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  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    WINNIPEG – Manitoba has declared victory in its first battle with invading zebra mussels but says the unique treatment it used to kill the shellfish doesn’t mean the province is free of them yet.

    The province sealed off four harbours in mid-May with a silt curtain before injecting liquid potash into the water. The concentration of potash was increased until it suffocated the mussels.

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    The experiment received global attention because it’s believed to be the first time liquid potash has been used in open water. Scientists who study the mussels called it a “golden opportunity” to find a way to prevent their proliferation in water bodies around the world.

    Conservation Minister Gord Mackintosh said the treatment was successful and killed the mussels in the harbours. But it was just the first step in the fight to keep the mussels out of the province, he added.

    “We’ve won the first battle in what is likely to be a long war and it must be a hard-fought war,” Mackintosh said Wednesday. “There is a good chance that zebra mussels are still lurking outside of the treated harbour areas. We have got to detect wherever else these zebra mussels might be.”

    The invasive species, which has been in the Great Lakes for almost two decades and has spread throughout parts of the United States, was discovered for the first time in Manitoba last October.

    The mussels reproduce quickly and can disrupt the food chain, clog water pipes and create algae.

    Mackintosh said the success of Manitoba’s experimental treatment has attracted worldwide attention from countries such as the United States and Spain. The province hasn’t ruled out using the treatment, which cost $500,000, again, Mackintosh said.

    For now, the province is increasing monitoring on Lake Winnipeg. There are also five decontamination units for boats that could spread the mussels.

    “It’s been estimated that about 90 per cent of the boats coming into Manitoba come from jurisdictions where there is exposure to invasive species,” Mackintosh said. “So there is a great risk all around us.”

    He implored boaters and residents to watch for the mussels and to ensure they aren’t unwittingly unleashed into Manitoba’s waterways.

    Laureen Janusz, fisheries biologist with Manitoba Conservation, said the department will spend the summer searching for the mussels deep in Lake Winnipeg. It could take years before the province can declare itself free of zebra mussels, she said.

    “We have to remain hopeful that we’re doing everything we can to stave off, to prevent the spread.”

    Shannon Martin, conservation critic for the Opposition Tories, said the province appears to be moving in the right direction, but questioned why it took so long to develop a plan.

    “This species, in terms of the environmental and economic cost to Lake Winnipeg and our waterways in general, is phenomenal,” Martin said. “It’s a bit concerning that we’ve known about this invasive species being in these specific harbours for almost a year and only now is the government announcing that longer-term strategy.”

    ©2014The Canadian Press

     
  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    MONTREAL – Former Quebec deputy premier Nathalie Normandeau is testifying at the province’s corruption inquiry.

    Normandeau’s name has been mentioned frequently during testimony at the Charbonneau Commission.

    READ MORE: Ex-Quebec deputy premier denies helping engineering firm

    The former Liberal cabinet minister is the highest-ranking politician to take the stand at the probe.

    Normandeau has been on the defensive over the past several months amid swirling allegations.

    Anti-corruption police officials have alleged in warrant documents that she intervened in favour of the Roche engineering firm against the advice of civil servants.

    However, no charges have been laid and the allegations have not been tested in court.

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  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    EDMONTON – Strathcona County RCMP released a composite sketch Wednesday of a suspect who was allegedly seen touching himself in the bushes near a Sherwood Park school.

    It happened around 10:30 a.m. on Friday, June 13 near Brentwood Elementary School.

    The man did not approach any children, according to police, and all students outside for morning recess were called inside.

    Brentwood Elementary School, of the Elk Island Public School district, in Sherwood Park. May 6, 2014

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    The school was locked down for about an hour while police responded, but the man was not found.

    The suspect is described as between 18 and 25 years old, 5’6″ to 5’9″, 175 lbs, tanned skin with short spiky black hair and wearing a greyish blue t-shirt and jean shorts.

    Anyone with any information on this incident is encouraged to contact Strathcona County RCMP at (780) 467-7741.

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  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    Watch above: A day after the federal government gave the green light for the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, Conservative MPs weren’t exactly selling the controversial project. Vassy Kapelos reports.

