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A look back at the debate over Rogers Place as it sets to open in Edmonton

Written on November 23, 2018 at 15:23, by

In a few days, Rogers Place will open to Edmontonians after years of debate.

In July 2008, Daryl Katz finally spoke to the media in person after becoming the owner of the Edmonton Oilers.  But even before that significant change, there was talk of a new barn for the beloved team.

“I was on the board of the Oilers Community Foundation;  I was on the board of Northlands,” Lyle Best tells Global News, when asked to look back on the long arena debate.

Best, an Edmonton entrepreneur, chaired the arena feasibility committee which endorsed the idea of a new arena in downtown Edmonton.

“The vitriol and the stuff they would toss at me and other committee members, but particularly me, it was like, ‘Wow, I didn’t think these people walked among us?,’” Best says.

 “If anything, this is a tremendous deal for taxpayers,” former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel says.

Watch below: ‘It’s a great time for the city’: Former Edmonton mayor Stephen Mandel weighs in on opening of Rogers Place

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    Vitriol was also directed at Mandel.  He became the political face of the project.  Now, as a private citizen, he indicates no regrets about the deal.

    “I’m excited, it’s a tremendous opportunity for the city,” Mandel says, adding one of the goals of the project was “to build cities.”

    But before any building could happen, a deal had to be reached.  The battle lines were drawn quickly.

    READ MORE: Mandel begs province to support the downtown arena

    The Katz Group pushed Northlands to the side, wanting no partnership with the non-profit to run the new facility.

    Negotiations led to a trip to New York City in October 2011, where former mayor Mandel and a city team – along with Daryl Katz and his side – met with NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.

    About a year later, as negotiations dragged on, the Oilers’ owner and an entourage visited Seattle, a city without an NHL franchise, but on the hunt to secure one.

    Many saw the moved as a veiled threat to move the team.  Days after the trip, Katz issued an apology.

    READ MORE: Oilers owner Daryl Katz apologizes to ‘Oilers fans everywhere’

    But the civic soap opera was far from over.  After new demands were presented, city council unanimously voted to cease negotiations in October 2012, leaving Katz Group officials stunned.

    “There were so many times during that period where I’d read a story or hear something and you’d go, ‘This is it,”’ Best says.

    “Forming those public/private partnerships is never easy,” the Edmonton Arena Corporation’s Bob Black says.

    Years later, overlooking Rogers Place as workers put the final touches on the facility, Black explains the debate was a “foreign process” to the company.

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    Executives were not prepared for the fact the public process required consultation and public oversight.

    “It took us a long time to really grasp that process,” Black adds.  “We worked hard at trying to really understand that process.  But we had to come to a realization it was going to be slower than we’d wished for.”

    By May 2013, a deal was reached just months before the 2013 civic election.  Construction on the facility started in March 2014.

    Watch below: Sarah Kraus got a tour of the nearly completed Rogers Place in May 2016.

    The deal will see the Edmonton Arena Corporation – a Katz Group company – operate the city-owned facility and pay maintenance expenses.  But the company will also get all the revenues.

    “The critcism of the deal itself is that this is simply the privatization of public profit,” Jay Scherer, a University of Alberta researcher writing a book on the arena deal, laments.

    “Council had a number of key opportunities to certainly push back and to demand a better deal for citizens of Edmonton,” Scherer criticizes.

    “Luck and timing is always important,” Best says.

    For the local politicians who supported the proposal, the deal was about two things:  keeping the Oilers in Edmonton and finding a catalyst project to spark increased development downtown.

    As part of the deal, the Katz Group had to commit to spend $100 million in new development.

    Since arena construction started, the company and its partner – WAM Development Group – have announced the creation of Ice District with two office towers, a hotel, residences and retail.  The investment stands at more than $2 billion within a couple of blocks of Rogers Place.

    “It’s going to be a net gain if for no other reason than just the development around it and having a vibrant, live downtown,” Best says.

Players in Edmonton appear to knock record out of the park at world’s longest baseball game attempt

Written on November 23, 2018 at 15:23, by

Dozens of exhausted but smiling baseball players wrapped up a truly epic ball game that unofficially set a record in Edmonton Monday.

While it still needs to be certified by officials with Guinness World Records, the players appear to have set a record for the world’s longest baseball game while also swinging for the fences in an effort to try and help strike out cancer.

