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Ad company rejects calls to remove anti-immigration billboard featuring Maxime Bernier – Globalnews.ca

August 25th, 2019

The owner of billboards currently showcasing ads that promote the People’s Party of Canada’s controversial stance on immigration says the material is staying up.

The ads, featuring a photo of party leader Maxime Bernier, the slogan “Say NO to mass immigration” and a call to vote for his party, started popping up across the country late last week. They were criticized nearly immediately as promoting what some called hateful, anti-immigrant rhetoric.

WATCH: PPC leader Maxime Bernier launches party’s national campaign

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Petitions have since sprung up to call for the owner of the billboards, Pattison Outdoor Advertising, to take the ads down, arguing that they violate the company’s own code of conduct.

But the company issued a statement Sunday saying that if people have a problem, they should contact the advertiser, True North Strong & Free Advertising Corp.

Pattison’s statement suggested they had reviewed the ad content and did not find it violation of the Ad Standards of Canada (ASC) code or their own policies.

READ MORE: ‘One of the least Canadian things I’ve seen’: anti-immigration billboard sparks anger in Halifax

“We take a neutral position on ads that comply with the ASC code as we believe Canadians do not want us to be the judge or arbiter of what the public can or cannot see,” the company said in a statement circulated on their social media accounts.

“Should advertising elicit a public debate, we encourage Canadians to voice their opinions directly to the advertiser who placed the message as it is our policy that their contact information must be a legible part of the ad.”

The company said they will monitor the signs to ensure the contact information remains up, and if it doesn’t, they will remove the campaign.

In their statement, Pattison Outdoor included a link to the People’s Party of Canada platform, prefacing it by saying it “outlines that they would prioritize economic immigration over mass immigration.”

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

WATCH: People’s Party of Canada leader Bernier says Canadians demand lower immigration levels

The People’s Party platform pledges to dramatically slash the number of immigrants Canada accepts, arguing the Liberals and Conservatives use “mass immigration” as a political tool to buy votes. On top of cutting the number of people admitted, the party would cancel a program that allows people to sponsor their parents and grandparents, and strictly limit other family immigration programs, as well as accept far fewer refugees.

“The billboards are not the product of the People’s Party of Canada,” Johanne Mennie, the party’s executive director, said in a phone interview Friday with Global News. “They are authorized by a third party and the PPC has not been in any contact with this third party.”

The billboards have been reported in Halifax, parts of Quebec, Toronto, Ottawa, Calgary, Regina and Vancouver. The People’s Party of Canada has said it is not associated with the group that put up the signs.

READ MORE: The battle for Maxime Bernier’s riding

According to a filing with Elections Canada, the third-party group behind the ads is run by Frank Smeenk, the chief executive of a Toronto-based mining exploration company.

The group filed interim financial returns with Elections Canada that show it spent $59,890 on billboards in “select cities in Canada” and received $60,000 from Bassett & Walker International Inc., a company that specializes in the international trade of protein products.

Last week, Smeenk declined to comment on the billboard beyond what appeared in the Elections Canada filing. The Canadian Press attempted to reach Smeenk again on Friday, but he did not respond.

WATCH: Bernier answers question after posing for photos in Calgary with alleged extremists

Similarly, messages left at Bassett & Walker were not returned.

Bernier officially launched the party’s national campaign Sunday at an event about two hours outside Montreal.

Polls suggest the party has around 4 per cent of voter support heading into the October election, and thus far, Bernier has been excluded from the official leadership debates.

Negative reactions to the billboard were raised fast, especially in Halifax where local politicians took to Twitter to denounce both the board and Bernier.

Arshia Vosoughi’s family immigrated to Canada from Iran when he was seven years old. Vosoughi, who points out that his parents are doctors, says that there are many skilled immigrants who come to Canada from different countries.

READ MORE: ‘Very hurtful to see,’ Peace by Chocolate founder says of anti-immigration billboard in Halifax

“I think it’s ridiculous to say ‘no immigration,’” said Vosoughi. “It’s one of the least Canadian things I’ve seen in all my time in this country.”

Peace by Chocolate founder Tareq Hadhad, who came to Nova Scotia as a Syrian refugee in 2016, says that the billboard is both divisive and inaccurate.

“There is nothing called ‘mass immigration’ in Canada,” Hadhad told Global News in a phone interview Saturday.

