24. 09. 2018
Will technology take the stress out of back-to-school prep by 2024?

Will technology take the stress out of back-to-school prep by 2024?

TORONTO – It’s not just kids that dread going back to school – parents do too.

From managing back-to-school purchases, to helping cranky kids adjust to new routines, there is a lot of work involved in getting kids ready for class.

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More than half of Canadian parents are stressed out about back-to-school planning, according to a study released Tuesday by Visa. And while 58 per cent said money was their biggest concern, many parents cited things like packing school lunches and arranging transportation for their kids as stressors.

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But what if parents had access to sophisticated nutritional software that could help put together the healthiest lunch possible? Or what if they could program their driverless car to get their kids safely to school without having to sit in traffic?

In ten years, one futurist says that might be the reality.

As part of Visa’s study, futurist Ross Dawson predicted some of the advancements that may help parents ten years from now be better prepared for back-to-school.

Driverless cars

While this may sound like something from a scene of The Jetsons, the idea of self-driving cars shuttling our kids off to school may not be that far away.

Dawson said that it’s quite feasible for driverless cars to safely shuttle kids to and from school on pre-programmed routes.

“Not that long ago I and many others thought [driverless cars] would take a lot longer to develop,” Dawson told Global News.

“This could happen far faster than we anticipated – ten years is feasible.”

But this all depends on whether the driverless car models that companies like Google are testing are approved – then each province would need to implement legislation making the vehicles legal.

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Self-driving cars are currently legal in California, Nevada, Florida and Michigan. Canada has not passed any legislation surrounding the futuristic vehicles.

“The reality is that if these are approved it will become easier for us to have pre-programmed routes,” Dawson said. “If you are tracking a route from your home to school, for example, it becomes easier and safer for that vehicle to follow that path.”

Easier online shopping

Imagine if your smartphone could tell you your waist measurements, average shirt size and what styles you would look good in, all with a picture?

That might very well be the way we online shop in the future, according to Dawson, who suggested smartphones may eventually have scanners that would be able to detect this information.

Predictive financial planning programs

With finances being at the top of many parents’ worries, Dawson predicts that financial planning software will become much more predictive in order to evaluate the impact their back-to-school budget will have long term.

Dawson said this may include software that predicts the impact of school-related costs against the family’s monthly budget, or allows them to see trends in their long-term savings for things like post-secondary savings.

Of course, similar software already exists, but Dawson said the goal is to have more sophisticated features.

Smarter nutrition planning

Packing school lunches can be a battle – especially for parents with picky eaters – but in ten years, there could be nutrition planning apps and programs that will help parents pack healthy lunches that kids love.

“One of the key issues here is the personalization of nutritional profiles; we need to recognize that each child is different,” said Dawson.

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Dawson suggested that the software could come in the form of an app that allows parents to keep nutrition profiles tracking each child’s health conditions, likes and dislikes, and activity levels so the software can evaluate the best meal choices.

Of course, this could all be happening on giant, gesture controlled screens just like The Matrix. This is the future, after all.

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24. 09. 2018
WATCH: Inmate escapes Idaho prison by climbing over razor wire – National

WATCH: Inmate escapes Idaho prison by climbing over razor wire – National

ABOVE: Watch the security camera footage of the daring daylight escape 

A manhunt involving several law enforcement agencies is underway after an inmate made a daring daylight jail escape at the Payette County Jail in Payette, Idaho.

The inmate, Nicholas Grove, was able to climb up and over the jail yard fence at 8:36 AM Tuesday morning, despite both the razor wire topping the fence and the presence of nearby deputies.

Now officials are trying to figure out how Grove was able to succeed in such a brazen getaway.

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“Within seconds, he was able to scale over and through that razor wire, and to the other side before the detention deputy was able to get to him,” said Lt. Andy Creech of the Payette County Sheriff’s Office told KBOI 2 News in Idaho.

Police say it took Grove, who stand 5’11 and weighs approximately 150 pounds, just 15 seconds to scale the chain link fence, navigate the razor wire, and make his escape on foot.

The presence of blood on the razor wire suggests Grove cut himself during his escape, though it’s unclear how badly he was hurt.

And it’s not like this part of the jail was known for being a weak spot, either. The last inmate to attempt an escape in this manner several years ago cut himself so badly he was unable to make his escape.

