Watch above: The 2014 K-Days Parade in its entirety
EDMONTON – The K-Days Parade wound its way through downtown Edmonton on Friday, July 18 and was aired on Global Television live province-wide and streamed online.
The parade, which ran from 10 a.m. to noon MT, kicks off the 10-day family festival.
K-Days runs July 18-27 at Northlands. Click here for event and ticket information.
If you missed it, see the highlights in our live blog below.
You can see the parade route here:
The city was warning of traffic disruptions in the downtown core during Friday’s parade.
Assembly area closed from 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The assembly area is located north of Jasper Avenue to 103A Avenue, from west of 95 Street to east of 97 Street. Parking in the area will be accessible until 8:30 a.m. from the intersection of 95 Street and 102A Avenue only.Parade route closed from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. – The parade will travel along 102 Avenue from 97 Street to 105 Street, 105 Street from 102 Avenue to 103 Avenue, and 103 Avenue/102A Avenue 105 Street to 100 Street.
Watch above: Authorities are issuing a warning for those heading out onto the river after a series of incidents this past month. RCMP say there have been three rescue efforts along the Pembina River alone. Eric Szeto reports.
EDMONTON – Authorities are issuing a warning for those heading out onto the river after a series of incidents this past month.
The recent rescue of tubers on the Pembina River using Edmonton police’s Air 1 was the third time in one month EMS and a helicopter had to be used in a rescue there.
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On Tuesday night around 7:30, Evansburg RCMP received a cell phone call from some tubers on the river.
Seven young women from Edmonton were tubing down the river, but overshot their exit point, and told RCMP they were lost. RCMP looked into the complaint and then asked for help from the Edmonton Police Service helicopter Air 1. The Air 1 crew found the group and made what RCMP call a “precarious landing” to check on the tubers.
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One young woman was flown to a nearby ambulance because the first responders were concerned about exposure to the elements. The other six girls had to wait some time, and were rescued by the Yellowhead County and Parkland County fire departments, and EMS.
RCMP say the entire rescue operation took about 10 hours. The last tubers were rescued from the river at approximately 5:30 a.m. Officials describe the area as remote, and say they had to cut through dense bush to access the river on ATVs.
WATCH: Footage courtesy of the Edmonton Police Service’s Air 1 helicopter
RCMP say this is the third time in the past month that EMS and a helicopter had to be used for such a rescue.
In one instance, a kayaker drowned and was found several kilometres downstream of the Pembina Provincial Park.
“This person was a novice kayaker, put in at the campground here in Evansburg and went for a kayak,” said Sgt. Jim Desautels, with Evansburg RCMP. “The river was running a little faster then, this person’s lack of experience, and I think lack of preparation didn’t bode well for him and he eventually died.”
Officers say river tubing and kayaking can be extremely dangerous – even deadly.
“It can make it very dangerous,” said Desautels.
“People forget that, even in summer, hypothermia can strike.
“You can injure yourself from a fall, there’s sun exposure, dehydration. Those things are very serious if not treated.”
Officers are reminding people that the Pembina River is a wilderness area. It is not patrolled or easily accessed by emergency crews. Anyone heading out on the river should know where they’re going and make basic survival preparations.
“Just showing up with a cellphone isn’t probably going to be enough,” Desautels added.
Being unprepared, and being on the river for a long period of time, can result in hypothermia, heat exposure, and dehydration, among other potential hazards.
RCMP have issued safety reminders to tubers on the Pembina in the past, telling people to be well prepared and avoid alcohol.
On average in the summer, Evansburg RCMP respond to a few calls each week to help search for lost tubers.
“It’s not just this year,” said Desautels. “It happens every year where we have people who come to Evansburg and Entwistle tubing and they just don’t anticipate the dangers that are there.”
Most calls, officials say, are resolved without calling in any additional resources.
Watch above: First responders speak out on PTSD. Laura Zilke reports.
TORONTO –Andy Cunningham still recalls every detail of the day 20 years ago when he came across an infant who drowned in his parents’ tub – the Toronto address, the time of day, the little boy’s name.
Decades later, the veteran firefighter’s still haunted by the ghosts of his work.
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“As my depression grew worse I started have nightmares, flashbacks – I call them my ghosts. It was all the bad calls that I had run that I had never thought about for years and years. I had never given them a second thought and they were intruding in my life,” Cunningham said.
“He became kind of a surrogate for all the others. He would show up around the anniversary of his death in my head.”
