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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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READ MORE: Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines blasts Donald Trump, country radio

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
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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

    Longest university strike in Manitoba

    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.

    Longest university strikes in Canada

    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
Comments Off on 17 ‘legitimate calls’ made to Dalhousie University’s sexual assault phone line last school year

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.

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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.