Ferry between Nova Scotia, Maine could be viable in three years: CEO – Halifax

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WATCH ABOVE: Nova Star Crusies says it will take at least 3-years before the service is financially viable which caused some heated exchanges. Global’s Marieke Walsh reports.

HALIFAX – Nova Star Cruises made its case to continue as the ferry service that links Nova Scotia to Maine on Thursday, saying it believes it can become financially viable within the next three years.

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CEO Mark Amundsen told the legislature’s economic development committee that his company expects to meet the 80,000 passenger threshold to make the company viable within that time.

The goal had been to reach that target this season, but figures released earlier this week show passenger traffic is down over this time last year and projections are for the ferry to hit the 60,000 passenger mark — a figure similar to last year’s total.

READ MORE: Nova Star numbers worse than last year

“The inconvenient truth is the ridership hasn’t been up,” said Amundsen. “We have to build collectively and collaboratively with Nova Scotia Tourism to get the ridership up.”

To make the service sustainable, Amundsen said Nova Star is working on a long-term cost plan that includes a switch to natural gas as fuel and is also increasing its marketing efforts in New England.

He acknowledged the importance of finding winter work and said the company is still negotiating to land a route between England and France, and has a back up plan if that falls through.

Amundsen said the service would still need help from taxpayers, but that the amount would be less in future years.

However, when pressed about how much would be needed by NDP Leader Maureen MacDonald, Amundsen didn’t have an answer.

“We have not factored for 2016, but it will be less,” he said.

In its initial season, the ferry received $28.5 million in provincial subsidies. The province committed $13 million for the service this year and so far has given out $9.6 million of that amount.

READ MORE: Government needs to show upside of keeping Yarmouth ferry: Consultant

The Transportation Department is assessing the service and is looking at three other potential operators for the 2016 season.

Alan Grant, the executive director of policy and planning for the department, said Nova Star is still in the mix.

“We’re not aware at this point of whether there’s a better boat out there or a better operator,” said Grant.

Deputy transportation minister Paul LaFleche told the committee that determining a reasonable level of subsidy is also part of the considerations, although he couldn’t give an exact dollar figure.

“We want to hear a realistic story about subsidy and benefit and passenger numbers, not sort of a dream,” he said.

The officials said a decision on an operator for 2016 would likely be made following the end of the current sailing season in mid-October.

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Turkish official: 2 Vice News journalists freed from jail

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ANKARA, Turkey – Two Vice News journalists who were arrested in Turkey on terror-related charges have been released from jail, a Turkish government official said Thursday. Their assistant will remain jailed pending the conclusion of an investigation.

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The two British journalists, correspondent Jake Hanrahan and cameraman Philip Pendlebury, were detained last week in Diyarbakir, the main city in Turkey’s mostly Kurdish southeast, after filming in a neighbourhood where Kurdish youths frequently clash with Turkish security forces. Also detained was their Turkey-based assistant and translator, Mohammed Ismael Rasool.

The arrests prompted strong protests from media rights advocates, the U.S. and the European Union.

READ MORE: Vice News journalists arrested to deter foreign coverage of Kurdish conflict

A government official told The Associated Press that Hanrahan and Pendlebury were freed on Thursday but the official did not know if they would be allowed to leave Turkey or were required to remain in the country pending trial. The state-run Anadolu Agency said the court agreed to a petition for the two British journalists to be released pending trial but ruled that Rasool remain in custody.

A lawyer representing the journalists could not immediately be reached for comment. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with Turkish government rules that bar government officials from speaking to journalists without prior authorization

Vice News welcomed the releases but called on Turkish authorities to free Rasool as well.

“While we are grateful that they have been freed, we are deeply worried by reports that our other Vice News colleague, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, has had his appeal of release rejected by the Turkish government,” Vice News said in a statement. “We call on the Turkish authorities for a swift end to this unjust detainment and to grant his immediate release.”

READ MORE: Egypt sentences Mohamed Fahmy, 2 other Al-Jazeera journalists to 3 years

Rasool is a Kurdish Iraqi national who moved to Turkey to attend college. In addition to working with Vice News, he has worked in recent years as a freelance assistant and translator for journalists from a number of media organizations, including the AP and Al-Jazeera.

