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Calgary family releases video of ‘vicious’ beating of man by police officer

Video has been released by a family that shows a man being beaten by a Calgary police officer while handcuffed.

The incident happened during an arrest two years ago and the officer has since been charged.

The suspect, who family identified as Daniel Haworth, was arrested after officers were called to the 700 block of 9 Street S.W on May 25, 2015.  The suspect had reportedly broken into his ex-girlfriend’s home.

This weekend, Robert Haworth, the brother of the man beaten, is speaking out about what happened and released the video of the incident to Global News.

“The attack was so vicious, that I was completely shocked,” Robert Haworth said.

Robert watched the video for the first time on Thursday.

The CCTV footage of the incident shows a handcuffed Daniel being punched in the head three times by an officer, who then throws Daniel to the ground.

“I didn’t think that someone could be attacked that aggressively by someone who was supposed to be protecting us. My father was a police officer and so, I kind of have this picture of cops being heroes,” Robert said.

Still image from the CCTV footage of the arrest involving Constable Lindsay and Haworth.

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Officers said that Haworth received serious head injuries during the incident and was taken to hospital.

“At this time, an altercation took place between one of the officers and the man, resulting in the man being thrown to the ground while handcuffed,” Calgary Police Services said in a statement.

Sources identified the officer involved as Constable Trevor Lindsay, who is also named in a lawsuit still underway for an alleged 2013 assault.

Last week, police announced that Lindsay had been charged with aggravated assault in connection with the 2015 arrest.

The six-year frontline CPS member charged with assault was one of the transporting officers in the incident.

The following statement was sent to Global News from Lindsay’s lawyer, Don MacLeod, on Saturday:

“I can only confirm that my client maintains his innocence, intends to advance a vigorous defence and will respond only at the appropriate time and manner in a court of law where all of the evidence will be considered.”

The surveillance video was given to Daniel Haworth by his lawyer, before Daniel died last year of a fentanyl overdose at the age of 35.

“It’s very difficult to watch….someone you love being hurt. It was very hurtful and disappointing and shocking,” Catherine Haworth, Robert’s wife, said.

READ MORE: Calgary police officer charged with aggravated assault also named in 2013 lawsuit

The father of three had been trying to beat his addictions. His family said he had attended several Calgary rehab facilities.

“He had a big heart, he was generous, he was hard-working. He was a good father and a good brother,” Robert said.

Daniel and Robert’s father was a Calgary police officer and it was a police officer who tried to save Daniel’s life after the overdose.

“There are many wonderful police officers and this shouldn’t take away from them. There was a police officer who worked for 18 minutes on Danny to bring him back to life, so that we could say goodbye to him. We are forever grateful,” Catherine said.

The Haworth family says Daniel was diagnosed with a traumatic head injury after the beating and that he was never the same.

“We don’t have any delusions. We know that Danny could be a handful at times. He was super intelligent, so he would kind of get under people’s skin but no matter what he said, he didn’t deserve what had happened. That was extreme,” Robert said.

“He was a sweet soul. Very smart and he wanted to get help and get healthy. And he worked very hard at it,” Catherine said.

The Haworths said they don’t harbor any ill feelings towards Calgary police but they do “want Lindsay to be removed from his job.”

“We do hope that he stands up and says he’s done something wrong. I hope that he accepts  it. That would be huge for our family,” Robert said.

Above all, they don’t want something like this to happen again.

“It (being a police officer) is a difficult job and not everybody can do it,” Catherine said. “It’s mentally and emotionally straining. We hope that there will be resources put in place for those officers who are starting to feel overwhelmed, that are getting tired and need a mental break.”

Lindsay is on administrative leave with status under review and none of the allegations have been proven in court.

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SpaceX launches first rocket since September explosion

LOS ANGELES – A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from California on Saturday, marking the company’s first launch since a fireball engulfed a similar rocket on a Florida launch pad more than four months ago.

The two-stage rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at 9:54 a.m. carrying a payload of 10 satellites for Iridium Communications Inc., which is replacing its entire global network with 70 next-generation satellites.

The satellites were expected to be deployed about an hour after launch.

About nine minutes after the rocket blasted off, to cheers from the control room, its jettisoned first stage landed upright on a so-called droneship in the Pacific Ocean south of Vandenberg – part of Spacex’s effort to make boosters reusable.

The company has succeeded six times previously with landings on a barge or ashore.

READ MORE: SpaceX plan to fuel rockets with people aboard raises eyebrows

A camera aboard the first stage gave viewers a you-are-there experience as it returned to Earth, flared landing rockets and made a perfect vertical touchdown on the floating pad.

