Reported flu cases increase slightly in Saskatoon

Nov 15 2018

SASKATOON – There are renewed calls from the Saskatoon Health Region to roll up your sleeves and get a flu shot. Officials say they have seen a slight increase in the number of confirmed influenza cases.

There have been 67 cases reported so far this season.

That’s a big change from the 451 cases reported at this time last year.

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    “This hasn’t been a typical influenza season, and we are just now beginning to see an upswing in confirmed influenza cases that could last well into March,” said Dr. Simon Kapaj, the region’s deputy health minister.

    “Of particular concern are the health risks that seasonal influenza poses to our most vulnerable populations, including the elderly, young children, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems or other chronic health conditions, and their caregivers.”

    Officials expect influenza activity in the province will peak in the third or fourth week of February.

    READ MORE: Why this year’s flu season is off to a slow, nearly non-existent start

    Those looking to get a flu immunization shot can do so by booking an appointment with their nearest public health office, making an appointment with a doctor or visiting a pharmacy offering the vaccine. More information is available online from the health region.

    To date, over 83,000 people in the Saskatoon Health Region have been immunized, including 63 per cent of the region’s staff.

    Meaghan Craig contributed to this story

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WATCH: Hé Ho, Festival du Voyageur gets ready to open to public

Nov 15 2018

WINNIPEG —; Manitobans, get ready to put on your sashes and throw on your plaid, the 47th annual Festival du Voyageur is about to kick off. The ten day winter event begins Friday at 5 p.m.

Festival organizers, as well as Premier Greg Selinger, Mayor Brian Bowman, and MP Dan Vandall were outside Fort Gibraltor Thursday morning to give the public a sneak preview.

READ MORE: MAP: Festival du Voyageur snow sculptures around Winnipeg

“It’s a great honour to be here,” Bowman said. “To welcome Winnipeggers, Canadians and visitors from around the world, who will be visiting us at the Voyageur Park. It’s a beautifu festival that celebrates our Francophone and Métis culture.”

Premier Greg Selinger, MP Dan Vandal and Mayor Brian Bowman celebrating the Festival du Voyageur.

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Official Festival Family, The Sorin family.

MP Dan Dan Vandal helping unveil the CMHR exhibit, Let Them Howl.

This year’s festival has lots of new events, such as a Valentine’s Day “Single’s Day”,  Karaoke Night, as well as a board game night.

WATCH: Mayor Brian Bowman, Premier Greg Selinger and MP Dan Vandall outside Fort Gibraltor Thursday morning, celebrating the Festival du Voyageur

Mayor Bowman calls for residents to ‘Be Voyageur’


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Premier Selinger kicks off Festival du Voyageur


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Although there is plenty of new activities to take in, there will also be all of the old favourites. Snow and ice sculpting, traditional arts and trades and crafts demonstrations, snowshoe workshops and tours will run throughout the festival.

READ MORE: Festival du Voyageur showcases this year’s entertainment line up

“Winnipeg is buzzing with excitement and people are embracing winter like never before,” said Dan Leclerc, president of Festival du Voyageur. “Tomorrow Voyageur Park will open its doors and welcome tens of thousands of visitors.”

The organizers also unveiled the new Canadian Human Rights Museum exhibit, Let Them Howl, which celebrates the 100th anniversary of Manitoba women winning the right to vote.

CMHR Exhibit: Let Them Howl

Festival du Voyageur kicks runs from February 12 to the 21.

The ten day festival pass for adults costs $32. Youth between the ages of 13 and 17 can get the pass for $16, while kids aged six to 12 cost $11 a head. Kids under the age of five get in free. Eager beavers can knock a few bucks off each of those prices by buying pre-sale tickets.

Single-day passes cost $18 for adults, $11 for youth and $9 for kids over the age of five.

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Undercover Uber: The inside scoop on ride-sharing

Nov 15 2018

MONTREAL – With tensions rising between Uber and the taxi industry, the pressure is on municipal and provincial governments to find solutions.

Montreal taxi drivers have been protesting the ride-sharing service, shutting down streets and blocking access to the airport.

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Some have even gone as far as smashing the phone of an Uber-driving cabbie.

Drivers claim the ride-sharing service is against the law and is eliminating their jobs, but that didn’t stop the City of Edmonton from legalising the service.

READ MORE: Edmonton paves the way in Canada for Uber

This puts the ball into the court of the provincial governments to figure out their stance on the issue.