Once the game wrapped up around noon on Monday, the final score was a staggering 378 runs for Team Red and 269 runs for Team Black after 269 innings of ball.

The game started Friday and was organized by Brent Saik who started the world’s longest hockey game in 2003. It was held in memory of his father, Terry, who died of cancer.

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    The summer after the first hockey game, Saik’s first wife Susan also succumbed to cancer. Her death prompted the next hockey game in 2005 to be played in her name. The hockey game has since been held in 2008, 2011 and 2015.

    Saik said the epic baseball game saw a range of emotions play out on the field.

    “It’s just a mess of laughing, crying and everything.”

    READ MORE: IN PHOTOS: World’s longest baseball game attempt underway in Edmonton

    Participants hoped to raise $250,000 for cancer research by playing the game, a number organizers said they surpassed.

    “To raise a quarter-of-a-million bucks is unbelievable,” Saik said. “And when you do the math, that number is very close to the hockey game. We did this in 72 hours and hockey was 252.”

    “This thing has saved lives and every one of these players know that and that’s why they come here.”

    For more information on the game or to donate to the cause, visit the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s website.

    If the record is certified, the 72-hour game will set a new benchmark for baseball games after the record was last set in Sauget, Illinois in 2015.

    “We’re talking about world’s longest football game next,” Saik said with a laugh after the game Monday.

    -with files from Caley Ramsay

    Watch below: The record still needs to be certified but over the long weekend, a 72-hour baseball game set an unofficial record for how long it was played and also helped raise money to fight cancer. But despite the serious motivation behind the record attempt, the players made sure to get in a few laughs as well. Kevin Karius explains.

    Watch below: The world’s longest baseball game got underway in Edmonton on Friday, raising funds for the Alberta Cancer Foundation. Global’s Kevin Karius took part and on Sept. 2, 2016, he was at the ballpark with founder Brent Saik. 

    Dozens of ball players in Edmonton pose for a photo at the Edmonton Ball Park after playing a 72-hour game. Sept. 5, 2016.

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4 suspects wanted after woman allegedly kidnapped at gunpoint in Vaughan

Written on November 23, 2018 at 15:23, by

Police are searching for four suspects wanted in connection with the alleged kidnapping of a woman at gunpoint in Vaughan.

According to Toronto police, the woman was kidnapped from the Highway 27 and Langstaff Road area around 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

Police said the woman was driven to Toronto’s Weston Road and Imogene Avenue area, south of Finch Avenue West, where she was able to escape and later report the incident to police.

Investigators have released the identities of two wanted suspects.

Rasha Al-Enzi, 33, of Toronto.

Handout / Toronto Police Service

Trevor Smithen, 32, of Toronto.

Handout / Toronto Police Service

Police are looking for 32-year-old Trevor Smithen and 33-year-old Rasha Al-Enzi, both of Toronto.

Smithen is described as standing 6’1” and weighing 181 pounds. He has his hair in cornrows. He has the word “TRUM” tattooed on his right forearm and the word “TREVOR” tattooed on his left forearm.

Al-Enzi is described as standing standing 5’5” and weighing 100 pounds. She has multiple tattoos on her arms.

Two additional men are also wanted, but they have yet to be identified.

Police believe the suspects are travelling in a grey, four-door 2016 Chevrolet Sonic with the Ontario licence plate BZKN 727.

Officers encouraged anyone who sees the suspects or vehicle to immediately call 911 as police believe the suspects might be armed.

Anyone with information about the investigation is being asked to contact 416-808-3100 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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Municipal leaders want changes to federal government infrastructure plan

Written on May 24, 2019 at 20:06, by

OTTAWA – Canadian municipalities want the federal government to change the way it decides how much money cities should get for transit and water projects.

The changes outlined in June to the federal infrastructure minister would potentially, if implemented, give more money to smaller communities to help them build a transit system or improve private septic systems.

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Municipal leaders are also looking to the Liberals to set aside a significant amount of money for social housing over the coming decade, and to continue funding up to half of eligible project costs to help cities more easily manage project expenses.

The details are contained in summary reports prepared for Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi after he met in early June with mayors, reeves and officials with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities as part of consultations on the second phase of the government’s 10-year, $60-billion infrastructure program.

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obtained copies of the reports under the Access to Information Act.

