Annual Toy Drive Live features all-star line-up for all ages

Whether you’re a child, or child at heart, there will be entertainment and fun for all ages at Global News’ annual Toy Drive Live.

This is Global News’ 10th year partnering with the Toronto firefighters to help bring joy to families across the GTA.

“If you’re looking to donate this year, we’re still really low on gifts for teens; please bring something by CF Shops at Don Mills tonight for a teen in need,” said Rick Berenz, President of the Toronto Fire Fighters’ Toy Drive.

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“With the tremendous continued support from Global News, Spin Master, CF Shops at Don Mills and now a whole slew of Corus brands, I know 2016 will be our biggest and best Toy Drive yet.”

Bring your new, unwrapped toy to CF Shops at Don Mills to take part in the festivities and kick off the Christmas season by helping the less fortunate.

The event starts at 5:00 p.m. and runs until 8:00 p.m. Global News will be broadcasting live between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. with anchors Alan Carter and Farah Nasser.

Also on hand, Susan Hay, Anthony Farnell, Carolyn Mackenzie and Liem Vu will be celebrating the season with a stellar line-up of entertainment.

Splash’N Boots will have a special performance

The event will feature fun for all ages: a meet-and-greet with Santa, special appearances by Peppa Pig and George and even the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be on hand.

The night will also feature an exciting performance by Splash’N Boots. Carlos from YTV’s “The Zone” will also be celebrating with the public and special guests.

Carlos from YTV’s “The Zone” will help celebrate the spirit of the season

Spin Master’s PAW Patrol will have a tent on site with colouring activities, temporary tattoos and special giveaways.

Not just for children

There will also be plenty to check out for parents and young adults. See your favourite Corus Entertainment radio hosts including Fred Kennedy and Kid Craig from 102.1 The Edge.

Cheryl Hickey from ET Canada will also be on hand at CF Shops at Don Mills, along with talk radio personalities Matt Gurney and Supriya Dwivedi from The Morning Show, who will be broadcasting live.

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If you’re going to do one thing for a healthier 2017, choose one of these

Welcome to a new year filled with hopes for a healthy, happy 2017. The same resolutions are thrown around each year – lose weight, save money, and spend more time with family, for example.

Canadians from coast-to-coast may want to lead a healthier life, but don’t know where to get started. Global News asked leading health experts and organizations to pick the top priority they’d like Canadians to focus on for the year ahead.

Focus on your behaviours, not the numbers on the scale

Hide the scale. Losing weight and keeping it off is always a challenge. However, simply focusing on improving your diet, increasing your physical activity levels, getting enough sleep and feeling better about yourself can lead to important health improvements even with no – or very little – weight loss.

But remember, it is easier to achieve and sustain behavioural goals when they are specific, realistic, and measureable.

Also, it is better to focus on changing one behaviour at a time rather than trying to change everything at once.

– Arya Sharma, scientific director of the Canadian Obesity Network

Get a pulse on your mental health and well-being

Mental health is key to well-being. It affects every single aspect of your daily life. Maintaining your mental health is a lot like staying physically fit: it requires a little effort, but the rewards are worth it.

Get into the habit of learning to recognize and express your emotions – without awareness it’s difficult to pinpoint why you are so stressed or having problems coping.

– Patrick Smith, national CEO of the Canadian Mental Health Association

Break a sweat

A healthy lifestyle helps prevent 80 per cent of premature heart disease and stroke – leading killers of Canadians. The easiest way to reduce your risk is to get moving. Walk, dance, play a sport, take the stairs – make it fun! Even if you don’t have extra time, short rounds of exercise add up: 10 minutes is enough to get real cardiovascular benefits. Over time, you’ll work up to 30 minutes of daily physical activity at a moderate intensity. Repeat five days a week.

– Diego Marchese, CEO of Heart & Stroke

Think of the mental health of your loved ones

Operate on the statistically safe assumption that someone you know – a family member, friend, neighbour, fellow student, or coworker – is currently struggling with some form of mental illness. Take a moment to think about who that person is and then reflect on how you have responded to their experience of illness. Ask yourself if your response was different than it would have been if he or she had a broken leg or a cancer diagnosis. And if there is indeed a difference, then consider how you might support them differently.

