21 child murderers have been sent to Indigenous healing lodges since 2011: data

Nearly two dozen child murderers have been sent to Indigenous healing lodges since 2011, according to data from Public Safety Canada.

Healing lodges held four offenders convicted of first and second-degree murder of children during the 2011-12 fiscal year. The following three years saw 10 more offenders sent to the facilities.

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Another seven were transferred to healing lodges after Justin Trudeau succeeded Stephen Harper as prime minister in 2015, reveal the figures shared with Global News by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale’s office.

In total, 21 child murderers have been transferred to healing lodges since 2011. Over half of them (14) were held there while the Conservative government was in power,

As of Sept. 23, 2018, there were 11 convicted child-killers held in healing lodges.

READ MORE: Terri-Lynne McClintic is back in prison, Rodney Stafford says ‘it makes me feel amazing’

The data was released to Global News on Tuesday following widespread outrage over the transfer of Terri-Lynne McClintic — convicted in the 2009 rape and murder of eight-year-old Tori Stafford — to a healing lodge in Saskatchewan in October.

McClintic was moved out of the healing lodge and into an Edmonton prison last week, Tori’s father Rodney Stafford told Global News Radio. Stafford had previously organized a rally in Ottawa calling for the government to put McClintic back behind bars.

Goodale also announced last week that the Liberal government was implementing new rules governing the assessment and transfer of inmates from conventional prisons to healing lodges.

WATCH: Terri-Lynne McClintic sent back to penitentiary

“At the request of the minister, corrections officials reviewed inmate transfer policies. Based on their recommendations, the government strengthened the governance and oversight of transfers to healing lodges,” a spokesperson for Goodale told Global News in an email accompanying the data.

“The murder of a child is odious and utterly reprehensible, and perpetrators must be held fully accountable for their crime. At the same time, our correctional system must also strive for rehabilitation so we can have fewer repeat offenders, fewer victims, and ultimately safer communities.”

EXCLUSIVE: McClintic’s brother says ‘she’s no more Indigenous than I am green from the planet Mars’

Goodale’s spokesperson added that Correctional Service Canada only approves offenders for transfer to healing lodges “following a thorough risk assessment,” while prioritizing public safety.

He also insisted that that healing lodges “have a record of successfully dealing with difficult cases, and can be the right correctional approach for certain offenders.”

WATCH: Conservative MP pleased McClintic back behind bars, calls on government for better checks and balances

Indeed, research out of Northern Arizona University showed that six per cent of healing lodge residents had re-offended while they were on conditional release, compared to a federal re-offending rate of 11 per cent.

However, a 2002 study showed higher rates for re-offending among healing lodge residents than among offenders in minimum security — it was 19 per cent, “significantly higher” than the rate among Indigenous offenders who were released from minimum security (13 per cent).

READ MORE: Inmate escapes from healing lodge near Maple Creek, Sask.

That study was updated in 2011, and it showed that among Indigenous offenders, conditional releases were “as likely to be maintained in the community as conditional releases for aboriginal offenders from minimum security institutions for men and multi-level security institutions for women.”

— With files from Amanda Connolly and Jesse Ferreras

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‘It’s like he took a grinder to it’ : Scrap metal business turns in stolen cenotaph plaque

FREDERICTON – The thefts of plaque from two cenotaphs in Fredericton have police on the hunt for who’s responsible.

A plaque was taken from the Barker’s Point Cenotaph on Saturday, Oct.17. It’s replacement value is $3,000.

This week, three plaques went missing from the New Brunswick Provincial Cenotaph in Fredericton. Their replacement value is $10,000.

Fredericton Police say they are actively investigating the thefts.

Best Metals owner Iaan Brown said he believes the Barker’s Point Cenotaph plaque landed at his scrap metal business on Oct. 17.

He said he paid the man $110 for the plaque. Shortly after, he realized what he had received after seeing the plaque on 桑拿会所 and the news.

Barker’s Point Cenotaph. Courtesy: Fredericton Police

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“This guy completely defaced the plaque,” Brown said. “It’s like he took a grinder to it.”

Brown said the only reason he could identify it was the torch on the right side of the plaque.

He said the same man came in with several more plaques the following Tuesday, Oct. 20. His employees recognized him and took a picture. Brown also took a picture of the man’s car before he fled.

“He must have sensed it. He threw them in the back of his trunk and sped off.”

