World Cup 2014: Storm and Jango’s Picks – Toronto

Follow Global Toronto as Storm the Weather Dog and Jango the Sports Dog challenge each other for World Cup supremacy.

Both pooches will select their daily picks for the duration of the tournament, which includes an option for draws.

At the end, we’ll find out who the top dog really is.


Current Score: 

JANGO – 24 (37%)
STORM – 25 (38%)


World Cup Final:

Germany vs Argentina
Jango  – Germany (winner, 1-0)
Storm  – Germany (winner, 1-0)


Third Place Game:

Brazil vs Netherlands
Jango  – Netherlands (winner, 3-0)
Storm  – Netherlands (winner, 3-0)


Semi-Finals:

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Germany vs Brazil
Jango – Brazil
Storm – Germany (winner, 7-1)

Argentina vs Netherlands
Jango  – Argentina (winner, 0-0, 4-2 on pk)
Storm – Argentina (winner, 0-0, 4-2 on pk)


Quarter-Finals:

France vs Germany
Jango  – Germany (winner, 1-0)
Storm – France

Brazil vs Colombia
Jango – Brazil (winner, 2-1)
Storm – Brazil (winner, 2-1)

Belgium vs Argentina
Jango – Belgium
Storm – Belgium

*Argentina wins

Costa Rica vs Netherlands
Jango – Netherlands (winner, 0-0, 4-3 on pk)
Storm  – Costa Rica


Round of 16:

Brazil vs Chile
Jango – Brazil (winner, 1-1, 3-2 on pk)
Storm  – Brazil (winner, 1-1, 3-2 on pk)

Uruguay vs Colombia
Jango – Uruguay
Storm  – Uruguay

*Colombia wins 2-0

Mexico vs Netherlands
Jango – Mexico
Storm  – Mexico

*Netherlands wins 2-1

Greece vs Costa Rica
Jango – Greece
Storm  – Costa Rica (winner, 1-1, 5-3 on pk)

France vs Nigeria
Jango – Nigeria
Storm  – Nigeria

*France wins 2-0

Germany vs Algeria
Jango – Germany (winner, 2-1)
Storm – Germany (winner, 2-1)

Switzerland vs Argentina
Jango – Argentina (winner, 1-0)
Storm – Argentina (winner, 1-0)

United States vs Belgium
Jango – United States
Storm – Belgium (winner, 2-1)


Day 15 Picks:

Ghana vs Portugal
Jango  – Portugal (winner, 2-1)
Storm  – Draw

Germany vs United States
Jango – Germany (winner, 1-0)
Storm  – Germany (winner, 1-0)

Belgium vs Korea Republic
Jango – Korea Republic
Storm – Belgium (winner, 1-0)

Russia vs Algeria
Jango – Draw (winner, 1-1)
Storm  – Russia


Day 14 Picks:

Iran vs Bosnia-Herzegovina
Jango – Draw
Storm – Draw

*Bosnia-Herzegovina won 3-1

Argentina vs Nigeria
Jango – Argentina (winner, 3-2)
Storm – Draw

Switzerland vs Honduras
Jango – Switzerland (winner, 3-0)
Storm – Honduras

France vs Ecauador
Jango – Draw (winner, 0-0)
Storm – Ecuador


Day 13 Picks:

Costa Rica vs England
Jango – Costa Rica
Storm  – England

*Draw, 0-0

Uruguay vs Italy
Jango – Draw
Storm – Draw

*Uruguay won 1-0

Greece vs Cote d’Ivoire
Jango – Cote d’Ivoire
Storm – Greece (winner, 2-1)

Japan vs Colombia
Jango – Colombia (winner, 4-1)
Storm – Japan


Day 12 Picks:

Spain vs Australia
Jango – Draw
Storm – Australia

*Spain won 3-0

Chile vs Netherlands
Jango – Draw
Storm – Netherlands (winner, 2-0)

Brazil vs Cameroon
Jango – Brazil (winner, 4-1)
Storm – Draw

Mexico vs Croatia
Jango – Croatia
Storm  – Draw

*Mexico won 3-1


Day 11 Picks:

