Carbon price hit on Nova Scotia power rates unclear, Emera CEO says

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The chief executive of Emera says it’s too early to say if Ottawa’s plan to set a minimum price for carbon will hike electricity prices in Nova Scotia.

Chris Huskilson said Tuesday during a speech to the Core Energy Conference in Halifax that he believes Emera subsidiary Nova Scotia Power was already on track to meet reduction targets on carbon.

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He says the province has been increasing the percentage of renewable energy and decreasing emissions from its coal-fired production plants by one third and has “already seen a reduction of 36 per cent of total carbon emissions,” since 2005.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia let down, surprised by Ottawa’s carbon price plan: minister

Meanwhile, the province has seen electricity rates rise 62 per cent over the same time period, as some of the costs of converting plants and increasing the use of renewables were passed along to ratepayers.

Nova Scotia’s environment minister walked out of meetings with her federal counterpart on Monday evening, saying she was let down by the announcement.

Margaret Miller said the province needs a solution that won’t “punish the pocketbooks of Nova Scotians,” who already pay among the highest energy rates in the country.

READ MORE: Trudeau says Liberals willing to impose carbon price on provinces

The federal plan, outlined by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, calls for a “floor price” of $10 a tonne in 2018 that increases to $50 a tonne by 2022 – measures that will be forced on the provinces if they don’t co-operate.

However, Huskilson told reporters that it remains to be seen how Ottawa’s carbon price will impact the electricity sector.

“It’s unclear I would say as to where we go from here, but I would say that Nova Scotia is in very good shape because we have real reductions to this date and into the future,” he said.

He also cites the province’s plans to purchase hydroelectricity from Newfoundland and Labrador once the Muskrat Falls hydro project in Labrador is complete.

He says that should help the province increase its percentage of clean energy.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia wants recognition of its emissions reductions in carbon pricing plan

The executive notes the province already has a cap on carbon emissions, which the utility is achieving.

“Until we understand better what the rules actually are and until we understand better what it means … how our cap (on emissions) today relates to what the federal government is asking for, it’s hard to have a definitive answer,” he said.

However, Larry Hughes, an engineering professor at Dalhousie University, said “there’s more to this than meets the eye.”

He says the province doesn’t have either a price on carbon or a cap-and-trade system in place for carbon, so in that regard it still hasn’t met the federal requirements.

Hughes also said higher costs are very likely come in other areas, such as liquid fuels used to heat homes and transportation.

Celebrated B.C. architect Bing Thom dies at the age of 75

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A B.C. architect known for some of the most iconic designs in Metro Vancouver has died.

Bing Thom died of a brain aneurysm in his native Hong Kong on Tuesday.

Thom was behind many local building designs, including Surrey City Centre Public Library, Simon Fraser University Surrey campus, Aberdeen Centre in Richmond and the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at the University of British Columbia.

He is also known for a variety of works in China, United States, Spain and the UK.

Thom’s family immigrated to Vancouver from Hong Kong in 1950. He received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia and his Master of Architecture degree from the University of California at Berkeley.

He started his own firm in 1982.

WATCH: Profile of influential Canadian architect Bing Thom

PHOTO GALLERY: Some of Thom’s architectural designs in Metro Vancouver are major landmarks in their respective municipalities 

Simon Fraser University has a campus at Surrey Central City, Surrey, BC, Canada. The building was designed by Bing Thom architects.

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The Chan Centre for the Performing Arts has a prominent place on the UBC campus in Vancouver.

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Aberdeen Mall, Richmond, BC, Canada. Architect is Bing Thom.
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The honours he received during his lifetime include the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s Award and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal.

“Bing believed architecture transcends the building, to shine its light onto its whole surroundings,” Thom’s wife Bonnie said in a statement on the architect’s official website. “He was so happy his architects also pursue this adventure of ‘building beyond buildings.’”

WATCH: City planner and urbanist Brent Toderian has more on the legacy of Bing Thom 

B.C. Premier Christy Clark said in a statement Thom combined a passion for innovation and a limitless imagination.

