Impending guard strike may put prisoners’ rights ‘in peril’, expert says

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A strike could see prisoners locked in their cells without access to communal spaces, classes or potentially doctor’s appointments, said Kelly Hannah-Moffat, director of the Centre of Criminology and Socio-legal Studies at the University of Toronto.

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Earlier this month, members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) rejected a tentative agreement with the province. Followup negotiations failed on Friday prompting the union to ask for a “no board report,” meaning a conciliator concludes the two sides aren’t ready to agree on a contract. The correctional and probation officers would be in a legal strike position within 17 days of such a report being issued.

Representatives from the Treasury Board and the correctional services ministry did not comment on the union’s request for a “no board report.” The government issued a news release only saying it was ready to head back to the bargaining table at any time, but declined to answer further questions.

READ MORE: Releasing Ottawa prison beating video endangers guards, union says

If the union made good on its threat to walk out, managers at the province’s 28 correctional facilities, detention centres and jails would take over the guards’ work, sending many of those institutions into lockdown, said OPSEU president Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

Thomas noted that it would be within the government’s authority to order guards back to work, but “there would be consequences” if they did that, he did not elaborate.

Other unionized workers like nurses and maintenance staff would have to continue working during any strike, but Hannah-Moffat said the ratio of staff to employees would become much worse.

“People would  be attempting to issue medication and to maintain safety and security in the institution, but because you have a whole segment of people who are not working … it would be very difficult to move people around the institution in the way they normally would,” she said, adding that appointments with psychologists and educational programs may have to be cancelled.

“It puts the rights of individuals in peril, in that they won’t be able to access regular services or programming.”

She added that managers, who would take over guards’ roles in the event of a strike, could also be put at risk.

“You’re going to have people doing jobs that they’re not necessarily accustomed to doing,” she said.

“In extreme circumstances, there could be increased risk of incidents occurring, especially if you can’t support people in crisis.”

The union says the threat of strike is necessary.

Thomas said the workers are concerned about overcrowding and under-staffing in jails. He said those conditions led to an officer in the Thunder Bay jail being taken hostage by prisoners earlier this month.

The officer was taken hostage after a group of prisoners took control over a portion of the jail, the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services said. They confirmed that the officer and three prisoners were taken to hospital with injuries following the incident, which they called “shocking”.

“I’m just stumped as to what it would take for the government to realize they have a problem,” Thomas said.

“The vast majority of my members don’t want to strike, but I’ll tell you now, they will,” he added. “And that clock has started tickin’.”

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Ontario mayor’s letter insists province stop online ticket gouging

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SARNIA, Ont. —; Mayor Mike Bradley’s letter to the Ontario attorney general has a joking tone, but the message is a serious one that speaks to many music fans: stop online ticket resellers from gouging concertgoers.

Bradley was shocked to see what happened when tickets for Toronto shows like Bruce Springsteen and Adele were sold out in minutes and appeared on broker sites for hugely inflated prices.

READ MORE: Adele shows across Canada sell out in minutes and fans feel frustrated

He wrote to the attorney general insisting on better consumer protections for concertgoers.

“Once the tickets for the Toronto concert were put on sale they were sold out in minutes. On the online ticket broker sites the prices were often three to five times higher than the face value of the seats,” he said.

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Then the Bruce Springsteen fan in him truly takes over, and the letter continues riddled with song references.

“Bruce fans had High Hopes they would be Dancing in the Dark on the floor of the Air Canada Centre… Instead, fans have gotten the Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out and will not be able to relive their Glory Days,” it continues.

Bradley doesn’t take issue with scalpers reselling for a profit – even though reselling a ticket for more than face value is technically illegal under Ontario’s Ticket Speculation Act – but insists that price caps are needed.

Many Adele fans were priced out of the market this week after tickets sold out within 30 minutes Thursday, then appeared for sale on StubHub with some sellers asking over $5,000 for seats in the Air Canada Centre balcony.

“This is now becoming the norm,” Bradley told Global News. “You saw something like 8,000 tickets for sale across Toronto and people still couldn’t get tickets and they had to go to StubHub.

“[Ontario] just brought in legislation to control payday loans. We control credit card interest rates. So why couldn’t we put a reasonable cap on ticket prices?” he asked.

“People shouldn’t be denied buying a reasonable ticket at a reasonable price.”

Bradley’s letter adds a snide postscript poking fun at some music fans.