For now, Quebec has agreed to call a parliamentary commission to look into Uber’s entry into the marketplace.

Quebec’s Transport Minister Jacques Daoust warned that “disruptive technologies” like Uber are probably here to stay, but that a solution has to be found.

Christopher Nardi, a journalist at the Journal de Montréal, sat down with Senior Anchor Jamie Orchard to discuss his first-hand experience working as an undercover Uber driver for a week.

“Just in my first day, I was really stunned to notice all the clients are really young,” Nardi said.

“I can count on my two hands the number of clients I had over 30.”

He believes the demographic of Uber users reflects the service’s low price and convenience, since students were his biggest clientèle.

He mused that the large attraction to Uber could mean the future of transportation may very well be ride-sharing services rather than the conventional taxi system.

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Nardi revealed many Uber drivers feel threatened by their taxi counterparts; passengers will often sit in the front seat or retrieve their own luggage from the trunk to “look more subtle in case taxi drivers are on the hunt.”

“They’ve developed tricks actually so that they kind of pass the test when taxi drivers are looking for them,” he said.

Nardi noted passengers even refrained from checking their phone too often while waiting for an Uber driver to avoid detection.

Despite the possibility of threats, he said Uber will pay any tickets or fees incurred upon drivers, including impounding charges if a car is seized.

Based on his experience, Nardi said Uber tries to make it very appealing for drivers to join the service, having no signup fees, no set schedules and no extra insurance required.

On the other hand, becoming a taxi driver in Montreal requires licenses and permits, as well as 150 hours of training.

The Commission des transports du Québec estimates the average cost of the permit at $189,180.

Taxi drivers claim it is unfair that their jobs are being taken by ride-sharing services and autonomous drivers who don’t have proper permits.

All the same, Nardi foresees change and modernisation in the taxi industry following Edmonton’s legalisation of Uber, and insists the question is not if it will be legalised in Quebec, but when.

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Killer Nicholas Rasberry freed on bail pending appeal of manslaughter conviction

Mar 15 2019

CALGARY – A Calgary man found guilty of stabbing his neighbour 37 times has been granted bail pending his appeal.

Nicholas Rasberry, 32, was convicted of manslaughter in the death of teacher Craig Kelloway, 31, inside Rasberry’s Auburn Bay home in May 2013.

READ MORE: ‘I pray every night for justice for Craig’ – Calgary murder victim’s mother

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    He was sentenced to seven years minus time served, but filed an appeal of his conviction and sentence in mid-December.

    On Thursday, the Court of Appeal granted bail to Rasberry pending the outcome of his appeal.

    For Kelloway’s mother, Monica Kelloway, the news was a devastating blow.

    “We are disappointed. I don’t understand the justice system, it doesn’t make sense,” Kelloway told Global News from her home in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia.

    Rasberry’s bail announcement comes on the same day the court denied bail to high profile fraudster Milowe Brost. Brost is appealing his conviction and sentence in one of the largest ponzi schemes in Canadian history

    “If anything, the Ponzi guy should have gotten bail and Rasberry should have been kept in jail,” Kelloway said. “I don’t understand this.”

    Kelloway’s mother is also outraged the “rape allegations” against her son continue to surface.

    “It bothers us that Nicholas Rasberry murdered our son but he’s trying to destroy his reputation,” she said. “He stabbed my son 37 times, broke two knives and a big butcher knife he bent like a banana. What person would do such a thing and then be allowed to walk the streets?”

    Lawyers for Rasberry have cited eight grounds for his appeal, including an “unreasonable verdict” and a “harsh and excessive sentence.” Rasberry maintains he isn’t a flight risk and poses no danger.

    “He wants this all over, so he’s not going to be jumping for joy or whatever, he just is focussed on coming to a conclusion and he’s anxious to get to court and to move ahead, ” defence lawyer Hersh Wolch said.

    The Crown had already filed an appeal seeking a conviction of second-degree murder or a new trial.

    READ MORE: Court shown video of crime scene knives during Rasberry murder trial

    During his trial, Rasberry admitted to stabbing Kelloway, but said it was self defence after Kelloway threatened to sexually assault both him and his wife.

    Rasberry and Kelloway lived two doors apart but hadn’t met until the day Kelloway was killed. The two men and their wives had gotten together for drinks and a barbecue. Later that night, Rasberry called 911 saying he had stabbed Kelloway. He told the operator that Kelloway had tried to have sex with him after their wives had gone to bed.

