Monthly Archives:November 2018

Barbara Finlay appointed acting ombudsman, replacing Andre Marin – Toronto ( admin posted on November 23rd, 2018 )

TORONTO – The Liberal cabinet has bypassed Ontario’s opposition parties and appointed Barbara Finlay as the province’s temporary ombudsman.

The New Democrats had blocked Liberal motions in the legislature to give the job to Finlay, who was deputy ombudsman, until the three parties could agree on a permanent candidate.

The NDP wanted to give Andre Marin another extension while he applied for a third, five-year term as the government watchdog, but the Liberals refused so Marin’s term expired at midnight.

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  • Ontario just not ready to give Andre Marin another term as ombudsman

Government house leader Yasir Naqvi wrote his Progressive Conservative and New Democrat counterparts saying it is “absolutely unacceptable” for the ombudsman’s position to be vacant for even one day.

Naqvi says the government had to appoint the deputy as the temporary ombudsman until the parties can agree on a permanent candidate because the NDP was “playing politics.”

Marin held a news conference Monday to appeal for reappointment, and criticized the Liberals for politicizing the hiring practice and treating him unfairly as he reapplied for the job.

“Unfortunately there’s no ombudsman for ombudsman because I’d be knocking on that door,” Marin told reporters.

The three parties did agree on a new environmental commissioner for Ontario, appointing lawyer Dianne Saxe to a five-year term.

Former environmental commissioner Gord Miller retired after three terms and is a Green Party candidate in the Oct. 19 federal election.

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Shattering the Silence: What is the grooming process? – Calgary ( admin posted on November 23rd, 2018 )

CALGARY – Victoria’s (not her real name) underage daughter was sexually exploited by a predator.

The Calgary mother recalls the signs of trouble she saw early on.

“At 15, she had fake IDs in the bar,” said Victoria “So that to me wasn’t very normal. It wasn’t just staying out late and not coming home – she wouldn’t come home for a week. “

Victoria said her daughter began using hard drugs such as meth, which were given to her by a man in his 40s.

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  • Shattering the Silence: giving exploited children a voice

“She was in a hotel for a week and a half with him… because she had picked her entire face, there was like no skin on her face at all, that was hard to see,” described Victoria.

“It just went from 0 to 100.”

What are police doing to stop sexual exploitation?

Under legislation unique to Alberta, police and social workers have the ability to apprehend and detain sexually exploited youth.

“The face of prostitution has changed,” said Staff Sgt. Martin Schiavetta from the Calgary Police Service Vice Unit. “It’s no longer overt, obvious on the street. That’s a very small portion of prostitution now. Ninety-five per cent is through internet advertisement.”

While any officer in our province has the authority to apprehend exploited youth, there are three detectives in Calgary’s vice unit who work full time trying to help victims of prostitution.

“We could have between 400 and 500 youth in Calgary alone that are being sexually exploited – or are at risk of being sexually exploited – on any given day,” said Detective Paul Rubner from the Calgary Police Service Vice Unit.

What is the grooming process?

Police say victims of sexual abuse are often put through what is referred to as a “grooming process” prior to their exploitation.

Police say the grooming process can happen within just one day, and begins the moment the offender singles out their victim.

It can happen somewhere completely ordinary, like a mall.

“Think of the teenage girl that they see walking down the hall towards them, that looks like she’s left her self-esteem at home that day,” said Detective Rubner.

“[The offender will] befriend them, offer to buy them a drink, a meal, compliment them, offer to get their nails done, their hair done… but over time that relationship changes.”

“Eventually it comes back to the ‘you owe me’ situation or the ‘pay back’ situation,” adds Staff Sgt. Schiavetta.

Victoria warns that the grooming process can happen to anyone, anywhere.

“We own a home. We have a car… we’re normal, we’re not rich, we’re not poor…. we’re average,” said Victoria.

READ MORE: Shattering the Silence Part 1. Giving exploited children a voice

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Man arrested, Amber Alert continues for Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette ( admin posted on November 23rd, 2018 )

UPDATE 9 P.M. MT: Remains of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette found, Amber Alert dropped

CALGARY – RCMP have arrested a 22-year-old man in the disappearance of two-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette.

