24 Nov -

Eglinton Avenue worst street for pedestrian deaths in Toronto: police

Eglinton Avenue is the deadliest street in Toronto when it comes to pedestrian deaths, police say.

Since the start of 2016, seven pedestrians have been struck and killed by vehicles on Eglinton Avenue between Dufferin Street in the west and Midland Avenue in the east.

“Four collisions were pedestrians who stepped out mid-block and three were a turning movement that caused the collision,” said Toronto police traffic services Const. Clint Stibbe.

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READ MORE: Female pedestrian struck and killed in Leaside

Area residents who spoke with Global News said Eglinton Avenue can be a tricky road to cross because it expands to six lanes and it often leaves pedestrians racing against the clock to get to the other side.

“One time I was crossing and it was my right of way and a car almost hit me,” said one woman crossing at Midland Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East.

Another man crossing at the same intersection said near-misses between cars and pedestrians are a common sight.

READ MORE: Scarborough construction worker killed by car fleeing police: Police watchdog

“I’ve seen people get hit by cars, people get run over by cars,” said the man.

At Midland Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East alone, there have been two pedestrian fatalities including a construction worker who was killed on Oct. 12. A makeshift memorial remains at the TTC bus stop where the incident took place.

Residents along Eglinton Avenue said the problem is that there aren’t enough crosswalks between intersections, prompting some people to try their luck and jaywalk.

READ MORE: Elderly man in wheelchair in life-threatening condition after collision in Scarborough

Toronto police said the onus is not only on drivers, but on pedestrians too.

“Pedestrians have to make sure they’re crossing at proper crosswalks where it’s lighted and controlled,” said Stibbe.

The City of Toronto said it conducts a road safety audit every year on stretches of roads where there are a high number of fatalities and officials then come up with strategies to make the area safer.

24 Nov -

Fire destroys New Brunswick home days before Christmas

A major fire has destroyed the home of a York County couple, burning everything inside, including many of their Christmas gifts.

Nackawic Fire Chief William Hopkins said crews were called to the Temperance Vale, N.B. home at around 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Hopkins said it took more than a dozen firefighters eight hours to put out the blaze.  He said firefighters from other communities also came to help.

Homeowners Phyllis and Roy Coffin have lived in the house for 37 years.  The Coffins were on scene surveying the damage Wednesday morning.

Phyllis told Global News she was out when the fire happened, but her husband was home at the time.

She said they’re grateful no one was injured.

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“I’m devastated by the loss of our home of so many years, but so relieved that Roy got out,” Phyllis said.

She explained they lost everything other than a laptop and the clothes on their backs, but said most things are replaceable.

“It’s a bad situation but we’re alive. We’ll carry-on,” she said.

The couple said they’re staying with family and have made “alternate arrangements” for the holidays.  They plan on rebuilding on the property.

“The community is so kind and supportive.”

Former house resident Wes Corey now lives in Woodstock, N.B. but showed up at his old home to survey the damage after he found out about the fire on social media.

Corey says the Coffins’ house was his family’s homestead and was built in the 1800s.

“I was born in the living room here in 1960,” Corey said.

The youngest of seven, he said his mother decided to deliver him at home with the help of neighbours.

He and his family lived in the house until 1978 when they sold it to the Coffins.

“I think for everybody that’s experienced fire, it’s one of the worst things to witness,” Corey said.

He said he feels for the Coffins and is glad they’re safe.  Corey says he left the Coffins a message through their friends asking if there was anything he could do, including offering them a place to stay.

Corey came to town just a few weeks ago with some of his family to gather footage of the community and house.  He said growing up in the home had a profound impact on his life.

“We were preparing a little video that was going to be a Christmas gift to the rest of our family of growing up in this area,” Corey said.

He’s glad he got back to see the house a few weeks ago before “this unfortunate event happened.”

Corey said his sister is a novelist and has written several books about the community.  Her latest book is just going to publication, he said, and contains information and stories about the house.

Fire Chief issues warning to New Brunswickers regarding home heating

The fire was one of several across the province in the past few weeks.

READ MORE: House fire in Wirral, N.B. claims two lives

Hopkins said the cause is still under investigation, but it’s a good time to remind people about the dangers of electrical fires.

