Verdict expected in April for Canadian accused in Indonesia sex assault case

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JAKARTA, Indonesia – The family of a Canadian teacher accused of sexually abusing three students at an international school in Indonesia says a verdict in his case is expected by April.

Neil Bantleman’s family says the judge presiding over the Burlington, Ont., man’s trial told his lawyers they have until March 3 to call witnesses, after which a verdict will be announced on April 2.

The family says the timeline means the defence has only seven days to call witnesses, compared to 11 days granted to the prosecution.

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    Bantleman was arrested in July along with an Indonesian teaching assistant, and both are accused of sexually abusing three students at the Jakarta International School.

    Both men have maintained their innocence and the school’s principal and a number of fellow teachers also say the two are innocent.

    Bantleman’s family has pointed out that Bantleman and the assistant, Ferdinand Tjiong, were only arrested after the parents of one of the alleged child victims failed in their efforts to reach a financial settlement with the school over alleged abuse by school janitors.

    The janitors have been sentenced to up to eight years in prison following their separate but related trial. Their lawyers have called the verdicts unfair and have vowed to appeal.

    Both Bantleman and Tjiong could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

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Former Okanagan pastor who was religiously motivated to beat his children sent to prison

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VERNON – The “controlling and manipulative” Okanagan man believed he had the blessing of the Bible when he beat his children.

But a judge says that doesn’t excuse criminal conduct and he sentenced the man to 4.5 years imprisonment.

The assaults took place in the family home at or near Armstrong between October 2009 and August 2012 when the three children were between the ages of 18 months and four years.

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Their father, identified in court documents as L.I., would frequently hit the children with a nine inch long wooden comb, or his hands, causing bruises and welts.

On one occasion, L.I. pinned his two-year-old son to the floor and covered his mouth and nose until the child’s face turned red.

The man’s anger was triggered by incidents as trivial as the children saying “gonna” instead of “going to”.

When his wife tried to stop the abuse, the offender shushed her saying: “This is the way the Bible tells us to treat children. Otherwise, they will become liars and prostitutes.”

L.I. was also convicted of sexual assault for raping his wife numerous times when she refused his advances.

In her Victim Impact Statement, she says the years of abuse have left her with severe anxiety, fear of men, an eating disorder and consistent neck pain from being hit so often.

She says her children also continue to suffer anxiety, nightmares, low self-esteem and a lot of anger.

In handing down the prison sentence, B.C. Supreme Court Justice Frank Cole said: “Unfortunately, the offender has no insight into his cruel and selfish behaviour. The principles of denunciation and deterrence are paramount in this case.”

The judge also noted: “The offender fails to understand that violence, especially when dealing with young children, will most likely only teach them that people that love them have a right to hurt them.”

A pre-sentence psychological assessment stated: “Mr. I.’s main risks for violence appear to be attributable to his historic violent behaviour in the setting of his intimate relationships contributed to by personality dysfunction and interpersonal deficit.”

The assessment also concluded L.I. does not display insight or remorse for his actions.

“His presentation suggests psychological treatment might be difficult given his personality structure.”

The 42 year-old-man is a former pastor who did missionary work in Africa.

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Snow covered charity bins in Halifax

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HALIFAX – The heavy snow buildup is causing problems for charitable organizations in Halifax. Programs with clothing donations bins in parking lots are having trouble keeping them cleared out, making it tough for willing donors to pass along their used goods.

Two drop-off bins – one belonging to Big Brothers, Big Sisters and the other to the Canadian Diabetes Association – have been pretty much off limits for the past week in the Tantallon area. Mounds of icy snow surround them, making it impossible for donors to access them.

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“We have places that are wonderful hosts to our boxes all year and you know they have to clean out lots, so the snow’s the problem, nothing else,” said Carol Goddard, Executive Director of Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Goddard says truck drivers usually clear areas in front of the boxes, but the rain and quick freezing last week froze everything, and made it difficult to dig them out.

Goddard is working with Tantallon Canadian Tire, which owns the parking lot. “We don’t have the physical ability to move it (snow),” said Goddard, “If they can help us and we’ll pay to get that cleaned out, but it’s a challenge.”

