Teenage girl charged in recruitment of Toronto high school student into sex trade

A 17-year-old girl has been charged in connection with a human trafficking investigation that police say led to a 16-year-old Catholic high school student being recruited into prostitution.

Toronto police launched an investigation on April 12 after investigators said the 16-year-old St. Joseph’s College student was recruited by the older teenager, a former student of the same school, and introduced to two men in March 2015.

Police said the two men befriended the younger teenager and told her she could make a lot of money working for them.

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The 16-year-old girl was then “controlled through intimidation and threats” and police said she was forced to work the sex trade for the two men.

Investigators said the 17-year-old took photos of the younger in various states of undress and posted them on backpage长沙桑拿, an escort website, advertising sexual services.

The 16-year-old girl was then taken by the men to various hotels in Toronto, forced to have sex with clients and handed over all of the money to the two men, who police said also sexually assaulted the girl.

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Police arrested the 17-year-old girl, who cannot be identified under the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, and charged her with procuring a person under 18 years of age, advertising another person’s sexual services, possession of child pornography, making child pornography and distributing child pornography.

The two men had previously been arrested and charged in the investigation, but investigators believe there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-7474, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 长沙桑拿按摩论坛长沙夜生活222tips长沙桑拿, text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637), or leave a tip on Facebook.

Alberta home insurance premiums could rise following Fort McMurray fire: analyst

Albertans and people living in wildfire-prone areas could see an increase in their insurance bills following the wildfire in Fort McMurray, according to one analyst.

“I think it’s safe to assume that the fire will become the largest insured loss in Canadian history,” said Jason Thistlethwaite, director of the Climate Change Adaptation Project at the University of Waterloo.

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    A 2011 fire in Slave Lake, Alberta, destroyed 374 properties and damaged another 32, according to the Insurance Bureau of Canada’s website. Insured damage from that fire amounted to more than $700 million.

    In Fort McMurray, more than 2,400 structures were burned, according to the most recent damage assessment.

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    While it’s hard to estimate damages until insurers can survey the area, a BMO Capital Markets analysis last week estimated losses between $2.6 billion and $9 billion.

    Almost all home insurance policies cover wildfire damage. So homeowners can expect to receive a cheque for the cost of rebuilding their home, as well as some coverage for things like living expenses while forced to flee their homes and food lost in a refrigerator or smoke damage to carpets. The size of the payout is calculated based on factors including the type of damage, value of goods in the house and the type of policy purchased.

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    However, getting the money might take a while. People in Slave Lake had to wait anywhere from eight months to over two years for their homes to be rebuilt, said Bill Adams, vice-president for the western and pacific region for the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

    Insurance companies could pass along payout costs to their other customers, said Thistlethwaite.

    “Insurance is a business and when the industry suffers a significant loss, it tries to recoup those losses. The insurance industry recoups those losses by assessing for risk,” he said.

    “Everyone in Canada contributes to property insurance, so we’re all contributing to offset some of the losses associated with the damage in Fort McMurray.”

    Norma Nielson, a business professor at the University of Calgary, likens it to a pebble thrown into in a pond. “The way this works is the costs will spread out, literally around the world.

    “A little like the ripple in a pond, you might see a bigger effect in Alberta, close to the pebble dropping, but the ripples may go further out.”

    That means that most people will hardly notice a difference, she said.

    Although Thistlethwaite believes there will be a noticeable increase in the cost of insurance, he isn’t picturing a massive hike. “There will be increases in the price of insurance, particularly in the province of Alberta, but I wouldn’t expect those increases to be so significant that you’re limiting the affordability of coverage.”

    Smaller insurance companies may also decide to stop covering wildfire damage, or set a cap on the amount they will pay, he said.

    Steve Kee, director for media and communications with the Insurance Bureau of Canada said he can’t speculate on insurance rates and it’s too early to tell what the fire’s effect will be.

    “Insurers set their rates based on the projected costs. One isolated event won’t affect rates that much, if at all. Insurers look at trends over several years,” he said.

    “Our members are all going to have different experiences and different exposure in these regions. It is too early to speculate on rates as we haven’t even got the numbers in on damages. Some consumers may alter coverage, raise deductibles, etc. to maintain consistency on premiums but really it is too early to tell.”

    This is just how insurance works, said Nielson. “That’s the deal we make when we buy insurance: that if we’re lucky enough not to have our house burn, the money gets used to pay people who did.”

    Loss prevention

    Thistlethwaite hopes that following the fire in Fort McMurray, governments pay more attention to what can be done to prevent massive losses, rather than just relying on insurance to cover them.

    It might be better to encourage people to build in less-risky areas, like further from the tree line, he said, or funding municipalities to put in safeguards.

    “The more money that we put into reducing our vulnerability to extreme weather and natural disasters, the cheaper our insurance will be. It’s that simple.”

    With files from the Canadian Press

New Trudeau airport jetty embraces distinct Montreal look

MONTREAL – Pierre-Elliott Trudeau airport unveiled its new international jetty Thursday.

At a cost of $350 million, the goal was to create an area that would be “distinctively Montreal.”

