RCMP continue to investigate Tisdale, Sask. murder-suicide

RCMP continue to investigate a murder-suicide in Saskatchewan. The bodies of Latasha Gosling and three of her children were found in their mobile home in Tisdale, Sask. on April 22, 2015.

The alleged killer, Steve O’Shaughnessy, fled Tisdale to Prince Albert with their six-month-old girl where he killed himself.

The baby was found unharmed.

READ MORE: Five people, including 3 children, dead in suspected murder suicide

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    Police say the investigation into their deaths is almost complete.

    “Investigations such as this take an emotional toll and has a lasting impact on investigators,” said RCMP Staff. Sgt Murray Chamberlin from the major crime unit south.

    “We see and hear things throughout the course of investigation and are not immune to the effects a tragedy such as this has on families and communities as a whole.”

    READ MORE: Murdered Tisdale Sask. family being remembered as loving, caring

    Chamberlin said any details from their investigation will not be released to the public as no criminal charges are being laid.

    “We recognize the public’s desire to learn the details of a tragedy,” said Chamberlin.

    “In this instance it is information we cannot share. Our investigators and support units have worked tirelessly to ensure all aspects of this investigation are considered and examined to their full potential.”

    READ MORE: Family of alleged Tisdale killer Steve O’Shaughnessy releases statement

    A family member later revealed that O’Shaughnessy had taken photos of the bodies and sent copies to the cellphone of Gosling’s estranged husband, the biological father of the three older children.

    Tisdale is located 210 kilometres northeast of Saskatoon.

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Wage gap: The more women lean in, the more unequal their pay

If you’re a woman, the more professionally successful you are, the less you make relative to your male colleagues.

That’s true in any industry or occupation: in the health sector and management; in education, mining, finance and retail —; the latter being both the most gender-balanced, compensation-wise, as well as the lowest-paying industry in the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives study, published Monday.

The study used data from the 2013 Canadian Income Survey to calculate the difference in Ontario men’s and women’s average annual incomes depending what income group they’re in, what education they have and what field they work in.

The only rung of the earnings ladder where women’s pay tops men’s is the bottom: The poorest 10 per cent of women make about $190 more a year, on average, than the poorest 10 per cent of men.

After that, men make more and the gap gets larger.

Men in the second grouping earn 18 per cent more than women in the same group; in the fourth grouping, 42 per cent more.

The highest-earning men earn almost 60 per cent more than the highest-earning women.

These gaps persist in prestigious occupations: Women who work in health and government make less than two-thirds what their male counterparts make.

The disparity persists no matter how much education you have.

In this case, however, the additional education pays off: Even though women earn less than men regardless of their credentials, that gap shrinks the more educated they are.

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Some of the factors behind this pay gap are systemic: If women shoulder the child-care burden, as they disproportionately do, they’re more likely to work fewer hours or take time off to care for children, or take lower-paying jobs that give them flexibility to make daycare pickup.

These factors reinforce each other: If a male partner’s making more and child care’s out of reach, his female partner is more likely to be the one to put her career on hold to take care of kids at home.

But even if you ignore all of that and compare compensation for men and women doing the exact same work for the exact same number of hours, there’s still at least a 14 per cent gap overall, said study author Mary Cornish.

“There are still significant gender gaps between the earnings, overall, of women doctors and male doctors,” she said.

“You could also still have lawyers doing the same things and being paid differently.

Women’s work is valued less, unconsciously or not, even when they’re doing the same work.

“That’s a long history of the association of things that are female as being undervalued in society,” Cornish said.

“It moved into paid work —; it wasn’t paid highly enough.”

This is reflected in research elsewhere: When women enter male-dominated fields, the New York Times reported last month, the pay in those fields drops.

And it isn’t because women are less competitive or more family-oriented: A long-term study of Harvard Business School MBA graduates found men and women had similar goals both at the outset of their careers and decades later.

But despite equivalent qualifications and similar priorities, men were still more likely to have managerial positions, oversee other employees or have profit-and-loss responsibility.

Wage transparency could help address income issues, Cornish says: Just letting people know what their co-workers are making can shine a light on inequities that might otherwise go unnoticed.

“There is currently no law against an employer saying that it’s secret,” she said.

“If you ask you should be told.”

(That’s also an argument for the pay grades that come with unionization, Cornish notes.)

But the government has an enforcement role as well, she argues:

“There’s not a lot of enforcement,” she said.