    OTTAWA – A day after accepting a review panel’s recommendation to impose more than 200 conditions on the Northern Gateway project, a government spokesman is now insisting the Conservatives have not approved the pipeline.

    Instead, it’s just “a maybe,” a spokesman for Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford says.

    “It’s a ‘maybe,’” Chris McCluskey wrote in a tweet Wednesday.

    READ MORE: Feds aren’t only ones unsure about approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline

    McCluskey was responding to a tweet by Global News that reported NDP Leader Tom Mulcair was slamming the government for issuing a short news release approving the pipeline project, while none of the 21 Conservative MPs from British Columbia spoke out.

    WATCH: Thomas Mulcair accuses B.C. Conservatives of being in “the witness protection program”

    On Tuesday, the Conservative government announced it had accepted an independent panel’s recommendation to impose 209 conditions on the Northern Gateway proposal.

    “Today constitutes another step in the process,” Rickford said in a news release.

    A federal joint review said in December that the pipeline project is in the public interest, but provided Enbridge with a list of 209 conditions that would need to be met before the project can come to B.C.

    The 1,177-kilometre, $6.5-billion Northern Gateway project would transport 525,000 barrels per day of oil products from outside Edmonton to Kitimat on the northern B.C. coast.

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  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    Watch above: How Sunnybrook is making it easier to find treatment for mental health and addictions. Crystal Goomansingh reports. 

    TORONTO – She searched the continent for help for her daughter suffering from anorexia nervosa and bulimia, but mom Jacqui wasn’t having any luck.

    There were “incredible” wait times of up to 10 months just for initial meetings with specialists, long distances to travel too, and fees that would force Jacqui’s family to remortgage their home.

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    When Jacqui’s colleague referred her to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre’s Family Navigation Project, the mom wasn’t sure what to expect. It turned out that the service set up Jacqui and her daughter, Zoe, with the support and services they needed.

    “It wasn’t just, ‘okay, what’s your name, what are you dealing with and I’ll call you back’…she listened to the whole story and I felt like I had a friend that understood what was going on. So that was very helpful, then I could focus on Zoe, I could focus on my faith and keep calm and do what was needed in the home,” Jacqui told Global News.

    READ MORE: Stigma keeps youth suffering from mental health issues in the dark

    On Wednesday, Sunnybrook launched its Family Navigation Project – what it calls the first of its kind, call-in and email program that would partner “navigators,” who are clinically trained health professionals with families and their kids grappling with mental health and addictions struggles.

    According to Dr. Anthony Levitt, medical director and co-founder of the project, Canadian families deal with mental health issues frequently. They just don’t know what to do or where to go to get help. In other cases, families seek out help, but they’re redirected or caught in wait lists and bureaucratic red tape.

    “One father said to us that he lined up – his son had an issue – he lined up for six months, he got to the front of the line and got told ‘you’re in the wrong line,’” Levitt explained.

    “So people come up against brick walls and they need help navigating to the right place at the right time,” he said.

    READ MORE: Stress, anxiety plaguing Canadian youth

    More than one million Canadian kids have a mental health issue that requires urgent help, but only 20 per cent of them get the assistance they need, Levitt said. Most of the major mental illnesses include depression, schizophrenia, anxiety and eating disorders.

    The issues can seep into their school, employment, social life and physical health, Levitt warned.

    The new Sunnybrook program would help Greater Toronto Area families with kids between the ages of 13 and 26. In the long run, ideally the program would expand to the rest of the province but the funding has extended across the GTA so far.

    Right now, the average age of the person the program helps is about 18 or 19 years old. Levitt calls it a “transitional” age where child services are ending and adult services haven’t kicked in yet.

    To be clear, the program isn’t a crisis response line, it doesn’t offer services, doesn’t conduct counselling or psychotherapy. It’s strictly meant to bridge the gap between patients in need and the right professionals who can help.

    “We direct people to the appropriate services…what we do is stay in touch, we don’t just give a list or a name, we actually make contact with that agency or that person to explain more about the person, that they’re the right person, that they can take them on,” Levitt explained.

