World stock markets steady following terror attacks; impact ‘limited’

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TORONTO – North American markets rose Monday morning, following on a mixed day for European and Asian shares amid worries about the possible economic effects of the attacks in Paris last week.

In Toronto, the S&P/TSX composite index gained 23.23 points to reach 13,098.65, helped by strength in the gold and health care sectors. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 13.37 points at 17,231.87, while the broader S&P 500 index gained 0.21 of a point at 2,023.25.



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Shares were holding up better than many expected in the wake of the terrorist attacks that killed and wounded hundreds in France’s capital.

In Europe, Germany’s DAX edged up 0.4 per cent, while France’s CAC-40 was little changed. Britain’s FTSE 100 rose 0.5 per cent. In Asia, Japan’s Nikkei 225 fell nearly 1 per cent, while Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost nearly 1 per cent. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 1.7 per cent.

“Immediate market reaction to the Paris outrages has been limited in European markets,” Howard Archer, chief European and UK economist at IHS Global Insight, said, suggesting the impact of the Paris attacks would be of a similar magnitude to terror attacks on London and in Madrid a decade ago.

“Experience from the London subway and bus bombings in 2005 as well as the Madrid train bombings in 2004 suggest that the economic impact should be limited and temporary,” Archer said.

On the commodity markets, the December gold contract gained US$4.30 at US$1,085.20, while the December crude oil contract slipped 15 cents to US$40.59.

The Canadian dollar was down 0.16 of a cent to 74.93 cents U.S.

—; With files from The Associated Press, Global News

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Transplant gives new face, scalp to burned firefighter

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NEW YORK – A volunteer firefighter badly burned in a 2001 blaze has received the most extensive face transplant ever, covering his skull and much of his neck, a New York hospital announced Monday.

The surgery took place in August at the NYU Langone Medical Center. The patient, 41-year-old Patrick Hardison, is still undergoing physical therapy at the hospital but plans to return home to Senatobia, Mississippi, in time for Thanksgiving.


The surgery has paved the way for him to regain normal vision, and in an interview last week he said that will let him accomplish a major goal:

“I’ll start driving again.”

More than two dozen face transplants have been performed worldwide since the first one in France in 2005. Dr. Eduardo Rodriguez, who led the surgical team that did Hardison’s transplant and recently wrote a review of the field, said Hardison’s is by far the most extensive performed successfully in terms of the amount of tissue transferred.

The transplant extends from the top of the head, over Hardison’s skull and down to the collarbones in front; in back, it reaches far enough down that only a tiny patch of Hardison’s original hair remains — its colour matched by the dark blond hair growing on his new scalp. The transplant includes both ears.

It’s “a historic achievement,” said Dr. Amir Dorafshar, co-director of the face transplant program at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, who was not involved in the operation. “This type of treatment option will potentially revolutionize the care of patients with severe facial burn injuries.”

The surgery began Aug. 14 and lasted 26 hours. It left no scars on Hardison’s new face because the seam of the transplanted tissue runs down the back of his skull.

The donor was 26-year-old New York artist and competitive bicyclist David P. Rodebaugh. He had died of injuries from a biking accident on a Brooklyn street.

Hardison was burned Sept. 5, 2001, in Senatobia in northwestern Mississippi. A 27-year-old father of three at the time who’d served for seven years as a volunteer firefighter, he entered a burning house to search for a woman. The roof collapsed, giving him third-degree burns on his head, neck and upper torso.

He spent about two months at a Memphis, Tennessee, burn centre. Doctors used a layer of skin from his legs to cover his wounded head, but he had lost his ears, lips, most of his nose and virtually all of his eyelid tissue.

Since he could not blink, doctors used skin grafts to reinforce what remained of his eyelids and sewed them nearly shut to protect his eyes. That left him with only pinhole vision.

“I was almost totally blind,” he recalled. “I could see just a little bit.”

His face was “one huge scar,” Rodriguez said. Hardison still went to baseball games and did other things outside, although people stared. He playfully told curious children that he had fought a bear. Still, he said, life was hard. He endured 71 surgeries.

Eventually a church friend of his wrote to Rodriguez, who had performed a 2012 face transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The doctor said he would try to help, and in August 2014 Hardison was placed on a waiting list.

