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IN PHOTOS: CFB Wainwright Devouring Serpent military medical training

EDMONTON – Canadian Military medical teams are in action for an intense training exercise at CFB Wainwright.

The exercise is called Devouring Serpent. I was invited to take a look behind the scenes Wednesday in my role as honourary lieutenant colonel of 15 Field Ambulance.

Over 1,400 troops, men and woman, are taking part in the very realistic battle training exercise. It comes complete with simulated injuries that will occur in combat.

Troops are staying in tents on site over the next couple of weeks.

A very realistic battle training mission took place at CFB Wainwright Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

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A very realistic battle training mission took place at CFB Wainwright Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

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A very realistic battle training mission took place at CFB Wainwright Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

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A very realistic battle training mission took place at CFB Wainwright Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

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A very realistic battle training mission took place at CFB Wainwright Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

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A very realistic battle training mission took place at CFB Wainwright Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

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A very realistic battle training mission took place at CFB Wainwright Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

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A very realistic battle training mission took place at CFB Wainwright Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

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A very realistic battle training mission took place at CFB Wainwright Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015.

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

Toronto shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has picked his spots to contribute with the bat in the playoffs. His latest effort helped extend the Blue Jays’ post-season run for at least one more game.

Tulowitzki’s bases-clearing double was the highlight of a four-run sixth inning as the Blue Jays defeated the Kansas City Royals 7-1 at Rogers Centre on Wednesday. He swatted a 98 mile-per-hour pitch from reliever Kelvin Herrera into left-centre field to bring home Josh Donaldson, Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion.

“Amazing – and it was on that one swing,” said Bautista. “Tulo didn’t let that first-pitch fastball go by. He attacked it, he hit it in the gap and drove three in in a 1-0 game, an elimination game. That’s obviously by far the hit of the game.”

WATCH: ‘I think we’re all playing hard’: Jose Bautista on Blue Jays winning Game 5

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The play sent the sellout Rogers Centre crowd into a tizzy and the normally all-business Tulowitzki was fired up when he reached second base.

Tulowitzki, who homered in Toronto’s 11-8 Game 3 win, is getting hot at the right time. He was just 2-for-21 (.096 average) in the five-game divisional series win over Texas but is batting at a .368 clip in the ALCS.

READ MORE: Blue Jays crown Royals, stave off elimination

The 31-year-old shortstop has played through pain for the entire post-season after suffering a cracked shoulder blade in a game last month. It doesn’t seem to affect him on the field – his defence has been strong and he leads the team with 11 RBIs in the playoffs.

Tulowitzki has been receiving regular treatment for his sore back and shoulder and can usually be seen sporting a large ice pack in the area after each game.

“I’m good enough to go, I’ve said that all along,” he said. “I wouldn’t be out there if I wasn’t. Any time you’re out there, do whatever you can to win. Lately I’ve been putting good swings. It’s a tough game.

“Sometimes you go through some rough patches, sometimes you swing the bat well. Lately I’ve been (making) better swings.”

READ MORE: Bautista’s 10-pitch at-bat helps set up big inning in Blue Jays’ win

Tulowitzki also singled and scored an insurance run in the eighth inning to finish 2-for-4 on the day. His three-run double was the first in the team’s playoff history.

©2015

Target begins shipping to Canadian households through its website

TORONTO – Target Corp. is returning to Canada, but not with the splashy fanfare of its previous arrival.

The U.S. discount chic retailer has quietly opened an international website that gives Canadian shoppers the option of ordering products that will ship over the border.

But shopping at Target won’t come cheap because online orders face a list of extra charges, including duties and taxes as well as shipping fees.

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“It is part of a test and we will have more details to share in the near future,” said spokesman Jamie Bastian in an emailed statement to .

The international website is being operated by Borderfree, a company that specializes in helping retailers sell products around the world, and will charge local shoppers in Canadian dollars.

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Several things have changed in the Canadian retail industry since Target closed its stores here earlier in the year.

A wave of high-end U.S. retailers are in the midst of opening department stores across the country while big chains like Walmart and Best Buy Canada have been expanding product selection on their websites.

Other factors have made crossborder shopping less appealing, including the value of the loonie, which has dropped about 10 cents US to just over 76 cents US since the start of the year.

Target Corp. announced in January that would close its 133 Canadian stores and leave the country after deciding it would take years to turn a profit.

Lawyers for the company are still in Canadian courts ironing out some of the final details of the company’s windup.

