B.C. babysitter charged with second-degree murder

August 12th, 2018

VANCOUVER -A Cranbrook, B.C., babysitter has been charged with second-degree murder in the drowning death of 19-month-old Iyanna Teeple.

Tammy Marion Bouvette, 28, was charged after the infant was found face down in a bathtub in Bouvette’s townhouse on May 26.

According to police, Bouvette called emergency crews at around noon. When they arrived, they discovered the baby girl, who wasn’t breathing, said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Chris Faulkner.

Iyanna was taken to East Kootenay Regional Hospital and then flown to Calgary Children’s Hospital, where she was taken off life support on May 28.

Though Iyanna was declared brain-dead a day earlier, she remained on life support for organ-donation purposes, Iyanna’s mother, Renee Savarie, told The Sun on Tuesday.

A forensic autopsy confirmed that she had died from drowning.

Police said Iyanna had been dropped off at Bouvette’s townhouse a few hours before she was found in the tub. The home is located in a modest area of the southeastern British Columbia town, on a street lined with low-rise apartments, duplexes, and detached homes.

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“We were at work at the time,” Savarie said, adding that she’s known Bouvette for a couple of years. “I met Tammy at a pre-natal group,” she said, explaining that they were acquaintances, “not really friends.”

Bouvette, who has four children of her own, sometimes watched Iyanna for Savarie and her husband, Jason Teeple, when Savarie’s mother or their regular sitter were unavailable.

Asked about the charges, Savarie said, “You don’t leave a baby alone in the tub. That’s every mother’s common sense.”

After interviewing Bouvette several times following Iyanna’s death, police collected enough evidence to indicate that foul play was involved, Faulkner said. On June 24, they sent the investigation to Crown counsel, who on Monday approved a charge of second-degree murder.

Faulkner said police wouldn’t be releasing many details about the case. “I’m glad it’s slowly coming to an end,” Savarie said. “We just want to get it over with.”

Iyanna, an only child, “was very polite, happy and really a great baby,” Savarie said.

“She didn’t like to see people upset, so she would do something silly to make you smile. It’s just been an emotional roller-coaster for us. … It was her birthday on the 14th of October,” she said. “We’re planning to have more kids,” she added.

Renee’s younger brother, Mike Savarie, also of Cranbrook, said his niece “was the happiest little thing around. She was always smiling.”

He said the family hopes the trial won’t drag on so his sister and her husband can finally find a way to move on from the tragedy.

Bouvette appeared in Cranbrook Provincial Court Tuesday, but will have to appear in front of a Supreme Court Justice for a bail hearing.

According to the Criminal Code, second-degree murder carries a sentence of life in prison, though the judge can set parole eligibility anywhere between 10 and 25 years. Generally, the charge applies to homicide carried out intentionally but without premeditation.

Maintenance work curbs MEG third-quarter productions; full-year targets intact

August 12th, 2018

CALGARY – MEG Energy Corp. said Wednesday its output was reduced during the third-quarter as its Christina Lake oilsands project underwent three weeks of maintenance downtime, but that it is on track to meet its full-year production targets.

The Calgary-based oilsands operator (TSX:MEG) produced an average of 20,945 barrels of bitumen per day between July and September, higher than the 19,339 barrels it churned out during the same period a year ago, when maintenance work was also undertaken.

During the first nine months of 2011, MEG produced an average of 25,450 barrels per day, and remains on track to meet its guidance range of 25,000 to 27,000 barrels.

“This quarter was a very busy one for us, and it was marked by the successful completion of a full plant turnaround at our Christina Lake facilities in late September,” said chief executive officer said Bill McCaffrey.

“And I’m happy to report that the shut down was completed in a safe and efficient manner with costs coming in as planned.”

MEG shares rose more than 7.5 per cent, or $3.21, to $45.81 Wednesday afternoon on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

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McCaffrey made his remarks on a conference call with analysts to discuss the company’s results during the third quarter, in which MEG booked net and operating losses.

McCaffrey likened a plant turnaround to a driver taking his or her car to the mechanic for regular tune-ups. First, the company inspects its systems for possible problems, then cleans them out and replaces any parts to ensure they keep working smoothly.

