Five Blue Jays who made a difference in Toronto’s epic ALDS win

TORONTO – The Toronto Blue Jays have advanced to the American League Championship Series after taking the ALDS with a wild 6-3 Game 5 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday.

Here are five Blue Jays players who made an impact in the Division Series:

JOSE BAUTISTA

Toronto Blue Jays right fielder Jose Bautista acknowledges the crowd after hitting a three-run home run against the Texas Rangers during seventh inning game five American League Division Series playoff baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, October 14, 2015.

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Toronto’s right-fielder, who’s been with the organization since 2008, is relishing his first post-season experience – and contributing in a big way. The 32-year-old Bautista hit the series-winning three-run homer in Game 5, giving Toronto a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the seventh after a controversial run had pulled Texas ahead in the top half of the frame.

“I knew I did something great for the team at the moment of impact because I knew I hit that ball pretty good,” Bautista said of his series-clinching shot. “I gave us the lead in a crucial moment so I was happy to do that.”

Bautista also hit an RBI double in the third inning Wednesday to account for four of Toronto’s six runs. He’s batting .273 with two home runs through five post-season games.

KEVIN PILLAR

Pillar led the team with a .412 batting average through the first four games of the series and had a third-best OPS of 1.118. He had three hits in Game 4 – an 8-4 Toronto win that forced the deciding fifth game – becoming the first Blue Jay to record three or more hits in one post-season game since Paul Molitor and Roberto Alomar did it in 1993.

The Blue Jays centre-fielder made a name for himself this season as a formidable defender, and that continued into the post-season. Pillar made a spectacular snag in the fourth inning of Game 5, running from deep to shallow centre, diving forward and getting his glove under a ball before it hit the turf to rob Josh Hamilton of a base hit.

ROBERTO OSUNA

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The Blue Jays rookie closer has continued his impressive first season into the playoffs. In four appearances in the five-game ALDS, Osuna worked 5 2/3 innings, giving up zero runs on zero hits. He came into Game 5 with a three-run lead and five outs to get and struck out four batters en route to his first post-season save.

“For a 20-year-old kid to be able to do what he’s done, to get the last three outs of the game, those are the toughest three outs to get in Major League Baseball, and that’s incredible,” left-hander David Price said about Osuna following the Game 5 win. “For him to be able to step up the way he has, that’s special.”

With Toronto trailing the best-of-five series 2-0, Osuna came up big in Game 3, getting the final three outs – Prince Fielder, Mitch Moreland and Elvis Andrus – in the Blue Jays’ 5-1 win. The next day he again worked a perfect ninth to help Toronto even the series.

MARCUS STROMAN

Stroman’s season began in agony, tearing his ACL during a spring training fielding drill, but from that moment on he vowed to return to the mound in time for the 2015 post-season. Not only has Stroman lived up to his promise, he’s exceeding just about everyone’s expectations. Stroman started the decisive fifth game of the ALDS, giving up two runs on six hits, a walk and four strikeouts. He also pitched the second game of the series, a 6-4 extra-innings loss, where he went seven strong innings, fanning five and allowing four runs (three earned).

JOSH DONALDSON

Donaldson tied for third place on the franchise post-season home run leaderboard with two (Jose Bautista, Pat Border, Kelly Gruber, John Olerud, Devon White and Dave Winfield are the others), and he drove in three runs over the first four games of the ALDS. Donaldson’s first homer of the post-season came in the first inning of Game 2 in Toronto, and cut the Blue Jays’ deficit to 2-1 in an eventual 6-4 loss in extras. His second gave the Blue Jays a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Game 4 in Texas, which Toronto won 8-4. Donaldson had a game-tying RBI and a run scored in Game 5, too.

UPDATE: Mudslides northeast of Pemberton cause evacuation order, power outages

An evacuation order has been issued for several homes northeast of Pemberton because of mudslides, as high water flows caused havoc through the Squamish-Lilloet Regional District on Sunday.

Properties between 9270 to 9280 Portage Road are under the evacuation order, along with Lot 1, DL 1548 Portage Road.

The largest impact was felt just north of Birken, 30 kilometres northeast of Pemberton, where two large mudslides have isolated hundreds of people between the community and D’Arcy, another small community on the shore of Anderson Lake.

