HALIFAX – There’s been another online privacy breach in Nova Scotia, this time involving an internet-based registration system used by Halifax’s school board.The board, now known as the Halifax Regional Centre for Education, called in the province’s privacy commissioner on Monday after the board shut down registration for its Excel after-school program for elementary students.The move came after some users reported they could see other people’s personal information, including medical data.The board issued a statement saying registration opened at 8 a.m., and the website was shut down 37 minutes later when the breach was reported. In all, about 3,200 parents or guardians received access codes during that time period, and all of them have been notified of the potential breach.Meanwhile, Nova Scotia’s auditor general agreed Monday to investigate an earlier privacy breach.On April 11, Halifax police arrested a 19-year-old man after the government confirmed about 7,000 documents were inappropriately accessed through the province’s freedom-of-information internet portal between March 3 and March 5.The unnamed teenager faces the seldom-laid charge of unauthorized use of a computer.About 250 documents contained sensitive personal information, including social insurance numbers and government services’ client information.The breach was first noticed on April 5, but the government did not alert the public until April 11.Internal Services Minister Patricia Arab says she views the auditor general’s role as “supportive and complementary” to an investigation already announced by Catherine Tully, the province’s information and privacy commissioner.As for Monday’s breach, Dartmouth resident Kevin Dolan told Global News that when he was finished with the board’s registration process, a different student’s name appeared, and then lists appeared showing other people’s family members, caregivers, as well as their phone numbers and information about potential allergies.The province’s opposition New Democrats issued a statement saying the Liberal government owes Nova Scotians an explanation.“Today’s breach is another upsetting sign that the Liberal government is not doing enough to ensure the public’s private information is secure when accessing government services,” said NDP critic Claudia Chender.“Nova Scotians trust the government with a great deal of personal information. We need to know that information is being protected in the most secure way possible.”The Excel program, which also offers before-school care for elementary student, is available in 62 elementary schools.
WOODSTOCK, Ont. – One after another, family and friends of a serial killer’s victims described overwhelming guilt, anger and profound sadness when they learned their loved ones had been murdered by an Ontario nurse who was supposed to care for them.And many spoke about their loss of faith in the province’s long-term care system, where Elizabeth Wettlaufer was allowed to cast her “shadow of death” over vulnerable seniors for nearly a decade.Wettlaufer was sentenced Monday in a Woodstock, Ont., court to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 25 years after she pleaded guilty last month to eight counts of first-degree murder, four counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated assault.The 50-year-old nurse used insulin trying — and in most cases succeeding — to kill vulnerable victims in her care at three Ontario long-term care facilities and a private home. Her crimes began in 2007 and didn’t stop until she confessed to the killings at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto last fall.Sandy Millard, whose 87-year-old mother, Gladys Jean Millard, was murdered by Wettlaufer in 2011 at Caressant Care in Woodstock, told court about the depression she has fallen into.“Finding out she was killed by a huge injection of medication she did not need broke my heart,” she said.Her daughter, and Millard’s granddaughter, Shannon Emmerton, spoke through tears.“I don’t know if I will ever truly recover,” she said.Patricia Matheson glared at Wettlaufer as she read a statement by her husband, whose mother, Helen Matheson, was killed by the nurse in 2011.“I lost my mother for the second time. No funeral this time, just shock, followed by the question why,” Jon Matheson wrote. “I placed my mother in a facility I researched never once considering she would be a victim of such a despicable act. I ask why, because she didn’t eat all the blueberry pie and ice cream?”The question of why Wettlaufer killed or hurt 14 people loomed large in court. In a lengthy video statement she gave to police last fall, she said she felt a “red surging” well up in her chest that was relieved after she completed a kill. She believed she was an instrument of God at times, but also killed because some residents were too much work, too burdensome.Many others, wracked by guilt, spoke of what-ifs.“I simply feel guilty for not being able to protect my father as he had protected me,” wrote David Silcox, whose father, James Silcox, was murdered in 2007.Justice Bruce Thomas acknowledged that guilt was the common theme of the 28 victim impact statements filed in court a few weeks ago.“It is a complete betrayal of trust when a caregiver does not prolong life, but terminates it,” he said. “But you cannot blame yourselves.”Thomas described Wettlaufer’s “free run” on her nine-year killing spree, with no oversight or even an inkling she had committed such calculated murders.“Without her confessions, I am convinced these offences would never have been brought to justice,” he said, calling Wettlaufer a “shadow of death that passed over them (the victims) on the night shift where she supervised.”Debora Rivers said her grandmother, Mary Zarawinski, hated the nursing home when she first went there. There are a lot of old people here, she told her niece, even though Zarawinski was one of the oldest residents in the facility.“She made it nice for everybody there,” Rivers said outside court.She also noted that Wettlaufer had described Zarawinski as “‘fun and feisty’ — and she was.”“The woman lived to be 96 years old for God’s sake,” Rivers said. “We have no way of knowing how long her life might have been,” she said. “We were pretty sure she was going to make it to 100 and so was she.”For her part, Wettlaufer apologized, crouching in the prisoner’s box without looking at anyone.“I am truly sorry for the people I injured or murdered,” she said in a soft voice.“Sorry is much too small a word. I hope that the families can find some peace and healing.”Beverly Bertram, who is Wettlaufer’s sole living victim, wrote about the physical pain she was in after the nurse injected her with insulin with the intent to kill her.“It is really hard to describe, but I knew I was dying,” she wrote in her statement. “I was doubled over in pain in my stomach…Just such pain. My whole body hurt…I thought I was screaming, but I was just moaning I guess.”Bertram wrote that she has become a recluse since the incident, afraid of everyone, including her own shadow, and has lost all relationships with her family.“I truly think sometimes I’d be better off if she did her deed.”Shortly after Wettlaufer’s sentencing hearing, the province announced it would hold a public inquiry into the murders to ensure a similar tragedy does not happen again.