Brown reported the incident to police.

Mayor Brad Woodside is urging all local scrap metal dealers to watch for the plaques.

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Land transfer taxes up for review, could double across Ontario

TORONTO – It may soon get significantly more expensive to own a home in Ontario.

The province is currently in the process of holding public consultations to amend the Municipal Act which includes giving every municipality outside of Toronto the power to charge the Municipal Land Transfer Tax (MLTT).

Ontario has already given permission for Toronto to impose the tax back in 2008.

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“It’s before us now as a consultation process to review the municipal act and that’s all this is, no decisions have been made,” said Finance Minister Charles Sousa.

“We’ve uploaded quite a bit with regards to the demands we put on municipalities.”

Sousa said the land transfer tax is part of the province’s review of the municipal act, which is set to be completed this week. He added that if the legislation is enacted it could come into effect by the spring of next year.

“We’re having a discussion with municipalities who have felt for some time a bit beleaguered on the fiscal front ever since the downloading days of the old government and we’re still recovering from that, we’re uploading costs,” said Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Ted McMeekin.

“Should all municipalities have the same tools the city of Toronto has and if not, why not? So that’s part of the discussion we’re having.”

Those looking to purchase a home for $445,000 will therefore have to pay $5,375 in the Provincial Land Transfer Tax and an additional $4,625 for the new MLTT.

The Ontario Real Estate Association (OREA) issued a media release Tuesday decrying the province’s move to double the tax on home purchases.

“The Ontario Liberals wrote to us in May 2014, during the election, stating that ‘they had no plans to extend these powers to municipalities’,” said Patricia Verge, president of OREA.

“On behalf of home buyers, we want them to remain good on this election promise and that means Ontarians need to send a strong message that the government must rethink its plan to double the land transfer tax burden on home buyers.”

During question period at Queen’s Park on Tuesday, the Progressive Conservatives demanded the Liberal government to guarantee they won’t allow municipalities to impose the extra tax.

The Association claims the MLTT in Toronto has already stiffled home purchases in the city and is costing the economy billions of dollars.

“Over five years, it is estimated that 38,227 housing transactions did not occur in Toronto because of the MLTT,” the OREA said in a media release.

“With every home transaction generating $55,000 in consumer spending on things like renovations, furniture, appliances, and fees to professionals, the MLTT has cost the City of Toronto $2.3 billion in lost economic activity and 15,000 jobs.”

The OREA has since launched an online campaign to urge the public to oppose the move.

Kamal Aurora says she is buying a new home in Oakville, Ont., adding that she hopes to sell the home she currently has.

“Maybe I won’t be able to sell my house, that would affect me,” she said. “Homes are already getting expensive, it’s not a good decision.”

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Toronto police caught on camera obstructing filming of arrest

TORONTO – Two Toronto police officers are under scrutiny for interfering with a civilian attempting to record an arrest.

Local videographer Mike Miller used his cellphone to film an arrest at Jane Street and Lawrence Avenue West in September, when two backup officers got very up close and personal.

The two officers, identified as constables Brian Smith and Shawn Gill, repeatedly ask Miller why he’s recording and claimed they were just “having a conversation” but used their heads and hands to block his lens.

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At one point, Miller says “I have the right to record,” and Gill says, “Yes, you do,” even as Smith holds his hand up to block the lens, asking “Are you getting my palm print?”

Later, Smith feigns dance moves to stay in front of the camera and says “I got some moves, eh? You didn’t think I had some moves!”

Miller asks the officers to “get out of my personal space,” but they stay in front of his lens until the arresting officers have the suspects in a cruiser and drive off.

READ MORE: Privacy watchdogs flag concerns over police body cameras

There’s no law to forbid Canadians from filming police while on duty and police do not have a legal right to privacy while on the job.

However, police spokesperson Meaghan Gray said the officers were not trying to interfere with Miller’s right to film, but to protect the identities of the suspects.

“The officers were concerned that the people who were being videotaped… were young people and as such their identities are protected under the law,” she explained.

“That being said, [the officers] didn’t take the opportunity to explain that to [Miller] and quite frankly we feel that they should have.”

The Youth Criminal Justice Act protects the identities of suspects under 18, and violating that law is a criminal offence.

However, Gray says the officers erred by simply obstructing Miller without explaining their intention.

“They can and should have explained to [Miller] that he was filming young people,” she said. “They should have and while their intent in approaching [Miller] was entirely appropriate their way of doing so was entirely inappropriate.”

