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Sask. RCMP officer recognizes high driver, charges White Bear First Nation man

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Charges that include impaired driving have been laid against a Saskatchewan man after a test by an RCMP officer trained in recognizing whether someone is high on drugs.


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Mounties say the test was given to a driver pulled over near Arcola last Wednesday and the results backed up an impaired driving charge.

Police also say a stolen illegally altered gun was found in the vehicle.


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The 41-year-old accused from the White Bear First Nation was to appear in an Estevan courtroom on Monday.



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Government to pledge $400 million for transport projects in Canada’s North

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The federal government is set to announce funding to help improve the remote roads, airports and bridges of Canada’s North.

On Monday, Transport Canada will begin a call for proposals for funding to tackle transportation challenges in the territories

The National Trade Corridors Fund will dedicate $2 billion over 11 years to beef up Canadian trade infrastructure, including up to $400 million for transportation initiatives in the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Nunavut. The fund also provides support for trade diversification strategies. 

Groups are being asked to submit proposals for approval to get a slice of the money — provided the projects they submit meet the criteria and objectives of the fund.

The projects will be assessed by Transport Canada to see how well they fit four objectives:

  • Reducing bottlenecks and capacity issues to support the flow of goods and passengers.
  • Improving the climate resilience of the transportation system, which may include new technologies. 
  • Addressing the unique transportation needs to take into account things like safety and economic and social development. 
  • Building on pre-existing investments made by public and private sector partners.

The chosen projects will support things like airports, all-season roads, bridges and ports — with the aiming of enhancing safety and development in the territories. 

The government is also looking for projects designed to help increase access to northern markets normally cut off due to tough terrain and weather conditions, Transport Canada said in a news release. 

« Enhancing the northern transportation system will support and promote economic growth, trade diversification and social development, offer job opportunities, and ensure greater connectivity for Northerners, » said Transport Minister Marc Garneau.  

Territorial and municipal governments, Indigenous groups, non-profit organizations, private-sector firms, and federal Crown corporations and agencies are eligible to present proposals, which are due at the end of March. Expressions of interest should be submitted no later than Jan. 15, 2019.

Garneau’s announcement comes several months after Nunavut’s government told Ottawa it’s time for Canada to focus on infrastructure in the North.

« Our opportunities are hindered by infrastructure, the lack of fibre, the lack of roads, » David Akeeagok, the Nunavut minister of economic development and transportation, told an energy conference in August.

The idea of establishing a Northern Corridor was first put forward by researchers at the University of Calgary’s School of Public Policy in a 2016 paper.

Their proposal consists of a $100-billion, 7,000-kilometre national right-of-way in Canada’s north and near north for possible road, rail, pipeline, electricity and communication infrastructure.



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114th Santa Claus Parade marked largest parade in city’s history

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Zyana Mangubat didn’t care that she was about to witness the largest parade — of any kind — in the city’s history.

The antler-wearing Stouffville tot was there for the star of the show.

The Fernandes family takes a selfie.
The Fernandes family takes a selfie.  (Steve Russell / Toronto Star)

“Santa!” Zyana, 7, erupted when asked what she was most looking forward to Sunday from Toronto’s annual Santa Claus Parade.

But before she’d see the rotund elf — and bid him bring her a Hatchimal egg — some 32 floats, 21 marching bands and thousands of clowns, knights, skunks, fish, princesses and upside-down monkeys would pass by her University Ave. perch.

And those combined floats and players would make the 114th edition of the Christmas season kick off larger than any of its predecessors, says Clay Charters, the parade’s executive director.

“And if the Santa Claus parade has always been the largest in the city and this is our largest Santa Claus parade, then I’m inclined to agree with (the largest parade ever claim),” Charters says.

“The previous high mark was 30 floats, so we’re two floats longer than there’s ever been before.”

The parade’s fanciful new entrants included a float sponsored by Sunwing.ca and Autentica Cuba featuring sunning elves on a Caribbean beach as well as a Canada Protection Plan entrant called Sledding Fun.

There were also 19 returning sponsors who’d done complete rebuilds of previous floats, Charters says.

Celebrity clowns smile during the parade.
Celebrity clowns smile during the parade.  (Steve Russell/Toronto Star)

Charters says his not-for-profit organization relied on more than 3,000 staff and volunteers to build, march in, and marshal this year’s parade.

Kalayce Brown — a parade sticker on her 6-year-old face — also enjoyed Santa and was asking him for an L. O. L Surprise Doll.

Dinosaur-mad James Chong, 7, hoped to see a Jurassic World movie float, but would have to make do with a Toronto Raptors raptor dribbling a basketball across a Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment entrant.

Charters is not surprised that the parade is still growing and beckoning hundreds of thousands of kids and their parents to Toronto’s downtown sidewalks in this video-game age.

“I think that even if kids are attracted to video games and their screens, inevitably everyone wants to be able to share experiences with people they love,” he says.

“And that’s what the Santa Claus Parade offers is a chance to get outside, to share something with your friends and family and to build traditions with them.”

The three-hour parade travelled from Christie Pits, wending along Bloor St., University Ave, and Wellington, Yonge and Front Sts. before breaking up at the St. Lawrence Market.

The North Toronto Marching band. The 114th Santa Claus Parade starts at Christie Pits and ends at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto.
The North Toronto Marching band. The 114th Santa Claus Parade starts at Christie Pits and ends at the St. Lawrence Market in Toronto.  (Steve Russell/Toronto Star)



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Puppies saved from Korean meat trade up for adoption in Calgary

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Two puppies rescued from a meat farm in South Korea are looking for forever homes in Calgary.

The dogs were born and raised for meat but with the help of an Alberta animal rescue group, the two canines are getting a second chance at life.

After a 16-hour flight, puppies Alison and Liz arrived in Calgary over the weekend met by members of Rocky Mountain Animal Rescue (RMAR).


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In partnership with Go Rescue Korea, RMAR was able to carry out the rescue — the first of its kind for the Canadian group.

Both dogs were found on an illegal dog meat farm in South Korea where the conditions were described as horrific by RMAR volunteer Krishneel Prasad.

“[The dogs] were living under a bridge in cages with 10 to 15 dogs and drinking out of muddy rainwater,” said Prasad. “They were just waiting for their time to be slaughtered.”

Alison arrived in Calgary over the weekend after being saved from a South Korean dog meat farm.

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Because of the abuse Alison and Liz endured, they have been reluctant to leave their kennel since landing in Calgary. Amanda Lo, operations manager of RMAR, is optimistic the dogs’ demeanors will change.

“When they came [to Calgary], they were extremely fearful, which is understandable for their history,” Lo said. “But I think they’ll do really great.”

Officials estimate there are still more than 17,000 dog meat farms in South Korea.

Despite a decline in demand over the past decade, millions of dogs are slaughtered every year for their meat, RAMR said.


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Both Alison and Liz are Jindo Cross, a breed described by the American Kennel Club as being “alert, bold and intelligent.” Prasad said these pups just need a second chance.

“They’re our best friends and they don’t know what it’s like [to be pets],” said Prasad. “They just need to have that opportunity.”

Liz arrived in Calgary over the weekend after being saved from a South Korean dog meat farm.

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The next step is to find homes for Alison and Liz in Alberta or British Columbia. Lo said the families who adopt the dogs will need to be patient as the animals transition from being livestock to family pets.

“I need to wonder what their personalities will be like and what sort of family I should be matching them up with,” said Lo.

RMAR said it will continue to try to save more dogs from meat farms across the world in order to give them the same opportunities as Alison and Liz.

© 2018 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.



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