A nearby Superstore lot has easy access to their donation boxes. At the Young Street Superstore in Halifax, snow around the bins is cleared away. But the box for the Diabetes Society took some work to make it accessible, said Joanna Dunn. “Many of the snow plow operators are very good to us,” said the PEI and Nova Scotia Manager of the Canadian Diabetes Clothesline Programs. Dunn adds, “They’ll help us by clearing as much of the snow as they can in front of the bins, but even still, it always means our drivers will have to shovel somewhat in front of the bins.”

The Salvation Army Thrift Store pays people to clean around their bins. Another one on Young Street in Halifax, owned by an animal rescue organization, is almost buried.

Snow or not, charities don’t get as many donations this time of year. So it’s important they get whatever they can said Dunn. “With 9-million canadians living with diabetes, or pre-diabetes, all the donations go towards helping those people.”

Most charities offer free pickups of donations, so you can contact the charity of your choice to arrange a time.

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The ‘new reality’ for meat lovers: steak sticker shock

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WATCH: We live in a world where it’s inevitable that the price of everything will go up and in case you have noticed right now, the price of meat especially beef has been skyrocketing. Here’s David Boushy with how consumers are coping.

Consumers have been confronting steak “sticker shock” since at least the beginning of last summer as ever-higher beef prices have become a fixture at the supermarket.

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    Get used it. Executives at Empire Co. Ltd said Thursday the “new reality” for meat prices is one where skewers, kebobs, steaks and roasts are simply more expensive. Empire, the second-biggest grocery store operator in Canada, owns Sobeys and Canada Safeway among other grocery store banners.

    The average retail price for a sirloin steak was 23.4 per cent higher in May than a year earlier, according to Statistics Canada.

    “Canadians’ love affair with our favourite red protein is definitely being challenged these days,” Sylvain Charlebois, a professor at the University of Guelph’s Food Institute, said.

    Consumer changes

    Beef retail prices have risen more than 40 per cent since the beginning of 2013, Charlebois said, as drought and persistent supply issues have inflamed prices across North America.

    Higher protein costs are forcing changes among consumers, Marc Poulin, Empire’s CEO said. “We’re seeing customers downgrading to different cuts and adjusting to the new reality of pricing, especially on beef.”

    MORE: 5 reasons why supermarkets want you to eat your fruits and vegetables 

    Sobeys and other grocers are actively trying to mitigate the sticker shock by juggling promotions and bringing in substitute products, Poulin said. “We need to adjust merchandising plans to take that customer reaction into account.”

    Cooling oil

    He also said grocery shoppers in Alberta have dialed grocery budgets back a touch as incomes have felt the chill of sharply lower crude prices.

    The comments comes as employment-insurance applications rise in the province, suggesting the ranks of jobless workers collecting EI is growing.

    MORE: Facing leaner times, Alberta’s grocery shoppers ‘trade down’

    Nearly 28,000 claim applications were received in April (latest data available), or more than double the number from last August when oil prices were just beginning their sharp slide.

    “We’re seeing a bit of consumer weakness,” Poulin said, pointing out markets in and around Alberta’s oil patch in particular. “There are some stores where you can see a weakness due to a lower level of oil activity in the north.”

    WATCH: Depending on where you live in this country, beef and pork products are up by as much as 20 per cent from last year. Sean O’Shea reports.

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Sask. NDP says province is putting student safety at risk

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Watch above: As students celebrate the end of another school year, government critics are calling for money to fix aging infrastructure in rural institutions. Amber Rockliffe looks at the issues and gets the government’s response.

ROSTHERN , Sask. – Saskatchewan’s opposition party is sounding alarm bells over the condition of several schools. Documents obtained by the NDP through a freedom of information request outline serious structural problems at Rosthern High School, Rosthern Elementary, and Colonsay school.

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    The documents say Rosthern High School has a rotting roof, and drywall is falling from the library ceiling.

    “When I see in black and white talk about rotting roofs in danger of collapse, about gym walls that are not structurally sound, about foundations and pads that are sinking, to me that’s serious,”  NDP Leader Cam Broten said Thursday.

    Broten claimed the government denied the Prairie Spirit School Division funding for the repairs, because they are considered ‘pre-existing conditions’, and don’t make the cut for the emergency funding pool.