There has been confusion over the charges levelled at the journalists, and a lawyer has said the exact accusations won’t be known until the prosecutor submits an indictment.

Court officials had initially said the three were detained for filming without first obtaining media accreditation from authorities. The court later accused them of vague charges of helping armed groups, including the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, or PKK, and its youth wing, and accused Rasool of having encryption software on his computer.

All three have rejected the accusations.

READ MORE: Egypt summons British ambassador to protest comments on Fahmy verdict

The news of their release came a day after the journalists were transferred to a high-security prison in Adana more than 500 kilometres (300 miles) away from their lawyers and the courthouse in Diyarbakir where they face trial.

Vice News is a New York-based news channel that produces documentaries, breaking news reports and investigative pieces.

Tahir Elci, who heads the Diyarbakir lawyers association, has denounced the detentions as a government attempt to deter foreign media from reporting on the conflict with Kurdish rebels. Scores of people – soldiers, police, rebels and civilians – have died since July in renewed fighting between Kurdish rebels and Turkey’s security forces. The simmering unrest and violence in the area has derailed a 2 1/2-year-old peace process.

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Saskatoon set to award bridge tender contract

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SASKATOON – The city is taking the next step in building two new bridges in Saskatoon. City officials have announced they have found a contractor for its largest construction project ever.

The city is prepared to award Graham Commuter Partners with the contract for the North Commuter Parkway and Traffic bridges project.

A special city council meeting is scheduled for Sept. 8 to approve it.

Graham will then have two months to figure out the financials and report back to council.

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The project includes a six-lane bridge linking the Marquis Industrial area with University Heights as well as a new Traffic Bridge into the downtown core.

“Graham Commuter Partners will build the bridges based on approved technical requirement and project design parameters, as well as finance and maintain both bridges for a period of 30 years while the city retains ownership of the bridges,” said Dan Willems, the city’s special projects manager.

The estimated cost of the project is $252.6 million. The federal government is providing up to $66 million for the project through the P3 Canada Fund, with the province contributing $50 million.

Construction is expected to be completed by late 2018.

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Canadian University Football is coming to Global

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EDMONTON – For the first time ever, Global Television will be the official home of the Canada West Hardy Cup Playoffs.

In a statement, Phil Piazza, vice president of Global TV’s marketing and content acquisitions for said the company is proud to partner with the Canada West, Shaw and the N8 Group.

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“Canada is home to outstanding university-level sports and we’re proud to showcase that nationally through our broadcast of this season’s Hardy Cup playoffs on Global.”

Under the agreement, Global will broadcast one of two Hardy Cup Semi Finals and the 79th Hardy Cup Final on Saturday, November 14.

David Dube, the founding partner of the N8 Group, sees this partnership as a way to grow the sport.

“We are fortunate to have three willing and progressive partners in Shaw, Global Television, and Canada West who embrace the vision of enhancing the exposure to Canadians for CIS football.”

Shaw TV will once again broadcast weekly games throughout the season including this weekend’s season opener between the University of Alberta Golden Bears and Regina Rams (7 p.m. on Shaw TV, Shaw HD, Shaw Direct 299).

2015 Canada West Football Television Broadcast Schedule:

Friday, September 4 / Manitoba vs. Saskatchewan / 7:00PM CTFriday, September 4 / Alberta vs. Regina / 7:00PM CT (Edmonton only)Friday, September 11 / Calgary vs. Manitoba / 7:00PM CTThursday, September 17 / Alberta vs. Calgary / 8:00PM CTFriday, September 18 / Regina vs. Saskatchewan / 7:00PM CTSaturday, September 26 / Calgary vs. Regina / 4:00PM CT (Regina only)Saturday, October 3 / UBC vs. Alberta / 2:00PM CTFriday, October 16 / Calgary vs. Saskatchewan / 7:00PM CTSaturday, October 17 / Manitoba vs. Regina / 4:00PM CT (Regina only)Saturday, October 24 / Regina vs. Calgary / 2:00PM CTFriday, October 30 / Saskatchewan vs. Regina / 7:00PM CTSaturday, October 31 / Calgary vs. Alberta / 2:00PM CTSaturday, November 7 / Hardy Cup Semi-Final / TBD / Global TVSaturday, November 14 / 79th Hardy Cup / TBD / Global TV

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How a young Manitoba teen found her voice with the help of Variety

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WINNIPEG — Unlike some teenagers, fifteen-year-old Hailey Augustine can’t wait for the school year to begin.

