Huge victory as Alouettes defeat Blue Bombers

MONTREAL – Jonathan Crompton threw touchdown passes to Samuel Giguere and S.J. Green in his first game back from an injury and the Montreal Alouettes defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 35-14 on Sunday afternoon.

Stefan Logan returned a punt for a TD and Boris Bede booted four field goals and added two points on kickoff singles for Montreal (5-6), which has won three of its last four.

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The win put Montreal, last in the East Division, one win ahead of West clubs Winnipeg and B.C. in the race for a crossover playoff spot.

The Alouettes ended a five-game losing run to the Bombers over the last three seasons, and beat them at home for only the second time in their last seven meetings.

Backup quarterback Brian Brohm scored a touchdown and Lirim Hajrullahu had two field goals for Winnipeg (4-8).

Crompton began the season as the Alouettes starter but injured a shoulder in the season opener. He was intercepted twice.

Rakeem Cato, who had taken over as starter, but who missed two games attending to a family matter, went on late in the game.

A crowd of 23,262, the largest at Percival Molson Stadium in nearly two years, saw Montreal get field goals on its first two drives.

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Kelowna Terry Fox Run draws hundreds to UBCO – Okanagan

KELOWNA — About 500 people took part in the Terry Fox Run in Kelowna on Sunday. It’s a milestone year for the annual run, marking 35 years since Terry Fox embarked on his Marathon of Hope.

“Thirty-five years that this run has been going on and it’s happening in over 700 communities including Kelowna and it’s just amazing to see the turnout not only of Kelowna community members but also our student body that’s come out from UBCO,” says Kelowna run organizer, Greg Mather.

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For several years, UBC Okanagan (UBCO) students organized their own run on the campus and this year is the first where Kelowna’s community Terry Fox run was held at the university. The event bringing together people to show support for people like Leslie Flamand and her dad Armand, both cancer survivors.

“I had prostate cancer,” says Armand. “I had surgery and I have been okay since, but then five years ago I came down with skin cancer on my nose and cheek and that’s all gone now too.”

Leslie, 48, was diagnosed with cancer when she was 17-years-old.

“I’ve had 31 years of life beyond cancer, I’ve had doctors tell me I won’t have kids or that I won’t survive,” says Leslie. “I’ve had two children and it’s thanks to the Terry Fox Foundation that I’ve had an incredible life.”

Like the Flamand’s, many taking part in the run have been impacted by cancer themselves or through a family member.

“My grandfather was affected by cancer, so it hits close to home,” says first-year UBCO student Kevin Cho.

Everyone is supporting the fight to find a cure and not only remembering Terry Fox, but using his legacy as motivation to keep fighting.

“It’s inspired me to continue to do what I do everyday,” says Leslie. “So many have gone because of this horrible insidious disease and it’s time that nobody die or be sad anymore, just like Terry’s dream.”

35th annual Terry Fox Run in Saskatoon – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – Over 35 years ago, 21-year-old Terry Fox decided he was going to do something never done before. He was going to run over 40 kilometres a day with the hope of bringing awareness to cancer research and funding.

Fox had to give up his dream near Thunder Bay a few months later after cancer spread to his lungs. Fox passed away on June 28, 1981 but his story has inspired  millions globally, making the Marathon of Hope the largest fundraiser in support of cancer in the world.

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In Saskatoon, 377 people participated in the 35th annual Terry Fox Run in Kiwanis Park on Sunday afternoon.

“He’s a big part of our history in terms of athleticism, charitable giving, raising awareness for cancer and he was just one guy. A 20 year old kid,” said Carla Little, a participant in the run.

Over $30,000 was raised for the Terry Fox Foundation in Saskatoon. Each year, the foundation donates close to $20-million towards cancer research.

“I think he would be blown away at the longevity and what we’ve raised so far. But it’s not about the dollar figure, it’s about the awareness and the cause,” said event organizer Michael Stang.

Terry Fox had a dream of raising one dollar for every Canadian and not only has that dream come true, it has been surpassed.

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His story touched people around the world, building a sense of comradery. Step by step, his journey continues in the hearts of millions.

“Town to town and community to community he develop this comradery with all of the people across Canada,” said Quenton Robins, who also participated in the run.

Each participant continues the legacy of a Canadian hero, but also supports loved ones impacted by cancer.

“We ran in Terry Fox today because my mother passed away from cancer in 2013. Now we just get together to raise money for cancer research,” said Bill Reilly.

Since the inception of the Terry Fox Run, over $700-million has been raised worldwide, a number that continues to grow with Fox’s legacy.

