Supreme Court says warrant needed for Internet info

OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada says police need a search warrant to get information from Internet service providers about their subscribers’ identities when they are under investigation.

The high court’s landmark 8-0 ruling on online privacy issues comes in the appeal of a Saskatchewan man facing child pornography charges.

The case has implications for the federal government’s current cyber-bullying bill, setting the stage for another political clash between the Harper government and the Supreme Court.

The ruling deals with a 19-year-old Saskatchewan man who was charged with possessing and distributing child pornography after police used his Internet address to get further details from his online service provider, all without first obtaining a search warrant.

Lawyers for the man contend that violated his right to be protected from unlawful search and seizure.

But in this specific case, the court ruled that the evidence gathered should not be excluded as evidence from the man’s trial, saying the police acted in good faith.

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CFL players vote to ratify new collective bargaining agreement

TORONTO – The CFL Players’ Association has voted to accept a new collective bargaining agreement with the league.

The union said in a statement Thursday night that its players voted to accept the five-year contract reached Saturday with the CFL.

“It’s a YES!” offensive lineman Peter Dyakowski, a player rep with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats, tweeted. “We’ve got a new CBA! It’s time to get back to football! #Everybodywins.”

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The CFL’s board of governors is scheduled to vote on the deal Friday and the expectation is they’ll accept it.

The CFLPA didn’t provide a breakdown of the votes but a majority of players – 50 per cent plus one – on six of the nine CFL teams was required for the deal to be accepted.

The players voted in favour despite many expressing their unhappiness publicly and on social media about the deal. It offers a $5-million salary cap in the first year of the agreement after the CFLPA had originally sought a $6.24-million cap.

Last year, the CFL’s salary cap was $4.4 million.

The CFL also got the players to agree to its gross revenue formula that would trigger the renegotiation of the cap or entire collective agreement.

The players, who initially wanted the CBA to include revenue sharing, wanted the cap or entire agreement renegotiated if league revenues increased by more than $18 million – excluding the Grey Cup- in the third year of the deal. But the union ultimately agreed to the CFL’s figure of $27 million.

The union did get the option year on CFL contracts eliminated, excluding rookies. Also, the players’ practice day, for the most part, remains at 4.5 hours but can be increased to a maximum of six hours while teams will hold just one padded practice a week during the season.

Toronto Argonauts players met Wednesday night to discuss the agreement and centre Jeff Keeping, a member of the union executive, said good questions were asked.

“I’m happy the guys have all the facts,” Keeping said. “I feel at the end of the day the guys are more informed than they were prior to that. The mood is mixed. Guys are entitled to their own opinion and
every man is going to make his own choice.”

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Friday, June 13, 2014 on The Morning Show – Toronto

STEPHEN BALDWIN – American actor Stephen Baldwin joins the conversation on the national edition of The Morning Show. He is in Toronto to promote his new film 2047: Sights of Death. The movie features a showdown between the Confederate Central Government and the Green War organization to see if what is left of the world can be saved.

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WOLFCOP – The Morning Show takes a look at the new film Wolfcop. The Canadian horror flick was filmed in Regina, Saskatchewan with the plot revolving around an alcoholic small town cop who transforms into a werewolf after being cursed. The movie is directed by Lowell Dean.

JOSH LEVI – American singer, songwriter, dancer and actor Josh Levi began singing at the age of five. He has since appeared on a number of television shows and has worked in films. He competed in season 3 of X Factor. Josh continues to build his fan base with LeviNation. TORONTO SHOW ONLY

ITALIAN FILM FESTIVAL – Cristiano de Florentiis is the co-founder and artistic director of the Italian Contemporary Film Festival. The ICFF is the only Italian Film Festival in Canada and showcases contemporary cinema of Italian origin from all over the world. TORONTO SHOW ONLY

SPA MY BLEND – Clarins heiress, entrepreneur and socialite Prisca Courtin-Clarinsjoins us in-studio to discuss the Spa My Blend by Clarins which is located in the Ritz Carlton. She believes your beauty regime should only takes 30 seconds and she has also developed a new concept around called “Spa & Lunch.” TORONTO SHOW ONLY

