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East Vancouver marijuana shop searched by Vancouver Police – BC

WATCH: Vancouver Police shut down a marijuana store for allegedly supplying weed to people selling to kids.

Vancouver Police paid a visit to a popular eastside pot store Thursday afternoon.

Officers armed with a search warrant entered the Jim’s Weeds Lounge at 882 East Hastings Street after reports that marijuana was being bought at the store and allegedly sold to youth in the area.

Five customers and three staff in the store were “identified” according to police. They were later released. No arrests were made.

Cards advertising deals on marijuana were reportedly being handed out at Waterfront Station on Wednesday.

The store is currently advertising somewhat of a blowout sale on their Facebook page, saying they are “rolling back prices.”

In June, they ran a Facebook page contest, giving away two free 1 oz. samples of “premium BC bud” to two of their Facebook fans.

Jim’s Weeds Lounge on Facebook.

Jim’s Weeds Lounge on Facebook.

Jim’s Weeds Lounge on Facebook.

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“The VPD will continue to respond to any complaints about illegal marijuana use and sales and decide if further investigation or enforcement action is required. Our priority remains focusing on violent drug traffickers and those who prey on youth, the marginalized or the drug addicted,” reads a statement from the Vancouver Police Department.

“Our frontline officers will continue to use discretion enforcing the possession and consumption of marijuana under federal law. Options include criminal charges, seizures and violation tickets for smoking under the city bylaws.”

Pressure to legalize the sale of marijuana has been building in B.C., especially after the start of legal marijuana sales in Washington state.

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Manitoba chief says he’ll fight allegations – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG – One of Manitoba’s top chiefs says he will fight accusations he spent his organization’s cash on guitars and trips with his girlfriend.

Grand Chief David Harper, who represents Manitoba’s northern reserves, says he hasn’t done anything wrong.

Harper says he hasn’t been suspended and is working to clear his name.

He says he’s requested all the transactions in question and is taking the coming week to get to the bottom of the charges.

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Harper acknowledges he does travel with his girlfriend, but says any extra costs are deducted from his paycheque.

He says the guitars that were purchased were bought as gifts for a Christmas party and not for his own personal use.

The grand chief said he sometimes travels with other staff at Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, who may have racked up some of the charges.

The organization, which represents some of the province’s poorest reserves, is undergoing an audit. Harper said he’s resisting calls to step down voluntarily and the organization has no mechanism to force him to leave.

Although chiefs could put forward a vote of non-confidence motion in his leadership, Harper said that hasn’t happened.

“I want to make sure my name is cleared,” he said Thursday. “All my personal transactions that were made public, I want to clear those. I told the chiefs I’ll be making my report to the executive within a week.”

Harper has been grand chief since 2009 and is host of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs national chief election in December.

He rose to national prominence during the outbreak of H1N1 when he denounced the federal government for sending body bags to flu-stricken reserves rather than resources to fight the illness.

©2014The Canadian Press

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Stay away from bats: Vancouver Coastal Health – BC

Vancouver Coastal Health is warning people in the Lower Mainland to beware of bats that can carry potentially fatal rabies virus.

Rabies affects the central nervous system and can be fatal.

Bats can transmit the disease to humans when their saliva comes into contact with a person’s mucus membranes or through a break in the skin.

In 2003, a B.C. resident died of rabies after contracting the bat strain of the virus.

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People are asked to avoid physical contact with bats, dead or alive, and seek immediate medical attention if they are bitten or scratched by a bat.

While rabies can be prevented with a vaccine if given soon after exposure to the virus, immunization is ineffective once symptoms develop.

VCH says in the last year five bats in B.C. tested positive for the disease. One of those bats was found in Vancouver’s Kitsilano area.

The majority of human contact with bats happens between July and September when bats are most active.

Prevention tips:

• Do not touch live or dead bats
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• Avoid locations or activities where bats are likely to be encountered (e.g. caves)
• If you have a pet dog, cat or ferret, make sure that it is vaccinated regularly against rabies
• Warn children about the risks of exposure to rabies (e.g. not approaching wildlife or handling bats)
• In the Lower Mainland, injured bats can be reported to the Wildlife Rescue Association at 604-526-7275. On the Sunshine Coast, injured bats can be reported to the Gibsons Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at 604-886-4989.

