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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

View this post on Instagram

🚫📷

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

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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

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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

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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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  • Australian child psychiatrist Aaron Voon arrested, charged after arriving home

  • Australian child psychiatrist Aaron Voon granted bail

  • Child psychiatrist charged with child porn in Edmonton gives up right to practise in Australia: report

    READ MORE: Child psychiatrist Aaron Voon to face Edmonton porn charges in Australian court

    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.

    READ MORE: Edmonton theatre washroom incident results in child porn charges

    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.

    READ MORE: Australian child psychiatrist allegedly had 400 pictures of boys urinating in public washrooms: report

    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.

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Tap water safe to drink after ‘chemical’ taste reported in east-end Toronto: officials

City officials are advising residents in east-end Toronto that their tap water is safe to drink after a number of residents complained of a chemical taste Thursday night.

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“There are no issues with the safety of the drinking water. In some parts of the east end, there was a slight increase in chlorine levels but tests have shown the water is safe and the levels are within MOECC regulatory ranges,” city spokeswoman Jackie DeSouza said in a statement on Friday.

DeSouza said crews are continuing to monitor the water supply and have put a message on 311 for people who are calling to inquire.

READ MORE: Unsafe levels of lead in Toronto tap water: report

City officials said the strange odour and taste were attributed to system upgrades at the R.C. Harris Treatment Plant.

“As part of the normal water treatment process, Toronto Water uses aluminum sulphate (alum).  The alum generated a gas called hydrogen sulphide (H2S) that resembles the smell of boiled eggs,” Toronto Water said in a media release.

“This gas entered into some of the treated drinking water when the basin was put back into operation. Toronto Water has taken the settling basin out of operation this morning and the taste and odour will dissipate by the end of today.”

Resident Ely Lyonblum said he and his family noticed something was “a little off” at around 9 p.m.

“We could taste something that was maybe a little salty or there was a bit of chlorine or something like that and we immediately looked online,” he said, adding he went online to check east-end community Facebook groups that he is apart of and found other families were talking about the water quality.

“All of the parent groups were chiming in with, ‘Something’s off with the water. We’ll call 311.’”

Complaints about the chemical-tasting water began to flood Toronto’s 311 桑拿会所 account throughout the evening as residents noticed the water smelling like chlorine.

“Within half an hour or 45 minutes, there were a lot of people who had reached 311 and it said either, ‘Don’t drink the water’ or, ‘Just take caution and we’ll let you know more as soon as we can,’” Lyonblum said.

“There was a bit of uncertainly so we did something that we hate to do. We had a little bit of bottled water and we used that sparingly.”

In addition to east-end Toronto, reports of the bad taste and smell of the tap water have also come from the Bloor Street West and Bathurst Street area, as well as near Church and Isabella streets.

According to the city’s website, chlorine and aluminum are two chemicals regularly used in the water treatment process.

“Before the water is pumped into homes, sulphur dioxide is added to reduce the level of chlorine to 0.9 milligrams per litre,” the city said.

Meanwhile, aluminum sulphate is used to remove harmful micro-organisms and particles by making them clump together into larger particles so they can be filtered out of the water supply.

Mark McAllister and Nick Westoll contributed to this report.

Saskatoon Transit routes disrupted Friday by ATU 615 job action

Saskatoon Transit has cancelled over 30 buses for Friday afternoon service due to job action by members of Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 615.

Three of those buses are on high school routes:

Route 311 – servicing Holy Cross, Aden Bowman and Walter Murray leaving at 3:33 p.m. Students will have to catch Route 81.Route 331 – servicing Holy Cross, Aden Bowman and Walter Murray leaving at 3:30 p.m. Students will have to catch Route 81.Route 352 – servicing St. Joseph High School leaving at 3:25 p.m. Students will have to catch Route 45 and transfer at 104 Street and Central Avenue to Route 18.

