24 Nov -

2 men found dead in Mississauga home after neighbour noticed garage door left open

Police are working to identify two men found dead inside a Mississauga home after a concerned neighbour reported a garage door had been left open for several days.

Peel Regional Police responded to a call in the Folkway Drive and Dancer Court area, near Winston Churchill Boulevard and Burnhamthorpe Road West, around 2 p.m. Tuesday.

A member of the public who was concerned for their neighbours’ well-being called police. Officers arrived on scene and found the bodies of two unidentified men inside.

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READ MORE: Vehicles, two bodies recovered from pond in Mississauga

“The house appeared to be open, the garage door had been left open for a couple of days,” Const. Mark Fischer told Global News Wednesday.

“So they called us to attend and check on the well-being … and sadly when police were able to gain entry into the house they found two deceased bodies. I can confirm that they’re two adult males.”

No information on the circumstances of the deaths has been released but police said a coroner has requested an autopsy be conducted to determine the cause of death.

Fischer said police have not been able to officially confirm the identities of the deceased and are waiting on autopsy, DNA and dental results.

“When we receive that information that of course will help because at this point we have no witnesses that saw anything happen between the two,” Fischer said.

“We don’t anticipate any violence that happened before, but at this point we can’t say the cause of death either.”

There was no concerns for public safety in connection with the deaths and police said the homicide bureau is not investigating.

Fischer said investigators do not suspect foul play and the criminal investigations bureau is handling the case pending the results of the autopsy.

Anyone with information on this investigation is asked to call the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 1133 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

24 Nov -

The 5 best things to do while stuck at Edmonton airport this holiday season

Friday, Dec. 23 is forecast to be the busiest day of the year at the Edmonton International Airport.

The EIA estimates it will see 20 per cent more traffic than usual, with more than 24,000 people flying and more than 50,000 dropping them off or greeting them.

So, in case you wind up stranded at the airport (or have been very good, arrived early and find yourself with extra time), here are the top five things to do there to pass the time:

5. De-stress with a therapy dog

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The EIA teamed up with the Pet Therapy Society of Northern Alberta, which has over 60 trained therapy animals, for a trial project at the airport. Nearly every day over the holidays, for at least two hours, there is a volunteer pet and handler wandering the airport making new friends and calming nerves.

READ MORE: Edmonton airport welcomes therapy dogs to calm travellers 

Lori Gertz and her pup Cherry volunteer at EIA every Tuesday.

“People are anxious maybe, stressed from flying or travel in general. We just come out and visit people and get a little pet therapy in… She brings a lot of stress relief.”

Gertz admitted that passengers aren’t the only ones benefiting from Cherry’s cheer.

“She loves it. She gets a little excited in the car as soon as we get to the parkade. And when I put the scarf on, she knows she’s going to work.”

4. Play Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is also alive and well at EIA. However, none of the Pokestops and Gyms are located in secure locations.

READ MORE: EPS urges Edmontonians to look up, be respectful if playing Pokemon Go 

“With the latest update to the game, there are now a bunch of wild Pokemon at EIA,” reads a description on the airport website. “Catch ’em all while you’re here, but be mindful you’re still in an airport.”

3. Keep the kids entertained

The airport has two children’s play areas to help your kiddos burn off steam. They’re located by Gate 66 (after security in domestic-international departures) and by Gate 80 (after security in US departures).

There’s free WiFi at the EIA, so you could take your kids through the online EIA from A to Z Storybook – “a whimsical tale of the places you can fly non-stop from EIA.” And, just in time for the holiday season, EIA has produced a digital storybook called My Friend Eddy. It was written in-house, designed and printed locally.

2. Eat, drink and be merry

The EIA has 60 shops and restaurants, so you certainly won’t lack for snacks and beverages. The latest editions? The Great One’s own Gretzky’s Wine and Whisky and a new watering hole for football fans. 

