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.”

READ MORE: No charges against SQ officers for alleged sexual abuse

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.

    READ MORE: Vigil in solidarity with indigenous women of Val-d’Or held at Place-des-Arts

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

    READ MORE: First Nations women call for Quebec inquiry into systemic racism

    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.

    “I’m afraid for my nieces and my sisters when they go out. This needs to stop.”

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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.

READ MORE: 8 SQ officers suspended in wake of sexual assault allegations

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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24 Nov -

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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Top 5 things to do while stuck at YYC Calgary International Airport during the holidays

Looking for something to do at the Calgary airport while you wait for your flight this holiday season? If you were contemplating talking to the aggressive beauty kiosk salespeople just to pass the time, fear not! YYC Calgary International Airport has lots of ideas on what you can do instead, plus over 185 shops and services for your last-minute shopping needs.

You can also use the hashtag #YYCFestive on Facebook, 桑拿会所 and Instagram to share your holiday moments with others in the airport.

Get your smooch on at the mistletoe zones

You can meet your friends/ family / lovers / unsuspecting strangers under the mistletoe on the Arrivals Level at meeting places A, C and D/E and surprise them with a Christmas kiss!

Listen to some sweet holiday singing

There are seasonal melodies being performed by multicultural choirs, local artists and musical school groups on the Arrivals Level of the new international terminal. If you haven’t had your fill of Christmas music yet, this option is for you! Check out the full schedule here.

Hoping to hear about Frosty, Rudolph and all the other Christmas characters? Check out the seasonal music throughout the airport.

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Take in YYC’s Festival of Trees

The trees, decorated by the airport’s partners and businesses, have been put up for an “added a dose of seasonal cheer” according to YYC staff. They are located in the Destinations Food Court, Banff Hall and international arrivals and departures.

Use the free gift-wrapping service

Volunteers will be wrapping presents for those travelling between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 21 and 22 and again from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Dec. 23. Note: this takes place in Concourses A and C behind security, so make sure you have the gift in your carry-on bag.

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    Colour with Mrs. Claus

    Mrs. Claus and her helpers will be at Concourses A and C on Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Dec. 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to help write letters to Santa. The airport staff say she may even have some “delicious treats” to share.

    If you’re not in the mood to be merry, but are still looking for options to pass the time, here are five more options all year-round at the airport:

    Unleash your kids in the play

    New Kid Zones have been specially designed for “interactive play and exploration” in the international terminal. They’re carved by hand by Denver’s Playtime LLC and feature carpet-covered foam floors, easy for kids of all ages to play. There’s a dinosaur theme area on the arrivals level, an aviation theme and Calgary Stampede theme in the international departures hall and an Alberta wildlife theme in the U.S. departures hall.

    The play zones at the Calgary airport have special foam floor for kids.

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    Get some dog love

    Therapy dogs roam the airport during peak travel times every Thursday to Saturday to help “enhance the passenger experience.” Called Pre-Board Pals, it’s a partnership between The Calgary Airport Authority and Calgary’s Pet Access League Society (PALS). You can identify them with their “pet me” vests, white bandanas and human companions. Click here for more information, including if you’re interested in volunteering.

    Meet some furry friends while you wait for your flight.

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    Hit up the arcade

    Flippers Arcades are in four spots in the airport pre- and post-security in the Canada departures section and Concourse A. You can play video games and pinball machines until they call your flight number.

    Exercise while charging your phone

    In the new international terminal’s U.S. departures hall, you can try out the WeWatt electronics charging station–a three-seated stationary bike that converts human pedal power into electricity so you can charge your device. Developed in Belgium, it’s the first such amenity in a Canadian airport. (The others are in Brussels Airport, Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport and railway stations throughout Belgium and France).

    Learn about space and aeronautics at SpacePort

    SpacePort is free and open Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The airport calls it a “unique educational and entertainment facility focusing on space and aeronautics.” You can find the hands-on exhibits and displays on the third floor after taking the elevator/escalator up from the departures level to the Destinations Food Court area.

