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Lowe’s Canada stores deemed underperforming, 34 locations set to close – Global News

November 20th, 2019

American home improvement giant Lowe’s announced the closure of 34 stores across Canada, as well as the restructuring of its corporate support staff on Wednesday morning.

Tony Cioffi, acting president of Lowe’s Canada, confirmed the stores are underperforming and that their closure will help reveal the margin of manoeuvre the hardware store says it needs to reinvest in its future growth.

READ MORE: 40 Rona big-box stores to be converted to Lowe’s Canada in 2017

Eleven of the 12 stores set to close in Quebec are under the Rona name, with the other location being the Réno-Dépôt on des Forges Boulevard in Trois-Rivières.

The closures also affect nine stores in Ontario, six in Alberta, three in Nova Scotia, three in British Columbia and one in Saskatchewan.

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The company isn’t sure of the exact number of employees affected, but it says that given the current staffing needs within the Lowe’s Canada network, eligible employees will be offered a transfer to a nearby store.

2:27Lowe’s slashes number of Canadian stores due to underperformance

Lowe’s slashes number of Canadian stores due to underperformance

The company says clearance sales will begin on Nov. 21 at all closing stores.

North Carolina-based Lowe’s purchase of Rona in 2016 was contentious, with many criticizing the provincial Liberal government in power at the time for the loss of a made-in-Quebec retailer. The deal was valued at $3.2 billion.

READ MORE: Lowe’s takeover of Quebec-based Rona approved by Competition Bureau

Lowe’s Canada said it intends to invest in its supply chain, web platforms, existing stores and affiliate network.

The move comes a year after the home improvement company also closed 27 stores and two regional support centres in Mississauga, Ont. and St. John’s, N.L., a truss plant in St. John’s, N.L. and a block plant in Kamloops, B.C.

READ MORE: Lowe’s to close 27 stores, including Rona locations, in Canada

The full list of stores that will be closed in each province can be found below.

British Columbia

Closing Date

Lowe’s Prince George

2999 Massey Dr., Prince George

Feb. 19, 2020

RONA Surrey (Newton)

6965 King George Blvd., Surrey

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Osoyoos

6014-51 St., Osoyoos

Jan. 31, 2020


Lowe’s Calgary — Shawnessy

295 Shawville Blvd. S.E, Calgary

February 19, 2020

RONA Airdrie

2649 Main St. S., Airdrie

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Calgary (Midnapore)

14815 Bannister Rd. S.E., Calgary

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA St. Albert

730 St. Albert Trail, St. Albert

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Sherwood Park

340 Baseline Rd., Sherwood Park

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Edmonton (Ellerslie Road)

1003 Parsons Rd. S.W., Edmonton

Jan. 31, 2020


Lowe’s Regina – North

489 Albert St. N., Regina

Feb. 19, 2020


Lowe’s Etobicoke — North

48 Lowe’s Pl., Etobicoke

Jan. 31, 2020

Lowe’s Thunder Bay

1000 Fort William Rd., Thunder Bay

Jan. 31, 2020

Lowe’s Cornwall

950 Brookdale Ave., Cornwall

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Brockville

550 Stewart Blvd., Brockville

Jan. 31, 2020

L’entrepôt RONA — Cambridge

66 Pinebush Rd., Cambridge

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Mississauga (Rockwood Mall)

4141 Dixie Rd., Mississauga

Jan. 31, 2020

Réno-Dépôt Aurora

140 First Commerce Dr., Aurora

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Oshawa

1279 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa

Jan. 31, 2020


19 Notion Rd., Ajax

Jan. 31, 2020


RONA Granby

316 Denison St. E., Granby

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Sorel

1293 Chemin des Patriotes, Sorel-Tracy

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Bécancour

3365 Bécancour Blvd., Bécancour

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Nicolet

2145 Louis-Fréchette Blvd., Nicolet

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Saint-Tite

700 Notre-Dame St., Saint-Tite

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Trois-Rivières

15 Philippe-Francoeur St., Trois-Rivières

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Saint-Félix-de-Valois

3110 Henri-L. Chevrette St., Saint-Félix-de-Valois

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Carignan

2395 Chemin de Chambly, Carignan

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Saint-Lambert

707 Saint-Charles St., Saint-Lambert

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Saint-Sauveur

180 Principale St., Saint-Sauveur

Jan. 31, 2020

RONA Bellefeuille — Saint-Jérôme

905 De La Salette Blvd., Saint-Jérôme

Jan. 31, 2020

Réno-Dépôt Trois-Rivières

4575 des Forges Blvd., Trois-Rivières

Jan. 31, 2020

Nova Scotia

RONA Dartmouth (Windmill Road)

