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.”

READ MORE: To market, to market, Edmontonians go

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.

©2014The Canadian Press

‘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.

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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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Monsoon floods in Nepal and India kill 180, maroon villages – National

Watch the video above: Raw video of monsoon floods in India.

KATMANDU, Nepal – The death toll from three days of flooding and torrential rain in Nepal and India rose to more than 180 people Monday, as relief teams sent food, tents and medicine to prevent any outbreaks of disease.

The worst-hit areas were in western Nepal and northern India, where swirling floodwaters submerged hundreds of villages and swept away homes made of mud and straw.

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Four helicopters with relief supplies and medical workers were sent to cut-off villages in western Nepal, said Jhanka Nath Dhakal of the National Emergency Operation Center. Most roads into the area are submerged or damaged by flooding, preventing vehicles from passing.

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Thousands of people are without shelter in 10 flooded districts, and local officials on Monday distributed rice and lentils and cooking pots to people who lost their homes. The area is mainly farmland where the poor live in mud and straw huts that wash away easily.

At least 100 people have died in Nepal and 84 in neighbouring India since Thursday due to torrential rains, authorities said.

The situation in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh worsened after dams were opened in Nepal, said Alok Ranjan, a top official in Uttar Pradesh. Along with incessant rain, the rising waters caused several rivers to breach their banks, he said.

Officials in the state reported 10 more deaths overnight, pushing its toll to 34 over the past three days.

Also in northern India, at least 50 people have died in Uttarakhand state, many of them washed away as rivers overflowed, submerging villages and fields.

An aerial photo shows houses in a residential area partially submerged by monsoon floods at Nalanda district of Bihar, India, ion Aug. 17.

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People in the worst-affected villages were being evacuated to relief camps set up in government and school buildings, Ranjan said.

State authorities said paramilitary soldiers in about 400 boats were helping to evacuate people from their homes after entire villages were marooned in northern Uttar Pradesh.

Vinod Kumar, a resident of Karonda village in Uttar Pradesh, said flood waters moved in so swiftly that they barely were able to escape.

“Late Friday we saw the water level of the Saryu River rising and by Saturday it had inundated our homes. We left the house with whatever we could manage,” Kumar said.

Schools and government buildings were hastily turned into makeshift relief camps, and officials were struggling to provide food and other necessities to thousands of people in the camps, said an official who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.

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In the remote northeastern Indian state of Assam, flood waters submerged large swathes of Kaziranga National Park, a wildlife reserve, forcing animals to cross a highway to escape to higher ground, said M.K. Yadava, the park’s director.

The Kaziranga reserve is home to more than 2,500 of the 3,000 one-horn rhinos left in the wild.

“Some parts of the park are under five feet of flood water from the Brahmaputra River which flows along one side of the park,” Yadava said.

Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala appealed to domestic and foreign agencies to help flood victims. The main opposition party, the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist, disrupted parliamentary proceedings and demanded that the government declare a national emergency.

Dhakal said the government was trying to send medical teams and supplies to prevent diseases such as cholera that can follow flooding. It was also distributing tents and plastic sheets to make temporary shelters, utensils to cook food, and clothes for those who lost their belongings.

The June-September monsoon season often brings flooding to Nepal and India. The rains caused a landslide earlier this month that covered an entire village near Kathmandu, killing 156 people.

Last year, more than 6,000 people were killed as floods and landslides swept through Uttarakhand state during the monsoon season. Heavy deforestation over the last few decades has made the area more vulnerable to landslides.

©2014The Canadian Press

Early ticket sales for 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games begin Sept. 15 – Toronto

TORONTO – The early access period to request tickets for next year’s Pan Am Games in Toronto will begin Sept. 15.

Organizers will use a lottery system for high-demand events to ensure fans have equal access to tickets. There will be over 400 ticketed events for the July 10-26 Games and almost 1.4 million tickets will be available.

Ticket prices will range from $20-$140 for athletic events and $90-$350 for the ceremonies.

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“We’ve gone with the theme of, ‘Affordable, Fun and Accessible,’ and we want families to show up,” said organizing committee CEO Saad Rafi.

Tickets can be requested via the Games’ website or by phone. The request phase will last for three weeks and end on Oct. 6.

Customers will receive an email in late November to let them know whether their ticket requests were successful, organizers said. Any remaining tickets will then go on sale in December on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Athletics medal events ($80-$140) and swimming ($40-$140) are two of the more expensive events at the Games. Competitions like baseball ($20-$35), soccer ($20-$35) and rugby sevens ($20-$45) are on the cheaper side.

“Best of all, our tickets are priced to be affordable for families – more than 75 per cent will be $45 or less,” Rafi said. “Our ceremonies and gold-medal event tickets will be in great demand, so we encourage everyone to plan their Games experience now.”

The opening ceremonies, featuring a performance by Cirque du Soleil, will range from $100-$350.

Ticket prices for the closing ceremonies will range from $90-$200. That event will feature entertainment acts to be confirmed at a later date.

About 6,000 athletes from 41 countries are expected to participate at the Games.

Information on tickets for the Aug. 7-15 Parapan Am Games will be released at a later date.

Rafael Nadal pulls out of US Open due to wrist injury – National

Reigning champion Rafael Nadal pulled out of the U.S. Open because of an injury for the second time in three years Monday, leaving Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as the men to beat at the year’s last Grand Slam tournament.

