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Montrealers demonstrate to show support for Palestine

Watch above: Rachel Lau was at Place Émilie-Gamelin on Sunday as demonstrators gathered to stand in solidarity with Palestine.

MONTREAL – Protesters from 60 organizations across Montreal gathered at Place Émilie-Gamelin Sunday to stand in solidarity with Palestine. The demonstration started with a moment of silence, and then the chanting of “save Palestine” filled the air.

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“We believe that Israel should obey international law,” said Scott Weinstein, a representative from Independent Jewish Voices. “Primarily, they have to stop the occupation.”

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They are speaking out against what they call aggressive Israeli military action in Gaza.

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“We’re not opposed to a religion,” said Raymond Legault, a spokesperson for the Collectif Échec à la Guerre

“We’re not opposed to a people. We’re opposed to the policies of their state.”

The goal is to send a message to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

“This is not about a balanced position of Canada,” said Legault. “This is not about nuances. There’s an occupier, there’s people that are occupied and this is what has to end.”

Protesters marched alongside members of the Bloc Québécois, who came out to show their support.

“We have to stop the bloodbath, “said Mario Beaulieu, leader of the Bloc Québécois. “We are asking Israel to respect international law.”

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Nevertheless, some in Montreal’s Jewish community say Israel is being unfairly treated by the international population.

“They should really be ashamed that they only seem to come together when it is to attack, to denounce the sole, legitimate democratic country in the Middle East, which is Israel,” said Luciano Del Negro, the Vice-President of The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

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Del Negro doesn’t see the demonstration in the same light.

“It is scandalous to see people demonstrating under the garb of peace,” he said. “This is not peace. The only people who will find solace in this is Hamas.”

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Yet, Weinstein points out many within the Jewish community are torn.

“It’s very much like George Orwell’s Animal Farm where the people who led the rebellion are now becoming the oppressors,” he said. “Jews are having a hard time with that.”

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He insists being Jewish doesn’t mean you automatically support everything Israel does.

“We’ve been taught that, pretty much since birth, that to be Jewish is to be pro-Israel,” he explained.

As the war between Israel and the Palestinians moves well into its second month, Montrealers insist they will continue protesting until the conflict ends in a permanent ceasefire.

25 years ago, Ebola outbreak in U.S. introduced us to unknown disease

RESTON, Va. – It had all the makings of a public-health horror story: an outbreak of a wildly deadly virus on the doorstep of the nation’s capital, with dozens of lab monkeys
dead, multiple people testing positive, and no precedent in the United States on how to contain it.

Americans’ introduction to the Ebola virus came 25 years ago in an office park near Washington Dulles International Airport, a covert crisis that captivated the public only years later when it formed the basis of a bestselling book.

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Initially thought to be the same hyper-deadly strain as the current Ebola outbreak that has killed hundreds in Africa, the previously unknown Reston variant turned out to be nonlethal to humans. But the story of what might have been illustrates how far U.S. scientists have come in their understanding of a virus whose very name strikes fear, even in a country where no one has fatally contracted it.

Gerald Jaax, one of the leaders of a team of Army scientists that responded to the 1989 outbreak in Reston, Virginia, closely watched the meticulously planned transfers this month of two American aid workers from Liberia to a specialized facility in Atlanta, the first Ebola patients ever brought to the U.S. Jaax recalled his days urgently trying to corral the country’s first known outbreak.

In the 1989 outbreak of Ebola in the U.S. the virus killed several macaque monkeys, similar to the onse seen here.

AP Photo/California National Primate Research Center, Kathy West

In the fall of 1989, dozens of macaques imported from the Philippines suddenly died at Hazelton Research Products’ primate quarantine unit in Reston, where animals were kept and later sold for lab testing. Company officials contacted the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland – Jaax’s unit – concerned they might be dealing with an outbreak of hemorrhagic fever among the monkeys.

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Initial testing revealed something much worse: Ebola, specifically the Zaire strain, which had a 90 per cent fatality rate in humans. Four workers at the quarantine facility tested positive for exposure to the virus.

Amazingly, they never even got sick.

Researchers eventually realized they were dealing with a different strain, one now known as Ebola-Reston. Though its appearance under a microscope is similar to the Zaire strain, Ebola-Reston is the only one of the five forms of Ebola not harmful to humans.

But Jaax and his unit, including his wife Nancy , also a scientist, did not know that while at the monkey house. They just knew they had to clean it out, and do it while keeping a relatively low profile that wouldn’t scare the neighbours.

