Stephen Curry: Donald Trump's LeBron James rhetoric based in 'longstanding racism'

Warriors guard Stephen Curry gave a blunt assessment of Donald Trump Tuesday ahead of his participation in the  Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament. (AP)

Donald Trump’s tweet last week questioning LeBron James’ intelligence drew widespread condemnation from the NBA community and was even challenged by First Lady Melania Trump.


Stephen Curry: Trump’s rhetoric based in racism

Stephen Curry took part in the initial wave of support for James and provided perhaps the most blunt assessment yet of Trump’s stance during a Tuesday interview ahead of his appearance in this week’s Ellie Mae Classic golf tournament.

“That rhetoric is all based in some longstanding racism in terms of black men with a voice in power,” Curry told The San Jose Mercury News. “Unfortunately, that’s being revealed more and more as the days go on.”

Curry has swiped at Trump before

It’s not the first time Curry has taken on Trump in the media. In 2017, Curry all but called the president an ass after Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank applauded Trump as an “asset for the country.

Curry sided with James in June on the decision of athletes choosing to eschew the traditional White House visit after winning championships while Trump is in office. Curry’s Golden State Warriors did not attend the White House after winning the last two NBA championships.

Athletes continue to challenge Trump’s role in racism

Curry’s Tuesday statement is the latest example of athletes and coaches overtly referring to the latent racism in America that has risen to the surface under Trump’s presidency.

In 2016 San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich described the Trump campaign as “xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynistic.”

Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown spoke openly in January about his experience with racism and called out Trump by name for his role in making bigotry a more accepted part of the American fabric.

Trump’s attack on James was a reaction to the NBA superstar telling CNN that Trump was using race and sports to divide Americans.

And now Curry, perhaps James’ fiercest on-court rival, has once again aligned with James on an off-court issue of significance.

The NBA and its most visible figures clearly have no intention of backing down from Trump as long as he’s in office.

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  • Prince William, Kate kick off five-day Pakistan tour
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    Prince William, Kate kick off five-day Pakistan tour

    ISLAMABAD — Britain's Prince William and his wife Kate kicked off a five-day tour of Pakistan on Tuesday amid much fanfare and tight security.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met with President Arif Alvi and Prime Minister Imran Khan. They were scheduled to attend a cultural event later in the day.Authorities deployed more than 1,000 police and paramilitary forces to ensure the royal entourage's protection, setting up checkpoints and roadblocks in parts of the capital, Islamabad.Alvi and his wife welcomed the couple, releasing a statement saying the president "commended" them for raising "awareness about mental health, climate change, and poverty alleviation."Prince William thanked the president for his warm welcome and the hospitality extended to him and his entourage, the statement said.The royals were accompanied by British Ambassador Thomas Drew, the Duke's private secretary, Simon Case, and Christian Jones, communications secretary to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, according to a government statement.The royal couple's first engagements were visiting a school for girls in the capital followed by a tour of the nearby national park at Margalla Hills.The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who are strong advocates of girls' education, were greeted by teachers and children on their arrival at the Model College for Girls.Wearing a royal blue traditional kurta — a loose collarless shirt — and trousers, Kate sat with children in a classroom as Prince William shook hands with a teacher.According to the United Nations' annual Human Development report, most Pakistani girls will drop out after primary school and on average go to school for seven years. Barely 27% of girls in Pakistan attend secondary school, the report said, compared to nearly 50% among boys.Taliban militants in Pakistan violently oppose girls' education and infamously shot Malala Yousafzai — now a leading girls' education activist who attends Oxford University in Britain. Militants in recent years have damaged girls' schools in the northwest, including the Swat Valley, which is home to Yousafzai.The royal couple arrived in Islamabad Monday night.William's mother, Princess Diana, visited Pakistan in the 1990s to participate in a fundraising event for a cancer hospital built by Khan, who took office last year. Diana died in a car accident in 1997 and many Pakistanis still remember her for her charity work.Khan's office later said the prime minister's meeting with the royal couple was held in a "warm and cordial atmosphere."It said Khan "recalled the love and affection among the people of Pakistan for Princess Diana, because of her compassion as well as commitment to support charitable causes."Britain's Press Association reported that Pakistan's cricket star-turned-politician Khan during his meeting with the royal couple recalled a conversation with William some 22 years ago about his ambitions of becoming prime minister.On Tuesday, Pakistan Information Minister Firdous Ashiq Awan took to Twitter to note the visit is taking place months after British Airways resumed flights to Pakistan, over a decade after they were suspended in the wake of a truck bombing of a hotel in the capital, which killed dozens.Pakistan has witnessed scores of attacks in recent years, though the security situation has improved recently.While the royal couple was in Islamabad, a roadside bomb went off near a police vehicle in the southwestern city of Quetta, killing a police officer and wounding 10 people. The couple had no plan to visit that region.For security reasons, authorities shared limited details about William and Kate's itinerary, which is expected to include a visit to the country's scenic northern provinces and the historic eastern city of Lahore.___Associated Press writers Kathy Gannon in Islamabad and Abdul Sattar in Quetta contributed to this report.B.K. Bangash And Munir Ahmed, The Associated Press

  • Scheer's Winnipeg stop in midst of storm recovery efforts raises frustrations
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    Scheer's Winnipeg stop in midst of storm recovery efforts raises frustrations

    WINNIPEG — First Nations residents forced to evacuate their Manitoba homes after a recent snowstorm expressed frustration Monday that Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was campaigning in the area instead of helping out.Though NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he'd changed his own travel plans to avoid the province, Scheer's itinerary was not adjusted, and he dodged questions about whether he should have modified his plans or tried to assist while there.Scheer said his campaign did not want to disrupt the important work the Red Cross and others were doing to assist those affected by the storm.He said he made a personal donation to the Red Cross, though would not disclose the amount, and encouraged others to do the same."We are sending our best wishes, our hearts are going out to those people who are affected by the storm," he told reporters. "We know the important work to clean up afterwards and get power restored is underway, and we certainly hope that happens as quickly as possible."Approximately 16,393 Manitoba homes and businesses were still without power Monday evening after a snowstorm that the province's Crown energy utility said had done an unprecedented amount of damage to transmission lines and towers. It could take more than a week to repair.Premier Brian Pallister had declared a state of emergency early Sunday morning.Scheer's campaign pulled into the Radisson Hotel in downtown Winnipeg midday Monday for the first stop on the last week of the election campaign.His theme for the final days is to lay out what a Conservative government would do during its first 100 days in office.He promised Monday to table a fiscal update within 45 days of forming government that would include implementing tax credits for green home renovations, public transit and children's arts and fitness programs by Jan. 1, 2020.But his message track was quickly derailed when his campaign team walked into the lobby to find babies, teenagers, their parents and grandparents from Lake Manitoba impatiently milling around.Their First Nation was one of six evacuated after the storm, and one resident nearly broke down in tears as she described what her family had been through since their power cut out on Saturday morning.Margaret Missyabit said she walked from her house to her brother's, after failing to get any information by phone on when the power might come back on. It was there she learned they were being evacuated.Many people had little time to take anything but the clothes on their backs, and since arriving in Winnipeg had been given no support beyond hotel rooms and meal vouchers from local authorities.Missyabit grew agitated when asked whether she thought Scheer should be campaigning in the area."No," she exclaimed.""He should be helping out, if he wants to campaign he should help the people."Missyabit said the government needs to step up and help not just her community, but the thousands of others unsure where they would sleep.Her family was being moved out of the Radisson and she had no idea where they were going next, she said."We're not animals to be shuffled around like this. It's frustrating."Scheer's campaign staff said they did not know the hotel was being used as a temporary residence, and did not ask for the group to be moved.At an evening rally, Candice Bergen, a Conservative MP running for re-election, said Scheer made the right choice to be in the province on Monday."Even though we've been through a storm, and we're going through a bit of a battle, we are resilient, we come together, we fight together," she told hundreds of cheering supporters packed into a local curling club."Manitobans care about this election and they are so happy that Andrew Scheer is here today to support us."Winnipeg is a potential hot spot for Conservatives this election. The Liberals took seven out of eight seats in the city in 2015, a feat not expected to be repeated this time around.But Scheer warned those thinking of casting ballots for them that if they do, they'll just end up with a coalition government of the Liberals and NDP, and the result will be life that's just more expensive for everyone."I do not believe that Canadians want a Trudeau-NDP coalition, a government where Justin Trudeau may be the spokesperson but the NDP are calling the shots."Scheer campaigned Monday in one riding the Conservatives are hoping to win back from the Liberals: Kildonan-St. Paul. Scheer visited an assisted-living facility with local candidate Raquel Dancho. The duo poured coffee and tea for residents and made small talk about the food, and the Thanksgiving holiday.One man said to Scheer, "You look familiar." He replied, "I hope so."Another resident appeared to know exactly who Scheer was, as she pressed him on his position on pharmacare. Jeanette Goertzen told him she is Metis and has limited drug coverage. She pointed to her hearing aid, noting it cost her thousands, and she did not recoup the full cost from the province. Scheer told her his party is committed to not cutting the amount of money the federal government transfers to the provinces for health care, and she nodded, saying later she appreciated the answer.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 14, 2019.Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