Russia vs Belgium
Jango – Draw
Storm – Belgium (winner, 1-0)

Algeria vs Korea Republic
Jango – Draw
Storm – Draw

*Algeria won 4-2

Portugal vs United States
Jango – United States
Storm – United States

*Draw, 2-2


Day 10 Picks:

Iran vs Argentina
Jango – Draw
Storm – Draw

*Argentina won 1-0

Ghana vs Germany
Jango – Draw (winner, 2-2)
Storm – Germany

Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Nigeria
Jango – Bosnia-Herzegovina
Storm – Draw

*Nigeria won 1-0


Day 9 Picks:

Italy vs Costa Rica
Jango  – Italy
Storm  – Costa Rica (winner, 1-0)

Switzerland vs France
Jango  – Switzerland
Storm  – Switzerland

*France won 5-2

Honduras vs Ecuador
Jango  – Honduras
Storm  – Honduras

*Ecuador won 2-1


Day 8 Picks:

Cote d’Ivoire vs Colombia
Jango – Cote d’Ivoire
Storm – Draw

*Colombia won 2-1

England vs Uruguay
Jango – Draw
Storm – Uruguay (winner, 2-1)

Greece vs Japan
Jango – Japan
Storm – Japan

*Draw, 0-0


Day 7 Picks:

Netherlands vs Australia
Jango – Netherlands (winner, 3-2)
Storm – Netherlands (winner, 3-2)

Chile vs Spain
Jango – Draw
Storm – Chile (winner, 2-0)

Croatia vs Cameroon
Jango – Draw
Storm – Croatia (winner, 4-0)


Day 6 Picks:

Algeria vs Belgium

Jango – Draw

Storm – Draw

*Belgium won 2-1

Mexico vs Brazil

Jango – Mexico

Storm – Draw (winner, 0-0)

Korea Republic vs Russia

Jango – Korea Republic

Storm – Russia

*Draw, 0-0


Day 5 PICKS: 

Portugal vs Germany

Jango – Portugal

Storm – Draw

*Germany won 4-0

Nigeria vs Iran

Jango – Draw (winner, 0-0)

Storm – Iran

USA vs Ghana

Jango – USA (winner, 2-1)

Storm – USA (winner, 2-1)


Day 4 PICKS:

Ecuador vs Switzerland

Jango – Ecuador

Storm – Draw

*Switzerland won 2-1

Honduras vs France

Jango – Honduras

Storm – Draw

*France won 3-0

Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Argentina

Jango – Argentina (winner, 2-1)

Storm – Argentina (winner, 2-1)


Day 3 PICKS:

Columbia vs Greece

Jango – Greece

Storm – Greece

*Columbia won 3-0

Uruguay vs Costa Rica

Jango  – Uruguay

Storm  – Uruguay

*Costa Rica won 3-1

Italy vs England 

Jango  – Italy (winner, 2-1)

Storm  – England

Ivory Coast vs Japan

Jango  – Japan

Storm – Japan

*Ivory Coast won 2-1


DAY 2 PICKS:

Cameroon vs Mexico

Jango – Cameroon

Storm – Mexico (winner, 1-0)

Netherlands vs Spain

Jango – Draw

Storm – Spain

*Netherlands won 5-1

Australia vs Chile

Jango – Australia

Storm – Draw

*Chile won 3-1


DAY 1 PICKS:

Cameroon vs Mexico

Jango – Brazil (winner, 3-1)

Storm  – Brazil (winner, 3-1)

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Monday June 16th on The Morning News – Halifax

At 6:45, have we got a wake-up call for you! Artistic Director Andy Thompson of the Vancouver based theatre company The Virtual Stage will be in to talk about his hilarious, smash hit, sci-fi musical sex comedy called Broken Sex Doll. The play is being touted as “the Next Big Thing in Canadian Theatre” and will be showing in Halifax during The Magnetic North Theatre Festival.

We have surpassed the half-way point for the month of June, so the countdown is on to summer vacation.  But before you bring on the beach days and road trips, it’s good to have a game plan. At 7:15 we’ll talk with Tasha Richard – director of marketing and operations for Kids & Company about how to get your kids ready for the busy summer months ahead.

