Month: October 2019

I was frozen Cosby accuser says she was drugged groped

first_imgNORRISTOWN, Pa. – Bill Cosby’s chief accuser took the stand at his sexual assault trial Tuesday to tell her story publicly for the first time, saying the comedian violated her after giving her three blue pills that left her paralyzed and helpless.“In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move or my legs to move, but I was frozen,” Andrea Constand, a 44-year-old former employee of the basketball program at Temple University, said in their long-awaited courtroom confrontation. “I wasn’t able to fight in any way.”She added: “I wanted it to stop.”Cosby, 79, is charged with drugging and sexually abusing Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The TV star once dubbed America’s Dad could get 10 years in prison if convicted.His lawyers tried to poke holes in Constand’s story, citing differences between her courtroom testimony and the accounts she gave to police and in a lawsuit in 2005. The defence has argued the two had a romantic relationship, that Constand wasn’t incapacitated and that the sexual encounter was consensual.Constand, an athletic 6-footer with dark curly hair, was calm and collected as she testified, looking at the jury as she began describing the assault.She said Cosby gave her pills he claimed were a natural remedy to ease her stress about a looming career change. “They’re your friends. They’ll take the edge off,” she quoted him as saying.She told the jury she started feeling woozy after about 20 minutes, with blurred vision, slurred words and legs that felt like rubber. Cosby then penetrated her with his hand and also placed her hand on his penis and moved it back and forth, she said.She said she was unable to push him away or tell him to stop.Afterward, Constand said, “I felt really humiliated and I felt really confused.”Cosby, sitting across the room at the defence table, leaned in to listen, whispered to his lawyer and, at times, shook his head.Before Tuesday, Constand had never spoken about Cosby in public, barred from doing so under the terms of a confidential settlement they reached in 2006. Her deposition from that lawsuit remains sealed.Some 60 women have come forward to say Cosby sexually violated them, all but destroying his nice-guy image, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in nearly every case. Constand’s case is the only one in which Cosby has been charged.Constand, who is from the Toronto area, met Cosby while working for the women’s basketball team at Temple, Cosby’s alma mater. She said they became friends over conversations about the team and later her career. He invited her to dine with him at his home.Cosby was “somebody I trusted,” Constand said. “A mentor.”But he had also previously made advances on her, she said. One time, he placed a hand on her thigh. Another time, she said, Cosby tried to undo her pants but took his hand away when she leaned forward and told him: “I’m not here for that. I don’t want that.”Asked by a prosecutor why she remained friends with him, she said: “I wasn’t scared of someone making an advance at me or a pass at me.”The defence has pointed out that phone records show Constand called Cosby 53 times after she says he assaulted her. Constand told the jury the calls mostly involved the women’s basketball team, especially around tournament time.“It had more to do with business than it did with me personally,” she said.Constand also said she went to a performance of Cosby’s later that year with her family in Canada after Cosby arranged to drop off tickets. She felt “terrible” about it, she said, especially when her mother brought Cosby some Canadian souvenirs.“It was a very big burden on me, but … I did not have the courage at the time to tell my family,” she said. “So I just went along with them.”During cross-examination, defence lawyers seized on what they said were inconsistencies in Constand’s accounts, including her answers on how long she had known Cosby and whether she had ever been alone with him before. Cosby lawyer Angela Agrusa also pressed Constand on why she stayed in contact with Cosby afterward.Constand’s cross-examination will continue when court resumes Wednesday.The stage was set for her testimony after prosecutors used the first day and a half of the trial to argue that Cosby made a habit of knocking women out with pills and then molesting them.Kelly Johnson testified on Day 1 that Cosby drugged and molested her at a Los Angeles hotel bungalow in 1996. She said she lost consciousness soon after Cosby pressured her to take a large white pill. She said that when she awoke, her breast was exposed, and a naked Cosby forced her to sexually gratify him with her hand.On Tuesday, Johnson’s mother, Pattrice Sewell, bolstered her daughter’s story. She told jurors that Johnson was distraught during a telephone call in 1996, fearing Cosby was trying to get her fired from her job working for the comedian’s agent.A few weeks later, Sewell said, Johnson disclosed that she had woken up next to Cosby in bed with her clothes askew.Sewell said they didn’t go to police at the time because her husband, a Los Angeles detective, feared the ordeal that would ensue.“Her father didn’t want her to be humiliated and feel shame and embarrassment as he had seen other women go through when they went to the police at that time. He didn’t want that,” Sewell said.Johnson told a similar story about Cosby in 1996, when she gave sworn testimony as part of a workers’ compensation claim, lawyer Joseph Miller testified Tuesday.She claimed to have developed debilitating stress from her secretarial job at the William Morris Agency and eventually settled for around $10,000, according to Miller, who represented the talent agency in the case.But Miller’s account differed from Johnson’s in at least one respect: Under questioning from Cosby’s lawyers, Miller said his notes show Johnson told him the encounter with Cosby happened in 1990, not 1996.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are sexual assault victims unless they grant permission, which Constand and Johnson have done.___For more on Cosby, including trial updates, historical photos, videos and an audio series exploring the case, visit: http://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTriallast_img read more

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Former RCMP employee alleging sexual assault tells court she has PTSD

first_imgVANCOUVER – A former RCMP employee who alleges she was sexually assaulted by a now-retired inspector in a locked washroom at their Vancouver workplace says she’s been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.The complainant told provincial court Thursday she was diagnosed with PTSD after she left her civilian job with the RCMP.Tim Shields, who was the public face of the RCMP as the department’s spokesman in British Columbia, has pleaded not guilty to one charge of sexual assault.Court has heard the woman, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, was allegedly sexually assaulted in the fall of 2009.The woman said she suffers from nightmares, pain in her hips, neck, back and knees, and has difficulty concentrating.She said she has a tough time putting together “words and sentences” and sometimes needs to “write down words, write down questions.”“It assists by helping me string the words together,” the woman told the judge-alone trial.“I still have all the symptoms,” she said of her PTSD diagnosis.Shields, who spent much of Thursday’s proceedings hunched over taking notes, left the RCMP in December 2015 and was charged in May 2016.Crown attorney Michelle Booker also took the woman through her work history at the RCMP on Thursday and had her read through emails she’d sent to several supervisors. The woman read various performance appraisals over the years of her employment, each suggesting she was a committed employee.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said Tim Shields left the RCMP in 2016.last_img read more