  • Rise in RCMP pursuit collisions prompts policy review
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    Rise in RCMP pursuit collisions prompts policy review

    Ten months after worrying he would lose his life in a police chase, RCMP Sgt. Stephen Browne returned to the quiet suburban street in Airdrie, Alta., just outside Calgary, where he and his partner had ended the pursuit. "I received a crushed tibia plateau on my left leg, torn knee cartilage on my left leg as well," he recalled, surveying the stretch of road where he was injured. "It hurts when you get run over by a car."Browne is one of three RCMP officers seriously injured in pursuits across Canada in 2013-2018.Watch the pursuit that injured Browne:Data obtained by CBC through an access to information request reveals the number of collisions in that time period has grown, too, in the country and particularly in Alberta. Fleeing motorists rammed or damaged 16 RCMP vehicles in Canada in 2013. That number rose to 45 last year. In total, 197 vehicles have been struck in the six-year period. A majority of those vehicles, 87, were hit in Alberta. The RCMP's national command refused to speak with the CBC about the subject, and said the data in question is a "very small sample size," making it difficult to draw meaningful conclusions without examining "each individual incident." However, the force considers the problem serious enough that they are reviewing their training and policy.'I wasn't going to win that one'On Dec. 1, 2018, Browne and his partner spotted a motorist driving erratically while they were on duty."We attempted a traffic stop," Browne said, but it did not work.Dramatic police dash-cam video shows the driver, Skyler Stevens-Rose, speeding away instead. Browne and his partner took off after him, eventually joined by a second police car. Stevens-Rose got his Subaru stuck on an embankment and stopped.Thinking the chase over, Browne hopped out of his car and reached for his sidearm, intending to ask Stevens-Rose and his passengers to step out of theirs.That's when Stevens-Rose reversed, striking both police cruisers, as well as the sergeant, dragging him over a length of pavement before he stopped for good. "I tried to back away from the vehicle as best I could," Browne said. "But, time and distance and speed, I wasn't going to win that one." He underwent surgery followed by several months of physiotherapy.Trend difficult to understand Nobody CBC News spoke to could explain why there are more collisions now, though they offered some theories about how they happen. "Some of these guys think they're cool, some of these guys have a different mindset than you and me,"  said Alain Hepner, a criminal defence attorney in Calgary. Watch a driver try to ram his way out of a McDonald's drive-thru in Alberta:Hepner represented Stevens-Rose in court. His client pleaded guilty, admitted to being high on cocaine and drunk at the time of the event and expressed what Browne has accepted as genuine remorse.But Hepner said that is not always the case."Often it's because there's a ton of drugs in the car, often. Or contraband of some kind. Or guns."Between 2013-2018, British Columbia's RCMP had the second highest number of vehicles struck, following Alberta.The two provinces have the largest RCMP contingents in Canada, and, unlike Quebec or Ontario, no provincial police of their own.Alberta also has few municipal forces, leaving large swaths of territory in the Mounties' hands.Better data needed, expert says"We should be concerned about the police officers' safety, the public's safety," said Terry Coleman, an independent public safety consultant.Coleman had a long career spanning many police forces, including a stint at the head of the Moose Jaw Police Service in Saskatchewan.Back then, he instituted a policy banning pursuits."I got a lot of pushback from police officers," he said. "I said, 'I don't want to go and knock on your family's door and tell them that you died chasing a stolen vehicle.'" Coleman is not suggesting the RCMP go as far as banning chases, but he wants the Mounties to collect better data about them."I would also like to know, if I were going to do the analysis, not just how many there were in total, but how many were called off, and why they were called off. Now the usual answer to that is public safety, but I would like to know more about the circumstances," Coleman said.Changes coming, Mounties sayThe RCMP's national command declined multiple interview requests for this story, saying they had no subject matter experts available. But acting Sgt. Caroline Duval provided statements indicating police acknowledge there is an issue and they are working on it. "The RCMP has dedicated a project team to review our Emergency Vehicle Operation training and policy," she wrote in an email.The team has been around since 2017 and includes both traffic and use-of-force experts. Duval did not disclose what prompted the team to begin amending the force's pursuit policy or when it decided to do so, but she did write it wants to adopt "a guiding principle for initiating and/or continuing pursuits, rather than listing a series of offences as pursuable or non-pursuable." Non-pursuable offences on the current policy include vehicle theft or violations of provincial regulations and municipal bylaws.The team also wants to "enhance training for all RCMP officers," she wrote.As for data collection, Duval said "all incidents that meet the threshold of a police pursuit must be noted in a mandatory reporting form," including pursuits that are called off. But forms are not filled out if an officer never decides to initiate a pursuit in the first place.   The changes, both to the policy and training procedures, are expected in the coming months. For Stephen Browne, more training is a good idea.But he believes he had few options last December in Airdrie."Truly, there's nothing that I can think of that we could have done better to enhance our safety or the public safety, outside of not doing our job and trying to apprehend a dangerous driver," he said. Only recently back at work after his traumatic experience, Browne is grateful and considers himself lucky. But the 20-year veteran recognizes the job may never be the same again."I may have pain or a degree of pain for the rest of my life," he said.

  • The Legault factor: How Quebec's premier is influencing the federal election campaign
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    The Legault factor: How Quebec's premier is influencing the federal election campaign

