WATCH: “It was a difficult marriage”Winnipeg Jets coach, players react to Kane’s comments

WINNIPEG —; Instead of talking about taking on the LA Kings, Winnipeg Jets players were speaking out at Tuesday’s practice about former Jets forward Evander Kane.

Kane spoke harshly about his time in Winnipeg and the Jets organization in The Hockey News magazine out on shelves this week.

While in Winnipeg, Kane made headlines for using a homophobic slur on 桑拿会所, posting pictures of a stack of money to his ear as well as one of him doing push ups with money on his back, not paying a traffic ticket.

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READ MORE: Evander Kane takes one last shot at Winnipeg in The Hockey News

“I just didn’t feel as though (the Jets) had my back at all. It would have been so simple to just squash it and put it to bed. It just became kind of a big deal,” Kane told The Hockey News.

Winnipeg Jet forward Chris Thorburn said Tuesday he wasn’t surprise by his former teammate’s comments.

“It’s just unfortunate,” said Thorburn. ” I feel bad that he feels that way, obviously he had some experiences that nobody knows about, including myself.”

WATCH: Winnipeg Jet Chris Thorburn reacts to article on Evander Kane’s Winnipeg experiences

Thorburn said he was close with Kane until Kane was traded to Buffalo last season.

“He had some bottled up emotions apparently,” Thorburn said, “Those are his feelings and his thoughts.”

The cover of the November 9th The Hockey News.

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In the article Kane said he didn’t feel support in the locker room.

“I’m sacrificing my body playing through the pain, doing everything I can to help that team with the feeling knowing guys don’t have my back,” Kane was quoted.

Paul Maurice told reporters Tuesday it is clear Kane’s feelings towards Winnipeg were there for a while.

WATCH: Winnipeg Jets coach Paul Maurice responds to article on Evander Kane’s feelings about time in Winnipeg

“This is not a one day event and it is clear from his article these are things that bothered him right from the start,” Maurice said. “Regardless of whether we tried to make it better enough for him it didn’t happen and in the end it was a difficult marriage that separated amicably.”

The Hockey News issue featuring Kane hit store shelves Tuesday morning.

As of noon McNally Robinson only had a handful of copies left on shelves and the Dominion News already sold out.

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UPDATED: Internal memos show SaskPower knew of multi-million dollar carbon capture losses

REGINA – When SaskPower held a grand-opening celebration for its $1.5-billion carbon capture and storage facility last October, it was already well aware the losses were piling up.

Briefing notes prepared by SaskPower show the government knew delivery of carbon dioxide (CO2) was falling behind to the tune of $7 million on September 29, 2014 – three days prior to the launch with much fanfare.

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A memo prepared for Bill Boyd, the minister responsible for SaskPower, on October 6, 2014 (four days after the launch), estimated the total to be in the range of $8.7 million to $10 million.

“I think there could have been more disclosure.” – SaskPower minister Bill Boyd

The notes were obtained by the Opposition NDP and provided to reporters Tuesday (see below).

READ MORE: Slow SaskPower carbon capture performance costing millions

SaskPower signed a contract with Alberta-based Cenovus Energy in 2012 to provide a minimum volume of CO2 captured at Boundary Dam, with penalties for not reaching that mark.

By the end of 2014, the deficit reached $12 million, according to notes revealed Monday by the NDP and buried in a single line on page 59 of SaskPower’s annual report.

“I think there could have been more, probably, disclosure around that,” Boyd admitted Tuesday after defending the merits of the project.

“We still believe it’ll meet its targets going forward. Obviously there were some startup problems with respect to it.”

SaskPower CEO Mike Marsh said Monday the facility is still running at less than half its projected capacity and could be penalized for another $5 million this year.

“We’re working through design and technical issues every week, our operating staff are working through them, every week and every month, and performance is getting better and better and better,” he told reporters.

Some of the carbon dioxide released at Boundary Dam is liquefied and sold to oil companies to help extract more crude from the ground. SaskPower has a 10-year contract with Cenovus to buy the captured gas.