The return to flight is an important step for SpaceX, billionaire Elon Musk’s California-based company that has about 70 launches in line, worth more than $10 billion. In addition to commercial launches, SpaceX ferries supplies to the International Space Station and is developing a Falcon capable of carrying astronauts to the station.

SpaceX officials say they identified all possible causes of the Sept. 1 accident during prelaunch testing at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and took corrective action.

WATCH: SpaceX identifies cause of September accident

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The accident destroyed the rocket and its payload – a satellite that Facebook wanted to use to spread internet access in Africa – and grounded the Falcon 9 program as an investigation took place.

SpaceX announced this month that investigators concluded the accident involved a failure of one of three helium tanks inside the rocket’s second-stage liquid oxygen tank.

The investigation involved the Air Force, NASA, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration, which issued a license for the launch.

The September accident was the second time a Falcon 9 was destroyed. In June 2015, a Falcon loaded with space station supplies disintegrated shortly after liftoff. SpaceX determined that a support strut broke.

READ MORE: Elon Musk reveals bold plans to colonize Mars

The 10 satellites launched Saturday are part of McLean, Virginia-based Iridium’s project to replace its existing network of satellites that provide global voice and data communications.

The program, called Iridium NEXT, was not only delayed by the SpaceX accident but again most recently as a powerful storm headed into California last weekend.

Iridium plans six more Falcon 9 launches, each carrying 10 satellites, as part of a technology upgrade expected to be completed in 2018.

SpaceX’s effort to recover Falcon first stages is intended to reduce costs by recycling a major piece of the launch system.

The first stage contains tanks for liquid oxygen and kerosene as well as nine engines that power the rocket and payload into space, then separates 2 1/2 minutes into flight as the single-engine second stage ignites and continues on to place payloads in the proper orbit.

The first Falcon booster to safely land back on Earth now stands outside the company’s headquarters.

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Protesters host anti-Donald Trump marches, rallies across the US ahead of inauguration

Protesters gathered Saturday to support immigrant rights at rallies around the U.S., denouncing President-elect Donald Trump for his anti-immigrant rhetoric and his pledges to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border and to crack down on Muslims entering the country.

A standing-room-only crowd packed into a historic African-American church in downtown Washington for one of dozens of rallies around the nation.

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“We are not going to allow Donald Trump to bury the Statue of Liberty,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen, a Maryland Democrat, told participants in Washington. “We are a nation for all people, regardless of religion, regardless of background, regardless of who you love.”

In Chicago, more than 1,000 people poured into a teachers’ union hall to support immigrant rights and implore each other to fight for those rights against what they fear will be a hostile Trump administration.

WATCH: Anti-Donald Trump protesters march in support of civil rights ahead of inauguration. Chris Pollone reports.

Ron Taylor, a pastor of a Chicago area Disciples for Christ Church and executive director of the United Congress of Community and Religious Organizations, told the audience there, “Regardless of what happens in the coming days we know that good will conquer evil and we want to say to each and every one of you, you are not alone.”

The protests mark the latest chapter in a movement that has evolved since 2006, when more than a million people took to the streets to protest a Republican-backed immigration bill that would have made it a crime to be in the country illegally.

READ MORE: Barack Obama gives final address, urges Americans to embrace the ‘work of citizenship’ 

The crowds this weekend at rallies or cultural events in Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Jose, California, and elsewhere, are expected to be nowhere near as big as then.

Yet the line to enter Metropolitan AME Church in Washington stretched nearly a city block. People attending included immigrants who lack permission to be in the country and their relatives and supporters. Also present were elected officials, clergy and representatives of labour and women’s groups.

Participants carried signs with messages including “Resist Trump’s Hate” and “Tu, Yo, Todos Somos America,” which translates to “You, me, we all are America.”

WATCH: Loretta Lynch urges Americans to ‘push forward’ in final speech as Attorney General

“I stand here because I have nothing to apologize for. I am not ashamed of my status because it is a constant reminder to myself that I have something to fight for,” said Max Kim, 19, who was brought to the U.S. from South Korea when he was 6 and lacks legal permission to stay in the country.

The Washington crowd urged Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress not to undo the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, aimed at helping people like Kim who were brought to the country as children.

Michael Takada of the Japanese American Service Committee urged the Chicago audience to “disrupt the deportation machine” that he and others fear will ramp up when under the new president. He also urged them to keep a close eye on their local police departments and speak out if they see those departments help “ICE to deport our community members.”

