长沙桑拿 24/12/2018

Judge’s decision on victim impact statement in Manyshots brothers’ case sparks public outrage

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The words of a Grade 12 student who was kidnapped and repeatedly raped by Calgary brothers Cody and Corey Manyshots will not be heard—at least not in open court.

The Crown prosecutor made the request to read the statement on behalf of the victim Tuesday. One defence lawyer took no position, while the other objected.

The judge’s denial of the request has prompted backlash against the decision.

“That is so upsetting,” executive director of Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse Danielle Aubry said.

“It is so concerning that a judge would have that lack of consideration for someone who has been victimized in this way. That is just so disgraceful and totally, totally insensitive.”

In November 2014, the brothers kidnapped the 17-year-old girl from a northeast Calgary bus stop. For the next eight hours, they took turns raping and sodomizing her.

Watch below: Global’s past coverage of the Manyshots brothers’ case

Calgary judge refuses to hear victim impact statement at hearing for Manyshots brothers


Calgary judge refuses to hear victim impact statement at hearing for Manyshots brothers


Manyshots brothers admit to kidnap and repeated rape of Calgary teen


Bail denied for Manyshots brothers


Bail hearing rescheduled for Manyshots brothers

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    The impact on the girl has been devastating, life-changing.

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    For those who have been sexually abused themselves, and know firsthand the importance of victim impact statements, the ruling was a shock.

    “It gave me a voice. I can tell you I was 28 and I was very scared,” sexual abuse victim Sheldon Kennedy said. “That fear is real and that impact is real, and we wonder why sometimes the victim may not want to read their impact statement and it’s because they can’t.”

    READ MORE: Bail denied for Manyshots brothers accused of kidnapping and sexual assault

    Hundreds of people have taken to social media to express their disgust with the decision.

    Many are wondering why the common practice of having the Crown read the victim’s statement was denied in this case.

    The law allows victim impact statements to be read by someone else, including the prosecution, but it is at the judge’s discretion.

    Defence lawyer Balfour Der says provincial court Judge Terry Semenuk did nothing wrong.

    “The purpose, and I repeat, the purpose of this victim impact statement is to allow the judge to know how this has impacted the victim. The judge in this case knows it because it’s been marked as an exhibit…the important thing is not that you all in the public get to hear what the victim has to say, that’s not what the Criminal Code section is for,” Der said.

    He added the point of the statements isn’t to punish the accused.

    But victim’s advocates say it’s critical the statements are read out and are calling on increased accountability for judges.

    “The victim has a right to tell a person or people how they were impacted by this crime. That’s why we have victim impact statements,” Aubry said.

    Alberta Justice declined to comment on the matter Wednesday as it remains before the court.

    A date has yet to be set for the continuation of the sentencing hearing.

长沙桑拿 24/12/2018

Random act of kindness inspires Halifax man to encourage others to be kind

A simple act of random kindness has inspired a Halifax man to encourage others to be kind to one another.

Paul LeBlanc runs an advertising firm. On his way into work one day he heard the story about Matthew Jackson. LeBlanc says it motivated him to pay it forward.

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“This man who lived the life the way he did, and did so many nice things for so many people, affected people all around the world and not just hearsay, not just with a nice rant. I actually built a company out of it because I believe the world needs it,” LeBlanc tells Global News.

READ MORE: Man dies 24 hours after paying $200 grocery bill for stranger

In honour of Jackson’s memory, LeBlanc along with his business partner launched the Be Human Campaign, a clothing company that fashions t-shirts, hats, and sweatshirt with the slogan “behuman” to encourage people to engage in acts of kindness towards one another.

“It’s not always about spending money, hold the door and say please and thank you… send an unsolicited note to somebody you know is going through a hard time and just tell them you are thinking about them. The hope is that when people are wearing this brand they will feel some responsibility or obligation to it.”

Jackson just wanted to help others. Last year, Global News brought you Jackson’s story about how he helped an Ontario woman living in California by paying for her $200 grocery bill. He tragically died in a car accident one day later, and the brief encounter sparked a social media movement.

Matthew Jackson died less than 24 hours after paying a $200-plus grocery bill for a complete stranger.


Jamie-Lynne Knighten says all he asked her to do in return was pay it forward.

It’s a request she has kept alive and strong to this day. Sadly, the same afternoon Knighten met Matthew he was killed in the accident. To honour his memory and to keep paying it forward, Knighten started a Facebook page called Matthew’s Legacy.

“There is a lot of negativity so to see just tiny little bits of positivity come through via his story and on the Facebook page it is just amazing,” Knighten says.

Since LeBlanc launched the Be Human Campaign, he, Knighten, and Jackson’s family have all connected. They carry the same purpose —; to bring more good to the world the same way Jackson did.

“He loved to express his love for me and for his friends and let everybody know how much he loved me, and so he was special, he was very special. He was full of so much joy and I imagine him just laughing and just saying oh my gosh this is awesome, this is so awesome,” LeeAnn Krymow, Jackson’s mother, tells Global News.

Krymow says Jackson used to tell his friends who were going through hard times, “there is purpose in your pain, you are going to use this for good.” Krymow says since her son’s death she has received dozens of messages from people telling her how Jackson’s story has inspired them to help others, making the pain of his loss a little more bearable.

