Nelly Furtado’s anthem rendition gets mixed reviews on social media

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The NBA All-Star Weekend festivities may be over but the country is still talking about Nelly Furtado’s version of the National anthem.

Furtado came out with flautist Tony Duncan before the All-Star game to perform an unusual version of “O Canada.”

Fans on social media slammed the performance, asking “what country’s anthem was it?”

Just listened to that national anthem Nelly Furtado sang last night. Very nice but what country’s anthem was it?

— Ron Holmes (@RonBHolmes2nd) February 15, 2016

Nelly Furtado was great but when is someone singing the Canadian National Anthem? #NBAAllStarTO

— Don Tapscott (@dtapscott) February 15, 2016

Others called it the worst play of the game.

On behalf of Canadians everywhere, we’d like to nominate Nelly Furtado’s version of our great anthem as the worst play of day @TSN_Sports

— Ian Esplen (@IanEsplen) February 15, 2016

Though some people praised the signer, the majority of reviews weren’t positive.

I love Nelly Furtado!! #NBAAllStarGame

— Ponder On That (@PonderOnThat) February 15, 2016

Listening to Nelly Furtado sing “Oh Canada” @ #NBAAllStarTO like: pic.twitter苏州美甲纹绣培训/NHsWyfREyw

— Dan Hanna (@UCDan) February 15, 2016

I missed Nelly Furtado singing the national anthem, but 广州蒲友’s play-by-play was more entertaining by the sounds of it haha #NBAAllStarTO

— Lauren O’Neil (@laurenonizzle) February 15, 2016

My girl Nelly Furtado just nailed the national anthem at the NBA Allstar game! #NBAAllStarTO

— Christopher Blair (@docchrisblair) February 15, 2016

Although Ne-Yo did great. Nelly Furtado was not.

— neil dijgrasse tyson (@dijalbert) February 15, 2016

Nelly Furtado should have her Canadian citizenship revoked for her rendition of the Canadian anthem #NBAAllStarTO

— Nick In ParkEx (@NickInParkEx) February 15, 2016

Here’s a look at some other anthem renditions that didn’t go as planned.

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Button battery removed from Toronto-area girl’s throat after being lodged for 4 days

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Christina and Michael Smith are breathing a sigh of relief.

Their little two-year-old daughter is recovering at Sick Kids hospital, but the ordeal they had to go through over the last few days to find out what was wrong with their daughter was a complete nightmare.

A week ago, they noticed Katie was gagging. She had been eating crackers and her parents thought she may have one lodged in her throat. After about an hour, the Ajax couple took their daughter to their local hospital.

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They tell Global News doctors checked her throat, airways, and ears, but found no signs of an infection.

However Katie’s symptoms persisted – she was not able to eat, could not swallow, had a distinctive odour to her breath, and was very lethargic. Her parents took her to a walk-in clinic where they were told she may have the flu.

But after a number of doctor visits and a great deal of persistence, an x-ray was finally performed. What it showed shocked Katie’s parents.

The toddler had swallowed a button battery the size of a nickel. It had been in her esophagus for four days. Katie was immediately rushed to Sick Kids hospital to have it removed.

Doctor’s there found the battery had burned through the outer lining of Katie’s esophagus.

“Batteries around any children are not safe, especially little toddlers, they are always putting things in their mouth. You cannot keep your eye on them 24/7 but if you know there is something wrong go with your gut instincts, your parental instincts. Do not let up until you get the answers that your need,” Christina Smith told Global News.

According to Health Canada, there are approximately 65 cases a year of children being rushed to the hospital because they have swallowed a button battery.

In as little as two hours, the alkaline from the battery can start to eat away at the esophagus or any part of the inner body it comes into contact with.

The burning can cause internal bleeding and can be fatal.

Health experts recommend if you think your child may have swallowed a battery to immediately take them to the hospital, do not let them eat or drink, and do not induce vomiting until they have received medical attention.

Button batteries can be found in certain children’s toys, remote controls, singing greeting cards and balloons, children’s books that make sounds, small electronics, and hearing aid devices.

Katie’s parents say they are not sure how she got hold of a button battery. Michael Smith, Katie’s father says he works with electronics and has some of these types of batteries in his garage, however, he does not bring them inside the house.