Global News was given a photo of one of the mudslides, which appears to show a home almost completely submerged.

WATCH: Mudslides and flooding force evacuations northeast of Pemberton

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Russell Mack, Director for Squamish-Lilloet Regional District Electoral Area C, says there is no one in the area unaccounted for.

“We’re still waiting for the slide to stabilize,” said Ryan Wainwright, SLRD Emergency Program Manager.

“We’re still hearing rocks rumbling down, so it’s going to be a wait and see as to when that slide is stable enough for people to start working on it.”

Several power lines have fallen down and all areas from Pemberton to D’Arcy were without power for several hours today. While power has since been restored to Pemberton, there are still 254 customers between Birken and D’Arcy without power.

It’s unknown when the road will be reopened, and power is not expected to be the area until Monday at 5 p.m.

“It’s something that is impacting our residents quite severely,” says Wainwright. He says emergency stations have been set up in D’Arcy and Pemberton to assist with people affected.

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The South Coast experienced rain and high winds this weekend, and the BC River Forecast Centre has issued a high streamflow advisory for the Sea to Sky Corridor, along with the North Shore and Howe Sound. That advisory has now been ended.

A flood warning has also been issued for the Sea to Sky Corridor, and there are unconfirmed reports that flooding has blocked the Lillooet River Forest Service Road.

In addition, five vehicles on the Squamish River Service Road were lost due to mudslides.

In the Squamish valley, several hikers became trapped by washed-out roads. Squamish search and rescue was called in to take one stranded group out after RCMP received a distress call on Sunday.

Residents in the region who have been affected are asked to contact Wainwright at 604-698-6442.

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Several fundraisers have been launched for victims of the slides. You can make donations at the Pemberton hardware store and cash donations are being accepted at the Pemberton Scotiabank.

An online fundraiser has been set up for one of the victims. Those who are interested in donating can go here.

Global News has a crew near the town of Birken

NDP candidate Pat Martin apologizes for “intemperate language” during campaign

WARNING: The following story contains explicit language

WINNIPEG – Pat Martin says he regrets the language he has used on the campaign trail in recent days and has offered an ‘unreserved apology’ to his fellow candidates.

In a story on the Huffington Post Saturday, the NDP incumbent for Winnipeg Centre called Liberal candidate, Robert-Falcon Ouellette a “political slut” and accused his wife of being “afraid she’ll have her hubcaps stolen if she ventures too far into the riding.”

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The comments follow a debate earlier in the week where the NDP MP  could be heard muttering “son-of-a-bitch” following questions from the Green Party candidate Don Woodstock.

In a statement Sunday night, Martin wrote:

Over the last few days I have used some intemperate language that I regret. I would like to offer an unreserved apology to my fellow candidates and to anyone else who may have taken offense to the tone and content of these remarks.

I hope we can move past this and return to having a healthy discussion of the issues affecting Winnipeg Centre voters.

Ouellette finished third in the Winnipeg mayoral race in 2014. In the HuffPost article, Martin was also quoted as saying:

“He is full of shit, frankly. I mean, who do you think you are? You show up, and three years later you are going to be the mayor of Winnipeg. And that doesn’t work out, so, that’s okay, I’ll be the member of Parliament?”

Martin’s campaign adviser said the NDP candidate would not be speaking further to his comments, saying the apology and the statement made over the weekend “stand”.

Reality Check: Can Canada pass on the F-35s with no impact? – National

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says a Liberal government will cancel the planned purchase of the controversial F-35 fighter jets and instead invest that money in the Navy.

He said over the weekend that there would be no penalty for not buying the F-35s, and maintained on Monday that Canada is under no obligation to do so.

“There is no contract right now for the F-35s,” Trudeau said. “We were part of the international community contributing to the development of it and got jobs through it, but we were never obliged to actually purchase the F-35s.”

But is that correct? Yes and no.

Canadians companies wouldn’t lose current projects, but they wouldn’t be able to bid on huge amounts of future opportunities.

Canada is part of an international group that’s building a slate of F-35 fighter jets. As part of that coalition, Canadian companies are able to bid on, and have received, hundreds of millions in contracts. In a 2014 report, Canadian companies have received $637 million so far.

