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Drivers use dashcam video to help police crack down on bad drivers CALGARY- It turns out lead-footed drivers don’t just need to look out for police anymore. Dash cameras have become popular with many drivers, and some people are even turning the footage over to investigators when they witness an infraction. Robert Yost recently saw a woman run a red light in Airdrie, and brought the video to RCMP as evidence. Story continues below Related Collisions caught on dashcam could help avoid insurance fraud One of two drivers in viral dash cam video charged Fireball lighting up Russian sky caught on dashcams “I feel that dash cameras can help make our roads safer,” he explains. “Just because there isn’t a police car behind you doesn’t mean that you can do whatever you want when you’re on the road. “There are a lot of idiots out on the road, and sometimes greater accountability can go a long way.” RCMP say they investigate all complaints, and have no issue using third party video to determine if charges are warranted. “It’s no different than any other investigation,” says Cpl. Darrin Turnbull. “We’re going to look at all the evidence that’s presented to us and provided.” Take Our Poll However, he doesn’t encourage those with dash cameras to drive around looking for violations. “If you see something and something happens in front of you and you happen to catch it on camera, that’s one thing. But if you’re actively out looking we don’t need that because you’re putting yourself at risk.” He warns that if the video shows the driver moving the camera while in transit, they could be charged with distracted driving.

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WATCH: New ultra low-cost air carrier Jetlines aims for spring launch A new airline in Canada has big plans to bring “ultra low cost” airfares to travellers priced as much as 40 per cent cheaper than what WestJet and Air Canada sell flights for. And it’s aiming for take-off next spring. “We’re planning for spring 2015 to have the airline flying,” David Solloway, a veteran airline executive, told Global News on Wednesday. Story continues below Related Are ‘ultra low’ airfares coming to Canadian skies? Solloway is the president of Canada Jetlines Ltd., a Vancouver-based startup with intentions of drastically undercutting far bigger Canadian and U.S. competitors using the so-called ultra low-cost approach. “It’s a very strict business model,” Solloway, a former Canadian Pacific Airlines exec who’s spent significant time at overseas carriers as well, said. “The whole focus is to provide safe, comfortable jet service to Canadians at the lowest possible price.” READ MORE: Are ‘ultra low’ airfares coming to Canadian skies?  Jetlines will start out with routes in Western Canada, although Solloway wouldn’t say where. He wants to expand nationally, then to the United States and eventually select vacation spots. Less is less Jetlines will reach its low-price goal by taking a page from similar budget airlines elsewhere – stripping away just about every conceivable frill. “Basically you purchase a seat and seatbelt,” Solloway said. Everything else, from luggage to snacks, comes at an additional charge. Jetlines also plans to pack more seats, or “condense the airplane”, on every flight, lowering its cost per customer. Flight attendants will be scarce, too, it appears, with the carrier keeping staff levels leaner compared to other higher-end carriers. Flying into “secondary” airports rather than main hubs at major Canadian and U.S. destinations is another tactic Jetlines will use to keep fares very low, Solloway said. David Solloway, president of Jetlines, provided details on Wednesday on Jetlines’ plans to bring low-cost airfare to Canadian skies. Screen still/Global News Success elsewhere, but here ‘unproven’ The model has been successful elsewhere. Solloway pointed to AirAsia, Europe’s Ryanair as well as U.S. no-frills operators Spirit Airlines and Allegiant Air as viable carriers providing customers with more affordable means to fly. There’s no similar service in Canada at the moment, Solloway said. Though Air Canada now operates a discount service called Rouge, he says there’s room to offer even cheaper flights. Solloway isn’t concerned by analysts opining that Canada isn’t big enough – that it lacks sufficient demand to support another airline. There’s capacity if the price is right, he contends. “If you’re asking the question whether Canada could have a third airline, the answer is no. But if you ask whether Canada can support an ultra low-cost, low fare airline, the answer is overwhelmingly yes,” Solloway said. “We see this as a tremendous opportunity, as do many aviation analysts in Canada,” he added. “There’s the potential for new competitors,” said David Tyerman, a transportation stock analyst at Canaccord Genuity. 5 million reasons The biggest opportunity is the five million or so flights Canadians book with low-fare air carriers out of U.S. airports annually, experts say. “The Canadian market is growing very well. The problem is Canadians are going [stateside] to take American carriers to their destination rather than Canadian carriers because of the high airfares we have in this country,” Solloway said. READ MORE: Higher fuel tax could prompt exodus by Ontario fliers, WestJet warns But Jetlines, which plans to operate Airbus A319 airplanes, is embarking on a path others have tried and failed on before. Launched in 2001, Montreal’s JetsGo for example closed down abruptly four years later, in 2005. “Is the market big enough to support an ultra-low cost carrier? That’s not been proven,” Tyerman said. But Solloway, who says the company is closing in on financing targets and is on track to list on the TSX Venture Exchange by October, is confident. “We’ve identified a need in the market place – a dramatic need. So many people tell us they’d like to travel more often but at a reasonable price.” Jetlines is also in the process of securing requisite certification from Transport Canada to legally operate. “We’re here to fill that gap,” the executive said. “We’ll champion low airfares in Canada.”

