24. 09. 2018
A flavour out of favour: Dog meat fades in S. Korea – National

A flavour out of favour: Dog meat fades in S. Korea – National

SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – For more than 30 years, chef and restaurant owner Oh Keum-il built her expertise in cooking one traditional South Korean delicacy: dog meat.

In her twenties, Oh travelled around South Korea to learn dog meat recipes from each region. During a period of South Korean reconciliation with North Korea early last decade, she went to Pyongyang as part of a business delegation and tasted a dozen different dog dishes, from dog stew to dog taffy, all served lavishly at the Koryo, one of the North’s best hotels.

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She adapted famous dishes to include dog meat, replacing beef with dog in South Korea’s signature meat and rice dish bibimbap. But the 58-year-old’s lifelong experience with a food eaten for centuries in Korea is about to become history.

Daegyo, the famous dog meat restaurant she opened in a Seoul alley in 1981, will serve its last bowl of boshintang, or dog stew, on Friday, a reflection of the challenges facing a trade that is neither legal nor explicitly banned under South Korean laws governing livestock and food processing.

Opposite views on dogs as either for eating or petting have co-existed in the country’s recent history, feeding a controversy that becomes most bitter in the summer. On three “dog days,” which are among the hottest times of the year, many South Koreans queue for the dish of shredded dog meat and vegetables in hot red soup, believing it gives strength to bear the heat.

Animal rights activists protest nearby, urging people not to eat man’s best friend. The closure of Oh’s restaurant, dubbed by a local newspaper as the “Holy Land of boshintang” and frequented by two former presidents, Lee Myung-bak and late Roh Moo-hyun, shows one view of dogs is gaining more traction among young South Koreans.

“There is too much generational gap in boshintang,” said Oh. “There are no young customers.”

Dogs are also food in countries such as China and Vietnam. The long tradition of eating the meat in South Korea is such that a respected 17th century book on Korean medicine extols its health benefits. But today it is an increasingly tough sell and a less attractive dining option for young South Koreans. Oh plans to reopen her restaurant as a Korean beef barbecue diner.

Animal rights groups have also highlighted that some of the 2 million or so dogs eaten in South Korea each year suffer painful and inhumane deaths.

Most young people eat chicken soup on a dog day and even those who eat dog tend to refrain from talking about it openly, according to Moon Jaesuk, a 32-year researcher who enjoyed eating dog meat before he moved to Seoul.

“There’s a burden in a group of 10 or 20 people to suggest eating dog, like making a sexual joke,” he said. “It’s not easy to talk about eating dog when there are a lot of people.”

Young South Koreans grow up watching TV shows about raising puppies and other pets, which sapped appetite for dog meat, said Oh.

Her restaurant used to sell as many as 700 bowls of dog stew a day in the 1980s. These days it is less than half that. Young people also enjoy a diverse dining culture unlike previous generations that came of age amid the poverty that followed the 1950-1953 Korean War.

Meanwhile, Nonghyup Economic Research Institute forecasts the pet business in South Korea to swell to 6 trillion won ($5.9 billion) by 2020, from 0.9 trillion won in 2012. It says one in five South Korean households have either a pet dog or cat.

Sometimes the differing perceptions of dogs become a source of family tension. Kim Dongyoung, 30, said she gets into fierce arguments with her grandfather over her lap dog.

“Whenever he saw my dog at home, he would say it’s the size of one bowl of hot soup,” Kim said. She recently pulled out of signing a lease for an apartment when she saw it was in the same building as a dog stew restaurant.

There is no official data on the dog meat industry, but people who raise dogs as livestock or supply dog meat to diners say its consumption is in decline.

Butcher Shin Jang-gun who supplies dog cuts to restaurants said the number of merchants in the dog meat trading business has shrunk to half of what it was. He keeps a list of between 700 and 800 restaurants in Seoul, some current and others potential clients, and believes there was once more than 1,500.

His father sold only dog meat for several decades. After Shin inherited the butcher shop in southern Seoul in 2002, he added goat meat to offset declining dog meat sales.

“Dog is not an industry with a long-term future,” Shin said. “New generations don’t eat a lot.”

