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Nova Scotia pulls ‘racist’ legal argument against Sipekne’katik First Nation

Nova Scotia has decided to pull a controversial legal argument in the ongoing battle over the Alton Natural Gas Storage project.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia premier to apologize to Mi’kmaq for ‘conquered’ people law brief

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The province sent a letter to Justice Suzanne Hood Tuesday, announcing it would withdraw part of the legal argument which suggested the Sipekne’katik First Nation are a conquered people.

In November, government lawyer Alex Cameron argued the province didn’t have a duty to consult with the Sipekne’katik First Nation because the duty to consult extended only to “unconquered people,” and the band’s submission to the Crown in 1760 negated its claim of sovereignty and negated the government’s constitutional duty to consult.

Cameron was removed from the case in December and replaced by provincial Crown attorney Ed Gores.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia Crown lawyer in Alton Gas appeal removed from the case: minister

The brief was presented as part of the province’s case in a legal challenge of the approval of the natural gas project. The Sipekne’katik First Nation argued the province failed in its duty to consult with them on the project.

In the letter sent to Hood, Gores says he “wishes to clarify” the province’s position on the duty to consult. The letter withdraws four paragraphs from the legal argument and removed parts of four others.

READ MORE: Indian Brook First Nation challenging Alton natural gas storage project

In particular, paragraphs 76 and 78 of the legal document —; which held the “unconquered peoples” argument —; were removed.

The letter also withdraws paragraphs 93 and 94, which say there are different treaties for different groups, and that the Sipekne’katik had different treaty rights from other First Nations because they had “treaties of submission” with the British.

When the controversy erupted in November, Naiomi Metallic, chair of aboriginal law and policy at Dalhousie University, told Global News that the arguments put forward by Cameron were “legally and factually wrong.”

“Native people in Canada were never conquered and it’s a racist idea to say we’re conquered,” she told Global News.

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Kremlin spokesperson says breakup of USSR was a ‘disaster,’ calls for new integration

Vladimir Putin believes the disintegration of the Soviet Union was a “disaster,” a Kremlin spokesperson reportedly said Wednesday, while calling for new integration among the countries of the fallen U.S.S.R.

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“Putin still believes that this was a disaster for those peoples who lived under the roof of one union state,” said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, the Russian News Agency reports.

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“This was a disaster that pushed us far back in our development. All the countries that are now independent were actually pushed decades back after the ruin of the Soviet Union.”

While Peskov reportedly admitted reestablishing the U.S.S.R. is “impossible,” he believes there is room for unification.

“The logic dictates the need of new integration in the space of the former Soviet Union.”

WATCH: Parade in Moscow’s Red Square marks 99 years since Russian Revolution

The Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. However, a poll earlier this year suggested that more than half of Russians would support the rebuilding of the U.S.S.R and the return to Soviet rule.

READ MORE: Vladimir Putin’s ‘gunslinger’s gait’ linked to KGB training, study says

Russia is known to flex its muscle in regions neighbouring its borders, and beyond. Russia annexed Crimea two years ago, and has supported separatists in eastern Ukraine.

Russia has a close relationship with Syria, along with a military presence in the war-torn country.

WATCH: Get an inside look at one of Russia’s military bases in Syria

In recent weeks, allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election, apparently aimed at helping President-elect Donald Trump win, has launched vows of investigation by America’s top intelligence agencies.

The relationship between Russia and the U.S. remains fragile.

WATCH: Russia intervened to help Trump win White House: CIA 

On Wednesday, the U.S. disputed comments by Peskov that almost all communications channels between Russia and the United States were frozen, saying that there had been no break in dialog.

”Diplomatic engagement with Russia continues across a wide range of issues,” U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said in a statement. “That we have significant differences with Moscow on some of these issues is well known, but there hasn’t been a break in dialog.”

With files from Reuters

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U.S. Energy Dept. offers $2B loan for carbon capture project similar to Sask. project

The U.S. Energy Department said Wednesday it is offering a conditional, US$2-billion loan guarantee for a carbon capture project at a planned Louisiana methanol plant.

The captured carbon dioxide will be piped to oil fields in Texas, where it will be used to speed up oil production.

Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz called the loan commitment a milestone in federal efforts to capture and store carbon pollution, a key driver of global warming.

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  • SaskPower paid $1.2 million in penalties for carbon capture, among other difficulties

  • Shell’s carbon capture project in Alberta’s oilsands passes milestone

  • Saskatchewan, Ottawa reach agreement on future of coal-fired power plants

    Moniz called the Lake Charles project “a big step forward” for economic development and carbon capture, an emerging technology that has also been pioneered in Canada.

    The Boundary Dam coal power station near Estevan, Sask., has been using carbon capture and storage technology for about two years – possibly the world’s first commercial-scale use of CCS.

    READ MORE: Saskatchewan carbon-capture plant hits 800,000 tonnes of CO2 in one year

    Carbon capture entails catching the carbon emissions from a coal plant or other source and injecting the gas underground for permanent storage or use in speeding oil production.

