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WATCH: Hot breakfast, lunch programs on the line as teacher strike continues – BC

WATCH: Hot breakfast, lunch programs on the line as teacher strike continues – BC

As the dispute between B.C. teachers and government drags on, the list of vulnerable children who will be hit hardest by a school strike grows.

Many at-risk children rely on hot breakfast and lunch programs in schools for their daily nutrition.

In Vancouver alone, at least 650 kids benefit from the breakfasts.

During the summer, community centres and day camps have been picking up some of the slack.

Strathcona Elementary Vice-Principal Jesse Brown says there are a lot of families dealing with poverty in his neighbourhood.

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“Lots of students come to school having not had breakfast, not sure what they’re going to eat for lunch, and that would lead to a lot of anxiety throughout the day and impact their learning,” says Brown.

He says kids get distracted, tired and grumpy with no food to nourish them.

“You can see it because they are just not ready to learn and you know they are dealing with something greater,” says Brown.

Several hundred students use the hot lunch program at Strathcona elementary, one of at least a dozen Vancouver schools offering free or subsidized meals.

Brown says students can get a nutritious lunch, which they can pay for in full or pay as little as they can. He says the majority of their students is signed up for it.

The breakfast program, which serves hot meals on a daily basis, is also used by up to 200 families.

“These kids can come to school knowing they will be fed throughout the day and some of their basic nourishment needs will be met,” he says.

But there are concerns that it won’t continue in September and kids will go hungry.

In the event the strike continues past Sept. 2, Brown says they are still hoping to keep their hot breakfast program running, but he is not sure there are enough resources to keep the lunch program going.

The Vancouver School Board says emergency food supplies will be available at all breakfast program sites.

With files from Tanya Beja

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Man arrested for stealing copper from Hydro One transformer stations – Toronto

Man arrested for stealing copper from Hydro One transformer stations – Toronto

TORONTO – Police have arrested a Toronto man for stealing copper wires from several Hydro One transformer stations.

Garry Harold Matchim, 31, has been charged with seven counts of break-and-enter and seven counts of possession of break-in instruments after he allegedly broke into a number of Hydro One compounds on Aug. 27.

Police say the accused gained entry into the area by cutting holes in the fencing around the buildings and removed a quantity of copper wire causing extensive damage to the transformers.

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Matchim is scheduled to appear in court Aug. 28.

Police are reminding the public that serious injury or death can occur if anyone enters transformer stations.

Hydro One is currently taking steps to eliminate pure copper wires from its stations and replacing them with a copper and steel composite blends.

“Signage will be posted at stations alerting would be thieves that this alternative to pure copper has no scrap metal value,” said Hydro One in a media release.

Officials say approximately $2 million worth of copper is stolen from Hydro One annually.

“By making changes to the way we operate we can deter metal theft,” said Ron Gentle, Chief Security Officer, Hydro One in a media release. “We want to ensure Ontarians can continue to safely rely on electricity to power their homes, businesses and communities every day.

Hydro One has also partnered with the Ontario Provincial Police and other law enforcement organizations to work on a strategy to deter, report, investigate and prosecute incidents of metal theft.

“We also applaud the initiatives aimed at ensuring its assets are less attractive to the criminal element in the future, thereby enhancing public and officer safety,” said Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod, Provincial Commander – OPP Investigations and Organized Crime.

Since 2010, the Canadian Electricity Association says eight people have lost their lives due to copper thefts and the cost to the electricity sector is estimated at $40 million each year.

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Your Saskatchewan: August 2014 – Saskatoon

Your Saskatchewan: August 2014 – Saskatoon

Every weeknight on News Hour Final and weekends on News Final, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

To submit a picture for Your Saskatchewan, email to [email protected]桑拿按摩.

Pictures should be at least 920 pixels wide and in jpeg format.

Aug. 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Kevin Herman at Lac La Loche.

Kevin Herman / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Christina Larson at Fishing Lake.

