Community rallies behind Vaudreuil senior facing eviction

VAUDREUIL-DORION – People in Vaudreuil-Dorion are rallying around 81-year-old Peder Mortensen, who’s being threatened with eviction.

Mortensen has lived in his hand-built house in the community for more than 60 years.

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    Now, the mayor is calling it a fire hazard and insists he has to go.

    Global News’ request for access to the documents outlining the problems with Mortensen’s house was denied.

    Without a doubt, the 81 year-old’s home is quite unique.

    “I’ve been living here for so long, it can’t be such a bad house,” Mortensen said.

    He’s got bags full of leaves hanging in his yard, which he says reduce sound.

    He also has homemade insulation: a retractable window covered in tin foil.

    “I’m not able to tell how long I’m going to live – I’m 81 – but I’m going to hang on as long as I can,” Mortensen said.

    Some would consider his home odd, but the retired engineer says everything has a reason for being there.

    His neighbours say they know and love him for that.

    “I’ve been in this community for 40 years and I remember seeing Peder ride his bicycle around all over town,” said Jamie Nicholls, a former MP for Vaudreuil-Dorion.

    “He was really a symbol of sustainability for our community.”

    After Global News reported that the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is seeking an injunction to demolish his home – citing fire hazards – the neighbours rallied behind Mortensen.

    WATCH: Vaudreuil tries to evict senior

    “I was shocked, he’s been living here since the 60s all through,” said Ed Schiller, who has been Mortensen’s neighbour since 1971.

    Thursday morning, they started a petition and plan to bring it to the mayor once it reaches 2,000 signatures.

    By 5 p.m. the same day, they had collected 373 signatures.

    “We’ll do whatever we have to do make sure we’ll make him happy,” said Charlie Berkovitz, a neighbour across the street.

    Nicholls is also crowdfunding to build Mortensen a sustainable house. if need be.

    READ MORE: Montreal senior who faced home eviction can stay for another year: Quebec Rental Board

    “It was important for me because he has lived so frugally, so simply, so light on the Earth, that perhaps we should recognize that fact,” he said.

    Guy Pilon, Vaudreuil-Dorion’s mayor, said pressure from the community doesn’t change things.

    “I don’t think people would let an animal live in a place like that,” Pilon said.

    “I wouldn’t let an 82 year-old man live on that.”

    The mayor said he’s received one phone call so far and a couple of Facebook messages – one all the way from Alberta – speaking out in support of Mortensen.

    He insisted people simply aren’t aware of the danger Mortensen is, in as he showed Global News pictures of the interior of the home, which included piles of pasta and juice boxes.

    READ MORE: Elderly Montrealer takes eviction fight to rental board

    Regardless, Pilon said he’s open to finding a solution.

    But he insists keeping Mortensen’s home as is is not an option.

    Sylvan Schneider, a real estate lawyer, said it is a tricky situation.

    “An old man shouldn’t be kicked out of his home and the city has their rights in order to ensure the safety of the municipality,” he said.

    Schneider pointed out the city is within the law, but wondered if there could be a different approach.

    “I think sitting down and both parties amicably resolving this matter would be, in my opinion, the best interest for the resolution of both parties involved,” he said.

    The city says it’s arranging a meeting with Mortensen for next week.

Woman says she was harassed in Walmart bathroom after being mistaken as transgender

Aimee Toms was washing her hands in the women’s bathroom at Walmart in Danbury, Conn., last week when a woman approached her and said, “You’re disgusting” and “You need to leave.”

The 22-year-old claims she was harassed by the woman after apparently being mistaken as transgender.

Toms’ pixie haircut was covered by a baseball cap when the woman allegedly said, “You are not supposed to be here,” before flipping her off.

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“She thought I was someone who was transgender. She thought I was a dude who was hiding in the women’s bathroom,” Toms said.

Toms has now responded in a video posted to Facebook condemning discrimination against transgender people.

“After experiencing the discrimination they face firsthand, I cannot fathom the discrimination transgender people must face in a lifetime,” she said.

