Local athlete competing in Mexico

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LETHBRIDGE – If you’re walking through the halls of the Lethbridge College Physical Education building and you hear a constant, echoing thump, chances are it’s Coby Iwaasa practicing for his next big game. Not long ago, U-18 Junior Boys National Racquetball Champion learned that he would be competing in Mexico at the 2014 Pan American Sports Festival.

“I was very thrilled,” said Iwaasa. “Almost jumping you could say.”


Iwaasa plays racquetball; a fast paced sport that requires just as much brain power as physical agility. “It’s very reaction based, because you only have so many seconds before you have to choose what shot to hit for the appropriate time. So you have to be able to think really quickly.”

Early Tuesday morning, Iwaasa is catching a flight to Mexico to meet up with the rest of Team Canada, and size up his opponents. It’s going to be one of the biggest competitions he has been a part of.

“This is going to be a lot bigger than most tournaments I’ve ever been to,” said Iwaasa. “[It’s] like all these countries coming together and each one is sending their best players to come. So it’s going to be tough competition no matter who you play.”

The 2014 Pan American Sports Festival is a massive event, with over 4,500 athletes from different countries competing in over 20 different events. It’s essentially a precursor to the 2015 Pan-Am Games which are to be held in Toronto, and a way to prepare some athletes for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The high level competition doesn’t seem to phase Iwaasa, who at the young age of 18 has already had plenty of experience on the world stage. And he’s showing no signs of slowing down.

“Starting September, I go on a bus and we’re just going to go from California, all the way to Chicago, down to Mexico and back up to Minneapolis. It’s going to be just tournament after tournament and that’s the next step.”

Even with so much already accomplished in his young racquetball career, Coby Iwaasa still has a clear goal in Mexico.

“My goal is to win, just like everyone else there. I feel like I’ve trained hard and I’ve been training well. All that’s going to build up to this tournament, so I’m very confident.”

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OKCupid admits it manipulated feeds for experiments

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UPDATE (July 30): A spokesperson from the office of the federal privacy commissioner confirmed to Global News that they are aware of the recent revelations by OKCupid.

“The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada is aware of this matter, which appears to raise similar privacy issues to those now being considered with respect to 广州桑拿论坛’s activities,” said the spokesperson in an email.

The spokesperson could not comment on whether the commissioner will take any action in this case.




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    TORONTO – Popular dating site OKCupid has come to 广州桑拿论坛’s defence, admitting it too has manipulated user feeds to experiment on people.

    The revelation came just one month after 广州桑拿论坛 came under fierce criticism for conducting a psychological experiment on nearly 700,000 users without their knowledge.

    OKCupid founder Christian Rudder revealed in a company blog post Monday that the company often runs experiments on unknowing users – in some cases manipulating people’s “matches” to say they weren’t a good fit, even if the site’s algorithm said the two users were a perfect match.

    “We noticed recently that people didn’t like it when 广州桑拿论坛 “experimented” with their news feed. Even the FTC is getting involved,” wrote Rudder.

    “But guess what, everybody: if you use the Internet, you’re the subject of hundreds of experiments at any given time, on every site. That’s how websites work.”

    READ MORE: Will 广州桑拿论坛 lose users over its emotion manipulation study?

    The blog post goes on to explain in detail some of the “more interesting” – in Rudder’s word – experiments the website has conducted on users.

    Two of the experiments mentioned involved messing with users’ photos (arguably one of the most important aspects of an online dating profile).

    In January 2013 the site set up the “Love is Blind Day” experiment, which involved removing all users’ photos to see how it would affect exchanges. Unsurprisingly, the site saw a decrease in traffic that day, but users had better experiences overall.

    According to the blog, people responded to first messages 44 per cent more often than they did when there was a profile picture visible and contact details were exchanged more quickly.

    The second photo-based experiment looked at how users scored each other based on looks and personality.

    Developers hid text from users’ profile pages to see if they would be rated just on their looks. The study found that text contributed less than 10 per cent towards how profiles were rated.

