Calgary police investigating death of woman in N.W.T. RCMP custody

Calgary police said Sunday they are investigating the death of a 34-year-old woman in Northwest Territories RCMP custody within the past day.

On July 31 at 10:30 p.m., the woman was taken into custody for public intoxication in Tuktoyaktuk and died just after midnight, the Calgary Police Service said in a news release.

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When an in-custody death happens, CPS said it is “standard procedure” that another police agency does an external investigation.

Police said they don’t know the cause of death. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 4.

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Manitoba motorcycle club hosts fundraiser ride for Diabetes Canada

Around 50 motorcycle riders gathered at a parking lot just off Main Street in downtown Winnipeg on Saturday morning, readying for a ride to Steinbach in support of Diabetes Canada.

The Sikh Motorcycle Club of Manitoba organized the gathering, joining other clubs in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario to commemorate the discovery of insulin 100 years ago, with a goal of raising $100,000 for the organization’s programs, research and services for those living with diabetes.

“Once we met the families, which are part of Diabetes Canada … we realized the cost is great,” Raj Sandhu, spokesperson for the Sikh Motorcycle Club of Manitoba, told Global News.

“I think that’s how we decided all over Canada that we should … do a one nation, one ride.”

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Sandhu, whose father has the disease, said the local club was inspired to join the cause after the Sikh Motorcycle Club of Ontario held its inaugural ride last year.

He said the group hopes the event will become an annual fundraiser.

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Diabetes Canada suggests 146,000 Manitobans are living with diagnosed type 1 or type 2 diabetes in 2021 and projects that could increase to 194,000 by 2031.

“In every single community or society, it is a growing problem,” Sandhu said.

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The organization estimates the figure is much higher when people living with prediabetes or undiagnosed diabetes are included. Combined, Sandhu said it could account for around 403,000 Manitobans — at least 28 per cent of the province’s population.

Diabetes Canada anticipates the number of people in the province living with diagnosed cases of type 1 and type 2 diabetes could increase by 33 per cent over a ten-year period.

By 2031, it says the direct cost to health care could amount to $194 million.

“Diabetes Canada is grateful for the commitment and support of the Sikh Motorcycle Club of Canada, and the riders here in Manitoba,” regional director of Diabetes Canada Andrea Kwasnicki said in a news release, adding that events and partnerships like these allow the organization to further support those living with diabetes, prediabetes or undiagnosed in Manitoba.

The Dyer family of five stopped by Saturday morning to see the riders off.

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“We’re here to show our support and gratitude to this club for raising funds across part of the country today … and to also check out all these fantastic machines with the kids and wait for it all to start up and feel that rush,” Steve Dyer said, who lives with type 1 diabetes along with his son, Miles. “Pretty excited to be down here.”

Diabetes Canada runs summer camps for kids living with type 1 diabetes, something Miles’s mother Liz said she appreciates.

“He doesn’t have to feel like he’s sort of one person living on an island by himself dealing with this,” Liz said. “Everybody around him gets to experience it together.”

Many things may affect blood sugar levels, she said, that people do not realize, including growth, hormones, physical activity, sickness and stress.

“(Diabetes is) something that never goes away. It’s something that always has to be watched and monitored,” Liz said.

“So, it’s nice to see a group support us,” she said with a smile.

“Insulin is not enough,” the Sikh Motorcycle Club of Manitoba said in a news release. “It’s the starting line, not the finish line for diabetes.”

Sandhu said together, they can make a difference.

“We can fight together.”

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Winnipeg Catholic Church cancels mass after "angry" comments made against it online

A Winnipeg Catholic Church cancelled mass scheduled for Sunday after concerning remarks were made against it online.

St. Emile Catholic Church became the focus of controversy after a fill-in priest, Father Rheal Forest, made comments during services suggesting residential school survivors lied to get settlement money.

Archbishop Albert LeGatt of the Archdiocese of Saint Boniface later disavowed the remarks and asked for forgiveness.

