Freezing rain warning ends, weather advisory in place for parts of Saskatchewan

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Parts of Saskatchewan were under a freezing rain warning Tuesday morning.

Environment Canada said a band of freezing rain progressed eastwards across the western grainbelt.


Powerful winds to wallop parts of southern Alberta on Tuesday:

Travel was not recommended on a number of highways, with many in the North Battleford, Lloydminster, and Moose Jaw regions reported ice covered .

Drivers are advised to check the highway hotline for the latest conditions.

The freezing rain is expected to change over to snow Tuesday afternoon as it encounters colder air over eastern Saskatchewan.

A secondary shortwave is expected to bring another bout of freezing rain overnight from Kindersley through Regina. It is expected to leave the province by Wednesday morning.

Other parts of the province are under a special weather statement as the disturbance will bring a wintry mix of weather to parts of the province.

Five to 10 centimetres of new snow is possible over the northern grainbelt and eastern portions of the province by Wednesday evening.

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Mitch Marner has 3 assists to lift Toronto Maple Leafs to 4-2 win against Boston Bruins

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On a night when Patrick Marleau celebrated his 1,600th NHL game, Mitch Marner did what he does best —; make goals.

The 21-year-old winger had three assists in Toronto’s 4-2 win over the Boston Bruins on Monday. Two were primary assists, upping his NHL-best total to 24 (he has 27 assists in all). It was the 10th multi-assist game of the season for Marner, who also has six goals.


“He has great vision out there,” said the 39-year-old Marleau. “The way he skates and handles the puck, he can manoeuvre around guys and draw guys to him. He did that quite a bit tonight.”

“He’s found a nice groove here,” he added. “He’s only going to keep getting better I think. And that’s pretty scary.”

Asked about Marner, Leafs coach Mike Babcock said all great players manage to play at their own pace.

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“What’s amazing is most of us have no time and space whatsoever. Or we’re just banging it here, banging it there and chasing it. And then the really good guys seem to have all the time in the world … They’re gliding all over the rink and it seems effortless.”

Travis Dermott, who scored the first goal of the game off a Marner assist, marvelled at his teammate.

“With the puck, without the puck, he’s definitely a slippery guy,” said Dermott. “And if you get open, he’s going to find you and get the puck to you right on the tape and pretty flat. He’s a guy you want to be out there with.”

Each team scored twice in a frenetic second period that saw Boston outshoot Toronto 18-9. With the Leafs leading 3-2 going into the third, Boston’s Danton Heinen hit the goalpost but the Bruins could not breach the Leafs defence.

Zach Hyman added an empty-net goal with 1:35 remaining to seal Toronto’s fifth straight home win. Frederik Andersen made 38 saves in collecting his 13th win of the season.

Igor Ozhiganov and Josh Leivo also scored for Toronto (17-8-0). Ozhiganov celebrated his first career NHL goal and Dermott his second.

David Pastrnak, who had a hat trick in a 5-1 win over Toronto on Nov. 10, scored twice for Boston (13-7-4).

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The Bruins lost Kevan Miller late in the first period after the defenceman took a puck to the throat area off a John Tavares shot. The close-range shot seemed to hit Miller’s stick and ride up to the neck area.

Boston coach Bruce Cassidy said Miller went to hospital and was to remain overnight for observation with some swelling in the throat area.

“Right now he’s out of any danger, from what we’ve heard,” Cassidy said.

“Looks like X-rays are negative, [he] got it in the throat,” he added. “They’re going to keep him overnight for observation, make sure his breathing stays normal. Hopefully, he’s able to fly back [Tuesday], that’s the plan.”

Both teams were playing their fourth game in six nights.

The win moves third-place Toronto four points ahead of fourth-place Boston in the Atlantic Division.

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The Bruins, who won 3-2 in Montreal on Saturday night, arrived having won two straight and three of their last four. Toronto was coming off a 6-0 win over visiting Philadelphia on Saturday night.

Marleau is the 11th NHLer to reach the 1,600 regular-season game milestone. Marleau has missed just 31 games over 21 seasons since making his NHL debut on Oct. 1, 1997.

“Great, great human being,” Babcock said prior to the game.

“Hard worker, great pro, great person,” he added. “So important for this team, it’s not even funny and I’m not even talking about what he does on the ice. He’s fantastic.”

Marleau got a standing ovation from the Scotiabank Arena crowd after a video tribute in the first period.

“That was amazing. It was unexpected, but it was greatly appreciated,” he said.

It was the 672nd meeting between the two Original Six teams in a rivalry that dates back to 1924.

