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Macleod Trail divergent diamond interchange project hits major milestone

24/05/2019 Posted by admin

City officials are celebrating the completion of a major milestone in an innovative new interchange that will be unlike anything Calgarians have ever seen.

Calgary’s first-ever divergent diamond interchange will be located at Macleod Trail and 162 Avenue South.

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    A diverging diamond interchange (DDI) is designed in such a way that the two directions of traffic on 162 Avenue will briefly cross to the opposite side of each other on bridges over Macleod Trail. This allows for more effective traffic flow at the signalized intersections within the interchange, and for left-turning vehicles to proceed without crossing opposing traffic.

    READ MORE: Calgary to construct innovative interchange on Macleod Trail

    On Friday, the City of Calgary will mark the opening of the south side overpass bridge detour, which – because of the removal of traffic lights on Macleod Trail – will result in the free flow of traffic at that location.

    The completed south side overpass will handle both east and west traffic over the next 12 months while crews construct the north-side overpass. It officially opens on the weekend.

    WATCH: This YouTube video shows the design for an innovative new diamond interchange for Macleod Trail and 162 Ave, South.

    The interchange design, first seen in North America in the state of Missouri, was once hailed by Popular Science magazine as one of the “100 best innovations of 2009.” Since then, it has been used in a number of locations in the United States, and in various countries around the world.

    When completed, Calgary’s DDI will be the first built in any urban centre in Canada.

    The estimated cost for the project is $65 million.

Body No. 421: How forensic pathologists identify victims of Europe’s refugee crisis

24/05/2019 Posted by admin

MELILLI, Sicily  —; Body No. 421, bagged in midnight blue, is heaved from a refrigerated truck onto a metal stretcher and wheeled into the tent that serves as a morgue. It joins other putrefying corpses that fill the air with a pungent scent that clings to the clothing and hair of the living.

The body is that of a young man, one of hundreds who drowned 77 nautical miles off the coast of Libya in the deadliest known migrant disaster. Eighteen months later, volunteers are trying to find out who he was.

READ MORE: Nearly 11,000 migrants rescued off Libyan coast in 48 hours: Italian coast guard

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A volunteer reaches into the body bag and pulls out the dark, slime-covered remains. Another uses a sharp, black-handled knife to cut out samples for further study. Others examine the muscles and bone structure, photograph the skull and teeth and take notes on a clipboard.

The team’s leader, University of Milan forensic pathologist Cristina Cattaneo, emerges with a slimy pair of children’s jeans reading “Manchester United.” She hoses them down carefully. The jeans, and the personal effects found in the pockets, are among the most useful of clues.

It is the first time that forensic scientists have tried to build a full accounting of victims in a migrant disaster.

Firefighters filled 458 body bags

It was early evening on April 18, 2015, when the distress call came. A fishing boat packed with hundreds of people was in trouble, the caller said. The Italian Coast Guard radioed a nearby freighter and told it to provide assistance.

When they saw the approaching ship, the frantic migrants rushed to one side of the deck, causing the boat to list and then capsize. The boat sank to the bottom.

Twenty-eight people made it to safety. Hundreds more were locked below deck.

READ MORE: Hundreds of migrants in Serbia set off on foot for Hungary in protest against border closure

A year later, the Italian Navy returned to the site and used a complicated pulley system to bring the wreck to the surface. As the boat emerged from the water, the horror of what had lain below became clear.

“Water started coming out of various openings that the boat had on the side, we also saw human remains coming out of these openings,” said Rear Adm. Paolo Pezzutti, who was in charge of the operation. “It was a spectral vision we saw coming out of the water.”

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Back at port in Sicily, firefighters in protective suits, rubber gloves, goggles and helmets cut into the rusted hull with hatchets and saws.

They found bodies packed in almost unimaginably close quarters. There were five bodies for every square meter. Two hundred were locked in the engine room alone.

Meticulously, the firefighters filled 458 body bags. Many contained the remains of more than one person.

The team expects to complete the autopsies this month. Cattaneo predicts the volunteers will analyze some 700 bodies, maybe as many as 800 or 900. So far, all of the victims have been men and boys, mostly between the ages of 12 and 27.

READ MORE: UN touts ‘breakthrough’ in refugee crisis as division grows in US, Europe

When they are finished with their examination, the volunteers zip the bag back up and load body No. 421 into a metal container that will go inside a wooden coffin.

Using a black marker, Cattaneo carefully writes PM3900421 on the container – PM for “post mortem” and 39 for Italy’s telephone country code.

That’s the code that will mark the grave until the body is connected to a name.

WATCH: Egyptian officials say nearly 150 bodies of migrants pulled from Mediterranean

European rules require that asylum-seekers register in the first country they enter. Because few of them want to end up in Italy, many leave their IDs back home.

