Former Nova Scotia teacher issues apology for abusing young male students

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

A former Nova Scotia teacher who sexually abused two teenage male students issued a public apology Thursday, saying her deceitful actions betrayed their trust and caused pain and trauma for their families.

Carolyn Amy Hood of Stellarton, N.S., read from a statement during her sentencing hearing in Pictou provincial court, saying her “horrible decisions” were motivated by mental illness.

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“I truly believe in my heart that without the onset of bipolar disorder, none of these events would have ever occurred,” she told the judge.

“I want to reiterate my deep and immeasurable remorse for my actions that led to these charges and the lasting effects they have had on (the victims’) lives as well as their families. It is something I will feel regret for every day for the rest of my life.”

Hood, 40, was found guilty in April of sexual interference, sexual exploitation and two counts of luring minors over the Internet for a sexual purpose.

The charges stem from offences in 2013 involving two of her former students at Thorburn Consolidated School, who were 15 and 17 at the time.

The former Grade 6 teacher had previously taught both boys when they were in that grade.

She was charged with six offences in January 2014, but one count each of sexual assault and invitation to sexual touching were later dismissed.

“I am sickened that I have hurt so many people through this experience,” Hood told the judge.

“There is not an hour that goes by when I am not thinking about the impact this has had on both the victims and their families’ lives. It consumes me … As a parent of three young children myself, I can only begin to imagine the hatred and resentment their families feel.”

Earlier in the trial, defence lawyer Joel Pink argued that his client – diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2013 – should be declared not criminally responsible for her actions due to mental illness, but Judge Del Atwood rejected that argument.

In her statement, Hood said she is taking medication and attending psychiatric sessions to deal with her mental illness.

During Thursday’s hearing, Pink argued that the mandatory minimum sentence for each charge – one year in jail – represented a violation of the Constitution because such a long sentence for a mentally ill person would amount to cruel and unusual punishment. He suggested the proper range of sentencing should be between three and nine months.

However, Crown prosecutor Bill Gorman said the judge should impose a four-year prison term, given the fact that the victims were under 18 and Hood had abused her position of trust.

“You had a teacher entrusted with looking after and providing for the care and education of students, and she chose to exploit that position,” Gorman said outside court.

“She cultivated a relationship with a couple of her students, and she acted on her impulses. And in acting on her impulses, she furthered her own sexual gratification.”

Hood is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 14.

NDP MLA denies telling cabinet minister to ‘Take your pants off’ in Manitoba legislature

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

WINNIPEG —; A Manitoba cabinet minister says she was told to take her pants off in the middle of question period by a male NDP opponent, but the NDP are firmly denying the accusation.

Rochelle Squires, the minister for sport, culture and heritage, filed a complaint Thursday with the legislature Speaker over opposition heckling in the chamber a week earlier.

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She said that at one point, New Democrat member Rob Altemeyer told her “take your pants off,” as she fielded a question from another NDP member.

Squires called the remarks outrageous and insulting, and demanded an apology from Altemeyer.

But Altemeyer denied the allegation and produced an audio recording of the debate.

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“My words were ‘take a pass on it,” Altemeyer said. “My words were referring to this premier and his inability to answer important questions.”

The comments were not captured by the official transcript of legislature proceedings and are hard to make out on the audio recording. Altemeyer’s voice is faint, in the background and away from live microphones.

The remark came as New Democrat Nahanni Fontaine tried to ask Conservative Premier Brian Pallister a question about appointments to government boards and agencies. Pallister did not field the question — Squires stood up instead.

NDP house leader Jim Maloway said the recording backs up Altemeyer’s version of events. He called on Squires to apologize and hinted that the Tories could face legal action.

“Within the house itself, we are privileged in there, and so we cannot be sued. But anything repeated outside is actionable and we will have to take a look … see what members have said what outside the house.”

Speaker Myrna Driedger said she will consider the complaint from Squires and rule at a later date as to whether Altemeyer crossed a line. She also ordered the politicians not to discuss the matter until it is resolved.

Squires said she would obey that order, and refused to answer reporters’ questions on the issue.

“I will await (the Speaker’s) ruling and then I will happily answer all your questions,” she said.

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The controversy follows another gender-centered standoff in the legislature last week.

A small number of New Democrats said “shame” as female members of the Tory caucus voted against a bill on sexual harassment at universities and colleges. The NDP members did not direct the remarks at male Tories — only female ones.

Two New Democrats — Andrew Swan and James Allum — later apologized.

Multiple warnings issued over powerful trio of storms expected over B.C. South Coast

23/11/2018 Posted by admin

Three Pacific storms are expected to roll over the B.C. South Coast beginning Wednesday night, bringing with them strong winds and heavy rain.

The first storm passed through the region on Wednesday night bring about 35 mm of rain to Metro Vancouver by Thursday morning. The second storm is expected to hit Thursday night with gusting winds and more rain. The third and possibly most severe storm could make landfall by late Saturday afternoon.

Update  – Thursday, Oct. 13, 11:35 p.m.:

Winds are rain are beginning to pick up across much of the B.C. South Coast.

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Wind warning issued

Environment Canada has issued a wind warning for the Lower Mainland, Howe Sound, Sunshine Coast, Southern Gulf Islands, and Vancouver Island. The west coast of Vancouver Island will see winds of up to 100 km/h overnight and the rest of the South Coast will see southeast winds of up to 80 km/h by Friday morning.

The winds continue throughout Friday coming from the southwest at 70 to 90 km/h.

Wind this strong could knock down trees and power lines, causing power outages. Loose objects may be tossed by the wind to cause injury or damage.

Rivers and creeks could flood

Rainfall accumulation over the next several days is causing concern that some rivers and creeks could flood.

The River Forecast Centre is advising rivers on south, central, and north Vancouver Island could produce minor flooding as the B.C. South Coast is expected to receive up to 200 mm of rain between Wednesday night and Saturday.