“The same practice has happened to Nickelback and Celine Dion fans; however, I did not speak up at that time because I believe when people make poor life choices they should be responsible for their own actions.”

He says he’s gotten some good-natured responses from Dion fans but isn’t concerned about Nickelback blowback, because “Nickelback fans don’t read.”

He says the attorney general hasn’t responded yet, but he’s hopeful that the government will act.

“With the stroke of a pen you could being some care and control to the price of tickets and these agencies would have to abide by that, say they can’t sell for more than twice face value,” he suggests.

“I think the government should get the message that they’ve got a lot of unhappy consumers and this is something they can take the lead on, which will cost them nothing to act on.”

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Syrian refugees arrive in Saskatoon

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SASKATOON – Fourteen Syrian refugees arrived in Saskatoon Saturday evening. A crowd welcomed them at the arrival gate with cheering, clapping, and singing.

They were overwhelmed and exhausted. A few are sick and will need medical attention.

READ MORE: Medical providers preparing for refugees in Saskatoon

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    The refugees were quickly taken to a room in the airport where government officials and members of the Open Door Society welcomed them.

    “You had to be upstairs to see the families with little kids. They’re just like all of us. There were babies crying, one got sick, the other was all excited about what they received. You know we all belong to one race and that’s the human race,” said Mayor Don Atchison.

    Rashid Ahmed was at the arrival gate with friends and members of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Saskatoon to welcome the newcomers. He came to Canada as a refugee three years ago and is no stranger to hardship.

    “I know the feeling of refugees because my family was persecuted and they are in that situation right now too. So we are here to support refugees because we know their hardship and we want to welcome them in Canada,” said Ahmed.

    Those who arrived Saturday were given Roughrider gear to keep them warm. It came in handy when they walked outside and saw huge snowflakes, some for the first time.

    “They saw the weather, it is very different here. But they said with the warm welcome it doesn’t matter, we are very happy,” said Open Door Society settlement counselor  Zainab Al-Musawi.

    READ MORE: Former refugees say Canadian winters can be a shock for newcomers

    The Open Door Society along with partnering organizations have organized meals and temporary apartments until permanent arrangement are made.

    “We’ll get them prepared to set their bank accounts and the basic services that they need. Also give them orientation and life skills support,” said Open Door Society executive director Ali Abukar.

    Out of the 14 refugees who arrived, half are government sponsored and the other half are on blended visas, which is a combination of private and government sponsorship.

    This group may be the first, but they certainly aren’t the last. Eight-hundred to 850 refugees are expected to land in Saskatchewan by the end of February 2016.

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Year in review: Protests, social media scandals and murders make headlines in 2015

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From plane crashes to major police investigations to a brutal struggle with the elements, the Maritimes have seen a lot in 2015. As the year comes to a wrap, here are some of the highlights of the stories that made headlines in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick this year.

READ MORE: Top national and international stories of 2015

Air Canada flight crash-lands at Halifax airport

Transportation Safety Board investigators and airport firefighters work at the crash site of Air Canada AC624.

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Passengers on Air Canada flight 624 traveling from Toronto to Halifax received a shock to their system on March 29, after the airplane they were on crash landed on the runway at Halifax Stanfield International Airport.

The AC624 plane crashed after hitting an antenna array when approaching the runway.

READ MORE: AC624: Was it a hard landing or a crash?

It hit the ground, breaking off the landing gear before it bounced and then skidded to a stop 1,100 feet later. The aircraft’s nose and engine were broken off and one wing was severely damaged.

A 12-year-old passenger’s video of the aftermath showed passengers visibly upset and standing cold and frightened on the runway.

Raw video: Air Canada flight 624 off runway at Halifax Airport

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Raw video: Air Canada flight 624 off runway at Halifax Airport

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AC flight 624 passengers recount the crash landing in Halifax

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Airport official comments on power loss, slow rescue of AC Flight 624 passengers

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AC Flight 624 passengers describe situation inside plane

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Halifax airport spokesman updates AC flight 624 situation in Halifax

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Traveler at Halifax airport recounts moments after AC Flight 624 crashed

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Traveler waiting for next flight at Halifax airport after flights were canceled

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Woman trying to attend dad’s funeral frustrated with West Jet service



Guilty pleas in Loretta Saunders murder trial

Loretta Saunders poses in this undated police handout photo.