“The police contacted the parish because the police was (sic) monitoring social media and they noticed that there were apparently comments on the angry side or on the disappointed side regarding Father Rheal Forest’s very troubling remarks,” Daniel Bahuaud, communications coordinator for the Archdiocese, told Global News Sunday.

“But the police were clear with us there have been no threats, so (cancelling mass) was merely a precaution.”

Bahuaud added similar comments have been made on the parish’s Facebook page, and the church office has received phone calls “expressing disappointment.”

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He says the decision to cancel mass is likely a one-time move, but church leadership will be deciding how to proceed throughout the week.

“I think we understand at the archdiocese that people could express very strong disappointment, disagreement, with Father Rheal Forest’s remarks, which Bishop LeGatt and the archdiocese have already completely disavowed, and we can understand anger,” Bahuaud said.

“What we hope is that people will also understand … that the archdiocese is advocating truth and reconciliation, and we want to move forward with that with Indigenous communities in our diocese, but in all Indigenous people and all Canadians.”

Forest’s comments were made during a handful of masses which were broadcast on the church’s Facebook page. They were later deleted.

“His words have deeply, deeply hurt people,” Archbishop LeGatt said in a video posted to social media Thursday.

“I and, I hope, more and more people will come to that place of completely disavowing that kind of thinking … that kind of racism.”

The archdiocese has since barred Forest from preaching publicly.

With files from Kelly Malone

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Delta COVID-19 variant to make up nearly all B.C. cases within 'weeks,' says UBC modeller

As the Central Okanagan grapples with rising COVID-19 cases Global News Morning talks to UBC Associate Professor Heidi Tworek about breaking down vaccine hesitancy.

A UBC professor who specializes in modelling COVID-19 transmission says it won’t be long before the highly-contagious Delta variant makes up virtually all new cases in the province.

“In the next week or two,” mathematical biologist and member of the B.C. COVID-19 modelling group Sarah Otto told Global News.

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“Already, we’re seeing that it’s at around two-thirds of the cases, and with the spike in the Interior, it’s only a couple of weeks.”

Data released by the BC Centre for Disease Control showed genetic sequencing had confirmed the Delta variant in 60 per cent of B.C. cases as of July 24.

Otto said the number likely under-represents the reality of Delta’s spread.

On Friday, Canada’s Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam warned the country could be at the start of a “Delta-driven fourth wave” of the pandemic.

Internal documents from the U.S. CDC obtained by the Washington Post this week suggested Delta was as contagious as chickenpox.

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While vaccines have proven highly effective at preventing serious illness or hospitalization among the immunized, the CDC documents also suggested that vaccinated people may still be able to transmit Delta.

Data from B.C. released last week showed 96 per cent of cases between June and July were among people who were not fully vaccinated.

B.C. reported 243 cases of COVID-19 on Friday, more than double the 100 new cases reported the week before.

More than half of the new cases were in the Interior Health region, where officials have declared an outbreak in the Central Okanagan and reimplemented restrictions.

“The vaccines protect those of us who are vaccinated, but what we’re seeing is the communities with a lower vaccination rate are really, really much more susceptible,” Otto said.

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“Here in British Columbia, communities with vaccination rates of around 70 percent are five times more likely to have cases than communities that are closer to 90 percent. So that’s where we’re seeing the difference in community after community after community.”

Some of B.C.’s lowest vaccination rates remain in the interior and northeast. In the Enderby local health area, just 60 per cent of people have had their first dose, while Creston is at 63 per cent.

Just 53 per cent of people in the Peace River South area have had one dose.

Otto warned that hospitalization rates have also begun to creep up again, and according to her modelling, the province could top the number of people in hospital at the peak of the third wave if case rates continue to climb at their current speed.

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Wildfire smoke air quality advisory issued for Lower Mainland

Regional officials placed Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley under a new air quality advisory on Sunday, as wildfire smoke rolled into the area.

Metro Vancouver warned of high concentrations of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) in the air over the next “few days.”