READ MORE: Toronto advocacy group calls for end to police carding ahead of public meeting

Gray said the video has been brought to the attention of Gill and Smith’s unit commander, but did not say if a formal investigation was underway. She added that any such review would not be made public unless the officers face formal charges.

She added that Gill and Smith remain on active duty.

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Alberta budget: What’s in it for Calgary?

CALGARY – The NDP government released the 2015-2016 Alberta budget Tuesday afternoon. Here are some of the highlights for Calgarians.

Hospitals and health care funding

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The NDP government confirmed its promise to fund the Calgary cancer centre, but the $830 million set aside falls $470,000 short of the initial estimated cost of $1.3 billion. However, it’s a price tag that current Health Minister Sarah Hoffman said might be exaggerated.

Hoffman said in July she weighed all options and decided Foothills Medical Centre was the best site at which to build the cancer centre. She said she thinks it’s possible to build the centre for less than the $1.3 billion originally budgeted when the project was announced by Alison Redford’s Progressive Conservative government two years ago.

Foothills Medical Centre will also see $48 million (separate from the cancer centre) over the next five years. Alberta Health said this money is for renovations to the existing hospital set to be completed in Jan. 2018, and came about because of program changes following the McCaig Tower opening.

READ MORE: New taxes and benefits – Alberta budget 2015 highlights

WATCH: Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci announces various major projects for Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge and High River.

Calgary ring road

The Calgary and Edmonton ring roads will get $2.9 billion over the next five years, but the province declined to break down the costs any further.

Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation said disclosing the cost of the Calgary ring road specifically would affect the procurement process. The province is still working with three bidders to finalize a successful bidder, expected to be announced next year.

The government said the northeast Henday in Edmonton is scheduled to be done in 2016, completing the city’s ring road, so the spending beyond 2016-17 is entirely for Calgary’s ring road, set to be completed in 2022.

Education funding

Two of Calgary’s schools will receive funding: the Mount Royal University Library and Learning Centre will see $72 million over the next two years and the University of Calgary Schulich School of Engineering will see $105 million over the next three years.

Calgary Young Offenders Centre

As the NDP previously announced, the PC government’s planned closure of the Calgary Young Offenders Centre has been halted. Tuesday’s budget includes $267 million for Correctional Services, with funding to operate the Calgary Young Offenders Centre, and $66 million in Support for Legal Aid.

Flood recovery

Flood recovery and mitigation projects have been allocated $926 million over the next five years, with $100 million in new funding for the Elbow River mitigation projects. It wasn’t immediately clear if this funding was in addition to Monday’s announcement of $297 million for flood protection measures along the Elbow River.

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John Tory, one year later: What has Toronto’s mayor accomplished?

TORONTO – It has been exactly one year since people voted to see John Tory represent Toronto as the city’s 65th mayor.

Tory took over for former mayor Rob Ford, whose personal scandal gained international attention, little of it positive.

After the constant antics of the Ford administration, political science professor Renan Levine said the city appears to be content with Tory taking on the role of mayor.

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“I think much of the city is confident in his ability to lead and hopeful that at least some of his proposals will come to fruition,” Levine said.

Tory has undoubtedly been presented with many large-scale projects since taking the hot seat and, one year later, here’s where some of those plans stand.

Uber

Uber’s presence in Toronto has arguably been one of the most heated debates to come to City Council since Tory took a seat in the mayor’s chair.

The chief magistrate has attempted to be the voice of reason, saying UberX and services similar to the ridesharing app, are here to stay, despite vocal opposition from the taxi industry.

READ MORE: Council votes to regulate ridesharing programs like Uber in Toronto

Council voted 32-12 for Licensing and Standards to return with recommendations that would allow Uber to operate legally in the City of Toronto.

“I would count his compromise ‘solution’ to the Uber-taxi [debate] as a big win…This is clearly one of those situations where it’s difficult – if not impossible – to make everybody happy,” Levine said.

“I would count it as a win because I think he’s navigated the crosswinds … and everyone on both sides feels like they are walking away with some improvement over the status quo of Uber existing outside of the realm of a very strenuous regulatory framework.”

Gardiner Expressway

There has been much debate on what to do with the aging Gardiner Expressway and Tory was a champion for the costly hybrid option, that would remove some sections while fixing others.

