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.

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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, 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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Pope Francis brings 12 Syrian refugees home with him to Italy

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MORIA, Greece — In an extraordinary gesture both political and personal, Pope Francis brought 12 Syrian Muslims to Italy aboard his plane Saturday after an emotional visit to the Greek island of Lesbos, which has faced the brunt of Europe’s migration crisis.

Refugees on the overwhelmed island fell to their knees and wept at his presence. Some 3,000 migrants on Lesbos are facing possible deportation back to Turkey under a new deal with the European Union, and the uncertainty has caused heavy strains.

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Francis decided only a week ago to bring the three refugee families to Italy after a Vatican official suggested it. He said he accepted the proposal “immediately” since it fit the spirit of his visit to Lesbos.

“It’s a drop of water in the sea. But after this drop, the sea will never be the same,” he said of his gesture, quoting one of Mother Teresa’s phrases.

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During the five-hour trip, Francis implored European nations to respond to the migrant crisis on its shores “in a way that is worthy of our common humanity.” The Greek island just a few miles from the Turkish coast has seen hundreds of thousands of desperate people land on its beaches and rocks in the last year, fleeing war and poverty at home.

The pope visited Lesbos alongside the spiritual leader of the world’s Orthodox Christians and the head of the Church of Greece. They came to give a united Christian message thanking the Greek people for welcoming migrants and highlighting the plight of refugees as the 28-nation EU implements a plan to deport them back to Turkey.

Francis insisted his gesture to bring the 12 refugees to Italy was “purely humanitarian,” not political. But in comments on the flight home, he urged Europe to not only welcome refugees but better integrate them into society, so they are not left in ghettos where they can become prey to radicalization.

Many refugees wept at Francis’ feet as he and the two Orthodox leaders approached them at the Moria refugee detention center on Lesbos, where they greeted 250 people individually. Others chanted “Freedom! Freedom!” as they passed by.

Francis bent down as one young girl knelt at his feet, sobbing uncontrollably. The pope also blessed a man who wailed “Thank you! Please Father, bless me!”

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The Vatican said the three Syrian families, which including six children, who came to Rome will be supported by the Holy See and cared for initially by Italy’s Catholic Sant’Egidio Community. They were treated to a raucous welcome Saturday night in Rome, with drummers thumping, a crowd applauding and the three mothers receiving a single red rose.

“I thank you for what you have done,” Nour, a mother of a 2-year-old, said of the pope. “I hope this gesture has an effect on refugee policy.”

Nour and her husband, Hasan, are both engineers who lived in Zabatani, a mountainous area near the Lebanese border that has been bombed. Another family with two children hailed from Damascus and a third family with three children came from Deir el-Zour, a city close to the Iraqi border that the Islamic State group has been besieging for months, leading to malnutrition.

Two of the three had their homes bombed, said Sant’Egidio’s refugee chief, Daniela Pompei.

She said the three families had been given Italian humanitarian visas and would now apply for asylum. Francis said they were selected not because they were Muslim, but because their papers were in order. They had arrived on Lesbos before the EU deportation date.

“It’s a small gesture,” he said. “But these are the small gestures that all men and women must do to give a hand to those in need.”

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In perhaps a first, a baby’s cry could be heard aboard the papal plane as Francis spoke. The 12 refugees sat right behind the papal delegation on the aircraft, and Francis greeted each one on the tarmac in Lesbos, again on the tarmac in Rome, and during the flight, said Pompei.

Francis seemed particularly shaken by the trauma the children he met at the detention center suffered as a result of their experiences. He showed reporters a picture one Afghan child gave him of a sun weeping over a sea where boats carrying refugees had sunk.

“If the sun is able to weep, so can we,” Francis said. “A tear would do us good.”

Hundreds of migrants have drowned so far this year in the waters between Greece and Turkey.

At a ceremony in Lesbos to thank the Greek people, Francis said he understood Europe’s concern about the migrant influx. But he said migrants are human beings “who have faces, names and individual stories” and deserve to have their most basic human rights respected.

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“God will repay this generosity,” he promised.

