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长沙夜生活 24/03/2019

Another Canadian detained in Turkey after failed coup attempt

Global Affairs Canada says a second Canadian citizen has been detained in Turkey.

Spokesman Francois Lasalle says Canadian consular officials are in contact with Turkish authorities and are providing consular assistance to the family.

Global Affairs would not release the name of the Canadian, citing privacy concerns.

READ MORE: Turkish ambassador meets with Canadian officials over Calgary man detained in Turkey 

However, the Anatolian Heritage Federation in Ottawa says in a release that the person arrested and detained at the Ataturk Airport in Istanbul is Ilhan Erdem on what it calls “trumped up” allegations.

It cites Turkish media as reporting Erdem is accused of leading the Hizmet movement in Canada.

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The Hizmet movement, also known as the Gulen movement, is described as a global network based on the teachings of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, a critic and former ally of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

READ MORE: Turkish coup: Who is Fethullah Gulen, the man being blamed for the attempted coup?

The federation says, however, that Erdem’s beliefs are “simply aligned with those of Hizmet” and was arrested only because Erdogan “continues to target all detractors … including peaceful Hizmet participants.”

Nurcan Topcuolgu, a family friend and a member of the federation, says no one has been able to contact Erdem or his wife since they tried to board a flight to Canada on Monday. She says Erdem, his wife and two children were planning a family vacation in Ottawa.

Topcuolgu says Erdem was working as an imam when he lived in Ottawa, but has been working as an education consultant in Turkey for the last three years.

There was still no concrete word, meanwhile, on why a Calgary man being detained in Turkey has been arrested, amid media reports that he’s accused of being a coup plotter.

WATCH: Calgary man detained in Turkey accused of plotting failed coup, family says 

Davud Hanci, an imam who provides spiritual counselling to prisoners, is apparently being held on accusations he was involved in the July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.

Pictures that had circulated in Turkish media show a man purported to be Hanci with Gulen.

Hanci was allowed to see his wife on Monday, but the visit was too brief to glean much information.

长沙夜生活 24/03/2019

Uncle of Surrey’s latest shooting victim speaks out

The uncle of Surrey’s latest shooting victim is speaking out and sharing his frustration.

“He did nothing wrong, he wasn’t a gangster. Stop stereotyping, we are not all gangsters,” says Balkar, the uncle of 28-year-old Michael Sandhu.

Last Saturday Michael went for a coffee with his friend Sean Pasha after having dinner with his parents.

When they returned to Sean’s home, they were talking about each other’s weddings on his driveway when the pair was gunned down.

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Pasha’s family, including his eight-week-old niece were inside the house at the time of the shooting.

“What a perfect young innocent boy he was, he had done nothing wrong to nobody at all,” says Balkar.

“Sean was excited, he was showing Michael a pair of shoes, ‘what do you think of these shoes, I want to buy these ones for my wedding.’ And that’s what they were discussing the minute it happened.”

Sean was shot on the shoulder and survived – but Michael was shot in the arm and the head and did not survive.

READ MORE: Families of victims in fatal Surrey shooting speak out

Police released a statement saying the shooting was targeted, but his family says that couldn’t be further from the truth.

“He loved his family, he was home all the time. And that’s what all his life was about,” adds Balkar.

According to his family Michael did really well at school. Balkar says he always made his family proud and was just getting ready to get his Real Estate license.

Police later said Michael did not possessed a criminal record nor was he believed to be involved in the current gang conflict.

But Balkar says police need to do more than that to clear his nephew’s name.

“I need the police to come out and say, 100 per cent that Michael was an innocent party in this. Absolutely innocent, nothing wrong with Michael. Wrong place, wrong time,” says Balkar.

However, police said that friends and family members of individuals involved in the street lifestyle could become collateral damage of violent disputes.

In this case it’s believed that one of Sean relatives is caught up in the current conflict.

“We can’t control who’s around us all the time,” says Balkar.

The family and the whole community are still in shock.

Wednesday was the first time the parents were allowed to see their son since the shooting.

A teary Balkar says that for now, all they can do is focus on Michael’s funeral which is being held this Saturday.

With files from Sonia Deol 

长沙夜生活 24/03/2019

‘I trust Hillary Clinton with our son’s life’: Tim Kaine says at DNC

PHILADELPHIA — It took just four days for Hillary Clinton’s newly minted running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine, to drop the t-word.

“Let’s talk about trust,” Kaine said in his Wednesday night speech at the Democratic convention. “I trust Hillary Clinton with our son’s life.”

