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Alberta unemployment hits 9%, highest in 22 years

More Alberta jobs were lost and more Albertans were looking for work in November, pushing the unemployment rate to the highest it has been in over 22 years.

Statistics Canada said, in Alberta, employment fell by 13,000 in November. At the same time, the number of job-seekers increased by over 11,000, pushing the unemployment rate up 0.5 percentage points to 9 per cent — the highest rate since July 1994.

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READ MORE: Calgary maintains highest unemployment rate in Canada for 5th straight month

Compared with November 2015, employment in the province was down 30,000 (-1.3 per cent) and unemployment increased by 52,000 (+30.6 per cent).

The downturn in Alberta’s energy sector has led to thousands of layoffs, as the over two-year-long global oil price slump has made many oil and gas operations unprofitable.

The number show while the unemployment rate in Edmonton has dropped in the past three months (from 8 per cent in August to 6.8 per cent in November), more and more people in Calgary are losing their jobs.

Calgary’s unemployment rate was 10.3 per cent last month, marking the fifth straight month the oil and gas hub’s rate was the highest in Canada.

READ MORE: Here’s why oil prices, the Canadian dollar and stock markets are all up

Edmonton’s unemployment rate dropped slightly from 6.9 per cent in October to 6.8 per cent in November.

The city’s chief economist said employment in construction, manufacturing and energy were essentially unchanged in November, which he believes suggests that employment in these sectors has stabilized.

As we move into 2017, John Rose predicts employment will modestly improve, particularly in areas such as manufacturing and energy.

The unemployment rate in Alberta was higher than the national average.

The Canadian labour market unexpectedly added 10,700 net jobs last month and the unemployment rate slid to 6.8 per cent — but the latest numbers raise questions about the quality of the work.

Statistics Canada’s November employment survey shows yet another monthly decline in the more-desirable category of full-time work — a figure more than offset by a gain in part-time jobs.

READ MORE: Canada’s unemployment rate dips to 6.8% as 10,700 mostly part-time jobs added

The report says the market added 19,400 part-time jobs last month and shed 8,700 full-time positions.

Across the country, more people were employed in the finance, insurance, real estate and leasing industries, in information, culture and recreation, in the “other services” industry and in agriculture.

On the other hand, Statistics Canada said there were declines in construction, in manufacturing, as well as in transportation and warehousing.

ISIS likely to attack Europe again soon, EU police report warns

The Islamic State group is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, probably targeting countries that are members of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the extremist organization in Syria and Iraq, EU police agency Europol said in a report published Friday.

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READ MORE: Terror attack thwarted after French police arrest 7 in anti-terror raids

“Estimates from some intelligence services indicate several dozen people directed by IS may be currently present in Europe with a capability to commit terrorist attacks,” according to the report, which draws on counterterrorism intelligence from around Europe and also cites media reports and previously publicized calls by ISIS leaders for attacks.

But ISIS also is adept at inspiring marginalized youths, some of whom may have mental health problems, and inciting them to carry out attacks.

WATCH: Paris Attacks victims remembered on one year anniversary

The report also warns that tactics the group uses in Iraq and Syria – such as the use of car bombs – could also be deployed in Europe. It also said that past attacks such as those in France and Belgium over the last two years show that extremists acting in the name of ISIS can effectively plan complex attacks.

Both France and Belgium are among European nations that have joined the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group. Others include Britain, the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark. Germany’s military also is involved, but not in combat operations.

READ MORE: What’s safe? European security changes after wave of terror attacks

Europol also notes a shift in attacks from symbolic targets like police officers and military personnel to indiscriminate attacks on soft targets, such as the Paris attacks in 2015.

“Indiscriminate attacks have a very powerful effect on the public in general, which is one of the main goals of terrorism: to seriously intimidate a population,” the report says.

IN DEPTH: More than 100 killed in Paris attacks

The focus on so-called soft targets means that attacking critical infrastructure like power grids and nuclear facilities is “currently not a priority,” the report notes.

Europol also says that the consensus among intelligence agencies in EU member states is that “the cyber capabilities of terrorist groups are still relatively low,” but adds that “the possibility of terrorist-affiliated cyber groups engaging in cyber warfare sponsored by Nation States – those with capacities to engage in this type of attacks – should not be discounted.”

