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

Written by admin on 15/11/2018 Categories: 长沙桑拿

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.


    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.

    WATCH: Former Edmonton Oiler Andrew Cogliano says Connor McDavid is ‘as good as it gets’

    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

The Raid on Glen Clark’s Home: Day two


The Raid on Glen Clark’s Home: Day two


The raid on Glen Clark’s home: Day three


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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Have Canadian shoppers hit their spending limit?

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February might serve as the peak for a record run in car sales, some say, while shopping at malls dropped off a cliff in December and may well struggle to recover. All told, we consumers are spending at our slowest clip since the last major recession.

Households are looking increasingly spent, many experts have begun to suggest, and a ceiling on spending growth has perhaps been hit (see chart below).

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    “You can’t really blame consumers as they’ve held up growth for some time and were the key driver of Canada’s post-recession [economy],” BMO economist Benjamin Reitzes said in research note Wednesday.

    How much longer we can drive the bus is a pressing question.

    Household debt levels are at scary-high levels in some quarters (though only worryingly high in others), while economic conditions are trending strongly in the other direction. It’s all adding up to the beginnings of a potentially big pullback among consumers, experts hint.

    “With low oil still weighing on the economy, wages under pressure in oil-producing regions, and weak employment growth, don’t expect consumers to ramp up spending meaningfully any time soon,” Reitzes said.

    The BMO economist (and many others) are hoping something “takes the lead” in steering the economy. The trouble is, nothing has really materialized meaningfully yet.

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    “Exports have shown signs of gaining steam,” Reitzes noted, but there are plenty of doubts about whether the low dollar will trigger the kind of industrial rebound many are banking on.

    “Housing needs to cool with consumption, and, government stimulus will help but is just a temporary solution,” Reitzes noted. “There’s little doubt the outlook is challenging.”

    Below shows the year-over-year change in household spending since the last recession in 2009. Growth has been on a firm downswing for the past year, but hit its post-recession low of 1.4 per cent in the latest three-month stretch.

    Click here to view data »


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Calgary’s free public Wi-Fi expands to 6 downtown CTrain stations

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CALGARY – Free public Wi-Fi will now be available at six of the city’s downtown CTrain stations.

The City of Calgary announced Wednesday it would be expanding its public Wi-Fi services to include the following locations:

3 Street Station
4 Street Station
6 Street Station
7 Street Station
8 Street Station
Downtown West – Kerby Station

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  • Free public Wi-Fi now available at select Calgary locations

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    Since the launch of the public Wi-Fi service in May 2014, the City of Calgary said hundreds of thousands of people have accessed Wi-Fi at city facilities.

    The first locations to receive public Wi-Fi were the Chinook LRT Station, Devonian Gardens, Village Square Leisure Centre and Southland Leisure Centre.

    The most popular location, based on guest connections, is the City Hall CTrain Station, with over 36,000 users connecting to the ShawGuest hotspot per month.

    “The success of public Wi-Fi at our stations at Chinook, Shaganappi Point, City Hall, Centre Street and First Street demonstrates that Calgarians find value in the service,” Calgary Transit director Doug Morgan said in a news release. “Expanding public Wi-Fi to downtown CTrain stations is part of our Customer Commitment.

    It’s about investing in projects and initiatives that positively impact the customer experience.”

    There is no cost to access the Wi-Fi service, which is being provided by Shaw, the parent company of Global News.

    “Our partnership with Shaw Communications allows us to make this service available to all citizens using our facilities,” City of Calgary’s chief information technology officer Heather Reed-Fenske said.

    The service is available to any member of the general public and does not require a Shaw account.

    “Calgarians love Wi-Fi and are using their personal devices to connect to the Internet while on-the-go more than ever before,” Shaw Communications consumer senior vice-president Chris Kucharski said.

    To access the Wi-Fi, look for “ShawGuest WIFI” on your Wi-Fi list.

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Possible debris from missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 found in Mozambique

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Officials are investigating whether a piece of metal debris found off the coast of the African nation Mozambique is that of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 that vanished from radar almost two years ago.