Choi Young-im, secretary general of an association of dog farmers, said dog meat, which used to be most popular after beef, pork and chicken, has been overtaken by duck but will remain a fixture on menus.

Choi estimated between 2 million and 2.5 million dogs are consumed in South Korea each year.

With one fewer dog meat restaurant in downtown Seoul, Oh feels sad that young people are losing touch with the tradition.

“Even now when I see young people at my restaurant, I feel so happy,” she said.


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24. 09. 2018
Texas father acquitted of murdering drunk driver who killed his two sons – National

Texas father acquitted of murdering drunk driver who killed his two sons – National

A Texas man was acquitted Wednesday of charges he shot and killed a drunk driver who hit and killed his two young sons.

David Barajas was on trial for allegedly fatally shooting 20-year-old Jose Banda after Banda crashed into Barajas and his two sons David Jr., 12, and Caleb, 11, as they were pushing a truck on a rural road in southeast  Texas.

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Prosecutors said that following the accident Barajas, 32, returned to his home roughly 100 yards from the crash site in Alvin, Texas, where he retrieved a gun and returned to shoot Banda, the Associated Press reports.

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The jury took three hours before finding Barajas not guilty.

According to the Associated Press, legal experts following the case said prosecutors had to overcome jury sympathy for the defendant, who had strong public support in Alvin, a town of just under 25,000 people.

The case was also complicated by the fact there were no witnesses to the shooting, the murder weapon was never found, and gunshot residue tests on Barajas’ hands came back negative. Prosecutors said ammunition and a holster for the type of gun that killed Banda were found in Barajas’ home.

During the trial, a forensic expert also testified saying blood found in the victim’s car matched that of Barajas.

Following the verdict, District Attorney Jeri Yenne spoke about the tragedy.

“Three sons were lost that day. The state has compassion for every single one of them, the Barajas children and the Banda son,” Yenne said.

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24. 09. 2018
Filmmakers rush to get ready for Toronto International Film Festival

Filmmakers rush to get ready for Toronto International Film Festival

TORONTO – The curtain opens on the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in less than a week, and while the stars get ready for primping, some movie-makers are undergoing a far less-glamorous process — sitting bleary-eyed in editing rooms putting the final touches on their projects.

“We’re not actually finished the movie yet,” Jeffrey St. Jules, writer-director of Bang Bang Baby, confessed earlier this month. “We’ll be finished the score and everything right before the festival.”

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Such is the harried situation that goes on behind the scenes before the fest, which is often viewed as a springboard to Oscar glory.

Last year, August: Osage County was so fresh out of post-production, mega-producer Harvey Weinstein took the unprecedented step of attending the first press and industry screening — before the world premiere red-carpet gala — seemingly so he could see how it would play out for its first audience.

“There’s always a million things you feel pressure about doing when there’s a film released at a film festival, whether it’s ticket distribution or getting the press ready or PR or organizing a party,” said Jody Shapiro, who debuted his doc Burt’s Buzz at last year’s fest and has been a producer and cinematographer on several Guy Maddin films.

“You’re just running on adrenalin, I think, as a filmmaker or a producer during that time — especially at a festival like TIFF, especially a world premiere.

“Sales agents, this, that — everything you can imagine boils down to pretty much a night of your life.”

This year TIFF has 143 world premieres, and while the annual movie marathon is proud of that tally, artistic director Cameron Bailey says he always encourages “filmmakers not to rush unduly for” the Toronto festival — or for any fest.

“There will always be an opportunity down the line to premiere your film if you’re not going to make any one particular festival,” he said. “The most important thing is to make it the best film you can. If you can do that within our time window, great, but I think rushing for the sake of rushing is always a little bit risky when you’re trying to create any work of art.”

Canadian filmmaker Richie Mehta, writer-director of the recently released I’ll Follow You Down, agrees.

“I know people who do rush it. In my experience it only hurts the film if you rush it for any festival,” he said. “If the film is going to be what it’s going to be, you kind of have to let the process breathe and embrace the process. I would never rush a film.”

Oscar-nominated filmmaker Terry Gilliam has developed a surefire way to make a festival or studio deadline.

“I put in my contract ‘Six months of editing,'” he said.

Still, even the most veteran filmmakers can find themselves burning the midnight oil ahead of a fest.

