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.

Conservatives promise up to $100 million for new manufacturing fund

WINDSOR, Ont. – Stephen Harper took to a hard-hit automotive city Sunday – home to strongly NDP-held ridings – to announce help for the manufacturing sector.

The Conservatives promised to spend up to $100 million to help manufacturing firms get their projects to market, though the money wouldn’t flow right away. The funds wouldn’t become available until the 2017-18 fiscal year and would be spread over five years.

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The announcement comes days after Statistics Canada reported increased sales for the country’s factories, fuelled by gains in the auto sector, in May, June and July.

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Harper capitalized on that news, saying manufacturing “has made a remarkable transformation … (and) has a bright future in Canada.”

But in a city that consistently has one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country, not all were convinced by Harper’s message.

About two dozen protesters were outside his announcement at Anchor Danly, which bills itself as the largest North American manufacturer of large-engineered die sets used by automotive and automotive parts industries, many holding signs pointing to Windsor’s job losses.

“We had a plant here – GM – that had thousands of workers,” said Randy Emerson, who works at Chrysler.

“It’s gone. Where was he then? Now he comes now at election time to ask for our vote? That’s a lot of nerve in my point of view.”

In his remarks, Harper reminded the partisan crowd of the government’s 2009 auto sector bailout, which he said “saved the economy of Windsor.”

The August unemployment rate in this border city was nine per cent, compared to the national average of seven per cent.

The auto sector has rebounded since the bailouts, but large government incentives to build plants in the U.S. and Mexico, favourable trade agreements between Mexico and other countries and higher labour costs continue to hurt Canada’s chances to win production.

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Emerson lamented the amount of auto production going to Mexico and said, “Free trade kills manufacturing jobs.”

Harper has come under fire for saying during last week’s leaders’ debate that the auto sector may not like the outcome of the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks.

The Conservative government says the TPP is crucial to Canada’s economic future, noting that it would encompass 40 per cent of the world’s combined gross domestic product.

Harper said Sunday that Canada’s automobile sector exports 85 per cent of what it produces and with the TPP negotiations, the country has the opportunity to be part of a trading network involving 800 million customers.

“That can only be good for the auto sector, so we’ll keep it on the table until we get the right deal,” he said.

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The manufacturing technology demonstration fund announced Sunday would go to private companies working with small- and medium-sized businesses, universities or colleges to commercialize a project or idea.

The Conservatives argue the fund should help Canadian companies keep pace in the global market with competitors from Japan, Germany, Korea and the United Kingdom.

The two ridings Harper visited – Windsor-Tecumseh and Windsor West – are ones the Conservatives have never won since they were created.

Both ridings have been held by the NDP for more than a decade and Harper’s visit comes after being hammered by NDP Leader Tom Mulcair for weeks over manufacturing job losses.

Mulcair has often said that during Harper’s tenure as prime minister, Canada has lost 400,000 manufacturing jobs.

The Liberals said Harper’s debate comment shows “he’s given up trying to protect the auto industry.”

©2015The Canadian Press

Elizabeth May wouldn’t have much to say to Harper if Tories win minority gov’t – National

Elizabeth May says “it’s very unlikely” she’d have much to say to Stephen Harper if the Conservative leader found himself in need of Green Party votes to hold on to power come Oct. 20.

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May, outspoken leader of the Greens since 2006 and currently her party’s only elected MP, told The West Block’s Tom Clark that she’d be open to negotiating with the major federal parties should they find themselves in a minority situation, but that “I think it’s very unlikely there’d be anything to talk about” with Harper.

“We know where he stands on climate issues. We know where he stands on (controversial anti-terror legislation) C-51. We know where he stands on tankers on our coastlines,” May said.

Still, she mused, if her vote, or the votes of two or three elected Greens, were indeed to make the difference as to who forms government, the Conservative stance on these issues “might be more malleable.”

As for backing the Liberals or the NDP, May said, negotiations with either party to get the Greens onside wouldn’t necessarily be smooth sailing, either.

“We need to have the clout to say we’ll work with you, we’ll have your back, you won’t lose a confidence vote but we really need to repeal bill C-51. We really need to get rid of first-past-the-post. We need a real climate plan. And by the way, this is going to be a tough one for any of the other parties: We need to take apart the power of the Prime Minister’s Office and restore the principle of supremacy of Parliament. We need to restore civility, respect and cooperation in Parliament but we really need to dismantle the PMO brick by brick.”

