Look out Edmonton, there’s a new farmers’ market in town – Edmonton

Watch above: A brand new farmer’s market has opened its doors in the heart of the city. Mother’s Market celebrates its grand opening Sunday. Tom sits down with Robert Holm and Phil Filipchuk to learn more about the new market.

EDMONTON – As more and more Edmontonians make the move to support locally produced food, a new farmers’ market has opened its doors in the city’s downtown.

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Mother’s Market celebrated its grand opening Sunday. Edmonton’s newest indoor market, located in the heart of the city, is open three days a week, 52 weeks a year.

“We’re different than other farmers’ markets,” said Mother’s Market CEO Robert Holm. “We stay open late on Friday so you can pick up groceries before heading home. Also, it’s a great lunch spot. Come in, eat, have a coffee and take a seat on our patio.”

The two-storey, 20,000-square foot market offers everything from fresh eggs, fish and vegetables to baked good and gelato. Upstairs, there are five hot food vendors offering Indian, Mexican, Aboriginal and Polish cuisine.

“What we’re trying to establish is a community feel,” said Holm’s business partner, Phil Filipchuk. “Bring the family down, enjoy the afternoon, just shop around. It’s a relaxed space, we have a jukebox, we have all kinds of fun stuff in there. Plus, we have great food, very healthy items.”

“I think people are really waking up to the foods and health and what we need to be eating and going back to more old school,” added Holm. “When I was young everybody had a garden and a cold room and now nobody is doing that. But the young people are really starting to take that on.”

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Plans for the market began in November. There are already four markets like this in Calgary, so Holm and Filipchuk thought it was about time to bring one to Edmonton.

“The energy in this place is incredible,” said Holm. “People should go to all the markets in town. However, if you live in the area, come check us out too. We’re trying to get something going here, an answer to Vancouver’s Granville Market right here in Edmonton.”

The market is located in the old Mother’s Music building at 10251-109 Street. It is open Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the market’s website.

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Canada wins silver at women’s rugby World Cup – National

WATCH: Canada’s women’s rugby team made it to the world finals in Paris this weekend. And as Francis Silvaggio reports, the ladies are setting a fantastic example for girls everywhere.

PARIS – You could almost hear the sigh of relief from her English teammates as Emily Scarratt broke through one tackle, evaded another and touched down in the corner of Canada’s end zone.

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After having to fight for every inch against a resilient Canadian team, England needed a stellar solo effort from its star centre to cement a 21-9 win over Canada in the women’s rugby World Cup final.

Scarratt scored 16 points on Sunday, including 10 straight to close the gold-medal game, as England won its second World Cup and its first in 20 years.

After England dominated in the first half, Canada closed to within two points on a Magali Harvey penalty halfway through the second. But Scarratt kicked a penalty of her own a minute later, then capped the scoring with a try six minutes from the end of regulation.

“We had a couple of opportunities to score tries that could have made a difference, but because we didn’t then they were full of confidence and more physical and fresher than us,” Canada coach Francois Ratier said.

“When you have two opportunities and you don’t score, then it’s almost impossible. It’s not a question of passion or heart. It’s just a question of in the final of any sport, if you don’t score when you have the opportunities, then the other team will take them.”

Scarratt received the ball from a lineout and ran past Mandy Marchak, fended off fullback Julianne Zussman and ran the ball in to give England some much needed breathing room. She kicked a conversion to cap a spectacular tournament for the England centre.

“It’s just a missed tackle,” Ratier said. “We tried to tackle high but (Scarratt) has a really strong upper body. We should have gone lower but that’s the way it is.”

Harvey had all of Canada’s points on three penalties and finished the tournament with 61 points, second only to Scarratt’s 70.

It was Canada’s first appearance in the World Cup final. Its previous best finish was fourth, which it did in three consecutive tournaments from 1998 to 2006. England, meanwhile, ended 16 years of heartache by finally winning it after finishing as runner-up to New Zealand in the last three tournaments.

Harvey was named the IRB women’s player of the year after the game. Canadian captain Kelly Russell was also a finalist for the award.

Harvey and Russell were two of the five Canadian players on the World Cup roster who were on the team that lost to New Zealand in the 2013 Rugby World Cup Sevens final.

Canada fought to a 13-13 draw with England during the group stage, but it looked like a different English side in the first half on Sunday. They keyed in on Harvey and prevented her from making a game-breaking run as she did in Canada’s semifinal win over host France.

On offence, England used its size to exert all sorts of pressure, making several dangerous advances into Canadian territory.

Scarratt opened the scoring 11 minutes into the match. England drew a penalty after an impressive break from Natasha Hunt, who used her speed to run down the middle deep into the Canadian zone.

England could have come away with more early on, but Canada’s defence held firm with some solid tackling.

Canada was spared a try when Hunt was tackled near the touch-line. An official review declared Hunt had not moved the ball into touch when she was brought down by Andrea Burk.

England kept coming, and Scarratt kicked her second penalty of the game at the 25-minute mark to put England up 6-0.

Canada had trouble getting into England’s zone and it proved costly when Danielle Waterman capped a series of crisp passes and scored the game’s first try at the 33 minute mark. Scarratt missed the convert as England went up 11-0.

“We were not able to match physically. At times we were dominant but they were more consistent,” Ratier said.