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RCMP issued an Amber Alert on Monday across Alberta, which later expanded to British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Montana. Hours later, RCMP confirmed they’d found the body of her 27-year-old father, Terry Blanchette, in the family home in Blairmore, Alta. His death is being treated as a homicide.

READ MORE: Amber Alert – Father of abducted Alberta girl dead

“That person’s been arrested in association with both the homicide and disappearance of Hailey,” said Supt. Tony Hamori at an afternoon press conference.

The man has not yet been charged and his name will not be released at this time. Hamori said he is from the Blairmore community and was taken into custody Tuesday.

“There’s going to be a lot of effort focused around the suspect who was arrested today, but we do have other resources still following up leads that need to be closed off for the investigation,” said Hamori. “It’s clear to me the investigative team wants to keep a wide focus and an open mind at this point in time.”

TIMELINE: Abduction of 2-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

WATCH: Amanada Blanchette sister of murdered father Terry Blanchette, and Rebecca Harrington who is missing 2-year-old Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette’s godmother and close friend of Terry Blanchette speak.

RAW: Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette’s godmother speaks to Global News


RAW: Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette’s godmother speaks to Global News


RAW: Amanda Blanchette, Sister of Terry Blanchette speaks

A white van was also located, but RCMP continued its search Tuesday afternoon.

“We have located a white van that we believe is associated to the investigation in the area however it’s too soon to know if it’s exact van we’re looking for,” said Hamori. “The Amber Alert is still in effect with respect to locating this white van and we are looking forward to information from public with regards to the investigation, whether has to do with the homicide aspect, the van or the disappearance of Hailey.”

Watch below: Video coverage of the abduction of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette and murder of her father

Amber Alert continues as crews search for Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette


Amber Alert continues as crews search for Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette


Alleged murder, possible abduction and the search for Hailey continues


Amber Alert continues for Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette


Amber alert investigation continues day after father found dead, 2-year-old daughter missing


Amber Alert still in place Monday night after two-year-old abducted


Two-year-old girl’s grandfather speaks out during Amber Alert


RAW: Grandfather of Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette speaks to Global News


Amber alert issued for abducted toddler


RAW: RCMP update Amber Alert and homicide in Alberta

The Amber Alert was renewed Tuesday at 2:14 p.m. MT.

“We’re all hoping and praying we’ll find her safely,” he said. “Everybody’s primary goal is locate Hailey safe and sound and return her to her family. We have the parallel aspect of the father’s homicide to deal with too…This is the toughest kind of case for police officers to deal with when you’re dealing with a missing child in a circumstance like this.”

READ MORE: ‘Her dad was the highlight of her life’ – Godmother pleads for missing Alberta girl’s return

RCMP have been speaking with Hailey’s mother, Cheyenne Dunbar, but wouldn’t comment on whether she is involved in the disappearance.

“I can’t comment at this point in time. Police have been speaking with her, obviously a follow-up investigation is going to be done on all information that we receive.”

Hailey is described as Caucasian with a small build, light brown, straight hair with bangs, and brown eyes. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crowsnest Pass RCMP at 403-562-2866.

Terry Blanchette with daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

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Terry Blanchette with daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

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Terry Blanchette with daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

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Terry Blanchette with daughter Hailey Dunbar-Blanchette

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WestJet launches new, cheaper routes to London beginning in May ( admin posted on November 23rd, 2018 )

London will likely be calling for plenty of vacation seekers next summer, with WestJet officially announcing Tuesday plans to begin non-stop service to the U.K. capital from six Canadian airports in May.

And customers who sign up early will get one heck of a deal.

The Calgary-based airline said it is offering introductory base fares for as little as $199 from St. John’s to London’s Gatwick airport. One-way airfares from Toronto and Winnipeg will start as low as $249 and $279, respectively, WestJet said in a series of news releases.

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In total, the carrier will fly from six Canadian airports to London: St. John’s, Toronto, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. One-way flights – including taxes — to Gatwick from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver are priced at $299, the airline said Tuesday.

“It’s a market that heretofore has had pretty high airfares,” Gregg Saretsky, chief executive of WestJet said in an interview after the announcements. “We’re always attracted to markets that have high airfares because we can come in with our brand of low fares.”

