Shoppers Mall in Brandon to get a $30 million facelift, new stores

At least half a dozen new stores and restaurants are about to set up shop at The Shoppers Mall in Brandon.

The new additions are just one major change to the 367,000-square-foot building. Morguard Real Estate announced Monday it plans to redevelop the main entrance as well as other common areas.

A release said the changes are part of a “remerchandising strategy” by the building’s owner.

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“This transformation signals a new era at Shoppers Mall,” said John Levac, Vice President, Asset Management at Morguard REIT in a news release.

“The investment is designed to cater to the demands of the community and attract new shoppers seeking exceptional choice and diverse retailers.”

All of the construction is estimated to be finished by the middle of 2017 and cost around $30 million.

A Sobeys Extra will take over the 62,000-square-foot location left vacant when Target closed down. It is anticipated the store will be open this winter.

GoodLife Fitness plans to convert the former Safeway store space into a co-ed gym. It is expected to open in early 2017.

A new building for Swiss Chalet and Harvey’s will also take shape on the property. It will be Brandon’s first location for the restaurants.

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Several new restaurants are also planned for just outside the mall in hopes of increasing density on the property.

East Side Mario’s will open its first Manitoba location in the mall’s parking lot. It will share the space with Fionn MacCool’s.

East Side Mario’s will open its first Manitoba location in the mall’s parking lot. It will share the space with Fionn MacCool’s.

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A new building for Swiss Chalet and Harvey’s will also take shape on the property. It will be Brandon’s first location for the restaurants.

Thai Express will open a location inside the mall’s food court.

The mall’s owners anticipates more retailers will be announced later this year because of the redevelopment.

Crown to seek adult sentence for teen if found guilty of killing Saskatoon baby

The Crown will seek an adult sentence for a 16-year-old girl accused of killing a baby if she is found guilty of the crime, according to a prosecutor at Saskatoon provincial court Monday morning.

The notification was given to the judge while the girl made a brief court appearance via video. The prosecutor also asked for a psychological assessment on the accused to be ordered.

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    On July 3, police responded to an injured baby in the 200-block of Waterloo Crescent. The six-week-old boy, Nikosis Jace Cantre, was found and taken to Royal University Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

    The teenager has been charged with second-degree murder. Her name cannot be released under provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

    Earlier this month, the great-grandmother of the Nikosis Jace called for the accused to “to get charged as an adult” while speaking to reporters outside of court.

    Defence lawyer Jay Watson said “it’s not out of the ordinary at all” for the Crown to notify the judge it will seek an adult sentence for a youth accused of murder. He pointed out that the gap between youth and adult sentences for serious crimes can be huge.

    “The toughest youth sentence that you could get would be a total of 10 years; six years in custody and then four with various other procedures thereafter,” said Watson, who is not affiliated with the case.

    “Whereas with an adult, it’s [a] life sentence with no applicability for parole in the most serious circumstance for 25 years.”

    READ MORE: Candlelight vigil held in Saskatoon for slain baby boy

    Watson said one of the ordinary conditions to have a youth sentenced as an adult would be if they had committed a serious crime, like murder or aggravated sexual assault. The youth must also be at least 14-years-old, according to the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

    “The onus is on the Crown to prove to the judge the presumption that there’s less moral culpability and reduced capacity to some degree,” Watson said.

    “They look at the accused record, if there’s been any type of other serious offences and all of the other personal circumstances.”

    The teenager is scheduled to be back in court on Aug. 24.

Nova Scotia boosts next year’s film fund for international series

The provincial government is adding almost $6 million more to next year’s film and television production fund to allow for an international TV production.

The large production, based on a Stephen King story, began filming in Nova Scotia on Monday. The government says The Mist is one of the highest budgeted productions ever to film in the province.

The government has approved $5.9 million in funding through the province’s Film and Television Production Incentive Fund. It says the funding will be provided in addition to the $10 million budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, leaving capacity for other productions in 2017-18.

While the production starts in July, the government says the money will only be paid out next year. The increase for 2017-18 comes one month after the government also increased the amount of money available in 2016-17 from $10 million to $11.5 million.

READ MORE: IATSE accuses Premier’s Office of scuttling changes to film fund

The controversial incentive fund was introduced after the Liberals cut the film tax credit. Since the tax credit was axed, the industry has raised concerns about workers leaving the province, a dramatic drop in wages, and film and TV production companies leaving the province because of a lack of work.

