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March 11, 2009

Jury considers Curt Dagenais court case

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Jury considers Curt Dagenais court case

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

In Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, the jury is deliberating in the case of Curt Dagenais, charged in the July 2006 shooting deaths of two Saskatchewan RCMP officers. Justice Gerald Allbright, in his instructions to the sequestered jury, has advised the jurors that they may consider the charges of second-degree murder, manslaughter or discharging a firearm with intent to wound or endanger life, but not the charge of first-degree murder the Crown has sought.

Dagenais has entered a plea of not guilty by reason of self defense. He is charged with two counts first degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the Spiritwood Incident.

Constable Michelle Knopp survived the shoot-out which erupted after a high speed chase ended about 30 kilometers (19 miles) from Spiritwood, Saskatchewan near Mildred. Constables Marc Bourdages and Robin Cameron died about one week following the shoot out which occurred July 7, 2006.

Defense lawyer Bill Roe argued self defense for Dagenais, saying he shot “in a blind panic” when RCMP officers fired upon him.

Crown prosecutor Al Johnston asserted that Dagenais shot first. Johnston asserted that Dagenais cannot be believed, that his story is presented so he can get away with murder.

The incident began with a dispute within the Dagenais family. The defendant supported his father Arthur Dagenais, and his sister supported the mother Elise Dagenais, during a divorce; his mother was to receive half the family farm from the divorce which she had previously allocated to Dagenais. Dagenais tried to speak to his mother, but the sister intervened.

Dagenais reported going to the local RCMP detachment and spoke with Constable Cameron. Constable Knopp informed Dagenais that the RCMP could not be involved in a family affair.

After Dagenais’ sister and mother went to the police, the three constables went to charge Dagenais with assault.

This is where the stories from the RCMP and Dagenais diverge. Dagenais claims that Cameron made the intial approach to arrest him and smashed his truck window, at which point Dagenais became scared and sped away from the situation. The RCMP state that Dagenais started to drive away from the situation which meant that Cameron was hit by the truck’s rear view mirror. Cameron retaliated by breaking the window. Officers Cameron and Bourdages followed the departing Dagenais in a police truck; Knopp followed in a SUV.

During the chase police sideswiped Dagenais’ truck. The RCMP say that Dagenais was unpredictable and that he had rammed their vehicle. The RCMP tried prevent Dagenais from reaching his father’s farm house fearing that there were firearms there.

Cquote1.svg The first shot was at the moving police vehicle before the crash from a stationary Dagenais vehicle…Curt Dagenais had the motive to shoot at the police vehicle and he had the opportunity to do it Cquote2.svg

—Al Johnston, Crown prosecutor

There is a difference in accounts of the chase and gun battle. Dagenais claims the RCMP fired upon him first, and he fired back in self defence fearing for his life.

The chase ended after RCMP rammed into the side of Dagenais’ stopped truck. Because Dagenais was already stopped, according to collision reconstruction expert, there was time for Dagenais to shoot at the RCMP truck. A firearm expert studying trajectories of the bullets found that one of the rounds fired from Daganais’ .30-30 Winchester entered the police vehicle at a different angle than other shots fired at the truck after the collision.

Dagenais has also reported holes in his truck door.

Dagenais claims when he heard the second vehicle drive up, there was more gun fire so he returned shots himself.

Knopp testifed that she arrived at the scene in the second vehicle her ear was struck by a fragment from bullet fire. She said when she arrived Daganais fired first and that Bourdages and Cameron were already badly wounded.

Firearms experts established that Dagenais fired eight times, and the RCMP six times during the gunfight.

During the trial evidence was presented that Dagenais had previously been assaulted by police. The RCMP had identified Daganais as a police hater. There had been previous altercations between the RCMP, Daganais and his father. Dagenais had filed prior lawsuits against the RCMP.

Following the incident, Dagenias fled the scene hiding in the woods of the countryside. 200 RCMP engaged in a massive manhunt. Dagenais turned himself in July 18, 2006.

The audio from the RCMP radio was submitted as evidence, and the dispatcher had opened all the channels associated with the Shellbrook area. There is no reporting of gunfire recorded on the audio.

There was no videotape in the onboard video camera installed in Knopp’s SUV when evidence was gathered two days following the shooting. A photograph of three VHS tapes in Knopp’s vehicle has been presented. Constable Kenneth Palen after viewing a tape, testified he was instructed not to keep the videotape found on the passenger seat of the SUV and it was destroyed in the garbage.

