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April 12, 2013

Anonymous muscle in on Canadian teen rape case

Anonymous muscle in on Canadian teen rape case

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On Wednesday, the Internet hacking collective Anonymous vowed to publish the names of the four suspects involved in the alleged rape of Canadian Rehtaeh Parsons, who committed suicide last week.

A message sent to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) by the hacktivist group called “for immediate legal action” in the case, citing that “If we [Anonymous] were able to locate these boys within 2 hours, it will not be long before someone else finds them.”

This latest operation by the group, dubbed “Operation Justice For Rehtaeh”, led to expression of concern among the members of the RCMP. In an interview with the National Post, Nova Scotia Justice Minister Ross Landry spoke of the dangers of releasing this crucial information in this ongoing investigation, “We don’t want another child taking their life because some vigilante group think it’s OK … maybe it’s a wrong name — then what would they do to someone?”

The 17-year-old Parsons was taken off life support on Sunday following an attempt to take her own life days before. Her mother erected a Facebook page celebrating the life of her daughter as well as acknowledging the true reasons for her daughters tragic passing, “Rehtaeh is gone today because of the four boys that thought that raping a 15-year-old girl was okay, and to distribute a photo to ruin her spirit and reputation would be fun.”



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January 25, 2010

Inuk hunter adrift on arctic ice floe

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Stranded on a floe since it broke loose while he was snowmobiling across it on Friday, 39 year-old David Idlout is huddled in a tent dropped by rescue planes awaiting the arrival of a rescue helicopter that is scrambling from CFB Greenwood, Nova Scotia, the closest rescue helicopter to Resolute, Nunavut.

While many places are experiencing cold temperatures, much of the Arctic has had an unusually mild winter. Too much so for professional hunter and hunting guide Idlout, who was out checking if conditions had improved after a cold snap. The breakaway floe is just more evidence conditions are still too warm, the ice too soft.

Idlout’s survival gear included a satellite phone, and he called his wife Tracy Kalluk as soon as he became aware the floe had broken free and was drifting into the Northwest Passage. She in turn contacted local authorities in the population 252 remote village, who got in touch with the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre, based in Trenton, Ontario

The Joint Rescue Coordination Centre scrambled two Hercules aircraft which were able to drop gear to the stranded man on Friday. The floe has been moving into the water between Griffith and Cornwallis Islands, and is approximately 15 kilometres from Resolute Bay. The supplies included a tent, stove, and additional communications gear including a locator beacon.

Now well into his third night on the ice, Idlout’s rescue is expected within hours. An earlier attempt was delayed when the helicopter, after its long journey from its home base, experienced mechanical failures when trying to lift off from Resolute. Weather conditions are not helpful either, as Resolute remains under blizzard warning with poor visibility and 50 km winds. His wife is speaking with Idlout every two hours, and expects the helicopter to lift him off the ice early Monday local time.



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October 30, 2009

Canadian folk singer attacked and killed by coyotes in Nova Scotia

Canadian folk singer attacked and killed by coyotes in Nova Scotia

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Taylor Mitchell, a Canadian folk singer, was attacked by two coyotes while hiking alone in Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Nova Scotia on Wednesday, officials said.

Another hiker nearby heard screams and contacted park rangers, where they found two coyotes attacking Mitchell. Rangers shot and injured one of the animals as it tried to flee.

Mitchell, aged 19, was airlifted to a Halifax hospital in critical condition. That evening, police found what they suspected to be the other coyote, and shot and killed it.

Mitchell died the following morning from bite wounds covering her entire body. The animals were described as “extremely aggressive” by park authorities. The dead coyote was tested to determine what caused the two to attack, as coyote attacks are very rare.



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May 2, 2009

1,100 evacuated due to massive Halifax brush fire

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Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service reported that a blaze which started Thursday outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada was brought under control by Friday afternoon with the help of a rainstorm Friday morning.

“If we didn’t have the rain, this fire may not be under control,” Lloyd Currie, a spokesman for the Halifax Regional Fire Service said. “We’re happy that we’re having this rain. We just need more of it.”