The second storm will hit by Thursday night and will include strong winds. The third and most powerful storm is expected to make landfall on Saturday.

Where the storm hits landfall will determine the severity of the weather, according to Environment Canada.

“Rivers across the region are expected to rise rapidly on Thursday in response to rainfall, and remain elevated into the weekend, with increased flows likely as each of the remaining two systems move through,” said the River Forecast Centre in its High Streamflow Advisory.

“Hydrologic modelling based on current weather forecasts indicates the possibility of flood conditions over the Saturday to Sunday period, particularly over the Central Vancouver Island region during these storms.”

Crews are cleaning up the mess caused by the storm in North Vancouver, BC on October 12, 2016.

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Crews are cleaning up the mess caused by the storm in North Vancouver, BC on October 12, 2016.

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People are warned to stay away from rivers and culverts due to fast-flowing water and potentially unstable riverbanks.

The rivers noted for possible flooding or rising levels include:

South Vancouver Island: Englishman River, Chemainus River, Cowichan RiverCentral Vancouver Island: Tsolum River, Browns River, Sproat River, Somass RiverNorth Vancouver Island: Salmon River, Gold River

Metro Vancouver

Metro Vancouver was issued a rainfall warning for Wednesday night and Thursday with up to 60 mm of rain forecast. Actual accumulation totaled about 35 mm in some areas.

The forecast caused the popular Grouse Grind hiking trail to close for the season as of Oct. 13.

The combination of wet leaves, rain, and high winds in the coming days could mean possible power outages across the South Coast. BC Hydro suggests people be prepared for the storms by putting together an emergency kit that will last them up to 72 hours without power.

A few important items to have on hand ahead of losing power include:

Plenty of water;Non-perishable food or food that does not need to be refrigerated;Flashlights, matches, and candles;Hand-crank or battery-operated radioBatteries

Also make sure your devices are fully charged leading into the stormy weather and use a surge protector on any electronics plugged in at home or work.

The Pacific Rim

The Pacific Rim region is also urging for caution near the ocean as the storms are expected to create strong breaking waves.

Pacific Rim National Park Reserve of Canada has issued a ‘High’ warning for Wednesday and Thursday and an ‘Extreme’ warning for Friday.

During a ‘High’ warning, people are cautioned to avoid water activities within 400 metres of rocky headlands and small islands. Storm surges of up to three metres will be expected and surges and waves may be unpredictable.

Under an ‘Extreme’ warning, breaking waves continuously exceed three metres combined with very strong rip currents.

People are urged not to travel along the shoreline of rocky beaches or headlands as “violent and unpredictable” surges over three metres are expected. The advisory added that the large swells combined with high tides could cause beaches to flood.

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No tuition fee hike for some University of King’s College students

24/09/2019 Posted by admin

Students enrolled in the Foundation Year Program at the University of King’s College are breathing a sigh of relief after learning their tuition will not be going up.

The university’s Board of Governors voted unanimously this week against a $1,000 fee increase, making King’s the only university in the province to reject a fee hike.

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“I worked really hard this summer to actually pay for this tuition at all, so the fact that it’s not going to increase is kind of reassuring that I’m gonna be able to come to school next year,” said first-year student Taryn Neufelt.

“Students have been making their voices heard and made it so the King’s Board of Governors had no choice but to listen,” said Aidan McNally, President of the King’s Students’ Union.

Until last year, there was a three percent cap on tuition fee increases in Nova Scotia. That cap was temporarily removed in the 2015 provincial budget, leaving post-secondary institutions free to hike fees without a limit.

That decision has been met with harsh criticism, especially at the University at King’s College where students pay some of the highest fees in Canada.

Students have been campaigning for months against the proposed fee hike and see the Board of Governors decision as a victory.

“Students have been very vocal about this issue ever since it became a possibility,” said Bill Lahey, President of the University of King’s College.

“Their views about both how it might hurt the university’s efforts to recruit more students, which is a really big issue at King’s right now and their views on how the current level of tuition causes difficulties and in some cases hardships for our students, those were very influential views.”

READ MORE: King’s College students scrawl messages on campus walls in tuition-fee protest

Students say tuition is their number one barrier when attending school.

“It’s so expensive and it kind of affects everything that you do,” said Sophie Winer. “It’s like, is what I’m learning right now worth the money?”

Tuition for first year students may not be rising, but there are still other fee increases on the table.

“We still have hard decisions and hard discussions to have at King’s about incremental increases to tuition and there’s always discussions that have to take place about other fees, but we’ve put the tuition reset issue to bed,” said Lahey.

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Students say they plan to participate in a National Day of Action next month to protest tuition fees at post-secondary institutions.

“We are taking the momentum from this victory and channeling it towards November 2, where students are calling on decision makers for free and accessible post-secondary education,” said McNally.

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6 miscarriages in 2 years: mom-to-be shares trauma of pregnancy loss

24/09/2019 Posted by admin

Jenna Zimmer is 23 weeks into her seventh pregnancy. She hasn’t let herself get too excited, though. Her last six ended in miscarriages, making for a roller-coaster past couple years.

The 32-year-old Wisconsin woman had been trying to have a baby with her husband Kyle for a year when she found out she was finally pregnant for the first time in January 2014.

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    “We heard a heartbeat at six weeks and assumed everything would be smooth sailing after that,” she recalled in light of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day, marked every year on Oct. 15.

    The two excitedly told family they were expecting — only to be shattered a month later at their next appointment, when they learned their baby had stopped growing.

    READ MORE: How long should you wait to tell others you’re expecting?

    Even though Zimmer saw the motionless figure on the ultrasound, it took a while for it to “click.”

    “It was absolutely devastating. I’ve never been so depressed and heartbroken.”

