Albertans ‘Twitter bomb’ premier and education minister over LGBTQ policy

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EDMONTON – Albertans who oppose the province’s new education guidelines are using social media to try to get their message across to the government, but the group’s #protectABkids hashtag is also being used by those who support the policy in question.

On Tuesday, a group said 1,000 Albertans will “桑拿会所 bomb” Minister of Education David Eggen and Premier Rachel Notley to show their opposition of the “Guidelines to Best Practices” document established by the education minister.

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    “We’ve written our letters and we’ve called our MLAs, but we don’t feel our collective voice is being heard. In fact, we feel Minister Eggen has dismissed, misrepresented and minimized our concerns as Albertans,” Theresa Ng, an Edmonton mother who helped organize the social media event, said.

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    Organizers of the social media campaign said they’ll tweet the same message to Eggen and Notley, using the hashtag #protectABkids.

    “We are advocating for a more thoughtful, balanced approach that considers respect for the diversity, safety and well-being of all children in our Alberta schools,” Ng said.

    “We believe there are more effective ways of addressing the needs of the LGBTQ community while also ensuring a welcoming, caring, respectful and safe learning environment for all students.”

    Donna Trimble, a Calgary mother, said her concerns with the guidelines centre around parental rights.

    “The Alberta government has become confused about its role and placed itself in the position of caregiver, which has thus led to guidelines that remove parents from their rightful position as the primary caregivers of their children. This will not help students, it will harm them.”

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    The group is asking the education minister to stop the mandatory requirement for school boards to develop LGBTQ-specific policies. The group would rather school boards use their own judgement regarding any policy regarding LGBTQ students.

    Eggen said the guidelines were meant to help school boards see how LGBTQ rights have been dealt with across Canada and throughout the world, in order for them to be in a better place to draft their own policies.

    “What the school boards must do is make sure there’s policy there that reflects that, but it doesn’t have to be exhaustive like the guidelines,” Eggen said.

    “It’s very important for us to remember that this is an educative process that we’re going through as well, and as we have this interaction I know that it will help for people to clarify that we’re not looking to diminish in any way anyone else’s human rights.”

    While the hashtag #protectABkids was initially used to 桑拿会所 bomb the province, a number of LGBTQ advocates and supporters took to the social media network to turn the conversation around, in support of the policy.

    Eggen has issued a March 31 deadline for Alberta’s 61 school boards to develop policies on how they will protect LGBTQ students. He said he’s already received draft policies from about one third of the province’s school boards.

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Osama bin Laden worried his wife had tracking device planted in her tooth

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Osama bin Laden feared an Iranian dentist had implanted a tracking chip in his wife’s tooth, according to newly released documents by U.S. intelligence agencies.

“I was told that you went to a dentist in Iran, and you were concerned about a filling she put in for you,” bin Laden wrote in a letter to his wife in Jan. 2011. “Please let me know in detail about anything that bothers you about any hospital in Iran or any suspicions that any of the brothers may have about chips planted in any way.”

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The letter was among 113 documents declassified and released by the Obama administration Tuesday that Navy SEALs had collected during the raid on the al-Qaida leader’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in May 2011.

In May, an initial release of documents showed bin Laden surrounding himself with books on conspiracy theories, news clippings and other materials.

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The latest release offers a window into bin Laden’s mindset in the final years of his life and his growing paranoia as U.S. forces closed in on him.

Writing under the alias Abu Abdallah, he said the dentist could have used a syringe to plant a chip under his wife’s skin.

“The size of the chip is about the length of a grain of wheat and the width of a fine piece of vermicelli,” he wrote. “I need to know the date you had the filling, also about any surgery you had, even if it was only a quick pinch.”

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He told his wife to destroy the letter after reading it.

Also included in the documents released Tuesday was bin Laden’s handwritten will, where he claimed to have $29 million and “on jihad, for the sake of Allah.”

