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Brexit: U.K. votes to leave the European Union, Cameron to step down as PM

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

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The UK has voted to leave the European UnionBritish Prime Minister David Cameron said he will resign by OctoberThe pound and stock markets plunged Friday morningAn overwhelming majority of young voters wanted to remain What is next for Britain after EU referendum

Britain voted to leave the European Union after a bitterly divisive referendum campaign, toppling the government Friday, sending global markets plunging and shattering the stability of a project in continental unity designed half a century ago to prevent World War III.

The decision launches a yearslong process to renegotiate trade, business and political links between the United Kingdom and what will become a 27-nation bloc, an unprecedented divorce that could take decades to complete.

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“The dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom,” said Nigel Farage, leader of the U.K. Independence Party. “Let June 23 go down in our history as our independence day!”

Prime Minister David Cameron, who had led the campaign to keep Britain in the EU, said he would resign by October and left it to his successor to decide when to invoke Article 50, which triggers a departure from European Union.

“I will do everything I can as prime minister to steady the ship over the coming weeks and months,” he said, “but I do not think it would be right for me to try to be the captain that steers the country to its next destination.”

READ MORE: ‘Out is out’: But what does leaving European Union really mean for Britain?

A majority of voters in England and Wales voted to leave the EU while most voters in Scotland and Northern Ireland voted to stay.

WATCH: Scotland separation from UK ‘on the table’ after ‘Brexit’ vote

The national result, which has caused the British pound to plummet to its lowest levels since 1985, it expected to launch years of negotiations over Britain’s trade, business and political links with the EU. Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney sought to reassure the markets.

WATCH: Northern Ireland considers ‘border poll’ for Republic of Ireland unification after referendum

The plunge began shortly after the results in Newcastle and Sunderland contributed to a six per cent drop in the value of the British pound early Friday morning, even though though only seven out of 382 counting areas had reported their results (as of 7:55 p.m. ET).

“We are well prepared for this,” Carney said. “The Treasury and the Bank of England have engaged in extensive contingency planning. … We have taken all the necessary steps to prepare for today’s events,” Carney said.

The U.K. is the first major country to decide to leave the bloc, which evolved from the ashes of the war as the region’s leaders sought to build links and avert future hostility.

Carney, a former governor of the Bank of Canada, says the Bank of England can provide liquidity in foreign currency if needed.

Financial authorities around the world have warned that a British exit will reverberate through a delicate global economy.

Carney says Bank of England has contingency plans for EU vote

The result saw British stocks plunge as the market opened as investors scrambled to react to the news that Britain voted to exit the EU.

The main stock index, the FTSE 100, nosedived 8.7 per cent to 5,790 points shortly after the open while the British pound plunged to a 31-year low.

WATCH: Bank of England governor expects some economic volatility following Brexit vote

Leaders react to Brexit vote

Top European Union officials are hunkering down in Brussels trying to work out how to navigate uncharted waters after the shocking decision by British voters to leave the bloc.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is hosting talks Friday with the leaders of the European Council and Parliament, along with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, whose country holds the EU’s rotating presidency.

The four will try to agree a European position on the vote, which could see a member country leave the bloc for the first time ever, ahead of a summit of EU leaders in Brussels starting on Tuesday.

Parliamentary leaders were meeting separately, and European commissioners – the EU’s executive body – could hold separate talks later.

European People’s Party chairman Manfred Weber, the head of the biggest political bloc in the European Parliament, says Friday that the vote “causes major damage to both sides, but in first line to the U.K.”

Weber added that “this was a British vote, not a European vote. People in the other states don’t want to leave Europe.”

READ MORE: First Brexit, then Nexit? Netherlands’ Geert Wilders calls for referendum

As dawn broke over London, those who wanted Britain to stay in the European Union woke up to grim news.

Veteran Labour lawmaker Keith Vaz says “this is a crushing, crushing decision. This is a terrible day for Europe.”

Green lawmaker Caroline Lucas said she was devastated by the news, blaming “alienation, anger and frustration” for the results of Thursday’s vote.

“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, a prominent “remain” campaigner, said “I don’t think I’ve ever wanted magic more” in a 桑拿会所 message.

