24 Nov -

‘Knees together’ judge gets more time to respond to suggested removal from bench

The Canadian Judicial Council says a judge who asked a sex assault complainant why she couldn’t keep her knees together has been given more time to respond to a recommendation he be removed from the bench.

Justice Robin Camp made comment while a Calgary provincial court judge in a 2014 sexual assault trial, during which he also referred to the woman as ” the accused” and told her “pain and sex sometimes go together.”

READ MORE: A look at the legal career and trial that led to judge Robin Camp controversy

Last month, a judicial council panel recommended the comments should cost Camp his job.

Council spokesperson Johanna Laporte says Camp’s lawyer had 30 days — until Dec. 30 — to file a response, but asked for more time.

She says he has been given until Jan. 6 to make his submission.

Watch below: Global’s past coverage of the controversy surrounding Robin Camp

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Judicial committee says ‘knees together’ judge Robin Camp should lose his job


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  • Judicial committee says ‘knees together’ judge Robin Camp should lose his job

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    READ MORE: Judicial committee says ‘knees together’ judge Robin Camp should lose his job

    Council is then to make a recommendation on Camp’s future to federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.

    Camp apologized at his disciplinary hearing in September for what he called his rude and insulting attitude toward the woman. He testified that he made mistakes but was willing to learn from them and wanted to remain on the bench.

    “I was not the good judge I thought I was,” Camp said. “Canadians deserve more from their judges.''

    READ MORE: Judge in ‘knees together’ retrial says a woman can change her mind on consent

    Camp’s lawyer, Frank Addario, argued that removing Camp would send the wrong message to other judges who want to improve themselves.

    But the committee said Camp’s apology and other efforts, such as counselling and training, didn’t make up for the damage he caused.

    “We conclude that Justice Camp’s conduct is so manifestly and profoundly destructive of the concept of the impartiality, integrity and independence of the judicial role that public confidence is sufficiently undermined to render the judge incapable of executing the judicial office,” wrote the five-member panel.

24 Nov -

1 in 4 Canadians admit to driving while legally drunk, half think limit is too low

A full quarter of Canadians admit they’ve had a few too many drinks before driving in the past, a new poll reveals. A full half of the population thinks the legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers should be raised.

The survey was conducted between by Ipsos on behalf of Global News between Dec. 16 and Dec. 19, and it highlights some surprising trends when it comes to attitudes toward impaired driving across Canada.

Sean Simpson, vice president of Ipsos Public Affairs, said the polling firm didn’t place a time limit on when an incident occurred, so it’s perhaps not surprising that 24 per cent of respondents said they’d been legally drunk behind the wheel.

“It could have been one time,” he pointed out. “You know, people make mistakes and you hope they learn from them and don’t do it again.”

WATCH: Saskatchewan continues to lead country in impaired driving

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A more worrisome result was the nearly two-in-10 Canadians who agreed that they “feel comfortable driving after a few drinks, even though they might be over the legal limit.”

“It’s 16 per cent of Canadians who say ‘to heck with the legal limit, I know my limit so I feel comfortable getting behind the wheel,’” Simpson noted.

Legal limit too low?

One of the most surprising figures in the survey, said Simpson, was that about half of respondents said they believe the legal limit for what constitutes impaired driving (0.08 per cent blood alcohol content or higher) is too low.

Basically, these people think you should be able to drink more before you’re considered legally impaired.

READ MORE: Trudeau government begins to (slightly) lose its appeal

But a controlled test conducted recently by York Regional Police showed that the average person may not know how 0.08 per cent feels. Even when people were still below the legal limit, they judged themselves far too impaired to drive. At 0.06 per cent, some said they felt so drunk they would never consider operating a vehicle.

Staff Sgt. Sarah Riddell of York Regional Police told Global News the legal limit is really no indication of how drunk a person feels.

“It just goes to show that realistically, no amount of alcohol is a safe amount of alcohol in your system when you’re thinking about driving,” she said.

WATCH: Experiment tests the definition of ‘drunk driving’

There may be some “targeted education” that needs to happen, Simpson noted.

“That (would say) ‘this is the limit, regardless of what you believe you’re capable of handling, there is the law and you’re judged against the law.’”