In June 2015, Council voted in favour of the hybrid option in a close 24-21 vote and now, the project is currently under assessment.

READ MORE: Gardiner Expressway: council votes in favour of hybrid option

Other construction work being done on the Gardiner has been fast-tracked for the convenience of commuters.

The deck rehabilitation project, which will see the replacement of the deck on the elevated portion of the expressway, is pegged to be completed by summer 2016, three months ahead of schedule.

SmartTrack

Tory’s big push for transit development has been through SmartTrack, an idea conceived during the 2014 municipal election.

Tory boasts the plan would connect job hubs and provide relief to the city’s overburdened subway while taking advantage of existing infrastructure such as Go train tracks.

“There will be more stops serving more people, which will provide more relief on the Yonge subway line and get people to get their cars off the road.”

This billion-dollar project has seen funding promises from both the province and the newly elected federal government.

READ MORE: Trudeau promises federal funding for SmartTrack, GO expansion

The project is undergoing further study and assessments.

Garbage Collection

Another hot topic in the 2014 elections was Tory’s pledge to privatize trash collection east of Yonge Street.

Currently, collection west of Yonge is privatized and the move has saved $11 million of taxpayer money.

But a recent report brought before the Public Works and Infrastructure committee has advised against privatizing garbage collection as the city begins contract negotiations.

“My position is that it would still be better from the standpoint of the citizens not being held hostage to the labour relations issues, to have it spread around and have more of it in the east part of the city in private hands contracted out,” Tory said.

“But the numbers suggested that the public-sector workers have done a better job in the last period of time, and while I’m not satisfied with those numbers we are still looking at them. That’s why we are having this pause.”

READ MORE: City staff against privatizing garbage pickup east of Yonge

The review has been deferred and will be revisited in 2016.

Toronto Community Housing

TCHC has been littered with controversy but Tory vowed to clean house and has put in place a task force to help lead the way.

The city has freed up more than $300 million to deal with a backlog of repairs.

READ MORE: Toronto Community Housing tackles massive repair backlog

In September, the TCHC announced a new project that would see capital repair projects bundled together as part of the ReSet pilot project.

While federal leaders were on campaign trail, Tory called on all party leaders to come forward with explicit affordable housing promised that would help Toronto with the multi-billion-dollar backlog.

Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau came forward and said money could be made available to help address funding needs.

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Edmonton Eskimos lineman Alex Krausnick reveals battle with testicular cancer

EDMONTON — Edmonton Eskimos lineman Alex Krausnick says he has battled testicular cancer and is urging other young men to be vigilant in checking for the disease as the new national spokesperson for Testicular Cancer Canada.

Krausnick broke his silence about his cancer in a statement released Tuesday.

In a video by Testicular Cancer Canada, Krausnick said he received treatment quickly after his wife urged him to visit a doctor once he noticed a pain in his testicles. He said he might not have made the appointment otherwise.

“Many young men don’t know the signs of testicular cancer, or how to check for it. I certainly didn’t,” Krausnick said. “That’s why I’m excited to work with Testicular Cancer Canada as their national spokesperson — I really want to make sure young men are checking themselves to help detect cancer and receive treatment as early as possible.”

Krausnick, a 26-year-old Calgary native, is in his fifth CFL season.

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Seth Rogen on Justin Trudeau win: ‘Bright, new direction’

You can add Seth Rogen to the list of Canadians celebrating a Liberal election win.

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“I think it’s great,” Seth tells ET Canada. “I’m happy Stephen Harper is no longer the prime minister of Canada. I think this is a step in a bright, new direction.”

Employing his trademark laugh, Rogen adds he’s also a fan of PM-elect Justin Trudeau’s promise to decriminalize marijuana.

“Again, I think we’re heading in a bright, new direction.”

Seth, who’s busy promoting the movie Steve Jobs, is also happy about the reviews his performance in the film has been getting from critics. But mostly he’s relieved.

“I’ve seen comedic actors in the past transition to other types of movies with varying degrees of success, and at times I’m the first to mock those people,” he says. “So just being aware of that, I was worried that I would become a target of like-minded mockery.”

Steve Jobs is currently in theatres.

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NDG residents want tree removed

MONTREAL–An old majestic tree hangs ominously over Notre-Dame-de-Grace (NDG) Avenue near the intersection of Marcil Avenue.

People living nearby want it removed.