OTTAWA – Dennis Oland could soon be back in a New Brunswick courtroom, facing trial for the second-degree murder of his multimillionaire father all over again, but his lawyer says that’s just what they’re hoping for.On Thursday, the Supreme Court of Canada dismissed an application by the Crown to restore Dennis Oland’s conviction, while his lawyers had filed a cross-appeal seeking an acquittal. Both were denied.“We’re happy with the outcome,” defence lawyer Alan Gold said in an interview. “The Crown was trying to take away our new trial by having the Supreme Court say it shouldn’t have been ordered. We’re happy that the Supreme Court said no to that.”The three-judge panel did not provide reasons for the decision.“Dennis is back in the same position he was in when first charged. He’s presumed innocent and there will be a trial sometime in the future,” Gold said from his Toronto office.Richard Oland, 69, was found face down in a pool of blood in his Saint John office on July 7, 2011. An autopsy showed he had suffered 45 sharp and blunt force blows to his head, neck and hands. A murder weapon was never found.During Dennis Oland’s trial, court heard he had visited his father’s office the night before and was the last known person to see him alive.Dennis Oland, a 49-year-old financial planner and scion of one of the Maritimes’ most prominent families, was convicted of second-degree murder in 2015 and was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years.However, he was released on bail last October when the New Brunswick Court of Appeal ordered a new trial, citing an error in the trial judge’s instructions to the jury.Dennis Oland had told police he was wearing a navy blazer when he visited his father, but video evidence and numerous witnesses said he was actually wearing a brown jacket that was later found to have tiny traces of blood and DNA that matched his father’s profile.The Crown portrayed Dennis Oland’s original statement about the jacket as an intentional lie, while the defence said it was an honest mistake. The appeal court said the trial judge did not properly instruct the jurors as to the probative value of that statement.Now that the Supreme Court has refused to review the matter, the New Brunswick Court of Queen’s Bench will be asked to set a date for a new trial.Gold said the date could be set at a court hearing on Aug. 8.He said both the defence and Crown will need time to prepare for a trial, which is expected to begin until 2018, at the earliest.“At the first trial, the results were tainted by irreversible errors, so this time we’re going to try to do it right,” Gold said.However, the Crown has the option of dropping the case, which would mean the latest decision would stand and Dennis Oland would not face prosecution.However, Nicole O’Byrne, a law professor at the University of New Brunswick, said she expects the Crown will want to proceed.“They could decide not to, but I expect with the amount of resources and effort they’ve put into this already, I expect they’ll continue with a new trial,” she said.Still, it has been more than six years since the murder, and O’Byrne said the Crown faces a more difficult challenge with each passing day.“The general wisdom is the longer these cases go, the benefit goes to the defence because it’s easier to bring up a reasonable doubt on one key piece of the evidence needed to prove the Crown’s case,” she said.Gold said a decision not to retry Dennis Oland would be at the top of his wish list. But he wouldn’t speculate on what the Crown might decide.A spokesman from the province’s Public Prosecutions Office declined to comment as the matter is still before the courts.Dennis Oland’s first trial lasted more than 60 days. Gold said the retrial could be quite different.“It essentially is a brand new proceeding and may bear little resemblance to the first proceeding,” he said.O’Byrne said pre-trial hearings dealing with admissibility of evidence will be key.“All those things, like the blood-stained jacket, the cellphone data, will all be back in play as to whether they should have been admissible to the trial proper. So we’re right back to the beginning here with respect to all the different pieces of evidence,” she said.— By Kevin Bissett in Fredericton
LIVERPOOL, N.S. – Vacationing police officers from Ontario and Nova Scotia sprung into action to stop an alleged drunk driver involved in a hit-and-run.Police say the driver was spotted by two off-duty officers — from Nova Scotia RCMP and Ontario’s Waterloo Regional Police Service — as well as an auxiliary Toronto police constable around noon Wednesday near Liverpool, N.S.RCMP said a green Chevy Cavalier had been seen driving erratically in the Hunt’s Point area, crossing the centre line and sideswiping an oncoming vehicle, before continuing to a local resort.The police officers, all unknown to each other beforehand but vacationing at the resort, thought the driver appeared to be unconscious.RCMP Staff Sgt. Derek Smith said the Mountie was able to enter the moving vehicle and put it into park.Smith said the Chevy wasn’t going very fast, but it was “still obviously a tricky situation.”The police trio then arrested the driver.A 46-year-old Liverpool man is charged with drunk driving, failing to remain at a crash scene, driving with a revoked licence and driving without insurance.He will appear in Bridgewater, N.S., provincial court on Sept. 13.