The Crown was expecting 800,000 tonnes of CO2 to be produced this year, but Marsh admitted that figure will more likely be around 400,000 tonnes. At the price of $25 per tonne, the shortfall is $10 million.

“Clearly that is not acceptable … we want to see much higher efficiency from this facility,” Boyd said.

It means just a little over one year after launch, the carbon capture facility could already be costing taxpayers $27 million in penalties and lost revenue.

SEE BELOW: SaskPower briefing note from Sept. 2014 (Obtained by NDP – highlighting by government officials)

Penalties in 2015

On Tuesday, NDP SaskPower critic Cathy Sproule asked for confirmation of how much SaskPower expects to pay in penalties for 2015, questioning Marsh’s estimate of $5 million.

The NDP also cited cases where SaskPower officials said the carbon capture facility was operating at over 80 per cent of its capacity, including a committee meeting in November 2014.

Boyd argued the projected $5 million loss in 2015 will be offset by $11 million in revenue for selling the carbon to to Cenovus.

A February 2015 report released by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives said the financial costs of the project are high and the environmental rewards remain unproven, arguing that SaskPower could see up to $1 billion in operating losses over the next 20 years.

The briefing notes revealed this week pin responsibility for the delays on SNC Lavalin, saying the engineering firm was slow to address basic design problems and “is more concerned about getting paid … than fixing the deficiencies of our plant.”

Marsh said Monday the province is pursuing legal action to recover some of the money, but it may not happen until some time in 2016.

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New taxes and benefits: Alberta budget 2015 highlights

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

Cigarettes

The tax on a carton of cigarettes will go up by another $5 to $50, effective at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday. The tax on loose tobacco will rise 3.75 cents to 37.5 cents per gram. The tax on cigars will be increased to 129 per cent of the taxable price of the cigar, with a minimum tax per cigar of 25 cents and a maximum of $7.83.

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Liquor

Liquor mark-ups will increase by five per cent as of Wednesday. So, consumers will pay two cents more for a bottle of beer, on top of the eight cents added in the March budget; and 18 cents more for a bottle of wine, on top of 16 cents added in March. The budget says the mark-up structure was “refined to promote made-in-Alberta products.”

Fuel

The locomotive fuel tax is jumping four cents effective Nov. 1.

The NDP didn’t touch taxes on what we pay at the pump, since the Progressive Conservatives’ increase of four cents in March. The PC government said at that time Alberta’s gas tax hadn’t been increased since 1991 and remains the lowest in the country.

READ MORE: Winners and losers of the 2015 Alberta NDP budget

Insurance premiums

There will be a one per cent increase to the insurance premiums tax, which takes effect April 1, 2016. The NDP noted it was also proposed in March.

The increase will mean a three per cent tax on premiums for life, accident and sickness insurance; and a four per cent tax on premiums for other insurance. The government estimates these increases will generate an estimated $158 million in revenue in 2016‑17.

READ MORE: Calgary cancer centre, Edmonton hospital funding still falls short

Tax breaks for the poor

A new Alberta Child Benefit and changes to the Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit mean families with incomes of $0 to $41,220 a year will be eligible for supplements for each child, to a maximum of $2,750 per year starting July 1, 2016. This is slightly different than the PC’s proposal, which set a minimum income requirement to be eligible for the tax credit. The NDP says the ACB will help support 235,000 children and their families.

The NDP government previously reversed a number of other fees introduced by the PCs in March, including a health levy that applied to people making more than $50,000 a year and fee increases for land titles, motor vehicles, vital statistics, and public land rent for dispositions. The NDP also previously announced it would freeze post-secondary tuition this year and for two more years beyond.

READ MORE: Calgary, Edmonton ring roads to see $2.9B over 5 years, says Alberta budget

Watch below: ‘It was challenging’: Finance Minister Joe Ceci on putting together Alberta budget 2015

Editor’s note: This article has been updated to clarify the fuel tax increase is for locomotive fuel.

