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23 November
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Lisa Raitt joins Conservative leadership race

OTTAWA – Conservative MP Lisa Raitt has joined the race to replace former prime minister Stephen Harper as party leader.

“I know where that Liberal path leads us, ’cause I grew up at the end of it,” Raitt said in a video posted to YouTube on Wednesday afternoon to mark the beginning of her leadership campaign.

The video has Raitt, who represents the Toronto-area riding of Milton, narrating over archival photographs from Cape Breton, N.S., where she grew up, as well as family photographs from her childhood, which she said included financial struggles.

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“They tell us it’s the era of ‘sunny ways,’ yet so many can’t see the sun,” said Raitt, playing off an oft-used Liberal phrase.

“Canada needs a leader who is going to fight for the striving many, not just the privileged few.”

“We need a leader who will beat (Prime Minister Justin) Trudeau in the next election, who knows what Canada looks like from the bottom, who will work to create opportunity for every striver at every age,” said Raitt, before going on to tell her viewers that she is that leader.

Raitt did not respond to a request for an interview Wednesday, but is planning to make a full announcement Thursday morning in Toronto.

The party has confirmed that she has filed the necessary paperwork to run.

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First elected as a Conservative MP in 2008, Raitt served as minister for natural resources, labour and then transport under Harper.

She dropped hints about joining the leadership race all summer and last month stepped down from her role as Conservative finance critic so she could continue to explore the possibility of a bid.

Raitt also recently revealed that her husband, Bruce Wood, received a diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s earlier this year.

The couple married in Cape Breton in September.

Raitt has two sons from a previous marriage, John Colin and Billy, who are also featured in her campaign video.

The Conservative party gave those hoping to take part in the first official leadership debate in Saskatoon next week until the end of Wednesday to register as candidates.

READ MORE: Canadians prefer MacKay or O’Leary as next Conservative leader: Ipsos poll

The others who have officially joined so far are former immigration minister Chris Alexander and Conservative MPs Maxime Bernier, Steven Blaney, Michael Chong, Kellie Leitch, Deepak Obhrai, Erin O’Toole, Andrew Scheer and Brad Trost.

One topic that will likely come up is the question of Canadian identity and values.

Blaney announced Wednesday that he would set up a royal commission to explore the issue.

“As prime minister, Steven Blaney will establish a royal rommission on Canadian identity to fully and impartially investigate past and current challenges to our Charter of Rights and Freedoms which determines our country’s commitment to tolerance, fairness and equality,” said a news release issued Wednesday by his campaign.

That follows a controversial proposal from Leitch, who in September said would-be immigrants and refugees should be screened for “anti-Canadian values.”

The Conservatives will elect their new leader next May 27.

23 November
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Matt Nichols named Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Most Outstanding Player

WINNIPEG —; For helping turn around the Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ fortunes, quarterback Matt Nichols was voted the club’s Most Outstanding Player.

With the Bombers seemingly headed to another season without a playoff berth, Nichols replaced Drew Willy as the starter with the club holding a 1-4 record. Nichols sparked a streak of seven straight victories, helping the team clinch their first playoff berth since 2011.

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“It’s a pretty awesome honour to get.” said Nichols. “It’s been a long road for me, and it’s a pretty cool thing to hear.”

Nichols started 12 games so far in the 2016 season, posting a 9-3 record while passing for 3,367 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also rushed for six TD’s.

“The way he took care of the football, the way he’s led.” said head coach Mike O’Shea. “It’s been a fun ride.”

Linebacker Maurice Leggett was an easy choice for the Bombers’ Most Outstanding Defensive Player. Leggett was a unanimous selection after leading the league with seven interceptions, returning three of them for touchdowns. He also has 48 defensive tackles, one sack and one forced fumble. He was also the Bombers’ top defensive player nominee in 2014.

“I just found out stretching, so it feels good.” said Leggett. “Put a smile on my face.”