    “The government is using legalese and ridiculous excuses, talking about pre-existing conditions, as rationale to deny and to be unwilling to fix serious repairs,” Broten explained.

    READ MORE: Saskatoon area school divisions will operate with budget cutbacks

    In a statement, the province said it inherited many of the infrastructure problems from the previous NDP government.

    The province said it boosted its preventative maintenance and repair (PMR) fund for all school boards by 28 per cent over last year to $4.6 million; however the NDP claims it’s not enough. Broten said the PMR fund for the whole Prairie Spirit School Division is $1.3 million, and the three schools alone need $5.2 million in immediate repairs.

    The government said it created both funding pools so preventative projects wouldn’t have to compete for the same dollars as urgent projects.

    Prairie Spirit officials said the division has ‘done its due diligence’ in conducting structural reviews and ensuring students’ safety.

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Recipe: Grilled vegetables with tahini sauce and spicy panko

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I love grilling vegetables because doing so concentrates their natural sugars and amps up their flavour. During the summer, the usual suspects are zucchini, eggplant, onions, peppers and corn. They’re all delicious this way and – Bonus! – they all become tender in an agreeably short amount of time.

But it recently occurred to me that a number of the veggies I love roasting in the oven – broccoli, cauliflower and carrots – might also shine if cooked on the grill. Turns out, they do!

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The first problem was to figure out how to cut these vegetables so they wouldn’t fall through the slats of the grill grates. The solution was to keep them in big pieces; I cut the carrots in half lengthwise, left the broccoli attached at the stalk, and sliced the cauliflower head straight down into half-inch cutlets (or “steaks”).

These precautions kept the vegetables from falling into the flames, which allowed me to discover that it took forever for them to become tender. To speed up the process, I started by blanching them. After this quick bath in boiling water, I popped the vegetables in ice water to stop the cooking, then made sure they were dry before oiling, seasoning and grilling.

Suddenly, these guys took no time at all to get tender. And they browned nicely along the way. Yay! Also, sure enough, their flavour became concentrated, just as it does when roasted. Indeed, it was assertive enough to pair up with a tahini sauce and spicy panko crumbs. When the vegetables are this robust, you may even decide you don’t need the grilled steak.

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GRILLED VEGETABLES WITH TAHINI SAUCE AND SPICY PANKO

Start to finish: 1 hour

Servings: 8

1/4 cup tahini, well stirred2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided2 tablespoons water1 tablespoon lemon juice1 teaspoon minced garlicKosher salt1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes1 head broccoli, quartered down the centre1 small head cauliflower, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick “steaks”6 large carrots, peeled and halved lengthwiseVegetable or canola oil, for brushing the vegetablesGround black pepper

In a medium bowl, stir together the tahini, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, the water, lemon juice, garlic and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Add additional water if necessary to achieve a pourable consistency. Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium, heat the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the breadcrumbs and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the red pepper flakes and a hefty pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until the breadcrumbs turn golden, about 1 minute more. Remove from the heat and set aside.

Heat a grill to medium.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Set up a bowl of ice and water and place it next to the pot. Add the broccoli and cook for 2 minutes. Use tongs to remove the broccoli from the water and place in the ice water. Cool completely, then pat dry with paper towels. Repeat this process with the cauliflower and carrots, cooking the cauliflower for 2 minutes and the carrots for 3 minutes.

Brush all of the vegetables well on both sides with vegetable oil. Season with salt and pepper and, working in batches if necessary, grill them on direct medium heat, with the grill covered, until they have distinct grill marks on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Turn them over and grill on the second side until they have distinct grill marks on the second side and are tender, about another 5 minutes.

Arrange the vegetables on a platter, drizzle with the tahini sauce and sprinkle the breadcrumbs on top.

Nutrition information per serving: 180 calories; 90 calories from fat (50 per cent of total calories); 10 g fat (1.5 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 210 mg sodium; 19 g carbohydrate; 5 g fiber; 5 g sugar; 6 g protein.

