RCMP continue to investigate Tisdale, Sask. murder-suicide

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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

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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

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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, 老域名怎么购买 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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Have you heard the Hum? BC man investigates strange sound heard around the world

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Glen MacPherson first heard the Hum in 2012.

He was in Sechelt when he detected a low-level drone that he thought was coming from nearby float planes.

Over time, he started to realize the Hum had nothing to do with planes and tried to figure out what exactly was going on. So, he did what most people do when they have an unanswered question: he Googled it.

He found out he wasn’t alone. MacPherson discovered an online community of people who say they have been hearing a mysterious drone that has been dubbed The World Hum.

WATCH: Torontonians report hearing the Hum

“Much to my surprise, it turns out I was one of the people who can sense what seems to be a very unusual low-frequency sound,” he said.

Four years later, when curious people like MacPherson Google information about the Hum, they come across his website, The World Hum Map and Database.

MacPherson, a schoolteacher in Gibsons who has also worked as an instructor at the University of British Columbia, says he wanted to apply a measure of scientific rigour to this unexplained phenomenon, so he created the database to track reports from people around the world who say they too hear the Hum.

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MacPherson has heard from thousands of people from locations as far as Iceland, New Zealand, Kazakhstan and the Philippines. The data, he admits, is skewed since the site only reaches English speakers. He plans to translate the site into Chinese, which means he could get a flood of new data from the world’s most populous country.

He says if you look at the data he has accumulated, a few things stand out.

“I caution anybody who looks at the Hum Map to not be distracted by the high concentration of points on the Eastern Seaboard of the US and, in particular, over in England. Over in England, it would appear that they’re being absolutely clobbered,” MacPherson said.

He also notes that Vancouver Island has a “significantly higher concentration of Hum reports.”

So what is the Hum?

MacPherson says the Hum may be a relatively recent phenomenon, with a significant number of reports first emerging in the late 60 and early 70s.

There are three major theories as to what is causing the Hum.

The main suspect is very low-frequency (VLF) radio emissions that are used by the military to communicate with submarines.

“When I say VLF, I’m not referring to sound,” MacPherson said. “That leads to another striking and startling conclusion, the fact that the Hum may not be a sound in the traditional sense. It may be the body’s reaction to a particular band of radio frequencies. That’s not an outrageous idea. The concept that the body can interpret certain electromagnetic frequencies as sound is reasonably well-established in research literature.”

Another theory is that the World Hum is “nothing more than the grand accumulation of human activity” that could include noise from highways, marine traffic, mining, windmill farms, hydroelectric dams and other forms of industry.

In 2014, a federally funded study confirmed a humming noise in Windsor, Ont., known as the Windsor Hum, emanated from an island across the Detroit River.

An acoustic monitoring study showed the rumbling was real and reached Windsor from heavily industrial Zug Island in River Rouge, Mich.

However, the investigation – done by scientists at the University of Windsor and Western University – failed to pinpoint just what was causing the phenomenon.

A third theory is that the noise stems from geological processes at work.

Then there’s the idea that people who hear the Hum are just suffering from tinnitus, a medical condition that results in a ringing of the ears.

David Deming, a University of Oklahoma professor who was one of the first researchers to examine the Hum, noted that “Hum symptoms are distinctly different from classic tinnitus. Tinnitus is typically a high-frequency ringing sound — not a low-frequency rumble.”

“What I always like to point out about tinnitus is that it’s self-reported,” MacPherson said. “There is no external metric for it. If we believe that tinnitus is real, then the question is what differentiates it from reports of the World Hum?”

There are plenty of other more far-fetched theories out there, and MacPherson has heard them all.

“Whenever you’re dealing with something unexplained, it invites all manner of people who have creative ways of interpreting reality,” he says diplomatically.

Part of his work, he says, is using his science background to separate plausible theories from crazed conspiracies that circulate online.

“It’s plant life, it’s huge boring tunnel machines, it’s weather projects, it’s aliens,” he says. “At least we didn’t hear about the Illuminati.”

MacPherson understands that some might think that he is no different than some of the conspiracy theorists who visit his site.

But he says his dedication to the scientific method is what separates him from the tinfoil-hat crowd.