    While the first two experiments may not seem as controversial as 广州桑拿论坛’s emotion manipulation study, the final experiment mentioned by Rudder has many users up in arms.

    The site changed its match algorithm to match users who would have otherwise been considered a bad match for each other.

    This experiment found that users who were told they were highly compatible were more likely to interact, even if they were considered a bad match by the site’s algorithm.

    Rudder defended the experiment by suggesting it helped the company to rethink its match strategy – making more compatible couples and more happy customers.

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    “The ultimate question at OkCupid is, does this thing even work,” said Rudder.

    “But in the back of our minds, there’s always been the possibility: maybe it works just because we tell people it does. Maybe people just like each other because they think they’re supposed to?”

    But some users are still outraged by the experiments.

    The announcement was a bold move on OKCupid’s part – especially as 广州桑拿论坛 is now under investigation by government bodies over its emotion study.

    READ MORE: Privacy czar looking into 广州桑拿论坛’s emotion manipulation study

    The office of Canada’s privacy commissioner has said they will press 广州桑拿论坛 for more information related to the study, alongside British, French and U.S. regulators.

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One Direction’s Zayn Malik sparks Twitter war

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TORONTO – Zayn Malik of the British pop group One Direction sparked a firestorm late Sunday when he tweeted “#FreePalestine” to his 13 million followers.

By early Monday, the 21-year-old’s message had been retweeted more than 150,000 times.

Malik has been getting both kudos and criticism for his position.


“I’m so proud of you. You’re so brave,” tweeted one fan. Another posted: “I’m proud of you standing up for what you believe in.”

But other tweets include “YOU CAN GO TO HELL” and “Seriously disappointed. You don’t have a clue of what’s rly goin on.”

Malik, who was raised in a Muslim household, is not the first pop star to weigh in on the conflict.

Rihanna tweeted “#FreePalestine” but deleted it only minutes later. She later tweeted: “Let’s pray for peace and a swift end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict! Is there any hope?”

On July 18, Selena Gomez posted a message on Instagram that read “It’s About Humanity. Pray for Gaza” but a day later added: “And of course to be clear, I am not picking any sides. I am praying for peace and humanity for all!”

Here’s a sample of the reactions Malik got to his tweet:

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Public pressure mounting on Saskatoon city council

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Watch above: Transit labour unrest may have damaged city’s reputation

SASKATOON – Even though the buses are back up and running, has the damage already been done?

First the Saskatoon Transit lockout was found to be illegal, then another lockout was issued which was then withdrawn, all within three days.

Experts agree the transit labour situation has been less than ideal for the city’s reputation.



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    “I think that it really hasn’t turned out I think the way the city wanted it to turn out,” said Dr. Dionne Pohler, assistant professor at the Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy.

    “I think that the problem with the clause in the Saskatchewan Employment Act is it was an issue of interpretation over whether or not the lockout was in fact legal or not.”

    According to city councillor Darren Hill, the first lockout was the council’s decision.

    “We did what we deemed to be the right course of action based on the information that was provided to us,” said Hill.

    It was the second lockout, said Hill, that was issued by administration prior to an executive council meeting to discuss the ruling from the labour relations board, one that city council would withdraw.

    It was the right move said Pohler.

    “It was a very good move on the part of the city to rescind the second lockout notice. I think that it indicates that the city is willing to take a step forward at this point and I would hope that the union would choose to take the same approach,” Pohler, who admits that even so, there are no winners in this situation.

    “I think that right now, nobody is really happy with either (side) in this issue, particularly the public.”

    Hill says he received a tweet with colourful language on Sunday.

    “I don’t make my decisions based who’s going to vote for me in the future, this was a very complicated matter, it’s not over yet,” explained Hill.

    “We still have an agreement to reach with the Amalgamated Transit Union, there’s a great distance between us and I’m still sure there’s going to be people on both sides that will be upset with the decisions and vote that I make.”

