The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to step up U.S.-Russian diplomatic efforts on Syria.
The Russian government says the two leaders agreed in a telephone call Tuesday that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will intensify their efforts to bring about a cease-fire, with the goal of beginning a real peace process in Syria.
The Kremlin characterized the call as “business-like” and “constructive.”
A Russian news agency says Trump and Putin also discussed holding their first in-person meeting in July on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Germany.
The White House says Trump and Putin held a “very good” conversation about the ongoing crisis on Syria.
A White House readout of the phone calls says the two leaders discussed the creation of safe zones in Syria, and agreed that the suffering in Syria “has gone on for far too long.”
Reporters in the U.S. were unable to ask questions about the phone call during the White House daily press briefing because Press Secretary Sean Spicer left without taking questions.
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Tuesday’s call was the first known discussion between the leaders since the U.S. missile strikes against a Syrian government air base. Russia is one of the Syrian regime’s most important backers.
Despite having previously warned against U.S. intervention in Syria, Trump ordered the strikes against Syrian government targets in early April after accusing the regime of using chemical weapons in a deadly attack on civilians. The U.S. action was accompanied by a dramatic shift in the Trump administration’s rhetoric toward Russia, one of the Syrian government’s most important benefactors.
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Trump, who spent months touting the prospect of warmer ties with Putin, declared after the strikes that the relationship between the U.S. and Russia “may be at an all-time low.” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley also sharply condemned Moscow’s role in supporting Syrian President Bashar Assad.
Yet Trump has continued to hold out the prospect of a stronger relationship with Russia, which was a cornerstone of his foreign policy platform as a presidential candidate. He took to 杭州桑拿会所 days after the Syria strikes to say that “things will work out fine” between the U.S. and Russia and “everyone will come to their senses.”
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The shifts in the Trump administration’s posture came amid a steady swirl of controversy surrounding possible ties between the president’s associates and Russia during last year’s election. The FBI and congressional committees are investigating whether Trump’s campaign co-ordinated with Russia as it meddled in the election.
Putin, who met earlier Tuesday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, denied that Moscow ever interferes in other countries’ elections. He said accusations of Russian meddling aimed at helping Trump in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton were “simply rumours” being used as part of a political fight in Washington.
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Trump has vigorously denied any nefarious ties to Moscow, calling the Russian investigations a “hoax.”
Trump and Putin have spoken twice since the U.S. president took office in January, including last month following an attack in St. Petersburg, Russia. The attack occurred days before the U.S. missile strike in Syria.
Hamilton police have taken over the investigation into Monday’s tragic house fire that claimed the life of a three-year-old boy on the west mountain.
Fire crews responded just after 10 a.m. to reports of heavy fire and smoke at a semi-detached house on Golden Orchard Drive, in the area of Garth Street and the Linc, in Hamilton.
Firefighters found the toddler after being told there was one person still inside the house. Cayden, 3, was pulled by firefighters from the basement of the home and was later pronounced dead.
Young child found dead in Hamilton mountain fire
“I went to the door and I heard the mother yelling for help. I ran over, she told me that her son was inside and I took a couple of steps in to see if I could do anything and the smoke was so thick I came out choking, coughing,” said Steve, a neighbour Global News has agreed to identify by first name alone.
“When I broke the window all the smoke and flames shot outside, there was nothing we could do —; no way to enter. It was helpless.”
“I have my own children, I can’t even think what it would be like to have a situation like that,” he added. “It’s heartbreaking for anyone.”
Steve Godden, another neighbour who watched the tragedy unfold, said he and his wife watched firefighters try to revive Cayden but then learned he had tragically passed away.
“It’s hard when you have children of your own too, you put yourself in that position and you can’t imagine how you would feel,” Godden said.
“To see it firsthand it hits home a little bit more and puts things into perspective.”
Neighbour Shelley Donovan said losing a child in such a tragic way was incomprehensible to her.
“I can’t imagine what the mom is going through,” she said. “To see her in the house and then try to run back and she couldn’t get down there.”
