The Knights’ winning streak against Kitchener has ended

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The Kitchener Rangers defeated the London Knights on Tuesday for the first time since Dec. 29, 2015. The 14-game London run ended with a 4-2 loss at the Kitchener Memorial Auditorium in front of an announced crowd of 6,500 fans.

Former Knight, Kole Sherwood broke a 2-2 tie on a power play just before the midway mark of the third period and then completed a hat trick just under 10 minutes later.


The Knights created all kinds of chances right in front of Kitchener goalie Luke Richardson especially in the second period, which ended up giving his team the chance they needed to re-take the lead in the third.

“In the second period, the ice was tilted our way. We had good scoring chances that we just couldn’t bury,” said Knights’ assistant coach Dylan Hunter. “Going into the third, we should have been up maybe by one or two and we kept them around and then a late penalty hurt us.”

That penalty ended up being a double-minor to Adrian Carbonara that led to Sherwood’s go-ahead goal.

Knights’ captain Robert Thomas admitted that he would love to have some of those chances back.

“It’s a positive thing that we got a lot of chances like that. There were just a couple of brain cramps that allowed them to put the puck into the back of our net. We just have to tighten up in the defensive zone and the chances will keep coming.”

That’s the attitude that London needs to have, heading into one of the busiest parts of their schedule that will see them play four games in six days and seven games in 13 days overall.

The Knights outshot Kitchener 33-32 and went 2-for-7 on the man advantage. The Rangers were 1-for-4 on the power play.

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How the goals were scored

Florida Panthers’ draft pick, Adam Mascherin got to a puck behind the London net and found former Knight, Kole Sherwood in front and he opened the scoring at 6:25 of the first period.

The Knights tied the game on a power play just over seven minutes later as London captain, Robert Thomas zipped a cross-crease pass to Alex Formenton and he roofed a shot over Richardson to make it 1-1.

Before the end of the opening period, the Rangers went ahead again as a Greg Meireles shot hit a skate and ricocheted to Adam Liska, who scored his third goal of the season.

Another London power play goal by Formenton tied the game a second time at 9:51 of the second period. Sam Miletic rifled a shot on goal that Richardson got a part of, but it slid behind him, hit the inside of the post and rolled along the goal line where Cliff Pu and Formenton lunged after it. Formenton got the last touch and his fourth goal in nine games since returning from the Ottawa Senators.

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With the teams battling through the third tied 2-2, Adrian Carbonara was assessed a two-minute minor for tripping and then another minor penalty for shooting the puck down the ice as he touched it to stop play. On the ensuing power play, Adam Mascherin’s shot missed the net but bounced off the end boards right to Sherwood and he scored his second of the game to give Kitchener a 3-2 lead.

Sherwood completed the hat trick with 2:53 remaining to complete the scoring in the Rangers’ 4-2 victory.

Happy trails

While their Knights’ teammates had a bit of a break, Evan Bouchard, Formenton and Pu went north and back twice, going to Owen Sound and then to Sudbury for games three and four of the Canada/Russia series. Formenton had an assist in Team OHL’s victory on Monday to even the six-game set at 2-2. Londoner Nick Suzuki had two goals and an assist in that game.

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Up next

The Knights have now kicked off four games in six days. Wednesday and Saturday are the only days between now and Monday where an opponent won’t be lying in wait. London is home to Guelph on Thursday and Saginaw on Friday. The Knights visit Windsor on Sunday.

Guelph has some excellent young players who are beginning to shine in the OHL. Defenceman Ryan Merkley loves to have the puck on his stick and is always dangerous. Second-year goalie, Anthony Popovich has the second-best save percentage in the league and Cam Hillis of the Storm leads all rookies in scoring. Guelph has won three games in a row.

There are still tickets available for the game against the Storm. They can be purchased at the Knights’ Armouries, by phone at 519-681-0800 ext. 1 and online at 上海龙凤419londonknights上海龙凤419

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Environmental activists ask Lethbridge City Council to become leaders in fighting climate change

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Representatives from the Greensence Environmental Association went before city council on Tuesday, requesting that Lethbridge become a leader in mitigating climate change.