“They won some balls and we were not able to attack on the outside. We tried, but they were just better at defence.”

Canada finally started to get some momentum late in the half, and it paid off with a key penalty before the break when England was called for offside. Harvey converted the kick on the last play of the half to cut the deficit to 11-3.

Harvey started the second half with two long penalties, the second from 42 yards out, and Canada suddenly looked dangerous trailing just 11-9.

But that was as close as Canada would come. Scarratt responded with a penalty one minute later to restore England’s advantage to five points.

Canada had some opportunities to close the gap, but Scarratt rescued her team when she scored a try with six minutes left in regulation, and added two points on a conversion.

Canada continued to press for their first try of the game as time ran out. While the Canadians were able to get deep into England’s zone, the English did an excellent job of preventing any runs on the outside from getting through.

“I was happy with how I played, how my team set me up, how they played,” Harvey said. “It’s too bad it couldn’t go until the end, so it wasn’t enough.”

Magali’s scoring, including an incredible try against France where she ran the length of the field, has made her the breakout star of the Canadian team. Ratier said while she is a good teammate and a good player, she is still only one part of the team.

“She’s a winger, so she scores tries because it’s her job,” Ratier said. “She’s the first to get a bit annoyed when she’s made out to be the star of the team, because she doesn’t feel like that at all.”

But Ratier sees the value of having someone like Harvey become the face of the team, especially for a sport like women’s rugby which is still finding a foothold in the Canadian sports landscape.

“It’s good for visibility, it’s good for marketing, it’s good for promotion of the sport, it’s good for the image big time,” he said.

Farm honours Derek Jeter by carving his likeness into 5-acre corn maze – National

SOUTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – As far as corny Derek Jeter tributes go, this one will be tough to beat.

A farm in central New Jersey carved an image of the New York Yankees captain and a thank you message to him into its five-acre corn maze. The VonThun Farm in South Brunswick is about 55 miles south of Yankee Stadium.

“Thanks Captain Clutch” is carved into the maze, along with a baseball with Jeter’s No. 2 on it. Farm owner Cindy VonThun said the maze will be open from Sept. 20 through Halloween.

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“This was just something totally different,” she said. “To walk out in the field and to be on a path and to say, ‘I’m in Derek Jeter’s chin,’ it’s pretty cool.”

Jeter is retiring after 19 seasons with the Yankees. He has been honoured at Major League ballparks around the country this year, including by former President George W. Bush, who presented him with a photo from his presidential library last month in Texas.

But this is the first known instance of him being honoured with a corn maze.

VonThun said the original idea was to do a design this year with a tractor carrying pumpkins. She said that the company in Utah that it contracts with to build the maze, The Maize Company, came up with the idea to honour Jeter.

“You’re in the middle of Jeter Country, why wouldn’t you be doing a tribute to this man, he’s wonderful,” she said of the company’s thoughts. “Everyone’s going to love that more than they’re going to love a tractor pulling some wagons, pulling some pumpkins. We thought about it and thought why not.”

She said that company maps out the image and then uses chemicals to prevent corn from growing in the spots that become the pathways of the maze, which can take an hour or longer to go through.

The farm celebrated its 100th anniversary last year and is known for its fall corn maze. The farm has previously carved a salute to Rutgers football into the maze.

The Maize Company also recently created a maze with “Today” show weatherman Al Roker’s likeness on it for a farm in Iowa.

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‘It limits our creativity’: Edmonton bartender on Alberta liquor law

EDMONTON – As the demand to prepare original, inventive cocktails grows in Alberta, some bartenders believe an Alberta liquor policy is tying their hands, creatively speaking.

“We have to work around these rules,” said Brady Grumpelt, manager and instructor at Edmonton’s Fine Art Bartending School.

“There are definitely things that I would like to be doing but I simply can’t.”

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According to the Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission, “it is prohibited to adulterate or alter liquor in any way. Nothing may be added (including ice, mixes or flavouring agents) until the liquor is used to prepare a drink requested by a patron.”

The main concern with the policy for bartenders is the fact they aren’t able to infuse their own liquors.

“As a bartender, it limits our creativity a little bit,” said Grumpelt. “Being limited to only certain pre-made brands really holds back on what we’re able to give to the customers as an experience.”

Grumpelt says if Alberta bartenders were able to infuse their own liquors, it would drastically increase the variety of customized cocktails they’re able to offer customers.

“We can age cocktails for anywhere from a few days to a few weeks; and that is one of the methods that is very popular down in the States, out in Vancouver, Toronto and we’re just not able to do it here,” Grumpelt said, recalling a barrel-aged Manhattan he really enjoyed while in Victoria.

READ MORE: Should Alberta modernize its liquor laws?

The policy came under review a couple of years ago, but was found to be appropriate for protecting the health and safety of consumers, according to the AGLC. A spokesperson with the AGLC says it’s also important to ensure consumers know exactly what they’re putting in their bodies.

“The concern is – with mixing liquor products or adding food or any kind of additive – it does change the composition and level of alcohol in the product,” said Tatjana Laskovic, a spokesperson with the AGLC.

“The goal is to be responsive to industry and consumer trends, but we also need to balance that with social responsibility.”

