Digital odometer tampering ‘being done more often than not’: expert – Halifax

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A Nova Scotia Community College instructor has been called as an expert witness three times in the past two years for alleged digital odometer tampering in the province.

“If it’s possible, I’m sure it’s being done more often than not,” said Dave Giles, an automotive instructor. “It’s not as difficult as it used to be.”

Two of the cases involved private sales while the other involved a dealership, he said.

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READ MORE: At least 15 victims involved in odometer fraud: Calgary police

The instrument can be tampered with using an odometer correction tool, which can be purchased online for as low as $50 and plugs into the data link connector in cars.

Giles said it’s relatively easy to use the tool to tamper with an odometer.

“RCMP in Nova Scotia have seen a very limited number of cases involving odometers being tampered with digital devices,” said Cst. Mark Skinner, a media relations officer for Halifax District RCMP.

Doing so could meet the definition of fraud under in the Criminal Code of Canada, he added.

While the devices are legal, using them to scam someone isn’t.

“Penalties could range a fine to time in jail,” he said.

John Sutherland, the executive vice president of the Nova Scotia Automobile Dealers Association, said he hasn’t heard of any instance of digital odometer tampering in the province.

The association represents new car franchise dealers, who also sell used cars.

He said nearly half of used cars are sold through private deals.

To prevent getting scammed, he recommended buyers order a car history report prior to purchasing.

“That gives you a little bit of background on the vehicle,” said Sutherland, adding that it would show which show prior odometer numbers.

Despite the easiness of the tool, there are several other computers in cars that keep track of the numbers, and managing to change them all would not be profitable, said Giles.

Of course, getting caught would probably not be cost-efficient either.

Ultimately, with cars generally lasting longer than in prior decades, mileage isn’t as important as it one was, Giles added.

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EXCLUSIVE: City puts Montreal’s historic Snowdon Theatre up for sale

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MONTREAL – It was a thriving movie theatre for decades, bringing together thousands of Côte-des-Neiges and NDG residents.

Then it served as a permanent home for the Flex-Art gymnastics club.

But more recently, it’s been boarded up and left to deteriorate.

Now, the City of Montreal has put the iconic Snowdon Theatre on the market.

No price has been set; instead, potential buyers need to deposit $10,000 to make an offer.

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    One group that’s interested in taking back the building is Flex-Art.

    The gymnastics club was kicked out three years ago and has since been operating out of temporary locations, most recently the NDG Community Centre.

    Supporters who want to save the theatre argued the city and borough should re-open it to the Flex-Art gymnastics club.

    “I would absolutely love to see the gymnastics facility return to where it should be on the top floor because it was a thriving place where little girls loved to go and do their sport,” Kristian Gravenor, NDG resident, told Global News.

    Flex-Art members argued the borough has not been forthcoming in describing all the renovations that are required.

    Borough officials insisted it would cost at least $3.8 million to renovate the theatre, built in 1932.

    It’s an amount Russell Copeman argued the borough can’t afford.

    Copeman said Flex-Art is welcome to submit a bid to move its club back inside.

    “Even if they bid one dollar, our services downtown will evaluate the various bids that come in and a decision will be made,” he told Global News.

    Bidding on the building may be the best chance Flex-Art has to move back into the historic site.

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4 dead in La Loche, Saskatchewan school shooting

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Four people have been killed in a shooting at a school in the northern Saskatchewan community of La Loche.

RCMP have confirmed that one male was taken into police custody outside the school and a firearm was seized. Aside from the deceased there are an unknown number of people injured in the shooting.

READ MORE: ‘They were good students’: community mourns La Loche victims at vigil

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The four people killed have been identified as Marie Janvier of La Loche, brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine of La Loche, and Adam Wood of Uxbridge, Ont.

RCMP Chief Supt. Maureen Levy offered little details on the shooting during a news conference in Regina Friday evening.

“We are in the early onset of the investigation and we want to ensure the integrity of the investigation.”

READ MORE: What we know about the victims of the La Loche school shooting

The RCMP are investigating two locations, the local high school and the 300 block of Dene Crescent in La Loche.

READ MORE: Saskatchewan school shooting: What we know about La Loche

La Loche Community School said on its Facebook page there was an emergency situation at the Dene Building and asked the public to stay away while the RCMP investigated.

A STARS air ambulance from Saskatoon was dispatched to the La Loche area, according to the STARS 老域名怎么购买 account.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke from Davos, Switzerland about the incident, initially reporting that five had been killed.

“I want to thank the first responders who acted quickly and bravely,” Trudeau said.

READ MORE: A history of school shootings in Canada

Premier Brad Wall said in a statement he was shocked by “the horrific events today in La Loche.”

“My thoughts and prayers are with all the victims, their families and friends and all the people of the community,” Wall said. “Thank you to the RCMP and all the emergency personnel who responded quickly to the shootings.”

According to the school’s Facebook page, La Loche Community School is for pre-Kindergarten to Grade 12 students, and houses approximately 900 kids in two buildings.

WATCH: “The country’s heart is breaking for the people of La Loche:” Trudeau on school shooting

Buckley Belanger, the NDP MLA for the area told Global News that the community of La Loche is pulling together to deal with the tragedy.

“La Loche is a great community. They’ve done so many wonderful things and I’ve said to a number of people that the school system in La Loche is a beacon of hope,” Belanger said. “I just pray and I hope everyone prays along with me that everyone else is safe and for those that may have been impacted by this, that there are prayers needed all around.”

