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

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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.

READ MORE: Man, woman from Brampton arrested in human trafficking investigation

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.

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

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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

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New Trudeau airport jetty embraces distinct Montreal look

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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.

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Kevin Bacon is coming to a Toronto dog park near you

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Move over Sparky, a new dog is in town and his name is Kevin Bacon.

The City of Toronto has released its annual list of licensed cat and dog names and it includes some unusual new pet monikers.

Ryan Gosling and Kevin Bacon are just a few of the names Toronto pet owners have bestowed upon their furry companions.

Both lists are long, featuring more than 11,300 names for dogs and 7,800 names for cats.

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Some of the listed names on the ‘cat’alogue include Smooshyface, Wonderpants and The New Guy.

“Within the last year or two we decided to post this data, so anyone who wants to access to it can look at it.” said Mary Lou Leiher, program manager with Toronto animal services.

For the second year in a row both Charlie and Max rank as the top two most popular names for both cats and dogs.

Other Toronto pet owners have taken a less traditional approach and have named their pets after A-list celebrities like Ryan Gosling and Pharrell Williams.

Even U.S. President Barack Obama makes an appearance on the list of dog names. Republican supporters influenced the list as well, two dogs licensed this year were named ‘Trump’.

“People want to use the list to find names for their pet just as people use similar lists to help them name their child,” Leiher said.

But don’t worry, the classics are still there.

The list shows 74 felines have the name Fluffy and 480 dogs have been named Buddy.

Stand out names for Leiher include Stinx, for a dog and Wigglefloof for a cat.

“There are a ton of clever names,” she said.

“It’s a useful list for people who are getting a new pet and they are stumped on what to call it.”

Top 10 Toronto Licensed Cat Names: 2015
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Max
Molly
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Top 10 Toronto Licensed Dog Names: 2015
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Bagging beavers: ‘Out of control’ rodent population taking out Sask. rural land, roads

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LESTOCK, Sask. – Beavers are a tell-tale symbol of Canada. They are celebrated on currency and hold the title of the country’s national animal.

But not everyone loves beavers.

In fact, in Saskatchewan, they are on property owner’s minds for all the wrong reasons.

The eastern and northern parts of the province are made up of millions of small, stagnant bodies of water called sloughs. The unique, swamp-like terrain creates the perfect living conditions for the North American beaver.

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A trapper since he was a child, Ryan Demchynski estimates he’s harvested 400 to 500 beavers around his property in the past five years.

“The biggest that I’ve ever scaled is 85 pounds.”

It’s been in the past five years that Demchynski says the beaver population has grown “out of control.”

He invited Focus Saskatchewan to a farm outside of Lestock to see exactly what the animals are capable of.

Demchynski estimates that he has lost 15 per cent of his farmable land since 2011 because of beavers building dams which expand already existing sloughs on his property.

Parts of his land could only be accessed via amphibious all-terrain vehicles.

“[This area] used to all be stubble… It was a regular field, there were no cattails. Now it’s all mud, wash-outs, trenches and water all the way back into here.”

Master builders

Beavers are among the largest in the rodent family.

A long-time mascot of Canada, the industrious creatures are intelligent and relentless builders.

Wildlife expert Sarah Turkeli studies beavers at the Wascana Centre in Regina.

“Their kind of claim to fame is they build really impressive structures,” Turkeli said.

According to National Geographic, beavers are second only to humans in their ability to change landscapes.

“If in an area, the water flow is not high enough, they will build a dam so it makes a deeper pond, a deeper wetland, or whatever the habitat already is,” Turkeli said.

“It will build a better environment for them.”

And it is those dams that are wreaking havoc not only on private property, but public infrastructure as well.

An expensive problem

Brian Patterson has been a councillor in the rural municipality (RM) of Kellross, Sask. for 18 years.

In that time, he’s seen tens of thousands of dollars spent cleaning up after the busy beavers.

“If they get into a big culvert and block it up and if you have to unplug it, rip the culvert out and put a new one in, it costs $5-6000 dollars easily. So it’s a huge expense for the RM,” Patterson said.

Beavers often treat culverts as holes that need to be repaired in the “dam” that is the road. Once a culvert is fully plugged, the road is at risk of flooding.

“It’s constant. In the summer we’re running around constantly trying to keep culverts open.”

In most RMs, hunters and trappers can kill beavers on sight and turn in their tails as proof. They are then awarded a small bounty for the tails.

