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Submit News to CKA News Ontario accuses feds of abandoning workers in the province
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:56:38 -0400

Ontario's Liberals waded into the looming federal election Thursday, accusing Prime Minister Stephen Harper of abandoning workers in the province by refusing to co-operate on a new provincial pension plan.
Submit News to CKA News Convicted murderer Thomas Svekla was suspect in disappearances of two Edmonton women whose remains recently found
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:47:27 +0000
In May 2006, an RCMP officer told Thomas George Svekla he was a suspect in the disappearances of Delores Dawn Brower and Corrie Renee Ottenbreit
Submit News to CKA News 'Beloved staff member' of Siloam Mission killed in collision - CTV News
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:45:47 GMT

CTV News

'Beloved staff member' of Siloam Mission killed in collision
CTV News
One person is dead after a collision in Winnipeg's Exchange District Thursday morning. Around 8:50 a.m. Winnipeg police tweeted a serious motor vehicle collision had occurred at Logan Avenue and King Street. Siloam Mission later identified the woman ...
Pedestrian killed 'enriched lives of all she touched' at Siloam MissionCBC.ca
Pedestrian Killed Identified As Siloam Mission Staff MemberCJOB
Pedestrian killed on King Street was Siloam Mission stafferGlobalnews.ca

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Submit News to CKA News London residents stage flowery protest of Canada Post community mailboxes
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:45:47 -0400
Miniature gardens are being planted on concrete pads that will eventually be the site of the shared mailboxes
Submit News to CKA News Port Coquitlam's core reopens after blaze collapses four buildings - CBC.ca
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:39:14 GMT

CBC.ca

Port Coquitlam's core reopens after blaze collapses four buildings
CBC.ca
Downtown Port Coquitlam ?including City Hall? had begun to reopen on Thursday afternoon after flames scorched four buildings and caused millions of dollars damage earlier in the day. "Four (buildings) have essentially collapsed," said Port Coquitlam ...
Four businesses destroyed by massive blaze in Port CoquitlamCTV News
UPDATED: PoCo fire puts business owners on edgeTri-Cities Now
Crews extinguish fire in Port CoquitlamCKNW News Talk 980
Globalnews.ca -The Province -Vancouver Sun
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Submit News to CKA News Man, woman charged in fatal Dupont Street house fire - CBC.ca
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:32:30 GMT

CBC.ca

Man, woman charged in fatal Dupont Street house fire
CBC.ca
Police have charged two people in connection with the death of a man in a house fire last May. On Sunday, May 17, Toronto police and firefighters were called to a home at 1569 Dupont Street, near Perth Avenue, shortly after midnight. At the time, Capt.
Police arrest two in homicide investigation after fatal Junction fireToronto Star
Man who died in Junction fire was murdered, police sayCP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Two people charged in death of Toronto man killed in house fireGlobalnews.ca
BlackburnNews.com
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Submit News to CKA News Brian Hutchinson: Smokers aren?t welcome in Vancouver (unless it?s pot)
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:29:29 +0000
As the city cracks down on Persian-style smoking joints such as Ahwaz Hookah House, marijuana lounges are left alone, for reasons no one in authority could ever articulate
Submit News to CKA News Sousa rips feds for lack of Ontario pension plan help - Toronto Sun
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:25:42 GMT

Toronto Sun

Sousa rips feds for lack of Ontario pension plan help
Toronto Sun
While never close, open hostilities have broken out between the Kathleen Wynne and Stephen Harper governments in the days before an anticipated federal election call. Finance Minister Charles Sousa and Associate Finance Minister Mitzie Hunter accused ...
'Slapping the face of Ontarians': Turf the federal Tories, Ontario Liberal ...National Post
Ontario Liberals call for Tories' defeat over pension fightThe Globe and Mail
Ontario Liberals accuse Harper of abandoning workersCTV News
Toronto Star -CBC.ca
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Submit News to CKA News Potential MH-370 debris confirms thesis, but offers few clues
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:25:00 +0000

If link to Malaysia Airlines Flight MH-370 is confirmed, it will be the first hard evidence after a year of fruitless searching

The post Potential MH-370 debris confirms thesis, but offers few clues appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Submit News to CKA News See inside the just-opened Toronto island airport tunnel that burrows 30 ... - National Post
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:24:04 GMT

National Post

See inside the just-opened Toronto island airport tunnel that burrows 30 ...
National Post
A long-touted fixed link between Toronto's oft-controversial island airport and the downtown mainland opened to the public on Thursday, more than a year after it was originally scheduled for completion. The 260-metre underground pedestrian tunnel cost ...
Pedestrian tunnel to Toronto's island airport opensToronto Sun
New $82.5 million island airport pedestrian tunnel 'a win for Torontonians'Toronto Star
Billy Bishop Airport pedestrian tunnel officially opens to the publicCP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Newstalk 1010 -Torontoist -Digital Journal
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Submit News to CKA News Sorry, Thunderboy and Aragon: Liam and Olivia are the most popular baby names in Alberta
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:12:55 +0000
Some of the 'creative' names for boys included Thunderboy, Goodness, Huckleberry and Innocent. For girls, parents chose creative monikers such as Valkyrie, Meadow, Melon, Disney and Bandit
Submit News to CKA News ?It?s fine. Thank you': Jennifer Beals confronted after being caught leaving her dog in a hot car in Vancouver
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 19:04:50 +0000
The 'Flashdance' actress was filmed returning to her Ford Escape with a large dog inside and the window only a few inches open
Submit News to CKA News Abortion pill approved: Canada reacts to RU-486
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:04:00 -0400
Health Canada's approval of abortion pill RU-486 drew strong reactions from both sides of the abortion divide, while Minister of Health Rona Ambrose offered a closely worded response.
Submit News to CKA News Crews dealing with several businesses on fire in Port Coquitlam
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:59:14 Z
Emergency crews are on scene of a fire at several businesses in Port Coquitlam.
Submit News to CKA News UBC's Quantum Matter Institute received $66.5 million from Ottawa
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:57:52 Z
The University of B.C.’s Quantum Matter Institute has received $66.5 million dollars over seven years from the federal government.
Submit News to CKA News Gas prices in Metro Vancouver to drop tonight, says expert
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:55:31 Z
Gas prices are expected to drop by four cents a litre overnight Thursday, just in time for that long weekend road trip.
Submit News to CKA News Vancouver police release new photo of tattooed suspect accused in armed change-jar robbery of 7-year-old girl
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:55:26 Z
'Someone knows who they are and we hope that the appalling circumstances of the crime will convince someone to come forward'
Submit News to CKA News Sex assault survivor Rinelle Harper ?resilient? as tragedy strikes again
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:49:22 +0000
Rinelle's story has galvanized many Canadians. Among them, Amanda Lindhout, a journalist, kidnapped in Somalia, who has this report on the latest in the family?s struggle
Submit News to CKA News Sex assault survivor Rinelle Harper ?resilient? as tragedy strikes again
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:49:22 Z
Rinelle's story has galvanized many Canadians. Among them, Amanda Lindhout, a journalist, kidnapped in Somalia, who has this report on the latest in the family’s struggle
Submit News to CKA News NS police investigate after workers find skull in old school - CTV News
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:43:02 GMT

CTV News

NS police investigate after workers find skull in old school
CTV News
NEW GLASGOW, N.S. -- Police in Nova Scotia say the remains discovered in an old school in New Glasgow consist of a human skull. New Glasgow Regional Police say construction workers were demolishing the former Temperance Street School when they ...
Human remains found in New Glasgow a skullCBC.ca
Police confirm skull found at former Nova Scotia school is humanMetroNews Canada
UPDATED: Police confim skull found in former New Glasgow school is humanNG News
Globalnews.ca -Cape Breton Post -Truro Daily News
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Submit News to CKA News Political parties prepare for lengthy election campaign ahead of Oct. 19 vote
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:40:21 Z
OTTAWA — Canada’s federal political parties are actively carving out their final plans for the Oct. 19 election campaign, which is expected to get underway this weekend. Sources familiar with the plans say Stephen Harper is expected to visit the Governor General on Sunday to ask that Parliament be dissolved. The prime minister is also […]
Submit News to CKA News Editorial: A long-waited drug approval
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:39:37 Z
Health Canada's approval of the abortion drug RU-486 will help to reduce the irrationality and inequity in access to abortion in Canada.
Submit News to CKA News Fortune of murdered Vancouver millionaire may have to be split among several children he fathered: Lawyer
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:35:49 +0000
The mother of an alleged love child fathered by Gang Yuan has claimed her daughter is the sole heir of Yuan's $50 million fortune
Submit News to CKA News New Mexico 911 dispatcher had no reason to hang up while caller tried to aid dying friend: emergency dispatch expert
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:29:22 EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—A 911 caller said she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible before a New Mexico dispatcher told her to “deal with it yourself” and hung up as the caller sought aid.

Seventeen-year-old Esperanza Quintero told The Associated Press Wednesday that she wished dispatcher Matthew Sanchez had done more to help after her friend Jaydon Chavez-Silver was shot in June while he was watching friends play cards inside a home. He later died.

In the recording, Quintero snaps at Sanchez for repeatedly asking whether the 17-year-old Chavez-Silver is breathing.

“It was upsetting at the time but I didn’t have a choice,” Quintero said. “What more could I have done?”

The exchange illustrates the stress that comes with life-and death 911 calls and how they can be mishandled.

“Somebody with no experience at all, it’s almost understandable,” said Brett Patterson of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. “But if you’re trained and certified, it’s not forgivable. That should never happen.”

Officials said Sanchez was employed by the Albuquerque Fire Department for 10 years and was a firefighter before being assigned to a dispatcher job. It was unclear why the change was made.

He resigned Tuesday after the recording was made public.

Efforts to reach Sanchez were unsuccessful. A message left with Local 224 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, the union representing Albuquerque firefighters, was not immediately returned.

Dr. Jeff Clawson, medical and research director of the academies, said records show Sanchez became certified as a dispatcher in February 2012 and was re-certified two years later.

“He had relatively high scores on the exam. There were no other notes negative or otherwise in the file,” Clawson said. He added that Albuquerque has a top-notch reputation within the emergency dispatch community.