DRAYTON VALLEY, Alta. – A candidate for the leadership of Alberta’s United Conservative Party is apologizing for calling Quebec’s position on Bombardier “retarded.”Former federal MP Brian Jean tweeted that he regrets his choice of words.Jean was speaking with reporters in Drayton Valley, Alta., when he was asked about Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard’s call for the federal government to stand up against American tariffs on Bombardier jets.Jean ranted that it was “ridiculous and retarded” that Couillard wants Canada to stand with Quebec when there is opposition in Quebec to the Energy East pipeline that would carry Alberta oil to the East Coast.Jean was blasted by at least one of his rival’s leadership campaigns for his language.While Jean says he regrets using the word, he says he doesn’t regret standing up to Quebec.(The Canadian Press, RDNews Now)
OTTAWA – Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett is keeping mum on a call by First Nations chiefs for the ouster of the head of the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.A special gathering of chiefs hosted by the Assembly of First Nations approved a resolution calling for the federal government to reset the inquiry by replacing the chief commissioner, Marion Buller.It also suggested a new head should be named through a process of full engagement with Indigenous survivors and families.It is now up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to act, said Sheila North Wilson, the grand chief of an organization representing First Nations in northern Manitoba who has been a vocal advocate for missing and murdered Indigenous women for years.“Get on with it and replace the lead commissioner and reset the inquiry,” North Wilson said in an interview.Bennett’s office would only say Thursday that the Liberal government is committed to putting an end to the ongoing tragedy and to ensuring families get the answers they have waited for.It also Ottawa has yet to receive a formal request for more time from the commission, which is tasked with examining root causes of violence against Indigenous women and girls.“The commissioners’ mandate is clear — families must be at the centre of the commission’s work and they are committed to find culturally sensitive and trauma-informed ways to ensure this,” the office said in a statement.AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde said he takes his direction from the chiefs that make up the assembly, adding it will be up to the federal government to determine next steps.“You have to respect the diversity (of chiefs) right across Canada,” Bellegarde said in an interview. “We support improving things because nothing is ever perfect.”The inquiry, which comprises four commissioners including Buller, is now more than a year into its two-year mandate, but says it needs more time and money to do its work. It has a current budget of $53.8 million.For her part, Buller addressed the chiefs at the AFN meeting on Thursday, where she outlined some of the challenges the commissioners have faced.North Wilson said Buller failed to acknowledge families who were loudly crying during the chief commissioner’s remarks.“I was trying hard not to be cynical but I couldn’t help it,” she said. “I would only support it (the inquiry) if a new plan was put forward.”—Follow @kkirkup on Twitter
IQALUIT, Nunavut – With marijuana legalization only months away, members of Nunavut’s new government are finally discussing how the territory will handle the change.“We do feel behind in our preparation,” said Dan Carlson, Nunavut’s deputy minister of finance.The territory had an election in the fall and, because of its consensus-style government, little could be done until new members met and laid out an agenda for the new legislature session — a meeting that doesn’t begin until Monday.“Bad timing,” said Carlson.But he said Nunavut’s plans to regulate distribution and consumption of cannabis are emerging —and are likely to look a little different than anywhere else in the country. Don’t look for pot stores in Iqaluit any time soon, he said.“We are only proposing to offer online sales. We think that’s the smart move for Nunavut.”The territory is considering whether to partner with private-sector vendors who would sell cannabis on the government’s behalf.“The government would retain control and we would essentially contract out one or more organizations to deliver certain aspects of our operations,” Carlson said.“We’re deciding product. We’re deciding price. We’re just working with the private sector.”Marijuana legalization appears to be popular in Nunavut. A government poll last fall found three-quarters of respondents favoured the move. Sizable minorities said it should be unrestricted in public places. Most favoured a minimum age of 19.“Marijuana has been smoked and consumed in Nunavut for many years,” said Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern, who is also head of the Nunavut Association of Municipalities.She doesn’t anticipate a rash of new social problems. The recent opening of Nunavut’s first beer and wine store in her city wasn’t followed by increased crime, she said.But applying the pot law could create problems. Nunavut communities depend on bylaw officers to enforce laws such as those around impaired driving, and extending those responsibilities to include marijuana may create the need for more training.Communities also want to have some control over where cannabis is used, said Redfern.“The main concern is ensuring the municipalities are going to get the support we need to amend the bylaws and there is some ability for municipalities to regulate and control. If there is training that is offered to the RCMP, it should be made available to local bylaw officers.”Nunavut mayors have also been renewing their call for better substance abuse treatment facilities in the territory. Nunavut has no residential treatment centre.Nunavut currently allows communities to decide if they will allow alcohol sales, but that is unlikely to survive cannabis legalization, said Carlson.“At this stage, we’re proposing no. We appreciate for some communities this is a sensitive position for the government to take and we’re hearing about it.”Carlson suggested a municipal ban on smoking cannabis would likely have little effect pointing to decades of federal prohibition.Despite Nunavut’s slow start, the territory should be ready for the federal law. A bill should be introduced into the territorial legislature in May or June, he said.“We are not going to be jumping into a fully mature system, but we don’t need to. We’re expecting a lot of evolution, a lot of change in the industry.“In terms of the actual operations, we do feel it is possible to have an online system up and running this summer.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitter.