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And they could win at least $10.6 billion over the next 25-40 years – if Canada buys the jets.  If the government chooses to withdraw from the program, they would lose out on those contracts.

“If we withdraw from that program then Canadian companies would no longer be eligible for that work,” Dave Perry, a senior analyst at the Global Public Affairs Institute, said in an interview Monday.

But if Canada buys a different plane instead, that loss could be offset.

“If you went another route and acquired a different aircraft using the traditional model using a dollar-for-dollar offset, you could guarantee a potentially higher dollar-value worth of work that would accrue from whatever Canadian industry would do in support of those acquisitions,” Perry said.

Canada’s defence procurement rules force foreign companies to invest 100 per cent of the contract’s value in Canada, Michael Byers, a Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia said during an interview.

Two Lockheed Martin F-35B aircraft fly in formation on Nov. 10, 2010 at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.

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So if a foreign company wins the contract, that money is still getting to Canada.

“So put it head to head, the benefits that the Harper government says it’s going to get from the F-35 in terms of industrial development, versus the industrial regional benefits, the normal system, out of competition, and I suspect they’re pretty even,” Byers said.  “They’ll come to Canada, those $10 billion regardless of which plane is chosen.”

Montreal, which includes Trudeau’s riding of Papineau, would be among the cities most affected by the government not buying the F-35s.

Conservative leader Stephen Harper, whose government initially pledged to buy 65 F-35s before backing out in favour of a review, didn’t hold back when criticizing Trudeau for his announcement, saying Trudeau’s plan would lead to lost business and shows a “profound lack of understanding in the Canadian economy.”

“The Liberal Party is living in a dream world if they think we could pull out of the development project of the F-35 and not lose business. I don’t know what planet they’re living on,” Harper told reporters while taking questions in St. Jacob’s, Ontario, Monday morning.

“This is incredible the Liberal Party says they want to create jobs, build our manufacturing sector. The single, biggest, direct thing the government of Canada does in the manufacturing sector we do is government procurement, and particularly we do defence procurement.”

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NDP leader Tom Mulcair too was critical of the Liberal leader saying his announcement was “one of the more surprising things that I’ve heard Mr. Trudeau say.”

“When he says things like that, he’s just showing his total lack of experience. That’s just not the way these things work,” Mulcair said. He did not, however, say whether the NDP would go ahead with buying the F-35s.

And Byers echoed Mulcair saying writing off one plane for political purposes is a bad decision, suggesting instead Lougheed-Martin, the maker of the F-35, should be able to compete in an open bidding process.

“I think that Justin Trudeau has made a mistake here, I think the next government, or the Harper government… shouldn’t rule out any one plane based on its own political assessment,” Byers said.

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Three arrested in Wilkie, Sask. pharmacy break in

Residents of a west-central Saskatchewan community helped Mounties capture two alleged break and enter suspects. The break in happened late in the evening on Sept. 17 in Wilkie.

Originally, police received a report that a large man dressed in black attempted to steal 2 golf bags from a shed. When he was confronted by the homeowner, the man left without the golf bags.

Minutes later, police received a report that two men had broken into the Wilkie Pharmacy.

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When officers arrived, they found some residents had grabbed a man has he was attempting to crawl out of the store through a broken front window. Mounties placed the man under arrest.

One resident had the presence of mind to drive a truck to the back of the pharmacy and block the back door. A second man was arrested without incident.

Police said the actions of the residents prevented the men from leaving with between $20,000 and $30,000 in drugs.

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A woman was also arrested after being found in a truck that was taken from North Battleford without the owner’s consent.

Richard David Bear, 26, of North Battleford, Joshua Roy Tucker, 24, of Cochin, and Angel Lee Bear, 25, of North Battleford, are facing numerous charges including break, enter and commit theft, and possession of break and enter instruments.

The two men, who are scheduled to appear Monday in North Battleford provincial court, are also facing charges of wearing a disguise with intent.

Possibility of tolls on Gardiner and DVP up for debate at city hall – Toronto

TORONTO – A report on the possibility of tolls on the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway is up for debate at city hall today.

Toronto city councillors met today at 9:30 a.m. for the first time since the fall session reconvened, with topics such as tolls and the tunnelling of the Gardiner up for debate.

