Courage to Come Back: Former Ethiopian child soldier helps addicts on Downtown Eastside

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Jemal Damtawe spends his time in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside helping others overcome their addictions.

He’s been through a lot to get there. He was only 15 years old when a civil war in his native Ethiopia forced him to be a child soldier.

He says he “doesn’t know how many” people he shot during his time as a child soldier.

He escaped his war-torn homeland by stowing away on a ship to Canada where he started a new life, eventually getting married and having a daughter.

But he couldn’t get those images of wartime out of his mind so he started to drink to numb the pain.

“My wife said, ‘You have to make a choice — us or alcohol.’ So I chose alcohol,” he said.

WATCH: Extended interview: Courage to Come Back award winner Jemal Damtawe

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Damtawe later moved to Portland, Oregon where he fell deeper into addiction.

“I started doing cocaine and then I got hooked up with gang members,” he said.

After two suicide attempts, he knew he had to make a change so he returned to B.C. He found himself on the Downtown Eastside where he fell prey to drugs yet again.

“Then I met this woman, we partied together. We did a lot of cocaine and partied. In the morning, she went to go to the bathroom. I opened my door and she is passed away in front of my door.”

The incident served as a wake-up call.

Through a recovery program provided by Union Gospel Mission, Damtawe has managed to stay clean for 10 years. He is now an outreach worker with Union Gospel Mission, helping addicts connect with recovery programs that helped him so much.

Damtawe says the thought of reuniting with his young daughter helped keep him on the straight and narrow.

“It’s only for my daughter,” he said. “When I came to the program, I kept saying to myself, ‘I want to see her one day.’”

When he finally reunited with her, he broke down in tears.

“Then she asked me this question I’ll never forget. She said, “Daddy, if you love me, why did you leave me?’ That’s the question that hurts.”

“I told her, ‘I don’t know. I don’t know how to be a father.’ I asked her, ‘Can you forgive me?’”

She said, ‘Daddy, that’s why I’m here.’”

– With files from Sonia Deol

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Did Prince have a will? His sister, Tyka Nelson, says no

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MINNEAPOLIS – Prince‘s sister says the superstar musician had no known will and filed paperwork Tuesday asking a Minneapolis court appoint a special administrator to oversee his estate.

Tyka Nelson, Prince’s only surviving full sibling, said in the court filing that immediate action was necessary to manage Prince’s business interests following his death last week. The size of Prince’s fortune is unclear, though he made hundreds of millions of dollars for record companies, concert venues and others during his career and his estate included about $27 million in property.

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Nelson asked that Bremer Trust, a corporate trust company, be named administrator of the estate. The court documents say Breber Bank provided financial services to Prince for many years.

The filing comes less than a week after the pop star died Thursday at his home in suburban Minneapolis. The outpouring of grief and nostalgia prompted fans to buy 2.3 million of his songs in three days.

Prince owned a dozen properties in and around his famous Paisley Park complex in suburban Minneapolis: mostly rural pieces of land and some houses for family members. Public records show those properties were worth about $27 million in 2016.

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Estimates of how much licensing his personal brand will bring in after death reach to the purple clouds.

“He was as big as they get,” said Mark Roesler, chief executive of CMG Worldwide, which handles licensing for the estates of Marilyn Monroe, James Dean and other late stars.

Roesler estimates Prince’s post-mortem earnings will match top-earning dead celebrities like Elvis Presley, whose estate made $55 million in 2015, according to Forbes magazine.

“Will there be a business built up around Prince 60 years from now like James Dean? The answer is unequivocally yes,” said Roesler.

If Prince filed a will or created a trust, heirs to his future fortune would be known. But no such documents have yet turned up.

Under Minnesota law, a person can file a will with probate court in secret. If Prince did so, the fact one exists would become public once a death certificate is filed, but the medical examiner has not yet issued one for Prince. An autopsy was conducted Friday and his remains were cremated Saturday.

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L. Londell McMillan, a longtime lawyer and former manager of the superstar, declined to comment Monday to The Associated Press about whether the entertainer had a will or any other particulars regarding his estate, but added: “I want to make sure his legacy is respected and protected no matter what role I play.” McMillan was Michael Jackson’s lawyer and played a role in his estate, as well as those of rapper Notorious B.I.G. and Sammy Davis Jr.

Several other attorneys who have done work for Prince in the past — including Alan Eidsness, who handled his 2006 divorce from Manuela Testolini Nelson — said they were not handling his estate.