However, Grumpelt maintains that – if done correctly – infusing liquor doesn’t drastically alter the alcohol content.

“This is just another regulation that’s thrown on there which ultimately just ties bartenders’ hands.”

According to the province, 76 per cent of Albertans consume alcohol; and the province leads the way nationally in alcohol sales growth.

Earlier this summer the AGLC said it was in the process of preparing a broad-based review of liquor laws and policies in the province, which were last overhauled in 2008.

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How the TTC wants to improve bus, streetcar service in Toronto – Toronto

Watch above: Mark Carcasole reports on the almost $500 million worth of improvements proposed by the TTC. 

TORONTO – The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) wants to improve service for its riders but it warns it will have to come at a cost.

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A TTC report to be presented at a board meeting on Tuesday proposes to add a myriad of improvements to existing bus, streetcar and subway service at a cost of $19 million in 2015 and an increase each year of up to $69 million in 2018.

The plan would also require a $288 million boost to the capital budget spread across five years.

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Some of the enhanced service proposals include implementing all-door boarding and proof-of payment on streetcar routes to speed up service, operating all routes all day and every day across the city, and allowing time-based transfers so riders can use one fare for an unlimited time during a two-hour period.

“We need to find some of that funding from somewhere,” TTC spokesperson Brad Ross said in an interview Monday. “Ultimately it’s either a subsidy, a fare increase, or a combination thereof. That’s basically how our budget is funded and balanced.

“This really improves access to transit across the entire city, seven days a week, equal access for all. These are things that we can do because it’s off-peak service that we’re talking about.”

Mayoral candidate John Tory, however, criticized the report’s timing and the lack of a clear financial plan to pay for the recommendations.

“Coming up with a program involving hundreds of millions of new spending in the middle of the fiscal year, 10 weeks from an election, is just bad planning,” Tory said during a press briefing in front of Union Station Monday.

“I don’t think it’s responsible for the TTC to set priorities this way.”

The TTC expects to bring in approximately $1 billion from fares in 2014 and roughly $500 million more from a city subsidy.

But the commission is constantly trying to keep up with the demands of increasing ridership.

“As your ridership grows, so do your service needs, so the more ridership you have the more service you need to meet that demand,” Ross said. “That fare alone does not cover all of the costs, the costs for the driver, the cost for the fuel, the costs for the maintenance and all the other costs that go along with operating a massive system like the TTC.”

The TTC report indicates the initiatives are “simpler, cheaper, and faster to implement than major rapid transit investments.”

Mayoral candidate Olivia Chow – who has been a champion of increased bus service from the onset of her campaign – welcomed the report Monday, touting it as improvements that can be made right away.

She also detailed how she would pay for the increased service.

“As to some of the details, as to which routes, where are you going to park them, how are you going to build them, the replacement rates, we can work it out and we need to say that that is a priority,” said Chow. “What I do not accept is a ‘no.’”

Chow committed in March to spending $15 million on increasing bus service by 10 per cent during rush hour – just a fraction of what the TTC says it would need to meet the plans laid out in the report.

The TTC is in the initial stages of significant infrastructure improvements as well with the ongoing construction of the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, the plan to build an extension of the Bloor-Danforth line into Scarborough, and new streetcars expected to roll out across the city beginning this month.

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The report calls the transit improvements a “short-to-medium term” plan that would come at a “low-cost.”

“Some of the service initiatives, however, can be implemented starting as early as next year, with no need for additional capital assets or rolling stock,” the report reads.

The recommendations will have to reviewed and voted on by city council before they are approved.

UPDATE: Suspect in sex assault investigation at Alberta bible college turns himself in

WATCH ABOVE: David Boushy reports from Three Hills on a suspect turning himself in on Monday, after police released a surveillance photo. 

EDMONTON – A man suspected of sexually assaulting several students at a Christian bible college in central Alberta turned himself in to RCMP around 1 p.m. Monday.

“He was subsequently arrested for break and enter, and assault,” said  Cst. Seth Adair with Three Hills RCMP.

RCMP called on the public earlier, asking for help identifying and locating the suspect.

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Their plea came after assaults that are said to have happened early Sunday morning at Prairie Bible Institute in the town of Three Hills.

Police said a man broke into the student dormitories, where he allegedly sexually assaulted several students, both male and female, in their dorm rooms.

“He was going in, touching legs to wake up – at least at the beginning – guys,” said Prairie Bible Institute president Mark Maxwell. “From what we have been told, we think he was in touch with six of our male students. At about 6:30 a.m. or so he crossed over to the women’s side and was in one woman’s room.”

The suspect then left the building, riding away on a bicycle.

Police don’t believe any of the victims were physically injured.

The institute says students and staff are drawing on their faith to get through the frightening incident.

“They have rallied together well. I think they’re finding some sort of collegiality in it,” added Maxwell.

“The students have rallied around those who were who were approached, contacted – you could say victimized,” he said.

The case is still under investigation.

Three Hills is about 120 kilometres northeast of Calgary.

Suspicious fire burns down vacant house in Timberlea – Halifax

HALIFAX  – Investigators are calling a fire that destroyed a Timberlea, N.S. home early Monday morning suspicious.

Fire crews were called just after 3:30 a.m. to the two-storey structure on Sprucebrook Lane.

The home, which was under renovation, was unoccupied at the time.

