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A former Calgary professor pleaded guilty to 17 counts of sex involving girls.

Christian Allen Sarile was arrested on 49 counts, including sexual assault, sexual interference, access to child pornography, distribution of child pornography, seduction and extortion.

All victims were between 12 and 17 years old and are from the Calgary region.

Police say Sarile used social media sites to pose as a teenager asking to meet girls.

Researchers say he would ask the girls to talk through various social media platforms and then offer them money or items in exchange for sex or commitment to photos.

A conviction date has not been set.


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The two top political leaders in Alberta used the only electoral debate to detail confidence, with Jason Kenney saying that Rachel Notley can not run the economy and Notley saying that Kenney's moral compass needs a major readjustment.

Kenney, the conservative leader of the United States, said Notley was unable to defend Alberta's interests and allowed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to bring legislation threatening energy projects.

Kenney said Notley, the leader of the NDP, has also accumulated multibillion-dollar deficits as prime minister and a debt that is expected to approach $ 100 billion in four years.

Notley questioned Kenney's moral leadership, citing intolerant views expressed by some UCP candidates.

She also spoke of the investigations into the UCP leadership campaign.

The Alberta Election Commissioner and RCMP investigated Jeff Callaway's leadership campaign and how it was funded amid reports that Callaway was not a real candidate but was planted to attack Kenney's main rival on behalf of Kenney.

Kenney denied any deal with Callaway, but recently released documents showed that the two campaigns shared discussion points, attacked ads and even collaborated on the date when Callaway would leave the race to support Kenney.

"The leadership campaign you've been part of is under investigation by R-C-M-P," Notley said, emphasizing every letter in the name of the national police force. "They are talking to the RCMP investigating the crime."

Not true, first, "Kenney interrupted. "Another wandering test, that's sad."

The debate comes as the four-week election campaign enters the final stretch. Voters go to the polls on April 16.

Notley's NDP is waiting for a new four-year term.

Kenney, a former cabinet minister, is leading the United Conservatives in his first election campaign. The party was created in 2017 after the progressive conservatives merged with the Wildrose party.

The campaign so far has prompted the two main parties to pledge to end multibillion-dollar budget deficits over the next period, while creating jobs in a province that has struggled in recent years due to the global deceleration in oil prices.

Both sides say that the opposing leader is unsuitable for the job and each attacked the other with advertisements on the waves and in cyberspace.

The NDP says that Kenney has lost his way in his moral compass by failing to keep those with intolerant views out of the party. This week Kenney declined to take action on candidate Mark Smith for homophobic comments from 2013 and comments that equate abortion to murder.

Kenney condemned the statements, but is letting Smith, his caucus education critic, remain as a candidate.


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The housing agency in Canada says new spending measures designed to help first-time buyers do not raise prices by more than a few tenths of a percentage point.

A report released Thursday by the Canadian institution Mortgage and Housing Corp. estimates that prices could rise between 0.2% and 0.4% – a small increase over other ideas that liberals were pressured to enact to make their homes more affordable.

The agency says that loosening the stress test of mortgage insurance or allowing longer mortgages would have raised home prices five to six times more than last month's budget measures.

The government says it will collect 5% of a home mortgage for families earning less than $ 120,000 a year in exchange for a portion of the home's property.

For new homes, to stimulate construction, the government would be willing to cover 10%, but in any case the price of the house could not be more than $ 480,000.

Despite the program's limits, CMHC says it can work in all markets, including Vancouver and Toronto.

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The Calgary Zoo is waiting for a furry pack of joy in about four months after artificially inseminating its giant panda earlier this week.

Officials say the keepers noted that Er Shun had entered the preliminary stages of her breeding cycle, so veterinarians inseminated her on Tuesday with sperm provided by the Chinese government.

Veterinary and animal care teams, along with reproductive experts from China, have been monitoring panda hormone levels since last month.

Er Shun is now resting in her hideout at the zoo's Panda, where she is receiving special care.

It will not be known for some time if she is pregnant, since the pandas experience late implantation in the uterus.

Experts say it's hard for pandas to get pregnant because they only ovulate for three days of the year.