Cunningham was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder during the last few months of 2012 – after years of struggling to focus or even make it into work on time.
The mental illness affects approximately 9.2 per cent of Canadians, 76 per cent of them reporting the disorder was caused by one event, according to a study from McMaster University.
The study says the one traumatic event usually includes the unexpected death of a loved one, sexual assault or seeing someone badly injured or killed.
But emergency personnel are twice as likely as the general population to suffer from PTSD, a University of British Columbia study concluded.
That means almost one in five of the country’s police officers, firefighters and paramedics suffer from relived traumas that can be debilitating.
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But the symptoms of PTSD – which can range from depression to flashbacks – may not appear right away or be caused by a single incident. In Cunningham’s case, it was almost 20 years before he sought treatment.
His symptoms included flashbacks to a specific moment of a call, or endlessly second-guessing decisions he made on the job.
“I was showing up late at work, I was sometimes disoriented because I had trouble focusing and as an acting captain, that is not good, because I’m not looking out for just myself, I’ve got a crew sometimes to look after,” he said.
Eventually his supervisor noticed and asked if he needed help. Cunningham, reluctantly, accepted.
“I was scared what people would think, I was scared of appearing weak. I know that mental illness is not a sign of weakness but there’s still an old prejudice from when I was brought up that, you know, people who are crazy get locked up.”
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He spent two months in Homewood Health Centre – a treatment facility in Guelph, Ontario that specializes in mental illness and substance abuse treatment.
Thirteen Canadian first responders – firefighters, dispatchers, police officers, paramedics and prison staff – have killed themselves over the last 10 weeks.
And as Global News’s coverage this week has shone a light on the toll mental illness takes, many more have gotten in touch in the hopes of telling their stories – many after keeping silent for years.
“During my time in treatment, I met a lot of first responders and military people and even people from all walks of life who are being treated for PTSD. And they all said the same thing: That asking for help is the hardest part,” Cunningham said.
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Cindy has been an EMS dispatcher in Toronto for approximately five years. She says dispatchers are sometimes the “forgotten” first responder because they aren’t on the scene themselves. But they’re the first point of contact an emergency.
“So whatever the responders see, we hear,” she said. “We visualize the scene, in order to be able to provide as much help as possible.”
Armstrong was diagnosed with PTSD three years ago after a series of stressful calls.
But one stands out in her memory.
She took a 911 call from a Toronto-area construction site after large machinery had fallen and trapped three people.
One man was dead by the time crews arrived. But Armstrong was on the phone to hear his final screams.
“He did not die instantly. I took the call … I heard him screaming in the background. I heard his screaming stop,” she said. “That helplessness feeling, as well as hearing that scream stop, has affected me.”
Armstrong is on medication for her PTSD, seeing a psychiatrist and says she is able to control her symptoms.
But many of her colleagues struggle in silence, she said, afraid of the consequence of coming forward.
“Many of us will not come forward admitting we have PTSD.”
– With files from Laura Zilke
MONTPELIER, Vt. – Move over, pot brownies.
The proliferation of marijuana edibles for both medical and recreational purposes is giving rise to a cottage industry of baked goods, candies, infused oils, cookbooks and classes that promises a slow burn as more states legalize the practice and awareness spreads about the best ways to deliver the drug.
Edibles and infused products such as snack bars, olive oils and tinctures popular with medical marijuana users have flourished into a gourmet market of chocolate truffles, whoopie pies and hard candies as Colorado and Washington legalized the recreational use of marijuana in the past year.
A baked food made of marijuana is seen at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in 2006, on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. David McNew/Getty Images
A baked food made of marijuana is seen at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center medical marijuana dispensary, which opened in 2006, on July 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California.
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“You’re seeing a lot of these types of products like cannabis cookbooks,” said Erik Altieri, spokesman for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
“They’ve always been popular among a subset of marijuana, but with the fact that more and more people from the mainstream are able to consume, there’s a lot more interest.”
Many pot users turn to edibles because they don’t like to inhale or smell the smoke or just want variety. For many people who are sick or in pain, controlled doses of edibles or tinctures can deliver a longer-lasting therapeutic dose that doesn’t give them the high.
And there’s money to be made.
BlueKudu, in Denver, started producing marijuana chocolate bars for medicinal purposes three years ago. Since recreational use became legal this year in Colorado, owner Andrew Schrot said, the wholesale business has more than doubled its sales from several hundred chocolate bars sold a day through dispensaries to more than 1,000, at $9 to $17 a piece.
