Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Cameron new faces of Chinese anti-meat campaign

November 21st, 2018

Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron have been tapped by Chinese officials to help lead a campaign encouraging Chinese to eat less meat.

The Hollywood celebrities’ photos will appear on billboards across China alongside Chinese actress Li Bingbing, and they will appear in commercials urging people to eat less meat, according to environmental advocacy group WildAid, which has partnered with the Chinese Nutrition Society in this campaign.

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    The government’s new dietary guidelines, released in May, suggest that Chinese people eat between 40-75 grams of meat per day — reducing their current meat consumption by half.

    By comparison, Canadians eat about 237 grams of meat per day, according to 2014 statistics from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.

    In a video produced by WildAid, Cameron says that he supports eating less meat for environmental reasons. “How can I call myself an environmentalist if I’m contributing to environmental degradation by what I eat?”

    In one of the commercials, Schwarzenegger staggers through a desert, presumably blighted by the environmental effects of meat agriculture.

    “Less meat. Less heat. More life,” says the sweaty celebrity in the commercial.

    Like the American food pyramid, China’s new “dietary pagoda” has a base of grains, followed by fruits and vegetables, meat and fish, dairy and sweets.

What’s open and closed this Fête nationale

November 21st, 2018

MONTREAL – Rushing out the door to head to the bank? Need to stock up on goodies at the grocery store for your Fête nationale barbecue party?

You might want to check this list of what’s open and closed this Saint-Jean-Baptiste holiday:

What’s open

Small grocery stores and dépanneurs as well as some restaurants, gas stations, bookstores and other local stores will be open.

Montreal ecocentres will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in keeping with regular summer schedules

Pickup services for household garbage, green waste, kitchen waste, recyclables and bulky items will take place following regular schedules, except in the following boroughs:

Lachine: Garbage pickup will take place on Monday, June 27.Ville-Marie: Pickups are cancelled.Villeray–Saint-Michel–Parc-Extension: Garbage and bulky item pickups are cancelled. The food waste pickup scheduled for Friday, June 24 in designated areas is postponed until Saturday, June 25.

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Public markets, including Jean-Talon, Maisonneuve and Atwater, will be open to allow you to celebrate the culinary arts of the province. Schedules differ.

The Bonsecours Market will be open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Pointe-à-Callière Montréal Museum of Archaeology and History will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

The Biodome will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Botanical Garden and the Insectatarium will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

What’s closed

Federal and provincial government offices, as well as most municipal offices will be closed inlcuding borough offices, Accès Montréal and other points of service.

The municipal courthouse on Gosford Street will also be closed. For information, call: 514 872-2964

Banks, large grocery stores, most retail stores and malls will be closed as will all SAQ locations.

Most arenas, swimming pools, libraries and sports centres, will be closed, though exterior pools and tennis courts may be open.


The STM, STL and RTL will be running on a holiday schedule. Certain STM bus routes have been modified to accommodate Fête Nationale celebrations, check the STM website to avoid any unpleasant surprises.

AMT commuter trains will run on modified schedules depending on the line.

Parking meters are still operational and parking restrictions apply.

Jessica Mitchell, Canadian country singer, hears her song on radio for first time

November 21st, 2018

It’s rare to capture the moment when a musician catapults into the next realm — from obscurity into the public eye — but Toronto-based country singer Jessica Mitchell managed to do just that.

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Mitchell, born in Toronto but raised in London, Ont., shot a video of herself in her car hearing her new song Workin’ on Whiskey on the radio for the very first time. The singer posted to Facebook, and as of this writing, the video has over 50,000 likes.

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In the video, which you can watch above, Mitchell chokes back tears and is blown away by the experience.

“All of this has been overwhelming in such a great way,” Mitchell said to Global News. “My heart is full of love and appreciation for the people in my corner right now, both fans and family. I’m taking it all in stride and enjoying reading the amazing messages from everyone that are full of love and hope. The world is a wonderful place. I’m grateful.”