“We found that our equipment was in good shape, which is a strong indication that our existing operations are being very effective. Basically it tells us that our field facilities’ designs and operations are quite robust,” McCaffrey said.

Regulators require oilsands companies to undergo regular turnarounds. And since MEG has got a number of expansions in the hopper, future downtime will be needed to make tweaks along the way.

But in time, McCaffrey said it’s possible that such shutdowns will become less frequent – so long as MEG has gained enough confidence its various components can go a longer time without being cleaned or replaced.

“It is our goal, as we go forward, to reduce the amount of time and potentially the frequency of the turnarounds, and our guys are actively working on that.”

Also Wednesday, MEG recorded a net lost $115.2 million, or 60 cents per share, in the three months ended Sept. 30, compared to earnings of $21.2 million or 11 cents a year earlier.

MEG said its third-quarter loss reflected an unrealized foreign exchange loss of $101.4 million in the latest quarter, compared to a foreign exchange gain of $28.8 million in the same year-earlier period.

Stripped of the effects of unusual items, MEG reported an operating loss of $5.4 million, or three cents per share, compared to profits of $6.1 million, or three cents per share a year ago.

MEG attributed the operating loss to higher interest costs on its debt, higher staffing levels as it undergoes its Christina Lake expansions and higher costs as a result of the maintenance work.

The company develops oilsands deposits in the southern Athabasca region of Alberta using steam assisted gravity drainage, or SAGD, technology. Its key project is the Christina Lake oilsands development.

SAGD oilsands companies pipe steam underground to melt thick tar-like oilsands deposits. The oil is then collected through a second pipeline and pumped to the surface.

MEG said it expects to spend $1 billion on capital projects this year, with the majority invested in the company’s strategic plan to increase bitumen production capacity to 260,000 daily production.

Air Canada may be protecting bottom line by abandoning appeal, say experts

August 12th, 2018

MONTREAL – Air Canada’s decision to abandon a legal challenge of an arbitration ruling with one of its unions may win it some labour goodwill, but the ultimate goal is to preserve the airline’s bottom line, industry observers said Wednesday.

“The last thing that Air Canada needs at this point is more negativity. The whole issue of challenging the pension ruling just optically didn’t look good,” said Robert Kokonis of airline consulting firm AirTrav Inc.

With the economy souring and the key holiday period approaching, the national carrier could ill afford to scare off potential customers amidst a threat of disruptions by customer service workers represented by the CAW union, he said.

The customer service agents represented by the Canadian Auto Workers were the first of Air Canada’s major unionized groups to reach a collective agreement in the current round of contract negotiations.

The deal included a provision to send the difficult issue of pension reform to an arbitrator for what was intended to be a binding resolution.

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Air Canada’s original plan to challenge the arbitrator’s ruling unsettled not only the CAW, but also a hard-won agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees – which had agreed to abide by the arbitrator’s decision as well.

Kokonis said Air Canada’s (TSX:AC.B) brand could have been tarnished for several months until case against the CAW arbitration was heard by the Federal Court and Ontario divisional court.

Chief executive Calin Rovinescu said Tuesday the airline would abandon its judicial review “to create a climate of stability so that the company can move forward.”

The move came after he had a telephone conversation with Canadian Auto Workers president Ken Lewenza, who had threatened major disruptions.

Kokonis said more negativity at this point would create a snowball effect for the travelling public.

“As the snowball gets larger and the more the public hears about labour instability as Christmas is coming up, there is a real danger of seeing a material impact.”

Air Canada’s flight attendants union said the airline’s decision to abandon the judicial review brings relief for all bargaining groups.

“I would hope that Air Canada does want to forge peaceful times with the unions and the employees. It has been a rough go,” said CUPE national representative Daniela Scarpelli.

The head of Air Canada’s machinists union, whose members handle aircraft repairs and maintenance and baggage transport, said he was disgusted by the judicial review, calling it ridiculous.

“There was no common sense to that decision so who knows why they came to their senses,” Chuck Atkinson, district chairman of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers said from Ottawa.

The Machinists union resumes negotiations next week with eight days of talks.

Atkinson doesn’t believe the arbitration rulings for customer service agents or flight attendants will set precedents for his union’s members.

It doesn’t accept a two-tier wage system for new hires and opposes a hybrid pension model favoured by the CAW and CUPE.