Winnipeg’s Andrew Harris is the team’s Most Outstanding Canadian. It’s the third time he’s earned the nod as a team’s top Canadian after winning the award twice previously with the B.C. Lions. Harris is second in the league in rushing with 914 yards. He also has 549 yards receiving and scored five touchdowns.

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Travis Bond is the club’s Most Outstanding Offensive Lineman. The six-foot-seven, 355 pound rookie guard didn’t even get in the lineup until week six but kept his starters job by helping the Bombers allowing just 33 sacks this season.

Kicker Justin Medlock was a unanimous choice for the special teams award. The CFL’s most accurate kicker of all-time set several team records in his first season in the blue and gold. He’s made 56 of his 64 field goal attempts and with one game remaining is just three field goals away from Dave Ridgway’s single season CFL record of 59. His 212 points in the 2016 campaign is also just one point shy of Troy Westwood’s club record of 213 points in a season. And he has to be considered the front runner to get the West Division nomination.

“We’ll see. You never know how it goes.” said Medlock. “Sometimes they like the returners. It’s been a good year for kickers.”

Safety Taylor Loffler was named their Most Outstanding Rookie. He recorded 52 defensive tackles, four interceptions and one sack. He took over the starting duties in week six and never relinquished the job.

“If some injuries didn’t happen I might not have been on the field.” Loffler said. “Just to get the experience and be able to run with it, it’s great.”

B.C. Lions quarterback Jonathon Jennings, Edmonton Eskimos quarterback Mike Reilly, Calgary Stampeders quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Naaman Roosevelt, Hamilton Tiger-Cats receiver Andy Fantuz, Toronto Argonauts running back Brandon Whitaker, Ottawa RedBlacks receiver Ernest Jackson and Montreal Alouettes linebacker Bear Woods all received the most valuable player awards for their respective teams.

Former Bombers kicker Lirim Hajrullahu was chosen as the Toronto Argonauts top Canadian as well as their Most Outstanding Special Teams Player. Former Bombers centre Justin Sorensen was the Eskimos top lineman.

The voting was conducted by the Football Reporters of Canada and CFL head coaches. The East and West Division winners will be announced on November 12.

23 November
Comments Off on It will take a lifetime to fix First Nations housing: AFN regional chief

It will take a lifetime to fix First Nations housing: AFN regional chief

WINNIPEG —; New federal money for First Nations housing is welcome but will not solve a monumental shortage for at least a generation, an indigenous leader said Wednesday.

“I don’t see it happening in my lifetime or in my children’s lifetime, to be honest,” Kevin Hart, a regional chief with the Assembly of First Nations, said during a break in the assembly’s housing and infrastructure conference held in Winnipeg.

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“We have 16, 18 people in a two-bedroom house (in Norway House, Man.). Now if that was to occur here in Winnipeg with a non-native family, would that be acceptable? The black mould that’s in our houses — would that be acceptable here in Winnipeg? Would that be acceptable in Toronto?”

The federal government has promised $8.4 billion over five years for infrastructure, education and other issues in First Nations communities. The housing portion over the next two years is forecast to be more than double previous levels at $450 million.

The money is a fraction of what reports have indicated is needed. Internal government documents dated January 2015 and obtained by early this year pegged the cost of fixing First Nations housing in Manitoba alone at $2 billion.

RELATED: Billions needed to fix crumbling First Nations homes in Manitoba: government report

Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said the government realizes it has a long way to go.

“We know that we’ve only begun, and what we’re hearing from coast to coast to coast is people are very happy with the beginning…but no, there is real need out there and we’re going to get going,” she said.

In a 20-minute speech at the conference, Bennett said the government is developing ways to ensure funding flows faster to communities in need, and is looking for ways to ensure better, longer-lasting building materials can be used.

Hart said cash for housing is needed quickly. He pointed to several communities that have seen a spike in suicides in recent years. Pimicikamak Cree Nation, known as Cross Lake, in northern Manitoba declared a state of emergency last March after six suicides in the community of 8,300.