Whether you’re a first-time home buyer or a real estate veteran, there’s still always something to learn about buying or selling a home. At 7:45 we get another visit from radio and TV personality Vanessa Roman. The Halifax based realtor will give us some Real Estate Smarts!

At 8:15 we’ll talk with best-selling author Terry Fallis about his latest book “No Relation”. His journey into writing is like so many authors before him. He’s an engineer and hovercraft designer who got into politics — then started his own communications consulting business. Naturally — that path led him to become an award-winning author of humorous fiction.

 Musician Stephen MacDougall is no newcomer to the Right Some Good Pop-Up Food Festival.In fact the Slowcoaster front man has gone to great heights to ensure his performance in past years. We’ll chat with him before to his gig aboard HMCS Preserver Monday at 8:45.

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Father’s Day: How fatherhood changes a man’s brain

TORONTO —As a bachelor, he could sleep through a fire alarm — now, he wakes up to his baby’s soft cries in the middle of the night. His testosterone levels cool off. Once relaxed, now worried. He’s looking after the survival of another human being after all. It takes him a few weeks to get the hang of it, but a man grows into the role of fatherhood pretty well.

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But men don’t have the same head start on parenthood the way women do. For starters, they aren’t pregnant for nine months, they don’t deliver their offspring and they don’t breastfeed, all events that prime moms for the lifelong bond they’ll have with their child.

But dad is there, alongside every step of the way. “Fathers are responding to many cues from their partners — olfactory, pheremonal, gustatory,” Dr. Craig Kinsley told Global News.

Then, there’s their child — or their ‘investment,’ in survival terms.

“Dads play an integral role in the parenting care and protection of their young…once he sees that baby looking at him or grasping his fingertip, and realizing that he or she is his child. It’s a rush,” Kinsley, a father of two, explained. Kinsley’s also a University of Richmond neuroscientist.

To mark Father’s Day, Global News talked to leading researchers studying how fatherhood changes a man’s health, not just physically, but mentally. Research on men’s health in the early stages of parenting is fleeting compared to moms, but the findings paint a pretty cute picture of a dad, throwing himself into perhaps the biggest job he’ll ever take on.

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“My experience of holding our baby daughter is really transcendent and arresting, perhaps ineffable,” according to Dr. James Swain, who became a father to a baby girl just over a month ago.

“Some have written about this and even suspected that the experience may share something with religious or spiritual experiences. When she is upset, hungry, uncomfortable, I feel great empathic concern,” the University of Michigan professor, described.

It’s only been a matter of weeks for the Canadian neuroscientist, but he’s riding a rollercoaster of emotions, “complete with high hopes and terrible worries,” as he puts it.

And it involves a pretty steep learning curve.

Brain imaging data suggests that dads aren’t as responsive as mothers to their baby’s cry at the two-to-four-week period, but by 12 to 16 weeks, their responsiveness has improved, according to Swain.

“We have good evidence that fathers, like mothers, experienced heightened ‘obsessive-like’ anxiety about the safety of their baby,” he explained.

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In new research about to be published, Dr. Pilyoung Kim documents how daddy’s brain transforms as fatherhood sets in.

His testosterone levels are reduced, so he’s less aggressive and his mating instincts taper off. The reward and motivation regions of the brain grow, making way for those feel-good chemicals to flood their system.

“Those structural changes help increase fathers’ experience with their babies during the postpartum period, that’s our speculation,” Kim, a University of Denver neuroscientist, explained.

In animal literature, these transformations are critical for men to express their paternal behaviour. “It’s exciting to see [in humans],” she said.

Women go through the same thing as their bodies gear up for motherhood. Kim hasn’t noted shrinkage in parts of the brain in women, but in her latest research, she did in men.

READ MORE: Newborn baby’s smell is as addictive as drugs or food, study says

It was in the orbitofrontal cortex — used in critical thinking and decision-making. It’s activated most when we’re stressed, or trying to decipher ambiguous information, Kim explained. So why did this part of the brain shrink in new fathers?

“We were surprised at the findings at first but when we looked more closely it made sense,” she said. As a dad decoded what his baby’s smile, laugh and cry (maybe even smell) meant, perhaps their worries faded away.

