Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark took to social media Thursday afternoon echoing calls from Regina Mayor Michael Fougere for consistent mask rules across the province.
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OTTAWA - The federal government has set up a task force to help Canadian citizens and permanent residents get home from Lebanon following last week's devastating explosion in Beirut. The government says the task force will support the delivery of consular services to those in Lebanon to ensure that questions related to immigration can be quickly addressed. It will also allow Lebanese citizens in Canada to extend their stay here if they are unable to return home because of the deadly explosion. As well, the government says it will waive the cost of documents related both to the renewal of visitors' status in Canada and for Canadians and permanent residents in Lebanon who need to come home. The measures follow last week's announcement of $30 million in humanitarian and development assistance for the people of Lebanon. The blast, blamed on negligent storage of tonnes of ammonium nitrate, killed more than 200 people, injured thousands more and levelled large swaths of Beirut. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 13, 2020. The Canadian Press
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NEW YORK - Prosecutors on Thursday disputed claims by lawyers for a British socialite that they are too slowly releasing evidence and improperly withholding the names of women who were abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein while they were children. In court papers, Manhattan prosecutors defended their handling of charges brought last month against Epstein's ex-girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, while saying they are "deeply concerned" by the actions of Maxwell's lawyers. "To date, the defendant has yet to ask the Government a single substantive question" about evidence, prosecutors told U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan. "The Government is also prepared to engage in good faith discussions with the defence about an appropriate schedule for disclosure." Maxwell, 58, has pleaded not guilty to charges that she recruited three girls, including one who was 14, and joined Epstein in the abuse in the 1990s. Her lawyers said earlier this week in a letter to the judge that they can't properly investigate the charges against Maxwell because prosecutors won't tell them the identities of the three accusers. They also said Maxwell is being treated unfairly at a federal jail in Brooklyn, where "uniquely onerous conditions" are preventing her from adequately preparing for a trial scheduled for next July. Prosecutors say they are protecting the identities of sexual assault victims and are under no legal obligation to immediately identify them. The government said it has already given defence lawyers over 165,000 pages of evidence, including search warrant applications and subpoena returns, even though the deadline to turn over the material was still a week away. And they suggested defence lawyers could figure out the identities of the three accusers since the indictment lists relevant time periods and events and references Maxwell's conversations and interactions with victims, along with identifying where they occurred. They also expressed doubts about the ability of the defence lawyers to adhere to rules about secrecy of evidence prior to trial, saying they were "deeply concerned" by recent actions by Maxwell's lawyers. They said the defence had "publicly claimed in a civil filing that they purportedly had received 'critical new information' from the criminal case that it could not disclose" because of its secrecy agreement regarding evidence in the criminal case. Yet, prosecutors noted, Maxwell's lawyers also said publicly that they want to modify their secrecy agreement to use materials from the criminal case in the civil case. Prosecutors said the secrecy deal "expressly precludes" that. Larry Neumeister, The Associated Press
WATCH: The protest camp in Wascana Park will remain for at least a few more weeks. As Kayleen Sawatzky reports, a hearing to deal with the government’s court order has been adjourned into September.
Severe storms across parts of southeastern Saskatchewan produced swift winds, massive hail and large amounts of rain Wednesday evening. Environment Canada issued a tornado warning late Wednesday afternoon near Francis, roughly 65 kilometres southeast of Regina. No tornadoes touched down, but Environment Canada meteorologist Kyle McAulay said there were plenty of reports of formidable-looking clouds. "We did have a report of a rotating wall cloud, and wall clouds do tend to produce tornadoes," he said. Hail the size of tennis balls landed in the Nut Mountain area. Environment Canada said 64 millimetres of rain fell by 9 a.m., while golf ball-sized hail was reported in Garrick along with quarter-sized hail in Lumsden and Grand Coulee. The most amount of rain fell in the Windhorst area. Up to 91 mm, more than 3 1/2 inches, fell in a 24-hour period there. For wind, the fastest peak gusts were reported in Broadview, where wind speeds reached 91 kilometres per hour. Darren Schmidt lives north of Southey, more than 180 kilometres northwest of Broadview. (Darren Schmidt/Submitted) Wind gusts at his property forced him into his basement as trees bent nearly in half and rain found its way into his house through older windows. "It was driving the rain through the older-style wooden windows," he said. "We had some water in our basement, we had some trees that came down in the property — on top of a bin — and another old building, the roof came right off and was set down beside it." Schmidt figures up to 10 old trees on his property were split in half due to the intense wind. Any progress at ongoing renovations on one of his buildings was wiped away as water penetrated the exposed wood. Other people in the area had similar problems. "There's been several grain bins in the area," he said. "It was flattening gardens and I guess some crops as well. "My neighbours, they figure their wheat crop is done." After living through plenty of summer Saskatchewan storms, Schmidt can say without a doubt that he has never experienced anything like Wednesday night. "I've never seen wind like that. It was like being hit with 100-pound pressure from a car wash," Schmidt said.