Immigrant rights advocates demonstrate against President-elect Donald Trump’s immigration policies, during a rally at Metropolitan AME Church in Washington, Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017.

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Dr. Bassam Osman, chair and co-founder of The Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, elicited one of the loudest cheers from the crowd when he called out the president-elect by name in one of the opening prayers. “Lord, this land is your land, it is not Trump’s land.”

While there was plenty of cheering, there was also uneasiness and fear of what’s to come after Trump is sworn in.

Rehab Alkadi, a 31-year-old mother of a young son who came to the United States four years ago from war-torn Syria, said she doesn’t believe she can be deported because “there is a war in Syria, but who knows. It’s so scary, what Trump says,’ she said. “He said a lot of things bad about the Muslim people.”

Former Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn attended the rally in a show of support for immigrants’ rights.

“You see the fear in light of the rhetoric that Trump verbalized in the course of his campaign,” he told a reporter. “The idea of a registry for Muslim people is wrong and people want to stand up for that.”

President Barack Obama in 2012 launched an executive effort to protect some young immigrants from deportation, after multiple proposals failed in Congress.

The creation of the DACA program was heralded as a good first step by advocates who hoped it would be a prelude toward overhauling immigration laws. But that didn’t happen, and Republican-led states pushed back against Obama’s plans to expand the program.

Now the focus is on the next administration. As a candidate, Trump promised his supporters stepped-up deportations and a Mexican-funded border wall, but it is unclear which plans the celebrity businessman will act on first, and when. And many immigrants are fearful of the campaign rhetoric but less motivated to protest in the absence of specific actions.

Many participants Saturday said they would keep the pressure on Trump and said they planned to participate in next Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington.

“The threat of deportation is imminent for our communities,” said Cristina Jimenez, executive director of United We Dream and one of the rally’s organizers. “We will keep fighting. We’re not going back into the shadows.”


Associated Press writer Don Babwin in Chicago contributed to this story.

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Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka, former pro wrestler, dead at 73

PHILADELPHIA – Former pro wrestler Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, who earlier this month was found not competent to stand trial in the 1983 death of his girlfriend, has died at his son-in-law’s home in Florida. He was 73.

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Attorney Robert Kirwan II said Snuka was taken Sunday to the home near Pompano Beach so that he could spend his last moments there. The family informed him shortly after 1 p.m. Sunday to say he had died, Kirwan said.

READ MORE: ‘I don’t believe he’s faking it’: Judge rules Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka incompetent to stand trial

Lehigh County Judge Kelly Banach on Jan. 3 dismissed the murder case against the retired WWE star after the defence said he had dementia, was in hospice care in Florida and had six months to live.

Snuka’s daughter, Tamina Snuka, also a WWE wrestler, tweeted Sunday afternoon: “I LOVE YOU DAD” with a hashtag #RestWell.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, also a WWE star, called it “sad news” in a post on his 桑拿会所 page.

Snuka was charged in 2015 with third-degree murder and involuntary manslaughter in the death of Nancy Argentino, whose body was found more than three decades earlier in their Whitehall Township hotel room. Prosecutors allege she was beaten, while Snuka maintained she died from a fall.

WATCH: Former wrestler Jimmy ‘Superfly’ Snuka charged with murder after 32-year-old cold case reopens

Authorities reopened the investigation after The Morning Call newspaper raised questions about the case in 2013.

Banach had first ruled last summer that Snuka was not competent to stand trial after his attorney argued the ex-athlete suffers from dementia, partly due to the head trauma sustained over a long career in the ring. Prosecutors countered that Snuka’s brain shows normal signs of aging and suggested he might be feigning symptoms.

At a hearing last month to re-evaluate Snuka’s mental fitness, Snuka’s wife told the judge that the family struggles to keep him from leaving home during bouts of psychosis in which he thinks he’s late for a wrestling match. Banach then took time to review Snuka’s medical records before ruling.

READ MORE: Doctor says ex-wrestler ‘Superfly’ Snuka mentally incompetent for trial

Kirwan said Snuka died “due to complications from his ongoing medical problems” but did not state what they were specifically.

“The family is simply heartbroken. It’s been a long journey,” he said. “They are grateful to the judge for dismissing the charges against him.”

Kirwan added that he believes his client’s name will eventually be cleared.

Snuka, a native of Fiji who previously lived in Camden County, New Jersey, was known on the wrestling circuit for diving from the ropes. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1996.

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Montreal Canadiennes win against Calgary Inferno at DDO Civic Centre

The second-seeded Montreal Canadiennes, of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) , defeated the top team in the league Sunday at the Dollard-des-Ormeaux Civic Centre.

