinary move and we were doing that to basically use every tool we had at our disposal to prevent human-caused fires,” Skrepnek said, adding the last similar ban was in 2003.“We believe that the threat has lessened to an extent where we’re happy to rein back in something that unusual, that disruptive.”Gusty winds were expected to pick up with incoming thunderstorms Thursday that could aggravate existing fires in the region, Skrepnek said, which is why access to areas immediately around the 49 fires in the Cariboo remained restricted.The province was expected to issue maps online highlighting the affected areas.There were 138 fires burning across B.C. on Wednesday and people were urged to check the provincial wildfire information website for the latest information about bans on campfires and off-road vehicles.Areas where campfire bans were lifted include the Prince George, Fort St. James, Mackenzie, Peace, Fort Nelson, Skeena Stikine and Coast Mountain forest districts.Skrepnek said local municipalities may maintain their own restrictions on campfires and people should check with local fire officials to be certain of the rules.The number of people effected by evacuation orders dropped to about 2,600 on Wednesday from 45,000 earlier this summer.An area in the Central Kootenay district downgraded its evacuation order to an alert late Tuesday, allowing more people to return home.“These downgrades are another sign of the situation moving in a positive direction but we stress that … there is still a fair bit of risk,” said Chris Duffy with Emergency Management BC.Authorities asked people to be careful while conditions remain dry in much of the province and to report any wildfires immediately.The wildfire service has spent an estimate $370.5 million on fighting fires since April 1.The Insurance Corporation of B.C. said it has received 124 claims related to the wildfires, mostly for vehicles damaged by the extreme heat and smoke, costing a total of $500,000.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously said more than 1,000 square kilometres of land has been scorched this season in B.C.last_img read more

ProNazi posters discovered at BC university on Remembrance Day

first_imgVANCOUVER – Officials at the University of British Columbia says pro-Nazi posters have been found on the school’s Vancouver campus.Philip Steenkamp, UBC’s vice-president of external relations, says in a statement that the “disturbing” posters were discovered on War Memorial Gym on Saturday.The university was hosting Remembrance Day ceremonies in the gym that morning.Photos of the posters obtained by the Ubyssey student newspaper show what appears to be images of Nazis with the words “the true heroes of WW2.”Steenkamp says campus security took down the posters as soon as they were made aware of them.He says the university takes incidents of hate and racism very seriously.B’nai Brith Canada issued a statement on Sunday condemning those who put the posters up.“Once again, we see anti-Semitism and neo-Nazism raising their ugly heads at a B.C. university,” said Michael Mostyn, Chief Executive Officer of B’nai Brith Canada.“These disturbing incidents constitute a threat to Jewish students and other minorities on campus, as well as an unforgivable insult to Canadian veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice to defeat Nazi tyranny.”The B’nai Brith statement and Ubyssey reported that the RCMP were investigating, but the Mounties did not immediately respond to phone calls and emails requesting confirmation.last_img read more