“This is a victory for ordinary people:” UKIP leader Nigel Farage on Brexit victory

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“This is a victory for ordinary people:” UKIP leader Nigel Farage on Brexit victory

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Nigel Farage: `Let June 23rd go down in our history as our independence day`

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Britain’s ‘Independence Day’

With a significant enough lead in votes to leave the European Union, hours before the final result was in, U.K. Independence Party leader and top Brexit proponent Nigel Farage told a crowd of cheering supporters to “Let June 23rd go down in history as our Independence Day.”

“If the predictions now are right,” Farage said, “this will be a victory for real people, for ordinary people, a victory for decent people!”

WATCH: Nigel Farage compares referendum day to ‘Independence Day’

Analysts say anti-EU sentiment ran unexpectedly strong in northern English cities hits hard hit by industrial decline and job losses, with broad swathes of England and Wales recording leave majorities.

READ MORE: Why voters’ ‘flinch factor’ will doom Brexit

The vote constituted a rebellion against the political, economic and social Establishment. All manner of groups — CEOs, scientists, soldiers — had written open letters warning of the consequences of an exit. Farage called the result “a victory for ordinary people against the big banks, big business and big politics.”

Donald Trump praised the decision during a visit to one of his golf courses in Scotland, saying Britons “took back their country. It’s a great thing.” He likened the vote to the U.S. sentiment that has propelled him to the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, saying people in the United States and the United Kingdom are angry about similar things.

“People are angry all over the world,” he said.

Leave leader wants to reassure EU and UK that the decision to leave will be best in the long run

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Leave leader wants to reassure EU and UK that the decision to leave will be best in the long run

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Basildon votes to leave European Union after 2016 EU referendum vote

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Newcastle votes to stay with the European Union in the 2016 EU referendum

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READ MORE: British pound plummets as results of Brexit referendum revealed

Replay of Global News’ live blog of the historic referendum in the U.K. ()

After winning a majority in Parliament in the last election, Cameron negotiated a package of reforms that he said would protect Britain’s sovereignty and prevent EU migrants from moving to the U.K. to claim generous public benefits.

Critics charged that those reforms were hollow, leaving Britain at the mercy of bureaucrats in Brussels and doing nothing to stem the tide of European immigrants who have come to the U.K. since the EU expanded eastward in 2004. The “leave” campaign accuses the immigrants of taxing Britain’s housing market, public services and employment rolls.

Those concerns were magnified by the refugee crisis of the past year that saw more than 1 million people from the Middle East and Africa flood into the EU as the continent’s leaders struggled to come up with a unified response.

Cameron’s efforts to find a slogan to counter the “leave” campaign’s emotive “take back control” settled on “Brits don’t quit.” But the appeal to a Churchillian bulldog spirit and stoicism proved too little, too late.

WATCH: Celebrations in Sunderland after 82,394 votes to leave the European Union.

WATCH: Results roll in from across the United Kingdom

Boris Johnson calls ‘Brexit’ vote ‘glorious opportunity’ for Britain

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Boris Johnson calls ‘Brexit’ vote ‘glorious opportunity’ for Britain

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Boris Johnson heckled by protesters following ‘Brexit’ vote

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Wandsworth votes to remain in the European Union after 2016 EU referendum vote

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Swansea votes to leave European Union in 2016 EU referendum

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Basildon votes to leave European Union after 2016 EU referendum vote

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Newcastle votes to stay with the European Union in the 2016 EU referendum



French President Francois Hollande said he profoundly regrets the British vote to leave the European Union, but that the union must make changes in order to move forward. In a brief televised statement, Hollande said the vote will put Europe to the test, and he called for bolstering security and industrial policies.

He also called for reinforcement of the zone of countries that use the euro.

He said, “To move forward, Europe cannot act as before.”

It’s no trick: there’s been a magic museum in Manitoba for 25 years

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

WINNIPEG —; In rural Manitoba, in a tiny church, is a place full of magic. It may not be well known to people who live in Winnipeg, but a map with pinpoints hung on the wall shows where visitors have come from. People from all over the world have been through Philip’s Magical Paradise.

The unassuming building holds items from famous magicians like Harry Houdini and Dean Gunnerson. The idea all started with a little boy who loved magic.

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“An elderly gentleman showed him how to do a few tricks. And then when he got sick, he met Dean Gunnerson at the hospital and from there it just grew,” Marilyn Hornan, the owner of the museum said.

