As the on-site investigation into a house explosion in Mississauga comes to a close, residents are being allowed to return to the site and investigators are shifting their focus to mysterious letters found at the scene in an attempt to determine the cause of the blast.
About 700 homes were evacuated after a house located at 4201 Hickory Dr. was levelled by an explosion around 4:20 p.m. Tuesday, leaving as many as 25 neighbouring residences damaged and nine people injured.
Two bodies were recovered from the rubble, 55-year-old Dianne Page on Tuesday and 55-year-old Robert Nadler on Thursday. Police said Thursday that although the explosion is considered a criminal investigation, the homicide bureau is not yet involved.
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Paul Camilleri, Page’s nephew, told Global News Saturday that Nadler had served 10 years in prison in connection with the killing of a friend after a dispute over money in 1982.
“We had a happy family until this all happened,” Camilleri said.
“We can’t get back our aunt, none of us personally said our goodbyes … I’m basically going to live my entire life in regret that this happened.”
WATCH: Nephew of house explosion victim says aunt was ‘wonderful person,’ deeply religious
Peel Regional Police Sgt. Josh Colley said Monday that police and the Ontario Fire Marshal had concluded their on-site portion of the investigation, which now shifts towards the letters found at the scene.
“They’ll be working extremely hard to analyze letters that were found, some of the documentation that was found … and it will continue behind the scenes,” he said.
“They’re still working on the cause of the explosion and that will take some time and we want to make sure that we analyze all the evidence and are certain with the cause.”
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Colley said expert analysis of the evidence is required, which could take weeks, so he could not provide a time frame on the investigation.
“I spoke earlier about handwriting analysis, the biggest portion is making sure the letters are associated to the right addresses,” he said.
“Because there have been numerous houses that were destroyed, we just have to make sure that what we have recovered thus far we can put back to the specific addresses.”
WATCH: Police still working to determine cause of Mississauga house explosion
Colley said the cause of the explosion is the main focus of the investigation and that autopsies on both bodies had been completed, but the cause of death was not released.
“Unfortunately that’s part of the investigation and that’s why they’re analyzing every piece of evidence,” he said.
“They want to be certain when a determination is made whether deliberate, accidental so that’s what’s taking so much time with this investigation.”
READ MORE: Mysterious notes found at Mississauga house explosion scene may lead to cause: police
Colley said he could not confirm Nadler’s criminal background because it is something police will be focusing on as part of their investigation.
“When we’re able to provide more information and we’ve figured out a cause and moved forward from there, we’ll be able to provide a lot more information to the media and to the public just to give them a sense of why and how this happened,” he said.
Colley said Wednesday that notes found at the scene of the explosion could provide insight into the cause of the blast.
WATCH: Investigators looking at mysterious notes found in rubble of Mississauga home explosion
Global News obtained one of the notes found at the scene and turned it over to police Wednesday.
The notes appear to be written by a woman who complains of an inability to maintain her house due to persistent health issues.
“I am sorry the house is a mess. I stopped vacumming [sic] when the power went off in the upstairs bathrooms. I stopped ironing a few month ago; When I could not stand up for long periods of time. I stopped dusting when I had to deal with my vertigo (the last year it began and now I have it often),” the note stated.
“I just stopped caring as much because of my pain … I trust God to look after me and my husband to take us home. I sleep away my days cause I am in pain. Vertigo is the worst.”
The notes also make several references to the Bible and the woman’s husband, who was also categorized as having health issues.
“Dear God, You know that my health and my husband’s health are in poor condition. We ask that you help us, we have trusted you with all of our lives and possessions because everything belongs to you; including us,” it reads.
“We have put all of our faith and trust in you. Only you can save us from man and his laws … Why are we still here God?”
WATCH: 700 addresses initially impacted by evacuation in Mississauga: fire chief
Mississauga Fire Chief Tim Beckett said Monday families in 69 residences remain under an evacuation order, but residents will continue to be allowed back to their homes this week.
“Over the period of the next couple of days we will start releasing that site, whether it be all at once or within sections, back to the residents, back to the insurance companies and in a very co-ordinated effort to ensure that the residents’ safety and the safety of any public coming into the area is addressed,” he said.
