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.

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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

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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”.

Elections Canada warns staff to look out for dirty ‘voter suppression’ tricks

OTTAWA – Elections Canada has quietly warned staff to be on the lookout for increasingly sophisticated tactics aimed at discouraging – or even stopping – voters from casting a ballot.

The advanced voter suppression techniques flourishing in the United States are likely to spill into other countries, employees were advised in a presentation aimed at raising awareness prior to the Oct. 19 federal election.

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The digital revolution has fuelled intensive data analysis south of the border that allows political parties to zero in on people who support rival candidates and then find ways to prevent them from voting.

The development prompted Elections Canada to comb through academic papers and media reports and talk to experts and lawyers about the phenomenon of electoral malpractice.

“It’s important for us to identify potential risks in order to be prepared to detect and respond to incidents that may occur, including incidents that could compromise the integrity of the election,” said Elections Canada spokesman John Enright.

A copy of the May 2014 presentation, “An Introduction to Emerging Trends and Threats in Electoral Operations,” was released to The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

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It was prepared just months before Conservative campaign worker Michael Sona was convicted of taking part in a scheme to misdirect voters in Guelph, Ont., to phoney poll locations during the 2011 campaign.

The research revealed that rough-and-tumble American political campaigns are the seedbeds of such behaviour – identifying 17 cases in 15 states from 2004 through 2012.

“We need look no further than the United States to find a vast overview of contemporary voter suppression and surveillance practices,” the presentation notes say.

Elections Canada cites four stages of a successful voter suppression plan:

Identify non-supporters;Gather information on them;Prevent them from going to the polls through scare tactics, misinformation or systematic challenging of registrations;If electors get to the polls, prevent them from voting by contesting eligibility or identification, and through intimidation.

Eleven years ago, one party took the fairly broad-brush approach of assuming students at a historically black college in Florida would not be supporters, the presentation points out. The party then systematically challenged the eligibility of voters on that list, resulting in long poll lineups and delays.

But today the same computer software that allows parties to build massive databases with detailed information about likely supporters also enables them to more precisely identify – and target – non-supporters.

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Parties use voter lists, digital maps, and information from public or commercial sources to build personal profiles – each containing up to 250 pieces of data, from basic demographic information to culinary or musical tastes.

“These databases allow campaigns to send micro-targeted messages to specific audiences,” the notes say.

For instance, Spanish-speaking voters in Arizona received robocalls and mailouts in 2012 advising them to vote after election day.

In Maryland, tens of thousands of Democratic voters were apparently targeted by robocalls in 2010 falsely saying their candidate had already won the election.

The U.S. has also seen the rise of “poll watchers” recruited by activist groups, the notes say. “They often harass voters in predominantly minority voting districts, create anxiety and agitate voters.”

Another tactic involves handing out flyers threatening jail time or other penalties for those who vote “illegally” – a means of dissuading those who are unsure of their registration status or whether they have the correct identification.

A multi-party parliamentary system like Canada’s may be especially affected by such micro-targeting, which tends to “consolidate power in the larger, more well financed political parties” at the expense of smaller ones, the Elections Canada notes say.

In addition, micro-targeting can have a “disproportionate impact” on parliamentary systems, where subtle shifts in voter behaviour of specific slivers of the electorate in key electoral districts “can indeed affect the distribution of seats in the legislature and even the composition of the government.”

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For 7 years, VW software thwarted pollution regulations – National

DETROIT  — Volkswagen became the world’s top-selling carmaker trumpeting the environmental friendliness, fuel efficiency and high performance of diesel-powered vehicles that met America’s tough Clean Air laws.

VW’s success story was so good that pollution-control advocates did their own tests, hoping to persuade other countries to enforce the same strict standards.

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Instead, they got a foul-smelling surprise: In actual driving, the VWs spewed as much as 40 times more pollution from tailpipes than allowed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

“We ran the program to show that U.S. diesels are clean,” said John German, senior fellow with the International Council on Clean Transportation, the group that blew the whistle on Volkswagen. “Turned out we found a violator.”