READ MORE: Northern Manitoba community declares state of emergency over suicide epidemic

Overcrowded housing, often combined with inadequate recreational facilities and schools, is tied to the despair felt by many residents, he said.

“It all relates and it interconnects with proper housing and infrastructure in our communities.”

24 September
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Beyoncé takes the CMA Awards stage for the first time ever

Beyoncé has shown, time and time again, that when it comes to music there’s nothing she can’t do. On Wednesday night, she tackled another music genre’s award show, taking the stage with the Dixie Chicks at the 2016 Country Music Association Awards.

She delivered a flawless performance of Daddy Lessons from her latest album Lemonade.

Beyoncé remixed the song, allowing the ladies of the Dixie Chicks to sing a few verses before going into part of their song Long Time Gone.

READ MORE: Beyoncé, under vocal rest, postpones MetLife Stadium concert

The Dixie Chicks have actually been covering Daddy Lessons during their recent tour.

Beyoncé’s Formation tour ended on Oct. 7, which has allowed her extra time to do things like pull off deeply elaborate family Halloween costumes and surprise the CMA Awards audience with a controversial performance that had many people talking on social media.

Some country-music fans tweeted strong negative reactions, while others were more positive:

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Many people online compared Beyoncé’s performance to her country-music duet with Sugarland at the 2007 American Music Awards.

Justin Timberlake actually beat Beyoncé at her own game: he performed with country star Chris Stapleton at the CMAs last year.

Though Beyoncé and the Dixie Chicks’ performance was the act of the night, it wasn’t the only notable moment of the 2016 CMAs.

Country singer Randy Travis, who suffered a life-threatening stroke in 2013, was joined by fellow country musicians Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire and a number of other stars to sing his signature hit Forever and Ever Amen. Travis took the mic and sang the song’s final line, which was met with thunderous applause.

READ MORE: ‘Forever Country’ video features 30 top country artists

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Dolly Parton was awarded the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award, designed to mark an iconic artist who has attained the highest degree of recognition in country music.

Actress Lily Tomlin gave a heartfelt introduction to the tribute, which started out with a modern version of Parton’s Jolene delivered by Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles and Pentatonix.

Reba McEntire took the stage to sing 9 to 5, but missed her cue for the first verse and laughingly apologized. The CMAs performer quickly recovered, saying that catching sight of the legendary Parton in the audience was the reason for her slip.

Kacey Musgraves sang Here You Come Again and Underwood followed with Martina McBride to provide another tribute, singing I Will Always Love You. Nettles and Musgraves joined Underwood and McBride to finish out the song.

READ MORE: Randy Travis stuns audience by singing ‘Amazing Grace’ 3 years after stroke

Taylor Swift returned to her roots to hand off the biggest award and speak on the triumphs throughout her career. “It’s been almost 13 years since I came to Nashville with a dream of being a songwriter and being a recording artist,” Swift announced.

She continued to explain why she was so honoured to present entertainers of the year. Swift presented Garth Brooks with the award and the country veteran joined her on stage to give his acceptance speech, closing off the evening.

As for the night’s winners, take a glance at the complete list below.With files from ET CanadaFollow @KatieScottNews
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24 September
Comments Off on Want to be a zookeeper? Try it out at Montreal’s Ecomuseum

Want to be a zookeeper? Try it out at Montreal’s Ecomuseum

On Nov. 19, the Montreal Ecomuseum is offering a Zookeeper for a Day event for children aged seven to 12-years-old.

It takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Children will be able to prepare food and interact with different animals.

One of the things zookeepers do is challenge the animals to get to their food, so they don’t lose their natural, hunting instincts.

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The zoo is also offering a family version of the Zookeeper for a Day program on Dec. 3.

“There is no minimum age requirement for that one,” said Elizabeth Landry, Ecomuseum zoologist.

“It’s a wonderful family activity to do altogether.”

Visit the zoo’s website for more information.

