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ITU World Triathlon, Tour of Alberta cause traffic closures in Edmonton this weekend

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WATCH ABOVE: Edmonton is in the international spotlight again this year as triathlon city. The elite paratriathlon was held Saturday. The event is also causing some road closures in the city. 

EDMONTON — This weekend, Edmonton will host the ITU World Triathlon as well as the final leg of the Tour of Alberta on Monday.

The international triathlon returns to Hawrelak Park Saturday, Sept. 5 and Sunday, Sept. 6 for the last stop on the ITU series before the grand final in Chicago.

However, the triathlon means a number of road closures in Edmonton:

On Saturday, from 6:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., the following roads will be closed:

Groat Road from 87 Avenue to Victoria Park RoadGroat Road northbound from Victoria Park Road to 107 AvenueVictoria Park Road from 100 Avenue to Groat RoadRiver Valley Road westbound from 105 Street to Groat RoadEmily Murphy Park Road from Saskatchewan Drive to Hawrelak Park

On Sunday, from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the following roads will be closed:

Groat Road form 87 Avenue to 107 AvenueEmily Murphy Park Road from Saskatchewan Drive to Hawrelak ParkSaskatchewan Drive from 87 Avenue to 116 Street116 Street from Edinboro Road to Saskatchewan Drive118 Street from Edinboro Road to Saskatchewan DriveEdinboro Road from 116 Street to 118 Street

On Sunday, from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the following roads will be closed:

Groat Road from 87 Avenue to Victoria Park RoadGroat Road norhtbound from Victoria Park Road to 107 AvenueVictoria Park Road from 100 Avenue to Groat RoadRiver Valley Road westbound from 105 Street to Groat RoadEmily Murphy Park Road from Saskatchewan Drive to Hawrelak Park
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ETS bus routes 128 and 130 will detour as required on Saturday and Sunday. Free ETS shuttle service is available to and from Hawrelak Park during the ITU World Triathlon. Buses will run on a 10-minute frequency from Windsor Car Park (116 Street and 92 Avenue) to Hawrelak Park.

The Tour of Alberta, Canada’s largest professional cycling race, will return to Edmonton on Monday, Sept. 7. Stage 6, the final leg of the race, will start (12:50 p.m.) and finish (3:47 p.m.) in Churchill Square as athletes race 11 laps over an 11-kilometre circuit.

From 10 a.m. Sunday to 12 p.m. Tuesday, the following roads will be closed:

99 Street, 102 Avenue to south of 103A Avenue

From 10 a.m. Sunday to 6 a.m. Tuesday, the following roads will be closed:

99 Street, 102 Avenue to south of 102 Avenue

On Monday, from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., the following roads will be closed:

102 Avenue westbound, 97 Street to 103 Street

On Monday, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., the following roads will be closed:

Fortway Drive102 Avenue, 103 Street to 107 Street102A Avenue/103 Avenue, 97 Street to 103 Street100 Street, 102 Avenue to 103A Avenue103 Street, 102 Avenue to 103 Avenue107 Street, 96 Avenue to 102 Avenue

On Monday, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., the following roads will be closed:

Bellamy Hill, Rossdale Road to Macdonald DriveGrierson HillMacdonald Drive, 100 Street to 102 StreetRiver Valley Road, 105 Street to Groat RoadRossdale Road, Grierson Hill to Bellamy HillVictoria Park Road, 116 Street to Groat Road100 Avenue, 102 Street to 116 Street101 Avenue, 95 Street to Grierson Hill102A Avenue, 95 Street to 97 Street95 Street, 101 Avenue to 102 Avenue102 Street, 100 Avenue to Macdonald Drive

For more information from the city on special event traffic disruptions, click here.

And, don’t forget: the new Metro LRT Line will start on Sept. 6.

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Neighbours react to killing of ‘very kind’ elderly man in Pickering

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WATCH ABOVE: Durham Regional Police are investigating a gruesome murder of an 80-year-old man in Pickering. As Caryn Lieberman reports, the victim was well known and frequently walked around the neighbourhood discussing his Christian faith.

PICKERING — Neighbours used to call Memory Lane in Pickering a perfectly peaceful place to live, but on Tuesday night it became the scene of a gruesome slaying.

Few details have been released, but a well-known, well-loved man who lived a block away on Everton Street was killed.