    She had a “d&c” (dilate and curettage) procedure, which scrapes the fetus off the uterine lining under heavy sedation or oral medication. Zimmer says it was physically painless, but emotionally, the hardest thing she’s gone through.

    When she got pregnant for the second time that July and saw a heartbeat again, she thought: “We couldn’t possibly miscarry twice.”

    Two weeks later, the heartbeat was gone. Afraid of getting her uterus scraped twice (as it can sometimes lead to scar tissue formation called Asherman’s Syndrome), she opted for a miscarriage-inducing medication (Cytotec) the second time around.

    “It was a horrible experience. Blood came literally gushing out of me. I bled a ton, then it would stop, then it would start again. Worse than any period … This went on for over six weeks.”

    Every subsequent positive pregnancy test left her “terrified.”

    “Driving to ultrasound appointments was the absolute worst.”

    Her third pregnancy turned out to be a “blighted ovum,” which is when the embryo doesn’t develop. It looked like a “dark, empty circle” on the ultrasound screen.

    The next three were “chemical pregnancies” —  super early losses — within six months of each other. Zimmer explains the only reason she knew she was pregnant was because she took the tests early. They were positive, then became negative and were followed by a heavy period a few days later.

    Every time it happened, she’d wonder “why?”

    “It’s very lonely,” Zimmer said.

    She and her husband had two nephews born around the time the losses began. They eventually asked relatives to tell them in private if they were expecting. The surprise announcements became too much to bear.

    Potential reasons for miscarriage

    The Zimmers eventually learned their miscarriages were due to genetics. Basically, parts of Kyle’s chromosomes 14 and 19 would swap places during conception. So there’d either be too much or too little genetic information coming from those chromosomes. That would result in an unbalanced arrangement of chromosomes that isn’t compatible with life.

    What also could have contributed to their losses, Zimmer said, was a growth on her uterus that’s since been removed. She also had ovarian cysts and was previously diagnosed with Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), a condition that’s been linked to a higher risk of pregnancy loss.

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    Up to a quarter of pregnancies are thought to end in a miscarriage, according to the American Pregnancy Association. A woman may not even know she’s pregnant before she loses the baby. Others will never find out why they miscarried because no cause can be found.

    Aside from age, risk factors for miscarriages have been said to include: obesity, smoking, excessive drinking of caffeine and alcohol, as well as drug use.

    The culprit could also be an abnormality in the womb or cervix, hormonal imbalances, infections, or antibodies in the blood that prevent the embryo from properly embedding.

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    In the vast majority of cases, a miscarriage happens within the first three months of a pregnancy that’s not viable. This is why couples are advised to wait until then before sharing their pregnancy news widely.

    After the 12-week mark, the risk of a stillbirth is about three in 1,000.

    It’s what Zimmer now fears most, even though her 21-week scan a couple weeks ago showed a healthy baby girl. She credits that to just getting “lucky in the genetics department” this time.

    The Zimmer baby at 21 weeks in utero.

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    She recently bought her first-ever pregnancy purchase: a three-pack of onesies.

    ‘It’s a reality of life’

    “It’s horrible to be in constant worry about it, but one day at a time,” she said.

    The pair briefly saw a counsellor and Zimmer joined support groups on Facebook and Reddit, all of which have helped her heal from the trauma.

    Her advice to other couples who suffer a loss is to talk about it.

    “Lay your emotions out and support each other. My husband felt like he needed to be strong for me. When he finally admitted how devastated he was, it helped me feel less crazy — like a weight [had] lifted.”

    READ MORE: ‘Every parent’s worst nightmare’: Breaking the silence

    “If you talk about it openly, you may find that many people will share their story of loss with you as well. It happens more than anyone thinks and nobody talks about it. It’s not taboo.

    “It’s a reality of life and it should be discussed.”

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Donald Trump allegedly insulted Khloe Kardashian, Marlee Matlin on ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

24/09/2019 Posted by admin

UPDATE: Marlee Matlin has responded to the accusations made by former Celebrity Apprentice staffers.

ORIGINAL STORY: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is in hot water after more accusations about his behaviour on the The Celebrity Apprentice set have surfaced.

Over the last several days, many alleged victims have spoken up about abusive things Trump has said and done. (On top of that, multiple women are now accusing him of sexual assault.) The latest Celebrity Apprentice accusations involve biggies: Marlee Matlin is an Oscar-winning actress — the first deaf person to win the coveted award — and Khloe Kardashian is, well, a Kardashian.

Matlin appeared on the celebrity reality show in 2011, and came in second place to country singer John Rich. Throughout the season, audiences heard Trump’s glowing comments about Matlin, so it’s jarring to hear, as per three longtime staffers, that the GOP candidate regularly disrespected her and treated her like she was mentally disabled.

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According to The Daily Beast, the insults Trump directed at Matlin occurred right in front of her and when she wasn’t there. Because of a non-disclosure agreement standard with reality shows, Trump’s comments were kept buried. Until now. Trump allegedly called Matlin “retarded” on multiple occasions, treated her as lesser-than, and frequently mocked her speaking voice by doing crude imitations.

One former staffer recalls an incident when, after the producers were cleaning up the Apprentice boardroom post-firing, they glanced at the notes that Trump wrote (he often jotted things down before the firing) on the table. One of them read, “Marlee, is she retarded?”

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The staffers also remember Matlin standing up for herself against Trump, but that footage was not included in the broadcast show.

In November of 2015, Trump faced similar heavy criticism for mocking a New York Times reporter who has a disability during a campaign rally in South Carolina.

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The Huffington Post is reporting that, during filming of the 2009 season of Celebrity Apprentice, reality star Khloe Kardashian was also the subject of off-camera remarks by Trump. He was allegedly upset about her casting and made disparaging comments about her looks and weight.

“He basically wanted to just get rid of her,” a former editor said to HuffPost. “He called her a ‘piglet.’”

