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

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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”.

When are AMBER Alerts issued ? – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — It was the question on many minds when 12-year-old Tristan McMahon was allegedly abducted by his biological mother Charlotte McMahon on Saturday morning . Why was no AMBER alert issued?

The young boy had been on an overnight supervised visit with his mother Friday night. When his father and stepmom contacted the boy’s grandmother in the morning, they were told both of them were gone.

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“She had taken her car, keys, purse, all her money, packed the cats up and some belongings and all his photos and they were gone,” said stepmom Wendy Tronrud.

READ MORE: Police search for missing Tristan McMahon

Police were immediately contacted and within hours pictures of the two and the car they were believed to be travelling in were blasted out to media and police organizations across the country. But no AMBER alert was issued.

According to the WPS the scenario came very close, but fell short of meeting all requirements needed.

If a person under the age of 18 years is abducted, then the Winnipeg Police service will consider issuing an Amber Alert. However, there are four specific requirements that need to be met before it will be activated.

The abduction has been confirmed (by witnesses or supporting evidence).It is believed that the victim is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death.There is sufficient descriptive information about the victim, the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle to ensure the public can identify these elements.The Alert can be issued in a time frame that would provide a reasonable expectation that the victim could be returned or the suspect could be apprehended prior to fleeing.

Police told Global News they had no evidence to believe the 12-year-old was in life-threatening danger.

“We were concerned for the well being and safety but that one criteria was not met,” said Constable Jason Michalyshen. “We have to have some very specific evidence to support that. Are we talking about a weapon, have threats been made, is there anything historically that we need to delve in to? 3 out of the 4 criteria were met and that one wasn’t.”

Since the AMBER Alert program started within Canada in 2002, the WPS has never issued an AMBER alert.

The RCMP also specifies on its website that an AMBER alert is not used for cases involving runaways or parental abductions, except in life-threatening situations. Again, this specific case did not meet that requirement because it was not believed McMahon was in imminent danger

Background

The AMBER Alert program originated in Arlington, Texas, in 1996 after nine-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted while playing in her yard. She was found murdered a few days later following an extensive search.

Texas organized a system that encouraged law enforcement agencies to alert the media following a confirmed child abduction.

The name of the program is an acronym for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response System.

Native leaders want swift justice for accused killers

PENTICTON — Family and friends of a Vancouver woman who was murdered in the Okanagan are holding another demonstration, but this one is different.

Roxanne Louie, 26, went missing last Christmas while visiting family in the South Okanagan.

Louie’s body was found in a wooded area near Naramata on Jan. 12, 2015.

Grace Elinor Robotti, 65, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Louie.

Grace Elinor Robotti is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Louie.

The two were related through Louie’s three-year-old son.

READ MORE: Rally in Penticton for court appearance of accused murderer and alleged accomplice

Grace’s brother, Pier Louis Robotti, 61, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder and performing an indignity on a human body. That charged was recently dropped and upgraded to second-degree murder.

Native leaders from various bands including the Penticton Indian Band have held demonstrations in the past, demanding swift justice for Louie’s alleged killers.

Today, they’re organizing a ride to the Penticton courthouse on horseback.

“We are gathering to raise awareness for the fight for justice on behalf of Roxanne Louie and other missing and murdered First Nation women and their families,” organizers say in a release. “Let’s ride for justice together as a nation and be heard for our people.”

Organizers say they’re upset that Louie’s accused killers are both out on bail.

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Harper asks ‘what planet’ Trudeau was on after F-35s plan announced – National

OTTAWA – The politics of military procurement preoccupied the federal leaders today as they fired rhetorical missiles at each other over the future of Canada’s ill-fated attempt to buy new fighter jets.

Stephen Harper and Tom Mulcair both blasted Justin Trudeau for announcing yesterday that he would scrap the multibillion-dollar purchase of F-35 stealth fighters to replace the current aging fleet of CF-18s.

The Conservative and NDP leaders both said it showed a lack of judgment by the Liberal leader.

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Harper questioned “what planet” Trudeau was living on, while Mulcair said Trudeau was pre-judging the public tendering process.

Experts say the F-35 purchase would cost taxpayers about 44-billion dollars over the four-decade lifespan of the Lockheed Martin jets.

The F-35 project is on hold after the auditor general offered a scathing critique of the procurement, so the military is working to extend the lifespan of the current CF-18 fleet.

