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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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    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.

WATCH: Fiery debate at Edmonton Catholic School Board meeting

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.”

LISTENER REACTION: Edmonton school pulls down Pride decorations

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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.

Man pretended to be peace officer, sexually assaulted woman: Edmonton police

July 24th, 2019

The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is asking for help finding a suspect who allegedly impersonated a peace officer, pulled over a female driver, got her into his vehicle and sexually assaulted her.

Police said it happened on Sunday, June 4 at around 1:30 a.m. when the 25-year-old woman was driving home near Anthony Henday Drive and 127 Street.

A vehicle with flashing lights got her to pull over, EPS said. Then, a man who was wearing a uniform got out of the vehicle, police said.

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“He approached the vehicle in the same way we would approach the vehicle,” Acting Staff Sgt. Barry Fairhurst said. “He came up to the vehicle just directly behind her… He identified himself as a peace officer and asked her to exit the vehicle.”

Police said the man then asked her to get into the front passenger seat of his vehicle. The woman complied. EPS said she assumed he was a legitimate officer.

“The male suspect allegedly threatened the complainant, implying that he wouldn’t proceed with criminal charges if she performed sexual acts on him,” police said in a news release Wednesday.

“The complainant was then driven to another area [Borden Park], sexually assaulted and driven to her residence.”

Police believe the suspect vehicle is a four-door, white Nissan Rogue, made between the years 2007 and 2013.

Police describe the suspect as between 25 and 30 years old with a thin build and short brown hair. He was wearing what appeared to be a navy blue peace officer’s uniform without a utility belt. Officers said the victim and the suspect didn’t know each other.

“She was trying to be respectful to the authority, which is very concerning for us as police,” Fairhurst said. “Somebody is out there, presenting this power, presenting this authority to the public obviously to victimize females.

“I think she’s very brave. I think part of her reasoning for coming forward was to prevent other females from becoming victims out on the road. She obviously wanted to start creating some awareness.”

EPS released two photos of the suspect and the inside of the vehicle. The force also released a short video.

Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact police at 780-423-4567.

Police are looking for a man who allegedly impersonated a peace officer and sexually assaulted a woman in Edmonton, June 4, 2017.

Courtesy: Edmonton police

Police are looking for a man who allegedly impersonated a peace officer and sexually assaulted a woman in Edmonton, June 4, 2017.

Courtesy: Edmonton police

Police are looking for a man who allegedly impersonated a peace officer and sexually assaulted a woman in Edmonton, June 4, 2017.

Courtesy: Edmonton police

Fairhurst said a real officer will ask for your licence and registration and tell you why they are pulling you over.

Fairhurst said if someone claims to be an officer, you can request their badge, look at the crest and make sure it’s legitimate. He said if you feel you’re being misled, you can call 911 to verify the officer is who he says he is.

Police lights will flash red and blue. The woman in this case couldn’t recall the colour of the lights on this vehicle.

Police said this type of incident is rare but the RCMP is investigating another report of impersonating an officer. At this point, it’s not known if the two cases are connected.

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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    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.

WE Day Saskatchewan cancelled for 2017-18 school year

July 23rd, 2019

Citing a lack of dedicated local funding, organizers of WE Day Saskatchewan said the event will not be held in the 2017-18 school year.

Sarah Evans, the public relations manager for WE Day, said they still remain committed to supporting and implementing the WE Schools Program in the province.

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    “We have faced some challenges in securing dedicated local funding for the coming year, and as a result will not be hosting WE Day Saskatchewan this upcoming 2017/2018 school year,” Evans said in a statement to Global News.

    “However, the WE Schools Program continues to grow and develop within the province and across the country, empowering youth to become active local, national and global change-makers.”

    READ MORE: Chris Hadfield, Henry Winkler speaking at WE Day Saskatchewan

    Evans said WE will hold small celebrations and engagements at schools.

    “These opportunities will continue to support the province’s schools, educators and students to remain motivated and giving back to their local and global community through experiential service learning,” Evans said.

    “We will continue to provide school districts, educators and schools with support through our WE Schools Coordinators and with our WE Schools Kits and resources free of charge.”

    READ MORE: Star line-up empowers Saskatchewan youth

    The annual WE Day Saskatchewan celebration has brought together students from across the province who have made a commitment to take action on causes they care about.

    The first event was held in 2012 at SaskTel Centre in Saskatoon.

    Some of the notable celebrities who have appeared at WE Day Saskatchewan include Magic Johnson, Chris Hadfield, Henry Winkler, Margaret Trudeau, Brett Kissel and Jully Black.

