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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

     
  • 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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  • 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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    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.

     
  • 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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  • admin 17:00 on 29/03/2019  

    TORONTO – A University of Toronto student has been detained in Tajikistan, accused of spying.

    Alexander Sodiqov, a PhD student at the University of Toronto, was arrested and accused of “subversion and espionage” on behalf of a foreign country, according to a report on Eurasianet杭州夜网.

    The website reports the charge was linked to an email Sodiqov he allegedly sent June 10, though it’s unclear how authorities got the email or to whom it was addressed.

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    John Heathershaw, Sodiqov’s supervisor at the University of Exeter, issued a statement June 16 claiming Sodiqov was detained while conducting an interview with someone in Khorog, Tajikistan according to Eurasianet.

    “It is now almost 20 hours since we have heard from Alexander Sodiqov who was apparently arrested while conducting research in Tajikistan. We do not know if he has been released or remains detained,” the statement read.  “He is a citizen of Tajikistan who is a PhD student at the University of Toronto and ordinarily resident in Canada.”

    Sodiqov has reportedly not had contact with his lawyer, colleagues or family since his detention June 14.

    Sodiqov was in Tajikistan as part of a research project with the University of Exeter entitled “Rising Powers and Conflict Management in Central Asia.”

    The project, according to the University’s website, aims to explain the “reasons for and the consequences of the failure of Western approaches to conflict management to gain traction in post-Soviet Central Asia.”

    Sodiqov was active online, writing regularly about Tajikistan politics on Global Voices. His two most recent posts on the website are about a man being arrested for insulting the Tajik president on Facebook and a longer story about the mayor of Dushanbe, Tajikistan banning rap and rock music, claiming the music doesn’t conform to the “national culture.”

    The University of Toronto issued a statement urging Tajikistan authorities to respect student’s rights; academics have been tweeting with the hashtag #FreeAlexSodiqov.

    And dozens of academics, including several from Canadian universities, issued a statement Wednesday saying they’re “deeply concerned” for Sodiqov.

    “As scholars of Central Asian affairs, we are deeply concerned about the safety of Mr. Sodiqov and his family and strongly encourage the authorities in Tajikistan to ensure the full protection of Mr. Sodiqov’s and his family’s rights,” the statement reads.

     
  • admin 17:00 on 29/03/2019  

    OTTAWA – “The Liberal Party of Canada’s most pressing policy announcement under Justin Trudeau’s leadership was to endorse the legalization of marijuana … What is more troubling is that Justin has been conducting cross-country tours, speaking to elementary school students about the benefits of marijuana.” – Flyer sent by Veterans Affairs Minister Julian Fantino to residents of Vaughan, Ont., in late July

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    Retired police officer Julian Fantino, the Conservative minister of veterans affairs, recently distributed a flyer to residents of his Toronto-area riding attacking Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s support of marijuana legalization.

    Fantino’s flyer, like similarly worded mailings by other Tory MPs, says Trudeau’s “first order of business is to make marijuana more accessible to minors,” and that the Liberals “want to make buying marijuana a normal, everyday activity for young Canadians.”

    READ MORE: Tory byelection flyer pits Trudeau against former Liberal MP

    It also says the Liberal leader has “visited schools to tell kids that pot should be legal.”

    But just how accurate are the claims in Fantino’s flyer?

    Spoiler alert: The Canadian Press Baloney Meter is a dispassionate examination of political statements culminating in a ranking of accuracy on a scale of “no baloney” to “full of baloney” (complete methodology below).

    This one earns a rating of “a lot of baloney” – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth. Here’s why.

    THE FACTS

    First, let’s look at what Trudeau has said about legalizing marijuana.

    Last summer, he came out in favour of legalization of the drug. Previously, he’d supported decriminalization, but had reservations about making marijuana legal, a policy his party had adopted a year earlier.

    “I did a lot of listening, a lot of reading and a lot of paying attention to the very serious studies that have come out, and I realized that going the road of legalization is actually a responsible thing to look at and to do,” Trudeau said last July.

    Added the Liberal leader: “Marijuana is not a health food supplement. It’s not great for you, but it’s certainly – as many studies have shown – not worse for you than cigarettes or alcohol.”

    The front and back of a leaflet attacking Justin Trudeau, is shown. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

    READ MORE: Justin Trudeau wants to legalize marijuana

    Last November, Trudeau was again asked about marijuana while campaigning for the local Liberal byelection candidate in Manitoba.

    A journalist covering the event tweeted that Trudeau was asked if he would legalize marijuana and he said he would – but he also said the drug was bad for children and it’s safer for the government to control access to it.

    Now, let’s look at what the Conservatives are saying.

    For the record, Fantino is not the only Conservative MP to send a flyer to constituents claiming the Liberal leader is promoting marijuana to children.