“As far as where she got it, we have not idea … but we are going to take stock of all the toys that she has, and go through anything and see if it came from one of them,” Michael said.

Katie is expected to make a full recovery.

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‘Why ruin someone else’s art?’ Montreal artist disappointed after vandal defaces her mural

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A Montreal artist said she was shocked to see that someone tagged her mural in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

MONTREAL – Chantal Larivière couldn’t believe it when she won a 2009 competition to paint a mural to honour Montreal’s Hochelaga-Maisonneuve borough.

But her happiness turned to disappointment last Thursday when her boyfriend noticed that someone had drawn all over her artwork.

READ MORE: Price tag for Pointe-Claire’s new mural upsets residents

“I was very disappointed when I saw what they had done to my mural,” Larivière told Global News.

“I had posted it on 苏州美甲纹绣培训. The comments and support from a lot of people is touching.”

Larivière said the mural, located on Ontario Est and Nicolet streets near the Olympic Stadium, was a huge source of pride.

Graffiti covers Chantal Larivière’s artwork on Ontario Street Est in Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, Monday, February 15, 2016.

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The “Pignons à vue” contest was commissioned by organization Y’A Quelqu’Un L’Autre Bord Du Mur (YQQ) to celebrate the borough’s 125th anniversary.

It’s part of a greater artistic project to revitalise the area, which is often known to have a bad reputation.

“I have nothing against other artists who express themselves through graffiti, but why ruin someone else’s art?” she asked.

“[It’s] really disappointing.”

Chantal Larivière’s artwork to commemorate the 125th anniversary of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve.

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Though Larivière admits she may not be well-versed in the world of street art, there needs to be some form of mutual respect for other artists.

“I was just so upset,” she said.

“[I hope] these graffiti artists realize that if they want to be recognized as artists they have to stop this kind of vandalism. It’s just not right.”

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Louisiana lawmaker proposes age, weight limits for strippers

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A Louisiana politician stood in the state’s legislature Wednesday proposing a law prohibiting exotic dancers in the state from weighing more than 160 pounds and being older than 28.

There was audible outrage —; and laughter —; as Republican Representative Kenneth Havard read aloud the amendment he had filed to a bill requiring that dancers be no younger than 21 years old.

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    Bill 468 is aimed at reducing human trafficking and the exploitation of young women in the sex trade.

    “Members, in the spirit of this legislative session, I offer up this amendment as a part of, I guess, keeping the spirit alive of trimming the fat,” Havard began.

    Dancers shall be “between twenty-one and twenty-eight years of age and shall be no more that [sic] one hundred sixty pounds in weight.” Havard’s amendment read.

    WATCH: ‘I will never be just a girl again’: victim of human trafficking in Calgary 

    When asked by another representative if he believes women outside those parameters are unfit to be dancers, Havard said no, he’s simply “worried about their health, and I wouldn’t want them to hurt one another.”

    “Do you not find this amendment offensive?” Rep. Nancy Landry asked.

    “Well, I’ll pull it Ms. Landry, thank you,” Havard says, as he stepped away from the microphone.

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    One fellow lawmaker took the opportunity talk about gender equality in the House.

    “I can’t even believe the behaviour in here,” said Rep. Julie Stokes to the House after Havard’s comments.

    “I think we need to call an end to this. I hear derogatory comments about women in this place regularly, I hear and I see women get treated differently than men, and I’m going to tell you what, you gave me a perfect forum to talk about it right now. Cause it has got to stop.

    “That was utterly disrespectful and disgusting.”

    The proposed amendment sparked fury as the bill made headlines for all the wrong reasons.

    “This was a slap in the face really to women all over the state,” said Rep. Helena Moreno Thursday, holding up a newspaper featuring Havard’s statements.

    READ MORE: ‘Go blow your brains out’: Calgary Liberal candidate withdraws after offensive tweets surface

    “In my opinion, it warrants an apology,” said House Speaker Taylor Barras.

    When pressed on his stance, Havard later said it was all a joke, and an attempt to make a point on over-regulation by the state.

    The anti-trafficking bill passed without Havard’s amendment.