WATCH: Paris attacks: Security report finds several intelligence failures aided violent siege 

Meanwhile, a police raid in Morocco in February may have thwarted a possible attack by an IS cell using chemical or biological weapons, raising the specter that such weapons also could be used in Europe, though the report says automatic firearms, knives and vehicles are more easily available and that “The effectiveness, ease of use and access of these weapons will continue to be relevant.”

Manitoba First Nations basketball team that lost teammate to suicide, fundraising for Toronto tournament

A girls basketball team in northern Manitoba is raising funds to fly to Toronto to play in a tournament, after losing a teammate to suicide last month.

The team at God’s Lake Narrows First Nation School said the funds will go towards shoes, uniforms and airline tickets to take part in the Gladiators Cup Tournament in Toronto next April. The tournament is an annual magnet for basketball players from across Canada.

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    The ‘Hoop Dreams’ fundraising goal of $17,000 will allow the team of 18 girls, aged 11 to 16, to purchase the needed supplies, and then to send 10 members to the tournament.

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    The campaign will also honour the memory of one of their teammates, Harmony Okemow, 14, who took her life Nov. 20.

    “This has left an emotional scar on the team. She was a loving and dedicated player,” said the team’s coach, Kishma Davidson, who also teaches math.

    Davidson said she hopes that in light of this tragedy, the give the team can be gives the opportunity to discover the world outside of their community and experience self growth.

    “Just going on that trip would probably bring us much closer than we are now,” Paige Okemow said , a cousin of Harmony Okemow, said.

    “When we get there we will play hard for Harmony. We will try our best to win for her.”

    The team hopes to raise $17,000 for equipment and airline tickets to the basketball tournament.

    Kishma Davidson

    The God’s Lake Narrows School is a fly-in community, with around 3,000 people living there.

    Kishma Davidson

    Many of the girls cannot afford basic basketball equipment, such as shoes.

    Kishma Davidson

    The girls are also hoping to play in honour of one of their teammates who took her own life last week.

    Kishma Davidson

    The tournament is in Toronto on April 1 and 2, 2017.

    Kishma Davidson

    Davidson said she hopes the trip will also develop the basketball players’ skills athletically and socially.

    “The girls would be able to experience different cultures, see the CN Tower, and some of them are asking if they get to go to Starbucks in Toronto,” Davidson said.

    Many of the girls on the team lack basic items to play the sport, such as basketball uniforms and shoes. Davidson said some girls even play in their socks.

    “As most of our students come from low-income families, they have been deprived of opportunities that many other teenagers their ages are fortunate to enjoy,” she said.

    If you would like to donate to the campaign, click here.

Instagram’s biggest moments in 2016, from celebrities and sports stars to #love

If you’re not following Selena Gomez  on Instagram, you might be the only one.

The social media site recently released a recap of their top moments for 2016, and the pop star has been crowned the queen of selfies and content. Not only did the 24-year-old amass the most followers (she’s now got 103 million of them), she’s also responsible for nearly all of the most-liked celebrity posts in 2016 (despite taking a 14-week break from social media this year).

Gomez beat out Taylor Swift (93.6 million followers), Beyoncé (88.9 million followers) and Kylie and Kendall Jenner (79.5 million and 68.9 million followers, respectively) to top the photo-sharing site’s list of most popular celebrities. The only men among the top 10 were soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (82.3 million followers) and Dwayne Johnson (71 million followers).

READ MORE: Selena Gomez returns to rehab to ‘focus on mental health’

Top 10 Most-Followed Celebrities on Instagram in 2016:

  1. Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) – 103 million followers
  2. Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) – 93.6 million followers
  3. Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) – 89.6 million followers
  4. Beyoncé (@beyonce) – 88.9 million followers
  5. Kim Kardashian (@kimkardashian) – 87.8 million followers
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) – 82.3 million followers
  7. Kylie Jenner (@kyliejenner) – 79.5 million followers
  8. Dwayne Johnson (@therock) – 71 million followers
  9. Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) – 69 million followers
  10. Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) – 68.9 million followers

