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French investigators confirm wing part is from Flight MH370

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WATCH ABOVE: On Thursday, French investigators confirmed that a piece of a plane wing found in July on Reunion Islands is that of MH370.

PARIS — French investigators have formally identified a washed-up piece of airplane debris found in July on a remote island in the Indian Ocean as part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, a Boeing 777 that disappeared more than a year ago with 239 people aboard.

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Investigators have been examining the wing part, called a flaperon, since it was flown to a French aeronautical research laboratory near Toulouse last month. Malaysian authorities had already declared that the wing fragment was from the missing jet, but until now French investigators couldn’t say with certainty that it was the case.

READ MORE: Search for Flight MH370 may ramp up soon with new sonar equipment

The Paris prosecutor’s office said in a statement Thursday that investigators used maintenance records to match a serial number found on the wing part with the missing Boeing.

“Today it is possible to state with certainty that the flaperon discovered on Reunion July 29, 2015 corresponds to that of Flight MH370,” the prosecutor’s statement said.

The flight’s disappearance on March 8, 2014, has been one of aviation’s most confounding mysteries.

Until the wing flap washed ashore July 30 on the French island of Reunion, investigators had not found a single physical clue linked to the missing plane, despite a massive air and sea search. Officials believe it crashed in the southern Indian Ocean, killing everyone aboard, but are unsure of the cause.

The discovery of the wing flap refocused the world’s attention on the investigation, which many hope will finally yield clues to the plane’s fate.

READ MORE: Search for Flight MH370 may ramp up soon with new sonar equipment

Australian forces are continuing their search for the plane in a desolate stretch of ocean 4,200 kilometers (2,600 miles) to the east of Reunion, where experts believe the plane from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing crashed.

Investigators examining the wing fragment in France are trying to glean clues into the plane’s fate based on its condition, opening up even more questions: How, exactly, did the plane end up in the water? Was it a controlled landing? Was there an explosion?

Officials who scrutinized data exchanged between the plane’s engine and a satellite determined that the jetliner took a straight path across the ocean, leading them to believe that the plane flew on autopilot for hours before running out of fuel and crashing into the water.

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Grieving B.C. relatives of drowned boy slam Canada’s refugee process

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TORONTO – The uncle of the three-year-old Syrian boy whose lifeless body has put a devastating human face on the Syrian refugee crisis has assailed Canada’s refugee process.

Rocco Logozzo told that the system doesn’t work, adding his family had money and plenty of room to house little Aylan Kurdi and his brother and parents at his home in Coquitlam, B.C., and had put in a private sponsorship request.

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Instead, the family and a B.C. politician says Canada rejected the request in June. It wasn’t immediately clear why they were turned down.

“The whole thing was designed to fail … when they heard (the refugee application) failed, they lost all hope, and in a desperate situation, you make all these wrong decisions,” Logozzo said as he explained why his relatives opted to get on a boat in coastal Turkey, on the Aegean Sea, to try to get to Europe.

According to Citizenship and Immigration Canada, those who are abroad but outside their home countries and seeking refuge must either be referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees or another referral agency – or be sponsored by a private sponsor.

They must be selected as a government-assisted or privately sponsored refugee, or have the funds needed to support themselves and any dependents after arriving in Canada.

Logozzo said he and wife, Tima Kurdi, have been grieving since hearing the news that their nephews – Aylan and his five-year-old brother, Galip – and their mother, Rehan, died as they tried to reach their destination.

They were among at least 12 migrants, including five children, who drowned Wednesday when two boats carrying them to the Greek island of Kos capsized.

Logozzo said the boys’ father, Abdullah, who is Tima Kurdi’s brother, survived after their speed boat was struck by a large wave. He said Abdullah told his sister that he put lifejackets on both boys, but they somehow slipped off when the boat flipped over.

Tima Kurdi was too heartbroken to talk at length on Thursday.

“I’m not feeling well,” she said through sobs. “I can’t talk.”