    Carbon storage is a key component of so-called clean coal, a concept that has been embraced by President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.

    In Canada, by contrast, the Trudeau government wants to phase out the country’s 35 remaining coal-fired power plants by 2030.

    Saskatchewan’s government under Premier Brad Wall has argued for carbon capture and storage and against the imposition of a national carbon-pricing strategy that was accepted by eight other premiers early this month.

    READ MORE: Brad Wall criticizes Ottawa’s plan to phase out coal-fired electricity

    The loan guarantee is the first to be offered by the U.S. Energy Department under an advanced energy program to help promising technologies that are unable to secure private investors.

    Lake Charles Methanol expects to break ground next year on a $3.8 billion plant in Lake Charles, Louisiana, 140 miles east of Houston.

    Don Maley, the company’s president and CEO, said in a statement that the Energy Department’s expected loan guarantee “represents the commitment of the federal government to promote innovative, clean fossil-energy technologies” and allow the project to be completed.

    The project is expected to create about 1,000 construction jobs and 500 permanent jobs. The plant will produce methanol, hydrogen, carbon dioxide and other chemicals from petcoke, a waste product from the refining of heavy crude oil.

    Moniz said on a conference call Wednesday that he has had “cordial” conversations with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Trump’s nominee for energy secretary, but did not discuss the Lake Charles plant or other projects under consideration for Energy Department loans.

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‘12 dares of Christmas’: Nova Scotia man raises money for cousin’s memorial scholarship

A Lower Sackville, N.S., man has taken on a dare – 12 dares, in fact – to raise money for a scholarship that was set up in memory of his cousin who died last year.

READ MORE: Lower Sackville student dies after meningococcal meningitis diagnosis

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Since Dec. 12, 38-year-old Eric Anstey has been completing a dare each day for his “12 dares of Christmas” and posting it on social media while asking people to donate money for the scholarship, established at Sackville High School where 16-year-old Rylee Sears attended.

He said because Sears would have graduated from high school in 2017 he wanted to give a boost to the scholarship.

“Most important to me is it’s being done in his name and that we get to offer some support to some well-deserving students who are going to be starting their college or university career and letting them do that in a way that maybe will be just a little bit of a boost that they wouldn’t have had otherwise,” Anstey told Global News.

While he’s spreading Christmas fun and raising money with his videos, he’s also trying to spread awareness about meningococcal meningitis.

Sears, who was a Grade 10 student at the high school and a defenceman with the Sackville Flyers Midget B team, died in January 2015 from the disease.

“Rylee was an exceptional young man. He was kind, nice to everyone and a kid I admired greatly,” Anstey said. “He has been missed since the day he left by many, many people.”

Anstey said the idea for the fundraiser came from a Secret Santa experience at his workplace last year, when a colleague gave him a gift accompanied with a dare.

“I had to prove that the dare was completed by posting the video on Facebook and those videos got a little bit of popularity, they had 1,500 to 1,700 views and I thought, ‘wow what a great way to do something good,’” Anstey said.

This year he asked people on Facebook for dares and an amount of money they’d donate if he did the dare then chose 12 from the submissions. The dares he’s completed range from lip syncing to Whitney Houston’s I’m Every Woman to re-enacting the Cousin Eddie scene from National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, which has garnered almost 40,000 views.

Anstey said each dare stands out in his mind, including pretending to enter the WWE Raw ring in wrestling tights outside the Lower Sackville Sobeys. He also tried to consume four litres of milk in 30 minutes.

“I failed miserably at that one,” he said.

Through the videos, which have had almost 65,000 views in total, he said he’s raised approximately $3,000 to contribute to the fund, which was started last year by leadership teacher Kerry MacQueen after Sears’ death. There is currently about $5,200 in the fund, not including Anstey’s fundraising.

Chloe Goulden, an 18-year-old student in MacQueen’s class, said they wanted to raise a lot of money for the scholarship because they are in their graduating year, the same year Sears would have entered in September.

Goulden, who had been in Sears’ class since Grade Primary, said though she was unsure at first when hearing about the videos, she’s glad he’s doing them.

“It’s really blown up. He’s been doing awesome things and everyone has been really interested in it and excited,” Goulden said.

READ MORE: Memorial hockey game held in Lower Sackville to support family of Rylee Sears

She said seeing so many people, even those who didn’t know Sears, contribute to the fund either through Anstey’s videos or other efforts like a memorial hockey game has been “awesome.”

“Money is big this time of year, so for somebody to give up their own money to go towards helping the scholarship, it’s more than just a scholarship it’s support for the family and his friends,” Goulden said.

“It kind of gives us a way to still do something for him even though he isn’t here anymore it gives us a way to still be his friend and family, it’s how we can dedicate ourselves to him even though he isn’t here anymore.”

Anstey still has three dares to complete, one of which will take place at the Halifax airport in a ballerina outfit, and on his 12th and final day on Friday, he will shave off his eyebrows.