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“You could walk in and smell monkey everywhere,” said Dr. C.J. Peters, who oversaw the Army’s response to the outbreak. “There was a little shopping centre nearby….There was plenty of opportunity for trouble.”

While the Army scientists had strong protocols in place for studying viruses safely in a lab, they were not well prepared to stabilize and contain an outbreak in a private facility. At the time, Jaax said, nobody – including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control – had that kind of experience. In the Reston incident, the CDC took the lead in managing the human-health aspect of the response, while the Army dealt with the monkeys.

Back in 1989, there was concern that Ebola could spread through the air, said Peters, now a professor with University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. Indeed, researchers concluded there must have been some sort of aerosol spread of the virus within the monkey house, Jaax said.

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The Reston animals had to be euthanized from a safe distance – “monkeys are aerosol-producing machines,” Jaax said. In his 1995 book “The Hot Zone,” Richard Preston described how Jaax modified a mop handle so it could be used to pin a monkey in its cage where it could safely be injected and eventually euthanized. Later, to disinfect the air, the team cooked formaldehyde crystals on electric frying pans.

Ebola is no longer thought to be an airborne virus; scientists say the disease can only be spread through direct contact with bodily fluids.

The Reston crisis also elevated Ebola into the public consciousness, albeit not immediately. In an era when the country was preoccupied with the AIDS epidemic, which hit 100,000 cases in the U.S. that year, the Army and CDC scientists carried out their tasks in relative obscurity .

It was only after The Hot Zone became a bestseller and focused attention on the public-health battle to confront emerging disease outbreaks that the Reston event became well known and Ebola became a household word.

“The big difference between now and 1989 is that nobody else knew what Ebola was,” said Jaax, now an associate vice-president at Kansas State University.

One of the most important legacies of Reston, Jaax said, was that none of the dozens who worked to contain the outbreak was exposed to the virus. The plans developed on the fly to keep the responders safe worked, he said, and provided a good blueprint for the protocols used to bring back the American aid workers earlier this month.

Dr. Amesh Adalja, senior associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security in Baltimore and an infectious disease physician, said the Reston responders’ incorrect belief that they were dealing with a virus that was deadly to humans provided the ideal trial run for handling such an outbreak.

“It’s like you’re performing with a net underneath you, but you don’t know it’s a drill,” Adalja said.

Director General of the World Health Organization, WHO, China\'s Margaret Chan and Assistant Director General for Health Security Keiji Fukuda of the US, right, share a word during a press conference after an emergency meeting at the headquarters of the WHO in Geneva, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi

Ebola-Reston returned to the U.S. in 1996 in monkeys in Texas that had been imported from the Philippines. The Philippines has seen three outbreaks since the strain was identified, affecting primates, pigs and nine people. The workers who handled the animals developed antibodies, but did not get sick.

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Hazelton abandoned the Reston facility in 1990, and the company was later swallowed up by a competitor. The monkey house was torn down a few years later. The new building there hosts several small offices and a day-care centre.

Some of the office park workers are aware of the site’s history; many are not.

Back in 1989, Vicky Wingert worked at the local homeowners’ association, in offices across the street from the monkey house. She said nobody had any idea there was a problem until people showed up in hazmat suits. Even then, very little information trickled out, she said.

“At the time, it wasn’t a big deal. Looking back, it probably should have been,” she said.

©2014The Canadian Press

U.S. lab tests show deceased Saudi man did not have Ebola

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – A Saudi man who died last week after returning from Sierra Leone did not have the Ebola virus according to initial international laboratory results, said Saudi Arabia’s Health Ministry.

The ministry said late Saturday that samples submitted to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention came back negative for the Ebola virus, adding that samples were also sent for testing to a laboratory in Germany.

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The 40-year-old Saudi national died Wednesday in a hospital isolation ward in the Saudi coastal city of Jiddah after showing symptoms of the viral hemorrhagic fever. He was the only suspected Ebola case in the kingdom and had just returned from a trip to affected Sierra Leone.

Ebola, which has no proven vaccine or treatment, has killed more than 900 people this year in four countries in West Africa.

Saudi Arabia is not issuing visas this year to Muslim pilgrims from Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea as a precaution to avoid the spread during the hajj pilgrimage, which sees massive crowds of people from around the world gather in Mecca. The decision affects a total of 7,400 pilgrims from those three countries.

