English elementary school at centre of controversy in Repentigny – Montreal

Posted on 11/09/2018

REPENTIGNY, Que. — Franklin-Hill Elementary is the only English-language school in east-end Repentigny.

It’s been around for 10 years and students, teachers and parents love it.

Inside there are modern classrooms, and outside the boys and girls enjoy a big schoolyard and an even bigger green space.

But that could soon change.

Franklin-Hill Elementary School in Repentigny, Que.

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Last week, the City of Repentigny announced it will construct a new building on the roughly 22,000 sq. metres of greenspace next to the school.

The project calls for a new primary school that will house French students from the Des Affluents School Board.

Parents from Franklin-Hill Elementary are furious with the proposed plan and they are calling the city’s proposed project “poor planning.”

They are worried about increased traffic in the area and a loss of quality in their children’s education.

“This is our school, we want to keep it the way it is,” Anne Chamandy told Global News.

“We want to keep our space.”

Anne Chamandy is fighting to keep the green space around Franklin-Hill Elementary School in Repentigny, Que.

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Chamandy leads a local parents’ committee that is raising awareness about the issue.

On Monday night, up to 100 parents plan to attend a City Council meeting at Repentigny City Hall to address their worries.

Franklin-Hill Elementary falls under the jurisdiction of the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board.

Its’ director-general Stephanie Vucko said she supports the parents’ initiative.

“We’re not in a position to give up our land, it’s very unusual we’ve been implicated in this,” Vucko told Global News.

“It is unheard of that they would come and remove something from another board, let alone an anglophone board.”

Vucko said that officials from her school board have met with her counterparts from the Des Affluents School Board on three occasions to discuss the issue.

If the two sides cannot come to an agreement, Vucko says, it’s believed the Quebec Ministry of Education may be forced to intervene.

The city hall in Repentigny, Que.

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WATCH: Timelapse video of car interior overheating in summer – Montreal

Posted on 11/09/2018

MONTREAL — People may be surprised to discover just how quickly — and how high — temperatures can soar within the interior of a car during a hot, sunny day.

But in reality, the outside temperature doesn’t have to be hot in order for a car to become a death trap.

In the video above, it was only 23°C outside, but within just 10 minutes, the interior of the car went from 24°C to well above 50°C.

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A parked vehicle can become an oven that could literally bake your child or your pet from the inside out.

Heatstroke occurs when a person’s temperature exceeds 40°C.

A core body temperature of 42°C or more can be lethal, as cells are damaged, internal organs begin to shut down and the thermoregulatory mechanism becomes overwhelmed.

Children’s thermoregulatory systems are less efficient and their body temperatures can heat up five times faster than those of adults.

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Details about the Israeli suspects in the Mohammed Abu Khdeir murder – National

Posted on 11/09/2018

Now that charges appear imminent in the murder of a Palestinian teen, an Israeli judge has lifted the gag order on details of the attack and the suspects.

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The three individuals held in the kidnapping and killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir on July 2 admitted they were responsible for the murder, done in retaliation for the killing of three Israeli teens, and reenacted how they carried out the crime, according to police spokesperson Mickey Rosenfeld

The three suspects — including a 30-year-old and two minors, all of whom are related — made their first court appearance in Jerusalem on Monday, during which time the judge lifted the gag order (with the exception of the suspects’ names and any details that would identify them).

They will remain in custody until their next court appearance on Friday, when an indictment is likely.

READ MORE: Israel downs Gaza drone along southern coast

Early results from an autopsy on Abu Khdeir’s body indicated he suffered a head injury before being burned alive. He was abducted from outside a store in his East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Shoafat.

“On July 2, 2014, the three suspects decided together to kidnap and murder an Arab. They searched for a victim in several Arab neighborhoods in East Jerusalem, finally arriving in Shoafat. When they saw that the teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir was alone, they seized him, forced him into their car, beat and stunned him and took him to the Jerusalem Forest. There they threw him out of the car, poured gasoline on him, set him on fire and fled,” Haaretz reported, quoting an investigator’s statement.

Although the suspects chose Abu Khdeir at random, they possessed plastic restraints and gasoline, according to the publication.