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Penny, Crosby, Rio Olympics: 10 big Canadian sport stories from 2016

From Team Canada’s victory at the World Cup of Hockey to Penny Oleksiak’s performances in the Olympic pool in Rio, Canadian athletes turned in stellar performances throughout 2016.

In no particular order, here’s a look at 10 big Canadian sport stories from the past year:


Sprinter Andre De Grasse returns home from Rio


Sprinter Andre De Grasse returns home from Rio


#DeBolt: Bromance blossoms between De Grasse and Bolt


Gold medalist Donovan Bailey on Andre de Grasse’s chances in Rio


Canadian sprinter Andre de Grasse could be the next great one


Andre De Grasse wins Canada’s first Olympic sprint medal in 20 years


Andre De Grasse’s mom reacts to son winning bronze; how he got into running


Rio 2016: Andre De Grasse’s coach on what physically makes him such a good sprinter


Why Andre de Grasse is the future of Canadian sprinting


De Grasse wins bronze


Rio 2016: Canadian Andre De Grasse wins bronze in the 100m final


Rio 2016: Andre de Grasse a contender in Men’s 100-metre


De Grasse soars at Canadian Track and Field Championships in Edmonton

Sprinter Andre De Grasse did more than just win three medals at the Rio Games.

He let the world know there might just be an heir apparent to Jamaica’s Usain Bolt, the long-standing owner of the world’s fastest man title.

READ MORE: Andre De Grasse returns home, receives warm welcome from fans

De Grasse won silver in the 200 metres and bronze in the 100 and 4×100 relay in his Olympic debut.

The 22-year-old from Markham, Ont., could be hitting his peak at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Bolt, 30, is not planning to defend his titles at the next Games.


Team Canada’s Brad Marchand (63) hoists the trophy following his team’s victory over Team Europe during World Cup of Hockey finals action in Toronto on Thursday, September 29, 2016.


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The World Cup of Hockey made its return in 2016 and Team Canada picked up where it left off when the tournament was last played in 2004.

The host side successfully defended its title last September by sweeping a best-of-three final against Team Europe.

READ MORE: Canada beats Europe 2-1 to win World Cup of Hockey 2016

Brad Marchand scored the winning goal in the final minute as Canada wrapped up the title with a 2-1 win at Air Canada Centre.

The victory extended Canada’s win streak in best-on-best competition to 16 games, dating back to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics.


Canada’s golden girl Penny Oleksiak heads back to school


Canada’s golden girl Penny Oleksiak heads back to school


4-time Olympic medalist Penny Oleksiak returns to high school


Olympic star Penny Oleksiak heads back to school to start grade 11


Four-time Olympic medallist Penny Oleksiak on her amazing success in Rio


Penny Oleksiak ‘sets bar pretty high’ for 2020 in Tokyo


Gold medalist Penny Oleksiak to carry Canadian flag during Rio 2016 closing ceremony


Behind the lens: Gold medallist Penny Oleksiak and her family on her Olympic stardom


Rio 2016: Canada’s Penny Oleksiak talks about her newfound fame


Penny Oleksiak’s family open up about Canada’s newest star


Calgary swimmers inspired by Penny Oleksiak’s records in Rio


What makes Rio medallist Penny Oleksiak so good?


Rio 2016: Penny Oleksiak wins two medals in Olympic swimming debut, are there more to come?


‘It really meant a lot to me just to know that Canada was behind me 110 per cent’: Penny Oleksiak

WATCH ABOVE: Oleksiak has a breakout year

Penny Oleksiak picked the perfect time for a breakout performance.

The Toronto swimmer won four Olympic medals – including gold in the 100-metre freestyle – and carried the Maple Leaf into the closing ceremony at Maracana Stadium.

READ MORE: Olympic swimming star Penny Oleksiak named Canada’s athlete of the year

Oleksiak, at the tender age of 16, became Canada’s most decorated swimmer at a single Summer Games.

She had competed at the world junior championships just a year earlier.


Canada’s Brooke Henderson is seen on 18th in the women’s individual stroke play at the Olympic Golf course during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 18, 2016.

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Golfer Brooke Henderson became a force on the LPGA Tour in 2015. She showed this year that it was not a fluke.

Henderson won the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship last June to become the first Canadian to win a women’s golf major since 1968.

READ MORE: Teen golf star Brooke Henderson has sights set on Olympics

The 19-year-old from Smiths Falls, Ont., also successfully defended her title at the Cambia Portland Classic.

Henderson posted 15 top-10 finishes on the season and finished the year ranked eighth in the world.


WATCH ABOVE: Milos Raonic does Canada proud at Wimbledon

Tennis player Milos Raonic keeps setting new Canadian benchmarks in his pursuit of that elusive Grand Slam title.

Raonic defeated Swiss ace Roger Federer in a thrilling five-set semifinal at Wimbledon last July to become the first Canadian to reach a men’s singles final at a major.

