23. 10. 2018
Hurricane Cristobal making its way toward Atlantic Canada

Hurricane Cristobal making its way toward Atlantic Canada

TORONTO – After soaking parts of of the Caribbean this week, Hurricane Cristobal has its sights set on Atlantic Canada.

Cristobal’s path takes the central part of the storm off the eastern coast of Newfoundland. And while the storm won’t make landfall, the island will feel its effects.

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To complicate things, a cold frontal trough is moving southward across Atlantic Canada and is expected to stay in place as Cristobal nears. This will bring heavy rainfall to the region. By Friday morning the two systems will merge into one giant system that will bring high winds and rain.

“The front’s not moving anywhere while that hurricane is present,” said the Canadian Hurricane Centre’s Chris Fogarty. “So you get a stalled front and rainfalls that are occurring over the same spot for hours on end.”

On Thursday, at 1:50 p.m. EDT  the Canadian Hurricane Centre said Cristobal was about 700 km south-southeast of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The storm’s maximum sustained winds were 130 km/h, making Cristobal a Category 1 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale used to measure the strength of tropical storms.

The path of Hurricane Cristobal will keep it offshore of Newfoundland, though effects will be felt.

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Wind and rain unrelated to the hurricane are expected to move in overnight into early Friday. The hurricane centre anticipates gusts of 50 to 80 km/h and anywhere between 50 mm and 75 mm of rain.

There are several rainfall warnings across Newfoundland, including the Avalon Peninsula, Bonavista Peninsula and St. John’s.

High winds and ocean swells of up to three metres are a concern with the incoming Cristobal, so those in the northern Grand Banks should be prepared.

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“There’s also a possibility of some rapid false tide-like fluctuations,” Fogarty said. He explained that sometimes, when hurricanes move offshore, they trigger water-level changes several hours after they pass.

“We’ve seen in the past when hurricanes move over the Grand Banks that they can disturb the ocean surface in a way that leads to these very strange, rapid tidal fluctuations in some of the eastern bays of Newfoundland. So you might be looking at the water level and then 15 minutes later it’ll be way down low and then another 15 minutes later, it could come up quite a ways. They’re very hard to predict.

“We just ask people to be on the lookout, because if it comes in high tide, then you can get water topping some of the docks.”

This is the third tropical storm to affect the area this season.

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23. 10. 2018
Ministry Seizes Okanagan Children

Ministry Seizes Okanagan Children

KELOWNA – A Kelowna foster family is speaking out after having their two foster sons seized by the ministry for children and family development Wednesday morning.

After a 2 year long battle, the ministry seized the 11 year old boy and his 14 year old foster brother and moved them from the only home they’ve ever known.

“Their mind is made and I mean the children will leave and we said we accept that, we don’t agree nor do we understand it,” says Klemens Koester

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Koester and his mom Eva have been caring for the two boys since they were infants.

The two boys are both severely disabled.

Family and friends say Eva Koester is the only mom the boys have ever known.

They say she’s tended to the boys every need for years, even sleeping beside the younger boy who needs to be rotated throughout the night.

“Everyone is feeling very broken. Eva is distraught. They just destroyed a family,” says the younger boy’s aunt Nancy Ross.

“You can say bye to kids when they go off to college but can’t say bye to kids when they are being ripped from their homes and hearts. It is definitely a tough day, tough day,” says Ross.

The ministry arrived Wednesday morning to seize the boys but shortly after arriving on scene, they left without the boys.

Ministry staff refused to execute the seizure in front of our Global Cameras but came back when we left the property.

The whole ordeal started a couple of years ago when behavioral problems with another adoptive son prompted Klemens Koester to ask the ministry for help.

That adoptive son made allegations against the Koesters.

While they were cleared of any wrongdoing, the ministry decided to go ahead and remove their special needs foster kids.

This was their home for their whole life. There was no reason to stop that. There is no reason why they could not remain here. I mean they left them here for so long if they were in danger they could have removed them a long time or should have at least,” says Klemens Koester.