Toronto’s Nazem Kadri, whose line was active all night, hit the goalpost with a backhand after being put in alone by a Dermott stretch pass. Boston’s Colby Cave hit the Toronto crossbar soon after with a shot through traffic.

Dermott finally beat Jaroslav Halak with a shot through traffic at 17:44 for his first of the season after the Bruins’ top line couldn’t clear the puck.

Boston, gaining momentum, outshot Toronto 10-0 to open the second period before Toronto put up a shot midway through the period. Pastrnak, off a feed from Brad Marchand, tied it up on the power play at 3:39

The Bruins hit another goalpost on the power play later in the second period. Seconds later, with the penalty over, a freewheeling Marner found Ozhiganov cruising in from the point and his shot banked in off a Boston body at 13:06.

Pastrnak tied it up at 14:22, taking a nifty Torey Krug pass to the side of the net before slotting it past Andersen to up his season total to 19.

Leivo put Toronto ahead 3-2 on the power play at 18:38, banging home a Tyler Ennis rebound after a Marner rush.

The Leafs sacrificed for the cause, with Ron Hainsey leading with five blocked shots.

Both teams were missing key parts.

Toronto was without Auston Matthews (shoulder) while restricted free agent William Nylander remains unsigned. The Bruins injured list included star centre Patrice Bergeron (rib) and defencemen Zdeno Chara (left knee) and Charlie McAvoy (concussion).

Andersen is now 11-1-0 in the regular season record against Boston. He is 3-3 against the Bruins in the post-season.

Toronto hosts the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

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Donald Trump has a list of his accomplishments that’s ‘4 pages long.’ Are they his doing?

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Richard Nixon may have had an enemies list, but U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday that he has an account of his accomplishments in office that’s “four pages long.”

Trump said as much at a rally in Biloxi, Miss., where he campaigned one day before a Senate runoff election that is pitting Republican incumbent Cindy Hyde-Smith against Democrat Mike Espy.

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As he talked about measures that his administration has passed, Trump told the crowd he has a “list, literally, that’s four pages long.”

“I don’t want to bore you, we’d just go point after point after point,” he said.

“This has never happened.”

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Trump then went on to a familiar refrain.

“Nobody has ever done so much in the first two years of a presidency as this administration, nobody, nobody,” he said.

This isn’t the first time that Trump has mentioned a list of accomplishments at one of his rallies.

He also brought it up at a rally in Las Vegas in September — when he pulled out two sheets of paper and said his list was “four and a half pages” long.


The points he listed came off a list that’s available on the White House website.

Of course, it’s an open question as to how much credit the president can claim for some of these achievements.

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The first item on the list is that almost four-million jobs have been created since the 2016 election.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics indeed shows that over four million jobs had been created from December 2016 to August 2018, covering the period leading up to the September rally in Las Vegas.

But job creation was on an upward trajectory since October 2010, when Barack Obama was president.

In that time, the biggest months for job creation were January 2012 (348,000 jobs), May 2015 (326,000 jobs) and October 2015 (351,000 jobs).

The biggest month under Trump’s presidency came in February 2018, when 324,000 jobs were created.

A graph from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that job growth has been consistent for years.

This graph shows month-over-month job gains in the U.S. from 2008 to 2018.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

The White House also listed as one of Trump’s achievements, “more Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.”

That may be referencing a record-low unemployment rate.

As The Wall Street Journal noted last month, the U.S. unemployment rate has hit 3.7 per cent, the lowest it’s been since December 1969.

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The Journal went on to note that the jobless rate hit 2.5 per cent in 1953, when the Korean War ended — at no time in Trump’s presidency has it fallen below 2.5 per cent, or even 3.7 per cent.

At that time, there were 81.62 million people in the labour force. In September 2018, there were 161.93 million, it reported.

So in terms of raw numbers, there are of course more people working today. But the U.S. certainly hasn’t hit its lowest point when it comes to the share of employed people.

To consider unemployment rates in isolation is to omit other factors that places those numbers in context, however.

President Donald Trump gestures as he acknowledges the fake snow that fell as he entered the Mississippi Coast Coliseum for a rally Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Biloxi, Miss.

AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis

As the unemployment rate has continued to fall, so too has the labour participation rate, which is now hitting some of the lowest levels it’s reached in a decade.

Labour force participation refers to the number of people employed or looking for work.

The participation rate in October 2008 was 66 per cent.

Last month, it was 62.9 per cent — up from the previous month, which was a 10-year low.

In fact, those numbers represent a decline compared to where participation was in the late 1990s and the early 2000s, as the following chart demonstrates.

This chart shows labour force participation in the United States from 1948 to the present.

Bureau of Labor Statistics

That is, of course, just two items on a long list.

