Court told Australian carpenter has $596 million in the bank

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.

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

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

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.

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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 桑拿会所 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.”

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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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Pope denounces terror attacks in Easter Sunday message

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis tempered his Easter Sunday message of Christian hope with a denunciation of “blind” terrorism, recalling victims of attacks in Europe, Africa and elsewhere, as well as expressing dismay that people fleeing war or poverty are being denied welcome as European countries squabble over the refugee crisis.

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Tens of thousands of people patiently endured long lines, backpack inspections and metal-detecting checks Sunday to enter St. Peter’s Square. Under a brilliant sun, they listened to Francis deliver the traditional noon Easter speech from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica.

To their delight, Francis completed a whirl through the square, made colorful with sprays of tulips and other spring flowers, in his open-topped pope-mobile after celebrating Mass on the steps of the basilica. He leaned over barriers to shake hands, as the vehicle ventured past the Vatican’s confines, with his bodyguards jogging alongside on the boulevard.

For years, Islamist extremists in social media have listed the Vatican and Rome as potential targets due to hosting the headquarters of the Roman Catholic church and several basilicas. Despite the threats, Francis has kept to his habit of trying to be in close physical contact with ordinary people.

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Francis said, for the faithful, Jesus who rose after death by crucifixion “triumphed over evil and sin.” He expressed hope that “will draw us closer to the victims of terrorism, that blind and brutal form of violence.”

At the end of Mass, he chatted briefly with the former king and queen of Belgium, Albert II and Paola, who attended the ceremony.

In his speech, Francis cited recent attacks in Belgium, Turkey, Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Iraq.

He called the message of Easter “a message of life for all humanity.”

Easter “invites us not to forget those men and women seeking a better future, an ever more numerous throng of migrants and refugees – including many children – fleeing from war, hunger, poverty and social injustice,” he said.

As he has done repeatedly, Francis lamented that “all too often, these brothers and sisters of ours meet along the way with death or, in any event, rejection by those who could offer them welcome and assistance.”

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Some European countries have erected barbed-wire fences and other barriers to keep out those who continue to arrive on Greek and Italian shores after risky sea voyages on smugglers’ boats. Another strategy has been for some European countries to express a preference for accepting Christian refugees over Muslim ones – which would effectively rule out the vast majority of Syrian refugees.

Most recently, a host of countries along Europe’s main migrant route north of Greece to central Europe have simply closed their borders to refugees, stranding thousands of refugee families at different border points.

Francis also decried the destruction and “contempt for humanitarian law” in Syria, millions of whose people have fled to Europe or to refugee camps closer to their homeland.

Sanders wins 3 states; Clinton retains big delegate lead

WASHINGTON – Bernie Sanders scored three wins in Western caucus contests Saturday, giving a powerful psychological boost to his supporters but doing little to move him closer to securing the Democratic nomination.

While results in Washington, Alaska and Hawaii barely dented Hillary Clinton’s significant delegate lead, Sanders’ wins underscored her persistent vulnerabilities within her own party, particularly with young voters and liberal activists who have been inspired by her rival’s unapologetically liberal message.

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In an interview with The Associated Press, Sanders cast his performance as part of a Western comeback, saying he expects to close the delegate gap with Clinton as the contest moves to the more liberal northeastern states, including her home state of New York. He also said his campaign is increasing its outreach to superdelegates, the party insiders who can pick either candidate, and are overwhelmingly with Clinton.

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“The Deep South is a very conservative part of the country,” he said. “Now that we’re heading into a progressive part of the country, we expect to do much better.”

He added: “There is a path to victory.” With Clinton far in front, however, it is a difficult path.

Clinton anticipated the losses: She barely campaigned in the three states, making just one day of stops in Washington state, and was spending the Easter weekend with her family.

She is turning her focus to the April 19 contest in New York, seeking to win a large share of the delegates at stake and to avoid the blow of losing to Sanders in a state she represented in the Senate. She is trying to lock up an even larger share of delegates in five Northeastern contests a week later, hoping to deliver a big enough haul to unify the Democratic Party and relegate Sanders to little more than a protest candidate.