Fin Donnelly, who is running for re-election in Port Moody-Coquitlam, has been working with Logozza and his wife in their attempts to bring their relatives to Canada.

The NDP politician said he delivered a letter on behalf of Kurdi to Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander in March, but the sponsorship request was not approved.

Alexander said in a statement that he was “deeply saddened” by the image of the drowned boy. His campaign said he was returning to Ottawa on Thursday to deal with the crisis.

“The tragic photo of young Aylan Kurdi and the news of the death of his brother and mother broke hearts around the world,” Alexander said. “I am meeting with officials to ascertain both the facts of the case of the Kurdi family and to receive an update on the migrant crisis.”

He added Prime Minister Stephen Harper has set a target for Canada to accept 23,000 Iraqis refugees and 11,300 Syrians.

“Of that number Canada has already resettled nearly 22,000 Iraqis and 2,300 Syrians,” Alexander said.

About 250,000 people have been killed and more than one million wounded in Syria since March 2011, according to United Nations officials. More than half the country’s population has been displaced, including more than four million who have fled Syria.

The route between the Turkish community of Bodrum and Kos, just a few kilometres, is one of the shortest from Turkey to the Greek islands, but remains dangerous. Hundreds of migrants a day attempt the perilous sea crossing despite the risks.

A UN panel reported Thursday that more than 2,000 Syrians have drowned in the Mediterranean while trying to reach Europe since 2011 and said there’s no end in sight to Syria’s civil war. In its 10th such report since the war began 4-1/2 years ago, the UN Human Rights Council urges the international community to help Syrian civilians.

– With files from The Associated Press and Geordon Omand in Vancouver

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Young Sherwood Park dancer performing on Janet Jackson world tour

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WATCH ABOVE: Local child dance sensation Taylor Hatala chats about being on tour with Janet Jackson and gives Mike Sobel a dance lesson in the Global Edmonton studio!

EDMONTON – A young phenom from Sherwood Park is continuing to awe the dance world with her incredible ability.

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After posting a dance video on YouTube that garnered millions of views, Taylor Hatala performed on the Ellen Degeneres Show last year.

Now, the 12-year-old is working as a dancer on Janet Jackson’s world tour.

“I am so thankful for all of the support and everything. I definitely could of never imagined me being where I am today,” said Taylor while appearing on Global Edmonton’s Morning News on Thursday.

The tour is making a stop in Edmonton Thursday night, giving Taylor an opportunity to perform in front of family and friends.

Taylor went through a lengthy audition process to land a spot as one of nine dancers on the tour. Taylor and another girl are the only ones under the age of 20.

“It’s so exciting. I’m very thankful,” said Taylor. The Sherwood Park native said getting to know Janet Jackson has been a wonderful experience.

“She’s kind, she’s so generous, she cares about everyone who works with her and for her.”

The world tour could take as long as two years so Taylor isn’t going to school; instead she’s doing online schooling with the help of a teacher.

“It’s definitely going to be a change, but as long as I’m getting my schooling in that’s all that matters,” Taylor said.

The young prodigy has aspirations to also become an actor and singer.

Taylor started dancing at the age of three. She began with ballet, jazz and tap before moving on to hip-hop when she was about six. She currently dances at the Kore Dance Studio in Edmonton.

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$65 for puking on a cashier? Police urge students to ‘party with caution’ during frosh week

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TORONTO — Police are taking a light-hearted approach to urging freshman students to “party with caution” ahead of this year’s frosh week at universities, by reminding them that certain extra-curricular activities could land you in hot water.

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York Regional Police “researchers” called the examples of frosh week related offences a “highly academic list of unexpected expenses and potential pitfalls for prospective scholars,” releasing another addition of their infamous frosh week expense list to remind students of the legal implications of partying too hard and making poor decisions.

READ MORE: $5k ticket for streaking? Police warn frosh week rituals can be costly

“It’s an attempt to use some humour to deliver an important message about consequences of actions so we try and use things that are topical and that students would understand and get a laugh at and like in order to basically show that there are consequences to some of the silly actions that can happen during frosh week,” said Const. Andy Pattenden.