©2014The Canadian Press

U.S. provides weapons to Kurds in fight against Islamic militants – National

WATCH: The U.S. is arming Kurdish fighters both directly and indirectly as they battle ISIS militants in Northern Iraq. Craig Boswell has the latest

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration has begun directly providing weapons to Kurdish forces who have started to make gains against Islamic militants in northern Iraq, senior U.S. officials said Monday, but the aid has so far been limited to automatic rifles and ammunition.

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Previously, the U.S. sold arms in Iraq only to the government in Baghdad, some of which would be transferred to the Kurdish forces in the north. The Kurdish peshmerga fighters had been losing ground to Islamic State militants in recent weeks, however.

The weapons appeared to be coming through intelligence agencies covertly and not through regular Defence Department channels.

The officials wouldn’t say which U.S. agency is providing the arms, but one official said it isn’t the Pentagon. A Kurdish official said the weapons were coming from “U.S. intelligence agencies,” and a senior Pentagon official said the Defence Department may yet get involved. The CIA has historically done similar quiet arming operations.

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The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the operation publicly.

The move to directly aid the Kurds underscores the level of U.S. concern about the Islamic State militants’ gains in the north, and reflects the persistent administration view that the Iraqis must take the necessary steps to solve their own security problems.

To bolster that effort, the administration is also very close to approving plans for the Pentagon to arm the Kurds, a senior official said. In recent days, the U.S. military has been helping facilitate weapons deliveries from the Iraqis to the Kurds, providing logistical assistance and transportation to the north.

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But the Kurdish government official said Monday the U.S. weapons being directly sent to Irbil – a northern Iraqi city where U.S. personnel are based and where Islamic State militants are advancing on Kurdish forces – are very limited in scope and number, and mostly consist of light arms like AK-47s and ammunition.

He said the American lethal aid is still not enough to battle the militants, even though Peshmerga and other Kurdish forces were supplemented with similar munitions from Baghdad over the weekend.

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The State Department sought to downplay the significance of the apparent shift in U.S. policy.

The militants have “obtained some heavy weaponry, and the Kurds need additional arms and we’re providing those – there’s nothing new here,” said department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

She said the U.S. was working with Baghdad to speed up deliveries of “badly needed arms” to Kurdish forces in the north. The Iraqi government, she said, “has made deliveries from its own stocks and we are working to do the same.”

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The additional assistance comes as Kurdish forces on Sunday took back two towns from the Islamic insurgents, aided in part by U.S. airstrikes in the region. President Barack Obama authorized the airstrikes to protect U.S. interests and personnel in the region, including at facilities in Irbil, as well as Yazidi refugees fleeing militants.

U.S. Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel, speaking to reporters in Sydney, where he is attending an Asian defence ministers meeting, said the airstrikes “have been very effective from all the reports that we’ve received on the ground.” He declined to detail how or when the U.S. might expand its assistance to Iraq, or if military assessment teams currently in Baghdad would be moving to a more active role advising the Iraqi forces.

Associated Press writers Julie Pace in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., and Lolita C. Baldor and Matthew Lee in Sydney contributed to this report.

©2014The Canadian Press

Israel-Gaza ceasefire holds as negotiators resume talks in Cairo – National

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CAIRO, Egypt – An Egyptian-brokered cease-fire halting the Gaza war held into Monday morning, allowing Palestinians to leave homes and shelters as negotiators agreed to resume talks in Cairo.

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The truce took effect just after midnight (2101 GMT), preceded by heavy rocket fire toward Israel. In Cairo, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said the cease-fire would allow humanitarian aid into battered Gaza neighbourhoods and the reopening of indirect talks on a more lasting and comprehensive deal.

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On Monday morning, high school students in Gaza filed the streets as they headed off to pick up their graduation certificates after the Education Ministry said they’d be ready. People waited to buy fuel for generators as power and communication workers struggled to fix cables damaged in the fighting. Long lines formed at ATMs.

In Cairo, negotiators said talks would resume at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT) Monday. The four-member Israeli delegation arrived at Cairo International Airport earlier that morning.

The monthlong war, pitting the Israeli military against rocket-firing Hamas militants, has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, the majority civilians, Palestinian and U.N. officials say. In Israel, 67 people have been killed, all but three of them soldiers, officials there say.