Nevertheless, their inclusion raises questions about what else the Trump Administration can take credit for.

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Poland, Germany among countries to support sanctions on Russia for capturing Ukrainian ships

Written by admin on 14/09/2019 Categories: 上海夜生活

Senior politicians from Germany, Austria, Poland and Estonia on Tuesday raised the possibility of new EU sanctions against Russia to punish it for capturing three Ukrainian vessels at sea, an incident the West fears could ignite wider conflict.


Financial markets have responded to the prospect of new Western sanctions that could hurt Russia’s economy, though the ruble on Tuesday clawed back some losses from the previous day as investors bet any sanctions would not be swift.

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After Russia opened fire on and seized three Ukrainian naval vessels on Sunday near Russian-annexed Crimea, both Russia and Ukraine are trying to cast the other side as being in the wrong.

Russian President Vladimir Putin told German Chancellor Angela Merkel by phone on Monday that Moscow was ready to provide more details to bolster Russia’s version of events. Moscow says Ukraine deliberately provoked Russia to trigger a crisis.

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Ukraine, which on Monday night introduced martial law for 30 days in parts of the country it deems most vulnerable to an attack from Russia, said its ships did nothing wrong and that it wanted the West to impose new sanctions on Moscow.

Some of the more than 20 Ukrainian sailors held by Russia for straying into Russian waters appeared on Russian state TV on Tuesday admitting to being part of a pre-planned provocation. Kiev denounced what it described as forced confessions.

The Ukrainian sailors are expected to appear in a Russian court later on Tuesday. Their vessels were captured by Russian forces at sea near the Kerch Strait, which is the only outlet to the Sea of Azov and controls access to major Ukrainian ports.

A Reuters reporter at the Crimean port of Kerch, where the vessels are being held, saw masked, armed men on board one of the ships taking boxes of ammunition off.

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Germany, potentially the leading voice in any call for Western action, called upon both sides to de-escalate the new tension, while signalling a tougher line toward Russia.

Norbert Roettgen, a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union and a leading Merkel ally, said Europe may need to toughen sanctions against Moscow.

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Karin Kneissl, foreign minister of Austria, said the EU would consider sanctions depending “on the exposition of facts and the further conduct of both parties.”

Polish President Andrzej Duda said his country was ready to back new sanctions. Estonian Defence Minister Juri Luik called sanctions “probably the most potent way to signal to the Russian leadership that we are serious.”

Merkel, an important voice in any future EU decision to impose more sanctions, on Monday spoke by phone to both Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Putin. She said the situation needed to be de-escalated.

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With relations still raw after Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea and its backing for a pro-Moscow insurgency in eastern Ukraine, many Western countries fear the Black Sea incident could escalate into a more serious conflict.

Putin told Merkel he was seriously concerned about Kiev’s decision to put its armed forces on combat alert and impose martial law, telling Merkel he hoped Berlin would use its influence to stop Ukraine taking “further reckless steps.”

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In Kerch, two Russian police officers with automatic rifles stood on the pier where the Ukrainian vessels were moored. The vessels bore traces of collisions and big holes in their hulls.

A doctor at the local hospital said three Ukrainian servicemen were being treated there. An unidentified man prevented Reuters from entering or talking to them.

Commercial shipping traffic was passing through the strait under a new bridge built by Russia that spans it.

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Russia’s FSB security service released video footage on Tuesday of captured Ukrainian sailors saying their actions were deliberately provocative and they had ignored Russian orders to stop. At least one appeared to be reading from a script. Ukrainian politicians said the sailors were coerced, rendering their confessions meaningless.

The FSB said it had information showing the sailors’ mission had been pre-planned by the Ukrainian government and that two intelligence officers from Ukraine’s SBU security service had been on board to co-ordinate the provocation.

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Vasyl Hrytsak, the head of the SBU, confirmed that his officers were on board to support the military and said one of them had been seriously wounded after Russian aircraft fired missiles at the Ukrainian vessels.

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Trump says U.S. did not tear gas children at border, despite images showing it

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U.S. President Donald Trump spent Monday defending the use of tear gas on migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, calling it “very safe,” but denied the substance was used on children.

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However, images of the scene near the border crossing separating Tijuana from San Diego, Calif., over the weekend showed a cloud of tear gas that sent people running and screaming, including families with young children in diapers.

One woman, Cindy Milla, told the Wall Street Journal that her child fainted when the tear gas was thrown.

“I felt that my face was burning, and my baby fainted,” she said. “I ran for my life and that of my children.”

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Reuters reporter Kim Kyung-Hoon said she was there and snapped a picture of a Honduran mother grabbing the arms of her five-year-old twin daughters as they frantically ran from a tear gas canister spewing fumes.