But that might not have always have been the case.

At two years of age, Hailey was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She is functionally non-verbal, but finds ways to communicate her immediate wants and needs more effectively than ever now after working with a special iPad.

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Four years ago the Augustine family connected with Variety, the Children’s Charity and that’s when the approved funding for her iPad went through.

At first the family wasn’t sure what type of electronic device would be best suited for Hailey and her needs, but the iPad came up as the clear front runner.

“They sent us right to the Apple store in Polo Park and we were taken care of very well there to help her out,” Kevin Augustine, Hailey’s father said.

Now, an expert in everything electronic, the communication gap between Hailey and her parents is beginning to close.

“She does have some words and she can communicate some things, and by having a picture there or video it just gives her that little bit of extra to help her come across to us what happened in her day.” Wendy Augustine, Hailey’s mom said.

Not only does the device help her relate to her family, but it’s helped bridge that gap between those that she’s not as comfortable with and that’s a comfort to Kevin and Wendy.

“Learners that are on that ASD spectrum have difficulties with expression so having a conversation may seem very scripted, and they’re not really sure where to go next. So using those photos and videos of things we’ve shared together is an excellent way to talk.” said Andrea Sward, Hailey’s student support teacher.

The iPad uses specially designed software and also helps the teen with math, spelling, as well as learning about life skills such as money.

Sward said she is going to miss the smiling, cheerful ways of one of her most prized students as she embarks on life in a new school.

“I know she’s off to high school this year and it’s hard for me to, to see her off because she’s such a big part of my everyday.” Sward said.

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1 dead, 2 wounded near California college campus, gunman being sought

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WATCH ABOVE: One person is dead and two others injured after a shooting at a college campus in Sacramento, California on Thursday. The search for the gunman continues. Danielle Nottingham has more.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Police hunted for a gunman Thursday night who opened fire at a Sacramento college parking lot, killing one student and wounding two others, officials said.

One victim was declared dead at the scene, another was taken to a hospital with injuries, and the third was only grazed by a bullet and was being questioned by investigators, said Dustin Poore of Los Rios police, who patrol Sacramento City College.

The shooting at about 4 p.m. near a baseball field at the edge of campus began as a verbal dispute between the group of men, one of whom pulled out a gun and fired, Poore said.

All three victims were students at the school, college spokesman Rick Brewer told the Sacramento Bee.

WATCH: A student who was at school during the incident reacts to what happened.

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It remains unclear whether the gunman has any ties to the school, and police have not given a motive, though Sacramento Police Department spokeswoman Traci Trapani told the Bee that the shooting was an “isolated incident” rather than an instance of the gunman seeking to shoot at students.

The suspect, wearing a white T-shirt and cargo shorts, ran from the scene and remained at large hours later.

The campus was locked down for about two hours before police officers had cleared all the buildings and allowed students and staff to leave, said Sacramento police Sgt. Doug Morse.

Evening classes were cancelled.

Police descended from all directions on campus shortly after the gunfire broke out, and students told to stay in their classrooms and lock the door were filled with fear.

“My stomach dropped,” student Lars Beesom told KCRA-TV. “It was definitely really, really scary, but we all stayed calm.

Beesom added, “It’s school. It’s supposed to be a good environment, and you don’t want to be scared here.”

Jackie Flores, 50, who lives across the street from the parking lot, said she heard four or five shots fired. “It all happened so fast,” she told the Sacramento Bee.

Classes were in session at the two-year college in central Sacramento with a student body of about 25,000. The fall semester began Aug. 22.

The corner of campus where the shooting occurred is surrounded by strip malls with chain restaurants on one side and a golf course on the other.