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The EPA and the California Air Resources Board announced the violations on Friday, accusing VW of installing software that switches on pollution controls during smog tests, then switches them off again so that drivers can enjoy more engine power on the road.

VW got away with this scheme for seven years, and according to the EPA, didn’t come clean even when repeatedly confronted with evidence of excessive pollution.

Industry analysts say the company was likely trying to reduce costs and improve performance, to match its marketing.

Instead, VW’s stock plunged a stunning 17 percent on Monday, costing the company $15 billion in market value in a single day. It also outraged customers, turned up the heat on the CEO, and could bring up to $18 billion in penalties from the U.S. government alone.

The company stopped selling the vehicles and likely will have to recall nearly 500,000 Jetta, Golf, Beetle and Audi A3 cars dating to the 2009 model year.

CEO Martin Winterkorn promised a company investigation as he apologized on Sunday, saying VW had broken the trust of customers and the public. He also pledged to cooperate with government investigations.

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U.S. diesel emissions limits, mainly for ozone-causing nitrogen oxide, are more strict than those in Europe. Removing the chemical requires additional hardware. Instead, VW used secret software — an algorithm that detects when cars are being tested on treadmill-like devices called dynamometers, and stealthily switches the engines to a cleaner mode.

Because smog tests are almost always done on dynamometers, VW got away with the scheme for seven years, until the “clean transportation” advocates went to West Virginia University, which tests emissions using equipment that fits in car trunks.

WVU tested three cars in real-world conditions — a 2012 VW Jetta, a 2013 VW Passat and a BMW X5 SUV. The BMW passed, but the university found significantly higher emissions from the Volkswagens, according to the EPA.

The university and the council reported their findings to the EPA and CARB in May 2014, but VW blamed the problem on technical issues and unexpected conditions. The automaker even did a recall late last year, without much improvement, the EPA said.

Only when the EPA and CARB refused to approve VW’s 2016 diesel models for sale did the company explain what it had done.

“We met with VW on several occasions, and they continued to dispute our data, so we’d return to the lab,” recalled CARB spokesman Dave Clegern. “Over time, VW had no other explanations left, and it was our lab staff who actually got VW to admit that there was, in fact, a defeat device.”

VW’s diesel cars represent just a fourth of its U.S. sales, so the company was probably trying to avoid the cost of more sophisticated pollution controls, since it sells far more diesels in Europe, said Alan Baum, a consultant in Detroit who advises automakers on fuel economy regulations.

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“That enabled them to offer the diesel without some of the additional hardware and software in the U.S.,” Baum said.

The scheme also gave VWs better mileage, German said.

The scandal is already damaging VW’s reputation as the people’s car. European regulators announced parallel investigations, and the EPA said it is expanding its probe to make sure other automakers aren’t using similar devices.

VW board members reportedly planned a crisis meeting Wednesday ahead of their regular board meeting. And at the White House, spokesman Josh Earnest said “we are quite concerned by some of the reports that we’ve seen about the conduct of this particular company.”

VW CEO Winterkorn will face difficult questions in the coming days.

“I’d be surprised if Winterkorn can ride this out, but in Germany there’s often a slightly slower process in these matters,” said Christian Stadler, a professor of strategic management at Warwick Business School.

For a company to engage in such blatant trickery, top executives must have been informed, said Guido Reinking, a German auto expert.

Winterkorn is an engineer by training who led research and development across the VW group beginning in 2007, and became chairman of the management board the same year.

The illegal software was made and installed in vehicles with 2.0-liter diesel engines during the model years 2009 through 2015, the EPA said.

Car owners do not need to take any immediate action. The cars threaten public health, but the violations pose no safety hazards, and the cars remain legal to drive and sell while Volkswagen comes up with a plan to repair them at company expense, the EPA said.