Chuck Bezanson, division commander with Halifax Regional Fire service, says the house was engulfed in flames and the fire had spread to an adjacent home.

“They did extinguish the fire in the adjacent home and it is still intact but the other home was too far gone and they assumed a defensive strategy and just basically put water on it until it collapsed on itself,” Bezanson said.

Fire crews were called just after 3:30 a.m. to the two-storey structure on Sprucebrook Lane.

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A firefighter had to be taken to hospital as a precaution.

The home was located just off St. Margaret’s Bay Road, and caused the partial closure of the busy street leading into the community.

Fire investigators and an RCMP forensic unit were on the scene later in the morning, as firefighters put out hot spots. An excavator will be used to lift up debris so crews can properly extinguish the fire.

It will also help prevent run-off into a nearby brook.

“We are concerned for the environment and we don’t want any run-off,” Bezanson said.

“We haven’t had any yet and because of the way the debris is piled, it would take an awful lot of water to soak through to extinguish them and we’d run the risk of having runoff.”

Fire officials cleared the scene late Monday afternoon and released the property back to its owner.

Investigators expect to release the cause of the fire this week.

Arceneaux’s TD grab in fourth leads Lions to victory over Argonauts – Toronto

TORONTO – Emmanuel Arceneaux had just one catch in the second half but made it count.

Arceneaux’s 53-yard TD grab with just over seven minutes remaining earned the B.C. Lions a 33-17 milestone win over the Toronto Argonauts on Sunday night.

Arceneaux broke two tackles en route to the end zone at 8:33 of the fourth quarter to anchor the Lions’ 500th all-time victory. B.C. (5-3) outscored Toronto (3-5) 20-7 in the final frame for its third straight victory.

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“Manny was behind the linebackers underneath the free safety and I put it in a spot where only he could get it,” said Lions quarterback Kevin Glenn. “(Argos linebacker Shane) Horton kind of stuck his hand out at the last minute and it was just over his hand, which was a perfect pass, I guess, and Manny actually caught it.

“That’s the type of stuff we look for in his play. He’s a big receiver, a big target to go across the middle like that, catch balls, bounce off guys and still score. It was a very big play at that time, one of those momentum shifters.”

Ronnie Yell’s 31-yard interception return TD with 1:56 remaining cemented B.C.’s 17th win in its last 19 meetings with Toronto, to the dismay of an announced season-high Rogers Centre gathering of 18,283. That boosted the Argos average attendance to 17,562 through four home dates.

B.C. pulled into a third-place tie with Winnipeg (5-3) and Saskatchewan (5-2) in the West Division standings. Edmonton and Saskatchewan (both 6-1) are tied for first and with both the Eskimos and Riders having won earlier this weekend, the Lions had to beat Toronto to keep pace.

“Shoot, we’ve got to keep winning,” Glenn said. “You want to stay in the race, you’ve got to keep winning.

“This is a pretty good race in the West.”

And it’s going to get even better Sunday when B.C. hosts Saskatchewan.

Toronto played its second game in five nights after a 38-21 home win over Winnipeg on Tuesday night. B.C. did little offensively after going ahead 10-0 in the first and Ricky Ray’s 18-yard TD strike to Terrell Sinkfield just 16 seconds into the fourth put the Argos ahead 17-13.

B.C. countered with Paul McCallum’s 32-yard field goal at 2:51 before going ahead 19-17 on his 27-yard boot at 5:30, set up by Tim Brown’s second 70-yard punt return. Arceneaux and Yell then clinched the win with their touchdowns.

However, it was solid special-teams play by Brown (10 punt returns, 168 yards) and punter Ricky Schmitt (10 punts, 45.2-yard average) as well as stout defence – Toronto mustered just 245 net offensive yards – that gave Glenn and Co. the chance to come up big late in the game.

“It was a team victory because those two aspects held us in the game, then we made some plays,” said Lions head coach Mike Benevides.

A fact not lost upon Toronto head coach Scott Milanovich.

“I thought we got beat on special teams and on offence,” he said. “We made too many mistakes, a fumble early and then getting stopped three times on short drives, our defence just got worn down.”

Toronto remains atop the East Division, four points ahead of Ottawa, Hamilton and Montreal (all 1-6 records).

“It’s certainly better than not being in first place,” Milanovich said. “The guys in that lockerroom aren’t proud of our record.

“We’re still focussed on getting better with each game and heading into the playoffs.”

Glenn finished 14-of-25 passing for 208 yards. Stefan Logan, replacing CFL rushing leader Andrew Harris (foot), ran for 145 yards and added five catches for 49 yards. Arceneaux recorded three receptions for a game-high 81 yards.

“It’s like we have two starting tailbacks on our team,” Glenn said. “It’s like the same situation with the quarterback position, we’ve got two starting quarterbacks on our team.

“We didn’t change our offence or anything for Stefan and he did the same things when Andrew is in there.”

B.C. quarterback Travis Lulay also saw his first game action, the first of his three series coming with the Lions leading 10-0 in the first quarter. Lulay spent the first six weeks on the injured list following off-season shoulder surgery, then came on the roster last week as Glenn has started every game for the Lions.

“It was pretty close to what I wanted,” Benevides said. “In the end it was the second phase of the process.

