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.

Indebted Canadians using ‘homes as ATMs,’ consumer agency warns

August 23rd, 2019

Canadians are borrowing against their homes in increasing numbers and many are not making regular payments against the principal, adding financial stress to households already carrying a record level of debt, a consumer agency warned on Wednesday.


The number of households that have taken a home equity line of credit (HELOC) on top of their mortgage has soared nearly 40 percent since 2011, the Financial Consumer Agency of Canada said in a report that stoked concerns about consumer debt linked to Canada‘s slowing housing market.

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“At a time when consumers are carrying record amounts of debt, the persistence of HELOC debt may add stress to the financial well-being of Canadian households,” the agency’s commissioner, Lucie Tedesco, said in a statement.

“HELOCs may lead Canadians to use their homes as ATMs, making it easier for them to borrow more than they can afford,” she added.

Outstanding HELOC balances reached $211 billion in 2016, according to the report. There are about three million HELOC accounts in Canada, with an average outstanding balance of $70,000.

Canada‘s debt-to-income ratio has risen to record levels in recent quarters to levels surpassing those seen in the United States prior to the 2008-09 housing crash, and policymakers have repeatedly warned that households are vulnerable to an unforeseen event or economic shock.

Over half of Canadians are $200 or less away from not being able to pay bills

The report by the consumer agency showed some 40 percent of consumers do not make regular payments toward their HELOC principal, and most consumer do not repay their HELOC in full until they sell their home.

It said banks and other lenders are increasingly offering readvanceable mortgages, which combine term mortgages with HELOCs and other credit products, to customers. The complexity and risks of such products are often not well understood by indebted consumers, the agency said.

“Banks reported to FCAC that a readvanceable mortgage is now the default option offered to credit-worthy mortgage customers with down payments of at least 20 percent,” the report noted.

Canada‘s long housing boom and double-digit price gains in cities like Toronto and Vancouver have led to fears of a housing bubble. But the country’s big banks and federal policymakers have often said Canada does not have much of a subprime mortgage market or the kind of innovative credit products that came back to haunt borrowers in the U.S. housing crash.

Could Quebec engineers be forced back to work?

August 23rd, 2019

The government said it will consider back-to-work legislation for engineers if it has to. Treasury Board president Pierre Moreau said he is considering the latest proposal from the union and will give it a written offer Thursday.

Government engineers – most of whom work for the transport ministry – have been on strike for two weeks and its having an effect on construction sites.


At the end of February, the government forced its lawyers and notaries back to work. Last week, it did the same for construction workers.  Now, will engineers be next?

READ MORE: Quebec passes back-to-work law to end construction strike

“We lower our expectations,” said union president, Marc-André Martin. “So we’re waiting for the government right now.”

The union is fighting for higher salaries. It says they can’t retain experienced engineers without it. Moreau has said several times the provincial government is competitive in its current salaries and doesn’t see a recruitment problem.

To that, Martin said:

“If it’s really that easy to employ engineers (in the public sector) they have to explain to us why an agro-food engineer is in charge of building bridges at the transport ministry.”

Martin said this engineer works in Longueuil. He explained that the ministry is short of expertise, particularly civil engineers, which results in personnel with little experience taking charge of large projects.

In their last proposal, they dropped their demand for a 30 per cent wage increase to 20 per cent. By striking in the middle of construction season, Martin said engineers are hoping to force the government to make a choice.

“The government has to make their calculation: ‘Are we going to invest $3 or $4 million to improve our engineering department…or are we going to pay penalties?’” Martin explained.

READ MORE: Turcot interchange pedestrian overpass disappears from plans, angering Montrealers

One of the biggest projects in jeopardy is the Turcot Interchange in Montreal.

Quoting from a transport ministry note during question period in the National Assembly, Coaltion Avenir Québec MNA, Eric Caire said the cost of delays on the interchange caused by a strike longer than two weeks could be $118 million.

However, Minister Moreau said he’s going to be patient for a little while longer. He said that so far, the schedule and the budget for the project are being respected.

READ MORE: NDG residents say noise from Turcot Interchange construction getting worse

“It is still possible to have a work site that is proceeding normally,” he said, while acknowledging that it was “probably slower than expected.”

But if the negotiations go south, he said he would consider calling the National Assembly back during the summer to pass a special law.

B.C. legislature called back on June 22

August 23rd, 2019

VICTORIA – Politicians have been called back to the British Columbia legislature on June 22, setting the stage for a showdown between the ruling Liberals and two opposition parties that want to defeat them.