VW didn’t acknowledge its scheme until Sept. 3, EPA spokeswoman Liz Purchia said Monday. On Sept. 9, without making any reference to VW, the Justice Department announced a renewed commitment to holding individual executives accountable for corporate wrongdoing. And when the EPA announced VW’s violations on Friday, it noted that in addition to the corporate fines of $37,500 per vehicle, individuals could be fined $3,750 per violation of the Clean Air Act.

On Capitol Hill, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton, R-Mich., said his subcommittee will determine whether auto buyers were deceived. “The American people deserve answers and assurances that this will not happen again. We intend to get those answers.”

Yankees’ Masahiro Tanaka has strained hamstring, won’t face Blue Jays

NEW YORK — So much for that pitching plan the Yankees had for Toronto.

Masahiro Tanaka has a strained right hamstring and won’t make his scheduled start for New York this week during a crucial series at the Blue Jays.

The right-hander got hurt running to first base after bunting Friday in an interleague game against the Mets at Citi Field. He pitched another five innings — pretty well, too — but an MRI on Saturday revealed a Grade 1 strain, the least severe.

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“Our fear is that if he goes out there on Wednesday he could hurt it worse, and then you’re in a whole lot of trouble,” manager Joe Girardi said Sunday.

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It’s a considerable blow to the Yankees, who hope Tanaka will miss only one turn. They juggled their rotation specifically so he could face the Blue Jays, who held a three-game lead in the AL East over New York going into Sunday night’s Subway Series finale.

Struggling right-hander Ivan Nova, recently removed from the rotation, will pitch in Tanaka’s place Wednesday night.

“I’m not looking at it as something very serious,” Tanaka said through a translator. “I feel it’s getting better and better each day.”

Tanaka has been the team’s best starter lately. He is 12-7 with a 3.38 ERA, including 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA in his last two outings against Toronto’s powerful lineup.

He acknowledged he tried to persuade the Yankees to let him start Wednesday but said he understands the decision.

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“The season’s not over,” Tanaka said. “I’ll probably be able to pitch again.”

Tanaka will stay in New York to get three days of treatment rather than travel with the team to Toronto. The starting rotation already was missing 14-game winner Nathan Eovaldi, expected to be sidelined for the remainder of the regular season with elbow inflammation.

Adam Warren and rookie Luis Severino, slated to start the first two games of the Blue Jays series, were sent ahead to get some rest instead of flying overnight following Sunday night’s game against the Mets.

Nova is 6-8 with a 5.11 ERA in 14 starts since returning this season from Tommy John surgery. He was moved to the bullpen after giving up six runs and seven hits in 1 2-3 innings of a 10-7 home loss to the Blue Jays on Sept. 12.

“It’s not what you want to hear. You want to pitch every five days,” said Nova, who did throw seven solid innings in a win at Toronto on Aug. 14.

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Nova has not appeared in a game since the demotion. He threw a side session Saturday and said he thinks the time off will be beneficial.

“He hasn’t been off starting that long, so that part shouldn’t be hard,” Girardi said. “He’s had some good starts and bad starts the last month. We’re just going to need a good start his next start.

“He’s been through it before,” the manager added. “He understands, and I think he’s looking forward to the challenge.”

It’s not the first time a front-line Yankees pitcher has been hurt after getting a rare opportunity to bat in a National League ballpark. Back in 2008, Chien-Ming Wang sustained a serious foot injury running the bases at Houston — before the Astros switched to the AL.

St. Louis Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright went down with a season-ending Achilles injury while batting early this year, prompting another round of commentary about pitchers at the plate and the designated hitter.

“It’s frustrating,” Girardi said. “You get concerned whenever your pitchers have to hit. You try to do everything you can to keep them from getting hurt. You try to prepare them, and (one thing) that you can’t prepare is that sudden burst that they have to make, and I think it happened in (Tanaka) trying to beat the play to first on the bunt.”

Still, Girardi is glad the American League uses the DH and the NL doesn’t.

Tanaka said he enjoys hitting, too.