“Now we’ve got the real cold weather and people are using heaters like electric heaters and different things like that [they] could possibly be overloading their electric circuits in their house,” Hopkins said.

He said homeowners people should take extra precautions during the winter months by ensuring cords are safe and said heaters shouldn’t be plugged into extension cords.

Hopkins said it’s also important for people who are burning wood to make sure they have their flues checked and cleaned.  He said people can do their due diligence by making sure “everything is in good, working order.”

24 Nov -

Creative Edmonton Tourism campaign threatens to ‘capture’ Calgarians

In a video making the rounds on social media, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson warns Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi: “Eight of your precious citizens may be taking a trip to Edmonton sooner than you think.”

He then laughs maniacally.

The dramatic clip is actually a campaign by Edmonton Tourism. There’s a link to the website at the bottom of the video, where eight Calgarians could win a fun-filled weekend trip to Edmonton.

It’s a play on Calgary Tourism’s tagline and hashtag: “Capture Calgary.”

“We thought, ‘let’s play on that and create a campaign that would be targeted to Calgarians, to entice them to enter our contest’ and get eight Calgarians ‘captured’ as it were to come check out Edmonton and see what YEG has to offer,” Renee Williams with Edmonton Tourism said.

As of Wednesday afternoon, the video had been viewed more than 14,000 times and over 500 people had entered the contest.

Williams credits a lot of that interest to the mysterious quality of the campaign and – of course – the mayor’s participation.

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    “Mayor Iveson came on board rather quickly and did a great job,” she said. “A little bit of the dramatic flair.”

    The video is also airing in Cineplex theatres in Calgary.

    “We’ve actually had some interesting comments from Calgarians,” Williams said. “A lot of folks entering the contest are coming on social [media] going: ‘I don’t know if you’ll convert me but I’m willing to give it a try.’”

    The prizes will be a weekend getaway to Edmonton and could include hotel stays, restaurants, events at Rogers Place, shopping and winter festivals.

    “The Rogers Place piece is really the key and kind of the hook,” she said. “A lot of people are excited to either come to go to a hockey game or see a concert.”

    Williams said this is the first time Edmonton Tourism has specifically targeted Calgary.

    “We thought, ‘why not?’ We’ve seen Calgary campaigns come to the Edmonton market. With the economy the way that it is, a lot of staycations are happening, people in the province are kind of staying put, staying closer to home and we thought, ‘why not strike while the iron is hot and get into Calgary?’ … and see if we can entice visitation.”

    To learn more about the Capture Calgary contest and to enter, click here.

24 Apr -

Tweets predicted someone would overdose at Toronto nightclub’s all ages concert

Hours before the Friday night “all ages” concert at REBEL nightclub, chilling tweets foretelling the night circulated.

“Five dollars says one person who’s going to dvbbs overdoses on molly,” said one 桑拿会所 user.

“More than one” chimed in someone else.

“Maybe five,” said another.

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READ MORE: 6 hospitalized in addition to woman who died after overdosing at Toronto nightclub: councillor

That night, a 19-year-old woman died of an apparent overdose.

Friends have identified her as Violet Davidson.

A person describing herself as Violet’s sister posted on Facebook, “Today brings much heartbreak and sorrow,” adding that the Durham College student was “an amazing artist.”

It’s believed six other young people were hospitalized for suspected overdoses after partying at REBEL.

Toronto Board of Health chair and Councillor Joe Mihevc said Toronto has a drug prevention and harm reduction programs in place.

“We need to obviously intensify our efforts. We need to make sure that when these big parties, these big raves occur, that they have appropriate security guards (and) appropriate police presence to deter the activity as much as possible,” said Mihevc.

The dad of a 16-year-old girl rushed to hospital from the concert said she claimed she bought the drugs from someone inside REBEL.

“He was sort of working the floor,” the father said, who has asked to be unidentified to protect his daughter.

REBEL did not respond to specific questions from Global News, but a representative emailed a statement.

“REBEL has a zero tolerance drug policy and also subjects every patron entering the venue to a full search. Anyone who is caught with an illegal substance is immediately denied entry,” the statement read in part.

At the VELD Music Festival in 2014, two young people died after over dosing.

VELD is run by the same company as REBEL, INK Entertainment.