A GoFundMe online fundraiser has been set up to help the boy’s family with the cost of funeral expenses. As of 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, it had raised $1,745.
Cassandra Buckland, the organizer of the campaign and the boy’s cousin, said Cayden’s mother Susan is “an emotional wreck” after the tragic fire.
“Tragedy struck our family, Cayden (3) lost his little life on the morning of May 1 2017. Fire broke out in a basement apartment on Hamilton mountain and Cayden was not able to survive,” she said on the fundraising page.
“We are seeking help for funeral expenses and to help [the] family through. Anything is appreciated if you can help.”
Buckland said the fundraiser would cover the cost of the burial and a headstone and any remaining funds would be donated to the family.
“We thank everyone for their support it means more then words can express,” she said. “We are asking to respect us as we mourn and refrain from asking anything regarding to the case, let the police finish their investigation.”
An investigator with the Ontario Fire Marshall’s office was then called in to determine the cause and origin of the fire. Damages are to the house are estimated at $150,000.
Police said Tuesday morning they would not be releasing any further information at this time and have not provided any details yet on the suspected cause of the fire.
Hamilton Police are now leading the investigation into Monday’s fire which claimed the life of a three-year-old mountain boy.
May Day protesters in Portland and other American cities mocked a recent Pepsi commercial starring Kendall Jenner during marches to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration, labour and other policies on Monday.
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In Portland, police were forced to shut down a protest they said had become a riot and arrested more than two dozen people, after masked demonstrators threw smoke bombs, Molotov cocktails and cans of the popular soft drink at officers.
A @PDXFire medic was hit by a full @pepsi can thrown during #MayDayPDX protest march. Not injured.
— Portland Police (@PortlandPolice) May 1, 2017
At least three people were arrested after anarchists smashed windows, set fires and vandalized police vehicles.
Earlier in the protest, a Portland Mercury reporter snapped a photo of a demonstrator attempting to hand riot police a can of Pepsi. Apparently the officer didn’t take it.
Police took some shields from anarchists, anarchists grouped up toward cops. 1 tried to hand Pepsi to cop, unsuccessfully #Mayday #MayDayPDX pic.twitter杭州桑拿/IV8nDzxLeP
— doug brown (@dougbrown8) May 1, 2017
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May Day marchers in New York also tried to extend a figurative olive branch with a can of pop. Gothamist reported that the NYPD officer declined the can as well.
Can Of Pepsi Fails To Bring Protesters & Police Together At NYC May Day March https://t.co/xmb0ef9Z6w pic.twitter杭州桑拿/SnGPaOb3Lj
— Gothamist (@Gothamist) May 2, 2017
In Los Angeles, a demonstrator had a little more success passing a can to a police officer. Video shot by an alternative activist site captured the LAPD officer accepting the can before the protester began yelling and harassing him.
A May Day demonstrator in Los Angeles pokes fun at Pepsi and Kendall Jenner by handing LAPD officer a can of soda.
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The use of pop cans was a satirical response to a controversial commercial featuring model Kendall Jenner released by the soft drink giant last month, which was accused of being exploitative, appropriating Black Lives Matter and trivializing activist movements.
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The advertisement was pulled shortly after its release due to backlash on social media.
May Day demonstrations, celebrated as International Workers’ Day, were far more peaceful in other international cities, which saw protesters demanded better working conditions.
But the widespread protests in the United States were aimed directly at the new Republican president, who has followed up his aggressive anti-immigrant and anti-socialist rhetoric on the campaign trail with action in the White House.
-With files from The Associated Press.
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Whether you grew up with the type of mom who made everything from scratch or one who had a more pragmatic take on cooking (who doesn’t love frozen pizza Fridays?), a Mother’s Day spread filled with all her favourite foods — and her kids — is the perfect way to say, “Thanks, Mom.”
