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”.

Open doors to Syrian refugees, Cressy urges city council – Toronto

TORONTO – The ongoing Syrian crisis has sparked a possible new settlement program backed by Councillor Joe Cressy.

“The refugee crisis is not just a Middle Eastern issue, it’s not just European issue, it’s a global humanitarian issue and all of us have a role to play, including our city,” Cressy said.

“We have a history – and a proud history – of opening our borders and our doors in times of crisis and this program will help us establish and do just that.”

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The settlement program would see pre- and post-settlement supports for refugee arrivals put in place, using city departments like Toronto Public Health as well as facilities and resources.

“Prior to their arrival, the city would put into place an inter-agency task force that would work with organizations like Lifeline Syria and the Canadian Red Cross to coordinate arrival,” Cressy said.

“After arrival, it will be a range of supports that it will bring to bear, from employment support, to housing support, to health support related to dental care and psychological treatment.”

READ MORE: 5 things the Canadian government can do to immediately help Syrian refugees

The report is seeking the approval of a one-time $600,000 infusion from the city’s Tax Rate Stabilization Reserve to fund the settlement program.

The $600,000 cost would, in part, cover a possible assurance fund that would cover start up costs for refugees if a sponsor experiences change of financial circumstances and are unable to continue to support the refugees.

“These are bonds that are put into place to backstop private sponsors,” the councillor said.

“If you are a private sponsor you have to put out money. If you suddenly don’t have the financial means, we don’t want the refugees to suffer, so it’s looking at creating assurance bonds.”

READ MORE: ‘No hope’ of family reunion, says Syrian refugee living in B.C.

Cressy hopes to see a strong show of support for the report from the executive committee.

“Refugees are coming to Toronto and we have to be prepared to support them.”

Teen arrested after Saskatoon drug store robbed – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – A teen is facing a number of charges after allegedly robbing a Saskatoon drug store. The robbery happened Friday morning at the store located in the 200-block of Acadia Drive.

According to the police report, the teen entered the store, pointed both a rifle and handgun at employees and demanded cash. He then took off in a vehicle.

Officers were able to identify the suspect and determine the vehicle had been reported stolen. He was found at a nearby residence where police seized several imitation guns.

READ MORE: Three arrested in Wilkie, Sask. pharmacy break in

The 17-year-old is facing 10 Criminal Code charges including armed robbery, possession of stolen property, weapons-related offenses, breach of probation and breach of an undertaking.

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Frost advisory for Saskatoon into the final full day of summer – Saskatoon

UPDATE: All advisories mentioned in this story have ended

A frost advisory has been issued for Saskatoon, Regina, Prince Albert and other parts Saskatchewan.  Environment Canada says plants and crops may be damaged or destroyed by frost overnight into early Tuesday.

Saskatoon is likely to fall a degree or 2 below freezing early Tuesday morning for the first time in nearly four months.

The last time the mercury fell into minus territory in the city was on May 29, 2015 when an overnight low of -2.8 was reached.

Clear skies and light winds are expected to prevail Monday night into Tuesday morning as a high pressure system drops in cool air that will pull much of central Saskatchewan below zero.

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READ MORE: Warm, dry weather needed for 2015 Sask. harvest

This is the final frost advisory of the season for the province as Environment Canada issues frost advisories in central and southern Saskatchewan whenever temperatures are expected to fall below freezing between the May long weekend and September 21.

The advisory also spans to cover much of Alberta including the cities of Edmonton and Calgary where patchy frost is expected.

The agency recommends taking preventative measures to protect frost-sensitive plants and trees.

Watch below: How gardeners can protect plants against frost

Tuesday is the final full day of summer with autumn officially beginning Wednesday at 2:55 a.m. CT.

After a frosty finish to summer, the first few full days of fall are shaping up to be much more summer-like with daytime highs approaching the low 20s.

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Big beauty brands using lip-reading technology developed by U of T prof

Canadian technology originally developed years ago to enhance speech recognition is now being used by some of the world’s biggest beauty brands.