SUMMER TOYS – Ryan Carr from Mastermind Toys showcases some of the top toys for the summer. From a giant jax game to an aquapod bottle rocket, there’s something for every child at a reasonable price. TORONTO SHOW ONLY

ONTARIO ELECTION PANEL – The West Block’s Tom Clark, Queen’s Park reporter Alan Carter and Wilfred Laurier University professor Barry Kay break down the results of the Ontario election. Ontario’s Liberals have managed to pluck out a majority in an election where few pundits were willing to predict a result. TORONTO SHOW ONLY

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Medical marijuana suppliers must report doc prescriptions, say feds – National

OTTAWA – The federal Health Department wants medical marijuana suppliers to provide provincial authorities with information on the doctors who prescribe the substance.

And they want them to issue semi-annual reports on the physicians who prescribe marijuana for their patients.

The reports would include the doctor’s name and address, how much of the substance was prescribed and for how long.

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The proposed regulations were published Friday by the federal government.

The provinces and territories “have identified the need to provide better education and guidance for and monitoring of their members who provide medical documents to their patients to support their access to marijuana for medical purposes,” the notice states.

It says that better monitoring of health-care practitioners who provide their patients with the substance “would help support the integrity” of the new medical marijuana system.

“We have consulted with health care licensing bodies who expressed a need for the data on how doctors and nurses are authorizing marijuana to their patients and in which quantities,” Health Minister Rona Ambrose said in a statement.

“The proposed regulatory amendments will further strengthen public health and safety by ensuring appropriate oversight and monitoring.”

On April 1, Health Canada radically altered the rules for medical marijuana, opening its production up to the commercial sector, expanding it from a cottage industry of thousands of loosely regulated growers.

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As of late last month, the department had received 858 applications from a variety of firms wanting to be medical marijuana suppliers.

On Friday, the department said in a statement that it does not endorse marijuana use, but the courts have required reasonable access to it for medical purposes.

“Marijuana is not an approved drug or medicine in Canada and has not gone through the necessary rigorous scientific trials for efficacy or safety,” it said.

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Flood stories: Calgary firefighters to the rescue

CALGARY- One of Captain Keal Prince’s vivid memories of the June flood is not from when it was at its worst, but from during the cleanup.

The training officer with the Calgary Fire Department’s aquatic rescue team recalls how firefighters were helping a woman haul debris out of her basement, when a young boy lost his finger.

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“And as his finger got cut off it went into a fully loaded dumpster,” says Prince. “People had worked hours to get the dumpster loaded and now they’re working tirelessly, quickly, to unload that dumpster, looking for that finger.”

“We had to remove a lot of debris to find that finger. The finger was found and it was reattached, so it was a happy ending both for the young boy and all the people that were there helping him.”

That happy ending was a huge boost to the spirits of Prince and other aquatic firefighters who had spent long hours coming to the rescue of people in flooded neighbourhoods. Many firefighters didn’t have the time to eat or drink and were hungry and dehydrated. And their skills were being put to the test and stretched to the limit.

“You’re not really trained to drive a boat up to the front door of a home to rescue people. You’re not trained to drive a boat down a busy street …  it was a little bit surreal.”

Flooding in the Roxboro community in Calgary, Alberta on June 21, 2013.

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Prince says the darkest moments came when resources began to wear thin.

“Did we have some people that could have been helped? Absolutely. But sometimes with the magnitude of these events, it’s hard to get everyone collected.”

Captain Keal Prince of the Calgary Fire Department

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Dozens of Calgarians were rescued from flooded communities   – stranded after they ignored evacuation orders.

We saw rescuers going above and beyond putting their lives in danger …  a little bit more because we were seeing that some people did not heed the warning messages. The teams rose above and beyond to make sure people were safe and the rescuers were safe.

If a flood strikes again, Prince is confident the fire department and the city, will be prepared.

“Calgary is known as a white hat hospitality city. But with the urban growth we experienced, there were neighbours not knowing neighbours, and rescuers not knowing rescuers, but the event actually helped unify all of us. We are going to be prepared.”