Grove also has a history of escaping from incarceration. Court records show on August 15th he was charged with escape.

Before that, he was arrested and accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of items from an education service district.

He was last spotted wearing a white t-shirt and blue or black boxer shorts, though police believe he may have broken into a residence and stolen blue or black sweat pants.

Anyone who spots Grove is asked to contact police immediately.

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24. 09. 2018
Letters from Luka Magnotta: accused killer thanks “fans” for numerous gifts sent to prison – Montreal

Letters from Luka Magnotta: accused killer thanks “fans” for numerous gifts sent to prison – Montreal

MONTREAL – Since his arrest two years ago, Luka Magnotta has been locked up at the Riviere-des-Prairies Detention Centre in east-end Montreal.

In that time, Magnotta has kept himself busy reading fan mail.

According to reports, he’s received hundreds of letters.

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We’re finding out the accused murderer has replied to a few of his supporters.

Portions of letters he wrote to a female follower were recently obtained by Global News.

In one letter he describes the support he’s received: “I have beautiful photos hanging on my wall with encouraging cards from people around the world.”

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In another passage the now 32-year-old thanks letter writers  for their “gifts.”

He allegedly receives money orders which are used to purchase “junk food and beauty supplies” from the prison’s canteen.

In a second letter, he writes that one of his fans has offered to buy him designer clothing – including an Armani suit.

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He’s also been reportedly offered laser hair removal services.

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“My guess is they have a certain emptiness in their lives,” says clinical psychologist Steven Schachter to explain why people are writing to Magnotta.

“It gives them a rush, it gives them a sense of being close to the edge, that they may not get in other places of their lives.”

A special fan website has even been created.

It offers tips on how to correctly contact the accused murderer behind bars.

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“It serves as a certain degree to the advantage of prison authorities,” says legal analyst Steven Slimovitch.

“It keeps the prison population calm. It lets them communicate. It allows them to have an out for their emotions.”

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Jury selection in the trial is slated to begin September 8th.

Crown prosecutors are expected to present their first witness September 15th.

Luka Magnotta is facing five criminal charges in connection with the murder of Concordia student Lin Jun in May 2012.

Luka Rocco Magnotta is shown in an artist's sketch in a Montreal court on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.


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24. 09. 2018
Montreal to re-name part of University street to honour Robert Bourassa – Montreal

Montreal to re-name part of University street to honour Robert Bourassa – Montreal

MONTREAL – The paths of Robert Bourassa and Rene Levesque are set to cross again — this time on the map of Montreal.

The city plans to rename a long stretch of a busy downtown street Boulevard Robert-Bourassa in honour of the former Liberal premier, who died 18 years ago.

Mayor Denis Coderre said University Street will be renamed after the Montreal native, from Sherbrooke Street south to Notre-Dame.

Coderre told a ceremony at city hall the two men were political foes but good friends.

Gerald Tremblay, a former member of Bourassa’s cabinet who later became mayor of Montreal, tried to rename the city’s Parc Avenue after his old boss a few years ago, but he backed off amid vocal opposition to the plan because the street would have intersected René-Lévesque, who was a longtime political rival.

Quebec Premier Robert Bourassa speaks to the media as he arrives at first ministers meeting in Meech Lake, Quebec.

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Bourassa, a lawyer, served as the 22nd Premier of Quebec, first from 1970 to 1976 before suffering a humiliating defeated by René-Lévesque’s Parti Québécois.

He was then re-elected again from 1985 to 1994 after campaigning against sovereignty in the 1980 referendum.

He is the longest ever serving premier.

Robert Bourassa passed away in 1996 at the age of 63.

Robert Bourassa is remembered.

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24. 09. 2018
House fire breaks out in Lake Bonavista – Calgary

House fire breaks out in Lake Bonavista – Calgary

CALGARY- A major house fire broke out in southeast Calgary on Wednesday afternoon.

The blaze broke out at noon along the 500 block of Lake Bonavista Drive, and sent a thick black plume of smoke into the sky.

A witness tells Global News that a vehicle in the garage caught fire, and the blaze quickly spread and engulfed the home. It suffered severe structural damage, and a neighbouring home was also damaged.