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Meet the millennial entrepreneurs teaching seniors how to use tech

Technology has become such a pervasive part of our lives that many children now know how to navigate an iPad before their first birthday. But there is a large part of the population that has been left out when it comes to tech adoption – seniors.

And while some millennials may not have the patience to teach their grandparents about the Internet, or show them how to use a smartphone, one group of Toronto-area university students has turned it into a business.

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Dubbed “The Gadget Guides,” co-founders Moe Elmaleh, Corey Freeman, and Ami Moyal have been busy travelling to retirement residences around the GTA to offer hands-on lessons, teaching seniors to use smartphones, tablets and computers.

The idea was inspired by Moyal’s grandparents, who relied on FaceTime to stay in contact while living in different countries.

“They were clinging to technology because they needed it – it was all they had,” said Moyal. “At that point I thought, why don’t all seniors do this.”

Turns out, demand is high for this type of program.

Over the past month they have expanded their client base from four retirement residences to over 15. But they have also found great success in private lessons, where they travel to seniors’ homes for one-on-one personally tailored lessons.

They now see about 40 to 50 clients on average per week.

“For the most part, they just want to see why everyone is on their phones all the time – why everyone is so involved with technology,” Moyal said. “I believe that the days of veering away from technology are gone – seniors want to learn about it and be involved with it.”

READ MORE: More seniors are online, but tech adoption remains slow for some

According to Freeman, each lesson is quite different – depending on the group, or person, and how comfortable they are with their device – but The Gadget Guides teachers cover everything from video chatting, to how to use apps like Google Earth.

“A couple of weeks ago we were teaching a class and we happened to stumble upon the Google Earth app on iPad. They were amazed to see that not only could you go back to a city to see an aerial view, but get right down to street view,” said Moyal.

“[One of the seniors] was almost in tears when he was able to see the house that he proposed to his late wife in. That was one of the highlights that I’ve had in a session.”

According to a 2014 study by U.S.-based Pew Research, seniors still lag behind the rest of the adult population when it comes to tech adoption.

Only 18 per cent of seniors surveyed said they would feel comfortable learning to use a smartphone or tablet on their own and 77 per cent of seniors said they would want someone to help teach them about the device.

And although some seniors may face physical or health limitations that change the way they interact with technology, Moyal said Gadget Guides has proven anyone is capable of being a tech expert.

“Before, I thought there was some sort of limitation – because our generation has grown up with all of this technology, but I firmly believe that anyone can pick up an iPad or a tablet and learn it. It’s all your mindset,” he said.

“That’s the number one thing this has taught me. That when you change your mindset and open your mind to anything, you are more than capable of doing it – regardless of age and your preconceived limitations.”

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Teal pumpkins to raise awareness about food allergies this Halloween

Halloween can be a tough time for children with food allergies and their families, but one organization in Canada is trying to make trick-or-treating safer and more inclusive this year.

Allergy Canada is encouraging Canadians to place a teal-coloured pumpkin in front of their home as part of the Teal Pumpkin Project to show they have non-food treats available for children with food allergies and other kids for whom candy is not an option.

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The project is an international initiative, but launched in the United States last year to raise awareness of food allergies and promote inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season.

Beatrice Povolo with Food Allergy Canada says this is the first time teal pumpkins will show up on people’s porches in Canada.

“There are 2.5 million people in Canada who are affected by food allergies, more than 300,000 of them are children” says Povolo. “It is a growing public health issue that we don’t have a cure for and avoiding what you are allergic to is key.”

To raise awareness, people are asked to paint their pumpkin teal and provide non-food treats like stickers, glow sticks and playing cards.

Teal is the designated colour for food allergy and anaphylaxis awareness.

Home owners can also display a teal pumpkin poster in their window to explain their intentions and pledge to participate online.