That means Cattaneo’s team must rely on DNA samples from the bones, teeth, and the objects found on the bodies.

At Cattaneo’s Labanof laboratory in Milan, plastic baggies and small cardboard boxes containing items found in the migrants’ clothing sit in neat lines along the table. Cattaneo goes over them one by one.

Some contain ID cards that were sewn into clothing. Several bags contain little wooden sticks used for cleaning teeth. One has a photo of a saint.

Another contains what looks like a small brown candy in a pink wrapper. On closer inspection it’s a spoonful of dirt, bagged by the traveler as a memory of home.

3,611 migrant deaths

The tragedy has done little to slow the business of trafficking in human lives. Smugglers in Libya continue to reap a fortune by taking migrants’ cash and piling them on top of one another in rickety vessels unfit to cross the Mediterranean.

So far in 2016, more than 316,899 people have reached Europe by sea, according to the International Organization for Migration.

Another 3,611 set out but never made it.

In December, the second stage of the process will begin: contacting relatives of those who had IDs on them, and searching for others who are looking for missing kin.

READ MORE: Kidnapped Nigerian boy tells harrowing story of being smuggled to Europe on migrant boat

That won’t be easy. The dead came from Somalia, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Sudan, Senegal, Mali, the Ivory Coast and Bangladesh, among other places. Some of those countries have repressive governments; others have poor populations with little access to internet or phones.

Cattaneo is working with Italy’s office for Missing Persons, run by High Commissioner Vittorio Piscitelli. The office has built a database of information gained from the autopsies.

When families searching for their loved ones reach out, the information they give will be compared with the data on file. Gathering that information will be perhaps the biggest challenge. The Red Cross has signed up to help.

“If we don’t have people to show the data to, or any data to compare it with, we risk doing all this work in vain,” Piscitelli said.

Despite the challenges, Cattaneo is determined to carry on. In a plane or train crash involving European and American victims, she notes, forensic experts rush to the scene and identify all the bodies. That isn’t the case in migrant tragedies.

“These bodies become nobody’s business,” Cattaneo says. “This is the largest mass disaster in Europe after the Second World War and it is the largest humanitarian crisis in terms of dead, unidentified bodies . but nothing has been happening for these people.”

Body No. 421’s final destination is a cemetery in Catania, on the island of Sicily. In an unkempt field lined with mounds of dirt, small black plaques list the codes associated with the bodies buried below.

Some day, the volunteers hope, the young man’s relatives may be able to put a name to the number and come to find him.

His dream of a new life in Europe was dashed, but at least he would have the chance to go home.

Corey Feldman seeks redemption, but falters, in repeat ‘Today’ performance

24/05/2019 Posted by admin

Corey Feldman returned to the Today show on Thursday morning to talk about his much-publicized first performance, and seek redemption by performing for the second time.

The Goonies actor, 45, took the stage on the NBC morning show to perform the song Take a Stand from his new album, Angelic 2 the Core.

“This song, by the way, is for America,” Feldman told host Tamron Hall before performing. “We’re at a time right now when the world needs to focus, really, on peace and love and tolerance, especially with all the bullying. So, this is about the government. This is about the race. This is about the United States.”

WATCH BELOW: Corey Feldman Talks New Album

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READ MORE: Corey Feldman unfazed by ‘Today’ show response, will continue with music

Feldman’s second performance was similar to his first in almost every respect. He started out with several more layers of clothing than he ended up with, and he performed his signature dance moves.

His latest display caused a stir when he dropped an American flag on the ground while performing. “We love you America!” Feldman proclaimed at the end of his four-minute set. Hall picked the flag up off the ground and handed it back to him.

Some audiences were captivated by the performance.

Others viewers quickly took to social media to express their outrage over the Stand by Me actor’s flag gaffe.

READ MORE: Corey Feldman leaves angry, disturbing voicemail for ‘angel’ who quit show

Late Thursday evening, Feldman issued a statement to People with an explanation and an apology for dropping the flag.

“We were excited and grateful to be asked to return to the Today show, but there wasn’t much time to prepare. We scrambled to find an American flag to use as a patriotic symbol at the last minute and with no rehearsal,” he stared.

“Once I was on stage, my brain reverted to my choreography, which was to throw my hands up in the air with a peace sign. As a dancer, my instinct is to drop anything in my hands.”

“In that live moment, it came off as wrong and for that I’m deeply sorry. It was the exact opposite of my intention,” Feldman concluded.

READ MORE: Corey Feldman says he was ‘basically a slave child’ in Hollywood

Thursday’s performance was intended to make a statement: he is planning on pushing forward with his music career.

