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.

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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.”

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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.”

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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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‘It was evil,’ says sister of slain soldier Cpl. Nathan Cirillo

OTTAWA – Political leaders, soldiers and citizens will gather on Parliament Hill Thursday for a ceremony marking the anniversary of two uniformed soldiers murdered one year ago.

The ceremony at the National War Memorial will feature a 21-gun salute and a flypast by four CF-18 fighter jets.

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Cpl. Nathan Cirillo was gunned down Oct. 22, 2014, as he stood guard at the memorial by a man who was shot dead after he ran into the Centre Block of the House of Commons.

His death came two days after an extremist deliberately ran down Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, 53, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Que.

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On hand for the commemoration will be Gov. Gen. David Johnston, outgoing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and prime minister-designate Justin Trudeau.

They’ll be joined by members of the Cirillo and Vincent families, soldiers from Cirillo’s reserve regiment, first responders and police.

On Wednesday evening, scores of people turned out in Hamilton for a hill-top ceremony in Cirillo’s honour.

“It was cowardly, it was evil, and most of all, it was tragic,” his sister Nicole told the crowd.

“When Nathan passed away, our family’s snowglobe was shaken and turned upside down.”

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Cirillo, a member of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment, left a young son, Marcus, who attended with his mother as well as his grandmother and other family members.

The evening ceremony, in near darkness, included a marching of the colours, a “monument of light,” and words from the regiment’s padre, Robert Fead.

“May his life and death inspire all of us to work for greater peace in our nation and in our world.”

Cirillo was also being remembered for the love that he had for his family, for rescue dogs, his smile and his friendliness, Fead said.

Following the parkside ceremony, attended by some people with candles and others with the Maple Leaf, members of Cirillo’s regiment marched back to their local armoury for a final, private dispatch.

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N.S. scenery serves as backdrop in Karlie Kloss Vogue photo shoot – Halifax

HALIFAX – The beauty of Nova Scotia scenery, along with a world-famous supermodel, is gracing the pages of Vogue.

Current Studios, a Dartmouth production studio that assisted in the shoot, posted the photographs on its website. The shoot is called “Shore Leave” and features models Karlie Kloss and Dylan Brosnan, son of actor Pierce Brosnan.

The pictures, which the company said were taken at the end of the summer, show off the cliffs and beaches of Cape D’Or.

The shoot is called “Shore Leave” and features models Karlie Kloss and Dylan Brosnan.

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The shoot is called “Shore Leave” and features models Karlie Kloss and Dylan Brosnan.

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The shoot is called “Shore Leave” and features models Karlie Kloss and Dylan Brosnan.

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The shoot is called “Shore Leave” and features models Karlie Kloss and Dylan Brosnan.

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The shoot is called “Shore Leave” and features models Karlie Kloss and Dylan Brosnan.

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The shoot is called “Shore Leave” and features models Karlie Kloss and Dylan Brosnan.

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“Pre-sunrise call times and harrowing drives down miles of dirt road to reach our location were how we started our days, but when the sun came up behind distant Cape Split, it was obvious why they chose this Nova Scotia locale for this shoot,” reads a post on the website.

The fashion spread can be seen in the November 2015 edition of Vogue.

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Calgary’s Pigeonhole chosen as best new restaurant in Canada

TORONTO – A Calgary chef has made it onto the top 10 list of Canada’s best new restaurants for the third time — but this time he took top spot.

Justin Leboe’s Pigeonhole, a wine bar serving creative small plates, took top honours in the 2015 instalment of Canada’s Best New Restaurants list as determined by Air Canada’s enRoute magazine.

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“It’s the trifecta for me. This is my third time on the list. I have a third, a second and now first,” said an “ecstatic” Leboe, 42, by phone from Calgary.

“The whole thing is three spots in seven years. All in Calgary too, which is a testament to the city.

“The city has grown so much in the last eight years in terms of the food culture. It’s pretty impressive to watch.”

Model Milk, of which he is also chef and co-owner, was second in 2012, and the now-shuttered Rush, where he was chef before he left to open Model Milk, placed third on the list in 2009.