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“Smoke from wildfires burning in the interior of B.C. and Washington has moved into and over our region, contributing to elevated fine particulate matter concentrations and hazy skies,” the advisory reads.

“Onshore winds forecast for Tuesday may begin to clear the smoke.”

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As of mid-day Sunday, Metro Vancouver’s AirMap listed the eastern Fraser Valley at an Air Quality Health Index rating of five, or “medium” risk.

The central Fraser Valley was at a three, while the remainder of Metro Vancouver was rated a two or “low risk.”

The regional district says smoke concentrations are expected to vary widely across the region depending on wildfire behaviour, temperature and wind.

The elderly, children and pregnant women, along with people who have chronic underlying medical conditions or infections such as COVID-19, are particularly at risk, Metro Vancouver said.

The public and vulnerable people, in particular, are advised to avoid outdoor physical activity while the advisory is in place.

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Jose Berrios helps Toronto complete sweep of Royals in Blue Jays debut

TORONTO — Jose Berrios made a worthy first impression on his new Blue Jays teammates to continue the good vibrations for the team in its return to Rogers Centre.

Berrios helped Toronto sweep the Kansas City Royals with six shutout innings in a 5-1 victory before a crowd of 14,427 under an open roof on Sunday. The Blue Jays (54-48) outscored their opponents 15-5 in the three-game set, their first series in Toronto in 22 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The right-handed Berrios (8-5) landed on the Blue Jays doorstep from the Minnesota Twins before the trade deadline on Friday. In exchange for the dependable starter, Toronto sent prime prospects Austin Martin and Simeon Woods-Richards the other way.

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Berrios arrived in town on Saturday evening. His debut outing for Toronto was far from the all-star form he exhibited in 2018 and 2019. But he found ways to pitch out of jams with strikeouts at critical times.

Berrios fanned seven Royals, hit three batters and surrendered five hits in his 95-pitch, 64-strike outing.

The new Blue Jays starter was hit hard early. Berrios yielded four singles in the nine batters he faced in the first two innings. But he found his groove in the third, fourth and fifth innings, only to struggle again in the sixth.

Berrios surrendered a one-out double to outfielder Andrew Benintendi and loaded the bases after hitting Hunter Dozier and Michael Taylor with two outs. But Berrios struck out Edward Olivares, the final batter he faced for the afternoon.

Berrios’s new teammates gave him the necessary run support in the third inning. Red-hot George Springer knocked in catcher Reese McGuire with a double to right-centre field. Infielder Marcus Semien then smashed a two-run homer for his 25th of the season.

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Kansas City starter Brad Keller (7-10) left the game after three innings because of lower-back tightness.

Toronto third baseman Santiago Espinal slammed a solo shot in the fourth. The Blue Jays pushed home an additional run an inning later after four consecutive walks to Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Cavan Biggio, Randal Grichuk and Espinal.

Trevor Richards relieved Berrios with a one-two-three seventh inning and struck out Kansas City catcher Salvador Perez to begin the eighth before giving way to reliever Tim Mayza. Royals outfielder Edward Olivares hit a two-out ninth-inning homer to left field off Mayza to spoil the shutout.

Toronto slugger Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was given the day off.

Even though the Royals (45-59) are in the bottom third of the overall Major League Baseball standings, they arrived in Toronto on an 8-2 run.

With the arrival of Berrios and reliever Joakim Soria, also acquired before Friday’s trade deadline, the Blue Jays optioned pitchers Thomas Hatch and Tayler Saucedo to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

London, Ont. transplant recipient ready for 18-hour Lake Ontario fundraiser swim

Jillian Best’s big night is just days away.

The London, Ont., resident is determined to swim 52 kilometres across Lake Ontario this Tuesday, a journey that will take about 18 hours to complete.

“Primarily, I’m excited,” Best told 980 CFPL’s Mike Stubbs on London Live. “There’s a little bit of nervousness creeping in, (but) I feel prepared.”

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Best is a transplant recipient and the founder of the Move for Life Foundation, which is dedicated to reducing the waitlist for organ transplants.