“On Tuesday, the night of the explosion, we had some 700 addresses that were impacted by the evacuation zone. Over time we have now been able to bring people back into the area and we’re now currently at 69 addresses that are unable to return to their homes.”
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Beckett added that of the 69 addresses, 32 units were in an apartment building located at 1360 Rathburn Road East in addition to 37 other homes.
He also said that some residents will be allowed into their homes on a 15-minute supervised visit to get their “personal needs,” before the homes are turned over to insurance companies and engineers are brought in to assess structural damage and whether they are safe to be occupied.
“Walking down the street was a little surreal just seeing where houses were and where it no longer is,” said neighbour Anna Wolanin.
“We eventually walked up the steps and they deemed that we could not go in to retrieve things. There’s a lot of glass everywhere, the ceiling is hanging.”
WATCH: Residents returning to site of Mississauga house explosion
Marco Mastrorilli said his grandparents live a few houses down from the blast, while his uncle lives across the street.
“It’s just devastating to see what happened. Never expected anything like this in my life,” he said. “I’ve been visiting them … for 17 years and never, never in my life expected this.”
Sandra Marasovic said emergency crews allowed her back into her house to retrieve some of her belongings and she’s grateful for the help they have provided.
WATCH: Displaced residents speak out after Mississauga house explosion
“That was the best phone call I’ve ever had in my life when they said, ‘You can go to your house for 10 minutes,’” she said.
“I was so ecstatic just to be in there for 10 minutes and see everything’s fine —; yeah there’s broken stuff but you know, it’s your life, your life is in there.”
Excitement was building Monday as NASA — as well as both professional and amateur astronomers — anxiously awaited the arrival of Juno, the first spacecraft to orbit Jupiter since Galileo came to an end in 2003.
Overall, Juno’s mission is to better understand the evolution of Jupiter, a planet so large that more than 1,300 Earths could fit inside it. Jupiter, and its collection of more than 60 moons, has presented planetary scientists and astronomers with many mysteries yet to be uncovered.
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Scientists hope to explore Jupiter’s atmosphere in an effort to ascertain how much water it contains. This, in turn, will help planetary scientists to determine if theories on planet formation are correct.
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Juno’s journey to Jupiter
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Our solar system was created from a swirling cloud of dust and gases. When Jupiter — a giant gas planet — formed, it held on to much of that primordial material, acting like a giant history book. Juno will measure not only the water but other elements such as ammonia contained in the atmosphere, which will lead to a better understanding of our early solar system formation.
Then there is Jupiter’s rich and interesting cloud system, something that it is well known for, most notably, the largest and longest-lasting storm known in our solar system, the Great Red Spot.
Like the sun, different parts of Jupiter rotate at different speeds, depending on the latitude. This churns up gases and produces the colourful bands of clouds we see today. Juno will study their composition, temperature and motions and will also measure the clouds to unprecedented depths.
An illustration depicting Jupiter’s interior.
One of the most interesting things about Jupiter is its powerful magnetic field. It is the strongest of any other planet in our solar system.
WATCH: Astrophysicist Jesse Rogerson joined Global News to discuss the significance of Juno reaching Jupiter.
Here on Earth, our magnetic field is created by a combination of a liquid layer of iron, nickel and other metals around our inner solid core where the flow of liquid iron becomes electrically charged.
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When it comes to Jupiter, scientists believe that the powerful magnetic field is created as hydrogen is squeezed into metallic hydrogen where it acts like an electrically conducting metal.
Jupiter’s intense magnetic field allows for bright, strong aurorae at its poles, just like our northern and southern lights here.
Juno will sample some the charged particles and magnetic fields near Jupiter’s poles while also observing the aurorae.
Scientists hope that studying this relationship will help better understand magnetic fields as well as aurorae.
Measuring the magnetic field will also help scientists determine if Jupiter has a solid core, something that remains unknown.
OAKLAND, Calif. – Kevin Durant decided his best chance for “growth” means leaving his beloved Oklahoma City behind for a big move out West to join the Golden State Warriors to play alongside Splash Brothers Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson.
In the most anticipated move of the NBA off-season, Durant announced his decision Monday on The Players’ Tribune. His deal can become official Thursday, when free agents can sign their new contracts.