Top 10 most-followed musician accounts on Instagram in 2016:

  1. Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) – 103 million followers
  2. Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) – 93.6 million followers
  3. Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) – 89.6 million followers
  4. Beyoncé (@beyonce) – 88.9 million followers
  5. Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) – 69 million followers
  6. Katy Perry (@katyperry) – 58.9 million followers
  7. Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus)  – 56.4 million followers
  8. Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) – 54 million followers
  9. Rihanna (@badgalriri) – 54 million followers
  10. Drake (@champagnepapi) – 30.4 million followers

READ MORE: Drake tops 2016 Spotify streams with over 4 billion plays

Gomez also had eight of the 10 most popular celebrity photos and seven of the top 10 celebrity videos.

Her most popular picture, with 5.9 million likes, is an ad for Coke. Other popular snaps show her performing onstage and posing with a fan.

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when your lyrics are on the bottle 😛 #ad

A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Jun 25, 2016 at 2:03pm PDT

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One of my favorite nights on tour

A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Aug 15, 2016 at 4:58am PDT

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Ronaldo posted the other top two photos on the list, with both pics being of him with the Euro 2016 trophy.

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I always dream to win this title ❤️❤️❤️🔝🔝🔝👍👍

A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jul 10, 2016 at 11:59pm PDT

The top hashtag for sports events, leagues and teams was #rio2016, with #euro2016 coming in second. Madison Square Garden in New York City is the spot where fans geotagged the most photos and videos in 2016. Global soccer stars are the biggest athletes on Instagram this year.

Top 10 most-followed athlete accounts on Instagram in 2016:

    Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) – 82.9 million followersNeymar (@neymarjr) – 62.6 millionLionel Messi (@leomessi) – 60.1 millionJames Rodriguez (@jamesrodriguez10) – 27.2 millionLeBron James (@kingjames) – 26.4 millionGareth Bale (@garethbale11) – 24.6 millionZlatan Ibrahimovic (@iamzlatanibrahimovic) – 21.3 millionRonaldinho Gaúcho (@ronaldinhooficial) – 18.3 millionLuis Suarez (@luissuarez9) – 18.1 millionKarim Benzema (@karimbenzema) – 16.1 millionDavid Luiz (@davidluiz_4) – 15.1 millionAndres Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) – 14.9 millionMarcelo Vieira (@marcelotwelve) – 14.3 millionStephen Curry (@stephencurry30) – 13.9 millionFloyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) – 13.8 million

READ MORE: Prince Harry and Rihanna take HIV tests in Barbados for World AIDS Day

Swift, Kardashian and soccer star Messi claimed the other three spots on the list of celebrity videos. Swift’s video is of her cat.

Kardashian’s and Messi’s are of their children.

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🚫📷

A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Feb 15, 2016 at 2:18pm PST

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👶🏾😍👼🏾

A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Aug 6, 2016 at 8:35pm PDT

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Primeros pasos de matu 😍😍😍

A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on Aug 13, 2016 at 9:12am PDT

READ MORE: Kelly Ripa won’t rule out Billy Bush, Kardashians for ‘Live!’ co-host

As for Canadian stats, Drake and Shawn Mendes top the list for most-followed Canadians of 2016.

Most-followed Canadians of 2016: As of Wednesday, 11/30

    Drake (@champagnepapi)- 30.4 million followersShawn Mendes (@shawnmendes) – 16.1 million followersThe Weeknd (@theweeknd) – 7.6 million followersAvril Lavigne (@avrillavigne) – 4.2 million followersFarah Dhukai (@farahdhukai) – 4.1 million followersKristen Hancher (@kristenhancher) – 2.2 million followersLyzabeth Lopez (@lyzabethlopez) – 2.1 million followersdeadmau5 (@deadmau5) – 2 million followersJeremy Bieber (@jeremybieber) – 1.9 million followersYolanda Gampp (@yolanda_gampp) – 1.9 million followers

The most-liked Canadian celebrity posts of 2016 come from Drake and Mendes.