“Everybody is just showing tremendous leadership,” Belanger said. “Hopefully when all this is over with, we have the strength to continue the work that’s needed to make sure it doesn’t happen again.”

Georgina Jolibois, the NDP MP for Desnethe-Missinippi-Churchill River riding, Tweeted she is “praying for those affected by the shooting at La Loche Community School and thinking about my family members who are at the school.”

In a statement Jolibois said the shooting hits close to home.

“As the former mayor of La Loche, I am shocked and saddened by the shooting in the Dene Building at the La Loche Community School in my riding.  The shooting hits close to home for me as my family members attend the school,” Jolibois said.

“The community of La Loche is strong and closely knit. We have faced adversity in the past and we will persevere. My thoughts and prayers are with all students, staff and families affected as we begin on the path of healing as a community.”

La Loche is a remote Dene Nation community of about 3,000 people located roughly 600 kilometres from Saskatoon.

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2025 World Expo bid being explored for Toronto

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TORONTO – Mayor John Tory and city councilors have met with representatives from the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) to discuss the feasibility of hosting the World Expo in 2025.

The event is being considered after Toronto hosted the Pan Am Games in the summer of 2015 and rejected bidding for the Olympics soon after.

Canada has hosted the World Expo twice before. The event was held in Montreal in 1967 and Vancouver in 1986.

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    The world’s fair takes place every five years and lasts six months. Its purpose is to bring different countries together to meet, stage cultural events and discuss issues such as the global economy and technological innovations.

    “They act as catalysts for economic transformations, improve urban infrastructure, accelerate the implementation of urban policies and strengthen or build the international image of the host city,” BIE secretary general Dr. Vicente Loscertales said.

    Participating countries design and build pavilions in the host city with the hope of attracting tourists from around the world.

    “What’s exciting about an Expo is it’s six months,” Tourism Toronto’s executive vice-president Andrew Weir said. “It’s not a week or two weeks, so the benefits are spread over six months over from a tourism standpoint.”

    It’s estimated that if Toronto were to welcome the world for the event, $8-billion could be generated at a cost of up to $3-billion.

    “We have an opportunity to use the Expo to catalyze the changes we want on the waterfront,” city councilor Kristyn Wong-Tam said. “Especially in the port lands, which is literally hundreds of acres of prime waterfront property that is not serving as well.”

    The bid would require political and financial support from all three levels of government. A report is expected to be presented to city council in the spring.

    Toronto began the process of putting together a bid for Expo 2015 under Mayor David Miller but neither the provincial or federal government said they would be willing to take on the responsibility of a deficit.

    Milan, Italy hosted the event last year using theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” and the city of Dubai is now preparing for Expo 2020.

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McDonald’s sees sales jump as breakfast focus pays off

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NEW YORK – McDonald’s says the introduction of its all-day breakfast and unseasonably warm weather in the final three months of the year helped lift sales by 5.7 per cent in the U.S., marking the second straight quarter of domestic growth as it fights to win back customers.

Globally, the world’s biggest hamburger chain says sales rose 5 per cent at established locations. McDonald’s is working to turnaround its business under CEO Steve Easterbrook, who took over last March.

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    One of the biggest changes under Easterbrook was to make breakfast food like the Egg McMuffin available around the clock in the U.S. — an option many customers had long desired. McDonald’s executives have conceded that they failed to keep up with changing tastes and are working to update menus and marketing.

    The fast-food giant is also embarking on a new growth strategy in the breakfast segment in Canada, opening standalone McCafe breakfast cafes in Toronto, the first of what should be many, according to Canada president and CEO John Betts.

    “We know this has legs for us,” the McDonald’s executive said.

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    The sales jump in the U.S. marks the best showing since the first quarter of 2012, when the comparable-stores sales rose 8.9 per cent.

    Sales for the “International Lead” unit, which includes the United Kingdom and Canada, rose 4.2 per cent during the period. The high-growth markets unit, which includes Russia and China, saw sales climb 3 per cent.

    For the three months ended Dec. 31, McDonald’s Corp. earned $1.21 billion, beating Wall Street expectations. Total sales were $6.34 billion, also topping what analysts expected.

    WATCH: McDonald’s Canada opened its first McCafe stand alone restaurant at Union Station in Toronto Wednesday. Absent is the Big Mac and other staples of the chain. Sean O’Shea reports. 

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4 top executives leave Twitter

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老域名怎么购买 CEO Jack Dorsey confirmed on 老域名怎么购买 that the social networking company lost four top executives, including its head of product development Kevin Weil and media boss Katie Stanton.

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In a tweet sent late Sunday, Dorsey confirmed Alex Roetter, Skip Schipper, Katie Stanton and Kevin Weil had “chosen to leave the company.” The tweet came following several media reports of an “executive upheaval” at the company.

“Was really hoping to talk to 老域名怎么购买 employees about this later this week, but want to set the record straight now,” read Dorsey’s tweet.

“Given the inaccurate press rumours today regarding their departures, I’m addressing this now: I’m sad to announce Alex Roetter, Skip Schipper, Katie Stanton and Kevin Weil have chosen to leave the company.”

Roetter was in charge of the micro blogging site’s engineering business and Schipper served as vice president of human resources.

The departures mark the biggest change in 老域名怎么购买’s executive team since Dorsey was named permanent CEO in October. Weeks later, the company laid off over 300 employees as part of his effort to slash costs.

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老域名怎么购买 has been struggling to make money and attract a new user base to its platform. The company’s stock recently plunged below its offering price, sparking rumours that the company could be purchased by another tech firm.