The reality is that mental illness can be an isolating, even humiliating experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Connecting makes a difference and enriches a relationship – it can relieve the sense of being alone and provide comfort, help and reassurance.

– David S. Goldbloom, senior medical advisor at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Add healthy cues to your environment

Look around your workplace, car or anywhere you might be eating. Are there cues like candy bowls and cookie jars? Redesign your environment to nudge yourself towards nourishing choices. For example, put a bowl or fruit or cut up vegetables on the counter and keep all other foods in the fridge or cupboards. Keep a reusable water bottle on your desk so it’s ready for sipping instead of sugary drinks. – Andrea D’Ambrosio, registered dietitian and spokesperson for the Dietitians of Canada

Plan your meals

Meal planning is a vital part of healthy eating and makes you happy as there will be less stress around weekday meals. It saves time by eliminating the deliberation when you’re trying to decide what’s for dinner. It will also save you money as you’ll only shop for ingredients you need on your plan. Finally, it saves calories.

When you arrive home from work, you’re less likely to mindlessly munch when you know what is planned for dinner. Keep menu planning simple – set aside 30 minutes before grocery shopping to survey the family. Bookmark favourite meals and reuse them weekly.

– Jaclyn Pritchard, registered dietitian at Cleveland Clinic Canada in Toronto

Schedule quality time with your family

Spending time with the family is essential to the health and well-being of both children and adults. Focus on your children by playing their favourite games with them, encouraging conversation by asking about their day at school, and showing interest in their ideas and activities. Share mealtime as an important way to connect and unwind at the end of a busy day.

Even when family members are off in different directions with school, work and activities, be sure to come together at the table at least once a week.

Decide on specific times when everyone’s electronic devices will be turned off. When you’re unplugged, get active – play games like tag, go for a walk, or sled in park.

– Staff at the Canadian Paediatric Society

Reduce your alcohol consumption

Lower your long-term health risks by staying within average levels of alcohol consumption. For women, the recommended daily serving is less than 10 ounces. With today’s wine glasses, your pour should be less than a third of the glass. For men, if you like to try the latest craft beers, keep it to two tall cans.

Always have some non-drinking days each week to minimize tolerance and habit formation.

– Dr. Granger Avery, president of the Canadian Medical Association

Quit smoking for one week

Quit smoking for a week, and then a month, and then a year and beyond. But start with that first week. Setting that small goal can help you with your longer-term goals, and everytime you quit – even if you don’t succeed – you learn more about how to quit successfully. Research shows that if you can quit for one week, you are nine times more likely to quit for the long haul. In some provinces, it could even win you $500 from the Smokers’ Helpline’s First Week Challenge Contest.

Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your health. Within 10 years of quitting, an ex-smoker’s overall risk of dying from lung cancer is cut in half.

– John Atkinson, director of the Canadian Cancer Society’s Smokers’ Helpline

Don’t fall for gimmicks

Rather than fall prey to this year’s crop of fad diets, or worrying about a particular probiotic, nutrient or scary sounding chemical, focus instead on the bigger picture. Set a goal of cooking more from fresh whole ingredients and eating them around a table free from distraction. Reduce your restaurant usage. Aim for better nights’ sleeps. Cultivate healthy relationships with your friends and family. Don’t drink alcohol to excess and reduce your consumption of all sources of liquid calories. Do those things well and avoid news about the latest fad diet.

– Yoni Freedhoff, medical director of the Bariatric Medical Institute

Feed your brain

Do more physical activity, not for your waistline but for your brain. It gets blood pumping which helps your brain to function as well as possible. The increased blood flow nourishes your brain’s cells with nutrients and oxygen. It also encourages the development of new cells, all factors in reducing your risk of stroke.

Your brain is like your heart. They’re both muscles that need to be given a workout to stay healthy. Challenge your mind with exercise training, learning a new language or joining a book club, as examples.

– Larry Chambers, scientific advisor for the Alzheimer Society of Canada

Take a small step, master it, then take on another

Many of us are familiar with the best intentions of starting off the year with lofty goals when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle – followed by the enthusiasm of resolutions declining a few weeks after.

Take a step back and think of something you can realistically and comfortably accomplish when it comes to exercise, your diet, weight management or stress – and you will be more likely to stick to it.

