Saskatoon weather outlook – July 18

Chance of thunderstorms tonight as the heat returns this week!

Saskatoon Forecast

Today

The day began in the fog around 12 degrees until mid-morning when mostly sunny skies overtook.

We then quickly warmed up into the mid-20s by noon in the sunshine, feeling like 27 with humidity.

We’re shooting for a high in the mid-to-high 20s in the sunshine today, which is expected to feel like the low 30s with humidity.

Tonight

Clouds will roll back in overnight along with a pulse of thunderstorms that may bring some strong wind gusts as they pass by through the overnight period as temperatures fall back toward the mid-teens.

Tuesday

We may see a few lingering morning showers or thunderstorms before clouds clear out of the area midday to give us some sunshine to end the afternoon.

Chance of thunderstorms from the overnight period into the early morning in Saskatoon Tuesday.

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We’re also looking at quite a warm day – exactly how warm is dependent on how long the cloud cover and shower/thunderstorm activity linger in the morning.

If the storms end overnight and are done by morning we could shoot as high as the low 30s tomorrow, but if they linger a little longer into the morning along with the clouds, we may only hit a high in the high 20s.

One thing is for certain, we are expecting humidex values in the low 30s tomorrow afternoon, so prepare for a hot day!

Wednesday-Friday

Mostly sunny skies look like they’ll stick around both Wednesday and Thursday with temperatures in the high 20s, possibly popping up into the low 30s, but humidex values should be in the low 30s under mostly sunny skies and just a few clouds through the afternoon.

There is a slight chance of late day thunderstorms on Wednesday, but otherwise the main thunderstorm risk is Friday as an upper trough destabilizes the atmosphere.

At this point, we’re looking at a daytime high in the upper 20s with clouds building in through the day with a chance of late day showers and thunderstorms for Friday.

Weekend Outlook

Depending how long it takes the upper trough to swing through, we may see some showers and thunderstorms lingering through Saturday with temperatures in the mid-20s.

Sunday looks more stable at this point with some upper ridging moving back in, clearing skies back out to give us a mostly sunny day with a daytime high in the high 20s, possibly even into the low 30s.

July 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Carol Langenberger at Blaine Lake.

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Russian doping scandal: Canadian experts ‘repulsed,’ ‘disheartened’ by report’s findings

They swapped samples, tampered with them and some even “disappeared.” The findings out of an independent investigation that confirmed Russia cheated at the Olympics has left Canadian leaders in the anti-doping field “repulsed,” “astonished,” and “devastated.”

The investigation, led by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren of Western University, concluded that Russia carried out widespread, state-sponsored doping that led to 312 falsified results spanning from 2011 to 2015.

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    In the report’s Monday unveiling, McLaren said that labs in Moscow and Sochi protected Russian athletes.

    “No one would ever assume that a country hosting an Olympic Games would work so actively to sabotage the doping controls that surround the event…I’m repulsed and astonished. It’s like something out of a spy novel in some respects,” Dr. Andrew Pipe told Global News.

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    He’s a physician at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute who has spent decades in sports medicine. Since the 1980s, he’s taken part in 11 Olympics, helped to construct world anti-doping measures and led the formation of Canada’s own anti-doping agency.

    Paul Melia, president of the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sports, said he was “disheartened” by the findings.

    WATCH: An independent investigation led by a Canadian law professor has confirmed widespread, state-sponsored doping in Russian sports. 

    He said he thinks of the response from “clean” athletes who jump through so many hoops to play their sport on a global stage.

    “Everything we do is to try to ensure that not just Canadian athletes, but athletes around the world, have a level playing field. We demand so much of them to apply to this world anti-doping code – we take their blood, urine, check on their whereabouts, look at their medical records,” Melia told Global News.

    “All of that is very intrusive, and they do it willingly because that’s the price they pay for a clean sport. So for them to do that and to hear a country was undermining everything they were doing and they were competing against these athletes…that must be discouraging for them,” Melia said.

    Melia said world officials made huge strides in anti-doping measures. Athlete biological passports – or ABPs, for example – were implemented. They act as identity cards containing each athlete’s blood profile in its uninterrupted state. Athletes have to be tested at random and often to create a baseline of what their typical blood makeup looks like. Then, officials can easily detect an aberration.

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    But the report found that Russian athletes circumvented most of this – in the lab, the “disappearing positive methodology” meant that samples of positive test results were turned into negative ones.

    “Laboratory staff was under strict instructions to report all positives to the ministry of sport, whatever the circumstances,” McLaren said.

    In summary, samples were swapped out to cover up doping.  Russia’s own secret service, called the FSB, was even tasked with figuring out how to swap dirty urine with clean urine, the report said.