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Independence Day, indeed.
“The primary mandate I had for myself in making this decision was to have it based on the potential for my growth as a player – as that has always steered me in the right direction,” Durant said in the article.
“But I am also at a point in my life where it is of equal importance to find an opportunity that encourages my evolution as a man: moving out of my comfort zone to a new city and community which offers the greatest potential for my contribution and personal growth. With this in mind, I have decided that I am going to join the Golden State Warriors.”
And the 2015 champion Warriors, who squandered a 3-1 NBA Finals lead to lose to LeBron James and the Cavaliers last month, know how tough Durant is in any lineup: They rallied from down 3-1 to beat Durant and the Thunder in a seven-game Western Conference Finals.
Oklahoma City Thunder fans furious about Durant’s decision to leave for Golden State reacted by burning his #35 jersey
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— Jacob DeLaughter (@jakedelaughter) July 4, 2016
— Nick Medina (@rapfavnick) July 4, 2016
Golden State applied a full-court press to land Durant. On Friday in the Hamptons, the Warriors sent owner Joe Lacob, general manager Bob Myers, coach of the year Steve Kerr, Curry and Thompson to meet with the 6-foot-9 superstar.
The 2014 MVP and four-time scoring champion led the Thunder to the NBA Finals in 2012, and to the Western Conference finals in four of the past six years – and he’s only 27. He recovered from a broken bone in his right foot that cost him much of last season to post one of the best years of his career.
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Durant met with the Thunder, Warriors, Los Angeles Clippers, Boston Celtics, San Antonio Spurs and Miami Heat once teams could begin negotiating with free agents.
“I’m from Washington, D.C. originally, but Oklahoma City truly raised me. It taught me so much about family as well as what it means to be a man,” Durant said. “There are no words to express what the organization and the community mean to me, and what they will represent in my life and in my heart forever. The memories and friendships are something that go far beyond the game. Those invaluable relationships are what made this deliberation so challenging.
“It really pains me to know that I will disappoint so many people with this choice, but I believe I am doing what I feel is the right thing at this point in my life and my playing career.”
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He should be a good fit in Golden State’s varying lineups and gives All-Star Draymond Green another physical body and rebounding presence.
The Warriors topped the 1995-96 Chicago Bulls’ mark and set the NBA regular-season wins record with 73 victories and led the league in scoring.
The Warriors have been one of the league’s deepest teams, and look to be that way again.
Durant has been a difficult opponent for the Warriors —; he averaged 30 points per game against them in this year’s Western Conference finals and dropped a career-high 54 points on them in 2014.
Adding Durant will give the Warriors another chance to chase a title after the bitter feeling that was this season – a record-setting year that ended without the team’s biggest goal being reached. Durant has had to carry much of the scoring load for the Thunder over the years, but having Curry, Green and Thompson on the floor with him should open up space he hasn’t had during his tenure in Oklahoma City.
But the Warriors will have to move players to make room for Durant.
They will have to make a decision on the future of restricted free agent Harrison Barnes. Center Andrew Bogut, meanwhile, removed all references to the Warriors from his 桑拿会所 page and is expected to be traded to clear room for Durant. His 桑拿会所 page now features a photo of the 7-footer in an Australia jersey.
Losing Durant to a top rival will sting for the Thunder.
“Kevin’s contributions to our organization during his nine years were profound, on and off the court,” Thunder Chairman Clayton I. Bennett said in a statement. “He helped the Thunder grow and succeed in immeasurable ways and impacted the community just the same.
“We thank him for his leadership, his play, and how he represented Oklahoma City and the entire state of Oklahoma.”
The Calgary Stampede is only three days away and crews are busy setting up and preparing for over a million visitors who are expected on the Stampede grounds.
With all the extra traffic in the city and dense crowds on the ground, Stampede officials are working with police to ramp up security efforts.
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Bag checks will be in place at the front gates where staff will check to make sure weapons and alcoholic beverages don’t make their way onto the grounds.
Bag checks will be in place at the front gates during Calgary Stampede 2016, a program that has been ramped up since it started in 2010.