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Hillary Clinton campaign targets black, Latino voters

Mar 15 2019

MILWAUKEE — After an overwhelming loss in New Hampshire, Hillary Clinton is staking a campaign comeback on her ability to woo black and Latino voters, placing outreach to those communities at the center of her strategy to retool her 2016 bid.

The 22-point loss to rival Bernie Sanders in this week’s primary heightened concerns among Democrats that Clinton’s message is failing to win over both women and young voters — two key parts of the coalition that twice elected Barack Obama to the White House.

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The New Hampshire defeat, along with Clinton’s razor-thin win in the leadoff Iowa caucuses, raised the stakes for Clinton to rally minority voters — another pillar of the Obama coalition — in the contests coming up in Nevada and South Carolina.

As the contest fans out across the country, Clinton’s campaign is casting her as a stalwart advocate for racial justice, tracing back to her days working for the Children’s Defense Fund in the 1970s. She will tie her future even closer to Obama, a deeply beloved figure among black Americans.

Clinton also plans to intensify her focus on issues of importance to minority voters, such as immigration, civil rights and gun control, dispatching African-American supporters to make her case and launching a flurry of attacks to undermine any credibility Sanders may be building within the black community.

Focus-group surveys conducted by Clinton’s campaign with undecided black voters in Charleston found that the former secretary of state has retained a high degree of trust with African-Americans, even as her numbers on trust and honesty have declined overall, according to Clinton aides.

While the voters were open to Sanders and liked his economic message, their views shifted after hearing about his plans to replace the Affordable Care Act with a single-payer health care system and his past opposition to gun control measures, the aides said.

“One candidate voted to give immunity to the gun manufacturers and opposed the Brady bill. … I can’t get past that,” said Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., on Thursday as the Congressional Black Caucus’ political action committee endorsed Clinton.

While Clinton still holds a big lead among party insiders known as superdelegates, who can support the candidate of their choice, the first two contests made clear that Sanders has undermined her once dominant position as the nomination favorite.

Her aides believe the next two contests and the primaries that follow in March, where minority voters make up a larger slice of the electorate than in overwhelmingly white Iowa and New Hampshire, could essentially decide the race.

She already has a head start with black voters. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll in late January showed African-American voters said they preferred Clinton to Sanders, 74 percent to 17 percent

Since New Hampshire, Clinton has launched a full-scale press, unveiling endorsements from top African-American leaders. At the CBC event on Thursday, Georgia Rep. John Lewis, a civil rights icon, said he would travel to South Carolina this weekend to campaign for her.

Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., a leader of the civil rights movement, joins the Congressional Black Caucus Political Action Committee in endorsing Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton as prominent African-American Democrats rush to her aid ahead of the Feb. 27 Democratic primary in South Carolina, Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Clinton’s team will also be rolling out the support of 119 black legislators in the March voting states. And she’ll be endorsed by faith leaders in Flint, Michigan, adding to the 28 ministers and 50 black mayors who’ve already expressed support.

Meanwhile, Clinton supporters are targeting Sanders’ record on issues like racial equality and criminal justice, even playing down his early support for the civil rights movement as a college student who joined the 1963 March on Washington.

“Thousands of people walked on Washington. What are the real policy issues or legislation that he has presented?” said Dr. Hazel Dukes, president of the NAACP’s New York State Conference.

On Friday, Clinton will head to rural Bamberg County, South Carolina, a poor, majority-black area, to hold a town hall on racial and economic disparities. She’s holding a Monday campaign event in Riviera Beach, Florida, a majority African-American city, before meeting with civil rights leaders on Tuesday and holding a campaign event with the mother of Sandra Bland, the Chicago-area woman whose death in a Texas jail cell has become a rallying cry for criminal justice reform.

Former President Bill Clinton is being dispatched to Memphis, Atlanta and Florence, South Carolina, and the Clintons’ daughter, Chelsea, is heading to Flint, where the crisis over water has become a symbol of racial and economic inequality.

Sanders’ campaign plans to promote his personal story, arguing that his early work as a college civil rights activist and his message of economic equality will help diversify his support. On Wednesday, he held a heavily publicized breakfast with civil rights activist Al Sharpton in Harlem, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, an influential writer on racial issues, said he would vote for Sanders.

But his team also acknowledges that his constituency may be far stronger in states with less diverse Democratic electorates, like Oklahoma, Minnesota, and Massachusetts — all states where they launched new ads on Wednesday.