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    “We want people to come here and sense, when you’re in this airport that you’re still in Montreal,” said James Cherry, CEO of Aéroports de Montréal.

    “I used to find that when I travel in an airport I’d say ‘I see the same stores everywhere, I could be in Winnipeg or Denver or St. Louis or Minneapolis’ and I couldn’t tell from inside the airport.”

    “We want people to come into our airport and say ‘this is definitely Montreal.’”

    In addition to a signature Montreal food truck, there are new shops and boutiques, as well as 1,000 chairs equipped with charging stations.

    Outside, there is room for new wide-body aircraft, including the Airbus a-380, the largest airliner in the world.

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    Cherry said the improvements provide more space for passengers.

    Trudeau airport’s new international jetty opens to passengers on Thursday.

Alberta oil production could resume in coming days, weeks: premier

CALGARY – After meeting with representatives from more than a dozen energy companies, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said production could start in the next few days or weeks after the Fort McMurray wildfire.

“We agree that operations will only restart when safe to do so,” Notley said.

The premier said oilsands facilities north of Fort McMurray have not been damaged.

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    She wouldn’t speak on precise restart dates for different companies, but said those dates would depend on the location of the plant, the location in comparison to the fire, and the type of facility.

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    Steve Williams, CEO of Suncor, says it’s important for the Canadian economy to get production back on track. He says there doesn’t appear to be any damage to pipelines so far and he doesn’t anticipate any layoffs generally because of the fire.

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    About a dozen oilsands projects have shut down because of the fire at an estimated loss of $65 million in daily revenue.

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    “We’ll get back to normal as quickly as possible,” Notley said, adding she couldn’t give an estimate on the total economic impact of the shut down.

    “As we talk about brining employees back into the camps… That is a separate process from re-entry into the City of Fort McMurray,” the premier said.

    “The restart is very distinct from the City of Fort McMurray itself,” Williams added.

    He explained plants that are closer to the city will take longer to restart.

    However, he said they’d work very closely with the province and the community.

    “You’ll see all of us standing very much shoulder to shoulder.”

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    Notley said road access to the facilities began earlier Tuesday and plans were in the works to improve airspace access, subject to emergency response needs and firefighter needs.

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    Notley also thanked the industry for their help flying out thousands of residents trapped by the fire. She said she didn’t know of another community as isolated as Fort McMurray that would have been able to evacuate its entire population so quickly.

    “I want to extend my sincere thanks to the energy companies and their staff for their tremendous efforts to help in our time of crisis. Their role with the evacuation, temporary housing and then relocation of thousands of Albertans was essential. This work was happening while companies were also securing their own facilities and shutting in oil production. While everyone’s focus continues to be on the safety of people, the situation is having an impact on the jobs of so many Albertans and the overall economy. I gave my commitment to industry that we will continue to work closely together to protect key infrastructure and on the plan for a safe and timely recovery.”

    Watch below: Alberta’s energy industry has seen its operations significantly disrupted because of the Fort McMurray wildfire. Now, plans are underway to resume full operations in the oilsands. But as Vinesh Pratap reports, there are a lot of variables at play: electricity, pipeline capacity, transportation, employee housing.

    The province said Tuesday oilsands sites in the Fort McMurray region have been secured and are not in danger from the fire. No consequential damage was sustained by any oilsands facility or energy infrastructure.

    The following 13 energy leaders were part of Tuesday’s discussion:

    Rob Broen, CEO of Athabasca Oil CorporationSteve Laut, president of Canadian Natural Resources LimitedAl Reid, an executive vice president with Cenovus Energy Inc.Richard Kruger, CEO of Imperial Oil ResourcesFang Zhi, CEO of Nexen Energy UlcMichael Crothers, president and vice president of Shell Canada EnergySteve Williams, president and CEO of Suncor Energy Inc.Mark Ward, president and CEO of Syncrude Canada Ltd.Al Monaco, president and CEO of EnbridgeSiegfried Kiefer, president and COO with ATCOKen Lueers, president of Conocophillips Canada Resources Corp.Toshiyuki Hirata, president of Japan Canada Oil Sands LimitedTim McMillan, president and CEO of CAPP (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers)

    “We’re just trying to make sure we have the best information possible so we can make good decisions,” Al Reid told Global News.

    The Cenovus Energy executive was among a dozen that came to Edmonton Tuesday afternoon to meet with Notley. The wildfires have not only resulted in the evacuation of Fort McMurray, but some oilsands operations have been impacted as well.

    It’s estimated production has been cut by one million barrels per day. Oilsands operators are eager to return to normal operations.

    “Our staff’s health and safety is our number one priority,” said Toshiyuki Hirata with Japan Canada Oil Sands Ltd.

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    Warren Mabee, director of the Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy at Queen’s University, said he thinks the companies will be anxious to see people allowed back into Fort McMurray as soon as possible because a stable workforce is critical to their operations.

    “I would be looking for a better update on what’s happening on the ground,” he said. “The oilsands can continue to operate — as we said, they haven’t really lost a lot of their critical infrastructure — but what they have lost, right now, is the support mechanism that the whole city represented and that is significant.