“The government should be monitoring employers on whether or not they’re systematically paying their female employees less.

It’s more than an issue of fairness: When women don’t feel valued in their workplace, they leave.

The Law Society of Upper Canada tracked lawyers called to the bar in 1996 who did criminal law in private practice. By 2014, 60 per cent of the women in the group had left the field, compared with 47 per cent of men.

It goes beyond financial or familial concerns, a Criminal Lawyers Association study found: The majority of female private practice criminal lawyers said they were considering leaving, many citing poor treatment from judges, clerks, clients and fellow lawyers treated them differently because they were women.

“Many reported feeling that criminal law was a poor environment for women to work in, with others discussing feelings of being ‘dumped on’ by media, Crown lawyers, court clerks, judges, and even their clients,” the survey reads.

“The private practice of criminal law was seen as very much still an ‘old boy’s club,’ leaving many women feeling poorly treated simply because they are women and reconsidering why they ought to stay in the practice.”

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How Global News is covering the 2016 Manitoba Election

WINNIPEG —; Global News will be giving you up-to-date news as it happens during the 41st general election in Manitoba on April 19. Here’s how we’ll keep you informed:

TV coverage

As soon as the polls close at 8 p.m. CT on April 19, Global News will take to the air to provide commercial-free election news and updates as they happen.

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    Global News at 6 anchors Heather Steele and Lauren McNabb, along with Chief Political Correspondent Tom Clark will lead our broadcast coverage from 8 p.m. until 11 p.m. Global News at 10 anchor Crystal Goomansingh will report from our social media desk and National Affairs Correspondent Eric Sorenson will be reporting from our virtual set.

    Our panel at 680 CJOB News studios will provide analysis and commentary as the news comes in. The panel will be hosted by 680 CJOB’s Geoff Currier and made up of former NDP MLA and member of the ‘rebel five,’ Erin Selby; Progressive Conservative candidate for Tuxedo, Heather Stefanson; Manitoba Liberal Campaign Director, Corey Shefman and political analyst Royce Coop.

    Global News will have reporters live at campaign headquarters all around the city. Sean Leslie will be at the Progressive Conservative headquarters, Brittany Greenslade at the NDP headquarters, Talia Ricci at the Liberal’s headquarters and Adrian Cheung will be roving the city covering the need-to-know stories as they come up.

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    We have had extensive coverage as the campaign has rolled out and you can follow along on our Decision Manitoba 2016 home page in the days leading up to April 19.

    On election day, we will stream our entire show with Heather Steele, Lauren Mcnabb, Tom Clark and our panel of experts live from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

    We will have a live blog pulling the most up-to-date tweets from reporters live tweeting in the field, analysts, our panel and party leaders throughout the day and night.

    We will have extensive, live coverage of results as soon as polls close with separate stories for all 57 Manitoba ridings.

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    Follow along with Global News on Facebook, 桑拿会所 and Instagram on election night.

    We will be live tweeting results as they come in, letting you know who was elected where and when. Our accounts will feature behind-the-scenes videos and pictures from campaign headquarters, the newsroom and all around the city as the votes come  in as well as sharing everything you need to know about the Manitoba election.

    Trust Global News on election day to keep you in the loop.

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2 Edmonton high schools close doors to Grade 10 students outside boundaries due to capacity

EDMONTON – Two high schools in southwest Edmonton have closed their doors to Grade 10 students living outside the school boundaries due to enrolment pressures.

In similar letters posted to the Harry Ainlay High School and Lillian Osborne School websites, the schools said this year’s pre-enrolment process resulted in “unprecedented interest” in the schools.

As of April 13, two days before the pre-enrolment deadline, both high schools had received more requests for Grade 10 enrolment than they had space for the students.

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    Grade 10 students will only be allowed to attend the high schools if they live in the designated attendance area or have siblings who already attend and are returning the school in the fall.

    When it comes to Harry Ainlay, Grade 10 students will also be allowed to attend if they have selected the school to continue French Immersion or Interactions programming.

    Parents are given one month in the spring to pre-enrol their kids in the school of their choice. Students who don’t meet the enrolment criteria at Harry Ainlay and Lillian Osborne have been asked to select a new preferred high school. They will be allowed to attend the new school of their choice if there’s room for them.

    Lillian Osborne High School is currently undergoing an expansion to make room for an additional 600 students.

    The enrolment decisions come as Edmonton Public Schools is reviewing what it can do to mitigate capacity pressures in the future.