According to Dorsey’s tweet, 老域名怎么购买 COO Adam Bain will take over responsibility for the revenue-related product teams, the media team and the company’s HR teams on an interim basis.

老域名怎么购买’s CTO Adam Messinger will take over the company’s engineering, consumer product and design, research and user services teams.

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British explorer Henry Worsley dies on solo Antarctic trek

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LONDON – A British adventurer has died after suffering exhaustion and dehydration while attempting to become the first person to cross the Antarctic alone and unsupported.

Former army officer Henry Worsley was just 30 miles (48 kilometres) from the end of the almost 1,000-mile (1,600 kilometre) trek when he called for help and was airlifted off the ice Friday.

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His family said Monday that Worsley died “following complete organ failure” at a hospital in Punta Arenas, Chile. He had undergone surgery a day earlier for bacterial peritonitis -an infection of the tissue lining the abdomen, which can lead to septic shock.

The 55-year-old Worsley covered more than 900 miles in 71 days, pulling supplies on a sled, while attempting to complete Ernest Shackleton’s unfinished trans-Antarctic expedition of a century ago. Shackleton’s journey turned into a desperate survival mission after his ship, the Endeavour, was trapped and sunk by pack ice in 1915, leaving his team stranded.

Worsley’s wife Joanna said the expedition had raised more than 100,000 pounds ($140,000) for wounded troops.

Prince William, who was a patron of the expedition, said he and his brother Prince Harry had lost a friend.

“He was a man who showed great courage and determination and we are incredibly proud to be associated with him,” William said.

Worlsey decided to abandon his journey Friday after spending two days unable to leave his tent.

“The 71 days alone on the Antarctic with over 900 statute miles covered and a gradual grinding down of my physical endurance finally took its toll today, and it is with sadness that I report it is journey’s end – so close to my goal,” he said in a final statement from Antarctica.

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Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar professes love for Toronto on Instagram

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Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar excites fans with his defensive wizardry on the field but it’s the city’s magic off the baseball diamond that has the 27-year-old under a love spell.

A note posted on his official Instagram account on Sunday revealed Pillar’s deep attraction to Canada’s most populous city.

“My last 24 hours in toronto [sic] has even furthered my feelings towards the city,” he wrote. “I could always feel the love from the fans and blue jay nation but the people, fan or not is what deepened my love for Toronto.”

“I just had the most incredible experience meeting and working with new people and thought I would share my feeling for what just happened today!”

Pillar didn’t explain what that “incredible experience” was but it definitely left a huge mark on the baseball star.

“Thanks for allowing me to give my entire heart to you and your city cause you certainly have given me yours!!”

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Pillar was among a contingent of Blue Jays players taking part in the team’s three-city winter tour which wrapped up this weekend in Ottawa.

Baseball fans though don’t have to wait long before the boys of summer return to the field.

Blue Jays pitchers and catchers report to spring training in Dunedin, Fla. on Feb. 22 with the full squad showing up on Feb. 26.

The Jays play their first spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies on March 1.

VIDEO: An incredible 7th inning catch by Blue Jays left fielder Kevin Pillar against Tampa last season set 老域名怎么购买 on fire.

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Thieves steal custom-built bike from North Vancouver man who suffered stroke

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A lone flag is all a North Vancouver man has left of the special bike that helped him get around. Thieves struck overnight Wednesday, robbing Michael Twyman of his $15,000 custom-built tricycle and the mobility it gave him.

“It was shocking, I couldn’t believe it, just disbelief,” he said.

“Gutwrenching,” added his wife Jennifer.

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Twyman suffered a stroke in 2008 and battled brain cancer last year. He can only walk for about 10 minutes before he needs to rest, so he relied on the bike to get around. That independence ended when someone got into his secure underground parking lot and cut through two Kryptonite locks to steal his ride.

“The guys that took my bike, what they don’t realize is that they stole my freedom and independence…what really hurt was suddenly realizing I was back to square one.”

The bike’s custom controls allowed Twyman to go anywhere, including following his friends along North Shore mountain bike trails. Unfortunately, the specialized Scorpion FS tricycle is too expensive for him to replace.

“He’s been through all sorts of painful rehab, you know, very tedious hours of it and now he was out doing something physical and he was having fun doing it and he’s been robbed of that……and I’m pretty angry about it,” Jennifer said.

North Vancouver RCMP are investigating the theft. Meanwhile, Twyman has a message for the bike-thieving scoundrels.

“I would really like you to return the bike so I can be free again.”

In case they don’t have a change of heart, Twyman’s friends have set up a GoFundMe page to help raise money to replace his bike.

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WATCH: Tina Fey makes surprise return to SNL to parody Sarah Palin

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With Tina Fey’s doppelganger Sarah Palin making headlines again, the former Saturday Night Live cast member braved the snow-covered streets of New York to make a return appearance on the long-running show Saturday.

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On Tuesday, Palin appeared at a rally for Donald Trump in Iowa, announcing she was supporting the real estate tycoon’s run for the White House.

This opened the door for Fey to reprise her role as the former Alaska governor on SNL in a sketch which also saw the return of another former cast-mate Darryl Hammond as the blustery Trump.

The Palin-Trump sketch will likely be the only time you will see anyone portraying the audacious Trump as being a straightman for other characters (ever)(I mean ever!).

Fey begins the sketch by saying, “I wanted to take a break from my full-time career on Facebook to fly down here, and lend my support to the next president of the United States, Donald J. Trump.”