24 Nov -

Saanich dog experiences opioid overdose after accidental exposure at Mount Douglas Park

A six-month pug cross puppy in Saanich is back to her normal self after experiencing what one veterinarian thinks was an opioid overdose last week.

On Friday, Chica was out for a walk with her owner in Mount Douglas Park. Even though she was on a leash, it appears Chica ingested something off the ground and fell sick.

Dr. Helen Rae with McKenzie Veterinary Services says Chica came into their emergency clinic later that afternoon and was wobbly, but still conscious and responsive.

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Rae’s initial reaction was to check Chica for marijuana toxicity, because it’s quite common, but her symptoms did not fully fit the picture.

Rae says Chica looked heavily sedated and could not keep her head up.

“We got her to throw up and gave her some medication that helps to stop further absorption of the toxin,” she said. “Within an hour of her presenting at the clinic, she was pretty much comatose and almost not responsive.”

Rae figured there could be a potent drug at play and that’s when she decided to use her naloxone kit.

She says it is quite common for some veterinary clinics to use narcotics for surgeries, so many of them carry Narcan, a kit containing medication that can reverse the symptoms of an opioid overdose.

“I thought I really didn’t have much to lose by trying a low dose and sure enough it worked,” Rae said. “Chica went from being comatose to lifting her head up in about five minutes. I then gave her another small dose and she sat up.”

At that point, Rae knew an opioid was most likely to blame for Chica’s symptoms.

“I don’t know if it was fentanyl. All I can say is —; it was some form of an opioid. There is not anything else that would respond like that to naloxone,” she said.

Fentanyl has been at the forefront of the public health emergency declared in B.C. in April after a soaring number of overdose deaths was recorded by the Coroners Service. The most recent numbers released on Monday suggest 128 people died from illicit drug use in November in B.C., bringing the total for the year to 755 people.

The majority of people are dying due to fentanyl use. From Jan. 1 through Oct. 31, the coroners service says fentanyl was detected in 374 cases, which is about 60 per cent of all illicit drug deaths.

READ MORE: 128 people in B.C. died from illicit drug use in November

Rae says it’s the second case of opioid exposure in dogs in her 18-year practice.

Seven years ago, a dog that accidentally ingested human excrement at a local park showed very similar symptoms, was similarly treated with naloxone and responded well.

Rae says, just like in humans, depending on how much opioid a dog ingests, the exposure can be fatal.

“I think the chances of this happening are still very slim,” she said. “It’s getting a lot of attention because of fentanyl being in the news, but I still think it’s a rarity.”

She says there are some signs to look out for if you suspect your pet might be experiencing an opioid overdose.

They are likely to have progressive symptoms of very profound sedation, something that’s unique to an opioid overdose and not really seen with any other type of toxicity in animals.

Rae says in Chica’s case, another sign of an opioid exposure was that her pupils were very constricted.

“It was the combination of those two things and the fact that she did not have other symptoms,” she said. “Most other toxicities are going to have other symptoms, such as tremoring or vomiting. They were not there in her case.”

Rae says Chica was still a little sleepy when she was sent home the same day, but was more or less back to her normal self the next day.

PHOTO GALLERY: Chica is back to being a carefree puppy at her home in Saanich 

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Your Saskatchewan – Regina: December 2016

Every day on Global Regina at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

Submit your photo with a description and location via Facebook, 桑拿会所 or by email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

Photos should be added to the email as an attachment, in jpeg format, landscape orientation and at least 920 pixels wide.

READ MORE: Your Saskatchewan – Regina: November 2016

Dec. 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Curt Borys along the Saskatoon River.

Dec. 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a snowy owl was taken by Philippe Gaudet near Humbolt, Sask.

Dec. 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Francisco Sosa in Regina, Sask.