READ MORE: Young Montreal tennis players inspired by Milos Raonic’s semi-finals Wimbledon win 

The 25-year-old from Thornhill, Ont., dropped a 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) decision to local favourite Andy Murray in the final.

Raonic beat Federer last January in Brisbane to earn his eighth career ATP World Tour title. He closed the season at a career-high No. 3 in the world rankings.


‘It’s a special group’: Gibbons says he’s proud of Jays


‘It’s a special group’: Gibbons says he’s proud of Jays


Blue Jays stave off elimination with 5-1 Game 4 win in ALCS


‘We’re still alive’: Manager John Gibbons on Jays 5-1 win over Cleveland


Jays fans react to ALCS Game 3


Toronto Blue Jays fans watch Game 3 eagerly as team takes on Cleveland


Judge allows Cleveland Indians to wear their uniforms against Toronto Blue Jays


Blue Jays fans thrilled for ALCS Game 3


Gibbons hopes getting back home will re-energize Jays


Baseball fans give thanks for Toronto Blue Jays win over Texas Rangers

The Toronto Blue Jays ended a 22-year playoff drought in 2015. They didn’t wait nearly as long to make their return to baseball’s post-season.

Under new president Mark Shapiro and general manager Ross Atkins, the Blue Jays made it to the American League Championship Series for the second year in a row.

READ MORE: Toronto Raptors fall short against LeBron James in 116-112 loss to Cavaliers

Toronto needed extra innings to defeat the Baltimore Orioles in the wild-card game before sweeping the Texas Rangers in the AL Division Series. The Blue Jays eventually fell to the Cleveland Indians in the ALCS.

Cleveland and Toronto also reached the final four in the NBA. The Cavaliers defeated the Raptors in the Eastern Conference final and then beat the Golden State Warriors in the NBA final.


WATCH ABOVE: Sidney Crosby brings Stanley Cup parade to hometown for 2nd time

Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby keeps finding new ways to top himself.

The 29-year-old forward from Cole Harbour, N.S., had a dream year in 2016.

Crosby helped the Penguins win the Stanley Cup last spring and earned the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player in the playoffs.

He also led Canada to gold at the World Cup of Hockey in September and was named tournament MVP.


WATCH ABOVE: Ottawa Redblacks win cities first Grey Cup in 40 years

Everything looked to be going the Calgary Stampeders’ way entering Grey Cup week.

The West Division champions were riding high after a 15-2-1 regular season and comfortable victory in the West Final. But the final hurdle could not be cleared as the Ottawa Redblacks ended the Stamps’ dominant season in an overtime thriller.

READ MORE: Five things to watch for in the 2016 Grey Cup

Ottawa quarterback Henry Burris threw for 461 yards and earned MVP honours. Ernest Jackson’s 18-yard touchdown catch was the difference.

Toronto’s BMO Field was home to another championship game less than two weeks later. The Seattle Sounders defeated Toronto FC 5-4 on penalty kicks.


WATCH ABOVE: Women dominating for Canada at Rio Olympics

The Canadian Olympic Committee’s goal at the start of the Summer Olympics was a top-12 finish in the medal standings.

Thanks to a 22-medal effort from Canadian athletes, it was mission accomplished.

READ MORE: Penny Oleksiak embraces star status after picking up 4 medals

Canada was 10th in the overall medal count after winning four gold medals, three silvers and 15 bronze medals.

Trampolinist Rosie MacLennan, swimmer Penny Oleksiak, high jumper Derek Drouin and wrestler Erica Wiebe won gold.


Canada’s Shawn Barber competes in the men’s pole vault final during the athletics event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 15, 2016.

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Many athletics fans were left scratching their heads when pole vaulter Shawn Barber struggled mightily at the Rio Games.

Big things were expected for the reigning world champ from Toronto, who had trouble in the qualifying round and ended up settling for a 10th-place finish.

READ MORE: Canadian pole vaulter Shawn Barber tested positive for cocaine before Rio Olympics

It was revealed nearly two months later that Barber was only cleared to compete a few days before the Games after testing positive for trace amounts of cocaine.

Barber was permitted to compete in Rio after it was determined he unknowingly ingested the banned substance during a tryst with a woman in July.

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Family friendly ideas for a Montreal staycation

Staying home for the holidays? No trips to a warm sunny destination on the horizon? Not to worry, says parenting expert Erica Diamond. She dropped by Montreal Global News Morning studios to share her favourite activities for winter fun in the city.

“We have a lot of great things to do in the city, if you’re willing to go out and fight the cold,” Diamond said. “Just get dressed warm and go have a good time.”

No. 1 on her list?

In this file photo, girls slide down ice toboggans, during the second Igloofest week-end in the Old Port, on January 24, 2015.

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Igloofest is an outdoor world-class electronic music festival that runs from Jan.12 to Feb. 19.

Organizers extended the festival this year to help Montreal celebrate its 375 birthday bash with special activities.

Visitors can take in a Nordik village re-imagined by seven Montreal design firms featuring their vision of temporary winter living.

For those with a bit of a competitive streak, the Nordik games could be just the ticket.