Brunch is always a crowd-pleaser, mainly because of the opportunity it presents to serve both savoury and sweet foods, not to mention cocktails. (A Google Trends search consistently shows its rising popularity, with spikes in the springtime around Easter and Mother’s Day.) Although most urban centres are bursting with brunch spots, nothing beats the intimacy of hosting a brunch at home.
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This Mother’s Day, treat your mom to a truly special brunch with tips from some of Canada’s most renowned celebrity chefs.
For a health-conscious brunch
Chef Roger Mooking, host of Cooking Channel’s Man Fire Food, wants to treat his wife to a special brunch while observing her fitness goals.
“My mother lives in Alberta and won’t be visiting us for Mother’s Day, but my wife deserves the golden treatment,” he says. “She’s been on a fitness transformation for the last year and has achieved every single marker to date, and she has set a new goal that will be in very full swing for this Mother’s Day.”
As such, Mooking is planning a tasty yet health-conscious meal that includes lean proteins, cooked vegetables and whole-grain carbohydrates.
Grilled steak with grilled or fresh vegetables and complex carbohydrates makes for a delicious and health-conscious brunch.
“I’m thinking that raw shaved Brussels sprouts and grilled broccoli rabe [rapini] with lemon and chili is in order,” he says. “For the proteins, it will be grilled flank or skirt steak rubbed with blackening spice, and cooked over open fire using natural lump-wood charcoal.”
Less-experienced cooks can simplify this meal by serving a fresh salad with a mixture of lettuces and vegetables to pair with the grilled meat. If you’re opting for a buffet-style brunch, slice the meat and put it in a serving dish so guests can easily help themselves. Add some complex carbohydrates like roasted sweet potatoes or brown rice.
While it’s not recommended to eat red meat daily, moderate consumption is fine, experts say.
For a spring-themed brunch
“Half of cooking is curating,” says chef Craig Harding, host of TLN’s The Chef’s Bar and owner of Campagnolo in Toronto.
The idea behind Mother’s Day, Harding says, is to spend time with your mom, so don’t try anything too elaborate that will require last-minute attention. He advises choosing fresh, in-season ingredients that are packed with flavour and won’t require too much fuss.
“If you’re serving eggs, opt for a frittata that can be assembled the night before and popped into the oven in the morning,” he says. “Add in springtime ingredients like green or white asparagus, fresh peas or ramps.”
Infuse simple, make-ahead dishes with fresh, in-season ingredients like asparagus, strawberries and peas.
He also recommends a light pasta, like spaghetti tossed with lemon juice and butter, and topped off with shaved parmesan. For dessert, he says the season’s fresh fruits, like strawberries and rhubarb, are perfect as a stand-alone ending to the meal.
“Topped with lime juice, icing sugar and fresh mint, they’re the perfect Mother’s Day flavours,” he says.
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“By doing some research on the freshest ingredients and some good shopping ahead of time, it’ll make your life easier and your brunch successful.”
For a decadent brunch
Splurging on a meal can, in many ways, be the best way to spend money: it satisfies your visceral appetite, while sharing it with others feeds your soul. Or at least that’s how chef Rob Gentile, owner of the Buca restaurants in Toronto, sees it.
“I love to splurge on ingredients that I wouldn’t use every day, like truffles and caviar,” he says. “And for these occasions, I’m not too shy to open a bottle of champagne.”
Splurge on decadent ingredients like caviar, and don’t be afraid to pop open some champagne, Gentile says.
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For him, indulgence is the word of the day.
“For brunch, make a soft scramble and add some caviar or fresh-shaved truffles [which are in season now] with some burrata cheese,” he says. “If you play with wonderful, special ingredients, your dish will taste great.”
On the same note, chef Mark McEwan, host of Food Network Canada’s Top Chef Canada: All-Stars, says to put an indulgent spin on a classic Canadian ingredient: lobster.
“For Mother’s Day, I like to elevate classic dishes to give them a wow-factor — everything should be indulgent,” he says. “Nothing beats Canadian lobster and it’s cooked perfectly when poached in butter.”
Chef McEwan’s ‘indulgent’ lobster Florentine.