“[What] we’re hoping for in the next 15 years [is] that Lethbridge would run mainly on renewable energy,” Greensence treasurer Knud Peterson said. “I think it’s entirely possible… if they develop a good strategy.”


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James Byrne, a University of Lethbridge professor, said he not only thinks that is possible, but he believes Lethbridge can benefit economically by selling power.

“We are among the sunniest spots in Canada, we are certainly – we all know – one of the windiest spots in Canada,” Byrne said. “We can generate a lot of solar and wind electricity here in southern Alberta and [it] could be a very substantial income value to our region.”

Byrne says climate science is clear and is calling for a shift towards using renewable energy. He says he went green years ago.

“I just get all my heating and cooling from the earth,” Byrne said. “That’s possible throughout the city, that’s possible in every city.”

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And possible with the right attitude, according to Peterson. He says Lethbridge has an opportunity to lead by example.

“Climate change is a thing we need to worry about and although Lethbridge – of course – is a small player, if everybody took that attitude, then there’s no use in us doing anything about it,” he said. “If everybody took that attitude, then nothing would happen.”

Petersen also asked council to offer incentives for residents and businesses who install renewable energy infrastructure.

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Rescued kitten thinks she’s an Edmonton Oiler

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A kitten named Bella is so interested in the Edmonton Oilers, she’s been trying to help the team pass the puck through the TV.

Juno Croutze adopted Bella from the Edmonton Humane Society when she was 12 weeks old and quickly introduced her to her favourite team.

“As soon as hockey season started, I turned on the game one day and she just jumped on the TV stand, just jumping all over the screen, chasing the puck and the Oilers. Just going crazy over it.”



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    At first, Croutze wanted to bench the kitten.

    “I was a little worried she was going to scratch the TV screen. I was like, ‘No!’ But then I realized she was trying to get the puck so I started videotaping her.”

    Since then, the only team little Bella wants to play for is the Oilers, and hockey is clearly her go-to sport.

    “She doesn’t do it to any other sports. No football, no tennis, no golf,” Croutze explained.

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    Bella played through the playoffs last season, helping the Oilers make it to the second round.

    “Summer came by and went and I thought she’d forget, and then as soon as the first game came with the Oilers, she was up there.”

    Croutze estimates Bella plays for about three quarters of each game, getting a real work out.

    “Sometimes I’m like, ‘I can’t see the players.’ Because she’s getting bigger, right?”

    As for her personality off-ice?

    “She’s still a kitten so she’s quite a spaz,” Croutze laughed. “She’s got a good character on her. She’s pretty wacky but still kind of affectionate.”

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Canada’s top 1% collected more than 11% of the country’s income in 2015

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The share of income flowing to the top one per cent of Canadian tax filers increased by almost one percentage point between 2014 and 2015, the first increase since 2006, Statistics Canada said on Wednesday.

Canadians in the top one per cent of Canada’s income ladder held 11.2 per cent of the nation’s total income in 2015, up from 10.3 per cent in 2014. And almost all of that increase was thanks to dividends from corporations rather than bigger paycheques.


The results are “surprising,” said Stephen Gordon, professor of economics at Université Laval and frequent commentator on Canada’s income trends.

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Winner and losers

Canadians across the income spectrum saw healthy gains in the period, the data shows, but not everyone benefited equally.

Those in the bottom half of the income distribution saw a gain of 3.4 per cent, well ahead of inflation, which went up around one per cent over the period. The share of national income accruing to this group also held steady, at around 17 per cent.

But that pales compared to the 5.7 per cent increase registered by the top one per cent, with the median income for the group rising to $331,100.

Canadians with income between the national median ($33,400 in 2015) and the top 10 per cent seem to have seen the smallest gains, said Gordon.

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Those making just enough to rank in the top 10 per cent of filers saw an increase of just 1.5 per cent between 2014 and 2015, from $91,400 to $92,800. That was just above the pace of inflation.