To which Hammond responds, “Hey America, isn’t she great? Just the total package: smart, legs, yelling, everything. I haven’t seen a woman this impressive since Jeb Bush.”

While Palin was flying to endorse Trump Tuesday, word came out of Alaska that her son, Track, had been arrested for domestic violence.

“I’m here because we Americans are struggling… so many of us have lost our jobs at the factory or reality shows about Alaska,” Fey joked. “We’ve seen our own children targeted by the police for no reason other than they committed some crimes.

“We turn on the news every morning and are shocked that we aren’t on it because we have been replaced by immigrants liker Her-aldo River-a”

To which Hammond responds, “She’s fun. She says whatever she wants. It’s like her mouth starts driving before her brain gets in the car.”

Watch the full sketch above.

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Listen to kids in wake of school shootings like La Loche: U.S. politician

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OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Washington state senator whose own community was ripped apart by a school shooting in 2014 has advice for Canadian leaders as they grapple with the aftermath of Friday’s killings in La Loche, Sask.

John McCoy said it will take time. Marshal all the resources you can. And listen to the kids.

“It’s a long journey. We’re still healing,” McCoy said Sunday from Olympia, the state’s capital.

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    Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall said on the weekend that the U.S. ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, suggested the province seek advice from the U.S. communities that have suffered mass shootings.

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    On Oct. 24, 2014, 15-year-old Jaylen Fryberg fatally shot three 14-year-old girls and a 15-year-old boy who was his cousin in the cafeteria at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Wash., after inviting them to lunch. He injured another one of his cousins, a 14-year-old boy.

    Fryberg then shot himself.

    McCoy said the first thing everyone asks is why.

    Fryberg was a member of the Tulalip native band, which neighbours Marysville. Three of his victims were also native Americans, said McCoy, who is a Tulalip member himself and knew Fryberg’s grandmother.

    READ MORE: La Loche school shooting: a timeline of events

    The boy was class president and a football player.

    The day after the shooting in Marysville, McCoy said he looked at social media and was horrified at the hostility.

    McCoy said crisis teams came. They had experience dealing with earlier school shootings elsewhere in the U.S., and the counsellors were diverse to reflect the varied ethnic communities in Marysville.

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    A local recovery group was established with community representatives that took a survey of students and parents about what they wanted.

    Their decision, McCoy said, was that they wanted the school torn down. So McCoy said he supported a capital budget request to replace the school with a new one.

    “You can’t spend enough money to take care of these kids. They’re like any other community. They have issues and they need to be addressed. They need to be worked with, they need to be listened to,” McCoy said.

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    Nine people were shot at La Loche Community school on Friday. A teacher and teacher’s aide died, while seven others were hospitalized for treatment of their wounds. Two teenagers were also found dead at a nearby home.

    A 17-year-old boy was scheduled to appear in court Monday charged with four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of attempted murder and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

    READ MORE: La Loche school shooting: what we know about the victims

    Kevin Janvier, the acting mayor of La Loche, said Sunday he would like to see the school in the village replaced after what happened.

    “Personally, I want that school to be rebuilt,” he said. “Torn down, rebuilt, a whole new structure.”

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Icy roads, spotty transit service follow U.S. East Coast blizzard

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NEW YORK — East Coast residents clobbered by the weekend blizzard trudged into the workweek Monday amid slippery roads, spotty transit service and mounds of snow that buried cars and blocked sidewalks after some cities got an entire winter’s snow in two days.

In Brooklyn, only one teacher at the Bedford-Stuyvesant New Beginnings Charter School called out, despite more than 2 feet of snow across New York City.

“A lot of teachers are taking the train instead of driving,” said Wanda Morales, director of operations at the school, standing outside while maintenance workers spread salt and parents dropped off their children.

WATCH: Queens residents fuming after roads go unplowed following near record snowfall

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In Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from Washington, there were signs of normalcy; shops were open, and main roadways were mostly cleared, dotted with large piles of snow. Matthew Mason, 29, was riding the train into Washington to go to his job at a hotel. The part-time law student said he figured he should be there, though things would likely be a little slower.

“I’ve sat in my house too much already,” he said.

READ MORE: Major East Coast airports in US slowly resume service after storm

Dave Lenowitz was perched on a snowbank in Philadelphia near what’s normally the stop for the bus that takes him to his job as the director of a nonprofit.

“Normally I bicycle, but it’s a little too slippery,” he said. “There’s not enough snow, otherwise I’d ski. It’s only seven miles.”

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For others, the weekend extended into Monday because of closed schools and government offices. The storm dropped snow from the Gulf Coast to New England, with near-record snowfalls tallied from Washington, D.C. to New York City. At least 31 people died as a result of the storm; the deaths occurred in car accidents, from carbon monoxide poisoning, and from heart attacks while shoveling.

WATCH: Schools, government offices still close following US snow storm, cleanup underway

Flying remained particularly messy after airlines canceled nearly 12,000 weekend flights and hundreds more Monday. Airports resumed limited service in New York City, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. In the Washington area, Reagan National Airport saw its first flights Monday, and Dulles International Airport expected to resume flights late in the day. But delays reverberated around the country.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin was on a rescheduled pre-dawn flight from Springfield, Illinois, to Chicago while on the way to Washington on Monday morning. The Illinois Democrat said he’s been through this before.

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New Yorkers throw snow balls at each other on the banks of Financial District with Brooklyn in the background on January 24, 2016 in New York.

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People play in the snow on the National Mall after a snowstorm January 23, 2016 in Washington, DC.

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People walk on Brooklyn Bridge during a snowstorm on January 23, 2016 in New York.

