Scottish Diaspora Tapestry tells globe-trotting tale of Scots, on display at Atwater Library

The Scottish Diaspora Tapestry, which displays over 300 hand-embroidered panels, is on display at the Atwater Library and Computer Centre, in Westmount.

It tells the stories of Scots who settled in places far and wide across the globe and is considered “Scotland’s contribution to the world.”

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    The tapestry was stitched by volunteers with Scottish roots from around the world to show aspects of their new countries and the Scottish influence there.

    The library first got involved due to its longstanding collaboration with the St. Andrews Society of Montreal, which paid for the installation of the hanging railings. They will remain in place once the tapestry moves on.

    The Montreal panel of the tapestry was embroidered by Moira Barclay-Fernie, past president of the society, and member Suni Hope-Johnston.

    “[It was] sent to Scotland in good time to be steamed and stretched, ready for display with the other almost 300 panels from 33 countries across the globe, of which Canada and Australia completed the most panels,” the St. Andrews Society of Montreal explains on its website.

    “The Diaspora Tapestry was, and is, intended to tell the Diaspora’s tales back to Scotland so that those in Scotland will be better informed and educated about Scotland’s contribution to many other countries around the globe.”

    The Montreal panel shows McGill University, the Bank of Montreal, the fur traders, the first Presbyterian Church, the railway and steam ship systems.

    The tapestry will eventually end up in Prestonpans, a small town just east of Edinburgh where it was created.

    The tapestry will be on display at the Atwater Library until Saturday, Dec. 10 2016.

    Admission is free.

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#GreatMTLer: Rosie Animal Adoption’s Anne Dubé, saviour who gives dogs 2nd chance at life

Anne Dubé found her true calling in life 15 years ago — simply because she has a love of dogs.

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    She is the founder and executive director of Rosie Animal Adoption, a rescue service that runs out of the Pierrefonds Animal Hospital.

    “We get home surrenders, pound surrenders, puppy mill surrenders,” she said.

    “The phone rings all the time [with] people wanting to surrender their animal or people wanting to adopt an animal.”

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    The organization, named after Dubé’s beloved dog, which she rescued at two months of age, is considered a precious resource on the West Island.

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    “They told me she was going to be euthanized because of her eye problem,” she told Global News.

    “So I took her and she needed her eye removed because her eye was pierced — and she just never left my home.”

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    Rosie became the mascot, and the raison d’être of Rosie Animal Adoption, which aims to connect vulnerable pets with loving owners.

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    “Some of our other dogs are dogs that have been abandoned in the woods, hit by cars, abused,” said Dubé.

    “How resilient they are, how they can still love people after all we’ve done to them.”

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    Pierrefonds Animal Hospital vet K.J. Goldenberg adopted five-month-old Ben from Rosie.

    “It is so important to have the Rosie staff and volunteers. They rescue dogs that no one else would think to rescue,” he said.

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    “They give pound dogs a chance, they give dogs coming from puppy mills a second chance — we need them.”

    “Because Rosie works with fosters, they know their personalities. They can really help you match up. They know the right questions to ask.”

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    Rosie’s relies heavily on volunteers to keep going.

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    “Some of these dogs come in, in terrible terrible shape,” said Zina Hussein, a volunteer at Rosie Animal Adoption.

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    “[Dubé is] the epicentre of this rescue, she’s the heart and soul of this rescue. She has the ability to inspire people.”

    “She works 24/7 [and] when she’s not helping dogs, she’s on the phone leading adoptions, helping the fosters that go out, doing paperwork, there’s so much that goes into it.”

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    Now, at the age of 67, Dubé jokes that she’s ready to retire, but she’ll never give up on the dogs.

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    “If there wasn’t a need for us, I would say ‘good, we can close, there’s no more homeless dogs,’ but until [then], they need a second chance.”

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Death of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine drives Manitoba volunteer searchers

WINNIPEG —; The 2014 discovery of 15-year-old Tina Fontaine’s body – wrapped in a garbage bag and discarded in the Red River – shook Winnipeg to its core.

To this day, it prompts residents of the city’s North End neighbourhood, a low-income area with a high crime rate, to try to prevent others from meeting a similar fate.

