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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Investors in Asian-style New Horizon Mall north of Calgary confident of success

May 24th, 2019

Investors spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy retail shop space in a new Asian-style mall just north of Calgary say they aren’t worried about Alberta’s struggling economy and low oil prices.

Investors and dignitaries gathered Thursday in a field near the main highway between Calgary and Edmonton to officially break ground for the $200-million New Horizon Mall expected to be completed by late 2017.

The site of the New Horizon Mall near Balzac, Alta.

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The project differs from other Alberta malls in that most of its more than 500 stores are being sold to individual investors who can then lease them to others or take over the space themselves. About 90 per cent of the space available to investors has been sold. Larger stores for anchor tenants–accounting for about 30 per cent of the 320,000 square feet total–are being held by the developer.

Most malls in Canada are owned by property management companies that lease the space to retailers.

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Twenty-seven-old hair stylist Eman Kherfan of Calgary says she is using savings and proceeds from a residential property investment to help buy a $370,000 unit near the entrance to the mall.

She says she hasn’t decided whether she’ll bring in a tenant or set up her own hair-styling shop, but she is confident her investment will pay off.

“When it comes to the economy, I feel like it doesn’t affect people that much when it comes to shopping and that kind of stuff. People are still there, people are still spending,” she said.

Calgary businessman Naser Abdo says he’s investing about $1 million to buy two food court locations: a 350-square-foot space suitable for a tenant that needs a kitchen and an 85-square-foot spot for a snack or juice bar.

“The location is great … and I really like the concept, you know, the fact you can own your own,” he said, adding he had a market study done and is confident the mall will prosper thanks to its location on by highway and near the regional CrossIron Mills shopping centre.

New Horizon Mall has also attracted attention from former oil and gas workers.

Monika Swiderski and Amy Boers are both accountants who were laid off from energy company jobs in downtown Calgary in the past year. They have pooled their severance money to buy a 350-square-foot space in a high-ranked area near the escalator and close to a performance stage for about $500,000.

“We just think this is a unique investment opportunity. Where else would you own a piece of a big shopping mall?” said Swiderski, adding she doesn’t know yet who their tenant will be.

She said the budding entrepreneurs have also purchased a gelato franchise to be opened in July at CrossIron Mills.

Eli Swirsky, president of Toronto-based The Torgan Group, says New Horizon Mall is modelled on his company’s Pacific Mall in the Toronto area that opened about 20 years ago. He says the malls are designed to be more like an Asian or European bazaar than a traditional shopping centre.

Retail analyst David Ian Gray of Vancouver-based DIG360 Consulting said he thinks the concept of multiple owners will start out well, but could ultimately lead to a lack of a coherent theme in the mall as the original owners sell their spaces.

Swirsky said that’s not a bad thing.

“This mall, whatever is going to happen Day 1, it’s going to be different a month later, six months later,” he said.

“The difference between this mall and a normal mall or mainstream mall is that the owners of the stores, they determine each day what works for them and what they think is popular.”

He said the mall will likely open with many cellphone stores, electronics shops, jewelry boutiques, and ethnic spices and fashion retailers. But what happens then is largely up to the shop owners.

Saskatoon Blades name new head coach as Bob Woods returns to the NHL

May 24th, 2019

The Saskatoon Blades have a new head coach and general manager after Bob Woods announced he is returning to the National Hockey League (NHL).

Dean Brockman, who has worked alongside Woods for the last two seasons, is the new bench boss.

“It’s time for results and we are committed to take a major step forward this season,” Brockman stated.

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    “We have a room full of great players who have outstanding character. They’ve taken great strides during our time together and I can’t wait to work with them to seize the opportunity we have in front of us.”

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    Prior to joining the Blades, Brockman coached the Humboldt Broncos for 17 years, leading the team to two Royal Bank Cups in 2003 and 2008.

    He also guided the Broncos to four Anavet Cup Championship titles and was named Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) coach of the year four times.