The boy’s death set off days of violent protests in Arab areas of Jerusalem and northern Israel.

The details of the case released Monday also indicate Abu Khdeir’s death was the suspects’ second attempt at exacting revenge for the murders of 19-year-old Eyal Yifrah and 16-year-olds Gilad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel—the three Israeli students who were kidnapped, while hitchhiking home from a religious school in a West Bank settlement on June 12, and shot to death.

Israeli police have yet to arrest the main suspects in the murders of Fraenkel, Shaar and Yifrah, but believe two Palestinian men from Hebron, who have links to Hamas, are responsible.

READ MORE: Who are Israel’s main suspects in the kidnapping, murder of 3 teens?

The investigation revealed two of the three suspects in Abu Khdeir’s murder tried to kidnap an nine-year-old Palestinian boy the previous night, but were chased off by the boy’s mother, The Times of Israel reported.

Two of the suspects also told police they set fire to a Palestinian-owned store a month before the killing, Haaretz reported.

Police immediately took into consideration the possibility of Abu Khdeir’s being a “nationalist” crime, organizing two secondary investigation units — one to determine a possible criminal motive and another to specifically examine if the killing was motivated by Jewish extremism — Haaretz said.

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Cyclist struck in south Edmonton intersection – Edmonton

Posted on 11/09/2018

EDMONTON – A cyclist was sent to hospital Monday afternoon after being hit by a vehicle in south Edmonton.

The cyclist was reportedly trying to turn left onto Davies Road from 86 Street, when she was struck by a southbound vehicle.

Police say it happened during a green light.

Cst. Cameron James of the Edmonton Police Service reminds people that they need to obey the rules of the road if they’re cycling on it. Both motorists and cyclists also need to pay attention.

“So just keep your head up, watch…because it can happen to anybody,” he said.

In this case, the cyclist’s injuries are thought to be minor.

READ MORE: Cyclist, 50, killed in collision in central Edmonton

Davies Road at 58th Ave was shut down as police investigated the crash.

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Pioneering pilot honoured with stamps – Lethbridge

Posted on 11/09/2018

“On my seventeenth birthday, July 13th, 1964, I remember we drove to Lethbridge and rather than stopping downtown to go shopping like we normally did, we continued on to the airport. Unbeknownst to me, my father had arranged my first flight with my instructor.”

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That birthday gift planted the seed that would become Rosella Bjornson’s dream of becoming a career pilot. On Sunday, friends, family and admirers gathered at the very same hanger Bjornson had her first flying lesson to unveil a new Canada Post stamp featuring her image. The stamps were designed by the Ninety-Nines, an international organization of women pilots, and made possible through Canada Post’s Picture Postage program.

The reason Rosella Bjornson is the woman featured on the stamp, is that she was the first female airline pilot and eventually the first female airline captain in Canada. When Rosella started her career, it was a profession dominated by men. “I heard quite a few excuses. ‘Well, women aren’t strong enough. Women would just get trained and then they’d get married and have babies and leave.’ They didn’t want to spend the money training a woman, so that was their excuse for not hiring a woman. The biggest obstacle was convincing them that a woman was capable of flying a larger aircraft and doing the job. That’s what I had to prove.”

By over-qualifying herself and logging long hours in the cockpit, the airlines eventually had no reason not to hire her. In 1973, Transair, Canada’s fourth largest airlines at the time, hired Rosella as a First Officer, making her the first woman in Canada to hold the position. Things were looking great for the up and coming pilot, until she was immediately grounded. “Of course when I started, there were no policies in our contract that dealt with pregnancies.”

When Rosella had her first child, the airline would not offer her sick leave because it did not consider pregnancy an illness. She had to take a personal leave of absence. When her second pregnancy came around, she worked with Transport Canada to update their policies. With Rosella’s help, female pilots can fly under a doctor’s supervision for the first six months of a pregnancy. “Those are unique challenges and ones we take for granted today,” said Mayor Chris Spearman, who was in attendance for the ceremony. “When those were happening thirty, forty years ago that was groundbreaking. So we admire Rosella for her determination and for proving that it can be done.”

In 1990, Rosella was promoted to the position of captain, the first Canadian woman in that role. She considers it one of her proudest achievements.