If you have been bitten or scratched:

• Thoroughly wash the bite or scratch with soap and water, using lots of water to flush the wound
• In the case of handling a bat, wash hands thoroughly
• Seek medical attention right away
• If the bat is still alive and available, have a wildlife expert capture it and contact VCH at 604-675-3900 for testing. If the bat is dead, simply contact VCH.

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Canada imposes new sanctions against Ukrainian entities, Russian firms – National

OTTAWA – The Conservative government has announced further sanctions against Ukrainian rebels and Russian-backed Ukrainian entities.

Eight Ukrainians in leadership positions in the rebel-held Donetsk region of eastern Ukraine are the targets of the new sanctions, as are armed separatist groups known as the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic.

Russian arms, financial and energy companies are also facing further Canadian sanctions.

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READ MORE: Ukraine prime minister resigns over coalition break-up

Prime Minister Stephen Harper pointed to the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet last week over rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine as proof that Vladimir Putin’s continued support of the rebels “constitutes a very real threat to international peace and security.”

In a statement on Thursday, Harper accused the two separatist groups of engaging “in egregious acts against the armed forces of Ukraine, international monitors deployed to the area, and the civilian population” with direct support from Russia.

“Canada remains committed to working with our allies and partners in the international community to preserve and promote a free, democratic and peaceful world,” he added.

“We are ready for further actions if the Putin regime’s military aggression continues.”

READ MORE: Rebels release train carrying bodies, hand over black boxes

Nonetheless, Canadian sanctions against Russia appear to be affecting Canadian companies too.

Canada’s Bombardier Inc. says the Canadian sanctions already imposed on Russia could have an impact on the timeline of the company’s plans to set up a plant in the country.

The Montreal-based giant was hoping to conclude negotiations this year with Russian company Rostec for the assembly of 100 Q400 regional jets in a project estimated at $3.4 billion.

Company spokeswoman Marianella Delabarrera said this week that Bombardier is now being “realistic” about the possibility the project will be ready later than originally expected.

©2014The Canadian Press

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Iconic view of Mahone Bay could change with new cell tower – Halifax

HALIFAX – A trademark view in Mahone Bay could soon look very different if a proposed new cell phone tower is erected north of the town.

Bell Mobility wants to replace an existing tower in the midst of three prominent churches that span the waterfront along Mahone Bay. It’s a view that’s a constant focal point for locals and tourists.

The current tower stands 24 metres tall and doesn’t extend past the treeline, but the new one will be 60 metres tall.

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Pat Thomas, a tourist visiting from North Carolina, said the current view is “quite lovely and very peaceful”. Her husband Bill said a taller tower would detract from that.

“I think it would really ruin the view, I wouldn’t be in favour of that at all,” he said.

Mark Lazarak, who is visiting Nova Scotia from Montreal with his family, said the proposed tower would be “devastating” to the view.

“[Now] it’s beautiful, it’s unique, it’s scenic,” he said. “A tower should be put somewhere behind where no one can see it.”

Tim Worthington, who has owned and operated Birdsall-Worthington Pottery in Mahone Bay since 1977, said he can’t imagine taking a picture of the three churches if a large cell phone tower were visible in the background.

“It’s recognized all over Canada and probably North America, so I just can’t believe that that would be a considered,” he said. “It would be like putting a Burger King in from of Mount Rushmore.”

Local business owners like Worthington say the proposed placement of the tower could have an impact on tourism.

“I think the effects of that would be felt over a long period of time,” he said.

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Île-Bizard: a hidden treasure of Montreal – Montreal

WATCH ABOVE: Golf isn’t the only thing going on in Île-Bizard. The small town just north of Montreal’s West Island is also a quiet haven full of greenery. Global’s Rachel Lau has the story.

ÎLE-BIZARD – There is more to Île-Bizard than meets the eye.

The tranquility of this small town seems to be one of Montreal’s best kept secrets.

Île-Bizard is a quiet haven where Montrealers go to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

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“It’s kind of like you’re an hour out of the city, but not,” said Kosta Christopoulos, who travels to Île-Bizard from the South Shore.

“That’s how I feel when I come here. So, I feel I’m going up north or in the Eastern Townships but really you’re just 20-30 minutes out of the city and it’s nice.”

