Why is skating banned on Grenadier Pond?

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There are yellow signs all around Grenadier Pond in High Park.  Some say “Danger.  Ice unsafe.  Keep off.”

Even though these signs warn of the risk – many still venture out onto the ice.

“Beautiful.  It’s beautiful,” said Adrian Gonzalez, who was out for his first skate on the pond.  When asked if he worried about his safety he said, “yes, but it’s worth it.”

He’s not alone.  People have skated past the warning signs for years.


However, according to city officials, Toronto’s Parks Municipal Code – 608 and the Parks, Forestry and Recreation Activities on Frozen Open Bodies of Water Policy, prohibit skating and other recreation activities on frozen open bodies of water in city parks, including Grenadier Pond.

Here is the by-law, according to the Toronto Municipal Code, Chapter 608, Parks:

608-21. Skating.

A. On a natural ice surface posted and designated for skating, or an artificial ice surface located in a park, no person shall:

(1) Use speed skates unless authorized by permit or in a posted area in accordance with posted conditions;

(2) Skate or act in a manner as to interfere with or endanger any other person using the surface;

(3) Use a stick of any kind except in accordance with posted conditions; or

(4) Disregard the instructions or information provided by designated ice patrollers, rink guards or supervisors.

B. No person shall access or skate on a natural ice surface in a park where it is posted to prohibit it.

The fine for violating the by-law and accessing or skating on a natural ice surface where prohibited in a park is $125.

According to city officials, before amalgamation, the former Metropolitan Toronto had an ice monitoring service and a portion of Grenadier Pond was maintained as part of a Natural Ice Rink Program.

In an email, Donna Kovachis, Manager Parks – Etobicoke York District explained, “Skating on Grenadier Pond was discontinued in approximately 2001 for many reasons including staffing requirements to meet required standards to monitor and maintain ice thickness for safety are cost prohibitive, fluctuation in temperatures contribute to inconsistent formation of ice on open water, use of road salt makes its way into water systems increasing ice instability, storm water sewers drain into Grenadier pond and the average temperature in Toronto does not normally allow for extended periods of -15 degrees Celsius or colder which is the optimal weather condition for ice freezing.”

City officials add, there are still many places to skate in Toronto, including artificial outdoor ice rinks, natural ice rinks (on parks land) and indoor arenas.

Here are some ways to find somewhere to skate in the city of Toronto:

Residents can call 311 for the nearest location in their communityCheck their local FUN GuideCheck the city’s website at 广州蒲友广州桑拿网toronto广州桑拿网/skate

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More oilpatch cuts as Cenovus slashes budget

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CALGARY – Oilsands giant Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) is bracing for a prolonged stretch of low oil prices, announcing Wednesday it’s taking $700 million out of its 2015 budget, released just a month and a half ago.

The Calgary-based company said its budget for this year now sits at between $1.8 billion and $2 billion. In mid-December, Cenovus figured it would spend between $2.5 and $2.7 billion, which was already 15 per cent lower than 2014 levels.



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    “I believe crude oil prices will rebound, but the timing is uncertain. We’re taking the actions we deem prudent to help protect the financial resilience of Cenovus without compromising our future,” said CEO Brian Ferguson in a release.

    U.S. benchmark crude for March delivery was at around US$44 a barrel on Wednesday. Cenovus is assuming a US$50.50 price for 2015.

    When Cenovus released its initial 2015 budget, crude prices were at US$60 and the company was expecting US$77 West Texas Intermediate crude for 2015. Last summer, crude was well above US$100.

    Bearing the brunt of the budget cuts are the bulk of Cenovus’ conventional drilling program in southern Alberta and Saskatchewan and longer-term oilsands projects. Its core Christina Lake and Foster Creek oilsands projects in northeastern Alberta will continue to be funded.

    Cenovus expects its total crude production to be between 195,000 and 212,000 barrels a day, slightly lower than the range it predicted back in December.

    The company plans to shuffle its employees within the company to better align with its spending plans. Its contract workforce will be reduced, but it didn’t say by how much.

    Ferguson said there could be some silver lining in the downturn.

    “As a result of the dramatic slowdown across the energy sector, we expect to see continued reductions in demand for labour, service and materials. This should create potential opportunities for us to drive improvements in our cost structure.”

    Cenovus shares were off by about three per cent at $28.90 on the Toronto Stock Exchange around mid-day Wednesday.

