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Black Creek woman to run the length of Vancouver Island in 17 days for MS awareness – BC A 25-year-old woman from Black Creek is planning to run the length of the Vancouver Island in the span of 17 days in support of her father. Jacquelyn Janzen plans to run 12 marathons, or 500 kilometers, from Port Hardy to Victoria to raise awareness about multiple sclerosis and lupus. Janzen’s father was diagnosed with MS 12 years ago. Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease of the central nervous system. It is estimated 100,000 Canadians have MS. Story continues below Jacquelyn will also be running for her friend, who has been diagnosed with lupus last year. “They are so strong. I don’t know how they do it with those daily challenges, where you don’t have an option to just not deal with it,” she says. “This run is a choice that I have made, but they don’t have a choice about those things.” The second-year nursing student ran her first marathon in October. She’s been training 20 hours a week in the lead-up to her run. In May, Janzen overcame a running injury that forced her to take two months off. She came up with the idea for the run last May, but kept it secret until Christmas. The event was her dad’s Christmas gift. “He cried,” says Janzen. Jacquelyn hopes to raise $50,000 through her journey. It will cost her $10,000 to fund the run. She is accepting donations and selling special T-shirts on her website. She is also encouraging people to run with her for a $100 donation. “That does not mean you have to run the full day. If you can only do 10 km, come join me for 10 km,” says Janzen. “I would love to have more people run with me. That kind of support, I think would be really awesome to have.”

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Wetaskiwin RCMP ask for help investigating death of young woman – Edmonton EDMONTON – After finding the body of a 20-year-old Maskwacis woman near a Wetaskiwin business on July 18, the RCMP is asking anyone with information to come forward. On Friday, July 18, the body of Jessica Wyoma Lynn Boysis was found in a treed area next to a Wetaskiwin business. Boysis was last seen alive on the evening of Monday, July 14 around 8:30. The RCMP is looking for information about her activities and whereabouts between July 14 and July 18. Officers would like to speak to anyone who may have been in contact with her during that time. Anyone with information is asked to call the RCMP at (780) 312-7267. The community was originally named Hobbema. The community, including the hamlet portion within Ponoka County, was renamed Maskwacis on January 1, 2014. Related Maskwacis homicide Hobbema RCMP investigate two-year-old murder case with help of new technology Alberta First Nation votes to give band power to evict gang members

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Recipe: Grilled tomatoes and burrata Often, the best dishes are the simplest. A common feeling among chefs is that if you use the best-quality ingredients and treat them lightly, you will be rewarded. I couldn’t agree more. Story continues below Related Recipes: Spicy-sweet tomato jam and cheese-stuffed tomatoes Recipe: Tomato and avocado salad with gingered tomato vinaigrette Recipes: Watermelon lemonade and spicy watermelon salad This is illustrated perfectly by this recipe for grilled tomatoes on the vine with burrata. Tomatoes with mozzarella is one of my favourite combinations, and I love it even when the tomatoes are less than perfect and the mozzarella is a little bland. But take a bunch of cherry tomatoes on the vine, grill them and serve them with burrata and some grilled bread and you’ve got an amazing dish! The hardest part of this recipe is treating the fragile tomatoes carefully so that they don’t fall off the vine. You want to brush or rub them with a little olive oil to protect them, then season them lightly with kosher salt. Place the tomatoes vine side up on the cooking grate and do not turn them. The heat of the grill will intensify the natural juices and sugars, making the sweet tomatoes even more flavourful. The warm tomatoes can be served immediately with the burrata, a touch of extra-virgin olive oil, and a bit of salt and pepper. I like to serve this as a shared plate with grilled ciabatta bread. Smear a little burrata on the ciabatta and top with a grill-roasted tomato. You can either spread the tomato, breaking the skin and smoothing out the juice on top of the cheese and olive oil, or keep it whole. Personally, I like to smear the two together, making a soft, rich juicy bite! — GRILLED TOMATOES AND BURRATA This will become your go-to appetizer of summer. It is delicious and luxurious, but simple to make. The hardest thing about this recipe is making sure that the cherry tomatoes don’t fall off the vine! Can’t find burrata? Substitute a large ball of fresh mozzarella. Start to finish: 15 minutes Servings: 6 2 clusters cocktail tomatoes on the vineExtra-virgin olive oilFlaked sea salt16-ounce ball of burrata or fresh mozzarella cheeseGround black pepperArtisan bread or ciabatta, to serve Heat a grill to medium-low. Carefully rinse the tomatoes, but leave them on the vine. Drizzle oil over the tomatoes and lightly rub it in, then sprinkle them lightly with salt. Place the tomatoes, vine side up, directly on the grill’s cooking grate. Grill with the lid down for about 5 minutes, or until the tomatoes are warmed through and blackened in spots. Gently remove the tomatoes. Place the cheese on a serving plate and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then arrange the tomatoes around it. Serve with bread to sop up the juice from the tomatoes and the buratta. Nutrition information per serving: 480 calories; 250 calories from fat (52 per cent of total calories); 27 g fat (13 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 65 mg cholesterol; 40 g carbohydrate; 3 g fiber; 4 g sugar; 19 g protein; 620 mg sodium. ©2014The Associated Press

