Osoyoos debates banning all marijuana operations

Osoyoos boasts of having ‘Canada’s warmest welcome,’ but not when it comes to marijuana retail shops. Instead those may continue getting a cold reception as the town considers passing a bylaw that would ban marijuana operations.

READ MORE: Town of Osoyoos orders pot shop shut down after allegations of illegal sales

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A the last council meeting, mayor and council were split on the proposal. But in a 3-2 vote, they approved the initial readings of the bylaw.

“If this bylaw gets passed, I don’t think it is incredibly harmful, I just don’t personally think it is necessary,” said councillor Mike Campol, who voted against.

“We have the right to refuse business licenses and the RCMP are, and have been, doing a great job with dealing with what we’ve been faced now with dispensaries trying to open here.”

The town said there’s been growing business interests from marijuana dispensary owners. So it sought legal counsel,  which recommended implementing a new zoning bylaw amendment.

The town said this would be a ‘short-term, interim measure’ as officials wait for the federal government to introduce new regulations that would impact marijuana dispensaries.

“Just because any zoning bylaw can be changed any time, it is just my feeling that we’re discouraging something that we don’t completely understand,” Campol said.

On Monday, people will be able to provide input at a public hearing before the issue goes for a third hearing.

Brynn Jones, an Okanagan marijuana business owner, is speaking in front of council.

His position: educate and regulate, not prohibit.

“I’m not hoping to change council, but bring information to them. We want civic council to make the right decisions for their community, no matter what they are. But we also want to make informed decisions,”Jones said.

Council will finalize a date for the third reading before the bylaw goes for adoption.

Craven Country Jamboree cleanup expected to be completed earlier than usual

A small lake of beer under the grandstand bleachers, overflowing dumpsters, questionable sleeping bags and an abandoned barbecue are just some of the sights in the annual Craven Country Jamboree cleanup.

The mess after the four-day music festival is nothing new, but it gets under the skin of some jamboree attendees.

“There’s some pretty disgusting people that come here, yeah. No regard for anybody, but themselves basically,” Jon Secuur said.

Secuur was out on Monday picking up empty cans with his daughter Megan. It’s a post-Craven tradition for the two, who capped off their experience with a run to Sar-Can and a visit to Toys-R-Us.

A small percentage of the thousands of beer cans left behind in the Jamboree hangover.

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However, not all the camps are filled with carelessly discarded cans. On Monday morning, there were lots of campsites where garbage was neatly collected in bags awaiting pickup.

It’s not all bad at the Jamboree clean-up. Many campsites have their garbage properly packed away.

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Organizers said that the dry weather is a welcomed help for the clean-up efforts, which they anticipate to finish by Thursday.

“It does make everything easier. Not just for us logistically as a festival, but for everyone getting in and out of here. Certainly keeping their camp sites clean and tidy,” assistant marketing director, Gerry Krochak said.

A team of 140 workers has been hired to handle the cleanup, which includes clearing garbage for camp sites, handling dozens of dumpsters, and clearing about 300 porta-potties.

The small lake of beer underneath the Craven grandstand bleachers.

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    In the meantime, residents in the village of Craven have to look at the mess. Most people Global News spoke with enjoy the festival, and see the mess as an unfortunate, but an inevitable side effect.

    “If you look at it right after the jamboree’s done it is a field of garbage out there, but it is gone within a week,” Rick Taylor said.

    “It is cleaned up and spotless within no time at all.”

    “I think it’s sad. I think it comes with any type of music festival, though,” Emily Dias said.

    “It’d be nice if people were a bit more responsible and took their own garbage out, but I do know sometimes dumpsters are over-filled and stuff blows around.”

    A wrecked tire and chair are just some of the items discarded in this pile of trash.

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Orlando shooter Omar Mateen repeatedly taunted for being Muslim

ORLANDO, Fla. – The gunman who opened fire at a gay Florida nightclub last month in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history had complained he was repeatedly taunted for being Muslim in his job as a security guard at a Florida courthouse, according to records released Monday.

When Omar Mateen first started working at the St. Lucie Courthouse, one guard told deputies that “I’m a Muslim extremist and potential terrorist,” Mateen wrote in a statement to his bosses at the security firm he worked for, G4S Secure Solutions.

When boxes were delivered to the courthouse, another guard often said, “We have to be careful Omar may send us a bomb and he will get his 72 virgins,” Mateen wrote, according to the records released by the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office.

