McDavid, Eichel headline North American roster for upcoming World Cup of Hockey

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TORONTO — North American general manager Peter Chiarelli was still gushing Wednesday evening over the first NHL matchup of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, allured by the prospect of what the two young stars might deliver next fall.

McDavid and Eichel headlined the first group of players named to the North American entry at the upcoming World Cup.

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    Restricted to only those 23 or younger — born on or after Oct. 1, 1992 — the roster also includes promising Colorado Avalanche star Nathan MacKinnon, Florida Panthers cornerstone defender Aaron Ekblad as well as the Calgary Flames exciting two-some, Johhny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan.

    MacKinnon and Ekblad were the last two winners of the Calder Trophy for the NHL’s top rookie, while Gaudreau continues his race up the NHL’s scoring charts.

    Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of the roster, though, is the combination of generational stars McDavid and Eichel, the first and second overall picks at last June’s draft. Long linked and compared, the two met for the first time in the NHL earlier this week, McDavid scoring both goals in an Oilers 2-1 overtime win.

    Connor McDavid, foreground, first overall pick; Jack Eichel, center, second overall pick; and Dylan Strome, third overall pick; pose for cameras during the first round of the NHL hockey draft, Friday, June 26, 2015, in Sunrise, Fla. Linked together even before they were selected with the first two picks of the NHL Draft last June, McDavid and Eichel continue to travel a similar path.

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    North American management counted itself lucky to have both, among others, at their disposal.

    “I’m just observant that the other GMs — Dean (Lombardi) and Doug (Armstrong) — are jealous and they’ve told me such because those two would probably be on the big team,” Chiarelli said of his counterparts with the American and Canadian squads. “(I) probably don’t fully appreciate it.

    “I think probably in 10 years we’ll look back and truly appreciate it.”

    In boasting the skillful likes of the McDavid, Eichel, MacKinnon and Gaudreau, the North Americans expect to play an up-tempo game at the World Cup, the power of young legs, they hope, adding an advantage when the tournament begins just before the start of the NHL regular season.

    “All of guys can skate and we’re going to push the pace,” Chiarelli said.

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    That pace may be necessary given the inexperience of the North American defence, which is led by Ekblad, the reigning Calder Trophy winner. The Panthers 20-year-old sensation was joined in the initial grouping by Blue Jackets teammates Seth Jones and Ryan Murray along with Morgan Rielly, the Maple Leafs 21-year-old defenceman.

    Seven Canadians made the first group, joined by nine players from the U.S.

    A fellow Calder Trophy candidate to McDavid and Eichel this season, Detroit Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin was among those selected up front along with the Flyers’ Sean Couturier, the Rangers’ J.T. Miller and the Blue Jackets’ Brandon Saad.

    North American management, helped by Hall of Famers Chris Pronger and Scotty Bowman among others in selecting the first 16, felt it important to have those like Couturier and Saad on the roster to kill penalties and absorb defensive duties where needed.

    The squad’s goalie stable will be full of Americans with Ducks goaltender John Gibson standing as the likely No. 1, complemented by Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck and Penguins prospect Matt Murray. The trio, North American associate general manager Stan Bowman said, had separated themselves with their performance this season.

    The most experienced of the group at the NHL level, Gibson boasts a 15-8-2 record and .918 save percentage for Anaheim this season.

    “One of these goalies can get hot and boost us up quite a bit,” Bowman said, noting Gibson’s brief performance in the NHL playoffs two seasons ago.

    While fully understanding their underdog status, Chiarelli expressed belief in the group’s chances at victory — provided of course that the goaltending held up. “You have to make three or four plays in a game at this level to win the game and you’ve got to prevent three or four plays and we’re capable of doing that,” Chiarelli said.

    “Yeah, we can win.”

    Oilers head coach Todd McLellan will coach the North American team.

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Province has few answers regarding 1-year wait list for youth with mental health issues

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TORONTO —; More than 6,500 children and teens with significant mental health issues are waiting upwards of one year for appropriate help according to a leading organization.

“When my daughter was 11 she said to us that she was sad,” said Kim Moran, adding that her daughter tried to take her own life while on a wait list.

“It seemed so unbelievably challenging to get help.”

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That was five years ago, and Moran, who has since become President and CEO of Children’s Mental Health Ontario, said little has changed.

“It can be very quick,” said Tracy MacCharles, Minister of Children and Youth Services, when asked how long children and teens have to wait to get help.

Yet CMHO found while improvements mean youth can get a couple of counseling appointments short term, the one-year wait list for longer term help for those with serious mental health issues remains.

READ MORE: Ontario families say wait for treatment for youth with mental health issues unacceptable

When asked if she was discounting the study, MacCharles responded she would like to see the study. But she has seen it before.

CMHO outlined its concerns during pre-budget submissions, in which they pleaded for an increased investment in youth mental health services.

That was pointed out to MacCharles.

“I received a lot of pre-budget submissions and I am completely open to any and all good ideas,” she said in response.

She declined to stop and review the study on Tuesday,  with her assistant explaining, “We’ve got to go.”

The NDP Health Critic said she is very familiar with the study and the concerns over wait times.

“I hear about it all the time,” said France Gélinas.

“You are talking over a year wait time, people that are in distress, people that are acutely mentally ill. This is unacceptable.”

As for wait times specifically to see a psychiatrist specializing in children and youth, the Ministry of Health doesn’t track it.

“I’ll certainly look into that specific issue,” said Health Minister Eric Hoskins.