    “They [FSB] developed a method for surreptitiously removing the caps of the bottles for use at Sochi,” McLaren said. “As a result there were no positive samples at the Sochi Games for Russian athletes.”

    READ MORE: Report confirms Russian sample-swapping, widespread doping during Olympics

    Pipe called the swapping system “deceptively simple” – a quick “switcheroo” that took place in the middle of the night.

    It’s the scale that’s troubling, too. While single athletes or a unit led by coach may be found guilty of doping, this is a “whole new scale.”

    “No one has been brazen enough to do this in an Olympic Games…we put great faith in the lab scientists and lab apparatuses around the world. It’s appalling to learn what has taken place in this setting and the architecture behind it all,” Pipe said.

    Melia called the findings “disillusioning.”

    WATCH: According to a WADA report, the drug testing lab at the Sochi Olympics “operated a unique sample swapping methodology” that allowed “dirty” Russian athletes to compete at the 2014 Winter Games.

    “We were developing new test techniques and it felt like we were moving forward and making progress to stop doping in sport. To think this kind of doping was going on and it was run by the government of Russia and their lab with no regard for the code or integrity of the sport,” Melia said.

    READ MORE: World Anti-Doping Agency wants IOC to ban all Russian teams from Rio Olympics

    The bottom line? He suggests that while world anti-doping codes have been put in place, it doesn’t mean countries are abiding by the rules.

    “We’ve naively believed they’ve adopted the code and they say they’ve been following the code, but they’ve been doing the opposite,” Melia said.

    Following Monday’s report, the WADA’s executive board wants the IOC to ban all Russian teams from the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

    WADA also wants Russian government officials to be denied access to international competitions, including the upcoming Olympics.

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New trend giving the finger to engagement rings

Why wait for someone to “put a ring on it” if you could do it yourself?

That’s the idea behind the “self love” pinky ring that’s popping up on social media threads as a testament of a woman’s commitment to herself.

“An engagement ring is external love, whereas the pinky ring is entirely self-sufficient love,” said 23-year-old Aaryn Doyle of Ontario.

She and her best friend Vita Chambers showed off their matching bling on Instagram last month.

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Laura Chambers, who lives in Maine, recently bought one for her daughter’s university graduation. She says she fell in love with the simple design as much as the message behind it.

“What better gift can one give to their daughter… a daily reminder to smile and put yourself first,” she said. “The ring represented everything we’d spent the formative years quietly instilling in our daughter: to be strong, do what makes you happy, be you and follow your instinct.”

Laura Chambers and her daughter Hannah.

All the women admit to having their own struggles with self-love at times. But the triangular trinket is supposed to serve as a daily reminder to love and honour oneself.

Melody Godfred came up with the idea for it after treating herself to a pinky ring, shortly after giving birth to her now-four-year-old twin girls.

“I… found myself drowning because I was never on my own priority list,” the 34-year-old L.A. entrepreneur said, looking back at the difficult time of managing life with two newborns.

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She eventually learned to let go and accept herself (along with all her shortcomings) — a tough feat after having grown up surrounded by “super women” who held themselves to an ideal of perfection, even if it was to their detriment.

Seeing the stone on her little finger every day and remembering what it’s supposed to be convey, proved to be powerful for Godfred.

And when she launched her company Fred + Far with her friend Samina Far this past February, her hope was to help other women make that same mental shift.

“Up until now the only ring women have been taught to wear represents a symbol of commitment to someone else. And it’s also very contingent on being chosen.”

“We’ve been taught that we all need a ring, and it needs to be big and …that if it’s not big and we’re not chosen then we’re not of value.

“We’re kind of taking that narrative and turning it over, saying, ‘you know what, I’m going to use this as a tool for empowering myself.”

The Fred + Far rings are all 1.5-carat conflict-free white sapphires that either come in a sterling silver setting (for USD$150) or solid gold for roughly double the price.

Each purchase comes with a “pinky promise pledge card to commemorate the commitment” a woman is making to herself.

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Skeptics might be asking themselves: “Isn’t this just another ploy to sell rings?” After all, diamond engagement rings became part of our culture when the diamond company De Beers instilled in us that “A Diamond is Forever.”

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Godfred doesn’t mind the criticism.

“At the end of the day, our goal is to spread the mission of self love,” she said.

“We’re happy this conversation is happening even if it’s not always taken in a positive light. I still think it’s spreading the message and that, for us, is absolutely the most important thing.”

She also points out that she and her business partner are not jewelers by trade. In fact, down the road, they may even sell something entirely different to remind women of their relationship with themselves.