    With files from the Associated Press

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Claresholm RCMP lay more fraud charges in Fort McMurray evacuee investigation

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Two people from Victoria, B.C., have been charged with fraud under $5,000 after allegedly posing as Fort McMurray evacuees.

Daryl Rondeau came to Claresholm claiming that his house had burnt down in the fire. Many in the community were generous, donating gift cards, clothes, and money.

In an article in the Claresholm Local Press, Rondeau told his tale saying “we got out of the town with the fire on our trail.”

Article posted in the Claresholm Local Press including interview with Rondeau.

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But Rondeau’s story quickly came under scrutiny.

The Claresholm Family and Community Support Services, conducted a background check and eventually filed a complaint with RCMP. Days later, Daryl Rondeau was charged with one count of fraud under $5,000.

On May 24, 39-year-old Jaime Lynn Cox was charged with five counts of fraud under $5,000.

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    “If there were 10 people downtown that ended up giving them money, then that could be 10 separate charges,” Claresholm RCMP Cpl. Dalyn Olsen said. “There’s going to be consequences for what they did. It’s unfortunate that these two people are taking advantage of the generosity of residents here.”

    READ MORE: Man accused of using fake ID to get Fort McMurray wildfire funds 

    In hopes of avoiding similar situations, RCMP are reminding the public to donate through the proper channels.

    “If people want to help out, contact your Red Cross, your organizations you’re certain are going to get the money where it needs to be,” Olsen said.

    RCMP said Cox is scheduled to appear in Fort McLeod Provincial Court on June 1 at 10 a.m.

    Rondeau pleaded guilty to his charge Wednesday.

    *EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was originally posted on May 20 and was updated May 26 when charges against Cox were also laid.

    With files from Emily Mertz and Stephanie Irvine, Global News

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How much can the Canadian government do to bring the Azer children home?

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Political pressure may not enough to help a Canadian mother pleading for help bringing her four abducted children back to Canada, but the B.C. woman isn’t giving up hope.

Alison Azer hasn’t seen her two daughters and two sons, aged three to 11, since last summer.

Her ex-husband, Saren Azer, took the children on a trip to Europe in August. But instead of returning home with the youngsters, he flew them to the Kurdistan region in northern Iraq and eventually to his home country — Iran.

READ MORE: Man who abducted his 4 kids, brought them to Iran, says he was escaping ‘Canadian nightmare’

“I’m really motivated for Prime Minister [Justin] Trudeau to take the kind of action, as the head of government can take,” she told Global News this week, ahead of meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

WATCH: Alison Azer appeals to PM and to Canada for the return of her four kids

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But given Canada hasn’t had diplomatic relations with Iran since 2012, when the former Conservative government severed ties and kicked Iranian diplomats out of the country, there may not be much the prime minister can do to intervene in the high-profile case.

“We have to be realistic, in the sense that, what kind of leverage the Canadian government will have on the Iranian government,” said Houchang Hassan-Yari, an international relations professor at the Royal Military College of Canada. “I would say zero.”

Aside from years of tense relations between Iran and the West, the case is further complicated by the fact Iran is not a signatory to the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction — the main international treaty to help parents get back their children who have been abducted to other countries.

Sharvahn Azer, clockwise from top left, Rojevahn Azer, Saren Azer, Dersim Azer and Meitan Azer pose in this undated handout photo from 苏州美甲纹绣培训 community page. The mother of four Vancouver Island siblings says photographs posted online of them and their fugitive father could be a break in the case. A Canada-wide warrant remains in place for Saren Azer, a well-known Canadian doctor of Iranian descent, for alleged abduction in contravention of a custody order.

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Alison Azer’s situation is not unique. One-third of the more than 1,500 Canadian children reported as abducted by their own parents over the past 20 years — 409 kids — were taken to countries in the Middle East and Africa where the Hague Convention mostly doesn’t apply.

“If you have a mother from here going to an Arab or Middle Eastern country, trying to assert her rights as she would in a North American or Western country, you’re just not going to have success by how the virtue of that legal system operates,” said Andy Hayher a family lawyer with Calgary’s Vogel LLP.