The share of income going to tax filers from the 51st to 99th percentiles of the income distribution shrunk by 1.2 percentage points, StatsCan said.

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If Canada’s top one per cent received over 11 per cent of the national income in 2015, it also paid a hefty chunk of the country’s tax bill. The group accounted for over 22 per cent of the income taxes paid by all tax filers, according to Statistic Canada.

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And it was perhaps an effort to minimize taxes that explains some of the large income boost seen by these Canadians between 2014 and 2015.

In the years prior to 2006, the share of income held by the top one per cent had been growing mostly because Canada’s richest income filers were earning more.

“The story of the top one per cent had been […] people working for a living,” said Gordon.

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But between 2014 and 2015, a whopping two-thirds of the increase in the size of the national income pie going to the top one per cent came from dividends, money that corporations pay out to shareholders out of their profits.

It’s not clear what drove the increase in dividend income, but one hypothesis is that company owners opted to pay themselves generous dividends in 2015. This would allow them to declare a lower income in 2016, minimizing the hit from the Liberals’ planned tax increase on high incomes, which kicked in on Jan. 1, 2016.

While Ottawa reduced the marginal tax rate for incomes between $45,282 to $90,563, it also created a new tax bracket for incomes over $200,000.

“The top marginal tax rate in Ontario went up to almost 54 per cent in 2016. A 2015 tax planning strategy was to take out dividends before the rates went up,” Toronto-based tax lawyer David Rotfleisch told Global News via email.

Others in other provinces may have done the same.

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Ontario and B.C. saw the biggest increase of one-percenters

Wondering where all those top-earners live? The majority, by far is in Ontario, where they numbered over 110,000 in 2015. In second place comes Alberta (65,000) while British Columbia (31,000) is third.

But while Ontario and B.C. saw the ranks of their resident one-percenters increase the fastest between 2014 and 2015, Alberta was the only province to see a significant decline.

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Much of the increase in Ontario and B.C. was concentrated in cities. Vancouver alone accounted for a massive 84 percent of the increase in top one per cent of tax filers in B.C.

In Ontario, Toronto takes credit for 42 per cent of the increase, followed by Hamilton (10 per cent), the Kitchener–Cambridge–Waterloo area (8 per cent), and Oshawa (7 per cent).

Contrast that with Alberta, where the number of Canadians with incomes high enough to make it into the top one per cent shrank by 3,400, as the impact of lower oil prices started sweeping the province. It was the largest yearly decline since 1987.

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Londoners to weigh in on streetscapes, stations at BRT workshop

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Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will be back on the agenda in London Wednesday, as residents get a chance to weigh in on the look and feel of proposed rapid transit stops.

Staff are holding a pair of public workshops at the Central Library to let residents have a say in features and materials that could be included at the stops, like Wi-Fi.


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Coun. Phil Squire has been a vocal critic of what he calls a lack of communication by staff to the public about the scheduling of these types of sessions.

While talking about streetscapes and stations is nice, Squire says there are some other things they need to figure out, first.

“I think we need to go back and say, ‘What are we finally going to decide Richmond Street north of Oxford Street is going to look like?’ I’m not trying to be difficult, I’m just saying, right now, we don’t know whether it is going to stay as a four-lane street or whether it’s going to end up as a six-lane street. As you can imagine, that makes a monumental difference,” said Squire.

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The workshop will feature discussions on safety and security, accessibility, heritage and culture. Squire says although there are stages to working through the BRT process, it’s hard to talk about one without the others.

“I think it’s all mixed in together, and I think it’s pretty difficult to isolate one from the other,” said Squire.

“In other words, how can you talk about your streetscape without talking about what the street is actually going to look like,” he said.

Wednesday sessions are scheduled for 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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Loblaw to close 22 stores after posting Q3 profit

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BRAMPTON, Ont. – Loblaw Companies Ltd. says it has finalized a plan that will result in the closure of 22 unprofitable stores across a range of its banners and formats.

