Humboldt Broncos will still accept donations after GoFundMe ends omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-170 views CAPTION: The president of the Humboldt Broncos says the GoFundMe page dedicated to crash victims’ families will close Wednesday and the money will be transferred to a new memorial fund. The campaign has raised over $12 million. (April 17, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Kevin Garinger, Humboldt Broncos president PLACELINE: Saskatoon CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: The GoFundMe page dedicated to the Humboldt Broncos, believed to be the largest of its kind in Canadian history, will remain open for two more days before being transferred to a newly created memorial fund, the team's officials announced Monday. More than 130,000 individuals and businesses from Canada and other countries have donated between $5 and $50,000 to the GoFundMe campaign, called Funds for Humboldt Broncos. The campaign was started by Humboldt resident Sylvie Kellington after the horrific bus crash earlier this month, which killed 16 players and staff. In nine days, the online campaign has raised more than $12 million. Humboldt Broncos president Kevin Garinger announced at a news conference in Saskatoon that the campaign will remain open until midnight Wednesday, at which point all funds will be transferred to the new Humboldt Broncos Memorial Fund. The $12 million raised will serve its intended purpose of paying for expenses of the victims' families, Garinger said, adding that it's too soon to give a more specific breakdown of the way the funds will be allocated. "Sylvie was hoping to raise $5,000 to maybe buy coffee and support maybe parking, and that sort of thing, to help families," he said. "It of course grew much larger than that." Garinger also said the team will continue to accept donations through another new organization, the Humboldt Strong Community Foundation, which he said will "support Humboldt Broncos players, employees, families and volunteers, as well as first responders and emergency services personnel, teams, athletes, related organizations and communities affected by the crash."
Should Monique Richard reach the summit of Yukon's Mount Logan, she will be the first female to reach the top by herself, according to officials with Parks Canada and data it has compiled since the late 1800s.
Could the death of the password be upon us? omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-160 views The death of the password could be upon us. A new security standard recently endorsed by the World Wide Web Consortium has experts excited about the prospect of making logins "unphishable" and ending the vulnerabilities that currently exist because so many users have poor "password hygiene" and reuse the same one across countless websites.
Assad ‘must bear responsibility’ for chemical attack: Freeland omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-150 views CAPTION: Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland says it is “clear to Canada” that the Assad regime is responsible for a suspected chemical-weapons attack in Syria that left more than 40 people dead and 500 injured. (April 14, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Chrystia Freeland, Foreign Affairs Minister PLACELINE: Lima, Peru CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: The Syrian government has denied responsibility for the attack while Russia has suggested Israel or Britain was to blame, the latter to justify increased western intervention into the country. But Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland told reporters on the sidelines of the Summit of the Americas on Friday that Canada laid the blame squarely with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, as well as his Russian and Iranian supporters. "When it comes to this use of chemical weapons, it is clear to Canada that chemical weapons were used and that they were used by the Assad regime," Freeland said.
Generous’ Broncos player Jacob Leicht remembered at funeral omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-140 views CAPTION: Mourners remembered Humboldt Broncos player Jacob Leicht as “loving” and “generous,” after Friday’s funeral for the 19-year-old killed in last week’s bus crash. The father of fellow victim Tyler Bieber said he hopes that “time will heal.” (April 13, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Eriza Custodio 2. SOUNDBITE: Connor Ebert 3. SOUNDBITE: Helen Friesen-Ebert 4. SOUNDBITE: Terry Bieber, father of crash victim Tyler Bieber PLACELINE: Humboldt, Sask. CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: About 2,500 hockey fans chanted ``go Broncos go'' one final time today for a 19-year-old described as ``the classic underdog hockey player.'' Jacob Leicht was one of 16 people who have died after a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos and a truck collided last Friday at a rural intersection north of Tisdale. His funeral was held today at the rink in his hometown of Humboldt. Family friend and former coach Shaun Gardiner says Leicht wasn't a big player, but what he lacked in size he made up for in hard work. Three of Leicht's teammates were at the service _ one receiving applause as he was brought in in a wheelchair.
