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Federal leaders scatter across country as campaign ramps up in earnest

14 hours 13 sec ago
OTTAWA - Federal party leaders have scattered across the country today as the election campaign starts to ramp up in earnest. Today was the legal deadline for Justin Trudeau to ask the Governor General to dissolve Parliament and call the election, but the Liberal leader got the jump on that by starting the campaign last Wednesday. The first six days were marked by numerous candidates across the partisan spectrum turfed from their rosters or forced to apologize for past homophobic and racist remarks. The Liberals were also haunted by the re-emergence of the SNC-Lavalin scandal and questions about the RCMP investigation running up against issues of cabinet confidence, while Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer found himself again needing to address his socially conservative views. And the NDP found themselves constantly facing questions about whether they were ready to run at all, considering they had yet to nominate dozens of candidates. Today, all three main parties hope to regain some solid footing with the Liberals in and around Toronto, the Conservatives in B.C. and the NDP in Quebec.   The Canadian Press

Premier Doug Ford filmed Ontario News Now videos at least 100 times

15 hours 29 min ago
TORONTO - Ontario Premier Doug Ford took time out of his work days to film taxpayer-funded videos that have been criticized as partisan propaganda on at least 100 occasions during his first year in power. A Canadian Press analysis of a year’s worth of Ontario News Now videos found that Ford filmed with them on close to a third of the days in his first year as premier. The premier’s office said he usually spends less than five minutes at a time on ONN filming and defended the use of time and did not dispute the estimate. “Ontario News Now is a creative way to communicate the government’s message in the modern, digital world - no different than a video press release or a digital householder,” spokeswoman Ivana Yelich said in a statement. One of the differences, said NDP critic Taras Natyshak, is that Ontario News Now styles itself as journalism. The spots are formatted like a TV news report, with a woman posing as a reporter interviewing the premier and cabinet ministers. “Delivering your message on policy will always be an exercise that parliamentarians embark on and it’s an important way to communicate through all facets,” Natyshak said in an interview. “However, trying to make it seem like this has the aspect of journalism and that he’s being questioned by a legitimate journalist, sort of, is disingenuous. He’s not receiving the hard questions that true media outlets would give him, given the opportunity.” In Ford’s first year he held formal media availabilities, in which he takes a variety of questions from reporters, about two dozen times. He also did a handful of one-on-one interviews and called into talk radio on several occasions. Green party Leader Mike Schreiner said it is a “shocking” amount of time for the premier to spend on his “personal propaganda network.” “Rather than filming partisan videos disguised as independent media, the premier could have spent this time speaking with students, educators, and municipalities affected by his cuts,” Schreiner said in a statement. “I suggest the premier spend less time in the ONN echo chamber and more time listening to the people being hurt by his cuts.” Interim Liberal Leader John Fraser said Ford “should be spending his time answering the tough questions from the media rather than filming vanity spots on his own private news network.” Ford has previously said that mainstream journalists have become irrelevant because he is “circumventing the media through our social media.” Ontario News Now is produced and funded through PC caucus services. All recognized parties in the legislature - currently just the Tories and the NDP - get caucus service budgets for research, communications and associated staff. The total earmarked for the parties for 2018-19, the latest figures available, was $13.7 million. “As leader of the PC caucus, the premier is responsible for helping to get our government’s message out through new and engaging content,” Yelich said. Peter Graefe, an associate professor of political science at McMaster University, said the videos are probably not a good use of the premier’s time, but it also isn’t clear that they are helping the government - rather they may just be fostering cynicism. It is important for all governments to communicate with citizens, he said, but there is a line between information and partisan self-promotion. “Normally, you would expect communications to be not through the government caucuses,” he said. The videos are not subject to government advertising rules that the auditor general oversees. The Canadian Taxpayers Federation has called for the rules to be changed so that public money for caucus services cannot be spent on partisan advertising. Interim Ontario director of the CTF, Jasmine Pickel, said Ford should also restore oversight powers of the auditor general. The former Liberal government changed the criteria for what is deemed partisan advertising, and the auditor general has complained that doing so reduced her office to a rubber stamp and removed her discretion to veto ads as partisan. The Progressive Conservatives frequently slammed the Liberals over government advertising that they said was partisan and promised during last year’s election to restore the auditor general’s powers. But they now won’t commit to keeping that promise, only to review it. Allison Jones, The Canadian Press

12 dead, 25 missing in boat accident on southern India river

15 hours 45 min ago
HYDERABAD, India - A sightseeing boat capsized on a swollen river in southern India on Sunday, killing 12 people and leaving 25 others missing, an official said. Andra Pradesh state’s home minister, M. Sucharita, said there were 61 people - 50 passengers and 11 crew members, all of them Indian nationals - on board the boat when it capsized on the Godavari river. A search operation was underway to try to find the missing people. Twenty-four people have been rescued so far while 25 others are missing, Sucharita said. The accident occurred near Kachuluru village in East Godavari district, 380 kilometres (236 miles) east of the state’s capital, Hyderabad. The boat was heading from Singanapalli to Papikondalu, a famous tourist spot. Sucharita said tour boats had been barred from operating on the route following the recent flooding of the river and it was not clear how the boat that capsized had managed to take out the tourists. “Stern action will be taken against the culprits,” Sucharita said. Apart from tourists, residents in the area depend on boats and ferries to travel between villages on the banks of the Godavari. In May 2018, 30 people were killed when a similar boat carrying local people capsized not far from the scene of Sunday’s accident. A few months later, a boat carrying 80 tourists caught fire when a cooking gas cylinder exploded, but there were no casualties. Omer Farooq, The Associated Press