In 2011, thanks to overwhelming demand from RMs, the Ministry of Agriculture developed the Beaver Control Program. The program is a cost-sharing system where the province matches bounties of at least $15 per tail.

The idea is to help the RMs financially while adding the incentive to eliminate more problem beavers.

Manager of Grant and Rebate programs with the Ministry of Agriculture, Francine Brule, said demand from RMs has remained high since the program’s implementation.

“We had 152 rural municipalities apply to the program [last year] and 10 First Nations bands. We paid out, the program was fully allotted, so $450,000 was paid out,” she said.

“That’s equivalent to just over 38,000 beavers removed.”

The RM of Kellross has been relying on the program to deal with beavers within its jurisdiction.

“About three years ago we were the highest paid out RM in the whole province. We took about 1,800 beavers out. It sounds like a lot but there’s thousands out there,” Patterson said.

Left to waste

While a bounty is paid only for the beaver’s tail, the rest of the animal is usually left to rot.

That’s why Demchynski decided to create a beaver derby from April 1 to May 10. Hunters across eastern Saskatchewan keep the tails but submit the rest of the beaver with the hopes of winning a prize. Top prize is $1000 for the most combined weight in beaver carcasses in 40 days.

Note: The 2016 Beaver Derby is not in any way affiliated with the province’s Beaver Control Program or the Ministry of Environment/Agriculture.

“A lot of the guys have embraced it. There [are] no extra beavers getting killed because of the derby, it’s just that now they’re getting used.”

Demchynski is taking the pelts, carcasses and glands to market. Beaver pelts, which can be tailored into hats and other articles of clothing, have not been in demand since the fall of the fur trade. Carcasses can be used as bear bait in different parts of the country and the beaver’s castor glands are used primarily for perfume.

“I just put together the [derby], just bring those in, there’s no market for them at best, but I’ll try to make use of them.”

Demchynski does not know exactly how many beavers have been brought to him since the derby started, but says there have been a “few hundred.”

Wildlife advocates slam derby

Not everyone is sold on the idea of a beaver derby. The B.C.-based Association for the Protection of Fur-bearing Animals calls the event “ecological genocide.”

“We’re just talking about killing as many animals as we can, killing the biggest animals we possibly can, and nothing is really based in sound management practices,” Adrian Nelson, director of communications, said.

“Even without considering the inherently inhumane methodology of beaver trapping, or the harm and suffering it causes beaver family units, this contest is ecological genocide and should be halted immediately.”

The Vancouver-based organization has recommended using water flow controls as an alternative to killing the beavers.

But Demchynski says they have already explored that option.

“There is no flow control that is ever going to work in these stagnant, little bodies of water that just keep building up,” he said.

“I wish they worked. Cause I would have a business year round doing nothing but flow controls.”

And so the cull remains. So far, it is the only method that appears to stem the wily beaver’s numbers.

At the end of the day, for the hunters and property owners directly affected by the rodent, it’s nothing personal.

“We’re not against beavers, we love them, but at this point there’s just too many in the game,” Demchynski said.

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‘We’re going to stay strong’: Calgary schools rally to help Fort McMurray students

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The wildfire in Fort McMurray has thrown many lives into chaos, including students from the area.

The province has said Grade 12 students from Fort McMurray won’t have to write their diploma exams, and the Calgary Board of Education (CBE) is also doing what it can to help. Two hundred Fort McMurray students have already registered with the CBE, and that number continues to climb.

About 40 of them attended an orientation session Tuesday at University School in the northwest community of University Heights, ahead of their classes beginning Wednesday.

Students at Sam Livingston School have organized a bottle drive to help students from Fort McMurray. The call went out on Friday, and by Monday morning every hall in the school was full of bottles. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

Sam Livingston School

Students at Sam Livingston School have organized a bottle drive to help students from Fort McMurray. The call went out on Friday, and by Monday morning every hall in the school was full of bottles. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

Sam Livingston School

Local students are also stepping up to help their northern neighbours: at Sam Livingston School, they’ve organized a bottle drive. The call went out on Friday, and by Monday morning every hall in the school was full of bottles. All proceeds will go to the Red Cross.

That support means a lot to those affected; Lisa Miller is principal at St. Martha School in Fort McMurray. She got emotional talking about the fact that her school is still standing, but four staff members lost their homes.