Allergy Canada suggests the following tips for parents to keep their home “allergy-safe” this Halloween:

Make sure an adult is with younger children at all timesRemind children of the no-eating rule while they are out trick-or-treatingServe a hearty dinner to lessen the temptation of snacking while outHave kids carry their auto-injector (EpiPen® or Allerject™) with them and wear MedicAlert® identificationGet your kids to wash their hands as soon as they get homeCheck all treats at homeHave the kids read all ingredient labels, with adult supervision, to check for their allergensRemember- no label, no candy!Sort the treats into three piles- keep, give away (your work, local food bank, seniors homes) or throw out

Tips for the community:

Ask when kids come to the door: “Does anyone have a food allergy?”Be prepared – have food packages/labels nearby, so you can check ingredients if askedThink outside the candy box – have non-candy items, such as stickers and pencils, in case your treats are not suitable for kids with certain allergies

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GOP debate round 3: Here’s what you need to know about the Republican candidates

WASHINGTON —; There’s an angry young man who matured into an eternally mellow surgeon and politician. A Hispanic firebrand who is most at home in English, and an Anglo who speaks fluent Spanish at home. And that given-to-preening reality show guy.

Some birds of a different feather will flock to the Republican presidential debate stage in Boulder, Colorado.

Here’s a field guide to candidates in Wednesday night’s main event on CNBC:

Donald Trump:

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Key features: Billionaire real estate developer, author and reality TV star with the catchphrase, “You’re fired!”

A quick sketch:

-Son of wealthy builder in the New York City borough of Queens

-Prospered in family business while studying economics at the University of Pennsylvania

-“The Donald” gained fame as splashy Manhattan developer of hotels, skyscrapers and golf courses around the world

-Considered Reform Party presidential run in 2000; flirted with GOP bid in 2012

-Starred in reality TV shows “The Apprentice” and “Celebrity Apprentice”

Also of note:

The front-runner is rich enough to pay for his own campaign – and brags about that – but 74,000 donors showered him with nearly $4 million in small-dollar contributions, July through September.

Might Trump be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you want a president who says what he thinks even if people take offense

Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience as an elected official.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Build a wall along the Mexican border to stop illegal immigration

-Deport all immigrants in the U.S. illegally; allow what he calls ‘the good ones’ to return legally

-Impose high tariffs on imports from China and Mexico to demand better treatment of the U.S.

In a nutshell:

Political outsider. Celebrity. Billionaire.

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READ MORE: Clinton, Sanders clash on guns, economy, foreign policy at Democratic Debate

Ben Carson:

Key features: Famed pediatric neurosurgeon whose life story was made into a TV movie.

A quick sketch:

-Raised in Detroit by a divorced, impoverished mother

-29 years as director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, now retired

-First surgeon to successfully separate twins joined at the head

-Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

-Enhanced his conservative cred with political remarks at 2013 National Prayer Breakfast

Also of note:

Carson has said that the scientific theory of evolution is based on “incredible fairy tales.” He’s a creationist who espouses beliefs based on his Seventh-day Adventist faith. The strikingly soft-spoken Carson says he was a hot-tempered teen who tried to stab a friend but woke up to his volatility and changed.

Might Carson be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you want a doctor to fix the nation’s health care policy.

Perhaps no, if you’re looking for someone with political experience and seasoned rhetoric. Carson once compared President Barack Obama’s health care law to slavery.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Impose the same flat income tax on everyone

-Ban abortion even in cases of rape or incest.

-Add a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution

In a nutshell:

Christian conservative. Doctor. Only African-American contender.

Marco Rubio:

Key features: Florida senator who teamed with Democrats on an immigration overhaul that would have given immigrants in the U.S. illegally a way to become citizens; now says fixing border security comes first.

A quick sketch:

-His Cuban immigrant parents worked as a bartender and a maid

-Won a college football scholarship; University of Miami law degree

-Elected to Florida House in 2000, rose to speaker

-Beat a popular governor to win his U.S. Senate seat

-Speaks fluent Spanish, as does his Colombian-American wife

Also of note:

Rubio got famous on the Internet in 2013 when he paused several times in his televised response to the State of the Union address to make an awkward reach for bottled water while staring into the camera, like a Poland Spring-swilling deer in the headlights.

Might Rubio be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you think it’s time for a younger generation (Generation X in this case) to lead.