Two people escaped safely from the home, and a dog and cat were rescued by firefighters. Fortunately there were no injuries.

Fire crews are now investigating the cause, but say there were pressurized tanks in the garage at the time.

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Lake Bonavista fire from Global 1
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A fire in Lake Bonavista.

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A fire in Lake Bonavista on Aug. 27, 2014.

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24. 09. 2018
5 things to watch at the Shaw Charity Classic

5 things to watch at the Shaw Charity Classic

WATCH ABOVE: One of the highlights of the Shaw Charity Classic is the pro-am held at the Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club. It’s chance for local amateurs to tee it up with a legend of the game and raise money for charity. David Boushy reports.

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CALGARY— The Champions Tour hits Calgary for the second annual Shaw Charity Classic this week, with the first round starting Friday. The tournament, which sees many of golf’s legends over the age of 50 challenge Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, was a resounding success last year with thousands packing the fairways to watch the likes of golf major winners Fred Couples, Mark O’Meara and Tom Lehman battle it out under the blazing sun. Eventually Rocco Mediate, known for battling Tiger Woods at the 2008 U.S. Open, emerged as the winner.

With that in mind, here’s five things to consider when heading down to the Shaw Charity Classic this week. The tournament pro-ams run Wednesday and Thursday, with the three-round main event running through Sunday.

The “59 guys”

There are three players—Paul Goydos, Chip Beck and Kevin Sutherland—in this weeks field who have recorded the lowest score ever shot at a PGA Tour sanctioned tournament. Beck shot his 59 during the third round of the Las Vegas Invitational in 1991, while Goydos shot his record score at the John Deere Classic four years ago. Sutherland is the most recent member of the group, narrowly missing a 58 when he bogeyed the final hole in the second round of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open two weeks ago.

Rocco Mediate

The winner of last year’s inaugural Shaw Charity Classic, Mediate is animated, talkative and a lot of fun to watch. He kibitzed with fans throughout last year’s tournament, even going as far as to make a joke when he hit a wayward drive on the 15th hole during the final round. He opened the tournament by shooting a course record 63 and closed with a 64. In between he won over the fans of Calgary and matched the lowest three round total ever shot on the Champions Tour.

“All I had to do was keep breathing and I’d win,” Mediate said after his victory. “And I kept breathing.”

The Canadians

The Champions Tour is a tough ticket to get punched, especially if you didn’t play regularly on the PGA Tour and win. But two Canadians—former Canadian Amateur winner Rod Spittle, and longtime standout Jim Rutledge—are regulars on tour and are in the field in Calgary, and Calgarian Darryl James, an instructor with the National Golf Academy in Calgary, qualified for the event and becomes part of the 81-man field competing for a purse of $2.25 million.

Of course, one of the biggest names at the tournament this week is Calgary’s Stephen Ames, a four-time winner on the PGA Tour, who is playing in only his second Champions Tour event since turning 50.


While there was plenty of interest on the fairways at the Shaw tournament last year, the real action was behind the scenes with the event raising a record $2.27-million, the largest charitable contribution in Champions Tour history. The charitable giving has already started this year, with Shaw Communications making a $1.275 million donation to Hull Services and YouthLink Calgary, funded by the Calgary Police Foundation.

Shaw Charity Classic concert

Last year saw Great Big Sea wow fans in downtown Calgary with a show run by Shaw Communications to celebrate tournament week. The free concert on Thursday is a hot ticket once again as all of the complimentary passes are already gone. But that doesn’t mean there won’t be thousands at Shaw Millennium Park to watch Randy Bachman and Fred Turner headline the show that will be opened by acclaimed Canadian rock band The Sheepdogs.

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24. 09. 2018
Safety officials want to shut down west Edmonton nightclub – Edmonton

Safety officials want to shut down west Edmonton nightclub – Edmonton

Watch above: The Edmonton Public Safety Compliance Team is reasserting calls to revoke Encore nightclub’s business licence after a riot earlier this month. Quinn Ohler has the details.

EDMONTON – After a riot at a west end nightclub, Edmonton’s Public Safety Compliance Team is repeating its request to have the venue’s business licence revoked.

The Public Safety Compliance Team has been monitoring Encore nightclub since it opened in West Edmonton Mall in January 2013.