Most training makes emergency dispatchers aware that being on the receiving end of comments by an angry caller is a common occurrence. The key is not to take it personally, Patterson said.

“You need to keep yourself out of that fray and understand, empathize that people on the other end of the line are in their worst possible position,” he said.

Quintero told KOAT-TV that she tried to stop Chavez-Silver from bleeding and gave him CPR.

“I am keeping him alive!” Quintero is heard saying on the 911 call.

Sanchez asks, “Is he not breathing?”

The caller responds, “Barely!”

The caller is then heard frantically encouraging Chavez-Silver to keep breathing.

“One more breath! One more breath!” Quintero tells him. “There you go Jaydon. One more breath! There you go Jaydon. Good job! Just stay with me, OK? OK?”

Sanchez then asks again, “Is he breathing?”

Quintero responded, “He is barely breathing, how many times do I have to (expletive) tell you?”

“OK, you know what ma’am? You can deal with it yourself. I am not going to deal with this, OK?” the dispatcher says.

It seemed from the tape that Sanchez hung up on the caller in mid-sentence.

“No, my friend is dying,” she said as the call ended.

Sanchez dispatched an ambulance to the scene before he hung up and it arrived less than five minutes after it was sent, Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Romero said.

Chavez-Silver was rushed to a hospital where he died. Investigators said a bullet struck him in his upper body.

Chavez-Silver’s mother Nicole Chavez said the family was heartbroken after hearing the 911 call.

“It was like a nightmare coming back all over again and hearing our son fight for his life in the background,” Chavez said. “I am deeply upset with the dispatcher. His behaviour and response on the call was completely unacceptable.”

Patterson said the dispatcher should have acknowledged Quintero’s frustration, then forged ahead with whatever protocol he was trained to follow.

“You move on with what’s actually happening at the scene and disregard the emotional content,” he said.

The family said Chavez-Silver, a recent high school graduate, had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

Police said he was watching the card game at a friend’s house when six shots were fired at the bay windows from outside. Witnesses said Chavez-Silver yelled that he had been shot, then fell to the floor.

No arrests have been made in the shooting.

Submit News to CKA News Election call coming? Some Sask. candidates still to be nominated - CBC.ca
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:26:00 GMT

CBC.ca

Election call coming? Some Sask. candidates still to be nominated
CBC.ca
With a federal election looming, some parties may have to scramble to nominate candidates in all Saskatchewan ridings. CBC News has been told that an election call could come as early as Sunday. If that happens, the Conservatives will be ready.
Trudeau 'not worried' about trailing in poll on economic trustCTV News
Burnaby riding shaping up as a hot battlegroundBurnaby Now
The Year of the Grizzly: NDP leader tests campaign...www.insideottawavalley.com/
Nanaimo News Bulletin -Troy Media -National Post
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Submit News to CKA News ?Slapping the face of Ontarians?: Turf the federal Tories, Ontario Liberal minister urges
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:21:54 +0000
David Reevely: 'This is a cynical, partisan stunt, executed on the eve of a federal election campaign,' Finance Minister Charles Sousa said
Submit News to CKA News Singer Alysha Brilla and sisters argue with police over right to ride bikes ... - Boing Boing
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:14:44 GMT

Boing Boing

Singer Alysha Brilla and sisters argue with police over right to ride bikes ...
Boing Boing
Indo-Tanzanian-Canadian musician singer Alysha Brilla and her two sisters, Tameera and Nadia, said that a police officer pulled them over because they were riding bikes at night without wearing shirts. The officer told them to put their tops on and the ...
Going topless is suddenly hot againToronto Sun
Tasha Kheiriddin: Bare boobs will not make a better worldNational Post
Topless Ontario!AM900 CHML
Waterloo Record -TheChronicleHerald.ca
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Submit News to CKA News Opinion: Stephen Harper can't just refuse to fill Senate vacancies
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:14:26 Z
Stubbornness, obstinacy, or an indefinite moratorium on Senate appointments cannot overcome explicit constitutional obligations. Canada has a bicameral federal Parliament and the Senate plays a central role for its proper operation.
Submit News to CKA News Photos: Vancouver's gorgeous private Japanese gardens
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:13:52 Z
Admired for their simplicity and elegance, Japanese Gardens also tend to be low-maintenance. The refined Japanese garden esthetic can be achieved with guidance by members of Vancouver Japanese Gardeners Association.
Submit News to CKA News Passengers on Porter flight clash when male ultra-Orthodox Jew refuses to sit next to woman
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 18:10:28 Z
‘When someone doesn't look at you, and when someone doesn't acknowledge you as person because of your gender, you're a lot less willing to be accommodating’
Submit News to CKA News Elderly woman dies after being pulled from Scarborough pool
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:07:28 EDT

The 83-year-old woman who was pulled from a swimming pool in Scarborough on Wednesday afternoon has died.

Emergency services arrived on scene to a home in the area of Lawrence Ave. and McCowan Dr. yesterday at 12:10, in response to a neighbour’s call who said that they heard someone fall into the pool.

Toronto Paramedics said that the woman was found not breathing in the pool. A water rescue was conducted to remove the woman from the pool before she was rushed to hospital.

Police tweeted just after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday that the woman had died.

No further information regarding the identity of the woman has been released. Police said that the family of the woman has requested privacy.

Submit News to CKA News 1,735 HOV tickets issued during Pan Am Games
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:06:01 -0400

Nearly $200,000 in fines were issued to motorists caught illegally using the highly controversial HOV lanes in the GTA during the Pan Am Games.
Submit News to CKA News University of Virginia grads sue Rolling Stone magazine over campus rape story
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:52:02 EDT

RICHMOND, VA.—Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity who were portrayed in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article’s author, court records show.

The three men, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford and Ross Fowler, filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New York. They are also suing Rolling Stone’s publisher, Wenner Media.

A lawyer for the men said they suffered “vicious and hurtful attacks” because of inaccuracies in the November 2014 article, which was written by journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

Separately, Wenner Media said in a news release that Will Dana, Rolling Stone’s managing editor, will be leaving the magazine next month. The release said that after 19 years at Rolling Stone, Dana has “has decided he is ready for a change and a new challenge.”

The release did not mention the University of Virginia article or give any other reason for Dana’s departure.

In the lawsuit, the three 2013 graduates said the article “created a simple and direct way to match the alleged attackers” from the alleged gang rape to them based on details provided in the story.

For instance, Elias’s room at the fraternity house was “the mostly likely scene of the alleged crime,” based on the details in the Rolling Stone article.

“Upon release of the article, family friends, acquaintances, co-workers and reporters easily matched (Elias) as one of the alleged attackers and, among other things, interrogated him, humiliated him, and scolded him,” the lawsuit said, adding that Hadford and Fowler “suffered similar attacks.”

In the lawsuit, their lawyer said each of their identities was listed online by anonymous users when the article first came out and each of their “names will forever be associated with the alleged gang rape.”

“These claims had a devastating effect on each of the plaintiffs’ reputations,” their lawyer, Alan L. Frank, wrote in Wednesday’s filing.

The men are suing on three counts, including defamation and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and are asking for at least $75,000 (U.S.) for each count.

Kathryn Brenner, a spokeswoman for Wenner Media, said the magazine refused to comment on the lawsuit. Erdely did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday. A Rolling Stone representative couldn’t immediately be reached late Wednesday for comment on the newspaper’s report about Dana leaving the magazine.

The Charlottesville Police Department has said it found no evidence to back the claims of the woman identified in the story only as “Jackie,” who said she was raped in 2012 by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house.

A U.Va. associate dean sued Rolling Stone magazine for more than $7.5 million in May, saying a debunked and retracted account of an alleged gang rape on campus cast her as the “chief villain.”

A report published by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism earlier this year said Rolling Stone failed at virtually every step of the process, from the reporting by Erdely to an editing process that included high-ranking staffers.

No one at Rolling Stone was fired as a result of the article, titled “A Rape on Campus.” Dana posted an apology on the publication’s website and Erdely also apologized in a statement.

The article roiled the U.Va. community, sparking protests at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house and a wrenching period of soul-searching by the university. For the three former students, the article made them unable to focus on school and work, and embarrassed them about their association with the fraternity.

Despite its flaws, the Rolling Stone article heightened scrutiny of campus sexual assaults amid a campaign by President Barack Obama. The University of Virginia had already been on the Department of Education’s list of 55 colleges under investigation for their handling of sexual assault violations.

The article also prompted president Teresa Sullivan to temporarily suspend some social events. Fraternities later agreed to ban kegs, hire security workers and keep at least three fraternity members sober at each event.

Submit News to CKA News Showing surgeons ?massive? cost of disposable supplies leads to big savings for hospitals
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:44:23 Z
Single-use or disposable surgical supplies that range from sutures to scalpels and sterile drapes can total thousands of dollars per case and add millions to hospital budgets
Submit News to CKA News Ontario Liberals call for Tories? defeat over pension fight
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:30:41 -0400
Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa fired a shot Finance Minister Joe Oliver, who said two weeks ago that Ottawa would do nothing to assist in the creation and operation of the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan
Submit News to CKA News Amid election rumours, Tories hurry a Toyota funding announcement
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:29:02 -0400
The Ontario government says the federal Industry Minister?s office asked that the announcement, planned for August 7, be advanced to Friday morning
Submit News to CKA News Video shows Conservative MPs reading from identical script
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:28:14 EDT

The message sounds familiar in a mash-up of speeches delivered by 13 Conservative MPs this week.

“Our conservative government has delivered on our promises,” they each say.

“We’ve cut taxes for families, for seniors and for every single Canadian. The universal child care benefit is supporting every single family with children.”

“And we balance the budget.”

The video, posted by PressProgress, combined speeches uploaded on YouTube this week by 13 MPs, including GTA MPs Mike Wallance, Wladyslaw Lizon, and John Carmichael. The video includes clips of robots and a news clip of Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre repeating the mantra, “The prime minister has now balanced the budget.”

The MPs’videos, about 40 seconds long, all end the same way:

“I’m proud to represent you in supporting a government that remains focused on the priorities of Canadians.”

PressProgress, a media project of the Broadbent Institute, posted on its website that critics have called conservative MPs “mindless robots” for years.