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24 September
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Day 3 of University of Manitoba strike, faculty president optimistic deal can be reached

WINNIPEG —; It’s day three of the faculty strike at the University of Manitoba.

More than 1,200 member of the University of Manitoba Faculty Association (UMFA) officially went on strike Tuesday at 12:01 a.m., leaving 29,000 students in academic limbo.

The UMFA and the university are set to sit down at the bargaining table with a concilitator Thursday afternoon. Both groups met with a mediator Wednesday, but a deal was not reached.

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    UMFA president, Mark Hudson said he’s optimistic a deal can be reached soon.

    “We haven’t reached a settlement yet, obviously, but I think if some progress hadn’t been made, they might not be going back into the room today,” he said.

    Professors have backed down a little bit on their demands for a salary increase and are now concerned more about their work load.

    Although many classes are cancelled, some are still being taught  by non-bargaining members. You can find the full list online.

    The last faculty strike at the University of Manitoba happened back in 2001 and lasted about four days.

    WATCH: Timeline: A look back at strikes at University of Manitoba

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    The longest university strike in Manitoba’s history was in 2011 at the Brandon University.The strike lasted 45 days.Staff headed to the picket line on Oct. 12, which affected 3,100 students.The strike ended Nov. 25.

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    The longest strike at an English-speaking university in Canada was at York University. The strike lasted 85 days, from Nov. 6, 2008 to Jan. 29, 2009.The longest strike in Canadian history lasted four month at Laval University in Quebec in 1976.

24 September
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17 ‘legitimate calls’ made to Dalhousie University’s sexual assault phone line last school year

The Dalhousie Student Union’s (DSU) Sexual Assault and Harassment Phone Line received 17 “legitimate” calls during its first seven and a half months in operation, according to a report the university and the union refused to release.

The “Dalhousie Student Union Sexual Assault & Harassment Phone Line Service Review Report” (posted at the bottom of this page) was provided to Global News through a Freedom of Information request.

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READ MORE: Dalhousie Student Union paring down sexual assault helpline due to ‘inadequate’ funding

Between Sept. 6, 2015 and April 25, 2016, 57 calls were received by volunteers, including 17 “legitimate calls” (two of which were repeat calls), 17 hang-ups, 14 referrals, 13 wrong numbers, and seven missed calls.

The document noted that the line may not have been operational for approximately two weeks in March.

A union representative said in August the university offered “inadequate” funding for the service this school year, so the union decided to offer a truncated version of the program scheduled to end November 3.

WATCH ABOVE: The Dalhousie Student Union says its 24-hour sexual assault and harassment phone line is closing early because the university isn’t providing the necessary funding. 

Arig al Shaibah, a vice-provost for Dalhousie University, said this year’s financial contribution maintained its original agreement of covering no more than 50 per cent of the cost of the program.

Last year, it provided $30,000 while the union covered $22,500. Because the program only cost $45,000, Dalhousie gave $7,500 too much.

READ MORE: ‘A light to students’: Dal sexual assault phone line gets funding, extension

This year, it provided the union $15,000, which, when including the extra $7,500 from last year, is half of the cost of the phone line.

A review on the program factored into the university’s decision on funding.

When asked for a copy of that review in August, al Shaibah would not release it.

“I don’t think it would be appropriate for us to,” she said, adding that the union should be the one to release it.

READ MORE: Dal students start helpline for sexual assault victims

The union said it wanted more money from Dalhousie to improve the service, including hiring a coordinator; it also declined to release the review.

“This phone line shouldn’t come down to numbers, even if just one person called, that’s what’s important because it’s providing this option for students,” said Rhiannon Makohoniuk, a vice-president of the union.

Two paragraphs on page six of the review were redacted under the heading “Phone Pick-up/drop Off,” because they identify where volunteers take phone calls, and store phones, logs of calls, and keys.

“To minimize the safety risk to callers and volunteers, the University is electing to refuse to disclose this information,” read the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act decision authored by John Hope, assistant general counsel.