UAW members on the job at GM plants after contract expires

16 hours 7 min ago
DETROIT - The four-year contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers expired Saturday, but workers were told to report to their jobs as negotiations on a new deal continued and the prospect of a national strike loomed. Union officials let the contract lapse just before midnight, raising the possibility of a strike as early as Sunday night. There was a wrinkle. About 850 UAW-represented janitors who work for Aramark, a separate company, went on strike Sunday after working under an extended contract since March of 2018, the union said. The strike covered eight GM facilities in Ohio and Michigan, and it appeared that GM workers were crossing picket lines Sunday set up by their own union. The Detroit Free Press reported that factory workers at a pickup truck plant in Flint, Michigan, reluctantly passed Aramark picketers to report for work early Sunday. GM said in a statement that it has contingency plans for any disruptions from the Aramark strike. UAW Vice-President Terry Dittes said in a letter to GM members that, after months of bargaining, both the union and GM are far apart on issues such as wages, health care, temporary employees, job security and profit-sharing. The union’s executive leaders and a larger group of plant-level officials will meet Sunday morning to decide the union’s next steps. The letter to members and another one to GM were aimed at turning up the pressure on GM negotiators. “While we are fighting for better wages, affordable quality health care, and job security, GM refuses to put hard working Americans ahead of their record profits,” Dittes, the union’s chief bargainer with GM, said in a statement Saturday night. Kristin Dziczek, vice-president of the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think-tank , said the union could strike at GM after the contract expires. “If they’re not extending the agreement, then that would leave them open to strike,” she said. But GM, in a statement Saturday night, still held out hope for an agreement, saying it continues to work on solutions. “We are prepared to negotiate around the clock because there are thousands of GM families and their communities – and many thousands more at our dealerships and suppliers – counting on us for their livelihood. Our goal remains on building a strong future for our employees and our business,” the GM statement said. A strike by 49,200 union workers would bring to a halt GM’s U.S. production, and would likely stop the company from making vehicles in Canada and Mexico as well. That would mean fewer vehicles for consumers to choose from on dealer lots, and it would make it impossible to build specially ordered cars and trucks. The union’s executive board was to meet early Sunday to talk about the union’s next steps, followed by a meeting in Detroit of plant-level union leaders from all over the country. An announcement was scheduled for after the meetings end. If there is a strike, it would be the union’s first since a two-day work stoppage at GM in 2007. The move by the union also comes as it faces an internal struggle over a federal corruption investigation that has touched its president, Gary Jones. Some union members are calling for Jones to step down while the investigation continues. But Friday night, union leaders did not remove Jones. Union officials surely will face questions about the expanding investigation that snared a top official on Thursday. Vance Pearson, head of a regional office based near St. Louis, was charged with corruption in an alleged scheme to embezzle union money and spend cash on premium booze, golf clubs, cigars and swanky stays in California. It’s the same region that Jones led before taking the union’s top office last year. Jones has not been charged. On Friday, union leaders extended contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler indefinitely, but the pact with General Motors was still set to expire Saturday night. The union has picked GM, which is more profitable than Ford and Fiat Chrysler, as the target company, meaning it’s the focus of bargaining and would be the first company to face a walkout. Picket line schedules already have been posted near the entrance to one local UAW office in Detroit. Talks between the union and GM were tense from the start, largely because GM plans to close four U.S. factories. The union has promised to fight the closures. Here are the main areas of disagreement: - GM is making big money, $8 billion last year alone, and workers want a bigger slice. The union wants annual pay raises to guard against an economic downturn, but the company wants to pay lump sums tied to earnings. Automakers don’t want higher fixed costs. - The union also wants new products for the four factories GM wants to close. The factory plans have irked some workers, although most of those who were laid off will get jobs at other GM factories. GM currently has too much U.S. factory capacity. - The companies want to close the labour cost gap with workers at plants run by foreign automakers. GM’s gap is the largest at $13 per hour, followed by Ford at $11 and Fiat Chrysler at $5, according to figures from the Center for Automotive Research. GM pays $63 per hour in wages and benefits compared with $50 at the foreign-owned factories. - Union members have great health insurance plans but workers pay about 4% of the cost. Employees of large firms nationwide pay about 34%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The companies would like to cut costs. Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

12 dead, 35 missing in boat accident on southern India river

16 hours 12 min ago
HYDERABAD, India - A sightseeing boat capsized on a swollen river in southern India on Sunday, killing 12 people and leaving 35 others missing, an official said. Andra Pradesh state’s home minister, M. Sucharita, said there were 61 people - 50 passengers and 11 crew members, all of them Indian nationals - on board the boat when it capsized on the Godavari river. A search operation was underway to try to find the missing people. Fourteen people who were wearing life jackets were rescued by local fishermen, Sucharita said. The accident occurred near Kachuluru village in East Godavari district, 380 kilometres (236 miles) east of the state’s capital, Hyderabad. The boat was heading from Singanapalli to Papikondalu, a famous tourist spot. Sucharita said tour boats had been barred from operating on the route following the recent flooding of the river and it was not clear how the boat that capsized had managed to take out the tourists. “Stern action will be taken against the culprits,” Sucharita said. Apart from tourists, residents in the area depend on boats and ferries to travel between villages on the banks of the Godavari. In May 2018, 30 people were killed when a similar boat carrying local people capsized not far from the scene of Sunday’s accident. A few months later, a boat carrying 80 tourists caught fire when a cooking gas cylinder exploded, but there were no casualties. Omer Farooq, The Associated Press

12 dead, 35 missing in boat accident on southern India river

16 hours 38 min ago
HYDERABAD, India - An official says a sightseeing boat has capsized on a swollen river in southern India, killing 12 people and leaving 35 others missing. Andra Pradesh state’s home minister, M. Sucharita, says there were 61 people - 50 passengers and 11 crew members, all of them Indian nationals - on board the boat when it capsized on the Godavari river on Sunday. A search operation is underway to try to find the missing people. Sucharita says 14 people who were wearing life jackets were rescued by local fishermen. The accident occurred near Kachuluru village in East Godavari district, 380 kilometres (236 miles) east of the state’s capital, Hyderabad. The boat was heading from Singanapalli to Papikondalu, a famous tourist spot. The Associated Press

No winning ticket for Saturday night’s $5 million Lotto 649 jackpot

17 hours 28 min ago
TORONTO - No winning ticket was sold for the $5 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw. However, the guaranteed $1 million prize went to a ticket holder in Quebec. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Sept. 18 will be approximately $7 million. The Canadian Press

