Committee recommends closure of north-end Halifax’s Highland Park Junior High

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Highland Park Junior High could close its doors for good, if the Halifax Regional School Board – and the province – accept the final report and five key recommendations of one of its committees.

A school advisory council is recommending that a new school be built that will consolidate the students at Highland Park with Grades 7 through 9 at Oxford School.

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“It’ll save money in the long run,” said SAC chair and parent Angela Comeau. “Having to repair these older buildings continually costs the government a lot of money.”

“To build a brand new school – something fresh for the kids to go to – I think it will benefit the community. And this is what the community wanted,” said Comeau.

The council will present its report to the Halifax Regional School Board at a meeting on Aug. 31. The board is expected to make a decision by mid-September before forwarding its final recommendation onto the province.

While the coouncil was initially considering the closure of Oxford School, it is now recommending it stay open and be reconfigured for primary to Grade 6 students. They would also like to see it included in a future review.

“It was kind of something that we had struggled with,” Jon Frost, chair of the council, said. “Oxford is also serving the west end and there are schools over there that need to be reviewed. Maybe (Oxford) should stay and another one should go. But, that’s for that side of the city to decide, not for us.”

The council is also recommending major renovations to St. Joseph A. Mackay and minor renovations to Joseph Howe and St. Stephen’s Elementary.

“It’s really exciting to see whats going to happen in the north end in the next 20 to 30 years,” said Comeau.  “St. Joseph A. McKay will hopefully get a brand new school. It’s 90 years old. It needs something. The other schools will become wheelchair accessible.”

The Halifax Regional School Board approved the review of the five schools in December 2015 and the advisory council was formed at the beginning of this year.

‘I feel your pain’: African-Nova Scotians react to violence in U.S.

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After a deadly week of gun violence in the United States, African-Nova Scotian community leaders are sharing their thoughts on the impact violence has.

READ MORE: Suspect in Dallas police shooting that killed 5 cops ‘wanted to kill white people’

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“Returning violence for violence, just multiplies violence,” Quentrel Provo said, the founder of Stop The Violence, an organization that works to decrease violence.

Provo knows firsthand how devastating the effects of gun violence can be — his cousin was shot and killed in 2014.

That inspired hime to create Stop the Violence.

“If violence continues it becomes a cycle that never gets broken and this isn’t the way to get justice,” Provo said.

READ MORE: Black Lives Matter: Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and what the social movement is demanding.

Provo says despite the anger people may feel after two black men were shot and killed by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota, retaliating with violence is not the answer. He says he’s disturbed by some of the social media reaction he’s read.

“People were practically happy that someone actually killed police officers forgetting that these are people. That these people have families and that a few bad cops, doesn’t label all cops,” Provo said.

Members of CeaseFire Halifax, a community outreach program that works to reduce gang and gun violence, expressed their views on the shootings and their violent aftermath.

“Most of the families, a lot of the black families have been touched by violence somehow or another, mine included,” Mel Lucas, a project manager with CeaseFire Halifax, said.

As part of their training, they participate in “talking circles,” where they discuss ways to diffuse violence before it escalates.

“The intent of the circle is to calm everyone down and make people look within themselves. We want to work to heal everybody who’s involved in the discussion process,” Lucas said.

It’s a healing process that Provo says he can relate to.

“I feel your pain and I’m angry and upset being a young black man but we have to try and stay positive and not use violence.”

Heavy hail, rain in Edmonton as severe weather watches, warnings in place in Alberta

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Parts of Edmonton were hit with a downpour Friday afternoon, as a severe thunderstorm warning was in place.

Severe thunderstorm watches were issued for Edmonton and areas throughout the Capital Region before noon Friday. At 2:43 p.m., the watch was upgraded to a warning in Edmonton. The warning was downgraded back to a watch for Edmonton at around 4:30 p.m.

Other parts of Alberta remained under severe thunderstorm watches and warnings Friday afternoon.

Parts of southwest Edmonton, including Riverbend, experienced pea-sized hail Friday afternoon.

Areas to the northeast of Edmonton, near Redwater, also received hail.

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    Environment Canada said it was tracking a severe thunderstorm Friday afternoon capable of producing strong wind gusts, heavy rain and up to toonie-sized hail.

    Thunderstorm warnings are issued when imminent or occurring thunderstorms are likely to produce or are producing one or more of the following: large hail, damaging winds, torrential rainfall.

