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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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READ MORE: Donald Trump unleashes 桑拿会所 attack on John Lewis 

“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.”

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

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BC Air Rescue helicopter rescues injured snowmobiler

A BC Air Rescue helicopter was dispatched from West Kelowna Sunday morning to rescue an injured snowmobiler in the Blue River area, north of Kamloops.

Ian Wilson with BC Air Rescue said a snowmobiler was reported injured around 5:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Alan Hobler with Kamloops SAR says the snowmobiler was injured after going off a cliff.

The injured man was with two other snowmobilers, but with the sun fully set the group couldn’t get out of the backcountry.

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Search and Rescue members from Kamloops joined members from Wells Gray Search and Rescue on Sunday morning.

A RCMP helicopter also attended the scene on Sunday morning, but couldn’t land.

The BC Air Rescue helicopter and winch team was dispatched around 10:20 a.m.

By 1:10 p.m., all of the parties were retrieved.

One was rescued by a high angle rope rescue team, one was brought out by snowmobile, while members of the Vernon Search and Rescue winch team recovered  the injured man and flew him out by helicopter.

The snowmobiler who was suffering from leg injuries was delivered to a waiting B.C. ambulance out of Kamloops.

Avalanche risk was moderate at the time of the incident.

Cpl. Mark Labossiere with Clearwater RCMP issued a thank you to all involved in the rescue.

 “This was an amazing rescue ( work ) by all parties involved. The local and out of town Search and Rescue teams are such a valuable resource to have. They do not get the proper recognition that they deserve all the time.  We are extremely lucky we have such a dedicated group of individuals that are actively involved in search and rescue teams within our province.  Too many times people go into the back woods unprepared and, as a result, all of these volunteers give their time to rescue these individuals. I cannot say enough about the dedicated group of people.   Good job by everyone and I hope that the following organizations and groups get the proper recognition that they deserve.”

Wells Gray SAR

Kamloops SAR

Vernon SAR

Yellowhead Helicopters – Clearwater Base

BC Air Rescue

Blue River Sledz – The 2 individuals from this group were instrumental in our success.

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Trump talks easing Russian sanctions, predicts Brexit will be ‘great thing’

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said he will offer to end sanctions against Russia in return for a nuclear arms reduction deal with Kremlin chief Vladimir Putin, The Times newspaper reported.

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READ MORE: Donald Trump says he could bin Russia sanctions if Moscow proves a helpful ally

In an interview with The Times of London, Trump said he wanted nuclear weapons arsenals of the world’s two biggest nuclear powers —; the United States and Russia —; to be “reduced very substantially.”

“They have sanctions on Russia – let’s see if we can make some good deals with Russia. For one thing, I think nuclear weapons should be way down and reduced very substantially, that’s part of it,” Trump was quoted by the newspaper as saying.

Trump also criticized Russia for its intervention in the Syrian civil war, describing it as “a very bad thing” that had led to a “terrible humanitarian situation,” The Times said.

WATCH: Donald Trump: ‘If Putin likes me, I consider that an asset’

Trump said that he would appoint Jared Kushner, his son-in-law, to broker a Middle East peace deal, urged Britain to veto any new UN Security Council resolution critical of Israel and repeated his criticism of President Obama’s handling of the Iran nuclear deal.

He praised Queen Elizabeth and said he was eager to get a trade deal done with the United Kingdom.

READ MORE: British Prime Minister May plans to keep Brexit plan on track

“We’re gonna work very hard to get it done quickly and done properly. Good for both sides,” Trump said. “I will be meeting with [British Prime Minister Theresa May]. She’s requesting a meeting and we’ll have a meeting right after I get into the White House and it’ll be, I think we’re gonna get something done very quickly.”

WATCH: Biden reaffirms sanctions against Russia during visit to Ukraine

Trump said he thought that “Brexit is going to end up being a great thing” and welcomed the fall in the value of the pound for having helped to boost the attractiveness of British products abroad, The Times said.

Trump also said that German Chancellor Angela Merkel made a “catastrophic mistake” with the policy that let a wave of a million migrants into her country.

WATCH: Merkel responds to Trump saying Europe’s fate is in its own hands

“I think she made one very catastrophic mistake and that was taking all of these illegals,” the Times, via 桑拿会所, quoted Trump as saying in an interview.

