‘It is what makes me happy’: Lethbridge pair lives the barefoot life

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LETHBRIDGE – It’s uncommon to see people walking the streets barefoot but for 39-year-old Lilian Blackmore and 25-year-old Sierra Codizal, it’s the only way they leave the house.

“It is what makes me happy. I haven’t looked back. I donated most of my shoes,” said Codizal.

The pair get looks and oftentimes comments.

“They range from ‘Oh my God, are you okay?’, ‘Do you need help?’  Someone thought I wandered away from a mental institution, once,” added Codizal.

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Blackmore, who recently celebrated her second barefoot anniversary, has had people offer to buy her shoes. But this is her way of life.

“It’s my challenge to make Lethbridge the first barefoot-friendly city in Canada,” said Blackmore.

“None of grocery stores have issues. None of the banks have issues with people being barefoot.”

She has a Facebook page in hopes of educating and inspiring others to embrace the no-shoe movement.

“If someone wants to be barefoot for the day, it’s not because they are joining me in a group, it’s not a bandwagon. It’s just they are allowed to do it.”

However, one Lethbridge podiatrist doesn’t recommend it for everyone.

Dr. Drew Williams said people with high arches, flat feet or diabetes are most at risk of injury.

“If they were to do it in a situation like that, they will want to examine the foot more closely and really just be honest with themselves,” said Williams.  “If they are feeling good and doing well, great. But if they are suffering and struggling, they may want to re-evaluate why they’re doing it.”

Both Blackmore and Codizal said they have experienced health benefits by going barefoot. But they advise anyone interested in transitioning to it to take it slow.

“You have to build up your tolerance and if you don’t build up the strength, you will get injured,” said Codizal.

The pair hopes that greater awareness will encourage more people to walk a mile in their birth shoe.

New Edmonton police officers sworn in, reflect on Dallas shootings

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Thirty-five recruits were sworn-in as the latest members of the Edmonton Police Service, amid a tragic scene south of the border that saw five police officers killed.

A graduation ceremony for the 25 male and 10 female recruits was held Friday at City Hall.

READ MORE: ‘We feel those injustices’: Rally planned for Edmonton after deaths of 2 black men in U.S.

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Acting Chief Tony Harber said he addressed the recruits Friday morning about the shooting in Dallas, Texas. The incidents happened Thursday night during a demonstration against the police shootings of two African American men this week, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

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

“I think it’s something we think about all the time,” he said about the hazards of the job.

Harber does not think gun violence in Canada is escalating but he did admit there are more weapons on the streets.

READ MORE: What we know about the 5 police officers killed

“There are certainly more guns, but it’s nothing at all like what’s being experienced south of the border,” he said.

“It’s a completely, completely different environment than the one Dallas police are working in.”

Harber said the main difference is people in Canada are not allowed to openly carry firearms.

Mark Eversley said he became a police officer to better serve his community.

“I felt this was a good chance to help people so here I am,” he said.

Eversley said the shootings in Dallas were on his mind as he and his colleagues were sworn in.

“It’s always in my thoughts. You never want this to happen. It’s a pretty bad tragedy but this is the risk that we take being police officers,” he said.

“I feel we are in a position to protect the people who can’t protect themselves. This is why we are here. [The shootings in Dallas] don’t change what I’m here to do.”

Edmonton shuts down Fort McMurray wildfire donation centre at Kingsway Mall

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Emergency operations in Edmonton are beginning to return to normal after helping thousands of people forced out of northern Alberta due to the Fort McMurray wildfire.

The Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society announced Friday the donation pick-up centre at Kingsway Mall for Fort McMurray residents will close its doors on July 13. Normal operations will resume at the downtown location in early August.

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    “It gives us a chance to be able to continue to help out all of Edmonton in the ways that we were as well as continue to help those affected by the wildfires,” Nicole Geoffroy, spokesperson with the EERSS, said.

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    In the days following the mass evacuation on May 3, thousands of Fort McMurray-area residents made their way to Edmonton to receive much-needed services like shelter, clothing and toiletries.

    To try and help keep up with the demand, a donation pick-up centre was opened for Fort McMurray residents in the old Target location at Kingsway Mall.

    Geoffroy said the EERSS has offered assistance to 72,000 new people over the past three months. She said operations wouldn’t have been possible without the help of Kingsway Mall.

    “Having the large amount of space, having the loading dock, having the ability to have families here line up so that we could continue to help hundreds of families at a time,” she said. “They were absolutely amazing with us.”

    READ MORE: Fort McMurray wildfire: Tens of thousands of evacuees helped by Edmonton Emergency Relief Services Society

    The downtown facility will reopen on Aug. 2. The EERSS will continue to help Edmonton residents and Fort McMurray evacuees by appointment only.