University of Toronto engineering professor Parham Aarabi designed lip-reading software more than a decade ago that initially garnered interest from the military community.

“The goal was to read lips and combine that with audio to do better speech recognition,” Aarabi said.

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“The idea was that in certain environments – noisy environments or very far away from the person you’re trying to listen to – audio doesn’t work, so you have to use computer vision to read someone’s lips to guess what they might be saying.”

The technology worked about half the time, he said.

“You could eavesdrop on someone from very far away and based on the image zoomed in on their face guess as to what they were saying.”

But the algorithms he built to track contours of lips proved adept in the beauty industry.

That’s when his company, ModiFace, was born. The company grew slowly since launching in 2007.

Aarabi says the technology is now used by cosmetics companies from L’Oreal to Unilever and Yves Rocher for different applications, such as adding different shades of lipstick to an image of a face uploaded by a user.

About a year ago demand for ModiFace began to surge. At the time, he said, there were about 20 brands using the software.

Now, he said, 52 brands have licensed his technology that appears in more than 200 apps, with a total of more than 60 million downloads.

“I don’t know what the catalyst was, but everyone is rushing to have augmented reality as part of their apps, websites and retail solutions,” Aarabi said.

He expects that total to double in the coming year.

It turns out his lip-reading software solved a long-standing problem.

“One of the biggest challenges in the beauty industry is that most people don’t know what product is best for them,” he said.

“The way the beauty industry has worked for a century is you’re shown what a model looks like and because it looks good on a model – or because the skin care makes the model look perfect by some definition of perfection – therefore this product must be the right product for you,” he said.

“What we found is that if we can show the product in a very realistic and truthful way to the consumer on their own image … it is substantially more effective as a marketing and educational tool than if you show an image of a model.”

In the next year or two Aarabi says his technology will allow customers to walk into a store, glance at a mirror and have different shades of lipstick on their reflection looking back at them.

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Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak’s tips for how to get fit for fall – National

Monday marks the first day of the free Fit for Fall Charity Challenge. Its mission is to get you to conquer 100 miles (160 kilometres) of cardio in eight weeks. It may sound like a lot, but it breaks down to just 30 minutes of cardio a day, which is pretty doable.

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Aside from helping you shed any unwanted summer pounds, the challenge can also benefit your favourite charity. All you have to do is download the Charity Miles app and for every mile you complete, a sponsor will donate to a charity of your choice on your behalf.

The team behind the initiative, Tone It Up, will also choose five participants every week and donate $200 to their chosen charities.

Those who sign up will have access to fitness tips and recipes, as well.

Getting started

If a fitness challenge isn’t your thing, there are still simple steps you can take every day to get in better shape. Walking is an easy start.

“You don’t need any equipment. Park your car further away. Take the stairs,” said Toronto’s Harley Pasternak, who has trained countless A-list celebrities like Halle Berry, Rihanna, Megan Fox, and Kim Kardashian.

The important thing is to just get moving. The Canadian physical activity guidelines for those aged 18 to 64 are “at least 150 minutes of moderate-to vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity per week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more.”

Pasternak is of the belief that Canadians are overexercising but underactive. For the most part, many of us lead very sedentary lives which consist of lying in bed for eight hours, then sitting in as we commute to work, where we sit some more for another eight hours.

READ MORE: 4 ways to combat sitting disease

A spin class twice a week (where you sit again) isn’t going to cut it, Pasternak stressed.

“Stop thinking of exercise as workouts and start thinking of it as activity, as movement.”

If you have a Fitbit, which Pasternak endorses, aim for 10,000 steps a day.

Diet

The device can help track your heartrate, as well as your sleep and diet — both of which Pasternak said are crucial.

His word of advice?

“Eat less Timbits. All the ab exercises in the world aren’t going to make up for a bad diet.”

Aim for protein, fibre and healthy fat in your meals. You should have three of them a day plus two snacks, added Pasternak, who’s also big fan of blending.

As for the portions, his rule of thumb is:

limit your protein to the size of the palm of your handhave a palm-full of high-fibre grains or high-fibre fruitsenjoy unlimited veggiesinclude at least a thumb-size of healthy fat each meal

Your snacks should be one-third the size of your meals.