“There’s a range of fines and offences and we try to pick the most appropriate fine for what an officer may charge for some of these examples.”

Police tweeted the campaign out to a number of schools including Ryerson University, the University of Toronto, Queens University, the University of Guelph, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Michigan and Harvard University, reminding students to “frosh responsibly.”

Pattenden said that some of the examples used in the campaign, such as “getting sick on a fast food cashier,” would equate to real fines such as public intoxication, which would net a $65 fine. Another example, “playing beer pong on a cafeteria table,” would equate to alcohol in an unlicensed area and amount to a $125 fine.

Other examples from the list include “licking a baked good for sale, Ariana Grande-style,” “ghostriding the whip,” starting your elicit weed brownie enterprise,” “touching campus statues inappropriately” and “distilling some bathroom moonshine.”

“So without stating what the actual offence is for each of these, there is accuracy to each of them so we have a little fun with it but the message is definitely a serious one,” said Pattenden. “Party with caution.”

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TCHC, Crime Stoppers launch partnership in wake of Lecent Ross death

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WATCH: With the help of a slain 14-year-old’s family, Crime Stoppers hopes they can build a better presence and relationship with Toronto Community Housing residents. Mark Carcasole reports.

TORONTO – The Toronto Community Housing Corporation and Crime Stoppers have partnered up to launch a crime prevention initiative following the death of 14-year-old Lecent Ross.

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“The hardest thing that I had ever had to face in my life was the death of my 14 year old niece,” said Troy Ross, former two-time Olympian and uncle of the slain teen, during the announcement in Jamestown.

“What makes it even harder is people with valuable information are not willing to talk. Call Crime Stoppers and help put an end to these senseless killings.”

Police have charged a 13-year-old youth and an 18-year-old man in connection with the shooting death. Both face a total of 25 charges.

Investigators say Ross was fatally wounded after she was shot by an illegal semi-automatic handgun in the upper body at a residence in Etobicoke in July.

Police have not released details on who was handling the gun when the 14-year-old was killed.

READ MORE: ‘I lost her too soon:’ Mother of 14-year-old fatally shot in Toronto speaks out

The announcement also saw the addition of the first Crime Stoppers sign on TCHC property and outlined a new initiatives in TCHC neighbourhoods such as meetings with residents, youth outreach activities, signs, public awareness and educational materials.

“Our residents’ safety is a top priority for Toronto Community Housing. By working together with Crime Stoppers, we’ll be able to build on their expertise to help reduce illegal activity in communities,” Greg Spearn, President and CEO of TCHC, said in a release.

“There is no one-size-fits-all solution and we all have to work together to make Toronto a safer city.”

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Quebec government will lower income taxes, raise QST to increase revenues

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QUEBEC CITY – The Quebec government will reduce income taxes while increasing the provincial sales tax by one percentage point.

READ MORE: Godbout report recommends lower income taxes; higher QST, tax on tobacco, alcohol

Finance Minister Carlos Leitao told reporters Thursday the government would reduce income taxes first before following up with sales tax hike.

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Leitao said the move is recommended in a report examining Quebec’s taxation policies published in March.

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He said the one percentage point hike in the QST would generate about $1 billion in revenues for the government.

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Leitao said the accompanying income tax reduction means the reform will come at no cost to the province, but should increase the disposable income of Quebecers as well as the province’s gross domestic product.

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The changes could be introduced in the next provincial budget and be implemented fully by 2018.

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Better Winnipeg: Chair Your Idea puts Winnipeggers’ ideas to the test

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WINNIPEG — If you had $30,000 to spend on improving Winnipeg with an urban design, what would you do?

It’s a question local firm 5468796 Architecture is encouraging people to consider for a new competition called Chair Your Idea.

“We believe that good ideas come from anybody. You could be a 10-year-old child or a senior citizen,” says Johanna Hurme, from 5468796 Architecture.

“We’re hoping to gather 1,000 great ideas for the city and 1,000 seats for people to sit at and contemplate and discuss those ideas together.”

