Public invited to visit Quebec City’s new Videotron Centre

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QUEBEC CITY – There were long line-ups outside Quebec City‘s new Videotron Centre Thursday.

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It’s the first day of public visits to the new auditorium – the brainchild of Mayor Régis Labeaume.

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The visits are designed to drum up public support for the centre and the eventual return of an NHL hockey team in the city.

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“We expect, in the future, to have hockey games that will represent us around North America,” one visitor told Global News.

Visits continue through the weekend.

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Pint-sized putter in Manitoba catching eye of golfers

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STEINBACH — He may just be six-years-old but Ty Brewster has already mastered driving.

Driving a golf ball that is.

“The farthest I ever hit a ball was 195 yards,” said Ty.

The Steinbach sprout recently returned from the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship in Pine Hurst, North Carolina. Ty was one of fifteen Canadians at the tournament competing against youngsters from forty countries. He also plays on the U.S. Kids Golf Tour with the majority of tournaments held in Minnesota.

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“I have no hole-in-ones but was pretty close one time,” Ty said. “I have one eagle. And I can’t remember how many birdies I have.”

He first picked up a club at the age of two after seeing his dad practicing in the backyard.

“Little boys like to do what their dads do,” said Ty’s father Dennis. “He liked to and was good at it. Routinely before he was out of his pajamas, he would be in the backyard chipping before breakfast.”

Ty’s success is actually helping to grow the game. His home course, Steinbach Fly-In Golf Club, says more eyes on the pint-sized putter will drive more kids to the links.

“Junior golf as a whole is down a little bit,” said Steinbach Fly-In golf pro Brian Guenther. “We’ve got to make golf cool again. For him to be on a stage like that, he starts bringing his friends and elevate the game again, it will be great.”

For golf and relationships.

“Just golfing with my dad,” said Ty. “I like doing that.”

Each swing helping to shape memories.

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Montreal mayor pledges to open injection sites even without federal approval

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WATCH ABOVE: Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau met with Mayor Denis Coderre in Montreal on Thursday to discuss the city’s wishlist from the new federal government.

MONTREAL – Mayor Denis Coderre didn’t hold back during a joint news conference with Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on Thursday, promising to ensure proposed drug-injection sites open in the city – even over federal objections.

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The mayor, who met Trudeau to discuss issues including safe injection sites, has previously said he would give the federal government until the end of the summer to approve four locations in Montreal.

Coderre made it clear he will move ahead regardless.

“I will do it anyway,” Coderre said.

Pressed for specifics on timing, the mayor said to stay tuned.

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“It is coming; check the memo, you’ll receive it,” he said.

The Supreme Court, Coderre said, has been clear on the effectiveness of safe injection sites.

In a 2011 ruling, the high court ruled Vancouver’s Insite location saved lives and improved health without leading to higher drug use or crime in the surrounding area.

The court said the government should “generally grant an exemption” required to operate a supervised injection site legally if evidence indicates the site will cut the risk of death and disease, and have little impact on public safety.

The Conservative government proceeded to pass the Respect for Communities Act, which sets out 26 criteria for reviewing an application.

Several health groups, including the Canadian Nurses Association, believe the new law is designed to block the creation of the injection sites.

“It’s about public safety,” Coderre said.

“It is about public health. And all we are asking is to be consistent with what the Supreme Court has said.”

Trudeau praised Coderre’s approach.

“Denis has an obligation to the citizens of Montreal to bring forward solutions to make people’s lives better, to keep them safe, and I applaud him for moving forward on this,” Trudeau said.

“I look forward to supporting him once we form the next government.”

Cactus Montreal is a community group that is expected to operate the city’s first safe injection site.

Louis Letellier de St-Just, who chairs the board of directors, said the mayor is doing “what he should do.”

“He is pushing this dossier forward,” he said.

“But the financing has to come from somewhere, and it’s not the city who will take it on – it’s the Quebec government which will finance it.”

READ MORE: Mayor Denis Coderre to meet with federal leaders ahead of election

The Quebec government has approved Montreal’s proposal but it is unclear if money will flow if the feds do not provide the legal green light.

Stephen Harper‘s Conservatives are adamantly opposed the sites.