As for Doyle and Chambers, as much as they love their pinky rings, both admitted they wouldn’t shy away from posting their engagement rings online when that moment comes.

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“I believe both rings go hand in hand,” 23-year-old Chambers said. “Both should be celebrated.”

According to mythology, she added, the Greeks believed we were born as a whole but were then ripped apart into two, leaving us to search for our other halves (i.e. our “soul mates”).

“I think for you to find your other half,” she said, “you need to find yourself first.”

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$8.4M Calgary condo sets three-year price record

A riverfront development in Calgary has bucked the recent downward trend in luxury condominium sales in the city, after selling a unit for $8.4 million.

Sotheby’s International Realty Canada said Monday that the sale of the 5,000-square-foot condo, along with the $5.2-million sale of a 3,000-square-foot condo in the same building, are the highest prices paid for units in the city for three years.

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The two condos are part of The River, an upscale real estate development in the city’s Mission neighbourhood, where the penthouse suite set an all-time record price for a condo in Calgary after selling for $8.99 million in 2012.

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The high-end sales are something of an outlier in the city. Condo sales over $700,000 having dropped by more than half so far this year compared with last year, totalling 17 as of the end of June.

Of those 17 sales, none had sold for more than $2.5 million, compared with four units that exceeded that sale price by the end of June last year.

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But overall sales for homes in excess of one-million dollars, including condos and semi-detached and detached houses, have climbed 8.6 per cent this year compared with last year when 317 sold by the end of June.

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Why one Trump supporter has a gun strapped to his leg during the Republican convention

Sam Kurek is carrying his gun out in the open at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland this week because it’s his right and it’s the law, he told Global News.

Wearing a t-shirt reading “Hillary Clinton for Prison 2016” and a handgun strapped to his right thigh, he said he’s not going out of his way to “make a political statement.”

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    “It’s to defend myself and just to show we’re not bad people,” he said at a rally for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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    Kurek told Global News he has to carry his firearm openly in Ohio because of the law. He usually carries it concealed back in his home state of Pennsylvania — where the Democrats will hold their convention in Philadelphia next week.

    Kurek said his concealed carry license in Pennsylvania didn’t reciprocate to Ohio, but the Ohio attorney general’s office says on its website:

    “Ohio recognizes the concealed handgun license of any non-resident who has a valid concealed handgun license from any other state, regardless of whether Ohio has entered into a reciprocity agreement with that state.”

    When asked about an attempt to have the state’s open carry law suspended for the duration of the convention, he said that was a “dangerous conversation to have.”

    “That’s how a lot of our rights get chipped away, out of fear,” he said. “If they can do it temporarily, they can do it permanently.”

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    Kurek said he has sympathy for police, especially given the deadly police shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, but he believes it’s his constitutional right to carry his weapon.

    “They took an oath when they protect the constitution when they became a police officer,” he said. “It’s a little disappointing that they want to suspend constitutional rights.”

    The union representing police in Cleveland wanted Ohio governor (and former GOP presidential hopeful) John Kasich to suspend the open carry law because they were concerned in the wake of the police shootings and heated protests over the recent police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

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    Stephen Loomis, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association, told CNN it is “irresponsible” for people to bring their guns to the convention.

    “You can’t go into a crowded theatre and scream fire. And that’s exactly what they’re doing by bringing those guns down there,” Loomis said Sunday. “They can fight about it after the RNC or they can lift it after the RNC, but I want him to absolutely outlaw open-carry in Cuyahoga County until this RNC is over.”

    And that doesn’t mean police want rights of gun owners to be taken away.

    “As a police officer I am very much in favor of the Second Amendment and the right to bear arms, but in a situation like this I don’t see what good it does to open carry,” Bill Morris, a police officer and Trump supporter, told Reuters. “You don’t go walking around Washington, D.C., with a rifle, and I don’t see why you should do it here.”

    In the end, Kasich said there was nothing he could do about the law.

    While guns aren’t allowed inside the Quicken Loans Arena, which is considered a secure zone, guns are allowed inside a 2.7-kilometre perimeter surrounding the “event zone.” Things like toy guns and even tennis balls, however, are banned from that same area.

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Melania Trump addresses convention: ‘We’re going to win, we’re going to win so big’

CLEVELAND – Painting a bleak picture of America’s future, Republicans promised a new era of security with Donald Trump as president as they opened a four-day convention against the backdrop of an unsettling summer and deep party divisions.

The doom-and-gloom message of the night was offset by a warm and personal address by the candidate’s wife, Melania Trump, who made a rare turn in the political spotlight to show a kinder, gentler side of her brash husband.

