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Nov 18

Several US Jewish centres evacuated over bomb threats; Ivanka Trump calls for ‘religious tolerance’

MILWAUKEE, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Several Jewish community centres (JCC) across the United States were evacuated for a time on Monday after receiving bomb threats, the latest wave of threatened attacks against them this year, the national umbrella organization said.

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Some 11 centres including those in the Houston, Chicago and Milwaukee areas received phoned-in bomb threats that were later determined to be hoaxes, said David Posner, a director at JCC Association of North America who advises centres on security.

READ MORE: Jewish centres across US report second wave of bomb threats

No arrests were made and no one was injured. All of the centres returned to normal operations, Posner said in a statement.

The FBI was investigating the incidents, Posner said. Officials at the FBI were not immediately available for comment.

WATCH: FBI probing wave of fake bomb threats to U.S. Jewish centres in January

Officials at the Harry and Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, north of Milwaukee, received a bomb threat at 10:15 a.m. local time, the second such incident at the centre over the last three weeks, it said on 桑拿会所.

“Taking very cautious measures, we are sheltering in our gym, as has been recommended,” the Milwaukee JCC said in a text message sent to parents of children who attend the preschool at the centre, according to an NBC affiliate in Milwaukee.

The centre reopened two hours later, the centre said on 桑拿会所.

Monday’s incidents come after three waves of bomb threats in 2017. In all, 69 incidents at 54 JCCs in 27 states and one Canadian province have been reported, according to the JCC Association of North America.

“We are concerned about the anti-Semitism behind these threats, and the repetition of threats intended to interfere with day-to-day life,” Posner said.

Jewish community centres typically offer after-school activities, fitness programs and various other services.

Over the weekend, the headstones at the graves of about 170 Jews were vandalized in the St. Louis area, the Washington Post reported.

On 桑拿会所, President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter, a convert to Judaism, called for “religious tolerance” in the wake of the reported bomb threats.

“America is a nation built on the principle of religious tolerance,” she said. “We must protect our houses of worship and religious centers.”

Trump converted to Judaism before marrying her husband, Jared Kushner, who is an Orthodox Jew.


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Nov 18

Food fraud: study shows Canadians fear risks

A majority of Canadian consumers are concerned that the foods they eat may be counterfeit, a new study by Dalhousie University says.

“The most popular one in Canada is misrepresentation,” said Sylvain Charlebois, dean of the faculty of management at Dalhousie University and Canada’s leading expert on food distribution, safety and security.

“If you’re selling an organic product, and it isn’t, or you’re selling a product that is local, and it’s not; those are the kind of food fraud cases we’re seeing,” Charlebois said.

Broadly speaking, food fraud includes the mislabelling of foods with regard to content, quality or origin. For instance, where salmon is sold by a retailer as wild, when it’s actually farmed; or if processed food is marked gluten free, when in fact it contains ingredients that would harm someone with celiac disease.

WATCH: Misrepresentation is the most common form of food fraud in Canada: Dalhousie professor

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In a new report titled “food fraud and risk perception”, Dalhousie researchers surveyed 1,088 Canadians over a three-week period in January. They asked respondents in English or French a range of questions about the food they eat and whether they’re concerned about it.

Among the key findings:

—respondents with a declared health condition, including allergies and intolerances, were more likely to be concerned about counterfeited food products coming from within Canada;

— older consumers were more likely to be concerned about food fraud in general;

—more educated consumers were concerned about the risks associated with imported food products.

Researchers found 63 per cent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed when asked if they’re concerned that food products in Canada are being misrepresented.

When asked about food from overseas sources, 74 per cent of respondents showed significant concern that the food they were buying might not meet expectations.

WATCH: Criminal intent is the most difficult thing to prove when it comes to food fraud: Dalhousie professor

Finding food fraud is one thing — holding companies accountable is another.

“The biggest challenge when it comes to food fraud is to prove criminal intent,” said Charlebois, who said successful prosecutions are not frequent.

“You could actually surveil the entire system but to actually catch people in the act is very difficult to do,” Charlebois said.

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) regulates food safety. In its survey, Dalhousie researchers found more than 56 per cent of respondents consider government regulators to be the most competent when it comes to protecting consumers from counterfeited or adulterated food products.