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Paul Burrows, the manager of security services for the Calgary Stampede, said there will be additional officers set up in the midway area this year following a stabbing last year that sent three men to hospital – one in critical condition.
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The Stampede grounds are patrolled as a separate police district, with officers pulled from some winter programs, including school units. That means officers won’t be pulled from patrols on the streets where Calgarians and visitors can expect to see extra check stops.
An extensive CCTV surveillance system is set up at the park, covering 240 acres on the Stampede grounds.
READ MORE: ‘Not about the 10 days’ – Calgary Stampede looks to year-round event space
Terrorist attacks that have taken place around the world in the last year have also motivated officials to step up security. While the attacks in Paris, Turkey and most recently in Baghdad have targeted large groups of people, security officials said they have no reason to believe the Stampede is a target.
“Obviously with everything going on around the globe recently it’s something that we’re very aware of, and we’ve been doing a lot of analytical work to ensure that we have the information that we need,” Insp. Leah Barber with the Calgary Police said. “At this point we don’t have any evidence to suggest this a high-risk target.”
Watch below: Stampede President Bill Gray joins Global Calgary with details on what’s new and exciting for Stampede 2016.
Officials will also be closely monitoring the weather. Last year the Stampede was caught off guard by an intense storm that pelted visitors with marble-sized hail and sent people scrambling for cover.
“We do get surprised by things. The entire city was surprised by the sudden hail storm we had during last year’s event. That came with no real warnings, I believe, from people actively watching that. That’s weather in southern Alberta. It’s wild,” Paul Burrows, manager of security services for the Calgary Stampede, said.
Recent weather events, including a number of tornadoes (two confirmed in recent days near Ponoka and Hardisty), is also cause for concern.
Watch below: Global’s ongoing coverage of recent storms in Alberta
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A weather monitoring system was set up at the Calgary Stampede in 2009 with detailed forecasting of a 10-by-10-square-kilometre area that covers the grounds.
While officials say they can’t foresee everything, they will be watching the sky, the ground and the streets of Calgary closely for anything any threats during Stampede 2016.
The Economy Shoe Shop Cafe and Bar has joined the claim for compensation in connection to the construction of the Nova Centre in downtown Halifax.
There are now five local businesses that have retained Wagners Law Firm, including The Wooden Monkey restaurant, The Carleton Music Bar & Grill, Attica Furnishings and Biscuit General Store.
READ MORE: Downtown Halifax businesses take legal action over Nova Centre construction impact
According to Wagners, the businesses are hoping to recover the losses suffered during the prolonged construction of the convention centre. The project began in January 2013 and has been delayed several times. It is currently scheduled to be complete in early 2017.
Business owners have complained about street and sidewalk closures, reduced parking, noise, dust and in some cases, utilities being cut off with little warning and no compensation.
The defendants — all three levels of government, Argyle Developments Inc., its parent company Rank Incorporated and the Halifax Convention Centre Corporation — received notice last Monday.
Lawyer Ray Wagner told Global News his clients are seeking compensation for injurious affection and hope to reach an agreement on compensation through negotiation. If that is not successful, Wagner will make a claim for compensation to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board.
He expects compensation to be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars for each business.
In response to the legal action, the municipality’s legal team said last week they do not believe a claim for injurious affection under the Expropriation Act applies to them.
Severe thunderstorms ripped through western and central Saskatchewan Sunday night leaving a swath of damage in their wake.
Wind gusts of up to 98 kilometres and hour in Kindersley left a path of destruction with downed power lines reported in the area, along with reports of a roof collapse at the Canalta Hotel.
Roof collapse at the Canalta Hotel in Kindersley after a storm hit the community Sunday night.
Photo courtesy Barry Malindine
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Trees were knocked down in Spiritwood, Loreburn and Outlook and grain bins were damaged by wind in the Davidson area.