“There’s Gretzky’s Wine and Whisky which is a wonderful spot,” EIA spokeswoman Heather Hamilton said. “You’ll want to take a look and sit down, have a drink there. We have the new Edmonton Eskimos restaurant – it just opened a couple of days ago. A great chance to take a look at that new service as well.”

You could also snap up some last-minute Christmas gifts while waiting for your flight or grab a quick massage as a gift to yourself.

“Santa’s in the airport,” Hamilton said. “So you can walk around, you may find Santa in the airport, handing out colouring books and gifts for children.”

Gretzky’s Wine and Whisky at Edmonton International Airport, Dec. 20, 2016.

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The new Edmonton Eskimos Sports Bar at the EIA, Dec. 20, 2016.

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The new Edmonton Eskimos Sports Bar at the EIA, Dec. 20, 2016.

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There are more than 60 shops and restaurants at the EIA.

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1. Soak up some arts and culture

There is no shortage of entertainment at the EIA. You could listen to one of the featured local artists performing in various locations around the airport or take in a choral delight.

READ MORE: Local musician’s career takes flight at EIA 

“We also have choirs performing in the airport,” Hamilton said. “You get that extra music as well and we have our professional musicians that play in the airport.”

Is visual art more your thing? The airport has a number of art displays and exhibits. The signature collection includes works like Everything Flows, Nothing Stands Still (a colourful piece that was inspired by the landscape of the North Saskatchewan River), Skywall (a 360-degree photographic panorama of the Alberta landscape) and Bush Pilot in the Northern Sky (an abstract, modern mural by Shadbolt). The partnership collection showcases featured costumes, art and props from shows by Alberta Ballet, Citadel Theatre, Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Reynolds-Alberta Museum – Home of Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame.

You could also stop and admire the Living Wall, a vertical, interior garden that grows various greenery. It’s meant to symbolize EIA’s commitment to sustainable design. The airport is one of the first terminals in the world to target LEED certification.

READ MORE: Edmonton International Airport awarded for being green 

The wall was designed by artist Mike Weinmaster, who was inspired by Alberta’s high altitude cloud formations (Cirrus) and air currents.

The Living Wall is of the art displays at EIA.

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The Living Wall at the Edmonton International Airport, Dec. 20, 2016.

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Local musicians play at the Edmonton International Airport. Dec. 20, 2016.

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24 Nov -

Saskatoon weather outlook: Christmas cool down ahead

Above freezing for the first full day of winter Thursday before a Christmas cool down.

Saskatoon Forecast

Today

Winter officially kicked off at 4:44 a.m. CT this morning under clear skies with temperatures back to -14 and wind chill values around -22.

By sunrise, which was around 9:14 a.m. on this shortest day of the year with only seven hours and 43 minutes of daylight, the sunshine had moved in.

Wednesday, Dec. 21 is the first day of winter in Saskatoon.

Clouds rolled in by noon as the mercury rose up to -4 before it shoots up toward the freezing mark later today.

Tonight

We’ll sit under partly to mostly cloudy skies tonight as temperatures dip back to around -8.

Thursday

The first full day of winter will be a warm one as we slide into the warm sector of a system moving into the north.

Saskatoon sits in the warm sector of a low pressure system swinging into the north on Thursday.

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-14 is around what it’ll feel like tomorrow morning with wind chill under mostly sunny skies to start before a few clouds move in later in the day.

Temperatures will shoot up above freezing by a degree or 2 for an afternoon high with a moderate southwesterly wind gusting upwards of 35 km/h.

Friday

The cold front associated with that system will start to slide through on Friday, bringing in the clouds and a chance of flurries.

Cold front sliding through brings a chance of flurries on Friday.

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The mercury will start off in mid-minus single digits before dropping back into minus double digits by evening.

Christmas Outlook

The effects of the cold front and an arctic high dropping into northeastern Saskatchewan will begin to be felt on Christmas Eve.