Hurricane Juan in 2003 produced downed trees and brush to fuel this year’s fire which spread through the area at 36 metres (118 feet) per minute. On Thursday, the fire was settling down, but when high winds fanned the blaze, the fire surged out of control, and 15 meters (49.2 ft) high flames were created which lept from treetop to treetop.

800 to 1,200 hectares (2,000 to 3,000 acres) of forest were destroyed along with eight homes. Another ten homes were also damaged as high winds fanned the flames through the district. Police are investigating a possible case of arson during the brushfire when residents were evacuating.

Over 100 firefighters and five helicopters were out fighting the fire.

People were awakened from their sleep at three a.m. local time to report into the the Red Cross evacuation centre. Residents reported driving through flames in their home driveways to escape the brush fire.

On Wednesday, firefighters thought a fire in the same district was under control. Currie feels that the Thursday wildfire was a separate fire distinct from the one started on Wednesday.

“We warned the people as fast as we could,” said Currie. Altogether about 1,100 persons were displaced because of the fire and about 500 homes were abandoned.

Peter Kelly, Mayor of Halifax toured the devastation by air, “It’s a shock. Where homes used to be they are no longer. It’s surreal for me”, he said.

On Friday no flames were visible, but hot spots remained.

Halifax Regional Municipality, with a population of 282,924 in 2006, is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia, Canada.


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  • Oliver Moore “Halifax fire appears under control More residents forced to flee brush fires burning on outskirts of the city, some in the middle of the night”. The Globe and Mail, May 1, 2009
  • Michael Macdonald “Halifax-area brush fire under control: officials”. The Canadian Press, May 1, 2009
  • “Arson suspected at one home in Halifax fires”. CTV Television Network, May 1, 2009
  • Kristen Lipscombe “Rain helps firefighters gain upper hand”. Metro News, May 1, 2009
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Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency Service reported that a blaze which started Thursday outside of Halifax, Nova Scotia in Canada was brought under control by Friday afternoon with the help of a rainstorm Friday morning.

“If we didn’t have the rain, this fire may not be under control,” Lloyd Currie, a spokesman for the Halifax Regional Fire Service said. “We’re happy that we’re having this rain. We just need more of it.”

Hurricane Juan in 2003 produced downed trees and brush to fuel this year’s fire which spread through the area at 36 metres (118 feet) per minute. On Thursday, the fire was settling down, but when high winds fanned the blaze, the fire surged out of control, creating flames 15 meters (49.2 ft) high which leapt from treetop to treetop.

Between 800 to 1,200 hectares (2,000 to 3,000 acres) of forest were destroyed, as were eight homes. Another ten homes were also damaged as high winds fanned the flames through the district. Police are investigating a possible case of arson during the brushfire when residents were evacuating.

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Over 100 firefighters and five helicopters were out fighting the fire.

People were awakened from their sleep at three a.m. local time to report into the Red Cross evacuation centre. Residents reported driving through flames in their home driveways to escape the brush fire.

On Wednesday, firefighters thought a fire in the same district was under control. Currie feels that the Thursday wildfire was a separate fire distinct from the one started on Wednesday.

“We warned the people as fast as we could,” said Currie. Altogether about 1,100 persons were displaced because of the fire and about 500 homes were abandoned.

Peter Kelly, Mayor of Halifax toured the devastation by air. “It’s a shock. Where homes used to be they are no longer. It’s surreal for me,” he said.

On Friday no flames were visible, but hot spots remained.

Halifax Regional Municipality, with a population of 282,924 in 2006, is the capital of the province of Nova Scotia.



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September 26, 2008

CanadaVOTES: CHP candidate Pastor George D. Campbell running in Dartmouth—Cole Harbour

CanadaVOTES: CHP candidate Pastor George D. Campbell running in Dartmouth—Cole Harbour

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ALBERTA
Calgary Southwest: CHP
Edmonton—Leduc: NDP
Yellowhead: CHP

