Edmonton football players grow beards for ALS and late GM

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Watch above: The Edmonton Wildcats are playing with a purpose this season – to honour longtime general manager Al Park, who passed away in February from ALS. Quinn Phillips shows what four of the players are doing with him in mind.

EDMONTON — Four members of the Edmonton Wildcat Football Club are supporting the fight against ALS. On top of the team’s ice bucket challenge, these men are growing out their beards for a year.



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    It began as a challenge for their amusement, but after the passing of the football team’s General Manger, Al Park, in February they decided to put the hairy mess on their face to action. Their attempt to raise funds for the ALS society is in memory of “Big Al” and anyone else who may be affected by the disease.

    READ MORE: What is ALS?

    Last year was offensive lineman, Spencer Dobko’s first year with the team. Dobko was welcomed by Al Park with open arms, and made him feel comfortable with his new squad.

    “In the one year he made me feel like this was the right place to be, this was a home for me,” said Dobko. “I remember the first day of camp, I didn’t really know anyone and I was hanging out by myself. He came up, put his arm around me and started talking to me just like I was any other guy. It just made me feel welcomed.”

    The guys shaved clean January 1, and it was a month and half later that Big Al passed away. Al’s passing was hard for the entire team. Fourth-year linebacker Brett Morrow said the team wants to win for him.

    “It was really tough… It’s basically a family member, basically another dad to us,” said Morrow. “We’ve all been in for Big Al, we all talk about it on the field and everything.”

    Their goal is $5,000; so far, the four teammates have raised $200. During the summer months, this is a hard challenge to go through. Sweat drips out of the beard during practice, it gets pulled in games, and overall, it’s a rough experience, they say. But Morrow reminds himself, he’s doing it for a reason.

    “You get to come to the clubhouse and you see two or three other guys with big beards, you’re like alright, I can do it if they can do it,” said Morrow.

    Darcy Park, head coach and son of Al Park is rewarded with the team’s actions. Regardless of what happens this season, he knows it’s great the guys are remembering him this way.

    “It’s a special year and that’s what we want to say. There’s very few times where you get to play in honour of someone, regardless of wins or losses,” said Park.

    “It’s how we’re carrying ourselves that I think is really important.”

    In January of next year, the guys will be shaving off their beard. They will be organizing an event for everyone to take part in. Anyone can shave off a patch for $50, or donate $200, and wax off a patch of chest hair.

    “It goes more to the character, that’s ultimately what he wanted,” said Park. “Going through the uncomfortable experience of having that beard, and playing football to raise awareness and raise money for it, it’s fabulous. That’s the ultimate tribute to him…for someone to start a fundraising campaign for him is the ultimate compliment.”

    With files from Quinn Phillips, Global News

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Edmonton man’s donut creation ‘The Lumberjack’ battling it out in Tim Hortons contest

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EDMONTON – It’s covered in maple icing. It’s topped with tons of bacon and crunchy graham pieces. It’s even drizzled with cream cheese to “make it pretty.” So what is it? Why, a donut of course.

Edmonton’s Judd Mah is the inventor of ‘The Lumberjack.’ The bacon-inspired donut was chosen out of tens of thousands of entries to be one of the four finalists in this year’s Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest.



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    “The inspiration for the Lumberjack was bacon,” exclaimed Mah, in a video posted to YouTube by Tim Hortons. “The more bacon you can consume at any time of your day will make your day that much better.

    “Who couldn’t use more bacon? People love bacon.”

    The bacon-topped savory treat is up against three other donuts: the Ice Cream Sundae, the Big Canadian Red and the Love REESE’S® To Pieces. All three are invented by Ontarians.

    The Edmonton man says his maple glazed apple cider donut will satisfy the hard working early riser who won’t settle for a fru-fru donut. He describes it as Sunday morning on a donut.

    “The Lumberjack breakfast is the biggest breakfast you can get so I wanted to make a big donut.”

    WATCH: Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts finalist – The Lumberjack

    Voting is open until August 27. The winner will be announced the following day.

