The New Brunswick Legislative Assembly heard from a cabinet minister Tuesday who cited comments made by three members of the Official Opposition over the past month indicating she has been the victim of sexism.
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In a point of privilege, Seniors and Long-Term Care Minister Lisa Harris opened the day by speaking about comments that she said had been spoken to her by Opposition members Kirk MacDonald and Bruce Fitch in the legislative assembly, reading transcripts of what had sparked her outrage.
“‘It is lovely to see you in the chair today, my heart always skips a beat,’” Harris read a line recently uttered by MacDonald, MLA for Fredericton-York.
On April 3, Harris contacted Opposition Leader Blaine Higgs via email to express her concern over the comments she called “sexist” and “bullying”.
Higgs responded the next day apologizing for such comments and saying he’d discuss the matter with the members in question.
“I responded to the minister that it was unacceptable, I apologized for that behaviour, for those comments, and we reacted very promptly,” Higgs said in a scrum after the point of privilege was debated. “So to have those items come forward was a little, I guess, concerning because we dealt with it very quickly.”
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Higgs stands by his handling of the issue and questions why it was brought up in the legislature a month later.
Harris, steadfast that it was nothing but a deflection device, pointed to a recent comment made by Opposition MLA Stewart Fairgrieve who referenced Marie Antoinette when discussing Finance Minister Cathy Rogers, saying “we know what happened to her.”
“He may have spoke to them but I don’t think they were listening,” Harris said. “But after today maybe that will stop and that’s what I’m hoping will happen.”
It’s no secret that buying or even renting an apartment in Vancouver is slowly inching out of reach for some —; but now, even the short-term rental market appears to be getting into a pickle.
How so? If you’re looking to stay in the tony neighbourhood of Kitsilano, there’s an option that was listed on Airbnb for just $85 a night.
But the space is a little unconventional – it’s a refurbished, stationary camper van that’s the colour of a field cucumber.
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Aptly-named The Pickle, it’s parked on a quiet tree-lined street near the beach in Kitsilano and according to the online ad, is freshly renovated with cedar walls, recess lighting, curtains, a brand new foam mattress, propane heat and refrigerator.
The one catch? There’s no bathroom.
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The lack of a lavatory doesn’t seem to be a deterrent. Maybe it’s the catchy headline ‘Be tickled by The Pickle: Enjoy Van… in a van!’ that entices people to give it a try.
Reviews on the website rave about The Pickle’s cozy and unique ambiance.
Krystal, a recent guest according to the Airbnb website, said even though it was rainy and cold outside, she “felt comfortable the whole time and didn’t even need to use the heater. The neighbourhood is the cutest in Vancouver and there’s lots of stuff to check out nearby.”
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Emily said her Pickle experience “totally felt like we had gotten away camping in the middle of the city.”
Why would anyone rent a van on Airbnb?
Jennah, The Pickle’s owner, told Global News that “renting an apartment in Kitsilano is more than either of us have ever had to pay for housing in our lives and we are just trying to offset the cost a little.”
It would appear The Pickle van could be another example of how Vancouverites are attempting to deal with the city’s crazy housing market.
Medically supervised safe injection services are one step closer to becoming reality in Edmonton.
On Tuesday afternoon, city council voted 10-1 in favour of writing a letter of opinion to seek federal exemption to bring the services to Edmonton. The letter is a requirement of the process.
“It’s just simply a letter of opinion,” Mayor Don Iveson said following the special council meeting.
“The decision is federal. The funding decision is provincial.”
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The vote came following two days of heated discussion on the topic. Many concerned residents came forward to speak out against the plan to allow four sites in Edmonton to offer supervised safe injection services.
Earlier this year, a survey was conducted with residents and businesses within a four-block radius of three agencies that will be offering the services – Boyle McCauley Health Centre, Boyle Street Community Services and the George Spady Society.
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While questions were raised about the close proximity of the sites, 74 per cent of the 1,869 respondents agreed with the proposed approach.
The next step for city council will be debate on a motion introduced by the mayor, calling for a coordinated wellness strategy for the inner city.