    Taxpayers are divided on the situation.

    “I think they’re very capable people.”

    “I usually don’t vote but come election who knows right, we’ll see how long this lasts.”

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UPDATED: Opioids killing more Ontarians than ever, coroner’s numbers show

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WATCH ABOVE: Crystal Goomansingh reports on the recent increase of opioid-related deaths in Ontario. 

Update 4:50 p.m. ET Wednesday, Nov. 12: Updated figures from the Ontario Coroner, emailed to Global News this afternoon, show opioid deaths are even higher than previously reported. Figures have been updated below.


Ontario’s opioid epidemic is more deadly than ever, new numbers obtained by Global News indicate. And the province hasn’t shifted its tactics to deal with the evolving health crisis killing 600 Ontarians a year.

Preliminary 2013 coroners’ data indicate the number of Ontarians killed by prescription opioids continues to rise.

And it isn’t the usual suspects: While oxycodone, the active ingredient in OxyContin and its successor OxyNEO, is being prescribed less often and playing a role in fewer deaths, other drugs have more than made up the difference.

Hydromorph Contin is also made by Purdue Pharmaceuticals. It’s even more powerful, per milligram, than OxyContin; it’s just as addictive.

And, in Ontario, it’s far easier to get.

Meanwhile, the province is beginning to act on the prescription database it created in 2012. But police referrals from a working group parsing those numbers are a drop in the bucket; and prescriptions for these potent painkillers have continued to rise since the working group’s creation last fall, numbers first reported by Global News show.

As Global News reported previously, prescriptions for Hydromorph Contin have been skyrocketing as it replaces prescriptions for relatively restricted OxyNEO.

Hydromorphone, the active ingredient in Hydromorph Contin, has almost doubled as a cause of death in the past two years. Methadone and morphine-related deaths have increased, as well, even as oxycodone, once the dominant cause of opioid-related deaths, continues to drop.

Interestingly, heroin is also causing more deaths – possibly as people who started on prescription opioids turn to a relatively cheaper street drug.

This is translating to changes in these drugs being sold on the streets, says OPP Constable Chris Auger, with the Drug Enforcement Unit.

“We do see a switch to other opioids,” he said – Fentanyl and Hydromorphone among them.

Ontario opioid toxicity deaths, by drug – 2002-13. Data from Ontario Coroner.

Note: Where a death involves more than one opioid, it may appear twice in the chart above. Preliminary coroner’s numbers indicate 489 people in Ontario were killed by opioids in 2013, and an additional 112 were killed by a combination of opioids and alcohol.

The number of deaths involving both opioids and alcohol is also increasing for certain drugs, preliminary coroner’s numbers show:

Data from Ontario Coroner

When Purdue phased out OxyContin and replaced it with “tamper-resistant” OxyNEO, Ontario was among many provinces to restrict its coverage for the new drug.

Health Minister Eric Hoskins cited that step the last time Global News asked him about skyrocketing opioid prescriptions, which have shown the province’s strategy has worked, but only in the narrowest sense – there’s less Oxy out there, but more of everything else.

When Global News asked in July about the increasing number of opioid prescriptions, Hoskins said that while Ontario was “always looking to improve” its strategy it had no immediate plans to crack down on prescription opioids.

Hoskins was not available for an interview for this article. An emailed statement cited the 2012 OxyNEO restrictions and narcotics monitoring system.

That monitoring is starting to bear fruit: In the past year, the province’s Narcotics Monitoring Working Group has referred

  • nine cases of “possible double-doctoring” to the Ontario Provincial Police;
  • 16 cases of “potential inappropriate prescribing practices” to Ontario’s College of Physicians and Surgeons;
  • and 10 dispensing-related concerns to the Ontario College of Pharmacists.

    The cases referred to the OPP are on the “extreme” end of the double-doctoring scale, says the OPP’s Auger – “people that see multiple physicians; not just two.” These nine also comprise a small minority of the double-doctoring or prescription drug diversion cases the OPP deals with every year.