What’s in the box?

A recent article in the New Republic outlined MacPherson’s experiment with a so-called Deming Box. Named after the professor who first delved into this phenomenon, the steel box is designed to “create within it a VLF radio free space.”

If a person who can hear the Hum gets into the box and no longer detects the noise, that could suggest VLF radio waves are the culprit.

Shortly after the article was published, MacPherson got inside the box to see what would happen. He said he got “mixed results” and plans to move the box to an undisclosed location on the Sunshine Coast and try again.

“If I get a positive result, I’ve got a handful of volunteers on the Sunshine Coast who can hear the Hum and who are ready to go in as well,” he said.

He also plans to continue maintaining the database, which he says has helped him connect with people who are also looking for answers.

“There are large numbers of perfectly sensible, everyday individuals and this is what we all have in common. We can hear this noise.”

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Saskatchewan Rush clinch division with weekend sweep of Colorado Mammoth

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SASKATOON  – The Saskatchewan Rush began the weekend in a dead heat with the Colorado Mammoth atop the National Lacrosse League West division standings. They ended it as division champs.

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    “This was probably the biggest weekend of a regular season that I’d ever had in my career and I’ve been playing in the league I think seven years now,” said Rush captain Chris Corbeil.

    After beating the Mammoth 11-5 in Denver on Friday the Rush completed the home-and-home sweep Saturday with an 11-8 victory that saw Saskatchewan bust open a 6-6 tie with a five-goal run in the third quarter.

    “When their defence stifled us a bit we just kept at it. We just kept grinding away and eventually we got the looks we needed and wanted and made some plays and put the ball in the back of the net,” said Rush head coach and general manager Derek Keenan.

    READ MORE: Two hat tricks lead Rush over Mammoth 11-8

    Forward Curtis Knight, making his return to the lineup after missing three games with a leg injury, scored one of two Rush hat tricks on the night. Two of Knight’s goals came during the team’s third-quarter surge.

    “It felt great to be out there. Still a little sore, but it’s just good to get another game in,” he said. “I want to keep playing before playoffs and kind of build up to it.”

    Winning the west for a third straight season means Knight and the rest of Saskatchewan’s banged-up bodies will get an important week of rest when the post-season begins, but that’s not the only reason the Rush are happy to have a first-round bye. While the West division final and Champions Cup final are both multi-game series, the opening round is a single elimination format.

    “You don’t like playing a one-game elimination,” Corbeil said. “You never know what can happen. You run into a hot goalie, maybe some questionable refereeing, injuries, whatever it may be, and we’ve had that before.”

    The Rush’s record now sits at 12-4 and the team has no plans to relax over its final two regular season games, both of which will be played on the road. First place overall is still up for grabs and with it, home floor advantage throughout the playoffs.

    “We’re a game ahead of Buffalo right now and we’ve got to keep winning because they have a tie-breaker with us,” said Keenan, referring to the East division-leading Bandits. “We want to go in next week with our best effort in Vancouver and try and keep this thing rolling.”

    The next action for the Rush is on April 23 when they visit the Vancouver Stealth.

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Lack of ‘April showers’ calls for fire ban in Corman Park

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SASKATOON – Fire crews believe human error caused a grass fire just north of Cathedral Bluffs on Sunday. Both Warman Fire and Rescue and the Saskatoon Fire Department responded to the fire around 11 a.m. CT.

Crews were able to control the fire before it reached any buildings however the property owners could be facing a fine.

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    The Rural Municipality (RM) of Corman Park enacted a fire ban on Friday because of the dry conditions that make it easy for grass fires to spread. The reeve of Corman Park, Judy Harwood, says it was an easy decision to make with the number of recent fires.

    “In the past week, we had 17 fires in Corman Park and two days prior to the ban we had 14,” Harwood said.

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    Harwood understands that warm spring weather has many hoping for a camp fire, or to clean their land with a controlled burn, but said she hopes that people take the fire ban seriously.

    “With the weather conditions and the winds, let’s be honest, we’re in Saskatchewan. You don’t want to take a chance,” Harwood said.

    Kevin Ritz is the acting battalion chief with the Saskatoon Fire Department and he also warns against any open flame, saying grass fires spread faster than people can realize.