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‘Gone with the Wind’ should go the way of Confederate flag: movie critic

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TORONTO —; Classic movie Gone with the Wind should go the way of the Confederate flag, movie writer Lou Lumenick suggested Wednesday.

“If the Confederate flag is finally going to be consigned to museums as an ugly symbol of racism,” he wrote in the New York Post, “what about the beloved film offering the most iconic glimpse of that flag in American culture?”

Lumenick wondered: “What does it say about us as a nation if we continue to embrace a movie that, in the final analysis, stands for many of the same things as the Confederate flag that flutters so dramatically over the dead and wounded soldiers at the Atlanta train station just before the GWTW intermission?”

Released in 1939, Gone with the Wind won Best Picture and seven other Oscars —; including one for supporting actress Hattie McDaniel, the first black person to win.

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    In 1989, the movie was chosen for preservation by the U.S. National Film Registry and it was voted the fourth best American movie of all time by the American Film Institute in 1998.

    Based on Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel, the movie was directed by Victor Fleming and starred Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh.

    Although it was a critical and commercial success, Gone with the Wind has long been criticized for glorifying slavery and the Civil War.

    Lumenick said although the N-word is not used in the movie, there are references to “darkies.”

    He added: “There is no direct reference in the film to the Ku Klux Klan, but it’s still pretty clear that the unseen ‘political meeting’ that Rhett and Ashley attend after the attack on Scarlett involves the activities of vigilantes in white sheets.”

    Gone with the Wind is scheduled to be screened July 4 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art and, Lumenick opined, “maybe that’s where this much-loved but undeniably racist artifact really belongs.”

    He didn’t get much support in the comments section.

    “You are an idiot for even suggesting it,” one reader wrote. Another declared: “No one who cares about film would ever suggest anything like this.”

    Tommy Ivey opined: “This film is not pure history of course, but it is not supposed to be. It is a fictional account. But it addresses both the mythical chivalry of the southern upper class culture and the dark side of Master and Slave…hell it even says so in its intro.”

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Police release image of suspect in Vaughan cafe shooting

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WATCH ABOVE: York Regional Police have released an image of a suspect and a vehicle in connection with a Vaughan cafe shooting on Wednesday, in hopes that someone can provide the break they need to apprehend him. The shooting left two people dead and two others injured, with one in life-threatening condition. Catherine McDonald reports.

TORONTO – York Regional Police have released images of the suspect and vehicle of interest in connection with the shooting at the Moka Cafe in Vaughan on Wednesday.

In a tweet, police described the suspect as a man, 5’10” to 5’11”, wearing a grey hoodie and a mask covering his face.

Police said they’re looking for a dark-coloured compact car seen fleeing the scene.

Maria Voci, 47, who worked at the cafe, and 24-year-old Christopher DeSimone were killed after a gunman entered the cafe and opened fire, police said.

Two others were injured and one of them is in life-threatening condition, according to police.

READ MORE: Police seek witnesses after 2 dead, 2 injured in Vaughan café shooting

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Julian Fantino, MP for Vaughan and a 40-year law enforcement veteran, offered condolences to the victims and their families of the “senseless crime” in a statement on Thursday.

“Canadians will not tolerate being held hostage in their own communities by thugs and criminals who undermine our security and put our families at risk,” he said.

“I offer my prayers to the families during this most difficult time. Any individual who can help solve this crime should contact York Regional Police.”

Const. Andy Pattenden said officers were canvassing the area Thursday in hopes of finding new leads.

They are speaking to drivers and other people who may have been in the area around the time of the shooting.

Officers are showing them two photos of vehicles that may be connected to the case.

One is of the small, dark-coloured compact vehicle police described on Wednesday.

The other is of a pickup truck, found in the parking lot.

They are both possible vehicles of interest.

READ MORE: Double murder in Vaughan close to 2 other café murders over last year

On Wednesday, investigators said they were looking for a “male with darker skin.”

Police also said they’re looking for dashboard camera footage that may have captured the shooting or the suspect’s escape.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Homicide Unit at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7865, email the Homicide Unit at [email protected]广州桑拿网, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at 广州蒲友广州桑拿网1800222tips广州桑拿网, or text a tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.