    In June, Vancouver MP Wai Young sent around a virtually identical flyer showing a boy about to light a joint next to the words “The Liberal agenda: sell pot in local stores.” Like Fantino’s, Wai’s flyer claims Trudeau has “visited schools to tell kids that pot should be legal.”

    Similar flyers have also been sent out by Saskatchewan MP Kelly Block, Alberta MP Rob Anders and New Brunswick MP John Williamson.

    In fact, Trudeau has made the argument that legalizing, regulating and taxing the drug would help keep it out of the hands of children and starve organized crime of its lucrative marijuana trade.

    WHAT THEY SAY

    The Canadian Press contacted both Fantino and Trudeau’s offices about the flyer.

    Since the flyer refers to multiple “schools,” Fantino’s office was asked about other schools where Trudeau has spoken about marijuana.

    In an emailed response, spokeswoman Ashlee Smith did not identify other schools, nor did she provide evidence to substantiate the claim that Trudeau has spoken to students about the “benefits of marijuana” – as opposed to stating his position.

    In a follow-up phone call, Smith did not provide the name of any other schools or a specific example of Trudeau speaking to students about the benefits of marijuana.

    READ MORE: ‘Prince of Pot’ returns to Canada after U.S. sentence

    Her statement says Trudeau has “completely disregarded the health and safety of Canadians by continuing to ignore the consequences of marijuana use, particularly where children and teenagers are concerned.”

    “We have seen several instances of this, including when he spoke at a school to children and teenagers about the legalization of marijuana, highly inappropriate and completely lacking in judgment which is par for the course with Justin Trudeau,” she wrote.

    The Liberals call the flyers a Conservative “distortion.”

    “Their charge is based on a distortion of a visit Mr. Trudeau made to Brandon during the recent byelection, when he spoke to an audience of high school students and adults at the Sioux Valley First Nation school,” spokesman Cameron Ahmad said in an email.

    “He responded to a question from the audience about legalization of marijuana, and iterated our position after explaining the dangers of drug use.”

    Ahmad said Trudeau has only ever spoken to two elementary schools since becoming Liberal leader: the one in Manitoba and one in Dryden, Ont., during a Skype chat this past March.

    Trudeau did not discuss marijuana during the Dryden school Skype chat, Ahmad added.

    Nelson Wiseman, a political science professor at the University of Toronto, said these sorts of accusations only work if they contain an element of truth.

    “Had Trudeau not said anything about marijuana – had he said that he was against its legalization – and then had this come out, the Conservatives would have been pilloried from top to bottom,” Wiseman said.

    “But now they can say, ‘No, no, no. These are the implications of what he’s saying.”‘

    THE VERDICT

    Trudeau has said the Liberals would legalize marijuana if they form the next government.

    He has also said that the drug is no worse than cigarettes or alcohol. And he has admitted to smoking pot one time since becoming an MP in 2008.

    But the Liberal leader has also acknowledged the drug’s harmful effects and has said legalization would make it more difficult – not easier – for children to get their hands on marijuana.

    At the Manitoba school, Trudeau spoke about legalization. There is no evidence that he spoke about the “benefits of marijuana,” as Fantino’s flyer claims.

    Nor is there any evidence that Trudeau has ever spoken about marijuana at any other school, counter to the flyer’s claim that he “visited schools to tell kids that pot should be legal.”

    Are Conservatives blowing smoke about Trudeau’s pot plan? by TheCanadianPress

    It would be accurate to say Trudeau visited a single school and, in response to a question about marijuana, said he favours legalization and controlling the drug.

    Whether legalizing the drug would make it more accessible to minors is another question. Trudeau argues the current approach is not working and kids are still finding ways to get marijuana. He has not said his first order of business is to make the drug more accessible to minors, or that he wants to make buying it a normal, everyday activity for young Canadians.

    For these reasons, the claims in Fantino’s flyer contain “a lot of baloney.”

    METHODOLOGY

    The Baloney Meter is a project of The Canadian Press that examines the level of accuracy in statements made by politicians. Each claim is researched and assigned a rating based on the following scale:

    No baloney – the statement is completely accurate

    A little baloney – the statement is mostly accurate but more information is required

    Some baloney – the statement is partly accurate but important details are missing

    A lot of baloney – the statement is mostly inaccurate but contains elements of truth

    Full of baloney – the statement is completely inaccurate

    ©2014The Canadian Press

     
  • admin 16:59 on 29/03/2019  

    ABOVE: It was party time in the Chilean capital of Santiago Wednesday night following the country’s shocking 2-0 upset of defending champs Spain

    RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Defending champion Spain, the dominant global football power for the past six years, was eliminated from World Cup contention Wednesday with a 2-0 loss to Chile.