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Doughty says Kings need more desperation, despite leading 3-1 – National

LOS ANGELES – While they are the team in the driver’s seat, the Los Angeles Kings need to come out with more desperation for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup final, according to Drew Doughty.

The slick-skating defenceman remembers 2012 when the Kings raced into a 3-0 lead and then couldn’t put the New Jersey Devils away until Game 6. Los Angeles had a similar 3-0 lead over the New York Rangers this time out, only to let the Blueshirts off the hook in Game 4.

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“As a team I don’t think we talk about (2012) but at the same time we all know that we failed to close it off two times,” Doughty said after the Kings’ morning skate ahead of Game 5 Friday. “That’s always going to be in the back of our minds but what we can do is we can learn from that experience.

“We know what we did wrong and we know why we let them back into the series. That’s why tonight, we figure we have to close it out because the more games we give them, the more life they get. Especially here at Staples (Center), our home arena, it’s a very important game for us tonight.”

So how do you play with more desperation?

“It should just come from within,” said Doughty. “We’ve played these guys for four games now. If you’re not wanting to beat that team so bad by this point, something’s wrong with you. We’ve developed a battle, a war with these guys. They’re working their butts off and we just need to outwork them. We need to want that more. We need to play as if it is a Game 7 because we know how well this team can play in Game 7s. So why not just treat it as one tonight.”

Going into Friday, the Rangers were 5-0 when facing elimination in the 2014 playoffs. New York goalie Henrik Lundqvist led the way in such games with a 1.00 goals-against average and .971 save percentage.

The Rangers’ record in elimination games was 11-2 dating back to 2012. And New York was 8-0 at home with its back against the wall dating back to 2008.

While Kings coach Darryl Sutter downplayed the importance of the start – his answer at a pre-game media availability was a short and somewhat confusing stream of consciousness – the Rangers have held a first-period edge throughout the playoffs.

New York has outscored its opponents 26-12 in the first period this post-season, including 5-2 in the final.

“Probably our worst period,” said Doughty.

Asked what’s been the issue in the first 20 minutes, veteran Willie Mitchell offered up “Not scoring” and then laughed.

On a more serious vein, he said it was just part of the ebb and flow of the playoffs.

Rangers coach Alain Vigneault, perhaps trying to send a message, had said the Kings played their best game in the 2-1 loss Wednesday.

Kings forward Anze Kopitar said Los Angeles can play better.

“And we’ll have to play better tonight to close it off,” he said. “I think there were some positives, yes, but there’s also some stuff we can improve on and we look to do that tonight.”

Top of the list is making life more difficult for Lundqvist, who was immense in a 40-save performance in Game 4.

“Obviously he’s a good goalie and the shots he’s going to see he’s going to stop more often than not,” said Kopitar. “Just get in front of him, make it tough for him and try to get a couple of ugly ones.”

Said Doughty: “He played well last game but at the same time we didn’t do enough to get to him. We didn’t have bodies in front. He let out quite a few rebounds that we didn’t jump on last game as well.”

Friday’s game is the 26th of the playoffs for the Kings, matching a single-year NHL record set by the 1987 Flyers and 2004 Flames (who both lost seven-game series in the Cup final).

Doughty declined to guarantee a win on the night but did say: “There’s no way that we’re going to play a bad game tonight, that’s for sure.

“We are fully prepared for this game. We want this so bad. We want to win this more than them, there’s no doubt about that.”

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A Great Big World’s Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino say something about success

TORONTO — A Great Big World made its mark on the music scene last year with the anthemic “This Is the New Year” — covered by the cast of Glee — and the heartbreaking ballad “Say Something.”

The latter got a boost when Christina Aguilera added her vocals to it, propelling A Great Big World’s Ian Axel and Chad Vaccarino to stardom.

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The duo’s unabashedly fun “Everybody is Gay” is on every Pride playlist this summer and the new single “Already Home” is giving hope to folks in long distance relationships.