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Trump also rued not being able to “get the hot one” for the show, referring to Kardashian’s sister, Kim. A second source confirmed that Trump called her “the ugly Kardashian” and a “fat piglet.” The former staffers also emphasize that Kardashian wasn’t fired based on her performance — she was fired because Trump didn’t like her.

Kardashian hasn’t commented on the 2009 firing.

Earlier this week, former Celebrity Apprentice contestant Maria Kanellis-Bennett called Trump a sexist hypocrite after she was unceremoniously fired from the reality show in 2010 for using “locker room talk.”

WATCH: Maria Kanellis-Bennett is fired from Celebrity Apprentice

The former professional wrestler was fired by Trump after she chastised fellow contestant Curtis Stone for coming into their room and using the bathroom, leaving a “stench” behind. In the episode, she said to Stone: “The reason why I said you were so arrogant was because you came in our dressing room and you took a crap and left the stench in the room.”

Apparently, Trump took issue with the word “crap,” and called Kanellis-Bennett’s remarks “disgusting” and “gross.”

On Friday, the Washington Post and NBC released video of Trump speaking to then-Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about making sexual advances on women without their consent.

Trump was forced to issue a public apology for the remarks and has repeatedly dismissed them as “locker room talk,” including during Sunday’s debate when he was pressed on the issue.

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“What I said is something that happens in the locker room, what he said is not. He fired me for what I said because I am a female,” Kanellis-Bennett told the New York Daily News Tuesday.

Adding insult to injury, after her firing, Kanellis-Bennett was ordered to apologize to Trump by Apprentice producers.

“I was told I shouldn’t talk like that as a lady, and that, to me, was inequality at its best,” she said. “I can’t speak my mind as a female, but he can speak his mind as a male. There’s a problem with that.”

She also claims that during filming of the show, Trump frequently flirted with her and made inappropriate comments about her looks.

READ MORE: Donald Trump’s statements ‘constitute sexual assault,’ White House says

“He would say I looked nice that day. He would make comments in the boardroom,” she said. “He believes that just by being a celebrity you can get in someone’s pants. That’s not acceptable in any form or fashion.”

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Northern Saskatchewan communities in mourning after 3 youth suicides

24/09/2019 Posted by admin

Mental health therapists are being made available 24 hours a day after the suicides of three girls in two northern Saskatchewan communities.

Two Stanley Mission girls between the ages of 12 and 14 took their own lives last week.

A third girl from La Ronge, who had been in intensive care in Saskatoon after an attempt to kill herself, died in recent days.

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    Lac La Ronge Indian Band Chief Tammy Cook-Searson said there have also been nine suicide attempts in the past week in her community and that more than 20 youths are considered at risk.

    “Our communities of Stanley Mission and La Ronge continue to be in shock and are deeply saddened with the recent tragic loss of three beautiful young girls to suicide,” Cook-Searson said in a Facebook post.

    “Thank you to everyone who has and continues to support us in addressing the current crisis we are in with our youth and families.”

    READ MORE: How do you stop a youth suicide crisis from happening? Experts say it begins with education

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said tragedies like the suicides of the three young girls have got to stop.

    Trudeau said his government is working with the Saskatchewan government and others to put an end to the tragedy of young people taking their own lives.

    Health Canada said in a statement that it has been in touch with the chief and others in Stanley Mission about providing mental health therapists.

    The department said that based on an assessment, it will help fund costs for three mental health therapists to provide counselling to at-risk youth until the end of December.

    You can read Health Canada’s statement in its entirety below.

    On behalf of my Health Canada, we would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to the families and the communities affected by the recent tragedies in northern Saskatchewan.

    Over the past week, Health Canada has been in contact with Chief Tammy Cook-Searson of Lac La Ronge and local contacts in Stanley Mission.

    We have also been in contact with Chief Peter Beattie of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation in the wake of the latest suicide tragedy in Deschambault Lake.

    For Stanley Mission and Lac La Ronge, Health Canada has deployed two nurses to provide relief support to the community health staff Health Canada is also providing supports to allow seven mental health therapists to travel weekly to Stanley Mission to provide counselling to at-risk youth, six days a week, on a rotational basis, until the end of December 2016.

    The Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and the community of Deschambault Lake are leading the response to the crisis in their communities supported by ongoing funding agreements from Health Canada. There are three mental health workers in this community, and two additional workers from Pelican Narrows have been deployed to Deschambault Lake for immediate support. Health Canada is committed to providing necessary supports to the community as requested.

    Heath Canada will continue to provide mental health crisis counselling through the Non-Insured Health Benefits program. Support is also being made available through the Mental Wellness Team from Prince Albert Grand Council.

    In Saskatchewan, there are currently four Mental Wellness Teams in place. Planning is currently underway to fund four new Mental Wellness Teams in 2017-18 for communities in Saskatchewan. This would bring the number of Mental Wellness Teams in the Saskatchewan region to eight.

    In addition to supports on the ground, we have also launched a telephone crisis intervention line to provide immediate, culturally competent, counselling support for First Nations and Inuit, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Counselling is available in English and French and, upon request, in Cree, Ojibway and Inuktut. The new toll-free number for the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line is 1-855-242-3310.

    As of this morning, the First Nations and Inuit Hope for Wellness Help Line has received a total of 44 calls since it began operating on October 1, 2016.

    We recognize the scope and seriousness of the mental health issues that are facing many First Nations and Inuit communities across Canada.

    We are committed to engaging and working with First Nations and Inuit on mental wellness initiatives, and are renewing our commitment to working with them and our provincial partners to prevent further tragic loss of life to suicide.

    If we can be of any assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    With files from Global News

Donald Trump: Here are the sexual misconduct allegations facing the Republican candidate

24/08/2019 Posted by admin

One week after a tape of Donald Trump boasting about sexually assault women was released, more women have come forward with allegations about the Republican presidential candidate.