Health Minister Rona Ambrose has used the issue to take aim at Trudeau for pledging to open “drug-injection houses.”

Coderre said he has a meeting scheduled for Friday with Green party Leader Elizabeth May to discuss the issue, as he is trying to reach out to all political leaders.

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Mutant lice are harder to kill than ever; here are some tips

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WATCH ABOVE: With back to school comes peak season for lice. Su-Ling Goh has some tips on how to treat it.

EDMONTON — The term “mutant lice” might make you picture cartoon bugs with massive muscles and evil eyes, but they aren’t really that scary. Today’s head lice are simply a product of natural selection: the insects that couldn’t survive common pesticides died, while those that lived passed their genetic mutations to their offspring.

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That explains why a 2014 study showed nearly 100 per cent of North American lice sampled had the mutation for permethrin resistance. Permethrin is one of the most common ingredients in lice treatments.

So what’s a parent to do?

It’s estimated 10 per cent of school kids will get lice, so you can try to teach your child not to get too close their friends (good luck with that). Thankfully, lice can’t jump or fly, but they can crawl from head to head, and they can live for up to 48 hours on surfaces like clothing or bedding.

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Removal experts at Lice Squad recommend you buy a good lice comb and use it regularly, before the insects have a chance to reproduce.

“Go through the hot spots first,” said Jennifer Armstrong.

“So [comb] the top of the head, behind the ears, the bottom of the neck and [the temples]. That’s usually where they’re going to have it.”

Armstrong is a professional nitpicker with Lice Squad. For $75 an hour, she will come to your house, teach you how to prevent lice from spreading, and check every member of the family. The company uses pesticide-free treatments to loosen the eggs (nits) and smother any live insects. Armstrong manually removes them with a special bug-zapping comb.

London Drugs pharmacist Anil Goorachurn stresses the old lice treatments do still work, but admits they are not as effective as they used to be.

He recommends a new tool, the Nitview LED Lice Detection Device, which makes lice and nits glow, so they’re easier to spot.

Goorachurn also suggests mayonnaise, Vaseline, and Cetaphil lotion as chemical-free ways to smother the insects.

Both Goorachurn and Armstrong say manual removal is unavoidable. But they remind parents not to panic: lice aren’t dangerous, just disturbing.

“There is a lot of stigma,” said Goorachurn.

“People are embarrassed and they shouldn’t be because it happens quite a bit. It has nothing to do with cleanliness, hygiene, anything like that. It’s so easily contracted.”

“It’s lice,” said Armstrong. “It’s no big deal.”

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Manitoba Health releases list of restaurants shut down due to health violations

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WINNIPEG — Eighteen restaurants have been closed in Manitoba so far this year after failed health inspections.

Manitoba Health recently released a report outlining unsanitary conditions in establishments throughout the province. Rodent infestation, filthy walls and failing dishwashers are just a few reasons for the closures.

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The head of the department of Food Science at the University of Manitoba, Dr. Rick Holley, is frustrated by the amount of restaurant complaints.

He said most of the issues are simple and could be fixed with better staff training as well as focusing on efficiency rather than profit.

“We’ve got a situation where people are not acting competently and increasing… the risk level that you’re going to become ill as a result of them not doing the sensible thing,” Holley said.

Manitoba Health’s chief health inspector Mike LeBlanc said the province does not plan to make the unannounced visits any more strict although the report seems to be getting more attention with well known spots shutting down.

“We do routine inspections… if there is what we can a critical violation they can’t stay open, we close them immediately and once they have the problems corrected we go back and if everything’s fine we re-open them again,” LeBlanc said about the inspections performed about one to three times each year.

And restaurant patrons surprised by repeat closures at bistros like Deseo in Osborne want to see the restaurants in their area clean up their act.

“I would hope that they would improve their system so that doesn’t happen, like make sure their dishwashers are working, that the plates are clean the food is prepared properly,” Osbone resident Stan Matwyczuk said.

You can view the list here.

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Students face balancing a budget for the first time – Halifax

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WATCH ABOVE: Global’s Dave Squires has some tips on how students can survive on a budget as they make the leap from high school to college or university.