    “Cenovus is one of the growth entities in the oilsands space, so to push out growth further in time will weigh on the stock,” CIBC World Markets analyst Arthur Grayfer wrote in a note to clients.

    The firm has been mulling options for its royalty land holdings in Alberta. Grayfer sees Cenovus selling them rather than spinning them out into a new publicly traded entity, much how Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) created PrairieSky Royalty Ltd. (TSX:PSK) last year. He said the land is likely worth around $900 million.

    Cenovus is not the first major oilsands player to rewrite its 2015 budget in the face of lower crude prices. Earlier this month, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) reduced its 2015 budget by $2.4 billion. Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU) has reduced its workforce by 1,000 and its budget by $1 billion.

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A new normal at the supermarket: fewer deals, higher prices

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Promo prices on leftover clementines from Christmas and discounted apples stored since the fall. Those are about the best offers shoppers have seen on fruits and vegetables in recent weeks as grocers grapple with a crashing exchange rate that’s sending produce prices sharply higher.

The deals on clementines and apples were what Metro Inc. had on offer at its Food Basics stores in Ontario. No Frills, owned by Loblaw, elected to offer no promotions on fruits and veggies during that same week.


“The biggest issue facing Canadian grocers is the crashing exchange rate,” Perry Caicco, a retail stock analyst at CIBC World Markets said in a new research note on Wednesday.

The loonie was down by another half a percent against the U.S. dollar Wednesday morning, trading just above 80 cents U.S.

And with lower oil prices dimming the outlook for the domestic economy, experts suggested this week the Canadian dollar will fall to as low as 75 cents by early next year.

MORE: Canadian dollar expected to slip to fresh low of 75 cents, TD says

For grocers— and by extension their customers— that’s a problem. “A lower year-over-year exchange rate boosts costs dramatically, some quickly, some slowly,” Caicco said.

Canadian supermarkets like Metro, Loblaw, Sobeys and Safeway import about 80 per cent of their fruits and vegetables and 60 per cent of consumer packaged goods. And the vast majority of those products are priced in U.S. dollars.

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The loonie’s dramatic plunge of late is already broadly fanning prices higher across multiple grocery aisles. Metro, the third largest supermarket operator in the country, said this week food inflation rose 3.0 between mid-September and mid-December, its highest showing in several quarters.

The loonie has shed another five cents through January, and the downbeat outlook for the dollar is sending experts scrambling to adjust forecasts for what that means for food prices this year. Researchers at the University of Guelph will release a revised outlook for retail food prices in the coming days, an update to its initial forecast published only in December.

The researchers had been calling for food prices to rise generally by two per cent (and change) this year, with meat and produce costs rising faster by about 5 per cent.

“Increases will now likely exceed 5 per cent for several products,” Sylvain Charlebois, a professor at Guelph and food industry expert said.

MORE: Here’s what’s in store for supermarket prices next year

Grocers are expected to import more than $40 billion (U.S.) worth of food in 2015, Charlebois said. “Among the myriad food products are nuts, coffee, fish, and some speciality meats and alcohol beverages. Most importantly, due to a weaker dollar, edible vegetables, fruits and nuts are likely to see significant price increases.”

More to come

So far grocers have been able to mask price increases with tactics like deep discounts on older produce. They’ve also been absorbing some of the hit themselves – careful not to ramp prices too high too quickly.

“In the first quarter [mid-September to December] consumers did not see a huge impact or increase in inflation in produce,” Eric La Flèche, the head of Metro said Tuesday.

But prices will creep ever higher in the weeks and months to come, especially now that Target is vacating its stores, a retreat that’s weakening the competitive pressures on prices.

Among the big grocery chains, “there is more and more appetite for raising prices,” CIBC analysts said Wednesday. “I.e. a lack of competition.”

While fruits and vegetables and meat are feeling the most heat, packaged foods and other “centre of the store” products, like cereal, crackers, cookies and the like will start to edge up too.

CIBC said manufacturers of brand name and store-brand products will need to raise the prices of what they charge grocers by between two and four percent to make up for the shortfall created by the falling loonie.

“Inflation will soon move to the centre of the store,” CIBC’s Caicco said.

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3 teens arrested for alleged forcible confinement of woman, 25

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WATCH: Officers with the Halifax Regional Police and RCMP Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are trying to piece together a bizarre case. One that saw a 25-year-old woman being forcibly confined and landed three teenagers in police custody. Global’s Natasha Pace reports.