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Pedestrians cross the 42nd street covered with snow on January 23, 2016 in New York.

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Rhianna McCarte, 30, joins her neighbours to dig out their cars in Alexandria, Va., Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016.

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“Most of us who spend part of our lives in Washington know to expect the worst when it comes to snow,” he said. “I knew the forecast was enough to cause a problem.”

Tom Aloi, who works in construction management, was at Chicago O’Hare trying to get back to New York City after a business trip to Germany. His rescheduled fight to Newark Liberty was already delayed several hours.

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“Yes, we are frustrated. We are aggravated,” Aloi said. “It’s a ripple effect. It affects the whole world.”

In New York, Bret Mattingly, 23, was on his way to LaGuardia as classes were starting at Butler University, where he studies computer science. He came to the city to visit a friend on Friday.

“I was supposed to fly out yesterday but the flight was canceled,” he said. “I missed school.”

Amtrak operated a reduced number of trains, spokesman Marc Magliari said. But bus and rail service was expected to be limited around the region into Monday.

The snow began Friday, and the last flakes fell just before midnight Saturday. In its aftermath, crews raced all day Sunday to clear streets and sidewalks devoid of their usual bustle.

READ MORE: Millions of Americans get shovelling after mammoth blizzard

Sunday’s brilliant sunshine and gently rising temperatures that had snow and ice falling off skyscrapers in New York City as melting began, provided a respite from the blizzard that dropped a record 29.2 inches on Baltimore. It was just right for a huge snowball fight there, where more than 600 people responded to organizer Aaron Brazell’s invite on Facebook.

But one day of sun wasn’t enough to clear many roads. Cars parked in neighborhoods around the region were encased in snow, some of it pushed from the streets by plows.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio encouraged people to leave their plowed-in cars all week. Some didn’t have a choice.

“I cleaned this two or three times and they keep blocking me in,” Peter Quamina, 51, said as he shoveled out the front of his driveway in Brooklyn. “This storm was bad as we get.”

READ MORE: Death toll from major US snowstorm climbs to 28 

Federal offices were closed Monday, and Virginia’s state workers were told to stay home. Schools from Washington to the Jersey Shore gave students Monday off; In the D.C. suburbs, classes also were canceled for Tuesday. Schools were open in New York City.

New York’s transit authority said partial service on the Long Island Rail Road was restored on three of its 12 branches and diesel train service was operating on three other branches. New York City subways, buses and Metro-North Railroad service were operating on a normal schedule. The Metro in Washington was offering free rides on limited rail and bus service.

Broadway reopened after going dark at the last minute during the snowstorm, but museums remained closed in Washington, and the House of Representatives postponed votes until February, citing the storm’s impact on travel.

Overall snowfall of 26.8 inches in Central Park made it New York’s second biggest winter storm since records began in 1869, and Saturday’s 26.6 inches made for a single-day record in the city.

Washington’s records were less clear. The official three-day total of 17.8 inches measured at Reagan National Airport was impossibly short of accumulations recorded elsewhere in the city. An official total of 22.4 inches landed at the National Zoo, for example.

The zoo remained closed through Monday but a video of its giant panda Tian Tian making snow angels got about 54 million views.

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Sisak reported from Philadelphia; Contributors include Associated Press writers Ashley Thomas in Chicago; Ben Nuckols in Burke, Virginia; Bruce Shipkowski in Toms River, New Jersey; William Mathis, Scott Mayerowitz and Jake Pearson in New York; Kristen De Groot in Philadelphia; Alex Brandon and Lolita C. Baldor in Washington; Jessica Gresko in Arlington, Virginia; and Juliet Linderman in Baltimore.

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Transcript Season 5 Episode 19

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THE WEST BLOCK

Episode 19, Season 5

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Host: Tom Clark

Guests: John McKay, Rona Ambrose, Frank McKenna

Location: Ottawa

Tom Clark: On this Sunday, the Liberals have been in power for over three months and still no plan for our ISIS mission. Why is it taking so long? We’ll put that to the parliamentary secretary for the minister of defence.

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Then from marijuana to an arms deal with Saudi Arabia, why are the Conservatives changing their tune? We’ll ask Interim Conservative Leader Rona Ambrose.

 Plus, Atlantic Canada needs people and refugees need a home. Former New Brunswick premier Frank McKenna is here with a big idea.

 It is Sunday, January the 24th, and from the nation’s capital, I’m Tom Clark. And you are in The West Block.

Tom Clark: Well the promise during the election campaign was pretty clear. Canada would pull its fighter jets from the Middle East if the Liberals took power. Well they did and three months later, things aren’t quite as black and white. Canadian jets are still dropping bombs and the Liberals have yet to announce what comes next. So with the world watching and waiting, there are increasing questions about whether this delay is costing Canada. Take a listen to one:

Speaker: I think we would have been able to continue playing the very active role in protecting ourselves by engaging there as well as contributing to regional security and to a much fuller extent had the government been able to make a decision about a month ago.

Well joining me now from Toronto, is the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Defence, John McKay. Mr. McKay thanks very much for being here.

John McKay: Hi Tom.

Tom Clark: So where’s the plan?