Nadal announced his withdrawal, blamed on a bad right wrist, one week before play begins at Flushing Meadows.

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“I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things,” Nadal’s posting read.

“I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things,” a posting on Nadal’s Facebook page read. “Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back.”

The second-ranked Nadal plays left-handed, but he uses a two-handed backhand.

The 14-time major champion was hurt July 29 while practicing on his home island of Mallorca ahead of the North American hard-court circuit. The next day, Nadal announced he needed to wear a cast on his wrist for two to three weeks and would be sitting out tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati.

The 28-year-old Spaniard also said at that time he expected to return for the U.S. Open.

Instead, he’s the fourth man in the Open era, which began in 1968, to decline to try to defend his U.S. Open title. The others were Ken Rosewall in 1971, Pete Sampras in 2003 and Juan Martin del Potro in 2010. Del Potro also is out of this year’s U.S. Open after wrist surgery in March.

Nadal is 44-8 with four titles in 2014, including his record ninth French Open trophy in June. He has not competed since losing in the fourth round of Wimbledon on July 1.

With Nadal sidelined, five-time U.S. Open champion Federer joins Djokovic as a favourite in New York – even if there are questions about them.

Federer turned 33 this month, and it’s been more than two years since he won one of his record 17 Grand Slam titles. But he is coming off a runner-up finish at Wimbledon last month and a hard-court title at the Cincinnati Masters on Sunday.

After beating David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 on Sunday, Federer declared: “My game’s exactly where I want it to be.”

Djokovic won Wimbledon to take the No. 1 ranking from Nadal, but had a rough time on hard courts, losing his second match in both Toronto and Cincinnati.

Still, Djokovic will be seeded No. 1 at the U.S. Open, and the third-ranked Federer is expected to rise one seeding spot to No. 2, so they could meet only in the final. The draw is Thursday.

Federer reached six consecutive finals at Flushing Meadows from 2004-09, but hasn’t been that far since, losing in the semifinals in 2010 and 2011, the quarterfinals in 2012, and the fourth round a year ago, when he was dealing with a bothersome back.

Nadal won his second U.S. Open championship in 2013, part of a run of reaching the final in each of his last three appearances. He beat Djokovic to win the titles in 2010 and last year, and lost to Djokovic in 2011.

The one question about Nadal over the years has been his durability, on account of a hard-charging, play-each-point-as-if-it’s-your-last style.

He did not enter the U.S. Open in 2012, part of an extended absence because of a problem with his left knee.

And this will be the second time Nadal chose to not attempt a defence of a major title: A year after winning Wimbledon in 2008, he missed that tournament with knee tendinitis.

©2014The Associated Press

Some who fled Liberia Ebola clinic re-hospitalized – National

MONROVIA, Liberia – Some of the people who fled an Ebola quarantine centre in a Liberian slum when it was looted over the weekend are again under observation at a hospital Monday, a health official said.

Late Saturday, residents of Monrovia’s West Point slum attacked a quarantine centre, where people were being monitored for possible infection with Ebola. The residents were angry that patients were brought to the holding centre from other parts of Monrovia.

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During the raid, up to 30 suspected Ebola patients fled, but at least some have now been brought to another hospital, Assistant Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah said late Sunday. It was not clear how many of those who fled had been tracked down or how authorities were identifying them.

None of those who fled had been confirmed with Ebola and the process of screening them is continuing, Nyenswah said.

There are concerns that the raid could fuel the spread of Ebola in a slum where at least 50,000 people live. Police said the looters stole bloody sheets and mattresses, which could carry the infection.

Authorities have struggled to contain the spread of an Ebola outbreak in West Africa. So far, it has killed 1,145 of the more than 2,000 people sickened in Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.

Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids and there is no licensed treatment. The only way to contain the disease is to isolate the sick and closely watch those they have come into contact with for signs of infection.

©2014The Canadian Press

Beaches galore on Vancouver’s English Bay

VANCOUVER – English Bay offers a spectacular view, ships anchored in the water, an expansive number of beaches and a surprising amount of art.

The 14 larger-than-life laughing bronze statues, self-portraits of a renowned Chinese artist, are hard to miss even with the many other notable distractions near Vancouver’s West End residential neighbourhood.

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Known as “A-maze-ing Laughter,” the statues, created by Yue Minjun, have been a favourite of locals and visitors since their arrival in 2009. The installation was originally brought in for Vancouver Biennale, a biannual public art exhibition that features sculptures, new media and performance works by celebrated and emerging international artists.

“One thing that many people do not know about is the public art offered in English Bay. ‘A-maze-ing Laughter’ has been around for a while and was so popular that it was actually purchased by Chip Wilson, who is the founder of Lululemon, for the city to keep,” said Jorden Hutchison from Tourism Vancouver.

“You have 14 bronze statues that are about three metres tall and they all weigh over 250 kilograms. That is one of the most popular areas in the city for taking a photograph at this point.”

Another popular sculpture, called “Engagement,” depicts two diamond engagement rings and stands nearly 10 metres tall. The diamonds, illuminated and tilting away from one another, are composed of translucent Plexiglas boxes and aluminum.

“They’re right on Sunset Beach. They’re very beautiful. Those are to celebrate romantic unions and were put in Vancouver to show they were celebrating gay marriage,” said Hutchison.

Then of course there are the beaches. The busiest is English Bay Beach, a favourite of sunbathers, swimmers, cyclists and joggers.