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September 27, 2008

CanadaVOTES: Libertarian Kevin Stricker running in Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar

CanadaVOTES: Libertarian Kevin Stricker running in Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar

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2008 Canadian federal election

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. Libertarian Party candidate Kevin Stricker is standing for election in the riding of Saskatoon—Rosetown—Biggar.

Born in Saskatoon, he graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 2003, with a B.Sc. with Great Distinction in Computer Science; he received a University Medal in Science. Having worked for several area businesses, this is his first political run. A longtime member of Fair Vote Canada, he currently serves on the Libertarian Party’s ethics committee.

Wikinews contacted Kevin, 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.

The riding includes southwest Saskatoon and area, including rural areas Biggar, Rosetown and Delisle. First elected in 2000, Conservative MP Carol Skelton announced she would not be seeking re-election, and was shuffled out of her Minister of National Revenue and Minister of Western Economic Diversification cabinet posts.

Winning the Conservative nomination in the riding is acclaimed Mayor of Waldheim Kelly Block, who is joined by Stricker, Amber Jones (Green), Roy Bluehorn (Liberal), Nettie Wiebe (NDP), Marcel Leon Bourassa (Christian Heritage), and independent Rick Barsky.

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

Interview

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

I am running for office with the Libertarian party because I don’t feel any of the mainstream parties represent a libertarian view. To me, the federal government should be the most libertarian branch of government, as it is the most far removed from individual Canadians. I am running in Saskatoon–Rosetown–Biggar as it is my home riding, and I would not be comfortable voting for any of the other candidates this year.

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

This is my first foray into politics. My computer science background will inject some much needed logic into political proceedings 😉

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? What would you and your party do to address these issues?

Economy: Residents, especially those on a fixed income are concerned about the rising cost of everything. We will work tirelessly to reduce the income tax burden on individuals and families, so people can fully enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Environment: People are still very split on this issue. Most Canadians are concerned about the environment and we trust them to act responsibly. If we alleviate the tax burden, families will be able to think less about meeting their basic needs, and more about making environmentally proactive spending decisions.
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Is there any misconceptions about you, your leader, or your party and platform?

Despite the similar name, we are nothing like the Liberal party.

There’s a 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?

Websites, Facebook and YouTube are very cost-effective for grassroots campaigning. How effective they are at reaching a significant portion of the electorate remains to be seen.



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April 6, 2007

Forty Hells Angels locations in Canada raided by police

Forty Hells Angels locations in Canada raided by police

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On Wednesday, approximately forty Hells Angels locations were raided by police in Ontario, , and . Police arrested more than thirty people in the three provinces.

A Hells Angels location in New York City.

The largest Hells Angels location in Canada, located in downtown Toronto on 498 Eastern Ave., was raided early Wednesday morning. Nearly sixteen members were arrested with two members still on the wanted list. Toronto Police removed the sign and are now investigating. They are currently planning a large crackdown on the Hells Angels in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

“Hopefully by now biker gangs and their associates are getting the message: we’re here to shut you down. You can run but you can’t hide, and we will do all that we can to bring you to justice,” said Ontario Provincial Police Commissioner (OPP) Julian Fantino. “I believe that we have to continue the attack on organized crime however it’s manifested, and we owe the citizens of our community no less.” “It’s a good day for policing in Toronto, a good day for policing in Ontario.”

“Project Develop was an 18-month investigation that utilized a full-patch Hells Angels member as a police agent to infiltrate the Toronto downtown chapter of the Hells Angels,” OPP Inspector Dan Redmond said yesterday. “Hells Angels criminal activity has been exposed by one of their own.”

Nearly 170 charges were laid against thirty-one people, police said, though they provided no list of charges or names. Sixteen full-patch members are said to be in custody, with arrest warrants outstanding for another two. Police seized vehicles, drugs, weapons, property and real-estate, but were not specific about the amounts.

The Hells Angels is a large biker gang founded 1948 in Fontana, California and is estimated to have 1,800 members in 22 countries. Since they started many other biker gangs merged with them, due to the fact that the Hells Angels are larger. The Hells Angels have 500 members in Canada, thirty-four active chapters in Canada, sixteen in Ontario, seven in British Columbia, five in , three in , two in , and one in . A number of raids have been made since, with two in September and January 2006.

A location on Sherwood Ave. in Scarborough, Ontario, and a house on Berard Court in Barrie, Ontario are under a restraining order as they may have drug related crimes.

The Toronto chapter of Hells Angels, in the “Real Deal News” section of their website, alleged that the police were staging a show for the media and that the raids were overly dramatic to make Hells Angels look bad on television.