The fighting ended in a three-day cease-fire last Tuesday. Egypt had hoped to use that truce to mediate a long-term deal. But when it expired, militants resumed their rocket fire, sparking Israeli reprisals. The violence continued throughout the weekend, including a burst of fighting late Sunday ahead of the expected cease-fire.

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Last week’s talks failed in part because Israel rejected Hamas’ demand for a complete end to the blockade of the Gaza Strip, enforced by Egypt and Israel. Israel says the closure is necessary to prevent arms smuggling, and officials do not want to make any concessions that would allow Hamas to declare victory.

The blockade has greatly limited the movement of Palestinians in and out of the impoverished territory of 1.8 million people for jobs and schooling. It has also limited the flow of goods into Gaza and blocked virtually all exports. Unemployment there is more than 50 per cent.

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Bassam Salhi, a Palestinian delegation member, said he was optimistic ahead of Monday’s talks.

“We hope to reach a deal within the 72 hours, based on ending the blockade and opening the crossings,” Salhi said.

Israeli officials had walked away from negotiations over continued fire from Gaza. “Israel will not negotiate under fire,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said earlier Sunday, warning that his country’s military campaign “will take time.”

The current Gaza war escalated from the abduction and killing of three Israeli teens in the West Bank in June. Israel blamed the killings on Hamas and launched a massive arrest campaign, rounding up hundreds of its members in the West Bank. Hamas and other militants unleashed rocket fire from Gaza.

Associated Press writers Ibrahim Barzak in Gaza City, Gaza Strip, and Peter Enav in Jerusalem contributed to this report.

©2014The Canadian Press

Dog walker Emma Paulsen charged with six offences

VANCOUVER — Langley dog walker Emma Paulsen has been charged with six offences under the Criminal Code of Canada and the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act after allegedly leaving six dogs in the back of her truck, where they all died from apparent heatstroke.

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“This is a situation which is precedent setting. We are very pleased at Crown’s decision to approve charges under pretty much every single possible section of animal cruelty that could have been in this particular case,” Marcie Moriarty of the SPCA, told Global News.

The charges under the Criminal Code include killing or injuring an animal, causing unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal, failing to provide adequate care to the dogs and mischief. The Crown also invoked a newer preventative section of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act – enacted in 2012 – which makes it an offence to fail to provide adequate care to an animal.

Moriarty said a case of this scope – both in terms of the charges and the type tragedy – hasn’t been seen before in Canada.

Global News reported previously that Paulsen had apparently left the six animals under her care in the back of her truck in May of this year, when she went into a store to run an errand. When she returned, they had all died. Paulsen then panicked and allegedly concocted a story about the dogs being stolen, which led to an almost week-long search for the animals.

“It’s a catastrophic tragedy she will regret for the rest of her life,” Paulsen’s mother told Global News earlier this year.

For the dogs’ owners, the news of the charges is what they’ve been waiting to hear. “It’s good news that justice will be served against her for what she put everybody through,” Amber Williams, an owner of one of the dogs, told Global News.

“I don’t think it really gets any easier because they suffered and that’s the part I don’t think I’ll ever get past,” said Jennifer Myers, who owned Buddy.

If convicted, Paulsen faces up to five years in jail, a fine of $75,000 and a lifetime ban on owning animals.

–With files from Kristen Robinson and Paula Baker.

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Longest game in Blue Jays history ends with walk-off single

TORONTO – Jose Bautista made the most of his second chance.

The Toronto Blue Jays slugger grounded out weakly with the bases loaded in the 13th inning Sunday, missing the chance to play hero against the Detroit Tigers at Rogers Centre.

But when the opportunity came up again – six innings later – Bautista came through, hitting an opposite field single over the head of a drawn in outfield in the 19th to score Munenori Kawasaki as the Blue Jays capped the longest game in team history with a come-from-behind 6-5 win.

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“I was just trying to see a pitch up in the zone and drive it into the outfield,” Bautista said in a quiet but jubilant Blue Jays clubhouse.

“I got lucky that I connected well enough…Obviously it was a great win for us.”

It was the second straight extra inning walkoff victory for the Blue Jays (63-56) after the Tigers (62-53) won the series opener on Friday night by scoring three runs in the ninth to win 5-4.

“We had a long day today. We battled through a lot of things,” Bautista said. “Coming out on top at the end of the day is the only thing that matters and we were able to do it.”

The Blue Jays bullpen was superb, holding the heavy-hitting Tigers scoreless over the final 15-2/3 innings after veteran starter Mark Buehrle was pulled with Toronto down 5-0 and one out in the Detroit fourth.