Mitchell has a debut EP out, Hold Onto The Light, which is available on iTunes. She has spent the last few years travelling between Toronto and Nashville, collaborating with some of the top songwriters in country music.

Previously, she had been repeatedly told that she’s “not a radio artist,” and several stations refused to play her music, deeming it “too dark.”

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At the CMAO Awards, Mitchell’s performance of Workin’ on Whiskey got the night’s only standing ovation.

Country 104 in London played the single Wednesday in what could very well be the start of an amazing career; she has been called “Country’s Adele.”

Mitchell is currently touring as the opening act for actor and musician Kiefer Sutherland.

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Budget cuts forcing possible fee hikes at Northwood

September 24th, 2019

One of the province’s largest long-term care facilities says its residents will feel the impact of provincial budget cuts.

Northwood says it’s considering increasing fees for services like wheelchair repairs, leaving vacancies in administration unfilled, and changing items on its grocery list to help absorb the one per cent budget cut the provincial Liberals announced in April.

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“This cut is very deep and it’s much more extreme than what we’ve seen in previous years,” Northwood president and CEO Janet Simm said.

The government’s April budget included a $3.1 million cut to long-term care facilities, while at the same time spending more money on home care. The cut hit 106 of the province’s 132 publicly funded nursing homes.

For Northwood, the across-the-board budget cut is especially difficult to manage for the organization’s food bill which is steadily going up, Simm said. To manage the rising cost of food with a declining budget, Northwood is considering limiting pricier produce like tomatoes.

“When you get cuts to food budgets the people who live in Northwood feel those things,” Simm said.

In an emailed statement the health department said it believes facilities can find “administrative efficiencies that will save money without impacting resident care.”

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The seniors’ residence says it’s stretching its dollars further by partnering with other long-term care facilities, but it says there’s not a lot of slack left after the organization made changes following last year’s budget cuts.

Cuts for this year were announced after Northwood already had its budget in place, Simm said, and the late notice made it more difficult for the organization to adjust. For the first time in years it’s expecting to post a deficit.

Toronto father told to tear down $30K boat-shaped treehouse after application rejected

September 24th, 2019

A Toronto father who built a $30,000 boat-shaped treehouse for his children was denied a stay of execution from the city and will see his labour of love torn down.

John Alpeza had his request denied at the Etobicoke-York Committee of Adjustment Thursday, after the family was hoping for exemptions from bylaws that found the tree house to be too tall and large for their property.

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“It’s a very, very sad day for kids and families —; and for people who want to do something special for their family and kids,” Alpeza said.

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The city-appointed panel voted unanimously against granting all seven variances related to the size and positioning of the tree house the family was seeking.

The structure is 2.09 metres above the permitted limit, “While the lot coverage variance of 17.05 per cent greatly exceeds the permitted five per cent,” according to a letter sent by Ward 13 (Parkdale–High Park) Councillor Sarah Doucette.

“I’m so sad because my father worked so hard,” eight-year old Mateas Alpeza said.

“This is the worst day of my life,” added 10-year old Kristian Alpeza.

The family said they plan on continuing the fight, which began in April when they were notified that their structure ran afoul of city bylaws.

Children’s petition listing names of supporters of the Alpeza’s tree houses

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“We’re not going to give up on our tree house and this is for all kids, that they have the right to get out and get away from video games,” said John Alpeza. “That’s the whole purpose behind this.”

Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti has been a staunch supporter of the family since the tree house first made national news several months ago.

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“I would say to those who are objecting to children playing, ‘Get a life,’” he told Global News.

Mammoliti  said he saw this as a dispute between two neighbours that the city should not have gotten involved in. He also noted the family has one final avenue of appeal: the Ontario Municipal Board.

“That’s going to cost them a ton of money,” he said.

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Doucette initially opposed the structure, but then suggested a compromise: lowering the tree house to meet height requirements in exchange for overlooking the lot coverage issue.