READ MORE: Both sides stand firm in Saskatoon Transit contract dispute

At least 30 buses on regular routes have been cancelled:

Route 10 – Pleasant Hill leaving downtown at 1:31 p.m., 2:31 p.m., 3:31 p.m., 4:31 p.m. and 5:31 p.m.Route 10 – City Centre leaving Confederation Mall at 2:01 p.m., 3:01 p.m., 4:01 p.m., 5:01 p.m. and 6:01 p.m.Route 20 – South Industrial Special from Melville Street and Brand Road to downtown at 5:06 p.m.Route 22 – Montgomery from Confederation Mall to Montgomery at 3:29 p.m.Route 22 – Montgomery via Confederation from the Downtown Terminal to Montgomery at 3:31 p.m., 4:01 p.m. and 5:01 p.m.Route 23 – from Shaw Centre to Confederation Mall leaving at 3:15 p.m., 3:25 p.m., 3:35 p.m., 3:45 p.m., 3:55 p.m., 3:57 p.m., 4:35 p.m., 4:45 p.m. and 5:05 p.m.Route 23 – Blairmore from Confederation Mall to Shaw Centre leaving at 3:47 p.m., 4:24 p.m. and 4:54 p.m.Route 101 – University Direct from Campus Drive and College Drive to Lakeview at 2:40 p.m.Route 102 – University Direct from Campus Drive and College Drive to Lakeview at 2:35 p.m.Route Abilities Special #1 – from Abilities Council to downtown at 4:15 p.m.

Transit officials said higher passenger volumes can be expected on a number of routes, including some from the University of Saskatchewan, which could result in full buses:

Route 2 – Meadowgreen from downtown between 3:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.Route 4 – Willowgrove Square from the U of S between 3:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.Route 6 – Market Mall from the U of S between 3:07 p.m. and 5:07 p.m.Route 17 – Stonebridge from the U of S between 3:11 p.m. and 5:41 p.m.Route 18 – College Park from the U of S between 3:07 p.m. and 5:37 p.m.Route 40 – Evergreen from the U of S between 3:17 p.m. and 5:17 p.m.Route 45 – Kenderdine from the U of S between 3:02 p.m. and 5:02 p.m.Route 50 – Lakeview from the U of S between 3:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.Route 55 – Lakeridge from the U of S between 3:05 p.m. and 5:35 p.m.Route 60 – Confederation from downtown between 3:15 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.Route 65 – Kensington from downtown between 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.Route 82 – Centre Mall via Main Street from the U of S between 3:14 p.m. and 5:44 p.m.Route 81 – Centre Mall via Taylor Street from U of S between 3:05 p.m. and 5:35 p.m.

City officials said drivers are refusing to work overtime and with the current work to rule campaign, delays, cancellations and overcrowding on other buses is possible.

READ MORE: Sick calls during Saskatoon Transit labour dispute force major cancellations

Transit officials said they are reducing bus frequencies on some routes in response to the refusal of transit drivers to work overtime.

Riders can see service alerts on both the Saskatoon Transit and the city’s websites, using the transit app and by following Saskatoon Transit on 桑拿会所.

Access Transit is not affected as it is an essential service.

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Average price for detached home in Toronto hits $1.35M as prices soar: real estate board

TORONTO – The Toronto-area real estate market continued to see strong sales volumes and higher prices in November.

The Toronto Real Estate Board says there were 8,547 sales through its system last month, up 16.5 per cent from November 2015.

The average selling price for all types of housing was $776,684, up 22.7 per cent over the same time last year, while the industry association’s home price index was up 20.3 per cent.

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READ MORE: Toronto real estate prices continue to soar, while suburbs work to catch up

Prices in the 416 area code, which includes the City of Toronto, were generally higher than in the 905 area code for surrounding areas served by GTA realtors.

The average price for full-detached house in the 416 area was nearly $1.35 million, up 32.3 per cent from the same time last year while the comparable type of house in the 905 area had an average price of $957,517 – up 25.5 per cent.

READ MORE: Price of new homes continue to edge up on strength of Toronto, Vancouver markets

TREB says a chronic shortage of property listings contributed to higher prices and frustrated some would-be buyers.

The strength in Toronto came as sales in Vancouver told a different story.

Home sales in the Vancouver region totalled 2,214 in November, down 0.9 per cent 2,233 sales recorded in October and 37.2 per cent lower than November 2015 when 3,524 homes sold.

READ MORE: Toronto home sales stay hot in October despite soaring prices: TREB

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver said sales in November were 7.6 per cent below the 10-year sales average for the month.

“While 2016 has been anything but a normal year for the Metro Vancouver housing market, supply and demand totals have returned to more historically normal levels over the last few months,” Vancouver board president Dan Morrison said.

Toronto FC no longer wasteland for players as club just one win away from MLS Cup glory

TORONTO – Bill Manning remembers having to sell defender Drew Moor on Toronto FC while trying to recruit him as a free agent last winter.

Manning, who joined Toronto as president in October 2015, knew where Moor was coming from. He had watched the ups and many downs of Toronto FC from afar during his eight seasons as president of Real Salt Lake.

