Saskatoon police investigate suspicious fires

Police in Saskatoon are investigating a series of suspicious fires.

Authorities say the small fires were discovered shortly around 7:20 p.m. along the lower path of the riverbank, in the 700 block of 25th St. E.

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An investigation has determined the first blaze was sparked closer to the Broadway Bridge on the east side of the river, with several small fire spots moving north along the riverbank until the final scene near the top of the University Bridge.

It’s believed all of them were started sometime between 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Saskatoon Police Service at 306-975-8300 or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477.

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Northwestern Ontario sees 17 new fires burning Tuesday as evacuations continue

Thousands of people have been forced to flee First Nation communities in northern Ontario as wildfires ravage communities. More than 3,000 people have had to be evacuated and about 5,000 more may still need to leave. Morganne Campbell has more.

DRYDEN, Ont. — Seventeen new wildfires are burning in Northwestern Ontario as evacuations continue for thousands of people living in remote and rural areas of the province.

There are now 148 active fires burning, with 44 of those not under control, 12 being held, 27 under control and 65 being monitored.

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The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry says the forest-fire hazard is “high” with “extreme areas” in Kenora, Dryden, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay and Red Lake.

A moderate to low hazard is in Nipigon and the eastern part of Sioux Lookout.

In the northeast part of Ontario, no new fires have been discovered, keeping the current number of burning blazes at nine, with only two under control and seven being observed.

The fire hazard in the northeast is low to moderate across the region.

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Vegas trades Fleury to Chicago as goalie carousel spins

Reigning Vezina Trophy-winning goaltender Marc-André Fleury has been traded from Vegas to Chicago and is contemplating his future, according to his agent.

Allan Walsh tweeted Tuesday that Fleury had still not heard from the Golden Knights about the deal. The 36-year-old goalie, a Quebec native, did not have Chicago on his 10-team no-trade list but did not want to play for any team other than Vegas.

“Marc-André will be taking time to discuss his situation with his family and seriously evaluate his hockey future at this time,” Walsh posted on Twitter.

It’s the first time in 20 years the reigning Vezina winner was traded before the next season. Buffalo traded Dominik Hasek to Detroit on the first day of free agency in 2001.

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Fleury went 26-10-0 with a 1.98 goals-against average and .928 save percentage last season. He started 16 of the Golden Knights’ 19 playoff games over Robin Lehner, who is signed for four more seasons.

Lehner finished the postseason as the starter after a gaffe by Fleury late in Game 3 of the semifinals altered the series against Montreal and led coach Peter DeBoer to switch back and forth between his two goalies.

Fleury, a three-time Stanley Cup-winner, is set to count $7 million against the salary cap next season, and he is owed $6 million in actual money. The reported return of a minor leaguer indicates the move was a salary dump by Vegas.

Among other goaltending moves around the NHL, Vancouver’s Braden Holtby and San Jose’s Martin Jones will become free agents after going on buyout waivers.

Holtby struggled last season with the Canucks but is only three years removed from winning the Cup with Washington.

A person with direct knowledge of talks between the Buffalo Sabres and goalie Linus Ullmark says negotiations are continuing with the hopes of reaching a deal by Wednesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the discussions are private.

Free agency opens at noon EDT Wednesday.

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Charges laid after motorcyclists clocked at 200 km/h: Edmonton police

Two men in their 20s have been charged after allegedly riding their motorcycles at speeds of upwards of 200 kilometres per hour.

At about 2 a.m. Sunday, police said northwest division members were conducting patrols in the area of St. Albert Trail and 128 Avenue when they saw two motorcycles heading south at a high rate of speed.

Police said laser radar clocked the motorcyclists at 134 km/h.

Officers attempted to stay close to the motorcycles, but said both riders went through a red light at 130 Avenue, travelling about 150 km/h.

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Instead of following the motorcycles, police said they called in Air 1, which tracked the suspects from the sky.

The motorcyclists were followed by air down Yellowhead Trail and onto 170 Street where they stopped at a red light.

Police said ground members pulled up behind the motorcycles, which then took off through another red light and headed south. Police said the riders were going 200 km/h at this point.

Air 1 continued to follow the motorcyclists from the air, watching as police said they ran multiple more red lights and continued to drive at dangerous speeds.

The riders eventually stopped at a home in northwest Edmonton and parked the bikes in a garage, according to police.

One of the men was found in the backyard and the other surrendered to officers, police said in a news release Tuesday morning.

Police searched the home and seized both motorcycles, riding gear and brass knuckles.

Gayath Al Brmawi, 24, and MHD Yasin Souidan, 20, are charged with criminal flight and dangerous operation of a vehicle. Soudan is also charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.

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Former B.C. Mountie gets conditional sentence for pursuing sexual relationships while on duty

A former B.C. RCMP officer who previously pleaded guilty to one count of breach of trust for pursuing sexual relationships while on duty has received a nine-month conditional sentence.