She hopes her video will help others understand that transgender people deserve to be treated equally.

“It really got my gears turning as to how amazingly ridiculous this is becoming as an issue.”

“I don’t know if many of you know this but you’ve probably used the bathroom with somebody who is transgender before.”

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Toms believes the incident happened because of the controversy sparked by a law that was passed in North Carolina that mandates bathroom access according to birth sex.

She believes people have developed unjustified fears of being attacked by someone who could abuse transgender bathrooms.

She explained that if someone wants to commit a crime in a bathroom, they are going to do it anyway regardless if it’s a transgender bathroom.

Global News has reached out to Walmart for comment but after 24 hours the request was not returned.

Toms’ video “rant” on Facebook about her experience at Walmart has gone viral and has been viewed more than 180,000 times.

‘It only takes a split second’: victim of distracted driving joins police in long weekend warning

After the recent introduction of three demerit points to Alberta’s legislation, distracted driving has dropped for the first time in five years, but only slightly.

Since the legislation was first introduced in 2011, the number of distracted driving tickets increased annually. Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey attributes this phenomenon to the increase in cell phone usage. The fine increased in 2015 (from $172 to $287 currently). Stacey says it made no difference.

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    “We honestly didn’t see too much of a difference with the fines going up, but so far this year in 2016, with the introduction of the demerit system, we’re down just a little bit in the amount of tickets we’ve written. It’s early but we’re still down a little over 200 tickets from the same time last year,” Stacey said.

    This time last year there were 2,212 distracted driving tickets issued compared to the 1,934 issued in 2016 to date. Though not drastic, the decrease has Stacey optimistic for the future.

    “I’m hopeful, let’s put it that way…We’ve written less tickets and, anecdotally, I’m hearing from my officers that they aren’t seeing quite as much of it. That’s inspiring for me. And personally I haven’t seen as much either, but we still see some and we still are doing the enforcement,” Stacey added.

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    There’s little way of knowing how many crashes are directly the result of distracted driving. It requires drivers to self-disclose whether or not they were distracted at the time of the crash, which is rare. But Stacey said he does expect that roads are getting better.

    “Would I say the roads are a bit safer? I hope so.  And I hope the trend continues, I really do.”

    Kevin Smith’s truck was written off when his vehicle hit a driver he alleges was distracted who went through a red light on Country Hills last January. He echoes Stacey’s sentiment.

    “It happens so quick and people don’t understand. It only takes a split second.”

    Witnesses told police they saw the 17-year-old driver that went through a red light texting before the accident. Kevin Smith’s truck was totaled.

    Smith suffered from broken ribs, whiplash, and extensive soft tissue injuries after the crash. He deals with pain and soreness on a daily basis.

    The impact from the collision extends further into his life as well, as he owns a fitness studio and is a personal trainer who is expected to keep up with his clients. He also has two young and playful children at home. He says despite this lasting effect, he knows that he is lucky to have survived the crash.

    “I know I’m lucky. Pain will subside, the discomfort will subside. But I’m lucky that I’m still walking, playing, and here for my family,” Smith said.

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    Stacey likens the adjustment to distracted driving legislation to seatbelt legislation and  suggests it may take some time.

    “When that [legislation] came in in the 80s almost nobody wore their seatbelt and there was a lot of resistance to that legislation. Now a whole generation or two later, we’re seeing a 95 per cent compliance rate with seatbelt usage.”

    This week is the RCMP’s road safety week. They’re launching an online campaign called “Leave the Phone Alone” and are asking Canadians to commit publicly, with an online pledge, to avoid all distractions while driving.

    Editor’s note: Global News was contacted by someone who claims to be the other driver in the case referenced above. While he admitted to making an unsafe left turn, he denies being distracted.

Greater Toronto Day 2017Simple Acts of Kindness

Thursday, May 25 is Greater Toronto Day!

Join in and help make the GTA even better by doing simple acts of kindness – take out your neighbour’s trash, buy the next person in line a coffee or donate to a food bank – any good deed that makes the GTA a better place to live!