The need for direct negotiation with a minor party like the Greens is not without precedent. After Australia’s 2010 federal election, the Labor Party and the Liberal/National Coalition each won 72 seats and the Australian Greens party earned one. Along with a small group of other independents, the Greens found themselves holding the balance of power, and eventually backed Labor Prime Minister Julia Gillard.

“We won’t know how influential the Greens are going to be in a minority Parliament ‘til we see the seat counts for everybody else,” May acknowledged.

As Green leader and incumbent MP in the B.C. riding of Saanich—Gulf Islands, May has fought hard to be heard during this historically long election campaign. After participating in the Maclean’s leaders’ debate, she was excluded from the federal leaders’ debate on the economy hosted by the Globe and Mail. Undaunted, May inserted herself into the discussion via 桑拿会所 and live-steamed video responses.

“What’s frustrating is that there’s a lack of coverage or awareness of the fact that these little sideshow debates that are being organized privately, (and) may end up replacing the debates that reached, in the last election, 10 million people in the English language,” May said. “That really worries me.”

Low voter turnout and disengagement with the political process in general are also major concerns for her personally, she added.

So what might the future hold for the Green party’s tenacious leader?

“I want to get back into Parliament with a much bigger caucus and I see the incredible group of people around me, and think it would be great to let somebody else take the reins,” May said. “You know, I’m 61. I don’t see myself leaving Parliament for a really long time. I love being a parliamentarian but I’m not addicted to being political party leader. I’m much more committed to remaining the Member of Parliament for Saanich Gulf Islands for a long, long time than I am of staying leader of the Green party for a long, long time.”

4 Sask. Mounties involved in police vehicle collision

Four Mounties were hospitalized Saturday after being involved in a police vehicle crash in west-central Saskatchewan. The members of the Onion Lake RCMP detachment were involved in a crash at around 4 p.m. CT while attempting to make an arrest.

The suspect was an adult male who was spotted in a park in the community, but fled in a vehicle when police arrived. While attempting to stop the suspect vehicle, two police vehicles collided, causing one of them to roll onto its passenger side.

All RCMP members involved were taken to Lloydminster Hospital as a precaution and have since been released.

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The suspect, who is from Onion Lake, was subsequently arrested and remains in custody.

An RCMP collision reconstructionist was called to the crash scene.

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Greens file complaint to CRA in bid to get Elizabeth May into Munk debate

OTTAWA – The federal Greens have filed a complaint with the Canada Revenue Agency in a last-minute bid to use the law to get their leader into an election debate later this month.

The Munk debate takes place one week from Monday and yet again Elizabeth May won’t be on the stage with Stephen Harper, Tom Mulcair and Justin Trudeau.

To get her on the panel with the other leaders, the party has filed a complaint with the CRA saying the debate format violated the agency’s policies that put limits on the political activities of charities.

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The Aurea Foundation, a registered charity with the CRA, is helping fund the Munk debate on foreign policy.

The Greens argue that excluding May from the debate has put the 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.

The party says it will withdraw the complaint if May is invited to the debate.

Munk debate organizers, the Aurea Foundation and the CRA could not be reached for comment Sunday.

In the letter sent to the CRA, 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.

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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 the exclusion of Ms. May from the debate.”

“The effect of not including Ms. May is to diminish the standing of the Green Party of Canada in the mind of the electorate, which amounts to an indirect opposition to the Green party,” McMillan wrote.

“The way that the Aurea Foundation is organizing the debate constitutes, we submit, support for the political parties whose leaders are being permitted to participate in the debate.”

Similar letters signed by a party lawyer were delivered to the venue, Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto, the broadcaster, CPAC, and Munk debate organizers, the Greens said.

May was not invited to take part in a debate on the economy last Thursday organized by The Globe and Mail. Instead, she tweeted her responses to questions and delivered her own zingers to an online audience.

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Montreal man, cancer survivor, marks 35th consecutive Terry Fox run – Montreal

MONTREAL – Over 2,000 runners took part in Montreal’s annual Terry Fox run, at the Old Port on Sunday.

Families and groups walked, or ran one to 10kilometres to raise funds for cancer research. Even dogs were welcome on the course, that spanned 2.5 km from one end of the Old Port to the other, offering participants stunning views of Old Montreal and the St. Lawrence River.