Each year, one or a group of transplant recipients and living donors participate in a sporting challenge to demonstrate that organ transplantation is life-changing.

This year, the foundation is raising funds to purchase new equipment that supports organ transplants for the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC).

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Best is taking her challenge to Lake Ontario, and in order to prepare for her upcoming journey, Best has been training for over a year.

“My longest swim was nine hours, (which) covered 25.5 kilometres, or about half the distance of the Lake Ontario swim,” she said. “There was another weekend where I did (a) six hour swim one day and a seven hour the following day.”

“But I feel great, because I was in the midst of a hard training cycle and I was (still) able to complete those swims without any setbacks or injuries,” Best continued.

Part of her training involves getting used to swimming in cold water, since parts of the lake have “pockets of colder water, as cold as 10 C, (but) I’m feeling ready for it.”

If the weather works out, Best will be hitting the waters on the night of Aug. 3.

Her swim master, who had been monitoring the weather for the past few weeks, will make the final call on when she gets in the water.

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“What we do is we decide when the best time to get in the water is for the projected potential 18 hours that it might take me to cross the lake,” Best said. “Right now, we say Tuesday night, but it might move into the early hours of Wednesday morning (around) 2 or 3 a.m.”

Best was 15-years-old when her mother had a liver transplant in 2004. Best was soon diagnosed with hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia, or HHT.

Her symptoms began to develop in her early 20s. She was put on a transplant waiting list in May 2015 and had her transplant the year after.

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Now, the transplant recipient is raising awareness and funds to support other recipients as well as donors.

A GoFundMe campaign has been set up to support Best’s mission and purchasing new equipment for LHSC.

-With files from 980 CFPL’s Mike Stubbs

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2 men from Cape Breton killed in Strathlorne, N.S. crash

Two men from Cape Breton have been killed in a single-vehicle crash in Strathlorne, N.S.

RCMP in Inverness County say they were called to the collision at 5:45 a.m. Sunday on Highway 19.

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First responders found a Honda Civic that had left the road and was extensively damaged.

Both men — aged 24 and 30 — were pronounced dead at the scene.

Highway 19 was closed in both directions between Blackstone Road and Strathlorne Scotsville Road until the afternoon, while an accident reconstructionist was on scene.

The cause of the crash has not been released.

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Recent survey shows Sask. cell phone usage rise during COVID-19 pandemic

The Mobile Shop recently asked 1,500 customers a series of questions about their cell phone usage during the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to the survey, over 40 per cent of Saskatchewans reported spending more time on their mobile phones over the last year.

Although the pandemic kept everyone locked up, technology was the easiest way to stay in touch with others, and stay entertained.

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One third of respondents said they were doing more calling, texting and video chatting, and over half of residents said their phones kept them informed while they were cooped up at home.

“The pandemic really isolated us, so cellphones proved indispensable in staying close to the people we love,” said Mobile Specialist Lucas Smith.

During lockdown, over half of the respondents in Saskatchewan and Manitoba said having their phone with them made them feel more informed, and just over 30 per cent said they felt safer.

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Just over 40 per cent of residents said their main use for their phone during the pandemic was to keep in touch with elderly people they could no longer visit because of the virus.

Smith added that just over 30 per cent of Canadians agree that they would rather have winter all year round than live without a cell phone.

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Dalano Banton reflects on how Rexdale upbringing shaped his career as he joins Toronto Raptors

After making Toronto Raptors history by becoming the first Canadian to be selected by the team as part of a NBA draft, Dalano Banton is reflecting on how his upbringing in Rexdale has shaped himself and his career as he prepares to join the squad.

“I feel like just having the image of Canada or Toronto or wherever, has this only this one side of it where everyone is super nice, but not understanding that there real neighbourhoods where you have to come out and put on like a tough face or you have to come out every day and pursue stuff or portray the way you’re not just to show that you’re not weak,” Banton told reporters on Sunday during his first news conference since joining the team.

