‘Hope From the Ashes’: Calgary rescue worker helps Fort McMurray fire relief with book of poetry

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What he experienced in the Fort McMurray area this month had a big impact on Johnny Walker.

“Really, really overwhelming just to see people so worried about whether they have anything to go back home to,” Walker said.

Now he’s turning those experiences into a book of poetry he’s selling, donating all proceeds to the fire relief effort.

Walker spent a week in the fire zone, volunteering his services as an emergency rescue technician, “putting out spot fires, helping people that got small cuts.”



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    He’s now trying to help with his book “Hope From the Ashes”.

    In one poem, called “Into the Gates of Hell,” Walker writes, “darkness fills the sky, even in the daylight. Plumes of thick smoke, billowing from within the earth’s floor.”

    “I’ve been writing poetry since I was a child,” Walker said. “Words just come into my head and I start writing things down.”

    Walker published a similar book after volunteering in the aftermath of the southern Alberta floods in 2013.

    Sales of that book raised more than $8,000 for relief efforts, and Walker’s now hoping for a similar response to “Hope From the Ashes.”

    The book is available through Facebook here.

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Man accused of using fake ID to get Fort McMurray wildfire funds

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CALGARY – Two people are facing charges after using fake identification to get emergency money meant for Fort McMurray fire evacuees.

Calgary police Const. Melissa van Waes says a 29-year-old man went to a centre set up by the Alberta government to give debit cards to people who had to flee their homes in northeastern Alberta due to a massive forest fire earlier this month.



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    The officer says a Service Alberta worker noticed something when the man produced identification and it turned out it was fake. It was also discovered that the man had two other debit cards from another centre.

    Watch below: Between the province and the Red Cross, Fort McMurray wildfire evacuees have received more than $116 million in financial aid along with donated food and clothing. Those services are available to all evacuees in need but as Sarah Kraus reports, not everyone is playing by the rules.

    Edmonton police have also charged a woman with two counts of fraud for using fake documents to obtain relief funds.

    The Red Cross is seeing isolated incidents in relation to the money it is handing out to evacuees, too.

    Red Cross Alberta’s vice president, Jen McManus, said that is typical of humanitarian responses.

    “Very few, between one to two per cent of individuals, will ask for assistance who aren’t actually directly impacted by an event such as this.”

    READ MORE: Man in Claresholm allegedly pretends to be Fort McMurray evacuee 

    “There have been reports of people attempting to acquire a second set of debit cards or additional funding from the Red Cross,” Shane Schreiber, managing director of the Alberta Emergency Management Agency, said Friday. “The RCMP and city police are actively investigating those cases.

    “We’ve got additional security around those debit card sites to deter that kind of behaviour.”

    Schreiber said these types of incidents are rare.

    “In general, it’s an extremely small number. We’ve had a handful of reports of this activity going on and, where we get the reports, I know the police are extremely proactive in following up.”

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    Debit cards for evacuees are loaded with $1,250 for an adult and $500 per child.

    Van Waes says police are working with Service Alberta to determine whether the funds have been accessed.

    Charges of fraud under $5,000 and uttering a forged document are pending against the man.

    READ MORE: Fort McMurray residents forced out by wildfire long for the comforts of home

    The officer says the man has no fixed address.

    The Alberta government said as of Thursday, more than 35,000 debit cards totalling $75 million had been distributed.

    More than 80,000 residents fled Fort McMurray on May 3 when the fire started burning homes on the edges of the city. Officials have said more than 2,400 buildings were lost but that firefighters managed to save almost 90 per cent of the oilsands capital.

    With files from Global News, CFFR

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Justice delayed: 3 Alberta sex assault cases rescheduled for 2017 due to judge shortage

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Three sexual assault cases have been delayed 10 months because there aren’t enough judges on Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench.

“There was no judge available to hear them,” Court of Queen’s Bench spokesperson Michelle Somers said Monday. The three cases, set to be heard this week, have been rescheduled–two in February 2017 and one in March 2017.

“We have done all we could” to coordinate cases, Somers said in a Tuesday email.