There’s also the issue of the Islamic Republic having Sharia law, which gives the father all of the rights when it comes to children. And the Azer children’s father has no intention of bringing the kids to Canada.

Global News spoke with Saren Azer via Skype from an undisclosed location inside Iran. In his first interview since becoming a fugitive, he claimed the children are better off with him in Iran than back in Canada.

“God is my witness, from the day that we escaped from that war zone in Canada, we have never been happier,” he told Global News producer Claude Adams.

WATCH: Saren Azer speaks with Global News via Skype from Iran

“They were in a psychological and mental war zone in that country and you could see how their fragile lives were being shattered in front of our eyes,” Saren Azer, a high-profile humanitarian doctor who came to Canada as a political refugee in 1994.

He married Alison Jeffrey (Azer) in 2002. They separated 10 years later and had had a bitter fight over access to the four children, Sharvahn, 11, Rojevahn, 9, Dersim, 7 and Meitan, 3.

Despite the apparent roadblocks, some experts don’t rule out diplomacy as an option in the Azer family case.

READ MORE: Australian mother, TV crew jailed in botched child ‘recovery’ return from Lebanon

Gar Pardy, the former director general of Consular Affairs, told Global News relations between Iran and the West have warmed slightly since a nuclear deal was reached with the Iranian government last year, leading to the lifting of some sanctions.

“That puts a lot more money on the streets,” Pardy said. “And so I think the [Iranian] government is staring to realize there are real benefits from this and we’re in that queue of trying to re-establish a very broken relationship.”

Prime Minister Trudeau has also promised to re-engage with Iran diplomatically, though no timeline has been made public.

He said the fact Alison Azer indicated the prime minister said he’s taking on the responsibility of trying to get the four children back, shows he’s serious about bi-lateral engagement with Iran.

“Maybe something will happen as a result of this.”
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‘The war on STIs has failed’: Reinventing the way we tackle sexual disease

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Ameeta Singh’s patients should know better.

The Edmonton doctor and infectious disease specialist is seeing more people with more severe sexually transmitted infections —; young men with chlamydia and hemorrhagic proctitis who say they’ve had 30-odd partners in the past six months and didn’t use condoms half the time; seemingly healthy people who’ve been on intensive HIV treatment for ages and have contracted syphilis, gonorrhea, hepatitis C from unprotected sex.

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“It’s frustrating,” she said.

“I don’t know what to say any more. I don’t believe that me saying anything is going to change their behaviour.”

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We’re better at treating, preventing and screening for sexually transmitted infections than ever before. But Canadian communities are seeing historic levels of syphilis and gonorrhea.

Ontario’s had sky-high syphilis rates for so long, it’s what University of Toronto epidemiologist Dionne Gesink calls a “mature epidemic.” Gonorrhea is catching up and is increasingly resistant to the only drugs we have to treat it.

“It’s about time this thing ends,” Gesink said.

“We don’t really know what’s driving this epidemic and keeping it sustained, because a lot of the traditional things we would do to end an epidemic aren’t working.”

Last month Alberta declared a public outbreak for both syphilis and gonorrhea. The province’s infectious syphilis rates more than doubled between 2014 and 2015 after several years of slow growth —; even as Canada faces a national shortage in the drugs used to treat the disease.

In Alberta, as in Ontario, the jump in STIs was overwhelmingly among men.

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Gonorrhea has also increased, albeit not as steeply and with less of a gender disparity.

And there’s a significant disparity between health regions.

Edmonton has seen by far the biggest increase and highest rates, almost doubling Calgary, which is second-highest.

The infectious syphilis rate among men in Edmonton rose the most dramatically —; it more than quadrupled in a single year:

“The biggest rise in infectious syphilis cases has been among men who have sex with men, although we are seeing cases in heterosexual persons, as well,” Singh said.

“There’ve been a number of reasons put forward to try and explain that rise.”

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Steepest disease increase among people over 40

Alberta’s also seeing a spike in STI rates among people 40 years old and up —; what Singh calls their “second peak” in sexual activity.

Between 2011 and 2015, syphilis rates among people aged 40 to 44 increased more than 2,000 per cent.

The second-steepest increase was among people 60 and over.