The company did not reply to questions about the deaths at VELD.

READ MORE: Woman dead, 16-year-old girl hospitalized after overdosing at popular Toronto nightclub

One city councillor, who is also on the Board of Health, said she wants private venues holding such events to be required to have an ambulance on site.

“Right now it’s not structured at this location where you have Toronto Paramedics on scene to intervene,” said Paula Fletcher.

However, such venues hire private paramedics for events.

24 Apr -

Convictions for killers of Meika Jordan, 6, upgraded to first-degree murder

The Alberta Court of Appeal has upgraded convictions for the killers of six-year-old Meika Jordan, a Calgary girl who was brutally tortured and murdered in November 2011.

Meika’s father, Spencer Jordan, and stepmother, Marie Magoon, are now both convicted of first-degree murder.

The ruling came down Thursday morning from a panel of three justices.

“We agree with the Crown that constructive first-degree murder was created for cases like this one,” the ruling reads. “We have concluded the appellants should be convicted of first-degree murder.”

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    Meika’s mother and stepfather, Kyla and Brian Woodhouse, were in tears as they received news of the decision from the Crown prosecutor.

    “There isn’t a word for what I’m feeling,” Brian Woodhouse told Global News minutes after the decision was handed down.

    “It’s justice,” he said.

    “Six years we have been fighting to get here.”

    READ MORE: Parents relive details of 6-year-old Meika Jordan’s torture during killers’ appeal

    Kyla said she was ecstatic.

    “It’s hard to actually find the words,” she said. “I’m completely over the moon. Finally, justice has been served.”

    The convictions mean Magoon and Jordan will receive automatic life sentences with no chance of parole for at least 25 years.

    The two Crowns who prosecuted the case said the decision is the result of “the hard work of so many.”

    “We are very pleased with the court’s decision and we are encouraged by the potential legal implications ‎for cases involving child homicides,” Hyatt Mograbee and Susan Pepper wrote in a statement to Global News. “We sincerely hope that Meika Jordan’s family gains some comfort from this decision.”

    The pair had first been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 17 years after originally being convicted of second-degree murder.

    A year later in September 2016, both defence and Alberta Justice argued grounds for appeal.

    Watch below: Global’s ongoing coverage of the case

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The Crown had asked the Alberta Court of Appeal to find Meika’s killers guilty of first-degree murder instead of the original trial judge’s finding of second-degree murder. Jordan and Magoon’s hope was to be acquitted or face new trials.

The panel’s ruling states “appeals by both Magoon and Jordan from their convictions are dismissed.”

“I knew it was a possibility, but I honestly didn’t think it would happen,” Brian said, referring to the upgraded conviction.

“This is what winning a lottery must feel like.”

READ MORE: Crown appeals second-degree murder conviction in Meika Jordan case

During the trial and the appeal, court heard Meika was forced to run stairs, was repeatedly hit and was burned. Jordan also dragged her up and down the stairs by her ankles.

24 Apr -

Canada tops Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel 2017’ list

With Canada set to mark its 150th birthday, Lonely Planet marked the world’s second largest country as its number one choice for travellers in 2017.

The respected travel guide recently issued their choices of “Best in Travel 2017” including the top 10 countries, cities, regions and travel bargains.  Canada came out atop the list of countries ahead of Colombia, Finland, Dominica, and Nepal.

Lonely Planet praised Canada for its “inclusiveness and impeccable politeness” as well as “positivity unleashed by its energetic new leader Justin Trudeau,” before talking about the nation’s impending birthday bash.

The guide also pointed to our weak dollar as a positive for travellers looking to taste “Canada’s exciting fusion food and mysteriously underrated wine.”

Lonely Planet also released a list of the best places to be in Canada for its 150th birthday.

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It should come as no surprise that the nation’s capital topped the list as the guide states Ottawa will have “the nation’s biggest birthday bash, with flyovers by the Snowbirds, Canada’s air demonstration squad, a giant street party and free concerts and events, many to be held in the new cultural village being built out of sea containers on York Street.”

While Ottawa seems like an obvious place to be, the second choice might raise an eyebrow or two.

The article’s author, Korina Miller, says that if you can’t make it to Parliament Hill, the next best option would be Charlottetown.