“After the first few months, fathers would learn that they can manage the anxiety and stress associated with parenting. It’d become less uncertain,” Kim told Global News. Their increase in the reward centre may also mean that they’ve prioritized the reward centre over using this stressed-out portion of the brain, she posited.

But it’s a gradual process. Kim said that it can take almost a full year for dads to feel emotionally attached to their babies, unlike moms whose connection is almost instant and visceral. It might be because traditionally, men would immediately go back to work, instead of rearing their child, nursing him, cleaning up after him.

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(Dad can go into the office and focus on work, unlike mom who, according to one study, thinks of her new baby every seven minutes. The researchers suggest that it’s because dads know their partners are diligently looking after the safety and survival of their child. Instead, he can worry about providing for his brood.)

If dad puts in the work, his bond with baby flourishes, though. Take Dr. Ruth Feldman’s research, for example.

The researcher at the Bar-Ilan University in Israel, in a recent study out last month, showed that dads who spent more time with their newborn encountered emotions similar to what moms who were the primary caregiver went through.

It’s not as simple as watching the baby for 20 minutes while your wife showers, either.

“The amount of direct caregiving each father does, the amount of time he has alone with his child really having to give a parental role without mother, the more activation [in the brain] there was,” Feldman told Global News.

Her findings are based on 20 moms who were the primary caregivers, 21 dads who were secondary caregivers and 48 homosexual dads who were primary caregivers in their committed relationships.

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The moms in the study had amygdala activity, the hotspot for memories and emotions like worrying, that was five times stronger than dads who took the passenger seat in parenting. Dads, on the other hand, had activity in their superior temporal sulcus – the part of the brain used to read faces and piece together speech.

If dads were the primary caregiver though, both “parenting” regions of the brain were activated.

Something to keep in mind: the division of labour in today’s households is changing. Dads cook, clean and some even stay at home to look after the kids.

“The more fathers are going to take an active role the more we’ll see the brain changes we’re talking about. Father’s brain and mother’s brain are going to be much more comparable,” Feldman explained.

If changes to his brain were happening to Kinsley, he didn’t feel it.

“I do remember how incredibly satisfying it was, how good it felt to cuddle my kids, to hold them. A smile had a huge effect on me too, and I remember the literal physical warmth it brought,” he explained.

While mom and baby share a kindred connection, the researchers are certain dads are crucial too.

“At the risk of sounding defensive, father-baby bonds can be just as intense,” Swain said.

Canadian scientist Dr. James Swain with his newborn daughter. (Photo courtesy Dr. James Swain)

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Police locate stolen truck following fatal hit and run; search for suspect continues – Edmonton

Watch above: An Edmonton father of two was run over and killed by his own truck as he tried to stop it from being stolen Friday morning in northeast Edmonton. Kendra Slugoski, Quinn Ohler and Fletcher Kent have group coverage of the story and the manhunt that followed. WARNING: The details of the story are disturbing.

EDMONTON – Edmonton police have located the blue Dodge Ram truck they were searching for following a fatal hit and run near Rundle Park Friday morning.

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The truck was found at the back of a residence in the area of 112 Ave. and 94 St., around 6:30 p.m. Friday.

“At this point it would appear that there is no cause or relationship between the address and the truck,” said Insp. Regan James with the Edmonton Police Service.

Officers say a member of the public spotted the vehicle and called police. The truck has since been towed away from the scene.

“It’s one of those situations where clearly the public really stepped up their game and came out and helped us and we’re very grateful for that,” added James.

Police say they are now in the process of interviewing people in the area, and the hunt for the male suspect continues.

Edmonton police locate stolen truck following fatal hit and run Friday, June 14, 2014.

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Edmonton police locate stolen truck following fatal hit and run Friday, June 14, 2014.

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Edmonton police release photos of the blue Dodge Ram, taken in traffic on Friday, June 13, 2014, and include the suspect.

Courtesy: Edmonton Police Service

Edmonton police release photos of the blue Dodge Ram, taken in traffic on Friday, June 13, 2014, and include the suspect.

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Edmonton police release photos of the blue Dodge Ram, Friday, June 13, 2014.