    “We are working with the Ministry of Health and we have a great relationship [with] them, working back and forth on these cases. And it’s been very effective that way,” he said.

    “A referral, to us, it’s a starting point.”

    (There’s been no disciplinary action yet taken against any of the pharmacists referred, their College says. Global News is manually combing through dozens of disciplinary actions against physicians, which are searchable by name but not year or offence.)

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    Amid mounting evidence of Canada’s prescription opioid epidemic, both provincial and federal officials have taken steps to curb the health crisis: While Ottawa approved generic OxyContin against the recommendations of both provincial  ministers and health professionals, Health Minister Rona Ambrose has since suggested all such powerful narcotics be tamper-proof, and has called for recommendations on how to make opioid prescribing safer.(“Several” organizations applied for the Drug Strategy Community Initiatives Fund before the Aug. 29 deadline, Health Canada spokesperson told Global News in an email last month. And while “The department is assessing all applications and will announce the successful applicants, once the review and approval processes are complete,” she couldn’t say when that announcement will take place.)Ambrose’s office has made clear it has no intention of tracking opioid-related deaths on a national level – “Data on opioid related deaths is collected by the provinces and territories,” a spokesperson for the minister told Global News in a July email.

    READ MORE: Hooked – Canada’s pill problem

    Despite all the public health warnings regarding giving out strong, long-acting opioids for chronic, non-cancer pain, it’s clear Canadian physicians are still providing these prescriptions?


    For many of them, it’s what they’ve been taught.

    No one wants to see a patient in pain.

    And it’s often easier to write a prescription for powerful pills than to sit down with a patient and go over other, effective but often more complicated options, such as physiotherapy or other interventions, pharmaceutical or otherwise.

    “It takes about 20 seconds to write a prescription – and 30 minutes not to write a prescription,” said David Juurlink, an internist at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre who specializes in drug safety.

    That said, “opioids are a very heavy, blunt instrument.” The clinical-trial evidence behind their use as long-term painkillers is scant, critics say. And there are better ways to treat pain.

    But the solutions to this tidal wave of prescriptions aren’t easy: Putting a hard cap on dose amounts ignores that some people genuinely do need these drugs.

    Doctors and advocates for pain-sufferers balk at the idea of only allowing specially trained physicians to prescribe opioids, the way only specially trained doctors are allowed to prescribe the methadone used to treat opioid addictions.

    And putting all opioids under Ontario’s Exceptional Access Program, which involves more paperwork and more scrutiny for drugs not meant for routine prescribing – and which OxyNEO’s now on – could overwhelm that system, Juurlink says.

    “The Exceptional Access Program does not have the capacity to accommodate those kinds of requests.”

    READ MORE: Pilfered Canadian pills are fuelling a U.S. health crisis

    Ultimately, Juurlink argues, a solution must go much further than Ontario’s one-drug crackdown.

    “The idea that the one intervention and no longer paying for one particular product … is going to make a huge dent in the big picture is not really believable,” he said.

    “If we wanted to make a really big dent in opioid-related deaths we would find a way to get doctors to prescribe much, much, much less readily.”

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    Sask. Sierra Leone community concerned about Ebola outbreak overseas

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    Watch above: Sierra Leone community worries about family back home

    SASKATOON – The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has garnered attention all around the world.

    In Saskatoon, it’s been an uneasy few weeks and months for Moses Kargbo and the local Sierra Leone community

    “Everything has become upside down in Sierra Leone,” said Kargbo, president of Saskatoon Sierra Leoneans Cultural Community.



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      Nancy Williams was in Sierra Leone just last year visiting. She says the Ebola outbreak is causing the already devastated country even more damage.

      “My country is dragging down, it’s down, it’s down, we need help from the whole world, we cannot see our country going down like that; no doctor, no medication, no treatment, no good facility,” said Williams, a Saskatoon Sierra Leoneans Cultural Community member.