    At the outset of the federal election campaign, Premier François Legault gave strict marching orders to his party: don't get involved.It was decreed that no minister, no backbencher, not even riding office staff, would be allowed to stump for a federal candidate, let alone weigh in on a federal issue.In explaining his decision, Legault said he didn't want to risk alienating whichever party forms the next government. These rules, apparently, did not apply to the boss.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had barely left Rideau Hall on Sept. 11 when Legault was clashing with the Liberal leader. After asking the Governor General to dissolve Parliament, Trudeau gave a news conference during which he was peppered with questions in French about Quebec's secularism law.The law, also known as Bill 21, bars public school teachers and other civil servants from wearing religious symbols at work. Its constitutionality is being challenged in court — opponents say it discriminates against minorities — and Trudeau was asked whether he thought the federal government should join the lawsuit.That would be "counter-productive," Trudeau replied. But he added a proviso, "for the moment."In Quebec City, hours later, Legault barreled into a scrum of journalists and made it clear that he was displeased with Trudeau's comments. He wanted the federal leaders to commit to staying out of the court challenge forever."I'm asking all federal parties to make sure, and to assure the population of Quebec, that they won't participate in any lawsuit against Bill 21," Legault said.   From that moment onward, the law has been one of the dominant themes of the campaign. Like the environment or the economy, it was discussed at all four debates. And regardless of where they are in the country, the party leaders are asked about it, in both official languages.If this state of affairs is partly Legault's own doing, then so too is the volatile electoral situation it has generated.By insisting that federal leaders steer clear of his controversial law, Legault created the conditions for the Bloc Québécois's resurgence.In the process, the outcome of Monday's election has become unpredictable. Casting doubtsFrom a strictly legal perspective, there is no obvious reason why Bill 21 should be the subject of so much discussion in a federal election campaign. It's provincial legislation, after all, and its future will be decided by the courts, not federal politicians.The only concrete policy difference among the federalist parties is whether they would seek intervener status in a court case. The Liberals say maybe; the Conservatives, NDP and Greens say no.Intervening, despite what the word invokes, doesn't mean the government is tipping the scales of justice in its preferred direction. It simply means its lawyers are allowed to provide additional arguments.   As others have pointed out, Ottawa has done this many times, only to see the courts favour the other side, including in the 1988 Morgentaler decision and, more recently, upholding Quebec's succession law.  Legault has made it clear he doesn't want federal politicians campaigning on their opposition to the law.But in doing so, he has made it appear they have some bearing on the law's ability to withstand a constitutional challenge.Trudeau took part in only one English-language debate and he used the opportunity to suggest he had taken the strongest position against Bill 21."I am the only one on this stage who has said, yes, a federal government might have to intervene on this," Trudeau said at one point. Though NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called Bill 21 "hurtful" and "wrong," it was Trudeau's remarks that drew rebuke from Legault. "I find it pretty special that Mr. Trudeau ... says he's ready to contest a law against the popular will of Quebecers," the premier said the following day.  "I find this very regrettable."That's helped generate the sense that Bill 21 is actively under threat from the federal government. The perceived danger of federal meddling has added to the allure of the Bloc, which has pitched itself as the one true defender of Bill 21.Since the start of the campaign, the Bloc has sought to cast doubt on the assurances of the federal parties that they wouldn't intervene.Leader Yves-François Blanchet tried to get his rivals to commit to ensuring no federal money whatsoever ended up funding anti-Bill 21 court challenges."This is the way to prove" their commitment to respecting Quebec's jurisdiction, Blanchet said.No one picked up the challenge. But the effect was to reinforce the uncertainty surrounding Bill 21's status, and help justify sending a large contingent of sovereigntist MPs to Ottawa. Finding common groundIt has, of course, been lost on no one in Quebec that Legault's scoldings about Bill 21 have targeted one politician in particular.Staring at faltering support in Quebec, once thought key to a Liberal majority, Trudeau may have sensed it wise to find some common ground with the premier. His government had initially been cool to Legault's desire to force newcomers to the province to pass some sort of values test, which would have required federal approval.So it came as a surprise to many in the province when, during Thursday's French-language debate, Trudeau appeared to suddenly green-light the idea.The backstory may be somewhat more complex. Quebec officials have, reportedly, watered down the proposal to make it fit within their immigration powers.But those details were likely lost on the largely Québécois debate audience. Trudeau was finally seen to be saying yes to one of Legault's nationalist policies.It's not clear, though, that the move generated the headlines the Liberal camp desired. On the day after the debate, Quebec City's Le Soleil ran a column by Jean-Marc Salvet under the banner: "And the winner is… François Legault."

  • Canadians must think like investors in oil and gas: Don Pittis
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    Canadians must think like investors in oil and gas: Don Pittis

    There is lots of money to be made in oil and gas stocks.In a world where most trading is short term, shares as volatile as those in the petroleum business can be cash cows for those who repeatedly get it right.On Friday, oil prices and petroleum stocks rose sharply after a what appeared to be a missile strike on an Iranian tanker. Historically, Middle East conflicts have been good for the price of oil and for the stocks of non-Middle-Eastern producers, at least in the short term. But as Koch Industries and the Norweigian pension fund unload shares in Canadian oil properties, it is fair to ask whether they know something the rest of us don't.If you are saving for retirement with a 30-year buy-and-hold strategy, should you be investing in oil and gas? The question is important even for those Canadians who don't have their own portfolio of stocks to manage, because as taxpayers that is what the governments are doing with your money.Displacing 'OPEC dictator oil'As part of his recent guest appearance in the national election campaign, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has been touting the advantages for Canada of fossil fuel extraction. And as one of Canada's most articulate political salesmen, he made a strong case, including during last week's interview on CBC Radio's The Current, that other provinces should support the industry."If they want to benefit from the resource wealth created in Alberta, then please help us to get that to global markets, get a fair price for it and displace OPEC dictator oil, both in Eastern Canada and around the world," he told guest host Kathleen Petty.But as he championed the fossil fuel sector Kenney appeared to be discounting a powerful new movement that has declared fossil fuels and the carbon they produce Public Enemy No. 1, dismissing youthful protesters as wild-eyed political radicals. "There were communist hammer-and-sickle flags out there — I wouldn't go to a rally with a hammer-and-sickle flag any more than I would to one with a swastika, quite frankly," said Kenny.While mentioning your opponents in the same breath as communists and Nazis may be good politics that will appeal to the conservative-minded and those whose livelihood depends on the oil industry, it may not be good investment advice.Plenty of thoughtful conservative voices, including the editors of the Economist magazine, Bank of England governor Mark Carney and corporate leaders have warned that long-term investors in fossil fuels must beware. If pressure to cut carbon output continues as sea levels rise, crops fail and more species go extinct, they have warned, oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels must be left in the ground.Many conservative economists have supported the carbon pricing that Kenney has adamantly opposed.As an investor it does not strictly matter if you believe in the forces that will make your portfolio rise or fall. But for your self-interest, you simply cannot ignore them.And many independent observers say it is very likely that the fossil fuel industry's days are numbered. The debate is mostly how long it's got.Mark Kamstra, a finance professor at the Schulich School of Business, a specialist in risk, is skeptical that society will quickly abandon fossil energy."Everyone can see the future and, sure, it's not really bright for oil 50 years from now, or even maybe 30 years from now," said Kamstra.He compares oil companies to Kodak, which faded away due to changing technology and new consumer needs. But he sees investment opportunities in the meantime. Rather than investing as much in exploration, oil and gas producers will return profits to shareholders resulting in higher dividends yields. Also, psychology can play a part.Oil stock embarrassment"You can't go to a party and boast about making money on oil stocks right now," jokes Kamstra.As shareholders divest to demonstrate their disapproval, they may have the unintended effect of making fossil fuel share prices lower than returns would justify, something observed with so-called sin stocks such as tobacco and liquor companies.But despite warnings of a climate emergency, the "extinction rebellion" and the student marches following the example of teenage climate champion Greta Thunberg, Kamstra believes the petroleum industry is simply too entrenched in economic life for the world to make a speedy pivot. "I just don't think people will be willing to make personal sacrifices. It's got to be win-win," said Kamstra.Matthew Klippenstein, a chemical engineer with a long history in the clean-energy sector, sees a win-win for the Alberta oil and gas industry as the world moves to low carbon.Kodak went bankrupt partly because it was terrified of undermining its own principal business that depended on film. But Klippenstein sees a way around that conundrum. Sophisticated players in the oil and gas sector including Suncor are already looking for ways to avoid the Kodak mistake, for example by installing high-speed electrical vehicle chargers in the company's Petro-Canada service stations.   Klippenstein, who recently worked on an innovation report for Zen Clean Energy Solutions, told me last week that Alberta's high-tech energy sector should use its skills and wealth, for example, in the young but growing hydrogen sector, which David Layzell at Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research says is already feasible. It's a low-carbon technology that will grow as oil and gas gradually declines.  "Yes, [Alberta's] energy sector and infrastructure are for now fossil-focused," wrote Klippenstein in a recent tweet.  "But that's incidental, not intrinsic."Like Kamstra, Klippenstein sees the demand for Canadian oil and gas continuing for decades. But the companies that survive and prosper will not be those that dig their heels in and refuse to change.If the low-carbon revolution actually happens, the companies that will still be worth owning in 30 years and the places that will attract investment will be those now making the effort and the investment to find ways to adapt.Follow Don on Twitter @don_pittis

  • Officer who shot naked man found not guilty of murder
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    Officer who shot naked man found not guilty of murder