“The MPs read word-for-word from the exact same script, what other explanation could there be?” says the post.

Submit News to CKA News Conservatives? Trudeau attack ad is prompting NDP supporters to vote Liberal: Forum Research poll
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:27:04 Z
The ad is having an adverse effect on the NDP — 21% of supporters viewing the commercial said it made them more likely to vote for Trudeau
Submit News to CKA News Conservatives? Trudeau attack ad is prompting NDP supporters to vote Liberal: Forum Research poll
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:27:03 +0000
The ad is having an adverse effect on the NDP ? 21% of supporters viewing the commercial said it made them more likely to vote for Trudeau
Submit News to CKA News Fassbender now responsible for TransLink after Clark shuffles BC cabinet - Vancouver Sun
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:11:37 GMT

Vancouver Sun

Fassbender now responsible for TransLink after Clark shuffles BC cabinet
Vancouver Sun
VICTORIA ? Premier Christy Clark shuffled her cabinet Thursday, moving Peter Fassbender from the education ministry and appointing him the minister responsible for Metro Vancouver's transit woes. Fassbender is now Minister Responsible for TransLink, ...
BC Premier Christy Clark hands Fassbender difficult portfolio of TransLinkThe Globe and Mail
cabinet shuffle puts Peter Fassbender in charge of TransLinkCBC.ca
Cabinet shuffle: Major shakeup at the BC legislatureCTV News
The Province -News1130 -Times Colonist
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Submit News to CKA News Around the Bloc again: The renewed militarism of Quebec sovereignty
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:10:38 +0000

With shrinking coffers and membership, the Bloc Québécois is returning to its militant roots to fight for sovereignty?and survival

The post Around the Bloc again: The renewed militarism of Quebec sovereignty appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Submit News to CKA News In defence of the trophy hunt
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:10:29 +0000

There's nothing wrong with a properly managed trophy hunt?at least, nothing worse than your hamburger

The post In defence of the trophy hunt appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Submit News to CKA News The problem with Barack Obama?s foreign policy approach
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 17:09:57 +0000

Barack Obama has extended a hand to two old enemies in Iran and Cuba. Here's why you shouldn't expect them to unclench their fists.

The post The problem with Barack Obama’s foreign policy approach appeared first on Macleans.ca.

Submit News to CKA News Oilpatch pain persists as Cenovus to cut hundreds more jobs this year
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:50:00 -0400
It's another gloomy day in the oilpatch with oilsands giant Cenovus Energy Inc. announcing 300 to 400 jobs cuts in its Calgary office by year-end.
Submit News to CKA News 1735 HOV tickets issued during Pan Am Games - Toronto Sun
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:46:14 GMT

Toronto Sun

1735 HOV tickets issued during Pan Am Games
Toronto Sun
Nearly $200,000 in fines were issued to motorists caught illegally using the highly controversial HOV lanes in the GTA during the Pan Am Games. Toronto Police say the goal Integrated Security Unit, responsible for security during the Pan Am Games, was ...
Police issued more than 1700 tickets over improper use of Pan Am HOV lanesThe Globe and Mail
HOV lanes result in thousands of traffic ticketsCBC.ca
McArthur|Where should the money collected from HOV infractions go?640 Toronto News
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Submit News to CKA News Man stabs several at Jerusalem gay pride parade before being arrested
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:46:00 -0400
An Ultra-Orthodox Jewish man lunged into a group of revelers at Jerusalem's annual gay pride parade and stabbed six people Thursday evening as they marched in the holy city, Israeli police and witnesses said.
Submit News to CKA News Do parents benefit from the increased child-care payout?
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:43:38 -0400

It was billed as Christmas in July.
Submit News to CKA News Blue Jays get David Price in trade with Tigers
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:38:01 EDT

In an attempt to end the longest postseason drought in professional sports, the Blue Jays continued to load up for a pennant race Thursday, acquiring ace lefty David Price from the Detroit Tigers.

Going the other way in the deal is a package of minor-league pitching prospects headlined by Daniel Norris, who is widely considered the Jays’ top prospect and biggest trade chip.

Norris made five starts for Toronto this season going 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA, while adding a 3-10 record with a 4.27 ERA in 16 starts at Class AAA Buffalo.

The other pieces in the trade are 24-year-old left-hander Matt Boyd, who made two starts for Toronto this season, and 21-year-old lefty Jairo Labourt, who represented the Jays at the MLB Futures Game during the all-star break.

Price, who is a free agent at season’s end, would be a massive upgrade for the Jays’ pitching staff, which is the team’s biggest weakness.

The 2012 Cy Young winner and five-time all-star is 9-4 this season with a 2.53 ERA. The first overall pick in the 2007 draft spent the first six years of his career with the Tampa Bay Rays before being traded to Detroit before last year’s trade deadline.

The 29-year-old led the majors in innings pitched and strikeouts last season.

The Jays have an open spot in the rotation Sunday against Kansas City after Felix Doubrant was designated for assignment.

Price last pitched Tuesday against the Rays, giving up seven hits and five earned runs over six innings in a losing effort. He could potentially have up to 12 starts for the Jays with 60 games left in the season.

The Detroit Tigers are in Baltimore for a series against the Orioles.

Price is 7-0 with a 3.86 ERA in nine starts at Rogers Centre.

He’s making $19.75 million (U.S) in the final year of his contract.

“Excitement at an all-time high. Get to compete and chill with one of my role models in baseball. See you in September my man!” injured Jays starter Marcus Stroman tweeted.

This would be the second straight year Price has been traded at the deadline.

The Tigers gave up outfielder Austin Jackson, infielder Willy Adames and starter Drew Smyly last year as part of a three-team deal to get Price.

“It’s getting hot up in the six!!” tweeted third baseman Josh Donaldson.

Boyd posted a 9-2 record with a 1.68 ERA in 18 starts for Class AA New Hampshire and Buffalo in 2015 and made his MLB debut vs. Texas on June 27.

Labourt is 2-7 with a 4.59 ERA in 18 starts at Class A Dunedin.

Submit News to CKA News Blue moon to appear tonight
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:38:00 EDT

Look out into the sky after midnight tonight, and you will be able to sneak a peek at a “once-in-a-blue-moon” phenomenon: A blue moon, itself.

The “blue” moon will be visible on Friday. Its appearance marks the second full moon in the month of July, a phenomenon that won’t happen again until 2018.

But what exactly does a blue moon look like, and is it really all that rare?

What is a blue moon?

When two full moons fall within the same calendar month, that second moon is called a blue moon. The first full moon this month was seen on July 2.

“It’s basically because a lunation is 29-and-a-half days . . . that you wind up having a second full moon in a calendar month,” explained Paul Mortfield of The David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill.

“All it is, is an extra full moon that we get, and that’s been going on for millennia,” Mortfield told the Star.

Confusingly, the term “blue moon” can also be used to describe the third of four full moons that occur in a single season.

Where does the definition come from?

NASA says the original definition of a blue moon, detailed in the Maine Farmer’s Almanac, was “so convoluted many astronomers struggled to understand it.”

A 1946 article in Sky & Telescope magazine, however, redefined the term blue moon as a “second (full moon) in a month.”

Although this was a mistake, the definition stuck, and we have come to use it that way ever since.

How often do blue moons occur?

Two full moons generally appear in the same month once every two or three years: the last occurrence was in August 2012, and the next one is expected in January 2018.

The second type of blue moon, the third of four full moons in a season, happens every three years or so. The last was in 2010, and the next one is expected in May 2016.

Will the blue moon actually be blue?

The long and short of it is: no.

“The colour of the moon is not blue. That’s the most important fact. It’s not blue. It’s just the second full moon of a calendar month,” Mortfield said.

NASA explains that “squeezing a second full moon into a calendar month doesn’t change its colour.”

So the blue moon will look like any other moon: pale gray and white.

But a blue moon can take on the colour of its name on rare occasions, such as during a volcanic eruption.

In 1883, ash from the Krakatoa volcano in Indonesia turned the moon blue after “Krakatoa’s clouds . . . acted like a blue filter,” NASA said. The same thing happened in 1983 when El Chichon erupted in Mexico and with Mt. St. Helens in 1980 and Mount Pinatubo in 1991.

Can forest fires can also change its colour?

Yes, the smoke from forest fires can also alter the colour of the moon.

NASA explained that people in the western United States, where forest fires are currently burning, may see a blue-ish hue on the blue moon.

But “more likely, it’ll be red,” the agency said, due to ash and dust particles. “This kind of cloud makes the moon turn red; indeed, red blue moons are far more common than blue blue moons.”

When and where can I see the blue moon?

The moon will be at its fullest at 6:43 a.m. EDT on July 31, SkyNews.ca reported, but the sun will have already come up in Toronto by then.

Observers will still have two opportunities to see the blue moon, Mortfield said: after midnight on Thursday night (technically Friday), as well as anytime Friday evening after the sun sets at around 8:40 p.m.

“The moon will be up tonight (Thursday) if it’s clear, and it’s coming up as essentially a full moon, so if you’re looking at it anytime . . . before morning twilight, it will be closest to the actual full moon point,” he said.

“It’s easy to see. It’s bright. Just look up! No telescope required.”

Submit News to CKA News Showing surgeons ?massive? cost of disposable supplies leads to big savings for hospitals
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:29:48 +0000
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Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:30:08 EDT

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA—The decomposed remains of a young girl found in a suitcase dumped in Australia do not belong to missing British girl Madeleine McCann, police say.

The bones were found earlier this month in bushes near the South Australia state capital Adelaide.

South Australia police detective superintendent Des Bray said late Wednesday that 43 children had now been eliminated as the victim in the murder investigation, including McCann.

“I can confirm that Madeleine McCann has been totally excluded as a potential victim and U.K. police have been advised,” he said.

McCann was 3 when she went missing while on vacation in Portugal with her family in 2007. The case has never been solved.

British police investigating McCann’s disappearance said this week they had been in touch with Australian authorities about the discovery of the young girl’s remains.

Police believe the remains belong to a fair-haired girl aged between two and half years and four years who might have been dead for up to eight years.

Submit News to CKA News Sugar Beach offers sun, sand . . . and a lakeview of a freighter
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:05:56 EDT

For downtown Toronto residents, there are few better places to spend one of the hottest days of the year than Sugar Beach.