John Murray, 80, was a religious man who would walk around the neighbourhood and approach strangers and friends to share his religious teachings and hand out pamphlets about Christianity.

Sgt. Bill Calder of Durham Regional Police said Murray was killed and there were “obvious signs of trauma” to Murray’s body.

Police and a forensic unit on scene at the home on Memory Lane in Pickering on Thursday Sept. 3.

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“It was a suspicious death and it took a post-mortem after that to be able to say it was our third homicide of 2015,” Calder said.

A woman who lives across the street from the scene recalls seeing a few incidents at the home where Murray was killed.

Still, she said she was stunned when she returned home with her husband and children late Tuesday and saw police and a forensic unit on scene.

“He knew everybody in the area,” said Nicole Georgiev, who knew Murray well.

“He would just hand out his pamphlets about Jesus.”

Neighbour Sean Kelly echoed that thought, adding that he remembered seeing Murray taking his wife for walks when she was wheelchair-bound before her death.

“Spreading the word of Jesus, keep Jesus by your heart, that’s what he always said,” said Kelly.

Juliette Williams had known Murray for the last 10 years.

“It’s just hard to think that he’s gone like that,” she said, adding that she often received advice from Murray and Christmas cards every year.

“He’s always giving advice, he’s always telling us about God, he’s always talking about his wife Marlene.”

Murray wrote a book about his love for his late wife called “Marlene: A Woman after my Own Heart.”

He signed a copy of it for Morene Fairborn, who lives a few streets away, after her husband died of Cancer in May.

“He was a very sharp man, very kind man,” she said.

“He gave me the book and he actually inscribed [it] … You can see how meticulous he was.”

There have been no arrests so far in the case. Police say the occupant of the home where Murray was discovered has been cooperating, but wouldn’t elaborate further.

The investigation is continuing and officers would like to speak with anyone who has knowledge of Murray’s activities prior to Tuesday night when he was found dead.

Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Moore (ext. 5326) or Det. Dennis (ext. 5402) of Major Crime Homicide Unit at 1-888-579-1520.

Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or online at 杭州桑拿按摩论坛杭州夜生活durhamregionalcrimestoppers杭州丝足.

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‘Humanity has stopped there’: member of B.C.’s Syrian community reacts to photo of drowned toddler

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“It is a very sad day for humanity and for us as Canadians. We failed.”

That was the reaction of Vancouver-based small business owner Hisham Wattar, originally from Damascus, Syria, when he heard about the drowned Syrian boy whose image was shared around the world on Wednesday.

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Three-year-old Aylan Kurdi was found dead, alongside his five-year-old brother and mother on a beach in Turkey. The family was trying to escape the war-torn town of Kobani in Syria. Their boat, with at least 12 people on board, capsized on their way to Greece.

The photo of Aylan’s body lying face-down in the sand has sparked outrage around the world, prompting questions about how the migrant crisis is being handled and what Canada is doing to help.

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Wattar, who runs Best Falafel on Commercial Drive, has been in Canada for 30 years and says his family is in a similar situation.

He is trying to bring his sister and his two nieces into Canada from Cairo, Egypt, where they have been stuck for three years.

A year ago, he received a letter from Immigration Canada saying their refugee application had been approved, but authorities now say it may take up to 42 months to bring them into Canada.

A month ago, one of Wattar’s nieces considered getting on a smuggler boat to get out of Cairo. Wattar says it took pressure from the entire family to convince her not to do it.

“We told her, at least, you have hope,” he says. “We know it is a long shot, but it is much better than taking a chance and drown somewhere in the Mediterranean.”

The migrant crisis has been escalating in Europe in recent months, with thousands of people paying large amounts of money to be smuggled across the Mediterranean Sea and into Europe, which is facing the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.

In 2013, Canada committed to bringing in 1,300 Syrian refugees by the end of 2014. That goal was not met until March 2015. In January of this year, the federal government committed to resettling a further 10,000 Syrian refugees over the next three years. As of July 27, Global News was told, 1,002 refugees have been accepted.

It is estimated there are more than four million Syrian refugees currently fleeing the war.

In a press conference this morning, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Canada will admit more refugees from the region, but must also continue to stand with its allies in the fight against the extremists who are forcing people to flee their homes.

Harper’s government has been criticized by the opposition for not doing enough to help solve the migrant crisis.