500 Windmill Rd., Dartmouth

Feb. 19, 2020

RONA Dartmouth (Harbour)

1000 Cole Harbour Rd., Dartmouth

Feb. 19, 2020

RONA Bedford

1658 Bedford Place Mall, Bedford

Feb. 19, 2020

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— With files from La Presse Canadienne and the Canadian Press

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

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Jussie Smollett sues city of Chicago for malicious prosecution – Fox News

November 20th, 2019

Jussie Smollett says his $10,000 payment after the close of a criminal case should prevent Chicago from seeking reimbursement for a police investigation of his claim that he was a victim of a racist and homophobic attack.

Attorneys for the former “Empire” actor filed a response Tuesday to Chicago’s lawsuit in federal court. They also filed a counterclaim against the city, saying Smollett was the victim of a malicious prosecution that caused humiliation and extreme distress.


In January, Smollett told police he was attacked by two masked men as he was walking home from a Chicago Subway sandwich shop at approximately 2 a.m. The openly gay actor alleged that the masked men beat him, taunted him with homophobic and racial slurs and yelled, “This is MAGA country.”

In February, police determined that Smollett’s masked assailants were brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo, who trained Smollett and worked with him on “Empire.” Authorities also identified the brothers as those on surveillance video purchasing the rope that was reportedly hung around Jussie’s neck during the alleged attack.


After an intense investigation, police determined Smollett staged the entire episode, with the help of two brothers whom he paid to take part in the hoax assault, in an elaborate effort to drum up publicity for his middling career. Prosecutors dropped the case in March but Smollett maintains his innocence but agreed to let authorities keep a $10,000 bail.

He was charged with filing a false police report, but those charges were dropped by Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx a few weeks later.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.


Sondland says Giuliani pushed for Ukraine quid pro quo – CTV News

November 20th, 2019

Lisa Mascaro, Mary Clare Jalonick and Eric Tucker, The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, November 20, 2019 1:58AM EST
Last Updated Wednesday, November 20, 2019 10:22AM EST

WASHINGTON — Ambassador Gordon Sondland told House impeachment investigators Wednesday that Rudy Giuliani had pushed a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine that he had to go along with because it’s what U.S. President Donald Trump wanted.

“Mr. Giuliani was expressing the desires of the president of the United States, and we knew that these investigations were important to the president,” Sondland said of his dealings with Trump’s personal attorney.

Sondland, the most highly anticipated witness in the public impeachment probe, made clear that he believed Trump was pursuing his desire for investigations in return for the Oval Office meeting that the Eastern European nation’s president sought. Sondland said he later came to believe military aid for Ukraine was also being held up until the investigations were launched.

“I know that members of this committee have frequently framed these complicated issues in the form of a simple question: Was there a `quid pro quo?’ As I testified previously, with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting, the answer is yes,” he said.

The impeachment inquiry focuses significantly on allegations that Trump sought investigations of Democrat Joe Biden and his son — and the discredited idea that Ukraine rather than Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election — in return for the badly needed military aid as well as the White House visit.

Sondland, a wealthy hotelier and Trump donor, has emerged as a central figure in an intense week in the impeachment prone that has featured nine witnesses testifying over three days. Both Democrats and Republicans were uncertain about what Sondland would testify to, given that he had already clarified parts of his initial private deposition before lawmakers.

His opening statement included several key details. He confirmed that he spoke with Trump on a cellphone from a busy Kyiv restaurant the day after the president prodded Ukraine’s leader to investigate political rival Joe Biden. He also said he kept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and other top administration officials aware of his dealings with Ukraine on the investigations Trump sought.

Sondland said he specifically told Vice-President Mike Pence he “had concerns” that U.S. military aid to Ukraine “had become tied” to the investigations.

“Everyone was in the loop,” Sondland testified in opening remarks. “It was no secret.”

Sondland appeared prepared to fend off scrutiny over the way his testimony has shifted in closed-door settings, saying “my memory has not been perfect.” He said the State Department left him without access to emails, call records and other documents he needed in the inquiry.

Still, he did produce new emails and text messages to bolster his assertion that others in the administration were aware of the investigations he was pursuing for Trump from Ukraine.