“We were looking for the ideal donor,” one who matched Hardison on biological traits to minimize the risk of his body’s rejecting the new tissue, as well as things like skin and hair colour, said Rodriguez, who by then had moved to NYU Langone.

A year later, Rodebaugh was identified as a potential donor by LiveOnNY, the non-profit organization that seeks transplant organs and tissue in the New York City area. A native of the Columbus, Ohio, area, he had signed up to donate organs. His mother gave permission to use his face, noting that Rodebaugh had always wanted to be a firefighter, said LiveOnNY president Helen Irving.

The hospital paid for the transplant operation, which included attaching four bone segments to Hardison’s skull, as anchors to prevent the face from drooping.

Now, three months later, the lower part of his face remains swollen, but Rodriguez said that will go away in a few months. With his new eyelids and more surgery, he’s expected to regain a normal field of vision for the first time in more than a decade. He will have to continuing taking medications to prevent his body from rejecting the transplant.

Eventually, “a casual observer will not notice anything that is odd” in Hardison’s new face, which will blend features of his original face and the donor’s, Rodriguez said.

Hardison said his new face has already made a difference when he goes outside.

“I used to get stared at all the time, but now I’m just an average guy,” he said.

He’s been told he can’t return to firefighting because of insurance concerns, but he has another plan: motivational speaking or something similar, perhaps for wounded veterans.

His message? “Just how there is hope.”


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Anonymous declares war on Islamic State after Paris attacks

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The hacker collective Anonymous declared war against the Islamic State group Saturday after a series of brutal attacks in Paris on Friday night killed 129 people and injured hundreds more.

In a video posted to YouTube on Nov. 14 a man wearing a Guy Fawkes mask said the group would hunt down the Islamic State militants who claimed responsibility for the Paris attacks.

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“Expect massive cyberattacks. War is declared. Get prepared,” says the masked man in French.

“Anonymous from all over the world will hunt you down. You should know that we will find you and we will not let you go. We will launch the biggest operation ever against you.”

“We don’t forgive and we don’t forget.”


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Anonymous is an international network of activist computer hackers which has claimed responsibility for many cyberattacks, including others on ISIS and the Ku Klux Klan (KKK). Following the January attacks against the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris they attacked websites related to Islamic State and took down thousands of ISIS twitter accounts.

WATCH: Mohamad Abdeslam, one of the brothers of a dead suicide bomber in the Paris attacks, said on Monday neither he or his family could have imagined that they were involved with the attacks in Paris on Friday evening.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a series of coordinated attacks in Paris where police say attackers worked in three synchronized teams, wearing matching suicide vests and carrying the same weapons laid siege on a stadium, a concert hall and Paris cafes leaving 129 people dead and over 350 wounded, 99 of them seriously.


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‘Reita is much more than just this.’ Jordan family speaks as murder trial nears end – Halifax

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HALIFAX – Emotions were running high outside Nova Scotia Supreme Court in Halifax on Tuesday as Reita Jordan’s family and friends waited for the trial of her accused murder nears its end.

For the first time since the trial started, Reita’s mother, Donna Jordan, spoke publicly about her late daughter.

“Reita was my first born. She was a caring, loving, beautiful, curly haired girl who we miss very much,” Donna told Global News.


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Paul Trevor Calnen is facing a charge of second degree murder and interfering with human remains in the 2013 death of Reita. The two were in a relationship and living together at the time of her death.

Despite an extensive search by both police and members of Reita’s own family, her body was never found.

This week, the family wore purple ribbons with an angel pinned in the middle to court in memory of the 34-year-old.

“Purple is against domestic violence so that’s why we wear them.”

Calnen’s trial opened three weeks ago, with the accused pleading guilty to indecently interfering with human remains, by burning them.

However, The 52-year-old pleaded not guilty to murder and the case proceeded to trial.

READ MORE: Paul Calnen admits to burning Reita Jordan’s body as week 1 of murder trial wraps up

A jury of nine women and five men were chosen out of hundreds of potential jurors to listen to the evidence in the case and determine Calnen’s fate.

Paul Trevor Calnen speaks with his lawyer during a break in his murder trial.

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The crown alleges that Calnen killed Reita in the Hammonds Plains home that they shared and then disposed of her body.

The court saw two different videotaped statements that Calnen gave to police, the first statement was given right after Jordan disappeared, and was still considered a missing person. It showed Calnen denying he knew anything about his girlfriend’s whereabouts.

