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.

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“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.

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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

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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.

Mmmm.

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.

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“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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SPCA removes 201 emaciated and neglected dogs from southern Alberta property

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ABOVE: The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society says 201 dogs were seized from a single property in Alberta. WARNING: Video contains images that may be considered disturbing.

CALGARY – The SPCA is investigating a severe case of animal neglect in southern Alberta.

The organization says they seized 201 extremely emaciated dogs from a single property in Milk River during a two-stage operation.

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    The first removal happened on December 23rd, when the owner voluntarily surrendered 60 dogs to the SPCA.

    “By convincing the owner to voluntarily surrender those first 60 dogs, the Alberta SPCA could immediately transfer ownership to animal adoption organizations in southern Alberta,” says Roland Lines with the Alberta SPCA.

    When the first 60 dogs were removed, the SPCA had estimated it was about half the total number at the property.

    However, when they later returned to search of the property, they discovered scores more dogs hiding inside and under various trailers and outbuildings.

    Five Alberta SPCA peace officers, a veterinarian and two members of a southern Alberta animal rescue society removed an additional 141 dogs from the property during the second operation on January 13th.

    They say the dogs were malnourished, dehydrated and lacking sufficient shelter from the winter conditions.

    BELOW: A view of the rural property where area residents say 201 dogs were sized by Alberta SPCA. The land is located about 6 kilometers east of Milk River.

    Because the second visit involved the removal of animals under a search warrant, the Alberta SPCA had to hold the dogs for 10 days to allow the owner time to apply for their return.

    “The owner was unsuccessful in reclaiming them by the end of 10 days,” said Lines.

    The Alberta SPCA then transferred ownership of the animals to the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society (AARCS) on January 25th.

    “AARCS can now find new, loving homes for the dogs.”

    AARCS Executive Director Deanna Thompson says it’s one of the worst cases they’ve ever seen in terms of neglect.

    “We have never seen anything to this extent in all of our history.”

    They say the dogs – a mixture of Huskies, Irish Wolf Hounds, Malamutes and Komondors – were in horrendous condition.

    “They came to us extremely emaciated, with badly matted fur, dehydrated and very hungry.”

    “We’re dealing with a lot of grooming issues,” added Thompson. “They were extremely matted due to the type of breeds they were.”

    “We have one [dog] with a broken leg, one with a broken jaw, a puppy with a gaping wound on its neck that required surgery.”

    The SPCA says charges are pending against the owner.

    CLICK HERE to view photos of the seized dogs. WARNING: The images are graphic and may be considered disturbing to some viewers.

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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.

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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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Winnipeg boil water advisory: What you need to know

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WATCH: The boil water advisory is affecting everyone, including restaurants and service centres. Lorrain Nickel reports.

The entire city of Winnipeg is under a precautionary boil water advisory after tests showed the presence of E. coli in the water supply.

The Winnipeg Regional Health Authority issued the advisory just before 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. It was initially for Winnipeg east of the Red River, but city officials widened it to cover the entire city.

What is in the water?

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City officials say that the water testing returned with the presence of coliform bacteria as well as E. coli.

READ MORE: Winnipeg under boil water advisory after bacteria detected

Total coliforms are a group of bacteria typically found in the environment, such as in soil or vegetation. It’s also in the intestines of animals.

They won’t necessarily cause illness, but if the bacteria are detected in the water supply, it could be a red flag for other harmful microorganisms contaminating the water.

E. coli is a bacteria that lives in the digestive tracts of humans and animals. It can get into lakes, pools and water supplies. When it does, people are at risk of infection when the contaminated water isn’t properly treated with chlorine or when people accidentally swallow the contaminated water.

LIVE BLOG: Winnipeg under boil water advisory

The symptoms of an E. coli infection include diarrhea, stomach cramps, nausea and vomiting.

How long will the boil water advisory stay in place?

We don’t know. Geoffrey Patton, the acting director of water and waste for the city, said the boil advisory is staying in place “until further sampling can prove that the bacteria is not an issue and was more than likely a sampling error in our procedures.”

READ MORE: Winnipeggers rush to buy bottled water after boil advisory issued

“But what we have in front of us, we have testing samples that show this low level of bacteria and it’s on the east side and we’ve seen it on the west side,” he explained.

WATCH: Mayor Brian Bowman announced a city-wide boil water advisory Wednesday.

What should I do if I need water?

Tap water should be brought to a rolling boil for one minute and then stored in clean containers. It can be refrigerated to keep it cold, too.

Once the water is boiled, it’s safe to use for drinking, making infant formula and juice, cooking, making ice, washing fruits and vegetables, brushing teeth and feeding pets.

Get rid of any ice, infant formula, juice and drink mixes prepared before the boil water advisory was issued.

Read more about what to do here:

Boil water advisory fact sheet

Precautionary measures during a boil water advisory

Precautionary advisory

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Williams, Sharapova to meet in Australian Open final

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MELBOURNE, Australia – Serena Williams came up with a big service winner to close out the tiebreaker, and bounced around behind the baseline like she’d won a title.

After holding on to win the tough first set against 19-year-old Madison Keys, prompting the early celebrations, the 18-time Grand Slam champion dominated the second set in a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory to move into an Australian Open final against second-seeded Maria Sharapova.

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It’s the first time since 2004 that the top two seeds will meet in the women’s final at Melbourne Park.

The 33-year-old Williams, who has won all five times she’s reached the Australian Open final, will be the oldest player to reach the championships match in Australia in the Open era.

Sharapova won the 2008 title, but was comprehensively outplayed in her two other trips to the final – by Williams in 2007 and by Victoria Azarenka in 2012.

Williams, who has been struggled with a cold for a week, said she’d recover from a tough workout in the all-American semifinal against Keys, who pounded her with heavy groundstrokes and a big serve for the first set.