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Harper continues to take hard line on Gaza, Ukraine conflicts OTTAWA – An unflinching Prime Minister Stephen Harper doubled down Wednesday with his government’s hard line on Hamas, Russia and Chinese cyberattacks. Story continues below Harper reiterated his government’s criticism of Hamas again on Wednesday, saying it is solely responsible for the death and destruction in Gaza following almost a month of fighting between Israel and Hamas militants. His remarks, made following a job training announcement in Air Ronge, Sask., came as the United States and the United Nations condemned the shelling of a UN school that was sheltering displaced Palestinians on the Gaza Strip. At least 17 people were killed. READ MORE: Dozens killed, hundreds wounded in Israeli strikes on Gaza market, UN school “Obviously no one likes to see the suffering and loss of life that has occurred,” Harper told reporters. “That said, we hold the terrorist organization Hamas responsible for this. They have initiated and continue this conflict and continue to seek the destruction of the state of Israel.” Some 3,300 Palestinians, including many women and children, were taking refuge in the school building in the Jabalya refugee camp when it came under fire around dawn, said the United Nations Relief and Works Agency. The attack prompted the U.S. to condemn the shelling, though it did not single out Israel by name. “We are extremely concerned that thousands of internally displaced Palestinians who have been called on by the Israeli military to evacuate their homes are not safe in UN designated shelters in Gaza,” the White House added. READ MORE: Victims’ relatives frustrated as clashes prevent access to Ukraine crash site UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon called the attack “shameful” and said all available evidence points to Israeli artillery as the cause. Harper, meantime, suggested Israel has been justified in its actions throughout the conflict, saying that if a terrorist organization were attacking Canadians, there would be a similar response from Canada. Unprompted, Harper also had harsh words for Russia over the continuing conflict in Ukraine. “There is zero doubt that those people who are responsible for violence and destabilization in Ukraine are acting as agents of the government of Russia,” he said. “Russia’s conduct in this is unacceptable.” He added that there’s “no doubt” Russia had a hand in the downing of a Malaysian Airlines passenger jet two weeks ago. READ MORE: Families of Flight MH17 victims seek answers “There is no credible evidence to suggest that the crime involved, and I use the term crime, in shooting down that civilian Malaysian airliner – no doubt, based on everything we know – that it was perpetrated by the agents that Russia has armed.” Harper also took aim at China, saying once again that there was “no doubt” that the Chinese were behind the cyberattacks on Canada’s federal scientific research agency. Earlier this week, the federal government’s chief information officer, Corinne Charette, said the National Research Council was the target of a cyberattack from a “highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor.” The Chinese embassy in Ottawa denied being involved in any such attack. But Harper is apparently not buying it. “We have obviously experts in the cyber-security field that are monitoring this very closely,” he said. “It’s an ongoing battle. They tell me there is no doubt as to the source of this particular attack, and this obviously is being taken up with the government of China at the highest level.” ©2014The Canadian Press