Courtesy: Edmonton Police Service

Edmonton police release photos of the blue Dodge Ram, taken in traffic on Friday, June 13, 2014, and include the suspect.

Courtesy: Edmonton Police Service

Edmonton police release photos of the blue Dodge Ram, taken in traffic on Friday, June 13, 2014, and include the suspect.

Courtesy: Edmonton Police Service

The manhunt began Friday morning after a 33-year-old father was run over and killed by his own truck as he tried to stop it from being stolen.

Witnesses said the man was hanging onto the back of the blue Dodge truck when he fell off and was dragged under.

“I looked up and I seen a gentleman trying to get into his vehicle,” said Nicole Nault. “Somebody was inside the vehicle, obviously stealing it. They had hit the gas, pinned it, and the gentleman got stuck under the wheels.

“I seen it. I seen the wife. I seen the gentleman hit the cement. I kind of know CPR, so I was going to go offer assistance because she was, like, hysterical. She wasn’t going to be able to help him at all. When I get over there, there was no help to be had.”

“I heard somebody yelling,” said Scott Pfiefle, who lives in the area. “I heard tires peeling out. I looked out my window and seen the truck bounce over somebody and I ran out of my house.

“My first thought was the guy needs help,” he added. “So I ran out and seen him laying in a pool of his blood.”

Pfiefle said police then had them all back away.

“I just kind of stayed with the wife. She really needed to be calmed down. So, I just kind of helped her out.”

The Dodge truck was the second one stolen Friday morning, said Insp. Brian Nowlan.  Police first received reports of a stolen blue Ford half-ton truck around 8 a.m. It ended up in heavy traffic during the morning commute, so for safety reasons, police did not pursue it.

Scene of a fatal hit and run at 2908 116A Ave. in northeast Edmonton. June 13, 2014.

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Scene of a fatal hit and run at 2908 116A Ave. in northeast Edmonton. June 13, 2014.

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Scene of a fatal hit and run at 2908 116A Ave. in northeast Edmonton. June 13, 2014.

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Scene of a fatal hit and run at 2908 116A Ave. in northeast Edmonton. June 13, 2014.

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An hour later, an officer found the truck ditched a few blocks away from the scene of the hit and run at 2908-116 A Ave., in a housing complex called Parkridge Estates. A witness told police they saw a man and a woman peering into nearby condos.

Police spotted the couple and chased them down, catching the woman. The other suspect, a native man in his 30s, escaped. He jumped in to the victim’s Dodge, which was running.

“Just as the vehicle started to reverse he saw an individual come from a nearby yard and drape himself across the back of the box,” said Nowlan.  “As the vehicle continued to reverse, the individual that was on the back came off the vehicle and ended up underneath the vehicle and was run over.”

The suspect drove south through the nearby Rundle Park onto 102 Avenue.

While the stolen truck has been located, city police are still searching for the suspect, who is described as an Aboriginal male, in his 30s, approximately 6’0”to 6’2” with a medium build, medium length brown/black hair, and may be wearing jeans with a red and white horizontal striped shirt.

Witnesses at the housing complex said the victim had two young children, a boy and a girl, and used his truck for work.

“He’s a hard working man, just supporting his family,” said friend Jeff Jackson. “That was his work truck, so he was trying to stop it… That’s all he has.”

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is also investigating because the case involves a police pursuit.

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Bob Nicholson joins Oilers as vice-chair of new sports & entertainment company – Edmonton

Watch above: A well-known name in the hockey world is joining the Katz Group. But the move is not about the Oilers, instead what’s seen as future business opportunities. Vinesh Pratap explains.

EDMONTON – Bob Nicholson has been hired as the vice-chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group, a new sports and entertainment company that will manage the Katz Group’s sports and entertainment assets, and operate Rogers Place.

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“I think I’m going to really enjoy this. We’re going to build this into the best job and the best sport and entertainment organization,” said Nicholson.

Nicholson recently retired as president and CEO of Hockey Canada, although he will remain vice-president of the International Ice Hockey Federation until 2016.

Nicholson has made it clear his relationship with Oilers management – particularly Kevin Lowe, who’s helped Hockey Canada pick the past four Olympic teams – is a major reason why he accepted the position.

