Rash of long weekend stabbings part of grim trend, Winnipeg police say

Winnipeg police say they’ve been dealing with numerous stabbings throughout 2022 — to the tune of just under six a day, on average — and the Victoria Day long weekend was no different.

Police said on Friday night, a man in his 30s was dropped off at a Winnipeg hospital in critical condition with a severe stab wound. He was later upgraded to stable, and police believe the stabbing happened near a Main Street bar.

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Later, three people, including two teenage girls, were arrested Saturday night in connection with another stabbing near Main Street and Jarvis Avenue. Two women had been stabbed outside a bar and taken to hospital in unstable condition. The three suspects — 15, 17 and 37 –were charged with assault-related offences.

Early Sunday morning, a security guard at an Osborne Street bar was stabbed, police said. He was taken to hospital in critical condition but later updated to stable.

In another incident that evening, a man in his 30s was stabbed during a child’s birthday party at an Alexander Avenue home. A second man showed up at hospital shortly after with a cut. Police said both men refused further police assistance.

Police were called to the 100 block of Powers Street Sunday night just after 11:30, with a report of two teen boys who had been stabbed at a nearby basketball court. Both victims were taken to hospital.

Finally, just after 2 a.m. Monday, police were called when two men in their 20s were admitted to hospital with stab wounds. It’s believed they were stabbed near a Main Street bar.

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'Significant collision' shuts down highway in Cochrane

A main intersection in Cochrane, Alta., is closed following a “significant vehicle collision” Tuesday afternoon.

RCMP said just before 1 p.m., it appears a dump truck lost control and struck another vehicle at the intersection of Highway 1A and Centre Avenue.

In a social media post, the Town of Cochrane called it a “significant vehicle collision.”

Police said there were serious injuries and emergency crews shut down the highway that runs through the town.

Traffic is being diverted around the scene of the collision, with at least two blocks of the highway that connects to Calgary closed.

Officials are asking drivers to use an alternate route and expect delays in the area.

–More to come…

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‘Too many zeros!’: Email alerts Kamloops couple to $1-million lottery win

A Kamloops resident is $1 million richer after finding out through email he lucked out on a lottery ticket.

Greg Gauthier says he and his wife were strolling through their email inbox, as they do every morning, but noticed an email from the B.C. Lottery Corporation.

That email notified Gauthier that they’d won $1 million from the Lotto 6-49 draw on May 7. Gauthier had purchased his lucky ticket on PlayNow.com.

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“We are quite excited,” Gauthier said. “Our first reaction was ‘That is too many zeros!’”

Gauthier says he and his wife shared the news with their children.

“They are quite excited for us,” said Gauthier, who plans to celebrate the windfall with a nice family dinner.

Gauthier says he’s also looking forward to visiting the east coast, and perhaps somewhere hot.

“I’m not going to argue if we get away during the winter months,” he said.

Asked how it feels to win seven figures, Gauthier said “my biggest feeling was that I can now look into the future and put my kids and grandson in a great place. I’m able to make life easier for my family and I really enjoy helping out.”

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Edmonton Oilers look for commanding series lead against Calgary Flames

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It’s a familiar situation for the Edmonton Oilers when they host the Calgary Flames at Rogers Place Tuesday night. (630 CHED Face-off Show at 5:30 p.m., game at 7:30 p.m.).

The Oilers lead the series 2-1. They also had a 2-1 lead in the last round against the L.A. Kings but lost Game 4 4-0.

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“I feel like we should actually be grateful for the last round and the ups-and-downs of it,” said defenceman Tyson Barrie. “We just know it’s far from over. We have a great opportunity in front of us to take a big step and a big lead. The last time we had that opportunity, I would say we weren’t even close to grabbing it.”

“We don’t look at the past too much, but I think we can learn from the last series. Game 4 was probably our worst of the series,” said captain Connor McDavid.

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The Oilers won Game 3 behind a hat trick from Evander Kane, four assists from Leon Draisaitl and three assists by McDavid.

Flames head coach Darryl Sutter wants to see more from his big line of Johnny Gaudreau, Elias Lindholm and Matthew Tkachuk. After Wednesday’s morning skate, he said the trio “was a good regular season line for us.”

“We got some guys who can play better. Generally, the top players kind of control that kind of the game pretty well,” Sutter added.