Chlamydia rates haven’t increased nearly as much, but they increased the most among people 60 and over:

“There’s a second peak in sexual activity” for people over 40, Singh said.

And in this respect, age does not bring wisdom or risk aversion (or an affinity for condom use).

“It does seem like the older people, I guess, either are not aware that they, too, are at risk of acquiring STIs, they haven’t thought about it, haven’t had to think about it for a long time, may presume their partner or partners are low risk.”

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Risk and reward

Singh also suspects people are having unprotected sex because they’re less afraid of contracting HIV, which has become much easier to treat and, with the advent of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), easier to prevent.

“I think that has increased risky sexual behaviour because they’re less concerned about getting HIV,” she said.

About a quarter of the infectious syphilis cases in Alberta are among people who are HIV-positive, Singh said. In Ontario,

“It definitely seems like the fear around HIV is just gone,” Singh said.

Or, as Gesink sees it, fear around HIV “dwarfs the other STIs. And you can only stress about so many things before you reach stress fatigue.”

Julio Montaner, who made a name for himself internationally through his work in HIV/AIDS treatment as prevention, does not buy the hypothesis that advances in tackling HIV/AIDS have made people have riskier sex.

“It has been long part of the folklore that if and when a treatment became available for HIV, or a prevention became available, that it could lead to behavioural dis-inhibition,” he said.

“The truth is that whenever this issue has been monitored carefully there is no evidence that people change their behaviour as a result of accessing treatment or even pre-exposure prophylaxis.”

We’ve got the causation backwards, Montaner says: If we’re seeing high STI rates among people who are on PrEP, Montaner said, that’s because PrEP is given to people with epidemiologically riskier sex lives.

“There’s a bit of a circular argument.”

There have always been risks associated with sex and that’s never stopped people from having sex, Montaner said: Lack of contraception doesn’t make people celibate, it just makes it more likely they’ll have an unplanned pregnancy. And while the spectre of a generation decimated by AIDS horrified people three decades ago, people didn’t stop having sex because there wasn’t yet an effective HIV treatment.

“There is a spectrum: There are people that are much more reserved in their sexual practices and there are others that are not,” Montaner said.

“Syphilis is currently out of control. It’s an epidemic that continues to rise. We’re all concerned about it, but we can’t blame antiretroviral therapy.”

As a consultant and research in gay men’s health with the Health Initiative for Men, Jody Jollimore’s job is helping people work though that risk-reward calculus.

“There are people who feel that getting a bacterial STI (syphilis or gonnorehea) is a negligible risk, worth having condomless sex. After all, they are treated with antibiotics like any other infection. It is possible to pick up bacteria from travelling or eating certain foods, but that doesn’t stop most of us,” he wrote in an email.

“The public health message: get tested more often. Make people feel comfortable enough to talk about their sex to their healthcare provider.”

Shame and stigma, he noted, “stop people from getting tested.”

‘We need a new approach’

The problem is the same as it’s always been, Montaner said: People like having sex. Many would rather have sex without condoms. Health advances have come up with ways of mitigating the risk of pregnancy and HIV transmission; we’re now up against a host of other diseases.

“The war on STIs has failed as we know it. We need a new approach,” he said.

Montaner’s already started looking: He and researchers from the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS have a $5 million provincial grant to research harm reduction when it comes to hepatitis C transmission —; to treat people and lower the likelihood they’re infected again.

“How afraid do you have to be to not jaywalk? … It just doesn’t work that way,” he said.

“Education is the better way to go and help people to make better choices, support them in making better choices. And for those that cannot, will not and are not interested, we need to have a more effective compassionate approach.”

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Calgary’s Islamic community serves up specialty halal food bank

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There’s a new option for Calgarians in need, especially those with religious dietary restrictions.

Calgary’s Islamic community opened the Sayyidah Fatemah Food Bank, named after the daughter of the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

The centre is run out of the Green Dome Mosque at 4616 80 Avenue N.E. and specializes in halal ingredients.

Chef Asif Muhammad helped open the new facility, offering up cultural favourites from his restaurant, Desi Kitchen.

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    “Halal means that you cut the neck and the blood has come all out,” Muhammad described. “This is healthy food, that’s why.”