“I actually like the separation of leagues. My complaint as I mentioned yesterday is that they don’t hit in the minor leagues and that makes no sense to me,” Girardi said. “We tell our guys to take it easy in situations. But I’ve often said that one of the reasons they are successful is the competitive nature inside of them and they understand the importance of runs, and it’s just hard.”

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Bike lanes being extended on Richmond and Adelaide – Toronto

TORONTO – The City of Toronto is extending separated bicycle lanes along Richmond Street and Adelaide Street.

The extension is part of a pilot project which began last year to improve the city’s cycling infrastructure.

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The new work will result in the extension of cycle tracks on Richmond Street, which is one-way westbound, from Parliament Street to York Street, and on Adelaide Street, which is one-way eastbound, from Simcoe Street to Parliament Street.

Cycle tracks will then be in place on both Richmond and Adelaide between Parliament Street in the east and Bathurst Street in the west.

Bicycle lanes will also be installed on both sides of Peter Street, from King Street to Queen Street.

“When the extension is complete, dedicated cycle tracks will run right across the city’s downtown from Bathurst in the west to Parliament in the east,” said Councillor Jaye Robinson, Chair of the City’s Public Works and Infrastructure Committee, during a press conference Monday morning.

The installation of the tracks is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Robinson said ridership numbers have skyrocketed since the pilot project started last year.

On Richmond, the number of cyclists have more than doubled from 500 in June 2014 to 1,300 in May 2015.

The numbers are even higher on Adelaide where cyclists have more than tripled from 550 in June 2014 to over 1,500 in May 2015.

“We anticipate they are going to go up,” said Robinson. “There’s been no negative impact on travel times.”

Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls movement wins the Emmys 2015 red carpet – National

Amy Poehler may not have won an Emmy Sunday night, but she definitely won the Internet with her #SmartGirlsAsk campaign, a joint initiative between 桑拿会所, the Television Academy and Amy’s Smart Girls, an organization “dedicated to helping young people cultivate their authentic selves.”

The campaign asked people to submit intelligent questions for celebrities — a refreshing twist to the often mind-numbing “who are you wearing” questions that have become a red carpet staple. Hundreds of thought-provoking questions were tweeted out, at times from some pretty big names.

In another victory, Viola Davis became the first woman of colour to claim top drama series acting honours at Sunday’s Emmy Awards.

An emotional Davis, who won for her portrayal of a ruthless lawyer in How to Get Away With Murder, invoked the words and spirit of 19th-century African-American abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

“I can’t seem to get over that line,” she quoted Tubman as saying.

“The only thing that separates women of colour from anyone else is opportunity,” Davis added. “You cannot win Emmys with roles that are simply not there.”

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Comments made by Matt Damon recently sparked a debate on diversity in the industry. And during a Toronto International Film Festival panel, female leaders agreed there’s still a long way to go to reach gender equality.

With files from The Associated Press

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Mulcair promises more veteran care – National

HALIFAX – Canada’s “disrespected” military veterans would see more federal health-care support under an NDP government, including funding to help them deal with post-traumatic stress disorder, party leader Tom Mulcair announced Monday.

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Mulcair said $454 million over four years would be spent to provide treatment for veterans suffering from the effects of PTSD. The money would also be used to improve long-term care services and the Veterans Independence Program, which provides housekeeping and other support to elderly and disabled former military personnel.

“I will ensure our government honours the sacrifices of our veterans and provides the services and benefits they’ve earned,” Mulcair said at a legion hall in Halifax, a city with deep military roots.

While many of the veterans gathered at the hall applauded the announcement, some were skeptical, saying they’d like to see further details before passing judgment on the plan.

When questioned about how he would pay for his promise, Mulcair said it was incorporated in his party’s fully costed policy, which has been criticized by his opponents as being overly optimistic and based on flawed numbers from the federal government’s spring budget.

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Mulcair also slammed the Conservative government, accusing it of letting veterans down through cuts to their health services.

“Ask our veterans and they will tell you about nine years of disrespect they’ve seen from Stephen Harper,” he said.