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Traditionally, vice presidential candidates are deployed as attack dogs, slamming their opponent to free the presidential candidate to rise above the political fray, and Kaine did spend much of his speech accepting his party’s nomination going after GOP rival Donald Trump.

But the Virginia senator’s speech also underscored his other, more unique, role on Clinton’s ticket: Validator-in-chief.

READ MORE: Emotional plea for gun control issued by Orlando shooting victim’s mom at DNC

Mixed into a largely biographical address designed to introduce the little-known Kaine to the American public was a testimony to Clinton’s character, including what poll after poll shows is her biggest weakness: what American’s make of her honesty.

“I want to tell you why I trust Hillary Clinton,” he said.

Clinton, he said, is ready, consistent and delivers, rattling off a list of her accomplishments as first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state.

Campaign aides say repairing Clinton’s image with the American public will take more than just one speech or even a four-day convention. They’ve begun looking for opportunities for Clinton to begin building trust with voters at various moments in the campaign to come between now and Election Day.

WATCH:  ‘Let’s elect a sane, competent person’: Michael Bloomberg supporting Hillary Clinton

It’s clear that testimonials from Kaine, a folksy politician who projects more of an everyman image than his running mate, will be a key piece of that strategy.

“We better elect the candidate who’s proven she can be trusted with the job,” he said.

The ex-governor, also a former mayor of Richmond and city council member, hasn’t lost an election in Virginia since his first campaign in the mid-1990s. But he remains largely unknown on thenational political stage.

READ MORE: Michael Bloomberg at DNC: ‘richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy’

Vouching for Clinton wasn’t Kaine’s only job during his star turn at the Wells Fargo Center. He introduced himself to the American public, switching between English and Spanish and talking about his time as a Catholic missionary in Honduras.

When he highlighted his background as the son of a union ironworker and graduate of Jesuit schools, he made sure to mention his father-in-law, former Virginia Gov. Linwood Holton, a Republican who integrated the state’s public schools.

“Lin’s still a Republican but he’s voting for an awful lot of Democrats these days,” said Kaine. “Because any party that would nominate Donald Trump for president has moved too far away from this party of Lincoln.”

WATCH: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio blasts Donald Trump over his treatment of women during DNC

He placed Clinton in a long line of liberal icons, including her husband and predecessor.

“Thomas declared all were men equal and Abigail remembered the women,” he said. “Bill built a bridge into the 21st century and Barack gave us hope.”

READ MORE: Joe Biden delivers blistering attack on Donald Trump at Democratic Convention

And he offered a series of tough attacks on Trump, offering an impression of the New York millionaire before mocking him as a “slick-talking, empty-promising, self-promoting one-man wrecking crew.”

Yet the threat of Trump hasn’t led to an open embrace of Kaine by liberals, who had hoped Clinton would select Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a champion of tougher restrictions on Wall Street and other liberal causes.

READ MORE: Donald Trump asks Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails

Much of their unhappiness has centered on Kaine’s vote in 2015 to support so-called “fast track” authority, allowing the president to put forward the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal. The Pacific Rim agreement has been promoted by President Barack Obama as a way to increase U.S. influence in Asia and act as a counterweight to China.

Kaine now opposes the deal, a position in step with Clinton, but liberals raised concerns about him after he praised parts of the agreement.

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Kaine’s allies say his record must be judged in totality. They point to his work as a civil rights attorney specializing in fair housing, his opposition to the death penalty, and record as governor of defending education funding during tough times.

Kaine attempted to defray some of that worry during his address.

“We all should feel the Bern and we all should not want to get burned by the other guy,” Kaine said, to cheers.

长沙夜生活 24/03/2019

Joe Biden delivers blistering attack on Donald Trump at Democratic Convention

PHILADELPHIA — Leveling a blistering attack on Donald Trump, Vice President Joe Biden put on his rhetorical hat as “middle-class Joe” Wednesday and told Democratic delegates and millions of television viewers that the billionaire businessman “has no clue” about the needs of working-class people or what makes the nation great.

“He’s trying to tell us he cares about the middle class?” Biden said at the Democratic National Convention. “Give me a break. That’s a bunch of malarkey.”

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The delegates ate it up, chanting “not a clue, not a clue” and jumping to their feet over and over, waving signs that read simply “Joe.”

It was a bittersweet moment for Biden in more ways than one. He took note of the loss of his son, Beau, to brain cancer a little more than a year ago. And left unspoken was the knowledge that Biden had long hoped for a very different kind of convention moment — one in which he claimed the nomination for himself.