English Bay Beach hosts the annual Celebration of Light, a fireworks competition that is held for two weeks every summer, as well as the just completed Vancouver Pride Parade and Festival.

The Vancouver Seawall runs all the way around English Bay and includes Stanley Park, a 400-hectare (1,001-acre) public park that borders the downtown and is almost entirely surrounded by waters of the Pacific Ocean.

“One of the biggest draws is Stanley Park. Recently it’s been named one of the most beautiful city parks in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine. Obviously you have the beautiful seawall, but within the actual park you have tons of forested trails,” said Hutchison.

Stanley Park has a long history and was one of the first areas to be explored in Vancouver. The land, colonized by the British during the 1858 Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, was eventually turned into Vancouver’s first park when the city incorporated in 1886. It was named after Lord Stanley, a British politician who had recently been appointed governor general.

Much of the park remains as densely forested as it was in the late 1800s, with about a half million trees, some of which stand as tall as 76 metres and are hundreds of years old.

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Roughriders down Alouettes 16-11 before sellout crowd

REGINA – Quarterback Darian Durant doesn’t care how his team wins football games — as long as they keep winning.

Debuting their signature alternate neon green jerseys on Saturday, Durant’s Saskatchewan Roughriders posted a fourth straight victory with a 16-11 win over the Montreal Alouettes in a game that proved to be an offensive struggle for both teams.

While the Riders’ last two wins haven’t exactly been pretty, Durant said he is happy to take the points.

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“We’re winning and we’re beating some pretty good teams,” said the 31-year-old QB, who completed 19 of 30 pass attempts for 221 yards. “As long as we win games, it doesn’t matter how you win it. I think our day will come where we fill up the stat sheet. But if we win then I’m happy.”

Durant hooked up with Rob Bagg on a 30-yard touchdown pass on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the home team a 12-4 lead that proved to be the difference in the game.

“It was a perfectly thrown ball and it seemed to hang in the air forever. I just had to run and go get it,” said Bagg, who caught six passes for 90 yards. “We ran a similar play several times earlier in the game and Darian is just great at reading the play and putting the ball in a good spot.”

Montreal’s Duron Carter kept the sellout crowd of 33,427 in their seats rather than heading for the exits late in the fourth quarter. Carter returned a missed field goal attempt 123 yards for a touchdown with 3:14 remaining and brought the Als to within two at 12-10.

With his offence scuffling, Montreal head coach Tom Higgins elected to kick the single point rather than attempt a two-point convert that could have tied the score.

“There was way too much football left to be played,” Higgins explained. “A two-point convert, you’re looking at a 50-50 or 60-40 (percentage of success). I chose to take the 99.9 per cent chance in that we were going to score the single point and that we were going to get the football back.

“We weren’t going for the tie. We wanted to win this football game.”

Instead, the Als dropped their fifth consecutive contest and now sport a 1-6 record. The Riders (5-2) have moved into a tie for third place in the CFL’s West Division standings.

Montreal’s struggles on offence continued on Saturday. The offence has mustered just one touchdown since Week 3.

Alex Brink started at quarterback in place of the injured Troy Smith and was 19-for-31 passing for 187 yards and one interception. He also posted a team-high 32 yards rushing. Carter caught seven passes for 69 yards, but the Als’ offence didn’t sniff the end zone on this night.

“You have to score in this league in order to be able to win,” Higgins said. “Thank goodness we scored on special teams. Obviously, yes, it is a concern. But you have to feel some sense of relief in the fact that we moved the football. I think we started to press a little in the second half and it wasn’t as smooth for Alex as it was in the first half.”

Montreal will visit the Winnipeg Blue Bombers on Friday, while the Riders will travel to Vancouver to take on the B.C. Lions on Sunday.

©2014The Canadian Press

Uzo Aduba wins Emmy for ‘Orange is the New Black’

LOS ANGELES – Uzo Aduba is an Emmy winner for her breakout role as a prisoner known as “Crazy Eyes” in Orange is the New Black.

The series received two other awards, for casting and picture editing, at the creative arts Emmy ceremony Saturday honouring technical and other achievements.

In an emotional speech, Aduba thanked her mother, who came from Nigeria “to make a better life for her family.”

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She also thanked producers and others for a show “that lets everyone be represented in such a beautiful way.”

Aduba won as best guest actress in a comedy series.

Jimmy Fallon was honoured as best guest comedy actor for Saturday Night Live.

On the drama side, guest-acting honours went to Joe Morton for Scandal and Allison Janney for Masters of Sex.

Janney thanked producers, co-stars and writers on the series, then added one more person: “The crew guy who got me a shot of bourbon before my first sex scene was extraordinarily important to me,” she said.

Zach Galifianakis’ interview with President Barack Obama last March on the actor-comedian’s Between Two Ferns show on the Funny or Die website won the Emmy for best short-format, live-action entertainment program.

Awards in other acting, writing and directing categories will be given at the Aug. 25 ceremony. Janney has a shot at another Emmy for her role in the sitcom Mom.

The biggest awards haul Saturday went to Saturday Night Live, with five trophies. Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey, a 21st-century edition of the 1980s series Cosmos, earned four. Dramas Game of Thrones, True Detective and Sherlock: His Last Vow also picked up a quartet of honours each.

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MONTREAL — Over the past year, Montreal has seen the rise and fall of political leaders, political parties and political ideas.