“It was the main reason that I’m sitting here today. It’s been a long and special relationship with Kevin over 14 years.”

“I have a great deal of respect for Bob, that goes without saying. We’ve got a great relationship, and he’s as passionate about fixing the Oilers as we all are,” said Kevin Lowe, Oilers President of Hockey Operations.

WATCH: Bob Nicholson is introduced as the new vice-chairman of the Oilers Entertainment Group

Nicholson’s relationship with Oilers Owner Daryl Katz also played a factor in accepting the job.

“I got to know him through Kevin and Wayne Gretzky, and I’ve been in touch with Daryl ever since.”

Nicholson’s duties will include securing major sponsorships and events, but he says his primary initial responsibility will be operating the new downtown arena.

“There’s a big vision coming. I get excited when I drove down here today and you see the big hole in the middle of the city. How we’re going to change this city, and there’s going to be more on top of that,” said Nicholson.

Lowe says he’ll also lean on Nicholson for input about hockey related issues.

“He’ll be as involved as much as we can get him, and I know that’ll be a massive addition to this organization.”

Rexall Sports also owns the Edmonton Oil Kings, the Oklahoma City Barons (AHL) and the Bakersfield Condors (ECHL).

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Canadian assistant referee Joe Fletcher to make World Cup debut

TORONTO – Canadian assistant referee Joe Fletcher will work his first game at the World Cup on Saturday when Colombia plays Greece.

The Group C game is at the Estadio Mineirao in Belo Horizonte.

Fletcher, a 37-year-old chartered accountant from St. Catharines, Ont., is part of a crew that also includes American referee Mark Geiger and fellow assistant Sean Hurd.

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The Canadian-American trio has already officiated at the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup, the 2012 Olympics and the 2011 FIFA U-20 World Cup, among other tournaments.

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Winnipeg assistant referee Hector Vergara worked the 2002, 2006 and 2010 World Cups. Werner Winsemann was the first Canadian referee at the World Cup, working the 1974 and ’78 finals.

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Israel soldiers search West Bank for missing teens – National

WATCH ABOVE: Israel has been reinforcing troops in the occupied West Bank on Saturday to step up searches for three Israeli teenagers believed to have been abducted by Palestinians, a military source said.

JERUSALEM – Israeli soldiers searched the West Bank on Friday for three missing teenagers from nearby settlements, one of them a U.S. citizen, amid fears Palestinian militants abducted them, authorities said.

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Israel police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said one of the missing teens called police to say the three had been kidnapped, without giving additional details. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed the Palestinian Authority for their disappearance without elaborating, saying he held the government responsible for their safety.

Netanyahu told the teens’ families that Israel is “making every effort” to find them, his office said in a statement.

Palestinian authorities could not be reached for comment and no one immediately claimed responsibility for the teens’ possible abduction.

Two Israeli defence officials said authorities believed the teens likely were kidnapped by Palestinian militants, without elaborating. They spoke on condition of anonymity as they were not allowed to brief journalists.

Brig. Gen. Motti Almoz, a military spokesman, said that military and intelligence forces were involved in the search for the missing teens.

“The main mission is to ensure their return,” Almoz said. He refused to offer any other details, saying it would compromise the operation.

Tsuri Tsuf, a spokesman for a settlement where one of the teens is from, told Israel’s Channel 10 television that his community was “greatly worried” and gathered to pray for the safety of the youths. The station reported the teenagers hitched a ride the night before from their Yeshiva, or religious seminary, and had not been seen since.

Authorities found a burned-out car during their search that investigators were examining, local media reported.

Israel’s Shin Bet intelligence agency initially imposed a gag order Friday morning blocking local media from reporting on the incident. Later, an official familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press that one of the teens was an American and that Israeli authorities notified U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as he wasn’t authorized to publicly brief journalists.

The three teens are from settlements in the West Bank, territory Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 Mideast war and that Palestinians are demanding as part of their future state along with the Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem.