READ MORE: Michael Bloomberg at DNC: ‘richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy’

Biden, 73, ran for president twice and spent months last year debating whether to challenge Hillary Clinton for the 2016 nomination before he opted out in October.

But Biden put that behind him and delivered a stirring defense of Clinton as smart, tough and passionate about helping others.

WATCH:  ‘Let’s elect a sane, competent person’: Michael Bloomberg supporting Hillary Clinton

“There’s only one person in this race, who will be there, who’s always been there for you,” he declared.

Then he quickly segued into a harsh comparison with Trump, taking note of his own nickname as “middle-class Joe.”

“To state the obvious — and I’m not trying to be a wise guy here — that’s not Donald Trump’s story,” Biden said.

READ MORE: Democratic Convention Day 3: Obama set to boost Hillary Clinton

“His cynicism is unbounded,” Biden said, citing a lack of empathy and compassion summed up in Trump’s signature catchphrase, “You’re fired.”

The vice president gave Trump one distinction:

“No major-party nominee in the history of this nation has ever known less or has been less prepared to deal with our national security.”

“We cannot elect a man who exploits our fears of ISIS and other terrorists, has no plan whatsoever to make us safer, a man who embraces the tactics of our enemies — torture, religious intolerance,” Biden said. “That’s not who we are. It betrays our values.”

WATCH: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio blasts Donald Trump over his treatment of women during DNC

Biden was introduced by his wife, Jill, and with a six-minute video that summed up his four-decades-plus political career as a congressman, senator and vice president.

“He was authentic long before it became a buzzword in politics,” his wife told the delegates, who showed they agreed, some waving signs that read “Scranton,” his working-class hometown in Pennsylvania.

READ MORE: Donald Trump asks Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails

“I love Joe Biden,” said Tammie Lewis, a Michigan delegate. “He should have been our next president.”

“He’s always come across as just one of us,” she added.

First lady Michelle Obama, who got a shout-out from Biden in his speech, tweeted back: “To one of my favorite men in the world. Joe, thank you & Jill for all you’ve done for this country.”

Biden’s speech to the convention is likely one of the last major addresses of his political career. He has said he expects to stay involved on issues after his tenure as vice president ends but he has no plans to run for office again.

长沙夜生活 24/03/2019

Michael Bloomberg at DNC: ‘richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy’

NEW YORK — Michael Bloomberg, elected mayor of New York City as a Republican, offered a forceful denunciation of fellow New York billionaire Donald Trump on Wednesday at the Democratic convention, describing the GOP presidential nominee as a “risky, reckless, and radical choice.”

One of the nation’s richest men, Bloomberg drew upon his business background in his unorthodox convention speech in Philadelphia to make the case that a Trump administration would be disastrous for the nation’s economy.

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“Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies and thousands of lawsuits and angry shareholders and contractors who feel cheated and disillusioned customers who feel ripped off,” said Bloomberg, now an independent. “Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s running his business? God help us.”

“Truth be told,” said Bloomberg, “the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy.”

A three-term mayor who left office in 2013, Bloomberg considered making a third-party run for president this year before opting against a campaign, expressing worry he would siphon away votes from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and inadvertently help elect Trump.

Though Bloomberg said that Clinton was “not a flawless candidate,” he praised her work ethic, intelligence and attempts at bipartisanship that made her “the right choice — and the responsible choice — in this election.”

“To me, this election is not a choice between a Democrat and a Republican,” said Bloomberg, wearing a purple tie and exhorting fellow independents to join him in supporting Clinton. “It’s a choice about who is better to lead our country right now, better for our economy, better for our security, better for our freedom, and better for our future.”

While in office, Bloomberg had a cordial relationship with Clinton, who, as a senator from New York, was involved in the city’s post-9/11 rebuilding effort. He did, too, with Trump, whom he knew from New York’s glitzy social circuit and from dealings with him as a developer.

READ MORE: Democratic Convention Day 3: Obama set to boost Hillary Clinton

But Trump’s hardline approach to immigration alienated Bloomberg, who often makes the case that an open immigration policy is needed to keep the nation’s economy growing. He deemed Trump’s economic plan “a con” and “a disaster in the making.”

“He would make it harder for small businesses to compete, do great damage to our economy, threaten the retirement savings of millions of Americans, lead to greater debt and more unemployment, erode our influence around the world, and make our communities less safe,” Bloomberg said.