Try incorporating 15 minutes of physical activity to your routine just a few days a week, and as you progress, move to 30 minutes. When you’ve made that into a habit, remove sugar-sweetened beverages from your diet, for example.

– Joanne Lewis, director of healthy eating and nutrition programming at the Canadian Diabetes Association

Ease your mind and treat yourself

Pace yourself at work. Try not to check your work emails after hours, truly disconnect.

Just like the 12 days of Christmas, practice 12 days of self-care in 2017.

Go for a walk, ski or snowshoe in the woods, treat yourself to a latte, book a massage, take a yoga class or volunteer. Don’t forget that doing something for others not only makes them feel good, but can lift your spirits.

– The Mental Health Commission of Canada

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Cops credit fast-acting parents who disarmed their son in Utah school hallway

BOUNTIFUL, Utah – Police said two fast-acting Utah parents disarmed their 15-year-old son in the hallway of a Utah junior high school Thursday after the teenager brought the family’s shotgun and handgun to school, discharging at least one round without injuring anyone.

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Bountiful Police Chief Tom Ross said the boy’s mother and father became concerned about their son Thursday morning. They went to Mueller Park Junior High in the northern Utah city of Bountiful when they noticed a handgun and shotgun were missing from their home. Ross said the parents confronted their son in a school hallway and disarmed him.

Police were still trying to learn whether the student intentionally fired the gun or if the weapon went off accidently while the parents intervened.

Ross said he’s “extremely grateful for the parents for their involvement and the fact that this ended without any loss of life.”

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Police did not immediately release the student’s identity. Ross would only say that the student was a 15-year-old white male.

Ross did not immediately have details about whether anyone else was around when the incident occurred but he says students were in classes nearby. Ross did not know whether a gun fired more than once or how the parents disarmed their son or their specific concerns about him. Ross did not know why the student brought the weapons to the school or what he intended.

Police had not been contacted before about the boy, Ross said.

As the parents intervened, a teacher called 911 and a police officer who happened to be down the street arrived and took custody of the student soon after, police said.

Davis School District spokesman Chris Williams praised the parents, saying “It’s all of our jobs to keep kids safe.”

Williams had no immediate information about the student or whether the student had any history of trouble or incidents at the school, but, “Whoever it is certainly faces a lot of trouble.”

Ross said the student was in custody Thursday morning, but he did not know if the student was still being questioned at the school or in another location. He did not know if the student had been arrested on suspicion of any specific charges.

Ross said the student’s parents remained “with their son through the process.”

READ MORE: Counsellor talks student out of shooting up a Tennessee middle school

The school, about 11 miles north of Salt Lake City, remained on lockdown as more than 100 officers went room-by-room through the building to ensure it was safe. Police found a backpack in the hallway and wanted to ensure it did not contain any explosives, Ross said. It was unclear if the backpack belonged to the student.

Ross said no other student appears to have been involved.

Several hundred parents arrived and waited in the snow across the street from the school for word from police and administrators about when they could pick up their children. They later packed into a church across the street to sign up to take their children home.

School officials began allowing parents to take students home around 11 a.m.

Candy Beckstead said she was at a dentist’s office when her sister called to tell her that there was something going on at her son’s school.

She didn’t hear from her 8th-grade son but rushed to the school.

“I freaked out and went into panic mode,” she said. “Screaming, crying.”

The incident comes about two weeks after another Utah student stabbed five random high school classmates and himself before he was cornered by school workers, according to police.

The victims and the 16-year-old suspect survived the wounds. The teen has been charged with five counts of attempted murder in connection with the Nov. 15 rampage at a school in Orem, about 50 miles south of Mueller Park Junior High.

Police also arrested a teenager in late October after he shot an older boy twice in the head in a fight over a girl near another Utah middle school. Charges against the 14-year-old include attempted murder and weapons violations.

The Associated Press is not naming the boys because it does not normally name juvenile defendants.

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Price reported from Salt Lake City. Associated Press writer Lindsay Whitehurst in Salt Lake City contributed to this report.

Vote recount begins in Wisconsin; Michigan’s is challenged

MADISON, Wis. – The tedious task of recounting Wisconsin’s nearly three million votes for president began Thursday with scores of hastily hired temporary workers flipping through stacks of ballots as observers watched their every move.