    DECATUR, Ga. — A former Georgia police officer who fatally shot an unarmed, naked man was found not guilty of murder Monday but was convicted of aggravated assault and other charges that could send him to prison for more than 30 years.Robert "Chip" Olsen's face turned red and he squeezed his eyes shut tightly as the verdict was read. His wife, Kathy Olsen, began sobbing and had to be led from the courtroom.DeKalb County Superior Court Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson set bond for Olsen at $80,000, ordered him to wear an ankle monitor and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew in effect until his sentencing Nov. 1.Olsen, now 57, was a DeKalb County police officer in March 2015 when he responded to a call of a naked man behaving erratically outside an Atlanta-area apartment complex. Shortly after arriving, he fatally shot 26-year-old Anthony Hill, a U.S. Air Force veteran who had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. A grand jury indicted Olsen nearly a year after the shooting. Olsen is white and Hill was black.Hill's parents objected to Olsen being released on bond while he awaits sentencing."It's been four years that we've been waiting for this," said his mother, Carolyn Giummo. "My son is no longer here. ... I just feel like it's time now."In addition to aggravated assault, Olsen was convicted of two counts of violating his oath of office and one count of making a false statement. The assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years; each of the other three counts carries a sentence of up to five years.The jury acquitted Olsen on two counts of felony murder, charges that would have carried a mandatory sentence of life in prison. A felony murder charge doesn't imply intent to kill but rather that a death occurred as a person was committing another felony, in this case aggravated assault or violation of his oath.DeKalb County District Attorney Sherry Boston, whose office prosecuted the case, said she appreciated the time the jurors spent and respected their verdict."I think all of you know that these cases are very difficult, not just here in Georgia but across the United States," Boston told reporters. "It is very difficult to prosecute a police officer for murder under these circumstances."One of the jurors, who asked that his name not be used because he didn't want to be linked to the high-profile case, said the fact that Olsen was a police officer made the deliberations difficult, noting that about half the jurors believed Olsen was acting in self-defence.By the time they reached a verdict, jurors were pretty evenly split — largely along racial lines — between those who wanted to convict Olsen of murder and those who didn't, with most white jurors wanting to acquit, he said.Ultimately, the juror said, he was afraid they wouldn't be able to reach a unanimous verdict, the case would end up in a mistrial and a subsequent jury wouldn't convict on any of the counts. So he and some of the others agreed to acquit on the murder charges as long as they reached a guilty verdict on the aggravated assault charge."I felt good about it knowing that I got some justice out of it," he said.Monday's verdict came on the heels of a Texas jury finding a white former Dallas police officer guilty of murder in the shooting death of a black man in his home. Amber Guyger, who testified that she mistook Botham Jean's apartment for her own, was convicted on Oct. 1 and sentenced to 10 years in prison.Another Texas police officer shot and killed a black woman in her Fort Worth home early Saturday morning while responding to a call about an open front door. That officer, Aaron Dean, resigned before he could be fired and was charged with murder Monday in the death of 28-year-old Atatiana Jefferson.In the Olsen case , the apartment complex property manager testified that she saw Hill, a resident, wearing shorts but no shoes or shirt and behaving strangely on March 9, 2015. After maintenance workers got him to go to his apartment, he reemerged a short time later without any clothes.The property manager, who testified that she was worried for Hill's safety because he was behaving so bizarrely, called 911 three times.Olsen was told by dispatch there was a naked man who was "possibly demented." Hill was squatting in a roadway when Olsen arrived but jumped up and ran toward the patrol car, according to testimony from several witnesses.Olsen got out of his car and yelled, "Stop! Stop!" Hill didn't stop, and Olsen shot him twice, witnesses said.Prosecutors argued that Olsen unreasonably and unnecessarily used deadly force to deal with the unarmed, naked man who was suffering a mental health crisis. Defence attorneys countered that Olsen had limited information about the situation, was scared to death, had only seconds to make a tough decision and acted in self-defence.During closing arguments, lawyers for both sides told jurors they needed to decide whether Olsen's actions were reasonable given the situation.The verdict finally came on the sixth day of deliberations.Attorneys for Olsen didn't immediately comment and didn't respond to an email seeking comment on the verdict.Kate Brumback, The Associated Press

  • Police look for man after they find vehicle in Scarborough hit and run that hurt baby
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    Police look for man after they find vehicle in Scarborough hit and run that hurt baby

    Toronto police are looking for a man who they say abandoned a vehicle involved in a weekend hit and run in Scarborough that seriously injured a baby boy and two women.Police say the vehicle, a grey Dodge Journey, with the Ontario licence plate ANXC 265, was found near St. Clair Avenue East and O'Connor Road at 6:24 p.m. on Monday.In a news release on Monday, police said officers obtained security camera footage after the vehicle was abandoned, and that footage enabled police to capture an image of the man who left the vehicle before fleeing on foot.Police said they are appealing to members of the public for help in identifying the man. The hit and run happened at the intersection of Pharmacy Avenue and Ellesmere Road on Sunday.At 10:48 a.m., the SUV was headed eastbound on Ellesmere Road, near Pharmacy Avenue, when the driver failed to stop at a red light, crossed the intersection and mounted the curb, hitting the two women, aged 57 and 37, and the baby boy, 20 months old.The women were standing on the sidewalk on the southeast corner of the intersection and the baby boy was in a stroller.Police said two people got out of the vehicle, had a look around, then one got back into the vehicle. One left the scene on foot, heading south of Pharmacy Avenue. The driver then fled eastbound on Ellesmere Road, police said on Sunday.The front licence plate of the vehicle fell off due to the impact of the crash and was left at the scene. Toronto paramedics took the two women and baby to hospital with serious injuries. Initially, police said the baby suffered life-threatening injuries, but his condition has been upgraded to serious.Police are continuing to look for three people: Cory Munroe, 49; Derek Desousa, 34; and Amanda Rioux, 30.Anyone with information is urged to call police at 416-808-1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

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    Kimono runway show lights up Tokyo fashion week

    Rock met kimonos as Tokyo kicked off its fashion week with a dazzling runway show that put a modern twist on the traditional Japanese garment. Models hit the runway in kimono-inspired outfits ranging from colorful shoulderless minidresses with tall boots to full-length animation-print kimonos with traditional "geta" clogs, as rock star-turned-designer Yoshiki played the piano. Yoshiki, whose family once ran a kimono fabric store, launched his Yoshikimono brand about 10 years ago, aiming to fuse tradition and innovation to widen the garment's appeal.

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    Where the federal leaders are Tuesday, Oct. 15

    OTTAWA — The party leaders' scheduled public appearances on Tuesday, Oct. 15. All times are local.Liberal Leader Justin TrudeauFredericton8:30 a.m. — Campaign stop to talk about health care, and media availability. Studholm and Lynhaven streets.Riverview, N.B.Campaigning in a park with candidate Alaina Lockhart. No timing or location details provided.Cumberland-Colchester, N.S.Campaigning at a restaurant with candidate Lenore Zann. No timing or location details provided.Masstown, N.S.Campaigning at a business with candidate Lenore Zann. No timing or location details provided.New Glasgow, N.S.3:30 p.m. — Visit to cafe with candidate Sean Fraser. Coffee Bean Kitchen, 168 Archimedes St.Halifax, N.S.7 p.m. — Rally. Halifax Brewery Farmers' Market, 312-1496 Lower Water St.\---Conservative Leader Andrew ScheerQuebec City11 a.m. — Announcement and media availability. 100 Quai Saint-AndréTrois-RivieresCampaigning with candidate Yves Levesque. No timing or location details provided.Saint-Marc-sur-RichelieuCampaigning with candidate Mathieu Daviault. No timing or location details provided.La Prairie7 p.m. — Speech. Plaza Rive-Sud, 500 Golf Ave.\---NDP Leader Jagmeet SinghToronto8:45 a.m. — Greeting commuters. Broadview transit station, 769 Broadview Ave.3 p.m. — Stop at candidate Paul Taylor's campaign office. 2962 Dundas St. W.\---Green Leader Elizabeth MayKamloops, B.C.1 p.m. — Announcement on tax policy. Iain Currie campaign office, 135 Victoria St.\---People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime BernierPlans not availableThe Canadian Press

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    Lives threatened in Syria as armies advance on both sides

    Russian-backed Syrian forces pushed into Kurdish-held territory after U.S. troops withdrew — setting up a potential clash with Turkey’s forces and threatening the lives of those caught in the middle.

  • Cannabis was legalized 1 year ago. How is Canada doing?
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    Cannabis was legalized 1 year ago. How is Canada doing?