WATCH: People expect public regulators to correct food fraud: Dalhousie professor

 

“It is clear that people do expect public regulators to fix the problem when it comes to food fraud,” Charlebois told Global News.

Only 27 per cent of respondents said the food industry should be trusted to protect consumers.

“They are least likely to trust industry which is problematic, because if the industry doesn’t have the trust of consumers it becomes very challenging for them to grow their business,” said Charlebois.

So how can a consumer protect against being misinformed or defrauded?

Charlebois urges food shoppers to do their research and seek out consistent, reliable food providers and to know their prices. He warns people to be skeptical of fluctuating prices on food commodities—suggesting deep-discounts on food items, such as fis or meat, may not be such a good “deal” after all, but could reflect inferior foods being sold instead.

“The consumer, in the end, is the most effective police for the entire food system.”

WATCH: Consumer is the most important watchdog for the food industry: Dalhousie professor


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Nov 18

Saskatchewan’s wholesale trade trends down in 2016

Saskatchewan’s merchants collected roughly $2.8 billion less in wholesale trade last year, compared to 2015, according to a Statistics Canada report released on Monday.

The decline from $26.535 billion in 2015 to $23.722 billion in 2016 represents a 10.6 per cent decrease, marking the largest drop Canada. Nation-wide, wholesale merchant sales were up in 2016 by 3.1 per cent.

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    Saskatchewan statistics consultant and analyst Doug Elliott said the drop off is “not abnormal in the province unfortunately,” which has seen many economic indicators decline recently after years of growth.

    “I guess it’s alarming in the short term because it looks like maybe we’ll have another bad year in the coming year,” Elliott, who publishes Sask Trends Monitor, said in an interview Monday.

    “We have to remember that 2016 may have been a lot worse than 2015, but it was a lot better than five or ten years ago.”

    Elliott said he attributes much of 2016’s decrease to a drop in sale prices. It’s an assertion backed up the Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan, whose president said its members have seen the decline first hand.

    “The livestock and cattle sector saw a pretty significant drop off in their pricing this year, in some cases thirty to forty per cent,” Todd Lewis, the association’s president, said in an interview.

    READ MORE: Canada to drop out of top 20 economies by 2050: PwC report

    Canada’s farm product wholesale industry saw a 10.9 per cent decrease in sales in 2016, which largely affected the Prairie provinces. Lewis said it’s hard to predict what 2017 will bring, however his group is hopeful the market’s prices will rise.

    “We’ll see what the weather brings us and what the future holds,” Lewis said.

    As for the entire wholesale industry, Elliott said Saskatchewan will likely not see a large bounce back this year, especially if the province lays off public sector workers in its upcoming budget.

    “That [would] dampen consumer confidence, so there will be less money spent in the retail sector which will ricochet into the whole sale trade sector,” Elliott said.

    “If I had to guess I would suggest that 2017 is probably going to be another year like 2016 for the wholesalers, which is down from a year ago, but not the end of the world.”

    The province’s wholesale merchants will get their first look at the 2017 trend line when Statistics Canada releases January’s data in a month.


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Nov 18

Tyson Langelaar brings world junior speed skating medals home

WINNIPEG – Winnipeg speed skater Tyson Langelaar even exceeded his own expectations on the world stage.

Langelaar returned to Winnipeg on Monday night after he won four medals at the World Junior Long Track Championships in Finland over the weekend. Langelaar captured a silver medal in the team sprint competition and won three bronze medals for third place finishes in the 1000 metre event, the 1500 metre, and in the overall individual standings.

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“I think it was a bit better than what I was aiming for.” Langelaar said. “I was looking for a few individual medals and I came out at the end with a few individual medals, but I was going into it trying to grab one in the 1500 which I ended up doing. But the 1000 was sort of a shocker.”

Now that he’s had a couple days to soak it all in, it’s the all around medal that was the most rewarding for Langelaar.

“We came in thinking we wanted to be top six.” said coach Tyler Derraugh. “And we wanted to shoot to try and get a podium in the 15 (1500 metre) or the thousand and getting podium in both of those and then the overall was just a bonus on top.”

Langelaar was greeted at the airport by his family and a throng of young skaters from the Manitoba speed skating community.