If Palestinians abducted the teens, it would be the first serious incident to challenge relations with Israel since the formation of a Palestinian unity government earlier this month, led by President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and backed by the Islamic militant group Hamas. The move was meant to end a crippling rift between Abbas and Hamas after a violent split between the rival Palestinian groups in 2007. Israel and the West consider Hamas a terror group because it has carried out suicide bombings and other deadly attacks targeting civilians.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called Abbas to talk about the missing teenagers and likely will call Netanyahu as well, a senior State Department official said. The official was not authorized to discuss the matter by name and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Hamas frequently calls for the abduction of Israelis. The Israeli military has said it has foiled multiple Palestinian kidnapping attempts in recent years and warns soldiers and civilians not to accept rides from strangers. Despite the warnings, hitchhiking remains common in Israel.

While such incidents are relatively rare, it would not the first instance of Palestinians abducting Israelis.

Last year, a Palestinian lured an Israeli soldier to a village in the West Bank and killed him with the intention of trading the body for his jailed brother. And in 2001, a Palestinian woman lured an Israeli teenage boy over the Internet to the West Bank where he was killed by waiting Palestinian gunmen.

The woman, Amna Muna, was released in 2011 along with over a thousand other Palestinian prisoners in exchange for a single Israeli soldier, Gilad Schalit, held captive in Gaza by Hamas-allied militants for more than five years.

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Wynne won: Here’s what she promised – Toronto

TORONTO – The results are in: Kathleen Wynne is still Ontario’s premier, and she has a larger mandate than ever.

After you’re done celebrating, weeping, or defending yourself because  hey, you voted for Kodos, here’s a primer of what you should expect from Wynne’s government based on the promises she made in her election-triggering budget and the election campaign.

The budget

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Kathleen Wynne promised to re-introduce their budget within 20 days of being elected. The budget featured a higher than previously projected deficit and several new spending initiatives along with new taxes for smokers, aviators and the wealthy.

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Transit Funding

Transit was a large part of Wynne’s strategy heading into the election: she promised several new revenue tools – including a hike to aviation and tobacco taxes – to fill in the gap created by diverting roughly $740 million each year to building new transit in the province.

Some of their priority projects include the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (whose construction is already well under way, as anyone who’s tried to navigate Eglinton recently knows), the Brampton LRT, the electrification of some GO Transit lines, an extension of the Yonge line north to Vaughan and the badly-needed relief line.

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The Ontario Pension Plan

One of Wynne’s biggest promises from the budget and the campaign was a made-in-Ontario pension plan.  If passed, employees will have to contribute 1.9 per cent of their annual income that will be matched by their employers.

Government estimates suggest this will raise approximately $3.5 billion to be invested by a board operating “at arm’s length” from the government.

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Less ‘red tape’ to buy booze

The Liberals promised to remove some of the “red tape” associated with getting a drink in the province. This likely just means being able to buy some alcohol in larger grocery stores (not in corner stores, as some suggested) but the party was loath to release details – so this is something to watch.

24-7 access to primary health care by 2018

Wynne promised during the campaign that by 2018, all Ontarians would have guaranteed access to 24/7 primary health care by 2018. The Ontario Medical Association suggests that more than 700,000 Ontarians lack access to primary care.

“But that is our commitment, to reach all of these Ontarians. It’s my commitment as the leader of the Liberal party and what we will follow through on if I am privileged to be premier after June 12,” Wynne said when announcing the promise.

The Drive Clean program

Wynne has promised to keep the Drive Clean program despite a Global News investigation found newer model cars almost never fail.

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Health care

Wynne has promised hospital expansion, a hike to health worker pay, expanding the province’s mental health strategy and children’s health benefits for low-income families.

Social assistance

Wynne has promised to hike rates for welfare, Ontario Child Benefit and Ontario Disability Support Program, as well as extending health benefits – for prescription drugs, for example – to kids in low-income families. She’s also pledged money for affordable housing.

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Doug Ford suggests enema for ailing Ontario PCs – Toronto

TORONTO – The Progressive Conservatives will soon be looking for a new leader and Doug Ford isn’t ruling anything out.

“The doors always open,” he told reporters at city hall Friday morning. “I can’t answer that right now.”

Ford had previously mused about leaving city hall for Queen’s Park but didn’t seek a nomination in the last election.