Introductory deals

Saretsky said the low airfares were temporary and would be available for a short time. After that, WestJet ticket prices to Gatwick will rise “modestly” the executive said.

“You’ll be able to buy them for at least the next couple of days,” Saretsky said. “But we will still be Canada’s low-fare airline to the U.K., no matter what fare you buy.”

In addition to the low introductory rates, the airline said it would temporarily offer connecting flights from other Canadian cities WestJet flies to for an additional $20 on the ticket price of the flight to London. For example, a person flying from Thunder Bay, Ont. to London via Toronto would pay $269 — the promotional ticket price of $249 from Pearson International to Gatwick plus $20.

READ MORE: Air Canada shaves airfares as battle with WestJet heats up

Air Canada, which counts its non-stop service to London as a major source of business, isn’t standing idly by as WestJet attempts to muscle in on its turf. The country’s biggest carrier has already announced it will begin offering routes to Gatwick using its lower-cost Rouge service.

Experts suggest the escalating competitive pressures will mean attractive ticket prices for customers at both airlines. “The new routes to London will undoubtedly be very competitive next summer,” National Bank analyst Cameron Doerksen said.

WestJet’s non-stop service to Gatwick will commence on May 7, the carrier said.

WestJet plans to use its new Boeing 767s for service at all departing destinations except St. John’s, which will use WestJet’s Boeing 737s.

WATCH: Calgary based WestJet unveiled its first Boeing 767 Wide Body, and analysts say it’s a big win for consumers. Global’s David Boushy reports.

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Former Harper aide Bruce Carson overstated influence, trial told – National ( admin posted on November 23rd, 2018 )

OTTAWA – The lawyer for Bruce Carson says the former top aide to the prime minister was working in 2010 and 2011 to help an Ottawa company sell water treatment systems for First Nations communities.

“There’s no question about that,” Patrick McCann told an Ottawa court Tuesday on the second day of Carson’s trial on a charge of influence peddling.

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But nothing in the Criminal Code prevented Carson from doing that, said McCann. He stressed that his client was lobbying First Nations communities, not the federal government, to purchase water purification equipment from a firm known as H2O Pros and H2O Global, where his girlfriend at the time, a former escort, was employed.

McCann also conceded that Carson clearly held sway with the Harper government. Carson had been a senior adviser to the prime minister from the time the Conservatives first took office in 2006, until he left the post in 2008.

“There’s no question that my client was motivated to help H2O and, by extension, his girlfriend,” McCann told Ontario Superior Court Justice Bonnie Warkentin.

READ MORE: Former Harper aide Bruce Carson pleads not guilty to influence peddling

But that, McCann said, was irrelevant.

He pointed to a protocol for procurement of goods by First Nations, developed in 2009, which he said made clear that aboriginal communities exercise control over what they buy and how they buy.

“It was entirely up to the aboriginal bands” to determine whether to buy water purification systems and from whom to buy, he said.

Testimony provided at Carson’s preliminary hearing, made public in this week’s trial, showed Carson first went to Shawn Atleo, then the national chief of the Assembly of First Nations, to seek guidance about who to approach about helping H2O Pros sell their treatment systems.

Carson told investigators that Atleo advised him to speak with two officials in the Aboriginal Affairs department.

READ MORE: Former PMO aide faces more illegal lobbying charges

But Crown prosecutor Jason Nicol told the court any suggestions that the AFN was in control of procuring water treatment devices would be false.

And he countered that Carson returned repeatedly to officials in the Aboriginal Affairs Department, known at the time as Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, or INAC, even offering to pay for officials to travel to Saskatchewan for demonstrations of the water systems.

The AFN made clear it was a “peripheral player,” said Nicol.

“INAC isn’t just holding the purse strings, they were heavily involved,” he said.

Court also learned Tuesday that Carson sent emails in early 2011 to the owner of H2O Water Professionals Inc., saying the government was considering several pilot projects that could provide business to the firm.

But Nicol said communications from INAC showed no such pilot projects existed.

Carson has pleaded not guilty to a charge under Section 121 of the Criminal Code, which prohibits anyone from using their influence with the government to obtain benefits for themselves or someone else.

The trial has provided more fodder for Stephen Harper’s opponents who question the prime minister’s judgment when it comes to appointing the people around him.