Temperatures will fall through the day from the mid-minus teens down toward -20 under mostly cloudy skies.

A cool down is on the way for Christmas across Saskatchewan.

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Then for Christmas Day we should see the clouds clear out and a return of the sunshine as even colder arctic air settles in, further dropping temperatures back into the -20s with an afternoon high around -17.

Southern Saskatchewan could see some snow on Christmas Day with a system sliding by south of the province.

A system sliding by south of Saskatchewan brings a good chance of snow to the south on Christmas Day.

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Boxing Day Monday looks to be mostly sunny as well with a morning low in the mid-minus 20s, feeling like the -30s with wind chill and an afternoon high in the minus teens.

Krista Sharpe took this Your Saskatchewan photo of Mission Ridge Winter Park at Fort Qu’Appelle:

Dec. 21: Krista Sharpe took this Your Saskatchewan photo of Mission Ridge Winter Park at Fort Qu’Appelle.

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24 Nov -

CRTC declares broadband Internet a basic service

Broadband Internet is a basic service that Canadians should have access to regardless of where they live, according to a landmark CRTC ruling that could change the face of Internet access in the country.

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The regulator announced that telecom providers will be made to contribute to a $750 million fund devoted to improving access to broadband Internet services in remote regions of the country. Additionally, local telephone subsidies will be re-routed to broadband Internet.

“Access to broadband Internet service is vital and a basic telecommunication service all Canadians are entitled to receive,” CRTC Chair Jean-Pierre Blais said in a statement. “We are doing our part to bring broadband services to rural and remote communities.”

READ MORE: One in three Canadians ‘satisfied’ with Internet prices

The CRTC also directed ISPs to provide consumers with tools to help them manage data use and avoid overage charges, and recommended that mobile Internet access be available in homes and businesses as well as along major roads.

The ruling also upped the CRTC’s targets for what constitutes basic Internet services “that Canadians need to participate in the digital economy” to 50 megabits per second (Mbps) for downloads and 10 Mbps for uploads, a ten-fold increase over target speeds established in 2011.

However, 82 per cent of Canadian households already enjoy that level of access, according to Michael Geist, Canada Research Chair in Internet and e-commerce law at the University of Ottawa.

“The CRTC is hoping in five years to hit 90 per cent, in effect an 8 per cent increase over 5 years and well over a billion dollars to get there,” Geist told Global News.

Average speeds in Canada are 18.64 Mbps for downloads and 7.26 Mbps for uploads, according to a survey by the Canadian Internet Registration Authority.

READ MORE: CRTC hearings on net neutrality: What you need to know about differential pricing

Geist says that among the most encouraging features of the CRTC ruling is the decision to shift subsidies from local telephone to Internet.

“One of the real highlights of the decision is the recognition that we live in a world where broadband really is the vital form of connectivity and communications, not local voice,” Geist said.

“Shifting those dollars toward broadband access is overdue, but give the CRTC full credit because not everybody was calling for that and they’ve taken an important step by doing it.”

The CRTC’s decision followed its Review of Basic Telecommunications Services consultation, which previously noted Canadians are utilizing the Internet “for an increasing number of uses (including banking, education, health, government services, shopping, entertainment, and social networking), resulting in greater demand for faster speeds.”

READ MORE: Ottawa spending $500M to bring high-speed Internet to rural areas 

But Geist cautions that government and industry cooperation will be vital if the CRTC’s decision is to result in tangible benefits for end consumers.

“The CRTC makes it very clear that this is not for the CRTC alone and, I think they’re right in that regard, the government plays a role here too,” he said.

“We’ve seen funding announcements but I think the government is going to have to continue to make this a focus if we are to achieve the target of universal affordable access,” he added.

Federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains announced last week that the government would be investing up to $500 million to bring high-speed Internet access to 300 rural and remote communities by 2021, as part of its “Connect to Innovate” program.

