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25 November
Comments Off on MADD Calgary launches 29th annual Project Red Ribbon Campaign

MADD Calgary launches 29th annual Project Red Ribbon Campaign

MADD Calgary launched its annual Project Red Ribbon Campaign against impaired driving on Wednesday.

For the next month, the organization will be handing out red ribbons as symbols of safe and sober driving.

Official ribbon cutting at MADD Calgary’s launch of Project Red Ribbon on Nov. 2, 2016.

They’re also a reminder of the carnage caused by drivers who get behind the wheel after drinking.

Calgarians are asked to tie the ribbons to vehicles, back packs, purses – anything they want –  to show their support for the campaign.

“We want you to tie it, wear it, show it, share it and live it,” Karen Harrison, MADD Calgary chapter president, said at the official launch.

“Someone makes a decision to get behind the wheel impaired, and it is never OK to do so. Impaired driving is not an accident.”

Dozens of first responders, including police, firefighters and paramedics attended the campaign launch.

Calgary police Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey spoke about the difficult task police have to face following fatal crashes.

“I think what really impacts our officers and probably all first responders, is dealing with the loved ones, when we have to go and tell them that they’ve lost their loved one to a crash. That is the most impactful thing ever,” Stacey said.

Dan and Brenda Lavallee at MADD Calgary launch of Project Red Ribbon on Nov. 2, 2016.

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    Dan and Brenda Lavallee, whose daughter Jillian was killed by a drunk driver in May 2015, spoke at the event and announced their support for MADD.

    “You know we’re never going to get our daughter back, but if we can save others, then her death will have additional significance to countless families in Canada,” said Dan Lavellee.

    “This isn’t a trade-off we sought, but we are now committed to this cause.”

    READ MORE: Dan and Brenda Lavallee speak about life after losing their daughter

    According to MADD, on average, every day in Canada, four people are killed and 175 injured in crashes caused by impaired drivers.

    The organization continues to call for stiffer penalties for drunk drivers.

    Project Red Ribbon runs from Nov. 1 to Jan 2, 2017.

25 November
Comments Off on Record amount of capital works spending ahead for Montreal

Record amount of capital works spending ahead for Montreal

Montreal has announced a $6.3-billion capital works plan that will begin in 2017 and carry on until 2019.

The total amount is an increase of over $1 billion from last year’s plan.

The increase stems mainly from road and infrastructure repairs, sewer work and transportation.

Montreal residents can expect a tax hike as they will be contributing over $1.4 billion in 2017.

One of the major costs in the plan is the $38.5 million being spent over three years to replace the Jacques Bizard Bridge.

Thirty-thousand drivers use it every day to travel from Île-Bizard to Pierrefonds and residents understand replacing the bridge is must.

“The bridge is at the end of its life,” one Île-Bizard resident said.

READ MORE: Jacques Bizard Bridge to be replaced at a cost of $100M 

The problem surrounding replacing the bridge is the cost.

“They spend too much and it takes too much time,” Île-Bizard resident Sylvain Morand said. “Everything is always stretching out and it’s us people that pay the bills.”

Money isn’t the only headache that could be in the near future for residents.

Traffic could be a problem as major construction will be needed to replace it.

“Hopefully, they’ll be able to manage the peak hours by maintaining two lanes in the morning and two lanes in the afternoon,” traffic consultant Rick Leckner said.

The total cost of the new bridge will be $100 million.

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  • Corruption inquiry witness testifies Montreal Mayor knew of illegal campaign spending

25 November
Comments Off on 21-year-old suspect charged with 2nd-degree murder in Abbotsford stabbing

21-year-old suspect charged with 2nd-degree murder in Abbotsford stabbing

A young man is facing two charges following a stabbing incident in Abbotsford Tuesday, leaving one girl dead and another injured.

According to court documents, 21-year-old Gabriel Brandon Klein has been charged with second-degree murder and aggravated assault.

Police were called at 2:05 p.m. Tuesday with reports of an assault in progress at Abbotsford Senior Secondary.