The second statement was given shortly after Calnen was arrested. In the video, Reita’s mother, Donna, is shown entering the interview room where Calnen is meeting with police. For more than an hour, Donna and officers plead with Calnen to tell them where Reita’s body is. He finally breaks and tells them he disposed of her remains

Account of what happened

According to Calnen, he came home from work on March 18, 2013 to find his girlfriend’s bags packed. The pair got into a fight and during the argument, Reita threw things at him and kicked his belongings.

Calnen told police Reita had her back to the stairs while they were arguing and she swung at him. He ducked to avoid being hit and Reita fell down the stairs. When Calnen checked on her, she was dead.

From there, the court heard Calnen tell police he put Reita’s body in his truck, stopped for a coffee and drove to Ingramport, where he dumped his girlfriend in the woods and burned her belongings.

Some time later, Calnen returned to the scene and moved her body from the woods in Ingramport to Musquodobit. Once there, he started a fire and burned her.

“The video that we just watched describes an accidental fall and so that’s not an admission that somebody has caused somebody’s death nor that they intended it,” said Peter Planetta, defence attorney for Calnen said following the video statement being played to the jury.

READ MORE: Text messages become critical evidence at Calnen murder trial

Several witnesses called

The court also heard from a number of witnesses, including friends of Reita Jordan and her mother, a tow truck driver Calnen called the night he disposed of Reita’s remains and police experts.

Even with the volume of evidence and testimony the Jordan family has sat through over the last few weeks, they remain optimistic and thankful the trial is moving faster than expected.

“Reita is much more than just this,” Donna Jordan said while embraced by Reita’s father, Warren.

“She was a beautiful human being and we remember everything about her. She’s still with us. She will always be with us. It hasn’t been difficult at all. We’re proud to be her parents.”

Monday, the crown officially introduced their last piece of evidence and closed their case. The defence had the opportunity to call evidence or witnesses to the stand Tuesday, but declined to.

“It’s been a long three years, almost three years, but we are waiting for the end. It’s very stressful. It will be stressful. Even after it’s all finished,” Donna Jordan said of the trial.

The judge presiding over the case scheduled closing arguments for Wednesday morning. It’s anticipated the jury will be charged Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning, with the case being officially handed over to the jury for deliberations sometime Thursday.


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NDP question money spent on lobby firm pushing carbon capture

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REGINA – Saskatchewan’s Opposition is asking why taxpayers are on the hook for U.S. lobbyists organizing meetings to promote carbon capture and storage.

U.S. department of justice documents show Saskatchewan paid the firm Nelson Mullins $1.79 million for its efforts to arrange meetings and produce work items on behalf of the province with the United States government between January 2013 and April 2015.

29 of those meetings, or 75 per cent, were about carbon capture, including all five meetings in 2015.



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SaskPower’s $1.5-billion carbon capture and storage (CCS) facility at Boundary Dam has been plagued with mechanical issues, resulting in poor performance and the plant being shut down more than half the time.

The NDP have also been critical of more than $400,000 in travel bills racked by SaskPower executive Mike Monea while promoting CCS technology around the world.

“The worst part of this, without question, is how offensive I believe this is to Saskatchewan people who are footing the bill for this project … the huge lobbying effort that’s being made and all this travel to go around the world,” said NDP leader Cam Broten.

Through the lobby firm, meetings were arranged with house committees, congressmen and senators, including Joe Manchin, who is now slamming the project, calling it a failure.

Documents show Premier Brad Wall’s March 2014 meeting with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials to promote carbon capture and storage was organized by paid lobbyists.

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The lobby firm was also responsible for organizing Premier Brad Wall’s speech to the Coal Technology Symposium in 2014, documents show.

Despite the project’s flaws so far, Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower, says the province is still painting an accurate picture of the CCS unit to the rest of the world.

“There was always the view that, yes there has been problems associated with it, yes there’s been equipment failures … but (SaskPower) felt confident they could correct any problems associated with it.”

READ MORE: Questions surround Sask. spending on U.S. lobbying (Sep. 2014)

It’s not uncommon to hire a lobby firm to make connections south of the border. Other provinces have staffed their own offices in Washington.

At the time, political analysts said Saskatchewan might be at a disadvantage without one.

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Caught on Camera: Motorized picnic tables drive down the street in Australia

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Dangerous driving is no picnic, Australian police are reminding the public.