“If I am to be killed,” he wrote in a 2008 letter to his father, “pray for me a lot and give continuous charities in my name, as I will be in great need for support to reach the permanent home.”

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Is gender selection during IVF wrong? Chrissy Teigen’s pregnancy reveal stirs up controversy

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They told the world they chose to have a baby girl.

Now, singer John Legend and his pregnant supermodel wife, Chrissy Teigen, are defending their decision to choose a female embryo during in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Last week, in a candid interview in which Teigen opened up about the couple’s difficulties with conceiving, the outspoken model also divulged that they chose their baby’s sex.

“I’ve made this decision. Not only am I having a girl, but I picked the girl from her little embryo. I picked her and was like, ‘Let’s put in the girl,’” Teigen told PEOPLE in an interview last week.

“I think I was most excited and allured by the fact that John would be the best father to a little girl. That excited me,” Teigen said.

Teigen says she was bombarded by social media attacks from people who insisted that she “threw away” healthy male embryos, or that the celebrity couple is taking advantage of resources others can’t afford and don’t have access to.

So how common is gender selection during IVF in Canada? Turns out, Canadian doctors aren’t allowed to disclose the sex of an embryo during the procedure, according to Dr. Heather Shapiro, president of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society. She’s also a fertility expert at Mount Sinai Hospital and a professor at the University of Toronto.

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“The Canadian values system is that we value females and males equally and these techniques are to be used for situations where there’s an incompatibility with life or a major compromise to life and we would not see sex as one of those things,” Shapiro told Global News.

Fertility treatments in Ontario, for example, are covered through government funding, under certain conditions. Genetic testing is readily available to check for medical conditions, but this technology is reserved for screening for risk of miscarriage or complications in a baby’s health.

While doctors can easily check on the sex of an embryo by day five, that information is withheld by law, Shapiro said.

She’s asked by expectant parents all the time.

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“There are lots of people who daydream of what their family would look like so it’s not uncommon,” Shapiro said.

In the meantime, Teigen told ABC News that she “didn’t realize” gender selection was such a hot-button issue.

“I said it so casually that I didn’t anticipate all the people who had never heard of such a thing before,” she said.

“We’re happy with our decision and we’re proud of it and we’re glad that we’re living in a time where we could do such a thing. But it’s weird, we definitely didn’t anticipate any kind of backlash from it.”

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Sask. NDP promises to improve mental health care

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REGINA – The Saskatchewan NDP, if elected, would expand mental health care and make it more accessible.

The opposition also added they would provide free mental health treatments for children and youth.

“Mental health care is health care, plain and simple. We need to treat it that way,” said NDP Leader Cam Broten.

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    “My plan will make Saskatchewan a leader in mental health care. We’ll start with providing insured coverage for children and youth, because that’s a significant first step to putting mental health care on par with other health care services.”

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    Below are some of the pledges that the Sask NDP plan regarding mental health:

    Covering mental health care as an insured service for children and youth, for up to eight counseling sessions per year – a move called for by the founding chair of Canada’s Mental Health Commission.

    Reducing waits for mental health care appointments by creating two provincial mental health specialty clinics.

    Using the already-promised Quick Care clinics in Regina, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Moose Jaw to increase availability of mental health assessments.

    Hiring more mental health workers to be based in northern Saskatchewan.

    Expanding the Hub program to northern communities, to better connect at-risk individuals and families with the supports they need.

    Expanding a pilot program in which mental health and crisis intervention professionals are partnered with police officers.

    Covering post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through Workers’ Compensation, a policy change called for by many, including professional firefighters.

    Broten added the was inspired to do better while spending time in La Loche after the tragic shooting in January.

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Are your windows killing birds? How to prevent collisions

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With a house close to the Eastern Pennsylvania woods — and the wildlife that lives there — Jeff Acopian wrestled with a problem that afflicts homeowners around the country.

“Birds were hitting our windows and dying,” the Easton resident says. “And we didn’t like it.”