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Loss of injured Andre De Grasse is a big blow to Canadian

first_imgLONDON – World medals. One last shot at Usain Bolt. Perhaps a Canadian record.A world championships that had held so much promise for Andre De Grasse went up in smoke during a light 60-metre run on Monday night.And on the eve of the opening round of the 100 metres, De Grasse’s coach Stuart McMillan talked about the opportunities lost.“I think when (the meet) actually gets going and Andre sees the final and sees those eight guys lining up and he’s not one of them, I think that’s when it’s really going to hit home,” McMillan said Thursday.But as much as the star sprinter’s withdrawal from the meet with a hamstring injury means personal heartbreak for the 22-year-old from Markham, Ont., it’s a big blow to a Canadian team that saw De Grasse win three of its six medals at the Rio Olympics, and for fans back home as well.“There’s two stories here: it’s Bolt’s last major championships, and then from a Canadian perspective, this was the opportunity for a Canadian boy to go out there and race him and potentially beat him in his last race.“So I think it’s going to be very disappointing for everybody — nobody more so than Andre.”All signs pointed to a solid world championships for De Grasse. He was undefeated in the 100 and 200 in his last four Diamond League meets. His sizzling, albeit wind-aided, 9.69 seconds in the 100 metres in Stockholm hinted the Canadian record of 9.84, set by Donovan Bailey in 1996 and tied by Bruny Surin in 1999, might not be long for this world.“We definitely didn’t see anything coming,” McMillan said of the injury. “We had a really good camp in Monaco, went to Spain for a couple of days, we had a good relay session in Spain, we came here on Sunday, went to (Mile End Stadium) here in London on Monday, did four or five block starts, looked very good, everything was really nice, finished off with two very easy 60s, and in the first 60 at 40 metres he pulled up.”They’d originally suspected the injury might just be cramping or tightness, but an ultrasound Tuesday showed a tear. His sponsor Puma then flew De Grasse to Munich to meet with Dr. Muller Wolfhart, who made the final diagnosis. De Grasse’s recovery is expected to take five to six weeks.There had been plenty of hype about a Bolt versus De Grasse showdown at the world championships, which McMillan said has been wearing on the young Canadian sprinter.“(But) in retrospect in a few weeks, when he looks back on this, this was his last opportunity to beat Bolt, I think that’s probably going to be the thing that haunts him the most,” McMillan said.In an interview on Thursday night with the CBC, De Grasse said that there’s always going to be ups and downs.“I’ve had a lot of great ups, from Pan Am Games to NCAAs, world championships, Olympics. Eventually something’s gotta happen and you’ve got to break a little and it’s always going to motivate me to get better,” he said. “I think this is a learning experience for myself and my whole team and we’re just going to get better from this. I think next year we’re going to come back stronger and everything is going to be what it was and even better.”In one of Rio’s most memorable moments, De Grasse pushed Bolt in their 200-metre semifinal, prompting a finger wag from the Jamaican superstar, who’ll retire after the world championships. Bolt hasn’t forgotten that race. When asked earlier this week to predict the world’s next great sprinter, Bolt said “The last guy I said was going to be great disrespected me.”General consensus was he was referring to De Grasse.“Probably the past five to eight years, Bolt’s been used to people rolling over for him, and when Andre didn’t do that in the semifinal in Rio last year, Andre definitely meant no disrespect by that, but I think Bolt maybe took it a little bit differently,” McMillan said. “And since then, I think the relationship has been slightly different.“But there’s absolutely zero disrespect from Andre to Usain, he’s got nothing but respect for him. Usain Bolt’s the best athlete who’s probably ever lived, and Andre will be the first to admit that.”De Grasse had a strong shot at gold in the 200 metres, which Bolt isn’t racing in London.Canada’s 4×100-metre relay team, which De Grasse anchored to bronze at last summer’s Olympics, also took a huge hit with his withdrawal.“It’s like if you took Donovan Bailey or Bruny Surin off the ’96 relay team (that won gold at the Atlanta Olympics),” McMillan said.De Grasse, whose mom Beverley and former coach Tony Sharpe were making the trip to London, is expected to remain in town until Monday or Tuesday and then likely head home to Toronto for treatment. The Puma CEO is taking him to watch Arsenal play Chelsea in Sunday’s Community Shield at Wembley Stadium.“He’s looking forward to that, getting away from the track world for at least a couple of hours,” McMillan said.The Canadian team, which has been on a roll since winning a record eight medals at the 2015 world championships, has to hope for strong performances from Damian Warner, the reigning silver medallist in the decathlon, world and Olympic high jump champion Derek Drouin, who’s been dealing with injuries, race walker Evan Dunfee, middle-distance runner Melissa Bishop, and Shawn Barber, the reigning world champion in the pole vault.De Grasse’s injury will keep him out of the Diamond League Finals — the 100 on Aug. 24 in Zurich and the 200 on Sept. 1 in Brussels. Each final came with a US$50,000 first-place prize.Looking long-term, McMillan believes the injury will be just a small blip on De Grasse’s career.“Andre’s career has just started. Really it’s the end of his second year of professional running. . . he could be running for another decade,” the coach said.“Probably on the downside of this, next year is, in track and field, an off year. It’s not for Canada because we’ve got the Commonwealth Games, so where Commonwealth was probably going to be something fun for him, maybe now it’s a little bit more serious.“I expect Andre comes out stronger from this, and we’re definitely going to learn, us as a team and me as a coach, I’m going to learn a lot from what’s gone on here in the last few days.”last_img read more

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Montreal police searching for thieves who made off with four works of

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal police are searching for suspects after more than $50,000 worth of art was stolen in four separate incidents between May and October.The stolen artwork includes a winter scene painted by Marc-Aurele Fortin, a bust of French explorer Rene-Robert Cavelier, a painting by Alfred Pellan, and a sculpture by Jacques Huet.Three of the items were stolen from downtown art galleries that are within blocks of each other, while the bust disappeared from city hall in the western borough of Lachine.A spokesman for the Montreal police says the same man may have been involved in all four robberies.Benoit Boisselle said surveillance camera footage showed a man between the ages of 50 and 65 with a short beard and glasses was present at at least three of the robberies, and may have been at the fourth as well.He said police are also hoping to identify a second man between the ages of 25 and 30 who allegedly participated in one of the thefts.last_img read more