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Town of Banff rolls out plan to charge for parking CALGARY- In an effort to free up spaces in Banff’s popular town centre, drivers will soon be charged to park in certain lots. Starting August 1, pay parking will go into effect in five lots near downtown: 100 block of Bear Street – next to Town Hall200 block of Bear Street – across from the Bison Courtyard100 block of Beaver Street – behind the Clock Tower Mall100 block of Beaver Street – behind the Mount Royal Hotel200 block of Beaver Street – behind the Visitor Centre Those lots currently see many drivers stay past the time limit. However, handicapped stalls remain free. Rates will be $2 per hour, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The idea was sparked after a study found there is a current parking shortfall of 125 spots during peak periods, which is expected to triple over the next decade unless action is taken. 30 per cent of traffic in the area is caused by drivers looking for parking, and a survey found 72 per cent of visitors expected to or would pay for parking. Take Our Poll The trial runs until October 31, after which point council will look at the program and if it has an impact on traffic patterns and public perception. Related Trail restrictions in place in Banff, due to bear encounters Mount Norquay’s new via ferrata offers sky-high views of Banff Curious tourists get dangerously close to bears in Banff Equipped campsite program in Banff perfect for outdoor novices

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RCMP officer wounded in Moncton shootings returns to work MONCTON, N.B. – One of the two RCMP officers in New Brunswick wounded in shootings last month in Moncton says he has returned to work. Const. Eric Dubois spoke to the media Wednesday for the first time since the June 4 shootings while he was participating at a golf tournament at Royal Oaks Golf Club in Moncton. The tournament was organized in memory of the three other Mounties who were killed in the shootings. Story continues below Dubois said he is recovering from his injuries faster than he expected and was happy to participate in the tournament, which featured a moment of remembrance for constables Fabrice Gevaudan, Dave Ross and Doug Larche. READ MORE: RCMP officers injured in Moncton shootings write letters of thanks “Everybody was praying for me and I can tell you that it did work because my healing went so fast. Everyone around me says it’s incredible how fast everything went back to normal,” said Dubois. “I’m not superhuman. It’s because people were praying and wishing me good stuff and it works.” Dubois added that he’s happy to be back at work. “That’s what I want to do – be on the street and fight crime every day and make sure that when you go to work or you go to a restaurant, you can have a safe environment,” he said. Gevaudan, Ross and Larche were shot dead and a manhunt spanning 30 hours ensued until a suspect was arrested. Const. Darlene Goguen was also injured in the shootings and has been treated and released from hospital. Justin Bourque is charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder. He is scheduled to return to provincial court Thursday in Moncton following a psychiatric assessment. ©2014The Canadian Press

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Sunscreen and you: the uncoated, goopy facts about sun protection – Toronto TORONTO- Walk into any store and you’ll find shelves packed tightly with a variety of sunscreens. While there are many brands,  sunscreens work in one of two ways; either reflect or absorb UV radiation. But for it to do the job it has to be applied correctly. “What we usually recommend is for people to apply it every two hours, to apply it before sun exposure and then re-apply it,” said dermatologist Anatoli Freiman. Story continues below READ MORE: Is aerosol sunscreen safe for you? Inhaling chemicals is a concern A sunscreen with a SPF of 30 is generally recommended and you don’t need to buy special children’s formulas according to Freiman. Dr. Julia Carroll, the dermatology director at the Medcan Clinic in Toronto, said despite all the public awareness around skin cancer and the  need for sun protection, many people still aren’t using enough or any sunscreen. “There is still that myth of a healthy glow,” said Carroll. Carroll agrees technically a sunscreen with a SPF of 30 is good enough to protect people from more than 90 per cent of UVB rays, but recommends her clients use an SPF of 50 or 60 and that it be a broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen. “When the lab puts on SPF 30 for testing they do a thick layer. When we put it on in real life, we put on maybe a quarter of what’s being used in the lab. So you’re getting a much lower SPF maybe in the single digits. So we cheat and tell you to put on a higher number,” said Dr. Carroll. WATCH: Dr. Anatoli Freiman discusses what to look for when choosing the right sunscreen “You can go as high 110 these days,  but it does not make you sort of foolproof and sun proof,” said Freiman “It does not make you sort of immune to the effects of the sun.” A national working group, including the Canadian Cancer Society and Cancer Care Ontario are working with partners to review research on personal sun protection practices. With funding from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research a document will be released in the near future for those working in the area of sun safety and skin cancer prevention. In May, the Canadian Cancer Society released a report focusing on skin cancer because melanoma rates are increasing more than any other cancer rate. READ MORE: U.S. skin cancer rates spike after generation of sunbathing, tanning beds According to the Canadian Skin Cancer Foundation Canadians, those born in the 90’s have a lifetime risk of skin cancer that is two to three times higher than those born in the 60’s. In Carroll’s 14th floor office in downtown Toronto Lucie Puzzo sits on a bed in a dimly hit office. There’s only one light on in the room supplemented only by a slight glow from a machine near the table. Danielle Murray, a registered nurse at the clinic, lifts a pen-like device attached to the machine to a mole on Puzzo’s face. The machine is the Aura Skin Cancer Detection device. The non-invasive machine was created in British Columbia through a partnership with the BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and the University of British Columbia. In seconds it can test a lesion and determine if it has a low, medium, or high probability of being cancerous. Puzzo was diagnosed with skin cancer in 2013 and has a scar the length of a business card on her left forearm. “I’m now living a very different life,” said Puzzo after her exam.”I avoid peak sun times, I sit in the shade and I wear my sunscreen.” She says sunscreen is a part of her entire family’s ritual now. She has two daughters and since her cancer diagnosis everyone takes precautions. Dermatologists say sunscreen should be third in the line of defence against the sun and it’s harmful rays after staying out of the sun and covering up.