“Bernie Sanders has an incredibly powerful story to tell,” said adviser Tad Devine. “His fight for equality and civil rights, his fight against inequality and economic injustice is very, very powerful. It’s going to resonate with the African-American community.”

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$10M cash infusion announced for non-profits across Alberta

Mar 15 2019

EDMONTON – More than $10 million dollars in provincial grants will go towards 294 non-profit community programs across Alberta.

The projects include facility upgrades and construction, playground development and support for the delivery of social, cultural and recreational programs.

The Alberta government will provide $6 million in Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) grants and $4.5 million in Community Initiative Program (CIP) grants.

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    “This investment in the work of community-based organizations will help ensure that Alberta’s youth, families and the most vulnerable in our communities continue to have access to important programs and services,” Ricardo Miranda, minister of culture and tourism said.

    Budget 2015-2016 allots $38 million in CFEP funding with an additional $24.6 million for CIP. Thursday’s announcement fulfils the second quarter obligations for this grant money. A total of $22.5 million has so far been allocated from this funding.

    “Projects to upgrade and develop new community-use facilities and programs also help to support local business and create new job opportunities.”

    READ MORE: Growing demand for Canada-Alberta Job Grants during economic downturn

    Among the recipients is Belgravia Community League in Edmonton, which will receive $70,000 in CIP funding. It will support the expansion and enhancement of the BCL Community Centre. The centre is home to several programs, including out-of-school care, youth clubs, as well as adult and seniors activities.

    Seventy-five thousand dollars of CIP funding has been earmarked for the Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta in Calgary. The grant will go towards support for the SunMaker program at Camp Kindle. SunMaker helps children affected by cancer and their siblings adjust to a cancer diagnosis and deal with the impact of treatment.

    A full listing of grant recipients is available online.

    Through the CFEP, eligible non-profit organizations can apply for matching grants to support facility enhancement and development projects.

    The CIP offers operating and programming funding. It also provides support for international emergency relief efforts and Alberta-based organizations involved in humanitarian efforts in developing countries.

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Police: Cop killed wife, son, torched home then shot self

Mar 15 2019

COLONIE, N.Y. — A police officer with no prior history of domestic violence fatally shot his wife and one of their sons, and then set the family’s suburban Albany house on fire before killing himself, according to authorities who said Thursday they’re baffled by the veteran cop’s actions.

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Surveillance video from a neighbour’s home shows that before the shootings on Tuesday, Israel Roman, 44, placed items for the couple’s 15-year-old son inside a car parked outside the house in Colonie, police said. The teen was at a high school basketball game when his family was killed.

Roman, who served the past 12 years on the town police force, used his service handgun to kill his wife, Deborah, 44, and their 10-year-old son, Nathan, said state police Capt. Robert Patnaude. Police believe Roman placed their bodies on the bed in the master bedroom, started a fire and shot himself.

Firefighters responding to the home discovered the bodies. Dispatchers had alerted them that it was the home of a police officer, and officials said the sound of what appeared to be exploding ammunition was heard at the scene.

Israel Roman was a hunter and had sold three of his guns at a local firearms dealer earlier Tuesday, police said.

Deborah Roman had a doctor’s appointment that morning and took the day off from her job as an English teacher in a nearby school district, authorities said.

The couple’s 15-year-old was being cared for by family members, officials said.

Colonie police officials described Israel Roman as a hardworking, decorated officer who had no history of behavioral problems prior to Tuesday.

“We had absolutely no indicators of any kind of misbehavior,” said Colonie Police Chief Jonathan Teale. “This was completely out of character for him.”

Roman served in the U.S. Army Reserve in the 1990s and previously worked as a corrections officer and sheriff’s deputy in neighboring Rensselaer County, Teale said.

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Tamir Rice: Cleveland withdraws $500 bill to family of 12-year-old killed by police

Mar 15 2019

Less than a day after the city of Cleveland filed a claim against the family of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old boy shot and killed by police, for hundreds of dollars over unpaid “emergency medical services” officials say it was a miscommunication and are withdrawing it.

The claim, filed by the city Wednesday, alleges the family owed $500 for an EMS bill rendered as Tamir Rice’s “last dying expense.”

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On Thursday, Mayor Frank G. Jackson apologized to the family during a news conference.

“It was a mistake in terms of us flagging it, but not a mistake in terms of the legal process,” Jackson told reporters.

Finance Director Sharon Dumas said the city has not  and does not intend to the Tamir Rice estate. She said routine legal procedure led to the $500 EMS billing charge submitted by the city.