Normally the end of the summer season is marked with dogs taking a dip in Mayfair outdoor pool-thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s cancelled. The City of Saskatoon announced the cancellation Thursday afternoon. “Mayfair outdoor pool has remained closed for the 2020 season and an alternative venue with the specific health and safety requirements for both people and pets needed to host the event was not available,” a news release said. Dog Day of Summer has welcomed service and therapy pups for a swim on the last day of the season at Mayfair since 2014. The city hopes the pool and event will be back in 2021.
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - Canada's Roger Sloan is tied for the lead after he shot a career-low 62 in the first round of the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship on Thursday. Sloan's previous best round on the top tour was a 64 at last year's Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico. At 8 under, the Merritt, B.C. golfer was tied with Americans Harold Varner III and Tom Hoge toward the end of the first round. Sloan and Hoge were part of the same threesome. "Tom and I go back to our Canadian Tour days (in 2011), so it's nice to get reunited out there and share some good stories and memories," Sloan said. "I think that puts you in a good frame of mind when one guy's making some birdies. I think I got the early track on some birdies, it kind of motivated him, and then when he's pushing through and passing me, you know, I want to finish strong." Sloan has struggled this season, missing the cut in 13 of 19 events and sitting 178th in the rankings. He needs a big finish in the final regular-season event this week to make it into the top 125 and qualify for the FedEx Cup playoffs. However, unlike in previous years, players outside the top 125 after this week won't lose their PGA Tour cards. The tour made the change after the COVID-19 pandemic halted play in March. "I'm very fortunate because it doesn't matter what happens this week, I have status on the PGA Tour next year," Sloan said. "That's comforting to know, so we're just going to go out, we're going to do everything we can to win this golf tournament." Varner had eight birdies, including four in a row midway through the round, without a birdie his first 15 holes. He finished with three pars. Hoge had his only bogey of the day on No. 18 to lose sole possession of the lead. Former U.S. Open champ and past Wyndham winner Webb Simpson was among a large group at 66. Michael Gligic of Burlington, Ont., had a 67, Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., shot a 69 and David Hearn of Brantford, Ont., had a 72. A pair of major champions who challenged at the PGA Championship last week struggled in the opening round. Brooks Koepka had a 72 and Justin Rose a 73. - With files from The Canadian Press. The Associated Press
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Fernando Alonso crashed in the final hour of Thursday's practice session in a setback for his Indianapolis 500 venture. Alonso crashed in Turn 4 when his Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet dipped onto the concrete portion of the apron at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and sent the Spaniard into the retaining wall. His damaged car rolled onto pit lane for an early end to his afternoon. Alonso was sixth on the speed chart when he crashed. He ended up ninth for the day. "It is just the way it is," Alonso said. "Fortunately it happened today and not on (race day). We will learn from this. Nothing we can do now and tomorrow we start again." Alonso is making his third attempt to win the final leg of motorsports' version of the Triple Crown. The two-time Formula One champion has victories in the Monaco Grand Prix and 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Indianapolis the only race missing from the trifecta. He had a strong car in 2017 when he raced at Indianapolis for Andretti Autorsport but an engine failure ended his shot at victory. Alonso failed to qualify for the Indy 500 last year in an effort from McLaren. He also crashed during Indy 500 practice last year and it contributed to the many setbacks the McLaren team had during its preparations. The McLaren backup car was not the proper shade of orange and Alonso lost valuable practice time as the colour was corrected. Alonso's crash with just over 50 minutes remaining in Thursday's session was the first wreck since the track opened Wednesday for practice. Meanwhile, five-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon topped the speed charts at the end of the day with a lap at 226.102 mph for Chip Ganassi Racing. He was followed by Takuma Sato at 225.693 and Marco Andretti at 225.249 mph as Honda's took the top three spots. Conor Daly at 225.106 was fourth and the fastest Chevrolet. James Hinchcliffe of Oakville, Ont., was 17th and Dalton Kellett of Stouffville, Ont., was 28th. There is one more day of practice before qualifying, called "Fast Friday" as IndyCar gives teams a horsepower boost to increase speeds. Defending race winner Simon Pagenaud said Team Penske had a deliberate plan to work on handling Thursday and will worry about speed during Fast Friday practice. "I have no interest in drafting and getting a big number out there," Pagenaud said. "There's no interest for me to do that. I know I can win this race and I know what I need. That's more important than drafting and putting up a big number." Jenna Fryer, The Associated Press