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WATCH: Jane Lynch reflects on Cory Monteith, coming out ABOVE: Watch Jane Lynch on Global’s The Morning Show. TORONTO — Jane Lynch remembered Canadian actor and Glee co-star Cory Monteith on Wednesday as a “really nice man” who was grateful for the success he had. Story continues below “We don’t forget him,” Lynch said during an appearance on Global’s The Morning Show. “He was such a big part of this show and he was one of those guys who knew that we were breathing rarefied air. He really knew that this show was something special.” Monteith died in July 2013 of an overdose in Vancouver. He was 31. “He’s a little older than the other kids so we kind of bonded on that,” said Lynch, 54. “He was extremely grateful for this show and he knew what he had and he really lived every day. He was a really nice man.” (Later, on Global’s News at Noon, Lynch said: “We miss him terribly. He was such a mensch.”) Lately, it seems like Lynch is everywhere. The Emmy-nominated host of Hollywood Game Night recently finished a run in the Broadway production of Annie and is about to start work on the final season of Glee. But, Lynch insisted she doesn’t feel overworked. “It’s funny, I have a lot of free time,” Lynch said. “Those things don’t take a lot of time so give me more!” That “more” is a faux-PSA Lynch did for a condition called “noseblindness,” created for Febreze by Funny Or Die. Lynch said she was a fan of the odour eliminator before being asked to promote it. “I’ve been using Febreze forever and I Febreze everything,” she said. “I’m kind of a fanatic about how things smell.” Lynch conceded that her career certainly hasn’t suffered since she came out as gay. “Times are different now and one of the reasons that I was able to kind of waltz down the path I’m walking now, which is being honest about who I am and not hiding, is because of people like Melissa Etheridge and Ellen DeGeneres,” she said, “and the people who came out when it wasn’t the cool thing to do and the people who actually took a risk at saying ‘this is who I am.’ “I’m very grateful for that.”