Chief Cnst. Bob Rich with Abbotsford Police said by the time officers arrived the suspect had been subdued by school staff, and students and staff were administering first aid to two victims with stab wounds.

The victims, who knew one another, were rushed to hospital. Despite all medical efforts, one victim identified as 13-year-old Letisha Reimer, later died of her injuries.

WATCH: IHIT press conference regarding the Abbotsford stabbing attack on Nov. 1.

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The second victim, a 14-year-old girl, remains in hospital in stable condition. Police said the teen will have a lengthy and emotional road of recovery ahead.

READ MORE: Superintendent of Abbotsford schools says stabbing attack was random

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has taken over the investigation and in a press conference Wednesday afternoon said the attack was random and that Klein has no ties to the two victims, the school or the community.

Staff-Sgt. Jennifer Pound with IHIT said little is known about the 21-year-old Klein. Originally from Alberta, he has been in Vancouver since February or March of this year but has no fixed address. Investigators are asking anyone with information or contact with Klein, whether through social media or email, to please contact the police, IHIT or Crime Stoppers.

Klein was expected to make his first court appearance in Abbotsford on Wednesday afternoon but was unable to due to not being able to leave his cell on his own.

WATCH BELOW: WARNING: Images in this story may be disturbing to viewers. Gabriel Brandon Klein is now facing charges after a fatal stabbing at an Abbotsford school.

Klein will remain in custody and his next court appearance is Monday at 11 a.m. by video conference.

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Questions being raised about school safety after fatal stabbing in Abbotsford school


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Officials say Abbotsford school stabbing was ‘random act of violence’


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Presser: Abbotsford Police on school stabbing


Aerials: Two students stabbed in incident at Abbotsford secondary


Abbotsford mayor’s emotional reaction to school stabbing

25 November
Comments Off on Oil prices fall but Canadian dollar’s decline stemmed by US election uncertainty

Oil prices fall but Canadian dollar’s decline stemmed by US election uncertainty

TORONTO – The Canadian dollar weakened slightly against its U.S. counterpart on Wednesday as a sharp drop in oil prices offset broader losses for the greenback amid U.S. election uncertainty.

The U.S. dollar weakened against a basket of major currencies on nervousness about a potential victory for U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump next week.

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“The pressure on the big (U.S.) dollar is buffering the downturn in oil and helping the Canadian dollar remain well pinned within its recent ranges over the past few days,” said Scott Smith, senior market analyst at Cambridge Global Payments.

U.S. crude oil futures settled $1.33 lower at $45.34 a barrel after a record weekly build in U.S. crude inventories stoked investor worries about a global supply glut.

Oil is one of Canada’s major exports.

The Canadian dollar ended at C$1.3395 to the greenback, or 74.65 U.S. cents, slightly weaker than Tuesday’s close of C$1.3393, or 74.67 U.S. cents.

The currency’s strongest level of the session was C$1.3360, while its weakest was C$1.3423.

READ MORE: Ottawa hopes long-term benefits will soothe short-term pain of large deficits

The Federal Reserve kept interest rates unchanged in its last policy decision before the U.S. election, but signaled it could hike rates in December as the economy gathers momentum and inflation picks up.

A Trump election win that is accompanied by greater market volatility would reduce the chances of a Fed rate hike in December, said Smith.

Against the Mexican peso the loonie touched its strongest since Oct. 10 at 14.5472 pesos.

The peso is seen as the chief proxy for market pricing of Trump’s chances of winning.

READ MORE: Oil prices spiral south for 4th straight day with larger-than-expected stockpile

Strengthening of the Canadian dollar against the peso adds to pressure on Canadian exporters who have struggled with weak growth this year. Canada competes with Mexico for exports to the United States.

Canadian government bond prices were higher across the yield curve in sympathy with U.S. Treasuries. The two-year price firmed 2 Canadian cents to yield 0.543 percent and the benchmark 10-year climbed 22 Canadian cents to yield 1.184 percent.

