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Regulatory board for Sask. teachers opens amid recent allegations of misconduct

REGINA – Saskatchewan teachers are now regulated under a new body.

The government officially launched the Saskatchewan Professional Teachers Regulatory Board (SPTRB) Wednesday, which is responsible for the educators’ certification and discipline.

“It puts teachers in the same position as doctors and lawyers in the province,” said Education Minister Don Morgan. “They will have the ability to set their own standards for discipline.”

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Before it was the Saskatchewan Federation of Teachers (STF) that both advocated and regulated educators.

President Pat Maze said the new board means the STF is no longer tasked with punishing its own members.

“The STF is, of course, in favour of removing any concerns about conflict of interest in the interest of protecting the public trust in the profession,” he said.

Cases of misconduct

There have been several recent high profile incidents of misconduct. Former teacher Jayson Kennard was sentenced to jail in May for luring a former student for sex.

Not all cases are as severe but it appears there are more disciplinary hearings than in the past.

The new board is now in charge of discipline, including removing a teacher’s certificate.

“It strengthens the public trust in the profession, it elevates the status of the profession,” said SPTRB CEO Trevor Smith. “It recognizes that the vast majority of teachers are hardworking and competent professionals.”

The board is made of seven teachers and two members of the public.

All Saskatchewan teachers are required to register with the SPTRB every year to maintain their certificates.

Saskatoon residents hope Trudeau keeps promises on aboriginal issues

SASKATOON – One day after securing a majority government in Canada’s federal election, prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau said he would fulfil his promise of ordering an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.

“I believe that there is a need for a national public inquiry to bring justice for the victims, healing for the families, and to put an end to this tragedy,” Trudeau said to reporters.

The statement covers one of many promises the Liberal leader made on the campaign trail regarding aboriginal issues that many Saskatchewan voters consider front and centre. Trudeau pledged millions of dollars toward First Nations education and full implementation of recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

WATCH: Liberal tidal wave doesn’t reach Saskatoon

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“Stephen Harper said no to the inquiry and I think it’s important that Trudeau keeps his promises,” said Dallas Fiddler, a University of Saskatchewan (U of S) student who voted this election.

U of S public policy expert Ken Coates said the real question regarding the incoming government is “how are they going to work with aboriginal people and will they do it in a different way?”

Coates said aboriginal governments need to play a key role in the decision making process on issues that affect their communities.

“If all ideas emanate out of the Aboriginal Affairs office in Ottawa and if the prime minister and his cabinet are making the decision, no real change has happened,” said Coates, a professor and research chair in the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

“It’s not about money; it’s not even about consultation … the real ultimate issue is about shifting decision making and resource allocation from the government of Canada to aboriginal governments.”

READ MORE: Conservatives show strong in Saskatchewan

One group who hopes to work in partnership with the incoming Trudeau government is the Saskatoon Tribal Council (STC). Its chief said he’s optimistic about the new leader’s agenda, but worries not everyone in Ottawa will be on board.

“Its one thing for the government to want to do some things, but will the bureaucracy respond quick enough and as aggressively enough as the government wants them to do,” said STC Chief Felix Thomas.

“Good intentions are just that … What we want to do is work in a partnership to facilitate those good intentions to actually come to fruition.”

©2015

Justin Trudeau ‘Just watch me’ note on eBay

TORONTO – A 2013 note in which then-Liberal leadership contender Justin Trudeau predicted he would beat Prime Minister Stephen Harper is up for sale on eBay.

Michael Kydd was on Porter Airlines flight on March 20, 2013, and passed a note to Trudeau asking “Can you really beat Harper?”

Trudeau responded with a quote from his late father — former prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau — “Just watch me.”

Trudeau, who was running for the Liberal leadership at the time, confirmed the note in a tweet on the same day saying, “Yup, it was me.”

Bidding on the note — which had attracted a top bid of $2,550 by Wednesday evening — ends Thursday afternoon.

Trudeau’s father replied “Well, just watch me!” on Oct. 13, 1970, when asked by a reporter how far he would go in limiting civil liberties to combat separatist terrorists during the October Crisis.

Three days later, Pierre Elliott Trudeau invoked the War Measures Act, giving police more power in response to the kidnapping of British diplomat James Cross and Quebec provincial cabinet minister Pierre Laporte by the FLQ.

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Youth and First Nations engagement seen at the polls

The province of Saskatchewan had the fourth-highest voter turnout among Canada’s provinces and territories in the 2015 federal election that led to a new Liberal majority government. Among Saskatchewan’s registered voters, 72.1 per cent cast ballots, compared to 63.1 per cent in 2011.