Fewer trees, higher costs blamed for devastating downturn in B.C. forestry

17 hours 29 min ago
VANCOUVER - High log prices and dwindling timber supply are driving the crisis in British Columbia’s forestry industry that has devastated communities and kneecapped the provincial economy, observers say. Companies have announced shutdowns or curtailments in more than two dozen mills in the province, putting hundreds out of work and slashing economic growth predictions. Advocates are calling for urgent government action to stem the bleeding. “Something needs to change immediately or these small communities that don’t have other employers are going to wither and die,” said Marty Gibbons, president of United Steelworkers Local 1-417, based in Kamloops, B.C. The local represents hundreds of forestry workers who have lost jobs in Interior communities including Merritt, Clearwater, Vavenby and Clinton. The largest driving factor is the province’s complex stumpage system that results in high fees, he said. “These are private businesses. If they can’t turn a profit, there’s no reason for them to run. Right now, it’s not the markets that are the issue. It’s the cost of the logs,” he said. Stumpage is a fee businesses pay when they harvest timber from Crown land. The B.C. government calculates stumpage annually, so the system is less responsive than in Alberta, where monthly adjustments are made, Gibbons said. The Forests Ministry said stumpage fees are based on market demand and the current rates reflect the scarcity of timber supply that has resulted from the mountain pine beetle outbreak and been exacerbated by several severe fire seasons. Intervention in the stumpage system would weaken the legal case in the appeals of the duties imposed by the United States on softwood lumber from Canada, the ministry said in a statement. “It is well-known that any interference in B.C.’s market-based timber pricing system would lead to an increase in softwood lumber duties levied by the U.S.,” it said. Most of B.C.’s forest land is publicly owned, so companies have long-term tenure rights and the government charges them stumpage to harvest trees. In contrast, most land in the U.S. is private and companies face costs associated with replanting. “That’s what the stumpage fee is all about,” explained Ken Peacock, chief economist of the Business Council of B.C. “It tries to equate, if it was privately owned, what the cost would be to operate and manage and reforest the land.” Peacock said the high cost of logs is the major cause of the industry’s decline in B.C. He also blamed the mountain pine beetle and record-breaking 2017 and 2018 fire seasons for decimating supply. The policies of Premier John Horgan’s government are also breeding uncertainty, Peacock argued. The government is developing a caribou habitat protection plan that the industry expects will further restrict access to northern timber, he said, and it’s promised to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples without explaining how companies are meant to fulfil its requirement of “free, prior and informed consent” from First Nations. The NDP government has also introduced Bill 22, which would control tenure transfers. Currently, a company that is scaling back or shutting down a mill can transfer its tenure to one that is operating, but the government wants oversight over these transfers to protect the “public interest,” a term not defined in the legislation, Peacock said. “The picture here in B.C. is we are a very high cost jurisdiction. It’s actually less costly to operate in Alberta and companies can make a profit milling lumber and producing two-by-fours in Alberta.” On top of all that, market conditions in North America are softening, he noted. Forestry is the no. 1 engine that drives B.C.’s economy with nearly $15 billion in annual exports, representing one-third of the province’s international merchandise exports and the largest segment by far, said Peacock. The Business Council of B.C. just trimmed its 2019 economic forecast in part because of the forestry downturn, from 2.2 to 2 per cent growth, he said. The B.C. government also just cut its forecast to 1.7 per cent, citing mill closures in part. The Forests Ministry said the challenges the province is facing have been in the making for many years and the previous Liberal government ignored them and failed to help the sector and communities adapt. “We have laid out a process … to bring together industry, First Nations, labour and communities to address the challenges and build a sustainable sector to protect jobs.” Opposition Liberal forestry critic John Rustad has blamed the current government’s policies for “killing the industry” and resulting in more layoffs and closures. - Follow @ellekane on Twitter. Laura Kane, The Canadian Press

Iran dismisses US allegation it was behind Saudi oil attacks

19 hours 2 min ago
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Iran denied on Sunday it was involved in Yemen rebel drone attacks the previous day that hit the world’s biggest oil processing facility and an oil field in Saudi Arabia, just hours after America’s top diplomat alleged that Tehran was behind the “unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply.” The attacks Saturday claimed by Yemen’s Houthi rebels resulted in “the temporary suspension of production operations” at the Abqaiq processing facility and the Khurais oil field, Riyadh said. That led to the interruption of an estimated 5.7 million barrels in crude supplies, authorities said while pledging the kingdom’s stockpiles would make up the difference. The amount Saudi Arabia is cutting back is equivalent to over 5% of the world’s daily production. While markets remained closed Sunday, the attack could shock world energy prices. They also increased overall tensions in the region amid an escalating crisis between the U.S. and Iran over Tehran’s unraveling nuclear deal with world powers. Late Saturday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo directly blamed Iran for the attack on Twitter, without offering evidence to support his claim. “Amid all the calls for de-escalation, Iran has now launched an unprecedented attack on the world’s energy supply,” Pompeo wrote. “There is no evidence the attacks came from Yemen.” The U.S., Western nations, their Gulf Arab allies and U.N. experts say Iran supplies the Houthis with weapons and drones - a charge that Tehran denies. U.S. officials previously alleged at least one recent drone attack on Saudi Arabia came from Iraq, where Iran backs Shiite militias. Those militias in recent weeks have been targeted themselves by mysterious airstrikes, with at least one believed to have been carried out by Israel. Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi on Sunday dismissed Pompeo’s remarks as “blind and futile comments.” “The Americans adopted the ‘maximum pressure’ policy against Iran, which, due to its failure, is leaning towards ‘maximum lies’,” Mousavi said in a statement. Separately, Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi’s office issued a statement on Sunday denying the drone attack came from there. Iraq “abides by its constitutions that prevents the use of its lands to launch aggressions against neighbouring countries,” the statement said. First word of Saturday’s assault came in online videos of giant fires at the Abqaiq facility, some 330 kilometres (205 miles) northeast of the Saudi capital, Riyadh. Machine-gun fire could be heard in several clips alongside the day’s first Muslim call to prayers, suggesting security forces tried to bring down the drones just before dawn. In daylight, Saudi state television aired a segment with its local correspondent near a police checkpoint, a thick plume of smoke visible behind him. President Donald Trump called Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to offer his support for the kingdom’s defence, the White House said. The crown prince assured Trump that Saudi Arabia is “willing and able to confront and deal with this terrorist aggression,” according to a news release from the Saudi Embassy in Washington. Saudi Aramco describes its Abqaiq oil processing facility in Buqyaq as “the largest crude oil stabilization plant in the world.” The facility processes sour crude oil into sweet crude, then transports it onto transshipment points on the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea or to refineries for local production. Estimates suggest it can process up to 7 million barrels of crude oil a day. By comparison, Saudi Arabia produced 9.65 million barrels of crude oil a day in July. The Khurais oil field is believed to produce over 1 million barrels of crude oil a day. It has estimated reserves of over 20 billion barrels of oil, according to Aramco. There was no immediate impact on global oil prices as markets were closed for the weekend. Benchmark Brent crude had been trading at just above $60 a barrel. ___ Associated Press writers Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran, Aya Batrawy in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and Bassem Mroue in Beirut contributed to this report. Jon Gambrell, The Associated Press