Wealthy people usually create trusts to avoid the public spectacle of probate court, and it’s probable Prince did so, according to Irwin Feinberg, a Los Angeles trust and probate lawyer.

Prince wasn’t married and had no known living children. Nelson is his only full-sibling, though he has five half-siblings (two other half-siblings have died) who could share in his estate if he has no will.

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The AP did not find liens or mortgages on any of his properties, which range from a sprawling 160-acre piece of grassland between Lake Lucy and Lake Ann, to a three-bedroom bungalow in Minneapolis that is home to his half brother, Omarr Baker.

Prince sold over 100 million albums on his lifetime, according to Warner Music Group. And Pollstar, a concert industry magazine, said that in the years that his tours topped the charts — 10 years over four decades performing — the tours raked in $225 million in ticket sales.

His best-earning touring year, when he took in $87.4 million, was 2004, the year he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and two decades after the soundtrack to “Purple Rain” went multi-platinum.

But what remained in Prince’s hands is, by any estimate, less than the sum of ticket and album sales. In every record deal, a cut goes to the label, background performers and music publishers, though Prince published and wrote his own songs. Concert ticket revenue is split among the venue, the promoter, staff and the cost of travelling around. And prince was known to throw expensive parties.

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Court battles in recent years suggest money wasn’t free flowing.

In April 2013, Prince lost a suit filed in New York State’s Supreme Court brought by perfume maker Revelations Perfume and Cosmetics Inc. for failing to promote the “3121” perfume line named after his album from 2006 and which he touted, but only once, in a massive concert that started July 7, 2007 near Macy’s in downtown Minneapolis and ended at 5 a.m. at the First Avenue club, a famous venue from “Purple Rain.”

He was ordered to pay $4.4 million; he never did. Instead, plaintiff lawyers went searching for assets, found about $3 million in various Minnesota bank accounts, and used court orders to freeze them, according to Brian Slipakoff, a New York lawyer who represented the perfume maker. Prince settled for a lower amount shortly after.

“It doesn’t suggest there was oodles of cash lying around,” Slipakoff said.

Prince encountered tax difficulties several times over the years, including owing back taxes to France in 2012, which he paid up, and overdue property taxes around $450,000 in 2010. In 2013, the IRS filed a federal tax lien against him in Carver County, Minnesota, Court for $1.6 million. What happened with that case is unclear.

Records on file with Carver County, where Paisley Park is located, show that he was up to date on his property taxes when he died.

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Nakashima reported from Los Angeles. AP Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody in New York, Associated Press writers Doug Glass in Minneapolis and Kevin Burbach in Chanhassen, Minnesota, contributed to this report.

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Ogopogo a no-go? Not so

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KELOWNA, B.C. – There’ll be no heave-ho for Ogopogo with councillors in Kelowna, B.C., voting to keep the mythical lake monster as the focus of the city’s parade float.

Staff had proposed ditching the iconic creature in favour of an outdoor recreation theme for the city’s new float, but politicians voted unanimously to stick with tradition.

A representation of Ogopogo, either a goofy one with big eyes or a menacing one with fearsome fangs, has appeared on the float for more than 50 years.

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Ogopogo is a supposed sea serpent living in Okanagan Lake, and its legend goes back centuries to First Nations lore.

Its current image on the city float is well-travelled, with the float having logged 42,000 kilometres in the past five years and appearing in parades in 55 cities in the Pacific Northwest of the United and into Alberta.

Coun. Luke Stack said there was clearly widespread support for having the beast continue to feature prominently on the float, which will get a $20,000 facelift.

“There’s just lots of love for the Ogopogo,” said Stack, sporting an pin of the creature on his lapel.

City staff had argued the float needed an update and proposed a theme emphasizing active living with depictions of bicycling, kayaking, and paddleboarding.

The idea was “not very original” and wouldn’t separate Kelowna from other municipalities, Coun. Maxine DeHart said at Monday’s meeting.

The mythical monster is part of the city’s branding, DeHart said.

She noted that the legend of Ogopogo has attracted much publicity over the years, including visits to Kelowna by several Japanese film and television crews who’ve staged elaborate and costly searches for the beast.

