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A public warning was issued by an indigenous community in southern Alberta after an alarming number of overdoses over a two-day period.

The Blood Tribe Administration issued the social media alert on Friday after 22 overdoses over a 48-hour period. One of the overdoses was fatal.

Administration believes that carfentanil, which is about 100 times stronger than fentanyl, could be to blame for the increase in cases.

"We are concerned about the well-being of our tribal members and we issue this alert again in the hope of avoiding death," the community wrote in the statement. "We have been informed that more overdoses have occurred in recent days and the alert is not being taken seriously."

According to the head of the Blood Tribe Police Service, Kyle Melting Tallow, officers will be working against the clock, even on days off, in the coming days to help.

"This has an impact on many families who have had to deal with their loved ones dying, or even end up in the hospital," Melting Tallow told the CTV News Channel on Saturday. "This also has an effect on our first responders, including our EMS and firefighters, as they are responding to these calls in increasing numbers."

25 to 30 opiate-related calls per month are received by the Blood Tribe Emergency Services in a community of less than 13,000 people. They have seen 39 overdoses this month.

Melting Tallow says that police efforts against drug traffickers have increased, as has police efforts to educate the public about the dangers of opiates.

The community is also considering building a secure consumer site.

-with files from CTV Vancouver

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November 24, 2018 / 3:18 pm | Story:
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An animal rescue society says a man who reported 15 cats and kittens in plastic storage boxes next to an Alberta highway portrayed his story.

The Alberta Rescue Crew Society says in a Facebook post that the man contacted them on Friday night and said the felines belonged to a family member who was not able to care for them.

The post says the man used plastic containers to remove cats from the house "because of a deep concern" about the welfare of animals and children at home, but could find no place to accept them.

The Saving Grace Animal Society said earlier that the cats were discovered in bathtubs near the train tracks between Erskine and Stettler.

The boxes had air holes drilled into them, but the kittens were drenched in their own urine and feces.

The Alberta Rescue Crew Society took care of the cats and says in the post that the man introduced himself to the authorities.

"He made several attempts to find a place for these cats, but he was defeated. Losing hope and having nowhere to turn, he took drastic measures in an effort to force attention to the condition of these cats," the group says on Facebook.

"We understand that logic is difficult to understand, but we also understand the lack of hope that feels when in a situation where there are animals that need help."

Alberta SPCA spokesman Dan Kobe said there was still an investigation into the case.

"If we find out that someone should be held accountable for causing afflicted animals, then we will make the accusations," Kobe said in an interview on Saturday.

Kobe said he was not aware that the police were investigating the false report, saying it would be up to the Alberta Rescue Crew Society to denounce him.

No one from the Alberta Rescue Crew Society was immediately available for comment. A spokesman for the Alberta RCMP said he did not know whether police were investigating the report.

Many of the responses to the society's Facebook post seemed sympathetic to the man's situation, with one commentator writing that "everything is forgiven."

Kobe said that it is quite common for someone trying to deliver animals to be informed that the agency they approached simply has no room. All rescue organizations are dealing with many cats, he said, and their shelters are in or near capacity capacity.

Keep calling until someone can help you, Kobe said, noting that SPCA can provide information about who to call.

He said that euthanasia is always an option, but if the cat is healthy, there is usually a place that can help find a new home.

"People should not expect to find a home for a cat in a day or two. It may take a little work, but if they continue to work on it, they can usually find a place somewhere that can take the cat , even if it takes a few weeks or a few months, "Kobe said.


November 24, 2018 / 2:18 pm | Story:
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The federal government announced on Saturday that it will invest nearly half a million dollars to improve the security of Canada's LGBTQ community after the murder of eight men linked to Toronto's gay village.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government will provide $ 450,000 to Pride Toronto to lead an initiative aimed at improving the relationship between the LGBTQ community and the criminal justice system.

"For a long time, the LGBTQ2 community has faced injustices from various institutions in our society in ways that have prevented people from living their lives more fully and contributing their strengths to our country," said Morneau at The 519, a Toronto agency . advocates of the LGBTQ community.

