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Public warnings have been issued by Indigenous communities in southern Alberta after an alarming number of overdoses within two days.

The Blood Tribe Administration issued a warning via social media on Friday, following 22 overdoses in a 48-hour period. One fatal overdose.

The government believes that carfentanil, which is about 100 times stronger than fentanyl, could be the cause of a surge in cases.

"We are concerned about the welfare of our tribe members and issue this warning again in the hope of preventing death," the public wrote in the statement. "We have been told that more overdoses have occurred in the past few days and warnings have not been taken seriously."

According to Chief of the Blood Tribal Police Service, Kyle Melting Tallow, officers will work around the clock, even on holidays, in the coming days to help.

"This affects many families who have to deal with their loved ones dying, or even end up in hospital," Melting Tallow told the CTV News Channel on Saturday. "This also has an effect on our first responders, including EMS and our fire department, because they responded to this call in increasing numbers."

25 to 30 monthly opioid related calls are received by the Blood Tribe Emergency Service, in a community of less than 13,000 people. They have seen 39 overdoses this month.

Melting Tallow said that efforts to police drug trafficking had increased, as well as police efforts to educate the public about the dangers of opioids.

The community is also considering building a safe consumption place.

-with files from CTV Vancouver


24 Nov 2018 / 3:18 noon | Story:

Animal rescuers say a man who reported 15 cats and kittens in a plastic storage box on the side of the Alberta highway had pulled back the story.

The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society said in a post on Facebook that the man contacted them on Friday night and told them that the cat belonged to a family member who could not take care of them.

The post said the man used a plastic container to remove the cat from the house "due to deep concern" for animal welfare and also for children at home, but then could not find a place that would accept them.

The Saving Grace Animal Society previously said that felines were found in the tubs near the railroad tracks between Erskine and Stettler.

The boxes have air holes punched in them, but the kittens are soaked in their own urine and feces.

The Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society has cared for cats, and told the post that the man had surrendered himself to the authorities.

"He made several attempts to find the placement of these cats, but was defeated. Losing hope and with no place to turn around, he took drastic steps in an effort to force attention on the condition of these cats," said the group's Facebook post .

"We understand logic is difficult to understand, but we also understand the despair someone feels when in a situation where there are animals that need help."

SPCA spokesperson Alberta Dan Kobe said there was still an investigation into this case.

"If we find that someone has to be responsible for causing animals to suffer then we will give the accusation," Kobe said in an interview on Saturday.

Kobe said he did not know whether the police were investigating the fake report, and said that it would depend on the Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society to report it.

No one from the Alberta Animal Rescue Society is immediately available for comment. An Alberta RCMP spokesman said he did not know whether the police were investigating the report.

Many responses to Facebook posts of people sympathetic to the man's suffering, with one commentator writing that "all is forgiven."

Kobe said it was quite common for someone trying to hand over animals to be told that the agency they were approaching had no room. All rescue organizations face many cats, he said, and their shelters are all in close capacity or capacity.

Keep calling until someone can help you, Kobe said, saying that the SPCA can provide information about who to contact.

He says euthanasia is always an option, but if the cat is healthy, there is usually a place that can help find a new home.

"People should not expect them to be able to find a house for cats in a day or two. It might take a little work but if they continue to work there, usually they can find a place somewhere that can take cats, even if it takes several weeks or a few months, "Kobe said.

24 Nov 2018/2:18 noon | Story:

The federal government announced on Saturday that it would invest nearly half a million dollars to improve the security of the Canadian LGBTQ community after the killing of eight people who had links with gay villages in Toronto.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government would provide $ 450,000 to Toronto Pride to lead initiatives aimed at improving relations between the LGBTQ community and the criminal justice system.

"For too long, the LGBTQ2 community has found injustices from various institutions in our society in ways that prevent people from living their lives more fully and contribute their power to our country," said Morneau on The 519, a Toronto-based institution supporting LGBTQ community.

Morneau, who is also a member of parliament for the Toronto Center, did not specifically mention Bruce McArthur, who faced eight counts of first-degree murder, but said the funding came because "violent killings" had been found in the city.