Generational divide

Among the 24 per cent of respondents who admitted to having driven while legally impaired at least once, baby boomers seemed to be the worse offenders (29 per cent).

Still, Canadians over the age of 55 took a very cautious approach to drinking and driving in general. Just 15 per cent agreed that it’s OK to have a few drinks and then drive, even if you might be over the limit. On average, they said they could consume 1.8 drinks and still be fine to get behind the wheel.

The same cannot be said of millennials. Almost 40 per cent of the youngest cohort polled said that it’s okay to have a few drinks and then drive even if you might be legally impaired, and on average they felt it would be fine to consume a full 2.5 drinks before driving home.

“I think what is more acceptable among young people is this idea seemingly of knowing your own limit, and having one or two drinks and then still driving home even if you legally might be impaired,” Simpson noted.

“Almost like self-policing, rather than this limit that’s been decided by governments … there’s clearly a generational divide.”

These attitudes were also more prevalent among men, and for some reason, among British Columbians. Simpson said he’s not sure why that province showed different data.

“They were more likely to admit to having driven while legally impaired and they’re the most likely to say they feel comfortable driving after a few drinks even though they might be over the limit,” he explained.

“They’re among the least likely to support roadside breath tests.”

WATCH: Three B.C. cities make top 10 drunk driving list

This poll was conducted between Dec. 16 and Dec. 19, 2016, with a sample of 1,000 Canadians from Ipsos’ online panel who were interviewed online. In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/ – 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all Canadian adults been polled. All sample surveys and polls may be subject to other sources of error, including, but not limited to coverage error, and measurement error.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story stated that the legal blood alcohol content limit is 0.8 per cent. The limit is 0.08 per cent. 

24 Nov -

Parents of Canadian held hostage in Afghanistan since 2012 speak out about new video

TORONTO – The parents of a Canadian man held hostage in Afghanistan say a recently released video of their son and his family marks the first time they’ve seen their two grandchildren, who were born in captivity.

Canadian Joshua Boyle and his American wife, Caitlan Coleman, were kidnapped in 2012 while travelling in a mountainous region of northern Afghanistan.

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In a video uploaded to YouTube earlier this week, Coleman – sitting next to her husband and two young children – urges governments on all sides to reach a deal to secure the family’s freedom.

Boyle’s parents, Patrick and Linda Boyle, said they watched the video on Monday, getting their first glimpse at their young grandsons.

“It is an indescribable emotional sense one has watching a grandson making faces at the camera, while hearing our son’s leg chains clanging up and down on the floor as he tries to settle his son,” the Boyles said in a written statement. “It is unbelievable that they have had to shield their sons from their horrible reality for four years.”

The parents say their son told them in a letter that he and his wife have tried to protect their children by pretending their signs of captivity are part of a game being played with guards.

“It is simply heartbreaking to watch both boys so keenly observing their new surroundings in a makeshift film studio, while listening to their mother describe how they were made to watch her being defiled,” the Boyles said.

The video came to public attention through the Site Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist activity online. The group said the video was dated Dec. 3.

READ MORE: Canada calls for release of Joshua Boyle, Canadian held in Afghanistan after new video appears

In the clip, Coleman says her family has been waiting since 2012 for somebody to understand the “Kafkaesque nightmare” they are living.

“We understand both sides hate us and are content to leave us and our two surviving children in these problems but we can only ask and pray that somebody will recognize the atrocities these men carry out against us,” she is heard saying.

The Boyles said their daughter-in-law could not have used a more accurate term than kafkaesque.

“The absence of a clear course of action to escape a complex and bizarre situation that seems it may be somewhere between fiction and reality. Overpowered and constrained by others beyond their control, but striving to break through nonetheless,” the Boyles said.

WATCH: Canadian hostage in Afghanistan desperate plea for help (Aug. 31) 

They said the video appears to confirm that those holding their son and family captive “want to bring this to an end soon.”

“They prefer to reach an understanding during this brief period of the American presidential transition,” the Boyles said. “It also confirms the seriousness and immediacy of the captors’ threats to our four family members.”

The Boyles said they hope all governments involved will bring their son’s case to a safe resolution soon.

