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  • admin 16:52 on 01/03/2019  

    PHOENIX – Immigrant-rights advocates filed a lawsuit Wednesday challenging business raids by an Arizona sheriff’s office that have led to the arrests of hundreds of immigrant workers on charges of using fake or stolen IDs to get jobs.

    The lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio alleges immigrants living in the U.S. illegally have been singled out in such cases, while only a small number of employers have had court cases brought against them on illegal hiring allegations.

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    The advocates aren’t seeking money and instead are asking a federal judge to conclude that a state law banning employers from hiring immigrants living in the U.S. illegally is discriminatory and conflicts with federal law. They are seeking a court order prohibiting Arpaio from enforcing that law.

    Arpaio’s office is the only police agency in the state that has raided businesses in enforcement of the employment law. It has conducted 83 business raids since the law took effect in 2008, leading to the arrests of more than 700 immigrants who were in the country illegally and three managers. Three businesses have had civil cases filed against them.

    The sheriff’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

    The raids are a key element of Arpaio’s signature immigration efforts. A year ago, his office was found by a federal judge to have systematically racial profiled Latinos in its regular traffic and immigration patrols. The sheriff vigorously disputes the profiling ruling and has filed an appeal.

    The employment law was passed as advocates for cracking down on immigrants in the U.S. illegally sought to target employers, who are blamed with fueling the nation’s border woes.

    The lawsuit says the Arizona Legislature acted in a discriminatory fashion when it changed identity-theft laws to include workers who use fake or stolen IDs to get jobs.

    Supporters of the raids say the law has helped combat identity theft and that the fear of raids has caused employers to follow the rules. The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the law after business groups challenged it several years ago.

    Immigrant workers arrested on ID theft charges spend months in jail without the chance of getting a bond set, because a 2006 voter-approved law denies bail to people who are in the country illegally and charged with felony offences, from shoplifting and aggravated identity theft to murder and sexual assault.

    Immigrants desperate to earn money to support their families often plead guilty to felony charges to get out of jail, walking away with time served but often facing deportation and unable to ever again enter the U.S. legally, their lawyers have said.

    The lawsuit, filed on behalf of two women arrested in the raids, seeks class-action status that would let other immigrant workers join the lawsuit.

    ©2014The Canadian Press

     
  • admin 16:52 on 01/03/2019  

    Watch above: Sean O’Shea has some tips on preparing for bad weather. 

    TORONTO – When an EF2 tornado ripped through a housing complex in Angus, Ont. Tuesday afternoon, some residents had no idea what was happening until the funnel was right on top of them.

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    Though warnings of the storm system that sparked the twister were all over local news stations and social media sites, depending on what residents were doing they may not have seen the tornado coming.

    “We were outside watching the storm at first,” one resident told Global News. “And then all of a sudden the sky turned green and the wind picked up, so I yelled at my spouse to get down into the basement.”

    READ MORE: Ontario’s deadliest tornadoes by the number

    Angus, like most Canadian communities, does not have a tornado siren.

    But there are many other ways that people can get alerts about impending storms.

    Apps like Weather Alert Ontario – CAD$1.99 in the Apple App store – sends push notifications to the users’ iPhone to display storm warnings issued by Environment Canada.

    According to the app’s description, alerts will be pushed “within minutes from the time Environment Canada issues them.”

    The app has the ability to send audible alerts in the event of potentially life-threatening weather.

    Canada Weather, CAD$1.99 in the App Store, and Weather Warnings Canada, free on the App Store, both have similar functionality for nation-wide weather models.

    Environment Canada, the agency responsible for issuing tornado and storm warnings, does not currently have a mobile app that delivers storm notifications.

    Weather information is available through Environment Canada’s website, automated telephone services and RSS notification systems. The agency would not confirm or deny if it was working on an app.

    “Environment Canada is actively working on exploring and exploiting new technology platforms to disseminate meteorological alert information directly to the public and partner organizations,” read a statement from an Environment Canada spokesperson.

    “This could include using social media as a platform for distributing local weather alerting information.”

    READ MORE: Severe weather is on the horizon: “Keep an eye on the sky”

    Environment Canada does stress that people should invest in a weather radio – a programmable portable radio that issues weather watches and warnings for the user’s area. These radios, with their loud alarms, could serve as personal siren systems during severe weather events.