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

TORONTO – Spirits were high in the streets of Toronto after the Blue Jays stayed alive in the American League Championship Series.

Fans poured out of Rogers Centre chanting “Let’s Go Jays!” or “Tu-lo” for all-star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki on Wednesday night after the Blue Jays routed the Kansas City Royals 7-1 in Game 5 of the best-of-seven ALCS. The Royals now lead the series 3-2 as it heads back to Kansas City.

READ MORE: Blue Jays crown Royals, stave off elimination

Brendan Engdahl, visiting Toronto from Calgary with his father and friends for the game, couldn’t hide his excitement.

“Best experience ever, and I’ve got two kids,” said Engdahl, who describes himself as a hardcore Blue Jays fan. “Chance of a lifetime.”

WATCH: Blue Jays avoid elimination after winning Game 5 against Royals

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Toronto’s chances of making its first World Series since 1993 took a severe hit after a 14-2 loss to the Royals on Tuesday night, putting the Blue Jays down 3-1 in the ALCS. But fans remained optimistic — and very loud — throughout Game 5 as starting pitcher Marco Estrada dominated the potent Kansas City lineup.

“It was the best game ever,” said Emiline Layfield, a Toronto native, who’s been a Blue Jays fan since they won the 1993 World Series. “Honestly, since the beginning of the game I could tell it was going to be a win.

“Best atmosphere, great atmosphere.”

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

Ace David Price is expected to start for Toronto in Game 6 on Friday in Kansas City and fans outside Rogers Centre had no doubt that he would help the Blue Jays to a decisive Game 7.

READ MORE: Bautista’s 10-pitch at-bat helps set up big inning in Blue Jays’ win

“With this energy, they’ll carry it through,” said Layfield after her first live Blue Jays game since she was five years old.

“One game at a time, but Game 6, since you ask, yeah we’re going to win,” said Father Jeff Stone, an Anglican priest who wore his clerical collar underneath a Blue Jays jersey with eyeblack on his cheeks.

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Bautista’s 10-pitch at-bat helps set up big inning in Blue Jays’ win

TORONTO – Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista wasn’t sure if an 83-mile per hour curveball from Kansas City’s Edinson Volquez had sailed just wide of the strike zone for Ball 4 in the sixth inning Wednesday.

But when home plate umpire Dan Iassongna called it a ball, Bautista gladly took his base.

“I wasn’t (confident I’d get the call), but I did,” Bautista said. “I was relieved after.”

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The pitch, the 10th Bautista had seen from the Royals starter in the at-bat, loaded the bases with nobody out for Toronto en route to a 7-1 win in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series.

READ MORE: Blue Jays crown Royals, stave off elimination

A walk to Edwin Encarnacion followed Bautista’s free pass and Troy Tulowitzki cleared the bases with a double two batters later to give the Blue Jays a 5-0 lead.

Bautista, who’s 10 for 37 this playoffs with two home runs and eight RBIs, leads all post-season players with eight walks and has a 10-game on-base streak to start his playoff career.

His sixth-inning walk wasn’t an easy one to take — Bautista fouled off five straight sinkers from Volquez that ranged in velocity from 96-98 m.p.h. before Ball 4 missed the outside corner.

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

“I was just trying to see the ball and hit it when it was through the zone,” he said. “I was in between, that’s why I kept fouling them off. … I was trying to be careful. That curveball he threw me, it was a good one, it was pretty close.

“You could argue that I got the benefit of a borderline call. Bottom line is I ended up on first and Tulo came through.”

The Royals weren’t sure the walk was warranted.

WATCH: Blue Jays avoid elimination after winning Game 5 against Royals

Kansas City manager Ned Yost said after the game that he tried to get an appeal on Bautista’s check swing, but the umpires couldn’t hear him over the loud Rogers Centre crowd.

Volquez was adamant the pitch wasn’t a ball.

“I saw the pitch and that was a strike,” he said. “A breaking ball doesn’t have to be right in the middle (when it’s caught). What matters is where it was when it crosses the plate.”

As the series shifts back to Kansas City on Friday for Game 6 with the Royals up 3-2, Bautista said he’s not about to alter his approach at the plate.

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

“I want to make something happen, especially with men on base, but I’ve got to be patient enough to swing at strikes,” he said. “It’s a tough act, balancing that out.

“I’m not going to change anything. I’m just going to continue with my plate discipline and hopefully force them to throw strikes.”

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