“I thought I was going to die with them because of the gas,” Maria Meza told Reuters, adding that she was shocked the U.S. border agents fired the canisters near women and children.

A migrant family from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands travelling from Central America en route to the United States, runs from tear gas released by U.S. border patrol.

Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

The U.S. government said customs officers had fired off the canisters after a group of migrants had attempted to cross the border violently, throwing projectiles at them. Thirty-nine migrants were arrested.

Meza said three canisters landed around her and her five kids.

“It wasn’t right. They know we are human beings, the same as them. It wasn’t right that they did that to the children,” she said.

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On Monday, Trump was asked by reporters if it was okay to use tear gas on children.

“We didn’t. We don’t use it on children,” he said.

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But later that day, Trump seemed to acknowledge children were affected, asking: “Why is a parent running up into an area where they know the tear gas is forming, and it’s going to be formed and they were running up with a child?”

He said it was “a very minor form of the tear gas itself” that he assured was “very safe.”

Cheili Nalleli Mejia Meza, a five-year-old migrant girl from Honduras, part of a caravan of thousands from Central America trying to reach the United States, cries as she holds the hand of her mother, Maria Lila Meza Castro after they ran away from tear gas released by U.S. border patrol.

REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

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According to a Vox report, tear gas is considered a “chemical weapon” under international law — but it isn’t illegal for domestic law enforcement. This case is complex, however, because tear gas canisters were thrown across the border.

Trump also claimed some of the women are not really parents but instead “grabbers” who steal children so they have a better chance of being granted asylum in the U.S. However, he did not provide any evidence to support the claim.

The incident over the weekend marked an escalation of tensions between the U.S. and a group of Central American migrants who have been walking for more than a month in hopes of gaining entry to the country to escape violence and poverty.

WATCH: Migrants run from tear gas launched near U.S. border fence

The images of children fleeing tear gas prompted sharp criticism from some lawmakers and charities. British aid group Oxfam said the use of tear gas was shameful.

“Images of barefoot children choking on tear gas thrown by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol should shock us to our core,” Vicki Gass, Oxfam America senior policy adviser for Central America, said in a statement.

On Tuesday, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway said migrant mothers who were tear-gassed at the U.S. border should enter the country peacefully and legally.

WATCH: Conway tells tear-gassed mothers, come legally

She also blamed photographers who take pictures of migrant women for not “helping.”

“I have great compassion for any mother who wants a better life for her children,” Conway told reporters. “And that’s why I believe if people taking pictures of these women really care about them, they won’t go for optics, they will go for opportunity. Who is helping them to realize how they can immigrate here legally?”

—With files from Reuters and Global News’ Maham Abedi

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Ottawa man charged with arson after fire guts Lincoln Fields Wendy’s – Ottawa

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Ottawa police arson investigators have charged a 28-year-old Ottawa man with arson endangering life in connection with a fire that ravaged a Wendy’s fast food restaurant in the city’s west end early Tuesday morning.


The two-alarm fire at the Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre sent two people to hospital with minor smoke inhalation, according to Ottawa paramedics. Two others were assessed for smoke inhalation at the scene and released.

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First responders were called to the stand-alone Wendy’s at 2545 Carling Ave. shortly after 12:15 a.m. and firefighters continued to put out “hot spots” throughout the morning, Ottawa Fire Services spokesperson Danielle Cardinal said.

Several callers told dispatchers there was “heavy black smoke” coming out of the back of the restaurant, Cardinal said.

Ottawa police say they have arrested one person in connection with a fire that heavily damaged a standalone Wendy’s at the Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre early on Tuesday morning. Arson investigators continue to probe the blaze.

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Ottawa police say they have arrested one person in connection with a fire that heavily damaged a standalone Wendy’s at the Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre early on Tuesday morning. Arson investigators continue to probe the blaze.

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Ottawa police say they have arrested one person in connection with a fire that heavily damaged a standalone Wendy’s at the Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre early on Tuesday morning. Arson investigators continue to probe the blaze.

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Ottawa police are investigating a suspected arson that ravaged the stand-alone Wendy’s restaurant at the Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre early Tuesday morning.

Ottawa Fire Services / 上海夜生活

Cardinal said the blaze escalated rapidly, prompting firefighters to ask for additional resources within 15 minutes.

“It was too dangerous for our firefighters to operate inside,” she said. “All firefighting occurred from outside the building.”

Firefighters reported the blaze as under control by 3:18 a.m. The building has sustained heavy structural damage, she said, including a partially collapsed roof.​

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All the Wendy’s employees got out of the restaurant before firefighters arrived, and no other buildings or vehicles were affected by the flames, Cardinal confirmed.