Citing sources close to the investigation, NBC News reported the piece of debris was found on a sandbank in the Mozambique Channel, the section of the Indian Ocean that flows between Madagascar and Mozambique.

NBC reported investigators in Malaysia, Australia and the U.S. have examined photos of the possible debris and a source close to the investigation told the news station that it could be a horizontal stabilizer from a Boeing 777.

WATCH:: Australian officials to analyze suspected MH370 debris found in Mozambique

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A U.S. official close to the investigation told CBS News the debris is a “fixed leading edge, right hand horizontal stabilizer,” which is found in the tail section of a plane.

READ MORE: Woman files $7.6 million lawsuit against Malaysia Airlines over missing Flight 370

Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 disappeared on March 8, 2014 with 239 people on board.

The jetliner veered sharply off course and flew for hours with its communications systems disabled before disappearing.

Several ships scoured more than 90,000-square-kilometres of the Indian Ocean, about 1,800 kilometres west of Australia.

A map of the area being searched for missing Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 as of March 13, 2013.

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Last summer, the only confirmed piece of MH370 debris was found on Reunion Island, off the coast of Madagascar.

In July, island workers found a piece of an airplane wing, known as a flaperon, measuring about two metres long by one metre wide.

READ MORE: French investigators confirm wing part is from Flight MH370

Officials later confirmed the flaperon was from the missing MH370 jetliner.

Late Wednesday, Malaysia’s Minister of Transport Liow Tiong Lai took to 桑拿会所 on Wednesday to urge caution on the suspected debris found in Mozambique.

“Based on early reports, high possibility debris found in Mozambique belongs to a B777,” Lai tweeted.

“It is yet to be confirmed & verified. @dca_malaysia working w Australian counterparts to retrieve the debris,” he said. “I urged everyone to avoid undue speculation as we are not able to conclude that the debris belongs to #mh370 at this time.”

The Associated Press reported Mozambique’s National Director of Civil Aviation Joao Abreu dismissed the report, saying authorities have found no part of the missing plane.

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‘Charges will show factory farms animal abuse will not be tolerated by Canadians’: animal protection group

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The animal protection group behind a 2014 undercover video that showed cows being beaten at a farm in Chilliwack says it’s praising law enforcement for finally seeing justice in this matter.

On Tuesday, 20 counts of animal cruelty have been laid against Chilliwack Cattle Sales Ltd. and seven of its employees in connection with the video.

The SPCA received the undercover video two years ago, showing the employees using chains, canes, rakes, their booted feet and their fists to viciously whip, punch, kick and beat the dairy cows, including downed and trapped cows who could not escape the abuse.

FROM 2014: A hidden camera investigation revealed cows being kicked and beaten by staff. Francis Silvaggio reports. GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: Viewer discretion is advised 

According to the BC SPCA, 16 of the 20 counts fall under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act and involve alleged acts of cruelty against dairy cows.

Six employees are each charged with causing distress to an animal and failing to care for and protect an animal under the Protection of Cruelty to Animals Act. Three of the workers, along with an additional seventh person, face an additional two charges related to lifting a cow by a chain and kicking and hitting the animal.

WATCH: BC Dairy Association on the changes made to the industry after the Chilliwack investigation

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It’s the first time a B.C. company has been held accountable for acts of animal cruelty on a farm.

Krista Hiddema, managing director for Mercy For Animals Canada, the group that initiated the investigation at the farm, says one of their members, who went undercover at the farm in June 2014, witnessed some of the most egregious animal abuse their organization has ever seen.

Hiddema calls the charges a victory for the abused animals.

“It sets the foundation and shows factory farms across this country that animal abuse will not be tolerated by Canadians,” she says.

Hiddema says they have now done nine undercover investigations in Canada. “Every facility that we have gone to randomly, we have been exposed to cruel animal abuse,” she says. “This leads us to believe that this type of animal abuse runs rampant across the country, in factory farms and slaughterhouses.”