“Last week was the sidelines, being a backup and listening to all the adjustments. Then this week was actually getting into the line of fire a little bit. That was important.”

B.C.’s defence sacked Ray twice but applied consistent pressure throughout on the Toronto quarterback, who finished 23-of-39 passing for 181 yards with a TD but also two interceptions.

“They were able to get a little bit of pressure but I just didn’t play well,” Ray said. “I tried to hang in there but I just didn’t get the job done.”

B.C. got a break early in the third when Toronto’s Dwight Anderson recovered a Shawn Gore fumble following a six-yard catch and returned it to the B.C. 20-yard line. But Gore was ruled down by contact and the visitors maintained possession.

McCallum booted three converts and four field goals.

Toronto’s Swayze Waters kicked three field goals, a convert and single.

Iraq security forces, Kurdish fighters retake strategic Mosul Dam – National

WATCH: Kurdish forces gain upper hand in fight for Mosul dam. Craig Boswell has the latest

BAGHDAD – Boosted by two days of U.S. airstrikes, Iraqi and Kurdish forces on Monday wrested back control of the country’s largest dam from Islamic militants, a military spokesman in Baghdad said, as fighting was reported to be underway for the rest of the strategic complex.

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Soon after the news broke, the Islamic State group, which two weeks ago captured the Mosul Dam spanning the Tigris River just north of the city of Mosul, denied the claim, insisting it was still in control of the facility.

A U.S. defence official in Washington confirmed the Islamic State group has not entirely lost control of the Mosul Dam. “It’s not over,” the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss ongoing military operations.

The retaking of the dam would mark the first major victory for the Iraqi and Kurdish forces battling the Islamic militants since U.S. airstrikes began earlier this month. However, the conflicting accounts that emerged Monday underscored the fluid nature of the situation as Kurdish and Iraqi forces try to reassert themselves after weeks of setbacks.

Retaking the dam could significantly boost their morale as they try to free territory overrun by the Islamic State in a blitz this summer. The dam and its broader complex hold great strategic value as they supply electricity and water to a large part of the country.

Army spokesman Lt. Gen. Qassim al-Moussawi said the dam itself was secured by Kurdish peshmerga troops and Iraqi security forces on Monday but that the southern side of the complex remains contested and that fierce fighting is underway to free that area.

At least 170 bombs have been dismantled around the dam but many more remain, al-Moussawi added in a televised statement. He said that militants fled to areas near the south of the complex, hiding in homes and

Al-Moussawi said earlier Monday that the Iraqi and Kurdish forces “hoisted the Iraqi flag over” the dam. He added that the troops were backed by a joint aerial support but didn’t specify whether there were any U.S. airstrikes in the area of the dam Monday.

Local residents and others in the area could not immediately be contacted to confirm the security forces’ recapture of the dam.

Iraq’s Defence Ministry said security forces “liberated a large part of the Mosul Dam” with the help of U.S. airstrikes, adding that forces are working to fully free the entire complex. U.S. Central Command would not immediately confirm any involvement.

However, a senior Kurdish commander told The Associated Press that his peshmerga forces had withdrawn from the dam complex on Monday afternoon because it was heavily rigged with explosives. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to journalists.

In an online statement, the Islamic State denied losing control of the dam, dismissing the government claim as “mere propaganda war.” The statement, which could not be independently verified, was posted on a website frequently used by the militants.

The U.S. launched airstrikes against the Islamic State group in Iraq more than a week ago in a bid to halt its advance across the north. The U.S. military said U.S. forces conducted nine strikes Saturday and another 16 on Sunday.

The U.S. and France have agreed to arm Kurdish fighters – with the U.S. providing light weapons and ammunition. French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius refused to specify the type of arms France would deliver, saying only they would be “sophisticated.” The British and German governments have also stated their willingness to supply the Kurds with weapons.

The dam’s seizure by Islamic State militants on Aug. 7 was part of a string of victories by the Sunni radical group as it looks to expand its hold in northern Iraq, driving back Kurdish forces, sending minority communities fleeing and unleashing a wave of violence over a territory straddling the Syria-Iraq border.

The decision to launch airstrikes marked the first direct U.S. military intervention in Iraq since the last American troops withdrew in 2011 and reflected growing international concern about the extremist group.

The White House sent a letter to Congress on Sunday saying that its air campaign in Iraq “is consistent with the president’s directive that the U.S. military protect U.S. personnel and facilities in Iraq, since the failure of the Mosul Dam could threaten the lives of large numbers of civilians and threaten U.S. personnel and facilities – including the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.”

It also noted that the failure of the dam could “prevent the Iraqi government from providing critical services” to the Iraqi people.

Some 1.5 million people have been displaced by fighting in Iraq since the Islamic State’s rapid advance began in June. The scale of the humanitarian crisis prompted the U.N. to declare its highest level of emergency lasts week.

Associated Press writers Lou Kesten and Robert Burns in Washington, Danica Kirka in London, Diaa Hadid in Irbil, Iraq, and Andrea Rosa in Dahuk, Iraq, contributed to this report.

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Nigerian woman suspected of Ebola dies in transit in Abu Dhabi – National

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – A Nigerian woman who arrived on a flight to the United Arab Emirates capital of Abu Dhabi and later died in the city may have been infected with the Ebola virus, said health officials.