    A healthy meal is just what many Calgarians desperately need. The economic downturn doesn’t discriminate and many new immigrants are feeling the pinch.

    “Immigrants are coming to Calgary every day and sometimes they struggle quite a bit in finding jobs. And because of the economic situations there are a lot of Muslim families that are suffering,” Imam Syed Soharwardy said. “We do have some dietary restrictions so halal meat – halal food – helps those people who cannot eat the other items.”

    While the facility is run by volunteers from the Muslim community, organizers said it’s open to all Calgarians in need.

    “We’ve seen a need of food banks right across Alberta skyrocket over the last twelve months. [It’s] very concerning, of course, because with that comes other problems of suicides and other mental health needs,” Brian Jean, Leader of the Wildrose said at the food bank’s opening Friday.

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    For now the Sayyidah Fatemah Food Bank will run from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.

    For information, including how to donate or volunteer, call Imam Soharwardy at 403-831-6330 or 416-994-5467.

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Feds can’t overlook health risks of Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion: experts

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Asthma, cancer, fire and contaminated water sources are among the risks to Canadians the federal government needs to consider before approving the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion.

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That’s the warning from a group of doctors as well as a new report examining what can go wrong with pipelines, and the disastrous effects they can have on the health of people and on the environment.

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“The Kinder Morgan pipeline would not only double the number of fuel storage tanks creating an unacceptable risk to peoples’ health from fire, but a rupture or spill could spread toxins into the community, causing acute and long term health effects from asthma to cancer,” said Dr. Tim Takaro, a doctor and professor at Simon Fraser University, in the release.

“The cumulative health impacts of the Kinder Morgan pipeline need to be evaluated, and not by the company, before any rational decision can be made.”

The pipeline snakes its way from Edmonton to Burnaby, on the B.C. coast, going through a number of communities along the way. The proposed expansion would triple the pipeline’s capacity to 900,000 barrels a day, and cost $6.8 billion.

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“This project comes with a significant risk of accidents,” the report states.

“And Kinder Morgan’s existing pipeline is no stranger to accidents: 82 reported spills since 1961, which translates to over 6 million litres released into British Columbia’s environment.”

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The pipeline will transport diluted bitumen, called dilbit. A type of heavy crude oil, dilbit contains various toxicants, some of which are classified as Group 1 carcinogens “with no known safe threshold of exposure,” the report states.

The expansion also puts into jeopardy the health of dozens of First Nations communities, 61 of which are opposed to the expansion.

A map of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline is seen in the foreground of this file photo.

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The Salish Sea will see a seven-fold spike in oil tankers, according to the report, with the project generating 14 to 17 megatonnes of carbon in upstream emissions.

“Globally, the World Health Organization asserts climate change is the biggest human health threat of our time, but climate change was not considered in Kinder Morgan’s review process,” the report states.

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Trans Mountain said health and safety of the communities along the pipeline is its “top priority,” in an email to Global News.

“As part of our proposed expansion, Trans Mountain conducted Human Health Risk Assessments and provided extensive evidence to the National Energy Board about the nature and extent of possible health impacts as a result of the project and project-related marine traffic,” said Ali Hounsell, Trans Mountain Expansion Project.

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The board was satisfied with Trans Mountain’s evaluation of the expansion’s effect on human health, in line with recommendations of safe exposure limits set by authorities such as Health Canada and the US EPA, Hounsell said.

“The board determined that additional assessment is not required.”

“The board also concluded that for the construction of the Project and for routine operation of the pipeline, pump stations and tank terminals, adverse health effects would not be expected.”

In May, the National Energy Board gave the project approval, subject to 157 conditions.

A federal panel was created to consult with Canadians in 10 communities on the pipeline; more than 35,000 people submitted feedback on the expansion via an online questionnaire. The panel is due to submit its report to the minister of natural resources by Nov. 1, and the Trudeau government is expected to make its final decision on the project by Dec. 19.

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Locally grown and consumed food becoming more popular in Regina

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REGINA – Imagine packing your grocery basket with produce and meats, all from Saskatchewan, and not having to actually step inside a grocery store.

“We’re trying to be the grocery store.”