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The action in Wisconsin could soon be duplicated in Michigan and Pennsylvania, where Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein was pushing for recounts. Donald Trump narrowly beat Hillary Clinton in all three states, but recounts were not expected to flip nearly enough votes to change the outcome in any of the states.

READ MORE: Jill Stein raises millions to pay for vote recounts amid claims election was rigged

The Wisconsin recount marked the first time in 16 years there was a candidate-driven recount of a presidential recount. But it doesn’t carry the same drama as the drama of the Florida presidential recount of 2000, when the outcome of the election between Al Gore and George W. Bush hung in the balance.

WATCH: Green Party official George Martin says that the party is filing for a recount of votes in Wisconsin

“This is certainly not Bush v. Gore,” said Wisconsin’s chief elections administrator, Mike Haas.

Even so, the campaigns for Trump, Clinton and Stein all had observers spread throughout the state to watch the process. The recount will have to move quickly. The federal deadline to certify the vote to avoid having the fate of Wisconsin’s 10 electoral votes decided by Congress is Dec. 13. Even if that were to happen, the votes would almost certainly go to Trump, since Republicans control both chambers of Congress.

READ MORE: Reality Check: Vote recounts leading to Clinton upset ‘extremely unlikely’

Most counties will manually recount the ballots, although Stein lost a court challenge this week to force hand recounts everywhere. The state’s largest county, Milwaukee, was recounting the ballots by feeding them through the same machines that counted them on election night. In Dane County, where Clinton won 71 per cent of the vote, the ballots were being counted by hand.

Workers in Dane County are being paid $20 an hour and will work two shifts over about 12 hours a day to get the recount done by the deadline, said County Clerk Scott McDonell. He didn’t expect much change in the results.

“I think we will be very close to what was reported on election night,” McDonell said Thursday.

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Clinton lost to Trump by about 22,000 votes in Wisconsin, or less than a percentage point.

Stein has argued, without evidence, that irregularities in the votes in all three states suggest that there could have been tampering with the vote, perhaps through a well-co-ordinated, highly complex cyberattack.

“Verifying the vote through this recount is the only way to confirm that every vote has been counted securely and accurately and is not compromised by machine or human error, or by tampering or hacking,” Stein said in a statement Thursday.

Stein’s critics, including the Wisconsin Republican Party, contend that she’s a little-known candidate who is merely trying to raise her profile while raising millions of dollars. Stein has taken in nearly $7 million for the recounts, which is about twice as much as her longshot presidential campaign took in.

READ MORE: Hillary Clinton’s team to take part in Wisconsin presidential recount

The Wisconsin recount was estimated to cost about $3.9 million. Stein paid $973,250 for the recount in Michigan.

The Trump campaign on Thursday objected to a hand recount of Michigan’s presidential votes, at least delaying the planned Friday start of the recount there.

The Board of State Canvassers will meet Friday to hear arguments. The Michigan Bureau of Elections says the recount cannot proceed for two business days after the four-member, bipartisan board resolves the objection.

READ MORE: Donald Trump says recount push a ‘scam’, calls on Americans to accept results

Trump’s attorneys say Stein, who finished fourth in Michigan, isn’t “aggrieved” by any alleged election fraud or mistake, that a recount couldn’t be finished on time and that her petition wasn’t properly signed. They say Stein is asking for an expensive, time-consuming recount “on the basis of nothing more than speculation.”

In Pennsylvania, a hearing is scheduled for Monday on Stein’s push to secure a court-ordered statewide recount, a legal manoeuvr that has never been tried, according to one of the lawyers who filed it.

Stein’s attorneys want a forensic analysis of electronic voting machines in Pennsylvania to see if there any evidence that their software was hacked. But counties where Green Party-backed voters have sought a recount are refusing to do such forensic examinations.

Associated Press writer David Eggert in Lansing, Michigan, and Marc Levy in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, contributed to this report.

Who’s at risk of falling prey to a scam? Not who you think, study suggests

According to a survey conducted by Santander Bank in the U.K., young people aged 18 to 34 are most likely to fall prey to a banking scam by offering up their security details, including personal identification numbers (PIN) and passwords.

Survey results showed that of over 2,000 people polled, 20 per cent of respondents who fell into this age group said they believed their bank would ask them to divulge full security details over the phone or via email, while 16 per cent believed their bank could ask them to transfer cash “for security reasons,” The Telegraph reports.