The latest results in Saskatchewan are also above the nationwide turnout of 68.5 per cent this election.

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Young voters and First Nations people helped contribute to the increase, according to John Courtney, senior policy fellow at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

“The students were so engaged in this election. I was struck around the university, time and time again, by how many young people said they had voted, either at the advanced poll or at the election,” Courtney said.

More polling stations on reserves led to greater First Nations involvement, he added. Courtney was one of the panellists at a post-election discussion at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S) Wednesday.

READ MORE: Historic 10 First Nations candidates elected as MPs in 2015 federal election

This week’s vote was the first time Morgan Seidler could mark a ballot in a federal election. The U of S public administration student is encouraged by increased voting.

“I truly believe it’s because young people got out this time,” Seidler said, “I think younger people are more engaged, because the issues affecting young people are different from the issues affecting older people.”

The current statistics don’t include voters who registered on election day so these numbers will increase when the data is updated by Elections Canada.

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‘We assumed it was OK’: Canada Post under fire for setting up community mailbox

CALGARY – A Calgary homeowner who lives overseas was shocked to learn Canada Post had dug up land to build a community mailbox next to her backyard without speaking to her about the plan.

“I was actually quite shocked and very much in disbelief that something like that would go ahead without any notification to me,” said Dawn Wright on the phone from Dubai.

She said her tenants contacted her property manager, who then reached out to her.

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“On the weekend all of sudden they were digging here, and my husband said, ‘they’re going to put the post box here’ and I said, ‘no they’re not,’” said tenant Lori McNabb, a student who’s been renting since Aug. 1. “I called the real estate company and they said they were not aware of them digging here.”

READ MORE: Community mailbox location sparks angry response in Calgary

The superbox is set to go up against her fence in Calgary’s Southwood neighbourhood, despite what Wright calls an “open area not on anybody’s property” about 64 metres away.

Wright said she had to email the office of the head of Canada Post before she got a reply that she would be contacted “shortly.”

For its part, Canada Post said staff made three attempts to knock on Wright’s door and explain why the company chose that plot of land, which it said is on the city easement. A spokesperson said the first attempt was in February.

“There was nobody home, so we left a pamphlet for them to call us back,” said Canada Post spokesperson Anick Losier.

“We did not hear back, so we assumed that it was OK to proceed. We’re currently in the process of trying to reach the homeowner and talk about her concerns, and see if we can find a resolution.”

Losier said Canada Post is hoping to reach a compromise with Wright.

“It can always be changed,” she said, noting 30 per cent of proposed superbox locations have already been moved so far. “What we try to do is find a location that is centralized to all those it serves, so if there is a suitable alternative location and we can make the change, we will.”

READ MORE: 7 things to know about Canada Post’s plan to axe home delivery

Wright is concerned about vandalism if the superbox goes ahead in the spot next to her fence.

“I’m quite concerned that this will devalue my property. I’m also concerned there’s going to be a lot of garbage, as people receive flyers or whatever, they’re going to just drop them right beside my fence. People taking their dogs for a walk, you know if the dog decides that there’s a deposit that needs to be left, it’ll be right there.”

READ MORE: Are Canada Post community mailboxes lowering property values?

With files from Tony Tighe

©2015

DeLorean golf cart comes complete with Mr. Fusion cooler for the course

EDMONTON – Equipped with everything from a Mr. Fusion to a flux capacitor, a group in Red Deer has created its own version of Doc Brown’s time-travelling DeLorean.

2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Red Deer College’s annual golf tournament. It’s also the year Marty McFly, Emmett “Doc” Brown and Jennifer Parker visited from 1985 in the second installment of the classic sci-fi film Back to Future.

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As a way to honour both, Red Deer College built its own DeLorean golf cart.

“I was blown away by the end result,” said Dean Heykants, who was asked by the college to build the cart. “I never thought that it would end up like this.”

A custom car builder who always looks for a new and different challenge, Heykants said he jumped at the opportunity to build the golf cart.

“I guess it kind of speaks to every man and what the possibility might be if we dream and the backyard building of something so cool like what Doctor Brown did,” said Heykants. “It’s just fantastic and that kind of gives hope for us backyard guys and what we can come up with just by thinking out of the box.”

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While he admits he’s not a “super-fan” of the movie, Heykants said his favourite character is definitely the DeLorean.