“We have made the determination to withdraw that claim from the probate cour,” she told reporter. “We all sincerely apologize to the Tamir Rice family for any additional pain or suffering that this may have caused today.”

WATCH:  Surveillance video shows Cleveland police tackle Tamir Rice’s sister

Earlier, an attorney representing the family had called the legal tactic breathtakingly insensitive.

“The Rice family is disturbed by the city’s behavior,” Subodh Chandra said in a statement to Global News.  “The callousness, insensitivity, and poor judgment required for the city to send a bill—its own police officers having slain 12-year-old Tamir—is breathtaking. This adds insult to homicide. The Rice family considers this a form of harassment.”

According to the claim, the $500 is for $450 in ambulance services and $50 for “mileage”.

On Nov. 22, 2014, Cleveland police officer Timothy Loehmann fatally shot the 12-year-old within seconds of arriving at a local park. Police had received a report of a juvenile carrying a weapon but that it was “probably fake” according to the 911 caller.

Video of the shooting showed Tamir Rice playing in the snow with a pellet gun before sitting at a bench. A police car rapidly pulls up near a gazebo in the park, and two officers get out, and one of them shoots Tamir within two seconds.

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According to a Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department report Loehmann and the other responding officer did not check Rice’s vital signs or perform first aid in the minutes after he was shot. They did, however, physically restrain the boy’s sister as she attempted to rush to his aid.

News of the claim came just two months after a grand jury declined to indict the two officers in the case, meaning the officers will not face criminal charges.

The killing of Tamir Rice also came at a time of widespread criticism of police-involved killings of African Americans across the U.S.

A federal review of the case is currently ongoing, and the Rice family has filed a wrongful death suit against the city of Cleveland.

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Syphilis rates highest in 30 years in BC

Feb 15 2019

Syphilis rates are at their highest in 30 years in B.C., prompting Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) to initiate a “formal outbreak response.”

VCH is particularly urging gay men to get tested regularly as 97 per cent of syphilis diagnoses are male and more than 90 per cent identify as gay, bisexual or men who have sex with men.While syphilis rates have increased in all age groups, the largest increase is among 20 to 24-year-olds, marking a shift to younger men.

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“In 2015, nearly 500 cases of infectious syphilis were reported in Vancouver Coastal Health, more than double the yearly cases reported a decade ago,” said Dr. Réka Gustafson, medical health officer with VCH.

VCH is now collaborating with Positive Living BC,the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC), YouthCO and Health Initiative for Men (HIM) to create a campaign featuring gay sex-positive imagery.

VCH says having syphilis increases the risk of getting HIV infection and it is being diagnosed among men who are both living with and without HIV.

“Given that Positive Living BC’s more than 5,700 members are living with HIV, I am especially concerned about how the outbreak impacts health and wellness among my peers in the MSM community,” saidValerie Nicholson, chair, Positive Living BC. “We are hard at work to ensure our members and their partners are more aware than ever about the current syphilis epidemic. We are also encouraging our members to incorporate syphilis testing into their regularly scheduled HIV blood-work, which usually occurs every three months.”

People with syphilis may not know they have it because they may not have symptoms. It it spread primarily by sexual activity, whether it’s oral, vaginal or anal sex and can be cured with antibiotics. However, if left untreated, it can lead to complications such as blindness, hearing loss, deep bone pain andneurological problems. Severe cases can be fatal.

VCH and the BCCDC recommend that men who have sex with men get tested every three to six months, and visit their healthcare provider if they have sores, bumps, a rash, blisters or warts on or around their genitals or anal area. Using condoms is also recommended. To locate the nearest testing clinic or get tested online, visit 长沙夜生活smartsexresource长沙桑拿 and/or getcheckedonline长沙桑拿.

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Ontario MP blasts Ghomeshi trial, says justice system ‘continues to fail women’

Feb 15 2019

A Facebook rant by New Democratic Party MP Charlie Angus is drawing attention from across Canada after he criticized how the alleged victims of former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi are being treated during the high-profile trial, claiming the justice system “continues to fail women.”

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On Wednesday night, Angus, 53, wrote just hours after the trial heard evidence from a fourth witness that “Jian flourished as a predator” while at the CBC and suggested the focus should be on Ghomeshi rather than the credibility of the witnesses.

Angus begins his post by saying “I have known Jian Ghomeshi casually for 25 plus years,” before launching into the rant about “what [he] learned from the trial.”