Pastor, churchgoers hailed as heroes in US shooting that left 3 injured – National

EAST SELMA, Ala. – The pastor and members of the congregation that wrestled a gun away from a man who police say opened fired in an Alabama church are being praised as heroes.

James Junior Minter, 26, is being held without bond in the shooting of his girlfriend, his infant son and the church pastor, Earl Carswell, who tried to intervene Sunday morning, according to police Lt. Curtis Muhannad in the city Selma.

Minter was arrested shortly after he opened fire during a church service at Oasis Tabernacle Church in East Selma, Alabama.

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“A whole lot more people could have been shot,” District Attorney Michael Jackson said, “They all played a heroic role.”

Witnesses told police Minter sat in the front row in the church between his girlfriend and the baby, and then pulled out a handgun and started shooting, according to a statement released by the Selma Police Department. The girlfriend, 24, fell to the ground, and Minter fired at her, striking her in the jaw and shoulder. The baby, a 1-month-old boy, was shot in the hand.

Carswell, 61, then grabbed Minter and was shot in the leg. Members of the congregation helped subdue Minter and managed to wrest away his gun, according to police. Minter then ran out of the church.

The victims are in stable condition.

After he fled the scene, Minter was captured by police less than a mile away. His vehicle was left at the scene and a gun was recovered at the church, the statement said.

Police said Minter was likely upset over a recent breakup and visitation issues with his son.

Minter was being held at the Dallas County jail. The Selma Police Department said Minter has been charged with three counts of attempted murder and may face other charges.

Dudley George’s brother accidentally set ablaze during Ipperwash protest

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IPPERWASH, Ont. – The brother of an aboriginal protester shot dead by police 20 years ago has been injured while protesting a settlement deal for lands in southwestern Ontario that were appropriated by the federal government during the Second World War.

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Witnesses say Pierre George was injured when he accidentally set himself ablaze while pouring gasoline on a fire that had been set by the protesters to get the attention of people marching to celebrate the return of Camp Ipperwash.

He was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

George’s brother, Dudley George, was shot and killed by police when a splinter group of about 30 members of the Kettle and Stony Point First Nation occupied nearby Ipperwash Provincial Park in September 1995, claiming it contained a sacred burial ground.

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The First Nation announced Saturday that it had ratified an agreement that includes a financial settlement in excess of $90 million, the return of land appropriated by the federal government in 1942 under the War Measures Act and cleanup of Stony Point lands.

The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation is located along the shores of Lake Huron, 35 kilometres northeast of Sarnia, Ont.

Chief Thomas Bressette said Saturday that now that the negotiation process is complete, the First Nation can focus on healing, and strengthening community relations.

About $20 million will be used to compensate original members of Stony Point, their ancestors and eligible band members, while $70 million will be put into a fund overseen by trustees for future development of the original Stony Point reserve.

The officer who shot Dudley George was later convicted of criminal negligence causing death and an inquiry found the government of former Ontario premier Mike Harris, Ottawa and the Ontario Provincial Police all bore responsibility for the events that led to George’s death.

In his final report in 2007, Ipperwash inquiry commissioner Sidney Linden called for the disputed land to be returned immediately to the Stony Point First Nation, along with compensation.

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Gun tests link suspect to Phoenix freeway shootings – National

PHOENIX – Soft-spoken and handcuffed, a 21-year-old landscaper insists that he is not responsible for a string of Phoenix freeway shootings and that his gun has been sitting in a pawn shop for months.

Despite Leslie Allen Merritt Jr.’s impromptu assertion in court Saturday, investigators said they have proof that the gun wasn’t in any pawn shop at the time of four shootings they say he carried out.

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Newly released charging documents detail the detective work that traced the gun to the suspect after he took it to a pawn shop. Weapons from various local pawn shops were test-fired at the state lab, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves said.

The Glendale resident faces several charges, including aggravated assault, criminal damage, disorderly conduct, carrying out a drive-by shooting and intentional acts of terrorism. Merritt told a judge that authorities have “the wrong guy.”

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In a brief court appearance, a prosecutor said Merritt should face a high bail after drivers spent the last three weeks on edge. Overall, 11 freeway shootings were reported, but Merritt is only charged in four.

“The suspect presents a dramatic and profound threat to the community,” said Ed Leiter of the Maricopa County attorney’s office.

Superior Court Commissioner Lisa Roberts set bail at $1 million, and Merritt, who had remained quiet during the proceedings, asked to address the court.

“All I have to say is I’m the wrong guy. I tried telling the detectives that. My gun’s been in the pawn shop the last two months. I haven’t even had access to a weapon,” he said as he stood handcuffed in a black and white striped jail uniform.