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NORTH BERWICK, Scotland - Danielle Kang started her bid for a third straight win on the LPGA Tour with an even-par 71 in the first round of the Ladies Scottish Open on Thursday, leaving the American four shots off the clubhouse lead held by Nicole Broch Larsen. The American golfer bounced back from bogeys on Nos. 3 and 4 by making birdie at the par-5 10th and then the last hole at an event that is being played without spectators and in an isolated environment at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick. Kang has made a fast start to the LPGA Tour's resumption following the coronavirus outbreak, winning back-to-back titles at the Drive On Championship and the Marathon Classic over the last two weeks to climb to No. 2 in the world ranking. Broch Larsen made six birdies in total, including on the final two holes, for a 65 that put her a stroke clear of five players. One of those tied for second was Broch Larsen's Danish compatriot, Emily Kristine Pedersen, along with American pair Amy Olson and Jennifer Song, Azahara Munoz of Spain and Olivia Cowan of Germany. Hamilton's Alena Sharp shot a 72. Of the 144 women in the field, 27 had yet to complete their round when play was suspended because of darkness. The event marks the resumption of the Ladies European Tour after a six-month break and comes a week before the first women's major of the year, the British Open at Royal Troon. It is the first international event on the LPGA Tour since the Women's Australian Open in February. If Kang take the title this week, she would become the first player since Ariya Jutanugarn in 2016 to win three consecutive events on the LPGA Tour. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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OTTAWA - A timeline of events regarding the Canada Student Service Grant program, based on public documents, events and statements from cabinet ministers, government officials, and WE Charity: March 6, 2020: WE Charity staff prepare a concept paper on service learning for public servants at Employment and Social Development Canada. April 5: Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau talk over the phone about how to help students whose summer job and volunteer opportunities were vanishing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Finance Department officials are tasked with considering options the next morning. April 7: Small Business Minister Mary Ng and WE co-founder Craig Kielburger have an introductory phone call in which Ng asks WE to send what it calls a "pre-established proposal'' to help young people launch businesses. April 7 or 8: Morneau's office contacts the WE organization, among other groups, to get their input on potential programs. Morneau says the call was on April 7, while WE says it was April 8. April 9: WE Charity sends the unsolicited proposal for a youth business program to Youth Minister Bardish Chagger, Ng, Morneau and Trudeau's office. The price tag is between $6 million and $14 million to provide digital programming and $500 grants, plus "incentive funds,'' for 8,000 students. April 16: ESDC officials mention WE in the context of the student program in an email discussion with Finance officials. April 18: Morneau's officials raise the idea of partnering with a non-profit, or for-profit group to administer the program. (ESDC officials suggest the same day that WE might be an option.) Morneau said it was the first time he was involved in any talk about WE and the grant program. April 19: Wernick contacts Craig Kielburger. WE says the call was to discuss launching a youth service program in the summer and that Wernick asks Kielburger to develop a proposal to fulfil that objective. During the call, Wernick learns of the April 9 proposal for a youth business program and Kielburger agrees to send both proposals. April 20: Morneau's office contacts WE to ask about its ability to deliver a volunteer program. An official's record of the call notes "WE Charity will re-work their 10-week summer program proposal to fully meet the policy objective of national service and increase their current placements of 8,000 to double.'' April 21: Morneau approves going with an outside organization to run the volunteer program, but no specific group is chosen. WE's youth entrepreneurship