Vancouver’s AnnaLena, helmed by chef Michael Robbins — who incorporates his own Lego constructions into the otherwise minimalist decor — took this year’s people’s choice award on eatandvote长沙桑拿.

Winners will be profiled in the November issue of enRoute magazine and receive their awards Nov. 12 in Toronto.

The top 10 list:

1. Pigeonhole (Calgary)

2. Port City Royal (Saint John, N.B.)

3. Pilgrimme (Galiano Island, B.C.)

4. DaiLo (Toronto)

5. Bar Raval (Toronto)

6. AnnaLena (Vancouver)

7. Adelaide Oyster House (St. John’s, N.L.)

8. Yasu (Toronto)

9. Enoteca (Winnipeg)

10. Soif (Gatineau, Que.)

WATCH: Chef and co-owner Justin Leboe discusses Pigeonhole

Hillary Clinton meets face-to-face with Republican-led Benghazi committee

WASHINGTON – Hillary Rodham Clinton firmly defended her actions on Benghazi as she came face-to-face Thursday with the Republican-led special investigation of the 2012 attacks on a U.S. diplomatic mission in the Libyan city, hoping to put to rest the worst episode of her tenure as secretary of state and clear an obstacle to her presidential campaign.

Democrats have assailed the investigation as a ploy to derail Clinton’s White House bid, noting that it is the eighth congressional investigation into the attacks.

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The hearing comes at a moment of political strength for Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination. On Wednesday, a potential rival for the nomination, Vice-President Joe Biden, announced he would not join the race. Clinton also is riding the momentum of a solid debate performance last week.

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Contentious moments during the hearing included questions and accusations about the Obama administration’s shifting early public account of the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks, which killed four Americans including the first ambassador in more than three decades.

Republicans pressed for answers on her record in the lead-up to the attacks on the diplomatic outpost in Benghazi and a nearby CIA compound, and how engaged she was on the deteriorating security situation in eastern Libya. The atmosphere remained mostly civil until a fiery back-and-forth with Rep. Jim Jordan, who accused Clinton of deliberately misleading the public by linking the violence to an Internet video insulting the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.

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Clinton, stone-faced for much of the hearing, smiled in bemusement as Jordan cut her off from answering. Eventually given the chance to comment, she said only that “some” people had wanted to justify the attack based on that video and that she rejected that justification. The argument went to the origins of the disagreement over Benghazi and how President Barack Obama and his top aides represented the attack in the final weeks of his re-election campaign.

“There were probably a number of different motivations” for the attack, Clinton said, describing a time when competing strands of intelligence were being received and no clear picture had yet emerged. Speaking directly to Jordan, she said: “The insinuations that you are making do a great disservice.”

“I’m sorry that it doesn’t fit your narrative. I can only tell you what the facts were,” Clinton said.

Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina started the hearing with a series of questions that he said remained unanswered: Why was the U.S. in Libya, why were security requests denied, why was the military not ready to respond quickly on the 11th anniversary of 9-11 and why did the Obama administration change its story about the nature of the attacks in the weeks afterward?

She stressed a need for diplomats to advance U.S. interests in the world, even in dangerous places, and said perfect security can never be achieved.

The U.S. military campaign against Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 helped prevent “genocide,” Clinton asserted, noting the Libyan dictator’s threat to hunt down opponents like “cockroaches.” The American-led intervention came after requests for assistance from allies in Europe and the Arab world, and extensive study and discussion by the U.S. government, she said.

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The Republican criticism has included contentions by some lawmakers that Clinton personally denied security requests and ordered the U.S. military to “stand down” during the attacks, or that her agency was engaged in an elaborate gun-running scheme in eastern Libya. None of these were substantiated in an independent ordered by Clinton after the deadly incident, and seven subsequent congressional investigations.

Gowdy is engaged in his own balancing act, portraying the panel as focused on the facts after comments by fellow Republicans describing the inquiry as an effort designed to hurt Clinton’s presidential bid.

