Conservative MP quits hotly contested nomination race for Toronto area riding

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MISSISSAUGA, Ont. – Conservative MP Eve Adams, who has been in a contentious nomination battle in the new Toronto-area riding of Oakville North-Burlington, says she is dropping out for health reasons.

Adams says in an emailed statement that she suffered a concussion last February and has not fully recovered.

She says she continued working on the campaign but has decided it would be best to drop out.

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READ MORE: Conservatives delay nomination vote in Eve Adams’ Toronto-area riding

“Since my concussion last February and against my doctor’s orders, I have not rested,” she said.

“I assumed as with all previous health concerns that with time, my body would heal itself. However, six months later, I continue to suffer from my concussion and the time has come to take my health seriously.”

Adams currently represents the riding of Mississauga-Brampton South.

Adams’ team had been accused of paying for the memberships of supporters, alleged donations that are illegal under the Elections Act. Adams in turn has accused rival Natalia Lishchyna of improperly using data research firms to phone members at home.

READ MORE: Who is Tory MP Eve Adams?

The nomination contest was on hold pending an internal investigation.

Adams fiance, Dimitri Soudas, had to resign as executive director of the Conservative party when it was perceived he was using his position to help Adams.

Adams and Soudas did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the decision to withdraw from the nomination contest.

And in an email to late Friday night, Conservative Party spokesman Cory Hann said “we have no comment on the withdrawal.”

The party has previously said that it is committed to fair and open nominations in all 338 electoral districts across the country.

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100th anniversary of World War 1 commemorated in Edmonton

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WATCH ABOVE: The 100th anniversary of World War 1 is being marked at the Alberta Aviation Museum and the Edmonton Garrison.

EDMONTON- This week marks the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the first World War.

The war, which began on Aug. 1, 1914, was one of the most horrific events in history. Millions of people were killed in combat and numerous countries paid the price.

The first World War is also a major part of Canada’s history.

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    “You think of those numbers, 21 million wounded, 16 million killed,” said Tom Hinderks, executive director of the Alberta Aviation Museum.  “We need to remember those things and the sacrifices that were made by the men and the women.”

    On Friday, the Alberta Aviation Museum unveiled its commemorative exhibit on World War 1.  In addition to its standard WWI exhibit, the museum has added two more display cabinets. One features two Edmonton-area men who joined the Royal Flying Core. The other portion features the Air Observer, which worked directly with the army and relayed intelligence of the enemies’ location.

    “This is one of the dramatic moments in Canada’s history, in Alberta’s history,” explained Hinderks.“We were engaged in what would become a number of huge conflicts.”

    WWI exhibit at the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, August 1, 2014

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    WWI exhibit at the Alberta Aviation Museum in Edmonton, August 1, 2014

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    Meanwhile, the Edmonton Garrison was gearing up to celebrate 100 years on the job.

    Next weekend, the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry will take part in military Heritage Day activities.

    The event will be attended by more than 10,000 people. The events of Saturday, August 9 are open to the public.

    PPCLI soldiers prepare for military Heritage Day events at the Edmonton Garrison, August 1, 2014

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    PPCLI soldiers prepare for military Heritage Day events at the Edmonton Garrison, August 1, 2014

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    PPCLI soldiers prepare for military Heritage Day events at the Edmonton Garrison, August 1, 2014

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    PPCLI soldiers prepare for military Heritage Day events at the Edmonton Garrison, August 1, 2014

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    PPCLI soldiers prepare for military Heritage Day events at the Edmonton Garrison, August 1, 2014

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    PPCLI soldiers prepare for military Heritage Day events at the Edmonton Garrison, August 1, 2014

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Future up in the air after Sobeys shuts downtown Edmonton location

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WATCH ABOVE: Global News has learned Sobeys is still paying the lease on the empty store downtown – which has now closed. Vinesh Pratap explains.

EDMONTON – The downtown Edmonton Sobeys, once viewed as a sign of downtown revitalization, closed its doors Thursday evening.

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    Located on Jasper Avenue and 104 Street, the store was popular with pedestrian shoppers in the downtown core since opening in 2008 in what was then a new development. The decision to shut it down, along with 49 other stores, was made after Sobeys acquired Safeway Canada in a $5.8 billion deal.  At the time, Sobeys said the store was “underperforming.”

    What will happen next with the property is unclear. There are no “for lease” signs, and Global News has learned the company is still paying the lease on the empty space.

    There have been cases in the city when a building remained idle for extended periods of time after being vacated by a grocer. The former Safeway on 118 Avenue and 66 Street, for instance, remains boarded up.

    The downtown Sobeys, with a location in the heart of downtown, is less likely to remain empty.