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    This isn’t a new problem: Alberta’s politicians, lawyers and justices have been calling on the federal government to remedy a years-long judge shortage that’s only worsened.

    There are 59 justices sitting on the Court of Queen’s Bench, but there should be 65: six positions are vacant.

    The Court of Appeal is missing almost 30 per cent of its judges – there are only 10 sitting; there should be 14. Alberta has fewer judges per capita than any other province.

    “It’s very concerning when any case is delayed, particularly serious criminal matters,” reads a Thursday statement from Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley.

    “The urgency of this situation is clear, we want to see these vacancies filled as soon as possible.”

    Somers doesn’t have statistics on how many cases have had to be rescheduled because of a provincial judge shortage.

    She said the Court of Queen’s Bench has never had to adjourn a sexual assault trial before.

    “It is an accelerating situation,” she wrote in an email to Global News. “Our lead times keep getting longer, which means because the cases keep coming in at the same rate and we don’t have enough judges to hear them, we have to schedule further and further out in time.”

    She said court has been working with the federal government, and submitted “business cases with statistics like population increases and increases in number and complexity of cases.”

    Alberta’s Court of Queen’s Bench has only gained two judicial positions in the past 20 years, even as the province’s population doubled.

    The province’s business case for more judges, submitted in January, says the Court of Queen’s bench is “facing a crisis,” getting new judges added decades too late. The court has cut its dispute resolution services but that isn’t helping the backlog.

    The federal government acknowledges the concerns and said this week it is “moving forward on measures that will facilitate appointments to fill these highly pressing vacancies as soon as possible.”

    “We have also committed to a review of the entire judicial appointments process, based on the principles of openness, transparency, merit, and diversity,” a spokesperson for federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said in an emailed statement Monday.

    “This review will achieve a greater degree of diversity within the Canadian judiciary, so that it will truly reflect the face of Canada.”

    Global News asked the federal government why this review is taking place and how long it will take. We were sent an identical statement from a different spokesperson.

    Ganley said she’s spoken with federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and expects the feds to appoint new judges while it conducts its review.

    The Court of Queen’s Bench doesn’t know much about the review, either, Somers said.

    “We are told they wish to increase the diversity of appointments to the courts, and to make the process more open,” she wrote.

    “In the meantime, we have been waiting for appointments to fill our six vacancies, some for as long as two years.”

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Vancouver’s outdoor pools and beaches open for the summer this weekend

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Vancouver’s outdoor pools and beaches will officially make their debut for the summer season this Victoria Day long weekend.

Lifeguards and Park Rangers will be on deck beginning Saturday, May 21 at the heated outdoor pools at Kits Beach, Second Beach in Stanley Park, New Brighton Park in East Vancouver, as well as Hillcrest Centre’s outdoor pool.

Kerrisdale’s Maple Grove Pool will open Saturday, June 18.


Eleven beaches around Vancouver will also be patrolled by rangers and lifeguards beginning this weekend, daily from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. until Labour Day (closing at 9 p.m. from mid-June to mid-August).

“Outdoor pools are cherished by residents. The Park Board is soon beginning the most ambitious review of aquatic services in the last 15 years,” said Vancouver Park Board chair Sarah Kirby-Yung. “This is a reflection of the priority this Board places on expanding pool facilities for our residents.”

Energy conservation projects are still underway at Kitsilano Beach pool and Second Beach pool. This is the second year windbreaks are being installed at the seaside facilities to help reduce heat-loss and greenhouse gas emissions. The Park Board reports last year’s windbreaks lowered greenhouse gas emissions by 220 metric tonnes, equal to removing 46 cars from the road.

Kids can also make use of the city’s supply of water parks, which will be fully operational beginning this weekend, except for the Lumberman’s Arch park opening in June due to repairs.

But with the expected rise in park use, the City wants to remind visitors that all beaches and parks are smoke-free and fire-free. Dogs are also not permitted on beaches and must be leashed in all parks, except designated off-leash areas.

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Mother worries about how Preeceville, Sask. ER shutdown may affect her son

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REGINA – A Preeceville, Sask. family was at the legislature on Thursday to help raise concerns about the upcoming suspension of emergency room and acute services at the local hospital.