WATCH: Transcript of 911 calls from Pulse NIghtclub offer chilling timeline of Orlando shooting

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Another time, a deputy teased Mateen that his fingers had pork oil on them and he was going to rub them on Mateen’s shirt, according to Mateen. Observant Muslims don’t eat pork because it is considered unclean.

READ MORE: No evidence Orlando gunman Omar Mateen was seeking gay relationships, investigation sources say

According to the records, Mateen told his bosses that in response to the taunting, he told co-workers he had ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspects and Nidal Hasan, a former U.S. Army major who was convicted and sentenced to death in a 2009 shooting at Fort Hood in Texas that left 13 people dead and 31 wounded.

That prompted an FBI investigation in 2013. But the documents show the FBI didn’t believe he was a terrorist, and an agent told a sheriff’s office major that he didn’t think Mateen “would go postal or anything like that.”

The FBI investigated Mateen again in 2014 because of his ties to a Syrian suicide bomber who went to the same mosque, but that case also was closed without the agency taking action.

WATCH: Emotional eulogies at funeral of Orlando shooting victim who died shielding her son

Mateen opened fire at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando during “Latin Night” on June 12 in a rampage that left 49 dead and 53 wounded. It was the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Mateen, who pledged allegiance to the Islamic State during a call with police dispatchers amid a three-hour standoff, died in a hail of gunfire after police stormed the venue.

READ MORE: Islamic group: Muslim man beaten outside mosque Omar Mateen attended

FBI spokeswoman Amy Pittman on Monday referred questions to the FBI’s Miami office, which did not respond to an email.

Mateen’s comments to co-workers about having terrorist ties in 2013 caused enough concern with the St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office that they asked G4S Secure Solutions to have him reassigned, away from the courthouse.

Mateen was born in New York and his family came from Afghanistan. In the letter to his employer, he expressed his patriotism to the United States and said he loved his job.

“I love the United States. The boasting I did it just to satisfy the gang of co-workers who ganged up against me,” Matten wrote. “I’m 1,000% pure American. … I’m against these terrorists anyone of them.”

Worried about travelling? Steps you can take to increase your security

The federal government says it continues to closely monitor events world-wide that could affect Canadians and their interests aboard.

All non-essential travel to Turkey is being advised against and advisories are being sent out to ensure the personal safety as well as security of Canadians overseas.

Notifications of an attack in Nice, France were also issued on July 14 after a truck sped through a crowd killing at least 84 people. At that time, Canadians in the area were advised to be in touch with family and friends to confirm their well-being.

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    It’s videos like the one above, and graphic images similar to it, that are enough to make anyone apprehensive to about travelling especially abroad.

    “The nature of terrorism is that it tends to strike when we least expect it. It is very difficult for security services to know in advance, often they may have some indications but whether they know enough specifics to preempt those attacks is another question,” said Colleen Bell, a terrorism expert at the University of Saskatchewan.

    “At the same, I would say there is always a danger.”

    In fact, Bell says you’re more likely to be killed by your own furniture than in a terrorist attack.

    Saskatoon travel advisers who have received calls from concerned residents about to take a trip say there are things you can do to make yourself safer while overseas.

    “Everyone should register on the government site and just register where they’re going to be, when they’re going to be there,” said Shammi Rathwell, a travel adviser with Ixtapa Travel.

    “That way you leave contact information if they need to get a hold of any of your family but also they will send you travel advisories when things are happening.”

    READ MORE: Are your vacation pictures putting your home at risk of robbery?

    Click here to register for an upcoming trip.

    Leading up to your trip, Rathwell suggests watching the news before departing for your destination and access how serious a situation is in the area you’re going to.

    “Was this an isolated incident? Do they seem to be targeting somewhere more than other places? Was it contained in area or wide-spread?”

    Rathwell says she can’t understate the importance of travel protection as well, saying it’s a must-have.

    “I know people don’t always like buying insurance and it’s an added cost onto a trip but I wouldn’t go anywhere without travel protection,” she said.

    “People have employer plans that maybe have medical make sure your cancellation and interruption is enough to take if something happens.”

    It still might not cover everything says Rathwell but will get you out of an area – quicker.

    You’re also advised to avoid travelling to places where there is unrest and use caution when visiting others.