Police seeking multiple suspects in shooting that left 1 dead and 5 wounded

19 hours 31 min ago
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - A teenage boy is dead and five other people are in hospital after gunfire erupted Saturday evening in a residential area of Mississauga, Ont., just west of Toronto. Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord said that according to eyewitness accounts multiple suspects unleashed a barrage of gunfire from semi-automatic weapons near a parkette behind an apartment building at around 6:20 p.m. He said a 17-year-old old boy died at the scene and that five others - a 13-year-old, a 16-year-old, two 17-year-olds and a woman in her 50s - were wounded.  McCord said one of the wounded was in serious condition and that the other four suffered non life-threatening injuries. The chief also noted that “a lot” of shell casings were found scattered over a wide area and that several vehicles had been hit by the gunfire, though police had yet to determine whether any of those vehicles belonged to the shooters. Speaking at a news conference late Saturday night, McCord said it was very early in the investigation and that many questions about the incident remained unanswered, including the motive, whether the victims were targeted and whether the shooting was gang related. No suspect information was immediately released as officers continued to canvass the area for surveillance camera video that might help answer at least some of those questions. Police were also asking anyone with information that could aid their investigation to contact them. McCord said investigators were talking to a number of people who ran from the scene as shots rang out, but the chief was quick to add that there was nothing to indicate, at this stage of the investigation, that any were possible suspects.  “At present, with the police presence in the area tonight, there is no individual still in this area that should cause the residents cause for concern for their own personal safety,” he said. A music video was being filmed near the scene of the shooting, however, McCord said he didn’t know if it was in any way linked to the case.  The Canadian Press

UAW contract with GM expires, increasing risk of strike

20 hours 49 min ago
DETROIT - The four-year contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers has expired as negotiations on a new deal continue. Union officials told GM they would let the contract lapse just before midnight Saturday, increasing the risk of a strike as early as Sunday night. Union members working Sunday were to report as scheduled. But there was a wrinkle. About 850 UAW-represented janitors who work for Aramark, a separate company, went on strike Sunday after working under an extended contract since March of 2018, the union said. The strike covered eight GM facilities in Ohio and Michigan. Although UAW workers at GM are supposed to work, it wasn’t clear early Sunday whether the rank-and-file would cross their own union’s picket lines. GM said in a statement that it has contingency plans for any disruptions from the Aramark strike. UAW Vice-President Terry Dittes said in a letter to members that, after months of bargaining, both the union and GM are far apart on issues such as wages, health care, temporary employees, job security and profit-sharing. The union’s executive leaders and a larger group of plant-level officials will meet Sunday morning to decide the union’s next steps. The letter to members and another one to GM were aimed at turning up the pressure on GM negotiators. “While we are fighting for better wages, affordable quality health care, and job security, GM refuses to put hard working Americans ahead of their record profits,” Dittes, the union’s chief bargainer with GM, said in a statement Saturday night. Kristin Dziczek, vice-president of the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think-tank , said the union could strike at GM after the contract expires. “If they’re not extending the agreement, then that would leave them open to strike,” she said. But GM, in a statement Saturday night, still held out hope for an agreement, saying it continues to work on solutions. “We are prepared to negotiate around the clock because there are thousands of GM families and their communities – and many thousands more at our dealerships and suppliers – counting on us for their livelihood. Our goal remains on building a strong future for our employees and our business,” the GM statement said. A strike by 49,200 union workers would bring to a halt GM’s U.S. production, and would likely stop the company from making vehicles in Canada and Mexico as well. That would mean fewer vehicles for consumers to choose from on dealer lots, and it would make it impossible to build specially ordered cars and trucks. The union’s executive board was to meet early Sunday to talk about the union’s next steps, followed by a meeting in Detroit of plant-level union leaders from all over the country. An announcement was scheduled for after the meetings end. If there is a strike, it would be the union’s first since a two-day work stoppage at GM in 2007. The move by the union also comes as it faces an internal struggle over a federal corruption investigation that has touched its president, Gary Jones. Some union members are calling for Jones to step down while the investigation continues. But Friday night, union leaders did not remove Jones. Union officials surely will face questions about the expanding investigation that snared a top official on Thursday. Vance Pearson, head of a regional office based near St. Louis, was charged with corruption in an alleged scheme to embezzle union money and spend cash on premium booze, golf clubs, cigars and swanky stays in California. It’s the same region that Jones led before taking the union’s top office last year. Jones has not been charged. On Friday, union leaders extended contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler indefinitely, but the pact with General Motors was still set to expire Saturday night. The union has picked GM, which is more profitable than Ford and Fiat Chrysler, as the target company, meaning it’s the focus of bargaining and would be the first company to face a walkout. Picket line schedules already have been posted near the entrance to one local UAW office in Detroit. Talks between the union and GM were tense from the start, largely because GM plans to close four U.S. factories. The union has promised to fight the closures. Here are the main areas of disagreement: - GM is making big money, $8 billion last year alone, and workers want a bigger slice. The union wants annual pay raises to guard against an economic downturn, but the company wants to pay lump sums tied to earnings. Automakers don’t want higher fixed costs. - The union also wants new products for the four factories GM wants to close. The factory plans have irked some workers, although most of those who were laid off will get jobs at other GM factories. GM currently has too much U.S. factory capacity. - The companies want to close the labour cost gap with workers at plants run by foreign automakers. GM’s gap is the largest at $13 per hour, followed by Ford at $11 and Fiat Chrysler at $5, according to figures from the Center for Automotive Research. GM pays $63 per hour in wages and benefits compared with $50 at the foreign-owned factories. - Union members have great health insurance plans but workers pay about 4% of the cost. Employees of large firms nationwide pay about 34%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The companies would like to cut costs. Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Last-minute Montero goal seals 2-1 win for Vancouver Whitecaps