The Oilers expected lineup is:

Kane – McDavid – Draisaitl

Hyman – Nugent-Hopkins – Puljujarvi

Foegele – McLeod – Yamamoto

Archibald – Ryan – Kassian

Nurse – Ceci

Keith – Bouchard

Kulak – Barrie

Smith

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N.B woman attacked in alleged abduction attempt after being flagged down while driving

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The New Brunswick RCMP has launched an investigation after a group of people reportedly assaulted and attempted to abduct a woman in the northern part of the province Monday evening.

In a release, police say the woman was driving on Highway 180 toward Bathurst, about 25 minutes past Saint-Quentin, around 7 p.m. when she was flagged down by another woman who asked her to help change a tire on a panel van.

“When the driver got out of her car, she was assaulted by two men who tried to pull her into the van. The woman was able to get away from the men and into her own vehicle,” the release said.

“The van pursued her on the highway about six to eight minutes before the van turned around and went back the other way.”

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The RCMP said the female suspect is described as having long blonde hair in curls and was wearing a long pink jacket. She spoke both English and French “with no apparent accent,” the release said.

One of the men is described as having dark hair, dark eyes, and a dark, full beard about one inch long. The second man was described as clean shaven with dark hair and eyes. The release said one of the men is believed to have suffered a “serious eye injury” during the incident.

The van is described as a white or light grey panel van.

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The RCMP is looking to speak with anyone who was travelling on Highway 180 near Mount Carleton between 4 and 8 p.m. on Monday, especially those who noticed the van, the suspects, or who have dashcam or other video from the area.

“If you know who these people might be, or if you have any information that could assist our investigation, please contact police right away,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Hans Ouellette said in the release.
Those with information are asked to contact the Chaleur Regional RCMP at 506-548-7771. They can also submit information anonymously through Crime Stoppers online, by calling 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by downloading the secure P3 Mobile App.

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Haldimand County nurse returning to Ukraine for 2nd deployment to help refugees

An ICU nurse from Haldimand County, Ont., who’s set to embark on her second stint to provide medical relief in war torn Ukraine, says her first experience was “an eye opening experience.”

Kim Wiebe will be jet setting to eastern Europe in a matter of days as part of an effort to aid displaced Ukrainians, serving them at an emergency field hospital in western Ukraine.

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“I was posted at a train station clinic and besides the people who came in to see us, there were so many people fleeing,” Wiebe told 900 CHML’s Good Morning Hamilton.

“(They were) just tired, hadn’t slept in days, hungry, carrying all their belongings, moving from the trains, trying to get onto other trains to get out of the country, busses or looking for a place to stay.”

The St. Catharine’s nurse, who resides in Canfield, was set up at a medical stabilization point as part of a Samaritan’s Purse operation at the station where tens of thousands of people were passing through train gates daily in March.

Wiebe’s deployment in May involved providing medical aid to those in transit, moving through train stations to find a path to safety.

She says the people she saw had a wide variety of needs, aside from the burns and injuries one might anticipate from a nation under siege.

“Some of the main things that we saw were anxiety and high blood pressure,” Wiebe remarked.

“A lot of people in the conflict were not able to get their prescription medications, especially high blood pressure medication, so they would come into the clinic asking for a checkup.”

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) estimates more than six million people — mostly women and children — have already fled Ukraine since the start of the conflict on Feb. 24, with neighbouring countries in eastern Europe opening their doors to welcome the displaced civilians.

Nurses and doctors from across Canada have been flying to eastern Europe since mid-March to provide preliminary care assistance for those who’ve crossed the border at checkopoints in Poland to avoid putting strain on the local health-care system.

Samaritan’s Purse set up a Medical Stabilization Point at a train station in Lviv, Ukraine, where tens of thousands of people are daily passing through the gates.

Samaritan’s Purse set up a Medical Stabilization Point at a train station in Lviv, Ukraine, where tens of thousands of people are daily passing through the gates.

Samaritan’s Purse

Wiebe says she applied to join the humanitary response through her love of nursing and desire to take care of people who really need it.

Acceptance into the program called for a week of training in Calgary at the Samaritan’s Purse Canada headquarters, transitioning into a position with the disaster assistance response team (DART) – a large group of staff on call, should there be a disaster.

The effort was “tiring” with typically 12 hours of work a day with few days off, if any.

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“I actually contracted COVID while I was there and (that) just kind of contributed to some tiredness on my part,” said Wiebe.

“Once I got home a week later, they called me for a debriefing and I said, ‘You know what? I’m ready to go back if you need me, I’m ready to go back.'”