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With virtually no public funding, they comb the river, the shoreline and the streets, determined to make a difference. Bad weather doesn’t deter them. Neither does the very real risk of danger.

“Tina Fontaine’s untimely demise – the disrespect that was shown to her personhood – was the last straw for myself, my family and mycommunity at large,” James Favel said, who relaunched a dormant street patrol called the Bear Clan in 2015.

Armed with flashlights, reflective vests and two-way radios, Bear Clan members break up into groups of eight or nine and methodically walk the neighbourhood block-by-block. They pick up drugs, paraphernalia and weapons lying on the ground. They hand out packages of food and safety items to the most vulnerable.

They ask everyone they come across how they are doing. At all times, they engage.

“How are you doing? You OK?” Favel asks a teenage girl as he leads his group down one residential street.

The girl is not eager to talk. A man in his 30s is nearby. The girl refers to the man as her boyfriend, but the Bear Clan has seen her before and is concerned the man may be exploiting her.

They ask her if there is anything she needs. She and the man leave and go into a building. They know there are eyes on the street.

A few blocks later, a used syringe is found outside the entrance to a nursery school. Bear Clan members pick it up with pliers and put it in a container.

“It used to be that when we found needles, they would be in a quiet, hidden-away location,” Favel said. “Now they are everywhere.”

It is, relatively speaking, a quiet night. A large knife is found on the ground and put away safely. A police tactical unit surrounds and enters a house, causing one Bear Clan group to temporarily stop its progress.

A sex-trade worker, who appears very intoxicated, thanks patrol members for food they give her. Then she tells them, somewhat politely, to get away from her “office.”

There are no violent confrontations on this night. Patrol members are greeted warmly as they walk through the grounds of a public housing complex where children are playing.

The Bear Clan Patrol relies on private donations. A pharmacy has given them naloxone kits to help people who overdose on drugs. Favel and others cover many costs out of their own pocket.

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When a toddler disappeared in March near Austin, Man., a Bear Clan crew drove the 300-kilometre round trip and paid for fuel and other expenses themselves.

Drag the Red

One kilometre to the east, the same type of personal commitment drives Kyle Kematch and other volunteers in a group called Drag The Red. Kematch and Bernadette Smith, who have both seen loved ones disappear, set up the group following Fontaine’s death.

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Kematch’s sister, Amber Guiboche, disappeared in 2010. He hopes that by scouring the Red River – by motorboat, canoe and walking along the shoreline – he may be able to bring closure to his family and others.

“What keeps me going is my sister. You’ve got to keep going for your family,” Kematch said, as he prepares to put in a canoe donated by a local wilderness rental business.

“What would you do if your loved one was missing, right? You’d do the best you can.”

The Red River is where some of the missing end up. In 2003, an arm and a leg belonging to Felicia Osborne were pulled from the river, three months after she disappeared. She was 16.

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On this day, Kematch is joined by Melvin Pangman, who lost a nephew to suicide in the river.

“I heard of a group called Drag The Red and I gave them a call and Kyle was there immediately. And he searched right until my nephew came out of this water, and ever since then I’ve been helping him.”

Pangman’s daughter, Kayleen McKay, raised more than $14,000 in May, running 450 kilometres from Duck Bay to Winnipeg. She donated money to Drag The Red so that it could buy a motorboat.

Before getting into the canoe, Pangman – dressed in a jacket and tuque against the cold weather – says he keeps giving his time and energy so that other families of missing people might have hope that their loved ones will be found.

“It’s just to give people hope. Really, that’s what it’s all about – just knowing somebody is out there doing something, trying.”

Ontario teens charged after rocks thrown off highway overpass smash through car windshields

Two teenagers from Peterborough, Ont., have been charged after rocks thrown from a highway overpass smashed through windshields in the same area where police say a local boy was fatally struck while throwing snowballs in a similar incident a decade ago.

Ontario Provincial Police launched an investigation in late September after rocks were thrown at 15 vehicles from the Highway 115 Bypass near the Bensfort Road exit.

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Police said some of the vehicles sustained significant damage and rocks also smashed through the windshields of a tractor trailer and a minivan.

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“I think they were in great, great danger,” OPP Const. Jason Folz told Global News, adding that many of the vehicles were travelling more than 100 km/h when they were struck.