He pairs it with runny poached eggs and shaved truffle on top of garlic brioche and sauteed spinach for an upscale Canadian take on eggs Florentine.
“Once plated, everything looks stunning, and it really is a memorable, standout meal,” he says.
Some tips on decor
When it comes to sprucing up your home for Mother’s Day, nature is in your favour.
“Seasonality means you have lots of beautiful fresh blooms to choose from, like tulips, flowering branches, lilacs and peonies — it doesn’t get much simpler,” says Becky De Oliveira, owner of Blush and Bloom Flower Studio in Toronto.
Coordinating your flowers to a label on a wine bottle is an interesting way to showcase both.
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For table arrangements, go for an unscented floral, like tulips, that won’t interfere with the aromas of your food. And if you have allergy-prone guests, go for plants or pussy willow branches, or decorate with colourful napkins and candles (also unscented).
An interesting new decor trend is matching florals to wine.
“You can pair floral wines with flowers, matching the notes in the wine to your blooms,” De Oliveira says. “Or match the label of your wine bottle to a floral arrangement. It’s an interesting way to display both together.”
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WINNIPEG – Keep your eye on your mailbox because the city is now mailing parking tickets.
Starting today, if you’re parked in the wrong spot in front of a school or in a fire lane, the city could mail you an infraction.
The city has five enforcement vehicles that can capture licence plates while moving.
The hope is that this will do a better job of catching rule breakers than people on foot.
“Our officer would attend an area, they would identify an infraction and write a ticket. But the person in the vehicle, we don’t have the authority to say, ‘You must wait for your ticket,’” explains Ryan Arabsky, manager of regulations and compliance with the city. “The person can then just drive away, and in a lot of cases all they would do is just circle the block which creates even further safety and traffic issues.”
Arabsky says it’s a problem all over Winnipeg, with rushed parents ignoring pleas from school staff.
“Park a block away, park two blocks away and walk that short distance rather than parking in a no stop zone. It creates a safety hazard and traffic issues as well.”
One of the locations where enforcement vehicles were targeting on the first day was General Wolfe School on Banning. The entrance is on the northbound side of the road, where no parking is allowed, but there is one-hour parking on the southbound side.
This didn’t stop people from idling on the wrong side of the road as school got out. Seven cars could have been ticketed, but the officer told 680 CJOB that she was just giving out warnings today.
Those drivers could have faced fines up to $70. If you illegally park in a fire lane, that could cost you up to $300.
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U.S. President Donald Trump took to 杭州桑拿会所 Tuesday night to deny that he called Attorney General Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded” and a “dumb southerner.”
The remarks attributed to the president are contained in Fear: Trump in the White House, an upcoming book by veteran investigative journalist Bob Woodward.
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The book is based in interviews that were conducted on “deep background” — Woodward, famous for breaking the Watergate story alongside Carl Bernstein, did not reveal his sources but he did say who was present when words were spoken.
The book has Trump mocking Sessions’ southern accent alongside other insults.
Trump denied those remarks on his 杭州桑拿会所 account:
The already discredited Woodward book, so many lies and phony sources, has me calling Jeff Sessions “mentally retarded” and “a dumb southerner.” I said NEITHER, never used those terms on anyone, including Jeff, and being a southerner is a GREAT thing. He made this up to divide!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 5, 2018
Trump was the third public official to deny comments attributed to him in Woodward’s book on Tuesday.
Earlier, U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis dismissed as the product of “someone’s rich imagination” an episode in which he was described telling colleagues that Trump “had the understanding of a fifth or sixth grader.”
This, after Trump allegedly wanted to assassinate Syrian President Bashar al-Assad before Mattis called for air strikes instead.
In this March 13, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order on “Comprehensive Plan for Reorganizing the Executive Branch” in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.
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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, meanwhile, is reported in the book to have called the president an “idiot” and referred to his administration as “crazytown.”
“The idea I ever called the President an idiot is not true, in fact it’s exactly the opposite,” he said Tuesday.
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Fear: Trump in the White House will be released on Sept. 11.