Raptors coach expects a ‘physical battle’ against the Wizards omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-130 views CAPTION: Raptors coach Dwane Casey says Toronto has to be prepared for the speed of the Washington Wizards in the first round of the NBA playoffs. Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan says the team has more confidence “than ever.” (April 13, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Dwayne Casey, Raptors coach 2. SOUNDBITE: DeMar DeRozan, Raptors guard PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: The Toronto Raptors' slogan for the NBA playoffs says everything: "Prove 'em." Coming off their finest regular season in franchise history, the Raptors are now aiming to exorcise some huge post-season demons, and prove the doubters wrong.
1. SOUNDBITE: Doug Ford, Ontario PC Leader 2. SOUNDBITE: Todd Smith, Ontario PC energy critic
PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press
STORYLINE: If elected premier of Ontario in the spring election, Doug Ford says his first act will be to fire the CEO of Hydro One and its board of directors, whom he blames for the rising electricity costs in the province. The decision, however, would not come cheap. Hydro One CEO Mayo Schmidt, who earned a $6.2-million salary last year, would be entitled to at least $10.7 million in severance if he were to be removed from his job by the board of directors, according to the company's annual shareholders report released on March 29.
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Thanos is one of those baddies who's appeared in the movies here and there, but never had his own spotlight. Finally he'll "debut" as the main villain in “Infinity War,” so here's a refresher on what his deal is.
Morneau talks about Trans Mountain pipeline after meeting with Alberta Premier Rachel omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-120 views CAPTION: Finance Minister Bill Morneau is dismissing an NDP call to refer a dispute with B.C. over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the Supreme Court. Morneau spoke Wednesday after meeting with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. (April 11, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Finance Minister Bill Morneau PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the federal government has convinced her that ``something specific'' will be announced in the near future to try to break the impasse over the Trans Mountain pipeline. Notley made the comments after a meeting in Toronto with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau. She says she will let Morneau discuss and outline what those specific actions will be. The future of the Trans Mountain project was jeopardized this week after the operator, Kinder Morgan, said delay tactics by the B.C. government may make the $7.4-billion expansion of the existing line financially untenable. Notley says the line, from Edmonton to Burnaby, is critical to getting more oil to the coast and fetching better prices to boost the Canadian economy.
'It's past a nightmare:' Father of hockey crash survivor recalls carnage omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-110 views CAPTION: A Saskatchewan man says his son, who survived the Humboldt Broncos bus crash last week, is finding solace in visiting his friends at the hospital. Myles Shumlanski’s son Nick walked away with minor injuries. (April 11, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Myles Shumlanski, Nick’s father PLACELINE: Near Tisdale, Saskatchewan CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Last Friday, Myles Shumlanski sped down the highway to the scene of a nightmare. He stopped there again Tuesday, looking through snow for wallets, cellphones and other belongings of the 15 people who died. ``It's starting to melt,'' he told The Canadian Press. ``I'm sure some parents would really appreciate something returned.'' For Shumlanski, the rural intersection he passes each day on the way to his home in northeastern Saskatchewan will never be the same. He was one of the first to arrive after a bus carrying the Humboldt Broncos junior hockey team collided with a semi truck about 20 kilometres north of Tisdale. The team was on its way to a playoff game in nearby Nipawin. Shumlanski's 20-year-old son, Nick, a forward who had recently joined the Broncos, was on the bus. He was miraculously able to walk away from the wreckage, grab a phone lying in the debris and call home.
Broncos president: Finding ‘new normal’ critical for Humboldt omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-110 views CAPTION: Students returned to school in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, on Tuesday following Friday’s bus crash that killed 15 people. The director of education for Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools says the students were “happy to be together.” (April 10, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Kevin Garinger, Horizon School Division director of education/Humboldt Broncos president 2. SOUNDBITE: Greg Chatlin, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools director of education PLACELINE: Humboldt, Saskatchewan CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Attention in the Saskatchewan town where 15 members of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team were killed in a bus crash is turning to supporting students as they return to school without some of their classmates. Kevin Garinger, director of education for the Horizon School Division and president of the Broncos, said schools were closed Monday after the junior hockey team's bus collided with a semi truck northeast of Saskatoon on Friday. Classes resumed Tuesday but Garinger says the focus will be on the well-being of students and staff rather than the daily curriculum.
