PETA offers reward in Rosemont dog abuse case

MONTREAL —; American animal welfare group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), is offering up to $5,000 for any information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the recent Rosemont dog abuse incident.

On Friday, June 17, Pierre Szalowski was walking his two dogs in his own backyard when one of them ate meatballs filled with razor blades that had been thrown over the fence. The dog, Molly, was transported to a veterinary clinic where she underwent emergency surgery.

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    “Nobody has ever complained about our dogs,” Szalowski told Global news in mid-June. “I think whoever did this is ill, and we worry about what else they might do.”

    The culprit still has not been identified, but PETA is hoping that the reward will entice anyone with information to come forward.

    In a phone interview from Norfolk, Virginia, PETA’s Rachel Bellis told Global News that incidents like this one are all too common.

    “Whoever maliciously tried to kill these two dogs is a threat to the community and may very well strike again,” said Bellis.

    PETA asks that anyone who has information about a possible suspect in this case contact Montreal police.

    “Someone who does this once is most likely willing to do it again, said Bellis. “This person is sick.”

    WATCH BELOW: A Rosemont dog owner is worried after his dog ate meatballs stuffed with razor blades. 


Donald Trump forced to delete tweet after allegations of anti-Semitism

Donald Trump was forced to reissue a tweet Saturday after 桑拿会所 users issued charges of anti-Semitism.

The deleted tweet featured an image of Hillary Clinton with the words “History Made” as well as “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” with the latter phrase being contained inside a six-pointed star. The graphics were laid over a pile of cash.

The tweet was immediately criticized by some many on 桑拿会所, who said the six-pointed star can be linked to the Jewish star of David.

Trump deleted the original tweet after issuing one with a circle over top of the star.

On Monday, Trump dismissed concerns about possible anti-Semitic imagery writing on 桑拿会所 that earlier star could be a “Sheriff’s Star, or plain star.”

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New Saskatoon blood donor clinic starts accepting platelet donations

Saskatoon residents looking to donate blood or platelets now need to go to the Canadian Blood Service‘s new location.

READ MORE: Canadian Blood Services relocating Saskatoon blood donor clinic

The new clinic, located at 1206 Emerson Ave. just off 8th Street, started accepting platelet donations Saturday and will start with full blood donations on Tuesday, July 5. The existing downtown clinic closed its doors at the end of June.

One of the benefits both donors and staff are quick to point out is the easy access to parking at the new location.

Lyle Hodge was one of the first donors in the new clinic. He donates platelets every two weeks, and says the new location has a better and more cheery feel.

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Anyone who wants to book an appointment can visit the Canadian Blood Services website.

The new blood donor clinic on Emerson Ave replaces the existing clinic on 20th Street East.

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Hours of operation at the new clinic will be as follows:

Tuesday         8 a.m. – 12 p.m.Wednesday   9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Thursday       9 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.Friday            8 a.m. – 12 p.m.Saturday        8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

With files from Thomas Piller

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Wiesel wrote more than 40 books about Holocaust, his life

For more than a half-century, Elie Wiesel voiced his passionate beliefs to world leaders, celebrities and general audiences in the name of victims of violence and oppression. He wrote more than 40 books of fiction and non-fiction, but his most influential by far was “Night,” a classic ranked with Anne Frank’s diary as standard reading about the Holocaust.

READ MORE: Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, dead at 87

Here’s a look at some of his published works and awards and distinctions:

Published works

1960: His first book “Night,” was first published in the U.S. in 1960. It has been translated into 30 languages and has sold millions of copies.1961: “Dawn,” a novel.1970: “A Beggar in Jerusalem,” a novel that won a French literary award, Prix Médicis.1980: “The Testament,” a novel.1995: “All Rivers Run to the Sea,” the first of his two-volume memoirs.1999: “And the Sea is Never Full,” the second of his two-volume memoirs.