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Top Knotch: Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson turning heads with unique hairstyle

Toronto Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson has been called a lot of things this season – clubhouse leader, fierce competitor, MVP. Add trendsetter to that list.

The third baseman’s unique hairstyle has garnered almost as much attention as his stellar season. A hybrid between a mohawk cut and samurai tail, the do is buzzed short at the sides with lines sometimes shaved in above his ears, trimmed into a V-shape at the back, and long at the top with his light brown locks gathered in a small bun or ponytail at the crown.

It’s a unique look that Jays fans have been emulating. Donaldson says he often receives photos of similar cuts via 桑拿会所 and isn’t surprised it has caught on.

“I knew that would happen,” Donaldson said in a recent interview. “When my barber was first cutting my hair like this he was like ‘Hey, people are going to start getting this haircut all over the city,’ and they did. I think it’s pretty funny.”

Toronto Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson celebrates after sliding safely into third base with a triple against the Cleveland Indians during fifth inning AL baseball action in Toronto on Monday, August 31, 2015.

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Donaldson, whose MVP-calibre season has helped propel the Blue Jays to the top of the American League East, hasn’t really thought about a name for the cut. He has enough trouble just describing it.

“I kind of think of it as more of a top knot than a man bun,” he said pensively. “But it’s also got a bit of a samurai look to it, which is what I wanted.

“I’m sure a fan will come up with a name for it. Maybe we should do a poll or something.”

No matter what it’s called, it doesn’t require much maintenance.

READ MORE: Rogers Centre flooded as urinal ripped from wall at Friday’s Blue Jays game

He’ll typically shave the sides down once a week to “keep it looking clean,” and add a line or two if the mood strikes. But aside from occasionally running some mousse through it “to make it look not so terrible,” he doesn’t use many styling products.

Donaldson has experimented with his look in the past. During his stint with the Oakland Athletics he famously rocked a rat tail, which he sometimes braided, in addition to his mohawk.

The two-time all-star, known for his intense demeanour on the field, uses his hair to help show off a more playful side.

“I like to have fun with it,” Donaldson said. “Thankfully I’ve been a part of two organizations that have given me leeway as far as what I want to do to express my personality.”

READ MORE: Blue Jays fans make hilarious parody of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’

So what do his teammates think?

“I was kind of expecting to get (teased) about it but I think the guys actually really like it,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll change it eventually, but I’m not going to do anything different right now.”

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Trudeau says Elizabeth May should be allowed to take part in leaders’ debates – National

TORONTO – Green Leader Elizabeth May should be allowed to participate in the Munk debate later this month, her Liberal rival said Monday, as she tried a last-ditch effort to get into the discussion on foreign policy.

The Greens have filed a complaint with the Canada Revenue Agency alleging the Munk debate format violates the agency’s policies that limit the political activities of charities.

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The Aurea Foundation, a registered charity with the CRA, is helping fund the debate.

“I’m going to let the lawyers hash out the details of this one, but I will say that I was disappointed,” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said in Toronto.

“She should be in the Munk debate because we know of all the different international issues facing Canada and the world, climate change is possibly, certainly one of the very top ones when we look at the future that we’re building for our kids and our grandkids.”

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Trudeau also said the decision to exclude May from last week’s economic debate in Calgary, hosted by the Globe and Mail, touched him on a personal level.

“My daughter watched my debate last Thursday night and it kind of bugs me that when she sees the people who could become prime minister, there wasn’t a woman among them,” he said.

“I think that’s yet another reason why Elizabeth May should be in the Munk debate and all debates.”

WATCH: Miss the debate on the economy? This three-minute video has everything you need to know. 

The Greens argue that excluding May from the debate has put the Aurea Foundation in violation of the Income Tax Act. The law says it’s illegal for a charity to directly or indirectly support or oppose a political party and are calling on the CRA to conduct an immediate audit of the charity’s activities.

WATCH: In this full-length interview Elizabeth May discusses her party’s role in a minority situation, and how long she’s prepared to stay on as party leader.

The party says it will withdraw the complaint if May is invited to the debate, scheduled for next Monday at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

In a letter sent to the CRA, Green party executive Emily McMillan writes that May was excluded from the debate because organizers only wanted to have the leaders of parties recognized as such under the Parliament of Canada Act.

READ MORE: Elizabeth May pleads with party leaders to participate in televised debates

With only two seats in the Commons, the Greens don’t have party status. But McMillan argues there is nothing in the Parliament of Canada Act to limit the meaning of “political party” that would justify May’s exclusion.