The Canadiennes took on the Calgary Inferno and cruised to a 4-1 victory.

The Canadiennes, who normally play their home games at the Étienne-Desmarteau Arena in Rosemont, played back-to-back community outreach games this weekend  against the Inferno, having played at the Bell Sports Complex in Brossard on Saturday.

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    The aim of the visits is to boost the team’s and the league’s profile, according to CWHL co-founder and Canadiennes assistant coach Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux.

    “Ten years ago, we started with 80 fans in the stands. Now we have sometimes a 1,000 or more,” Breton-Lebreux said.

    READ MORE: Les Canadiennes de Montreal win first ever professional game to be played at Bell Centre

    And while the Canadiennes are seeing a growing fan base, the players are still not paid.

    “That’s where we’re going to need the Montreal community and Canadian community to come out and for businesses to invest in our product,” Breton-Lebreux said.

    Since the players are not paid a salary, they have to work full-time jobs while going to practices as late 9 p.m.

    Since the league’s inaugural season, Breton-Lebreux, said the caliber of players has improved drastically, pointing out that Saturday’s game against the Inferno at the Bell Sports Complex was one the best she has seen, despite the 5-4 overtime loss.

    But there’s still room for growth, according to Breton-Lebreux.

    If the league could afford to pay the players a salary, they would be able to dedicate more time to training.

    “The girls playing for Les Canadiennes are here because they love hockey,” Breton-Lebreux said. “Even though they aren’t paid for it, they are still here because they can compete at the highest level and it’s emotionally rewarding.”

    Despite Sunday’s win, the Canadiennes, remain in second place behind the Inferno by two points.

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Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: January 2017

Every day on Global News at 6 and Global News at 10, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

To submit a picture for Your Saskatchewan, email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

Pictures should be at least 920 pixels wide and in jpeg format.

GALLERY: Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: December 2016

Jan. 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped by Eric Beck in Saskatoon.

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Jan. 2: Gail Fenwick took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Moose Jaw.

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Jan. 3: Russ Mirasty took this Your Saskatchewan photo on Lac La Ronge.

Russ Mirasty / Viewer Submitted

Jan. 4: Leila Thompson took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Bulyea.

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Jan. 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Taya Grueter of the New Year’s Eve fireworks in Saskatoon.

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Jan. 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Brett Burzminski at Katepwa Lake.

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Jan. 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Fred Ponto in Wadena.

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Jan. 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dan Otto at Round Lake.

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Jan. 9: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Robin Seitz near Pilot Butte.

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Jan. 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Hamilton Greenwood at Prince Albert National Park.

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Jan. 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tim Staples at Cigar Lake.

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Jan. 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Bill Allen in Ralph.

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Jan. 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Hope Bilinski at the forestry farm in Saskatoon.

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Jan. 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Kathleen Kirchhofer in Saskatoon.

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Jan. 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Ariane Muirhead near Fort Qu’Appelle.

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Jan. 16: Marinda Muller took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Martensville.

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Jan. 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken at Jackfish Lake by Gloria Katsiris.

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Jan. 18: Gord Zawislak took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Blackstrap Lake.

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Jan. 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Trevor Altman in Creighton.

Trevor Altman / Viewer Submitted

Jan. 20: Lisa Diewold took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Buffalo Pound Lake.

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Jan. 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Garett Maurice at Patuanak.

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Jan. 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Robert Johnson near Fairlight.

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Jan. 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jen Payne at Jackfish Lake.

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Jan. 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Margaret Flack in Vanscoy.

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Jan. 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Blaine Davis near Patience Lake.

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Jan. 26: Gerrid Gust took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Davidson.

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Jan 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Kamsack by Kimberly Buchan.

Kimberly Buchan / Viewer Submitted

Jan. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Shelagh Hockley in Kenaston.

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Jan. 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carol Neabel in Cochin.

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Jan. 30: Colin Dutton took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a Zamboni driving on Cory Road in Saskatoon.

Jan. 31: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken at Murray Lake by Cheryl Solanik.

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Fuel spill cleared up Sunday night after tanker truck crash on Highway 43 near Onoway

A highway northwest of Edmonton was partially shut down Sunday morning after a truck carrying fuel crashed, sending the driver to hospital.

Just before 6 a.m, RCMP were called to the scene on Highway 43 just north of Highway 633, where the fuel tanker went off the road and entered the east ditch. As a result, northbound traffic on Highway 43 was restricted and rerouted.