READ MORE: The skinny on snack bars —What to look for on the nutrition label

“Move more, sleep better, eat properly,” Pasternak said. “Then if you want to do a work-out, do a workout. That comes after.”

Workouts

Want washboard abs? Don’t waste your time on sit-ups. They can create poor posture, according to Pasternak, and actually injure your lower back and neck.

Try planks instead.

And contrary to what you may have heard, you don’t need to feel pain to have a good workout, nor do you need to sweat a lot. Working out in the heat is also not better than doing it in the cold.

“You burn significantly more fat in a cold climate. When it’s cold outside, your body has to create heat, and it creates heat by burning calories.”

That’s good news for Canadians, especially as we approach our colder months. So don’t be afraid to take a walk in the brisk weather — just make sure you warm up beforehand.

Here are three of Pasternak’s top exercises to try.

The Walk-Lunge

How to do it: Keep your head straight up, do not look down at the ground; look where you are going. Make sure your leading knee does not go past the laces of your leading foot.

Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak demonstrates how to do a proper Walk-Lunge.

Shahin Edalati, Fitbit creative director

Spider Plank 

How to do it: Try to draw your right knee to your right elbow; then return to the start position and do the same on the left side.

Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak demonstrates how to do a Spider Plank.

Shahin Edalati, Fitbit creative director

The TRX Row

How to do it: Make sure your body is a rigid plank. Your nose, chest, knees and toes should all be on one plane. Try not to curl your wrists in as you draw your hands into your chest. Make sure you pull your hands and forearms high to your torso.

Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak demonstrates how to do a proper row using the TRX.

Shahin Edalati, Fitbit creative director

Celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak demonstrates how to do a proper row using the TRX.

Shahin Edalati, Fitbit creative director

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Tolling feasibility study to get underway for Nova Scotia highways – Halifax

HALIFAX – A feasibility study will look at a total of 301 kilometres of Nova Scotia highways to see whether tolling will work for twinning the eight sections of  the 100 series highways.

The study, granted to Atlantic Canada engineering and environmental design company CBCL Limited, is expected to be finished by the end of April.

The following sections of highway will be included in the study:

Highway 101, Three Mile Plains to Falmouth – 9.5 kmHighway 101, Hortonville to Coldbrook – 24.7 kmHighway 103, Exit 5 at Tantallon to Exit 12 Bridgewater – 71 kmHighway 104, Sutherlands River to Antigonish – 37.8 kmHighway 104, Taylors Road to Aulds Cove – 38.4 kmHighway 104, Port Hastings to Port Hawkesbury – 6.75 kmHighway 104, St. Peter’s to Sydney – 80 kmHighway 107, Porter’s Lake to Duke Street, Bedford – 33 km

The map shows the stretches of highway to be included in the feasibility study.

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Information that comes out of the study will be brought to the public through both in-person and online consultations, giving all Nova Scotians a chance to provide feedback before a final decision is made.

The government’s decision to look at tolling as a way to twin the 100 series highways came after the release of the 101, 103 and 104 highway safety studies in April.

Highway 103 has been called the second-deadliest highways in Canada, with 890 collisions occurring in a 274-kilometre stretch, with 22 resulting in deaths between the years of 2007-2012.

“It’s long overdue,” Halifax councillor Matt Whitman said in April. “It’s expensive, but it’s definitely long overdue. We’ve lost too many lives on this highway.”

After the studies came out in April, it was determined that twinning would be the best solution to the safety issues on the highways, but that tax dollars wouldn’t be enough to cover the cost of twinning, and that tolling would be the best way to make those major changes.

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Charges laid in arsons, shootings involving staff and students at the Justice Institute of BC – BC

Charges have been laid against two men in connection with a string of arsons and shootings involving students and staff at the Justice Institute of British Columbia.

Chief Supt. Kevin Hackett of the B.C. Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says 15 victims with links to the Justice Institute of British Columbia were targets in 19 arsons and four firearms related incidents between April, 2011, and January, 2012.