Awards

1978: President Jimmy Carter appointed him to head the President’s Commission on the Holocaust and plan an American memorial museum to Holocaust victims.1985: President Ronald Reagan presented him with U.S. Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his “humanitarian efforts and outstanding contributions to world literature and human rights.”1986: In awarding him the Nobel Peace Prize, the Norwegian Nobel Committee called him as “a messenger to mankind” and “one of the most important spiritual leaders and guides in an age when violence, repression and racism continue to characterise the world.”1992: President George H.W. Bush presented him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, saying Wiesel survived the Holocaust and “still today keeps watch against the forces of hatred.”2001: Wiesel is granted the rank of grand croix in the French Legion of Honor, France’s premier award.2013: Israel President Shimon Peres awarded him the Presidential Medal of Distinction, the country’s highest civil medal, for his “ongoing work in preserving the memory of the Holocaust.”
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Clinton interviewed by the FBI about private email server

WASHINGTON – Hillary Clinton was interviewed by the FBI about her use of a private email server as secretary of state, her campaign said Saturday, as federal investigators neared the end of the probe that has hung over her White House bid.

Clinton, the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate, gave a voluntary interview for 3 1/2 hours on Saturday morning at FBI Headquarters in Washington, her campaign said.

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“She is pleased to have had the opportunity to assist the Department of Justice in bringing this review to a conclusion,” Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill said. “Out of respect for the investigative process, she will not comment further on her interview.”

READ MORE: More Hillary Clinton emails released, including some previously deleted

Spokespeople for the FBI and the Justice Department declined to comment Saturday.

The interview was expected and it does not suggest that she or anyone else is likely to face prosecution. Some legal experts view criminal prosecution as exceedingly unlikely. The interview may indicate that the Justice Department’s yearlong probe is drawing to a close.

But the ongoing investigation represents a major risk for Democrats as Clinton is merely four weeks away from being formally nominated as the party’s presidential candidate.

Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee, has seized on the email issue and repeatedly said the probe undermines Clinton’s fitness for office. Trump has called his opponent “Crooked Hillary” and said she cannot be trusted in the White House.

The former first lady and New York senator has argued that she is more trustworthy than Trump on handling the issues that matter to most Americans: foreign policy, national security and running the economy.

But the email investigation has lingered throughout her campaign, and Trump has asserted that Clinton will receive leniency from a Democratic administration.

WATCH: Donald Trump blasts Hillary Clinton as a ‘world class liar’

The investigation also poses an unwelcome distraction just as Clinton has vanquished her primary rival, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, holds a huge fundraising advantage over Trump and polls show her well-placed to become America’s first female president even as many voters question her trustworthiness.

The questioning came a day after Attorney General Loretta Lynch said that she intended to accept the findings and recommendations of career prosecutors who have spent months investigating the case. Lynch came under scrutiny for an impromptu meeting with Clinton’s husband, former President Bill Clinton, on Lynch’s plane in Phoenix. Critics said the meeting between Lynch and the ex-president was inappropriate given the investigation even though Lynch and a Clinton spokesman said it was social in nature.

Trump, reacting to the meeting between Lynch and the former president on Friday, said in Colorado: “He opened up a Pandora’s Box. And it shows what’s going on. And it shows what’s happening with our laws and with our government.”

While she was President Barack Obama’s secretary of state, Clinton exclusively used a private email server for her government and personal emails, rather than the State Department’s email system. The Associated Press revealed the existence of the server in March 2015.

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Clinton has said relying on a private server was a mistake but that other secretaries of state had also used a personal email address.

The FBI is investigating the potential mishandling of sensitive information. The matter was referred for investigation last July by the inspectors general for the State Department and intelligence community following the discovery of emails that they said contained classified information.

The State Department’s inspector general, the agency’s internal watchdog, said in a blistering audit in May that Clinton and her team ignored clear warnings from State Department officials that her email setup violated federal standards and could leave sensitive material vulnerable to hackers. Clinton declined to talk to the inspector general, but the audit reported that Clinton feared “the personal being accessible” if she used a government email account.

