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  • admin 02:33 on 29/04/2019  

    Dozens of Yaletown residents came together for a community BBQ this afternoon to honour a local business owner and well respected member of the community.

    Attendees wore yellow ribbons to show their support of 52-year-old bike shop owner Paul Dragan, who was shot in broad daylight in front of a Starbucks on Davie Street and Marinaside Crescent last Tuesday.

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    Event organizer Annette O’Shea with the Yaletown Business Improvement Association says their community was left ‘wounded and hurting’ by the incident.

    She says their tight-knit community has been shaken and needs to feel grounded again.

    “You hurt one member of our community, everybody else is a little bit hurt as well,” she says.

    O’Shea says a number of residents who were in the area Tuesday morning rushed to Dragan’s help in the moments after the shooting.

    Among them — Dr. Clifford Chase, who works at the Aquarius Medical Clinic.

    He was near the scene when the shooting happened.

    Chase kept Dragan’s airway open and helped put in an IV when the paramedics arrived.

    Today, Dragan’s son Maximilian told Global News his father owes his life to Chase.

    “I’d like to extend my gratitude to Dr. Chase for saving my daddy’s life,” he said.

    Maximilian says his father is doing much better and is a bit more stable now.

    “I am proud to say that he is with us today and alive.”

    Vancouver Police Chief Jim Chu also dropped by to sign the giant get-well card for Dragan.

    It is alleged the suspect — 61-year-old Gerald Battersby who is a former employee of Dragan  — fired shots at a number of police officers during a shootout near Science World that followed Dragan’s shooting in Yaletown.

    One officer received minor injuries from shattered glass when her police cruiser was shot at.

    “Vancouver is a safe city, but unfortunately these incidents do happen,” says Chu. “What we have seen today is the community saying we are still going to enjoy our city.”

    Battersby has been charged with six counts of attempted murder, one for the attempted murder of Dragan and five counts of attempted murder in relation to police officers involved.

    His court date has been put over until Monday as he is expected to remain in hospital until at least the end of this week.

    With files from John Daly

    Continue reading Yaletown residents wear yellow in support of shooting victim – BC
  • admin 02:33 on 29/04/2019  

    Watch Richard Dagenais’ interview with Victoria Duffield about her new album “Accelerate”. 

    MONTREAL – A dancer, singer and actor, this multi-talented British Columbia native and teen sensation is an artistic powerhouse.

    Here are 5 things you may not have known about Canada’s sweetheart Victoria Duffield.

    1. She really loves movie theatre popcorn

    Really loves it!

    So much so that she will walk into a theatre, get the popcorn and walk away. Who needs to watch a movie anyways?

    She also indulges in cinnamon buns and yogurt ice cream… “My favourite flavour is cake batter!”

    Taken from Duffield’s Instagram.

    2. Her favourite Montreal moment: performing at the Bell Centre

    “My Montreal fans are phenomenal and their support is always unbelievably awesome,” she said.

    “This show in particular had amazing energy and love from the crowd!”

    Get to know you: a glimpse of Duffield’s answers.

    3. Her hidden talent is walking on her hands

    “And for a very long time,” added her enthusiastic mother Charlene Duffield, who Victoria calls her “best travel buddy.”

    Watch Victoria show off her talent:

    4. Cats and pigeons make her nervous

    “They’re so unpredictable!” explained the pop star with a wide-eyed expression.

    Cats aren’t Victoria Duffield’s best friends.

    5. She collects socks

    She’s got about a hundred pairs of them, all in different and fun patterns.

    “She’s the Imelda Marcos of socks,” said her Warner Music label rep Donald Robins.

    Victoria Duffield at the 2014 MuchMusic Video Awards. When not decked out in spectacular footwear, she can be seen wearing her favourite teddy bear socks.

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    Continue reading 5 things you didn’t know about: Victoria Duffield

  • admin 02:33 on 29/04/2019  

    MONTREAL — The jury in the Emma Czornobaj trial has been deliberating since Tuesday afternoon and there is still no verdict.

    On Wednesday, the jury asked a number of questions to Justice Eliane Perreault.