Their homes, vehicles and property were the subjects of multiple shootings and arsons.

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In July 2011, a threatening email was received by the Justice Institute and referenced nine people, all but one of whom had their property targeted in the preceding months.

The RCMP determined the victims were linked and had a connection to the Justice Institute.

Investigators have also found that an ICBC employee had looked up the fifteen victims’ license plates, which provided their personal details.

In January 2012, an arson investigation in Surrey led to the identification of the person who is alleged to have orchestrated all of the offences.

Between December, 2014, and January, 2015, a number of victims received suspicious letters in the mail. One of the letters contained a warning that the attacks would resume in the new year.

Investigators reconnected with the victims to ensure adequate safety until the charges have been laid today.

Two men — 40-year-old Vincent Eric Gia-Hwa Cheung of Langley and 54-year-old Thurman Ronley Taffe of Burnaby — have been arrested and appeared in court today. They will appear in court again on Oct. 1.

Cheung is alleged to be the main orchestrator. He is charged with a number of offences and is believed to have gang ties. Taffe is charged with one count of arson.

The extensive investigation spanned four years and many jurisdictions across B.C., involving hundreds of police officers from several police agencies.

Police says their investigation was complicated by the efforts of the accused to disguise their intent through cunning and misdirection.

The motive of the crimes remains unknown, but police say the victims were all innocent.

Many were at home when the arsons or shootings took place and still feel the emotional impact of these crimes.

Investigators say the public may never know exactly why these people were targeted.

“We know that there are still people out there with information related to this investigation. We ask that the contact us so we can advance the investigation,” says Hackett.

More arrests and charges are expected.

Edmonton commander facing sex charges picks jury trial

(*EDITOR’S NOTE: On Nov. 4, 2016, the charges against Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker were dropped by the Alberta Crown.)

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EDMONTON — A high-ranking military officer accused of sex offences has chosen to have a jury trial.

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Lt.-Col. Mason Stalker, 40, commander of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton, was arrested in July on 10 charges.

The charges, including sexual assault, relate to alleged incidents involving a military cadet in Edmonton between 1998 and 2007.

“A victim came forward to us in April of this year,” said Francis Bolduc, Commanding Officer of the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service. “He came forward with information and we initiated an investigation that resulted in charges.”

“These are serious and significant charges under the Criminal Code of Canada,” said Bolduc.

READ MORE: Canadian Forces officer charged with sexual assault 

A justice official says a preliminary hearing in the case is to begin Aug. 2.

No trial date has been set.

Stalker has been suspended from his post pending the outcome of the court case.

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EXCLUSIVE: Ineligible? 9-year-old football player penalized after being deemed ‘too heavy’ – Montreal

DOLLARD-DES-ORMEAUX – A kids football team said it has been unfairly targeted after it had to forfeit four games due to a post-game weight check.

The atom-level Sunnybrooke Chiefs were enjoying a 4-1 season, winning its last game against the Châteauguay Raiders 42-0.

Afterwards, coaches said their season unravelled due to what they claim was an unfair complaint by their opponent.

“They asked us to look over the registration papers,” said coach Bryan Spence.

“There was a clerical error made by the registrars.”

That error listed the weight of nine-year-old running back Shekai Mills Knight at 111 lbs. –  just one pound over the threshold to be eligible to carry the ball or play defence.

According to his mother, Mills Knight’s real weight is 101 lb. and it had been recorded incorrectly at the weigh in.

“All of a sudden, they want to look at our contracts,” said Earl Foronda, Sunnybrooke Park director.

“We play five games and there’s no problem.”

What does regulations, weight or eligibility mean to a nine-year-old child?

“Well, there’s no point in playing when I lost my position…so, I don’t know,” Mills Knight told Global News.

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It’s an especially heavy blow to the team, because he also plays middle linebacker.

“I didn’t want him to play. But he asked me ‘give me a chance,’” said Nesta Mills, the boy’s mother.

“I didn’t want to give him a chance, but it turns out he loves it.”

Châteauguay coaching staff refused an interview with Global News.