“Yeah, you do that,” said Oscar-nominated writer-director Rob Reiner. “Sometimes that happens, and I think probably now for me more and more, because the kinds of films I’m making are more reliant on exposure at festivals and so on.”

Director John Cameron Mitchell admits he rushed to get Hedwig and the Angry Inch done in time for the Sundance Film Festival.

“But New Line was so behind that they let us re-cut after Sundance, which is very rare, especially when you’re working with negatives,” he said. “They probably spent another half a million dollars on us after Sundance, which doesn’t happen anymore, because first of all there’s no film anymore. People do do changes after festivals now because it’s cheaper because of the digital aspect.”

As cult filmmaker John Waters puts it, sometimes “you have no choice” but to scramble to make the festival deadline.

“Oh, I’ve done that. Certainly I’ve done it for Cannes,” admitted the writer-director-actor. “I’ve done it before, and it’s important, especially Toronto — it’s opening day of Oscar season.”

Bailey said if they see a title that’s been submitted for festival consideration and it’s not quite finished, they’ll talk to the filmmakers about the best move.

“We may say at some point, ‘Look, it doesn’t feel to us like you’re going to have the time you need to really finish this film the way you want to. Are you sure you want to finish it for Toronto?’ In some cases, yes, they absolutely do, and they can commit to doing that without compromise. And in other cases, no, they want to take more time, and that happens every year.

“We don’t push filmmakers to finish for our festival and I encourage them not to rush to finish for any festivals. It’s just not the best way to work on anything creative.”

However, they have seen films that have played at the festival “as works in progress,” he added.

“For some filmmakers, that’s a very risky thing that they get very nervous about as well, because it’s hard to expose your work before you’re completely satisfied that it’s finished,” said Bailey.

Eight Mile was presented in Toronto as a work in progress, The Hurricane was presented as a work in progress. Those films went on to do very, very well. And they were works in progress in the sense that there were just a few finishing touches that weren’t quite there. They weren’t rough cuts or anything like that. They were nearly there.”

As Wet Bum writer-director Lindsay Mackay sees it, the last-minute crunch is a help, not a hindrance.

“We’re rushed, but in a good way,” she said in mid-August, noting she was still doing colour correction and mixing on her movie ahead of its world premiere at TIFF.

“There should always be a good amount of pressure, I feel. There should always be a goal for a movie. We got an amazing goal and we’re really excited about it.”

Besides, having plenty of editing time doesn’t take away the jitters, she added.

“Regardless of whether or not what process you’re in, the first time you show it, it’s going to be nerve-racking no matter what. Even if you felt you had the most time to edit it or you felt like everything was perfect, the first time you show a movie, you have no idea how people are going to respond.”

“I’m onscreen, I don’t even know if I suck yet,” interjected Leah Pinsent, who stars in the drama.

“Yeah, it’ll be nerve-racking for you,” said Mackay, adding with a laugh: “You don’t suck.”

— With files from Canadian Press reporter Laura Kane.

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24. 09. 2018
Gallery: Northern lights once again put on a show across Canada

Gallery: Northern lights once again put on a show across Canada

TORONTO – Did you see them?

Wednesday night, skywatchers across Canada were once again treated to a dazzling display of the northern lights.

This is the second night in a row that the lights have danced across the sky.

“You could see it visually with the greens and reds and huge pillars,” stormchaser and photographer Dave Patrick said. “It’s been so long since I have seen a show like that.”

Notanee Bourassa was lucky enough to capture this auroral display just outside of Regina, Sask.

Courtesy Notanee Bourassa

This photo was taken near Kirkfield, Ont. around 1 a.m.

Courtesy Bill Longo

Northern lights as they dance across the sky near Arthur, Ont.

Courtesy Dave Patrick

The northern lights dance across the sky in southwestern Ontario.

Courtesy Scott Burlovich

The northern lights, seen hear northeast of Arthur, Ont., peaked around 1 a.m. EDT.

Courtesy Spencer Sills

Garry Stone took this image of the northern lights over northern Saskatchewan.

Courtesy Garry Stone

The lights were even captured from the International Space Station by astronaut Reid Wiseman.

Social media lit up with reports across Canada and the northern United States, with many describing them as being green and red with pillars that extended into the sky.