Read the Dalhousie Student Union Sexual Assault & Harassment Phone Line Service Review Report below:

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24 September
Comments Off on Hillary Clinton inches ahead of Donald Trump in latest election polls

Hillary Clinton inches ahead of Donald Trump in latest election polls

Hillary Clinton has regained a slight edge over Donald Trump in two of the latest election polls.

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The Democratic presidential candidate has a two percentage point lead over Trump, according to the latest Washington Post/ABC tracking poll. The new poll shows Clinton standing at 47 per cent support, compared to Trump’s 45 per cent, among likely voters.

READ MORE: Hillary Clinton tops Donald Trump in Google searches following FBI announcement

The poll, conducted between Oct. 29 and Nov. 1, surveyed 1,767 likely voters and had a margin of error of plus or minus three percentage points.

On Tuesday, the Washington Post/ABC tracking poll showed Trump leading by one percentage point.

WATCH: Donald Trump urges voters who have already voted for Clinton to change their ballots

In that poll, Clinton had fewer “very enthusiastic” supporters – 53 per cent for Trump, compared to 45 per cent for Clinton.

ABC noted that enthusiasm for Clinton dropped over the weekend after FBI Director James Comey alerted Congress that the FBI has obtained new material regarding Clinton’s use of a private email server when she served as secretary of state.

WATCH: ‘Getting out the vote’ may swing some states for Clinton. Mike Armstrong reports.

READ MORE: Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump unaffected by FBI announcement, poll says

But the drop in enthusiasm recorded by the Washington Post/ABC poll was short-lived – Clinton’s share of “very enthusiastic” rebounded six percentage points in this latest poll, while Trump’s support held at 53 per cent.

Meanwhile, a New York Times/CBS poll of 1,333 registered voters found Clinton ahead by three percentage points.

WATCH: ‘The fate of the republic rests on your shoulders’: President Obama to voters in N.C.

24 August
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How to properly secure your child’s car seat this winter

Winter months are quickly approaching and making sure your child is safely secured in their car seat can be tricky.

With the amount of winter clothing needed to keep children warm, the thick layers can reduce the effectiveness of a child’s car seat.

“The extra bulky layers do not allow the harness to be tightened against the child’s body,” Elizabeth Vargas, car seat specialist, said. “That’s really the reason you have a car seat is to make sure they’re safe and buckled in properly.”

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    A puffy jacket can leave a space between the harness and the child, she says.

    “That space is what allows them to potentially pop-out of the car seat,” Vargas said.

    Vargas recommends a two-piece snowsuit as it’s easier to manipulate with the harness of the car seat.

    “You can undo the jacket once the child is in,” Vargas said. “Do up the harness and tighten it as close to the body as possible and then zip [the jacket] up over the harness.”

    To test how much space is left between the harness and a child when they are wearing their winter jacket, Vargas suggests you tighten the harness on the child while they are wearing their jacket then unbuckle the harness and remove the child’s jacket. Fasten the harness again and you’ll be able to notice the amount of space left over.

24 August
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Heavy rain causes flooding, watershed warning in Toronto

A number of roads and intersections in Toronto are experiencing high levels of water and flooding due to the heavy rain Thursday morning.

Toronto police say the intersection of Spadina Avenue is closed at St. Clair Avenue West due to flooding as well as northbound Allen Road just north of Eglinton Avenue.

An advisory has also been issued for the Don Valley Parkway and the Gardiner Expressway due to “ponding of water.”

The Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) issued a watershed statement Thursday morning warning the public to stay away from streams and rivers.

“All rivers and streams within the GTA should be considered dangerous due to the slippery river banks and higher water levels and flows,” TRCA said. “Areas of the watershed have received up to 15mm of rain yesterday and overnight with a possible 10mm still in the forecast.”

The conservation authority said the watershed statement will be in effect until Friday.

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24 August
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Toronto home sales stay hot in October despite soaring prices: TREB

TORONTO —; Home sales in the Greater Toronto Area hit a record high last month even as prices continued to soar, the Toronto Real Estate Board said Thursday.