    The winner of the Tim Hortons Duelling Donuts contest will win $10,000 and their donut will be sold at Tim Hortons.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry formally pleads not guilty to power abuse charges

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WATCH: Republican Governor Rick Perry of Texas turned himself in to authorities on Tuesday after he was indicted by a grand jury on a pair of felony charges for alleged abuse of power.

AUSTIN, Texas – Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.



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    The potential 2016 presidential candidate entered his plea in a Travis County court filing. He also waived an arraignment that had been set for Friday.

    The waiver was no surprise given that Perry has signalled no intention of the felony charges interrupting a busy travel schedule to court Republican voters.

    READ MORE: Texas Gov. Perry says indictment is abuse of power, will fight against it

    The governor has dismissed the case as a political ploy, laughing off concerns that it could be potentially unflattering as he strongly considers a second presidential run in 2016. Many top national conservatives are lining up to support him, including some potential future White House rivals.

    Perry’s plea was filed with the court late Tuesday, shortly after the longest-serving governor in Texas history was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken. He tweeted a picture of himself stopping for vanilla ice cream on the way back from his booking.

    Perry was indicted last week on charges of coercion and official oppression for vetoing $7.5 million for the state public integrity unit, which investigates wrongdoing by elected officials and is run by the Travis County district attorney’s office. Perry threatened the veto if the county’s Democratic district attorney, Rosemary Lehmberg, stayed in office after a drunken driving conviction.

    Lehmberg refused to resign and Perry carried out the veto, drawing an ethics complaint from a left-leaning government watchdog group.

    Perry was indicted by a grand jury in Austin, a liberal bastion in otherwise mostly fiercely conservative Texas.

    WATCH: Gov. Rick Perry turns himself in to authorities

    If convicted on both counts, Perry could face a maximum 109 years in prison – though legal experts across the political spectrum have said the case against him may be a tough sell to a jury. No one disputes that Perry has the right to veto any measures passed by the state Legislature, including any parts of the state budget.

    But the complaint against Perry alleges that by publicly threatening a veto and trying to force Lehmberg to resign, he coerced her. The Republican judge assigned to the case has assigned a San Antonio-based special prosecutor who insists the case is stronger than it may outwardly appear.

    The governor has hired a team of high-powered attorneys, who are being paid with state funds to defend him.

    Perry is the first Texas governor to be indicted since 1917. Top Republicans have been especially quick to defend him, though, since a jail video following Lehmberg’s April 2013 arrest showed the district attorney badly slurring her words, shouting at staffers to call the sheriff, kicking the door of her cell, and sticking her tongue out. Her blood alcohol level was also three times the legal limit for driving.

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Mali: No new Ebola cases as family exposed to infected child finishes quarantine

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BAMAKO, Mali – Mali is making headway in preventing the spread of Ebola, as it has not registered any new cases since a toddler travelling from Guinea became the country’s first case last month.

The child’s death on Oct. 24 is Mali’s only known Ebola case, while nearly 5,000 others have succumbed to the virus across West Africa.



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    Nearly 30 members of a family that was visited by the two-year-old girl, who later died of Ebola, have now been released from a 21-day quarantine after they showed no symptoms of the disease, Malian health officials said Tuesday.

    The family is now free to move about, Markatie Daou, said a spokesman for the Malian Health Department. The girl, Fanta Kone, visited their home with her grandmother in the capital of Bamako and soon after the toddler succumbed to the virus.

    People with Ebola are only contagious when they are showing symptoms, and health officials have said that the little girl was bleeding from her nose when she passed through the capital en route to the western city of Kayes where she died.

    Mali is not completely clear yet as about 50 others who had possible contact with the girl remain under observation in Kayes. They will be released from quarantine on Nov. 16 if they do not show symptoms, Daou said.

    Mali – which shares a porous land border with Guinea – has long been seen as vulnerable to Ebola because of the large number of people moving back and forth between the two countries.

    The girl’s case alarmed health authorities because she is believed to have been contagious as she travelled.

    WHO has said that the little girl had been living in Guinea, where other members of her family are believed to have also died from Ebola including her father. The girl’s mother, grandmother and two siblings – aged 3 months and 5 years – appear not to have contracted the virus.