“By increasing access to high-speed Internet, the ‘Connect to Innovate’ program enhances our rural and remote communities’ ability to innovate, participate in the digital economy and create jobs for middle-class families,” Bains said.

READ MORE: CRTC denies appeal to force big telcos to give access to their wireless networks

Geist says the most underwhelming aspect of the ruling was an insufficient focus on the issue of affordability.

“It’s somewhat unsatisfying to talk about access for all but then not talk about affordable access,” Geist said.

“Just because people have access to the service doesn’t mean that everyone can afford that service. I think there will be continuing pressure on the major Internet service providers to address some of the affordability concerns.”

According to the CRTC’s release, ISPs argued during consultations that “prices for broadband Internet access services are competitive and affordable, and that they compare favourably internationally,” and that pricing is not the sole issue affecting access to broadband services for some Canadians.

READ MORE: Wireless service in Canada remains expensive, but should Ottawa intervene?

Representatives of the digital rights advocacy group OpenMedia lauded the CRTC’s ruling.

“Canadians asked for universal Internet access, support for rural communities, world-class speeds, unlimited data options, and minimum guarantees for the quality of their Internet. And today, we won it all!” Josh Tabish, campaigns director for OpenMedia, said in an emailed statement. “With this ruling, the CRTC has finally listened to Canadians and agreed that residential and mobile Internet is a basic service required for modern life, as important as the telephone.”

“For too long, rural and underserved communities all across Canada have faced an uphill battle to participate meaningfully in our digital economy. Today’s decision will go a long way toward closing this digital divide. Now that the CRTC has spoken, we need to hold the Trudeau government accountable for ensuring this exciting vision becomes a reality,” Tabish added.

Twenty per cent of Canadian households did not subscribe to broadband Internet access at the end of 2013, according to a report by the Canadian Media Concentration Research Project.

—; With a file from the Canadian Press

24 Nov -

Donald Trump’s policies could hurt some Canadian provinces more than others

Whether it’s “Buy American” or his anti-NAFTA stance, Donald Trump’s protectionist views have been a source of apprehension for Canada, and a new TD report warns the incoming administration could hurt some provinces more than others.

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Since Trump’s Nov. 8 election there have been concerns about what his presidency could mean for the Canadian economy, especially in light of his repeated threats to tear up the North American Free Trade Agreement.

READ MORE: Justin Trudeau promises to protect Canadian values, interests if Donald Trump goes too far

“A great deal of protectionist rhetoric was a part of the presidential campaign, which could be harmful to Canada’s manufacturing and exporting regions should such policies be enacted,” said a report from TD economics released Monday.

“While the anti-trade remarks were not necessarily directed at Canada, any renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) would impact trade with the largest foreign market for each province’s exports.”

WATCH: Donald Trump on NAFTA

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Ambrose attacks Trudeau for openness to renegotiate NAFTA

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The report found that provinces with economies based on non-energy exports – like Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and PEI – have the most to lose under a Trump administration.

Whether Trump will make good on his anti-trade threats remains to be seen. Following the U.S. election, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government announced it was willing to open negotiations on NAFTA.

However, Trudeau said earlier this week he would not hesitate to protect Canadian interests if they clash with Trump’s agenda.

The provinces that have the most to gain are Alberta and Saskatchewan, according to TD, as Trump and his administration are vocal supporters of the Keystone XL pipeline, which was blocked by the outgoing Obama administration.

READ MORE: Here’s a look at Donald Trump’s (mostly white, male) cabinet choices

Earlier this month, Trump suggested he’ll move quickly on the Alberta-to-Texas oil pipeline. He’s also named the CEO of Exxon Mobil as his secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, who has long supported the project.

The Trudeau government – which recently approved two major pipeline projects – has also been in favour of Keystone.

“This would naturally benefit the western region of Canada over the longer haul by increasing export capacity for Alberta oil,” the report said. “It would support both the Alberta and Saskatchewan energy industries by reducing the backlog, boosting related manufacturing, and lowering the discount on Canadian oil prices.”