The small island, just north of Montreal’s west end, is a golf town at its core.

“It’s all about golf,” said Steve, a member at Golf Saint-Raphael.

“So we enjoy the scenery, we enjoy the golf holes, the quality, also the members, there’s a lot of good players.”

Île-Bizard has three huge golf courses, one of which is the host of this year’s RBC Canadian Open.

“The RBC Open is this week,” said Michel Landry, the Golf Director of Golf Saint-Raphael.

“That brings us a lot of people. That’s fun, it’s a golf ambiance on the island.”

Yet, golf isn’t the only thing that makes up Île-Bizard.

A few fun facts:

    Pauline Marois used to own a mansion hereA few members of Simple Plan are from hereFamous Habs player Guy Lafleur still lives in Île-Bizard

Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard Nature Park.

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On the northern side of the island is another hidden treasure – the Bois-de-l’Île-Bizard nature park.

“You feel like you’re so far from Montreal when you’re here so that’s the biggest secret is actually the park,” said Marie-Stephane Jadotte, the manager of the Bois-de-l’Île Bizard nature park.

The park has a large walking trail that covers over 200 hectares of land, as well as several picnic areas and a beach.

“There’s a lot of activities you can do, there’s the beach with families with young kids, it’s perfect for them,” said Jadotte.

The beach.

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For birdwatchers, this park is a paradise.

“A lot of people come for observation,” said Jadotte.

“The birds we have like the great heron, we have the northern cardinal, blue jays, egrets.”

For some, Île-Bizard is that little piece of heaven that they just can’t get enough of.

“It’s just beautiful out here,” said Lisa Philipps, who is a regular at Golf Saint-Raphael.

“It feels like you’re in the country but I live 10 minutes down the road in Kirkland… and it just has that country feel.”

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Campaign underway to prevent drownings in Alberta – Edmonton

EDMONTON — Summer is in full swing and that makes Alberta beaches and rivers a popular destination. But it’s also a time when drownings tend to spike.

In July alone, six Albertans drowned. The latest case was a 53-year-old Drumheller man who drowned while swimming off the coast of Oregon on Tuesday.

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Last week in Edmonton, a Devon man was found dead in the North Saskatchewan River where he was caught in the undercurrent and pulled away.

In an effort to raise awareness about water safety, Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research — along with the Lifesaving Society — is marking National Drowning Prevention Week by running a beach towel campaign.

Beach towels will be handed out to swimmers with the message: “before you think only other swimmers drown, have a word with yourself.”

“Drowning is tragic. It can happen suddenly and silently,” explained Barbara Costache with Lifesaving Society Alberta and Northwest Territories.

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“Albertans need to have a word with themselves and know that yes, they too can drown.”

According to the Lifesaving Society, 21 people drowned in 2013. Of those, 27 per cent died while swimming. The society also found that 80 percent of all drowning victims last year were male.

“Males are the group that takes more risk,” explained Kathy Belton associate director for ACICR. “Women seem to be more cautious.”

READ MORE: Lifesaving tips to prevent drowning deaths

The Beach Towel Campaign focuses on two key messages that could prevent drowning and save lives:

    Wear a life jacket, especially when boating and doing other recreational activities in the water.Be actively supervising children and to be within arm’s reach at all times.

ACICR and the Lifesaving society want to stress that drowning is preventable. With the campaign, they hope to bring awareness to the dangers that exist to make sure your stay safe while enjoying your time at the beach.

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Tasers, cameras could help prevent use of deadly force by police: report – Toronto

WATCH: Body cameras and better mental health training — those are just a couple of the 84 recommendations from a report reviewing police use of force. Sean Mallen reports

TORONTO – Expanding the police use of Tasers, equipping officers with body-worn cameras and educating them on mental-health issues could help prevent deadly use of force when police deal with those in crisis, suggests a new report released Thursday.

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The ideas were among 84 recommendations in a sweeping review of the Toronto Police Service’s guidelines and practices conducted by former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci.

“If reasonable steps can be taken to prevent even one unnecessary death, then those steps must be taken,” Iacobucci said as he detailed his work. “It is clear that the police are part of the mental-health system. They have become the front-line mental-health workers.”

Toronto police Chief Bill Blair commissioned the report last year after the death of a teenager shot by an officer on an empty streetcar sparked a public outcry over police use of force.

