Community rallies behind Vaudreuil senior facing eviction

Written by admin on 16/11/2018 Categories: 长沙夜网

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.

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    “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.

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

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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.”

READ MORE: One Montreal family’s fight for transgender rights

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.

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

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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.

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Sun safety: What you need to know about sunscreen, protecting your skin

Written by admin on 16/09/2019 Categories: 长沙夜网

The first long weekend of the summer has arrived – you may be off to the cottage, the beach or even staycationing in your backyard for some barbecue. Wherever you’re soaking up the sun, make sure you’re looking after your skin.

Sun safety is often overlooked during the busy summer months. It’s also hard to figure out when you should apply and reapply sunblock and what type to shop for.

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    A new Consumer Reports investigation found, for example, that some sprays, sticks and lotions with an SPF of 30 or higher don’t actually meet the claims made on their labels.

    Here’s what you need to know about sun safety for the summer and how to protect your skin:

    What should Canadians look for in a sunscreen?

    The Canadian Dermatology Association recommends a sunblock with an SPF 30 or higher. It should also come with broad spectrum protection – this protects you from UVA and UVB rays.

    There are three spectrums of light – ultraviolet A (long rays) is tied to aging the skin, ultraviolet B (short rays) can lead to burns and ultraviolet C isn’t as worrisome because most of the rays are absorbed by the ozone layer, according to Dr. Kucy Pon, a dermatologist at Sunnybrook Hospital.

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    UVA and UVB can contribute to skin cancer and damaging your skin, she warns.

    “Both are carcinogenic in different ways so it’s important for sunscreen to block both,” Dr. Anatoli Freiman, a dermatologist and medical director of the Toronto Dermatology Centre, explained.

    An SPF 30 would cover off about 97 per cent of UVB rays, but wearing a higher SPF may be your best bet because it’ll be more effective. It’s easy for consumers to miss spots or apply too little to certain parts of their body so the higher protection would compensate, Freiman said.

    If you’ve had skin cancer or a strong family history of the disease, stick to a higher SPF.

    Here’s a list of ratings from Consumer Reports on sunblocks and if they met their claims.

    How should you apply sunscreen for best protection?

    Sunblock should be applied 15 minutes before going outside. If you happen to forget and head out, apply it as soon as possible anyway – Freiman says it should start working immediately.

    “It should be reapplied every two hours when you’re exposed to sunrays. If you’re sweating, swimming, or exposed to water, you may need to top up more often,” Freiman advises.

    READ MORE: How extreme heat affects the body

    As a general rule of thumb, if you’re applying sunscreen from head to toe, use a shot glass-sized amount – or two tablespoons. Use half of a teaspoon for each part of your body – half of a teaspoon for your face, another half for your left leg, for example.

    Sunscreens can be applied as lotions and even aerosol sprays. The sprays are seen as more finicky because you can’t tell if you’re applying it evenly but the experts say your decision-making in this case is up to personal preference.

    If you want a chemical-free sunblock, Freiman says options with zinc oxide are readily available, too.

    If you spend a lot of time in the water, opt for a water-resistant sunblock.

    What are some common mistakes Canadians make?

    For starters, they may be going out when the sun’s UV index is at its highest in the afternoon.

    “You’ll burn much faster than first thing in the morning or later on in the day when the sun isn’t at its peak,” Pon said.

    READ MORE: 9 tips for healthy summertime barbecuing

    People often forget to apply sunblock to certain parts of their body, too: the earlobes, backs of their hands, behind their knees, toes, nose and scalp (if you have a shaved head, for example).

    Some Canadians may think the sun may not be as strong as it is in the Caribbean. That’s not the case.

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    “You’re going to get sunburns everywhere,” Freiman says. Both doctors see patients over the course of the summer months with severe burns to their skin.

    If you’re spending extended time outdoors, look for cover under a tree, umbrella or shade from a building.

    Keep in mind, you’re also getting sun exposure while in your car, too. New research suggests that your vehicle’s side windows don’t offer as much protection as the windshield.

    What should Canadians do if they’re suffering from sunburn?

    If you’re dealing with redness and pain from a burning sensation, you’re dealing with sunburn.

    “The skin is trying to protect itself from the sun by tanning. Whenever you tan, there’s a little injury to your skin. Some people don’t tan well and so they burn and it’s damage from the sun,” Pon explained.

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    Eighty per cent of premature skin aging is related to the sun. If you want to minimize wrinkles, sun spots and aging skin, look after your skin.

    The effects of sunburn can add up long-term, too.

    “Chronic accumulated sun damage can lead to developing skin cancer, but some people are genetically predisposed,” Pon says.