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This is a night for us all to be thankful for what you have done for us! You have affected so many of our lives in the best way possible. Tonight we celebrate you! @badgalriri

A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Aug 28, 2016 at 11:41pm PDT

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A post shared by Shawn Mendes (@shawnmendes) on Oct 29, 2016 at 5:03pm PDT

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Woke up with a new to do list. 📃

A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Oct 24, 2016 at 3:25pm PDT

READ MORE: Kanye West checks out of medical centre after 9 days: report

The top Canadian hashtag goes to #Toronto, with #love coming in second.

Top Canadian hashtags:

    #toronto#love#canada#vancouver#instagood#summer#beautiful#travel#nature#art

Niagara Falls is the most Instagrammed location in Canada for 2016, followed by Rogers Centre Toronto Blue Jays Game.

Most Instagrammed Canadian locations of 2016 (based on geotag data):

    Niagara FallsRogers Centre Toronto Blue Jays GameAir Canada CentreToronto Pearson International AirportCanada’s WonderlandVieux Port de MontrealCN Tower / La Tour CNVancouver International AirportMolson Canadian AmphitheatreWhistler Blackcomb

READ MORE: The top 10 worst songs of 2016, according to Time magazine

Apart from the celebrity stats and Canadian stats, the site also said that Disney and Universal theme parks were the most popular places among its 500 million active users over the past year. Other oft-Instagrammed spots include New York’s Time Square and Central Park and the Eiffel Tower and Louvre museum in Paris.

The Most-Instagrammed locations of 2016 (based on global geotag data):

  1. Disney Theme Parks (global)
  2. Universal Studios Theme Parks (global)
  3. Central Park (N.Y.C.)
  4. Times Square, New York City
  5. Eiffel Tower (Paris)
  6. Louvre Museum (Paris)
  7. Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas)
  8. Santa Monica Pier (L.A.)
  9. Brooklyn Bridge (N.Y.C.)
  10. ВДНХ / Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (Moscow)

The site said the most popular emoji in 2016 was the heart and the top hashtag was #love.

The Most-Used Instagram Filters of 2016:

  1. Clarendon
  2. Gingham
  3. Juno
  4. Lark
  5. Moon

The Most-Used Emoji on Instagram in 2016:

1.❤️

2.😍

3.😂

4.😘

5. 💕

6. 😊

7.  👌

8. ✌️

9. 🎉

10. 💙

The Most-Instagrammed Days of 2016:

  1. Halloween – 10/31/16
  2. The 15th Anniversary of 9/11 – 9/11/16
  3. Euro Cup Final – 7/10/16
  4. United States Election – 11/6/16
  5. Olympics – 8/14/15
  6. Father’s Day – 6/19/16
  7. Paris Fashion Week – 10/1/16
  8. Mother’s Day – 5/8/16
  9. New Year’s Day – 1/1/16
  10. Easter Sunday – 3/27/16

With files from The Associated Press

Follow @KatieScottNews

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Canada’s unemployment rate dips to 6.8% as 10,700 mostly part-time jobs added

OTTAWA – The Canadian labour market unexpectedly added 10,700 net jobs last month and the unemployment rate slid to 6.8 per cent – but the latest numbers raise questions about the quality of the work.

Statistics Canada’s November employment survey shows yet another monthly decline in the more-desirable category of full-time work – a figure more than offset by a gain in part-time jobs.

The report says the market added 19,400 part-time jobs last month and shed 8,700 full-time positions.

Compared with November 2015, Canada gained 183,200 jobs overall for an increase of 0.1 per cent – but over that period full-time work fell by 30,500 positions, while the part-time category piled up an additional 213,700 jobs.

Last month’s data did beat the expectations of a consensus of economists, who had predicted Canada to shed 20,000 positions in November and for the jobless rate to stay at seven per cent, according to Thomson Reuters.

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The jobs report says the unemployment rate dropped to 6.8 per cent from seven per cent because fewer people were searching for work.

The agency says there were 41,300 additional paid employee jobs last month, while the number of positions in the less-desirable class of self-employed workers – some of which may have been unpaid – fell by 30,700.

READ MORE: Canada’s unemployment rate remains at 7% after 44,000 jobs added in October

Over the 12 months leading up to November, the labour market added 220,100 employee jobs and shed 22,100 self-employed positions.