The company says it expects that the closures will be substantially complete by the end of the first quarter of next year.


Loblaw did not disclose which locations and brands are affected by the store closures but in an email to Global News, a spokesperson said the list includes “standard food and drug stores, as well as some specialty stores with as few as 10 employees.”

The move comes as Loblaw more than doubled its third-quarter profit compared with a year ago as its results were boosted by the sale of its gas bar business.

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The retailer says its profit attributable to common shareholders totalled $883 million or $2.24 per diluted share for the 16 week ended Oct. 7. That compared with a profit of $419 million or $1.03 per diluted share for the same period last year.

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Revenue totalled $14.19 billion, up from $14.14 in the third quarter of 2016.

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The results included a $432-million gain on the sale of the company’s gas station business to Brookfield Business Partners. Excluding the deal and other one-time item, Loblaw says it earned an adjusted profit attributable to common shareholders of $549 million or $1.39 per share for the quarter, up from $512 million or $1.26 per share a year ago.

–with a file from Global News

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15-year-old boy killed in Marlborough Park stabbing, youth in custody

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The Calgary Police Service has identified the young victim in a fatal stabbing in the community of Marlborough Park on Wednesday.

Emergency crews were called to the 5500 block of Maddock Drive N.E. at around 5 a.m.

When they arrived, paramedics found a 15-year-old suffering from a single stab wound. EMS said he was rushed to the Foothills Medical Centre in critical, life-threatening condition where he later died.

On Wednesday, police identified the victim as Leslie Sunwalk.

He was the only person treated at the scene by paramedics.

Police took one suspect into custody from the scene and say there is no risk to the public.

“We do have suspect in custody who is also 15 years old,” Acting Insp. Martin Schiavetta said. “We’re not in a position to lay charges at this time and the investigation is continuing.”

Calgary police take one person into custody from the 5500 block of Maddock Drive N.E. on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

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Schiavetta said the two teens knew each other.

Anyone with information about the stabbing is asked to call the homicide tip line at 403-428-8877, the police non-emergency number at 403-266-1234 or contact Crime Stoppers.

Last year, police launched an investigation at the same residence after a 24-year-old man was killed following an altercation.

Tyler Sanderson died in hospital after being found seriously injured at around 9:15 p.m. on May 15, 2016.

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At the time, police said it was believed Sanderson’s death occurred after he met with at least two other men and a woman “in relation to drug activity.”

“I cannot at this time confirm whether there is a familial connection [between the Sanderson incident] and today’s homicide,” Schiavetta said.

As of January 2017, three people had been charged with second-degree murder in Sanderson’s death, which was Calgary’s seventh homicide of 2016.

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London city councillors drop backyard chicken pilot project

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London city councillors plucked the proposed backyard chicken pilot project out of the Urban Agriculture Strategy.

The initiative, which ruffled the feathers of a number of Londoners, was axed during council’s meeting on Tuesday with the majority of members saying it wasn’t a priority for the city.



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    The idea of allowing residents to keep laying hens on their properties was approved by the planning and environment committee during its meeting last week, but councillors Tanya Park and Jesse Helmer were the only two members of council to support moving ahead with the initiative.

    “There are other bigger cities in Canada that have made this work,” Park said pointing to information presented by city staff. “You’ve heard them, Montreal, Edmonton, Toronto. We can do this here.”

    Helmer said he understood why some people didn’t want to proceed but wanted to explore the idea further.

    “I think it’s worth proceeding to at least see what kind of licensing would come forward from the (Middlesex London Health Unit) and from our staff in terms of how we could allow it in a limited way,” he said.

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    The idea of backyard chickens first came up at city hall about seven years ago and Coun. Harold Usher remembers the discussion and resulting controversy well.

    “It was quite a debate that we had and the debate failed and it failed specifically because the majority of the people did not want it,” he said of the original flap over the fowl. “Over the past few days, we’ve all received a number of emails in this regard.”