McArthur made his first appearance at the Ontario High Court earlier this month, and a judge said he could be tried in early September.

"Groups within these drivers have led the way in demanding significant change," Morneau said on Saturday.

"We know there is a long and turbulent history between the criminal justice system and Canadian LGBTQ2. Of course residents of the Toronto Center know about this problem here locally."

Members of the LGBTQ community have accused Toronto police of seriously investigating the disappearance of people associated with the city's gay environment in the years leading up to McArthur's arrest in January.

Toronto's pride has also had strained relations with police over the past two years, because uniformed officers were banned from the 2017 pride parade for concerns about racial profiles and criticism of how they handled the McArthur investigation.

Last month, the Toronto Pride said the two sides had made progress in conversations relating to "police and institutional forces," and the troops were welcome to apply to be part of next summer's celebration.

Olivia Nuamah, executive director of Toronto's Pride, said federal funding would initially lead to national consultations with institutions and LGBTQ leaders to determine ways to improve public safety.

Nuamah said the talks would be a "deep dive" into the experience of the safety and security of the LGBTQ community throughout Canada. He said the second step would be a process of research and analysis to produce solutions.

"This money will help us begin the process of understanding how we begin to talk about these things, how we begin to communicate to the wider Canadian public, and of course and most importantly, how we find solutions to some of these problems," he said .


24 Nov 2018 / 12:33 in the afternoon | Story:

Vancouver residents have begun to declare themselves "Tim Otter" or "Team Koi" as an elusive beaver party on expensive carp in a quiet garden pond continues to avoid arrest.

The mysterious beaver arrived at Dr. Classic National Park Sun Yat-Sen last week and has eaten seven decorative ornaments, many of which have been around for decades.

Park Director Howard Normann said a wildlife relocation expert began working yesterday and set three new traps containing rainbow trout and oil blends, but this morning the creature was still in the sun.

He said garden staff were discussing the option of removing koi from the pond to keep them safe, but he said it was not as easy as it sounded because they were sensitive fish and that was quite difficult to do.

Meanwhile, the story has captivated people in Vancouver and beyond, with social media users joining #TeamOtter or #TeamKoi – although one #TeamKoi member pointed out, "this is bad for beavers, so removing it is in the best interest of everyone."

The local group Chinatown Today has even made a number of buttons containing cute beavers and koi cartoons, which sell for $ 2 each with the result of going to a classic park.

24 Nov 2018 / 3:05 a.m. | Story:

There are no winning tickets sold for the $ 60 million jackpot in the Lotto Max draw Friday night.

However, there are also 20 Maxmillions prizes of $ 1 million up for grabs and two of them claimed by ticket holders in Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

The jackpot for the next Lotto Max lottery on November 30 will remain around $ 60 million, but the number of Maxmillions prizes offered will increase to 35.

November 23, 2018 / 8:21 a.m. | Story:

Parliamentarians sat late at night when the Liberal government rushed into a law ordering postal workers to return to work.

The impetus came when Ottawa, as well as small towns in Ontario and British Columbia, and Sherbrooke, Que., Became the latest target of a rotating strike by the Canadian Postal Workers Union.

Parliamentarians spent most of the day and evening debating a move that would allow the House of Commons to deal quickly with bills, filed on Thursday, which would stop mail disturbances across the country.

That the fast-tracking movement is passed by the 173-13 vote, where the debate immediately continues on the back-to-work bill itself. The debate is expected to continue for several hours before ending with a vote on the law sometime late in the morning on Saturday.

The Senate is then set to sit Saturday and, if necessary, Sunday, to handle the bill, which will take effect on the afternoon in the east on the day after the royal agreement.

Despite the rush to pass the law, Labor Minister Patty Hajdu encouraged Canada Post and CUPW to remain at the negotiating table.

"They can still withdraw the agreement," he said.

That said, Hajdu added: "Obviously, we prefer that parties can negotiate collective agreements, but it's time we must be prepared to take action if they can't."

Hajdu refers to sending mail as "important services" and says small businesses that depend on postal services to ship their goods during the busy Christmas season can go bankrupt if the situation is not immediately corrected.