WATCH: People’s Party of Canada leader says he supports Canada’s distinct sense of multiculturalism

“Saying ‘mass immigration’ is certainly trying to make an illusion to the public that, you know, like caravans and waves of millions of people trying to hit the border, coming through the airports, but this is not happening.”

With files from Graeme Benjamin

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ASIRT probes officer-involved shooting in southeast Calgary – Global News

August 25th, 2019

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating following an officer-involved shooting in southeast Calgary early Sunday morning.

Calgary Police Service members responded to a strip mall near Shawville Boulevard at around 4 a.m. for reports of a suspicious man who police said was allegedly threatening people in the area.

Once on scene, police found a man in his 30s next to an ice cream shop. He was believed to be armed with a weapon. After the situation continued to escalate, police said the man was shot by one of the officers.

Calgary police officers attend a scene on Shawville Boulevard S.W. on Aug. 25, 2019.

Calgary police officers attend a scene on Shawville Boulevard S.W. on Aug. 25, 2019.

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Following the shooting, police said they had to use additional force to take the man into custody. He was later taken to Foothills Medical Centre.

Police said a large machete-type knife was found at the scene following the incident. No officers were injured.

The 11-year member of the police force who shot the suspect has now been placed on a 30-day administrative leave.

Shawville Boulevard was closed between 162 Avenue and Shawville Link for several hours and police advised people to avoid the area.

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Fantasy: Takeaways from Saturday’s preseason games – thescore.com

August 25th, 2019

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Every game night during the preseason, theScore gets you caught up on the most important fantasy performances from around the league.

Luck’s surprise retirement

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Andrew Luck‘s plan to inform his teammates about his retirement after the Colts’ preseason game and then hold a press conference Sunday afternoon to announce it fell through when ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported the stunning development Saturday night.

For as shocking as the news was, it was even more surprising to see some fans booing Luck as he left the field in Indy. A classless move by those in attendance and one that Luck admitted hurt him when he addressed the media after the game.

While many words will be written on Luck’s career and his decision to walk away, we’re here to break down what it means for fantasy managers, especially those drafting in the coming days. The next update to my rankings will be live on Monday, but until then, let’s take a quick look at what this means for the Colts’ skill position players.

Jacoby Brissett takes over under center and though he’s one of the better backups in the league, the drop off from Luck is immense. Brissett himself will be a fringe QB2 in fantasy around the likes of Andy Dalton and Marcus Mariota. It’s possible Brissett is more prepared for this moment than we realize, but he’ll need to prove that in real games before he can be trusted.

Every member of Indy’s receiving corps takes a hit, with T.Y. Hilton‘s value falling at least a full round into the fourth. Devin Funchess becomes nothing more than a touchdown-dependent weekly dart throw, and Parris Campbell‘s potential rookie breakout is now put on ice.

Eric Ebron was already slated for significant regression, especially with a deeper cast of pass-catchers around him, including a healthy Jack Doyle. Brissett’s presence lowers the upside of the entire offense, meaning those scoring opportunities Ebron thrived in will be even fewer and farther between. Ebron is a fringe TE1 and Doyle remains a bye-week fill-in at best.

Marlon Mack‘s stock is also negatively impacted. His touchdown ceiling is lowered and there will be less second-half carries due to poor game scripts. However, the Colts still boast one of the top offensive lines in the NFL and Brissett might be willing to dump the ball off to his backs more than Luck would have, which is notable given Mack’s increased role in the receiving game during the preseason. Consider Mack a low-end RB2 around the range of Leonard Fournette and Josh Jacobs.

Let’s hope Brissett can step up and help keep this offense rolling overall. He is facing the fourth-easiest schedule for fantasy quarterbacks in 2019.

Miller out for the year

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Since arriving in Houston, it felt like Lamar Miller always left meat on the bone in terms of his production, and if you don’t believe me, just ask anyone who owned him in fantasy.

Even so, Miller was set up for another year as a borderline RB2/high-end RB3 given his status as the unquestioned lead back in a prolific offense.

On Saturday night, Miller’s time in Houston may have come to an end as he suffered what the team fears to be a torn ACL, according to Schefter. We already expected the Texans would move on from the 28-year-old rusher when his contract finished after this season, and now with the injury, that scenario is all but guaranteed.

