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Protesters rally at Calgary City Hall ahead of Monday’s vote on Chinatown development

Protestors gathered together on Friday to rally against proposed bylaw changes which they believe will erode Chinatown’s heritage and history.

City council will be debating the controversial issue at City Hall on Monday.

If approved, the bylaw changes would alter the density and land-use designation in Chinatown’s Area Redevelopment Plan (ARP), effectively paving the way for the construction of a 27-storey building which would be almost double current height restrictions.

The building would be constructed on a parcel of land which is now a parking lot on 3 Avenue S.W. and 1 Street S.W.

Considerable controversy has been caused by a proposed development on a vacant parcel of land on 3 Avenue S.W. and 1 Street S.W.

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Opponents argue the project is too tall for the area just north of Calgary’s downtown core.

“We have height that is four to six stories,” said Terry Wong of the Chinatown BRZ. “This will impose a 30-storey tower, which is five times more than any Chinatown has.”

However, the project’s design architect claims the mixed-use project would revitalize the community and include residential, commercial and retail space.

“It will bring a lot of development into Chinatown, which has not seen any development in the last 30 years,” Manu Chugh said. “It will bring more people into Chinatown.”

The project was originally up for discussion by city councillors in April, but council decided to delay a decision until they had heard from community members and area stakeholders. The City of Calgary then began seeking public input on Chinatown’s future in July.

“The bylaw amendments are a concern because they are developer-driven and are potentially not in the best interests of Chinatown,” a statement on the I Love YYC Chinatown website reads. “In addition, these bylaws have been proposed without adequate community engagement or due process.”

A news release said the rally was being held to “ensure that Chinatown’s unique place as a cultural jewel in Calgary is preserved.”

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Canadian couple John and Marilyn Tegler killed in Tennessee wildfires

A Canadian couple from Woodstock, Ont. are among 13 people killed in the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg, Tennessee, officials confirmed Friday.

People in cars and trucks rolled into the wildfire-ravaged city of Gatlinburg on Friday to get a first look at what remained of their homes and businesses, and a mayor raised the death toll to 13, including a woman who died of a heart attack during the firestorm.

Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters also increased the number of buildings damaged, saying it now approaches 1,000.

READ MORE: Tennessee wildfire: Firefighter records terrifying drive through heart of Gatlinburg blaze

“I can’t describe to you the feelings we have over this tragedy,” he said during a news conference with the governor and U.S. senators.

WATCH ABOVE: Officials announce 2 Canadians among dead in Tennessee wildfires

Local officials, bowing to pressure from frustrated property owners, said they would allow people back into most parts of the city Friday morning. Residents have to pass through a checkpoint and must show some proof of ownership or residency, Gatlinburg City Manager Cindy Cameron Ogle said.

“The city is not implying that private property is safe,” she said. “People may encounter downed powerlines or other hazards.”

WATCH: Tennessee firefighter captures dramatic video as he drives through Gatlinburg wildfire

Among those anxiously waiting to return was Tracy Mayberry. He and his wife, 12-year-old son and five dogs have bounced between hotels since they were forced to evacuate their rental home Monday night. They were struggling to find a place to stay Thursday as many lodges began to discontinue the special rates for evacuees.

“It feels like Gatlinburg is more worried about how to rebuild than they are about their people,” he said.

The dead included a Memphis couple who was separated from their three sons during the wildfires. The three young men — Jared, Wesley and Branson Summers — learned that their parents had died as they were recovering in the hospital.

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“The boys, swaddled in bandages with tubes hanging out and machines attached, were allowed to break quarantine, and were together in the same room, briefly, when I confirmed their parents’ death,” their uncle Jim Summers wrote on a Facebook page set up for the family. “Their injures pale in comparison with their grief.”

Seventy-one-year-old John Tegler and 70-year-old Marilyn Tegler, and May Vance, who was vacationing in Gatlinburg and died of a heart attack after she was exposed to smoke. Identities for the other victims have not been released.