    Colin Priestner, who takes over as general manager on a full-time basis, believes Brockman is the right person to take over the team.

    “We believe Dean is a great fit to carry on to what we have been building for three years while adding a different perspective to our players,” Priestner said.

    “Our fans are anxious for a return to the playoffs and so are we. It’s been a long wait and we have every intention of returning to the playoffs this coming season.”

    Priestner, 32, becomes the youngest general manager in the Western Hockey League (WHL).

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    Woods, who is heading to the Buffalo Sabres to become Dan Bylsma’s assistant coach, said the opportunity was too good to pass up.

    It’s a chance to work alongside a Stanley Cup winning coach who also coached in the AHL. It’s an example I’d love to follow,” stated Woods.

    “I have mixed emotions leaving the Blades since the team is turning the corner but I know the players are in great hands.”

‘Make America White Again’: Tennessee politician stands by controversial billboard

May 24th, 2019

A political message on a roadside billboard has been removed near Benton, Tenn., after its message stirred up controversy.

Put up by Rick Tyler, an independent candidate for Congress in Tennessee’s 3rd district, the billboard bears his campaign slogan: Make America White Again.

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    “I respect [people’s] right to have an opinion. I believe the majority of the people in the county like it,” Tyler told WRCB-TV News in Chattanooga. “I saw people taking pictures beside it right after I posted it.”

    The slogan is a play on presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” something Tyler admits.

    “Of great significance, as well, is the reality of the Trump phenomenon and the manner in which he has loosened up the overall spectrum of political discourse,” Tyler wrote in a post defending the billboard on his campaign website.

    Tyler’s campaign echoes much of Trump’s platform including an aggressive foreign policy, strong support for 2nd Amendment rights, and a willingness to issue frank, controversial and even inflammatory statements on race relations in the United States.

    Tyler does not shy away from his desire to see America return to a “1960s, Ozzie and Harriet, Leave it to Beaver time when there were no break-ins; no violent crime; no mass immigration,” Tyler told WRCB-TV News.

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    A self-described “entrepreneur, pastor and political candidate,” Tyler owns and operates a restaurant in Ocoee, but is “transitioning” to running full-time for Congress in the upcoming federal elections.

    According to Ballotpedia, Tyler ran as an independent in the same district in 2014 and garnered 5,579 votes – or 0.4 per cent of the popular vote.

    His billboard generated considerable controversy and pushback from the local community, resulting in the owners of the billboard removing the slogan less than 12 hours after it was put up. Tyler said he paid for the space until the November election.

    “I am so enraged I can barely express myself without copious amounts of profanity. This disgusting bunch of bigotry was erected about 20 minutes from our house,” local resident Amy Hinies Woody wrote on Facebook.

    “I am shocked and appalled to visit his campaign’s website and learn his views and beliefs through the audio clips, specifically about the ‘racial problem’ America is facing,” another resident, Jimmy Johnson, wrote in a Facebook post blasting the billboard.


    Politicians, political groups and community organizations have been quick to distance themselves from the billboard and its message.

    “There’s no room for this type of hateful display in our political discourse,” Tennessee Republican Party chairman Ryan Haynes said in a statement. “Racism should be rejected in all its heinous forms in the Third Congressional District and around the country.”

    “I totally and unequivocally condemn the billboard and Mr. Tyler’s message and will vigorously fight any form of racism in the 3rd district of Tennessee or anywhere else in the nation,” Chuck Fleischmann, the area’s current Congressman, said in a separate statement to local media.

    Other groups have vowed to boycott Tyler’s restaurant.

    “Due to recent statements and overtly racist billboards by the principal owner of the Whitewater Grill in Ocoee and himself a declared Independent candidate for Congress, the Kiwanis Club of Ocoee will never meet there again,” the Kiwanis Club of Ocoee said in a statement. “We are a civic club of inclusion and not exclusion and find these statements repugnant.”