But the NDP would have to tread carefully when redefining benefits for veterans, said one man who didn’t want to provide his name, revealing only that he was a veteran of the Korean conflict and member of a long-time military family.

The man, who spoke to Mulcair personally as the NDP leader exited the hall, said any party in power will have to provide benefits and services tailored to individuals, not the “one veteran, one standard policy” that Mulcair spoke of Monday.

“The government has to be very careful how it makes changes,” he said.

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An NDP government would also apologize and “make amends” to former servicemen and women who were forced out of the military over their sexual orientation, Mulcair said, calling the move a measure of fairness that is long overdue.

He also promised to launch a public inquiry into the spraying of Agent Orange at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick.

The highly poisonous herbicide was sprayed at the army base in 1966 and 1967 by the U.S. military, with permission from Canada. It’s now known that exposure can lead to skin disorders, liver problems and certain types of cancers.

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The federal government set aside nearly $100 million in 2007 for Canadians harmed by Agent Orange and other chemicals used at the base.

The NDP leader also repeated a promise to reopen nine Veterans Affairs offices that were closed by the Conservative government.

Mulcair made the announcements as his election campaign continues its tour through Atlantic Canada. He was scheduled to visit Charlottetown later in the day.

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Tracy Morgan makes triumphant return to Emmys stage – National

LOS ANGELES – Tracy Morgan made a triumphant return to the Emmy Awards on Sunday, telling TV’s biggest stars and power players that he had missed them after spending months recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

Morgan’s presentation of the night’s final award was one of the ceremony’s biggest moments and the culmination of months of rehabilitation and work by the comedian.

“Thank you so much,” Morgan told the crowd boisterously cheering his return. “I miss you guys so much.”

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He referenced words from Jimmy Kimmel, who told last year’s audience that Morgan would return.

Morgan said, “Well, Jimmy, thanks to my amazing doctors, the support of my family and my beautiful new wife, I’m here. Standing on my own two feet.”

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Morgan was seriously injured on June 7, 2014, when a Wal-Mart truck crashed into the limousine Morgan was riding in. The collision killed one of Morgan’s close friends.

Federal investigators determined the truck driver was fatigued at the time and they also faulted the comedian and others in the limo for not wearing seatbelts, which contributed to the severity of the injuries.

After the serious moments at the Emmys, Morgan began cracking jokes again. He said that after waking up from a coma, he was ecstatic to find out, “I wasn’t the one who messed up.”

Morgan was humble and low-key while onstage Sunday night and showed off his fighting spirit while talking to reporters backstage.

Morgan, 46, pointed to scars on his forehead at one point and forcefully told reporters about his recovery, “I don’t give up.

“My father was drafted into Vietnam at 17 and I never see him give up. Even when he had AIDS, he never gave up. We don’t do that as Morgans.”

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The comedian’s appearance backstage was a rarity for an actor who hadn’t won an award at the current show.

He said he was overcome with emotions walking out onto the stage Sunday night. “I wanted to let them know I missed them very much,” he said.

Morgan said another key factor in his recovery was his desire to marry his fiance on his own terms.

“I wanted to walk my wife down the aisle, with no cane,” Morgan said. The comedian married Megan Wollover in August.

He also said he hoped his accident would lead to positive changes.

“I just hope the thing that happened to me, can be prevented now from people just dying on the road,” Morgan said. “That’s what I hope.”

AP Entertainment Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.

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Breakfast Buzz: Should Uber be allowed in Saskatoon? – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – The Breakfast Buzz is back with it’s new host Carly Robinson! Let’s start with a hot debate that has been raging across the country: Uber.

In cities where the ride-sharing service exists, some people swear by it while others loath the very concept.

When Uber looks to expand to a new city or region it gears up for resistance. That’s because regulation on the service remains unclear, and the cities and provinces need to draft new laws and legislations to deal with the service.