Reporting by William James, editing by Guy Faulconbridge

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Calgary police investigate after dead rabbits found in St. Mary’s Cemetery

Police were called to a scene in the southeast community of Erlton after reports of two dead rabbits found on a path in St. Mary’s Cemetery Sunday morning.

A person walking in the area found the two animals next to each other.

Officers said they’re investigating to determine if the hares were poisoned, which some residents fear might be the case.

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“That’s the worst thing in the world. If you don’t like them, then you should move. It causes a domino effect. Something could eat the poisoned rabbit and then that thing could also be poisoned, whether it’s a bird or a coyote. I wish they would fine those people,” David Schick, who lives in the area, said.

The community of Erlton is known for its booming feral rabbit population.

READ MORE: Increase in feral rabbits spurs calls to Calgary city councillor

“Some people let go of a bunch of domesticated pets and they are really promoting them by feeding them, which is obviously aggravating other people,” Thomas Smekal, an Erlton resident, said.

David Schick was out feeding the rabbits Sunday morning and a dozen of them bounded out onto 31 Avenue when he came out with food.

“I love the rabbits of Erlton. They are the best thing that ever happened to Erlton,” Schick said.

“A lot of people love them and they bring their children up here to see them and they bring them carrots and broccoli.”

Schick suspects there may be some poisoning going on because of conversations he’s had with neighbours who want to see the rabbit population culled.

“They put up little wires and stuff to keep them from chewing certain things. Not everybody loves them, especially if you have to live with them and they go around and they might eat your flowers and dig a little hole in your lawn,” Schick said.  “When they get breeding though, anybody who wants to see rabbits – you should come here in the spring time. You’ll see all the rabbits you’ll ever want to see. You don’t have to go to the zoo and pay admission, you just come to Erlton and bring your carrots and you’re good.”

Last September, Coucillor Sean Chu told City Council he had been getting calls and emails from Calgarians concerned about the number of feral rabbits in some areas of the city.

Chu asked the city what could be done about the problem, but he was told that since the rabbits are wild, they’re under provincial Fish and Wildlife jurisdiction.

According to a Government of Alberta website, it is legal to shoot and trap rabbits but not poison them.

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UPDATED: Heavy rains set to hit B.C.’s south coast Monday

B.C.’s south coast is expected to finally bid farewell to frigid temperatures this week.

A very mild and moist subtropical jet stream is expected to move over the south coast. The shift will likely bring some very heavy rainfall, leading Environment Canada to issue special weather statements Sunday for Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and parts of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.

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“It’s going to be storm after storm,” Global BC meteorologist Michael Kuss said. “We’re going to see three pretty significant rainmakers Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and into Thursday morning.”

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The worst of Canada’s winter may be behind us: climatologist

Kuss said parts of the region could receive as much as 150 millimetres of precipitation during the storms. Afternoon temperatures will rise to 8 to 10 degrees Tuesday and Wednesday.

The deluge, coupled with warmer temperatures, could lead to the issuing of highstream flow advisories on Vancouver Island and the south coast in the coming days.

“We’re going to see a lot of snow melting, even at the higher elevations and that’s going to create high streamflows and the potential for some flooding,” Kuss said.

Municipalities are urging residents and homeowners to clear their catchbasins of debris to prevent clogging.

Environment Canada added in its alert that Whistler and the Sea to Sky Highway could see the precipitation begin as snow Monday, before slowly transitioning into rain Monday evening or early Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the snow seems to be moving into the interior, with up to 20 centimetres predicted for the North Okanagan, Shuswap, North Thompson, and North and West Columbia regions by Tuesday morning.

With files from Sean Boynton, Kristen Robinson and Yvonne Schalle

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Changing attitudes towards homosexuality in hockey an uphill battle: U of A researcher

A University of Alberta researcher says attitudes towards homosexuality in hockey are changing — but there is still more to be done.

Cheryl MacDonald, a post-doctoral researcher with the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, said there are or have been openly gay players in lower levels of hockey and in other professional sports, like football, but not the NHL.

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That, along with other research she had been doing in hockey, prompted her to look at homosexuality within the hockey world.

READ MORE: ‘These are walls that crumble over time’: Hockey executive Brian Burke at Edmonton panel on gay athletes in sport

“I had a conversation with George Laraque, who is a former Edmonton Oiler. I was looking for something to study and… asked him what he thought was important for me to study in hockey. He said homophobia,” she said.