The second deployment, for a week starting May 31, will see the Ontarian helping with scheduling and once again in a medical capacity helping outpatients coming through with urgent care or minor health issues.

“Then for some of them who need surgery, who need more care, I’m just helping work out referrals and passing them on to places where they can get that care,” Wiebe said.

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Baby formula supply in Canada remains 'fine' for now, Trudeau says

Asked about the baby formula shortage impacting the United States and Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that Canada is continuing with "securing" its supply. Trudeau added in Canada, the supply is "fine" for now overall, but there are some challenges in obtaining more specialized formula.

Canada’s baby formula supply largely remains “fine,” but Canadian officials are working closely with the United States to ensure Canada doesn’t start seeing major shortages, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday.

Speaking with reporters in Vancouver, Trudeau acknowledged some there have been some issues regarding supplies of formula for infants with food allergies and some medical conditions. But overall, Canada remains in a more stable position the U.S., which has been experiencing shortages, he said.

“The reality is we’re still looking like we’re fine on baby formula,” Trudeau said.

“There are a few challenges around some more specialized formulas for particularly vulnerable kids. But, again, we are confident the work that we’re doing to secure supply from elsewhere and to ensure Canadians have those options is going to be fine.”

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Last week, Health Canada said certain provinces were running low on supplies of extensively hydrolyzed infant formulas and amino acid-based formulas.

The agency said it was working with manufacturers to import these products where possible.

The White House says it is treating its shortage of infant formula as a top priority — a crisis experts say is one more symptom of North America’s new era of “managed trade.”

But there is growing concern that Canada could be side-swiped by the rush to action in the United States.

Over the weekend, military transports ferried more than 35,000 kilograms of prescription-grade formula into the U.S. from Europe, with more shipments on the way.

And President Joe Biden has invoked the Defense Production Act, a 1950s-era military procurement law, to ensure U.S. manufacturers can get the necessary raw materials to ramp up production.

The shortage was triggered by the shutdown in February of a key plant in Michigan, but international trade experts say the real issue is that the U.S. industry is controlled by only a handful of major players.

Brian Deese, director of the White House National Economic Council, says too few U.S. companies wield too much control over the supply chain.

“Right now, our focus is on getting that formula out to the families that need it,” Deese told CNN on Monday.

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Trudeau says Ottawa is monitoring the situation closely for fear that the U.S. efforts could end up making the shortage in Canada even worse.

“We’ve been working closely with the American administration to make sure we are securing our continued supply of baby formula,” Trudeau said Tuesday.

Last week, Trudeau also noted Canadian officials need to “make sure that we’re looking for solutions here in Canada.”

Canada’s largest formula manufacturing plant is the Chinese-owned Canada Royal Milk facility in Kingston, Ont., but 100 per cent of its output is exported for domestic sale in China.

With files from The Canadian Press. 

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Farms in B.C. and Alberta latest to have confirmed outbreaks of avian influenza

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed two more outbreaks of avian influenza in small flocks — one in southern British Columbia and the other in southeastern Alberta.

A statement from the agency says the H5N1 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza was identified Saturday in the flock in Cypress County, Alta., and on Sunday among birds in the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen in B.C.

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The B.C. case came one day after 4,000 turkeys on a Fraser Valley farm were due to be euthanized as avian flu was verified last week on two commercial poultry farms in B.C.’s poultry producing hub of Abbotsford.

Data from the food inspection agency shows the outbreak is the 12th recorded in B.C. since the province’s first case on April 13.

The infection in Cypress County, near Medicine Hat, is the 29th in Alberta, but the first in more than a week.

Global News has reached out to the CFIA for information about the cases in southern B.C.

The agency warns that the so-called bird flu is spreading globally and outbreaks have been confirmed in every province except Prince Edward Island.

However, only B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario and Quebec have recorded new cases in May.

Poultry owners are being advised to use strict infection control measures and to take precautions to keep their flocks separate, secure and unable to mix with wild birds, which are believed to be carrying the virus.

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A wildlife centre in central Alberta said last week that it was caring for four young foxes that likely picked up avian flu after eating carcasses of birds that died of the illness, and there was concern more scavengers could become ill.

The food inspection agency said no human cases of avian flu have been detected.

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More than 150,000 still without power after destructive Ontario storm

WATCH ABOVE: Thousands remain without power across the province prompting some school closures. Hydro One says restoring power to everyone could take several days. Marianne Dimain reports.