Hoping the government improves access to help is Chris Coulter. His daughter Maddie was just 14 when she took her own life last April.

The family is trying to increase awareness through The Maddie Project.

Coulter said it is time to lift the stigma and families need to get their kids talking.

“Don’t just accept fine as an answer for ‘How was your day?’ expand upon it,” Coulter said.

“Get them to start talking more and more.”

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The police and the premier: remembering the RCMP raid on Glen Clark’s home

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March 2, 1999: As night fell on a quiet East Vancouver street, BCTV (later to become Global News) reporter John Daly was in a van with cameraman Karl Casselman, eating pizza, staring at a nearby car — and wondering whether he was sitting on the biggest scoop of his life, or just pissing off his girlfriend.

“[She] was angry that I wasn’t coming home, but Casselman could still see the cops were there, and we didn’t want to leave,” Daly said  .

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“We were supposed to be doing some sort of cleanup at my place, and she had ordered Nat’s Pizza…so she gets very angry and sends the Nat’s pizza to me in a taxi. That’s how ticked off she was.”

A reporter’s life is filled with moments when friends and loved ones are shunted aside because of a possible story. But this story was bigger than most.

Four undercover police officers were preparing to raid the home of then-B.C. Premier Glen Clark. A search warrant alleged breach of trust in relation to a controversial casino licence the province had approved in principle to Dimitrios Pilarinos. Pilarinos was a friend of Clark’s, and had done renovations on Clark’s home.

Over the next three-and-a-half years, Clark would resign, see his party decimated in the next provincial election, be criminally charged, and eventually acquitted. The scandal still plagues the NDP.

At the time, Daly didn’t know any of that. Now, recounting the night’s events for the first time in detail, he remembers the waiting more than anything else.

“It was very, very, very, very, weird,” he said.

“Sitting in the back of a truck, eating pizza, waiting to see whether four guys in suits are going to run into the premier’s house or drive away. I remember saying to Casselman at the time, maybe it’s some sort of security detail, maybe there’s been a threat or something we don’t know about. We got to be careful here.”

After two hours of waiting, the “four guys in suits” got out of their car, and headed up the Clark’s stairs.

The backstory

For months prior to the raid, the government and the City of Burnaby had been battling over a 20-table, 300-slot machine casino proposed at a seedy Burnaby hotel.

Steve Ng, owner of the North Burnaby Inn, had partnered with Pilarinos to apply for a casino charity licence at his establishment.

The city opposed the application, and said it wouldn’t approve rezoning to make the casino possible. The proposal only reached the 46 per cent mark under the government’s evaluation rubric for casinos, much lower than other licences they received at the time.

Despite all that, on December 17, 1998, the government announced approval in principle for Ng and Pilarinos’ proposal.

During that period, Daly received a tip that Dimitri Vrahnos, a Revenue Canada employee, had filed a complaint with the Burnaby RCMP and the then-opposition B.C. Liberal Party.

“The complaint said there might be some funny business with the casino licence, and it involved a group of people…at least one of them knew the premier,” Daly said.

“They had an inside track, and it was going ahead, and would make them a lot of money, and he had a friend on city council, and essentially it was going to be slid through and would be a little gold mine.”

Vrahnos made the complaint after Pilarinos — a friend of his in Vancouver’s tight-knit Greek community — asked for his help with paperwork connected to the application. And while damning in its allegations, the tip was no different in nature than dozens of others Daly had received in his years as an investigative reporter: massive in scope, but difficult to prove and impossible to broadcast without legal repercussions.

“It seemed preposterous, to be honest, really outrageous that you could even begin to think this could possibly be true,” Daly said.

Still, because of the controversy over the licence, Daly kept the tip in the back of his mind. Until March 2.

The day of the raid

The morning began with momentous news: Jack Webster, arguably the most famous journalist in the history of British Columbia, had passed away at the age of 80. So great his legacy, BCTV assignment editor Clive Jackson dedicated most of the 6 p.m. News Hour to Webster’s life.

“He said, ‘Look, whatever you want to work on, work on it, because the show is going to be filled with Webster memorials…and we don’t really need you to do anything,’” Daly said.

Later that afternoon, Jackson spoke with Daly again, and mentioned police were raiding the North Burnaby Inn. A light bulb went up over Daly’s head.

“I said, “Wait a minute, could this possibly be connected?’ It was really pretty kooky.”

Daly raced to the Inn to find police arresting people and searching the premises. The raid was related to allegations of illegal gambling at a social club inside the building, operated by Pilarinos.

But details were hard to come by, and police wouldn’t say who was involved.

“The cameraman shooting this was Gary Hanney, a very good, experienced cameraman, good with police procedures…he knew they had called a special safe squad to come in and crack the safe. He didn’t want to leave until that transpired, because he knew that if they couldn’t open the safe, they’d transport the safe, they’d break the safe out of the wall or whatever it was on and take it to RCMP headquarters. He wanted that picture,” Daly said.

But with more than enough shots from the Inn, Daly wanted to look deeper.

“I thought maybe we should go over to Pilarinos’ house, because in Vrahnos’ memo, he was the pivot guy, the key guy. Which also implied that Premier Clark had done something wrong, and there was a relationship between Pilarinos and Clark, and Pilarinos had been doing renovations on Clark’s house. It certainly implied they were close. So I thought we better go.”

Daly asked the newsroom for a camera to meet him at Pilarinos’ house and headed out.