BRITISH COLUMBIA
Langley: CHP*
Vancouver Kingsway: NDP

MANITOBA
Brandon—Souris: CHP

NOVA SCOTIA
Dartmouth—Cole Harbour: CHP

ONTARIO
Cambridge: NDP
Carleton—Mississippi Mills: NDP
Don Valley West: NDP
Elgin—Middlesex—London: NDP
Haldimand—Norfolk: LIB, CHP
Hamilton Centre: NDP i
Hamilton East—Stoney Creek: NDP i
Lanark-Front.-Lennox & Addin.: LIB
Parry Sound—Muskoka: NDP
Perth—Wellington: LIB
Prince Edward—Hastings: NDP
Simcoe—Grey: NDP
Thornhill: LIB i
Toronto Centre: AAEV*
Toronto—Danforth: LIB, AAEV
York—Simcoe: CHP

QUEBEC
Louis-Hébert: CHP
Westmount—Ville-Marie: NDP

SASKATCHEWAN
Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar: Lbtn

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On October 14, 2008, Canadians will be heading to the polls for the federal election. Christian Heritage Party candidate Pastor George D. Campbell is standing for election in the riding of Dartmouth—Cole Harbour.

Wikinews contacted John, to talk about the issues facing Canadians, and what they and their party would do to address them. Wikinews is in the process of contacting every candidate, in every riding across the country, no matter their political stripe. All interviews are conducted over e-mail, and interviews are published unedited, allowing candidates to impart their full message to our readers, uninterrupted.

Michael Savage of the Liberal Party won the riding’s first election in 2004, and serves as the Liberal critic for Human Resources Development. (Note that the riding, with different names and boundaries, has existed in some form since 1968. Its current size includes the Dartmouth and Cole Harbour areas of the Halifax Regional Municipality.) Along with Campbell, challengers for the riding include Brad Pye (NDP), Paul Shreenan (Green), and Wanda Webber (Conservative).

For more information, visit the campaign’s official website, listed below.

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Why are you running for political office, why at the federal level, why this party, and why in this riding?

I am running as a candidate because I see the Moral Fibre of Canada slowly deteriorating through poverty, violence, family breakdowns, education system, justice system, environmental issues as well as the moral issues that government refuse to research and put to the people of Canada once and for all. We certainly need to address our Armed Forces and the role they are to play within the nations and that they are well equipped and provided for in their ongoing duties of peace keeping.
I am running at the federal level because I am more familiar with the way the federal government works and as a past employee on many levels I am familiar with its inner workings. I am running in Dartmouth/Cole Harbour because it is where I live and pastor a church and drive a school bus.

Previous to this campaign, have you been politically involved? How will you apply your previous work/volunteer/life experience to serving your constituents?

I have never been politically involved other than being a member of a political party. I believe that my past 45 years wok experience in many professions and areas of volunteering has given me much wisdom and insight to the struggles and needs of the majority of hard working Canadians. I can also identify with their everyday needs whether at home, at work or in school.

As you campaign around your riding, it’s likely that some issues are mentioned more often by voters, than other issues. What would you say are the three hottest topics this election, in your riding?

The three top issues that I have encountered are:
  1. The economy (high prices of basic needs)
  2. Not having any candidate or M.P. meet personally to talk about issues
  3. Our troops in Afghanistan
I believe our party’s platform completely outlines our attack on the economy and the answers to providing a relief from much of the economic pressures suffered by Canadians. One being the change to the income tax structure.
In reference to a one on one with peoples representatives in Ottawa, periodic mail outs are good by does not answer questions and concerns. As a representative of the people in my riding I would hold a quarterly town hall meeting in various locations in the riding to be available to the people.
In regards to our troops, I believe Canada has long been regarded as a peace keeping nation by the world and we need to return to our profile as first and foremost peace keepers but also be ready to defend those who are persecuted due to racial or ethnic origins and who suffer because of war.
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Is there any misconceptions about you, your leader, or your party and platform?

I believe that there are no misconceptions about myself, I am who I declare I am and hold dearly to my personal convictions as I also believe our leader does and, our party and platform.

There are more ways than ever to get your message out, from the traditional campaign fliers and lawn signs, to new media like websites, Facebook, and YouTube. The tried-and-true routes get the message out to the masses much easier, but digital alternatives are much more measurable in how many are seeing or interacting with your campaign. What seems to be the most effective, from your experience?

From my experience, the best way to get the message out is through word of mouth.