“People would tell me how they live life differently now, they see things differently, and they look opportunity, to express kindness… where they maybe would not have done that before.”

A portion of the proceeds from the Be Human Campaign clothing will go towards what is being referred to as a “random act of love” given to any one or organization who has paid it forward —; keeping Matthew’s legacy alive and perhaps allowing people to focus more on the good.

WATCH: The mother of Matthew Jackson tells Global News her son wanted everyone to know they were loved. She said the global reaction to her son’s act of kindness before his untimely death has been “bittersweet.” Angie Seth reports.

长沙桑拿 24/12/2018

Saskatoon Health Region plans to save $34 million with new initiative

The Saskatoon Health Region announced plans to cut $34 million in costs by implementing a hiring freeze and by allowing current employees to apply for vacant positions.

The region ended the 2015-16 fiscal year with a $35.7 million deficit.

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    “The only target is balanced,” said the health region’s CEO, Dan Florizone. “What we’re saying today is, it’s going to be a big challenge.”

    The hiring freeze would be specific to external job applicants with the exception of “hard to recruit areas,” Florizone said.

    Last November, officials warned of possible layoffs to balance the health region’s budget.

    “Our objectives are to minimize layoffs and if we could avoid them altogether, we will be doing that,” Florizone said.

    READ MORE: Saskatoon Health Region to slash jobs to offset $45 million deficit

    About 78 per cent of the region’s expenses are related to salaries and benefits, according to a news release.

    The health region reported a $2.7 million average monthly gap between expenses and revenues in the first quarter of the 2016-17 fiscal year.

    The average monthly gap in the first three quarters of 2015-16 was $5 million.

    Officials will present the budget for the Saskatoon Health Region at a board meeting in September.

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长沙桑拿 24/12/2018

What’s with the water fountains? Edmonton caps fountains over water quality concerns

On a hot summer day, public fountains provide a perfect way for parched Edmontonians to rehydrate and recharge while they’re on the go.

But it turns out, the city has capped off 20 of Edmonton’s 78 water fountains this summer.

According to the city, the reason for fountains going dry is concern about the safety of the water.

A photo of a closed public water fountain in Edmonton’s Victoria Park on July 27, 2016.

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In an email to Global News, a City of Edmonton spokesperson said the water quality concerns came about as a result of “infrequent use of the fountains” that results in stagnant water. They also said the stagnant water makes it difficult to maintain “an acceptable level of chlorine in the water.”

Officials said fountains near Victoria Park, Rundle Park and Hawrelak Park are most vulnerable to the stagnant water issue.

Another city official told Global News the problem is compounded by ongoing construction in Edmonton’s River Valley. There is concern about pipes that fill the fountains sitting stagnant as well as rust in the infrastructure.

According to the city, the issue is being addressed by installing new fountains, aiming to put water sources closer to fountains, or putting fountains in public buildings near problem fountains.

A public water fountain is drained in Hawrelak Park so it can be filled with clean water in time for the Heritage Festival. July 27, 2016.

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On Wednesday, the city was draining serveral water fountains in Hawrelak Park so they could be filled with clean water in time for the Heritage Festival this weekend.

The city said some fountains may have to remain out of service indefinitely.

A public water fountain in Hawrelak Park is shown.

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-With files from Kent Morrison & Ted Bauer, Global News

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长沙桑拿 24/12/2018

Turo app, dubbed AirBnB for car rentals, comes to Calgary

A new car-sharing app has come to Calgary in an effort to put parked cars to good use and allow residents to make some extra cash.

Dubbed the AirBnB of car rentals, the U.S.-based app Turo started business in the city April 19.

READ MORE: Turo launches in Canada, lets people rent out their vehicles

The app allows owners of vehicles to lend out their cars to pre-approved travelers.

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It’s something that’s made a difference for one Calgary driver who recently lost his job.

“It’s bringing in about $600 a month,” said Calgary driver Ryan McCourt. “So that more or less covers the cost of the car, and being laid off, any extra bit helps.”

READ MORE: Does Canada need a women-only ride-share service?

The average price to rent a vehicle through Turo is typically 30 per cent cheaper than traditional car rentals, with some options in Calgary currently as low as $28 a day.

“To make sure that the experience is a safe experience we screen every traveller on the platform,” said Cedric Mathieu, head of Canadian operations for Turo. “We verify people’s identity, we verify their age, their driver’s licence. We also analyze the risk, and based on that we make an eligibility decision.”

Turo also covers the cars with their own commercial insurance through Intact Insurance and belairdirect. The insurance includes $2-million third party liability, up to $75,000 in physical damage repair, and 24-hour roadside assistance.

If an accident happens while the car is being rented out, Turo’s commercial insurance will cover the claim instead of the personal insurance of the car owner.

Turo is still working on bringing other Canadian insurance companies on board with the car-sharing app, so vehicle owners won’t have to deal with increased premiums to stay covered.

Membership is free for all travelers and car owners.

Currently Turo is in Alberta, Ontario, and Quebec, and will continue to expand nationwide. Founded in 2009, it now operates in over 2,500 cities across the continent.