Travel bloggers, Airbnb pick Manitoba as emerging travel destination

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An online travel guide has given Manitoba top honours as an emerging tourist destination, with Winnipeg earning high praise as well.

TravelLemming上海龙凤419’s annual poll of trendy travel spots – as chosen by a panel of travel writers, bloggers, podcasters and more – gave Manitoba its 2019 Judges’ Award as a top ‘bucket list’ destination for travel enthusiasts.

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This recognition comes on the heels of the province being recognized by travel source Lonely Planet as a Top 10 travel destination.

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The province’s natural beauty was highlighted, with Churchill’s polar bears, the northern lights, and more named as high points.

Winnipeg was also lauded as “an undiscovered cultural centre, spilling over with a burgeoning culinary scene, modern museums, and boutique shops galore.”

Manitoba joins regions in Mexico, the Caribbean, and more as must-see travel destinations.

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Winnipeg also received top marks from Airbnb as a travel destination, making the company’s list of 19 Destinations to Visit in 2019.

The list, which also includes Kaikoura, New Zealand and Normandy, France, is based on Airbnb’s search, booking and wish list growth data.

According to their numbers, Winnipeg has seen a 140 per cent year-over-year increase in Airbnb searches.

“In the top 19, globally Winnipeg is the only [Canadian] destination in that list,” Alex Dagg, director of public policy for Airbnb Canada said. “It’s beside a community in New Zealand, Xiamen in China, Normandy in France and Calabria, Italy. It’s in a really interesting list of quite fascinating global destinations it’s exciting to see Winnipeg showing up in that list.”

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Dayna Spiring, President and CEO of Economic Development Winnipeg, says there are a number of factors contributing to the fact that Winnipeg is being seen on more of these lists.

“I don’t think it’s any one thing that’s changed Winnipeg’s perception I think it’s many, many things and we continue to have that momentum shift,” she said.

“In the last 20 years we’ve invested in our city. We’ve invested hundreds of millions of dollars whether it be in a new airport, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Assiniboine Park and all those investments pay off. We have to continue to do that. When we stop investing we’re going to fall behind.”

Travel Manitoba has a goal of $2 billion for tourism revenue for the province by the year 2021.

To reach that milestone, President and CEO Colin Ferguson says they’re aiming to get $100 million in revenue increases annually.

“We are estimating continued growth over the next five years, rather substantial growth over the next 5 years,” he said.

“There’s a lot of people paying a lot of attention to Winnipeg. I expect across the board in Winnipeg and Manitoba we’re going to see some substantial increases.”

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Ferguson says many tourists are coming from other parts of Canada, but there are a lot coming from outside North America.

“Our key ones are Great Britain, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, but our greatest growth area is China,” he said.

-With files from Amber McGuckin

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Trial begins Monday for man accused in fatal shooting of Calgary Stampeders player Mylan Hicks

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A mother’s anguish was evident at the opening of a second-degree murder trial for the man accused of killing a Calgary Stampeders player.

Renee Hill, who travelled from Detroit, wailed as the Crown outlined how her son Mylan Hicks died outside a city nightclub on Sept. 25, 2016.

Nelson Tony Lugela, 21, has pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder in the death of Hicks, a 23-year-old defensive back who was on the practice roster for the Stampeders.

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The Detroit-born Hicks, a former Michigan State Spartan, was found in critical condition after being shot outside the Marquee Beer Market in Calgary.

He died a short time later in hospital.

The Crown says it plans to call 33 witnesses and the trial is scheduled to last two weeks.

Nelson Tony Lugela is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Calgary Stampeder Mylan Hicks on Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016.

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    Investigators have said a fight inside the club spilt outside into the parking lot where Hicks was gunned down.

    Police said Lugela and two other suspects were taken into custody after returning to the scene shortly after the shooting took place. The other two suspects were released.

    Police seized a firearm at the scene.

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    A number of Stampeders players are expected to testify at the trial, which was purposely delayed until after the recent Grey Cup game which Calgary won.

    Fellow defensive back and teammate Jamar Wall changed his jersey number from 29 to 31, the number Hicks wore, for the rest of the 2016 season to honour him. The week following the shooting, every CFL team held a moment of silence.

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Pledge behind Justin Trudeau’s Trevor Noah tweet was planned 3 weeks ago, official says

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is coming under fire from some critics after a weekend tweet in which he appeared to offer up a $50-million aid pledge offhand.