HALIFAX – Police say three teens are in custody in connection with a case of forcible confinement and theft in the Halifax area.


Police say a 25-year-old woman was leaving a store in Porters Lake yesterday when two armed men forced her into her vehicle.

The woman was ordered to drive to a home in West Chezzetcook, where police say the suspects tried to enter, but couldn’t get inside the residence.

RCMP Sgt. Al LeBlanc said the pair then left the scene in the woman’s car, which was later found behind a grocery store in Porters Lake.

Police did not say what the suspects were looking for at the home.

“Based on what we know at this time, it does not appear that this was a random act,” LeBlanc said.

The Mounties say the victim wasn’t hurt.

Investigators with the Halifax Regional Police and RCMP Integrated Criminal Investigation Division spent much of their day at 55 Pondicherry Crescent in Dartmouth. They could be seen bagging evidence inside the home and searching the property outside.

Police say a 19-year-old man and a 17-year-old were arrested at the home earlier Tuesday.

A 16-year-old boy was also arrested without incident and later released. Police say they are looking for a third suspect.

A damaged black Hyundai Tiburon car was parked outside the home in Dartmouth.

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A damaged black Hyundai Tiburon car was parked outside the home. LeBlanc confirmed it is connected to the incident, but would not say how.

The vehicle was towed away for further examination.

Police say the case is still in the early stages and are asking for help from the public.

“If people were in the area of Porters lake last night, near the Superstore, if you noticed anyone suspicious or anyone unusual, we would like those people to call police,” LeBlanc said.

– With files from Natasha Pace, Global News

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CAPP sees slowing oil production growth

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CALGARY – The low price of crude today is expected to put a damper on Canada’s oil output 15 years from now, according to a new forecast by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers.

CAPP predicts the country’s total daily oil production will hit 5.3 million barrels by 2030 — a 43 per cent increase over 2014 levels.

But that’s 17 per cent less than what the association predicted a year ago when crude was above US$105 a barrel. Right now, it’s around US$60 a barrel.


The 2014 and 2015 forecasts follow a similar trajectory for most of the forecast period, but diverge in later years.

No big change is expected for oilsands projects that are up and running or under construction, but some longer-term projects have been shelved due to the price uncertainty.

Oilsands production alone is expected to hit four million barrels a day by 2030, nearly doubling from 2014 levels. But a year ago, CAPP was predicting oilsands output of 4.8 million barrels a day by 2030.

Through 2019, CAPP sees the oilsands adding an average of 168,000 barrels a day of production each year. But during the last decade of its forecast, the pace slows to about 86,000 barrels a day of annual growth.

Greg Stringham, CAPP’s vice-president of oilsands and markets, said new pipelines to the East, West and U.S. Gulf Coasts will be necessary, despite the slower growth.

“By the end of our forecast…all of the proposed pipeline systems do become used. And from that perspective, it didn’t really change that outlook when many people would have been looking at it saying ‘Well, it’s a slower pace. We may not need all that (pipeline space).’”

Crude-by-rail will also continue to be an important way to transport “swing supply” to get crude to markets that aren’t served by pipelines, said Stringham.

The group surveyed its members in March and April of this year about their investment plans.

Total investment across the oil and gas industry is predicted to come in at $45 billion in 2015, down nearly 40 per cent from last year. In the oilsands, capital investment is seen dropping by nearly a third.

Stringham said there is some upside to developing Canada’s resources at a more moderate clip.

“The slower pace does mean that there is some additional labour availability. Some projects have been coming in on time and on budget. The last eight that I’ve seen have done that,” he said.

“From that perspective, I think it does help on the competitiveness side of things.”

Greenpeace campaigner Keith Stewart said it’s “remarkable” that CAPP predicted a huge rise in oilsands production the day after G7 leaders agreed to shift to a no-carbon economy by the end of this century.

“They need to be planning how they can become renewable energy companies, not doubling down on high-carbon oil.”

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Up to 19 schools in Vancouver could close following audit recommendations

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WATCH: An audit of the Vancouver School Board has found millions of dollars in savings through school cuts

VANCOUVER – An independent review of the Vancouver Board of Education’s (VBE) finances has found that there is no reason for them to be in debt.

Ernst and Young’s independent review has found there could be $72 million in potential annual savings and revenues and a one-time saving of up to $750.

The report also points to the fact that there are more than 10,000 empty seats in the district and recommend an “aggressive asset rationalization approach” that could see up to 19 schools close.

