‘Nasty in there’: all sides at odds as N.B. legislature adjourns for summer

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The New Brunswick legislature has finished their spring session, adjourning for the summer following a particularly contentious day in the house.

“It was like a gong show today,” said Green Party Leader David Coon. “It’s nasty in there these days.”

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Premier Brian Gallant and opposition leader Bruce Fitch spent a large portion of question period Friday trading barbs over which party was less interested in working through assembly business.

“The opposition thinks that they’re stuck here in July,” Gallant said. “We don’t mind working during the summer.”

“The government just asked for leave, they could withdraw their motion to adjourn today and come back next week and debate,” said Fitch.

Recently the motion to create a committee tasked with looking into and finding recommendations on electoral reform was presented.

While the committee would include all three elected parties, a decision that Gallant called “a very fair and non-partisan approach”, the opposition rejected the offer.

“Yesterday they seemed to have all the time to talk to Mr. Coon but never talked to us,” Fitch said of a lack of cooperation between the two main parties.

“This government doesn’t want to sit down and talk with any of the opposition, especially us on anything from soup to nuts.”

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Gallant said the Tories refusal to take part is short-sighted and misses the point.

“The opposition and the third party would have the majority,” the Premier explained.

“Anything that would be put forward in this committee would need two of the three parties to be involved and agree with.”

The province says the opposition has until July 29 to change their mind and submit MLA’s names to the committee.

The legislature will remain adjourned until November 2.

Ohio dad who left toddler’s body in crib for weeks gets prison time

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COLUMBUS, Ohio – A man who didn’t report his toddler daughter’s death for about a month before a cable company worker found her decomposed body in a crib at their apartment was sentenced Friday to three years in prison after being convicted on charges including corpse abuse.

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Eric Warfel also had an infant daughter die in 2013 in what was ruled a “sudden unexplained infant death,” and prosecutors argued that he didn’t report the death of his 21-month-old daughter, Ember, in Medina last summer because he didn’t want an autopsy to be performed.

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But in letters asking the judge for leniency, his relatives and friends described Warfel as a gentle, protective father who was devastated after losing one daughter and made poor choices because he just couldn’t cope when it happened again.

Warfel had moved to a motel with his surviving daughter, now 8, and investigators found cocaine in their room after arresting him at a mall near Cleveland once Ember’s body was found.

Medical examiners couldn’t determine a cause of death because of decomposition but did find traces of cocaine in her hair samples. Warfel’s attorney has said the girl was born with severe medical problems.

Authorities initially alleged that trash in the girl’s room was meant to hide the smell, but Warfel’s attorney said that wasn’t true and Warfel denied trying to cover up the body.

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Warfel, 35, was convicted on charges including tampering with evidence and drug abuse. His sentence was less than what prosecutors sought.

Defence attorney Michael O’Shea, who expects to appeal, said in many ways the case was based on first impressions.

“We believe that the way the prosecutor decided to prosecute the case is like putting a square peg in a round hole,” O’Shea said. “We just don’t believe that the facts fit the theory of law that the state of Ohio postulated.”

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A report from a psychologist who evaluated Warfel last August said he recounted how he’d tried to revive Erin, the first daughter he lost, and indicated that he regretted describing Erin’s death to his eldest daughter as God having taken her sister.

When Warfel found Ember dead, he didn’t know how he would tell his remaining daughter and others, “so he left to try to come to terms with the situation, but the longer he delayed, the more immobilized he became,” the psychologist wrote.

He had signs of depression and cocaine addiction and attributed his actions to “being unable to face again dealing with all that occurs when a youngster dies,” the psychologist said.

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In letters to the judge, supporters recalled seeing Warfel trying to be supportive to his family despite his devastation about Erin’s death.

“To find Ember must have felt like the world imploding, again,” one friend wrote.

Supporters said Warfel had made questionable choices — in marrying and then divorcing the girls’ mother, who they said had addiction and other troubles, and then in his own drug use and in not reporting Ember’s death — but they urged the judge to order treatment and therapy instead of prison. His lawyer noted he had no criminal history.

Warfel initially pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but was found competent to stand trial and was convicted on charges including child endangering. He didn’t testify.

Kim Kardashian West pens emotional #BlackLivesMatter letter

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Kim Kardashian West is the latest celebrity to voice her frustration over the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

On Friday, she posted an open letter titled “#BlackLivesMatter” to her  website saying she fears for her children’s future.

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“I want my children to grow up knowing that their lives matter. I do not ever want to have to teach my son to be scared of the police, or tell him that he has to watch his back because the people we are told to trust — the people who “protect and serve” — may not be protecting and serving him because of the color of his skin.”

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Happy Fathers Day babe! Thank you for always putting our family first and being the best dad to our babies! I couldn’t ask for a better husband and more perfect family. We love you so much!

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Kim Kardashian West went on to mention that although many people may be feeling angry and scared, they should not violently lash out against police officers. She suggests that instead, people use their voices peacefully.

“It is our responsibility as Americans and as parents to create a safe future for our children.”

Similar to Beyoncé‘s open letter on Friday, Kim Kardashian West ended her letter with the names of black Americans who have recently lost their lives due to police brutality. She also offered a list of things everyone can do to help temper the current situation in the U.S.

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The round-up included writing to state legislators or donating funds to Philando Castile and Alton Sterling’s families.