He did however offer some medical advice to cure the PC’s ailments less than 24 hours after a stunning loss to Kathleen Wynne’s liberals.

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“I think the PC party needs an enema from top to bottom,” he said.

Wynne led the Liberals to a majority government in Thursday’s general election, while Tim Hudak’s Progressive Conservatives lost seats, forcing Hudak to announce he is resigning as leader.

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Wynne’s victory, despite ongoing scandals incolving MaRS, deleted emails and the cancelled gas plants may in fact mean good things for Rob Ford, his brother said.

“It means people in Ontario are willing to give second chances,” he said.

The mayor has been at a treatment facility near Muskoka since early in May but plans on re-entering the mayoral campaign in July.

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Wynne wins majority: does Ontario need electoral reform? – Toronto

TORONTO – Kathleen Wynne is still the premier of Ontario.

While the conservatives have 27 seats and the NDP 21, the Greens, the party of choice for 233,262 people, picked up zero.

Provincial and federal elections in Canada use the “first-past-the-post” system to elect politicians. That means whoever has the plurality of votes wins an entire riding. While at first glance, that makes sense, it also leaves thousands of voters effectively disenfranchised: If the party you voted for doesn’t win your riding, your vote becomes effectively useless.

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Is it time to think about doing things differently?

“Most European countries, most western democracies, use some form of proportional representation,” says Dave Meslin, a volunteer with the advocacy group Unlock Democracy.

Meslin and his allies have fought for years to get proportional representation – the idea that parties should get seats in proportion to their share of the popular vote, more or less – on the agenda and on referendum ballots. But after setbacks in both B.C. and Ontario years ago, it wasn’t looking good.

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The city of Toronto’s endorsement of a ranked ballot system – where you rank your choices, and if your first choice doesn’t win a majority your vote goes to your second choice – and the Liberal government’s endorsement of Toronto’s preference breathed new life into the idea. So did an election many found uninspiring or marred by cynical political tactics.

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Meslin said the first-past-the-post system has some inherent flaws which lead to negative campaigning and low voter turnout – two things voters have complained about in recent elections. While Ontario’s voter turnout ticked up in this election, it’s still low compared to where it was two decades ago.

Worst of all, Meslin said, the system can create majority governments that don’t in fact have the support of the majority of voters.

“The last federal election was a great example when 62 per cent of Canadians didn’t vote Conservative and the Conservatives won a majority,” he said.

“It’s kind of like, why did we just bother having an election? What was the point of that whole process?”

The two most popular alternatives are ranked ballots and mixed member proportional. The first allows voters to pick their first choice, their second choice and their third choice.

Kathleen Wynne and Andrea Horwath have supported ranked ballots in municipalities (Horwath has only lent her support to Toronto) while Tim Hudak has rejected the idea.

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But as Meslin points out, all three of them came to their positions as leaders of their parties through ranked ballots.

“Every party uses runoff elections to choose their own leaders and to choose their own candidates in every single of the 107 ridings, you have to win through run off,” he said.

There’s also mixed member proportional representation where voters make two choices: their local representative and their preferred party. This system gives more representation to smaller parties like the Green Party, which picked up 4.8% of the vote but zero seats.

Do politicians want electoral reform, though? Most probably don’t: It doesn’t help established parties much.

“The government doesn’t want electoral reform; none of the parties do,” said University of Toronto politics professor Nelson Wiseman.

“If you have proportional representatives you’ll never get a majority.”

Some have criticized proportional representation for fostering fractured legislatures or helping extremist parties with no broad support have more of an impact. But its proponents argue it’s more democratic and helps people feel more engaged in the electoral process because they feel their voices are being heard.

Kathleen Wynne won a majority government Thursday with 38.7  per cent of the popular vote. The last time there was a government in Ontario elected with a majority of the popular vote was in 1929.

But Ontario voters have had the choice: There was a referendum on electoral reform in 2007. Sixty-two per cent of people voted no, while 36 per cent said yes.

“I think people didn’t really understand it,” Meslin said. “The government took a position that the government and Elections Ontario shouldn’t really fund an educational campaign about the referendum.”

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