Another round of consultations is scheduled for Wednesday in Edmonton, where Sohi will meet with his provincial and territorial counterparts. The final outline of how Phase 2 will work is to be released within the next year.

Community leaders told Sohi they wanted the federal government to allocate money to cities under the second phase instead of making them apply for federal help.

Smaller communities say they usually have to outsource work to prepare a business case needed to land federal funding, but are spending the money without any certainty that their application will be approved.

Cities and towns told Sohi in June that there could at least be a partial allocation of infrastructure money during phase two if the federal government moves to an application-based model in order to provide municipalities with some level of certainty as they plan and budget for future projects.

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The Liberals budgeted $6.6 billion this year and next for the first phase of their infrastructure program. Phase 2 of the program would begin in 2018.

The infrastructure program was a key Liberal promise in last year’s election. The government hopes the spending will boost the country’s economy and pad government coffers with new tax revenue that will help bring the budget back to balance.

The federal government has signed funding agreements with all but Saskatchewan, Northwest Territories and Nunavut to allow infrastructure money set aside for Phase 1 to flow to eligible transit, water and waste water projects.

B.C.’s post-secondary system is in crisis say teachers

Written on May 24, 2019 at 20:05, by

British Columbia’s post-secondary system is in crisis and is failing students by forcing them into careers they may not be suited for, says a group of university and college teachers.

The Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of British Columbia released a report Tuesday, saying that the way the government funds post-secondary education is limiting students’ access to certain programs.

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George Davidson, the group’s president, said schools have been forced in recent years to fund programs that train for jobs highlighted in the province’s Skills for Jobs Blueprint, many of which are in the trades or high-tech sector.

“It’s a huge shift in the kind of programming emphasis of institutions, driven by government policy,” he said.

“We need trades jobs; I’m not denying that. But we don’t need trades jobs to the exclusion of everything else.”

Paired with long-term under funding, Davidson said the re-allocation of resources means some programs, such as transfer courses and English as a second language courses, are being cut.

The history instructor said the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, where he taught for years, went from having nine academic divisions to only three as funding was increasingly restricted. The college now offers courses in trades, health sciences and international.

“When you’re taking money from one area and moving it to another area, that means you’re not offering the stuff that was offered previously,” Davidson said.

The federation’s report said that when inflation is taken into account, the provincial government’s per-student funding has declined by more than 20 per cent since 2001.

Davidson said that as funding becomes increasingly restricted, schools have looked to students to cover costs, hiking tuition and fees, especially for international students.

“The shift in the cost of education has largely gone from the province to the backs of students and families,” he said.

But Davidson said the government doesn’t seem to care.

“We say, ‘look, let’s fix things up.’ But it’s kind of like putting Band-Aids on an elephant,” he said.

The federation, which represents teachers at dozens of schools, including Langara in Vancouver, Selkirk in Castlegar and Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, is now calling on they want the government to do a thorough review of how the post-secondary system is funded.

Hearing to begin for Alberta judge who asked sex assault complainant why she couldn’t keep knees together

Written on May 24, 2019 at 20:05, by

A hearing is to begin Tuesday into the future of a federal judge who asked a sexual assault complainant why she couldn’t keep her knees together.

The Canadian Judicial Council is to determine whether Justice Robin Camp should lose his job for the comment he made in 2014 while a provincial court judge in Calgary.

Court transcripts show he also questioned the woman’s morals, suggested that her attempts to fight off her attacker were feeble and described her as “the accused” throughout the trial.

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    Camp acquitted the man of sexual assault, but the verdict was overturned on appeal and a new trial was ordered.

    Hearings such as this are not common — there have only been 11 since the council was created in 1971

    The judge has indicated he wants to remain on the bench and will issue an apology.

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    “I think we will hear from the judge. I’m not quite sure when that might be,” said Johanna Laporte, the judicial council’s communications director.

    “I believe the judge intends to call one or two witnesses. I believe he’s been working with an expert in gender sensitivity and someone else and they may be called as witnesses.”

    Laporte said the judicial council takes all complaints and allegations of judicial misconduct seriously.

    It’s alleged Camp made comments that “reflected an antipathy” toward laws meant to protect vulnerable witnesses, engaged in “stereotypical or biased thinking” and asked the complainant questions that relied on “discredited, stereotypical assumptions” of how one should behave following a sexual assault.