She says there are systematic issues that are led by the owners and managers of these farms, and that’s why their organization is pleased charges were laid both against the workers and the five owners of Chilliwack Cattle Sales Ltd.

While Mercy for Animals does not believe the abuse is part of the “normal” for the industry, Hiddema claims these acts occur regularly behind the closed doors of factory farms and slaughter houses.

“It’s up to not only government to ensure that we have strong laws to protect animals, but it’s up to the owners and managers of these farms to ensure that what goes on behind these closed doors meets the bare minimum levels of protection for all farmed animals.”

Read more about the original investigation 

Hiddema says they believe the Chilliwack investigation is just scratching the surface, which is why they are calling on all provinces, including British Columbia, to ensure that the dairy code of practice is given the full force of law.

“What exists right now is woefully inadequate,” says Hiddema.

She says Mercy for Animals is asking ministers of agriculture across the country to ensure that the Dairy Code of Practice is included as a proactive obligation in every province’s animal welfare legislation.

WATCH: BC Dairy Association on industry changes after Chilliwack investigation

With files from Jon Azpiri 

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UN Security Council approves toughest sanctions on North Korea in 20 years

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The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved the toughest sanctions on North Korea in two decades on Wednesday, reflecting growing anger at Pyongyang’s latest nuclear test and rocket launch in defiance of a ban on all nuclear-related activity.

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The United States and North Korea’s traditional ally China spent seven weeks negotiating the new sanctions, which include mandatory inspections of cargo leaving and entering North Korea by land, sea or air; a ban on all sales or transfers of small arms and light weapons to Pyongyang; and expulsion of diplomats from the North who engage in “illicit activities.”

The U.S., its Western allies and Japan pressed for new sanctions that went beyond the North’s nuclear and missile programs but China, Pyongyang’s neighbour, was reluctant to impose measures that could threaten the stability of North Korea and cause its economy to collapse. Nonetheless, Beijing did agree to several economic measures.

READ MORE: Did North Korea detonate an H-bomb? Separating fact from fiction in DPRK

The resolution bans the export of coal, iron and iron ore being used to fund North Korea’s nuclear or ballistic missile programs – and it prohibits all exports of gold, titanium ore, vanadium ore and rare earth minerals. It also bans aviation fuel exports to the country, including “kerosene-type rocket fuel.”

“The international community, speaking with one voice, has sent Pyongyang a simple message: North Korea must abandon these dangerous programs and choose a better path for its people,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power told the council after the vote that “part of the perverse reality that has no equal in this world” is that North Korea prioritizes its nuclear and ballistic missile programs over the basic needs of its own people.

The resolution stresses that the new measures are not intended to have “adverse humanitarian consequences” for civilians, the majority who face economic hardships and food shortages.

In the financial and banking sector, countries are required to freeze the assets of companies and other entities linked to Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs. Under a previous resolution, they were encouraged to do so.

READ MORE: Seoul’s spy service says North Korea preparing attacks

The resolution also prohibits all countries from opening new branches, subsidiaries and representative offices of North Korean banks, and bans financial institutions from establishing new joint ventures or establishing or maintaining correspondent relationships with these banks. It also orders countries to close all North Korean banks and terminate all banking relationships within 90 days.

Under the four rounds of U.N. sanctions imposed since the country’s first nuclear test in 2006, North Korea is banned from importing or exporting nuclear or missile items and technology as well as luxury goods. The new resolution expands the list of banned items, adding luxury items such as expensive watches, snowmobiles, recreational water vehicles and lead crystal.

It also adds 16 individuals, 12 “entities” including the National Aerospace Development Agency which was responsible for February’s rocket launch, and 31 ships owned by the North Korean shipping firm Ocean Maritime Management Company to the sanctions blacklist. That requires the freezing of assets and, in the case of individuals, a travel ban as well.

The resolution bans Pyongyang from chartering vessels or aircraft, and call on countries to “de-register” any vessel owned, operated or crewed by the North.