    Tyler said his billboard accomplished its intended mission of kicking up conversation and debate.

    “If I could, I’d have hundreds of these billboards up across the 3rd District,” Tyler said.

Canada Day 2016: Canadians overestimate rates of smoking, drinking, getting high

May 24th, 2019

As Canadians from coast to coast get set for a burst of patriotic Canada Day pride this week, a new poll indicates that we don’t have a very high opinion of ourselves the rest of the year.

The survey, conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Global News, shows that Canadians tend to overestimate the amount of drinking, smoking and toking going on in their respective provinces, and underestimate the amount of volunteering, international travelling and voting that takes place.

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The good people of Saskatchewan, for instance, on average tended to believe that just under 40 per cent of the residents of their province aged 12 and older would qualify as heavy drinkers (defined as 4-5 drinks in one sitting at least once a month).

In reality, it’s only about 19 per cent.

Across Canada, the average guesses for how many people in a given province smoke cigarettes on a regular basis came in between three and 11 percentage points higher than the real figures.

For marijuana use, the gaps were even larger. In New Brunswick, for instance, people estimated that 39.7 per cent of the population had gotten high in the past year. The true proportion? Just 10 per cent.

“The idea that marijuana smoking is a big issue in Canada … I think that’s driven an awful lot by what people have been seeing in the news,” said Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs. “The truth is that not that many Canadians actually smoke pot.”

Bricker said there seemed to be a tendency for people to assume their neighbours are engaged in more “Bob and Doug McKenzie-like behaviours” than they really are.

“The gap (between) perception and reality, that’s the public education challenge for people who want to have a real conversation about the issues that are concerning Canada.”

Voting, volunteering and vacationing

It’s not just the perception of vices that seems to be skewed. Just as they overestimated things like smoking, respondents tended to underestimated more virtuous activities, like volunteering.

People living in British Columbia guessed that around 20 per cent of their neighbours are volunteering in their communities, when the figure is actually nearly 50 per cent.

How many registered voters in Ontario cast a ballot in the last federal election? Ontarians guessed 52.5 per cent, while Elections Canada says it was 67.8 per cent.

And then there’s the question of international travel. In every province, respondents underestimated (sometimes by a little, sometimes by a lot) the number of people holding a Canadian passport.

“Canadians are actually, in many ways, more virtuous and better behaved than we think we are,” Bricker noted.

Ipsos also calculated a so-called “index of ignorance,” determining the average amount of error that respondents in a particular province were off by across all questions.

It turns out that Quebecers have the best grasp of reality, with an overall average error of 10 points, while residents of Saskatchewan were the furthest off, with an 18-point average error.

As Canada Day approaches, Bricker said he was surprised by how wrong people were in terms of their guesses.

“We need to learn a little bit more about what our country is all about,” he said.

Exclusive Global News Ipsos polls are protected by copyright. The information and/or data may only be rebroadcast or republished with full and proper credit and attribution to “Global News Ipsos.” This poll was conducted between May 30 and June 13 with a sample of 2,552 Canadians from Ipsos’ ISay panel, interviewed online and by telephone. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. This poll is accurate to within +/ – 2.2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled.

Michael Robertson guilty of manslaughter in stabbing death of Rocky Genereaux

May 24th, 2019

A jury has found Michael Robertson guilty of manslaughter in the March 2015 stabbing death of Rocky Genereaux.

Robertson, 29, was originally charged with second-degree murder, however the jury found him not guilty on that charge.

The trial wrapped up Wednesday afternoon and was handed over to the jury hearing the case. By Thursday morning they were at an impasse, however they reached their verdict Thursday afternoon.

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    “It’s not the verdict that I was expecting,” said Crown prosecutor Jennifer Claxton-Viczko to reporters outside of court Thursday.

    “The jury obviously worked hard at coming to their decision … so we have to respect their decision.”