Brian Burkett, a former constable in Kelowna, was originally charged with seven counts of breach of trust.

The BC Prosecution Service stated the charges involved allegations of misconduct against seven individuals between October 2015 and August 2016. Crown counsel condensed the women’s accusations into a single charge following a plea deal.

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During Tuesday’s sentencing in B.C. Supreme Court, the judge allowed Burkett to serve his sentence in Alberta, where he lives and works.

Crown had been seeking a sentence of six months to a year behind bars, while defence was seeking a conditional sentence of six months to a year, which would be served in the community.

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In an interview earlier this year with Global News, an executive director of Battered Women’s Support Services believes Burkett should have had to face a breach of trust charge for each of the seven victims.

“It’s jarring to think that the Crown prosecutor would want to reduce the seven breach of trust charges down to one,” Angela Marie MacDougall said in June.

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“It’s yet another example of the ways in which victims cannot trust the system, both in terms of policing in this case, but also the Crown prosecutor’s decisions,” she added.

More to come

With files from Jules Knox

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Mom Lynne Says Britney’s Feelings Toward Her Father Have ‘Dwindled To Nothing But Fear And Hatred’

Britney Spears’ mom Lynne is speaking out amid the singer’s ongoing conservatorship battle.

According to court documents obtained by E! News, Lynne said she supported Britney’s request to withdraw Jamie as conservator, insisting she would testify if called as a witness.

Lynne shared, “I became involved in this conservatorship during what I will term a ‘time of crisis’ that began at the end of 2018 and continued into 2019,” insisting she got involved because she didn’t think the conservatorship was in her daughter’s best interests.

Lynne claimed her ex-husband and Britney’s father Jamie had “absolute control” over their daughter’s money and health-care decisions due to the conservatorship.

Since the conservatorship was put into place in 2008, Britney’s mom said the singer’s feelings toward her father have “dwindled to nothing but fear and hatred” because of his “complete control” over her.

Lynne wrote in the docs about “his mistrust of her, his coercion of her, his ‘bartering’ with her over what she can and cannot do for whatever reward or punishment he is willing to mete out, his constant threats, and his decision-making over all aspects of her life.”

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Lynne said of the alleged breaking point, “Of the actions that solidified the failure of my daughter’s and Mr. Spears’ relationship, the physical altercation between Mr. Spears and minor children, my grandchildren, was perhaps the most appalling and inexcusable, and understandably destroyed whatever was left of a relationship between them,” seemingly referencing an incident in September 2019.

Britney’s ex-husband and father to her kids Kevin Federline reportedly accused Jamie of abusing their then-13-year-old son Sean.

A source told E! News at the time that there was a physical altercation at Jamie’s house but he didn’t face criminal charges. Kevin did obtain a restraining order, though.

In the July 26 court filing, Lynne said Jamie “exercised absolutely microscopic control” over Britney, allegedly relying on members of her staff to “inform” him and “report back to him each and every detail of every action that takes place.”

“Such scrutiny is exhausting and terrifying, like living in custody,” Lynne wrote. She also said she was concerned about her daughter’s medical care.

She explained how Jamie had allegedly hired a “sports enhancement doctor,” whom she called a psychiatrist, that prescribed the star medication that she didn’t want to take.

Lynne called the whole thing “inappropriate.”

“I witnessed my daughter be compelled by that doctor, with the knowledge and encouragement of Mr. Spears, to enter a health facility that she did not want to enter, where she was threatened with punishment if she did not stay for medical treatment that she did not want to endure,” Lynne continued.

She accused Jamie of being “incapable of putting my daughter’s interests ahead of his own on both a professional and a personal level.”

Jamie and Lynne got divorced in 2002 after 27 years of marriage.

The latest Britney update comes after her lawyers requested that Jamie be removed as conservator, and that Jason Rubin, a CPA, fill the role.

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Feds pledge $7.6M to build affordable housing in Saskatoon

The federal government has promised millions of dollars to build affordable housing in Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark said the funding will help address the increased risk of homelessness in the city.

“Everyone deserves a roof over their head and a safe place to call home,” Clark said in a statement Tuesday.

“Here in Saskatoon, the city will be giving priority to Indigenous-led projects as we recognize the importance of providing housing and supports that is grounded in the culture and identity of the people needing help and healing.”

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The feds are providing $7.6 million under their Rapid Housing Initiative (RHI) to create an estimated 36 homes in Saskatoon.

Officials said the COVID-19 pandemic has increased homelessness and highlights the need for affordable housing.

They said the housing units will support people who are in uncertain housing situations, experiencing or at risk of homelessness or living in temporary shelters because of the pandemic.

