Court told Australian carpenter has $596 million in the bank

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When an Australian man was pulled over by police, they clearly had no idea what can of worms they were opening.

Phillip Johnathan Harrison, a bricklayer and carpenter, was driving a high-end sports car when police pulled him over. Inside, they found 12 grams of ice (a methamphetamine), Viagra and ecstasy, according to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

But that wasn’t where the story got weird.

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The 29-year-old Gold Coast native told police that he was worth $12 billion and later told his lawyer the government had supplied him with the Audi sports car.

Public defender Nick Hanly said Harrison told him that he had netted the money over the past year but couldn’t say where it had come from.

“He said he wasn’t at liberty to say,” Hanly told the court at Harrison’s bail hearing. “At this point, I was considering getting mental health to come in.”

Harrison then allowed Hanly access to his bank accounts which showed a cash balance of $596 million (AUD) and a real estate portfolio of $1.56 billion, according to the Australian.

If it were true, Harrison would be one of the 50 richest people in Australia.

“I would not have believed it if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes,” Hanly told the court.

Harrison was granted bail at the hearing, and afterwards, he refuted his lawyer’s claims over how much property he owned.

“My lawyer was delusional, I told him not to say it, duty solicitor not very good,” he said to ABC.

“I just have to have a bit of a think about what the hell’s gone on here. A lot of wrong has been done here, that’s for sure.”

“I didn’t lie about that. It’s $1.2 million in land, the rest in shares, ASX. I own the ASX 200, I’m in control of it,” Harrison said. The ASX 200 is an Australian stock exchange.

Harrison said he had no idea whether the bank totals were correct.

“It’s the banks that do all the adding up, I don’t really know,” he said.

Harrison denied that he made his money as a drug dealer but rather, he made it on stocks.

“How would I make billions in drugs without being caught? My investments, my ideas in cars, apps, trade, I sold them overseas, have been for years,” Harrison said.

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Western Canadian Sledge Hockey Tournament takes over Calgary’s Olympic Park

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CALGARY- The Western Canadian Sledge Hockey Challenge is under way this Easter weekend. The paralympic sporting event is the largest tournament of its kind in western Canada.

The Calgary Sledge Hockey Association was formed four years ago to give people living with disabilities the opportunity to play the sport.

According to the organization, only three per cent of children with a disability are currently participating in sport.

President of the Calgary Sledge Hockey Association, Dominic Shaw, said the opportunity helps participants succeed down the road.

“It’s not just physical; it’s social. You’re going to make friends with similar disabilities.”

“We’ve seen a lot of younger players develop over the years,” Shaw said. “They go on to great jobs, great schools. They just gain that self confidence.”

WATCH: Global’s Brendan Parker tries sledge hockey

More than 180 players from across western Canada will take part at the weekend tournament at WinSport Winter Sport Institute at Canada Olympic Park.

All funds raised go directly to the organization to pay for ice time and equipment costs.

Click here to find out more about the programs.

Seventy-five exhibitors are also taking part in the Community and Recreation Expo, which runs until 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Chase Martens’ body found after 5 days, no sign of foul play: Manitoba RCMP

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AUSTIN, Man. —; The search for two-year-old Chase Martens has ended tragically.

“Earlier today a family, a community and a province’s worst nightmare became a reality,” RCMP Sgt. Bert Paquet said Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

RELATED: Timeline of missing Manitoba boy Chase Martens

Martens was last seen Tuesday night in the front yard of his family’s home in Austin, Man. His body was found in a creek about half a kilometre south of the home at 1 p.m. on Saturday, five days later. RCMP say there’s no sign of foul play.

RCMP first announced on 老域名怎么购买 at 2:45 p.m. that Chase Martens’ body was found.

“This appears to be exactly what we thought it was, a tragedy,” Paquet said

On Saturday, RCMP announced that they found the body of Chase Martens, who went missing 5 days earlier.

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His body was found by a group of Winnipeg volunteers. Paquet thanked everyone who helped spread word of the search over social media and all of the volunteers who came out to help.

“I would estimate about 30,000 volunteer hours were donated this week. Majority of them people who were total strangers to the Martens family.”

WATCH: Global’s Skyview-1 helicopter over the search on Wednesday and Thursday

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“There’s no obvious signs of foul play but we need to, we owe it to the family, to the province to exercise due diligence,” Paquet said.

RCMP, along with hundreds of volunteers, scoured fields, bushes and waterways around the home for days before his body was found. The mounties thanked the volunteers for all their help over the past week.

The autopsy is expected to be done Sunday.

WATCH: Parents of Chase Martens made an emotional plea Thursday

Police were also using drones to help with the search, and they had recently began focusing search efforts on nearby bodies of water.

RELATED: How police are using drones in the search for Chase Martens and other missing people

Austin is about 120 kilometres west of Winnipeg.