The police service’s arson unit on Tuesday afternoon announced it had charged Steven Hanssen with arson endangering life, arson damage to property and two counts of breaching his court release conditions.

He is scheduled to appear in show cause court on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Ottawa Police Service.

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Carling Avenue and the streets surrounding the Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre have reopened, but a portion of the parking lot near the Wendy’s remains blocked off.

​Cardinal urged drivers to avoid that area and not to drive over fire hoses.

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Guelph General Hospital foundation hoping to raise $175K during holidays – Guelph

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The Foundation of the Guelph General Hospital is asking charitable residents to once again consider making a monetary gift to the hospital this holiday season.

The foundation is reminding the public of its seasonal campaign and is urging previous donors to consider giving once again towards new equipment for the hospital.

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“Existing donors and community members who are thinking about making a donation often don’t know how much we rely on their support,” said Suzanne Bone, CEO of the foundation.

The campaign includes a series of letters to those who have made donations in the past that will ask them to consider making another donation this holiday season as the foundation hopes to reach its goal of $175,000.

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Bone goes on to say that lots of the equipment hospitals really need isn’t paid for by the provincial government.

The foundation says one of every two dollars spent on equipment at Guelph General Hospital comes from donors.

This year’s seasonal campaign will help the hospital address some much-needed priorities such as vital signs monitors for every bedside, a central cardiac monitoring system, ceiling lifts and specialized patient beds.

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Donations are accepted year round, however, those who donate prior to Dec. 31 are eligible for a tax receipt that will be accepted for the 2018 tax season. Bone goes on to add that the holiday season has always been good to the foundation despite the competition from the many other charities working this time of year.

“There’s definitely a lot going on this time of year,” Bone said. “We’ve been blessed by a very strong support of our community and our past seasonal appeals.”

If you’ve never donated before and wish to donate this year, you can do so online at  上海龙凤419gghfoundation上海夜生活, over the phone by calling 519-837-6422 or by writing a cheque payable to The Foundation of GGH mailed to 115 Delhi Street, Guelph, Ont., N1G 4J4.

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Quebec domestic violence victim awarded $315,000 in civil suit against attacker

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A court has awarded a Quebec woman who was violently attacked by her longtime partner $315,000 in damages in a decision her lawyer hopes will provide victims of domestic violence another avenue to obtain justice.

The woman, whose identity is not revealed in the court documents, testified that the attack took place while she was confined for three days in September 2012.



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    Court documents says she was beaten and bruised by Craig O’Brien, with whom she had been in a common law relationship for seven years —; a union that became increasingly toxic over time.

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    O’Brien testified that he was extremely intoxicated and could not remember the extent of the injuries he inflicted, which included a broken finger, multiple contusions and lacerations. He also prevented her from eating, and she testified that she was certain she was going to die.

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    She managed to escape when O’Brien went on the balcony to smoke, and she called police in the Montreal suburb of Laval.

    He pleaded guilty to charges including unlawful confinement, assault and aggravated assault. He was sentenced by a Quebec court judge to eight months in jail, serving just a few months.

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    In 2015, the woman decided to sue for damages in Quebec Superior Court.

    “She was outraged that after everything that had been done to her, this fellow would only spend three months in jail,” said lawyer Daniel Romano.

    “She wanted justice. She wanted to be compensated for what she’d actually lost, and she wanted to serve as an example to other women.”

    In a decision dated Nov. 20, Justice Pierre Journet agreed she was entitled to compensation.

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    While she’s now gone through counselling and has began rebuilding her life, the court ruling described the lasting psychological impact of the hold he had on her.

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    The judge noted in his ruling O’Brien did not express remorse and instead argued his partner could have left if she had been fearful.

    “All of the violent assaults during these days left her with post-traumatic stress that still affects her,” Journet wrote.

    “He controlled her, satisfied his war-like instincts on her, threatened her with reprisals during their life together and wounded her in a savage and unforgivable assault.”

    Louise Riendeau, who heads an organization that represents shelters for abused women, said cases awarding damages are rare —; she’s only heard of a handful in recent years.

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    Not all women will have the resources to go to court, she said, but the ruling sends a strong message.

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    “It’s a way for them to have recognized the hardship they went through,” she said.

    “It’s a way for women to retake power in those instances, to have the sentiment that they were victimized.”

    The damages include $113,000 plus interest to compensate for lost salary, dental benefits, pension contributions and to reimburse credit card debt from a card she’d let him use.

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    O’Brien is ordered to pay an additional $125,000 in damages and $75,000 in punitive damages —; $25,000 for each day she was unlawfully confined.

