Archive for January, 2019

Jan 16 2019

Conservatives to introduce new anti-terror legislation Friday: Harper

TORONTO – The Conservative government is set to introduce new anti-terrorism legislation by the end of next week aimed at giving more powers to police and security agencies, Stephen Harper said Sunday.

Harper, speaking at a campaign-style event in Ottawa, said the new laws will also make it a crime to promote terrorism and further restrict the movement of suspected extremists.

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“These measures are designed to help authorities stop planned attacks, get threats off our streets, criminalize the promotion of terrorism, and prevent terrorists from travelling and recruiting others,” Harper told Conservative supporters. “It will contain a range of measures to ensure that our police and security agencies have the tools they need to meet evolving threats, and keep Canadians safe.”

READ MORE: Harper government braces for grilling on oil price plunge, sputtering economy

The government wants to change Canada’s no-fly list to make it more difficult for a suspected terrorist to board a plane. Harper said the new legislation would not infringe on civil liberties.

“To be clear, in doing so, we shall be safeguarding our constitutional rights of speech, of association, of religion and all the rest,” he said.

The new legislation comes in the wake of last fall’s deadly attacks on Canadian soldiers in Ottawa and Quebec.

Michael Zehaf Bibeau shot and killed Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was standing guard at the National War Memorial, before entering Parliament’s Centre Block on Oct. 22. Zehaf Bibeau was killed in a shootout with security officers outside the Library of Parliament.

The attack in Ottawa came just two days after Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent was killed after being struck by car driven by Martin Couture-Rouleau in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que., near Montreal. Couture-Rouleau was shot and killed by police when he advanced on officers with a knife.

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Jan 16 2019

Saskatoon Blades win fifth straight game – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – The boys in blue have won five games in a row after a 3-0 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders Sunday. This was the goal for the Saskatoon Blades when they took to the ice at the SaskTel Centre in front of 4,136 fans.

The last time the Blades posted a five-game winning streak was on Feb. 5, 2013. It was also part of a miraculous 18-game hot streak which propelled Saskatoon into first place in the Western Hockey League (WHL) East Division.

Josh Uhrich, Garrett Armour and Brett Stovin all scored for Saskatoon.

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READ MORE: Stovin scores 3 times as Blades extend win streak

Goalie Nick McBride made 35 saves for Prince Albert, while Nik Amundrud posted his second career WHL shutout.

“Any time you can put a streak of five, it’s pretty special and we’d like to keep it going but that was a tough battle, that was a war,” said Bob Woods, Blades head coach and GM.

“It’s been great after Christmas break, we seem to pull together a little more, listen to our coaches, just follow their systems,” said Blades goalie Nik Amundrud.

The teams meet on Wednesday for a rematch at the Art Hauser Centre in Prince Albert, Sask.

With files from Jack Haskins

Jan 16 2019

Massive crowds at WinterShines festival as weather cooperates – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – Several hundred people laced up their skates for a Wintershines skating party on a beautiful Sunday at the Cameco Meewasin skating rink. Festivities ran from noon to 4 p.m.with complimentary food and live music.

Kids also got the chance to skate with mascots of their favourite characters from the Disney film Frozen.

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The party helped usher in the opening weekend of the 2015 PotashCorp Wintershines festival. Last year, the event dealt with cancellations due to frigid temperatures but this year, skaters say the weather was perfect with a high of four degrees Celsius on Sunday.

READ MORE: Warm weather wins and woes in Saskatoon

“People love it, if we’re open a hundred days, we’ll have 30,000 skaters over the year,” said Doug Porteous, Meewasin community development manager.

Wintershines kicked off Saturday with an ice climbing wall, ice castle and snow slide.

Saskatoon’s premiere winter festival runs until Feb. 1 and has activities centered around the farmers’ market, as well as many locations around the city.

Watch below: Shad Ali, the festival director of WinterShines, has a look at what people can expect at the annual winter staple that starts on Jan. 24 and runs until Feb. 1.

With files from Amber Rockliffe

Jan 16 2019

PHOTOS: Red carpet hits and misses at SAG Awards

Stars came out Sunday afternoon in Los Angeles for the 21st Screen Actors Guild Awards, honouring the best on-screen performances by members of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

Before the show, celebrities walked the 17,000-square-foot red carpet outside the Shrine Auditorium.

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Canadian glamour was provided by B.C. native Molly Parker (part of the House of Cards cast) and Regina’s Tatiana Maslany (star of the Toronto-shot series Orphan Black), who dazzled in Oscar de la Renta.

Julianne Moore (Still Alice) wore Givenchy; Big Bang Theory’s Mayim Bialik showcased Christian Siriano; Claire Danes chose Marc Jacobs; and Birdman star Emma Stone wore Dior Couture.

Jennifer Aniston wore a revealing Vintage John Galliano gold dress.

Both Modern Family star Sarah Hyland, in custom Vera Wang, and Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt, in Honor, were styled by Ontario’s Brad Goreski.

There was plenty of colour on the carpet — Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba wore yellow, Julianna Margulies of The Good Wife chose royal blue, and both How to Get Away With Murder’s Viola Davis and Wild star Reese Witherspoon were in white.

Most of the men showed up in traditional black tuxedos but a handful dared to be different — including Ethan Hawke, who wore a brown Calvin Klein tux.

Click through the gallery below to see some of the Golden Globes red carpet highs and lows:

Jennifer Aniston

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Julianna Margulies

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Sarah Hyland

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Ellar Coltrane

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Laverne Cox

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus

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Keira Knightley

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Matt McGorry

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Molly Parker

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Chelsea Peretti

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Eddie Redmayne

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Uzo Aduba

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Rico Rodriguez

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Maisie Williams

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Julianne Moore

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Sophia Bush

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Joan Collins

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Viola Davis

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Emma Stone

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Reese Witherspoon

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Julia Roberts

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Jan 16 2019

Surrey named one of the world’s most intelligent communities

WATCH: Asa Rehman talks with Louis Zacharilla of the Intelligent Community Forum about Surrey’s place on a ranking of the world’s most intelligent communities

The city of Surrey has been placed on its fair share of lists over the years – but this is one local politicians will be happy to publicize.

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The Intelligent Community Forum has named Surrey as one of the top seven intelligent communities in the world. They’re one of seven finalists for the New York-based organization’s award, which has been given out every year since 1999.

READ MORE: Surrey’s population projected to surpass Vancouver in the next decade

“It made the top 7 by choosing to go in a different direction,” says Louis Zacharilla, a co-founder of the organization.

“Surrey has sort of fast-tracked himself.”

In their description of the finalists, the Forum said Surrey “is a city in transition from a suburban past in the shadow of Vancouver to a sustainable urban future. To gain greater control over its destiny, Surrey has developed a diversification strategy calling for deepening the partnership between its institutions of higher learning and local business.”

“Industry is working with the academic sector and working with the local government to develop plans to develop the type of knowledge-based economy that we think is critical to keeping people moving forward in the middle class,” said Zacharilla. “You’re aspirational and you’re thinking the right way, according to the intelligent folks in our organization.”

READ MORE: ‘Only in Surrey’ Facebook page not so funny to city officials

Over 300 cities submitted an application to the The Intelligent Community Forum, who then combined their opinions of the writeup with a wide variety of data to formulate their rankings.

The winner will be announced on June 11. Competing against Rio de Janeiro, New Taipei City and four others, Zacharilla said Surrey is a “dark horse” for the award, but added anything is possible.

“They’ve got a 1 in 7 shot. That’s pretty good.”

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