Competitors big and small face off in all sorts of events to put their winter survival skills to the test, from the Christmas tree toss, to the dig out your car contest.

For more information or to consult the schedule, visit the Igloofest website.


Luminothérapie is a free activity that runs from Dec. 7 to Jan. 29 at the Place des Festivals. Every year organizers choose a different theme to light up the dark skies over Montreal.

“It’s kind of light therapy, a tribute to the dark months,” Diamond said.

This year’s theme is “Loop” and harkens back to pre-cinema days, with giant zoetrope-like machines that look like oversized hamster wheels.

To get the animation going, participants need to climb inside the wheel and use a push-pull mechanism to activate the zoetrope.

An urban ice fishing village is shown in the Old Port of Montreal, Thursday, January 31, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Graham Hughes.

Ice fishing

What could be more Canadian than ice fishing? But what you might not know is that you can go ice fishing right here in Montreal.

Hop on a heated fanboat at the Quai Jacques-Cartier and motor your way to a new adventure on the St. Lawrence River.

Take part in the Christmas in the Park Festival in three Montreal-area parks.

Christmas in the Park

Three Montreal-area parks are getting a magical makeover for the holiday season.

Place Emilie-Gamelin, Parc des Compagnons de Saint-Laurent and Parc Lahaie are being transformed into Christmas villages, where art, music and creativity converge.

There are over 100 free shows to enjoy, but the fun only lasts until Dec. 25.

For a complete schedule, consult the Noël dans le Parc website.

The photography of William Notman will be on display at the McCord Museum From Nov. 4, 2016 until March 26, 2017.

William Notman/McCord Museum

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McCord Museum

Montrealers have been rushing to the McCord Museum to view a slice of Montreal’s history through the lens of William Notman, a photographer from the 19th century.

Notman gained an international reputation for his photography after arriving on the shores of Montreal in 1876 from his native Scotland.

If you have a little one in tow, you might want to consider Alfred’s Adventures.

It’s a story about a teddy bear desperately looking to reconnect with William, after William’s dad went on a housecleaning spree and decided the toys had to go.

The tale is set to music with 50 objects from the McCord Museum’s collection making cameo appearances as the story unfolds.

People skating in Old Monteral on New Year’s Eve, Montreal, Que., Dec. 31, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS IMAGES/Lee Brown

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Skating, skating, skating

Skating is a winter staple in the city, with limitless options available. Whether you’re looking for a fun date option or trying to impress friends with your fancy twirls, Patiner Montreal, will help you find the perfect rink for your skating needs.

The website lists all of Montreal’s skating rinks and details ice conditions, rink locations and opening hours.

Santa exhibit at the Stewart Museum features 30 figurines of the jolly man. Photo Courtesy of Stewart Museum.

Santas take over the Stewart Museum

For four years now, Jolly Saint-Nick, or at least his likeness, has been taking over the Stewart Museum on Ile-Sainte-Hélène in an annual exhibit.

Visitors are invited to see 30 figurines of Santa as well as a large doll castle that comes to life at the sound of music.

There are also Christmas workshops, scavenger hunts and animated movies to keep the little ones captivated.

While the exhibit is free, donations are welcome. Santas will be on display until Jan. 8, 2017.

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Notable Canadians who died in 2016

From artists to politicians to athletes, Canada lost a number of influential citizens this year.

Gone but not forgotten, here is a look back at some of the notable Canadians who passed in 2016.

Rene Angélil Jan. 16, 1942 —; Jan. 14, 2016

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Rene Angelil, husband of singer Celine Dion, died at his Las Vegas home at the age of 73 after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Angélil was Dion’s manager, mentor and singing coach since she was a teenager. As his health declined, Dion took time away from her career to take care of him.

A meticulously planned funeral for Angélil was held in Montreal on Jan. 22; the event drew more than 2,000 people to Montreal’s Notre-Dame Basilica.

Constance Glube Nov. 23, 1931 — Feb. 15, 2016. Nova Scotia’s first female Supreme Court judge, Constance Glube, died at 84.

Don Getty Aug. 30, 1933 – Feb. 26, 2016

Former Alberta premier Don Getty passed away at the age of 82. Getty was credited for helping to steer Alberta through the economic slowdown and falling energy prices of the 1980s.

Getty also played for the Edmonton Eskimos. He played for 10 years as a quarterback, winning two Grey Cups.

Rob Ford May 28, 1969 – Mar. 22, 2016

Former Toronto mayor Rob Ford passed away after a battle with cancer at the age of 46.

A larger-than-life and divisive personality, Ford often made headlines for his behaviour rather than his policy. Despite the controversy, Ford was remembered as a dedicated man of the people, particularly by the members of so-called Ford Nation.

Ford left behind his wife, Renata, and two young children.

Jim Hillyer July 8, 1974 — Mar. 23, 2016

Conservative MP Jim Hillyer died at the age of 41 in his office, just off Parliament Hill.