Dec. 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Wanda Larose in Ferguson Bay, Sask.

Dec. 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by John Eagle in the Prince Albert National Park.

Dec. 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Paul Harrison near Major, Sask.

Dec. 9: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Leda Laliberte near Beaver River in northern Sask.

Dec. 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Shelly Gerein near Scott, Sask.

Dec. 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken Gloria Katsiris on Jackfish Lake, Sask.

Dec. 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Denny Klatt‎ in Lampman, Sask.

Dec. 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Micheal Lessard near La Ronge, Sask.

Dec. 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Scott Aspinall.

Dec. 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jill Apshkrum. Frost and a combine was an all-too-common site this year, as harvest was drawn out.

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Dec. 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Joanna Komorek.

Dec. 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Kelly Pankratz near Saskatoon.

Dec. 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Gina Rea on Murray Lake.

Dec. 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Craig Boehm near Regina.

Dec. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jay Riedel.

Dec. 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Barbie Krushlucki near Wascana Park.

Dec. 30: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Eldon Laird near Prince Albert, SK.


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24 Nov -

Winnipeg family builds epic backyard ice rink in North Kildonan

WINNIPEG —; A Winnipeg family has finished laying down the ice, nailing in the benches and putting up the scoreboard, creating an extravagant ice rink right in their own backyard.

This is the third year Jeff and Leslie Scarcello decided to build a rink in their North Kildonan yard.

“I’ve always wanted to build one. I grew up with a skating rink in my backyard,” Scarcello said.

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“We have little kids and it’s hard to find open ice time for them, and getting them packed up and driving them somewhere can be difficult.”

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That’s when Scarcello decided to bring the ice rink to his family.

“It’s the idea of being able to skate right outside your house and quickly put on your skates,” he said.

The outdoor rink, which is 32 feet wide and 64 feet long, has boards, a bench to rest your feet, a fire pit to stay warm, and even a scoreboard that lights up.

WATCH: Aerial shot of the rink in North Kildonan

Jeff said the rink may be “overkill,” but it allows his family and friends to hold New Year’s Eve skating parties and pond hockey games.

“We had an early Christmas party with family last week … and 15 people came and brought their skates.”

Manitobans are getting into the winter spirit and building their own personal rinks.

Leslie Scarcello

Building the rink

Building an outdoor rink in your own backyard is not an easy task. But Scarcello said the help of his neighbours, it’s made the process much easier.

“In October we had boards and support already built. We had neighbours come over and help shovel the snow, help get the lights up, putting down the hockey flooring mat and mesh,” he said.

Once the foundation is built then it’s time to run the water, which can take nearly two days, he said. Then when the weather is cold enough, it freezes over, needs to be scraped, and it’s ready to go, Scarcello said.

WATCH: Creating a backyard skating rink

The rink isn’t just for the family, Jeff said, it’s also for the neighbourhood.

“Sometimes we are sitting watching television inside, and lights pop up outside and neighbours start skating … it’s open for everyone,” Scarcello said.

Do you have a backyard ice rink you would like Global News to write about?

Note: We may use your response in this or other stories. While we may contact you to follow up we won’t publish your contact info.

24 Nov -

Mother of boys killed in Spruce Grove stresses she had primary care in online post

In a heartbreaking comment on Facebook, responding to a news article about her sons’ death, mother Tracy Stark clarified the custody arrangement.

“I will clear one thing up: this monster didn’t have primary care!” she wrote of the boys’ father. “He was given one school year with these boys so they could play hockey in Spruce Grove.

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    “I raised these babies with my husband Brent in Whitecourt their entire lives,” Stark added.

    “He had four months with them and he took them away.”

    READ MORE: 3 people found dead in Spruce Grove house, 2 were children 

    On Monday morning, the bodies of 11-year-old Radek MacDougall and 13-year-old Ryder MacDougall were found inside a home in Spruce Grove. The body of their father, 39-year-old Corry MacDougall, was also found in the home.