“She pushed me really hard the first set … and I had to really dig deep mentally to get through that,” Williams said. “It was a little frustrating. I had like nine or 10 match points and couldn’t close it out. That doesn’t happen so much. She played like she didn’t have anything to lose.”

Keys, playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal, saved seven match points on serve in a penultimate game that lasted more than 11 minutes. Williams kept her cool, though, wasting one match point on her serve before closing with an ace to reach her 23rd major final. Williams was at her best after dropping her opening service game, finishing the match with just one double-fault, firing 13 aces and defending when she needed to defend.

Keys, who beat fourth-seeded and Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the third round and Venus Williams in the quarterfinals, had control until she was broken in the sixth game.

She held in the 12th game, closing with an ace to force a tiebreaker, but quickly fell behind 4-1 with Serena firing two aces. She saved two set points with aces but had no chance of extending the tiebreaker when Williams hit another unreturnable serve, and started jumping for joy.

Williams broke early in the second set and raced to a 5-1 lead before Keys held, denying victory for one more game the woman who inspired her to take up tennis.

Top-ranked Williams hasn’t been in peak form in Australia, starting with a luckluster hit-out at the Hopman Cup, but has found a way to reach her first final at Melbourne Park since 2010.

“I was so off. I felt like I wasn’t moving well. I just wasn’t feeling great on the court,” she said. “It’s been so long since I’ve even been in a final here. I was kind of like, ‘Oh, let me just try.’ My theory now is to relax and play the match as best as I can.”‘

Sharapova, who beat No. 10-seeded Ekaterina Makarova 6-3, 6-2 in an all-Russian semifinal earlier Thursday, has lost her last 15 matches against Williams. Her only two wins in their 18 career meetings were in 2004.

“I think my confidence should be pretty high going into a final of a Grand Slam no matter who I’m facing and whether I’ve had a terrible record, to say the least, against someone,” Sharapova said. “It doesn’t matter. I got there for a reason. I belong in that spot. I will do everything I can to get the title.”

One thing not at stake in the final will be the No. 1 ranking. Williams ensured she’ll hold off Sharapova for top spot by reaching the final.

Sharapova needed 10 minutes to hold in her opening service game, fending off two break points. She responded to the only service break against her in the first set by winning six straight games and seizing control of the match from the 10th-seeded Makarova.

The five-time major winner opened the 2015 season in confident style by winning the Brisbane International title but had a close call in the second round here, having to save match points against No. 150-ranked Russian qualifier Alexandra Panova.

“It’s been a strange road for me to get to the finals, but I’m happy,” Sharapova said. “I felt like I was given a second chance. I just wanted to take my chances.”

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UPDATE: Dog walker Emma Paulsen gets jail time

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WATCH: Applause in a Surrey courtroom today as a judge sentenced disgraced dog walker Emma Paulsen to six months in jail. Rumina Daya outlines the extent of her sentence – and how the owners of the dogs are reacting today.

A dog walker accused of leaving six dogs to die in a hot truck last year has been sentenced to six months in jail.

Emma Paulsen has also been handed a lifetime ban on looking after other people’s animals and a ten-year ban on owning animals.

She was led away in handcuffs as the courtroom erupted in applause. Several dog owners whose pets died in the back of Paulsen’s pickup were present at today’s hearing, many breaking down in tears as the names of their dogs were read out in court.

“We are very relieved,” says Jennifer Myers, whose dog Buddy was one of the six dogs that died. “We can’t take away what they went through, but at least this shows that it was serious and the judge really took it that way. We are all really surprised.”

The owners of dogs that died in Paulsen’s care: (from left to right) Jennifer Myers, Colleen King and Paul Grant.

Rumina Daya, Global News

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    It is alleged Paulsen had left the six animals under her care in the back of her truck in May when she went into a store to run an errand.

    When she returned, they had all died of apparent heatstroke.

    Paulsen then panicked and allegedly concocted a story about the dogs being stolen, which led to an almost week-long search for the animals.

    She has been charged with six offences under the Criminal Code of Canada and the BC Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in August. The charges included killing or injuring an animal, causing unnecessary pain or suffering to an animal, failing to provide adequate care to the dogs and mischief.

    WATCH: Dog owners react to Emma Paulsen’s jail sentence  

    In November, she pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty and one count of public mischief.

    BC SPCA has previously told Global News a case of this scope – both in terms of the charges and the type tragedy – hasn’t been seen before in Canada.

    Crown was originally asking for six to twelve months jail on both counts. Defence wanted a conditional sentence.

    Today, the court heard the dogs in Paulsen’s care died of heat stroke and suffered significant emotional stress.

    The judge also heard that because of her emotional state, Paulsen had to give up custody of her two children and that she is now embroiled in family court proceedings.

    READ MORE: ‘In 45 minutes she lost her best friends, lost her livelihood, and her good reputation’: dog walker’s mother

    Other mitigating factors in Paulsen’s favour include no intent to kill, first-time offence, public condemnation and a guilty plea.

    “In my view, this was distracted, thoughtless negligence,” noted the judge. “She failed in her duty.”

    Among the four aggravating factors mentioned are Paulsen’s prolonged deception and cover-up, as well as being in a position of trust after working as a dog walker for seven years.

    Paulsen did not wish to make any statements before the verdict was announced, something the dog owners took offence to. “The fact that she has never apologized to any of the owners is disgusting,” says Colleen King, whose dog Teemo died in Paulsen’s care. “In fact, she had an opportunity to address that today and chose not to. It really speaks to her character.”

    Crown had suggested Paulsen be fined for her conduct and made to pay restitution to the dog owners, but the judge ruled against that.

    With files from Amy Judd, Marlisse Silver Sweeney and Rumina Daya 

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