Fortunately, Houston did recently trade for Duke Johnson – a superb change-of-pace back who has always wanted his shot to be a full-time ball carrier. This sounds exactly like Miller, who left the Dolphins for a chance to be a workhorse.

We know now that Miller was far more suited for a committee role than a true lead back, as he tended to break down late in seasons. If the Texans attempt to deploy Johnson in a similar fashion, the results will likely be the same.

Johnson is an outstanding pass-catching back, but he’ll need help carrying the workload. Whether that comes in the form of rookies Damarea Crockett and Karan Higdon or via a free agent like Jay Ajayi remains to be seen. Crockett is the more enticing of the young backs, but adding a veteran could be a smart move.

It’s also possible the team once again delves into the trade market, though a major deal for a star like Melvin Gordon seems like a long shot.

For the time being, Johnson is moving up to Miller’s former spot in my rankings, around RB30. If you want to stash one of the rookies, Crockett would be my choice.

Instant impressions

  • You can’t overreact to one play, but Dalvin Cook breaking an 85-yard touchdown in the third preseason contest has to make fantasy managers feel good about his outlook. It’s the first game action we’ve seen from Cook in 2019, who is a top-10 back in my rankings and one of my favorite targets in the second round. With Minnesota shifting to a more run-heavy approach, Cook could be a fantasy MVP – if he can stay healthy.
  • Assuming Kyler Murray sits out next week, the rookie completed the preseason with one strong performance, one weak outing, and one average display. It’s been tough to assess Murray, since we know head coach Kliff Kingsbury isn’t showing his cards before the real games in September and is running a basic offense. The first overall pick remains a high-variance fantasy option with an enticing top-five ceiling if everything comes together for him in Year 1. His offensive line is a concern, though.
  • We’re clinging to the belief Ezekiel Elliott is likely to reach a new deal with the Cowboys at some point before Week 1 or at least early in the season. If he doesn’t, Tony Pollard is going to smash in fantasy. The rookie has racked up 103 yards from scrimmage on 18 touches this preseason and deserves a role in this backfield even when/if Zeke returns.
  • Michael Gallup continues to flash in the Cowboys’ offense. His box score may only show one 12-yard touchdown catch on the night, but he actually crossed the goal line again on the next drive for a 21-yard TD that was taken away due to a penalty. Amari Cooper‘s foot issues make Gallup an even more intriguing late-round target for fantasy owners.
  • Sam Darnold has been outstanding in August, completing 17 of 25 attempts for 211 yards, two touchdowns, and no interceptions. The sophomore often goes undrafted in fantasy, despite having breakout potential in a new offense with a better array of weapons around him. Keep him in mind if you’re waiting until the last rounds to address quarterback. His emergence would be a boon to Robby Anderson‘s fantasy stock, as well. The duo connected on a 41-yard reception on Saturday, part of a two-catch, 60-yard night for Anderson, who has low-end WR2 appeal this season.
  • Jimmy Garoppolo responded to recent struggles in preseason and practice by going 14 of 20 for 188 yards and a score on Saturday. It’s a relief to anyone associated with the 49ers, but Jimmy G is still a low-end QB2. We need Garoppolo to hold up his end of the bargain in order for the rest of the offense to thrive in fantasy. Dante Pettis had his best night of the preseason with three receptions for 36 yards and is an upside pick in the eighth round.
  • There’s value to be had in the 49ers’ backfield. Tevin Coleman and Matt Breida are being underestimated at their current ADPs in the fifth and 10th round, respectively. Coleman had a quiet night Saturday, but Breida went off for 44 rushing yards and 31 receiving yards, including a 20-yard diving touchdown. Both backs could potentially finish as top-30 fantasy options, which makes Breida a must-target.
  • Though Darwin Thompson has received most of the recent hype in the Chiefs’ backfield, Damien Williams reminded everyone he’s the lead back in Kansas City with a catch down the sidelines that he broke back into the middle of the field for a 62-yard touchdown. Williams will enter the year as an RB2 in fantasy and owners worried about Thompson can scoop him up as insurance in the middle rounds.
  • The Russell WilsonTyler Lockett tandem is one you’ll be hearing about a lot this season. Fresh off a breakout campaign, Lockett is set to take over as the clear top target in Seattle as an increase in volume is guaranteed with the departure of Doug Baldwin and injuries to D.K. Metcalf and David Moore. On Saturday, Lockett hauled in two passes for 50 yards, which was just a taste of his looming production in 2019. I’m so confident in Lockett, I’ve been willing to wait until the fourth round and take him as the No. 1 WR on some of my teams. With the aforementioned injuries, Jaron Brown is a sneaky pickup or late-round selection who could be a flex option early in the year.