The family says the ministry has made a huge mistake but there is no recourse.

“No one overseas their decision, no one questions the decisions,” says Ross.

While they know it’s too late for them, they say they will fight to bring changes to the system so that other families don’t have to endure the pain they have.

“There can’t be just one sole power to have the right to make all those decisions. When they say they use an independent review they use someone who works in ministry and if they make a report not favoring the ministry, they won’t be used in the future,” says Koester.

As for the boys, the family says the youngsters don’t understand they have been seized from their home-at least not yet.

“Oh definitely not but will they understand by the time they go to bed tonight. I believe so because their whole world has been turned upside down,” says Ross.

An investigation concluded the seizure was warranted but the family says that review was biased because they say it was conducted by a former ministry worker, and they believe it was only done as an attempt to appease the family.

The Ministry says the placement of a child in the care of the Ministry occurs only after thorough assessments of all available options and decisions are made based solely on their best interests, including their need for permanency.

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23. 10. 2018
New West Partnership commits to easier trade between provinces

New West Partnership commits to easier trade between provinces

REGINA – The premiers of Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia are forging ahead with changes to the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) that will make trade in the west more open.

Currently, the NWPTA agreement provides the most open trading environment in Canada and the premiers are asking ministers to make further improvements. Specifically, ministers are to:

Implement a bid protest mechanism by November 2014Review exceptions to determine if these are other possible improvements to liberalize trade, particularly in the area of occupational health and safety by March 31, 2015.

“While exceptions can be important in areas like occupational health and safety, it makes sense to review these from time to time to harmonize those that create unnecessary barriers to trade,” said B.C. premier Christy Clark.

“For example, if we can all adopt the highest standard among our jurisdictions for things like first aid kits that will make trade across the region easier.”

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The New West Partnership has undertaken significant work to make it easier for business to operate across the region by harmonizing truck rules and regulations,” Saskatchewan premier Brad Wall said. “In today’s businesses environment companies and workers often cross provincial borders.”

“We all have a strong interest in ensuring worker health and safety and it makes sense to have a common set of rules for businesses and workers to uphold these safety objectives.”

“The New West Partnership is the model for eliminating unnecessary barriers to trade,” said Alberta premier Dave Hancock. “We continue to break down barriers to the benefit of citizens in each of our provinces.”

The three premiers noted the federal government also has a keen interest in internal trade.

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23. 10. 2018
Woman pushed from vehicle, run over: police – Winnipeg

Woman pushed from vehicle, run over: police – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG – Police say the woman killed in a vehicle-pedestrian crash Wednesday had actually been pushed out of the vehicle that hit her, part of a dispute with her male common-law partner that turned violent.

Jennie Lynda Lee Graves, 35, died later Wednesday in hospital.

The accused, Keith Ryan Thompson, 35, was arrested at the scene of the crash near the corner of St. Anne’s and St. Mary’s Roads at 2:30 in the morning Wednesday.

Winnipeg police say Thompson and Graves were driving in a vehicle, which Global News has learned is a moving company cube van, when an argument escalated and turned physical.

Graves was allegedly pushed out of the moving vehicle. After falling onto the road, police say Graves was struck by the back wheels. She was taken to hospital where she later died of her injuries.

Winnipeg police  closed the intersection of St. Mary’s and St. Anne’s roads Wednesday morning to investigate the tragic incident where Jennie Lee Graves was killed.

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According to police, the driver stopped a few blocks away and a witness who followed the vehicle brought the suspect back to the scene of the crash.

Charges against Thompson include:

Causing Death by Criminal Negligence
Driving While Ability Impaired Causing Death
Fail or Refuse to Provide Sample when Involved in an Accident Causing Death
Dangerous Operation of Motor Vehicle Causing Death
Fail to remain at the scene of an accident and exchange particulars

Keith Thompson


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Police responded Thursday to questions from reporters about whether officers considered homicide charges in this case.