HALIFAX – Thousands of students in Halifax making the leap from high school to college or university are finding themselves in charge of their own finances for the first time, and for some, that can be challenging.

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18-year-old Gabrielle Walthers from Calgary is about to begin her first year at Saint Mary’s University. It’s her first time away from home, and her first time managing her money.

“It’s a lot of stress and a lot or pressure because if your don’t follow your budget, you are set back for the rest of your life,” said Walthers.

Like many students, Gabrielle is living on a student loan which means a limited budget.

“You have to watch every single penny you spend,” said Walthers.

According to a new CIBC poll, many students feel that financial pressure: 49% of post secondary students in Canada worry that they won’t be able to cover tuition and living expenses. While 37% aren’t sure they will be able to manage their finances.

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Resources are available at universities and colleges for students who need help to balance a budget. Saint Mary’s student financial aid officer Allen Wolfe said planning ahead is key, and he suggests always have money put aside in case of an emergency.

“Its always those surprise costs that students never really plan for that they should build into their budget in advance,” said Wolfe.

Wolfe also says students should track purchases so they know where their money is going, as well as how much they’re spending.

Wolfe says his most important piece of advice is to be realistic.

“If they know they enjoy going to the movies, build that into your budget, so when you go to the movies you are not blowing your budget,” said Wolfe.

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‘They didn’t deserve to die’: aunt of Syrian boys who drowned off Turkey

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WATCH: Rarely has one image of a boy triggered an international reaction like the way the photo of a dead Syrian refugee child has. The boy’s aunt, who lives in Canada, said she’d been doing all she could to help him and his family start a new life. Vassy Kapelos has her story.

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VANCOUVER — The father of Alan Kurdi, the young boy whose limp body was seen washed ashore on a Turkish beach in a haunting photograph Wednesday, fought with “all his power” to save his two sons and wife after the boat they were in capsized.

The family fled the war-ravaged city of Kobani and was trying to get to the Greek island of Kos and onward to a safer life.

Abdullah Kurdi, was unable to save three-year-old Alan, five-year-old Ghalib and his wife Rehan.

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“They didn’t deserve to die. They didn’t. They were going for a better life. It shouldn’t… it shouldn’t [have] happened to them,” the boys’ aunt Tima Kurdi, Abdullah’s sister, told reporters outside her Coquitlam, B.C. home Thursday morning.

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Fighting back tears, she described the horrible ordeal her brother went through early Wednesday when the smuggler boat he paid to have transport his family capsized in the Aegean Sea.

“Those two boys, they were in his arms. He said he tried [with] all his power to put them up [above] the water,” she recounted. “Then when he look[ed] in his left arm… the older boy Ghalib [was] already dead.

“[H]e let him go and he said I will try to save the second one, Alan. He look[ed] at him. There was blood coming from his eyes. So he close[d] his eyes and let him go. He looked around for his wife. She was floating in the water, like a balloon.”

Tima Kurdi said Rehan told her a week ago that she was “scared of the water.”

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But the situation was desperate enough for the family to attempt the crossing to Kos — as thousands of other refugees have done so far this year.

The photograph of Alan lying face-down on the beach, as the tide washed up against his tiny head, has become a symbol of a crisis the entire world is struggling to deal with — the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War.

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More than four million of the 59.5 million people who have been forcibly displaced from their homes are Syrians living in refugee camps in neighbouring countries.

The Canadian government fulfilled a commitment to resettle 1,300 Syrian refugees in March— three months after its end of 2014 deadline — and has so far resettled a further 1,002 Syrian refugees toward a January commitment to take in an additional 10,000 Syrians over the next three years.

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Scammers net $50,000 in just over a week through fake Canada Revenue Agency calls

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WATCH ABOVE: Victims of the phone scam are typically told they owe a substantial amount of money in back taxes, or that their status in Canada isn’t legitimate. Global’s Tony Tighe hears from one of the Calgary victims.

CALGARY – Scam artists have bilked over $50,000 from Calgarians in just over a week through calls in which they pretend to be from the Canada Revenue Agency.

Victims of the phone scam are typically told they owe a substantial amount of money in back taxes, or that their status in Canada isn’t legitimate.