    Edmonton Public held several information sessions earlier this year to hear from parents of primary-aged students about what they hope for their children’s future. The meetings discussed possible short and long-term solutions, as well as outlined the demographic in certain Edmonton neighbourhoods.

    “We know that we have some really robust enrolments in certain parts of our town right now at the K-2 level and the younger grades. We know that within a number of years those kids will be graduating up into our high school grades and we want to be sure that we’re ready,” Chris Wright, managing director of infrastructure with Edmonton Public Schools, said in March.

    READ MORE: Overcrowded elementary schools prompt worries about Edmonton high school enrolment

    Public school officials said they have set aside land for new high schools in locations across the city, but none of the potential sites has been put to capital plans. Building new high schools also takes a lot longer than elementary schools because they’re more expensive and complicated to get done.

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Brazil’s Congress begins presidential impeachment debate

BRASILIA, Brazil – The lower chamber of Brazil’s Congress on Friday began a raucous debate on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, a question that underscores the deep polarization in Latin America’s largest country and most-powerful economy.

If lawmakers approved the measure in a vote slated for Sunday, it gets sent to the Senate, where an impeachment trial could take place, prompting the president’s suspension from office.

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The atmosphere in the lower Chamber of Deputies was electric, as Rousseff’s critics festooned themselves with yellow and green ribbons and brandished placards reading “Impeachment Now!”

Lawmakers backing impeachment allege Rousseff’s administration violated fiscal rules, using sleight of hand accounting in a bid to shore up public support. However, many of those pushing for impeachment face grave accusations of corruption themselves, prompting Rousseff and her supporters to decry the whole process as a bold-faced power grab by her foes.

Rousseff’s defenders insist she did nothing illegal, pointing out that similar accounting techniques were used by previous presidents.

Miguel Reale Junior, author of the impeachment petition, said Rousseff’s manoeuvring directly led to the ills plaguing the recession-hit nation today, such as high inflation and the Brazilian real’s precipitous slide against the U.S. dollar in recent months.

“Are you going to tell me that isn’t a crime?” Junior told the body.

WATCH: Thousands call for impeachment of Brazil’s president

Solicitor General Jose Eduardo Cardozo contended exactly that, warning lawmakers in his impassioned speech before the chamber that because Rousseff hadn’t committed any crime, her impeachment would constitute an act of “violence without precedent” against democracy and the Brazilian people.

“Violence has been committed against the democratic state,” Cardozo shouted, gesticulating wildly.

Flanked by supporters holding signs showing the constitution being ripped apart, Cardozo insisted the whole process was an act of personal vengeance against Rousseff by the house Speaker Eduardo Cunha.

The driving force behind the impeachment, Cunha has been implicated in the so-called Car Wash probe into corruption at Brazil’s state-run oil company Petrobras, as well as other schemes.

READ MORE: Brazil poll shows strong support for president’s impeachment

On Friday, a report in the respected Estado de S. Paulo newspaper quoted plea bargain testimony as suggesting Cunha had received more than $4 million in bribes as part of a Rio de Janeiro port renovation project tied to the August Olympics. The report said Ricardo Pernambuco Junior, of the Carioca Engenharia construction company, told investigators the company paid Cunha 1.5 per cent of the deal in kickbacks. The report included spreadsheets that appeared to show the company funneled payouts amounting to more than $4 million to Cunha through several accounts abroad.

Cunha has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing and continues to wield substantial power despite legal woes including money laundering and other charges in the Petrobras scheme and ethics committee proceedings in the Chamber of Deputies over allegations he lied when he insisted he held no foreign bank accounts.

But while the ethics committee against Cunha has limped along and is far from reaching a conclusion, the speaker has pushed the impeachment proceeding against Rousseff forward swiftly – prompting many critics to denounce the process as deeply flawed.

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The political infighting paralyzing Brazil comes as the giant South American nation is being buffeted by problems on multiple fronts: the economy is expected to contract nearly 4 per cent this year, the Zika virus, which causes birth defects, has become a health crisis in northeastern states and the country is less than four months away from hosting the Summer Olympic Games.

The political crisis has dragged on for months, hamstringing attempts to help jumpstart the economy and hanging up other measures observers say are crucial to getting the country back on track.

Leonardo Picciani, a congressman from Rio de Janeiro state who’s gone against the pro-impeachment position of his party, said the most important thing for the country is not whether Rousseff remains in power, but rather that the situation get decided soon.