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Rottweiler and chicken appear to be best of friends in YouTube videos

first_imgCONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. – As playmates, they make an unlikely pair: Charlee is a large, black Rottweiler and Penny is a barnyard chicken.But the YouTube videos recorded inside Steve Ivany’s indoor-gardening shop in eastern Newfoundland leave little doubt that Charlee and Penny enjoy each other’s company.The videos show the dog cavorting and sliding on the shop’s wooden floor as the reddish bird scrambles to catch her.“She aggressively goes after her,” Ivany says. “It’s funny as hell. (Penny) is not afraid of anything.”Penny the chicken has a clipped beak so she can’t hurt the two-year-old dog.Ivany, owner of Good 2 Grow in Conception Bay South, says the big, gentle dog grew up surrounded by chickens. The shop owner raises the birds from eggs he incubates in his living room.“Even as a young puppy, Charlee had chickens around her in the house. She’s grown up around them. She’s used to just about any type of animal. I even have a hamster that she plays with on the floor … She really is a gentle giant.”—On the internet: https://www.facebook.com/Good2grownl/last_img read more

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NS teachers union gets strong strike mandate but says no immediate action

first_imgHALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s public school teachers have given their union a strong mandate to authorize an “illegal job action” over pending education reforms, the head of the province’s teachers union said Wednesday.Liette Doucet said 93 per cent of the union’s membership participated in a vote Tuesday, and 82.5 per cent voted in favour of authorizing an illegal strike or some other job action.No job action is imminent, however, she said.“The teachers of Nova Scotia sent a very powerful message and provided us with a very strong strike mandate,” Doucet told reporters gathered outside the union’s headquarters in Halifax.“They are so concerned for their students and the future of education in this province that they are willing to accept hardship in hopes that it will demonstrate to the government that the way forward is through meaningful consultation.”The union called the strike vote last week to protest the province’s decision to largely endorse a consultant’s report recommending education reforms, including the removal of 1,000 principals, vice-principals and supervisors from the union.The report by consultant Avis Glaze makes 22 recommendations, including eliminating the province’s seven English-language school boards and creating a provincial college of educators to license and regulate the profession.Doucet said the union wants Premier Stephen McNeil and Education Minister Zach Churchill to hold talks with teachers on proposed education reforms before passing any legislation.“Today, instead of announcing when job action will take place, the NSTU is inviting government to work with us,” Doucet said. “We are willing to do whatever it takes to protect the future of public education in Nova Scotia.”Churchill said both he and McNeil were interested in having further discussions and he said a letter would be sent to the union to ask for a meeting as soon as possible.But Churchill noted that in previous discussions with Doucet, the only suggestion that was brought forward was a pause to the reforms.“That’s not acceptable to me at this point because we do need to move forward with reform, our kids can’t wait,” he said. “But if there are solutions out there that we need to consider, we are very open to considering those.”Churchill was less equivocal when asked whether the government would stick to its plan of tabling legislation shortly after reconvening the legislature on Tuesday.“I don’t know at this point when we are introducing the bill and I do want to have this meeting with the union as soon as possible,” he said. “But we haven’t changed the plans in terms of legislation coming forward this spring.”The extensive reforms come a year after teachers walked off the job for a day and staged a protest outside the provincial legislature. The Liberal government eventually passed legislation ending a 16-month contract dispute with teachers, which also ended a work-to-rule job action.Doucet said if the union decides to take some kind of job action this time around, it will give parents enough notice to make alternate arrangements for their children, but she didn’t say how much time that would be.She also wouldn’t specify what kind of action the union’s executive is contemplating, although she said some options could include a strike, a rotating strike or work-to-rule.“All I am prepared to say is we are willing to talk to the government … and right now what we are asking is that they put a halt to what they are doing and that they come back and have those discussions.”Illegal strike activities could lead to specific fines of up to $300 per day for the union and up to $200 per day for a union officer or representative.However, if an illegal strike activity continues despite a labour board decision ordering employees to return to work, the penalty is up to $10,000 a day for the union and up to $1,000 a day for each teacher or individual.last_img read more

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Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur set to appear in Toronto court

first_imgTORONTO – Alleged serial killer Bruce McArthur is expected to appear in a Toronto courtroom today.The 66-year-old landscaper has been charged with the first-degree murder of six men with connections to the city’s LGBTQ community.Police have recovered the remains of seven people and have thus far identified three men: Andrew Kinsman, 49, Soroush Mahmudi, 50, and Skandaraj Navaratnam, 40.Those remains have been found in planter pots at a home in midtown Toronto where McArthur worked and stored his equipment.In addition to the ongoing homicide investigation, there are a number of other related probes, including an internal investigation that a source says is related to a previous police interview of McArthur.The city’s police board has also approved an external review, requested by Mayor John Tory, that will look into how the force handled the cases of men missing from the gay village.Chief Mark Saunders has also initiated an internal review that will become public, and has called for some form of public inquiry.last_img read more

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Teen organizer of Ontario towns first Pride parade gets surprise call from

first_imgTORONTO – A teenager behind an Ontario town’s first Pride parade was still getting over his surprise on Thursday at having found himself taking a congratulatory phone call from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.In an interview from Owen Sound, Ryan Brown, 16, said Trudeau has been good at recognizing the LGBTQ community and their events, as well as initiatives by young people, but the call on Wednesday was still unexpected.“It’s not a shock that he would do that kind of thing,” Brown told The Canadian Press. “But it’s definitely still shocking that it was me that ends up getting a call — after dealing with the (U.S. President) Donald Trump trade issue the day before and then, ‘this is a Ryan Brown in Owen Sound call’.”The high school student in the town of about 22,000 said he first approached the local Pride group about throwing a parade, but they declined formal involvement. So he took the idea to city hall, which approved the event held last Sunday.About 25 groups, most walking but a few on floats and in vehicles, participated as people lined sidewalks to watch. Despite initial fears, no protesters showed up and everything went off without a hitch, Brown said.“It was a really successful parade. The community really came together,” Brown said. “A lot of people think we’re a small conservative town but it’s not necessarily the case. That was really proven Sunday.”The event garnered local news coverage, which apparently was enough to catch the eye of Trudeau’s communications people, who reached out to Brown to ask if he would take a call from the prime minister.“I said, ‘Absolutely!’” Brown recalled.Trudeau called late Wednesday afternoon, Brown said. The main thrust was to congratulate the teen on the work he had put in to make the event happen.“We talked about wanting to inspire more young people to know that they can make a change and you don’t need to wait to be an adult to do that,” Brown said. “We just talked about the general success of the parade and how great it was that the community came together so well.”After the chat, Brown took to social media to express his appreciation.“Just got off the phone with Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau,” Brown said in his tweet. “Thank you so much for calling to talk about Owen Sound’s first pride parade! It was an honour to discuss the importance of LGBTQ+ initiatives and the way our community came together.”In response, Trudeau tweeted: “It was great to chat with you, Ryan. Congratulations again and keep up the amazing work you’re doing.”Brown said he had received no pushback over the parade or the role he played. The town, he said, has progressed over the past 10 to 15 years — in line with many other places — and the event and Trudeau’s call simply affirmed that progress.“It’s so strange to actually talk to him (but) it was really courteous of him to take the time out of an obviously very busy schedule,” Brown said. “All of Owen Sound is being recognized for being so progressive.”last_img read more