“If you want someone to fight for you and your country, I can assure you, he is the guy,” Mrs. Trump said in her highest profile appearance of the presidential campaign. Her husband made a brief, but showy entrance, into the convention call to introduce her, emerging from shadows and declaring to cheers, “We’re going to win, we’re going to win so big.”

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Mrs. Trump was the first of several family members and friends who will take the stage in Cleveland during the convention that officially kicks of the businessman’s general election battle with Democrat Hillary Clinton. But many of the party’s past and future stars are glaringly missing from the lineup, underscoring the concerns GOP leaders have with closely aligning themselves with Trump.

Republican divisions erupted briefly on the convention floor Monday afternoon after party officials adopted rules by a shouted voice vote. Anti-Trump forces seeking to derail his nomination responded with loud and angry chants, though they were quickly quieted and there were no lingering signs of the protests as delegates returned to the cavernous convention hall for the evening program.

WATCH: Republican National Convention kicks off with chaos on the floor

Trump hoped the chaos would be little more than a footnote. Despite persistent party divisions, his campaign is confident Republicans will come together behind their shared disdain for Clinton.

The theme of the opening night was “Make America Safe Again” and a parade of speakers told emotional stories about loved ones killed while serving in the military or at the hands of people in the United States illegally.

Republicans also highlighted at length the deadly 2012 attacks on Americans in Benghazi, Libya, while Clinton was serving as secretary of state. The mother of one of the victims choked back tears as she personally blamed Clinton for her son’s death and accused her of giving a false explanation for the attack.

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“If Hilary Clinton can’t give us the truth, why should we give her the presidency,” Pat Smith said.

The convention comes amid a wrenching period of violence and unrest, both in the United States and around the world. In a matter of weeks, Americans have seen deadly police shootings, a shocking ambush of police in Texas and escalating racial tensions, not to mention a failed coup in Turkey and gruesome Bastille Day attack in Nice, France. Three police officers were killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, on the eve of the convention’s opening day.

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In one of the night’s most impassioned speeches, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani bemoaned racial divisions that he said have only gotten worse.

“What happened to ‘there’s no black America, there’s no white America, there is just America?”‘ he said. A longtime friend of Trump’s, Giuliani also vigorously defended the candidate’s character, saying he was “sick and tired of the defamation of Donald Trump by the media and the Clinton campaign.”

Convention speakers relentlessly cast the troubling times as a result of ineffective leadership by President Barack Obama and Clinton, who spent four years in his administration.

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“Hillary Clinton cannot be trusted. Her judgment and character are not suited to be sitting in the most powerful office in the world,” said Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, according to excerpts of her speech released in advance.

Clinton, during remarks Monday at the NAACP’s annual convention, said there was no justification for directing violence at law enforcement.

“As president, I will bring the full weight of the law to bear in making sure those who kill police officers are brought to justice,” she said.

Trump has been vague about how he would put the nation on a different course, offering virtually no details of his policy prescriptions despite repeated vows to be tough.

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Campaign chairman Paul Manafort said Trump would “eventually” outline policy specifics but not at the convention. However, Trump said in a Monday night interview with Fox News that his convention speech Thursday would discuss a “major, major” tax cut, immigration, getting rid of burdensome regulations and taking care of veterans.

Yet the line-up of speakers and no-shows for the four-night convention was a visual representation of Trump’s struggles to unify Republicans. From the party’s former presidents to the host state governor, many leaders were staying away from the convention stage, or Cleveland altogether, wary of being linked to a man whose proposals and temperament have sparked an identity crisis within the GOP.

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That left Trump with an eclectic array of validators, including Scott Baio and Willie Robertson, star of “Duck Dynasty,” who took the stage with an American flag bandanna wrapped around his head.

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“No matter who you are, Donald Trump will have your back,” Robertson said as he opened the evening program.

Trump’s team insists that by the end of the week, Republicans will plunge into the general election campaign united in their mission to defeat Clinton. But campaign officials undermined their own effort Monday by picking a fight with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is not attending the convention and has yet to endorse Trump.”

Manafort, in remarks to reporters at a Bloomberg breakfast, called Kasich “petulant” and said the governor was “embarrassing” his party in his home state.

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“No matter who you are, Donald Trump will have your back,” Robertson said as he opened the evening program.

Trump’s team insists that by the end of the week, Republicans will plunge into the general election campaign united in their mission to defeat Clinton. But campaign officials undermined their own effort Monday by picking a fight with Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is not attending the convention and has yet to endorse Trump.”

Manafort, in remarks to reporters at a Bloomberg breakfast, called Kasich “petulant” and said the governor was “embarrassing” his party in his home state.

Ryan, asked at a later event whether Trump was really a conservative, said:

“Define conservative; he’s not my kind of conservative.”