COWICHAN LAKE, B.C. – Despite efforts to locate a small capuchin monkey in the bush of southern Vancouver Island, the little primate was still loose Thursday, almost a week after it escaped from a private facility.The male capuchin went missing Saturday from its enclosure at Primate Estates in Lake Cowichan, said Sgt. Scott Norris of the Conservation Officer Service.Capuchin moneys are native to South and Central America, weigh less than five kilograms and have brown or black bodies with cream fur around the face, neck and shoulders, the Rainforest Alliance says on its website.They are only known to descend from treetops to find water, making the search even more challenging because Norris says the bush around Lake Cowichan is dense.“The area is surrounded by forest and it’s a tiny little monkey. They’re only a couple of feet tall. It’s not like we’re looking for a giant baboon or something like that that’s going to stick out,” he said.Capuchin monkeys eat bugs and vegetation, so the forest does provide some food for the escaped primate, but Norris said there is concern about its future.“Long-term prognosis, obviously it would need to be in shelter and get high-quality food or else it won’t survive,” he said.Live traps have been set with food to entice it. Conservation officers and the owners of the facility have scoured the area, but so far there haven’t been any confirmed sightings, Norris said.He said anyone who spots the monkey should not approach it because it could bite, although the risk to the public is considered low.Sightings can be reported to the conservation service’s 24-hour hotline, which handles all calls related to wildlife-human interactions where public safety may be at risk.“We’re still hoping that it will show itself somewhere and we can catch it or the owners can catch it,” Norris said. “At the end of the day, they’re just hoping to get him back.”
CALGARY – A former newspaper reporter confirms Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized to her the day after what she says was an inappropriate encounter at a B.C. music festival almost two decades ago.Rose Knight also confirms she is the reporter who was referred to in an editorial 18 years ago in the Creston Valley Advance that said she was groped by Trudeau while covering the event.She says in a statement that appears to come from her email account that she did not take the matter any further at the time and doesn’t plan to do so now.“I enjoyed my career as a reporter, but it ended a long time ago. I avoided issuing a statement earlier out of concern for my and my family’s privacy,” she wrote Friday. “The incident referred to in the editorial did occur as reported. Mr. Trudeau did apologize the next day.“Beyond this statement, I will not be providing any further details or information. The debate, if it continues, will continue without my involvement.”Knight said she has never had contact with Trudeau again.Trudeau said Friday that he respects Knight’s decision but remembers the encounter with her differently.“I’m confident that I did not act inappropriately but I think the essence of this is that people can experience interactions differently,” he said after an announcement in Calgary.“Part of the lesson that we need to learn in this time of collective awakening is a level of respect and understanding for the fact that people, in many cases women, experience interactions in a professional context and other contexts differently than men.”Trudeau is to attend an event Saturday with Calgary MP Kent Hehr who lost his cabinet post after an investigation into allegations of inappropriate conduct with women. The prime minister said the allegations levelled against him and those against the former minister of sport and disabilities are different.“I think people understand that every situation is different and we have to reflect and take seriously every situation on a case-by-case basis,” Trudeau said. “That’s exactly what we’re endeavouring to do.”The event in question was the Kokanee Summit festival in August 2000, which Trudeau attended to accept a donation to the Kokanee Glacier Alpine Campaign. The Trudeau family launched the campaign after his youngest brother, Michel, died in an avalanche in Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park in 1998.The unsigned editorial said Trudeau “inappropriately handled” a reporter there to cover the event and apologized to her by saying, “If I had known you were reporting for a national paper, I never would have been so forward.”Alberta Premier Rachel Notley was asked about the allegations earlier Friday and said it’s important for women to be taken seriously if they come forward.“Once that happens, we have to make sure that there’s a very fair process and that everyone’s voice is heard,” she said.“I haven’t really dug in too much to the details of this situation and every situation is different. There’s no question about it. But I think in all situations, one of the common things that we have to begin with … is to acknowledge the concern and to treat it with respect and integrity and give it the fair attention it deserves.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitter
Greyhound’s decision to pull out of Western Canada has blindsided both workers and riders.The company announced Monday it would be ending service in Manitoba, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and B.C. — except for a route between Vancouver and Seattle — at the end of October.“I think a lot of these communities, they don’t have any trains, they don’t have any planes, and all they had was the bus. It’s going to be a huge impact,” ATU Local 1374 President Eric Carr said.“Not just for the people that are — the seniors or the kids that don’t have a driver’s license — we also transport — blood –, and we move so many items that are just basic for a lot of these communities: the parts that fix their tractors and everything else.”Carr said Greyhound’s policies have always been America-driven because it is an American company.He said suggestions from employees on how to attract more riders in Canada haven’t always been taken seriously.“We’ve been for years telling them: ‘this is what you need to do here, this is what you need to do here’ to give the riders a better experience. They wanted all their trips to be at night because they focused on freight. People don’t want to ride a bus all night,” Carr said.Alberta Transportation Minister Brian Mason was also surprised by the decision.He told CityNews, there are alternatives in many communities in the province, but the government is evaluating how many people will be left in the lurch.“We’re going to continue to dig into this matter and see what role there is, or there may be to assist making sure that all Albertans have access to the transportation that they need,” he said.Mason said they can’t make any commitments yet.“There’s going to be a big gap here,” Carr said, adding the federal government may have to step in.“If the Trudeau government sees a need for a national bus company to survive, I believe that if that’s the case, the company would reverse its decision, if we got some sort of subsidy.”
