Alouettes' late pick clinches 25-18 win over Elks in Edmonton

It was one heck of a first career interception for Tyrice Beverette.

The Montreal linebacker’s 100-yard interception return turned the tide as the Alouettes kept their hopes of making a run at top spot in the CFL’s East Division alive with a thrilling 25-18 victory over the hapless-at-home Edmonton Elks on Saturday.

“I honestly didn’t know it was 100 yards. My legs felt like it was 100, but I didn’t know,” Beverette said. “It took me a little while to catch my breath, but it was a great play. It felt good to be able to come up with that big stop at that key moment.”

The Alouettes won their third consecutive game and fifth of their last six and improved to 7-7, at least temporarily two points back of Toronto. It’s a major improvement from where they were earlier in the campaign.

“I never thought .500 could feel this good,” said Alouettes head coach Danny Maciocia. “When you start 2-6, to be sitting at .500 feels pretty damn good. It feels like we haven’t lost in a while. It is a credit to these guys because it was bleak not too long ago. But they kept plugging away.”

Edmonton established a CFL record for most consecutive home losses at 15, having failed to win at Commonwealth Stadium since Oct. 12, 2019.

“I ain’t talking about that streak,” said Elks head coach Chris Jones. “So, next question.”

“This one hurts a little bit,” said Edmonton defensive lineman Jake Ceresna. “It’s devastating. I think we were in a position to win the game and then just a couple of costly mistakes here and there.”

The Elks got on the board first off their initial possession with a 26-yard Sergio Castillo field goal.

The Alouettes responded quickly with a one-yard plunge into the end zone from backup QB Dominique Davis.

After the Elks got a punt single, Montreal extended its lead when Eugene Lewis reeled in an eight-yard pass with a nifty one-arm catch on a pass from quarterback Trevor Harris three minutes into the second quarter.

Edmonton replied with 32-yard and 38-yard Castillo field goals.

The Elks caught a break as Ceresna forced a fumble recovered by Matthew Thomas on the Montreal 32 with a minute left in the second frame, leading to a one-yard quarterback keeper by Taylor Cornelius. They got another single off the ensuing long kickoff.

Montreal cut the Edmonton lead to 18-17 lead at the half with a last-second 52-yard field goal from David Cote.

After a scoreless third, Edmonton looked poised to add to its lead deep in Montreal territory when Adarius Pickett batted down a Cornelius passing attempt into the waiting arms of Beverette, who would take it 100 yards for the touchdown. Montreal would add a two-point convert to move back ahead 25-18.

The Elks marched all the way back down field on their next possession but failed on a third-down gamble and turned the ball over on the Montreal two-yard-line.

Edmonton had another glorious chance with a minute left on the Montreal 28, but a Cornelius pass went in and out of the hands of Danny Vandervoort and into the waiting arms of defender Michah Awe.

Edmonton failed to score a point in the second half despite three trips to the red zone.

“That was one of the more unfortunate losses and how it happened that I have ever been a part of,” Cornelius said. “Two drives back-to-back, not getting in the end zone. One ended up in a pick-six and the other one a turnover on downs.”

The Elks are back in action next Saturday in Winnipeg against the Blue Bombers while the Alouettes next play host to Ottawa on Monday, Oct. 10.

The Canadian Press

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Saskatchewan woman mistakenly declared dead by Service Canada

At first Coreen Shatz thought it was funny when she called Service Canada to apply for EI benefits only to find out that according to their records she was dead.

As reality hit she realized that she won’t be able to get paid, apply for EI or get student loans. Shatz is a medical health professional who recently started school at Sask. Polytech to upgrade her qualifications.

“I have two kids, I live out of town, I drive to school so financially its really putting me in a tight spot, I have a car payment, a mortgage, I don’t know if I am going to be able to make ends meet,” she said.

Shatz said she has to come to come up with a whole list of documents to prove that she is alive. After that she has to reinstate her SIN number which is a long process.

Service Canada says according to their records Coreen Shatz is deceased...

Service Canada says according to their records Coreen Shatz is deceased...

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She added she’s been struggling these past few weeks and doesn’t know how long she can go without getting paid. Service Canada reps told her she’s been marked dead since July 2019

According to Shatz the error happened in the Canada pension plan department which she says she still pays into every month.