A Great Big World is touring in support of the album Is There Anybody Out There? and will perform June 17 at Montreal’s Corona Theatre, June 24 at the Danforth Music Hall and on the Coca-Cola Stage at the Calgary Stampede on July 10.

A day after playing at the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York City, Axel and Vaccarino spoke to Global News about their music, their success — and their living arrangements.

At what point did you realize that you made it?

Ian: Oh man, I would say when we performed at the Clive Davis pre-Grammy party and we were with all the biggest stars in the world in this one room and we were performing alongside legends. When I was on stage and looking out to see who was in the room — that was a moment for me.

Chad: I feel like Christina entering into the picture was, for me, the life-changing moment. When does that happen and how does that happen to two artists that people don’t really know of? All of sudden it felt like our lives were being changed forever.

What has surprised you most about success?

Ian: How much harder you have to work. We both always thought there’d be a moment where we made it and then everything would just be easy. But it feels like we’re working the hardest we’ve ever worked, every single day. We’ve just been working harder and harder.

Chad: Also, I feel like this has been the best learning experience for us. Both Ian and I are the most confident we’ve ever been on stage and performing. With the hard work, the success is bringing a lot of firsts for us.

Why do you think “Say Something” has resonated with so many people?

Ian: It’s probably the most honest and vulnerable we’ve ever been writing a song. And that song was our therapy. It was a healing song for us. Every song that we write is pretty much a chapter in our lives and that was a huge, really important chapter for us. I think it’s raw, it’s quiet. And maybe there’s a lot of noise out there, especially on the radio, and that song is super quiet and forces you to listen to it when it comes on. We weren’t expecting the song to do as well as it’s doing. When our label wanted to push it to radio we were actually fighting it at first because we never thought a song like that can work.

Do you write songs for yourselves and hope they connect with people or do you set out to write songs that you know people will relate to?

Chad: We usually first dive into our own psyches. Trying to be as deep as we can within ourselves to uncover some truths that we didn’t know existed. And then it comes out as trying to connect with others, trying to relate to others. For the most part it’s mainly us finding something within.

Ian: At the same time we’re not alone. It’s easy to forget that everyone experiences the same things. To know that other people are out there connecting and listening — it takes the burden off and it kind of reminds us that we’re all in this thing together.

Talk about “Everyone Is Gay” and the importance of its message.

Chad: I am most proud performing that song and even writing that song was an awesome experience for me. I was bullied as a kid for my sexuality and feeling like I didn’t identify as gay but kids would tease me for being gay. I didn’t understand it. I don’t know, it kind of haunted me up until college. It wasn’t until I met Ian and figured out a lot of things in college that I realized there’s a spectrum of sexuality and we’re all part of it and you can be gay, you can be straight, you can be somewhere in the middle. And it’s a celebration and it’s speaking to the kids who are bullied or confused — or anyone who’s confused or feeling uneasy about their sexuality. You should be who you are and you should love who you love and this is life. Your feelings are not meant to be suppressed.

How important is social media to you?

Chad: I feel like social media for us goes in spurts. There are some months where we can’t stop tweeting and some months where we need a break so we can decompress. It’s amazing to connect with your fans and to engage with your fans and again, feel like you’re not alone in this and hopefully make them feel like they’re not alone.

You guys are coming to do shows in Canada. What can fans expect?

Ian: We’re playing the album. It’s probably a little more rockier than the album, and we have a cover or two. We’re just a bunch of guys having fun on stage. It’s a little bit more of a theatrical performance than what people would expect.

Chad: People can expect to dance a lot more than cry.

They say friends don’t always make great roommates or travel companions. Are you ready to spend a lot of time together on the road?

Ian: We’ve been living together for seven years and we’ve just both signed leases for independent apartments. For the first time!

Chad: Yeah, we’re separating for the first time.

Ian: So when we are home in New York we’re not killing each other, because we’re always together.

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UPDATE: Alberta provincial court judge pleads guilty to impaired driving

Watch above: An Alberta provincial court judge has been charged with impaired driving. Paul Sully, 75, retired in April but was appointed as a part-time judge to a term that expires in 2016. Nancy Carlson has more.