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Sanders, who’s found some success in the industrial Midwest, wants to leverage his working-class support and fiery arguments against free trade into an April 5 victory in delegate-rich Wisconsin. He also plans to compete fiercely in New York and is pushing for the party to schedule a debate in the state, saying in the interview that it would be “really absurd” if one did not take place.

After Sanders’ two early wins in Washington and Alaska on Saturday, Clinton held a delegate lead of 1,234 to 956 over Sanders, according to an Associated Press analysis, an advantage that expands to 1,703-985 once the superdelegates are included. It takes 2,383 delegates to win.

Based on the AP count, Sanders needs to win more than 57 per cent of the remaining delegates from primaries and caucuses to have a majority of those delegates by June’s end.

His bar is even higher when the party officials are considered. He needs to win more than 67 per cent of the remaining delegates overall — from primaries, caucuses and the ranks of uncommitted superdelegates — to prevail.

He was unlikely to emerge from his Saturday sweep with significantly more delegates, winning at least 36 delegates to Clinton’s 11 for the day after his victories in Alaska and Washington. More are likely to be allocated to Sanders in several weeks, when Washington state Democratic party releases vote shares by district. Sixty-seven delegates are awarded based on results in the state’s congressional districts.

WATCH: Bernie Sanders says he still can win enough delegates to secure nomination

But there’s little question that Sanders has tapped into a powerful frustration within the party. He continues to attract tens of thousands to his rallies and has collected more than $140 million from 4.7 million donations.

Most of his 14 primary-season wins have been in states with largely white populations and in caucus contests, which tend to attract the most active liberal Democrats. He’s heavily favoured by younger voters, who were a key part of the coalition that boosted Barack Obama to victory twice. Clinton’s ability to win the White House, should she capture the nomination, will hinge on how well she can motivate his passionate – and politically active – supporters.

In Spokane, Washington, a huge line of caucus attendees — largely Sanders backers — snaked around a high school parking lot Saturday morning.

“I think one of the biggest things is free tuition for students,” said Savannah Dills, 24, a college student who supports Sanders. “And getting big money out of politics. He’s not paid for by billionaires.”

Retiree Dan McLay, 64, attended the caucus in a hard-hat, which he joked he needed because he was one of the relatively few Clinton supporters in the big crowd.

“Look at this thing in Brussels,” McLay said, referring to the deadly attack in Belgium this week. “We need a real experienced leader.”

It was strong support for Sanders that brought Kirsa Hughes-Skandijs out to her first caucus in Juneau, Alaska.

“This is the first time I’ve ever felt that kind of belief in a candidate, that they mean what they say and that they are not saying what they think people want to hear,” she said.

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Associated Press writers Nicholas K. Geranios, Walker Orenstein and Rachel La Corte in Washington state, Bryna Godar in Madison, Wisconsin, Becky Bohrer in Juneau, Alaska, and Hope Yen in Washington contributed to this report.

Syrian troops drive IS out of historic Palmyra

DAMASCUS, Syria – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the Syrian government’s recapture of the town of Palmyra and its world-famous archaeological site from Islamic State extremists.

Ban told a news conference in the Jordanian capital of Amman on Sunday that “the extremist terrorists, they have been not only killing brutally people, they have been destroying human civilizations.”

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The UN chief says that “we are encouraged and fortunate” that Syrian troops retook Palmyra. He says he is also encouraged that Syria’s government “will try to not only preserve and protect, but try to restore” the site.

Meanwhile, the Kremlin’s spokesman says Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated Syrian President Bashar Assad on his army’s recapture of the ancient city of Palmyra.

In a telephone call, Putin “noted the importance of preserving this unique historical site for world culture,” presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying Sunday by Russian news agencies. “Putin once again stressed that despite the withdrawal of the bulk of Russia’s contingent from Syria, Russia’s armed forces will continue to help the Syrian authorities in their anti-terrorist efforts and liberation of their homeland from extremist groups.”

Russia has consistently denied claims that its airstrikes in Syria, which began in late September, are aimed at propping up Assad’s rule.

The government forces’ offensive on Palmyra came as Russia claimed to have run more than 100 warplane sorties in the area in the past week.

Peskov says that Assad “noted that successes such as the liberation of Palmyra would be impossible without Russia’s support.”

Assad has described his army’s recapture of Palmyra as a “significant achievement.”