We’ve heard grueling details on crimes committed in our own neighbourhoods in the past few years and in 2014 many of them came to shocking conclusions with judge and jury sentences, re-trials and guilty pleas. 

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Montreal has also seen its share of athletic role models who’ve made us proud to be from the same city, winning our hearts with their determination and unbeatable skills.

We’ve been inspired, moved and even motivated by everyday people in our community, who’ve been taking a stand for what they believe in, defending others and helping those in need.

Here’s a look at a few of Montreal’s heroes and villains of 2014.

Politics 

Denis Coderre

He began trending in Montreal from the moment he was elected the city’s new mayor. From #Coderring to challenging the mayors of opposing NHL cities and even participating in the infamous ice bucket challenge, Coderre has proved to be someone with a great sense of humour. Still, he managed to maintain his seriousness when it came to pension protests and the trashing of City Hall. Denis Coderre is definitely one of Montreal’s most recognizable newsmakers of the year.

Denis Coderre began trending the moment he became Montreal’s new mayor.

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PKP

From #LeShove to #FistPump, media magnate, Pierre Karl Péladeau made his way into the headlines during the Quebec Elections and despite the Parti Québécois’ loss, he continues to find his way into the spotlight. With controversies like the conflict of interest related to his media company, Quebecor Inc. and his announcement to seek the PQ leadership, we’ll definitely be hearing more from PKP in 2015.

Pierre Karl Péladeau gestures during a press conference in Saint Jerome, Que., Sunday, March 9, 2014. Péladeau has announced his candidacy for the riding of Saint Jerome for the Parti Quebecois on day five of the Quebec provincial election

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Bernard Drainville

Ah yes, who could forget the Quebec Charter of Values, the Parti Québécois’ proposed bill to ban ostentatious religious symbols in the province’s public sector. It was an issue that quickly made it into the headlines when it was proposed in 2013. The face behind the bill  was of course, Bernard Drainville who had to deal with an overwhelming amount of backlash during the Bill 60 hearings from religious groups, hospitals, school boards and government officials. Drainville continues to make the news with his launch for the PQ leadership bid and a proposal for a new “softer” Charter of Values that will be released over the next few months.

Quebec Minister Bernard Drainville speaks at a legislature committee studying the proposed Quebec Charter of Values Friday February 7, 2014 in Quebec City. Drainville is confirming he will seek the leadership of the Parti Quebecois

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Pauline Marois

This year marked the end of the Pauline Marois era. From the controversial #Charte, to the revival of sovereignty, Marois made headlines across Canada running as leader of the Parti Québécois. After the party’s loss in the provincial elections this past April, Marois announced that she would step down from her post and leave politics. Her rise and fall proved to be a major news buzz of 2014.

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois.

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Philippe Couillard

As Pauline Marois bowed out of politics, in came Liberal leader, and now Premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard. Despite putting the sovereignty movement and the identity debate on the back burner, Couillard has had his fair share of controversy in 2014. For one, the parliamentary session wrapped up with the Liberals being accused of betraying the middle class, municipal workers were slapped with a pension reform and parents, with higher daycare fees, controversial changes to the healthcare system were introduced and access was cut to in-vitro fertilization programs. Still, Philippe Couillard is confident the Liberals are on the right path, promising healthy public finances and lower income taxes as early as 2017.

Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard

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Gaetan Barrette

We were first introduced to Gaetan Barrette in 2012 when he ran with the Coalition Avenir Quebec, and lost to a Parti Quebecois candidate. In 2014, he re-appeared into the spotlight after he switched allegiances to run for the Quebec Liberal Party. Barrette won his riding of La Pinière beating out long time MNA, Fatima Houda-Pepin. Now, as Quebec’s health minister, he’s constantly under fire, particularly with the Quebec Doctors Federation. From pushing back pay increases, cuts to English healthcare services, and now his proposed healthcare reform, we’ll definitely be seeing more of Gaetan Barrette in the coming year.

Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barette is sworn in during a ceremony, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the legislature in Quebec City.

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Fatima Houda-Pepin

She was most recognized as the long-time MNA for the La Pinière riding on the South Shore, a position she held for nearly 20 years. But in January, Houda-Pépin left the Quebec Liberal party, after making clear her support for the Parti Québécois’ proposed secular values charter, which would impose restrictions on the wearing of religious garments in the public sector. Her position put her at odds with Liberal Party leader Philippe Couillard, who wanted all party members against it. She then ran as an independent in her riding but lost to Gaetan Barrette.

Independant MLA Fatima Houda-Pepin announces her decision to run as an independant candidate for the coming election, at a news conference, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the legislature in Quebec City.

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Jean François Lisée

Goatee or no goatee, JF Lisée is probably one of the most recognized members of the National Assembly. When he first took office in 2012, he was appointed as minister in charge of improving government relations with the province’s anglophones. Who could forget all those complaints filed by the language police in 2013, #Pastagate anyone? But after the Liberals took office at the beginning of 2014, Lisée stepped out of the spotlight for some time. His name made it back into the headlines after he threw his name in the Parti Québécois leadership race, as rival to media mogul Pierre Karl Péladeau.