    “I think there’s a lot of credibility to the idea that people should be concerned but not allowing these kinds of attacks to control their lives,” Bell said.

    “If we live according to fear then often we make decisions that can be extremely short-sighted and potentially produce injustices towards other people that live within our societies.”

    For more information on travel advice and advisories, click here.

‘It’s beautiful’: elderly woman grateful after volunteers restore her fence

Some volunteers helped out a southern Alberta woman on Monday after her white picket fence had fallen into disrepair.

“It’s an eyesore, it’s not nice looking,” Ailene Vandermolen said of her fence.

The elderly woman has lived in her home for over 60 years and says she has worked hard to keep her house in good condition.

“There were only two owners who have lived in this house,” she said. “My husband’s parents and ourselves.”

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Keeping her house in top condition is important to Vandermolen, as it was to her late husband, Dick.

“He passed away three years ago,” she said.  “Otherwise he would be doing the fence.”

Unable to take on the restoration project herself, she enlisted the help of the not-for-profit organization, Project Paintbrush.

“It has to be nice looking,” she said. “When something wears out you have to make it look good.”

Monday morning, volunteers from Edenbridge Family Services arrived to donate their time to help Vandermolen. They started with the hard work – scraping and sanding.

Hard work is something Vandermolen said her late husband instilled in their six children, and something that has served them well their entire lives.

“It’s done a lot of good,” she said. “They don’t have to have a maintenance man come over to do it for them.”

Vandermolen said she was extremely grateful for the help of the volunteers.

“I think it’s beautiful that they’re willing to do this for nothing,” she said.” Just because they feel like doing something worthwhile – it really means a lot to me.”

The young volunteers also gained a sense of pride, work ethic and acquired new skills.

“It’s not just painting,” Project Paintbrush’s Jason Cousin said. “You learn new skills, you make new friends and you better your community.”

“It gives you a chance to learn new things and help out around the community” volunteer Angelica Nash said.

After sanding hundreds of boards and applying two layers of paint, the exhausted volunteers could be proud of their accomplishment knowing that Ailene and Dick’s fence is restored to its former glory.

Fatal Cold Lake air show plane crash not caused by mechanical issues or weather: report

A report into a fatal plane crash at an air show in Cold Lake, Alta. did not identify any glaring problems which may have caused the accident, saying mechanical issues and weather were not factors.

Pilot and geologist Bruce Evans of Calgary, died July 17, 2016, when his vintage Trojan T-28 aircraft crashed during an aerobatic routine in front of thousands of horrified spectators at CFB Cold Lake.

A photo of pilot Bruce Evans.

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A report from the Transportation Safety Board of Canada (TSB) said Evans was an experienced pilot of over 20 years with over 4,043 flying hours – 461.5 of which were logged while flying the Trojan T-28. The TSB said he earned a private pilot’s licence in 1993, a commercial licence in 1995 and an airline transport licence in 2015.

Although the Cold Lake Airshow was the pilot’s first event of the season, he had performed in four air shows in Alberta and B.C. in 2015 without any problems, the report said.

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He practiced for the show twice in the months leading up to the air show and his medical certificate was current.

READ MORE: ‘He just nosedived straight down’: witness to deadly plane crash at Alberta air show

On July 16 — the first day of the show — Evans performed his 15-move, 12-minute-long aerobatic routine without incident. On the second day, he took off and began performing the routine as planned.

About halfway through his performance Evans modified the order of his manoeuvres, flying what appeared to be half of a lazy eight followed by a half reverse Cuban, instead of the planned slow roll.The TSB noted it is not unusual for pilots to change the order, and is acceptable as long as the changes are consistent with those in the original plan.

After the changes, the plane went into a roll. “As the aircraft reached the inverted position, the roll stopped and the nose began to pitch toward the ground,” the TSB report said.

The plane fell 500 feet, crashing into the ground at a high velocity in a near-vertical attitude. It was destroyed by the impact. The plane crashed near the radar station and some buildings. No one else was injured.

Aerial photograph of the Cold Lake Airshow accident site, located near the precision approach radar facility.

Source: Department of National Defence

Firefighters arrived at the site within a minute and a half of the crash. The remainder of the show was cancelled.

Pilot Bruce Evans, pictured with his Trojan T-28 aircraft.