Gardiner, DVP tolls

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The detailed report on possible road tolls was presented to the executive committee on Monday in an effort to offset funding, operating and maintenance costs for the Gardiner and DVP, which is seeing significant revitalization.

The report said the Gardiner currently sees approximately 164,00 vehicles each weekday from west of Spadina, 228,000 vehicles east of Highway 427 and 110,000 vehicles on the DVP north of Bayview Avenue.

“Tolling could be significantly expensive for people that use the Gardiner Expressway or the Don Valley Parkway,”said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong.

“If it’s a one off then it may be affordable, but if you got to get to work and use the Gardiner Expressway or the Don Valley Parkway, that’s $6 a day.”

Tory said he doesn’t necessarily think tolls are fair for roads that have already been paid for.

“This report is being received today and will likely be sent back for more information,” he said.

“There is not proposal on the table today to impose tolls on any road, anywhere and I guess that’s where that stands as of today.”

One suggested toll would see a flat fee of $1.25 or a distance-based fee of 10 cents per kilometre for a 30-year period.

A more expensive recommendation would see a flat fee of $3.25 or a distance based fare of 35 cents per km to recover costs in a shorter period of time.

Any excess revenue would be used to cover other transportation alternatives such as transit.

It is estimated the cost to upgrade, operate and maintain both the DVP and Gardiner would cost $5.7 billion.

The report also said tolls would reduce vehicle emissions and cut commuter times by three to five minutes.

Tunnelling the Gardiner

Seen as an eyesore and barrier to the city’s waterfront, the possibility of removing and burying portions of the Gardiner has been a persistent debate.

A report before the executive committee recommends no further analysis of  tunnelling options for the Gardiner, saying the aging expressway requires immediate attention because its elevated decks continue to deteriorate and it will be deemed unserviceable beyond 2020.

Councillor Jim Karygiannis put forward the further exploration of a potential tunnel.

“We are trying to see if it would be feasible to build a tunnel at the same time we are looking to keep the Gardiner up and running for the next couple years,” said Karygiannis.

“A tunnel would be massively more expensive and it would take substantially longer,” added Minnan-Wong.

“The tunnel is so complicated, that we would just get the approvals and permits and environmental assessments in time [when] we’re actually cutting the ribbon on the new Gardiner expressway.”

The cost for tunnelling was estimated at $2.5 billion but the report said would exceed $10 billion and that “the opportunity to undertake a tunnel for all or portions of the Gardiner Expressway has passed.”

Cities like Boston and Seattle currently have tunnelled expressways.

Mississauga teacher faces 5 more sexual assault charges – Toronto

TORONTO — A 49-year-old Mississauga teacher is facing five more charges after two more women were allegedly sexually assaulted during school hours, and police think there may be more victims.

Chinedu Okoro now faces a total of 15 charges, 11 for sexual assault and four for sexual exploitation after Toronto police said he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old student and a 17-year-old student during school hours.

Police allege that from November 2014 to January 2015, and from July 6 to July 29, Okoro sexually assaulted the 19-year-old girl.

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READ MORE: Mississauga teacher faces 10 charges in alleged sexual assaults of 2 students

Investigators also alleged the 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted during the same time period in July.

Police announced Monday that Okoro allegedly sexually assaulted two other women during school hours, one in June 2014 and another from April 17 to June 29 of this year on four separate occasions.

Okoro was re-arrested and charged on Wednesday. He appeared in court in Toronto the same day.

Investigators said Okoro was an employee of the Toronto District School Board, working in the northwest area of Toronto.

Police previously said Okoro was most recently a teacher at C.W. Jefferys Collegiate Institute at 340 Sentinel Rd. in Toronto, but was also a teacher at Emery Adult Learning Centre at 3395 Weston Rd. from Sept. 2014 to June 2015.

Police believe that there may be other victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3100, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 杭州桑拿按摩论坛杭州夜生活222tips杭州夜网, or by texting “TOR” and your message to CRIMES (274637).

A sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact. It includes, but is not limited to, kissing, grabbing, oral sex and penetration. To learn more about sexual assault, including how to report a sexual assault, please visit the Toronto Police Sex Crimes website.