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Saving Obamacare, U.S. Supreme Court upholds landmark health care reform

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WATCH: High drama at the Supreme Court as justices rule on the legality of tax subsidies in the Affordable Care Act. It’s that money that helps 7 million people afford health insurance and today the high court ruled those subsidies should be available no matter where you live. Jan Crawford reports.

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court sent a clear message Thursday that President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul is here to stay, rejecting a major challenge that would have imperiled the landmark law and health insurance for millions of Americans.

The president’s signature domestic reform, known as Obamacare is, as the president himself put it, “reality.”

The law, which was passed in 2010 without a single Republican vote, prevents insurance companies from denying coverage because of “pre-existing” health conditions. It requires almost everyone in the U.S. to be insured and provides financial help to consumers who otherwise would not be able to afford it. The United States is the only major world economy that does not have a comprehensive state health care system.

The 6-3 ruling, which upheld financial aid to millions of low- and middle-income Americans to help cover insurance costs regardless of local regulations in their states, was the second major victory in three years for Obama in politically charged Supreme Court tests of the law.

Obama greeted news of the health care decision by declaring the law is no longer about politics but the benefits millions of people are receiving. “This is no longer about a law,” he said at the White House. “This is health care in America.”

WATCH: You have to get hit by a tractor to use Obamacare, says Donald Trump

Declining to concede, top Republican congressman John Boehner said members of his party, who have voted more than 50 times to undo the law, will “continue our efforts to repeal the law and replace it with patient-centred solutions that meet the needs of seniors, small business owners, and middle-class families.”

Several Republican presidential candidates said they would continue the fight, ensuring it will be an issue in the campaign.

While the court’s ruling was an important victory for Obama and Democrats, it could also be useful for Republicans as the 2016 presidential and congressional elections heat up. It takes them off the hook, to a degree, from needing to draw up an alternative to Obamacare. Also, it leaves them with the issue to hammer home with their base of support where the law is unpopular.

Other legal challenges to the law are working their way through the courts, but they appear to pose lesser threats.

READ MORE: Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

Chief Justice John Roberts voted with his liberal colleagues in support of the law. “Congress passed the Affordable Care Act to improve health insurance markets, not to destroy them,” Roberts wrote in the majority opinion.

WATCH: White House press secretary Josh Earnest said President Barack Obama was “pleased” when he heard the Supreme Court ruled to uphold a key portion of the president’s health care law.

Nationally, 10.2 million people have signed up for health insurance under the law. That includes 8.7 million who are receiving an average subsidy of $272 a month to help cover their health insurance costs. Of those receiving subsidies, 6.4 million were at risk of losing that aid because they live in states that did not have the appropriate mechanisms for it.

The health insurance industry breathed a sigh of relief, and a national organization representing state regulators from both political parties said the court’s decision will mean stable markets for consumers.

The law’s opponents argued that the vast majority of people who now get help paying for health insurance coverage are ineligible for their federal tax credits. That is because roughly three dozen states opted against creating their own health insurance marketplaces, or exchanges, and instead rely on a federal platform to help people find coverage if they don’t have it through their jobs.

The administration, congressional Democrats and 22 states responded that it would make no sense to interpret the law that way. The idea was to decrease the number of uninsured and providing financial help to those who cannot afford to pay. The point of the last piece, the subsidies, is to keep enough people in the pool of insured to avoid triggering a disastrous decline in enrolment, a growing proportion of less healthy people and then payment increases.

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Bizarre 500 million-year-old creature’s head discovered —; with throat full of teeth

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TORONTO —; Scientists knew that this creature roamed Earth half a billion years ago. They also knew that it was worm-like but with legs and spikes. What they didn’t know was where its head was —; until now.

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    Researchers from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), the University of Toronto and the University of Cambridge finally found the head of the Hallucigenia, so named due to its rather strange appearance. They also found a ring of teeth, a throat lined with needle-like teeth and simple eyes. Their findings were published in the scientific journal Nature.

    “Prior to our study there was still some uncertainty as to which end of the animal represented the head, and which the tail,” said Dr Martin Smith, a postdoctoral researcher in Cambridge’s Department of Earth Sciences, and the paper’s lead author. “A large balloon-like orb at one end of the specimen was originally thought to be the head, but we can now demonstrate that this actually wasn’t part of the body at all, but a dark stain representing decay fluids or gut contents that oozed out as the animal was flattened during burial.”