Bloomberg has also become arguably the nation’s leading gun-control advocate, spending millions of his own fortune to finance candidates and groups that call for the restriction of firearms. Trump, meanwhile, has courted the support of the National Rifle Association, a pro-gun lobbying group that frequently criticizes Bloomberg.

WATCH: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio blasts Donald Trump over his treatment of women during DNC

Trump did not immediately respond to the speech.

The Clinton campaign believes that Bloomberg’s appearance, scheduled in a prime-time slot, shows the breadth of support for the ex-secretary of state. Clinton aides expressed hope he would sway independent voters and make further appearances on her behalf.

READ MORE: Donald Trump asks Russia to find Hillary Clinton’s missing emails

Bloomberg, worth an estimated $47 billion, is the founder of the financial news and information provider Bloomberg LP. He was a political novice when he launched an unlikely bid for mayor in 2001. Largely a social liberal but a fiscal conservative, he served for 12 years, overseeing a gilded age in the nation’s largest city even as the gap between its rich and poor grew.

长沙夜生活 24/02/2019

Fort McMurray wildfire contributes to $735M loss for Suncor

Fierce wildfires that swept through northern Alberta’s oilsands region in May have delivered a $735-million net loss for Suncor Energy.

The Calgary-based company said late Wednesday the fire that raged through the region meant it failed to produce about 20 million barrels of upgraded and raw bitumen from its oilsands projects. It said it spent $50 million related to evacuation and restart activities, offset by $180 million in cost savings while operations were suspended.

President and CEO Steve Williams said in a news release the company focused on evacuating employees and their families during the fire. After personnel were allowed to return to the projects, the focus turned to restarting operations and completing a maintenance turnaround at one of its base mine upgraders, with all operations back to pre-fire productivity by mid-July.

Watch below: On May 19, 2016, Alberta wildfire manager Chad Morrison credited the hard work of firefighters in preventing oil production sites in Northern Alberta from succumbing to the still-active wildfire which tore through Fort McMurray.

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    Suncor’s (TSX:SU) net loss for the three months ended June 30 equated to 46 cents per share. A year earlier, it reported second-quarter net earnings of $729 million or 50 cents per share.

    The company recorded a second-quarter 2016 operating loss of $565 million, compared with operating earnings of $906 million in the same period last year.

    Total second-quarter production was 330,700 barrels of oil equivalent per day, compared with 560,000 boe/d a year earlier. Total oilsands output was 177,500 barrels per day, less than half of 423,800 bpd in the second quarter of 2015.

    READ MORE: Higher prices from Fort McMurray wildfire expected to boost Q2 energy company results

    Suncor has increased its ownership of Syncrude Canada this year from 12 per cent to over 53 per cent by buying Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., which had a 37 per cent stake, and adding Murphy Oil’s five per cent interest.

    Suncor’s share of production from Syncrude in the second quarter increased to 35,600 bpd from 24,900 bpd a year earlier. Syncrude production was also affected by the wildfire but Suncor said it was also producing normal volumes by mid-July.

    Earlier Wednesday, Calgary-based Athabasca Oil (TSX-ATH) reported its Hangingstone oilsands project had nearly recovered to the 9,000 bpd it had reached before being shut down for three weeks in May because of the wildfire.

    It reported average production of 7,800 bpd in June and expected output of 8,600 bpd in July.

    Athabasca said annual production is expected to average about 1,500 bpd less than it forecast in December. The project, which uses steam injected in wells to melt heavy bitumen and allow it to be pumped to surface, is expected to ramp up to its 12,000-bpd capacity before year-end.

长沙夜生活 24/02/2019

Edmonton man granted medically assisted death passes away

John Tuckwell, who was granted the right to a physician-assisted death by an Edmonton judge in May, died from natural causes Wednesday morning.

His sister Cathy Tuckwell delivered the news of his passing on Facebook.

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    “This morning, John slipped away… Not as he’d hoped with a physician assisted death; his breathing became compromised and he didn’t have the strength to spit on ALS one last time. Mom and a long-time friend of John’s were both with him when he left this earth. He was comfortable, at peace, and looking forward to seeing Bruno again.

    “Safe travels, John. We will all miss you.”

    The 53-year-old had been living with ALS for nearly four years. The progressive neurological disease stole his voice first, and his ability to swallow. Still, in an interview with Global News in June, John said he felt lucky to have had three good years on his feet since his diagnosis.