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Trump regrets not raising tariffs on China higher, White House says – CBC News

August 25th, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump wishes he had raised tariffs on Beijing even higher, the White House said on Sunday, seeking to clarify earlier remarks that suggested Trump regretted his decision on Friday to escalate his trade war with China.

Trump raised eyebrows during a meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the sidelines of a G7 summit when he responded in the affirmative to questions from reporters on whether he had had any second thoughts about raising tariffs on Chinese goods by five per cent.

“President Trump responded in the affirmative because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher,” White House spokesperson Stephanie Grisham said in a statement.

Trump announced the additional duty on $550 billion US in targeted Chinese goods on Friday, hours after China unveiled retaliatory tariffs on $75 billion worth of U.S. goods.

Tit-for-tat trade war

The moves were the latest round in a tit-for-tat trade war between the world’s two largest economies that has damaged global growth, upset allies and raised market fears that the world economy will tip into a recession.

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Sunday he did not expect China to retaliate further.

“I think his was an action to respond to their action. So I doubt whether they’re going to take another step,” he said on CBS’ Face the Nation program. “We’ll have to wait and see.”

In a separate appearance on Sunday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had become “enemies” on trade, despite a good relationship in other areas.

“President Xi is still his friend,” he said on the Fox News Sunday program.

“But as it relates to financial issues and trade, we have become enemies. We’re not making progress,” said Mnuchin, who has been helping lead trade talks with China.

In this June 29 file photo, Trump shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping during a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, western Japan. Both sides have incentives to settle a trade war that is battering exporters on either side of the Pacific and threatening to tip the global economy into recession. (Susan Walsh/The Associated Press)

‘Second thoughts about everything’

During his meeting with Johnson on Sunday in France, Trump was asked if he had second thoughts about his latest escalation.

“Yeah, sure. Why not?” he said.

The reporter repeated the question and Trump replied: “Might as well. Might as well.”

A second reporter followed up again, asking if he had second thoughts about escalating the trade war with China.

“I have second thoughts about everything,” Trump responded.

In addition to his decision to jack up tariffs, Trump said he was ordering U.S. companies to find alternatives to doing business in China and move operations back to the United States.

Mnuchin said Trump would have the authority to order companies out of China under the International Emergency Economic Powers Act if he declared a national emergency.

Trump said he was not considering taking that action at this time, however.

“I could declare a national emergency. I think when they steal and take out, and — intellectual property theft, anywhere from $300 billion to $500 billion a year, and where we have a total loss of almost a trillion dollars a year … in many ways, that’s an emergency,” he said.

“I have no plan right now. Actually, we’re getting along very well with China right now. We’re talking.”

Still, Mnuchin and Kudlow said Trump wanted U.S. businesses to start looking to shift investments away from China.

“We want them to be in places where there’re trading partners that respect us and trade with us fairly,” Mnuchin said, saying U.S. businesses would be better off relying less on China in the event the trade war lasts for a long time.

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Report: Colts reach settlement with Luck, could’ve recouped $24.8M – Sportsnet.ca

August 25th, 2019

The Indianapolis Colts have reached a financial settlement with former quarterback Andrew Luck, who shockingly announced his retirement Saturday, that will not see them recoup $24.8 million that was owed to them, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Schefter reported Sunday that the Colts are allowing Luck to keep the money, even though it is “within their rights to reclaim it.” He added that the deal was reached late last week.

The sum included $12.8 million of a pro-rated portion of his $32-million signing bonus from the Colts as part of his five-year extension in 2016, as well as another $12 million in roster bonuses he was paid in March.

Schefter called it his “parting gift” from the franchise after all the hits the oft-sidelined star took over the years.

After a seemingly endless series of injuries, the former first-overall draft pick announced that he was hanging up his cleats at age 29.