“They did a great job, kept us in the ball game,” said centrefielder Colby Rasmus, who made two great catches in extra innings to keep the Tigers off the board. “It was huge…Thankfully we were able to push one across there. It was a grind all day.”

At six hours and 37 minutes, and 19 innings, it was the longest game in Blue Jays history both in terms of duration and the number of innings.

Chad Jenkins (1-1) was the last of Toronto’s eight pitchers on the day, giving up seven hits over six scoreless innings in his longest outing of the year.

“Exhausted,” was how Jenkins summed up his feelings post game, adding that he would not have been able to come out and pitch another inning if the Blue Jays hadn’t scored the winner in the 19th.

“I was running low on fumes,” said Jenkins, who noted that he had a couple of starts at Triple-A Buffalo go into a sixth inning – but that was earlier in the season.

Jenkins paid tribute to the thousands among the sellout crowd of 46,126 who stayed and cheered a game that was both one inning, and 39 minutes, longer than the Blue Jays had ever played before.

“For the fans who sat through all of it, thank you, that was awesome,” Jenkins said. “It’s really exciting to look up and see it’s 7:30 and there’s still people here cheering, going crazy, going nuts. It made it so much better.”

Both teams had their chances to end it sooner.

The Blue Jays had several glorious chances. But Juan Francisco in the ninth and 15th innings, and Bautista in the 13th, failed to produce the winning run with the bases loaded.

The Blue Jays left 24 runners on base.

The Tigers loaded the bases with one out in the 16th but Jenkins coaxed a double play from Torii Hunter to keep it 5-5. Detroit left 19 runners on base.

“Despite the fact that both teams were bending at times, they weren’t breaking until the bottom of the 19th,” said Detroit manager Brad Ausmus, who was ejected in the middle of the third inning for arguing.

In the Jays 19th, Detroit pitcher Rick Porcello (13-7), normally a starter, intentionally walked Melky Cabrera to load the bases with none out to set the stage for Toronto’s the second straight walkoff win.

Kawasaki, who trotted in with the winning run as the ball bounced against the wall over a drawn in outfield, started the inning with a single. He moved to third when Porcello fielded Jose Reyes’ sacrifice bunt but threw the ball away.

On Saturday, the Blue Jays tied it in the ninth and then won it in the 10th.

“It doesn’t really matter (how). All that matters is the two wins,” said Bautista.

Down 5-0, the Blue Jays scored two in the sixth on Dioner Navarro’s ninth home run off Detroit starter David Price and added another pair in the seventh. Reyes made it 5-5 with two out in the ninth with an RBI single, making up for a first inning error that opened the door for three unearned Detroit runs.

Toronto now hits the road for eight games over the next 10 days beginning Monday night in Seattle.

Notes: After the game the Blue Jays optioned infielder Ryan Goins to Triple-A Buffalo and called up reliever Brad Mills.

©2014The Canadian Press

Marc Emery returns to Canada this week – BC

VANCOUVER — Canada’s “Prince of Pot” is returning home after serving a five-year sentence in an American prison. Marc Emery, 56, was extradited in May of 2010, after pleading guilty to selling marijuana seeds from Canada to American customers. Authorities called his initial arrest – made almost a decade ago – a “significant blow” to the legalization movement.

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But since that time, the marijuana landscape has changed dramatically. In the United States, two U.S. states are now issuing recreational pot licences and 23 states have authorized marijuana as a medicinal treatment.

“All his work has come to fruition,” Jodie Emery, Marc’s wife, told Global News in a Skype interview.

She says the couple expects to be reunited on August 12, when Marc is set to be transferred by plane to Detroit from a Louisiana institution, where U.S. Marshalls will escort him to the Canadian border to cross into Windsor. From there, the Emerys will fly to Toronto on Wednesday morning and meet with media and their supporters before visiting relatives in Ontario. They expect to be back in Vancouver on August 17.

“Marc was probably the most well-known marijuana activist in the world even before he was extradited,” said Jodie. She says they have already been invited to Spain, Ireland and other countries to speak about reforming laws and also have a BC tour planned.

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Gord Steeves doesn’t show up to help feed less fortunate – Winnipeg

It was an offer Althea Guiboche hoped could not be refused.

“It would have been nice for them to come out,” said Guiboche, also know as the Bannock Lady.

