23. 05. 2019
Kinsella no longer involved in ‘day-to-day’ operations of Chow campaign – Toronto

Kinsella no longer involved in ‘day-to-day’ operations of Chow campaign – Toronto

TORONTO – Warren Kinsella is no longer involved in “day-to-day” operations of Olivia Chow’s mayoral campaign a week after he apologized for calling rival John Tory’s transit plan “segregationist.”

Chow’s communications director Jamey Heath confirmed Kinsella’s departure to Global News Thursday, calling the decision a “mutual agreement.”

“Warren in still a supporter of Olivia, he is still a volunteer of the campaign, but he will no longer be involved day-to-day,” he said.

But a colleague of Kinsella’s suggested on 桑拿会所 the the decision to step away from the campaign was his alone.

Kinsella, who has been vocal in Chow’s support on 桑拿会所 and his personal website became a source of controversy last week when he tweeted a photo of Tory’s transit plan and suggested the plan was “segregationist track” for ignoring certain impoverished neighbourhoods.

He quickly deleted the tweet and apologized to Tory several times.

In an open email to Tory he wrote “I apologize, unreservedly, for my tweet, since deleted.”

A longtime political operator, Kinsella also backed failed mayoral candidate Rocco Rossi in 2010.

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23. 05. 2019
5 parent and kid-friendly apps to help get you ready for school

5 parent and kid-friendly apps to help get you ready for school

WATCH ABOVE: There are plenty of apps out there to help your kids get back into the routine. Carey Marsden shows us five for parents and kids.

There are plenty of apps that can help ease your kids back into the routine for school. Global News spoke to tech expert Corey Herscu, who showed us five that can help kids and parents.

Move the Turtle ($2.99, iOS)

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Move the Turtle is designed for children five years old and up. Herscu said it is a friendly little turtle that will introduce your child to the world of coding. Your child makes the turtle move by using codes, such as up, down, turn left, turn right.

“I think it starts the hand-eye coordination very early. And it helps get them really familiar with putting their hands to the keyboard at four years old, instead of swiping back and forth with a game,” he said. “It helps them learn the keyboard and where things are placed.”

Kids Tell Time ($5.99, iOS)

Kids Tell Time helps children learn telling the time both in digital and analog forms, and allows the child to move the minute and second hands around.

“With digital, everybody sees the numbers are there,” said Herscu. “When it comes to analog, learning the arms, the minutes, the seconds, how to go to quarter past, half past, that’s what the app is designed for to help kids at a young age learn and be comfortable with telling the time in digital and analog.”

Red Label (free, Android and iOS)

Who doesn’t like a great deal? Especially when it comes to back-to-school shopping? Red Label will compare online and in store prices to find you the best deals. The app has a built-in bar code scanner and it will compare scanned products to online prices and prices in stores around your location.

Team Snap (free, Android and iOS)

Even with one child, it can be tricky to keep up with schedules. Team Snap makes it easy for you by organizing school and extra-curricular activities. Parents can also add the contacts of coaches, players and players’ parents.

“It helps consolidate all the calendars into one easy to use app and lets you keep control of not only your child’s schedules, but the parents around you,” said Herscu.

OverDrive Media Console (free, Android and iOS)

Save trips to the library and late fees with OverDrive Media Console. It is a virtual library system that allows you to borrow e-books from libraries around the world with your library card. Books range from popular children’s books to adult titles.

“You can take a book out Sunday night during story time and can set up a return date so it automatically takes it back for you to avoid that late fee, and it gives you access to school and libraries around the world,” said Herscu.

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23. 05. 2019
Memorial concert planned in honour of Brentwood stabbing victims – Calgary

Memorial concert planned in honour of Brentwood stabbing victims – Calgary

CALGARY- Some young band members are fine tuning a tribute to two of their friends, who were killed during a stabbing spree in Brentwood last April.

Zackariah Rathwell, 21, Jordan Segura, 22, Josh Hunter, 23, Kaitlin Perras, 23, and Lawrence Hong, 27, were celebrating the end of the school year when they were killed. 23-year-old Matthew de Grood now faces five counts of first-degree murder in connection with their deaths.

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  • Calgary concert to honour Brentwood murder victims

Both Rathwell and Hunter played in a band together called Zackariah and the Prophets. The two remaining members have since started a charity called Zackariah and the Non-Profits, which will help fund scholarships in honour of the victims.

A fundraising concert is also planned for next Thursday, at the Jubilee Auditorium.

“There’s a lot of sadness about what could have been, but you can’t go through life doing that or you’ll be a wreck,” says bandmate Barry Mason. “If you wallow in sadness it’s crippling.”

“They were brothers to both of us,” adds Kyle Tenove. “We were four brothers united in music. For me whenever I play I feel like they’re there.”

Tickets for the concert are $25. Click here to purchase tickets.

Kyle Tenove and Barry Mason, backstage at the Jubilee Auditorium.