The report does not identify the schools but does provide maps showing which elementary and secondary schools have a less than 70 per cent utilization rate.

Five of the six under-utilized secondary schools are in the east side of Vancouver, with four of the schools in close proximity to each other (Britannia Secondary School and Templeton Secondary School; and Gladstone Secondary School and Windemere Secondary School).


The report finds the majority of under-utilized elementary schools and annexes are in the east side of Vancouver, compared to the west side.

“It’s clear from Ernst and Young’s review there are more opportunities for the Vancouver Board of Education to find efficiencies, improve revenues and make better use of facilities,” said Education Minister Peter Fassbender in a release. “We are confident this review maps a positive path forward for the board that will ultimately benefit students and taxpayers.”

The audit makes 59 recommendations overall to save money.

“The board clearly knows, and we do, that there are 10,000 empty seats in the City of Vancouver,” said Fassbender in a press conference today. “That needs to be addressed to ensure that their budget, one, is balanced and number two, focuses on student outcomes.”

“The report does say that the Vancouver Board has some good budgeting processes, but it’s critical that they do develop a long-term strategy, which they currently do not have, in order to ensure that their planning and fiscal decisions are made in a prudent and well-thought-out process.”

June 30 is the deadline for the Vancouver Board of Education to submit its balanced budget to the ministry, which is something required of all districts.

The full report can be viewed here.

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‘He didn’t want to leave his guys behind’: Neighbour helps injured Edmonton officer to safety

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WATCH: Global News has video of a walk-through of a neighbour’s home that was riddled with bullets during the Edmonton police shooting.

EDMONTON — Ryan Colton was sitting on the deck in his backyard in the Ormsby Place area Monday night when he saw the first few undercover police officers arrive at his neighbour’s home.

He said they knocked on the door and when the homeowner didn’t answer, police called for backup. Colton recalled police once again requested access but were refused.



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    “Once they hit the door three times and broke it open, he opened fired upon the officers, hitting Officer Woodall…. the other sergeant got hit in the back as they were fleeing from the scene.”

    Const. Daniel Woodall, 35, was one of several police officers who had arrived at the home to execute an arrest warrant for 42-year-old Norman Raddatz at approximately 8 p.m.  Raddatz, who’s believed to have fired dozens of shots at the approaching police officers, was known to police, though he did not have an extensive police record.

    READ MORE: Edmonton police Const. Daniel Woodall, 35, killed in west-end shooting 

    Const. Woodall, of the hate crimes unit, was killed. Thirty-eight-year-old Sgt. Jason Harley, a southwest division patrol member, was shot in the lower back.

    “Shortly after shots were fired, a lot of officers started to flood in on the scene to help with the situation,” said Colton. “They evacuated the area, got all the homeowners out of the area; they secured the perimeter.”

    “I helped the one officer that got hit in the back.

    “He came to the corner of my lot and we carried him off – with another neighbour – we carried him out to the farthest perimeter of the area and waited for a bus to show up to rush him off to the hospital.”

    Colton said the officer’s wound was visible on the lower side of his back.

    “But his vest did save him. It stopped the bullet from penetrating.

    READ MORE: What you need to know about body armour, which saved life of one Edmonton police officer 

    “He was still walking. He was still trying to come back and do his job. The other officers told him, ‘You’re injured. You have to lay down.’

    “He wanted to do his job that he was trained to do. He didn’t want to leave his guys behind.”

    It was at that point, Colton said, they realized there was an officer down: Woodall.

    Woodall had spoken to Colton about his neighbour before the shots were fired, trying to get any relevant information about the man that could help police.

    “He was just doing his job… just started the night shift… I feel really bad for his family.”

    READ MORE: Who was fallen Edmonton police officer Const. Daniel Woodall?

    Colton said all the neighbours are very shaken up.

    “He was using a very high-powered rifle. It was pretty serious. You can see at the neighbour’s door across the street there’s 48 bullet holes through the door and they penetrated through the house.”

    That neighbour, 91-year-old Paul Noble, was resting on the couch when a spray of bullets came through his home, several leaving holes just a foot from where he was lying.

    “Had I been standing up, I would have got hit by those bullets right there,” said Noble.

    The World War II veteran’s home is evidence of the violent shoot-out. Bullets went through the garage door, passed through the back wall, into an office and through two more walls, shattering picture frames and hockey memorabilia.