You’re stil welcome…#spiritwood #skstorm pic.twitter长沙桑拿/ugbAnWpw5s
— Bevra Fee (@saskfemale) July 4, 2016
Going to hear a few chainsaws today #spiritwood #skstorm pic.twitter长沙桑拿/dgvN0L4y2e
— Bevra Fee (@saskfemale) July 4, 2016
Thankful. Didn’t take garage or house! Whew! #skstorm #woodtoburn pic.twitter长沙桑拿/gsGlCDadAI
— Candace Wankel (@Wankel77) July 4, 2016
A Buddies #Oldbarn didn’t survive the wind either #skstorm pic.twitter长沙桑拿/3QOWP4KEuX
— Cory Dean (@CoryDean88) July 4, 2016
Strong wind at Davidson last night this bin blew across Hwy 11 #skstorm pic.twitter长沙桑拿/T46pOmKEUx
— Cory Dean (@CoryDean88) July 4, 2016
Down power lines in the Kindersley area.
Courtesy Michelle Allin
Last Mountain reported a wind gust of 107 km/h, while North Battleford clocked gusts of 94 km/h.
READ MORE: What to do when a tornado touches down in Saskatchewan
Baseball sized hail was reported in Kindersley, Eston and Smiley and heavy rain caused localized flooding in a number of areas across the region.
Flooding in Kindersley Sunday night.
Courtesy Michelle Allin
Tstorms left path of destruction in #Sask over long wkd. MORE: https://t.co/1aibwFRv9I#SKstorm #CitySC #CityMJ #YQR pic.twitter长沙桑拿/GJ0QGN6rnP
— Tiffany Lizée (@TiffanyGlobal) July 4, 2016
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After last night’s thunderstorms picked Saskatoon’s wind gusts up to 75 km/h, we’ve calmed down significantly today.
Temperatures started out around 12 degrees before warming into the low 20s by early afternoon.
Partly to mostly cloudy skies are dominating the day with a very slight chance of a stray shower later on.
Partly to mostly cloudy skies will continue tonight as the mercury drops back to around 11 degrees.
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A mix of sun and cloud will start off the day tomorrow before clouds build back in midday with a slight chance of a late day shower in the area.
Temperatures will rise up to around 22 degrees in the afternoon with humidity making it feel a few degrees warmer.
Increasing cloudiness is also expected on Wednesday with a chance of late day showers.
There’s a better chance of showers on Thursday with a weak upper low swinging through before some weak upper level ridging moves in for Friday helping to bring back some more sunshine.
Daytime highs are likely to remain in the low-to-mid 20s through the end of the week.
At this point it looks as though there’s a good chance of showers or thunderstorms on Saturday and most models are bringing in an upper low later in the weekend that is likely to bring in some steadier rain Sunday into early next week.
There’s more discrepancy in temperatures over the weekend with daytime highs at this point likely to be in the mid-20s both days before cooling off into early next week.
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A Federal Court judge who asked a sexual assault complainant why she couldn’t keep her knees together wants to keep serving on the bench and plans to apologize for his remarks at a public hearing.
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A Canadian Judicial Council inquiry scheduled for September is to determine whether Justice Robin Camp, who made the comments in 2014 as a provincial court judge in Calgary, should be removed from his job.
A notice of response outlining Camp’s position was posted to the council’s website on Monday.
“Justice Camp wants to continue serving as a judge,” it says.
“He believes he can make a positive contribution as a member of the Canadian judiciary. He will strive to keep improving and to keep learning.”
The notice says Camp plans to apologize at the inquiry committee meeting.
Watch below: Sexual assault advocates Deb Singh and Lenore Lukasik-Foss give their thoughts about Robin Camp’s conduct in the sexual assault trial
Camp has undergone training and counselling with a superior court judge, a psychologist and an expert in sexual assault law.
“His counselling has given him a deeper understanding of the trauma faced by survivors of sexual assault and about the discriminatory history of sexual assault law,” the response says.
“Justice Camp understands his insensitive and inappropriate comments were hurtful towards sexual assault survivors in particular and Canadians generally. He will not make these types of comments again.”
READ MORE: ‘Victim-blaming is still alive and well,’ says Sheldon Kennedy on Alberta judge
The notice does not represent a review of evidence supporting Camp’s position.
An inquiry committee made up of three council members and two senior lawyers will weigh the allegations against Camp.
Among other things, it’s alleged Camp made comments that “reflected an antipathy” toward laws meant to protect vulnerable witnesses, engaged in “stereotypical or biased thinking” and asked the complainant questions that relied on “discredited, stereotypical assumptions” of how one should behave following a sexual assault.