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The Trojan T-28 aircraft was built in 1954 and was originally used to train United States Navy pilots in the 1950s and ’60s. It was designed for the type of aerobatics in Evan’s routine, including barrel rolls and spins. He had owned the plane since 2007.

“An annual inspection was completed on April 9, 2016. No outstanding defects were noted in the maintenance or aircraft logbooks, and the aircraft had been operated within its weight-and-balance and design limits,” the TSB report stated.

Bruce Evan’s 1954 Trojan T-28 aircraft, pictured at Canadian Forces Base Cold Lake on the day of the accident, July 17, 2016.

Source: Department of National Defence)

The TSB determined the engine and flight controls had been operating normally prior to crash. It was a clear, 22 C day with very little wind. The TSB said weather conditions were not considered a factor in the crash.

Air shows in Canada must undergo an extensive approval process with Transport Canada, and the TSB said the Cold Lake show met all requirements. A Transport Canada inspector is required to attend at least one day of the show to ensure rules are followed. The inspector for this show was not there on the second day when Evans died.

Bruce Evens checks the oil in the engine of his T-28 Trojan in this undated handout photo.

Credit: Dave O'Malley

Evans grew up in a Canadian Air Force family. His biography on the Cold Lake Air Show’s website at the time said his father was an aircraft maintenance engineer.

It also said Evans was from Calgary and ran his own aerial geophysical survey company, Firefly Airborne Surveys, which combined his training as a professional geologist and passion for aviation.

READ MORE: Pilot in Alberta airshow crash remembered as humble and happy

Evans loved to share his passion for aviation with young people, said a friend who met him while they were both part of a training program teaching youth about Canada’s aviation history.

— With files from

Baby’s homemade wheelchair makes the impossible possible

EDMONTON – Sometimes when Eva Moore shows up to play dates, the other kids get jealous of her sweet set of wheels: a rolling purple Bumbo seat, decked out with a banner on the back.

“It’s not a toy; it’s her wheelchair,” her mother, Kim Moore, often has to explain to other toddlers.

The one-year-old does get around a lot faster than her friends, despite the fact that she’s paraplegic.

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    Eight months ago, doctors found a tumour in Eva’s chest and back – Stage 4 neuroblastoma – which caused permanent damage to her spinal cord.

    The infant endured emergency surgery, then eight rounds of chemotherapy. The procedures saved her life, but not her legs.

    “This was one of the most powerful stories of resiliency I’ve ever seen,” pediatric oncologist Bev Wilson said.

    Wilson says Eva has inspired her entire medical team at the Stollery Children’s Hospital.

    While a dual diagnosis of cancer and paraplegia would have crushed most parents, the Moores managed to focus on what their daughter could do.

    “(Eva’s parents) normalized her emotional experience, her social development,” Wilson explained. “When she normally would be a crawler, she was able to explore her world, like any other crawling infant would.”

    The Moores found the idea for the chair on Pinterest, then built it themselves by screwing the seat and wheels into a regular cutting board. Eva loves it.

    “It’s really funny – she clicks her wheels,” her mother said.

    “When she gets really excited, she’ll click back and forth.”

    And rolling herself around acts as physiotherapy, strengthening her upper body.

    Though they recently had to install a speed bump in their living room, Eva’s parents hope her disability never slows her down.

    “Just making sure she has the same abilities as any other one-year-old.”

    Watch Below: Eva, her mom and Val from the Kids with Cancer Society joined Global News Morning to explain how a cancer diagnosis left the one-year-old as a paraplegic.

Saskatchewan RCMP field over 850 CRA fraud complaints so far in 2016

So far in 2016, Saskatchewan RCMP have fielded over 850 complaints about the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) scam.

Fraudsters falsely claiming to collect payment for taxes have scammed at least 17 people out of $70,000.

Aggressive scammers threaten residents with arrest, legal action and seizure of assets if payment isn’t made. They will sometimes use vulgar language, particularly if the victim does not comply with demands.

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    On Monday, RCMP said callers are also falsely identifying themselves as police officers.

    Fraudsters are able to spoof local telephone numbers so calls can appear to come from an RCMP detachment; however, most calls come from non-local numbers.

    Officials are ensuring the public that the CRA never contacts people by telephone, text or email to ask for personal information or demand payment in the form of prepaid credit or even iTunes gift cards.

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    Those in doubt about taxes owed can check their account at the CRA website or call 1-800-959-8281.