—;-

Pilarinos lived in the neighbourhood northeast of Rupert Street and East 22nd Avenue, and when Daly arrived at the house shortly before 6 p.m., no one was home.

Knowing Clark lived blocks away, Daly drove by there as well. Again, nobody home.

The story might have ended there if not for the fact cameraman Karl Casselman arrived and saw Daly. More importantly, Casselman saw undercover police officers waiting at the corner.

“I thought this is pretty weird. I said [to Casselman], ‘you know where they are, you know what they look like, so you take up a position where you can see them.’ He stopped and parked his truck in a place where he could see them in the mirror. I just parked my car right smack in front of Glen Clark’s house,” Daly said.

“I got out of my car, got my stuff, and sat in Casselman’s truck, and we sat in the truck for a long, long time.”

Eventually, the police moved in. Daly and Casselman got out of the car and followed them to the house. Now that the story seemed to be real, a decision had to be made — to film, or not to film?

“They’re up on the porch, and we’re down on the street. I’m looking at Casselman, he’s looking at me, and I’m thinking this could be history in the making,” said Daly.

“We’re the only witnesses here. There doesn’t seem to be anyone around except for us and the cops, and they’re banging on the door. Casselman says what do we do? I thought…”

Daly leans back, breathes through his mouth, and clenches his teeth.

“It’s dicey, but we better get up there.”

The video shot over the next few hours was played over and over on BCTV in the following months. RCMP officers knocking on the door. Dale Clark, the premier’s wife, letting them inside. The premier and his communications director, Geoff Meggs, entering his home from the back. Clark pacing around his kitchen. Officers searching the home and investigating the back deck.

“At one point, the cops came out, went to the car, they were getting legal boxes and so forth, and I said, ‘May I have a copy of the warrant,’ and they said no,” Daly said.

“I said, ‘Well, that’s interesting, it’s kind of like a backhanded search warrant. It’s not a positive confirmation, but it’s a powerful inference. I thought to myself, what are the odds that you’re actually going to go and just do a consent search of the premier’s house? It’s possible, but it’s unlikely.”

During the raid, Meggs came outside and asked Casselman and Hanney, who had joined the story after finishing at the North Burnaby Inn, to stop filming.

“He says, ‘You gotta get out of here,’ and I said, ‘Well why?’ He says ‘Well, Glen’s son is coming home from hockey, we don’t want you to be here, it’s going to be awkward and stressful.’ I said, ‘OK, fine,’” recounts Daly.

The crew went to a nearby McDonald’s, where Daly phoned Meggs and said they would eventually need an explanation from Clark himself that night.

“We’re going to need a clip from Glen when the cops are gone. We’ve got to understand what are they after, and why are they doing this?” Daly remembers saying.

But while Meggs initially agreed, he never phoned Daly back. With time ticking before the 11:30 p.m. newscast, they went back to Clark’s home, knocked on the door and were told by Meggs the premier wouldn’t be commenting.

The story ran that night.

WATCH: BCTV’s News Hour Final coverage of the raid on August 2, 1999

“Good evening, we begin tonight with a BCTV news exclusive. The private residence of Premier Glen Clark has been searched by police. That’s right, the premier has been served a search warrant and for a good part of this evening, police have been poring through documents in the premier’s home. John Daly has been on this story right from the start, and breaks it for you tonight” — Ted Chernecki, opening the 11:30 p.m. newscast

Viewers saw RCMP searching Clark’s home, Daly mentioning the North Burnaby Inn raid earlier that day, and the premier refusing to comment. Even though Daly told viewers “at this point, there is no indication that the premier himself is suspected of any wrongdoing,” it was a defensive stance Clark never recovered from politically.

“In reflection, it’s very sad,” said Daly, lamenting the fact Clark stayed silent that night.

“I can probably understand that Glen and Geoff and all those guys had legal advice not to say anything…but it might have had a somewhat different outcome had Glen come out and told everybody what had happened and how cooperative he had been.

“Because he and his wife went to the basement, they got their old financial papers, they gave the cops the cheques and copies of cancelled cheques on the renos for their house. They were pretty forthcoming, it was just that nobody knew that. The mystery got bigger and bigger and bigger, because nobody knew why the cops had raided Glen Clark’s house.”

WATCH: BCTV’s News Hour coverage of the raid on March 3, 4, and 5, 1999

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The raid on Glen Clark’s home: Day three

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The raid on Glen Clark’s home: Day four



As Daly’s story sent shockwaves across the province, more pieces of the puzzle fell into place the next day.

“It’s been an astounding day in B.C.’s halls of power, and it all began with this unprecedented image captured exclusively by BCTV cameras last night. A team of investigators climbing the steps of Glen Clark’s home,” said Tony Parsons, as he began his heavy coverage on the next day’s 6 p.m. News Hour.

“I am very troubled by yesterday’s events, as is my family, in particular,” said Clark during the News Hour, in his first public comments.

“Out of my respect and concern for the integrity of the legal process, I am obliged to limit my comments on this matter. As many of you know, I would much rather take questions and talk at length on this subject, but at the moment I cannot.”

He also released a document he hoped would exonerate him — a memo written by his Chief of Staff Adrian Dix, stating the premier recused himself from any decisions about the Inn’s licence application.

“I am sharing with you a copy of the memo to file prepared by my staff confirming this fact. As a result, I am very confident that I have conducted myself entirely appropriately,” Clark said.

However, cabinet meeting documents didn’t show Clark recusing himself from any discussions. Two weeks later, RCMP seized Dix’s computer, and Dix subsequently resigned, admitting the memo was false.