But a charging document released late Saturday night by Maricopa Superior Court said that investigators determined Merritt had not pawned his gun at the time of the incidents.

Merritt was arrested Friday evening after a SWAT team swarmed him at a Wal-Mart in Glendale. Minutes later, Gov. Doug Ducey proclaimed on 桑拿会所, “We got him!”

Graves said the break in the case was the result of exhaustive investigative work. Evidence from shell casings and bullet fragments determined that a gun Merritt pawned was used in four of the shootings on Aug. 29 and 30, Graves said. A tour bus, SUV and two cars were hit by bullets on Interstate 10 on those days.

Graves declined to comment on Merritt’s statement in court that his gun was in the pawn shop at the time of the shootings and similar statements made by his family.

“The evidence as you’ll see in the next couple of days speaks for itself,” Graves said. “We’re not going to get in a debate about that.”

The charging document said that investigators determined by testing that the bullets and the bullet fragments from four incidents came from a gun that was owned by the suspect.

Burges McCowan, a criminal defence attorney who used to work as a Maricopa County prosecutor, said he would piece together where Merritt was during the shootings if he were handling his case.

“I suppose it’s always possible the state jumped the gun and didn’t thoroughly look through his timeline before going after him,” McCowan said. “But I would hope in a case this important, they would make sure that the gun was not pawned during the time of the shootings.”

McCowan said he would also emphasize the other incidents and why Merritt hasn’t been charged in those. He also would not have allowed him to talk in court.

“I would agree with the judge who told him he shouldn’t talk. He might have pinned himself in now for his defence,” McCowan said. “If the records don’t match up with that statement, he’s made his situation worse.”

Eleven vehicles in all were hit by bullets or other projectiles, such as BBs or pellets, while driving along Phoenix freeways between Aug. 29 and Sept. 10. There have been no serious injuries, although a 13-year-old girl’s ear was cut by glass when a bullet shattered a car window.

Department of Public Safety Director Frank Milstead said the investigation continues into who is behind the other shootings.

Messages seeking tips about the shootings will remain posted on electronic signs along freeways, and a $50,000 reward is still available, Graves said.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Merritt’s father was adamant that his son had nothing to do with the shootings and anyone who says he was involved is a “moron.”

Leslie Merritt Sr. said he believes his son is being made a scapegoat by police who were desperate to make an arrest under immense public pressure.

“He has way too much value for human life to even take the slightest or remotest risk of actually injuring someone,” the elder Merritt said. He said his son likes guns but is not a criminal.

Merritt Jr.’s Facebook page, confirmed by his father, has two video clips that show him firing guns into the desert toward a palm tree, exclaiming “whoo” after squeezing off a round.

The Wal-Mart where Merritt Jr. was arrested Friday is 6 miles north of where some of the shootings occurred along I-10, a major route through the city.

The shootings prompted several school districts to keep their buses off freeways, and some commuters altered their routes.

Associated Press writer Bob Christie contributed to this report.

Edmonton sheep farmer given more time to say goodbye to his flock – Edmonton

EDMONTON — An Edmonton hobby farmer has been given extra time to part ways with his flock of sheep after the City of Edmonton ordered him to get rid of the animals earlier this summer.

David Koch originally had until Sunday, Sept. 20 to find new homes for 50 sheep he’s been keeping at his 1.14-acre property in the Ellerslie area. However, Koch said Animal Control contacted him Sunday morning to say he now has until Oct. 14 to relocate the animals.

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“Saturday afternoon was frantic. I even phoned the humane society. I was thinking I was going to have to butcher some sheep,” Koch said Sunday afternoon. “All of a sudden, Sunday, today, early in the morning he phones me up and he’s offering me one to two weeks up to October 14.”

Keith Scott with the City of Edmonton’s Animal Control department said he could tell Koch was making every effort to find new homes for his animals, so he thought it was only fair to give him a slight extension to make the necessary arrangements.

Koch is happy he won’t have to destroy any of his animals.

“The train is already moving, people are coming up to pick up the sheep,” said Koch, “but it’s nice to have that little bit of extra breathing space so you can find the right person for the right sheep rather than just shoving them all of to somebody who won’t care.”

Earlier this summer, a bylaw officer stumbled upon Koch’s herd somewhat by accident. The officer happened to be driving past Koch’s property and saw several sheep on the side of the road. After speaking to Koch, the officer learned his property was not zoned for livestock.

The city ordered Koch to get rid of the sheep or face a fine of $500 per animal, totalling $25,000. Throughout the process, city officials said they were never taking aggressive enforcement and were confident they could work with Koch to find suitable homes for his animals.