The Parti Quebecois (PQ) MNA Jean-Francois Lisee

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Justin Trudeau

Aside from welcoming his third child, Hadrian in February, 2014 was a busy year for Justin Trudeau.  For one, he got a new haircut and now that he that he’s playing with the big boys in Ottawa as Liberal Party leader and trying to prove he can be the next Prime Minister of Canada, Trudeau is dealing with much bigger issues than when he was MP for the riding of Papineau. This year he’s had to take positions on controversial topics like abortion, marijuana, and most recently, sexual harassment accusations against MPs in his own party.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is shown during a news conference Wednesday June 11, 2014 in Ottawa. .

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Anne Lagacé-Dowson

Anne Lagacé-Dowson may have been a familiar voice for Montrealers as a longtime broadcaster but she quickly became a familiar face this year when she announced she was entering the race for Chair of the English Montreal School Board. Although Lagacé-Dowson’s priorities included more French in English schools, protecting special-needs funding and a need for more transparency at the school board, the EMSB campaign was quickly dominated by mud-slinging between her and opponent Angela Mancini. A war of words was sparked between the two candidates on past allegations involving Lagacé-Dowson’s team member, Julien Feldman. In the end, Lagacé-Dowson was defeated, and Angela Mancini was re-elected as Chair of the English Montreal School Board.

Anne Lagacé Dowson was a candidate for chair of the English Montreal School Board

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Angela Mancini

She is most recognized by parents of children who attend the English Montreal School Board, as Angela Mancini has been chair of the board since 2007. For the first time, parents got to decide who they wanted the leader of their school board to be. During the elections, it became a two-way race when Mancini was challenged by Anne Lagacé-Dowson. Despite constant mud-slinging between the two candidates and personal-attacks made against Maninci’s team, she was re-elected as chairperson of the English Montreal School Board.

Chairperson for the English Montreal School Board.

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Michaëlle Jean

Known best as the former Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean was recently named the first woman leader of la Francophonie. She will oversee the organization of 57 member states for the next four years.

Former Governor General Michaelle Jean smiles after being chosen as the new Secretary-General of La Francophonie during the Francophonie Summit in Dakar, Senegal on Sunday, November 30, 2014.

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Crime

Luka Magnotta

It was one of the most notorious murder cases our country has seen. We first heard of 32-year-old Luka Magnotta in May 2012, when he was accused in the gruesome slaying and dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin. The case involved the grisly discovery of a human torso in a suitcase, a video depicting the murder posted online and an international manhunt. After a lengthy trial this year and a week-long deliberation, a jury found Magnotta guilty of first-degree murder, committing an indignity to a human body, publishing obscene material, criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament, and mailing obscene and indecent material. The court sentenced him to life in prison for murder and handed Magnotta the maximum sentences for all other charges.

Guy Turcotte

Known as the former Quebec doctor who stabbed his two children to death in 2009, Guy Turcotte made it back into the headlines this year when he was granted bail in the lead up to his second trial. He said that he wanted to be released so that he could care for his family and take on volunteer work at a food bank on Montreal’s South Shore. In a controversial verdict in 2011, he was found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder for the murder of 3-year-old Anne-Sophie and 5-year-old Olivier. Turcotte is now a free man, awaiting the new first-degree murder trial which is scheduled for September 2015.

Former cardiologist Guy Turcotte, accused of killing his two children, was granted bail on September 12, 2014 in Ste-Jerome, Que.

Earl Jones

You may remember him as the investment advisor who defrauded more than a hundred clients, mostly seniors, of about $50 million in 2009. The Ponzi Scheme got him an 11-year sentence in jail but he was released from jail in March 2014, after serving only four years. Jones is out on parole under several conditions, including avoiding contact with his victims or their families. He is now reportedly living with his wife in Westmount.

Earl Jones is shown in Montreal, on July 27, 2009.

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Lise Thibault

She was the Queen’s representative to Quebec from 1997 to 2007 but now ex-lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault is in the province’s bad books after she pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and breach of trust in December. The Crown alleges that Thibault spent $700,000 of taxpayer money on trips and meals unrelated to her official duties. The Quebec government is also suing Thibault in a separate civil case for $92,000 for what it calls unjustified expenses.

Former Quebec lieutenant governor Lise Thibault leaves a courtroom, Monday July 28, 2014 in Quebec City. The fraud trial of Thibault will resume Oct. 2.

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Nikolas Stefanatos

In 2012, Brossard-native Nikolas Stefanatos threw corrosive acid at his 29-year-old girlfriend Tanya St-Arnaud. She suffered serious burns to her head, arms and upper body, and was put in a medically-induced coma. In November of this year, Stefanatos pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was handed a 57-month sentence but has already gotten credit for serving 41-months, meaning Stefanatos will be out of jail in 16 months.

Following an argument, Stefanatos allegedly threw an industrial drain cleaner Tanya St.Arnaud’s face

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Anthony Alfieri

In February 2010, Anthony Alfieri got behind the wheel drunk and high on marijuana. While driving at nearly twice the speed limit, he crashed into a lamp post on De La Concorde Boulevard in Laval. The impact was so violent, the vehicle split in two. Alfieri survived the crash but according to police, he fled the scene and left his two passengers to die. In May 2014, his trial came to a surprise end when the 30-year-old pleaded guilty to four criminal charges: two counts of criminal negligence causing death, and two counts of leaving the scene of a crash. The parents of both victims as well as MADD Canada were up in arms when a Laval judge handed him a four-year prison sentence, calling the sentence a joke, arguing that it simply wasn’t enough based on the crimes he committed. By law, Alfieri could have faced a maximum life sentence.