Sondland insisted, twice, that he was “adamantly opposed to any suspension of aid” for Ukraine. “I was acting in good faith. As a presidential appointee, I followed the directions of the president.”

The son of immigrants who he said escaped Europe during the Holocaust, Sondland described himself as a “lifelong Republican” who has worked with officials from both parties, including Biden.

Democratic Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California opened the hearing saying, “The knowledge of this scheme was far and wide.”

Schiff warned Pompeo and other administration officials who are refusing to turn over documents and testimony to the committee “they do so at their own peril.” He said obstruction of Congress was included in articles of impeachment during Watergate.

The top Republican on the committee, Devin Nunes of California, decried the inquiry and told the ambassador, “Mr. Sondland, you are here to be smeared.”

Nunes renewed his demand to hear from the still-anonymous whistleblower whose complaint about Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy led the House to open the impeachment inquiry.


Associated Press writer Colleen Long in Washington contributed to this report.

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Humans put into suspended animation for first time – The Guardian

November 20th, 2019

Doctors have put humans into a state of suspended animation for the first time in a groundbreaking trial that aims to buy more time for surgeons to save seriously injured patients.

The process involves rapidly cooling the brain to less than 10C by replacing the patient’s blood with ice-cold saline solution. Typically the solution is pumped directly into the aorta, the main artery that carries blood away from the heart to the rest of the body.

Known formally as emergency preservation and resuscitation, or EPR, the procedure is being trialled on people who sustain such catastrophic injuries that they are in danger of bleeding to death and who suffer a heart attack shortly before they can be treated. The patients, who are often victims of stabbings or shootings, would normally have less than a 5% chance of survival.

Samuel Tisherman, at the University of Maryland, in Baltimore, described the trial at a recent symposium held by the New York Academy of Sciences. He said at least one patient had had the procedure but did not elaborate on whether that patient or any others had survived. The first time the team performed the process was “a little surreal”, he told New Scientist magazine.

Rapid cooling of trauma victims is designed to reduce brain activity to a near standstill and to slow the patient’s physiology enough to give surgeons precious extra minutes, perhaps more than an hour, to operate. Once the patient’s injuries have been attended to, they are warmed up and resuscitated.


One aim of the US trial is to reduce the brain damage that patients are often left with if they survive such serious injuries. When the heart stops and blood stops circulating, the brain quickly becomes starved of oxygen, suffering irreparable damage within about five minutes.

The trial will compare the outcomes of 20 men and women who receive standard emergency care or EPR. The trial is due to run until the end of the year, and full results are not expected until late 2020.

Previous studies have shown that EPR can help save injured pigs, though it is by no means successful all the time. “We felt it was time to take it to our patients,” Tisherman told New Scientist, which was the first to report on the work. “Now we are doing it and we are learning a lot as we move forward with the trial. Once we can prove it works here, we can expand the utility of this technique to help patients survive that otherwise would not.”

One complication of the procedure is that patients’ cells can become damaged as they are warmed up after surgery.

Though Tisherman’s talk was entitled Suspended Animation, he said he was not exploring ways to preserve astronauts on deep space missions. “I want to make clear that we’re not trying to send people off to Saturn,” he told New Scientist. “We’re trying to buy ourselves more time to save lives.”

Nasa considers that full-on hibernation for interstellar travel is still a distant prospect. The US space agency is instead investigating ways of putting astronauts into a torpor, so reducing their metabolism for extended periods.

Kevin Fong, a consultant anaesthetist at University College London hospital, and the author of Extremes: Life, Death and the Limits of the Human Body, said: “Emergency preservation and resuscitation is an attempt to protect a dying patient by dramatically dropping their body temperature and forcing their physiology into slow motion. It can take a situation in which there are mere seconds to save someone’s life and smear that out into many minutes.

“The cardiothoracic surgeons have been doing something very similar for decades but this is about moving that technique forward, into the emergency department or perhaps maybe even out into the field. In emergency medicine we’re always trying to blur the line between life and certain death, to create something that looks like hope where none previously existed. If EPR works, it’ll be a game-changer.”


Russian ‘Popeye’ has 3 pounds of ‘dead’ muscle removed after DIY bodybuilding injections – Fox News

November 20th, 2019

A 23-year-old bodybuilder in Russia, who has been nicknamed “Popeye” due to his abnormally large biceps, has recently undergone the first of at least three surgeries to remove roughly 3 pounds of “dead” muscle tissue after he injected a dangerous enhancement substance — Synthol — into his biceps and triceps.