The public also learned that 14 search warrants in total had been approved for two separate investigations: one into the illegal activities at the North Burnaby Inn, and one into the government’s preliminary approval of the casino licence—which was rescinded weeks after the RCMP began investigating the matter.

But as questions swirled around Clark’s conduct, they also hovered over this news station. How did Daly happen to be at Clark’s home when the raid took place? Had BCTV been tipped off?

“When three RCMP officers show up on the premier’s doorstep, accompanied by two BCTV journalists, the obvious conclusion is…the RCMP tipped off BCTV, and that’s why they were there,” said NDP MP Svend Robinson in Ottawa on March 3.

“I think there’s got to be a full independent inquiry into the circumstances here. It is simply incredible, literally incredible, to believe that BCTV journalists just happened to be around Glen Clark’s home.”

But Daly, then and now, was steadfast that his only information came from Vrahnos’ allegations.

“Absolutely it bugged me. Because it made it seem like somehow we were not doing a good job, and maybe being played by somebody. Which wasn’t the case at all,” he said.

However, there were those in the RCMP who suspected otherwise.

“I was sitting at home, and there was a story on [a rival news channel], basically saying that I was under investigation by RCMP internal affairs. I was baffled by this…so i picked up the phone,” says Daly, pantomiming picking up a phone.

“Hello, give me internal affairs. Sgt Lunn? Yeah, it’s John Daly from BCTV,” he continued, miming the exchange.

“I just saw on the news, I’m supposed to be under investigation. Am I under investigation? Yeah. Great, do you have a pencil? She said, ‘Yeah.’ I said, ‘Good, write this down.’”

Here, Daly leans into his imaginary phone.

“THERE WAS NO TIP,” he shouts. The imaginary phone is slammed down.

“I was concerned for the people I knew inside the RCMP who undoubtedly were going to be under suspicion as a result of us doing this story, but there was no tip. It was really quite bizarre to find out…you’re under investigation. It’s like, hey, I’m just doing my job, man. You raided his house, I didn’t raid it. You have suspicions, I didn’t have them.”

The resignation

“It’s been nearly six months since the search of my house on the evening of March 2, 1999, and of course, I’ve known right from that date that it was likely I would be having to do this.” – Glen Clark, on August 21, 1999, announcing he was stepping down.

On August 20, the majority of the warrant against Clark was released to the public, and Attorney General Ujjal Dosanjh announced the premier was under criminal investigation. The next day, Clark stepped down, maintaining his innocence.

“I paid in full, and I believe full value, for the renovations at my home and my cottage. I did not direct [Pilarinos] in any way, shape or form. I did nothing to intervene in any way, shape or form in the process in which the application went through,” said Clark.

“Even though I’m convinced I will be completely exonerated and cleared, and that no premier should be driven from office by the existence of an investigation which remains incomplete and much of which has already been disproved, I’ve concluded it would be wrong to continue…I like being the underdog, but this is getting ridiculous,” he said in a press conference that afternoon.

WATCH: BCTV’s News Hour coverage the day Dosanjh announced Clark was under investigation

Breaking a story that results in the resignation of a premier would be a career highlight for most reporters. But for Daly, after hearing Clark’s side of the story in full, there was sadness.

“I wasn’t at all pleased to see that, and to this day I still think it’s too bad that somehow David Gibbons (Clark’s lawyer) and Meggs and those guys didn’t just say, ‘OK, let’s get in front of this thing, let’s just tell everybody, show them the documents, show them what we’ve given the RCMP, and tell them we didn’t do anything wrong.’ Would he have had to step down? Probably still, if they were going to charge him. But who knows?”

“It was very, very sad.”

Seventeen years later, he’s still ambiguous over the role his hunch played in shaping B.C.’s political future.

“What can you say? I guess on one level, if it wasn’t me, it might have been somebody else. If a tree falls in the forest, and nobody sees it or hears it, did the tree fall? Well, yeah. Would Glen Clark have been charged had we not been outside and gotten those pictures? I suspect so. I suspect the police would have done what they were going to do, and the crown would have approved or not approved, and it would have been what it is,” he said.

“As it turned out, it was a bigger story, and probably the story may have accelerated the resignation.

“Only in British Columbia do you get stuff like this happening. It’s mind-boggling, really.”

“There is no question Mr. Clark exercised poor judgement in hiring Mr. Pilarinos to do renovations for him when Mr. Pilarinos had an application for a casino licence before the government. However, there is nothing in his conduct that crosses the line from an act of folly to behaviour calling for criminal sanctions” – Justice Elizabeth Bennett, acquitting Clark in 2002, two years after charges were laid. 

Postscript: Clark is now president of the Jim Pattison Group. Pilarinos was found guilty of six charges, including fraud and breach of trust, but served no jail time. Meggs became Chief of Staff to Vancouver Mayor Larry Campbell, and has served as a Vancouver city councillor since 2008. Daly continues to report for Global News.

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The first trailer for the new ‘Ghostbusters’ is finally here

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The long-awaited and much-anticipated trailer for the new Ghostbusters is finally here – and it does not disappoint.

The two-minute-and-thirty-second spot introduces us to the new faces of the Ghostbusters team: physicist Erin Gilber (Kirsten Wiig), paranormal researcher Abby Yates (Melissa McCarthy), engineer Jillian Holtzmann (Kate McKinnon) and street-savvy subway token clerk Patty Tolan (Leslie Jones).

