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University of Saskatchewan takes action against sexual assaults on campus

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Watch above: As University of Saskatchewan students settle in for another year of studies we check in to see whether changes have been made to the institution’s sexual assault policy. Meaghan Craig tells us why the call was made in the first place and whether it has been heeded.

SASKATOON – Eleven sexual assaults have been reported at the University of Saskatchewan between 2009 and 2014. Officials from here and other campuses across the country believe the number is a conservative one and under reported.

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For some time now officials have been drafting a policy to address sexual assault on campus and now they’re drawing a line in the sand on where the university stands.

While protocols have been place for while, they are now being put down on paper. This comes as hundreds of students sit in the campus bowl taking part in welcome week festivities with a beer in hand which for some it’s their first taste of freedom.

“Do I worry about those events in the bowl? You bet I do,” said Patricia McDougall, vice-provost, teaching and learning at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S).

“Do I understand and do the students explain to me that that’s an important part of the undergraduate culture or the university? I do as well.”

The reality is the majority of sexual assaults at university take place in the first year, the majority of those take place in the first eight weeks and alcohol is frequently involved. Even if they do happen McDougall added that only a small number of these cases are reported in any formal or official way.

One sexual assault that was reported to campus security at the U of S, was made by a 20-year old woman who said she was raped at a student residence on campus on New Year’s day 2012. It was also reported to police and went to trial where one man was convicted, the other acquitted.

READ MORE: Guilty verdict for one of two men in Saskatoon sexual assault trial

The university admits at the time of the assault it failed the victim and failed to issue a warning to the entire student body for six weeks.

“One of the two perpetrators was a student at the time living in our residence and so as far as campus safety that would trigger certainly a message to the campus security.”

One major source of confusion was whether or not the university could do anything if  if there was a criminal investigation in play.

“That’s simply not the case and it wasn’t true then and it’s certainly not true now.”

According to McDougall, one of the biggest learnings was disseminating the correct information to people who are likely to be on the receiving end of the disclosure and steps have now been taken to ensure this doesn’t go off the rails again.

“When there are reports of a sexual assault that come in to the various services or people on campus, I am routinely notified that something has taken place.”

READ MORE: How to identify sexual assault, abuse victims

In addition to the campus code of conduct, a policy document is being finalized internally to address sexual assaults. The stand-alone policy will more clearly define what is a sexual assault, what consent is and what is required for someone to give consent.

“This stand-alone policy will apply to students as does the code of conduct and disciplinary code but it will also apply to staff and faculty and anyone who visits or comes onto the campus for any reason.”

In the event of a sexual assault, a procedures document outlines all protocol that should be followed.

“The protocol for disclosing, what does the response look like, who is responsible for what activities after that happens, what are the options for a person who wants to report, keeping in mind that reports can come from targets themselves but reports can also come from other community members,” remarked McDougall.

The intention is to post the documents for campus community comment the week of Sept. 21, sexual awareness week. It will also be shared with the survivor and her family for input, be revised and then go to the board of governors for ratification and final approval in December.

“It’s very clear that these behaviours are prohibited we’re just want to make it abundantly clear.”

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Calgary Flames co-sponsor Lethbridge College golf tournament

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LETHBRIDGE – Southern Alberta’s longest-running charity golf event has gained even more prestige this year with co-sponsorship from the Calgary Flames organization.

The sponsorship includes a cash donation, a chance to meet Flames alumni, and a live auction for registration for the Flames Foundation Golf Tournament.

One recognizable member of the Flames organization was Jim “Bearcat” Murray, the charismatic trainer who was with the team for their 1989 Stanley Cup championship and is now a community ambassador for the Flames. Murray was auctioned off as a celebrity team member to the tune of $3,000.

Jim “Bearcat” Murray (left) speaks with Lethbridge College Athletics manager Todd Caughlin (right) at the Lethbridge College Golf Tournament.

“For us to get out and do this and be able to help supply and raise money for [Kodiaks athletics], it is a great benefit for us because we really love it,” said Murray.

The Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation announced its initiative to reach out to more rural Alberta institutions in March. A total of 12 scholarships will be available at Lethbridge College, the University of Lethbridge, Red Deer College and Medicine Hat College. Three students from each institution will be eligible for one of the 12 scholarships.

In 32 years, the Lethbridge College golf tournament has raised over $200,000 for Kodiaks athletics.

The other sponsor of the event this year is Avison Young Lethbridge Inc.

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Venues announced for ‘Big Brother Canada’ season 4 nationwide casting call

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Big Brother Canada wants you!

Canada’s wildest reality show is seeking contestants for its upcoming fourth season, and is getting ready to embark on a nationwide casting call in search of contestants who’ve got what it takes to scheme their way to success inside the country’s craziest house.

Related: Casting Begins For ‘Big Brother Canada’ Season 4

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Venues have just been announced for the cross-country tour, with Canadians 19 years of age and older invited to apply online at BigBrotherCanada杭州丝足 now through Oct. 26, or in person from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations:

Saturday, September 19

Vancouver, BC – The Bourbon, 50 W Cordova St.

Montréal, QC – BLVD44, 2108 Boul. St-Laurent

Saturday, September 26

Calgary, AB – Ranchman’s, 9615 Macleod Trail SE

Edmonton, AB – Knoxville’s, 10736 Jasper Ave NW

Halifax, NS – MicMac Mall, 21 Micmac Blvd

Saturday, October 3

Winnipeg, MB – Polo Park Mall, 1485 Portage Ave.

St.John’s, NL – Sundance Bar and Grill, 30 George Street

Saturday, October 24

Toronto, ON – Location to be announced

Hoping to be a Houseguest but not able to make it to one of the casting sessions? Never fear — until Oct. 26, Canadians can apply online at BigBrotherCanada杭州丝足. Not sure what to say? Check out the online application that landed season-two winner Jon Pardy accepted, right here.