22 hours 28 min ago
VANCOUVER - Their dreams of the playoffs may be dashed but coach Marc Dos Santos says there’s still a lot on the line for the Vancouver Whitecaps. Before hosting the Houston Dynamo (10-16-4) this week, Dos Santos said he talked to his squad about needing to get a result for their teammates and for the fans who’ve persevered through a dismal season. The ‘Caps (7-15-9) responded to the call with a gutsy 2-1 victory over the Dynamo on Saturday. “We have a lot to play for,” Dos Santos said after the win. “And what I like is that even with a team that’s already eliminated from playoffs, you didn’t feel that on the field that there’s guys on the field giving up and not trying. So that’s the right mentality to have.” Whitecaps striker Fredy Montero came off the bench to play hero on Saturday, scoring in the 90th minute to snap Vancouver’s three-game losing skid. It was an important goal for the Colombian striker who’s struggled to find his former offensive power since returning to Major League Soccer this season. The tally was Montero’s seventh of the year and his first since June 22. “He came in, he played his part. That’s all a teammate does, that’s what a professional does,” Dos Santos said of the performance. Vancouver’s first goal of the night came in the 54th minute when Hwang In-beom sent a rocket into the bottom left side of the net on a penalty kick. The goal was the South Korean midfielder’s third of the year. Minutes earlier, ‘Caps striker Yordy Reyna had taken a free kick from outside the Houston box and the ball hit a leaping Manotas in the hand. Officials on the field called a hand ball on the play but the call went to video review and a second look determined the original call was good. Video-assisted refereeing has been a point of contention for the ‘Caps this season. Saturday marked the 13th time the club has had a call reviewed. The technology is changing the game, Dos Santos said. “Am I for VAR? Yes, but limited things,” he said. “What’s changing is that those goals that when I was a kid, you saw players scoring, taking off their jersey, running in the crowd, now you score and there’s always suspense. … And that’s killing the game. It’s sad.” After the call and ensuing goal, the Whitecaps appeared to drop back, focusing on defending instead of pushing the play. The response was normal for a squad that’s struggled recently, said defender Scott Sutter. “I think if you’re a team that won five of the last seven games or something like that and you’ve got that belief and confidence then it’s kind of easier to deal with,” he said. “I think there’s kind of that uncertainty in the team.” Houston put away the equalizer in the 78th minute when Whitecaps ‘keeper Zac MacMath dropped to the turf to stop a long ball from Maynor Figueroa. Prone on the ground, the goalie couldn’t control the rebound and Dynamo striker Mauro Mantos popped an easy ball into the net for his club-leading 13th goal of the season. Despite the concession, MacMath had a solid overall game, making five saves and earning his first win in a Whitecaps jersey. The performance was no surprise to his teammate, Andy Rose. “We all have so much belief in Zac,” Rose said. “He’s an excellent goalkeeper. Especially, I thought, his distribution tonight was excellent. He came up with a huge save at 1-0 at the near post. He was great.” Goalie Joe Willis stopped two-of-four on-target shots for Houston. Saturday’s loss complicates the Dynamo’s path to the playoffs. Houston currently has 34 points and sits four spots back of a post-season berth. The Whitecaps have already been eliminated from playoff contention. Sutter said the team will continue to fight through their final three games of the year, however. “It’s our profession. We need to work at it,” he said. “It’s not always easy but at the end of it, there’s a lot of pride on the line and everyone wants to win, everyone works hard.” Both the ‘Caps and Dynamo are back in action next Saturday. Vancouver will host Columbus Crew SC and Orlando City SC will visit Houston. NOTES: Jasser Khmiri made the Whitecaps 18 for the first time but did not come off the bench. The Tunisian centreback joined the ‘Caps last November and has spent all season rehabbing a knee injury. … A crowd of 17,382 took in the game at B.C. Place. Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

One dead, five injured in Saturday evening shooting in Mississauga, Ont.

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 23:25
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Police in Mississauga, Ont., were looking for multiple suspects after a Saturday night shooting in the city west of Toronto left one person dead and five others wounded. Peel Regional Police Chief Chris McCord told a late night news conference the gunfire erupted near a parkette behind an apartment building in a residential area just after 6 p.m. He said a 17-year-old old boy died at the scene and that five others - a 13-year-old, a 16-year-old, two 17-year-olds and a woman in her 50s - were injured. McCord said one of the wounded was in serious condition and that the injuries suffered by the other four were not considered life-threatening. The chief said that based on eyewitness accounts there were multiple shooters firing semi-automatic weapons, and he noted that “a lot” of shell casings were found scattered over a wide area. He added that it was too early in the investigation to speculate on a motive, determine whether the shooting was targeted, or gang related, or to provide any suspect information. He said officers were canvassing the area looking for possible surveillance camera video that might give them a clearer picture of what happened. The wounded were being treated at trauma centres around the Greater Toronto Area. McCord said some of them made their own way to hospital before police arrived, while others were found in different locations inside the apartment complex. Tactical officers continued an “extensive” search of the neighbourhood late into the night, but McCord said the suspects had fled the area. “At present, with the police presence in the area tonight, there is no individual still in this area that should cause the residents cause for concern for their own personal safety,” said McCord. A music video was being filmed near the scene of the shooting, however, McCord said he didn’t know if it was in any way linked to the case.  Police said several vehicles in the area had been struck by gunfire and they were trying to determine if any of them belonged to the shooters. Investigators were also talking to a number of people McCord said had run from the scene as shots rang out, but the chief was quick to add that there was nothing to indicate, at this stage of the investigation, that any were possible suspects.  Police were also asking anyone with information that might help with their investigation to contact them.   The Canadian Press