    On Tuesday, RCMP confirmed the deaths as a double murder and suicide.

    Insp. Gibson Glavin wouldn’t comment on how the boys died.

    “The adult was responsible, criminally responsible, for the deaths of the two boys,” he said Wednesday.

    “After we’ve had an opportunity to collect what evidence is available where the event happened and talk to the people who can tell us anything they know about what happened and get the reports from the medical examiner, we turn now to looking back. Was there anything that indicated that something could have been happening to prevent this that police could have been a part of, should have been a part of?”

    Court documents show that for years, the couple argued over custody, visitation, child support and treatment of the children.

    Glavin said the RCMP investigation is not closed by any means.

    “It’s not open because we don’t know what occurred; it’s open because we want to understand what occurred better.”

    He said it was a “very tough” scene for investigators, but added it is their professional duty to work the case and provide answers for the family and community.

    READ MORE: ‘Beautiful souls’: Stepfather of 2 boys found dead in Spruce Grove home speaks out

    Brent Stark, the boys’ stepfather, described them as young, determined, “beautiful souls” who were enthusiastic hockey players and dedicated to their family, sports and their education.

    Hundreds of people gathered in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016 at a vigil held for Radek and Ryder MacDougall.

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    Hundreds of people gathered in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016 at a vigil held for Radek and Ryder MacDougall.

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    Hundreds of people gathered in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016 at a vigil held for Radek and Ryder MacDougall.

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    Hundreds of people gathered in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016 at a vigil held for Radek and Ryder MacDougall.

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    Hundreds of people gathered in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016 at a vigil held for Radek and Ryder MacDougall.

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    Hundreds of people gathered in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016 at a vigil held for Radek and Ryder MacDougall.

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    Family members lit lanterns to send up to Radek and Ryder MacDougall in heaven at a vigil held for the slain boys in held in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016.

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    Hundreds of people gathered in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016 at a vigil held for Radek and Ryder MacDougall.

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    A shrine is set up in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016 near a vigil held for Radek and Ryder MacDougall.

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    Hundreds of people gathered in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016 at a vigil held for Radek and Ryder MacDougall.

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    Hundreds of people gathered in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016 at a vigil held for Radek and Ryder MacDougall.

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    Hundreds of people gathered in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016 at a vigil held for Radek and Ryder MacDougall.

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    Tracy Stark and Brent Stark speak at a vigil for the Radek and Ryder MacDougall held in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016.

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    Tracy Stark and Brent Stark speak at a vigil for the Radek and Ryder MacDougall held in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016.

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    Radek and Ryder MacDougall’s mother, Tracy Stark, is consoled by their stepfather – Brent Stark – at a vigil for the two boys held in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016.

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    Radek and Ryder MacDougall’s mother, Tracy Stark, is consoled by their stepfather – Brent Stark – at a vigil for the two boys held in Whitecourt, Alta. on Dec. 20, 2016.

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    The boys played with the Spruce Grove Minor Hockey Association, whose president posted a statement online calling the deaths an “unimaginable tragedy.”

    They were both students at the nearby Greystone Centennial Middle School, Parkland School Division No. 70 confirmed. Ryder was in Grade 8; Radek was in Grade 6.

    READ MORE: Family of boys found murdered west of Edmonton speak at vigil: ‘never forget them’ 

    Brent and Tracy Stark spoke at the end of a vigil in Whitecourt Tuesday night.

    “I know Ryder and Radek are looking down and I just, I just don’t know what to say,” Tracy said. “I know they’re going to give you strength to get through this, as they do me and everybody else.

    “I just thank you for being here and supporting and loving us. Just never forget them I guess.”

    Watch below: Family of the two boys killed in a Spruce Grove home speak at a vigil in Whitecourt.

    With files from Karen Bartko and Phil Heidenreich, Global News

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