Canadians in Zimbabwe urged to remain indoors as political crisis intensifies

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Canadians in Zimbabwe are being advised to stay indoors Wednesday in the capital city of Harare due to political turmoil in the African nation.

In a message posted on its website, Global Affairs Canada said the “situation is tense” in the city due to increased military activity and advised Canadians there to “remain indoors and monitor the media.”

Zimbabwe’s army said it has President Robert Mugabe and his wife in custody and was securing government offices and patrolling the capital’s streets following a night of unrest that included a military takeover of the state broadcaster.

The activity triggered speculation of a coup, but the military’s supporters praised it as a “bloodless correction.”

READ MORE: Zimbabwe military deny takeover, says President Robert Mugabe safe

Armed soldiers in armoured personnel carriers stationed themselves at key points in Harare, while Zimbabweans formed long lines at banks to take out cash. Overnight, at least three explosions were heard in Harare and military vehicles were seen in the streets.

In an address to the nation, an army spokesman said the military is targeting “criminals” around Mugabe, and sought to reassure the country that order will be restored.

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It was not clear where Mugabe, 93, and his wife were but it’s believed they are in military custody.

“Their security is guaranteed,” the army spokesman said.

The United States issued a similar advisory to its citizens in Zimbabwe, encouraging them to “shelter in place.”

WATCH: Robert Mugabe says he has no intention as stepping down as President of Zimbabwe

– With files from The Associated Press

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Bill Kelly: Can the Ontario government win over small business owners? – Hamilton

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It’s looking more and more like the minimum wage hike announced by the Wynne government could be the hot-button issue in next year’s provincial election.

When the plan was announced, there was an immense pushback from small business owners and chambers of commerce, all of them warning of job losses and even bankruptcies if the hike to $15 an hour takes place.

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Yesterday, Finance Minister Charles Sousa unveiled a plan to pacify those concerns, offering millions of dollars in incentives and tax reductions to small businesses, most of which will come into effect early next year as the minimum wage jumps to $14 an hour.

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The big question now for the government is, will these incentives be enough to win over small business owners as we head to the polls next spring?

The government is able to offer this goody package to small business because the Ontario economy is actually outperforming all expectations and the economic outlook for the election year is positive.

So will this win the hearts and minds of small business types?

Depends on who you ask.

Not surprisingly, the opposition parties say the move is too little too late, but the real test will be how this is received on Main streets in cities and towns across Ontario.

One thing is for sure; next year’s election just got a lot more interesting.

Bill Kelly is the host of Bill Kelly Show on AM 900 CHML and a commentator for Global News.

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B.C. wind storm leaves thousands of people without power

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Thousands of British Columbians were in the dark Tuesday night and into the early morning hours of Wednesday because of a windstorm that slammed into the south coast.

B.C. Hydro says at one point, almost 17,000 people were without power, with most on the Lower Mainland. About 9,500 customers are still without power Wednesday morning, both in the Lower Mainland and on Vancouver Island.

Spokesperson Mora Scott says crews and contractors have been prepared to work around the clock.

“With a windstorm, we see a lot of trees and branches come down onto our lines, and that can cause damage to the power lines, the power poles and the transformers, so that’s what’s keeping the crews busy.”

READ MORE: More shelter spaces open for homeless as high winds hit Vancouver

She says the goal is to get power restored as quickly as possible.

At 4:30 Wednesday morning, Environment Canada took down the Wind Warning for Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound, Greater Victoria, and the southern Gulf Islands.

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    Global News meteorologist Mark Madryga says the worst is over.

    “The gustiness last evening and overnight is thanks to a front that blasted through the Lower Mainland. It’s now moved to the east. Still gusty today but not nearly as windy as last night. We’ll look for winds up to around to 30 to 35 km/h for the day today, versus the 60 to 70 km/h winds we had last night and overnight in Metro Vancouver. Highest winds on the south coast look to be on Saturna Island late last evening, with gusts to 109 km/h.”

    Tuesday night, BC Ferries had to cancel two sailings due to the high winds.

    Ferries are running again Wednesday morning but some routes are delayed due to the weather. Passengers are urged to check the BC Ferries website for more details.

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Suspect shot dead after officer assaulted, weapon and van stolen: Manitoba RCMP

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An 18-year-old man was shot and killed by RCMP after he assaulted an officer and stole his sidearm and vehicle about an hour northwest of Winnipeg.