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Global refugee numbers reach new high US and Canada take in record

first_imgOTTAWA – On a day when newly released data showcased in tangible numbers the stark realities of the growing global refugee crisis, the United States — long considered a haven for the oppressed — doubled down on anti-migrant rhetoric while Canada struck a decidedly cautious tone.The annual Global Trends report from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees was released Tuesday, showing the worldwide total number of displaced people reached a record 68.5 million last year, due to global wars, violence and persecution.In 2017 alone, more than 16 million people were newly displaced.The statistics also show Canada became the ninth-largest recipient of asylum seekers, more than doubling the number of claims in a single year at 47,800.And for the first time in five years, the United States became the largest recipient of new asylum applications with more than 330,000 claims lodged in 2017 — a 27 per cent jump from the year before.But U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear Tuesday that asylum seekers who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are not welcome in America.In a speech Tuesday, Trump accused many of these migrants of being child and human smugglers who try to “game the system,” invoking references to the notorious international criminal gang MS-13 attacking children with knives, not guns, “because it’s much more painful.”“And we’re allowing these people into our country? Not with me. We’re taking them out by the thousands,” Trump said.The Trump administration has come under fire for its so-called zero-tolerance policy, in which asylum seekers who cross illegally into the U.S. are charged with federal crimes and separated from their children. The children are being detained in guarded, fenced enclosures, prompting widespread condemnation and protest.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been called upon to lend his voice to the chorus of condemnation, but so far Trudeau has demurred.On Monday he would only say he would not “play politics” on the issue, and he did not attend question period in the House of Commons on Tuesday.Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale largely repeated comments made Monday, in which they said they found the images of children being torn from the arms of their parents and kept in cage-like detention areas “troubling.”Transport Minister Marc Garneau went a step further, saying the situation involving child migrants in the U.S. is “simply unacceptable.”But it wasn’t far enough for NDP immigration critic Jenny Kwan. She wants Trudeau to “state the obvious – that the United States is no longer a safe country for migrant children.”“Canadians are calling for action. It is about lives, real lives, real people, real children being subjected to torture,” she said.“Canada must not be complicit in this inhumane treatment of children. Will the prime minister find the courage and suspend the safe third country agreement?”Hussen repeated that Canada is monitoring the changes in U.S. immigration policy and what effects it will have on asylum seekers in the United States.Conservative immigration critic Michelle Rempel, who formerly has been critical of the Trudeau government’s approach to irregular border crossers in Canada, seemed to support this more measured approach Tuesday.“The safe third country agreement when it was negotiated included very strict objective criteria that are constantly monitored by government to ensure that the U.S. remains a safe third country,” she said.“I think it’s very important for us as a country to make that determination based on that objective criteria rather than political media reports.”Antonia Rodriguez, a delegate of the UN Refugee Agency and an advocate for child refugees and the rights of children, says the U.S. child migrant policy is “inhumane.”“Being inside a family and being separated and caged, it’s terrible. It cannot be accepted by the international community and we have to do something,” she said.She believes Canada should explore the possibility of taking more refugees than it currently accepts.Global trends indicate that new, more collaborative solutions are needed to ensure countries and communities aren’t left alone to deal with influxes of migrants, said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees.“We are at a watershed, where success in managing forced displacement globally requires a new and far more comprehensive approach,” he said.“No one becomes a refugee by choice, but the rest of us can have a choice about how we help.”Meanwhile, the Trump administration announced late Tuesday it was withdrawing from the United Nations Human Rights Council due to an alleged bias against Israel — this move coming just one day after the human rights chief of the council called the U.S. child migrant policy “unconscionable.”— Follow @ReporterTeresa on Twitter.last_img read more

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New Brunswick should have second nuclear reactor energy minister

first_imgPOINT LEPREAU, N.B. – New Brunswick’s energy minister says he’d like to see another nuclear reactor built in the Maritime province.Rick Doucet said the development of small modular reactors could present a significant economic and export opportunity.“Canada and New Brunswick have an opportunity to become world leaders in the SMR technology and into bringing a clean, new and reliable source of ultra-low carbon power to the forefront of global climate change,” Doucet said Monday.Advanced Reactor Concepts — a U.S.-based company — announced it will commit $5 million to operations and research in New Brunswick.“The long-term vision is to build a commercial demonstration SMR plant at the Point Lepreau nuclear generating station,” Doucet said. “Construction of an SMR would be a major undertaking, which would see thousands of workers hired for construction.”The company wants to build small, 100-megawatt reactors that it describes as inherently safe. A prototype operated for 30 years in the United States but the technology was never developed.“We intend to demonstrate that the inherent safety features of our reactor enable a simple and cost effective design which will be competitive with all other forms of electricity generation,” said Don Wolf, chairman of Advanced Reactor Concepts.Their ARC-100 reactor uses a technology that Wolf says doesn’t require the costly safety measures required by other nuclear reactors.“The fuel is not an oxide of uranium, it’s a metal. The combination of the sodium as a coolant (rather than water) the metal fuel and the proprietary core design of the ARC reactor gives it inherent safety,” Wolf said.Gaetan Thomas, president of Crown utility NB Power, said such reactors can be cost efficient.“When you put all those factors together, it’s an ideal solution for the future,” Thomas said.The New Brunswick government recently announced it will spend $10 million to create a nuclear research cluster.New Brunswick’s 660-megawatt Candu-6 reactor at Point Lepreau is the only nuclear power plant in Atlantic Canada.It underwent a $2.4 billion refurbishment between 2008 and 2012. The refurbishment was plagued by repeated delays and cost overruns.Wolf said his company could start building ARC-100 reactors as early as 2030, and he said New Brunswick would be an ideal place to do it.“I think you have an ideal situation here with respect to the trained workforce, the enthusiasm about nuclear power, and all the ingredients to have this be a world export hub,” he said. “There’s no reason why it shouldn’t be built here.”Robert Blakely, a director with Canada’s Building Trades Unions, called Monday’s announcement significant.He said while it doesn’t mean shovels in the ground in the near future, it provides hope for the years to come.“This provides an opportunity to get young New Brunswickers into great trades, high-skilled, high-paying, rewarding careers,” Blakely said.last_img read more