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23. 05. 2019
UPDATE: 22 passengers in hospital after tour bus crashes on Coquihalla; three in critical condition

UPDATE: 22 passengers in hospital after tour bus crashes on Coquihalla; three in critical condition

WATCH: A truck driver following the bus recorded the crash on his dash cam and can’t believe no one was killed. Jill Bennett reports.

UPDATE: Out of the 43 patients originally taken to hospitals, 22 remain in hospital. Eight are at Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops and 14 are at Kelowna General Hospital. Of the injured passengers three are in critical condition; two are in serious condition and 17 have non-life threatening injuries. Hospital staff expect additional discharges of patients this weekend.

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SOUTH OF MERRITT — Dozens of passengers are in hospital, and seven are in critical condition after a tour bus crash on the Coquihalla Highway.

Around 2:30 p.m. Thursday, RCMP, fire and ambulance officials responded to the crash about 30 kilometers south of Merritt.

The RCMP say they have obtained a dashboard camera from a tractor-trailer showing the rollover, and that speed does not appear to be a factor.

Six helicopters and 19 ambulances were dispatched to the scene.

Royal Inland Hospital is treating 40 patients and is on Code Orange, meaning a disaster or mass casualty incident.

Another 20 patients were taken to Kelowna General Hospital, which is also on Code Orange.

According to Sgt. Norm Fleming of Merritt RCMP, 56 people were on board, all of whom were Asian.

Thirty-five people sustained minor injuries and 15 people have compound fractures. As of Friday afternoon, seven people are listed in critical condition.

There are no reported fatalities at this time.

WATCH: Aerial footage of the bus crash

PHOTO GALLERY: Tour bus crash near Merritt. Warning – some pictures are graphic  

The bus is identified as belonging to Super Vacation Canada – the largest tour operator in North America.

The manager of the Asian tour company told Global News the bus involved was carrying a four-day tour group, including a driver and tour guide.

He says there were passengers from B.C., United States and Mainland China on board.

WATCH: Dozens of bus passengers were injured in a terrible bus crash on a high-speed mountain highway in B.C. As Jeremy Hunka reports, Highway 5 is often called the most dangerous in the country.

Adam Hopewell, a student who was driving the same stretch of highway when the crash happened, saw several injured people at the scene, some of them bleeding.

“There were people under the bus. It looked really bad,” he told Global News.

“We [saw] a big cloud of dirt, and it looked like the bus hit the meridian and tipped on the side, and it was upright with a whole bunch of scratches,” he said, adding all of the windows on one side of the bus were broken.

WATCH: Adam Hopewell and Seth Waterstreet were in a car driving past the tour bus crash near Merritt and describe to Global News what they saw

WATCH: Catherine Urquhart reports on a tour bus crash south of Merritt that sent many to hospital

Highway 5 southbound is currently closed. There is a detour via Highway 8 and Highway 1.

The northbound direction has now been re-opened.

WATCH: Should seat belts be mandatory for buses?

Buses carry millions of passengers a year across this continent and there are relatively few serious accidents. But crashes do raise questions about bus safety in general and whether seat belts should be mandatory. Brian Coxford reports. Warning: Contains scenes that some viewers may find disturbing.

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23. 05. 2019
Transit woes extend beyond Toronto’s borders – Toronto

Transit woes extend beyond Toronto’s borders – Toronto

MISSISSAUGA – People in Toronto aren’t the only ones worrying about the future of their public transit.

Brantford residents are being told some of the Greyhound Bus service they rely on is being cut, while other routes are being changed.

Wayde Nie commutes by Greyhound daily from Brantford to Hamilton – without a second family car it is his only option.

“It’s such a big impact and it’s so late in the game, it’s hard to find alternate arrangements,” he said.

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Nie found out about changes through a flyer circulating at the Brantford Greyhound Terminal just one week before they are to take effect on September 3.

Nie and fellow rider, Martin Sigsworth say they are left with few alternatives.

 “The only other option is the drive,” says Sigsworth. “That’s another car, with another single person in the vehicle.”

The riders had hoped GO transit would be an option for them, but so far there is no official word.

Brantford residents were promised GO service to link them with Hamilton and the GTA in June’s provincial election.

A statement from Metrolinx spokesperson Mark Ostler Thursday said GO Transit “would be pleased to take a further look at it, taking this new information into consideration.”

But the statement goes on to say “we have no current plans to extend bus service to Brantford.”

Brantford Mayor Chris Friel says he met with the newly appointed Minister of Transportation Steven Del Duca to present a business case and try to get more buses in Brantford.

“We have the model,” says Friel. “We’re not looking for trains, we’re looking for buses.”

Friel says the city is prepared to provide some of the $480,000 required to make the service a reality.

“We can make this function and get going quickly,” he said. “We honestly believe we can see this going within a number of months.”

A statement from Minister Del Duca’s office said Metrolinx will be reviewing the area and studying the feasibility of extending GO service to the area.

The provincial budget released in July promised a $9.1 billion investment in GO service that will include more routes as well as GO stations and parking for commuters.  There is no word on when or where the money will be divided.

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