His return to the show was on National Stop Bullying Day (Oct. 13),  and Feldman addressed the backlash to his Go 4 It performance on Today last month and said the kind words he received from Pink, Kesha, Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris Jackson and his friends helped him deal with the “bullies.”

“I’m not letting the bullies get to us,” he said, explaining why he returned to the show. “A lot of people get hate in the beginning because we’re doing something new — it hasn’t been done before. But, it’s all about innovation and being an artist, and we can’t be afraid to share out art.”

Watch Feldman’s performance in the video, above.

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Renewable energy now accounts for 11% of Canadian energy

24/05/2019 Posted by admin

CALGARY – The National Energy Board says a renewable power project building spree between 2005 and 2015 took its share of overall generation in Canada from two per cent to 11 per cent.

NEB chief economist Shelley Milutinovic says the buildup means Canada is the fourth-largest generator in the world of environmentally friendly power from sources including wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric plants.

READ MORE: Ontario government cancels plan for more renewable energy sources

Renewable generation capacity grew by 26 per cent from about 75,000 megawatts in 2005 to nearly 95,000 megawatts in 2015, according to the federal regulator’s report, Canada’s Renewable Power Landscape.

The report says hydroelectric power capacity grew by about nine per cent to over 79,000 megawatts during the decade.

WATCH: Is Vancouver’s renewable energy strategy a good one?

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Non-hydro renewables such as wind, solar and biomass grew more than six-fold, from 2,360 megawatts in 2005 to 15,600 in 2015.

Meanwhile, coal-fired power capacity declined by 6,230 megawatts and natural gas capacity increased by 8,400 megawatts.

“I think that’s one thing people don’t really understand (is) just how significant on a world scale Canada is on the renewable front,” said Milutinovic.

“It is fourth in the world on renewables after China, the U.S. and Brazil and it’s second in the world in terms of hydro production; only China is bigger.”

She says she expects the trend to renewable power to continue thanks to support from governments and consumers.

“Almost every province and territory has some sort of policy to encourage or promote renewables or support them,” she said.

“Things like Alberta moving off coal by 2030, 50 per cent renewables for power generation in Saskatchewan by 2030, all of those things offer strong support for renewables.”

READ MORE: Alberta communities begin preparing for life after coal

The report notes that 11 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions came from the electricity sector in 2014, the latest year for which statistics were available. That’s down from about 16 per cent in 2005.

From 2000 to 2014, emissions from the power sector fell 40 per cent, the report says, due mainly to the phase out of coal in Ontario and initiatives to reduce emissions in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.

Ontario and Nova Scotia have seen the largest gains in renewable power generation over the decade, with its proportion in Ontario increasing from 23 per cent to 34 per cent and in Nova Scotia from 12 per cent to 24 per cent, the report says.

Hydro is the dominant source of electricity in Canada accounting for 55 per cent of total installed capacity. Four provinces and one territory — British Columbia, Manitoba, Quebec, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Yukon — derive more than 85 per cent of their power from hydro.

Two provinces and a territory relied primarily on coal or natural gas for electricity in 2015: Alberta (90 per cent), Saskatchewan (83 per cent), and Nunavut (100 per cent).

Is CETA dead? Canada-EU trade deal in peril after Belgian decision

24/05/2019 Posted by admin

BRUSSELS – One of Belgium’s regional governments has voted to reject the wide-ranging CETA trade deal between the European Union and Canada, threatening a complex agreement that is supposed to be signed in two weeks.

The deal requires unanimous approval from the European Union’s member countries, including Belgium.

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READ MORE: Canada to send special envoy to meet with Belgium over CETA rejection

Under Belgium’s constitutional rules, however, one of its three regions can effectively veto such a deal for the whole country.

Wallonia’s regional legislature rejected the deal by a 46-14 margin on Friday, with one abstention.

The francophone region of 3.5 million people fears the deal with Canada will leave the farming and industrial sectors too exposed to cheaper imports from Canada.

READ MORE: CETA: Protests against Canada-EU trade deal held across Germany 

Environmental activists and trade unions have all warned such international deals could worsen local standards for food, work and industry.

Paul Magnette, the leader of the region of Wallonia, said Friday he would “not give the full powers to the federal government” to back the deal at an EU meeting Tuesday, where the 28 member states have to decide on full approval of the agreement.

Magnette said that “the guarantees are insufficient” and said labour, environmental and legal standards needed to be improved before such a deal could be approved.

“We have to say ‘no’ so we can negotiate,” Magnette said.

The agreement has already been backed by an overwhelming majority of the 28 member nations of the EU, a bloc of half a billion people.

It is scheduled to be officially signed at an EU-Canada summit in Brussels with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Oct. 27, seven years after talks started under the previous Conservative government led by Stephen Harper.