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Then, share your good deed on social media with the hashtag #GreaterTorontoDay for a chance to receive a $1,000 donation to a local GTA charity of your choice. Full details here.

On May 25, your good deed could be highlighted on Global News. Watch and follow Global News throughout the day for special Greater Toronto Day coverage.

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Chief Meteorologist, Anthony Farnell

Anchor/Producer of Making a Difference, Susan Hay

Hosts of The Morning Show, Jeff McArthur and Carolyn MacKenzie

Weather Reporter on The Morning Show, Liem Vu

Weekend Anchor of Global News at 6, Angie Seth

 

Host of ET Canada, Cheryl Hickey

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Weather Specialist, Mike Arsenault

Anchors of Global News at 5:30 & 6pm, Farah Nasser and Alan Carter

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Co-Host of Derringer in the Morning, Q107, Jennifer Valentyne

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TD Bank to retire coin-counting machines amid error reports in the U.S.

TD Canada Trust customers looking to have their jars of coins sorted and counted will have to look elsewhere as the bank announced it will shut down its coin counting machines as of Friday.

The move to retire the machines comes in the wake of several lawsuits in the U.S. that claimed the machines were short-changing customers.

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“Following the decision by TD Bank America’s Most Convenient Bank to retire their coin counters, we looked at the Canadian program to consider a number of factors, particularly customer demand and usage,” said Daria Hill, a spokesperson for TD, in an email.

“As a result of our review, we have made the business decision to shut down the machines in Canada as of today. We recognize that some customers will need to deposit coin and want to assure them that all branches will continue to accept rolled coin deposits.”

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Toronto-Dominion Bank announced Thursday it would retire the Penny Arcade coin-counters, available at branches in the U.S., following reports the machines failed to accurately.

According to a lawsuit filed in New York in April, Jeffrey Feinman said a Penny Arcade machine gave him $25.44 when he deposited $26 of coins, and $30.05 when he dumped $31 of coins into the machines.

In this April 11, 2009 photo, Charles Acosta puts change in a PennyArcade coin counting machine at a TD Bank branch in Fairless Hills, Pa.

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Reuters reports the bank had taken the machines out of service in early April for retesting but had intended to eventually bring them back.

“We have determined that it is difficult to ensure a consistently great experience for our customers,” Michael Rhodes, TD’s head of consumer bank, said in a statement to Reuters. “We will continue to assess the Penny experience and intend to appropriately address customer impact.”

Feinman’s class action lawsuit claims TD’s Penny Arcade machines processed 29 billion coins in 2012.

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Inside a NICU: a ‘tough world people are totally unaware of’

It’s been almost a year since Sarah Colgrove’s son, Keith Jr., was born at 23 weeks in the Akron Children’s Hospital.

The 40-year-old Ohio woman would spend the next five months of her life in the neonatal intensive-care unit with her little fighter, and all the NICU nurses who never stopped rooting for him.

“They become your friends, your therapist, your educator because you’re thrown into a medical world you’re unfamiliar with,” Colgrove said.

“You’re teetering life and death for five months — at least in my world.”

Colgrove’s son, like most premature babies, had very underdeveloped lungs so had to be hooked up to all kinds of machinery to stay alive.

“When they’re incubated you can’t hear their cry. You can see their cry. And it’s a hard feeling to know you can’t just go in there and pick them up,” his mom said.

Because of all the tubes and wires, someone would always have to get her preemie out before she could hold him.

A team of four dedicated nurses were assigned to her baby. They hooked him up to a ventilator; poked and prodded his tiny little veins to put in IVs; and helped her give him baths and skin-to-skin contact.

“I had no idea this world existed,” she said. “It’s a tough world… that people are totally unaware of.”

“I thought it’s just cute little babies that just develop with technology. I had no idea of the complications that can come along.”

On good days, they dressed him up in miniature outfits for photo shoots.

Above all, though, the nurses provided a huge source of support — especially on the day it became clear his lungs just weren’t going to grow. Colgrove made the tough decision to let him go on Nov. 2, when doctors told her they were out of options.