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Searchers walk in a line near where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Members of the canine unit out searching for missing two -year-old Chase Martens.

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The line of searchers scouring the area near Austin, Manitoba where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Vehicles lined up as searcher tried to find two-year-old Chase Martens.

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RCMP canine unit searching Hwy. 1 near Hwy. 34 for two-year-old Chase Martens.

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RCMP update media about the search for missing two-year-old Chase Martens in Austin, Manitoba on March 23.

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The command centre set up at the home where two-year-old Chase Martens went missing.

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Searchers use quads to help look for Chase Martens Friday afternoon near Austin, Man.

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Thunder thump Raptors in 119-110 victory

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TORONTO – Even when he misses, Russell Westbrook is worth watching.

The Oklahoma City star guard clanged a free throw off the rim and then gathered in the rebound with one hand before guiding the ball into the hoop.

Chalk up another rebound and two more points en route to Westbrook’s 16th triple-double of the season in an emphatic 119-100 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Monday night.

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“That was unreal,” said Thunder teammate Kevin Durant, who clutched his head in disbelief at the play. “You’ve got to time that right and you’ve just got to be as athletic as hell. I don’t know if there’s anybody in the league that can do that. You’ve got to make the free throw but I’ll take the two points and the acrobatic play instead. He’s a freak of nature, man.”

Westbrook collected 26 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds. His triple-double tally is the most since Magic Johnson’s 17 in 1988-89. And it was his seventh triple-double in March, the most in a single month since Michael Jordan in April 1989.

Good company to be in.

“I like to win the game and make sure my teammates feel good about themselves,” said Westbrook.

Durant showed off his own skills with 34 points – along with eight assists and eight rebounds- as he scored 20-plus points for the 59th straight game.

Oklahoma City (52-22) extended its winning streak to eight games – its best stretch since a 10-game run from Jan. 16-31, 2014. It has outscored the opposition by an average of 17.1 points during the current streak.

Toronto (49-24), the only NBA franchise without a 50-win season on the books, was hoping to become the fifth team this season to hit 50 victories – joining Golden State, San Antonio, Cleveland and Oklahoma City. The Raptors, who have lost three of the last four, will look to hit the plateau Wednesday when Atlanta visits.

DeMar DeRozan led Toronto with 19 points. Rookie Norman Powell had 18 and Kyle Lowry 14 for the Raptors, who led just once in the game.

Lowry had his right elbow drained after the game in a bid to relieve inflammation.

“I’m not going to make any excuses but it’s definitely something I don’t want to play with and I don’t like playing with. But it is what it is,” said Lowry.

Trailing 97-74 after three quarters, Toronto cut the lead to 14 in the fourth. But the night belonged to Oklahoma City.

The Thunder outscored Toronto 21-14 in second-chance points and 27-11 on the fast break.

Asked beforehand if the game was a litmus test, Toronto coach Dwane Casey replied: “Well I don’t know if it’s a litmus test. It’s a hell of a test, I know that, against OKC?”

Toronto failed the exam when it came to matching the Thunder’s physicality, according to Casey.

“Tonight is a learning experience,” he said. “It tells us how hard we have to compete with force on both ends of the floor, for longer periods of time.”

Powell, meanwhile, was handed the thankless job of guarding Westbrook before an Air Canada Centre crowd of 19,800, the Raptors’ 76th straight sellout.

“That’s an elite team and I thought he competed as well as you could ask a rookie to do against one of the top point guards in the league,” said Casey.

Asked about Westbrook following the morning shootaround, Casey called him a “ferocious competitor.”

“He’s coming at you 100 miles an hour. His speed, quickness, athleticism is off the charts. He’s been that way since he came out of college … He plays with a huge chip on his shoulder. That helps him be a great competitor. You’ve got to meet his force with your force and with multiple guys. One guy is not going to stop him from getting where he wants to go.

“Is he going to score? Yes. But he’s going to have to score against two, three bodies in front of him,” he added.

Maybe four was needed.

It was a sloppy start for both teams but the Thunder regrouped quicker. Toronto missed its first five shots and trailed 15-3 early. An 11-2 Raptors run helped reduce the lead to 27-21 at the end of the first quarter that saw Toronto hit on just seven-of-22 shots.

It took Lowry two minutes into the second quarter to finally make a field goal. But that three-pointer was part of a 10-0 run that gave Toronto its only lead at 31-30.

The Thunder promptly reeled off 11 straight points to restore their lead.

Casey was assessed a technical late in the second quarter after Toronto big man Bismack Biyombo was mobbed under the Thunder basket without a call. The half ended on a Westbrook dunk that gave the visitors a 61-48 lead.

Oklahoma City increased the lead to 25 in the third. Casey’s issues with the officials continued and he was left holding his head when Jonas Valanciunas was called for a foul on what seemed like some stiff defence. The Thunder led by 23 after three quarters that saw Toronto mired in 28-of-71 shooting.