“Those who were lucky enough to know Bing recognized his inherent graciousness and how he treated everyone he met with respect,” said Clark. “It was also that appreciation for bringing people together that can be seen in his work – buildings and spaces that reflect the communities they enrich…”

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and we thank them for the gift that was Bing Thom. His legacy and his positive impact on the world around him will stand the test of time.”

Thom was 75 years old.

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Manitoba Moose forward looking to move past Disney World arrest

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WINNIPEG —; A member of the Manitoba Moose arrested this summer is hoping to put the incident behind him.

Darren Kramer ended up behind bars after he allegedly attacked a police officer in Disney World on June 21. The officer was trying to arrest the 24-year-old forward in connection to a stolen bowling pin display case.

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    According to a police report obtained by Global News, Kramer was tasered before being taken into custody.

    “(Do I have) regret?” said Kramer. “It’s tough to say because I know truly what happened. I know I would never do anything to harm anybody or anything. I’m looking forward to moving on and regaining some momentum in my career.”

    Kramer posted 12 points and 138 penalty minutes in 61 games with the Moose last season. The team signed him to a new contract a week after he was arrested.

    “I’m thankful for the support (general manager Craig Heisinger), the Jets and the Moose showed me,” said Kramer.

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    Entering his second season with the Moose, Kramer isn’t worried his arrest will change what people think of him.

    “People are going to talk,” said Kramer. “I know who I am as a person. I think (Heisinger) knows who I am as a person and my teammates do to. I’m going to come here, go to bat for everybody and go to bat for the fans.”

    The Moose will run training camp sessions at MTS Iceplex until this weekend when they play a pair of pre-season games against the Iowa Wild in North Dakota.

Donald Trump says not paying taxes ‘smart’, Americans believe it is ‘unpatriotic’: poll

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NEW YORK – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says paying no income tax would make him “smart.” While nearly half of Americans agree with him, more people think it is “selfish,” and “unpatriotic,” according to a Reuters/Ipsos opinion poll released on Tuesday.

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Some 67 percent of Americans said it is “selfish” for a presidential candidate to pay no taxes, while 61 percent said it is “unpatriotic,” according to the poll, which allowed respondents to pick more than one adjective to describe paying no taxes.

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At the same time, the results showed grudging respect for a candidate who can figure out how to reduce their tax bill. Some 46 percent of Americans, including 35 percent of Democrats and 62 percent of Republicans, thought a presidential candidate who pays no taxes is “smart.”

Trump’s taxes have become a big campaign issue after the New York Times released a portion of his 1995 tax returns last week and estimated that Trump likely paid no taxes for a number of years. The celebrity real estate developer, who is the first presidential candidate in decades to refuse to release his full tax returns, didn’t deny the report. He later said that he had “brilliantly used” U.S. tax rules to his advantage.

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During the first presidential debate with his rival Democrat Hillary Clinton last month, Trump responded to Clinton’s allegation that he paid no federal taxes by saying that would make him “smart.”

“What is he trying to say: that those of us who pay taxes aren’t intelligent?” said poll respondent Yonna McNerney, 41, of Denver.

McNerney, a mother of three who works at a telecommunications company, said it was unacceptable that someone who wanted to be president would not pay taxes. McNerney remains uncommitted in the race, and Trump’s comments about taxes haven’t changed her mind one way or the other.

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April St. Aoro, 46, who works for a manufacturing firm near St. Cloud, Minnesota, was more understanding of Trump’s point of view, though she also remains undecided in the race.

“I think all of us are trying to pay as little taxes as possible,” St. Aoro said.

Respondents were slightly less critical when asked to describe a private citizen paying no taxes.

Some 64 percent agreed it was “selfish,” while just over half agreed it was “unpatriotic.” Some 50 percent, including 37 percent of Democrats and 67 percent of Republicans, agreed that it was “smart.”