Christina Larson / Viewer Supplied

Aug. 3: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Myra Leanne at Pike Lake.

Myra Leanne / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Susan Fortay in Lloydminster.

Susan Fortay / Viewer Supplied

Aug. 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Harasyn at Emma Lake.

Harasyn / Viewer Supplied

Aug. 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Amanda Loseth near Estevan.

Amanda Loseth / Viewer Supplied

Aug. 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Ryan Trotchie south of Battleford.

Ryan Trotchie / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Eric Beck high above Saskatoon Thursday morning.

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Aug. 9: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Roxanne Levis near Rosetown.

Roxanne Levis / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Josie Adamko on Candle Lake.

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Aug. 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jill Carberry of her daughter doing yoga on a paddle board at Jackfish Lake.

Jill Carberry / Viewer Supplied

Aug. 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Hosneara Khanam at Shannon Lake.

Hosneara Khanam / Viewer Supplied

Aug. 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Trish Tanner at Nemebien Lake.

Trish Tanner / Viewer Supplied

Aug. 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Diane Kacher of a dandelion seed head near Aberdeen.

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Aug. 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Leah Kosh at the Saskatoon Zoo.

Leah Kosh / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Marion Beyer at Chitek Lake.

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Aug. 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Brandon Ovechkin in Prince Albert.

Brandon Ovechkin / Viewer Supplied

Aug. 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Gisele Diehl in Turtleford.

Gisele Diehl / Viewer Submitted

Aug 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dorothy Caisse of the smoky sky near near Île-à-la-Crosse.

Dorothy Caisse / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Paul Koo just south of Findlater.

Paul Koo / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by @SSkPrairie in Lumsden.

@SSkPrairie / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tejvir Sidhu of some loons in Prince Albert National Park.

Tejvir Sidhu / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Levana Dutertre at Emerald Lake.

Levana Dutertre / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Sandy Muyres at Turtle Lake.

Sandy Muyres / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Trudy Tarasoff at Mistusinne on Diefenbaker Lake.

Trudy Tarasoff / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Byron Hiebert at Sturgeon Lake.

Byron Hiebert / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Shelly Gerein at Otter Creek.

Shelly Gerein / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Linda Asztalos near Bradwell.

Linda Asztalos / Viewer Submitted

Aug. 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Nicole Anderson in Saskatoon.

Nicole Anderson / Viewer Submitted

Aug: 30: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Sydney Ruest at Auto Clearing Motor Speedway.

Sydney Ruest / Viewer Supplied

Aug. 31: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dorothy Caisse at Île-à-la-Crosse.

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Lukaszuk says call from ‘distressed cabinet minister’ contributed to $20,000 cell phone bill

Lukaszuk says call from ‘distressed cabinet minister’ contributed to $20,000 cell phone bill

Watch above: Details have emerged on what caused Thomas Lukazsuk’s phone bill to balloon to $20,000 while on a trip to Europe in October 2012.

EDMONTON – Alberta PC leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk says a call from a “distressed cabinet minister” contributed to $20,000 in cell phone charges he racked up during a trip overseas.

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Lukaszuk says the name of the minister and the details of the alleged incident are protected by a publication ban, but says he received the call on his government cell phone while on a personal trip in October 2012.

“I had received on my government cell phone a call from a distressed cabinet minister saying that, ‘I’m in a situation where there was some violence involved and police are on the way. What do I do?'”

Lukaszuk says he stayed on the phone “for some time” to counsel the minister until police arrive. He says the minister contacted him in an official capacity, as he was deputy premier at the time of the call.

“I did what I felt was morally the right thing to do. There is no code of conduct on how to deal with a distressed cabinet minister calling me in the middle of the night, but I did what I could to assist that cabinet minister,” Lukaszuk said over the phone Wednesday night.

The leadership candidate says the following day he contacted the premier’s office about the call. He says 2 gigabytes of data were used as parties had video conferences and exchanged documents.