Toronto finished with 38-of-93 shooting or 40.9 per cent. Oklahoma City’s starting lineup combined for 94 points and shot .516 (32-of-62) from the field.

Durant, with his 11th point of the night, passed Canadian Steve Nash (17,387) for 79th on the league’s all-time scoring list. He did it with an acrobatic off-balance alley-oop in the second quarter.

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Union leaders throw support behind Mulcair ahead of NDP convention

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OTTAWA – Five union leaders are expressing support for Tom Mulcair ahead of next month’s NDP convention in Edmonton, where party members will decide if he should remain at the helm of the party.

In a statement released Tuesday, the labour leaders say Mulcair has proven his ability to provide a “true progressive” alternative to the Liberal government.

It’s all part of a broader campaign by supporters from across the country to help Mulcair stay on as NDP leader.

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The unions in question are the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the United Food and Commercial Workers, the National Union of Public and General Employees, the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the United Steelworkers.

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“Mulcair is known and respected throughout every part of Canada and has the organic relationship with Quebec to keep and expand our strongest geographic base,” the statement said.

More than 1,500 rank-and-file members of the NDP are expected to congregate in Edmonton for the party’s convention April 8-10.

Ahead of this event, Mulcair has been actively meeting with supporters across the country, trying to persuade party faithful he is best positioned take the party beyond October’s disappointing third-place election results.

Meeting face-to-face with members has been an important part of the post-mortem process, according to CUPE National President Mark Hancock.

“If he sort of curled up in a ball after the election, we wouldn’t be supporting him, obviously,” Hancock said in an interview with .

READ MORE: Supporters of Tom Mulcair speak out as knives sharpen for NDP leader

“The NDP and the labour movement – we like fighters. We like people who are willing to stand up for values and Tom really exemplifies that.”

Hancock said he considers Mulcair the best person to lead the NDP going forward.

“He’s a very progressive individual and his priorities are the priorities of our members,” he said. “His values are our values.”

There are many lessons to learn from the 2015 campaign, but Mulcair has worked tirelessly to figure out what went wrong and what went right, said NDP House leader Peter Julian.

The campaign is also being closely examined by a working group lead by NDP President Rebecca Blaikie.

“I think that’s when you see really effective leadership, when a leader is willing to go across the country, hear from the grassroots … that is going to, no doubt, help us as we move forward to hold,” Julian said.

READ MORE: Mulcair looks at future as NDP leader

Julian said he gets the impression there is “very clear support” for Mulcair from the grassroots.

“It’s not unanimous of course,” he said. “In our party, that is healthy, democratic debate but it is very strong. I’m very confident moving forward.”

In an interview earlier this month, Mulcair said meeting rank-and-file supporters has been “like a tonic” for him following the election.

The meetings also allowed him the chance to interact face-to-face with supporters – something he didn’t have much chance to do when the party was the official Opposition. “That’s given me energy,” he said.

Mulcair has faced criticism in the weeks leading up to the convention, notably from a group of New Democrat Quebec activists – including three defeated MPs – who called on the party to go in a new direction.

READ MORE: Mulcair talks deficits, Islamic State and heartbreaking election loss

Jamie Nicholls, Elaine Michaud and Helene LeBlanc said they did not feel represented in the NDP electoral platform they had to defend last year.

And during a recent press conference in Ottawa, NDP MP Niki Ashton also refused to categorically state whether she wants Mulcair to stay on as party leader.

She ran against Mulcair for leader in 2012.

“It’s up to members to decide how they want to go forward,” she said.

Mulcair has refused to say what level of support would prompt him to quit but Blaikie has suggested 70 per cent is a likely threshold.

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Marco Muzzo: 10 years in prison for drunk driving crash that killed 3 kids, grandfather

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NEWMARKET, Ont. – A drunk driver who killed three children and their grandfather in a horrific crash north of Toronto was sentenced to 10 years in prison Tuesday after a judge said Marco Muzzo must be held accountable for the irreversible suffering he’s caused.

Muzzo, 29, had already accrued a lengthy record of driving infractions – many of them for speeding – when he made the fateful decision to drink and drive after returning home from a trip to Miami last September, said Superior Court Justice Michelle Fuerst.

WATCH: Marco Muzzo has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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And while he has shown genuine remorse for his actions, “the high degree of Mr. Muzzo’s moral blameworthiness, combined with the enormous and far-reaching consequences of his offences, set this case apart from others,” she said.

“Notwithstanding the many positive aspects of Mr. Muzzo’s background and character… a lengthy penitentiary term is necessary,” in part to deter others from taking the same dangerous risk, Fuerst added.

Muzzo glanced quickly at his family in the front row of the courtroom in Newmarket, Ont., as he was led away in handcuffs. His mother wiped her eyes while the children’s mother, Jennifer Neville-Lake, sobbed quietly in a corner as others gathered around her.