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    “That kind of comment goes back to the dinosaur age as far as I’m concerned,” said Danielle Aubry, executive director of Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse.

    “Sure there’s an apology, perhaps, that might be coming, but that doesn’t take away from the additional hurt that this person experienced.”

    The review committee will make recommendations to the full judicial council. If it decides Camp should be removed from the bench, the final decision lies with the federal justice minister.

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Alberta’s top court reviews acquittal in Cindy Gladue’s death

Written on May 24, 2019 at 20:05, by

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EDMONTON – The Alberta Court of Appeal is hearing arguments on whether to overturn a controversial acquittal of an Ontario trucker charged with killing an indigenous woman.

Last year, a jury found Bradley Barton not guilty of first-degree murder in the death of Cindy Gladue, a 36-year-old sex-trade worker who was found dead in a bathtub in an Edmonton motel room in 2011.

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    Gladue bled to death after a night of what Barton called consensual, rough sex.

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    But Crown prosecutor Joanne Dartana criticized the trial judge’s charge to the jury, saying he should have explained that Barton could have been found guilty of a lesser charge if he should have foreseen his actions would harm Gladue. That would have opened the possibility of a sexual assault conviction, she said.

    “He ought to have known that what he did risked bodily harm,” she said.

    Chief Justice Catherine Fraser agreed the trial judge’s instructions to the jury were confusing.

    On the one hand, the law says people are not allowed to consent to being harmed. On the other, the judge said the Crown had to prove that Barton intended to harm Gladue.

    “What’s the jury supposed to make of this?” she asked.

    Fraser pointed out previous decisions have thrown out consent as a defence in cases of voluntary fist-fights.

    “Is a prostitute not entitled to the same degree of protection as two guys fighting on street?” she asked.

    Justice Sheilah Martin pointed out the judge told the jury the fact no evidence had been presented regarding a motive could be considered an argument in the defence’s favour.

    “The jury was being invited to find an absence of motive should lead to an acquittal,” she said.

    Barton’s lawyer Dino Bottos argued the judge qualified those statements adequately.

    “He was not putting (his fingers) on the scales of justice.”

    But Fraser kept returning to the question of whether Gladue really consented to sex so violent it killed her.

    “Why would we think that she would be consenting to the degree of force here?”

    Family members embrace one another as protesters rally outside Edmonton’s City Hall on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in support of Cindy Gladue, a 36-year-old prostitute who bled to death in an Edmonton motel room. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    Protesters hold signs outside Edmonton’s city hall on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in support of Cindy Gladue, the 36-year-old prostitute who bled to death in an Edmonton motel room. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    Protesters show their support for Cindy Gladue, the 36-year-old prostitute who bled to death in an Edmonton motel room, by participating in a rally along Edmonton’s city streets on Thursday, April 2, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    Alberta Regional Chief Cameron Alexis walks alongside family members as they hold signs and wave flags in support of Cindy Gladue, the 36-year-old prostitute who bled to death in an Edmonton motel room, on Thursday, April 2, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    Cheyanne, left to right, Cindy Gladue’s daughter, Brandy Boorman, her friend, and Donna Mcleod, Cindy’s mother, lead the rally along Edmonton’s streets on Thursday, April 2, 2015 is support of Cindy Gladue, the 36-year-old prostitute who bled to death in an Edmonton motel room. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    Cindy Gladue’s family members lead the rally along Edmonton’s streets on Thursday, April 2, 2015, in support of the decision to appeal the acquittal of an Ontario trucker charged with the murder of an aboriginal woman. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    A driver reaches out in support of protesters as they rally down Edmonton streets on Thursday, April 2, 2015 for Cindy Gladue, the 36-year-old prostitute who bled to death in an Edmonton motel room. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    Protesters show their support for Cindy Gladue, the 36-year-old prostitute who bled to death in an Edmonton motel room, by participating in a rally along Edmonton’s city streets on on Thursday, April 2, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    Donna Mcleod, Cindy Gladue’s mother, embraces a family member on the front steps of Edmonton’s City Hall on Thursday, April 2, 2015 as protesters show their support for the 36-year-old prostitute who bled to death in an Edmonton motel room. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    Protesters hold signs outside Edmonton’s city hall on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in support of Cindy Gladue, the 36-year-old prostitute who bled to death in an Edmonton motel room. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    Gloria Laird says a few words before taking part in the rally for Cindy Gladue at Edmonton’s city hall on Thursday, April 2, 2015. Gladue was a 36-year-old prostitute who bled to death in an Edmonton motel room. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    Protesters show their support for Cindy Gladue, the 36-year-old prostitute who bled to death in an Edmonton motel room, by participating in a rally along Edmonton’s city streets on Thursday, April 2, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    Protesters hold signs and wave flags as they participate in a rally on Thursday, April 2, 2015 in support of Cindy Gladue, the 36-year-old prostitute who bled to death in an Edmonton motel room. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Topher Seguin