Tristan Connelly has Cinderella win at UFC event in Vancouver

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 22:59
VANCOUVER - Winning so quickly, and decisively, was a surprise for Justin (The Highlight) Gaethje Saturday night. Gaethje used a thundering right hand to knock Donald (The Cowboy) Cerrone to his knees, then landed a flurry of punches to force the referee to stop their match at 4:18 of the first round at UFC Fight Night. "I'm always surprised," said Gaethje, ranked No. 5 in the world. "I go in there and I'm not sure I'm good enough. "It's in the back of my head, are you good enough, do you belong here? You can pump yourself up with false confidence but that gets you no where." Canadian Tristan (Boondock) Connelly also sent a strong message to any doubters. The Vancouver-based fighter, who was a late addition to the card, lived a Cinderella moment by defeating Brazil's Michel (Demolidor) Pereira in a unanimous welterweight decision. "I feel like things are going to be a little bit different starting tomorrow," said Connelly, who earned US$100,000 in bonuses for the victory. Connelly, who is originally from Victoria, didn't learn until Monday night he would be fighting Pereira after the original opponent Sergey Khandozhko dropped out due to visa issues. Pereira is a flashy fighter but Connelly refused to be intimidated by his backflips and fancy moves. "I'm a fighter," said Connelly, who was making his UFC debut. "If doing backflips was what I believe was important in fighting, I would be great at backflips. I can't do one to save my life. "I practise punching people, chocking people and kicking people. That's what seems to work in most of the fights I watch." Connelly was fuelled by the energy from the crowd of 15,114 at Rogers Arena who were vocal in their support. "Unreal," said Connelly, who improved his record to 14-6-0. "Walking out, seeing all the people, I saw faces I knew. It was really something special." In the buildup to the event, the Gaethje-Cerrone match was billed as a possible candidate for fight of the year. It took Gaethje less than a round to end Cerrone's night. "I have really grown to trust my instincts," said the Arvada, Colo., resident who improved his record to 21-2-0 with his 18th knockout. "I've learned I have a couple of sledgehammers attached to these arms." Cerrone, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, was hoping to use the fight to re-assert himself as a title threat. He holds the UFC record for wins (23) and finishes 16. "Justin is a stud," said Cerrone, who spoke to reporters wearing a cowboy hat and holding his infant son. "I figured he was little more aggressive. He's going to do great things." Cerrone's second straight loss leaves his record at 36-13-0 but he has no plans to retire. In another bout with Canadian content light heavyweight Misha Cirkunov used a chock hold to force Australia's Jimmy Crute to tap out just 3:38 into the first round of their match. The No. 15-ranked Cirkunov is from Riga, Latvia, but now fights out of Toronto "I dedicated my entire summer for this moment, I worked like a dog," said Cirkunov who improved to 15-5-0. It was Crute's first loss in 11 fights. Other Canadian fighters struggled. Cole (The Cole Train) Smith of Squamish, B.C., suffered his first loss in eight fights with a split decision against Miles (Chapo) Johns of Dallas in a battle of undefeated bantamweights. Johns improved to 9-0-0. Austin (Thud) Hubbard of Denver, Colo., won the night's opening lightweight bout in a unanimous decision over Kyle (Killshot) Prepolec of Windsor, Ont. Hubbard improved to 11-3-0. Prepolec's record is 12-7-0 In another unanimous decision, Winnipeg's Brad (Superman) Katona lost to Hunter Azure of Phoenix in a bantamweight match. Katona, The Ultimate Fighter season 27 winner who finished the fight with a bloody face, is 9-2-0. Azure remains undefeated at 7-0-1. In the fight before the main event Glover Teixeira of Brazil won his fourth straight with a split decision in a light heavyweight match against Nikita (The Miner) Krylov of Ukraine. The No. 9-ranked Teixeira improved his record to 30-7-0. Krylov, who had never gone the distance in a fight before, is 26-7-0. In other fights, Louis (Da Last Samurai) Smolka of Kapolei, Hawaii, improved to 16-6 with a TKO victory against Ryan (Main Event) MacDonald (10-2-0) of North Platte, Neb., in a bantamweight bout. Smolka won the fight with a vicious left hook that dropped MacDonald at 4:43 of the first round. Chas (The Scrapper) Skelly of Arlington, Tex., improved his record to 18-3-0 with a unanimous decision over Jordan (Native Psycho) Griffin of Milwaukee in a featherweight fight. Griffin dropped to 17-7-0. It took Brazil's Augusto Sakai just 59 seconds to drop Marcin Tybura of Poland in a flurries of punches to win their heavyweight battle with a knockout. Sakai, ranked No. 15, saw his record improve to 14-1-0. Tybura, ranked No. 14, is 17-6-0. Uriah (Prime Time) Hall of Kingston, Jamaica, earned a split decision over Anton (Cara De Sapato) Carlos Junior of Rio de Janeiro, in a middleweight fight. Hall, ranked No. 12, has a 16-9-0 record while No. 13 Carlos Junior is 11-4. A heavyweight bout between Todd Duffee and Jeff (Lights Out) Hughes was ruled a no contest. A doctor stopped the fight early in the first round after Duffee was poked in the eye. Jim Morris, The Canadian Press

Scores and Schedule

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 22:55
Saturday’s Games CFL Calgary 19 Hamilton 18 Saskatchewan 27 Montreal 25 — MLB American League N.Y. Yankees 13 Toronto 3 Tampa Bay 3 L.A. Angels 1 Detroit 8 Baltimore 4 (12 innings) Houston 6 Kansas City 1 Oakland 8 Texas 6 Minnesota 2 Cleveland 0 (1st game) Minnesota 9 Cleveland 5 (2nd game) Seattle 2 Chicago White Sox 1 (10 innings) National League Chicago Cubs 14 Pittsburgh 1 Atlanta 10 Washington 1 N.Y. Mets 3 L.A. Dodgers 0 Milwaukee 5 St. Louis 2 Arizona 1 Cincinnati 0 Boston 2 Philadelphia 1 Colorado 11 San Diego 10 Miami 4 San Francisco 2 Interleague Boston 2 Philadelphia 1 — MLS New York City FC 2 San Jose 1 Chicago 4 FC Dallas 0 Columbus 3 Atlanta 1 Cincinnati 1 Montreal 0 New England 3 Orlando City 3 Los Angeles FC 1 Philadelphia 1 Vancouver 2 Houston 1 — Sunday’s Games (All Times Eastern) NFL Seattle at Pittsburgh, 1 p.m. Indianapolis at Tennessee, 1 p.m. Arizona at Baltimore, 1 p.m. New England at Miami, 1 p.m. L.A. Chargers at Detroit, 1 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 1 p.m. Jacksonville at Houston, 1 p.m. San Francisco at Cincinnati, 1 p.m. Buffalo at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m. Minnesota at Green Bay, 1 p.m. Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m. Chicago at Denver, 4:25 p.m. New Orleans at L.A. Rams, 4:25 p.m. Philadelphia at Atlanta, 8:20 p.m. — MLB American League N.Y. Yankees (TBD) at Toronto (Zeuch 0-0), 1:07 p.m. Baltimore (Wojciechowski 2-8) at Detroit (Jackson 3-9), 1:10 p.m. Minnesota (Berros 12-8) at Cleveland (Bieber 14-7), 1:10 p.m. Houston (Miley 13-5) at Kansas City (Junis 9-13), 2:15 p.m. Oakland (Manaea 1-0) at Texas (TBD), 3:05 p.m. Tampa Bay (Yarbrough 11-3) at L.A. Angels (Sandoval 0-3), 4:07 p.m. Chicago White Sox (Nova 10-12) at Seattle (Sheffield 0-1), 4:10 p.m. National League Atlanta (Fried 16-5) at Washington (Snchez 8-8), 1:35 p.m. Milwaukee (Anderson 6-4) at St. Louis (Wacha 6-7), 2:15 p.m. Pittsburgh (Williams 7-6) at Chicago Cubs (Quintana 13-8), 2:20 p.m. San Diego (Quantrill 6-7) at Colorado (Gonzlez 1-6), 3:10 p.m. Miami (Hernandez 3-5) at San Francisco (Cueto 1-0), 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Bauer 10-12) at Arizona (Gallen 3-5), 4:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Buehler 13-3) at N.Y. Mets (Wheeler 11-7), 7:05 p.m. Interleague Boston (Porcello 12-12) at Philadelphia (Vargas 6-7), 1:05 p.m. — MLS D.C. United at Portland, 3:30 p.m. Colorado at Toronto FC, 5 p.m. Real Salt Lake at Minnesota, 5:30 p.m. New York at Seattle, 6 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at LA Galaxy, 10 p.m. — The Canadian Press