Some of the outdoor recreation elements may be included in the new float, but after hearing council’s discussion, recreation director Jim Gabriel promised that the float’s “primary theme” would be Ogopogo. (Kelowna Daily Courier)

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Crown drops charges against Gerry Lougheed in Sudbury byelection scandal

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SUDBURY, Ont. —; Charges in a byelection scandal in Sudbury, Ont., have been stayed against a veteran Liberal fundraiser, though a separate bribery investigation is ongoing.

Gerry Lougheed had been charged with one count of counselling an offence not committed and one count of unlawfully influencing or negotiating appointments.

Police had alleged Lougheed offered a would-be Liberal candidate for a byelection last year a job or appointment to step aside for Premier Kathleen Wynne’s preferred candidate.

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    But those charges were stayed Wednesday, meaning they are effectively dropped, at least for the time being. The Crown can choose to reactivate them within a year, but that is rare.

    Premier Kathleen Wynne, speaking at an unrelated event in Brantford, Ont., said she thinks it is a good outcome.

    However, the Ontario Provincial Police are still investigating Lougheed and Wynne’s deputy chief of staff’s byelection conduct under the Election Act.

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    Elections Ontario found an “apparent contravention” by Lougheed and Pat Sorbara of a section of the act concerning “bribery in connection with inducing a person to become, refrain from becoming, or withdrawing from being a candidate.”

    The chief electoral officer referred the investigation to the Ontario Provincial Police in February 2015, but Det.-Supt. Dave Truax said Wednesday that probe is ongoing.

    Lougheed’s lawyer, Michael Lacy, said he was not given any reason for the stay, noting the Crown wasn’t even in court.

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    “In terms of transparency, in terms of accountability to the public, in terms of accountability to my client, at least at this stage, the Crown has chosen not to give any explanation at all as to why they’ve stayed those charges,” he said.

    “It seems pretty clear today that what happened in light of the stay of proceedings today that the decision to proceed with criminal charges was done prematurely, was done in circumstances where they had not either fully investigated the matter or fully considered whether or not this could meet the threshold for a criminal charge.”

    The province had turned over Lougheed’s case to the federal Public Prosecution Service, which would not comment on the reason for the stay.

    A conviction under the bribery section of the Election Act carries a penalty of up to $5,000. If a judge finds it was broken “knowingly,” the penalty is a fine of up to $25,000 and/or up to two years less a day in jail.

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Nintendo NX will launch in March 2017

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TOKYO – Japanese video-game maker Nintendo Co. reported a 24 billion yen ($216 million) loss for January-March Wednesday, bigger than the loss it reported the previous year.

Nintendo also said Wednesday that its new game platform codenamed NX will be launched globally in March next year. Some game fans had expected the machine might be shown at the annual E3 electronics show in Los Angeles in June.

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Quarterly sales fell 26 per cent on-year to 78.8 billion yen ($708 million) as overseas revenues were hurt by a stronger yen. Nintendo racked up a nearly 18 billion yen quarterly loss the previous year.

The Kyoto-based company behind Pokemon and Super Mario games said Wednesday it expects to recover to a 35 billion yen ($314 million) profit for the fiscal year ending in March 2017.

For the fiscal year just ended, it earned 16.5 billion yen ($148 million), down 61 per cent from the previous fiscal year.

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Recent sales of Nintendo’s Wii U machine have lagged rivals Sony Corp.’s PlayStation 4 console and Microsoft Corp.’s Xbox One, including the key year-end holiday shopping season.

After years of scoffing at the threat from smartphones, Nintendo did an about face last year and entered an alliance with Japanese mobile game company DeNA Co. to develop games for mobile devices.

It said its first app for smartphones called Miitomo was doing well since its release in March. The app features customizable avatars called Miis, created using a smartphone camera and then outfitted with virtual fashions.

The momentum of Nintendo’s 3DS hand-held game machine has dwindled amid competition from other mobile devices and a lack of hit game software for the 3DS.

Nintendo said it will release a major Pokemon software game for the 3DS called “Pokemon Sun/Pokemon Moon” globally ahead of the holidays later this year.

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See ‘Purple Rain,’ playing one night only in Canadian theatres

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Cineplex Events announced Wednesday that it will be celebrating the life of music legend Prince with a special screening of the musician’s iconic 1984 film, Purple Rain. Screenings will take place on the evening of Monday, May 2 and tickets, which are now on sale, are only $6.99.

Cineplex Events will donate $1.00 from every ticket sold to MusiCounts, Canada’s music education charity associated with The Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS).