    “In this case, we wanted to set a very, very clear precedent,” Romano said.

    “We’ve accomplished that, it’s a very positive step forward.”

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Winnipeggers on the hook for cannabis legalization costs, says Mayor Brian Bowman

Written by admin on 14/08/2019 Categories: 上海夜生活

Winnipeg taxpayers will be forced to pay for the city’s new costs to legalize and enforce Cannabis laws if the province doesn’t pony up on the cannabis excise tax, says Mayor Brian Bowman.

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said he is not going to share the excise tax on cannabis with municipalities and he has signaled that fiscal restraint with municipal transfers will continue.

Pallister spoke to delegates at the annual convention of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities Monday.

He said his priority is addressing the provincial deficit, and the government has to curb spending to avoid the debt growing even more rapidly.


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Pallister gave no indication that his government will end a freeze on municipal funding that has been in place for two years.

He also said there is no evidence that cannabis revenues will be greater than provincial costs for extra policing and other related issues.

Association president Chris Goertzen says municipalities are dealing with extra costs of their own and deserve more money from the province.

They held a press conference Tuesday morning to demand the province restore road and bridge funding which was drastically cut last year.

– With files from

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‘Blackfishing’: A problematic trend where people pretend to be black

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A white Swedish Instagram model is being accused of pretending to be black on social media in an attempt to gain followers.

Emma Hallberg, 19, is facing backlash after an image of her with noticeably lighter skin and straight hair recently started circulating online. Hallberg, who has 245,000 followers on Instagram, is known for posting photos of herself with darker-toned skin and curly hair, which has led many people to believe she was black or mixed-race.


One social media user on 上海夜生活 said Hallberg was “painting herself black for mercantile purposes” and that presenting herself in this way was a form of cultural appropriation.

Others have accused her of “blackfishing,” a term used to describe non-black people adopting black features through heavy makeup, tans, textured or artificial hair and photo filters.

In response to the backlash, Hallberg told BuzzFeed she gets “a deep tan” naturally from the sun and never pretended to be anything but white. The teen also denied ever intentionally misleading people about her race and said she is “sad” that some of her “natural features are hurting and upsetting people.”

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First day off school and I’m actually already bored 🙄😂

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But Hallberg is among a slew of non-black women on social media who seemingly present themselves as black — a behaviour experts say is incredibly problematic.

According to Dr. Aria Halliday, an assistant professor of Africana feminisms at the University of New Hampshire, “blackfishing” is an extension of blackface.

Halliday pointed out that using race as costume is not a new practice, but the way in which women are using social media, makeup and beauty culture to alter their appearance is.

“The ability to costume oneself with makeup is something that people are really fascinated by,” she told Global News. “Being able to costume oneself via makeup as a completely different culture or ethnicity just [helps people] perform [blackface] even more.”

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You only fail when you quit 👊🏽 Hair from @yyonghair ✨

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On top of being culturally insensitive, profiting off of an aesthetic of blackness is also wrong, she added. This is something that members of the Kardashian/Jenner family have been called out for doing many times through their makeup lines and fashion collections.

“A lot of these Instagram models are getting followers. They’re getting paid to do certain makeup things and they’re definitely using their privilege to create a capitalist endeavour,” Halliday said.

“They don’t have to deal with the everyday existences of what it means to be a black woman, for example, but they are then parading themselves on social media as such.”

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In order for society to move away from “blackfishing,” it’s important people are educated on the history of using race as a costume and understand there is not one single definition of what it means to be black, Halliday said.

“There’s this idea that blackness is a certain thing, and if you are black, there’s a certain stereotype …  [but] black people look all different ways across the globe,” she said. “If we continue to feed into these generalizations and stereotypes, we continue the idea that people can put on our costume and wear it.”

“But also, in every instance of costuming, people separate it from this history of blackface and the way that it’s derogatory and the damage that has happened. We need to continue to talk about and learn about the history of blackface and where it comes from,” Halliday added.

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Becca Schofield honoured posthumously with Order of New Brunswick

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A New Brunswick teenager who inspired people around the world to perform random acts of kindness has been honoured posthumously with the Order of New Brunswick, and remembered as someone who encouraged people to dream big.

Becca Schofield  died in February at the age of 18 – two years after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.


Her movement on social media, with the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo, quickly went viral and inspired ongoing acts of compassion and generosity around the world.

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“Today shows you what a simple act can leave such a big legacy. We are proud and honoured beyond words,” Anne Schofield said Tuesday as she held the Order of New Brunswick medal presented to her and her husband Darren on behalf of their daughter.