    People with medical conditions, such as lupus, or who rely on medications for high blood pressure, could face an increased risk of sunburn, too.

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    If you’ve burnt, get out of the sun, reapply sunscreen and use a cooling compress to ease the pain. Aloe and Aspirin are also used as tools to help with pain management.

    If the sunburn is severe, head to the doctor’s office for a prescription cream and keep your skin moisturized, the experts say.

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IN PHOTOS: Dad cradling sick son in shower and other slice-of-life pictures of the week

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A powerful photo of a father cradling his sick son in the shower highlights our selection of some of the best photos of the week.

In 2014, photographer Heather Whitten captured the image of her husband, Thomas, holding their son, Fox, in the shower after the child became violently ill.

The image went viral after Facebook removed it from its site on several occasions.

In Istanbul, revellers took to the streets to take part in the annual festival of colour.

In India, a week-long heat wave gripped much of the country where temperatures hit a record high of 51C.

Have a look at our weekly roundup of some of the best offbeat, slice-of-life photos from around the world.

People gesture and dance as they take part in a colour festival on May 19, 2016 at Besiktas in Istanbul.

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French riot police officers stand guard after being pelted with paint during a protest against the government’s labour reform on May 19, 2016 in Bordeaux.

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Graduating students arrive for the Columbia University 2016 Commencement ceremony in New York May 18, 2016.

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A general view taken on May 16, 2016 shows graffiti in Gaza City.

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Sand-boarder Tyrese Hugo gets airborne on the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa.

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An Indian child uses a roadside tap to cool off amid rising temperatures in Allahabad on May 17, 2016.

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Justin Gatlin of the U.S. takes a selfie with fans as he celebrates after winning the men’s 100m final at the IAAF World Challenge held at the National Olympic Stadium in Beijing on May 18, 2016.

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Spanish bullfighter Roman performs during the San Isidro’s bullfighting fair in Madrid, Spain on Thursday, May 19, 2016.

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Soldiers stand in heavy rain as Queen Elizabeth II travels in a coach from Buckingham Palace in London, Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

AP Photo/Frank Augstein

A gull rests on driftwood on a pond in a forest near the village of Svisloch, Belarus on Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

AP Photo/Sergei Grits

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Global Winnipeg’s May long weekend funcast

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WINNIPEG —; The long weekend has finally arrived. If you’re not heading out camping or hitting the cabin, here is a top five list of events and activities to try in the city.

Dinosaurs Alive

Visitors can step back into time and come face-to-face with life-sized dinosaurs at the Assiniboine Park Zoo this weekend.  The Dinosaurs Alive” exhibit officially opens Saturday at 9 a.m., which will run until Sept. 5.

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It features 15 life size animatronic dinosaurs from Jurassic and Cretaceous period. Creatures such as the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops will move around and create sounds, making an interactive exhibit for children.

READ MORE: Life-sized dinosaurs heading to Assiniboine Park Zoo this summer

St.Norbert Farmers’ Market

Saturday is the official start of the 2016 St.Norbert Farmers’ Market. Over 100 vendors are featured at the market offering everything from local food, crafts, plants and spices.

READ MORE: St. Norbert Farmers’ Market opens for the season Saturday

The St.Norbert Farmers’ Market runs from May 21 until Halloween. The market opens at 8 a.m.

Manito Ahbee Festival

Winnipeggers can celebrate Indigenous arts, culture and history over the weekend. Manitoba’s Manito Ahbee Festival is back for its 11th year at the RBC Convention Centre, Club Regent Event Centre, The Forks and University of Winnipeg.

The festival kicked off Wednesday and runs until Sunday.

Canada’s largest pow wow takes place Saturday and Sunday at the Convention Centre featuring more than 800 dancers.

Get Into Wetlands

It’s going to be a beautiful weekend, so why not get outside and discover the biodiversity of Manitoba’s wetlands. Oak Hammock Marsh is letting visitors participate in its wildlife surveys this weekend. You can even join for a behind the scenes critter feeding session.

Sushi Festival

The Sushi Festival showcases some of Winnipeg’s best local sushi chefs. Nine restaurants from across Winnipeg are participating and have created a special mouth watering featured roll just for the festival.

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PHOTOS: Edmonton drenched in rain, while snow falls to the west

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Edmonton residents woke up Friday morning to a downpour, while Albertans living in the foothills were dealing with the white stuff.

Environment Canada issued snowfall warnings early Friday morning, saying 15 to 25 centimetres was expected in the following areas:

Whitecourt – Edson – Fox Creek – Swan HillsHinton – Grande CacheGrande Prairie – Beaverlodge – ValleyviewPeace River – Fairview – High Prairie – Manning

Photos from the Fox Creek, Edson and Drayton Valley areas show several inches of snow fell overnight, coating patio furniture and weighing down trees.