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April 2, 2007

Wikinews Shorts: April 2, 2007

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Argentinians mark 25th anniversary of Guerra de las Malvinas

Location of Falkland Islands

Today marks the 25th anniversary of Argentina’s invasion of the Falkland Islands, a British overseas territory. The public holiday will be marked by memorial services to remember the dead, but it is also an opportunity to reiterate the country’s claim to sovereignty of the Falkland Islands.

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The US Supreme Court will not rule on habeas corpus for detainees

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The US Supreme Court majority opinion was that “the will of Congress” should prevail on the provision of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that was being challenged. The 6 to 3 decision means that detainees at Guantánamo will not be able file habeas corpus challenges in US courts.

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Russian scientist: Iran could create nuclear weapons

In an interview with Reuters, Russia’s Secretary of the Public Chamber, President of the Kurchatov Institute, and a leading nuclear scientist, Yevgeny Velikhov said: “From a scientific point of view of course they could create nuclear weapons,” and pointed to how the United States had underestimated the amount of time it would take the Soviet Union. “I consider biological, chemical and nuclear arms should be forbidden and that the holding and development of nuclear weapons should be considered a crime against humanity,” he said.

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Nelly Furtado leads 2007 Juno Award winners

Nelly Furtado

Canada’s major music awards weekend ended Sunday night with pop singer Nelly Furtado winning Juno Awards in five categories including best artist, best single for her song Promiscuous, and best album for her 2006 release Loose. Furtado was also host of last night’s televised ceremonies from Saskatoon, the first time the province of Saskatchewan has hosted the Junos.

The Juno Awards began in 1970 as the Gold Leaf Awards and honour Canadian music achievements. Other winners included Dixie Chicks, Billy Talent, Tomi Swick, Mobile, and Gordie Sampson.

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Yushchenko calls early elections in Ukraine

Viktor Yuschenko

President Viktor Yushchenko dissolved Ukraine’s parliament and called early elections Monday. “My actions are dictated by the strict necessity to save the state’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said in a televised address. However, members of the parliament said it would continue to function as-is, and would refuse to fund the election. Ukraine has been in a political turmoil as the president and his rival Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych position for power.

According to BBC News reports, the official election is set for May 27.

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January 11, 2007

Large blizzard sweeps through British Columbia, Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan

Large blizzard sweeps through British Columbia, Northern Alberta and Saskatchewan

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Travel shut down

Alberta closed many schools and highways as the eye of the storm traversed this western province. Travelling from British Columbia,[1] into northern Alberta and Edmonton, Alberta region, through Saskatchewan and to Manitoba, a severe blizzard started the night of Tuesday January 9, 2007. By Wednesday January 10, 2007, the storm tracked from Alberta and hit Saskatchewan. According to weather announcements on the Weather Network [2] the blizzard is expected to abate in Saskatchewan by 9:00 pm Central Standard Time. At the height of the storm, gusting winds approached upwards of 80 miles per hour. The temperature began in the morning around -10 Celsius, dropping to -21 Celsius by the evening.

Blowing snow conditions reduced visabliity to less than a car length at times. Some drivers who dared venture out on the highway told of needing to leave their car to kick away snow on the ground in order to determine if they were still driving on pavement. Heroic citizens donned ski pants and parkas, and thus bundled against the elements, assisted drivers who were unable to navigate the black ice covered by the fresh snow at the top of the 25th Street Bridge. In this way their efforts relieved an already bad condition of the piled up congestion on this bridge. Early in the afternoon, the new Circle Drive bridge was closed, and traffic was ill advised to use Circle Drive, which was battered by drifting snow drifts and gusting winds coming in from the open countryside. Around noon, it was said that taxi companies ceased to operate. A typical 15 minute venture driving across the City of Saskatoon mounted into line ups of 1 to two hours as traffic slowed to a snail’s pace, due to stuck vehicles, accidents, tow trucks, emergency vehicles, and vehicles unable to navigate steep hills and the underlying black ice from previous winter conditions. [3] Highways, public schools and school bus routes were among the first to be closed. Shopping malls, universities, colleges and high schools soon followed. Any children who arrived at school in early morning were kept at the school until parents could pick them up. Pedestrians were virtually impossible for vehicular traffic to see, and drifting snow made sidewalks hard to navigate. According to media sources, some children may be stranded overnight at schools in cases where roads are totally impassable due to white out conditions. By 6:00 pm City transit buses were not running, Saskatchewan transit buses would not take on highway travel and the airport closed down. Any travellers were strongly urged to book into hotel rooms by 3:00 pm as many hotels were near capacity by mid afternoon. Attempts to use cell phones were often greeted with a busy signal, as the network was loaded with calls during the emergency period. At 3:00 pm any calls for ambulances were encouraged to be of necessity only, and even then a 20 minute wait for the arrival of an ambulance was foreseeable according to radio announcements. As of 7:00 pm, police were only responding to crimes in progress and emergency situations. Tow trucks and RCMP were having a difficult time responding to situations. [4] Residents were strongly urged to stay at home.