“This issue has been an open wound for a long time,” he said. “It must be closed on Sunday, whatever the result.”

READ MORE: Brazil president hangs on after huge protests call for her to resign

The pro-impeachment camp needs two-thirds of the 513 votes in the lower house, or 342 votes, to send the proceedings to the Senate for a possible trial. If the Senate agrees to take it up, Rousseff would be forced to step down until the measure is voted on. The Senate would have six months for a trial.

Both government and opposition forces say they have enough votes to win Sunday, but daily counts by Brazilian media suggest the opposition is much closer to victory.

Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Rousseff’s mentor and predecessor, released a video warning lawmakers that impeachment would make it even harder to address the country’s ills.

“To topple a government that was democratically elected without any proof of any fiscal crime is not going to fix anything,” Silva said. “All it will do is make the crises even worse.” “To topple a government that was democratically elected without any proof of any fiscal crime is not going to fix anything,” Silva said. “All it will do is make the crises even worse.”

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Ivanka Trump brings level-headed tone to father Donald Trump’s brash campaign

Donald Trump will say pretty much anything about anyone and has never been afraid of who might offend. But if the Republican presidential front runner actually wanted to sound a bit more presidential, the billionaire might take a cue from his well-spoken daughter, Ivanka Trump.

The 34-year-old businesswoman is proving to be the more eloquent than her father, when it comes to selling him as the man to lead the country.

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Although he’s favoured to win the key primary race in New York state Tuesday, his presidential bid has faltered in recent weeks thanks in part to his lack of a filter when speaking on the campaign trail.

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Trump is not one to back away from his opinions and views, but he does heed the words of his daughter according to Trump’s friend Carl Icahn.

“I think her father really listens to her, and when I say listens to her I mean I think her father respects her a great deal, and not just because she’s his daughter,” Icahn, also a billionaire business magnate, said of Ivanka in an article published Sunday by the New York Times.

Political writers praised Ivanka following a CNN Town Hall event Apr. 18 — when she, again, helped ease some of the fallout over comments “the Donald” has made about women.

“Where he is bravado and threat, she is cool and soothing. Where he is divisive, she is uniting,” wrote Chris Cillizza, of the Washington Post. “It’s what leads so many people who dislike Donald Trump to admit that his daughter is very impressive and wonder why she isn’t the presidential candidate instead.”

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“Ivanka Trump is very, very good,” New York Times political columnist Ashley Parker wrote.

“That was the key takeaway from CNN’s town hall,” she opined, “where Ivanka… acquitted herself with grace and poise, while also serving as a savvy surrogate for her father.”

Ivanka Trump, the daughter of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, looks on as her father addresses supporters in Spartanburg, South Carolina, on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.

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How Ivanka responded to moderator Anderson Cooper’s questions Tuesday night impressed  the political columnists watching the townhall. The Post‘s Cillizza described her as “a natural at handling tough questions with aplomb and skill” and suggested she’d make a pretty good politician herself.

“One of the hallmarks of very talented politicians is to take questions, issues and policies that have the potential to be very divisive and guide the conversation to a common ground you either didn’t know existed or simply hadn’t thought of before,” he wrote. “In both of those answers, Ivanka does exactly that and, best of all, you never see the hard work and practice that goes on behind the scenes to make it all seem so effortless.”

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Ivanka Trump is now the mother of three, giving birth to baby son Theodore March 27 (Easter Sunday). But she got right back to work and campaigned for her father within days.

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Trump is a businesswoman in her own right, running her own fashion brand after walking the runways in her younger years. Her Ivanka Trump line of clothing, shoes and accessories, perfume and homeware is sold at stores like the Hudson’s Bay Company, Macy’s and Nordstrom’s.

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Through her website, she launched the #WomenWhoWork initiative, described as a means to “inspire and empower women to create the lives they want to lead.”

Outside of her own ventures she’s a key part of the family business, serving as Executive Vice President of Development and Acquisitions for the Trump Organization.

She also had an on-and-off stint as a reality TV star, sitting beside her father as a “boardroom advisor” on his former show The Apprentice.

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Indigenous leaders offer solutions to suicide epidemics

REGINA – “This is an immediate call for action. There’s urgent crises happening not just in Attawapiskat, but in many communities,” Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) second Vice Chief, Robert Merasty, said.

Merasty has taken every opportunity available to speak out about the recent suicide epidemics happening across the country.