A spokesman with Global Affairs Canada said the federal government is “deeply concerned” about the safety and well-being of Joshua Boyle and his family and calls for their unconditional release.

READ MORE: Joshua Boyle, Canadian held hostage in Afghanistan, pleads for help in new video

Coleman’s parents say they are hoping U.S. president-elect Donald Trump will broker her release if President Barack Obama doesn’t succeed before he leaves office.

Jim and Lyn Coleman, of Stewartstown, Pa., spoke to ABC’s “Good Morning America” Wednesday, saying they took solace in seeing their daughter and grandkids looking healthy and in seeing the children for the first time.

“You just want to reach out, you know, and hold them,” Lyn Coleman said of her grandchildren. “And that’s very difficult.”

Joshua Boyle and Coleman vanished after setting off in the summer of 2012 for a journey that took them to Russia, the central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, and then to Afghanistan.

READ MORE: Canadian held in Afghanistan: Who is Joshua Boyle?

Coleman’s parents last heard from their son-in-law on Oct. 8, 2012, from an Internet cafe in what he described as an “unsafe” part of Afghanistan.

In 2013, the couple appeared in two videos asking the U.S. government to free them from the Taliban. Coleman’s parents received a letter last November in which their daughter said she had given birth to a second child in captivity.

A video released in August showed Coleman and Boyle warning that their captors would kill them and their children unless the government in Kabul ends its execution of Taliban prisoners.

With files from The Associated Press

24 Nov -

Students raising money to provide Christmas gifts around the world

For more than 10 years, Linden Christian School in Winnipeg has been making a difference in the lives of children around the world who need it most.

Students from Grades 5 to 12, as well as staff members, raise the bar a little higher every Christmas in order to bring hope through the World Vision’s gift catalogue.

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“I babysit to earn my money, so a couple of the babysitting jobs over the past month (and) I’ve decided that money is going to go towards World Vision,” Grade 12 student Jenna Allison said.

Robert Charach, principal of Linden Christian School, said the initiative has been growing over the past several years and described the amazing partnership of “kids helping kids.”

“They set goals individually, and then collectively they go through a process where they select things that they will purchase with the money they raise … There’s a lot of passion for this project,” he said.

“I think that they are planning to surpass the $180,000 total mark.”

Michael Messenger, president of World Vision Canada, reflected on the importance of the catalogues.

“Every gift in (the catalogue) comes alongside existing communities that we have, so it supplements and supports and it actually builds up the foundation that we can continue to help kids.”

“It is often the difference between just survival and helping kids thrive.”

The school students raise about $15,000 annually for the gift catalogue and through their efforts, they’re learning about being responsible global citizens, giving to those less fortunate and looking beyond themselves.

“I’ve been involved in World Vision fundraising since I was in Grade 5 and it’s a really neat way to have a tangible impact on people around the world,” Allison said.

Students recently spent a lunch hour with Eddy the goat. Goats are one of the many animals the kids have given as gifts to families in developing countries.

“A goat can supply a lot of things. It’s food, milk, all that stuff and it’s very helpful and immunizations can save a child’s life,” Grade 8 student Caelan Cook said.

“Everyone’s getting involved together to help other people who don’t have as much, right? Because we have so much stuff,” Grade 8 student Nikki Gilmour said.

24 Nov -

NS man convicted of child luring, child porn offences granted day parole

A Nova Scotia man convicted of child luring and accessing child pornography has been granted day parole.

READ: NS man who tried to lure children, accessed child porn, soon eligible to apply for parole

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Alexander John Ernst was sentenced to three years in prison in June 2015. Parole Board of Canada documents obtained by Global News show that Ernst used social media to attempt to lure underage females, and one of the potential victims turned out to be an undercover police officer.

A search of his computer following his arrest also turned up 250 deleted images of child pornography.

The case came to light after a Bridgewater man contacted police and reported that his 10 and 12-year-old daughters were allegedly approached over social media. Police said Ernst had arranged to meet the girls in person.

Ernst has been a registered sex offender for nearly a decade, with prior convictions for accessing and possessing child pornography.

Parole documents show Ernst acknowledged being attracted to “younger and smaller females, about age 12 or so,” and refer to him as “a work in progress.”