Details of the $20,000 bill surfaced Monday, after the Edmonton Sun obtained documents itemizing more than $20,000 worth of roaming charges.

The government says it tried fighting the bill, but failed.

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Calgary police are investigating to determine who leaked the information about the cell phone bill.

Lukaszuk is one of three candidates vying for the Alberta Progressive Conservative leadership. Jim Prentice and Ric McIver are also running.

Both the Prentice and McIver campaigns have denied leaking the document.

PC party members will cast their votes for the new leader on Sept. 6.

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Weston Dressler coming back to Riderville

Weston Dressler coming back to Riderville

REGINA – It looks like Weston Dressler will be coming back to Riderville after all.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced on Thursday morning that the Bismarck, North Dakota receiver has signed with the team .

Dressler signed with the Kansas City Chiefs this summer to try and pursue his NFL dream but was cut from the team earlier this week.

Dressler has spent six year with the Riders, making 442 catches for 6,536 yards and 43 touchdowns.

He surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving plateau in five of those seasons and helped the Riders win the 2013 Grey Cup.

Here is some footage of Weston Dressler taking the field with the Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders released images of Weston Dressler practicing with the team today

The Saskatchewan Roughriders released images of Weston Dressler practicing with the team today

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders released images of Weston Dressler practicing with the team today

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders released images of Weston Dressler practicing with the team today

Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders released images of Weston Dressler practicing with the team today

Saskatchewan Roughriders

The Saskatchewan Roughriders released images of Weston Dressler practicing with the team today

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The Saskatchewan Roughriders released images of Weston Dressler practicing with the team today

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Adam Hadwin, Brooke Henderson named 2014’s top Canadian golfers – Saskatoon

Adam Hadwin, Brooke Henderson named 2014’s top Canadian golfers – Saskatoon

Adam Hadwin, who had two wins on the Web杭州夜网 Tour, was named Canada’s top male golfer of 2014, while Brooke Henderson was picked as the country’s top female amateur in a vote released today by the Golf Journalists Association of Canada.

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Other golfers receiving accolades were LPGA veteran Alena Sharp, who was voted as the country’s top female professional, and U.S. Amateur runner-up Corey Conners, who received the nod as the country’s top male amateur. Conners continues to play as an amateur, and will turn professional after participating in the Masters, golf’s first major championship of 2015, in April.

“We at GJAC are delighted to honour this remarkable foursome, and the runners up who in other years could have won handily,” said Hal Quinn, president of the Golf Journalists Association of Canada, an organization that represents more than 80 writers, TV reporters and others who are involved in golf.

“The skill levels and accomplishments of the winners and all the nominees heralds a new and very promising era in Canadian golf.”

Naming Hadwin as the country’s top player may come as a surprise to some. The Abbotsford, B.C. native topped the Web杭州夜网 Tour money list and will play a full season on the PGA Tour this year. Hadwin bettered fellow Abbotsford golfer Nick Taylor, who won the Sanderson Farms Championship in November on the PGA Tour, becoming the first Canadian to win on the tour since Stephen Ames in 2009, and Weyburn, Sask., standout Graham DeLaet, who earned more than $2.6-million, but spent the last months of 2014 injured.

Sharp was named as the top female pro by the GJAC for the second time in the past four years. Sharp had two Top 20 finishes on the LPGA Tour in 2014. She’s no longer the top-ranked female pro in Canada though, following the decision of 17-year old Henderson, from Smiths Falls, to try for the LPGA Tour in December. Henderson was voted the top female amateur for the third year in a row, while Conners, from Listowel, Ont., was named the top amateur for the second year in a row.

Henderson was runner-up at the U.S. Women’s Amateur, and was low amateur at the U.S. Women’s Open.
 Conners won three NCAA Division I individual titles in his graduating year from Kent St. University, and is Canada’s highest-ranked male amateur golfer.