“Its a lot I don’t know if I can provide for my kids, I don’t know if I can provide for my kids, put me in a really tight spot.”

She is hoping the situation is resolved soon so that she can go on with her life continue school and go back to work. “I hope it doesn’t happen to anyone else, its a nightmare.”

Shatz is a medical health professional who just started school to upgrade her qualifications. She says she's been struggling these past few weeks and doesn't know how long she can go...

Shatz is a medical health professional who just started school to upgrade her qualifications. She says she's been struggling these past few weeks and doesn't know how long she can go...

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In a statement to Global News Service Canada said they’ve launched an investigation into the case but didn’t provide a timeline for completion.

“The Department contacted the individual to discuss the details of her case.  If an error is confirmed following completion of the investigation, Service Canada will subsequently correct the client’s information in the Social Insurance Registry and notify the client once finalized,” the statement reads.

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They also say that if there is an interruption in payment for any reason, Service Canada works in an expedited manner to provide the benefit to the client.

They call these situations “rare” and usually the result of human error, The statement says that if it they learn a mistake has been made the error is corrected “immediately” but it’s not feeling immediate to Shatz.

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Penticton Clean Energy Expo exhibits sustainability

A Penticton-based climate action group hosted its 4th annual Clean Energy Expo on Saturday. The event featured a variety of clean energy products and experts with tips on how to reduce our carbon footprint. Jayden Wasney reports.

An Okanagan climate action group hosted their fourth annual “Climate Action Energy” in Penticton on Saturday.

First Things First Okanagan is a non-profit group that promotes climate change awareness, with a goal of finding clean energy solutions. The Clean Energy Expo is just another example of how they’re working to achieve this objective.

“Of course, the most important thing is that we don’t put carbon into the air,” explained First Things First chairperson, Jim Beattie.

“So as a result, we have to talk about the kind of energy that is as clean as possible.”

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The expo, featuring information booths, from solar energy to electric cars and bikes, and a demonstration on how to make your home more energy efficient. Beattie says the time is now for the general population to start looking at ways we can help the environment.

“If we look around the world now, we see what the problem is,” described Beattie.

“These hurricanes, these floods that they’re having, monsoon floods in Pakistan, our heat dome. It’s unavoidable and undeniable that this is about climate change.”

Several electric bike, car and boat suppliers from Penticton were at the expo to show off their latest electric models. One car salesperson says that the majority of his customers these days are looking to ditch their gas-powered vehicle for an electric, even if it means a long wait.

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“With inventory shortages right now, it makes it a lot harder for them to get,” explained Penticton Kia salesperson, Logan Hannas.

“People are even willing to put thousands of dollars on a deposit list and when we get the vehicle in, we give them a call, but they’re willing to wait up to two years which is insane.”

Hannas said the shift in interest from gas to electric is likely due to the benefits that come with an EV.

“Its better for the environment and that’s one of the main concerns our customers have right now,” said Hannas.

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“These new EV’s are also very cost-efficient when you factor in things like not using fuel or oil.”

According to Natural Resources Canada, there are 6,566 electric vehicle charging stations in Canada. One Kelowna businessman is selling EV charging stations that can be installed in your home and says the Grizzl-E charging stations are a lot cheaper than fuelling up a gas-powered.

“Well, this runs on your standard 220-volt outlet, just like a drier outlet for your home, and it costs pennies to charge up on a daily basis, said owner of Beachtek EV

“It’s a 10-kilowatt, level 2 fast charger and its one of the best chargers on the market for the money.”

To learn more about First Things First Okanagan and for tips on sustainable living, click here.

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Hundred's join in solidarity for Iran's Mahsa Amini in Kelowna

Outrage over the death of Mahsa Amini continues in Iran, the same outrage that sparked in the Okanagan as well, prompting hundreds to gather in the city in solidarity with Iranians.

Outrage continues in Iran over the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who died while in the custody of the Iranian ‘morality police.’ That same outrage sparked across Canada, including the Okanagan where hundreds of people gathered in downtown Kelowna to show their support.

“This should not happen anywhere and when there is a problem such as this, we have only two positions to take, either we can be a part of the solution or we will automatically be part of the problem,” said Rally Co-Organizer, Ray Taheri.

Amini was detained by morality police on Sept. 13 outside a transit station in Tehran. She was accused of breaking a modesty law that requires women to wear a headscarf, cover their arms and legs and wear loose clothing.