Monday’s announcement comes as a surprise because the rules don’t say that large productions can get funding from outside the fund. However, the government says in this case the exception was warranted.

“It’s one of the biggest productions ever to film in Nova Scotia,” spokesperson Heather Desserud said in an email. “This demonstrates our willingness to be flexible within the new fund, and to work with industry to help them be successful and sustainable.”

King’s horror novel follows the happenings in Bridgton, Maine after it’s enveloped in a mist that houses otherworldly monsters. Horrible things ensue.

Another film based on the novella was made in 2007.

-With files from

Stephen King | PrettyFamous

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SGI posts $84.5-million profit in annual report

SGI Canada released its financial results for 2015-16, posting a profit of $84.5 million.

The Crown corporation says the period of January 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016 showed the profit came despite significant storm losses across the prairies and forest fire claims in Northern Saskatchewan.

SGI CANADA highlights for 2015-16 include:

$46 million in investment earnings, resulting from a well-managed and diversified investment portfolio;$42.4 million underwriting profit;$797 million in premium written; $235 million of that premium written outside Saskatchewan;$55.1 million in claim losses due to summer storms and wildfires in Northern Saskatchewan;$47.3 million dividend paid to Crown Investments Corporation to benefit the people of Saskatchewan.

“SGI CANADA’s profitability is due to both favourable underwriting results and investment earnings,” Don McMorris, the minister responsible for SGI, said.  “In addition, SGI CANADA achieved growth in all provinces where it operates, despite economic downturns in Alberta and Saskatchewan.  This growth is a direct result of the positive partnerships SGI CANADA has built with its broker partners across the country.”

SGI says the other side of its operations, the Saskatchewan Auto Fund, also showed strong results.

The Auto Fund saw its reserve increase by $159.1 million to a balance of $377.2 million. The fund is in place to ensure there is enough money to pay future claim obligations.

SGI says an unusually mild winter and recent traffic safety initiatives has contributed to relatively low damage and injury claims.

Auto Fund highlights for 2015-16 include:

$111.8 million in investment earnings due to strong foreign equity returns and positive fixed-income results;$934.3 million in claims ($25.7 million of those claims resulting from summer hail storms);$155.7 million in discounts provided to customers with safe driving records through the Safe Driver Recognition and Business Recognition programs.Follow @BrandonGonez
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Staff ‘deserved what they got’: Man told police after ramming truck through Petro Canada station

WARNING: This video contains graphic content that some may find disturbing.

Steven Cloutier told police he was “past the breaking point” the day he drove his Ford F-150 through an Edmonton Petro Canada gas station, severely injuring two employees; a man and a woman. Two other female employees were also injured.

Cloutier, 39, was originally facing a long list of charges, including four counts of attempted murder.

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    On Monday, he pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated assault, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, mischief over $5,000 and assault.

    On Nov. 19, 2015, Cloutier didn’t run from police. In fact, he watched from across the street as emergency crews arrived at the Petro Canada at 96 Street and 118 Avenue. Once in police custody, he told the investigator he should be in a mental hospital.

    “There is a breaking point and everyone has it,” he said.

    “Mine came a while ago and something just snapped in my mind and that’s it,” Cloutier said.

    He said his downward spiral began after his sister died by suicide.

    In an agreed statement of facts, Cloutier admitted to getting frustrated after he arrived at the gas station on the morning of Nov. 18, 2015.

    He left his driver’s licence with the store clerk and went out to the pre-pay pump, but it still didn’t work. The clerk thought Cloutier left a credit card and told another staff member to advise Cloutier over the intercom. By this time, Cloutier had moved his truck to a different pump, but it also required pre-payment. After alerting Cloutier over the intercom, he became upset and went back in the store.

    Watch below: Global News now has the shocking surveillance video of a truck ramming through the front of a gas station. The man behind the wheel told police the employees he injured deserved it. Kendra Slugoski was in court on Monday as he pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and other charges. WARNING: Video contains disturbing images.

    The agreed statement of facts online that Cloutier slammed his fist on the counter and yelled at the store clerk. He left the store without his driver’s licence. Fearing for their safety, staff locked the front door, then attempted to return his driver’s licence by sliding it through the after-hours payment slot. By that time, Cloutier was at his vehicle and drove off.