“We have a separate proposal that we think will meet the needs of the company and the union guys that’s not the hybrid plan.”

The company has put a low-cost carrier on the bargaining table, but the key issues for the Machinists is money. Like other workers, they want to recoup losses from the airline’s 2003 bankruptcy protection and 2009 wage freeze.

And it’s prepared to fight back, possibly through a legal challenge, if Labour Minister Lisa Raitt threatens back-to-work legislation to prevent a strike, Atkinson said.

“We are there to get a deal, to move forward for our members, and we would not like to have a disruption in service but we’ll do what we have to do.”

Air Canada faces intense competition from lower-cost WestJet (TSX:WJA) and Porter Airlines, along with charter operators such as Transat A.T. (TSX:TRZ.B) and Sunwing.

Ian Lee, who teaches strategic management at Carleton University, said Air Canada likely miscalculated when it launched the legal challenge.

But it faces the daunting challenges of an unfunded pension liability exceeding $2 billion, low margins and intense competition.

“I think that they decided from a rational, strategic point of view that going to judicial review on the pensions was not good for their bottom line,” he said in an interview.

Just the noise about possible disruptions – even without a strike – could have affected bookings and further eroded its relationship with customers, added George Smith, a former Air Canada director of employee relations and fellow at Queen’s University.

“If you’re running a fragile business and a highly competitive one…you’ve got a lot of pressure without adding the pressure of labour unrest to the travelling public’s thought about whether and when they travel.”

He said the airline may have been trying, through the legal challenge, to send a message to the flight attendants arbitrator to stay within the bounds of their jurisdiction.

The airline has found itself in a difficult position by having a pension ruling it can’t afford, which now serves as a precedent for other labour groups, he said.

“It’s a little hard after that milk has been spilt to scoop it back into the glass.”

Air Canada’s pilots will return to the bargaining table in the fall after previously rejecting a tentative agreement.

On the Toronto Stock Exchange, Air Canada’s shares closed down two cents to $1.32 in Wednesday trading.

Buffalo launches special court to help address opioid problem

May 23rd, 2019

Buffalo’s justice system is addressing the local opioid problem in a unique way: opening a court dedicated to treating people with opioid addiction who come into contact with the law.

The Buffalo, N.Y., court program, which began in early May, offers drug treatment to everyone who has an identified opioid problem, according to Judge Craig Hannah, who supervises the program at Buffalo City Court.

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    Everyone who is arrested in Buffalo goes through a routine medical examination in the holding centre, he said. If they admit to having a recent overdose or to recently having used opioids, their case may be referred to the court. Then, they will be offered an option to participate in the program and receive treatment that medical staff recommend.

    “Once they’ve discussed everything with their lawyers, they get released from jail to go either to inpatient treatment or directly from jail to the outpatient facility,” said Hannah.

    In the meantime, their court case is put on hold.

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    It normally takes between three months to a year for a case to go to trial, said Hannah, and the court was finding that it was sometimes too late for people to wait that long to get help.

    “Sometimes we do get death certificates for an individual or the DA moves to dismiss a matter because the person was deceased by the time the matter went to trial.”

    Erie County, which includes the City of Buffalo, has a huge opioid crisis, according to Gale Burstein, the county’s commissioner of health.

    “This year has really been a terrible year. We’re averaging one to two overdose deaths a day coming to our medical examiner’s office,” she said. There were 296 opioid-related deaths in Erie County in 2016.

    People who are participating in the opioid court are able to receive medication-assisted treatment to help get stabilized, she said, and these costs can often be covered by Medicaid.

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    According to Hannah, a participant first completes about 30 days of inpatient care, if it’s appropriate in their case, and then will graduate to an intensive outpatient program for another 30 days. While in that program, they attend group and one-on-one meetings and are required to report to him in court every day.

    “They have constant contact, constant motivation and constant monitoring that they’re staying drug- and alcohol-free,” he said.

    If someone breaks the rules, they might be taken out of the program, put back on the regular court calendar and be required to post bail, he said. And not everyone is eligible: they wouldn’t put a convicted drug dealer in their drug treatment group, for example.

    “To use the vernacular, you’re putting the fox in the henhouse, you know?” he said.

