Edmonton man in hospital after shooting in Texas

The Alberta Muslim Public Affairs Council says a prominent member of the Edmonton Muslim community is in hospital in Houston, Texas after he was shot early Sunday morning.

Mustafa Farooq with the AMPAC said Arslan Tajammul was on the way to morning prayer in southwest Houston when he was shot. Tajammul grew up in Edmonton and moved to Houston a couple of years ago for optometry school, Farooq said.

“This is the Muslim month of Ramadan where Muslims are attempting to purify themselves and he went just as a worshipper,” said Farooq, who has known Tajammul for about a decade. “In light of everything that’s going on it’s just a horrifying incident that one of my good friends growing up was shot.”

“It’s just tough to think about. What’s the world coming to?”

A spokesperson with the Houston Police Department told Global News a man was shot while standing outside a vehicle near an apartment complex down the street from a local mosque at around 5:30 a.m. Victor Senties said the victim was shot during an attempted robbery.

Senties said the victim went up the street to the nearby Madrasah Islamiah Mosque and asked someone to call 911. The man was taken to hospital and is expected to survive, Senties added.

Senties said there is “no indication that this is tied to a hate crime.”

Farooq said many people in Edmonton who know Tajammul are praying for his speedy recovery.

“When he was in Edmonton he was involved in a lot of interfaith work, he was involved in a lot of education, he was also involved in a lot of philanthropy,” he said. “That’s why so many people here in Edmonton know him and love him.”

“We just personally hope for him and for his family that God gives him strength and he has a swift recovery.”

The Houston Police Department said there are no suspects in custody.

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Family raises alarm after son goes missing from Winnipeg psych ward

WINNIPEG —; A family is sounding the alarm on Grace Hospital and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, after their son disappeared from the hospital’s care for hours on Saturday.

Ozzy McLellan, 19, disappeared on the afternoon of July 1. McLellan was being treated in the hospital’s psychiatric ward when he left the facility. He was found safe later that night by police, several kilometres away from Grace Hospital, where he was brought back into care.

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But the McLellan family said the hospital made a number of assurances to them when Ozzy was admitted, that such an incident would not happen.

“They told us, ‘it’s a locked ward. He’ll be monitored, we’ll know where he is at all times. There’s staff on all the time, we’ll know where he is,’” said Ozzy’s mother, Charity McLellan.

Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) acknowledged the incident and said it is investigating what led to the disappearance.

“We’re sorry about the anxiety this family has experienced,” a statement from the Health Authority read.

“We have taken extra precautions this weekend to ensure the safety of the patients in the unit by adding extra staff to assist in monitoring patients.”

Ozzy McLellan, left, is back in the care of Grace Hospital after his disappearance.

Charity McLellan

Charity McLellan said she was in a state of panic when she went to go visit her son and discovered he was not within the unit.

“When he was outside by himself, I was honestly scared. For himself. And for, who knows who else? I don’t know what he’s capable of.”

Grace Hospital was involved in a high-profile missing persons case earlier this year. Catherine Curtis, 60, was a patient at the hospital, being treated for anxiety and depression. Curtis was last seen leaving the hospital on April 25. Police dive teams found her body a week after her disappearance in nearby Sturgeon Creek.

The McLellan family said it is speaking out with the hope that there will now be better surveillance for their son and for other patients in the psychiatric unit.

Charity McLellan added, “[Ozzy] is going to have a wonderful life ahead of him. But if they do stuff like this? It doesn’t give me much hope.”


Man accused in Jeanne-Mance attempted kidnapping found not criminally responsible

MONTREAL – Jonathan Gamez-Arias, the suspect in a foiled kidnapping in Jeanne-Mance Park this past May, has been found not criminally responsible (NCR).

On May 21, Gamez-Arias, 24, entered Jeanne-Mance Park via de l’Esplanade Avenue and tried to grab a seven-year-old girl who was at the park with her family.

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    A family member intervened and held onto the suspect who only managed to run a few metres. Bystanders, including former Montreal Canadiens Georges Laraque, quickly jumped in to assist and helped restrain the suspect until police arrived.

    READ MORE: Jonathan Gamez-Arias charged with attempted kidnapping at Jeanne-Mance Park

    The verdict was handed down on June 29, after Gamez-Arias underwent a court-mandated psychiatric evaluation at the Pinel Institute, Montreal’s Forensic Psychiatric Hospital.