    “I thought, ‘What the hell was that noise?’ … It was bullets coming in from the front of the house.”

    “I was lying there and I heard this noise. I didn’t know what it was. It went on for about 15 seconds I’d say. I guess it was the bullets coming through… I stood up and went into the other room and there was smoke and the fire alarm was going off.”

    It’s not clear exactly how many bullets were fired, but Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said 53 bullet holes were found in the home across the street.

    The suspect’s house was set ablaze and burned to the ground. Knecht said the last time police saw the suspect was inside the burning home. While no one has been arrested, he said he believes the risk to the public is over.

    “A body was found late last evening in the basement of a burned out home,” the chief said Tuesday morning. “An autopsy is scheduled for today to determine the identity of the remains and the exact cause of death.”

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One Edmonton officer saved by body armour, here’s what you need to know

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WATCH: Police Chief Rod Knecht updates in the investigation into the fatal shooting of Const. Daniel Woodall.

Constable Daniel Woodall and Sgt. Jason Harley were both shot when they approached the west Edmonton home of 42-year-old Norman Raddatz on Monday evening to execute a warrant.

Const. Woodall died. He was wearing body armour but none of the bullets hit it.



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    Sgt. Harley lived, having been shot in the lower back, and Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht credited his survival to his body armour.

    There’s four levels of body armour; they range from 1 to 4 and increase in protectiveness as the numbers get higher.

    They can be broken into soft and hard body armour.

    READ MORE: Who was fallen Edmonton police officer Const. Daniel Woodall?

    Edmonton police refused to say Tuesday what type of body armour the officers responding to the home were wearing.

    Police officers in Canada generally wear level 2, according to Nir Mamen, the managing director of the Canadian Tactical Officers Association.  What differentiates the two types of armour is what they’re resistant to.

    Soft body armour

    Soft body armour is what’s most common in Canada. Mamen said this type of armour is designed to protect against handguns and shotguns but won’t protect against rifles with high-capacity rounds – which are illegal in Canada.

    “Soft armour in and of itself, it’s made out of layers of soft material that is stacked one on top of another, in a specific pattern, and what its designed to, when it hits, is every single layer of this material absorbs the shock more and more.”

    The armour doesn’t protect against knives or “edged weapons” but will stop most firearms. It won’t keep the wearer completely free from injury.

    “It doesn’t necessarily leave a person injury-free,” Mamen said. “The amount of energy that impacts can still cause damage to the armour, so it may not break the skin but it may cause a severe amount of bruising. It can potentially break ribs or bones just by virtue of the energy alone.”

    READ MORE: Social media overflows with grief for fallen Edmonton police officer

    Edmonton Police have not identified what kind of firearm Raddatz was allegedly using but Chief Knecht said during a press conference Tuesday that 53 bullet holes were found in the home across the street – three bullets went through the outside wall and were found inside the home.

    WATCH: Global News reporter Michel Boyer has an exclusive walk-through of a neighbour’s home that was riddled with bullets during a shooting that killed Edmonton police Const. Daniel Woodall.

    Though soft body armour doesn’t stop all types of firearms, it can also be upgraded. Mamen said police officers can get – and sometimes buy with their own money – steel inserts that can be placed within their soft armour to give them more protection.

    Hard armour

    The plates are an example of hard body armour which, though less common than soft armour, provide far more protection against heavy rifles.

    Tactical Teams and soldiers are generally issued hard body armour. This type of armour is usually made up of ceramic plates, Mamen said, which stop bullets but shatter when hit.

    “When a round impacts the armour, it shatters it, so you really don’t have the ability to take a lot of rounds into the plating before it loses its effect,” he said.

    There are new materials, Mamen said, which prevent shattering and allow the wearer to be hit more than once.

    But these heavy plates are also bulkier and heavy – making it a bit more difficult to move.

    READ MORE: Details of incident that claimed the life of Const. Daniel Woodall in west-end shooting

    “When you want the proposition of protecting against a round that can travel over 1,500 feet per second and can penetrate through a lot of dexterous material, that’s the compromise that you have, it does have to be bigger, it’s got to be thicker, it’s got to be stronger,” he said.

    Where to buy body armour

    Police officers are given soft armour but sometimes, according to Mamen, go out and buy inserts.

    Civilians can buy body armour as well through Amazon and other online retailers.

    A search for “bulletproof body armour” on Amazon广州桑拿网 turns up over 3,100 results but includes leg protectors, helmets, and forearm protectors.

