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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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READ MORE: Man’s death on Saskatchewan First Nation believed to be suspicious

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.

READ MORE: TTC streetcar driver faces charges after pedestrian killed

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.”

WATCH: Fall fashion trends for men

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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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.

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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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