“Well I feel very honoured. I really don’t feel like I deserve a stamp. I’ve had a lot of honours. I’m inducted in the Canadian Aviation Hall of Fame as well. I guess the only thing that really differentiates me from all the other men who have had careers in aviation is that I’m a woman. And really that shouldn’t be significant.”

Sheet after sheet of stamps were sold at the ceremony on Sunday, and more are available to be ordered as they are not available at postal outlets. To order stamps contact:

Bev Fraser

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Auction held for injured Saskatchewan chuckwagon driver

Posted on 11/09/2018

Watch the video above: Auction for Sask. chuckwagon driver

CALGARY – The Calgary Stampede has wrapped up for another year but one Saskatchewan chuckwagon driver’s career has wrapped up for good.

Tim Haroldson’s barn was auctioned off, just days after he was injured in a training exercise in Calgary.

It was a bittersweet day for his wife Melissa, who is focused on his recovery.

It’s been less than a week since her husband, Tim Haroldson, 48, was rushed to hospital.

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“I didn’t realize he was hurt at first, I just heard there was an accident so I went to go out and help with the horses and they told me Tim was still in the infield so I went running over there and he was getting loaded in to an ambulance,” said Melissa.

The auction would have finalized Haroldson’s retirement after 15 years in chuckwagon racing but on July 8 the wagon rolled while coming around one of the barrels during morning training.

READ MORE: Horse dead, driver injured following incidents at Calgary Stampede

He has concussive symptoms, bleeding on his brain and a collapsed lung.

The Stampede reviewed the incident and initial indications are that there was nothing out of the ordinary in regards to the wagon, the horses or the tack.

One wagon horse collapsed and died after competing in the team’s training run. Results indicate the horse experienced a ruptured aneurysm.

“It’s to understand why he wasn’t able to finish off his last stampede of his career. I know there’s a reason for everything but I just know there’s no way I could ever understand it,” said Melissa.

The auction was planned before the crash and everything must go horses, wagon and all.

“This chuckwagon racing is not just a sport, it’s a passion and it becomes a way of life and to disperse of these horses and to do what they’re doing today is very emotional and for Tim not be here is even more so,” said Rob Bergevin, of VJV Foothills Livestock Auction.

Four horses are auctioned off Sunday, two of them were snagged by Tim’s friend Jerry Bremner. Bremner was driving the wagon when it rolled.

He hopes one day Haroldson, of Melfort, Sask., might want his horses back.

“I’ve trained with Tim for several years now and I know his horses and I’m just happy to have a couple of them and it keeps our connection together as well,” said Bremner.

Melissa says her husband remains in hospital and is improving daily.

“We’re not exactly sure what life holds for us but we’re going to get Tim home and healed up and figure things out from there,” said Melissa.

The auction netted close to $300,000.

New charges against B.C. gang leader

Posted on 11/09/2018

VANCOUVER – An alleged gang leader already accused in a high-profile murder case in British Columbia is facing new allegations that he attempted to convince someone to kill a member of the same gang, according to a court document.

The new charges against Jamie Bacon were revealed Monday, just as the trial for two men involving the October 2007 murders of six people in Surrey, B.C. wrapped up in Vancouver. Bacon is awaiting trial in the same case.

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Bacon was in court for his first appearance on three charges, including counselling someone to commit murder, as well as two other charges related to acting for the benefit of a criminal organization.

An indictment filed with the court identified the alleged target as a man who has figured prominently in the ongoing murder trial. The man, whose name is covered by a publication ban in the Surrey case and can only be referred to as Person X, pleaded guilty in April 2009 to three counts of second-degree murder and is serving a life sentence.

The indictment alleges Bacon counselled another man to murder Person X sometime between Nov. 30, 2008 and Jan. 2, 2009. The indictment notes that the murder did not occur.

Person X was expected to testify against Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston, who are each charged with conspiracy and six counts of first-degree murder in the Surrey shooting.

However, the judge in the Haevischer and Johnston trial ruled last year that Person X’s evidence was inadmissible for reasons that have never been made public.

Bacon is also charged with conspiracy and one count of first-degree murder in that case. The Crown has suggested Bacon’s murder trial could be heard early next year.