But turning a tree house into a fort wouldn’t be the same for the Alpeza kids.

City committee rejects application to keep boat-shaped tree house

September 24th, 2019

John Alpeza’s $30,000 labour of love for his children was denied a stay of execution today at the Etobicoke-York Committee of Adjustment. The family was hoping for exemptions from bylaws that found the tree house to be too tall and large for their property.

“It’s a very, very sad day for kids and families – a for people want to do something special for their family and kids,” said John.

The city-appointed panel voted unanimously against granting seven variances related to the size and positioning of the tree house. According to the city the structure is 2.09 metres above the permitted limit, “while the lot coverage variance of 17.05% greatly exceeds the permitted 5%,” according to a letter sent by area councillor Sarah Doucette.

“I’m so sad because my father worked so hard,” said ??-year old Mateas Alpeza.

“This is the worst day of my life,” added ??-year old Kristian Alpeza

The family says they plan on continuing the fight which began in April when they were notified that their structure ran afoul of city bylaws.

“We’re not going to give up on our tree house and this is for all kids that they have right to, to get out there get away from video games. That’s the whole purpose behind this,” said John Alpeza.

Children’s petition listing names of supporters of the Alpeza’s tree houses

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Councillor Mammolit has been a supporter of the tree house since it first made national news several months ago.

“I would say to those who are objecting to children playing, ‘get a life’” he told Global News.

He says he sees this as a dispute between two neighbours and that the city should not get involved.

Mammoliti says the city has one final avenue of appeal: the Ontario Municipal Board.

“That’s going to cost them a tonne of money,” he added. Local area councillor Sarah Doucette initially opposed the structure, but then suggested a compromise: lowering the tree house to meet height requirements and overlooking the lot coverage.

But turning a treehouse into a fort wouldn’t be the same for the alpeza kids.


Teens’ anti-bullying video gets support from Subban

September 24th, 2019

MONTREAL —; For friends Cameron and Frank, growing up with disabilities hasn’t always been easy. They often feel different, but their new video project is out to prove that different can be wonderful.

“It was an idea I wanted to do for many years,” said 17-year-old Cameron Stoute. “We always hear that we’re not good enough, we get bullied because we have disabilities. And we wanted to show that it doesn’t define who we are, and that we are people too, and that we matter just as any body else would.”

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    The initiative, called Project Worthy, will be a compilation of testimony from those who have suffered from society’s general misunderstanding of disabilities.

    “It’s good to let the message out,” said 16-year-old Frank Polidakis. “People need to hear, because bullying is not nice. It’s not right. We’re all equal, we’re all the same.”

    Before embarking on the project, the pair filmed a short promo video and posted it online.

    “We wanted to get people psyched about it,” said Cameron. “We wanted to see if we did this video, would people care? Or are we doing this for no reason?”

    As it turns out, people cared. The video has already been viewed thousands of times.

    “The fact that they’re doing it, not to get gratification, but they’re doing it because they feel that it’s the right thing to do, that’s why I’m so proud of them,” Frank’s mother, Sandra Ceide, told Global News.

    The promo video even made its way to none other than Montreal Canadiens star, P.K. Subban, who has featured Project Worthy on his website.

    “What this whole experience is doing for their self-esteem is just amazing,” said Glenda Bernstein, who works with the boys at Summit School. “It’s great for them.”

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    Now, the teens are working hard to finish up their final product.

    “I think it’s going to touch so many people,” said Cameron’s mother, Sabrina Stoute. “People that have been bullied, people that haven’t been bullied, people who aren’t even aware of the impact that bullying has on our society.”

    While Cameron and Frank hope that Project Worthy will bring comfort to others, it has been therapeutic for them as well.

    “It’s so motivational to hear from other people who are going through the same thing that we are going through,” said Cameron. “We’re all just growing up as a community and we’re showing everybody that we’re worth something.”

    The final video is expected to be ready by next week. After that, the boys have plans to keep their message alive: Project Worthy is just the beginning.