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The film will screen at 54 Cineplex locations across Canada. Here is a complete list of participating theatres:

British Columbia

SilverCity Coquitlam and VIP Cinemas, Coquitlam BC, 7:00 PMCineplex Cinemas Langley, Langley BC, 7:00 PMGalaxy Cinemas Nanaimo, Nanaimo BC, 7:00 PMFamous Players 6 Cinemas, Prince George BC, 7:00 PMSilverCity Riverport Cinemas, Richmond BC, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Strawberry Hill Cinemas, Surrey BC, 7:00 PMThe Park Theatre, Vancouver BC, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Victoria Cinemas, Victoria BC, 7:00 PM

(The Rio Theatre in Vancouver is also showing Purple Rain on Saturday, May 14 at 7 and 10 p.m.)

Alberta

Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire Market Cinemas, Calgary AB, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Westhills Cinemas, Calgary AB, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon North Edmonton Cinemas, Edmonton AB, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon South Edmonton Cinemas, Edmonton AB, 7:00 PMScotiabank Theatre Edmonton, Edmonton AB, 7:00 PMGalaxy Cinemas Red Deer, Red Deer County AB, 7:00 PM

Saskatchewan

Cineplex Odeon Southland Mall Cinemas, Regina SK, 7:00 PMScotiabank Theatre Saskatoon & VIP, Saskatoon SK, 7:00 PM

Manitoba

SilverCity St. Vital and XSCAPE Entertainment Centre, Winnipeg MB, 7:00 PM

Ontario

Cineplex Odeon Ajax Cinemas, Ajax ON, 7:00 PMSilverCity Ancaster Cinemas, Ancaster ON, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Aurora Cinemas, Aurora ON, 7:00 PMGalaxy Cinemas Barrie, Barrie ON, 7:00 PMGalaxy Cinemas Belleville, Belleville ON, 7:00 PMSilverCity Brampton Cinemas, Brampton ON, 7:00 PMGalaxy Cinemas Brantford, Brantford ON, 7:00 PMSilverCity Burlington Cinemas, Burlington ON, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Queensway and VIP, Etobicoke ON, 7:00 PMGalaxy Cinemas Guelph, Guelph ON, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Gardiners Road Cinemas, Kingston ON, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Westmount and VIP Cinemas, London ON, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Courtney Park Cinemas, Mississauga ON, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Niagara Square Cinemas, Niagara Falls ON, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Winston Churchill Cinemas, Oakville ON, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Oshawa Cinemas, Oshawa ON, 7:00 PMCineplex Cinemas Ottawa, Ottawa ON, 7:00 PMSilverCity Gloucester Cinemas, Ottawa ON, 7:00 PMGalaxy Cinemas Peterborough, Peterborough ON, 7:00 PMGalaxy Cinemas Sarnia, Sarnia ON, 7:00 PMGalaxy Cinemas Sault Ste. Marie, Sault. Ste. Marie ON, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Eglinton Town Centre Cinemas, Scarborough ON, 7:00 PMSilverCity Sudbury Cinemas, Sudbury ON, 7:00 PMSilverCity Thunder Bay Cinemas, Thunder Bay ON, 7:00 PMCineplex Cinemas Yonge-Dundas and VIP, Toronto ON, 9:45 PMCineplex Cinemas VIP Don Mills, Toronto ON, 7:00 PMFamous Players Canada Square, Toronto ON, 7:45 PMGalaxy Cinemas Waterloo, Waterloo ON, 7:00 PMSilverCity Windsor Cinemas, Windsor ON, 7:00 PMCineplex Cinemas Vaughan, Woodbridge ON, 7:00 PM

(Film老域名出售 Cinemas in Oakville is also showing Purple Rain on Friday, April 29 at 10:45 p.m.)

Quebec

Cineplex Odeon Brossard and VIP Cinemas, Brossard QC, 7:00 PMCineplex Cinemas Kirkland, Kirkland QC, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Forum Cinemas, Montreal QC, 7:00 PMCineplex Odeon Ste. Foy Cinemas, Ste-Foy QC, 7:00 PM

New Brunswick

Cineplex Cinemas Saint John, Saint John NB, 7:00 PM

Nova Scotia

Cineplex Cinemas Parklane, Halifax NS, 9:45 PM

Newfoundland

Scotiabank Theatre St. John’s, St. John’s NL, 7:00 PM

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“Bringing Purple Rain back to the big screen is a perfect way to honour the life of Prince,” said Brad LaDouceur, vice-president, event cinema, Cineplex Entertainment. “This special screening will allow fans to celebrate the artistry of Prince together as a community.”