“I think it could be dangerous…that a branch fell on a kids or a baby,” Andrée-Anne Michaud, a local resident told Global News.

The mother of three heard a branch break off the tree and land on a car last spring.

Another resident living next to the tree told Global News a second branch broke last July, landing on a truck.

Both say the large tree in front of 5578 Notre-Dame-de-Grace Avenue is a threat to those living in the area and others passing through.

“We tell the kids to move quickly through this area,” Rob Clark told Global News.

“And I try not to park below the tree as much as possible because I’m worried it could be my car or my kids.”

The tree towers above all the others on the street and it is decades, if not a century old.

And the tree is showing its age: branches are broken in several places and are dried out.

A massive hole near the trunk indicates it’s likely hollow.

“When we play tag around the block we’re always scared. We stop here and then we run over there. We go right away,” said nine year-old Ben Clark.

Residents want the tree cut down as quickly as possible but Michaud complains her calls to the Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce borough office aren’t producing any results.

“They tell me, oh yeah, somebody is going to take it in charge soon,” Michaud said.

Peter McQueen, the Montreal city councillor representing Notre-Dame-de-Grace wrote in a text to Global News that he’s “looking for an answer or a solution,” but hadn’t yet inspected the tree at the time of this writing.

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Serious whale-watching accidents are incredibly rare: industry head

VANCOUVER – The whale-watching ship that sank off Vancouver Island and is now at the centre of multiple investigations was inspected annually since 1998 and certified to carry 46 passengers, a Transport Canada official said.

Five people died and another person is missing after the 20-metre long Leviathan II went down near the tourist town of Tofino, B.C., late Sunday afternoon.

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Twenty-four tourists and three crew members were onboard at the time.

Transport Canada, the Transportation Safety Board, the RCMP and B.C.’s coroner are investigating.

Transport Canada spokeswoman Jillian Glover said the agency will investigate the ship’s compliance with the Canada Shipping Act and its regulations at the time of the accident.

She said the vessel was last inspected March 6, 2015.

The agency’s regulations state commercial vessels must have life-saving equipment, such as first-aid kits and life rafts, as well as distress-alerting equipment, such as radios and flares. There must also be life-jackets available for each person on board.

READ MORE: Owner of whale-watching tour makes first statement about tragic sinking near Tofino

The ship’s owner said the Leviathan II had about 50 adult life jackets, 20 children’s life jackets and three life rafts.

But the rules don’t require passengers to be wearing the flotation devices on larger boats with enclosed compartments, said Jamie Bray, owner of Jamie’s Whaling Station.

“In the event of a sinking, it would be very difficult to exit a vessel when you’re being held up onto a ceiling or the deck with a life jacket on,” Bray told reporters Monday.

It’s unclear what caused the boat to sink, but Bray said his ship had “an absolutely perfect” safety record.

“This is something just totally out of the blue,” he said.

READ MORE: A day of heartbreak and heroism in Tofino

Serious incidents are incredibly rare in the whale-watching industry, said Michael Harris, executive director of the Pacific Whale Watching Association.

Jamie’s Whaling Station is not part of the group, which Harris said takes about 400,000 people out on the water annually.

None of the 36 companies in the association has ever had so much as an injury on one of their tours, he added.

“It just doesn’t happen and that’s part of the shock. This is just a horrible tragedy.”

Safety is incredibly important to the owners and operators of whale-watching tours, and the first thing tour operators do when passengers get on board is explain safety procedures, Harris said.

“We go above and beyond. We just make sure people are safe.”

The people driving the boats know everything about the mechanics of their vessel and are keenly aware of the weather, similar to airline pilots, Harris said.

“Most importantly, what they share with commercial airline pilots is this keen sense that they have souls on board, that they are responsible for human beings. That is the priority.”

READ MORE: Community potluck brings grieving Tofino residents together to heal

Every crew member on board whale-watching boats in B.C. must have a Marine Emergency Duties certificate, said Andrew Lees, head naturalist with Five Star Whale Watching in Victoria.

Training for the certificate covers everything from firefighting to boarding life rafts.

“It’s probably one of the most thorough exams that you’ll find across the world,” Lees said.

Many questions remain as to why the Leviathan went down and whether anything could have been done to save lives.

However, Lees doesn’t believe the tragic incident will deter others from taking to the water.

“I think for the most part, people will recognize that this activity is an extremely safe one.,” he said. “And this was a very, very rare tragic accident. I don’t think it will put anybody off.”