Agents have already interviewed top Clinton aides including her former State Department chief of staff Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, a longtime aide who is currently the vice chairwoman of Clinton’s campaign.

The staffer who set up the server, Bryan Pagliano, was granted limited immunity from prosecution by the Justice Department last fall in exchange for his co-operation. The FBI as a matter of course seeks to interview individuals central to an investigation before concluding its work.

WATCH: Hillary Clinton facing fresh round of controversy over email scandal

The emails were routed through a server located in the basement of Clinton’s New York home during her tenure as the nation’s top diplomat from 2009 to 2013.

Dozens of the emails sent or received by Clinton through her private server were later determined to contain classified material.

Clinton has repeatedly said that none of the emails were marked classified at the time they were sent or received. As part of the probe, she has turned over the hard drive from her email server to the FBI.

The FBI interview comes as Clinton is set to embark on a major week of her presidential campaign. She will join Obama for their first joint campaign appearance on Tuesday in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Clinton will follow it up with an event on Wednesday in Atlantic City, New Jersey, aimed at undercutting Trump’s business practices. On Friday, Clinton will campaign for the first time with Vice-President Joe Biden in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Clinton is considering potential vice-presidential choices and preparing to formally receive the Democratic nomination on July 28 at the party’s convention in Philadelphia.


5 tips to stay safe on the water this summer

Spending time at the lake is a summer staple for many Albertans, but heading out onto the water can be dangerous if you’re not prepared.

The Lifesaving Society said there were 28 drowning deaths in Alberta in 2014 and 15 drowning deaths in 2015.

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    When it comes to who’s drowning, the CEO of the Alberta and Northwest Territories branch of the Lifesaving Society said the most recent statistics show men between the ages of 18 and 29, and 54 and 65 are the most at-risk of drowning.

    “Your young males are those risk-takers and they think that it can’t happen to them and it won’t happen to them,” Barbara Costache explained.

    “Your 54-to-65-year-olds are those baby boomers. So the trends over the last few years are showing us that that’s an increased target that’s drowning and that’s because they’re still recreating and doing what they were doing with the same level of risk and behaviour that they did when they were younger.”

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    The Canadian Safe Boating Council (CSBC) offers the following five tips for anyone heading out onto the water.

    Wear a life-jacket

    Legally, there must be one life-jacket or personal flotation device on board for each person. The director of the CSBC urges people to wear their life-jackets.

    “Often times they’re on the boat,” Ian Gilson said. “The problem is if they happen to get tossed overboard, and that can happen.

    “Eighty per cent of boating-related fatalities, statistically, involve people who haven’t been wearing their life-jackets. It’s so preventable, which is the real tragedy about that.”

    The CSBC conducted a study that found the number one reason people don’t wear life-jackets is because they said they can swim. But Gilson said it doesn’t take much for a person to be unexpectedly tossed overboard.

    “I could be out fishing, looking at my rod and I don’t see a cruiser wave coming at me from behind. All of a sudden I get tossed out of the boat along with it and the current keeps on taking the boat further and further away from me, and it turns out that I can never catch up to it and as a result I perish.”

    “The bottom line is, life-jackets save lives and you don’t have time to put them on when a boat capsizes or an incident occurs,” Barbara Costache, CEO of the Alberta, NWT chapter of the Lifesaving Society, said.

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    Don’t drink and boat

    Impaired driving is not only a concern on the road, but on the water too. The CSBC said 40 per cent of boating-related fatalities involve alcohol.

    “Wait until you get back to the pier to have that beer,” the CSBC said.

    Take a boating course

    Just as drivers must know the rules of the road, boaters must know the rules of the waterways. Boating safety courses can help make you more aware of safe boating practices, prevention measures and ways to reduce risks on the water.

