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Man in his 20s in hospital following shooting in Abbotsford – Abbotsford News

October 23rd, 2019

A man in his 20s is being treated in hospital following a shooting that occurred in Abbotsford just before 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The shooting took place in the 31700 block of South Fraser Way at the Esso gas station. A green car on the scene has bullet holes in it.

“The events that are unfolded are currently being investigated and updates will be provided when available,” the release states.

South Fraser Way is closed between Hilltout Street and Janzen Street and to the north to Union Avenue, police say.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the APD at 604-859-5225, text 222973 (abbypd) or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or

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Google Pixel 4 drops from 90Hz refresh rate when you lower the brightness – 9to5Google

October 23rd, 2019

Fujifilm Unveils the X-Pro3 with Plasma Hardening and Hidden Screen – PetaPixel

October 23rd, 2019

League of Legends Patch 9.21: Full notes and updates – Dot Esports

October 23rd, 2019

Arm Announces New Ethos-N57 and N37 NPUs, Mali-G57 Valhall GPU and Mali-D37 DPU – AnandTech

October 23rd, 2019

Man dead, two other people critical after triple shooting in Mississauga – CP24 Toronto’s Breaking News

October 22nd, 2019

Joshua Freeman,
Published Tuesday, October 22, 2019 10:27PM EDT
Last Updated Wednesday, October 23, 2019 12:00AM EDT

A man has been pronounced dead and two other people are in hospital in critical condition following a triple shooting on a highway in Mississauga Tuesday night.

Police, firefighters and paramedics were called to the northbound Highway 410 ramp to Derry Road for reports of a shooting at around 9:48 p.m.

Three victims – two men and a woman – were found inside a vehicle at the scene.

One of the men was found without vital signs, Peel Regional Paramedic Services said. The other two victims were both rushed to hospital with critical injuries.

Peel police later confirmed that the man who was found without vital signs was pronounced dead.

Ontario Provincial Police said it was not immediately clear where the shots came from.

There is a heavy police presence and some road closures are in effect in the area as officers investigate. 

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Apple Watch calls 911 after man falls down New Jersey cliff – WABC-TV

October 22nd, 2019

Greta Thunberg says she didn’t know about Victoria invite, but ferry emissions not an issue –

October 22nd, 2019

Climate change activist Greta Thunberg is disputing stories about an invitation to speak to British Columbia’s provincial legislature, saying she wasn’t aware of the invite and “definitely” didn’t turn it down because of concern over ferry emissions.

On Tuesday, B.C. Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver said he extended an invitation to visit Victoria to the 16-year-old Swede. 

But rumours quickly spread through Victoria’s political circles that Thunberg wouldn’t be coming to Victoria because there’s no way to get there without burning fossil fuels either by ferry or flight.

Mayor Lisa Helps said that although she hadn’t heard from Thunberg directly, one of her councillors learned the news from the climate activist’s team.

Thunberg dismissed the rumours in a tweet on Tuesday evening, writing that she didn’t know about the invitation and “have definitely not declined it because of ’emissions’ from the public transport ferry.”

Thunberg eschewed flights to travel across the Atlantic Ocean in a zero-emission sailboat to attend the UN Climate Action Summit in September. She has travelled in an electric Tesla in her trips across North America. 

Greta Thunberg waves from the Malizia II in Plymouth, England, before her departure on Aug. 14. She crossed the Atlantic on a zero-emissions sailboat to attend the UN climate summit in New York in September. (Kirsty Wigglesworth/The Associated Press)

Earlier Tuesday, some Vancouver Islanders came up with creative solutions for bringing Thunberg to Victoria. Helps said Olympic rower Adam Kreek offered to row Thunberg to Vancouver Island and back again.

While BC Ferries’ long-term plan is to have the company’s entire fleet powered by electricity, the fleet currently runs on diesel fuel. 

It announced its first wave of hybrid electric vessels in September, the first of which are expected to be in operation by 2022, with the first two expected to be in service in 2020.

Climate rally planned in Vancouver

Thunberg also confirmed Tuesday that she will be joining a climate strike outside the Vancouver Art Gallery on Friday.

Sustainabiliteens, a group of teenagers that has organized previous climate strikes in Vancouver, says youth are pushing for cross-party collaboration to tackle the climate crisis from a newly elected minority federal government.