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    An engineer by profession and a naturalist at heart, Acopian came up with a solution: Acopian BirdSavers, a fixture that involves dangling pieces of parachute cord in front of windows to keep birds from flying into them.

    “It sounds pretty bad when you tell someone to hang strings on their front window,” says Acopian, who nixed his original remedy, hanging strings of beads, because it made his house look like “a hippie pad.”

    “But when people actually see it, it is not objectionable at all,” he says.

    BirdSavers is one of a growing number of options available for folks who want to keep birds from crashing into their windows but don’t want to hurt their home’s curb appeal in the process.

    Christine Sheppard, who runs the bird collisions campaign for the American Bird Conservancy, cites a range of relatively simple ready-made products — BirdSavers, window tape and external screens among them — as well as DIY fixes like washable window paint or hanging branches in front of windows, that are effective enough while also being subtle.

    “You can reduce collisions without making your house ridiculous,” Sheppard says.

    While bird collisions are hardly new, she says, the magnitude of the problem is increasing, largely due to more widespread urbanization and a trend toward larger panes of glass in both residential and high-rise construction.

    Birds are either fooled by the transparency of the glass, or believe the reflections they see in them — trees, shrubs and the like — are real, and die trying to reach them, she says.

    Window collisions kill hundreds of millions of birds each year, making them, with cats, one of the two leading human-related causes of bird mortality. Conservationists say the number of birds killed by collisions and cats will soon rise to 1 billion per year.

    But Joanna Eckles, the National Audubon Society’s bird-friendly communities manager, says individuals can easily reduce those numbers simply by putting some visual barrier on the exterior of the windows that birds are drawn to.

    “The big thing that people need to get is that this isn’t something that has to happen,” she says. “This is preventable.”

    That prevention, she says, could take a range of shapes.

    The American Bird Conservancy’s Bird Tape, available at abcbirdtape长沙夜网, is translucent and can be used to design patterns on windows. Bird screen, available at birdscreen长沙桑拿, creates a barrier between birds and windowpanes. CollidEscape, available at collidescape长沙夜网, is a film that you put on outside windowpanes to reduce reflection.

    The options are infinite for do-it-yourselfers, Eckles says. With washable paint, you can use stencils or let the kids create holiday decorations. Hanging virtually anything easy on the eyes — ribbons, delicate branches, strings — in front of windows will do the trick. So will the unobtrusive netting that’s used to protect fruit trees.

    Not every window needs to be made bird-safe, nor do all windows need the same remedy. It’s up to homeowners to decide, based on which windows attract birds, and at what time of day or year.

    “There are a million ways people have handled this in beautiful ways,” Eckles says. “You are only restricted by your own rules.”

    Sheppard agrees. “No one should feel constricted with what they use.”

    “Most conservation stories just make you depressed, feeling like there is little you can do about it besides giving money,” Sheppard says. “But in this case, you can actually do something.”

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ISIS suicide bombers hit Iraqi military compound, killing 8

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BAGHDAD – Four suicide bombers disguised as soldiers struck an Iraqi military headquarters in the western town of Haditha on Tuesday, killing eight army officers, including a local commander, in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.

Local councilman Khalid Salman said one of the bombers attacked the gate of the compound and the others struck after soldiers gathered to help the victims. He said eight soldiers were wounded in the attack.

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IS claimed the assault in online statements issued on jihadi websites, saying it was carried out by two Syrian suicide bombers. The AP could not confirm the authenticity of the statements, but they resembled previous announcements issued by the group.

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Haditha is some 240 kilometres (150 miles) northwest of Baghdad, near a key dam on the Euphrates. IS has attacked the town on a number of occasions, but has never been able to seize it.

Iraqi forces, primarily Shiite militias, meanwhile launched a new push to retake a sprawling desert area outside the central city of Samarra, home to one of Shiite Islam’s holiest shrines, officials said.