She still gets emotional talking about it.

“At the end of the day these little babies fight so hard to be there. They didn’t get to experience that first bike ride or that walk in the park or feeding a duck, things like that,” she said through tears.

‘He was known as the little superhero’

After her family said their final goodbye to the five-month-old, Colgrove asked his nurses to be in the room as she pulled out his breathing tube.

Two came in on their days off to be there for his final moments. NICU nurse Brittany French was the only one on shift.

“Keith’s passing was definitely tough,” she said. “All of his primary nurses took it hard.”

“Everyone in the unit knew who Keith was since he’d been there for so long. The doctors and nurses would all stop in to say hi. He was known as the little superhero.”

His mom let the 24-year-old hold him after he passed — a moment that was captured in a raw photograph that Colgrove thinks “says everything.”

“You can see the pain, the love. You see all emotion in that picture,” Colgrove said.

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A tribute to nurses

This past week after a rough day, French — who’s been a NICU nurse for three years — posted the photo to Facebook with a touching message that’s been shared 3,000 times.

“Many people think [being a NICU nurse] means feeding and rocking babies, which occasionally I get the privilege to do… But my job entails so much more,” she wrote.

She said she sometimes cries on her way home, in the shower or as she tries to fall asleep.

“I beat myself up trying to think what we could have done better or different when all medical options have been exhausted.”

She helps resuscitate babies when their hearts stop. And witnesses miracles.

“I get to see little lives come back and beat insurmountable odds. But sometimes I don’t.”

She tells Global News that she definitely thinks about previous patients, whose parents visit the NICU from time to time. The visits can be bittersweet since the NICU is the only home some babies ever know.

A few parents wrote her messages of thanks on the post, crediting her for their child being alive today.

Bobbie Whetro wrote that her little girl weighed only 895 grams when she was born three months early. She got up to four pounds after five months and was one of the lucky ones who got to go home.

“It takes a special person to do what you do,” Whetro told French.

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The NICU nurse said she feels undeserving of all the messages and attention because all of her co-workers go through the same thing every single day.

She just wrote it (while crying) as a way to cope.

Despite all the tough moments, the NICU nurse says what keep her coming back is knowing she’s able to make a difference to so many families.

“There are far more ‘happy days’ at work,” French said, because “more babies make it than don’t.”

“But I think it’s important for everyone to see the reality of the NICU.”

“Unless you’ve lived it as a parent or NICU staff, you really don’t know what goes on.”

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5 Montreal stories you must read this week: May 20

MONTREAL – From a Lachine native making the WNBA to a dangerous hit that left a hockey player paralyzed and the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion trying to evict a senior, here are the top five stories Global News covered in Montreal this week:

Dangerous hit

“We had to accept it, we had to be strong for Andrew, and that’s what we did.”

Andrew Zaccardo suffered a major hit during a hockey game that left him a quadriplegic.

READ THE STORY: EXCLUSIVE: Paralyzed hockey player Andrew Zaccardo, awarded $8M, speaks out

Under investigation

“I’ve decided that the following actions be taken: Mme. Savoie has offered to leave her post, which of course, we accepted.”

Quebec’s anti-corruption agency has reportedly opened ten files investigating contracts related to the province’s transport department.

READ THE STORY: UPAC reportedly investigating Quebec’s transport ministry

Making WNBA history

“When I heard the news that I’d made the WNBA, I was so excited. I’ve wanted to make the WNBA since I was a kid.”

Lachine native Nirra Fields has become just the second Montrealer to ever to make it into the Women’s National Basketball Association.

READ THE STORY: Lachine’s Nirra Fields becomes second Montrealer to make WNBA

Vaudreuil tries to evict senior

“I live in my place, I don’t bother anybody, I don’t make noise.”

The City of Vaudreuil-Dorion is in the process of evicting an elderly man from the home he built and has been living in since 1962.