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Blake Legette and Victoria Henneberry were sentenced to life in prison on April 29, after pleading guilty to murdering Loretta Saunders on Feb. 13, 2014.

Legette and Henneberry had been subletting an apartment from Saunders. Saunders went to collect rent from the couple on Feb. 13, and was not seen again. Her body was found along a highway median west of Salisbury, N.B on February 26.

The death of Saunders sparked a conversation about the increasing numbers of missing and murdered indigenous women in Canada, and prompted more calls for a national inquiry into the nation-wide issue.

READ MORE: N.S. party leaders call for inquiry into slain aboriginal women

Henneberry has since appealed her conviction.

Meningitis scare in Halifax

Many Nova Scotians were on high alert after a high school student from Lower Sackville died after being diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis.

Rylee Sears, a grade 10 student at Sackville High School died on January 26.

Dozens of people who may have been in contact with Sears were contacted and told to be on alert for any symptoms. Sears had been at a party with about 100 teens on the weekend before his diagnosis.

The province of Nova Scotia has since started vaccinating against the strain of meningitis that killed the teen, the Y-strain.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia to vaccinate against meningitis strain that killed Sackville teen

In February, a student at Acadia University in Antogonish died from the B-strain of meningococcal meningitis, which is the most common strain.

Liberals sweep Atlantic Canada in federal election

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters during an interview with in Ottawa on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle

In one foul swoop, Nova Scotia was in a sea of red after voters voted for change in the 2015 federal election, securing every seat in the province to the Liberals.

The securing of Justin Trudeau‘s Liberal majority government made for some major disappointments for many NDP hopefuls who were initially projected to hold onto their seats.

READ MORE: Andy Fillmore promises to be ‘champion of Halifax’ after beating Megan Leslie

Nova Scotia saw long-time MPs Megan Leslie and Peter Stoffer lose their seats.

Dalhousie dentistry scandal

The dentistry school at Dalhousie University.

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Just in time for the winter semester, the Dalhousie University school of dentistry was shrouded in scandal when information broke about a controversial Facebook group called “Class of DDS 2015 Gentlemen.”

In the Facebook group, investigators found sexist and threatening posts directed at the male students’ female colleagues.

The men in the Facebook group were suspended as the group was investigated, and all but one student, Ryan Millet, participated in a restorative justice program before being allowed to graduate with the rest of their classmates.

Millet, the so-called “whistle blower” of the Facebook group, attempted to have his record wiped clean, citing the fact that he was the student to come forward and present the posts and expose the group.

READ MORE: Dal dentistry student lounge covered with racist, misogynistic, sexist graffiti, report finds

The whole scandal prompted a report on sexism, misogyny and homophobia at the Dalhousie School of dentistry, which said there are “complex problems with no easy solutions” present in the school, and put forward several recommendations for the school to take on.

Halifax mass murder plot

American Lindsay Souvannarath is one of two accused of plotting to open fire at the Halifax Shopping Centre.

A mass shooting plot planned for the Halifax Shopping Centre on Valentine’s Day was foiled by police in Halifax the day before it was scheduled to take place.

Two of the three involved in the plot were arrested, 23-year-old Lindsay Kantha Souvannarath of Geneva, Ill., and 20-year-old Randall Steven Shepherd of Halifax, and a third, 19-year-old James Gamble, was found dead in his home when police went to arrest him.

READ MORE: Who are the ‘Columbiners’? Halifax shooting suspects blogged about school shooters

Shepherd and Souvannarath were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and remain in custody in Nova Scotia.

Officials maintained that there was no terror threat related to the mass shooting plot.

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People in the film and television industry are planning a rally outside the Nova Scotia legislature today to protest a tax credit cut.

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The slashing of the Nova Scotia Film Tax Credit caused a stir in Halifax and brought thousands of supporters out to rally against the government’s decision on April 15.

The Liberal government announced they would be cutting the tax credit to $6 million from $24 million in next year’s budget. Film producers would have access to an additional $6 million established in a fund for the creative sector.

READ MORE: Axing film tax credit in N.S. budget would put jobs at risk: industry group

The cutting of the credit put many production houses in jeopardy, as well as forced industries supporting the film industry in the province to close up shop.