READ MORE: CETA: Canada-EU trade deal has Germany’s approval, minister says

The Belgian national government and the dominant Dutch-speaking region on Flanders back the deal.

“We are certainly brave,” said Marie-Dominique Simonet of the Walloon Christian Democrat CdH party.

The Liberal MR party, which is also represented in the national government, was scathing. “You are taking Belgium and Europe hostage,” said Virginie Defrang-Firket in the legislature. “Nobody will trust us anymore,” she said.

The EU says the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement deal with Canada will improve trade, create jobs, and remove just about all tariffs and custom duties while at the same time guaranteeing European standards on anything from food and health quality to labour rights.

For many, the CETA is only a prelude to an even bigger free trade deal, called TTIP, that is being negotiated with the United States, and which has given rise already to massive protests in several member states, including Belgium — and Wallonia.

Talks are planned ahead of Tuesday to see to whether Wallonia might withdraw its rejection.

Calgary Flames hope for home opener win against Edmonton Oilers

24/04/2019 Posted by admin

The Calgary Flames are hoping for a win as they face the Edmonton Oilers in their home opener on Friday.

The Flames opened the 2016-17 season against the Oilers on Wednesday at the new Rogers Place arena, losing 7-4.

“I don’t think that was the way that anybody drew it up,” Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan said on Wednesday. “We all have shared responsibility. We all need to be better.”

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    Alex Chiasson, Troy Brouwer, Michael Frolik, and Dennis Wideman scored for the Flames – while goalie Brian Elliott made 21 saves on 27 shots.

    Elliot described the game as “one of those nights where everything that could go wrong, did go wrong.”

    “That’s not the way you want to start the season,” he said. “The good thing is we have these guys back at home and we’ll get back to the drawing board.”

    Puck drop is at 7 p.m. MST.

    ‘It’s an exciting day:’ Sean Monahan

    In anticipation of the big game, Scott Fee from Global News Morning was live on location at the Scotiabank Saddledome on Friday, where he spoke with alternate captain Sean Monahan.

    “It’s an exciting day,” Monahan said. “Tonight’s a big test for us.”

    “At the end of the day, you’ve got to compete when you get on the ice.”

    “The new guys we brought in are really going to help our team. It’s exciting – to have these guys joins us, it’s going to be great here for the team.”

    Monahan said he’s feeling stronger on the ice and more confident.

    “I think as a player, you just want to continually get better throughout the season.”

    WATCH: Scott Fee speaks with Sean Monahan about the Calgary Flames’ Friday home opener against the Edmonton Oilers.

    Glen Gulutzan prepared for high-energy game

    Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan said there’s a “lot of energy usually in home openers.”

    “Especially, us coming from Edmonton… lot of energy in that game. Tonight is going to be the same thing.”

    After Friday’s game, the Flames will be heading to Vancouver for their home opener.

    “It’s not ideal that you get three home openers in four nights,” Gulutzan admitted.

    Friday will mark the team’s second game with Gulutzan as the head coach.

    WATCH: Scott Fee speaks with Calgary Flames head coach Glen Gulutzan about Friday’s home opener against the Edmonton Oilers.

    ‘It never gets old’: Martin Gelinas

    Calgary Flames assistant coach Martin Gelinas said the excitement and anticipation of a home opener “never gets old.”

    “They’re always special – we’re looking forward to it.”

    “What’s exciting about our team – we’ve got a lot of very young players that are going to be very, very good in this league for a long time.”

    WATCH: Scott Fee speaks with Calgary Flames assistant coach Martin Gelinas about Friday’s home opener against the Edmonton Oilers.

    Retro night! Wear your old-school Calgary Flames apparel  

    The Calgary Flames will be wearing their retro jerseys when they take to the ice on Friday.

    “We have a great selection of new retro products,” director of retail Brent Gibbs said. “It’s very popular.”

    The team will again don their retro apparel on Saturday, Oct. 22 when they battle the St. Louis Blues.

    WATCH: Scott Fee speaks with Calgary Flames director of retail Brent Gibbs about the various retro Calgary Flames shirts, hats and jerseys available for fans to purchase.

    Flames equipment manager ready for the big game

    Equipment manager Mark DePasqual was busy preparing for the game, showing off the different blade each player uses.

    “There’s different sizes, different profiles, different hollows – which is the sharpness of the blade.”

    “You can’t put Johnny Gaudreau’s blade in Sean Monahan’s skate – just won’t fit – but if somebody blows an edge, like Mark Giordano – who blows quite a bit – you’ve got to change it so nobody misses a shift.”

    WATCH: Scott Fee speaks with Calgary Flames equipment manager Mark DePasqual about preparations for Friday’s home opener against the Edmonton Oilers.