EDMONTON – Judge Paul Gordon Sully of the Alberta provincial court entered a guilty plea to driving with a blood-alcohol level over .08 Monday morning.

Sully, 75, received a $1,500 fine, a $450 Victims Fine Surcharge and a 1-year driving prohibition.

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Alberta Justice confirms he tendered his resignation effective June 17.

Sully was arrested and charged with an impaired driving offence June 12.

Edmonton police say they pulled a driver over that Thursday night during a routine checkstop.

Sully was charged of impaired driving and operating a motor vehicle with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit.

“Judge Sully will not be presiding as a judge of the provincial court pending the outcome of these outstanding charges,” Terrence Matchett, chief judge of the provincial court said June 13 in an email.

Greg Lepp, head of the Alberta Crown Prosecution Service spoke briefly about the incident at that time, but would not address the specific charges laid.

“Judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers, they’re all human,” he said.

“They all do things that other people do, but it is a matter of concern when a judge is charged with an offence.

“It’s very important for the public to keep in mind that he’s innocent until proven guilty. That’s part of our system.”

Sully is a long-time judge who has presided over several high-profile cases, including last year’s fatality inquiry into the 2005 death of Jean Warden at the Devonshire Care Centre.

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Sully completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Manitoba, where he also received his law degree.

He was a lawyer at the Edmonton law firm Brownlee LLP until his appointment in 1998.

He was appointed a supernumerary, or part-time, judge in April 2014. That term was set to expire on April 25, 2016.

Lepp explained that a judge being prosecuted is not unprecedented, and that there is a procedure to make sure the prosecution is impartial.

“We have had experience, both in Alberta and elsewhere, of judges either being under investigation or charged with criminal offences,” he said.

“Ordinarily it’s handled in the fashion that we’re handling it now. We arrange for, on the prosecution side, a prosecutor who is not connected with that particular judge or that particular court.”

In this instance, a prosecutor from the Saskatchewan Crown will handle the case.

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Afghans to choose new leader amid fears of attacks – National

KABUL, Afghanistan – Afghans choose a new president Saturday in a runoff election between two candidates who both promise to improve ties with the West, combat corruption and guide the nation with a steadier hand than outgoing leader Hamid Karzai.

The Taliban, who have intensified attacks ahead of the vote, issued a new warning to stay away from the polls. Afghan troops stepped up security sharply, erecting more checkpoints, searching cars and banning trucks from the streets of the capital, Kabul.

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With the insurgency showing no signs of weakening as foreign combat troops prepare to withdraw at the end of the year, the winner will have the task of bolstering Afghanistan’s security forces while weighing the possibility of a negotiated peace with the militants. And he will have to find a way to improve the nation’s infrastructure at a time when international aid for Afghanistan is drying up.

Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai, whose differences lie more in personality than in policy, each say they would sign a long-delayed security pact with the United States. That would allow nearly 10,000 American troops to remain in the country for two more years to conduct counterterrorism operations and continue training and advising the ill-prepared Afghan army and police.

Karzai, who has grown increasingly alienated from his one-time U.S. allies during his two terms in office, has refused to sign the pact. The issue has gained urgency as Afghans have watched Islamic extremists seize large sections of Iraq nearly three years after U.S. troops withdrew from that country. Iraq’s Shiite-led government had discussed with the Americans the possibility of a residual U.S. force but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement.

“If the foreign troops leave Afghanistan, the same thing will happen,” said Afghan cleric Ghulam Hussain Naseri during a Friday sermon in a Kabul mosque.

The inconclusive first round on April 5 saw a massive turnout with voters excited about participating in the country’s first peaceful transfer of authority and choosing from eight candidates, a crowded field that threw traditional alliances in flux. Analysts have predicted less enthusiasm and a tighter race in the second round following shifting endorsements from various power brokers and other community leaders.

Abdullah emerged as the front-runner after he garnered 45 per cent of votes in the initial balloting; Ahmadzai was second with 31.6 per cent. The two have since campaigned as much for the support from their six former rivals as from Afghans themselves.