Kirill Tereshin used “petroleum jelly” injections, or Synthol oil, to enhance the size of his arms, which, before surgery, were said to be 24-inch around, the New York Post reported.

The 23-year-old has been nicknamed "Popeye" due to the size of his arms.

The 23-year-old has been nicknamed “Popeye” due to the size of his arms. (East2West)


Tereshin, who was reportedly told he could die or face amputation if he did not have the corrective procedure, was also encouraged to have the surgery by a Russian plastic surgery activist named Alana Mamaeva, according to the outlet. The 32-year-old reportedly helped to raise money for the surgery, which occurred at Sechenov Moscow State Medical University.

The man before the surgery.

The man before the surgery. (East2West)

The surgery was performed by Dr. Dmitry Melnikov, who, according to the Post, estimated that Tereshin injected three liters — about 100 ounces — of the petroleum jelly-like enhancement substance into his arms. About 75 percent of what the doctor described as “scar tissue with fragments of muscles” was removed during the first of possibly three surgeries.


Kirill Tereshin during the first of possibly three surgeries to remove the implants.

Kirill Tereshin during the first of possibly three surgeries to remove the implants. (East2West)

“It saturated the muscle tissues, blocked blood flow,”  Melnikov said, according to the Post. “As a result, the tissue dies and gets replaced with a scar which is as tough as a tree.”

He added: “We have seen petroleum jelly injected into breasts, buttocks and other parts of the female body,” he said. “We are warning that it is extremely dangerous.”

Dr. Dmitry Melnikov holds a lump removed from Tereshin's left tricep.

Dr. Dmitry Melnikov holds a lump removed from Tereshin’s left tricep. (East2West)

Synthol oil is purely cosmetic, causing the muscles to “balloon” and appear bigger than they really are. The substance is injected deeply into the muscle and typically consists of oil, benzyl alcohol, and lidocaine, according to a 2009 review on the usage of Synthol in bodybuilding. 


Kirill Tereshin in the days before the surgery.

Kirill Tereshin in the days before the surgery. (East2West)

The substance, which is most often used in the triceps, biceps, deltoids and calf muscles, has “some serious drawbacks,” per the review. Most obviously, the substance can cause muscles to become abnormally shaped, but “The side effects of Synthol are manifold and they can also cause damage of nerves, oil embolic of the pulmonary, occlusion of the pulmonary artery, myocardial infarction, cerebral stroke, and infectious complications,” according to the review.

Melnikov said his patient was “lucky” that the injections did not affect any other parts of his body.


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Public impeachment hearings: Trump-picked ambassador Gordon Sondland testifies –

November 20th, 2019

Trump impeachment hearings: Day 4

  • Day 4 begins with testimony from U.S. Ambassador to EU Gordon Sondland.
  • Sondland has amended his statements about Ukraine policy from his closed-door testimony.
  • Laura Cooper, with the Defence Department, and David Hale, with the State Department, to appear in afternoon session.

Ambassador Gordon Sondland, the most anticipated witness in the impeachment inquiry, is confirming that he spoke by phone with U.S. President Donald Trump one day after the president prodded Ukraine’s leader to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden.

The July 26 phone call between Sondland and Trump was disclosed by multiple witnesses within the last week. It took place a day after the July 25 call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymr Zelensky that is now at the centre of the impeachment inquiry.

Sondland, releasing his opening statement minutes before appearing, is telling House impeachment investigators that the White House has also confirmed the newly revealed call of July 26 and shared call logs with his lawyers.

Sondland also said he kept top members of the Trump administration, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in the loop about Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine.

WATCH: Previous testimony about Sondland

Trump’s ambassador to the EU will appear during 4th day of public impeachment hearings  1:12

It was well-established within the Trump administration that there was a quid pro quo involving Ukraine, Sondland is claiming.

He said the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, openly discussed how Trump wanted Ukraine to publicly announce investigations into the 2016 U.S. presidential election and into Burisma — the Ukraine gas company on whose board Biden’s son, Hunter, sat — as a prerequisite for a coveted White House visit for Zelensky.

Sondland said he laid out the issue in detail to members of State Department, Energy, and White House staff. Recipients included Pompeo and Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, he said.

Everyone understood “Trump’s desires and requirements,” Sondland said in his opening statement. He added: “Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret.”