What do Canadians think of basic income? It will reduce poverty but could raise taxes

July 23rd, 2019

Ontario is testing it, candidates from all political parties have suggested it, and it’s endorsed by Elon Musk: the idea of a guaranteed basic income (GBI).

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Across Canada, and around the world, the idea of giving residents unconditional monthly payments — also known as a guaranteed annual income or guaranteed minimum income — to cover basic living costs has been hotly debated by people on all sides of the political aisle.

READ MORE: What you need to know about Ontario’s basic income plan

A new poll conducted by Ipsos Affairs shows that Canadian attitudes are tepid when it comes to the idea of a basic income with 44 per cent of respondents saying they agree with a GBI. Thirty-one per cent disagreed with the idea and 24 per cent were neutral.

The survey of nearly 10,000 people from 12 countries showed that respondents from Poland, Germany, Mexico and Italy were most likely to agree with the idea of government providing unconditional money to supplement incomes.

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Residents from France and Spain were more likely to disagree with the idea, while Great Britain, the U.S. were more divided on the issue.

“We are at the early stages of that [basic income] debate, sort of round one of the discussions in Canada,” said Mike Colledge, president of Ipsos Public Affairs in Canada. “You have this really hung jury, split opinion on it.”

In April, the Ontario government announced roughly 4,000 residents in three cities — Hamilton, Lindsay and Thunder Bay — will be provided with a free income of up to $16,989 per year per person. Couples could get up $24,027.

Ontario will join other jurisdictions around the world, including Finland, the Netherlands and California, in testing the idea of a basic income.

Proponents of the idea say it would more effectively combat poverty or the plight of people working minimum wage jobs, while also cutting bureaucratic red tape. The idea is to replace various social and welfare payments with a basic income that has no employment conditions or means tests.

Opponents, however, say it disincentives people to work while also being costly to implement.

READ MORE: How would a guaranteed annual income work in Canada

The new polling data showed 61 per cent of Canadians believe a GBI would help alleviate poverty, one of the strongest majorities, along with Poland, among the 12 countries surveyed. Germany (59%), U.S. (56%), Belgium (54%) and Mexico (53%) finished near the top.

“The economy is shifting and there is a lot of income volatility, a lot of people who even if they are well educated are living on the edge,” Colledge said. “People see the need for something like this, but how it gets applied and whether it can be done is a long ways from having solidified in the public’s mind.”

READ MORE: The problem(s) with a guaranteed annual income

Indeed, 60 per cent of respondents in Canada said a GBI would discourage people from seeking employment, while 15 per cent disagreed and 25 per cent said neither. Fifty-two per cent of Canadians also said a basic income would “increase taxation to unaffordable levels,” with 16 per cent disagreeing and 31 per cent agreeing.

Would a guaranteed income cause people to work less?

Researchers at the Mowat Centre, a think tank with the University of Toronto, looked at previous experiments in Canada and the United States and found that a basic income causes people to “work differently, not necessarily less.”

“Among married women receiving a basic income, for example, annual hours worked decreased by as much as 28 per cent,” the report said. “For married men, the reduction was as high as 8 per cent. On the other hand, the Manitoba experiment revealed reductions as small as 3 per cent and 1 per cent.”

Evelyn Forget, an author of the Mowat report and professor of community health sciences and economics at the University of Manitoba, has studied the issue extensively. She is credited with discovering and studying forgotten data on a basic income experiment in Dauphin, Man., in the 1970s, known as Mincome.

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Forget also released another study in May with the Northern Policy Institute looking at the cost of implementing a basic income program, similar to Ontario’s pilot program, across Canada.

The report found it would cost Canadians approximately “$30 billion a year, less the $15 billion we currently pay for income assistance.”

“A net cost of $15 billion annually is not only feasible, it is about five per cent of federal government expenditure and much less than we currently spend on seniors’ benefits,” Forget wrote. “We can afford it if we choose to afford it.”

The Global @dvisor survey was conducted between April 21 – May 5 comprising 9,500 interviews in 12 countries: Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, and the United States of America.  The survey was conducted online among adults aged 18-64 in the US and Canada, and adults aged 16-64 in all other countries.

Approximately 1000+ individuals were surveyed online in Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain. Italy, Spain, and the United States of America. Approximately 500+ individuals were surveyed in Belgium, Mexico, Poland, Serbia, and Sweden.  The results are weighted to ensure that the sample’s composition reflects that of the adult population according to the most recent country Census data, and to provide results intended to approximate the sample universe. Further, results are weighted to give each country an equal weight in the “global” sample.

Day parole continues for man who killed Calgary teen with pickaxe

July 23rd, 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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    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.