It starts with music and visuals fans of the 1980s series will find familiar – an image of Slimer, proton packs and Ecto 1 – then shifts to focus on the lives of the four smart, sassy and incredibly funny women who spend their time saving Manhattan from paranormal figures.

Though viewers will recognize some of the film’s elements, director Paul Feig has stressed this iteration of the movie is a reboot, not a sequel.

READ MORE: It’s on: Batman, Superman finally fight in newly-released trailer

“I’d be bummed if I didn’t see the Ecto-1 and all that stuff,” he told a crowd watching the trailer on Wednesday. “So we wanted to make sure we give those nods — but make them our own, and give them their own original origin story. When you see the movie, there will be a lot of things you’re happy to see, but they’re coming at you at a slightly different way.”

So far, response to the trailer is mixed.

Fans have been advocating for a redo of the hit film franchise for well over a decade.

In 2015, Dan Aykroyd told Global News the third movie was delayed because the Hollywood studios hadn’t decided “whether they want to drop $150 million on [it] right now.” He added, “We hope that things get sorted out at the corporate level, all the way up and down the company, so that capital can be freed up for the artists to do their job.”

Aykroyd, along with Bill Murray, Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis, starred in the first two flicks, which generated some $510 million in revenue.

Recently, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed he and Murray will make an appearance in this film.

The all-female Ghostbusters is set to hit theatres on July 15, 2016.

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Government poised to spend millions replacing Bluenose II steel rudder – Halifax

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The government of Nova Scotia will be sinking another few million dollars into the Bluenose II, as it’s decided to replace its problematic steel rudder.

The $700,000 custom-built hydraulic steering system was installed on the replica ship in 2014, as part of an extensive rebuild that was announced in 2009.

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READ MORE: Steering problems force cancellation of Bluenose II sailings

In a release sent Thursday, the government says they’re accepting recommendations to replace the rudder with a wooden one.

The recommendation comes from a report into the ship’s steering done by Langan Design Partners, which says that the weight of the rudder would shorten the lifespan of the vessel over time, due to its weight.

The Department of Transportation says the 2016 sailing season will take place as planned, with work being done on the vessel next fall and winter.

Transportation minister Geoff MacLellan stressed in the release that the rudder doesn’t pose a safety issue, so sailing can go ahead.

“The Langan report’s findings are about eventual wear and tear on the vessel. While we can continue to safely operate the ship with the current rudder, we want to move on replacing the rudder now to avoid issues down the road,” he said.

Settlement awarded to Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance

The government also announced it’s settling with Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance, paying the company $5 million — $1.8 million of that has already been given.

“Sixty thousand people enjoyed Bluenose II first-hand last season and we acknowledge the work of the Lunenburg Shipyard Alliance and the role they played in bringing Bluenose II to life,” MacLellan said.

With that settlement, the government says the cost of the Bluenose II restoration project is currently at $23.8 million.

READ MORE: Bluenose II report says poor planning led to delays, increased costs

The government has said the cost of replacing the rudder with a wooden one isn’t expected to push the total cost of the restoration past $25 million — meaning the rudder and its installation should cost the province about $1.2 million.

Steel rudder caused major troubles

The repairs to the Nova Scotia historical icon, supposed to be complete by 2011, dragged on for six years costing the province millions more than expected. The biggest source of pain has been the rudder, which experts say was too heavy and didn’t complement the construction of the vessel.

READ MORE: Bluenose II ‘boondoggle’ comes to an end after 6 years

By the time the work was finally completed, the cost, which was originally pegged at $14.4 million, had ballooned to nearly $20 million.

The Bluenose II had its official re-launch last summer, however a mere few days later she was tied up again thanks to more complications with the steering.

WATCH: Former sea captain Lou Boudreau sits down with Global News to talk Bluenose II troubles

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Facebook executive released from jail in Brazil

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RIO DE JANEIRO – A Facebook executive detained for refusing to give law enforcement information about users of the WhatsApp message service was released from jail on Wednesday, part of a tussle between authorities and technology companies that recalls the U.S. dispute between Apple and the FBI.

Facebook’s most senior representative in Latin America, Diego Dzodan, left a jail in Sao Paulo after one night in custody. A judge ruled he was wrongly detained because he was not named personally in the legal proceedings.

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Another judge in the northeastern state of Sergipe had issued an arrest warrant accusing Dzodan of repeatedly failing to comply with a judicial order to co-operate with an investigation into drug trafficking and organized crime. Monica Horta, a spokeswoman for the federal police in Sergipe, said investigators have requested content from a WhatsApp messaging group as well as other data, including geo-location.

Investigators first contacted WhatsApp – which was bought by Facebook in 2014 – about four months ago but have yet to receive a response, Horta said. Starting two months ago, WhatsApp began to incur a daily fine of 50,000 Brazilian reais ($12,700) for every day it ignored the order. The company has not yet paid the fine, which has risen to 1 million Brazilian reais ($250,000) in recent weeks, she said.

Brazilian police argue that Facebook’s stance is at odds with those of Yahoo, Google and local telecommunications companies, which have been willing to hand over user information to help investigations.

WhatsApp has been rolling out a so-called end-to-end encryption system under which only the sender and recipient can access the content of messages and it insists it doesn’t have the information requested.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the company said, “arresting people with no connection to pending law enforcement investigation is a capricious step and we are concerned about the effects for the people of Brazil and innovation in the country.”