    Watch below: Last month, an Edmonton judge granted John Tuckwell the right to a physician-assisted death. The former government spokesperson – diagnosed with ALS in 2012 – explains what the right to end his life on his own terms means. Su-Ling Goh reports.

    READ MORE: ‘I feel relieved’: Edmonton man granted medically assisted death 

    “My brother John has always lived life on the edge, travelling all over the world, meeting people that became life-long friends, celebrating Canada’s geography from the west coast through the Rockies and as far east as Loon Lake,” his sister wrote.

    “When he was diagnosed with ALS in November 2012, we were all gutted, but John… continued to seek out challenges and accomplished many things in the past few years including a trip to Nepal, a drive from Katmandu to Llasa, then Thailand,” Cathy shared.

    John formerly worked as a government spokesperson and his sister referenced his sharp way with words in her message Wednesday.

    “His quick wit was just as likely to get him kudos as it could get him a black eye.”

    She also credited Edmonton’s ALS clinics and the ALS Society of Alberta with giving him the chance to explore the world while he was able.

    “Each time ALS chipped away at his abilities, the ALS Society and the team with the ALS clinic stepped up with the tools he needed to to keep enjoying life,” Cathy wrote. “Each time he beat it back, he was truly on top of the world.”

    Watch below: John Tuckwell, who works for the Alberta government, didn’t shy away from getting drenched with icy water to raise awareness for the disease that has taken away his ability to speak. He also nominated several provincial cabinet ministers to take part.

    In May, John became one of the first Canadians to be granted a medically assisted death.

    “Relieved,” he typed when asked how he felt when the judge ruled that he qualified for the legal exemption.

    In a statement for the court, John wrote: “When I was diagnosed with ALS in October 2012, I was scared, alone, depressed and incredibly angry. Every test to rule out other possible causes of my symptoms pitched me further down that dark slope. I did consider suicide.”

    “But I still had to walk my dog, still met up with friends and went to work. Then it occurred to me that I was still enjoying all that. And I was still laughing, which I love to do.”

    “So I decided to live well while I was still alive.”

    With files from Su-Ling Goh, Global News

长沙夜生活 24/02/2019

Regina Bypass digs massive ‘borrow pit’ to build overpasses

After close to a year of construction on the Regina Bypass, the site has had over 3.3 million cubic metres of earth moved from pits outside the city.

Officials leading the largest infrastructure project in the province’s history took Global News and other media on a tour of key bypass locations, including the “East Borrow Pit” – an open, tiered pit measuring 35 metres deep and located near Tower Road.

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“Overall, we’re moving in excess of 10-million cubic metres of dirt,” Regina Bypass Design Builders project director Alisdair Dickinson said.

In order to move such a large amount of dirt, Regina Bypass has enlisted the help of 13 100-ton hauling trucks from Fort McMurray, Alta. The trucks are most commonly seen in open pit mining.

When asked what will become of the borrow pit when construction ends, Dickinson said there are a variety of ways to remediate the area.

“I’ve seen borrows used for storage for water, for wetlands, for environmental benefits,” he said.

The enormous amount of earth is now being used to build up the eventual 12 overpasses that dot the bypass.

One such overpass is at the Highway 1 and Tower Road interchange, where early bridge development is taking place.

“We have the dirt in place and now we get into commencement of the structures and the bridge structures at the interchanges,” Dickinson said.

Set for completion by Fall 2017, the interchange will send Trans Canada drivers away from congestion on Victoria avenue.

“We’ll see about 70 percent of those trucks go around the south side of the city,” David Stearns, executive director of major projects on the Regina Bypass, said.

The construction phase of the project for Regina Bypass will last until 2019 and includes:

12 overpasses40 km of new four-lane highway20 km of resurfaced four-lane highway55 km of new service roadsTwinning of approximately five kilometres of Highway 6

长沙夜生活 24/02/2019

Convicted killer in Lukas Strasser-Hird swarming death seeks bail pending appeal

Six weeks after a jury found him guilty of second-degree murder, Assmar Shlah is asking to be released from custody.

Shlah is one of three people convicted in the swarming death of 18-year-old Lukas Strasser-Hird.

Strasser-Hird was kicked, beaten and stabbed to death outside of Calgary’s Vinyl nightclub in November 2013.

Shlah is seeking bail while he challenges his conviction, despite the fact the 22-year-old faces an automatic life sentence with no chance of parole for at least ten years.

Lukas Strasser-Hird

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    “When is it going to be over and justice for Lukas has been done? We’ve been through hell and back again,” Strasser-Hird’s grandmother Debbie Hird said outside the Court of Appeal Thursday.