Watch below: The fallout grew in Nov. 2015 over controversial comments made by a Calgary judge presiding over a sexual assault case.
READ MORE: Alberta judge Robin Camp removed from all cases as sex assault trial reviewed
The council had already ordered a review panel to examine the judge’s decision in the 2014 case.
Camp acquitted a man of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old girl after deciding that the man’s version of events was more credible.
Court transcripts show Camp questioned the woman’s morals, suggested her attempts to fight off her attacker were feeble and described her as “the accused” throughout the trial.
He asked her: “Why couldn’t you just keep your knees together?” and said “pain and sex sometimes go together.”
The verdict was overturned on appeal and a new trial was ordered.
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In requesting the inquiry earlier this year, Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley wrote that Camp’s conduct “was so manifestly and profoundly destructive of the concept of impartiality, integrity and independence of the judicial role that public confidence has been sufficiently undermined to render Justice Camp incapable of executing his judicial office.”
Ganley added it would be “truly unfortunate” if Camp’s widely publicized comments resulted in a “chilling effect on victims of sexual abuse, making them hesitant to come forward.”
The Federal Court has ordered Camp to no longer hear cases until further notice.
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an updated story to reflect Canada Post issuing a lockout notice to CUPW.
After months of tense negotiations, Canada Post has issued a 72-hour lockout notice to the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW), which could result in a work stoppage by Friday.
WATCH: Postal workers committed to collective bargaining negotiations
The Crown corporation said it plans to suspend the collective agreement as of Friday, blaming the ongoing negotiations, CUPW’s strike mandate and the financial cost of a rapid decline in mail volume.
Here is a look at what is holding up the contract talks.
Canada Post and union negotiating pensions
Changes to employee pension plans have been at the heart of the negotiations.
The crown corporation wants to switch new employees to a defined contribution plan, instead of the defined benefit plan for current employees that guarantees a set level of retirement benefits.
READ MORE: What you need to know if service stops
Canada Post said it has tabled an offer which includes “modest and manageable wage increases for all employees and no changes to the pension for all employees in the plan,” but “required a new pension approach for new hires.”
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Canada Post said in written statement released Monday they were “extremely disappointed” with CUPW’s response to the tabled offers which they say would add “at least $1 billion” in costs over the next three years.
WATCH: Small businesses fear higher costs as Canada Post work stoppage looms
Jon Hamilton, a spokesman for the postal service, said Canada Post has felt the pinch from competing couriers and the growth of online payments and flyers.
“The amount of mail, the amount of advertising mail, the number of parcels are already declining,” Hamilton told the Canadian Press. “Many of our customers have already put contingency plans in place months ago and have been moving away from Canada Post.”
What does CUPW think?
The union has rejected changes to pensions but has also proposed wage hikes.
CUPW said in a statement Saturday the offer presented by Canada Post was “an insult.”
READ MORE: Some benefit cheques will still be delivered
The union is also fighting against what it describes as a two-tier pay scale for urban and rural mail carriers.
“Canada Post is asking us to sell out our future coworkers by agreeing to a two-tier system for doing the same work,” Union president Mike Palecek said last week. “That’s unacceptable to us.”
When was the last labour disruption?
The last time there was a work stoppage at Canada Post was in 2011. After eight months of collective bargaining negotiations, CUPW began a series of rotating strikes, which was followed by a nationwide lockout.
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The former Conservative government introduced back-to-work legislation ending the labour disruption.
The union has said it does not expect the Liberal government to get involved this time around.
WARNING: Foul language and potentially offensive content is featured below (and above).
That message seems to be omnipresent in Fergie’s latest music video for her song M.I.L.F. $, which features multiple Hollywood moms breastfeeding and drinking milk in revealing, low-cut tops. (Also, there is some milk being poured over bare skin.)
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The all-star cast of the video includes Kim Kardashian, Chrissy Teigen, Alessandra Ambrosio and more.