    About a minute later, Cloutier cut across three lanes of traffic and returned to the store. It was determined Cloutier was travelling at least 47 km/hr when he drove his truck through the Petro Canada.

    Yeon Kim was pinned underneath and Joseph Loutitt was pinned between the truck and the steel rubble. The workers weren’t freed until someone came in the store and slowly reversed the truck.

    A 38-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after police say he intentionally drove his truck into a gas station convenience store, seriously injuring two people inside.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A 38-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after police say he intentionally drove his truck into a gas station convenience store, seriously injuring two people inside.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A 38-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after police say he intentionally drove his truck into a gas station convenience store, seriously injuring two people inside.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A 38-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after police say he intentionally drove his truck into a gas station convenience store, seriously injuring two people inside.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    Steven Cloutier is facing four counts of attempted murder, four counts of assault with a weapon, four counts of aggravated assault, four counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm and two counts of assault.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A black, Ford pickup truck slammed into a Petro Canada store near 97 Street and 118 Avenue just before 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2015.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A black, Ford pickup truck slammed into a Petro Canada store near 97 Street and 118 Avenue just before 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2015.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A black, Ford pickup truck slammed into a Petro Canada store near 97 Street and 118 Avenue just before 11:50 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2015.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    A 38-year-old man is facing a slew of charges after police say he intentionally drove his truck into a gas station convenience store, seriously injuring two people inside.

    Crown evidence/surveillance photo

    In November 2015, a black, Ford pickup truck slammed into a Petro Canada store near 97 Street and 118 Avenue just before 11:50 a.m. This is what the business looked like July 18, 2016.

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    Loutitt was visibly shaken during Monday’s court proceedings and told reporters he just got out of a wheelchair in April.  Loutitt suffered two broken legs, a broken knee cap and broken shoulder blade. He is now using a crutch to help him walk.

    After the crash, Cloutier left the vehicle and punched one of the other female workers in the face stating: “How do you like that?”

    During his police interview, Cloutier said he was trying to leave Edmonton and hoped he didn’t hurt any customers. He said he had no conscience anymore.

    “In my opinion, the staff members in the store deserved what they got.”

    “I have no hard feelings about it,” he told police. “The guy that locked the door behind me, he deserved what he got too.”

    Yeon Kim suffered broken legs, a shattered pelvis, compound ankle fracture, kidney damage, a blood infection and a broken jaw. Her shoulder was also injured and she is still recovering from eye damage.

    The two other employees are also still recovering from their injuries.

    Cloutier remains in custody and will be back in court for sentencing on November 28.

Can’t stop playing Pokemon Go? How not to burn through your data plan

Now that Pokemon Go is officially available in Canada, hundreds more Pokemon trainers will be running around Toronto, Vancouver, and cities across the country to try and catch them all.

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The virtual reality game has continued to captivate smartphone users around the world since its release earlier this month. A New Zealand man made headlines after quitting his job to spend the next two months playing the game full time.

But all that Pokemon fun could come at a cost – despite the app being free.

The game uses your smartphone’s GPS to track and transmit your location in order to find Pokemon, which means the game could be eating up your smartphone’s data plan.

Just how much data could you be spending on Pokemon go?

According to analysis provided to the Wall Street Journal, the Pokemon Go app only consumes about 5 to 10 megabytes of data per hour, depending on the type of gameplay you are engaged in.

In comparison, streaming an hour of standard definition video on Netflix uses up about one gigabyte of data (1,000 megabytes is equal to one gigabyte).

Now, according to data from app intelligence firm Sensor Tower, the average iPhone user spent 33 minutes playing Pokemon Go last week.

READ MORE: What parents should know about playing Pokemon GO safely

That means if Pokemon Go used 10 megabytes of data per hour, you would have to play the game for about seven hours a day for 30 days to use up two gigabytes of data.

But between Pokemon Go, social networking apps, video and music streaming and instant messaging, data usage can add up quickly. Families that share their data on family smartphone plans could also run into data overage issues – especially if there is more than one child on the account.

WATCH: Pokemon Go causes safety concerns

Here are some tips to avoid burning through your data plan:

Use Wi-Fi hotspots to your advantage

If you are playing Pokemon Go around your city or town, keep an eye out for places that offer free Wi-Fi – like the public library, a nearby Starbucks, or any other public space with a connection.