SGEU Snowplow operators strike overview

To make matters more complicated highway workers supported the Saskatchewan Government Employees Union, (SGEU) which had been on strike since December 20, 2006. Correctional workers, and environmental employees who were on strike were joined by snowplow operators and supervisors Sunday, January 7, 2007. [5] By the end of Sunday approximately 1,200 highway workers were on a rotating strike, and had walked off the job. On Tuesday, January 9, 2007, in the face of weather predictions, SGEU advised highway workers to return to work. [6] By Wednesday, January 10, 2007, the brunt of the storm was faced by a full contingent of snowplow workers.

Environment Canada Blizzard Warning

A Blizzard warning from environment Canada [7] reported zero to almost zero visibility in Saskatchewan. The area around North Battleford announced closures first. Many highways closed between north western Lloydminster centrally located Saskatoon, and as far south and east as Yorkton, and everywhere in between. Highways out of the cities were barricaded. Police and media were advising any and all travel be delayed till the white out conditions abate. Snow is drifting and the strong winds have made total snowfall hard to calculate.

Weather shuts down Saskatchewan

At 7:30 p.m. CST Martensville – Warman – Rosthern – Delisle – Wakaw- City of Saskatoon. Blizzard warning in effect. Wind northeast 60 km/h gusting to 80 diminishing to 40 gusting to 60 then becoming north 20 near midnight. Low minus 27. Wind chill minus 38. Winter storm warning in effect for Southern Saskatchewan.[8]

Photographs of the Storm

Pictures of the January 10 Saskatchewan storm are online which were taken by CP Press photographer Geoff Howe. Sun Young walking to work, College Drive pedestrian, and three young samaritans who helped vehicles navigate the weather. [9]

Aftermath

The full effects of the blizzard have yet to be witnessed in news reports of Thursday January 11, 2007. Wednesday’s announcements of leaving the home only if absolutely necessary, and blizzard warnings to eliminate highway travel hopefully have averted many disasters. As of Friday, January 12, three people in Saskatchewan had succumbed to the storm.

In Saskatchewan it has been reported on January 11, 2007 that three persons have lost their lives due to the blizzard. All had left their vehicles and fell short by meters of shelter from the elements.[10]

Due to traffic snarls and tie ups emergency rescue personnel used snowmobiles to search out stranded vehicles and investigate for persons within.[11] Several weary travellers were indeed found in this way. Due to drastic cold weather, vehicles failing to start, and homes being snowed in, school was cancelled the day following the blizzard, as wind chill dropped to -47 Celsius. Tow trucks were busy all day Thursday, and a special phone number was available for city residents who had abandoned their vehicles in the storm. To clear the streets, tow trucks would take vehicles to empty parking lots till claimed.

In Saskatchewan to attain “blizzard” status, a storm must last at least 4 hours. [12] Wednesday’s storm delivered approximately 7 hours of zero visibility. [13] This storm severe as it was pales in comparison to the February 1947 blizzard which raged for 10 days burying trains, and the 4 day long blizzard of February 1978 which deposited snow up to the eavestrough of homes.[14] The storm has been dubbed an Alberta Clipper storm as it had its origins in the Rocky Mountains in western Canada racing south and westerly across Alberta and the prairies towards the Appalachains and north eastern USA as well as Eastern Canada. Frigidly cold weather follows the low pressure front of the Alberta Clipper storm.[15] [16]