Sadly, 25 per cent said that they had fallen victim to this sort of dupe, and of them, 17 per cent admitted to sensing something wasn’t right but chose to ignore their instincts. The majority of people who had fallen victim to a scam reported feeling anger after the fact, and a small percentage said that they should have noticed something was amiss in hindsight.

“Scams can come in many forms and our research highlights how widespread they are,” said Karen Tyler, head of fraud at Santander. “It’s worrying that so many people are unaware of what information a bank will and will not ask for — for example, a bank would never ask you to disclose your full security details.”

READ MORE: How the ‘mystery shopper’ scam fooled a young mother, a factory worker and a senior

The results of this poll are especially surprising considering the elderly are most commonly associated with susceptibility to scams. A small study conducted at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 found that older people have less activity in the brain region called the anterior insula, which is linked to disgust and discerning untrustworthy faces. They are also more prone to spending more time on the phone with a stranger to quell isolation and loneliness.

But some experts are pointing to classic characteristics like the arrogance of youth to explain the susceptibility of millennials.

“While very technically sophisticated, millennials are online all the time,” says Kevin Haley, director of security response at Norton. “Because they are so comfortable online and feel the invincibility of the young, they are not as cautious. Over half of millennials believe their personal information is safe when using public WiFi, they’re more likely to engage in activities that expose their personal information over public WiFi, and more than one in four access financial or banking information over public WiFi.”

To help ensure you don’t fall prey to a scam, Robert Siciliano, CEO of ID Theft Security, advises installing a full suite of antivirus software with anti-phishing detection on your computer, and avoiding clicking links in emails to prevent this kind of thing from happening to you.

Keep an eye out for obvious spam. Signs include emails that aren’t personalized, and ones that threaten legal action or use intimidating language if you don’t act quickly. And never enter information into a pop-up screen or embedded form, as no legitimate company would go about getting your information this way.

READ MORE: Canada Post warns of new email scam

Also be wary of any cold calls from your bank where you’re asked specific details about your account, and educate yourself on their communication procedures.

“Your bank will never email asking for any information,” Siciliano says. “If anything, they generally have an email in their secure server for you to log into for more information.”

Awareness also goes a long way in avoiding a scam, Haley adds. Ask yourself obvious questions like, “Is this unsolicited email suspicious sounding or vague?” If it’s coming from a person or company that you know, ask yourself if the information requested is really something a person would ask.

“Most important is the context in which you’re being asked,” he says. “If you have not gone directly to the bank’s webpage, but rather have been directed there by a link in an email or a pop-up ad, don’t give out your information. Go directly to the site. A bank would never ask you to take a compromising action like sharing your passwords, PIN or card numbers.”

According to Haley, so far in 2016, Symantec has blocked 157 million fake technical support scams where hackers tried to gain access to peoples’ computers.

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‘Swamped’ Alberta police watchdog spurs calls for better justice system funding

Alberta’s police watchdog and the Crown’s office say they are working together to “help avoid unnecessary delays in the future” after an apparent glitch in communication contributed to a violent criminal case being thrown out over unreasonable delays. Experts suggest Alberta’s lack of efficiency in processing criminal cases has to do with a “chronic underfunding” of justice departments.

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    “Delays in appointing judges and hiring Crown prosecutors are the most visible sign of this underfunding, especially in Alberta,” Mount Royal University’s professor of justice studies Doug King said. “I also think that ASIRT has been swamped with investigations so when those two factors intersect there is more of a possibility that Jordan applications are going to happen.”

    READ MORE: Alberta murder case thrown out over trial delays, experts warn system on verge of collapse

    The landmark Supreme Court of Canada ruling R. vs Jordan set out a new framework for determining whether a criminal trial has been unreasonably delayed. According to the framework, an unreasonable delay would be presumed should proceedings — from the date of charge to conclusion of a trial — exceed 18 months in provincial court or 30 months in superior court.

    Speaking at a press conferencing after the ninth of 10 police officer-involved shootings in the city of Calgary this year, the executive director of the Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) admitted its team is experiencing delays in writing and reviewing reports, but said it was “extremely disturbed” when a successful Jordan application was made in the case of Jason Harron.

