Justin Trudeau says he would consider airlifting refugees from Syria

HALIFAX – Standing inside one of the country’s foremost symbols of its openness to the world – the so-called “Gateway to Canada” – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said Sunday he’d consider airlifting Syrian refugees in order to fulfil his pledge to welcome 25,000 asylum seekers by Jan. 1.

Hundreds of boisterous supporters came to hear him speak at Halifax’s Pier 21, the former immigration depot that welcomed over one million immigrants and refugees between 1928 and 1971.

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“For me, it’s always a humbling and an incredibly deep privilege to be able to stand here at Pier 21,” he said on a stage overlooking the Halifax port.

“It’s a place that touches me deeply.”

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Trudeau defended his promise to welcome 25,000 refugees from Syria by year’s end – more than the Conservatives or the NDP have promised to do – by saying all that’s standing in the way is political will.

He said the Conservatives’ announcement Saturday that they would cancel the requirement refugees first be designated as such by the United Nations before applying for asylum in Canada as “a sudden and convenient change of heart during an election campaign.”

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Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said that while security screening will remain the government’s priority, his government will issue thousands more visas by the end of the year to people fleeing the sectarian conflict and civil war in Syria.

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Trudeau dismissed suggestions his plan would compromise Canadians’ security as many of those seeking refuge in Europe and North America are coming from a territory controlled or affected by the violence of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, whose leaders openly call for terrorist attacks on Canadian soil.

“No one is suggesting we should put aside security in order to (bring in refugees),” he told the crowd.

People fleeing Syria can be properly assessed by employing more case workers, increasing screening capacity and “looking at the possibility of airlifts,” Trudeau said.

The choice to talk about refugees at Pier 21 is fitting, considering the role it played for decades in welcoming the tired and needy from across the world.

Roughly 200,000 refugees from the Second World War – many of them Holocaust survivors – travelled to Canada between 1946 and 1952, often through the doors of Pier 21, which has since been turned into an immigration museum.

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Pier 21 was also the first point of contact in Canada for many of the 50,000 Hungarian refugees the country accepted after that country’s uprising against the Soviets in 1956.

Canada welcomed as many as 35,000 Hungarian refugees during a one-month period that year.

“The fact that (Conservative Leader Stephen Harper) has been talking about security as an impediment to doing this is quite frankly a distraction from a lack of political will to get it done,” he said to strong applause.

The party also released new English and French-language ads on Sunday on television and social media.

Trudeau later travelled to St. John’s, N.L., on Sunday evening for a rally with supporters.

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Election sidelines Harper government’s back room bid for French helicopter ships – National

OTTAWA – Canada was actively pursuing – at the political level – the possible acquisition of the controversial French-built Mistral-class helicopter carriers, several defence, diplomatic and military industry sources have told The Canadian Press.

The effort has ground to halt, however, largely because of the federal election campaign – and it may slip away entirely because the French are now in a position to entertain bids from other countries for the 22,000-tonne ships, originally built for Russia.

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The original deal was cancelled because of Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its ongoing support of anti-government forces in eastern Ukraine, but it was only last month that the French government concluded a US $1.01 billion refund agreement, a plan that was approved Thursday by the lower house of the French National Assembly.

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The sources, speaking on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to discuss the matter publicly, say Defence Minister Jason Kenney was – until the election call -“actively engaged” in sounding out the French, including a face-to-face exchange at the most recent NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels last June.

A series of international media reports – including the French daily Le Monde, the International Business Times, Les Echos and La Tribune – have long put Canada on the short list of potential buyers, along with Egypt, India and Singapore.

While there was no shortage of interest and backroom dialogue, the sources say, the French were unable to formally negotiate with interested nations until a deal was concluded with Russia. Now that has happened, “the matter is now with the Elysee Palace,” the president’s office.

The vessels could well be snapped up before a new government gets organized in Ottawa.

“We were unable to get into a position before the writ dropped where we could actively discuss (or) negotiate,” said one source with knowledge of the file.

A spokesman for Kenney declined to comment when asked specifically about the government’s interest in the ships and lobbying efforts last spring. Daniel Proussalidis would only say that “the Canadian Armed Forces is not pursuing the acquisition of these vessels at this time.”

The idea of the Harper government buying the ships has percolated in the defence community for years.

Former chief of defence staff Rick Hillier advocated for such a capability as far back as 2006. Former Conservative senator Hugh Segal suggested Canada buy the Mistrals a few years ago, while an independent report last year from retired colonel George Petrolekas and defence analyst Dave Perry endorsed it as part of a larger strategy to recapitalize the navy.