Anthony Alfieri (right) pled guilty to four criminal charges including criminal negligence causing death.

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Emma Czornobaj

Few criminal cases have generated as much debate as the one known as the “stopping-for-ducks” case. In 2010, 25-year-old Emma Czornobaj stopped her car in the left lane of the highway to help some ducks cross safely. A motorcyclist and his passenger daughter slammed into her parked car and died. In June 2014, she was found guilty by a jury on two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death. By law, Czornobaj could have faced up to life behind bars but in December, a superior court judged sentenced her to 90 days in prison for causing the deaths of André and Jessie Roy. Czornobaj will also be required to perform 240 hours of community service and will not be allowed to drive for 10  years.

Emma Czornobaj, who caused a fatal traffic accident after stopping her car to help ducks on a busy highway, arrives at court in Montreal Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

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Howard Krupp

A 68-year-old West Island resident, Howard Krupp was first arrested in November 2013, after waiting for students at bus stops and then following them home. His wife, a teacher at Hillcrest Academy in Laval even had to take a leave of absence after the child predator was stopped by police outside her elementary school. In March 2014, he was re-arrested and is now facing two charges of indecent assault that relate to incidents in place between 1970 and 1976. This was not the first run-in with the law for Howard Krupp. About 13 years ago, he was arrested in a massive child pornography case.

Howard Krupp was arrested by Montreal police for criminally harassing schoolchildren in November 2013.

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Benoit Roberge

He was a Montreal sergeant-detective who had been assigned to investigate organized crime — but this year we learned that Benoit Roberge was, in fact, selling information to the Hell’s Angels over a period of several months, ultimately pocketing about $125,000. In March, he tearfully pleaded guilty to a charge of gangsterism and explained that he’d been threatened into cooperating with the gang and had made a mistake by not reporting it to his superiors. He was handed an eight-year prison sentence.

Benoit Roberge was arraigned on Monday at the Montreal courthouse after being accused of being an infomant for the Hells Angels for years.

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Pamela Porter

While Arthur Porter is still sitting in a Panama jail after being accused of accepting millions of dollars for fraudulently awarding a contract to build the new McGill University Health Centre superhospital, his wife Pamela is next in line. In December 2014, she pleaded guilty to two counts of laundering the proceeds of crime and has been sentenced to 33 months for her role in an alleged bribery scandal. The 54-year-old is one of several people charged in the fraud and bribery case related to the MUHC superhospital contract.

Pamela Porter pleads guilty and has been sentenced to 33-months in jail

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Sports

Anthony Calvillo

After an illustrious 20-year career, the CFL’s best quarterback announced his retirement in January. Calvillo became the Alouettes’ starter in 2000 and led the franchise to Grey Cup wins in 2002, 2009 and 2010. The Los Angeles native set records for passing yards with 79,816, completions with 5,892, pass attempts with 9,437 and touchdown passes with 455. In October, he had his No. 13 jersey retired in a ceremony at half time of the Montreal Alouettes’ game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. But it doesn’t mean it’s the last we’ve seen of Calvillo. In December, he was appointed the position of offensive coach for the Montreal Alouettes.

Former Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo waves to fans in Montreal, Monday, October 13, 2014, prior to a ceremony to retire his jersey

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Alexandre Bilodeau

He may only be in his late twenties, but Alexandre Bilodeau already has quite the impressive resume, mostly consisting of Olympic gold medals. Not only was he was the first athlete to win a gold medal on Canadian soil during the Olympic games in Vancouver, he won his second gold medal this year in Sochi, making him the first mogul freestyle skier to do so twice in a row. In October, Bilodeau announced he would hang up his skis for good to focus on his career. If you’re lucky you may even bump into him studying at John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.

Canada’s gold medalist Alex Bilodeau celebrates on the podium during the Men’s Freestyle Skiing Moguls Medal Ceremony at the Sochi medals plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 11, 2014.

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Dufour-Lapointe sisters

You could say mogul skiing runs in this family. These golden sisters won our hearts during the Sochi Olympics when they became the first Canadian set of three siblings to compete in the same event at the same games. Justine won gold and Chloé took silver. Their post-Olympic life hasn’t been all too bad either. When they’re not training, the sisters are showing off their passion for fashion with a new après-ski accessory line, collaborating with Montreal-retailer, “Call It Spring.”

Justine, Maxime and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe are pictured in Montreal, April 1, 2014.

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P.K. Subban

Let’s be honest, he’s probably the most famous guy in Montreal. The defensemen and alternate captain for the Montreal Canadiens is loved on-and-off the ice.  This year, fans were on-edge while the 25-year-old was going through a suspenseful hearing to determine his next contract. The team finally agreed to an eight-year $72-million contract extension with jersey number 76, which runs from 2014-15 to 2021-22. Oh, and who could forget, Subban also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics – and a place in all our hearts with this video. It’s no wonder they call him “the Subbanator.”

Montreal Canadiens’ player P.K. Subban skates during a practise session in Montreal, Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Subban has been selected to play for team Canada at the 2014 winter olympics in Sochi.

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Eugenie Bouchard

Even though hockey dominates most of the sports scene in Montreal, one person in particular has brought our attention to a different sport: tennis. Not only is Eugenie Bouchard Quebec’s sweetheart, she’s also one of the most famous athletes in the world; so much so that even has her own “Genie Army.” The Westmount resident was recently named ‘Top female of the year’ by the Canadian Press, for the second year in a row. Not only has she made it to the semifinals of the Australian and French Opens but at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, she became the first Canadian to play in a Grand Slam final. The 20-year-old is currently ranked number 7. rising quickly from number 32.