The 10-year yield hit its lowest intraday since Oct. 26 at 1.170 percent.

The Bank of Canada will in the coming months publish the results of its experiment with a payments system based on the technology behind the bitcoin virtual currency, Carolyn Wilkins, senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, said.

25 November
Comments Off on Cleavage is ‘out,’ says Vogue UK, so is it time to put the girls away?

Cleavage is ‘out,’ says Vogue UK, so is it time to put the girls away?

First it was Brexit, now it’s breasts. The British fashion media have declared the end of cleavage and it has whipped readers into a frenzy.

In the December issue of Vogue UK (on newsstands today), writer Kathleen Baird-Murray lays out a number of runway and red carpet examples that exemplify fashion’s disenchantment with large breasts in her feature titled “Desperately Seeking Cleavage.”

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“Whatever happened to the cleavage?” she asks, before listing several examples that prove boobs are “out,” ranging from the high-necked Louis Vuitton dress Alicia Vikander wore to the 2016 Golden Globes to the immense popularity of Gucci’s pre-fall 2016 pussy bow blouses (which lately have found considerable favour with Melania Trump).

READ MORE: Barbara Corcoran of ‘Shark Tank’ says Donald Trump remarked on her breasts

“The t*ts will not be out for the lads. Or for anyone else, for that matter,” she says.

Similarly, in a column titled “The end of cleavage: breasts piled together like cream buns do not make a subtle statement,” Jess Cartner-Morley at The Guardian wrote a lengthy column that could only be interpreted as an obituary for buxom breasts.

“The squished-together, hoicked-up presentation of bosoms has all but vanished from fashionable circles,” she writes. “Scaffolding breasts under the chin and framing them with a low-cut top, which has for decades been a shorthand for allure – the four-four-two of getting dressed up for a night out, if you like – is over. The go-to after dark neckline from catwalk to high street this year is a straight horizontal line that exposes the shoulders.”

Not surprisingly, the 桑拿会所sphere has erupted in a rallying cry to stop forcing women to conform to an ever-changing fashion ideal.

To their credit, both Baird-Murray and Cartner-Morley used the end-of-cleavage argument to highlight a drastic shift in lingerie sales and trends.

READ MORE: Why more women are freeing their breasts by going braless

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“A third of Net-A-Porter bra sales are now soft bras, without underwire,” Cartner-Morley writes. “Even Victoria’s Secret, spiritual home of the pneumatic cleavage, is marketing a new range of ‘bralettes’ without underwire. As anyone who has known the particularly grating discomfort of wire digging into soft flesh will testify, the demise of the push-up bra is a step in the right direction.”

READ MORE: Amy Schumer slams body-shaming trolls in new Instagram post

Marshal Cohen, chief analyst with market research firm NPD Group said to The Telegraph: “Comfort is a dominant theme throughout the fashion world, and today’s bra consumer, especially millennials, is seeking both physical and personal comfort.”

This thinly veiled commentary on lingerie trends is unlikely to sway a public that’s tired of being told to change their body type to suit fashion’s whimsy, however.

Perhaps the most succinct response came from one 桑拿会所 user:

23 November
Comments Off on Man arrested in North Battleford, Sask. dashcam video convicted of assault

Man arrested in North Battleford, Sask. dashcam video convicted of assault

A 30-year-old man who was the subject of a dashboard camera video that caused a stir on social media has received a four-year sentence.

On April 5, a video emerged on YouTube showing a minivan rushing through an intersection. A plainclothes officer can be seen leaping out of the van and stopping a man riding on a bicycle by diving at him.

Another plainclothes officer then comes out of the van and helps to hold down the suspect. Other marked and unmarked police vehicles then arrive at the intersection.

READ MORE: North Battleford takedown and arrest captured on dashcam

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    RCMP said Randall Christopher Nicotine was the man arrested in the video. On Oct. 20 he was sentenced at North Battleford provincial court to four years custody minus a remand time of six months served, credit for nine months.