    Mali’s persistent use of “contact tracing, isolation and monitoring” helped to prevent the spread of Ebola, said WHO.

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Winnipeg remembers at services across the city

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WINNIPEG —; Winnipeggers stopped to remember those who sacrificed so much to give us our freedom with ceremonies across the city on Tuesday.

Global News live streamed the Remembrance Day service at the Minto Armouries online at 10:15 a.m. on Nov. 11. Look below for a list of services in Winnipeg.

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Remembrance Day:



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    RBC Convention Centre (375 York Ave.) —; Doors open, 9:30 a.m. – Service, 10:45 a.m.

    Manitoba Museum (190 Rupert Ave.) —; Open 1-5 p.m. (Victoria Crosses awarded after First World War on display)

    Vimy Ridge Memorial Park, Portage Avenue at Home Street —; 10:30 a.m. Service

    McGregor Armoury, 551 Machray Ave. —; 10:30 a.m. Service

    St. Norbert Cemetery (Ste. Theresa Avenue) —; 10:45 a.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 117 (376 Salter St.) —; 10:30 a.m. Service

    Oak Park High School (820 Charleswood Rd.) —; 10:30 a.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 90 (1125 Pembina Highway) —; Doors open 8:45 a.m.; Service 10:50 a.m.

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 9 (920 Nairn Ave.) —; 10:50 a.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 2 (1613 Logan Ave.) —; 11 a.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 215 (3400 DeVries Ave.) —; 10:30 a.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 43 (134 Marion St.) —; 10:15 a.m. March to St. Philips Anglican Church (240 Tache Ave.); 11 a.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 81 (341 Munroe Ave.) —; 10 a.m. Doors open; 10:50 a.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 4 (Bruce Park) —; 10:45 a.m. Service followed by parade

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 7 (117 Regent Ave.) —; 10:20 a.m. March to Blessed Sacrament Parish (710 Roanoke St.); 11 a.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 141 (618 Selkirk Ave.) —; 12:30 p.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 30 (1748 Main St.) —; 10:30 a.m. Doors open; 10:55 a.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 1 (626 Sargent Ave.) —; 10:30 a.m. Doors open; 11 a.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 61 (20 Hamilton Ave.) —; 10:45 a.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 246 (1335 Main St.) —; 10 a.m. Doors open; 10:45 a.m. Service

    Royal Canadian Legion Branch 252 (426 Osborne St.) —; 10 a.m. Doors open; 11 a.m. Service

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    This year, as citizens across the country pause to reflect on the sacrifices of Canadian Armed Forces members both abroad and at home, Global News social media accounts will also observe two minutes of silence.

    Global News 广州蒲友 and 广州桑拿论坛 accounts across the country will fall silent for two minutes at 11 a.m. EST during the ceremony at Ottawa’s War Memorial. Global Winnipeg will also fall silent on social media for two minutes at 11 a.m. local time.

    “This is a symbolic way for Global News to pay its respects to the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our country,” said Shauna Rempel, Global News social media strategist. “While we normally strive for constant communication on our social media networks, in this case we can make a more powerful statement by not sharing a word.”

    “There is a deeper awareness of Remembrance Day this year and what it stands for,” said Ron Waksman, senior director of online news and current affairs for Global News. “The two minutes of social media silence is a way for our news organization to show respect for those who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve our Canadian values and freedom.”

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Putin offers shawl to the Chinese president’s wife, upstaging host at summit

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WATCH ABOVE: Vladimir Putin commits diplomatic faux pas by offering the wife of Xi Jinping a shawl.

BEIJING – It was a warm gesture on a chilly night when Vladimir Putin wrapped a shawl around the wife of Xi Jinping while the Chinese president chatted with Barack Obama. The only problem: Putin came off looking gallant, the Chinese summit host gauche and inattentive.



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    Worse still were off-colour jokes that began to circulate about the real intentions of the divorced Russian president – a heartthrob among many Chinese women for his macho, man-of-action image.

    That was too much for the Chinese authorities.