“Today’s funding through the Rapid Housing Initiative will go a long way to support those who need it most by quickly providing nearly 36 new affordable homes for vulnerable individuals and families in Saskatoon to keep them safe,” Ahmed Hussen, minister of families, children and social development, said in a release.

“This is one of the ways our National Housing Strategy continues to ensure no one is left behind.”

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The Canadian government previously announced $17 million in funding to create 84 affordable homes on First Nations in Saskatchewan.

The $1 billion RHI was launched by the federal government in October 2020 to address what it called urgent housing needs in the country through the rapid construction of affordable housing.

An additional $1.5 billion for the initiative was earmarked in the 2021 federal budget.

Federal officials said the RHI will create over 9,200 affordable homes across the country.

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Feds commit $400M for Capital Line LRT expansion into southwest Edmonton

Edmonton’s LRT system will officially be expanding farther south after a federal funding announcement Tuesday morning.

Canada’s Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna joined Mayor Don Iveson at the Century Park LRT Station Tuesday to announce nearly $400 million in federal funding toward Phase 1 of the Capital Line LRT expansion into southwest Edmonton.

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The extension will add 4.5 kilometres of double-track from Century Park to Ellerslie Road and will include two new permanent LRT stations at Twin Brooks and Ellerslie, an underpass at the 23 Avenue crossing, and a new bridge across Anthony Henday Drive.

The project also includes an operations, maintenance and storage facility, the purchase of 24 electrically powered light rail vehicles, as well as the expansion and integration with the Heritage Valley park and ride facility.

The project will create 9,500 jobs, mostly during construction, but also in operations and maintenance moving forward. The federal government said the project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 269,000 tonnes by 2050, and will see 11.9 million fewer vehicle kilometres travelled in its opening year of operation.

“Investing in public transit is at the heart of a clean and inclusive recovery,” McKenna said in a news release. “Through this investment, we’re helping take more cars off the road and reduce emissions, create good jobs and build more inclusive communities.”

The remainder of the project’s funding will come from the municipal and provincial governments.

“Alberta’s government recognizes this is a critically important project, not just for Edmontonians, but for all Albertans,” said Alberta Transportation Minister Rajan Sawhney in a news release.

“Alberta’s ongoing commitment to Edmonton’s LRT network will help to support Edmonton transit users and Alberta’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic by creating local jobs. By supporting this project, the government of Alberta is laying the groundwork for the future of transit in the city’s fastest growing area.”

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In what could be one of his last major announcements as mayor, Iveson said a strong public transit system is the backbone of a livable, competitive city.

“By connecting some of the city’s fastest-growing communities, the Capital Line South LRT extension strengthens our economic and environmental prosperity. An expanded LRT network contributes to a resilient and green economic recovery for our city and will result in faster commutes and less gridlock. Our federal and provincial partners prove that, with this strategic investment, all orders of government contribute to our economic and social prosperity.”

Future phases of the project will see the line extended farther south to Heritage Valley and northwest toward Castle Downs.

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8-Year-Old Contestant On Spain’s ‘The Voice Kids’ Nails Cover Of Europe’s ‘The Final Countdown’

Jesús del Río, 8, took the Internet by storm with his rocking performances on “The Voice Kids”.

The program, which is called “La Voz Kids” (“The Voice Kids”) in Spain, featured the youngster and his rendition of AC/DC’s “Highway To Hell” on a previous episode and it has gone viral since.

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In the clip, del Río hit all the high notes while the judges all sat in awe.

All four judges turned their chairs, but one coach was actually blocked from picking the singer for his team. After noticing his block the judge actually tried to physically move the chair.

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Ultimately, del Río ended up choosing Spanish singer Melendi as his coach.

After making it to the next round, del Río celebrated with his family who watched from the sidelines.

The youngster, who also belted out “Back in Black” in the semifinals, then sang Europe’s smash hit “The Final Countdown” in the finals. However, it unfortunately wasn’t enough to win the competition.

del Río’s coach, Melendi, ended up having to choose between the young rocker and 11-year-old Levi Díaz, who belted out “Never Enough” from “The Greatest Showman”.

Melendi chose Díaz, who went on to win.

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COVID-19: Nova Scotia reports 2 new cases Tuesday

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that the government would continue to push, alongside provinces and territories, people to get a COVID-19 vaccine after a recent national health report showed a majority of cases was among the unvaccinated. The report showed 89.8 per cent of all cases since December have been among those who have not received a vaccine.

Nova Scotia reported two new cases of COVID-19 and six recoveries on Tuesday.

In a release, the province said the two cases are in Eastern Zone and both are related to travel.

That brings Nova Scotia’s active case count to nine, and there are no hospitalizations.

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Nova Scotia Health completed 2,243 tests for the virus the day before.

As of Monday, 1,303,736 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 569,593 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.

Since April 1, there have been 4,143 positive COVID-19 cases and 27 deaths.

There are 4,107 resolved cases.

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