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But according to one government spokesperson, the money pledged in a tweet to Trevor Noah, who is hosting the Global Citizen Festival in honour of former South African leader Nelson Mandela’s pursuit of ending extreme poverty, is part of the $400 million already announced during the G7 Summit in June to support education for girls.

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“We always look for hooks to release the funds,” said Louis Belanger, director of communications for International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau.

During the G7 Summit in Charlevoix, Que., in June, world leaders pledged a total of $3.8 billion to improve access to education for girls.

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Of that, Canada pledged $400 million over three years.

Belanger said the $50 million pledged in Trudeau’s tweet is part of that $400 million and has “been in the pipeline for some time.”

READ MORE: Trudeau to announce $400M investment to help educate world’s poorest girls

The decision to give the funds to Education Cannot Wait, the recipient organization announced by Trudeau, was made three weeks ago.

“Then we looked for an opportunity to announce it,” Belanger said.

It will likely be the last announcement of how those funds will be allocated that comes out this year, he said, adding the rest of the overall G7 pledge has not yet been allocated to specific organizations.

Trudeau’s tweet sparked questions about where the money was coming from and whether it would actually be new cash.

It also sparked criticism.

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer took to 上海夜生活 to accuse Trudeau of “pledging $50 million in a tweet to impress a TV personality.”

He also questioned the spending, given the government’s roughly $19 billion budget deficit.

The fall economic statement given last month by Finance Minister Bill Morneau showed there is still no plan for how the government will balance the books, even if elected to a second term.

Meanwhile, Conservative MP Michelle Rempel also accused Trudeau of being “tone deaf” for announcing the pledge of support the same day as Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s announcement that the province will cut oil production by 8.7 per cent to try and alleviate a supply glut.

That glut is contributing to a steep drop in prices for landlocked Western crude, which primarily sells to the American market at a discount compared to U.S. oil.

Trudeau is not attending the Global Citizen Festival.

He had been in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for the G20 meeting of world leaders but returned to Ottawa Sunday night.

—; With files from Global News’ Nick Logan

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Duron Carter pleads guilty to marijuana possession

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Former Saskatchewan Roughrider Duron Carter has pleaded guilty to marijuana possession.

Carter pleaded guilty in a Saskatoon courtroom on Monday morning. He was not present, but was represented by his lawyer, Louis Mercier of Mercier Law Office in Regina.

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    He was given an absolute discharge after a joint submission by the Crown and Carter’s lawyer.

    Mercier said Carter now wants to move on.

    “He’ll have a criminal record for a year and then it will automatically be erased from the system,” Mercier said outside of court, adding the “absolute discharge was fair in all the circumstances.”

    Carter was also charged with marijuana possession in 2017 after he was caught with pot-laced cookies at Winnipeg’s airport.

    He pleaded guilty to that charge in June and was giving an absolute discharge.

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    Mercier believed Carter has learned his lesson.

    “He is now getting older and this is now his second professional football team he’s playing with, so I don’t think it will happen again,” Mercier said.

    Carter is currently in Florida where he lives in the off-season.

    Whether he’ll be able to travel back to Canada to play football in 2019 is up to the CBSA.

    Carter was released by the Riders on Aug. 11 and later signed as a free agent with the Toronto Argonauts.

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Football team bus crash in Arkansas leaves 1 child dead, 45 people injured

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark.  — A charter bus carrying a youth football team from Tennessee crashed early Monday in central Arkansas, killing one child and injuring at least 45 other people, authorities said.

Arkansas State Police said the bus overturned along Interstate 30 near Benton, about 40 kilometres southwest of Little Rock, while traveling from Texas to Memphis, Tennessee. Police said most of the injured were children who were taken to hospitals in Little Rock and Benton.

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No information was immediately released about the severity of the injuries. Live video from the scene shows the heavily damaged bus on its side in an embankment near an exit that has a sharp curve leaving the interstate. Police said the bus driver was being questioned by troopers.

The football team was from the Orange Mound Youth Association in Tennessee and had played in a tournament in Dallas over the weekend, according to Memphis TV station WMC. The TV station reports the children are elementary-school age.

Emergency vehicles are parked along Interstate 30 near the scene where a charter bus that was carrying a youth football team from Tennessee crashed early. Photo: Josh Snyder/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette via AP

Phone calls and emails from The Associated Press to sports teams and coached believed affiliated with the organization weren’t immediately returned Monday morning.