There were 9,768 properties sold in October, up 11.5 per cent from the same month last year, the board said. That came as the average selling price for all types of homes rose to $762,975, a 21.1 per cent increase from a year ago.

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“The record pace of GTA home sales continued in October, with strong growth observed throughout the month,” Toronto Real Estate Board president Larry Cerqua said in a statement.

READ MORE: Toronto real estate prices continue to soar, while suburbs work to catch up: report

The growth in home sales and prices came the same month Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced stricter rules for mortgage lenders and foreign buyers in an effort to stabilize hot housing markets such as Toronto.

The new measures require a stress test for all insured mortgage applications to ensure borrowers can still repay their loans in the event interest rates rise or their personal financial situations change.

Until now, stress tests were not required for fixed-rate mortgages longer than five years.

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“As we move through November and December, we will be watching the sales and listings trends closely, in light of the recent policy changes announced by the federal minister of finance,” Cerqua said.

The record-high sales were in contrast to Vancouver, where home sales dropped 38.8 per cent last month compared with a year ago, according to the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver.

READ MORE: Homeowners cashing out of hot housing markets

Board president Dan Morrison said government interventions were partly behind the decline.

In August, the B.C. government implemented a 15 per cent tax on foreigners buying homes in Metro Vancouver.

24 August
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Brexit: British government must get parliamentary approval to exit EU

LONDON – In a major blow for Britain’s government, the High Court ruled Thursday that the prime minister can’t trigger the U.K.’s exit from the European Union without approval from Parliament.

The government said it would appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.

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Britons voted in June by a margin of 52 to 48 per cent to leave the European Union, a process known as Brexit. Several claimants challenged the plans for Brexit in a case with major constitutional implications, hinging on the balance of power between Parliament and the government.

READ MORE: Boris Johnson’s anti-Brexit column published for 1st time

Prime Minister Theresa May has said she will launch exit negotiations with the EU by March 31. She is relying on a power called the royal prerogative that lets the government withdraw from international treaties.

Claimants argue that leaving the EU will remove rights, including free movement within the bloc, and say that can’t be done without Parliament’s approval.

Three senior judges ruled that “the government does not have the power under the Crown’s prerogative” to start EU exit talks.

“The government is disappointed by the court’s judgment. The country voted to leave the European Union in a referendum approved by acts of parliament. The government is determined to respect the result of the referendum,” trade minister Liam Fox told parliament Thursday.

“This judgment raises important and complex matter of law and it is right that we consider it carefully before deciding how to proceed.”

The British government said in a statement that Britons voted to leave the bloc in a referendum approved by an Act of Parliament, “and the government is determined to respect the result of the referendum.”

WATCH: Market analyst says British pound falling in response to ‘hard Brexit’ pledge

The Supreme Court has set aside time to hear the appeal before the end of the year.

The case is considered the most important constitutional matter in a generation.

Underscoring the importance of the case, May put Attorney General Jeremy Wright in charge of the legal team fighting the claim. Wright argued that the lawsuit is an attempt to put a legal obstacle in the way of enacting the result of the June 23 referendum to leave the EU.

May wants to use royal prerogative, historic powers officially held by the queen, to trigger Article 50 of the EU’s treaty, which starts two years of talks before Britain’s departure from the EU. The powers, which have in reality passed to politicians, enable decisions to be made without a vote of Parliament and cover matters as grave as declaring war or as basic as issuing passports.

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Historically, royal prerogative has also applied to foreign affairs and the negotiation of treaties.

Financial entrepreneur Gina Miller, a lead claimant in the case, said the result “is about all of us … It’s about our United Kingdom and all our futures.”

She backed the losing “remain” side in the EU referendum, but has said the lawsuit is not an attempt to stop Brexit – just to ensure that Parliament is sovereign.

She said shortly before the government announced it would appeal the ruling that she hoped it “will make the wise decision of not appealing but pressing forward and having a proper debate in our sovereign Parliament.”