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“I’ll tell you TFC had a bad reputation with players for many, many years,” Manning said. “Guys didn’t want to come here. … I remember when we were recruiting Drew Moor, he had a lot of questions about what this club used to represent and we sold him on a vision of what we wanted to be and where we wanted to go.”

With help from Moor and others, Manning, GM Tim Bezbatchenko and coach Greg Vanney are delivering on that vision.

READ MORE: Toronto FC top Montreal Impact in OT thriller to advance to MLS Cup final

On Wednesday, Toronto dispatched the Montreal Impact 5-2 on the night and 7-5 on aggregate to complete a memorable Eastern Conference final. The series, a showcase for exciting soccer, drew 97,004 fans over the two games, as well as a an average TV audience of 1.4 million for the final leg according to TSN.

One win from the MLS championship, Toronto is now a very desirable soccer landing pad.

“Nights like this is what I was hoping for when I visited here almost a year ago,” said Moor, a 12-year-MLS veteran. “Obviously having been in the league as long as TFC’s been around, I know their history well and I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of what we’re doing this season.

“We’ll enjoy this tonight but we’ve got bigger fish to fry as well.”

That would be upstart Seattle, on Dec. 10 at BMO Field. Toronto gets to host the MLS Cup final by virtue of finishing five points ahead of the Western Conference playoff winner.

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The Sounders have come a long way from July 26 when they parted ways with longtime coach Sigi Schmid. At the time the team was 6-12-2 in ninth place in the 10-team Western Conference. Seattle has gone 12-3-4 since with Brian Schmetzer at the helm.

Toronto, meanwhile, is 12-3-5 since July 16.

Michael Bradley calls Toronto an ‘unbelievable’ sports city

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Michael Bradley calls Toronto an ‘unbelievable’ sports city

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Michael Bradley not concerned about cold weather in the MLS Cup

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Greg Vanney says MLS Cup final is the culmination of his journey



The teams drew 1-1 when they met July 2 at BMO Field in a game that saw Toronto field a lineup that featured perhaps just four starters due to injuries and a crowded schedule. Seattle was without striker Clint Dempsey, who remains out injured, and had not yet signed Uruguayan playmaker Nicolas Lodeiro.

The Sounders are 7-2-2 all time against Toronto FC, including a 3-1-1 record at BMO Field.

The two teams share some common ties.

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Goalkeeper Stefan Frei spent his first five seasons in Toronto before joining Seattle in 2014. Defender Eriq Zavaleta was drafted by the Sounders in 2013 and appeared in five games before being traded to Toronto in January 2015. Seattle midfielder Nathan Sturgis (14 games in 2011) and forward Herculez Gomez (seven games in 2015) also spent time in a Toronto uniform.

Unlike the past, the current Reds are happy right were they are.

“Just about across the board, every single guy who’s at this club has chosen to be at this club,” said captain Michael Bradley. “And we’ve chosen to be here for a reason.

“Because we look around and we see unbelievable potential in terms of a city, a market, a fan base, a stadium, a training ground – every box gets checked. You look around the league and there are other clubs that check a lot of boxes. I’m not sure there’s another club that checks every box. This club checks every box.”

But “the stuff on the field – ultimately the most important thing- up until recently hasn’t been right,” Bradley acknowledged.

It is now.

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Under former boss Tim Leiweke and current CEO Michael Friisdahl, owner Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment has spared no expense in turning the franchise around. TFC is the best team money can buy in Major League Soccer.

Star striker Sebastian Giovinco’s US$7.12-million salary this season is more than the entire Montreal team combined.

Credit Vanney, who took over with 10 games remaining in the 2014 season after Ryan Nelsen was fired, for helping right the ship and keep all the talent happy – although the ultra-focused Bradley clearly plays a huge part in keeping the players on point.

Vanney finished the 2014 season with a 2-6-2 mark but his coaching record in Toronto now stands at 35-33-17. To put that in context, Toronto’s all-time record is 95-146-89.

The 42-year-old American admits he has learned on the job. Today, he is an astute tactician who is good with people.

Vanney showed that on the pitch Wednesday and then after when he made a point of thanking his entire roster, including those who didn’t make the matchday 18.

“I give a lot of credit to the guys who weren’t in the 18 because they played like crazy this week to get these guys ready,” said Vanney as Bradley, sitting next to him, nodded in agreement. “They were excellent all week in training and really gave us things to think about to help us get prepared.”