Orange Mound is a historically black neighborhood in southeast Memphis that comes together around its youth football teams, where kids train to be part of the highly competitive Melrose High School squad.

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The community was created after the Civil War by and for African-Americans, and black-owned businesses flourished there until desegregation enabled residents to live elsewhere. Chronic disinvestment brought widespread crime and poverty.

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Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock said it received 24 patients following the morning crash. The hospital said all the patients were in stable condition, though no additional information about the injuries has been released. The hospital said it has set up a family center so parents can reunite with their children.

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“On behalf of all Memphians, our hearts and prayers go out to the Orange Mound children and their families involved in this morning’s tragic bus accident in Arkansas,” Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland said in a statement.

Memphis is roughly 209 kilometres east of Little Rock.

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Adopt A Pal: Chatty puppies looking for their new home

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Every Monday on Adopt a Pal, Global News Morning features rescues in Manitoba to help them find forever homes.

This week, Manitoba Underdog Rescue joined Global News Morning with three puppies who were born under a deck —; their mother was a stray.

Bones likes to quietly explore around a home to figure out the lay of the land.

When he wraps up his exploration, he hopes to find his cuddle buddy for a long period of relaxing. Bones is still learning the ropes when it comes to training, but can get along with kids, cats and other dogs.

Bones spent part of the morning on Adopt A Pal looking for his new home.

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Potion is an independent pooch that likes to explore and knows what she wants in life. Potion can live with other dogs and cats and interacts well with kids.

Potion came to Global News Morning’s Adopt A Pal segment to find her new home.

Corey Callaghan / Global News

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Salem loves to get all of the sleep she can get. When she is not sleeping, she explores as far as her curiosity can take her. When she is done, Salem is ready for a good cuddle, which will probably turn into a nap.

Salem is ready to find her new home in order to have a good nap.

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While Manitoba Underdogs takes care of the many pooches, including the three above, the group is looking for more foster parents to help look after the dogs.

The group doesn’t have a main shelter, so the dogs are all taken care of by foster parents in their homes. More fosters can help with the holiday season coming up and help increase the number of long-term homes for rescues.

More information about Manitoba Underdogs’ adoption and fostering process can be found here.

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Queen announces North American ‘Rhapsody’ tour with Adam Lambert

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You Want it All? You’ve got it all.

Following the release of the critically acclaimed biopic Boehmian Rhapsody, Queen has announced its return to the stage next year with the Rhapsody tour. Guitarist Brian May, drummer Roger Taylor and singer Adam Lambert will reunite once more to deliver their “most ambitious” show yet.

Under the moniker, Queen + Adam Lambert, the trio will embark on a 23-date tour spanning North America. They will be joined by long-term collaborators and touring musicians, bassist Neil Fairclough, percussionist Tyler Warren and Spike Edney on the keys.

Brian May and Roger Taylor of Queen attend the American premiere of ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at The Paris Theatre on Oct. 30, 2018, in New York City.

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After the success of the Bryan Singer-directed film, the band knew that the legacy of Queen is still alive and well — so they decided to give the fans more, which is exactly what they’ve been waiting for.

More than six years of touring with Lambert led to over 180 roaring gigs across stadiums worldwide. By the sounds of it, that was their way of just getting started. “We’re ready for America and raring to get back in the saddle,” said Taylor in the official press release.

Lambert admitted the tour may have been in the works for a while now, too. “We’ve been designing a brand new visual spectacle that will reframe these iconic songs,” he said. “We’re excited to unveil it!”

May upped the ante by promising their most ambitious stage-show yet.

“Our last tour featured our most ambitious production ever,” he added. “So we decided to rip it apart and get even more ambitious.

“Watch out, America,” added May.

Queen photo session for ‘Music Life’ magazine, in the garden of Hotel Pacific Tokyo in Tokyo, Japan, March 21, 1976.

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The Rhapsody tour is an opportunity Queen fans weren’t expecting after already being treated to a North American tour earlier this year.

Those who previously missed out passionately took to 上海夜生活 to express their unparalleled joy.

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While many have been hopeful, original bassist John Deacon has made no comment on the tour as of this writing.

He has remained uninvolved with Queen since 1991 following the tragic death of Freddie Mercury.