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Nine-year-old Daniel Neville-Lake, his five-year-old brother Harrison, their two-year-old sister Milly and the children’s 65-year-old grandfather, Gary Neville, died after the van they were in was hit by a speeding SUV driven by Muzzo.

Outside the courthouse following the sentencing, Jennifer Neville-Lake said her family is a tragic reminder of the consequences of drinking and driving.

“Please, keep in mind: when you choose to drink and drive, you’re hurting other families, you’re killing someone else’s babies, like mine were killed,” she said.

“All of mine were killed on a beautiful Sunday afternoon just after 4 o’clock. Please don’t do that.”

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Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 10 to 12 years behind bars and a ban on driving for eight to 10, but the defence had argued an eight-year sentence would be enough.

In her impact statement last month, Jennifer Neville-Lake, whose family was decimated in the crash, said Muzzo’s actions have shattered her world.

“I would not wish this horror I am living on anyone but you,” she said. “You deserve to know exactly what it feels like to have every single child you created meet someone like you.”

READ MORE: Marco Muzzo apologizes for killing 3 children and grandfather

She recalled holding Milly and Harrison close in their last moments and showed a photo of the two children holding hands in their hospital beds.

“That’s Milly and Harry. They joined their hands together. They pushed their beds together; I decided I had to turn the machines off so Milly’s heart wouldn’t explode. I couldn’t pick which baby to turn off the machines first,” she said, her voice cracking.

“Edward and I crawled into bed with them,” she said. “We put our hands on top of theirs so that … just like we were with them when they were born, we were with both of them when they died. They died hugged by us in bed surrounded by all the family and friends that sang to them ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ as we turned off the machines.”

Muzzo, who had pleaded guilty to four counts of impaired driving causing death and two of impaired driving causing bodily harm, will serve nine years and four months after credit for time served. He could be eligible for parole after a third of his sentence, and for day parole six months before then.

WATCH: Muzzo, Neville-Lake families arrive in court

He also faces a 12-year driving ban, which will take effect on his release from custody.

No matter the length of sentence, Muzzo will eventually be released and go back to normal life, but the victims’ family won’t, Fuerst said.

The Neville-Lakes “will continue to serve the form of life sentence that Mr. Muzzo inflicted on them by his decision to drink and drive,” Fuerst said.

READ MORE: Marco Muzzo got the sentence he deserved, MADD CEO says

“Any loss of life caused by an impaired driver is tragic. In this case, however, the enormous harm caused by Mr. Muzzo is extraordinary,” she said in delivering the sentence. “In one fell swoop, he decimated an entire generation of the Neville-Lake family, its legacy and its future.”

That he had accumulated 10 speeding convictions in previous years “indicates an irresponsible attitude towards the privilege of driving,” she said, noting he was speeding at the time of the crash.

The persistence of impaired driving in the region, meanwhile, “underscores the need to impose a sentence that denounces and deters drinking and driving,” she said.

“For as long as Mr. Muzzo has been alive, courts have warned about the consequences of impaired driving. Yet the message escaped him,” she said. “It is important that it does not escape others.”

Muzzo’s sentence, she said, is roughly the same length as her eldest son Daniel’s life.

Prosecutors had asked for a sentence of 10 to 12 years behind bars and a ban on driving for eight to 10, but the defence had argued an eight-year sentence would be enough.

For some, Muzzo’s sentence was too lenient.

“It was such a horrific case that we really thought there might be a higher sentence handed down,” said Anne Leonard, executive director of Arrive Alive Drive Sober, a charity which works to eliminate impaired driving. “This would be the time to see a life in prison sentence.”

READ MORE: Mother of 3 kids killed by Marco Muzzo shows photos of their final moments

Leonard said she nonetheless hoped the national attention on the case would encourage people to really think twice before driving impaired. She also hoped it would spur observers to intervene in suspected cases of impaired driving to prevent crashes.

Andrew Murie, the CEO for Mothers Against Drunk Driving Canada, said Muzzo’s sentence was still longer than what most people would have received in similar cases.

“It shows that the bar has shifted, which is really good,” he said. “But it’s a long way from the maximum penalty, which is life. That has been reserved for chronic reoffenders. A lot of Canadian penalties don’t take into consideration the number of deaths, the number of injuries you cause.”

Murie added that for families who’ve lost loved ones in impaired driving crashes, a sentence of 10 years would typically be seen as not enough.

WATCH: Angry Brian Greenspan decries what he calls ‘misinformation’ regarding Marco Muzzo verdict

In her impact statement last month, Neville-Lake said Muzzo’s actions have shattered her world.

“I would not wish this horror I am living on anyone but you,” she said at the time. “You deserve to know exactly what it feels like to have every single child you created meet someone like you.”