Er Shun gave birth to two puppies in October 2015, when she was at the Toronto Zoo.

She and her children, as well as her biological father, were transferred to the Calgary Zoo last March.

Pandas are borrowed from China as part of a 10-year agreement between the two zoos and the Chinese government.

The zoo says there are less than 1,800 giant pandas in the wild.


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A lawyer from a Nova Scotia driver whose license was suspended after her saliva tested positive for cannabis says he plans to launch a constitutional challenge.

Jack Lloyd says the case of Michelle Gray shows that the law dealing with impaired driving is too broad and too vague.

Gray, who uses medical cannabis to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis, says she should not have been penalized because other police tests confirmed she was not harmed.

Gray says she told police she made a check on the road in January that she had an alcoholic beverage within a two-hour period before getting into her car to get back from downtown Halifax.

The officer then said he could detect the scent of cannabis coming from her car.

Although Gray passed an alcohol test on the road, a saliva test showed traces of THC, the active ingredient in cannabis.

She was arrested and taken to police headquarters, where she underwent a comprehensive sobriety assessment, which includes balance and memory tests.

Although she passed the tests, which proved that she was not harmed, her license was suspended for a week and her car was seized – leaving her with a $ 400 bill.

Lloyd, a Toronto lawyer specializing in cannabis, says he plans to file lawsuits under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

He says lawyers across the country are contemplating similar cases based on the argument that roadside cannabis tests have no rational connection to actual disability.


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Parliament's spending agency says it does not yet have access to all the data its office needs to determine the amount of money the federal government loses every year for tax havens and tax evasion schemes.

Parliamentary Budget Director Yves Giroux said the Canadian Revenue Agency would only give aggregate tax data for a study that his office wanted for years to fill about Canada's "fiscal gap", the difference between how much tax revenue should have been collected in one year. against what was actually brought.

The PBO needs more detailed data to measure the fiscal gap in Canada, Giroux said.

Without a more comprehensive and independent study on the extent of the problem of tax evasion and avoidance in Canada, Giroux said it is difficult for the government to understand how best to approach it.

"If it is a minimum problem of a few hundred million dollars, it may not be worth much time to pursue this money that escapes the government. But if, as we hope, it is a multibillion dollar issue, then it pays to go behind that undeclared income" , he said.

"It's very difficult to fix a problem that you can not quantify."

Giroux's office demands detailed information since December 2017, threatening even legal action to obtain it.

In February 2018, Trudeau's government agreed to provide the information "in a way to ensure the protection of personal information of Canadians," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told the House of Commons at the time.

CRA provided the PBO with high-level aggregate data on individuals, corporations and trusts.

Information about individuals was so high that it was "unusable," Giroux said, but the office went ahead with a partial study of the most usable corporate data. The results of the work are expected to be released this summer and focus on domestic companies with foreign affiliates, or those based in other places with a presence in Canada.

The study, however, will not provide the full picture of the tax difference in Canada, Giroux said.

Trudeau has vowed to crack down on tax frauds and those who use tax havens to avoid paying taxes, dedicating about $ 1 billion to such efforts.

CRA has identified about 900 individuals and Canadian business entities in Panama Papers – a leak of information from a Panamanian law firm three years ago that detailed hundreds of billions of dollars from around the world housed in tax havens at the expense of numerous countries. treasures.

The tax agency has five ongoing criminal investigations and completed 116 audits, but no charges were filed and the amount of unpaid tax revenue recovered remains uncertain.

Giroux asked Finance Minister Bill Morneau in January for a legislative change to give PBO access to more detailed tax data for the study of fiscal and other deficits, including verification of the costs of measures in the federal budget.

So far, Giroux has not received an answer.

Other federal agencies have access to the information Giroux wants, including Statistics Canada, the Department of Finance, all provincial and territorial governments, and the state's general auditor.

That is why Giroux said he finds it "difficult to believe that they would not trust an agent of Parliament to have access to such data."

His theory is that the real motive is political: "They do not want someone to provide the challenge function our office offers."


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Lawyers representing Quebec smokers and provincial governments are lobbying a ruling by the Ontario court that has suspended legal proceedings against three major tobacco companies.