While he gave the thumbs up for the biopic, Deacon has avoided the spotlight since his final performance with Queen in 1997.

Photo of John Deacon and Freddie Mercury of Queen in 1970.

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The brilliance of Bohemian Rhapsody — both the song and movie — seems to have reinvented how many see and feel about Queen; a rebirth of sorts.

Queen will utilize Twickets as a safe and secure marketplace for fans to buy or sell additional tickets at face value, helping to combat scalpers and secondary ticket sellers.

Not to worry Canadians, Queen + Adam Lambert will see you in both Toronto and Vancouver next summer.

(L-R) Adam Lambert, Roger Taylor and Brian May of Queen + Adam Lambert perform at Park Theater at Park MGM on Sept. 1, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nev.

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The Queen and Adam Lambert fanclub presale will run from 10 a.m. through 10 p.m ET.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. through the official Queen website.

The Rhapsody Tour North America 2019

** Canadian shows are bolded **

July 10 — Vancouver, B.C. @Rogers Arena
July 12 — Tacoma, Wash. @Tacoma Dome
July 14 — San Jose, Calif. @SAP Center
July 16 — Phoenix, Ariz. @Talking Stick Resort Arena
July 19 — Los Angeles, Calif. @The Forum
July 23 — Dallas, Tex. @American Airlines Center
July 24 — Houston, Tex. @Toyota Center
July 27 — Detroit, Mich. @Little Caesars Arena
July 28 — Toronto, Ont. @Scotiabank Arena
July 30 — Washington, D.C. @Capital One Arena
July 31 — Pittsburgh, Pa. @PPG Paints Arena
Aug. 3 — Philadelphia, Pa. @Wells Fargo Center
Aug. 4 — Boston, Mass. @Xfinity Center
Aug. 6 — New York City, N.Y. @Madison Square Garden
Aug. 9 — Chicago, Ill. @United Center
Aug. 10 — St. Paul, Minn. @Xcel Energy Center
Aug. 13 — Columbus, Ohio @Nationwide Arena
Aug. 15 — Nashville, Tenn. @Bridgestone Arena
Aug. 17 — Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. @BB&T Center
Aug. 18 — Tampa, Fla. @Amalie Arena
Aug. 20 — New Orleans, La. @Smoothie King Center
Aug. 22 — Atlanta, Ga. @State Farm Arena
Aug. 23 — Charlotte, N.C. @Spectrum Center

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Has your child posted sexualized photos of themselves online? Here’s what to do

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People born before the age of social media grew up largely offline, experiencing coming-of-age milestones like school dances and first kisses without the presence of smart phones.

But things are very different now, and kids’ lives are incredibly intertwined with social media. And as a result of this cultural shift, more and more kids are sharing provocative images of themselves online.

According to Dr. Jillian Roberts, a registered psychologist and associate professor of educational psychology at the University of Victoria, an increasing amount of youth between the ages of nine and 11 are posting suggestive pictures on apps like Instagram.

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“It’s happening with an alarming increase and frequency,” Roberts told Global News. “A lot of kids are just at the [age] where they’re exploring their own sexuality, and they’re also able to navigate the internet with more freedom.”

Roberts, who authored the upcoming book Kids, Sex & Screens: Raising Strong, Resilient Children in the Sexualized Digital Age, said she sees a spike in sexually suggestive online behaviour during the summer between grades five and six. This is particularly true in parts of Canada like B.C., where students transition to middle school at this age.

Adolescence paired with the fact that explicit content is found on many celebrities’ social media accounts has an effect on tweens’ behaviour.

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“How many likes, shares and comments you get on an Instagram post is how students are judging their own popularity against other people,” Roberts explained. “You can get a lot of likes if you post something that’s more provocative than if you don’t.”

What to do if your kid posts suggestive pictures online

While most parents hope their tweens aren’t posting provocative content, if you do discover that your child has shared suggestive photos, directly addressing the issue with them in a supportive way is the first step.

“Respond in an unconditional, loving way,” Roberts said. “Do not get angry, do not shame your child. Note that this is not appropriate, but it’s a completely understandable stage for your child to go through as they explore their own sexuality.”

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When talking to your child, it’s important to explain that while sharing sexual images is not age-appropriate, you understand where they’re coming from. Roberts suggests a “hamburger” approach where you pad the important message with softer language.