Jewish group residents of Ontario town urge new name for Swastika Trail

first_imgA major Jewish advocacy group in Canada has stepped up efforts to help some residents of an Ontario town convince local politicians to rename a street currently called Swastika Trail.B’nai Brith Canada started an online petition Thursday calling on Puslinch Township, about 75 kilometres west of Toronto, to change the street name.The group plans to present the petition to the township council when it discusses the issue of renaming the private road next month, Aidan Fishman, advocacy director for B’nai Brith Canada, said in an interview Friday.“We first became aware of this in October when a group of local residents — some of whom actually live on Swastika Trail and are very upset about the name and want it changed — were encountering some local resistance and contacted us for advice,” Fishman said.Fishman said his organization has been working with the residents behind the scenes since then, but decided to have members of the public outside the area “weigh in on whether this is an appropriate name for a street in Canada in 2017.”Swastika Trail was named in the 1920s before the rise of Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany, local residents said. Those in support of keeping the name have argued the symbol has a long history before the Second World War, but others argue the name is associated with hate and genocide.Puslinch Township Mayor Dennis Lever was not immediately available for comment and a township official declined a request for an interview Friday.Fishman said the residents living on Swastika Trail who are embarrassed and offended by the street’s name should not be forced to use it on their driver’s licences or other government documents.“We also think that maintaining this street name — nevermind for the people who live there — really demonstrates a sort of unwelcoming attitude, whether intentionally or unintentionally, towards people from the outside who may want to visit their own property there, towards Holocaust survivors and their descendents, towards Canadian veterans of the Second World War and their descendents,” Fishman said.“Even though the swastika originally had a different meaning … today in Canada if you mention swastika — or to virtually to anyone in the western world — it is a symbol of the horrors of Nazism, and the town and it’s residents can’t ignore that.”Residents of the street advocating for the name change agree.“Having the word swastika on my provincially issued driver’s licence and my federally issued mailing address associates me with bigotry, intolerance and anti-Semitism,” said Jennifer Horton. “That’s not who I am and that’s not how I want to present myself.”Audrey Guzar, another resident, said “you don’t realize how often you have to give out your address until you are embarrassed about your street.” She said she is usually met with looks of “horror and disbelief,” often leaving her to explain that she is not a Nazi sympathizer.The two women and their husbands contacted B’nai Brith Canada for help after other attempts to get action on the issue.Horton said local residents on the street voted on the issue earlier this month among themselves, with a slight majority in favour of keeping the name.“That statistic is not significant enough to sway the council” into making a decision, Horton said. “In addition to that, as we’ve said many times, this is an issue that is not only affecting our street — this is an issue that affects our entire community, our whole country, so it’s not a matter of 50 people on a street having a vote.”She added that the street name is also problematic because the swastika is still used as a symbol of hate by white-supremacist groups.Fishman said B’nai Brith Canada is also aware of a town in northern Ontario called Swastika, but noted that he wasn’t aware of any residents in that community reaching out to his group for help changing the town’s name.“We still think it’s inappropriate, but we prioritize the Swastika Trail in Puslinch, because there are local residents who have reached out and said, ‘we want you help in changing the name,’” he said. “That’s why we feel we really have a duty to speak up on this issue.”Carolyn O’Neil, a local historian in Swastika, Ont., said the town was named in the early 1900s after a local gold mine that used the symbol as one signifying good luck.“We can’t destroy our history,” she said, noting that the town has never had any association with Nazism.last_img read more

Edmonton police lay 460 charges against 34 teens after violent crime wave

first_imgEDMONTON – Edmonton police have laid 460 charges against 34 teens following a wave of violent crimes at transit stations, malls and recreation centres.In one case, police released video images of a teen kicking a woman down a flight of stairs who suffered severe internal injuries.Investigators say in another case, some teens used social media to create a flash mob in a swarming attack on two teen boys.The 34 accused range in age from 13 to 18 and the alleged crimes go back to January 2017.The charges include aggravated assault, assault, robbery, weapons offences, theft under $5,000, possession of stolen property and other offences.Supt. Tom Pallas says the suspects have left a path of victims across the city.“Officers have responded to close to 90 criminal events involving 66 complainants, some of whom are now dealing with very serious internal and facial injuries,” he said Wednesday in a release.He said investigators believe 12 of the 34 suspects were involved in most of the crimes.“Many of these individuals have been arrested, gone through the court system and rearrested by our officers, after being released on bail, in some cases within hours.”None of the accused can be named because they are either under 18 or were under 18 when the alleged crimes were committed.last_img read more

Canada raises more than 38 billion for poor girls education at G7

first_imgQUEBEC – The Trudeau government announced at the G7 summit that it has raised more than $3.8 billion in an effort with other countries to send the world’s poorest girls to school.That’s includes a $400-million investment from Canada as part of the overall three-year commitment, and also includes contributions from G7 partners and the World Bank.The money raised exceeds the US$1.3 billion over three years that a coalition of 30 non-governmental organizations had called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to raise as part of his chairmanship of the G7 this year.One of Trudeau’s cross-cutting themes for Canada’s G7 chairmanship was gender equality and empowering women and girls.Trudeau met this morning with his Gender Equality Advisory Council ahead of the expected announcement.He spoke of the importance of educating girls in remarks at the start of the meeting, which included his fellow G7 leaders and Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund.last_img read more