At 3 p.m., the northbound lanes were still closed and an RCMP spokesperson said they would remain that way for several more hours.

The truck was transporting diesel, premium and regular fuel. Fuel leaked from the truck, but there was no risk to the public, according to police. Lac St. Anne Fire Services and police were called to the scene and Alberta Environment was notified. A “Hazardous Road Condition” information alert was issued through the Alberta Emergency Alert system.

Police asked drivers to avoid the area, which is a few kilometres south of Onoway.

The man driving the truck, who was alone inside the vehicle, was taken by ambulance to hospital with minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved.

RCMP said the cause of the collision is not yet known, and they are investigating.

The highway was reopened at 8:15 p.m. and traffic was once again flowing in both directions.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: this article was originally published at 4:56 p.m. on Jan 15 and was updated at 10:30 pm to clarify the highway had been reopened.

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Quebec Liberals attack PQ’s Lisée on diversity

Parti Québécois (PQ) Leader Jean-Francois Lisée says if elected he would require 100 per cent of immigrants to speak French before they even arrived in Quebec. Lisée presented his vision for immigration and language this weekend at a PQ party convention.

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    His views have outraged Quebec’s Liberal party.

    “I want to be as diverse as possible,” Lisée said Sunday at the PQ’s Conseil National in Quebec City.

    Lisée explained that he wants the party to be more inclusive under his leadership. Since he’s put aside the question of a referendum until at least 2022, he is also reaching out to anglophones and allophones. However, he said that he’s worried the French language is on decline, particularly on the island of Montreal.

    READ MORE: CAQ wants to cut immigration to Quebec by 20 per cent

    “More non-francophones in Quebec speaking French is a marvelous thing, but there is a difference between people who speak French as a second language and people who live in French,” he said.

    Lisée’s comments outraged Immigration Minister Kathleen Weil who said French isn’t declining, but rather more Montrealers speak different or multiple languages at home.

    “So for someone who says he’s reaching out to diversity I’m telling you these are just empty words,” Weil said.

    However, the PQ on Sunday attacked the Liberals’ track record on helping immigrants integrate, particularly in the region of Montreal.

    READ MORE: Quebec immigration minister, NGOs brainstorm integration ideas for Syrian refugees

    “Why is there a level of 25 per cent of unemployment of immigrants? It’s because they are unable to speak French and what we want is the success of the immigrants,” said PQ immigration critic Carole Poirier.

    Poirier said the PQ’s plan is to make French classes more accessible and to encourage more immigrants to accept work in the regions instead of Montreal: “the success of immigrants in the regions is better.”

    READ MORE: Quebec to welcome 51K immigrants in 2017 with heavy focus on French workers

    Lisée’s immigration and language proposals still need to be voted on in the riding associations, but one member says she’s already seen a difference in how the party is becoming more open to the youth wing’s ideas.

    “We see that there is an effort and this is actually the first step to having more diversity here in the PQ,” said Ariane Cayer, the president of the PQ’s youth wing.

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Richmond city council to review solutions to so-called ‘megahomes’ on farmland

The City of Richmond’s planning committee will meet on Tuesday to consider solutions to the ongoing problem of increasingly large luxury homes being built on farmland.

City councillors will be reviewing a city staff report, originally published Jan. 10, that suggests adopting one of four proposed bylaw changes that will finally put regulations on these so-called “megahomes.”

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“At one time, the biggest house you would see would be maybe 4,000 square feet, and that was considered big,” Richmond city councillor Harold Steves said. “Now it’s 20,000 [square feet], and the city staff just turned down an application for a 40,000-square-foot house with 21 bedrooms. Very few people have a family of 21 kids.

“We have to put an end to it, and I guess we’re going to start doing it here in Richmond if we can,” Steves, who is also a farmer, added.

At stake is the potential loss of some of the best farmland in B.C., which falls under the Agricultural Land Reserve. The problem is many of these homes are able to pass themselves off as farms despite not using any of their acreage for farming, avoiding taxes as a result.

“If [the property owners] can show that they’ve made $2,500 a year in farm produce – maybe renting [the work] to another farmer for a dollar – then they get farm taxes,” Steves said. “So they get a reduction in taxes, and they get to build these big houses and it simply destroys the farmland.”

Councillors argue a decision needs to be made sooner than later, as developers have been quick to realize that buying up farmland for development is significantly cheaper than city lots, creating another loophole in the midst of the real estate crisis.

“Last I heard, it was about $3-400,000 for an acre…it’s over a million dollars for a single-family lot in Richmond,” Richmond city councillor Linda McPhail said.