But for one participant, today’s event was extra special.

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Eddy Nolan has been taking part in the run for 35 straight years, and this year marks his fourth time as a stage 4 cancer survivor.

As he was preparing for today’s 10-km run, Nolan expressed gratitude for still having the strength and will to follow Terry Fox’s dream although he conceded it wasn’t always easy.

He was loath to complain, but did mention he had been plagued by knee problems.

That didn’t stop Nolan from setting himself a lofty goal; he’s hoping to raise $35,000 to celebrate 35 years since the beginning of the Marathon of Hope.

Nolan has admired Fox, since he first saw him running across the Jacques Cartier Bridge in 1980. Nolan himself was training for the Montreal Marathon and was amazed to hear that Fox was running a marathon a day, and on just one leg.

Nolan had a tattoo of Fox inked on his leg five years ago to celebrate his 30th run and to honour the memory of a true Canadian hero.

Eddy Nolan proudly shows off his Terry Fox tattoo, at the annual Terry Fox run at the Old Port in Montreal. Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015.

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On why he considers Fox a hero, Nolan said “He gave his life for the betterment of others. Terry Fox brought cancer research to the forefront in Canada.”

Organizers of today’s run, estimate that $150,000 was raised for cancer research. You can donate to Team Eddy Nolan until the end of October.

To learn more about Terry Fox and the annual run,  you can visit the Terry Fox Foundation website.

After-hours brawl lands 1 man in hospital – Montreal

MONTREAL – One man is in hospital after a fight broke on the corner of Crescent Street and Ste-Catherine Street as bars were closing early Sunday morning.

Police  arrived on scene at 3:40 a.m. after having received reports of two people being injured in a street fight.

Only one of the injured persons was found. He was transported to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

According to Montreal police spokesperson Andre Leclerc, 15 to 20 people may have been involved in the after-hours brawl.

Police questioned five people on site, but no arrests were made.



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This week on Focus Montreal: Sept 19 – Montreal

MONTREAL — Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to people who are shaping our community, bringing their stories into focus.

It airs on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. and at midnight.

Take a look at who we’re meeting this week on Focus Montreal:

Montreal’s social housing crisis

Dr. Richard Massé is bringing attention to what he calls an emergency in Montreal.

According to Massé, the poor quality and lack of availability of social housing is literally making people sick as more Montrealers are having to choose between a place to live and food on their plate.

Director of development for the NDG Food Depot , Bonnie Soutar, said she was not at all surprised to hear about the health crisis.

Animal welfare act

Quebec held a parliamentary commission on Bill 54, which aims to improve the legal situation of animals in the province.

The bill includes the adoption of a new animal welfare act to protect animals and ensure increased penalties for infractions, including jail time for offenders.

The Montreal SPCA said it is pleased with the legislation, but encouraged Quebec’s Agriculture Minister Pierre Paradis to make some modifications to the bill.

“Rain or Shine” dragon boat festival

For the 10th year in a row, the Fuller Landau Cedars CanSupport “Rain or Shine” Dragon Boat Race and Festival set sail on the waterfront in Lachine.

Every year, teams of 20 paddlers sign up to participate, with each team raising a minimum of $12,500.

Aside from battling it out on the water, they also raised much-needed cash for Cedars CanSupport, which provides free psychological and emotional support, information and financial assistance to cancer patients and their families at the MUHC.


Liberal plan to scrap F-35s shows only Tories can keep Canadians safe: Harper

OTTAWA – Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau fired a political broadside directly at one of his Conservative rival’s most vulnerable flanks Sunday as he promised to scrap the controversial big-ticket purchase of the F-35 fighter jet, sinking the proceeds instead into the Royal Canadian Navy – and shipyards in Halifax and Vancouver.

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At an event in Halifax, where shipbuilding is an economic cornerstone, Trudeau vowed to cancel the Tory plan to buy 65 of the stealth fighters to replace Canada’s aging CF-18 fleet – a deal that experts say would cost taxpayers about $44 billion over the four-decade lifespan of the Lockheed Martin jets.

“What the Halifax shipyards need, and what the shipyards on the West Coast need, are guarantees that the money is going to flow,” Trudeau told an appreciative crowd of partisan supporters.

“We are going to build the ships and prevent the kind of delays on hiring and training and investment in infrastructure in order to deliver those ships in a timely way and on budget. That’s what the Liberal party is focused on and that’s what we’re going to deliver.”