Roberts suggests saying something along the lines of, “I know you really wanted to share that picture because you look older in it, however what concerns me is X, Y and Z.”

“Explain there are other ways you would like them to reach out to friends, and that you have no issue with them exploring social media, but that they need to make sure they’re exploring social media appropriately,” she said.

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“If you deal with anything about sex in a shaming way, your kid will never want to talk to you about sexuality again.”

How to talk to your kids about posting on social media

Research shows that sexting — sending sexual images via text or messaging apps — is becoming more prevalent among youth. Kids are also exposed to more pornography on the internet, as stats reveal that 90 per cent of boys and 60 per cent of girls have seen porn before the age of 18, with boys seeing porn by the age of 12, on average.

Because of easy exposure to explicit content online, Roberts said it’s vital that parents have open and honest conversations with their kids about navigating social media before they start using it. This will help them learn proper behaviour, and in turn reduce the chances that they’ll post inappropriate content.

“The moment that a child is given their own device, or the moment when they have unlimited access to the online world, there should be a conversation and a family social media plan,” Roberts said.

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This plan should include what apps are OK to use, a discussion about what is appropriate to post and what’s not, as well as a conversation around empathy, Roberts said. For example, “don’t like or share an embarrassing photo of someone else that they didn’t give permission to be put online,” she said.

Roberts said it’s also important to teach kids about pop-up ads and downloading from unfamiliar sites, and encourage them not to visit unknown pages.

Lastly, it’s critical that parents themselves are familiar with the apps their kids are on.

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“What I encourage parents to do is not monitor [their kids] so much as to be a social media participant with them,” Robers said. “If a child is on Snapchat, parents need to get on Snapchat, too.”

“I think it’s important for parents to stay current, and be aware of what the different platforms are and how they are used.”

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Number of seniors using food banks growing in London and across Ontario

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There’s been a 10 per cent increase in the number of seniors using food banks across the province, and that growth is part of a trend that’s expected to keep increasing in London and throughout Ontario.

“It’s the biggest increase we saw across the province,” said Michael Maidment, the chair of the Ontario Association of Food Banks’ (OAFB) board of directors.

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The 2018 Hunger Report, released by the OAFB Monday morning, said their provincewide network of food banks and hunger relief agencies were visited 501,590 times in the past year by children, adults and seniors.

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Seniors are twice as likely to need a food bank regularly compared to other visitors. The report says 25 per cent of seniors go to the food bank 12 times a year or more, compared to 13 per cent who are younger than 65.

“I think it’s based on the rising cost of living. There’s lots of data out there that shows many Canadians, 1 in 3 Canadians, are not financially prepared for retirement,” said Maidment.

The number of seniors in London is also growing, but not at the same pace, according to London Food Bank co-director Jane Roy.

“Last year, the increase was eight per cent… this year, it’s not quite as high. I think we’re about five or six per cent,” she said.

“Seniors are on fixed incomes, a lot of them don’t have the pension they used to have, or they don’t have the savings they used to have. The fact that they’re struggling is, of course, a concern.”

With more and more baby boomers nearing or entering retirement, and with an increasing senior poverty rate, the OAFB expects the number of elderly people who visit the food bank to keep growing.

The report cites the declining number of pensions, the decreasing value of those pensions, fewer government benefits for seniors, and the increasing cost of living, as reasons why more seniors are falling into poverty.

But it also offers solutions to the benefit of the more than half-a-million children, adults and seniors who used a food bank in Ontario last year.

The OAFB is calling for the reinstatement of the Basic Income Pilot Project that was abruptly terminated in July 2018. It also says investments in affordable housing and improving supports for seniors will help to address the larger issue of poverty in Ontario.

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The OAFB is a provincewide network of 130 food banks and more than 1,100 affiliate hunger-relief agencies. It distributes more than five million pounds of fresh and non-perishable food including one million litres of fresh milk and over two million servings of protein.

In the past year, it says Ontario’s food banks provided support to 227,321 households, who all described themselves as experiencing moderate or severe food insecurity, while 33 per cent of the individual visitors were children.

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Tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash chosen as Canadian Press’ news story of the year

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A deadly bus crash that united a hockey-mad country in grief and spurred people to leave sticks on porches from coast to coast has been selected as Canada’s News Story of the Year.

annual survey of newsrooms across the country saw 53 out of 129 editors cast their votes for the Humboldt Broncos bus crash in rural Saskatchewan as the most compelling story of 2018.