    Oilers rivalry good for ticket sales

    Calgary Flames vice president of sales Rollie Cyr admits the organization has been impacted by the province’s economic downturn.

    “We’ve certainly seen a change-over in terms of our season ticket holders,” Cyr said. “No question the rebirth of the Oilers rivalry is good for us.”

    WATCH: Scott Fee speaks with Calgary Flames vice president of sales Rollie Cyr about how Alberta’s current economic climate impacts ticket sales.

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Video shows moment silverback gorilla escapes at London Zoo; called a ‘minor incident’

24/04/2019 Posted by admin

London Zoo said Friday that a silverback gorilla’s escape from its enclosure was a “minor incident” that posed no danger to the public – but animal rights activists are demanding an official, independent investigation.

A wildlife advocacy group said the incident, which ended without injuries to visitors or the animal, could have had a more tragic outcome.

READ MORE: Ohio zoo kills gorilla after 4-year-old falls in enclosure

Kumbuka, a 400-pound (184-kilogram) male western lowland gorilla, escaped from his enclosure Thursday evening into what the zoo said was a “secure keepers’ area.”

WATCH: A PETA spokesperson says the gorilla escaped from the London Zoo because it wanted to be free from captivity

Armed police descended on the zoo and visitors were locked inside buildings until the animal was subdued by a tranquilizer dart. Officials said the public was not in danger and the gorilla was back in his enclosure in just over an hour.

Visitors Hannah O’Donoghue-Hobbs and Charlotte Neild told BBC the experience was “like being in Jurassic Park “.

“In the zoo, we train throughout the year for a variety of different emergency procedures, often in collaboration with the emergency services,” said Malcolm Fitzpatrick, the zoo’s curator of mammals. “It’s testament to that training that this incident was dealt with so quickly and remained a minor incident.”

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    Some witnesses reported that the gorilla had been behaving aggressively and banging on the glass of his enclosure before his escape. Fitzpatrick said Kumbuka did not break through the glass –
    but would not say how he got out.

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    Fitzpatrick said Kumbuka was back with his gorilla family Friday, “doing very well” and had been given extra treats after his brief escape.

    The zoo said an investigation into the escape is underway.

    The Born Free Foundation, which campaigns for zoos to be phased out, said the incident was a reminder of the risks of keeping dangerous wild animals in captivity.

    “This incident could have ended very differently,” said the foundation’s Chris Draper. “We are calling for an urgent inquiry into the circumstances surrounding this escape, and into safety procedures at London Zoo.”

    Several recent incidents have raised concerns about the safety and ethics of keeping large primates in zoos.

    READ MORE: Should there be charges for Cincinnati zoo kid’s parents?

    In May, a gorilla named Harambe was shot dead at the Cincinnati Zoo after it grabbed a 4-year-old boy who had fallen into a moat.

    In 2007, a 400-pound gorilla escaped from an enclosure and ran amok at a Rotterdam zoo in the Netherlands, biting one woman and dragging her around before he was finally subdued.

    Fitzpatrick said Kumbuka and the other gorillas at London Zoo help to fulfil the zoo’s mission to inspire a passion for the animal world in visitors.

    “Kumbuka is a fantastic silverback gorilla, and when you see him interacting with his son and daughter, it really inspires our visitors,” he said. “And we hope that they themselves will then have a lifelong connection to animals, habitats and helping to conserve them.”

‘Reluctant’ witnesses to deadly Toronto bar stabbing asked to come forward

24/04/2019 Posted by admin

Toronto police are asking two people who were “standing feet away” from 20-year-old Kiowa Wind McComb as he was violently stabbed outside of a bar in Toronto’s north end earlier this year to come forward and speak with investigators.

Police released photos of a man and a woman Friday who were at Gucci’s Bar and Grill, near Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue West, in the early hours of Feb. 9 when the stabbing occurred.

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“I think these are individuals, for the time being, are reluctant to become participants. But they’re going to be participants in one way or another and I would just like them to just do it voluntarily,” Det.-Sgt. Gary Giroux told reporters.

READ MORE: Toronto police seek witness in stabbing death of Kiowa Wind McComb

McComb and his 23-year-old brother were found by emergency crews with stab wounds and both were taken to hospital. McComb lost “virtually all the blood in his body” and later died while his brother, who has recovered fully, was treated for serious injuries, Giroux said

Police said two suspects left the scene in taxi. Officers from 12 Division pulled over a cab in the area and one man was arrested. Police are looking for a second suspect who got out of the taxi before it was pulled over.

Andre Appleton, 35, of Toronto was charged with second-degree murder and attempted murder.

READ MORE: Man charged with second-degree murder in double stabbing outside North York bar

McComb was an Indigenous Youth Intern at the Royal Ontario Museum and was described as an “exceptionally promising young man.”