Family confirmed to Global News the 18-year-old man’s name was Billy Saunders.

According to the Independent Investigation Unit of Manitoba (IIU), at 8:25 p.m. Tuesday an RCMP officer was involved in a “physical altercation” with a suspect who was being transported from Ashern to Winnipeg. The assault happened on Highway 6 near St. Laurent.

During the assault, the officer fired his weapon before the suspect managed to get a hold of the gun and flee in the officer’s unmarked police van.

Billy Saunders in an undated photo.

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RCMP then issued a public safety warning about an ‘armed and dangerous’ suspect just after midnight.

In a release Wednesday the IIU said the unmarked police vehicle was eventually spotted and a lengthy chase ensued.

The van came to a stop when it hit the ditch on Highway 417, near Lake Manitoba First Nation, about 100 kilometers from where the first altercation happened.

RCMP said the suspect was shot and killed during the course of the arrest.

According to the IIU, the assaulted officer is being treated for his injuries at the Selkirk Hospital. The IIU did not reveal the extent of his injuries.

While family could not confirm why Saunders was in police custody, his uncle did share some memories of him.

“He always had a smile on his face, he’d come here and play with the dogs just like an 18-year-old would,” Floyd Jones, Saunders’ uncle said. “He’s going to be missed big time.”

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4 killed in shooting ‘rampage’ in rural California town before gunman killed by police

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A series of shootings in rural California, including at an elementary school, has left five people dead, including the shooter.

The shooting was likely triggered by a dispute between the suspect and his neighbour, but escalated into what Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston dubbed a “bizarre and murderous rampage,” with the shooter firing at people at random before making his way to a school and firing shots there.

He was later shot dead by police, Johnston said.

No children were killed in the shootings, but at least one was injured.

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Johnston said police first received a report of gunshots on a small rural road called Bobcat Lane at around 8 a.m. PT. They were then inundated with calls of shots fired at different locations, that appeared to show the suspect making his way towards the Rancho Tehama School.

School officials heard shots being fired and immediately initiated a lockdown, which Johnston said was a “monumental” measure that was responsible for saving the lives of several children.

Johnston said the shooter fired at the locked classroom doors, injuring at least one child before leaving the school and hijacking a vehicle, which he crashed before shooting at some more passersby at random.

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He then hijacked a second vehicle, and was shooting at a motorist when he was engaged by police officers who rammed into his car and forced it off the road.

An exchange of gunfire followed, which ended with the suspect being shot dead by police.

There were seven crime scenes in all, Johnston said.

He confirmed that one of the victims was the suspect’s neighbour, a woman, who had a restraining order against him. The suspect was previously charged with assault using a deadly weapon after an incident involving the woman in January.

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“I don’t know any information at this time about any of the victims at the school. I know that we have medivacked a number of students,” Johnston said. “I know the school has been cleared…the children that were attending school are in a safe location.”

Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, confirmed a “number” of students were injured, but no one was killed at the school.

WATCH: Four people are dead and several students injured after multiple shootings at several locations in rural California Tuesday.

The shooting didn’t appear linked with a terrorist motive, Johnston said, saying that the suspect “armed himself, I think with the motive of getting even with his neighbours, and when it went that far, he just went on a rampage.”

He said the suspect was armed with a semi-automatic rifle equipped with a multi-round clip, and was wearing a military-style vest.

A witness told KCRA his roommate was among the victims and his neighbour was the alleged shooter.

“The crazy thing is that the neighbour has been shooting a lot of bullets lately, hundreds of rounds, large magazines,” the man told the news station. “We made it aware that this guy has been crazy, and he’s been threatening us and everything. I just feel like there maybe should have been more effort put into stopping things like this.”

Asked about those reports, Johnston said it wasn’t wholly uncommon for people to fire guns in rural areas.

WATCH: The state of gun violence in America

He said the suspect’s name would be withheld until next-of-kin are notified.

Some relatives of the suspect haven’t been located by police, Johnston said, but added they weren’t considered threats.

—;with a file from the Associated Press

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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.

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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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Andrea Reimer, Vancouver councillor, faces eviction in city with vacancy near zero

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Renters all over Metro Vancouver know what it’s like to face eviction.