Saturday’s Games

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 22:55
Saturday’s Games CFL Calgary 19 Hamilton 18 Saskatchewan 27 Montreal 25 — MLB American League N.Y. Yankees 13 Toronto 3 Tampa Bay 3 L.A. Angels 1 Detroit 8 Baltimore 4 (12 innings) Houston 6 Kansas City 1 Oakland 8 Texas 6 Minnesota 2 Cleveland 0 (1st game) Minnesota 9 Cleveland 5 (2nd game) Seattle 2 Chicago White Sox 1 (10 innings) National League Chicago Cubs 14 Pittsburgh 1 Atlanta 10 Washington 1 N.Y. Mets 3 L.A. Dodgers 0 Milwaukee 5 St. Louis 2 Arizona 1 Cincinnati 0 Boston 2 Philadelphia 1 Colorado 11 San Diego 10 Miami 4 San Francisco 2 Interleague Boston 2 Philadelphia 1 — MLS New York City FC 2 San Jose 1 Chicago 4 FC Dallas 0 Columbus 3 Atlanta 1 Cincinnati 1 Montreal 0 New England 3 Orlando City 3 Los Angeles FC 1 Philadelphia 1 Vancouver 2 Houston 1 — The Canadian Press

UAW contract with GM expires, increasing risk of strike

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 22:38
DETROIT - The four-year contract between General Motors and the United Auto Workers has expired as negotiations on a new deal continue. Union officials told GM they would let the contract lapse just before midnight Saturday, increasing the risk of a strike as early as Sunday night. Union members working Sunday were to report as scheduled. But there was a wrinkle. About 850 UAW-represented janitors who work for Aramark, a separate company, went on strike Sunday after working under an extended contract since March of 2018, the union said. The strike covered eight GM facilities in Ohio and Michigan. Although UAW workers at GM are supposed to work, it wasn’t clear early Sunday whether the rank-and-file would cross their own union’s picket lines. GM said in a statement that it has contingency plans for any disruptions from the Aramark strike. UAW Vice-President Terry Dittes said in a letter to members that, after months of bargaining, both the union and GM are far apart on issues such as wages, health care, temporary employees, job security and profit-sharing. The union’s executive leaders and a larger group of plant-level officials will meet Sunday morning to decide the union’s next steps. The letter to members and another one to GM were aimed at turning up the pressure on GM negotiators. “While we are fighting for better wages, affordable quality health care, and job security, GM refuses to put hard working Americans ahead of their record profits,” Dittes, the union’s chief bargainer with GM, said in a statement Saturday night. Kristin Dziczek, vice-president of the Center for Automotive Research, an industry think-tank , said the union could strike at GM after the contract expires. “If they’re not extending the agreement, then that would leave them open to strike,” she said. But GM, in a statement Saturday night, still held out hope for an agreement, saying it continues to work on solutions. “We are prepared to negotiate around the clock because there are thousands of GM families and their communities – and many thousands more at our dealerships and suppliers – counting on us for their livelihood. Our goal remains on building a strong future for our employees and our business,” the GM statement said. A strike by 49,200 union workers would bring to a halt GM’s U.S. production, and would likely stop the company from making vehicles in Canada and Mexico as well. That would mean fewer vehicles for consumers to choose from on dealer lots, and it would make it impossible to build specially ordered cars and trucks. The union’s executive board was to meet early Sunday to talk about the union’s next steps, followed by a meeting in Detroit of plant-level union leaders from all over the country. An announcement was scheduled for after the meetings end. If there is a strike, it would be the union’s first since a two-day work stoppage at GM in 2007. The move by the union also comes as it faces an internal struggle over a federal corruption investigation that has touched its president, Gary Jones. Some union members are calling for Jones to step down while the investigation continues. But Friday night, union leaders did not remove Jones. Union officials surely will face questions about the expanding investigation that snared a top official on Thursday. Vance Pearson, head of a regional office based near St. Louis, was charged with corruption in an alleged scheme to embezzle union money and spend cash on premium booze, golf clubs, cigars and swanky stays in California. It’s the same region that Jones led before taking the union’s top office last year. Jones has not been charged. On Friday, union leaders extended contracts with Ford and Fiat Chrysler indefinitely, but the pact with General Motors was still set to expire Saturday night. The union has picked GM, which is more profitable than Ford and Fiat Chrysler, as the target company, meaning it’s the focus of bargaining and would be the first company to face a walkout. Picket line schedules already have been posted near the entrance to one local UAW office in Detroit. Talks between the union and GM were tense from the start, largely because GM plans to close four U.S. factories. The union has promised to fight the closures. Here are the main areas of disagreement: - GM is making big money, $8 billion last year alone, and workers want a bigger slice. The union wants annual pay raises to guard against an economic downturn, but the company wants to pay lump sums tied to earnings. Automakers don’t want higher fixed costs. - The union also wants new products for the four factories GM wants to close. The factory plans have irked some workers, although most of those who were laid off will get jobs at other GM factories. GM currently has too much U.S. factory capacity. - The companies want to close the labour cost gap with workers at plants run by foreign automakers. GM’s gap is the largest at $13 per hour, followed by Ford at $11 and Fiat Chrysler at $5, according to figures from the Center for Automotive Research. GM pays $63 per hour in wages and benefits compared with $50 at the foreign-owned factories. - Union members have great health insurance plans but workers pay about 4% of the cost. Employees of large firms nationwide pay about 34%, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. The companies would like to cut costs. Tom Krisher, The Associated Press