    Harron was charged with a long string of offences, including criminal negligence causing bodily harm, after an incident with police in northwest Calgary in May of 2013. Two seniors were hit by an SUV outside a Crowfoot bank and Harron ended up being blinded after he was shot by police.

    “I can tell you we are extremely disturbed that that occurred in such a serious case and if ASIRT contributed to those charges being stayed, we want to know about it,” Susan Hughson said last week.

    Watch below from May 2013: In hopes of deflecting judgment and criticism, the mother of Jason Harron, who mowed down two innocent seniors, is speaking out. Jill Croteau reports.

    Hughson said ASIRT was never contacted by the Crown before the charges were stayed and she was not aware of a perceived delay in ASIRT’s disclosure (which she said was 20 days within the Crown’s request).

    A public affairs officer for Alberta Justice and Solicitor General said that was true, but told Global News ASIRT’s timeline on disclosure did indeed contribute to the charges being stayed.

    “But it was one of many factors,” Katherine Thompson wrote in an email. “To help avoid unnecessary delays in the future, the Crown and ASIRT are working together to refine the disclosure process for such cases.”

    When asked for a response to Hughson being “extremely disturbed” that Harron’s charges were stayed, Thompson said:

    “It’s the Crown’s discretion to enter a stay, in cases in which there is no longer a reasonable likelihood of conviction, including because of excessive delay. This experience is an opportunity to improve the disclosure process on cases in which there are multiple police agencies investigating different aspects of an incident for different purposes.”

    King suggested the recent Supreme Court Jordan decision was “almost inevitable” due to a lack of justice system funding.

    “While communications between the Crown and ASIRT are important and should be ongoing when delays are a real possibility, I do think it comes down to the provincial government to ensure both agencies are adequately resourced and that sufficient pressure is put on the federal government to fill judicial vacancies,” he said.

    “There is both an economic and a social cost associated with the effective operation of a provincial justice system. I do think one of the messages in the Jordan decision by the Supreme Court is that governments have been short-changing the public in this area.”

    A September 2016 report card on the criminal justice system called “Evaluating Canada’s Justice Deficit” gave Alberta a C+ grade.

    “[The report card found] Alberta has problems with criminal justice efficiency,” co-author and University of British Columbia law professor Benjamin Perrin wrote in an email to Global News. “The percentage of charges stayed or withdrawn in Alberta (for various reasons) was high at 35.3 percent on average and the average criminal case length was also greater than many other provinces at 183 days.”

    The report states “Canada is suffering from a ‘justice deficit’ – a large and growing gap between the aspirations of the justice system and its actual performance.”

    “With few exceptions, our justice system is slow, inefficient, and costly,” reads the report.

    “Canadians…deserve an open and constructive response from the actors administering it, including the police, Crown prosecutors, courts, governments, corrections authorities, victim services officials, and other professionals.”

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Mother remembers son killed in a Saskatoon industrial accident

A mother, whose son was killed Wednesday in an industrial accident, said he filled her world with love, joy and happiness that she never knew existed.

Describing yesterday as the hardest day of their lives, Rebeccah McFarland wrote several posts on Facebook as a tribute to her son, Austyn Schenstead.

“He was the funniest guy and always wanted to see other’s smile,” McFarland wrote in one post.

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    “He loved scaring the crap out of me and playing pranks. He’d give you the shirt off his back (unless it was a Flames jersey) and always be there for a friend.”

    McFarland said her son touched the lives of everyone he met and was always there for friends and family and said the love she felt from everyone has helped them get though the day.

    “And be happy. Austyn would want happiness.”

    READ MORE: Man killed in Saskatoon industrial accident

    Schenstead, 19, was killed while on the job after police say a large piece of concrete fell off a truck and onto him.

    He was working on the city’s sound wall project in Saskatoon’s Pacific Heights neighbourhood for a private contractor.

    The provincial coroner and occupational health and safety continue to investigate his death.

    Meaghan Craig contributed to this story

Canada’s 100 best restaurants of 2016, according to OpenTable reviewers

Get ready to feast your eyes on the latest batch of 100 Canadian restaurants given top honours by OpenTable — right in time for the holidays.

This group is considered to have the “best overall food and hospitality across the country,” based on more than 480,000 reviews on the online reservation site.

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    Those who dine out will have the most options in Ontario, according to the roundup. The province leads the pack with 45 restaurants, followed by British Columbia with 24, Alberta with 18 and Québec with 11. Manitoba has two eateries that made the cut.