In his remarks to refugees, Francis said they should know that they are not alone and shouldn’t lose hope.

Human rights groups have denounced the EU-Turkey deportation deal as an abdication of Europe’s obligation to grant protection to asylum-seekers.

The March 18 deal stipulates that anyone arriving clandestinely on Greek islands since March 20 will be returned to Turkey unless they successfully apply for asylum in Greece. For every Syrian sent back, the EU will take another Syrian directly from Turkey for resettlement in Europe. In return, Turkey was granted billions of euros to deal with the more than 2.7 million Syrian refugees living there and promised that its stalled accession talks with the EU would speed up.

During the visit, Francis, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and the archbishop of Athens, Ieronymos II, signed a joint declaration urging the world to make the protection of human lives a priority and to extend temporary asylum to those in need. It also called on political leaders to ensure that everyone can remain in their homelands and enjoy the “right to live in peace and security.”

“The world will be judged by the way it has treated you,” Bartholomew told the refugees. “And we will all be accountable for the way we respond.”

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Francis and the two Orthodox leaders, officially divided from Catholics over a 1,000-year schism, lunched with eight of the refugees to hear their stories. They then went to the island’s main port to pray together and toss floral wreaths into the sea in memory of those who didn’t survive the journey.

Earlier, Francis met Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the airport and thanked him for the generosity shown by his people despite their own economic troubles. Tsipras said he was proud of Greece’s response when other European nations “were erecting walls and fences to prevent defenseless people from seeking a better life.”

Hours before the pope arrived, the European border patrol agency Frontex intercepted a dinghy carrying 41 Syrians and Iraqis off the coast of Lesbos. The refugees were detained.

The son of Italian immigrants to Argentina, Francis has made the plight of refugees, the poor and downtrodden the focus of his ministry as pope.


Winfield reported from Rome and Becatoros from Athens.

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Liberal MP Housefather to tackle assisted-dying bill

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OTTAWA – Anthony Housefather was already under pressure when he was elected as the Liberal member of Parliament for the Quebec riding of Mount Royal.

His predecessor? Irwin Cotler, a parliamentarian widely respected for his advocacy on justice and human rights who held the riding for 16 years.

Housefather knew he had big shoes to fill, even though, as he jokes, Cotler only wears a size eight.

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    But the task ahead is also pressure packed — Housefather is chair of the House of Commons justice committee, soon to start studying the Liberal government’s polarizing assisted-dying bill.

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    Making sure everyone feels their voice has been heard in the ensuing debate will be a challenge, he said.

    “There are a number of values that are involved and some of them may be conflicting,” he said.

    “It’s our job as parliamentarians to make sure we work them out, and in respect of the court decision and the charter — and my goal is that our committee will come out with everybody feeling that that’s what we did.”

    Housefather has yet to hang a single picture in his ground floor office on Parliament Hill and it’s unlikely he’ll have much time to decorate now. It’s expected to be May before the committee receives the bill and they are facing a tight deadline — the new law must be in place by June 6 to comply with the Supreme Court’s ruling striking down the existing ban on medically assisted death as unconstitutional.

    Late nights, early mornings, meetings five times a day — all are on the table, Housefather said, in an effort to make that deadline.

    Another goal is keeping the study as free from partisanship as possible. One way is to have a witness list created collaboratively, not by each party submitting their own slate, he said.

    “My hope is we can all come together, understanding what everybody thinks and if you don’t achieve a consensus at least you’ve tried and you understand why you haven’t and you respect each other’s point of view,” he said.

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    Housefather, 44, has a wide smile and bouncing energy.

    He tries to work out 90 minutes a day and is an avid swimmer, having competed in his youth and more recently in a Jewish multi-sport event held every four years in Israel known as the Maccabiah Games.

    But his cheerful tone drops an octave when asked about his personal belief on whether a person should have a legal right to get help ending their life.

    “I do believe in the autonomy of individuals and I do believe in a general sense, individuals should have a right to control their lives and in certain, specific, limited cases, their death,” he said.