    WATCH: Hallucigenia takes a walk

    Freaky creature, indeed.

    Hallucigenia was one of the most bizarre and puzzling ancient creatures discovered by paleontologists. They just couldn’t figure this guy out.

    First, the spines were thought to be legs. Its legs were thought to be tentacles. And its head was thought to be its tail. Even once it was all sorted out, hallucigenia was clearly a wonderfully strange creature: Living on the floor of the Cambrian oceans, this bizarre little guy measured between 10 to 50 mm in length, it had pairs of long spines along its back, seven pairs of legs that had claws and three pairs of tentacles on its neck.

    Arthropods include spiders, insects, centipedes and even lobsters, crabs and scorpions. All of these creatures have something in common: they moult, or shed skin.

    The tricky part was linking the hallucigenia to modern-day animals. In 2014, however, research from the University of Cambridge figured out —; mostly by studying its claws —; that it was linked to modern-day velvet worms.

    The researchers made the discovery using electron microscopy to study fossils from the ROM and the Smithsonian Institution.

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Where’s the bear? Black bear not found after spotted in Edmonton’s river valley

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EDMONTON – Reported sightings of a black bear in Edmonton’s river valley Thursday morning had police warning pedestrians to stay away from the area.

The聽bear was reportedly spotted several times south of the North Saskatchewan River off Groat Road Bridge, prompting police to request pedestrians stay off walking trails in the area and stay away from Emily Murphy Park.

Fish and Wildlife officers were called to help with the search, but as of late Thursday morning hadn’t located the bear.

“We have wildlife, animals, wandering in and out of the city via the river valley primarily, and it’s not uncommon to have a black bear wander in to the city,” explained聽Dennis Prodan, District Fish and Wildlife Officer.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers search for a black bear in Edmonton’s river valley after reported sightings, Thursday, June 25, 2015.

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There are a couple possibilities of what happened to the bear, Prodan said.

“There’s quite a bit of vegetation along the river valley and banks of the river, so if the bear hunkered down, he could still be in there, or he could wandered off to the bush.”

Prodan added the bear appeared to have avoided humans.

“It’s likely from all indications this bear doesn’t want anything to do with people which is good. So he has his natural instinct to get away.”

Anyone who sees a bear in the Edmonton area is asked to immediately contact Alberta Fish and Wildlife or Edmonton police.

WATCH: Alberta Fish and Wildlife officer Dennis Prodan speaks to the media about authorities search for a black bear reportedly spotted in Edmonton’s river valley

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Which cities could wind up with an NHL team as league explores expansion?

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WATCH: It may be the off-season, but there’s a lot of people talking hockey right now. It’s all because of the announcement that the league is exploring its expansion options. As Mike Le Couteur reports, at least two Canadian cities are in the running.

The NHL is officially exploring expanding its league beyond 30 teams, Commissioner Gary Bettman announced Wednesday.

The expansion isn’t set in stone, Bettman made clear during his announcement, saying the league is simply taking a “good, hard look” at possibilities.

And despite the minimum $500 million expansion fee, there are definitely possibilities. Here are just a few:

Las Vegas

WATCH: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman stressed that there is no race towards expansion and Las Vegas does not have a headstart

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The gambling capital of North America is one of the leading contenders for an NHL team. And there appears to be significant interest in the city as well as a season-ticket drive earlier this year received 13,200 deposits for seats at a new arena set to open in 2016. Winnipeg, in comparison, received 13,000.

The drive was led by Canadian native and poker star Daniel Negreanu who said the city is “absolutely starving” for a sports franchise.

“I’ve found the support to be overwhelming. People that live here, they’re dying for this,” he said during an interview with in February.

Toronto

WATCH: NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman weighed in possible interest from parties to bring a second team into the Toronto market.

Toronto is an obvious choice, right? There’s long been notable figures and conference board reports saying the city should have a(nother) hockey team.

A report from the Conference Board of Canada said in 2014 that the economic conditions were favourable enough that Toronto – as well as two other Canadian cities – could support another hockey team.  The report noted that proximity to Canada’s economic centre brings with it big business, season-ticket holders, and sponsorship deals.