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    “For those people that lost everything, there’s plenty of room in my home if they need somewhere to stay, when we go back to being the strong community that we began,” she said, fighting back tears.

    Miller likened her school community to a big family, and said they will get through this.

    “We are strong, and we are resilient, and for all those people that stayed behind to work, their dedication is unparalleled by anything I’ve ever witnessed in my life. Their love of our community is exceptional,” she said. “All of us that had just minutes to leave, we left with what counts. We left with our families, and materials won’t matter. We will rebuild.”

    The Edmonton Public School Board and Edmonton Catholic School Board (780-944-2000 or 780-944-2001) are also welcoming students from Fort McMurray into their systems.

    Elk Island Public Schools, Elk Island Catholic Schools, and St. Paul Education Regional Division are also taking in Fort McMurray students.

    With files from Mia Sosiak

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Protesters rally for ban on paid blood and plasma donations in Victoria

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A protest calling for a ban on paid blood and plasma donations in B.C. took place on the steps of the B.C. Legislature this afternoon.

Survivors of the tainted blood tragedy were in Victoria with the BC Health Coalition to meet with provincial leaders.

They want to make sure the B.C. government doesn’t allow a clinic, which would pay donors who give blood and plasma, to open in this province.

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Adam Lynes-Ford with the BC Health Coalition says Ontario and Quebec have already introduced legislation that would ban the practice, and they want to see B.C. follow the same route.

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In the 1980s, an estimated 30,000 Canadians were infected with Hepatitis C and HIV during the so-called tainted blood scandal.

Lynes-Ford says the inquiry that looked into the scandal found that blood is a public resource and should not be sold in Canada.

The coalition says banning the sale of plasma is the only way to protect the Canadian blood system from ‘predatory profiteers.’

“It is also an ethical consideration. In Canada, we don’t buy and sell human tissue,” says Lynes-Ford. “This is a thin edge of a slippery slope if we go down that route.”

Currently, Saskatchewan is the only province that has a plasma collection clinic.

In March, Health Minister Terry Lake said he was open to allowing a pay-for-plasma clinic in British Columbia.

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Kat Lanteigne, who co-founded bloodwatch长沙夜网, wants to make sure that Canadian Blood Services is the only service that can collect blood on behalf of Canadians.

“The thing that people really need to understand here in B.C. is private blood collectors don’t guarantee us any more access to that blood or plasma product, because they need to make a profit and diversify who they sell to.”

BC Health Coalition is encouraging British Columbians to message Health Minister Terry Lake about the issue on their website.

A town hall meeting will be held in Victoria tonight, with meetings in Kelowna, Parksville and Kamloops later this week.

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Saint-Lambert to lose its last-standing fire station

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SAINT-LAMBERT – Local politicians in the south shore city of Saint-Lambert are in mourning over the loss of their local fire station.

The historic building on Aberdeen Street is set to close down next year and move to the neighbouring town of LeMoyne.

It’s a cost-saving measure recently adopted by the agglomeration of Longueuil, but many argue it will put the safety of elderly residents on the line.

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    “I feel pretty bad because it was not a decision of the citizens of Saint-Lambert, it was a decision of the agglomeration of Longueuil,” said Saint-Lambert mayor Alain Dépatie.

    Despite fierce opposition, many fear it’s a done deal since land has already been purchased two kilometres away, and the bidding process has kicked off for construction of a new fire station.

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    Saint-Lambert’s mayor is only one out of five in the agglomeration of Longueuil who voted against the move.

    “The political will is not there, they don’t treat us with respect,” said city councillor for district two, Martin Smith.

    Saint-Lambert is home to one of the oldest populations in Canada, with 26 per cent of residents over 65 years of age.

    Keeping the fire station within the city limits is a question of respect and safety for the elderly, according to many.

    “You really need a fire department that can be on the spot really quickly,” insisted Smith.

    It’s a concern shared by many in the community.

    “I’m disappointed really that it is going to move, for sure,” said long-time resident Linda Bourne.

    John Bourne feels they’re paying more and more taxes for less services.

    “Everything’s being cut, garbage days in the winter now it’s the fire station, at what point will they stop?” he told Global News.

    The city has already lost its police station, and losing another local emergency service is the last straw for many.

    “Every year, Saint-Lambert taxpayers send $20 million to this agglomeration – $8.5 million of this goes for police and fire department and we have no police office, no fire department here,” deplored Smith.