She ended her lengthy post with a simple tweet: “Hashtags are not enough. This must end now.”

Read Kim’s full post here.

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Fort McMurray firefighters honoured during 2016 Calgary Stampede parade

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Hundreds of thousands of people packed the streets of downtown Calgary on Friday to watch the 2016 Stampede parade.

The annual event is a long-running tradition which serves as the official kickoff for the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth.” Each year, the parade showcases more than 150 western-themed entries, including 30 marching bands, 40 floats, 4,000 people and 750 horses.

The Calgary Stampede calls the parade “a march through tradition, history and local Calgary culture.”

Weather for the 2016 parade was ideal for watchers, with the temperature hovering around 20 C and a mix of sun and cloud.

This year, the parade included a special entry to recognize the efforts of those who supported the Fort McMurray wildfire response.

The group, which included first responders and firefighters as well as Wood Buffalo Fire Chief Darby Allen, received a standing ovation and thunderous cheers as they marched down the street.

“This is unbelievable, I just can’t get over it,” Allen said.

“It’s making me cry a little bit, it’s wonderful.”

“Everyone is having such a great day – just to see so many people, it’s a little overwhelming,” Allen added.

WATCH: Leslie Horton speaks with Darby Allen, Fire Chief of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, during the 2016 Calgary Stampede Parade

The parade also featured Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, Calgary councillors, several MLAs, members of the Calgary Flames and members of the Calgary Roughnecks of the National Lacrosse League.

Singers Paul Brandt and Jann Arden were co-parade marshals, while retired Calgary Stampeders running back Jon Cornish served as a celebrity judge. As a celebrity judge, Cornish had the honour of choosing the entry that, in his opinion, best exemplified the spirit of the Calgary Stampede.

Cornish chose the Parks Canada entry, which received the 2016 Celebrities’ Choice Award.

Officials estimate some 250,000 people attend the parade every year.

The 2016 Calgary Stampede runs from July 8 to 17.

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Warnings UK headed for recession following Brexit vote

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LONDON – The warnings are piling up – Britain’s decision to leave the European Union appears to be already hitting the economy.

Following the initial market jolts that have, among other things, seen the pound slide to 31-year lows against the dollar, the wider economy seems to be feeling the shockwaves from the vote to leave the 28-country bloc.

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    On Friday, market research firm GfK found that consumer confidence took a dive in the wake of the June 23 decision to leave the EU. In a one-off survey to gauge the impact of the referendum result, it said its core index of consumer confidence dropped by 8 points to minus 9 in July, its lowest level since December 2013.

    The decline, which was the sharpest in 21 years, is important as consumer confidence is fundamental for household spending, a key ingredient of the British economy.

    GfK found that all of the key measures used to calculate the index, including perceptions of individuals’ financial situation or their propensity to make purchases, have fallen.

    “During this period of uncertainty, we’ve seen a very significant drop in confidence, as is clear from the fact that every one of our key measures has fallen, with the biggest decrease occurring in the outlook for the general economic situation in the next 12 months,” Joe Staton, head of market dynamics at GfK said.

    The online survey of 2,002 respondents, which was conducted between June 30 and July 5, shows that sentiment has sunk among both those who voted to remain in the EU and those who voted to leave. The measure for so-called “remainers” was minus 13, while “leavers” were slightly more optimistic at minus 5. The referendum saw 52 per cent voting to leave the EU.

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    The survey backs the view from Bank of England Governor Mark Carney that the negative economic effects he warned about in the run-up to the referendum are “crystallizing.”

    Analysts are warning that further declines in consumer confidence are likely and that the British economy may be heading toward an outright recession.

    Paul Hollingsworth, U.K. economist at Capital Economics, said GfK’s survey will reinforce fears that consumers “will pull back on spending as a result of the vote to leave the EU.”

    Though he noted that the survey was conducted the week after the outcome of the vote, when political uncertainty was at its highest, he said “a further deterioration ahead seems probable” given that employment growth is likely to slow and a rise in inflation caused by the pound’s fall will erode households’ spending power.

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    Other negative effects are widely expected to materialize over the coming weeks, including a drop in business investment as firms assess the consequences of the vote, particularly whether Britain will still have access to the EU’s single market.

    In a report Friday, Moody’s said Britain’s economic outlook has “significantly weakened” after the vote to leave the EU. The ratings agency slashed its growth forecasts to 1.5 per cent in 2016 and 1.2 per cent in 2017, compared with previous estimates of 1.8 per cent and 2.1 per cent.

    “The uncertainty around the future of the economy outside the common market would dampen business investment and consumer spending, as investors hold back on hiring and long-term investments and consumers postpone large spending decisions,” Moody’s said.

    In addition, Moody’s said the country’s status as one of the largest recipients of foreign direct investment in Europe “is also likely to be damaged by the decision to leave the EU.”

    Moody’s concedes that the pound’s fall will limit some of the damage, as it should help exporters. The pound, for example, is down around 10 per cent against the euro since the referendum. One euro is now worth around 0.86 pound.

    However, it’s unclear how big those benefits might be given the uncertainty and the fact that many imported costs, such as energy, will rise as a result of the pound’s fall.

    Most economists expect the Bank of England to look to stimulate the British economy at next week’s policy meeting. Some expect the central bank to reduce its benchmark interest rate to a new record low from 0.5 per cent, where it has been since March 2009.