    Other councillors like Ward 14 representative Jared Zaifman acknowledge there could be a big benefit in being able to have access to fresh eggs right in your backyard, but said city council needs to look at the big picture.

    “I think we as councillors need to look holistically at the city and say, ‘What makes sense for the whole city?’”

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    Coun. Josh Morgan noted there were health concerns related to the chickens, saying similar concerns led to the cancellation of poultry-related events at the Western Fair in the past.

    “There are some people who do this very well, there are some people who do it very poorly. It’s not something that’s very consistent across the board,” Morgan said also pointing out staff are under a lot of pressure already with updated work plans.

    “This is not something I want our staff to spend a lot of time on.”

    Even though the clucking around backyard hens will likely die down now, the rest of the Urban Agriculture Strategy will carry on. It was unanimously endorsed by councillors during Tuesday’s meeting.

    The document highlights urban farms, support for farmers’ markets, community kitchens, community composting and school gardens.

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Wear Purple Day: Londoners are decking out in purple to raise awareness for women abuse

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If you see more people than usual decked out in the colour purple, don’t be alarmed.

While many buildings around the city have been lighting up purple in support of the Shine the Light on Women Abuse campaign since the beginning of November, Wednesday, Nov. 15,  is an opportunity for Londoners to show their support by wearing purple.


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The aim of Wear Purple Day, and the campaign as a whole is to create awareness and start a conversation around the issue of women abuse.

“Even if you don’t plan to have a conversation with somebody, if you’re wearing purple, and somebody sees that other people are wearing purple, or you take a group photo or you do something like that, and somebody might say, ‘Oh, I wonder why they’re wearing purple today?’ That’s even a good conversation to have,” said Jen Dunn with the London Abused Women’s Centre.

Dunn said it’s important to raise awareness so people know help is available.

“Even if this campaign got to one woman, and one woman came and accessed our services and got the support that she needed, then it’s worth it for us,” she said.

Beyond awareness is actually helping those dealing with issues of abuse. Dunn says it can be extremely difficult for women to come forward.

“I think the number one thing would be to believe her. So if somebody approaches you and maybe, wants to talk about it, the number one thing would be to believe what’s going on,” she said.

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The Shine the Light campaign has reached the international level. Dunn said groups in both Sweden and Australia are participating in the month-long movement.

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Donald Trump returns from Asia trip, now faces Roy Moore sexual misconduct scandal

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U.S. President Donald Trump spent five days in Asia largely keeping the Alabama Senate scandal at bay. He won’t be so lucky on U.S. soil.

The president returned to Washington on Tuesday night and walked straight into a party panic over the sexual misconduct accusations dogging GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore. Having pushed publicly and privately for Moore to get out of the race, Republicans believe their last best shot is Trump, who they hope can persuade his fellow political rebel to fall in line.

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Trump has given little indication of whether he’s interested in playing the role of party heavy.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has echoed other Republican leaders, saying last Friday that Moore should step aside if the allegations are true. But as other Republicans began to call for Moore to quit the race, Trump was notably silent in public.

On Tuesday, he didn’t address the issue when he spoke with reporters aboard Air Force One as he flew back to Washington, nor did he respond to shouted questions about Moore as he entered the White House that night.

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For Trump and Republicans, there are no good options. If Moore wins, they can either spend an already harrowing midterm election cycle defending their new colleague or overturn the will of Alabama voters by casting him out of the Senate.

If Moore loses and the seat flips to Democratic control, the party loses a critical vote in its razor-thin Senate majority, with issues like tax reform and immigration set to be considered in the coming months.

“I have to get back into the country to see what’s happening,” Trump told reporters over the weekend as he flew from Danang, Vietnam to Hanoi during his five-nation tour of Asia.

But behind the scenes, he was vexed by the issue. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Trump had been involved in dealing with the Moore situation “in great detail” during the trip. McConnell said he and Trump discussed the question on Friday, with chief of staff John Kelly and Vice President Mike Pence weighing in on subsequent days.