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May 16, 2008

Guards at Nova Scotia jail refuse to work after asbestos discovery

Guards at Nova Scotia jail refuse to work after asbestos discovery

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Nine correctional workers at the Cape Breton Correctional Facility in Sydney, Nova Scotia refused to work after the discovery of asbestos in the facility by the Canada’s Department of Justice. The guards walked off the job after the Occupational Health and Safety Committee at the facility was made aware of the situation.

Location of Sydney, Nova Scotia in Nova Scotia
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Joan Jessome, president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, told The Canadian Press that the guards refused to show up for their Thursday night shift, and did not show up for work on Friday. Jessome stated that the guards’s refusal to work is permitted under the provincial Occupational Health and Safety Act. “What they’ve done is not a work stoppage. What they’ve done is exercise their right to refuse to do the work because they believe it’s unsafe,” said Jessome.

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—Joan Jessome

The issue of asbestos in the facility was raised months ago, and an April 25 inspection found that the asbestos was properly labeled to prevent staff from accidental exposure.

The location is undergoing testing, however preliminary results show that the levels of asbestos in the facility are within safe limits. Air testing conducted on May 8 in the facility did not show traces of the carcinogenic material.

The Department of Justice stated in a press release Friday that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police will be providing emergency staffing to the correctional facility as needed, and that new inmates will be sent to one of the four other correctional facilities in Nova Scotia.

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—Sheri Aikenhead

Sheri Aikenhead, a spokeswoman for the provincial Justice Department, talked to The Canadian Press: “At the moment we’re satisfied that managers are safely managing the situation there. If the RCMP are required, they will be called upon.” Aikenhead said that an inmate had complained about the possibility of the presence of asbestos this past March.

The Cape Breton Correctional Facility is a provincial jail which houses 76 inmates. The facility is 33-years old, and asbestos was used in construction as a fire retardant. If asbestos fibers are disturbed and inhaled they can lead to lung scarring and lung cancer.



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February 2, 2008

Groundhog predicts 6 more weeks of winter weather for US

Groundhog predicts 6 more weeks of winter weather for US

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Each year, for the past 118 years, thousands of people have traveled to the Pennsylvania town of Punxsutawney in the United States, about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, on February 2nd to see if the groundhog named Phil predicted more winter weather or an early spring.

This year, Phil did see his shadow when pulled out of his burrow on Gobblers’ Knob, which according to an essentially German superstition, means the area should brace for more winter weather.

This year, visitors came from as far as Texas and Alaska to see the annual event, which may be linked to a European festival of Candlemas. The crowd of nearly 30,000 people was one of the largest in the event’s history.

In Wiarton, Ontario, Canada’s Wiarton Willie, however, predicted an early spring for Canadians in the province. Just a day ago a heavy snowstorm blaze struck Ontario and Quebec. “Dignitaries, me lads and ladies, get your shorts and T-shirts too, Wiarton Willie’s annual task is through. Now the town crier proudly rings, Willie predicts it’s an early spring,” said town crier Bruce Krugerwhile while ringing his bell. Nova Scotia’s Shubenacadie Sam also predicted an early spring. It is said up to ten thousand people attend the event in Ontario annually.



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April 30, 2007

Stephen McNeil becomes leader of the Nova Scotia Liberals

Stephen McNeil becomes leader of the Nova Scotia Liberals

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McNeil makes his acceptance speech Saturday, at the Dartmouth Sportplex, after winning on the second ballot.

During the campaign, McNeil and the other candidates met up with Dalhousie journalism student Gillian Cormier.

Stephen McNeil, Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) for Annapolis County, Nova Scotia in Canada, is now the head of an even bigger family.

McNeil, the 12th of 17 children, was voted the new leader of the Nova Scotia Liberal Party at the leadership convention on Saturday.

“For the people who said Liberalism in Nova Scotia is on life support, I say look at this room,” said McNeil. “The Tory [Conservative] government in Nova Scotia is on life support.”

“We know with your support we can be the next government of Nova Scotia,” he said.

Just under 1400 delegates came out to the Dartmouth, Nova Scotia Sportsplex to vote for the new leader of the party. McNeil won the leadership on the second ballot, receiving 718 votes.

The second ballot came down to just McNeil and Diana Whalen, MLA for Halifax-West Clayton Park. Whalen finished with 650 votes.