READ THE STORY: Vaudreuil resident heartbroken over city’s plan to demolish his home

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    STM delays

    “The government and organization is not capable to manage Quebec taxpayers’ dollars and that is incredibly worrying.”

    Ninety-eight days after the first new STM Azur metro train was put into service, passengers are still waiting for the second train to hit the tracks.

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Court drops fraud, breach of trust charges against former senator Mac Harb

OTTAWA – Charges of fraud and breach of trust have been dropped against former senator Mac Harb, a Liberal appointee and central figure in the Senate expense scandal whose housing expenses were deemed unjustifiable by the upper chamber.

One month after the sensational acquittal of Sen. Mike Duffy, prosecutors made it official Friday that Harb, 62, would not face a criminal trial because the Crown did not see a reasonable prospect of conviction.

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The charges stemmed from living expenses Harb, a one-time Liberal MP from Ottawa, filed for a secondary home in the city while claiming his primary residence was far from the national capital.

A Senate audit raised doubts about the veracity of his claims and Harb ended up repaying the Senate about $231,000 in housing expenses going back years.

Harb, who retired from the Senate three years ago, had been set to face a criminal trial later this year.

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In a statement, Harb’s lawyer Sean May said his client has “steadfastly maintained his innocence throughout the arduous process” of the RCMP investigation, one in which he co-operated fully.

“The withdrawal of the charges is a complete vindication of Mr. Harb, legally and ethically,” May said.

Last month, the 31 expense-related criminal charges Duffy had been facing were dismissed in sensational fashion by an Ottawa judge, including counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery.

And on Thursday, the RCMP abruptly announced that it wouldn’t pursue charges against Sen. Pamela Wallin, closing her file after three years of poring through her travel expenses.

Friday’s decision makes it clear that investigators and the Crown have been reconsidering their options since the Duffy verdict.

The decision on Harb’s case leaves only one senator still facing a trial: Conservative appointee Patrick Brazeau, who is – for the moment, at least – scheduled to face trial next year on charges of fraud and breach of trust.

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Harb entered politics as an Ottawa alderman in 1985. He served as deputy mayor before making the leap to federal politics in 1988 as the member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre. He held that seat through four consecutive federal elections.

In 1994, Harb was appointed parliamentary secretary for international trade. He was named to the Senate in September 2003 by then-prime minister Jean Chretien.

In early 2013, the Senate began taking a closer look at the living expenses of Harb, Duffy and Brazeau amid concerns that all three, who lived in or close to Ottawa, were improperly charging the Senate for housing allowances.

Senate rules allow senators to claim expenses for two homes if their primary residence is more than 100 kilometres from Parliament Hill. Harb claimed his primary residence was in a home just beyond that limit, qualifying for the annual subsidy of about $20,000 for his years in the Senate.

The Senate committee charged with oversight of spending ordered outside auditors from Deloitte to review the trio’s spending.

For Harb and Brazeau, the auditors argued the spending rules were unclear, making it difficult to tell if they’d been broken. That same refrain would be echoed by the company that audited the Senate’s financial statements and from witnesses at Duffy’s criminal trial.

Even before Harb’s trial, his lawyer had publicly suggested those findings that the rules were unclear

Harb’s audit suggested he didn’t spend a lot of time at his primary residence outside the city, even though that wasn’t part of the rules, and senators decided that was enough to order him to pay back the money.

An RCMP investigation into Harb’s spending made sweeping allegations that Harb’s primary residence was allegedly “uninhabitable” for three years, and that he maintained a 0.01 per cent ownership stake in the house after selling the rest to a diplomat from Brunei who subsequently left Canada.

But the Mounties said there wasn’t enough evidence to charge Harb with mortgage fraud when they laid the fraud and breach of trust charges in February 2014.

Government says agreement in principle reached with Doctors Nova Scotia

An agreement in principle has been reached between the Nova Scotia government and 2,850 voting members of Doctors Nova Scotia.

The doctors have been operating under an expired contract since March 2015, and negotiations have been ongoing for about a year.