The seven Duffy claims the Senate wants back

September 24th, 2019

OTTAWA – The Senate says that seven expense claims totalling $16,995 which came up during Sen. Mike Duffy’s criminal trial weren’t eligible under the upper chamber’s spending rules. Here are the details of the seven claims the Senate wants Duffy to repay:

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1) Duffy paid $505.18 between November 2011 and March 2012 for a mobile data plan for a temporary worker in his office, Diane Scharf. The money came out of a consulting contract Duffy signed with a former acquaintance. Ontario Court Justice Charles Vaillancourt wrote in his ruling that the spending didn’t add any “new net cost to the Senate” because the money had already been allocated under the consulting contract. He said Scharf’s BlackBerry was a job-related expense and “was an appropriate expenditure.”

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2) Duffy paid $8 for photos of his son and daughter, but testified at trial that billing the cost to the Senate was unintentional. The money came out of a consulting contract Duffy signed with a former acquaintance.

3) Duffy paid $500 to a volunteer intern in his office, Ashley Cain, who did about 72 hours of work over a six-week period in 2010. Duffy testified that he believed it was within Senate rules to pay volunteers, and the money was an honorarium for her work. The money came out of a consulting contract Duffy signed with a former acquaintance. Vaillancourt said there was no criminal intent when Cain was paid “a modest stipend” and amounted to “an honest mistake on the part of Sen. Duffy.”

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4) Duffy paid $300 to Jacqueline Lambert for makeup work as part of a 2010 appearance with then-prime minister Stephen Harper as part of the G8/G20 meeting. It was a last-second request when Harper’s office neglected to organize makeup necessary for a television appearance. The money came out of a consulting contract Duffy signed with a former acquaintance. In his ruling, Vaillancourt said the debate over whether the claim was appropriate was “best dealt in a non-criminal environment.”

5) Duffy paid $10,000 to his one-time personal trainer, Mike Croskery, as part of what he said was research to create a health promotion and fitness program tailored for seniors. The money came out of a consulting contract Duffy signed with a former acquaintance. Vaillancourt said Croskery was a consultant to Duffy, not a personal trainer, but that “it would have been preferable to have a formal contract” laying out the new relationship between the two.

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6) Duffy paid Nils Ling $2,500 for a speech delivered at the 75th anniversary for the Canadian Federation of Agriculture. Duffy, who was on the Senate’s agriculture committee at the time of the speech, called it a “foundational speech,” which Vaillancourt said made it “an appropriate expense for Senate resources.” Duffy was paid $10,000 to deliver the speech; Vaillancourt said Senate funds shouldn’t be used for personal gain, but that Duffy didn’t have any criminal intent when he paid for the speech.

7) Duffy charged the Senate $3,142.48 for travel to Ottawa for a speech to the Building Owners and Managers Association of Ottawa. He was paid a $10,000 speaker’s fee. Vaillancourt said the speech was a personal matter for Duffy, but wasn’t convinced the expenses contained any criminality. He also said Duffy conducted enough Senate business during the trip to warrant reimbursement.

Chris Brown sued by his manager for ‘brutally’ attacking him

August 24th, 2019

Chris Brown is in trouble, and once again he’s being accused of violence.

Michael Guirguis, also known as Mike G in the music industry, has filed a lawsuit against Brown for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false imprisonment, breach of contract and breach of implied covenant of good faith.

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Guirguis claims that Brown “brutally” attacked him in May during a drug-fuelled rage, and then went onto social media to brag about it. (Global News hasn’t been able to find any social media posts by Brown that supports this claim.)

Allegedly, the singer went after him and punched him four times in the face and neck. Guirguis says he had to go to the hospital for his injuries.

The music manager was originally hired in 2009 to “fix” Brown’s image, after Brown pleaded guilty to viciously assaulting his then-girlfriend, Rihanna.