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    Noticeably absent, though, are the Maritimes and Saskatchewan.

    OpenTable recognized the latter last September, when it named Saskatoon’s Little Grouse on the Prairie one of the 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in Canada. Chop in Regina, meanwhile, recently made the cut for one of the 50 best steakhouses in Canada.

    The eastern provinces got some love for their own hot spots last month. Fireworks in Prince Edward Island came in third on enRoute magazine’s top 10 and Halifax’s Highwayman pulled into ninth spot.

    Just under half (49) of the restaurants being recognized on OpenTable’s latest list are new additions. They include “indulgent sushi spots to tantalizing trattorias, luxurious vineyards and everything in between.”

    “From established restaurants offering traditional dishes to innovative eateries serving up the best ingredients from across the globe,” said Ziv Schierau of OpenTable Canada. “It’s clear that an elevated atmosphere, exceptional service, and most of all — delicious food — define the best restaurants in Canada.”

    This year Italian was the most popular cuisine among diners, followed by Canadian and French cooking. Japanese, contemporary American, Spanish and Mediterranean cuisines were also highly sought after.

    The complete list is broken down by regions below:

    B.C.

    Vancouver

      Bacchus Restaurant & Lounge – Wedgewood HotelBauhaus RestaurantBlue Water CaféCinCin Ristorante + BarFive Sails RestaurantForageGotham Steakhouse and BarGyu-Kaku – VancouverHawksworth RestaurantHomer Street Cafe & BarHy’s Steakhouse EncoreJoe Fortes Seafood & Chop HouseL’Abattoir RestaurantLupo Restaurant & VinotecaMiku RestaurantMinami RestaurantOruOsteria Savio VolpePidginThe Teahouse RestaurantWest Restaurant

    Vancouver Island

      The Butchart Gardens – The Dining Room

    Whistler

      Araxi Restaurant & Oyster Bar

    Kelowna

      Quails’ Gate Estate Winery – Old Vines Restaurant

    Alberta

    Edmonton

      Canteen – EdmontonHardware GrillThe MarcSabor RestaurantWoodwork

    Calgary

      ANJUBlink RestaurantBoleroBow Valley Ranche RestaurantHy’s Steakhouse – CalgaryThe Lake HouseThe NashOx and Angela RestaurantRiver CaféTen Foot HenryVero Bistro ModerneWORKSHOP kitchen + culture

    Canmore

      Tapas Restaurant

    Manitoba

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      BackhouseKitchen76 at Two Sisters VineyardsPeller Estates Winery RestaurantRavine Vineyard Winery RestaurantTreadwell Farm to Table CuisineTrius Winery Restaurant

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      Ancaster Mill

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New Brunswick storm shines light on need for emergency preparedness kits

New Brunswick’s first blast of winter is serving as a reminder to residents that they need to be prepared for winter emergencies.

READ MORE: N.B. expecting more snow, rain as crews work to restore power

Homeowner Kathy Hennessy said that in the midst of Tuesday’s bad weather, she realized that other than blankets she doesn’t have many emergency supplies in her house. Hennessy only lost power for about two minutes, but says she would have to rely on friends and neighbours in the event of a major emergency.

“I would desperately contact all of my friends to see if anybody had power so that we could kind of combine food into freezers,” Hennessy said, adding she plans on stocking up on supplies.

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At the peak of Tuesday’s power outage, more than 45,000 customers were without electricity.

READ MORE: First snowfall wallops much of New Brunswick

City of Fredericton spokesperson Wayne Knorr says residents should have emergency kits with items that could sustain them for up to three days.

“A kit would normally have things like batteries, water, things that you could easily heat if you had access to a camp stove or something like that, or things like granola bars, things like that that are easy to prepare and tide you over,” Knorr said.

Knorr also says it’s important to connect with family members and neighbours to combine resources.

RCMP Cpl. Ryan Lewis says it’s also important to prepare for winter road conditions. He says the RCMP responded to 24 collisions during Tuesday’s storm.

“Bring a shovel. You can always bring first aid kits, emergency blankets, anything that can help you be extra prepared to be prepared for a storm like this,” Lewis said.