It’s got it all — sun, sand . . . and a ship unloading at Redpath Sugar Refinery.

Sunbathers hoping to lazily gaze out over Lake Ontario on Thursday were met with the 225 metre-long Whitefish Bay freighter, obscuring the splendor of the glistening, shimmering blue water.

In the midst of a summer that experts successfully predicted would be cooler than normal, finally highs of 32 C started to hit Ontario this week. As if on cue, the bulk carrier pulled into harbour. The irony was perhaps the only thing sweeter than the cargo.

Thankfully, the unsightly ship wasn’t enough to deter sun-soaked Toronto residents from enjoying the day. Far from being outraged, they were just happy to laugh at the irony while the skies were blue.

“I think it’s just a fact of it being close to the sugar factory, I just have to accept it,” Noelle Macdonald said with a smile.

Retired TTC engineer Derek Ladyman was looking on the bright side, too.

“It’s been more than a great day, it’s been a great week. I’ve been out here two or three days. I think the ship’s been here for a few days, too, and it should be travelling away soon.”

Amongst the Muskoka chairs at Sugar Beach, the belief is every freight carrier has a silver lining.

Submit News to CKA News Kenyan elephants slain as world mourned Cecil the lion
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 15:00:15 EDT

NAIROBI, KENYA—While the world mourned Cecil, the 13-year-old lion allegedly shot by an American hunter in Zimbabwe, an even more devastating poaching incident was quietly carried out in Kenya.

Poachers killed five elephants in Tsavo West National Park on Monday night. The carcasses were recovered by rangers on Tuesday morning — what appeared to be an adult female and her four offspring, their tusks hacked off.

While the killing of the lion in Zimbabwe has attracted the world’s attention, the death of the five elephants has received almost no coverage, even though elephants are under a far greater threat from poachers than lions. Their tusks can be sold in Asia for more than $1,300 (Canadian) per pound.

“It’s just devastating,” said Paul Gathitu, a spokesman for Kenya Wildlife Service. “It took us completely by surprise.”

Kenyan investigators say the poachers crossed the border from neighbouring Tanzania, slaughtered the elephants and then quickly returned to their base, making them difficult to track. Tsavo stretches along the border for more than 80 kilometres.

Rangers heard gunshots ring out on Monday evening. They searched all night through the vast park and discovered the carnage the next morning. There was blood and loose skin where the tusks were cut off. Kenyan authorities say the poachers escaped on motorcycles, carrying their loot.

In recent years, the poaching of elephants has increased exponentially because of the demand for ivory in Asia, where it’s used for unproven medicinal purposes. Between 2010 and 2012, poachers killed more than 100,000 African elephants — a level of destruction that put the species on the road to extinction. Unlike many other animals, elephants mourn the death of their brethren, wrapping their trunks around the bones or carcasses of the deceased.

While the African lion population is also under threat, it is largely because their habitats are being destroyed by farmers and developers, not because the animals are hunted.

Kenyan authorities say they were making progress in the fight against poachers before the recent killing at Tsavo. Last year, the government deployed 550 new rangers. Advances in technology have allowed researchers to monitor herds using GPS trackers, gauging when they might be under threat based on their movement and speed.

“We’ve increased our intelligence and our operations. We were having success,” Gathitu said. “That’s why we’re so surprised.”

In Tsavo, investigators are searching for the men who killed the five elephants. Two suspects have been arrested. Security officials found a bloodstained axe and a hacksaw in one of their homes.

It’s not just Kenya where mass elephant killings occur. In Congo, 30 elephants were killed in 15 days this year in Garamba National Park. The illegal wildlife trade is valued at between $9 billion to $13 billionannually.

“We are in an elephant crisis right now,” Iain Douglas-Hamilton, the founder of Save the Elephants, a non-governmental organization, said recently.

Just two days before the Tsavo elephants were killed, U.S. President Barack Obama announced during a visit to Kenya that he would introduce more restrictions in the United States to diminish the market for ivory there. The regulation would prevent the sale of ivory from African elephants across state lines.

But the United States makes up only a fraction of the international ivory market, and regulations in Asia remain loosely enforced.

Submit News to CKA News New Mexico 911 dispatcher had no reason to hang up while caller tried to aid dying friend: emergency dispatch expert
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:29:22 EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.—A 911 caller said she was panicked about a friend being shot but stayed as calm as possible before a New Mexico dispatcher told her to “deal with it yourself” and hung up as the caller sought aid.

Seventeen-year-old Esperanza Quintero told The Associated Press Wednesday that she wished dispatcher Matthew Sanchez had done more to help after her friend Jaydon Chavez-Silver was shot in June while he was watching friends play cards inside a home. He later died.

In the recording, Quintero snaps at Sanchez for repeatedly asking whether the 17-year-old Chavez-Silver is breathing.

“It was upsetting at the time but I didn’t have a choice,” Quintero said. “What more could I have done?”

The exchange illustrates the stress that comes with life-and death 911 calls and how they can be mishandled.

“Somebody with no experience at all, it’s almost understandable,” said Brett Patterson of the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch. “But if you’re trained and certified, it’s not forgivable. That should never happen.”

Officials said Sanchez was employed by the Albuquerque Fire Department for 10 years and was a firefighter before being assigned to a dispatcher job. It was unclear why the change was made.

He resigned Tuesday after the recording was made public.

Efforts to reach Sanchez were unsuccessful. A message left with Local 224 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, the union representing Albuquerque firefighters, was not immediately returned.

Dr. Jeff Clawson, medical and research director of the academies, said records show Sanchez became certified as a dispatcher in February 2012 and was re-certified two years later.

“He had relatively high scores on the exam. There were no other notes negative or otherwise in the file,” Clawson said. He added that Albuquerque has a top-notch reputation within the emergency dispatch community.

Most training makes emergency dispatchers aware that being on the receiving end of comments by an angry caller is a common occurrence. The key is not to take it personally, Patterson said.

“You need to keep yourself out of that fray and understand, empathize that people on the other end of the line are in their worst possible position,” he said.

Quintero told KOAT-TV that she tried to stop Chavez-Silver from bleeding and gave him CPR.

“I am keeping him alive!” Quintero is heard saying on the 911 call.

Sanchez asks, “Is he not breathing?”

The caller responds, “Barely!”

The caller is then heard frantically encouraging Chavez-Silver to keep breathing.

“One more breath! One more breath!” Quintero tells him. “There you go Jaydon. One more breath! There you go Jaydon. Good job! Just stay with me, OK? OK?”

Sanchez then asks again, “Is he breathing?”

Quintero responded, “He is barely breathing, how many times do I have to (expletive) tell you?”

“OK, you know what ma’am? You can deal with it yourself. I am not going to deal with this, OK?” the dispatcher says.

It seemed from the tape that Sanchez hung up on the caller in mid-sentence.

“No, my friend is dying,” she said as the call ended.

Sanchez dispatched an ambulance to the scene before he hung up and it arrived less than five minutes after it was sent, Fire Department spokeswoman Melissa Romero said.

Chavez-Silver was rushed to a hospital where he died. Investigators said a bullet struck him in his upper body.

Chavez-Silver’s mother Nicole Chavez said the family was heartbroken after hearing the 911 call.

“It was like a nightmare coming back all over again and hearing our son fight for his life in the background,” Chavez said. “I am deeply upset with the dispatcher. His behaviour and response on the call was completely unacceptable.”

Patterson said the dispatcher should have acknowledged Quintero’s frustration, then forged ahead with whatever protocol he was trained to follow.

“You move on with what’s actually happening at the scene and disregard the emotional content,” he said.

The family said Chavez-Silver, a recent high school graduate, had enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

Police said he was watching the card game at a friend’s house when six shots were fired at the bay windows from outside. Witnesses said Chavez-Silver yelled that he had been shot, then fell to the floor.

No arrests have been made in the shooting.

Submit News to CKA News Elderly woman dies after being pulled from Scarborough pool
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:07:28 EDT

The 83-year-old woman who was pulled from a swimming pool in Scarborough on Wednesday afternoon has died.

Emergency services arrived on scene to a home in the area of Lawrence Ave. and McCowan Dr. yesterday at 12:10, in response to a neighbour’s call who said that they heard someone fall into the pool.

Toronto Paramedics said that the woman was found not breathing in the pool. A water rescue was conducted to remove the woman from the pool before she was rushed to hospital.

Police tweeted just after 1:30 p.m. on Thursday that the woman had died.

No further information regarding the identity of the woman has been released. Police said that the family of the woman has requested privacy.

Submit News to CKA News University of Virginia grads sue Rolling Stone magazine over campus rape story
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:52:02 EDT

RICHMOND, VA.—Three University of Virginia graduates and members of a fraternity who were portrayed in a debunked account of a gang rape in a retracted Rolling Stone magazine story filed a lawsuit against the publication and the article’s author, court records show.

The three men, George Elias IV, Stephen Hadford and Ross Fowler, filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in New York. They are also suing Rolling Stone’s publisher, Wenner Media.

A lawyer for the men said they suffered “vicious and hurtful attacks” because of inaccuracies in the November 2014 article, which was written by journalist Sabrina Rubin Erdely.

Separately, Wenner Media said in a news release that Will Dana, Rolling Stone’s managing editor, will be leaving the magazine next month. The release said that after 19 years at Rolling Stone, Dana has “has decided he is ready for a change and a new challenge.”

The release did not mention the University of Virginia article or give any other reason for Dana’s departure.

In the lawsuit, the three 2013 graduates said the article “created a simple and direct way to match the alleged attackers” from the alleged gang rape to them based on details provided in the story.

For instance, Elias’s room at the fraternity house was “the mostly likely scene of the alleged crime,” based on the details in the Rolling Stone article.

“Upon release of the article, family friends, acquaintances, co-workers and reporters easily matched (Elias) as one of the alleged attackers and, among other things, interrogated him, humiliated him, and scolded him,” the lawsuit said, adding that Hadford and Fowler “suffered similar attacks.”

In the lawsuit, their lawyer said each of their identities was listed online by anonymous users when the article first came out and each of their “names will forever be associated with the alleged gang rape.”