    He was convicted of assault, assault with a weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, resisting arrest and two courts of breaching probation.

    Police said Nicotine admitted several of the offences he was guilty of were for a criminal investigation, which was an aggravating factor in sentencing.

    The video, called “Epic RCMP Takedown” has been viewed more than 135,000 times. When it was first posted, RCMP said they had received numerous complaints of a man being involved in criminal activity and he had existing warrants for his arrest.

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23 November
Comments Off on Leadership Series presented by Global News and CKNW

Leadership Series presented by Global News and CKNW

Leadership impacts all of us. Leaders of government and community make decisions and set priorities that affect our lives, organizations we work for and interact with take on the personality of their leaders, and great leadership can inspire us to achieve and accomplish things once seemed unattainable.

So what are the secrets of effective and impactful leadership? We’re going to find out.

Join us Nov. 7 – Dec. 4, 2016 for The Global News and CKNW Leadership Series, presented by FortisBC.

This four-week long original series will examine leadership through special reports, interviews and profiles of leaders that focus on innovative thinking and styles that impact our business, our culture, and our community.

Join the conversation on social media with #leadership


    Santa Ono, President & Vice Chancellor of UBC, interviewed by Global News Hour at 6 anchor Chris Gailus

Airs on BC1

Nov. 11 @ 10 a.m. & 2 p.m.Nov. 12 @ 3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.Nov. 13 @ 11:30 a.m.

Airs on CKNW

Nov. 11 @ 1 p.m.Nov. 12 @ 3 p.m.Nov. 13 @ 3 p.m.

WATCH: UBC President Dr. Santa J. Ono

    Meredith Powell, Co-Founder of The Next Big Thing, interviewed by CKNW host Simi Sara

Airs on BC1

Nov. 18 @ 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.Nov. 19 @ 3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.Nov. 20 @ 11:30 a.m.

Airs on CKNW

Nov. 18 @ 1 p.m.Nov. 19 @ 3 p.m.Nov. 20 @ 3 p.m.

WATCH: Entrepreneur Meredith Powell

     3. Trevor Linden, President, Vancouver Canucks, interviewed by Global News Hour at 6 anchor Sophie Lui

Airs on BC1

Nov. 25 @ 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.Nov. 26 @ 3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.Nov. 27 @ 11:30 a.m.

Airs on CKNW

Nov. 25 @ 1 p.m.Nov. 26 @ 3 p.m.Nov. 27 @ 3 p.m.

WATCH: President of the Vancouver Canucks Trevor Linden

     4. Karina LeBlanc, Professional Soccer Player and two-time Olympian; Bronze Medalist (2012) with the Canadian Women’s National Soccer team, interviewed by Global News Hour at 6 anchor Chris Gailus 

Airs on BC1

Dec 2 @ 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m.Dec 3 @ 3:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m.Dec 4 @ 11:30 a.m.

Airs on CKNW

Dec 2 @ 1 p.m.Dec 3 @ 3 p.m.Dec 4 @ 3 p.m.

WATCH: Former professional and national soccer player and current UNICEF ambassador Karina LeBlanc

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23 November
Comments Off on Student’s note to neighbour about loud sex romps a hit on social media

Student’s note to neighbour about loud sex romps a hit on social media

When it comes to sex, some of us are louder than others. That’s what one student figured out when her neighbour’s noisy romps became too much of a distraction, sparking a back-and-forth that’s since become a social media must-share.

Jenna Levine, 19, is a student at Syracuse University in New York. Her neighbour’s noisy love-making had apparently become such a problem that she felt she had to do something about it.

So the day before Halloween Levine wrote up a note and slipped it under her neighbour’s door. Before doing so, however, she made sure to share it with the world on 桑拿会所.

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“Hello neighbor,” the note reads. “Please have sex a little more quietly please. Some of us are trying to nap and not be reminded how alone I am… Feel free to make all the love you want. Just please, make it nasty at a lower volume. Thank you!”

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Not long after, Levine received a response from her neighbour, which was delivered on an appropriately-themed banana postcard.