Mobile-wielding motorists and CCTV cameras captured what appear to be two motorized picnic tables driving down a busy street in Perth, Australia last Sunday.

The two tables were driving down the West Coast Highway in the Perth suburb of Scarborough carrying nine passengers clad in shorts, t-shirts, and sandals.

Police in Perth, Australia are warning the public after cameras captured what appears to be two motorized picnic tables driving down a busy road this past Sunday.

Western Australia Police

“Police are concerned for the safety of those riding on the tables with no protective clothing, especially when on roads alongside motor vehicles,” Western Australia Police said in a press release.

“There are overall safety concerns particularly if a traffic incident was to occur, resulting in the persons subjecting themselves to potential injury.”

Among the concerns police have is complete lack of safety equipment such as seatbelts and turn indicators.

Police say the “drivers” could face charges including driving an unlicensed vehicle, driving an unroadworthy vehicle and even drunk driving.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Western Australia Police.



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US sexually transmitted disease epidemic worsening: CDC

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A U.S. sexually transmitted diseases epidemic is increasing and the most common infection, chlamydia, has risen to record levels, government officials say.


Reported cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis all increased in 2014. Chlamydia cases had dipped in 2013, but last year’s total of more than 1.4 million — or 456 cases per 100,000 — was the highest number of annual cases of any condition ever reported to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The chlamydia rate was up almost 3 per cent from 2013, the CDC reported Tuesday.

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Sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) or sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are among more than 70 diseases that are reportable to the CDC, including measles, chickenpox and tuberculosis. Flu is reported differently, by hospitalizations.

“America’s worsening STD epidemic is a clear call for better diagnosis, treatment, and prevention,” said the CDC’s Dr. Jonathan Mermin.

Gonorrhea cases totalled 350,062, up 5 per cent from 2013, and the most contagious forms of syphilis jumped 15 per cent to 20,000. As in previous years, the syphilis increase was mainly in gay and bisexual men.

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Most gonorrhea and chlamydia infections were in 15- to 24-year-olds, an ongoing trend. Both can cause infertility in women but can be treated with antibiotics. They often have no symptoms, and while yearly screening is recommended for sexually active women younger than 25, many don’t get tested and infections go untreated, the CDC said.

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5-year strategy aims to reduce harm for children and youth in NB

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FREDERICTON – One of the most important rights children have is the right to live free from all forms of harm, that’s according to a new report released Tuesday by New Brunswick’s Child and Youth Advocate.

The report, titled “Keeping Children and Youth Safe from Harm in New Brunswick: A Five Year Strategy by New Brunswickers,” outlines 102 action items to reduce harm in the province.

“This is not the typical report because if you look at it there are no recommendations,” child and youth advocate Norm Bosse said Tuesday.

The plan, which is slated to take place from 2015-2020, is divided into five “categories of harm,” which are themselves broken into 11 priorities.

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Among the ‘action items’ are:

Develop principles of engagement for youth receiving services from Social DevelopmentContinue to require the completion of Children Rights Impact Assessments as part of the development of major policy and legislative proposalsSupport the entry of young people in careers in the skilled trades through the New Brunswick Teen Apprenticeship Program, Youth Employment Fund, One Job Pledge and Student Employment and Experience DevelopmentContinue to focus on youth at-risk as a priority of the New Brunswick Crime Prevention and Reduction StrategyDevelop Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik language curriculum to support the survival of the First Nations languages at the High School level to provide First Nations students in the public system an opportunity to learn their language and heritageImplement campaigns to raise public awareness of the need and importance of adoption/permanency for children in the permanent care of the province of NBUndertake a study to assess the attitudes and experiences of sexual assault and the climate it creates on a University campusExplore the inclusion of mental health in the 10-year Education Plan


Each action also identifies a government department or community organization that is taking the lead in implementing it.

The report comes after two years of discussions and round-tables with several government departments, community groups, academic researchers and youth representatives.

READ MORE: Report calls for community-based approach to youth crime reduction

Amanda Richard, one of the youth members, told reporters she felt that the group listened to what she had to say, and included the youth feedback in the final report.

One area in particular she pushed for was the right of every child to have a family.

“Every child deserves to have a family and that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s a mom and dad and a white picket fence,” she said.

“It’s having adult support in your life.”

She added that the report highlighted that Aboriginal children are six times more likely to end up in the child welfare system.

Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers announced that an interdepartmental working group would be created to evaluate the goals of the report. It would meet once a year, and in then in the 2018-19 fiscal year, it would complete a formal evaluation of the strategy.

The evaluation would form the basis of any future five-year plans.

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Mental health professionals concerned over stretched resources ahead of refugee influx

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WINNIPEG —; As Manitoba prepares to open its doors to 2,000 Syrian refugees, health professionals are concerned the province’s already bogged down resources won’t be able to handle the influx of people who could need help.

Welcome Place, Hospitality House in Winnipeg and the Aurora Recovery Centre in Gimli said services are already being stretched to the limit in terms of personal and mental healthcare.


Counsellors at Welcome Place said the best they can do in terms of offering medical help right now is to go through the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

While the province agrees there is still more work to be done before they can expect to see lower wait times for mental health resources at the stage we are already in, the Minister of Healthy Living and Seniors said it is being addressed.

READ MORE: No time to turn away refugees says Selinger

Deanne Crothers said she is already consulting with mental health professionals across the board to see where there are current gaps in the system and find out where extra resources need to be added.

Crothers could not specify a timeline as to when the province could see additional help but it is unlikely to happen before the end of the year; which is when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to allow 25,000 refugees into Canada.

On Tuesday, Premier Greg Selinger reiterated his support for the federal program for refugee settlement.

“We think suspending the program would be a mistake,” said Selinger. “With all of our non-profit, churches and citizens groups… we’ve got a co-ordination going on inside the department.”

Selinger said he is not concerned that an influx of refugees would have a strain on the province or a security issue.

“The United Nations has already cleared a lot of these people in the refugee camps. We’ve done this before,” Selinger said, citing the Vietnamese boat people or refugees who fled Vietnam by ship after the war in 1978 and 1979. “The federal government will do its due diligence on security but that’s not a reason to stop the program.”

Selinger also said Manitoba has the most refugees per capita of any province in Canada.


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Elite Canadian curlers go head to head in mixed doubles

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Mike McEwen quickly prepared a sports drink after he got off the ice Monday at the Wall Grain Mixed Doubles Classic curling tournament.

“I’m fuelling up here, I feel like I just had a workout on one side of my body,” he said.

The mixed doubles game was a big switch for the Winnipeg skip, who threw and swept stones with wife Dawn McEwen at the Oshawa Curling Club. They were joined by a who’s who of Canadian curlers, who are taking the discipline more seriously now that it’s on the program for the 2018 Winter Olympics.


“The players are enjoying it, learning the new game and having fun with it,” said Curling Canada mixed doubles program manager Jeff Stoughton. “They’re trying to figure out what to do and that’s the whole idea of this is to get these players some game-time experience.”

READ MORE: Stoughton to prepare Canada’s mixed doubles curlers for Olympics

Most players in the 20-team field are usually focused on the traditional four-person game. The mixed doubles format has been a refreshing change for many as it requires different strategies, heightened fitness levels and quicker decision-making.

While many curlers have at least dabbled with mixed doubles in the past, Stoughton estimated about half the teams were playing in a tournament for the first time. It’s part of the buildup to the Mar. 31-Apr. 3 Canadian mixed doubles trials in Saskatoon and the world championships Apr. 16-23 in Karlstad, Sweden.

McEwen, who’s second behind Brad Gushue in the Canadian Team Ranking System, rarely sweeps when he plays the four-man game. But he was working the broom hard in an 11-4 victory over Janet and Hugh Murphy.

“It’s a lot more learning on the fly,” McEwen said. “Getting your heart rate down after you’ve just swept end to end on your own shot. So it’s a very different game, a very different mindset.”

There are fewer ends and a tighter shot clock in mixed doubles, so games only last about an hour and a half. There is no skip position and curlers have to leave the hack quickly to catch up to the stone to start sweeping.

The $23,000 tournament, which runs through Tuesday afternoon, is aiming to raise the profile of the format. The carrot of potential Olympic participation is appealing and the sport’s top players are interested.

A scan of players on the ice ahead of the mid-afternoon draw was an impressive showing of curling star power.

Reigning Olympic champion Jennifer Jones was practising with husband Brent Laing while Jones’s regular teammate, Kaitlyn Lawes, was throwing stones with Marc Kennedy. Rachel Homan was on a sheet with John Morris while Gushue and Val Sweeting were also making last-minute preparations.