As Bacon appeared in court on Monday, Haevischer and Johnston sat in a secure courtroom four floors below for the final day of their trial after nearly 10 months of testimony.

The Crown’s theory in the murder trial has been that the leaders of the Red Scorpions gang — Bacon and Michael Le — ordered the execution of a rival drug trafficker but five others were killed to eliminate potential witnesses.

Le also faced charges in the same murder trial, but pleaded guilty to conspiracy midway through the trial and testified against his former co-accused.

The Crown contends Haevischer, Johnston and Person X carried out the killings.

The trial heard from 73 witnesses, including several former gangsters, and offered a rare inside look inside one of the B.C.’s most violent street gangs.

The mass shooting, which is often referred to in local media simply as the “Surrey Six,” came to define a bloody gang war that continued for another two years.

B.C. Supreme Court Judge Catherine Wedge said she planned to deliver her verdict Oct. 2.

The victims of the shooting included 55-year-old Ed Schellenberg, who was in the condo where the murders occurred servicing a gas fireplace, and 22-year-old Chris Mohan, whose family lived across the hall from the murder scene. Neither had anything to do with gangs or drugs.

Mohan’s mother, Eileen, has been a constant fixture at the trial.

“It was my duty to represent him, to be here for him because he cannot talk for himself,” she said outside the courthouse on Monday.

“I had to come to court every day to sit in front of (the judge) to tell her what I had lost. I’ve just not lost my only precious son, but I’ve lost my life, too.”

The other victims all had links to gangs and drugs: Corey Lal, who the Crown alleges was the intended target, his brother Michael, Eddie Narong and Ryan Bartolomeo.

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Shipment of 67 live giant African snails intercepted at U.S. airport – National

Posted on 11/09/2018

LOS ANGELES – Inspectors at Los Angeles International Airport seized an unusually slimy package – 67 live giant African snails that are a popular delicacy across West Africa.

The snails – which are prohibited in the U.S. – arrived from Nigeria and were being sent to a person in San Dimas, said Lee Harty, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Customs and Border protection.

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The snails were confiscated July 1 and a sample was sent the next day to a federal mollusk specialist in Washington, D.C., who identified them as a prohibited species, Harty said.

The mollusks are among the largest land snails in the world and can grow to be up to 8 inches (20 centimetres) long. They are native to Africa and can live for up to 10 years.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture incinerated the snails after they were inspected, Harty said. The animals are prohibited in the U.S. because they can carry parasites that are harmful to humans, including one that can lead to meningitis.

The snails are also agricultural pests, said Maveeda Mirza, the CBP program manager for agriculture.

“These snails are seriously harmful to local plants because they will eat any kind of crop they can get to,” Mirza said.

The person the snails were destined for is not expected to face any penalties, Mirza said. She said authorities are investigating why a single person would want so many snails.

“We’re investigating what happened, but it doesn’t seem like there was smuggling involved. When someone doesn’t know a commodity is prohibited under USDA regulations there is usually no punishment,” she said.

Although the agency has found one or two snails that may have accidentally gotten into a traveller’s luggage in Los Angeles, this is the first time that they have confiscated the snails in such a large quantity, Mirza said.

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UPDATE: Man charged with attempted murder following attack at Stony Plain Road business – Edmonton

Posted on 11/09/2018

WATCH: Two people are in hospital with knife injuries after a troubling incident at a business on Stony Plain Road. Fletcher Kent has the story.

EDMONTON – A 62-year-old man has been charged with a number of offences, including attempted murder, after a troubling incident at a business on Stony Plain Road Monday.  

Shortly after noon Monday, police were called to Helm Property Management on Stony Plain Road and 155 Street after neighbouring businesses heard a commotion outside.

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Police say the man entered the business earlier and got into an argument with the staff about the property he was renting. 

After the man left, the supervisor sent the staff home and locked the doors, suspecting he would be back.

The suspect returned, this time with a knife, which he used to smash the front window when he realized the doors were locked, police said.

“When he found the building was locked, he began raising a ruckus, hammering and screaming, swearing and yelling,” EPS Duty Officer Brian Nowlan said. “Other businesses came out to see what the problem was.”