On Thursday, Democrats on the panel immediately focused on several, long-debunked allegations regarding the response of Clinton and the Obama administration to the series of attacks on the U.S. diplomatic outpost in Benghazi and a nearby CIA compound. Although Republicans pressed for answers, there were no confrontations with Clinton in the early rounds of questioning.

The committee’s top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, described the entire probe as a partisan campaign replete with implausible conspiracy theories.

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The hearing was expected to last the whole day, with breaks. Clinton was certain to face questions about her use of a private email account and server while serving as President Barack Obama’s chief diplomat, another issue that has beset her campaign.

A new Associated Press-Gfk poll shows the public mixed on Clinton and Benghazi. Four in 10 say they neither approve nor disapprove of how she has answered questions about the attack, while 20 per cent approve and 37 per cent disapprove.

Americans also are divided on Clinton’s email practices, which have raised security concerns. More than half of those polled view her use of a private server as a minor problem or no problem at all, compared with 1 in 3 who think it is a major problem. Nearly two-thirds of Republicans call it a major problem.

In the weeks after Benghazi, Clinton took responsibility for the incidents. In recent months, she has said her use of a private email server was a mistake.

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Car infotainment systems distract even if drivers use voice commands: Report

DETROIT – Car infotainment systems that use voice commands may let drivers keep their hands on the wheel, but they’re still highly distracting.

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It takes drivers up to 27 seconds to return to full attention after using voice commands to make a hands-free call, turn on the radio or perform other tasks, according to two studies released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Traveling at 25 miles per hour, that would equal the length of three football fields.

The studies, done for AAA by the University of Utah, compared various voice-operated systems from 2015 model-year vehicles.

Infotainment systems in the Chevrolet Equinox, Buick Lacrosse and Toyota 4Runner were the least distracting, because they were more intuitive and better at understanding voice commands. Systems in the Ford Taurus, Chevrolet Malibu, Volkswagen Passat, Nissan Altima, Chrysler 200 and Hyundai Sonata performed less well.

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The system in the Mazda6 was the most distracting. The researchers found that Mazda’s system required multiple steps, had poor voice detection and took longer to complete tasks. To select a radio station, users had to say “frequency” and then the station number.

Practice with the systems didn’t necessarily help. The 257 research subjects took the cars home for five days, but the tasks that were difficult on the first day remained difficult a few days later, the researchers found.

The least distracting systems still impaired drivers for at least 15 seconds, the studies said. Older drivers took a longer time to resume full attention than younger ones. Researchers measured the return to full attention by timing participants’ response to a flashing light.

Researchers also studied the level of distraction when drivers use mobile phones with voice commands. They found Google Now was more intuitive – and slightly less distracting – than Apple’s Siri and Microsoft’s Cortana. The phone study had 65 participants.

Joel Cooper, a research assistant professor of psychology at the university and one of the studies’ authors, said voice command systems tend to be rigid, forcing drivers to use very specific commands to do various tasks. Even when drivers use the right commands, the systems don’t always understand them. When the systems don’t work, drivers get distracted trying to diagnose the problem.

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“They’re just not good enough,” Cooper told The Associated Press. “They make a promise that they are a safe alternative, but they just don’t always function as promised.”

Mazda said a more advanced system that should minimize distraction is being used in the 2016 Mazda6 and other new models.

“We’re always looking for new ways to make that interface between user and machine smoother and more intuitive,” the company said in a statement.

While these studies focused on hands-free voice command systems, future studies for AAA will try to compare those systems to more traditional infotainment systems that require drivers to use their hands and look down at the dashboard, Cooper said.

AAA said it is sharing its findings with lawmakers and government agencies. It urged drivers to be cautious with voice command systems, even if the car is stopped at an intersection.

“The reality is that mental distractions persist and can affect driver attention even after the light turns green,” said AAA President and CEO Marshall Doney.

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Apple launches clean energy programs in China to reduce environmental impact

SAN FRANCISCO – Apple is cleaning up its manufacturing operations in China to reduce the air pollution caused by the factories that have assembled hundreds of millions of iPhones and iPads during the past eight years.