Premier Christy Clark has said she expects to lose a confidence vote in the house after the New Democrats and Greens reached an agreement to allow the NDP to form a minority government.


No party won a majority of seats in a provincial election last month. The Liberals won 43 seats in the 87-seat legislature, with the NDP winning 41 seats and the Greens three.

The results left Clark with a tenuous grip on power and spelled the likely end for the Liberals’ 16 years in government.

READ MORE: B.C. legislature to face off over Speaker question

Government House Leader Mike de Jong says the first order of business will be to elect a Speaker.

“After which, and in the aftermath of a very close election, the government will seek to determine if it continues to enjoy the confidence of the house, he said in a statement Wednesday.

Before de Jong made the announcement, Horgan expressed his frustration about the length of time it was taking the Liberals to recall the legislature.

“I can’t walk down the street now without someone coming up to me and saying, ‘So are you the premier or is she the premier? What’s going on?’ ” he said earlier Wednesday.

“I think we need to get certainty. It’s well over a month since election day. People want to know. Let’s get on with it.”

READ MORE: Highlights of the NDP and Green party deal in B.C.

Green Leader Andrew Weaver welcomed the decision to recall the house.

“I’m glad that the premier has finally decided to recall the legislature,” Weaver said in a statement. “In the weeks since the election, it has been encouraging to see all three parties agree that British Columbians want us to work together.”

The first order of business — selecting a Speaker — is a tall one. The narrow election results mean none of the three parties are eager to give up one of their voting members to take on the role.

“I rather suspect they’re all going to file in, take their seats and stare at each other for a while,” said Hamish Telford, a political scientist at the University of the Fraser Valley.

The Speaker enforces the rules in the legislature and only votes in the event of a tie, and even then only to maintain the status quo, as per tradition.

All members of the legislature who are not cabinet ministers are eligible to be Speaker, Telford said.

Telford said he expects Clark to announce a cabinet before June 22 and she could appoint potential Speakers from her party to cabinet, such as former Speaker Linda Reid, to make them ineligible for the job.

When there has been an impasse over the Speaker, legislatures have been dissolved and another election held, he said.

But if a Speaker is chosen, the government would introduce a throne speech, Telford said. There would be a reply from the Opposition, a debate and then a confidence vote.

If the Speaker comes from the Liberals, it’s likely the government will be defeated. If the Speaker is a New Democrat, a tie is expected, he said.

Telford said in that case, he thinks the Speaker would likely break with convention and vote against the Liberal government.

“I have yet to find a case anywhere in the Commonwealth where a Speaker has voted in such a way that it leads to the defeat of the government,” he said. “That’s not to say there hasn’t been a case, but I haven’t found one.”

Injured hiker rescued by helicopter from woods north of Dartmouth

August 23rd, 2019

A hiker suffering from an injury has been rescued after emergency and military crews responded to a 911 call by Anderson Lake north of Dartmouth.

Halifax spokesperson Brendan Elliott told Global News that two men had been hiking and one of the hikers had a bad back. He said it’s unknown if the injury was pre-existing or occurred during the hike, but it was determined that he would not be able to walk anymore.

The pair did not have a phone, Elliott said, so the uninjured man walked about an hour “back to civilization” where he was able to get a phone and call 911.

Elliott said the call came in about 3:15 p.m.


Pat Kline, Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency’s acting division commander, told Global News a drone had been launched but could not reach the man. They relocated, but by that time a police officer had already reached the man.

READ MORE: Pilot unharmed after plane crash near Greenfield, Nova Scotia

Elliott said the police officer had been led by the man’s partner to where the man was.

READ MORE: Halifax Fire services respond to large blaze in Fall River, N.S.

At about 4:30 p.m. Elliott said they called for assistance from 14 Wing Greenwood which dispatched a Cormorant helicopter.

He said the military was taking over the rescue as the man was on Department of National Defence property.

As of 7 p.m., Elliott said a division commander informed him that the man had been rescued.

Prior to the helicopter’s arrival, Elliott said that EHS had taken a boat across the lake and were with the man keeping him stabilized until the Cormorant.

He said the hiker was placed into a basket lowered by the helicopter, brought into the aircraft, transported to Windsor Park where an ambulance was waiting and he was taken to hospital.

Elliott added that the injuries are non-life threatening but “are pretty serious.”

Toronto school partially closed after alleged prank sees peanut butter spread throughout building

August 23rd, 2019

A facilities team will be working overnight as part of a massive clean up which saw peanut butter and cooking oil spread throughout the hallways of a North York high school.