Footnotes

  1. Winter storm batters West, Prairies CBC.ca Site accessed January 10, 2007
  2. Weather NetworkTelevesion viewed 5:00 pm, web site accessed January 10, 2007
  3. Whiteout conditions, blowing snow in large parts of Alberta and Saskatchewan Site accessed January 10, 2007
  4. Weather Network Television newscast at 7:00 pm
  5. Highway workers walk out Global TVSite accessed January 10, 2007
  6. Workers are Back!Site accessed January 10, 2007
  7. Environment Canada Site accessed January 10, 2007
  8. Weather Environment Canada’s Official Text Forecasts Reproduction available for personal and public non-commercial use * Users exercise due diligence in ensuring the accuracy of the materials reproduced; * Environment Canada be identified as the source department; and, * The reproduction is not represented as an official version of the materials reproduced, nor as having been made in affiliation with or with the endorsement of Environment Canada.
  9. Netscape Weather PHOTOGRAPHS of storm Photograph Search terms – weather and Saskatoon and Geoff Howe URL accessed January 11, 2007
  10. Third Saskatchewan person dies in blizzard CBC.ca URL accessed January 11, 2007]
  11. Snowmobiles used for rescues in Saskatoon’s ‘worst storm’URL accessed January 11, 2007
  12. Canadian Communities AtlasURL accessed January 11, 2007
  13. AccuWeather.com – Weather Blogs – Weather News Two Storms then Cold! Clipper StormURL accessed January 11, 2007
  14. Canadian Communities AtlasURL accessed January 11, 2007
  15. Define Alberta clipperURL accessed January 11, 2007
  16. ;http://www.islandnet.com/~see/weather/storm/neaster.htm For Strong Winds: Nor’easters and Alberta Clippers]URL accessed January 11, 2007


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January 3, 2007

U.S. superbug expected to emerge in Canada

U.S. superbug expected to emerge in Canada

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Two Staphylococcus aureus bacteria, magnified 50,000 times.

An infectious superbug spreading in the United States is to “emerge in force” in Canada, doctors fear. The bacteria have been reported popping up in day care centers and locker rooms across the U.S. Usually elderly or very ill hospital patients get the disease.

More than 2 million U.S. residents are infected every year, the Centers for Disease Control estimates.

An article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) on Tuesday said that Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are “spreading with alarming rapidity.” The bacteria can cause boils, pimples, or in extreme cases, flesh-eating disease, and more.

“The resistant bacteria is an old foe with new fangs: a pathogen combining virulence, resistance and an ability to disseminate at large,” wrote Dr. John Conly, medical professor and an infectious disease specialist at the University of Calgary.

British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Ontario are the provinces which already have had MRSA in hospitals.

A 30-year-old Calgary, Alberta man died last year of lung abscesses associated with the infection, as well as a three-month old toddler in Toronto, Ontario.

Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Alex Rios, last summer, suffered from an infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus in his leg. Pitcher Ty Taubenheim had a similar infection on his foot.

Doctors are currently investigating some Calgary residents, who could be one of the first Canadian reports of MRSA outside of a hospital setting.

Prevention

In their article in the CMAJ, experts say that doing the following steps will help to prevent the disease:

  • Basic hand washing techniques using soap or alcohol gels
  • The use of disposable aprons and gloves by hospital staff, reducing skin-to-skin contact
  • Covering sneezes and coughs to prevent respiratory spread.

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September 21, 2006

Four fallen Canadian soldiers return home

Four fallen Canadian soldiers return home

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

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On Monday four Canadian soldiers were killed in a suicide bomb attack. The soldiers were in Afghanistan since the end of July and in operations since the beginning of August. They are now returning home in Canada for a memorial service.

Pte. David Byers, 22, of Espanola, Ontario was identified after a suicide bomber attacked the soldiers in Kandahar. On Tuesday, the Department of National Defence said the attack also killed Cpl. Glen Arnold, based in CFB Petawawa, northwest of Ottawa; and Cpl. Shane Keating of Saskatoon and Cpl. Keith Morley, based at CFB Shilo in Manitoba were also killed.

“All three of these men were proud citizens and exceptional examples of the men and women who serve this country, both at home and abroad,” said Maj. Stephen Joudrey, acting commanding officer for 2PPCLI at CFB Shilo, on Tuesday.

The Prime Minister also made a statement saying: “I wish to send my heartfelt condolences to the loved ones of Corporal Glen Arnold, Corporal Shane Keating, Corporal Keith Morley, and Private David Byers, who were killed by a suicide bomber yesterday in the Panjwayi region of Afghanistan.”

Thirty six Canadian soldiers have died in Afghanistan since 2002.

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August 30, 2006

Canadian Prime Minister Harper plays small role in television show Corner Gas

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

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Tuesday, Prime Minister Stephen Harper was filming a cameo appearance on the popular sitcom Corner Gas. Corner Gas is filmed about 40 km south of Regina in the tiny farming community of Rouleau.