The OPP made “exhaustive” efforts to track down the suspects with the help of an Emergency Response Team, canine units and patrols by both uniformed and plain clothes police officers.

Folz said the result could have been catastrophic, adding the suspects were difficult to track down due to the “sporadic” nature of the incidents over the past few months.

Police announced Thursday that two Peterborough boys aged 13 and 14 had been charged with 15 counts of mischief endangering life. They are scheduled to appear in a Peterborough court on Dec. 12.

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“It’s a pretty significant charge the one of mischief endangering life and we’re talking 15 counts each,” he said, adding he hoped the suspects realized the seriousness of the charges.

“If not certainly the justice system will convey to them how serious it actually is and could be.”

He added the drivers were “shaken up” by the incidents but no injuries were reported.

Folz said a 16-year-old Peterborough boy was killed in January 2006 while throwing snowballs on the nearby Ashburnham Street overpass, when he ran across the southbound lanes of Highway 115 and was fatally struck by a minivan.

“That’s the next exit over,” he said. “So playing on the highway in this manner is dangerous for everybody.”

Dolly Parton donating $1,000/month to every Tennessee family devastated by fires

Dolly Parton has announced plans to donate $1,000 per month to every family who lost their home in the wildfires sweeping through the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The country music icon is helping the homeless families in need with the monthly donation for six months, until they get back on their feet.

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Parton will make the donations through her Dollywood Foundation, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel, noting that the foundation plans to make more information available on Friday. According to the newspaper, more than 150 homes and businesses in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, have been destroyed.

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“As you may know by now, there have been terrible wildfires in the Great Smoky Mountains, the same mountains where I grew up and where my people call home,” Parton wrote in a statement. “I have always believed that charity begins at home. That’s why I’ve asked my Dollywood companies… to help me establish the ‘My People Fund.’”

She adds: “We want to provide a hand up to those families who have lost everything in the fires. I know it has been a trying time for my people and this assistance will help get them back on their feet.”

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The Dollywood Foundation is currently accepting donations to contribute to the fund, and anyone wishing to make a donation can do so at the Dollywood Foundation website.

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The Dollywood Company also donates to Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, encouraging children to learn to enjoy “the magic of reading.” Parton also supports The Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation providing expanded health care services in the Sevier County of Tennessee and Alzheimer’s Tennessee.

Meanwhile, Parton is thankful her Tennessee-based Dollywood theme park has not been touched by the destructive wildfires.

41% of Albertans plan to spend less on Christmas this year

‘Tis the season of giving’, but some Albertans are tightening their purse strings this Christmas and say the weak economy is to blame.

A recent survey commissioned by ATB Financial shows four in ten Albertans (41 per cent) intend to spend less on gifts this holiday season, compared to what they spent last year.

Of those who are planning to cutback, 19 per cent said they will spend a lot less than last year and 22 per cent said they will spend somewhat less.

About half of Albertans (48 per cent) said they plan to spend about the same as in 2015.

Among those planning to reduce their holiday spending, 84 per cent said they are doing so “because of the economic downturn.” As of October, Alberta’s unemployment rate is 8.5 per cent, higher than the national average of 7 per cent.

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“Amid the holiday cheer – which we could really use – will be an undertone of sadness as the economic downturn makes life harder for many Albertans,” ATB Chief Economist Todd Hirsch said in the survey results.

Albertans with a lower income were more likely to be cutting back this holiday season. About 44 per cent of people in households with annual income under $40,000 are planning to spend less, while 34 per cent of those with household incomes over $100,000 are planning to do the same.

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“There are signs that the provincial economy will pull itself out of recession next year, but this is cold comfort for those who are struggling in the here and now,” Hirsch said.

The survey also asked Albertans about their Christmas travel plans. The majority (69 per cent) said they don’t plan to hit the road. Of those staying home, 58 per cent cited the poor economy as the reason.

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The Albertans who are planning to get away for the holidays said they were mainly planning to visit another part of Canada, head to the United States or stay within the province.

“The drop in retail spending is just one indication of the recession’s impact but it is a good reminder that it’s real people who feel it,” Hirsch said.