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UPDATED: Liberals target youth, Greens pledge better local food, NDP on economics – New Brunswick

UPDATED: Liberals target youth, Greens pledge better local food, NDP on economics – New Brunswick

MONCTON – New Brunswick’s Liberal leader says he would introduce a youth employment fund in hopes of stopping the flow of young people from the East to the West if his party is elected next month.

Brian Gallant says the fund would provide six-month placements including training and work experience for unemployed people between the ages of 18 and 29.

He says the program, modeled after a similar fund in Ontario, would ultimately give young people the skills they need to find full-time jobs in the province.

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Gallant says a Liberal government would subsidize 1,500 placements a year at a cost of $7,800 per placement.

Elsewhere, the Green Party released its new Local Food Security Act, which included setting targets for the province to rely on more locally produced food.

The party also wants to engage schools, hospitals, seniors’ homes, Crown agencies and government offices to help build a provincial food economy.

The act would also improve local food labelling to help consumers easily identify food produced and processed in New Brunswick.

NDP leader Dominic Cardy was in front of a Saint John business group Thursday, unveiling his economic development vision.

Cardy said if elected, he’d close the department of economic development and merge ‘what worked’ under the department of finance.

He also promised to increase the New Brunswick Investment Tax Credit cap to $500,000, making it the highest on the eastern seaboard.

With files from Laura Brown, Global News

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Bryan Singer accuser gets OK to drop sex abuse lawsuit – National

Bryan Singer accuser gets OK to drop sex abuse lawsuit – National

HONOLULU – A former child model can drop his lawsuit accusing X-Men director Bryan Singer of sex abuse in Hawaii and has the option of refiling it later, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.

Michael Egan III said in a previous court filing that he wanted to dismiss the lawsuit, not because it lacks merit but because he can’t find a new lawyer to represent him.

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Singer has sought to have the case dismissed with prejudice, meaning it couldn’t be re-filed. He also wanted Egan to pay his attorney costs and fees.

U.S. District Judge Susan Oki Mollway denied the request by Singer.

“Any alleged damage to defendant’s reputation may well be ameliorated by plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of the action,” her order said.

Egan, 31, accused Singer of sexually abusing him during trips to Hawaii in 1999, when Egan was 17. Singer has denied the allegations.

Egan was pleased with the ruling, said Vince Finaldi, an attorney in Irvine, California, who said he’s advising Egan but isn’t representing him legally. “He got everything he wanted.”

Finaldi said he can’t say what Egan will do next. “I’ve got to leave a little bit of cliff-hanger here,” he said.

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Singer also was pleased, said one of his Los Angeles attorneys, Marty Singer, who is not related to the director.

“Although we would have liked the case dismissed on merits, the fact that now it’s dropped … is satisfactory,” Marty Singer said. “We’re pleased that it’s over.”

Egan’s former attorneys asked to be removed from the case after their relationship with him deteriorated. An Aug. 19 court filing by Egan that the judge ordered unsealed on Wednesday said Egan claimed his previous attorneys withheld information from him.

Finaldi said Egan declined to accept a $100,000 settlement. “No. 1, the money wasn’t enough and No. 2, they were trying to shut him up,” Finaldi said.

Marty Singer said that settlement offer was proposed by Egan’s previous attorneys. Egan’s previous Hawaii attorney referred questions to an attorney in Florida, who couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

Egan previously dropped three similar Hawaii lawsuits against other entertainment figures.

The lawsuits were filed under an unusual state law that created a window for civil cases in sex-abuse cases when the statute of limitations has passed.

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Baby Logan all smiles at B.C. Children’s Hospital after heart transplant

Baby Logan all smiles at B.C. Children’s Hospital after heart transplant

ABOVE: A Prince George boy, who spent months being kept alive by a Berlin Heart, receives a transplant. Global’s Elaine Yong reports. 

At 11-months old, Logan Vandermeulen is thriving at Ronald McDonald house, five weeks after receiving a new heart.