“The other part of that is, people may have money to buy that [farmland], but can farmers afford to pay $3-400,000 an acre for farmland? Does it make sense? And what we’re hearing from the farmers is it does not.”

The bylaw changes being proposed include limiting home sizes to roughly 5,400 square feet, as well as shrinking the maximum home plate (the area containing the main house and residences for farm workers). Homes would also be required to not exceed a distance of 50 metres from the road to the front door.

The report also suggests limits on spaces intended for farm workers. The bylaw change would allow additional rooms to be built for farm workers only, meaning estates could potentially be built to current, unregulated levels as long as homeowners can prove the space is being used for staff, rather than what Steves suspects is for illegal hotels or short-term rentals.

READ MORE: Richmond’s short-term rental ban could be tough to enforce: expert

The staff report suggests that Richmond implementing a bylaw is necessary after repeated calls for the province to implement its own regulations fell on deaf ears.

In 2013, despite repeated calls from Richmond and other Lower Mainland cities to impose more strict, province-wide regulations, the Ministry of Agriculture instead released a set of guidelines for municipalities to use in drafting their own bylaws on farmland home size.

The Richmond report suggests this was a mistake, as “guidelines are unenforceable and may be inconsistently applied.”

Richmond is hardly the first municipality to try and implement stricter regulations on farmland development: Delta, Port Coquitlam and Surrey have already passed such bylaws, despite vocal opposition from developers and the homeowners who hire them.

The City knows it will face similar opposition, but feels the time has come to make a change, if only to protect the rich farmland in danger of being lost.

“We [Richmond] are one climatic zone warmer than anywhere else in Canada, and we have by far the best soils of anywhere else in Canada,” Steves said. “And that’s the land that’s being threatened.”

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NB terminally ill teen recreates favourite fairy tale, checks wish off bucket list

A Riverview, N.B. teen battling terminal brain cancer – whose request that people perform acts of kindness went global – has checked another item off her bucket list by recreating her favourite fairy tale.

READ MORE: New Brunswick teen with terminal cancer gets wish – #BeccaToldMeTo goes global

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Surrounded by a large crowd of community supporters, Becca Schofield launched several Chinese lanterns along the Riverview waterfront, trying to replicate a scene from the Disney movie, Tangled. In the scene, the movie’s entire kingdom sends lanterns into the air as the main characters, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider, sing the movie’s theme song I See the Light.

“I wanted to let go of Chinese lanterns. But an event like this, I just did not expect,” said 17-year-old Schofield.

More than a thousand friends, family, fellow high school students and even strangers gathered to watch Schofield send the lanterns into the sky.

“To see that the community came together and made it happen for her and then they added the fireworks, which was amazing … She is going to have a glow on her face for days now from this,” said Schofield’s mother Anne.

WATCH: A Riverview teenager battling terminal brain cancer got to realize one of her wishes Thursday night. Surrounded by a large crowd, Becca Schofield launched Chinese lanterns to recreate a scene from her favourite Disney movie. Global’s Shelley Steeves reports.

The event was organized by several community groups, including Riverview High School and the local firefighters association, said Riverview firefighter Captain David Candy.

“It was about fulfilling a wish for Becca,” Candy said. “[She] has done so much not only locally but nationally and globally.”


Schofield’s request before the holidays had asked that people use the hashtag #BeccaToldMeTo when they performed acts of kindness.

READ MORE: #BeccaToldMeTo – Riverview teen with terminal cancer asks people to perform acts of kindness

Her friend Danielle Gregoire said since making her wish, Schofield has inspired goodness around the world.

“I am amazed every time another story comes out and I share it and I am like, my best friend is changing the world right now,” Gregoire said.

Schofield said to see so many people gather together to support her and her family was overwhelming.

“Pretty amazing to see the power that kindness can do. You just got to open your heart.”

Becca Schofield, a 17-year-old Riverview, N.B. teenager battling terminal brain cancer, holds a pillow with a hashtag she asked people to use on social media when they performed acts of kindness in her honour.

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Earthquakes in Canada: The impact of climate change on seismic activity

Natural disasters are expected to increase as climate change pushes global temperatures higher, and some scientists believe earthquakes will also become more frequent.

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    “An earthquake fault that is primed and ready to go is like a coiled spring … all that is needed to set it off is – quite literally – the pressure of a handshake,” scientist Bill McGuire, author of Waking the Giant: How a changing climate triggers earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes, wrote in the Guardian last fall.

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    A warmer world prompting heavy masses of ice to melt, and heavier rains to fall, could trigger that activity, the theory goes.