Harper asked the RCMP to investigate Carson after media reports surfaced about his involvement with H2O.

The prime minister avoided commenting directly about the trial on Monday, saying the case involves accusations about a private citizen who had long ago left his employ.

But evidence produced at the trial shows Carson still had direct access to cabinet ministers and senior staff in the Harper government, who appeared willing to entertain his attempts to promote H2O Pro’s products as a way to help First Nation communities fix their water quality problems.

After Carson left the PMO, he moved to Calgary to head an energy think tank which was given $15 million in funding from Industry Canada.

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Trudeau talks skilled trades in competitive Ontario riding ( admin posted on November 7th, 2018 )

WATCH ABOVE: Canada’s tech sector is going to get a big influx of cash to allow those interested to improve their skillset if Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is elected as Prime Minister.

WATERLOO, Ont. – The Liberals took to traditional NDP terrain Tuesday, waving the labour flag as they promised $750 million in skilled trades funding.

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Party leader Justin Trudeau addressed a local plumbers’ union in Waterloo, Ont., where he said he would give $500 million to the provinces while spending another $200 million on training for workers who can’t get federal training.

Trudeau also said his party’s resolve to strengthen the middle class is a testament to the Liberal commitment to workers’ rights.

“Labour movements in this country are an essential part of that – part of fighting for good wages for Canadians,” he said.

He accused Conservative Leader Stephen Harper of being out of touch with the concerns of workers and said his announcement Tuesday would undo the damage caused by cuts to the Labour Market Agreements last year.

WATCH: Trudeau appeals to Waterloo’s tech industry, says Harper predates Windows 95

“You’ve seen your personal debt rising as your job prospects sink. You want to seek out better opportunities but you can’t access the training you need,” Trudeau said.

“Stephen Harper doesn’t know what that’s like. When he was first elected, Windows 95 was still two years away … (and) the cutting-edge way to apply for a job was to send in your resume by fax.”

Another $50 million in the Liberal plan would go to help aboriginal people improve their skills and employability.

Trudeau made the announcement in a riding where the Liberals lost to the Conservatives by only a handful of votes in 2008, followed by a close second-place finish in 2011.

He was also asked when the Liberals would provide a fully costed platform. He declined to address the question, pointing instead to his party’s fiscal framework that he says shows Canadians where the Liberals would spend money.

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WestJet announces non-stop flights between Vancouver and London ( admin posted on November 7th, 2018 )

WestJet has announced it will launch non-stop service between Vancouver and London, Gatwick, beginning May 6, 2016.

And fares are going to start at $299.

“Canadians have been paying far too much to fly to Europe for far too long and today, as we have throughout our history, we’re going to fix that,” said Bob Cummings, WestJet executive vice-president, commercial, in a release. “We are offering non-stop flights at very low prices and we’re proud to once again lower airfares and make travel more affordable.”

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The base fare to fly to London will start at $244, with $55 in taxes, fees and air transportation charges.

These rates are subject to change at any time.

WestJet will also be offering introductory pricing that adds an additional $20 one-way to connect from select airports into the six cities serving London, Gatwick.

“It’s a market that heretofore has had pretty high airfares,” Gregg Saretsky, chief executive of WestJet said in an interview after the announcements. “We’re always attracted to markets that have high airfares because we can come in with our brand of low fares.”

Flights from Vancouver will depart six times a week at 5:50 p.m. and arrive at 11:24 a.m. GMT the following day in London. Flights from London to Vancouver will depart six times a week at 12:55 p.m., arriving in Vancouver at 3:40 p.m. These time slots are in effect from May 6, 2016, to Oct. 21, 2016.

All London flights from Vancouver will be operated by one of WestJet’s four 767-300ERW extended range aircraft, seating 262 guests.

WATCH: WestJet introduces new service to London with #DaveTheDog video

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Microsoft expected to unveil Surface Pro 4, new smartphones at Oct. 6 event ( admin posted on November 7th, 2018 )

It looks like Microsoft is gearing up to go head-to-head with Apple.

On Monday, the software giant sent out invitations to a press event on October 6, where the company is expected to unveil its highly anticipated Surface Pro 4 two-in-one tablet.