Baton Rouge shooting: slain officers all hail from same community

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. – Fresh out of the police academy, Matthew Gerald was so proud to bring his cruiser home that he stood in the driveway, wiping it down under the hot Louisiana sun. His neighbour Ashley Poe watched as he flicked the blue lights on and off, on and off.

Poe and her husband shared a laugh. The 41-year-old former soldier and Marine looked like an excited kid.

“It’s like living out the dream,” she said.

Gerald got to live it only for a few months. He was one of three officers gunned down in an ambush Sunday in Baton Rouge, traumatizing a nation already on edge.

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In the span of 10 turbulent days, 10 law enforcement officers have been killed by attackers – at a protest march in Dallas, a courthouse in Michigan and now a convenience store in Baton Rouge. Together, the shootings represent the deadliest attack on law enforcement in decades.

The officers who died Sunday all lived just outside Denham Springs, a quiet bedroom community across the Amite River from Baton Rouge, which has been in turmoil for two weeks. Tensions rose sharply after the death of Alton Sterling, a black man killed by white Baton Rouge officers after a scuffle at a convenience store. The killing was captured on cellphone video.

As the nation debates race and policing, this community is mourning three of its sons – all husbands and fathers described by friends as being committed to protecting and serving the public.

“You hear about these things happening across the county to officers just trying to defend us, but this brings it right here, to our home,” Livingston Parish President Layton Ricks said. “These are our families. These are good men. They’re the only line of defence between good and evil. We say we don’t want to let this evil affect how we live our daily lives. But it does.”

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Gavin Long, a former Marine from Missouri dressed in black and carrying extra ammunition, opened fire on officers around 8:45 a.m. Sunday, police said.

The gunfire also killed 45-year-old Brad Garafola, an East Baton Rouge Parish sheriff’s deputy and a father of four, and 32-year-old Montrell Jackson, a 10-year veteran of the Baton Rouge Police Department with a newborn baby at home.

“The world is crazy right now. It is complete chaos,” Jackson’s sister-in-law said. “And it all needs to stop, everything. We all need peace.”

Three other officers were wounded. One of them, Deputy Nicholas Tullier, remained in critical condition Monday. The gunman was killed at the scene.

Poe watched from the window Sunday morning as a line of police cars pulled up in front of Gerald’s house. She woke up her husband, a former city police officer.

“He said, ‘What’s wrong?’ and I said, ‘There’s units everywhere, and you’ve told me that’s never a good sign,”‘ she said. They turned on the news.

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Jackson’s father-in-law, Lonnie Jordan, called him a “gentle giant” – tall and stout and formidable looking, but with a peaceful disposition.

Jordan said his son-in-law had been working long hours since Sterling was killed.

Jackson posted on Facebook that he was physically and emotionally tired. He wrote that while in uniform he gets nasty looks and out of uniform some consider him a threat.

“I swear to God I love this city,” he wrote, “but I wonder if this city loves me.”

The police chief described at a news conference how he had gone to the district where Jackson worked just days earlier in an attempt to boost the spirits of the officers. Instead Jackson ended up giving him the pep talk.

He had been on the force 10 years and risen to the rank of corporal, said Kedrick Pitts, his half brother. He worked hard, sometimes seven days a week.

He was funny and good natured, Pitts said. He collected shoes, 500 pairs, including special Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan lines

READ MORE: What we know about gunman Gavin Long who killed 3 police officers

But what he loved most was his wife and 4-month-old son.

“He’s going to grow up without a father,” said Jackson’s sister-in-law, Lauren Rose said. “But we’ll be there to give him memories and let him know how his dad was a great man, and how he died with honour … Hopefully one day, he’ll be like his dad.”

At the convenience store Sunday, Garafola tried to intervene and help the fallen officers.

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Surveillance video showed Garafola firing at the gunman from behind a dumpster as bullets hit the concrete around him, East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Getreaux said.

“My deputy went down fighting. He returned fire to the very end,” the sheriff said.

Garafola’s friends described him as a man committed to public service and devoted to his family.

He had a wife and four children: a 21-year-old son, a 15-year-old daughter, a 12-year-old son and a 7-year-old daughter.

Sgt. Gerald Parker, a close friend, described him as a “jack of all trades” who enjoyed helping people in his neighbourhood, like mending their fences or mowing their lawns. He worked hard, often picking up extra hours.

WATCH: Police dispatch calls reveal frantic moments following shooting in Baton Rouge

“He was a man of strong character,” Parker said. “All these officers are heroes. Some people would run. But these gentlemen leave their families knowing something can happen.”