Wynne urges elementary teachers to accept same deal as high school colleagues – Toronto

TORONTO – Elementary teachers escalated their work-to-rule campaign Monday and threatened one-day strikes as Premier Kathleen Wynne urged them to accept essentially the same deals as their colleagues in high schools and the Catholic system.

“I’m not happy about the fact there’s increased disruption in our public elementary schools,” said Wynne. “I don’t think kids should be caught in the middle.”

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The government is offering the elementary teachers virtually the same deal that was ratified last week by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the Catholic Elementary Teachers Association, added Wynne.

READ MORE: Elementary teachers union threatens rotating strikes in October if deal not reached

“The fact is we have been able to come to agreements with all of the other teacher groups,” she said.

The two other large teachers’ unions voted to approve agreements that included a one per cent bonus and a 1.5 per cent pay increase, while the union representing teachers in Francophone schools also reached a tentative contract.

There are special situations in elementary schools that will be addressed, but teacher must be willing to accept what their colleagues have accepted, said Wynne.

“Obviously it will be a similar agreement to the other teachers because…the parameters are set,” she said. “So my hope is that we’ll be able to get there quickly.”

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation said its members will not take part in parent-teacher meetings or class trips and will not fill in for absent colleagues. Teachers may also wear shirts or buttons protesting the lack of a contract, and the union warned it would start one-day rotating strikes within two weeks if there’s still no deal.

READ MORE: Elementary teachers’ union reject Wynne’s ‘cookie-cutter’ approach to deal

“Despite what the government is implying, it has not offered our members the same conditions as secondary teachers,” ETFO president Sam Hammond said in a release.

Hammond said there is “a significant disparity” in how elementary and secondary schools are funded.

“That funding gap results in larger class sizes, fewer student supports and poorer working conditions in our elementary schools,” he said. “The deal the government insists ETFO accept does absolutely nothing to close that gap.”

Wynne insisted she was not concerned by the union’s decision to call the one-day rotating walkouts “Wynne Wednesdays,” insisting it’s never personal for her.

“It’s being personalized because that’s a political tactic,” she said. “It’s not about my personal feelings. It’s about how do we get an agreement that’s in the best interests of kids in this province.”

Wynne said she was prepared to explain to her granddaughter why a teacher may have the premier’s picture or name across the front of a T-shirt.

“What I’ll say to her is: ‘Livvy, we’re trying to get this agreement in place, to work with the teachers so that you can have the best year possible in Grade 1,”‘ she said.

Hammond said ETFO’s last contract expired in August 2014, and no new negotiations have been scheduled.

“If the Liberal government had stayed at the table and not walked away, it’s possible we could have reached a deal by now, and the escalation of ETFO’s work-to-rule could have been avoided,” he said.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is also trying to negotiate a new contract for 50,000 non-teaching staff in Ontario schools.

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Apple security breach could impact Canadians with iPhones and iPads – National

TORONTO – Apple announced a rare security breach over the weekend that means some Canadians may have unwittingly infected their iPhones and iPads with malware that could expose their iCloud passwords and other personal data.

Apple Inc. has removed some applications from its app store after developers in China were tricked into using software tools that added malicious code to their work.

Apple hasn’t provided details about which companies’ apps were affected.

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But Tencent Ltd. said its popular WeChat app was hit; the company released a new version after spotting the offending code. Chinese news reports said others affected included banks, an airline and a popular music service.

Many of the affected apps were only available on the App Store in China, yet some that were reportedly infected by the malware – including WeChat, business card rolodex CamCard and file extractor WinZip – are available in Canada.

Users are advised to uninstall the affected apps or update to the latest version released after the malware was discovered, and to change their iCloud passwords.

The malicious code spread through a counterfeit version of Apple’s Xcode tools used to create apps for its iPhones and iPads, according to the company. It said the counterfeit tools spread when developers obtained them from “untrusted sources” rather than directly from the company.

The malicious software collects information from infected devices and uploads it to outside servers, according to Palo Alto Networks, a U.S.-based security firm. The company said the breach could result in fake password prompts aimed at harvesting iCloud details or other logins.

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It was first publicized last week by security researchers at Alibaba Group, the Asian e-commerce giant, who dubbed it XcodeGhost.

The creators of the malware took advantage of public frustration with Beijing’s Internet filters, which hamper access to Apple and other foreign websites. That prompts some people to use copies of foreign software or documents that are posted on websites within China to speed up access.