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Iranian officials say that she died of a heart attack and was not mistreated, but other expert reports suggest she was severely beaten.

The aim of the rally in Kelowna was to be another voice for the people of Iran and continue to fight for justice for Mahsa Amini and all Iranians.

Global News spoke with several Iranian women at the rally, who asked not to use their names for their own safety reasons.

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“It’s just sad and heartbreaking for everyone here and we just tried our best to do a little but for her to just show her that we are very sad for her and for our country too,” said one woman.

Some feel that what happened to Amini, hits close to home, while other feel guilty for “getting out” of Iran.

“I was born here in Kelowna but my parents were both born and raised in Iran and moved us here. My grandfather was one man that made the decision to move his entire family here. And just that feeling of guilt that ‘hey, I got out and how easily that could’ve been me,'” said one Iranian woman.

Saturday’s rally was just one of many taking place across the country, with people standing in solidarity with the people of Iran.

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Low donations sparked furniture drive to help struggling Ukrainian newcomers to Edmonton

WATCH ABOVE: With hundreds of Ukrainian newcomers arriving every week in Alberta, donated living supplies like couches and beds are running critically low in Edmonton. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council held a furniture drive Saturday hoping to ensure no one goes without the essentials. Chris Chacon reports.

With hundreds of Ukrainian newcomers arriving every week in Alberta, donated living supplies like couches and beds are running critically low in Edmonton.

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress-Alberta Provincial Council held a furniture drive Saturday hoping to ensure no one goes without the essentials.

“The demand is increasing, the numbers of arrivals are increasing and we’re just not able to meet it with the current way of receiving furniture,” said the president of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council Orysia Boychuk.

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Desperate for supplies, the group decided to reach out to people in the city willing to donate unwanted furniture. For a $20 donation to cover the trip, volunteers drove to people’s houses to pick up furniture.

“It’s good to give back and understand what’s happening, people are coming here with nothing and need a lot of help,” volunteer Jeff Libbey said.

Boydchuck said roughly 500 hundred Ukrainians are arriving in Alberta each week. She anticipants that number to increase in the next few months.

There are a lot of desperate people arriving. A lot of people who are looking and needing the support, emergency housing, emergency food. They need help, they need help to get started,” Boychuk said.

She added many of the Ukrainians arriving are coming on an emergency visa, not as refugees.

“Typically, a refugee would come and have a year where they’re financially supported, they would come to a place, have a place to live and have all the supports they would need to get going,” Boychuk said. “That is completely not the case of Ukrainians arriving.”

She said many arrive to an empty home, that’s why they are reaching out to all who are willing to give.

“What we’re trying to do is reduce the poverty when they arrive, and providing them with a mattress, provide them with a couch and a kitchen table,” Boychuk said.

Essentials that hopefully make any new space feel more like home.

Donation hours are Tuesday and Thursday 6 to 8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 4 p.m.

For pick-ups and more information call 780-414-1624.

Donations can be dropped off at the warehouse located at 15330 114 Ave NW, Edmonton.

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Former U.S. secretary of state to be called as witness in Trump ally's foreign agent trial

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced her office was filing a lawsuit against former president Donald Trump "for violating the law as part of his efforts to generate profits for himself, his family, (and) his company."

Former U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will be called as a witness by federal prosecutors in the trial of Tom Barrack, a one-time fundraiser for former President Donald Trump, on charges of illegally acting as a foreign agent for the United Arab Emirates, a court filing showed on Saturday.

Barrack’s defense revealed the plans in a letter to U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan in which it requested that Tillerson take the stand on Monday. The defense said prosecutors had confirmed that they would be calling Tillerson, but informed the defense he would be unavailable after Oct. 4 due to “personal plans.”

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Having Tillerson testify on Monday would ensure that the defense has enough time to cross-examine him, Barrack’s lawyers said.

Barrack’s lawyers have said the U.S. State Department, and Trump himself, knew of his contacts with Middle East officials, showing that Barrack did not intend to be a foreign agent.

Tillerson could not immediately be reached for comment.

A spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn, where Barrack is being tried, declined to comment.

Barrack has pleaded not guilty. His lawyers have said his interactions with Emirati officials were part of his role running private equity firm Colony Capital, now known as DigitalBridge Group Inc <DBRG.N>, and that there was no evidence he agreed to act at the UAE’s direction.