Tullier, a father of two teenage sons, is surrounded by family at the hospital.

Carol Sue McManus, a relative, said he’s a workaholic who serves on two units, one patrol and the other motorcycle. She said he was injured at one point when he was run over while escorting a funeral procession.

“I’m mad,” she said with tears in her eyes. “I wish all this madness would stop.”

A license on every dog: Montreal cracks down on pet owners

The City of Montreal is cracking down on unregistered dogs as animal control inspectors step up to enforce pet bylaws.

“They’re going around in the parks and see the owners of the dogs to see if they have a permit, if they’re on a leash and if not they’re going to give out some fines,” said Anie Samson, vice-chair of the city’s executive committee.

The city insists registering pets in Montreal is not a new rule, but after a string of serious dog attacks, officials have decided to ramp up their animal control laws.

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    “We need to know how many dogs we have, what kind of dogs we have because we have to plan; if we want to put a dog place in the park,  we have to know how many dogs we have,” said Samson.

    According to city officials, only 14 per cent of the estimated 150,000 dogs in Montreal are properly registered.

    They said the goal is to get every dog in the city registered by the end of the summer.

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    However, animal owners seem to have mixed feelings.

    “It’s not a big issue, you just have to pay or whatever it is, it’s fine,” said NDG resident Rodrigo Galvin.

    “They do take care of the dog parks and everything that comes with it, so I have no issue with it whatsoever.”

    To make the process simple and easy, the city has set up a section on its website that lists every borough’s rules and fees.

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    Still, some residents said they don’t think it’s necessary.

    “They want us to spend the extra x amount of money to go register them for what?” said NDG resident Caroline Seguin.

    “To say ‘yeah, they’re a part of Montreal?’”

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    Dog owners who fail to comply and get caught could face fines of up to $250.

    “I rescued two dogs, I think I did a good deed by rescuing the animals, giving them a second chance and now you guys are going to fine me for not registering them with the city?” said Seguin.

    Meanwhile, the city says registering pets is only part of their tougher animal laws.

    READ MORE: Montreal to ban pit bulls and other dangerous breeds following fatal attack

    The city is looking at whether to enact a bylaw this fall that would ban specific breeds, such as pit bulls.

What’s killing fish in Okanagan Lake? Province says viral outbreak, weather changes may be cause

Thermal shock or disease could be factors into a recent kokanee die-off in Okanagan lake that has some residents concerned.

“We headed out on the lake and noticed the kill off of these fish which [and] we were quite alarmed. It’s the first time we’ve seen in it in our 10 years of boating,” West Kelowna resident Scott Thresher said.

“There are about six-inch kokanee and they’re right across the lake, both sides and in masses and we’ve never seen it before.”

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    Thresher said he was boating on the lake near the West Kelowna Yacht Club when he saw hundreds of dead fish.

    “Of course you immediately think that the lake has been poisoned or something but then we realized that it was just this particular species of fish and nothing else was floating at the top,” Thresher said.

    The province said sudden changes in water temperature or a viral outbreak could be why more than 1,000 kokanee have washed up on the shores of the lake since Thursday.

    “While biologists have yet to pinpoint what is causing the kokanee deaths, previous die offs in Okanagan Lake and elsewhere have been associated with strong winds that can send warm surface water deeper into the lake,” public affairs officer for the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Greig Bethel said in a news release.

    One of the dead fish that washed up on the shore of Okanagan Lake.

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    Bethel said tissue samples are being analyzed by staff at a fish health lab in Duncan  to find out if disease was a factor in the recent kokanee deaths.

    “Die-offs in other lakes have been linked to the infectious hematopoietic necrosis virus – IHNV,” he said.

    While the numbers of dead fish that are washing up on valley shores is alarming to some, Bethel said the die-off won’t have a large impact on the lake’s overall kokanee population.

    “Last year, biologists counted more than 336,500 spawning kokanee on the lake, the most since annual counts began in 1992,” he said.

    ~ With files from Blaine Gaffney

Canadian arts and culture sites welcome Pokemon Go players

TORONTO – The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a place of reverence and inspiration, a sombre examination of past atrocities, and a touching tribute to humanity’s capacity to persevere.

It’s also a place to catch those cute, candy-coloured pocket monsters from Pokemon Go, boasts Maureen Fitzhenry, a spokeswoman for the Winnipeg museum that’s welcoming eager Pokemon hunters to visit and explore — as long as they remain respectful of sometimes sensitive surroundings.

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    The museum’s “Garden of Contemplation,” an interior space of basalt rock and pools located below a massive glass cloud, has been designated as a “gym” in the Pokemon Go universe, a place where players are encouraged to visit repeatedly to battle and earn in-game currency.