“It is very essential for whoever becomes the president to work hard for national unity and to provide opportunities for talented and well-educated people regardless of whether they were their supporters or if they supported the opposition,” said Jawed Kohistani, a political and military analyst in Kabul.

He also said the winner must move swiftly to establish an “environment of trust” with neighbouring countries and the West. “If we don’t have the support of the international community, I don’t think either of these two candidates can do magic to secure this country or have progress and development.”

Abdullah, 53, whose mother was a Tajik, draws his support mainly from that ethnicity although his father was Pashtun. During the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan, he served as adviser to and spokesman for Tajik warlord Ahmad Shah Massoud, who was assassinated by al-Qaida two days before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks.

Later that year, Abdullah became the face of Afghanistan’s anti-Taliban movement after the U.S. toppled the Taliban regime, giving frequent press conferences to international media. He served as foreign minister and then was the runner-up in Karzai’s disputed re-election in 2009.

Ahmadzai, a 64-year-old Pashtun, received a Ph.D. in anthropology from Columbia University, taught at Johns Hopkins University and worked at the World Bank. He gave up U.S. citizenship to run in the 2009 election, but received only 3 per cent of the vote. With Karzai constitutionally barred from a third term, Ahmadzai has gained the support of many Pashtuns who voted against him five years ago.

“Ashraf Ghani is the best possible candidate,” said Abdul Hakim Jan, a 24-year-old university student in the southern city of Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban. “He has a history that has proved his potential to be a great leader.”

However, Gul Ayat Badazia, a 37-year-old businessman in Kandahar, said he would not go to the polls, pointing to widespread allegations of corruption in the government and security concerns.

“No matter who wins or loses, they will all more likely be allies of the Americans and will think about their needs and wants rather than ours,” he said. “It’s like we are risking our lives for almost nothing.”

Michael O’Hanlon of the Washington-based Brookings Institution think-tank said both men would make good and competent presidents so an important factor was how others would react to their leadership.

“My guess is that Abdullah will win with a solid percentage, but we will have to see!” he said in an email interview. “I could believe either outcome. Pashtuns may decide to rally around Ghani more now that they sense an Abdullah win, for example.”

Interior Minister Mohammad Umar Daudzai said 180,000 police and soldiers would be deployed for Saturday’s vote, which comes eight days after Abdullah narrowly escaped an assassination attempt.

“The threat level is higher compared with what it was in the first round, but on the other hand we also have gained experience and we have better equipment,” he told reporters Friday at a news conference. “We are much better prepared to prevent any possible attack by the terrorists.”

Shah Mirza, 38, who sells vegetable at the side of a road in Kabul, said he couldn’t afford the risk of voting. He said the bombings targeting Abdullah as his convoy left a campaign rally in western Kabul were just about 600 metres (yards) away from his stall.

“I don’t want to come out of my house on Saturday. I am afraid that an attack could happen at any minute,” he said. “If I am killed, who will take care of my children?”

Associated Press writers Mirwais Khan in Kandahar and Kim Gamel in Cairo contributed to this report.

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34 sick in Canada following salmonella outbreak linked to chia seeds

TORONTO – A salmonella outbreak linked to chia seeds has left at least 21 Americans and 34 Canadians from four provinces sick, health officials say.

In Canada, six people in B.C., four in Alberta, 22 in Ontario and two in Quebec have reported sickness from eating products with sprouted chia seeds. Last month, the Public Health Agency of Canada recalled the products and removed them from grocery store shelves because of possible salmonella contamination. Five cases led to hospitalizations.

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On Friday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the U.S. issued a new warning to consumers who may eat chia powder, made from ground chia seeds and often added to smoothies and other foods for its health benefits. There, 21 people in 12 states have fallen ill.

READ MORE: National recall issued after salmonella outbreak linked to chia seeds

The Canadian recall includes chia seed products under the brands Organic Traditions, Back 2 the Garden, Intuitive Path SuperFoods, Harmonic Arts Botanical Dispensary, Naturallyorganic, and Peter’s Gluten Free.