Tillerson, the former chief executive of ExxonMobil XOM.N, served as Trump’s secretary of state for slightly more than a year from 2017 to 2018.

The trial began with jury selection on Sept. 19. During the first week, prosecutors presented emails and text messages from Barrack and an associate that showed UAE officials provided input on what then-candidate Trump should say in a 2016 energy policy speech.

Prosecutors have said Barrack never told the U.S. attorney general he was acting as UAE agents, as required under federal law.

In opening statements, Barrack’s lawyer Michael Schachter said there was no evidence that Barrack agreed to act under the UAE’s direction. The defense has not yet had the chance to cross-examine the FBI agent who read the emails and texts to the jury.

(Reporting by Luc Cohen in New York; Editing by Richard Chang)

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Hundreds of Winnipeggers show support for protests in Iran

Hundreds of Winnipeggers gathered Saturday outside the Canadian Museum for Human Rights in an outpouring of anger, sadness, and hope to show support for the growing uprising in Iran.

It was sparked by the death of a 22-year-old Iranian woman who died just over two weeks ago in police custody.

Masha Amini was arrested by ‘morality police’ for “unsuitable attire” after allegedly wearing the hijab improperly. She died after falling into a coma during her detention.

People from all walks of life came to the Museum to hold signs, sing revolutionary songs, chant, and stand in solidarity with those protesting for freedom and women’s rights in Iran.

“It’s important for me because it’s a movement for women,” said Kiana Aryana, Iranian Immigrant.

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Aryana moved to Canada three years ago and says Iranian women like her see themselves in Amini’s tragic situation.

“Even for me, it’s happened 20 years ago when my hair was very long, and they arrest me,” she said.

For Mojgan Rezaei, who grew up in Iran, Amini’s death also marks a personal change.

“This time was totally different, and it was anger inside me. I could see sadness, and all, up until today –  I don’t feel I’m the same person anymore,” she said.

The hope is for the protests happening in dozens of cities around the world will finally lead to peace and security in Iran, according to the president of the Iranian Community of Manitoba.

“This is the least we can do as people who are living in a free, democratic country,” said Arian Arianpour, President of the Iranian Community of Manitoba.

“I just pray for Iran, and I want to, the other countries to hear our voice and to be our voice,” added Aryana.

This is not the first time to the community has come together to protest for change. On Sept, 22 Winnipeg’s Iranian community gathered at the Manitoba Legislative Building. Protest organizers called for action from politicians that “do not embolden the policies of Iran’s regime.”

With files from Rosanna Hempel

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Records from Trump White House staffers remain missing: National Archives

More than a year and a half after the U.S. capitol was stormed by rioters angry over Donald Trump's election loss, the search for accountability remains a top priority for democrats. This week, the January 6 committee will hold what could be its final hearing. While the witness list is still unknown, the panel is running out of time, with the party's majority at risk of collapsing after the midterm elections. Reggie cecchini reports.

The National Archives and Records Administration informed lawmakers that a number of electronic communications from Trump White House staffers remain missing, nearly two years since the administration was required to turn them over.

The nation’s record-keeping agency, in a letter Friday to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said that despite an ongoing effort by staff, electronic communications between certain unidentified White House officials were still not in their custody.

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“While there is no easy way to establish absolute accountability, we do know that we do not have custody of everything we should,” Debra Steidel Wall, the acting U.S. archivist, wrote in a letter to Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y.

The letter went on to specify that the National Archives would consult with the Justice Department about how to move forward and recover “the records unlawfully removed.”

It has been widely reported that officials in President Donald Trump‘s White House used non-official electronic messaging accounts throughout his four years in office. The Presidential Records Act, which says that such records are government property and must be preserved, requires staff to copy or forward those messages into their official electronic messaging accounts.

The agency says that while it has been able to obtain these records from some former officials, a number remain outstanding. The Justice Department has already pursued records from one former Trump official, Peter Navarro, who prosecutors accused of using at least one “non-official” email account _ a ProtonMail account _ to send and receive emails while he worked as the president’s trade adviser.

The legal action in August came just weeks after Navarro was indicted on criminal charges after refusing to cooperate with a congressional investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The House committee has jurisdiction over the Presidential Records Act, a 1978 law that requires the preservation of White House documents as property of the U.S. government. The request is the latest development in a monthslong back-and-forth between the agency and the committee, which has been investigating Trump’s handling of records.