"And when I say small, I mean really small. I mean that person, you know, sells jam or handmade goods, that this is the most profitable time of their year and if they can't generate their income this year , they are very likely to face the end of their business. "

Labor leaders and members of the New Democratic Parliament condemned the government for undermining the collective bargaining process. The government has removed all incentives for Canada Post to reach a negotiated settlement now because the agency knows workers will be ordered to return to work early next week, they accuse.

"The right to strike is an integral part of the collective bargaining process," said Canadian Labor Congress chairman Hassan Yussuff. "Without it, employers do not have incentives to negotiate in good faith, and workers have no other way to demand a fair process."

The Canada Post seems to have convinced Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Christmas will not come without a bill back to work, added the CUPW chairman, Mike Palecek.

"The letter is moving, and people know it," he said. "People have sent their letters and online orders. That is the essence of our rotating strike tactics, not to fight with the public."

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh accused the hypocritical Liberals, claiming to believe in the right to bargain collectively while bringing what he called the law back to the "worst, cruelest" job.

"They have shown their real faces … that this government is not a friend of someone who works," Singh said.

New Democrats opposed the movement to accelerate the debate over legislation back to work, with many making complicated shows to walk out of the Commons after voting, raising their fists to pay homage to postal workers watching from public galleries. The voices of people coming out did not count.

Six New Democrats remain in the room – representatives of a small number of nurtured parties will have the opportunity to speak during the next accelerated debate on the bill.

The CUPW maintains the bill is unconstitutional and threatens to challenge it in court.

Trade unions won court challenges against back-to-work laws imposed on postal workers in 2011 by the previous Conservative government. The court ruled in 2016 that by removing workers' rights to strike, the bill violated their rights to freedom of association and expression.

Hajdu argues that the bill is "very different" from the "hands-on" approach taken by the Harper government and considers the problems of trade unions and Canada Post.

But two independent senators, Frances Lankin and Diane Griffin, wrote Hajdu to express their concern that the bill might be unconstitutional. The pair said Hajdu had pledged to issue a government analysis detailing how the bill did not violate the Charter of Rights and Freedom but had not yet materialized on Friday night.

CUPW members have been on strike for a month, causing a massive backlog of unsorted items and packages at postal depots, even though Canada Post and union disputes about how big the collision was.

Canada Post said it could take weeks – even stretching to 2019 – to erase backlogs that have been built, especially in major sorting centers in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver.

50,000 CUPW members, in two groups, demand better payments for rural and suburban operators, more job security and minimum guarantee hours.

23 Nov 2018 / 4:43 in the afternoon | Story:

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has tested more than 2,000 samples of fresh lettuce and packaged salads but has not found a product that contains bacteria in its search for a source of E. coli outbreaks.

Aline Dimitri, deputy head of the agency's food safety officer, said on Friday the results did not mean E. coli was missing from Canadian food supplies. They suggest that it is at a very low level, he said.

Three cases of E. coli were confirmed in Ontario and Quebec on Friday, bringing the total number from mid-October to 22: one in New Brunswick, four in Ontario and 17 in Quebec.

Eight patients were hospitalized, and one developed a type of kidney failure that was found mostly in patients with E. coli. The youngest patient is five years old and the oldest 93 years old.

Many people who are sick in most outbreaks never seek medical attention so the number of cases is never known, said Howard Njoo, deputy head of Canadian public health officials.

He said experts who tracked patients' food history found that most patients who became ill had eaten romaine lettuce in the days leading up to their illness.

Tracing someone's food history involves interviewing them about what they eat and where, Njoo said.

He also said it involved getting things like a grocery store loyalty card to help confirm what was specifically purchased and when.

The agency recommended people in the province not to eat romaine lettuce and throw away whatever was left in their refrigerator. This is to stop remembering the romaine lettuce or telling the retailer to pull it off their shelf.

Njoo said that current evidence does not link outbreaks to certain products but if that changes Canada's warning too. Some retailers have voluntarily pulled romaine from their shelves for a while.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a far wider warning on Tuesday, saying Americans should not eat romaine anywhere in the United States and restaurants should stop serving it.

It also said retailers had to pull it off their shelves.