The government said it plans to appeal the court ruling.

24 August
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ISIS leader al-Baghdadi appears to call for attacks on Canada in new audio recording

The leader of the Islamic State group has called for attacks on Canada and other Western countries in a new audio recording, the first attributed to him in nearly a year.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi urged the group’s followers to respond to recent defeats by carrying out bombings, stabbings and vehicular attacks in his purported 55-minute speech titled “Give Glad Tidings to the Steadfast,” which was published by the group’s media wing on Wednesday.

“For the Mujahideen (holy warriors) the scale of victory or defeat is not dependent on a city or town being stolen or subject to that who has aerial superiority, intercontinental missiles or smart bombs,” al-Baghdadi said in the Arabic recording.

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The Islamic State, which until last year controlled large swathes of Syria and Iraq, has since been driven into the desert by successive defeats in offensives by international allies in both countries.

But al-Baghdadi called on fighters to “trust in God’s promise and His victory,” stating that “with hardship comes relief and a way out.”

WATCH: Islamic State kills dozens of people in southwest Syria

He also suggested that the group was behind recent attacks in Canada and Europe, and congratulated who he described as the “striking lions” who carried them out.

ISIS previously claimed responsibility for the July 22 shooting on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue, which left two dead and 13 wounded. Canadian police said they haven’t found any evidence to suggest a terror link in the mass shooting.

READ MORE: Anti-Islam protester thrown into fountain at Danforth shooting memorial in Toronto

The group first called for terrorist attacks in Canada in September 2014, in a statement by spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani.

The following month, Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was killed in a shooting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, while warrant officer Patrice Vincent died from injuries sustained in a vehicle ramming attack in Saint-Jean-sur-Richeliu, Que.

WATCH: Canadians targeted overseas in operation against ISIS

In the Wednesday recording, al-Baghdadi urged Islamic State supporters to “carry out the kind of strikes that terrorize the hearts and send the brains flying,” encouraging them to use guns, knives and bombs while reminding them to “not ignore running over people on the roads,” according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

He also instructed Islamic State fighters around the world — from Somalia, Libya and Yemen to Kashmir and the Caucasus  to focus on their battles rather than quarrel over leadership.

Also in his crosshairs were the governments of Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Jordan, with al-Baghdadi calling on the citizens of those countries to rise up and overthrow their rulers.

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A-Baghdadi also used the recording to congratulate Muslims on the occasion of the Islamic holiday of Eid-al-Adha, and mentioned recent events including U.S. tariffs on Turkey and the row between Istanbul and Washington over the release of imprisoned pastor Andrew Brunson.

He also addressed Russia, North Korea and Iran pushing back against U.S. sanctions, which he said was “an intended expression of disrespect based on what they observe as [American] weakness,” according to the MEMRI translation.

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The timing of those events means that reports of al-Baghdadi’s death would be disproven if the voice on the recording is confirmed to be his.

The reclusive cleric has frequently been reported killed since 2014, when he declared himself the leader of all Muslims after the Islamic State’s capture of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.

In May last year, the Russian military said it was looking into whether he was killed in an airstrike targeting a meeting of top Islamic State figures near Raqqa, the Syrian city that the Islamic State claimed as its capital.

However, Russia admitted it was unable to confirm al-Baghdadi’s death.

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The Iraq-born extremist leader hasn’t been seen in public since a 2014 speech in Mosul, but is believed to be hiding in the Iraqi-Syrian border region after losing all the cities and towns of his self-proclaimed caliphate.

His son was killed by Russian airstrikes in Syria in July according to the Islamic State’s news channel.

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Wednesday’s recording was al-Baghdadi’s first since Sept. 28, 2017.

Its title appears to be borrowed from a verse in the Qur’an which states that the Prophet Muhammad “gives glad tidings” to those who persevere in the face of difficulties, according to the book An Enlightening Commentary into the Light of the Holy Qur’an.

— With files from Reuters

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