“There was a motion for the city to continue to be involved in monitoring the effectiveness of these sites, making sure that the practical experience matches all of the evidence that suggests that they should reduce crime, social disorder, and infection rates and overdoses. So we’ll continue to monitor,” Iveson said.
“We’ll continue to be actively involved.”
Medically supervised safe injection services will also be offered at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, but only for patients.
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Elaine Hyshka, an assistant professor at the University of Alberta School of Public Health, says the sites will be monitored.
Hyshka added the Edmonton proposal is different from the Insite program on Vancouver’s Lower East Side that has gained national attention due to problems.
“This is very different than Insite,” she said. “This is an embedded model.
“We’re not proposing to build any new bricks and mortar, no store fronts. All we’re doing is adding one additional service to existing agencies that are already serving this population.”
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Although at some point, Iveson sees more co-ordination between the agencies that are involved, as well as the provincial ministries that will have a stake in driving costs down for health care and social disorder.
“We’ve heard the need for that. We have so many different players, from police, to Alberta Health Services, to agencies who all have a piece of this, but there isn’t a coherent strategy and I think that gap needs to be filled. I think the city can help fill it, not single-handedly.”
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In the first six weeks of 2017, 51 people in Alberta died from apparent drug overdoses related to fentanyl, according to the most recent information available from Alberta Health. In the same time frame in 2016, 28 died of fentanyl-related overdoses.
In 2016, a total of 349 people died from fentanyl-related overdoses in Alberta.
Cleveland‘s police union will file a lawsuit in the coming months against toy gun manufacturers, an attempt to restrict production of realistic designs like the one a child was playing with before he was fatally shot by officers in the city, a lawyer for the group told local media.
Tamir Rice, 12, was playing with a toy gun that fired pellets on a Cleveland playground in 2014 when he was fatally shot by a police officer, one of a string of killings that fueled protests against the use of deadly force by U.S. police, particularly against minorities.
The similarities between the toy gun Rice was playing with and a real handgun became a focal point of the incident when prosecutors decided in 2015 not to file charges against officers involved in the shooting.
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Both Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson and former county prosecutor Tim McGinty previously blamed the toy gun, in part, for the shooting.
“These fake weapons put the community at risk, put law enforcement at risk, something has to be done,” Henry Hilow, an attorney for the Cleveland Patrolmen’s Association, said during an interview with local ABC affiliate WEWS-TV on Monday in revealing plans to file the lawsuit in federal court.
Hilow could not be reached to comment.
The civil lawsuit would not seek financial damages but instead would look to force toy gun producers to manufacture guns that are easily distinguishable from real weapons, Hilow told the TV station.
Hilow did not say which toy companies would be targeted by the lawsuit or when exactly the lawsuit will be filed.
When reached by telephone, Subodh Chandra, an attorney for the Rice family, said he was unaware of the news regarding the lawsuit, and declined to comment
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In 2015, a Cuyahoga County grand jury declined to charge Cleveland Police Department officers Frank Garmback or Timothy Loehmann, who fired the shot that killed Rice. Both officers now face administrative charges that could result in suspension or termination.
Hilow represents both men, who remain on desk duty, but would like to return to active patrol.
In March, a police dispatcher was suspended eight days for failing to warn the officers a 911 caller had described the scene as probably a child with a fake gun.
Last year, Cleveland settled a civil lawsuit the Rice family filed for $6 million. (Writing and additional reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Editing by David Gregorio)
The University of Saskatchewan (U of S) announced it will celebrate Canadian hockey icon Hayley Wickenheiser, 38, by awarding her an honorary degree next month.
University officials said the five-time Olympic medallist’s impact as a mentor for female hockey players has helped develop the game dramatically across the country.
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“Hayley Wickenheiser has been the face of women’s hockey for decades and a remarkable role model for young players from coast to coast,” U of S president Peter Stoicheff said in a press release.
“Off the ice, Hayley has been a passionate advocate for youth in all sports, working with a wide variety of charities and community programs as well as fundraising for girls who couldn’t otherwise afford to play hockey.”
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Wickenheiser grew up playing minor hockey in Shaunavon, Sask., before moving to Calgary with her family.
At age 15 she made her international hockey debut and went on to play 23 seasons wearing the Maple Leaf before retiring as the all-time leading scorer in the history of the national women’s team with 168 goals in 276 career games.