The standoff has drawn comparisons to the FBI’s battle with Apple following its request that the company unlock the iPhone belonging to one of the terrorists who carried out killings in San Bernardino, California.

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“The Apple vs FBI case and the WhatsApp case are in many ways exactly the same thing,” said Zaki Manian, a California-based cryptography engineer and privacy activist. “The encryption systems employed by these companies is such that they do not have access to encrypted data. The only way the company could access the data would be to employ a malicious update to allow access.”

Brazil has cast itself as a defender of Internet freedom since revelations in 2014 that the U.S. National Security Agency had spied on President Dilma Rousseff, her close advisers and Brazilian commercial interests, including the state-run oil company Petrobras. Rousseff cancelled a state visit to the U.S. during a diplomatic row over the disclosures, the result of leaks by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Rousseff also pledged to promote more home-grown Internet services and make Brazil’s piece of the global Internet less U.S.-dependent.

Some analysts say that stance is at odds with actions such as the Dzodan detention.

“The Brazilians have spent several years complaining about the NSA. Technology companies have now delivered products to their customers that are much more secure from the NSA and the Brazilians are now complaining that they’re too secure,” said Chris Soghoian, principal technologist of the American Civil Liberties Union. “So maybe you should be careful what you wish for.”

“It seems like what governments want is ways to communicate that are secure from foreign governments, but that allow their own government to spy,” Soghoian said. “And the fact is that those tools don’t exist.

“If you want your communications to be secure from the NSA then they will also be secure from your local law enforcement.”

Brazilian authorities also clashed with Facebook in December, when a judicial order forced Brazil’s telecommunications companies to block WhatsApp over its refusal to co-operate with a police inquiry. The move shut down communications for many of its 100 million users in Brazil for around 12 hours. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the time said he was “stunned” by the “extreme decision.”

Robert Muggah, research director at Iguarape, a Rio de Janeiro-based think-tank, said the latest conflict over the WhatsApp messages could bolster support for proposed legislation that would allow judges to make more demands of tech companies.

“The danger with these cases is that the pendulum is swinging too far away from digital rights to law enforcement,” Muggah said.

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Lost and found: wedding ring returned to owner two months later

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A Utah woman who lost her wedding ring while dropping her daughter off at school in the middle of a snow storm, miraculously was re-united with it two months later.

Meridee McFalls said she dropped her daughter of at Woods Cross High on Dec. 14 and remembers exiting her vehicle to clear some snow off the windshield. She also recalls dropping off another child at Adelaide Elementary and also helped several other motorists along the way.

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    “Got home and some branches had broken at my house. I ran around the yard fixing all of that,” McFalls said. “By the time I got to work, I realized I did not have the ring on any longer.”

    McFalls enlisted some help as she and some family and friends went out with metal detectors in places where she thought she might have lost the ring. She even posted on social media, and while some rings were found, none were hers.

    While a wedding ring holds both monetary and sentimental value, hers was more sentimental than many.

    “My mom passed away in 2009, so my dad took the stone from my mom’s ring and gave it to my husband to place into my ring.” McFalls told KSL News.

    It wasn’t until Feb. 22 when the ring was found.

    Thomas Gordy was carrying some gym mats outside at Woods Cross High with his wrestling teammates, spotted something shiny on the ground.

    “I’ve had that before where you lose something and never get it back,” Gordy said. “Just to have something that important to be brought back to you, I just thought that was cool.”

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Russian, Syrian government forces target hospitals

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BEIRUT – Russian and Syrian government forces have been targeting hospitals as a strategy of war in Syria’s conflict, according to a report released by a rights group Thursday.

Amnesty International said it has “compelling evidence” of at least six deliberate attacks on medical facilities in the Aleppo governorate over the past twelve weeks, which killed at least three civilians, including a medical worker, and injured 44 more. It said the attacks amounted to war crimes.

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Aleppo witnessed some of the country’s fiercest fighting in the buildup to the partial cease-fire that came into effect Friday as government forces backed by Russian airstrikes cut off a rebel supply route from Turkey.

READ MORE: More air raids on 2nd day of cease-fire in Syria

A supply route to an opposition stronghold in the eastern part of Aleppo city remains open through another border crossing with Turkey, but it is far narrower and more dangerous than the one that used to run to the north.

Amnesty said the attacks on medical facilities aimed to pave the way for pro-government ground forces to advance on northern Aleppo.

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On December 25, several missiles struck Baghdad Hospital in Hreitan, a town north of Aleppo City, killing a medical worker, and injuring 10 staff and 20 patients, a doctor and another medical worker told Amnesty International. It left the hospital in ruins.

Some of the last families remaining in Hreitan fled as pro-government forces advanced on the town in early February. “I have lived in Hreitan all my life, and I have never seen it deserted,” said a father to Amnesty International. “The airstrikes destroyed the city’s infrastructure including hospitals so there are no more services for us to be able to survive.”

Russia has denied targeting civilians in its Syria campaign. Syria’s president, Bashar Assad, has also denied targeting civilians, saying he is waging a war against terrorism, but he has said that it is a “rule of thumb” in war that innocent civilians die.

WATCH: UN says cease-fire in Syria has largely taken hold

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The monitoring group Physicians for Human Rights has documented 346 attacks against medical facilities in the course of the five-year conflict, killing 705 medical staff.

It said 315 of the attacks were conducted by Syrian or Russian forces. A report by the group last year said the Syrian government “systematically violated” the principle of medical neutrality by targeting medical facilities and doctors, detaining patients, and arresting, torturing, and executing doctors.