“I hope that, as Canadians, we don’t accept this kind of bureaucracy that’s going on with Syrian refugees,” says Wattar. “It is not acceptable by any Canadian standard.”

He says he tried to raise his concerns with the MPs in the North Shore area, where he lives, but he is running out of options.

He is offering to sponsor his sister and nieces, meaning the Canadian government will not be using taxpayer dollars to bring the family into the country.

“We played by the rules,” says Wattar. “We’ve got an approval letter in June 2014, saying we have met all the requirements. So why do I have to wait 42 months for them to come here?”

Wattar says he was devastated when he saw the picture of Aylan’s tiny body lying face down on a Turkish beach.

“It is heartbreaking. I hardly cry, but I was very saddened by this. Humanity has stopped there,” he says. “These are peaceful people. They just want to get on with their lives and raise their kids.”

He says they have been trying to galvanize the Canadian public to pay attention to the refugee crisis happening in Europe, but it has not been easy.

Now that the photo of Aylan is going viral, Wattar hopes the world will open its eyes to the reality of thousands of refugees trying to escape carnage in their homeland.

“Do we have to always wait for someone to die like that and then we act on it? Does it have to come to this for us to realize that this is not right?” he adds.

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

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Parents rally against city for removing toys from Gledhill Park

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WATCH ABOVE: Toronto parks and recreation staff are being criticized by parents for clearing a local park of secondhand toys. Mark McAllister reports.

TORONTO — Parents in East York are criticizing the city’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation department after a local park was cleared of secondhand toys.

Families and caregivers were gathered at Gledhill Park Wednesday morning when city staff showed up and started gathering toys that weren’t being used by children there at the time.

“I had one little guy that was very upset,” nanny Sonya Grant said. “He was crying, ‘the toys, the toys,’ so I tried to explain to him that they were taken.”

Grant said that the children were left to fight over the few toys that were left at the park.

The explanation from city staff at the time was that some of the toys were broken and dangerous.

Others were considered to be contaminated after being left there and animals had urinated on them.

“Unfortunately, we have to take this sort of draconian action but we certainly don’t intend harm to the kids,” Parks, Forestry and Recreation manager Ray Stukas said.

Members of the community immediately took to social media to air their grievances with city councillor Janet Davis.

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“I agree that we should have been warned before the toys were removed,” said Davis, who is away on vacation but responded on 桑拿会所. “There were complaints about the toys but I know many enjoyed them too.”

Some parents were concerned with the amount of clutter that was gathering as a result of the toys.

“It was hard for them to run around because he would have to watch them and say be careful there’s something in your way,” Olya Korolchuk said.

“I always needed to inspect the toys before I gave them to them.”

Ninety three toys in total were removed but without any consultation with the community.

“I think a compromise could have been made,” Jennifer Otley said.

“There could’ve been some discussion around this versus coming in and just removing all of the toys.”

It’s common practice for families to leave playthings in Toronto playgrounds for others to play with but then the city has to determine which ones should stay.

“We have the toys,” Stukas said. “We have sorted them between those we feel are unacceptable, dangerous or broken and we are cleaning the ones that are safe.”

Some of the toys are now expected to be returned by the city with an agreement from the community to maintain them.

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Harper says photo of dead Syrian boy is heartbreaking, steels resolve to fight ISIS

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WATCH ABOVE: Exasperated Harper doesn’t know ‘for the life of me’ how you can want to help refugees but not battle ISIS.

OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Stephen Harper says it was heartbreaking to see the image of a dead boy on a Turkish beach, but it doesn’t change the need to fight the Islamic militants that are the root cause of the refugee crisis.

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Harper says he and his wife Laureen saw the tragic photo of three-year-old Alan Kurdi on the Internet and that it evoked images of their own son, Ben, frolicking at that age.

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

But Harper says the problem is bigger than one tragedy, saying he’s seen tens of thousands of people affected by the ongoing violence in refugee camps in Iraq and Jordan.

WATCH: Harper says the real way to fix refugee crisis is to address the reasons they’re leaving in the first place.

He says that’s why Canada must stay the course, both militarily and by providing humanitarian aid to those affected by the continuing violence in Syria and Iraq.

Harper says Canada will admit more refugees from the region, but must also continue to stand with its allies in the fight against the extremists who are forcing people to flee their homes.

He was commenting after he postponed a campaign announcement and cancelled a photo op Thursday as Europe’s refugee crisis washed over the federal election.

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