    Steve Hanafi, who represented Gamez-Arias in court, confirmed his client suffers from schizophrenia and said the incident was no more than a cry for help.

    “He meant no harm to the girl.” Hanafi said. “He just wanted help.”

    READ MORE: LIST: Canada’s prominent not criminally responsible (NCR) cases

    Gamez-Arias was facing up to 10 years in jail if found guilty but the NCR verdict means he cannot be prosecuted.

    “It’s the equivalent of  being acquitted.” Hanafi explained.

    However, Gamez-Ariaz was ordered to undergo treatment at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal and will be detained there indefinitely.

    His release though could come as soon as August, if he is deemed fit at his 45-day evaluation. Subsequent evaluations will be performed on a yearly basis.


Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: July 2016

Every day on Global News at 6 and Global News at 10, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

To submit a picture for Your Saskatchewan, email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

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GALLERY: Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: June 2016

July 1: This Canada Day Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by Dave Giles.

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July 2: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Les Anderson at Elbow.

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July 3: Tracey Britton took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Saint Victor.

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July 4: Brandi Sankey took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Lloydminster.

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July 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cheryl Hare of the Golden View Hutterite Colony on Canada Day, the province’s fourth tornado of 2016.

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July 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a sunset near Thode was taken by Tammy Ollenberg.

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July 7: Dayne Winter took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

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July 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a monarch butterfly on some milkweed was taken in Vanscoy by Margaret Flack.

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July 9: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Rachael Lerat in Southey.

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July 10: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Hope Desjarlais at Île-à-la-Crosse.

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July 11: Elizabeth Wills took this funnel cloud Your Saskatchewan photo in Saskatoon.

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July 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo of the flooding in Carrot River was taken by Shelly White.

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July 13: Lorraine Blazieko took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a family of ducks in her Saskatoon flower bed.

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July 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped by Kirsten Morin at Elbow.

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July 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Rhonda Kaycurs of a flax field near Dilke.

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July 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carol Lafond at Muskeg Lake Cree Nation.

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July 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Diane Kacher near Aberdeen.

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July 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carol Langenberger at Blaine Lake.

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July 19: Brandy Moxham took this Your Saskatchewan photo north of Outlook.

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July 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Ricky Forbes in Saskatoon.

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July 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Patricia Warlet Caldeira at Waskesiu Lake.

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July 22: Lucas Winiewski took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Moose Jaw.

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July 23: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Laura Orenchuk of her dog, Missy, enjoying a warm day at the dog beach.

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July 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Hannah Scott in Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.

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July 25: Debbie took this Your Saskatchewan photo of the North Saskatchewan River high above the Borden Bridge.

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July 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo of moose enjoying a canola field near Battleford was taken by Kristen Chakita.

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July 27: Crystal Laliberte took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a baby buck in a canola field near Battleford.

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July 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped near Montmartre by Janet Kotylak.

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July 30: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cathie Brataschuk of wild horses near Loon Lake.

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July 31: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Emily Engele in Muenster.

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Edmonton theatre defends showing of controversial anti-vaccination documentary

Public health officials are voicing concern over the showing of a controversial film at an Edmonton theatre.

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    Vaxxed: From Cover-Up to Catastrophe is playing at the Princess Theatre on Whyte Avenue from July 1 to 7. The documentary, which was pulled from the Tribeca Film Festival after backlash, alleges that the U.S. government covered up a link between autism and vaccinations. The director of the film, Dr. Andrew Wakefield, is also the author of a study claiming a link between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and autism spectrum disorders.

    That study has since been debunked and retracted from The Lancet. Wakefield has also been barred from practicing medicine because of a conflict of financial interest.

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    Tim Caulfield, a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy at the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta, is surprised the documentary is playing at the Princess.

    “Someone had to make a decision to bring this in, at least to give it the green light. And given the controversy around it, given the themes in this film, I find it really disappointing,” he said.

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    “Would [the theatre] show a film about racism that supports discrimination against a particular sector of our society? Probably not. Would they bring in a film that supports eugenic activity? Probably not. So there is a line…and for some reason they decided this film that really creates and supports inaccurate health myths is okay and I think that’s problematic.”