“These claims had a devastating effect on each of the plaintiffs’ reputations,” their lawyer, Alan L. Frank, wrote in Wednesday’s filing.

The men are suing on three counts, including defamation and negligent infliction of emotional distress, and are asking for at least $75,000 (U.S.) for each count.

Kathryn Brenner, a spokeswoman for Wenner Media, said the magazine refused to comment on the lawsuit. Erdely did not immediately return a request for comment Wednesday. A Rolling Stone representative couldn’t immediately be reached late Wednesday for comment on the newspaper’s report about Dana leaving the magazine.

The Charlottesville Police Department has said it found no evidence to back the claims of the woman identified in the story only as “Jackie,” who said she was raped in 2012 by seven men at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house.

A U.Va. associate dean sued Rolling Stone magazine for more than $7.5 million in May, saying a debunked and retracted account of an alleged gang rape on campus cast her as the “chief villain.”

A report published by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism earlier this year said Rolling Stone failed at virtually every step of the process, from the reporting by Erdely to an editing process that included high-ranking staffers.

No one at Rolling Stone was fired as a result of the article, titled “A Rape on Campus.” Dana posted an apology on the publication’s website and Erdely also apologized in a statement.

The article roiled the U.Va. community, sparking protests at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house and a wrenching period of soul-searching by the university. For the three former students, the article made them unable to focus on school and work, and embarrassed them about their association with the fraternity.

Despite its flaws, the Rolling Stone article heightened scrutiny of campus sexual assaults amid a campaign by President Barack Obama. The University of Virginia had already been on the Department of Education’s list of 55 colleges under investigation for their handling of sexual assault violations.

The article also prompted president Teresa Sullivan to temporarily suspend some social events. Fraternities later agreed to ban kegs, hire security workers and keep at least three fraternity members sober at each event.

Submit News to CKA News Video shows Conservative MPs reading from identical script
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:28:14 EDT

The message sounds familiar in a mash-up of speeches delivered by 13 Conservative MPs this week.

“Our conservative government has delivered on our promises,” they each say.

“We’ve cut taxes for families, for seniors and for every single Canadian. The universal child care benefit is supporting every single family with children.”

“And we balance the budget.”

The video, posted by PressProgress, combined speeches uploaded on YouTube this week by 13 MPs, including GTA MPs Mike Wallance, Wladyslaw Lizon, and John Carmichael. The video includes clips of robots and a news clip of Employment Minister Pierre Poilievre repeating the mantra, “The prime minister has now balanced the budget.”

The MPs’videos, about 40 seconds long, all end the same way:

“I’m proud to represent you in supporting a government that remains focused on the priorities of Canadians.”

PressProgress, a media project of the Broadbent Institute, posted on its website that critics have called conservative MPs “mindless robots” for years.

“The MPs read word-for-word from the exact same script, what other explanation could there be?” says the post.

Submit News to CKA News Blue Jays get David Price in trade with Tigers
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 12:38:01 EDT

In an attempt to end the longest postseason drought in professional sports, the Blue Jays continued to load up for a pennant race Thursday, acquiring ace lefty David Price from the Detroit Tigers.

“We feel we acquired a No. 1 starter and one of the best starters in the game right now,” GM Alex Anthopoulos said in an afternoon news conference. “. . . We really haven’t had a true No. 1 since Roy Halladay was here.”

Going the other way in the deal is a package of minor-league left-handed pitching prospects headlined by Daniel Norris, widely considered the Jays’ top prospect and biggest trade chip.

Norris made five starts for Toronto this season going 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA. He had a 3-10 record with a 4.27 ERA in 16 starts at Class-AAA Buffalo.

The other pieces in the trade are 24-year-old Matt Boyd, who made two starts for Toronto this season, and 21-year-old Jairo Labourt, who represented the Jays at the MLB Futures Game during the all-star break.

Price, who is a free agent at season’s end, is a massive upgrade for the Jays’ pitching staff, which is the team’s biggest weakness. The 2012 Cy Young winner and five-time all-star is 9-4 this season with a 2.53 ERA.

“I did get a text from Jose Bautista asking, ‘Is it true?’ ” Anthopoulos said. “I told him it was and he said, ‘Yes’ with about a million exclamation marks.”

Already boasting the highest-scoring offence in the majors, the Jays — who earlier this week added another high-profile player in shortstop Troy Tulowitzki — are now considered true post-season contenders, despite trailing the first-place Yankees by seven games Thursday.

Of the Jays’ 60 remaining games this season, 13 are against the Yankees.

The Jays have an open spot in the rotation Sunday against Kansas City after Felix Doubront was designated for assignment. Price last pitched Tuesday against the Rays, giving up seven hits and five earned runs over six innings in a losing effort. He could potentially have up to 12 starts for the Jays with 60 games left in the season.

The former first overall pick is is 7-0 with a 3.86 ERA in nine starts at Rogers Centre. He’s making $19.75 million (U.S) in the final year of his contract.

Anthopoulos had said earlier this week that he prefers not to trade top prospects — who are controlled by the team for six major-league seasons — for short-term rentals. But he said true aces like Price demand exceptions.

“Excitement at an all-time high. Get to compete and chill with one of my role models in baseball,” injured starter Marcus Stroman tweeted. “See you in September my man!”

“It’s getting hot up in the six!!” tweeted third baseman Josh Donaldson.

This would be the second straight year Price has been traded at the deadline.

The Tigers traded outfielder Austin Jackson, infielder Willy Adames and starter Drew Smyly last year as part of a three-team deal to get Price.

Anthopoulos said he would continue working the phones until Friday’s 4 p.m. trade deadline — the team was rumoured to still be in on a handful of other mid-rotation starters Thursday afternoon — but he “wasn’t close” on anything at the moment.

Submit News to CKA News Olympic athletes expected to swim in Rio waters awash in feces, test finds
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:59:21 EDT

RIO DE JANEIRO—Athletes in next year’s Summer Olympics here will be swimming and boating in waters so contaminated with human feces that they risk becoming violently ill and unable to compete in the games, an Associated Press investigation has found.

An AP analysis of water quality revealed dangerously high levels of viruses and bacteria from human sewage in Olympic and Paralympic venues — results that alarmed international experts and dismayed competitors training in Rio, some of whom have already fallen ill with fevers, vomiting and diarrhea.

It is the first independent comprehensive testing for both viruses and bacteria at the Olympic sites.

Brazilian officials have given assurances that the water will be safe for the Olympic athletes and the medical director of the International Olympic Committee said all was on track for providing safe competing venues. But neither the government nor the IOC tests for viruses; they rely on bacteria-testing only.

Extreme water pollution is common in Brazil, where most sewage is not treated. Raw waste runs through open-air ditches to streams and rivers that feed the Olympic water sites.

As a result, Olympic athletes are almost certain to come into contact with disease-causing viruses that in some tests measured up to 1.7 million times the level of what would be considered hazardous on a Southern California beach.

Despite decades of official pledges to clean up the mess, the stench of raw sewage still greets travellers touching down at Rio’s international airport. Prime beaches are deserted because the surf is thick with putrid sludge, and periodic die-offs leave the Olympic lake, Rodrigo de Freitas, littered with rotting fish.

“What you have there is basically raw sewage,” said John Griffith, a marine biologist at the Southern California Coastal Water Research Project. Griffith examined the protocols, methodology and results of the AP tests.

“It’s all the water from the toilets and the showers and whatever people put down their sinks, all mixed up, and it’s going out into the beach waters. Those kinds of things would be shut down immediately if found here [in the U.S.],” he said.

Vera Oliveira, head of water monitoring for Rio’s municipal environmental secretariat, said officials are not testing viral levels at the Olympic lake.

The other Olympic water venues are under the control of the Rio state environmental agency.

Leonardo Daemon, co-ordinator of water quality monitoring for the state’s environmental agency, said officials are following Brazilian regulations on water quality strictly, which are all based on bacteria levels, as are those of almost all nations.

“What would be the standard that should be followed for the quantity of virus? Because the presence or absence of virus in the water . . . needs to have a standard, a limit,” he said. “You don’t have a standard for the quantity of virus in relation to human health when it comes to contact with water.”

Olympic hopefuls will be diving into Copacabana’s surf this Sunday during a triathlon Olympic qualifier event, while rowers take to the lake’s water beginning Wednesday for the 2015 World Rowing Junior Championships. Test events for sailing and marathon swimming take place later in August.

More than 10,000 athletes from 205 nations are expected to compete in next year’s Olympics. Nearly 1,400 of them will be sailing in the waters near Marina da Gloria in Guanabara Bay, swimming off Copacabana beach, and canoeing and rowing on the brackish waters of the Rodrigo de Freitas Lake.

The AP commissioned four rounds of testing in each of the three Olympic water venues, and also in the surf off Ipanema Beach, which is popular with tourists, but where no events will be held. Thirty-seven samples were checked for three types of human adenovirus, as well as rotavirus, enterovirus and fecal coliforms.

The AP viral testing, which will continue in the coming year, found not one water venue safe for swimming or boating, according to global water experts.

Instead, the test results found high counts of active and infectious human adenoviruses, which multiply in the intestinal and respiratory tracts of people. These are viruses that are known to cause respiratory and digestive illnesses, including explosive diarrhea and vomiting, but can also lead to more serious heart, brain and other diseases.

The concentrations of the viruses in all tests were roughly equivalent to that seen in raw sewage, even at one of the least-polluted areas tested, the Copacabana Beach, where marathon and triathlon swimming will take place and where many of the expected 350,000 foreign tourists may take a dip.

“Everybody runs the risk of infection in these polluted waters,” said Dr. Carlos Terra, a hepatologist and head of a Rio-based association of doctors specializing in the research and treatment of liver diseases.

Kristina Mena, a U.S. expert in risk assessment for waterborne viruses, examined the AP data and estimated that international athletes at all water venues would have a 99 per cent chance of infection if they ingested just three teaspoons of water, although whether a person will fall ill depends on immunity and other factors.

Besides swimmers, athletes in sailing, canoeing and, to a lesser degree, rowing often get drenched when competing, and breathe in mist as well. Viruses can enter the body through the mouth, eyes, any orifice, or even a small cut.