The Reuters/Ipsos poll was conducted online in English in all 50 states. Respondents were asked what they thought of “a private citizen who has found a way to pay no income taxes,” and given the choice to agree or disagree to the words “smart,” “selfish,” and “unpatriotic.”

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They were then asked the same set of questions about a presidential candidate.

The Sept. 28-Oct. 3 poll included 1,948 American adults, including 893 Democrats and 635 Republicans. It has a credibility interval, a measure of accuracy, of 3 percentage points for the entire sample, 4 percentage points for Democrats only and 5 percentage points for Republicans.

These Vancouver homeowners made over $1M last year by doing nothing

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You could work as long or as hard as you can to make a living in Vancouver.

Or you could own a single-family home in the city and earn twice as much by basically doing nothing.

A sold home is pictured in Vancouver on Feb. 11, 2016.

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That’s the conclusion of Dr. Jens von Bergmann, a data visualizer with Vancouver-based firm MountainMath.

He analyzed BC Assessment data for 2016 and found that people who owned single-family homes in the city last year earned double what local residents did by working.

In other words, a select group of lucky Vancouverites made $1 million or more last year by “twiddling their thumbs.”

This map highlights properties whose land value grew by over $1 million last year:

This map shows Vancouver single-family homeowners who made $1 million on their properties last year.

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And this map shows how much land values grew all over the city in 2016:

Red colours indicate that Vancouver land values grew by anywhere from $1 million to $2 million last year. Yellow colours indicate land value growth of closer to $50,000 per year.

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Von Bergmann’s latest research comes a year after he completed a similar project which found that single-family homeowners could earn more by holding on to their properties than the whole population of Vancouver did by working.

He was inspired to do the research after seeing how much assessed values were increasing, and he was looking for something to compare them to.

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This time, however, “the comparable doesn’t even work anymore,” von Bergmann told Global News.

“Just single-family houses alone went up twice as much, the rise was twice as much as the income of the City of Vancouver.”

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Figuring out Vancouver’s cumulative income required some estimating, as Statistics Canada only has data up to 2014.

Von Bergmann extrapolated the data for the two years up to 2016 and came up with an estimate of $26.8 billion of pre-tax income, or $22.3 billion after-tax.

That number is dwarfed by the land value increase for single-family homes — $46,717,326,799, according to von Bergmann’s research.

That’s about $239 per hour last year alone. It was $126 per hour in 2015.

READ MORE: Metro Vancouver homeowners face home assessment ‘sticker shock’ as real estate market poised to cool further

Of course, these increases don’t necessarily mean that homeowners immediately brought in $1 million just by owning their homes — it’s not like they can access the money until they sell.

The data is also based on the BC Assessment, which only accounted for home values as of July 1, 2016, before B.C. slapped a 15 per cent Property Transfer Tax on foreign buyers on Aug. 2.

A sold sign is pictured outside a home in Vancouver, B.C., on June, 28, 2016. The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says home sales in Metro Vancouver in September fell by 32.6 per cent compared to the same month last year.

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Von Bergmann thinks it’s possible that the new tax could dampen home values.

But he remains concerned that rising property values could mean that the next generation can’t buy a home in the city.

“If I look at my son who is now seven years old, I would like to tell him that if you work hard and study hard, you can be whatever you want to be,” von Bergmann said.

Now, he said, members of his generation often need a financial boost from their parents to make it happen.

“And it’s just not the story I want to tell him.”

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris returns to practice field

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WINNIPEG —; A familiar face was back on the field on Tuesday as the Winnipeg Blue Bombers returned to practice.

Running back Andrew Harris was back taking part in drills after sitting out the last three games with an ankle injury.

“It feels good,” said Harris. “Still going to see how it responds tomorrow, but I felt good today, felt normal. It’s been a slow process. Like I said, today was a good day though.”

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Harris hasn’t played since getting injured against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in the second quarter of the Banjo Bowl back on Sept. 10.

“Initially, after the first game there I thought I’d be able to come back right away, but it just didn’t progress the way I wanted it to,” Harris said.