Morneau, who is also a law clerk at the Toronto Center, did not specifically cite Bruce McArthur, who faces eight counts of first-degree murder, but said the funding came as "violent murders" were discovered in the city.

McArthur made his first appearance in the Superior Court of Ontario earlier this month, and a judge said he could be tried in September.

"The groups in this riding led the way demanding significant changes," Morneau said on Saturday.

"We know there has been a long and turbulent history between the criminal justice system and the Canadian LGBTQs. Certainly the residents of the Toronto Center know about it here locally."

Members of the LGBTQ community have accused Toronto police of not seriously investigating the disappearance of men linked to the city's gay district in the years leading up to McArthur's January jail.

Pride Toronto has also maintained a tense relationship with police over the last two years as uniformed officers were banned from the 2017 Pride parade because of concerns about racial profiling and criticism of how they handled the McArthur investigation.

Last month, Pride Toronto said the two sides have made progress on talks about "political and institutional power," and the force is welcome to attend next summer's festivities.

Olivia Nuamah, executive director of Pride Toronto, said federal funding will initially be for national consultations with LGBTQ agencies and leaders to determine how to improve community safety.

Nuamah said the talks will be a "deep dive" into LGBTQ community safety and security experiences across Canada. She said that the second step will be a process of research and analysis to find solutions.

"This money will help us begin the process of understanding how we begin to talk about these things, how we begin to communicate them to the broad Canadian public and certainly, and most importantly, how we find solutions to address some of those concerns" , she said.

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November 24, 2018 / 12:33 | Story:
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Vancouver residents have begun declaring themselves "Team Otter" or "Team Koi" as an elusive otter feasting on expensive carp on a tranquil garden pond continues to evade capture.

The otter mysteriously arrived at Dr. Sun Yat-Sen's Classic Chinese Garden last week and swallowed seven decorative carp, many of which have been there for decades.

Parks director Howard Normann said a wildlife relocation specialist began work yesterday and laid out three new traps containing rainbow trout and an oil blend, but as of this morning the animal is still on fire.

He says the garden team is discussing options to remove koi from the pond to keep them safe, but he says it is not as easy as it looks because they are sensitive and it is quite tricky to do.

Meanwhile, the story has captivated people in Vancouver and beyond, with social media users joining #TeamOtter or #TeamKoi – although a #TeamKoi member says, "This is bad for the otter, so removing it is in the interest of everyone . "

Local group Chinatown Today has come up with a series of buttons featuring cartoon otters and koi, which are being sold for $ 2 each, with proceeds going into the classic garden.


November 24, 2018 / 03:05 | Story:
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No winning tickets were sold for the $ 60 million jackpot in the Friday night Lotto Max draw.

However, there were also 20 Maxmillions prizes of $ 1 million each in dispute and two of them were claimed by ticket holders in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

The jackpot for the upcoming Lottery Max draw on November 30 will remain at approximately $ 60 million, but the number of Maxmillions prizes offered will increase to 35.


November 23, 2018 / 8:21 | Story:
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Members of Parliament sat late into the night on Friday as the Liberal government rushed into legislation mandating that postal workers return to work.

The pressure has come in Ottawa, as well as smaller towns in Ontario and British Columbia, and Sherbrooke, in the state of Virginia, have become the latest targets for rotary strikes by the Postal Workers Union of Canada.

MEPs spent much of the day and early evening discussing a motion that would allow the House of Commons to deal swiftly with a bill on Thursday that would stop mail interruptions across the country.

This accelerated movement passed a vote of 173 to 13, after which the debate was immediately resumed in the back-to-work account. That debate should continue for several hours before concluding with a vote on legislation in the early hours of Saturday morning.

The Senate is then set to sit on Saturday and, if necessary, on Sunday, to deal with the bill, which would go into effect at noon in the eastern time of the day following the actual assent.

Despite the rush to pass legislation, Labor Minister Patty Hajdu encouraged the Canada Post and CUPW to remain at the negotiating table.

"They can still make a deal," she said.

That said, Hajdu added: "Obviously, we would prefer that the parties could negotiate an agreement together, but the time has come to be prepared to act if they can not."

Hajdu referred to mail delivery as an "essential service" and said that small businesses that rely on the postal service to deliver their goods during the busy Christmas season can go bankrupt if the situation is not remedied quickly.