They’re contention is that the league enforces the rules, not the teams, and the weight rules exist for safety reasons.

According to Jean-Charles Meffe, Executive Director of Football Quebec, teams are responsible for making sure clerical errors don’t exist on their rosters.

An appeal has been lodged with the federation that governs the leagues.

A decision is expected later this week.

Fiorina’s GOP debate performance leads to surge in support, scrutiny – National

What a difference a debate makes: Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has seen a major bump in support following last week’s CNN debate and now sits second, behind front-runner Donald Trump.

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The former Hewlett-Packard CEO and the sole woman in the race for the Republican nomination saw a 12-percentage-point jump in support, rising from 3 per cent support before the debate to 15 per cent, according to a national CNN/ORC poll released Monday.

The poll of Republican and Republican-leaning voters was conducted between Sept. 17 to 19, the three days following the debate.

READ MORE: What you need to know about GOP debate star Carly Fiorina

The increased show of support can be attributed in part to her strong performance and her show of force against outspoken Trump, who dropped to 24 per cent support from 32 per cent in the previous CNN/ORC poll conducted between Sept. 4 to 8.

But it was also Fiorina’s first time speaking to a primetime audience, having been at the earlier debate for less popular candidates in the last round. The primetime CNN debate was watched by 23 million people, while Fiorina’s showing in the so-called “Happy Hour” debate on Aug. 6 was viewed by just six million people.

Fiorina’s rise also came as Ben Carson, securely in second place going into the debate, faltered.

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The former neurosurgeon dropped from 19 per cent in the earlier CNN/ORC survey to 14 per cent — one point below Fiorina — after what many saw as a weak performance in his second debate.

Rounding out the top four candidates, those with double-digit support, is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who was also seen as one of the more formidable performers on the stage last Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley, California.

Fact-checking Fiorina

Being in the spotlight is also puts Fiorina’s credentials and beliefs under the microscope. Now that she’s seen as a serious contender in the race, although primary and caucus season doesn’t get underway until February and it’s still another 413 days until Election Day, her comments are subject to much more scrutiny.

Two comments she made during the debate have been debunked, although her right-wing base may not see it that way.

Taking on a personal tone, Fiorina discussed the 2009 death of her stepdaughter, Lori Ann, who struggled with substance abuse and bulimia.

“We must invest more in the treatment of drugs. I agree with Sen. [Rand] Paul. I agree with states’ rights. But, we are misleading young people when we tell them that marijuana is just like having a beer. It’s not.”

But as the Washington Post. later reported, a 2010 study published in the widely respected medical journal The Lancet found marijuana is less dangerous than harder drugs and even alcohol.

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The second comment to stoke controversy was one the 61-year-old candidate made about Planned Parenthood and a series of undercover videos purporting to show doctors discussing the sale of fetal tissue for profit and which fuelled a successful Republican-led Congressional vote to defund the organization for one year.

“Anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,” Fiorina said during the debate.

The series of videos she was referring to were put out by an anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress.

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The videos (even the ones claimed to be unedited) are manipulated. But the footage Fiorina described was not taken during the Planned Parenthood stings and its circumstances surrounding it are in question.

“The Center for Medical Progress says the source of the footage is the Grantham Collection, an organization that hopes to stem abortion by promoting graphic images of the procedure. We don’t know the circumstances behind this video: where it came from, under what conditions it was obtained, or even if this fetus was actually aborted (as opposed to a premature birth or miscarriage).”

Planned Parenthood, an organization the provides abortions as well as sexual and women’s health care, including cancer screening, does collect and provide fetal tissue for research. But, it can only legally receive minimal money for costs associated with the collection, storage and transport of the materials.

There’s also the question the sale of HP printers to Iran while Fiorina was at the helm of the Fortune 500 company and while U.S. companies were prohibited from doing trade with the Islamic Republic.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, she said she had no knowledge of the sale because it was a third-party company that was responsible for the deal.

Fiorina, on the campaign trail, has been critical of the deal the Obama administration struck to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for the Iranian government curbing its nuclear ambitions and opening up to international inspections.

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