Additionally, Wickenheiser was a member of Team Canada when women’s hockey was first introduced as a medal sport in 1998 and served as flag bearer at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
“It is really special, especially coming from the U of S,” Wickenheiser said.
“My heart is, and always will be, in Saskatchewan. That is where my life was really shaped and I am grateful to be able to come there and receive an honorary degree and to be able to address the students.”
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She will receive her honorary Doctor of Laws during a spring convocation ceremony on June 8 at Saskatoon’s TCU Place.
Businesses owners in New Brunswick have seen WorkSafe New Brunswick insurance premiums increase by 33 per cent this year and it’s sparking concern with many companies within the province.
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In 2016, the premium was a rate of $1.11 per $100 of payroll. A year later, the average rate is $1.48 per $100 of payroll.
Urban Machinery Coporporation production manager Harald Kopp has 45 employees who work nine hour days. He said he also works with local producers and suppliers and said the increase will raise costs across the board.
“WorkSafeNB is important, we know it, it’s important to have it here, it’s important for New Brunswick, but you cannot increase the rates, the basic rates, so significantly,” Kopp said.
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters vice-president and SPARK executive director Joel Richardson said there needs to be a “stable, predictable and affordable workers compensation in New Brunswick .”
Richardson said businesses across the province have already faced a number of increased costs over the last several years, such as corporate taxes, payroll taxes, minimum wage, property taxes and HST.
“The more burden you add on employers and on entrepreneurs, the harder it is for them to be able to invest in their companies and for us to be able to attract investment and create jobs in this province,” Richardson said.
He said businesses of all sizes are impacted, and said many businesses are “struggling to keep people employed right now.”
“We’re trying to make sure that workers are protected through the worker’s compensation system, but at the same time that employers are not put into too much of a position that they can’t afford to be able to protect workers through the [program],” Richardson said.
Fredericton Chamber of Commerce CEO Krista Ross said the chamber is one of several in New Brunswick promoting a letter writing campaign.
“The chamber has spoken out on [the premium increase], we have talked to WorkSafe, we have talked to politicians, but we felt it was really important for businesses to express this to their elected officials,” Ross said.
Ross said business owners are encourages to write letters explaining how the increase will impact their business and they decisions they have to make based on the changes to their business.
“Businesses just can’t continue to absorb these increased costs and continue to keep people employed. It’s not a matter of how much profit they’re putting in their pocket, it’s a matter of sustaining their businesses,” Ross said.
Richardson said if WorkSafeNB plans to increase the rate again for 2018, employers and manufacturers and business of all sizes will be calling on the provincial government to work with WorkSafeNB to “bring the rate down to a manageable level so it’s affordable by all companies in New Brunswick.”
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Premier Brian Gallant told reporters Tuesday he understands the right balance needs to be struck between protecting workers and ensuring that there continues to be economic growth in the province.
“For us, what’s important is to remain competitive here in New Brunswick so that jobs can be created and businesses can start and thrive, but also we want to make sure we strike the right balance and have people that are working have the protections that they need as well, ” Gallant said. “So, we’re going to monitor what WorkSafeNB does and if we feel that there’s any issue that has to be dealt with and that’s in our capacity to be dealt with by us as a provincial government we will do so.”
Gallant said he hopes WorkSafeNB will “act prudently” when it comes to any rate increases.
WorkSafeNB Acting President and CEO Tim Petersen said in a phone interview he understands the concerns businesses have and said he realizes the pressure they’re facing in the province.
“I think we also have to also understand that there are concerns on the workers side as well and at the end of the day the solution in this lies in finding a system that is balanced and that’s going to involve some compromise from the employer and worker community,” Petersen said.
“The employers fund the system right, 100 per cent, and where we’ve seen costs going up that’s what’s lead to the increase in rates but it’s really the system, the system belongs to the workers and employers and they really need to really I think come together and strike a compromise, strike some balance.”
He said a stakeholder meeting was held on April 19, and said there will be several more taking place, including one in June.
Petersen said the purpose of the meeting was to get everyone to try to work together to “ensure that something is sustainable going forward.”