Doctors Nova Scotia says more details need to be confirmed before it will officially become a tentative agreement and then the information on the deal will be sent out to its members across the province.

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“We’re pleased to have reached this agreement in principle,” Doctors Nova Scotia spokesperson Barbara Johnson said.

The agreement is for a four year period.

No details of the tentative deal will be released until the decision is ratified by members. A vote on the deal is scheduled for late June.

Johnson said to the best of the organization’s knowledge, a tentative deal has never been rejected by membership.

Premier Stephen McNeil said he’s “grateful and thankful to reach a tentative agreement,” with the doctors. He said the deal is within the government’s fiscal plan but wouldn’t elaborate further on what that means for any increases in billing rates for doctors.

In December, the Liberals pushed through wage legislation for all public sector workers that if enforced would impose a two-year wage freeze followed by a one per cent raise in the third year, 1.5 per cent at the start and 0.5 per cent at the end of the fourth year. The doctors association was exempt from the wage pattern in the bill but lost its right to arbitration.

If the agreement in principle is approved it will be retroactive to April 1, 2015.

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Google patents sticky glue to catch pedestrians hit by self-driving cars

Google has come up with a strange way to help pedestrians should they be hit by one of the company’s self-driving cars – sticky glue.

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The idea is pretty simple – the self-driving car would have a sticky glue-like adhesive layer positioned on the front hood, front bumper and the sides of the vehicle, according to a recently published patent application from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

That way, if the car were to hit a pedestrian, they would “stick” to the hood of the car instead of bouncing back onto the road.

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“In the event of a collision between a vehicle and a pedestrian, injury to the pedestrian is often caused not only by the initial impact of the vehicle and the pedestrian, but also by the ensuing, secondary impact between the pedestrian and the road surface or other object,” reads the patent.

“The adhesive bonds the pedestrian to the vehicle so that the pedestrian remains with the vehicle until it stops, and is not thrown from the vehicle, thereby preventing a secondary impact between the pedestrian and the road surface or other object.”

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The adhesive is described like a double-sided duct tape in the patent filing.

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While this sounds like a great way to coat your car in road debris and bugs, Google notes that the adhesive portion of the hood would be coated until impact with a pedestrian, exposing the sticky layer.

Although the patent filing was published this week, Google applied for the patent back in 2014. A patent filing does not necessarily mean that Google plans to use this strange safety feature.

However, there are still a number of outstanding questions regarding this safety contraption. For example, what if the car was to lose control after the collision and the person was left stuck to the hood of the car?

John Berry, founding member of the Beastie Boys, dies at 52

DANVERS, Mass. – John Berry, a founding member of the Beastie Boys who left the group before it found major label success, has died. He was 52.

Berry died Thursday morning at a hospice in Danvers, Massachusetts, following a long battle with frontotemporal dementia, according to his stepmother, Louise Berry, of Stamford, Connecticut. He had been in declining health and spent the last three to four years in medical facilities, she said.

Frontotemporal dementia is a progressive disease that has no cure, according to the Mayo Clinic.

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Berry’s interest in music blossomed as a teen after he moved to New York City, his father, John Berry III, told The Associated Press. Berry met future bandmate Michael Diamond at the Walden School in Manhattan. The pair founded the Beastie Boys as a punk outfit in 1981 along with Adam Yauch and Kate Schellenbach.

Berry III’s Manhattan loft was an ideal practice space for the fledgling band, he said. Yauch paid tribute to Berry and those early practice sessions in a letter read at the group’s 2012 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The letter fondly recalled his former bandmate using expletives to describe the group’s early music.

Berry left the group shortly after playing guitar on its 1982 debut EP, “Polly Wog Stew.” As the band became a more professional outfit, Berry “wasn’t up for that rigour,” according to his father.

“He was not amenable to authority,” he said.

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Berry “remained friendly” with Yauch and Diamond after leaving the group and continued to pursue his interests in both music and art, his father said.

“He had a very good artist’s way of looking at the world,” he added.

Co-founding member Yauch, also known as MCA, died at 47 after a battle with cancer four years ago this month.