Every online submission is viewed by Big Brother Canada‘s casting team, and if you’re looking for ways to get your online application to stand out from the crowd, check out these tips from Big Brother casting director Robyn Kass:

1. Don’t plan too much and talk naturally.2. Make sure your lighting and sound work properly.3. Stay away from the same Big Brother clichés we hear time and time again, such as: “I can be your best friend or your worst enemy,” or “You either love me or hate me.”4. Tell us something unique about yourself that will make you stand out5. Have a good time!

Season four of Big Brother Canada will debut in early 2016 exclusively on Global.

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Okanagan apple harvest in full swing

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KELOWNA – It’s a bit of a hustle for many Okanagan apple pickers as various varieties of the fruit are here early.

“We didn’t end up with a lot of rain days and I think the heat and the consistency of the weather pattern just provided it with an early start,” says B.C. Fruit Growers’ Association President Fred Steele.

The fruit crops were ready for picking up to three and a half weeks ago at some local orchards, that’s almost a month sooner than usual, and it’s the earliest harvest Steele has ever seen.

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“As you can see, I’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there,” says Steele. “We are going to start picking [Friday] and we are going to be picking continuously for seven days straight.”

It’s good news for locals and tourists looking to buy some fresh Okanagan fruit this time of year.

“I’m actually surprised, I’m used to buying food that either comes from the states or somewhere else so this is really nice to buy things locally,” says Kelowna resident Volker Kalaue, who was buying some Okanagan apples from B.C. Tree Fruits on Thursday.

“A lot of tourists that come into the area, they’re travelling back home with our fruit so it’s nice to have new crop products for them to take home,” says Lynne Guay, the regional store manager at B.C. Tree Fruits.

While sales are good, the early harvest is causing problems for some local orchardists. Some of the apples in Brian Witzke’s Kelowna orchard weren’t picked soon enough.

“I figure we lost about two bins on this row here because of the splitting but you have to accept that this year,” says Witzke.

However, he says the good news is that he’ll be done his work a little bit earlier this fall.

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Calgary cab driver says RCMP investigation into video of abuse delayed

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WATCH ABOVE: A Calgary cab driver is worried he will never have justice for an extreme case of racial abuse after the investigation was delayed. Global’s Nancy Hixt reports.

WARNING: This story contains graphic content. Discretion is advised. 

CALGARY – A Calgary cab driver whose dashboard camera video captured shocking abuse, which spurred RCMP to reopen its file into the case, says he’s been told the summer holidays have delayed the investigation.

Last month, Global News exposed a shocking, racist rant from a passenger captured by dashboard video belonging to Sardar Qayyum. The passenger was later identified as Chad Pasloski, who was fired from his Airdrie job in July as a result of the incident. Pasloski has not responded to a request for comment from Global News.

Watch below: Full video coverage of the disturbing and graphic video of a passenger launching a vicious verbal and racist attack on a Calgary cab driver. Global’s Nancy Hixt reports.

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Charges were never laid in the case, though Global News confirmed an RCMP officer gave Qayyum an envelope with $900 in cash on the day he was told charges would not be laid against Pasloski. RCMP did not comment on why no charges were laid initially.

READ MORE: ‘I got $900 the RCMP lady gave me’: Calgary cab driver allegedly abused by passenger

After Global News aired the shocking Nov. 2013 video, RCMP reopened the investigation in two parts: whether criminal charges should be laid against the passenger as well as an internal review of the handling of the case by RCMP.

On July 28, RCMP promised the update the investigation into the verbal and physical abuse of Qayyum every 30 days, but that one-month mark has passed with no details.

Qayyum said he decided to call RCMP and said he was told summer has been busy, and that the investigation is delayed as a result. RCMP did not respond to Global News Thursday.

In a separate Calgary case, a woman who was caught on CCTV video abusing a different Calgary taxi driver was charged with a hate crime last Wednesday for her part in a July 2014 incident. Twenty-four-year-old Brittany Bachinsky was charged with uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm, and can be heard saying, “I will f–k you up, buddy. You are a disrespectful motherf—er, you should be so glad to be in my f—ing country.”

READ MORE: Hate crime charges laid against passenger in Calgary taxi abuse video

Watch below: Hate crime charges have been laid against a passenger in a Calgary taxi abuse video. Global’s Nancy Hixt reports.

Qayyum said if his case was investigated in Calgary, it “could have been totally different.”

“It would have been done 20 months ago when it did happen,” he said.

Criminal law and human rights experts said it’s “puzzling” that the facts of the two cases are so similar, with such different results.

“The factual parameters of Sardar’s case are almost on all fours with the CPS investigation,” said criminal and human rights defence lawyer Jeinis Patel. “So it is definitely puzzling why it’s taking so long to lay charges, especially given there is a delay in Sardar’s matter to begin with.”

University of Calgary professor and human rights advocate Darren Lund said the law should be applied equally and “in a timely manner” whether a case is an area covered by RCMP or in a municipal local police service district. Lund said Canadians will be watching closely to see how this case is handled.

“I think how police react in these cases can really set the tone for how the public treats this issue,” he said. “In a lot of cases, the laws come ahead of people’s attitudes and we have to be reminded of: no this isn’t acceptable, this isn’t appropriate, and in fact it’s against the law.”

Qayyum said he is disheartened and losing hope the RCMP will ever lay charges in his case.

“They have video evidence, they have everything they needed…I don’t know what is the purpose to delay.”

Watch below: A Calgary cab driver shares his experiences with fares and his perspective on the recent charges against a passenger.

READ MORE: Man who unleashed racist abuse on Calgary cab driver identified

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