Right now in Saskatchewan, SGI requires all drivers for a rides-sharing service like Uber to have the same licencing and insurance requirements as taxis. Last week, Saskatoon city councillors passed a motion to lobby the provincial government to keep it this way.

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Family identifies man in fatal officer involved shooting on stretch of Highway 59 – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — The 44-year-old man who died after an officer involved shooting has been identified by family as Haki Sefa.

Winnipeg police say the incident happened at around 10:30 p.m. on Sunday on Highway 59, just north of Highway 44. The Independent Investigation Unit has been called in to investigate.

IIU Civilian Director Zane Tessler said they were called in to investigate the shooting at 11:24 p.m.

Tessler said the victim’s family called police Sunday evening because they were concerned for the well being of the driver, giving police the description of the van.

WATCH: IIU Executive Director breaks down response to officer involved shooting on Sunday

“We do have information from family members that were indicating there was some issues at home and the assistance from the police were sought,” said Tessler.

Officers located the van at Concordia Avenue and Lagimodiere Boulevard and followed him up Highway 59 where officers stopped the vehicle.

“at some point the police officers discharged their firearms and then began to apply life saving techniques on the occupant of that van,” said Tessler.

“I heard four times like bang bang bang bang, I said oh my goodness, am I dreaming,” said Marta Janusz, who lives nearby, “then I said to my husband gunshots you heard the gunshots.”

The IIU investigates all serious incidents involving police officers in Manitoba, whether occurring on or off duty.

RCMP blocked off Highway 59 Northbound until 2 pm. It has since re-opened.

WATCH: Global’s Skyview-1 helicopter over the scene of officer involved shooting

Global News was on scene Monday and could see a white cube van with no back windows sandwiched between two black unmarked Winnipeg Police tactical SUVs.

WATCH: Global’s Lorraine Nickel updates the situation from the scene

The doors on both of the black SUVs were still open along with the van’s driver side door.

Just a few feet from where the white van sits, what appears to be a black handgun is on the ground near a yellow police marker and a pair of glasses.

WATCH: Residents near the scene describe hearing gunshots

There are three Winnipeg police cars stopped behind the van.

A person has died following an officer involved shooting on Highway 59,

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A person has died following an officer involved shooting on Highway 59,

Rudi Pawlychyn / Global News

A person has died following an officer involved shooting on Highway 59,

Rudi Pawlychyn / Global News

A person has died following an officer involved shooting on Highway 59,

Rudi Pawlychyn / Global News

A person has died following an officer involved shooting on Highway 59,

Rudi Pawlychyn / Global News

A person has died following an officer involved shooting on Highway 59,

Rudi Pawlychyn / Global News

STARS Air Ambulance tells Global News the crew was dispatched but were told to stand down before going airborne.

MAP: Location of officer involved shooting:

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Israel struggles to counter new wave of Palestinian rock-throwing attacks – National

JERUSALEM – After finding high-tech solutions to halt suicide bombings and rockets, tech-savvy Israel is struggling with the resurgence of a weapon dating back to David and Goliath: the hurled rock.

Rock throwing is becoming commonplace in Jerusalem amid a wave of Palestinian unrest, leading to calls for a harsh crackdown and adding to tensions over access to a key holy site. But the outbursts appear to be decentralized and unorganized, and any tough new measures risk setting off another full-fledged conflict.

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The Palestinian rock thrower emerged as an iconic image of the first uprising against Israeli occupation in the 1980s and even as the second uprising last decade took on a more militant nature with suicide bombings and shooting attacks, rock throwing has been a regular feature of demonstrations since then. But in recent months, stone throwing has become a near daily occurrence in some neighbourhoods of east Jerusalem, the section of the city captured by Israel in the 1967 Mideast war and claimed by the Palestinians as their capital.

After an Israeli motorist was killed when his car crashed after being pelted with stones on the eve of the Jewish New Year, the Israeli government pledged to crack down.