WATCH: 5 things to know about Canada’s softwood lumber trade war with US

An early test of Trump’s administration will focus on the softwood lumber dispute between Canada and U.S. after a previous agreement lapsed this summer, according to TD, which would greatly impact B.C. and Quebec.

The long-standing complaint from U.S. producers states that Canadian lumber is subsidized and exporters are selling lumber at a price that undercuts American producers. Canadian officials have rejected the claim of unfair subsidies.

It is still unclear how Trump’s administration will deal with the dispute. However, a transition team memo obtained by CNN in November suggests Washington is about to embark on an “aggressive, protectionist approach to trade both with Mexico and with Canada” that would include softwood lumber.

24 Nov -

Year in review 2016: The top caught-on-camera moments

For most people, a camera is right at their fingertips, whether it’s a camera on their phone, a body or dash cam or even an old-fashion point-and-shoot camera. And with all these different types of technologies at the fingertips, a lot of dramatic, scary and nerve-wracking moments were captured for the world to see.

Animal encounters

On May 28, Harambe, a gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, was fatally shot after a four-year-old boy fell into the animal’s enclosure. Dramatic video shows Harambe pulling the boy through the exhibit. After the death of the gorilla, there was an outpouring of criticism of how the zoo handled the situation.

Video, which can be viewed above, captured the terrifying moment.

WATCH: Tiger mauls woman to death at Beijing wildlife park

Back in July, a woman at a wildlife park in Beijing was mauled to death after she left her vehicle. The graphic footage shows a woman exiting the car and walking to the other side of the vehicle when a tiger grabbed her and dragged her away.

WATCH: Seal jumps on boat to seek refuge from hunting orca pod

Amazing video shows a seal jumping onto a boat to get away from a pod of orcas in B.C. The people on board the boat said they were whale watching when the event unfolded in front of them.

WATCH: Caught on camera: ‘Beloved’ pit bull dies wagging tail after NY cop shoots it in head

The New York City Police Department was under scrutiny in February after surveillance footage appeared to show a cop fatally shooting a dog in the head outside an apartment unit. The officer was responding to a domestic dispute call when the dog ran into the hallway.

Weather/fires

Hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and wildfires threatened many lives and forced thousands of evacuations around the world in 2016.

One of the top trending videos on YouTube this year was shot by Global News, showing the Fort McMurray wildfire burning out of control behind reporter Reid Feist.

WATCH: Caught on camera: Fort McMurray fire erupts behind Global News reporter

The Fort McMurray wildfire not only prompted massive evacuations in Alberta, it also destroyed 2,400 homes and businesses.

Below is an example of a homeowner who watched his house burn down via the camera in his doorbell.

WATCH: Fort McMurray man watches his own home burn down via doorbell camera

Canada is known not only for its cold winters, but also for the amount of snow and ice it receives each year. However, Montreal didn’t seem prepared for the icy blast early in December as video showed buses, trucks and cars slamming into each other, causing a a pileup on the street as the vehicles tried to navigate a steep hill.

WATCH: Montreal transit buses, cars, trucks slam into each other in winter weather pileup

Landscapers, waterslides and drugs

Back in June, a Toronto landscaper was caught on camera attacking a Global News TV crew that was trying to question him after a woman claimed she paid the man for work he never completed. After Global News’ Sean O’Shea confronted the suspect, Nazmina Ladha, he tipped over a waste can in an attempt to stop O’Shea from asking him questions. The man even punched the camera.

WATCH: Consumer SOS: Sean O’Shea tracks down landscaper who didn’t finish job

Technology exploding unexpectedly also raised some concerns this year. One example was of an e-cigarette exploding inside a man’s pants pocket while he was at a gas station in Kentucky.