Last month, the services sector gained 31,200 net new jobs, with the bulk of the increase concentrated in finance, insurance and real estate as well as information, culture and recreation.

The country’s goods-producing sector lost 20,600 positions with construction and manufacturing seeing the biggest declines.

Statistics Canada also said the number of private-sector jobs rose by 29,700 jobs last month, while the public sector added 11,600.

Among the provinces, Ontario gained the most jobs last month with 18,900 new positions, an increase of 0.3 per cent compared with October. The province has seen job numbers climb 1.5 per cent over the last year.

Alberta shed 12,800 positions last month – 13,600 of which were full-time jobs. On a year-over-year basis, employment in the hard-hit province fell 1.3 per cent overall, while full-time work slid 3.9 per cent.

British Columbia lost 600 positions last month, but compared to a year earlier it still led all provinces with the fastest growth rate of 2.1 per cent.

Quebec added 8,500 jobs in November and, compared to 12 months earlier, employment there climbed by two per cent.

Nova Scotia saw a month-over-month increase of 0.8 per cent in November by adding 3,700 jobs. The increase, however, was fuelled by part-time work as the province lost 200 full-time positions.

Instagram’s biggest moments in 2016, from celebrities and sports stars to #love

If you’re not following Selena Gomez  on Instagram, you might be the only one.

The social media site recently released a recap of their top moments for 2016, and the pop star has been crowned the queen of selfies and content. Not only did the 24-year-old amass the most followers (she’s now got 103 million of them), she’s also responsible for nearly all of the most-liked celebrity posts in 2016 (despite taking a 14-week break from social media this year).

Gomez beat out Taylor Swift (93.6 million followers), Beyoncé (88.9 million followers) and Kylie and Kendall Jenner (79.5 million and 68.9 million followers, respectively) to top the photo-sharing site’s list of most popular celebrities. The only men among the top 10 were soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo (82.3 million followers) and Dwayne Johnson (71 million followers).

READ MORE: Selena Gomez returns to rehab to ‘focus on mental health’

Top 10 Most-Followed Celebrities on Instagram in 2016:

  1. Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) – 103 million followers
  2. Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) – 93.6 million followers
  3. Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) – 89.6 million followers
  4. Beyoncé (@beyonce) – 88.9 million followers
  5. Kim Kardashian (@kimkardashian) – 87.8 million followers
  6. Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) – 82.3 million followers
  7. Kylie Jenner (@kyliejenner) – 79.5 million followers
  8. Dwayne Johnson (@therock) – 71 million followers
  9. Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) – 69 million followers
  10. Kendall Jenner (@kendalljenner) – 68.9 million followers

Top 10 most-followed musician accounts on Instagram in 2016:

  1. Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) – 103 million followers
  2. Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) – 93.6 million followers
  3. Ariana Grande (@arianagrande) – 89.6 million followers
  4. Beyoncé (@beyonce) – 88.9 million followers
  5. Nicki Minaj (@nickiminaj) – 69 million followers
  6. Katy Perry (@katyperry) – 58.9 million followers
  7. Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus)  – 56.4 million followers
  8. Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) – 54 million followers
  9. Rihanna (@badgalriri) – 54 million followers
  10. Drake (@champagnepapi) – 30.4 million followers

READ MORE: Drake tops 2016 Spotify streams with over 4 billion plays

Gomez also had eight of the 10 most popular celebrity photos and seven of the top 10 celebrity videos.

Her most popular picture, with 5.9 million likes, is an ad for Coke. Other popular snaps show her performing onstage and posing with a fan.

View this post on Instagram

when your lyrics are on the bottle 😛 #ad

A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Jun 25, 2016 at 2:03pm PDT

View this post on Instagram

One of my favorite nights on tour

A post shared by Selena Gomez (@selenagomez) on Aug 15, 2016 at 4:58am PDT

READ MORE: 5 of the biggest allegations made in Leah Remini’s Scientology docuseries

Ronaldo posted the other top two photos on the list, with both pics being of him with the Euro 2016 trophy.

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I always dream to win this title ❤️❤️❤️🔝🔝🔝👍👍

A post shared by Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) on Jul 10, 2016 at 11:59pm PDT

The top hashtag for sports events, leagues and teams was #rio2016, with #euro2016 coming in second. Madison Square Garden in New York City is the spot where fans geotagged the most photos and videos in 2016. Global soccer stars are the biggest athletes on Instagram this year.