That’s the business model for Andrew Rathwell’s home-delivery grocery service, Local & Fresh.

“Local & Fresh was born as a way to make it more easy to eat local and not have to choose food from a big box or food from the big [North American food] system,” Rathwell added.

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That big North American system came under fire this week after a listeria outbreak stemming from an American food producer provoked a massive 400 product frozen food recall.

READ MORE: Massive frozen food recall affects over 400 products from many stores

“It affects so many people because of the size and scale of how their producing that food,” Rathwell explained.

It’s one of the reasons many residents have turned to food sourced locally.

“Over the course of the past two years, we’ve been doubling [business]” Rathwell said.

However,  the growth is also happening – in gardens all over Regina.

“There’s nothing like having your own fresh vegetables, especially potatoes and peas,” Gardener Lori Christie says.

At Regina’s community gardens, lots for planting individual gardens don’t come easy. Gardeners say those who want a lot have to put their name on a list as early as January.

Many also say it’s due to more people preferring a more hands-on approach when it comes to food.

“I actually don’t buy any frozen stuff, I can and freeze all peas and beans,” Christie acknowledged.

Knowing where your food comes from is a major motivator for eating locally according to Rathwell, who also admits the ultimate motivator is simply the taste.

“When you eat local and fresh, the taste is amazing.”

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‘I have won the lottery’: Cancer patient credits Calgary clinical trial for her remission

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Millions of dollars are raised every year for cancer research and much of it is spent right here in Calgary, funding clinical trials which can provide some hope to patients fighting an often hopeless disease.“I was told I would be able to live with it for a very long time unless it went crazy,” said Sharon Neufeld, who was diagnosed with Leukemia. “I got progressively sicker; my earrings sat on my lymph nodes, I was exhausted all the time, difficult time with food.”

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    Then her doctor told her that she qualified for a clinical trial with a new experimental drug.“He said, ‘on the one hand you have this horrible thing going on, here is a large bucket full of hope,’” she said.Neufeld went in with very low expectations, but after just three weeks, noticed astounding results while working in her garden.“I wasn’t tired after that first square foot, so I began digging another and another, until the whole darn garden was dug out. I went in and I wasn’t exhausted. It took me over a week to think ‘wait a minute, maybe this is the drug,” she said, laughing. “All of a sudden I was in the middle of having a life. It was quite astonishing.”As many as 120 clinical trials are done at Calgary’s Tom Baker Cancer Centre every year, involving 550 patients. The goal is to offer the trials to as many as 1,000 patients per year.“Every treatment that we offer to patients currently is based on clinical trials that have been done in the last 20 years,” said Dr. Gwyn Bebb, director of Clinical Trials Unit at the centre. “None of the treatment options we have today would have been possible without investigators, pharmaceutical companies, patients to tell us that these treatments are better than the ones we had before.”But not everyone sees results like Neufeld’s; in fact, in the majority of clinical trials, the experimental treatment is not found to be better.“Yes, it is frustrating and sometimes disheartening to see all this effort going into improving outcomes and not being successful very quickly,” Bebb said.Despite low success rates, researchers charge ahead.“They offer hope now for patients that they might get lucky in a way and for patients who come after them, I think that’s important,” Bebb said.Neufeld said she feels like the poster girl for clinical trials. While not everyone will be as lucky, she said it’s worth it to at least volunteer and try.“I would probably qualify as being in total remission,” she said, laughing. “I just love saying that.”May 20 is recognized as international clinical trials day, commemorating the date that surgeon James Lind began his trials into the causes of Scurvy back in 1747.

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Make-A-Wish grants teen brain cancer survivor’s wish in Saskatoon

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It’s been just over a year since 15-year-old Jacob Lesperance’s life changed forever.

“It was just like a normal day at school and I just sort of blacked out on the floor,” said Jacob Lesperance.

Doctors found the Moose Jaw, Sask., teen had stage four brain cancer and needed surgery to save his life.

Jacob’s mom Michelle Lesperance said doctors originally thought her son might have been on drugs because of his dizzied nature, but head scans showed that was not the case.

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    “Your son has a mandarin orange-size brain tumor and needs to be flown to Saskatoon immediately,” said Michelle Lesperance, recounting what the doctors told her.