    “With conditions like they are now, maybe wait until it gets moister and more conducive to burning and not having to worry about it running away on you,” Ritz said.

    The fire ban means anyone with an open flame in Corman Park could face a fine of $300 for first time offence and $500 for any after as well as fees from firefighters coming out to fight the blaze.

    Harwood doesn’t know when the RM that surrounds Saskatoon will be lifting its fire ban, but knows it won’t be until there is significant rain fall.

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COC President outlines policy changes within committee

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REGINA – It’s an uphill climb for the Canadian Olympic Committee, as it attempts to recover from last year’s fallout involving sexual harassment allegations against former president Marcel Aubut.

The committee was in Regina this weekend for its bi-annual meeting with a clear agenda: move past the scandal and change the culture within the organization.

“The last six months have been tough.”

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“I promise to put respect and well being at the corner of everything we do”, COC President Tricia Smith said.

Just last week, former Olympian Jean-Luc Brassard quit his position as Chef de Mission for the Rio Olympic games, citing concerns within the committee.

Read More: Brassard resigned as Rio chef de mission because of conflict with COC

It was another shake-up to the already vulnerable organization.

Now hoping to regroup, the committee announced Sunday they would be adding five new directors, saying the additions would be an improvement to the board.

The new board members include Olympian Guylaine Bernier, astronaut Julie Payette, COC VP Peter Lawless, corporate lawyer David De Vlieger, and former CEO of PricewaterhouseCoopers Chris Clark.

As well, the COC will be implementing all eight recommendations of the Tomlinson report. The report identified shortcomings in the committee’s human resource practices, and governance.

“Much has happened while we work to get our house back in order, and build trust.”

“The board of directors voted to implement new policies and procedures on ethics, discrimination, harassment, and anonymous whistleblowing”, Smith explained.

“I don’t know if I’m overly satisfied.”

“But I think it’s a time where we all really need to keep working and make sure that everything that’s been reported, and recommended is followed through on”, Olympic Gold Medalist Mark Tewksbury explained.

The committee hopes the changes will ensure a safe and inclusive environment for all.

“We have procedures in place, so this doesn’t happen again. or if it does, there’s a way to deal with it”, Smith said.

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2nd Annual Justinsane Barbie Car Club remembers car crash victim

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REGINA – Are you ready? Set, Go!

This is not your mother’s car classic.

It’s a silly day of racing Barbie cars. The tiny motorize vehicles meant for 6-year-olds were being raced by helmet wearing adults.

The Justinsane Barbie Car Club is in honor of Justin Kowalski.

He was killed after his work truck rolled on highway 2, half-an-hour outside of Moose Jaw. The driver of the truck, Jesse Taylor David was charged with impaired driving causing multiple deaths.

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He was sentenced earlier this week to 4 years behind bars.

“Well you gotta do your time, its kind of sad I guess. Him and Justin were really close,” Justin’s father, Mike Kowalski said.

The Kowalski family said it’s sad that he’s gone, but claims everything happens for a reason, and so, they have chosen to celebrate his life instead.

Justin’s Aunt Kari Wolitski organized the event and said the day was all about channeling Justin’s fun spirit.

“They said, hey let’s do something Justin would have gone crazy for, and Justin would have been the first one on one of these cars rolling down the hill. So it’s just because he was who he was, and his nickname was Justin-sane,” Wolitski said.

Today’s car crashes were all in good spirits, and the quads acted as tow trucks instead, transporting the Barbie cars back up the hill for the round-robin competition.

Justin’s young daughter was present, and even shared her Barbie car for Mom to ride.

Steven Kowalski remembers his brother as a hardworking, fun person to be around.

“He was just a fun loving rambunctious guy who was always up for a good time,” Kowalski said.

The Justinesane Barbie Car Club is now a non-for-profit. They raise money to look after Justin’s hometown of Mossbank, Saskatchewan. This year the goal is to improve the local pool for the kids.

The family said even though Justin is gone, his loving spirit can live on.

“We don’t blame anybody, we don’t have fault with anybody we just want everyone to get along and love each other. It is what it is we move forward from here and this is what we’ve decided to do with that,” Wolitski said.