The Rodrigo de Freitas Lake, which was largely cleaned up in recent years, was thought be safe for rowers and canoers. Yet AP tests found its waters to be among the most polluted for Olympic sites, with results ranging from 14 million adenoviruses per litre on the low end to 1.7 billion per litre at the high end.

By comparison, water quality experts who monitor beaches in Southern California become alarmed if they see viral counts reaching 1,000 per litre.

“If I were going to be in the Olympics,” said Griffith, the California water expert, “I would probably go early and get exposed and build up my immunity system to these viruses before I had to compete, because I don’t see how they’re going to solve this sewage problem.”

However, Dr. Richard Budgett, the medical director for the International Olympic Committee, said, after seeing the AP findings, that the IOC and Brazilian authorities should stick to their program of testing only for bacteria to determine whether the water is safe for athletes.

“We’ve had reassurances from the World Health Organization and others that there is no significant risk to athlete health,” he told the AP on the sidelines of an IOC meeting in Malaysia.

He went on to say that “there will be people pushing for all sorts of other tests, but we follow the expert advice and official advice on how to monitor water effectively.”

Many water and health experts in the U.S. and Europe are pushing regulatory agencies to include viral testing in determining water quality because the majority of illnesses from recreational water activities are related to viruses, not bacteria.

A “huge risk” for athletes

Ivan Bulaja, the Croatian-born coach of Austria’s 49er-class sailing team, has seen it first hand. His sailors have lost valuable training days after falling ill with vomiting and diarrhea.

“This is by far the worst water quality we’ve ever seen in our sailing careers,” said Bulaja.

Training earlier this month in Guanabara Bay, Austrian sailor David Hussl said he and his teammates take precautions, washing their faces immediately with bottled water when they get splashed by waves and showering the minute they return to shore.

And yet Hussl said he’s fallen ill several times.

“I’ve had high temperatures and problems with my stomach,” he said. “It’s always one day completely in bed and then usually not sailing for two or three days.”

It is a huge risk for the athletes, the coach said.

“The Olympic medal is something that you live your life for,” Bulaja said, “and it can really happen that just a few days before the competition you get ill and you’re not able to perform at all.”

Dr. Alberto Chebabo, who heads Rio’s Infectious Diseases Society, said the raw sewage has led to “endemic” public health woes among Brazilians, primarily infectious diarrhea in children.

By adolescence, he said, people in Rio have been so exposed to the viruses they build up antibodies.

But foreign athletes and tourists won’t have that protection.

“Somebody who hasn’t been exposed to this lack of sanitation and goes to a polluted beach obviously has a much higher risk of getting infected,” Chebabo said.

An estimated 60 per cent of Brazilian adults have been exposed to hepatitis A, said Terra, the Rio hepatologist. Doctors urge foreigners heading to Rio, whether athletes or tourists, to be vaccinated against hepatitis A. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also recommends travellers to Brazil get vaccinated for typhoid.

Under a microscope

The AP commissioned Fernando Spilki, a virologist and co-ordinator of the environmental quality program at Feevale University in southern Brazil, to conduct the water tests.

Spilki’s testing looked for three different types of human adenovirus that are typical “markers” of human sewage in Brazil. In addition, he tested for enteroviruses, the most common cause of upper respiratory tract infections in the young. He also searched for signs of rotavirus, the main cause of gastroenteritis globally.

The tests so far show that Rio’s waters “are chronically contaminated,” he said.

“The quantity of fecal matter entering the waterbodies in Brazil is extremely high. Unfortunately, we have levels comparable to some African nations, to India.”

Griffith, the California expert, said the real concern isn’t for what Spilki actually measured, noting that “there are very likely to be nastier bugs in there that weren’t searched for and that are out there lurking.”

There is no lack of illness in Rio, but there is a severe shortage of health data related to dirty water, medical experts said.

The maladies often hit people hard, but most don’t go see a doctor, so no data is collected.

Globally, however, rotavirus accounts for about 2 million hospitalizations and over 450,000 deaths of children worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization.

The AP testing found rotavirus on three separate occasions at Olympic sites, twice at the lake and once at a beach next to the Marina da Gloria, where sailors are expected to launch their boats.

Mena, an associate professor of public health at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston and an expert in water quality, conducted what she called a “conservative” risk assessment for Olympic athletes participating in water sports in Rio, assuming they would ingest 16 millilitres of water, or three teaspoons, far less than athletes themselves say they take in.

She found “an infection risk of 99 per cent,” she said.

“Given those viral concentration levels, do I think somebody should be exposed to those amounts? The answer is, ‘No.’ ”

The AP also measured fecal coliform bacteria, single-celled organisms that live in the intestines of humans and animals. Fecal coliforms can suggest the presence of cholera, dysentery, hepatitis A and typhoid.

In 75 per cent of the samples taken at the Olympic lake, the number of fecal coliforms exceeded Brazil’s legal limit for “secondary contact,” such as boating or rowing, in two samples spiking to over 10 times the accepted level. The Marina da Gloria venue exceeded the limit only once, while, at Rio’s most popular tourist beach, Ipanema, fecal coliforms tested at three times the acceptable level in a single sample.

At Copacabana, the AP tests found no violations of fecal coliform counts.

Fecal coliforms have long been used by most governments as a marker to determine whether bodies of water are polluted because they are relatively easy and cheap to test and find. Brazil uses only bacterial testing when determining water quality.

In Rio, the fecal coliform levels were not as astronomical as the viral numbers the AP found. That gap is at the heart of a global debate among water experts, many of whom are pushing governments to adopt viral as well as bacterial testing to determine if recreational waters are safe.

That’s because fecal coliform bacteria from sewage can survive only a short time in water, especially in the salty and sunny conditions around Rio. Human adenoviruses have been shown to last several months, with some studies even indicating they can last years.

That means that, even if Rio magically collected and treated all its sewage tomorrow, its waters would stay polluted for a long time.

“A wasted opportunity”

In its Olympic bid, Rio officials vowed the games would “regenerate Rio’s magnificent waterways” through a $4-billion government expansion of basic sanitation infrastructure.

It was the latest in a long line of promises that have already cost Brazilian taxpayers more than $1 billion, with very little to show for it.

Rio’s historic sewage problem spiraled over the past decades as the population exploded, with many of the metropolitan area’s 12 million residents settling in the vast hillside slums that ring the bay.

Waste flows into more than 50 streams that empty into the once-crystalline Guanabara Bay. An eye-watering stench emanates from much of the bay and its palm-lined beaches, which were popular swimming spots as late as the 1970s, are now perpetually off-limits for swimmers.

Tons of household trash — margarine tubes, deflated soccer balls, waterlogged couches and washing machines — line the shore and form islands of refuse.

Starting in 1993, Japan’s international co-operation agency poured hundreds of millions of dollars into a Guanabara cleanup project. The Inter-American Development Bank issued $452 million in loans for more works.

A culture of mismanagement stymied any progress. For years, none of four sewage treatment plants built with the Japanese funds operated at full capacity. One of the plants in the gritty Duque de Caxias neighbourhood didn’t treat a drop of waste from its construction in 2000 through its inauguration in 2014. For 14 years, it wasn’t connected to the sewage mains.

By then, the Japanese agency rated the project as “unsatisfactory,” with “no significant improvements in the water quality of the bay.”

As part of its Olympic project, Brazil promised to build eight treatment facilities to filter out much of the sewage and prevent tons of household trash from flowing into the Guanabara Bay.

Only one has been built.

The fluorescent green lagoons that hug the Olympic Park and which the government’s own data shows are among the most polluted waters in Rio were to be dredged, but the project got hung up in bureaucratic hurdles and has yet to start.

“Brazilian authorities promised the moon in order to win their Olympic bid and as usual they’re not making good on those promises,” said Mario Moscatelli, a biologist who has spent 20 years lobbying for a cleanup of Rio’s waterways. “I’m sad, but not surprised.”

As the clock ticks down, local officials have dialed back their promises.

Rio Gov. Luiz Fernando Pezao has acknowledged “there’s not going to be time” to finish the clean-up of the bay ahead of the games.

Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes has said it’s a “shame” the Olympic promises wouldn’t be met, adding the games are proving “a wasted opportunity” as far as the waterways are concerned.

But the Rio Olympic organizing committee’s website still states that a key legacy of the games will be “the rehabilitation and protection of the area’s environment, particularly its bays and canals” in areas where water sports will take place.

Submit News to CKA News Why Donald Sutherland can?t vote and why the fight continues
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:50:29 EDT

Expats denied the right to vote could take their fight all the way to the Supreme Court, but while the cause has many supporters (including an enraged Donald Sutherland) the case is far from a “slam dunk,” experts say.

Lawyer Shaun O’Brien, representing the Canadians who brought the initial court challenge, says there has been “a strong response” to last week’s split Appeal Court decision affirming the voting ban.

“People (have been) reaching out to us — expats living around the world — who are very disappointed and dismayed by the decision, and who are urging us to move forward and who are offering their support.”

Last week, the Ontario Court of Appeal struck down an earlier ruling that had restored the right to vote for Canadians who have lived abroad for more than five years.

“Permitting all non-resident citizens to vote would allow them to participate in making laws that affect Canadian residents on a daily basis but have little to no practical consequence for their own daily lives,” Justice George Strathy wrote for the majority court.

Expats Gillian Frank and Jamie Duong were heartened by the appeal decision, even thought it went against them

“We had a very strong decision at the first level, and then, at the Court of Appeal, it was two to one with an extremely strong dissent from a very experienced judge,” their lawyer, Shaun O’Brien, told Canadian Press. “That gives us a very strong basis to move forward.”

He reported expat Canadians around the world have been offering their support to take the case to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The exclusion has so angered Sutherland that he questioned in the Globe and Mail whether the government was afraid “we’ll vote to return to a government that will once again represent the values that the rest of the world looked up to us for?”

Sutherland wrote: “Ask any journalist that’s ever interviewed me what nationality I proudly proclaim to have. Ask them. They’ll tell you. I am a Canadian. But I’m an expatriate and the Harper government won’t let expatriates participate in Canadian elections.”

While Sutherland’s impassioned take down of the court ruling has sparked debate, not everybody finds his argument so persuasive. Nelson Wiseman, a political scientist at the University of Toronto, says that he “doesn’t see what all the fuss is about.”