HALIFAX – The trial for two British sailors accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a Halifax-area military base was delayed Tuesday because one of the accused was in hospital.Darren Smalley and Simon Radford are charged with sexual assault causing bodily harm and participating in a group sexual assault in barracks at 12 Wing Shearwater in April 2015.Their trial was scheduled to start Tuesday morning in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, but defence lawyer David Bright informed Justice Patrick Duncan that Radford was in hospital in Halifax.Bright says his client was injured in the United Kingdom and suffered a torn artery, but he was not sure exactly why Radford was in hospital Tuesday.He says Radford had undergone X-rays and blood work, and “he’s been keeping in touch.”Duncan adjourned the trial until Wednesday.Smalley, who is bald with a close-cropped beard, wore a dark suit and sat quietly during the proceedings Tuesday. He is being represented by lawyer Ian Hutchinson.About six weeks have been set aside for the judge-alone trial.Crown lawyer Eric Taylor told the court he expects to call about 12 witnesses, and that the lead investigator will testify first.“(The investigator) will be tendering a number of exhibits that will be referred to by witnesses,” said Taylor.A pre-trial decision issued by Duncan says the men, members of the Royal Navy, were participating in a naval hockey tournament in Halifax in April 2015.It says the complainant, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, reported to Halifax Regional Police that she was sexually assaulted.The investigation was then reassigned to the Canadian Forces National Investigative Service.Both Smalley and Radford are not in custody, but are under strict bail conditions.The Crown had originally charged four men, but charges against two of the sailors have been dropped.Several days into a preliminary inquiry in April 2016, charges were dropped against Craig Stoner, while charges against Joshua Finbow were withdrawn in December.The Crown said the prospect of convicting Finbow became unrealistic after Duncan deemed his police statement inadmissible at trial.
OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he wants to tackle a surge of gun violence in Canada by targeting criminals who use weapons illegally, rather than supporting an outright handgun ban.Scheer is to unveil the second part of his plan for improving public safety Tuesday in Delta, B.C.: a policy plank focused entirely on guns.It is a response to the calls for a ban on handguns and assault weapons in Canada, and instead proposes to give police more tools and write tougher laws to crack down on illegal gun users in Canada.Scheer’s gun policy includes seven new policy measures that will target repeat offenders or criminals that help to make illegal guns available on the streets. They include tougher sentences for those who knowingly possess smuggled weapons and cracking down on so-called “straw purchases” in which guns bought by otherwise legal buyers are diverted to criminal markets. New penalties for selling guns to people already prohibited from possessing them are also part of the Conservative plan.“We need to get guns out of the hands of people who use them to commit crimes, and that’s what this policy will do,” said a senior Conservative party official. “A handgun ban may sound like a good idea, but it will only make criminals out of responsible gun owners while doing nothing to prevent criminals from getting guns.”Scheer will also vow to create a special task force to try to keep guns from being smuggled in from the United States.Canada has had a rash of gun killings this year, including a mass shooting on Toronto’s Danforth Avenue in July that killed an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl and injured 13 others.A shooting this weekend at a community-housing complex in Toronto was the 90th homicide this year in the city, breaking the record for the deadliest year in Toronto since 1991.Calls for Ottawa to ban handguns and assault weapons have been growing, including from both Montreal and Toronto city councils.Scheer has taken a strong stance against the push for a handgun ban, saying it would penalize law-abiding gun owners while failing to address the ongoing use and smuggling of illegal guns by criminals and gang members.Scheer announced the first part of his public safety policy earlier this month, in which he outlined more punitive measures for gang members and organized crime organizations. He also wants to impose tougher jail sentences and limit parole and bail opportunities for gang members who are repeat and violent offenders.Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have almost doubled, according to Public Safety Canada.— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Press
TORONTO – Months before the fall federal election, families in Canada will get some extra financial help from the Trudeau government.Social Development Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says starting July 20, the money sent out under the Canada Child Benefit will rise, in order to keep up with the cost of living.“If we want our children … to have a fair chance in life, then their parents need to have the support that they need and that they deserve.”The increase will mean an extra $350 for a two-parent family with an income of $55,000 and two kids.“It all helps pay for quality food, for grocery bills, for summer camps … for the cost of clothing,” Duclos said.Their total benefit for the year will be more than $9,000. The benefit works on a sliding scale, so those who need it most will get more cash. The yearly payments can be as high as $13,000.The government claims this benefit has helped the country hit its lowest-ever child poverty rate.