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Attendance in northern Alberta school division remains ‘unacceptably low’: Auditor General

EDMONTON – Alberta’s Auditor General said Tuesday attendance figures in the Northland School Division remain “unacceptably low.” The news comes five years after the province fired the school board.

Merwin Saher told the provincial Public Accounts Committee if the province and the division do not act, we risk “failing another generation of the division’s children.”

In 2010, Alberta’s education minister fired the school board over student performance and attendance problems.

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Northland School Division eventually wants students to miss a maximum of one day of class per month.

Last year, only 31 per cent of students met the school division’s target.

Using the Auditor General’s criteria, one third of the division’s 2,500 students are “chronically absent.”

The division created a plan in January called “Every Day Counts” to improve student attendance. Since it was implemented, officials say attendance has slightly improved but much more needs to be done.

“In the jurisdiction, we have seen an increase, a very small increase…in the neighbourhood of two per cent,” said Colin Kelly, the official trustee for Northland, appointed by the province.

“I wish there was some kind of a magic bullet where we were able to do one thing and address it,” added Kelly. “But it is going to require a significant input from a number of organizations and resources within this province.”

“Most definitely – I believe we need help from others.”

In the fall, Northland hired someone who will monitor and manage attendance data from all 24 schools in the division.

According to school officials, one thing that would help is getting the community more involved and bringing back an elected board.

“I think there’s a lot of work that needs to be done,” said David Eggen, Alberta’s current education minister. “The school board itself has been in suspension for more than five years now.”

Eggen said he wants elections restored in the Northland School Division.

“I would like to see an elected trustee board reinstated by the next election,” he said. “I think it’s an insult to so many that use these schools that the former government left them in suspension for more than five years now. So I intend to do something about that.”

He would also like to see more First Nations teachers and staff working in the schools.

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Stephen Harper and family moving back to Calgary after election defeat

The Harpers will be moving back to Calgary.

Stephen Harper will soon no longer be prime minister and since he no longer has access to government housing, will be moving back to Calgary and commuting to Ottawa.

Although Harper resigned the Conservative leadership following the party’s election defeat, he did not resign his seat in Calgary Heritage.

According to a Conservative source, Harper will be like many other members of Parliament – living in his constituency and commuting to Ottawa for work.

Last week, Conservative MP Rona Ambrose, who is a friend of the Harpers, told Global News this would likely be a welcome change for the family. “I think they’ll be really excited to move back to Calgary,” she said.

“From what I gather, [Laureen]’s sold her motorcycle and bought a truck and she’s excited to start being able to hike and do all the things she loves outdoors.”

Stephen and Laureen love Calgary, she said, and deserve some time away from Ottawa. “They’ve served the country for 15 years, so I think it’s time that they had some private time, time with their family, their friends and I’m sure they’re excited about it.”

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Saint Johners mourn the end of profitable food truck season

SAINT JOHN – It was a bittersweet day for Saint John foodies, as people lined up for one of their final food truck-fix of the season.

“Saint Johners love their food trucks,” said Nicole Richard.

Richard says food truck vendors started gathering at the Air Canada customer service call centre parking lot in Saint John over the summer.

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“It’s sort of like a carnival atmosphere. You come out here and see families at the picnic tables and you see a bunch of chairs behind a tail gate and people have tail gates parties,” she said.

She says she invited one food truck to come out once a week to feed her fellow Air Canada employees. But by mid-summer, a fleet had arrived and people from all across city started showing up.

Moncton’s Michael Uberall who owns Checkpoint Germany says food truck vendors are really cashing in.

“It’s hip right now. Everybody sees a food truck and they want it.”

At least in Saint John. Uberall says he is far more busy in Saint John compared to Moncton. So, travelling every week is worth the trip.

“If I look at my numbers I would says it’s at least double.”

Moncton’s Randy O’Brien owns the Bangkok Food Truck. He says his business has tripled since coming to Saint John for tasty Tuesdays.

“For next year we are looking at getting a second truck so we can come more frequently to Saint John,” he said.

The trend has caught on so well, the City of Saint John literally paved the way for trucks to park at Tin Can Beach every Wednesday.

“I know when I was a kid I was always excited when I hear that little tingle and the ice cream truck was coming. It’s that same feeling,” said Richard.

The season wraps up this week.

“We are coming back we are coming back next year for sure,” said Uberall.

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