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.

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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.

    READ MORE: CRA income tax phishing scam still going strong, police warn

    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

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

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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.

    READ MORE: ‘That is ridiculous’: Edmonton resident frustrated by Pokemon Go traffic

    “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.”

    READ MORE: Pokemon Go officially launches in Canada, crashes app’s servers

    “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.”

    READ MORE: 24-year-old quits job to play Pokemon Go full-time

    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.”

    READ MORE: Pokemon Go: Police forces across Canada warn of risks involved with playing

    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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Your Manitoba: July 2016

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Andrea Giesbrecht’s son testifies in dead babies case; husband yells at lawyers

WINNIPEG —; It was a day of drama at the Winnipeg law courts as the trial for 42-year-old Andrea Giesbrecht resumed after a nearly two month hiatus.

The son of Giesbrecht, the woman accused of concealing the remains of six infants in a U-Haul storage locker, testified in court Monday afternoon.

His name cannot be released due to a publication ban.

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He said he doesn’t recall ever seeing his mom pregnant or any dramatic changes in her weight over the years. However, he spoke of his parents rocky relationship and said they often argued and sometimes split up.

It was the first time one of her family members has taken the stand since the trial first began back in April.

However, it was only after a heated argument with Crown attorney’s that court heard his testimony.

READ MORE: Andrea Giesbrecht, woman accused of hiding infant remains, expected back in court

During a break before the afternoon proceedings got underway, Giesbrecht’s husband, Jeremy, began yelling at prosecutors who asked to speak with the son before he took the stand.

“We have a right not to answer your questions,” he yelled.

The fighting continued for nearly 10 minutes before he eventually agreed to let his son speak in private with both prosecutors and Greg Brodksy, Giesbrecht’s defence attorney.

Giesbrecht’s son spoke in short answers while being questioned on the stand.

He was asked about visitors to the family’s home before he had moved away in 2014.

Brodsky also questioned the son about who would have used the bathroom in the master bedroom en suite.

When trial first got underway in April, the court heard from a forensic biologist. They testified the remains found inside the U-Haul storage locker matched DNA found on a sanitary napkin from inside Giesbrecht’s home. Jeremy Giesbrecht was also found to be the father of each.

Court previously heard from two medical experts who said it was likely that some, if not all of the babies, were born alive.

Earlier Monday, the first witness to testify was the operations manager from Sentinel Self Storage, a facility Giesbrecht rented a unit at. The court heard she first rented a space in 1999 for “eight to ten years, (she) vacated, then came back and re-rented a storage unit in 2010,” said Karen Bodoano.

The contents of a storage unit rented by Andrea Giesbrecht.

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One of the storage units rented by Andrea Giesbrecht at Sentinel Self Storage.

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One of the storage units rented by Andrea Giesbrecht at Sentinel Self Storage.

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Bodoano explained several ledgers and logs from the company that indicated missed payments on the unit rented by Giesbrecht.

During cross-examination, Brodsky asked her whether she had ever seen the contents of Giesbrecht’s storage locker. She said she had.

“It was an anomaly that there was few items in the storage unit, so it stood out,” said Bodoana. “I saw two totes with lids and a pail to the right-hand side of them.”

Brodsky asked why Giesbrecht would need such a large space for so few items. Bodoana said she also had asked Giesbrecht about it before and was told “she had things that she couldn’t keep at home, like her jewelry.”

Giesbrecht moved her stuff out of the unit at Sentinel in March 2014. The contents look similar to what was found inside the U-Haul location in October.

One of the storage units rented by Andrea Giesbrecht at U-Haul.

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One of the storage units rented by Andrea Giesbrecht at U-Haul.

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One of the storage units rented by Andrea Giesbrecht at U-Haul.

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It was then that U-Haul employees made the gruesome discovery of the dead infant’s inside rubbermaid containers and plastic bags that were sealed in pails.

Afghan teen killed after slashing passengers with axe, knife on German train

BERLIN – A teenage Afghan migrant armed with an axe and a knife attacked passengers aboard a regional train in southern Germany on Monday night, injuring four people before he was shot and killed by police as he fled, authorities said.

Wuerzburg police said on their Facebook page that three of the victims suffered serious injuries and one was slightly injured. Another 14 people were being treated for shock.

Bavaria’s top security official, state Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann, told Germany’s ARD television that the attacker had been identified as a 17-year-old Afghan.

A firefighter stands at a road block in Wuerzburg, southern Germany, Monday evening July 18, 2016.

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Germany last year registered more than 1 million migrants entering the country, including more than 150,000 Afghans, but it was not immediately clear whether the suspect was among them or someone who had been in the country for a longer time.

Herrmann said initial information was that the suspect came to Germany as an unaccompanied minor and had lived in the Wuerzburg area for some time, initially at a refugee facility in the town of Ochsenfurt and more recently with a foster family.