    Watch below: Power boat rules of the road

    For a list of accredited boating safety courses, visit Transport Canada’s website.

    Be prepared

    The CSBC urges people to make sure the boat has all the required safety gear on board and plenty of fuel before heading out on the water. It’s also important to make sure the weather conditions are safe for the vessel you’re taking out.

    Gilson encourages people to be safe and not take unnecessary risks.

    “When you’re out there, don’t take silly risks,” he said. “One risk that I particularly find people take, even as they’re going along very slowly, is they’ll let their children sit on the bow of the boat with their legs hanging over. One brief moment of inattention can cause that child to slip into the water and I don’t care how slowly you’re going, it really, really is near impossible to stop in time and you’d never, ever forgive yourself.”

    Beware of cold water risks

    While it may be hot outside, the water can still be frigid, which presents a significant risk if someone falls in.

    “Even at this time of the year, the lakes can be very, very cold. So hypothermia is a real consideration,” Gilson said.

    If you end up in the water, it’s recommended you do everything you can to save your energy and keep your body warm. You may survive longer in cold water if you:

    Wear a life-jacket or PFD so that you will not lose valuable energy trying to keep your head above waterClimb onto a nearby floating object to get as much of your body out of or above the water as possibleCross your arms tightly against your chest and draw your knees up close to them to help you keep your body heatHuddle with others with chests close together, arms around mid to lower back, and legs intertwined

    For more information on boater and water safety, visit the Lifesaving Society’s, CSBC’s or Transport Canada’s website.

    Lifesaving Society’s 2016 Alberta drowning report

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New airfield lifts Saskatoon’s Hub City Radio Control Club to new heights

The Hub City Radio Control Club (HCRCC) in Saskatoon has been without an airfield for several years. That changed on Saturday with the official opening of the Richardt Field.

The HCRCC brings together enthusiasts of radio controlled air crafts, such as model planes or drones.

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The club has been around for 40 years, and their original airfield had been on a farm owned by the Richardt family. When Bob Richardt needed to sell the land, he didn’t want to see the club without a place to call their own. So he bought and donated a piece of land 10 minutes east of Saskatoon to build a new club.

Richardt said the donation is well worth it.

“The biggest joy is seeing all these people here” Richardt told Global News while watching the grand opening, “and the interest it has created.”

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    The national president of the Model Aeronautic Association of Canada has seen a lot of different air fields, and says Saskatoon’s ranks as one of the best.

    With strict regulations from Transport Canada for where it’s safe to operate a drone or model plane, it’s important for RC pilots to have spaces like this.

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41st edition of Carifiesta brought Caribbean vibes to downtown Montreal

MONTREAL —; Despite rain, wind and cool temperatures, Ste. Catherine Street West was the fieriest place to be in Montreal this Saturday.

“It’s definitely representing what’s going on in the Caribbean,” said Jeffrey Craigg, who took part in the event as he proudly represented his home country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. “That’s what this is all about: bringing the Caribbean to Montreal, to Canada.”

In its 41st edition, the annual Carifiesta parade was as vibrant as ever.

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    “This is our culture, this is us,” said Fabiola Abelard with Ayiti Makaya, the group that organized this year’s Carifiesta.  “It’s not always the sad, the bad and the ugly. It is the beautiful colours, it is the vibrant, it is all the laughter and the dancing and everything that is lively. This is us.”

    Saturday afternoon, thousands took to the streets to discover and share what it means to be Caribbean.

    “It’s something we grow up with doing all our lives,” said parade-goer Elsa Alleyne, who is a Trinidadian native. “So we’ve been doing this for centuries. I’ve been doing this since I was a child.”

    People of all ages and from all backgrounds watched on and danced along to the sounds of a dozen Caribbean nations.

    “As a Caribbean, I like to find the mood that I can find in a carnival back home,” said Malick Lombion, originally from Guadeloupe.