    READ MORE: Many boys not reaching out for mental health help

    The program administrators then follow up to ask if the services are helping. If not, they find new experts to connect with.

    In Jacqui’s case, a single navigator – named Naomi – helped her daughter through their journey so she isn’t bounced around between navigators. If Naomi doesn’t hear from the daughter or mom, she calls to check in, she genuinely wants to know how Zoe is doing, Jacqui said.

    “She almost feels like a friend. I have not met her personally yet, but she feels like a friend,” she said.

    GTA families interested in seeking out the program can call 1-800-380-9FNP or email [email protected]桑拿按摩. The program navigators say they’ll respond within one business day.

    Read more about the project here.

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  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    A Spanish tradition — an hours-long afternoon break known as the siesta — is at risk of extinction.

    The country’s prime minister has announced plans to eliminate the siesta, and streamline the work day.

    READ MORE: Spanish man played hooky from work for 6 years before being caught

    Visitors to Spain might have wandered through a deserted Madrid street mid-afternoon, wondering where all the people have gone. The siesta is a time for shops and business to close from about 1:00 or 2:00 p.m. to around 4:00 or 5:00 p.m., after which the work day continues into the evening.

    The break was originally implemented to cope with Spain’s often scorching-hot climate, and a midday break is not uncommon in other hot countries, particularly for those who work outdoors.

    In this Sunday, June 15, 2014 photo, a labourer sleeps with his hard hat on during his midday break at a construction site in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. A midday work ban goes into effect across the United Arab Emirates for construction workers and outdoor labourers to protect them from the risks of direct sunlight and extremely high temperatures during the hottest summer months.

    AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili

    But as times change, and Spain continues to recover from an economic meltdown — the country still sits around 20 per cent unemployment — the siesta’s demise appeared to be only a matter of time.

    WATCH: Thousands join protest against austerity measures in Spain

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    Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy wants the break to be minimized so that the work day will line up more closely with the country’s neighbours, Euronews杭州夜网 reports.

    “Rationalisation of working hours in Spanish companies and institutions is of primary importance. I will find a consensus to make sure the working day ends at 6 p.m. every day,” Rajoy said.

    Rajoy also wants the country to change its time zone, to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) in line with London.

    If the siesta should come to an end, don’t feel too bad for Spaniards: workers are required to receive a minimum of 22 vacation days per year, along with 12 national holidays.

    ©2016Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

     
  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    Watch above: A timelapse of Tuesday’s storm rolling through Toronto. 

    TORONTO – A timelapse video created from the Global News camera on the Toronto harbour captured Tuesday’s storm rolling through the city and blanketing it in rain.

    The storm hit Toronto at approximately 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and over the course of an hour drenched the city and flooded some roads.

    The timelapse also captured a plane landing at Billy Bishop Airport just before the storm’s worst hit on the city.

    The storm soaked Toronto but was much worse for residentsnorth of the city, where a tornado touched down in Angus, Ontario. It damaged hundreds of houses and left at least 100 people homeless as crews worked to clean up the debris.

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    Watch the video above: Environment Canada’s David Phillips who discusses how the Angus tornado formed and why the southern part of Ontario is a hotbed of tornado activity.

    TORONTO – Tuesday’s tornado that tore through Angus, tearing the roofs off homes and tossing cars and trucks, is a stark reminder that Ontario has its own tornado alley.

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    What makes Ontario so tornado-prone?

    READ MORE: A look at tornadoes in Canada

    “We’re closer to big tornado alley,” David Phillips, Environment Canada‘s senior climatologist told Global News, referring to the tornado alley in the southern United States.

    Our heat and humidity – which often comes from the Gulf of Mexico – coupled with the cooler Great Lakes, can create the unstable conditions necessary to cause severe storms. The cooler, dry air, often in the form of lake breezes, help get that moist air higher up into the atmosphere, eventually leading to that instability.

    Peter Kimbell, warning preparedness meteorologist with Environment Canada, told Global News, “The threat is, statistically, not nearly as significant as it is in the States for tornadoes. But it’s there.”