Perhaps no, if you believe human actions cause global warming.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Reverse President Barack Obama’s diplomatic outreach to Cuba

-Stop taxing investment income, give parents a bigger tax break

-Freeze federal spending except on the military

In a nutshell:

Tea party roots. Hispanic. Youthful.

Jeb Bush:

Key features: Son of a president, little brother of a president, and he’s a former Florida governor.

A quick sketch:

-Born in Texas as John Ellis Bush, shortened to the nickname Jeb

-Met his future wife Columba, a native of Mexico, during a high school exchange program, and speaks Spanish comfortably

-Worked for father George H.W. Bush’s 1980 and 1988 presidential campaigns.

-Was governor in 2000 when Florida recount gave his brother George W. Bush the presidency

-Made a name among religious conservatives by opposing removal of life support in the Terri Schiavo case

Also of note:

Bush would be the first brother of a president ever elected. If he wins, three of the five most recent White House residents would be named Bush. He says he’s not his father or his brother, however: “I am my own man, and my views are shaped by my own thinking and experience.”

Might Bush be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you want an immigration overhaul that gives people in the U.S. illegally a path to legal status

Perhaps no, if you think post-Sept. 11 surveillance programs violated civil liberties

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Wants states to adopt higher education standards; supports Common Core

-Assert U.S. military might more robustly in Iraq and to counter Russian moves in Eastern Europe

-Block tax increases, although he won’t sign a no-tax-increase pledge

In a nutshell:

Bush dynasty. Speaks Spanish. Establishment favorite.

READ MORE: Trump: Bush can’t run campaign, shouldn’t run country

Carly Fiorina:

Key features: She’s a businesswoman – a former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who’s run for Senate but never held public office.

A quick sketch:

-Daughter of a law professor turned federal appeals judge and an abstract painter

-Trailblazing female executive at AT&T, Lucent and Hewlett-Packard

-In over five years of running HP: led major merger, laid off 30,000 workers, ousted by board

-Made a name in politics as high-profile adviser to John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign

-Ran for U.S. Senate seat from California, and lost, while being treated for breast cancer in 2010

Also of note:

She described secretly recorded footage in Planned Parenthood videos that does not exist and refused to acknowledge the mistake.

Might Fiorina be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you agree with her that a woman could best take on Democratic front-runner Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Perhaps no, if you want a president with experience serving in government.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Impose “zero-based budgeting” that evaluates each federal program’s spending annually

-Shrink the government work force and base federal workers’ pay on performance, not seniority

-Use innovation, not regulation, to address global warming

In a nutshell:

Fiscal conservative. Political newcomer. GOP’s only female contender.

Ted Cruz

Key features: He’s a Republican senator who pushed a government shutdown to fight “Obamacare.”

A quick sketch:

-Father is a Cuban immigrant who became a pastor

-Winning debater at Princeton and Harvard Law

-Argued nine cases before the Supreme Court

-Won Senate seat in 2012 upset, his first elected office

-A Texan partial to ostrich-leather boots

Also of note:

Cruz was born in Canada. His father was born in Cuba. But his mother was born in Nebraska, giving him U.S. citizenship. He’s formally renounced his dual Canadian citizenship. Cruz is the first Hispanic senator from Texas, where many residents are native Spanish speakers. He’s not fluent in the language, however, and nixed a proposal for a debate in Spanish in his 2012 Senate campaign.

Might Cruz be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you want to stop President Barack Obama’s health care law at all costs.

Perhaps no, if you’re looking for bipartisan compromise on immigration.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Amend the Constitution so that voters could oust Supreme Court justices

-Amend the Constitution to allow states to ban gay marriage

-Abolish the IRS, switch to a flat tax

In a nutshell:

Tea party. Christian conservative. Hispanic.

Mike Huckabee

Key features: Former Arkansas governor whose 2008 bid for the Republican presidential nomination focused on social issues.