Last month, Pompeo acknowledged for the first time he was on Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian president, but disclosed no details and did not indicate he was kept up to date on the Ukraine pressure efforts.

Sondland, a wealthy hotelier Trump tapped as his ambassador to the European Union, is more directly entangled than any witness yet in the president’s efforts to get Ukraine to investigate political rival Biden. Yet Sondland has already amended his testimony once — “I now do recall,” he said, talking to Ukraine about investigations.

Trump has recently tried to suggest that he barely knows his hand-picked ambassador, but Sondland has said he has spoken several times with the president and was acting on his direction.

Missed previous testimony? See the highlights.

  • Day 1:  Hear from acting U.S. ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor and deputy assistant secretary of state George Kent.
  • Day 2:  Hear from Marie Yovanovitch, Washington’s former ambassador to Ukraine.
  • Day 3:  Hear from the 4 witnesses who testified Tuesday, including Lt.-Col. Alexander Vindman and Kurt Volker, the former special envoy to Ukraine.

The envoy is likely to face tough questions from lawmakers of both parties about Trump’s July 25 call when he asked Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky for the political investigations at the same time as U.S. military aid for the ally was being stalled.

Sondland routinely bragged about his proximity to Trump and drew alarm from the foreign service and national security apparatus as part of an irregular channel of diplomacy led by the president’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani.

‘He’s going to do it’

Last week State Department official David Holmes revealed one of those interactions to impeachment investigators, saying he recalled it “vividly.”

The political counselor was having lunch with Sondland in Kyiv when the ambassador dialed up the the president on his cell phone and Holmes could hear Trump’s voice.

“I then heard President Trump ask, quote, ‘So he’s going to do the investigation?”‘ Holmes testified. “Ambassador Sondland replied that ‘He’s going to do it,’ adding that President Zelensky will, quote, ‘do anything you ask him to.”‘

WATCH: See highlights from Tuesday’s hearings

The third day of hearings are over. Catch up with a recap of the day’s testimonies 27:32

Sondland was known for telling others “he was in charge of Ukraine” despite being the U.S. envoy in Brussels, said another witness in the impeachment probe, former White House Russia adviser Fiona Hill.

“And I asked, well, on whose authority?” said Hill, who will testify Thursday. “And he said, the President.”

Trump’s call with Zelensky ‘improper’

Sondland’s appearance follows the testimony Tuesday of four national security and diplomatic officials, including a career Army officer who described Trump’s call with Zelensky as “improper.”

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman told lawmakers it was his “duty” to report his concerns about the call, as he deflected Republican attacks, including from the White House on his loyalty and career in public service.

Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shake hands during a meeting in New York on Sept. 25. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

It wasn’t the first time Vindman had registered his concerns over Ukraine policy. He testified about a July 10 meeting at the White House when Sondland told visiting Ukraine officials they would need to “deliver” before the administration would agree to a meeting Zelensky wanted with Trump.

“Ambassador Sondland referred to investigations into the Bidens and Burisma in 2016,” Vindman testified, referring to the gas company on whose board Hunter Biden had a seat.

Trump calls hearings a disgrace

At the White House, Trump said he had watched part of the day’s testimony and slammed the ongoing impeachment hearings as a “disgrace.” Over the weekend, Trump assailed Williams as part of the “Never Trumpers” who oppose his presidency, though there is no indication she has shown any partisanship.

Former National Security Council official Timothy Morrison told investigators that he witnessed a key September conversation in Warsaw between Sondland and a top aide to Zelensky. Afterward, Sondland said he had relayed to the Ukrainian that U.S. aid might be freed if the country would announce the investigations, Morrison testified.

Another diplomat, former special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker, shifted his own account of the July 10 meeting to say Sondland did, in fact, discuss investigations with the visiting Ukrainians.

“I think all of us thought it was inappropriate; the conversation did not continue and the meeting concluded,” Volker said.

A series of text messages Volker provided to lawmakers showed conversations between him, Sondland and other leaders in which they discussed a need for Ukraine to launch investigations, including into Burisma.

Volker said meeting with Giuliani was just part of the dialogue, and he had one in-person meeting with him, in which Giuliani “raised, and I rejected, the conspiracy theory that Vice-President Biden would have been influenced in his duties as vice president by money paid to his son.”

David Holmes, a career diplomat and the political counsellor at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, says he ‘vividly’ remembers a phone call between Sondland and Trump about Ukraine. (Jose Luis Magana/Associated Press)

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