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Consider climate impact on infrastructure suffering repeated flooding experts

first_imgWith key infrastructure in the Maritimes and Quebec again threatened by surging waterways, flooding experts say it’s past time for fixes that consider worst-case climate change scenarios.The New Brunswick government announced Wednesday night the closure of portions of the Trans-Canada Highway between Fredericton and Moncton — for the second year in a row — forcing detours for car traffic and thousands of trucks that use the trade corridor each day.And on Thursday afternoon, Quebec officials issued an alert that a hydro dam on the Rouge River was at risk of failure, endangering about 250 people downstream. They ordered an immediate evacuation.Surging rivers in the province have already been blamed for one death, damage to factories and homes and the closures of many secondary routes.Slobodan Simonovic, director of engineering studies at the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction, says engineers and the scientific community need to move more swiftly to design infrastructure that accounts for climate change science.“Go with the conservative prediction of the future. Go with something that is predicting high potential impact,” said the civil engineer, who teaches at Western University in Ontario.The federal climate change report released two weeks ago predicts extreme rainfall events, lasting over several days are expected to increase.The report also notes that if current global carbon emissions continue, Atlantic Canada will experience a 12 per cent increase in annual precipitation over the next century, and a 30 per cent increase in one-in-10 year storms that produce large downpours of rain.Blair Feltmate, head of the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, says efforts are underway at the National Research Council, the Standards Council of Canada, the Canadian Standards Association and his centre to develop fresh standards for infrastructure to adapt to climate change.Solutions for roads already in place may include building protective berms, diversion channels to take storm waters from highways and holding ponds to keep water in safe locations, he said.There may also be methods to place natural features near roads to absorb water before it spills onto the pavement, and management systems can be put into place to clear debris in culverts and prevent damming.“We know what to do to take risk out of the system. The problem is complacency. We’re simply not moving fast enough on these files,” Feltmate said in an interview. “I think the light is starting to dawn. If we ignore it we do so at our own peril.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made similar points on Wednesday, while visiting an evacuation centre in the city of Gatineau, Que., near where the Ottawa River jumped its banks.“It means we have to think about adaptation, mitigation and how we are going to move forward together,” he said.Quebec is struggling with infrastructure problems of its own, as residents of several small islands in the Montreal area have been cut off from the world after officials were forced to close the only bridges linking them to the mainland.Officials in Laval scrambled to set up dumpsters and emergency services for the 1,000 residents of the Iles-Laval on Thursday after the rising waters forced officials to close a bridge to vehicle traffic.Across the province more than 2,500 homes were flooded and 2,184 were isolated — their road or bridge access cut off by water. Some 919 people had been forced to evacuate.One death has been blamed on the high water thus far, after 72-year-old Louise Seguin Lortie died last Saturday after driving her car into a sinkhole caused by flooding in the Pontiac area, about 30 kilometres northwest of Ottawa.Kevin Manaugh, a geography professor and member of McGill University’s School of Urban Planning, said it’s not easy to protect transportation infrastructure in Quebec, where frigid winters, high precipitation and the freeze/thaw cycle form a “unique set of circumstances that makes it harder to plan for things that will last for decades and centuries.”He said that in urban areas especially, planners can turn to technical solutions such as using more permeable paving materials, planting trees and creating large water retention basins to help soak up the water near developed areas.“The more we build green space and rainwater retention, these are solutions that exist to make sure the land can take more heavy rainfall,” he said.Civil engineer Guy Felio, senior adviser of asset management solutions at Stantec, said the key going forward is to build resilience in the roadways — allowing them to adapt if rainfall predictions increase even further.He says designers are now starting to consider the various climate change projections in their work to make highways more resilient.That doesn’t necessarily mean building roads higher and with harder materials — at much higher costs, he said.Rather, it may involve purchasing land alongside the highways to allow for holding ponds and other features to be added.Paul Bradley, a spokesman for New Brunswick’s Department of Transportation, said the flooding of the Trans-Canada Highway is the third such event since 2008 that has caused widespread damage.“It’s obvious our circumstances are changing and we need to change as well,” he wrote in an email.“Discussions about how we can reduce the impact of flooding on provincial infrastructure have already taken place.”Al Giberson, the general manager of the MRDC Operations Corp., the operator of the highway, said in a telephone interview that the road’s condition will be assessed after the flood recedes.“In the future, the assessments will have to include what the potential is for events like this … and solutions will have to be developed for that. How long that takes, I can’t answer right now,” he said.— With files from Morgan LowrieMichael Tutton, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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No pipeline fireworks as Western premiers emerge from annual meeting in Edmonton

first_imgEDMONTON – There were smiles, handshakes and even a joke or two as Canada’s western premiers emerged from their day-long meeting in Edmonton.There has been friction between the leaders of late over British Columbia’s opposition to the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would carry Alberta oil to the West Coast.Both B.C. Premier John Horgan and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney say their positions on the project didn’t change at the meeting.“Our position is that the federal government has exclusive jurisdiction to regulate inter-provincial infrastructure like pipelines and it’s approved the Trans Mountain expansion now for the second time, that’s been approved multiple times by the courts,” says Kenney.But there were no fireworks at the closing news conference like last year, when the pipeline issue led then-Alberta premier Rachel Notley to opt out of signing a document from the meeting.The premiers did find common ground on issues such as trade corridors and recognizing professional credentials from province to province.Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister’s efforts to have the premiers unite against Quebec’s law banning civil servants from wearing religious symbols did not make it on the formal agenda of the meeting.last_img read more