It was a beautiful sunny day for being silly, barely a cloud in the sky. That way, they said, Justin had a great view.

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Kelowna homes evacuated because of bomb scare

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KELOWNA–Six homes have been evacuated in Kelowna due to a bomb scare.

RCMP are waiting for the Explosives Disposal Unit from the Lower Mainland to deal with a suspicious package.

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They’ve cordoned off an area behind the 400-block of Wardlaw Avenue while they investigate.

RCMP responded to a complaint about an abandoned backpack at 12:06 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

Some of the contents of the backpack caused concern.

Ryan McDowell found the backpack while playing outside with his two young children.

“I obviously got the kids away, got them in the house, and went back to further investigate,” says McDowell, “I didn’t want to touch it but I peeked in the bag and, you know, it’s definitely obvious that someone had made a device that they either wanted to make look like a bomb or perhaps it is a bomb.”

RCMP are asking the public to avoid the area of Wardlaw Avenue, Abbott Street and Bath Street.

The area will remain cordoned off until the package has been recovered and disposed of.

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‘Good Witch’ Season 2: What’s brewing for Cassie and Middleton

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It’s not difficult to fall under Good Witch‘s spell.

The W Network show, based on a Hallmark movie franchise and currently one of the top programs on the channel, is returning for its sophomore season to eager audiences yearning for its feel-good vibe. Season 2 promises more of the same family-friendly themes and stories, and it’s a refreshing alternative to the glut of violent, explicit shows filling prime-time’s slate.

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Good Witch follows the adventures of Cassie Nightingale (Catherine Bell, Army Wives, JAG), the town of Middleton’s favorite enchantress, and her teenage daughter Grace (Bailee Madison, The Fosters), who shares her mom’s special intuition.

When New York transplants Dr. Sam Radford (James Denton, Desperate Housewives) and his son move in next door to the Grey House, they are immediately spellbound by the mother-daughter duo. But it quickly becomes apparent that Sam and Cassie may not see eye to eye. With her signature charm, Cassie attempts to bring everyone together, ensuring all of Middleton is in for change, big surprises and, of course, a little bit of magic.

Keeping it all in the family

Good Witch prides itself on being family-centred, and not many other networks are focusing on producing a family-based show. There isn’t even minor swearing on Good Witch.

“You say the words ‘wholesome’ or ‘family’ and people cringe,” says Denton. “But it’s kind of nice to have storylines that feature stuff from our everyday lives. Nobody’s been horrible to each other, people find a way to work their stuff out. At the end of it, it’s relaxing. You may even have some insight into how to deal with your own life.”

There is most definitely an appetite for this kind of pure, wholesome show, as evidenced by Good Witch‘s amazing viewership numbers. Currently, it is W Network’s No. 1 scripted program.

“Don’t get me wrong, I love many shows on the air right now, but I also have 10- and 12-year-old kids,” continues Denton. “They don’t always want to watch the Disney channel, they want to watch ‘grown-up TV.’”

It’s a rare show that both kids and adults can watch, without any question of whether it’s appropriate for either audience.

Good Witch applies to any demographic, any age,” agrees 16-year-old Madison. “For me [and Grace’s storyline], it’s the teenagers. I’m really thankful for the fans and the audience who have followed me through the years. It’s so refreshing to have something family-driven at a time when I think it’s really needed. It’s also nice to know that every week, you’re not going to be emotionally scarred.”

Season 2 is bigger and better

The cast is bigger in Season 2, as is the characters’ orbits. For example, Stephanie, the character who owns the bistro, has more of a role this year; her mom, her boyfriend and the boyfriend’s sister are around to heighten the drama. Abigail opens her own store, and Sam has his own office now, with a receptionist. Things are expanding for the town, and by extension, for the viewer.

“It’s tricky to make a show bigger without losing sight of what you’re doing, or without getting lost in all the new characters,” says Denton. “I think it’s going to hit all the marks fans care about, and that’s important. Any real Good Witch fan will enjoy this season — I think it stays true to the show’s core set of values.”

You can expect more to grow out of Nick and Grace’s love story — so there’s more for the teenager in your life.