Marilyn’s son Philip was just 10-years-old when he was diagnosed with cancer. He spent the last five years of his life performing magic tricks for people in between treatments.

“He couldn’t do things that the other kids were doing,” Marilyn said.  “It was just not possible to run with them or ride bikes the way they could. It was his outlet.”

Philip wrote a letter to his parents before he died requesting that a room in their home be dedicated to his magic. His parents did far more than that. They built a museum for him. It’s in its 25th year, and after Marilyn’s husband Gordon passed away she continued running it on her own. It’s not an easy task for a 72-year-old.

“It’s a lot of work, but there’s enjoyment in it. I sort of get revived when I come over here. It’s special to me,” Marilyn said.

Marilyn receives a lot of support from Winnipeg’s Magic Club. On Sundays, volunteer magicians come by to perform for visitors.

“When people come out to this unique little spot in rural Manitoba, they have no idea what they’re getting into,” Scott Carnegie, one of the volunteers said.

Carnegie said the best part of sharing his magic is seeing the reaction.

“Magic is so fun,” Carnegie said. “The best part of magic is when you see that look in people’s faces when you wow them.”

Carnegie hopes that the museum is preserved when Marilyn can’t run it on her own anymore.

“It’s part of our history.”

Marilyn said for her, it’s a way to keep her son Philip alive every day.

Philip’s Magical Paradise is located on Provincial Road 311 in Giroux, MB. The museum is open throughout the summer. Admission is donation based and that money goes towards running the museum and cancer research.

WATCH: One-on-one with Sarah McLachlan ahead of Vancouver Jazz Fest

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

As the Vancouver International Jazz Festival readies their stages for the first day of the 2016 concert series on Friday, Vancouver’s own Sarah McLachlan spoke to Global News’ Sonia Beeksma ahead of her headlining performance, tackling life as a mom and singer, and of course, her music.

McLachlan is set to perform on Monday, June 27 at Queen Elizabeth Theatre after weekend stops at the Toronto and Ottawa jazz festivals. It’s a busy weekend for the Canadian singer, who has seen no shortage of acclaim in her career.

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With 28 years in the business, 26 Juno Award nominations, three Grammy Awards, an Order of Canada, and a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, McLachlan has managed to stay grounded and connected to the local music community.

“The subject I write about is pretty universal, so many fans come up to me saying ‘that song really resonated with me and it made me feel like I was less alone’ and and I think it’s the greatest gift music has to offer, myself and everyone else,” said McLachlan, explaining why so many people are able to connect with her music on an emotional level.

But with the changing music industry, the onslaught of streaming players like Spotify and Apple Music, the way music is bought and sold is something McLachlan is adapting to better than some.

“I think it is very much song by song now, I like the arch of an album, I like putting together a body of work, but that being said it takes a year or two. Right now I have a song that’s almost finished … why wait for an album? Let’s just put it out.”

“You may not be able to get as much noise and get as much traction with that one song but it’s still out there in the world,” she added.

And that strategy allows her to play never-before-heard songs at shows like the Vancouver Jazz Festival. Her latest, “The Long Goodbye”, is already on the setlist for Monday.

The way McLachlan selects the song list for some of her shows is another way she honours her community and fans.

With over a dozen albums, she says putting the question out on 桑拿会所 is one of the best ways to make her fans happy.

“I want to play what they want to hear. Obviously a lot of the songs people requested are sort of the obvious choices, and I’m happy to play all of those and I play some new ones.”

But regardless of what she plays, her performances at three jazz festivals across Canada in the next week isn’t without some minor controversy. Critics say she should not have been included in the line-up since she is not a jazz artist.

“Of course it doesn’t fit. But in the same way I’m not a folk artist and I’m playing folk festivals. These days in order to survive you need to diversify. No, I’m not a jazz artist at all, I don’t profess to even know very much about jazz. It’s an opportunity for me to play, so I said yes.”

She adds she won’t be incorporating any jazz influences into her set either.

“I’ve got a horn player though,” she laughed.

Her next big shows will be on the road touring the U.S. with singer Josh Groban this summer.

Sussex hopes New Brunswick government will lift fracking ban for community

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

The government of New Brunswick says it’s willing to work with the town of Sussex about potentially lifting the fracking moratorium that’s been indefinitely put in place across the entire province.

Residents and businesses in Sussex want their region exempted from the fracking ban, and say the town’s good track record with natural gas exploration should allow them the exception.