“I had to come outside every day and show that I’m a strong man and be a young man at a very early age and make some real decisions for yourself, so I feel like a lot of people don’t understand that coming from Canada a lot of people just think it’s Canada you know like it’s very nice over there and everyone’s so nice, but it’s not always like that.

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“I feel like growing up in Rexdale gives you that extra push, that extra grit, just knowing that I had a different upbringing. I went through a lot of things, it was a lot of trials and a lot of tribulations coming out of there.”

Banton, the six-foot-nine and 204-pound guard who was selected 46th in the draft on Thursday, grew up near the intersection of Kipling Avenue and Mount Olive Drive and beamed with pride while discussing his neighbourhood.

“Growing up in Rexdale, just the kids being able to see me. I go to the gyms that they went to all these years and I know a lot of people. Everybody knows it’s like a tight-knit family growing up where I’m from,” he said.

“It’s not about where you are, it’s where you plan to be … plan to live bigger.

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“Coming where I come from, it gives a lot of people hope. I feel like a lot of people think they can make it now.”

Banton credited his earlier development in basketball and athletics to the Rexdale Community Hub (noting it was literally across the street from where he grew up) and the North Kipling Community Centre, saying he often did runs and drills at both facilities. The community has a few of the City of Toronto’s 31 designated priority neighbourhood improvement areas.

“They get you into gym, they make sure you do your schoolwork … I just took advantage of those community centres, keeping myself from outside of the neighbourhood,” he said.

“I feel like it was the blessing for me having those community centres to keep me in the gym.”

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During his sophomore season with the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the last season, he averaged 9.6 points, 3.9 assists and 5.9 rebounds over 27 games. He was previously at Western Kentucky.

However, during his time with the Huskers, Banton said he wanted to find a way to pay homage to his Rexdale roots. A former rider of the TTC’s 45 Kipling bus, which went right past his neighbourhood, he picked 45 for his jersey.

“When I was trying to think of a number that means something to me, I was kind of getting tired of just wearing numbers. I feel like you can always make meaning of something, so I felt like once that clicked to me it stuck,” he recalled.

“Everyone who knows me knows I’m a guy who takes where I’m from with me, with pride.”

In addition to the pride for his home community, Banton discussed his admiration and appreciation for the Raptors noting he’s long been a fan since the Chris Bosh era.

“It was my favourite team. It was the only team that I ever kept up within the NBA constantly … I used to come to the games and just knowing that I can be a part of that now, people can come watch me play like how we used to come watch everyone else, it’s great,” he said.

“It was a dream come true just knowing that all the hard work you put in, everyone in the draft wanting to hear their name called and just being blessed with that opportunity — and it being to the Raptors — I feel like just both of my dreams coming true at once.

“It’s kind of surreal to me still, but I’m just grateful for the opportunity. I’m thankful for it and I thank everyone multiple times a day.”

However, Banton acknowledged getting to where he is hasn’t been easy. He said for basketball players at the high school level looking to get exposure is harder in Canada, noting select schools have stronger recognition in terms of the sports community versus the United States where there is a more universal audience.

“You can be as good as you want sometimes, but it’s just not enough. It’s not on the kids, it’s just the level of exposure,” he said, noting social media is starting to change the prospects for aspiring athletes.

“I feel like you have to bet on yourself and believe in yourself because if you don’t, no one is going to do it for you. I learned that at an early age.”

Meanwhile, as Banton prepares for playing in the summer league, he said he is looking forward to the evolution of his skills in the coming years and hoped he’ll be able to thrive under the Raptors’ staff.

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“I might not make an instant impact today, but I feel like for years to come and just trusting in the work and trusting in the development of the Raptors, and knowing their track record of how good they are getting guys better and getting guys contracts … I know the sky is the limit for me,” he said.

However, for now, he said he’s looking forward to reconnecting with those who have shown their support for him.

“I’ve just been soaking up the time with my family … everybody is just so happy for me, so I want to see everyone who is happy for me,” he said, adding he’s thinking of ways he can give back to the Mount Olive neighbourhood and the Rexdale community.

“It’s going to be great.”

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