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There’s still no guarantee he’ll be able to play on Saturday against the B.C. Lions though, as they’ll wait to see how his body responds to the wear and tear of practice.

“We’ll wait til probably tomorrow morning to get another evaluation to see how he is after today’s practice, but he practiced hard today,” said head coach Mike O’Shea.

In 11 games this season Harris has racked up 677 yards rushing with four touchdowns. He also has 381 yards receiving.

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Saturday’s contest is a game Harris had circled on the calendar for quite sometime. He doesn’t want to miss the opportunity to face his ex-team for the first time after playing his first six seasons in the CFL with the Leos.

“Today was the first time I really got out and tested it, live action, had the pads on today. You can cut with no one around you but when you got guys trying to tackle you and hitting you, that’s when it’s a real test.”

O’Shea also updated the injury situation of a few other players. The status of defensive back Bruce Johnson is still up in the air. Linebacker Ian Wild should play this week and they’re hopeful safety Teague Sherman can return to face the Lions. Receiver Darvin Adams hasn’t played since July after injuring his shoulder but the club is hoping he can return after their bye week for their final two games of the regular season.

WATCH: Raw Mike O’Shea Media Briefing

Vaudreuil-Dorion SPCA dog park closed over quirk in bylaw, will soon re-open

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Last week, the dog run behind the SPCA Ouest de l’Ile was shuttered – shut down by city workers who said the organization was skirting a municipal bylaw that prohibits high fences in front yards.

The move was counter-intuitive; the group’s dog run is actually behind the building’s front entrance.

The problem, Vaudreuil-Dorion Mayor Guy Pilon explained, is that the city considers the SPCA to have two front yards because it owns frontage on two separate streets.

The SPCA’s address is actually listed on Boulevard-Cité des-Jeunes but the property in the rear lies on Montée Labossière.

Under municipal bylaws, the fence there is too high to be by the street.

“By our bylaws, you cannot build certain things on the front,” he said.

“Because this building has two fronts, [city workers] decided the fence cannot be there.”

Pilon said the city and the SPCA have come to some sort of arrangement: either by moving the dog park, changing it or by simply having the city reclassify the property somehow.

However, he stressed the organization would have to apply for a construction permit with Vaudreuil-Dorion.

By the end of the day Tuesday, a GoFundMe site had already raised almost $3,000 for the cost of the improvements.

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Mother of dismembered Calgary woman talks missing and murdered indigenous women

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WARNING: This story contains graphic content. Discretion is advised.

Stephanie English was devastated in June when news of her daughter’s death shook her family. The body of 25-year-old Joey English was discovered in a treed area in Calgary, but some of her body parts have still not been found.

“My grandchildren are motherless. The justice system is failing us. Promises are being broken,” English said.

“I don’t understand. What more can we do?”

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    “I haven’t had closure for my daughter. I’m still waiting to bring her home – her body parts are still in the landfill,” English said.

    The death is an example of what is being called a crisis in Canada by organizers of Sisters in Spirit vigils.

    October 4 is a day of vigils in over 50 communities remembering missing and murdered indigenous women and girls and working towards a solution.

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    University of Lethbridge natives studies professor Dr. Linda Many Guns believes the government’s national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is missing the mark.

    “The questions that are being asked aren’t about identifying bodies, they were about: who are the perpetrators?” Many Guns said.

    “The focus needs to be on developing a system that’s going to stop the murders rather than just identifying the people that are missing.”

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    English and her family spoke publicly about Joey’s death Tuesday morning at a special presentation at the University of Lethbridge. While she was filled with so much heartache, there was a heavy emphasis on the future.

    “We have to stand together as one for that to change. It just takes one person, but a lot of support to stand behind that one person to change those laws,” English said.

    READ MORE: Global’s continuing coverage of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls

    “We are all created as one person, one human being. Let’s treat everybody the same,” Joey’s grandmother Patsy English said.