    The incident at a performance linked to this week’s Asia-Pacific summit originally was broadcast on state broadcaster CCTV and spread online as a forwarded video. But it was soon scrubbed clean from the Chinese Internet, reflecting the intense control authorities exert over any material about top leaders while also pointing to cultural differences over what’s considered acceptable behaviour in public.

    “China is traditionally conservative on public interaction between unrelated men and women, and the public show of consideration by Putin may provide fodder for jokes, which the big boss probably does not like,” said Beijing-based historian and independent commentator Zhang Lifan.

    Xi’s wife, Peng Liyuan, was once a popular folk singer more famous than her husband, and in contrast to her predecessors she has taken on a much more public role, prominently joining her husband on trips abroad as part of China’s soft power push to seek global status commensurate with its economic might.

    Propaganda officials have built the image of Xi and his wife as a loving couple. Photos of Xi shielding his wife from rain on a state visit, picking flowers for her, or simply holding her hand have circulated widely on China’s social media, prompting much oohing and aahing.

    “When the president personally held up the umbrella for the madam, it complies with the international norm of respecting women,” blogger Luo Qingxue wrote on the news site for the party-run newspaper People’s Daily last year after Xi was seen holding an umbrella over himself and Peng on a state visit to Trinidad and Tobago.

    But Putin messed up the script Monday night while Xi chatted with the American president.

    In the video, Peng stood up, politely accepted the grey shawl or blanket offered by Putin, and thanked him with a slight bow. But she soon slipped it off and put on a black coat offered by her own attendant.

    It spawned a flurry of commentary on China’s social media before censors began removing any mention of the incident.

    Li Xin, director of Russian and central Asian studies at Shanghai Institute for International Studies, said Putin was just being a proper Russian and did nothing out-of-line diplomatically.

    “It’s a tradition in Russia for a man of dignity to respect ladies on public occasions, and in a cold country like Russia, it is very normal that a gentleman should help ladies take on and off their coats,” Li said. “But the Chinese may not be accustomed to that.”

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Where to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies in Edmonton

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EDMONTON — Poppy sales have been booming and the crowds are expected to be much bigger than usual at Remembrance Day ceremonies in Ottawa and across the country this morning.

Edmontonians have several options for attending ceremonies. Below is a list complied by the City of Edmonton.

City of Edmonton Remembrance Day Service



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    A Remembrance Day service will be held at City Hall to honour the achievements and sacrifices of those who served our country in times of war and peace.

    The service will be led by the Commanding Officer of The Loyal Edmonton Regiment. His Worship, Mayor Don Iveson will also be in attendance.

    Date: Tuesday November 11, 2014

    Location: City Room, City Hall

    Time: 10:15-10:35am

    Please note: Seating in the City Room will start at 9:45am and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. In addition, there will be limited standing room. Seating must be completed no later than 10:10am, as the service will begin promptly at 10:15am.

    Please note that 100 Street will be reduced to one lane in each direction on November 11 from 9am to noon to accommodate Remembrance Day Ceremonies at City Hall. Detour using 97 Street to avoid travel delays.

    Wreath-laying Ceremony

    Following the service in the City Room, there will be an outdoor procession to the City Hall cenotaph, where wreaths will be laid.

    Date: Tuesday November 11, 2014

    Location: City Hall cenotaph (outside on the City Hall Plaza)

    Time: 10:55am – 11:30am

    Please note: Spectators are asked to be in place by 10:50am and to remain clear of the cenotaph to allow room for the wreath-laying ceremony.

    Remembrance Day Ceremony at the U of A Butterdome

    A Remembrance Day ceremony will also take place in the Butterdome at Van Vliet Centre, University of Alberta (89 Avenue and 112 Street).  The public is asked to be seated by 10:10am, as the service will commence shortly thereafter. Join Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor, Col. (Ret’d.) Donald S. Ethell as Albertans pay their respects to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in Canada’s conflicts. Parking is free at the Butterdome for those attending the service.

    Remembrance Day at Municipal Cemeteries

    The City of Edmonton’s Municipal Cemeteries join all Canadians in grateful remembrance of those who have sacrificed so much for our nation. On Remembrance Day, Municipal Cemeteries will be places for quiet reflection.