16×9 investigation into Moncton RCMP murders

RCMP wait for the start of the regimental funeral for Const. Dave Joseph Ross, Douglas James Larche, and Fabrice Georges Gevaudan at the Moncton Coliseum

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The caskets of Const. Dave Joseph Ross, 32, from Victoriaville, Que., left to right, Const. Douglas James Larche, 40, from Saint John, N.B. and Const. Fabrice Georges Gevaudan, 45, from Boulogne-Billancourt, France, sit in Wesleyan Celebration Centre during the public visitation in Moncton, N.B. on Monday, June 9, 2014.

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An officer holds Const. Dave Ross’s Stetson with Ross’s dog Danny at the funeral procession for the three RCMP officers who were killed on duty, at their regimental funeral at the Moncton Coliseum in Moncton on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

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Stetsons rest on the caskets of the three slain RCMP officers, Const Dave Ross, Const. Douglas Larche and Const. Fabrice Gevaudan at a regimental funeral in Moncton, N.B., Tuesday, June 10, 2014.

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Emergency response officers enter a residence in Moncton, N.B. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

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An RCMP officer rests his head at a roadblock in Moncton, N.B. on Thursday, June 5, 2014.

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On June 4, 2014, Justin Bourque, heavily armed and on a rampage, shot three Mounties dead and injured two others in Moncton. The entire city was at a stand still as officers were on a manhunt for Bourque who was arrested 30 hours later.

READ MORE: Thousands attend RCMP regimental funeral service for Moncton officers

After the shooting, Global’s 16X9 investigated the murders of the officers and found that there were gaps in the training and preparedness of officers that responded to the shooting rampage.

The RCMP also launched an investigation into the shooting deaths of their officers.

Watch the entire 16X9 episode here:

Dennis Oland convicted of father’s murder

Dennis Oland heads to the Law Courts where he was found guilty of second degree murder in the death of his father, Richard Oland, in Saint John, N.B. on Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015.

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After a 90 day trial. a jury of 12 men and women convicted Dennis Oland of second degree murder in the bludgeoning death of his father, Richard Oland.

It’s a verdict that has shocked many, and with an appeal in the works, the Saint John Police Force’s investigation of Richard Oland’s murder is now being investigated.

Richard Oland was found dead in his office in 2011. Though there was no murder weapon found, evidence showed he was repeatedly beaten on the head with a blunt object.

READ MORE: Dennis Oland’s wife and mother say he’s innocent, plan appeal

The jury in the trial heard countless testimonies, including a highly emotional one from Dennis Oland himself, in which he said he missed his father.

Chief medical officer Dr. Eilish Cleary’s firing sparks outrage

Dr. Eilish Cleary is pictured here.

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The province of New Brunswick fired their top doctor, and according to Dr. Eilish Cleary, it was done “without cause.”

READ MORE: Reaction and speculation grows one day after Dr. Eilish Cleary fired

Her firing brought out supporters from the province and all across Canada as many said her termination was a “muzzling” of the doctor and wanted to see her reinstated.

The province maintained that Dr. Cleary’s termination was a human resources matter, and wouldn’t be commenting on the matter to maintain the privacy of the parties involved.

Crazy winter slams the Maritimes

A stop sign is seen buried in snow in Halifax during 2015’s harsh winter that took the region by surprise.

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As we gear up for another winter, who can forget last year’s harsh and cruel icy cold season? That’s right, no one can.

Piles and piles of snow fell on the Maritimes, making getting from point A to point B a rough struggle for many folks.

Blizzards upon blizzards pounded the region making snow clearing an uphill battle, and bitterly cold temperatures kept the white stuff on the ground for longer than most wanted to see it for.

READ MORE: Halifax is now officially over its snow removal budget for the winter

This winter isn’t expected to be so harsh, but with the Maritimes already having gotten a taste of it with two storms, it might be time to get the shovels out and prepare for the worst.

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    2015 Year In Review: One-on-one with Carla Qualtrough

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    As the first Paralympian ever elected to Canada’s parliament, there was a certain symmetry in Carla Qualtrough being named Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities.

    But that didn’t stop the rookie MP for Delta being “over the moon excited” when she found out about her new position.

    “I had hopes, it wasn’t completely out of left field,” she admits.

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      “But you get called to Ottawa, and you meet with the Prime Minister, and he tells you the two things that matter most to you in the world, you get to help be involved in those on a national level?” she says.

      Qualtrough, who defeated Conservative cabinet minister Kerry-Lynne Findlay in October’s election, says she’s excited about the possibilities in her portfolio.

      “On the disability side we have chance to make history,” she says.