    A candlelight vigil is being held at 7 p.m., Oct. 4 in Galt Gardens to honour murdered and missing aboriginal women and girls.

Michelle Obama mocks Donald Trump’s microphone woes

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — She didn’t mention Donald Trump by name, but Michelle Obama had some fun at the Republican presidential nominee’s expense during a campaign event for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

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    “The presidency doesn’t change who you are, it reveals who you are,” Mrs. Obama said. “That’s the kind of president they will be. And trust me, a candidate is not going to suddenly change once they’re in office.”

    Mrs. Obama encouraged the crowd of 1,400 to vote — and to get others to vote, too.

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    “This election, it’s about making a choice between two very different candidates with very different visions for our nation,” Mrs. Obama said.

    “Hillary Clinton has it all. She is the real deal. I know she is more than ready, more than able to be an outstanding president for us all.”

    President Barack Obama won North Carolina in 2008, but lost the state to Mitt Romney in 2012. Mrs. Obama plans to campaign in Raleigh on Thursday afternoon.

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Nova Scotia teachers reject second tentative agreement

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Nova Scotia’s 9,000 public school teachers have voted to reject a second tentative agreement reached between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) and the province.

According to the union, 70 per cent of members voted against the agreement Tuesday night, compared to 61 per cent for the previous vote. Voter turnout remained the same at 94 per cent.

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“Our public school members are highly engaged in the process of democracy and have used their voice in rejecting this tentative agreement,” NSTU president Liette Doucet said in a statement.

“It’s clear that the improvements negotiated were not enough for our members, and the concerns of poor working conditions and not being valued as professionals influenced members as they voted against this agreement.”

READ MORE: 2nd tentative agreement in jeopardy days before Nova Scotia teachers set to vote

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey responded to the results stating she is “very disappointed” to learn of the outcome.

The collective bargaining process has run its course. This is the second time we reached a tentative agreement with different bargaining teams from the NSTU that was rejected by the membership. We will not be returning to the table, we now await the union’s decision,” Casey said in a release.

This marks the second time in a year that union membership vote against a deal and against their union leadership.

A similar deal was rejected in December, with teachers citing working conditions as the main sticking point.

Doucet said they have heard loud and clear from their members and will work closely with them in the coming weeks.

“We expect that the conciliator will now file a report that will state that the parties were unable to reach an agreement. We will meet with our provincial executive to explore our options under the Teachers’ Collective Bargaining Act,” she said.

“Looking at the option of seeking a strike vote from members will be one of our considerations.”

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Doucet also expressed worry about the implications the vote will have on Bill 148.

“With the rejection of this tentative agreement, we fear that government will finally proclaim Bill 148, which could affect all public sector workers.”

The province-wide electronic vote was held on Tuesday night.

WATCH: Cheeseburger rice pie recipe

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A collision of two classic meals results in an epic flavour combination. This cheesy, beefy pie has a novel rice crust and is loaded with traditional burger flavour that will satisfy a hungry crowd of all ages.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes

1 cup (250 mL) long grain U.S. white rice
1 lb (500 g) lean ground beef
1 1/4 cups (300 mL) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1 small onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup (50 mL) ketchup
3 tbsp (45 mL) prepared yellow mustard

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1 tbsp (15 mL) Worcestershire sauce
2 large eggs, divided
1/2 tsp (2 mL) each salt and pepper
Sliced dill pickles and/or tomatoes (optional)

Prepare rice according to package directions. Spread out on a plate until cool enough to handle. Grease a 9-inch (23 cm) deep-dish pie plate.

Meanwhile, crumble beef into a large skillet set over medium heat. Cook, breaking up meat with a spoon, until browned and no pink remains. Transfer beef mixture to a paper-towel lined colander to drain; cool slightly.

Beat one egg and mix with cooled rice, ½ cup (125 mL) cheese, the salt and pepper until well combined. Press into bottom and up sides of prepared pie plate.