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    The 41st edition of Carifiesta in the streets of downtown Montreal. Saturday, July 2, 2016.

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    The 41st edition of Carifiesta in the streets of downtown Montreal. Saturday, July 2, 2016.

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    The 41st edition of Carifiesta in the streets of downtown Montreal. Saturday, July 2, 2016.

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    The 41st edition of Carifiesta in the streets of downtown Montreal. Saturday, July 2, 2016.

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    The 41st edition of Carifiesta in the streets of downtown Montreal. Saturday, July 2, 2016.

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    The 41st edition of Carifiesta in the streets of downtown Montreal. Saturday, July 2, 2016.

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    A little rain didn’t dampen the mood at Montreal’s Carifiesta on Saturday, July 2, 2016.

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    While some in attendance were veteran parade-goers, for others, it was an eye-opening experience.

    “I had no idea there were that many people from the Caribbean here in Montreal so it was really fun to see,” said Montreal resident Michael Conro.

    The parade started at Fort Street around noon, continuing down Ste. Catherine Street before culminating in Philipps Square hours later.

    And the ambiance throughout was like none other.

    “Pleasant, blessed, upbeat, and full of the most positive energy you could ever want to be around,” said Dawn Teed who has been attending the annual parade for as long as she can remember.

    While Ste. Catherine Street differs slightly from a Caribbean beach, paraders couldn’t think of a better place to share their island fever.

    “We live here because it’s full of different cultures and it’s time for us to show ours,” said Trinidadian Sharon Seales. “So you know what? It just works!”

    Although it may not have felt like summer on Saturday, the fiesta kept Montrealers sizzling all day long.


Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate, dead at 87

NEW YORK – Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel, the Romanian-born Holocaust survivor whose classic “Night” became a landmark testament to the Nazis’ crimes and launched Wiesel’s long career as one of the world’s foremost witnesses and humanitarians, has died at age 87.

His death was announced Saturday by Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial. No other details were immediately available.

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The short, sad-eyed Wiesel, his face an ongoing reminder of one man’s endurance of a shattering past, summed up his mission in 1986 when accepting the Nobel Peace Prize: “Whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation, take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

READ MORE: Wiesel wrote more than 40 books about Holocaust, his life

For more than a half-century, he voiced his passionate beliefs to world leaders, celebrities and general audiences in the name of victims of violence and oppression. He wrote more than 40 books, but his most influential by far was “Night,” a classic ranked with Anne Frank’s diary as standard reading about the Holocaust.

“Night” was his first book, and its journey to publication crossed both time and language. It began in the mid-1950s as an 800-page story in Yiddish, was trimmed to under 300 pages for an edition released in Argentina, cut again to under 200 pages for the French market and finally published in the United States, in 1960, at just over 100 pages.

“‘Night’ is the most devastating account of the Holocaust that I have ever read,” wrote Ruth Franklin, a literary critic and author of “A Thousand Darknesses,” a study of Holocaust literature that was published in 2010.

“There are no epiphanies in ‘Night. There is no extraneous detail, no analysis, no speculation. There is only a story: Eliezer’s account of what happened, spoken in his voice.”

Wiesel began working on “Night” just a decade after the end of World War II, when memories were too raw for many survivors to even try telling their stories. Frank’s diary had been an accidental success, a book discovered after her death, and its entries end before Frank and her family was captured and deported. Wiesel’s book was among the first popular accounts written by a witness to the very worst, and it documented what Frank could hardly have imagined.

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“Night” was so bleak that publishers doubted it would appeal to readers. In a 2002 interview with the Chicago Tribune, Wiesel recalled that the book attracted little notice at first. “The English translation came out in 1960, and the first printing was 3,000 copies. And it took three years to sell them. Now, I get 100 letters a month from children about the book. And there are many, many million copies in print.”