    Here’s a look at some of the deadliest tornadoes in Ontario. Fujita Scale ratings are from F0 (weakest) to F5 (strongest). There has never been an F5 tornado in Ontario.

    June 17, 1946, F4

    Location: Windsor, Tecumseh17 killed3rd deadliest tornado in Canadian history

    May 31, 1985, F4

    Location: Barrie, Grand Valley, Orangeville, Tottenham (typically referred to as the “Barrie Tornado”)13 confirmed tornadoes12 people killed, 8 in BarrieHundreds injuredMore than 300 buildings destroyedMore than 100 buildings damaged800 homelessCost: $100 million

    (Also of note: Tornado struck close to Grand Valley, Orangeville and Tottenham that day, 4 other people killed)

    Neighbours and volunteers take time out for lunch on June 2, 1985 as clean-up efforts begin in Barrie following a major tornado.

    CP PHOTO/ Tim Clark

    April 3, 1974, F3

    Location: WindsorPart of 1974 “Super Outbreak”8 killed20 injured$500,000 in damage

    May 21, 1953, F4

    Location: Sarnia7 killed40 injured500 homeless

    August 20, 1970, F3

    Lively, Copper Cliff10 people killed300 people injured300 homes damaged$17 million damage

    August 7, 1979, F4

    Location: Woodstock, Stratford3 killedHundreds injuredMore than 450 homes damaged$100 million in damage

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    August 20, 2009, F2

    Location: Woodbridge18 tornadoes, making it the largest outbreak in Canadian history

    A home damaged during the Woodbridge tornado in 2009.

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    August 21, 2011, F3

    Location: Goderich (waterspout that came ashore)1 person killed40 injured

    (Source: Environment Canada and Ontario Tornado Watch)

    Note: An earlier version of the story incorrectly stated that the Windsor 1974 tornado occurred on August 7.

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  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    BOSTON – A federal judge has ruled that “betrayal of the United States” should not be a factor in considering if Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev gets the death penalty.

    U.S. District Court Judge George O’Toole said Wednesday it was “highly inappropriate” for prosecutors to draw a distinction between a “naturalized” and “natural-born” U.S. citizen.

    Federal prosecutors argue Tsarnaev deserves death, in part, because he betrayed his allegiance to the U.S. after it gave him and his Russian-born family asylum and citizenship more than a decade ago.

    Tsarnaev’s attorneys argued that the federal government has never cited a defendant’s immigration history in nearly 500 previous death penalty cases.

    O’Toole also issued a stern warning to prosecutors about current or former members of its team speaking to the media.

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    ©2014The Canadian Press

     
  • admin 20:52 on 11/09/2018  

    TORONTO – Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne says the budget her re-elected Liberal government will introduce next month will be “identical” to the one presented May 1 that triggered the election.

    Wynne is anxious to have the legislature resume July 2 so the Liberals can start to implement their plan to invest billions of dollars in transit and infrastructure projects and lay the ground work for a provincial pension plan.

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    She won’t confirm that Charles Sousa will stay on as finance minister, but admits the budget will look exactly like the one he presented and the opposition parties rejected.

    Wynne says there may be some technical changes that will be dealt with in the finance minister’s speech, but “in terms of the policies and the investments, it will be the identical budget.”

    Read More: Winners and losers of the 2014 Ontario election

    The premier says she was “more stunned than anything” early in the election campaign when Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak announced he would cut 100,000 public-sector jobs if he won the election.

    But she says the Liberals were re-elected to a majority government because they offered voters a positive plan for the future.

    Wynne beams with pride when she talks about how being openly gay was never an issue during the campaign – or after when headlines proclaimed she was the first woman elected as premier in Ontario – even though her partner Jane Rounthwaite was at her side at every stop and photo opportunity.

    “You know Jane and I travelled the whole 42 days on the bus and we were warmly welcomed in communities in every corner of this province,” she said in an interview with The Canadian Press. “This is a beautiful place in which we live.”

    ©2014The Canadian Press

     
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