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“It has shaken me to my core in a way that I couldn’t have predicted,” a passionate Michelle Obama told Clinton supporters at a rally in New Hampshire on Oct. 13. “So while I’d love nothing more than to pretend like this isn’t happening, and to come out here and do my normal campaign speech, it would be dishonest and disingenuous to me to just move on to the next thing like this was all just a bad dream.”

“We can’t expose our children to this any longer, not for another minute, let alone for four years.”

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Following the release of the now infamous tape of Trump making obscene comments about women — which he has dismissed as “locker room talk ” — at least four women have come forward saying Trump sexually assaulted them.

Trump has denied all allegations, saying he has never met some of his accusers although he has provided no evidence to discredit the reports.

READ MORE: Donald Trump says he never met some of his accusers

“These vicious claims about me, of inappropriate conduct with women, are totally and absolutely false. And the Clintons know it,” Trump said during a campaign rally in Florida Thursday.

Here is a look at some of the recent allegations against the Manhattan billionaire.

Summer Zervos

Summer Zervos, a former contestant on the TV show The Apprentice, is embraced by lawyer Gloria Allred (L) while speaking about allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump during a news conference in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 14, 2016. REUTERS/Kevork Djansezian

On Friday, Oct. 14, Summer Zervos, a candidate on season 5 of The Apprentice reality television show in 2006, accused Donald Trump of sexual misconduct.

Zervos appeared at a news conference alongside celebrity attorney Gloria Allred, who also represents several women who’ve accused actor Bill Cosby of sexual assault.

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Zervos alleged that in 2007 Trump tried to get her to lie down on a bed with him during a meeting that she believed was related to a possible job.

“He then asked me to sit next to him. I complied. He then grabbed my shoulder and began kissing me again very aggressively and placed his hand on my breast,” said Zervos.

Allred, who has represented high-profile clients including the family of Nicole Brown Simpson, addressed Trump directly while speaking to reporters.

“Donald, before you can become president of the United States, you must first learn how to treat women with respect,” she said, “The White House is not a locker room.”

Kristin Anderson

Kristin Anderson also said that she was groped by Donald Trump.

Anderson told the Washington Post in an interview published Friday that the incident occurred during the early 1990s at the China Club in New York City. She told the Post she was sitting on a couch at the crowded nightclub when she allegedly felt Trump’s hand move under her miniskirt.

“It wasn’t a sexual come-on,” Anderson said. “I don’t know why he did it. It was like just to prove that he could do it, and nothing would happen.”

A spokeswoman for Trump denied the allegations.

“Mr. Trump strongly denies this phony allegation by someone looking to get some free publicity. It is totally ridiculous,” Hope Hicks told the Post in a statement.

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Jessica Leeds arrives at her apartment building, Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in New York.

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On Oct. 12, The New York Times published the accounts of two women who accused Donald Trump of past instances of sexual assault. Jessica Leeds, 74, said she was on a flight more than three decades ago and seated next to Trump when he allegedly lifted the armrest and began to grope her.

“He was like an octopus,” she told the Times. “His hands were everywhere.”

Rachel Crooks

Rachel Crooks told the Times that she was assaulted by Trump in an elevator in 2005 while she was working as a receptionist at the real-estate company Bayrock Group at Trump Tower.

Crooks, who was 22 at the time, said she introduced herself and after the two shook hands he allegedly began kissing her. “[He] kissed me directly on the mouth,” Crooks told the Times. After the incident, Trump allegedly asked for her phone number and said he would give it to his modelling agency.

“It was so inappropriate,” Crooks said. “I was so upset that he thought I was so insignificant that he could do that.”

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Former People magazine writer Natasha Stoynoff accused Donald Trump of forcibly kissing her

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People magazine published a vivid account from Canadian writer Natasha Stoynoff allegedly being assaulted by Trump when she visited Mar-a-Lago in Florida for an interview with the GOP and his wife, Melania, who was pregnant at the time.

READ MORE: Canadian writer accuses Donald Trump of forcibly kissing her in People magazine interview

Stoynoff, a former writer for People, said the incident occurred in December 2015 and left her badly shaken.

“We walked into that room alone, and Trump shut the door behind us,” Stoynoff wrote. “I turned around, and within seconds he was pushing me against the wall and forcing his tongue down my throat.”

Mindy McGillivray

Mindy McGillivray told the Palm Beach Post that she was groped by Trump at his club in Mar-a-Lago 13 years ago.

McGillivray, who was 23 at the time, was assisting photographer Ken Davidoff at Trump’s club when the alleged incident occurred. Davidoff  told the Post he remembers that McGillivray pulled him aside moments after the alleged incident and told him, “‘Donald just grabbed my ass!’”

“All of a sudden I felt a grab, a little nudge. I think it’s Ken’s camera bag, that was my first instinct,” McGillivray said. “I turn around and there’s Donald. He sort of looked away quickly. I quickly turned back, facing Ray Charles, and I’m stunned.’’

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Cassie Searles, who was Miss Washington 2013 and a contestant in the Miss USA pageant, accused Trump of assault.

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Cassie Searles, who was Miss Washington 2013 and a contestant in the Miss USA pageant while it was still owned by Trump, posted on Facebook that he treated the contestants like “cattle” and groped her.

“Do y’all remember that one time we had to do our onstage introductions, but this one guy treated us like cattle and made us do it again because we didn’t look him in the eyes? Do you also remember when he then proceeded to have us line up so he could get a closer look at his property?” she wrote. “He probably doesn’t want me telling the story about that time he continually grabbed my ass and invited me to his hotel room.”

The controversy surrounding Donald J. Trump has also revived attention at past accusations of sexual assault.