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    Doctors warned Michelle that Jacob was in life-threatening condition and the outcome didn’t look good.

    “They told me he might not make it through the plane ride,” said Michelle Lesperance.

    But he did. He also survived two brain surgeries, rounds of radiation and chemotherapy.

    On Friday afternoon, Saskatoon Make-A-Wish granted Jacob’s wish, a Best Buy shopping spree.

    “It’s been really exciting. Just being able to have this happen. Honestly, our family never really had that much money to get this much stuff,” said Jacob.

    He was also surprised with a few more things including limo service to and from Preston Best Buy, dinner at his favorite restaurant and a stay at the Radisson Hotel downtown.

    “I was like, wow, because that was literally my first time being in a hotel,” said Jacob.

    Jacob loves electronics and picked out a new flat screen television, laptop, PlayStation and games.

    His friends from school and the hospital made the trip to support him.

    Jacob’s mom says the day was even more special because in March the family received the news they’d been praying for.

    “On March 8, he got a follow up MRI and on March 18 we found out he was cancer free,” said Michelle Lesperance.

    Jacob is Saskatchewan’s fourth Make-A-Wish granted this year.

    “We hope during wish day we can bring them hope, strength and joy. Let them just forget about their medical condition, being in the hospital and treatments. Just let them enjoy, be happy and be a kid again,” said Allyson Wall, Make-A-Wish Saskatchewan regional manager.

    Jacob will continue to have follow-up appointments until 2021, but for now he is most looking forward to going back to school in the fall and completing Grade 9.

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CP Rail installs locked gate at Kicking Horse River in Golden

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A proposed solution between CP Rail and the provincial government over an entry point to Kicking Horse River for rafters in Golden, B.C. appears to have fallen apart, just one day before whitewater rafting season begins.

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Today, a locked gate was installed at the entry to the lower canyon of Kicking Horse River by CP Rail, who says the provincial government has reversed a key part of an agreement-in-principle that allowed rafting companies to keep crossing the tracks.

“CP had agreed to offer a short-term solution for rafting companies and the community of Golden to enjoy a safe and successful 2016 rafting season while potential longer-term solutions were weighed by all stakeholders,” wrote CP in a statement.

“Among other key components of the agreement-in-principle, the Province agreed to assume the risks associated with any safety-related incident arising directly from this special access for rafters. CP is disappointed that it was informed by the provincial government Friday afternoon of its reversal in position.”

The dispute began earlier this year when CP said it was ordered by Transport Canada to solve the problem of many people crossing the railway to raft the Lower Canyon route of the Kicking Horse River — considered the jewel of Golden’s whitewater rafting industry.

READ MORE: CP Rail blocking Golden whitewater raft groups from popular run

“Given the track curvature and sightlines, the risk to the public is too great,” said CP in March, explaining why it originally decided to ban all traffic this year.

“CP understands the frustration that the community may have regarding this issue. CP had attempted to find a solution that would allow rafters to cross safely and legally, but unfortunately, there is no solution that will meet CP’s legal, risk and regulatory requirements.”

But a month later, after an outcry from the town of Golden and a concerted push by local and provincial politicians, it appeared a compromise had been reached for this year while the two sides worked on a longer-term solution.

Now, three days after a cryptic note from the provincial government — in which Transportation Minister Todd Stone said “time is of the essence…to work out a solution” — it appears that deal is dead.

Norm Macdonald, the NDP MLA for Columbia River-Revelstoke, put the blame squarely on CP Rail.

“I hold CP Rail directly responsible for this fiasco,” he wrote in a statement.

“There may be attempts to cast blame on other parties, but I reject that. CP Rail came to my community and made a clear promise. Today, with the refusal to allow access to the Lower Canyon for training, they have broken that promise, and that is simply unacceptable to this community.”

For their part, the provincial government also criticized CP Rail, saying they have “made it abundantly clear that [they are] unwilling to be a reasonable partner.”

“We urge CP Rail to reconsider its position as a result, given the significant economic impacts this closure will have on the community. ͞The Province recognizes the value of tourism to Golden and the region and respectfully requests that CP come back to the table to find a solution.”

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