Norman says he's eager to deal with the criminal charge he faces and return to serving Canadians.
Norman was charged last month with breach of trust and denies any wrongdoing. He is slated to return to Ontario court May 15 to begin setting a timetable for proceedings.
“I’m anxious to get to court, get this dealt with as quickly as possible, and get back to serving the people of Canada,” he said following the appearance.
Norman, who was the military's second-in-command until suspended from duty early last year, faces up to five years in prison. The case revolves around a November 2015 decision by the newly elected Liberal government to reconsider a $700-million contract the Harper Conservatives had awarded to Quebec-based Davie Shipbuilding.
Saskatchewan hockey league announces mental health fund omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-100 views CAPTION: The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League is starting an assistance program for players and their families following the bus crash that killed 15 people. Former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy says many players will need long-term help to deal with the trauma. (April 9, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Bill Chow, SJHL PRESIDENT SOUNDBITE: Sheldon Kennedy, FORMER NHL PLAYER Credit: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: Saskatchewan hockey officials have announced an assistance program for players and their families following a bus crash that killed 15 people. The Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League says the fund will provide mental health help for everyone involved in its dozen teams across the province, including the Humboldt Broncos. The Broncos were heading to a playoff game Friday when their bus collided with a truck at an intersection north of Tisdale. Fourteen others were injured.
Doug Ford addresses black community omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-060 views CAPTION: Ontario’s Progressive Conservative leader says he has “massive support” from the black community. Doug Ford says he won’t be attending the April 11 leaders’ debate organized by the black community because he will be busy campaigning. (April 5, 2018) SOUNDBITE: Doug Ford, Ontario Progressive Conservative leader PLACELINE: Toronto CREDIT: The Canadian Press
At a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Ottawa, Trudeau called the alleged Russian attack unacceptable to the international community. He says that's why Canada threw out four Russian diplomats. In return Russia expelled four Canadians.
Trudeau says Canada and its NATO allies responded “extremely strongly” to the alleged Russian attack in the U.K.
Jogging and picking up litter come together in ‘plogging’ omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-030 views CAPTION: Canadian fitness enthusiasts are spreading the word about “plogging,” an eco-friendly trend combining jogging and picking up litter. Melanie Knight says the concept appeals to her as both a runner and marine biologist. (March 27, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Melanie Knight PLACELINE: Vancouver CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: As the spring thaw lays bare the discarded waste of winter, many Canadian fitness enthusiasts are trying to spread the word about plogging, an eco-friendly exercise mashup that combines the endorphin rush of jogging with the environmental benefits of picking up trash. Plogging is a portmanteau of jogging and the Swedish phrase ``plocka upp,'' meaning pick up, and the premise is as simple as its name suggests. Rather than racing past the rubbish strewn along their route, ploggers pick it up to be disposed of properly, and if they're feeling ambitious, try to squeeze in a few exercises in between pieces of trash as they fill up their bags. The Swedish-exported fitness craze has gained a small but zealous following in Canada as ploggers try to connect with one another by showing off their trash hauls on social media. Melanie Knight in Vancouver has taken up a 30-day challenge to collect litter for 10 minutes every day, which she has documented on Instagram with the #10minutetidy hashtag. She regularly posts selfies of her smiling brightly alongside some of the strange debris she has come across during her daily runs, including a leather belt, a children's toy, and ironically, a dustpan.