The companies – JTI-Macdonald, Rothmans, Benson & Hedges and Imperial Tobacco Canada Ltd. – received protection from their creditors last month after they lost an asset in Quebec.

The highest court in the province has upheld a ruling that sentenced companies to pay billions of dollars in damages to Quebec smokers.

The Quebec City Council on Tobacco and Health led two class actions against businesses and won in 2015, with the court ordering companies to pay more than $ 15 billion to smokers who become addicted or addicted.

Lawyers for the council say they are going to ask the Ontario court today to revoke the protection of creditors for companies if they want to go to the Supreme Court of Canada.

They say they will also ask the court to prevent companies from transferring their profits abroad.

Provincial governments also sued tobacco companies in an effort to recover the health costs associated with smoking, and those actions were suspended under the protection order of the lender.

JTI-Macdonald said she was forced to seek protection from the lender to protect 500 Canadian jobs and continue her business with minimal disruption as she prepares to defend herself against the appeals court's ruling.


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Sixteen people were killed and 13 wounded a year ago when a truck and bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos hockey team collided in rural Saskatchewan. An inexperienced truck driver who blew a stop sign, causing the accident, was recently sentenced to eight years in prison.

Here is a look at several legacies that have emerged from the tragedy:

Organ donation

In the days after the accident, the Logan Boulet Effect was born.

The family of Boulet, a 21-year-old defender from Lethbridge, Alta, donated his organs because he had made his intentions clear.

Six people across Canada benefited and soon others followed his lead. Nearly 100,000 Canadians have signed up to become organ donors after learning that Boulet had signed theirs.

Canadian Blood Services reported that there were 99,742 records in April 2018 – a number that includes only provinces with online registration: British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Prince Edward Island. Other provinces reported receiving many phone calls from people who want to register.

The rest of the 2018 statistics have not yet been compiled.

An event called Green Shirt Day – similar to Pink Shirt Day for anti-bullying and Orange Shirt Day for reconciliation – will be held on Sunday, April 7, the anniversary of Boulet's death, to promote organ donation registration.

Toby Boulet, Logan's father, said the move is larger than his son.

"There are many, many people who are going through because there are not enough bodies to go around or do not match," he said at a recent event in Lethbridge. "That's not what needs to happen. It has to be better than that."

Survivor Tyler Smith of Leduc said that organ donation is an incredible legacy for his former teammate.

"I met him on a truly personal level and he was a truly selfless and incredible human being," Smith said. "Seeing this continues is absolutely incredible to me."

Seat belts on buses

A move nicknamed Buckle Up for the Broncos began in September, after a player's mother wrote an opinion piece published in newspapers across the country.

Tricia Wack, of St. Albert, Alta., Whose son Stephen died, spoke about wearing seat belts on buses, and a report from the Saskatchewan coroner about the accident required the mandatory use of seat belts on buses.

Hockey Canada, the national sports governing body, said it has not made changes since the crash but continues to discuss the issue internally.

"The coroner's report has obviously come out now and there have been some recommendations," said Todd Jackson, director of insurance and risk management. "We will certainly look at all the different paths as we move here.

"What we're trying to do now is say," Okay, what do we need to get out about messages in general? "

Some leagues, including the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, have already made wearing seatbelts a priority. Several teams have also created a habit and often tweet under the #buckleup for the hashtag of the Broncos.

Former National Hockey League player Chris Joseph, also from St. Albert, lost his son, Jaxon, and became a supporter of wearing a seat belt.

"This is a cultural change," he said in a recent interview.

Joseph remembered playing junior hockey and traveling by bus.

"We thought it was a party," he said. "I understand – it's a special moment for the team.I know exactly what the Broncos were doing when the accident happened, because I was there.I rode the buses in junior.I set up buses on the minors.

"They were talking, they were listening to music, some were having some quiet time, some were getting dressed."

He said it would not be difficult to change the culture, leaving five minutes earlier and stopping to let players change their outfits.

"When you're driving, sit down and keep your seat belt," Joseph said. "We need to have safety belts on every moving vehicle."