      “We’re going to make new laws. Who gets to say that in their career? It’s an amazing experience.”

      Qualtrough, who has been visually impaired since birth, said the choice to transition from being a competitive swimmer—where she won three bronze medals in the Paralympic Games—to a human rights lawyer was more natural than it might seem.

      “As someone with a disability who loved sport, and grew up in a family where we spoke the language of sport, at some point regular sport became too difficult. My vision caught up with me, and I found Paralympic sport, and it changed my world. It also exposed me to discrimination, and to travelling around the world and seeing how people with disabilities are treated elsewhere was quite an eye-opener, and it sparked my interest in human rights,” she says.

      Qualtrough says she hopes to enact a new national strategy for disabled Canadians.

      “You have to wait until people are discriminated against until you can help them. So we’re going to try and fix that. We’re going to put in place some kind of legal framework that obligates employers or service providers to accommodate and provide access and inclusion instead of waiting for someone with a disability to take them on,” she says.

      On the sport front, Qualtrough says the expanding conversation on concussions is likely to occupy her time.

      “We need to develop a national concussion strategy,” she says.

      “We need to provide the federal leadership that’s been lacking to develop a comprehensive strategy on prevention, treatment, return to play protocol…there’s going to have to be a huge culture shift, in terms of making it okay to talk about concussions, making it okay for coaches to bench an athlete.”

      One thing is certain: Qualtrough is aware of the high hopes people have for her.

      “Both the disability community and sport community are expecting big things from me,” she says.

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    Edmonton Airport bracing for busy Christmas Eve holiday travel

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    EDMONTON — It’s the busiest time of year at the Edmonton International Airport, which traditionally sees a 10 to 20 per cent increase in travel around this time of year.

    But this year is a little bit different according to EIA’s director of public affairs. Heather Hamilton says the busiest day of 2015 will be Christmas Eve, while in years past, it’s always been the Friday before the holiday when students begin their winter vacation.

    Watch below: It’s the busiest time of the year for the Edmonton International Airport. As Kendra Slugoski reports, stalls at security could put everybody behind.

    She offers one vital tip to improve your travel experience.

    “The number one thing that people can do is get to the airport early,” Hamilton advises. “The planes are full so if you miss your plane you’re going to have a really hard time getting on another one,” she adds.

    Here are a few other handy tips:

    Look through your carry-on bag before you leave for the airport for items that aren’t permitted.Avoid wearing clothing which will set off the metal detector as you pass through security.Check your flight status before you leave for the airport.Don’t wrap Christmas gifts until after your flight.

    To help with the rush additional airport staff are helping travelers with their bags, free gift wrapping is also available once you get through security.

    READ MORE: 5 tips to make your holiday travel experience less stressful

    Santa will also be on site until Christmas Eve.

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    Crowdfunding campaign raises over $20k for Brampton family who lost home to fire

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    TORONTO – A Brampton man says his family has seen “nothing but positivity” after losing their home in a fire earlier this month.

    Emmanuel Teji lived with his mother and sister at 9 Darras Court until a massive blaze ripped through the townhouse complex on December 12, displacing eight families and destroying homes.

    Teji’s mother Parveen Thaper was unable to afford home insurance, so the family wasn’t covered for its losses.

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    Standing outside the wreckage of their home the next day, Teji and his sister started a GoFundMe campaign, typing on his phone and taking turns to keep their fingers warm, he said.

    In just over a week, the campaign has raised over $22,000, surpassing its $20,000 goal with donations from friends and strangers alike.

    One family gave $700 instead of doing a family gift exchange.

    “It’s just great to know that there are so many people out there willing to support you and sometimes people you don’t know,” Teji said.

    Teji said the family plans to use the money for rent until their home is livable again, but says they plan to save much of it to give back to the community.

    “A lot of that money is going to be put back,” he said.

    “We’re deciding how do we use this best so we can get back up as a family, but also how to give back to people. The best thing to do right now is put that money aside and save it until we’re in a better place.”

    An artist and filmmaker, Teji lost upwards of $10,000 in camera equipment as well, but he says the manufacturer Panasonic may replace much of it.

    Teji says the outpouring of generosity has “really taught us the value of giving” and wants to thank everyone who contributed to helping the family get back on its feet.

    “It’s just been a lot of positivity and I have no words aside from just thank you, thank you so much,” he said. “I don’t know what else to say, we appreciate it way more than people can even imagine.”