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Zachary Levi goes dark for ‘Heroes Reborn’ – National

Zachary Levi switches gears from playing the goofy star of Chuck to something much darker in his new thriller, Heroes Reborn.

The gregarious actor admits the role is a bit of a left turn for those familiar with the hero of his defunct beloved spy dramedy.

“The tone of these two shows is very different. In Chuck there was a lot of lightheartedness, there was a charm, there was a heart,” Levi said during a stop in Toronto to promote the series in June.

“And Heroes is a dark and complicated world and I play a dark and complicated guy.”

Since his cult NBC series left the air in 2012, Levi has tackled material on big and small screens including the stop-motion comedy Robot Chicken and the super-hero spectacle Thor: The Dark World, in which he played the warrior Fandral.

But Heroes Reborn arguably resets his career with his darkest role yet — his character Luke is a vigilante bent on exacting vengeance for the death of his son.

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The show continues Tim Kring’s saga of ordinary people suddenly bestowed with superhuman abilities, introduced in the four-season Heroes.

Levi said the new story picks up five years later, with a war brewing between those with abilities and those without.

Jack Coleman reprises his role as HRG, a.k.a. Noah Bennet, while other returning characters include Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman and Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura.

New characters include the awkward teen Tommy, played by Robbie Kay, who learns of a new ability that terrifies him; and Tokyo’s quiet Miko, played by Kiki Sukezane, who is searching for her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret.

Without detailing his own character’s arc, Levi noted this is a world where many regular humans are shaken by the fact their neighbours possess what could be dangerous powers.

“Lots of bad things are happening. Some people with powers abuse them and some people without abilities are afraid of them and fighting back.”

Heroes Reborn debuts Thursday on Global and NBC.

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VW Canada suspends sale of some models as emissions probe widens – National

Volkswagen Canada Inc. has suspended the sale of several models amid a U.S. investigation into whether the car-maker purposely rigged vehicles to trick emissions tests.

“Volkswagen Canada has issued a stop sale order for all vehicles affected by this issue,” a statement from VW Canada spokesperson Thomas Tetzlaff said.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleged last week that the German car maker used software that allowed cars sold in the United States to release fewer smog-causing pollutants during tests than in real-world driving conditions.

The cars, built in the last seven years, include the Audi A3, VW Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat models.

Tetzlaff said the affected models in Canada carry the 2.0-litre TDI engine and pertain to Jetta vehicles made between 2009 through this year; Golf models between 2010 and this year; 2013 to 2015 Beetle models and Passets manufactured in 2012 and this year.

Models with that engine were sold both in Canada and the United States. The EPA alleges about 500,000 diesel cars in the United States contained the software.

“We will work with our colleagues at Volkswagen of America as well as our parent company in Germany to resolve this matter in the most timely fashion,” Tetzlaff said in an email message.

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On Sunday, the CEO of Volkswagen apologized. “I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public,” Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn said in a statement. He said VW has ordered an investigation and promised that the company would co-operate with regulators.

The U.S. agency has ordered VW to fix the cars at its own expense but said individual car owners do not have to take any immediate action. VW also faces fines that could add up to billions of dollars. Volkswagen shares plummeted 20 per cent Monday in reaction to the controversy.

Industry analysts said the VW CEO also faces difficult questions himself in the coming days, particularly at a scheduled board meeting Friday.

“At the moment, 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, professor of strategic management at Warwick Business School.

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Volkswagen marketed the diesel-powered cars, which account for about 25 per cent of sales, as being better for the environment.

The EPA insisted that the violations do not pose any safety hazard and said the cars remain legal to drive and sell while Volkswagen comes up with a plan to recall and repair them. However, it said the cars pose a threat to public health.

The EPA also indicated the scale of the fines that could be imposed. It said the carmaker could be hit with up to $37,500 per vehicle for the violations — a total of more than $18 billion.

The California Air Resources Board is also investigating, while German authorities are looking into whether the company bent the rules there too.

“The auto manufacturers have to work closely with U.S. authorities to comprehensively clarify the matter,” Michael Schroeren, a spokesman for Germany’s environment ministry told reporters in Berlin. “We expect reliable information from the car manufacturers so that (German authorities) can check whether comparable manipulation has happened in Germany or Europe.”

