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.

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.


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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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.”

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.

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Deficit spending or balanced budgets: two experts square off – National

Is deficit spending or a balanced budget the best course of action for the Canadian economy moving forward?

Economic experts Ian Lee and Scott Clark faced off on that important question on The West Block, with Lee arguing that deficits are an “extraordinarily powerful tool” that should only be used in emergencies.

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Deficits “should only be used in the most exceptional circumstances such as the Great Depression, such as that savage recession of 1980-81, ’82 when interest rates went to 20 per cent and of course, the most recent Great Recession of 2008-09, perhaps 2010,” Lee said. “Right now, we’re growing slowly. We’re growing anemically for sure. I don’t dispute that, but to advocate deficit financing just because we’re unhappy with the rate of growth is to use a deficit tool in an indiscriminate and profligate manner.”

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Lee added that governments often lack the discipline to climb back out of a deficit situation.

Clark, however, disagreed.

“Well, I’ve worked for every finance minister since 1978 to 2001, and I can assure you that every one of them had political backbone,” he said. Clark countered that under former prime minister Pierre Trudeau, “budget deficit went up but it didn’t go up in any which way. Over his period, as a share of GDP, it fell. Where the deficit got out of control was during the Conservative era under Brian Mulroney.”

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In the 1980s, Clark explained, double digit rates of inflation, high unemployment rates and a rising debt-to-GDP ratio were major problems.

“During that period, the Conservative government actually was running surpluses on its operating budget. They did cut spending. They did raise taxes. Not enough, mind you, but when you’re dealing with double-digit interest rates and double-digit inflation rates, you cannot increase the operating surplus fast enough to pay for the rising interest rates. So it was a global situation that led to a 1993-95 problem. We dealt with that problem in 1995 and it wasn’t to eliminate the deficit for the sake of having a zero deficit or a budget balance.”

Safety experts agree with courts that kids under 10 shouldn’t stay home alone – National

TORONTO – A B.C. Supreme Court ruling that found an eight-year-old is too young to be left home alone is being supported by some safety experts who say kids aren’t fully ready to stay solo at such an early age.

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The child in the case, known as A.K., was staying home unsupervised on weekdays after school between 3 and 5 p.m. while his mother, B.R., was at work. A social worker was made aware of the situation and told B.R. that kids under age 10 couldn’t be left alone.

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B.R. went to court to challenge a supervision order for A.K., arguing that kids mature differently and that there was no law indicating how old youngsters should be to stay home alone.

She lost and the B.C. Supreme Court subsequently upheld the trial judge’s ruling that kids under 10 couldn’t be safely left unsupervised at home.

The Abbotsford, B.C.-based organization Kidproof Safety offers an At Home Alone program which is recommended for youngsters 10 and up. President Samantha Wilson says many parents have wanted to enrol their eight- and nine-year-olds in the program – a move that is “strongly discouraged.”

“A lot of parents think (children are) mature and they’re responsible – which could be very true,” Wilson says.

“But what we have to remind them is that child still only has eight years of life experience to draw from in case of an emergency or if something happens, which often parents don’t think about.

“I’m not even convinced all kids at 10 should be left at home alone. But at 10, they’re really at the age that they’re starting to be able to think about making safe choices, thinking about thinking critically about situations.”

Parents have to assess whether their kids have the mental ability to react to an emergency, such as a fire, says Lewis Smith, communications and media program co-ordinator with the Canada Safety Council.

“Is the kid mature enough or smart enough to react appropriately? That’s the kind of thing that oftentimes is lacking when parents leave younger kids at home,” says Smith.

Janice Quirt has asked her nine-year-old son, Josh, about his willingness to be home alone – even for a short period – and he’s simply not ready. Still, the Orangeville, Ont., resident has made an effort to go over emergency plans with Josh and her five-year-old daughter Daisy. She ensured they’re capable of using the phone for calls and texts.

“Everyone’s so different,” says Quirt, a contributing editor to SavvyMom桑拿按摩.

“I have a hard time thinking that you could possibly say that all eight-year-olds are not mature enough to be home alone. I think that some of them definitely are, and that the people that know best are their parents.

“Unfortunately, I’m sure there are some cases where that’s not the best judgement call, and that’s important then to have that investigated and make sure that the child is safe and not put in an uncomfortable position or an unsafe position.

“But I think by and large parents are a very good judge of their kids’ responsibility and comfort level.”

Wilson says parents should not only ask their kids if they’re ready to be home unsupervised, but also pose questions about “realistic situations” that could arise, like an unexpected knock at the door or a parent coming home later than planned.

Parents should ensure the home environment is safe with all doors and windows locked, as well as having a fire extinguisher in place. An adult should also be available somewhere nearby if the child needs help in an emergency, Wilson says.

Both Wilson and Smith agree that parents should give kids a test run of being on their own before leaving them alone for more extended stretches of unsupervised time.

“We really don’t recommend long periods of time for anyone under 15 or 16,” says Smith.

“If a child is being left home alone for the first time, a couple hours at most should be the goal.”

©2015The Canadian Press

Terry Fox’s Dad comes home for his first Winnipeg run – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG – 35 years after Winnipeg-born Terry Fox started his cross-Canada run with an amputated leg, he is still inspiring Manitobans.

On Saturday hundreds of people laced up at the Lyric Theatre in Assiniboine Park including Terry’s father, who came from B.C. for the run for the first time.

“It’s taken me 35 years… when I come to Winnipeg I’m coming home,” Rolly Fox said.

The annual run raises millions of dollars each year for discovery based research in Canada through the Terry Fox Foundation.