He said authorities were still investigating the motive of the attack and were looking into reports that the suspect had yelled out “an exclamation” during the rampage. He was responding to reports that some witnesses had heard the suspect shout “Allahu Akbar” (“God Is Great”) during the attack.

The train was on its way from the Bavarian town of Treuchtlingen to Wuerzburg, which is about 60 miles (100 kilometres) northwest of Nuremberg.

Lethbridge County changes aggregate payment levy starting date

In April 2016, Lethbridge County council passed the Community Aggregate Payment Levy Bylaw #1340. As is the case with most bylaws, it went into effect as soon as it passed third and final reading.

The levy charges $0.25 per tonne of gravel or sand transported within the county. The money will be put towards improving roads and infrastructure.

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    Prior to April’s final reading, the county hosted six open houses and said it did significant advertising to inform residents and businesses of the bylaw.

    However, some businesses believe that wasn’t enough.

    “We knew that the county was considering it for some time, but we didn’t know they were going to implement it and retroactively ask us for that payment,” Mike Schmidtler, general manager of Lafarge Canada Southern Alberta, said.

    At a special meeting Monday, council voted to change the implementation date to July 1, 2016, as requested by a number of concerned businesses.

    County Reeve Lorne Hickey said everyone involved was looking for a fair compromise.

    “A couple of companies had contracts made in December for delivery this year so they actually didn’t have the advantage to build [the levy] into them,” Hickey said.

    “The other thing is, given the shortness of notice to them, unfortunately their representatives at the table did not pass along the information.”

    Schmidtler hopes that communication between businesses and government improves.

    “We don’t want to have a fight with our partners in government,” he said. “What we want to do is work collaboratively with them and roll this out in a way that is fair to customers and fair to the public.”

    A letter submitted by four local businesses asks that a minimum of 12-months notice be given for any future changes to the levy.

Halifax taxi industry in ‘crisis’ after sex assaults

HALIFAX – The Halifax taxi industry is in crisis after four alleged sexual assaults by drivers in three months have left customers frightened to take a cab, the head of a drivers’ association said Monday.

“It’s got to stop … It’s just getting to the point where we’re worried about when the next one is going to occur,” said Dave Buffett after police said they were looking for a driver accused of groping a 22-year-old woman early Sunday.

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The recent spate of alleged assaults has raised safety concerns in a city where there were just three alleged sexual assaults by cab drivers in all of 2015.

READ MORE: Halifax police looking for taxi driver accused of groping 22-year-old woman

“For it to get to the point where people are worried about taking a cab, and whether they will be sexually assaulted, that is a crisis,” said Buffett, a driver for 17 years and president of the Halifax Taxi Drivers Owners Association.

Buffett said all cab drivers should be required to install dashboard cameras and participate in mandatory training to spell out the “dos and don’ts” of how to interact with passengers.

Halifax regional council, which regulates the industry, should make the issue a priority, but it is unlikely to do so, Buffett said.

WATCH BELOW (Jul. 11, 2016): There have been three sexual assault allegations against Halifax cab drivers in the past three months. Rebecca reports.

The problem is that council is guided by a taxi liaison group and a six-member standing committee on transportation, which is also tasked with advising council about the region’s complex municipal transit system. As a result, taxi issues are often pushed to the side, he said.

READ MORE: High number of reported sexual assaults in Halifax cabs a worry

“This has got to be moved along,” he said.

Coun. Steve Adams said he supports reviving a taxi commission that was disbanded in 2011. That body, which included industry representatives and a council member, was in charge of conducting routine inspections that kept the industry in line.

“You didn’t see junk cars on the road,” Adams said. “The commission, in my opinion, was the envy of the country.”

Adams agreed with Buffett that more education could be needed.

“And if there’s any training to be done, every driver should take it,” he said.

Under the existing rules, all taxi drivers are required to follow a code of conduct and complete a national standards certification program for taxi and limousine drivers administered by Nova Scotia Tourism.

The former taxi commission recommended the use of dashboard cameras more than a decade ago, but the idea was shelved because of privacy concerns, he said.

Still, Adams said mandatory cameras could be part of the solution, but only if they are made tamper-proof and always-on.

As well, all passengers should be encouraged to travel as part of a group and refrain from sitting in the front seat, he said.

READ MORE: Halifax cab driver charged with sexually assaulting passenger

“It’s discouraging and it’s disheartening … (and) it’s sad that it’s come to that,” Adams said. “But it’s the reality we have to deal with right now.”

Other councillors have suggested that the city should get the province to regulate the industry.

Const. Alicia Joseph, a spokeswoman for Halifax Regional Police, said of the seven sexual assault cases involving cab drivers since 2015, one has been dropped at the request of the complainant.

Charges have been laid in one of the cases from earlier this year and two investigations have yet to be completed, she said.

All three cases in 2015 resulted in charges, which are now being processed through the courts.

She said it’s always a good idea for passengers to take a photo of the number on the cab’s roof light. Police also say it’s good practice for passengers to speak to someone on a cellphone while they are en route.