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Once inside, the suspect tracked down the only person inside, who police believe is the supervisor.

He reportedly got into a fight with the victim, who is believed to be in his forties, and allegedly slashed his neck with the knife.

WATCH: Raw footage of the incident captured by witness Anna Stachal

The victim was able to escape when police arrived.

“He came outside holding his hands on his neck,” said witness Anna Stachal.

“It was scary, we were scared. We were asked to go a little bit further away.

“The gun was really, really scary, when I saw the gun in the policeman’s hands,” said Stachal.

Police witnessed the suspect cutting himself with the knife and then laying down on the floor in surrender.

The suspect was arrested and taken to hospital. Both the victim and suspect suffered significant injuries, but are expected to survive.

Police are currently investigating the incident and will be looking at a number of factors including the suspect’s mental health. 

Allan Andkilde has since been charged with attempted murder, break and enter to commit, possession of a weapon, uttering threats, and mischief under $5,000.

Edmonton police respond to weapons complaint on Stony Plain Road July 14, 2014

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Edmonton police respond to weapons complaint on Stony Plain Road July 14, 2014

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Edmonton police respond to weapons complaint on Stony Plain Road July 14, 2014

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Edmonton police respond to weapons complaint on Stony Plain Road July 14, 2014

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Edmonton police respond to weapons complaint on Stony Plain Road July 14, 2014

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Edmonton police respond to weapons complaint on Stony Plain Road July 14, 2014

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Edmonton police respond to weapons complaint on Stony Plain Road July 14, 2014

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Edmonton police respond to weapons complaint on Stony Plain Road July 14, 2014

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Edmonton police respond to weapons complaint on Stony Plain Road July 14, 2014

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Edmonton police respond to weapons complaint on Stony Plain Road July 14, 2014

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 *Editor’s note: This story was originally published Monday, July 14, 2014. It was updated at 2:04 MT Tuesday to include charges laid against the suspect. 

Advocates ask Quebec to protect temporary foreign workers – Montreal

Posted on 11/09/2018

WATCH ABOVE: Quebecers are fighting to protect foreign workers’ rights, making sure they don’t get left behind during Ottawa’s labour reform. Rachel Lau reports.

MONTREAL – When temporary foreign workers come to Canada, they make many sacrifices. Many have left behind their families for the tiny wage they get for some very physical work.

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Now, several groups are working together to protect these workers’ rights and make sure they don’t get left behind in Ottawa’s foreign labour reform.

“All that the federal government has done is say to hundreds of thousands of workers: ‘You will be here, stranded without legal status, without any ability to find decent work,’” said Mostafa Henaway, a community organizer for the Immigrant Workers Centre.

READ MORE: Protest over free education for all Quebec children ends peacefully

It was a small gathering, no more than ten people, but each one represented hundreds of thousands of voiceless foreigners.

“We are still working class,” said Evelyn Calugay, a representative of Pinay for Filipino Women’s Rights.

“We are still in the same conditions.”

They walked to provincial Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil‘s office in NDG in the hopes of convincing her to lobby her federal counterpart.

“Inclusion and multiculturalism means actually giving everyone an equal chance to be able to live a decent live in the society,” said Henaway.

READ MORE: Immigrant unemployment: The more education, the bigger the gap

In June of this year, the federal government announced they were making changes to the application process for temporary workers.

Federal Minister of Employment Jason Kenney said this was to ensure Canadian workers were put first when it came to hiring.

But it makes finding work much harder for foreign workers.

“It used to be this program in Quebec just required six months of experience in Quebec before they could apply for permanent residency,” said Joey Calugay, a coordinator for the Immigrant Workers Centre.

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“In 2011, they raised it to one year. Why don’t we bring that back to six months?”

In the letter to the Weil, the group writes “the changing nature of work reflects a growing reality of a changing economy of Quebec . . . Our laws need to reflect such changes in order to ensure that all workers enjoy equal rights and protections.”

“Migrant labour is important to us because they’re part of the working people here in Quebec,” said Calugay.

“They contribute to the economy, they can contribute to the social development of Quebec.”

Weil’s office is actually closed for the next two weeks, but these advocates said this small step is just one of many to come.