    Fields of Honour

    The City of Edmonton cemeteries will be lowering the Canadian flag in the Fields of Honour as a tribute to our veterans on Remembrance Day. The Fields of Honour are located at:

    Edmonton Cemetery 11820 – 107 AvenueBeechmount Cemetery 12420 – 104 StreetNorthern Lights Cemetery 156 Street – St. Albert Trail (15203 Campbell Road)

    For cemetery locations and maps, see the Municipal Cemeteries web page.

    Project Heroes Afghan Memorial Exhibit

    Those looking to gain a deeper understanding sacrifices made during the Afghanistan conflict are invited to visit the Canada in Afghanistan: The Faces and Stories of Sacrifice exhibit. Get to know these soldiers through their eyes, in photographs, videos and letters. This travelling exhibit gives poignant insight into the many lives touched by war.

    Dates: November 3 – December 31, 2014

    Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm , Wednesdays, 8:30am – 8pm, Remembrance Day, 10am – 2pm

    Location: Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre, 10440 – 108 Avenue

    Admission: Free

    For more information about the exhibit, visit the Project Heroeswebsite.

    Open from 10am to 2pm on Remembrance Day, The Loyal Edmonton Regiment Military Museum, also located in the Prince of Wales Armouries Heritage Centre, will hold a remembrance ceremony with a minute of silence at 11am.

    ETS Remembrance Day Service

    On Remembrance Day, Tuesday November 11, travel on Edmonton Transit is free for those in military uniform or legion dress, with a Canadian Forces identification card, or with a veteran’s card identifying the individual as a veteran.

    On this day, ETS will be operating regular Saturday service with most routes starting earlier in the day with a 30 minute frequency. Industrial and some peak hour residential routes will operate on their regular weekday schedules. The ETS Customer Service Centre, including Lost & Found, will be closed on November 11.

    Check the ETS Trip Planner or call BusLink at 780-496-1600 or call 311 for complete route and schedule details.

    Royal Canadian Artillery Band Musical Salute at City Hall

    Join the Royal Canadian Artillery (RCA) Band as they perform A Musical Salute: A Tribute to Our Veterans. Admission is free.

    Date:  Sunday November 9, 2014

    Location: City Room, City Hall

    Time: 2pm

    Visit the RCA Band 广州桑拿论坛 page for further information.

    Veterans’ Week

    Veterans’ Week is celebrated November 5 to 11, 2014 across Canada. There are several events in Edmonton to honour the achievements and sacrifices of those who have bravely served in our country’s military.  Please visit Veterans Affairs Canada for ceremonies being held in your area.

    Light the Bridge

    The High Level Bridge will be lit in shades of red on Remembrance Day in honour of the brave men and women who have served in Canada’s military. Visit the Light the Bridge web page for more information about this initiative.

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Holiday cards: to share or not to share

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For many people, the rules for posting personal news on 广州桑拿论坛, Pinterest and other social media are clear: Put a Good Face on Everything.

But that rule doesn’t always extend to holiday cards. There, along with the smiling pictures and upbeat updates, you also might learn about the year’s marital debacles, bad diagnoses or heartbreaking fertility problems.

Refreshing honesty or too much information?

The tell-all holiday card or letter has been around for a few years now, said Diane Gottsman, a Texas-based etiquette expert. She believes that a holiday card is supposed to be a warm greeting; if you want to update people on the harsh realities of your life, have that conversation in person.

“The holiday card should warm hearts, with some small note,” said Gottsman. “Droning on about your divorce and how your ex-husband did you wrong? The card is not the venue for this kind of news.”

LisaMarie Luccioni, a professor of communications at the University of Cincinnati, said people have grown skeptical, however, of the crafted, idealized versions of life they see on 广州桑拿论坛. The holiday card can serve as a reality check, she said.



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    “I actually appreciate the candour and honesty of people in these types of cards,” said Luccioni. “I’m a professor of 25 years and I appreciate when a student gives me honesty.”