“Sometimes network speeds are very slow when downloading large files from Apple’s servers,” wrote Claud Xiao, a Palo Alto Networks researcher, on its website. Due to the large size of the Xcode file, “some Chinese developers choose to download the package from other sources or get copies from colleagues.”

Companies with apps that were affected include taxi-hailing service Didi Kuaidi, Citic Industrial Bank, China Southern Airlines and the music service of NetEase, a popular Web portal, according to the newspaper Yangcheng Evening News.

The incident is the only the sixth time malicious software is known to have made it through Apple’s screening process for products on its App Store, according to Xiao.

– With files from the Associated Press

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Halifax man charged with string of assaults, including four sexual assaults – Halifax

HALIFAX – 35-year-old Jean-Marie Richard Bertrand has been charged in connection with a string of assaults that happened on Thursday of last week, Halifax police say.

Between the hours of 7:30 am and 8:30 pm on Thursday police responded to seven separate incidents where a man was approaching women on the street in the south and west end of Halifax.

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In five incidents, the man grabbed the women while they were walking or jogging. In another incident, he touched a women in a sexual manner over her clothes and attempted to force her into an alley, but she was able to fight him off.

In the final incident, the man made an obscene comment to a woman, but didn’t touch her.

Some of the incidents that were originally classified as assaults were determined to have sexual overtures, so police laid sexual assault charges in three of the seven incidents.

Bertrand was arrested on Thursday evening and held in the Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility over the weekend.

He is scheduled to appear in Halifax Provincial Court on Monday on two counts of assault, four counts of sexual assault, and one of forcible confinement in connection with six of the incidents.

Over the weekend, police received a call about a suspicious circumstance where a 40-year-old woman reported being followed to her car after she left a building on Marginal Road just before midnight on September 16. The woman said the man pressed himself against the window of her car, but didn’t say anything or touch her.

The man was described as a white man, 30-40 years old wearing baggy jeans, and about 5’9″ in height.

Police are investigating whether this incident may be connected to the others.

They also ask anyone who has experienced a similar incident, or has information on the incidents that have happened to call police at 902-490-5016, or contact Crime Stoppers.

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Miley Cyrus visits B.C. to discuss wolf cull

Entertainer Miley Cyrus and her brother, Braison, spent the weekend on B.C.’s central coast, as the pop star visited Klemtu to meet First Nations and discuss the province’s plan for an expanded wolf kill.

A video was posted to YouTube of her travelling in a boat with a dozen or so locals and joining them in song.

Earlier this month, Cyrus asked her Instagram followers to sign a petition by Pacific Wild, a local conservation group, aimed at stopping the killings. The petition has since grown to almost 200,000 signatures.

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According to Pacific Wild, the sister and brother-duo spent two days with members of the Kitasoo/Xai’Xais First Nation, two biologists and an American ecologist.

“When I first spoke out, I knew in my heart that the wolf cull was wrong,” Miley said in a statement from Pacific Wild. “But after this visit, I know science is on my side, not just on the wolf cull, but also on the trophy hunt issue.

“Both are unsustainable and both are horrific. Both have to end,” she said.

Both Miley and B.C.-native Pamela Anderson have recently criticized the hunt. On Thursday, Anderson called on B.C. Premier Christy Clark to find a better solution to save caribou than the slaughter of wolves.

In response to Cyrus, Clark said she didn’t think the American singer knew enough about B.C.’s environmental plan to save caribou herds to be jumping into the debate, The Canadian Press reported.

“If we need help on our twerking policy in the future, perhaps we can go and seek her advice,” Clark said on Friday.

In an open letter to the B.C. premier, Anderson said she’s “deeply disturbed that my beloved province is allowing people to hunt and kill wolves.”

“We all want to restore the populations of endangered caribou, but gunning down wolves is not the answer,” the honorary director of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said in the letter.” Rather than spending millions in taxpayer dollars to kill more animals, we need to invest in a plan to protect Canada’s forestland.”

B.C. is aiming to increase the number of wolves it kills this winter in the second year of a plan to save endangered caribou.

with files from The Canadian Press

Understanding the ‘guevedoce’: Children raised as girls who develop penises at puberty

Imagine being raised as a girl and then, when puberty hits, developing a penis.