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‘Albertans feel betrayed’: Jason Kenney, Scott Moe warn Trudeau of growing Western alienation – The Globe and Mail

October 22nd, 2019

Premier Jason Kenney says if the prime minister doesn’t keep his word on supporting the West, there will be lasting damage to national unity.

AMBER BRACKEN/The Canadian Press

The premiers of Alberta and Saskatchewan warned Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about growing Western alienation on Tuesday in the wake of a federal election result that saw the governing Liberals lose all four of their seats in the two provinces.

Voters returned Mr. Trudeau to Ottawa on Monday with diminished power, as the Liberals dropped to minority from majority status. A day later, premiers Jason Kenney and Scott Moe renewed their demands for the fast tracking of pipeline construction and the end of Liberal policies such as the federal carbon tax.

Mr. Moe and Mr. Kenney were echoed by local mayors in the region who called on Mr. Trudeau to take the concerns seriously and act to bridge the deepening divide between the federal Liberals and the Prairie provinces.

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“Many Albertans feel betrayed,” Mr. Kenney told the provincial legislature in Edmonton.

He said the 40-day election campaign, in which several parties attacked the province’s oil sector, confirmed Albertans’ views that they aren’t treated fairly in the federation.

The Prime Minister didn’t speak with reporters Tuesday, but in response to the two premiers’ demands, Mr. Trudeau’s office referred The Globe and Mail back to his speech Monday night in Montreal.

In it, Mr. Trudeau promised to “fight for all Canadians” and called on people in Alberta and Saskatchewan to “work hard to bring our country together.”

“Know that you are an essential part of our great country. I’ve heard your frustration and I want to be there to support you,” he said.

In order to ensure Alberta’s oil reaches tidewater and the accompanying higher prices, Mr. Trudeau has promised to get the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion built. But construction has progressed in fits and starts and now that Mr. Trudeau will have to govern with the support of other parties, there’s concern it will never be completed.

To avoid that outcome, Mr. Kenney called on the Prime Minister to not strike any formal deals with the NDP, Bloc Québécois or Greens, all of which have been hostile to pipelines and other oil infrastructure.

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“Albertans feel like everywhere we turn, we are being blocked in, pinned down and even attacked within our own country,” he said.

Martha Hall Findlay, president and chief executive of the Canada West Foundation, cautioned that the Liberal government needed to take the concerns bubbling over in Alberta and Saskatchewan seriously.

“This has to be the Prime Minister’s number-one task,” said Ms. Hall Findlay, a former Liberal MP.

“It’s far more serious than people outside of Alberta and Saskatchewan realize and that’s probably what makes it even more dangerous,” she said

In Saskatchewan, Mr. Moe wrote a letter to Mr. Trudeau asking for a “new deal” for his province that would include cancelling the carbon tax, transforming the equalization program and getting natural resources to market. He described a country at a “crossroads” and said it was up to the Prime Minister to repair divisions that, he argued, were the product of four years of Liberal government.

“There is a fire burning here in the Prairie provinces,” Mr. Moe said. “What I am doing is handing him a fire extinguisher and asking him not to show up with a gas can.”

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Alberta and Saskatchewan aren’t historically fertile territory for the Liberals, but the party’s wins in 2015 helped bring legitimacy to the rookie government, allowing Mr. Trudeau to say his administration represented every region of the country.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi called on the Prime Minister to find a way to include voices from Alberta in his office and cabinet, highlighting the challenges of a sputtering economy and high unemployment.

“There really is a feeling that no one is noticing or caring that we actually really need some help here,” Mr. Nenshi said.

The mayor of Medicine Hat, Ted Clugston, said Albertans are past the “West wants in” mantra of the 1990s and is at the point where “the West wants out.”

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer said he raised his concerns about the “troubling” regional divides directly with Mr. Trudeau during a phone call on Monday after the Prime Minister secured a second mandate.

“More words and platitudes will not cut it. He must be willing to change course, to stop his attacks on the energy sector,” Mr. Scheer said in Regina on Tuesday.

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Despite his second-place finish, Mr. Scheer confirmed that he would stay on as leader. However, he might still have to persuade party faithful that he should continue in his post. In an interview with the CBC, Conservative MP Erin O’Toole avoided directly saying whether Mr. Scheer should stay on. Mr. O’Toole did not reply to a Globe request for an interview.

Mr. Scheer will face a leadership review at his party’s convention in Toronto next spring.

While Mr. Trudeau faces a deepening divide in the West, he must also grapple with a resurgent Bloc Québécois.