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This week, the remote Ontario community of Attawapiskat declared a state of emergency, prompted by 10 suicide attempts last weekend, and a suicide pact by 13 youth on Monday night.

In Manitoba, Pimicikamak Cree Nation has had six suicides in the last two months and over 140 attempts in the last three weeks alone.

In Saskatchewan, MP Georgina Jolibois says the community of La Loche is also walking a dangerously fine line. She said young people in La Loche are attempting suicide, and many are also showing signs of post-traumatic stress following the shooting death of four locals in January.

Jolibois said not enough mental health resources are being put into helping the community cope.

“There have been a lot of discussions,” Jolibois said. “Discussions are terrific, but the community is looking for concrete plans. Members are asking for help, and they want to be able to have access to services.”

For Merasty, the lack at attention to the problem is a tragedy all on its own.

“For them to get to that degree where they want to take their own lives, we have to do something now to reach out to these young ones,” he said.

He thinks the problem stems from a lack of cultural identity and sense of self.

First Nation traditions says when we’re born, the Creator gives us a spirit. In order to live a wholesome life you must walk with the spirit in a way that balances your physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental needs.

“When those things aren’t being met, there’s no balance in life and they’re not feeling fulfilled, and they’re not feeling hope. They’re just feeling despair,” he said.

Merasty wants elders and government to meet together and bring this traditional culture back to the next generation of Indigenous youth.

“Meantime though, perhaps a help-line for when kids really need it,” he suggested. “A 24-hour help-line they can call and say, hey I need to talk to someone. I need to talk to an elder. Can you help me? I don’t know where I’m going.’”

“Allow these young ones the opportunity to come and talk to someone. We need to provide these young ones with that opportunity.”

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Progressive Conservative majority predicted after Manitoba election: poll

The Progressive Conservatives are picking up new support across the province with the election only days away, according to a new poll.

The Mainstreet Research poll released Saturday morning predicts PC Leader Brian Pallister will come out of Tuesday’s election with a majority government.

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    “What looked like a simple majority last week now looks like a super majority as the PCs gain almost 5 points to 54.5 per cent among decided and leaning voters,” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research.

    Among decided and leaning voters, 55 per cent will vote Progressive Conservative, 26 per cent will vote NDP, 11 per cent Liberal and 9 per cent for the Green Party.

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    The Green Party is expected to outperform the Liberals in some ridings but Maggi believes it’s unlikely they will get any seats even after an impressive debate performance from leader James Bedomme and Friday’s visit from federal Green Party Leader Elizabeth May.

    “But there is a chance for Beddome in his own riding,” Maggi said.

    If a Green Party candidate is elected on Tuesday it would be the first time the party had an MLA elected in the history of Manitoba.

    The random sample was made up of 1,809 Manitoba residents on April 14 with a margin of error +/- 2.3 per cent, 19 times out of 20.


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Attorney of woman accused of livestreaming rape claims she tried to help victim

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An 18-year-old Ohio woman accused of livestreaming the rape of her 17-year-old friend with a social media app was trying to record the assault as evidence, the woman’s attorney said Friday in a defense a prosecutor flatly dismissed.

Marina Lonina pleaded not guilty Friday to multiple charges including rape, kidnapping, sexual battery and pandering sexual matter involving a minor. A judge set bond at $125,000 for Lonina, a student at New Albany High School, outside Columbus.

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Her co-defendant, Raymond Gates, 29, also pleaded not guilty, with a judge setting his bond at $300,000. A public defender representing Gates did not comment about the allegations.

READ MORE: Woman charged after livestreaming alleged rape of 17-year-old friend on Periscope app

Lonina and her friend — who attends the same high school — met Gates at a Columbus mall for the first time the day before where he bought them a bottle of vodka and encouraged them to meet him the following day, her lawyer Sam Shamansky said.

He acknowledged his client filmed the February assault of her intoxicated friend but said she was trying to get the girl out of the house where the attack happened.

Lonina is in the habit of filming everything with Periscope, Shamansky said. The app for smartphones allows users to stream live video.

“She does everything possible to contain the situation even to the point of asking while it’s being filmed to these Periscope followers, ‘What should I do now? What should I do now?’” Shamansky said.

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Lonina and her friend are naturalized U.S. citizens from Russia, and Gates is also of Russian descent, said Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien. The comments on the video are in Russian.