Residents in some parts of Ontario could be waiting several days for power to be restored, a major hydro provider said Tuesday as crews worked to repair extensive damage caused by a deadly weekend storm that barreled across much of the province.

Ten people died after Saturday afternoon’s thunderstorm, which downed powerlines, destroyed property and felled thousands of trees.

Provincial provider Hydro One said Tuesday afternoon that more than 142,000 customers were still without power, while Hydro Ottawa said it had 74,000 customers without service around midday.

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“We anticipate having everyone restored over the course of the next several days,” Hydro One spokeswoman Tiziana Baccega Rosa said in an interview.

Hydro One said the damage from the storm included more than 1,400 broken poles, 300 broken crossarms and nearly 200 damaged transformers as well as “countless trees.”

In Uxbridge, Ont., east of Toronto, roof shingles and tree branches littered the streets while the roof of a neighbourhood church had been ripped off. Bricks could be seen strewn across the church yard while nearby, hydro crews worked on repairing damaged power lines.

Sarah Reid, whose Uxbridge home was damaged by the storm, said the severity of the weather event, and the damage it brought, left her stunned.

“It’s not ever going to be normal again,” she said as she stood in her front yard, where much of the roof of a nearby church had landed.

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Reid said she didn’t receive a cellphone alert about the storm but had heard some of the warning on the radio before it hit.

“The sky went black. There was a great whooshing, roaring screaming howling. Suddenly there was a crash,” she recalled.

A tree snapped in her front yard, breaking the window she had been standing near, another smashed into her patio, tiles flew off the roof and debris crashed into her yard, she said.

“I didn’t know what was happening. I thought oh it’s a big storm, there’s been big storms before but nothing like that,” she said.

Reid has been without power since Saturday.

Uxbridge, along with the communities of Clarence-Rockland and the Township of Greater Madawaska, east and west of Ottawa, declared states of emergencies after the storm.

Earlier in the day, Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, who is running for re-election as Ontario’s premier, said his thoughts were with those affected by the storm.

“What a tragedy, what happened over the weekend, with this storm, so widespread,” he said Tuesday morning at a campaign stop. “I just want to give my prayers and thoughts to the families that lost loved ones. I also want to thank the utility workers that work their backs off, cancelled their long weekend.”

Hydro Ottawa’s chief executive said Monday that their distribution system had been “crushed,” noting the 187 poles downed during the storm not only exceeds the number the city traditionally puts down in a year but also tops the number felled during the 1998 ice storm and 2018 tornado.

The lack of power prompted the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board to close all schools and childcare centres on Tuesday due to ongoing safety concerns posed by the storm, saying in a notice to parents that about half of their schools were without power.

Across the provincial boundary, Hydro-Quebec reported about 1,600 outages affecting more than 120,000 customers — mainly in the Laurentians, where 69,495 customers were still without power, along with the Outaouais and Lanaudiere regions, as of midday Tuesday.

Joanna Eyquem, managing director of climate-resilient infrastructure for the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation at the University of Waterloo, said efforts to slow climate change mean we are becoming more reliant on electricity and it is more important than ever to safeguard the power grid against major breakdowns, including from storms.

“We can’t have everything kind of falling apart because we have power outages as well because it just makes us less resilient,” she said.

Eyquem said ensuring transmission lines are not at risk of being hit by falling trees or wayward branches is one relatively easy measure to take, but she also noted there is no requirement in Canada for utilities to undertake a climate risk assessment.

Some have, such as Toronto Hydro, but she said power companies in the United Kingdom have to provide reports on what they are doing to adapt to a changing climate.

Meteorologists have dubbed Saturday’s storm a derecho — a widespread, long-lived windstorm associated with rapidly moving thunderstorms.

Derechos are uncommon in Canada but with hotter weather expected in the years to come, these kinds of storms are likely to become more frequent, said Eyquem.

– with files from John Chidley-Hill

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Police conducting gunshot investigation at 2 scenes in Kitchener

Waterloo Regional Police say they are at two related scenes in Kitchener investigating a report of gunshots, including one near a park.

At around 12:25 p.m., they made an announcement on Twitter that officers were conducting an investigation at McLennan Park in the area of Ottawa Street South and Strasburg Road.

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Police said there were no concerns for public safety and that there would be an increased presence in the area.

Nearly two hours later, they followed that up with an announcement that they were also investigating behind the Sunrise Centre near Windflower Crescent and Windflower Drive.

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The tweet also said there had been gunshots reported Monday night and that the incident was believed to be targeted.

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