“As the birthplace of Confederation, Charlottetown always celebrates Canada Day in a big way, and for 2017 they’ll be cranking it up a notch,” the article states.

The rest of the top six includes Canada’s National Parks, Toronto, Vancouver and Montreal.

Number 7 on the list is SESQUI, a multimedia dome village which will travel across Canada in 2017.

The top 10 list concludes with Calgary, Dawson City and Regina.

24 Apr -

WestJet says passengers upset with Calgary airport connection travel times

WestJet says passengers are unhappy with the distance between the airline’s international and domestic connections from the Calgary airport’s new international terminal.

“I got in at 9:30 last night, was supposed to be flying out at 9:30,” traveller Cam Lainchbury said. “I ran from one end of the airport to the other, made it to watch my plane fly away.”

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    On Wednesday, Lainchbury was still waiting to catch a flight he says he should have been on Tuesday night. He flew into Calgary on a WestJet flight, but missed his connecting flight at the other end of the airport in the international terminal.

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    WestJet officials suggest it’s happening too often.

    “Some of our guests connecting—say from Kelowna through Calgary—and taking off for Los Angeles, are experiencing up to a two-kilometre walk or essentially 25 minutes depending on exactly where their gates are,” WestJet spokesperson Robert Palmer said.

    WestJet says the problem is where its international gates are located in the new terminal: the furthest point away from the domestic wing.

    “This is our home, this is our hub and yet we have a configuration that’s not working for us,” Palmer said.

    WestJet said it’s added more time to its schedules to allow for the connections, which costs more money. The company says it plans to raise the issue with YYC Calgary International Airport’s new CEO, Bob Sartor, in January.

    READ MORE: A first look at the Calgary airport’s new terminal

    The Calgary airport said its partners are an “important part of growth and development plans” and it looks forward to “further collaboration” in 2017.

    “The new international terminal opened successfully Oct. 31, 2016 and was designed and planned in collaboration with, and with input from, our airline partners,” reads the statement to Global News.

    “The design was endorsed prior to the start of construction in 2011 by all major airlines operating at YYC Calgary International Airport.”

    While there is a shuttle to the new terminal, WestJet says the frequency and seating are limited and suggests it can’t handle large groups of connecting travellers.

    But the airport said airlines were also consulted on the shuttle system and moving walkways.

    “The YYC LINK [shuttle] design, schedule and operations were developed in collaboration with our airline partners,” the airport statement said. “The shuttle is a first in Canada and these 20 vehicles run on a scheduled service that moves YYC passengers from end to end in six minutes.”

    With files from Erika Tucker

24 Apr -

Colorado inmate mistakenly released early, jailed again asks judge to remain free

A convicted Colorado robber who was sent back to prison after being mistakenly released decades before serving his 98-year sentence asked a judge Wednesday to set him free again, arguing it would be unfair for him to remain imprisoned after he started a family, got a steady job and reformed himself.

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Rene Lima-Marin, 38, was convicted in 2000 on multiple counts of robbery, kidnapping and burglary after he and another man robbed two suburban Denver video stores at gunpoint. A judge issued him back-to-back sentences for a total of 98 years.

But a court clerk mistakenly wrote in Lima-Marin’s file that the sentences were to run at the same time. Corrections officials depend on that file to determine how much time an inmate should serve.

READ MORE: Inmate surrenders after being accidentally released from Vancouver Island prison

Lima-Marin was released on parole in 2008. He held a steady job as a window glazer, got married and had a son before authorities realized the mistake in January 2014, when a team of police officers returned him to prison to complete his sentence.

First Assistant Attorney General James Quinn said the case was an unfortunate mistake but not official misconduct, as Lima-Marin’s attorneys allege.

Judge Carlos A. Samour Jr. did not immediately decide whether Lima-Marin should be released, saying he needed time to do more legal research. He got the case after Colorado’s highest court refused to free Lima-Marin earlier this year, saying he should ask a lower court to consider his release instead.

Lima-Marin fought back tears as he told the judge he’s experiencing severe emotional pain because of his separation from his wife, her son who he adopted and another son they had together during his freedom.

“I’m supposed to be the head of the household, the person who’s supposed to guide and lead them … and I’ve been taken away from them,” he said. “I was stupid, and a dumb kid who made a mistake.”