The invite sent to media doesn’t provide much information about the event, but simply reads, “We have some exciting news to share about Windows 10 devices.” The event kicks off at 10 a.m. ET in New York City.

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The announcement of the event comes less than a week after Apple’s annual fall press event, where the company unveiled a new tablet dubbed the iPad Pro.

The new device is the largest, most powerful tablet the company has ever created, with a screen measuring 12.9 inches diagonally and full-sized software keyboard for more capable typing. The iPad Pro will also get its own line of accessories, including the Apple Pencil that will allow users to draw and write on the screen, and the Smart Keyboard cover, which folds out to reveal a full keyboard.

Of course, Apple’s latest tablet drew immediate comparisons to Microsoft’s Surface Pro lineup, which had its own fold-out keyboard long before the iPad. But Apple’s latest unveiling may draw more interest to Microsoft’s event, as consumers look to compare the latest tablet models.

READ MORE: How Apple’s new iPad Pro compares to Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3

Here’s what to expect from Microsoft’s October 6 event:

Surface Pro 4

Microsoft’s flagship tablet-laptop hybrid is due for an update and although the majority of the rumours surrounding the Surface Pro 4 say the device will look the same, it’s likely to get some sizable internal upgrades.

According to The Verge, Microsoft may increase the display size and resolution of the next Surface Pro tablet – a move that would make it more competitive with the impressive retina display on Apple’s iPad Pro.

Many reports have also suggested that the tablet-laptop hybrid could have Windows Hello – the software giant’s new facial recognition and fingerprint scanning login technology.

However, recent reports suggest that the Surface Pro 4 will only have fingerprint scanning technology.

There has also been talk of a 14-inch version (the current model, Surface Pro 3, has a 12-inch screen).

Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft is also widely expected to unveil two new smartphones during its event – the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

The Lumia 950 XL is expected to be the next flagship phone for Windows 10 and is rumoured to support Microsoft’s Surface Pen technology, allowing users to incorporate a stylus into their smartphone use, and a new smart cover.

The phones are rumoured to have a 5.2-inch and 5.7-inch screens and include a 20-megapixel camera, according to The Verge.

Windows 10 mobile

While Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system was rolled out to desktop and tablet users last month, the company has yet to announce a date for the mobile version of its flagship OS.

Windows 10 mobile – just one of the seven different versions of Windows 10 – will run on smartphones and smaller tablets, to replace Windows Phone 8.1.

“It boasts the same, new universal Windows apps that are included in Windows 10 Home, as well as the new touch-optimized version of Office,” reads Microsoft’s website.

This will be a free upgrade for users running Windows Phone 8.1.

Shipping date for HoloLens

Another rumour – or perhaps hope – for Microsoft’s upcoming event is that the company may finally announce a shipping date for its HoloLens augmented reality headset.

The headset allows users to interact with and see 3D digital holograms in their own environment.

READ MORE: Microsoft’s HoloLens headset is getting lots of buzz, but will it take off?

Microsoft first unveiled the device in January during a Windows 10 event and has since been busy showing off how it works; however, we have yet to hear an official launch date.

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RCMP investigate attempted child abduction in Lawrencetown ( admin posted on November 7th, 2018 )

LAWRENCETOWN, NS – RCMP are investigating an attempted child abduction that happened this morning in Lawrencetown.

Halifax District RCMP said they received a call at 7:45 am to Atlantic View Elementary School to investigate an attempted child abduction that occurred at around 7 am at a bus stop near Maple Drive and Highway 207- less than two kilometres from the school.

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Police said a 10-year-old boy was waiting at a bus stop when a black pickup truck drove past him and stopped at the community centre. A man got into the passenger side of the truck, which then drove to the Lawrencetown Grocery store across from the bus stop. The passenger got out of the truck and waved at the boy to come over. The boy ignored the man. The driver got out of the truck, and yelled at the boy to, “come over here and get in my truck.” The boy ran to a relative’s home, then went home to tell his father what happened. The boy and his father went to the school to report what happened.

The driver and passenger of the truck are described as white men in their 20’s. The truck is described as a 2003-era black Chevrolet pickup truck with a red pinstripe running down the side. It had a red fuel door, five amber marking lights on the roof, and a broken tailgate handle.