“I’m a car guy, and it’s got four wheels and it’s got a flux capacitor and a Mr. Fusion and it travels in time. What more do you want?”

While the modified golf cart doesn’t actually travel through time, its Mr. Fusion doubles as a cooler, which comes in handy on the golf course. It also has several buttons that when pressed, say some of the movie’s most famous catchphrases.

“Great Scott!”

“I’m from the future. I came here in a time machine that you invented. Now I need your help to get back to the year 1985.”

READ MORE: Did 2015 turn out the way Marty McFly saw it?

The golf cart has garnered attention from collectors around the world, especially on Back to the Future Day. The college plans to sell it and put the funds towards its athletics department.

“We’re going to auction it off. There’s interest all over the world actually,” said Joel Ward, president of Red Deer College. “We’ll raise money for our student athletes through the auction of this and students will benefit from scholarships and bursaries.”

And while many of the predictions made about 2015 in the 1989 film aren’t a reality today, it’s always good to dream.

“We’re always interested in the future because we’re always wondering what’s coming next,” said Ward. “It’s the hope that we have in the future, I think, that drives us as human beings, as a species. Hope is really what keeps us getting up every single day.”

Hope that one day he may actually be able to go back to the future.

Global Edmonton photographer Brad Gowan as Marty McFly on Back to the Future day Oct. 21, 2015.

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Red Deer College built a DeLorean golf cart.

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Global Edmonton photographer Brad Gowan dressed as Marty McFly for the occasion.

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Red Deer College built a DeLorean golf cart.

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Red Deer College built a DeLorean golf cart.

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Red Deer College built a DeLorean golf cart.

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Red Deer College built a DeLorean golf cart.

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Red Deer College built a DeLorean golf cart.

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Red Deer College built a DeLorean golf cart.

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‘It feels like a curse’: Family fighting hereditary cancer

EDMONTON – The women in Mary McDonald’s family are beautiful, bright and successful. But they’re also “cursed,” they say, with risky genes.

Mary’s mother died of ovarian cancer at age 55. Then Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40. Her doctor suggested genetic testing. That’s when she found out she’s a carrier for the BRCA1 gene mutation.

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“So that meant that it was a family affair,” said Mary. “Which to me was far more devastating than my breast cancer diagnosis.”

Mary had two daughters; Janine, who was 15 at the time, and Lianne, 27. Both were eventually tested, and both had the same mutation. Knowing they all had a much higher-than-average risk of breast or ovarian cancer, Mary had her remaining breast removed, a hysterectomy and oophorectomy. And she urged her daughters to have the same.

Both sisters delayed the preventative surgeries. Lianne got married, and wanted to wait until after her first baby, Abigail.

“But then she fell so in love with her little girl, she decided she wanted another (baby) before she went through all the surgeries,” said Mary. “Unfortunately that’s when she was diagnosed.”

Lianne died of breast cancer, at age 34. Abigail was three years old.

Janine says her big sister faced her final years courageously. Lianne spoke at conferences on hereditary cancer, and tried to raise awareness of genetic testing.

“(Lianne) was brave, she was bad ass,” said Janine. “She was my hero.”

“She made it very clear to me that all she wanted was for me to not get sick like she had.”

One of Lianne’s dying wishes was for Janine to have the surgeries, before it was too late. So, at age 24, Janine had a double mastectomy. And, following in her sister’s footsteps, the now-26-year-old is trying to educate other young people. She hosts fundraising events geared toward people her age for the HBOC Society, and is one of the faces of the Risky Genes campaign.

“What we want to do is get the message out so (young people) can take preventative measures, rather than get sick and have to deal with it after.”

WATCH: What you should know about Angelina Jolie’s BRCA1 gene and ovarian cancer

Genetic counsellor Cynthia Handford says about 10 per cent of cancers (including prostate) are hereditary, and most people don’t know if they’re a carrier or not. Knowing your family history is critical.

“(We look for) people who have a lot of family members with the same type of cancer on the same side of the family,” says Cynthia, “people who’ve got family members with cancer at a younger age than you would expect to see.”

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For example, according to the HBOC Society, nearly half of breast cancer patients under age 40 are hereditary cases. Having risky genes also means a higher chance of more than one cancer diagnosis. Cynthia feels genetic testing can be proactive; knowing your risk before the disease develops allows time for early screening, or even preventative surgeries. It can also tell women – and men – if their kids are at risk.

“I always tell people, ‘You can’t control what genes you inherited from your parents or what you passed on,’” said Cynthia.

“All you control is what you do with the information.”