OTTAWA — First Nations leaders are mourning the death of a former Ontario chief.Ontario Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald says the Chiefs of Ontario are extending their deepest condolences to the family and friends of former Grassy Narrows chief Simon Fobister.Archibald says Fobister was a strong and outspoken leader for the northern Ontario community, adding he played an instrumental role in advocating for proper health care for a community that has been beset by the impacts of mercury posioning.Fobister fought to convince the federal government to build a treatment centre in Grassy Narrows, arguing it was critical for them to get the medical help they need closer to home.The facility has not been built yet but the office of Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O’Regan says it remains steadfast in its commitment to proceed with the project.Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde also expressed his condolences, calling Fobister an advocate for the health of his people, their traditional territories and the rights of all First Nations.The Canadian Press
As a multitalented entertainer and successful television personality and entrepreneur, Nick Cannon has a lot on his plate. The 32-year-old husband and father of two, who battles with lupus nephritis (kidney disease), took on another role: lupus awareness advocate.Cannon has used his voice and platform to raise awareness of lupus, an unpredictable and misunderstood autoimmune disease that ravages different parts of the body and affects an estimated 1.5 million Americans.The summer issue of Lupus Now magazine, published by the Lupus Foundation of America, highlights how Cannon balances his thriving careers as an entertainer and entrepreneur while living with lupus. Cannon talks openly about his diagnosis in 2012 and the toll the disease took on his work life along with the difficult decisions he made about his fast-paced lifestyle. Cannon discusses the importance for people with lupus to educate themselves and find a community of support that will help build self-esteem and confidence.“A lot of people told me that I shouldn’t share and I should keep [my lupus diagnosis] private—that it could affect my work and all that,” Cannon says. “But I feel like this happened to me so I can be an inspiration, and I can talk about it.”Additionally, Cannon explains the importance of having close family and friends surrounding him, especially his mother and wife, Mariah.“Mariah was right there with me through the whole process and kept me on the right path, so I’m forever indebted to her for that,” says Cannon.To read the complete article, or to order a subscription to Lupus Now magazine, go online to lupusnow.org, contact your local LFA chapter, or call 866-4-THE-LFA. Published three times per year for people with lupus, their families, and health professionals, Lupus Now includes the latest information on new treatments, clinical trial updates, lifestyle and wellness features, personal stories, and more.Source:PR Newswire
Legendary actor Brian Blessed is to host the world premiere of action-documentary Lion Ark, attended by celebrity guests at the Raindance Film Festival on Tuesday, 1 October 2013.Lion Ark is an uplifting story of bravery, compassion, camaraderie and determination, following the world’s most ambitious and daring animal rescue.One of the stars of Lion Ark, The MovieCredit/Copyright: ADI on FlickrFor two years, a team of investigators from Animal Defenders International (ADI) infiltrated the South American circus industry, filming everything they saw. The findings shocked a continent, and Bolivia banned animals in circuses. Most people thought that was it, but almost every circus defied the law – it was business and suffering as usual.So, a year later the same team was back, tracking down the circuses and, in a series of raids, rescuing every animal. The film is the story of how a small group of people came together to secure and then enforce an animal protection law when no one thought it was possible.The rescue was backed by Emmy award-winning TV host Bob Barker and ADI Ambassador and CSI actress Jorja Fox, both of whom appear in the film. Bob Barker’s support enabled the rescue team to empty Bolivia of its suffering circus animals and build homes for them in the US.Celebrities supporting the world premiere in the UK supporting include nutritionist Gillian McKeith, DJ Sarah Young, singer-songwriter Lynsey De Paul, TV host Wendy Turner-Webster and Northern Line’s Dan Corsi.Director Tim Phillips said, “I am overwhelmed by the roaring reviews and celebrity support for Lion Ark. This glamorous world premiere screening is a fitting tribute to the magnificent Lion Ark stars, now living in their Colorado sanctuary.”“I am so pleased to join ADI & support Lion Ark at its world premiere at Raindance Film Festival. Animals don’t belong in the circus!” said DJ Sarah Young.Twiggy said, “The dedication, skill and guts shown by the ADI rescue team in Lion Ark is inspiring.”See more pictures on ADI’s Flickr pageCredit/Copyright: ADI on FlickrIn the US, Jorja Fox will introduce Lion Ark at two screenings during the Mill Valley Film Festival. After the screenings on Saturday October 5th, at 2pm, and Tuesday 8th, at 3pm, the audience will be able to meet and question the rescue team and the production team behind the film.Jorja will also host an After Party on October 5th. This unique event both celebrates the launch of Lion Ark and, also, offers guests early info on the animals ADI want to rescue next! To get your tickets to the party, click here.For more information and to watch the trailer, please visit www.LionArkthemovie.com.Source:Lion Ark, The Movie