When rendering their decision, the board said they were satisfied that a “deviant sexual interest and poor emotional regulation” were factors in the offence and granted Ernst day parole until his statutory release date.

The documents also show that during his sentence he completed sex offender programming “at a level of intensity that was consistent with your level of risk,” and as a result “gained in skills and tools that better equip you in recognizing deviant thoughts and risk situations.”  The board said he “demonstrated a motivation for change.”

The board imposed a number of conditions on Ernst’s release including that he not own, use or possess a computer or any device that would allow him unsupervised access to the Internet.

He is also not allowed to purchase or acquire any type of pornography and cannot be in, near or around places where children under the age of 16 are likely to gather, like schools, parks, swimming pools or recreational facilities.

24 Nov -

Calgary break and enters: victims say impact is life-changing

Police say with 23 break and enters in the city every day, it’s the number one crime on the minds of Calgarians.

It’s also a top priority for the Calgary Police Service.

“I’ve had my house broken into,” Chief Roger Chaffin told Global News. “Anybody who has had their house broken into or car stolen knows how deeply invasive it is, how personal it is.”

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  • ‘I thought he was going to cut my throat’: Calgary police investigate home invasions in Springbank Hill, Mayland Heights

    New Calgary police break-and-enter teams recover $850K in stolen property

    READ MORE: New police strategy for break and enters targets prolific offenders in Calgary

    Viktoriya Samarina and Michael Lindenbach had their southwest home broken into in early December.

    Any feeling of comfort they had was stolen from them, along with many of their belongings.

    “It was just terrifying—that feeling knowing that someone had been in your house or could be in your house,” Samarina said. “It was just absolutely paralyzing.”

    There was no sign of forced entry into their home.

    Instead, thieves got in with a key from a realtor lock box.

    “Our house is listed for sale and there’s a real estate lockbox out front that we have been told is unbreakable. They took it, smashed it,” Lindenbach explained.

    He said thieves also took the time to lock up after they left.

    READ MORE: Calgary family awakes at 2 a.m. to man standing in hallway

    It’s a new trend police are investigating in Calgary.

    It shocked the Calgary couple, who had done everything they thought they should to protect their home.

    “It’s almost like they could go online and look at our listing and see what we have because it almost seemed like they knew what they were doing,” Lindenbach said.

    The new Calgary Police Break and Enter Team has worked closely with the couple. It took just two days for investigators to solve the crime and the couple has been able to get much of their stolen property back.

    READ MORE: Police probe more than 40 northeast Calgary break-and-enters

    The one thing that can’t be replaced is the one thing the pair values the most: peace of mind. They’re worried the impact of the break and enter will never truly go away.

    “Just feeling uncomfortable in your own home. It used to be my sanctuary where I escape from the world and now every little noise makes me jump,” Samarina said.

    “It’s terrifying, it’s scary. You hear noises, and you check your locks five times before you go to bed,” Lindenbach added. “You are uneasy.”

    Part II of our special series: New unit seizes over $1M in stolen property, lays hundreds of charges

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Retired Quebec judge Jacques Delisle convicted of murder to remain in prison pending case review

A retired Quebec judge serving a life sentence after being convicted of murdering his wife will not be released from prison pending a federal review of his case, the Superior Court has ruled.

Jacques Delisle claims he was wrongly convicted due to a judicial error and wanted to be freed on bail during the review by the Justice Department.

READ MORE: Quebec judge Jacques Delisle found guilty of murdering wife

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    Delisle was found guilty in 2012 of first-degree murder in the 2009 slaying of his wife, Nicole Rainville.

    In his ruling Wednesday, Justice Benoit Moulin wrote that releasing the 81-year-old Delisle risked undermining the public’s confidence in the justice system.

    “The public’s confidence in the administration of justice demands that Mr. Delisle continue to serve his sentence,” the ruling read.

    “A public, composed of reasonable people, well-informed about the law and of the circumstances of the case and who appreciate the foundations of our criminal justice system…wouldn’t accept his release at this stage of the procedures.”

    READ MORE: Jacques Delisle: Canada’s Justice Minister to review murder conviction of Quebec judge

    Delisle’s conviction was upheld on appeal and the Supreme Court of Canada refused to hear his case.