Luna’s music video debut slash lunch break #songofthesummer #MILFMONEY pic.twitter长沙桑拿/Yvs1iDj4LR
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) July 1, 2016
Of course, in popular culture, “MILF” stands for “Mother I’d Like to F**k.” Fergie claims, in her song, “MILF” stands for “Moms I’d Like to Follow.”
The video has a distinct 1950s vibe as the neighborhood “MILFman” drives around suburbia ogling at the moms along the way.
Fergie, who’s also the frontwoman for the group Black Eyed Peas, is shown serving milk at a malt shop (which suspiciously resembles a go-go bar), teaching a classroom full of raucous frat boys, and taking a bath in a milk-filled tub.
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The video ends with the celebrity moms shooting their own racy “Got MILF?” commercials.
It’s unclear whether the video is meant to be a commentary on breastfeeding or an empowerment display, but suffice it to say there is a lot of sexiness and partial nudity.
“Changing the acronym to ‘Moms I’d Like To Follow’ is about empowering women who do it all,” Fergie said to Entertainment Weekly. “They have a career, a family, and still find the time to take care of themselves and feel sexy. With a wink of course.”
Kardashian’s husband, Kanye West, certainly didn’t seem to mind his wife’s cameo in the video.
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— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) July 3, 2016
There was some backlash on 桑拿会所, with people claiming that there is little-to-no empowerment message being communicated in the music video.
Milf money? Seriously Fergie?
— SCOTT WARNER (@ScottWarner18) July 4, 2016
Fergie purring “heard you’re in the mood for a MILF-shake” pretty much sums up how terrible 2016 has been
— Sara Yasin (@missyasin) July 4, 2016
Fergie’s MILF $ like she saw Amy Schumer’s Milk Milk Lemonade and thought “Cool, but what if we erase the satire?” https://t.co/dwZPNbb1m3
— Jaime Woo (@jaimewoo) July 2, 2016
M.I.L.F. $ is now available as a single on iTunes. Rumour has it that the song will be featured in Fergie’s upcoming album Double Duchess, her first solo release in 10 years.
Trends often pop up and seem to take over practically overnight.
The Internet and social media have opened up the world, and trends from the United States are often at the forefront. But experts say Canadian consumers and innovators can benefit from the influence.
We are becoming global consumers
Not only can we see what people are eating, drinking and wearing in other parts of the world with a few clicks online, we can find (and buy) whatever it is just as easily.
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“The online landscape has removed the marketplace border that existed before,” Robert Burko, CEO of Elite Digital said.
He says the “majority” of new trends originate in the U.S. but the Internet has opened up a host of new options for Canadian consumers.
“I used to say, ‘U.S.A. trends, Canadian trends, American consumer, Canada consumer’ now…it’s just North American. The North American consumer, North American buying behaviour. It’s all blended to be the same.”
Celebrities are a huge driver of trends, with social media providing a 24/7 window.
“When you look at industries that are influenced by celebrity —; and a lot of them are —; I think you see most of that originating out of the U.S.”
Kim Kardashian has been credited with changing the way ample curves are perceived; her little sister Kylie Jenner prompted a “lip challenge” (and doctors’ warnings) with her artificially enhanced lips.
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The trends can influence how we act, what we wear, and even what we eat.
“The cronut would be the perfect example,” said Dana McCauley, host of YouTube’s Food Trends TV. “A huge New York phenomenon that 15 years ago…probably would have stayed a New York thing.”
The croissant-donut hybrid, invented by New York City pastry chef Dominique Ansel, set the Internet on fire —; and copycats popped up across North America.
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“It just went whoosh —; if we hadn’t had the digital world that wouldn’t have happened,” said McCauley.
She says the gourmet burger trend and “fair foods” such as deep fried butter are other examples of food trends making their way north.
Being a copycat can have its benefits
Innovators can cut out a lot of the guess work by taking something that’s popular and bringing it to a new market, or adding a unique twist.
“There’s a big opportunity there…What’s happening in America? What worked, what didn’t? What seems to be taking off? Use that information, use that research to be the one that jumps on it in Canada,” Burko said.
Then entrepreneurs can say “here’s our Canadian-ized version, that’s local to our marketplace.”
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While the U.S. influence is “such a massive force,” Burko says Canadians can’t sell themselves short.