“What did I learn from the trial? 1) That a woman who remembers being beaten is not considered credible because she didn’t know the make of his car.”

The first witness, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, said in court that Ghomeshi had a “bright yellow car that looked like a Beetle.” Upon cross-examination, Ghomeshi’s lawyer Marie Henein pointed out that the former radio host did not own the yellow Volkswagen Beetle until months after the alleged attack.

Ghomeshi, 48, has pleaded not guilty to four counts of sexual assault and one count of overcome resistance by choking. He acknowledged in 2014 that he engaged in rough sex acts, but said it was consensual.

READ MORE: Jian Ghomeshi’s Facebook post on why he believes CBC fired him

The MP also laid into Ghomeshi’s wealth and his ability to hire “lawyers known as Hannibal Lecter for their ability to take sexual assault witnesses apart.”

Last October, Toronto Life magazine ran a profile of Henein where one of her clients, former attorney general Michael Bryant, described the lawyer as someone who “seemed to channel” the cannibalistic serial killer.

Even though the MP said he had known Ghomeshi “casually,” Angus ended his rant saying “that nobody close to Jian even pretends he is innocent, and somehow this isn’t an issue —; the women are.”

Closing arguments in Ghomeshi’s trial begin Thursday.

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Man who raped and killed Sarnia, Ont., kindergarten teacher says ‘sorry’ to her family

Feb 15 2019

ST. THOMAS, Ont. – A couple whose depraved sexual appetites led them to brutally murder and rape an Ontario teacher they picked up on the side of the road three years ago apologized to the woman’s grief-stricken family Thursday as they prepared to spend the rest of their lives behind bars.

Tanya Bogdanovich, 34, and Michael MacGregor, 22, chose to face Noelle Paquette’s family and friends in a packed St. Thomas courtroom as they took turns voicing their remorse for the gruesome killing that sent shockwaves through southwestern Ontario.

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Though both said they wished they could reverse their actions and bring Paquette back to life, neither shed light on what fuelled their violent plan – a plot that initially focused on a teenage girl but shifted to the Sarnia teacher by a twist of circumstance.

Nor did they ask for forgiveness.

“I want to say sorry, I know I can’t change or take back what I’ve done no matter how much I wish I could,” said MacGregor, who addressed the court first. “What I did was terrible and because of it Noelle is gone, when instead she should still be with you.”

“I’m not asking for your forgiveness – I don’t deserve it and could never hope for it,” he said.

READ MORE: Two suspects in kindergarten teacher killing headed to trial

Bogdanovich’s voice broke as she acknowledged the “all-encompassing pain” caused by Paquette’s murder, which she described as a “horrendous tragedy.”

“One night forever changed the course of many lives and it can never be undone,” she said, adding she regretted waiting so long to plead guilty.

At least one member of Paquette’s family left the courtroom while Bogdanovich spoke. Others looked down and wiped tears from their eyes.

Bogdanovich and MacGregor pleaded guilty late last year to first-degree murder in the savage slaying of Paquette, a stranger they abducted on a road as she was walking home from a New Year’s Eve party.

The offence carries an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for 25 years. The pair must also be added to the DNA bank and sex offender registry and face a lifetime firearms ban. They must also refrain from contacting Paquette’s family and friends.

In handing down the automatic sentence – the most strict available under law – Ontario Superior Court Judge Bruce Thomas said the pair’s “vile and despicable” actions required them to be removed from society for most of their lives.

He noted, however, that no sentence could ease the ache of loss and stressed that Paquette’s family should in no way wonder if they could have saved her from her tragic fate.

“There was no blame for any of you here,” he said. “The responsibility, all of it, lies with the two people in the prisoners’ boxes.”

Paquette’s father, Roger Paquette, said outside court that the sentence was “neither an ending nor a beginning.”

“It is a message to everyone to be cautious but not afraid, to live life to the fullest and to love and be kind,” he said. “Our memories of our daughter Noelle have given us the courage to live on.”

Paquette was “merely in the wrong place at the wrong time,” and though she tried to fight off her attackers, she was overwhelmed by their “violent sexually motivated desires,” according to an agreed statement of fact read in court Wednesday.

Court heard Bogdanovich, a nurse and mother of three who was already in a relationship, met MacGregor on a social networking site for people interested in BDSM, fetishism and kink in June 2012.

Over their seven-month relationship, the couple developed increasingly savage sexual tastes, court heard.

