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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.

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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.

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LRT service shut down Sunday for signal testing – Edmonton

EDMONTON – Edmonton’s LRT service will be shut down Sunday as crews work to test the new signalling system.

The City of Edmonton says buses will replace LRT service between Clareview and Century Park Stations all day Sunday. Bus route 505 will be running on a seven to eight-minute frequency.

The closure is due to testing of the new signalling system, which the city says will allow the Metro Line and Capital Line to safely and efficiently share the tracks.

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This isn’t the first time this year the system has been shut down for signal testing.

In March, the city said while construction on the Metro Line to NAIT was completed on schedule, it’s taking longer than anticipated for the contractor to complete the new signalling system.

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The 3.3-kilometre Metro Line was originally expected to be ready for passengers in April 2014. In December, the city announced the opening date would be pushed back to June 2014. Now, the city expects the Metro Line to open at the end of the year.

‘We still want to find her’: Family pleads for information 25 years after Kimberly McAndrew disappears – Halifax

HALIFAX – Tuesday marks a difficult anniversary for Megan Adams; August 12 will be the 25th anniversary of the disappearance of her sister, Kimberly McAndrew.

“It’s just not something that makes any more sense now than it did when it happened 25 years ago,” Adams told Global News.

The case is one that has haunted Adams’ family and the Halifax area. Kimberly, whose family called her Kim, from Parrsboro left her job at the Canadian Tire on Quinpool Road on August 12, 1989. There are reports she took a bus to Penhorn Mall. Then she was never seen again. Kim was 19 years old.

Kimberly Ann McAndrew, 19, disappeared in Halifax in 1989.

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The case remains an active missing persons file with Halifax Regional Police.

Adams said she remembers the day Kim, who is older than her by three years, went missing.

“I would have been in Parrsboro at the time. My sister Erin, who lived with Kim, called home and I was in bed. She asked for dad on the phone. I knew something was wrong immediately. That’s when she told my parents Kim hadn’t come home from work,” she said.

Adams said that behaviour was out of character for Kim, adding the sisters had made plans to see the buskers festival, meet friends and celebrate a birthday.

“They knew early on something bad had happened,” she said.

“Kim was not a girl that went off on her own at all. She didn’t even like walking downtown in Parrsboro by herself. There was no way she was just off doing something independently. Her bank accounts were never touched. It was just the matter of what happened.”

A search quickly began for Kim but it soon became a dead end, and it has been for the past 25 years.

The family has been alerted over the years whenever human remains have been found in the Halifax area, which Adams said can sometimes cause a wave of emotions.

There was a search for remains in the fall of 1995 in Fleming Park, and police also looked at wells at Point Pleasant Park in 1996.

Serial killer Michael Wayne McGray was also loose in the area around the time Kim disappeared, though he maintained he could not remember whether she was one of his victims or not.

Last March, a property in Shad Bay belonging to the brother of Andrew Paul Johnson was searched. Johnson is serving time in B.C. for sex-related crimes, and he has long been suspected in Kim’s disappearance.

“It’s difficult [but] we’re still waiting for answers. [Kim] has a mother that still aches for her every day,” Adams said, as she tried to compose herself.

She does not want people to forget about Kim, a woman she describes as vivacious.

“She was quiet if out in public but around family and friends, she was very funny, goofy and liked to make others laugh and certainly laugh a lot,” she said with a smile.

“She loved Bryan Adams and had a close group of friends that she kept throughout the years. She was just a great girl, one of the most unlikely people that you would expect this to happen to because she just was not a risk taker.”

Adams said her family has thought extensively over the years about what could have happened to Kim.

“We know that whatever happened, it wasn’t something good. She would not go anywhere with anyone that she did not know very well. We think Kim was taken against her will and other than that, that’s really where it [ends],” she said.

The mystery surrounding Kim’s case was especially trying for Kim’s dad, a former RCMP officer, who passed away 10 years ago.

“It absolutely haunted him that he was not able to find her, to save her, to protect her from whatever that was.”

“That was something that never, ever left him.”

Adams said while she and her four siblings have moved on with their lives – getting married and having children – Kim is still frozen in time.

“There’s still the 19-year-old we miss terribly and want to know what would she be like today. Would she have children? Would she get married?”

“She’s still my sister no matter what. Do I expect to open my door and have her walking through it? Probably not. But she’s still very much a part of our family and is still very much a part of all that we do. We’re a big family and every one of us carry her with us.”

Adams said the family understands the likelihood Kim is still alive is quite low but they are still grasping for closure.

“If Kim is not living anymore then we still want to find her.”

“We want to have her with us. We want to be able to bury her properly,” she said.

So on the 25th anniversary of the disappearance, the family wants anyone with information about Kim or what may have happened to her to come forward.

“[We’re] pleading with anyone that may have information. If they haven’t come forward before or if they have come forward and felt police didn’t look into it as perhaps they thought they might, to call police or call again and help us find out what happened,” Adams said.

“We deserve to know and she deserves to be found.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, submit a secure web tip at 杭州夜生活crimestoppers.ns桑拿按摩 or text a tip: Tip 202 then your message to 274637.