Many Pokestops – a place where people can collect supplies, with which they can capture Pokemon – are located at prominent public spaces, so you’ll likely find a way to play without using your data.

Turn off push notifications

You can also turn off push notifications for other apps and services while you are out playing Pokemon Go to crack down on data usage. This will stop your phone from automatically pushing to a server to check for new emails, or social media notifications.

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Bonus: This will also save you a bit of battery life.

Download your local city map data ahead of time

Thanks to some savvy Reddit users, many Pokemon Go fanatics have figured out that you can download your local city map before heading out on your Pokemon quest to save on data and battery life.

To download your local map data from the Google Maps app:

Open Google Maps on your smartphoneTap the menu buttonNavigate to the Settings menuTap on “Offline areas”Tap on the recommended “Home” region or use the “+” button in the bottom right-hand corner to select a specific area of the map.

Montreal aviation museum houses rich trove of city’s history in the sky

With a thunderstorm watch in effect across Greater Montreal, François Mourad was looking for a way to stay out of the rain and beat the relentless heat with his kids.

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The DDO native decided to head to the Canadian Aviation Heritage Centre (CAHC) in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

“We needed a good way to pass the time, this looked perfect,” he said.

The museum has been operating for eight years and includes work of both restorations and paintings of aviation-related artifacts.

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It operates through fundraising and volunteer work as a community oriented, non-profit organization.

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    Running the museum is expensive  – electricity alone costs $12,000 annually, but organizers recently enjoyed a push in clients when the City of Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue included it as a stop for free tourist shuttle buses.

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    Donations go to operating expenses, restoring vintage aircrafts for display, educating the public about Canada’s aviation heritage and maintaining the historic building.

    Artifacts inside the museum include the first plane to fly over Montreal, a bomber from the Second World War built in Longueuil and numerous other models.

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    It is a one-of-a-kind centre in Quebec, combining civil and military aircrafts, artifacts and memorabilia.

    The museum is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

    Organizers suggest a voluntary donation to get in:

    Adults: $8

    Children, 6 to 12 years: $4

    Children under the age of 6:  free

Police investigating Dani Mathers for body-shaming nude shot of woman at gym

Los Angeles police are investigating U.S. model Dani Mathers after she took a photo of a woman who was nude in a gym change room and posted it to social media.

Mathers, who was Playboy’s Playmate of the Year 2015, could be charged with a misdemeanour offence, police said. In Canada, Mathers’ actions could fetch jail time, according to legal expert David TS Fraser.

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“In Canada this would be a crime.”

“We have in the last number of years…amended the criminal code to create an offence of voyeurism,” said Fraser, a Halifax lawyer who specializes in privacy law.

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“So anybody who would take a photograph in a locker room, here you would reasonably expect people to be undressed. Taking a photograph is an offence if it’s done without the person’s consent, and it’s done kind of covertly.”

On top of that, possessing the photo and sharing the photo could net two additional charges, he said.

The 29-year-old has already lost a job on a radio show and been banned from ever returning to any location of the gym chain, LA Fitness, where she snapped the shot. Last week she posted a photo to Snapchat of a woman standing nude in a shower area of a gym alongside a caption “If I can’t unsee this then you can’t either!” and a photo of herself with a shocked expression.

Mathers later apologized, deleted the post and claimed she only meant to send it to one friend, and she didn’t understand how the social media app worked. Needless to say the damage was done, and the photo has since been shared widely.

The model has been skewered online for the violating and unethical decision, and has deleted her social media accounts.

WATCH: Playmate Dani Mathers fired from radio job, banned from gyms after posting body-shaming photo 

The Los Angeles Police Department has received a report of “illegal distribution” of the image, and detectives are investigating, Capt. Andrew Newman confirmed to the LA Times. The image was reported by LA Fitness officials, he said.

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The fitness chain posted a message July 15 on its Facebook page regarding member privacy.

“Her behavior is appalling and puts every member’s privacy at risk. We ended her membership and she cannot use any club. It’s not just our rule, it’s common decency.”

One catch with the investigation is finding the woman in the photo, and the unnamed woman is asked to contact police regarding the matter.

“Without a victim, we can’t go forward,” said LAPD spokeswoman Officer Jenny Houser.

The subject of the picture would not necessarily be required to get involved to proceed with charges in Canada.