The pair chronicled their sexual desires and activities in pictures, videos and writings and by September of that year, were discussing their fantasy of abducting and raping a teenage girl. The statement said the couple’s plan fell through when their chosen target was unavailable and they decided to pick up a “random” instead.

Paquette had gone to a party with her boyfriend but stormed out after they got into a fight, court heard. She tried unsuccessfully to get a taxi and decided to walk home.

She last texted her boyfriend around 2:30 a.m., just moments before she was abducted, the statement said.

Her body was found in a woodlot on Jan. 2, 2013, less than 24 hours after she was reported missing by concerned family and friends.

An autopsy found Paquette died from the dozens of stabbing and incised wounds that perforated her heart, lungs, liver and other organs and slashed her throat.

“It was determined that she was still alive when she sustained these injuries but would have succumbed rapidly due to their severity,” court heard.

Police found Bogdanovich and MacGregor by the side of the road on New Year’s Day after their car broke down not far from the site of the killing.

At the time, Paquette had not been reported missing and there was no reason to suspect the couple, court heard.

Suspicion quickly turned their way once her body was found and the pair started planning their escape, only to be arrested a day later.

Lawyers for Bogdanovich and MacGregor said it’s unclear what motivated their clients and that both intend to seek psychological help while in prison.

Natasha Calvinho said at sentencing that Bogdanovich had an emotionally difficult childhood that saw her placed in foster care and sexually abused – trauma for which she never received treatment.

Bogdanovich’s boyfriend, from whom she hid her relationship with MacGregor, continues to support her, Calvinho said, but “her children are going to have to grow up knowing what mom has done.”

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‘Anne of Green Gables’ TV movie: Meet the newest Anne and Marilla

Feb 15 2019

The red-haired orphan that so many people grew up loving is returning to the small screen just in time for Family Day. Yes, Anne Shirley of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless tale, Anne of Green Gables, is back in a TV movie of the same name.

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Megan Follows (the original Anne Shirley) is nowhere to be found. Instead, 14-year-old Ella Ballentine is trying her hand at the world-famous role. Joining her is veteran Canadian actress Sara Botsford as the curmudgeonly yet lovable Marilla Cuthbert, and actor Martin Sheen (father to Charlie) as the doting Matthew.

Montgomery’s own granddaughter, Kate MacDonald Butler, serves as an executive producer on the project, and has given the remake her blessing. But to be clear, this is not the 1980s version of Anne simply redone; it’s a more modern take on the story, with darker, edgier moments that take it out of the past and into the present.

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Global News spoke with Ballentine and Botsford about taking on these iconic roles, why this story resonates with Canadians and how our views on redheaded people have changed over time. (They really have.)

Global News: Did you two feel any pressure taking on such hugely popular Canadian characters?
Ella Ballentine: Definitely, there’s pressure to it, because I’m taking on this massively iconic character, Anne Shirley. But it was more exciting and kind of like a big adventure up ahead. John [Kent Harrison, the director] and I were talking about Anne, the path she’s going to follow, and I was thinking more about the story and how to portray it for people now. I wanted to be a realistic Anne.

Sara Botsford: It didn’t really occur to me to be nervous about it. I was saying earlier that when I auditioned, John was very clear about what he wanted. He wanted realism, not a heightened version. He gave me a great piece of direction, which I hold onto during the whole thing, which was it’s not about [Anne] to begin with. My relationship is with Matthew. My job is to protect Matthew. The reason Anne comes to Green Gables is to help around the farm. At first, I was playing it like I was mad about Anne showing up as a girl and not a boy, but then John reminded me that Marilla and Matthew are the family unit. Until later, obviously.

What is it about Anne of Green Gables that resonates with Canadians?
SB: It’s such an interesting story about a young girl with this zest for life, this determination to have a happy life. She had a difficult childhood, but her dream life comes when she arrives at this farm where this old couple lives. It’s not a bed of roses. She has to do chores, go to school, make friends with strangers, all of that. She finds joy in everything. It’s timeless.

EB: For me, it feels very much like home. My great-grandmother is always talking about “When I was a kid, I went to school in Anne’s time.” She had the slate, and she was showing it to me. I was putting on the costumes, walking around the set, constantly thinking about how she grew up. It’s going back to your family, going down the family tree.

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Did you both see the original TV series?
EB: I didn’t see it when I was younger, but I was wondering when I got the part if I should see it or not. John was talking to me and said I shouldn’t, because this is a new version, our perspective, a new script. We wanted people to be able to relate; little girls and little boys now can watch it and identify.