Hillyer was a cancer survivor and had a bone marrow transplant in 2003. After his passing, Hillyer’s family said the 13 years after his cancer battle were a “bonus.”

Jean Lapierre May 7, 1956 — Mar. 29, 2016. Former federal politician and Quebec political commentator Jean-Charles Lapierre died in a plane crash while he was en route to his father’s funeral. He was 59.

The crash also killed Lapierre’s wife, sister, two brothers and the plane’s pilot and co-pilot.

John Ridsdell Sept. 9, 1947 — Apr. 25, 2016

Calgary man John Ridsdel was kidnapped in the Philippines and beheaded by extremist group Abu Sayyaf after a ransom deadline passed. He’d been held hostage for six months.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later said the deaths of Ridsdell and fellow captive Robert Hall was his greatest regret of 2016.

Morley Safer Nov. 8, 1931 — May 19, 2016

Just a week after retiring, legendary broadcaster Morley Safer passed away at the age of 84.

Toronto-born Safer spent 46 years in the news business, most notably as a 60 Minutes correspondent. The program aired an hour-long special on Safer’s career in the days before his death.

Norman Tait May 20, 1941 — May 21, 2016. Nisga’a First Nation artist Norman Tait, whose work is displayed around the world, died at age 75.

Rod Zimmer Dec. 19 1942 — June 7, 2016. Athlete, fundraiser, corporate executive and former Manitoba senator Rod Zimmer died at the age of 73.

Gordie Howe March 31, 1928 — June 10, 2016

Hockey legend Gordie Howe passed away at the age of 88, leaving a legacy of four Stanley Cup wins, six Hart Trophies, and even a bridge named in his honour.

Following his death hockey great Wayne Gretzky, who has credited Howe for his playing career, called Howe the “greatest hockey player ever.”

Mr. Hockey and his wife Colleen’s ashes have been interred in the Howe statue outside of  Saskatoon’s SaskTel Centre.

Robert Hall 1949 — June 13, 2016. Hall was executed by extremist group Abu Sayyaf following months of captivity after he was kidnapped in the Philippines along with fellow Canadian John Ridsdel.

Austin Clarke July 26, 1934 — June 26, 2016. The Giller Prize-winning author passed away at age 81.

Ryan Jimmo Nov. 27, 1981 — June 26, 2016. MMA fighter Jimmo, 34, nicknamed “The Big Deal,” was struck by a vehicle and killed in a hit and run in south Edmonton.

Mauril Belanger June 15, 1955 — Aug. 16, 2016. The Liberal MP who championed a more gender-neutral O Canada passed away at age 61 after a battle with ALS.

WATCH: Remembering Mauril Belanger 

Elsie Wayne Apr. 20, 1932 — Aug. 23, 2016. Remembered as a larger-than-life figure, former MP and Saint John mayor Elsie Wayne passed away at 84.

W.P. Kinsella May 25, 1935 — Sept. 16, 2016. Renowned Canadian author W. P. Kinsella passed away at the age of 81, choosing to end his life by assisted suicide.

Annie Pootoogook May 11, 1969 — Sept. 19, 2016. The death of the 46-year-old Inuit artist, whose body was found in the Rideau River, was deemed “suspicious’ by police.

Jim Prentice July 20, 1956 — Oct. 13, 2016

A day of golfing ended tragically for Jim Prentice and three friends in October, when the four were killed in a plane crash near Kelowna, B.C.

The former Alberta premier and federal cabinet minister was remembered as a tireless public servant.

“Jim was a strong voice for the people of Alberta and for the people of Canada,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

“He was highly-respected and well-liked in the House of Commons across all party lines because he brought an intelligent, honest and straightforward approach to everything he did.”

Prentice, recently retired from politics, was working as an advisor and writing a book at the time of his death.

Leonard Cohen Sept. 21, 1934 — Nov. 7, 2016

Legendary Canadian singer, songwriter, author and poet Leonard Cohen died at 82 years old.

Cohen, born in Quebec in 1934, was revered in Canada and around the world.

He was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame as well as the American Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and has been called one of the most influential authors of our time. He was also a companion of the Order of Canada.

Dawn Coe-Jones Oct. 19, 1960 — Nov. 12, 2016. Canadian golfer Dawn Coe-Jones died at age 56 following a battle with bone cancer.

Janet Wright Mar. 8, 1945 — Nov. 14, 2016

Actor Janet Wright died at age 71.


Award-winning stage and screen actor Janet Wright, best known for her portrayal of the long-suffering matriarch on TV show Corner Gas, died at age 71.

Wright and her sister co-founded a theatre in their home province of Saskatchewan in 1974. Over her career she appeared in dozens of productions, working for nearly every major theatre company in Canada.

Over the years she was honoured with two Genie awards as well as a Gemini for ensemble comedy performance.

Alan Thicke Mar. 1, 1947 — Dec. 13, 2016

One of the most iconic TV dads of all time, actor Alan Thicke died suddenly in December, after suffering a heart attack while playing hockey with his son.