    The Justice Department, however, decided in September to review his case due to new evidence.

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Delisle’s lawyers argue new ballistics tests reveal the jury convicted their client on faulty evidence and they are requesting a second trial.

READ MORE: Former Quebec judge convicted of killing his wife says he helped her commit suicide

Moulin said the evidence he’s seen isn’t sufficient to authorize Delisle’s release.

“The analysis of expert opinions leads to the conclusion that at the very least, the pathological and ballistic evidence remains litigious,” he wrote.

“Moreover, no expert excludes homicide.”

Delisle denied in a 2015 televised jailhouse interview that he killed Rainville and said he helped her take her own life by leaving a loaded gun for her to use.

READ MORE: Investigation launched into former judge Jacques Delisle’s first-degree murder conviction

He is the only Canadian judge ever convicted of first-degree murder.

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24 Nov -

The best last-minute holiday gifts for him

There’s only a few days left until Christmas, and if you haven’t had a chance to find a present for the man in your life (in between all the holiday parties and shopping for other family members and friends), don’t stress.

Even though you may not have time to go all-out and organize something super-fancy, there are still plenty of things you can pull together.

READ MORE: Geek gift guide: The ultimate holiday list for the nerd in your life

You can gift him a cooking class or a subscription to his favourite magazine; there are also activity-based presents, which only require the purchase of a gift card (research has shown often experiences are way better than things, anyway).

What’s more, as Quartz notes, several retailers are still able to offer rush delivery on some fabulous finds, from Gap to Best Buy and Amazon.

Need a few suggestions? Here are some of the best.

Forty Creek Barrel Select Whisky, $27. Available at liquor stores across Canada.

Jack Black Beard Grooming Kit, $43. Available at sephora长沙桑拿.

Light-Up EQ Bluetooth Speaker, $50. Available at thinkgeek长沙桑拿.

Braun °CoolTec CT5cc Wet&Dry Shaver, $200. Available at eBay长沙夜网.

J.Crew Round Flask, $24.50. Available at jcrew长沙桑拿/ca.

Beretta’s Gift Basket at The Frozen Butcher, $50. Available at frozenbutcher长沙夜网.

Forever 21 Faux Suede Trapper Hat, $20. Available at forever21长沙桑拿/ca.

RW&Co. Down Parka Jacket, $125. Available at rw-co长沙桑拿.

Nike Therma-Sphere Max, $230. Available at nike长沙桑拿/ca.

Purdy’s Chocolatier Snowflake Tin, $22. Available at purdys长沙桑拿.

Simons Folk Pattern Striped Sweater, $69. Available at simons长沙夜网.

Starbucks Copper Coffee Press (8 Cup), $40. Available at starbucks长沙夜网.

Victorinox Swiss Army Evolution Wood 81 Knife, $61. Available at swissarmy长沙桑拿/ca.

Build Your Own Burber by Vicki Smallwood, $23. Available at amazon长沙夜网.

Roots Original Sweatpant, $74. Available at roots长沙桑拿/ca.

SAXX Ultra Tri-Blend Boxer Fly (in Red Hot Heater), $30. Available at saxxunderwear长沙桑拿.

Under Armour Charged Bandit 2 Shoe, $120. Availeble at underarmour长沙桑拿.

Vintage Champion Raptors Jersey, $50. Available at ca.letgo长沙桑拿.

Fogo Island Stripes and Dots Pyjamas, $498. Available at fogoislandshop长沙夜网.

Ted Baker Striped Socks, $39. Available at tedbaker长沙桑拿.


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24 Nov -

In memoriam: Celebrities we lost in 2016

We lost dozens of celebrities in 2016, from legendary musicians to long-time TV stars to pop-culture staples, and it was jarring to wake up to news of another passing almost every week.

As stars age along with us, no doubt we’ll be saying goodbye to more and more of our favourite stars as the years go on, but unquestionably, this year certainly packed a wallop.

RELATED: visit us on Instagram for more tributes

Here are some of the big-name celebrities we lost in 2016, in no particular order.

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Gabor, who lived to the amazing age of 99, was considered one of the last true Hollywood divas.

Muhammad Ali

A true legend beyond description, Ali broke barriers in a hostile time and will live on in infamy for all of his accomplishments.