“Grace is the same. Well, kind of,” laughs Madison. “She’s growing up and her life is starting to intersect with other characters. She takes on a big, new role with one of her favourite people in Middleton. That’s all I can say about that, but I’m excited to hear what people think about it.”

Romance abounds

Love is in the air in Middleton, even more so than Season 1. With Grace entering her early teens, the hormones are raging and things are getting confusing.

“There’s always potential for Grace and Nick,” says Madison. “It’s one of those things when you have a guy friend growing up. You never know. Whether it’s now, or three seasons from now (if we’re still around), it’s something that’s always brewing. See what I did there with my witch pun?”

Of course, there’s romance among the adults, as well.

“We tabled the romance for a while, to not overplay it,” says Denton. “Sam and Cassie decided that it was for the best to not get together right now. But, we’re shooting the end of Season 2 right now and… I’ll just say things are warming up again.”

Bell of the ball

At the very centre of Good Witch is Catherine Bell, who is a lynchpin for the show’s success. Executive producer and director Craig Pryce, who brought the show from its movie roots into TV, believes Bell is absolutely essential to the continuing popularity of Good Witch.

“Catherine, in real life and on the show, is such a magical, warm person,” says Pryce. “The way she looks at problems and the way she deals with family is very unique and her philosophy is different. And, of course, there’s a touch of magic sprinkled within.”

“Also, the supporting cast is incredible, especially Sam [Denton],” he continues. “In Season 1, the audience could sense that there was more chemistry there, [they were] more than just friends. I think they’re going to be hoping for more in Season 2.”

As always, Bell’s Cassie is at the heart of everything and manages to weave her magic in her own special way, leaving a lasting effect on those around her.

“I’m so excited for this season to see where Sam and Cassie end up,” says Bell. “Maybe the new guy from Cassie’s past gets in the way? The viewers are in for lots of romance and some very interesting twists and turns!”

‘Good Witch’ Season 2 premieres on Thursday, April 21 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The W Network.

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Aid begins to arrive in Ecuador after 246 killed by earthquake

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PEDERNALES, Ecuador – Aid began to flow in Sunday to areas devastated by Ecuador’s strongest earthquake in decades and the death toll continued to rise as people left homeless hunkered down for another night outside in the dark.

Officials said the quake killed at least 246 people and injured more than 2,500 along Ecuador’s coast. Vice-President Jorge Glas said the toll was likely to rise because a large number of people remained unaccounted for, though he declined to say how many.

Much damage was reported in the cities of Manta, Portoviejo and Guayaquil, which are all several hundred kilometres from the epicenter of the quake that struck shortly after nightfall Saturday.

WATCH: Aftermath of overpass collapsing in 7.8-magnitude earthquake in Ecuador

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But the loss of life seemed to be far worse in isolated, smaller towns closed to the centre of the earthquake.

In Pedernales, a town of 40,000 near the epicenter, soldiers put up a field hospital in a stadium where hundreds of people prepared to sleep outside for a second straight night. Downed power cables snaked across the streets with no prospect of electricity being restored soon, making it unsafe for many to return to their homes.

The town’s mayor said looting broke out Saturday night amid the chaos but with the arrival of 14,000 police and soldiers to towns in the quake zone the situation appeared more under control.

President Rafael Correa, who cut short a trip to Rome to oversee relief efforts, declared a national emergency and urged Ecuadoreans to stay strong.

READ MORE: 2 Canadians among 246 Ecuador earthquake victims

“Everything can be rebuilt, but what can’t be rebuilt are human lives, and that’s the most painful,” he said in a telephone call to state TV before departing Rome for Manta.

More than 3,000 packages of food and nearly 8,000 sleeping kits were being delivered Sunday. Ecuador’s ally, Venezuela, and neighbouring Colombia, where the quake was also felt, organized airlifts of humanitarian aid. The European Union, Spain, Peru and Mexico also pledged aid.

Rescuers scrambled through ruins in the provincial capital Portoviejo, digging with their hands trying to find survivors.

“For god’s sake help me find my family,” pleaded Manuel Quijije, 27, standing next to a wrecked building. He said his older brother, Junior, was trapped under a pile of twisted steel and concrete with two relatives.