Advertisement The new fall lineup continues on Wednesdays with David Boreanaz’s (Bones) return to Global as Jason Hayes in the heart-pounding emotional drama SEAL Team, beginning Wednesday, September 27 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Having to face high-risk missions against impossible odds, Hayes (Boreanaz) struggles between his personal and professional life as the commander of the most elite unit in the Navy.Then, comedy prevails on Thursday nights as the fall’s most anticipated series returns to television. After 11 years the fab four – Will, Grace, Karen, and Jack – of Will & Grace come home to Global beginning Thursday, September 28 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The comedy hour continues at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT with season two of workplace drama Great News, executive produced by former SNL star Tina Fey and starring Nicole Richie (Candidly Nicole) and Canadian superstar Andrea Martin (Working the Engels). Later this fall, Thursday night’s 10 p.m. timeslot gets a dose of adrenaline with high octane drama series S.W.A.T.starring fan favourite Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds) on November 2.The week caps off with new Sunday night drama Wisdom of the Crowd premiering October 1 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Jeremy Piven (Entourage), the inspiring and modern drama follows a father (Piven) who sets out to solve the heart-breaking murder of his daughter through a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app, and ends up revolutionizing crime solving in the process.Along with the new series premiering this fall, Global maintains its momentum with some of Canada’s favourite series returning to the schedule, including last fall’s #1 new comedy Kevin Can Wait on Monday, September 25 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, followed by last fall’s #1 drama Bull (2+) on Tuesday, September 26 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and the long-standing #1 reality series Survivor on Wednesday, September 27 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.Then, hit franchises NCIS and Chicago join the schedule with back-to-back premieres beginning with NCIS: New Orleans on Monday, September 25 at 9 p.m. ET/PT and NCIS on Tuesday, September, 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, later followed by NCIS: Los Angeles on Sunday, October 1 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Viewers get fired up with new Chicago episodes beginning Wednesday, September 27 with Chicago PD at 10 p.m. ET/PT and Chicago Fire the next day on Thursday, September 28at 10 p.m. ET/PT.The week wraps up with new action-packed episodes of MacGyver (8 p.m. ET/PT) and Hawaii Five-0 (9 p.m. ET/PT) on Friday, September 29, and the powerful political drama Madam Secretary returning Sunday, October 8 at 10 p.m. ET/PT.Following its highest fall season in a decade**, receiving 22 Emmy® nominations, Canada’s #1 late-night series Saturday Night Live returns with a new season beginning Saturday, September 30 at 11:30 p.m. ET/PT. Then, the socially buzzed-about Stephen Colbert returns with new episodes of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Global weeknights at 11:35 p.m. beginning Tuesday, September 5.For a full list of Global’s fall premiere dates, please see below.GLOBAL’S FALL 2017 PREMIERE DATES and TIMESAll times are ET and subject to change. New series bolded.Tuesday, September 511:35 pm – The Late Show with Stephen ColbertMonday, September 258 p.m. – Kevin Can Wait9 p.m. – NCIS: New Orleans10 p.m. – The BraveTuesday, September 268 p.m. – NCIS9 p.m. – Bull10 p.m. – Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez MurdersWednesday, September 278 p.m. – Survivor9 p.m. – SEAL Team10 p.m. – Chicago PDThursday, September 288 p.m. – Superstore8:30 p.m. – The Good Place9 p.m. – Will & Grace9:30 p.m. – Great News10 p.m. – Chicago FireFriday, September 298 p.m. – MacGyver9 p.m. – Hawaii Five-0Saturday, September 3011:30 p.m. – Saturday Night LiveSunday, October 17:30 p.m. – The Simpsons8 p.m. – Wisdom of the Crowd9 p.m. – NCIS: Los AngelesMonday, October 28:30 p.m. – 9JKLSunday, October 810 p.m. – Madam SecretaryThursday, November 210 p.m. – S.W.A.T. Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, FL’16 (Sept 12-Dec 18/16), Canadian conventional ranker based on 3+ airings, AMA(000) A25-54 unless otherwise noted*Source: Numeris PPM Data, Total Canada, Share% of Cdn Conv Eng, Mo-Su 7p-11p, Fall over Fall 2007 to 2016 (Fall 16 Sept 12–Dec 18/16) A25-54**Source: Numeris PPM data, Total Canada, Fall over Fall 2007 to 2016 (Fall 16 Sept 12–Dec 18/16), AMA(000) A25-54SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS:Twitter:@Global_TV Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/globaltelevisionInstagram:https://www.instagram.com/globaltv/Global Television is a Corus Entertainment Network.About Corus Entertainment Inc.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX: CJR.B) is a leading media and content company that creates and delivers high quality brands and content across platforms for audiences around the world. The company’s portfolio of multimedia offerings encompasses 45 specialty television services, 39 radio stations, 15 conventional television stations, a global content business, digital assets, live events, children’s book publishing, animation software, technology and media services. Corus’ roster of premium brands includes Global Television, W Network, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Canada, HGTV Canada, Food Network Canada, HISTORY®, Showcase, National Geographic Channel, Q107, CKNW, Fresh Radio, Disney Channel Canada, YTV and Nickelodeon Canada. Visit Corus at www.corusent.com. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment TORONTO, July 31, 2017 – Building off of last year’s most successful fall season in a decade*, Global welcomes a fresh crop of laugh-out-loud comedies and emotionally-charged dramas delivering exceptional programming with established brands, powerful storytelling, and big stars. Featuring Hollywood heavyweights including Jeremy Piven (Wisdom of the Crowd), Edie Falco (Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders), David Boreanaz (SEAL Team), Anne Heche (The Brave), Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T.), and the superstar cast of Will & Grace, this fall’s new series join last fall’s #1 new comedy Kevin Can Wait, #1 drama Bull (2+), and #1 reality series Survivor, making Global the must-see television network this fall.Jumpstarting premiere week is the new pulse-charging heroic drama, The Brave, kicking off Global’s stellar primetime schedule on Monday, September 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Starring multi-talented Anne Heche (Men in Trees), and former Global star Mike Vogel (Under the Dome), the compelling series navigates the complex world of elite undercover operatives executing missions around the globe. Joining Mondays the following week is Mark Feuerstein (Royal Pains) with a new comedy inspired by his real life in 9KJL premiering October 2 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.The week intensifies on Tuesday nights with Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders premiering Tuesday, September 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Starring Emmy® and Golden Globe® winner Edie Falco (Nurse Jackie), this new true-crime installment of the Law & Order franchise delves into the notorious murder case. The eight-part limited series explores what drove two young brothers to kill their parents, examining their upbringing and issues that brought them to that horrible moment. Advertisement Twitter