“It was real nice having the family and team support back home.” said Langelaar. “It’s really nice to see all the young kids too, come out, so to sort of look up to me as a sort of role model.”

Langelaar won seven medals at the Canadian Junior Championships in January.  The 18-year-old still has another year left of junior eligibility so he’ll get a chance to upgrade to gold at the worlds next year. And he already has an idea how to get there.

“I think just cleaning up all the messy areas.” said Langelaar. “Just trying to perfect each part.”

This was Langelaar’s last major competition of the season. He’s already looking ahead to next season’s Olympic trials, but the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is probably more of a realistic goal.

“I’m pretty excited to see what I can do next year.” Langelaar said. “See my results and if I have good ones, I have good ones. If I don’t, I’ll see where I can improve.”

WATCH: Tyson Langelaar arrives home with World Junior medals


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Nov 18

Police say newly freed gang member killed California officer answering traffic call

LOS ANGELES – A gang member who was recently freed from jail killed his cousin and stole his car Monday then shot and killed a California police officer and wounded his partner before being wounded himself, authorities said.

Whittier Officer Keith Lane Boyer died and Officer Patrick Hazel was wounded when they answered a report of a traffic accident in the eastern Los Angeles County suburb.

A motorist pointed out the location of the car that had rear-ended his vehicle, and the officers approached the driver.

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“When they get him out of the car, they go to pat him down for weapons, they can see he’s got tattoos all over his face and all over his neck,” county sheriff’s Lt. John Corina said.

The man then pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his waistband and opened fire at the officers, who were wearing bulletproof vests and shot back, Corina said.

“They walked up on the vehicle believing the motorist was in need of medical help and then they ended up in a gunfight for their lives,” Sheriff Jim McDonnell said.

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Whittier Police Chief Jeff Piper wept as he described Boyer as a friend of more than 25 years.

“All of us have been grieving,” the chief said. “And I didn’t think I had any tears left.”

Gov. Jerry Brown issued a statement of condolence. Capitol flags were ordered to be flown at half-staff in his honour.

The suspect, a 26-year-old gang member, had a history of serious crimes and had been granted early release from Los Angeles County jail about a week ago, Corina said. He didn’t know the nature of his offence.

His name wasn’t immediately released.

Earlier Monday, he shot and killed his cousin in East Los Angeles and took his car, which later rear-ended another car in the neighbouring city of Whittier, Corina said.

He got out and asked those he had hit to help push his stolen car from the intersection.

Boyer and Hazel didn’t know any of those details when they answered the report of a car accident, Corina said.

READ MORE: Arizona cop ambushed, shot and beaten is rescued by passersby

Boyer was pronounced dead at a hospital. Hazel, a three-year veteran, and the suspect were hospitalized in stable condition and were expected to live.

After the shooting, a long line of police cars escorted the slain officer’s body from a hospital in Irvine to the coroner’s office. Mourners placed candles and flowers outside police headquarters.

Boyer joined the force as a dispatcher in 1989 and became a full-time officer in 1990. A divorced father who played the drums, he was “the best of the best” who was sought for advice by his colleagues and superiors, the chief said.

Boyer recently talked to the chief about retiring.

The Whittier Police Department has about 125 sworn officers who patrol Whittier and Santa Fe Springs.

The department has had two other officers killed in the line of duty – a detective in 1979 and a corporal in 1977.


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Nov 18

74 bodies of migrants wash ashore in Libya

CAIRO – Scores of bodies of African migrants washed ashore in Libya, in the western city of Zawiya on the Mediterranean Sea, a spokesman for the Libyan Red Crescent said on Tuesday.

The drownings – at least 74 bodies were found in Zawiya – are the latest tragedy at sea after migrant deaths rose to record levels along the Libya-Italy smuggling route over the past months.

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The Red Crescent’s spokesman Mohammed al-Misrati told The Associated Press that the bodies were found on Monday morning and that the Red Crescent workers retrieved them between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

He said that a torn rubber boat was found nearby and that he expected more bodies to surface as such boats usually carry up to 120 people. Earlier, al-Misrati mistakenly told the AP that the bodies surfaced overnight.