WATCH: E-cigarette explodes inside man’s pants at Kentucky gas station

What was supposed to be a fun vacation weekend getaway turned into a painful hospital stay after one man was caught on camera as he fell off a waterslide and broke his arm and fractured his ribs.

WATCH: Caught on camera: Man flies off water slide, breaks arm, ribs

Unfortunately public overdoses on drugs, including heroin and fentanyl, was a big crisis not only in Canada but in the U.S.

People were caught on camera overdosed in their vehicles, in front of children and — in the case of the video below — on a public sidewalk where onlookers laughed.

WATCH: Disturbing video showing couple’s heroin overdose on Memphis sidewalk as onlookers laugh

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With files from: The Associated Press, Alexander Maveal, Reid Fiest, Elton Hobson, Sean O’Shea, Jenny Sung and Adam Frisk

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24 Nov -

Driver in fatal Burnaby hit-and-run sentenced to 4.5 years

Ibrahim Ali was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail for his involvement in a fatal Burnaby hit-and-run incident earlier this year.

The accident claimed the life of 25-year-old Emily Sheane on March 10.

Police said at the time of the accident, a man and a woman were seen speeding in a dark-coloured Range Rover down Willingdon Avenue just after midnight. The vehicle then ran a red light and crashed into a red Toyota travelling on Deer Lake Parkway.

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Sheane, who was driving the Toyota, was killed upon impact. She was coming home from work at Joe Fortes in downtown Vancouver.

A coworker told Global News Sheane had worked there for eight years. She started as a busser and worked her way up to front of house staff. She also did graphic design work on the side. The coworker described Sheane as “artistic, vibrant and always had a smile on her face.”

Ali, a United Nations gang associate, was arrested days later in Creston, B.C. and charged on March 17, 2016 with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and leaving the scene of an accident where the death occurred. The 18-year-old woman that was arrested in Creston with Ali appeared in court on an unrelated matter and was not charged in relation to the hit-and-run.

Following the sudden death of Sheane, condolences poured in for the young woman on social media — many calling her “talented” and “a beautiful person.”

At his sentencing hearing today, Ali said in a prepared statement to Sheane’s family that he was “scared and a coward”.

Ali was then sentenced to four-and-a-half years in jail minus time served.

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Edmonton’s Top 10 videos of 2016

From incredible video captured during the Fort McMurray wildfire this spring to a heartwarming video of a local dancer with Down syndrome, Global Edmonton viewers were captivated by online video this year.

Whether you were at home, school or work, you were bound to have spent some time this year watching videos online.

As 2016 comes to a close, here’s a look back at the videos viewers in the Edmonton area found most interesting this year.

You can also vote for your most memorable video of the year in our poll at the bottom of the page.

10) Crude sign on Edmonton ring road lights up social media: ‘We done b*itches’ 

Edmonton drivers celebrated the completion of Anthony Henday Drive in a number of ways this fall. Some chose to drive the full length of the ring road while others took a different approach.

A video of a digital construction sign went viral on social media after someone changed the message to say “NEW NORTH A. HENDAY NOW OPEN… WE DONE B*ITCHES.”

9) Powerful video captures resident’s escape from Fort McMurray wildfire

Five of this year’s Top 10 videos were captured during the Fort McMurray wildfire in May. This video was posted to YouTube during the evacuation and shows the incredible scene around the northern Alberta community as a resident and his family fled the area.

With flames surrounding the highway and emergency sirens ringing in the background, the residents can be heard saying “I can feel the heat here. This is insane.”

8) ‘That is how a police officer is supposed to do their job’: Edmontonian posts police encounter online

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    Over the summer, as tensions in the United States rose over police shootings, an Edmonton man was so concerned about being pulled over by police that he decided to record the interaction on video.

    What happened while he was pulled over for speeding surprised Kurt Thomas. The conversation with the police officer ended up turning into a friendly discussion about his vehicle.