The health authority in the emirate said in a statement carried by the Emirati state news agency WAM on Sunday evening that the 35-year-old woman was travelling from Nigeria to India for treatment of advanced metastatic cancer.

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Her health deteriorated while in transit at Abu Dhabi International Airport and as medics were trying to resuscitate her, they found signs that suggested a possible Ebola virus infection.

Medical staff treating the woman followed safety and precautionary measures in line with World Health Organization guidelines, the statement added.

The woman’s husband, who was the only person sitting next to her on the plane, as well as five medics who treated her are being isolated pending test results on the deceased woman. All are in good health and show no symptoms of the illness, according to health officials.

An Ebola outbreak has killed more than 1,100 people, mostly in the three West African countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, according to WHO figures. Four people have died after contracting the disease in Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country.

The Ebola virus is typically transmitted through direct person-to-person contact or through contact with bodily secretions from an infected person. The WHO considers the risk to passengers travelling on a flight with an infected person to be “very low.”

Abu Dhabi is the capital and largest of seven sheikdoms that make up the United Arab Emirates. The country has grown into a major long-haul aviation hub. It is home to Dubai-based Emirates, the Middle East’s largest airline, and Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways.

Emirates earlier this month became the first carrier to halt flights to Guinea because of concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus there.

Trudeau confident Liberals can lead federal government in 2015

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau doesn’t put much stock in public opinion surveys that suggest the federal Liberal party vaulted into the lead once he took the helm 16 months ago and has stayed on top ever since.

“Polls don’t mean anything, as we all know and as we all say,” he said in an interview.

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As he heads into a crucial year of non-stop campaigning before the next scheduled election, Trudeau prefers to rely on what he considers more reliable indicators that tell him the Liberals are on the right track to resume their title as the country’s natural governing party after being left on their apparent death bed in 2011.

The enthusiastic response of Canadians everywhere he goes, the party’s unrivalled success in a series of byelections, and the dramatic improvement in party membership and fundraising numbers.

“All those things together, plus the extraordinary candidates that we’re drawing to us across the country, give us a sense that … we’re doing the right kind of work to earn Canadians’ trust,” he told The Canadian Press.

But just as between-election poll numbers can evaporate by election day, Trudeau acknowledges the even more tangible signs of momentum won’t necessarily translate into victory a year from now.

“As much as we can say, ‘Oh yeah, the Liberal party is doing well’ and great, that’s nice to see and nice to hear, we’re still at only 30-some-odd seats in the House of Commons and we’ve got an awful lot of work to do to demonstrate that we are the alternative government, that we are ready to form a responsible government in 2015,” he said.

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That additional work involves redoubling efforts on the same sorts of things that have proved successful for Trudeau thus far: “building the team and building the plan,” remaining focused on middle-class Canadians, improving the party’s fundraising capability, staying relentlessly positive and sunny in the face of Conservative insinuations that he’s an intellectual lightweight.

Trudeau has already scored some success on team building, recruiting some impressive candidates whose intellectual heft and breadth of experience are intended to dispel any qualms about his own suitability to be prime minister.

Among them are Bill Morneau, head of the largest human resources and pension plan administration company in the country, Jody Wilson-Raybould, British Columbia regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations, former Manitoba Business Council president Jim Carr, retired general Andrew Leslie and former Alberta MLA Darshan Kang. That’s in addition to former journalist Chrystia Freeland and former Toronto city councillor Adam Vaughan, who’ve already won seats in byelections.

“The team serves two purposes,” Trudeau said. “The first thing is demonstrating that, yes, we have the kind of bench strength that people could see easily stepping into government and forming a good government for this country.

“But more than that, having great people step forward to run for political office at a time when, in general, there’s such cynicism around politics … to see politics drawing once again the best and the brightest is really an impressive and encouraging indicator that we are being able to break down the cynicism.”

READ MORE: Liberals, NDP sense opportunity in Alberta

Beyond that, Trudeau said building the team is “part and parcel” of crafting the eventual platform the party will run on in 2015.

“To have someone like Bill Morneau weighing in on what Canada’s pension policy should be, to have Adam Vaughan talking about how we have to address housing and transit, to have Jody Wilson-Raybould talk about how we’re going to build a better relationship between the Crown and First Nations in this country, that’s part and parcel and there’s many, many more examples on the economic front, from people like Chrystia Freeland to Jim Carr to many others.”

Over the past year, Trudeau has sketched out his priorities: post-secondary education and training, investments in infrastructure, innovation and research, making Parliament more open, transparent and democratic and empowering backbench MPs. But despite criticism that he’s put little flesh on those bare bones, he said he won’t be rushed into spelling out platform details a year ahead of an election and intends to continue consulting with experts and average Canadians.

And he was insistent that improving the lot of struggling middle-class Canadians will remain the cornerstone of the eventual platform, despite evidence that their incomes have grown to the point where, according to one study, they are now the richest middle-income earners in the world.

“What we will continue to focus on is prosperity for this country and prosperity for the middle class and creating an economy that has the largest number of good jobs for the greatest number of people. These are things that are just as relevant as they ever have been, if not more,” he said.