Ancient Beer Brought to Life omid.ghoreishi 2018-04-031 views Ale experimenters in Winnipeg have recreated a beer from a fourth-century Egyptian alchemist’s recipe. One of the brewers who worked on the beer says the concoction was surprisingly good but different than modern ales. (March 15, 2018) 1. SOUNDBITE: Dr. Matt Gibbs, University of Winnipeg Department of Classics chair 2. SOUNDBITE: Tyler Birch, Barn Hammer Brewing co-owner PLACELINE: Winnipeg CREDIT: The Canadian Press STORYLINE: An idea that began when a classicist went to a brewery to sip beers and ponder the history of hops has brought to life an ancient ale. It took hours of translating, milling and baking, but ale experimenters in Winnipeg have finally sipped a beer created from a fourth-century Egyptian alchemist's recipe. "If you expect this to taste like a modern beer, you are not going to find that," said Matt Gibbs, chair of the University of Winnipeg's Department of Classics. "This beer is very, very sour. It's good. It's much better than I thought it was when we first did it, I will say that much, but it's different." Gibbs got the idea while sitting at a bar talking about old beers with a pair of brewmasters. The original recipe was found in "The Barbarian's Beverage: A History of Beer in Ancient Europe" by Max Nelson at the University of Windsor. It was chosen because Gibbs figured he could stay close to the original process and, unlike some of the other recipes, the ingredients were available and legal.
Tractor Tows Children on Sleigh Through Virginia Snow omid.ghoreishi 2018-03-130 views Tractor Tows Children on Sleigh Through Virginia Snow A Virginia-based arborist put his tractor to an alternative use on March 12, towing three small children in a sled through snow that blanketed the area. Heavy snow was reported in Virginia, West Virginia and Kentucky on March 12, as the east coast prepared for a third nor’easter in less than two weeks. More than 11 inches of snow were recorded near Mustoe, Virginia, on the morning of March 13. Credit: The Woodsman via Storyful
Footage Said to Describe Navy Encounter With UFO Released omid.ghoreishi 2018-03-120 views Footage Said to Describe Navy Encounter With UFO Released A research organization that has released declassified Department of Defense footage in the past posted a new video on March 9, which they said shows US Navy footage of an unidentified flying object off the east coast of the United States in 2015. The video was released by To The Stars Academy of Art and Science, a research organization founded in October 2017 by Luis Elizondo to conduct research into “exotic science and technologies.” An analysis of the video, published by To The Stars, said that the unidentified object showed no obvious wings or tails. To The Stars also said that there was no exhaust plume from the object, which would be visible on conventional aircraft filmed in the manner seen in the video. Writing in the Washington Post, Christopher Mellon, an adviser to To The Stars, criticized the lack of response to such incidents, saying “reports from different services and agencies remain largely ignored and unevaluated.” The US Department of Defense confirmed to the New York Times the existence of a secret $22 million program to investigate UFOs running from 2007 to 2012, according to a report published by the newspaper in December 2017. Credit: US Navy/To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science via Storyful
Baseball Superfan Celebrates 94th Birthday by Cheering the Cubs omid.ghoreishi 2018-03-120 views Baseball Superfan Celebrates 94th Birthday by Cheering the Cubs A baseball superfan who’s been attending Chicago Cubs games since the late 1970s says she’ll always choose the Cubs over the Boston Red Sox. Chicago native Gracie Kerkendoll, 94, was celebrating her birthday with family members in the Chicago suburb of South Holland on March 11 when she declared she prefers the Cubs over MLB rivals the Boston Red Sox. Kerkendoll’s grandson, Carter Smith, shared a clip of Kerkendoll trying on a Cubs baseball cap and declaring her love for the team. Speaking to Storyful, Smith said his grandma and late grandfather first introduced him and his brothers to the Cubs during the Jack Brickhouse era of Cubs commentary. Smith’s clip of Kerkendoll had earned more than 41,000 views at the time of writing. Credit: Carter Smith via Storyful
Caution Zone Extended Around Japan's 'Bond' Volcano omid.ghoreishi 2018-03-120 views Caution Zone Extended Around Japan's 'Bond' Volcano Japan’s Shinmoedake volcano, which was featured in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice, streamed smoke on March 10, after a series of eruptions that began on March 6. Japan’s meteorological agency extended the caution zone surrounding the mountain from three to four kilometers, on March 10, and warned that windows might be broken due to shaking caused by the eruptions. Credit: Hisato via Storyful