Temple Taggart

Temple Taggart, a former Miss Utah, says Trump kissed her on the mouth more than once when she was a 21-year-old contestant in his Miss USA beauty pageant. Taggart told her story in The New York Times in May and spoke to the paper again this week.

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Trump also stands accused of repeatedly walking in on the contestants in his beauty pageants while they were naked.

“He just came strolling right in. There was no second to put a robe on or any sort of clothing or anything,” former Miss Arizona 2001 Tasha Dixon told CBS on Tuesday, a recollection shared by Bridget Sullivan, who was Miss New Hampshire in 2000.

Trump has acknowledged that behaviour.

“I’m allowed to go in, because I’m the owner of the pageant and therefore I’m inspecting it,” he told radio host Howard Stern, according to a transcript. “You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody OK?’ And you see these incredible looking women, and so I sort of get away with things like that.”

READ MORE: Donald Trump threatens to sue New York Times over sexual assault allegation article

Jill Harth

Jill Harth, a makeup artist, alleges Trump put his hands under her skirt during a business dinner in 1992 and tried to force himself on her in a separate incident, according to a July 2016 interview with the Guardian.

“He pushed me up against the wall, and had his hands all over me and tried to get up my dress again … and I had to physically say: ‘What are you doing? Stop it,” she said.

Harth sued Trump, accusing him of sexual harassment in 1997. She dropped the lawsuit against Trump after he settled a separate breach of contract suit.

Trump has denied Harth’s and Taggart’s allegations.

Cathy Heller

Cathy Heller, 63, said Trump grabbed her, tried to kiss her and became angry when she wouldn’t let him around 20 years ago.

She told The Guardian that she was at a Mother’s Day brunch in 2007 at one of Trump’s hotels with her family when he came around to greet the guests.

Her mother-in-law introduced them which is when he made a move on her, she said.

“He took my hand, and grabbed me, and went for the lips,” she told the newspaper.

“And he said, ‘Oh, come on.’ He was strong. And he grabbed me and went for my mouth and went for my lips.”

Jessica Drake

Jessica Drake speaks to reporters about allegations of sexual misconduct against Donald Trump, alongside lawyer Gloria Allred (L) during a news conference in Los Angeles, California, U.S. October 22, 2016.

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Jessica Drake, 42, came forward on Oct. 22 saying Trump offered her $10,000 for her to visit him in his hotel room 10 years ago.

Drake said she and two friends initially visited Trump in his hotel room while attending a golf event in Lake Tahoe, Calif., in 2006.

READ MORE: Porn star Jessica Drake says Donald Trump offered $10,000 for a visit

“When I entered the room, he grabbed each of us tightly in a hug and kissed each one of us without asking permission,” she said.

After she left, she said she received a phone call from someone on behalf of Trump asking her to come back.

When she declined the invite, Drake said Trump himself called and offered her $10,000 as well as the use of his jet to reconsider.

*With files from the Associated Press and Rebecca Joseph 

Astronomers believe universe holds 2 trillion galaxies

24/08/2019 Posted by admin

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. – Thought the universe was crowded with 100 billion to 200 billion galaxies? Try 1 trillion or even 2 trillion galaxies and more.

That’s the latest census, reported Thursday.

An astrophysics professor at the University of Nottingham in England led the international team that came up with the mind-boggling estimate of two trillion galaxies in the universe. Professor Christopher Conselice said that represents a minimum tenfold increase.

READ MORE: Astronomers discover hundreds of hidden galaxies behind Milky Way

In a phone interview, Conselice said he was surprised by the results. He anticipated two or three times more galaxies, perhaps, but “10 is quite high” and it could prove to be even greater.

The scientists based their galaxy head count on deep-space surveys already conducted by the Hubble Space Telescope and ground observatories. They turned the images into 3-D and used new mathematical models for the update.

WATCH: Hubble sees thousands of galaxies

“It boggles the mind that over 90 per cent of the galaxies in the universe have yet to be studied,” Conselice said in a statement. “Who knows what interesting properties we will find when we discover these galaxies with future generations of telescopes?”

Even scientists have trouble wrapping their minds around such huge numbers. According to Conselice, two trillion is roughly equivalent to the number of seconds in 1,000 average lifetimes.

The findings are being reported in Astrophysical Journal.

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Nova Scotia government giving $500,000 to Cape Breton storm cleanup

24/08/2019 Posted by admin

The government of Nova Scotia is giving $500,000 to Cape Breton United Way in an effort to help the island recover from damage caused by a storm earlier this week.

Cape Breton was met with widespread flooding and destruction when a Thanksgiving weekend storm brought heavy winds and more than 200 millimetres of rain to the region.

READ MORE: Storm aftermath: Most Cape Breton schools open, crews work to restore power

United Way will determine how the money is distributed based on need —; anyone requesting assistance should contact United Way.

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United Way says they’ve already raised more than $33,000, on top of the $25,000 already given from the municipality.

There are no details, yet, about who will be eligible for the relief funding.

The Cape Breton Regional Municipality has also started a help desk for those affected by the storm —; residents can call 902-562-HELP (4357).

Since 8 a.m. Friday, Cape Breton Regional Municipality Mayor Cecil Clarke said they’ve received more than 800 contacts which are being assessed and categorized for response.

Clarke also said 17 to 18 homes in the hard hit Sydney area have been deemed inhabitable.

The provincial government has put in a formal request for assistance from the federal government, which the feds said Thursday would “be handled without delay.”

In an update Friday afternoon, Nova Scotia Power said they’d restored power to all but 35 of the customers who lost electricity due to the storm.

There are still no estimates of the total costs of repairing and rebuilding after the storm.

The Cape Breton music community is pulling together to help the victims of the Thanksgiving Day flood rebuild their lives.

There will be a series of concerts coordinated across a number of venues in the CBRM in the coming weeks, under the brand #Floodsgiving2016, culminating with a major concert at Center 200 on Nov. 27.