Word of the initiative came as the Liberals released their defence platform on Sunday, which promised to put more emphasis on rebuilding the Navy.

Although considered amphibious warfare ships and equipped with landing craft, the Mistrals have been used extensively by the French for disaster relief and evacuations, including in Lebanon in 2006.

The problem for Canada, according to defence sources, is that National Defence has done very little in the way of formal study on the long-term ownership costs and the hurdles of operating such sophisticated ships, which are capable of carrying 16 helicopters, 59 armoured vehicles, and more than 450 troops.

The Conservative government, National Defence and the Department of Public Works were roasted by the auditor general in 2012 for a lack of homework and incomplete public costing of the F-35 stealth fighter program, which has since been put on hold.

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The Mistrals could potentially sell for $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion, according to published reports overseas, and if Canada did bid, they would require hundreds of millions of dollars worth of modifications to bring them in line with Canadian military standards.

The ships were not mentioned in the 2008 Conservative defence strategy, nor were they considered under the national shipbuilding program. However, some in the defence community say the government’s designated shipyards, which are in the process of being retooled for existing projects, are not yet technically ready to construct helicopter carriers.

“Nobody knows if these ships will make sense for Canada because they haven’t been considered as part of a comprehensive defence and foreign policy review,” Michael Byers, a political science professor and defence academic at the University of British Columbia.

“It would carry substantial risk. It would reorient the Navy and impact the Air Force in terms of maritime helicopters. There are lots of follow-on consequences that need to be considered before you move forward.”

The thinking in the political and defence sectors is that Egypt – backed by Saudi Arabian cash – and the other competitors have an edge because they already have established defence links with France; they are more aggressive and able to move faster than Canada in closing a deal.

“Egypt and Saudi Arabia are entirely ready to buy the two Mistrals,” said a French official in Egypt, Le Monde reported.

Whether that is true remains to be seen because the Harper government has made it a priority to court France in the defence and security sector, notably with signing technical defence co-operation agreements earlier this year. The French shipyard, DCNS, has opened an office in Ottawa and has been lobbying hard to be part of the planned frigate replacement program.

©2015The Canadian Press

Canadian researchers help uncover problems with South Korean app putting children at risk

TORONTO – Canadian and German security researchers claim to have found a weakness in a child surveillance app that is required by law in South Korea for all new smartphones sold to minors.

In a report Sunday, researchers at Citizen Lab, based at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, said they found 26 critical weaknesses in the program “Smart Sheriff,” the most popular child monitoring program in South Korea. The German software auditing company Cure53 also released a separate report Sunday detailing the same concerns.

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The Smart Sheriff app, available for Android and iPhone, helps to let parents know how much time their children are spending on their phones, and remotely block content. The program also alerts parents if their children send or receive messages with words like “bully” or “pregnancy.”

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“Parents worldwide have growing concerns about their children’s use of social media and mobile devices,” Ron Deibert, director of the Citizen Lab, said in a statement Sunday. “However, this case shows precisely how good intentions can end up seriously wrong — in this case, a government-promoted parental monitoring application actually putting children at greater, rather than less, risk of harm.”

South Korea passed a law last April requiring new smartphones sold to those under the age of 18 to be equipped with child monitoring software, according to the report.

The report found that children’s phone numbers, birth dates, browsing history and other personal data were being sent unencrypted, making it easier for an attacker to steal personal information. Researchers also found weaknesses in the authentication process meaning Smart Sheriff could easily be hacked, turned off entirely or reprogrammed to send alerts to parents.

“With little effort, these vulnerabilities could allow children to bypass parental protections, allow malicious attackers to disrupt access to every user’s device, and interfere with the operations of the service,” Collin Anderson, an independent researcher, said in a statement.

“Such failures demonstrate an inattention to children’s security from the foundation of the application, and, even more concerning, have been open for exploitation for years.”

According to the reports the several weaknesses could be exploited on a large scale, affecting thousands or all of the application’s 380,000 users at once.

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Citizen Lab said it alerted the association of South Korean mobile operators that developed and operated the app, also known as MOIBA, to the problems on Aug. 3. In their report Citizen Lab said Sunday it was unclear whether the problems identified have been corrected.

The Associated Press reported that when contacted Friday MOIBA said the vulnerabilities had been fixed.

Researchers were skeptical about the government-mandated program and should require special scrutiny as it monitor the personal moments of young South Koreans.