    “But I think the goal for me is that very few people will ever want to make this right available to themselves because we’ve created a system of medicine and palliative care that ensure there are people that are not living in constant pain as they live out their natural life.”

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Montrealers bid final farewell to Jean Lapierre

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MONTREAL – Hundreds of mourners gathered at Saint-Viateur d’Outremont Church Saturday to say goodbye to Jean Lapierre and his wife, Nicole Beaulieu.

The ex-political commentator, three of his siblings and Beaulieu were among the seven people who died in a plane crash in eastern Quebec on March 29.

Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, along with former prime ministers and other dignitaries were all in attendance to pay their respects.

“Of course, we’re remembering Jean, who was an extraordinary, thoughtful, passionate man who was deeply committed to his country and always looked for the very best in it,” Prime Minister Trudeau said.

“We’re not going to see someone like Jean Lapierre for a very long time,” said former prime minister, Jean Charest. “I don’t think we’ll ever see someone who has carved out the place he had carved out for himself.”

Those in attendance highlighted the face that not only did Quebecers listen to Lapierre, politicians did as well.

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    “We always listened very carefully to what he was saying in the morning – not only because he was setting the tone, of course he was also criticizing governments, sometimes quite severely but also giving some advice,” said Quebec Premier, Philippe Couillard.

    Hundreds of people attended a funeral last week for Lapierre, 59, his father Raymond, his two brothers, one of his sisters and Beaulieu in Lapierre’s hometown of Bassin in Iles-de-la-Madeleine.

    Lapierre’s father died of Parkinson’s disease just a few days before the crash, which also killed pilots Pascal Gosselin and Fabrice Labourel. The victims were on their way to the father’s funeral when the plane crashed.

    During Saturday’s Outremont ceremony, his daughter, Marie-Anne, read an excerpt of a poem Lapierre was supposed to read at his father’s funeral. It was found in his luggage.

    “It was a message to console us,” she said. “He left it to us without even knowing it.”

    “He was genuine man, he was a great communicator and above all, a very good human being,” said PQ MNA, Bernard Drainville. “I think we need to be here to say thank you to him and to stand with his family.”

    WATCH BELOW: Respected political commentator and former MP Jean Lapierre continues to unite people even after his death, according to one of his many friends.  Mike Armstrong reports. 

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50-50 chance of oil production cap at OPEC meeting: expert

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DOHA, Qatar – OPEC isn’t what it used to be.

Ahead of a planned meeting of most of the cartel and other major oil producers in Qatar to approve a freeze on oil production, some OPEC members are pumping record levels of crude even as prices wallow at less than half their level two years ago — a clear sign of the dissention gripping the group.

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While markets may well react off any decision made on Sunday in Doha, analysts predict low prices will continue through this year and into the next as producers keep pumping to keep their government budgets afloat.

That calls into question what long-term gain producers can expect from a promised freeze, and indeed how much power OPEC now wields as American shale firms stand poised to re-enter the market if prices rise.

“We put the probability of a successful freeze agreement … at 50 per cent,” Societe Generale analyst Michael Wittner wrote this month. “There is simply a tremendous amount of uncertainty.”

At least 15 oil-producing nations representing about 73 per cent of world output are expected at the Doha meeting, Qatar’s energy and industry minister, Mohammed bin Saleh al-Sada, has said. The gathering follows a surprise Doha meeting in February between Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, in which they pledged to cap their crude output to their January levels if other producers do the same.

The countries hope the cap will help global oil prices rebound from their dramatic fall since summer 2014, when prices stood at above $100 a barrel, though no one is talking seriously about the more dramatic step of reducing global supply by collectively cutting production for now.

Prices dropped briefly under $30 a barrel, a 12-year low, in January, but have climbed to around $40 a barrel this week, boosted in part by market speculation about the coming meeting.

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The drop is good news for consumers. Drivers in the United States now pay $2.05 a gallon (54 cents a litre) on average, the lowest rate for this same date since 2009, according to AAA. Airlines also have enjoyed savings of billions of dollars in jet fuel costs.