63yearold Quebec man dies after police chase ends in multivehicle crash

first_imgTROIS-RIVIERES, Que. – Quebec’s police watchdog is investigating after a 63-year-old man died following a police chase that ended in a multi-vehicle crash.The investigations unit says its information suggests the victim was in a vehicle that was hit by a fleeing driver who was being pursued by a Trois-Rivieres police officer.A police news release says the incident began when the officer approached a car on foot after a scan revealed an expired licence plate.The unit says the male driver sped away when the officer tapped on the window and was then pursued by the officer in the police cruiser.The fleeing driver seemingly hit one vehicle, then hit two more several hundred metres later, including the one in which the victim was located.The watchdog unit says the driver was arrested and provincial police have been called in to help with the investigation.last_img read more

Not a blackandwhite issue Public input wanted on cannabis consumption sites

first_imgCALGARY – The city of Calgary is gathering input from its citizens over the next couple of weeks on proposed sites where people would be allowed to consume marijuana in public.The city has a population of almost 1.3 million people and the public sites are considered necessary because landlord and tenant agreements, condo bylaws and hotel rules can prohibit marijuana consumption.However, a municipality can approve designated areas where cannabis can be smoked, vaped or eaten.The use of recreational pot is to become legal Oct. 17.Matt Zabloski, the lead for Calgary’s cannabis legalization project, expects a lot of input.“We’re expecting a fairly big response,” he said Monday. “Obviously cannabis is becoming more and more on people’s radar and we’re assuming there’s a lot of Calgarians that are going to be very interested in what happens from here.”Four sites have been identified. All are on the edge of downtown and include green spaces and a city park. There would be strict rules at the proposed sites regarding the radius of the consumption area, signage, waste receptacles and tamper-proof ashtrays.Feedback is to be brought to a public meeting of city council Oct. 9.Under Calgary legislation a ward can only be considered for a site if it’s requested by the local councillor. In this case, all four areas are in the ward of Coun. Gian-Carlo Carra, the only one of 14 council members to make a request.“When we restricted cannabis to the extent that we did we created a situation where some citizens might not have the opportunity to legally consume a legal substance, and so we had to create an opportunity for that to happen,” said Carra.“I felt it was my duty to then figure out whether and how we could create public-use sites.”Some constituents using Twitter were giving Carra an earful Monday.“I would like you to stop inviting chaos into our neighbourhood. Your proposal is crazy-making,” tweeted Lynne Rennie. “All four proposed sites are in Ward 9 because of your personal philosophy. No other councillor wants these in their wards.”Ali McMillan questioned why cannabis could be consumed in a park but not alcohol.“You won’t let me drink wine in a park but cannabis gets a special pass? My asthma and my kids will not appreciate sharing the park with a cannabis garden,” she wrote.Carra said he isn’t surprised there are strong opinions.“It’s a little politically fraught but I’ve never really shied away from tough conversations,” he said.“This is not a black-and-white issue. This is a nuanced, difficult, fraught situation and we’re going to have an interesting conversation.”Zabloski said concern for public safety is why input is needed.“I would emphasize that by no means are these going to happen for sure at this point. We also want to hear from everybody who has the potential to be affected by it.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Trans Mountain CEO says pipe construction could restart in 2019 on NEB