The world’s most valuable company is working with its Chinese suppliers to eventually produce 2.2 gigawatts of solar power and other renewable energy.

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The commitment announced Wednesday represents Apple’s latest attempt to prevent the popularity of its devices and digital services from increasing the carbon emissions that are widely believed to changing the Earth’s climate.

Apple Inc. estimates 20 million metric tons of greenhouse gas pollution will be avoided as more of its suppliers rely on renewable energy between now and 2020. That’s like having four million fewer cars on the road for a year.

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Panels capable of generating about 200 megawatts of solar power will be financed by Apple in the northern, southern and eastern regions of China, where many of its suppliers are located. The Cupertino, California, company is teaming up with its Chinese suppliers to build the capacity for the remaining 2 gigawatts of renewable energy, which will be a mix of solar, wind and hydroelectric power.

Foxconn, which runs the factory where the most iPhones are assembled, is pledging to contribute 400 megawatts of solar power as part of the 2-gigabyte commitment. The solar panels to be built by 2018 in China’s Henan Province are supposed to produce as much renewable energy as Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory consumes while making iPhones.

Apple has made protecting the environment a higher priority since Tim Cook replaced the late Steve Jobs as the company’s CEO four years ago.

“Climate change is one of the great challenges of our time, and the time for action is now,” Cook said in a statement. “The transition to a new green economy requires innovation, ambition and purpose.”

Apple just completed projects in China that generate 40 megawatts of solar energy to offset the power required by its 24 stores and 19 offices in the country. All of Apple’s data centres, offices and stores in the U.S. already have been running on renewable energy.

“When you look at all the air pollution in China, all the manufacturing that is done there has a lot to do with it, so this is a significant step in the right direction,” said Gary Cook, a senior analyst for Greenpeace, a group devoted to protecting the environment.

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Apple also has a financial incentive to help make China a better place to live. The greater China region is Apple’s second biggest market behind the U.S. Tim Cook has made it clear that he wants the company to make even more inroads as rising incomes enable more of China’s population to buy smartphones and other gadgets.

Google, Facebook and other technology companies also have been investing heavily in renewable energy in an effort to cut the pollution caused by power needed to run the data centres that process and store information for the users of the digital services.

By some estimates, technology products and services account for as much of the world’s carbon emissions as the airline industry.

Apple can easily afford to go green. The company had $203 billion in cash at the end of June.

Correction: This story has been reflected to correct that Apple and its suppliers haven’t set a timetable for producing the 2.2 gigawatts of renewable energy in China. The 2020 timeline mentioned in an earlier version of the story refers to the period that Apple expects to reduce greenhouse gas pollution with its commitment.

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Airbnb introduces a broader insurance coverage policy for Canadians

TORONTO – Airbnb is adding a new level of insurance coverage in Canada as part of wider support for people who list their properties through its service.

The online accommodation provider announced Thursday that its Host Protection Insurance program, which launched earlier this year in the United States, would be rolled out in 15 more countries.

The expanded coverage will provide compensation if a guest is injured at a property listed on Airbnb and brings a claim against the host.

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The insurance could also cover damages a guest causes to the surrounding area of a property – such as accidental water damage if a pipe burst affects a neighbouring apartment.

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Coverage, which comes at no additional cost to the host, tops out at $1 million, the company said.

The Host Protection Insurance program, which will be provided through a partnership with a Lloyd’s of London participating insurer, comes after Airbnb spent four years on an agreement that satisfied the insurers, said Airbnb product lead Jonathan Golden.

“The insurance industry is not fast paced, so it has taken time to educate them on these platforms,” he said.

“It has been a challenge to handle products like these (which are) unique and individual solutions.”

Airbnb has been growing in popularity as the so-called “sharing economy” becomes more commonplace with the help of taxi-hailing service Uber and various other apps.

Goldem said Airbnb executives wanted to lineup a significant number of countries before it launched the expanded insurance coverage.

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Since its U.S. launch in January, less than 50 claims have been filed under the Host Protection program when factoring in all of the 8 million guest bookings, he said.