    Given that it’s located within a tickets-only section, Fitzhenry is happy to see gamers come by, even if they end up loitering in obvious disregard to the exhibits.

    “Maybe if people are coming in to play Pokemon they may also then be able to check out our own mobile app and maybe connect with some of our educational moments and inspiring moments as well,” says Fitzhenry.

    “But we really do hope and think that everyone will be respectful in the areas of the museum that house sensitive subject matter and where a respectful demeanour is appropriate.”

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    It’s a similar story over at the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, also known as the National Cemetery of Canada, where those laid to rest include former prime ministers, Canadian Forces members and everyday citizens.

    Cemetery president Roger Boult says players have been respectful so far, and as long as that continues he welcomes Pokemon fans to wander the park-like grounds.

    “We have a mausoleum, we have a chapel, but it’s open to the public,” Boult notes. “If there are Pokemon in there, that’s OK. Come in and have a look.”

    The augmented-reality mobile game is all about capturing cartoon monsters that seem to appear in the real world thanks to the game’s GPS and mapping capabilities. Players are encouraged to roam their city to visit so-called Pokestops to collect supplies and visit gyms to battle other players.

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    Its popularity appears to be giving some arts and culture sites an added boost during the tourist season, and Boult hoped interest in his museum will extend beyond the summer months.

    “We don’t want to restrict people from coming in. We want people to come in and walk around and if they’re watching their screen more than they’re looking at the flowers and the trees and the birds and the wildlife, well, all right, that’s OK too.”

    Even the sacred BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto, a Hindu temple that demands silence among visitors and bans sleeveless tops and shorts, wouldn’t stop players from hunting Pokemon in public areas, says a spokesman.

    But he also said staff haven’t noticed an influx of Pokemon players yet, and simply attributed any general uptick in visitors to the tourist season.

    One exception to the generally warm welcome for Pokemon fans has come from Corrections Canada, which tweeted a warning that players refrain from hunting at Stony Mountain Institution, a federal prison in Manitoba where players were apparently seen on the grounds.

    Pokemon characters have also been spotted in Canadian police stations and hospitals, prompting polite requests that players stay safe, alert and respectful of their surroundings.

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    It’s been a different story elsewhere, with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia both explicitly asking visitors not to play the game there.

    Spokespeople at both locations said they were trying to have their sites removed from the game, deeming it “extremely inappropriate” for such hallowed grounds.

    There have also been concerns about Pokemon fans playing at the former German death camp Auschwitz and the 9/11 Memorial in New York City.

    But there’s undeniably shrewd marketing opportunities to be had for businesses looking to attract the smartphone-toting players.

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    In the U.S., several small businesses have purchased in-app lures that effectively draw potential customers in search of Pokemon.

    Meanwhile, Toronto businesses are all over 桑拿会所 with posts about their Pokemon connections, including the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Toronto Zoo, and countless stores and restaurants touting cute creatures waiting for capture.

    A Facebook group for Pokemon Go fans was advertising a “harbourfront lure party” where players can capture the pocket monsters en masse, while the CN Tower was promoting a Pokemon Go party on Monday night.

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Owner fights to get horse back from Ontario sanctuary accused of neglect

Out of all the horses at an auction, a large Clydesdale caught Jess Fobert’s eye.

She was intent on rescuing a horse, and the seriously underweight but sweet-natured giant named Encore seemed perfect.

Fobert purchased Encore and gave the critically ill horse a second chance at life.

“I promised him I would look out for him for the rest of his days,” she told Global News.

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In the months that followed, Fobert even documented Encore’s journey back to health for a TV series called “Free Rein.”

Then, after sifting through dozens of adoption applications, she chose to adopt him out to Whisper Ridge Ranch, which was billed as a horse sanctuary near Peterborough.

In March 2015, she said she dropped the robust horse off —; but returned four months later to a horse that had changed completely.

“That’s when I first saw how terrible Encore looked,” said Fobert. “At that point he had lost a lot of weight.”

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Fobert said she tried to take him home but claimed the farm owner, Sandra Reed, repeatedly refused to let her and even padlocked Encore in.

In October, Fobert said she told the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals that horses on the property were starving, adding she made another report in December.

She wasn’t the only one with concerns.

A woman who rented a room at the farm said she feared for all the horses, especially Encore.

“He pretty much looked like a skeleton with some skin and horse hair draped over him,” said Tori Black.

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Black is one of two women who said they approached the OSPCA in March with pictures of emaciated horses and also provided a video of a horse thrashing about as it lay dying.

But she said she still received nothing from the OSPCA.