Anyone with information on the incident is being asked to call Halifax District RCMP at 902-244-7208. Information can also be shared via Nova Scotia Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by texting TIP202 + your message to ‘CRIMES’ (274637) or by Secure Web Tips at crimestoppers.ns桑拿按摩.

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Mulcair announces plans for $100M mental health innovation fund ( admin posted on November 7th, 2018 )

WATCH ABOVE: Stephen Harper’s home province has traditionally been a Conservative stronghold. But, that changed dramatically in the last provincial election. No one saw May’s NDP sweep coming and now there’s a sense Alberta might be ready for a change on a federal level too. Vassy Kapelos reports.

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair is continuing a multibillion-dollar health spending spree ahead of the economic debate on Thursday in Calgary.

He is promising to establish a $100-million mental health innovation fund for children and youth.

Mulcair says the four-year fund would include $15 million a year for health- care providers and community mental health associations.

The NDP said it would also include $10 million a year for research and information-sharing among health care providers across the country.

WATCH: Mulcair says he won’t be using EI surplus to pay for his plan and balance budget



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“Canada’s next prime minister will face significant challenges … among them, more than 6.7 million Canadians, including children, who are living with a mental health illness or mental health condition,” Mulcair said.

The NDP leader said addressing mental health issues early in life is important for families and the health-care system.

“Helping just one child with a mental illness can not only improve quality of life for that child, but also provide a lifetime of health-care savings that can be directed to helping others,” Mulcair said.

WATCH: Tom Mulcair says he’s not going to do what Stephen Harper did and he’s going to sit down with the provinces and territories to roll out their health care plan and get back to being partners with them.

Mulcair has been rolling out big-ticket spending promises this week on health.

WATCH: NDP leader Tom Mulcair aims to improve the mental health care system by establishing $100 million health innovation fund for children and youth with special emphasis for those in high risk communities.

They include a $40-million commitment for a national strategy on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, $500 million to build medical clinics and hire more health care professionals and $1.8 billion to expand home care and palliative services.

The NDP leader has faced pressure to explain how he plans to pay for his costly promises while maintaining his commitment to balance the books.

Mulcair says the NDP will put forward a financial breakdown ahead of Thursday’s debate in Calgary.

He is calling on Conservative Leader Stephen Harper and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to do the same.

The NDP is hopeful about its electoral chances in Alberta, where voters flocked to support the provincial New Democrats and elect a majority government under Rachel Notley.

“People here in Alberta, and in Lethbridge in particular, are looking for another option,” Mulcair said.

Mulcair said he “loves nothing more” than being told that something is a fortress for the other parties.

“I remember in 2007 people thought I was foolhardy running in the Liberal fortress of Outremount in Quebec and we took it … I’ve been elected there three times now,” Mulcair said.

“Watch us go, people want change.”

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Major leaders hit B.C., Alberta and Ontario ahead of Thursday’s economy debate – National ( admin posted on November 7th, 2018 )

OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Stephen Harper will campaign at a number of small businesses in B.C.’s Lower Mainland on Tuesday before heading back to his fortress in Calgary.

His day begins with a stop in North Vancouver in the Burnaby-North-Seymour riding, then it’s off to Pitt Meadows, just east of Vancouver, where he will highlight the Conservative Party’s plans to ease the tax burden for seniors.

Harper is expected at a large rally in Calgary before taking Wednesday off to prepare for Thursday’s debate on the economy.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair will be in Lethbridge, Alta., on Tuesday for a morning health-care announcement at a community centre that aims to improve the quality of life for people in the aboriginal community.

The riding of Lethbridge has been long held by the Conservatives and before that the Canadian Alliance and Reform parties, but the NDP significantly increased its vote share in the 2011 election. The party collected about half the votes of the winner, but the NDP has often targeted Conservative ridings during this campaign that it hopes to scoop up.

Mulcair then moves on to Calgary, where he will visit a campaign office in the new riding of Calgary Confederation. It was created from parts of three other ridings, all of which were won by the Conservatives in the previous election by wide margins.

But Mulcair will not hold a rally in Calgary in the evening, instead focusing on preparation for Thursday’s leaders’ debate on the economy hosted by the Globe and Mail.