Airbnb, which offers a substitute to hotels, has about 33,000 host listings across Canada.

Few of those bookings have resulted in major issues for the company, but some of the higher profile problems have raised red flags for insurance companies.

In May, a Calgary family discovered their home was trashed amid a “drug-induced orgy” by hard-partying renters. Property damage was assessed at around $75,000, though Airbnb said it would cover the costs at the time.

Governments across the country have started to voice concerns about the ramifications of an unregulated sharing economy.

In Quebec, Tourism Minister Dominique Vien is pushing for a law which clearly differentiates between legal accommodation websites like Airbnb and some of the smaller competitors who aren’t necessarily operating within requirements and paying taxes.

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Blue Jays’ David Price ready for Game 6 of ALCS

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – David Price is ready to prove his critics wrong.

The Toronto Blue Jays ace gets the start in Game 6 of the American League Championship Series on Friday with his team’s season on the line. Although Price has dominated in the regular season throughout his eight-year career, he’s never won as a starter in the playoffs.

Price understands he has yet to meet expectations in the post-season, but said he doesn’t need to prove he can pitch in a big game.

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“I have to prove that I can pitch at this point in the season in the playoffs,” said Price at a news conference on Thursday. “I get that. But I don’t have to go out there and prove that I’m a good pitcher. I think I’ve done that over my career.

“So I’m just going to go out there, throw my game, have fun, have good things happen, get good results and good things are going to happen. I know they are.”

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Price’s 2-7 record in the post-season – with both wins coming as a reliever – stands in stark contrast to his 104-56 regular season record that saw him earn a Cy Young Award as the American League’s best pitcher in 2012.

The 29-year-old lefty, who has been in the post-season with the Tampa Bay Rays, Detroit Tigers and now Toronto, knows that it’s the playoffs where he can earn his reputation. But he’s not going to change his approach, instead relying on what got him to the post-season in the first place.

“What I did in the regular season doesn’t matter. I get it,” said Price. “But I know I’m a good pitcher. I know I’m a very good pitcher. Good things are going to happen. Everybody is going to say whatever they want to say and write what they want to write. And I completely get that, but I know good things are going to happen.”

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons thinks Price’s poor post-season record is just a matter of bad luck and adds that there’s no one in Toronto’s starting rotation that he’d rather have on the mound with his team trailing the best-of-seven series 3-2.

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“You get to be one of the elite pitchers in the game for a reason,” said Gibbons. “Those are kind of the guys that get you here. Without David we’re not here, anyway. So it’s a moot topic there.

“I’m glad he’s going tomorrow. I’m not hesitant one bit to throw him out there, because I’ve only seen him good.”

Gibbons sees Price as his best arm and used him as a reliever in Game 4 of the American League Division Series. Down 3-1 in the ALCS on Wednesday night, Gibbons had Price start to loosen up in the Blue Jays’ bullpen to come in for starting pitcher Marco Estrada. It never came to that as Estrada dispatched the Royals’ lineup with help from relievers Aaron Sanchez and Roberto Osuna.

“I was warming up to come in,” Price said Wednesday night when asked whether he was simply throwing the typical bullpen session that most starters throw between their scheduled starts or if he was gearing up to get into the game.

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“(I was) getting ready to go get us outs.”

Price doesn’t see much difference in warming up to pitch out of the bullpen or to start, especially when it comes to elimination games.

“It’s still pitching, it’s still baseball, it’s still the same thing I’ve done for a long time,” he said. “Just go out there, help this team win and go get outs.”

Price, whose last start came during Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday in Kansas City – a tough 6-3 loss for Toronto – said his normal bullpen session between outings would have been Monday, though he also added that he rarely throws between starts.

The Blue Jays will have another arm in their arsenal on Friday as reliever Aaron Loup will be available. The right-hander has missed most of the post-season attending to a family emergency.

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With files from Melissa Couto in Toronto

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47 charged with 135 offences in Canada-wide human trafficking crackdown

TORONTO – An extensive Canada-wide human trafficking investigation has resulted with 47 people being arrested and charged with 135 offences, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) announced on Thursday.