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Chief Bill Blair’s contract won’t be renewed in 2015 – Toronto Watch above: Bill Blair won’t get his wish for another five years on the job. Sean Mallen reports.  TORONTO – The Toronto Police Services Board won’t renew Chief Bill Blair’s contract. He will be out as chief in April, 2015. The board issued a statement Wednesday afternoon saying that “after considerable discussion” board members have “decided not to renew” Blair’s contract. Story continues below The statement lauded Blair’s “long and distinguished policing career” and called him a “champion of community policing.” “He has demonstrated his commitment to issues of human rights, diversity and integrity, among many others, and has served Toronto admirably and tirelessly,” the statement read. The chief declined interviews Wednesday, saying through police spokesperson Mark Pugash he wants to “thank the board for their consideration.” During his decade as police Chief Blair oversaw the development of the Toronto Anti-Violence Intervention Strategy (TAVIS), designed to target some of the city’s poorest and most violent neighbourhoods. Blair succeeded Julian Fantino as chief of police and served two five-year terms.  Blair had until July 25 to ask the board for an extension – which he did, according to board Chair Alok Mukherjee. That 10-year tenure’s still relatively long for a Toronto police chief:  Since 1980, everyone else served an average of five years. Click here to view data » Mukherjee wouldn’t say however how individual board members voted but said the board is “very proud” of Blair’s time as chief. But his tenure hasn’t been without controversy. Blair withstood calls for his resignation after G20 protests culminated with riots and the arrests of over 1,100 people in 2010, and was criticized both for his handling of the event itself and standing by police actions – including a “kettling” tactic that trapped hundreds of bystanders for hours in the rain – later found to be out of line. Mukherjee said the G20 “was not a factor” in choosing to forego a contract extension. Last year, Blair called for a review of the way police deal with people in crisis following the shooting death of 18-year-old Sammy Yatim. He has already pledged to implement the many recommendations that came out of that report, presented last week. WATCH: Toronto mayor Rob Ford thanks Bill Blair for his service and looks forward to working with the new chief in 2015 Blair also presided over a still-ongoing police investigation of Mayor Rob Ford. Last November, he made headlines when he confirmed reports in the Toronto Star and Gawker that a video did indeed exist showing the mayor smoking what looked like crack cocaine. The police investigation of the mayor and Blair’s statement he was “disappointed” by what he saw in the video led to calls from Doug Ford for Blair to resign. Ford called him the “most political police chief we’ve ever had.” Doug Ford also said the police investigation of his brother boded ill for Blair’s chances of having his contract renewed. But despite the vitriol both Ford brothers levelled at Chief Blair for months over Project Brazen, the police investigation into the mayor, they took a more conciliatory tone Wednesday. Doug Ford thanked Blair “for his service.” ““I just wish the chief all the best and he’s worked hard for the city and I’m sure he is going to enjoy retirement,” Doug Ford said. “He served the chief well for nearly ten years.” WATCH: Toronto Police Services Board chair Alok Mukherjee addresses the decision to not renew Bill Blair’s contract Rob Ford thanked the police chief for his service during a short speech Wednesday afternoon. “I want to thank chief Bill Blair for his service to the people of this great city for the last ten years,” Ford said. “This is a decision that was made strictly by the police services board.” The mayor refused to answer questions. Mukherjee said neither the chief’s relationship with the mayor played “absolutely” no role in choosing not to extend Blair’s contract. With a report from Patrick Cain

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UPDATE: Dive team recovers missing Whitecourt man’s body – Edmonton EDMONTON –  The search for a missing 19-year-old Whitecourt man ended Wednesday evening, when rescue crews recovered his body from a local pond. Emergency personnel, divers and volunteers had been searching a body of water in Whitecourt’s Rotary Park since Tuesday afternoon, when the man was last seen. RCMP say the pond is used for family fishing in the summer and skating in the winter. On Tuesday, the 19-year-old’s family was also on scene helping with the search. Whitecourt RCMP say they used security video from the park as part of their investigation. The man’s body was recovered around 5:25 p.m. Wednesday. His family has asked for privacy. The man’s name will not be released. RCMP say Rotary Park will remain closed until Thursday. Whitecourt is about 180 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. *Editor’s note: This story was originally published at 11:20 a.m. MT Wednesday, July 30,2014. It was updated at 7:45 p.m. MT. Related Campaign underway to prevent drownings in Alberta