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Trump’s 12-day trip, the longest of his presidency, was quickly overshadowed at home by the shocking accusations of sexual assault on minors by Moore, who was embraced publicly by the White House last month after winning the state’s GOP primary.

The shocking revelations dominated cable news for days, as Moore denied the allegations and pledged to stay in the race.

Even Chinese President Xi Jinping was drawn in. “Who is Roy Moore?” Xi asked Trump privately after they delivered joint statements to reporters, in a moment described by two White House officials not authorized to speak publicly about private conversations.

GOP officials cautioned that the actions of Washington Republicans, including the president, were unlikely to affect Moore’s decision-making — and that any moves against him could backfire in an anti-establishment political environment.

The president backed Moore’s unsuccessful rival, Sen. Luther Strange, in the Republican primary. Moore has the backing of Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon. And Bannon’s conservative news site, Breitbart, has led the charge in trying to discredit the allegations against Moore, as it tries to boost the nationalistic candidate.

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One person familiar with the president’s thinking said Trump has been slow to call for Moore to exit the race in part because he risked embarrassment if, as expected, Moore defied him.

On Tuesday, the Republican National Committee halted its efforts on Moore’s behalf, following similar action by the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Friday. Three Republicans familiar with the RNC’s decision, but not authorized to discuss it publicly, said Trump signed off on the move to cut Moore loose.

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Moore was already a pariah among national Republicans even before the recent allegations of inappropriate contact with minors. A twice-removed state judge, Moore’s anti-gay and anti-Muslim rhetoric have long repelled the GOP mainstream.

McConnell has openly floated the possibility of having Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose move from the Senate to the Cabinet necessitated the special election, run for his old seat as a write-in candidate.

A source close to Sessions says he has told friends he is not interested in returning to the Senate.

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Massive fire destroys under-construction southwest Edmonton home, damages others

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A massive house fire destroyed at least one mansion and damaged other homes in southwest Edmonton’s Windermere area Wednesday morning.

A massive fire destroyed at least one home near Westcliff Way and 6 Ave. SW. in Windermere, and damaged others in the southwest Edmonton neighbourhood Wednesday morning. November 15, 2017.

Credit: Trevor Delorey and Kayla Greencorn

Firefighters were called to a property between Windermere Drive and Westcliff Way and 6 Ave. SW. at around 2:30 a.m., to find flames shooting out and smoke billowing from the large house.

“It was fully involved when we arrived,” Edmonton Fire Rescue District Chief Dan Klingbeil said. “A little bit of heat damage to the surrounding houses, but fortunately the wind was blowing in the right direction for us and we were able to stop it with pretty much one house burning down.”


A neighbour told Global News there was also another fire at the same house in the spring.

“Last spring the roof was on fire while it was still under construction,” Steve Ashburn said, adding the home has been under construction for about a year and that it was likely approaching the drywalling phase.

“It was under construction, so nobody was living in it. Nobody was injured,” Klingbeil confirmed.

There was some damage to neighbouring homes.

“They got some vinyl damage to the siding on a couple of houses, maybe three houses, and some cracked windows. Fortunately, that was upwind from the fire – the houses that were closest were upwind, not downwind. That helped us out in terms of any exposure damage to the houses next door.”

“It was very close,” said Matt Aker, whose home was damaged by the blaze. “The side of our house is a bit burnt and windows are broken.”

Aker said his insurance provider told his family they were lucky not to lose their home, telling them they were about “five minutes away from going up in flames too.”

Ashburn rushed over to Aker’s house when he saw the flames to make sure his family got outside safely.

“I just heard a noise – a pop – and the dog barked [so I] just got out of bed and looked outside and the house was already – the flames were coming through the roof,” Ashburn said. “We helped them (the Akers) get their kids out and their dogs into the vehicles and we all just met out on the street and kept our distance.”

“It was a bit of a rush for sure, seeing all those flames,” Aker said. “Just as soon as the kids were safe we were a lot better.”