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    Robertson was charged following a cell phone dispute in a home on Avenue I South.

    He testified that he left his BlackBerry device at the residence and it was not working correctly after retrieving it.

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    During the trial, Robertson said he confronted Genereaux about the device, believing he had tampered with it.

    Roberston testified that during the altercation, Genereaux became agitated, claimed to have HIV, and lunged at him with an uncovered needle. He said the stabbing was in self defence.

    Claxton-Viczko said she believed the jury likely “spent some time weighing the evidence around the intent, or lack thereof” which caused them to come back with a manslaughter conviction.

    “There wasn’t any history between the individuals and the evidence from Mr. Robertson on the issue of intent was that it wasn’t his intention [to hurt Genereaux], ” Claxton-Viczko said.

    Robertson also testified that he didn’t know he killed Genereaux until days later when he was shown a news report. Claxton-Viczko said that fact, plus testimony from police officers who said there wasn’t a lot of blood at the scene, likely “played a role in the jury having a reasonable doubt about intention.”

    “If they deliberated hard on that point and came to that conclusion, then we have to accept it.”

    Claxton-Viczko said she expects the Crown to pursue a dangerous offender designation for Robertson. The sentencing phase of the case will begin in September.

Edmonton city hall considers recharging idea of electric buses

April 24th, 2019

The city’s push to bring electric buses back to Edmonton has some thinking of the past.

“It is back to the future,” Mayor Don Iveson said when asked by Global News about the idea.

“The electric bus is more expensive to purchase,” the mayor added.

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    The move comes seven years after the last electric trolley bus travelled down city streets. Prior to its decommissioning, electric buses transported people around the capital for 70 years.  The next generation of buses the city is looking at are different, without the need for overhead wires.

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    “Batteries are getting better almost everyday to the point now where you can run a bus for a couple of hundred kilometres, which works on 85 per cent of our routes, even when it’s cold out,” the mayor said.

    In 2008, when the city decided to move away from electric trolley buses, the move was seen as a cost-cutting measure that would save Edmonton about $100 million over two decades by not having to spend as much on maintaining the infrastructure.

    But Don Iveson, writing as a councillor on the eve of the last day of trolley service, questioned the motive of city staff at the time.

    “I generally give the benefit of the doubt to our civil servants, but this is one instance where I have to confess that they clearly started with a firm position against trolleys, and worked backwards to construct an argument around that conclusion,” Iveson wrote on May 1, 2009.

    Nearly a year earlier, in June 2008, as the debate to keep or get rid of the trolleys heated up, Iveson said this: “Well, it would be unfortunate if we decided in 10 years that we wanted them back against really high oil prices.  Then we would start from scratch.”

    In 2016 the city – in a sense – is starting from scratch. The head of Edmonton Transit is recommending the purchase of five electric buses; some councillors are pushing for as many as 40.

    As the push to rush back to electric gains steam, Eddie Robar, the branch manager of ETS, says the move away from trolleys was prudent.

    “I think it was a good decision,” Robar said.  “I think the industry is going in a different way.”

    It cost over $11 million to decommission the 127 kilometres of trolley lines. It will cost the city millions more to reintroduce electric buses under the battery technology. Also, transit garages will have to be retrofitted with charging stations the larger the fleet grows.

    “But then you would pay way less for electricity than you would for diesel,” Iveson said.

    As for what those new costs will be?

    “I wouldn’t be able to tell you until we know how many buses it is,” Robar said.

    When the previous council decided to get rid of the trolleys, the vote was 7 to 6.

    Had the infrastructure been kept, the current electric bus debate might look a lot different, including the questions around what the cost would be to taxpayers.

2 men charged in shooting of 10-year-old boy in east-end Toronto

April 24th, 2019

Police have charged two men in connection with the shooting of a 10-year-old Toronto boy while he was sleeping in his home earlier this month.

The incident took place in a southeastern neighbourhood, at Blake Street and Boultbee Avenue, just before midnight on June 3.