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The legalization of recreational cannabis in October came a close second with 51 votes.

“Although cannabis is landmark legislation, legalization arrived mostly with a shrug,” wrote Murray Wood, provincial news director with Saskatchewan radio stations CJME and CKOM.

“No story affected Canadians in 2018 more than the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.”

The junior hockey team was on its way to a playoff game when its bus and a semi-truck collided at a crossroads on April 6. Sixteen people were killed. Another 13 were injured.

The crash made headlines around the world and struck a chord with hockey-loving Canadians, many of whom saw themselves and their children in the young players and their grieving families.

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Some of the players were changing into suits and others were texting girlfriends as the Junior A team’s bus headed to Nipawin for a matchup against the Hawks. It was at an intersection just north of Tisdale where the bus and a truck carrying a load of peat moss collided.

Motorists who stopped to help, as well as some parents who were also on their way to the game, were met with a chaotic, gruesome scene. Those who survived were sent to nearby hospitals, the dead to a makeshift morgue.

Aerial pictures of the devastation are seared into the nation’s memory.

The wreckage of a fatal bus crash carrying members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team is shown outside of Tisdale, Sask., on April, 7, 2018.

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“Almost everyone in this country has climbed onto a bus with their peers or put a child on a bus for an out-of-town trip,” wrote Tim Switzer, managing editor of the Regina Leader-Post newspaper. “Many people could relate.”

Ten players along with the team’s coach, an assistant coach, trainer, radio play-by-play announcer, statistician and the bus driver were killed. Of the injured, two players were paralyzed and two received serious brain injuries.

“The aching void of unrealized potential, the memorial services, and the fundraisers captured the interest of Canadians – in an event basically unmatched since Terry Fox’s death in the middle of his Marathon of Hope almost 40 years ago,” said Bill McGuire, editorial page editor of Charlottetown’s Guardian newspaper.

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Andrew Scheer delivers remarks on the Humboldt Broncos

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Ralph Goodale, Andrew Scheer pay tribute to Humboldt Broncos

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Celebration of life held for Humboldt Broncos captain Logan Schatz

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Former coach gets choked up remembering Humboldt Broncos player Adam Herold

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Humboldt Broncos Adam Herold’s casket draped in hockey jerseys

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Vigils take place around Okanagan Thursday night to honour Humboldt Broncos

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Canadians support Humboldt Broncos with ‘Jersey Day’

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SaskTel Centre glows as crowd turn on cell phones lights at Humboldt Broncos benefit concert

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Riders to honour victims of Humboldt Broncos bus crash

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Washington Capitals forward Chandler Stephenson follows through for Humboldt, Sask.

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Chandler Stephenson says Humboldt crash rocked entire hockey world

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NHL star Chandler Stephenson says Humboldt crash ‘hits close to home’

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Humboldt Bronco Logan Boulet honoured for organ donation at ceremony Thursday

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Humboldt bus crash survivor Ryan Straschnitzki working towards sledge hockey dream

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Humboldt Broncos honoured through charity hockey tourney in St. Albert



Canadians and others around the world started leaving hockey sticks on their front porches to honour the team. Many sticks are still standing outside.

“You only had to walk through the streets of Toronto for weeks afterwards and see all these hockey sticks on the front steps of people’s homes to know that this horrific accident, so many thousands of kilometres away, had reached in and tugged on the hearts of every hockey-loving Canadian,” said Janet Hurley, a senior editor at the Toronto Star.

People from more than 80 countries donated $15 million to support those on the bus and their families, making it the second-highest GoFundMe fundraiser of the year next to the Time’s Up legal defence fund to fight sexual harassment and discrimination.

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Lorne Motley, editor-in-chief of the Calgary Herald and Calgary Sun, noted that the Humboldt story continues to make headlines about truck-driver training, the painstaking recovery of survivors and calls from players’ families for mandatory seatbelts on buses and trucks.

The story will continue to be in the news in the new year.

RCMP have charged the truck’s driver, Jaskirat Sidhu, with 16 counts of dangerous driving causing death and 13 counts of dangerous driving causing bodily injury.

Sukhmander Singh, owner of Adesh Deol Trucking in Calgary, also faces eight charges relating to non-compliance with federal and provincial safety regulations in the months before the crash.

