Day: October 7, 2019

Widow struggles as 3rd Bosma suspect appears in court

(Updated) Just one day after learning of a third arrest in the murder of her husband, Tim Bosma’s widow Sharlene was in a Hamilton courtroom to see the woman accused of helping Dellen Millard and Mark Smitch.As she has for all court dates relating to the death of her husband, Sharlene Bosma was surrounded by family. But this date, the arrest of Christina Noudga, 21, as an accessory after the fact to the murder of Tim Bosma, came as a surprise to Sharlene, and brought back a lot of bad memories.“I’m not really how many more surprises we can take. I’m kind of hitting my limit on surprises right now.” “It brings you back to the beginning. And any progress that you might have made moving forward it’s just gone, it’s just gone.” Tim Bosma disappeared with two men on the night of May 6th. It is alleged that three days later Noudga helped her boyfriend Dellen Millard escape. The next day Millard was arrested. He and Mark Smich are charged with first degree murder. Yesterday Millard was also charged with the murder of his father, and he and Smich were both charged with the first degree murder of Laura Babcock. In reaction to the news Sharlene Bosma reached out to Babcock’s family.“Every case is different, and everyone reacts differently. Unfortunately we have an understanding of what that’s like.”And like she did for Millard and Smitch, Sharlene Bosma was there to face the third person accused in the crime that took her husband. Sharlene sat in court, stone-faced fighting back emotion until after it was done.“It’s mine when that happens. I don’t like sharing that publically, be it in a court room, or in Walmart or wherever. It’s mine.” An exausting task, but there are still many more to go. The trial for Millard and Smitch isn’t expected to begin until September. Bosma says she won’t look that far ahead.“I’m gonna go home, and I want to hug my child, because she has magical abilities to make some things better, and that’s where I want to go. So I’m gonna go home.” In court today Noudga was remanded in custody until her bail hearing on May 5th. read more

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WATCH Newborn rhino delights visitors at Chester Zoo

A day to remember for visitors of a zoo in Cheshire, England Thursday.Malindi, a 12-year-old Eastern black rhino went into labour in the middle of the afternoon.According to the zoo, most rhino biths happen at night or in the early hours of the morning.Something INCREDIBLE just happened in our rhino house…Welcome to the world, precious little one! ❤️️ pic.twitter.com/R1VEMSOHG1— Chester Zoo (@chesterzoo) August 2, 2018Malindi delivered a healthy male calf in less than half an hour.The newborn was up on his feet within 14 minutes.Zookeepers described it as a “very rare and special event” for visitors to witness. read more

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Touring Wesleys Reception House

The United Nations refugee agency is pressuring our country to help resettle more of the 100,000 people displaced by the war in Syria. So far Canada has agreed to take in 1300 people by the end of this year. This comes as Hamilton’s Wesley Urban Ministries is well on its way to providing smooth transitions for the roughly 300 government-sponsored refugees that come to the city each year.“It’s war. There’s nothing there. There’s nothing there.”25 year old Farooq Kaml had been living in Egypt for the last nine years after his family fled Iraq due to war. While he says they had peace in Egypt, they had no rights.“I came to Canada because it’s a good country. I have rights here and it’s more secure and more quiet.”Along with his parents, brothers and sisters, Kaml has now been living at Wesley Urban Ministries’ new Reception House for the last month as a government-sponsored refugee. He hopes to one day study computer sciences — but first, the family is looking for a permanent home, and Wesley’s Reception House program is helping them prepare for life in Canada.Executive director Daljit Garry says up to 35 people can live at the reception house at a time.“It’s a home-like environment for them. There’s common lounge space, eating areas and then they have their rooms.”Before it opened in October, the program was run out of hotel rooms. This new site is making a difference by allowing the centre to help build relationships.“It also allows us to bring in those connections for them so settlement workers can come on site. We have a health clinic within the space.”Families typically stay at the centre for weeks, but Wesley’s services continue once they’ve found permanent homes. And after three years of living in Canada, refugees like Kaml can apply to become citizens.It’s important to note these are not refugees making claims; only government-sponsored refugees who were mostly living in camps can stay at the centre. About 300 are placed at Wesley each year. For more information just go to the Wesley Urban Ministries website. read more

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CannTrusts Danish partner quarantines pot products linked to illegal growing

ALLEROD, Denmark — CannTrust Holdings Inc.’s Danish partner says it has quarantined a batch of products received from the licensed producer in connection with Health Canada’s recent discovery of illegal growing operations at its Ontario greenhouse.Stenocare says it has been in contact with the Danish Medicines Agency and the single batch has been put in quarantine for potential destruction, pending the ongoing investigation by Health Canada.The Danish company, which caters to medical cannabis patients, said it has worked with CannTrust to investigate the origins of all products it has received from the licensed producer and only one “very small” batch has been linked to the five unlicensed rooms.CannTrust said yesterday that it was notified by Health Canada that it had found illegal growing in five unlicensed rooms at its greenhouse between October 2018 and March 2019, before receiving the appropriate licences in April 2019.It said Health Canada seized roughly 5,200 kilograms of cannabis from the unlicensed rooms and CannTrust voluntarily put an additional 7,500 kilograms on hold from its Vaughan, Ont. facility, but confirmed that some product had been sold.CannTrust announced a joint venture with Stenocare and that it would a 25 per cent equity stake in March 2018, and made its first shipment of cannabis oil to Denmark in September 2018.“The related batch, very small and still in stock, has been identified and is put in quarantine,” Stenocare said in a statement. “This is not expected to have any negative impact on patients nor Stenocare.” The Canadian Press Companies in this story (TSX:TRST) read more