    One year after legalization, some cannabis industry professionals say they are mostly happy with how British Columbia has rolled out recreational pot. Tom Ulanowski, president of NextLeaf Labs, a cannabis processing company that partners with cultivators to provide contracting and wholesale services to the industry, says growing pains like licensing issues and product quality issues are to be expected. "But overall, for something of this magnitude and something as new as this to be done on a federal level, I think its been pretty positive," Ulanowski said. Mike Babins, co-owner of Evergreen Cannabis Society, Vancouver's first retail pot shop, says major challenges for cannabis business owners have been learning to work within the new federal and provincial legal cannabis systems, and dealing with costumers who are used to buying pot illegally. "Every day we get someone coming saying: 'why should I buy this? I can get ounces from a guy for 100 bucks' ... but when they come back, nine out of 10 say, 'wow, it's amazing.' And they switch," Babins said. LicensingBabins says he often hears on social media that the government is too slow to issue licences for cannabis shops. But he says the system is reasonable. "I think a big issue is that a lot of people get their information from people who have ulterior motives and are very good at social media."Babins says getting a licence is a lot of work, but more often than not it's the pot shops who drag their heels."We're a year past legalization and there are many stores who are still happy to sell unlicensed products at a huge markup and not pay any taxes. And I understand that. It's a lot of money that you make that way."Ulanowski says some provincial governments, like B.C., have begun to take measures to speed up the licensing process. "On the federal side, when it comes to licensing and manufacturing, licensing has been a huge bottleneck. It's taking some companies years to obtain a licence," said Ulanowski. He's says the province has had issues with municipal support. "I'd like to see the mayors and city councils of various large and small cities in B.C. really embrace this process."Ulanowski would like to see B.C. put more resources into getting more licensed pot shops, and for licences to be approved in a timely fashion.

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    Suds and stories: New campaign gives beer drinkers a literary buzz

    Jason Lee Norman has brewed up a new way for Alberta writers to get published, by pairing micro-fiction with micro-brew. Norman, an Edmonton publisher and author, is behind a new campaign that prints short stories on beer cans. His collaboration with Lacombe-based Blindman Brewing was born this spring. Custom cans for the brewery's limited edition summer ale featured short stories from 14 local writers."I've been known for publishing stories in interesting places, and I just had this idea to have stories on beer cans and beer bottles," Norman said in an interview with CBC Radio's Edmonton AM.Beer and literary samplings make the perfect pairing, Norman said. Customers were thirsty for a patio beer with added reading material. 'People loved them' "I think people loved them," he said.  "Local writers definitely loved seeing it because it's just another way to get your writing out into the world. "I think it went really well. They were hard to find for a while." Edmonton's former writer-in-residence, Norman has been working to bring the printed word to unlikely locations for years. He was behind the coffee-sleeve story project and helped create a vending machine at the Edmonton International Airport that spews out short stories on demand.  The first round of literary beer cans came out early in the summer. Norman and Blindman are about to brew up another batch for winter and need some fresh prose.Anyone in Alberta can submit their stories for consideration. Short stories of 250 or less are best, Norman said. Even on a tall can, there is limited real estate."It definitely helps when the beer can is this tall. It gave us more room to work with. "It's really about painting a picture in a short amount of time.You want the story to stay with you after you've finished reading it." The selected stories will be printed on another limited edition brew. They're hoping Alberta's winter can serve as the muse for the story and the suds. "I'm really happy that we can do it again for the winter time," Norman said. "I would love to get more submissions than last time. You know, 24 is a nice round beer number."

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    B.C. school districts target vaping, call for increased regulation

    KELOWNA, B.C. — A British Columbia school board says it has "serious concerns" about the risk of vaping and is asking all levels of government to take action.In an example of how school districts are grappling with the new products amid shifting regulatory frameworks, the Central Okanagan School District outlined in a letter to parents on Friday how it is working to curb the use of e-cigarettes by students.Since May, the school district says it has met with local municipal governments to encourage the development of bylaws to prevent advertising and targeting sales to minors.It also says it supports proposed new provincial regulations, and the school board voted to write to local federal candidates asking how, if elected, they would address the "serious danger" posed by the electronic devices.The board specifically asked how candidates would address the marketing of vaping products to children.Vaping products are battery-powered devices that heat a liquid solution to create an aerosol and typically contains nicotine or THC, the active psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, but Health Canada has warned people who vape to monitor themselves for symptoms of pulmonary illness."The Central Okanagan School District continues to have serious concerns about the impacts of vaping on human health," the letter from Superintendent Kevin Kaardal says to parents.School staff are focusing education on middle school students and will continue to enforce a "no-vaping zone" on school property, it says.School principals have been instructed to confiscate any vapour products they see on campus."If staff see vaping products on school property, they may confiscate them and turn them over to the RCMP," the letter says.In B.C., the rules around the sale of vapour products are the same as cigarettes and it is against the law to sell to someone under the age of 19.Health Minister Adrian Dix said this month that a plan will be released in "the coming weeks" to deal with regulatory change and suggested licences would be required for vendors to sell the products.The Central Okanagan School District isn't alone in trying to address teen vaping.The Sooke school district said vaping is becoming an "epidemic" among teens, ahead of an information session it held in May.In August, the Vancouver school district issued information handouts to teachers and parents."Teachers are in a unique position to provide unbiased information about the adverse health effects of vaping to students and their families," the package for teachers says.The parents' handout says the long-term health effects of vaping remain unknown."As caregivers, you can connect and discuss issues around vaping products with your child," it says.Two teenagers filed a lawsuit in the B.C. Supreme Court Sept. 30 against popular vape brand Juul alleging they suffered "adverse health conditions" after using the company's e-cigarettes beginning in 2018.Juul has not yet filed a response with the court.— By Amy Smart in Vancouver.This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Oct. 14, 2019.The Canadian Press

  • Dozens of homeless could be sleeping on Fredericton's streets this winter
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    Dozens of homeless could be sleeping on Fredericton's streets this winter

    If no additional beds are provided, about 40 people in Fredericton will be sleeping in the streets this winter, according to the executive director of Fredericton Homeless Shelters Inc."Somebody has to decide what they're going to do. We can increase capacity, but we need a lot more government support than what we're getting," said Warren Maddox."There's a number of options that are out there but given the current budgets and that sort of stuff we're pretty much maxed out."Fredericton city council plans to address the issue at its council meeting on Tuesday night. A recommendation will be tabled for Mayor Mike O'Brien to write to the minister of social development, asking for an update on the province's plans to help the city's homeless. A city staff report states there's been "no evidence that any measures have been put in place for the upcoming winter to shelter those currently not housed."Maddox said he's had meetings with the Department of Social Development about expanding the current shelters, but hasn't heard yet whether that will be possible. Out-of-the-cold shelterIn May, the province said it would offer $50,000 toward a 20-bed out-of-the-cold shelter for the city, but Maddox said that's not enough money for a shelter. He hasn't heard anything more about the proposed shelter since the announcement was made in May. Coun. Bruce Grandy, chair of the city's development committee, said he wants to hear from the province soon. He doesn't want the city to have to scramble at the last minute to make any necessary zoning changes, as it did last year.In 2018, the emergency shelter had to be rushed through the zoning amendment process in order to open in time to be of use for the winter season. Grandy said that didn't give the proper time for public engagement. "I think it's important that whatever plans that the government may have, that we know about them early, so if there's zoning or anything else that needs to be addressed, that can be done in the appropriate manner," he said. "Part of the planning process is to ensure you engage the surrounding community, make sure they have time to comment, and make sure the zoning is appropriate."

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    Keep your eyes on the road, say paramedics — not the leaves

    A county west of Ottawa is asking leaf-lovers to use common sense and focus on the road when they're hunting for fall colours.Emergency crews attended three serious crashes Sunday in the Ottawa Valley and Algonquin Park and treated seven people for injuries, said Michael Nolan, chief of the County of Renfrew Paramedic Service, on Monday.There were no fatalities, but some of the injuries were serious and required hospital care. "Yesterday was an early warning," Nolan said."We need to remind people to be safe on the roads and enjoy what is arguably one of the most beautiful times of the year — but [one that] comes with risk."Along with the three serious crashes, there were several others that didn't need ambulances to attend. Most occurred along Highway 60 between Huntsville and Barry's Bay, Nolan said."[It's] not only those looking at the leaves, but people that are half pulling off the road, maybe doing a U-turn after they've pulled off the road and — in some cases — just stumbling into traffic to take that picture," he said. Algonquin Park, Gatineau Park both overrunPart of the issue is the sheer number of vehicles in the area, often driven by people unfamiliar with the sometimes narrow and winding roads.There were about 4,000 cars and 23 coach buses in Algonquin Park Sunday, an official said.Closer to Ottawa, the National Capital Commission had to temporarily close one of the Gatineau Park entrances on both Saturday and Sunday to manage the number of visitors.Along with asking drivers to concentrate on the road and not the trees, Nolan suggested stopping in small towns or going to parks to get photos rather than stopping on the side of the road, no matter how bright or vibrant the colours are.He also urged leaf-seekers to plan ahead and pick stops where it's safe to park and get out."Look on your map, figure out where your best shots will be," Nolan said."And recognize that with increased cottage traffic, Thanksgiving traffic and people out enjoying the leaves, that that's going to take a bit of planning ahead."