That’s less the case for public officials not named Andrea Reimer.

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The Vancouver city councillor said Tuesday that she came home from an overseas trip on Monday to find an eviction notice waiting, informing her that she would have to find a new place by February.

Reimer said she’s been evicted 11 times, and that the latest incidence marks the second time in the past few months.

“I think that’s one of the challenges when I talk to my owner-friends about being evicted so often,” she said.

“They’re shocked to hear how often it is.”

Reimer said she’s optimistic about finding a new place to live.

“There’s a lot more for rent now than there was last August when there was almost nothing to rent,” she said.

But challenges remain for others who hope to find a place.

The overall vacancy rate in the Vancouver area was 0.7 per cent in the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s most recent Rental Market Report.

And prices aren’t providing much relief.

The median rental price for a studio unit was $1,600 in October, according to Louie Dinh at Quantitative Rhetoric.

Meanwhile, it was $1,950 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,700 for a two-bedroom.

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New Peterborough arena site plans draw flak, ire from students, environmentalists – Peterborough

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The majority of the discussion at Peterborough City Hall on Tuesday night centred on plans to build a new twin-pad arena and pool at Trent University, which was met with backlash and contempt because the proposed development site is home to a wetland.

“I think that is one of the critical issues wrong with the city today,” said Trent University PhD candidate Debbie Jenkins. “Often things are designed without an environmental study completed.”

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Jenkins and a long line of environmentalists and Trent students argued that the location at the southeast corner of Pioneer Road is the wrong spot, suggesting the facility and adjacent parking lot would destroy habitat for several species of animals that call the wetlands home.

“It’s a biological hot spot in our community,” said Jenkins. “It supports over 800 wildlife species that we know of and we’re still counting and 21 of those species are at risk.”

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“I don’t understand how an area that is considered significant wildlife habitat it still being brought forward for development,” said Courtney Irving, a masters student at Trent.

The city conducted a needs assessment for the arena two years ago and determined, that when the aging Northcrest Arena closes, the city would need another four rinks to make up for the demand for ice time.

The new twin-pad arena will occupy 22 acres of land and have seating for 975 people with the pool offering 300 seats. The project is expected to cost close to $54 million to complete.

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Those against the development urged council to do more and secure further studies of the wetlands, even suggesting the location may qualify under provincial standards as a significant wetland which would give the site a level of protection against development.

City staff interjected and said several detailed studies had been done while insisting they followed proper protocol the entire way.

“We have worked very closely with ORCA (Otonabee Region Conservation Authority) since this property was first offered and we will certainly continue to do so and if there are any new developments moving forward we will certainly apprise council,” said Ken Doherty, director of community services with the City of Peterborough.

Trent University VP Julie Davis says the location was selected as part of the university’s master plan and was examined by ORCA, while assuring more than 60 per cent of Trent’s land is protected as green space and will remain as such.

In the end, council voted 9-2 to approve the site plan, as only councillors Diane Therrien and Keith Riel were against the location.

Construction is slated to begin in 2019.

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Two trains headed in opposite directions on the same track, and other Metro Line LRT issues

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Two trains, headed in opposite directions, ended up on the same track this weekend.

That was just one matter that some clearly frustrated city councillors asked administrators about on Tuesday amid a conversation about the Metro Line LRT’s latest issues.

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“When do we anticipate all these issues to be addressed?” Coun. Bev Esslinger asked.

“How many safety-related incidents have we had since the line’s inception?” Coun. Mike Nickel asked.

City administrators say they’re looking for answers to the ongoing signalling and software problems experienced on the Metro Line.

But they said the system is safe since backup systems kicked in.

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“They are very, very complicated systems,” Mayor Don Iveson said on Tuesday. “They’re very, very customized.

“That doesn’t excuse the contractor for one minute for the time it’s taken to deliver on the final product,” he said of Thales, the contractor responsible.

The city is withholding $17 million in payments to Thales until the issue is resolved.

“They will not be paid until it performs as spec’d (specified) for six months and 12 months afterwards,” Iveson said. “They’re a long way away from getting paid.”

“(For) a lot of people I’m talking to, this is the last straw,” Esslinger said.

Earlier this year, the city forecast that the Metro Line would run as planned by the end of 2017. The latest issues suggest that may not happen; Iveson was asked whether the Metro Line’s signalling system should be completely redone.