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All you need to enter is a $25 registration fee, a white chair of any kind and an idea boiled down to 140 characters.

After registering the idea, competitors are supposed to write it on a white chair and give it to one of more than 30 “chairtakers” – local businesses that have agreed to host the chairs until the competition wraps up Sept. 19.

Local businessman and former Winnipeg Blue Bomber Obby Khan is pitching a plan to brighten up the Exchange District with old Christmas trees.

“My idea was about building community and getting people to the Exchange.”

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman’s idea also focuses on the Exchange District.

“Walking by Old Market Square last winter and seeing it dormant, I thought, this place should be as vibrant in the winter as it is in the summertime,” says Bowman.

His idea is to build a skating rink in the unused park, complete with lights and music.

“My idea is to create year-round activity there.”

In a few short weeks, organizers are hoping to collect more than 1,000 ideas and generate enough money from the registration fees to cover the cost of bringing the winning idea to life.

“I would never attempt this anywhere else,” says Hurme. “I know we can count on Winnipeggers to come together, be creative, be innovative, be resourceful and come up with the great ideas and the chairs.”

As for the ideas that don’t get the judges’ nod, the mayor says he wants to look at them all.

“I do want to see all 1,000 ideas and look at them in terms of the 999 that aren’t accepted. We’ll want to consider them and make Winnipeg an even better place.”

The winner will be announced at a block party on Sept. 19 from 3 to 6 p.m. at a prominent location yet to be announced. All of the white chairs registered in the competition will be displayed at the mystery spot.

If you want to see some of the ideas and white chairs, you can find a list of chairtakers posted online at chairyouridea杭州丝足  While you’re there, you can also register your own urban design idea.

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IN PHOTOS: World mourns drowned Syrian boy Alan Kurdi

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TORONTO – The world is mourning for Alan Kurdi, the three-year-old Syrian boy whose lifeless body was photographed face down on the shore of a Turkish beach Wednesday.

Alan, his five-year-old brother Ghalib Kurdi and their mother, Rehan, died as they tried to reach Europe from Syria.

The image, taken by a Turkish photographer, was splashed on newspaper front pages across the world Thursday morning.

On social media, using hashtags #KiyiyaVuranInsanlik and #HumanityWashedAshore, artists shared editorial cartoons mourning the dead toddler.

Other social media users decided to honour the brothers by sharing tributes and family photos.

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Aunt of drowned Syrian boy learned of family’s fate after seeing images online

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The aunt of a drowned Syrian boy whose image was shared around the world on Wednesday learned that multiple members of her family had died after seeing the image of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi on the Internet.

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Tima Kurdi, who has lived in the Vancouver area for more than 20 years, had been trying for months to bring some of her family to Canada, but Canada had rejected the family’s refugee application according to MP Fin Donnelly, who is running for re-election in Port Moody-Coquitlam. This rejection was not for the family of the drowned Syrian boy, but for Teema’s other brother, Mohammed.

In a statement to Global News, the Department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada said:

The plight of the Syrian people, including the events of yesterday, is a tragedy and we offer our condolences to all those affected.

An application for Mr Mohammad Kurdi and his family was received by the department but was returned as it was incomplete as it did not meet regulatory requirements for proof of refugee status recognition. There was no record of an application received for Mr Abdullah Kurdi and his family.

The department also clarified that they did not offer citizenship to Abdullah, despite previous reports stating that they did.

Abdullah, also Tima’s brother, was trying to bring his family Aylan, his five-year-old brother Galip and their mother Rehan from Syria to Europe. Only Abdullah survived.

WATCH: Bodies of drowned Syrian boys washed ashore transported to Turkish hospital:

Speaking on the Global BC Morning News, Donnelly said Kurdi came into his office in March and gave him an overview of what was going on with her family in Syria.

“What I said to her is that, as an opposition MP, I can send the message to the government and I said ‘let’s craft a letter’, which we did,” said Donnelly. “I offered to walk it directly to the minister, Chris Alexander, and I did that across the floor. [I] handed Mr. Alexander the letter and I asked Chris to really look into this. I told him this is a very compelling case.”