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WATCH: Trailer for horror flick set in Manitoba, shot in L.A. – Winnipeg WINNIPEG – The setting in Bifrost, Man., is just one more strange thing about the movie Tusk. North Carolina and Los Angeles double as a Manitoba Interlake community in the Kevin Smith horror flick, set to be released in September. Its trailer was released on the weekend. Yes, that’s right – Hollywood is pretending somewhere else is Manitoba, not the other way around. Story continues below “That’s really unusual,” said Ginny Collins, communications and marketing director for Manitoba Film and Music, when asked if she knows of any other such films. “I can’t think of a case.” The movie is unusual in many other ways, from its plot to its birth as a podcast. The low-budget film – it cost $3 million to make, a pittance in Hollywood terms – is about an American podcaster who travels to the Interlake to talk to a former seafarer who tells wild stories. The old man, who lives in a creepy mansion in Bifrost, kidnaps the American and works to transform him into a walrus. “I don’t want to die in Canada,” the podcaster says in the last line of the trailer. The movie got its start with a tale made up by Smith during a podcast. The original concept was set in the U.K. — it was based on a British ad seeking someone to share a home on the condition that the person occasionally dress like a walrus. After the podcast Smith asked his fans to tweet #WalrusYes or #WalrusNo to determine whether he’d make the movie — and #WalrusYes was the clear winner. “I’ve always been a big Canadaphile,” Smith wrote in his blog, “so instead of setting the story in the U.K. as discussed in the podcast, I moved it to the backwoods of Canada: Bifrost, Man.” The setting also allowed him to incorporate “twisted tales of the True North” that he’d uncovered while researching a hockey-themed project called Hit Somebody, he said. Johnny Depp is rumoured to make an appearance in the movie. Online magazine Slate described the movie as I Am the Walrus meets cult horror film Saw meets Clerks, the latter being Smith’s breakout low-budget 1994 film about a couple of poorly paid clerks. Smith’s other films include Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma and Zack and Miri Make a Porno. WATCH: Kevin Smith shares his passion for movies (and video store porn)

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Rob Ford’s new campaign video appears to break election rules – Toronto Watch above: See a segment of the video above (Global News edited out the portion where phone numbers were visible)  TORONTO – Rob Ford’s new campaign video, shot inside his office at city hall, appears to violate the city’s campaign rules. Story continues below Related City bombarded with complaints about Ford Fest The video, released Wednesday on YouTube and the mayor’s campaign website is titled What Customer Service Excellence Means to Me. As the name suggests, it features the mayor, who’s running for re-election, touting his oft-repeated focus on calling back constituents and touring community housing. “When they call me, there’s no such thing as busy or this and that – they’re the boss,” Ford said in the video. “They deserve the best service possible regardless of where they live, who they are, what nationality they are, whatever they may be, I don’t look at that.” But the city has rules governing what candidates can do with city property during an election: You aren’t allowed to use city infrastructure for “any election purposes” or city resources in any “campaign materials.” The mayor’s office and phone featured in the video could arguably count as city infrastructure and resources. Use of the city logo is also prohibited; it isn’t clear whether the City of Toronto pin on Ford’s lapel in the video would count as a city logo. “I don’t believe all of it was [filmed in the mayor’s office],” Doug Ford told reporters at city hall. “It shows what the mayor does day in and day out, returning calls, and I think it’s a good video.” And Jeff Silverstein, a spokesperson for the Ford campaign said the video was filmed in the mayor’s office to show him doing what he “does best.” “Really there was nothing inappropriate filming that video there,” Silverstein said. I’m told Toronto’s Integrity Commissioner is looking in to the new Rob Ford campaign video, that was filmed in the Mayor’s office. — Jackson Proskow (@JProskowGlobal) July 30, 2014 City election rules say City of Toronto resources (including city hall) can not be used to promote one candidate during an election. — Jackson Proskow (@JProskowGlobal) July 30, 2014 The original video was pulled off the internet and edited to remove the phone numbers of constituents. The video is not the first time this election the mayor has been accused of skirting election rules. In May, mayoral candidate David Soknacki sought donations to help him file a Freedom of Information request for the emails from the mayor’s office that Soknacki’s campaign suggested would show the mayor “wasting city resources on his election campaign,” according to a report on Yahoo. And last week  the mayor’s annual Ford Fest, a massive, free barbecue held at a city-owned park in Scarborough, was characterized as being a campaign event in disguise.