    It’s not cheap. A “police style Stab & Bulletproof vest” on Canarmor广州桑拿网 retails for $900 and is considered a level 3A.

    Another, a SWAT-style bulletproof jacket with neck and shoulder protection, also a level 3A, retails for $1,100 and weighs approximately eight pounds.

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2 new Liberals make their entrance at Quebec’s National Assembly

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WATCH: Former TVA reporter and Quebec Liberal candidate Véronyque Tremblay crushed her CAQ rival Jocelyne Cazin, putting an end to the party’s eight-year reign in the riding. Caroline Plante has details on Quebec’s byelection results in Jean-Talon and Chauveau.

QUEBEC CITY —; Monday’s provincial byelections were seen as political tests, even if the results do not change the balance of power at the Quebec National Assembly.

The Liberals retained the riding of Jean-Talon and took Chauveau. Both ridings are in the Quebec City area.

WATCH ABOVE: Chauveau by-election heats up

“The Liberals will say that it’s a sign of support for their policies,” said Le Soleil political columnist Gilbert Lavoie.

“Obviously it could be seen that way, however I think local issues and the local candidate explain the results.”

Former TVA reporter Véronyque Tremblay crushed her CAQ rival Jocelyne Cazin, putting an end to the CAQ’s eight-year reign in Chauveau.

The CAQ did even worse in Jean-Talon where Alain Fecteau scored less than 15 per cent of the vote, meaning he will not be allowed to claim his campaign expenses.



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    “I cannot understand why people would accept school tax increases of 33 per cent and still vote for the government,” said a deeply disappointed François Legault.

    “I think it has to be another reason and I think it’s around the national question.”

    The results indicate the CAQ leader could struggle in the fall, squeezed out by the Parti Québécois and the Liberals, who continue to fight on the economy and Quebec independence.

    Lavoie said she believes much of Legault’s future hinges on how well Pierre Karl Péladeau does in politics. So far, he said, PKP’s performance has been lacklustre.

    “If you look at the fact that Julie Snyder, his wife-to-be, has been campaigning in Chauveau, that Mr. Péladeau has been there often, that he’s just been chosen leader of his party, 3 per cent is not a big increase,” said Lavoie.

    “It’s a bit better in Jean-Talon but Mr. Péladeau will have to prove himself much more than that in order to become a real threat.”

    The Liberals now have 71 MNAs, the PQ 30 and the CAQ 21.

    The two Liberal recruits will attend their first caucus meeting on Wednesday at the National Assembly.

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Energy board to make inspection reports public

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VANCOUVER – The chairman of the National Energy Board is vowing to make pipeline inspection reports public in his latest effort to increase transparency at the embattled regulator.

Peter Watson said the reports will be published online beginning in September, in order to inform the public that the board continues to monitor pipelines even after they are built.


“If a project is constructed like the existing Trans Mountain line, we have all these responsibilities to ensure its safety on an ongoing basis and we take that very seriously,” he told .

“I’m trying to open up and be more transparent with some of the information we share, to help the public understand what we do every day to ensure pipeline safety.”

Watson met with two Vancouver-area mayors on Tuesday as part of a months-long cross-country tour to improve public relations. British Columbia politicians and First Nations have denounced the board’s ongoing review of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The chairman said the board conducts about 150 to 200 inspections annually that scrutinize pipeline construction, monitor the existing right-of-way and include meetings with landowners along the route.

All of that information will be made public, and the only redactions will likely be personal details such as landowners’ names and contact information, he said.

Watson has also undertaken a public consultation on emergency response plan transparency that is set to close on June 25. He said he expects to make a decision on the issue by the fall.

“I’m not happy with the status quo. I think we legitimately can get more information out there,” said Watson. “If we keep the plans confidential, how can the public have any confidence that we know what we’re doing?”

Kinder Morgan hopes to triple its bitumen-carrying capacity by laying nearly 1,000 kilometres of new pipe along the existing Trans Mountain line from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.

The City of Vancouver, however, passed a motion on Tuesday to formally oppose the expansion, with three councillors voting the other way, according to spokesman Braeden Caley.

Kinder Morgan has so far released a redacted version of its emergency response plan. The NEB panel reviewing the expansion refused a request from Premier Christy Clark in January to compel the company to disclose more details.

Watson said that even if he decides to require companies to publish full plans, the order would likely not extend to Trans Mountain, as the panel has already made its decision.