He said Kurdi gave him many graphic details about what her family was going through in Turkey and Alexander told him he would look into it.

After a follow-up call from Alexander’s officer, Donnelly said they waited for months for any further details.

“And then of course Tima learned about what everyone else has now seen, the image of her nephew lying on the beach and just gut-wrenching and heartbreaking.”

Donnelly said Tima is distraught at the news of her family. She spoke to her brother, Abdullah, on Wednesday and Donnelly said he told Tima he does not want to be alive anymore after losing his family.

“I hope that [Minister Chris Alexander] will consider looking at [Tima’s] brother’s case but Canada must do its share,” said Donnelly.

“You have to make decisions, you have to look out for people around the world, you have to look out for folks in your own country. This was a case that was compelling to me. I acted as her representative, as her member of Parliament, and I implore the minister to do the same. When I reviewed the case it seemed compelling. It seemed that this, like many others in that region are facing, the circumstances, it just compelled me to act.”

“And I just feel that the minister, if he had read that case, would have done the same thing.”

Tima does not know what she is going to do at this time, but it has been suggested a service could be held in Canada for the two young boys and Rehan.

Donnelly said Canada needs to do more to help and accept more refugees who are fleeing from Syria and other parts of the world. “Canada is known as a giving, and a caring country, we need to do our part,” he said.

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Andre De Grasse to finish final year of college, forego big bucks on pro circuit

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TORONTO – Star Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse has decided to return to college for his senior year, passing up a chance to immediately cash in on his breakout performance at last month’s world track and field championships.

The 20-year-old from Markham, Ont., plans to race for the University of Southern California in the upcoming season, an Athletics Canada spokesman told on Thursday.

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After winning a surprise bronze medal in the 100 metres at the IAAF championship in Beijing, De Grasse was asked whether he would skip his final year at college and turn pro, a move that experts say could be worth more than a million dollars in endorsement deals.

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While De Grasse didn’t directly answer the questions in China, he did say his mother wanted him to return to school to get his degree.

NCAA athletes must maintain their amateur status and are not allowed to collect prize money beyond “necessary expenses,” be represented by an agent, or earn income from endorsement deals, among other things.

Returning to USC could cost De Grasse, whose star power is at a high after an unexpected 2015 season that saw him win two NCAA titles, two Pan Am gold medals and two world championship bronze medals. An injury or a disappointing showing in the NCAA could diminish his immediate earning potential.

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A source told back in June – well before De Grasse had fully exploded on the world track scene – that he was offered a seven-figure shoe deal.

According to track agent Kris Mychasiw, who works with former Canadian sprint star Bruny Surin, “everyone” was trying to sign De Grasse to a management deal after his bronze-winning race. He also estimated that De Grasse could have earned as much as C$700,000 in endorsement deals in 2016, and could have inked a shoe contract worth an additional $700,000 a year.

De Grasse burst on the scene, seemingly from out of nowhere, when he blew away the field in both the 100 and 200 metres at the NCAA championships in June. He ran a wind-aided time of 9.75 seconds in the 100, becoming one of a handful of sprinters to break 10 seconds this year. Just 45 minutes later, he won the 200 with a time of 19.58.

READ MORE: Andre De Grasse ready to take on world’s best in Beijing

He went on to win the 100 title at the Canadian championships, and then took gold in both the 100 and 200 at the Pan Am Games in Toronto. His time of 19.88 in the 200 shattered the previous Pan Am record.

De Grasse almost had a third gold medal in Toronto, but the Canadian 4×100 relay team was disqualified following two American-led protests.

The expectations were high heading into Beijing, and De Grasse met them by tying for bronze in the 100 in a field that included Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt and American Justin Gatlin.

To cap his stellar season, he helped Canada’s beleaguered 4×100 relay team earn some redemption by capturing bronze. The Canadians were elevated from fourth to third when the Americans were disqualified for an illegal baton exchange.

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