Stoughton’s goal is to get a Canadian duo on the podium at the next two world mixed doubles championships, which serve as Olympic qualifiers. Only seven countries will join host South Korea in the field at the 2018 Games.

With the big curling names on board, it will only improve Canada’s chances of matching the success it has seen in the four-person game.

“Clearly they’re our best shooters right now in the game as proven by their traditional game,” Stoughton said. “We thought, ‘Well let’s see if they can handle this mixed doubles thing,’ and see if that’s going to be a challenge for them and whether they’re going to embrace it and be really good at it.”

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Homan and Morris won the inaugural Canad Inns Mixed Doubles Classic last month. It was played between regular men’s and women’s events at the Portage Curling Club in Manitoba.

Sweden, Hungary and Switzerland are the current powerhouses in mixed doubles. Canada holds the No. 6 position in the world rankings.

“I think everyone is taking it seriously now,” said Emma Miskew, who plays on Homan’s team and is teaming here with Ryan Fry. “Just because it’s the first year, I think it’s a little bit more fun right now because everyone is just trying to learn the game, the rules, what works with your partner, when you should be sweeping, when you should be holding the broom, all that stuff.

“Once people have figured that out I think it’s going to become a lot more competitive and a lot more serious out there.”

READ MORE: Reid Carruthers falls to Brad Gushue in first Grand Slam final appearance

Many of the curlers were already in town for The National, which wrapped up Sunday at the nearby General Motors Centre. Gushue beat Reid Carruthers for the men’s title and Homan edged Tracy Fleury for the women’s title.


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Uber operations in Toronto spark possibility of strike in taxi industry

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TORONTO – A group representing cab drivers in Toronto says it has had enough and is now contemplating whether a strike will get its message across to the city and province.

Sajid Mughal, president of iTaxiWorkers Association said a meeting will be held this week to decide if the taxi industry will pursue a strike.

“The general feeling is enough is enough, we need to take some action to send over to the politicians that the cab industry is hurting,” Mughal said.


“The illegal unlicensed drivers … they are stealing cab driver business and that must be stopped.”

Beck Taxi issued a press release on Tuesday urging calm amidst strike rumours.

“Beck empathizes with Toronto’s hard working taxi drivers and the frustration they face while black market taxi operators continue to break our city’s laws, but I urge all Beck taxi drivers to continue to uphold the professional standards that Toronto taxi users expect of us and our service,” Kristine Hubbard, Operations Manager at Beck said in a statement.

“While it is regrettable that the continued civil disobedience being practiced by UberX drivers is causing a lot of frustration, I urge our drivers to not withhold service or make congestion worse, which would only inconvenience our valued customers.”

A spokesperson for Uber said in a statement that ride-sharing services and traditional taxis are “complementing each other,” adding the company continues to be “forward looking” as it works with the city to “modernize transportation regulations.”

“Torontonians deserve safe, reliable and affordable rides in our city, and we have seen that ridesharing and traditional taxi are complementing each other to better serve rider and driver needs here, just as we’ve seen in the over 350 cities worldwide in which we operate.”

“We are committed to serving the people of Toronto as part of our city’s expanding transportation network and continue to be forward looking as we work with the City of Toronto to modernize transportation regulations.”

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Mayor John Tory said he is sympathetic to the taxi industry, adding the city is working to develop regulation that would help even the playing field for cab drivers.

“We are presently developing regulations that on the one hand – for the first time – bring Uber and other technologies like it – under regulation and create responsibilities for them that others – including taxis – have borne for some time,” Tory said.

The mayor quickly referenced the $1 decrease in base fares that was implemented Nov. 1.

READ MORE:Taxi base fares drop $1 in Toronto starting Nov. 1

“It is meant to make them more competitive in the ground transportation system,” Tory said.

“With respect in the matter of a strike, obviously people will decide to do whatever is best for themselves.”

Mughal said the $1 decrease has nothing to do with the possibility of a strike.

“The $1 decrease is not in question. We are not asking the city if they should not do it or should do it more,” Mughal said.

“We are just asking there is illegal activity happening in Toronto and they must stop it.”

Mughal was unable to confirm the specific date of the meeting, but did say it will be happen sometime this week.


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Halifax Muslim community ‘scared for backlash’ after Paris attacks

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Halifax – Members of the Muslim community in Halifax fear they could become the targets of anti-Muslim actions after last weeks attacks in Paris.