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Report: Luck allowed by Colts to keep $24.8 million – TSN

August 25th, 2019

Following his abrupt retirement at the age of 29 Saturday night, the Indianapolis Colts will not take back any of the $24.8 million they are allowed to recoup according to Adam Schefter of NFL.com.

“The Colts essentially are telling Luck to keep it all, even though it is within their right to reclaim the money,” Schefter writes, adding terms were agreed to late last week. 

According to Schefter, Luck could have owed the Colts a pro-rated $12.8 million of his $31 million signing bonus Indianapolis gave him when he signed his extension in 2016. They also could have recouped a $12 million roster bonus he was paid in March of this year. 

“I’m in pain, I’m still in pain. It’s been four years of this pain, rehab cycle,” Luck said of his decision Saturday night. “It’s a myriad of issues — calf strain, posterior ankle impingement, high ankle sprain. Part of my journey going forward will be figuring out how to feel better.”

“There’s no doubt when you hear him talk about the cycle of pain and injury and rehab, you can hear that,” head coach Frank Reich said. “There’s a saying in football that everyone knows and everybody lives by, it’s next man up and even though this situation is unique, no one is exempt.”

Luck finishes his career in Indy with a record of 53-33 in the regular season. He’s thrown for a total of 23,671 yards and 171 touchdowns compared to 83 interceptions. 

The Colts are now expected to turn to quarterback Jacoby Brissett to lead the franchise. The will open the regular season against the Bengals in Cincinnati on Sept. 8.

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Did Trudeau keep all his campaign promises? New book from academics bears mixed results – National Post

August 25th, 2019

OTTAWA — A new book arriving on the eve of the federal election campaign is offering policy geeks a comprehensive take on whether Justin Trudeau lived up to his 2015 vows.

At the heart of the 237-page publication — the product of work from two dozen Canadian academics — is an analysis of 353 Liberal pre-election promises and an evaluation of how many have actually been fulfilled since Trudeau’s team took office.

In short, the experts found that by March of this year Trudeau’s government had entirely followed through on about 50 per cent of its pledges, partially delivered on about 40 per cent and had broken roughly 10 per cent.

The authors say the book — which also features a deep plunge into the weeds of about a dozen key policy areas — will not only interest wonks, like scholars and journalists, but can serve as a primer for all voters ahead of October’s election.

“In an era of ’fake news,’ negative advertising campaigns and conventional and social media overload, voters face a daunting challenge in providing a neutral and objective assessment of the past four years under the Liberal government,” they write in the book, published by les Presses de l’Universite Laval.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promises are scrutinized in a new book from 24 academics.

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“This book provides them with tools based on real facts to enlighten their evaluation of Justin Trudeau’s government’s record.”

The English edition, titled “Assessing Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Government,” is scheduled for release Monday. The authors say their mission was to create a non-partisan, transparent source of information about pledge fulfilment.

For those looking to keep score, the book also provides a historical dimension. Researchers have retroactively examined pledge fulfilment by federal governments dating back to Brian Mulroney’s first majority mandate in 1984.

The Trudeau government’s result is based on a platform-monitoring tool called the “Polimetre,” which is managed by Universite Laval’s Centre for Public Policy Analysis.

The gauge’s latest reading — updated since March — shows the Liberals have entirely fulfilled 53.5 per cent of their 2015 vows, partially lived up to 38.5 per cent and broken eight per cent.


This November 14, 2015 file photo shows Canada’s former Prime Minister Stephen Harper as he speaks during a joint press conference with New Zealand’s prime minister in Auckland.

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The researchers also created a Polimetre for Stephen Harper’s last majority government that stretched from 2011 to 2015. The Harper government, they found, completely met 77 per cent of its election pledges, delivered in part on seven per cent and broke 16 per cent of their promises.

The Harper Polimetre was the group’s first at the federal level — and the Trudeau version was the first to be made into a book.

There are two ways to draw a conclusion on Trudeau and Harper’s promise-keeping records, said book co-editor Francois Petry, a political science professor from Universite Laval.

One is to combine pledges fully met with those partially kept — which gives Trudeau a score of 92 per cent and 85 per cent for the final four years of Harper’s run. Or, Petry said, one can simply compare vows fully realized — Trudeau gets 53.5 per cent and Harper 77 per cent.

However, not all pledges are created equally, he noted.