“Kiowa will be remembered as an emerging arts leader who inspired all those he met with his quiet determination and commitment to better his life, and the lives of others through education,” the ROM wrote on its website.

David Shum contributed to this report

Guest host chef Antonio Park joins Global News Morning in Montreal

24/04/2019 Posted by admin

Chef Antonio Park stopped by Global News on Friday to guest host Global News Morning with anchor Laura Casella and weather specialist Kim Sullivan.

Park is the chef and owner at Park Restaurant in Montreal.

He also currently serves as a judge on Chopped Canada.

To get to know Park a little better we asked him a few questions.

What country serves your favorite food??

Japan. They don’t mix flavours and they don’t mix types of food.

For example, if I’m a sushi guy, I’ll devote my life to sushi. They concentrate on one thing and they master that craft. They don’t try to expand their field too much. They try to stay focused on what they do.

What’s the hardest dish to make?

Every simple dish is the hardest to make. Simplicity is hard to accomplish. When it’s simple you can’t hide your ingredients, you can’t hide your techniques and knowledge.

Anchor Laura Casella and weather specialist Kim Sullivan are joined by guest host chef Antonio Park on Global News Morning in Montreal, Friday, October 14, 2016.

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    What’s the best way for someone to learn how to cook?

    You have to understand your culture. Without understanding your culture you won’t be able to cook. If you don’t understand the culture of France, how would you be able to understand French food?

    Another way to learn is by repetition, keep on practicing it because anybody can cook.

    How often do you work on perfecting your dishes?

    I work on it every day. I’ve been working on nigiri for 15 years and I’m still learning. The word perfection does not exist. We are trying to get closer to perfection. If perfection existed and we achieved it, then life would be boring.

    Who’s your inspiration?

    My mom. From day one she was my inspiration. From growing stuff, picking stuff, gardening stuff. Even today my mom will never give me a family recipe it’s just something I have to watch and learn myself. I always tell my mom ‘you can give it to me, I can try to make it better but she doesn’t understand that.’

    What goes into making a good dish/meal?

    Love. Nothing else. Love makes everything beautiful.

    How do you judge what’s a good dish?

    I judge something by understanding the flavours. The flavours that we know salty, sweet, spicy, acid and umami. If you taste something and it’s too sweet then they fail. There must be a balance of all the tastes.

1 child is killed every day from an accidental shooting in the U.S.

24/03/2019 Posted by admin

Hours earlier, he was a happy four-year-old who loved Ironman and the Hulk and all the Avengers. Now, as Bryson Mees-Hernandez approached death in a Houston hospital room, his brain swelling through the bullet hole in his face, his mother assured the boy it was okay to die.

“When you are on the other side,” his mother, Crystal Mees, recalls telling him, “you are going to see Mommy cry a lot. It’s not because she’s mad. It’s because she misses you.”

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READ MORE: US boy, 7, injured in ‘tragic accidental shooting’

And this: “It’s not your fault.”

But whose fault was it?

Bryson shot himself last January with a .22-caliber Derringer his grandmother kept under the bed. It was an accident, but one that could be blamed on many factors, from his grandmother’s negligence to the failure of government and industry to find ways to prevent his death and so many others.

READ MORE: Americans under 30 more open to gun control: poll 

The Associated Press and the USA TODAY Network set out to determine just how many others there have been.

The findings: During the first six months of this year, minors died from accidental shootings – at their own hands, or at the hands of other children or adults – at a pace of one every other day, far more than limited federal statistics indicate.

Tragedies like the death of Bryson Mees-Hernandez play out repeatedly across the country. Curious toddlers find unsecured, loaded handguns in their homes and vehicles, and fatally shoot themselves and others. Teenagers, often showing off guns to their friends and siblings, end up shooting them instead.

READ MORE: Emotional plea for gun control issued by Orlando shooting victim’s mom at DNC 

Using information collected by the Gun Violence Archive, a nonpartisan research group, news reports and public sources, the media outlets spent six months analyzing the circumstances of every death and injury from accidental shootings involving children ages 17 and younger from Jan. 1, 2014, to June 30 of this year – more than 1,000 incidents in all.

Among the findings:

Deaths and injuries spike for children under 5, with 3-year-olds the most common shooters and victims among young children. Nearly 90 3-year-olds were killed or injured in the shootings, the vast majority of which were self-inflicted.Accidental shootings spike again for ages 15-17, when victims are most often fatally shot by other children but typically survive self-inflicted gunshots.They most often happen at the children’s homes, with handguns legally owned by adults for self-protection. They are more likely to occur on weekends or around holidays such as Christmas.States in the South, including Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee and Georgia, are among those with the highest per capita rates of accidental shootings involving minors.In all, more than 320 minors age 17 and under and more than 30 adults were killed in accidental shootings involving minors. Nearly 700 other children and 78 adults were injured.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that 74 minors died from accidental discharges of firearms in 2014, the latest year for which comparable data are available. The AP and USA TODAY analysis counted 113 for that year, suggesting the federal government missed a third of the cases.