program proposal is included in annex nine of a briefing package about a student aid program that goes to the Prime Minister's Office, chief of staff Katie Telford later tells the finance committee. The proposal is declined. April 22: Trudeau announces a $9-billion package of student aid, including the outline of a volunteer program paying students up to $5,000 toward education costs, based on the number of hours they volunteer. WE sends Wernick an updated proposal to reflect the announcement. The message is forwarded to Chagger, Ng and Morneau. April 26: Morneau speaks with WE co-founder Craig Kielburger, but told the finance committee neither of them talked about the Canada Student Service Grant program. Craig Kielburger later tells the committee he only brought up the youth business proposal, not the grant program. April 27: Volunteer Canada, a charity that promotes volunteering and helps organizations use volunteers well, meets Chagger and raises concerns about paying students hourly rates below minimum wage and calling it volunteering. May 4: WE sends a third proposal to ESDC, this time with more details and specific to the grant program. Finance official Michelle Kovacevic, who was working on the program, told the finance committee she received it May 7. May 5: Chagger goes to a special COVID-19 cabinet committee with the recommendation to go with WE for the program. Neither Morneau nor Trudeau is at the meeting. The same day, a member of the Prime Minister's Office policy team speaks with WE as part of stakeholder consultation, but then directs the organization to ESDC. WE begins incurring eligible expenses. May 8: Trudeau finds out that WE is being recommended to run the student-volunteer program hours before a cabinet meeting. He later tells the finance committee that he pulled the item from the agenda and sent it back to the public service for more due diligence because of how the deal could be perceived. May 21: The public service comes back to Trudeau, he tells the finance committee. The recommendation to go with WE doesn't change. May 22: Cabinet, including Trudeau and Morneau, approved handing the reins of the program to WE. May 23: The public service officially begins negotiating a contribution agreement with WE, which would have paid up to $43.5 million in fees to the group. May 25 to June 3: In a series of meetings with Volunteer Canada, WE suggests the target for placements through the program had gone from 20,000 to 100,000. June 12: WE co-founder Marc Kielburger says in a video chat with youth leaders that he heard from Trudeau's office about getting involved in the volunteer program the day after it was announced by the prime minister. He later backtracks, saying the contact came the week of April 26 from Wernick, and not the Prime Minister's Office. June 23: WE Charity Foundation signs a contribution agreement with the federal government. WE signatories include Scott Baker, named as president of the one-year-old foundation and executive director of WE Charity, and chief financial officer Victor Li. Chagger signs for the government. June 25: Trudeau unveils more details about student aid. A government release notes that WE will administer the student-volunteer program. June 26: Facing questions about WE, Trudeau says the non-partisan public service made the recommendation, and the government accepted it: "As the public service dug into it, they came back with only one organization that was capable of networking and organizing and delivering this program on the scale that we needed it, and that was the WE program.'' July 3: Citing the ongoing controversy, WE and the Liberals announce a parting of ways and the federal government takes control of the program. Ethics commissioner Mario Dion tells Conservative and NDP ethics critics in separate letters he will examine Trudeau's role in the awarding of the agreement because of the prime minister's close ties to the group. July 9: WE says it has paid Trudeau's mother Margaret about $250,000 for 28 speaking appearances at WE-related events between 2016 and 2020. His brother Alexandre was been paid $32,000 for eight events, and Trudeau's wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau received $1,400 in 2012 for a single appearance. The organization says Trudeau himself has never been paid by the charity or its for-profit arm. July 13: Trudeau apologizes for not recusing himself from discussions about WE over his family's longtime involvement with the organization. Morneau also issues an apology. July 16: Dion says he will investigate Morneau's actions in the affair. Chagger testifies at the finance committee, saying Trudeau's office didn't direct her to go with WE. July 21: Ian Shugart, clerk of the Privy Council, tells the Commons finance committee there is no evidence to suggest Trudeau spoke with WE before the organization was awarded the deal to run the student-volunteer program. July 22: Morneau tells the finance committee he just repaid over $41,000 to WE for travel expenses the organization footed for the minister and his family. The Opposition Conservatives call for Morneau to resign. Trudeau's office says he and Telford have agreed to testify before the committee with a date and time to be set. The House of Commons ethics committee also calls on Trudeau to testify, and votes to seek copies of records for Trudeau and his family's speaking appearances dating back years. Six opposition members outvote five Liberals to have that committee start its own investigation. July 23: Conservatives and New Democrats ask Dion to launch a new probe of Morneau over his travel expenses. July 27: A copy of the contribution agreement with WE Charity Foundation is filed with the finance committee. It lays out the details of the program, including a provision for a maximum contribution of $543.53 million - $500 million for grants, and $43.53 million to WE. July 28: Craig and Marc Kielburger testify over four hours of sometimes testy interactions with MPs on the finance committee. The co-founders of WE Charity say their history and experience, not ties to Liberal cabinet ministers, landed the group the deal to run the volunteer program. They add they would have never agreed to take part in the program had they known it could jeopardize the work the WE organization has done over 25 years. They also say WE estimated the cost of the program to be between $200 million and $300 million. July 29: The Conservatives call on the federal ethics czar to widen his probe of Trudeau to include travel expenses WE covered in addition to speaking fees for his mother, wife and brother. Dion sends letters to the Tories and NDP saying he is expanding his probe of Morneau to look into the $41,000 in WE-sponsored travel. July 30: In a rare event, Trudeau testifies before the House of Commons finance committee and lays out when he first learned about WE's involvement in the Canada Student Service Grant program. He says WE Charity didn't receive any preferential treatment in the process. He also says it is now unlikely the grants will be rolled out. July 31: Speaking to reporters, Trudeau says he believed there was no conflict of interest because his family would not benefit from WE running the student volunteer program. Aug. 13: WE Charity announces that it is scaling back its operations, making dozens of layoffs in Canada and the United Kingdom, while also looking to sell some of its real estate holdings in Toronto. The same day, WE Charity registers as a lobbyist of the federal government, disclosing 65 communications with federal officials or ministers in 19 different departments or federal institutions, dating as far back as January 2019. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 13, 2020. The Canadian Press
TORONTO - Two days after making an NHL-record 85 saves in a five-overtime loss, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 36 more shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Thursday to even the series at a game apiece. Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the first period for Columbus, both goals set up by Pierre-Luc Dubois. Alexander Wennberg added another in the third. Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves. The Tampa Bay goalie had 61 stops Tuesday in a 4-3 victory in the fourth-longest game in league history. Both teams looked sluggish at the start Thursday, especially Columbus, which took more than half the first period to get any offensive push going. Kucherov grabbed a carom off the back boards and banked in a shot off Korpisalo's back to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead 5:24 into the game. Columbus tied it when Dubois fed Murray with a perfect pass from behind the goal line with 7:08 left in the first. The Blue Jackets took the lead on Bjorkstrand's one-timer from the right circle on a late first-period power play. Columbus' goals came on just six shots in the period. Early in the third period, Columbus defenceman Seth Jones -- who had 65:06 of ice time Tuesday, the most since the league started tracking ice time -- chased down Barclay Goodrow on a breakaway and disrupted what would have been a doorstep shot. Then, with 8:33 left in the game, Wennberg drove in hard from the right and beat Vasilevskiy. Korpisalo then withstood the last 3:41 of a Lightning 6-on-5 attack. NOTES: : Dubois has four goals and four assists in seven playoff games. ... Brayden Point, with an assist on the Kucherov goal, became the fourth player in Lightning history to post a point in each of the first games in a post-season. ... Blue Jackets G Elvis Merzlikins was still unavailable with an undisclosed injury. Matiss Kivlenieks backed up Korpisalo, and Veini Vehvilinen was brought in a third goalie. ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___ More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press