    The ten-man, two-woman panel requested clarifications on a number of key issues surrounding the case.

    In one question read to the court, the jurors asked the judge to explain the criminal negligence causing death charge.

    This is one of four criminal charges that the 25-year-old is facing, which include two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death.

    The Chateauguay resident is accused of causing two highway deaths on June 27, 2010 along a stretch of Highway 30 near Candiac.

    Watch: Driver takes stand at duck death trial

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    • Duckling-motorcycle deaths trial: victims’ family speaks out

    Czornobaj slammed her brakes on the left lane of the roadway, and stepped out of her parked car in order to help some ducks.

    It was then that 50-year-old Andre Roy and his 16-year-old daughter Jessie Roy were killed.

    The Harley-Davidson motorcycle the victims were riding on crashed into the back of Czornobaj’s car at more than 100 kilometres an hour.

    The boyfriend of the accused driver got into a little hot water Wednesday afternoon.

    Jean-Pierre St-Onge allegedly snapped a picture of crown prosecutor Annie-Claude Chasse in the court hallways.

    Chasse reported the incident to the court.

    St-Onge was later forced to apologize for his alleged act.

    Day three of jury deliberations is set to begin Thursday morning at the Montreal courthouse.

    Continue reading Still no verdict in duckling-motorcycle deaths trial; suspect’s boyfriend warned – Montreal

  • admin 02:33 on 29/04/2019  

    WATCH: Liberal MLA Amrik Virk is facing calls to step down. Aaron McArthur reports.

    VICTORIA – British Columbia’s Opposition New Democrats are calling on Premier Christy Clark to boot her minister of advanced education from cabinet after a report concluded he served on a university board of directors that knowingly broke government disclosure rules.

    The premier, however, says Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk is staying put.

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    “Amrik Virk has taken responsibility for how compensation was disclosed at Kwantlen Polytechnic University three years ago,” said a statement issued by Clark Wednesday.

    “He’s committed to making sure the rules and the intent of rules are followed. I have spoken to him and have absolute confidence in him and his ability to serve as minister of advanced education.”

    The Finance Ministry report issued a day earlier found Virk and the rest of the board at the Vancouver-area Kwantlen Polytechnic University failed to meet government disclosure requirements by topping up salaries of senior executives to sweeten job offers.

    NDP Leader John Horgan said the report should either prompt Virk’s resignation or firing, since Virk is now in charge of post-secondary education in the province.

    “Mr. Virk has had a day to reflect upon that (report) and still remains in his mind the minister responsible,” said Horgan. “More troubling is the premier has had a day to reflect on that and has not sought his resignation.”

    The report investigated Kwantlen hiring practices dating back at least three years for a university vice-president and president, at a time when Virk, a former Mountie, was a volunteer board member.

    The report found Kwantlen offered former vice president Anne Lavack a $50,000 pre-employment contract without the board’s knowledge, but in 2012 knowingly approved a similar $50,000 pre-employment offer to current university president Alan Davis.

    “Mr. Virk has clearly demonstrated that he doesn’t believe that the rules are there to be followed,” Horgan said. “He is now in a position to ensure that other people follow those rules. That strikes me at a minimum to be a conflict of interest.”

    When the report was released, Finance Minister Mike de Jong said the findings were troubling and Virk’s actions while on the board were not acceptable, but he did not call for anyone involved, including Virk, to be punished.

    Instead, de Jong said the report recommended government employment bureaucrats at the Post-Secondary Employers’ Association and the Public Sector Employer’s Council and staff within the Advanced Education Ministry conduct mandatory one-day disclosure and reporting sessions every year for executives handling employment issues.

    The report also recommended board members at post-secondary institutions be made aware of their responsibilities and obligations when it comes transparency in disclosing compensation agreements.

    On Wednesday, Virk repeated that he was humbled by the report’s findings and could have done a better job, but will not resign.

    “It’s clear that at the time as a board member, I could have done better,” said Virk. “There were failures. I was part of that board at that time.”

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    Continue reading B.C. NDP slams minister over university report
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