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“We are very honoured that Cineplex has chosen MusiCounts for this donation,” said Allan Reid, president and CEO, CARAS/The JUNO Awards & MusiCounts. “The funds raised will help put musical instruments into the hands of children and youth who needs music in their lives – a fitting legacy in memory of Prince.”

WATCH: Prince fans get out and dance to Purple Rain to pay tribute to the late singer at Nathan Phillips Square Monday night.

Originally released in 1984, Purple Rain stars pop icon Prince as a young musician who must contend with a rival singer, a burgeoning romance and his own dissatisfied band as his star begins to rise.

Tickets and showtimes are available at participating theatre box offices, on the Cineplex mobile app or on the Cineplex site.

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Donald Trump on Hillary Clinton: ‘The only thing she’s got going [for her] is the woman’s card’

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Republican Donald Trump says that Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton is only doing well in the election because of her gender.

“Frankly, if Hillary Clinton were a man, I don’t think she’d get five percent of the vote,” Trump told reporters. “The only thing she’s got going is the woman’s card. And the beautiful things is, women don’t like her, Okay?”

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    Both he and Clinton have high unfavorable ratings, and Trump has made clear that he intends to attack the woman he calls “Crooked Hillary” mercilessly if the pair wind up facing off in a general election.

    Trump tells CNN’s “New Day” in a telephone interview Wednesday that “she does have the woman card” but said that “a lot of women don’t like Hillary, despite the card.”

    Pressed on the issue, the billionaire real estate mogul said that Clinton, who won four of five primaries Tuesday and is closing in on the Democratic Party nomination, “is playing the woman card left and right.”

    He said in the interview that “she didn’t play it” when she challenged Barack Obama for the party’s nomination four years ago.

    But he added, “She’s doing it more now. She’ll be called on it.”

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    With five convincing victories in hand, Donald Trump strengthened his grip on the Republican primary race and pushed tantalizingly close to a general election showdown with Hillary Clinton.

    The Democratic front-runner is now 90 per cent of the way to her party’s nomination after four solid victories of her own Tuesday.

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Bees highly threatened by mites, viruses, study finds

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Scientists have been attempting to ascertain why there has been a decline in bee populations around the world. Now a new study has concluded that viruses and mites might be playing a larger part than once believed.

A five-year study across the United States by the University of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Agriculture has revealed a disturbing trend: the prevalence and increase in deadly bee mites and viruses.

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It’s been known that the varroa mite has been threatening bees for some time, however, this new study concludes that it might be worse than once estimated.

The study surveyed beekeepers from across 41 states and the territories of Puerto Rico and Guam from 2009 to 2014, and focused on two major parasites: the varroa mite and nosema.

Interestingly, the varroa mite was reported less in migratory beekeepers, those that take their hives on the road to pollinate various crops. But for the nosema, the reverse was true: stationary beekeepers reported a lower incidence compared to migratory beekeepers.

Varroa mites (dark red) primarily feed on honey bee larvae, but spread from hive to hive on adult bees. The mites transmit disease, including several debilitating viruses.

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“We knew that varroa was a problem, but it seems to be an even bigger problem than we first thought,” said study co-author Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an assistant professor of entomology at the University of Maryland. “Moreover, varroa’s ability to spread viruses presents a more dire situation than we suspected.”

One of the most disconcerting discoveries was that more than 50 per cent of beekeepers reported high infestations of varroa mites at the start of winter when colonies are producing long-lived winter bees that need to survive on stored honey and pollen.

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Another disturbing discovery is that the chronic bee paralysis virus (CBPV) that can kill bees within days has skyrocketed. When it was first detected in 2010, fewer than one per cent of bee samples tested positive. Now, just four years later, that number has nearly doubled each year and currently sits at 16 per cent.

The researchers plan on also studying the effects of pesticides on bees. Studies have found that neonicotinoids, a group of pesticides used almost exclusively on corn as well as on other crops, is threatening bees around the world.

“Our next step is to provide a similar baseline assessment for the effects of pesticides,” vanEngelsdorp said. “We have multiple years of data and as soon as we’ve finished the analyses, we’ll be ready to tell that part of the story as well.”