    Barton’s trial heard that he had hired Gladue for two nights of sex in June 2011.

    He testified that he put his fist in her vagina on the first evening. On the next night, after some drinking, he did the same but she started bleeding. When she went to the bathroom, he fell asleep, he said.

    The next morning he found her body in the tub, he told court. He later called 911.

    Barton told the jury the sex was consensual.

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    The Crown called a medical examiner at the trial, who testified that an 11-centimetre cut to the woman’s vaginal wall had been caused by a sharp object. Gladue’s vagina had been preserved and the medical expert used that exhibit as he described the fatal wound to the jury.

    In a submission to the court, the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund criticized the way the trial was conducted. The brief said Gladue was consistently dehumanized and stereotyped.

    “The characterization of Ms. Gladue as ‘native,’ coupled with the characterization of her as a prostitute, created a heightened risk that the jury would bring to the fact-finding process discriminating beliefs, misconceptions or biases about the sexual availability of indigenous women.

    “The dehumanization of her (by using her vagina as an exhibit in court) illustrates a failure to perceive Ms. Gladue as a rights-bearing person who was entitled to be treated with dignity.”

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    The appeal is to finish Wednesday. A written decision is expected.

Trial begins for man accused in mill shooting

Written on May 24, 2019 at 20:05, by

Jury selection will begin today in the trial of a man accused of killing two men and wounding two others during a shooting at a sawmill in Nanaimo, B.C.

Michael Lunn and Fred McEachern were both killed when a lone gunman entered the Western Forest Products mill on the morning of April 30, 2014, and started firing his weapon.

Earl Kelly and Tony Sudar were both injured in the shooting.

Kevin Addison is charged with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder.

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Peter Mansbridge retiring: 5 things to know about the CBC News host

Written on April 24, 2019 at 16:18, by

CBC News host Peter Mansbridge has been an absolute staple in Canadian households since he began anchoring The National in 1988, with his trademark low voice and measured tone.

On Monday night, Mansbridge, 68, announced that he’s retiring from his post in July 2017 after a long career.

He made a statement about leaving his role as anchor, saying that the 2017 Canada Day celebrations (which will fete our country’s 150th birthday) will most likely be his swan song.

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“This next year will mark 30 years since I was named chief correspondent and anchor of The National… a position that’s an honour and a privilege to occupy. It’s been an amazing time to help chronicle our history, but I’ve decided that this year will be my last one,” he said. “I’ve let the CBC know that I’d like to step down from The National next July 1st — shortly after anchoring our very special Canada Day coverage for 2017.

As someone who believes strongly in public broadcasting, leaving the CBC’s flagship won’t be easy, but what’s important is that The National of the future will continue to reflect our world, our country and our people. There will be more to say about the future in the days to come, but now it’s time to focus on the new season and here at the National we will be doing just that.”

Mansbridge began his career in journalism at the age of 19 when he was offered a job at a local CBC radio station in Churchill, Man., after the station manager heard his voice over the intercom at the airport.

Mansbridge now resides in Stratford, Ont. There has been no mention of a replacement anchor for The National once Mansbridge is out.

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Here are five things you may not know about Peter Mansbridge:

1. Born in London, England in 1948, Mansbridge began his radio career in 1968 in Churchill where he helped develop CBC Radio’s news service to Northern Canada.

2. Mansbridge joined CBC Radio in Winnipeg as a reporter in 1971 and joined CBC Television the following year. He became The National‘s reporter in Saskatchewan in 1975, joined the network’s parliamentary bureau in Ottawa in 1976 and became chief correspondent and anchor of The National in 1988.