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Orca baby boom one for the record books

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After decades of decline, the Orca population off the Pacific Coast, known as Southern Resident Killer Whales, have something to celebrate.

Four things, to be specific.

“It is really exciting when we consider Southern Resident Killer Whales are endangered, and they do face many threats, so any birth is something to celebrate,” said Tessa Danelesko, a Vancouver Aquarium Whale Research.

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The three pods, known as J, K, and L, comprise the SRKW population. They’re among the most endangered orca populations in the world, have seen their population cut in half in the last 50 years – and until last winter, hadn’t produced any new orcas in three years.

But in total, four baby Orcas have been born to the pods in the last 12 months, raising the population of the SRKW population from 77 to 81.

READ MORE: A New Year’s Baby for endangered Southern Resident orcas

“We’re excited, but we’re also holding our breath,” says Danelesko.

One reason that they’re holding their breath? Approximately 50 per cent of orcas die within their first year – meaning it won’t be until the pods return to the coast, closer to next spring, that researchers will know if all survived.

“These calves aren’t there yet, we’re certainly holding our breath, but when we’re about at the first year mark we’ll slowly start to let it out,” says Danelesko.

WATCH: Michael Harris, with the Pacific Whale Watch Association, explains why it’s remarkable four newborn southern killer whales have survived for more than six months.

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Napalm survivor Kim Phuc says Syrian boy photo ‘can make a difference’

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VANCOUVER — It only took hours after first appearing online for the grim photograph of a lifeless body of 3-year-old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi to become a symbol of the worst refugee crisis the world has seen in seven decades.

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The image of Alan’s tiny corpse, having drifted onto the beach near the Turkish resort of Bodrum, has drawn comparisons to another heartbreaking image that opened the world’s eyes to horrors of war and humanitarian crises.

READ MORE: Will this photo help people grasp the desperation of Syrian refugees?

Kim Phuc was just 9 years old when a young Vietnamese photographer, Nick Ut, captured a photo of her running to safety, naked, after South Vietnamese planes dropped Napalm on her village of Trang Bang — where it was believed the Viet Cong may have crept in.

The napalm, a flammable liquid that sticks to the skin, burned the clothes off Kim’s body and scorched the young girl’s skin — leaving her with scars she still bears over 43 years later.

Speaking to Global News Thursday evening, Phuc said seeing the image of Alan touched her heart.

“When I saw that picture, it [was] so sad, that children have to suffer any kind of circumstances [like that],” she said in a brief phone interview from her home in Ajax, Ont., before departing on a trip.

“Children are supposed to be happy and [in] good care of their family. They do not deserve to die like that.”

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The lifeless body of Alan Kurdi was found on a beach in Turkey, after the boat his family was trying to get to Greece in flipped over. His mother, Rehan, and 5-year-old brother Ghalib also drowned.

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She believes the photo of Alan could make a difference in how the world is viewing the refugee crisis, much like Ut’s Pulitzer Prize-winning photo of her is said to have influenced Americans’ opinions of the long-running war in Vietnam — during which more than 3 million North Vietnamese, 250,000 South Vietnamese and more than 58,000 Americans lost their lives.

READ MORE: ‘Napalm girl’ photographer returns to Vietnam, this time using AP’s Instagram

Forty years after the end of the Vietnam War and the fall of Saigon, the world is faced with a humanitarian crisis that hasn’t been seen since the Second World War.

According to the United Nations, more than 59.5 million people have been forced to leave their homes in 2014 due to conflict and the threat of persecution.

And one of the biggest contributors to that unprecedented statistic is the civil war in Syria and the brutality of ISIS. More than 4 million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries while a further 7.6 million have been displaced internally. More than 310,000 people are estimated to have died since the civil war broke out in 2011.

Alan Kurdi is a victim of the refugee crisis brought on by the war. His family reportedly fled to Turkey from their home in Kobani, just over the Syria-Turkey border, three years ago — before deciding to make the risky attempt to reach European Union (EU) territory.

Alan, his 5-year-old brother Ghalib and his mother Rehan all drowned when the boat in which they were trying to reach the nearby Greek island of Kos flipped over in the Aegean Sea.