Trans Mountain spokeswoman Ali Hounsell said it supports the “important, national conversation” on emergency plan disclosure and is part of a Canadian Energy Pipeline Association review the NEB will consider.

She added that Kinder Morgan welcomes the board’s decision to publish inspection reports online.

But Sven Biggs, a campaign organizer with ForestEthics Advocacy, said Watson’s strategy won’t restore public trust.

“I think most Canadians are probably going to be surprised to find out that they didn’t have access to this information to start out with,” he said.

“(The) announcement doesn’t do anything to address the fact that the public has lost confidence in the National Energy Board’s ability to review pipelines.”

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NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ completes second test with measured success

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RAW: NASA’s ‘flying saucer’ fails second test with ripped parachute.

TORONTO – In a press conference on Tuesday, NASA scientists said that the second test of the low-density supersonic decelerator (LDSD) —; which may one day help us colonize Mars —; was a success.

But it might seem hard to believe the test was a success since the parachute failed.


The LDSD is designed to work in conjunction with the Supersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (SIAD) which will allow us to take heavier payloads to Mars.

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“The successful part is that we successfully conducted a supersonic experiment,” LDSD principal investigator, Ian Clark said at the conference.

As for the unsuccessful part, “We had a parachute that didn’t survive inflation.”

This is the second test for the LDSD, and the second time the parachute failed.

However, the LDSD team said that this is what the testing is all about.

“We very much want the failure to occur here on Earth rather than Mars.”

It took approximately four聽hours for the balloon to lift the LDSD to 120,000 feet. Then the rockets ignited taking it a further 180,000聽feet.

Once released into the stratosphere, the SIAD —; which is a 20-foot inflatable balloon-like structure that inflates around the vehicle —; deployed at about Mach 3.

Fourteen seconds later, the parachute was released. It’s believed that it fully inflated, providing about 180,000 lbs of drag, but was unable to withstand the force.

The parachute is the largest supersonic chute ever deployed, double that of the one that took the Curiosity rover to Mars, and weighs just 200 lbs.

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Deconstructing a Canadian classic: tracking the origins of Kraft Dinner

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WATCH ABOVE:聽Kraft Dinner, hot dogs and ketchup. Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? Global News wanted to find out exactly what was in the Canadian staple and where all the ingredients came from. John Hadden explains the results.

Gooey cheese, salty hot dogs and a hit of sweet ketchup 鈥?is there any lunch more classically Canadian?

But does it actually come from Canada? We decided to find out.

The challenge: track down the origins of all the ingredients in a classic Canadian lunch of Kraft Dinner, hot dogs and a squirt of ketchup.

The first step was a trip to the grocery store. The Metro close to Global News鈥?Toronto office provided the supplies: Kraft Dinner (original flavour of course), Schneiders Red Hots hot dog wieners, Heinz ketchup, and to make the KD: Gay Lea butter and Beatrice 2% milk. Naturally, we were going with the classic KD recipe 鈥?no margarine or skim milk here.

The elements of our meal, purchased at a Metro grocery store in Toronto.

Leslie Young / Global News

After a month of phone calls, emails and Internet document searches trying to track the 33 ingredients that make up this meal, here鈥檚 what we found.

Kraft Dinner


Our box of Kraft Dinner was packaged in Mont Royal, Quebec, on the Island of Montreal. The macaroni was also made there, from Canadian wheat. The cheese ingredients (dried whey and cheddar cheese) were made by Kraft, from Canadian milk, at its plant in Ingleside, Ontario.

The salt comes from Canada and the United States 鈥?Kraft did not wish to be more specific 鈥?and the butter is from Quebec.

Then, things get interesting. Kraft Dinner, which already contains butter and cheese (and to which you add more butter) also contains 鈥渘atural flavours鈥?of butter and cheese. Both are from the United States. So are the citric acid, sodium phosphates and artificial colour.

Kraft did not wish to get more specific than 鈥渢he United States鈥?for these ingredients.

Schneiders Red Hots

A classic hot dog, these wieners are produced by Maple Leaf under the Schneiders brand.

The pork for the hot dogs comes from Manitoba. The pigs are slaughtered at the giant Maple Leaf Foods plant in Brandon, then the meat is shipped to Hamilton, Ontario, where it鈥檚 mixed with all the other ingredients and turned into wieners.