“There seems to be quite a bit of intrigue about the infused products from the general public and consumer, especially tourists,” Schrot said.
Cooking classes have sprung up. One in Denver – led by a chef who has turned out chocolate-covered bacon and Swedish meatballs with a marijuana-infused glaze – has grown so popular that it will be offered every week in August. It’s also part of a vacation package that provides pot tourists with a stay at a cannabis-friendly hotel (vaporizer and private smoke deck included), a visit to dispensaries and growing operations, and the cooking class.
Students are advised not to smoke before they come to class because there’s a lot to learn about the dosing and they will be sampling foods along the way.
“By the end of the class, everybody’s pretty stoned,” said founder J.J. Walker.
Mountain High Suckers in Denver sells lollipops and lozenges for medical marijuana users and plans to release treats for recreational users at the end of August. The company hopes they will take off.
“People are turning the corner and making lots of money in the rec department, and we expect to almost double the business in a year,” said Chad Tribble, co-owner of Mountain High Suckers in Denver.
High Times, a 40-year-old monthly magazine based in New York, has always featured a cooking column with a recipe. At least 40,000 people attended its Cannabis Cup in Denver in April, a sort of trade show that includes judging of marijuana edibles, said editor-in-chief Chris Simunek.
“Like everything else in marijuana at the moment, it’s sort of experiencing a renaissance where the more people get interested, the more experiments they do with it,” Simunek said.
The magazine said its Official High Times Cannabis Cookbook is the top-selling title of the five it offers.
It’s not just a hobby or business; there’s a science involved.
THC, marijuana’s psychoactive chemical, must be smoked or heated – as in cooked – to be activated. When ingested rather than inhaled, it provides a longer-lasting and often more intense feeling.
Users of pot edibles, such as cookies, are often advised to eat only a portion so they don’t get too high. Education about proper dosing has become a priority after at least one death and a handful of hospital visits were linked to consuming too much of an edible.
At the New England Grassroots Institute in Quincy, Mass., Mike and Melissa Fitzgerald conduct cooking classes on the use of marijuana as part of the daily diet.
“We really don’t do this to be high as a kite,” said Melissa Fitzgerald. “You really have to take people’s health seriously and have a purpose.”
The Washington state Liquor Control Board adopted rules to require recreational marijuana products to be labeled clearly as such; to be scored so a serving size is easy to distinguish; and to be approved by the board before sale.
In Vermont – one of 22 states that allow the use of medical marijuana, along with the District of Columbia – the Legislature this year passed a bill that allows more people to get medical marijuana and called for a study of financial effects if the state were to allow recreational use.
Bridget Conry, general manager of Champlain Valley Dispensary in Burlington, Vermont, and of Southern Vermont Wellness, another medical marijuana dispensary in Brattleboro, is already creating infused olive oils, tinctures and a gluten-free cracker. She expects soon to be making pestos and other infused foods, in manageable amounts that allow people to control dosing.
“We’ve always come from the perspective of like, who eats a quarter of a cookie?” Conry said. “We’re trying to make our things portion-specific, because you know you want to eat the whole cookie.”
©2014The Associated Press
HOYLAKE, England – Rory McIlroy cast aside any talk of those second-round doldrums with a performance at Royal Liverpool that threatened to turn this into another major championship runaway.
As for Tiger Woods, he was fortunate just to make the cut at the British Open.
Any hopes of a duel between the guy who once ruled golf and the player most likely to take his place as the face of the game quickly faded Friday as McIlroy romped to a 6-under 66 that gave him a commanding lead heading to the weekend.
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot from the rough on the fifth hole during the second round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 18, 2014 in Hoylake, England. Stuart Franklin/Getty Images
Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland plays a shot from the rough on the fifth hole during the second round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 18, 2014 in Hoylake, England.
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This is starting to look like his first two major victories, both by eight shots, at the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship.
Woods struggled to a 77, matching the second-worst British Open round of his professional career. A triple-bogey at the 17th nearly sent him home for the weekend, but a delicate chip over a bunker at the 18th set up a 6-foot putt that gave him his only birdie of the day.
It was likely just enough to keep him around for the weekend.
He’s got almost no chance of catching McIlroy, trailing the leader by a whopping 14 shots.
Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the first green during the second round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 18, 2014 in Hoylake, England. Andrew Redington/Getty Images
Tiger Woods of the United States lines up a putt on the first green during the second round of The 143rd Open Championship at Royal Liverpool on July 18, 2014 in Hoylake, England.