In comments reported by Syrian state TV on Sunday, he said that the overthrow of the Islamic State group in the historic town offered “new evidence of the effectiveness of the strategy espoused by the Syrian army and its allies in the war against terrorism.”

Government forces had been on the offensive for nearly three weeks to try to retake the town, which is home to famed Roman-era ruins and was once one of Syria’s top tourist destinations. It had been in the hands of militants from IS group since May.

Pats stifle Hurricanes offence: even series at one

Many Lethbridge Hurricanes fans were hoping for an encore performance Saturday night in Game 2 of the ‘Canes best-of-seven series with the Regina Pats. But, after scoring six goals in game one, the ‘Canes offence ran dry on Saturday night as the team lost 3-0.

“It was a tighter game tonight,” said Hurricanes Coach Brent Kisio. “When teams lose they usually come out a little more desperate, and we’re still learning to try and get our killer instinct.”

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The teams were scoreless through the first period, thanks in large part to Regina Pats goaltender Tyler Brown. He was shaky in Game 1 of the series, but made two huge breakaway stops on Carter Folk, and Riley Lindgren to keep the game scoreless through 20 minutes. Outside of those two plays, Lethbridge struggled to generate any significant scoring opportunities.

“I thought we battled a lot harder in our zone defensively tonight then we did last night,” said Regina Pats Coach John Paddock. “We were just much more sound in our own end.”

Regina opened the scoring in the second period when Adam Brooks took a pass from behind the net, waited for Stuart Skinner to go down, then put it upstairs. Brooks, who led the WHL in scoring in the regular season, had three points Friday night, and was every bit as dangerous Saturday night.

The star forward continued to pressure the ‘Canes in the third period. Austin Wagner hit Brooks on a quick feed to send him in on a breakaway and he made no mistake, snapping one past Skinner to make it 2-0 Regina.

“He’s (Adam Brooks) been a challenge to every team he’s played this year,” said Kisio. “That’s why he was the top scorer in the league. We have to do a better job of watching him. Usually with good players it’s time and space and being aware whenever they’re on the ice.”

Sam Steel sealed the Hurricanes’ fate in the final minutes when he added an empty net goal to make it  3-0 Regina. The Pats stifled the Hurricanes offence, limiting them to just 27 shots in the game; a rarity for a team that finished second in the WHL in scoring in the regular season. Hurricanes Captain Tyler Wong believes the lack of offence is more on his teams execution than the Pats’ strong defensive play.

“I don’t think it was them,” said Hurricanes Captain Tyler Wong. “I think we got away from what we need to do to be successful. It’s just going to come down to us supporting each other better. I’m not worried about our offence. This goalie, I think he’s beatable.”

The Hurricanes and Pats are off Sunday and Monday, but meet for Game 3 of the series Tuesday night in Regina.

Endless construction at Vancouver property a nightmare for neighbours

Three floors up and with no balcony attached, neighbours of a Vancouver property under construction call it the sliding glass door to nowhere. It’s one feature on a townhouse development and heritage home restoration project in the West End, where work has been ongoing at a glacial pace for almost five years.

“It is a constant assault…dust, dirt and debris have been part of my reality for five years,” says neighbour Linda Rubuliak.

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Another neighbour, “Guy”, says from 7:30 a.m. until 8 p.m. six days a week, he’s subject to a “constant barrage of noise and disruption.”

“David”, who also lives nearby and did not want to give his full name for fear of retaliation by workers on the site, adds “the pounding and hammering of nail guns has been like a water torture. It’s never-ending.”

A development permit was approved for 1098 Nicola Street in September 2011. With four minor amendments approved in the years since, the work to restore the 1905 heritage house and add three townhouses has dragged on.

The site has been the subject of five WorkSafe BC orders —  from slipping and tripping hazards to protruding rebar — and three WorkSafe BC stop use orders for its scaffolding. In 2014, construction shut down for nearly two months after the City of Vancouver slapped the site with a stop work order. During that same year, the project’s original architect left.

Randy Helten of West End Neighbours says his group supports the preservation of heritage but suggests the City of Vancouver establish better systems to ensure construction activities do not drag on.

Rubuliak agrees.