“This situation raises serious concerns under international human rights law, given the potential of this government-supported mobile application to compromise user privacy, and the widespread adoption of the app as a result of the government mandate,” said Sarah McKune, a senior legal adviser, with The Citizen Lab

Greek election winner Tsipras to govern with former coalition partner

ATHENS, Greece – A jubilant Alexis Tsipras vowed to continue fighting for his country’s pride and to quickly form a coalition government after his left-wing Syriza party comfortably won Greece’s third national vote this year on Sunday.

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The result was a resounding success for Tsipras’ high-risk gamble when he resigned as prime minister last month and triggered an early election, barely seven months into his four-year term, in order to face down an internal Syriza rebellion over his policy U-turn to accept painful austerity measures in return for Greece’s third international bailout.

With 66 per cent of the vote counted, Syriza stood at 35.4 per cent of the vote and 145 seats in the 300-member parliament, followed by the conservative New Democracy with 28.3 per cent and the Nazi-inspired Golden Dawn in third place with 7 per cent. Abstention was particularly high, at nearly 45 per cent in an election-weary country with a traditionally high voter turnout.

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It was the third time this year Greeks have voted, after the January election that brought Tsipras to power on an anti-bailout platform, and a July referendum he called urging Greeks to reject creditor reform proposals, which they resoundingly did — shortly before Tsipras then accepted similar proposals as part of the new bailout.

Six seats shy of an absolute majority, Tsipras said he would form a government with his previous coalition partner, the right-wing Independent Greeks of Panos Kammenos, who joined him on stage to rapturous applause from dancing, cheering Syriza supporters in central Athens. The Independent Greeks were in seventh place with 3.6 per cent of the vote and 10 parliamentary seats.

“I thank you from the bottom of my heart for this great victory, a clear victory, a victory of the people,” Tsipras said. “I feel vindicated because the Greek people gave us a clear mandate to continue our struggle, inside and outside the country to lift our country’s pride.”

The 41-year-old vowed to govern for a full four-year term — something few Greek governments have managed, particularly since the country became dependent on international bailouts five years ago. The country has seen six governments and four parliamentary elections since 2009.

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“We will place our people’s just cause at the forefront faced with asymmetrical powers and enemies more powerful than us,” Tsipras said. “But we have achieved it: The flags of Greece are flying in the squares of Greece and the European capitals. Greece and the Greek people represent struggle and dignity. And together we will continue that struggle for an entire four years.”

A total of eight parties were set to win parliamentary seats. The new anti-bailout Popular Unity party, formed by rebel Syriza members who objected to Tsipras’ agreement to a third bailout for Greece and the stringent austerity attached to it, was falling short of the 3 per cent parliamentary threshold.

“We lost the battle, but not the war,” said Popular Unity head Panagiotis Lafazanis, Tsipras’ former energy minister.

New Democracy head Vangelis Meimarakis conceded defeat shortly after exit polls showed a clear Syriza victory, and called for a government to be formed quickly.

“The election result appears to be forming comprehensively with Syriza and Mr. Tsipras coming first,” Meimarakis said. “I congratulate him and call on him to form the government that is necessary.”

The new government will have little time to waste. Creditors are expected to review progress of reforms as part of the bailout next month, while the government will also have to draft the 2016 state budget, overhaul the pension system, raise a series of taxes, including on farmers, carry out privatizations and merge social security funds.

It must also oversee a critical bank recapitalization program, without which depositors with over 100,000 euros ($113,000) in their accounts will be forced to contribute.

Sunday’s result, with Syriza able to form a government with the Independent Greeks and without need to recourse to more euro-friendly centrist parties is one “that Tsipras will likely feel somewhat emboldened by,” said Malcolm Barr of J.P. Morgan. “The choice appears to have been made that when push comes to shove, Syriza will opt to keep Greece in the euro. But we note this result provides a platform upon which Syriza will continue to challenge significant parts of the (bailout) program.”

Tsipras has clearly stated he disagreed with the spending cuts and tax hikes demanded by Greece’s European creditors in return for the new bailout, a three-year package worth 86 billion euros ($97 billion). But he argued that without it, Greece faced bankruptcy and a potentially disastrous exit from Europe’s joint currency.

His party supporters were more forgiving than the hardliners who split from his party.

“He is young. We had been voting for the others for 40 years,” supporter Eva Vasilopoulou. “We are giving (him) a second chance. He is pure, and smart, and I hope that he will govern for many years.”

Others said they appreciated that Tsipras had tried to get a better bailout deal for Greece, and his honesty in saying he didn’t achieve what he wanted in the troubled negotiations with European creditors.

“He told … the truth, that this is how things are: ‘I have fought I did not achieve what I wanted, and I have brought this (deal). If you want, vote for me’,” Syriza supporter Alexis Athanasopoulos said. “And so we voted for him.”