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Woods has failed to make the cut at a major only three times in his professional career, most recently at the 2011 PGA. He also missed at the 2006 U.S. Open, shortly after the death of his father, and the 2009 British Open.
As if signalling a new era in golf, McIlroy’s matching 66s gave him a 36-hole total of 12-under 132 – the same score that Woods posted at the midway point of his last British Open victory in 2006, at this very same course along the Irish Sea.
And there were no more questions about the strangest quirk in McIlroy’s year – a mysterious run of high scores in the second round, which no one could explain but had admittedly gotten in his head.
The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland had clearly wiped those thoughts away by the time he went out for an afternoon round at Hoylake, where the weather again worked in favour of his end of the draw. Playing early on Thursday, McIlroy benefited from pristine conditions – mild and sunny with barely a hint of a breeze. On Friday, the wind howled in the morning but settled after lunchtime, taking away the primary defence of a links course.
Through the first two rounds, McIlroy has made only one bogey – at the first hole Friday. That was long forgotten by the time he closed with three easy-as-can-be birdies over the final four holes, looking as though he barely broke a sweat on a sunny, sticky day.
Dustin Johnson was McIlroy’s closest challenger, claiming a spot in Saturday’s last group with the best round of the tournament, a 65 that left him at 136 at the midway point.
No one else was closer than six shots, though there’s plenty of star power in the group at 138 with former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, young gun Rickie Fowler and perennial major challenger Sergio Garcia, still seeking the signature win of his career after all these years.
©2014The Associated Press
WATCH: (Jul. 18, 2014) Equine therapy pairs veterans and their spouses with horses and under the supervision of a psychologist they work through a series of exercises to improve communication and collaboration.
It is a world away from the dust, danger and stress of Afghanistan and other war zones.
On a quiet ranch near Rice Lake, four veterans enter a corral with their spouses by their sides. Each couple approaches a horse and tentatively starts to groom.
Conversations are subdued, calm, focused on the task at hand.
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Psychologist Jim Marland observes carefully, looking for insight through the human interaction with each other and the animals.
It is a new angle on helping veterans deal with post traumatic stress disorder.
“It is not about hug a horse,” said Jim Critchley, a 28 year veteran of the forces and trained mediator.
Collaborating with Marland, he developed Can Praxis, a program of equine assisted therapy.
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The veterans and their spouses do not ride the horses, at least not in the initial phase. Rather they lead them through a series of collaborative exercises. The horses sense emotions in the humans and react accordingly—giving hints about what is going on in the minds of the participants.
“If they’re being very aggressive, the horse wants to leave. If they’re extremely passive, the horse will walk all over them,” said Critchley.
“If they’re asserting themselves in just the right, relaxed manner the horse is relaxed and they’re able to work with it effectively.”
The program has been running for a year and a half in Rocky Mountain House, Alberta. The first session in Ontario was July 18 and organizers hope to set up centres in different locations across the country to minimize travel costs.
The charity Wounded Warriors funded the program, so none of the veterans have to pay.
Todd and Laurie Burns made the journey from their Halifax home to try the equine therapy. Together for more than 30 years, things changed in their relationship when he came home from his tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2007, suffering from post traumatic stress.
“I have a tendency to withdraw on a bad day. I don’t let Laurie in,” he said.
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He was skeptical when a therapist first told him of the idea but after learning more about it decided to try the therapy. They were paired with a gentle old horse named Badger. In one exercise, Laurie was blindfolded and held onto Badger’s bridle while Todd led them both through an obstacle course of logs laid out in the corral. It touched on a key area for him.
“One of the themes of the program is to learn to communicate effectively and to work together,” he said.
It was a trust exercise, where Laurie had to count on Todd’s advice on where to step.
“I trust you,” she said.
“That’s a good thing,” he responded as they both laughed.
“I don’t think I’ve lost the trust,” she added. “It’s just good to have the direction.”
Marland likes to call the program therapeutic rather than therapy.
“We give them practical tools to have a conversation that reduces conflict. And they practise those skills with me and the horses and the horses give instant feedback,” he said.
PTSD is an affliction that never really goes away. The hope is that the participants can go home with new understanding and new means of coping with what the veterans brought home from the war.
TORONTO – Composting is being embraced by more and more Canadian households as an easy way to divert waste from landfills and produce nutrient-rich compost for your garden.