READ MORE: Bodies of 40 migrants found washed ashore in Libya, another 30 missing

The aid agency posted on its 桑拿会所 account photographs of dozens of bodies in white and black body bags, lined up along the shore. Al-Misrati said the local authorities would take the bodies to a cemetery in the capital of Tripoli that is allocated for unidentified persons.

Last week, Fabrice Leggeri, director of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, said the Libya-Italy smuggling route across the Mediterranean has seen record numbers of migrant drownings in 2016.

According to Leggeri, migrant deaths along the central Mediterranean route stood at 4,579 for last year, which still might be much less than the true loss of life. That’s compared to 2,869 deaths in 2015 and 3,161 in 2014.

There is little sign of the surge is abating, even during wintertime. There were 228 recorded deaths in January, by far the biggest monthly toll in recent years. Leggeri blamed the very small dinghies and poor vessels used by the smugglers for the high death rate.

READ MORE: Boat carrying over 100 migrants overturns in Mediterranean, scores feared dead

In Libya, the turmoil engulfing this North African country has become a death trap for thousands of migrants, most of them from sub-Saharan African countries, seeking to escape poverty and find a better life in Europe.

Libya is split by competing governments and many militias rule on the ground, many of them profiting from smuggling and human trafficking. Rights groups have documented migrants’ horror journeys involving torture, rape, and forced labour inside Libya.

The country sank into lawlessness following the 2011 uprising that turned into a full-blown civil war that led to the toppling and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

Since then, human trafficking has thrived amid Libya’s chaos.

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This story has been corrected to show following new information that the bodies washed ashore on Monday, not Tuesday.


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Nov 18

‘How can it happen to her?’ Abbotsford family wants answers after 3-year-old dies in hospital

An Abbotsford couple is demanding answers after the death of their three-year-old daughter.

Balraj Gill said her daughter Nimrat woke up with a fever at around 2 a.m. on Feb. 6. She sensed something wasn’t right so she and the girl’s father took her to Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

Gill said she was advised to go home and give her daughter Tylenol.

“Yeah, ‘every four hours give her Tylenol. She’s OK.’ That was their response,” she said.

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Nimrat’s condition worsened during the night, according to her mother. She started throwing up at home.

Her parents said they rushed her to hospital at 5 a.m. on Feb. 7. They said they waited for hours in the emergency room for X-rays and blood tests.

“Her body colour was changing and she can’t speak clearly,” Gill said. “’Her body is fighting with temperature, fever,’ that was the answer of the doctor.”

Moments later, Gill said Nimrat died.

Global News has obtained one of the doctor’s reports explaining what they believe happened to the little girl.

“It appears that Nimrat succumbed to a large left-sided pneumonia… septic shock related to this with resulting respiratory failure leading to cardiac arrest.”

Fraser Health has launched an investigation.

“The intention of the review is to look at the care that was provided to this child and to determine if in the future we need to change or should do things differently,” Fraser Health’s Tasleem Juma said.

The family has doubts about the investigation.

“I don’t think it’s going to be fair,” Nimrat’s aunt, Preet Kooner, said. “It should be [conducted by] somebody independent, not under Fraser Health.”

Nimrat’s parents said she was a happy child with no health issues.

The B.C. Coroners Service is now investigating.

They now offer a warning for other parents: if your child is sick, follow your intuition and demand a second opinion. They say it could mean the difference between life and death.

“I can’t understand,” Gill said. “How can it happen to her?”

– With files from Rumina Daya


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Nov 18

Accused drug trafficker walks free from Victoria courthouse due to sheriff shortage

An accused drug dealer walked away  from a Victoria courthouse a free man on Friday, not because his innocence was proven, but because a sheriff wasn’t available to escort him from a cell to a courtroom, both of which are in the same building.

“I am bothered and offended by the fact that serious charges are dismissed because of something as a lack of court staff,” Victoria defence lawyer Tom Morino said.

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For years, there has been a shortage of court staff in B.C., from clerks and bailiffs to sheriffs. The problem is especially bad in Victoria.

“They’re bringing in deputy sheriffs from the Lower Mainland, putting them up in hotels, at a cost, so they’re really robbing Peter to pay Paul here,” Dean Purdy, chair of the B.C. Government and Employees’ Union (BCGEU)’s corrections and sheriff services component, said.