— With files from Global News

Cristiano Ronaldo makes dream come true for refugee boy tripped by camerawoman – National

The son of the Syrian refugee tripped by a Hungarian journalist accompanied Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo onto the pitch before the team’s Spanish league game on Saturday.

Zaid Abdul Mohsen, accompanied by his father Osama and brother Mohammad, toured the Bernabeu stadium and had a kick-about on the pitch ahead of Real Madrid’s match against Granada.

Mohsen was captured on video carrying seven-year-old Zaid when Hungarian camerawoman Petra Laszlo tripped him and sent him tumbling to the ground in a field full of other migrants running from authorities near the Hungarian village of Roszke.

Images of him being tripped by the Hungarian journalist provoked outrage across the continent.

WATCH BELOW: See the original footage of Mohsen being tripped while carrying his young son Zaid which shocked Europe and the world

 

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The family arrived in Germany last week exhausted from the long journey and the international spotlight that followed them after the tripping incident, but young Zaid still had the strength to open a broad smile and declare his love for soccer and his greatest idol: “Cristiano Ronaldo.”

After the incident in Hungary, Mohsen ended up in Germany, where media reports revealed he had been a soccer coach in Syria. That prompted a Spanish soccer academy to offer to rebuild his life.

The CENAFE school in the suburb off Getafe helped bring Mohsen to Spain and will give him a job and a place to live near its training facility.

“Hopefully this will serve as an example to the rest of Europe,” said school president Miguel Galan.

“We need to help these people.”

READ MORE: Syrian tripped by Hungarian journalist arrives in Madrid

Galan will now try to bring Mohsen’s wife and his other two children from a refugee camp in Turkey. Getafe authorities will also work to get the family legalized in Spain as soon as possible so Mohsen can start working as a coach. He and his family will also have to learn Spanish.

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Demolition begins on Saint-Henri’s Tannery Village – Montreal

MONTREAL – The walls are coming down and bulldozers are moving in.

Demolition began this weekend at the Tannery Village in Saint-Henri, a week before excavation was set to finish.

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The 18th to 19th century village was discovered when work began on the new Turcot Interchange.

The site needed to be removed to install infrastructure, including a new sewage collector.

Municipal opposition councillors have come out insisting that the demolition was done quietly and with little warning.

READ MORE: Tannery Village vigil lights up Saint-Henri

There has been grassroots movement to save the site.

A candlelight vigil was held earlier this month when it was announced the site would be demolished.

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Transports Quebec told Global News they’ve been clear about the timeline.

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“We were very transparent with our communications and what we were planning on doing in this particular area,” said spokesperson Sarah Bensadoun.

“We had neighbourhood committees, we advised the population and we did several media interviews.”

About 150 boxes of artifacts were taken from the site to be catalogued and parts of the village still stand for the time being.

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Man seriously injured in brazen daytime shooting in Forest Heights – Calgary

CALGARY – Police are investigating a brazen daytime shooting in the community of Forest Heights.

Officers were called to the 4500 block of 7 Avenue S.E. at around 9:15 a.m. on Monday for reports that a man had been shot.

EMS said a man in his 20s was rushed to hospital in potentially life-threatening condition. His condition was later upgraded to serious but stable, according to police.

Global News has learned the victim is Henry Le Nguyen. Le Nguyen is associated with high profile gang violence in Calgary.

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One neighbour, who wished to remain anonymous, said Le Nguyen had been shot in the abdomen and foot.

“We heard the ‘pop, pop’ and then I saw him out my window banging on doors, asking people to let him in because he said he’d been shot,” she said.

“I held his hand, I was trying to give him comfort. He was having a hard time breathing.”

Another neighbour, Sandra Graval, was on the way to the grocery store when the shooting occurred.

“I live here, and you think you’re safe… but you’re not. I guess you’re not safe anywhere,” she said.

Witnesses describe hearing multiple shots fired.

“One shot woke me up first – and then there was a burst of four or five,” said a neighbour who didn’t wish to be identified. “So five or six shots.”

No other injuries were reported, however, some area residents were briefly evacuated after a stray bullet hit a gas line which began leaking. Police say the leak was contained quickly.

“There’s holes in the fences, there’s a hole in the gas metre,” said Duty Insp. Paul Magnus. “Rounds flying through the air in a neighborhood is never good for a community.”

Police have not yet released a description of the suspects.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact police or call Crime Stoppers.

– With files from Sarah Offin, Carolyn Kury de Castillo and Nancy Hixt