On Wednesday, the Sun Rise Health Region announced the temporary shutdown, which starts on June 1, citing “lack of physician coverage.”

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Stacey Strykowski said her six year-old son Jackson has a severe peanut allergy. He has two EpiPens on him at all times but needs emergency treatment within 20 minutes of using the EpiPen to receive additional steroid treatments.

Rural and Remote Health Minister Greg Ottenbreit says while the shutdown is unfortunate, Preeceville still has a number of nurse practitioners, two advanced care paramedics, and access to STARS Air Ambulance.

“I was really disappointed because we only have one advanced care paramedic. The other one right now is on maternity leave,” Strykowski said in regard to Ottenbreit’s comments.

“So just like they say a doctor can’t work 24/7, he can’t work 24/7, and we only have two ambulances, so if one’s out on a transfer to another emergency, how are we going to get our child the care he needs, and all the other kids.”

STARS estimates the average flight to Preeceville is 80 minutes from Regina or Saskatoon, since it intersects their coverage zones.

Ottenbreit says staffing challenges at rural hospitals are not just an issue in Preeceville, but across the province. All they can do is keep recruiting.

“We continue to recruit, we have another new doctor coming in October,” he explained.

“We can’t just pull them off shelves. It takes a while to get them trained, to match them to the proper community.

Ottenbreit went on to say they can’t force physicians to stay in a community.

“We have communities offering housing, and these types of things, and we still face these challenges,” he said.

The Rural Health Minister added that in the past “five or six years” Preeceville has received 5 new doctors, but four have left.

Strykowski says she and her family are tired of being told to wait for the emergency room to reopen.

“We need to be somewhere where there’s a hospital. So that means leaving our school, our jobs, and our family,” she said with tears running down her cheeks.

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Atomic bomb survivors want Obama to apologize during visit to Hiroshima

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TOKYO – A group representing Japanese survivors of U.S. atomic bombings urged President Barack Obama to hear their stories and apologize when he visits Hiroshima.

Two leaders of the Tokyo-based nationwide group told a news conference in Tokyo on Thursday that many survivors still want an apology though they have long avoided an outright demand for one out of fear that it would be counterproductive.



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    Toshiki Fujimori, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bombing, said he found it awkward to hear local and central government officials going over their heads to say they were not asking for an apology.

    “I suspect there was a pressure (not to seek an apology) to create an atmosphere that would make it easier for Obama to visit Hiroshima,” Fujimori said. “But many of the survivors don’t think they can do without an apology at all.”

    He said the survivors want Obama to know that their suffering is not limited to immediate damage and visible, physical scars. They also suffered discrimination at work, in marriage and in other parts of their lives, by their own people in Japan, he said.

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    U.S. atomic bombings on Hiroshima and Nagasaki at the end of the World War II left killed more than 200,000 people and nearly destroyed the cities.

    Obama will visit Hiroshima on May 27 after the Group of Seven summit in central Japan, becoming the first serving American president to do so.

    Washington said he won’t apologize and a meeting with survivors is unlikely. Japan’s government had also told U.S. officials that it is not expecting an apology, according to Japanese and American officials.

    That apparently prompted the survivors to remind him of their true feelings and expectations for his commitment to a nuclear-free world.

    Terumi Tanaka, a survivor of the Nagasaki atomic bombing who serves Secretary-General of Japan Confederation of A and H Bomb Sufferers Organizations, said he only wished Obama to offer an apology for the survivors for what his wartime government had done to them.

    “Families of the victims, those who lost their children. They deserve an apology and I really hope Mr. Obama will at least apologize to them,” he said.

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Manitoba’s Agri-Food and Manufacturing Sectors Lead the Way to Steady Export Growth

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WINNIPEG —; Thanks to the diversification of its export economy, Manitoba’s exports will grow by four per cent in 2016 and five per cent next year, according to Export Development Canada’s semi-annual Global Export Forecast.

This steady growth, continuing on from last year, is the product of strong performances across all the province’s export sectors, particularly agri-food and manufacturing. Manitoba stands as one of the most diversified export economies in Canada.