There are a lot of other ingredients. The modified corn starch, potassium lactate (a preservative and flavour enhancer) and sodium diacetate (a preservative and acid controller which is sometimes used to impart a salt and vinegar flavour) all come from the United States. Modified milk ingredients, salt and wheat flour come from Canada.

Maple Leaf declined to be more specific about the other ingredients鈥?origins. For example, they mentioned that sodium nitrite, a preservative and curing agent, comes from 鈥淓urope,鈥?and the wieners鈥?sodium erythorbate (another preservative), garlic powder and smoke come from 鈥淎sia.鈥?There are also unnamed spices in the hot dogs, which Maple Leaf says come from the various countries to which they are native.

Heinz Ketchup

Heinz refused to provide any details on the origins of its ingredients or its packaging process. Going by what鈥檚 on the bottle, the ketchup contains tomato paste, liquid sugar, white vinegar, salt, onion powder and spices.

Some Internet searching revealed a few websites and order forms which suggested that the location of the bottling plant could be discerned from the code printed on the bottle鈥檚 cap. In this case, our bottle鈥檚 code started with the letters 鈥淔R鈥? suggesting that the ketchup was bottled at Heinz鈥?plant in Fremont, Ohio. Heinz did not confirm whether this was the case.

Interestingly, Heinz has its own breeds of tomatoes, which it sells to growers who wish to grow tomatoes for ketchup and other processed products. The HeinzSeeds website claims that 30 per cent of the world鈥檚 processed tomatoes are grown from HeinzSeeds.

Beatrice 2% Milk

Beatrice milk, made by Parmalat, is one of the most local products in the Kraft Dinner meal. Because milk needs to be quickly transported and brought to store shelves, it generally comes from fairly close to where it gets packaged, according to the Dairy Farmers of Ontario.

This particular milk was packaged at Parmalat鈥檚 plant in Brampton, Ontario, just northwest of Toronto. The milk came from dairies in Southern Ontario. Sixty-five per cent of the milk packaged at the plant comes from over 100 km away 鈥?the farthest dairy it could have come from is outside of Windsor.

The milk, like all Canadian milk, is fortified with vitamins. The vitamin A palmitate and vitamin D3 both came from Western Europe. Parmalat declined to be more specific 鈥?other than to say they didn鈥檛 come from Spain or Italy.

Gay Lea butter

The butter is the most local product in this meal. Purchased in Toronto, the butter is made in Guelph, Ontario, from Ontario milk. Ninety-seven per cent of the milk that gets shipped to the Guelph plant comes from less than 100 km away.

This particular butter also has added salt 鈥?though Gay Lea provided no information on the salt鈥檚 origins. Since every ingredient in this meal except the milk already has lots of salt, we probably could have gone with unsalted butter.

Even though it’s a processed food with 33 ingredients from several countries on at least three continents, the meal was delicious: every 8 year old鈥檚 dream.


Leslie Young/Global News

Graphics by Janet Cordahi, Global News

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WATCH: North Shore residents stop bulldozer from clear-cutting trees on their property

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More than a dozen North Shore residents have successfully stopped a bulldozer from cutting down trees on their property, at least for today.

The residents at 580 Raven Woods Drive in North Vancouver say they have not been consulted about the clear-cutting by the developer.


“We understand they had to develop and trees had to be cut down,” says resident Patrick Renny who has lived in the complex since 2003. “We were left with a small tree break of approximately 50 to 60 feet, and we were under the impression that it was supposed to remain.”

But on Monday, Renny says a bulldozer rolled in and started tearing the trees down, without any communication.

“We are concerned about the fact that it is taking away our landscape and devaluing our property. We want to keep these trees here to help us retain some of the natural beauty of this area we moved into,” says Renny.

The development sits on lands owned by the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and is overseen by Aqulini Development.

In a written statement from Leonard George, director of economic development for Tsleil-Waututh Nation, he said they “aware that Raven Woods residents have expressed concerns regarding tree removal that is taking place for the next phase of the Raven Woods development. The Nation is committed to open and transparent communications with our stakeholders. We have stopped work on the site for today and will be meeting with the residents tomorrow to better understand their concerns and share more information about plans for the site.”

Renny says it is their understanding that there is also an ancient burial site inside the forest surrounding their property.

He and other residents hope to speak to the First Nation and developer to find a consensus, but their main priority this morning was to stop the deforestation.

They say a ten-acre tract of land just to the north of their homes has already been clear-cut.

Global News has calls and emails in to the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and Aqulini group, but has not heard back at the time of publishing.

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