The letter on Friday also comes nearly two months after the FBI recovered more than 100 documents with classified markings and more than 10,000 other government documents from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Lawyers for Trump had provided a sworn certification that all government records had been returned.

Maloney and other Democratic lawmakers on the panel have been seeking a briefing from the National Archives, but haven’t received one due to the Justice Department’s ongoing criminal investigation into the matter.

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It's Ormstown's first great pumpkin weigh-off, Charlie Brown

This year local growers didn't have to go far to participate in a great pumpkin commonwealth weigh-off. The Ormstown Fall Festival is now a recognized competition. Global's Olivia O'Malley has more.

This year local growers didn’t have to go far to participate in a great pumpkin commonwealth weigh-off. The Ormstown Fall Festival is now a recognized competition.

“We have local guys that grow in the community and they usually travel 8 to 9 hours away to do the pumpkin weigh-off. So we invited them this year to our second annual fall festival,” said Livestock Breeders Association secretary Jayme McClintock.

Moving gargantuan gourds to the scale using a forklift proved to be a difficult task. Especially when first place is up for grabs and international records can be broken.

“You can qualify for awards in North America, actually in the world, because you have to be GPC sanctioned. So that’s the great pumpkin commonwealth. That is the governing body of all pumpkin growers throughout the world,” said judge Glenn Cheam.

The first place pumpkin at the Ormstown Fall Festival was grown by Tod Kline from Shawville, weighing in at 1,636 pounds.

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The weigh-off was the newest exhibition at the event in the farmlands South of Montreal, featuring local businesses and a cattle show.

“We’re a non-profit organization and we do it for the community and for anyone to come in and appreciate our region, the local growers and any type of agriculture,” said McClintock.

Glenn Cheam judged multiple categories in Saturday’s weigh-off, including 3 squash and 6 pumpkins that take around 6 months to grow, gaining around 40-50 pounds per day.

“The first thing I look at is the colour. Is it a squash or is it a pumpkin? Pumpkins can be anywhere from orange to cream white, while squash is green,” he told Global News.

Even experienced farmers say giant pumpkins are one of the hardest things to grow.

“I guess you need a lot of luck to start with. I usually have about 800 square feet per plant,” said farmer Jim Bryson.

While they aren’t winning any beauty competitions, after the weigh-in they can be carved for Halloween or even eaten.

“You could. We don’t. But I lost one in the early on this year, and I started eating it. I couldn’t stop eating it. It’s really good to eat,” said Bryson.

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Thousands attend Vancouver rally held in solidarity with Iran’s Mahsa Amini

As protests continue in Iran, local Iranians are also taking to the streets to express their outrage over the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year-old woman who died in the custody of the regime's morality police. Dr. Kathy Rahnavardi joins Global News Morning to discuss the importance of speaking out, and how she hopes others will join their movement.

Thousands of British Columbians partook in a rally in Vancouver, Saturday afternoon.

The large group of protesters gathered in solidarity for the death of 22-year-old Iranian woman Mahsa Amini and the ongoing protests in Iran. She died while in custody of Iranian ‘morality police’ for allegedly wearing her hijab too loosely.

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“We want Canadians and everyone across the world to be our voice to influence the politicians, it’s not just gathering in the streets to be able to channel this energy and to sign the petitions,” said Dr. Kathy Rahnavardi, a Freedom Rally for Iran spokesperson.

The rally attendees created a human chain that stretched from Vancouver’s Art Gallery to Stanley Park.

People were encouraged to wear white in solidarity.

Thousands of people were seen on Saturday in downtown Vancouver for a rally in support of ongoing protests in Iran.

Thousands of people were seen on Saturday in downtown Vancouver for a rally in support of ongoing protests in Iran.

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Police in Iran claim Amini died of a heart attack and was not mistreated, but her family has cast doubt on that account. Independent experts affiliated with the United Nations said Thursday that reports suggested she was severely beaten by the morality police, without offering evidence.

Demonstrations of support have spread around the world, including Canada, where some women have taken to cutting their hair in solidarity. That has turned into a viral movement on social media.

— With files from Global News’ Simon Little, Negar Mojtahedi and the Associated Press

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