      Over 4,500 people in West Africa have died from the Ebola virus since spring.

      IN DEPTH: Ebola Crisis

      “This is the first time Ebola outbreaks have happened in capital cities in Africa, usually it’s in rural areas and it burns out in the villages,” said Dr. Johnmark Opondo, deputy medical health officer with the Saskatoon Health Region (SHR) .

      Sierra Leone is one of the three worst-hit countries.

      “I cannot tell you anyone I know now because I’m not there and what is going on there, is surprising to me,” said Kargbo.

      “It is really, really difficult for them there and the difficulty they have there, it’s also affecting us because every day at least a relative or a friend might be lost or suffering,” said Ibrahim Kamara, a Saskatoon Sierra Leoneans Cultural Community member.

      Being thousands of miles away, not being able to do more is weighing on their hearts and minds.

      “It’s like 30 years backwards for them again; I call … every day in Sierra Leone to check on my family … every day I call,” said Williams.

      The local community is small but during this tough time it’s brought them closer to the rest of the city.

      “People are sympathizing with me, anytime … ‘How is your family? How are they doing there? What happened’,” said Kargbo.

      With no end to the outbreak in sight, many members want to take a trip back when it’s safe to do so.

      “I have to go see them, to set my eyes on them, to see my mom, my sisters, my nieces, my nephews,” said Williams.

      The Saskatoon Sierra Leoneans Cultural Community is planning a fundraiser to help loved ones and the people back home. For more information or to help, contact them at [email protected]广州桑拿网.

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    St. Patrick’s Bridge finally open

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    It took five years to build – one more than planned.

    But it’s finally open.

    St. Patrick’s Bridge, linking the East Village to Bridgeland, officially opened Monday.

    Several dignitaries, including the bridge’s designer, were on hand for the event.

    “Super happy, really super happy,” said Jean Francois Blassel.

    “I can say that is what we are here for, and that is our job to make the city better and to create a better environment.”


    The bridge, featuring “skipping stone” arches, came in slighter under its $25 million budget – ironically, the same cost of the Peace Bridge, which drew a lot of criticism.

    But the St. Patrick Bridge is also twice as long.

    “We looked at many bridges to make sure our price points were on track, and I think this bridge is not only stunning, it’s responsible”, said Michael Brown, CEO of Calgary Municipal Land Corporation.

    Brown added it’s expected to get a lot of traffic.

    “Our starting point, and we’re pretty conservative with our numbers,  is that 4,000 people a day are going over –  and as you can see now it’s being used, so that is good news.

    Mayor Nenshi says the pedestrian bridge addresses a critical need.

    “This one is even more important because all the development happening north of the river, really those people didn’t have a safe, comfortable, easy way to get to work downtown.”

    Area residents like Dwaine Amason are glad to see it open.

    “We are excited to get a gateway from Bridgeland directly into East Village,” said Amason.

    “There is going to be a lot of new development here, so we are looking forward to the restaurants and activities”,  he added.

    Construction of the bridge was delayed because of damaged incurred during last year’s flood.

    WATCH: Pedestrians and cyclists now have a new way to get downtown. Doug Vaessen reports from the site of the grand opening.

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    UPDATE: CF-18s leave Alberta military base for Kuwait

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    WATCH ABOVE: The first Canadian jets took off from Alberta to help in the fight against ISIS in Iraq. They and the team supporting them will operate under tight security, especially in the wake of Monday’s attack in Quebec. Reid Feist reports from Cold Lake, Alta., and Mike Armstrong reports from Kuwait City.

    EDMONTON — Canadian fighter jets have left the Cold Lake military base in Alberta to join an international combat mission against Islamic State extremists in Iraq.



    • Canadian intel agency follows the money to ISIS militants

    • Next phase of anti-ISIS campaign might involve training Iraqi troops

      The six CF-18s and two spares are heading to Kuwait, which will serve as Canada’s base of operations.