Muzzo apologized to the family last month, saying he was “tortured by the grief and the pain” that he had caused.

“I will forever be haunted by the reality of what I have done. I am truly sorry,” he said.

His lawyer Brian Greenspan said Tuesday that his client “took full responsibility for his actions, took full accountability for his actions and today he fully accepts the sentence that was imposed by Justice Fuerst.”

Muzzo’s trial heard he had returned from his bachelor party in Florida on a private plane and picked up his car at Pearson International Airport prior to the Sept. 27, 2015, crash.

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Gordon Stuckless: Sentencing Wednesday in Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal

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TORONTO – A sentencing hearing for the man at the heart of the Maple Leaf Gardens sex abuse scandal has been postponed to Wednesday.

Gordon Stuckless pleaded guilty in 2014 to 100 charges related to the sexual abuse of 18 boys decades ago.

Stuckless was later found guilty of two additional charges of gross indecency linked to two of the 18 victims.

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    Defence lawyer Ari Goldkind said earlier this year that he had learned prosecutors want his client jailed for 10 to 12 years.

    Prosecutors decided last December not to seek dangerous offender or long-term offender status for Stuckless.

    Goldkind has maintained neither dangerous offender nor long-term offender status is justified since his client has behaved lawfully since his last convictions and voluntarily undergoes chemical castration.

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    Stuckless also pleaded guilty in 1997 for sex assaults on 24 boys while he was an usher at Toronto’s Maple Leaf Gardens between 1969 and 1988.

    He was sentenced to two years less a day in that case, but that was later increased to five years.

    He was paroled in 2001 after serving two-thirds of his sentence.

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Ontario to resume rabies vaccine baiting effort as outbreak reaches 70 animals

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Ontario is set to start dropping more anti-rabies vaccine as part of its new phase in its fight against the virus, which has so far been found in 70 raccoons and skunks.

Chris Davies, head of wildlife research with the province’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, said they plan to drop the vaccine in early April because the warm weather means the animals will become more mobile.

In recent months, 51 raccoons and 19 skunks have tested positive for rabies, mostly in the Hamilton region.

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    “The numbers are what’s to be expected,” Davies said. “In 1999, the (rabies) outbreak peaked in Year 3 and we’re only six months in here.”

    Davies said 65 of the cases have occurred in Hamilton, four in nearby Haldimand-Norfolk and one in the Niagara region.

    Raccoon rabies hasn’t been seen in Ontario since 2005 and the ministry believes the virus somehow hitchhiked to Ontario – an American raccoon, possibly in the back of a tractor trailer – and thereby avoided the invisible barrier of vaccines set up by the province.

    The raccoon rabies re-emergence in early December only came to light after two large dogs – Lexus and Mr. Satan – got into a fight with a sick raccoon in the back of an animal services van.

    That raccoon tested positive for rabies and the dogs were held in quarantine after being inoculated against the virus.

    The ministry carpet-bombed a large swath of southwestern Ontario with vaccine baits – more than 200,000 – immediately after the first reported case.

    Since then, Davies said, the ministry has been testing dead animals for the virus.

    The first reported infected skunk came in mid-February.

    “Again, we expected this, we expected to find infected skunks, but they are all within the zones we baited for vaccines, so we believe we’re in good shape,” Davies said.

    Davies said they will also drop vaccines north of Stratford, Ont., where the fox strain of the rabies virus was found in a cow.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hears Calgarians’ stories during employment insurance roundtable

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Tune into Global Calgary on Tuesday as Gord Gillies hosts an exclusive interview with Trudeau on the News Hour at 6 p.m.

CALGARY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Calgary Tuesday, where he participated in a roundtable on employment insurance and visited SAIT Polytechnic.

He said he had very candid conversations with a diverse group of people in Calgary, including seasoned workers, those in the oil industry and students.

“These are people who embody hope and hard work,” Trudeau said.

“People who have supported Canada’s economy… and have now fallen on difficult times… and need their country to be there for them.”

Trudeau faced questions about his government’s decision to boost employment insurance benefits for parts of the country while leaving some hard-hit areas of the oilpatch out of the budget plan.

WATCH: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responds to questions of E.I. regional variations between Calgary and Edmonton.

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    “The EI system as it has been set up… is regionally based,” Trudeau said.

    “Losing one’s job in one particular area may have much different challenges – as in finding a new job – than in a different area.”

    The prime minister said the government targeted the extra EI measures on the “hardest hit regions.” He added “the changes we made to EI on those 12 different regions are but a small part of the shifts we’ve made to EI.”

    Trudeau said the Liberals also changed the EI wait period and requirements for new workers and first-time applicants. He also brought up the $250 million in stabilization funding given to the Alberta government.

    The government of Canada divides Alberta into four EI regions: Edmonton, Calgary, Northern Alberta and Southern Alberta.

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    The government has said it picked 12 regions that needed the most help with extra weeks of EI benefits for jobless workers.