After controversial comments were made by Gord Steeves’ wife Lorrie, Guiboche invited the couple to serve food to the city’s less fortunate Sunday afternoon, but the pair were no-shows.

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“It is up to them if they want to change their perspective open their eyes to the reality and quite relying on the stereotypes that we have been raised to believe,” said Guiboche, who admits she wasn’t surprised the Steeves family did not come.

The offer came after a Facebook post by Lorrie four years ago made the rounds on social media Friday.

In a status update she wrote she is “really tired of getting harassed by the drunken native guys in the skywalks. We need to get these people educated so they can go make their own damn money instead of hanging out harrassing (sic) the honest people who are grinding away working hard for their money. We all donate enough money to the government to keep thier (sic) sorry asses on welfare, so shut the f**k up and don’t ask me for another handout!”

Lorrie has since sent out statement in an email to media that read “In 2010 while I was working downtown I was regularly harassed for money and often put in a position where I feared for my safety. One day in particular 4 years ago was very bad and out of frustration I vented on my personal Facebook page. I feel terrible about these comments. I am terribly sorry and I apologize. I do not clear my Facebook posts or status updates with my husband.”

Guiboche wanted the Steeves family to take the apology a step further.

“Actions speak louder than words,” she said.

For nearly two years Guiboche has volunteered her time to make, collect and hand out food to the city’s less fortunate. This Sunday around 150 people were served with bannock, pizza, salad, fresh fruit and bottled water.

Guiboche says her invitation to Gord and Lorrie is still open to come down to the corner of Dufferin Avenue and Main Street any Sunday at 3 p.m.

“Once they feel, maybe they are ready, that would be lovely,” she said.

Gord Steeves hasn’t responded to repeated interview requests however he is expected to break his silence later this week. His campaign office sent an email to media Sunday saying there would be an event with Steeves on Tuesday. Where, what time and what Steeves will say is not known.

‘We’ve heard from some dodgy characters’: Red Deer man selling $1.5 million jet on Kijiji

Watch above: When you think about Kijiji, finding an apartment or new furniture comes to mind. But what about a fighter jet? That’s exactly what a Red Deer man is looking to sell and it could be yours for $1.5 million. Shallima Maharaj reports.

EDMONTON – If you’re in the market for a Harrier jet, look no further; a Red Deer man is selling one for a cool $1.5 million. But the way he’s chosen to sell the jet is somewhat less-than-traditional. He’s taken out an ad on Kijiji.

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“I wanted to reach out to a different kind of audience, rather than the normal people that read aviation magazines, see if there’s somebody out there that wanted the ultimate toy,” said Ian Cotton.

The Scotland native, who moved to Canada in 1995, posted the ad to sell his 1986 Sea Harrier FA2 Jump Jet on Kijiji last week. By Sunday afternoon, the ad had garnered nearly 26,000 views online.

Cotton says while he’s heard from a couple of serious potential buyers, he’s also heard from quite a few “jokers.”

“We’ve heard from some dodgy characters too, that clearly are doing some sort of internet scam.”

“Somebody saying they’re going to send me $1.5 million in cash through PayPal,” Cotton said with a laugh. “Of course, I don’t think PayPal deals in that kind of cash.”

A collector not a pilot, Cotton obtained the Ex-Royal Navy Harrier Jet from the UK five years ago. It’s the sixth plane he’s acquired over the past six years or so.

“The plan was to originally try and get this into flyable condition; there is one exactly the same as this flying in the States,” he explained. “I just don’t seem to have the time any more to play with these.”

WATCH: Cotton prepares the jet for the 2013 Airdrie Airshow

So, he’s taken to Kijiji to sell it. Cotton says the jet is in excellent condition. It comes with a Rolls-Royce Pegasus MK107 engine, a parts donor extra fuselage and another Harrier cockpit that can be used for display or the basis of a simulator.

The jet was built in 1986, converted to the latest FA2 standard in 1997 and last flown in 2001.

Cotton says now, all it needs are minor parts and “somebody crazy enough to fly it.”

“I think anybody that’s going to buy it is obviously going to look after it and maybe get it flying, maybe put it in a museum or maybe use it as a static display.”

To see Cotton’s ad, head to Kijiji’s website.

Red Deer’s Ian Cotton is selling his 1986 Sea Harrier FA2 Jump Jet on Kijiji for a cool $1.5 million.

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Red Deer’s Ian Cotton is selling his 1986 Sea Harrier FA2 Jump Jet on Kijiji for a cool $1.5 million.