    “I’ve got a question for you,” the officer said in the video.”How do you like this car?… I’ve seen it around but I don’t know anyone that owns one, I just wondered how they are.”

    The pair continued to talk about their shared passion for cars. Before leaving, the officer had one last thing to add.

    “We’ve just had too many people in big crashes this year so you’ve got to slow down,” the officer said. “I just don’t want you to get hurt.”

    Thomas said the interaction gave him a fresh perspective of the police.

    “I believe that this guy did his job at a high level. He conducted himself with a high level of class, courtesy, respect and professionalism,” Thomas said. “That is how a police officer is supposed to do their job.”

    7) Fort McMurray wildfire: satellite maps show the damage

    In the days following the evacuation of Fort McMurray, what was left of the community weighed heavily on the minds of those forced to flee their homes. Was their home still standing? If so, in what condition?

    The first clear satellite images of Fort McMurray were released, providing some answers for residents.

    6) Fort McMurray man watches his own home burn down via doorbell camera

    On May 3, as tens of thousands of people fled Fort McMurray, one man’s doorbell camera captured a desperate battle as firefighters worked to save his home from the flames.

    Ken Bell, 40, had just installed a new security system in his home in the North Parsons neighbourhood, which included a doorbell camera.

    It was through this camera that Bell, an oilpatch worker and longtime Fort McMurray resident, watched as firefighters battled to save the house he and his two children called home.

    5) Dangerous driver caught on dashcam along Alberta’s QEII Highway

    A dangerously close pass along Alberta’s Queen Elizabeth Highway was caught on dashcam in April and the video, posted to Facebook, went viral.

    The video shows a car driving in the right-hand lane of the highway. The car then swerves into the middle of the road, speeding between two cars instead of passing safely.

    The dangerous pass happened near Bowden, Alta.

    Earlier this month, the Calgary man charged with dangerous driving in the incident had his charge withdrawn. The Crown prosecutor’s office said after speaking to witnesses, there was no reasonable likelihood of conviction as no one would be able to positively identify who was driving the car.

    4) Fort McMurray wildfire: Aerial footage of the destruction in Abasand and Beacon Hill 

    Less than a week after the Fort McMurray wildfire broke out, Global News obtained aerial footage of the devastation caused in the Abasand and Beacon Hill neighbourhoods, two of the hardest-hit areas of the community.

    The beginning of the chopper video showed several homes burned to the ground in the Abasand neighbourhood. Next, the helicopter flies south over the Beacon Hill neighbourhood where more homes were levelled.

    3) Dashcam catches road rage on Anthony Henday Drive

    A shocking case of road rage on Anthony Henday Drive was caught on dash cam in April.

    Kurt Walushka was heading home from work when his commute turned dangerous.

    “I was in the passing lane and had a vehicle just about side-swipe me so I hammered on the brakes and leaned on the horn to show him that I was not happy with his driving skills,” Walushka said.

    “He reached over and ended up pulling out a hunting knife and waved that at me.”

    2) Edmonton girl with Down syndrome dazzles with her dance moves 

    A six-year-old Edmonton girl with Down syndrome proved to her peers and complete strangers earlier this year that nothing can hold you back from your dreams, or the stage.

    To a mashup of “Shut Up and Dance” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” a video of Ana Malaniuk dancing with her dance teacher was posted on Facebook and it too went viral.

    Global News caught up with the young dancer and her mom, Sonja Malanuik, who said when her daughter was turned away from one local dance studio, Amanda’s Academy of Dance welcomed Ana with open arms.

    1) Fort McMurray wildfire: A timeline of a disaster 

    The most-viewed video of the year came as the devastating events of the Fort McMurray wildfire were unfolding. In a timeline of events from throughout the first week of May, this timeline video captured the ups and downs of the chaotic time.

    From May 2, when the fire flared up and the morning of May 3 when the beast seemingly died down, to later that afternoon when nearly 90,000 people were forced to flee Fort McMurray, this video captured the eyes and hearts of thousands of people this spring.