Canadian Air Force veterans honoured with monument in Griesbach – Edmonton

EDMONTON — Eight Royal Canadian Air Force veterans were honoured Sunday during a ceremony at the Village at Griesbach, a former military site in north Edmonton.

Lieutenant Governor Lois Mitchell was on hand to unveil the Ad Astra monument, which honours the historic links between Edmonton and Canada’s Air Force.

“We can all be thankful that our Canadian heroes found the courage, the tenacity and the strength to make it through the challenges of the second world war and the many battles before and since,” said Mitchell.

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Meaning “to the stars,” Ad Astra is a 10-metre tall stainless steel sculpture. It represents a “star burst,” which is an aerobatic maneuver.

“If you stand underneath that monument and you look up, you can imagine anything, whether you’re in the military or not,” said Brigadier-General Bill Buckham with the RCAF Commemorative Society. “It should stimulate your imagination, your dreams and hopefully the desire to learn and to excel.”

Buckham, who spent 36 years in the Air Force, was part of the volunteer team that spent the past five years designing the monument.

“As Air Force, we said we have to have something to look up to and I think you can look up to this.”

Also Sunday, the names of eight streets in the Village of Griesbach were renamed after eight Air Force veterans. Among those getting the honour was Bob Morgan, who spent 36 years as an Air Force pilot.

“It’s a great honour but it still hasn’t sunk in yet why I should get it,” said a very humble Morgan.

“When they first told me, when they said they were naming a street after me, I thought it would be a back alley or dead end street,” he added with a laugh.

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While stationed in France in 1955, Morgan rescued a pilot from a burning plane that crashed. He broke the canopy and pulled the unconscious pilot to safety. While his memory of the ordeal is faint, Morgan was given the George Medal for bravery.

“Anybody would have done it. You don’t think, it’s just automatic.”

Sunday’s ceremony was part of Royal Canadian Air Force Week, which was declared by the City of Edmonton last Monday.

Vancouver artist uses Suzy Patrick’s chopper photos for new exhibit

When David Wilson was deciding on Vancouver locations for his latest exhibit of paintings, he wanted to capture classic Vancouver scenes from a new perspective.

“I have wanted to paint images of Vancouver from up above, an aerial view, for a long time,” he said.

He soon became inspired, like so many others, by Global BC traffic reporter Suzy Patrick’s photographs from the Global 1 helicopter.

“You can see everything at once,” says Patrick of her eye in the sky view.

“You can see four different types of weather, the view is absolutely astonishing and absolutely gorgeous. To see all the bridges and sunrises and sunsets, I’m very very lucky.”

Wilson reached out to Patrick through a mutual friend, and he used three of her photos as inspiration for ‘Light and Colour’, a new exhibition running at Kimoto Gallery until October 10.

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“They’re not an accurate version of Vancouver per se, I’m starting from a base of what Vancouver looks like, but adding more depth and more of my personality to the image,” says Wilson.

“When you start working with geography from great heights, it becomes more of an abstract composition as opposed to a literal thing that you’re painting. It’s an opportunity to invoke more of myself into that image, so it was a bit of a challenge.”

Patrick was ecstatic with the final product.

“My eyes watered when I first saw them,” she said.

“I was blown away how he was able to capture the photo and able to interpret it. I was so flattered he was inspired.”

Woman in life-threatening condition after double shooting at Toronto restaurant – Toronto

TORONTO — A woman is fighting for her life in hospital after she and another man were shot inside a downtown Toronto restaurant on Sunday night.

Police say they responded to a 9:50 p.m. shooting call at Michael’s, an upscale steakhouse on Simcoe Street. Two patrons, a 29-year-old man and a 28-year-old woman both suffered gunshot wounds.

Police believe the shootings were targeted.

“You hear shots you hear noises, screams, breakage, I was on the phone, you know, it was very scary,” said restaurant owner Michael Dabic.

“They were in and out, they knew who to look for and they knew where they were. They weren’t searching the restaurant — the people that shot them, they knew where they were.”

Police said the suspects fled the area on foot.

Both victims were rushed to hospital with the male suffering from non-life threatening injuries. Meanwhile, the woman remains in critical condition.

Police say they are looking for witnesses and anyone with information is urged to come forward.

“We have numerous shell casings recovered. It would appear that no one else was targeted,” said Det. Paul Ward of 52 division, adding that police ascertained from evidence and witness statements that the hooting was not an indiscriminate “melee shooting.”

“Two suspects wearing masks came in and shot them. The man was shot in the neck and the woman was shot in the hip.”

Dabic also released an official statement Monday, saying “Our thoughts and prayers are with the couple involved in the targeted shooting and we wish them both a speedy recovery.”

With files from Caryn Lieberman