Early morning staff at Senator O’Connor College School on Wednesday noticed discrepancies prior to the first classes of the school day. After reporting to the principal, the Toronto Catholic District School Board dispatched a so called cleaning “SWAT” team to the site.


Head of communications for the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), John Yan told AM640 that a “graduated release” of students was executed to safeguard against potential allergic reactions to some students.

READ MORE: Toronto school board cancelling future trips to U.S. due to ‘uncertainty’ over travel ban

“Grade 11s and 12s were permitted to go home as their classes were cancelled,” said Yan, “while grades 9 and 10 were allowed to continue because of the quick cleaning by crews, and other areas that were not affected.”

Senator O’Connor College School is a two story facility which has 1200 students attending on a regular basis.

Yan says an investigation is underway spearheaded by the school’s principal. Early indications are it was graduation prank conducted by grade 12 students.

READ MORE: 3 arrested after student stabbed outside of west Toronto high school

“This is an example of prank, unfortunately, that went a little bit awry, and is considered vandalism.” said Yan, who also believes it was likely “driven by social media.”

The TCDSB told AM640 that incidents involving student vandalism are taken very seriously, and disciplinary action will be taken upon the end of the investigation.

Saskatchewan was a thorn in Justin Trudeau’s side on fossil fuels, but now B.C. is

July 24th, 2019

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lost the harshest critic of his plan to impose a carbon tax with Brad Wall‘s surprise announcement Thursday that he’s retiring as Saskatchewan’s premier.

But just as Trudeau pulled that persistent thorn from his right side, he was stabbed in the left side by another thorn as British Columbia’s fledgling NDP government unveiled plans to block construction of the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline.

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The twin announcements underscored the political teeter-totter Trudeau has been riding as he attempts to prove it’s possible – indeed necessary, in his opinion – to simultaneously combat climate change and build new pipeline capacity to get western Canada’s fossil fuels to tidewater.

Wall has threatened to go to court to prevent the federal government from imposing a carbon tax of $10 per tonne – rising to $50 in 2022 – on provinces that don’t implement a carbon pricing regime of their own by next year.

Saskatchewan is the only province that has flat-out refused to even consider carbon pricing, which Wall maintains would devastate the province’s already struggling oil and gas industry.


READ MORE: Trans Mountain Pipeline is not in B.C.’s best interest, says BC NDP government

While his successor will doubtless carry on the crusade, along with federal Conservatives led by fellow Saskatchewanian Andrew Scheer, Wall has been the most articulate and highest-profile opponent of the scheme with a knack for simplifying the complicated issue. For instance, he’s summed up the federal carbon tax plan as “a ransom note.”

“He was a fierce defender of Saskatchewan and western Canada on this critical issue so it is a loss in that sense,” Conservative Sen. Denise Batters, a long-time friend and supporter, said in an interview.

Just how much relief Wall’s departure will give the Trudeau government on the carbon pricing front remains to be seen.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall announces he is retiring from politics during a press conference at the Legislative Building in Regina, Sask., on Thursday, August 10, 2017.

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“Whenever a person who has cut such a large figure, certainly in Saskatchewan politics but also on the national scene, when a person of that longevity and strength decides to make a break and go do something else, it’s obviously a major change,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who holds the Liberals’ only seat in Saskatchewan, said in an interview.

“What will result from that, who the successor will be, how it will affect the policy debate about various issues from time to time remains to be seen.”

Goodale praised Wall’s unquestioned “passion” for Saskatchewan and pointed out that, apart from the climate change file, he has worked co-operatively with the federal Liberals on a host of other issues: health care, child care, infrastructure, softwood lumber and the upcoming renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

READ MORE: Stakeholders divided over BC NDP plans for Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

Wall briefly stoked renewed speculation Thursday that he may jump to the federal political arena when he said he’s leaving politics in Saskatchewan. “I should have said anywhere,” he clarified later.

Goodale said the federal carbon pricing plan is “an absolute linchpin” for getting approval of any pipelines.

“With carbon pricing in place, we can not only argue the economic gains that come from pipelines … but also the environmental integrity of the process because it is rooted in that fundamental principle of carbon pricing,” he said.

Yet, just as Wall’s departure will silence the leading critic of Trudeau’s carbon tax plan, the government has to contend with a newly minted NDP government. It reasserted Thursday its campaign vow to use “every tool available” to block Kinder Morgan’s proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, which the Trudeau government has approved.

B.C. Premier John Horgan.


In the few weeks following the new government’s swearing-in last month, there was briefly some small hope among federal Liberals that Premier John Horgan might back off. Indeed, the pipeline wasn’t even mentioned when Horgan had a first, congenial meeting with Trudeau a couple of weeks ago, at which the two leaders chose instead to focus on issues upon which they agree.