Police said two suspects went to the rear of unit 111 at 70 Blake St., where they allegedly fired several shots into the unit.

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The suspects then fled the complex in a two-door Hyundai Accent, police said.

Officers responded to a call of shots in the area and found the boy with a bullet wound to the shoulder.

The boy was taken to the Hospital for Sick Children in serious but non life-threatening condition, but police said Thursday he is expected to make a full recovery.

Jeremy Morgan, 18, and Jaden Sauve, 20, each face 11 firearm and drug-related charges in connection with the shooting.

A search warrant was also executed and 23-year-old John Fetterly-Brown, of Toronto, was arrested and charged with possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace, possession of the proceeds of crime and possession of property obtained by crime exceeding $5,000.

Destany White-Campbell, 18, of Toronto, was also arrested and charged with possession of a Schedule II substance for the purpose of trafficking and unlawfully possessing a Schedule I substance.

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Police said the men were scheduled to appear in a Toronto court Thursday at 10 a.m. and added that the car has since been located.

Sgt. Andy Kitchener said earlier this month it appeared the address was targeted but there is no information to suggest the people inside were the intended targets.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 长沙桑拿按摩论坛长沙夜生活222tips长沙桑拿, or by texting TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).

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Fredericton’s ‘Shredder Man’ creating own work in spite of scarce options

April 24th, 2019

Tony Boone, known as the “Shredder Man,” is one of 22,000 New Brunswickers living with an intellectual disability.

After struggling to find work, he started his own business, shredding  paper so he can earn a bit of his own income. He spends two days a week working out of the New Brunswick Association for Community Living office.

“I love working,” Boone said.

Until recently he had been selling his bags of shredded paper to a pet store to be used as lining and bedding in animals’ cages. However, the pet store recently went out of business, leaving him looking for clients he can shred documents for, for a donation.

“They’re going to bring me the paper and I will shred it for them, and before I shred it I’m going to charge them for what I’m doing with it,” Boone said.

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NBACL director of labour market facilitator, Jon Lister says having Boone operate his shredding business in the NBACL office is representative of what he would like to see across the entire province.

“This is a guy who’s a perfect example of somebody whose motivated to work and couldn’t really find a fit, so he created his own opportunity with the support of some of the staff here,” Lister said.

Boone says he would like to build bring in more business so he can work more than two days per week, something Lister would also like to see.

“I’m happy that he has this opportunity —; I’d love to see it grow —; you know so that he’s bringing in more of an income so that he expands his business and he can work every day, like he wants to.”

Lister says there needs to be a shift in the mindset of employers.

“What we try to do is facilitate the proper match between an individual’s interests and abilities and an employers needs.  For example, somebody who is interested in cars and being a mechanic is not going to be successful working in a library, and vice versa. so it’s about facilitating that right match,” Lister said.

There are 500,000 people in Canada living with intellectual disabilities.

While there are many supports available, the NBACL says poverty, income support and unemployment are issues that affect persons with intellectual disabilities.

The NBACL says 70 per cent of people with intellectual disabilities in the province live in poverty or receive income support, and 75 per cent of adults living with an intellectual disability are unemployed.

Lister says those numbers are staggering, and hopes the organization can step in and help people find employment, or find entrepreneurial ways to make money.

The organization is involved in a joint research and innovation project with the department of education and labour around creating self-employment and entrepreneurship model for persons with  an intellectual disability or autism.

“‘Ready, Willing and Able” is a national inclusive hiring initiative that aims to increase the number of people with intellectual disabilities to be more active in the labour market.

Woman confronts Nebraska football coach 18 years after alleged gang rape

April 24th, 2019

LINCOLN, Neb. —; A woman who said she was raped by two Oregon State football players and two other men in 1998 while Mike Riley was the head coach of the Beavers spoke Wednesday to Riley’s Nebraska team about her experience.