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    Trudeau looking beyond Security Council at UN, as countries vie for seats

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    OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau may want to bring Canada back to the world as an international player but the prime minister will likely have to win another election before the country returns to one of the globe’s most powerful tables.

    Trudeau all but ruled out a return for Canada to the powerful United Nations Security Council any time before 2019 during a roundtable interview with this past week.

    Canada’s historic loss of a seat on the council in 2010 to tiny Portugal has been often cited as one of the major foreign policy failings of the previous Conservative government, which at times viewed the UN with disdain.

    WATCH: Justin Trudeau criticizes Harper government for losing seat at UN Security Council

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    Trudeau has made Canada’s reengagement with the UN and other global multilateral organizations a core aspect of his foreign policy.

    Trudeau acknowledged what senior bureaucrats told his new government after it won power in October: that it is unlikely Canada would be in a position to vie for a temporary two-year seat until sometime early in the next decade.

    That’s because other western European countries in the UN group to which Canada belongs have declared their intentions to run, effectively filling up the ballot up to 2020 and beyond.

    “Yes, getting back onto the Security Council would be nice. And we’re obviously aware of challenges around timing on that,” Trudeau said.

    “But it’s not the only way that one can make a difference in the UN. There is a need for Canada to engage across a broad range of issues, and that’s exactly what we’re going to do.”

    Trudeau cited a renewed commitment to peacekeeping and climate change as two areas where Canada can work within the UN to be a constructive player.

    He also said Canada has many avenues to pursue engagement with the permanent members of the council, including China and “even Russia if we wanted to.”

    The Security Council has faced heavy criticism in recent years because it has been powerless to stop the civil war that has killed 300,000 people in Syria since 2011 because Russia – one of the five permanent, veto-wielding members – has consistently blocked concrete action against a country it considers an ally.

    But on Friday, the council displayed rare unanimity when it endorsed a roadmap for a negotiated peace in Syria that involves government and opposition groups.

    WATCH: What happens with Bashar al-Assad after U.N. agreement?

    Michael Grant, Canada’s current UN ambassador, said the Friday agreement was encouraging.

    But in a separate interview with , he acknowledged that Canada’s return to the Security Council is still many years off.

    “If you look at those countries that have declared going forward, it does limit the opportunities. But we’ve served on it several times in the past, and we look forward to serving on it again,” he said.

    Canada last served on the council in 1999-2000, its sixth term, dating back to the late 1940s. Ordinarily, said Grant, the campaigning for the next seat would have started after its most recently completed term.

    But the Conservatives abandoned all campaigning for the council after the 2010 loss.

    READ MORE: Will the UN Security Council unite to fight ISIS? What would that mean for Canada?

    Like Trudeau, Grant said Canada has renewed its engagement in other UN forums. Canada recently joined a working group on international aboriginal issues, and will do more to support UN peacekeeping efforts – another foreign policy priority of Trudeau’s.

    Canada’s contribution to UN missions has dropped off dramatically to a few dozen actual boots on the ground compared with thousands of troops in the 1990s. Grant said Canada remains the ninth largest contributor to peace operations.

    Its future contributions of personnel would be mainly specialized military experts, not massive deployments of troops, he said.

    Trudeau said he expects developing countries to continue to provide “the infantry troops, the basic bodies” of large peace keeping missions, but his goal is for Canada to add value.

    “Canada actually has specific skills that many of the countries that are doing peacekeeping don’t necessarily have, whether it’s engineer corps, whether it’s medical, whether it’s officers and bilingualism or even French speaking,” said Trudeau.

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    Grant said Trudeau has sent clear foreign policy signals.

    But challenges clearly remain.

    Trudeau promised during the federal campaign that Canada would sign the UN Arms Trade Treaty. All of Canada’s NATO allies, including the U.S. have signed on to the treaty that went into force in December 2014.

    That means Canada has now missed its opportunity to simply join the treaty. Now Canada must essentially apply to join, only after undertaking a legislative or regulatory review to ensure there are no roadblocks in our domestic law, said Grant.

    “Our colleagues in Ottawa are looking at it,” said Grant. “It will take a little bit of time.”

    Meanwhile, Grant is getting lots of positive feedback from fellow UN ambassadors about Canada’s future, particularly Trudeau’s decision to appoint an equal number of men and women to cabinet.