    The Eton FRX2 weather radio, CAD$50, can be cranked to charge or be plugged in via USB.

    However, for a weather radio to be effective – people must make sure they use them.

     
  • admin 16:52 on 01/03/2019  

    TORONTO — Michael Bublé isn’t feeling particularly sexy sitting in his Vancouver home.

    “I couldn’t look like more of a dork right now,” the singer said Wednesday. “My nine-month-old has smeared pasta all over my face. I’m wearing a black housecoat and I couldn’t find the belt for it so I’m using my wife’s belt from her white housecoat.

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    “If all those beautiful women got to see me right now they probably wouldn’t think I was so special. My wife just looked at me and gave me the thumbs down.”

    Bublé, 38, is spending some time at home before kicking off the Canadian leg of his world tour on Thursday night at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena. He then heads east for shows in Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Toronto, London, Ottawa and Montreal.

    Bublé insisted playing for his native country means the most to him.

    “That’s not to disparage other countries but this is my home,” he said, in a conference call. “No matter where I go or how many shows I do for how many countries, or how big this thing gets, Canada’s always going to be the most important to me.”

    The confident showman said his Canadian fans will love the show.

    “I know how good this show is. I know when I leave the stage … people are going to understand why their Canadian boy did so well all over the world, because this show isn’t a good show — this show is one of the best shows in the world without a doubt.”

    Bublé added: “I think I’m one of the best in the world at what I do. I hope I’m a humble guy but I don’t say that with humility. I really believe I love doing what I do and it shows.”

    He admitted he’s not always thrilled about singing all the songs fans want to hear.

    “I’ve never hated singing a song but, of course, you sing it so many times you get tired of it,” Bublé told Global News. “On the last tour, if I didn’t have to sing ‘Home’ again I probably would have been happy.

    “I was doing it out at the B-stage with just me and a guitar and I think it kind of fell flat for me a little bit. Now, of course, I do it in a different way. I try to soup it up and kind of bring it back to its roots so it’s definitely gotten sweeter for me again. I’ve started to learn to love singing it again.”

    Bublé said he has enough of a repertoire these days to be able to mix things up.

    “I try to make things fresh for me and fresh for my musicians — keep the boys on their toes — so if something does get boring for me or I feel like it’s getting stale, I pull it out and I’ll put something else in,” he explained.

    Connecting with the audience is key, Bublé said.

    “I feel like the audience is truly an extension of my family and I have a lot of love for them. Every single night I stand behind the curtain and I can hear the buzz of 12,000 people or 15,000 people and I get goosebumps,” he said.

    “I thank God for the chance to connect with these people. It’s something I promise myself every single night not to take for granted. I always remind myself of how lucky I am. For me, it’s impossible not to connect. There’s nothing fake about my joy. I really am so comfortable and happy and it’s just a natural thing. I want to hug everybody, I want to sing with them and dance with them. I get to be the host of this beautiful party.”

    Part of what makes Bublé so bubbly these days is Noah, his son with wife Luisana Lopilato.

    The singer’s first Father’s Day involved breakfast in bed, a painting made with Noah’s tiny footprints and a rain-soaked ride on the miniature train at Vancouver’s Confederation Park.

    Bublé said becoming a father has made him a better artist.

    “I’m better at what I do. I’m way better at what I do. There’s a fulfillment and a joy that I have in my life that I didn’t have before,” he said. “I was always a happy guy and had a good life but I didn’t know how good it can be.

    “This kid has brought something to my life that I never knew was there. I didn’t know that kind of love existed. It’s allowed me to be way better at what I do.”

    Both Lopilato and their son will accompany Bublé on tour, as well as various members of his family — including his beloved grandfather Demetrio Santagà.

    “It’s keeping me sane and happy and disciplined,” explained Bublé. “It’s almost like a tent in the rain. It’s really comfortable and it feels cozy.”

    Fatherhood, though, hasn’t turned Bublé into a get off my lawn kind of man. He said he’s got no issue with provocative singers like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga.