As with previous resolutions, the test will be whether U.N. member states enforce the sanctions. A U.N. panel of experts monitoring the sanctions has repeatedly pointed out that enforcement in a significant number of cases has been weak.

North Korea has ignored many demands, and tried to circumvent others.

It started off the new year with what it claims was its first hydrogen bomb test on Jan. 6 and followed up with the launch of a satellite on a rocket on Feb. 7. It was condemned by much of the world as a test of banned missile technology.

The resolution calls for a resumption of six-party talks leading to the goal of “the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean peninsula in a peaceful manner.” North Korea withdrew from the talks in 2008.

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Trudeau’s green agenda among top issues at premiers meeting

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For the second time since taking office last fall, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will sit down this week with provincial and territorial leaders from across Canada.

The meeting, set for Thursday in Vancouver, will have climate change policy as its central theme, and may not be as cordial (at least behind the scenes) as the gathering held last November. Here’s what Canadians can expect:

Carbon pricing

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Ottawa has made no secret of the fact that it wants to set a national price on carbon emissions, and that the groundwork should be laid at this meeting.

Sources who spoke to the Canadian Press recently said that a widely cited starting price of $15 per tonne is far from a certainty at this stage. Coming up with a number won’t be easy, and it’s unlikely to happen this week.

In addition to the ongoing and vocal opposition from Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, Trudeau and the premiers will need to contend with the fact that several provinces already have pricing schemes in place. Quebec’s cap-and-trade market with California, which Ontario will join in 2017, has a current carbon price of about $17 a tonne. British Columbia’s carbon tax, meanwhile, is $30 per tonne.

READ MORE: Canada’s first ministers hope to find common ground at environment meetings

The major move forward, expected to be announced after the meeting on Thursday, is the creation of four working groups to consult and study clean technology and innovation, reducing carbon emissions, adaptation, and establishing a pan-Canadian price on carbon. The groups will be given six months to study these issues before reporting back to the first ministers with concrete recommendations.

Pipeline issues 

The Energy East pipeline proposal has become even more contentious in the days leading up to the meeting in Vancouver, with Quebec’s provincial government announcing on Tuesday that it will file an injunction that could temporarily halt the project.

In Saskatchewan, Wall said the move is likely to be “divisive,” while Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said if Quebec wants the power to veto the pipeline, the province will fight back vigorously.

“I am going to leave the gun in the holster until we are actually at the gunfight,” she added.

The premiers are unlikely to attack each other publicly over the project while in Vancouver, but there may be conflicting messages coming out of their camps, and Energy East could represent a sore point around the table.

Focus on First Nations

Trudeau and the premiers are meeting with First Nations leaders on Wednesday before their own meeting the following day.  The Prime Minister’s Office said Trudeau would meet with representatives from the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami and the Métis National Council. The focus will be on a “pan-Canadian framework” for tackling climate change.

There has been controversy in the lead-up to these meetings, however, as both the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples and the Native Women’s Association of Canada did not receive invitations and wrote to the prime minister and premiers to complain.

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Don’t feel like shoveling? App offers Torontonians free snow removal after storm

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Residents across Southern Ontario woke up to anywhere from 10 to 30 centimetres of snow Wednesday morning after a major winter storm blew through the area.

But, after months of mild and dry conditions across the region, some are likely struggling with the idea of having to dig out from that much snow.

Enter on-demand home maintenance app Jiffy.

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The Toronto-based startup is offering users in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) free snow removal services Wednesday to help with the hassles of the first big snowfall of the year.

READ MORE: Hundreds of flights cancelled at Toronto Pearson Airport due to winter weather

Users within the City of Toronto, Peel, Halton, Durham and York Region will be able to book a snow plow service to come to their home free of charge using the code ‘SNOWDAY.’

“Our goal is to save Torontonians time and make home maintenance as seamless as possible by providing trusted and insured snow removal providers to clear driveways and walkways across the city,” said Paul Arlin, Jiffy co-founder.