“We managed to see his arms and legs. They’re his, they’re buried, but the police kicked us out because they say there’s a risk the rest of the building will collapse,” Quijije said angrily as he looked on the ruins cordoned off by police. “We’re not afraid. We’re desperate. We want to pull out our family.”

WATCH: Homes destroyed after Ecuador earthquake

Electricity mostly remained out in Manabi province, the hardest-hit region, as authorities focused on finding survivors.

“Compatriots: Unity, strength and prayer,” the vice-president told a throng of people in Manta as he instructed them on how to look for survivors. “We need to be quiet so we can hear. We can’t use heavy machinery because it can be very tragic for those who are injured.”

On social media, Ecuadorians celebrated a video of a baby girl being pulled from beneath a collapsed home in Manta.

But fear was also spreading of unrest after authorities announced that 180 prisoners from a jail near Portoviejo escaped amid the tumult after the quake.

Shantytowns and cheaply constructed brick and concrete homes were reduced to rubble along the quake’s path. In the coastal town of La Esmeralda, authorities estimated than 90 per cent of homes had damage, while in Guayaquil a shopping centre’s roof fell down and a collapsed highway overpass crushed a car. In Manta, the airport closed after the control tower collapsed, injuring an air traffic control worker and a security guard.

In the capital, Quito, terrified people fled into the streets as the quake shook buildings. One resident shot a video of his lamps and hanging houseplants swinging wildly for more than 30 seconds as the building rocked back and forth. The quake knocked out electricity in several neighbourhoods and a few homes collapsed, but after a few hours power was being restored.

WATCH: Emergency workers race to find survivors after a massive earthquake in Ecuador

Among those killed was the driver of a car crushed by an overpass that buckled in Guayaquil, the country’s most populous city. Two Canadians were also among the dead. The city’s international airport was briefly closed.

The government said it would draw on $600 million in emergency funding from multilateral banks to rebuild.

Hydroelectric dams and oil pipelines in the OPEC-member nation were shut down as a precautionary measure but there were no reports of damage to them.

The U.S. Geological Survey originally put the quake at a magnitude of 7.4 then raised it to 7.8. It had a depth of 19 kilometres (12 miles). More than 135 aftershocks followed, one as strong as magnitude-5.6, and authorities urged residents to brace for even stronger ones in the coming hours and days.

WATCH: Supermarket shaking in Ecuador earthquake caught on camera

The quake was about six times as strong as the most powerful of two deadly earthquakes on the other side the Pacific, in the southernmost of Japan’s four main islands. A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck Thursday near Kumamoto, followed by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake just 28 hours later. Those quakes killed 41 people and injured about 1,500, flattening houses and triggering major landslides.

Susan Hough, a seismologist at the USGS, said evidence exists that extremely large earthquakes can trigger other earthquakes at large distances and that within close distances the frequency of quakes are frequently clustered. But she said there appears no direct relationship between the quakes on opposite sides of the Pacific.

“Nobody has ever demonstrated statistically significant temporal clustering of large quakes worldwide,” she said in an email. “Maybe there is something more going on than what we understand.”

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9 Manitoba ridings to watch on election night

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WINNIPEG —; When Manitoba voters watch Tuesday’s election results, they’ll be looking at one big race – who will be premier of the province – and 57 smaller races.

Keeping track of all the ridings can be daunting, especially when many constituencies are expected to switch seats.

Global News talked with political analyst Christopher Adams about which ridings watch for for on April 19.

Here are nine of them.

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Assiniboia: This riding was held by the Tories until NDP’s Jim Rondeau was elected in 1999, who won by just three votes. Since then, Rondeau has built up his margin of victory in each election. However, the seat is up for grabs this year at Rondeau is not seeking re-election, and there is a strong Progressive Conservative candidate in the running – former Member of Parliament Steven Fletcher. Adams said because of Fletcher’s strong name recognition, this is a riding that could turn blue.

Brandon East: Since 1969 this riding has been safe for the NDP. However, for the first time in nearly 50 years the party is at risk of losing the constituency to the Tories, said Adams. NDP’s Drew Caldwell is seeking re-election, but a December 2015 poll showed his support dropping, with only 18 per cent of those asked saying they would vote for Caldwell, who has been the riding’s MLA since 1999. Adams said Len J. IsLeifson, the former city councillor, is a strong PC candidate here, meaning the riding could turn blue on April 19.