But the report didn’t tackle the reportedly cumbersome $100-million fee the new team would have to pay to the Toronto Maple Leafs to give up their territorial rights.

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Quebec City

Quebec City, the former home of the Colorado Avalanche and one of the Canadiens’ historic rivalries is another leading contender for an NHL team.

The city also has an established fan base, and a new 18,500-seat arena.

The NHL currently has 16 teams in the eastern conference and 14 in the western conference and if another team was born in Toronto or Quebec City, some conference juggling might be required to keep things even.  It’s something the NHL is keeping in mind, however Bettman said Wednesday geography and imbalance aren’t the sole factors.

Logo of the NHL team Quebec Nordiques on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

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Seattle

Though sports fans might be preoccupied with the success of the Seattle Seahawks to care whether the NHL expands to Seattle, the northwestern United States city is one of the leading contenders.

Toronto Star columnist Bruce Arthur suggested the team may be a long shot as local billionaire Chris Hansen is waiting for an NBA team.

More American teams?

Much to the chagrin of some Canadian hockey fans who want to see the Stanley Cup brought north of the border, the expansion could be focused in the United States. Bill Daly, the NHL’s deputy commissioner, said Wednesday that people from Milwaukee, Portland, and Kansas City have also expressed interest in bringing an NHL franchise to their cities.

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1-month jail sentence for ex-MP Del Mastro

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ABOVE: Dean Del Mastro was found guilty of overspending during his political campaign and then lying about it. The judge called what he did an affront to our democratic principles. By sentencing the former Conservative MP to a month in jail, she sent a powerful message to all politicians. Mike Drolet reports.

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    PETERBOROUGH, Ont. – A former member of Parliament who spoke for Prime Minister Stephen Harper when it came to electoral-fraud allegations was sentenced Thursday to one month in jail and barred from running for office for five years for “cheating” during an election campaign.

    Dean Del Mastro deliberately broke spending rules then tried to cover up his crime, said Superior Court Justice Lisa Cameron, who ruled that incarceration was appropriate for the first-time offender.

    “He was prepared not only to break the rules but to be deceitful about it,” Cameron said.

    “This type of cheating and lying will result in serious sanctions.”

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    Cameron convicted Del Mastro last fall of violating the Canada Elections Act during the 2008 federal election. She found he had knowingly exceeded spending limits, failed to report a personal contribution of $21,000 to his campaign, and submitted a falsified document.

    The offences are an “affront” to the principles of Canada’s democratic system and the very “antithesis” of democracy, Cameron said.

    “Custody is required to reflect the need for denunciation and deterrence.”

    In addition to two one-month sentences he will have to serve concurrently, Cameron also imposed a four-month conditional sentence to run consecutively, following the jail sentence, for filing a false return.

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    The former MP for Peterborough will have to serve the first month of the conditional sentence under house arrest. He will also have to pay $10,000 to the Peterborough Electoral District Association and serve a further 18 months on probation.

    Del Mastro, 44, has filed an appeal of the conviction and will seek bail pending the appeal at a hearing Friday.

    He was led away after the sentencing and the status of his bail application was not immediately clear. Del Mastro’s wife was in tears.

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    Accountant Richard McCarthy, 68, who was Del Mastro’s agent, was given a two-month conditional sentence plus one year of probation for his role, which the judge said amounted to acquiescing to Del Mastro’s machinations – or at least was “wilfully blind” to them – but was much less culpable, Cameron said.

    Once Harper’s point man defending the Tories against allegations of electoral fraud, Del Mastro maintained his innocence and called the verdict the judge’s opinion. At a pre-sentencing hearing in April, he choked back tears as he described the “nationwide condemnation” he had to endure as a result of the charges.

    Cameron said she took the impact of the publicity on Del Mastro and his family into account in her sentencing.

    The prosecution had called for up to 12 months in jail, while the defence asked Cameron for a conditional discharge or, at most, a fine.

    Del Mastro resigned his Peterborough seat in the House of Commons – where he had been sitting as an Independent since being charged – shortly after his conviction.

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