“He’s such a Canadian but he has no intention to return to this country to live?” Wiseman asks.

The law restricting expats from voting has been on the books since 1993. But while some object to the five-year rule, Wiseman says the law actually greatly expanded the voting rights of citizens. Before then, Canadians actually had to appear in person to present their ballot.

“I don’t think five years is unreasonable,” he said.

Dennis Pilon, a political scientist at York University, says the debate is symptomatic of the changing nature of citizenship in a globalized society.

“I think the essence of democracy is that people should have the ability to affect the decisions that affect their own lives,” he said

On the one hand are those who say that citizenship is about more than residence — it’s about the ties that bind. Just because someone’s work takes them across the world, doesn’t mean they are any less Canadian, those in favour of increased voting rights for expats might argue.

But on the other hand, Pilon says there are good arguments for saying that people who must live with a government’s decisions should have the most say in forming that government.

“It’s not like there’s a slam dunk on this,” he said. “It’s open for debate. What serves the democratic process the best?”

Pilon gave his testimony as an academic and elections expert when the government was studying the Citizen Voting Act, a proposed bill designed to restrict expat voting, tabled before the most recent court ruling. The bill did not pass, and is rendered somewhat redundant by reinstatement of the five-year rule.

Debates about voter rights and citizenship have not been confined to expat groups. Toronto city council voted in favour of allowing permanent residents the right to vote in municipal elections. Implicit in the council’s decision, Pilon says, is the idea that people who are affected by laws, regardless of citizenship, should be able to have their say.

“Maybe this debate (over expats voting) can open up a larger discussion about who is included?” he said.

Pilon said he wouldn’t be surprised if the issue made its way to the Supreme Court, but that he’d prefer it if governments would tackle it head-on.

“What I would like to see is a real discussion and deliberation about what’s at stake in these things,” he said.

A timeline of expat voting rights

1993: Canadian expats get limited voting rights

The law banning voting Canadian citizens who have lived abroad for more than five years was passed in 1993, under the Conservative government of Brian Mulroney.

The amendments allowed Canadians living abroad, or even just on vacation, to submit their vote. But it maintained some restrictions, banning Canadians living abroad for more than five years from voting.

The amendments also removed voting restrictions on judges, people with mental disabilities and inmates serving fewer than two years in correctional institutions.

2007: Elections Canada gets more strict

For more than a decade, Elections Canada allowed the five-year clock to reset after even short trips back to Canada. But in 2007, Elections Canada revisited the legislation and reinterpreted the law to mean that all voters must resume residence.

2012: Canadian expats take government to court

Two Canadian expats living in the United States challenged the five-year rule.

Toronto-born Frank filed because he said he retained strong ties to Canada despite living in the U.S. for more than a decade.

“I have a stake in the kind of country I want Canada to be,” Frank told The Canadian Press.

Montreal-born Duong said he followed Canadian news more closely than many of his friends who still lived in Canada.

“No matter where I live, I will always see myself as a citizen of Canada,” he told The Canadian Press.

2014: Ontario Superior Court overturns five-year rule

Justice Michael Penny ruled that the ban is unconstitutional, because citizenship, not residency, is the fundamental requirement for voting.

“This is not the lawmakers’ decision to make — the Charter makes this decision for us,” Penny wrote.

2014: Government introduces the Citizen Voting Act

In response to Penny’s ruling, the government tabled the Citizen Voting Act, which would require citizens living abroad to prove their citizenship and establish a riding. Critics said the law amounted to voter suppression, while the government said the law would eliminate double standards in favour of expats.

The bill did not pass before Parliament adjourned this summer.

2015: Ontario Court of Appeal strikes down Penny’s call

The court of appeal found that Canada’s democracy works because of its “social contract”: citizens get to vote on the laws, so they must submit to them. If people who do not live in Canada, and thus do not have to submit to Canadian laws, can also vote, this undermines the legitimacy of our democracy, the court ruled in a split decision.

“Permitting all non-resident citizens to vote would allow them to participate in making laws that affect Canadian residents on a daily basis but have little to no practical consequence for their own daily lives,” Justice George Strathy wrote for the majority court.

With files from Canadian Press

Submit News to CKA News Charles Sousa slams Ottawa for refusing to help run Ontario pension plan
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:50:05 EDT

Ontario’s finance minister has waded into the federal election campaign, firing a stern broadside at the federal government for refusing to help the province start a pension plan like ones in Quebec and Saskatchewan.

“They’re putting their heads in the sand,” Charles Sousa charged at a news conference Thursday amid expectations that Prime Minister Stephen Harper will set the official campaign in motion this weekend.

While Ontario already signalled its “disappointment” a few weeks ago after federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver said Ottawa would not lend administrative help to the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, Sousa waited until now to unleash a stronger response.

“This is us fighting for the people of Ontario,” Charles Sousa told a news conference Thursday, urging citizens to vote the Harper Conservatives out of office on Oct. 19.

“What he’s telling you is ‘fend for yourself,’ but not him,” Sousa added, referring to the two-thirds of Ontarians who don’t have pension plans at work while the prime minister will have a “gold-plated one” of $191,000 annually.

“This is a cynical, partisan stunt executed on the eve of a federal election campaign.”

Ontario wants the Canada Revenue Agency to help administer the plan, which is slated to start in January 2017, helping to keep costs down and provide for higher returns.

But the province has said it will set up its own administrative system if necessary, although Premier Kathleen Wynne — who campaigned on the plan in the provincial election last year — would prefer to avoid duplication or have the federal government enhance the Canada Pension Plan to boost retirement incomes instead.

Sousa said the CPP isn’t enough to provide for Ontarians in their retirement years unless they have decent pension plans at work — which most don’t.

The Conservatives wasted no time replying to Sousa, calling the Ontario pension plan and the contributions it would take from workers and companies a “dangerous scheme” that would kill jobs.

“We are committed to doing everything possible to stop the massive Trudeau-Wynne payroll tax hike on middle class families,” Pierre Poilievre, Harper’s minister of employment and social development, said in the statement.

“The Harper Conservative believe in giving Canadians the options to choose how they save and spend their hard-earned money.”

Poilievre said a typical Canadian family is saving $6,600 annually because of tax relief and benefits provided by the federal government.

The Ontario government has said it’s not sure yet which workers and companies would have to join the plan, but indicates that workers with company pensions that meet a certain threshold would be exempt. Details are still being worked out.

Given that lack of detail, it’s no wonder the federal government is balking, said Progressive Conservative MPP John Yakabuski.

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has also warned the Ontario pension premiums would hurt workers and businesses, forcing companies to cut staff or trim wages.

Submit News to CKA News Did U.S. dentist who killed Cecil the lion hunt in Canada?
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 10:48:56 EDT

EDMONTON—There appears to be a Canadian connection to a U.S. hunter at the centre of a social media storm for killing a protected lion in Africa: The Bowhunting Records of Alberta lists a Walter Palmer as having killed a mule deer legally in October 2006. It’s listed as the 187th-largest mule deer bagged in Alberta.

One media report said Palmer shot and killed a black bear in northern Quebec in 2007.

In Minnesota, the dentist, who killed the well-known lion while on a hunt in Zimbabwe, has advised his patients to seek care elsewhere since becoming a target of outrage from across the world.

Walter James Palmer remained secluded in the face of protests Wednesday at his suburban Minneapolis clinic and intense condemnation online. He has not appeared in public since being identified Tuesday as a party to the lion’s death, but has said, in a statement, that he was unaware the lion was protected and that he relied on his guides to ensure a legal hunt.

Palmer, whose practice offers general and cosmetic dentistry, is an active big-game hunter, with many kills to his name, some of them registered with hunting clubs.

The North Dakota native “enjoys all outdoor activities,” according to the biography page on his now-dark clinic website. “Anything allowing him to stay active and observe and photograph wildlife is where you will find Dr. Palmer when he not in the office.”

In Zimbabwe, a hunting guide and a farm owner appeared in court Wednesday facing allegations they helped Palmer kill the lion, named Cecil. And the head of Zimbabwe’s safari association said the big cat with the black mane was lured into the kill zone and denied “a chance of a fair chase.”

The Zimbabwean men were accused of aiding Palmer, who reportedly paid $50,000 to track and kill a lion.

Zimbabwe police have said they are looking for Palmer, whose exact whereabouts were unknown.

Palmer, 55, referred to the circumstances in a note to his patients: “I understand and respect that not everyone shares the same views on hunting,” he wrote in the letter, which was obtained by the local Fox television affiliate, KMSP.

Palmer added that the matter had disrupted his ability to see patients. The letter said the practice would “resume normal operations as soon as possible,” according to KMSP.

The married father of two was the subject of a 2009 New York Times article about big-game hunting in which he said he learned to shoot at age five. The article said Palmer had a reputation for being capable of “skewering a playing card from 100 yards” with a compound bow and having “a purist’s reputation for his disinclination to carry firearms as backup.”

During the nighttime hunt, the Zimbabwean men tied a dead animal to their car to draw the lion out of a national park, said Johnny Rodrigues, chairman of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force.

The American is believed to have shot the lion with a crossbow.

The wounded cat was then tracked for 40 hours before Palmer fatally shot him with a gun, Rodrigues said.

A professional hunter named Theo Bronkhorst was accused of failing to “prevent an unlawful hunt.” Court documents said Bronkhorst was supervising while Palmer shot the animal.

Bronkhorst was released on $1,000 bail after appearing in court in Hwange, about 700 km. west of the capital Harare, according to his defence lawyer, Givemore Muvhiringi.

If convicted, Bronkhorst faces up to 15 years in prison.

A second man, farm owner Honest Trymore Ndlovu, appeared in court, but was not charged and was released from custody, his lawyer Tonderai Makuku said.

The court documents made no mention of Palmer as a suspect.

Using bait to lure the lion is deemed unethical by the Safari Operators Association of Zimbabwe, of which Bronkhorst is a member. The association has since revoked his license.

“Ethics are certainly against baiting. Animals are supposed to be given a chance of a fair chase,” Emmanuel Fundira, the association’s president, said. “In fact, it was not a hunt at all; the animal was baited, and that is not how we do it. It is not allowed.”