“There should be development of a bylaw that sets reasonable limits on how long a developer can be doing this. Secondly, there needs to be really good monitoring,” she says.

The City of Vancouver says it has only received five complaints about the property since 2012 and as long as work is done within a six-month period, the building permit won’t lapse.

“I am very shocked that this can happen here and I’m not sure what role…the city is playing,” says neighbour Laura Aveledo.

The area’s NDP MLA, Spencer Chandra Herbert, says he’s heard from many frustrated people.

“I don’t think it’s acceptable to say you can just keep constructing for over five years. I don’t get it it. It makes no sense financially—it doesn’t work for the neighbourhood,” he says.

The City of Vancouver would not provide an interview to Global News, despite repeated requests, but when we caught up with Mayor Gregor Robertson at an event, he said: “We’re very mindful of minimizing the impact of construction in neighbourhoods and I’ll look into that case to find out the details.”

The project’s builder acknowledged there have been some delays but neither he nor the construction phase architect would discuss the reasons for the long construction timeline. Both said they’re doing their best to finish as soon as possible and are on track for completion by May 1.

Chris Kreider scores twice, Rangers down Canadiens 5-2

MONTREAL – Chris Kreider and Derick Brassard were all over the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday night.

Kreider and Brassard each had three points as the visiting New York Rangers downed the Canadiens 5-2 – eliminating Montreal from playoff contention in the process.

Kreider scored twice and added an assist for the Rangers while Brassard had one goal and two assists, all in the second period.

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“We’re trying to find chemistry between lines right now,” said Brassard, who extended his point streak to four games. “Chris is a big part of our team. To see him score two goals like that and be involved in the game, that’s something our team is pretty excited about.

“Hopefully it’s going to give him some confidence. I really like our line.”

With the score tied 1-1 going into the second period, Brassard capitalized on a big bounce off the end boards after a missed shot by Kreider at 1:32.

Kreider then made it 3-1 on the power play after a clever no-look feed by Brassard at 8:19. The 24-year-old added his second of the game two minutes later on a great individual effort for his first three-point game of the season.

New York scored four goals on its first 15 shots on Habs goalie Mike Condon, who was pulled after two periods.

“We controlled the puck in their end,” said Brassard of the second frame. “We just capitalized on our chances. We had the puck pretty much the whole time.”

J.T. Miller and Derek Stepan also scored for New York (43-24-8), which is in second place in the Eastern Conference.

In his first career game at the Bell Centre, Rangers backup goaltender Antti Raanta made 24 saves for his 10th win of the season.

Lars Eller and Phillip Danault had goals for Montreal (34-36-6). Ben Scrivens made four saves in the third period in relief of Condon.

“We’re in games, it’s just these NHL teams are too good to not take advantage of turnovers,” said Habs captain Max Pacioretty. “A guy like Kreider, he’s going to win every foot race that you give him.

“Part of that is also knowing the league and who you’re out against. We just have to be a bit smarter.”

The Rangers beat Montreal for the first time since Nov. 23, 2014.

New York scored early and often, taking advantage of a young Canadiens lineup ravaged by injuries.

Miller made Andrei Markov look silly on the game’s first goal at 3:04 of the opening frame. The Rangers forward dangled past Markov with a nifty toe drag, then went five-hole with the backhand on Condon for his 21st goal of the year.

Montreal answered back midway through the first, with Eller firing a loose puck past Raanta at 12:26 to make it 1-1 – the Dane’s first point in eight games.

After Brassard and Kreider’s goals, Danault got one back for the Canadiens at 15:38 of the second before Stepan added another for the Rangers in the final minute of the period to make it 5-2.

New York took three consecutive tripping penalties to start the third but Montreal failed to capitalize on any of them.

The Canadiens finished 0 for 6 with the man advantage.

“For pretty much all those power plays we had a lot of good looks,” said Pacioretty. “You have to want to be the guy who wants to put it in. We moved the puck nicely for most of them, we just have to put the puck in the net.”

Defenceman P.K. Subban (neck) was not in the Canadiens lineup for the eighth straight game. Subban was injured on Mar. 10 against Buffalo when he collided with teammate Alexei Emelin.