“Transformative” promises and “Transactional” promises

Trudeau entered the 2015 campaign having made a lot of “transformative” promises, he said, in part because the Liberals wrote their more ambitious pledges while they were a third-place party.

In contrast, Harper made a lot of “transactional” promises, which Petry described as those targeted at sub-populations like parents, for instance.

The writers also stress that efforts by all governments to deliver on promises often converge with conditions outside their control. Circumstances could include the fulfilment-hampering effects of an economic downturn or a boost from strong growth, which the Liberals have seen in recent years.

There is a sort of negative bias in the Canadian population

In the end, however, the researchers found the Trudeau and the last Harper government had the highest rates of follow-through on their campaign promises of any Canadian government over the last 35 years.

Overall, governments in Canada have good records when it comes to keeping promises, Petry said. Polls, on the other hand, have long shown that most Canadians think politicians are liars, even though voters have generally done a poor job keeping tabs on party pledges.

“There is a sort of negative bias in the Canadian population,” said Petry, who co-edited the book with Centre for Public Policy Analysis executive director Lisa Birch.

“We are trying, therefore, to sort of change the view of the public on this particular topic.”


Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau (L) and Conservative Leader Stephen Harper participate in the Munk Debate on Canada’s foreign policy in Toronto, on Monday, Sept. 28, 2015.

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The book also explores the effectiveness of Liberal policies and decisions over the last four years in a range of areas — from the party’s vows to support the middle class, address climate change and deliver on electoral reform.

For example, the research notes how the Trudeau government abandoned its 2015 campaign vow to run annual deficits of no more than $10 billion and to balance the books by 2019.

It also noted how the Liberals broke their promises to introduce legislation on electoral reform within 18 months of forming government and to end the first-past-the-post voting system.

Asked about potential criticism of the research, Petry said the authors make no claims their method is foolproof, nor do they argue the results are as airtight as a controlled lab experiment.

He said the Polimetre has been applied to recent provincial governments in Quebec. The group, Petry added, is considering a project that will scrutinize the pledges of Ontario’s Doug Ford government.

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White House reverses Trump’s comments on China tariffs – Global News

August 25th, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday acknowledged having second thoughts about escalating a trade war with China , but the White House later reversed, saying the president was misinterpreted and that his only regret in hiking tariffs is that he didn’t raise them higher.

Trump faced a tense reception from his counterparts as they gathered in a French beach resort for the Group of Seven summit.

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READ MORE: Trudeau meets with Trump at G7 summit with focus on trade, economic issues

He suggested during a breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he harboured qualms about the spiraling conflict. “Yeah. For sure,” he told reporters when asked if he had any second thoughts about ramping up tariffs on China after Beijing imposed new tariffs to retaliate against earlier tariff moves by the U.S.

Then hours later, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying the news media had “greatly misinterpreted” Trump’s response. Grisham said the president only responded “in the affirmative – because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher.”

WATCH: Trump says ‘not the biggest fan’ of tech companies but unhappy with France technology tax

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow offered a different explanation when interviewed Sunday by CBS’ “Face the Nation,” saying Trump “didn’t quite hear the question.” Reporters asked Trump about regret three times in succession.

Trump’s admission appeared at first to mark a rare moment of self-reflection by the famously hardnosed leader, and the later reversal fit a pattern of Trump recoiling from statements he believes suggest weakness.

READ MORE: Trudeau meets with U.K., Japan prime ministers ahead of G7 summit

Asked if he had any second thoughts about escalating the U.S. trade war with China, Trump replied: “Yeah, sure. Why not?”

When the reporter sought clarification by asking “second thoughts?” Trump said: “Might as well, might as well.”

Trump then said: “I have second thoughts about everything” when another reporter repeated the original question.

Trump had been trying to use the summit to rally the other leaders to do more to stimulate their economies, as fears rise of a potential slowdown in the U.S. before he stands for reelection in November 2020.

WATCH: G7 leaders meet to talk trade, climate change at Biarritz summit

His summit counterparts are trying to convince him to back off the trade conflicts with China and other countries, seeing the disputes as contributing to the overall economic weakening.

The meetings come days after Trump responded to China’s announcement Friday that it would slap new tariffs on $75 billion in American goods with more tariffs of his own. Trump also issued an extraordinary threat to declare a national emergency in an attempt to force U.S. businesses to cut ties with China.