It was not entirely clear whether baiting is allowed by Zimbabwe law. Fundira said the practice was both unethical and illegal. The conservation group Lion Aid says it is unethical, but not expressly forbidden.

Palmer attended dental school at the University of Minnesota and built his practice in the Minneapolis suburb of Bloomington.

In a statement issued Tuesday through a public relations firm, he said he had “no idea that the lion I took was a known, local favourite, was collared and part of a study, until the end of the hunt.”

Cecil was being studied by an Oxford University research program.

Social media were filled with condemnation of the killing just outside Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. On Twitter, the hashtag cecilthelion was in wide use.

A couple of hundred protesters gathered Wednesday outside Palmer’s office with signs, including one that said, “Let the hunter be hunted!” Signs were also taped on Palmer’s office door. Sarah Madison brought her two children, including her 3-year-old son dressed in a lion costume. She said says the hunt, even if legal, was “immoral” and “disgraceful.”

Organizations that foster and defend big-game hunting distanced themselves from Palmer, including those where he was a member.

Palmer appeared in past versions of Safari Club International records dated as recently as July 5, but his name had been dropped from the standings as of Tuesday evening. Corresponding pages featuring photos of Palmer with an African lion, a southern white rhinoceros and an African elephant remained accessible on the club’s website.

Chip Burkhalter, the club’s director of government relations, initially told a reporter he would respond to calls following a meeting, but, then, he could not be reached.

Glenn Hisey, director of records for the Minnesota-based Pope and Young Club, where Palmer registered some of his killings by bow, told The Associated Press that the group was concerned about the news from Africa.

“If he violated controlling game laws there, he might have violated controlling game laws other places,” Hisey said Tuesday, adding that Palmer’s listings with the club could be examined as more facts emerge.

By Wednesday, Hisey was declining to comment.

“Sometimes they are shooting it for the meat. Most of the time, they are shooting it for the trophy.” he said. “And they are doing it for what comes with it — the hiking, the camping, being out on the range.”

According to U.S. court records, Palmer pleaded guilty in 2008 to making false statements to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about a black bear he fatally shot in western Wisconsin. Palmer had a permit to hunt, but shot the animal outside the authorized zone in 2006, then tried to pass it off as being killed elsewhere, according to court documents. He was given one year probation and fined nearly $3,000.

The lion, Cecil, is believed to have been killed July 1 and his carcass discovered days later.

Scott Ellis of the Canadian Federation of Outfitter Associations said he doesn’t believe Palmer’s actions will reflect badly on guided hunting companies in Canada.

He said the industry contributes hundreds of millions of dollars to the economy and creates thousands of jobs in rural and remote areas.

Outfitters in Canada are regulated by the provinces and territories, Ellis said. While the rules vary by jurisdiction, quotas are set to ensure that hunting is sustainable.

“As a hunter, I’m disappointed; he did an illegal act,” Ellis said Wednesday of Palmer. “We have a very green, very law-abiding community in general.”

The industry in Canada caters mainly to hunters from the U.S.

A report commissioned by the Alberta Professional Outfitters Society says 81 per cent of 8,425 hunting clients in 2013 were from south of the border. The industry pumped an estimated $105 million into the province’s economy that year.

Some companies aren’t shy about advertising.

Porcupine Creek Outfitters in Pincher Creek, Alta., promotes its trophy-hunting guide service on a website festooned with colour images of hunters standing and smiling beside the animals they have killed.

Similar images of what appear to be Palmer were circulating widely on Wednesday. The photos showed trophy animals that included a dead lion, a leopard, a rhino, a grizzly bear and an elk.

Porcupine Creek Outfitters also offers to set up international hunts.

“In the spring of 2003 . . . the Asian and African portion of our business was formed to provide clients who were looking to hunt the African “Big Five” as well as plains game, Marco Polo sheep, Dagestan Tur and the many other species of game found throughout the world,” reads the website.

Company officials could not be reached.

South Nahanni Outfitters in the Northwest Territories offers guided hunts for animals such as Dall sheep that can run about $23,000 for a nine-day trip. The company website says all hunts are spot-and-stalk and involve a fair chase.

Co-owner Werner Aschbacher was deep in the remote Mackenzie Mountains on Wednesday supporting five guides out with hunters. He said they hadn’t heard about Palmer and the lion.

“They do it for the whole experience,” Aschbacher said of his clients.

—with files from John Cotter, The Canadian Press

Submit News to CKA News New $82.5 million island airport pedestrian tunnel ?a win for Torontonians?
Thu, 30 Jul 2015 07:53:25 EDT

“It can be done.”

That’s the message Ports Toronto chairman Mark McQueen delivered Thursday morning, as the long-awaited underwater island airport tunnel connecting mainland Toronto to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport opened.

“All told this project represents a win for travelers, a win for the city, and a win for Torontonians in general,” McQueen said during an invitation-only ribbon-cutting ceremony alongside Mayor John Tory (open John Tory's policard) and Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt.

“It’s a great day because we finally got this done,” Tory said.

The tunnel, he said, is “one more example of the improvements that you see being made all across Toronto’s waterfront.”

As the ceremonial “first passenger,” Joel MacCharles, a home cook and writer behind the wellpreserved.ca website, took the inaugural walk at 1 p.m. and the terminal opened to the general public at 1:30 p.m.

MacCharles praised the tunnel’s design as he walked through to his flight to New York, noting how it’s well-lit with giant TV screens. “It’s super quick, super easy to walk across,” he added. “And there’s a ton of elevators which make it easy to get down as well.”

Surrounded by media and a crowd of onlookers once he reached the airport, MacCharles pressed a ceremonial button, dropping the curtains and opening the tunnel to the public at 1:15pm.

Kevin Melechuk, who just arrived from Thunder Bay, was one of the first people to try it out. “It’s a lot faster for sure,” he said after reaching the mainland side.

Built within the bedrock 30 metres below the lake, the tunnel is a bright, spacious route between mainland Toronto and the airport, allowing the public to stroll through or cross quickly on one of the four moving sidewalks.

“You can get cell phone service down here, and WiFi,” Raitt said, speaking to media in the tunnel.

The roughly 240-metre-long tunnel — that’s slightly longer than two football fields — spans the Western Gap of Toronto Harbour and ends the need to catch a ferry to get to the airport.

Each of its moving sidewalks, two in each direction, travels at 2.3 kilometres an hour for a maximum trip length of six minutes. Pedestrians on the mainland enter through a new pavilion, down an escalator and on to the walkway, then emerge into an extension added to the airport terminal building on the island.

PortsToronto announced the project back in March 2012 and started excavation the same month. Officials initially suggested the tunnel could open by summer 2014 but construction took longer than expected, partly because of a particularly cold winter.

The tunnel cost $82.5 million and was built through a public-private partnership agreement between PortsToronto, Forum Equity Partners and lead contractor PCL.

Much of the funding came from airport improvement fees paid by passengers, officials previously told the Star, meaning taxpayers are not footing the bill.

Although the delay meant the tunnel would not open in time for the Pan Am Games, it will be open for the Parapan Games, which begin Aug. 7.

Passengers who want to take to the water will still have the option, as the ferry will continue to operate.

With files from Vanessa Lu.

Submit News to CKA News Canada?s wild digital frontier needs policing
Wed, 09 Feb 2011 03:08:26 Z
John Ivison: The copyright bill has a number of provisions that are far less favourable to Canada’s performers and creators, who are about to see take a big hit to their pocket-books
Submit News to CKA News Election buzz, stale rhetoric ? Parliament has deja vu all over again
Tue, 01 Feb 2011 11:42:28 Z
John Ivison: If you missed Question Period Monday, don’t worry — you have a golden opportunity to miss it again Tuesday
Submit News to CKA News Death of Personal Responsibility: Think outside the lunchbox
Thu, 27 Jan 2011 14:50:39 Z
Neil Seeman: So what should the role of the state be in combating obesity? It’s time to think outside of the lunchbox, and try a whole new idea: healthy living vouchers, or HLVs
Submit News to CKA News Don?t give Quebec a nickel
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 23:57:55 Z
Jonathan Kay: If Harper says no to the Bloc's demands, he will be going to the voters as a man of principle who stood his ground on a subject far more important to this country than corporate tax rates
Submit News to CKA News Stelmach more than a victim of changing attitudes
Wed, 26 Jan 2011 03:38:13 Z
Kevin Libin: Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach bet the fortune of his party’s unparalleled political dynasty on a leadership strategy that failed to pan out
Submit News to CKA News Dave Taylor a mixed blessing for fledgling Alberta Party
Tue, 25 Jan 2011 02:34:30 Z
Kevin Libin: The addition of former Liberal MLA Dave Taylor to the Alberta party gives it a legitimacy boost, but does the outspoken former radio personality fit with the party's post-partisan dreams?
Submit News to CKA News Playing by China's rules
Sun, 23 Jan 2011 19:21:17 Z
Rex Murphy: China has reached an agreement with the Newfoundland government to begin the importation of seal and seal products into its potentially vast market. This is both very good and rare news for Newfoundland sealers
Submit News to CKA News Canada: Nanny AND wimpy state?
Thu, 20 Jan 2011 20:08:14 Z
Before, there actually had to be a violent protest before public institutions caved in and cancelled controversial events. Now, a group of unhinged zealots make a couple of angry phone calls and – poof! – they silence free speech and free assembly
Submit News to CKA News Executives probably not swayed by Liberal tax plan
Tue, 18 Jan 2011 23:54:00 Z
Scott Stinson: It’s a safe bet that Mr. Ignatieff did not win many converts with his tax-increase sales pitch to Canadian executives on Tuesday. This is not a great surprise
Submit News to CKA News Conservatives missed the call for more civilized debate
Mon, 17 Jan 2011 19:58:11 Z
Kelly McParland: The federal Conservatives’ brain trust must have been somewhere else when President Barack Obama delivered his speech in Arizona last week, calling for greater civility in political debate.
Submit News to CKA News Harper's five years: Canadians better off, even if they don't feel it
Sat, 15 Jan 2011 13:21:36 Z
John Ivison: Jan. 23 marks the fifth anniversary of Stephen Harper’s 2006 election victory and in early February, he will pass Lester B. Pearson’s time in office to become Canada’s 11th longest-serving Prime Minister

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