McNeil is taking over from interim leader Michel Samson, who held the position after former leader Francis MacKenzie resigned after the dismal 2006 provincial election that left the Liberals with only nine seats. MacKenzie had been leader of the party since 2004.

Our Liberal Party stands at the threshold of immense promise and opportunity. Each of us has an important role to play in helping achieve this goal. Let’s make it our primary objective to restore the Nova Scotia Liberal Party as a unified force in Nova Scotia politics. As Leader, I will work together with each of you to build our party’s unity through hard work and dedication and to re-establish the Liberal Party’s rightful place in Nova Scotia politics.

As your leader, I am committed to making sure that every time this government turns its back on the people of Nova Scotia, they will hear me roar.

 
— Stephen McNeil, on winning the Liberal leadership

McNeil has a lofty task before him. The Nova Scotia Liberals have been stuck as a third party for the past eight years. The party has also struggled to fine unity and direction —this was the third Liberal leadership convention since 2002.

“I understand the awesome responsibility I asked for,” said McNeil. “This has truly been a great campaign and a rebirth of our party.”

The first ballot required a majority of 699 votes to win. McNeil received 571 votes, Kenzie MacKinnon 169, Mike Smith 255 and Whalen 402.

After the results of the first ballot, fourth-place candidate MacKinnon marched his cheering supporters to the other side of the stadium to lend his support to Whalen.

There was a dramatic pause as delegates waited to see if Smith would stick around for the second ballot or free his delegates.

McNeil supporters stood in front on Smith’s section and tossed Smith supporters McNeil t-shirts in hopes of gaining their support. Whalen’s supporters cheered on the other side.

Then, in a move that surprised many of Smith’s supporters, he hugged Whalen and offered her his support.

However, unlike the MacKinnon supporters who waved both “Kenzie” and McNeil placards, Smith’s supporters were seen waving Smith/McNeil and Smith/Whalen signs. Support was split. But by the end of the first ballot, McNeil only needed just over a third of the bottom two candidates’ supporter’s votes to win.

McNeil thanked his competitors after the win, and said he hoped to see Smith and MacKinnon in the legislature after the next election. He also thanked his mother —the woman he credited with introducing him to Liberalism, and his constituency.

“To the people of Annapolis—look how far you’ve taken this country boy,” said McNeil.

During his campaign, McNeil also promised to hold a youth summit within 30 days on winning the leadership and a presidents’ summit within 90 days. He said tomorrow—after his son’s confirmation, he would begin work on these two events.

The leadership convention was hosted by the Nova Scotia Federal Liberal Caucus.

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April 13, 2007

Liberal Party of Canada makes deal with Green Party leader

Liberal Party of Canada makes deal with Green Party leader

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Elizabeth May at the Green Party of Canada leadership debate on June 21, 2006.

After Green Party leader Elizabeth May announced her plans for running against Conservative MP Peter MacKay in his riding of Central Nova in the next federal election, the Liberal Party of Canada have decided to not have a candidate in the riding. In return, the Greens have agreed not run a candidate against Liberal leader Stéphane Dion in his riding of Saint-Laurent—Cartierville in Quebec.

Both Stéphane Dion and Elizabeth May held a joint news conference today in Central Nova to talk about their plans.

The riding has a long history of Conservative MPs which finds it a tough race to fight for May with the Liberals backing her.

The decision earned some criticism from NDP leader Jack Layton. “It’s incredible that this matter of such importance is being decided by two leaders in secret,” Layton told reporters. “That’s not what democracy is about. It is the citizens that ought to make choices about who is going to be representing them…”I’m surprised to see Ms. May support the member of Parliament [Stéphane Dion] who was at the Liberal cabinet table during the decade that greenhouse gases went up by more than 30 per cent.”

Stéphane Dion held the Minister of Environment portfolio under former Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin. At the end of his Liberal leadership campaign he changed his campaign colour to green to represent his interest for environmental issues in Canada. May is an environmentalist and is largely noted as founder of the Sierra Club of Canada.

The Green Party of Canada has run a full slate of candidates in the last two elections, but has yet to win a seat in Parliament. If May wins the riding in the next federal election, she would be the first one ever.

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