There are now 32 cases of E. coli confirmed in 11 states and on Friday, commissioners from the US Food and Drug Administration said that the involved romaine might have originated from California because of the pattern of growth and harvest.

Canadian companies can make their own judgments about whether to continue to sell romaine, Dimitri said Friday.

Njoo also said the most recent illness began on November 1, but delays in reporting meant the agency did not know it until this week.

Romaine's shelf life is four to five weeks, he said, adding this is why the agency is still warning people to throw lettuce.

This is at least the third E. coli outbreak associated with green vegetables in the United States and Canada in the past two years.

The current outbreak has the same DNA markers as E. coli strains in November and December 2017 that are linked to green vegetables in the United States and romaine lettuce in Canada.

In the outbreak, 42 ​​cases of E. coli were reported in Canada in Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador. Seventeen people were hospitalized and one died.

The cause of the contamination was never identified in the outbreak even though romaine lettuce was eaten by many patients before they fell ill.

Earlier this year, around 200 people in 35 US states fell ill with E. coli associated with romaine lettuce grown in Arizona, but the E. coli strain was different from what was seen in this fall outbreak.

23 Nov 2018 / 4:40 a.m. | Story:

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley said he was disappointed by Ottawa's warm response to the provincial plan to ease oil congestion by buying more rail cars.

He said it was simple to refuse to buy train cars, saying they might not arrive until the expansion of the pipeline was under construction.

Alberta oil is currently sold at a discount of around $ 45 per barrel due to excess oil due to lack of pipeline capacity.

Notley has proposed Ottawa invest in moving oil to the market in the temporary railroad car and as a hedge against future shipping problems.

Notley said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who spent the day in Calgary on Thursday, left Alberta with a better idea of ​​the importance of this problem than when he arrived.

He also thanked the people he said helped him make points when they closed part of the road in downtown Calgary for a rally during the visit of Trudeau.

Alberta can continue purchasing rail cars with or without the federal government, he said Friday after the announcement in Edmonton.

"The Alberta government will do what needs to be done, whether we do it alone or with support from Ottawa," he said. "Maybe it makes sense for them to come to the table."

Notley planned trips to Ottawa and Toronto next week for meetings and speeches to try to keep oil congestion in front of the federal-burner government.

He said the price gap between Canadian and US crude spent the country's economic costs of $ 80 million per day.

Trudeau said in Calgary that the federal government was doing what it could to build the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline, which would double the capacity of the channel to transport oil to tankers on the west coast.

The federal government bought Trans Mountain and its expansion project of $ 4.5 billion last summer only to ask the Federal Court of Appeal to lower its approval. The court cited inadequate customary consultation and failure to consider the impact on the marine environment.

23 Nov 2018/4:13 a.m. | Story:

Three jewelery shop workers used swords against four would-be thieves during a robbery attempt in Mississauga, Ontario, police said.

Const. Danny Marttini said the incident occurred at around 12:15 a.m. on Wednesday at Ashok Jewelers when four masked suspects came out of the truck and one person began destroying the shop window.

Surveillance videos released by police in an attempt to identify the suspects showed a man jumping into the store before three employees stormed him with a drawn sword.

Another suspect pulled the man back outside the shop through a broken window when his employees stormed with a sword – one of the employees fell while swinging his sword.

"This could be wrong in many ways," Marttini said.

One of the suspects then pointed the gun into the shop. The suspects then fled, got into their trucks and drove past the red lights, almost losing a collision with two transport trucks.

"I don't know how they did not kill themselves or anyone else in this matter," Marttini said of the suspects, who left empty-handed.

Police believe three of the suspects were male and not sure about the fourth. The car that is on vacation is the dark-colored Dodge Durango, he said.

Despite the successful efforts made by employees, Marttini said it was best to leave the crime against the police.

"We do not forgive violence for fighting violence," he said. "It's better to save yourself than yours. Your life is more important than jewelry."

At the end of July, three masked men hit a van at another jewelry shop in Mississauga and bought $ 100,000 worth of goods.

The shop owner, Baldev Manjania, said he thought his wife would be shot during a robbery so he took the sword and chased the suspects as they took off.