They hope to cut IS supply lines and tighten the noose around the IS-held northern city of Mosul —; Iraq’s second largest —; according to a statement by the Joint Operations Command. The statement said Iraqi warplanes were supporting the mission. It did not say if the U.S.-led international coalition was involved.

Shiite lawmaker Ahmed al-Asadi, a spokesman for the paramilitary forces, said the offensive “is in retaliation for the blood of our martyrs and to annihilate the terrorist gangs that have wreaked havoc.”

Sabah Al-Numan, the spokesman for national counter-terrorism forces, told The Associated Press that two vehicles loaded with militants were bombed on Tuesday, and that the security forces struck a would-be suicide car bomber before he reached his target.

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Iraqi forces have advanced against IS in recent months, driving the extremists from the western city of Ramadi and pushing them back on other fronts. But progress has been slow, and IS has launched counterattacks, often involving multiple suicide bombers.

Massive bombings claimed by IS over the last two days in Baghdad and the northeastern town of Muqdadiyah killed at least 110 people. On Tuesday, separate attacks in and around Baghdad killed at least 13 people and wounded 31 others, according to police and health officials.

In one attack, militants broke into a soldier’s home south of Baghdad, killing his wife and two children, aged seven and five years old, a police officer said. The solider was critically wounded, he added.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Visiting Baghdad on Tuesday, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance would begin training Iraqi officers in Jordan.

“Iraqi officers will receive training in key priority fields, including countering Improvised Explosive Devices, military medicine and civil-military planning,” Stoltenberg said in a statement.

The U.S.-led coalition against IS has trained more than 18,000 Iraqi troops since December 2014. Iraqi officials have called for an increase in the pace of training efforts ahead of a planned Mosul offensive that Iraq’s prime minister has promised will begin this year. Coalition officials say it is too early to set a timeline for the operation.

IS still controls large areas of northern and western Iraq that it seized in the summer of 2014, part of a self-declared Islamic caliphate that extends into neighbouring Syria.

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Associated Press writers Maamoun Youssef in Cairo, Egypt, John-Thor Dahlburg in Brussels, and Murtada Faraj and Susannah George in Baghdad contributed to this report.

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McDonald’s is turning Happy Meal boxes into virtual reality goggles in Sweden

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McDonald’s Happy Meals usually deliver entertainment in the form of a toy – but a new pilot project is allowing kids to turn those iconic Happy Meal boxes into virtual reality goggles.

Starting this week, the fast food chain will start handing out the boxes at its Swedish locations. The special edition box allows kids to pop out a cut out for the goggles and fold it into a viewer similar to Google Cardboard.

Just like Google’s iteration, the viewer – dubbed Happy Goggles – will allow users to slip their smartphone inside and use virtual reality apps to immerse themselves in real-world experiences and views, or games.

Of course, McDonald’s has created its own virtual reality game for the Swedish project.

The game called “se upp i backen” – which translates to “watch out on the slopes” – aims to teach kids to understand how to be alert on ski hills and avoid obstacles.

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The app will be released ahead of the Swedish holiday “Sportlov,” where families usually hit the ski slopes. According to McDonald’s, the app is even endorsed by the Swedish alpine ski team.

A McDonald’s spokesperson told Global News that the promotion is not happening in Canada, but noted that the company will be watching how the Swedish experiment goes over with diners.

But McDonald’s could be onto something with this latest experiment.

Google Cardboard has been incredibly popular. Last month, Google said it shipped over five million viewers since launching the device a year ago, making it the most popular virtual reality headset on the market.

Of course, it helps that it’s made out of cardboard and costs as little as $20 to buy.

McDonalds has been trying to spark a turnaround over the last couple of years after seeing a sharp sales decline. Although the company saw an increase in sales at the end of 2015, perhaps the allure of a virtual reality viewer could spark an increase in Happy Meal sales.

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Toronto photographer sexually assaulted teenage model during photo shoot: police

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TORONTO —; A 39-year-old “high-end” Toronto photographer has been charged after an 18-year-old model alleged she was sexually assaulted at his waterfront home, and police say they believe there may be more victims.