“From the owners, managers, employees and suppliers of retail stores to the tens of thousands of Albertans wondering how they are going to get by this winter, the “r word” is not an abstraction.”

The results came from an Ipsos poll of 802 Albertans, conducted online between Nov. 1 to Nov. 7, on behalf of ATB Financial.

The poll is accurate to within +/- 4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Weighting was employed to balance demographics to ensure the sample’s composition reflected that of the adult population, according to Census data.


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Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr sells Kinder Morgan, Enbridge Line 3 pipelines in Edmonton

Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr continued his pipeline sales mission in Alberta Thursday, addressing the Alberta Enterprise Group in Edmonton.

The federal government approved the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain and Enbridge Line 3 pipelines Tuesday.

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    Carr said the announcement brings new hope to the thousands of Albertans who work in the energy sector.

    “We must never lose sight of why we’re doing it, what it’s all about: it’s about people, their families, their livelihoods, their identity, and for a long in Alberta too many people have suffered because of the loss of opportunity for them and their families,” Carr said.

    “We want to acknowledge that that is a principle motivation of the decisions we have announced and it will be implemented as we move forward.”

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    Carr noted the climate plan put forward by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley provided the building blocks for the pipeline projects.

    The minister said the approval of the pipelines adheres to the federal government’s mandate to create middle class jobs while protecting the environment.

    “Fulfilling the mandate means listening to Canadians, it means taking climate change seriously, it means encouraging economic growth and at its core it means that the environment and the economy are not competing interests or values, they are complimentary elements in a single engine of innovation.”

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    Carr also noted Canada should use its bountiful resources to help pay for the transition to a lower-carbon economy and that projects like the Trans Mountain and Enbridge Lines can’t pit one region of the country against another.

    “We know that these opinions are firmly held, that people believe that they are right and they’re prepared to express their opinions forcefully, powerfully, but ultimately we can never make a decision based on a regional point of view,” Carr said.

    “It is Canada’s interest, it is a national point of view that drives the decisions we make.”

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    Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson echoed some of the minister’s thoughts, saying pipeline projects are good for treasuries across Canada and will fund a transition to a low-carbon economy.

    “We make it needlessly harder for ourselves to achieve that lower carbon future if we tie one hand behind our backs when it comes to energy infrastructure,” Iveson said.

    Iveson added there is a fundamental misunderstanding about how committed Albertans are to environmental stewardship.

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    The $6.8-billion Trans Mountain expansion would see the capacity of a pipeline that runs from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C., nearly triple, to 890,000 barrels per day.

    The Line 3 replacement project would see the pipeline roughly double its current output to 760,000 barrels per day.

    The federal government rejected Northern Gateway which would have shipped up to 525,000 barrels of crude per day from the Edmonton area to Kitimat, B.C., for export to Asian markets.

    Carr said the decision to halt that project demonstrates the government’s commitment to environmental stewardship and and respecting cultural practices of indigenous people.

Committee suggests penalizing political parties that don’t run enough women

A special all-party committee examining Canada’s electoral system says parties should be rewarded, or penalized, financially depending on how many women they run on the ballot.

The idea is not a new one, but it may be getting new life through the committee’s report to Parliament, which was tabled in Ottawa on Thursday.

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The document’s big headline was the recommendation that the Trudeau government design a new proportional voting system and hold a national referendum to gauge how many Canadians would support it.

But buried in the 333 pages were several other suggestions, and one was aimed at tackling a perennial problem: the low proportion of women in the House of Commons. It currently sits at 26 per cent.

“The Committee recommends that the Government amend the Canada Elections Act to create a financial incentive (for example through reimbursement of electoral campaign expenses) for political parties to run more women candidates and move towards parity in their nominations,” the report states.

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NDP MP Kennedy Stewart proposed this same idea as part of a private member’s bill, Bill C-237, which was defeated in late October after the majority of the Liberal caucus did not support it. The Conservatives voted against the bill, while the NDP and the Greens voted in favour of moving it to second reading.

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Specifically, the bill would have amended the Elections Act to reduce the reimbursement any party receives for its election expenses if there is more than a 10 per cent difference in the number of male and female candidates on its list of candidates.

Currently, parties can receive a reimbursement of 50 per cent of their election expenses after those expenses are reported to Elections Canada and if they’ve followed all the rules.