    “Extending the duration of EI benefits where a rise in unemployment has been sharp and sustained and where there haven’t been signs of recovery,” he explained.

    However, Trudeau said Tuesday the government will review and monitor the situation and the impact of the changes.

    “Canada is a great country because we work hard and we take care of each other,” Trudeau said.

    READ MORE: Federal Budget 2016: Big changes coming to employment insurance

    Those areas included Newfoundland and Labrador, parts of northern and southern Alberta, northern British Columbia, northern Manitoba, northern Ontario, northern Saskatchewan, Whitehorse and Nunvaut.

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    Calgary was on the list but Edmonton was left off, as were parts of Saskatchewan.

    Trudeau said he heard the stories of many people on Tuesday and he understands many Canadians feel as though the rug has been pulled out from under them.

    “As effective as a government can be… the very scale of the challenges we’re facing sometimes leave me as an individual wishing I could do more.”

    WATCH:Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined Global Calgary’s Gord Gillies to talk issues that matter to Albertans.

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North Korea fires another short-range missile along its coast

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SEOUL, Korea, Republic Of – North Korea fired a short-range projectile from an area near its eastern coast on Tuesday, South Korean officials said, in what appears to be another weapons test seen as a response to ongoing military drills between Washington and Seoul.

The projectile was fired near the North Korean port city of Wonsan and flew about 200 kilometres (125 miles) before crashing into land northeast of the launch site, South Korean military officials said.

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It was unclear whether the projectile was a ballistic missile or an artillery shell, said a Joint Chiefs of Staff official who didn’t want to be identified, citing office rules. It was too early to tell whether North Korea used a land target to test the accuracy and range of its weapons or experienced problems after planning a launch into the sea, said an official from Seoul’s Defence Ministry, who also didn’t want to be named because of department rules.

North Korea has fired a slew of short-range missiles and artillery shells into the sea and has threatened nuclear strikes on Washington and Seoul since the start on March 7 of the annual springtime war games between the United States and South Korea.

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North Korea also launched a medium-range ballistic missile into waters off its east coast for the first time since 2014 and touted a new artillery system it says could turn the South Korean capital of Seoul into a “sea of flames.” Experts say the North’s new artillery launchers can fire 300-millimeter shells up to 200 kilometres (125 miles), theoretically reaching Seoul and its surrounding metropolitan area, where nearly half of the 50 million South Koreans live.

North Korea routinely tests short-range missiles and artillery systems but tends to do more launches in times of tension with the outside world. It condemns the annual military drills between Washington and Seoul as a rehearsal for an invasion. Tensions are particularly high this year because the drills are the largest ever and follow a recent North Korean nuclear test and a long-range rocket launch. Washington and Seoul say the drills are defensive in nature and they have no plans to invade North Korea.

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No degree needed: Tech talent shortage means less education

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TORONTO – Before Hired launched in Toronto last November, nearly 27,000 people and more than 280 companies applied for the online service that matches job seekers with gigs in the tech sector.

About five per cent of applicants are approved to use Hired’s services, and it usually charges firms 15 per cent of a new employee’s first-year salary for each successful hire.

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To Matt Mickiewicz, the company’s co-founder and chief product officer, the high interest signals a problem – the jobs are there, but there are too few qualified candidates to fill them.

“There is a huge talent shortage within Canada,” said Mickiewicz. The company plans to expand its Canadian operations to either Vancouver or Montreal this year, where he says the situation is similar.

Canada’s tech companies are in stiff competition for retaining top prospects. There won’t be enough qualified people to fill more than 218,000 new information and communications technology jobs in the country by 2020, according to a report published by the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) earlier this month.

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That may be years away, but organizations already struggle to find qualified applicants.

One of the top challenges for many is attracting and recruiting employees, according to an ICTC survey where more than 53 per cent of respondents identified it as a problem.

It’s an issue Shopify, an Ottawa-based company that helps other businesses build their e-commerce presence, has encountered.

“In looking for folks who are going to raise the bar, absolutely, there are challenges,” said Anna Lambert, Shopify’s director of talent acquisition.

Tech companies must have an expansive recruitment strategy to bring in the best employees, she said.

There are traditional avenues like on-campus recruitment. But Shopify also sponsors events abroad, partners with organizations that teach coding and attends niche conferences.

A prospective employee’s education level isn’t necessarily a deal-breaker.

“There are some roles where the top candidate will have a master’s or a PhD, but there are lots of candidates who don’t,” Lambert said.

Sometimes, Shopify attracts students midway through their studies through its year-round internship program and they decide against resuming their education because they enjoy the significant impact they’re making at the company, she said.

Harrison Brundage, 25, quit his software engineering program at McGill University more than halfway toward earning his bachelor’s degree. He had just completed a four-month software developer internship at Shopify and opted to join the growing startup instead of returning to school.