“Dearest neighbors,” the neighbour wrote. “I am so so incredibly sorry about that. I didn’t realize how loud I was being, and ya know, sometimes having loud sex is low key kind of hot but obviously at your cost, which I apologize so sincerely for. I’m so so sorry, I hope this hasn’t occurred too often, and thanks so much for the incredible and hilarious card. I will for sure try to make it nasty at a significantly lower level. And hey, don’t you worry, you’re not alone forever. The right person will come along when the time comes. I was single for 18 years. Haha. Once again, I apologize so sincerely and deeply.”

READ MORE: Why do women orgasm? Scientists shed light on the evolutionary mystery

Attached to the note was a chocolate bar wrapped in gold that read, “Deepest apologies. Hope you enjoy this chocolate bar!”

The neighbourly exchange was a hit on social media, even prompting others to share their experiences with their loud and sexy neighbours.

Since her exchange with her neighbour went viral, Levine has said on her 桑拿会所, “Can’t make this stuff up.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Levine’s post had garnered over 46,000 retweets and 110,000 likes.

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23 November
Comments Off on Variety Week on Global BC 2016: Day 3

Variety Week on Global BC 2016: Day 3

It’s Variety Week on Global BC and we’re highlighting stories from children and families around the province who have been helped by Variety.

Variety Week on Global BC – Day 1

Global News Morning:

Variety Ambassadors Mary Zilba and 13-year-old Ella van Enter were live in studio to discuss Variety Week and the Ambassador program. To enable and empower children, youth and adults become ambassadors of Variety and advocate for children who have special needs by helping their communities understand the unique challenges those children face, and the importance of raising funds to help families across B.C.

Global News at Noon:

Variety provided a $250,000 grant to the Carlile Youth Concurrent Disorders Centre (CYCDC) at the Hope Centre at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver.  The 10-bed inpatient unit is designed to meet unique needs of youth age 13-18 with serious concurrent disorders, and will be the first facility of its kind in British Columbia.  Tanis Evans, Manager, Mental Health and Addictions, and Dr. Jordan Cohen, Medical Manager of the regional centre give Variety’s Executive Director Kristy Gill a tour of the Centre, currently under construction, and set to open in April 2017.

Global News at 5:

Earlier this year, Variety provided a grant to Colwood Elementary School on Vancouver Island. Colwood Elementary’s playground is non-inclusive for children in wheelchairs, meaning some of the students are left out, and unable to play with their friends.

The grant from Variety will help fund a piece of equipment called a “Sway Fun”, a wheelchair accessible outdoor play glider, suitable for children of all abilities.

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Global News Hour at 6: 

Oliver was 3 years old when he was diagnosed with Childhood Apraxia of Speech, a complex motor speech disorder. Oliver required a great deal of therapy, and was receiving both speech therapy and occupational therapy in Terrace, B.C.

In May, Oliver’s mother was diagnosed with ALL (a type of Leukemia). Her treatment requires her to be in Vancouver for the next 1-2 years, so the family relocated from Terrace. They were initially excited to move to a bigger city, thinking it would mean more options for Oliver that weren’t available in Terrace. However, they discovered Oliver’s therapy sessions would no longer be covered, as he aged out of the province’s Early Intervention Therapy Program.

Oliver is now in elementary school and his family is currently unsure of how much help the school is able to provide. Private speech therapy is very expensive, and with his mom and dad both not working, and paying for mom’s leukemia treatments, the sessions are not something they can afford. In August, Variety stepped in to cover two speech therapy sessions a week for the next year for Oliver.

Variety Week on Global BC – Day 2

23 November
Comments Off on Lisa Raitt joins Conservative leadership race

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.

Plane Talk with Lisa Raitt


Plane Talk with Lisa Raitt


Conservative MP Lisa Raitt says she hasn’t decided if she will run for leader of Conservative party


Politicians compete in a game of West Block Trivia

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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.

Longtime MP Lisa Raitt urged to run for Tory leadership

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.