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Mitt Romney blasts Donald Trump as a ‘fraud’ with ‘worthless’ promises

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SALT LAKE CITY – Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney said Thursday that the prospects for a safe future are “greatly diminished” if Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee for president.

Speaking at the University of Utah, Romney warned a packed auditorium that any of the other GOP candidates would be a better alternative to the billionaire businessman.

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“The only serious policy proposals that deal with the broad range of national challenges we confront today, come from Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and John Kasich,” Romney said of Trump’s GOP rivals. “One of these men should be our nominee.”

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Romney is charging into the increasingly divisive White House race with a verbal lashing of Donald Trump and a plea for fellow Republicans to shun the front-runner for the good of country and party.

“His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader. His imagination must not be married to real power,” Romney said.

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Romney branded Trump as “a phoney, a fraud” whose “promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University” in his speech.

Earlier Thursday, Trump dismissed Romney as “a stiff” who “didn’t know what he was doing” as the party’s candidate in 2012 and blew a chance to beat President Barack Obama. “People are
energized by what I’m saying” in the campaign and turning out in remarkable numbers to vote, Trump told NBC’s “Today.”

The back-and-forth comes as Republican candidates prepared for the first post-Super Tuesday debate, scheduled for Thursday in Detroit, with Trump coming under increasing pressure from his party as he fights for the majority of delegates needed to win the nomination.

Thursday’s condemnation and counter was coming four years after the two men stood side by side in Las Vegas, with Trump saying it was a “real honour and privilege” to endorse Romney’s White House bid. Accepting, Romney said it was a “delight” to have Trump on his side and praised him for ability to “understand how our economy works and to create jobs for the American people.”

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Panicked GOP leaders say they still have options for preventing Trump from winning the GOP nomination – just not many good ones.

Romney also said that a Trump nomination at the party’s convention in Cleveland in July would enable Democrat Hillary Clinton to win the presidency. He contended that Trump “has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president.”

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Romney’s involvement comes as party elites pore over complicated delegate math, outlining hazy scenarios for a contested convention and even flirting with the long-shot prospect of a third party option.

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Giving Romney the back of his hand, Trump turned his sights on the general election. His campaign reached out to House Speaker Paul Ryan’s office to arrange a conversation between the two men, and urged Republican leaders to view his candidacy as a chance to expand the party.

Trump padded his lead with victories in seven Super Tuesday contests, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz claiming three states and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio picking up his first victory of the 2016 race.

Despite Trump’s strong night, he was not yet on track to claim the nomination before the party’s national gathering in July, according to an Associated Press delegate count. He has won 46 per cent of the delegates awarded so far, and he would have to increase that to 51 per cent in the remaining primaries.

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GOP strategists cast March 15 as the last opportunity to stop Trump through the normal path of winning states and collecting delegates. A win for Rubio in his home state of Florida would raise questions about Trump’s strength, as could a win for Kasich, Ohio’s governor, on his home turf.

The candidates have a high-profile opportunity to make their case to voters in Thursday’s Fox News debate. Retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson all but ended his bid Wednesday, saying he would skip the debate and declaring he did “not see a political path forward.”

The GOP mayhem contrasted sharply with a clearer picture on the Democratic side, where Hillary Clinton was drawing broad support from voters and her party’s leaders. Rival Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed to keep up the fight, though his path to the nomination has become exceedingly narrow.

Romney argues that Trump’s “domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe,” Romney says. “And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.”

The Associated Press has asked Republican governors and senators if they would support Trump if he becomes the party’s nominee. Of the 59 respondents, slightly fewer than half could not commit to backing him in November.

One long-shot idea rumbling through power corridors in Washington was the prospect of a late third-party candidate to represent more mainstream conservatives. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry has been approached by “a mixture of people” about being part of a third-party bid, according to Jeff Miller, who managed Perry’s failed GOP presidential campaign. But Miller said Perry found the idea “ludicrous.”

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New Zealand begins final vote on whether to change its flag

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand – New Zealanders began voting Thursday on whether to change their flag from a design which features the British Union Jack to one which features a native silver fern.

The postal ballot will extend over the next three weeks, with preliminary results to be announced March 24.

Organizers say that deciding the issue by popular vote represents a world first, and that other countries have changed flags by revolution, decree or legislation.

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Opinion polls indicate the nation of 4.7 million people will opt to stick with its current flag, although proponents of the new design say they have momentum on their side and that more and more people are embracing a change.

Those favouring change say the current flag is too similar to Australia’s and references a colonial past that it’s time to leave behind.

Those opposed to change say the new design is uninspiring or is an attempt by Prime Minister John Key to create a legacy. One group seeking to keep the status quo is the Returned and Services Association, which represents war veterans.

The process of choosing a potential new flag has been long and sometimes amusing. People submitted more than 10,000 designs, including bizarre ones like a kiwi bird shooting a green laser beam from its eye and a stick drawing of a deranged cat.

A December popular vote saw a flag by architectural designer Kyle Lockwood become the official challenger. Like the current flag, it features four red stars representing the Southern Cross, but replaces the Union Jack with a fern and changes the background colours.

Prime Minister Key told Radio New Zealand this week that people had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to vote for a new flag.

“If they don’t vote for change now, they’ll never get another chance until we become a republic,” he said, adding that he could not see that happening within his lifetime because of the popularity of the young British royals.

