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Man charged with murder in Sask. First Nation death

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A suspicious death on a Saskatchewan First Nation has led to a first-degree murder charge. Mounties were called to the Ahtahkakoop First Nation just before 2 a.m. Wednesday for a report of an unresponsive man on a trail leading to several residences.

Officers arrived to find a man suffering from what appeared to be a gunshot wound.

Tyrone Jacob Knife, 21, was declared dead before he could be transported by STARS air ambulance for treatment.

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While the initial investigation into Knife’s death was underway, Mounties arrested Dakota Hilliard John Knife, 19, on unrelated matters. As the investigation unfolded, Dakota Knife was identified as a suspect in Tyrone Knife’s death.

He has been charged with first-degree murder, use of a firearm while committing an indictable offence of first-degree murder, aggravated assault, assault and possession of a prohibited weapon.

The accused and suspect are related.

Dakota Knife appeared in Prince Albert provincial court on Thursday and will remain in custody until his next court appearance on Oct. 1.

Police continue to investigate and an autopsy is scheduled for Friday at Saskatoon City Hospital.

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EXCLUSIVE: Chateauguay student creates petition to fight education budget cuts

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WATCH ABOVE: Many students and parents were surprised to learn that extra-curricular activities have been cancelled this fall due to teacher pressure tactics. One student from Chateauguay tells Felicia Parrillo how she’s fighting back.

CHATEAUGUAY – On her first day of Grade 11 at Howard S. Billings High School in Chateauguay, Autumn Whiteside heard her teachers talking about budget cuts.

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She discovered that there would be no more after school tutorials, sports, or any other extra curricular activities.

“School is hard but at least the sports and other programs makes it all easier and more fun to go to,” said Autumn.

“Now, without all that it’s just sad and boring.”

Instead of sitting around waiting for a change, Autumn decided to take action.

She started an online petition to spread the word on Quebec’s decision to cut funding to education.

In only 48 hours, she’s gathered over 800 signatures.

“I’ve been getting contacted from teachers from Westmount, students from all over Montreal, contacting me, supporting me and telling me that they’re proud that there’s a student taking a stand and defending teacher’s rights, ” she said.

It’s not just students rallying behind her, teachers are too.

Nick Ross, president of Chateauguay Valley Teachers’ Association said he applauds Autumn’s efforts.

WATCH: Parents, teachers and students protest Quebec education cuts

“I think it’s great that the students are getting behind this and realizing that the cuts that the government is making are going to affect them, their classmates, their teachers and public education in general,” said Ross.

Ross said as of right now, the government has proposed to increase the maximum class sizes and cut the budgets of special needs and handicap students.

As part of the negotiations, the union has imposed pressure tactics, which means teachers are no longer offering volunteer after-school activities – not only at Howard S. Billings, but at schools across the province.

As for Autumn, she just wants things to go back to normal for herself, her classmates and the students that will come after her.

“Seeing all the other students that are coming into the school, like just into high school and can’t experience all the experiences that I got to,” she said.

“It’s sad.”

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New TTC campaign ruffles feathers in what advocate calls ‘pedestrian blame’

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WATCH ABOVE: A new TTC campaign aimed at pedestrian safety has ruffled the feathers of some Torontonians who accuse the ads of “pedestrian blaming.” Erica Vella has the story.

TORONTO — A new TTC campaign is asking pedestrians to “stay focused and stay safe” when it comes to road safety, but it’s caused some stir with one local pedestrian advocate.

The campaign launched in late August and is expected to last till the fall.

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Ads showing pedestrians jaywalking and focused on phones while crossing at intersections are posted on buses, streetcars and subways.

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Dylan Reid, of pedestrian advocacy group Walk Toronto, said the ads are not balanced and unfairly  promote “pedestrian blame.”

“The problem is that it gives the impression that pedestrian behaviour is the cause of the most of the accidents with the TTC,” Reid said.

“The reasons that pedestrians are being hit is generally, most often because the drivers are not paying attention and making mistakes.

“85 per cent of the time pedestrians are hit by TTC vehicles, pedestrians were walking with the right of way.”

TTC spokesman Brad Ross said the intention of the campaign was not to place blame on pedestrians.

“It’s the thing that the TTC sees and the city sees as concerns and things that we want pedestrians to be aware of to ensure they remain safe,” said Ross.

Const. Hugh Smith with Traffic services said road safety is a shared responsibility.

“We say cross in a controlled intersection, cross where it’s well lit, cross where you are expected to be.”

The TTC said a campaign on pedestrian safety is underway with TTC operators as well.

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How to wear white after Labour Day (yes, it’s OK)

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TORONTO — Forget the old rule, once and for all: wearing white after Labour Day is not a fashion crime.

“Absolutely yes, it’s OK to wear white after Labour Day,” said fashion expert Jennifer McConville, adding it’s “one rule that definitely has been broken.”

In fact, white can be a crisp breath of fresh air among traditional fall shades.

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The Toronto stylist recommends adapting white pieces into your fall wardrobe by layering and keeping fabrics and patterns in mind. Here are some of her tips.