    “It’s ridiculous. The public should understand the things that go on here,” Strasser-Hird’s father Dale Hird said.

    “Before he was presumed innocent and now he’s not presumed innocent–he’s guilty. He’s been convicted and found guilty. It doesn’t make any sense at all why he would be released.”

    Defence lawyer Balfour Der cited several grounds in Shlah’s appeal including an unreasonable verdict based on the evidence, as well as the justice dismissing an application for a directed verdict.

    “[Shlah] would in essence do a lot of dead time sitting in a jail cell when they might ultimately succeed on their appeal…that’s why if there is some chance of success on this appeal he should be released,” Der said Thursday.

    Shlah is asking to be released before he’s been officially sentenced. His lawyer wants Shlah released on $35,000 cash bail or a surety of $70,000.

    But Strasser-Hird’s family worries Shlah is a flight risk. One of the accused in the case skipped bail right before the trial. A warrant remains out for Nathan Gervais, wanted for first-degree murder in the case.

    READ MORE: Canada-wide warrant issued for Calgary man accused in Lukas Strasser-Hird swarming death

    Der disagreed, and said Gervais is “completely different than my client who maintains he’s innocent.”

    “My client wants to be here for this appeal because he maintains it’s going to vindicate him.”

    For the victim’s family, it seems like a never-ending battle for justice.

    “We need this finished so our family can finally try to heal, we haven’t had a chance to totally mourn my grandson or heal with all of this going on for over two-and-a-half years,” Debbie Hird said.

    READ MORE: Man convicted in Lukas Strasser-Hird’s Calgary swarming death appeals conviction

    A key piece of evidence in the case was CCTV video from the bar showing the moments leading up to the murder.

    In the video, Shlah was seen in an altercation inside the bar that spilled outside.

    Watch below: Global’s coverage of the Lukas Strasser-Hird trial

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    Strasser-Hird was seen outside with his hands in his pockets hanging out with friends, but he spoke up when he heard Shlah yell racist remarks to a bouncer. That led to Shlah shoving him so hard he was sent reeling. Soon after, Strasser-Hird was swarmed.

    Strasser-Hird was escorted into the bar, but five minutes later he was sent out the back door into the alley, where he was killed.

    READ MORE: Jury reaches verdicts in swarming death of Calgary’s Lukas Strasser-Hird

    The Court of Appeal reserved its decision on Shlah’s bail request Thursday.

    A date for sentencing is expected to be set next Friday.

长沙夜生活 24/02/2019

City to spend $2M on Yorath House renovations

The City of Edmonton is slated to spend $2 million on renovations and upgrades to a historic site in the River Valley.

The Yorath House is a single-family house in the River Valley Capitol Hill neighbourhood in the city’s southwest. It sits in Buena Vista Park, was built in 1949 and sold to the city in 1992. It is on the city’s inventory of historic resources.

Corey Toews, a planner with the city’s Facility and Landscape Infrastructure branch, said the Yorath House is in “quite remarkable condition” given the structure’s age. No one has lived in it since 1992.

A photo of the Yorath House circa 1951.

Courtesy/City of Edmonton

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    “Structurally the house is pretty solid. It’s well-positioned with moving forward with redevelopment,” Toews said.

    Toews said the upgrades are needed to repurpose the house as a park amenity building.

    “Our goal is to make the space as flexible and dynamic as possible,” he said.

    The city is looking to transform the house into meeting and multi-functional spaces. Toews said that will allow the city to run adult art and yoga classes as well as family nature, Nordic walking and orienteering and navigation programs.

    He said the city wants a “space that community can embrace – retreats, weddings, you name it. We’re hoping the space really appeals to the broadest range of users.”

    The renovations come after citizen engagement and have been included in the Buena Vista Master Plan, which was approved by city council in 2014.

    Toews said upgrades must be made to the house’s accessibility standards and the city is looking at installing an elevator. Work must also be done to the structure’s fire and building codes.

    Some interior walls will have to come down, Toews said, to accommodate plans for programming. However, he said the city is trying to respect the original configuration of the house.

    The $2-million budget includes the redevelopment of the house as well as the grounds adjacent to the Yorath House.

    When asked about the price tag surrounding the project, Toews said the city feels historic resources such as the Yorath House are “important and worthy of retention.”

    The project is currently going through the bid and procurement process.

    Construction is expected to start later this year and is scheduled to be completed by the spring of 2018. It will open to the public shortly afterward.