      About 600 personnel — along with the jets, two surveillance planes and an aerial tanker — are to be based in Kuwait.

      “Our government is concerned that, if left unchecked, the threat posed by ISIL will only continue to grow, contributing to the further destabilization of the middle east,” said federal Defence Minister Rob Nicholson from CFB Cold Lake.

      “We are deeply concerned that these radical militants will inspire terrorists that will threaten Canada here and at home.”

      The deployment is part of ‘Operation IMPACT’ — the multinational, U.S.-led force that will be launching air strikes on ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.

      As part of the mission, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the House of Commons that six CF-18 fighter jets will come from the Canadian Forces Base in Cold Lake.

      A refuelling plane and two surveillance planes will also be deployed from bases in Ontario and Nova Scotia.

      “Our government has a duty to protect Canadians,” said Nicholson, “and to stand firm with our allies in opposition to the unspeakable atrocities being carried out by ISIL.”

      The Conservative government previously announced that Canada’s jets and planes will be based in Kuwait.

      WATCH: Canadian Forces setting up military base in Kuwait preparing to engage ISIS

      Some of the 600 Canadian Forces personnel taking part in the combat mission left last week for what is already a controversial mission.

      After two days of debate earlier this month, the motion to launch a combat mission against ISIS passed 157-134 in the House of Commons. Some 155 Conservatives voted in favour of the motion, with the help of Independent MP Brent Rathgeber and Green MP Bruce Hyer.

      Both the NDP and Liberals voted against the mission. They believe there are other options and that air strikes invariably lead to boots on the ground.

      READ MORE: Are the critics right? Are bombing campaigns enough to take on ISIS?

      Defence Minister Rob Nicholson countered, saying that Canada faces a clear and present danger from ISIS; and while it’s never a good time to war, in this case the necessity outweighs the risk.

      EXCLUSIVE: U.S. asks Canada for combat aircraft, refueling, surveillance to fight ISIS

      On Tuesday, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair asked Harper to address the House of Commons regarding the murder of 53-year-old Canadian soldier Patrice Vincent, who was attacked along with another Canadian Forces member in what authorities are calling a deliberate act from a man with links to “terrorist ideology.”

      With files from and Fletcher Kent, Global News

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    NDP raises questions as 8th SaskPower smart meter fails

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    Watch above: a family is thankful nothing serious happened when a SaskPower smart meter blew this weekend

    SASKATOON – SaskPower is dealing with its eighth smart meter failure in Saskatchewan as it continues to suspend the installation of the new devices.



    • Another SaskPower smart meter explodes in Saskatchewan

    • SaskPower installer requirements questioned after smart meter fires

      The Crown corporation originally halted its installations earlier in the month after six fires associated with the new meters were reported. Since then, two more incidents have occurred in Saskatoon, the latest at a home on Begg Crescent in the College Park neighbourhood on Monday.

      “All of the sudden the radio shut off and my wife went to open the fridge and there was no power in the fridge,” said Bob Johns, one of the homeowners of the residence.

      “The failure rates are still certainly within what the industry calls normal, but we’re concerned about any meter failure that’s on a customer premise,” said Mike Marsh, the vice president of SaskPower.

      In Saskatoon, SaskPower generally serves customers who live near the boundaries of the city.

      Marsh added that SaskPower’s technical experts were “looking at all aspect of the failure” in their investigation and it hopes to report their findings by late August.

      The string of incidents has put the Crown corporation in the cross-hairs of the opposition. The NDP criticized Premier Brad Wall’s government Monday in a release, saying it was “renewing its call for the government to actively address serious concerns with its smart meter program.”

      “Families have questions and they deserve answers from the government,” said Cathy Sproule, the MLA for the Saskatoon Nutana district, in the release. Sproule serves as the NDP critic for SaskPower.

      The NDP also called for the government to investigate the meter units, as well as the adequacy of the training for installers, some of which are not electricians.