“I can remember back in 1977 when his mother and I were told about his diagnosis with cancer and we were told his chances of surviving was 20 to 50 per cent,” Fox said, reflecting on when his son’s leg was removed.

Terry Fox’s dad speaks with Winnipeg mayor Brian Bowman.

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“Today I know just from research that anyone diagnosed with the same bone cancer as Terry was, their chances of survival are in the 80 per cent range.”

Fox also said he really believes in research and that his son would be very proud of the improvements made over the years.

While it was an emotional day for many people running, Terry’s cousin Carlisle Sett said the event still motivates him.

“If he can do that on one leg there’s no reason I can’t come out on this day and support that,” Sett said.

Sett has run in Winnipeg almost every year to show his admiration for Terry and still cherishes their memories together.

“The hurting must stop somehwere, that’s what he said and I’ve got to believe in that,” Sett said.

Veteran New Zealand zookeeper attacked and killed by Sumatran tiger – National

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – A veteran New Zealand zookeeper was attacked and killed by a Sumatran tiger Sunday inside the animal’s enclosure.

Police said they were called to the Hamilton Zoo at 11 a.m. after reports that 43-year-old Samantha Kudeweh had been attacked by one of the zoo’s five tigers. Police said she died at the scene.

The zoo asked all visitors to leave and said it was closing its doors until Thursday. Authorities are investigating to determine exactly what happened.

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Zoo visitor Adam Rich told The New Zealand Herald that he saw the tigers Sunday morning and noticed a female zookeeper opening up a gate to allow them access to an outdoor enclosure.

He said that about 45 minutes to an hour later, zoo staff approached him and asked him to leave. He said they were offering everyone a refund.

“They seemed a bit panicky,” Rich said.

Kudeweh was a senior member of the staff and had been a zookeeper for more than 20 years, according to police.

A biography on the zoo’s website described her role as curator, responsible for organizing what animals the zoo obtained and how it looked after them.

A picture posted on the employee profile


“For me the best thing about my role is the opportunities to interact with other species one to one, but there is a downside and that is having to say goodbye to animals,” Kudeweh wrote on the site. “That part never gets any easier.”

The zoo is owned and operated by the Hamilton City Council.

Council spokesman Jeff Neems said the tiger that attacked Kudeweh is named Oz and is the zoo’s only adult male tiger.

He said Oz was currently safely contained inside his enclosure. He said he had no comment on whether the animal was likely to be put down.

Neems said the public was never in danger during the incident and that all animals had remained contained in their enclosures.

“Our focus at this time is on providing the adequate support for our staff and family members who have been affected by this tragic incident,” the council said in a statement, adding that it would not comment on what went wrong until all investigations had been completed.

Neems said the zoo has 128,000 visitors each year, making it about the fourth most popular zoo in New Zealand. He said that he didn’t know how many visitors were at the zoo during the incident.

The zoo states on its website that it is home to over 600 native and exotic animals set on 25 hectares of grounds.

Sumatran tigers are considered critically endangered, with less than 400 of the tiger subspecies still living in the wild on the Indonesian island of Sumatra.

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Greek coast guard searches for 26 migrants feared dead in Aegean Sea – National

ATHENS, Greece – Disasters at sea claimed the lives of dozens of migrants on Sunday, as desperate people fleeing war and poverty braved the risky journey to seek sanctuary in Europe.

Thirteen migrants died after their boat collided with a ferry off the Turkish coast, officials there said, while the Greek coast guard fanned out in the choppy waters of the Aegean Sea searching for another 26 people missing after their boat sank off the island of Lesbos.

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Coast guard officials said some 20 people were rescued in the two incidents, which followed another sinking near Lesbos Saturday, in which a five-year-old girl drowned.

The events highlight the risks that those fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia are willing to take in hopes of reaching sanctuary in Europe. Men, women and children continue to take the perilous sea journey despite the fact that thousands of earlier migrants find themselves blocked by closed border crossings in the Balkans.

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Hungary’s decision to shut its border with Serbia on Sept. 15 set off a chain reaction in Croatia and Slovenia that has forced people fleeing violence in their homelands to rush from one European border to the next as they desperately try to find their way north before the rules change again.

Thousands are on the move all over southeastern Europe as authorities struggle to respond. Some 11,000 migrants crossed from Hungary into Austria in the 24-hour period ending on midnight Saturday, with at least another 7,000 expected Sunday.

In the Austrian border village of Nickelsdorf people arrived by foot after completing a half-an-hour walk from the Hungarian town of Hegyeshalom. From there, buses and trains take them to emergency shelters in Vienna and other parts of Austria.

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Meanwhile, leaders all across the region are sniping at one another, underscoring the sense of crisis and disarray.

Hungary’s erection of razor-wire fences is deeply straining its ties with neighbouring countries, who feel the problem of the huge flow of migrants is being unfairly pushed onto them. After completing a fence along the border with Serbia, Hungary is now building fences along its borders with Croatia and Romania.

After lashing out against Croatian officials, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto is now trading barbs with his Romanian counterpart over the fence.

Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu on Saturday called the border closure an “autistic and unacceptable act” that violated the spirit of the European Union.

“We would expect more modesty from a foreign minister whose prime minister is currently facing trial,” Szijjarto said. That was a reference to corruption charges filed recently against Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta.

“We are a state that is more than 1,000 years old that throughout its history has had to defend not only itself, but Europe as well many times,” Szijjarto added. “That’s the way it’s going to be now, whether the Romanian foreign minister likes it or not.”

The Hungarian Foreign Ministry has called in the Romanian ambassador for a consultation on Monday.

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