A massive fire destroyed at least one home near Westcliff Way and 6 Ave. SW. in Windermere, and damaged others in the southwest Edmonton neighbourhood Wednesday morning. November 15, 2017.

Credit: Matt Aker

A massive fire destroyed at least one home near Westcliff Way and 6 Ave. SW. in Windermere, and damaged others in the southwest Edmonton neighbourhood Wednesday morning. November 15, 2017.

Credit: Trevor Delorey and Kayla Greencorn

A massive fire destroyed at least one home near Westcliff Way and 6 Ave. SW. in Windermere, and damaged others in the southwest Edmonton neighbourhood Wednesday morning. November 15, 2017.

Dave Carels, Global News

A massive fire destroyed at least one home near Westcliff Way and 6 Ave. SW. in Windermere, and damaged others in the southwest Edmonton neighbourhood Wednesday morning. November 15, 2017.

Dave Carels, Global News

A massive fire destroyed at least one home near Westcliff Way and 6 Ave. SW. in Windermere, and damaged others in the southwest Edmonton neighbourhood Wednesday morning. November 15, 2017.

Dave Carels, Global News

A massive fire destroyed at least one home near Westcliff Way and 6 Ave. SW. in Windermere, and damaged others in the southwest Edmonton neighbourhood Wednesday morning. November 15, 2017.

Dave Carels, Global News

A home under construction in Edmonton’s Windermere neighbourhood was levelled by an overnight fire. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

Dave Carels, Global News

A home under construction in Edmonton’s Windermere neighbourhood was levelled by an overnight fire. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

Dave Carels, Global News

A home under construction in Edmonton’s Windermere neighbourhood was levelled by an overnight fire. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

Dave Carels, Global News

A home under construction in Edmonton’s Windermere neighbourhood was levelled by an overnight fire. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

Dave Carels, Global News

A home under construction in Edmonton’s Windermere neighbourhood was levelled by an overnight fire. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

Dave Carels, Global News

A home under construction in Edmonton’s Windermere neighbourhood was levelled by an overnight fire. Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017.

Dave Carels, Global News

The fire happened in a newer neighbourhood at the edge of the city. The closest fire hall is five kilometres away, just off 23 Avenue and Terwillegar Drive on the north side of Anthony Henday Drive.

“I think the response time was about eight minutes, so this is out in a new area — this is quite good for us,” Klingbeil said.

“It wasn’t long… [until it was] fully engulfed,” Ashburn said. “It was really hot.”

The temperature was around -10 C when crews were working to put out the flames, so Edmonton transit buses were brought in.

“The firefighters are always gonna get cold, ” Klingbeil said. “We get a bus for rehab and get some coffee and the guys get a chance warm up after they’ve been fighting the fire for an hour or so.”

The cause of the fire and a damage estimate have not yet been determined.

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Donald Trump ‘sentenced to death’ by North Korea state media for insulting Kim Jong Un

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North Korea’s state media is calling on U.S. President Donald Trump to get the death penalty for insulting the country’s leader, Kim Jong Un.


An editorial in the ruling party newspaper said Trump offended North Korea when he denounced its “cruel dictatorship” during his tour around Asia, according to the Guardian. And for that, he deserves the death penalty, the article stated.

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“The worst crime for which he can never be pardoned is that he dared [to] malignantly hurt the dignity of the supreme leadership,” the editorial said.

“He should know that he is just a hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people,” it added.

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The article also said Trump was a coward for cancelling a visit to the North Korea border, a decision that was made because of poor weather conditions.

“It wasn’t the weather. He was just too scared to face the glaring eyes of our troops,” the editorial stated.

During Trump’s 12-day tour in Asia, he talked about cracking down on North Korea’s nuclear weapons and while in South Korea delivered a warning to North Korea, saying “Do not underestimate us and do not try us.”

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But Trump also offered a diplomatic opening to North Korea to “make a deal.”

Towards the end of his Asia tour, Trump sent a tweet from Hanoi taunting the North Korean leader over his height and weight.

He tweeted: “Why would Kim Jong Un insult me by calling me ‘old’, when I would NEVER call him ‘short and fat?’”