“And quite frankly, if the Conservative government wants to continue to tell people who are worried about their children’s job prospects, worried about their record levels of household debt, worried about their parents’ health care and their parents’ retirement, if the Conservative government wants to run on ‘You should be grateful to us because you’ve never had it better,’ that, quite frankly, serves our interests quite well.

“Because the reality is, when you listen to Canadians, when you engage with them across the country, people feel that even though the country is doing well, Canadians are struggling. And that’s something we have to turn around.”

Trudeau has been the focus of aggressive Tory attack ads from the moment he became leader, all designed to persuade Canadians that he is “in over his head.”

Over the summer, Conservative ministers have continued the barrage. They’ve gone after Trudeau’s support for legalization of marijuana, accusing him of promoting marijuana use to elementary school children. And they’ve insinuated that he courted the votes of potential terrorists by visiting a mosque in his riding.

The attacks are bound to intensify in the run-up to the 2015 election and, despite improvement in Liberal fundraising, Trudeau acknowledged the Conservatives still have “infinitely deeper pockets” with which to pay for infinitely more negative ads.

Still, he said he doesn’t worry about the personal attacks and won’t respond in kind. Indeed, he believes the Tory tactic is backfiring.

“I guess I would be despairing if it wasn’t for the fact that everywhere I go just about everyone I talk to is tiring of this approach by the Conservatives.”

Even those who have their own concerns about things he’s said or done find it “somehow jarring” that a government would spend so much time attacking the leader of the third party with “such obvious and blatant distortions,” he added.

“The kind of support and reinforcement I get across the country for my message of politics done positively and inclusively is an incredibly strong message and validation of the track that we’re on.”

Ukraine: rebels fire on civilian convoy

MOSCOW – Ukraine claimed Monday that rebels in the east of the country fired rockets and mortars on civilians trying to flee from the region’s intense fighting.

“Many people were killed, among them women and children,” Col. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s national security council, said at a briefing. He did not say how many people or vehicles were in the convoy.

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The barrage took place between the towns of Svitlivka and Khrashchuvate, which lie on the main road leading from the besieged city of Luhansk to Russia. There were no immediate further details.

That road is likely the one that a convoy of Russian humanitarian aid would take if Ukraine allows it into the country.

The International Committee of the Red Cross, which is to take responsibility for the aid convoy when it enters Ukraine, has demanded security guarantees from all sides, including the rebels, for the mission. As of midday, there was no indication that the guarantees had been given.

Russia’s foreign minister earlier said he expects the extensive humanitarian aid mission for eastern Ukraine to enter the country in the near future.

Speaking at news conference in Berlin, where he met a day earlier with his counterparts from Ukraine, France and Germany, Sergey Lavrov said Monday that all questions regarding the mission had been answered and that agreement had been reached with Ukraine and the ICRC. It was not clear if Lavrov was referring to the security guarantees.

The humanitarian aid convoy from Russia has been watched with suspicion by Ukraine and Western countries, who suggest it could be used to spirit in weapons for the separatists, who are gradually losing ground to Ukrainian forces.

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Michael Brown’s mother: ‘What else do we need to give them to arrest the killer of my child?’ – National

WATCH: An independent autopsy, presented by Michael Brown’s family attorneys, shows the unarmed 18-year-old was shot at least six times. Paul Johnson reports.


Brown family autopsy shows he was shot “at least” six timesU.S. Attorney General ordered federal medical examiner to perform another autopsyMissouri sends National Guard to protests in Ferguson, MissouriGovernor lifts midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew in FergusonWoman claiming to be friend of officer involved in shooting called radio show Friday with his side of story

FERGUSON, Mo. – Missouri’s governor on Monday ordered the National Guard to a St. Louis suburb convulsed by protests over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teen, after a night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew that’s since been lifted.

Gov. Jay Nixon said the National Guard would help restore order to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.

Monday morning, Brown’s family attorneys held a press conference, where they presented results of an independent autopsy. Attorney Benjamin Crump said the family wanted their own autopsy performed because they didn’t know if federal officials would conduct one, and they didn’t trust the local police department’s reports.

Medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden points to what his autopsy suggested was the “last shot, the only shot not treatable” in the police shooting death of Michael Brown.


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Crump said Brown’s mother asked three questions: how many times her son was shot–their autopsy suggested it was at least six times; if he suffered in pain–the report suggested he did not; and finally: “What else do we need to give them to arrest the killer of my child?”

READ MORE: Shot may have hit Michael Brown’s arm when teen put hands up, suggests pathologist

The autopsy was conducted by former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden. He found that one of the bullets entered the top of Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when he suffered the fatal injury. Baden has testified in several high-profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson trial.

Shawn Parcells, a pathologist hired by Brown’s family, said a bullet wound to the teen’s arm may have happened when he put his hands up, “but we don’t know.”

Parcells said a graze wound on Brown’s right arm could have occurred in several ways. He says the teen may have had his back to the shooter, or he could have been facing the shooter with his hands above his head or in a defensive position.

WATCH: Ferguson riots echo bygone era in race relations

The latest confrontations in Ferguson came on the same day that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on Brown, and as a preliminary private autopsy reported by The New York Times found that Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

Brown’s death heightened racial tensions between the predominantly black community and the mostly white Ferguson Police Department. Civil rights activists have compared the shooting to other racially charged cases, especially the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black teenager shot by Florida neighbourhood watch organizer who was later acquitted of murder. Both cases have fueled nationwide debates on the treatment of young black men in America.