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Lost soldier recognized by B.C. university

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VICTORIA – A cherished son of a former British Columbia lieutenant governor was on his way to battle in Europe in 1915 when the ocean liner RMS Lusitania was sunk in the Atlantic by two German torpedoes.

James (Boy) Dunsmuir was among a group of Victoria residents and 1,193 men, women and children who died in the historic attack that factored into the United States’ declaration of war.

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Organizers say a ceremony was held Friday to unveil a plaque commemorating Dunsmuir at Hatley Castle, where he spent his school holidays and stabled his horse and kept his dogs.

The 21-year-old soldier has no grave and his name doesn’t appear on any war memorials, his great nephew said in a speech written for the unveiling at Royal Roads University.

“We are dedicating this plaque here today so that future generations will know about the sacrifice of your beloved son Boy,” Michael Audain, 79, said in the prepared text.

“His name will not be lost in the mists of time.”

The plaque was installed at Hatley Castle, a former residence of the Dunsmuir family that was completed in 1910.

In the early 1940s, the castle was transformed into a dormitory and mess hall for cadets and staff at Royal Roads Military College. The vine-covered building now serves at the university’s administrative centre.

The memorial is significant because Dunsmuir’s body was never recovered after the sinking, said Audain, chairman of Polygon Homes Ltd. and a member of the Order of Canada.

Audain’s father believed the young man descended below the ship’s decks to be with his steed when there was no room in a lifeboat.

“It’s really commemorating the spirit of those days,” Audain said in an interview before the ceremony. “The call went out and young men all over the empire, as it was called in those days, rallied to the call to arms without any question.”

Dunsmuir had left the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles in Victoria with his father’s consent, and was on his way to join the Royal Scots Greys when he boarded the vessel. It was supposed to be the fastest transport from New York to the Western Front.

When the news arrived over the wire that Dunsmuir and other British Columbians had drowned, people rioted in downtown Victoria, Audain said. Some businesses with German names were damaged.

Dunsmuir’s father, who was also named James Dunsmuir, was so pained by his son’s death that he became a recluse, Audain said.

He would listen to his gramophone in the evening as Canadian singer Henry Burr sang, “Where is my Wandering Boy Tonight?”

The former premier and lieutenant governor held office in the early 1900s.

Audain said he unveiled the plaque, with the support of the university, on Friday because it marked both the former politician’s and his father’s birthdays.

“I hope people, when they visit this great house, will perhaps pause for a minute,” Audain said.

“It tells you something about the family that built it and once lived there and … one of Canada’s richest men, who lost his son under these conditions. I think it tells you something about the tragedy of those days.”

Canada and NATO: Details on Eastern Europe military commitments

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WARSAW, Poland – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau committed Canada on Friday to helping NATO in its standoff with Russia. Here are the details:

Troop deployment to Latvia:

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Canada will contribute around 450 troops as well as light armoured vehicles and other equipment to a multinational force in the former Soviet republic of Latvia. Defence chief Gen. Jonathan Vance says the Canadian contingent will form the “nucleus” of what will eventually be a 1,000-strong battle group that will act as a deterrent against Russian aggression in the region.

Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States are making similar contributions in Lithuania, Estonia and Poland, respectively. NATO officials insist the force is purely defensive, though Russia has condemned it as an encroachment. The mission has been described as “open-ended,” meaning there is no time frame for when it will end.

WATCH: President Barack Obama says US sending additional 1,000 troops to Poland as part of a NATO effort 

Air Policing Mission:

Canada will deploy up to six CF-18 fighter jets to Europe where they will patrol allied airspace against foreign threats. Canadian CF-18s were previously deployed to Lithuania in 2014 after Russia annexed Crimea and started supporting separatist forces in eastern Ukraine.

Officials said they have not determined exactly when the fighters will be deployed or where, though they did say NATO has air policing missions not just in Eastern Europe, but also Iceland and other parts of Europe.

Officials say the total number of personnel attached to such a deployment is about 75 to 100. The commitment comes at the same time the Liberal government has warned about a shortage of CF-18s to meet Canada’s obligations to NATO and NORAD.

READ MORE: Justin Trudeau to address Russian aggression at NATO summit in Poland

Naval Frigate:

Canadian frigates have been continually attached to a NATO fleet operating in the Mediterranean and Black seas since April 2014, shortly after Russia annexed Ukraine.

The most recent sent to the region was HMCS Charlottetown, which replaced HMCS Fredericton last month. The government says Canadian frigates will continue in that role for the foreseeable future, though it could move the ship around to other areas such as the Baltic Sea. Canada’s frigates include a complement of about 225 personnel.