O’Brien said Lonina is seen trying to help only briefly during the 10-minute video. O’Brien said the victim was clearly screaming “stop” and “no” during the assault.

Although Lonina told police she was trying to record the assault as evidence, her behavior as people watching via Periscope “liked” the assault painted a different picture, O’Brien said.

“She got, I guess, taken up with all the ‘likes’ that her livestream was getting and therefore continued to do it, and did nothing to aid the victim,” O’Brien said.

Independent of the rape count, Lonina is also charged with livestreaming her friend nude the day before the assault, which is a felony, O’Brien said.

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Residents raise pointed questions at Spallumcheen water meeting

SPALLUMCHEEN – There was clear frustration at a public meeting in Spallumcheen Thursday night. The aim was for provincial ministries and the local health authority to explain the province’s plan to deal with high nitrate levels in a local drinking water supply.

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“Sure the public is frustrated. I understand that,” conceded Rob Birtles with the Interior Health Authority. “We had to give the public an opportunity to provide comment back to us. We had to have an opportunity to provide information to the public. We are moving forward with our action plan and we will come back to the public.”

Some have been living with a water quality advisory since 2014 because of high levels of nitrates in their water source: the Hullcar Aquifer.

In July 2014 the health authority recommended babies, the elderly and those with certain health conditions not use the water from that aquifer because of the nitrate levels.
“We can’t drink the water from the tap that is the bottom line,” said resident Ric Parker. “A couple times a week I’ve got to go get a five gallon jug [and] take it up for my elderly parents because they can’t drink the water from the tap.”

The provincial plan includes inspecting farms and reviewing water quality data with the stated aims of “scientifically” determining where the nitrates are coming from and having safe drinking water.

But some were clearly not satisfied with the meeting.

“This is a real serious issue for everyone in this valley and we don’t see government doing a heck of a lot to protect us,” shouted one man.

“There have been a whole series of meetings and discussions have been going on and on and on and really nothing is moving forward,” said Parker.

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However, the health authority says it needs data to back up its actions.

“The request has been to issue a Section 25 order under the Drinking Water Protection Act. In this case we would have to have some form of empirical evidence to indicate who the offenders are in this aquifer,” said Birtles. “When I say offenders these are the nutrient contributors.”

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However, the public also had questions about why it is taking government so long to officially pinpoint the causes.

Al Price, of the advocacy group Save Hullcar Aquifer Team, pointed out that as far back as July 2014 interior health said it was “involved in investigating the source of the nitrates” along with the Environment Ministry.

“That is two years ago. If they can’t figure it out in two years, there is something wrong. Either that or they haven’t really been doing what they said they were going to do,” says Price.

Interior Health has argued in the past that it is difficult to tell where the nitrates in the aquifer are coming from as there are many public practices that can contribute.

“The land over top of the Hullcar Aquifer is agricultural and residential based. Everyone is actually contributing nitrates to that aquifer via their animals, via their agricultural practices, septic systems [and] lawn nitrification,” said Birtle in February. “All those practices do contribute.”

The Ministry of Environment says it is “taking all necessary actions to ensure the residents of Spallumcheen have safe drinking water, while preserving the region’s agriculture economy.”

However, it seems officials have a way to go to convince the public their plan will be enough to fix the problem.

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‘GownTown’ comes to Calgary: taking the stress out of the hunt for a grad dress

“We have gowns; we have short, we have long, we have puffy,” Kim Wiltse explained, as she wheeled a rack of dresses through Calgary’s Marlborough Mall on Friday.

The organizer of this weekend’s “GownTown” event, Wiltse was pleased with all the donated dresses she’d received.

“A little bit of everything. Enough to suit every girl’s dream.”

GownTown takes away part of the high price tag that can come with celebrating the end of high school.

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Graduating students can pick up a dress that’d normally cost hundreds of dollars for $10 at GownTown, with all the proceeds going to charity.

Wiltse expects a big response this year, saying she’s “anticipating a lot more girls this year, just the way the economy is.”

Calgarians are stepping up to meet that demand, with GownTown receiving 200 dresses–double the usual amount of donations.

Two graduating students got an early chance to check out the selection on Friday.

Hadien Saley and Nicole Wilkes wearing the dresses the found at “GownTown.”

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Nicole Wilkes was pleased with the peach-coloured gown she found, grateful for the people who donated.

“What they do for us is great!” she said.

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Wilkes’ friend, Hadien Saley, was glad to find an elegant grey dress.