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“Since the venue opened, the Compliance Team has noted reoccurring incidents of weapons violence – specifically stabbings – assaults, large fights inside and outside the venue, drug activity inside the venue, the presence of the criminal element – including gang members – and noncompliance with regulations and various bylaws,” said Sgt. Jacob Montgomery.

In February 2014, the team submitted a report to the Chief Licensing Officer asking that Encore’s business licence be revoked.

Montgomery says the latest incident – a riot that happened during a rap concert on August 1 – was another reason the licence should be taken away.

“On August 2, 2014, Edmonton Police Services west division’s beat officers contacted us and let us know about the incident that happened at Encore during the Young Gangsta rap concert on August 1, 2014,” explained Montgomery.

Edmonton police responded to the nightclub when they heard a commotion inside. As they approached, about 800 people left the venue and spilled into the parking lot.

“Fights ensued and broke out, and just quite a bit of disarray throughout the parking lot,” said EPS spokesperson Scott Pattison.

Officers called for backup, which resulted in a major response, including tactical teams, K-9 units and mall security. The riot took about an hour to get under control.

“The rapper … has been charged with one count of conduct detrimental to a licensed premise,” said Pattison.

A couple of people were initially arrested, but no one else was charged.

Pattison added that there were known gang members inside, but it appears their IDs were not scanned upon entry.

The August 1 incident prompted the Compliance Team to submit another request to the Chief Licensing Officer.

“The team drafted a follow up report to include the latest incident,” said Montgomery.

“What happened on August 1, the riot, is just more of the same of what we’ve been seeing.”

Montgomery says no one was injured on August 1, but there have been other violent incidences there, including a stabbing during a rock concert in January.

“It’s a dangerous place, and that’s the stance the Public Safety Compliance Team has taken since February and our stance remains unchanged,” added Montgomery. “Our request is that the business licence be revoked as we do feel that public safety is at risk.”

Out of almost 1,000 licensed venues in Edmonton, Montgomery says Encore is one that the Compliance Team is “primarily focused on right now.”

Encore has until the end of August to appeal the submission.  The Chief Licensing Officer’s decision is expected in September.

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Edmonton’s Public Safety Compliance Team’s job is to increase public safety in and around licensed establishments. Montgomery explains the first step to addressing a problematic venue is always education, followed by ticketing venues for infractions. The final step, he explains, is revoking the business licence.

And, while problematic venues are rare, they are still concerning.

“You’re always going to have that minority – people that are in it for the money, not necessarily for the common good, public safety.”

Global News has reached out to Encore, Young Gangsta, and the concert promoter, but none has responded to the request for comment.

West Edmonton Mall will not be commenting on the incident.

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24. 09. 2018
4 dead after crash east of Saskatoon

4 dead after crash east of Saskatoon

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SASKATOON – Four people are dead after a single-vehicle crash east of Saskatoon Tuesday afternoon.

Two Humboldt RCMP officers came across a vehicle upside-down in a slough around 4 p.m. on Highway 5, about 50 kilometers east of Saskatoon.

It is not known how long the vehicle had been there, according to RCMP Sgt. Craig Cleary.

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“I think it was luck that our members came across it, found it, I believe the vehicle was still running at the time,” said Cleary.

The PT Cruiser was submerged to the top of the windows which were entirely below the waterline.

Four adults, two men and two women, were found dead inside the vehicle.

Officials say the two women are believed to be in their 70’s while one man is believed to be in his 80’s. The approximate age of the second man has not been confirmed. It is believed they are from Saskatoon.

Their names have not been released as police are still attempting to contact next of kin.

Highway 5 from St. Denis to Highway 2 was closed for several hours while police investigated.

The initial investigation into the fatal crash has determined the driver of the vehicle lost control and entered the south ditch where it rolled on its roof and into the slough.

An autopsy has been ordered on the female driver.

Whether the victims died during the rollover or once in the water has yet to be determined.

The investigation could take up to three months.

According to the Saskatoon Lifesaving Society, there’s an average of five vehicle deaths per year due to water submersion.

Travel on Highway 5 between Saskatoon and Humboldt is extremely busy. The shoulders of the highway where the incident occurred are very narrow.