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada smiles after winning the women’s quarterfinal match against Alize Cornet of France at the WTA Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, China’s Hubei Province, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

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Our community heroes

Akshay Grover

As Montrealers, we know just how long the drive to Toronto can be. Now imagine running there… and that’s exactly what this Pierrefonds Comphrensive High School student did over the summer. The 16-year-old went the extra mile for his end of year school project, when he decided to run a 550 kilometre journey in just two weeks: the equivalent of a marathon a day. His goal was to raise $10,000 for Childhood Cancer Canada, but he managed to raise over $14,000. He’s now working on film documenting the run, to be released online in January.

Pierrefonds resident Akshay Grover ran from Montreal to Toronto to raise money for Cancer.

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Matthew Tod

Seventeen-year-old Matthew Tod didn’t let an intimidating and embarrassing situation prevent him from doing the right thing. In September, he stopped by the Sears bathroom at Fairview Pointe-Claire Mall, when a man peeped into his stall and took a photo of him. Tod reported the incident and the solicitation writings on the bathroom walls to security. Despite being told not to go to the police, he did in fact file a report and spoke to Global News about the terrifying experience. In doing so, Tod could have actually uncovered an underground sex ring. Upon further investigation, police arrested a 53-year-old man on charges of sexual voyeurism. 

Matthew Tod was the victim of a Fairview Pointe-Claire Peeping Tom.

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Charel Bergeron, Melizanne Bergeron, Marc-André Côté and Charlène Plante 

It’s a story that involved hundreds of thousands of Quebecers on social media, working together to help find an abducted baby. In May, a woman dressed as a nurse allegedly entered Mélissa McMahon’s room at a hospital in Trois-Rivieres and took her day-old baby girl, Victoria. Within hours her baby was returned to her, all thanks to four quick-thinking teenagers: Sharelle Bergeron, Marc-Andre Coté, Charlène Plante and Mélizanne Bergeron. They recognized the photo of the suspect circulating online and went looking for her. After going to her home, they immediately called police. The four teens were hailed as heroes for reuniting the baby with their parents, and were even honoured by the Sécurité publique de Trois-Rivières for their detective work.

Four quick-thinking teens saw a photo circulating on Facebook and jumped to action.

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Sugar Sammy

Okay, so he hasn’t exactly saved anyone’s life or cracked an on-going police investigation, but Sugar Sammy still deserves an accolade for his ability to make Montrealers laugh out loud, on-and-off the stage. In fact, what makes him a community hero is that he’s probably the only person in Montreal who can get away with publicly poking fun at Quebec’s language laws. For example, this year the Côte-des-Neiges native placed a billboard advertisement in about a dozen metro stations that read “For Christmas I’d like a complaint from the Office de la Langue Française.” Still, he remains popular among both anglo and francophone communities. Since launching his bilingual “You’re Gonna Rire” show in 2012 and “En Français SVP!,” he’s sold 275,000 tickets in the province. He’s also been voted comedian of the year at Quebec’s Olivier awards for two years in a row. In February, Sammy launched a new hit TV series, Ces gars-là on Quebec’s French “V” network. The series did so well that it was extended to a second season, which kicks off February 24, 2015.

Sugar Sammy, winner of the category for Spectacle d’humour de l’année, “En français svp!” and Olivier de l’année at the annual Gala des Oliver in Montreal Sunday, May 12, 2013. Christmas.”

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Sue Montgomery

#BeenRapedNeverReported was a hashtag that began a global discussion about rape, consent, and what sexual assault really means and it’s all thanks to Montreal Gazette justice reporter, Sue Montgomery. After assault allegations began rolling in against the CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi, she was one of the first public figures to break her silence and share her own personal story of sexual assault by her own grandfather and by a former co-worker. It caused a ripple affect around the world, causing millions of men and women to come forward with painful experiences they had kept under wraps for years.

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Ginette Reno

Habs fans may have countless superstitions, but by far one of the best ones this year was a 68-year-old award-winning singer belting out Canada’s national anthem before a game. Ginette Reno won our hearts during the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, when she sang a memorizing rendition of “O Canada.” All this after Reno suffered a heart attack in January! But Montreal’s good luck charm pulled through and was given the go-head by her cardiologist to keep singing for the Canadiens. Her presence on home ice led team to win after win during the spring playoffs. Let’s hope she agrees to sing more winning notes for us in 2015.

Chanteuse Ginette Reno is considered a lucky talisman for the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL playoff series.

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Mai Duong

At first glance, you wouldn’t exactly know that Mai Duong had been fighting a deadly form of leukemia for the second time in two years. That’s because you’ll always find her with a big smile on her face. Earlier this year, Duong was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant, but of the 16 million donors around the world, only one per cent of the international donor bank is of Asian origin. She took to the media with her message, prompting Vietnamese communities around Canada to rally together to help save 34-year-old mother. In September, a miracle happened. Duong received stem cells from umbilical cord blood donated by a mother and was finally healthy enough to leave the hospital. Duong is a perfect example of someone who never gave up hope that she would one day get better and finally be able to spend time with her daughter Alice. Not only is she a survivor but she also created awareness on the importance of non-Caucasians to enlist in donor registries around the world.