3. Mansbridge, who has covered every federal election since 1972 and has anchored all 10 since 1984, remains the only Canadian journalist to interview both U.S. President Barack Obama and former British Prime Minister David Cameron.

4. Mansbridge has won 13 awards for excellence, is an officer of the Order of Canada and has nine honorary degrees from eight Canadian universities and one in the United States. He was named Chancellor of Mount Allison University in New Brunswick in 2009 and named to the Canadian News Hall of Fame earlier this year.

5. He has hosted eight Olympic Opening Ceremonies (Seoul in 1988, Albertville in 1992, Atlanta in 1996, Athens in 2004, Torino in 2006, Beijing in 2008, Sochi in 2014 and Rio in 2016).

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Justin Trudeau honours fallen Canadian soldiers in Hong Kong

Written on April 24, 2019 at 16:18, by

HONG KONG – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau paid homage Tuesday to Canadian soldiers who died after fighting to defend Hong Kong during the Second World War.

On the final day of his week-long visit to China, Trudeau toured the mountainside Sai Wan War Cemetery. He also laid a wreath at a memorial engraved with the names of Canadian soldiers.

Trudeau walked past several rows of graves bearing the names of Canadians – each decorated with a single poppy and the Maple Leaf.

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There are 1,505 Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War buried in the cemetery, including 283 Canadians who died after engaging the Japanese. Of those Canadian casualties, 107 were unidentified.

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Local historian Tony Banham, who specializes in Hong Kong during the Second World War, joined Trudeau on his tour of the cemetery.

“To us in Hong Kong – I’ve been here 30-odd years – people don’t forget,” Banham told reporters afterwards.

“This casualty rate was horrendous and people from Canada and other countries who came here didn’t have to be here.

“They came here to attempt to defend Hong Kong. Hong Kong fell to the Japanese and for the next three years, eight months Hong Kong had a really terrible time. So, these people will not be forgotten.”

Banham said many of the Canadians buried in the cemetery died after the battle as prisoners of war.

On Tuesday, Trudeau also met with billionaire businessman Li Ka-shing, chairman of CK Hutchison Holdings, at his cavernous office on the 70th floor of a Hong Kong tower. Li is considered one of the richest people in Asia.

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Shortly after they sat down, the prime minister talked to Li about Canada’s connections with China, Hong Kong, and Asia in general.

Later Tuesday, Trudeau will speak at a luncheon hosted by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong and meet with the chief executive of Hong Kong.

Peter Mansbridge to step down in July 2017

Written on April 24, 2019 at 16:18, by

TORONTO – Veteran CBC news anchor Peter Mansbridge announced Monday night that his last day on The National will be next summer.

The network says Mansbridge will retire from the helm of its flagship news program after anchoring special Canada Day coverage next July 1, when the country will mark its 150th birthday.

Mansbridge’s career has spanned nearly five decades, including 28 years at the helm of the desk as anchor and chief correspondent.

The CBC says he has covered every federal election since 1972 and anchored all 10 since 1984. He has also hosted eight Olympic ceremonies, won 12 Gemini Awards and was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 2008.

Mansbridge, who is 68, began his career in journalism at the age of 19 when he was offered a job at a local CBC radio station in Churchill, Man., after the station manager heard his voice over the intercom at the airport.

He went on to help develop CBC Radio’s news service for Northern Canada before moving to Winnipeg as a radio reporter in 1971 and then joining CBC Television in 1972.

Mansbridge became chief correspondent and anchor 16 years later, taking over from Knowlton Nash.

Mansbridge was born in London, England, and now resides in Stratford, Ont.

“As someone who believes strongly in public broadcasting, leaving the CBC’s flagship will not be easy,” Mansbridge told viewers Monday night. “But what’s important is that ‘The National’ of the future will continue to reflect our world, our country and our people.”

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What you need to know about Philippine President Duterte’s deadly anti-drug campaign

Written on April 24, 2019 at 16:18, by

Philippine President Rodrigro Duterte made it clear Monday he has no interest in what Barack Obama thinks about his heavy-handed war on drugs and the extrajudicial killings associated with it.

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Duterte’s outburst, in which he vowed to “swear at” Obama should the U.S. president bring up the killings of suspected drug dealers, led to White House cancelling a planned meeting between the two leaders during a Southeast Asian leaders meeting in Laos this week.