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“We did everything we could to resolve this in a non-public way to avoid damage to Chris Brown,” Guirguis’ lawyer told TMZ. “Regrettably, as outlined in our complaint, Chris Brown has proven to be his own worst enemy.”

In response to the charges Brown took to Instagram, saying that he fired Guirguis for stealing money from him. (Note: the video contains foul language.)

These claims are all still alleged, and nothing has been proven in a court of law.

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Smoothie bowl recipes: Basic, mocha almond, green coconut

August 24th, 2019

Shake up breakfast with a smoothie bowl. The combinations are endless.

It’s easy. Make a smoothie, but reduce the fluid content so it’s extra thick. Pour it in a small bowl and add toppings, so you’re eating rather than drinking your meal. It’s similar to cereal and milk, but without any processed or refined grains, and with an infusion of whole-food nuts, seeds and fruit, says registered dietitian Cara Rosenbloom.

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    Recipe: Alkaline green smoothie

    Even though the ingredients are healthy, she cautions that eating large quantities can provide too many calories. Use a small bowl and limit the toppings. For children, use a 250-ml (1-cup) serving bowl for the smoothie, and top it with 15 ml (1 tbsp) each of nuts, seeds and fruit. That will make a well-rounded kid-sized breakfast (about 300 calories).

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    Elaine Nessman, who writes the blog Flavour and Savour, provides this checklist of smoothie components. Choose your favourites:

    Liquid: Water, milk (almond, coconut, cashew, rice, cow’s), juice or green tea. Lewis likes to use coconut water in summer when it’s important to stay hydrated.

    Thickener: Banana, yogurt or kefir. Alison Lewis, author of “200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes,” also suggests protein powder, which comes in a vegan version.

    Fat: Nut butter, avocado.

    Protein: Hemp seeds, chia seeds.

    Vegetables/fruit: Any fruit or berries, greens such as kale or spinach, or carrots, celery, cucumber, sea vegetables (use sea veggies sparingly as they have strong flavours).

    Flavour add-ins: Dates, honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, cocoa, vanilla.

    Here are Rosenbloom’s suggestions for toppings. Use 15 ml (1 tbsp) of a few of these options:

    Nuts: almonds, pecans, cashews, walnuts.

    Seeds: Hemp, chia, pumpkin, sunflower, sesame.

    Dried fruit: Coconut, raisins, acai berries, dried apricots, dates.

    Fresh fruit: Sliced banana or kiwi; diced apple, peach, mango or pear; berries.

    Toasted oats or granola.

    Optional extras: Cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, fresh mint leaves.


    1 ripe frozen banana, sliced250 ml (1 cup) plain 2 per cent Greek yogurt125 ml (1/2 cup) frozen fruit or vegetable or mixture of your choice (kale, berries, peaches, etc.)125 ml (1/2 cup) milk of your choice (skim, soy, almond, etc.)Assorted toppings (fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut, cacao nibs)

    In a blender, place all ingredients except toppings. Puree until smooth. Pour into a bowl and decorate with desired toppings.

    This recipe makes enough for 2 smoothie bowls.

    Source: Cara Rosenbloom, Words to Eat By.



    This smoothie bowl is brimming with almond milk and chia seeds, sweetened with dates and gets a kick from Nessman’s secret ingredient: a little leftover coffee from the pot.

    “That mere 1/4 cup of coffee transforms this smoothie bowl from chocolate to mocha in two seconds flat,” she says. If you’re not a coffee drinker, leave it out.

    1/2 ripe banana, fresh or frozen175 ml (3/4 cup) almond or other milk50 to 125 ml (1/4 to 1/2 cup) brewed coffee15 ml (1 tbsp) almond butter15 ml (1 tbsp) cocoa15 ml (1 tbsp) chia seeds2 Medjool dates, pitted2 ice cubes


    Flaked almonds, sliced banana, fresh or frozen raspberries

    Put all ingredients except garnish in a high-speed blender and process until smooth. You may have to scrape the sides once partway through.