The release of the 346-page report came just days ahead of the one-year anniversary of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim’s death, and amid a lawsuit by the teen’s family against the officer who shot him and another who Tasered him as he lay dying.

“This is not a report that will gather dust. This is a report that will gather momentum,” said Blair, adding that his force would move to implement the report’s recommendations.

While the report was limited to making recommendations to the Toronto police, both Blair and Iacobucci said they wanted to share it with police forces across Canada.

“I hope those police forces will look at this report and find something of value to them,” said Iacobucci.

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That shared learning was exactly what Marianne MacIsaac hoped the report would instigate. The Ajax, Ont., resident’s husband was shot to death by police last December after running out of the house naked following a seizure that came on while he had a high fever.

“The police officer shot my husband within 12 seconds,” said MacIsaac, wiping away tears as she spoke.

“We just hope that this can roll over into other police forces in Ontario. We don’t want to see another family go through what we did. It’s heartbreaking and it was a senseless, preventable shooting.”

It was clear Iacobucci had been impacted by the experiences of those like MacIsaac.

WATCH: Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Frank Iacobucci offers up 84 recommendations in a probe on the use of lethal force by Toronto police.

“You have to be robotic to not be moved by the human tragedy of this,” he said, noting that the Toronto police force alone deals with 20,000 encounters with people in crisis in a year. “The complexity behind all of those stories was just quite moving and challenging.”

Iacobucci and his team interviewed more than 100 people – including the families of individuals killed by police, as well as officers involved deadly encounters – and analysed more than 1,200 documents as well as submissions from the public. The team also looked at recommendations from previous Ontario coroners’ inquests and the advice of experts from the U.S. and the U.K.

The report’s numerous recommendations dealt with the intersection of police and the mental-heath system, police culture, training and supervision, use of force and the mental-health of officers themselves.

Iacobucci stressed that one of the key themes was the need for interdisciplinary co-operation.

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“When analysing how to prevent deaths in such encounters, one must focus on how to prevent either the crisis itself or the encounter with the police from occurring in the first place, which involves improving the mental-health system among other things,” said Iacobucci.

“A failure to de-escalate can arise from a number of causes, including lack of understanding by police regarding the level of risk posed by the person in crisis or a lack of knowledge or ability on how to de-escalate effectively.”

While the report was seen as a positive step forward, advocates for people with mental illnesses expressed concern about a number of recommendations relating to expanded use of Tasers.

“We are not supporters of the use of Tasers, because we do not find that they are used as alternatives to lethal force,” said Jennifer Chambers, co-ordinator of the Empowerment Council.

READ MORE: Jury recommends de-escalation in police confrontations with the mentally ill

“We find that Tasers are used as intermediate methods and we favour, instead, an emphasis on de-escalation. But that being said, I feel the report really did emphasize de-escalation, so that was good news.”

Iacobucci’s report recommended Toronto police consider conducting a pilot project to assess the potential for expanding Taser access within the force. It also recommended the force advocate for a national study of the medical effects of Taser use and collaborate with other police services to establish a database with Taser-related information.

It also suggested the force issue body-worn cameras to all officers who may encounter people in crisis to ensure greater accountability and transparency.

Among the report’s other recommendations is a suggestion that Toronto police create a comprehensive police and mental-health oversight body to help share health-care information, including a voluntary registry of vulnerable people.

It also recommends the force “more proactively and comprehensively educate officers” on mental-health issues and give every officer a point of contact in the mental-health system they can ask for advice.

The city’s Mobile Crisis Intervention Teams, which partner mental-health nurses with specially trained offers, should also be notified of every call involving a person in crisis, the report recommends, while calling for a Crisis Intervention Team that would provide a specialized response to those in crisis around the clock.

The report also focused on the recruitment of police officers, with Iacobucci suggesting all new constables be required to complete a mental-health first-aid course. He said preference should be given to applicants with community service experience, past involvement related to the mental-health community and higher education.

Iacobucci noted that his report was not about laying blame on anyone but rather was meant to consider how deadly confrontations can be prevented in the future.

“The premise of the report is that the target should be zero deaths when police interact with a member of the public,” he said. “Above all, a person in crisis needs help.”

©2014The Canadian Press

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