The federal government announced in June that all newly built road buses will be required to have seat belts by September 2020.

Truck Safety

The Governments of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba have introduced mandatory truck driver training following the Humboldt Broncos bus accident.

Prior to the accident, Ontario was the only province that had mandatory truck driver training.

Drivers seeking a Class 1 commercial license in Saskatchewan now need to undergo at least 121 and a half hours of training. There is also a 12-month safety monitoring program for current drivers.

In Alberta, similar requirements have come and all new commercial carriers must prove that they comply with the transport safety regulations before starting to operate.

Mandatory training for Alberta and Saskatchewan came into effect last month, although Alberta has extended the one-year deadline for farmworkers.

Beginning September 1, commercial truck drivers in Manitoba are also expected to complete 121 and a half hours of training.

Following a meeting with their provincial counterparts earlier this year, Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau said they agreed to develop a training standard for new truckers next January.

A petition urging the federal government to regulate the training of truck drivers semi-trailers has gained momentum in recent months.

Carol Brons, of Lake Lenore, Sask., Who lost her daughter, Dayna, in the bus crash, said family members added their voices to the petition.

"It's been hard to get us out there," she said. "However, we feel the need is greater than our discomfort."

Brons said many changes suggested in the petition were raised during the trial of the truck driver who caused the accident.

"The biggest thing that came out of it was the lack of training that this truck driver had."

The petition, which has almost five thousand names, can be found online by mid-May.

Road Memorial

There are plans for a permanent memorial on the road at the accident site north of Tisdale, Sask.

Jamie Brockman, president of Broncos, said a committee is being finalized and will resume planning after Saturday's one-year anniversary ceremony in Humboldt.

"It's moving slowly now, from what I understood. I went a little bit behind in planning the anniversary," he said.

A consulting firm that ran a security review of the crossroads suggested that the current memorial – some hand-made crosses and a large collection of souvenirs left by the people – is taken to a safer location due to the large number of visitors.

The committee will be comprised of family members, staff representatives, and community members.


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Police in Ontario claim to have violated an international cocaine smuggling operation with links to Mexico and the United States after a large seizure of drugs at the border.

The so-called "Tattler Project" investigation began in December 2017 and led to the arrest of three men in Ontario, the seizure of 55 kilos of almost pure cocaine and about $ 800,000 in cash, provincial police said Wednesday -market.

"Illicit drugs are still being injected into our communities and the culprits are sharing profits in millions of dollars," OPP Deputy Commissioner Rick Barnum told reporters at a news conference in Barrie, Ont. "We firmly believe that this investigation has made a difference."

Police said cocaine – 90 to 96 percent pure – entered the country on a California transportation truck, but investigators linked money in the alleged contraband operation to Mexico where the drugs may have originated.

Barnum said the drugs ended in central and southwestern Ontario and the Toronto area.

"The individuals involved in this effort were well organized, very sophisticated and created a distribution network spanning three whole countries," Barnum said.

Police did not say exactly where cocaine crossed the border between the US and Mexico, which the Mexican drug cartel would be involved, or if the operation had links to organized crime groups in Ontario.

Cocaine seizure was discovered after agents of the Canadian Border Services Agency, acting with information from OPP and with help from the US Department of Homeland Security, stopped the truck on February 19 when they tried to enter the country through Windsor, Ont.

Inside the truck cab, a drug-sniffing dog focused on a built-in speaker, authorities said.

There were two wires in the truck cabin area that, when plugged into a battery, opened a compartment hidden inside the speaker, Det said. Insp. Mark Loader.

Using a variety of tools and after an "extended examination," police officers were able to open the compartment, said Rick Comerford, regional director of the Canadian border guards.

"It was definitely a professionally modified compartment and not something that is usually found in a commercial vehicle," Comerford said.

Inside that compartment, police said they found 55 bricks of one kilogram of cocaine.

Police charged the alleged driver of the truck, Slobodan Poznic, 44, of Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario, with the importation of drugs and various traffic-related offenses.

Investigators also imposed import and drug trafficking charges against Michael Nagtzaam, 35, of Springwater Township, Ont., And Abrahan Brito, 32, of New Tecumseth, Ont.