“Something like this the Crown (prosecutor) would be consulted. At this point these have been deemed to be the appropriate charge. That may change in the future, it’s always a possibility depending upon if any further evidence comes to light,” said Cst. Eric Hofley.

The cube van belonged to Popeye’s Moving, the firm where Thompson works.

“This was not work related, it was on personal time,” Owner Mark Routley told Global News, expressing shock at news of the charges. “This is a sad day for all of us around here, it’s very tragic”

Facebook quickly filled up with posts reacting to Graves’ death.

“I cant believe it………My best buddie is now in heaven……I cant stop crying thinking of her 4 beautiful babies….. I will miss you forever my girl,” said one.

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23. 10. 2018
Canadian fighter jets edge closer to Russian airspace – National

Canadian fighter jets edge closer to Russian airspace – National

OTTAWA – Canadian fighter jets will be patrolling the edge of Russian airspace next week as part of NATO’s response to the unravelling situation in Ukraine.

At least four of the six CF-18s sent overseas by the Harper government earlier this year have arrived at Siauliai Air Base in Lithuania, where they will fly air policing missions over the Baltic states.

The formal handover of responsibility is expected to take place early next week.

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The Canadian jets will be working alongside fighters from Portugal, Germany and Belgium, which will be carrying out flights from bases in another Baltic state.

The missions are meant to reassure European allies unnerved by Russia’s seizure of the Crimean Peninsula, as well as the military action currently unfolding in eastern Ukraine.

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The jets, which had been based in Romania on a training exercise, are tasked with defending Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian airspace because those countries are unable to do so on their own.

The deployment comes against the unfolding backdrop of heavy fighting and an apparent Russian invasion, and brings Canadian fighters as close to Russian territory as they’ve been since the crisis began.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called an urgent session of the national security council on Thursday after two columns of Russian tanks reportedly entered the country’s southeast earlier in the day.

“Destabilization of the situation and panic, this is as much of a weapon of the enemy as tanks,” Poroshenko told the security council, according to the Interfax news agency.

Russia’s latest escalation is an outrage that will have repercussions, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said as he called on President Vladimir Putin’s regime to halt its apparent invasion, as well as the flow of arms to separatists.

The Harper government will review what further sanctions and other measures can be taken, Baird said, but he stopped short of specifics about what sort of response could be expected.

Last spring, Prime Minister Stephen Harper described the annexation of Crimea as a “slow-motion invasion” of Ukraine. Baird said the events of the last few days indicate the Russians have accelerated their efforts.

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“This is absolutely unacceptable, irresponsible and absolutely reckless,” he said in a conference call from Zagreb, Croatia.

“It is also deeply and shamelessly dishonest. While Russian President Putin talked about ceasefires with President (Petro) Poroshenko in Minsk, his military was busy fighting on Ukrainian soil.”

NATO estimates that as many as 1,000 Russian troops are fighting inside Ukraine with an additional 20,000 clustered on the border as support – or reinforcements.

“Over the past two weeks we have noted a significant escalation in both the level and sophistication of Russia’s military interference in Ukraine,” said Dutch Brig.-Gen. Nico Tak.

“We have also detected large quantities of advanced weapons, including air defence systems, artillery, tanks, and armoured personnel carriers being transferred to separatist forces in Eastern Ukraine.”

The military alliance also released a series of satellite images supporting its claim.

Major U.S. banks, meanwhile, reported they were the target of a massive cyberattack that defence officials suggested may have originated in Russia.

Defence analysts expressed little surprise at that revelation, noting Russia’s military strategy involves the use of cyberwarfare to disrupt and cripple adversaries.

Baird called the recent events a “significant provocation” in advance of next week’s NATO summit in Wales, where the alliance’s leaders are expected to hold a special meeting with Poroshenko.

Asked to characterize the latest developments, Baird described Russia’s move as an “incursion” and an “invasion,” but stopped of short declaring it an act of war.

Ukraine is not a member of NATO, unlike other eastern European nations; the alliance is not automatically obliged to come to its defence.

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