Abdullah’s sister in British Columbia, Tima Kurdi, hoped they would one day be able to come to Canada.

READ MORE: ‘They didn’t deserve to die’: aunt of Syrian boys who drowned off Turkey

Only the father, Abdullah, survived after struggling to save his family. Instead, their deaths add to the steadily rising death toll of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants dying while attempting to reach Europe by sea.

As of Sept. 1, the International Organization for Migration had logged 2,643 deaths in the Mediterranean and Aegean Seas.

As EU leaders spar over how to cope with the more than 351,000 refugees, asylum seekers and migrants flowing into Europe from the Middle East and Africa, the photo has prompted calls for countries to resettle more people — in particular, those who have fled Syria.

READ MORE: Leaders disagree on action for Syrian refugees after seeing drowned boy photo

The Canadian government and the Conservative Party have been criticized for not acting fast enough to address the immediate need for refugee resettlement.

So far Canada has resettled 2,302 Syrian refugees — 1,300 to fulfill a commitment made in 2013 and 1,002 towards a January commitment to resettle 10,000 refugees over the next three years.

But NDP leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal leader Justin Trudeau said Canada needs to let in more refugees — and much sooner — than the Conservatives’ have planned. Both Trudeau and Mulcair on Thursday referenced Canada’s acceptance of some 60,000 boat people from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos between 1979 and 1980.

Phuc and her husband also sought asylum in Canada in 1992, when the plane on which they were travelling to Moscow for their honeymoon stopped to refuel in Newfoundland.

Phuc later started the Kim Foundation, to help children affected by war and conflict, and is also a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Peace. She received a Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal and the Order of Ontario.

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University of Alberta offers popular ‘Dino 101’ course in app form

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WATCH ABOVE: The U of A’s Dino 101 course continues to break new ground. Now, it’s a textbook being offered in app form. Emily Mertz has the details.

EDMONTON — It first paved the way as a free, online course open to all and now Dino 101 is being offered as an electronic textbook in app form.

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“We’re mindful of our students and the tremendous pressures on them with tuition and the additional costs of education such as textbooks,” said Jonathan Schaeffer, dean of the faculty of science. “We wanted to build something that was fun, engaging and at a price point that added real value to the student learning experience.”

Available as a $9.99 app through iTunes and Google Play, the interactive textbook is based on the content from the U of A’s extremely successful Dino 101 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).

“The word ‘textbook’ in some ways is a bit misleading, as well, because when you think of a textbook you think of something big and heavy that you’re just going to read 400 pages, whereas the Dino 101 experience is highly interactive,” explained Schaeffer.

“Think about it as an interactive textbook.”

The app features instructional videos or traditional text interspersed with quizzes, activities, puzzles and games.

“We added traditional text with filming, with software interactivity, to create the complete package. There’s no one-size-fits-all learning, so if you want to read, by all means do the readings. If you like the videos, great. If you just want to play with the puzzles and the applications, great. The winning recipe of course is doing all of it,” said Schaeffer.

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The U of A team hopes the app will be popular enough to recoup the costs of developing it.  Then, any profits will be reinvested into paleontological research at the University of Alberta.

Schaeffer hopes the e-textbook app doesn’t stop with Dino 101.

“I’m optimistic it won’t be a one-off. We have wonderful ideas for future courses that we could try this with.

“The Dino 101 app is an experiment,” added Shaeffer. “We don’t know what works, what doesn’t work, what really engages students, what students find boring. We’re hoping we’ll get a lot of feedback on this so we can do another one and come up with an even better product.”

In 2014, 750 students took the paid Dino 101 course for credit. As of September 2015, close to 70,000 people have taken the free, not-for-credit course.

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Refugee crisis: What can you do to help?

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Click here for our latest coverage on the refugee crisis. Scroll down to learn more about how you can help.

TORONTO – A photo of three-year-old Alan Kurdi, facedown drowned on a beach, stunned the world and focused attention on a refugee crisis that has displaced millions of people.