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Lawyer tells court Shafia family member underage when convicted in ‘honour killings’

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TORONTO – The lawyer for a man who, along with his parents, was convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of four family members, is arguing his client was a youth at the time of the offences and deserves a new trial.

Hamed Shafia’s lawyer is asking Ontario’s top court to admit fresh evidence which he says proves the man was in fact 17 and not 18 and a half when his relatives were found dead, and should not have been tried by an adult court.

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    Shafia and his parents were convicted in January 2012 of four counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of his sisters Zainab, 19, Sahar, 17, and Geeti, 13, and his father’s first wife in a polygamous marriage, 52-year-old Rona Amir Mohammad.

    The victims’ bodies were found on June 30, 2009, in a car at the bottom of the Rideau Canal in Kingston, Ont.

    The Crown at the trial asserted the murders were committed after the girls “shamed” the family by dating and acting out, and Amir Mohammad was simply disposed of.

    Hamed Shafia’s lawyer Scott Hutchison says three documents from Afghanistan – where his client was born – have been discovered since the trial which throws Shafia’s actual age into doubt.

    Those documents are a “tazkira” or Afghan identity document, a certificate of live birth, and a document which confirms the tazkira.

    He is asking the court to also be mindful of a “casualness” associated with birth dates in Afghan and Middle Eastern communities.

    “We have evidence that is reasonably capable of belief,” he told a panel of three judges at the Ontario Court of Appeal. “In my submission you must give effect to the fresh evidence, set aside the conviction and order a new trial.”

    Hutchinson is making his arguments ahead of an appeal being made by Shafia and his parents which asks for a new trial.

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Turkish police kill 2 women after attack on police station

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ISTANBUL – Police in Istanbul on Thursday killed two women who had hidden inside a building after attacking police with gunfire and a hand grenade, an official said. Two police officers were slightly injured.

The state-run Anadolu Agency, without citing a source, said the women were identified as members of the banned far-left group, the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Army-Front, or DHKP-C.

Security camera footage showed the women firing at a police bus outside a riot police station in Istanbul’s Bayrampasa neighbourhood and also hurling a hand grenade, before apparently taking aim at the police station. The hand grenade did not explode.

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They fled the scene in a vehicle and hid in a building a short distance from the police station. Special forces police quickly surrounded the building and launched an operation after the pair ignored calls for them to surrender and opened fire on officers, NTV television reported.

Istanbul Gov. Vasip Sahin said both of the assailants were killed in the operation. He said two police officers were wounded – one by broken glass during the attack on the bus and the other during the assault on the building.

The DHKP-C, among other attacks, carried out a 2013 suicide bombing on the U.S. Embassy that killed a security guard. DHKP-C militants also opened fire on the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul last year.

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Thursday’s attack came amid a surge in violence in Turkey since the summer.

A fragile peace process with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, collapsed in July, reviving a three-decade conflict that has killed tens of thousands of people since 1984.

Last month, a suicide car bombing that targeted buses carrying military personnel in the capital, Ankara, killed 29 people. A Kurdish militant group that is an off-shoot of the PKK claimed responsibility for that attack. But the government maintains that it was the work of a Syrian Kurdish militia group, in co-ordination with the PKK.

Some 145 people have died since July in three separate suicide bomb attacks that authorities have blamed on the Islamic State group, including 12 German tourists who were killed in Istanbul’s historic Sultanahmet district on Jan. 12.

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Disabled protesters say B.C. bus pass fee ‘mean’

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VICTORIA – A Victoria woman receiving monthly disability payments says she will struggle to make ends meet after British Columbia’s government introduced a fee for a bus pass that had been free.

Eryn Rolston said Wednesday her finances were already stretched on her monthly payment of $906, and she expects that to continue despite a recently announced $77 monthly increase.

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Rolston was one of about 300 disabled people who gathered at B.C’s legislature to protest the new bus policy, which now requires disabled people to pay for their own passes. They range in price from $52 to $66 a month, depending on the type of transportation they use.

“They say it’s a choice between getting the bus pass or not,” she said. “But it’s really not a choice when you can’t pay for all of your own food, and you can’t pay for everything you need.”

Rolston, 23, wore a placard that said, “I Got Here On The Bus.” Her bus pass was taped to the placard.

Rolston said she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and mental health issues. She said her disability payments do not include visits to a therapist.

“They say you only need certain things,” she said. “But what about clothes? Clothes wear out. What about just going out and being a person. Honestly, if someone asked me on a date, I have nothing to wear.”

Inclusion BC spokeswoman Faith Bodnar drew cheers from the crowd when she called the government mean and shameful for introducing the fee for the bus pass.

“This is wrong,” she said. “It’s not fair and it’s mean. Poverty is not a choice. Clean up this mess. Give everyone the $77.”

Opposition New Democrat Leader John Horgan said the Liberal government is balancing its budget by short-changing the poor.

He led the crowd in a chant aimed at the premier: “Christy Clark is out of gas, give us back our bus pass.”

Social Development Minister Michelle Stilwell said the government is providing $170 million over three years to increase disability rates, due in September. She said the bus pass change is an attempt to introduce fairness and choice across the system.

Stilwell said the annual budget for the bus-pass program was about $20 million.

In the legislature, Stilwell rejected NDP calls to reinstate the bus passes for the disabled. She called the protest a “photo-op.”

Stilwell, an Olympic and world champion wheelchair athlete, became emotional, saying she knows the daily struggles of people with disabilities and the government is “doing the best we can.”

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