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November, 2018

Saint John marathon honours fallen Mountie Cst. Doug Larche – New Brunswick

SAINT JOHN – A different kind of starting signal marked the start of the Marathon By The Sea on Sunday. Instead of a pistol, two police cars — a cruiser each from the RCMP and Saint John Police — sounded their sirens.

It was part of a special tribute to Codiac RCMP Constable Douglas James Larche, who was one of three officers murdered in Moncton in June.

A moment of silence was held before the race, and the first mile was dedicated to Cst. Larche, with red ribbons and a painted red line marking the “red mile.”

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“Doug loved to run,” his widow, Nadine, told Global News. “He spent a lot of his spare time running. He was very motivated in keeping in shape and going out running. Each one of our girls also likes to run too. They’ve all had their turn in a running stroller being pushed around by daddy.”

Cst. Larche grew up in Saint John and had run this marathon before. Nadine and her daughters always watched him as he raced and they were at the Saint John marathon on Sunday.

“It has a good feeling coming to Saint John,” Nadine said. “This was Doug’s hometown. He grew up here. He graduated from high school here […] and we came here relatively often because he liked to show the girls where he grew up, and show them where he went to high school and where his houses were.”

The last time Cst. Larche’s colleague, Cst. Christy Elliott, saw him, they were out on a run together.

“My daughter was in a stroller and she kept kicking the blanket off,” she said. “Doug, as the devoted dad he is to his three little girls, he would pick up her blanket and put it right back on her.”

Cst. Elliott had run in the race last year and was planning to run it again this year, but changed her plan after the June 4th shooting. Instead, she donned her red serge and participated in the ceremony – standing at the starting line before the race began.

“It was important for us to be here in this capacity as a supporter as opposed to a runner this year.”

In the tents in the runners area, a group of volunteers sold red bracelets for five dollars to raise money for the families of the three murdered officers. Many runners donated much more.

Some runners, like Chief Rod MacDonald of the East River Fire Department in PEI, chose to wear ribbons during the race.

“As a firefighter, we know we both fight different kinds of battles,” said MacDonald. “I’m in support of that and my three uncles — two of them were RCMP officers and one was an OPP officer. I’m in support of them too.”

RCMP officers from across the province and police officers from both the Saint John Police Force and the Kennebacasis Regional Police Force stood at the finish line of the race, putting medals around the necks of each runner who crossed the finish line. For a short time, Nadine and her daughters also stepped in.

“The last time he did this race was five years ago,” Nadine said. “I was pregnant with our youngest and the two older ones were here cheering daddy on. So this time around, all three of us are here and we wish daddy was here with us.”

Edmonton man with donated kidneys cycles across Canada to show the difference a kidney can make

EDMONTON – Every day this summer, Ron Hahn is cycling 90 kilometres to show Canadians the difference a kidney can make.

The Edmonton man, an organ recipient, is on a coast-to-coast, 8,600-kilometre trip to spread organ donation awareness.

Hahn, whose kidneys started failing in 2004, received a donation from his father two years later – a gift with a “miraculous” impact.

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“Renal failure is feeling like a hangover. You’ve got a headache, you’ve got no energy,” he said via phone in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., about halfway through his trip.

“But as I was waking up from the surgery, I could feel the difference… You feel amazing. You just want to get up out of the bed and start running around.”

On a typical day, Hahn gets up at 7 a.m. and rides with a bicycle and camping gear that weigh about 45 kilograms in total.

He breaks the day into two halves, usually stopping for lunch at a diner, telling his story to fellow patrons. Hahn said he talks to about 10 people daily in rural areas, and many more in large communities.

Planning to donate organs after death – where most transplants come from – is a difficult topic that many simply never broach because it deals with their own mortality, Hahn said.

“If people were more aware and sign up to be donors when they pass away, I think that waiting list (for organs) would be significantly reduced,” he said.

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According to the latest report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information, 3,428 people were on the waiting list for kidneys in Canada in 2012, while only 1,358 transplants were performed that year.

And the same year, 84 people on the waiting list died before receiving their kidneys.

Dr. Julian Midgley, national president of the Kidney Foundation of Canada, said donor shortage often stems from lack of information – an opinion underscored by the high donation rates among people who work in the medical field.

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A study published last month in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows organ donation rates among Ontario doctors are about twice those of the general public.

Midgley said doctors, through their work, are often more privy to what those in need of organs are going through.

“They may also be more aware of the issues regarding organ donation,” he added. “Some people may not want to donate because they believe in myths: if you’re an organ donor, you’re more likely not be looked after properly – things like that.”

Midgley said the key to getting more donors would be activities that raise awareness such as Hahn’s journey – putting organ donation “on the minds of people.”

Hahn’s trip started June 5 in Tofino, B.C., and is expected to end in September in St. John’s, N.L. His journey can be tracked online.

©2014The Canadian Press

Poland’s Radwanska defeats Venus Williams to win women’s Rogers Cup

MONTREAL – Agnieszka Radwanska defeated Venus Williams 6-4, 6-2 to win the US$2.44 million women’s Rogers Cup on Sunday.

The third-seeded Radwanska, the first Rogers Cup champion from Poland, picked up her first tournament win of the year and the $441,000 winner’s prize. The 34-year-old Williams earned $220,000.

The 25-year-old Radwanska used her relentless baseline game to dominate a tired-looking Williams, who was coming off an emotional, three-set victory over her top-ranked sister Serena Williams in a semifinal on Saturday.