READ MORE: 2 California inmates at large after rappelling out of jail, 2 others apprehended

But prosecutors said Lima-Marin should not be freed because he knew about the clerk’s error and never notified authorities as he set about rebuilding his life.

Lima-Marin’s co-defendant, Michael Clifton, also would have been mistakenly released early, but the error in his file was uncovered after he filed an appeal in his case. Clifton is serving 98 years in prison.

Lima-Marin filed his own appeal of his sentence in 2000 but, in a rare move, asked that it be dismissed less than a year later. Prosecutors said that showed he learned of the clerical error while in prison, and feared further court action on his appeal would call attention to the clerk’s mistake.

Lima-Marin said he asked few questions when his public defender told him he would serve much less than 98 years and urged him to withdraw the appeal.

“All I knew was, my prayers had been answered,” Lima-Marin said of his early release from prison.

24 Apr -

Syrian refugees reflect on one year in Regina

This is a much different December for Chairin Ghanam and her husband Oamr Ezzeddin.

The couple are among the hundreds of Syrian refugees who are now calling Regina their new home, after fleeing Syria and landing in Jordan.

“It’s so special coming to Canada because it’s safe and life is good,” Ghanam said.

“Every day [there is] a bomb. Every day children are killed… I don’t know what’s happening in my country,” she added.

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    Ghanam’s husband, Oamr Ezzeddin, echoed those sentiments. The couple has been watching the situation unfold in Aleppo, Syria and said the contrast to Canada is immeasurable. Esseddin said in Canada, he feels safe.

    “My country is not safe because of the war… Canada is very wonderful. Very peaceful,” he said.

    Ezzeddin said him and his wife now face a new challenge —; adjusting to life in Canada. He said the frigid Saskatchewan temperatures were a shock, but he is getting used to the winter.

    The Regina Open Door Society (RODS) has been helping the family integrate into Canadian society. Ghanam and Ezzeddin are taught English and other critical life skills

    “Everything from catching a bus to how to manage their household, how to dress for winter… Language is very important but we have done life skills [to help] introduce them to the community,” RODS settlement and family services manager Getachew Woldyesus said.

    RODS is also helping Syrian newcomers find work in Canada. According to language and employment services manager Tatiana Zotova, the biggest challenge facing newcomers are the language skills needed to be employed. Zotova said the group remains highly motivated.

    The Ezzeddins are marking their first-year in Canada from Syria.

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    “It takes time, it takes effort. You need to be motivated. But I think our clients are doing really well because they see language as a really important part of the integration,” Zotova said.

    In Syria, Ezzeddin repaired sewing machines for over 25 years. He has been learning English at RODS and said he is making progress.

    “I’m learning English at Open Doors. I think after my English is better, I will find a job,” he said.

    His daughters are also quickly integrating into Canadian life – they even like music idol Justin Bieber.

    “His songs, I like his songs. He’s a Canadian,” Lana said.

    “I like his hair,” she added with a laugh.

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24 Mar -

New questions open old wounds for grieving Winnipeg family

WINNIPEG —; A Winnipeg family grieving the loss of their 18-year old daughter and sister is now coping with the news that she was a homicide victim.

Lydia Whitford, 18, died in July of this year at the foster home where she lived in the RM of Springfield.

RELATED: Manitoba RCMP investigate homicide of 18-year-old woman in RM of Springfield

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RCMP announced on Tuesday that her death has now been ruled a homicide and the investigation is still active.

“I don’t really understand why anybody would hurt her,” said Jessica Whitford, Lydia’ older sister.

Lydia was non-verbal, with epilepsy and autism. She had been in the care of child and family services for almost ten years.

Although she couldn’t speak, Jessica said Lydia was a loving, innocent person.

But not knowing what exactly happened to her sister for more than five months has made the grieving process more difficult.

“It would have helped to know what happened to her, just anything, not just questioning it,” she said.

“It’s been very tragic for our family, the impact is very negative on each one of my family members,” said Lloyd Whitford, Lydia’s older brother.

Both Lloyd and Jessica say it took a week for someone to tell them their sister had died after she passed away on July 14.

“They knew to get a hold of me and I would get a hold of my mom, they never did anything like that,” said Jessica.