“As part of our ongoing educational efforts, I invited Brenda Tracy to Lincoln, to share her experiences with the young men in our program,” Riley said in a statement. “Brenda has suffered immeasurable pain and has shown the strength and willingness to share her story. Her story today was powerful and I know that it left an indelible imprint on our student-athletes, staff, and myself.”

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The Associated Press generally doesn’t identify sexual assault victims, but Tracy has spoken publicly to draw attention to her situation.

Tracy has been vocal in her resentment about how authorities and Riley handled the fallout of the alleged assault in Corvallis, Oregon. The men Tracy accused were arrested but never charged, and Riley suspended the two players for one game – a penalty Tracy has said trivialized the seriousness of the matter.

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Riley, who once coached Oregon State and the CFL’s Winnipeg Blue Bombers from 1987-1990, had spoken with Tracy about having her speak to his players, but a meeting wasn’t scheduled before Riley left for the Nebraska job in December 2014.

“Sexual assault and harassment are serious issues on campuses across America,” Riley said. “We try to recruit young men of character with core values, and once they are here, we educate them on making good decisions and treating all people with the utmost of respect.”

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Riley said he spoke with Tracy at length and told her that he appreciated her willingness to come to Lincoln. He said he supports her efforts to create awareness about sexual assault.

“Out of respect to Brenda, I will not share details of our conversation but I hope to have the opportunity to continue our dialogue,” Riley said. “This has been an important day for me and for our football program and we must keep the focus on the victims, and on preventing inexcusable acts in the future.”

Tracy first told her story to The Oregonian, the Portland newspaper, in 2014. She has since given interviews to other media outlets.

She said she was raped while visiting the apartment of her friend’s boyfriend. She said she accepted a drink that she believes now was drugged and lost consciousness. She said the four men assaulted her over seven hours.

Tracy’s appearance at Nebraska comes in the wake of an investigation that found officials at Baylor mishandled sex assault allegations for years, including some made against football players.

$2 million heritage mansion in Victoria shows striking contrast in real estate prices

April 24th, 2019

A historic tudor-style mansion for sale in Victoria shows the stark contrast of real estate values between the capital and Vancouver.

The British arts and crafts tudor revival home, built in 1910 by Samuel Maclure in Rockland made news this week as it went up for sale through a rare live auction and listed at $1.998 million.

At 7,200 square-feet with six bedrooms and six bathrooms, the house, named Grierson Mansion, is immaculately finished and landscaped and sits on an 890 square-metre lot near Craigdarroch Castle and historic Government House.

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It features a wrap-around deck, heated floors, theatre/media room, billiards room, and a 2,000-bottle wine cellar, among other amenities. Since it is also part of a strata, things like grounds-keeping are taken care of.

The house also consists of two strata-titles, meaning the new owner could subdivide it into two residences, pending approvals.

But while over 2,000 people visited Grierson Mansion during its daily open houses from June 10 to 22, only one person ended up bidding on the property.

“You can’t really have an auction with one person,” said realtor Andy Stephenson.

“We’re now working in a more traditional method of selling the property. The house has not yet been sold but we have brought the price up to $2.2 million, so it’s no longer at its optimal auction price. It’s open for general inquiries.”

It is now listed by Sotheby’s International Realty Canada at $2.2 million, far lower than a comparable house would fetch in Vancouver.

For instance, another 7,200-square-foot heritage mansion for sale in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighbourhood is listed for $21 million. It has six bedrooms and was built in 1912, however it sits on a lot over three times the size of the Grierson Mansion.

“Do you know who I am getting most of my calls from today [about this house]? People in Vancouver,” Stephenson said of the Victoria mansion, adding that the house is an amazing value compared to Lower Mainland prices.

“I do think there was some opportunity missed last night for bidders, for people that were sitting on the fence with this house. Time will tell.”

The benchmark price for a single family home in Victoria was $706,500 in May, up 19 per cent from the year before.