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Pilot project: Calgary frees up parking spaces along Mission’s 4 Street

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Finding a parking spot along Calgary’s popular 4 Street southwest might prove to be a bit easier — at least for a few months.

The city is launching a pilot project that could provide a boost to local businesses.

By reducing the number of loading zones, they’ll increase the number of available parking stalls from 60 to 68.

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Currently parking is prohibited on the east side of 4 Street during the morning rush, from 7 to 8:30 a.m. That morning restriction will stay in place, but restrictions will be removed for the evening rush hour from June to November.

“We have direction from city council to try and allow parking on the northbound side of 4 Street in the afternoon, and that will make it easier for people trying to visit the Mission area to visit the shops and restaurants there,” City Parking Analyst Eric MacNaughton said.

The city hopes that 2 Street will accommodate any overflow northbound traffic volume. Staff plan to measure how long it takes vehicles and city buses to travel on 4 Street, to see if the increased parking has any effect.

Businesses along 4 Street said they support any experiment that will bring more customers to them.

“It’s definitely heading in a positive direction,” Paul Overhault, owner of Purple Perk Coffee Shop, said. “We have had off-peak parking on the west side of 4 Street for years now and I don’t understand why they didn’t do that in the afternoon rush hours. It makes it much easier to enjoy the Mission area.”

The test period will last for six months.

The city said they expect to present their data analysis along with recommendations for long-term parking policies to city council early in 2017.

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Montreal woman identified as victim stabbed 150 times near Manson family killings

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Los Angeles police have identified the body of a woman found stabbed 150 times in 1969 near the site of the Manson family killings as a 19-year-old from Montreal, People magazine reported Wednesday.

Police have identified the woman as Reet Jurvetson, who moved to Los Angeles from Montreal the year she was killed, according to People.

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Los Angeles police Detective Luis Rivera told the magazine that investigators can’t rule out that the Manson family was involved in the killing. He said the best lead police have is a man known as “John,” whom Jurvetson met in Toronto before flying to Los Angeles to see him the summer of 1969.

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Jurvetson’s body was found Nov. 16, 1969, by a birdwatcher in dense brush off the iconic Mulholland Drive. She had been stabbed 150 times and didn’t have identification.

“It was personal,” Rivera told People. “It was a maniac … or love gone wrong.”

After going unidentified for years, Jurvetson eventually became known Jane Doe No. 59. The location and timing of her killing, just a few miles away from several Manson family murders, has long fueled speculation that Jurvetson’s case was connected.

Police are working to solve the murder, with Rivera saying, “No one deserves what happened to her.”

“It’s our job to find out who’s responsible and bring them to justice,” he said.

Police said they used DNA to identify Jurvetson after her sister recognized a photo posted of the young woman’s body online.

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The sister, Anne Jurvetson, told People that the “free-spirited and happy” teen went to Los Angeles after meeting and becoming smitten with “John.”

Anne Jurvetson said her sister sent her family a postcard saying she had found an apartment and was happy but that they never heard from her again after that. Her parents never reported her missing because “they thought that she was just living her life somewhere,” Anne Jurvetson said.

Eventually, she said she came to realize that her sister was probably dead.

“It is such a sad, helpless kind of feeling to always question, to never know,” she said. “After all these years, we are faced with hard facts. My little sister was savagely killed.”

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Manson became notorious in 1969 as the leader of a “family” of young killers that terrified Los Angeles. Manson was convicted of killing seven people, including pregnant actress Sharon Tate, the wife of director Roman Polanski.

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‘Sorry, my first kill was clumsy’: Killer leaves eerie note at scene of double-homicide

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Police are investigating the gruesome murder of a married couple in San Jose, Calif., after the killer left behind an eerie hand-written note.

San Jose police were called to the home of Shamima and Golam Rabbi just before 2 p.m. on Sunday. Upon their arrival, officers found the bodies of the couple, each of whom had been shot at least once.

According to ABC 7 News, friends of the Rabbis called police after going into the couple’s home to check on them after not hearing from the family for several days.

Speaking to the news station, friends described the Rabbis, who left Bangladesh more than 30 years ago, as a “humble, peaceful and polite” couple.

“So that’s why it’s so difficult to reconcile to the tragic, violent end to such simple, gentle souls,” Hasan Rahim, a member of Evergreen Islamic Center, told ABC 7.

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Citing unnamed sources, the news station spoke with the friends who claim they were inside the home shortly after the murders and said a note was found on the floor.