Transfer beef mixture to a bowl and stir in onion, ketchup, mustard, Worcestershire sauce and remaining egg. Spread evenly in rice crust. (Pie can be assembled to this point and reserved for 1 day in the refrigerator.)

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Bake pie for 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining cheese and bake for an additional 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and pie is hot in centre. Garnish with pickles and tomato slices (if using).

Makes 6 servings.

Tips:
• Pickle lovers can chop the pickles and mix them right into the meat mixture.
• Big Mac fans can drizzle Thousand Islands-style dressing over the pie before serving.
• Double the recipe and freeze the second unbaked pie (well wrapped) for up to 1 month. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
• Use long grain U.S. brown rice for additional fibre.

PER SERVING (1/6th pie): 401 calories, 18 g fat, 9 g saturated fat, 135 mg cholesterol, 653 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrates, 1 g fibre, 4 g sugars, 27 g protein. % RDI: 20% calcium, 20% iron, 8% vitamin A, 4% vitamin C.

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Canadian government claims residential school lawyer committed fraud over fees

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The Canadian government says a law firm that represented thousands of residential school survivors should have to pay back legal fees because it inflated its billings.

But the government’s argument that accuses the Merchant Law Group of fraud, deceit and misrepresentation won’t go any further unless Saskatchewan’s highest court agrees to reinstate the case.

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    Lawyers for Canada’s attorney general told the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal on Tuesday that the government would not have entered into an agreement a decade ago to pay the firm $25 million if it had known there were concerns about how much time the company spent working on residential school claims.

    “What we’re saying is we wouldn’t have agreed to that amount if we had known the truth, so we want some damages for that,” lawyer Kelly Keenan told the three Appeal Court judges.

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    The Appeal Court reserved its decision, which will not affect payments for survivors.

    The case goes back about a decade, when courts in each province approved the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.

    In the Saskatchewan settlement approval hearing, Canada argued that the agreement did not require that it pay Merchant Law Group a minimum of $25 million. But Justice Dennis Ball disagreed and found the amount reasonable, noting that substantial time had been spent on the case and the complexity of the litigation.

    Canada’s appeal was dismissed by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal in March 2007.

    Canada went back to court in December 2007, arguing it shouldn’t have to pay Merchant until a verification process to review the firm’s billing records was complete.

    Justice Neil Gabrielson, who was overseeing implementation of the settlement agreement in Saskatchewan, ruled in 2008 that the verification process was not complete but that Canada must pay.

    The federal government filed a new lawsuit against Merchant Law Group in January 2015 to try to get the money back.

    Justice Brian Barrington-Foote tossed out the claim, saying Canada did not have the information it now claims to have about Merchant’s billing records, but that it was well aware of the possibility there had been misrepresentations and agreed to pay $25 million regardless.

    Keenan said no one knew there was fraud in 2006 or 2008.

    “Canada’s claim is about what arrangement it would have entered into, not whether the arrangement it entered into was fair and reasonable,” she said.

    The review process was done after the agreement was signed,

    Keenan said, and it found Merchant’s billing records were “replete with the illegitimate time entries and excessive disbursement records.”

    Merchant’s lawyer, Gordon Kuski, said the government knew there were concerns about billing and went into negotiations with its eyes wide open.

    “Each of the courts were fully informed and hip about the concerns but, pursuant to the contract, found out that the $25 million was fair and responsible,” Kuski told the Appeal Court on Tuesday.

    He also said dragging the case into court again is an abuse of process.<

    “The torturous journey that MLG has been on since 2006, relative to this matter, and here 10 years later -they're being vexed by the same issue.”

    Kuski said the government can't have its money back.

    “The court ordered that we were entitled to it,” he said.

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South Carolina governor orders mass evacuation ahead of Hurricane Matthew

Posted July 24th, 2019 by admin and filed in 长沙夜网
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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – People along the East Coast entered better-safe-than-sorry mode Tuesday, flocking to hardware stores, grocery aisles and gas stations as Hurricane Matthew marched toward Florida, threatening to become the first hurricane to hit the state’s Atlantic coast in over a decade.