That hope was dashed with Thursday’s announcement that B.C. is joining the legal fight against the pipeline. The Horgan government also warned Kinder Morgan, which had planned to start construction in September, that the province has rejected five of eight environmental management plans required to begin work on the project because of inadequate consultations with effected First Nations communities.

“Until that has been completed, Kinder Morgan, with the exception of some private land and some clearing of right-of-way, cannot put shovels in the ground,” said B.C.’s environment minister, George Heyman.

A spokesman for Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said the federal government “will stand by” its decision to approve the Trans Mountain expansion, “based on facts and on evidence and what is in the national interest.”

“We have taken an approach to resource development that will grow our economy and protect the environment,” Alexandre Deslongchamps said. “Our government believes that these priorities go hand-in-hand.”

Goodale said the Trudeau government only approved the Trans Mountain project after thorough, comprehensive and inclusive consultations “where all points of view were heard and treated respectfully and taken into account.”

Male nurse admits to installing hidden camera in U of A Hospital gym shower

July 24th, 2019

A nurse at the University of Alberta hospital has pleaded guilty to two counts of voyeurism after a hidden camera was discovered inside a gym shower.

In November 2016, a notice was posted by management of The Pulse Generator at the University of Alberta Hospital Employee Fitness and Recreation Centre, stating a camera was in place from November 27 at 5 p.m. until November 28 at 9 a.m., when it was discovered and removed.


In an agreed statement of facts submitted to the court Monday, Jason Soundara, 26, admitted to putting the cameras in the male locker room shower.

READ MORE: Hidden camera in U of A Hospital gym shower records 7 men, 1 person arrested: memo 

Soundara worked as a nurse at the hospital emergency room at the time.

“The locker room is the primary change facility for males using the hospital’s staff fitness centre,” the statement reads.

It goes on to say the camera installed looks like a wall outlet and was stuck to the wall underneath a soap dispenser; it contained a five-day rechargeable battery with a SD card to store video.

The camera was discovered by a man in the shower; it was turned over to hospital security and then Edmonton police.

The University of Alberta Hospital Employee Fitness and Recreation Centre. Photo from The Pulse Generator website. 

Credit: Pulse Generator

The University of Alberta Hospital Employee Fitness and Recreation Centre. Photo from The Pulse Generator website. 

Credit: Pulse Generator

The University of Alberta Hospital Employee Fitness and Recreation Centre. Photo from The Pulse Generator website. 

Credit: Pulse Generator

Police found pictures of seven naked men on the SD card, the first of which was the accused “wearing his hospital scrub, and attaching the outlet to the wall. The accused can be seen looking directly into the camera, removing tape from his breast pocket, walking back to the camera and placing a strip of tape on the camera.”

Soundara was identified from the video by the human resources manager at the hospital.

In a videotaped interview with police, Soundara “confessed to purchasing and installing the camera and mentioned that he did so because he liked one of the males who frequently showers in the facility.”

Soundara will be sentenced September 11. He is currently not in custody.

On Wednesday afternoon, AHS released a statement to Global News that reads, in part: “We encourage those feeling distress regarding this incident to reach out to their manager or leader, employee and family assistance services, or other supports provided through professional colleges and unions.”

Spokesperson Kerry Williamson said Soundara is no longer an AHS employee.

-with files from Karen Bartko

John Oakley Show – Wednesday June 7, 2017

July 24th, 2019

A lot of safety related information on this Wednesday edition of the Oakley Show. National Defence funding, calling 911 by accident, seatbelts in school buses and more topics worthy of discussion.

Liberals to spend extra $13.9B on defence, mostly after election

he Liberal government’s new vision for the military includes a $13.9-billion increase in defence spending over the next decade.


But while some of the money will start flowing right away, the taps aren’t expected to fully open until after the next election in 2019.  Global News Ottawa Bureau Chief & Host of The West Block, Vassy Kapelos joins the Oakley Show to discuss details of the announcement.

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Even with new military investments, Canada to fall short of NATO target

Unintentional calls to 9-1-1 up, York Police release calls

So far in 2017 the York Regional Police Communications Centre has received more than 15,000 unintentional calls to 9-1-1 which ties up resources for others in emergency situations. York Regional Police, along with many other police services across Ontario, continue to educate the public on pocket dials and unintentional calls to 9-1-1. We are urging the public not only to ‘lock it before you pocket it’, but not to let children play with mobile phones. David Shipley is AM640’s technical analyst and describes how you can prevent these calls especially those made by kids with old phones that don’t even have a SIM card in them.