Supreme court creates new timely-trial framework

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OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada, citing a “culture of complacency” in the justice system, has set out a new framework for determining whether a criminal trial has been unreasonably delayed.

In a potentially groundbreaking 5-4 decision Friday, the high court said the old means of determining whether a person’s constitutional right to a timely trial had been infringed was too complex and unpredictable.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms says someone charged with an offence has the right to be tried within a reasonable time.

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Under the new framework, an unreasonable delay would be presumed should proceedings — from the criminal charge to conclusion of a trial — exceed 18 months in provincial court, or 30 months in superior court.

However, these benchmarks are not set in stone.

The Crown could challenge the notion that a delay is unreasonable by demonstrating “exceptional circumstances,” a majority of the court said in its reasons.

These circumstances could include something unforeseen and beyond the Crown’s control, such as a sudden illness, or a case requiring extradition of an accused from another country. They might also arise in “particularly complex” cases that involve disclosure of many documents, a large number of witnesses or a significant need for expert evidence.

In addition, a delay may be unreasonable even if it falls below the newly prescribed time limits. However, the defence would have to establish that it took meaningful steps to expedite the proceedings and show the case lasted “markedly longer” than it should have.

The Supreme Court said that as a transitional measure for cases already in the system, the new framework must be applied “flexibly and contextually.”

The court said a key problem with the previous system, which flowed from a 1992 high court ruling, was that long delays were considered reasonable unless the accused could show there was actual harm to his interests — a consideration that will not figure in the new framework.

The right to be tried within a reasonable time is central to the administration of Canada’s criminal justice system, wrote Justices Michael Moldaver, Andromache Karakatsanis and Russell Brown on behalf of the majority.

“An unreasonable delay denies justice to the accused, victims and their families, and the public as a whole.”

However, unnecessary procedures and adjournments, inefficient practices and inadequate institutional resources have been “accepted as the norm and give rise to ever-increasing delay,” the ruling said.

The old framework failed to address this “culture of complacency,” and participants in the justice system — police, Crown counsel, defence lawyers, courts, provincial legislatures and Parliament — were not encouraged to “take preventative measures to address inefficient practices and resourcing problems,” the court said.

The Supreme Court made the decision in ruling that the British Columbia drug convictions of Barrett Richard Jordan must be set aside due to an unreasonable delay.

In a dissenting opinion, a minority of the court agreed the charges against Jordan should be stayed, but called the new framework for gauging delays “unwarranted and unwise,” saying it could lead to thousands of prosecutions being tossed out.

If time limits are to be set out, Parliament — not the court — should do it, wrote Justice Thomas Cromwell on behalf of the minority, which lamented a lack of evidence on which to set the ceilings of 18 and 30 months.

“For the vast majority of cases, the ceilings are so high that they risk being meaningless,” Cromwell said. “They are unlikely to address the culture of delay that is said to exist. If anything, such high ceilings are more likely to feed such a culture rather than eliminate it.”

In a companion decision Friday, the Supreme Court affirmed that Kenneth Gavin Williamson’s sexual assault convictions should be stayed due to delays in his case.

A majority of the court said that at nearly three years, the relatively straightforward case took far longer than it should have, and the delay was unreasonable under either the old or new framework.

Penticton veterinary hospital celebrates anniversary

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Penticton is home to one of only four B.C. SPCA locations equipped with an animal hospital and on Friday, the facility celebrated its one year anniversary.

While Penticton Veterinary Hospital has been treating sick and injured pets for over a decade, this time last year its new operator, the B.C. SPCA, took over.

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The previous owner of the hospital, Dr. Steve Harvey, was a local veterinarian who served the community for more than two decades.

He retired in 2015, but wanted to keep the legacy of the hospital alive.

“The B.C. SPCA worked with Dr. Harvey to acquire the hospital. So the hospital is  now fully operated and managed by the B.C. SPCA,” senior business manager for the B.C. SPCA, Dragana Hajdukovic said.

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    Over the past year, the hospital’s reach has expanded, now helping animals from communities throughout the south Okanagan.

    More services have also been added such as spay and neuter clinics.

    “We’ve spayed and neutered over 500 animals in the past year. We are also part of a feral cat program within Penticton to spay and neuter some of those guys out there to help them with the over population,” veterinarian, Dr. Michael Tigchelaar said.

    Tigchelaar said the clinic has expanded enough to work with other animal rescue organizations in the south Okanagan like the South Okanagan Rehabilitation Centre for Owls and the Okanagan Humane Society.

    All revenues at the B.C. SPCA clinic in Penticton go right back to the hospital.

    The celebrate the one year anniversary since the SPCA’s acquisition of the hospital, it held an open house.

    Watch above as Global News speaks to staff as well as those in attendance and see some of the animals that have been cared for at the clinic.