An emailed statement from the provincial government says this delay is being investigated.

“Child & Family Services Division and the authority (Southern First Nations Network of Care) are looking into this,” read the statement.

RCMP have made no arrests in connection to Lydia Whitford’s homicide but the investigation is continuing.

24 Mar -

Edmonton mother loses everything in house fire: ‘Nothing is salvageable’

A single Edmonton mother of three is devastated after the home she was renting went up in flames Saturday morning.

“It’s traumatic. It’s having everything that you’ve had and ever worked for just gone. Your Christmas tree, everything else that goes with it is gone,” Vanessa Schaub said.

The fire broke out in the home in the area of 121 Avenue and 93 Street at around 10 a.m.

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The house was destroyed in the blaze. The windows of the home remained boarded up Wednesday afternoon, which was the first time Schaub returned to the house after Saturday’s fire.

READ MORE: Firefighters battle cold temperatures to douse northeast Edmonton house fire

Schaub doesn’t have insurance and said everything she had was lost in the fire, including everything she gathered for her kids for Christmas. But what’s most devastating for her is losing the ashes of her unborn son.

“I was still pregnant with him when he passed away. He was a twin. I never got to know him. That’s all I had of him was his ashes,” she said, holding back tears. “I cannot recover those. Everything’s gone. Nothing is salvageable.

“I have to rebuild everything. Everything. I have things that have travelled with me since many years ago and I can’t get them back. Pictures I’ll never get back. My son’s ashes. None of those are ever going to come back. I worked so hard to make that a home for my family and you’re sitting there and you’re watching the fire and you’re helpless and you can’t do anything, that’s what hurts.”

Schaub said she was cooking Saturday morning when she stepped out of the kitchen to use the washroom. When she came back the fire had taken over.

“Something went wrong,” she said. “It just went out of control. I couldn’t do anything. I noticed that the flames were on the ceiling by that time and by then everything was gone. The most important thing was to get everyone out.”

Fire broke out in a home in the area of 121 Avenue and 93 Street at around 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

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Fire broke out in a home in the area of 121 Avenue and 93 Street at around 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

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Fire broke out in a home in the area of 121 Avenue and 93 Street at around 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

Charles Taylor, Global News

Fire broke out in a home in the area of 121 Avenue and 93 Street at around 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

Charles Taylor, Global News

Fire broke out in a home in the area of 121 Avenue and 93 Street at around 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

Charles Taylor, Global News

Fire broke out in a home in the area of 121 Avenue and 93 Street at around 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016.

Charles Taylor, Global News

Schaub and her three kids – aged seven, four and 20 months – made it out of the home safely. She’s been staying with friends while her kids have been at Kids Kottage, an organization that takes in children for up to 72 hours in emergency situations. Come Thursday, Schaub said she’s not sure what she’ll do.

“Just trying to find something that works for my kids. That’s what matters are my kids,” she said. “I want a home. I want to rebuild, give my kids another shot at everything, another Christmas.”

The exact cause of the fire has not been determined.

A house in north Edmonton remained boarded up Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 after a fire over the weekend.

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A house in north Edmonton remained boarded up Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 after a fire over the weekend.

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A house in north Edmonton remained boarded up Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2016 after a fire over the weekend.

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24 Mar -

IN PHOTOS: Global Edmonton’s 2016 Give Me Shelter campaign delivers the goods

Thanks to the generosity of Edmontonians, Global Edmonton’s annual campaign to gather toys and other items for women and children fleeing domestic violence wrapped up another wildly successful donation drive Wednesday.

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Since 2004, the Give Me Shelter campaign has seen Edmontonians drop by Global’s TV studio to bring goods that are later given to five women’s shelters: Win House, WINGS, A Safe Place, LaSalle Residence and Lurana Shelter.

READ MORE: Give Me Shelter campaign offers hope to women and children who escape domestic violence

According to the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters’ (ACWS) Annual Provincial Shelter data, between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016, 5,032 women and 4,682 children were admitted to Alberta emergency shelters. That same report said 8,076 women and 8,283 children were turned away from ACWS member shelters due to a lack of capacity.

The holiday campaign was started by former Global Edmonton news anchor Lynda Steele.