Earlier this month, the same investigation, nicknamed Operation Northern Spotlight, netted nine people with 33 charges being laid.

During a press conference on Thursday, the OPP said Phase 4 of the probe resulted in 20 people being removed and saved from the sex trade.

Police said most of those rescued were under the age of 19 and some were as young as 14.

“Human trafficking investigations are complex and labour-intensive and we must continue to fight for the rights of those victims who are often from vulnerable sectors of our population in Ontario,” said OPP Deputy Commissioner Scott Tod.

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Police said the investigation required the help from 40 law enforcement agencies nationwide, including the FBI and RCMP, by pre-arranging meetings with people suspected of partaking in the sex trade, potentially against their will.

“Human trafficking is a threat which targets the vulnerable around the world. And one of the most vulnerable —; our children,” said Joseph S. Campbell, Assistant Director, FBI Criminal Investigation Division.

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During the same period, police in the United States conducted a parallel investigation dubbed Operation Cross Country.

“As a result of this collaboration and sharing, both U.S. and Canadian law enforcement agencies rescued children and arrested those involved in the trafficking of children.”

Those arrested have been charged with offences including trafficking in persons, forcible confinement, child pornography, and sexual assault with a weapon.

VIDEO: During a Thursday morning press conference to outline the results of a human trafficking investigation, a victim of human trafficking outlined her own story of being kidnapped and forced to work as an exotic dancer.

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EXCLUSIVE: A look inside the ultimate man cave

WINNIPEG – A Jets cave was a childhood dream that recently became a reality for Kyle Calder.

The sports fan grew up watching hockey with his parents, collecting everything related to the team for years.

“I had a lot of imagination then,” said Calder, who was devastated when the Jets left Winnipeg in 1996, fearing the cave may never happen.

“As soon as I found out the rumours, that we might get a team back… merchandise started coming out and I just kept accumulating,” he said.

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From the time the Atlanta Thrashers relocated to Winnipeg as Jets 2.0 in 2011, Calder and his girlfriend Stefanie Sobieski went to as many events and games as they could.

“Hockey wasn’t my sport but he definitely really dragged me into it with the Jets and made me feel the passion that he feels,” Sobieski said.

When looking for their first home this year in Cloverleaf, Calder and Sobieski knew a large basement was necessary for the cave.

“I grabbed all my measurements and then just started doodling and coming up with a rough design,” Calder said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Behind the scenes of the Jets Cave with photographer Gage Fletcher

Kyle Calder searching for the Jets game on his jumbotron TV.

The floor needed four coats of grey and six coats of white paint.

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The entire project took six months but it’s not completely done yet.

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Calder watches every Jets game in the cave.

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The cave lighting up with buzzers going off.

Courtesy Kyle Cadler

The couple got to work right away so they could complete the project in six months before the NHL season started.

“We did the ceiling first so it’s the same as the arm band on the jerseys,” Calder said.

“Then we started spraying the floor so there was four coats of grey and six coats of white and then taped off lines to do all of the different zones.”

He also added a jumbotron and game buzzers that go off every time a goal is scored on television, along with hockey sticks outlining the windows.

Construction is still underway though, with expansions coming to the “mini MTS Centre” which has cost about $2,000 so far.

The couple plans to add a shooting gallery, bathrooms and a concession stand in the coming months.

“That was kind of the idea when we bought the house, we’re probably not going to go to as many Jets games so might as well bring the MTS Centre right here,” Calder said.

After seeing the cave, friends and family members continue giving Sobieski more Jets memorabilia to add.

“People were just amazed at the progress… and want to contribute,” she said. “It just shows our passion for the team and it just shows how much we love our Jets.”

The Manitobans hope their cave will motivate other fans to show their passion for the Jets.

“I want this to be seen as much as possible so that other people can get inspiration and the imagination from this to build their own kind of thing,” Calder said.

PHOTO GALLERY: Jets Cave memorabilia close up