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READ MORE: Business and energy leaders upset over extension of fracking moratorium

Stephen Moffett lives on a farm in Penobsquis and has leased part of the land to Corridor Resources natural gas facility for a number of years. Their use of the land includes wells for hydraulic fracking, which Moffett says has been an ideal situation.

“They’ve been here all this time and there just have been no issues what so ever,” Moffett said.

Moffett was part of a large gathering Thursday speaking out against the government’s decision to continue the fracking moratorium. He told the group he has no issues with safety when it comes to fracking in the region.

There are five conditions Sussex must achieve in order to have the ban lifted, and the community is calling on the government to help.

“If industry can meet the five conditions that have been set, our government will revisit the moratorium,” Energy Minister Rick Doucet said.

However, he added that global market conditions for natural gas makes it “unlikely that industry will invest the necessary efforts to address the conditions in the short- or medium-term.”

READ MORE: Energy industry urging government to lift fracking moratorium

The five conditions that must be met include:

Ensuring a social licence is in placeClear and credible information is available about the impacts of hydraulic fracturing on public health, the environment and waterA plan is in place to mitigate the impacts on public infrastructure and to address issues such as waste water disposalA process is in place to respect the duty of the provincial government to consult with First NationsA mechanism is in place to ensure that benefits are maximized for New Brunswickers

Fundy Royal Liberal MP Alaina Lockhart says the ban on fracking is a provincial issue, but the Sussex is unique.

“Where we had the exploration and development of natural gas in this area and as you’ve seen today there’s many cases of that being a positive experience,” Lockhart said.

“Not everyone in New Brunswick has that experience.”

‘Winnepeg’ Jets? Woman buys official NHL shirt with spelling error

Wednesday, July 24th, 2019

KELOWNA, B.C. – A lifelong Winnipeg Jets fan was shocked to learn she’d bought a team T-shirt with the city’s name misspelled as Winnepeg.

Heather Prevalnig, 33, said she paid $30 for the T-shirt at a Winnipeg airport store on her way home to Kelowna, B.C.

Her brother had been teasing her for days about her loyalties to her childhood hometown team.

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“He was bugging me all weekend: ‘Are you a Jets fan, are you a (Vancouver) Canucks fan?’ I’m like, No, I’m a Jets fan, born and raised,” she said.

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Prevalnig, a recreation clerk with the City of Kelowna, said her dedication to the Jets began when she was a youngster playing minor hockey.

“I went to all the Jets games as a kid and I was part of the ’90s Save the Jets campaign and sold 50/50 tickets at Jets games in their old stadium.”

So she snapped a selfie holding the shirt and fired it off to him.

He immediately pointed out the spelling mistake.

Prevalnig couldn’t believe the error, especially because the T-shirt bore a tag with the NHL’s official logo.

The shirt was manufactured by a Wareham, Mass., company called Soft As a Grape, and owner Allen Katzen said an employee who made the error feels awful about it.

“It was an honest error from an employee and for some reason it didn’t go through a quality inspection like it should have,” Katzen said.

“It’s a serious situation, we made a mistake and we’re doing everything we can to rectify it. The shirts have been recalled and we’re reprinting them correctly.”

Katzen said 48 shirts were produced with Winnipeg spelled incorrectly and not all of them were sold.

“We’re apologetic to the city, we’re apologetic to the fans. We’re hockey fans, and of Canada.”

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Katzen said his company has had a licence to manufacture apparel for all NHL teams for about five years.

“We don’t have rights to sell into Canada, except for this one exception.”

Prevalnig said she has heard from the gift shop in Winnipeg, which has promised to “make it right.”

“I was really looking forward to wearing it and feeling pride about wearing it,” she said. “I have come to realize after moving to Kelowna that when you see somebody with Jets apparel it’s an instant connection, it’s an instant bond.”

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Heather Prevalnig, contributed

Winnipeg Jets spokesman Scott Brown said it’s unfortunate that the manufacturer made the mistake on Jets merchandise, “but mistakes happen.”

“It’s really unfortunate that the mistake made it all the way onto the shelves and someone had to make the purchase and then discover it a little late.”

Brown said the Jets have alerted the NHL’s merchandising staff about the error.

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— By Camille Bains in Vancouver with files from Beth Leighton.