A quick sketch:

-Son of a firefighter, he was born in President Bill Clinton’s hometown of Hope, Arkansas

-Pastor of Baptist churches in Arkansas for 12 years; president of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention

-Governor of Arkansas, 1996-2007

-Hosted his own political talk show on Fox News

-A bass guitarist who occasionally plays with his classic rock cover band Capitol Offense

Also of note:

Huckabee’s numerous books include a diet guide called “Quit Digging Your Grave with a Knife and Fork,” published in 2006 after he shed more than 100 pounds. He still struggles with his weight.

Might Huckabee be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you want a president to sign executive orders protecting the religious liberty of people and entities that oppose gay marriage.

Perhaps no, if you’re a fan of Beyonce and Jay Z. Huckabee has criticized their sexualized lyrics and writes that Jay Z is arguably crossing the line from husband to pimp in exploiting his wife as a sex object.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Replace income tax with a national sales tax

-Amend the Constitution to outlaw abortion

-Import lower-priced medicines from Canada

In a nutshell:

Christian conservative. Folksy appeal. Second time around.

READ MORE: Donald Trump disavows Super PACs, calls on opponents to do the same

chris Christie:

Key features: The famously blunt governor of New Jersey saw his reputation badly damaged when several high-level aides were accused of purposely tying up traffic on a busy bridge for political payback.

A quick sketch:

-Newark-born, ancestors from Ireland and Sicily.

-Media-savvy U.S. attorney who won dozens of public corruption cases in New Jersey

-Defeated incumbent Democratic governor in a heavily Democratic state in 2009

-YouTube-famous for his readiness to call complaining citizens “idiots” or tell them to “shut up”

-Lost some presidential momentum when three former political allies were charged in “Bridgegate” case. One has pleaded guilty and two others are awaiting trial.

Also of note:

Christie isn’t shy about sharing the personal stuff. Things he’s talked about: his mother’s last words to him (“there’s nothing left unsaid between us”). The lap band surgery that helped him lose weight. His use of birth control, “and not just the rhythm method,” even though he’s Roman Catholic.

Might Christie be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you like letting students in struggling districts attend other public schools or charter schools.

Perhaps no, if you oppose raising the age when future retirees can qualify for Social Security and Medicare.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Toughen anti-terrorism and surveillance laws to help intelligence services do their job

-Lower the corporate tax rate, reduce the top tax rate for individuals

-For each new federal regulation added, remove a regulation of equal cost

In a nutshell:

Centrist appeal. Combative. Sitting governor.

John Kasich:

Key features: Former congressman now in his second term as Ohio governor.

A quick sketch:

-Son of a Pennsylvania mailman

-Graduated from Ohio State and became, at 26, the youngest person ever elected to Ohio’s Senate

-Found his Anglican faith in his 30s after his parents were killed by a drunk driver

-Served 18 years in Congress, working with lawmakers of both parties to cut spending, balance budget

-Ran for president in 2000 but dropped out early; elected governor in 2010

Also of note:

Kasich opposes President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, yet he accepted federal money under the law to expand Ohio’s Medicaid program. That angered many of his fellow Republicans. Kasich says “real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people’s lives” are more important than ideology.

Might Kasich be for you?

-Perhaps yes, if you want to protect the social safety net for the poor.

-Perhaps no, if you don’t want U.S. ground troops sent to battle Islamic State militants.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Allow some immigrants in the U.S. illegally for years to stay if they pay a fine

-Address the climate change problem without doing economic damage

-Use the Common Core standards to raise the bar in education

In a nutshell:

Fiscal conservative. Sitting governor. Second time around.

Rand Paul:

Key features: He’s NOT Ron Paul. That’s his father, the former congressman who ran for president three times, once as a Libertarian.

A quick sketch:

-Helped in his father’s campaigns from age 11

-Raised in Texas, settled in his wife’s home state of Kentucky

-Ophthalmologist known for free eye clinics for the poor

-Won Senate seat in 2010 tea party wave, his first elected office

-Took over Senate floor for hours at a time to question U.S. drone policy and oppose collection of Americans’ phone records

Also of note:

Rumors aside, he wasn’t named for “Atlas Shrugged” author Ayn Rand. His given name is Randal, and his wife dubbed him ‘Rand.’ But he is a fan.