If you want to see a genetic counsellor, you need a referral from your doctor. And if you want genetic testing, you will likely need a cancer survivor from your family to participate with you.

Mary knows most young people don’t want to hear about their risk for cancer. Her daughters didn’t. But she and Janine want to reach out, to prevent others from experiencing painful loss.

“I remember one conference,” said Mary.

“One woman stood up and said no woman in her family had ever lived past 40.”

©2015

Blue Jays crown Royals, stave off elimination

TORONTO – Marco Estrada was near flawless in limiting the Royals to three hits over 7 2/3 innings and Troy Tulowitzki drove in three runs as the Blue Jays stayed alive in the American League Championship Series, defeating Kansas City 7-1 Wednesday to force a Game 6.

The Royals still hold an edge going home, leading the best-of-seven series 3-2. The teams go at it Friday in Kauffman Stadium, with left-hander David Price getting the start for Toronto. Game 7 goes there Saturday if needed.

Toronto, outscored 33-16 in the first four games and coming off a 14-2 humiliation in Game 4, needed a stopper and they got it once again in Estrada, who has quietly become a key player for the team.

“He’s a guy that’s carried us in a lot of ways,” Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said. “He’s a master of what he does. It doesn’t always look pretty but he’s mastered it.

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The 32-year-old right-hander rescued the Jays with a victory in Game 3 of the ALDS in Texas, limiting theRangers to one run in 6 1/3 innings in the first of Toronto’s must-win games this post-season.

Estrada was on point again in a sparkling performance Wednesday, retiring the first nine Kansas City batters. With a double play erasing a fourth-inning single, Estrada faced the minimum 18 batters over six innings.

“I had a lot of adrenalin going,” Estrada said. “The last game (Game 3 of ALDS) I was pretty calm, cool and I was just trying to do my job. This time I still had the same mindset, but the fans got me going a little bit early on and just made it a little more fun.”

READ MORE: Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki delivers key hit in Game 5 victory

A two-out walk in the seventh was the only other blemish on his pitching line as he retired 21 of 22 in the first seven innings.

He exited in the eighth to a standing ovation after giving up a two-out solo homer to Salvador Perez followed by a single to Alex Gordon.

“Today he was absolutely dynamite,” Royals manager Ned Yost said of Estrada.

Tulowitzki, whose once cold bat has warmed up nicely, accounted for most of the offence by clearing the bases with a double in a four-run sixth.

“It’s a tough game, sometimes you go through rough patches, sometimes you swing the bat well,” Tulowitzki said. “Just lately I’ve been putting better swings.”

Royals starter Edinson Volquez, who had a fine outing in Game 1 to beat Estrada, was almost as good Wednesday – retiring 15 of the first 18 batters he faced. But he unravelled in the sixth, walking three Jays and hitting another with a pitch while unable to get an out.

That set the stage for Tulowitzki.

The Jays shortstop, still feeling the effects of a late-season shoulder injury, came into the game hitting just .194 (7-for-36) but he has been a game-changer with the bat in three of Toronto’s post-season outings. And despite playing in pain, he has been a big contributor to the defence.

Tulowitzki set a club record for most RBIs in a single ALCS (seven). And his 11 RBIs are second only to Paul Molitor (13 in 1993) among Jays in a single post-season.

WATCH: Fans in Kansas City react to Blue Jays winning Game 5

Chris Colabello had opened the scoring with a second-inning solo homer before an enthusiastic, loud crowd of 49,325 under the dome at the Rogers Centre.

It was Toronto’s fourth elimination game of the playoffs and the Jays went into the game confident they could take the series back to Kansas City. The players’ suitcases were stacked neatly outside the clubhouse prior to Wednesday’s game, ready for transport to the airport.

The Royals opened the series with 5-0 and 6-3 home wins. Back in Toronto, the Jays rallied to win 11-8 before falling 14-2 in Game 4 at the Rogers Centre.

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Estrada mowed down the first nine batters he faced. Alcides Escobar ended the streak with a leadoff single in the fourth but was promptly doubled up by Ben Zobrist’s groundout.

Volquez, the crowd chanting his name derisively, was just as impressive – hitting speeds of 98 m.p.h.- until he ran into Colabello with one out in the second. Down 0-2 in the count, the Jays first baseman knocked a solo shot deep to left-centre for a 1-0 lead.

Aside from the homer, the only blemish on Volquez’s first three innings was a walk. He gave up a single in each of the fourth and fifth.