Advertisement Advertisement I’ve never met the four women behind the Baroness Von Sketch Show, but I already feel like I have a deep connection to them – one of the side effects of re-binge-watching a series the day before an interview. Lucky for me, the actors are as delightfully eccentric as the characters they play on their CBC show.“When I was a kid, my best friend had clammy hands, so I used to lick my palms so I’d have clammy hands, too,” explains Carolyn Taylor, within minutes of meeting me, as she mimics licking her hands like a deranged kitten.On a sunny afternoon at the Drake Hotel, Taylor and her fellow co-creators/co-stars, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne and Jennifer Whalen, are reflecting on weird childhood habits, the correct time to put up Christmas lights, and having to explain to terrible ex-boyfriends the need for Lilith Fair. They’re constantly riffing with each other, adding to anecdotes in a way you can’t help but imagine is a glimpse into their pitch meetings. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With:
‘Suits’ Star Patrick J. Adams Opens Up About His Decision to LeaveThe actor talks exclusively with THR about exiting the USA Network drama after eight seasons.Patrick J. Adams is ready for his next act.After seven seasons on Suits, the SAG Award-nominated actor is officially exiting the USA Network “Blue Skies” legal drama.The actor, who has played Mike Ross for more than 100 episodes of the Aaron Korsh-created series, is going out on his own terms and will officially exit the show when season seven wraps this year. The final eight episodes of season seven return March 28, and the series has already been renewed for an eighth season as Dule Hill has been upped to regular to help fill the void created by Adams’ and co-star Meghan Markle’s departure. READ MORE ‘Suits’ Renewed For Season 8 Without Patrick J. Adams & Meghan MarkleUSA Network has given a Season 8 renewal to its long-running drama series Suits.The network also officially confirmed the exits of original cast members Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle after the end of Season 7.Returning for Season 8 are fellow original cast members Gabriel Macht (Harvey Specter), Sarah Rafferty (Donna Paulsen) and Rick Hoffman (Louis Litt), joined by Dulé Hill (Alex Williams), who has been promoted to a series regular after recurring this season. READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Meghan Markle and Patrick J. Adams’ final Suits episode date setIt’s official: Patrick J. Adams is leaving Suits, too.Two months after announcing Meghan Markle’s impending departure, USA Network has finally confirmed that Adams, who plays lead character Mike Ross, is also leaving the long-running legal drama at the end of season 7. The on-screen couple will say their goodbyes in the two-hour season 7 finale, which will air Wednesday, April 25. The show’s seventh season will resume Wednesday, March 28 at 9 p.m.However, it’s not all bad news! READ MOREMeghan Markle Is Just Beginning the ‘Crazy Part of Her Life,’ Patrick J. Adams SaysPatrick J. Adams is getting candid about his decision to leave Suits.The 36-year-old actor announced on Tuesday that he was exiting the USA Network legal drama after seven seasons, and in a new interview, he’s revealing why he felt it was time to say goodbye to Mike Ross, the character he’s played since the series debuted in 2011. Adams and his co-star, Meghan Markle, whose departure was made official in November after her engagement to Prince Harry, will make their final appearance in the two-hour season finale airing Wednesday, April 25. READ MORE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement
Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement In addition to luxury fashion, the 102-108 Yorkville development will also be home to global award-winning salon/spa and cocktail bar, Her Majesty’s Pleasure on the third floor and a high-end Japanese restaurant on the lower level that will be announced in the coming weeks. The project is now 100% leased. To date, First Capital Realty has invested approximately $600 million in the Bloor-Yorkville area with a portfolio that now includes 400,000 square feet of space comprised of the mall, street front retail properties on Yorkville Avenue and the retail component of One Bloor at the intersection of Yonge and Bloor.ABOUT FIRST CAPITAL REALTY INC. [TSX:FCR]First Capital Realty is one of Canada’s largest owners, developers and managers of grocery anchored, retail-focused urban properties where people live and shop for everyday life. As at June 30, 2017, the Company owned interests in 160 properties, totaling approximately 23.8 million square feet of gross leasable area.ABOUT VERSACEFounded in 1978, the Gianni Versace S.p.A. is one of the leading global fashion design houses. Under the Artistic Direction of Donatella Versace since 1997, the Gianni Versace S.p.A. designs, manufactures and distributes fashion and lifestyle products including haute couture, women and men ready-to-wear, jewelry, watches, accessories, fragrances and home collection.www.versace.com Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter TORONTO, ON — First Capital Realty (FCR), today announced that Versace will open its Canadian Flagship store on Yorkville Avenue. As part of FCR’s new development at 102-108 Yorkville – located in the epicentre of Toronto’s luxury fashion and retail neighbourhood – the leading international and luxury design brand is slated to open its doors in Q1 2019.Located on Yorkville Avenue between Jimmy Choo and Brunello Cucinelli, in a building adjacent to the recently opened Chanel flagship, the Versace store will span approximately 3,000 square feet over two-levels and will incorporate its iconic Italian touch with the modern dynamism the brand is known for. The boutique will offer guests a selection of fashion and lifestyle products including haute couture, prêt-à–porter, accessories, jewellery, watches and more, each item representing Versace’s heritage and embodying the brand’s strong and fearless designs.Rendering of 102-108 Yorkville Ave. Photo credit: Kearns Mancini“We are very pleased to welcome Versace’s Canadian Flagship to its home in Yorkville,” said Gregory Menzies, Executive Vice President, First Capital Reality. “Yorkville has long since been the city’s go-to for luxury fashion, and the neighbourhood’s ongoing revitalization makes it the perfect community for a globally-known brand like Versace. 102-108 Yorkville will be a destination to experience a growing list of iconic brands, restaurants and retail.”