I mean, people who, you know, sell marmalade or handmade products, that this is the most profitable period of their year and if they can not make their winnings at this time of year, they may very well be facing the end of their business. "

Labor leaders and new Democratic deputies criticized the government for harming the collective bargaining process. The government has withdrawn all the incentive for the Canada Post to reach a negotiated agreement, now that the agency knows the workers will be getting back to work early next week, charged.

"The right to strike is an integral part of the collective bargaining process," said Labor Conference President Hassan Yussuff. "Without this, an employer has no incentive to bargain in good faith, and the workers have no recourse to demand a fair process."

The Canada Post seems to have convinced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Christmas would not come without an account back to work, CUPW chairman Mike Palecek added.

"The mail was on the move and people know that," he said. "People are getting their mailings and orders online. That was the purpose of our revolving strike tactics, not to pick a fight with the public."

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh accused the liberals of hypocrisy, professing to believe in the right to collective bargaining while bringing what he called "worst, most draconian" legislation back to work.

"They showed their true face … that this government is not a friend of the workers," Singh said.

New Democrat MPs voted against the motion to accelerate the debate over kickback legislation, with many giving an elaborate demonstration of exit from the House of Commons after the vote, raising their fists in salute to postal officials attending the public gallery. The votes of those who went out were not counted.

Six new Democrats remained in the House – a representative of the small number that the party held would have the chance to speak during the subsequent accelerated debate on the bill.

CUPW maintains the bill is unconstitutional and is threatening to contest it in court.

The union won a lawsuit against the back-to-work legislation imposed on postal workers in 2011 by the previous Conservative government. The court ruled in 2016 that by removing workers' right to strike, the bill violated their right to freedom of association and expression.

Hajdu argued that her bill is "dramatically different" from the "heavy" approach adopted by the Harper administration and takes into account the concerns of both the union and the Canada Post.

But two independent senators, Frances Lankin and Diane Griffin, wrote to Hajdu to express their concern that the bill may not be constitutional. The pair said Hajdu had promised to publish a government analysis detailing how the law does not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, but has not yet materialized on Friday night.

CUPW members held rotary stoppages for a month, causing massive postal delays and unclassified parcels in the postal depots, although Canada Post and the union contested the size of the pileup.

The Canada Post says it can take weeks – even in 2019 – to clear the backlog, especially at major screening centers in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

The 50,000 CUPW members, in two groups, are demanding better pay for rural and suburban carriers, more job security and minimum guaranteed hours.


November 23, 2018 / 4:43 | Story:
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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency tested more than 2,000 samples of fresh lettuce and packaged salads, but found no products containing the bacteria in their search for the source of an E. coli outbreak.

Aline Dimitri, the food's deputy chief of food safety, said on Friday that the results did not mean that E. coli was out of Canada's food supply. They suggest that if it is present, it is at very low levels, she said.

Three more E. coli cases were confirmed in Ontario and Quebec on Friday, bringing the total number from mid-October to 22: one in New Brunswick, four in Ontario and 17 in Quebec.

Eight patients were hospitalized, and one developed a type of renal failure mainly found in patients with E. coli. The youngest patient is five years old and the oldest patient is 93 years old.

Many people who get sick in most outbreaks never seek medical care, so the number of cases is never known, said Howard Njoo, deputy chief of public health in Canada.

He said experts who trace patient food stories found that most of the patients who got sick had ingested lettuce in the days leading up to the disease.

Tracking a person's food history involves interviewing her about what she ate and where, Njoo said.

He also said that it involves getting things like grocery store loyalty cards to help confirm what was specifically purchased and when.

The agency is recommending that people in those provinces not eat romaine lettuce and throw away what they still have in their refrigerators. He is stopping to remind the Roman lettuce or telling retailers to take it off their shelves.

Njoo said the evidence now is not connecting the outbreak to any particular product, but if that changes, the Canadian warnings will also be. Several retailers have voluntarily removed the romaine from their shelves meanwhile.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a much wider warning on Tuesday, saying Americans should not eat romaine anywhere in the United States and restaurants should stop serving it.