Ben Revere led off the Toronto half of the sixth with a seven-pitch walk. Volquez then hit Josh Donaldson – as he did in an ill-tempered game back in August – on the elbow protector. With the crowd on its feet, Jose Bautista then loaded the bases with a 10-pitch walk.

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Volquez walked Edwin Encarnacion to bring in run and prompt Royals manager Ned Yost to call for reliever Kelvin Herrera. Volquez threw 24 pitches but could not get an out in the inning.

Herrera struck out Colabello but Tulowitzki cleared the bases with a double for a 5-0 lead.

Volquez gave up five runs on three hits with four walks and two strikeouts in an 88-pitch outing.

Back-to-back two-out doubles by Donaldson and Bautista upped the lead to 6-0 in the seventh. Bautista has eight RBIs in 10 games this post-season, reaching base safely in all 10 games.

Aaron Sanchez came in for Estrada, who struck out five and walked one, to get the final out in the eight.

After Tulowitzki singled in the eighth, Kevin Pillar drove him home with two outs to make 7-1 but was caught trying to stretch the hit into a triple.

READ MORE: Hope abounds for Blue Jays fans after Game 5 victory over Royals

Toronto closer Roberto Osuna worked a 1-2-3 ninth.

History and momentum were on Kansas City’s side as the Royals looked to retain the AL pennant.

Wednesday marked the 80th time in LCS or World Series history that a team held a 3-1 lead. In the 79 previous occasions, 67 of the teams (85 per cent) that led went on to win the series.

In ALCS play, only four of 17 teams trailing 3-1 have rallied to win the series.

“They’re just beating us right now, I mean they’re outplaying us,” Gibbons said of the Royals prior to the game. “Really that’s the story.”

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Gibbons pointed to Kansas City’s depth and the fact that the Royals are on a roll at the plate.

“They’re hotter than fire with those bats,” he said.

Going into play Wednesday, the Royals were outhitting (.284 to .230), outscoring (58 to 42) and outslugging Toronto (.469 to .388) and had more home runs (12 to 11).

Toronto’s ERA over the first four games of the ALCS was 8.47, compared to 4.11 for Kansas City. And the Royals were hitting .331 with runners on compared to .221 for the Jays.

But Estrada cooled the Royals bats. And Tulowitzki delivered some firepower of his own.

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Petitions push for Trudeau to install Elizabeth May as environment minister

A trio of online petitions have sprung forth with an unlikely request for Canada’s prime minister-designate, Justin Trudeau.

Just hours after the election the petitions were created requesting that Trudeau name Green Party Leader Elizabeth May as the country’s environment minister.

One petition, which was started by Gillian Turner of Timmins, Ont., features an open letter which suggests that May should be installed ahead of the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference which will take place in Paris at the end of November.

“I can think of no Member of Parliament, from any party, who would better represent the concerns of Canadians on this topic, both at home and abroad,” Turner wrote on the Change长沙夜网 petition.

“We need a strong voice in Paris, and November 30th is coming up quickly. Please put aside partisan politics, and live up to your promise: appoint the best people to your cabinet, regardless of party affiliation.”

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The site also allows supporters to voice their reasons for support.

Jennifer Bowes of Dawson Creek, B.C. wrote: “I think Elizabeth May has shown a great deal of thoughtfulness, objective and balanced debate and supports a neutral scientific/environmental review process that would not be so biased towards industry. She would promote conservation in balance with growth and help retain an environmental legacy for future generations. I am tired of having ministers like Joe Oliver and the last minister ( Leona) who do not have the education, passion or interest to do a good job as environmental minister.”

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The petition now has more than 52,000 supporters while a second active petition, started by Bernard Marx on ipetitions长沙桑拿, also has over 1,200 signatures. A third petition on Avaaz长沙夜网 was closed by Patricia Birch of Vancouver and finished with over 30,000 signatures.

The likelihood of the request of the petition being fulfilled is somewhere between slim and none as Turner noted in addendum, “I realise it might be a bit idealistic to expect a cabinet position for Ms. May, even if PM Trudeau would allow her to retain her Green Party status whilst doing so, which is unlikely. I’m really not that naive.”

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Aside from the fact that May would also have to agree to work with the Liberals, Trudeau has no real reason to consider the move. In fact, he has a ton of reasons no too, first and foremost being the Liberals and the Green Party have completely different platforms.

Trudeau also needs to reward MPs from his own party for helping him become the nation’s next leader and there are only 39 cabinet positions available for the 184 Liberals who were elected, with the environment minister being a plum position.

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