John McKay: Happy to. Well as you know, we did have an election. [Chuckles] We had an election about three months, about three months ago, and Mr. Trudeau’s position was well-known then and I think, you know, 70 per cent of the Canadian population said time to look at what our commitment might be. It wasn’t a case of withdrawing the commitment but rather a re-evaluation of the commitment and so the Canadian public, I think, expressed to us a concern that they didn’t want us to get much further involved in this until we had a very clear plan. And since then, Mr. Trudeau has—

Tom Clark: But that’s the point. Where is the plan? I mean normally in war you don’t have the luxury of sitting there for three or four months to try and figure out what you’re going to do. It’s not a complicated thing. You’ve said you’re going to pull out the jets. The jets are still there. The jets are still bombing.

John McKay: Yeah, yeah.

Tom Clark: Ah, you know—

John McKay: But it is—

Tom Clark: So?

John McKay: Well it is a complicated thing and the jets are still there and the mission is continuing and you don’t want a gap between the mission that is there and the mission that will be. And so in some respects we do have the opportunity to try to look at every opportunity to get this right. As you well know, this is a very complicated area of the world and I’d say to you, and to your listeners, name one mission in the last 100 years that’s gone right? And if you can name it, I’d be quite interested in it.

Tom Clark: Well I’d say — you asked, so I’d probably say World War II.

John McKay: Okay.

Tom Clark: And probably World War I and probably Korea, but listen, let’s move on.

John McKay: No, no, no, but I’m talking about the Middle East because going back to World War I, that is in some respects the origins of a lot of these difficulties under the Sykes-Picot Agreement—

Tom Clark: I understand that—

John McKay: This is a very complicated area.

Tom Clark: Fair enough, but let’s take a look at the calendar. In three weeks’ time, Canada will be at the meeting of all the coalition members, all 27 of them. The Americans have already said everybody coming to that meeting has to come with a wallet because they’re going to ask everybody to step up. So, the question is, will we have our plan in time for that meeting?

John McKay: I think that’s a reasonable assumption. We do have a government that does like to develop a fairly broad consensus. In the previous government there was a one-man show, so it was kind of easier to arrive at a plan. I think there have been broad and extensive consultations by both the prime minster and the minister. And I think that the elements of a plan are taking shape and we will be in a position to be a vigorous and robust contributor to the conflict.

Tom Clark: A former Liberal defence minister, Minister Pratt, has written that Canada could probably change its mission successfully to fighting in Africa alongside the French in places like Mali. Is that an option for Canada to move from Syria and Iraq into the African campaign?

John McKay: I suppose it’s an option. I can’t say whether it is or it isn’t being considered, but there are conflicts in all of those areas. This is a, as I was indicating earlier, a very complex conflict, and literally is around the world. So what is our most optimum, our most beneficial, our most useful contribution? And over the last two or three months we’ve been trying to arrive at what is the most beneficial thing that Canada can do given the resources that we have available to be deployed, and the skill sets. And we have some pretty impressive people in our military with intelligence skill sets and with training and assisting skill sets and so how they will be deployed, I think we’ll have to wait for that, but David’s right.

Tom Clark: Yeah, I think a lot of people have been saying perhaps we waited long enough. But let me ask you this final question, you know the last government signed a deal with NATO that said we would spend 2 per cent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defence. The previous government just ignored that and spent almost—just half of that. Is your government going to honour our commitment to NATO to spend 2 per cent of our GDP on defence?

John McKay: Well as you know we have fiscal challenges, shall we say, going forward. The economy is somewhat flat-lined and DND will be competing for those funds. I would on behalf—

Tom Clark: So is that a no?

John McKay: I would be very vigorous in our assertions that we do want to honour our commitments. We do live in a very complex threat environment and DND is the appointee end of that threat environment. And so I think that the minister will be at the table being very vigorous for not only our NATO commitments but our NORAD commitments, our domestic concerns, etc.

Tom Clark: So okay, that’s 2 per cent. John McKay thanks very much for—

John McKay: [Laughs] I wish that was true if you could do that.

Tom Clark: Thanks very much for joining us.

John McKay: Yeah, yeah, okay.

Tom Clark: Coming up, is the Conservative Party undergoing policy changes or changing position, simply as the Opposition Party?

[Break]

Tom Clark: Welcome back. Well late last week, a firestorm swept across the political landscape going from east to west. A group of Montreal area mayors came out against the Energy East pipeline. The Saskatchewan premier, among many others, came out against the Montreal mayors.

Rona Ambrose is the Federal Interim Conservative Leader and she joins me now from Calgary. Ms. Ambrose thanks very much for being here. Listen in a situation like this, does somebody have to win and somebody lose or is there a compromise that can be cobbled between these two sides?

Rona Ambrose: Well I hope there is. I hope cooler heads will prevail. I hope that Mayor Denis Coderre did not mean the insult that he did end up giving to most Albertans. I think he thought when took a shot at the Wildrose Party; it was just a political party. But right now, they are really representing and reflecting the views of Albertans – and that’s the frustration with the lack of support for pipelines even after the new premier — NDP premier — here in the province has come forward with a very strong climate change plan, hopeful that that would make the case for pipeline and access to tidewater. So, it’s very frustrating for Albertans. Over 100,000 Albertans have lost their jobs and to hear a Canadian politician basically trying to deny the livelihood of Albertans has really made an impact here. And I think that Mr. Coderre needs to rethink what he has said. I think he has done it purely based on local politics, but this is a much bigger issue. This is about a part of the country that’s suffering and another party that could help. So I would encourage him to come to Alberta, talk to Albertans, listen to the facts on the ground, and make a decision about it based on facts.

Tom Clark: Okay, on that point, when you say he should go out there, are you offering to take Denis Coderre out to Alberta?

Rona Ambrose: I would love to. I would love for him to come to Alberta and hear from the community, hear about the world-leading climate change policy that Alberta has, the world-leading environmental policy that Alberta has. I think he needs—

Tom Clark: You want him to go with you?