He also said that retailers should remove it from their shelves.

There are now 32 confirmed cases of E. coli in 11 states and on Friday the Commissioner for the US Food and Drug Administration said that romaine lettuce probably comes from California because of crop and harvest patterns.

Canadian companies can make their own assessment of whether they continue to sell romaine, Dimitri said on Friday.

Njoo also said that the most recent illness began on Nov. 1, but a delay in reporting meant the agency did not know this until this week.

The validity period of the romaine is four to five weeks, he said, adding that this is why the agency is still warning people to throw away the lettuce.

This is at least the third outbreak of E. coli linked to green leaves in the United States and Canada in the last two years.

The current outbreak has the same DNA markers of the E. coli strain in November and December 2017 linked to green leaves in the United States and Roman lettuce in Canada.

In that outbreak, 42 ​​cases of E. coli have been reported in Canada in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Seventeen people were hospitalized and one person died.

The cause of the contamination was never identified in that outbreak, although the lettuce was ingested by many patients before they became ill.

Earlier this year, about 200 people in 35 US states became ill with E. coli linked to Arizona-grown Roma lettuce, but that E. coli strain is different from that seen in the outbreak this fall.


November 23, 2018 / 4:40 | Story:
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Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she is disappointed with Ottawa's lukewarm response to the province's plan to ease oil bottlenecks by buying more rail cars.

She says it's simplistic to discard the purchase of wagons saying they probably would not arrive until an expansion of the pipeline was already under construction.

Currently, Alberta oil is being sold at a discount of about $ 45 a barrel due to an excess of oil due to lack of pipeline capacity.

Notley proposed that Ottawa invest in transporting oil to the railroad car market and as a safeguard against future shipping problems.

Notley says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who spent the day in Calgary on Thursday, left Alberta with a better idea of ​​how crucial the issue was than when he arrived.

She is also thanking the people she said helped her make the point when they closed part of a street in downtown Calgary for a meeting during Trudeau's visit.

Alberta could go ahead with buying rail wagons with or without the federal government, she said on Friday after an announcement in Edmonton.

"The Alberta government will do what it needs to do, either by ourselves or with the support of Ottawa," she said. "It may be reasonable for them to come to the table."

Notley is planning a trip to Ottawa and Toronto next week for meetings and speeches to try to keep the oil bottleneck on the front lines of the federal government.

She said the price difference between Canadian and North American oil is costing the country's economy $ 80 million a day.

Trudeau said in Calgary that the federal government is doing what it can to build the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which would triple the line's ability to carry oil to tankers on the west coast.

The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its $ 4.5 billion expansion project last summer just for the Federal Court of Appeals to announce its approval. The court cited inadequate indigenous consultations and failed to consider impacts on the marine environment.


November 23, 2018 / 4:13 pm | Story:
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Three jewelry workers wielded swords to fight four alleged thieves during a robbery attempt in Mississauga, Ontario, police said.

Const. Danny Marttini said the incident occurred around 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday at the Ashok Jewelers when four masked suspects got out of a truck and one person started breaking shop windows.

Video surveillance released by police in an effort to identify the suspects shows a man jumping inside the store before three employees rushed him with drawn swords.

Another suspect pulls the man back out of the shop through the broken window as employees struggle with swords – one of the servants fell while swinging his sword.

"This may have gone wrong in many ways," Marttini said.

One of the suspects pointed a gun into the shop. The suspects fled, got into the truck and fled by a red light, narrowly missing a collision with two transport trucks.

"I do not know how they did not kill each other," Marttini said of the suspects, who left empty-handed.

Police believe three of the suspects are men and are not sure about the room. The escape car is a dark-colored Dodge Durango, she said.

Despite the successful efforts of the officials, Marttini said it is best to leave the crime to the police.

"We do not tolerate violence to combat violence," she said. "It's better to save yourself than your property. Your life is more important than jewelry."

At the end of July, three masked men shoved a van into another jewelry store in Mississauga and came out with items worth $ 100,000.

Shop owner Baldev Manjania said he thought his wife would be shot during the robbery, so he grabbed a sword and ran after the suspects as they took off.

In that case, the suspects jumped into their escape car and drove away.