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Humboldt Broncos player Layne Matechuk leaves hospital after 6-month stay

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Justin Trudeau pays tribute to the Humboldt Broncos

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Saskatchewan introduces mandatory semi truck driver training after Humboldt Broncos tragedy

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After the Humboldt Broncos bus crash of April 6, 2018, training will become mandatory for drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial licence in Saskatchewan next year — meaning that potential semi-truck drivers will be required to undergo a minimum of 121.5 hours of instruction.

The changes take effect March 15, 2019.

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    “Saskatchewan has been working to improve standards for training curriculum and driver testing for semi drivers since mid-2017,” said MLA Joe Hargrave, the minister responsible for SGI. “Our ongoing consultations with other provinces have helped address gaps and inconsistencies when commercial drivers cross provincial borders. Stronger training requirements in Saskatchewan and across Canada will help make our province’s and our nation’s roads safer.”

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    Drivers who already have their Class 1 will be grandfathered in as of March 15.

    The new training will include instruction in the classroom, yard and behind the wheel. Focus areas will include basic driving training techniques, professional driving habits, vehicle inspections and airbrakes. Training schools will receive instruction on this standardized curriculum, and the province says those who deliver training will be held to higher standards.

    After March 15, the Class 1 test will be conducted by SGI examiners only.

    Once new drivers pass the course, they’ll be subject to a 12-month safety monitoring period. Hargrave said that during this time, drivers who are involved in at-fault collisions, receive speeding tickets or other infractions will be subject to sanctions.

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    “The Saskatchewan Trucking Association applauds this move,” said the organization’s executive director Susan Ewart.

    “The industry is on board with strengthened training requirements. Commercial drivers play a critical role delivering goods that keep our economy moving. Our industry also has a responsibility to make sure commercial semi drivers have the knowledge and skills to do their job ensuring the safety of everyone on the road.”

    Ewart did acknowledge there are recruitment challenges in the industry, but said this is a positive step in improving the professional perception of commercial trucking and shoring up safety in the industry.

    According to Hargrave, it currently costs around $3,000 to go through truck driving training. These new regulations are expected to increase the cost, meaning training will cost $6,000 to $8,500. The minister said they are looking into getting the truck course added to student loans, and certain workplaces do offer grants to help cover the training.

    Farm Exemption

    For those who drive trucks exclusively for farming operations, there will be different rules. These drivers will need to successfully obtain an “F” endorsement on their existing driver’s licence, a requirement that also starts on March 15.

    The province says this exception is being made because those who drive trucks exclusively for farming operations typically travel less frequently, covering shorter distances through less populated areas. These drivers will be restricted to only operating within Saskatchewan’s provincial boundaries.

    Hargrave added these rules do allow “F” endorsed drivers to haul on any Saskatchewan road with no distance restrictions, but said many farmers do hire commercial drivers for longer hauls.

    Drivers who already have a Class 1 or complete the training will not need to get an “F” endorsement.

    Opposition Leader Ryan Meili voiced concern over this exemption, saying Saskatchewan is seeing a high rate of workplace deaths this year, and semis can be dangerous pieces of equipment.

    “Of course it’s a different operation than to be driving a semi from the farm a few miles away than somebody doing long-haul commercial trucking,” Meili said. “Very different.”

    “So there should be different sets of training, but to leave it to completely without any training is really leaving a big hole in terms of safety here in the province.”

    The province says they are continuing to consult with the agriculture sector on how the introduction of mandatory truck training impacts the industry, and if any changes need to be made down the road.

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Alberta medical students want more done to increase organ donations

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Alberta medical students are calling on the province to renew efforts to increase organ donor rates.

Forty medical students from the University of Alberta and University of Calgary met with MLAs at the Alberta Legislature on Monday to advocate for new strategies to educate the public and raise awareness about the need for organ donations.

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    In Feb. 2017, the province said 330,000 Albertans had put their names in the Alberta Organ and Tissue Donation Registry which launched in April 2014. But there are still 600 Alberta residents waiting for an organ transplants and thousands more waiting for tissue transplants, the government said.

    “We have the system in place,” said University of Alberta medical student Kaylin Bechard.

    “It’s just a matter of optimizing it to ensure that no potential donors are falling through the cracks and so that Alberta can become a leader in this field.”