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Police offering $50,000 reward for information on triple homicide – Regina REGINA – The Regina police are now offering a $50,000 reward for information that would help solve the triple homicide in Regina four years ago. 31-year-old Gray Nay Htoo, 28-year-old Maw Maw and their three-year-old son Seven June Htoo were all found dead in their Oakview Drive home. Currently police have five full-time investigators dedicated to the case, and in the past the police have had as many 25 investigators assigned to the case. Investigators believe that there are people within the community who have information which could be crucial to the investigation and help find the person responsible for this crime. The reward guidelines are as follows: If you have information regarding this investigation, contact the Regina Police Service, Major Crimes Unit, by calling 306-777-6500.In order to qualify for the reward, the RPS requires persons to provide their name and address and a complete statement of their knowledge of the case to investigators. They may be required to testify. No confidentiality can be offered.In the event of an arrest, you may choose to file a claim for the reward. If you do so, you must file a claim by letter addressed to the Chief of Police, 1717 Osler Street, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4P 3W3. You may choose to mail it via regular mail or courier. Please ensure you keep a dated copy of your claim letter and any receipts.Upon completion of the case in court where a conviction occurs, the Regina Police Service Board of Police Commissioners and the Chief of Police at their sole discretion will determine the portion of the reward to be paid to any claimant(s). Only persons who have filed a claim to the reward will be considered.No member of a federal, provincial or municipal police agency including full or part-time employees or volunteers, corrections agency employees, full-time or volunteers or their family members are entitled to file a claim for a reward. Persons engaged in the judicial system either as employees or contractors are excluded from claiming a reward. This also includes lawyers, employees and family members of firms that were the victim of a crime.No reward will be paid until the case is concluded in the courts and a conviction occurs for the offense that the reward was offered for. Any appeals must be concluded with a conviction.Persons who provided statements to police in this investigation before a reward is offered are not eligible to claim a reward. Related Search for triple homicide suspect continues

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North Vancouver couple sets on a 10-year bike trip – BC WATCH: Andrew and Amanda Prenty talk to Sophie Lui and Steve Darling about taking their bikes around the world on a 10-year journey. Amanda and Andrew Prenty have been planning their trip of a lifetime for nearly three years. But that is a small amount of time to spend organizing your trip when you plan to travel for an entire decade. The North Vancouver couple plans to travel around the world on their bikes for a whopping 10 years. Story continues below “The key to happiness lies in how you spend your time, and for us, spending time on bicycles is when we are truly happy,” says Andrew Prenty. The Prentys have sold their condo and all of their possessions to be able to fund the trip. They estimate it will cost $30 a day to support the two of them for 10 years. “It does not sound like a lot here in Canada, but it can really go a long way in other parts of the world,” says Andrew. The couple is forgoing their high-earning years to be able to take the trip. “We are walking away from it because it is not important to us,” says Amanda Prenty. “We want to see the world, we want to meet other people, learn about cultures and just see what the world has to offer. We will figure it out when we get back.” Missing Christmas holidays and family get-togethers will be tough, but the Pentrys say their family has been very supportive of their adventure. “It is very emotional. Our parents are a bit older, so there is a possibility we will never see them again,” says Amanda. Amanda and Andrew Prenty are about to set on a trip of a lifetime. Facebook, Letsridebikesca The couple is packing 180 pounds worth of equipment to load on their bicycles. They plan to camp out for the next 6-8 months. The first leg of their journey starts this Thursday. The Pentrys are flying up north, where they plan to ride through the North West Territories, Yukon, B.C. and Alberta for a few months. They then plan to ride through the United States and into Mexico around Christmas. They will spend the winter in Central America, riding through many countries, including Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, before setting sail for Colombia. They plan to be in Rio De Janeiro in time for the 2016 Olympics. The Pentrys plan to wrap up the first leg by heading to the Antarctic Circle. You can follow the Prentys on their journey on 桑拿会所 @LetsRideBikesca and on Facebook. You can also check out their website at 杭州夜生活letsridebikes桑拿按摩

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