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Carrie Fisher

Most widely known as Princess Leia of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise, Carrie Fisher passed away just before Christmas after suffering cardiac arrest on a trans-Atlantic flight. Reports claim the 60-year-old never regained consciousness.

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Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds, the beloved ’50s and ’60s star, died one day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, after suffering a stroke. Her alleged last words were “I want to be with Carrie.”

David Bowie

The year started off on a very sad note when iconic musician Bowie passed away at 69 after a clandestine battle with cancer.


Definitely one of the most shocking passings of 2016, legendary musician Prince was found dead in an elevator after reportedly suffering a drug overdose.

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Leonard Cohen

Canada mourned one of their greatest musicians and poets when Cohen passed away in late 2016.

Florence Henderson

Many people considered Henderson as their TV mom, since she played the mom on ‘The Brady Bunch’ for its entire run.

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Alan Thicke

Thicke died unexpectedly in December from a ruptured aorta while he was playing hockey with one of his sons.

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Alan Rickman

Rickman, a tremendous actor who won people’s hearts with roles in various movies including ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ and the ‘Harry Potter’ series, passed away after a lengthy battle with cancer.

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George Michael, ’80s pop star and gay-rights icon, died on Christmas Day after his heart failed. He was 53 and had been reclusive for the past several years.

Gene Wilder

The beloved actor, best-known for playing Willy Wonka in ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,’ passed away from complications from Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83.

Garry Shandling

Actor and comedian Shandling pioneered a pretend brand of self-focused docudrama with ‘The Larry Sanders Show.’

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Patty Duke

Duke, who won her Oscar at age 16 for her performance as Helen Keller in ‘The Miracle Worker,’ passed away at 69.

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René Angélil

Angélil was singer Celine Dion’s manager, mentor and singing coach since she was a teenager. The couple has three children together —René-Charles, 14, and five-year-old twins Nelson and Eddy.

George Gaynes

Gaynes played the lovable doofus Commandant Eric Lassard in the ‘Police Academy’ movies and Punky Brewster’s father in ’80s TV series ‘Punky Brewster.’ He lived a lengthy life, dying at age 98.

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Lemmy Kilmister

The Motorhead frontman, whose outsized persona made him a hero for generations of hard-rockers and metal-heads, died after a brief battle with cancer.

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Glenn Frey

Another death that happened early in the year, Frey was one of the founding members of The Eagles, and he passed away after succumbing to complications from rheumatoid arthritis, acute ulcerative colitis and pneumonia.

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Harper Lee

The author of the best-selling novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ died at the age of 89.

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Gordie Howe

Known as Mr. Hockey, Howe died in June at his daughter’s home at the age of 88.

George Kennedy

The actor, who starred in ‘Cool Hand Luke’ and ‘The Naked Gun’ movies, died at the age of 91.

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Merle Haggard

The country-music legend, who wrote songs like ‘Okie From Muskogee’ and ‘Sing Me Back Home,’ died at 79.

Joey Feek

Country musician Joey Feek passed away after a much-publicized battle with cancer, with millions of fans hanging on her every word as she bravely approached her own death.

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Pat Conroy

Beloved author Conroy died at 70 at his home in Beaufort, South Carolina, surrounded by family and friends.

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Anton Yelchin

One of the most shocking deaths of 2016 was the passing of 27-year-old Yelchin, who was killed by his own car at his residence.

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Doris Roberts

The actress spent nine years portraying Marie Barone on ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’ and was a staple on prime-time TV.

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Arnold Palmer

Known widely as ‘The King of Golf,’ Palmer died at 87 after being admitted to the hospital Thursday for some cardiovascular work.

Morley Safer

One week after retiring from ’60 Minutes,’ Safer died at 84 with 46 years of broadcasting experience under his belt.

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Tony Burton

Burton, who appeared in six ‘Rocky’ films with Sylvester Stallone, died in California at the age of 78.

Joanie ‘Chyna’ Laurer

The former WWE wrestler died at 46 from an apparent overdose of alcohol and drugs.

Christina Grimmie

At the very young age of 22, Grimmie was shot while onstage performing at a concert in Orlando, Florida.