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The issue, and what happened Friday, dominated the start of question period at the B.C. Legislature Monday.

“The accused should have been in court on the Monday, failed to appear, came into custody during the week, the case was rescheduled later in the week, a late scheduling, so right on Friday morning, right at the time the court opened the resources were not available right then,” Justice Minister Suzanne Anton said during question period.

“The attorney general can stand in this house and say ‘technicality.’ It is not a technicality when an accused drug-dealing thug walks free in this province,” NDP MLA Mike Farnworth said.

Purdy said the problem is retaining sheriffs who often leave their positions for higher paying law enforcement jobs.

“Police, SkyTrain police, border patrol and they make a lot more money than sheriffs. Sheriff’s top out at between $50,000 and $60,000 a year but you can go over to the transit police and make $90,000,” Purdy said.

Purdy said five years ago there were about 500 sheriffs in B.C. That number is now just over 400.


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Nov 18

Case of accused in Quebec City mosque shootings to resume March 30

The case of the man charged with murder in last month’s mosque shootings in Quebec City will resume March 30.

Alexandre Bissonnette appeared in court this morning as the Crown handed over evidence to the defence lawyer.

READ MORE: Alexandre Bissonnette allegedly visited Quebec City mosque days before shooting: source

Bissonnette faces six counts of first-degree murder and five of attempted murder using a restricted firearm, although authorities have refused to specify what type of firearm was used in the mass shooting.

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    The charges are in connection with the Jan. 29 deaths of Mamadou Tanou Barry, Ibrahima Barry, Azzeddine Soufiane, Abdelkrim Hassane, Khaled Belkacemi and Aboubaker Thabti.

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    The six victims, aged between 39 and 60, were killed when a gunman stormed the mosque and opened fire on men who were attending prayer.

    The Muslim community has in the past and again today shown Bissonnette enormous compassion.

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    The vice-president of the mosque where the worshipers were killed, said it was hard for him to watch the court proceedings, as a young man risks spending the rest of his life in prison.

    “He face a big crime like that. He broke his life for nothing. For what? For hating others. Why?” Mohamed Labidi asked.

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    –With files from the Canadian Press


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Nov 18

Big boost for Kelowna school and pink shirt day

It started in Canada but has spread world-wide. The annual pink shirt campaign was designed to stamp out school bullying. Now as students across the country gear up for the big day on Wednesday, Feb. 22, a Kelowna school has received a huge boost in its efforts to stop bullying.

“We can make a difference, each and every one of us,” pink shirt day co-founder Travis Price said.

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Price was the guest speaker at a special assembly at Rutland Senior Secondary in Kelowna on Monday. He and friend David Shepherd started pink shirt day in 2007 after witnessing a younger student being bullied at their Nova Scotia high school for wearing the colour pink.

“We came with the idea that if we wore pink shirts and got other people to wear pink that they wouldn’t be able to bully all of us,” Price said. “Luckily for us, our school got behind us and out of 1000 (students), about 850 people wore pink the next day, it was incredible and pink day started.”

Price is no stranger to bullying himself. He suffered years of verbal and physical agony at the hands of bullies.

“I see pink shirt day as a way that saved my life,” Price said. “It gave me passion, it gave me a mission, it gave me an idea, something I wanted to do with my life, to be that voice for the kids that lost theirs is very powerful for me.”

Price says while pink shirt day is raising a lot of awareness, bullying is still a very serious issue, one that has claimed lives like that of Amanda Todd. Todd was the 15-year-old Port Coquitlam girl who killed herself in 2012 after posting a YouTube video describing how she was tormented by bullies.

“To the ones who witness bullying, I want to tell them today they can be someone’s hero and that there is a hero inside everyone but bullying is a choice,” Price said. “You can choose to do something for it like stand up against it or you can choose just to walk away and do nothing. When we make the right choice and we stand up against it, that is when we make a difference in our communities and our schools, that is when we start seeing bullying go away.”

Price encourages everyone to buy their pink shirt at London Drugs or online at 长沙夜生活pinkshirtday长沙夜网. Proceeds go towards anti-bullying initiatives across B.C. including Red Cross’s ‘Beyond the Hurt Program’ where youth are trained to teach other youth.