The case is also a part of the province’s Justice Rewards for Major Unsolved Crimes program, which provides a $150,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Kim’s disappearance.

Sunday, August 10, 2014 on the Global Edmonton Morning News

Steve Makris is back with Tech Talk. This week he’s talking about the new store finder kiosk at West Edmonton Mall.

SAFE TEAM RESCUE – Safe Team Rescue has been saving, rehabilitating and re-homing abused, abandoned, feral and unwanted animals in the community for years. Nicola sits down with Kelly Kennedy to talk about the organization and its upcoming fundraisers.

AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT – It was a rough week for the governing PC Party. The auditor general released his report into the travel habits and expenses of former premier Alison Redford and her office. The AG said an aura of power led to several violations. Now the opposition is calling for a full public inquiry. Tom speaks about the report and its fallout with Robert Murray the Frontier Centre for Public Policy.

RIDE FOR CELIAC – The 2014 ride-walk-run for celiac is being held Sunday afternoon. The annual race is one of the largest fundraisers for the Edmonton chapter of the Canadian Celiac Association. Don Briggs joins the Morning News to tell us a little bit more about the event and gluten free diets.

THREE BOARS – Jeff Savage and Brayden Kozak from Three Boars Eatery stop by the Morning News for Sunday’s cooking segment. They’re whipping up a few of their signature items.

WINE TIME – Edmonton wine guy Gurvinder Bhatia joins Tom and Nicola to talk about rose wines and the misperception around them.

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Engineering company that designed Mount Polley tailings pond issues a statement – BC

The engineering company that originally designed the Mount Polley tailings pond that breached almost a week ago sending millions of cubic meters of waste water into local lakes and rivers issued a statement saying it warned Mount Polley Mining Corporation and B.C. government about potential risks that can arise in the future.

The Engineer of Record for the Mount Polley Mine has issued a statement highlighting a letter written to Mount Polley Mining Corporation  in 2011 when Knight Piesold parted ways with the project.

The letter states:

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The embankments and the overall tailings impoundment are getting large and it is extremely important that they be monitored, constructed and operated properly to prevent problems in the future.

The letter also said that Knight Piesold would no longer have any responsibility for the performance of the tailings storage facility.

The company says the original engineering accommodated a significantly lower water volume than the tailings storage facility reportedly held at the time of the breach.

“Significant engineering and design changes were made subsequent to our involvement,” says the company in a statement.

In a phone interview to Global News, Vice President Corporate Affairs at Imperial Metals Steve Robertson said he does not think the report was damning.

“It’s the type of thing that they would send to both the government and the company just as part of their normal course,” says Robertson.

But concerns have also been raised by a former mine worker of seven years.

Gerald MacBurney claims he was responsible for the tailings pond and quit his job in June over stress and confrontation with management.

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Saskatoon’s baby boom projected to last until 2024 – Saskatoon

Watch above: the baby boom Saskatoon is experiencing is expected to last for another 10 years

SASKATOON – If you’re expecting a baby or know someone who is, you’re not alone. According to experts, Saskatoon’s baby boom continues with predictions it could last another ten years.

Among those having babies is Sarah Cochran, who told Global News she and her husband always wanted a large family and had enough time and energy to fulfill that dream.

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“We have four boys and no, we’re not planning on having any more, so we have a seven-year-old, a five-year-old, three-year-old and newborn,” said Cochran.

The fourth and final baby for the couple was born just a little over a month ago, part of a baby boom that has been re-shaping this city for a decade.

In 2003, there were 3,900 babies born in the Saskatoon Health Region including home births, last year more than 5,300. Already in 2014, Saskatoon’s birth rate is ahead of that by six per cent.

“On average, we have 15 births a day but in obstetrics nothing is average and we’ve had just a few weeks back had as many as 30 babies in a 24-hour period,” said Leanne Smith, director of maternal services for the Saskatoon Health Region.

One of the big challenges of the boom, say health officials, is making sure there are enough staff to deliver the babies.

“We have increased our staffing levels in our obstetrical, labour and delivery unit since last year so that’s helped but it’s just really orchestrating all those babies and having the physicians there in time but we always manage to do it and do it safely,” added Smith.

In 2012-13,  the province lead the country for the number of babies born along with Alberta.

Birth rates are being driven by population growth not seen in any other major Canadian city in more than 15 years. Newcomers have been arriving at a rate in the province nine times greater than before the boom and robust economy.

“I think it has a lot to do with people feeling really secure in the markets, their jobs are going well, business is booming and they want to have more children,” said Lisa Wass, owner of Birth Rhythms.

“When you’re registering for Pre-K stuff then  you really notice the population boom because there’s so many pre-kindergarteners and kindergartners,” said Cochran.

New schools are being built in the region and this year 28 new teaching positions are being filled at public elementary schools to keep up with the boom.

“The conscience parenting movement in Saskatchewan is absolutely beautiful to watch, people coming together, different types of parenting styles, different types of communities are blossoming things that I don’t think we’ve seen for maybe 30 years,” added Wass.

At least until 2024, when estimates show birth rates in the region should start slowing down.

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