Snow in Fox Creek, Alta. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Deadwood, Alta. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Deadwood, Alta. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Ridgevalley, Alta. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Ridgevalley, Alta. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Ridgevalley, Alta. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Ridgevalley, Alta. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Ridgevalley, Alta. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Grande Prairie, Alta on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in High Level on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Alhambra, a hamlet about 15 minutes east of Rocky Mountain House, on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Edson, Alta on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Shiningbank, Alta. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Fox Creek, Alta. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Fox Creek, Alta. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Fox Creek, Alta. on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Drayton Valley, Alta on Friday, May 20, 2016.

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Snow in Dawson Creek, B.C., just west of the Alberta-British Columbia border on Friday, May 20, 2016.

Courtesy: Blake Wilson

The heavy snow mixed with rain is expected to begin to taper off early Friday afternoon.

It wasn’t cold enough in Edmonton for snow, but about five to 10 millimeters of rain was expected, along with wind gusts of up to 40 km/h. More rain and wind is expected on Saturday and Sunday.

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Eagles of Death Metal France concerts cancelled over singer’s ‘Muslim conspiracy’ remarks

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Two scheduled August performances in France by the Eagles of Death Metal have been cancelled by festival organizers after Jesse Hughes, the lead vocalist of the band, made comments about a Muslim “conspiracy.” Eagles of Death Metal was performing during the November 2015 Bataclan terrorist attack in Paris.

Hughes, who publicly supports Donald Trump, previously suggested to the Fox Business Network that the security detail at the Bataclan was “in” on the terrorist attack. He had noticed prior to the show that a stage security guard wasn’t looking at him, and that many of the scheduled security guards didn’t show up at all.

WATCH: Eagles of Death Metal performs in Paris for attack survivors

“Did your French gun control stop a single person from dying at the Bataclan?” said Hughes post-attack. “If anyone can answer yes, I’d like to hear it, because I don’t think so. I think the only thing that stopped it was some of the bravest men that I’ve ever seen in my life charging head-first into the face of death with their firearms.”

Hughes didn’t elaborate at the time because of the ongoing police investigation into the attacks, but now, in an interview with Taki’s Magazine, he states clearly why he thinks the attacks were so deadly. He also talked about the shock he felt seeing “Muslims celebrating in the street” following the horrific attack (that is an alleged, unproven claim).

“I know for sure that they were in there early,” he said to Taki’s Magazine. “There’s no denying the terrorists were already inside, and they had to get in somehow. During the shooting I went outside, and the backstage door was propped open. How did that happen?”

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“If they were hanging out enough to let three people go, then they knew security dudes,” continued Hughes. “They knew bouncers. They knew doormen.”

When asked by the magazine if he thought a percentage of the security staff was Muslim, he replied “I know they were.”

He then goes on to blame political correctness for the concertgoers’ deaths, pointing out how the Brussels bombers aroused suspicion but no one said anything to authorities in time.

“Look at the guys who bombed Brussels,” he said. “They were wearing black gloves on one hand. Their luggage was too heavy to lift, but they didn’t want anyone helping them with it. Nobody brought any of this up until after the bombs went off.”

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“[The Bataclan victims] had no idea what was coming,” he continued. “There’s a whole group of white kids out there who are stupid and blind. It’s like the bleating sheep from Animal Farm. You suggest anything that strays from the narrative and this chorus of bleats comes to drown you out.”

The Bataclan management strongly denies Hughes’ claims.

The band performed a resoundingly successful Paris show in February.

The band’s performance Nov. 13 at the Bataclan turned into a bloodbath when Islamic extremist suicide bombers stormed in, as near-simultaneous attacks hit cafes and a stadium around Paris. Eighty-nine people at the Bataclan were killed, while others hid or lay motionless for hours until a police raid ended the siege.

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Greater Toronto Day 2017Simple Acts of Kindness

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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!


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.

Greater Toronto Day Pledges

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

Host of ET Canada, Rick Campanelli

Host of ET Canada, Sangita Patel

Weather Specialist, Mike Arsenault

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

Radio Host of AM640, Kelly Cutrara

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

Hosts of Edge Mornings, 102.1 The Edge, Melani Mariani & Adam Ricard

Co-Host of Derringer in the Morning, Q107, Ryan Parker

Actors of Private Eyes, Cindy Sampson and Jason Priestley

Host of The John Oakley Show,  AM640, John Oakley

Hosts of The Morning Show, AM640, Matt Gurney & Supriya Dwivedi

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

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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’

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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

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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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    “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

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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.

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