In communities near Gatlinburg, there were signs of normalcy. In Pigeon Forge, the Comedy House rented an electronic billboard message that said it was open. A hotel flyer urged guests to check out the scenic Cades Cove loop: “Take a drive and remember what you love about the Smokies!”

READ MORE: 4 dead as devastating wildfires rip through Tennessee resort towns in Great Smoky Mountains

Dollywood, the amusement park named after Parton, will reopen Friday afternoon after it was spared any damage.

The Associated Press was allowed access into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park on Thursday. A forest of bare trees standing amid a scorched landscape could be seen along with fire crews sawing up a tree stump.

In Gatlinburg, the center of the devastation, officials there hope to open the city’s main roads to the public by Wednesday.

WATCH: Gatlinburg man desperate to find his missing family

Authorities searching the charred remains of homes and businesses said they expected to finish by nightfall Friday.

Despite recent heavy rains, fire officials warned people shouldn’t have a false sense of security because months of drought have left the ground bone-dry. Wildfires can rekindle, they said.

The trouble began Monday when a wildfire, likely caused by a person, spread from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park into the Gatlinburg area as hurricane-force winds toppled trees and power lines, blowing embers in all directions.

READ MORE: Tennessee wildfire: Gatlinburg man desperate to find his missing family

“We had trees going down everywhere, power lines, all those power lines were just like lighting a match because of the extreme drought conditions. So we went from nothing to over 20-plus structure fires in a matter of minutes. And that grew and that grew and that grew,” Gatlinburg Fire Chief Greg Miller said.

More than 14,000 residents and visitors in Gatlinburg were forced to evacuate, and the typically bustling tourist city has been shuttered ever since.

Deputy Park Superintendent Jordan Clayton said the initial fire on area called Chimney Tops, which is a double peaked ridge line about 4 miles away from Gatlinburg, was caused by a person or people. It’s near the end of a popular hiking trail and there were people on that trail on Nov. 23 when the fire started, as there are almost every day.

READ MORE: Tennessee wildfire kills 3, forces thousands to abandon homes

“Whether it was purposefully set or whether it was a careless act that was not intended to cause a fire, that we don’t know,” Clayton said. “The origin of the fire is under investigation.”

Agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are helping investigate the cause.

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Mattise reported from Nashville, Tennessee. Associated Press writers Rebecca Yonker in Louisville, Kentucky, and Kristin M. Hall in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, contributed to this report.

Nanaimo mill shooter sentenced to life in prison, no parole eligibility for 25 years

The man behind a deadly shooting at a Vancouver Island sawmill was sentenced to life in prison without any eligibility for parole for 25 years on Friday.

Kevin Addison was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the attack that killed Michael Lunn and Fred McEachern, his former colleagues, at the Western Forest Products mill in Nanaimo on April 30, 2014.

Addison was also charged with attempted murder in the wounding of Tony Sudar and Earl Kelly.

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    During a three-week trial in September, the Crown argued that Addison was motivated by revenge after he was laid off by the company and not rehired two years later.

    But Addison’s defence lawyer said his client’s violent actions were the result of his severe depression and that he never intended to kill anyone, and should be convicted of manslaughter instead.

    READ MORE: B.C. mill shooter was depressed: defence lawyer

    It took the jury only 24 hours to return a guilty verdict for Addison.

    WATCH – From the archives: Guilty verdict in a Nanaimo mill shooting that left two people dead and two others injured. Catherine Urquhart has more on the decision and reaction.

    Today, the judge said Addison’s conduct has shocked and dismayed the residents of the city, province and country, calling what happened “an ambush in a workplace, where people were going about their daily affairs.”

    The court also heard from the families of Michael Lunn and Fred McEachern about how the shooting changed their lives.

    Michael Lunn’s daughter, Marley, said her dad was her hero.

    “My dad said life goes on,” she said. “We will go on. I will remember him always.”