Rona Ambrose: I would love it if he came with me, but if he doesn’t perhaps the Mayor of Calgary can host him, whatever makes him most comfortable. But he should come and also see how tough the situation is here, economically for Albertans. And yes, the oil prices are low, but part of building for the future for job creation and opportunities for Albertans is pipelines and Energy East is a pipeline that if Kathleen Wynne and Denis Coderre could see fit to actually look at the facts and think about the country as a whole not just their local politics. I think it would be—they would do a great service to the federation and to their friends in Alberta.

Tom Clark: Sorry, do you want the prime minister to get involved in this?

Rona Ambrose: Listen, my pitch to Trudeau is, he knows this—he is very good friends with Denis Coderre, he is very good friends with Kathleen Wynne, so pick up the phone and talk to them. I hope by now he knows the importance of pipelines, particularly Energy East which has broad support, we thought — at least from premiers other than Kathleen Wynne. Even the premier in New Brunswick is supportive and we need job creation in New Brunswick as well. So I hope that Prime Minister Trudeau can pick up the phone and use his influence with Kathleen Wynne and his influence with Denis Coderre and get them onside for a project that really is about nation building.

Tom Clark: I want to switch gears here very quickly, Ms. Ambrose, and it’s about the nature of the shift from being in government to being in Opposition. You know, during the last campaign, one of the big policies of your party was a snitch line for barbaric cultural practices. You had two of your ministers standing up pitching this. Do you still want there to be a snitch line for barbaric cultural practices in this country?

Rona Ambrose: [Chuckles] Look, I was very clear in my first press conference is that I don’t support it. And I know you think that’s a switch, but Tom, I am the leader of the party now. My leader of the caucus, we’ve discussed these things and we take positions. So no, I do not support it. And listen, I worked with–

Tom Clark: Okay but a lot of Canadians might ask you this question though, if you didn’t agree with it, why didn’t you say so during the campaign?

Rona Ambrose: I appreciate that, I do, but listen, I am the Leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, the interim leader, and when these policies come forward, whatever they are, for instance, my obvious support for an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women, we discuss them and we take a position on them. So we are the Opposition, we are going to hold the government to account on all of these issues. And—

Tom Clark: Fair enough, but just—I’m sorry to interrupt, but because I do have to ask this. This is not just on one or two issues, this is on a whole range of issues that you said, at the time when you were in government, were very principled positioned that you took, everything from getting rid of the long-form census, now you’re in favour of it coming back. The deal with Saudi Arabia, the arms deal, you didn’t want to say anything about it then, but now you want complete transparency. So a lot of people might saying wait a minute, I don’t get this. How could you have had those strongly held positions on principle six months ago and now those principles don’t exist anymore?

Rona Ambrose: That’s not—I just don’t believe that to be the case at all Tom. I think that’s a ludicrous argument to make.

Tom Clark: Why?

Rona Ambrose: I mean, for instance on the Saudi Arabian deal, Saudi Arabia is an approved country by Canada, by the Government of Canada, on the approved list to sell arms to and that is something that allows a Canadian company to make the sale of armoured vehicles, but since then—

Tom Clark: But it’s not the sale, it’s the transparency. You didn’t want transparency when were you in government and now you want transparency now.

Rona Ambrose: Tom, since then there has been some very serious issues that have happened, human rights issues that have transpired in Saudi Arabia, and so the question now, because there is a new government…

Tom Clark: Well—

Rona Ambrose: …is will this government review that record, and will that have any impact?

Tom Clark: Okay.

Rona Ambrose: Look, we’re the Opposition. It’s our obligation to ask questions of the government.

Tom Clark: Okay.

Rona Ambrose: They are now the government, they’re not in election mode any more and they have to make decisions, and I have to answer those questions.

Tom Clark: Alright, we’re—I wish we had more time to talk about this but will be talking again. Rona Ambrose, the Interim Leader of the Federal Conservative Party, I thank you very much for your time today.

Rona Ambrose: Thanks, Tom. Good to talk to you.

Tom Clark: Up next, over 12,000 Syrians have arrived in Canada, should some of them be forced to live out east to gain citizenship?

[Break]

Tom Clark: Welcome back. Well nearly half of the 25,000 Syrian refugees have now arrived on our shores. Most have gone to the big cities, but a former premier of New Brunswick says this country is missing a unique opportunity and Atlantic Canada is the answer. Frank McKenna has a very big idea. We’ll hear from him in a moment, but first, how is one family adjusting down east?

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Tom Clark (Voiceover): Just down the street from the welcome sign is Mohamad Al-Kafri, his wife, Fadya and two-year-old, Amir. They came here just a few weeks ago, the first Syrians to set foot in Lunenburg County. In every way, this is a long way from their home town Daraa, which is now fully engulfed in the Syrian civil war.

More than 12,000 Syrian refugees have arrived in Canada since the Liberals came to power and most of them have settled in large urban centres like Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and Ottawa. But he premiers in Atlantic Canada are pressing the federal government to send them more families like the Al-Kafri’s.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil: We need people. We have an aging demographic. We have—we need young people. We need people out consuming goods and services, building jobs and creating economic opportunity.

Tom Clark: And frankly Mohamad wouldn’t mind some company. John MacDonald leads the group that brought the Al-Kafri’s to Bridgewater.

John MacDonald: We recognize from the beginning when we knew families were coming, there was special challenges. So in recognizing, we made preparations to address those situations. Number one of course being language, number two integrating them into the community because the ultimate objective is that they become permanent members of this community. 