    “It’s very symbolic and really bad.”

    The agglomeration of Longueuil will hold public consultations on May 11, but many believe it’s just a formality since plans are already underway to build a new fire station.

    When the station on Aberdeen Street closes next year, it will be the end of an era.

    Saint-Lambert will become the only city in the agglomeration that doesn’t have a fire station within its borders.

    “I’m pretty disappointed that it’s going to be gone” said Dépatie.

    “I think it’s a shame to lose all of this.”

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5 Edmonton firefighters taken to hospital from west-end cement plant

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EDMONTON — Five firefighters were taken to hospital Tuesday after battling a blaze at a west Edmonton cement plant.

At around 11:30 a.m., Edmonton fire crews were called to a fire in a 20-foot coal silo at Inland Cement, located in the area of 170 Street and Yellowhead Trail.

During the call, five firefighters were injured and sent to hospital. Four were released from hospital Tuesday evening and one was released Wednesday morning.

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The City of Edmonton’s Technical Rescue Team was called in to help firefighters down from the top of the coal silo. Hazmat was also on scene to help.

The Inland Concrete Plant is owned by Lehigh Hanson Materials Limited. Gerry Sanderson, director and health and safety with Lehigh Hanson, said the fire broke out at around 9 a.m.

“What I’m told is [there’s] a potential he inhaled some CO2 [carbon dioxide] or some hazardous gas and became light-headed. They received oxygen on scene,” Sanderson said of one firefighter’s injury.

Watch below: Four Edmonton firefighters were taken to hospital Tuesday after responding to a fire at a cement plant. Sarah Kraus reports.

Sanderson described the blaze as a smouldering fire with no flames and a lot of smoke. He said a coal fire is very uncommon and has never seen anything like this in his career.

“A lot of smoke. A lot of smoke in the general area. They would be wearing a breathing apparatus on their face obviously for contaminants in the air,” Sanderson explained.

The extent of the firefighter’s injuries have not been confirmed by fire or health officials.

Sanderson said no employees at the concrete plant were injured in the fire.

The plant is operating as usual.

The city said 56 firefighters worked diligently to get the fire was under control by 8:47 p.m.

*EDITOR’S NOTE: The original copy said four firefighters were taken to hospital. The city said Wednesday that five firefighters were taken to hospital.

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Body shaming backlash: Magazine for girls apologizes for swimsuit article

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NEW YORK – The publisher of a magazine aimed at tween girls apologized Tuesday for offering adult-like tips on choosing bathing suits based on size and curves, unleashing a body shaming backlash.

Girls who are “curvy” on top, for instance, were advised in the latest issue of Discovery Girls to go for a one-piece with other side cutouts or ties to draw attention to elsewhere. Big block patterns were offered for those rounder in the middle — all under the headline: “What Swimsuit Best Suits You?”

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    The magazine is aimed at 8- to 12-year-olds.

    After taking heat on 桑拿会所 and other social media, founder and publisher Catherine Lee issued a lengthy apology on the Discovery Girls Facebook page. She, too, expressed shock that such an approach was published. She called herself the mother of the first Discovery Girl, in 2000.

    “I am in total agreement with all of you regarding this article, so much so that I wanted to make this letter as public as possible,” she wrote.

    “We want to make sure that our girls know that any article that makes you feel bad about your body is not a good article, and should be questioned.”

    The article was supposed to be “about finding cute, fun swimsuits that make girls feel confident, but instead it focused on girls’ body image and had a negative impact,” she wrote. “Nobody knows better than Discovery Girls how impressionable our girls are at this age and we are ALWAYS mindful of this.”

    The magazine has received hundreds of thousands of letters over the years from “girls sharing their insecurities about their bodies,” Lee added.

    She said the magazine is “not immune to making mistakes, but we are always willing to get better and learn from our mistakes.”

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Fort McMurray man watches via doorbell camera as firefighters try to save his home

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Amidst the much larger battle against the Fort McMurray wildfire, a much more intimate – but no less dramatic – fight was taking place.

On May 3, a Fort McMurray man’s doorbell camera captured the desperate battle as a crew of firefighters worked to save his home from the advancing flames.

Ken Bell, 40, recently had a new security system installed in his home in the North Parsons neighbourhood, one that included a doorbell camera.