    WATCH: From ‘Band-Aid’ solutions like safe-injection sites, to decriminalization and the stigma associated with drug use: the topic of Canada’s ‘overdose crisis’ generated input from a diverse audience of harm reduction workers, physicians and Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer.

    Once the participant successfully completes their mandated strict outpatient program, they’re placed into a looser outpatient program and their case is scheduled again to be heard in court.

    “I think the main advantage is, we’re getting them healthy,” said Hannah. “And once we get them healthy, especially for a defendant, when they’re healthy they can participate in their defence better as opposed to just having a plea to get them out of court.”

    “You get them healthy, you get them productive, you get them back in society.”

    Although the program has only been operating for about a month, so far they haven’t lost a defendant before their court date, he said. They’ve had about 56 participants and have the capacity for 100.

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    Hannah believes this novel approach is making a difference and is much better for people and society than the old “lock everybody up” approach to drug-related crime.

    “One person we had recently just finished his 30 days of daily contact and now he’s going into traditional outpatient services. And the main thing he said was he really appreciated us staying on top of him. Because a lot of times you just need that extra push and having people carrying and pulling for you to make a change in your life.”

    It’s early days yet, but Hannah is optimistic that the court will help make a difference in some people’s lives. “I’m very concerned about the [opioid] crisis but I’m encouraged by the way everyone is trying to come together and deal with it.”

OPP appeal to public after possibly poisoned pepperoni stick found on Norfolk County property

May 23rd, 2019

It’s a pet owner’s worst nightmare.

A woman went to the Norfolk County OPP detachment at roughly 10 a.m. Wednesday to report an animal complaint.

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According to police, sometime between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Monday, the woman was walking her dog on her property on Church Road in Townsend when the dog picked up something from the grass. The woman went to remove it from the dog’s mouth and discovered a pepperoni stick that had been hollowed out and filled with what police believe to be rat or mice poison.

“After speaking to the resident it was further explained that they had been finding deceased squirrels and chipmunks along their property as well,” said Const. Ed Sanchuk.

The dog did not consume the item and appears to be in good health, but Sanchuk notes this could have been a lot worse.

Norfolk County OPP Cst. Ed Sanchuk told AM980 it appears the pepperoni to be filled with either rat or mice poison.

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“It kind of makes your stomach turn when you think that someone would take that opportunity to throw something like that on the property, especially if there’s young children in the area,” he explained.

“If that young child happens to pick that up, starts eating that pepperoni stick … we’re looking at a different ball game here especially if it’s any type of rat poison. You’re looking at a seriously injured child, dog, or even more than likely potentially death.”

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Sanchuk added that in his four years as a media officer, he’s only seen one other similar case where a pet died in Simcoe after ingesting antifreeze mixed into rice and bacon. He says that investigation is ongoing.

“I have an animal myself. It’s not just an animal, it’s a family member. This type of reaction, when you’re having someone dropping off a pepperoni stick or throwing some type of pepperoni stick with what appears to be poison inside, it’s very concerning not only to the resident but also to police.”

Anyone with information is urged to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

In photos: Major Canadian city skylines then and now

May 23rd, 2019

With Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation upon us, Canadians can reflect back on the major changes their cities have witnessed. In the last decade, places such as Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton have seen major developments.

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Global News has gathered past and present photos of some Canadian cities to see how they’ve evolved over the years. Included are a mix of recent and archive photos throughout the century.

Vancouver

CANADA – Canada – British Columbia – Vancouver – Skyline (Photo by John Mahler/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

VANCOUVER, CANADA – The city skyline and Coal Harbour is viewed in this photo taken from Stanley Park on June 30, 2016, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

(Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Edmonton

Archive photo (City of Edmonton) circa 1964

EDMONTON, CANADA – JULY 1: The downtown skyline, with its new highrise office buildings, is viewed on July 1, 2013 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Regina

Regina, Saskatchewan; ca.1930–Cities – Skyline view looking along Scarth St., from the Hotel Saskatchewan, Regina. (CP PHOTO) 1999 (National Archives of Canada) PA-119921

The Regina, Saskatchewan cityscape as seen from Taylor Field on Sunday, May 29, 2005. Regina is the second largest city in Saskatchewan and the provincial capital. (CP PHOTO/Geoff Howe)