Since Trump became president, the two leaders have exchanged numerous insults.

In September, Trump called Kim Jong Un “rocket man” during a speech to the UN.

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The North Korean leader returned the insult, calling  Trump a “mentally deranged U.S. dotard.”  According to a blog on Merriam-Webster’s site, dotard means a person who is in a state of deteriorating intellect.

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RCMP seeks to expand third-party reporting for sexual assault cases

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OTTAWA – The RCMP is exploring ways to expand a program that allows victims to report allegations of sexual assault – and get the help they need – without actually having to go to the police and face their fear of not being believed.


“The RCMP is in the preliminary stages of looking into how third party reporting could be implemented in the wide variety of RCMP-policed environments, where it doesn’t currently exist,” Staff Sgt. Tania Vaughan, a spokeswoman for the federal police force, told in an email.

“The RCMP is committed to working with interested jurisdictions and communities to explore expanding third party reporting,” she added, repeating a message that Kevin Brosseau, the deputy commissioner of the RCMP, told a gathering of ministers responsible for that status of women last week.

The program, which already exists in British Columbia and Yukon, allows victims of sexual assault to report the details to a community-based organization, which then shares the information anonymously with police.

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“It was part of the conversation around more responsive legal and justice systems for survivors of sexual assault,” Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef said in an interview.

“The purpose of the conversation ultimately was to address the stigma, but also address the barriers that prevent survivors from coming forward, from reporting and from seeking support,” said Monsef, who met with her provincial and territorial colleagues in Toronto last week.

“One of the solutions that the RCMP presented was this idea of third-party reporting.”

The program is aimed at improving the long-standing and concerning trend that sexual assaults remain vastly under-reported.

According to the latest data from Statistics Canada, there were approximately 636,000 self-reported incidents of sexual assault in 2014, or 22 incidents for every 1,000 Canadians age 15 and older – unchanged since 2004, despite a decline for all other crimes over the same period.

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Nonetheless, Statistics Canada said less than five per cent of all sexual assault incidents perpetrated by someone other than a spouse was reported to police, whereas about one-third of other crimes do get reported.

“Most sexual assault survivors don’t want to report to the police, for a myriad of very valid reasons and the more marginalized someone is by society, the less likely they are interested in reporting,” said Tracy Porteous, the executive director of Ending Violence Association of B.C.

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Porteous, who was involved in the push for province-wide, third-party reporting of sexual assault in B.C., said the program helps both survivors and police.

Since the reporting is done through a community-based organization such as a victim-assistance program or a sexual assault centre, survivors can be set up to receive the emotional, psychological and practical support they need to process and recover from the traumatic experience.

As for the police, Porteous said they enter the details into a database that helps identify trends and patterns and alerts other police forces in B.C. to any possible similarities between cases, which is especially important given research suggesting most sexual predators are repeat, and escalating, offenders.

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Porteous said there is also the option for a police officer who wants to investigate a tip to return to the community organization that reported the sexual assault and ask to speak to the victim, who might be more willing to participate knowing the police are already taking it seriously.

“Most survivors don’t report to the police because they think they are not going to be believed,” Porteous said. “They think somebody is going to blame them or judge them for what happened.”

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One of the challenges, Porteous said, is that the type of community-based organizations that could implement third-party reporting are stretched thin and completely absent from large swaths of the country, particularly in remote, rural and northern areas.

That could be problematic, as Vaughan stressed the RCMP cannot do this alone.

“Community support must be in place for this type of initiative to be successful,” said Vaughan.

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Rochelle Squires, the Manitoba environment minister who is also responsible for the status of women portfolio, said her province would be in favour.

“It would give them an opportunity to reach out and tell their story and know that they’re going to be believed,” said Squires.

“If they’re not comfortable right away stepping out and walking into that police station or making that call to the RCMP, perhaps there is a gentler way that we can get these survivors to access the system and to start to get some of the support they need to find the healing that they need,” she said.

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