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UN Refugee Agency spokesperson Babar Baloch told Global News the refugee crisis has been an ongoing human tragedy that killed more than 7,000 people in the past year alone.

“These are refugees that have been through a lot. Wars in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries as well. They are coming to seek international protection in other countries and our call is provide them with more legal avenues so they don’t end up giving themselves to the ruthless smugglers and the traffickers,” Baloch said.

READ MORE: ‘They didn’t deserve to die’: aunt of Syrian boys who drowned off Turkey

“This incident is just shocking. As a father or two, as a human being, as a humanitarian, it is quite just frustrating for us to see this being repeated again and again and again.”

Canada’s political parties have come under pressure to commit more assistance to the refugee crisis and allow more refugees into Canada.

The Canadian Council for Refugees and Amnesty International Canada called Thursday for the federal government to lift barriers preventing families from reuniting.

READ MORE: Leaders disagree on action for Syrian refugees after seeing drowned boy photo

They also called for less stringent documentation requirements, temporary resident permits to help expedite such cases and a commitment to a minimum of 10,000 government-assisted resettlement places for Syrians to be brought to Canada immediately.

Amnesty sent an open letter to Conservative leader Stephen Harper urging Canada to do more.

“Canada must act decisively and generously in opening up safety for the growing number of refugees who are faced with the impossible choice of remaining in desperate conditions in refugee camps or of making terrifying journeys and risking their lives to escape endless suffering,” Amnesty wrote.

Amnesty and the refugee council also called on the federal government to restore interim federal health coverage, whose cuts a court called “cruel and unusual.”

In the meantime, many individuals have been moved to help on their own.

Here are some things you can do:

Donate to, or volunteer for, UNHCR

The United Nations’ refugee organization is mandated to “lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide.”

Donate to an international aid organization

There’s no shortage of groups working to help people displaced by conflicts such as the civil war ripping Syria apart. Here are a few:

Medecins sans Frontieres – Doctors Without Borders

Red Cross

Our History | Refugees International

Iraq – International Rescue Committee

UNICEF Canada : No Child too Far

SOS Children’s Villages

World Vision Canada

Donate to, or support, a refugee assistance agency in Canada

Many organizations in Canada are advocating for people trying to make it to Canada or assisting people already here with what’s often an agonizing transition. Here are some of them:

Canadian Council for Refugees

FCJ Refugee Centre

Islamic Relief Canada

Immigrant Services Society of BC

Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba

Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care

Canadian Association of Refugee Lawyers

Halifax Refugee Clinic

PEI Association for Newcomers to Canada

Refugee and Immigrant Advisory Council

Sponsor a refugee

This is a much more significant commitment. But if you or  a group you’re involved with is up for it, here’s how. Here’s a list of organizations already privately sponsoring refugees.

Groups of five Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are 18 or older can sponsor refugees and their dependents.

Lifeline Syria is also coordinating refugee sponsorship.

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Dueling Regina election signs point to household split

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REGINA – If gauging by the number of election signs, the new riding of Regina-Lewvan appears to be one of the most politically engaged ridings in the area and a handful of homes have both an NDP and a Liberal sign displayed.

“We’re just trying to weigh out the options, which way to go right now,” said Lisa Dustyhorn. Her home has two Liberal signs and two NDP signs displayed. She explained that first, the Liberal candidate came knocking and she agreed to put up a lawn sign. Then the NDP candidate came by and her husband also agreed.

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“My husband said ‘we have to take one of them down’. I said ‘well I’m a Liberal’ and he said ‘well I’m voting NDP’,” said Dustyhorn. “So we just left them up and that’s where we’re at right now.”

The dueling signs are not an uncommon sight in the new all-urban riding, which is expected to be hotly contested this fall.

“If someone is willing to display both signs, if they’re civic minded that’s great,” said Erin Weir, the NDP candidate for Regina- Lewvan.

“Perhaps there’s other people in the house that want a red sign,” said Louis Browne, the Liberal candidate for Regina- Lewvan. “I definitely don’t hit every house that has an orange sign but from time to time, depending on the circumstances, I might be inspired to go chat with the people.”