“I’m not going to speculate on what our alternate scenarios would be but council’s going to get some of that information about what would the implications be of starting over,” Iveson said.

The Metro Line trains are currently subject to some speed restrictions because of different issues.

When the Metro Line opened, trains ran at a reduced speed of 25 km/h, due to problems with the signalling system.

In May 2016, trains were allowed to operate at full speed, except through the five intersections they cross.

-With files from Vinesh Pratap

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Zimbabwe military deny takeover, says President Robert Mugabe safe

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HARARE, Zimbabwe – In an extraordinary statement after long hours of unrest, Zimbabwe‘s army early Wednesday sought to reassure the country that “this is not a military takeover” and that while President Robert Mugabe was safe and sound, the military was targeting “criminals around him” who have sent the nation spinning into economic despair.

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“As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy,” the army spokesman said, calling on churches to pray for the country.

Overnight, at least three explosions were heard in Zimbabwe’s capital and military vehicles were seen in the streets after the army commander had threatened to “step in” to calm political tensions over the 93-year-old Mugabe’s possible successor. The ruling party accused the commander of “treasonable conduct.”

The U.S. Embassy closed to the public and encouraged citizens to shelter in place, citing “the ongoing political uncertainty through the night.” The British embassy issued a similar warning, citing “reports of unusual military activity.”

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For the first time, this southern African nation is seeing an open rift between the military and Mugabe, the world’s oldest head of state who has ruled since independence from white minority rule in 1980. The military has been a key pillar of his power.

It was not clear where Mugabe and his wife were early Wednesday. “Their security is guaranteed,” the army statement said. The president reportedly attended a weekly Cabinet meeting Tuesday.

“We wish to make it abundantly clear that this is not a military takeover,” the army statement said. “We are only targeting criminals around (Mugabe) who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.”

Overnight, The Associated Press saw armed soldiers assaulting passers-by in Harare, as well as soldiers loading ammunition near a group of four military vehicles. The explosions could be heard near the University of Zimbabwe campus. The developments came several hours after the AP saw three armoured personnel carriers in a convoy heading toward an army barracks just outside the capital.

Mugabe last week fired Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa and accused him of plotting to take power, including through witchcraft. Mnangagwa, who enjoyed the military’s backing and once was seen as a potential president, fled the country and said he had been threatened. Over 100 senior officials allegedly supporting him have been listed for disciplinary measures by a faction associated with Mugabe’s wife, Grace.

The first lady appeared to be positioned to replace Mnangagwa as one of the country’s two vice-presidents at a special conference of the ruling party in December, leading many in Zimbabwe to suspect that she could succeed her husband. Grace Mugabe is unpopular with some Zimbabweans because of lavish spending as many struggle, and four people accused of booing her at a recent rally were arrested.

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On Monday, army commander Constantino Chiwenga issued an unprecedented statement saying purges against senior ruling ZANU-PF party officials, many of whom like Mnangagwa fought for liberation, should end “forthwith.”

“We must remind those behind the current treacherous shenanigans that when it comes to matters of protecting our revolution, the military will not hesitate to step in,” the army commander said. The state-run broadcaster did not report on his statement.

Showing a generational divide, the ruling party’s youth league, aligned with the 52-year-old first lady, on Tuesday criticized the army commander’s comments, saying youth were “ready to die for Mugabe.”

On Tuesday night the ruling party issued a statement accusing the army commander of “treasonable conduct,” saying his comments were “clearly calculated to disturb national peace and stability” and were “meant to incite insurrection.”

Frustration has been growing in once-prosperous Zimbabwe as the economy collapses under Mugabe. The country was shaken last year by the biggest anti-government protests in a decade, and a once-loyal war veterans association turned on the president, calling him “dictatorial” and blaming him for the economic crisis.

“Mnangagwa was held out by many as the best hope within ZANU-PF for piloting an economic recovery,” analyst Piers Pigou with the International Crisis Group wrote Tuesday.

Now, “Mugabe will have to employ all his guile if he intends to ensure continued accommodation with the armed forces.”

Mugabe in the past has warned military commanders from interfering in succession politics. “Politics shall always lead the gun, and not the gun politics. Otherwise it will be a coup,” he told supporters in July.

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