"I went to get my sword because I had to do something to save my family," Manjania said at the time.

Marttini said they have no information to suggest that the two incidents are connected.


November 23, 2018 / 4:05 | Story:
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An elderly man has raised yet another challenge to his loss of citizenship and potential deportation for lying to Canadian authorities about his participation in a Nazi death squad during World War II.

Helmut Oberlander's notice of appeal comes despite a federal court judge recently ruling that Ottawa acted reasonably in the case and limited its ability to appeal.

Oberlander, 94, of Waterloo, Ontario, refused on Friday to discuss the appeal this week, so that the legal grounds of his action were not immediately apparent.

However, in a letter sent to the court, the federal government made it clear that it opposes filing. The letter further requests that the record of the Federal Court of Appeal forward the appeal to the court for review.

Oberlander, who came to Canada in 1954 and became a citizen six years later, claimed that he was only 17 when he was forced, on pain of execution, to join the Nazi death squad Einsatzkommando 10a, known as Ek 10a. The squad was responsible for killing about 100,000 people, mostly Jews.

In June 2017, the government revoked the citizenship of the retired businessman for the fourth time since the mid-1990s, which motivated his current effort to avoid deportation.

Earlier this month, Federal Court Judge Michael Phelan suspended the earlier ruling that the government had been wise in removing Oberlander citizenship. Phelan discovered that Oberlander had misrepresented his war activities, although there was no evidence that he was involved in any atrocities.

"It is undisputed that Oberlander obtained his Canadian citizenship for false representation or for intentionally concealing material circumstances, failing to publicize SS involvement at the time of his immigration screening," Phelan wrote. "There is no doubt that having done so would have resulted in the rejection of your application for citizenship."

Phelan also refused to "certify a serious matter of general importance" that would have allowed the Oberlander to appeal the merits of the decision itself under the immigration law.

Oberlander may still be able to persuade the Federal Court of Appeal to hear the case based out of the Immigration Act, but the higher court usually hears only a fraction of the cases decided by the Federal Court.

In September, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Canada should never be a "safe haven for war criminals and people accused of crimes, who have committed crimes against humanity."


November 23, 2018 / 12:19 | Story:
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A truck driver says he may have had a close encounter with the Santa type after spotting what appeared to be a Santa Claus reindeer on a snow-covered highway in Newfoundland.

Jason White says a herd of about a dozen reindeer was detained on the Trans-Canada Highway, a snow falling around them near Deer Lake on Thursday morning.

"We usually see a lot of moose, but this is the first caribou I've seen, especially in herds," he said Friday morning.

White, an ice pack delivery driver from Conception Bay South, filmed a video of the herd and placed it on his Facebook page so he could show his children – especially his young son, who is almost two years old.

At noon on Friday, the video was seen about 3,800 times on social networks.

White said in the post that he thought Santa's reindeer might have been lost on the west coast of Newfoundland.

"That was the first thing I thought.I have three children and my youngest son is almost two years old, so Christmas has reborn again.Then as soon as I saw them I said" Oh my God, I I have to get a video of it, "he said.

White said there was no other traffic at the time, so he managed to get closer.

He said his little boy was thrilled watching the video.

"I had to play for him about 10 times last night when I got home from work."

White said he was impressed by the reaction to the video and says some local parents are making sure to show their children.

"A lot of people are showing their kids and saying you have to be good because Santa is close … your reindeers are here."


November 23, 2018 / 09:19 p.m. | Story:
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The Salvation Army says rotating strikes at the Canada Post have resulted in a drastic drop in donations to the charity in the middle of the crucial holiday season.

John McAlister, the charity's spokesman, says he usually receives most of the donation checks in November and December, but this year the stack of envelopes is looking much smaller.

McAlister blamed the rotating attacks for a 40% decline in the number of donations that the mail-order program received so far.

Interruptions in the postal service have been taking place since Oct. 22 when members of the Canadian Postal Workers Union began holding revolving strikes to lobby for their contractual demands.

The work action caused delays and assembled quantities of mail and unclassified packages in the postal depots.

McAlister says the decline in donations puts pressure on the 1.7 million people the charity helps annually.

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