University of Regina political scientist, Jim Farney doesn’t predict vote splitting between the NDP and the Liberal candidate to the case.

“The NDP has really been surging lately. I think a lot of people who even six weeks ago were going to vote Liberal, the polls are kind of telling us they’re going to end up going NDP,” said Farney.

“It’s the one riding in the city that’s really, who knows who’s going to win it,” he added.

Although she’s leaning Liberal, Dustyhorn said her vote remains up for grabs: “I’m listening what they both have to say, even the conservative candidate.”

Calls to the Regina-Lewvan Conservative campaign office weren’t returned by 6 p.m.

READ MORE: 4 Sask. federal ridings to watch

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3 sisters give birth on same day at same hospital

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WATCH ABOVE: Three sisters in Ireland all gave birth on Tuesday while the fourth sister is expecting to deliver her baby very soon.

TORONTO — Three little bundles of joy arrived to an Irish family Tuesday as three sisters gave birth on the same day in the same hospital.

The two boys and a girl were born at Mayo General Hospital in Castlebar, Ireland. The three babies had different due dates but all came at once and a fourth sister is currently overdue.

The sisters said they did not at all plan to have their babies at the same time, let alone the same day.

One of the babies was born via C-section, the other two naturally.

The hospital has been abuzz with the news.

“We were all talking about it this morning, the fact that we have four sisters in and it’s never happened, as far as we know going back some time,” said nurse Mary Salmon. “We’re just delighted.”

The new cousins have been named Thomas Óg, Sorcha and Phelim.

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Victoria Ave. Businesses optimistic city will “do the right thing”

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REGINA – More than two months have passed since construction started on Victoria Avenue East, and businesses are feeling the pinch.

Traffic headaches have been hurting nearby businesses, and now, the city is planning to shut down one of their main access points permanently.

Owners and landlords are teaming up to protest that decision. Owner of Robin’s Doughnuts, Yinghua Liu, is one of them.

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  • Victoria Avenue upgrades could impact businesses

She’s seen her sales drop 30 per cent over the last two months, with only regulars making their way through the maze to get to her coffee shop.

Liu is hanging on to the business by the skin of her teeth, thanks to a show of understanding from her landlord.

Imo Ekong owns Creekside Pub, China Liang’s Buffet and Robin’s Doughnuts. He said it doesn’t make sense to make his tenants pay money they aren’t making.

“My tenants are like my teammates. We’re not boss, employee,” he said. “So in this time, I thought I should lower their rent so they could survive. This is their livelihood. If they lose this, they lose everything.”

Liu is grateful for the help.

“If the landlord doesn’t waive the rent, we cannot survive. We are closed one or two months ago,” she said.

Further up the parking lot, Wine Kitz has also lost business.

“Construction has slowed it down a little bit,” said owner David Carvell. “Nobody likes going into construction zones.”

The problem is access. Initially, drivers could get to the businesses easily. But when construction began, the Coleman Crescent intersection was blocked off.

Eventually, the plan is to remove the Eastgate Drive bridge entirely, eliminating access from the west.

A dozen of the affected businesses showed up at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting to voice their frustrations.

“There has to be east access coming into the mall. That has to happen,” said Ekong.

The planning commission sent the report back to administration, calling for more options to balance everyone’s needs.

“We’ve been asked to re-look at the work we’re doing along Victoria Avenue in the area of Eastgate Drive and see if there’s any other design options,” said Karen Gasmo, a city administrator.

Liu was happy she went to the meeting.

“This time the city listened to us, and they gave us hope,” she said.

Gasmo noted there’s no simple answer, as there’s various things to consider.

“Safety concerns, the new construction of a widened Victoria Avenue and access points for businesses along Eastgate Drive,” listed Gasmo.

There’s no guarantee changes will be made, but the affected business people left optimistic.

“I feel good that we’re being listened to, to some degree, by people who are going to impact the final decisions,” said Carvell.

A new report will be delivered to the Planning Commission on October 7th before a recommendation is passed over to City Council for final approval.

“I think there’ll just be more communication from this point on, which is what we wanted all along. Let’s figure out a way we can do this together,” said Ekong.

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