Harper was filmed in a scene where he was surrounded by a large group of actors playing reporters and photographers. After completing the scene, he got back into his car and a motorcade left the town, which is called Dog River on the show.

“We can’t say much about cameo appearances, because they’re supposed to be a surprise for the viewers, but yes, there was press scrum,” Corner Gas executive producer Virginia Thompson said. “That’s all I can reveal.” “It works well for the show, actually … We were told by the Prime Minister’s Office that he had a sense of humour, but we thought we would wait and see and sure enough, yeah, he delivered.”

When Paul Martin was the leader of the government, he had a cameo on the show last season. Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert has also made an appearance on the show last season.

“The prime minister was not paid for his appearance and had other reasons for coming to Saskatchewan beyond being part of the show”, said Thompson.

Reporters were kept back and not allowed to see how he performed in front of the cameras.

Harper waved goodbye to small town of Rouleau while travelling down Highway 39 away from the set after spending about 1 1/2 hours there. After, Harper planned to meet with members of his Saskatchewan caucus at a barbeque at Sherwood Forest Country Club Tuesday night. Harper is scheduled to tour the RCMP training academy in Regina today.

The episode featuring Harper will air sometime next spring.

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Canadian Idol top four eliminations

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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Tyler Lewis (far left), Chad Doucette (center), and Ben Mulroney (far right)

Last night was the eliminations for Canadian Idol’s top 4. Chad Doucette of Chezzetcook, Nova Scotia was voted off. The show started with the current top 4 singing together on stage.

Rex Goudie (left), and Ben Mulroney (right)

Rex Goudie performed live on the Canadian Idol stage last night. Goudie performed his hit single “Run”. Host Ben Mulroney presented Goudie, the 2005 Canadian Idol runner-up, with a Platinum Record on behalf of Sony BMG Music (Canada) Inc. and Canadian Idol for his hit CD Under The Lights.

Eva Avila and Craig Sharpe were safe and Chad Doucette was called to centre stage with Tyler Lewis. After the commercial break the results were announced.

Ben Mulroney – “Eva and Craig you’re safe”.
Ben Mulroney – “Chad you’re eliminated”.

After the results were revealed, Mulroney thanked Doucette: “I am so glad you decided to come back and audition this year,” he said. “If there is anything you have shown us in your run to Top 4 is how memorable you are.”

“I don’t know if I was as confident in what I wanted to do before I started this competition, but now I am absolutely positive I want to be a musician,” Doucette said. “You guys showed me that it’s alright to be unique. Thank you!”

“You’ve got a unique voice, which means you have to sing your own words,” Jake Gold advised him after the results were announced. “Keep doing what you’re doing and write songs.”

Next week the top 3 will go to New York to talk with Tony Bennett.

This week Canadian Idol got a record of 4.3 million votes. “When the competition is this good and only four singers are left, each week is anybody’s game”, said Mulroney.

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Canadian Idol top four perform

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Eva Avila (far left), Chad Doucette (left), Ben Mulroney (center), Tyler Lewis (right), and Craig Sharpe (far right)

Chad Doucette (far left), Eva Avila (left), Ben Mulroney (center), Tyler Lewis (right), and Craig Sharpe (far right). The ending of the show

Last night the top four of Canadian Idol performed. Tyler Lewis, Chad Doucette, Craig Sharpe, and Eva Avila sang songs that were picked by the judges. They each performed twice in one hour. They are now awaiting Canadas vote for who should be eliminated.

When the show started the host had a quick chat with the judges:

Ben Mulroney: “What did you keep in mind when you made these selections?”
Jake Gold: “We thought let’s make them look good and at the same time challenge them.”
Ben Mulroney: “How hard was it to pick the songs for tonight?”
Sass Jordan: “We were fighting, we were yelling, we were screaming, we were singing…at the end
Ben Mulroney: “What do you think of this Top Four?”
Farley Flex: “We’ve got four distinct talents, four distinct styles and four really cool names that everybody is going to hear about next year in the music industry.”
Ben Mulroney: “Is this the time where range and versatility come into play?”
Zack Werner: “It’s all fantastic material…tonight is the night where you either put up or you Ben Mulroney.”

“When we made the selections, we thought let’s make them look good and at the same time challenge them,” said Idol judge Jake Gold at the beginning of the show.

“I was all ready to go ‘he shoots, he scores,’ but you came out really flat in the third period,” said Idol judge Zack Werner when he was judging Tyler Lewis’ first performance of the night.

The results show will be featuring a special guest performance from last year’s Top 2 competitor, Rex Goudie of Burlington, Newfoundland.

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