Winnipeg

Winnipeg Skyline, ca. 1920 Photo: City of Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, MB –  An aerial view of the Winnipeg skyline by the Red River on June 15, 2013 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

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Toronto

CANADA – MAY 08: Canada – Ontario – Toronto – Skyline – 1972-75 (Photo by Doug Griffin/Toronto Star via Getty Images)

TORONTO, ONTARIO, CANADA – 2016/08/19: CN tower in Toronto skyline seen from Lake Ontario. (Photo by Roberto Machado Noa/LightRocket via Getty Images)

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Montreal

Montreal, Canada: Aerial showing St. Helene’s Island and the Jacques Cartier Bridge. The skyline of Montreal is seen in the background (Photo: Getty Images)

Canada, Quebec Province, View of Montreal city. (Photo by: JTB/UIG via Getty Images)

Halifax

View of Halifax, Nova Scotia, from the Citadel looking North Northeast to Dartmouth with Brunswick Street, foreground and centering on the Trinity Episcopalian Church, Poplar Grove. Circa 1892-1893. (Novia Scotia acrchives)

A sailboat is seen in front of the Halifax skyline on Sunday, July 31, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

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How the British election could change what happens with Brexit

May 23rd, 2019

If you thought the Brexit debate was over, think again.

Depending on which party wins Thursday’s snap election, Britain’s Brexit decision could be reopened.

WATCH: U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May calls snap election

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But Prime Minister Theresa May has already triggered Article 50, meaning the formal two-year process of leaving the European Union has begun. The choice then is between a “hard Brexit” and a “soft Brexit.” A hard exit would mean leaving the single market, making new trade deals, ending EU migration and revoking all EU laws and regulations, according to BBC News.

British Prime Minister Theresa May on May 25.

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In the soft exit scenario, Britain would stay in the single market, but would lose its seat at the EU table. The country would enjoy the “four freedoms” of the EU — free movement of goods, services, capital and people — without officially being in the union.

Here’s how the election outcome would likely impact what happens with Brexit:

Conservatives win a majority

If Theresa May returns as prime minister with a majority of seats in the House of Commons, the Conservatives will go ahead with their original “hard Brexit” plan.

Britain would leave the EU in March 2019.

Conservatives win a minority

Things get a little more complicated if the Conservatives win the election, but lose their majority. The opportunity arises for other parties — the Labour Party, Scottish Nationalist Party and the Liberal Democrats — to form a coalition. Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn would become prime minister in this case, and he is likely to opt for a “soft Brexit,” The Independent UK reports.

Britain\’s Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn speaks at an event on June 7.

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Labour wins a minority

In a minority situation, a Labour government with the support of other parties is still possible.

It’s unclear if Corbyn would actually form a coalition though. When asked about it earlier in June, he said: “You’d better ask me on June 9th,” according to The Telegraph UK.

Labour wins a majority

Although Corbyn had supported the “No” Brexit vote, he has pledged to honour the House of Commons’ decision to back Brexit. In February, MPs voted overwhelmingly to support leaving with a decisive 498 votes to 114.

“Labour wants a jobs-first Brexit,” Corbyn said, according to The Independent UK. “A Brexit that safeguards the future of Britain’s vital industries, a Brexit that paves the way to a genuinely fairer society and an upgraded economy.”

— With a file from The Associated Press

Your Saskatchewan – Regina: June 2017

May 23rd, 2019

Every day, Global Regina features a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan on Global News Morning, Global News at 6 and Global News at 10.

Submit your photo with a description and location via Facebook, 桑拿会所 or by email to [email protected]杭州桑拿.

Photos should be added to the email as an attachment, in jpeg format, landscape orientation and at least 920 pixels wide.

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June 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Taya Grueter near Saskatoon.

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June 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Barbie Krushlucki in Regina.

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June 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Mitchell Langois.

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June 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Annette Wylie of Wakaw, Sask.

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June 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Nicole Bateman in Shaunavon, Sask.

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June 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Claire Sauve.

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June 9: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Candace Woodside of Lake Athabasca, Sask

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June 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Kenneth J. Friedt on the Tor Hill Golf Course in Regina.

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June 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Taya Grueter near Saskatoon.