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Feminine hygiene products added to food subsidy program Nutrition North

first_imgCAMBRIDGE BAY, Nunavut — The federal government is expanding its subsidy program for northern groceries to include feminine hygiene products and staple foods shipped by road or sea.It’s the latest tweak to the Nutrition North program intended to reduce the high cost of living for northern families.Labrador MP Yvonne Jones made the announcement in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.The $3-million expansion to the program means non-perishable items such as macaroni or diapers shipped by sea lift or on winter ice roads will receive a $1 per kilogram subsidy.A 10-kilogram bag of flour in Rankin Inlet currently costs between $26 and $30.Feminine hygiene products will receive the highest shipping subsidy, which varies in different communities from just over $2 per kilogram to almost $11.“We will continue to explore solutions developed by northerners for northerners to ensure the program is serving those who need it,” said Jones.The program, brought in by the previous Conservative government in 2011, has been criticized by northerners and researchers for failing to reduce food insecurity in the Arctic.The Trudeau Liberals have promised reform and expanded the program’s budget and list of items eligible for the subsidy.A study published this spring concluded the program doesn’t seem to have increased the ability of northerners to put food on the table.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Trace Adkins Launches Hard Rock Limited Edition Red Cross Pin

first_imgThis week, country superstar and American Red Cross spokesman, Trace Adkins, visited Hard Rock Cafe in Hollywood, CA to reveal a new partnership between Hard Rock and the American Red Cross and Hard Rock’s limited-edition Red Cross pin.Trace Adkins launches a partnership between Hard Rock and the American Red Cross in support of American Red Cross MonthCredit/Copyright: Rene Macura/Invision for Hard Rock International /APHard Rock’s limited-edition pin features the globally recognized Red Cross logo embedded in Hard Rock’s signature guitar. It will be available online at www.hardrock.com, as well as in US cafe, hotel and casino locations, with 15% of the retail price benefiting the American Red Cross.Adkins revealed Hard Rock’s limited-edition Red Cross Pin, with a portion of the retail price benefiting the American Red Cross.Credit/Copyright: Rene Macura/Invision for Hard Rock International /APTrace Adkins, center, appears with Red Cross representatives Boo Gonzalez, Jackie Nelson, Selma Bouhl, and Hard Rock representative, John PasqualeCredit/Copyright: Rene Macura/Invision for Hard Rock International /APlast_img read more

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Mo Farah Raises Awareness Of Refugees At Football Match

first_imgOn 23 June, a charity football match, sponsored by The European Azerbaijan Society (TEAS), took place between the World Refugee Internally Displaced Persons (WRIDPs) XI and the Arsenal Legends at Barnet FC’s Underhill Stadium, attended by a crowd of 3,600.Mo Farah, the Olympic double gold medal-winning British athlete, managed the Arsenal Legends, and Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton Wanderers footballer, managed the World Refugee IDP XI. The match attracted considerable media interest.The match raised much-needed funds for The Refugee Council, in addition to providing assistance to some of the approximately 875,000 refugees and Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Azerbaijan, whose lives were disrupted by the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict over Nagorno-Karabakh.The cause was close to the heart of Mo, originally from Somalia, and Fabrice, who comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo, both of whom have built new lives in the UK. TEAS sponsored the event to commemorate UN World Refugee Day, which fell on 20 June.The Arsenal Legends team included former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams, Ian Wright, Paul Davis, Ray Parlour, Perry Groves and Michael Thomas. Syed Kemal MEP also demonstrated his footballing skills in the World Refugee IDP XI, and Cabinet Minister Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, presented the trophies at the end.The game was very competitive, with both teams demonstrating huge passion for the match, which ended in a 1–1 draw. There was some excellent creative tactical work in the midfield from the WRIDPs XI, with Azerbaijani IDP Vurghun Hasanzade taking his chance and scoring towards the end of the first half. Each time England and Arsenal legend Tony Adams appeared, an ecstatic crowd demonstrated their appreciation, only topped by the applause for Mo Farah himself, when he appeared in an Arsenal strip. Arsenal adopted a 4–4–2 formation throughout, a time-honoured approach that paid dividends, particularly with the equalising goal from Ömer Riza.Arsenal nemesis Mickey Thomas also appeared for the WRIDPs XI, who was a sprightly thorn in the side of the Arsenal midfield. The match also featured some inspired goalkeeping on both sides, providing prime entertainment for the crowd.Lionel Zetter, Director, TEAS said: “There are many more IDPs than refugees worldwide, and we wanted to use this match to highlight that point, as well as for raising money for IDPs and refugees around the world.”TEAS made the match sponsorship decision to highlight the ongoing plight of refugees around the world. Azerbaijan has the one of the highest IDP populations per capita in the world, in addition to refugees, due to the Armenian–Azerbaijani conflict. This raged from 1988–94, costing the lives of around 30,000 people on both sides, and resulted in the occupation of around 20 per cent of Azerbaijani territory. A ceasefire was declared in 1994. Despite four UN Security Council resolutions being passed, demanding the removal of the occupying forces, Nagorno-Karabakh and the seven surrounding territories remain under Armenian occupation, causing untold human misery.Source:PRWeb.comlast_img read more

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Stars Appeal To US Fish And Wildlife Service Over Killing Of Cecil

first_imgAppalled by the tragedy surrounding Cecil the lion, who was killed by an American trophy hunter in Zimbabwe, celebrities from around the world are urging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to finalize its proposed rule to protect African lions under the Endangered Species Act.African lions currently have no protection under U.S. law, with more than 400 lions killed every year by American trophy hunters, and trophies such as lion heads, paws and other body parts free to flow across the U.S. border in unlimited quantities from anywhere in the world.The stars write in support of efforts by The Humane Society of the United States and its global affiliate, Humane Society International. The groups first petitioned the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 2011 for improved protections for African lions. The proposed rule would impose strict criteria for trophy imports and protect the subspecies from unsustainable hunting.Celebrities who have co-signed the statement include: Cher, James Cromwell, Edie Falco, Jorja Fox, Ricky Gervais, Joan Jett, Leona Lewis, Bill Maher, Wendie Malick, Kate Mara, Alyssa Milano, Dev Patel, Norman Reedus, Ruby Rose, Candice Swanepoel and Olivia Wilde.The statement to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service states in part: “Poachers and trophy hunters from the U.S. and other countries are driving lions to extinction. The U.S. must play its part in eliminating the threats to these beautiful animals.“In honor of Cecil, I lend my support to The Humane Society of the United States and Humane Society International in urging you to include African lions on the Endangered Species Act immediately.”Teresa Telecky, director of wildlife for Humane Society International, said: “It’s too late to protect Cecil from the ugly American hunter, but if we can get the United States to give African lions protection under the Endangered Species Act, then we will save Cecil’s family from the same fate.”Poachers and trophy hunters from the U.S. and other countries are driving lions to extinction. Fewer than 40,000 African lions — and possibly as few as 23,000 — are estimated to remain today. Lions exist in only one-quarter of their former range and are suffering from loss of habitat and prey.last_img read more