“Canadian small business owners are smart, passionate, motivated…we are a breeding ground for great ideas and great trends. The reality is, just due to size, the American ideas often just shout louder than ours.”
There’s a non-stop show happening in the sky over Vernon this weekend.
About 120 skydivers are in the North Okanagan city for the Great Canadian Freefall Festival.
“They came from as far as California, Montreal, and there’s a couple from Arizona,” Bret Chalmers with Okanagan Skydive said. 聽“A lot from B.C. and Western Canada but quite a few from further out.”
The big draw this year is a big plane called a Skyvan, brought in for the event from California. 聽It carries 22 skydivers at a time, to an altitude of 13,000 feet.
“It’s a huge attraction because the whole back of the airplane opens up [and] we can all just run out of the back,” 聽Rocky Tyson, a flight instructor with Okanagan Skydive said. 聽“It’s a lot of fun that way.”
Most of the skydivers are experts with hundreds of jumps behind them, but some are new to the sport, jumping out of a plane for the first time.
#Jumped out of a plane at The Great Canadian Freefall #Festival in #Vernon! Watch @GlobalOkanagan tonight @ 5:30 pic.twitter长沙桑拿/xPnmg1tVKX
— Kimberly Davidson (@Kimberly_Global) July 2, 2016
“It’s terrifying, but exhilarating,” Erin Sigalet, who traveled to the Okanagan from Calgary said. 聽“It’s so much fun.”
The Skyvan takes off every 40 minutes during the festival, at full capacity for every run. 聽 With that many divers in the sky at once, they end up doing some pretty interesting formations.
“So if people want to look up over the fields over Vernon they’re going to be seeing something spectacular,” Chalmers said.
The Great Canadian Freefall Festival continues through Monday.
Five people were killed and 25 injured when an aged bus carrying farmworkers collided with a tractor-trailer and both vehicles burst into flames Saturday at a highway intersection in the Florida Panhandle, authorities said.
The Blue Bird bus from Georgia was carrying roughly 34 adults and children when it ran a flashing red light and a stop sign before hitting the tractor trailer, then spun around and hit the semi again, authorities said.
“This is a very horrendous crash, I can tell you,” Wakulla County Sheriff Charlie Creel said, calling it one of the worst in several decades in law enforcement.
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He told The Associated Press in a telephone interview that one of the bus passengers killed was a small child. The driver of the semi-truck, Gordon Sheets, 55 of Copiague, New York, also died, Creel said.
He said the bus, a retired school bus model built in 1979, hit just behind the driver’s door of the semi-truck on first impact and then spun around and hit it again as the vehicles went off the road and came to rest under a power line.
Deputies responded to a gruesome and chaotic scene as the front and the back of the bus was on fire when they arrived.
“Our deputies are heroes … our deputies got on the bus and started pulling people off, people that were not able to get off by themselves. They pulled out two deceased victims,” said Creel.
He said deputies continued to rescue victims until the bus was fully engulfed in flames and they were forced to stop.
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“If these deputies had not done that, we would have had a lot more fatalities,” the sheriff said, adding they were eventually “driven back” by the flames that then fully engulfed the tractor-trailer.
Both vehicles were resting against a power pole with live wires so fire rescue officials had to wait for the power company to shut off the power before it was safe to spray the vehicles with water. Both vehicles eventually burned out, he said.
The Tallahassee Democrat reported the intersection was strewn with bloody medical gear, clothing, pillows and coolers packed with food littered the road. The accident happened on US-98, a highway that follows the Florida coast around the Gulf of Mexico.
No one on the bus spoke English and authorities brought in interpreters, Creel said. He said the bus had left Bainbridge in south Georgia not far from the Florida Panhandle area and was bound for Belle Glade, Florida.
He said the bus was headed south on a north-south state road when it collided with the tractor-trailer, which was westbound on U.S. 98 – a Florida coastal highway.
Florida Highway Patrol officials were also investigating the wreck and were in the processing of notifying victims’ family members.
The driver of the bus, 56-year-old Elie Dupiche of Belle Glade, was hospitalized in critical condition. A passenger in the semi-truck, 21-year-old Rafael Nieves of Sound Beach, New York, was not injured, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.