    “Without that, their costs go through the roof. It’s essential to those companies that the city gets up and running even if all the neighbourhoods aren’t inhabited, even if all of it isn’t back where it was.”

    Mabee said an extended period of downtime due to infrastructure or staffing issues could lead to the industry requesting financial help through bailouts or tax incentives.

    Rob Bedin, a 30-year engineer and director at Calgary-based consultancy RS Energy Group, said he doesn’t think the industry will ask for money but agreed that staffing is one of the biggest questions it is facing before the production of an estimated one million barrels per day of raw and upgraded bitumen can resume.

    “The fact that it was an organized shutdown, that’s positive in regards to the speed at which it will come back,” Bedin said.

    One concern for the sector is water quality. Oilsands mines that draw water from the Athabasca River or have open storage ponds could be exposed to ash contamination. Bedin said producers who have been able to keep their water heating systems warm will have an easier time getting their plants running again.

    Jackie Forrest, vice-president of energy research at ARC Financial in Calgary, pointed out the oil sector was back in business within two weeks after wildfires that had closed thermal operations south of Fort McMurray were extinguished last spring.

    “Although this is much more serious, once the fires were out, the operators were in there fairly quickly and getting their production back on line,” she said. “Assuming there’s no damage to the actual facilities, that will happen quite quickly.”

    Earlier Monday, the Canadian subsidiary of Norwegian energy giant Statoil ASA said it had closed its Leismer demonstration oil project, which had been producing about 20,000 barrels of bitumen a day. It was shut down after the precautionary closure of an Enbridge pipeline that supplies light oil to the Leismer site, Statoil ASA said.

    With files from Dan Healing,

New $200 million development pitched for Halifax waterfront

A new, district-style development could soon be fitting in to Halifax’s downtown.

The Armour group says the development will feature residential, commercial and hotel accommodations – intended to give people a place to work, live, explore and more.

Scott McCrae, the CEO of Armour Limited says the 450,000 square foot Queen’s Marque District will be located on Lower Water Street at George Street. It will include 75,000 square feet of public space.

The hotel will be a luxury class boutique hotel, with rental residences overlooking the harbour. The second floor with have beverage, retail and cultural offering.

It’s also planned to have parking for 300 vehicles.

Energy efficient, using Nova Scotia materiels

The district is designed to use solar heating and the heating and cooling systems will use chilled beam and heat pump technology with water being drawn from the harbour.

The design includes three buildings, an harbour light art installation and will use Nova Scotia materials including copper, sandstone and granite.

A mock up of the Queen’s Marque development proposed for the Halifax waterfront.

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“The idea of Queen’s Marque is to form an expression of our authentic selves in a modern way,” McCrae said.

Mayor Mike Savage says that Queen’s Marque is “a uniquely Halifax project that will help define this city for those that already call it home and for those of us that have not even heard of us yet.”

“Everything we do in Halifax helps —; library helps, the convention center helps, things like this help and the other development in the downtown core helps. This is a major new iconic development that people will see from land, from sea and from sky, it’s cool,” Savage said.

According to McCrae, preliminary numbers on things like tax base and employment opportunities will be released when Armour presents the plans to the review committee on Thursday.

Armour hopes to have the development completed by 2019.

‘Lost without him’: Alberta evacuation shelter allows dog to stay with displaced owner

While hundreds fleeing the Fort McMurray wildfire continue to make a temporary home at an evacuation centre northeast of Edmonton in Lac Lac Biche, there’s one displaced resident getting some extra attention.

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Three-year-old Russell Terrier Jake is on a four-legged mission to warm hearts.

He’s the only dog at the Bold Centre that doesn’t have to wear a leash. And while dozens of other dogs stay in a pet room set up by the Humane Society at the shelter, Jake has been given special permission to stay with his owner on a couch in the upstairs lobby.

Jake is the only dog at the Lac La Biche evacuation centre not required to wear a leash.

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    “Jake was so well-behaved, and they just kind of seem to need each other and have a very special relationship,” said Julie Macisac, a volunteer at the shelter.

    “So in this one circumstance it was decided they could stay together.”

    “I’d sleep on the sidewalk first. I’m not ever abandoning my boy… he’s my life,” Jake’s owner Kevin Sturge said. “He is my total life.”

    Seven years ago, Sturge’s 30-year-old daughter died from cancer. Jake is the only family he has at the centre.

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    They are among over 4,600 evacuees who fled to Lac La Biche for safety, as a wall of fire raged towards their homes.

    “I opened the balcony door and panic struck,” Sturge recalled. “I was in suspense and didn’t know if we were going to make it out.”

    “It’s kinda sad,” 11-year-old evacuee Emma Vanduinkerken said. “I really miss my home.”

    The room at the Lac La Biche evacuation centre set up by the Humane Society, accommodating dozens of dogs, cats and other animals.

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    She has been one–among many–getting affection from an all-too obliging Jake over the past week.

    “He’s been kind of a mascot for sure for everyone,” Macisac said.

    For Sturge, having his best friend by his side has helped him deal with a great deal of uncertainty. He still doesn’t know whether his home is standing.

    “If I didn’t have Jake… I don’t know. I would be lost without him. He’s a wonderful companion.”

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