“Sorry, my first kill was clumsy,” the note reportedly read.

Also citing sources, NBC News reported the killer had also scribbled a rant on a wall inside the home.

“I can’t be like you, telling a lie. I can’t love someone without telling them,” the source claimed the message said.

According to the Los Angeles Times, a police spokesperson declined to comment on the existence of a note.

ABC 7 reported the couple were devoted members of their neighbourhood mosque.

“We are surprised that they are no longer with us and especially going away in such a manner is something we just can’t come to grips with,” Rahim told the news station.

Police said the motive behind the murders has yet to be determined and officers have no information on a possible suspect.

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Soaring house prices lead some to purchase real estate with friends

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TORONTO – When Jeremy Campbell purchased a house in Ladner, B.C., with his sister and her husband in 2010, it was meant to be a temporary arrangement until he could upgrade to a place of his own.

“The initial plan was to do this short term just to get into the market, build some equity … get my foot in the door,” says Campbell, who covered one third of the down payment on a 2,000 square-foot home that’s split into two suites.

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But with home prices in the Lower Mainland’s red-hot real estate market soaring, Campbell says they’re thinking of staying put.

“We’ll invest in the house to expand it versus selling and going our separate ways,” says Campbell, noting that a renovation is needed to accommodate the growing family, which now includes his fiancee, their new dog and his two-year-old niece.

Experts say an increasing number of first-time homebuyers are contemplating arrangements like Campbell’s as sky-high prices in markets such as Toronto and Vancouver have eroded affordability.

A recent RBC poll found that roughly one in four millennials would consider purchasing a home with a friend – up from only 11.7 per cent the previous year.

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The number of young buyers who would consider going in on the purchase with a family member was 24 per cent, up from 14.7 per cent in 2015, the survey said.

“Particularly in some of the larger markets in Canada, affording that first home or condo is increasingly more challenging,” says Erica Nielsen, vice-president of home equity finance at RBC.

In addition to higher prices, premiums for mortgage default insurance have risen, presenting an additional obstacle for first-time buyers, Nielsen adds.

The online survey of 2,000 Canadians was conducted by Ipsos on RBC’s behalf between Jan. 28 and Feb. 4. The polling industry’s professional body, the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, says online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population.

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While many co-purchases involve both parties living together in the home, that isn’t always the case.

When Richard Wiebe bought a $340,000 two-storey house in Toronto’s east end with a close friend in 2012, they each paid half of the down payment and agreed to split the cost of all of expenses and any capital gains when they sell.

But only Wiebe lives in the home. For his friend, the transaction is purely an investment.

“I consider him my platonic husband because we own a house together,” quips Wiebe.

“It’s an awesome way to get into the market sooner without having to find ‘The One.”‘

Experts caution that such arrangements come with risks.

“When you purchase an asset together, it’s basically like starting a business together,” says Chantel Chapman, financial fitness coach at online lender Mogo Finance Technology.

“There are going to be points in time where things might not be amazing, and you need to account for that.”

Chapman recommends working with a lawyer and drafting up a written plan that outlines everything from what happens if one party wants to sell to how the cost of repairs will be split.

“Your name and your credit file is attached to that debt, so if the partner you are purchasing with loses their job or something happens and they can’t make their part of the mortgage payments … that’s going to impact you, as well,” says Chapman.

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Glenmore Trail reopened after woman seriously hurt in overnight crash

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A woman in her 20s is suffering from head injuries and is in serious, potentially life-threatening condition after her vehicle drove off the road and hit a tree on Glenmore Trail, west of Crowchild Trail in southwest Calgary.

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The crash happened just after 1:15 a.m. Wednesday, and closed down westbound Glenmore Trail for almost five hours. 

Calgary police Acting Sergeant Jeff Leimer said they did not know what caused the woman to lose control of her vehicle. 

Just after that crash there was a second collision in the opposite direction of Glenmore Trail, after a driver in the eastbound lanes tried to stop to help. 

According to Leimer, the woman, “slowed down her vehicle and in doing so happened to cut across the left lane and was hit by on oncoming vehicle.”

The three people in the two vehicles involved in the second incident, were all in their 20’s and all sustained only minor injuries. 

Speed and alcohol have not been ruled out as the cause of the first incident.

As of 6:15 a.m. Glenmore Trail westbound has been opened up.

Crews are continuing to investigate. 

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