“We know that we don’t want to see their rates skyrocket, but on the other hand we’ve got to have a benefit package that is fair for the workers of the province. So really the solution to this lies in working together and we’ve started doing that with that April meeting,” Petersen said.
Why the premium cost increase
According to Petersen, the last rate increase was in 2010, and since then it was going down until 2015. He said the increase is related to policy changes.
“It’s not that necessarily that we’re seeing a huge increase in the the number of claims being filed, where we’re seeing an increase is in the number of claims that we’re accepting and there’s a very important difference,” Petersen said. “Workplaces have not suddenly become unsafe.”
He said there have been “huge improvements” in workplaces. He said the increase in premiums is related to the way claim decisions are made that result “in part from decisions of the workers compensation appeals tribunal.”
“Some of those changes have lead to significant increases in the number of accepted claims and an increase in the length of time people are on claims,” Petersen said.
“So people are not returning to work as quickly and when you have those two factors – you have those two factors kind of working in a downward direction.”
Petersen said it’s why the rate continually declined between 2010 and 2015 due to less money being needed to fund the system.
He said in late 2015, early 2016, the “trends” that caused the rate to decline are seeing a reversal. He said not only did it have an impact on 2017, with the rate increasing by 33 per cent, he said “if the trends continue in an upward direction,” the rate could increase significantly for 2018.
Anyone looking for love knows there’s nothing worse than finding a cheater on a dating app. But what if you know this unfaithful person or they’re in a relationship with your friend? Do you expose them?
Waterloo, Ont., dating coach Chantal Heide says cheating has become much easier with dating apps because they facilitate the leading factor that causes people to cheat — attraction.
“Swipe right if you’d sleep with them, swipe left if no. Cheaters play a numbers game, in essence playing to the laws of averages,” she tells Global News.
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“Apps make it very easy to reach out to numerous people in a short period of time, and the onus is on the person on the other end to do some vetting if honesty is an important criteria.”
Ceilidhe Wynn, an Ottawa-based matchmaker with Friend of a Friend Matchmaking, says it’s also about variety.
“It is really easy to go online and pick someone from a list of names and pictures,” she says. “Everyone also seems more anonymous, there’s a disconnect that makes [cheaters] feel like they won’t get caught or that they’re cheating.”
How cheaters function online
Heide says there are two types of cheaters on apps like Tinder and Bumble: those looking for “hopeful” people and those who are just looking for sex.
“Hopeful” people want commitment and intimacy, but they also make easy targets for cheaters. These daters may believe what the cheater is saying is truthful, and end up having sex with them to create an intimate bond.
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And it’s really easy for those who fall into the latter category, in particular.
“The number one reason apps are the main tool for cheaters is convenience,” Heide explains. “In a few minutes they can be up and running, and finding someone who hopes that what they’re saying is the truth.”.
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If you catch a cheater
But as an outsider looking in, what should you do if you catch someone cheating on their partner online?
Heide says you should let the person who is being cheated on know as soon as possible.
“Cheating partners are already showing reckless behaviour, and they may be having unprotected sex and could ultimately infect their partners with an STI.”
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“The unknowing partner is at risk, and you’d be doing them a favour by alerting them to the fact that they’re potentially in danger,” she says.
In April 2016, a company even came out with a website that allowed you see if your partner was cheating on you on Tinder, Vanity Fair reports. Swipebuster allowed users to add in the first name, location and age of the potential cheater.
If you don’t want to get involved
Some people just don’t want to get involved, however, especially in someone else’s clearly complicated love life.
Wynn says sometimes people can also make assumptions and jump to conclusions about the “cheater.”
“What if this couple is an open relationship and you’re not close enough to know about it? It has to be on a case-by-case basis.”
In this case, Heide recommends setting up a fake e-mail account and reaching out anonymously.
“If you want your friend to know but don’t want to get dragged into their messy relationship problems, you can always create a fake e-mail account and send a link to the profile you discovered.”
Sometimes it’s better not to meddle
Wynn maintains that when it comes to cheating, it can often be better to avoid meddling with someone else’s relationship, especially if you don’t know them well.
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“At the end of the day, that’s a hard thing to hear and it would feel embarrassing. There’s almost no doubt the person is going to react negatively and probably towards you.”
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