-With files from Quinn Ohler.

View the photo gallery below of items raised through the Give Me Shelter campaign getting loaded onto trucks Wednesday.

Global Edmonton volunteers load trucks with donations for women and children fleeing domestic violence as part of the Give Me Shelter campaign on Dec. 21, 2016.

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Global Edmonton volunteers load trucks with donations for women and children fleeing domestic violence as part of the Give Me Shelter campaign on Dec. 21, 2016.

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Global Edmonton volunteers load trucks with donations for women and children fleeing domestic violence as part of the Give Me Shelter campaign on Dec. 21, 2016.

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Global Edmonton volunteers load trucks with donations for women and children fleeing domestic violence as part of the Give Me Shelter campaign on Dec. 21, 2016.

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Global Edmonton volunteers load trucks with donations for women and children fleeing domestic violence as part of the Give Me Shelter campaign on Dec. 21, 2016.

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Global Edmonton volunteers load trucks with donations for women and children fleeing domestic violence as part of the Give Me Shelter campaign on Dec. 21, 2016.

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Global Edmonton volunteers load trucks with donations for women and children fleeing domestic violence as part of the Give Me Shelter campaign on Dec. 21, 2016.

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Global Edmonton volunteers load trucks with donations for women and children fleeing domestic violence as part of the Give Me Shelter campaign on Dec. 21, 2016.

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Global Edmonton volunteers load trucks with donations for women and children fleeing domestic violence as part of the Give Me Shelter campaign on Dec. 21, 2016.

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Global Edmonton volunteers load trucks with donations for women and children fleeing domestic violence as part of the Give Me Shelter campaign on Dec. 21, 2016.

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Global Edmonton volunteers load trucks with donations for women and children fleeing domestic violence as part of the Give Me Shelter campaign on Dec. 21, 2016.

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Global Edmonton volunteers get ready to load trucks with donations for women and children fleeing domestic violence as part of the Give Me Shelter campaign on Dec. 21, 2016.

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Watch below: On Nov. 20, 2016, Global Edmonton launched its 13th annual Give Me Shelter campaign. Here’s a report Quinn Ohler filed about the campaign for Global News that day.

Watch below: Gord Steinke speaks with Lynda Steele who started Global Edmonton’s Give Me Shelter campaign 13 years ago. The campaign is aimed at helping families who are escaping domestic violence during the holidays.

24 Mar -

Group behind new Alberta refinery believes it could triple in size

As the NDP government looks for ways to kick start Alberta’s economy, the partnership building the Sturgeon Refinery near Redwater, north of Edmonton, feels it has a very strong case to make.

Phase one of the $8.5-billion refinery is scheduled to begin operating in late 2017. To make that deadline, a small army of men and women are on site every day.

“We have 7,500 people working out here today,” said Ian MacGregor, president of North West Refining, which has partnered with Canadian Natural Upgrading Limited to build the refinery.

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    Along with employment, MacGregor says they have an environmental case as well. The refinery will use carbon capture technology, capturing 40,000 tonnes of CO2 per day, then move it down a pipeline for enhanced oil recovery in central Alberta.

    With the first phase entering the final stages, the partnership is now positioning itself to expand.

    “We always conceived this as three identical copies of the exact same thing,” MacGregor said. “Once we did the engineering for phase one, we’ve more or less got the engineering done now.”

    The next step is to begin a conversation with the provincial government. The province is an integral part of the new refinery. It is providing bitumen and paying for it to be upgraded to diesel.

    “We agreed that we would both go back and have a look at it after we got to a certain point in the construction process,” MacGregor said. “We think we’re nearing that point now.”

    The NDP government campaigned on adding more value to Alberta’s natural resources, but isn’t jumping at the opportunity to expand this partnership just yet.

    “Government hasn’t made any decision with regard to further phases of the Sturgeon Refinery,” Minister of Energy Marg McCuaig-Boyd said in a statement. “We are awaiting completion of phase one so we can assess its operations and make sure that phase two is in the public interest.”

    MacGregor believes the case has been made, and when the time is right, he will approach the government about moving ahead with helping Alberta’s economy.

    “We’re making something of value, we’re doing it in a low CO2 way, and we’re making something we can export with the existing infrastructure we have.”

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