Her eyes welled with tears as she spoke of the pride she had in what her daughter had accomplished.

“The group of people that she has been honoured with – you look at their resumes and it’s lifelong commitments that they have done – and there’s this little girl and all she wanted to do was spread a little bit of kindness. She said it’s so simple – just be nice,” Schofield said.

Becca Schofield was one of 11 recipients of the award this year, presented by Lt.-Gov. Jocelyne Roy Vienneau and Premier Blaine Higgs.

“What an inspiration she has left for her community and her family. Her life, although very, very short had an impact that other people take a lifetime to achieve or try to achieve,” Higgs said.

Roy Vienneau said Schofield and all the recipients had made New Brunswick a better place.

“See how this day, this moment can be used to move your own agendas forward to help others, and to help make New Brunswick better. I believe Becca would have wanted that,” she said.

Anne Schofield said she hears from people every day about how Becca affected the lives of others.

Becca Schofield of #BeccaToldMeTo movement passes away after battle with cancer


Becca Schofield of #BeccaToldMeTo movement passes away after battle with cancer


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She said people have reported their acts of kindness in 94 countries, and while she never expected the movement to get that large, Becca knew that it would.

“When we mentioned to her, ‘Did you think this would be so big?’ She said ‘Mom and Dad your problem is you don’t dream big enough. Of course it’s going to go big.”‘

The Order of New Brunswick was established in 2000 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated a high level of excellence and achievement in their particular field.

Other 2018 recipients were Judy Astle from Boiestown for sportsmanship and leadership; Charles Bernard from Balmoral for community involvement; Roberta Dugas from Caraquet for leadership in nursing; Louise Imbeault from Moncton for contributions to Acadian media and communications; Gaetan Lanteigne from Tracadie for economic development; Walter Learning from Fredericton for his achievements in the performing arts; James Lockyer from Moncton for volunteerism and contributions to the legal profession; Eileen Wallace from Fredericton for her impact on children’s literacy; and Ed and Eke van Oorschot from Black River for their commitment to protecting vulnerable people.

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Yarmouth group supports family of 4-year-old girl who died in Yarmouth parade accident

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A woman who has gone through loss of her own is coming to the aid of the parents of a young girl who died in a tragic Christmas parade accident in Yarmouth, N.S.

The small town of 7,000 people was left devastated when four-year-old MaCali Cormier died Saturday night after she fell under the wheels of a float during the annual Parade of Lights.


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Sarah Robicheau says she understands the intense pain the loss of a child can bring, after experiencing a stillbirth in 2012 and the loss of an infant to SIDS just two years later.

“I know the heartache and what’s to come,” she said.

“When I had my loss, there was not really any resources in Yarmouth for child loss, so I kind of left the hospital empty handed, with nothing, and not really anywhere to go to.”

A candlelight vigil was to be held at Frost Park in Yarmouth Monday night in memory of MaCali, a pre-primary student who was the oldest of three children.

Grief counsellors were to be dispatched to local schools on Tuesday, when students return from a previously scheduled day off.

“Members of our crisis management team will be in schools on Tuesday morning to provide support for our staff and students,” the Tri-County Regional Centre for Education said in a statement.

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Robicheau, 29, along with another friend who lost a child to SIDS, started Anchor for Hope, a non-profit organization that provides support for parents who have experienced child and infant loss, as well as stillbirths and miscarriages.

This support comes in the form of “Hope Boxes” – packages given out at hospitals filled with comfort items like bubble bath and chocolates, as well as a list of resources for parents grieving the loss of a child. They also make meals for families in mourning.

The day after Saturday’s tragedy, Robicheau made a social media request asking people to donate food items for meals for MaCali’s grieving family.

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“When you’re grieving the loss of a child, it’s really hard to remember to feed yourself, along with other children in the home,” she said.

“It’s just kind of a way to say, ‘We’re here, we love you,’ and just to offer support.”

She said the request was met with a lot of response, and Anchor for Hope had enough food to provide the family with supper every night until the end of December.

Since Saturday, condolences have poured in from across the country and the rest of the world.

“Not only is Canada and everybody in Canada grieving over this, but everyone around the world is also grieving about this,” said Devan Boudreau, a close family friend who had known MaCali since her birth.

Boudreau, 29, said MaCali was a friendly, happy girl who always wanted to be part of what was going on.

“She was a very, very great kid. So full of love and life. It’s unbelievable. Even if you were a stranger and you walked by her in the mall, and you looked at her, she’d say hi or give you a hug,” Boudreau said.

H.M. Huskilson’s funeral home in Yarmouth has chosen to absorb the funeral costs, and instead, donations can be made to a trust fund for Cormier’s younger siblings.