Last-minute Montero goal seals 2-1 win for Vancouver Whitecaps

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 22:13
VANCOUVER - Fredy Montero played hero for the Vancouver Whitecaps on Saturday, scoring a late goal to lift his team to a 2-1 victory over the Houston Dynamo. The striker’s tally came in the 90th minute, snapping Vancouver’s (7-14-10) three-game losing skid. Hwang In-beom also scored on a penalty kick for Vancouver and Mauro Manotas put away the lone goal for Houston (10-16-4). The Whitecaps first goal came in the 54th minute, with Hwang sending a rocket into the bottom left side of the net on a penalty kick. The goal was the South Korean midfielders third of the year. Whitecaps goalkeeper Zac MacMath made five saves. Joe Willis stopped two-of-four on-target shots for Houston. Minutes earlier, ‘Caps striker Yordy Reyna had taken a free kick from outside the Houston box and the ball hit a leaping Manotas in the hand. Officials on the field called a hand ball on the play but the call went to video review. A second look determined the original call was good. Vancouver appeared poised to snatch a victory until the 78th minute, when MacMath dropped to the turf to stop a long ball from Maynor Figueroa. Prone on the ground, the ‘keeper couldn’t control the rebound and Mantos popped an easy ball into the net for his club-leading 13th goal of the season. Montero came off the bench to score the winning tally. The Colombian forward collected a high ball from teammate Theo Bair and got a left-footed shot off from down low, beating Willis to tally his seventh goal of the year in the 90th minute. Houston had another chance to equalize the score in injury time, but the ‘Caps hung on for the win. Saturday’s loss complicates the Dynamo’s path to the playoffs. Houston currently has 34 points and sits four spots back of a post-season berth. The Whitecaps have already been eliminated from playoff contention. Both the ‘Caps and Dynamo are back in action next Saturday. Vancouver will host Columbus Crew SC and Orlando City SC will visit Houston. NOTES: Jasser Khmiri made the Whitecaps 18 for the first time but did not come off the bench. The Tunisian centreback joined the ‘Caps last November and has spent all season rehabbing a knee injury. Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press

Brett Lauther hits late field goal, Roughriders beat Alouettes 27-25

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 21:34
REGINA - Fortunately for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Brett Lauther has a short memory. Having missed a couple routine kicks earlier in the game, Lauther came through in the clutch and gave the Riders another last-minute victory, a 27-25 triumph over the Montreal Alouettes on Saturday. "I wanted to come through for the guys. I definitely owed them," said Lauther, who provided the game-winning points with his 39-yard field goal with 25 seconds remaining. "I had a tough night. I just wanted to be there for them at the end." And he was. Cody Fajardo marched the offence 54 yards to set up Lauther's heroics. Fajardo completed all three of his pass attempts for 37 yards and added an eight-yard run on the decisive drive. Then it was time for Lauther to step up. He had missed a 33-yard field goal and a convert previously. "I need to make that one, especially after I put us in a bad spot earlier. I just needed to execute like I knew I could," Lauther said. "I'm gonna miss more (field goals) this year and in other years and if you don't move on it's always going to be dwelling on you and putting your team in a bad spot. I just moved on and I knew I could make that one at the end." It was the second consecutive home game that Lauther provided late-game drama. Two weeks ago in the Labour Day Classic versus Winnipeg, he kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. "Everybody is always believing that we're going to get it done even if we're backed up," said Riders running back William Powell, who scored two touchdowns on Saturday. "We have showed that time and time again and I feel we'll continue to do that." "There's a sense of familiarity," added Riders head coach Craig Dickerson. "And I feel the guys really believe in each other." With the win, the Riders improved to 8-4. The loss snapped Montreal’s three-game winning streak and dropped the team to 6-5. Powell's five-yard run early in the fourth quarter gave the Riders a 24-18 lead. A major Montreal miscue set up the Saskatchewan score. Punter Boris Bede fumbled the snap on a punt attempt and was tackled at his 19-yard line. Two plays later, Powell was in the end zone. The Alouettes counterpunched on the ensuing possession when Vernon Adams Jr., threw a 27-yard touchdown strike to Eugene Lewis. The Alouettes led 25-24 with eight minutes remaining in regulation. "It stings, especially after we thought for a minute that we had it," Adams Jr., said of the last-minute defeat. "But that's the good thing about the CFL - you just never know. You just have to finish a little bit better." Adams Jr., referred to the three Montreal possessions in the early stages of the game when the offence was forced to settle for three field goals from Bede after it had marched the ball into the red zone. "If we turn those field goals into seven points we're not even in that position (at the end of the game)," he said after he threw for 344 yards and completed 22-of-36 pass attempts. "If we turned those nine points into 21 points then it's a different ball game. I think we missed out on some opportunities," Lewis added. Lewis led the Alouettes with eight catches for 130 yards and one touchdown. Powell rushed for a game-high 94 yards on 15 carries. He added three receptions for 30 yards. Cody Fajardo completed 19-of-27 pass attempts for 254 yards and one touchdown. The Alouettes led 9-0 midway through the second quarter. Saskatchewan closed the first half with 10 unanswered points and took a 10-9 lead into halftime. Fajardo connected with Powell for a 10-yard touchdown and Lauther booted a 14-yard field goal. William Stanbeck rushed four yards for a touchdown and DeVier Posey caught the two-point convert from Adams Jr., and Montreal restored a lead at 17-10 midway through the third quarter. The Riders answered when Fajardo marched the Riders on a 62-yard scoring drive late in the third quarter. Fajardo raced seven yards to the corner of the end zone and added the two-point convert to knot the score at 18-18. Saskatchewan's Charleston Hughes, the CFL sack leader, did not play due to nagging elbow and knee soreness. Next up for the Alouettes is a home date next Saturday afternoon with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers visiting. Saskatchewan will enjoy a bye week. Craig Slater, The Canadian Press

Despite panic, no evidence of shooting at movie theatre

Sat, 09/14/2019 - 21:21
ARLINGTON, Va. - Authorities in northern Virginia say they have found no evidence that a shooting occurred at a movie theatre that’s part of a popular mall. Reports of a shooting had prompted panic and a large police presence Saturday night. But the Arlington County Police Department later tweeted that authorities had completed a preliminary search of the theatre at the Ballston Quarter mall in Arlington without finding any evidence that a shooting took place. As fears over the possibility of a shooting dissipated, many continued to eat and drink inside restaurants and bars in the area. Police spokeswoman Ashley Savage says police planned to clear and search the whole mall, not just the theatre, as a precaution. Authorities say one person suffered a minor injury while evacuating. The Associated Press

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