    Pour into a bowl. It will thicken within an hour or two. Garnish with almonds, banana slices and raspberries.

    Makes 1 serving.

    Source: Elaine Nessman, Flavour and Savour



    The sweetness of the mango takes away any bitterness of the greens in this recipe, says Lewis.

    Use leftover coconut milk in soup recipes, Thai recipes, hot chocolate and breakfast cereal.

    If you prefer, you can use store-bought granola to top your smoothie bowl.

    50 mL (1/4 cup) unsweetened coconut milk beverage1/2 frozen banana, cut into pieces if necessary75 ml (1/3 cup) frozen chopped mango250 ml (1 cup) trimmed kale leaves30 ml (2 tbsp) unsweetened shredded or flaked coconutIce cubes (optional)

    Suggested Toppings:

    Sliced banana, blueberries, raspberriesUnsweetened shredded or flaked coconutChia seeds

    In a blender, combine coconut milk, banana, mango, kale and coconut. Secure lid and blend (from low to high if using a variable-speed blender) until smooth. If a thicker consistency is desired, add ice, one cube at a time, and blend until smooth.

    Pour into a bowl and top with any of the suggested toppings, as desired.

    Makes 1 serving.

    Source: “200 Best Smoothie Bowl Recipes” by Alison Lewis (Robert Rose Inc.)

Questions raised over Syrian refugee ads featuring woman in a head scarf

August 24th, 2019

OTTAWA – Concerns raised by Canadians over the Liberal government’s plan to resettle 25,000 Syrian refugees included questions about whether the program should be advertised with a photo of a woman wearing a head scarf.

The photo was one of five put before eight focus groups run last November and December by the civil servants supporting the Prime Minister’s Office.

They were testing ads to promote the resettlement program and were told using that photo might create a problem, a perception most common in the two Montreal groups.

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“Some felt that by showing a single mother wearing a head scarf, this image may generate negative reactions among members of the general public who were reluctant to accept refugees by reinforcing some negative stereotypes associated with Syrian refugees,” said a report on the discussions, posted online recently by the Privy Council Office.

Those who liked the picture said it sent an important message.

“The image showing a mother and a child was seen to elicit compassion and showed the love of a mother for her child,” the report said. “It elicited a desire to help them make a better living in Canada.”

The photo of the woman in the head scarf and one featuring a group of children still appear on the Immigration Department’s website as the push continues to settle Syrians.


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The effort to bring 25,000 to Canada in a matter of four months began in November and, a few days later, questions about it were added to the regular meetings the Privy Council Office holds with groups across the country to discuss current events.

Those in Halifax and Vancouver, B.C. were most supportive, while participants from Toronto and Montreal were more divided.

Those who supported the plan felt it was what Canada was about, the report said.

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“They viewed Canada as a country of immigrants that welcomed those in need: ‘This is what we do’.”

Those ambivalent also felt that way, the report said, but wanted more time taken to ensure everything was done right. Those who opposed it said Canadian needs should be met first. Concerns were also raised about a lack of resources to integrate new arrivals.

Even as concepts were being tested, an online advertising campaign was rolled out.

Between Nov. 27, 2015 and the end of March, the Immigration Department spent about $166,300 for online ads, according to information released in the House of Commons.

The campaign included ads on Facebook and 桑拿会所 and $60,000 for ads that would show up on search engine websites if anyone looked up dozens of related terms, including “how to help refugees.”

UN Security Council says North Korean missile launches are ‘grave violation’

August 24th, 2019

Our live coverage has ended. This is an archived live blog.

The U.N. Security Council on Thursday strongly condemned two North Korean ballistic missile launches this week, calling them a “grave violation” of a ban on all ballistic missile activity that is contributing to the country’s nuclear weapons program.

The council reiterated its demand that North Korea end its “flagrant” violations, halt all nuclear tests and ballistic missile activity, and comply with five U.N. sanctions resolutions imposed since the country’s first nuclear test in 2006.