But for producing countries that depend on oil revenues, the results have been devastating. OPEC member Nigeria’s once-fast-growing economy cratered, while Venezuela faces triple-digit inflation and rationing.

The low prices have squeezed wealthy Gulf nations too, though less dramatically, with rulers across the United Arab Emirates raising fees on airport departures and parking.

Iraq says it boosted its production to over 4 million barrels of oil a day in March, record territory, as Kuwait says it pumps 3 million barrels a day and wants to reach 4 million a day by 2020.

Analysts say Bahrain, Oman and Saudi Arabia face the biggest threat from the low prices, especially if no deal is struck.

OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia, producing some 10 million barrels of oil per day, is rapidly burning through cash reserves while keeping its production high to fund its ongoing war in Yemen and cover government spending.

“If nothing is decided in Doha, then the fiscal constraints will accelerate much more rapidly than if action is taken and oil prices respond,” said Mathias Angonin, a Dubai-based analyst with the ratings agency Moody’s.

Some are hopeful for an agreement. Anas al-Saleh, Kuwait’s finance minister and acting oil minister, smiled and acknowledged being optimistic before being whisked away in an elevator with his entourage after entering the luxury hotel hosting the meeting in Doha.

But several spoilers lurk for oil producers, chief among them OPEC member Iran, which announced late Friday it would send an emissary to the meeting.

With many international sanctions lifted after its nuclear deal with world powers, Iran began exporting oil into the European market again and is eager to claw back a market share. It produces 3.2 million barrels of oil a day now, with hopes of increasing to 4 million by April 2017. On Friday, the Iranian Oil Ministry reiterated it would not join a freeze “before it brings its oil exports to the pre-sanctions levels.”

Sunni-ruled Saudi Arabia already has said it won’t back any freeze if Iran, its Shiite rival, doesn’t agree to it, throwing into question whether any deal will be agreed to at all. The kingdom seems determined to ride out the low prices that could squeeze Tehran.

That dispute underscores the level of discord inside OPEC as it faces arguably its biggest challenge since the oil glut of the 1980s.

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“Ultimately, we believe the biggest hurdle to reaching any meaningful agreement will be the conflicting Saudi and Iranian stances,” Goldman Sachs said in a report released this week.

Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said nothing to journalists after arriving in Doha.

Yet there is a market risk to walking away without a deal: a contentious OPEC meeting in December that ended without an agreement saw oil prices tumble.

Meanwhile, though more-costly U.S. shale oil production has dropped, it could re-enter the market if oil prices rise. And a large amount of crude already building up provides a major damper on prices, as does a generally weakened global economy, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

Perhaps prophetically, Goldman Sachs titled its recent report: “Doha is no panacea.”

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Death toll reaches 41 after 2 nights of quakes in Japan

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OZU, Japan – The wooden home barely withstood the first earthquake. An even stronger one the next night dealt what might have been the final blow – if not to the house, then to the Tanaka family’s peace of mind.

The Tanakas joined about 50 other residents of the southern Japanese town of Ozu who were planning to sleep in their cars at a public park Saturday after two nights of increasingly terrifying earthquakes that have killed 41 people, flattened houses and triggered major landslides.

“I don’t think we can go back there. Our life is in limbo,” said 62-year-old Yoshiaki Tanaka, as other evacuees served rice balls for dinner. He, his wife and his 85-year-old mother fled their home after a magnitude-7.3 earthquake struck Saturday at 1:25 a.m., just 28 hours after a magnitude-6.5 quake hit the same area.

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Army troops and other rescuers, using military helicopters to reach some stranded at a mountain resort, rushed Saturday to try to reach scores of trapped residents in hard-hit communities near Kumamoto, a city of 740,000 on the southwestern island of Kyushu.

Heavy rain started falling Saturday night, threatening to complicate the relief operation and set off more mudslides.

“Daytime today is the big test” for rescue efforts, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said early Saturday. Landslides had already cut off roads and destroyed bridges, slowing down rescuers.

Nearly 200,000 homes were without electricity, Japanese media reported, and an estimated 400,000 households were without running water.