    “This has resonated throughout the UN system, and I think that’s a very positive message that’s being sent,” Grant said. “Gender and equality has really been top of mind for everyone in the UN system.”

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    Young man burned by electric shock, on road to recovery

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    MONTREAL – This past August, 18-year-old, Kevin Bolusi and his friends decided to explore an area they’d never been to before.

    They were walking along the Rivière des Prairies and then hiked up along the Deux-Montagnes train tracks, that connect Pierrefonds-Roxboro to Laval.

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    “He [Kevin] walked along the tracks over here and then he started to climb the super structure,” said his father, Phil Belusi. “He got all the way to the top and he was about to descend, hanging by his hands. He said he was hanging and trying to center himself to fall and that’s when he got electrocuted.”

    Kevin fell from the structure onto the rail lines, 30 feet below, in flames.

    “He didn’t have one broken bone,” said Bolusi. “He had no internal injuries, but unfortunately the 25,000 volts gave him third degree burns on over 75 per cent of his body.”

    Bolusi told Global News that when the accident happened, there were no visible warning signs from where Kevin had entered and those that were there were covered in graffiti.

    A photo taken in August 2015, shows the bridge where Kevin Bolusi was injured. The warning signs are covered in graffiti. Photo courtesy of the Bolusi family.

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    Since then, two new signs have been installed, but Bolusi says that isn’t enough.

    He believes there should be signs on both sides of the bridge.

    “They put two brand new signs, but they didn’t put anything over here,” he said, showing the side of the bridge where Kevin climbed up.

    New warning signs now appear on the bridge where Kevin was injured in August 2015. But Phil Bolusi believes there should be signs on both sides of the bridge.

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    Since the accident, Kevin has been living at a Montreal rehab hospital.

    After two months in an induced coma, he required the removal of his left leg due to fourth degree burns.

    “Basically from the start of the accident I had to like relearn how to do a lot of things, like a lot of basic things as well,” he said.

    Although medicare will cover his medical expenses and one basic prosthetic leg, Kevin’s family believes he will benefit more from a bionic leg.

    And those can cost between $5,000 up to $80,000.

    So he started a Go Fund Me page.

    Bolusi’s hopes is that it’ll raise enough money for a better leg for Kevin, but also the funds will go towards putting Kevin through school, something Kevin is anxious to get back to.

    “It hasn’t really affected me internally or psychologically,” he said. “The need for school is still there.”

    Kevin is staying positive and recently got some good news – he get’s to go home for Christmas, something he can’t wait to do one day, for good.

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    In memoriam: Remembering notable Quebecers who died in 2015

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    MONTREAL – From some of Quebec’s most outspoken politicians, a hockey hall-of-famer and one of the province’s most notable religious leaders, Global News remembers those who passed away in 2015.

    Claude Ruel, the former head coach of the Montreal Canadiens, died at the age of 76.

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    Claude Ruel (February 9, 2015)

    Claude Ruel was a professional hockey coach for the Montreal Canadiens from 1968 to 1970, and then again from 1979 to 1981.

    He died at the age of 76.

    Ruel grew up playing hockey in Sherbrooke and received his first coaching job in the 1960s with the Montreal Junior Canadiens.

    He led a talented group of players to a Stanley Cup championship during his first year.

    Former Montreal Canadiens Elmer Lach waits as a banners with his number is to be raised during a retirement ceremony before an NHL hockey game in Montreal, December 4, 2009.

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    Elmer Lach (April 4, 2015)

    Elmer Lach was the last surviving member of the Punch Line, who dominated the NHL for four seasons in the 1940s.

    He died at the age of 97.

    Centering between Toe Blake and Maurice Richard, Lach won the Hart Trophy as the league’s most valuable player in 1945, the Art Ross as the league’s point leader twice and the Stanley Cup three times, in 1944, 1946 and 1953.

    Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte stands next to a portrait of Brother André, prior to a news conference in Montreal, Friday, Feb. 19, 2010.

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    Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte (April 8, 2015)

    Archbishop of Montreal from 1990 to 2012, and a cardinal since 1994, Jean-Claude Turcotte rose from Montreal’s east end to become one of Canada’s best-known religious figures.

    After his death at the age of 78, many Montrealers spoke of his personal warmth and compassion, as well as his commitment to fighting and reducing poverty.

    Quebec Sen. Pierre Claude Nolin sits in the Senate chamber in Ottawa, Thursday Nov.27, 2014.