But what to do if you live in a high-rise without a backyard or curbside composting program?
According to Environment Canada, biodegradable materials, such as food waste, make up around 40 per cent of all residential waste in Canada.
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The agency said diverting organic materials from landfills is “essential” and the environmental benefits of doing so include reducing greenhouse gas emissions and producing “valuable compost,” which can be used in home gardening, agriculture and horticulture industries as well as soil erosion control and landscaping.
Numbers from Statistics Canada show that composting is on the rise in Canada, with 61 per cent of all households participating in some form of composting – that’s nearly double the rate that composted in 1994.
Not surprisingly, people who lived in a single, detached home were way more likely to compost their kitchen waste compared to apartment dwellers (50 per cent vs 22 per cent).
Condo life presents some challenges for those who would otherwise like to compost their kitchen waste, from privately-managed garbage collection systems to an absence of backyard space.
Apartment and condo dwellers who live in buildings that don’t offer a curbside composting program have a few options for joining the composting ranks.
Making your own indoor compost bin is a cheap and flexible way for people to compost in small spaces.
With a few simple materials and tools, you can build your own compost bin in an afternoon.
There are lots of online tutorials that walk you through the process (such as this one here, or here).
If you’re not an avid DIY’er, several companies make and sell indoor composting systems, such as Food Cycle Science’s indoor residential composting system and NatureMill’s ECO Series models.
If composting in your apartment really isn’t an option, eco-champions recommend canvassing your neighbourhood for places to set up a community compost bin.
Locations for community composters could range from community gardens to municipal property. Environmental organizations, such as Winnipeg non-profit Green Action Centre, offer tips and resources for people wanting to start their own community composting program.
The city of Winnipeg already has a number of community compost sites operating for those unable to compost at home.
REGINA – Stars of the hit Canadian TV series “Corner Gas” are pumped to reunite for a new movie, and say it’s like seeing family again.
Brent Butt, Lorne Cardinal, Nancy Robertson and the rest of the cast are back in the fictional town of Dog River (a.k.a. Rouleau, Sask.) to shoot a feature film based on the series, which ended in April 2009.
Butt says it feels like only a few weeks have passed.
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“It’s getting back together with family, but it’s family that you don’t have tremendous psychological issues with, so it’s all great you know,” laughed Butt.
“It was great. The cast, we were all looking forward to seeing the crew. You come in, you see people every day for six years and then you kind of go your separate ways and you really miss these guys.”
Butt, who was born and raised in Tisdale, Sask., was a standup comic when he created “Corner Gas” in 2004. He starred as Brent Leroy for six seasons.
The comedian says he wanted to do a movie after the TV series ended and the script has been in the works for a while. But just because time has passed, doesn’t mean the characters have changed and that’s by design, he says.
“I was always against growth … I seriously was. It sounds glib when I hear myself say it, but I was actively against these characters growing because thematically this is about a group of people who don’t like change. They don’t change much. They like their situation and they’re kind of adverse to change,” he said in an interview with The Canadian Press.
“We’ve come back five years later and it was a conscious decision to say they’re still here, kicking around. They’ve been here all this while.”
Still dishing out sarcasm from behind the cash register in the gas station is Wanda Dollard, portrayed by Nancy Robertson.
Robertson, who is Butt’s wife in real life, says being surrounded by the cast and crew and back in Saskatchewan helped her to get back into character. It’s like going home to visit family for Christmas or Thanksgiving, she says.
“I know everybody in the business says ‘Oh we’re like a family and blah, blah blah,’ but it really is,” said Robertson.
“For six years, we spent half a year together on location, living in the same residences, being driven together, travelling for promotion. You cannot help, working 13 hours a day, you cannot help but become a family, that’s just an automatic and it’s just a nice plus when you think the people you’re becoming a family with are pretty great.”
Robertson says she was a little nervous at first because she wanted to make sure she was bringing the same elements to Wanda as on the TV show. But, she jokes, Wanda hasn’t changed.
“I don’t think any of the characters really have, which the beauty of the world out here. Everything just keeps going along,” she laughed.
“Well, she’s changed in the sense that she’s heavier and she’s older. That’s the change.”
Lorne Cardinal, who plays police officer Davis Quinton, waited to shoot his next scene with Robertson and Tara Spencer-Nairn, who plays officer Karen Pelly. He leaned against a gas pump and turned his face toward the Prairie sky, soaking in the sunshine.