Read the Canadian consumer warning here.

Read the CDC consumer warning here.

The products have a long shelf life, so health officials say they might still be in people’s homes. If you have these brands of chia seeds in your home, don’t eat them.

Chia seeds have been touted as a nutrition supplement that help in weight loss.

Those suffering from a salmonella infection usually experience fever, digestive problems and chills.

In healthy people it often clears up without treatment.

– With files from the Canadian Press

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City looks to smart meters for utility readings – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – A report heading to Saskatoon’s planning and operations committee is recommending the development and implementation of smart meters.

Administration officials said if the recommendation is accepted, it could save the city tens of millions of dollars over a 20-year period while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

A study carried out last fall looked at the feasibility and cost of installing smart meters for power and water readings.

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“Our investigation confirmed an AMI system offers many benefits to our customers and the City,” said Trevor Bell, the director of Saskatoon Light & Power.

“Customers would receive monthly bills based on the actual amount of electricity and water they use. This would eliminate reliance on estimated usage between meter readings, and help residents manage their electricity and water,” said Bell.

The system would also be able to detect unusual consumption patterns.

The total capital cost is estimated at $24.31 million and system operation costs are estimated at $22.1 million. The project would pay for itself in just over 11 years with total projected savings of $76.1 million over a 20-year period.

Some of those savings will come from the costs associated with manual meter readings. Along with reduced labour costs, there would be a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions – the equivalent of removing over 685 cars from Saskatoon roads each year.

Revenue lost from meter failures would also be reduced.

If the recommendation is approved, customers who already have smart meters installed would have them read electronically by the end of 2015.

SaskPower and SaskEnergy are currently replacing and upgrading meters in Saskatchewan with smart meters in a joint project.

The report heads to the planning and operations committee on June 17.

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Winners and losers from the E3 video-game show

LOS ANGELES – The 2014 Electronic Entertainment Expo wasn’t as dramatic as last year’s, when Sony and Microsoft were battling for attention in advance of the fall debuts of their new game consoles, the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

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This year, the focus was on new games to play on those machines, so those of us who attended E3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center this week had a lot more fun. And the competition is far from over. Here are some winners and losers from the video-game industry’s biggest convention.


Consumers have bought a few million more PS4s than Xbox Ones, but that doesn’t mean Sony can rest on its laurels. Upcoming PS4 games include the steampunk thriller “The Order: 1886,” new installments of the popular “Uncharted” and “LittleBigPlanet” franchises, and a promising batch of games from smaller studios, like the psychedelic journey “Entwined” and the sci-fi exploration game “No Man’s Sky.” The Xbox One countered with the goofy “Sunset Overdrive,” the haunting “Ori and the Blind Forest” and new chapters of the “Halo,” ”Forza Horizon” and “Crackdown” series.

WINNER: Xbox, by a very slim margin.


The Wii U has had a rough time in the market, but Nintendo rewarded its diehard fans this year. There’s a new “Legend of Zelda” game (finally!) on the way. “Splatoon” brings Nintendo-style whimsy to the online shooter. “Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker” is a delightful puzzle game. And the Amiibo line, which connects real-world toys of Mario, Donkey Kong and the rest of Nintendo’s heroes to their digital counterparts, has collectors psyched.

WINNER: Nintendo.

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The most heavily hyped technology at E3 involved strapping on a headset and immersing your senses in 3-D virtual reality. Sony showed a few simple demos for its Project Morpheus device, letting you swing swords at a dummy or luge down a busy highway. The Oculus Rift inserts you right into Sega’s terrifying “Alien: Isolation,” a Mario-style platform game called “Lucky’s Tale” and the time-bending shooter “SuperHot.” I’m still skeptical about VR’s viability — neither headset is particularly comfortable — but Oculus is clearly further along.

WINNER: Oculus.


The buzziest demos at E3 were 2K Games’ four-versus-one monster hunt “Evolve,” Ubisoft’s five-on-five SWAT team drama “Rainbow Six: Siege” and Nintendo’s four-on-four paintball competition “Splatoon.” There were a few solo acts like Sony’s “The Order” on the floor, but if you want to play the hottest games this year and next, you had better find some friends.