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Stojko part of skating club celebration

Elvis Stojko, a three-time world champion, two-time Olympic silver medalist, and seven-time Canadian champion, is coming to Norfolk County.His visit is part of the Waterford Tricenturena Skating Club’s 50th Anniversary celebration April 6 at Talbot Gardens in Simcoe.Stojko, who hails from Newmarket, looks forward to getting back to the grassroots of skating.“I enjoy doing the shows, I love connecting with the kids and the locals,” Stojko said in a telephone interview on Friday. “I’m excited to be coming out and skating, it’ll be fun.”The popular figure skater said his favourite part of community events is being able to perform and connect with the audience because it makes all of the hard work worth it to hear the crowd cheering.Stojko and his wife, figure skater Gladys Orozco, attend such events multiple times throughout the spring season. He said they have attended quite a few 50th anniversary celebrations for skating clubs this year.“It’s nice to get out connecting with the local clubs, and inspiring the kids,” said Stojko. “The kids inspire us too, really. We can see the enthusiasm they have for skating and that adds more joy to it all so it’s great.”The Olympian had a word of advice for Norfolk County children that want to get into figure skating.“If you love skating, go do it. Be a part of it. Engross yourself in it. It’s not the size of the town that you come from, but the size of the heart you have and the love you have for your sport that matters.”According to the skating club’s website, the Golden Memories 50th Anniversary Carnival will be a “walk down memory lane and skate into the future.”Tickets for the event are available online at ticketscene.ca. read more

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All Sask hospitals now monitoring for vapingrelated illness

TROY FLEECE / Regina Leader-Post Health Minister Jim Reiter has asked the province’s health officials to monitor for any potential vaping related-illness and is calling on parents to talk to their children about the risks associated with vaping.“I am concerned with the recent incidents of vaping related illnesses, as well as the high rates of vaping we are seeing among Saskatchewan youth,” said Reiter in a statement issued to media on Friday.“Although Saskatchewan has not recorded any instances of pulmonary illness associated with vaping similar to the recently reported cases in the United States and Ontario, earlier this week I directed Saskatchewan public health officials to monitor all cases as they present in intensive care units.”Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer Saqib Shahab said he has notified all the province’s hospital intensive care units that all cases of non-infectious severe respiratory disease potentially due to vaping must be reported to local medial health officers by phone immediately.The number of severe lung illness cases believed to be caused by vaping across the United States has risen to 530, including seven deaths, and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is still searching for a specific cause. On Wednesday, Canadian health officials confirmed one possible case, which wasn’t fatal, had surfaced in Ontario.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Shahab said that monitoring will continue in Saskatchewan until there is a better understanding of exactly what is causing these illnesses. Symptoms of the illness include coughing, shortness of breath, vomiting, fatigue and fever. He noted that in many of the U.S. cases, the patients had tampered with their vape liquid, adding substances like cannabis, but that this was not for all cases.“The key message right now is that if you’re not already a smoker, don’t start vaping. There’s no reason to vape,” Shahab told reporters on FridayEven for people who do smoke and are considering vaping as a healthier option, he warned that the health impacts of vaping are not fully known. He also voiced concern over the high rate of youth vaping in Saskatchewan. BRANDON HARDER / Regina Leader-Post A sign in the window of a Regina service station indicates vaping products are sold in the store. lgiesbrecht@postmedia.com Vaping products in Regina. U.S. President Donald Trump said last week he planned to ban all flavours of vape juice except tobacco in an effort to make vaping less attractive to youth. The Government of Canada has not yet committed to any decisive action, but in an online update Friday Health Canada said: “The Government of Canada will continue to monitor all available data sources and surveillance systems for signals in Canada and will take action, as appropriate.”Imperial Tobacco Canada — which launched its first vaping product in Canada in May 2018 — is calling on the federal and provincial governments to look for “a balanced regulatory approach to vaping products” rather than a ban like the U.S. is planning, it said in a release issued Thursday.“The reported cases of acute respiratory illness highlight the importance of effective regulation and enforcement to ensure product safety,” said Eric Gagnon, the company’s head of corporate and regulatory affairs, in the statement.“We believe in balanced, reasonable regulations that offers adult smokers and vapers the confidence that the product they are using meets safety standards, is tamper resistant and is tested in accordance to consumer protection norms.”Instead of proposing a ban on vaping products, Imperial Tobacco Canada wants to see the Canadian government mandate that all vapour products sold in the country be tamper-resistant so that users cannot mix the purchased vape liquid with any other substance.Shahab said the Government of Saskatchewan is looking at implementing legislation to treat vaping products like tobacco products — including restricted marketing — and expects to see some kind of vaping legislation come into effect this fall.The provincial government is encouraging anyone with questions about non-severe symptoms they may be experiencing due to vaping to contact the Healthline at 8-1-1 or talk to their health care provider. read more

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