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    POLL: Should you listen to science and not rake your leaves?

    Good news for all you lazybones out there.The Nature Conservancy of Canada says it's time to take a break from raking the leaves and leave them be instead.By leaving a layer of leaves the lawn, it can provide natural fertilizer and be good for birds, Andrew Holland with the Nature Conservancy of Canada said. "They eat the insects that are underneath the ground come Spring, underneath those leaves," Holland said. CBC Poll: What do you think of the 'don't rake' philosophy?Mobile-friendly link to leaf poll.One or two layers of leaves isn't too thick, he said, and the light covering helps root systems, helps keep the soil moist, suppresses weeds, and the leafs slowly break down to give the lawn nutrients. "Nothing is wasted," Holland said. "Butterflies and songbirds alike depend on leaf litter."When cleaning out gardens in the fall as well, Holland suggests leaving the seeds and dried fruit as wintering insects can eat them and then those insects are an important food source for birds. "Providing winter habitats for our native birds and insects is just as important as providing food and shelter for them during the spring and summer," Holland said. Some people may have a storm drain they don't want to get leaves in, or they may have neighbours pressuring them to rake their lawn, Holland said. But, "a small layer of leaves can make a big difference."

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    California regulator criticizes utility over power outages

    SAN FRANCISCO — California's top utility regulator blasted Pacific Gas and Electric on Monday for what she called "failures in execution" during the largest planned power outage in state history to avoid wildfires that she said, "created an unacceptable situation that should never be repeated."The agency ordered a series of corrective actions, including a goal of restoring power within 12 hours, not the utility's current 48-hour goal."The scope, scale, complexity, and overall impact to people's lives, businesses, and the economy of this action cannot be understated," California Public Utilities Commission President Marybel Batjer wrote in a letter to PG&E CEO Bill Johnson.PG&E last week took the unprecedented step of cutting power to more than 700,000 customers, affecting an estimated 2.1 million Californians. The company said it did it because of dangerous wind forecasts but acknowledged that its execution was poor.Its website frequently crashed, and many people said they did not receive enough warning that the power was going out."We were not adequately prepared," Johnson said at a press conference last week.PG&E said in a statement Monday that employees found more than 100 spots where parts of its systems were damaged during the strong winds, including downed power lines and places where trees had hit the lines. Repairs were either completed or underway at those sites."It is possible that any one of these instances could have been a potential source of ignition" for a wildfire if the outage hadn't taken effect, the statement said.However, the utility didn't specifically comment on the regulatory sanctions.In addition to restoring power faster, the PUC said the utility must work harder to avoid such large-scale outages, develop better ways to communicate with the public and local officials, get a better system for distributing outage maps and work with emergency personnel to ensure PG&E staff are sufficiently trained.She ordered the utility to perform an audit of its performance during the outages that began Wednesday, saying the utility clearly did not adopt many of the recommendations state officials have made since utilities was granted the authority to begin pre-emptive power shutoffs last year. The review is due by Thursday, and she ordered several PG&E executives to appear at an emergency PUC hearing Friday.Gov. Gavin Newsom has also criticized PG&E for its performance during the outage, blaming what he called decades of mismanagement, underinvestment and lousy communication with the public. On Monday the Democratic governor urged the utility to compensate affected customers with a bill credit or rebate worth $100 for residential customers or $250 for small businesses.Newsom said the shutoffs affected too many customers for too long, and it is clear PG&E implemented them "with astounding neglect and lack of preparation."Johnson, the PG&E CEO, responded in writing to Newsom's letter Monday, noting that no fires occurred during the power shut-off. He said he welcomes the PUC review."We know there are areas where we fell short of our commitment to serving our customers during this unprecedented event, both in our operations and in our customer communications, and we look forward to learning from these agencies how we can improve," he wrote.Batjer's letter also said that PG&E's service territory, design of its transmission lines and distribution network and "lack of granularity of its forecasting ability" mean it can't do pre-emptive power shut-offs as strategically as some other utilities, but she said it must work harder to reduce the number of customers affected by future outages.In a separate filing with the PUC on Monday, Mendocino, Napa and Sonoma counties and the city of Santa Rosa complained about PG&E's communications with local governments and emergency management agencies ahead of planned outages. For instance, attorneys wrote, the weather forecasting website that it uses to communicate with local agencies and emergency services is inadequate and not aligned with commonly used public emergency standards."It appears never to have occurred to the utility to confirm with its local public safety partners that the tool would meet their needs, nor did PG&E show the website to the local governments who had long been asking for situational awareness information before launching the website publicly," attorneys wrote.Juliet Williams, The Associated Press

  • 'Save the kids!' Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his wife's death
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    'Save the kids!' Dorian survivor tells the harrowing story of his wife's death

    TORONTO — Cialin Dany knew he was in trouble when he saw a massive palm tree laying on the ground next to the Abaco Lodge.As hurricane Dorian whirled at the door, Dany, 32, took his Canadian wife, Alishia Liolli, and two of their children and hunkered down in a room at the fishing resort where he worked. Then another tree slammed into the building."The bolts start popping, like popcorn, pop, pop, pop, pop," Dany said. "Then whoosh, the roof flew off."The family and a friend who was with them ducked for cover under the bed and prayed. They watched as the wall in the back of the room swayed."Then the wall came down," Dany said as he recalled the events of Sept. 1.The wall pinned all five underneath the bed. Their 18-month-old son Evans and Dany's 11-year-old daughter from a previous relationship, Kescianna, wailed with fear.Dany's breathing laboured — the bed frame dug into his neck and right shoulder."Daddy, daddy, you don't sound too good," his daughter said."Count to 500 and I'm going to figure something out," he said."I say to God, 'if you give me 45 minutes, I swear to you I can save them.'"He grabbed a piece of wood that flew into the room, jammed it under the bed frame and hit it repeatedly. The pressure on his neck eased. He moved a bit and grabbed another errant piece of wood and smashed the wall. He kicked his way through the rubble and slipped out from underneath the bed.He scrambled to his feet, grabbed another piece of wood to lever the bed, but the wood broke. "I need help," he said to his family.Liolli told him to get a sledge hammer that was in another room. Dany slammed the tool into the wall, trying to break it up, but the handle snapped in two."I'm in really big trouble now," he thought to himself.He tried lifting the bed near his friend, Luke Saint Victor, figuring if he could get another adult out, the two of them could save the rest. "I ask God for one pound of strength more," he said.He moved the bed up a bit, enough for his daughter to get out, then he turned to his wife, who was pinned under the wall."I say, 'Alishia, come on baby, it's your turn,'" Dany said."She threw me Evans and said 'save the kids!'"Meanwhile, the water outside the one-storey building continued to rise."I'm going for help," he yelled.He took the children and got into his car, but glass in the doors began to burst. A shard lodged near baby Evans' eye. Blood flowed."Everything was flying, shingles flying, wood flying," Dany said.The water rose fast. The car doors would not open, and his daughter started screaming."You are a track star," he told her. "You can do it, just run. When I tell you to move, we move."Dany crawled out the window, took the kids and sprinted to a dumpster that had been blown on its side. They hid there for hours as maggots crawled everywhere.A slight reprieve came when dawn broke and the sun peeked out. He returned to the lodge to try and save his wife and friend, but he couldn't lift up the wall.Liolli told him to go get help.Dany dropped his children off at their pastor's home, found a chainsaw that he hoped would free his wife and friend, and headed back to the lodge, which by then had been flooded.He called out to his wife and heard his friend, Luke Saint Victor, say in a faint voice "the water came up, the water came up.'"When the chainsaw failed, Dany used an axe to cut the wall into pieces and finally removed the bed.Underneath, his wife wasn't breathing. He performed CPR, but it didn't work."The problem was when she went under the bed, she went on her belly and Luke went on his back," Dany said. "The water came up, not much, like an inch or two, but it was enough."Liolli had drowned."My head went blank," Dany said. "I was crying like a crazy man, just freaking out. I held her in my arms."But there was no time for a long embrace. He flagged down a passing power truck, placed Liolli and Saint Victor on the flatbed and then rushed to the clinic. The chief of police, who was there dealing with a flood of bodies being brought in, saw Liolli."She's already gone," he told Dany.Dany said he had to get back to his kids. He left Liolli there and prayed Saint Victor would pull through. His friend would die a few days later in Nassau.After reuniting with his children, Dany called Liolli's family in LaSalle, Ont., to deliver the news.Dany later returned to the clinic to figure out how to get Liolli's body off the island. The authorities moved it to a courtyard along with dozens of other bodies, hidden from the public, but it took a while for Dany to figure that out."Nobody would give me an answer, nobody was helping," he said.Time was a problem. A body doesn't last long in the Bahamas heat."The smell was starting to rise up on the island," he said. "I needed to get the boy out of there. It was crowded, dark, and I didn't trust anyone."The airport and docks were overrun with crowds, so he drove to Treasure Cay where he and Evans spent two days outside, getting bit by spiders and bugs, as they waited for a flight off the island. His daughter Kescianna stayed with his ex-wife.The pair got to Nassau, where Dany was faced with a bureaucratic nightmare that went on for days. Back in Canada, Liolli's mom, Josie Mcdonagh, tried frantically to get the authorities to help. About a week later, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland called the family."She helped a lot," Mcdonagh said.Liolli's body finally made it to Nassau on Sept. 11. Dany had to identify it."I did not want to see her like that, but I had to," he said. "I had to."Liolli's body was too decomposed to be transported, so he and the family decided on cremation.It took 20 days to get her remains to Canada."I just wanted her family to have something, so they could go somewhere and know where she is," Dany said.The family held a funeral and placed Liolli's remains in a niche at a cemetery in Windsor, Ont. Afterward, they held a wedding for Liolli and Dany — they were common law wife and husband for years — complete with open bar."She's home now," her mother said.Last week, Liolli's family and friends gathered at Ryerson University in downtown Toronto to celebrate her life. Her former sociology professor, Jean Golden, has launched a fundraising campaign to help rebuild Every Child Counts — a vocational school for children with special needs in Abaco that Liolli helped build and run. The school was destroyed during the hurricane."Alishia's dream will never be destroyed," Golden said through tears.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 14, 2019.On the web:https://www.gofundme.com/f/every-child-counts-school-in-abaco-bahamasLiam Casey, The Canadian Press