The caller then threatens the victims with imprisonment or deportation if they don’t pay up through money transfers, prepaid credit cards and cash deposits into numbered accounts.

“If the victim challenges the offender, they are intimidated with threats of arrest, deportation, violence, sexual abuse and in some incidents, seizure of their children,” said a news release.

Month (2015)Number of Cases ReportedNumber of Victims Who Reported a Financial LossFebruary21March102April234May346June7317July23414August23111Total60755

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In a number of recent cases, the fraudsters have sent a taxi to the victim’s residence to take them to a money transfer location.

Scammers are also making multiple phone calls to the victim, using different voices while posing as representatives of the CRA, Immigration Canada, the police and other authority figures.

While originally the scam seemed to targeting new Canadians, police say they have now heard from a wide variety of victims.

Since February 2015, investigators say more than 600 cases of fraud involving this scam have been identified in Calgary.

Police encourage anyone who believes they may have lost money to one of these scams to call the Calgary Police non-emergency line at 403-266-1234.

Anyone who may have other information about these scams is asked to contact the non-emergency number, or contact Crime Stoppers.

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Yields, grades average as Sask. harvest continues

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Saskatchewan agriculture officials said warm temperatures and relatively dry weather helped producers remain well ahead of the five-year harvesting average. According to the latest crop report, 29 per cent of the 2015 crop is now combined, with another 30 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

The five-year average for this time of year is 14 per cent combined and 26 per cent swathed or ready to straight-cut.

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Producers in the southwest region are furthest along, with 51 per cent combined. I the southeast, 45 per cent of the crop is combined with other regions reporting 10 to 20 per cent of the crop combined.

Yields and grades are being reported as average.

Localized hail and wind damaged crops in the past week, with some producers reporting bleaching, staining or sprouting of cereal and pulse crops.

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Moisture conditions continue to improve, with topsoil on cropland rated 78 per cent adequate, with hay land and pasture topsoil rated 67 per cent adequate.

Overall pasture conditions are rated 50 per cent fair or poor, with 11 per cent of the forage crop not cut or baled mainly due to a lack of growth.

The ministry continues to provide a listing service for producers to advertise and source feed products.

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Police seek suspect after Clarington, Ont. man kidnapped, beaten with bat and robbed

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TORONTO — Police have charged a 42-year-old Newcastle, Ont. man and are searching for a female suspect after a man was allegedly kidnapped from his home, beaten with a baseball bat and robbed.

Durham Regional Police said a 57-year-old Clarington, Ont. man answered a knock at his door on Tuesday at 1 a.m. A man and a woman, who was known to the victim, then entered his home.

The pair then allegedly assaulted the victim and robbed him of his wallet. Police said they would not allow him to leave his home, before allegedly striking him with a baseball bat when he tried to escape.

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Police said the suspects held the victim overnight and drove him to a bank in Bowmanville at 9:30 a.m. The woman then allegedly escorted the victim into the bank and forced him to cash a cheque, according to police.

As he was leaving the bank, police said the victim alerted bank employees that he was in trouble and they in turn contacted the police who began a search for the suspects and the victim.

Police said the victim was then able to escape from the suspect’s custody and contact police at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, when they arrived at a motel in Whitby.

An officer in the area spotted a taxi leaving the area and stopped it and one of the suspect’s was arrested and charged without incident.

The female suspect in the alleged kidnapping has not been located and police have issued a warrant for her arrest.

Jamie Swerdfiger, 42, of King Avenue in Newcastle, and Heidi Madeiros, 35, are jointly charged with forcible confinement, kidnapping, assault causing bodily harm and robbery with violence.

Swerdfiger is also charged with driving while disqualified, possession of stolen property under $5,000 and fail to comply with probation order. He was held for a bail hearing.

Madeiros is described by police as female, white, 35 years old, and 5’4″ tall with a slim build. She may be driving a 2005 black Dodge Caravan.

Sgt. Bill Calder said the case was “unusual” and that Madeiros is known to police and investigators are actively looking for her. The victim was treated for minor injuries and is recovering.

Anyone with new information to this investigation is asked to contact Det.-Cst. Snow (ext. 1605) or Det. Findlay (ext. 1650) of the East Division Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-888-579-1520.

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