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The Krakow, Poland native shot off to a 4-1 lead, but Venus Williams answered with a break that had the centre court crowd on its feet as Radwanska hit a drop shot, Williams dropped back, Radwanska hit a lob and Williams got back in time to win the point with a cross-court smash.

Radwanska settled back in to finish the set and opened the second with a service break. After Williams broke to tie it at 2-2, she gave the break to Radwanska with a pair of double faults. Radwanska cruised the rest of the way, punctuating her victory with an ace on match point.

Radwanska, ranked fifth in the world to Williams’ 26th, posted her first Rogers Cup win after twice reaching the semifinals. It was her first tournament victory since 2013 at Seoul.

Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after beating her sister Serena 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 during semifinal play at the Rogers Cup tennis tournament Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 in Montreal.

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Williams, a seven-time Grand Slam winner, had an excellent week that will put her back into the world top-20 starting Monday. It included wins over sixth-seeded Angelique Kerber and 14th-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro.

She fell short in her bid to become the event’s oldest champion after Martina Navratilova, who won 52 days short of her 33rd birthday in 1989.

Organizers announced the tournament drew 181,996 spectators, topping the previous high of 175,000. Sales were boosted by the recent success of Eugenie Bouchard, but the Westmont, Que., native lost her first match on Tuesday to Shelby Rogers.

©2014The Canadian Press

Keystone climate impacts could be higher than U.S. estimate: study

An economic analysis of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline’s possible climate impacts has concluded they could be up to four times higher than previously estimated.

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In the study published in the journal Nature Climate Change, researchers at the Stockholm Environment Institute write that widely quoted U.S. State Department findings that the oilsands pipeline wouldn’t make a significant difference missed a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.

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“It didn’t appear that they looked at the market implications,” said co-author Peter Erickson. “If the Keystone pipeline were to enable a greater rate of extraction of the oilsands, would that not increase global fuel supplies, which might then decrease prices and therefore allow a little bit more global consumption?

“That’s the analysis that we did here and we found that it could be the greatest emissions impact of the pipeline.”

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Erickson and co-author Michael Lazarus used figures from previous research and international agencies that mathematically describe how oil prices affect consumption. They found that a slightly lower price created by every barrel of increased oilsands production enabled by Keystone XL would increase global oil consumption by slightly more than half a barrel.

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The capacity of the pipeline proposed by Calgary-based TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) would be about 820,000 barrels a day. If every barrel of that came from new production, the annual carbon impact of Keystone XL could be up to 110 million tonnes – four times the maximum State Department estimate of up to 27 million tonnes.

The authors acknowledge their study doesn’t answer whether Keystone XL would encourage oilsands expansion or simply provide an outlet for growth that would have happened anyway.

Environmentalists maintain the former.

The Pembina Institute argues the pipeline would enable oilsands companies to get a better price at U.S. Gulf refineries, sending a market signal to increase production. The clean energy think-tank also points to statements by officials suggesting the project would allow their companies to mine more bitumen.

While other options to move oilsands crude exist, the institute says none would have Keystone’s size and none would be as advanced.

“It is likely that Keystone XL would, in fact, drive increased oilsands production in Alberta,” says an institute paper.

Industry officials say the relationship between pipelines and production isn’t that simple. Higher output and better transportation feed back into each other, said Terry Abel, director of oilsands for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

“Oilsands growth will at some point require additional capacity to transport the product,” he said. “That growth in production generates numerous proposals to do just that.

“Ultimately, it’s the demand for the product that encourages production growth.”

Still, Lazarus said the debate about the climate impacts of energy projects would benefit from a closer look at their market effects.

“Looking at the demand-supply interaction is something energy economists do and modellers do all the time, but usually at a global level. What is not done sufficiently is to look at the implications of individual actions, policies, programs and investments.”

Lazarus said even though the pipeline’s capacity would represent only about one per cent of global oil consumption, that would still be enough to incrementally move markets. The global energy market is so big that even one per cent is a significant chunk, he said.

“It’s important to look at the incremental impact of all sorts of actions No particular action is going to be individually that large.”

The pair’s research is being welcomed in the academic community.

“Its conclusions seem reasonable,” said Mark Jaccard of Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management.

“The paper suggests a flaw in the analysis of the U.S. State Department, because it did not consider this effect when addressing President Obama’s request to know the incremental effect of the pipeline on emissions.”

The Stockholm Environment Institute is a non-profit, international research group based in Sweden with seven offices on four continents. Its work is supported by the Swedish and other governments, the private sector and charitable foundations.

©2014The Canadian Press

In pictures: Heavy Montreal 2014 – Montreal

MONTREAL – This weekend, Parc Jean-Drapeau played host to the who’s who of rock in its sixth edition of Heavy Montreal.

The festival is the largest of its kind in Canada and features a mixture of hard rock, punk and metal.

Metallica, Slayer, Twisted Sister, Voivod, Anthrax and Bad Religion are just some of the bands headlining the festival.

Between headbanging acts, wrestlers are set to entertain the crowds with their own production, dubbed “Heavy Mania.”

Here’s a glimpse of the action straight from Parc Jean-Drapeau.

Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Sunday Aug. 10, 2014.

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Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Sunday Aug. 10, 2014.

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Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Sunday Aug. 10, 2014.

Jean-Michel Cormier / Global

Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Sunday Aug.10, 2014.

Jean-Michel Cormier / Global

Heavy Montreal at Parc Jean-Drapeau, Sunday Aug. 10, 2014.

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