    Despite the availability of electronic greeting cards, many people still send paper holiday cards, sometimes including page-long “newsletters” summarizing the year. The greeting card industry says Americans buy 6.5 billion cards each year, for annual sales of between $7 billion and $8 billion. Christmas is by far the most popular seasonal event for cards, according to the Greeting Card Association.

    For many people, it seems, paper cards or newsletters connect on a more personal level than an e-card, said Margaret Page, an etiquette coach in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    She thinks that senders of holiday cards might say too much because they’re not connecting closely enough the rest of the year.

    “Social media is not really being connected,” Page said. “People are desperate to make real connections, and are using Christmas cards, birthday cards, to share information with others that they wouldn’t have a decade ago, or even five years ago.”

    A lawyer in Boise, Idaho, who asked not to be named, decided to share the reasons behind her divorce in a Christmas letter two years ago.

    “I just thought, you know, I’m going to be honest with our friends and family, and just put it out there,” she said. “I also didn’t want to repeat the story 100 times, and that’s kind of where I was at.”

    She was uncomfortable putting information on social media that could be seen by people outside her circle of friends.

    The format of a letter can serve as a signal that big news might be coming. But a card should stay light, said Gottsman, who thinks heavy use of social media reinforces the idea that it’s OK to deliver all kinds of news — good, bad, personal, gossipy — in a holiday greeting.

    “The right venue to deliver bad news is in person, or over the telephone. Or if you can, send an informative letter,” she said.

    “And you know, we do care about these peoples’ lives, generally. But sometimes we don’t even know them very well, and we want to get to know them in the right way.”

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Park users concerned about herbicide in Nose Hill Park

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CALGARY- Concerns are being raised about weed control in Nose Hill Park, due to side effects caused by a herbicide spray.

Abby and Dave Moss take their dog to the off-leash park almost every day, and recently noticed a sign warning that Clopyralid was used in the area. When they researched the chemical, they were disturbed by what they learned.

“I looked up the ingredients and found unsettling information,” Abby Moss says. “In lab studies it had caused reproductive problems, it can cause dizziness, vomiting and diarrhea.”

She adds there must be some alternative.

“Are there ways we can work with nature to find a balance that isn’t harmful, and can stay in soil for months and not cause all kinds of things we are and aren’t aware of?”

Abby and Dave Moss in Nose Hill Park.

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City parks officials say the herbicide is used to control thistles, and that if the invasive species were left alone it would overwhelm native species and damage the park’s ecosystem.

“All of these products are regulated by Health Canada,” says James Borrow from the City of Calgary, adding they rely on their guidance when choosing which products to use. “They go through provincially regulated testing, I don’t know what else I can say.”

Several city parks are designated pesticide and herbicide free, which isn’t an option for Nose Hill Park due to the spread of certain weeds.

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N.S. summer camp puts fun first for kids living with cancer

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HALIFAX – A summer camp in Nova Scotia is giving children with cancer a place to have fun, relax and spend time with other kids.

Camp Goodtime is located at Brigadoon Village, near Aylesford, and is currently hosting 79 children. It has been taking place for the past 28-years and offers everything from choreographed dances to outdoor activities.

Barbara Stead-Coyle, the CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, says the camp is about putting fun first.

“It’s also a chance for them to be in safe environment where the councillors understand how to protect them in terms of looking after their health,” she said.

Parker Murchison is one of the kids spending the week at the camp.

“I’ve been coming here for four years and it’s been an awesome four years,” he said.

“One of my favourite things is going on the water —; boating and swimming —; and I like when we play games like capture the flag or rocks or tails.”

Camp Goodtime gives children with cancer a place to have fun, relax and spend time with other kids.

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Kids at the camp say it’s special being around others who understand what it’s like to live with cancer.

“You feel really normal when you’re around these guys because a lot of them have been through the same thing as you, so it helps a lot,” said Parker, who was diagnosed in July 2010.

Stead-Coyle says it’s a different experience than other camps can provide.

“For the first time they get to meet other children who are going through the same experience they are,” she said. “So it’s the journey that brings them together instead of making them feel very much apart from their other friends who don’t understand what a cancer diagnosis means.”