Perhaps best known for his role as Jason Seaver in Growing Pains, Thicke’s death sparked grief from former co-stars and everyday Canadians, alike.

With files from Global News and the Canadian Press

24 Nov -

Delta Airlines under fire after YouTube star Adam Saleh allegedly kicked off flight for speaking Arabic

Delta Airlines is facing fierce scrutiny on social media after YouTube star Adam Saleh claimed he and his friend were escorted off a New York-bound flight after having a phone conversation with his mother in Arabic.

Though some people aren’t so sure Saleh is telling the truth.

The video, shared to his 桑拿会所 account @omgAdamSaleh with over 262,000 followers, shows Saleh and his friend being asked to leave the aircraft. Saleh claims they were asked to leave after several passengers said they felt “uncomfortable” hearing him speak Arabic.

“We’re getting kicked out because we spoke a different language,” he says in the video. “This is 2016!”

WATCH: YouTube star Adam Saleh tweeted a video on Wednesday, December 21, alleging that he and a friend were removed from a Delta Airlines flight for speaking Arabic.

In the video, several passengers are seen coming to the defense of Saleh and his friend – one of which can be heard shouting, “This is crazy.” However, when the camera pans to the back of the plane, several passengers can be seen waving and shouting “goodbye” at the two men.

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Global News has not confirmed the circumstances which led to Saleh being removed from the plane but in a statement Wednesday evening, Delta said that “the customers who were removed sought to disrupt the cabin with provocative behavior, including shouting.”

“This type of conduct is not welcome on any Delta flight.”

“While one, according to media reports, is a known prankster who was video recorded and encouraged by his traveling companion, what is paramount to Delta is the safety and comfort of our passengers and employees. It is clear these individuals sought to violate that priority,” the statement read.

READ MORE: Muslim woman detained for ‘suspicious behaviour’ while reading book about Syria during flight

Earlier Wednesday, Delta confirmed the two men were removed after “a disturbance in the cabin resulted in more than 20 customers expressing their discomfort.”

“We’re conducting a full review to understand what transpired. We are taking allegations of discrimination very seriously; our culture requires treating others with respect,” read the statement.

Global News attempted to contact Saleh several times before he announced he boarded another flight; however, our requests to interview the YouTuber were not immediately returned.

In the hours that followed Saleh’s initial tweet, #BoycottDelta began trending in North America as hundreds reacted with outrage over Saleh’s claims.

But not everyone online is buying Saleh’s story.

Several 桑拿会所 users have raised doubts about the authenticity of the YouTuber’s claims, noting that he has made several viral videos pranking airlines in the past. In fact, on Tuesday Saleh uploaded a video titled “I sent myself to another county,” in which he claimed to sneak himself on to a flight by hiding in a suitcase. The video was later debunked by the airline, who tweeted it had footage of Saleh boarding the plane.

In the video he also claims he has been subject to several anti-Muslim remarks on social media.

In a statement to Global News, a spokesperson from Saleh’s management team denied claims the incident was part of a prank.

“I can assure you that this was not a prank and Adam was heading home to see his family after completing the first half of his tour,” said the spokesperson. “Due to racism and discrimination amongst other passengers on the flight, the captain decided that he had to leave the plane.”

In November 2015, a Philadelphia man was briefly stopped from boarding a flight from Chicago after another passenger said he heard him speaking Arabic and felt “uncomfortable.” In June 2015, United Airlines garnered a lot of negative publicity after a Muslim woman was denied an unopened can of Diet Coke because it could “be used as a weapon,” a flight attended allegedly explained.

READ MORE: Arabic-speaking man briefly stopped from boarding plane after passenger complaint

This isn’t the first controversy Delta has faced either. In August, a Muslim couple alleged the were kicked off of a Delta flight from Paris after a flight attendant said she felt uncomfortable with the way they looked.

24 Nov -

Brr, it’s cold outside! Here’s a look at 4 winter weather health risks

‘Tis the season of sub-zero temperatures, driveways full of snow, and unfriendly wind chill – winter weather is on Canadians’ doorsteps.

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Officials have already issued extreme cold weather warnings from Calgary to Toronto and Montreal. In some parts of the country, overnight temperatures have dropped to as low as -27 C.

READ MORE: Calgary weather – city to see coldest temperatures in almost 2 years

Cold weather like this is a nuisance, from icy roads and accidents to bundling up to shovelling the snow in the morning. Aside from the inconveniences, cold weather can affect our health, too.

Global News looks at four health risks the brutal winter weather brings our way.


In extreme cold weather, cold Arctic air hurts our extremities – think hands, feet, fingers, nose, or cheeks — because those areas are most exposed.  It’s the perfect storm for frostbite, according to Dr. Stephen Meldon, an emergency room doctor at Cleveland Clinic. Exposed skin is at risk for frostbite, especially.

It starts with a cold feeling and then it becomes painful with the affected area going numb. Mild frostbite can be treated by submerging the area in warm, not hot water. It might be painful once the tissue starts to warm up but if the pain is unbearable, Meldon suggests heading to the hospital.