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Conservative Leader Stephen Harper, speaking at an event in Windsor, Ont., seized on Trudeau’s plan as evidence the Liberals aren’t serious about keeping Canadians safe.

Harper said the Royal Canadian Air Force needs the jet and what it’s capable of doing in order to replace the CF-18s that are currently taking part in Canada’s air operations over Iraq and Syria as part of an international coalition helping to fight the militant members of the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL.

“We, along with our allies, have been using this exact capacity with our current CF-18s in various parts of the world, including right now in the fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria,” Harper said.

“Let me be clear: we are not going to abandon our fight against ISIS, not going to abandon our allies, not going to abandon people in the region, not going to abandon that kind of capacity in our Air Force and we are not going to abandon our domestic aerospace industry.”

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The high-tech stealth jets were a frequent talking point during the 2011 campaign. Since then, however, the federal auditor general has pilloried the government for being less than forthright in telling Canadians the true cost of procurement, and for not doing enough homework before opting for the F-35.

The purchase of the jet was then put on hold while officials conducted additional studies and analyses, while the life of the CF-18s was extended to 2025.

NDP Leader Tom Mulcair called the purchase a “completely failed process” that showed a need for a new bidding process. He didn’t rule out purchasing the F-35.

“An NDP government would start the process over, make sure we define what we need for our military, and then we go to the lowest conforming bidder that has the product that meets our needs,” Mulcair said.

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Talk on the campaign trail Sunday also turned to a more urgent issue: what to do about the relentless waves of Syrian refugees currently flooding Europe’s besieged borders – a file both Trudeau and Mulcair say has been badly bungled by the Tories.

Mulcair said the country needed a prime minister “who understands the urgency to act as crises unfold, not one who keeps offering up excuses for his inaction.”

On Saturday, Immigration Minister Chris Alexander said Syrians fleeing the conflict in the region would be presumed to be convention refugees under the United Nations Refugee Agency in order to streamline their applications – a two-year, $25-million commitment aimed at slashing wait times from three years to 15 months.

“Our policy here has been more refugees, a faster process, and more financial support for the region all done with careful selection of the refugees and screening,” Harper said Sunday before being drowned out by partisan applause.

“The other guys in response, chasing headlines over the past month, would have made the kinds of decisions that other countries are now regretting. They would have acted in ways that were reckless and irresponsible.

“We have been generous and we have been responsible.”

Sunday’s renewed focus on defence, security and foreign affairs came just over a week before the three leaders gather for a federal leaders’ debate on that very topic – a debate to which Green party Leader Elizabeth May has not been invited, much to her chagrin.

So the Greens took a different tack Sunday, borrowing a page from the Eliot Ness playbook.

The party is asking the Canada Revenue Agency to look into whether the debate’s sponsor, the charitable organization known as the Aurea Foundation, is violating the Income Tax Act by not allowing May to take part. The law says it’s illegal for a charity to directly or indirectly support or oppose a political party.

©2015The Canadian Press

Unpacking the politics: micro-targeting voters – National

As the major federal parties unveil more boutique tax credits targeting specific groups of voters, our panel of journalists looked at the strategy behind these credits and whether they make good economic sense.

“Yeah, it’s not good economics,” said the Toronto Star‘s Susan Delacourt, adding that while it may be bad fiscal planning, micro-targeting does work from a purely political perspective.

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“My favourite example of this … is that Conservatives learned around 2004 or so when they were out of power, that snowmobile owners tended to vote Conservative. So, they go up and they buy up all the magazine subscription lists, target those people with messages and give them little bits and pieces and I think the most recent Economic Action Plan had an initiative for snowmobile owners.”

The political panel also tackled the idea of personality clashes interfering with the ability to cobble together a stable government if the election results in a minority situation.

While Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and NDP leader Tom Mulcair may not be sending each other Christmas cards, they will need to work together if the Conservatives score a small minority victory.

“I think if they move, they have to move fast,” said Mark Kennedy, the Parliamentary Bureau Chief for the Ottawa Citizen. “If Stephen Harper comes in with a weak minority, he will probably play for time, probably until January-February before we get a throne speech but at that point, if the Liberals and the New Democrats had any intention of somehow forming a government, they have to bring him down right then and there. They can’t wait until the budget.”