While accidental shootings account for only a fraction of firearm deaths in the U.S., gun safety advocates have long argued that they are largely preventable and thus prefer to call them unintentional shootings, rather than accidental.

“The extent of the problem is a little bit shocking. The extent of the undercount is a little bit shocking,” said Lindsay Nichols, an attorney at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in San Francisco.

“A lot of it provides further evidence that this is such a horrible pattern that continues and that more action is needed.”

Gun control advocates demand stricter laws requiring guns to be kept locked up and unloaded. But gun rights supporters argue those measures make guns less useful in emergencies; citing CDC statistics, the National Rifle Association argues in public statements that such deaths have declined significantly in recent decades and that the chance of a child dying in a firearms accident is “one in one million.”

Bob Anderson, chief of the mortality statistics branch of the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, suggested the NRA was citing statistics that underestimate the risk guns represent to American children.

He would not, he said, “put money on that interpretation.”

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Bryson Mees-Hernandez

AP

Bryson and his 2-year-old sister were staying with their grandparents in January to give their mother a break. She had given birth months earlier to a baby girl and needed sleep.

It was a typical night. After their baths, Bryson asked if he could hop in bed with his grandfather, who was already asleep. His grandmother, Anna Sperber, said yes, before she fell asleep on the living room couch with the younger girl.

When Sperber got up to get a blanket hours later, she saw Bryson face down on the bedroom floor. She thought he had fallen asleep.

Then she noticed the lump on his head and panicked when she saw the pistol she kept under her bed lying next to him. He had shot himself above the right eye.

Bryson’s grandfather, who used a noisy breathing machine, had slept through the gunshot. After a frantic 911 call, emergency responders would take Bryson to a hospital by helicopter as his sister watched. Soon, a neurosurgeon would tell his mother it was only a matter of time before the boy would be dead. The bullet had gone straight to the back of his brain and shattered.

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The undercount documented by the AP and USA TODAY Network is “significant and important,” but not surprising, said the CDC’s Anderson.

He said the agency has long suspected that its statistics on accidental firearms deaths are too low; the agency tracks deaths from accidental discharges of firearms but tallies only those that are officially classified that way by coroners on death certificates. Coroners categorize many such deaths as homicides because they can fit the definition of being killed by another. They also can classify them as undetermined, if the cause is unclear.

The AP and USA TODAY Network did not rely on coroners’ findings, but rather counted those shootings that were declared accidental or unintentional by investigating agencies. They were tallied primarily from the Gun Violence Archive, where researchers track media, government and commercial sources to compile a comprehensive database of gun incidents. The review also uncovered a handful of shootings that had not previously been made public.

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The findings were in line with prior research done by Everytown for Gun Safety, the advocacy group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, which keeps a running database of such shootings. The group says that up to 70 percent of accidental shootings could be prevented if parents kept their guns locked and separated from ammunition, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Since the start of 2014, more than 80 children age 4 and under have fatally shot themselves.

“That 3- to 5-year-old age group, they are going to be looking at the gun when they shoot it. They point the gun barrel at themselves and put their thumbs on the trigger,” said Sheriff David McKnight of Marion County, Texas, who is investigating the death of a 3-year-old who killed himself with his father’s gun in July.

But children of every age, and especially boys, seem drawn to guns.

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Last year, 4-year-old Cameron Price and his 6-year-old brother, Ka’Darius, were riding their bikes outside the Levingston Motel in Shreveport, Louisiana, where their family had taken a $30-a-night room – all they could afford, their mother would later say.

They decided to go inside, into a room where several adult acquaintances of their parents had been smoking marijuana.

A gun was sitting out, and Ka’Darius thought the chrome and black .40-caliber pistol was a toy.

A single shot rang out. Robert Price found his younger son slumped over on the arm of a couch when he entered after hearing a loud “pop” while in the bathroom of an adjacent room. He cradled the toddler as he took his final breaths before being whisked to a hospital, where he died.

Ka’Darius later told police he “pushed the bad button” and he understood his brother “had a hole in his head,” was going to the hospital and not coming home.

The Caddo Parish district attorney’s office charged two people in the room with weapons and drug charges. Both pleaded down to attempted possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. In August, a judge sentenced them to four years with credit for time served.

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For children ages 10 and up, the cases usually involve a group playing together when one manages to obtain a gun.