Notes: Michel Therrien coached his 750th career NHL game. … Lucas Lessio (undisclosed injury) and Jacob De La Rose (healthy scratch) did not play. … Sven Andrighetto was back in the lineup after missing the last three games with an upper-body injury. … The Canadiens signed free agent defenceman Tom Parisi to a two-year, two-way contract earlier on Saturday.

Brittany Kennell, 1st Canadian on The Voice, fulfills dream of singing National Anthem at Habs game

MONTREAL- After Global News tweeted at the Canadiens de Montreal about Brittany Kennell’s dream to sing the anthem, the Habs responded with an invitation.
On Saturday’s game against the Rangers, the Beaconsfield native fulfilled her life-long wish.

“When I first got out there, it was a little bit nerve wracking,” confessed the 27-year-old singer.

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Not even rehearsals could prepare the her for the long awaited moment.

“Just walking into the stadium earlier today for the sound check was really surreal,” said Kennell. “I was like, this is actually happening.”

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    For as long as she can remember, Kennell has dreamt of singing the national anthem for her hometown’s team and on Saturday night, that dream came through.

    As Kennell took to the microphone, the stadium roared.

    The moment was even more significant as Kennell has a particular connection to the anthem.

    “My great great grandfather’s cousin is Calixa Lavallée and he composed the melody to the national anthem,” Kennell let Global News know with a smile.

    “The connection is just so real as I’m singing the melody of this song, I just feel like I’m in the right place,” added Kennell.

    It is a strong family connection too as her dad stood by her side all along.

    “You’re sitting back and you kind of wonder and pinch yourself it it’s real… and it is real,” said Danny Kennell, Brittany’s proud father.

    But these are not Kennell’s first five minutes of fame.

    The Beaconsfield native has been winning over judges on the hit NBC singing competition, The Voice.

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    Kennell is soon heading back to the United States of America to enter the knock-out round of the competition.

    And as she returns to the stage, she says she will be drawing inspiration from her experience on the ice.

    “I’m gonna take all that love and support that Montreal has given me and I’m gonna take it there,” said Kennell. “It’s just going to give me that extra boost of confidence.”

WATCH: Charlotte Checkers hand Manitoba Moose 6-2 loss

WINNIPEG – Charlotte Checkers (34-26-3-4) rookie Erik Karlsson scored twice to help his team to a 6-2 victory over the Manitoba Moose (21-37-4-5) at MTS Centre on Saturday. With the loss, the Moose see their two-game win streak come to an end.

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    Charlotte struck first 5:36 into the game as Karlsson beat Moose goalie Eric Comrie blocker side for his second goal of the season.

    The Moose had a handful of chances to tie the game on a pair of two-man advantages mid-frame but wasted the opportunities.

    The Checkers added to their lead in the second by scoring two goals in the opening 1:28 of the period. Derek Ryan squeaked his 22nd through Comrie’s five-hole less than a minute into the frame. Derek Arnold then chased Comrie from the crease by making it 3-0. Comrie made six saves off nine shots before he was relieved from his duties by Connor Hellebuyck.

    Manitoba responded with two goals of its own late in the second period. Ben Walker got the Moose on the board at the 18:19 mark with his first of the season. Scott Kosmachuk then slammed a Dan DeSalvo rebound past Checkers’ goalie John Muse with 21 seconds left in the frame to bring Manitoba within one. The goal came in Kosmachuk’s first game back from his stint with the NHL’s Winniepg Jets. It was also the forward’s 15th of the year.

    Charlotte stopped the comeback attempt in the third with Karlsson’s second of the night 2:08 into the period. The Checkers added a Sergey Tolchinsky goal less than five minutes later to make it 5-2. Kyle Hagel sealed the victory by sweeping the puck into an empty net in the final 60 seconds.

    Prior to the game, Manitoba signed forward Brandon Denham to an amateur tryout agreement. The 24-year-old Milton, ON native scored a career high 22 goals and 20 assists in 39 games this season with the NCAA Division I’s Robert Morris University. He’s racked up a total of 43 goals and 55 assists in 154 games during his four year college career. Denham did not dress against Charlotte on Saturday.

    The Moose close out their four game homestand Monday night with a rematch against the Checkers.

Anti-vaccination doc removed from Tribeca line-up after huge backlash

NEW YORK – Robert De Niro is removing the anti-vaccination documentary “Vaxxed” from the lineup of his Tribeca Film Festival, after initially defending its inclusion.