“I’m so thankful that we found our dresses and we can go party,”

Graduating students with photo ID are welcome to stop by GownTown between 10 a.m. and noon on Sunday, April 17.

If you’d like to donate a dress, you can drop it off during normal shopping hours at the customer service desk at Marlborough Mall, anytime before Sunday.

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Ted Cruz defended ban on the sale of sex toys in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas — Defending a Texas state law banning the sale of sex toys, Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz argued in a 2007 court brief that individuals have no legal right to use them, even in the privacy of their own bedrooms.

Prior to becoming a U.S. senator, Cruz was for more than five years Texas’ solicitor general, arguing the state’s legal positions in court. He often cites that experience to burnish his credentials as a Christian conservative.

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On the campaign trail, Cruz frequently reminds audiences that he used the job to defend capital punishment and oppose abortion, while preserving the words “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance and defending a monument to the Ten Commandments on the state Capitol grounds.

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But Cruz makes no mention of a decade-old case he lost — his defense of Texas’ sex-toy ban. The story was first reported by Mother Jones magazine.

The law, approved in the 1970s, banned as obscene any device “useful primarily for the stimulation of human genital organs.” The same law also declared that anyone possessing six or more such items was presumed to be promoting sex-toy usage through manufacture, sale, lending, delivery or other means.

Joanne Webb, a 43-year-old mother of three and former fifth-grade teacher, was arrested in 2003 after selling a sex toy to an undercover police officer during a gathering of adult couples similar to a Tupperware party held at a home in a Fort Worth suburb.

Though the criminal charges against Webb were eventually dropped, a collection of sex-toy companies sued in federal court to challenge the constitutionality of the state’s ban.

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A three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court of Appeals later ruled that the Texas law violated 14th Amendment privacy rights. Then-Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, now the state’s Republican governor, unsuccessfully appealed, asking the full appeals court to review the case.

As solicitor general Cruz co-wrote an 83-page brief arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court “has never suggested that the substantive-due-process doctrine ensures individuals’ ability to stimulate their genitals in ways that are neither connected to procreation nor associated with any particular lifestyle.”

Cruz campaign spokeswoman Alice Stewart sought to distance the presidential candidate from his old legal brief, noting in an email that as solicitor general, Cruz had an obligation to defend Texas’ laws in court, regardless of whether he agreed with them.

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“Senator Cruz personally believes that the Texas law in question was, as (Supreme Court) Justice (Clarence) Thomas said in another context, an ‘uncommonly silly’ law,” Stewart said. “But the office was nevertheless duty-bound to defend the policy judgment of the Texas Legislature.”

Cruz defended the Texas ban as “protecting public morals — discouraging prurient interests in sexual gratification” and argued that in doing so the state had a vested moral interest in discouraging “autonomous sex.”

Cruz’s brief also suggested that the legal sale of sexual enhancement drugs such as Viagra was different because it can’t be described as a “device.” Couples, even married ones, willing to use sex toys may also “believe that hiring a willing prostitute or engaging in consensual bigamy would enhance their sexual experiences,” Cruz warned.

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Halifax pays homage to victims of Titanic, 104 years later

The mighty ship that was hailed as “unsinkable” went down 104 years ago, on April 15, 1912.

The RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England on April 10, destined for New York City.

She never made it.

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Just before midnight on April 14, the ship struck an iceberg in the North Atlantic Ocean.

The damage was irreversible and the ship began to gradually fill with water. By 2:30 that morning, she broke apart and foundered, sinking with over 1,000 people still on board.

Halifax led the rescue expedition and is the resting place of 150 victims that were recovered from the sinking site.

“All the bodies were brought back here,” David LeBlanc with the Titanic Society of Atlantic Canada explained.

“Other than the ones that were paid for and sent back by the families, back to their home burial places.”

The deadly sinking is considered one of the greatest marine disasters of all time.

Halifax has three different Titanic grave sties.

“There’s Fairview Lawn Cemetery, there’s one just up above at the Jewish cemetery and then there’s the Catholic site, the Mount Olivet,” LeBlanc said.

Many of the graves at the Fairview Lawn Cemetery are only identified by the number marking the order they were pulled from the ocean.

There’s also a grave dedicated to the memory of an unknown child.

Who was identified in 2008 as Sidney Leslie Goodwin, a 19 month old boy from London.

On Friday, the day of the anniversary, there was an angel placed beside it.

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