At his young age, Logan has already made history as the first baby in British Columbia to have what is called a Berlin Heart, a life-saving heart pump that helped keep him alive until a donor became available. The device is used in children whose hearts are no longer strong enough to pump enough blood to vital organs.

Multiple tubes are connected to the heart as the device sits outside the body.

Berlin Heart device.

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Berlin Heart device.

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“I describe it to people as a fancy bicycle pump,” said Dr. Sanjiv Gandhi, “Kids that get a Berlin Heart are in much better shape for the heart transplant that they ultimately get. Their post operative course tends to be much smoother than kids that are waiting in the hospital on drugs.”

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Baby Logan had a tough start in life. When his mom was 26 weeks pregnant, doctors noticed there was something wrong with Logan’s heart. He was just a day old when he had a pacemaker installed, then surgery after surgery, but his only shot at having a future was a transplant.

Waiting was the hardest part for the Vandermeulen family. Logan’s mother, Veronica, said the estimated wait time for a transplant was anywhere from 24 hours to a year and half, but time was running out as her son was on the verge of death.

After five months of uncertainty, Logan got his new heart . Veronica is eternally grateful to the family who donated an incredible gift, giving Logan a second chance at life. “Without their baby…Logan wouldn’t be here. And we are so grateful,”said Veronica as tears poured down her face while she held onto her son.

Baby Logan recovering at B.C. Children’s Hospital five weeks after receiving a new heart.

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According to the B. C Transplant Society there is a chronic shortage of hearts, lungs, kidneys and livers for transplant in the province. There are more than 300 British Columbians currently awaiting organ transplants.

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WHO: Ebola cases could exceed 20,000 – National

WHO: Ebola cases could exceed 20,000 – National

GENEVA – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa eventually could exceed 20,000 cases, more than six times as many as doctors know about now, the World Health Organization said Thursday.

A new plan to stop Ebola by the U.N. health agency also assumes that in many hard-hit areas, the actual number of cases may be two to four times higher than is currently reported.

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The agency published new figures saying that 1,552 people have died from the killer virus from among the 3,069 cases reported so far in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Nigeria. At least 40 per cent of the cases have been in just the last three weeks, the U.N. health agency said, adding that “the outbreak continues to accelerate.”

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In Geneva, the agency also released a new plan for handling the Ebola crisis that aims to stop Ebola transmission in affected countries within six to nine months and prevent it from spreading internationally.

Dr. Bruce Aylward, WHO’s assistant director-general, told reporters the plan would cost $489 million over the next nine months and require the assistance of 750 international workers and 12,000 national workers.

The 20,000 figure, he added, “is a scale that I think has not ever been anticipated in terms of an Ebola outbreak.”

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“That’s not saying we expect 20,000,” he added. “But we have got to have a system in place that we can deal with robust numbers.”

Aylward said the far-higher caseload is believed to come from cities.

“It’s really just some urban areas that have outstripped the reporting capacity,” he said.

Aylward also said the agency is urging airlines to lift most of their restrictions about flying to Ebola-hit nations because a predictable “air link” is needed to help deal with the crisis. Air France on Wednesday cancelled its flights to Sierra Leone. Aylward said the agency hopes airlines will lift most restrictions within two weeks.

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Nigerian authorities, meanwhile, said a man who contracted Ebola after coming into contact with a traveller from Liberia had evaded their surveillance efforts and infected a doctor in southern Nigeria who later died.

The announcement of a sixth death in Nigeria marked the first fatality outside the commercial capital of Lagos, where a Liberian-American man Patrick Sawyer arrived in late July and later died of Ebola. On Wednesday, Nigerian authorities had said they not yet eliminated the disease from Africa’s most populous nation but that it was being contained.

The doctor’s wife is also in isolation now after she starting showing symptoms of Ebola, Nigerian Health Minister Onyebuchi Chukwu added. Morticians who embalmed the doctor are part of a group of 70 people now under surveillance in Port Harcourt.

Larson reported from Dakar, Senegal. Bashir Adigun in Abuja, Nigeria, contributed to this report.

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