Tom Clark: To do that, to convince the Al-Kafri’s that their future lies in Bridgewater will mean convincing them that there’s as much opportunity here as in the big cities, and that’s a pretty tall order.

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Tom Clark: And joining me now is Frank McKenna, the Former Premier of New Brunswick, Vice-Chair of the TD Bank, and also formerly Canada’s Ambassador to Washington. Mr. McKenna thanks very much for being here. Let’s drill down into your idea a little bit because it is more than just trying to get immigrants to go to Atlantic Canada. You’re proposing that they have to, in a sense, stay there for five years before they be eligible for citizenship. In other words, that’s almost like putting up a fence around Atlantic Canada for arrivals. Is this creating almost a two-tiered system of immigrants or refugee settlements in Canada?

Frank McKenna: Yeah, well we have a two-tier system now. One tier everybody goes to Toronto or Vancouver or Montreal and the second tier don’t go anywhere else. So bottom line is Atlantic Canada gets virtually none of the immigrants now, only 2.5 per cent, and the rest of them all go somewhere else. So we really live with a two-tier system and have for a long time. So what my argument is, is really going back to an idea of a former minister of immigration, Denis Coderre where he talks about a social contract where some immigrants are directed to do what they used to have to do a long time ago, is go to certain communities in Canada and spend a period of time. There could be three years, four years, five years, smart people figure it out. And it’s up to that community to keep them there and lay down roots. And after that period of time, they go from having a temporary status to a permanent status. So that’s what I’m proposing and if we don’t do that, we’ll never get roots laid down. If we don’t get roots laid down, we will never have immigrants coming to our region because they want to go to places where there are communities of immigrants and so it’s a catch-22 that we have to break somehow or other.

Tom Clark: Let’s assume that this in place and that now you’ve got thousands of new Canadians arriving in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, and Newfoundland, can that region handle a sudden influx? I mean part of the problem in Atlantic Canada, you know better than anybody else, is unemployment. I mean they’re going into an area where there really aren’t a lot of jobs.

Frank McKenna: Well, first of all, there’s a big obligation on both sides. And by the way, what I’m talking about is a kind of a pilot project, something that if it works there could work in other rural communities across Canada. But there’s a big responsibility on the part of our citizens in our communities to make sure we settle people, to make sure they’re well looked after and that they’re going to want to lay roots down in the community. In terms of jobs, I would say two things. First of all, there is high unemployment in our region, but the bizarre counterpoint to that is there are thousands of jobs that are going unfilled. We use the temporary foreign worker program to fill thousands and thousands of jobs because we don’t have people to work in those businesses. So we’re bringing in people now by the thousands, so that’s number one. But number two, in many cases, immigrants, especially trained or entrepreneurial immigrants, they not only take jobs, not only come to the region, but they create jobs and that’s what we need. You know when you look at Toronto or Montreal or Vancouver or Calgary, these places, a lot of their growth is fueled by the entrepreneurship of these immigrants who make these terrific industries and products and so on. We don’t have that in Atlantic Canada and as a result we just don’t have that stimulation in our economy to create jobs for other people.

Tom Clark: Let’s keep gaming this out a little bit. So let’s assume that the pilot project has started, so we’re not talking about a lot of people, but there are some rural communities and villages and town that are now seeing an influx of new Canadians coming in, and even though you say, and of course you’re right, that Atlantic Canada has to bring in temporary foreign workers, what do you about the backlash within the community itself of people who might say, ‘Hey look they’ve come here to take my job away. I’m still unemployed and look they’re working.’ Are you setting up the conditions here for a social disconnect?

Frank McKenna:  Yeah, I think you’ve put your finger on a very real problem. There’s no doubt when I’m talking to people in my communities at home, that’s the argument that they would make. But on the other hand, when I go to farmer’s markets and places like that around our region or handicraft fairs and so on, a lot of the people there are immigrants who are finding ways of making money and creating jobs for themselves. They come from cultures where you eat what you kill. They come from cultures where desperation is part of their everyday life. Quite frankly, we’ve gotten away from that to some extent in our region because we’re well supported with important programs, social programs, and we need new blood. We need new energy. We need a hint of that desperation from people who will help create other jobs. So our political leadership and our business leadership and our community leadership would have a big responsibility here to convince all of our citizens that we’re better off having more people, people who will go to our restaurants and create jobs, people who will want housing and create jobs, and people who will create small businesses that will create other jobs.

Tom Clark: Frank, in the short time that we’ve got left, can you outline to me what will happen to Atlantic Canada if something like this does not happen?

Frank McKenna:  Ah but there—you’ve put your finger on it. You know this is not a perfect idea. I can make lots of objections to it myself, but if we don’t do that, we suffer a slow and lingering death. Our population now, on average, is about eight years older than that in Alberta. Our health care cost increased dramatically and exponentially as the population ages. We’re closing rural schools. We’re closing rural hospitals. Our universities are desperate for students from outside the region. So we’re the canary in the coal mine for rural communities all across Canada. If we don’t do this, Atlantic’s just going to slide from bad to worse. Governments are going to have it tougher and our communities are going to become very hard to sustain.

Tom Clark: Frank McKenna always a great pleasure talking to you. Thanks for taking the time.

Frank McKenna:  My pleasure, Tom.

Tom Clark: Well that is our show for today. I’m Tom Clark. Thanks for being here and we leave you now with some images of Syrian refugees trying skating for the very first time. See you next week.

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