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“I am a president of a sovereign state and we have long ceased to be a colony. I do not have any master except the Filipino people, nobody but nobody. You must be respectful. Do not just throw questions. Putang ina I will swear at you in that forum,” Duterte said, using the Tagalog phrase for son of a bitch.

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Since Duterte was inaugurated June 30, as many as 2,400 people have died amid a nationwide crackdown on the drugs in the Philippines.

“We will not stop until the last drug lord, the last financier, and the last pusher have surrendered or put behind bars —; or below the ground, if they so wish,” CNN reported Duterte as saying in his State of the Nation speech on July 25.

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The extrajudicial killings have alarmed the U.S., the United Nations and human rights alike, especially given that more than half of the killings appear to have been at the hands of vigilantes.

According to the Philippine National Police, police officers have killed more than 1,000 people suspected of having involvement in the drug trade. But nearly 1,400 deaths were considered “under investigation.”

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Duterte has openly endorsed vigilante killings of drug dealers, drug addicts and other alleged criminals, on multiple occasions prodding everyday citizens to take matters into their own hands.

“If you know of any addicts, go ahead and kill them yourself,” he reportedly told an audience of approximately 500 people in a Manila slum on June 30.

“Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun … you have my support,” CNN reported him saying during a televised speech on June 6. “Shoot him [the drug dealer] and I’ll give you a medal.”

Duterte hasn’t taken kindly to international condemnation of his campaign to root out criminals.

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UN human rights experts last month called on Duterte and his government to put an end to extra-judicial killings, saying: “Allegations of drug-trafficking offences should be judged in a court of law, not by gunmen on the streets.”

“Claims to fight illicit drug trade do not absolve the Government from its international legal obligations and do not shield State actors or others from responsibility for illegal killings,” UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions Agnes Callamard said in an Aug. 18 statement.

Duterte called the UN experts “stupid” and threatened to leave the world body.

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There’s no sign he’s going to let up his anti-drug crusade anytime soon.

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa, whom Duterte tasked with overseeing the crackdown, warned Monday no one is immune from facing punishment if suspected of being involved in crime.

“Rest assured, we do not discriminate,” Agence France-Press reported Dela Rosa as saying. “All of them, the rich, the poor, police, civilians… even if you are a politician, you will die if you are into drugs and you fight back.”

With files from The Associated Press

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton on Monday expressed concern about “credible reports” of Russian interference in the U.S. election and accused Donald Trump of being fixated on dictators including Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Taking questions from reporters for more than 20 minutes on her campaign plane, Clinton said both Democrats and Republicans should be concerned about Russia’s behavior.

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“The fact that our intelligence professionals are now studying this and taking it seriously raises some grave questions about potential Russian interference with our electoral process,” Clinton said.

“We are facing a very serious concern. We’ve never had a foreign adversarial power be already involved in our electoral process. … We’ve never had the nominee of one of our major parties urging the Russians to hack more,” she said.

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Trump, the Republican nominee, has praised Putin, the president of Russia, and has called on Moscow to dig up tens of thousands of “missing” emails from Clinton’s time as head of the U.S. State Department. He later said his comments were meant to be sarcastic.

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Clinton has previously tied Russian intelligence services to the cyber hack on the Democratic National Committee.

Asked on Monday if she believed the Russian government was trying to help elect her opponent, Clinton paused.

“I often quote a great saying that I learned from living in Arkansas for many years: If you find a turtle on a fencepost it didn’t get there by itself,” she said. “I think it’s quite intriguing that this activity has happened around the time Trump became the nominee.”

Clinton, a former secretary of state and a former first lady, has drawn criticism for not holding regular press conferences. On Monday she took questions on an array of topics for more than 20 minutes.

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Clinton dismissed concerns about her health as one of many conspiracy theories that were lobbed against her. She blamed seasonal allergies for a sustained coughing fit at an earlier event in Ohio. During the question and answer session on her plane, she also had to step away because of persistent coughing.

Clinton, whose use of a private email account during her time as secretary of state has dogged her 2016 presidential campaign, said she understood and took classification seriously when she was President Barack Obama’s top diplomat.

Clinton said that the attacks on her family’s foundation were not rooted in fact and sidestepped a question on whether her daughter, Chelsea, should step down from the foundation’s leadership if she is elected in November.