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    Saint-Laurent mayor's Orange Line extension ideas gaining traction

    Saint-Laurent mayor Alan DeSousa has been pushing for an extension of the orange line for years. Now, he has garnered the support of some federal election candidates in the Ahuntsic-Cartierville riding. DeSousa would like to see the line extended north-west toward Bois-Franc, a neighborhood in the Saint-Laurent borough. The extension would connect to the future site of the area's REM station.Though the extension would technically be located in the Saint-Laurent borough, DeSousa said people living in Ahuntsic-Cartierville stand to benefit from it. "There are benefits because it'll provide for intermodal access, it'll serve the larger region, not just in Saint-Laurent but in Ahuntsic-Cartierville, Laval and the West Island," he said. He said the western portion of the Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough is under-served by public transit, and having the Orange Line extension would solve issues of congestion on both roads and buses in the area. Two federal candidates agree. Mélanie Joly, incumbent Liberal candidate for the Ahuntsic-Cartierville riding, said the Orange Line extension would be a priority for the party. "I've already had good conversations with Chantal Rouleau, the minister in charge of Montreal, and also with the city of Montreal. And both are really seeing this important infrastructure investment as a priority," she said. Zahia El-Masri, the NDP candidate for the same riding, said she supports the project because it would serve a high-density population. "Having this here would make our lives much, much more easier, and would make the transportation even more accessible to everybody," she said. CBC News reached out to the Conservative Party candidate for the riding Monday afternoon but did not receive a response.Security measureDeSousa also said the Orange Line extension would be good as a safety measure in case any issues with the REM arise. "It makes sense to consider the extension of the Orange Line from Côte-Vertu to Bois-Franc, if for no other reason than to act as a safety valve in the event that there would be a blockage of the tunnel," he said. Earlier this year, a report commissioned by the city and the Transport Ministry recommended the project. A spokesperson for the city told CBC News the extension is being studied by Montreal's regional transport authority, the ARTM. The eastern part of Ahuntsic-Cartierville is already serviced by the Henri-Bourassa metro station and Saint-Laurent is currently serviced by both the Côte-Vertu and Du Collège stations.

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    Jailed Catalan separatist leader says new referendum unavoidable

    The Catalan separatist leader hit by the heaviest jail sentence by Spain's Supreme Court for his role in the region's failed secession bid told Reuters a new referendum on independence was unavoidable. Oriol Junqueras, the Catalan regional government's former deputy leader, said in emailed answers to questions that the prison sentences imposed on him and eight others on charges of sedition only made them and their movement stronger and more determined. In his first interview after the sentence, Junqueras told Reuters that he and others planned to appeal the sentences with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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    Polyamorous families face stigma in pregnancy care, researchers say

    Polyamorous families face stigma during pregnancy and birth because of attitudes and policies in health care that are built around monogamy, Ontario researchers say.The Canadian Medical Association Journal published a study Tuesday based on interviews with 24 polyamorous Canadians — 11 who had given birth in the previous five years and 13 partners — recruited through ads posted on social media groups.The researchers with McMaster University's midwifery program say their inquiry was motivated in part by some team members' personal involvement in the polyamory community and a shared interest in inclusive health care.Co-authors Erika Arseneau and Samantha Landry say their findings suggest that while participants reported both positive and negative health-care experiences, all faced some form of marginalization rooted in "mono-normativity," the assumption that romantic relationships are limited to two partners."There's a lot of people that are engaging in polyamory and a lot of them are having children, contrary to popular belief, and their experience is very similar to monogamous families in a lot of ways," said Arseneau."In other ways, it's enhanced by the fact that they have multiple relationships and multiple support people in their lives."While there's no universally accepted definition, polyamory is typically characterized by engaging in multiple intimate relationships with the consent of all parties involved.Statistics on the prevalence of polyamory are hard to come by, but there are numbers to suggest that non-monogamous relationships may be on the rise in Canada.According to a study of more than 2,000 Canadians published in the Journal of Sex Research last April, four per cent of Canadians who are romantically attached reported being in an open relationship, and 20 per cent said they had previously engaged in the practice.In 2016, the executive director of the Calgary-based Canadian Research Institute for Law and the Family used social media to ask polyamorous Canadians to take part in an online survey. Of the 500 people who responded, more than 40 per cent said there were children living in their homes full- or part-time.It appears the law is slowly catching up to this evolution of Canadian families. Last year, a court in Newfoundland and Labrador recognized three unmarried adults as the legal parents of a child born within their "polyamorous" family.Arseneau and Landry say their study — dubbed the "Polybabes" project — is unique in that it investigates what it's like for polyamorous parents to navigate the health-care system.They found that while participants expressed that having multiple partners provided more support during the childbearing process, these relationships often went unacknowledged by the health-care system.Due to fears of discrimination, many participants opted not to disclose their polyamorous status unless it was medically relevant, said Landry.Those who revealed they were polyamorous encountered an assortment of interpersonal and administrative challenges.For example, some health-care providers would refer to a third partner as an "uncle" or "aunt" rather than their preferred title as a parent, said Landry."A lot of the time, health-care providers... would kind of validate the people who were biologically related to the child, rather than kind of opening up the focus to everyone and giving everyone the same treatment.Arseneau noted that intake forms often only provide spaces for two parents, which can restrict a partner's access to the delivery room and involvement in medical decisions.She said some barriers could be as small as the fact that identification bracelets linking a child to their parents come in sets of threes. As one participant told researchers: "It's become this huge ordeal about who is getting bracelets. It's like 'The Bachelor,' I think. Who gets a rose?"Arseneau said these slights can add up to put a damper on what should be a joyous occasion — the addition of a new family member.She said she hopes the study helps health-care providers educate themselves about polyamory so they can acknowledge and accommodate the full spectrum of family structures."If you're creating a respectful, inclusive and accessible space for conversations to take place, whether it's about health care or social ideas, then that allows more room for difference and acceptance," said Landry.This report was published by The Canadian Press on Oct. 15, 2019.Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press

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    Rural Manitoba still without power after snowstorm

    Tens of thousands of Manitoba residents outside Winnipeg, including its rural First Nations communities, are still without power days after a massive snowstorm.