Think of Jiffy like the Uber for home services. The platform connects people with trusted and insurance home service providers in 23 categories – from handymen and outdoor maintenance workers, to furniture assembly specialists and plumbers.

Since launching in 2015, the company has already served 10,000 users in Ontario.

According to the company, the promotion has already been quite popular. As of Tuesday evening, they already saw over 200 bookings for snow plowing alone.

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The only catch is, once all of the services have been booked users won’t be able to take advantage of the promotion. Jiffy will, however, provide users with a $50 credit to use towards any type of service call on the app – although you might not get to use it towards snow plowing until next winter.

But the service could end up saving home owners a lot of money, especially as winter weather becomes more unpredictable.

“Many residents across the city sign expensive, season-long snow removal contracts each year, despite Toronto’s unpredictable weather,” said Arlin.

“Residents can now order on-demand at-home snow removal through Jiffy’s app or website, simply paying a one-time fee if, and when, they need it.”

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Melted nuclear fuel from Fukushima disaster is missing, company says

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Naohiro Masuda, the Chief Decommissioning Officer of the Fukushima nuclear plant, said on Wednesday that operators have yet to locate where the melted nuclear fuel has gone, five years after the meltdown caused by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

“There are melted fuels in units 1, 2 and 3,” Masuda said. “Frankly, we do not really know what the situation is for these (melted fuel), nor where it has gone.”

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    Speaking to reporters ahead of the disaster’s anniversary on 11 March, Masuda described the first few years of decommissioning work as comparable to working in a “field hospital.”

    “The reality at Fukushima Dai-ichi was that we had to work day to day dealing with unexpected difficulties showering down,” Masuda said. “Things have finally started to calm down, we are now able to look ahead in our work, and I am confident that we have made great strides especially in this past year.”

    He added, however, that progress have been made in the cleanup over the past year, in particular with treating contaminated water at the plant and preventing leakage into the ocean.

    READ MORE: Fukushima radiation is reaching North America, but the water is still safe

    Three reactors at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant suffered meltdowns after being damaged by a massive March 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

    The accident released large amounts of radiation, forcing tens of thousands of people to evacuate.

    Meanwhile, three former Japanese utility executives were formally charged Monday with negligence in the Fukushima nuclear disaster, becoming the first officials from the company to face a criminal trial.

    Five court-appointed lawyers indicted Tsunehisa Katsumata, chairman of Tokyo Electric power Co. at the time of the crisis, and two other TEPCO executives, according to the lawyers’ offices. The three men, charged with professional negligence, were not taken into custody.

    READ MORE: High rates of child cancer linked to Fukushima nuclear disaster

    Proving criminal responsibility for failing to prevent the Fukushima meltdowns may be difficult, but many people, including residents of the area affected by the disaster, say they hope any trial will reveal information about the disaster and TEPCO’s role that has not been disclosed by the utility.

    “I believe truths about the accident that we are not told of yet will be revealed in court, and that a fair ruling will be handed down to the defendants for their responsibility,” said Ruiko Muto, head of a group of more than 5,000 people from Fukushima and other parts of Japan that filed the criminal complaint four years ago.

    -With files from Mari Yamaguchi 

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Some U.S. liberals walk the walk: immigration to Canada doubled after Bush’s 2004 re-election

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Googling “move to Canada” is easy — uprooting your life to another country is harder. But after former president George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election, U.S. immigration to Canada rose by tens of thousands of people.

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Last night, Republican presidential contender Donald Trump moved closer to winning his party’s nomination after Super Tuesday primary victories. Despairing Americans made “how to move to canada” spike as a Google search term, and seem to have overwhelmed a federal immigration site with traffic by the wee hours of this morning.

Americans who emigrate to Canada have any number of reasons – economic, relationship-related, health care-related, political. And one person may have more than one kind of motivation.