Top 10 most-followed athlete accounts on Instagram in 2016:

    Cristiano Ronaldo (@cristiano) – 82.9 million followersNeymar (@neymarjr) – 62.6 millionLionel Messi (@leomessi) – 60.1 millionJames Rodriguez (@jamesrodriguez10) – 27.2 millionLeBron James (@kingjames) – 26.4 millionGareth Bale (@garethbale11) – 24.6 millionZlatan Ibrahimovic (@iamzlatanibrahimovic) – 21.3 millionRonaldinho Gaúcho (@ronaldinhooficial) – 18.3 millionLuis Suarez (@luissuarez9) – 18.1 millionKarim Benzema (@karimbenzema) – 16.1 millionDavid Luiz (@davidluiz_4) – 15.1 millionAndres Iniesta (@andresiniesta8) – 14.9 millionMarcelo Vieira (@marcelotwelve) – 14.3 millionStephen Curry (@stephencurry30) – 13.9 millionFloyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) – 13.8 million

READ MORE: Prince Harry and Rihanna take HIV tests in Barbados for World AIDS Day

Swift, Kardashian and soccer star Messi claimed the other three spots on the list of celebrity videos. Swift’s video is of her cat.

Kardashian’s and Messi’s are of their children.

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🚫📷

A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Feb 15, 2016 at 2:18pm PST

View this post on Instagram

👶🏾😍👼🏾

A post shared by Kim Kardashian West (@kimkardashian) on Aug 6, 2016 at 8:35pm PDT

View this post on Instagram

Primeros pasos de matu 😍😍😍

A post shared by Leo Messi (@leomessi) on Aug 13, 2016 at 9:12am PDT

READ MORE: Kelly Ripa won’t rule out Billy Bush, Kardashians for ‘Live!’ co-host

As for Canadian stats, Drake and Shawn Mendes top the list for most-followed Canadians of 2016.

Most-followed Canadians of 2016: As of Wednesday, 11/30

    Drake (@champagnepapi)- 30.4 million followersShawn Mendes (@shawnmendes) – 16.1 million followersThe Weeknd (@theweeknd) – 7.6 million followersAvril Lavigne (@avrillavigne) – 4.2 million followersFarah Dhukai (@farahdhukai) – 4.1 million followersKristen Hancher (@kristenhancher) – 2.2 million followersLyzabeth Lopez (@lyzabethlopez) – 2.1 million followersdeadmau5 (@deadmau5) – 2 million followersJeremy Bieber (@jeremybieber) – 1.9 million followersYolanda Gampp (@yolanda_gampp) – 1.9 million followers

The most-liked Canadian celebrity posts of 2016 come from Drake and Mendes.

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This is a night for us all to be thankful for what you have done for us! You have affected so many of our lives in the best way possible. Tonight we celebrate you! @badgalriri

A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Aug 28, 2016 at 11:41pm PDT

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A post shared by Shawn Mendes (@shawnmendes) on Oct 29, 2016 at 5:03pm PDT

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Woke up with a new to do list. 📃

A post shared by champagnepapi (@champagnepapi) on Oct 24, 2016 at 3:25pm PDT

READ MORE: Kanye West checks out of medical centre after 9 days: report

The top Canadian hashtag goes to #Toronto, with #love coming in second.

Top Canadian hashtags:

    #toronto#love#canada#vancouver#instagood#summer#beautiful#travel#nature#art

Niagara Falls is the most Instagrammed location in Canada for 2016, followed by Rogers Centre Toronto Blue Jays Game.

Most Instagrammed Canadian locations of 2016 (based on geotag data):

    Niagara FallsRogers Centre Toronto Blue Jays GameAir Canada CentreToronto Pearson International AirportCanada’s WonderlandVieux Port de MontrealCN Tower / La Tour CNVancouver International AirportMolson Canadian AmphitheatreWhistler Blackcomb

READ MORE: The top 10 worst songs of 2016, according to Time magazine

Apart from the celebrity stats and Canadian stats, the site also said that Disney and Universal theme parks were the most popular places among its 500 million active users over the past year. Other oft-Instagrammed spots include New York’s Time Square and Central Park and the Eiffel Tower and Louvre museum in Paris.