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Robin Roberts Presented With Award By Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative

first_imgThe Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative (BJKLI) partnered with the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to host the 5th annual BJKLI Symposium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the US Open and 45 years of equal prize money at the US Open.Robert Iger, Chairman and CEO of Disney, and Good Morning America Anchor Robin Roberts received BJKLI’s annual “Inspiring Leader” awards.The 50th Anniversary of the US Open served as the ideal backdrop for the event. Throughout its history, the US Open has championed individuals who have stood for social change, both on and off the tennis court, from Arthur Ashe, to Billie Jean King, to the players holding the torch today. 2018 also marks the 45th anniversary of equal prize money at the US Open, as in 1973, the tournament became the first Grand Slam to give the same amount to the winners of both the men’s and women’s events.The Symposium kicked off with a performance by Chloe Arnold and the Syncopated Ladies who use tap dancing as a medium to convey messages about equity and inclusion.The crowd in attendance was welcomed by Billie Jean King, Founder, BJKLI, and Katrina Adams, Chairman of the Board and President, USTA.“As we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the US Open, the USTA is proud of the tournament’s history and legacy as a leader in equality for all individuals. We are proud to stand side by side with civil rights pioneer and tennis champion Billie Jean King, after whom we named this very facility, as she continues to push the envelope for change.” Adams said.King commended the efforts of the USTA and all the corporate partners who supported the Symposium. “We are proud to stand with the USTA and all the great companies who support the BJKLI. Together we are refusing to stand on the sidelines and are pushing the ball forward for positive change,” King said.Jan Jones, EVP of Public Affairs and Corporate Responsibility, Caesars Entertainment, and Lucy Lee Helm, Executive Vice President and Chief Partner Officer, Starbucks addressed attendees at the Symposium and talked about the efforts underway for gender equity and inclusion at both Caesars and Starbucks. Both companies have been working with the BJKLI over the past year.King and Ilana Kloss, Co-Founder, BJKLI, recognized Robin Roberts, Anchor, Good Morning America with a BJKLI “Inspiring Leader” award for her dedication to authentic reporting and representation of at-risk communities. Roberts, upon receiving the award commented, “There are too few places where constructive dialogue is moving the needle on equity and inclusion. I am so grateful to stand beside changemakers like Billie Jean King, Ilana Kloss, and the team at BJKLI in their quest for equality for all.”Robert Iger, Chairman and CEO, Disney was also recognized by King and Kloss with a BJKLI “Inspiring Leader” award for his bravery, tenacity, and leadership across one of the most influential mediums in entertainment. “When Bob makes a move the world reacts, and he has used his power and platform to rally for greater representation of people of color on screen and stand up against bigotry and hate,” King said when presenting the award.Following the Inspiring Leader award presentation, Iger and King joined BJKLI advisory board member and CNN International correspondent, Christiane Amanpour for a constructive conversation on authentic leadership and standing firm against bias. During the conversation Iger stated that “relying on the status quo for equality is no longer acceptable and leaders in positions of power must use their platform to impact change.”The Symposium ended with Billie Jean King and Christiane Amanpour encouraging people to take “inclusion lanyards” and wear them to the Women’s Semifinals in order to ignite conversations on issues of equity and inclusion. The “inclusion lanyards” have been a feature at BJKLI symposiums in the past and prove to be a powerful medium to advocate for action.BJKLI was founded in 2014 by equality champion and sports icon Billie Jean King and her partner Ilana Kloss in an effort to move the needle forward on issues impacting equality and inclusion in the workplace. Every year the BJKLI brings together diverse leaders from a range of industries to have honest, constructive dialogue on the state of equality and how to broker tangible positive change. Individuals who have used their power and platform to level the playing field are recognized with “Inspiring Leader” awards. The BJKLI has worked with a number of corporations on leadership and gender equity goals both in pay and representation. Partners of this year’s event included: adidas, Caesars, ESPN, Iberia Bank, Salesforce, Starbucks, Teneo, UBS, USTA. 2018 is a milestone year for both the BJKLI and its founder. The BJKLI is celebrating its fifth anniversary, and King will celebrate her 75th birthday.Members of the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative Advisory Board include: Billie Jean King, Co-founder; Ilana Kloss, Co-founder; Paul Keary, Co-founder and COO, Teneo Holdings; Pablo Salame, Former Global Co-Head, Securities Division, Goldman Sachs; Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Correspondent, CNN; Jason Collins, Former NBA Player and Civil Rights Advocate; David Furnish, Chairman, Elton John AIDS Foundation and CEO, Rocket Entertainment Group; Maritza Gomez-Montiel, Former Vice Chairman and Deputy CEO of Deloitte; Sir Elton John; Jonathan Kraft, President, The Kraft Group; Robert McCann, Chairman, UBS Group Americas; Pat Mitchell, Founder and CEO, POW! Strategies and Executive Producer of TEDWomen; Robin Roberts, Anchor, ABC’s Good Morning America; Michael Strautmanis, VP of Civic Engagement for the Obama Foundation; Serena Williams Professional Athlete & Entrepreneur, Venus Williams Professional Athlete & CEO/ Founder, EleVen and V Starr Interiors.For more information on the Billie Jean King Leadership Initiative, visit www.bjkli.org.last_img read more

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Canadian hiphop artist Tory Lanez faces gun pot charge in Florida

first_imgThe Sun Sentinel reports that Miramar police pulled over the 24-year-old Brampton, Ont., native on Wednesday afternoon for an expired dealer tag on a 2014 Rolls-Royce. Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook Lanez was recently nominated for a Grammy Award in the best R&B category for his song “Luv.” Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Canadian hip-hop artist Tory Lanez has been arrested on a weapons charge in South Florida.center_img His attorney says his client is innocent and will be fully exonerated. Lanez was arrested and charged with carrying a concealed weapon, marijuana possession, failing to register a vehicle and operating a vehicle without a license or insurance. He was released from jail Thursday on $1,000 bail. Advertisement Lanez posted a message on his verified Twitter account saying “believe none of what you hear and only half of what you see. don’t let the internet fool you. the truth prevails.” Advertisement A police report says Lanez, whose real name is Daystar Shemuel Peterson, did not have a valid license to drive in the U.S. The officer also reported finding less than 20 grams of marijuana and a loaded firearm in the car.last_img read more