    “The heavy rain induces thousands of landslides and severe erosion, which removes ground material from the Earth’s surface, releasing the stress load and encouraging movement along faults,” said Shimon Wdowinski, lead researcher of a 2011 study that found earthquakes tend to follow tropical cyclones.

    Already in 2017 a 5.8-magnitude earthquake rattled Nunavut, a 5.1-magnitude earthquake was recorded off the coast of B.C, and a 2.7 magnitude quake shook Nova Scotia.

    While many parts of the country are prone to seismic activity, experts say Canadians shouldn’t worry about their city or town suddenly becoming a earthquake hot spot due to a warmer atmosphere.

    Thousands of earthquakes annually

    Earthquakes rattle Canada thousands of times every year —; there are an estimated 2,500 annually in Western Canada alone. Thanks to the Internet, social media and apps, we’re now more aware of the activity that has always commonly occurred.

    “A lot of people think there’s suddenly an increase but it’s just that they’re getting a lot more coverage than they used to,” said Alison Bird, earthquake seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada.

    Climate change, “won’t generally cause more earthquakes to happen,” Bird said.

    A map showing all the earthquakes to strike Canada over a month-long period – Dec. 15, 2016 to Jan. 15, 2017.

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    “No, climate change will not result in increased earthquake activity,” agreed Gail Atkinson, professor of earth sciences at Western University, in an email to Global News.

    However, in the North adjustments to the changing landscape has prompted some seismic activity, Bird said.

    “The glaciers receded from the last ice age, which was considerable time ago —; we’re talking about thousands of years,” said Bird. “Because the weight of those glaciers receding has been lifted, the ground is slowly moving up after having that weight removed from it, and you can have earthquakes because of that sort of thing. They tend to be quite small.”

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    While there may be more small events, Canada’s sparsely-populated Arctic is unlikely to suddenly see massive seismic activity.

    “Climate change is not something that just started,” noted Christie Rowe, assistant professor in earth and planetary sciences at McGill University.

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    “All the earthquake patterns that we know of are basically [from] the last century. So the patterns that we know of are already happening in the climate changing world.”

    Drop, cover and hold on

    Because of a subduction zone along the coast, British Columbia is prone to “the largest earthquakes in the world, the mega-stress earthquakes with tsunami,” said Bird.

    Those massive earthquakes, often called “the big one”, happen every few hundred years. The last one to strike along the B.C. coast was on Jan. 26, 1700.

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    Earthquakes on the smaller scale —; 4.5 or 5 in magnitude —; can cause some damage, particularly in areas where infrastructure was not designed with quakes in mind. The “big one” would be a 9.

    While Canada is seldom struck by catastrophic earthquakes, experts agree Canadians from coast to coast should be prepared.

    “You can argue that it’s very unlikely that someone in Saskatchewan is going to experience a damaging earthquake in their lifetime, but it’s not just for where they live, but where they play,” said Bird.

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    Bird encourages drill exercises in all provinces and territories —; drop, cover and hold on.

    “When you’re in a stressful situation your brain doesn’t function properly, and your instinct is to run. Running is one of the worst things you can do in an earthquake.”

    Earthquakes are pretty much impossible to predict, Simon Fraser University earth sciences department chair Brent Ward told Global News last month.

    “All we can do is prepare. People should have a plan, because they’re not going to be able to use their cellphones. Have a plan about where to meet and what to do in this situation, and have an earthquake kit,” Ward said.

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    Many parts of Canada are prone to seismic activity.

    According to the Geological Survey of Canada and Natural Resources Canada, there is a 30 per cent chance that B.C. will see an earthquake strong enough to cause significant damage in the next 50 years.

    Ground shake, landslides, tsunami and fire would ensue.

    The region spanning from the St. Lawrence River in Quebec to the Ottawa Valley —; which includes Quebec City, Montreal and Ottawa —; has a five to 15 per cent chance of a major earthquake over the next half century.

    With a file from Jill Slattery

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Donald Trump’s team considers moving White House press room out of West Wing

President-elect Donald Trump‘s team could move the White House press briefing room from the West Wing to another location that accommodates more media from around the country, incoming White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said on Sunday.

Esquire magazine reported on Saturday that the Trump administration planned to relocate White House reporters from the press room to the White House Conference Center or the Old Executive Office Building next door.

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Speaking on ABC’s This Week, Priebus said the team discussed moving news conferences out of the small West Wing briefing room to the Old Executive Office, which is part of the White House complex. He said no decision had been made.

