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.

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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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Toronto Morning: What you need to know today – Toronto


The Toronto Transit Commission wants to improve service to its riders but it will have to come at a cost. 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.Transits users traveling their way through Union Station may notice a slightly less congested commute Monday with the opening of a new subway platform. Toronto Transit Commission crews have been working all weekend long to put the finishing touches on a second platform which opened to the public at 6 a.m.Police are investigating two pedestrian fatalities after both were struck and killed by separate vehicles in Scarborough and downtown Toronto. The vehicles remained at the scene in both cases but there’s no word yet on any charges.The poll from CIBC found that about half, or 51 per cent, of post-secondary students said they would need to borrow money to pay for tuition, living expenses and books.Emmanuel 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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1 dead, 3 in hospital following collision on Highway 881 – Edmonton

EDMONTON – One person was killed and three others injured in a single vehicle collision on Sunday night in northern Alberta.

The crash happened around 9:30 p.m. at kilometre marker 173 on Highway 881, which is about 150 kilometres north of Lac La Biche.

RCMP from both Lac La Biche and Fort McMurray responded, and arrived to find one of the people in the vehicle was dead. Three others, all men, were injured.

Cst. Chris Clark with Lac La Biche RCMP said one man was flown to the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray via Phoenix Heli-Flight, a local helicopter company that provides medevac services in and around the northern Alberta city.

The other two men were driven via ground ambulance to the same hospital in Fort McMurray. Cst. Clark said Monday morning he didn’t know what condition the three men were in. He also would not release the identity of the deceased, as police were still attempting to contact their family.

Police continue to investigate, but said road conditions were good at the time of the crash. The highway was closed overnight while police investigated, but was re-opened around 5 a.m. Monday.

Lac La Biche is located about 250 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.

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Most students expect to have over $10K of debt by graduation

TORONTO – Getting a post-secondary degree can be an expensive endeavour, but a recent survey suggests that most students believe they’ll be on track to pay off their student loans within five years of graduating.

The poll from CIBC found that about half, or 51 per cent, of post-secondary students said they would need to borrow money to pay for tuition, living expenses and books.

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Although about a quarter expected to owe less than $10,000 by the time they graduate, almost three quarters (73 per cent) expected to owe more than $10,000, including 40 per cent who said they’d likely be on the hook for $25,000 or more of student debt.

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The Canadian Federation of Students says students in Ontario and the Maritimes have debt loads averaging $28,000 at graduation, the highest in the country.

Yet despite the predictions of big debt, most students remain optimistic about their ability to eliminate it.

Sixty-six per cent surveyed believed they’d be able to pay down their debt within five years or less, while 34 per cent expected it would take them more than six years to be debt-free.

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“While their intentions are admirable they may not be realistic,” said Christina Kramer, executive vice-president of retail and business banking at CIBC.

“As students graduate and look to start their careers, they will likely be moving out on their own, saving for a car or a down payment on a home, or even starting a family. That’s why it’s important for them to manage the amount of debt they take on, develop a budget that helps them carefully manage their spending while in school and have a plan to pay off debt once they graduate.”

Looking over the short term, another survey – this one by the Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) -suggested that those going to college or university were planning on spending an average of $1,121 on school supplies.

It also found some regional differences between where students lived and how much they expected to spend. Those who live in Alberta expected to spend the most on back to school purchases with an average amount of $1,236; followed by Ontario students with $1,204. Those in Saskatchewan and Manitoba expected to spend the least, a combined average of $857.

According to the survey, a third (34 per cent) of the students said they planned on using loans and scholarships to pay for these purchases. Thirty per cent said they were going to rely on financial help from friends and family, while about a quarter (27 per cent) would be using credit.

It found the vast majority of students recently surveyed said most of their costs would be going towards textbooks (88 per cent); new clothes (58 per cent); computers or cell phones (41 per cent); and furniture (20 per cent).

The CIBC poll was conducted online by Leger, which surveyed 500 Canadian university or college students between July 10-17. The BMO survey was conducted by Pollara online between Aug. 1-8, with a sample of 600 Canadian post-secondary students.

The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error as they are not a random sample and therefore are not necessarily representative of the whole population.

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Assange talks of leaving embassy, sowing confusion – National

WATCH: WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange makes announcement that appears to indicate he would be leaving embassy

LONDON – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange sowed confusion Monday with an announcement that appeared to indicate he was leaving his embassy bolt hole, but his spokesman later clarified that that would not happen unless the impasse over his extradition were resolved.

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Assange made the cryptic comments during a press conference at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London following a meeting with Ricardo Patino, the Latin American nation’s foreign minister. When asked about speculation – some of it sparked by a recent interview with a British newspaper – that the 43-year-old Australian was ready to leave the embassy to seek medical treatment, Assange declined to answer directly, instead pointing to Kristinn Hrafnsson, the WikiLeaks spokesman, who was in the back of the room.

“He said I can confirm that I am leaving the embassy soon, but perhaps not for the reasons that (news media) are saying,” Assange said.

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He refused to elaborate on the awkwardly worded statement.

Leaving the embassy would be a big move for Assange, who has remained trapped in the building since he sought refuge there more than two years ago. Assange is seeking to avoid extradition to Sweden, where he is wanted over sex crimes allegations, or the United States, where authorities are investigating his spectacular disclosures of secret information.

As bewildered journalists huddled after the press conference, Hrafnsson said that what Assange meant to convey was that he was ready to leave the embassy as soon as the British government gave him the guarantees he was seeking, namely the right to travel freely to Ecuador where he has asylum.

“The plan is to leave as soon as the U.K. government decides to honour its obligations,” Hrafnsson said, repeating Assange’s long-held position.

That seems unlikely anytime soon. Patino said Monday negotiations between Ecuador and the U.K. remain deadlocked.

©2014The Canadian Press

Countdown to ‘Gottingen 250’ celebrations underway – Halifax

HALIFAX – Organizers of an event to celebrate 250 years since the naming of a well-known Halifax street are expected to release a full schedule of events Monday.

Gottingen 250 will celebrate a quarter of a millennium since the naming of Gottingen Street. It will run from Sept. 9-14, and the main event will take place Friday, Sept. 13 at 2183 Gottingen Street.

Organizers say they want to celebrate the street’s rich history.

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“Gottingen Street area is becoming more diverse on a daily basis and I think that’s a wonderful thing considering the history of Gottingen going back 250 years. So we’re celebrating the diversity because the diversity in my opinion does wonderful things for a community,” said Linda Carvery, one of the event’s organizers.

“It’s an opportunity for people who have perhaps never been on Gottingen Street but have heard about the new and wonderful things happening to take a stroll up to see what’s happening on Gottingen Street because there’s exciting things happening here.”

Over its 250-year history Gottingen Street has seen a number of different ethnic groups move in and out of the area. Event organizers say the event will reflect that history.

The lineup will feature musical acts from many different genres including gospel, blues, hip hop, and even some traditional German music.

A detailed schedule of events will be posted to the event’s website.

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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