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Can U.S. border agents legally throw tear gas at migrants in Mexico?

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Tear gas is a chemical weapon banned in war. On Sunday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents deployed the chemical agent at migrants over an international border.

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Border patrol officials said they used the tear gas at the San Ysidro port of entry after migrants threw rocks at them.

U.S. soldiers and U.S. border patrol agents fire tear gas toward migrants from the U.S. side of the border fence between Mexico and the United States in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 25, 2018.

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Authorities also appeared to use a flash bang, which makes a loud noise but does not fire a projectile, at a group of people who were trying to get through a section of the border fence, according to the L.A. Times.

Now, officials in both Mexico and California want answers from the Trump administration and are assessing possible legal actions that could be taken in the matter.

WATCH: Trump explains why tear gas was used at Mexico border


Tear gas considered a method of warfare depending on where it’s used

Tear gas is a chemical weapon and is illegal for international use, including on the battlefield. The 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention, which the U.S. has signed, says that although tear gas has no long-term effects when used properly, the substance is banned in battle since it’s difficult to distinguish from more dangerous agents in the fog of war.

However, tear gas is not illegal to use domestically.

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CN, or 2-chlorobenzalmalononitrile, is one of the most common types of chemical agents in tear gas. CN gas was used the First World War and in tunnels during the Vietnam War.

On U.S. soil, tear gas is allowed to be used in domestic law enforcement to control riots. But it’s considered a chemical weapon if used as a method of warfare.

However, U.S. soldiers threw tear gas canisters into Mexico, meaning they were no longer on domestic ground. Is this legal?

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“Is this legal? Is this moral? Is this accurate? What is happening here?” tweeted Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, on Nov. 25.

According to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the implementing body for the Chemical Weapons Convention, member states are allowed to possess riot control agents and use them for domestic law enforcement purposes.

“Riot control agents are intended to temporarily incapacitate a person by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs and skin,” the group said on its website.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection said on 上海夜生活 that tear gas was used “because of risk to the agents’ safety.”

On Monday, Trump defended the use of the tear gas, saying it was necessary as a defence tactic.

“They had to use [tear gas] because they were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas and here’s the bottom line: nobody is coming into our country unless they’re coming in legally,” Trump said.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection also said Monday that the use of tear gas will be reviewed.

WATCH: Tear-gassed mother recounts U.S. border chaos

Can it cause damage?

“Tear gas, under the Geneva Convention, is characterized as a chemical warfare agent and so it is precluded for use in warfare, but it is used very frequently against civilians,” Sven-Eric Jordt, a nerve gas expert at Yale University School of Medicine, told National Geographic. “That’s very illogical.”

Jordt said there are many examples of people who have suffered severe injury and burns, especially in enclosed environments or city streets with multi-storey buildings. He said tear gas is also problematic for people with asthma or other conditions, who can have very severe reactions to the substance.

A migrant carrying a roll of carpet wipes his face after U.S. border agents fired tear gas at a group of migrants who had pushed past Mexican police at the Chaparral border crossing in Tijuana, Mexico, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018.

AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa

“Tear gases are very serious chemical threats. I think it is very problematic to use them,” he said. “Law enforcement has to weigh the risk of tear gas injury of bystanders against gaining control in a riot situation under the assumption that rioters break the law.”


The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, CHIRLA, an immigrant rights organization in California, condemned the use of tear gas against immigrants at the border.

“It is a despicable act on the part of the Trump administration and CBP officials to attack defenseless women and children firing tear gas, a chemical agent, at them,” said Angelica Salas, executive director for the organization, in a statement.

“These are human beings who are reaching a point of desperation because their asylum claims are being processed at a snail’s pace or not at all.”

British aid group Oxfam said in a statement the use of tear gas was shameful.

WATCH: About 100 migrants have been deported following rush to U.S. border

“Images of barefoot children choking on tear gas thrown by US Customs and Border Patrol should shock us to our core,” Vicki Gass, Oxfam America Senior Policy Advisor for Central America said.

Democrats and other critics called the use of tear gas an overreaction, and questioned the idea of keeping the migrants in Mexico to make asylum claims there.

Mexico’s foreign ministry called on Monday for “a full investigation” into what it described as non-lethal weapons directed toward Mexican territory the day before, a statement said.

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California Attorney General Xavier Becerra is assessing whether the state can take legal action over the Trump administration’s use of force against the migrants and future threats to shut the border with Mexico, he said in an interview with Reuters on Wednesday.

“We have been approached by folks who have expressed complaints,” Becerra, who is the son of Mexican immigrants, said. “We are monitoring what’s occurring.”

—; With files from Reuters

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