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He asked for a yearlong, full-time position, intending to return to school afterwards. Twelve months turned into nearly five years, and Brundage is now Shopify’s director of engineering for data platforms.

The skills needed to be a successful software developer change very rapidly, he said.

“This makes it remarkably hard to teach modern, relevant software development practice. There are many techniques that will be obsolete by the time a curriculum for them is finalized, taught and used by its graduates,” said Brundage in an email.

While he learned some very useful skills at school, Brundage said he found his on-the-job experience at Shopify helped him grow more, so he chose to stay put.

That probably happens with some of the University of Waterloo’s students, said Rocco Fondacaro, the school’s director of student and faculty relations for the co-op education and career action department.

The school doesn’t track how many computer science and computer engineering students abandon their studies and turn co-op placements into full-time jobs. But Fondacaro says it’s likely rare since the university does a good job of convincing students their degree is more than just a piece of paper to frame and hang on a wall.

“There’s a lot of additional learning that will serve them well through their entire life,” said Fondacaro, citing co-op opportunities and professional development courses.

As for Brundage, he doesn’t plan to re-enroll, saying his Shopify experience and references will likely qualify him for other future opportunities.

“I run a group of world-class engineers building world-class systems,” he said.

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Hijacker of EgyptAir flight arrested, hostage situation over

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LARNACA, Cyprus – An Egyptian wearing a fake explosives belt who hijacked a domestic EgyptAir flight and forced it to land in Cyprus on Tuesday surrendered and was taken into custody after releasing all passengers and crew unharmed following an hours-long standoff.

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Officials said early on that the hijacking was not an act of terrorism, and later that the man appeared to be psychologically unstable. However, the incident was likely to renew concerns about Egyptian airport security months after a Russian passenger plane was downed over the Sinai Peninsula in a bombing claimed by the Islamic State group.

“From the start, it was clear that this wasn’t an act of terrorism, and despite the fact that the individual appeared to be dangerous in terms of his behaviour, we understood that this was a psychologically unstable person,” Cyprus’ Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides told reporters.

He said the man initially asked to speak with his Cypriot ex-wife, who police brought to the airport.

“After that, he started asking for European Union representatives to assure him about matters that had no logical basis,” Kasoulides said.

At one point the hijacker demanded the release of women held in Egyptian prisons, but he then dropped the demand and made others. “His demands made no sense or were too incoherent to be taken seriously,” the minister said, adding that the contents of a letter the hijacker wanted to give to his ex-wife “were also incoherent.”

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, in an earlier appearance alongside European Parliament President Martin Schulz in Nicosia, was asked whether the incident involved a woman. “Always, there is a woman,” he replied, drawing laughter.

Just minutes before the arrest, local TV footage from the airport showed several people disembarking from the aircraft and a man who appeared to be a crew member climbing out of the cockpit window and sliding down the side of the plane. The hijacker had earlier freed most of the passengers but kept on board seven people – four crew members and three passengers.

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A Cypriot police official said the hijacker walked off the plane and was taken into custody by anti-terrorism police. He said the man wore a belt, but it contained no explosives. Egypt’s Civil Aviation Ministry said man was wearing a fake explosives belt.

Flight MS181 took off Tuesday morning from Bourg el-Arab airport just outside the Mediterranean coastal city of Alexandria en route to Cairo with at least 55 passengers, including 26 foreigners, and a seven-member crew.

An official with flight-tracking website FlightRadar24 said the plane showed no immediate signs of distress. The flight between Alexandria and Cairo normally takes about 30 minutes.

Egyptian officials gave conflicting accounts as the drama unfolded. The Aviation Ministry said in a statement that the hijacker was wearing an explosives belt, which turned out to be untrue.

A man leaves the hijacked aircraft of Egyptair from a cockpit window at Larnaca airport in Cyprus Tuesday, March 29, 2016.

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Egyptian government spokesman Hossam al-Queish identified the hijacker as Ibrahim Samaha, but an Egyptian woman who identified herself as Samaha’s wife said her husband is not the hijacker and was on his way to Cairo so he could fly to the U.S. to attend a conference.

The woman, who identified herself only as Nahla, told the Egyptian private TV network ONTV by phone that her husband had never been to Cyprus and that a photo on Egyptian and regional TV channels that purportedly showed the hijacker was not him.

Later, the official Middle East News Agency identified the hijacker as Seifedeen Mustafa, without providing further details. A senior Cypriot official confirmed the name of the hijacker, but also provided no further details.

All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

Police in Cairo were questioning the hijacker’s relatives, Sharif Faisal, the police chief for the industrial suburb of Helwan, told The Associated Press.

The Egyptian Civil Aviation Ministry said the foreigners on board included eight Americans, four Britons, four Dutch, two Belgians, a French national, an Italian, two Greeks and one Syrian. Three other foreigners could not be identified.