“When it comes to exports, we all envy Manitoba. Even though oil exports have fallen off, other sectors have made up for it. Diversification is what you want. It provides stability that the economy can rely on in volatile times like we’re experiencing now,” said Peter Hall, EDC’s Chief Economist.

Agri-food, which is Manitoba’s largest export sector and accounts for more than one-third of the province’s exports, will see overall growth of two per cent this year, followed by five per cent in 2017.

This positive outlook is being driven by pork meat and hog exports, with increasing Asian demand coming off the heels of the Canada-Korea Free Trade Agreement (FTA). EDC also expects Manitoba to benefit from U.S. pork production dropping back to normal levels after years of record-highs.

Within the agri-food sector, Manitoba’s oilseeds and pulse exports will also perform relatively well this year and next. The strength of these sub-sectors will help offset this year’s decline in wheat exports. Despite relatively strong wheat production in the province, global demand for wheat is expected to be weaker due to high inventories and strong production from the United States, China and India.

The manufacturing sector is another bright spot in the province’s export outlook, with motor vehicles experiencing a 22 per cent increase and aerospace a 16 per cent increase this year. Companies like New Flyer Industries, a bus manufacturer, are leading the charge with several important contract wins in 2016.

“New Flyer Industries specialized in heavy-duty buses, focussed on innovation and now they are a leader in North America for this technology. They’ve been so successful in part because they know how to sell into markets outside of Canada,” noted Hall.

While provincial exports will continue to rely heavily on the strength of the U.S. economy, the diversity of Manitoba’s exports presents opportunities in emerging markets as well.

“Export growth is still mostly about U.S. demand, however, Manitoba companies and producers have the opportunity to gain entry beyond North America because of the variety and types of products they are selling. It’s not just hogs and wheat, but also pharmaceuticals and clean technology,” added Hall. “Growth is coming and now is the time for Manitoba exporters to look beyond the United States and capitalize on the international opportunities before them.”

Mr. Hall will be joining local businesses people today at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg to discuss the export outlook for Manitoba and Canada.

The event is being held in collaboration with Manitoba Trade and Investment. Over the past month, Hall has been travelling across Canada for EDC’s Let’s Talk Exports tour, which offers insights on the current global economy and explores how economic trends will impact Canadian companies and exporters.

Visit EDC’s Global Export Forecast: Spring 2016 to learn more.

About EDC is Canada’s trade finance agency, providing financing and insurance solutions locally and around the world to help Canadian companies of any size respond to international business opportunities. As a profitable Crown corporation that operates on
commercial principles, EDC works together with private- and public-sector financial institutions to create greater capacity for Canadian companies to engage in trade and investment.

Some of its services include the Export Guarantee Program to help exporters access more financing, direct financing in support of contracts and direct investment abroad, Foreign Exchange Facility Guarantees to help exporters manage foreign exchange risk, and Political Risk Insurance that can cover up to 90 per cent of losses from political risks in foreign markets.

EDC’s economics team includes some of Canada’s leading trade experts, who share their knowledge freely with Canadian companies looking to grow their international sales and help them manage the associated market risks. Its semi-annual Global Economic Forecast addresses the latest global export conditions, including providing perspectives on leading economic trends and export strategies to help Canadian companies of all sizes maximize their export growth.

The forecast also analyzes a range of risks for which exporters should be prepared.

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#elbowgate: Trudeau’s ‘elbow’ trends on Twitter, creates debate

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The accusations Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s “elbowed” of NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau and manhandled Conservative whip Gordon Brown not only caused a stir in the House of Commons, it also caused the collective internet to overheat as well.

Tuesday’s incident on Parliament Hill immediately started trending on 老域名怎么购买 with the hashtag #elbowgate.

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Seniors Night at Balfour Collegiate touted as “Best ever” after almost being cancelled

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REGINA – Organizers are touting this year’s Seniors Night at Balfour Collegiate as the best to-date, after almost being cancelled a couple months ago.

The night’s event featured a packed room of seniors like Doreen Kuzyk who has been attending the event for the past five years.