“People feel scared for backlash,” said Adam Esse, Imam at the Nova Scotia Islamic Community Centre Mosque

Esse is taking extra security precautions after the deadly attacks last week and subsequent vandalism of a mosque in Peterborough, Ontario Saturday. His mosque will now be attended 24 hours a day.

Imam Adam Esse stands in front of The Nova Scotia Islamic Community Centre Mosque

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He says he has also asked Halifax Regional Police to increase their presence around Islamic centers in Halifax.

“It is an emotional time and there are some people, always, some people take advantage and do evil things,” Esse told Global News.

READ MORE: Anti-Muslim graffiti discovered inside Toronto apartment building

Abdelkader Tayebi, Imam at the Ummah Mosque and Community Center says backlash against Muslim communities is nothing new.

“It’s something to be expected with an incident of this size and scope.”

He encourages members of the community not to fear, saying that the people and their religion are not responsible for the attacks in Paris.

“We had nothing to do with what happened as a Muslim community or as a Islam religion. These people are representing themselves as criminals and murderers,” Tayebi said.

“No person of reasons and no person of Canadian values should make any connection between what happened in Paris and Islam and the Muslim community in Canada.”

READ MORE: Paris attacks prompt Canadian Muslim group to issue warnings of potential backlash

Esse agrees, saying the Muslim community in Halifax should not feel guilty or apologize for the violence of others, but he is still encouraging caution to the members of his mosque.

“Be vigilant, nice with other people explain to them your position and that you are one of them. We hope the best but prepare for some evil to come by some not law abiding people,” he said.


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Province supports Edmonton group home closure after teen charged with murder

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EDMONTON – An Edmonton group home for high-risk youth teens that was the subject of complaints about rowdy behaviour and crime is closing its doors for good.

The home, run by a charitable group known as E4C, made headlines in September when one of its residents, a 17-year-old girl, was charged with stabbing a man to death on a nearby street.

After that, police and area residents said they had long complained that residents of the home were often out late at night, smoking drugs, banging on doors and damaging property.



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Edmonton police Staff Sgt. Bill Clark said at the time he was “appalled” by the lax standards and supervision at the home.

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E4C chief executive officer Karen Spencer said in a statement the decision to close is because recent publicity had made the home too well known, putting the residents at risk.

“The public identification of the location of this group home has placed youth at this site in a vulnerable position as it exposes them to those who prey on marginalized young people,” said Spencer.

The province shut down the home after the stabbing pending a review of operations.

That review, released Tuesday, determined that some staff weren’t clear on protocols designed to keep the teens safe, which led to “loose or broad application of rules that compromised structure.”

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The report noted that as a result, “community members observed youth using drugs outside the group home.”

The report said the home met licensing and accreditation standards and that staff worked well with probation officers and other youth-serving agencies.

But it said staff seemed tone deaf to the rising number of concerns from area residents, adding that “the degree of opposition to the home was a disappointment to the agency management.”

E4C ran the home, known as the Inner City Youth Housing Project, under contract to the province.

It was for teens aged 14 to 17 with a history of traumatic experiences and exposure to crime who had been banned from other placements, such as in shelters or with families.

The home had five beds funded at about $400,000 a year.

Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir said his ministry will work to improve staff training and make sure the neighbours of group homes are heard through pacts known as “Good Neighbour Agreements.”

“That agreement encourages service providers to engage with the community where they are located, connect with the neighbours … (and) engage with them about their work (and) address their concerns,” said Sabir.

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In October, Edmonton city council’s executive committee ruled residents won’t be notified when a group home is proposed for their neighbourhood, after reviewing a proposed change to a zoning bylaw.

“To add any additional barriers that might create additional stigma or complexity in creating or maintaining those units, beyond the reasonable rules that we have, I think is not in the public interest,” Mayor Don Iveson said at the time.

READ MORE: Edmonton won’t change group home rules

In response to Tuesday’s decision, the mayor said: “I do appreciate that the minister and the government appear to have taken this seriously and done a deep dive. We have many group homes in the city and we need many group homes in the city,” said Iveson. “The issue, of course, is that they have to be run properly and in a way that is neighbourly. And if the province has changes in mind that would enhance that, that’s positive.”

With files from Global News

Edmonton Group Home Report


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