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Shaming bad parking: Social media accounts target Lower Mainland residents VANCOUVER – Web sites and social media accounts dedicated to publicly shaming bad parking jobs are becoming very popular. The latest is a 桑拿会所 account called ‘YVR’s Worst Parking‘ and it’s dedicated to sharing pictures from people around Vancouver showing bad park jobs. The account has already gained more than 1,700 followers and is run by a man named Brian LaBelle, who also runs the account for Edmonton’s worst parking. He told Global Edmonton “I don’t really have a problem shaming, it’s more embarrassing than anything.” “I don’t really see it harmfully impacting somebody’s self-esteem if they’re caught parking across three stalls. They might be embarrassed, their friends might tease them about it a little bit and hopefully they don’t do it in the future.” @d_bagparkingYVR depth perception issues. pic.twitter杭州夜网/utisWwSU00 — Tj Chase (@punksaves) July 30, 2014 Dom, who helps run the Facebook Pages of S**t Parkers of Kelowna, Vernon, Greater Vancouver and Victoria, did not want to appear on camera because he said they usually deal with people who don’t necessarily care how they act and behave in public. “We’ve had people uttering threats and things like that,” he said. He started this social media venture about eight months ago and was surprised by how popular it became. “People were submitting left, right and centre,” he said. The primary goal, according to Dom, is not to shame people but to get people to think about what they’re doing. “We have received pleas from people for help,” he said. Other social media channels do not just focus on parking, but driving. Bad Drivers of Vancouver is a very popular YouTube channel, run by a Richmond resident. The creator, Sean, who didn’t want his last name used, also has a 桑拿会所 account. But he does not think Vancouver is the worst place for drivers. “Vancouver definitely has it’s share of really bad drivers,” he said. “But in every big city there’s bad drivers.” What do you think about this idea? Is it harmless fun or inappropriate? Let us know in the comments!

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SaskPower ordered to remove all smart meters in the province REGINA – SaskPower has announced that they are removing all the smart meters that were installed in the province. The minister responsible for SaskPower Bill Boyd said the utility company will be taking out all 105,000 smart meters around Saskatchewan. “I think the concerns about safety are paramount here, the concerns are significant enough, anytime families are at risk in Saskatchewan, actions have to be taken and that’s why we’ve directed SaskPower accordingly,” said Minister Boyd. Story continues below Related Another SaskPower smart meter explodes in Saskatchewan SaskPower installer requirements questioned after smart meter fires Smart meter installation begins in Saskatchewan SaskPower reports small number of smart meter concerns The removal of the smart meters over the next six to nine months will cost around $15 million, according to SaskPower. “We view it as similar to a recall situation and the people of Saskatchewan shouldn’t be responsible for the costs of this and we’ll do everything we can to recover those costs,” said Boyd. Boyd will also be reviewing why the new meters weren’t properly studied or tested before they were installed in homes. “I don’t know whether there was enough testing done. We’ll certainly be conducting, along with SaskPower, an internal review of the procurement procedures around this around the safety concerns people had,” added Boyd. “We want to determine when these were originally ordered, if there were safety concerns known at that point in time, so we have a lot of questions we’re going to be discussing with SaskPower about how this came to be.” Earlier this month SaskPower temporarily suspended its installation of smart meters around the province after half a dozen caught fire.