At a news conference in Montreal on Tuesday, Leader Yves-François Blanchet said finding a way to make a fractured Parliament function is Mr. Trudeau’s job.

“It is their responsibility, not ours, not the responsibility of the NDP or the Conservatives,” Mr. Blanchet told reporters.

In Burnaby on Wednesday, NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh tried to position the near halving of his caucus and the drop to fourth party status in the House of Commons as a victory.

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Mr. Singh was asked whether he would try to seek a deal with the Liberals or take an issue-by-issue approach, but he didn’t give a direct answer, instead telling reporters “we’re not going to negotiate that here.”

With reports from Bill Curry, Daniel Leblanc and Janice Dickson

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Madu fires shot at city hall spending ahead of Alberta budget – Calgary Herald

October 22nd, 2019

Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu. Postmedia

Municipal Affairs Minister Kaycee Madu has lobbed a grenade at Alberta’s big cities just days ahead of the provincial budget with an op-ed in the Calgary Herald, accusing Calgary and Edmonton of “excessive” spending.

The minister said tax bills in Calgary and Edmonton have been climbing at a pace disproportionate to population growth — a claim disputed by mayors in both cities — according to figures Madu took from right-leaning, business advocacy group the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB).

“This massive and unsustainable growth in city spending has led to a never-ending reliance on property tax increases for Edmontonians and Calgarians,” Madu wrote, accusing city councils of placing an “undue burden” on their residents.

The minister’s comments were seized upon by Calgary city council members Tuesday as a sign that this week’s provincial budget could be particularly tough on Alberta’s big cities.

“I think that this is the most worrisome budget from the tone that’s coming from the top,” said Coun. Diane Colley-Urquhart at city hall Tuesday. “It’s no coincidence that he puts this editorial out on Oct. 22, two days before the budget is coming.”

Mayor Naheed Nenshi told Postmedia Tuesday afternoon that the figures quoted by the minister were “wrong” — that they selected specific years and left out spending figures since the downturn that show municipal spending increases remained below population plus inflation.

“There were a number of factual errors in it and it’s interesting that he would choose to pick a fight with municipalities just before the budget, I think that’s a pretty strong signal,” said Nenshi. “Since the economic downturn, we have in fact increased our spending by less than growth and inflation and we found over $600 million in cuts and efficiencies. So why would you use numbers from way back when if you’re trying to encourage change today?”

Mayor Naheed Nenshi, pictured on Sept. 12 at city hall.

Azin Ghaffari / Postmedia Calgary

CFIB figures claim municipal spending in Calgary increased by 58 per cent between 2006 and 2016, while population growth increased by just 25 per cent.

However, city data suggests that growth in total municipal expenditures in that same period was actually 48 per cent — largely consistent with population growth (25 per cent) and inflation pressures combined, amounting to 51.25 per cent.

Coun. Shane Keating said the CFIB research contained inaccurate information and called it “irresponsible” of the minister to “quote a third-party, special-interest group as fact” without talking to cities to see if it was accurate.

Not all members of council objected to the minister’s op-ed, however.

Coun. Sean Chu said he “welcomed” the criticism from the provincial government. “I think the minister is a new sheriff in town and Alberta voted the UCP in for this reason and we have to tighten our belts,” said Chu. “We have to cut wasteful spending and the stuff we do not need: the Peace Bridge, the arts, the Blue Circle (Travelling Light), the (new) central library — do we really need it? If we really want to serve the citizens of Calgary, we don’t need a big, fancy library like the Taj Mahal.”

Asked about his support of spending on other major projects, Chu said council’s decision to help fund the construction of a new arena isn’t wasteful spending since it could generate revenue for the city as more development occurs in East Victoria Park.

Coun. Joe Magliocca similarly hailed the minister’s comments, calling him a “smart guy.”

“He’s echoing that exactly from Jason Kenney’s administration and he’s echoing that we should live within our means and our budget should reflect that too,” he said.


Nenshi said he worries the UCP will break their campaign promise to maintain the capital transfers to cities that were pledged previously under the NDP — a plan that would have seen Calgary and Edmonton taking significant cuts over the next decade.

He also fired back at the minister, defending Calgary council’s record on fiscal management.

“I’m not sure it’s wise to pick a fight with a government that on every measure has been more fiscally responsible and has performed better than any provincial government that I’ve seen in the last 10 years.”
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