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Abe Vigoda

This star of ‘Barney Miller’ and ‘The Godfather,’ relatively unknown until the mafia movie franchise, died in January at age 94.

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David Gest

Gest, who was married to entertainer Liza Minnelli for five years from 2002 to 2007, was a houseguest on the U.K.’s ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ earlier this year.

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Charmain Carr

Best-known for sweetly portraying the eldest von Trapp daughter Liesl in ‘The Sound of Music,’ Carr died at 73.

Michu Meszaros

Known for playing alien ALF in ’80s sitcom ‘ALF,’ Meszaros died at 76 after a week in a coma.

Frank Sinatra, Jr.

The son of Rat Pack singer Frank Sinatra, Sinatra, Jr. died unexpectedly of cardiac arrest while on tour in Daytona Beach, Florida.

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Malik ‘Phife Dawg’ Taylor

The A Tribe Called Quest rapper suffered from many health issues at the time of his death at 45.

Ronnie Corbett

Corbett, half of much-loved duo ‘The Two Ronnies,’ died at the age of 85.

Youree ‘Miss Cleo’ Harris

The 53-year-old TV psychic appeared frequently in catchy ’90s commercials, selling her ‘readings’ in her Jamaican accent. She died from cancer.

Craig Strickland

Country singer Strickland’s body was found in a lake after he’d gone duck-hunting with a friend; he was only 29.

Afeni Shakur Davis

Davis, the mother of late rapper Tupac Shakur, died in California after reportedly suffering a heart attack.

Alexis Arquette

Transgender activist and sister to Patricia and David Arquette, Alexis passed away from complications from AIDS at the age of 47.

Lou Pearlman

While Pearlman wasn’t necessarily beloved in the music industry, he’s credited with forming boy bands Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync; he died in prison at 62.

Sharon Jones

Jones, the powerhouse who shepherded a soul revival despite not finding stardom until middle age, died at 60 after a pancreatic cancer battle.

Peter Vaughan

The British actor, who died at 93, found an entire legion of new fans as Maester Aemon on ‘Game of Thrones.’

Angela ‘Big Ang’ Raiola

The ‘Mob Wives’ star battled throat cancer for a year before dying with her family and friends by her bedside.

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Denise Katrina ‘Vanity’ Matthews

A one-time Prince protégée, Vanity died after years of battling kidney failure at the age of 57.

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Saskatoon Blades hope to return from holidays with playoff push

The Saskatoon Blades hit a few snags over the first half of the season but hope to return well-rested and ready to compete for a playoff spot.

Back in mid-October, the team seemed poised to maintain their plus-.500 record, but injuries and a grueling travel schedule saw the team slip out of a playoff spot.

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    “It’s been such an up and down … I think it got off to a down when Cameron Hebig was down and out indefinitely and for a long period of time. That just set the tone for a ton of injuries and a lot of adversity,” Blades head coach Dean Brockman said.

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    On top of Hebig, countless players have struggled with injuries including leading scorer Mason McCarty who is expected to be out eight weeks due to a lower-body injury.

    As the midway point comes and goes, the Blades find themselves four points out of a wildcard playoff spot.

    “We know the task at hand is huge for us and enormous to climb, there’s a lot of character in that room and hopefully they’ll bounce back and be ready to go right after Christmas to go and get a bunch of wins,” Brockman said.

    Last week, Saskatoon traded away its captain, Wyatt Sloboshan, defenseman Nolan Reid and a 2017 third-round pick in the latest of many moves the club has made in attempts to build towards the future.

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    The newly acquired players will look to insert fresh determination into the second half of the 2016-17 Western Hockey League (WHL) season.

    “Anywhere you go you want to win, regardless of the trade. I’m in Saskatoon and I’m a Blade now, I want to win here. It’s my last year, so I definitely want to make a push here for the playoffs,” newly acquired Blades center Markson Bechtold said.

    “Obviously this is a rest right now, but you got to be thinking about it, ready to go when you come back. It’s not done yet, we have a lot to do to and to come back and get a playoff spot,” newly acquired Blades defenseman Evan Fiala said.

    The Blades resume play on Dec. 27 in Prince Albert then are back at SaskTel Centre the following night for another bout with the Raiders.

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