    Which video resonated most with you? Vote in our poll below. And if your most-memorable video of the year isn’t on the list, tell us about it in the comments section below.

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    With files from Elton Hobson, Erika Tucker, Global News.

24 Nov -

Quebec announces public inquiry into treatment of First Nations people

The Quebec government announced Wednesday there will be a public inquiry into how First Nations people are treated in the province.

The commission will look at the way different indigenous communities have been treated over the last 15 years.

“No matter the colour of our skin, what we believe or who we love, no one deserves to be humiliated,” said Premier Philippe Couillard.

“We are proposing a forum that will allow us to deal with these issues and to analyze independently, without prejudice or complacency, the actions that must be taken.”

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Retired Superior Court justice Jacques Viens will preside over the commission.

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    The inquiry is one of the recommendations from the independent observer who followed the investigation of Sûreté du Québec officers accused of sexually assaulting indigenous women in Val-d’Or.

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    In November, indigenous women in communities across Quebec said they are sick of the racism they encounter daily.

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    First Nations women said they felt betrayed upon hearing that no charges were laid, adding they fear for their personal safety, especially when they’re alone.

    “I don’t want to be picked up by the police and you don’t know what’s going to happen. Trust is not there anymore,” said Donna Larivière with Femmes autochtones du Québec.

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The Quebec government had previously announced a provincial inquiry would not be necessary because the federal government was already looking into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

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Some argue the national inquiry isn’t large enough to give a clear picture of all the realities specific to Quebec.

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Curbside Christmas tree pickup no longer available in Calgary

Once Christmas has come and gone, don’t try leaving your tree out with your garbage like you used to.

Although the City of Calgary previously picked up dead trees, they will no longer be participating in door-to-door pickup in 2016 as a cost-saving measure. Instead, Calgarians are asked to take their trees to one of 16 temporary drop-off locations throughout the city.

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    All of the trees collected will be chipped and turned into mulch for Calgarians to use again. The mulch from recycled Christmas trees is available to residents for free from the East Calgary Landfill, while supplies last.

    “Calgarians have always been really keen to help us keep trees out of our landfills,” Sharon Howland with Waste and Recycling Services said in a news release.

    “If everyone helps by meeting us half way, we’ll still be able to turn the trees into mulch while also saving taxpayers quite a bit of money.”

    All 16 temporary tree drop-off locations are open from Dec. 26 to Jan. 31:

    Bowness – By the community recycling depot, 7937 43 Ave. N.W.Confederation Park – East parking lot, 905 30 Ave. N.W.Prairie Winds Park – South parking lot, 54 Ave. & Castleridge Blvd. N.EHuntington Hills Athletic Park – 7920 4 St. at Huntstrom Dr. N.E.Bottomlands Park – St. George’s Dr. & 7 Ave. N.E.Marda Loop Communities Association – 3130 16 St. S.W.Parks Compound – 10312 Sacramento Dr. S.W.North Glenmore Park – 6615 37 St. S.W.Woodbine Athletic Park – 96 Woodfield Dr. S.W.Park 96 – 14660 Parkland Blvd. S.E.Pop Davies/Ogden Athletic Park – Ogden Rd. & Millican Rd. S.E.IKEA – 8000 11 St. S.E. (northwest corner of parking lot behind store)Auburn Bay Off Leash Area – 52 St. & Auburn Bay Dr. S.E.Spyhill Landfill* – 69 St. & 112 Ave. N.W.East Calgary Landfill* – 17 Ave. and 68 St. S.E.Shepard Landfill* – 114 Ave. and 68 St. S.E.

    Lights, ornaments, tinsel, string, garland and tree stands must be removed from trees before recycling.

    In addition, Calgarians are asked to not wrap, bag or tie their tree.

    For more information about the city’s Christmas tree recycling program, visit calgary长沙夜网/christmastree.

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