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“I know that some of the folks in the press are uptight about this, and I understand,” Priebus said. “The only thing that’s been discussed is whether or not the initial press conferences are going to be in that small press … the press room that people see on TV is very, very tiny.”

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“So no one is moving out of the White House. That is the White House, where you can fit four times the number of people in the press conference, allowing more press, more coverage from all over the country … That’s what we’re talking about.”

Such a move would mark a potential change in access for reporters as the current briefing room is only steps from the Oval Office. The White House Conference Center had been used as a temporary press room during the George W. Bush administration.

The current press room has about 49 seats. Trump has long had contentious relations with what he refers to derisively as the “mainstream media,” banning some news outlets during the presidential campaign and publicly criticizing individual reporters.

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Those tensions escalated last week after some news organizations reported unsubstantiated allegations that suggested the president-elect could be blackmailed by Russia.

The White House Correspondents’ Association objected in a statement to “any move that would shield the president and his advisers from the scrutiny of an on-site White House press corps,” and said that it would fight to keep the briefing room and access to senior administration officials open. Jeff Mason, a Reuters White House correspondent, is president of the WHCA.

On CBS’ Face the Nation, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said there was a “tremendous” amount of interest in the incoming administration.

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“The interest of the team is to make sure that we accommodate the broadest number of people who are interested and media from around the country and around the world,” Pence said.

The briefing room was built in 1970 by Richard Nixon over an old swimming pool installed by Franklin Roosevelt that was used regularly by John F. Kennedy but underutilized by later administrations. But the presence of reporters at the White House dates back even farther.

In addition to theater-style seats where the White House press secretary conducts daily briefings, the press area of the White House includes workspace for television, radio, print and online news organizations that cover the administration on a daily basis. (Reporting by Lucia Mutikani, additional reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Caren Bohan and Meredith Mazzilli)

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Thousands attend Bernie Sanders rally in show of support for Obamacare

WARREN, Mich. – Thousands of people showed up in freezing temperatures on Sunday in Michigan where Sen. Bernie Sanders called on Americans to resist Republican efforts to repeal President Barack Obama’s health care law, one of a number of rallies Democrats staged across the country to highlight opposition.

Labour unions were a strong presence at the rally in a parking lot at Macomb County Community College in the Detroit suburb of Warren, where some people carried signs including “Save our Health Care.”

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Lisa Bible, 45, of Bancroft, Michigan said she has an auto immune disease and high cholesterol. She says the existing law has been an answer to her and her husband’s prayers, but she worries that if it’s repealed her family may get stuck with her medical bills.

“I’m going to get really sick and my life will be at risk,” she said.

President-elect Donald Trump has vowed to overturn and replace the Affordable Care Act and majority Republicans in Congress this week began the process of repealing it using a budget manoeuvr that requires a bare majority in the Senate.

“This is the wealthiest country in the history of the world. It is time we got our national priorities right,” Sanders told the Michigan rally.

The law has delivered health coverage to about 20 million people but is saddled with problems such as rapidly rising premiums and large co-payments.

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Britt Waligorski, 31, a health care administrator for a dental practice, said she didn’t get health insurance through work but has been covered through the health law for three years. While the premiums have gone up, she said she is concerned that services for women will be taken away if it is repealed.

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“It’s done a lot for women for their annual checkups, for mammograms —; women’s health in general. If this gets repealed, we’re going to go back to the old days when that’s not covered,” she said.

The health law has provided subsidies and Medicaid coverage for millions who don’t get insurance at work. It has required insurers to cover certain services such as family planning and people who are already ill, and has placed limits on the amount that the sick and elderly can be billed for health care.

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Sanders, a strong supporter of the law, made several visits to the state last year during the Michigan primary and defeated Hillary Clinton in the state. But in a major surprise, Michigan narrowly voted for Trump on Nov. 8, the first Republican presidential candidate to carry the state since 1988.

Rallies in some other cities in support of the health law also were well attended. Police estimated about 600 people showed up in Portland, Maine. Hundreds also attended a rally in Newark, New Jersey.

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Republicans want to end the fines that enforce the requirement that many individuals buy coverage and that larger companies provide it to workers.

But they face internal disagreements on how to pay for any replacement and how to protect consumers and insurers during a long phase-in of an alternative.

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Mark Heller, 45, a civil rights, immigration and labour attorney who drove to the Michigan event from Toledo, Ohio, said that stopping Republicans from repealing the law may take more than attending rallies.

“I think that it’s going to take civil disobedience to turn this around because they have the votes in both the Senate and the House, and the president,” he said.