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Rob Ford orders 5 espressos in 1 cup on coffee run with Deadmau5 – Toronto WATCH: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and Deadmau5 go for coffee at Tim Hortons TORONTO – Rob Ford is just the latest person to get a coffee with Deadmau5. Story continues below Related WATCH: Deadmau5 takes his Ferrari out for a ‘double-double’ The 30-minute video, apparently shot via inward-facing dashboard-mounted camera and posted to YouTube, features the T-shirted musician riding with Ford in the passenger seat talking about everything from politics to football (“I love football. It’s cool,” the mayor says) and the quality of parking garages in the city (the one at city hall, Deadmau5 says, isn’t suited for his Ferrari). The musician got a extra-large double-double and the mayor ordered five espresso shots in one cup. “That’s cardiac arrest,” Deadmau5 said. The mayor paid for the coffee. They also talked about potholes – Deadmau5 referred to one, in particular, as “the widowmaker.” The mayor promised to get it fixed, citing broken windows theory as his motivation for tackling these apparently small-scale priorities. “They seem little in the grand scheme of things,” he said. “But the people that go over them every single day, that’s a major inconvenience for them. The DJ has released dozens of videos of him driving with celebrities including Russell Peters, Pharrell and Tom Green. “This thing can fly,” Ford said. “How fast can you get it up to?” The DJ says he’s got the Ferrari to 210 miles per hour.

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One dropped, four added to Alberta’s threatened species list Watch above: The province has added another bird and several fish to the threatening species list. But, as Kendra Slugoski reports, there is good news. EDMONTON – It’s one step forward and four steps back for fish and waterfowl in Alberta. The province dropped one species – the trumpeter swan – from its threatened species list, but it has been replaced by four others.  Athabasca rainbow trout, bull trout, pygmy whitefish, and western grebe are Alberta’s latest threatened species. Story continues below Related Alberta moves to save threatened grizzlies Alberta sells off habitat of endangered caribou Alberta First Nations groups taking legal action over threatened caribou Lake Wabamun residents warned about oil substances The trumpeter swan, meanwhile, is now indexed as a species of special concern. While it’s still vulnerable, the species is not in immediate danger. The province credits a collaborative effort for the swan’s resurgence. “Government has worked closely with conservation groups, industry, municipalities and biologists to ensure the trumpeter swan had every opportunity to thrive,” said Robin Campbell, minister of environment and sustainable resource development. “Careful management needs to continue for the swan population to continue its recovery,” he added. For the newly threatened species, the province says  recovery plans will be drawn up to protect and rebuild their populations. Provincial framework calls for this plan to “list the specific activities that will be completed to achieve the goals of the recovery program.” To help populations rebound,  the province recommends avoiding unnecessarily disturbing lakes and streams inhabited by the threatened species. The province is mandating a catch-and-release rule for the affected fish, but not a fishing ban. More information and tips on how to help can be found here. Wabamun Lake, July 30, 2014 Kendra Slugoski, Global News Concerns were raised for the western grebe’s habitat after the 2005 Lake Wabamun oil spill. Some feared that the spill would accelerate the water bird’s decline in that area. That fear appears to have come true. READ MORE: Alberta pipeline spills prompt questions  It is hoped that the pygmy whitefish will not be affected in the same way. Although the population of the rare fish isn’t far from its population in the past, this fish is on the list mainly because it is threatened by oil transportation along its habitat near Jasper and Hinton. “If a spill happens along there, we can lose that fish population,” fisheries scientist Michael Sullivan told Global News. Threatened species find themselves in slightly less dire situations than endangered species. Endangered species are at immediate risk of extinction, while threatened species are likely to become endangered if action isn’t taken. There are 16 threatened and 17 endangered species in Alberta. Follow @mkubish Species Assessed by Alberta’s Endangered Species July 2014

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