The Most-Instagrammed locations of 2016 (based on global geotag data):

  1. Disney Theme Parks (global)
  2. Universal Studios Theme Parks (global)
  3. Central Park (N.Y.C.)
  4. Times Square, New York City
  5. Eiffel Tower (Paris)
  6. Louvre Museum (Paris)
  7. Las Vegas Strip (Las Vegas)
  8. Santa Monica Pier (L.A.)
  9. Brooklyn Bridge (N.Y.C.)
  10. ВДНХ / Vystavka Dostizheniy Narodnogo Khozyaystva (Moscow)

The site said the most popular emoji in 2016 was the heart and the top hashtag was #love.

The Most-Used Instagram Filters of 2016:

  1. Clarendon
  2. Gingham
  3. Juno
  4. Lark
  5. Moon

The Most-Used Emoji on Instagram in 2016:

1.❤️

2.😍

3.😂

4.😘

5. 💕

6. 😊

7.  👌

8. ✌️

9. 🎉

10. 💙

The Most-Instagrammed Days of 2016:

  1. Halloween – 10/31/16
  2. The 15th Anniversary of 9/11 – 9/11/16
  3. Euro Cup Final – 7/10/16
  4. United States Election – 11/6/16
  5. Olympics – 8/14/15
  6. Father’s Day – 6/19/16
  7. Paris Fashion Week – 10/1/16
  8. Mother’s Day – 5/8/16
  9. New Year’s Day – 1/1/16
  10. Easter Sunday – 3/27/16

With files from The Associated Press

Follow @KatieScottNews

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Calgary maintains highest unemployment rate in Canada for 5th straight month

Calgary’s unemployment rate climbed ever so slightly in November, helping the city to cling to the dubious title of having the highest jobless rate in Canada.

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According to new numbers from Statistics Canada’s released on Friday, the unemployment rate in the oil and gas hub was 10.3 per cent last month compared with 10.2 per cent in October – the worst among the 33 metropolitan areas surveyed.

November marked the fifth straight month that Calgary’s unemployment rate was the highest in Canada. It’s also the sixth straight month that Calgary’s jobless rate has increased.

A look at Calgary’s unemployment rate increases:

 May 2016 – 8.1 per cent (compared to 8.3 per cent in April)

 June 2016 – 8.3 per cent

 July 2016 – 8.6 per cent (Calgary’s unemployment rate becomes worst in Canada)

 August 2016 – 9 per cent

 September 2016 – 9.5 per cent

 October 2016 – 10.2 per cent

 November 2016 – 10.3 per cent

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    Statistics Canada reported the national unemployment rate was 6.8 per cent in November, slightly less than the seven per cent recorded during the three previous months.

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    In Alberta, employment fell by 13,000 in November, increasing the unemployment rate by 0.5 percentage points to 9 per cent – the highest rate since July 1994.

Child psychiatrist Aaron Voon pleads guilty to 9 child-porn offences

A child psychiatrist pleaded guilty to a list of child pornography-related offences in an Australian court including videotaping a young boy at West Edmonton Mall.

Aaron Voon pleaded guilty to nine charges. Three of those are related to the incident at West Ed.

Last month, an agreement was made to stay the charges against Voon in Alberta on the condition he plead guilty in his home country of Australia.

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    The 41-year-old was arrested in May after a father caught a man videotaping his son using a urinal in the Scotiabank Theatre at West Edmonton Mall.

    Voon was charged with making and possessing child pornography, and voyeurism.

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    He was released on bail, allowing him to return to Australia. He was then arrested at the Perth Airport and charged with possessing child exploitation material.

    Australian police said they found 409 photos of boys urinating in public washrooms on a computer seized from Voon.

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    In June, a statement of facts read in Perth Magistrates Court alleged Voon also had 12 videos on his computer of young boys urinating, according to Australian news outlet WA Today.

    He’s out on bail and is scheduled to return to court on Jan. 27, 2017 to set a sentencing date.

    With files from 630 CHED