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    Ships are illegally dumping plastic trash at sea, study suggests

    Thousands of plastic drink bottles are washing up on a remote, uninhabited island in the South Atlantic, and researchers say they're evidence of illegal dumping from cargo ships.Ships have been strictly banned from throwing trash overboard for more than 30 years.Nevertheless, "ships are responsible for most of the bottles floating in the central South Atlantic Ocean, in contravention of International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships regulations," concludes the new international study published recently in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences."It's a surprise in that it makes us rethink the source of the garbage in our oceans," said Robert Ronconi, a Halifax-based researcher, currently with the Canadian Wildlife Service, who co-authored the new study. "One of the common assumptions is that most of the garbage in the oceans is flowing out of rivers on land."A commonly cited estimate is that 80 per cent of plastic in the oceans is washed into the seas from land-based sources, and much of the rest is fishing gear.Ronconi was part of a team led by Prof. Peter Ryan, director of the Fitzpatrick Institute of African Ornithology at the University of Cape Town, that tracked and examined trash washing up on Inaccessible Island from over more than three decades. The island is close to halfway between South Africa and South America.In 2018, the team collected 2,580 plastic bottles from about a kilometre of beach, plus another 174 that washed up over 10 weeks. They found that 73 per cent of accumulated bottles and 83 per cent of newly arrived bottles had been manufactured in China and had date stamps indicating they had been manufactured in the past two years — not enough time for them to travel from Asia without the help of ships.Ronconi and Ryan are seabird researchers who visit the island primarily to study the millions of seabirds that live and nest along the tall cliffs that wrap around it on all sides. Some of them breed nowhere else in the world — including the great shearwater, which Ronconi was studying during his postdoctoral research at Dalhousie University."Without hesitation, it's the most fantastic place I've ever been in my life," said Ronconi.Researchers land at one of the only flat spots at the edge of the island — a beach of pebbles and boulders scattered by crashing waves. Behind them washed-up logs are jammed up among tall grasses. And scattered about it all flash yellow, orange, blue and red fishing buoys, floats, trays, bottles and other garbage."They do stick out," Ronconi recalled.Growing amount of garbageRyan noticed the litter on his first visit to the island as a master's student in 1984. It took him about three hours to scoop it all off a kilometre of beach.But the amount has grown dramatically since then.In 2018, several researchers collected everything from the same stretch of beach, and it took them two days."What was really striking was just how bottles had come to dominate," said Ryan. In 1984, they were a tiny fraction of the trash on the island, and most appeared to have drifted on the currents from South America.In 2018, they made up one-third of the litter that had accumulated on the beach, and three-quarters of what arrived during the 10 weeks the researchers were there.While the researchers initially wondered whether they might have come from fishing fleets, their Chinese origin made that unlikely, since there isn't much Chinese fishing in the area, and fishing overall has declined slightly in that part of the ocean.However, the growth in bottles coincided with an increase in shipping traffic between Asia and South America, leading the researchers to conclude the bottles had been thrown off cargo ships plying that route.Martin Thiel is a professor at Universidad Católica del Norte in Chile who was not involved in the study, but researches the composition and abundance of marine litter. Thiel said the growth in plastic bottles in particular was notable. But he cautioned against blaming ships from any particular country, since they would all be likely to buy bottled water in China when making stops there."The finding of these bottles does not indicate that the Chinese are the guilty ones — it could just as well be European or North American ships coming from China," he wrote in an email.Unfortunately, this isn't the only study suggesting that littering at sea is contributing to the plastic pollution problem.Ryan said he's been involved in surveys in South Africa, Kenya and Australia that all found similar results. Debris from passing ships was found in the the Paranagua Estuarine Complex in Brazil in 2013 and a study in the early 1990s found 75 per cent of observed fishing vessels along Canada's east coast threw debris into the sea.Possible solutionsThe International Maritime Organization says it has adopted an action plan on marine litter to get more data about marine plastic litter from ships, enhance regulations, and introduce new measures to tackle the problem.The International Chamber of Shipping has acknowledged that one problem is that the quality of waste facilities at ports is highly variable."Indeed, some developed countries actually provide poorer facilities than their developing nation counterparts, or offer services based on varying tariff structures which often do not encourage their use," says a statement released by the group this year.In response to the study, Stuart Neil, the group's communications director, said the industry takes this issue "very seriously."He said illegal dumping of garbage may result in criminal convictions and heavy fines.However, a previous study of this problem noted that enforcement is a challenge because it's hard to detect violations at sea and often impossible to link debris with a particular ship.Ryan suggests the shipping industry needs to be more proactive about enforcement of regulations by conducting waste audits of ships when they return to land.He added that the right incentives can also help. He gave the example of a South African trawl fleet where managers used to reward skippers for having a clean ship. "That just promoted people sweeping everything over the side," he said.When a friend of his became the company's operations manager, he decided instead to reward skippers based on the amount of litter they returned to port. "And all of sudden they were bringing back bags of rubbish. It's just little things that can really change behaviour."He added that since the study was published, two shipping companies have contacted him saying they want to work to solve this problem.

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    Papua New Guinea police seeking to arrest ex-PM O'Neill

    CANBERRA, Australia — Papua New Guinea police said Tuesday they were seeking the arrest of Prime Minister Peter O'Neill for official corruption but the former leader of the South Pacific island nation was refusing to co-operate.But Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported from Port Moresby that O'Neill said he was co-operating with police and looked forward to proving his innocence in court.Police have released no detail of the allegations against a prime minister who led the country for seven years.Acting Police Commissioner David Manning said in a statement that O'Neill had been found in a hotel in the capital Port Moresby on Tuesday but was not co-operating."Whilst I cannot reveal any specific details at this point in time due to the sensitivity of the investigations, I can confirm that police investigators in an ongoing investigation applied to the district court for the arrest warrant for Mr. O'Neill which was granted last Friday," Manning said."The warrant was obtained upon the weight of the evidence brought forward by the investigators," he added.O'Neill resigned as prime minister in May following weeks of high-profile defections from his government to the opposition.O'Neill said at the time recent movements in parliament have shown a "need for change."He was replaced by former finance minister James Marape.The Associated Press

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    Windsor woman says she can't find a place to live because she owns a dog

    Jenna Williams never expected that by adopting her dog Babe, she'd be denied a place to live — more than a dozen times. Williams and her partner live with her partner's parents right now. They've been turned down to rent more than 15 properties. It's been a month of looking, applying and repeatedly hearing, "no.""It is really frustrating because I feel like we did a really good thing by adopting a dog from the Humane Society, but unfortunately we're kind of being punished for it," Williams said. "Every time we try to move out or rent a place, we're not allowed to because of the dog ... I think it's really unfortunate that it might deter people from adopting rescue dogs."Legally in Ontario, a landlord can't to tell tenants they're not allowed to have pets in the rental unit. However, before signing a lease, landlords are allowed to refuse applicants with pets. They can do so without explaining why."You're under no obligation, I would argue, to ... really disclose that information," said Jonathan Scott of the Rental Rights and Information Association."To me, it's the equivalent of saying, will your mother sleep over on Sunday nights after Sunday dinner, or do you have a boyfriend who will be here three days a week. That's not really any of the landlord's business."Contracts with clauses that state "no pets" are not valid, but condo buildings are a different story — they can make their own rules. Windsor-Essex County Humane Society's Executive Director Melanie Coulter said this is a problem that comes up again and again."Unfortunately most times when we [hear about this issue] is when people are thinking about surrendering an animal because they're having issues with their landlord, or difficulties finding a place they can live with their pet," she said.There are a number of pet-friendly rental properties in Windsor, Coulter said, including some high rise apartment buildings owned by large companies."The tenants should weigh how they want to approach this on a case-by-case basis," Scott said. "I think it's one of those things where you don't have a duty to tell the landlord everything you plan on doing with the property."Landlords have told Williams they're worried about damage a dog weighing more than 25 pounds could cause. Her dog, Babe, is a two-year-old shepherd mix. "I'd like to see the stigma of having a dog as a renter be taken away," Williams said. "I'm not sure why it's relevant how many pounds my dog weighs."Williams has tried to be honest with every landlord they've applied to rent from."I know myself ... I'm a responsible dog owner," said Williams, who is in her late 20s and works for the school board."When I think about people you might want to have living in your property, we're excellent candidates ... despite the fact we have a dog."