Retiree Antonis Antonios, 75, said he was counting on Tsipras to fight for a better deal for Greeks.

“It’s a great and hopeful result. We are moving forward. I am waiting for the next government to put up a fight,” he said. “They are the only ones capable of a brave struggle.”

©2015The Associated Press

Caught on Camera: High-speed chase, shootout ends at Georgia gas station – National

A civilian dashboard camera captured what police in Georgia called a “running gun battle” as a black SUV being pursued by police crashed into a sign at a gas station – and the two suspects inside came out shooting.

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The dramatic scene unfolded last Friday at a RaceTrac gas station in DeKalb County, Georgia. DeKalb County Director of Public Safety Cedric Alexander told WSBTV News that police began tailing the SUV in question as part of a gun running investigation.

When officers turned on their sirens and tried to pull them over the SUV took off with police giving chase.

A short time later, Levar Morris was driving down Northlake Parkway on his way home from a doctor’s appointment when the high-speed chase blew past him – and his dashboard camera captured the whole thing.

“It just flew past me. It was going like 60-70 miles (per hour). Then it hit the RaceTrac sign. After that the police flew past me. The guys in the SUV, two of them, jumped out,” Morris told WSBTV. “After that, the police jumped out and they just started firing. It was so fast.”

Caught on camera: murder suspect, witness fighting after accidentally put in same cell

Footage shows the black SUV slam into a sign at the gas station, and the two suspects emerge from the passenger-side window. As police cruisers arrive on the scene, the two men pull out handguns and begin firing as they sprinted across the parking lot.

“This was a running gun battle,” Cedric Alexander said. “The (officers) were taking deliberate shots, but we had bad guys who didn’t really care, they just fired at random.”

Police confirm that Officer Marco Vizcarrondo was shot in the shoulder during the exchange of gunfire. He was airlifted to an area hospital and is expected to make a full recovery.

One of the suspects surrendered to police at the scene, while the other was tracked down by a police K-9 unit a short time later.

DeKalb County Police say Rome Crow, 21, and Isiah McCray, 24, face charges of aggravated assault against a police officer and felony obstruction.

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Man killed in pedestrian collision in Saskatoon – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – A man was killed after a pedestrian crash Saturday in Saskatoon. At around 7:45 p.m. CT, police were called to a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian at the intersection of Diefenbaker Drive and Vanier Crescent.

Police say the vehicle was travelling eastbound when it collided with the man.

The man was taken to Royal University Hospital with life-threatening injuries and was later pronounced dead. His name and age have not been released.

Collision analysts were called to the crash scene to assist with the ongoing investigation.

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It is the second time in less than a week a pedestrian has been killed in Saskatoon.

On Sept. 15, a man was killed after he was struck by a half-ton truck on Wanuskewin Road north of 71st Street.



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Mulcair apologizes for 1996 remark about Newfoundlanders and Labradorians

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – NDP Leader Tom Mulcair apologized Sunday for referring to Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in a derogatory fashion during a heated exchange in the Quebec legislature nearly two decades ago.

Mulcair was in southeastern Newfoundland, where he dropped a fishing line Sunday morning to catch cod.

But he also caught criticism from a local Liberal candidate for a line he used in 1996 during a debate with a Parti Quebecois opponent over Quebec separation.

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In the exchange, Mulcair, a Liberal member of the Quebec national assembly at the time, used the term “Newfie” as a synonym for “stupid,” said Nick Whalen, the Liberal candidate for St. John’s East.

At a news conference that followed a rousing speech to NDP supporters in St. John’s, Mulcair said he regretted making the remark.

“There’s no question that that was a mistake that I made in the heat of a debate 20 years ago,” Mulcair said.

“I immediately withdrew it (then) because that was the right thing to do and I reiterate my apology to anyone who took offence at that.”

Whalen said he didn’t believe Mulcair apologized sorry making the comment at the time, but on Sunday accepted that the NDP leader is now sorry.

“I’ll accept that, yes,” Whalen said outside the hotel where just minutes before about 400 people attended a rally in support of Mulcair.

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The New Democrats hold two seats in the area where Mulcair was campaigning Sunday, and where he took advantage of relatively calm waters and good weather earlier in the day to jig for codfish near Petty Harbour.

The fishing village rests in the riding of St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, once a longtime Conservative stronghold that turned Liberal in 2008 before flipping to the New Democrats in 2011.

Ryan Cleary, a former journalist who won the seat four years ago, is running again as the NDP candidate against Seamus O’Regan, who gained celebrity status as a national TV network morning show host.