Former Alberta premier Jim Prentice killed in BC plane crash

24/08/2019 Posted by admin

Four people have been killed in a plane crash near Kelowna B.C., including former Alberta premier Jim Prentice.

WATCH: Fri, Oct 14: Tributes and condolences continue after what has become a dark day in Alberta’s history. Four people killed in a plane crash including former Premier Jim Prentice. Jill Croteau reports on the search for answers.

OBITUARY: Jim Prentice, 60, dies in Kelowna plane crash

Calgary optometrist Dr. Ken Gellatly was one of the other three people killed in the plane crash. Gellatly is the father-in-law of Cassia Prentice, Jim’s daughter. His colleagues at Downtown Vision Care said Prentice, Gellatly and friends went to Kelowna for the day, golfed 36 holes and were on their way home when the plane crashed.

WATCH: Former Alberta premier and federal cabinet minister Jim Prentice has passed away. Vassy Kapelos looks back at Prentice’s legacy and life  

READ MORE: Jim Prentice’s friends Dr. Ken Gellatly, Sheldon Reid, also killed in BC plane crash

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“To lose two family members at once is unbelievably painful and we are certain you will appreciate and respect our wishes for privacy at this time and the coming weeks,” said the Prentice family in a statement.

“We are also thinking of the other families who have been affected by this tragedy and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”

WATCH: Fri, Oct 14: : A book of condolence for public signing will be set up at McDougall Centre on Monday. Sources tell Global News discussions underway for a state funeral on Sat Oct 22 at Calgary’s Jubilee Auditorium but details still being worked out.

READ MORE: Condolences pour in following former Alberta premier Jim Prentice’s death

Global News has learned retired businessman Sheldon Reid was another victim in the plane crash. Reid, in his early 60s, worked as an investor in North America’s capital markets. He leaves behind a son.

Prentice, 60, leaves behind his wife, Karen, and three daughters.

VIDEO GALLERY: Ongoing coverage following the death of Jim Prentice

‘He deeply loved Alberta’: Premier Rachel Notley gives condolences following death of Jim Prentice

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‘He deeply loved Alberta’: Premier Rachel Notley gives condolences following death of Jim Prentice

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Fighting back tears, Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose remembers her ‘good friend Jim’

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Aerial view of plane crash site that killed 4, including former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice

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‘It’s a very hard day’: Danielle Smith talks passing of friend, colleague Jim Prentice

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Saskatchewan Economy Minister Jeremy Harrison remembers his mentor, Jim Prentice

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Goodale calls Jim Prentice ‘honest’, honourable’ following tragic death

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‘It’s a terrible loss for Canada’: B.C. Premier Christy Clark on death of Jim Prentice

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Erin O’Toole remembers ‘remarkable’ career of Jim Prentice

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TSB investigators on scene site of small plane crash near Kelowna

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Jim Prentice’s political career spanned four decades

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Thomas Lukaszuk on political legacy of Jim Prentice

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BREAKING: Former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice killed in plane crash



Bill Yearwood with the Transportation Safety Board (TSB) said the Cessna Citation jet departed Kelowna International Airport Thursday night.

It disappeared off radar at 8,600 feet at 10:07 p.m.

The wreckage was found a few hours later northeast of Lake Country, north of Kelowna.

“Our police officers and police dog reached the crash scene shortly after midnight, but unfortunately they were not able to locate any survivors,” Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, spokesperson for the RCMP in Southeast District said in a release.

“There was catastrophic damage at the crash site.”

Watch below: Ted Chernecki reports on the plane crash in BC

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Residents who live in the area said they heard what they thought was the sound of a plane flying low, followed by a loud noise.

“Several resources were immediately dispatched to the jet’s last known location,” Moskaluk said.

“RCMP investigators located the crash site approximately four kilometres into a heavily wooded area north of Beaver Lake Road, east of Lake Country.”
The flight was destined for Calgary’s Springbank airport.

Late Friday afternoon, Norjet – the registered owner of the plane that crashed – issued a release.

“Norjet lost friends in the tragic crash near Kelowna and we are struggling to cope with that loss,” the statement read in part. “We are shocked and grief-stricken.

“Our deepest condolences go out to their families, and our thoughts are with them at this time.”

Watch below: Lauren Pullen reports on the plane crash in BC

Prentice served as Albert’s 16th premier after winning the Progressive Conservative party leadership in September 2014.

However, his tenure was short lived after a resounding loss in the provincial election in May 2015, when the Conservatives lost to the NDP, ending 44 years of consecutive Tory governments

Prentice resigned as party leader and his seat as an MLA on the election night.

The crash site from above. Credit: Chris Randolph’

The crash site from above. Credit: Chris Randolph’

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The crash site from above. Credit: Chris Randolph’

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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said she has spoken with Prentice’s wife, Karen, and expressed her sorrow and sympathy.

“There are no words adequate for moments like this, as my family knows very well,” Notley said in a statement. Notley’s father, Grant Notley, was killed in a plane crash on his way home from Edmonton on a snowy night in October 1984.

“He deeply loved Alberta. He worked tirelessly for all of us, in the true spirit of one who is committed to public service. I benefited from his advice, and the government of Alberta is continuing to pursue many of his initiatives. All Albertans are the better for this.”

WATCH BELOW: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ‘shocked and saddened’ by the news of Jim Prentice’s death

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his shock and sadness over Prentice’s death and said he greatly enjoyed his interactions with him.

“Jim was a man who brought his deep convictions to everything he turned his hand to, whether it was law, business or politics,” Trudeau said Friday afternoon.

“At each step of his career, Jim was a strong voice for the people of Alberta and for the people of Canada. He was highly-respected and well-liked in the House of Commons across all party lines because he brought an intelligent, honest and straightforward approach to everything he did.”

Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose held back tears as she spoke with reporters on the passing of her “good friend Jim.”

“JP and I are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of our friend Jim. Our heart goes out to Karen, the girls and his two beautiful grandchildren,” Ambrose said. “All of us in the Conservative family are ‎devastated today. It is a huge loss to the country. He was a well-respected political leader and a business leader ‎but we know he was most proud to be a father and grandfather.

“Jim was a leader in our movement, a valued colleague in Cabinet, and a close and cherished friend of so many, not just in our party, but right across the political spectrum.”

Watch below: Interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose remembers her ‘good friend Jim’

Following a career in politics, Prentice joined the Washington-based Canada Institute at the Wilson Center as a visiting fellow. He was also working on a book.

Last June, he took a position as an energy advisor to Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm.

“We are deeply saddened to learn that our colleague and friend Jim Prentice was involved in a fatal plane crash on Thursday evening,” the company said in a statement. “He was an invaluable member of our firm and more broadly, a widely respected leader in the energy, financial services and political communities. We send our sincerest condolences to Jim’s family during this difficult time.”

Watch below: Global’s Tom Vernon reflects on the political life and career of former Alberta Premier Jim Prentice, confirmed to have been killed in a plane crash in BC Thursday night.

B.C. Premier Christy Clark said in a statement “Like many Canadians, I was shocked to hear the news about Jim Prentice.

“This is a terrible loss for our country. It’s a rare privilege to meet people of Jim’s character in any walk of life. He was a man of his word, would keep confidences, and his handshake was worth more than any written agreement.”

“Simply by being himself, Jim Prentice elevated political discourse in this country with his dignity, kindness, and focus. Jim devoted his life to making Canada better – and he succeeded.”

“Jim had a remarkable and distinguished career, but I think he took the most pride in being a husband, father, and grandfather. My thoughts are with Jim’s family.”

The TSB says it is sending a team to investigate. RCMP is on scene, also waiting for the BC Coroners Service.

Watch below: Former Deputy Premier of Alberta Thomas Lukaszuk speaks with Global News about the political legacy of Jim Prentice.

With files from Global’s Jayme Doll, Erika Tucker, Caley Ramsay, Andrew Russell and Phil Heidenreich.

John Oakley Show – Thursday July 20, 2017

24/08/2019 Posted by admin

Here’s your one-stop look at all the highlights of the John Oakley Show from your Thursday afternoon commute. OJ Simpson parole hearing; hydro rates in Ontario and topics worthy of discussion. Hear it again!

OJ Simpson walks free after Nevada parole board hearing.

AM640 Legal analyst joins the show as we discuss the OJ case from the infamous Bronco chase and several iterations until today’s parole hearing.

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Andrew Scheer unveils ‘regional, gender diverse’ House leadership team

Ontario Conservative MP Lisa Raitt who was named deputy leader joins AM640 John Oakley Show to talk about her appointment and others named to leadership posts as we enter into a new Conservative Party of Canada.

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Thursday 443 with Sue-Ann Levy

Toronto Sun’s investigative columnist takes on step-gate

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Toronto senior builds stairs to access park for $550 after city’s $65-150K estimate

Ontario residents pay highest hydro rates in Canada

A report by the Fraser Institute, shows  hydro costs in Ontario rose 71 per cent from 2008 to 2016, The average increase across Canada was only 34 per cent. Tom Adams, a consumer & environmental consultant joins the show to discuss ways of pulling hydro prices back to affordable rates.

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Hydro One signs deal to buy U.S. utility company Avista for $6.7B in cash

Topics worthy of discussion

David Wills, Patrick Gossage and Kevin Gaudet sit around the table and discuss the stories of the day!

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5 Montreal stories you must read this week: October 14

24/07/2019 Posted by admin

MONTREAL – From an impending traffic nightmare, to the Montreal metro celebrating a milestone anniversary, here are 5 must-read Montreal stories Global News covered this week:

Traffic mayhem ahead?

“Of course it’s not perfect, we don’t have 100 per cent coverage. But we think all the measures that are already in place will be good enough to improve our service.”

Transports Quebec is planning some massive highway reductions and closures that could see traffic coming from Highway 20 backing up prior to the Ville-St-Pierre exchange as work to tear down the Turcot continues.

READ THE STORY: Highway madness coming to Montreal

Service dog funding denied

“They don’t consider my dog acceptable to be getting funding.”

Shannon Moran is furious. Despite qualifying for a Hearing Ear Dog from the Lions Foundation of Canada, Quebec’s subsidy program doesn’t seem to recognize his dog as a legitimate service animal.

READ THE STORY: Hearing-impaired NDG man fighting for subsidy for his service dog

Retired teacher continues giving back

“I love the morning so much that I’ll set the alarm for 5:30 and get up even now that I don’t have to. I look forward to whatever I can do and whatever I can help with.”

Judy Kelley retired a year ago after teaching for nearly four decades but retirement hasn’t slowed her down much.

READ THE STORY: #GreatMTLer: Meet Judy Kelley, teacher, mother and tireless volunteer

Ode to P.K. Subban

“You are an amazing and influential role model for my children and I am going to miss not having you as a Montreal Canadiens.”

A lifelong Montreal Canadiens fans is putting his money where his mouth is and speaking out against the P.K. Subban trade that rocked the hockey world this summer.

READ THE STORY: Subban trade: Habs fan takes out full-page ad railing against management

Montreal metro celebrates milestone anniversary

“People don’t realize how important it is. Do you know how many people are in the metro in peak hours in one day? Two hundred thousand. It’s like the sixth biggest city in Quebec.”

Celebrations marked the 50th birthday of Montreal’s Metro system Friday, with the The Montreal Symphony Orchestra performing a specially composed piece at Place-des-Arts station.

READ THE STORY: Montreal Metro turns 50, what will next 50 years bring?

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