READ MORE: Why extreme weather stops us cold

In extreme cold, such as -25 C or -30 C, skin may become prone to frostbite in about five minutes. Keep your kids bundled up – that means thick socks, waterproof boots, gloves, a hat or earmuffs and a warm scarf.

Heart conditions

It’s well documented that heart attack deaths increase during the winter, but many attribute that to the cold temperatures. Turns out that may not be the case.

It’s not necessarily the temperatures that are deadly for your heart – it’s the shorter days, falling out of good habits and lack of exercise that brings our health and immune systems to our knees.

There are a handful of factors at play that contribute to this increase in wintertime heart attacks, according to co-author Dr. Robert Kloner, director of research at the Heart Institute of Good Samaritan Hospital.

READ MORE: Heart attack risks spike in the winter regardless of temperature, location, doctors say

The dip in temperatures makes blood vessels constrict, driving up your blood pressure. Your heart is forced to work overtime as your blood’s gateways narrow, decreasing blood flow.

Another “interesting phenomena” about winter is that the body’s blood itself thickens, making it more likely to clot when exposed to the cold.

Shovelling snow

It might look fluffy and light, but shovelling snow can be exhausting.

“I don’t think people realize how hard they are exerting so you should take frequent breaks. If you get any type of symptoms like chest pain or shortness of breath, please stop,” Meldon said.

Dr. Adrian Baranchuk says that on a winter’s day in 2011, he saw eight people come to hospital suffering from heart attacks after they had shovelled snow.

“Snow shovelling is a combination of things that aren’t good for you,” he said.

He is a cardiologist at Kingston General Hospital and professor at Queen’s University’s School of Medicine.

READ MORE: Slipping on your back, breaking bones or triggering a heart attack – Should you be shovelling the winter snow?

Snow shovelling is an isometric activity, like weightlifting. It’s intense, the equivalent of lifting hundreds of pounds over the course of an hour.

That causes your blood pressure and heart rate to climb quickly, putting stress on your heart. The following factors increase your risk of heart attack while shovelling snow:

It takes place in the morning. Research has also noted that heart attacks are most common in the early part of the day, when hormones and your nervous system are activated.It’s anaerobic exercise. It’s high-activity and very strenuous.It happens in extreme temperatures. This doesn’t help because your arteries are narrowed by the cold.Snow shovellers don’t warm up before they get to work.They also don’t take breaks and push themselves to get the job done.

Falling on ice

Slipping on ice or snow is a rite of passage in Canadians winters. This time of year is when emergency room visits for fractures, broken bones and sprained ankles spike. Physiotherapists and doctors alike note a surge in patients from winter-related incidents. Which injury happens the most? Broken wrists from taking a fall.

For seniors, the injury from taking a fall could leave their health in a precarious position. One in three seniors in Canada falls each year and up to 40 per cent who end up with a broken hip from the injury die within a year.

If you’re walking outside, tread carefully and wear boots with a good grip.

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24 Nov -

New tools launched to educate Canadians about drones, report misuse

Canadians unwrapping a shiny new drone on Christmas morning are being cautioned by the federal government to use it responsibly — or else.

In response to the flood of affordable, hi-tech drones into the market this year, Transport Canada is using the week before Christmas to remind everyone that the machines come with rules attached.

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    A new public awareness campaign makes it clear, for example, that airports, national parks, the border between the U.S. and Canada, highways, military bases or secure areas, forest fires, bridges and any heavily populated area are all “no drone zones.”

    Parliament Hill is also a no-no, for the record.

    READ MORE: 2 injured after near ’mid-air collision’ involving Toronto Porter flight, possible drone

    “Transport Canada is proud of the work that’s been done over the past year to improve safety for Canadians and support innovation for the drone industry,” said MP Kate Young, who serves as parliamentary secretary to Transport Minister Marc Garneau, in a release.

    “Many Canadians will receive or purchase drones over the holidays this year and we encourage all new operators to learn the rules and help us keep the skies safe.”

    Anyone who is unsure of the existing regulations surrounding drones can find out more on the department’s website. Additional regulations will be coming in 2017, the government has said.

    Your neighbours can also now report you directly to the department if they feel you’re flying a drone in an unsafe or irresponsible manner.

    Anyone spotting a drone being flown in a way that poses an immediate threat to safety, security, or privacy can still call local police, but the new reporting tool allows Canadians to report misuse of drones that isn’t necessarily an emergency.

    A drone being flown closer than nine kilometres from an airport would qualify, for example.

    “Transport Canada will review your report and take appropriate action when necessary,” the department’s webpage says.

    “Please note that the department cannot respond directly to every report it receives.”

    WATCH: Edmonton police lay first drone-related charge

    While many drone operators in Canada need a special permit to operate their machines, some commercial drones qualify for an exemption to that rule.

    Transport Canada is reminding everyone to check whether  they need a permit, depending on their circumstances. You can do that by clicking here.

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