    Lunn’s daughter-in-law, Kendra, said many families were torn apart by the violence committed by Addison.

    “Nanaimo lost its innocence,” she said. “Workplace violence needs to end.”

    -With files from the Canadian Press

Things get heated as Trump, Clinton aides spar at post-election forum

The fight between the Hillary Clinton camp and the Donald Trump camp doesn’t seem to be stopping, despite election day being nearly a month behind us.

Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, and Clinton’s director of communications, Jennifer Palmieri, raised their voices and lashed out against each other during a round table discussion at Harvard University Thursday night.

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READ MORE: Angry New Yorkers refuse to pay $1M per day for Trump security

The round-table, a post-mortem on the election, has become a tradition every four years.

The topic that sparked the heated exchange? The so-called alt-right movement and Trump’s support from white supremacists.

Palmieri at one point called on a speech that Clinton gave in late August, denouncing the alt-right movement.

Palmieri claimed that Trump helped elevate white nationalist views by bringing on Steve Bannon, a former top executive at Breitbart长沙桑拿 who will be Trump’s chief strategist.

READ MORE: House Democrats implore Trump to drop Steve Bannon 

At one point during the discussion, Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, called Clinton’s staffers “bitter” over their election loss.

 “If providing a platform for white supremacists makes me a brilliant strategist, a brilliant tactician, I am glad to have lost,” Palmieri said,

She added that she “would rather lose than win the way you guys did.”

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Conway then shot back, “Are you going to look at me in the face and say I provided a platform for white supremacists?”

Palmieri answered yes.

Conway responded, “How about, it is Hillary Clinton? She doesn’t connect with people. How about you have no economic message?”

Palmieri said that Trump spoke to people in the country “to an underlying cultural anxiety about change in a way we were just not willing to do.”

Trump’s team, meanwhile, defended their candidate and their campaign. David Bossie, the deputy campaign manager, said that Trump had a “unique ability to go past the media and speak directly to the American people.” He also defended Bannon, calling him a “brilliant strategist” and a “really terrific guy.”

The Clinton team argued that they faced the challenge from the start of running in a year when voters wanted change —; as they tend to do after one party holds the White House for eight years.

Friday morning, Conway discussed the heated exchange, saying the accusations of “race-baiting” were false.

“I took that personally, and I know that’s not true,” Conway said on CBS’s This Morning. “President-elect Trump has denounced every single element of that awful movement. He’s never met these people. He doesn’t ask for their endorsement.”

The round table also offered a behind-the-scenes perspective for the campaigns, with Clinton’s aide saying interference from the FBI‘s director cost her the White House.

Clinton aide Robby Mook zeroed in Thursday on letters sent in the waning days of the campaign by FBI director James Comey related to his agency’s examination of Clinton’s email accounts. Without those letters, Mook said, Clinton would have won.

He called the focus on Clinton’s emails during the campaign one of the “most over-reported, overhyped, over-litigated stories in the history of American politics.”

Conway, said one key tactical move that helped Trump was the decision to stop looking at national polls and instead focus on state polls, particularly in swing states.

“When I came onboard, we never did another national poll,” she said during the discussion, held at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

President-elect Donald Trump backs away from prosecuting Clinton

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President-elect Donald Trump backs away from prosecuting Clinton

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Clinton says work as citizens doesn’t stop with Trump’s election

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Donald Trump announces Hillary Clinton called to concede election



She said a mistake made by the Clinton campaign was assuming the 2016 electorate would resemble the 2012 electorate, which gave Democratic President Barack Obama a second term, when it was closer to the 2014 midterm electorate, which handed big gains to Republicans in Congress.

She also credited Vermont U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic primary challenger, for helping “soften up” Clinton and paving the way for Trump’s victory. She said political observers who predicted the race would go to Clinton “ignored the phenomenon known as Bernie Sanders.”

Mook also blamed Clinton’s loss in part on the drip, drip, drip of apparently hacked Democratic emails.