They were treated to an entertainment program featuring student volunteers who performed music, dance and special acts.

 “The performances are something else, they’re wonderful,” Kuzyk says


It’s has been no easy event to pull off. According to volunteers, it takes months of planning, but it’s worth it.

“Everyone looks forward to it. It’s a good atmosphere,” Grade 12 student Kaitlyn Tonita says.

She and a couple hundred other students helped to transform the school’s gymnasium in to a banquet hall, adding that seniors get the five-star treatment.

“We escort the seniors from the buses into our facility,” Tonita adds.

It’s an amazing sight to see for Raeleen Fehr-Rose, the event’s organizer.

“It’s very heart-warming because it really is the generations connecting with each other.”

It was a connection almost severed this year as funding was cut by the school board.

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However, a crowd-funding page started by Fehr-Rose raised more than enough to save the event after media, including Global Regina picked up the story.

“Since it’s not an event that we charge money to attend it really was because of the community donations,” Fehr-Rose says.

According Fehr-Rose, this year’s Seniors Night saw approximately 600 people in attendance, making it the most successful ever.

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Chaos erupts on Hill: Trudeau apologizes for physical contact with Opposition MPs

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The House of Commons appeared to be in utter chaos Wednesday, with the prime minister at the centre of the melee.

Justin Trudeau was accused of “manhandling” the Conservative whip and elbowing NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau on the floor of the House of Commons just prior to a vote on controversial assisted-dying legislation, Bill C-14.

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“I was standing in the centre talking to some colleagues,” Brosseau told the House after calm was restored. “I was elbowed in the chest by the prime minister and then I had to leave.

“It was very overwhelming and so I left the chamber to go and sit in the lobby. I missed the vote because of this.”


Footage from the Commons television feed showed Trudeau wading into a clutch of MPs, mostly New Democrats, and pulling Opposition whip Gordon Brown through the crowd in an effort to get the vote started – a no-no in parliamentary procedure.

“This isn’t about me, it’s about the Liberal Party’s lack of respect for Parliament, and its unilateral attempts to take control of the House of Commons, which set off tonight’s events,” Brown said afterwards.

READ MORE: What caused ‘Elbowgate,’ and why it was an unnecessary kerfuffle

Trudeau says he was just trying to help the Conservative party whip through a throng of MPs prior to the vote and insists he never intended to hurt anyone.

At one point shortly thereafter, Trudeau and NDP Leader Tom Mulcair were in a face-to-face shouting match.

“I have never seen anything like it,” NDP MP Niki Ashton said on 老域名怎么购买. “I witnessed the PM push one of my colleagues into my desk in the House of Commons.”

Conservative MP David Sweet said the prime minister behaved like a bully.

Trudeau apologized after the incident

“I came in physical contact with a number of members as I extended my arm,” Trudeau said. “I did not intend to offend or impact on anyone.”

WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologizes for his ‘behaviour’

“I apologize for that unreservedly,” Trudeau said shortly after.

“I take responsibility.”

The incident had the Commons in an uproar as MPs shouted and pounded their desks.

“People would call what happened here assault,” Ashton said.

“Trudeau’s actions weren’t very feminist,” she added.

Green Party Leader Elizabeth May asked for calm.

“What we saw was unacceptable, but let’s keep perspective,” said May, adding Trudeau was trying to move along the vote.

“It was innocent mischief,” she said, to vocal objections from her fellow MPs.

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May continued to defend Trudeau, saying Trudeau did not realize Brosseau was behind him as he made contact.

NDP MP Peter Julian says whether or not the contact was intended, it is inappropriate.

“I would hope that all members would…join together to say physical confrontation…is unacceptable in this place and anywhere across this country,” said Julian.

“Clearly this was not an environment of respect,” said Opposition House Leader Andrew Scheer to reporters outside the Commons.

“I’ve never seen anything like this.”

Brosseau, who left after the incident, would likely not be making comment Wednesday Julian said.

“It was a pretty violent push,” Julian said, adding physical contact in the House is not the “Canadian way.”

“It was disgraceful.”

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