In that case, the suspects jumped into their holiday car and left.

"I went to get my sword because I had to do something to save my family," Manjania said at the time.

Marttini said they had no information indicating the two incidents were connected.

23 Nov 2018 / 4:05 a.m. | Story:

An old man has launched another challenge to losing citizenship and the potential for deportation for lying to Canadian authorities about his membership in the Nazi World War II death squad.

The appeal notice from Helmut Oberlander came despite a recent Federal Court judge ruled that Ottawa had acted fairly in this case and limited its ability to appeal.

Lawyers for Oberlander, 94, from Waterloo, Ontario, refused on Friday to discuss the appeal filed this week, so the legal basis for their actions was not immediately proven.

However, in a letter sent to the court, the federal government explained that it objected to filing. The letter further requested that the Federal Court of Appeal appeal to appeal to the court for review.

Ukrainian-born Oberlander, who came to Canada in 1954 and became a citizen six years later, has persistently maintained that he was only 17 years old when he was forced to suffer execution to join the Nazi death squad Einsatzkommando 10a, known as Ek 10a. Troops were responsible for killing nearly 100,000 people, mostly Jews.

In June 2017, the government revoked the pensioner citizenship for the fourth time since the mid-1990s, which encouraged its current efforts to prevent deportation.

Earlier this month, Federal Court Judge Michael Phelan revoked his earlier decision that the government had made sense in abandoning citizenship from Oberlander. Phelan discovered that Oberlander had misinterpreted his war activities even though there was no evidence that he took part in any cruelty.

"It is undeniable that Oberlander obtained his Canadian citizenship with false representations or deliberately hiding material circumstances by not expressing involvement in the SS at the time of immigration checks," Phelan wrote. "There is no doubt that doing so will result in the rejection of his citizenship application."

Phelan also refused to "authorize serious questions about public interest" which would allow Oberlander to appeal the appropriateness of the decision itself under immigration law.

Oberlander may not have been able to persuade the Federal High Court to hear such cases outside the Immigration Act but higher courts usually only hear a small portion of the cases decided by the Federal Court.

In September, Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Canada should never be "a safe place for war criminals and people who have been accused of crimes, who have committed crimes against humanity."

23 Nov 2018 / 12:19 noon | Story:

A truck driver said he might have a meeting near the Santa type after discovering what looks like a Santa deer on the snow-covered Newfoundland highway.

Jason White said a flock of about a dozen caribou stopped on the Trans-Canada Highway, thin snow falling around them, near Deer Lake Thursday morning.

"We usually see a lot of deer, but that's the first caribou I've encountered, especially in livestock," he said Friday morning.

White, shipping agent for Blok Es Conception Bay South, videotaped the herd and posted it on his Facebook page so he could show his children – especially his almost two-year-old son.

At midday Friday, videos have been viewed around 3,800 times on social media.

White said at the post he thought Santa's deer might have been lost on the west coast of Newfoundland.

"That was the first thing I thought about. I have three children and my youngest child is almost two years old, so Christmas is kind of reborn. So when I saw them, I said & # 39; Geez, I have to get this video, & # 39; "he said.

White said there was no other traffic at the time, so he could approach.

He said his son loved watching the video.

"I have to play it for about 10 times a night when I get home from work."

White said he was overwhelmed by the reaction to the video and said some local parents made sure to show their children.

"Many people show their children and tell them that you have to be good because Santa is close … the riots are here."

23 Nov 2018/9:19 in the morning | Story:

The Salvation Army said the rotating strike at the Canada Post had resulted in a drastic drop in donations to charities in the midst of a critical holiday season.

John McAlister, a charity spokesman, said that he usually receives most of the donations checks in November and December, but this year the stack of incoming envelopes looks much smaller.

McAlister blamed mail spinning strikes for a 40 percent reduction in the number of donations direct mail programs have received so far.

Disruptions to postal services have occurred since October 22, when members of the Canadian Postal Workers' Union began a strike rotating to push for their contract demands.

The action of the work has caused a backlog and number of letters and packages that are not sorted at the post depot.

McAlister said the decline in donations put a burden on 1.7 million people who help charities every year.

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