      “We don’t believe there’s a correlation between the meters that were installed by the competent workers or those installed by qualified electricians that work for SaskPower,” said Marsh.

      “At present time the statistics don’t bear that out.”

      Not all smart meter installation efforts have stalled in the province; Saskatoon Light and Power has been placing smart meters in homes and businesses since 2008 and have not had any issues with unit fires or overheating.

      “Some of our customers have had the meters for six years already and we haven’t had any issues like that,” said Kevin Hudson, the metering & sustainable electricity manager for the City of Saskatoon.

      Hudson added he has been in contact with SaskPower as their investigation continues.

      “Any utility that finds an issue with an installation product, we would look at those recommendations and implement them here as well,” said Hudson.

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    UPDATE: Vernon skydiver passed out

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    UPDATE VERNON – The skydiving company whose student crash landed into a Vernon house Monday says the man became unconscious in the air.

    “The student skydiver seemed to have lost consciousness while he was under his parachute after a normal opening on a normal parachute.  He was able to control for two-thirds or three-quarters of the way  down and then he seemed to lose consciousness for an undetermined reason,” says Bret Chalmers with Okanagan Skydive.


    Chalmers says the man was part of a first jump solo course for students learning to skydive on their own.

    “He has no broken bones,” says Chalmers, “He’s probably not having a great day but we are grateful that he’s not in any worse shape.”

    Chalmers says it was an isolated incident.

    “It’s the first time that I’ve ever seen this. We drop around 6,000 skydivers a year and to date I’ve never seen a solo jumper lose consciousness,” says Chalmers.

    He says the company does do a medical screening when people register.

    “They are asked to disclose any medical conditions and there is a list of things that might affect. This individual didn’t disclose anything,” he adds.

    The student skydiver hit the side of a house on Myriad Road late Monday afternoon before falling to the ground.

    Okanagan Skydive is planning to report the incident to the Canadian Sport Parachute Association.

    RCMP say they may take a statement from the skydiver but are not investigating further.


    VERNON, B.C. – A man has been taken to Vernon Jubilee hospital in stable condition after landing on the roof of a home while skydiving.

    The accident happened at around 4:00 p.m. Monday in the 2400 block of Myriad Road.

    Okanagan Skydive says a student skydive went awry.

    “After a normal opening on a normal student skydive that was uneventful, about half way down, the student became unresponsive under radio control. We guide them down under radio,” says Bret Chalmers, owner of Okanagan Skydive. “This ended up resulted in the skydiver colliding with the side of a home near the Vernon airport.”

    When asked if there was a medical condition involved, Chalmers said he would not speculate.

    “He quit responding to instructions,” says Chalmers.

    Chalmers tells Global Okanagan news the student was awake when emergency crews arrived on scene.

    “The skydiver had been trained with all of the normal training procedures with accordance with our national organization, the Canadian Sport Parachute Association,” he adds. “Okanagan Skydive strives to have the highest level of safety and we will definitely investigate this incident as thoroughly as we can.”

    The parachute became tangled in the power lines at the back of the home. They were removed a short time later.

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    What’s the deal? 6 months free service from Bell leads to $400 bill

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    WATCH ABOVE: When a Toronto couple moved into a new condo last year, Bell Canada offered a deal hard to refuse: free Internet, television and phone for six months. But as Sean O’Shea reports, they ended up with a bundle of trouble.

    Roula Papaioannou figured there was nothing to lose when a sales representative offered a special incentive to sign up for Bell Canada telecommunications services last year.


    “It was a phenomenal deal,” said Papaioannou, referring to Bell Canada’s six month promotional offer including free Internet, television and telephone service at  their new Don Mills condominium.

    “This seems too good to be true, what happens if I’m not satisfied?” Papaioannou asked the representative. She said she was assured there would be no penalties or obligations.

    Global News saw the original offer emailed to residents which stated all someone had to do was give 30 days’ notice in order to cancel.

