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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, fellow B.C. byelection candidates face fiery debate

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NDP leader Jagmeet Singh was one of a number of candidates in the riding of Burnaby South who took heat at a fiery debate that happened as part of a federal byelection campaign on Wednesday night.

The debate included four candidates: Singh, the Liberals’ Richard Lee, the Conservatives’ Jay Shin, and the People’s Party of Canada’s Laura-Lynn Tyler Thompson.

WATCH: Jan. 19 — Races heating up in key byelections in B.C.






As the debate began, a protester wearing a jacket that displayed the logo of the American Indian Movement started yelling toward the stage, directing his anger at Singh, though he also had harsh words for parties beside the NDP.

“The last part of your land, you guys want to take it for oil? You don’t have consent,” the protester said.

Singh responded, but the protester spoke up again: “yeah, why are you supporting LNG then?”

READ MORE: Campaigns hit high gear in Burnaby South, where NDP leader seeks a seat

Singh has publicly taken B.C.’s side when it comes to the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline — he’s 100 per cent opposed, he said in May.

He later said the federal government should abandon the expansion altogether.

The NDP leader said he would be happy to chat with the protester after the debate, but he wasn’t interested.

“We don’t want you elected if you’re supporting pipelines,” the protester said.

“We don’t want any NDP elected, and then we’ll deal with the Conservatives and the Liberals next year, when you try to bring in the army, when you try to bring in the RCMP against our people.

“We’re used to the white Europeans taking our land, now we’ve got coloured people, coloured people coming here, saying we want your land too,” he went on to say.

“Who’s being racist now? There’s your debate, eh.”

The debate was hosted by the Friends of Canadian Broadcasting, an organization that believes a “strong CBC, fearless journalism, and our shared story make us who we are.”

The focus of the debate was expected to be the future of Canadian media in the age of Facebook.

However, other topics soon took over — and a battle over signs erupted on the sidelines.

Conservative candidate Jay Shin talked about the federal Liberals’ promise to balance the federal budget by 2019: “that hasn’t happened.”

Thompson talked about how she had been banned from Facebook three times.

Thompson has drawn controversy for her opposition to SOGI 123 — a curriculum focused on sexual orientation and gender identity within B.C.’s school system.

WATCH: Jan. 13 — Byelection campaign in Burnaby South ramps up






In the past, she has said that it teaches “gender-fluid ideology to all children in British Columbia.”

Of being banned from Facebook, she said, “I wear it as a badge of honour, because it means I was speaking truth.

“Speaking truth has become an act of courage and it ought not to be that way in Canada.”

Thompson drew raucous cheers and applause from supporters who carried large campaign signs to the debate.

They could be heard chanting, “Laura! Laura! Laura!”

READ MORE: ANALYSIS — With the NDP focused on B.C., Jagmeet Singh may lose a crucial beachhead in Quebec

However, one issue related to broadcasting and media did generate discussion among the candidates — “fake news.”

Asked whether any of the candidates had been victimized by fake news in the past, both Singh and Thompson said yes, they had.

Singh said an ad circulated recently that suggested he and his wife lived in a $5.5-million mansion.

“And my wife is like, if that’s the mansion we live in, why don’t you take me there?” he said, drawing laughs from the audience.

Thompson, meanwhile, said reporting had emerged that suggested she had once stood alongside an organization that, she claimed, she had never heard of.

“That’s fake news,” she said.

  • With files from Richard Zussman

© 2019 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.



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A stunning Water Lantern Festival is coming to Montreal

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What might just be the most magical night ever is coming up for Montreal this year.

The Water Lantern Festival has announced that it will be gracing Mississauga with thousands of floating lanterns later this year, as part of a celebration that spans the entire world.

According to the festival’s official website, the event is a celebration of life with proceeds going towards charities and non-profit organizations within the area.

“Water Lantern Festival brings together individuals from all ages, backgrounds, and walks of life to join in one emotional and memorable night. At the Water Lantern Festival, we cherish these moments and will do our best to help you have a memorable experience that you’ll never forget as you witness the beauty of thousands of lanterns reflecting upon the water,” the website states.

The festival takes place throughout multiple cities around the world, with the Canadian cities of Quebec, Regina, Vancouver, Hamilton, Calgary, Ottawa, Mississauga, and, of course, Montreal taking part.

For the Calgary event, a date has been confirmed and tickets are already rolling out. Montreal shan’t be far behind, and you can click the Notify Me tab on the event’s site to be kept in the loop.

Expect an evening filled with food trucks, music, lantern designing and finally, a magical launch of the lanterns into the water as the sun goes down.

For our pals over in Calgary, their event includes a floating lantern, a commemorative drawstring bag, a marker, and a wristband. Expect something similar, if not the same, when more details float through about Montreal’s event.

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Euthanasia order on hold for Montreal dog that attacked children

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A pit bull dog that attacked four children and two adults in August 2018 in Montreal North will not be euthanized in the immediate future.

The euthanasia order has been temporarily suspended pending the appeal of a Quebec Superior Court decision.

On Tuesday, Judge Lukasz Granosik rejected a request to halt the euthanasia order issued by the Montreal North borough, which declared the animal a “dangerous dog.”

The City of Montreal has not changed its mind. This is only a delay before it proceeds with euthanizing the dog, a source told the Canadian Press.

Shotta, the one-year-old dog, was in the care of its owner’s acquaintance in August 2018. The dog attacked four children and two adults, causing serious injuries in separate incidents on the same day.

After the attacks, the dog was taken from the home and entrusted to the SPCA.

WATCH: Dog found dead in Angrignon Park

The Road to Home Rescue Support, an American shelter, asked the court if it could take in the dog. Christa Frineau, the dog’s owner, had also asked that Shotta not be euthanized.

Granosik refused to grant the request.

—With files from Global’s Kalina Laframboise

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9 Things To Do In Montreal This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

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Today’s sunny skies have me itching to make weekend plans. I absolutely cannot wait to make the most of this warmer weather. This might be the time to inflate my bike tires and dust off my running shoes…

Whether you want to brush up on your cooking skills, let loose, or fill your stomach with amazing food, there’s an event out there for you. Read on for 9 fun things you can do with friends or a fling this weekend.

TL;DR Read on for 9 fun things you can do in Montreal this weekend.

Let Yourself Go At Dress Up

Where: 185 Avenue Van Horne, Montréal.

When: Friday, March 29, 9:00 p.m.

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