Berry is survived by an adult son. His family plans a celebration of his life in the fall.

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City to Commonwealth-area resident: your yard is not a parking lot

With Beyoncé kicking off Commonwealth Stadium’s event season Friday night, the City of Edmonton is issuing a reminder to area residents that selling or providing parking spaces for stadium-goers on private property is illegal.

Allowing drivers to park in their driveway or on their lawn for a fee — usually $10 or $20 — was a common practice up until the early 2000s, when the city kiboshed the practice.

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    The city reminds residents that selling private parking spaces violate two bylaws and can be issued two fines: $450 for operating without a business licence, and $1,000 for operating without a development permit.

    As well, on-street parking is limited during major stadium events and only vehicles displaying a valid permit can park in the residential areas around the stadium. Vehicles parked illegally will be fined $75 and may be towed. To get your vehicle back, drivers will have to pay $120, plus a $35 per day storage fee.

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    Those going to the Beyoncé concert are encouraged to take the bus or LRT.

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    Starting at 6p.m. Friday, Park & Ride service will be available from six locations around the city. Regular ETS fares apply.

    Stadium gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the opening act set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Canada’s inflation rate rises to 1.7 per cent in April

OTTAWA – The annual pace of inflation in Canada picked up in April as the impact of lower energy prices moderated and the cost of food and shelter continued to rise.

Statistics Canada said Friday that the consumer price index climbed 1.7 per cent in April compared with a year ago and was up from a 1.3 per cent increase in March.

The Bank of Canada’s core inflation, which excludes some of the most volatile items, also increased. up 2.2 per cent compared with a year ago and higher than the 2.1 per cent pace set in March.

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Bank of Montreal senior economist Robert Kavcic said the rise in prices counterbalances some of the weaker data that has come out for March ahead of the Bank of Canada’s interest rate announcement next week.

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“The (central) bank is going to be looking at some softer data on the one hand, but pretty sticky core inflation on the other hand,” Kavcic said.

“When they meet next week, they are probably going to add all of that up and see them pretty firmly on the sidelines, still not moving on interest rates.”

In addition to inflation, Statistics Canada also reported Friday that retail sales fell 1.0 per cent to $43.8 billion in March after posting gains in January and February. Economists had expected a drop of 0.6 per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.

The weaker than expected retail sales figures followed lower manufacturing and wholesale sales results for March that were released earlier in the week.

The Bank of Montreal said it now expects the economy to contract in the second quarter due to the weak hand-off from the first three months of the year and the oilsands production shutdowns in Alberta due to forest fires.

“Going into the second quarter things are going to get quite a bit tougher,” said Kavcic, who expects to the economy to swing back to growth in the third quarter.

CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld said the inflation was firmer than expected, but noted that it included some one-time impacts like the drop in the loonie last year.

“Canada’s economy in the first quarter came in like a lion but went out like a lamb, as retail sales joined other indicators in pointing to a much more subdued picture in March,” Shenfeld wrote in a note to clients.

“Overall, today’s data is a saw-off for markets, with retail’s sag countered by a bit firmer CPI.”

The inflation report noted that energy prices in April were down 3.2 per cent compared with a year ago, but the drop was much smaller than the 7.8 per cent decline in March.

Gasoline in April was down 5.8 per cent compared with a year ago, while natural gas fell 12.8 per cent and fuel oil plunged 19.3 per cent. The moves compared with drops of 13.6 per cent, 17.4 per cent and 25.8 per cent respectively for March.

Meanwhile, fresh vegetables were up 11.7 per cent year-over-year in April, food from restaurants was up 2.7 per cent and passenger vehicles gained 4.6 per cent. Electricity costs were up 6.5 per cent.

Prices were up in seven of the eight major components compared with a year ago.

The clothing and footwear group was the only one of eight major index components to see a drop. It moved down 0.2 per cent. Women’s clothing slipped 0.5 per cent, while men’s clothing was unchanged.

Prices were up in nine of 10 provinces compared with a year ago. Alberta held steady.