In a statement approved by all 15 members, the council said Wednesday’s launches contribute to North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons delivery systems and increase tensions in the region.

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One launch failed, but North Korean state media said another missile flew more than 1,400 kilometres which would allow it to strike U.S. forces throughout the region. It was the first successful test of the Musudan mid-range missile – with a potential 3,500-kilometre range that puts much of Asia and the Pacific within reach – after five failures in about two months.

The Security Council urged all countries “to redouble their efforts” to fully implement sanctions against North Korea, especially those imposed in March which were the toughest in two decades. Those sanctions include mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering North Korea by land, sea or air; a ban on all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to Pyongyang; and expulsion of diplomats from the North who engage in “illicit activities.”

Approval of the press statement by the U.N.’s most powerful body followed an emergency council meeting on Wednesday called by the United States and Japan after consulting South Korea.

The council had strongly condemned three previous ballistic missile launches on June 1.

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The March sanctions reflected growing anger at what Pyongyang claims was its first hydrogen bomb test on Jan. 6 and a rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity. The ballistic missile tests have added to that anger and North Korea’s total disregard of the five sanctions resolutions which are legally binding.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power sharply criticized North Korea’s “inherently destabilizing behaviour” on Wednesday and stressed that a press statement would be a first step to respond to Pyongyang’s latest launches.

“We’re again looking to ensure accountability – looking to identify again individuals, entities who may be responsible for this repeated series of tests that pose such a threat to international peace and security,” she said.

Those people, companies and individuals could be added to the U.N. sanctions blacklist and be subjected to a global asset freeze and travel ban.

The Security Council statement on Thursday expressed regret that North Korea is diverting resources to the pursuit of ballistic missiles wen its citizens “gave great unmet needs.”

Members reiterated “the importance of maintaining peace and stability on the Korean peninsula and in northeast Asia,” and expressed the council’s commitment to “a peaceful, diplomatic and political solution to the situation.”

The council also welcomed efforts by unnamed council members and other countries “to facilitate a peaceful and comprehensive solution through dialogue.”

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2 charged after collared grizzly bear shot and killed in Alberta

August 24th, 2019

Two Alberta men have been charged after a collared grizzly bear was shot and killed near Edson in May.

The male bear, who was around three to four years old and weighed about 200 pounds, was part of a grizzly bear research program. He had originally been collared in Jasper in the spring, according to Brendan Cox, a Fish and Wildlife spokesperson.

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    A biologist with the fRI Research in Hinton reported the collar on the grizzly had stopped working on May 26.

    “Fish and Wildlife were notified within 24 hours,” said Sean Kinney, a spokesman for fRI Research.

    An investigation showed the bear was in fact shot and killed by a poacher.

    Ronald Raymond Motkoski, of Edson, is charged with hunting wildlife during a closed season, possessing wildlife and providing false information. John Peter Grant, of Fort McMurray, is charged with possessing wildlife, contrary to section 55(1) of the Wildlife Act.

    Collars continue to play an important role in the protection of grizzly bears, as the bears are a protected species in Alberta.

    “Collar data is used by a number of our research projects that inform land and resource management and support the long-term conservation of grizzly bears,” Kinney wrote in an email to Global News.

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    Grizzly bears can travel long distances and these collars play a role in being able to track and locate them, he said.

    While poaching isn’t a common occurrence in the province, Kinney said that three collared grizzly bears were killed illegally in 2013.

    The biggest cause of grizzly bear deaths between 2006 and 2013 resulted from illegal hunting and also from collisions with cars, according to the province’s Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan.

    According to the Report a Poacher program, there have been over 10,000 calls to the hotline, and over 2,000 of those calls regarded “suspected illegal activity.”

    If you suspect that someone is hunting illegally, you can contact the Report a Poacher hotline at 1-800-642-3900.

    More information on the government’s Alberta Grizzly Bear Recovery Plan can be found here.

    Edson is located about 200 kilometres west of Edmonton.