“He said there were gay men in the NHL and he knew who some of them were but they weren’t going to come out until we did more work to make that okay.”

WATCH ABOVE: In June 2014, Brian Burke spoke to Global News about the ‘You Can Play’ project, which aims to make locker rooms and sports venues free from homophobia.

MacDonald said the hockey world seems to exist exclusive of other worlds.

“A fist fight in hockey is quite alright on the ice, but not off the ice. [Players] know they can act certain ways, in certain contexts, in certain environments. So, for instance, within the dressing room, it is quite normal to use homophobic discourse, such as calling one another names or calling something gay. But they’re very well aware that’s not okay off the ice,” she said.

“I think the fact that [players] understand that certain attitudes and behaviours are okay in one place and not the other allows things like homophobia to persist but only in little pockets of their lives.”

MacDonald’s doctoral project examined masculinity within hockey, including the idea that players are supposed to be super masculine and macho. She conducted surveys and interviews with roughly 120 players and six coaches. Opinions about homosexuality and hockey along with relationships with players’ parents, partners and teammates were examined.

READ MORE: #OneTeam: Canadian Olympic Committee launches LGBTQ inclusion campaign

“The biggest concern they had with the idea of having a gay teammate, because this population had never had an openly gay one, was being naked in the showers with them. They were worried a gay teammate would see them naked and be attracted to them,” she said.

“That was the only fear of homosexuality.”

READ MORE: Is the NHL ready for an openly gay player?

She said players are still often expected to prove their masculinity to one another.

“Things are getting better in that sense, but within that locker room and with teammates, they’re really expected to act a certain way that is not like the way they act outside of their sport.”

And while MacDonald said there have been huge strides within the hockey world, thanks to programs such as You Can Play and Pride Tape, improvements can still be made.

“We need to do a bit more educating. In the case of teenagers I met with, some of them just didn’t know what LGBTQ meant. They had never been around a homosexual person for instance. The more we educate and the more we talk about it, over time, things will continue to improve,” she said.

Justin Connelly, 25, has been played hockey since he was around four years old. The sport played a huge role in his life and still does – he works and volunteers in hockey.

But Connelly said he started questioning his sexuality while he was age 15 to 18, and playing bantam and midget hockey.

“I just started to feel a little different in the locker room,” he said.

READ MORE: Flames GM Brian Burke sounds off against homophobic slurs

Connelly said he did not speak with his teammates about the matter, but was affected by the language used in the locker room.

“That homophobic language and culture that can be within hockey, [it] made me feel a bit fearful and uncomfortable. I was worried about what people thought about me and how they would perceive me,” he said.

“The hockey culture, I don’t think [at the time] was very accepting. It hasn’t always been the most accepting sports environment. Hockey is known as a very masculine, macho sport. I don’t think it was very accepting.”

Connelly came out to family and friends roughly one year ago and now plays on a gay hockey team in Calgary called the Calgary Pioneers.

“I feel a lot more comfortable now,” he said, adding he feels like the hockey culture has changed as well.

“I think it has become a lot more inclusive. It has become a lot more accepting.”

He has advice for hockey players who may be questioning their sexuality.

“Don’t be afraid to be your true, genuine self. There are people out there that are willing to help, that are willing to be an ally for you.

“There is hope out there.”

READ MORE: Former athletes buoyed by LGBTQ inclusion in sports

And as for the teammates of those players who are struggling with their sexual orientation, change comes with the gestures that are made.

“Do your best to be an ally. Just be aware of the language you’re using in the locker room or in the dressing room. They can definitely make a change by just not using that homophobic language, not using those other slurs.”

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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.

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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.

Fred Ponto / Supplied

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

Dan Otto / Supplied

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

Robin Seitz / Supplied

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.

Tim Staples / Supplied

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

Bill Allen / Supplied

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

Hope Bilinski / Supplied

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

Kathleen Kirchhofer / Supplied

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

Ariane Muirhead / Supplied

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

Marinda Muller / Viewer Submitted

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

Gloria Katsiris / Viewer Submitted

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

Gord Zawislak / Viewer Submitted

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.

Lisa Diewold / Viewer Submitted

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.

Robert Johnson / Supplied

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

Jen Payne / Supplied

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

Margaret Flack / Supplied

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

Blaine Davis / Supplied

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

Gerrid Gust / Viewer Submitted

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.

Shelagh Hockley / Supplied

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

Carol Neabel / Supplied

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.