    “Miley’s no more shocking than Madonna was in the ‘80s but at the same time she can sing ‘Jolene.’ She sings the s*** out of it,” said Bublé.

    “I’m not that guy. I come from a very liberal family and I believe in that kind of self-expression. I believe it’s your responsibility as a parent to show your kid the way and it’s not my job to come down on other people and make them responsible for how my kid turns out or what’s happening socially in the world.”

    Did he mention how great his show is?

    “When you come and see this show you’ll understand what I’m talking about. When you leave the show you’ll understand how ambitious I am and how incredible this tour is,” he said.

    “It’s a really beautiful thing to walk off stage every single night and know that you’ve won. And know that you’ve given people their money’s worth and that you’ve taken them away for a couple of hours. I have so much belief in myself and what we’re doing that it’s complete bliss for me.”

    Bublé, in his mismatched housecoat, added: “There’s never a night that I coast or I save myself for the next thing. I walk off that stage knowing that I gave it everything I had for those people — and I think it’s something they can see.”

     
  • admin 16:52 on 01/03/2019  

    WINNIPEG – A downtown Winnipeg neighbourhood is in the grips of a creepy crawly invasion.

    Countless thousands of worms are covering sidewalks, cars and parking meters, crawling up walls and dangling from trees, and grossing out residents and passersby on Carlton Street north of Assiniboine Avenue and nearby streets.

    “This is the first time I’ve seen anything like this … and I’ve been here 20 years,” said resident Alvin Zorget.

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    “You can’t ride on the sidewalk — you have to ride on the road to get away from them,” said Glenn Muzyka. “It’s disgusting.”

    The long, thin black creatures sport a red head and small red feet at the fronts and backs of their bodies are elm spanworms, a city spokeswoman said.

    “Generally, this native pest feeds on elm, oak, red and sugar maple and ash. Egg hatch may begin in mid- to late May.  Mature larvae, sometimes referred to as “loopers” or “inchworms,” are about 50 millimetres (2 inches) long. The body of the larval stage may be dull or slate black and the head rust-coloured. Bacillus thuringiensis var. kurstaki (BTK) can be used to control elm spanworm,” Lisa Fraser told Global News in an email.

    “Our surveillance indicates that there are very isolated pockets (individual trees) of the elm spanworm. If significant damage is occurring to the tree canopy in a neighbourhood, the city would conduct a treatment using BTK. We will continue to monitor the elm spanworm over the next week, but their feeding activity will stop in about a week as they begin to enter their next life stage, the pupal stage.”

    Worms swarm on Carlton Street in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

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    Worms swarm on Carlton Street in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

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    Worms cover a truck on Carlton Street in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

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    Worms climb a wall on Carlton Street in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

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    An elm spanworm climbes a wall on Carlton Street in Winnipeg on Wednesday.

    Randall Paull/Global News

     
  • admin 16:52 on 01/03/2019  

    Watch above: Canada and the U.S. must work together if they want to become global energy and climate change leaders, that’s what former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said while in Edmonton. Laurel Gregory was there.

    EDMONTON – Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton addressed a packed audience in Edmonton on Wednesday, discussing U.S. politics and her new memoir.

    She was welcomed with a standing ovation as she took the stage at the Shaw Conference Centre.

    Clinton said she was thrilled to be in Edmonton, “in a city that I’m told is the fastest-growing in Canada.”

    She described the relationship between the U.S. and Canada as “a remarkable accomplishment… No two countries are closer than we are.”

    The 67th U.S. Secretary of State shared her experiences during and shortly after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, running against Barack Obama and then working alongside him, and answered a hypothetical question about her future in politics. Clinton has not said if she plans to run for president in 2016.

    Global reporter Laurel Gregory and Global Edmonton live tweeted the event.

    Clinton told the audience that, when President-Elect Obama asked her to be Secretary of State, she said ‘no’ twice.

    Clinton also talked about her memoir ‘Hard Choices.’

    When asked about the Keystone XL pipeline, she said Keystone should not dictate the entire conversation on energy.

    She ended the event by talking about her newest adventure: becoming a grandmother.

    “I can’t wait. I’m really excited about what this will mean for my life,” she said.

    It was Clinton’s first time in Edmonton.

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