The AP-USA TODAY Network research showed the most vulnerable years are the middle teens, specifically for those just reaching the age when they can obtain a driver’s license.

A shooting in Iowa earlier this year illustrates one of the more common types of accidental shootings.

It was the Friday of spring break, and the University of Iowa Hawkeyes had just won an NCAA tournament game on a buzzer-beater. It was a thrill for Senquez Jackson, a basketball-loving 15-year-old from Cedar Rapids.

He relayed the news of the big win to his mother, who was resting in her bedroom before her night shift at an educational testing company.

The high school freshman returned to the living room to hang out with friends, who had spent the week with him and his older brother, Malik.

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One, a 17-year-old, had brought over a handgun that had been legally owned by a friend’s mother and recently disappeared from her home. A 13-year-old wanted to see the weapon and removed the clip. Thinking it was unloaded, he started playing with it.

“Bro, I’m hit,” Senquez said.

The friend thought he was kidding, but the gun had fired. The bullet ripped through the right side of Senquez’s chest, piercing his lung.

His mother, Tamara Bloemendaal, was jolted awake with Malik screaming: “Mom, get up. Senquez has been shot.”

Bloemendaal recalls helping Senquez out of the recliner and watching him collapse on the floor in a pool of blood. She rode in the ambulance with the tall, handsome boy she called “Chunks” as a baby. Within hours, he was dead.

The 13-year-old pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in juvenile court, expressing remorse.

“It doesn’t seem like any of them had access to a gun before. They were fascinated by it; what it looks like, what it feels like to hold,” said the boy’s attorney, Jeremy Elges. “It turned out there was a round in the chamber. He wasn’t savvy enough with guns to know that’s a risk.”

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Gun safety advocates have urged a public health approach that includes more research by the federal government, more public awareness and stricter state laws. But the problem of lax gun storage is difficult to address in part because it’s hard to quantify, and the federal government stopped trying 12 years ago.

The CDC had asked Americans about whether they kept loaded, unlocked guns in their homes as part of an annual telephone survey that asked 400,000 adults about various health risks. Using that data, researchers estimated that 1.5 million children lived in such homes – and the results varied greatly by state based on gun ownership levels.

But the CDC scrapped that line of questioning in 2004. State public health officials voted this year not to reintroduce the questions in next year’s survey, in part because of the political sensitivity around asking about gun ownership, which some see as an invasion of privacy.

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“Some states did not think they would be allowed to ask such questions by their governor,” said Donald Shepherd, the survey coordinator for Iowa.

Gun control advocates say Child Access Prevention laws – on the books in about two dozen states – act as a deterrent. In general, those laws allow prosecutors to charge parents when children obtain their guns and use them to harm themselves or others.

Supporters say a study of a Florida law suggests they can save lives if implemented correctly. And the concept enjoys wide public approval: Two-thirds of Americans support laws making adults criminally liable for gun safety lapses that endanger children, according to an AP-GfK Poll in July.

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But efforts to expand those laws have stalled in the face of opposition from the NRA and other gun rights supporters. Bills in several states, including Missouri and Tennessee, to create similar laws were introduced this year and died without action.

The NRA argues that more education and training should be the solution, not more laws and prosecutions. The NRA takes credit for improving safety through its Eddie Eagle Gun Safe program, which warns children not to touch any firearms they come across and to tell adults.

Critics dispute the effectiveness of that message, pointing to academic research that shows curious children will pick up loose guns, even when told otherwise.

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Bryson Mees-Hernandez

AP

Bryson Mees-Hernandez’s grandfather had bought the gun and another firearm from his own father the year before, in California. The boy’s grandmother kept them under her side of the bed because she was often home alone, struggled with mobility due to back problems and was concerned for her safety after reading about local break-ins on Facebook.

The guns were kept in a case that had been used to transport them on an airplane back to Texas, and Anna Sperber believed that would keep them away from children. But Bryson was able to open the side of the case, reach in and grab the gun.

“I thought it was secure, but I was wrong. My grandbaby’s gone. And it happened while I was watching him and I failed him,” Sperber said, through tears. “I don’t want anyone to ever, ever go through this. It’s so horrible.”

A grand jury declined to bring charges against Sperber, but Crystal Mees blames her mother for the boy’s death and no longer talks to her or brings her two children around; she says she had warned her to keep the gun out of children’s reach. She plans to push for a “Bryson’s law” in Texas to make it easier for prosecutors to bring charges against adults who allow children access to firearms.

Both women attended the funeral, where relatives dressed up as Bryson’s beloved Avengers, and his casket had an Ironman theme. He was buried with Legos, toy cars and his grandfather’s favorite cologne.

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Larry Fenn is a data journalist for The Associated Press.