    Spain’s famed passing game failed against a high-tempo, tenacious Chile team, its era ending in the storied Maracana Stadium filled mostly with Chilean supporters.

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    Eduardo Vargas tricked goalkeeper Iker Casillas into diving the wrong way, then shot into an unguarded goal in the 20th minute. Charles Aranguiz scored in the 43rd when the ball landed at his feet after Casillas punched out a free kick.

    Spain’s second loss, after a 5-1 rout by the Netherlands, ended any hope of advancing. Chile and the Netherlands will both advance, regardless of who wins the game between them.

    READ MORE: Netherlands erupts to trounce defending World Cup champs 5-1

    Spain won the European Championship in 2008 and 2012, in addition to the 2010 World Cup.

    Spain came to Brazil with a very similar – but older – team than the one that won those titles. They added Brazilian-born striker Diego Costa, but he failed to score a goal.

    Their “tiki-taka” style of play — keeping the ball for long stretches with short passes, and only shooting when you had a clear opening  — had not been working as well in recent years. Brazil defeated Spain 3-0 in last summer’s Confederations Cup, a warm-up for the World Cup.

    Spain became the third straight European defending World Cup champion to flop in the group stage. France in 2002 and Italy four years ago also failed to advance, or even win a match.

    WATCH: Spanish fans heartbroken as defending champs exit tournament

    Badly needing a win, del Bosque stayed loyal to captain Casillas despite the veteran goalkeeper’s errors against the Dutch.

    Two pillars of Spain’s title runs, Barcelona pair Xavi Hernandez and Gerard Pique with a combined 194 appearances, were left out.

    SEE MORE: Complete scores and group standings 

    Xabi Alonso probably should have joined them. His agonizing first half typified Spain’s problems and his errors led to both goals.

    And Alonso’s selection left a younger version of his former self, Atletico Madrid’s Koke, on the bench until the logical change was made at half time.

    Alonso gave away the ball to Alexis Sanchez to start a move down Chile’s right wing by Arturo Vidal and Aranguiz, leading to Vargas’ score. Alonso trailed behind the play and put his hands to his head.

    Alonso was booked in the 40th before conceding another foul, on Sanchez, three minutes later 22 yards (meters) out.

    When Casillas punched away Sanchez’s curling free-kick, Aranguiz trapped the ball then flicked a rising shot spinning away from the goalkeeper’s reach.

    Alonso had Spain’s best early chance, a 15th-minute shot smothered by Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo.

    Chilean assault on media room

    Earlier Wednesday, about 100 Chilean supporters burst their way through a security checkpoint at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro less than an hour before the game, damaging the media room in an apparent attempt to get into the game.

    WATCH: Chilean fans storm media room in attempt to get into Spain-Chile match

     
  • admin 16:59 on 29/03/2019  

    VANCOUVER – Three human rights groups are planning to launch a legal challenge of a proposed immigration bill that would allow the federal government to strip dual nationals convicted of offences such as terrorism of their Canadian citizenship.

    Amnesty International, the Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers and the B.C. Civil Liberties Association are scheduled to announce their plans during a conference call with reporters on Thursday, although the actual lawsuit will have to wait until Bill C-24 becomes law.

    The Conservative government’s bill would impose new requirements to obtain citizenship and make it easier for the government to revoke it.

    Under the proposed law, dual citizens who are convicted of treason, terrorism or espionage could lose their citizenship. The law could apply in cases in which those citizens are convicted in foreign courts, and it could also apply to people born in Canada if they also have citizenship elsewhere, such as through their parents.

    Currently, someone may be stripped of Canadian citizenship for attaining it through false representations.

    The advocacy groups behind the forthcoming lawsuit argue the proposed law is unconstitutional. They say giving the government the power to revoke people’s citizenship is the same as banishing them into exile.

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    “In Amnesty International’s view, the proposed new revocation provisions are divisive and buy into and promote false and xenophobic narratives about ‘true’ Canadians and others, which equate foreignness with terrorism,” says a report released last week by Amnesty International Canada.

    The groups argue the current bill, which allows the government to rely on convictions in foreign countries, does not include enough safeguards to protect Canadians.

    Opposition MPs and other advocacy groups, including the Canadian Bar Association, have also objected to the bill.

    Immigration Minister Chris Alexander has fiercely defended the proposed law, insisting Canadians support the idea of stripping citizenship from people convicted of war crimes or terrorism.

    “Under the new act, we would have the power to revoke it when someone has refused to reveal that they committed crimes, that they committed human rights abuses, that they committed war crimes,” Alexander told Parliament last week.

    “And yes, Canadians find it entirely acceptable that we should revoke the citizenship of dual nationals for terrorism, spying or treason.”

     
  • 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.

     
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