However, U.S. immigration to Canada shows a clear relationship to 9/11 and its aftermath. The data (see graph below) shows a clear spike starting in 2003, when U.S. and allied forces invade Iraq, and rising sharply as Bush is re-elected in 2004 and serves his second term. It starts to fall again after President Barack Obama is elected in 2008, but never to its pre-2003 levels.

Some 34,000 more Americans emigrated to Canada in the 10 years starting with Bush’s 2004 re-election than in the previous decade. Immigration from the United States to Canada doubled between 2002 and 2008, from just under 5,000 to just over 10,000.

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“I felt very unsafe in New York,” remembers Damian Rogers, who was living in the city during the 9/11 attacks.

“I felt very manipulated by the government. I felt, at the time, very afraid after 9/11, and felt very conscious of that fear being manipulated by the Bush administration. There was an atmosphere of fear that I thought was under a constant state of provocation – it was a very difficult environment.”

“It sounds strange now, to say that I felt safer getting out of the United States, but I did.”

When they’re alarmed or frustrated by their country’s politics, American liberals talk about moving to Canada, an idea Rogers says has its roots in the Vietnam era.

“I was surrounded by a lot of liberals, people I knew in New York, who were always threatening, or joking about moving to Canada when things became untenable politically,” Rogers remembers. “I think that part of it is also a reflection of American arrogance as well – that of course I can just pick up and move to Canada.”

“I don’t think that Americans feel that other foreign countries are as available to them. Part of it is proximity, and part of it is this sense that naturally Canada would be delighted to have me move there.”

“The decision to actually move was pretty impulsive,” Rogers says.  “When I initially moved to Canada, I imagined that I was moving to another city – I was moving to Toronto more than I was moving to Canada.”

“I am quite happy to be here, even though it was not necessarily my intention to become a Canadian, it’s happening to me, and I’m not unhappy about that.”

Google search terms about moving to Canada may be rising now, but they’re dwarfed by the spike they reached after Bush’s second inauguration. (A Google spokesperson says this doesn’t reflect the last few days of searches.)

(American conservatives are not immune. “Move to Canada” +obama spiked in 2008, and was most popular in southern states. Although it doesn’t appear that when push came to shove, many of them actually fled a Democrat in the White House to a land of higher taxes, universal health care, gun control and snow tires.)

“Move to Canada” +trump is still on a spike that began in July of 2015, most popular in northeastern and midwestern states.

U.S. immigration to Canada rose after the September 11, 2001 attacks, the invasion of Iraq and Bush’s second election victory, but that increase is dwarfed by the thousands of Americans, many in danger of being drafted, who fled to Canada during the Vietnam era.

U.S. immigration to Canada, 1955-2014

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Toronto police officer charged after woman allegedly sexually assaulted in cruiser: SIU

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TORONTO —; A sergeant with the Toronto Police Service faces criminal charges after a 27-year-old woman alleged she was sexually assaulted inside a police cruiser last fall.

The SIU said the incident happened shortly before 1 a.m. on Sept. 24, 2015 when the officer allegedly picked up the woman near Wellington Street West and Blue Jays Way to drive her home.

According to a statement released by Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), the woman was sexually assaulted during the ride.

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Sgt. Christopher Heard faces one count of sexual assault. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 14.

In the past Heard has been hailed as a hero.

A post on the Toronto Police Service’s website describes an incident in August 2012 when Heard had performed an “off-duty water rescue” at Sharbot Lake Provincial Park.

The post describes how the sergeant heard cries of help and rushed into the water to save a man who was drowning. Heard and another swimmer managed to bring the man safely to shore.

“There was really something wrong. I looked around and no one was moving,” Heard, who is described as a mounted unit officer, is quoted in the post.

“He did not speak good English, but he was able to say thank-you.”

The post said the 23-year police veteran didn’t “consider the rescue heroic, but was glad he could recognize the problem quickly and lend his help.”

Heard was listed as having a salary of $144,552.72 in the Toronto Police’s 2014 Public Sector Salary Disclosure Report released in March 2015.

The SIU is an arm’s-length agency that investigates incidents involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault.

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