In the ditch along Highway 5, approximately 400 meters east of the slough a cross marks the spot of a past tragedy.

On Wednesday afternoon, a couple personal items such as sunglasses and business cards lay strewn at the water’s edge, marking the scene of this tragedy.

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24. 09. 2018
Western U. paper pulls issue encouraging frosh to date TAs – Toronto

Western U. paper pulls issue encouraging frosh to date TAs – Toronto

LONDON – Western University’s student paper is pulling its frosh issue from campus following complaints over articles it admits “appeared to promote excessive drinking, drug use and sexual advances on teaching assistants.”

In a statement issued Wednesday, The Gazette’s editorial board apologizes for what it called its “lack of judgment” in publishing the Aug. 19 issue.

The board says its goal was “to put out an entertaining issue for first-year students and Western as a whole,” but that it clearly missed the mark.

It pledges not to distribute the issue during the university’s orientation week and remove the offending articles from its website, though at least one could still be viewed Wednesday afternoon. The paper also says it will review its editorial practices in light of the incident.

One of the articles at the heart of the controversy, titled “So you want to date a teaching assistant?,” encourages students to “get sexual” with TAs by leaving the top buttons of their shirt undone, among other things.

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Critics – including the student council president and the London, Ont., university’s provost – said the frosh issue seemed to incite inappropriate and potentially dangerous behaviours.

In a letter to the editor posted on the paper’s website, Janice Deakin, Western’s provost and vice president academic, said the paper crossed a line with the TA article.

“Not only does the spirit of the article run contrary to Western’s efforts to have a workplace and learning environment that is free from sexual harassment, it is disrespectful of the essential contribution graduate teaching assistants make to Western’s academic mission,” she wrote.

Student council president Matt Helfand, meanwhile, called for an investigation through The Gazette’s advisory board, which he hoped would “ensure that, in the future, these topics are dealt with sensitively and with the utmost seriousness.”

Frosh activities at other universities have also come under the microscope in recent years.

Outrage over a frosh chant at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax last year that glorified non-consensual sex with underage girls has led the school to provide training to student leaders involved in orientation week activities.

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24. 09. 2018
EXCLUSIVE: DND to stop compensating same-city moves for retiring military – National

EXCLUSIVE: DND to stop compensating same-city moves for retiring military – National

WATCH: Global News has learned the Canadian military will no longer foot the bill for senior officers to move within the same city when they retire. Jacques Bourbeau has the details.

OTTAWA – The federal government will no longer reimburse retiring Canadian Forces members’ same-city moves following a Global News series exposing the tab for several moves at hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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National Defence intends to announce a new policy that no longer pays military members for same-city moves when they retire, with exceptions for sick or disabled military members.

The government also plans to rein in open-ended costs.

“We will fix the system,” Conservative MP Parm Gill, parliamentary secretary for Veterans Affairs, said in an interview.

The decision follows a series of Global News stories that revealed it cost nearly $600,000 to move Generals, many of them retired, within the same city or just outside the city limits over the past five years.

The priciest move was that of Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Andrew Leslie, now an advisor to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and who is hoping to run for the Liberals in the riding of Ottawa-Orleans. Leslie received $72,000 to move from one house in the upscale Ottawa neighbourhood of Rockcliffe to another just 2.5 kilometres away.

Included in that tab was $7.70 in mileage and $271.22 in per diems for the move.

Leslie did not file for those two payments; they were given to him automatically. But documents show he did sign off to receive them.

“Seventy thousand dollars for a move down the street in the same neighbourhood, I do not believe any Canadian sees that being a good use of taxpayers’ money,” said Gill, who represents the Toronto riding of Brampton-Springdale.

DND’s retirement resettlement policy was designed to allow soldiers, who spend their career being posted around the country and sometimes around the world, to expense one final move when they retire so they can choose where they will live.

In February, Leslie told Global News that he and his family moved 18 times and he bought the first  house in Ottawa on a very short trip without the input of his wife.

“We decided to retire in Ottawa and not move out of the city. My wife found and chose the perfect house … fixed it up and here we are,” he wrote.

Leslie said he knew how much the real estate and legal fees cost, which was the bulk of the bill, but did not know the full cost of his 2013 move.

With files from Rebecca Lindell

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