The northern lights, or aurora borealis, are created when particles from the sun unleashed during a coronal mass ejection (CME) or solar flare, interact with Earth’s magnetic field. In this case, a CME left the sun on Aug. 22.

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24. 09. 2018
Adrien Brody escapes into ‘Houdini’ role

Adrien Brody escapes into ‘Houdini’ role

TORONTO – When Adrien Brody was faced with recreating one of Houdini’s most ambitious stunts — freeing himself from a water torture chamber — the actor found there wasn’t much room for error.

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“You’re in this confined space with additional pressure because it’s a very narrow chamber and you’re submerged upside down and bolted in. So turning around even to figure out how to get out — it’s very disorienting,” he said of his first day on the set of the History miniseries Houdini. “And it was very challenging.”

This was just one of the ways the legendary escape artist kept his audience spellbound, along with wrangling himself out of a straitjacket while attached to a pole upside down off a building, breaking out of a prison cell and picking a lock to release himself from a bank safe. Practising breathing underwater, hanging from cranes and being shackled in chains in preparation to play the illusionist shed light on the “sheer pain” Houdini endured, said Brody.

“The amount of chains and locks in which he had to be enshrouded with leaves you bruised and aching,” he said. “All the physical aspects were much more painful and challenging than I had anticipated — and that’s only just a fragment of what he was going through.”

Brody — known for his Oscar-winning role in The Pianist — had to be in top physical form to shoot the miniseries, but he credits both Houdini’s physical and mental capabilities for what he was able to accomplish as a performer.

“He had the most relentless personality and he overcame tremendous failure as well and hardship,” the 41-year-old actor said from Los Angeles.

Born Ehrich Weiss in 1874, he took the name Harry Houdini as a tribute to the French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin. His family moved to Appleton, Wis., from Budapest, Hungary, when he was a toddler, his father securing work as a rabbi. Growing up in poverty, Houdini took odd jobs like shoe-shining as a child to help support the family and at 17 began his career as a magician. Shortly afterward he married Wilhelmina Beatrice Rahner — known on stage as his assistant Bess — played by House of Cards actress Kristen Connolly in the miniseries.

“What he overcame, being an impoverished Jew in the time of greater anti-Semitism and Eastern European coming to the United States to become the most revered, iconic American performer and what he represented for America is the epitome of American success story,” said Brody.

“All of his difficulties and flaws and drive and obsessions made him that person. And those aren’t all perfect, great qualities, but they speak to someone that at the end of the day, is remarkable and has left that impact on me and so many people in this world.”

Brody was fascinated by Houdini early in his life, inspiring his own act as a child magician, the Amazing Adrien. “My whole journey into acting actually began from an infatuation with magic and illusion,” said Brody.

Houdini not only knew how to engage audiences as a performer, but he also knew how to keep them coming back. Today, he would have been an Internet sensation, said Brody.

“He was probably the first one to understand viral marketing,” he said.

Houdini scouted his stunt locations strategically. His straitjacket act is a prime example — he would perform hanging off buildings that housed newspapers, including the Vancouver Sun building in 1923.

He also cultivated his talents beyond creating illusions. He was the first pilot to fly over Australia in 1910, he started his own film company and, adding to his mystique, was rumoured to be a spy for the American government.

“From what I’m aware of, that relationship existed. Obviously certain details are not disclosed, so our writer had a bit of creative licence with that,” said Brody. “I mean, it’s a movie in and of itself — the idea of a famous showman becoming a spy.”

Movies are where Brody has spent most of his career, with roles spanning a villainous heir in The Grant Budapest Hotel, a substitute teacher in Detachment and a punk rocker in Summer of Sam. Although the TV miniseries gave him the chance to delve into Houdini’s life over four hours — a time span that film doesn’t allow — playing a regular on a TV series doesn’t interest Brody.

“There are so many interesting characters that I want to play and there’s only so much time that I have to do that,” he said.

Houdini airs on the History Channel Monday and Tuesday. History is owned by Shaw Media, parent company of Global News.

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24. 09. 2018
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.

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24. 09. 2018
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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24. 09. 2018
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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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

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24. 09. 2018
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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24. 09. 2018
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

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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

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