    Many, including local business owner Ed Fong, hope that another grocery store will take over the building.

    “It’s too important and high profile of an intersection to remain vacant for a long period of time,” he said.

    “The worst part is there’s a lot of disabled people down here that rely on the store,” added Pat Ringham, who shopped at the Sobeys almost every day. “I don’t know what they’re going to do.”

    “We need the life here,” said Ashley Robertson, who works at the nearby Earth’s General Store.

    Fong doesn’t believe the Sobeys closure is indicative of larger economic trends in the area.

    “Perhaps there were difficulties in executing a business model that they envisioned, but it’s certainly not a reflection. 104 Street will prosper and grow regardless of what happens there.”

    Global News contacted the property management company. It declined an interview, citing ongoing talks, but said it also hopes the space isn’t vacant for too long.

    With files from Vinesh Pratap, Global News

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Omnibus budget bill restricts refugee access to social assistance

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OTTAWA – Buried in the Harper government’s latest massive, omnibus budget bill is legislation that could restrict the ability of refugee claimants to access social assistance.

The move follows the government’s decision to limit refugee claimants’ access to universal, public health care.

That measure was struck down by Federal Court Judge Anne Mactavish, who said it constitutes “cruel and unusual” treatment, puts lives at risk and “outrages Canadian standards of decency.”

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    The government is currently appealing that ruling.

    On social assistance, the government has essentially adopted as its own a private member’s bill introduced last month by Conservative backbencher Corneliu Chisu.

    It is proposing to amend the legislation governing federal transfer payments to provinces for social programs. That legislation currently forbids provinces from imposing a minimum residency requirement before a refugee claimant can become eligible for social assistance.

    The budget implementation bill would lift the prohibition on minimum residency, which was intended to ensure a national standard for supporting refugee claimants in need.

    The 458-page bill includes a host of measures unrelated to the budget, including broadening the scope of the national DNA bank, tightening rules for the temporary foreign workers program and creation of the long-promised Arctic research station.

    It was tabled Thursday – while the attention of virtually the entire nation was focused on the wild shootout that had occurred a day earlier in Parliament’s Centre Block.

    A spokesman for Finance Minister Joe Oliver said it had always been the government’s intention to table the bill on Thursday, in hopes that it will be passed by the time Parliament takes its Christmas break.

    Although he did not take issue with the timing, New Democrat MP Craig Scott said the government uses omnibus bills precisely to avoid scrutiny of controversial provisions like the refugee social assistance cuts.

    Scott called the social assistance and health care cuts “a one-two punch,” aimed at discouraging vulnerable, desperate people from finding their way to Canada and claiming refugee status, even though many claimants turn out to be genuine refugees.

    “It suggests to me that they are pursuing the Fortress Canada approach to refugees to the nth degree,” said Scott, adding that the NDP will press the government to split the refugee provision from the budget bill.

    “We want this pulled, simply because it’s frankly so offensive that they can’t justify the substance, let alone how they’re doing it.”

    A spokesman for Immigration Minister Chris Alexander defended the notion of restricting refugees’ access to social assistance in essentially the same language the government used to justify limiting their access to health care.

    “Canada has the most fair and generous immigration system in the world,” said Kevin Menard. “However, Canadians have no tolerance for those who take unfair advantage of our generosity.”

    Menard added that allowing provinces to impose minimum residency requirements would build on the savings already racked up as a result of reforms to the refugee asylum system, which he pegged at $1.6 billion over five years.

    He stressed, however, that it’s up to each province to decide whether to impose minimum periods of residence to qualify for social assistance.

    Deputy Liberal leader Ralph Goodale called the government’s latest move on refugees the product of a “nasty, vindictive and irresponsible” ideology.

    He too blasted the government’s repeat use of omnibus bills as a “subversion” of Parliament, which was invented centuries ago precisely to give commoners control over their government’s purse strings.

    “It makes a farce out of parliamentary control over the finances of the country,” Goodale said in an interview.

    The latest bill includes legislation to implement previously announced measures to tighten the Temporary Foreign Workers program and to reduce Employment Insurance premiums for small business owners.

    Goodale said both measures have already proved ineffective and should be scrutinized separately, not crammed into an omnibus bill.

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World Health Organization: Number of people believed to have Ebola tops 10,000

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WATCH ABOVE: The Obama administration hopes to soon have updated guidelines on “management and movement” for healthcare workers who have come into contact with Ebola patients. 

DAKAR, Senegal – More than 10,000 people have been infected with Ebola and nearly half of them have died, according to figures released Saturday by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread.

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    The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is the largest ever outbreak of the disease with a rapidly rising death toll in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. There have also been cases in three other West African countries, Spain and the United States.