first_imgCALGARY – The president and CEO of Trans Mountain Corp. says its sidelined pipeline project could be back on track by next year under a new National Energy Board hearing schedule, setting it up for a possible 2022 opening date.The timeline unveiled by the federal pipeline regulator on Wednesday is “reasonable and fair,” said Ian Anderson, the former CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada who became head of the resulting Crown corporation when Ottawa closed its $4.5-billion purchase of the pipeline and its expansion project in early September.WATCH:  Trans Mountain pipeline approval overturned He told reporters in Calgary it’s possible expansion project construction that was halted when the Federal Court of Appeal overturned its NEB approval earlier this month could be restarted in 2019.“Sure, it’s possible,” he said. “If things go according to the timeline that’s been now started with the NEB and they have a recommendation by the middle of February and the government takes a few months for additional consultation, an order-in-council could be as early as next summer.”He added construction is expected to take about 30 months, depending upon seasonal adjustments, which would mean the pipeline could be operational in 2022, about two years later than the most recent predicted in-service date.The federal government approved the Trans Mountain expansion project in November 2016, following a recommendation by the NEB.But the court cited insufficient consultation with Indigenous communities and a failure to assess the environmental impact of additional oil-tanker traffic in overturning that ruling.Last week, the federal government ordered the NEB to go back and conduct a review of tanker traffic, paying special attention to the affect on killer whales, and issue its report no later than Feb. 22.WATCH: AFN national chief suggests moving Trans Mountain pipeline route Environmentalists were quick to criticize the NEB’s schedule, which calls for public comments by next Wednesday on draft factors for the environmental assessment, the draft list of issues to be considered in the hearing and on the design of the hearing process itself.Indigenous groups who are affected by the marine shipping issues but weren’t allowed to engage in the previous NEB process because of scope limits might have a difficult time preparing submissions in time, said Keith Stewart, senior energy strategist with Greenpeace Canada.“Indigenous consultations are inextricably intertwined with review of marine impacts — orcas have important cultural significance — so charging ahead on this before sorting out the Indigenous consultation piece seems like a mistake,” he added.Furthermore, the process is tainted by the fact that the government insists the project it now owns will be built no matter what, Stewart said.The expansion will include a new pipeline running roughly parallel to the existing, 1,150-kilometre line that carries refined and unrefined oil products from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C.It will nearly triple the capacity to 890,000 barrels a day.The NEB named Lyne Mercier, Alison Scott and Murray Lytle to the panel that will conduct its reconsideration of the project.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Crown asks for assessment after alleged gunman claims temporary insanity

first_imgFREDERICTON – Alleged Fredericton gunman Matthew Raymond’s claims of temporary insanity have prompted the Crown to seek a psychological assessment to determine if he is able to stand trial.In a court outburst last week, Raymond said he should be “exonerated” immediately because of temporary insanity. He said he has evidence that will show his innocence in the deaths of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello, and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.The four were gunned down Aug. 10 outside an apartment complex in the city; Raymond is charged with four counts of first-degree murder.“I had concerns based upon what he had said in court,” Crown prosecutor Darlene Blunston told Judge Julian Dickson Monday of her request for an assessment to determine if Raymond was not criminally responsible at the time of the offence.“The Crown’s position will be that the accused has put his mental capacity for criminal intent into issue, as well as the fact that the accused has raised the issue of fitness, based primarily on his utterances in court,” she said.In court Monday, the 48-year-old Raymond motioned to Dickson that he wished to speak again.Wearing an orange jump suit and oversized grey sweatshirt, Raymond stood and addressed the court, saying he had tried to fire his lawyer, Nathan Gorham, four times and “now it’s going to be five times.”“What happened in the past is something else, but right now I know what’s been going on,” he said.Another defence lawyer, Spencer MacInnis, asked the court for a bit of time to prepare for the Crown’s application.Dickson will hear the application next Monday for a psychological assessment that Blunston said will take 60 days.The lawyers and family members of the victims refused comment as they left the courthouse.Raymond is alleged to have fired from his apartment window with a long gun, killing two civilians as they loaded a car for a trip, and two police officers who responded to the scene.Costello, 45, was a 20-year police veteran with four children, while Burns, 43, had been an officer for two years and was married with three children.Robichaud, 42, had three children and had recently entered into a relationship with 32-year-old Wright when they were killed.Last Monday, Raymond had interrupted his lawyer to address the judge.“Your honour, may I interrupt? I have something really important to say, I have a statement to make,” Raymond said during that appearance.“I should not have been in prison at all. I am not guilty due to at least temporary insanity. The evidence is all right there … it shows exactly what has happened. I am not guilty.”Former friends and acquaintances of Raymond have offered varying memories of the accused murderer, ranging from a boy who retreated into video games, a pleasant supermarket co-worker and an increasingly isolated loner in recent years.Some business owners have described Raymond as becoming reclusive and occasionally unpleasant in the year before the alleged shootings.last_img read more