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June 15: This Your Saskatchewn photo was taken by Karen Wolaniuk in Douglas Provincial Park.

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June 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cara Giesbrecht.

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June 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Lawrence Pagan.

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June 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Mike Petty in Pike Lake, Sask.

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June 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Travis Viczko of Anglin Lake, Sask.

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June 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Norman Brown in the Avonlea Badlands.

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June 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Monica Iron of Saskatoon.

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June 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Danilo Zambuchini.

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June 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Karen Wolaniuk near Drake, Sask.

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June 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Wanda Millard near Livelong

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June 30: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Nicole Zieglgansberger.

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Mediterranean flavours add zing to warm-weather stuffed and grilled chicken

April 23rd, 2019

These tasty stuffed chicken breasts with walnuts combine the distinct Mediterranean flavours of feta cheese, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano and basil.

Enjoy with a fresh salad for a complete meal.

Mediterranean Chicken

75 ml (1/3 cup) walnut pieces

125 ml (1/2 cup) feta cheese, crumbled

6 kalamata olives, pitted and chopped

4 sun-dried tomatoes (in oil), diced

15 ml (1 tbsp) lemon zest

15 ml (1 tbsp) lemon juice

15 ml (1 tbsp) oregano

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2 ml (1/2 tsp) red pepper flakes

3 boneless chicken breasts

Handful fresh basil leaves

Salt and pepper, to taste

Olive oil

Preheat barbecue to 260 C (500 F).

In a small bowl, combine walnuts, feta, olives, sun-dried tomatoes, lemon zest, lemon juice, oregano and red pepper flakes. Set aside.

Butterfly chicken breasts by slicing in half (lengthwise) so the chicken remains attached. Gently pound chicken with a mallet to flatten. Place 4 to 5 basil leaves on flattened breast followed by 1/3 of the walnut and feta mixture and spread evenly.

Begin rolling chicken from one end to the other to form a pinwheel shape. Brush with olive oil and season lightly with salt and pepper. Secure roll with butcher string or 3 to 4 skewers to prevent roll from unravelling. Repeat with remaining chicken and filling.

Reduce heat to medium-high and grill chicken for 25 to 30 minutes until internal temperature is 85 C (185 F).

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional information per serving: 210 calories; 23 g protein; 12 g fat (3 g saturated fat); 3 g carbohydrates; 61 mg cholesterol; 1 g fibre; 416 mg sodium.

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Burn, baby, burn in Alexandre Vauthier’s sexy couture inferno, presented in Paris

April 23rd, 2019

PARIS – If the devil were a woman on the prowl for a wardrobe capable of persuading any man to sign over his soul, she need look no further than rising French star Alexandre Vauthier’s all-red fall-winter 2011-12 haute couture collection.

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As if the weather were conspiring to lend Vauthier’s inferno added credibility, Paris temperatures soared Tuesday to 32 C, turning the cramped show venue – a historic high school library illuminated by red spotlights – into a hellish sauna. The elaborately costumed audience of fashion glitteratti fanned themselves and wiped their streaming brows as Vauthier’s she-devils skulked the catwalk in clothes that faintly dripped sensuality.

A bustier fitted around the torso of a cherry-coloured fur coat to give it a formfitting hourglass shape and more than a hint of naughtiness, while the second-skin pantsuits in fire-engine neoprene left precious little to the imagination.

A draped tomato-coloured tuxedo was fitted with dangling panels that formed a seductive V-shape as the model walked, as did the oversized butterfly wing sleeves on a maroon cocktail dress.

Flames made from glimmering beads licked up from the hemline of a square-shouldered gown – the product, Vauthier said, of more than 600 hours of painstaking embroidery.

With their sculptural batwing sleeves and plunging backs, the necklines of the rusty red sheath dresses looked like puckering lips.

“When I started thinking of this collection, I imagined something smeared entirely with lipstick,” Vauthier told The Associated Press in a backstage interview. “I mean, lipstick is really the symbol of femininity.”

Judge sends Bret Michaels’ lawsuit over Tony Awards accident to New York

April 23rd, 2019

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Bret Michaels’ lawsuit over an accident at the 2009 Tony Awards that the singer claims nearly killed him should be heard in New York where the accident happened, a federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled.