WINNER: multiplayer.


Motion-detecting game devices that force you to get off the sofa were all the rage a few years ago, thanks to Nintendo’s Wii and Microsoft’s Kinect. But now that you can buy an Xbox One without Kinect, you can sit down. I saw just one new Kinect game — Harmonix’s “Dance Central Spotlight” — and nothing in the Wii U lineup will burn any calories.

WINNER: sitting.

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B.C. pledges end to aboriginal violence

NORTH VANCOUVER, B.C. – British Columbia’s premier signed an agreement with First Nations and Metis leaders Friday pledging to end violence against aboriginal women and girls, acknowledging that a history of colonialism and racism has left scars that continue to put the province’s most vulnerable people in danger.

But the memorandum of understanding did not come with any specific plans for new policies or programs and follows criticism that the government has been slow to heed previous calls for change.

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Premier Christy Clark gathered at a First Nations community centre in North Vancouver to sign an agreement with the First Nations Summit, the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, the B.C. Assembly of First Nations and Metis Nation B.C.

The one-page document says the signatories recognize that aboriginal women and girls suffer disproportionately high levels of violence, which it says is rooted in years of “colonial policies and practices that sought to exclude aboriginal people economically and socially, and attempted to destroy their culture.”

The government and the aboriginal groups agreed to set priorities and then develop policies to address them. The document says they’ll meet at least once a year to track their progress.

“Victims live with shame, they live with guilt, they live with the fear that if they speak out it will only get worse,” said Clark.

“In publicly acknowledging it, we give permission for those who witness it to speak out, because no one deserves to be a victim of violence.”

Clark used the event to announce an additional $400,000 in government funding for the Giving Voice project, which helps communities speak out against violence against women and girls.

Aboriginal leaders praised the provincial government, while promising to do everything they can to ensure Friday’s event is more than just a photo-op.

“We need to make sure that we take concrete steps so this is not an event where photographs can be taken but that this is the start of something meaningful,” said Chief Jody Wilson-Raybould, regional chief for the B.C. Assembly of First Nations.

“We must do better for our women and girls.”

Many speakers, including Clark, said poverty and inequality were the root causes of violence, and those issues must be addressed to keep women and girls safe.

B.C. has a dark history of such violence, with dozens of aboriginal women and girls, many of them living in poverty on the margins of society, disappearing or being murdered during the past several decades.

That phenomenon was put into stark relief by the Robert Pickton serial killer case, which prompted a public inquiry that examined not only that case but also the broader issues related to missing and murdered women. A report, released in December 2012 by commissioner Wally Oppal, included more than 60 recommendations.

The province has faced criticism that it has been slow to adopt those recommendations.

The government released its own status report last fall that listed only two recommendations as complete — both of which were announced the day the Pickton inquiry report was released.

Oppal’s report also contained several recommendations to address the so-called Highway of Tears, a stretch of highway in the province’s north where at least 18 women and girls have been murdered or have disappeared. Despite publicly claiming it was busy consulting on the issue, as of early May, the government had held only one meeting with local governments in the previous year and a half.

On Friday, Clark insisted the government had made “significant” progress on the Oppal report, though she declined to provide any examples, instead leaving that for an updated status report expected in the coming months.

A government spokesman later noted several things the province has done in recent months to address the Oppal report, such as announcing compensation for the children of missing and murdered women, revising missing-person legislation for cases involving vulnerable people, tweaking a number of other laws related to the justice system, and announcing funding and grants for community groups.

The premier also suggested the issues raised in the Oppal report are not the same as the focus of Friday’s agreement.

“It’s related to some of the other discussions that we’ve had about the Oppal report and missing women, but it’s also different,” Clark said after the signing event.

“We are absolutely committed to making sure we address these issues of domestic violence across our society, but recognizing that aboriginal women feel domestic violence more often than other women. It’s wrong and it’s going to need a really careful and targeted approach.”


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