The initial group of passengers released by the hijacker was seen calmly walking off the plane down a set of stairs, carrying their hand luggage and boarding a bus. Security was tight at the airport, with police repeatedly pushing back reporters and TV crews working just outside the fence, near where the aircraft stopped. Police also evacuated a nearby beach popular with tourists.

Egyptian passenger Farah el-Dabani told the Dubai-based Al-Arabiyah TV network that the hijacker was seated in the back of the aircraft and that it was the crew who told passengers that the plane was being hijacked.

“There was panic at the beginning, but the crew told us to be quiet. They did a good job to keep us all quiet so the hijacker does not do anything rash,” she said in a telephone interview.

The incident raised more questions about security at Egyptian airports, five months after the Russian aircraft crashed minutes after it took off from Egypt’s Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh.

All 224 people on board were killed in the crash. Russia later said a bomb brought down the aircraft, and IS claimed responsibility. Russia suspended all air links to Egypt after the revelations about the bombing, dealing a major blow to Egypt’s vital tourism industry. Tuesday’s hijacking could further postpone the resumption of flights.

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Hendawi reported from Cairo. Maggie Michael and Sam Magdy in Cairo contributed to this report.

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How coding bootcamps are preparing people for Canada’s tech ‘gold rush’

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TORONTO – Three years ago, Erik Dohnberg was working at the Genius Bar at an Apple store in London, Ont.

He’d been there for 10 months after graduating with an information and media studies degree from Western University when he decided he wanted more.

With the intention of starting up his own business, Dohnberg signed up for a nine-week boot camp at Bitmaker Labs, a web developer training school in Toronto.

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Within two weeks of completing the boot camp, Dohnberg had 16 job interviews and received two job offers. One of them was from Bitmaker Labs.

Dohnberg said he doesn’t regret going to university, but also doesn’t think it prepared him to get a real job. Most of his classmates went on to graduate studies.

“It was education for the sake of more education,” said Dohnberg, now an admissions manager at Bitmaker.

“I can write a hell of an essay on Star Trek and Star Wars fan fiction but really, that’s irrelevant to practical skills. I’m a good writer but that’s about it.”

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Tech skills programs like the ones at Bitmaker Labs have been sprouting up over the past few years in response to a tech talent shortage in Canada. It’s a problem that has been bubbling to the surface, as more startups open up shop and try to recruit from an already-small pool of Canadian coders and developers.

A report released earlier this month by the Information and Communications Technology Council estimates that 218,000 tech jobs will be created in Canada by 2020. It warns that it could cost the economy billions of dollars in lost productivity, tax revenues and GDP if Canada doesn’t address the tech skills gap.

“It is imperative that this challenge is tackled, especially if Canada wants to secure its place as a competitive leader in the global economy,” the 57-page report says.

At Bitmaker, courses range from weekend boot camps to an intensive nine-week course for $9,000. The school believes anyone can learn how to code and its students include everyone from college and university dropouts to ex-engineers, investment bankers and skilled labourers. Bitmaker has also enrolled computer engineer and science graduates looking to update their skills.

Dohnberg said such boot camps are still not producing workers fast enough to meet the demands of the ever-evolving tech industry, making it vital for colleges and universities to tailor their programs for jobs in the sector.

“(Universities) are not focused on education. They’re focused on grades and a piece of paper at the end, because for decades, that has been the way you get a job and open up new opportunities,” he said.

“Now that’s not enough. Universities need to start understanding how people actually learn and come up with innovative ways to imparting education to those people.”

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Vancouver-based Lighthouse Labs, which also runs web developer boot camps, sees its role as completely separate from that of a post-secondary institution.

“We consider ourselves complementary to university. We’re not trying to undercut it or disrupt it,” said Jeremy Shaki, Lighthouse chief executive and self-proclaimed “chief talking officer.”

“The challenge is this industry changes pretty quickly, and the way universities are set up – they’re not meant to reflect the industry needs at their current state. They’re meant to provide a deeper learning so people have a solid academic experience.”

The eight-week boot camp at Lighthouse accepts one out of three applicants, with the deciding factor being motivation, a coding background and a willingness to do hard work.

“We don’t take people who are in it for the gold rush,” said Shaki.

The tech industry is also struggling to keep workers in Canada, something he says is due to a lack of culture here for developers and coders, which makes it easier for them to be lured to hot spots like Silicon Valley and New York where salaries are higher.

Shaki estimates that a starting salary for a web developer in Toronto would be around $46,000, whereas in San Francisco, the average beginning salary is about $90,000.

Langis Roy, dean of graduate studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ont., says post-secondary institutions are aware that they need to adapt to a more technological world because that’s where the jobs are. That includes everything from providing students with training on professional software, encouraging entrepreneurship and setting up tech incubators.

“We need to serve the industry and market-driven needs,” said Roy.

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