    According to data from 2017, there were 627 Albertans waiting for an organ transplant in 2017 and 35 people who died while waiting for a transplant.

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    The students want to streamline the donation process, increase public education and boost the number of transplant specialists in the province.

    “(In our recommendations) we’re incorporating an increased number of donation physicians who are specialized in this field, and having a team dedicated to (transplants) in every ICU,” said University of Calgary medical student Angela Kim.

    The province said organ donors saved 380 lives in 2015 in Alberta, which was an 11 per cent increase from the year before.

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    The province said 2,500 Albertans register every week to become organ and tissue donors, with one organ donor saving up to eight lives and one tissue donor improving the quality of life for up to 75 people.

    Watch below- April 10, 2018: The parents of Logan Boulet, the Lethbridge hockey player killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash, said he was always a giver and that made donating his organs easier. Su-Ling Goh reports.

    —With files from Su-Ling Goh

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Councillor Exit Interview: For Mark Taylor, a promise made is a promise kept – Ottawa

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Mark Taylor is departing council after two terms to keep a long-standing promise not to run more than twice. His reason is simple: he believes others should be given a chance to serve.

Though the new council was officially in place on Dec. 1, the proverbial reins will be passed to the new council on Monday evening and seven new members will be taking their places.

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Global News had the opportunity to sit down with Taylor while he and his staff were in the midst of cleaning out his office, to reflect on his eight years on council and to talk about what’s next.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity. 

So what’s next for Mark Taylor?

That’s a great question. I’m going to stay involved in some of the causes that I’ve gotten involved in here at the city. So homelessness, housing, affordable housing, poverty, those kinds of things. In terms of working, I’m actually talking to a couple of organizations right now that are in that space and I’m looking forward to doing something with them. So I haven’t landed on one thing and I may wind up doing a couple of things with a couple of different agencies.

So looking back on your last eight years what are some of the things you’re most proud of?

It’s interesting, I was actually just thinking about that the other night and there’s a couple of things. There’s this little tiny space where we created a park where there was no park before. It’s in an Ottawa Community Housing neighbourhood and they’ve wanted a park in this space for over 25 years so we got one built. While it is very small and really only impacts that neighbourhood, that was one of the most transformative things for that neighbourhood and those kids that could have ever happened. So while you don’t really see it on a ward-wide basis, that was really important.

On a bigger scale, I’m very proud of the work we did with the NCC negotiating the stage two extension route through my ward. I’m happy with the work that we did with housing city-wide although I still think we have miles to go.

So when you initially ran in 2010 you promised to serve for only two terms. What was the reasoning behind that when you initially ran and why was it so important for you to keep that promise?

A lot of people like to see turnover in their community leadership. I think community leadership is one of those things where everybody should get an opportunity to take the wheel if they want to step up. So often times because of the power of incumbency, unless the incumbent gets out of the way, there’s not an opportunity for a lot of people to come forward. So I thought it was important to come in and do what I had to do. I know that I work best when I have a clock running so I knew I had eight years to get the things done I wanted to get done and then I thought turn it over to somebody else and let them do what they can do.

As for why I kept the promise, I wanted people to know that I am a person of my word and I believe one of the things people crave in every relationship that they have, particularly with their community leaders and politicians nowadays, is authenticity and truthfulness. So when you say you’re going to do something, and it’s within your power to do it, you should do it.

So you had some political experience before becoming a councillor so you kind of knew what you were getting into but was there anything you didn’t expect about the job?

So certainly you can think you know a lot about the job, but as I think is the case with any elected office, once you’re in it, it’s much different. One of the things that struck me the most was the 24/7 nature of the job. And that really has just evolved over the last eight years. When I ran in 2010, 上海夜生活 had really just become popular. Now there’s a 24-hour immediacy that has become present in the job that I didn’t really anticipate in the beginning.

So is this it for Mark Taylor the politician or do you see yourself running again? Will we ever see a Mark Taylor sign on the side of the road again?

You never say never. I may find my way back to politics in the future. I’m not charting any particular course right now. I’m going to take some time to help some people and do a little bit of decompression but I wouldn’t rule out running for something in the future.

So it’s safe to say you haven’t been soured at all by your time as a councillor?

Even during the tough times and the hard files, there wasn’t a day when I felt like I was going to work. Every day has felt like a gift that the residents gave me and I’ve appreciated it.

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