“Vaxxed: From Cover-up to Conspiracy,” was set to be part of the film festival when it opened next month. The decision to include the film by anti-vaccination activist Andrew Wakefield came under fire, particularly since Wakefield’s contention that vaccines have a link to autism have been discredited.

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While De Niro on Friday defended the decision to include the film, he released a statement Saturday saying he had reversed his decision.

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De Niro, who has a child with autism, said he had hoped to provide an opportunity for conversation around an issue “that is deeply personal to me and my family.”

However, he said after he and Tribeca organizers reviewed it, “We do not believe it contributes to or furthers the discussion I had hoped for.” He said members of the scientific community also had reviewed it with him.

An email sent to a contact listed on the film’s official website was not immediately returned.

The makers of the documentary say they weren’t given a chance to defend the film.

“It is our understanding that persons from an organization affiliated with the festival have made unspecified allegations against the film – claims that we were given no opportunity to challenge or redress,”  Wakefield and producer Del Bigtree said in a statement on Facebook.

They also remained firm that the film will be released eventually.

“Tribeca’s action will not succeed in denying the world access to the truth behind the film Vaxxed.”

The documentary is directed by Wakefield, who once conducted a study on the link between the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism.

The study has since been debunked, and Wakefield has since been barred from practising medicine because of a conflict of financial interest.

The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 13 to April 24.

NDP and Sask Party debate education cuts

SASKATOON – While class is out for students across Saskatchewan for the Easter long weekend, class was in for both Cam Broten and Brad Wall.

Broten, the NDP’s leader, spent Saturday morning decorating Easter eggs at the Taylor Street campaign office. After the fun was over he restated his platform promise to stop education cuts.

“We look at their budget from March to third quarter, we see a cut to education of $51.3 million. That’s significant. That’s wrong,” he said.

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    Broten blames Saskatchewan Party budget cuts for the potential layoffs of as many as 75 teachers and education assistants in the Prairie Spirit School Division.

    “When we have a school division coming forward now saying they’ll be laying off 75 teachers and education assistants because of cuts, that’s also wrong,” said Broten.

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    Saskatchewan Party Leader Brad Wall was also in Saskatoon at the Willowgrove campaign office and responded to those comments.

    “We wanted to save in administration costs related to education and not affect the classroom. So the operating money that goes to the classroom have not been cut,” says the Sask Party leader.

    “In the case of this school division they have issued, what I think are very premature notices, layoff notices,” says Wall, “I haven’t heard this school division say they’re going to cut back on their own administrative costs. That’s probably an important question to ask.”

    According to Wall, the Prairie Spirit School Division has received increases in operation and preventative maintenance funding.

    “There operating funding is up thirty per cent. Their enrollment is up twenty per cent. They’ve received huge capital dollar investments from government to build new schools, including a brand new joint use school,” says Wall, “They’ve also received a $1.4 million increase in maintenance capital. This is a twenty per cent increase from the year before.”

    The New Democrats have laid out a plan for education if they’re elected.

    The NDP:

    Hire 300 more teachersHire 300 more educational assistantsRestore the mid-year adjustment to properly fund enrollment after the start of the school yearImprove funding for school divisionsWork with school boards to set caps on class sizes, starting with Kindergarten to Grade 2Double funding for Early Childhood Intervention ProgramsIncrease funding for Early Childhood Development Programs by 50 per centBy Year 4, when fully implemented, these commitments are an additional $56.5 million in
    spending

    The Saskatchewan Party are promising to build on their education investments.

    The Saskatchewan Party:

    40 new or replaced schools and 25 major renovations undertakenNearly $966 million invested in capital funding since 200818 new joint-use schools are under construction in Saskatchewan’s fastest growing communities31 per cent increase in operational funding in the province104 per cent increase in pre-kindergarten programs, more than doubling programs from 155 to 316Education Property Tax on agricultural land reduced by 80 per centIncreased teachers and support workers in education:Over 600 more regular teachers200 more student support teachers45 per cent increase in psychologists24 per cent increase in speech language pathologists14 per cent increase in social workers53 per cent increase in occupational therapists8 per cent increase in English as Additional Language teachers