    READ MORE: Mother of dead student hounded for 3 years by Bell for $215

    Three months after the service began, Papaioannou says she exercised the cancellation option. She says she wasn’t happy to be charged about $80 for excess data charges.

    “When I called the representative, I told her I would not go beyond the six months. I followed up two weeks later with an email to reiterate our conversation,” said Papaioannou.

    Though she says she followed all the rules and documented the cancellation, she ended up with a bill from Bell for more than $400. She was flabbergasted to receive the statement, especially after moving out of the condominium which is vacant and currently for sale.

    “What is going on? I don’t live there, I already communicated about cancelling. Where on earth do they get this from?” she said.

    Papaioannou says she’s contacted the company more than a dozen times by telephone to challenge the bill. “We spoke to them from the Philippines, Nova Scotia, Quebec and back to Toronto.”

    In a statement from Bell Canada late Monday, the company’s chief of communications said: “Mrs. Papaioannou received a promotional 6 months of free Bell TV, Internet and Home Phone unless cancelled with 30-day notice. We received notice May 27 and cancelled the service as requested. All outstanding fees are related to usage beyond the free promotional period which ended in April. We remind all customers that have recently subscribed to Bell services to always contact 310-Bell directly for all account and invoice matters.”

    But Papaioannou is adamant she contacted Bell in February, almost three months before the end of the free trial period. Her written records corroborate her statements.

    In recent weeks, Global News has profiled the predicaments of other Bell customers facing collections.

    READ MORE: Bell customer cancels but bills persist because she didn’t use the word ‘bundle’

    A Lindsay, Ontario woman received dozens of collection calls pursuing charges for her daughter, who died by suicide. Bell Canada later agreed to stop collection proceedings.

    In separate instance, a Toronto woman who cancelled her Bell services was charged hundreds of dollars because she was told she didn’t use the word “bundle” when calling to disconnect, so services continued to be billed.

    John Lawford, executive director and general counsel of the Public Interest Advocacy Centre, said complaints about unfair billing are growing.

    “We’ve noticed a trend in consumer complaints after contracts have supposedly cancelled, particularly with bundled services,” said Lawford.

    The Ottawa-based consumer interest group says telecommunications companies can make it difficult for customers to switch providers.

    “There is incentive at the sales and customer service end of companies to keep people on contracts and not accept the decision of the consumers to cancel,” Lawford said.

    Papaioannou says she feels like a hamster on a wheel trying to break her connection with Bell.

    “I did the due diligence, I have the emails that I’m cancelling this,” she said, adding she will never sign up for a “free” service again.

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    B.C. scientist takes part in simulated 4-month mission to Mars

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    VANCOUVER – Okanagan native Ross Lockwood is back on earth after a simulated four month trip to Mars.

    Lockwood is a physics PHD candidate and had been living with five other scientists in a Mars Simulator on the slopes of a volcano in Hawaii.

    Speaking on BC1, he said the 120 days he spent in the simulator would be just a slice of what a real mission to Mars would look like.


    “I think the crew fared really well over the course of our mission,” said Lockwood, “and I think we learned a lot about our psychology in isolation and our ability to work as a team throughout the mission.”

    Lockwood said the challenges were wearing a space suit outside in Hawaii, and dealing with things like composting toilets without breaking the simulation experience.

    The next step in the Hawaii Space Exploration Analog & Simulation (HI-SEAS) program is to do a 240 day mission in October and then a 365 day mission.

    “The lessons that we learned about crew selection here will influence how they choose the crews for future missions,” said Lockwood.

    Speaking of the challenges though, he said the real challenge for future missions to Mars and other planets will be in dealing with the psychological issues that arise.

    “I went in thinking that the issues would be minor, and just minor disturbances, but ultimately we had a lot of challenges along the way and we learned a lot of lessons on how to deal with those,” added Lockwood. “So don’t go in expecting that it’s going to be a piece of cake.”

    He said if he would go to Mars, there would have to be a return trip planned so he could come back and tell others all about it.

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