It was through this camera that Bell, an oilpatch worker and longtime Fort McMurray resident, watched as firefighters battled to save the house he and his two children call home.

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    At one point on the tape, you can hear one of the firefighters telling another to get out before it’s too late. But they continue to work on the fire – blasting the home with water – until the flames are extinguished.

    “They’re amazing,” Bell told the Edmonton Journal about the crew that saved his home. “Just watching how they go about it, how hard it must be, how fit they are and how knowledgeable they are.”

    “When you watch the video, and you see all the things they did to put the fire out and know where to look, it’s pretty impressive. They know what they’re doing.”

    READ MORE: Fort McMurray SPCA spent the weekend rescuing pets—in secret

    Global’s Mike Drolet spoke with Fort McMurray firefighter Dale Chaffey, who confirmed it was his team seen battling the fire in the video.

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    “It wasn’t my truck, but it was my shift, some of the guys on my shift,” Chaffey told Global News, before admitting he was so exhausted he wasn’t even sure what day it was.

    Meanwhile, Wood Buffalo Fire Chief Darby Allen said 85 per cent of Fort McMurray is still intact.

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    Allen said people may be under the impression that most of the city has been levelled, but that’s just not the case.

    He said between 40 and 50 per cent of Fort McMurray could have been destroyed if firefighters hadn’t been able to hold back the flames at key points.

    “You might be seeing images today of the area you live and indeed you might be seeing images of where your home was,” he said. “This was a horrible fire. Whatever we tried to do, it went a different way… We did our very best.”

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Brazil’s presidential impeachment process takes another hairpin turn

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RIO DE JANEIRO – The rollercoaster ride that is the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff took another hairpin turn Tuesday after the acting speaker of the lower chamber of Congress reversed his own decision from just hours earlier that would have plunged the process into uncertainty.

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The reversal by Waldir Maranhao put the impeachment process back on track, a day after he sparked chaos and sowed further discord among Brazil’s fractious political class by annulling an April 17 vote by the Chamber of Deputies for impeachment. The move had put in doubt a crucial vote on the matter that was scheduled in the Senate for Wednesday.

Debate broke out over the legality of the move, and the head of the Senate declared he intended to ignore Maranhao’s annulment and move full steam ahead with the process.

But late Monday, just over 12 hours after the initial announcement, Marahnao’s spokesman Marcos Alberto said the acting speaker had gone back on his decision, for unknown reasons.

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Such reversals are a staple of Brazilian politics, and the impeachment drama has been filled with such dramatic turns over the last several months. News reports suggested that Marahnao received extreme pressure from members of his Progressive Party who want to see Rousseff impeached.

By Tuesday afternoon, leaders of several parties were discussing ways to remove Marahnao from his interim post, underscoring the cutthroat nature of Brazilian politics and high emotions over the potential ouster of Rousseff.

Maranhao took over the reins in the Chamber of Deputies after former Speaker Eduardo Cunha, who was the driving force behind the impeachment effort, was suspended over corruption and obstruction of justice allegations against him.

Marahnao’s change of heart cleared the way to restore Wednesday’s vote in the Senate on whether to accept the impeachment case against Rousseff and put her on trial for allegedly breaking fiscal rules in her management of the national budget. If a simple majority of the country’s 81 Senators decides in favour, Rousseff will be suspended and Vice-President Michel Temer will take over until a trial is conducted.

Maranhao had argued that the lower house vote last month was riddled with irregularities, including party leaders telling members how to vote. Maranhao had voted against impeachment.

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Rousseff supporters displayed their frustration on Tuesday, with rallies held in cities in more than a dozen states. Protesters occupied roads and highways, blocked university entrances and burned tires.

In Vitoria, about 310 miles (500 kilometres) northeast of Rio de Janeiro, one protester kicked and swung punches at three local journalists, who were treated for minor injuries. The attacks were caught on camera by Globo news. Police broke up crowds with tear gas, and said the man had been identified and would be arrested.

In a last-ditch attempt to stop the process, the government appealed to the Supreme Federal Tribunal, the highest court, on the grounds that last month’s vote in the Chamber of Deputies was riddled with irregularities. While the possibility of court intervention is possible, by the full court or even an individual justice, so far the court has mostly steered clear of direct involvement in the impeachment process.

Luis Almagro, secretary general of the Organization of American States, visited Brazil’s Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski to express concerns with the process.