READ MORE: Haven’t paid attention to the election campaign? Here’s what you missed

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau hits the campaign trail early, heading to a plumbers’ union to make an 8 a.m. ET announcement about jobs and skilled trades.



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Trudeau appeals to Waterloo’s tech industry, says Harper predates Windows 95

Trudeau’s event is in the new southwestern Ontario riding of Waterloo, where the Liberals are hoping to make inroads.

The Waterloo riding largely is made up of the former Kitchener-Waterloo riding, which was once a Liberal stronghold but turned Conservative by a hair – 21,830 to 21,813 votes – in 2008. The Conservatives then retained it in 2011, holding off the former Liberal MP Andrew Telegdi.

Now his former executive assistant, Bardish Chagger, is taking up the Liberal banner in the riding.

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Green party Leader Elizabeth May heads to Guelph, Ont., where one of her star candidates is running. Gord Miller is the former environmental commissioner of Ontario.

The Greens have a solid base of support in Guelph, where they came in third in 2008 with 21 per cent of the vote, though that fell to a distant fourth in 2011. Provincially the leader of the party’s Ontario wing came in a close third in the riding last year.

Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe has three events scheduled for Sherbrooke, Que., starting with a visit to a book store where he’ll discusses the federal sales tax on books.

Duceppe then gives a speech at Universite Sherbrooke, and attends a fundraiser Tuesday evening.

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Halifax police ask for help finding missing Truro Police officer – Halifax ( admin posted on November 7th, 2018 )

HALIFAX – The parents of a missing Truro Police officer are appealing to the public for help in finding their daughter.

36-year-old Catherine Campbell was last seen at 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 10 in Dartmouth.

She moved to the Albro Lake area three months ago, and was commuting to Truro for work.

Dwight and Susan Campbell said they’re worried for their daughter’s safety, and are asking anyone with information on her whereabouts to contact Halifax Regional Police.

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“She’s usually right on time for work and everything,” said Dwight Campbell. “She enjoys her job and she liked being up here.”

“It’s not like her, it’s not her character to be gone for any length of time,” said Susan Campbell.

The couple came to Dartmouth today to talk to investigators.

Campbell is described as a white woman with a medium build, blonde hair and blue eyes.

In a statement issued today, Truro Police Chief Dave MacNeil said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with Catherine and her family and obviously we are hoping for a positive outcome.”

This afternoon, Truro Police and RCMP members hung a yellow ribbon outside of the Truro Police station.

Halifax Regional Police are leading the investigation into Catherine Campbell’s disappearance. Const. Stacey Opalka said there have been no solid leads so far. “It’s early in the investigation. We don not have any evidence to suggest foul play. It’s now just considered a missing persons case,” said Opalka.

Anyone with information on Catherine Campbell’s whereabouts to call Halifax Regional Police at 902-490-5020.

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3 European visitors injured in Sask. First Nation hit and run ( admin posted on November 7th, 2018 )

Three men were injured on the weekend in a hit and run on a Saskatchewan First Nation. The three, visitors from Europe, were struck Saturday morning on the Sturgeon Lake First Nation.

Mounties say the three were camping along what is locally known as “The Bison Trail/Shell River Road” when they were hit by a vehicle around 3:30 a.m. CT.

The driver then fled the scene.

A 20-year-old man from France and a 24-year-old man from Germany were taken to Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon with what are described as serious injuries. There is no word on their current condition.

The third man, a 21-year-old man from France, was treated at Prince Albert’s Victoria Hospital and released.

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Mounties continue to investigate.

Sturgeon Lake First Nation is approximately 145 kilometres north of Saskatoon.



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Winnipeg celebrates design across the city – Winnipeg ( admin posted on November 7th, 2018 )

WINNIPEG — Design culture will be celebrated in various ways across the city over the next few days. The 5th annual Winnipeg Design Festival kicks off on Wednesday and aims to draw thousands through Winnipeg’s art galleries, creative spaces and downtown core.

Design Fest 2014

Leif Norman / 2014

The theme for this year’s festival explores how design is all around us.

“Many people don’t realize that everyone interacts with designed objects, spaces, and experiences hundreds of times, every single day, said Monica Derksen, festival coordinator. “This is an opportunity to show how great design can positively impact the life of the individual, the city, and the environment.”