WATCH:  Obama calls for peace and calm in Ferguson

As night fell in Ferguson Sunday, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated and the streets were empty well before the midnight curfew.

Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who is command in Ferguson, said at least two people were wounded in shootings by civilians.

“These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served and to feel safe in their own homes,” Nixon said in a statement.


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Private autopsy on Michael Brown shows he was shot 6 times


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National Guard called into Ferguson


Another night of violent clashes between protesters and Police in Ferguson


Missouri governor declares state of emergency in Ferguson


Gov. Nixon announces state of emergency and curfew in Ferguson


More looting in Ferguson


Ferguson police release controversial Michael Brown store robbery video


Officer’s name released in Ferguson shooting


Raw video: Peaceful protests held in Ferguson, Missouri


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Protests continue for another night in Ferguson


Obama calls for ‘peace and calm’ in wake of violent clashes in Ferguson

The “extraordinary circumstances” surrounding Brown’s death and a request by his family prompted the Justice Department’s decision to conduct a third autopsy, agency spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement. The examination was to take place as soon as possible, Fallon said.

The results of a state-performed autopsy–which found between six and eight shots had been fired–would be taken into account along with the federal examination in the Justice Department investigation, Fallon said.

A grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether the officer, Darren Wilson, should be charged in Brown’s death.

READ MORE: Michael Brown shooting: State of emergency, curfew declared in Ferguson

The Justice Department already had deepened its civil rights investigation into the shooting. A day earlier, officials said 40 FBI agents were going door-to-door gathering information in the Ferguson neighbourhood where Brown was shot to death Aug. 9.

Brown was also shot four times in the right arm, and all the bullets were fired into his front, Baden said.

Police have said little about the encounter between Brown and the officer, except to say that it involved a scuffle in which the officer was injured and Brown was shot. Witnesses say the teenager had his hands in the air as the officer fired multiple rounds.

On Friday, a person by the name of “Josie” called into a St. Louis radio show claiming to be a friend of police officer Darren Wilson.

She gave a detailed account of his side of the story, saying Wilson was rushed by Brown, and that Brown punched him and grabbed for his gun.

The woman also claims that Brown taunted Wilson and that Wilson suspected Brown was on something as he kept coming at him.

The audio of the call, posted below, has not been verified by Global News. CNN says a source with “detailed knowledge of the investigation” confirms it’s an accurate account.

LISTEN: Woman claiming to be friends with police officer involved in Michael Brown shooting gives detailed account of his side of the story

Clashes in Ferguson on Sunday erupted three hours before the curfew imposed by Nixon. Officers in riot gear ordered all the protesters to disperse, and many did, but about 100 stood about two blocks away until getting hit by another volley of tear gas.

Protesters laid a line of cinder blocks across the street in an apparent attempt to block police vehicles, which easily plowed through. Someone set a trash bin on fire, and the crackle of gunfire could be heard from several blocks away.

Within two hours, most people had been cleared off a main thoroughfare. The streets remained quiet as the curfew began. It was to remain in effect until 5 a.m.

WATCH: Protests continue for another night in Ferguson

Earlier in the day, Johnson said he had met members of Brown’s family and the experience “brought tears to my eyes and shame to my heart.”

“When this is over,” he told the crowd, “I’m going to go in my son’s room. My black son, who wears his pants sagging, who wears his hat cocked to the side, got tattoos on his arms, but that’s my baby.”

Johnson added: “We all need to thank the Browns for Michael. Because Michael’s going to make it better for our sons to be better black men.”

IN PHOTOS: Dramatic images of outrage, protests in Ferguson

Ferguson police waited six days to publicly reveal the name of the officer and documents alleging Brown robbed a convenience store shortly before he was killed. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said the officer did not know Brown was a robbery suspect when he encountered him walking in the street with a friend.

The officer who shot Brown has been identified as Darren Wilson, a six-year police veteran who had no previous complaints against him. Wilson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting. Associated Press reporters have been unable to contact him at any addresses or phone numbers listed under that name in the St. Louis area.

With files from Global News

Associated Press writers Darlene Superville in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, and Eric Tucker in Brewster, Massachusetts, contributed to this report.

©2014The Associated Press

Three people taken to hospital after fall near Langdale – BC

A total of three people have been taken to hospital after an incident near the Langdale ferry terminal near Gibsons.

The incident occurred at a private residence when a cable snapped on an inclined elevator, also known as a hillside tram.

The hillside tram where three people were injured after the tram broke.

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The hillside tram where three people were injured after the tram broke.

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The hillside tram where three people were injured after the tram broke.

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The hillside tram where three people were injured after the tram broke.

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The hillside tram where three people were injured after the tram broke.

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Two men were flown to hospital in Vancouver and one man was taken to hospital in Sechelt. BC Ambulance says the two victims flown to Vancouver are in critical condition.

The BC Ferries 4:45 p.m. sailing from Langdale to Horseshoe Bay was delayed slightly due to the incident.

BC Ferries provided medical crews access to a berth and space for emergency vehicles.

A Coast Guard hovercraft was deployed to the scene.

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