Israel quickly built a new fence and installed greater surveillance measures at the site of the attack, and the government has pushed for more lenient rules of engagement for police. It is also promising tougher minimum sentences for offenders and heavy fines for minors and their parents as part of a zero-tolerance approach.

“Rocks and firebombs are lethal weapons. They kill and have killed,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his Cabinet on Sunday. “Those who try to harm us, we will harm them.”

Over the weekend, police said it arrested 48 suspects in stone-throwing and firebombing incidents. Gilad Erdan, Israel’s new minister of public security, has taken an even tougher line – and outraged the country’s judiciary – by suggesting that the promotion of judges should be tied to how harshly they sentence Palestinian rock throwers.

Netanyahu appeared to side with Erdan on Sunday, saying “with all due respect to the courts,” it is the government’s “right and duty” to punish perpetrators as harshly as possible.

But at a special meeting Sunday, Israel’s attorney general, Yehuda Weinstein, said he opposed the proposed changes in open-fire regulations or setting minimum penalties for stone throwers, saying the current regulations are sufficient. Under pressure from Netanyahu and other ministers, Weinstein agreed to search for a compromise ahead of another meeting Thursday.

Neither Israel nor the Palestinians seem interested in another round of major violence. But following last week’s deadly rock-throwing incident, along with days of clashes at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, the city appears to be on the precipice of a crisis.

The main source of tension is the situation at the hilltop compound in Jerusalem known to Jews as the Temple Mount and to Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary.

The site is home to the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where Muslims believe the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven. It is located on the spot where the biblical Jewish Temples once stood.

The conflicting claims to the holy site in Jerusalem’s Old City have frequently spilled over into violence.

In recent weeks, Israel has limited Muslim access to the mosque compound on several occasions to allow Jewish visitors to ascend. While Israel said this was a temporary move meant to reduce frictions, Muslims claim this is a violation of a longstanding “status quo” in place since Israel captured the area in 1967, and rumours have spread that Israel is plotting to take over the spot.

Netanyahu on Sunday called such suggestions “baseless, wild provocations” and said he was committed to preserving the status quo. More than 350 visitors toured the compound on Sunday with no violence.

For those living near where 64-year-old motorist Alexander Levlovich was killed last week, the new measures seem like a weak response to a danger that has been overlooked for some time. Rock attacks are rarely reported when they don’t cause casualties.

“It seems to me like giving a painkiller to a cancer patient,” said Nava Segev, a Jerusalem resident who says her home was hit with 17 firebombs in a single week. “This tradition of coming after something happens doesn’t seem effective to me.”

But Israel is limited in what it can do.

The rock throwing is mostly the domain of young men who appear to be unorganized and leaderless, making it hard for Israel to gather intelligence on pending attacks. Israel is also concerned that a harsh response to such attacks could lead to an escalation of violence, possibly igniting a new uprising. The collapse of peace talks last year and lack of contact between the two sides has only added to the tense environment.

Palestinians say the rock throwing is a visceral expression of frustration over their status in the city and particularly that of the mosque compound, where Israeli forces entered over the Rosh Hashanah holiday last week to disperse protesters who threw rocks and firecrackers. Palestinians consider the Israeli response excessive.

“We are talking about youth and kids who see on TV and social networks the practices of the Israeli police … and they react to it with throwing mainly stones and in some instances firebombs to show that they are angry,” said Adnan Husseini, the Palestinian minister for Jerusalem.

“Unfortunately, the Israeli government is responding to the anger of these kids with tough measures like allowing the use of live ammunition … This is a license to kill.”

While it is unlikely that the young rock throwers receive direct orders to carry out attacks, they operate in an ideological environment that encourages attacks on Jews, said Shaul Bartal, a reserve Israeli intelligence officer who is conducting research into the phenomenon of “lone wolf” attacks for Bar-Ilan University.

He said the new government measures may be able to make a dent, but short of infiltrating the Arab neighbourhoods it would be hard to completely erase the threat.

“There can always be a situation where someone just decides to do something,” he said. “Israel has to figure out a way to cope with that.”