GM workers back to work after 2nd sitin at Oshawa plant

first_imgNext shift of workers at Oshawa stage sit down protest in the plant today in disgust after @GM refused Unifor proposals to #SaveOshawaGM #SellHereBuildHere pic.twitter.com/xpsOWnr7nX— Unifor Canada (@UniforTheUnion) January 9, 2019 Unionized workers at the General Motors assembly plant in Oshawa staged a second work-stoppage after the company confirmed it would not reconsider plans to close the facility.Unifor said the protest Wednesday morning lasted close to two hours before it ended and followed about a five-hour sit-down at the plant the evening before.The labour action came after union president Jerry Dias sat down with GM on Tuesday to talk about proposals the union had made to extend the life of the Ontario plant, but came away empty-handed.The union has emphasized the wider economic impacts of the shutdown and released a study Wednesday putting some hard numbers to the claims.“We’re looking at tens of thousands of jobs and a direct hit to the GDP,” said Unifor president Jerry Dias in a statement.“Should GM proceed with plans to close Oshawa, the economic impact would be substantial, both in the short and long term.”The economic analysis estimates the closure of the plant by the end of the year will result in 14,000 fewer jobs in Ontario and 10,000 fewer jobs outside the province by 2025, compared with keeping the assembly plant open.Those would include 4,400 jobs at GM Oshawa and its parts suppliers in Ontario that would be lost in 2020 as well as lost direct and indirect opportunities from keeping the assembly plant open for an additional five years.The closure would also cut Ontario’s GDP by $5 billion and mean $330 million less provincial government revenue next year, and lead by 2030 to about a billion dollars less in combined provincial and federal revenues, the study estimates.The company has said the options suggested by the union, including extending the life of the Chevy Impala and Cadillac XTS produced at the plant or shifting production slated for Mexico to the plant, are not economically viable.GM acknowledged the frustration that led to the work stoppages, but urged the union to instead work with the company on timing and transition plans for the approximately 2,600 unionized workers who are losing their jobs.“We understand our union’s frustration but need to now work together to deliver supports, transition and training for our employees for new opportunities over the coming year,” spokeswoman Jennifer Wright wrote in an email.GM said it has identified job opportunities, is willing to pay for retraining and is open to negotiations on packages for workers on top of what is already included in contracts.Unifor has refused to consider negotiations on a shut-down of Oshawa. The union has planned a rally in Windsor, Ont. Friday to coincide with a GM investor update.last_img read more

Trial opens for Quebec man charged with killing wife suffering from Alzheimers

first_imgMONTREAL — Jury selection is underway at the trial of a Quebec man charged with killing his ailing wife.Michel Cadotte’s second-degree murder trial opened today with the judge addressing prospective jurors.Cadotte was charged following the Feb. 20, 2017 death of Jocelyne Lizotte. Lizotte was found dead at a long-term care facility in Montreal where she was being treated for Alzheimer’s disease.Cadotte has pleaded not guilty.Justice Helene Di Salvo says the trial is expected to last between six and seven weeks. Testimony will begin once the jury is selected. The court is hearing first from those seeking exemptions before choosing jurors.The case began sitting one week ago with pre-trial arguments.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Ottawa formally requests clemency for Canadian sentenced to death in China