“In Canada, the police don’t have to wait for somebody to press charges, police can go ahead on their own if there’s enough evidence in their possession.”

Mathers’ own words, admitting she took and posted the photo, could be used as evidence against her, Fraser said.

“There would be enough of a basis to proceed with charges.”

In Canada someone convicted of such charges could face jail time, a fine or a conditional sentence, Fraser said.

Global News has contacted the LAPD for further comment, but did not receive a response by time of publication.

Change in Alberta beer markup ‘bad news’ for Saskatchewan brewers

As the government of Alberta moves toward changing its beer tax system, the Saskatchewan government is voicing its concern.

On July 12, Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci said he has directed the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission to set the beer markup at $1.25 per litre on Aug. 5.

The announcement is a move away from the graduated mark-up rate for small craft brewers in B.C., Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Beer markup as of October 28, 2015.

Credit, AGLC

Under the new policy, a fee of $1.25 per litre will be charged for all beer, regardless of where it’s made.

Alberta brewers will also have access to provincial grants. The minister responsible for the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Authority, Don McMorris, says the policy change is “bad news.”

READ MORE: Alberta backtracks on graduated beer tax for craft brewers

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“Alberta’s new beer pricing and grant policy are a trade issue that could hurt producers and consumers in both provinces,” McMorris said in a statement on Monday.

McMorris said the change will significantly increase the markup rate applied in Alberta to Great Western Brewing and other small Saskatchewan producers.

“This would mean higher prices and less selection for Alberta consumers, as out-of-province breweries will be forced to reconsider that market after having been placed at a significant economic disadvantage to their Alberta counterparts,” McMorris said.

McMorris added that Alberta should not be raising trade barriers for beer entering the Alberta market and the Saskatchewan government will be watching to see if the grant program if it complies with the Agreement on Internal Trade and the New West Partnership Trade Agreement.

“If they proceed with this measure, we will have to explore all our options including potentially re-examining the markups on Alberta beer and other liquor products sold in Saskatchewan,” McMorris said.

“We should all be looking at ways to reduce interprovincial trade barriers, not raising them, so we hope the Alberta government will reconsider this ill-conceived policy.”

McMorris said Premier Brad Wall will discuss the markup with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at the premiers’ meeting in Whitehorse.

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Zika virus: Woman transmits virus to man through sex

Scientists say a New York City woman infected her male partner through sex, marking the first time female-to-male transmission has been documented.

Zika virus is most commonly spread by mosquitoes, but doctors have worried about the germs passing from mother to baby, through blood transfusions and via sexual intercourse.

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    In the U.S., for example, health officials confirmed the country’s first case of Zika virus transmitted through sex. A woman was infected after having sex with her partner who had just returned from a country battling the mosquito-borne virus.

    This time around, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a woman in her 20s had sex without a condom with a male partner on the day she returned from a country grappling with Zika virus.

    She had a headache and cramping, along with numbness and tingling in her hands and feet. By day three, experts found Zika virus in her blood and urine samples.

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    Seven days after the couple had sex, her partner ended up with a fever, rash, joint pain and red, runny eyes. Three days after that, doctors confirmed he had contracted Zika virus, too.

    He had not travelled outside of the United States this year.

    “All previously reported cases of sexually transmitted Zika virus infection have been spread from men to their sex partners,” the CDC said in its advisory.

    Its warning all pregnant women who have sexual partners who have travelled to or lie in areas battling Zika virus to use a condom – or “barrier methods” – when they have sex or to avoid sex during pregnancy.

    “Although no cases of woman-to-woman Zika transmission have been reported, these recommendations now also apply to female sex partners of pregnant women,” the CDC warned.

    Like Dengue, West Nile and Yellow fever, Zika virus is a mosquito-borne tropical disease, meaning they transmit the disease to humans.

    READ MORE: Should Canadians worry about Zika virus?

    In short, mosquitoes draw blood from the infected animal then re-inject the blood – with the virus in tow – into others at their next meal.

    Health officials in El Salvador, Brazil, Jamaica, Ecuador, Honduras and Colombia told residents to stave off pregnancy until as far ahead as 2018 as doctors better understand if the infection tampers with brain development in infants.

    So far, it’s been linked to a 20-fold increase in a rare defect called microcephaly in babies, in which the newborns are born with irregularly small heads and underdeveloped brains.

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