    Caulfield said he supports open debate and free speech, but he has concerns about the content of the documentary. He calls vaccination one of the great health success stories of the last 200 years and said there is an overwhelming consensus in the scientific community that vaccinations are safe and effective.

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    “This movie clearly has themes in it that are about anti-vaccination, that clearly has themes in it that support anti-vaccination myths. What a showing of a film like this might do is it might embolden that community. It might lead to a further polarization of the debate. It might make it even more difficult to convince people to get their kids vaccinated,” he said.

    READ MORE: How to convince skeptical parents that vaccines are safe

    Dr. Stan Houston, a professor of medicine and infectious disease expert in the University of Alberta’s School of Public Health, said vaccines have led to the eradication of preventable diseases.

    “Historically, vaccines, most public health people would agree vaccines have probably been the second-most important advance in human health after clean water and sanitation,” he said.

    Houston said the anti-vaccination movement may be the result of distrust of authorities.

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    “Vaccines are a victim of their success really. People aren’t seeing kids on an everyday basis dying of measles or diphtheria. When you don’t have that gear, it’s easier to concentrate on real and imagined risks,” Houston said.

    “Just because there are two points of view doesn’t mean they are of equal validity.”

    Houston said he hopes the showing of Vaxxed leads to more informed discussions about immunizations.

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    Global News reached out to the management of the Princess Theatre, and a spokesperson said staff agree with the public concern over the documentary’s contents.

    “We are in no way seeking to promote or support the movement it represents by choosing to show the film at our theatre, and are well aware of the absence of evidence linking autism and vaccinations,” the statement reads.

    However, the theatre said it is showing the documentary for several reasons. A spokesperson said the theatre supports small studios and independently made film.

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    “In many cases in the past, we have not agreed with the message of these films, but have chosen to show them anyway because of our belief that they are still deserving of a voice in media. If we were to pick and choose based on only our interest or agreement we would feel like we were disingenuous in this belief. Obviously the somewhat more harmful nature of this film made this choice harder than normal,” the statement reads.

    The statement said the choice to show the documentary is also for business reasons, since it has received commercial success at other theatres.

    “This should be a case of the community voting with their money. If this is not the kind of content you want to see, you should stay at home or choose to attend one of the several other films we’re showing the same night instead of giving the creators of this film your money,” the statement reads.


Donald Trump appears as supervillain in new Marvel comic

A week after revealing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will appear on the cover of a new issue of “Civil War II”, Marvel Comics are wading back into politics, featuring presumptive Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in a much less flattering way.

Trump, or a very close likeness of him, can currently be seen as the villain M.O.D.O.K. in “Spider-Gwen Annual #1”, an alternate universe edition to the Spiderman comics.

In the comic, Peter Parker’s girlfriend Gwen Stacey is bit by the radioactive spider instead of Peter and becomes the web-slinging hero. M.O.D.A.K., whose previous acronym stood for Mental Organism Designed Only For Killing now stands for Mental Organism Designed As America’s King.

In case anyone didn’t recognise Trump’s famous mug on M.O.D.O.K.’s trademark enormous head, at one point the villain begins saying “Must make America—” before getting hit by Captain America’s shield. In this alternate Marvel Universe, Captain America is a black woman.

Comics have a long history of using current politicians in their stories, famously featuring Hitler getting punched out by Captain America on the cover of 1941’s “Captain America Comics #1”.

However, this time around, Donald Trump’s appearance has drawn mixed reaction on social media.

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Blast goes off in New York’s Central Park, man suffers serious injury

A man injured his foot after an explosion in New York City’s Central Park Sunday morning.

An 18-year old was walking through the park near Central Park Zoo when he stepped on what police suspect was a homemade firework.

The explosion could be heard from blocks away, according to reports.

The commanding officer of the New York Police Department’s bomb squad told reporters Sunday there’s no indication the firework was made to harm people.

The victim has been identified as Connor Golden, 18, from Fairfax, Va., according to the New York Daily News.

His two friends, Thomas Hinds, 20, and Joseph Stabile, 18, told the paper that they weren’t carrying fireworks when the explosion occurred.

“We don’t know what happened. There was a small explosion and then dust,” Hinds told the New York Daily News. “We really don’t know.”

The Fire Department said the man sustained a major injury, possibly an amputation, and was taken to a hospital. There was no immediate word on his condition.