In one especially haunting passage, Wiesel sums up his feelings upon arrival in Auschwitz:

“Never shall I forget that night, the first night in camp, which has turned my life into one long night, seven times cursed and seven times sealed. Never shall I forget that smoke. Never shall I forget the little faces of the children, whose bodies I saw turned into wreaths of smoke beneath a silent blue sky. … Never shall I forget these things, even if I am condemned to live as long as God Himself. Never.”

“Night” was based directly on his experiences, but structured like a novel, leading to an ongoing debate over how to categorize it. Alfred Kazin was among the critics who expressed early doubts about the book’s accuracy, doubts that Wiesel denounced as “a mortal sin in the historical sense.” Wiesel’s publisher called the book a memoir even as some reviewers called it fiction. An Amazon editorial review labeled the book “technically a novel,” albeit so close to Wiesel’s life that “it’s generally – and not inaccurately – read as an autobiography.”

In 2006, a new translation returned “Night” to the bestseller lists after it was selected for Oprah Winfrey’s book club. But the choice also revived questions about how to categorize the book. Amazon长沙桑拿 and Barnes & Noble长沙桑拿, both of which had listed “Night” as fiction, switched it to nonfiction. Wiesel, meanwhile, acknowledged in a new introduction that he had changed the narrator’s age from “not quite 15” to Wiesel’s real age at the time, 15.

“Unfortunately, ‘Night’ is an imperfect ambassador for the infallibility of the memoir,” Franklin wrote, “owing to the fact that it has been treated very often as a novel.”

Wiesel’s prolific stream of speeches, essays and books, including two sequels to “Night” and more than 40 books overall of fiction and nonfiction, emerged from the helplessness of a teenager deported from Hungary, which had annexed his native Romanian town of Sighet, to Auschwitz. Tattooed with the number A-7713, he was freed in 1945 – but only after his mother, father and one sister had all died in Nazi camps. Two other sisters survived.

After the liberation of Buchenwald, in April 1945, Wiesel spent a few years in a French orphanage, then landed in Paris. He studied literature and philosophy at the Sorbonne, and then became a journalist, writing for the French newspaper L’Arche and Israel’s Yediot Ahronot.

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French author Francois Mauriac, winner of the 1952 Nobel in literature, encouraged Wiesel to break his vowed silence about the concentration camps and start sharing his experiences.

In 1956, Wiesel travelled on a journalistic assignment to New York to cover the United Nations. While there, he was struck by a car and confined to a wheelchair for a year. He became a lifetime New Yorker, continuing in journalism writing for the Yiddish-language newspaper, the Forward. His contact with the city’s many Holocaust survivors shored up Wiesel’s resolve to keep telling their stories.

Wiesel became a U.S. citizen in 1963. Six years later, he married Marion Rose, a fellow Holocaust survivor who translated some of his books into English. They had a son, Shlomo. Based in New York, Wiesel commuted to Boston University for almost three decades, teaching philosophy, literature and Judaic studies and giving a popular lecture series in the fall.

Wiesel also taught at Yale University and the City University of New York.

In 1978, he was chosen by President Carter to head the President’s Commission on the Holocaust, and plan an American memorial museum to Holocaust victims. Wiesel wrote in a report to the president that the museum must include denying the Nazis a posthumous victory, honouring the victims’ last wishes to tell their stories. He said that although all the victims of the Holocaust were not Jewish, all Jews were victims. Wiesel advocated that the museum emphasize the annihilation of the Jews, while still remembering the others; today the exhibits and archives reflects that.

Among his most memorable spoken words came in 1985, when he received a Congressional Gold Medal from President Ronald Reagan and asked the president not to make a planned trip to a cemetery in Germany that contained graves of Adolf Hitler’s personal guards.

“We have met four or five times, and each time I came away enriched, for I know of your commitment to humanity,” Wiesel said, as Reagan looked on. “May I, Mr. President, if it’s possible at all, implore you to do something else, to find a way, to find another way, another site. That place, Mr. President, is not your place. Your place is with the victims.”