Supplied, Ian Cotton

Red Deer’s Ian Cotton is selling his 1986 Sea Harrier FA2 Jump Jet on Kijiji for a cool $1.5 million.

Supplied, Ian Cotton

Red Deer’s Ian Cotton is selling his 1986 Sea Harrier FA2 Jump Jet on Kijiji for a cool $1.5 million.

Supplied, Ian Cotton

Red Deer’s Ian Cotton is selling his 1986 Sea Harrier FA2 Jump Jet on Kijiji for a cool $1.5 million.

Supplied, Ian Cotton

Red Deer’s Ian Cotton is selling his 1986 Sea Harrier FA2 Jump Jet on Kijiji for a cool $1.5 million.

Supplied, Ian Cotton

Red Deer’s Ian Cotton is selling his 1986 Sea Harrier FA2 Jump Jet on Kijiji for a cool $1.5 million.

Supplied, Ian Cotton

Red Deer’s Ian Cotton is selling his 1986 Sea Harrier FA2 Jump Jet on Kijiji for a cool $1.5 million.

Supplied, Ian Cotton

Red Deer’s Ian Cotton is selling his 1986 Sea Harrier FA2 Jump Jet on Kijiji for a cool $1.5 million.

Supplied, Ian Cotton

Red Deer’s Ian Cotton is selling his 1986 Sea Harrier FA2 Jump Jet on Kijiji for a cool $1.5 million.

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Woman punched on video by California Highway patrolman thought she would die – National

WATCH: The woman who was repeatedly punched in the head by a California Highway Patrol officer on July 1 says she feared for her life as the officer swung at her “with all his might.”

LOS ANGELES – Marlene Pinnock said she thought she was going to die as a California Highway Patrol officer straddled her, repeatedly punching her head, on the side of a Los Angeles freeway.

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During an hour-long interview with The Associated Press on Sunday – her first public comments since the July 1 incident was caught on now-viral video by a passing driver – Pinnock spoke haltingly or in a whisper, occasionally putting her hands to her temples and grimacing.

Her attorney Caree Harper frequently interrupted her and limited her responses to a reporter’s questions.

“He grabbed me, he threw me down, he started beating me, he beat me. I felt like he was trying to kill me, beat me to death,” Pinnock said.

Pinnock was released from the hospital last week after several weeks of treatment for head injuries and now slurs her speech, Harper said.

WATCH: Video of California Highway Patrol officer Daniel L. Andrew repeatedly punching Marlene Pinnock on the side of a Los Angeles freeway (July 4). Warning: Video may be disturbing to some viewers.

READ MORE: Woman seen on video beaten by U.S. highway patrolman files civil rights lawsuit

Pinnock is suing CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow and Officer Daniel L. Andrew in federal court for civil rights violations. The suit claims excessive force, assault, battery and a violation of Pinnock’s due process rights. The CHP hasn’t identified the officer but said he had been on the job for 1 1/2 years and is on desk duty pending completion of the internal investigation.

Farrow met with community and civil rights leaders in Los Angeles multiple times last month and pledged that the investigation will conclude in weeks rather than the usual months. CHP Sgt. Melissa Hammond said Sunday that she couldn’t comment on the ongoing investigation.

The CHP has said that Pinnock was endangering herself by walking on Interstate 10 and the officer was trying to restrain her.

Pinnock said she had been homeless for the last three to five years, occasionally staying at the Los Angeles Mission, a family member’s home or on La Brea or Crenshaw.

Pinnock said she had been on her way to a safe place where friends could watch her sleep when the altercation occurred. Harper said the area Pinnock was headed to is one of those frequented by the homeless and only accessible by walking along the freeway ramp.

She was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold by Andrew after the incident, according to a document obtained by The Associated Press. Andrew said in his report that she was a danger to herself and wrote that “upon contacting the subject she was talking to herself. The subject began telling me ‘I want to walk home’ and called me ‘the devil.’ The subject then tried to walk into traffic lanes.”

Harper didn’t allow Pinnock to discuss the details leading up to the incident or her medical treatment.

“If in fact she did call him the devil is secondary to the fact that he proved to be either the devil or a close relative,” Harper said. “Because he treated her in a manner nobody should ever be treated.”

Pinnock is being supported by Harper to keep her off the street and is essentially “starting from scratch,” her attorney said.