He says people should “always use common sense” and stay in when driving conditions are dangerous, unless it’s “absolutely necessary” to travel. In addition, if drivers need to be on the roads, they should slow down and move over if they see emergency personnel.

The City of Fredericton currently has warming and charging stations available at the Grant•Harvey Centre and Willie O’Ree Place.

Lewis says drivers should visit 511 to check road conditions before travelling.

For anyone looking for more information on emergency preparedness, Knorr says the city’s website has useful information.

Tamara Lovett trial: court hears landlord thought her son was faking illness

A Calgary woman wept through much of her initial interview with police before she was charged in the death of her seven-year-old son.

Tamara Lovett, 47, is on trial charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life and with criminal negligence causing death.

Ryan Alexander Lovett died in March 2013 after getting a strep infection that kept him bedridden for 10 days. The trial has heard the seven-year-old was treated with dandelion tea and oil of oregano. He died from massive organ failure.

“Oh God. My poor little boy,” Lovett said in an interview with police hours after he died at Alberta Children’s Hospital.

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    “It’s just flashing back. Why is this going on?” she asked in the interview played in court Thursday.

    “I’m a failure. You do everything you can for your kids.”

    READ MORE: Tamara Lovett’s estranged ex said he found out about son’s death on Facebook

    Much of the interview was unintelligible as she choked back the tears.

    Lovett told the officer that her son had flu symptoms that worsened a couple of days before his death. He was complaining of pain in his legs, his skin became jaundiced, his urine was dark and he was having trouble standing.

    She said he complained of stomach pains and she helped him into the bathroom.

    “I put him back to bed and that’s when I noticed his speech was starting to slur and I said, ‘We’re taking you to the hospital.’”

    Lovett said as she was getting him dressed he collapsed and she called 911. He died later that morning in hospital of sepsis.

    She said she wished she had put him in the car and taken him to hospital herself instead of waiting for paramedics to arrive.

    “I know it’s nobody’s fault but it’s just so unfortunate.”

    Watch below from Nov. 20: On Wednesday, court heard heartbreaking testimony from people who knew Tamara Lovett and her son, Ryan. As Tracy Nagai reports, tough questions were asked about why more wasn’t done for the little boy.

    Lovett was described by her friends in court as a nurturing mother who gave up everything to take care of him.

    “When I saw Ryan, he looked more angry and depressed. Personally, I actually thought he was faking it,” said Lovett’s friend Frank Keller, who was also the manager of the building she and Ryan lived in.

    “This kid was going into a clingy-like panic attack. He would not let go of his mother. I was pissed off at Tamara for being over-nurturing, over-mothering, having to do everything for the kid, keeping herself glued to the kid.”

    Keller said Lovett had lived at the apartment for about five years and he knew her from the arts community. He said she was unable to find full-time work because she was caring for Ryan, and was $3,000 behind on her rent.

    “I feel really, really bad with myself because I stood there on that last day looking out the window and looking at that kid and I’m pissed off that this kid’s faking it. I’m looking at the kid and I’m saying, ‘Why do you want to do this to your mother?’”

    READ MORE: Calgary mother arrested after 7-year-old son’s death

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    Harold Pendergrast, another of Lovett’s neighbours who described himself as a portraitist, said he took care of Ryan the day before he died.

    “He was usually a vibrant young man. He wasn’t as vibrant,” testified Pendergrast, who said he thought the boy was dealing with an “emotional burden” rather than something physical.

    “I did not see sunken eyes and a child on the edge of death at all. Did I see anything physically wrong with that boy? Energy level. He wasn’t out just ripping it up.”

    READ MORE: Tamara Lovett trial –  friend testifies 7-year-old son was in ‘state of supreme suffering’

    Lovett did not seem overly dismissive of conventional medicine, even though she used natural remedies to treat the boy, her friends said. They said she had taken antibiotics herself when a spider bite became infected.

    Keller said it was obvious Lovett thought Ryan had a cold or the flu and treated him as she thought was appropriate.

    “She went through everything in life on her own. I think she was really convinced this was a cold and she could beat it with whatever she was doing.”

    Doctors have testified treatment with an antibiotic would have saved Ryan’s life.

    Lovett described Ryan to police as a healthy and happy boy.

    “Smart, funny and always playing practical jokes. He liked to do art and he won’t be doing any more art. Oh my God.”