Reagan visited the cemetery, in Bitburg, despite international protests.

Wiesel also spoke at the dedication of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington in 1993. His words are now carved in stone at its entrance: “For the dead and the living, we must bear witness.”

Wiesel defended Soviet Jews, Nicaragua’s Miskito Indians, Cambodian refugees, the Kurds, victims of African famine and victims of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. Wiesel was a longtime supporter of Israel although he was criticized at times for his closeness to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanhayu. When Netanhayu gave a highly controversial address to Congress in 2015, denouncing President Obama’s efforts to reach a nuclear treaty with Iran, Wiesel was among the guests of honour.

“What were you doing there, Elie Wiesel?” Haaretz columnist Roger Alpher wrote at the time. “Netanyahu is my prime minister. You are not an Israeli citizen. You do not live here. The Iranian threat to destroy Israel does not apply to you. You are a Jew who lives in America. This is not your problem.”

The Elie Wiesel Foundation for Humanity, which he established in 1988, explored the problems of hatred and ethnic conflicts around the world. But like a number of other well-known charities in the Jewish community, the foundation fell victim to Bernard Madoff, the financier who was arrested in late 2008 and accused of running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme.

Wiesel said he ended up losing $15.2 million in foundation funds, plus his and his wife’s own personal investments. At a panel discussion in February 2009, Wiesel admitted he bought into the Madoff mystique, “a myth that he created around him that everything was so special, so unique, that it had to be secret.” He called Madoff “a crook, a thief, a scoundrel.”

Despite Wiesel’s mission to remind the world of past mistakes, the greatest disappointment of his life was that “nothing changed,” he said in an interview.

“Human nature remained what it was. Society remained what it was. Too much indifference in the world, to the Other, his pain, and anguish, and hope.”

But personally, he never gave up – as reflected in his novel “The Town Beyond the Wall.”

Wiesel’s Jewish protagonist, Michael, returns to his native town in now-communist Hungary to find out why his neighbours had given him up to the Nazis. Suspected as a Western spy, he lands in prison along with a young man whose insanity has left him catatonic.

The protagonist takes on the challenge of “awakening” the youth by any means, from talking to forcing his mouth open – a task as wrenching as Wiesel’s humanitarian missions.

“The day when the boy suddenly began sketching arabesques in the air was one of the happiest of Michael’s life. … Now he talked more, as if wishing to store ideas and values in the boy for his moments of awakening. Michael compared himself to a farmer: months separated the planting from the harvest. For the moment, he was planting.”


Charges pending after pedestrian struck and killed in north Edmonton parking lot

A 50-year-old woman has died in hospital after being struck by a vehicle in north Edmonton Saturday afternoon.

It happened around 2:15 p.m. in a shopping centre parking lot near 137 Ave and 135 St.

According to police, the woman was walking towards a nearby store when she was hit.

“The female was subsequently struck by a vehicle crossing into the parking lot as she was trying to make her way into some of the businesses here,” Cst. Pierre Lemire of the Edmonton Police Service said.

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A 32-year old woman driving a Ford Escape stopped at a five-way stop sign marked intersection to allow the woman to cross, police said.

“At the same time, a 79-year-old male driver of a Kia Sportage proceeded through the intersection, striking the Ford Escape from behind, causing the Kia to accelerate across a curb and rock median striking the woman and driving over top of her,” police said in a release Saturday evening.

Firefighters had to pull the woman from beneath the vehicle after she became pinned under the Kia.

“It would appear that one vehicle had stopped to allow the pedestrian to go by, unfortunately the other vehicle failed to negoiate properly and subsequently drove around the first vehicle striking the female,” Cst. Lemire said.

She was taken to the Royal Alexandra Hospital where she died of her injuries.

Lemire said the family had been notified but the victim’s name would not be released at this time.

Charges are pending against the 79-year-old driver.