    If someone receives a suspicious call, they should record any specific details and report it to their local police service and the Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre (CAFC).

    Anyone who unwittingly divulges personal information or financial information should contact their bank and local police force. People can also place a fraud alert on credit reports with  Equifax Canada and TransUnion Canada.

Your Saskatchewan – Regina: July 2016

Every day on Global Regina at 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

Submit your photo with a description and location via Facebook, 桑拿会所 or by email to [email protected]长沙夜网.

Photos should be added to the email as an attachment, in jpeg format, landscape orientation and at least 920 pixels wide.

July 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Colin McLellan near Rowat, Sask.

July 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Notanee Bourassa.

July 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Rebecca Larkin at the Condie Nature Refuge.

July 7: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Regina by Darcey Conn.

July 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Darrell Morvik.

July 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Regina by Tammy Kish-Saranchuk.

July 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Margaret Flack in Vanscoy, Sask.

July 13: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Bette Hynd‎ at Last Mountain Lake.

July 14: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken of Wascana Lake in Regina by Vin de la Cruz.

July 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jenna Raine.

July 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Aaron Walker.

July 19: This Your Saskatchewan Photo was taken by Jill Apshkrum east of Regina.

July 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Kirsten Morin.

July 21: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken near Ile-a-la-Crosse, Sask. by Hope Desjarlais.

July 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tracey Britton in St. Victor, Sask.

July 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Annette McCann in La Ronge, Sask.

July 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cary Fischer of a pelican on Wascana Lake.

July 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken of the wind turbines near Hodgeville, Sask. by Brent Adam.

July 28: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken of a young bull elk in Waskesiu Lake by Patricia Warlet Caldeira.

July 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jerry Wong in Alvena, Sask.


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Pokemon Go: BC mother devastated to learn son’s memorial site used as PokeStop

A Nanaimo, B.C. mother is devastated after learning a memorial site for her two-year-old son in Burlington, Ont. is being used as a “PokeStop” in the new Pokemon Go video game.

Jenny Latimer’s son Kevin died tragically in February 2004 after falling from a family member’s window, a memory she is still haunted by.

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    Latimer awoke to messages from friends Monday morning telling her the boy’s memorial site was being used as a PokeStop, a place where players can refill on in-game items while playing the popular mobile game.

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    “I have ongoing nightmares, I always have. Certain things set it off and every time you get better something seems to happen,” she said through tears.

    “Things like this just bring up the past and it makes it very hard to deal with.”

    A plaque dedicated to her son also appears on the game’s screen, which reads “in loving memory of my courageous little angel may your love and strength shine through to us forever.”

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    “It’s pretty destroying knowing that something I consider sacred is part of a game. It’s not a game,” she said.

    “It’s very hurtful to know that something that I want to have there as a positive memory is in my eyes being vandalized virtually.”

    Two-year-old Kevin James Latimer is seen in this undated family photo.

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    Latimer said she has reached out to the game’s developer, Niantic, Inc., about removing the PokeStop but has yet to receive a response.

    “It’s very disrespectful. The memorial is on sacred ground, it is at a church and it’s a very inappropriate place for people to be playing video games,” she said.

    “My mum still goes to that church, and it’s a place people can go and remember him in a positive way and in a peaceful way and this game is making it very disrespectful.”

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    She said she is worried the memorial might be damaged and hopes that the developer will soon realize the mistake that’s been made.

    Latimer’s cousin Allen Harrington said he was driving to his grandmother’s home in Burlington when he noticed the boy’s memorial pop up as a location in Pokemon Go.

    “It is kind of nifty in that it’s probably one of the biggest games ever that has been launched, and from there it’s kind of neat how he’s being immortalized in the game,” he said, adding that his family is staunchly against the PokeStop.

    “But at the same time I can see the other side of the story where it’s not a good thing.”

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    Latimer said she hopes to receive a response from the game’s developer soon so that she can stop watching her son’s memorial treated as a “circus.”

    “I think it would be a great idea to have someone look over and make sure [PokeStops are] not in an inappropriate place, because it can be very hurtful,” she said.

    “As much as some people think it’s funny and it’s games, I wouldn’t want my son’s grave or the memorial to be in a picture with a Pokemon.”

    A PokeStop in Burlington, Ont. at the site of a memorial for Kevin james Latimer is seen in the game on July 17, 2016.

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