‘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.

    READ MORE: Fort McMurray wildfire: Edmonton Expo Centre sees 17,000 evacuees

    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.

WATCH BELOW: SPCA opens first of its kind animal hospital in Okanagan

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.

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.