    The U.N. health agency said Saturday that the number of confirmed, probable and suspected cases has risen to 10, 141. Of those cases, 4,922 people have died. Its figures show about 200 new cases since the last report, four days ago.

    READ MORE: Dallas nurse now free of Ebola

    Even those grisly tolls are likely an underestimate, WHO has warned, as many people in the hardest hit countries have been unable or too frightened to seek medical care. A shortage of labs capable of handling potentially infected blood samples has also made it difficult to track the outbreak. For example, the latest numbers show no change in Liberia’s case toll, suggesting the numbers may be lagging behind reality.

    On Thursday, authorities confirmed that the disease had spread to Mali, the sixth West African country affected, and on the same day a new case was confirmed in New York, in a doctor recently returned from Guinea.

    Mali had long been considered highly vulnerable to the disease, since it shares a border with Guinea. The disease arrived there in a 2-year-old, who travelled from Guinea with her grandmother by bus and died Friday.

    The toddler, who was bleeding from her nose during the journey, may have had high-risk contact with many people, the World Health Organization warned. So far, 43 people are being monitored in isolation for signs of the disease, and WHO said Saturday that authorities are continuing to look for more people at risk.

    READ MORE: Doctor in NYC tests positive for Ebola; 3 others quarantined

    To help fight Ebola, the U.N. humanitarian flight service airlifted about 1 ton of medical supplies to Mali late Friday. The seats of the plane were removed to make room for the cargo, which included hazard suits for health workers, surgical gloves, face shields and buckets, according to the World Food Program, which runs the flights.

    In Liberia, the country hardest hit by the epidemic, U.S. forces have been building desperately needed treatment centres and helping to bring in aid. On Saturday, Maj. Gen. Darryl Williams, who was in charge of the troops assigned to the Ebola response, handed power to Maj. Gen. Gary J. Volesky, the 101st Airborne commander.

    “I’ve been told that by a number of people that the task we face is extremely hard. Well, a fairly famous person once said hard is not impossible,” Volesky said.

    “Together, we’re going to beat it.”

    Meanwhile, some in Ghana were worried that a strike by health care workers that began Friday could leave the country vulnerable to Ebola. Ghana does not border any country with reported cases, but it is serving as the headquarters for the U.N. mission on Ebola.

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    Associated Press writers Jonathan Paye-Layleh in Monrovia, Liberia, and Francis Kokutse in Accra, Ghana, contributed to this report.

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NYC police commissioner: Hatchet attack was terror

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NEW YORK – A brazen daylight hatchet attack against a group of police officers on a busy New York street was a terrorist act by a reclusive Muslim convert who ranted online against America but had no clear ties to international extremists, the police commissioner said Friday.

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Police were examining Zale Thompson’s computer for clues about a motive for the Thursday assault that left one of the officers seriously injured and ended with Thompson being killed by police. Police Commissioner William Bratton said Thompson’s browsing history included organized terror groups, beheadings and the shooting in Canada earlier this week that officials there have called a terrorist attack.

Thompson was not on any watch lists, and officials found no indication he sought any training or affiliation to any groups.

Bratton said investigators were trying to determine whether the attack was planned or spontaneous but believe Thompson was self-radicalized. His father told officials he converted to Islam about two years ago and was described as a “recluse” who had been depressed lately.

Bratton said he was comfortable calling it a terrorist attack.

“This was a terrorist attack, certainly,” Bratton said.

But he also stopped short of including the attack in the list of terror plots against the city since Sept. 11, 2001, saying the investigation was continuing.

READ MORE: NYC officer remains critical but stable after hatchet attack

Thompson, 32, had once served in the U.S. Navy and had a history of run-ins with the law over domestic violence in California in 2003 and 2004, police said. In recent postings on social media, he ranted about injustices in American society and oppression abroad, but the postings didn’t point to any affiliation with a terror group or direct influence of radical Islam, they said.

Security video and witness accounts appeared to leave no doubt that Thompson purposely targeted four rookie New York Police Department officers who were in uniform and on foot patrol in a bustling Queens commercial district.

Moments before the attack, the bearded suspect was seen on a street corner crouching down to pull the hatchet out of backpack before he charged the officers and began swinging the hatchet with a two-handed grip, police said.

At the time, the officers were posing for a photo for a passerby. Without a word, Thompson swung at an officer who blocked the blow with his arm, police said. Another officer was hit in the back of the head and fell to the ground.

As the suspect raised the hatchet again, the two uninjured officers drew their weapons and fired several rounds, police said. The bullets killed the assailant and wounded a bystander, police said. A bloody hatchet, about 18 inches long, was recovered.