It makes more sense for the case – which stems from Michaels being hit in the head by a set piece after performing at Radio City Music Hall – to be handled by a federal court in Manhattan, U.S. District Judge Dolly Gee wrote in a ruling Tuesday.

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The Poison frontman sued CBS Broadcasting and Tony organizers in March in Los Angeles, claiming the accident contributed to a brain hemorrhage that nearly killed him. His attorneys argued the case should be heard on the West Coast since Michaels lives in Los Angeles and Arizona, as do some witnesses, including his manager and other workers.

Gee agreed with attorneys for Tony Awards Productions that much of the potential evidence and the vast majority of witnesses – including actors and production workers on the awards show – are in New York.

Michaels is seeking unspecified damages on claims that show organizers never explained that the set would be changing after the band performed “Nothin’ But a Good Time” during the 2009 Tony Awards. The accident broke his nose, and he contends it led to the hemorrhage that later left him hospitalized and forced him to cancel several concerts.

He also claims the show could have prevented the incident from airing, but chose not to. The clip of the accident became a viral hit on the Internet, with more than 27 million views on YouTube when the case was originally filed.

Email messages to spokespersons for the Tonys were not immediately returned.

Under starry summer night sky, Chanel’s crystal-emblazoned skirt suits shine

April 23rd, 2019

PARIS – When it comes to putting on blockbuster shows, the sky is literally the limit for Chanel. For its fall-winter 2011-12 haute couture collection, the deep-pocketed French label recreated a life-sized model of Paris’ Place Vendome jewelry Mecca – complete with a starry night sky.

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The Chanel display usually takes place in the morning, but to add to the nighttime feeling of Tuesday’s show, it was held at the unprecedented hour of 10 p.m. That meant a fatigued fashion crowd, which had been working largely non-stop for the previous 11 hours, traipsed into the venue – Paris’ glass and steel Grand Palais.

Models circled the set’s centrepiece – a life-sized version of the towering column that presides over Place Vendome – in cropped jackets with shirtdress hybrids with sculptural bell-shaped peplums, which were layered over hobblingly tight pencil skirts. In dark tweed embroidered with Swarvoski crystals, the ensembles twinkled like the faux night sky of the set.

Translucent, thigh-high boots and boater hats completed the looks.

The evening wear also hewed closely to the same silhouettes. Lean, ankle-length tweed dresses were embellished with trompe l’oeil contrast piping – in scintillating crystals – that mimicked the brand’s best-selling skirt suits.

It was a collection that looked likely to appeal to the growing couture clientele in Asia, who tend to want Chanel clothes to be instantly recognizable as such – particularly when they’re shelling out five figures for a dress.

And what could possibly scream Chanel more than an evening gown that looks like an elongated version of Coco Chanel’s iconic skirt suit?

William, Kate trade western wear for formal attire to wrap up Canadian visit

March 23rd, 2019

TORONTO – After fully embracing Stampede style, Prince William and Kate swapped their white cowboy hats and western wear for more formal attire as the couple’s Canadian tour drew to a close.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched the Calgary Stampede parade on Friday beaming from under the brims of their white cowboy hats.

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Kate wore a white long-sleeved “Rodeo” cotton- and silk-blend blouse by Temperley London paired with jeans. The look was quite similar to what Kate wore the previous evening when she pulled on jeans and a printed, white long-sleeved blouse by the same designer.

William appeared to be wearing the exact same outfit as he did Thursday, when he and his wife watched a demonstration of Stampede rodeo events.

He wore a green and navy plaid print buttoned-down shirt with the sleeves rolled up and jeans, and donned it again to watch the Stampede parade on Friday morning.

They both appeared to have completed their western outfits with cowboy boots.

But for their tour of the Calgary Zoo and the remaining stops on their Canadian visit, William had reverted to his familiar navy suit and tie.

Kate gave one last patriotic style nod to Canada as she again opted to wear the Queen’s Maple Leaf Brooch. She was first seen wearing the glittering diamond brooch for Canada Day celebrations in Ottawa.

The Queen, as Princess Elizabeth, wore the brooch on her first visit to Canada in 1951 and again on Canada Day last year.

For her final Canadian appearances, Kate wore the symbolic jewelry piece pinned to a bold red satin and wool coat-dress from Catherine Walker.