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Lewandowski replied that the country’s top court has so far ruled on the formalities of the proceedings, not on its merits.

“It would be premature (for the Supreme Court) to make any declarations at this moment,” Lewandowski was quoted as saying on the court’s website.

The political fight comes as Brazil is grappling with its worst recession in decades, a continuing corruption probe that already has ensnared top politicians and prominent businessmen, and an outbreak of the Zika virus. At the same time, the country’s showcase city, Rio de Janeiro, is gearing up to host the Olympics in August.

Rousseff is battling impeachment over allegations that her government violated fiscal rules, in what critics say was a bid to artificially bolster the country’s flagging economy. Rousseff has said that prior presidents used such fiscal manoeuvrs and that the impeachment effort amounts to a “coup” aimed at removing her and her left-leaning Workers’ Party, which has governed the country for 13 years.

Rousseff’s once-overwhelming public support has eroded with the onslaught of bad news, with her approval ratings dipping into the single digits in recent months. While polls have suggested broad public support for her impeachment, they have also pointed to widespread worry about who might replace her.

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Bernie Sanders tops Hillary Clinton in West Virginia as Donald Trump adds to advantage

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – White House dreams fading, Bernie Sanders added another state to his tally against Hillary Clinton with a win in West Virginia on Tuesday – a victory that will do little to slow the former secretary of state’s steady march toward the Democratic presidential nomination.

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Meanwhile, Republican Donald Trump also won there and in Nebraska, a week after he cleared the field of his remaining rivals. They were not victories likely to heal the party’s wounds, as some GOP leaders continue to hold off offering their endorsement of the party’s presumptive nominee.

The result in the West Virginia Democratic primary underscored the awkward position Clinton and the party’s establishment face as they attempt to turn their focus to the general election. Clinton is just 155 delegates short of the 2,383 she needs to secure the nomination. To win them, she needs just 17 per cent of the delegates at stake in the remaining contests.

That means she could lose all the states left to vote by a landslide and still emerge as the nominee, so long as all of her supporters among the party insiders known as superdelegates continue to back her.

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Still, Sanders is vowing to fight on. He campaigned in California on Tuesday for the state’s June 7 primary, and his victory in West Virginia highlighted anew Clinton’s struggles to win over white men and independents – weaknesses Trump wants to exploit in the fall campaign.

Among those voting in the state’s Democratic primary, about a third said they would support Trump over either Clinton or Sanders in November. An additional 2 in 10 said they wouldn’t vote for either candidate. But 4 in 10 also said they consider themselves to be independents or Republicans, and not Democrats, according to exit polls.

While Sanders is still attracting thousands to rallies, his campaign has grown harder as Clinton closes in on the nomination. His fundraising has fallen off and so, too, has his advertising, with only about $525,000 in ads planned for California and $63,000 each in West Virginia and Oregon, according to advertising tracker Kantar Media’s CMAG.

That’s a significant decline from the wall-to-wall advertising campaign he ran earlier in the primary, during which his $74 million in ads outspent Clinton by $14 million.

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Edward Milam, of Cross Lanes, West Virginia, is a self-described socialist who gave money to the Sanders campaign but his vote Tuesday to Clinton.

“After about six-seven months of debating and watching, I think Hillary has a lot more to offer than Bernie internationally,” the 68-year-old retiree said. “I think she handles herself well. I’ve known about her for 30 years, just like everybody else has. I don’t think there will be any surprises.”

Even as the primaries continue, Clinton has largely shifted her focus to the general election. On Monday, she courted suburban women in Virginia and on Tuesday, in Lexington, Kentucky, she released a proposal to ensure families don’t spend more than 10 per cent of their income on child care.

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“I don’t care about what he says about me,” she said of Trump in Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday night. “But I do resent what he says about other people, other successful women, women who have worked hard, women who have done their part.”

Clinton’s campaign hopes suburban women, turned off by Trump’s bombastic rhetoric, could be a key source of support for her in the fall.

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But she’s also trying to stop Sanders from gaining the psychological advantage of a series of wins this month. Her team went up with a $160,000 ad buy in Kentucky on Tuesday, a modest effort aimed at cutting into Sanders’ support before the state’s primary in a week.

Democrats also held a primary election Tuesday in Nebraska, although the party allocated all its delegates to the summer nominating convention in an earlier caucus won by Sanders.

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