Might Paul be for you?

Perhaps yes, if you’re upset about the National Security Agency snooping into citizens’ private communications.

Perhaps no, if you want to see more aggressive use of U.S. military power in the world.

Some other distinguishing issues:

-Give Congress more power over the Federal Reserve

-End the right to abortion, protecting life from conception

-Reduce penalties for many drug crimes, let nonviolent felons vote

In a nutshell:

Libertarian-ish. Tea party. Young voter strategy.

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Onion Lake Cree Nation chief charged with assault

A Saskatchewan First Nations leader who has garnered a lot of attention after a victory in federal court will be heading back to court on a completely different matter. Chief Wallace Fox of the Onion Lake Cree Nation has been charged with a number of offences, including two counts of assault.

Mounties say the charges stem from a complaint made on May 18. The alleged incident took place at a home on Onion Lake.

He is also facing charges of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and uttering threats to damage property.

Police say Fox was arrested Monday without incident and will be in Onion Lake provincial court on Dec. 16.

READ MORE: Sask. reserves not required to post finances pending court challenge

Last Friday, a federal court judge ruled that the Onion Lake Cree Nation, along with four other First Nations, doesn’t have to open its books to the public pending a challenge to the First Nations Financial Transparency Act.

Meaghan Craig contributed to this story.

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5 reasons why Habs have won 9 straight games

The Montreal Canadiens are on the brink tying an NHL record, as one of only three franchises to start a season with 10 consecutive wins.

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The Habs enter Tuesday night’s game against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena with a 9-0 record, the first team in NHL history to start the year with nine straight regulation victories. A victory on Tuesday would see the Canadiens join the 1993-94 Toronto Maple Leafs and the 2006-07 Buffalo Sabres as the only teams to start a season with 10 straight wins.

So why are the Canadiens so hot?

Carey Price: The goaltender is coming off an MVP season and hasn’t missed a beat. In seven starts, Price leads the league in wins and is top in shutouts (2). He’s has a 1.29 goals against average and a .961 save percentage and has only given up nine goals in seven games.

Improved special teams: The Habs have posted a 90.9 penalty-kill percentage and are eighth in power-play efficiency at 22.9 per cent. Last season, the team was 23rd with an efficiency of 16.5 per cent.

Lines are working: All four lines are contributing so far this season. No longer does Max Pacioretty have to carry the load, as the third and fourth lines are adding to the scoring including Torrey Mitchell, who has three goals to start the season. The addition of Alexander Semin and Tomas Fleischmann has added size to the second and third lines. Nine different players have scored so far this season.

Out in front for good: In nine games, The Habs have only trailed a team for less than three minutes. As NHL长沙桑拿 points out, the Canadiens played 324 minutes without giving up the lead. The deficit only lasted two minutes and 57 seconds.

Schedule: The Canadiens have faced at least two teams that have been off to a slow start this season. Facing the lowly Leafs twice in nine games may have helped the Habs to continue their winning ways, not to mention the Buffalo Sabres, who have won just two games.

Global’s David Shum contributed to this post.

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HHB CEO can’t promise Macdonald Bridge will always open on time – Halifax

HALIFAX – The CEO of Halifax Harbour Bridges, HHB, said he is not surprised the Big Lift on the Macdonald Bridge has run into major issues.

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Steve Snider said HHB is working to regain confidence from commuters after a series of missteps last week. The bridge did not open on time last Monday due complications from replacing the first deck segment. It also did not open on time last Friday after difficulties with moving the gantry. In addition, two speed bumps on the bridge have led to longer waits on the bridge and more frustrations from drivers as a result.

On Tuesday, HHB announced it will re-commence nighttime closures on the Macdonald Bridge. Closures had been temporarily halted on the bridge while HHB re-assessed the work of the contractor, American Bridge Company.