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ACTRA STANDS IN SOLIDARITY WITH SAGAFTRA MEMBERS DURING THEIR STRIKE AGAINST AD

first_imgAdvertisement Toronto, ON (September 24, 2018) — ACTRA stands in solidarity with our SAG-AFTRA sisters and brothers as they strike against advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty, LLC (BBH).The SAG-AFTRA National Board has unanimously voted to issue a strike authorization with members, instructing them not to accept any work for BBH, which is illegally attempting to abandon its union Commercials contract with SAG-AFTRA.BBH (USA) is not signatory to ACTRA’s National Commercial Agreement (NCA). Given BBH (USA) is not signatory to the ACTRA NCA, and in support of SAG-AFTRA, ACTRA is instructing its 25,000 members across Canada not to accept any work from BBH (USA). For ACTRA members who have a question about the strike and if/how it impacts you, please contact your local Branch.About ACTRAACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. ACTRA represents the interests of over 25,000 members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community. Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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MICK JAGGER MAKES A JAB AT DOUG FORD GIVES RAPTORS A SHOUTOUT

first_img Facebook Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With: Twittercenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Standing before a crowd of roughly 70,000 concertgoers, it didn’t take long before Jagger wished a simple “Happy Canada Day” to the receptive crowd, who didn’t seem to mind it was technically two days early.The concert at Burl’s Creek Event Grounds in Oro-Medonte, Ont., about 30 kilometres north of Barrie, was the only Canadian date on their North American tour. And for many people in attendance, it seemed a miracle that Jagger was even on stage, given his recent heart surgery.None of that was referenced in the 75-year-old singer’s tireless performance, which included swapping out one glittery jacket for another before eventually donning a hat and T-shirt emblazoned with the band’s famous tongue logo.Armed with his flamboyant swagger, Jagger zig-zagged across the massive stage — and strutted down the catwalk — for two hours, playing 20 of the band’s greatest hits.Popular classics “Paint It Black,” “Gimme Shelter,” and “Honky Tonk Woman,” were balanced with a selection of fan favourites, including “Before They Make Me Run,” a song Keith Richards wrote in response to his 1977 arrest for heroin possession in Toronto.And beneath four towering digital screens, Jagger played right into the audience’s hand at nearly every turn.“What about those Raptors?” he shouted, as the “We the North” logo flashed overhead. He poked a bit of fun at Toronto Mayor John Tory’s famous black-and-gold Raptors jacket, which he’s enthusiastically worn around town for weeks.“What about those Raptors,” shouts Mick Jagger as “We The North” flashes on the giant screen. #TheRollingStones pic.twitter.com/lgEhKmjpdc— David Friend (@dfriend) June 30, 2019“He’s still wearing his dirty blazer,” the singer said to Tory, who was in the audience.Jagger later introduced the band’s drummer Charlie Watts as the Toronto Maple Leafs’ mascot, seemingly for no particular reason.He also took a jab at Ford’s “buck a beer” election platform, telling the crowd at one point that “for the next 15 minutes it’s a buck-a-beer — courtesy of Doug Ford.”The comment elicited some boos in parts of the crowd, and no apparent discounts at the beer tents.But the Stones’ fans didn’t seem to mind, so busy caught in a moment that would be a little piece of history, and perhaps even a farewell.Earlier this year, Jagger underwent emergency heart surgery, putting the single Canadian date on hold, and raising questions about whether the British rockers would ever tour again. When the singer got the all clear, the date was back on.“The heath scare was kind of an indication this might actually be the last one,” said Marc Fielding, who joined about 30 of his friends on a road trip from Toronto.“They’re such an iconic band, so you don’t want to risk them maybe not coming back.”For others in attendance, seeing the Stones live came with an extra significance.Jackie Morin’s father, a longtime fan, died shortly after the Stones most recently played Toronto. So this night was an especially poignant moment.“This is a big deal,” she said. “Never will you ever see a concert like this — it’s history.”Dino Bruno landed tickets when his sister-in-law surprised him. He last saw the Stones in the mid-1970s at Maple Leaf Gardens where he said the local news captured him playing Frisbee with police in the street.“The Stones were the bad boys of rock,” he said. “I wanted to be here because I want to die happy.”Jayne Sidey first caught the Stones at a Canadian National Institute for the Blind benefit concert over 40 years ago in Oshawa, Ont. It was part of a court-ordered performance for Richards ‘after he was arrested for heroin possession.She said she was forever changed by Jagger and his buddies and has gone to at least 20 Stones concerts since.“I saw them three times in the U.K. last year, and we’re booked for two shows on this tour,” she said. “The 2013 show in Toronto was so good we all jumped in a car to Montreal and saw them there.”Several homegrown acts performed before the Stones took the stage, including Saskatoon-formed One Bad Son, the Glorious Sons from Kingston, Ont., Toronto four-piece the Beaches, and longtime favourites Sloan.Toronto cover band Dwayne Gretzky played a late-night show of other rock and pop classics, ranging from Whitney Houston’s “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” to Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”The day-long festival marked the third concert on the Rolling Stones tour, which kicked off with two dates in Chicago a week ago.After the Stones finished their set, they offered a hint of the resilience that’s kept them going for more than half a century.“See you soon,” the digital screens read, alongside the band’s trademark tongue logo.We spent the night together! Thx for an epic night @RollingStone #NoFilterTour #RollingStones #CanadaRocks #MickJagger pic.twitter.com/whbRYUJS6i— Karen (@momastubbs) June 30, 2019 The Rolling Stones perform during the “No Filter” tour in Oro-Medonte, Ont., on Saturday, June 29, 2019. ~ THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Thornhill ORO MEDONTE, Ont. — For a bunch of British chaps, the Rolling Stones sure know a lot about Canada, and Mick Jagger didn’t hesitate to flaunt his wisdom at their Canada Day weekend concert in Ontario.The frontman for the iconic rock band doled out handfuls of Canadiana on Saturday, pausing to reference everything from the Toronto Raptors’ historic NBA championship win to the “buck a beer” policy of Ontario Premier Doug Ford.“For the next 15 minutes it’s a buck a beer, courtesy of Doug Ford,” Mick Jagger jokes to a chorus of boos from the audience. #TheRollingStones pic.twitter.com/YD4RtDtEOP— David Friend (@dfriend) June 30, 2019last_img read more

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