Mulcair will campaign in St. John’s East later in the day, where his party’s defence critic, Jack Harris, is campaigning against Whalen and Conservative Deanne Stapleton. Harris took the seat from the Tories in 2008 and handily retained it three years later.

The NDP leader is expected to spend the first few days of this week on the East Coast before preparing for a French-language debate in Montreal on Thursday.

WATCH: Campaigning in St. John’s, N.L., NDP Leader Tom Mulcair talked up his party’s promises to increase spending on social programs before vowing to reopen a maritime rescue centre in the city and reinvest in coast guard search and rescue.

©2015Canadian Press

Mother who lost teenage son still looking for answers – Regina

REGINA – Dozens of people gathered at F.W. Johnson school to remember a teenager that died in Regina’s east end earlier this year.

Haven Dubois was just 14-years-old when his body was pulled from Pilot Butte Creek in May.

Police determined his death was not criminal, though they are still waiting on an autopsy.

Haven’s mother, Richelle Dubois is concerned there’s more to her son’s death than they know and said he was being pressured to join gangs.

She was upset to hear about the more recent murder of 16-year-old Darian Moise in North Central.

Dubois is joining Moise’s family in calling for more to be done locally to help people escape pressures from gangs.

“Our children are being lost and killed and murdered and stolen. When is enough enough? When will people leave our children alone so they can get an education and get lives and jobs and have successful families? Our kids aren’t even making it out of high school.”

Dubois wanted to host a memory walk to mark the four-month anniversary of Haven’s death and encourage anyone with information to come forward.



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Your Saskatchewan: September 2015 – Saskatoon

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Emotional start to Calgary’s Terry Fox Run for the family of Tamara Gignac

WATCH ABOVE: As Carolyn Kury de Castillo reports, this year’s spokesperson for the Calgary run, moved many to tears sharing how cancer devastated his family.

CALGARY – Thousands of Canadians from BC to Newfoundland took part in the 35th annual Terry Fox Run, honoring the legacy of Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope which began in 1990.

Here in Calgary, a huge crowd gathered at the Telus Spark Science Centre.

This year’s spokesman for the Calgary run moved many to tears with how cancer devastated his family.

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Tamara Gignac, a mother of two, was in the fight of her life in June 2014, after she received the news that she had Stage IV colon cancer.

As an avid runner, Gignac wanted to be at the annual run this fall, but she passed away from cancer four months ago in May 2015.

Heath McCoy and his daughter Bronwyn took part in the Terry Fox Run without their wife and mother this year.

“All summer long, I’ve watched my kids struggle, I’ve struggled. For my little boy whose five, it’s hard to grasp what’s happened. He misses his mommy and every night I have to explain to him that he’s not going to see her again,” McCoy said.

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Heath took on the role of Calgary’s Terry Fox run spokesperson to pay tribute to his wife. He says like Terry Fox, Tamara inspired others the way she faced the disease publicly, through her writing.

“She fought passionately and from the letters we received I know she gave strength to people fighting their own battles with cancer or people who had loved ones fighting these battles,” McCoy said.

Tamara was in grade one when Terry Fox started his cross Canada run. Both she and her husband, forever moved by his actions.

“His heroism and sacrifice and dedication to the idea that cancer can be beaten someday through medical research and through his tireless quest to provide funding for that research, that was ingrained in us as children and it’s ingrained in the cultural fabric of this country,” McCoy said. “And we were among the first generation of children that grew up with Terry Fox, so I can’t overstate how incredibly important he is to me and was to Tamara.”

Jolan Storch considers herself very fortunate to be here with her children. she was diagnosed with breast cancer when they were only one and three years old.

“We’ve come every year since I’ve recovered from cancer. It’s education for them and it’s our own chance to remember how lucky we are,” Storch said.

Terry Fox and Tamara both had goals that were cut short by cancer.  His – was to run across Canada.  Her’s – to to walk her son to his first day of kindergarten.

“I know that Tamara’s team had a huge part of this today. So it’s amazing seeing that her legacy is going to carry-on. It’s amazing that they are here, given that it was just four months ago, so it’s pretty heartbreaking. We’ve got to put a stop to cancer,” said Terry Fox Run participant Sarah Wuntke said.

The total number of participants in this year’s Terry Fox Run in Calgary was 1,800, plus 90 volunteers.

As of 1:30 p.m. Sunday, $119,000 was raised with more coming in online.

To date, over $650 million has been raised worldwide for cancer research in Terry’s name.

Terry Fox was forced to end his run on September 1st, 1980 when the cancer spread to his lungs.  He lost his battle with cancer in June of 1981.