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Nearly 1 in 5 calls to 911 in York Region so far in 2017 were unintentional: police

5 children injured after school bus rollover in downtown

We ask Brian Patterson, president of the Ontario Safety League if we should considert putting seatbelts in school buses.

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Video shows school bus flip over after collision in downtown Toronto

Hydro One asking for rate increase

Hydro One Networks Inc. has applied to raise its electricity distribution rates and other charges. Customers could see an average increase of $2.35 per month over the next five years starting in January 2018. MPP (Prince Edward—Hastings) Todd Smith and PC Energy Critic joins the Oakley Show

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Andrew Scheer says he will scrap carbon tax, tax on hydro

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Day parole continues for man who killed Calgary teen with pickaxe

July 24th, 2019

The Calgary man who killed a teenager with a pickaxe nearly a decade ago will continue his day parole privileges.

Marko Miljevic is serving a life sentence for second-degree murder in the death of Matt McKay.

McKay was killed during an altercation at a house party in Queensland in September 2007.

During sentencing, Miljevic’s parole eligibility was set for 10 years.

Following a hearing in November 2016, he was granted day parole for the first time.



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    Calgary man who murdered teen using pickaxe granted day parole: documents

    New documents obtained by News Talk 770 show no issues have been reported in that time.

    “You are reportedly working full-time at a family business and your family reports you have been reliable, that you work hard and that working has helped stabilize you in the community as you reintegrate,” the Parole Board of Canada decision read.

    The board also pointed to comments made by Miljevic’s case management team.

    “They state you have lived up to the expectations of day parole and recommend that your day parole be continued.”

    But the review wasn’t all positive for Miljevic, 28, as the board still finds the gravity of the offence and the impact on those who knew McKay to be a major consideration, as well as his emotional control, which isn’t considered to be violent, but still an “area of concern.”

    “On balance, having considered all these factors, the Board has determined that the positive aspects of your case currently outweigh the negative,” the board said.

    The board concluded by continuing Miljevic’s day parole, which remain subject to several conditions, for a period of six months.

Trustees speak out after Pride decorations removed from Edmonton Catholic high school

July 24th, 2019

Students at Blessed Oscar Romero High School said they are hurt and frustrated after they were told to remove decorations they had put up to celebrate Edmonton’s Pride week.

The decorations included a chalk rainbow outside the front doors and flags in the school.

According to Tweets from Oscar Romero student Chris Crowell, the decorations were to be taken down because they were a political statement that offended some people.

Edmonton Catholic School Board spokesperson Lori Nagy told CBC news, the decorations weren’t “authorized” by the administration.

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But ECSB trustee Patricia Grell contested that position to 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen.

“Actually, the board didn’t have anything to do with what actions this principal took or what statements were made by our administration.

“And I think it shows you that divide, that disconnect between the board and the administration right there.

“I’m just getting a little bit tired when I hear these statements that: ‘The board said.’ No, the board didn’t say. The board didn’t even know. So how could we say something?” Grell said.

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“This issue was that the custodians had an issue with chalk being used to make a rainbow flag at the front of the school,” trustee Debbie Engel said Wednesday afternoon.

“They said whether it would have been the volleyball club drawing volleyballs, or the chess club drawing chess pieces, the reaction would have been the same because it was dragging chalk into the school.”

After backlash, the school said that Pride flags could remain.

The incident brought to light once again the apparent disconnect in the ECSD board. The board has been plagued by discord and dysfunction for years, often boiling over when it came to creating a province-mandated policy around LGBTQ students.

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In this case, trustee Marilyn Bergstra said the damage had been done early on.

“The metaphor in and of itself behind the act was profoundly sad.”

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    “I think that we have to be very vigilant of how students internalize these kinds of actions, and I don’t think this will be forgotten by any LGBTQ student as they move forward in life,” Bergstra said.

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    “They are dismissing the issue as the result of unchecked emotions and miscommunication, and yet they refuse to communicate with us,” Crowell tweeted about the board’s disconnect.

    Mayor Don Iveson was quick to reach out to student president-elect Francis Nievera, inviting the teen to join him in this weekend’s Pride parade.

    Education Minister David Eggen responded to the controversy on 桑拿会所 Wednesday afternoon as well. He stated that he directed his staff to contact the principal at Oscar Romero after learning about the “error in judgement.”

    He stated that a flag would be put up at the school Thursday.

    Eggen added the students will also be invited to the Pride flag-raising at the Alberta legislature.