Mai Duong smiles following a news conference in Montreal, Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Quebec woman\’s desperate online plea for a compatible stem-cell donor in her bid to fight cancer a second time is shedding light on the lack of minorities on official lists in Canada and abroad.

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Sama Al-Obaidy

This Muslim Montrealer took a challenging experience and turned it into something positive. While the heated debate over the proposed Charter of Values was taking place in Quebec, Sama Al-Obaidy was on the metro when a woman violently attempted to rip off her hijab — and that’s when Sama found out that she wasn’t the only religious minority being targeted in the province. She decided to start a campaign called “Support Another,” which encouraged people to wear a religious symbol for a day in order to make a statement about the controversial Charter of Values. The event encouraged a discussion and motivated people to be accepting of other faiths.

Sama Al-Obaidy is one of the co-founders of the “Support Another” campaign in Quebec.

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West Island football team takes the Ice Bucket Challenge – Montreal

PIERREFONDS, Que. – A West Island football team has taken the “ice bucket challenge” — a viral senstaion that is raising funds and awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Participants pour a bucket of ice-cold water over their head, record the event, share it on social media, and call on others to endure the same. The challenge includes making a cash donation.

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On Saturday, Coach Derek and his Hurricanes — a pee-wee football team on the West Island — took up the challenge.

The Alexander Park football team raised funds and awareness for the disease that is very near and dear to Coach Derek’s heart.

“Unfortunately my older brother has been stricken with ALS for the last eight years and it’s very close to our family,” he said.

Coach Derek’s brother, Michael Soles, is a former star football player himself.

When playing for the McGill University Redmen from 1986 to 1989, Soles was a three-time all-star player and winner of the Vanier Cup.

Soles was drafted by the Edmonton Eskimos in 1989 and won the Grey Cup in 1993.

He finished his career in his hometown with the Montreal Alouettes where he won the Lew Hayman Trophy in 1996 for best Canadian player in the East.

Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS gradually paralyzes the body. There is no known cure or effective treatment for the disease.

Ferguson pledges outreach efforts after shooting

FERGUSON, Mo. – Ferguson city leaders urged people to stay home after dark Tuesday to “allow peace to settle in” and pledged to try to improve the police force in the St. Louis suburb where the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown has sparked nightly clashes between protesters and police.

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In a public statement, the city said the mayor, the City Council and employees have been exploring ways to increase the number of African-American applicants to the law enforcement academy, develop incentive programs to encourage city residency for police officers and raise money for cameras that would be attached to patrol car dashboards and officers’ vests.

“We plan to learn from this tragedy, as we further provide for the safety of our residents and businesses and progress our community through reconciliation and healing,” the statement said.

After sundown Tuesday, the streets of Ferguson filled once more with protesters who marched along the street in a large square-shaped pattern. There were no immediate reports of clashes with police, who stood by with batons and gas masks.

Benjamin Crump, an attorney for Brown’s family, said the 18-year-old’s funeral and memorial service would be Monday. The time and location had not been finalized.

Earlier Tuesday, a large crowd gathered in nearby St. Louis after officers responding to a report of a store robbery shot and killed a knife-wielding man. Police Chief Sam Dotson said the suspect acted erratically and told responding officers to “kill me now.”

Some members of the crowd shouted “Hands up, don’t shoot,” a phrase that has been a refrain of protests since Brown’s death on Aug. 9. Like Brown, the 23-year-old suspect killed Tuesday was black.

A grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether the officer, Darren Wilson, should be charged in Brown’s death, said Ed Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County’s prosecuting attorney.

Wilson was recognized during a Ferguson City Council meeting in February, getting special recognition for what Police Chief Thomas Jackson said then was his role in responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle, then struggling with the driver and detaining him until help arrived. Jackson said the suspect was preparing a large quantity of marijuana for sale.

Attorney General Eric Holder was scheduled to travel to Ferguson on Wednesday to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown’s death.

The Justice Department has mounted an unusually swift and aggressive response to Brown’s death, from the independent autopsy to dozens of FBI agents combing Ferguson for witnesses to the shooting.

The Justice Department arranged for a third autopsy to be performed by one of the military’s most experienced medical examiners, Holder said.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said Tuesday that he would not take any action to remove St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch from the investigation into Brown’s death.

McCulloch’s deep family connections to police have been cited by some black leaders who question his ability to be impartial. McCullouch’s father, mother, brother, uncle and cousin all worked for St. Louis’ police department, and his father was killed while responding to a call involving a black suspect.

Nixon cited the “well-established process” by which prosecutors can recuse themselves from pending investigations.

Departing from that process, Nixon said in a statement, “could unnecessarily inject legal uncertainty into this matter and potentially jeopardize the prosecution.”

On Monday night, the National Guard arrived in Ferguson but kept its distance from the streets during another night of unrest.

Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who is in charge of security in Ferguson, said bottles and Molotov cocktails were thrown from the crowd and that some officers had come under heavy gunfire. Police originally said 31 were arrested, but St. Louis County spokeswoman Candace Jarrett on Tuesday said 57 people were booked at the county jail alone, and perhaps more at other jails in the region.

A list of those arrested showed that only four live in Ferguson, though many live in St. Louis and other surrounding communities. Sixteen are from out of state.

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Associated Press writers Alan Scher Zagier in Ferguson, Jim Salter in St. Louis and David A. Lieb in Jefferson City contributed to this report.