Burrows: Incumbent NDP Melanie Wight is defending her seat from four rookie politicians, includingCindy Lamoureux, the daughter of former MLA Kevin Lamoureux. Adams said Lamoureux’s name recognition means the historically orange riding could turn red on election night.

Dauphin: This riding has been a stronghold for the NDP, but veteran MLA Stan Struthers’ retirement means the area is very vulnerable, said Adams. Struthers was part of the ‘Rebel Five’ who started a revolt against the party leadership in 2014, and resigned from his cabinet position. 

Fort Rouge: This riding is going to be one of the biggest ridings to watch for, according to Adams. With the departure of Jennifer Howard, who was part of the rebel five, there are strong candidates facing off. The NDP have star candidate Wab Kinew seeking election, but he came under fire this campaign for controversial lyrics he wrote years ago. The leader of the Liberal Party, Rana Bokhari is running, while the PC’s also have a well-known candidate, Audrey Gordan. Adams said this riding seems to be a three way race.

Kirkfield Park: Prior to the 2007 election, this riding was held exclusively by the Tories since its creation in 1981. However, in 2007 NDP MLA Sharon Blady won by over 1,000 votes more than the PC candidate. She repeated the victory in 2011—but by just 21 votes, the smallest margin in the province. In this election she faces off against a PC star candidate, Scott Fielding, who held a city council seat in roughly the same area.

River Heights: The constituency has been Liberal since 1999, when former Liberal leader Jon Gerrard took the seat. Although Gerrard is seeking re-election, there is a threat from PC candidate, Tracey Maconachie, who is the current president of the Life Sciences Association of Manitoba. In the 2011 election Gerrard took the win with 45 per cent of the votes with PC candidate Marty Morantz hot on his heels with 32 per cent.

Selkirk: NDP incumbent Greg Dewer has held this riding since 1990, but this could change on April 19, said Adams. The riding is an area that demographically fits a Tories profile, and federally has elected PC MP James Bezan, said Adams. However the provincial PC candidate, David Horbas, was dumped in January 2016, after the Tories posted a statement citing that the party had concerns about his campaign involvement and level of performance. Alan Lagimodiere is now running.

Tyndall Park: This riding has been held by the NDPs since its creation in 2008. However, this is another constituency that may go Liberal on election night, said Adams. The Liberal candidate, Aida Champagne  is well-known in the community and stands a chance of taking the seat away from NDP incumbent Ted Marcelino.

South half of Winnipeg: While not a specific riding, this is a large area to watch for come Tuesday evening. Adams said the entire south half of Winnipeg is vulnerable of switching from NDP to PC or Liberal. This includes areas such as St. Norbert, Fort Richmond, Southdale and Seine River.

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The search for Antoine Jarvis continues in Laval

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LAVAL – Police search efforts have yet to turn up any sign of Antoine Jarvis. The 19-year-old has been missing for an excruciating 10 days.

With no new leads, family and friends decided to launch a search party of their own.

Nearly fifty people showed up Sunday at the Saint-Maxime High School near Jarvis’ home in Laval to help in the search, before splitting up into smaller groups. The hope was to cover as much ground as possible in and around Laval.

Friends and family members continued their search for Antoine Jarvis in wooded areas of Laval. Sunday, April 17, 2016.

The efforts were led by Antoine’s mother, Angela Palmer and his sister, Shanelle Jarvis.

“The support that’s been given, the outcry that’s been given is really commendable,” Palmer said. “I really want to thank everybody for that.”

Antoine Jarvis has been missing since April 7.

He was last seen around his home in Laval’s Chomedy district.

Saturday, his family searched downtown Montreal, today they searched wooded areas near new developments.

They hoped to find clues even though they knew it would be a long shot.

“I know my brother is alive, for sure, I know he’s alive, and I feel like he’s hiding in one of these forests,” said Shanelle Jarvis. “He’s not too far from home. I know that for sure, because I know my brother and I know he wouldn’t travel a very long distance.”

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Devante Smith-Pelley asks public for help in locating missing cousin



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