Kumamoto prefectural official Riho Tajima said that more than 200 houses and other buildings had been either destroyed or damaged, and that 91,000 people had evacuated from their homes.

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Hundreds of people lined up for rations at distribution points before nightfall, bracing for the rain and strong winds that were expected. Local stores quickly ran out of stock and shuttered their doors, and people said they were worried about running out of food.

Police in Kumamoto prefecture said that at least 32 people had died from Saturday morning’s earthquake. Nine died in the quake on Thursday night.

More than half the deaths were in Mashiki, a town on the eastern border of Kumamoto city that was hit hardest by the first quake.

Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported that four people were missing in Minamiaso, a more rural area farther east of Kumamoto where the landslides were triggered by the second quake.

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One landslide tore open a mountainside in Minamiaso from the top to a highway below. Another gnawed at a highway, above a smashed house that had fallen down a ravine. In another part of the village, houses were hanging precariously at the edge of a huge hole cut open in the earth.

About 1,500 people were injured in the two earthquakes, said Yoshihide Suga, the Japanese government’s top spokesman. He said the number of troops in the area was being raised to 20,000, while additional police and firefighters were also on the way.

In Mashiki, where people were trapped beneath the rubble for hours, an unconscious 93-year-old woman, Yumiko Yamauchi, was dragged out from the debris of her home Saturday and taken by ambulance to a hospital. Her son-in-law Tatsuhiko Sakata said she had refused to move to shelter with him after the first quake Thursday.

“When I came to see her last night, I was asking her: ‘Mother? I’m here! Do you remember me? Do you remember my face?’ She replied with a huge smile filled with joy. A kind of smile that I would never forget. And that was the last I saw of her,” Sakata said.

Japanese TV showed a collapsed student dormitory at Aso city’s Tokai University that was originally two floors, but now looked like a single-story building. A witness said he heard a cry for help from the rubble. Two students were reported to have died there.

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The area has been rocked by aftershocks. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the magnitude-7.3 quake early Saturday may have been the main one, with the one from Thursday night a precursor.

Tanaka, the man spending the night in his car with others in Ozu, had spent Friday starting to clean up the mess from the first earthquake, hoping the aftershocks would gradually subside.

“Then came the big one, which was so powerful I couldn’t even stand on my feet. It was horrifying,” he said, adding that when he left, his house was tilted at an angle.

David Rothery, professor of planetary geosciences at The Open University in Britain, said Saturday’s quake was 30 times more powerful than the one Thursday.

“It is unusual but not unprecedented for a larger and more damaging earthquake to follow what was taken to be the main event,” he said.

A crushed car is seen after a recent earthquake on April 16, 2016 in Kumamoto, Japan.

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A residents stand in front of damaged house in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Saturday, April 16, 2016.

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Police and firefighters try to rescue residents trapped inside an apartment which the first floor was crashed by an earthquake in Minamiaso, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan Saturday, April 16, 2016.

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Residents walk along collapsed houses in Mashiki, Kumamoto prefecture, southern Japan, Friday, April 15, 2016, after a magnitude-6.5 earthquake.

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Rescue team saved a man from his house buried alive on April 16, 2016 in Kumamoto, Japan. Following a 6.4 magnitude earthquake on April 14th, the Kumamoto prefecture was once again struck by a 7.3 magnitude earthquake.

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Rothery noted that in March 2011, a magnitude-7.2 earthquake in northern Japan was followed two days later by the magnitude-9.0 quake that caused a devastating tsunami that killed more than 18,000 people.

Mount Aso, near the village of Minamiaso, erupted Saturday for the first time in a month, sending smoke rising about 100 metres (328 feet) into the air, but no damage was reported. It was not clear whether there was a link between the quakes and the eruption. The 1,592-meter (5,223-foot) -high mountain is about a 90-miniute drive from the epicenter.

The second earthquake seriously damaged historic Aso Shrine, a picturesque complex near the volcano. A number of buildings with curved tiled roofs were flattened on the ground like lopsided fans. A towering gate, known as the “cherry blossom gate,” collapsed.

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

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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.

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    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

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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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

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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

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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

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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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