Initially, reports indicated the park had been evacuated but an NYPD police spokesman denied that was the case.

With files from Associated Press

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Alberta experiences severe thunderstorm watches, warnings

Environment Canada issued severe weather watches and warnings for much of central and southern Alberta Sunday afternoon.

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    At 4:24 p.m. a tornado warning was issued for Flagstaff Co. near Alliance, Bellshill Lake, Lougheed and Hardisty. The warning was dropped at 4:46 p.m. As of 8:30 p.m. a severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for the region extending to Lloydminster, Wainwright, Provost and Vermilion.

    As of 8:30 p.m. a severe thunderstorm watch was issued for the Red Deer, Ponoka, Stettler and Innisfail areas.

    As of 2:50 p.m. Sunday, severe thunderstorm watches and warnings were in place for areas northeast of Edmonton, stretching south to Medicine Hat.

    As of 3 p.m., Edmonton and Calgary were not under any weather warnings or watches.

    READ MORE: Tornado touched down near Ponoka Thursday night

    Environment Canada said a line of severe thunderstorms was capable of producing very strong wind gusts, heavy rain and up to nickel-sized hail.

    Severe thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing large hail, damaging winds and/or torrential rainfall.

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Northlands to sell parking stalls to LRT users for park and ride

Edmonton transit users in and around Rexall Place now have a new option for park and ride.

On Canada Day, Northlands opened up 654 parking stalls for park and ride users on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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    LRT passengers can guarantee themselves a parking spot for $75 per month. The parking spaces are located in Lot E near Rexall Place, a short walk from the Coliseum LRT Station.

    A report released by the City of Edmonton earlier this year showed demand for park and ride facilities in the city far exceeds the supply, which could lead to more paid stalls.

    READ MORE: Edmonton Park and Ride report calls for more reserved parking, higher fees

    The report found 87 per cent of stalls at LRT Park and Ride sites are free – meaning there are charges to park in the remaining 13 per cent – and money is needed to maintain and operate the park and ride facilities.

    Competition for parking stalls is also tight, according to the report, which stated there are 240 assigned stalls at the Century Park lot, but 3,540 people on the waiting list.

    A report released by the Edmonton Transit System Advisory Board a few weeks later identified short-term options to address the high demand for park and ride stalls, including charging more for reserved parking spots.

    READ MORE: How Edmonton plans to address park-and-ride pressures

    Drivers will be allowed to park on site from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on statutory holidays. Park and riders must vacate the area by 5 p.m. on event days, Northlands said. Notice of events will be given on site, 72 hours in advance.

    Monthly or annual park and ride passes can be purchased online, over the phone at 780-378-7474 or on site at the Northlands Store from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday.

    Northlands park and ride is a private operation, not affiliated with Edmonton Transit’s park and ride lots.

    For more information on the Northlands park and ride, visit the organization’s website.

    With files from Julia Wong, Global News.


Beached newborn beluga returned to St. Lawrence River

A marine team in Quebec was called in to help a baby beluga whale found stranded on a beach on the St. Lawrence River.

Officials at the Group for Research and Education on Marine Animals (GREMM) received a call from vacationers who found the female calf in Riviere-du-Loup around 1 p.m. ET Thursday.

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GREMM president Robert Michaud said the calf was only hours old, which means the mother likely died while giving birth, he told Montreal newspaper Le Devoir.

“It would not be surprising to find another dead female in the coming days,” he said.

The whale was transported back into the water near a group of female whales in the hopes they would adopt it.

While the calf integrated into the pod, no female showed signs of adopting it.

“For now, we do not yet know the outcome of the story,” Michaud told Le Devoir.

“It is estimated that the probability of a rescue like this works are very low.”

St. Lawrence belugas in need of help

Michaud called the St. Lawrence beluga situation “increasingly precarious.”

He said there were already two female whale carcasses found this year, and there is an unusually high mortality rate among the whales.

The population, which was over 100,000 a century ago, is just under 900 today – less than one per cent of what it once was.

World Wildlife Fund Canada says the belugas are endangered and said they are affected by pollution in the water.

“In fact, toxins in belugas reach such high levels that some beluga carcasses have had to be classified as ‘toxic waste,’” WWF-Canada representative Emily Giles wrote in a blog post.