Johnson, who praised Trump for America’s economic performance, also chided the U.S. leader for his unbending China policy.

READ MORE: Trump faces limits of go-it-alone stance at the G7 summit in France

“Just to register a faint sheep-like note of our view on the trade war,” he told Trump. “We’re in favour of trade peace.”

Trump said he had “no plans right now” to follow through on his emergency declaration threat, but insisted he would be within his rights to use a 1977 law designed to target rogue regimes, terrorists and drug traffickers as the newest weapon in the clash between the world’s two largest economies

“If I want, I could declare a national emergency,” Trump said. He cited China’s theft of intellectual property and the large U.S. trade deficit with China, saying “in many ways that’s an emergency.”

Trump then entered the first official summit meeting, initially set as a discussion of foreign policy and security issues. But White House aides claimed he engineered a late change to the summit schedule, adding economic issues to the agenda.

WATCH: Trump arrives in Biarritz for G7 summit

White House officials said Trump planned to press leaders to do more to spur economic growth, as well as to open European, Japanese and Canadian markets to American manufacturers and producers. Trump has imposed or threatened to impose tariffs on all three markets in his pursuit of free, fair and reciprocal trade.

The meeting of the Group of Seven nations — Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the U.S. — in the beach resort town of Biarritz comes at one of the most unpredictable moments in Trump’s presidency, when his public comments and decision-making increasingly have seemed erratic and acerbic of late.

Only hours before his arrival in Biarritz Saturday, Trump reissued his threat to place tariffs on French wine imports to the U.S. in a spat over France’s digital services tax; the European Union promised to retaliate. That was the backdrop for an impromptu two-hour lunch with French President Emmanuel Macron outside the opulent Hotel du Palais.

Trump on Sunday disputed reports of friction with other G-7 leaders, saying he has been “treated beautifully” since he arrived.

WATCH: Trump says China tariffs ‘doing very well’ for the U.S.

But cracks emerged moments later after the French government said the leaders had agreed at Saturday’s dinner that Macron would deliver a message to Iran on behalf of the group.

Trump disputed that he had signed off on any such message.

“No, I haven’t discussed that,” he told reporters during a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. “No, I haven’t.”

Macron, in recent months, has tried to play intermediary between the U.S. and Iran, as tensions flare over Iran’s nuclear program and the Trump administration’s increasingly restrictive sanctions on that country.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif arrived in Biarritz on Sunday afternoon after being invited by France to the G-7 venue to try to ease tensions over its nuclear program, a senior French official said.

The official said the decision to invite Zarif came after the G-7 leaders, including Trump, met over dinner Saturday. It was unclear if anyone from the Iranian delegation would meet with Trump or U.S. officials at the summit.

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ASIRT investigating after man taken to hospital in Calgary – Global News

August 25th, 2019

The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team is investigating an incident in southeast Calgary early Sunday morning.

Calgary Police Service members responded to a strip mall near Shawville Boulevard at around 4 a.m.

EMS confirmed that a man was taken to hospital.

Calgary police said they are not releasing more details at this point because the case has now been handed over to ASIRT.

Shawville Boulevard was closed between 162 Avenue and Shawville Link for several hours and police advised people to avoid the area.

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Boat collision on Stoney Lake leaves one man dead, another missing: OPP – CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News

August 25th, 2019

Katherine DeClerq, CP24.com
Published Sunday, August 25, 2019 11:38AM EDT
Last Updated Sunday, August 25, 2019 12:32PM EDT

One man has died and another is missing after two boats collided on a lake in Peterborough County Saturday night.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) said the incident occurred on Stoney Lake, near Young Bay, around 9:30 p.m.

Witnesses were able to find five of the six people on the boats and help transport them to shore, police said. A 31-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Officers with the OPP marine unit and a helicopter were used to try and find the remaining occupant of the boat, identified as a 31-year-old man from Mississauga.

Police said the man has not been found yet.

The other four occupants of the boats were transported to the hospital with various injuries, which investigators said ranged from non-life-threatening to serious.

“OPP member trained in marine collision reconstruction will be working in the area today to take measurements, document the scene and collect evidence,” police said in a news release issued Sunday. “In addition, OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Unit (USRU) will be attending the scene and will attempt to locate the missing boater.”

The cause of the collision is still under investigation.

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