Puberty is a difficult time for anyone, but for those who go through this, it can be more difficult than we can imagine.

A BBC2 documentary series, Countdown to Life: The Extraordinary Making of You, has examined children in a small village in the Dominican Republic with this condition. The children there are called “guevedoce,” which translates to “penis at twelve.”

The science of our bodies

The way we develop is a complicated process.

You may remember that the typical human being has 46 chromosomes that come in 23 pairs. One pair is the sex chromosomes: Y for male, X for female.

Men carry both the X and Y chromosomes; women, just the X. If two X chromosomes pair, the fetus develops into a female. If you get an XY pairing, a male develops.

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X and Y chromosomes

Development of external reproductive organs is controlled by something called dihydrotestosterone (DHT).

An enzyme called 5-alpha reductase converts testosterone into DHT. Both males and females start off with the same bits, but if DHT is missing, then genitalia develops into the female parts, with the genital folds remaining unfused. If DHT is present, then the folds enlarge and wrap around the penile urethra, becoming the penis.

‘Penis at 12’

In 1974, Doctor Julianne Imperato, an endocrinologist from Cornell University went to study the children of the Dominican Republic who had been rumoured to have been born with female genitalia but who had developed male genitalia at puberty.

What she discovered was that these children were lacking DHT at birth. But when they reached puberty, they got a surge of the enzyme, which then increased testosterone levels and caused the development of penises. This condition was called 5-alpha reductase deficiency (5-ARD).

That’s not to say that those with 5-ARD have nothing that resembles a male. The children have undescended testicles, and a small penis that looks more like a clitoris as well as an underdeveloped prostate. However, in most cases, these children are raised as girls.

The condition isn’t just relegated to the Dominican Republic. There have been cases around the world including New Guinea, Turkey and the United States.

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The biggest threat to Canada’s fragile economic recovery isn’t oil – National

As recessions go, Canada just experienced about as mild of a downturn as it gets in the first half of the year, and is once again in growth mode, economists from TD Bank said in a new forecast on Monday.

“The weakness in the first half of the year is in the rear-view mirror and the Canadian economy stands ready to resume growth,” the new report said.

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The country’s economy will expand by 1.2 per cent for the whole year, according to TD, but “the annual figure masks a rebound in the second half of the year” as growth kicks back into gear at an annualized clip of 2.5 per cent.

Not great most economists would say, but not bad either.

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A lower loonie and rising U.S. demand means exports are finally “back in the game,” as evidenced by strong trade numbers in June and July, the latest data available. A discounted Canadian dollar – which TD now sees dropping to as low at 73 cents US – is also fueling the second-half rebound through increased tourism, with foreigners taking advantage of the currency drop.

Low interest rates should keep households in the spending mood, too, buoyed by “modest” employment and income gains, TD said, “resulting in steady, if unremarkable, consumption growth.” All told, the economy will grow just over 2 per cent next year through 2017.

That’s if all goes to plan. But as always, there are risks.

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“While we consider this the most likely outcome, we cannot ignore a number of prominent downside risks to the outlook,” TD chief economist Beata Caranci, deputy chief economist Derek Burleton and economist Brian DePratto, said.

‘Largest risk’

The biggest potential disruption to Canada’s growth plans is admittedly a broad one consisting of several components, the biggest being China and the slowdown now gripping the world’s second-biggest economy.

A slowdown abroad, led by China, poses a bigger threat than a housing bust or debt bubble among Canadian households, TD said.

What happens in China matters to Canada, which is a net exporter of commodities. China accounts for as much as 80 per cent of new metal demand at any given time, and a third of worldwide oil demand, according to TD’s economists.

“China is a major driver of global [commodity] prices,” they said.

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While U.S.-bound exports are poised to rise, it remains uncertain what the slowdown in China will mean for exported goods and materials headed for it as well as other regions – a Chinese slowdown is symptomatic of a slowing global economy, experts say.

TD’s 2016 outlook “depends” on a Canadian export boom next year for more than a quarter of the bank’s estimated GDP growth. “Any disappointment in exports presents a key risk to our outlook,” the economists said.

Here’s how TD sees Canada’s economic growth quarter by quarter over the next couple of years:

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