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Trudeau government is seeking clemency for a Canadian sentenced to death in China amid growing tensions between the two countries.The formal request for Robert Schellenberg was given to China’s ambassador to Canada.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada has always been opposed the death penalty.“We believe it is inhumane and inappropriate, and wherever the death penalty is considered, with regard to a Canadian, we speak out against it — and indeed with regard to others. That is what we are doing here.”Foreign Affairs Minister @cafreeland says the government has spoken with China’s Ambassador to Canada and requested clemency for Robert Schellenberg. He was in a Chinese jail over a 2016 conviction for drug smuggling, but was retried yesterday and sentenced to death #cdnpoli— Cormac Mac Sweeney (@cmaconthehill) January 15, 2019Schellenberg was jailed in China in 2016 for drug smuggling, but was retried on Monday and sentenced to death after an appeals court in that country agreed with prosecutors who said he was punished too leniently.His original sentence was 15 years.Freeland, who calls this a complicated and difficult moment in Canada’s relationship with the People’s Republic, says she spoke with Schellenberg’s father to offer support and sympathy.“It was a very emotional conversation,” she says.Meanwhile the prime minister has been working the phones and seeking more international support in this tense dispute, speaking with the leaders of Argentina and New Zealand after receiving the backing of other countries like the U.S., the U.K. and Germany.The tensions began with Canada arresting a Huawei executive in Vancouver at the request of the Americans, which then led to the arrests of two Canadians in China, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.China and Canada have also since traded new travel advisories, warning their citizens of the risks of travelling to the other country.last_img read more

Three dead after fire breaks out at apartment building in Longueuil Que

first_imgLONGUEUIL, Que. — Officials say three people have died and 11 others were hurt in a fire in Longueuil, Que.They say the fire broke out at an apartment building early Saturday morning.Longueil police say fourteen people were taken to hospital as a result of the blaze, three of whom died.An apartment fire in Longueuil has left a couple and a mother dead, 11 others hospitalized – some had to jump from their balconies to escape the flames. Full story tonight at 6pm on @BTCityNewsMTL pic.twitter.com/Ovz4rnfPKS— Andrew Brennan (@ACJBrennan) February 9, 2019They say one tenant is still missing, but there’s no indication that person was at home when the flames begun.Officials say strong winds in the area made it harder for firefighers to battle the blaze.They have not yet said what may have caused the fire.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Antique store searches for family of WWI veteran after 102yearold letter found

first_imgSTEINBACH, Man. — The owner of an antique store in Manitoba is looking for the family of a First World War veteran after finding a letter in a box of papers.Amanda Kehler, owner of Prairie Pickers Café in Steinbach, bought a box of old papers for $1 while searching for antiques a few days ago.Inside, amongst old newspapers and certificates, she found a letter dated May 1917.It was sent from a Canadian soldier in a hospital in England to a woman in Selkirk, Man., explaining how her brother was killed at Vimy Ridge.The letter, from a man named Earl Sorel, explains how the woman’s brother, Gordon, saved him after he was shot and died a hero.Kehler says reading the letter gave her chills because it was a special glimpse into an important part of history.She has posted a photo of the letter online and, despite people offering to buy it, she says she wants to return it to the writer’s family.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Justin Bieber Performs For Typhoon Haiyan Victims

first_imgJustin Bieber has performed in the Philippines for victims of Typhoon Haiyan.Justin Bieber Meets Victims Of Typhoon HaiyanThe singer has posted photos and videos of a surprise show he put on for victims in the hard hit region of Leyte.Bieber referred to his performance as being “the most important show of the tour,” and went on to say “You’ve changed my life… thank you.”Bieber also saw humanitarian programs run by leading internationalhumanitarian agency Action Against Hunger. He visited the agency’s water and sanitation programs, engaged with local community members, played basketball with Action Against Hunger employees and beneficiaries.Bieber is proud to use his stature and visibility to affect positive change. “When I saw what happened in the Philippines, I was shocked—the destruction was devastating and I wanted to do whatever I could to help,” he said. “I always can count on my fans, so I started planning a way for us to make a big impact to help our friends in the Philippines together.”“The work that Action Against Hunger, UNICEF, and the Philam Foundation are involved with in the Philippines is incredible,” he continued, “and I’m really excited to be working alongside them, and I know my fans will be too when they see what amazing things we will be doing together to help all the families that have been so badly affected by the recent situation.”Bieber has already been involved in fundraising for victims of the storm, which is thought to have killed over 5000 people. An estimated 13.2 million people have been affected by Super Typhoon Haiyan, and 3.5 million are now displaced from their homes. By donating to the cause, Justin is offering fans the chance to hang out in the studio with him. You can enter the contest here.last_img read more