The storm was on track to rake the Southeastern coast and trek north. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley said she planned to issue an evacuation order Wednesday so that 1 million people can safely leave the coast.

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Matthew, a Category 4 storm packing winds of 145 mph, pummeled parts of Haiti and the Dominican Republic on Tuesday and is expected to head north over Cuba and the Bahamas before nearing the Florida coast by Thursday. At least nine people in the Caribbean have died.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami issued a hurricane watch for a 230-mile stretch from Deerfield Beach near Fort Lauderdale to the Daytona Beach area, meaning hurricane force winds of 74 mph or higher could occur within two days.

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In South Florida, lines at grocery stores were heavier than usual and some essentials were in short supply. When Simone Corrado and her husband tried to buy water at their Publix in Davie near Fort Lauderdale, they mostly found empty shelves. There were a few bottles of high-end water brands, but there was so much empty shelf space that Corrado lay down and fully stretched out on the bottom shelf.

“I got scared because all that was left at Publix was just the pricey water,” said Corrado, who lived through 1992’s catastrophic Hurricane Andrew, which practically levelled the nearby city of Homestead. “They really put the fear into you here. On the television screen every few minutes is the ‘beep, beep, beep’ storm alert.”

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Gov. Rick Scott, speaking in the Daytona area, warned residents they must be prepared to take a direct hit and evacuation orders could be issued as early as Tuesday. Scott said his biggest worry is that residents won’t take seriously the threat from Matthew, especially since so many newer residents have never lived through a hurricane.

“Don’t take a chance. Leave before it’s too late,” he said. “We have to be prepared to be hit by a catastrophic hurricane.”

Hurricane Hermine became the first to strike Florida since Wilma in 2005 when it hit the eastern Panhandle on Sept. 2 as a Category 1 storm, causing one death, storm surge damage to beachfront homes and downed trees and powerlines. That 11-year lull between storms hitting Florida was the longest on record.

The last storm to hit the Atlantic side of Florida was Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005 on its way to devastating the Gulf coast.

Wilma made landfall as a Category 3 storm with 120 mph winds, killing five people as it pushed from southwest Florida, through the Everglades and into the Fort Lauderdale and Palm Beach area, causing an estimated $21 billion in damage and leaving thousands of residents without power for more than a week. It concluded a two-year span when a record eight hurricanes hit the state.

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Governors in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina declared states of emergency, and the White House said President Barack Obama cancelled a campaign and health care events in Florida on Wednesday and would instead visit the headquarters of the Federal Emergency Management Agency for an update.

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Some airlines let passengers change travel plans without penalty if their trip might be affected by Matthew.

Near Miami Beach, The Home Depot in Davie briefly ran out of propane for gas barbecues and the supply of batteries was dwindling. People bought plywood to cover windows, tarps to put over outdoor furniture and coolers for food storage.

Anesthesiologist Darby Lipka lugged a 20-pound propane tank across the parking lot, saying he had already purchased food and water. He installed hurricane windows years ago so he wouldn’t need to erect shutters

“I am just trying to be prepared,” he said.

Dane Vaala, a diesel mechanic, was loading plywood onto his pickup. He needed it so he could stand on his awning to install upper floor shutters at his home. He moved to Florida from Montana in 2007, so Matthew would be his first storm. He had loaded up on canned food and water.

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“I’m not too concerned – it doesn’t really bother me much,” he said. “But it is better to prep.”

Haley said state officials would reverse lanes on major evacuation routes in South Carolina. It would be the first major evacuation since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, when the governor at the time didn’t reverse the lanes and Interstate 26 became a parking lot. A typically two-hour drive from Charleston to Columbia turned into 24-hour nightmare.

“We’ve been though winter storms. We’ve been through a 1,000-year flood. A hurricane is different. I don’t want anyone to look at the last couple of tragedies we’ve gone through and think this is similar,” Haley said.