Cardinal says reuniting for the movie was like “getting the band back together.” The rhythm came back once the cast was in the same room, reading through the script, he says.
“I was little nervous about it, but once I donned on the polyester and got the hair just right, it was pretty seamless. It was nice to know it was still there,” said Cardinal.
“Corner Gas: The Movie” is set to hit theatres in December.
©2014The Canadian Press
WINNIPEG – A Manitoba judge has dealt a blow to the provincial Conservatives, ruling the NDP did nothing wrong by hiking the provincial sales tax last year without a referendum.
The Tory party and its leader, Brian Pallister, filed the lawsuit following the tax increase, arguing it was illegal without consulting voters. The NDP government suspended the referendum requirement at the same time it introduced the tax increase.
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The Conservatives argued in court last month that the NDP was bound by its own legislation to consult the public first and violated the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by not doing so.
Justice Kenneth Hanssen disagreed and ruled the tax hike was legal.
Governments have the “constitutional authority” to make their own laws, he said. Whether a government chooses to enact a bill retroactively is a matter of parliamentary privilege and can’t be overruled by a court.
In fact, Hanssen said, “any attempt to transfer legislative power with respect to a money bill away from the Legislative Assembly to the electorate is inconsistent” with Canada’s Constitution.
“There is no constitutional right to a referendum in Canada,” Hanssen wrote. “I am satisfied the Charter imposes no obligation on a government to implement a referendum or to maintain a referendum it has previously established.”
Government lawyers argued people were able to express their opinions through committee hearings and no court should be allowed to dictate what the legislature chooses to discuss. Pallister argued that once the referendum was written into law, it formed part of the “fundamental democratic right of all Manitobans,” Hanssen wrote.
“Again, I do not agree,” the judge said. “The Supreme Court of Canada rejected this line of reasoning.”
Pallister said he and party lawyers will review the ruling over the weekend and will comment early next week.
“We’re disappointed. We’re not disappointed so much for us as we are for all Manitobans who are opposed to the PST hike, and that’s, I think, just about everybody,” Pallister told reporters late Friday afternoon.
The NDP government said it is not surprised by the ruling, adding it is “good news” for Manitobans.
“This decision means that the province’s record level of infrastructure investments will proceed as planned,” Matt Willamson, director of cabinet communications, said in an email.
“We find it regrettable that the PC party required the province to spend money on this case, and we hope Brian Pallister accepts the court’s clear decision.”
The government made an election promise not to raise taxes before it upped the provincial sales tax last July to eight per cent from seven. The New Democrats had to suspend a section of the balanced budget law that required a referendum on any increase to provincial sales, income or payroll taxes.
The Conservatives argued the NDP could have introduced a bill separately to sidestep that referendum rather than attach it to a budget bill, which required all government members of the legislature to vote in favour or risk toppling the government.
The NDP government has said it had to raise the sales tax to make important investments in infrastructure and called the lawsuit — funded by Conservative party donations — a partisan “stunt.”
Watch above: tips on not getting locked out of your bank account while on vacation
SASKATOON – Many of us go on trips, and never give a second thought to having enough money when we get to our destination.
But there are cases of people getting locked out of their accounts by their bank while on vacation – just because it triggers the anti fraud measures in the banking system.
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Amie Bregenser is Affinity Credit Union’s Fraud Manager. She told Global’s Morning News that if you are travelling far away, you should always let your financial institution or credit card company know.
“That way it prevents any of your foreign transactions from being blocked, or having a preventative block on your account while you are travelling,” she said.
She also recommends always having a second method of payment on hand, just in case.
At the same time, Bregenser says there does not seem to be any increase in people being defrauded while on vacation.
“Most of the (pin-pad) skimming that happens here, the fraud takes place in foreign locations,” she said. That means if your card’s information gets “skimmed” at home, the information will probably be used to rack up purchases far away – such as another country.
“About 94 per cent of our fraud is foreign right now…so the correlation between travelling and fraud really isn’t there at this point,” said Bregenser.
She has seen trends in fraud come and go over the years, and said right now fraud involving debit cards is down, likely because the chip technology used in Canada makes it more difficult.
However, fraud involving cheques is on the way up – likely because of the new technology that allows people to deposit cheques by taking a picture of them.
“So that technology is having an impact,” she said.
Bregenser said the usual precautions while travelling will go a long way to keeping you safe from fraud, such as guarding your pin number, and keeping a close eye on your cards, and your banking statements.