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An Ontario man who shot a woman in the head several times in his apartment and left his body to decompose was sentenced to life without probation for 25 years.

James Scordino was found guilty last month of first-degree murder on the death of Angela Skorulski, a woman he knew working in the elevator business and who was also his defendant in a lawsuit.

The first-degree murder carries an automatic life sentence with 25 years of ineligibility on parole. A conviction hearing was held last week.

In his written decision on the ruling, Judge Clayton Conlan of the Ontario Supreme Court said Scordino had taken steps to conceal the "brutal murder" that occurred about two years ago.

But while Skorulski's body has not been found for weeks, Conlan said the police eventually uncovered what happened with the help of forensic technology.

Scordino is also facing a lifelong ban on firearms and must send a DNA sample.

Judicial documents say little is known about Scordino or the nature of his relationship with Skorulski, but the two were being sued by the University of Toronto.

Crown attorneys argued in the trial that Scordino murdered Skorulski in part because he was angry that she had asked him to take full responsibility for the suit, documents say.

On February 13, 2017, Scordino went to Skorulski's apartment in Oakville, Ontario, documents said. He was caught in video security alone in the garage, then with Skorulski in the lobby and in the hallway near his apartment.

He was also seen in surveillance footage after the murder, documents say.

Evidence from a forensic pathologist showed Skorulski was shot in the head four times, with the final shot delivered with the weapon pressed against the back of the head, they say.

"After he killed the victim, Scordino has returned to his usual life," Conlan wrote. "He continued to work.He went on a leisure trip out of the country.He continued to reside in Fort Erie.He continued to have contact with his girlfriend.

Scordino tried to cover up his crime, however, by hiding ammunition in the unfinished basement of his home and putting the murder weapon – a gun registered for his grandfather – on the finished ceiling of an office at his work, court papers say.

He discarded the clothes he was wearing during the murder, putting them in a garbage bag at his job, they say.

The defense did not provide any evidence, but before the trial filed a request to raise the possibility of an alternate suspect – another man who was the sole beneficiary and executor of Skorulski's estate.

But the court rejected the request, saying that although the man may appear to have a "strong financial motive" for killing Skorulski, otherwise there was a "complete absence of anything" that linked him to the crime.


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Justin Trudeau is acknowledging the internal disputes that stir his liberal government, telling a group of young people that politics is often to reconcile opposing perspectives and differences of opinion.

But about 48 of the young MEPs who participated in the Daughters of the Vote in the House of Commons plenum did not want to hear him, turning their backs on the prime minister as he spoke.

Trudeau was addressing 338 young women who are participating in the program, which encourages young women to become involved in politics – some of whom have already used their social networks to register their displeasure with the prime minister.

On Tuesday, Trudeau expelled former ministers Jody Wilson-Raybould and Jane Philpott from the Liberal Talks for what he described as breaking ties of trust with his fellow MEPs over how the government dealt with the SNC-Lavalin affair.

The movement has fueled accusations that liberals have abandoned their 2015 campaign commitments to indigenous reconciliation and gender equality.

The SNC controversy has gripped the government for nearly two months after Wilson-Raybould's allegations that as Attorney General she was unduly pressured by the Prime Minister's Office to intervene in criminal cases against the Montreal-based engineering giant.


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Teachers and community members linked their hands outside a Montreal high school this morning as about 150 people formed a human chain to protest the Quebec government's secularism law.

Many in the crowd wore kippas or hijabs in solidarity with those who could be excluded from public service under the government legislation of the Avenir Quebec Coenition to prohibit the use of religious symbols by state officials in positions of authority.

English teacher Farhana Begum says some of her students use religious symbols and do not want them told that they can not become a teacher, a judge or a police officer.

She says it is ridiculous to think that teachers who exhibit their religion are less able to do their job or would try to convert their students to their beliefs.

The Quebec government argues that the bill is reasonable and aligned with the values ​​of Quebecers, but the opponents denounced it as discriminatory.

They say he has an unfair target in religious minorities and especially Muslim women, since teachers who use the hijab are among those who will be affected if the bill becomes law.

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