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    Pierre-Claude Nolin (April 23, 2015)

    Although he was Speaker of the Senate during the final years of the Stephen Harper era, Pierre-Claude Nolin was best remembered by Canada’s political class as a man able to work beyond party lines for the genuine good of the country.

    Appointed to the Senate by Brian Mulroney in 1993, by many accounts Nolin did not always toe the Conservative line on issues like prison reform and marijuana legalization.

    Nolin, 64, held the position of Speaker for only a few months before succumbing to pancreatic cancer.

    Beth Whittall seen in an undated photo from Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

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    Elizabeth Whittall (May 1, 2015)

    Elizabeth Whittall, a Montreal-born competitive swimmer, passed away at the age of 78.

    Among her many achievements, she won a silver medal in the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games and two gold medals at the 1955 Pan American Games.

    Whittall was awarded the Lou Marsh Trophy as Canada’s top athlete for 1955 and was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

    In 1987, at the age of 50, she set a Canadian record in the 200-metre freestyle for competitors in the 50-to-54 age group.

    Whittall was posthumously inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame on June 17, 2015.

    Former Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau in Montreal, Saturday, March 2, 2013.

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    Jacques Parizeau (June 1, 2015)

    Jacques Parizeau, remembered as one of the true giants of Quebec politics, died at the age of 84.

    The former Parti Québécois premier was the driving force behind the 1995 sovereignty referendum; he retired from politics after the ‘Yes’ campaign narrowly failed.

    His infamous “money and the ethnic vote” comment followed him for the rest of his life, but his contribution to Quebec politics was honoured with a state funeral, attended by political figures from all parties and levels of government.

    Montreal Mayor Jean Doré raises a pen before signing the city register after being sworn in, Montreal, Que., Nov. 20, 1986.

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    Jean Doré (June 15, 2015)

    The first mayor of the post-Jean Drapeau era, Jean Doré, passed away at the age of 70 after battling pancreatic cancer.

    His MCM party swept to power in 1986, ushering in a new, more democratic way of running the city following decades of closed-door municipal politics.

    He served two terms, overseeing the creation of the city’s bike path network and numerous parks and beaches, including the one named after him on Île Notre-Dame.

    In this photo taken Saturday, March 2, 2013, Dr. Arthur Porter speaks with a reporter at his home in Nassau, Bahamas.

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    Arthur Porter (June 30, 2015)

    The mercurial entrepreneur and physician at the centre of one of the city’s highest-profile scandals died of lung cancer in a Panama prison, just two weeks after his 59th birthday.

    Appointed CEO of the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and tasked with overseeing the construction of the Glen Site hospital, Porter resigned in late 2011 amid allegations of bribery, corruption and fraud.

    He never faced justice in Canada, but his wife Pamela Porter has since pleaded guilty to money-laundering.

    Rabbi Shoham was put to rest on Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

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    Rabbi Sidney Shoham (September 20, 2015)

    The Baltimore-born rabbi of the Beth Zion Congregation in Côte-Saint-Luc died at the age of 86.

    Shoham, a towering figure in the Montreal Jewish community, known as a powerful orator and tireless organizer, was the only rabbi to chair the Combined Jewish Appeal.

    He also co-founded the Canadian Rabbinic Cabinet.

    Edwin Briggs (November 29, 2015)

    The former mayor of the City of Beaconsfield, Edwin Briggs, who was elected as Councillor from 1956 until 1960 and served as Mayor from 1960 until 1982, passed away at the age of 90.

    He is remembered as one of the actors who contributed to the growth of the city.

    Under his administration, Beaconsfield experienced a boom in the development of its social and sports resources, including the construction of city hall, the recreation centre, the library, the fire station, the sewage treatment plant, soccer and baseball fields as well as the lawn bowling greens.

    Former Montreal Canadiens Dickie Moore responds to questions in Ottawa on June 1, 2007.

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    Dickie Moore (December 19, 2015)

    Dickie Moore was a gritty goal-scorer and playmaker who was part of the Montreal Canadiens dynasty of the 1950s – though he wasn’t quite as famous as some of his legendary teammates.

    Moore, who died at the age of 84, was too often a footnote in tales of the great Habs teams that won five Stanley Cups in a row from 1956 to 1960.

    It was a group that boasted Maurice (Rocket) Richard, Jean Béliveau, Bernard (Boom Boom) Geoffrion, Doug Harvey and goalie Jacques Plante.

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