The U.S. government has said Russia was responsible for hacking at least some of the emails released by WikiLeaks, including those from the private account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.

“We cannot have foreign aggressors intervening in our elections,” Mook said.

Asked about the reports of Russian-backed hacking, which Russia has dismissed, Conway said, “We just don’t know it to be true.”

*with files from The Associated Press and Reuters 

Coast guard recommends oil be removed from shipwreck off Newfoundland coast

More than 30 years after the cargo vessel Manolis L. ran aground and sank off Newfoundland’s scenic Change Islands, the Canadian Coast Guard is recommending the full removal of the remaining oil from the wreck.

The Liberian-flagged vessel was carrying a load of paper when it went down off the Blowhard Rocks in Notre Dame Bay in January 1985 with more than 500 tonnes of fuel and diesel on board, most of which has already leaked.

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READ MORE: Oil leaking from shipwreck threatens small Newfoundland community

“There is a risk to the environment, most definitely,” the coast guard’s regional director, Anne Miller, said Friday. “That is why we are recommending the removal of the oil.”

Miller said it is too early to say how much removing the fuel would cost, but she said it was “safe to assume” it would take more than the $6 million allotted to conduct last summer’s assessment.

Miller said it was important to note that the report is positive about what was found by the examination and survey conducted by Resolve Salvage of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

She said officials have concluded the wreck, which is in about 82 metres of water, is stable, and that apart from the damage sustained in the grounding there is no other significant damage to the hull and no risk of it deteriorating quickly.

The survey indicated there had been only 10 per cent wastage of the steel in the 31 years since the sinking.

READ MORE: Hundreds of shipwrecks pose environmental threat to Canada’s coasts

“There was concern about an imminent release (of oil), and what we have found from this report is that the vessel is stable on the bottom and the structural integrity of the vessel is sound.”

Miller said the survey estimated anywhere from 113 tonnes to 150 tonnes of oil and diesel is still on board. There were more than 500 tonnes on board originally and Miller said it was lost as a result of the accident and through gradual leakage over time.

Change Islands deputy mayor Larry Hurley welcomed the coast guard’s recommendation.

“We’ve been waiting for that kind of news, and fighting for that kind of news,” said Hurley. “It (the oil) definitely needs to be removed.”

However, Hurley, who is also a fisherman, said he hoped news that the hull of the ship is stable isn’t used as an excuse to delay the oil’s removal.

“We know that the ship’s been there for 30 years and if she was sitting on top of the ocean and nobody touched her for 30 years she’d be in hard shape, let alone at the bottom of the ocean. I just hope this isn’t prolonged.”

READ MORE: Coast guard seals oil leaking from 1985 shipwreck off Newfoundland

Hurley noticed a six-inch band of oily tar around his wharf in February 2014. That was one of several earlier sightings of small oil slicks in the area and several reports of oiled eider ducks and other sea birds.

He said as far as he knows there have been no recent reports of oil sightings in the area of his village, which he said is home to about 200 people during the winter months and swells to around 400 or more in the summer when cottagers return.

Miller said there was no timeline yet for the oil salvage work and in the meantime, the coast guard would continue to monitor the wreck by sea and from the air.

READ MORE: Ship that sank in 1985 likely source of small oil slicks off Newfoundland

She said it would be “ambitious” to expect a cleanup by next summer.

Miller also said the removal of the entire vessel wouldn’t be “practical,” because it would be too expensive. In 2013, the coast guard launched a $50 million operation just to remove the fuel seeping from a U.S. army transport ship that sank off B.C.s remote north coast in 1946.

In 2015 the release of federal documents by the area’s Liberal MP, Scott Simms, indicated Ottawa had spent $1.7 million over the previous two years to plug oil leaks coming from the Manolis L.

Money was spent on remote operated vehicles, aerial surveillance and cofferdams to trap oil seeping from cracks in the hull.