SB: I’m not very familiar. I wasn’t in the right place at the right time to see that version. Similarly, I thought that I’d just stick to this script and make this my character.

So, your hair is no longer red.
EB: [Laughs] I miss my red hair! I had to go to school with red hair, but I loved walking around in public with it. I got so many compliments. Ladies were gathering all around me asking if it was my real hair; I would lie and say that it was. It has so much personality to it. It helped me get into the Anne character. It was fantastic.

People used to say such bad things about red-headed people.
SB: Hey! I’m the real deal [a natural redhead]. That’s why you need to take it easy on the red-headed comments. [Laughs] It’s funny, it’s more difficult for boys than girls. I think it’s a trickier road. With girls, I think you get a lot more attention when you’re little. People do expect you to have personality traits because of red hair. They expect you to be strong, stubborn, and into mischief.

Do you see yourself in Anne?
EB: I see a lot of myself in Anne. She loves to talk, she just keeps going. [Laughs] Since we’ve done the film, I’ve been trying to be more positive about everything. She’s independent and doesn’t let anyone tell her what to do. I think a lot of us would be happier if we tried to be more like Anne.

Anne of Green Gables will air at 6 p.m. ET/PT in a two-hour world premiere event on YTV.

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This interview has been condensed and edited.

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DIY Valentine’s Day: your guide to last-minute (and edible) gifts

Feb 15 2019

They say the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. So if you’ve procrastinated with buying a Valentine’s Day present, your best bet may be to whip up something that not only tugs at the heartstrings but also satisfies the taste buds.

Here are four easy and edible treats that are sure to do the trick.

For the chip lover

While flowers may be a staple, they’re always way overpriced this time of year. An edible arrangement can be a much tastier, and often less expensive, alternative.

Ketchup chip “roses” is one way to go.

All you’ll need is a dozen plastic flowers (you can probably find those at a dollar store), chips and some glue.

The first step will be to remove the petals from the fake stems. Then you’ll have to reach for your chip bag and pick out the curliest crisps; they will form the middle of each rose (and will give each flower that “real rose” effect). You can surround the centre with whatever perfect triangles you find.

Now for the glue. Depending on how much you use, edibility may be compromised. But maybe that’s a good thing?

A major plus to this gift is your creation can be appreciated for longer, unlike traditional roses which die within a week.

Another option for a chip bouquet (if you don’t want to be a tease) is to make a bigger arrangement using bags of chips.

For the bacon fiend

You can’t go wrong with a bacon bouquet.

This “recipe” starts the same as the above: find some plastic roses and remove the stems.

Grab some bacon, roll it up, put a couple toothpicks through each slice then put the bouquet in the oven to bake.

For the health nut

Don’t want to fork over the big bucks for a fancily-cut up fruit basket? Make your own! Seek some inspiration from Edible Arrangements.

If you’re feeling ambitious, you can carve strawberries into pretty little roses.

Of course, chocolate-covered strawberries are a simple and delicious classic.

For the sweet tooth

You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to the sweet stuff. We suggest these raw vegan cheesecakes from The Food Network.

No-Cook Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake Hearts.

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They’re a snap to make since the only equipment required is a blender.

2 1/2 cups cashews (unsalted, unroasted)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup water


  1. Place all ingredients into your blender.
  2. Blend. Start slow and gently increase the speed. You may need to stop and start your blender a bit if your blender is getting hung up. If your blades won’t move, turn the blender off, create an air pocket down the side with a knife, and then blend again starting on low. Keep blending until it’s very smooth, like a creamy chocolate fudge with no cashew chunks.
  3. Pour the smooth mixture into a wide pan (or into heart-shaped silicone molds*) and place in freezer.
  4. Freeze until it reaches a firm, slice-able consistency (8 hours or so).
  5. Store in the freezer at all times. To eat, just open the freezer, slice into desired shape and eat immediately.

*Heart-Shape Tips: If you don’t have heart-shaped silicone molds, pour the mixture into a wide pan or glass dish. Smooth the mixture out using the back of a spoon — not too thick and about an inch or less deep. Freeze then slice into heart shapes. This recipe (when frozen for at least eight hours) is super easy to cut into shapes.

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For the non-chef

If you don’t cook or bake, you can always fill a basket, mason jar or tackle box with your loved one’s favourite treats.

Or there’s always this:

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