Toronto police told Global News the teenage girl was a model who was connected to Holland through a modelling agency in Toronto.

Police said she went to the man’s home in the Queens Quay and Yonge Street area for a photo shoot on Saturday Feb. 20 at about 1 p.m.

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The woman then allegedly began posing for the man during the photo session, which is when police said he sexually assaulted her.

On Tuesday, police arrested Mark Holland, 39, of Toronto, and charged him with one count of sexual assault.

Event Coordinator Joey Paonessa said he previously worked with Holland in the club industry in Toronto and was “really shocked” to hear of the alleged sexual assault.

“Mark’s always been a perfect gentleman, great guy. I’ve always seen him treat people great, he’s just an all around good guy and I’m shocked,” he told Global News.

“We worked together for about a year and I’ve kept in contact with him and nothing like that’s ever come up and Mark doesn’t strike me as the type of guy that would do something like that either.”

Holland is connected to various photography and media companies such as Kleen Media, Kleen Events and Flirts Magazine.

Kleen Media is described on 桑拿会所 “Toronto’s leader in marketing, promotions, advertising and cutting-edge nightlife,” while Flirts Magazine is described as combining “sensual photography, fashion and art.”

READ MORE: New charges laid against photographer accused of sexually assaulting teens

Paonessa said he worked with Kleen Media and that he worked with various nightclubs throughout Toronto, but declined to name them specifically.

Those who work in the modeling industry say some can often fall prey to abuse.

“I’ve been in situations myself where, when I was younger and first starting out, you don’t really know what you’re doing. You don’t know the expectations. You’re more willing to do things because you want to do well,” said model Robynne Eaton who herself has never worked with Holland.

“They’re not experienced and the people that prey on them they take advantage of that.”

Photos on Holland’s Facebook page show images taken and events scheduled at various venues such as Uniun Nightclub, Wildflower, The Everleigh and Brassaii lounge among others.

“I know he does a lot of photography and modelling as well. I also know he’s big with the Toronto Men’s Fashion Week,” Paonessa said.

“Most of the venues that they work with are very high-end, they’re very posh places.”

A spokeswoman for the organization said in an emailed statement to Global News that Holland is not a photographer for Toronto Men’s Fashion Week and has never been one.

Paonessa added that he had never heard of something like this happening to a photographer in the Toronto club industry.

“This is extremely rare. I’ve never heard of something like this happening in the industry, especially like the photographers,” he said.

“As far as what I’ve heard they’re allegations right now. So nothing’s been confirmed and I’m kind of hoping it’s not true what happened.”

Holland is described by police as 5’11” tall, with an athletic build, clean-cut light-brown hair and a clean-shaven face.

Investigators released a photo of the suspect and say they believe there may be additional victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 长沙桑拿按摩论坛长沙夜生活222tips长沙桑拿, by texting TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or by leaving a tip on Facebook.

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Caught on camera: Toddler falls out of back of moving van in China

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A toddler on Sunday fell out of the trunk of a moving van and was brought to safety by the driver behind in the city of Suzhou in east China’s Jiangsu Province.

The scene was captured by a dashcam in the car behind.

The two-year-old boy got out of the front passenger seat, crawled to the back seats, and fell out of the van from the trunk as his grandfather, the driver, just started the car after waiting at a red light.

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    The video showed the toddler climbing up on his feet and running after the van. The grandfather noticed nothing and drove away.

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    The car behind pulled carefully to the side and picked up the boy before it went after the grandfather.

    “I was waiting at the red light. After passing the intersection a car chased after me and kept sounding the horn. The driver told me a kid fell out of my van. I looked back, parked my van aside, and went back to search for my grandson,” said Yang Defu, the toddler’s grandfather.

    Yang ran back to the intersection and retrieved his grandson from the good Samaritans.

    Yang said that the van was rear-ended the other day, and the trunk lid became loose.

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