“They provided us detailed schedules of their work plan. They went through it in detail. Both our engineers and our consultants were satisfied there was no reason to not permit the contractor to move ahead with nighttime closures,” Snider said.

Snider said HHB received a detailed root cause analysis of last week’s late openings. He said one item identified was traction rods during the replacement of the first deck segment. He declined to identify the other root causes.

A decision to close the bridge this upcoming weekend has yet to be reached. Snider declined to explain the criteria the contractor would fulfill to receive a green light for a weekend closure.

The Big Lift is expected to be complete by fall of 2017. Snider dismissed the idea officials were too optimistic about how smoothly the project would run, instead emphasizing there have only been two major delays.

“Our plans were such that we would have no late openings. I believe late openings of several minutes is not to be unexpected. Delayed openings of greater duration, that’s a disappointment. I’m not surprised that we’ve run into major issues ok? But you don’t plan to have major issues, you plan to avoid major issues,” he said.

“I can’t stand here today and promise you there will not be any more late openings. But we are sure as heck working towards and striving for no more late openings. Our performance and our action will have to speak for us in terms of re-gaining the confidence of our customers.”

American Bridge Company was also responsible for the renovations done to the Lion’s Gate Bridge in Vancouver. In August 2015, commuters there also saw delays related to the bumps on the bridge. Snider dismissed comparisons between the two bridges.

“The bridges are different. The way the gantry is moved here, my understanding is it’s different from the way the gantry is moved on the Lion’s Gate,” Snider said.

Snider said the contractor may have to pay penalties if the project is not completed on schedule.

Despite the challenges of last week, Snider said he has confidence in the American Bridge Company.

“They were challenged when they went to move the gantry. It was a steep learning curve. They’ve learned a lot. They’ll be able to take this and make use of it when they replace the next segment,” he said.

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Manitoba’s Candice Bergen joins interim leadership race

OTTAWA —; Manitoba Conservative Candice Bergen is joining the race for interim leadership of the Conservative party.

Bergen, who served in two junior cabinet posts, was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and won re-election last week.

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She was also the MP responsible for shepherding the bill that ultimately killed the long-gun registry, a point of political pride for her party and an experience she said makes her well-suited for the task of rallying the battered Conservative caucus in its new role as Official Opposition.

She said the bill initially was viewed as something only extreme, right-wing men were behind, but as its champion she was able to change that perception — and her party needs a change now as well.

“Taking that bill through, changing the tone on it, it was a very difficult issue and I was able to communicate it in a reasonable way and garner a lot of support around the country and even within other party caucus members,” she said in an interview.

“I’m known to be very tough, but I’m not just fair, I’m reasonable. And I think that’s an important quality that I bring.”

Also in the running for the job — which comes with an $80,000 pay bump and the Opposition leader’s residence at Stornoway — are Erin O’Toole, Rob Nicholson and Diane Finley.

Bergen, who worked as party organizer before she sought election and travelled the country during the recent campaign to help out returning and rookie candidates, said caucus knows she has their back.

“We got the message that it is time for a fresh face but at the same time we need to send a message to Canadians that we are still Conservatives,” she said.

“And for those Conservatives who believe in lower taxes, balanced budgets, in being a strong voice on a world stage, this time is still a time for us to send that message.”

While Bergen says she only speaks a little French, she’s committed to having as a deputy leader someone who is fluent in that language to ensure questions are posed properly.

The Conservatives are expected to choose an interim leader at their first post-election caucus meeting scheduled for next week, though Conservative senators have scheduled their own meeting ahead of that gathering.

Defeated MPs have been invited to the Nov. 5 meeting, though many are in Ottawa this week cleaning out their offices and don’t expect to return.

It’s unclear at this point whether only members of Parliament will be able to vote or whether senators have a say as well, due to a disconnect between the party’s constitution and a new piece of legislation that sets out rules on party issues such as leadership.

Equally unclear is whether Stephen Harper, who resigned as party leader following his defeat last week, will show up for the caucus meeting.

He is still sitting as MP for the riding of Calgary Heritage, but has told some colleagues he intends to keep a low profile.

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