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef explained that her party felt it was important to wait until the committee on electoral reform had issued its report, “and then we can address this conversation (about gender parity) through a different means.”

That may now occur, with the recommendation written in black-and-white from the committee. The group included several Liberal members.

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The document made public on Thursday also tackles some of the reasons why women don’t move forward with the nomination process, even if they’re actively recruited by parties.

One expert, University of Calgary political science professor Melanee Thomas, told the committee members that “money matters” for women looking to make the leap into politics.

Thomas suggested that limiting the amount of money that can be used in a nomination contest, focusing on developing personal networks for women in riding associations, and funding child care and related expenses at the nomination stage would encourage more women to run.

“Women tell us that money becomes a barrier also at that nomination stage, and it matters in ways that don’t matter for men,” Thomas said.

“It’s not just about getting money for getting on the ballot and mounting a campaign, but for things like after-hours child care. It’s for things like hair and clothes and the whole presentation in which women are required to engage in ways that men aren’t.”

Son of Cirque du Soleil co-founder dies after accident at ‘Luzia’ show in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – Officials say a technician with the Cirque du Soleil Luzia show who died after being hit in the head by an aerial lift Tuesday is the son of one of the founders of the show.

In a statement from Cirque du Soleil, officials confirmed that 42-year-old Olivier Rochette of Quebec died Tuesday night in San Francisco.

According to the statement, his immediate family, including his father Gilles Ste-Croix, one of the founders of Cirque du Soleil, has been informed of the accident.

“I am heartbroken. I wish to extend in my name and in the name of all Cirque du Soleil employees my sincerest sympathies and offer my full support to Gilles and his family. Oliver has always been a member of our tight family and a truly beloved colleague,” said CEO Daniel Lamarre.

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Police say officers with San Francisco Police Department Traffic Collision Investigation Unit and investigators with the state’s workplace safety regulator, Cal/OSHA, are investigating.

Julia Bernstein of Cal/OSHA said Wednesday that the employee was struck in the head by an aerial device. The agency had no further information.

The Tuesday and Wednesday night shows were cancelled.

Many on social media offered condolences following the news of Rochette’s death.

Cirque du Soleil has close to 4,000 employees, including 1,300 performing artists from nearly 50 different countries.

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Louisiana man charged in ‘gruesome’ killing, dismembering of parents on Thanksgiving weekend

BATON ROUGE, La. — A 28-year-old man was arrested in Louisiana on charges of killing and dismembering his parents at their Tennessee home.

Joel Michael Guy Jr. was arrested Tuesday on a fugitive warrant in Baton Rouge, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office said. He’s accused of killing his parents, Joel Michael Guy Sr., 61, and Lisa Guy, 55. They are believed to have been killed Friday or Saturday.

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The Tennessee sheriff’s office, in a news release, said both victims were stabbed and dismembered, with remains found in multiple rooms in the house. Portions of the remains were discovered in an acid-based solution, in an apparent attempt to destroy evidence.

“Both suffered multiple, vicious stab wounds as well as dismemberment,” sheriff’s Maj. Michael MacLean tells WBIR-TV.

He called the crime scene “gruesome.”

“It would be described as horrific — a very gruesome crime scene,” said MacLean, adding that there was no indication why the remains were scattered.

Authorities said the suspect, who lives in Baton Rouge and attended LSU until last year, had visited his parents for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The parents were last seen Friday. Signs indicate they struggled, said MacLean, who added that authorities believe Guy stayed in the house after the bodies were dismembered.

Investigators spent much of Monday going through the couple’s home after they were told the mother didn’t show up for work.

MacLean said authorities with the FBI, the Knox County Sheriff’s Office and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office placed Guy under surveillance during the past few days and apprehended him at his Baton Rouge apartment Tuesday when he tried to get into his 2006 Hyundai Sonata.

Guy has declined to talk with authorities. Online jail records did not list an attorney for him.

MacLean has said Guy allegedly needed money and met with his parents to discuss that issue. He said Guy has two sisters in Maryville and another in Kingsport. The sheriff’s office spoke with them but they told investigators their brother didn’t give them any indication that anything was wrong.

Officials expect to return him to Knox County in the next couple of days.