Sir Roger Moore Revealed As Young Lions Health Award Judge

first_imgLions Health has announced that UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and 007 Actor, Sir Roger Moore, will be joining the dedicated jury of respected industry leaders judging the Young Lions Health Award, an exciting new competition for young creatives and marketers that aims to improve challenges facing health systems in low-income countries.Launched together with UNICEF and Unilever, the Young Lions Health Award calls on the young creative industry to develop a compelling campaign that would help address this challenge. UNICEF will utilise the winning campaign as the basis for engaging the general public to advocate and mobilise support for better, child-focused health systems.Sir Roger is a steadfast advocate for children, visiting UNICEF-supported programmes around the world. Commenting on his appointment as juror, he says, “I am thrilled to join the jury for the Young Lions Health competition which is a unique opportunity to help change the lives of the most vulnerable children.”The deadline for entry submission has been extended until 2 April in to give further opportunity for more creative young talent to apply.Taking place from 19-20 June, Lions Health is a festival and awards ceremony for creative excellence in the global healthcare industry. The winners of the Young Lions Health Award will be presented at Lions Health giving them the opportunity to join the global healthcare community, as well as see their entry in the spotlight when they are presented to at the official awards ceremony.Further information on how to enter, along with key dates and the creative brief can be found online here.last_img read more

Dolphin Tale Movie Stars Surprise a Special Child

first_imgSeven-year-old Mayra Gillis met her inspiration, Winter the Dolphin, featured in the movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, at Clearwater Marine Aquarium (CMA) on Sunday.Mayra Gillis meets Winter and Hope the dolphins with the cast of the Dolphin Tale moviesRead about Winter’s story at www.SeeWinter.com. Movie stars Nathan Gamble, who plays Sawyer in the movies, and Austin Highsmith, who plays Phoebe, Winter’s Animal Care Provider, surprised Mayra during her encounter with the dolphins Winter and Hope at CMA.Mayra had a brain bleed when she was just two days old which has affected her mobility and fine gross motor skills. When Mayra watched the Dolphin Tale movies it inspired her to work harder on her mobility, wear her day leg braces and her night time casts. When Mayra saw there is an animal that requires a prosthetic to be able to swim, it made her realize she isn’t alone.“Millions of kids worldwide have had their lives positively impacted by the mantra of ‘If Winter Can, I Can.’” Says David Yates CEO of Clearwater Marine Aquarium. “We were inspired by Myra’s attitude of never giving up and happy she could meet Winter. “The actors who played Sawyer (Nathan Gamble), Hazel (Cozi Zuehlsdorff) and Phoebe (Austin Highsmith) in the Dolphin Tale movies will be at Clearwater Marine Aquarium from July 22-29 to meet with fans. View their appearance schedule here.last_img read more

Earth Wind Fire replaces Aretha Franklin at Toronto fundraiser

first_imgAdvertisement Aretha Franklin has been replaced by Earth, Wind & Fire at the second annual AMBI Gala in Toronto on Sept. 7.Franklin announced this week she would cancel several concerts this summer and fall for health reasons.“I’m disappointed. We are very sad that we will miss Aretha Frankin and we hope that we can have her at the next AMBI Gala,” said Andrea Iervolino, who cofounded the gala and AMBI Pictures with Monika Bacardi and called the entertainer “one of the best bands.” Advertisement Advertisement Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The gala will be held at the Ritz Carlton, Jamieson said. Tickets for the event are $2,500 with proceeds going to the Toronto Children’s Aid Society and the Regent Park U For Change, a group that mentors youth in a variety of artistic endeavours, including music, acting, playwriting, photography, fashion design and DJing.Motown star Diana Ross “blew the roof off” at last year’s event during an hour-long concert and mixed with guests afterward, Jamieson said. Twitter Login/Register With:last_img read more