This summer at camp will wrap up this Friday, Aug. 22.

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Karen Stintz bows out of the mayoral race

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Watch above: Karen Stintz drops out of the city’s mayoral race. 

TORONTO – Karen Stintz bowed out of the mayoral race Thursday morning due to a lack of funds and support.

Stintz made the announcement during a morning press conference at city hall where she thanked supporters and said she would not be returning to city hall as a councillor in October.

“Absent a more substantial level of support, I must conclude my efforts,” she said.


“After three terms, I am proud of my accomplishments and believe I have served my constituents and city well.”

Questions were raised this week after Stintz stayed mum on a series of highly contested recommendations the TTC board voted on to improve transit service, an organization she was the face of for nearly four years.

Poll numbers had consistently shown Stintz well behind fellow candidates Olivia Chow, John Tory and Rob Ford.

Stintz took a few minutes during her press conference to stress the need for the city to fight gridlock and build transit infrastructure, suggesting the downtown relief line should be the city’s top priority.

“One of the greatest threats to our city is congestion,” she said.

Stintz chose not to endorse any of her rival candidates though all four of her main competitors, Ford, Tory, Chow and Soknacki issued statements thanking her.

WATCH: Mark Carcasole explains what led to Karen Stintz’s decision to drop out of the race

Where do her supporters go?

Chow wasn’t willing to speculate when asked Thursday.

“I never predict how, you can’t predict how people react,” she said. “I think it’s important we focus on what we can do for the city.”

Though she did take a few minutes to point out that she agrees with some of Stintz’s priorities including working with the school boards and building the downtown relief line.

Soknacki admitted he would appropriate some of her ideas including taxing unused commercial buildings.

Ford however said he’s confident her supporters will vote for him.

“Stintz voters obviously know that her and I share the same ideas,” he told reporters at city hall. “The majority of issues, we’re on the same page. On October 27, I’m very confident they’ll come my way.”

WATCH: Olivia Chow comments on Karen Stintz dropping out of mayor’s race.

Who’s next?

Rob Ford, Olivia Chow and John Tory aren’t likely to drop out of the race before October: the mayor has been adamant that despite his many controversies, and Olivia Chow and John Tory frequently place at the top of polls.

But Soknacki polls in the single digits, and admits he’s a long shot.

“Well I think the general population needs to recognize that this campaign is a $2 million campaign. If you don’t have a party behind you, if you don’t have well-heeled friends, it’s certainly a big challenge. It’s certainly been a challenge for myself,” he said. ”I’ve had the discussion [about exiting the race] with my campaign manager, we do every month.”

Stintz did not take any questions following her brief press conference.

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Province to invest $24M into Moncton’s future events centre

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MONCTON, N.B. – The city of Moncton’s plan for a downtown entertainment centre saw some monetary support Wednesday as the provincial government announced they’ll invest $23.85-million into the project.

The announcement was made at the former Highfield Square Mall area, where the centre is slated to go. Construction of the new facility is supposed to cost about $100-million, but the city can’t move ahead until the federal government also agrees to invest.


Todd Vaniderstine runs a pub in Moncton’s downtown and says the project is moving along painfully slow.

“I am tired of waiting, but I am excited that there is a little progress being made,” he said. “We are all looking forward to bringing a little life back in to the downtown community.”

Economic Development minister Bruce Fitch says the province is committed to investing in the state of the art facility which will house a concert venue, meeting space and an NHL-size rink.

“The city has been working on it and we’ve been working on it and it was a big push to get it done now because we saw it as a priority for the region,” Fitch said.

Finance critic Roger Melanson, questioned the timing of Wednesday’s announcement.

“This project has been on the table, a lot of work has been done, for more than the last two years,” Melanson said. “Eleven hours before the writ is officially dropped for the provincial election, the Alward government comes here and makes an announcement for almost $25-million.”

Moncton mayor George Leblanc says demolition of the old building should happen in the next few months. But the project can’t move ahead completely until the federal government commits to funding.

“They are still in the process of analyzing how they may be able to fund this and I am very hopeful that we’ll get there soon.”

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