READ MORE: Calif. officer punches woman over 10 times in arrest posted on YouTube

CHP investigators in July seized Pinnock’s medical records and the clothing she was wearing during the incident from Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center. Harper said she was outraged by the violation of doctor-patient privacy and attorney-client privilege.

The incident has drawn outrage from U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, who called it police brutality and demanded the officer be fired, and civil rights groups including the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.

©2014The Canadian Press

GALLERY: Cleanup efforts underway after storm ravages southeast Saskatchewan

REGINA – Cleanup efforts are well underway in parts of south east Saskatchewan in the wake of Friday night’s fierce storm.

Winds reaching 140 kilometers an hour swept through areas including Regina, White City and Balgonie, leaving behind extensive damage.

Balgonie superintendent, Shawn McBain, said Saturday that the entire town has been working around the clock to clean up the mess.

“I’m tired, I think the whole community is tired, but you just keep going. Do what you have to do,” he added.

Trees were left flooding the streets following the strong winds and heavy rain, and the town’s mayor Frank Thauberger said he was overwhelmed with the overflow of outside aid.

“Volunteers came from Pilot Butte and all over. Farmers came with their trucks. We just had people from all over coming to help, it was impressive.”

The head of SaskPower says a handful of customers remain without electricity in rural areas after a powerful storm blew through southern Saskatchewan.

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Volunteers explained they were happy to see their efforts paying off, but acknowledged that there was a long way to go.

A number of residents at the Heritage Court senior complex are not yet to be able to return home, after rain began spilling through their roof Friday night.

Ruth Scherr is a resident at the complex, and said that many seniors had to leave and go stay with family.

“If it affects one, it affects all of us,” she explained. “But like I said, we consider ourselves very fortunate. It could have been a lot worse, it could have been lives lost.”

Initial damages in Balgonie run into the high thousands, including a school which still sits buried under debris.

Meantime, many areas including parts of Regina remain without power after lightning and high winds resulted in trees knocking out power lines.

SaskPower reported that at the peak of the storm, about 7,000 people were without power in the south east portion of the province, and as of Saturday afternoon roughly 95 per cent of those customers have had their power restored.

The corporation said they were still dealing with isolated outages in White City, Balgonie, Maclean, and Fort Qu’Apelle.

McIlroy rallies on back to win riveting PGA Championship – National

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The challenge finally arrived for Rory McIlroy, and he was better than ever to win the PGA Championship.

On a back nine filled with as much tension as a major can provide, McIlroy emerged from a four-man battle with flawless golf to outlast Phil Mickelson and the darkness Sunday at Valhalla and capture his second straight major.

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McIlroy closed with a 3-under 68 and became only the fourth player in the last century of golf to win four majors at 25 or younger. The others were Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Bobby Jones, three of the game’s greatest players.

Boy Wonder appears on his way to belonging in that group.

READ MORE: Rory McIlroy: Golf’s next big star, but not golf’s next Tiger

“I didn’t think in my wildest dreams I’d have a summer like this,” said McIlroy, only the seventh player to win the last two majors of the year. “I played the best golf of my life. I really gutted it out today.”

But one of the greatest shows on soggy turf came with a most peculiar ending.

McIlroy hit a 9-iron from a fairway bunker on the 17th hole to 10 feet and made the birdie putt to take a two-shot lead to the par-5 18th. Because of a two-hour rain delay, darkness was falling quickly and it wasn’t certain McIlroy would be able to finish.

He was allowed to tee off even before Mickelson and Rickie Fowler had reached their golf balls in the fairway. Both were only two shots behind and still in the game. McIlroy came within a yard of hitting into a hazard right of the fairway. Mickelson and Fowler had to stand to the side of the green to allow McIlroy to play his second shot.

The 25-year-old from Northern Ireland hit into a bunker and had to two-putt from 35 feet for a one-shot win.

Moments earlier, Mickelson came within inches of chipping in for eagle. He settled for a 6-under 66 and a runner-up for the ninth time in a major. Fowler, the first player in history to finish in the top five at all four majors without winning, also had a chance with a long eagle putt. He missed badly, and then missed the short birdie putt.

Fowler closed with a 68 and tied for third with Henrik Stenson, who also had a share of the lead until missing a 3-foot par putt on the 14th putt. He never recovered from that and shot 66.

McIlroy finished at 16-under 268. The victory was his third in a row, following the British Open and World Golf Championship event last week at Firestone.

©2014The Canadian Press

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