Pair with fall colours

“One of the key pieces that looks amazing all year round is a white blazer.”

“You want to look at pairing it with more fall-like colours,” said McConville. “So in the summer you might throw it over a floral blouse or a dress, but as you move into fall you might want to wear it with your jeans. A military green colour is a great compliment, it looks modern and fresh.”

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She said along with military green, blue and denim staples already in most closets are big colours this fall.

“Blues were a really big colour in the summer time, and they’re carrying right through to fall. The blues pair beautifully with white.”

And when in doubt, you can always count on the minimalist palette.

“White and black always look classic. So if you are ever unsure about wearing white, pair it with black and you’re done.”

Layer it in

Layering not only can be functional when the weather is starting to turn, but it can also break up an outfit by adding different textures and colours.

McConville recommends pairing a casual denim shirt under a more dressy blazer or white jacket.

“A denim shirt underneath is kind of a fun, relaxed way to wear a jacket that otherwise might look really dressy. It kind of dresses it down.”

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A white sweater also layers well with denim and a leather jacket. Throw on some suede boots and gold jewelry and you’re good to go.

And McConville said for those feeling adventurous, a sleeveless duster coat — a long sleeveless jacket — is the way to go.

“It’s a layer you could throw over any outfit. That would look amazing in white as well.”

Wear heavier fabrics

Anything too frilly or gauzy might not carry well into the fall, so it’s better to pack those away. White pants should also be avoided, with a few exceptions.

“They are difficult to wear at the best of times,” McConville said with a laugh. “Unless you’re on vacation or down in Miami or a warm climate; that’s more appropriate all year round.”

Pick your shade

White is not always just plain old white; there’s cream, ivory, bright white, champagne… the list goes on. Not every shade works on every skin tone. McConville said cream colours can be trickier to wear and doesn’t pair well with everyone’s complexions.

However, “bright white is a sure thing.”

The history behind the rule

Fashion bibles Vogue and Harpers Bazaar have both made it clear the rule is a thing of the past. But where does the rule come from anyway?

EmilyPost杭州桑拿, named in memory of the ultimate ruler and decider of etiquette, breaks down the history. It all goes back to a time when dress was far more formal, and rules were not made to be broken.

“The summer season was bracketed by Memorial Day and Labor Day. Society flocked en masse from town house to seaside ‘cottage’ or mountain ‘cabin’ to escape the heat. City clothes were left behind in exchange for lighter, whiter, summer costumes. Come fall and the return to the city, summer clothes were put away and more formal city clothes donned once more.”

There was a dress code for every occasion, and light, summer clothes were left where they belonged.

“The signal to mark the change between summer resort clothes and clothing worn for the rest of the year was encapsulated in the dictum ‘No white after Labor Day.’ And it stuck.”

The post goes on to say “Of course you can wear white after Labor Day”, particularly in climates where warm weather lingers longer than May through September, or if you simply like to don the lighter shades regardless of climate.

“Even in the dead of winter in northern New England the fashionable wear white wools, cashmeres, and down-filled parkas. The true interpretation is ‘wear what’s appropriate—for the weather, the season, or the occasion.’”

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Exciting day for Primary students – Halifax

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WATCH ABOVE: Global’s Ray Bradshaw followed 5-year-old Evan Balcom and his family as they embarked on his first day of school.

HALIFAX – Elementary and junior high school students throughout the Nova Scotia officially started the new school year today. For some, it was their first day of school ever. Evan Balcom of Middle Sackville, began his day preparing to enter Primary.

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Evan Balcom is entering primary this year, but older brother Brayden said he’ll show Evan the ropes. “I’m going to show him where his classroom is, and stuff,” said the 7-year-old.

The day is just as important to his parents. “I was a little upset last week at the last day of day care,” said Evan’s mom Heather. “But I’m excited. I’m sure once I drop him off, I’m sure it will be, my baby’s gone to school.”

Heather said Evan has been looking forward to starting school for a long time. “For about a year and a half,” Heather laughed. “Every day, am I five? Am I going to big kids school?”

The family accompanied Evan and Brayden to Harry R. Hamilton Elementary School in Middle Sackville.

Posing for photographs in front of the school, Evan’s father Brian said his son seemed a little unsure. “It’s going to be interesting to see how he makes out today,” said Brian. “I’m excited, but a little bit nervous at the same time for sure.”

Just like he said he would, Brayden led his little brother down the school hallway and showed him where his classroom was located. “Are you excited?” he asked Evan, and the 5-year-old nods yes.

Brian said his son will do just fine. “He’ll make lots of new friends. He’ll have a great time and hopefully learn lots. He’s a smart kid already, so just looking forward to having a great year with him and hearing all the stories about everything that happens to him in this very first year.”

“The kids are extremely excited – most of them – very happy to come back, meet their friends, meet their new teacher, get the new year started – a few tears this morning from the primary children, a bit apprehensive,” said school Principal Gail Langille.

The stories from the first day will be a treasure for not just the Balcom family, but for all parents to keep.

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