Over the course of three days there will be over 20 events for people of all ages to enjoy. Organizers want Winnipeggers to know that you don’t have to be a creative professional to participate in the events, which range from kite making for kids to a pop up print shop where you can design your own postcard. Many of the activities are interactive and educational.

Design Fest 2014

Leif Norman / 2014

The festival wraps up Saturday evening with a back alley party in the Exchange District, which was a huge success last year. Many of the events take place in the downtown area which the WDF hopes will encourage people to stay downtown after their work days.

“Let’s bring Winnipeg’s creative thinkers, doers, makers, and designers together with the city to celebrate what is and let’s inspire and encourage what is to come,” said Derksen.

You can find a full schedule of events here.


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DIY letters and signs add a personalized touch to home decor – National ( admin posted on November 7th, 2018 )

The signage craze has gone DIY. Wall letters – spelling out a simple greeting or saying – have been popular in home decor for years. Unadorned letters are also plentiful in craft stores for do-it-yourselfers.

You can find large and small alphabet letters in chipboard, papier-mache, wood or metal. What to do with them? There’s the fun.

“There’s a shift to an emphasis on personal invention” when decorating a room, says Marcie McGoldrick, editorial director of crafts for Martha Stewart Living.

“Word art” might mean covering letters in:

glitter, tumbled glass or beads;found objects, such as pebbles, twigs and seashells;photographs and images;scrapbook, craft or tissue paper;fabric, lace, yarn, ribbon, pom-poms and sequins;faux flowers, moss or leaves;Legos and other small toys.
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Paper quilling – rolled strips of paper – can be used to create elaborate, 3-D designs.

“You can really customize it and make it your own,” says Marianne Canada, an HGTV producer and stylist who hosts Crafternoon.

McGoldrick suggests using chalkboard paint on wood letters, or vintage decor paint for a crackled finish. Elmer’s Carpenter’s Wood Glue provides a similar look at less cost (instructions at Elmers杭州龙凤).

Canada suggests cutting the fronts off papier-mache letters, removing any cardboard supports, and gluing decorations – such as colorful pom-poms – to the inside surfaces. Or insert floral foam and stick flowers into it for a special dinner or engagement party.

A single letter can be used as a monogram centerpiece, or letters can spell out party themes, such as “bloom” for a summertime party, “boo” for Halloween or “thanks” for Thanksgiving.

Lightweight chipboard letters can be hung from banners, Canada says, or covered with family photographs as “a sweet gift for a grandparent.”

Create three-dimensional wall art by decorating several letters and gluing them together to hang for a holiday.

“‘Noel’ looks great over a mantel or near a Christmas tree,” Canada says.

Those lighted marquee letters popular at craft and design stores right now? Make your own for less using papier-mache or metal letters. Just be careful to use only LED light bulbs or strands – globe or “cafe” bulbs lend an authentic look – to reduce any fire hazard. Directions for one such project are below.

McGoldrick says large letters should be used sparingly in home decor; treat them like an accent pillow. Or bring them out only to add zing to a party or holiday.

“It’s not something you’re going to get sick of if it’s out for a few weeks and then goes away,” she says.

Lighted Marquee Letters by HGTV


24-inch-tall papier-mache lettersGlobe string lightsSpray paintCraft knifeRulerPencil“D” ring picture hangers


    Use the craft knife to cut along the letter’s outside edge and remove the front; discard cardboard support that may be inside.Flip letter over – backside up – on a flat surface. Using a pencil, plot where each bulb will be inserted. Make a mark at the top centre of the letter, where the first bulb will go. Then, using a ruler, draw a centre line down each part of the letter. Using this line as a guide, space the marks equally about 2-1/2 inches apart. Use the craft knife to cut a small X over each mark. To widen the opening, push your finger or pencil into it.Use smooth, sweeping motions to coat each letter lightly with spray paint and let dry. Repeat coats as necessary for solid colour coverage.Once the letter is dry to the touch, add the string lights: Pop a bulb through the opening on the front, and then screw the bulb into the socket behind. Wrap excess cord around each socket as you go to keep cords hidden from view. Add the picture hangers to the back of each letter to hang the finished sign, or prop them against a wall for a more casual display.

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