Meanwhile, Fobert had launched a legal battle to get Encore back, assisted by a paralegal who felt compelled to help after seeing photos of the horse.

“Ms. Reed should not have animals. There are serious, serious cases of abuse,” Mark Greco told Global News.

Finally, after her day in a Peterborough court, a judge declared Fobert is Encore’s rightful owner under the terms of the adoption agreement and provided a court order for immediate possession.

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“Tears of joy and relief absolutely, the horse has fought so hard to survive,” she said on her way out of the courthouse. “He’s been so patient waiting for us.”

Within hours, two OPP vehicles escorted Fobert onto the property.

“I’m terrified to know what he looks like,” said Fobert, who had not seen the horse firsthand since December.

But after several minutes they left, without Encore.

The horse had been moved to another property.

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With the support of police, Fobert headed down the road to a nearby farm.

Then, from around the side of a large barn the horse emerged, with a whinny.

Emaciated, but alive, Encore was timid and moved slowly, then nibbled at treats used to lure him onto the trailer.

The woman whose farm he had been moved to thought she was rescuing the horse, unaware of his ownership.

“The allegations are false,” wrote Reed an in an emailed response to multiple interview requests.

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She suggested any problems were the fault of a former employee.

“Our standard of care has since been inspected and approved by the OSPCA,” wrote Reed.

The OSPCA could not confirm those details and would only say that an investigation is underway.

Reed requested further inquiries be sent to her lawyer.

But Fobert has her horse back.

“I knew he was going to wait for me, its good,” she said, adding that although this battle was for Encore, now the fight is for the other horses left behind.

Pilot in Alberta airshow crash remembered as humble and happy

COLD LAKE, Alta. – A pilot killed during an airshow in Alberta on Sunday is being remembered as someone who had a passion for planes.

Pilot and geologist Bruce Evans died when his vintage Trojan T-28 aircraft crashed in front of thousands of spectators at the Cold Lake Airshow.

His friend Dave O’Malley says Evans was incredibly humble and loved to share his passion for aviation with young people.

O’Malley says he met Evans many years ago when they were flying with young cadets as part of a training program to teach youth about Canada’s aviation history.

Watch below: The Wetaskiwin Air Show was dedicated to Calgary pilot Bruce Evans on Wednesday. Evans died during a performance at the Cold Lake Air Show over the weekend. Nancy Carlson has more.

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    O’Malley says Evans was an experienced pilot with over 4,100 hours of flying time and the crash was a shock to many who knew him.

    The Transportation Safety Board says the cause of the crash is still unknown and an investigation at the Canadian Forces base is underway.

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    According to the air show’s website, Evans, who is also known by the name “Frac,” was a geologist who works around the world in the field of resources exploration. His bio says he grew up in an Air Force family and his father spent time as an aircraft maintenance engineer as well as a radar specialist.

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    Evans attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ont. and according to his bio, the family’s Cessna 172 – a small aircraft – was used to travel to and from university.

    The air show’s website says Evans bought a T-28B Trojan in 2007 and that the plane he bought was built in 1955.

    Pilot Bruce Evans is shown in the cockpit of his T-28 Trojan aircraft.

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    A photo of pilot Bruce Evans. CFB Cold Lake says he did not survive a plane crash at the Cold Lake Air Show on July 17, 2016.

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    CFB Cold Lake says pilot Bruce Evans, from Calgary, did not survive a crash at the Cold Lake Air Show on July 17, 2016.

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Pokemon Go players find naked woman vandalising Connecticut church

Two young men playing Pokemon Go were led to the prayer garden of a Roman Catholic church last week in Westport, Conn., according to police. But instead of finding the mystical creatures, they came across a naked woman who was vandalizing the property.

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Westport Police told the Connecticut Post that the naked woman in the garden had pulled lights from the ground, overturned a statue and benches and was throwing garbage from her car into a baptismal pond.

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“She was a 40-something-year-old female, completely naked, going through a psychotic episode,” Lt. David Farrell told News 12.

The woman was not arrested but sent to a local hospital for evaluation instead.

The church’s pastor, Msgr. Andy Varga, said he felt “sadness” for the woman.

“Clearly, this is not a well individual,” he said. “We hope she gets well. Whatever it is that caused this in her, clearly it needs attention.”

Sister Maureen Fleming, the church’s outreach coordinator, told the Post that the damage done to the church is “all very fixable.”

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On Facebook, the church wrote: “This poor tormented woman came to church. How beautiful. All are welcome. Although the world will see destruction and sickness, we can see the Lord working to bring a soul home.”

On Sunday afternoon, the hugely popular mobile game was released in Canada. Excited players overloaded the servers in just an hour.

– With files from the Associated Press

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