Officer Kenneth Healey remained hospitalized on Friday with a head wound. The bystander, a 29-year-old woman, also was being treated for a gunshot wound to the back. Both were in critical condition.

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Google exec sets records with leap from near-space

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WATCH: Google executive Alan Eustace’s world record skydive from the edge of space

ROSWELL, N.M. – Google executive Alan Eustace broke the sound barrier and set several skydiving records over the southern New Mexico desert early Friday after taking a big leap from the edge of space.

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Eustace’s supersonic jump was part of a project by Paragon Space Development Corp. and its Stratospheric Explorer team, which has been working secretly for years to develop a self-contained commercial spacesuit that would allow people to explore some 20 miles (32 kilometres) above the Earth’s surface.

Friday’s success marked a major step forward in that effort, company officials said.

“This has opened up endless possibilities for humans to explore previously seldom visited parts of our stratosphere,” Grant Anderson, Paragon president and CEO, said in a statement.

The technology that has gone into developing the balloon, the spacesuit and the other systems that were used in Friday’s launch will be used to advance commercial spaceflight, namely efforts by Arizona-based World View Enterprises to take paying tourists up in a high-altitude balloon and luxury capsule starting in late 2016.

As more people head into the stratosphere, the spacesuits could be adapted for emergency rescues or other scientific endeavours, officials said.

After nearly three years of intense planning, development and training, Eustace began his ascent via a high-altitude, helium-filled balloon just as the sun was rising. It took more than two hours to hit an altitude of 135,890 feet (41419 metres), from which he separated himself from the balloon and started plummeting back to Earth.

Wearing his specially designed spacesuit, Eustace hit a top velocity of 822 mph (1,322 kph) during a freefall that lasted 4 1/2 minutes.

Jim Hayhurst, director of competition at the United States Parachute Association, was the jump’s official observer. He said Eustace deployed a drogue parachute that gave him incredible stability and control despite the massive Mach 1.23 speed reached during the freefall.

Eustace didn’t feel it when he broke the sound barrier, but the ground crew certainly heard the resulting sonic boom, Hayhurst said.

“He just said it was a fabulous view. He was thrilled,” Hayhurst said of his conversation with Eustace after he landed.

The supersonic skydive happened with little fanfare, out of the media spotlight, unlike the 2012 attempt by daredevil Felix Baumgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team. Baumgartner, who was taken aloft in a capsule with the help of millions of dollars in sponsorships, had set the previous altitude record by jumping from 128,100 feet (39,045 metres).

Watching Eustace and his team prepare was historic, said Hayhurst, likening the scene to what it must have been like to watch Ryan Airlines Corp. build the Spirit of St. Louis in the late 1920s.

“This was a bunch of quiet engineers doing the job,” he said. “This is a scientific endeavour. This is a stepping stone to space.”

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Oilers beat Hurricanes 6-3 for third win in a row

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EDMONTON – Jordan Eberle had two goals and an assist as the Edmonton Oilers won their third straight game, defeating the Carolina Hurricanes 6-3 on Friday.

Jesse Joensuu, Leon Draisaitl, Matt Hendricks and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also scored for the Oilers (3-4-1), who have turned things around on their current homestand after a troubling beginning to the season.

Riley Nash, Jeff Skinner and Jay Harrison responded for the Hurricanes, the only team in the NHL yet to record a win. They are off to a franchise-worst 0-5-2 start.

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    There was almost an early start to the scoring as Hurricane Jay McClement hit a post behind Oilers starter Ben Scrivens in the opening minute.

    Carolina had 15 shots on Scrivens in a scoreless first period, while the Oilers put 10 on Anton Khudobin in the Hurricanes net.

    Edmonton finally scored the first goal of the game midway through the second period as Eberle picked off Harrison’s clearing pass and went in on a two-on-one, dishing it off to Taylor Hall before getting it back and scoring his first goal of the season.

    Carolina tied the game up with five minutes left in the middle frame as Nash tipped a Justin Faulk point shot past Scrivens to make it 1-1.

    Leon Draisaitl #29 of the Edmonton Oilers pursues Brett Bellemore #73 of the Carolina Hurricanes on October 24, 2014 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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    Taylor Hall #4 of the Edmonton Oilers chases Tim Gleason #6 of the Carolina Hurricanes behind the Edmonton Oilers net on October 24, 2014 at Rexall Place in Edmonton.

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    Ryan Nugent-Hopkins #93 of the Edmonton Oilers exchanges words with Alexander Semin #28 of the Carolina Hurricanes on October 24, 2014 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta.

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    esse Joensuu #6 is congratulated by Martin Marincin #85 of the Edmonton Oilers after scoring a goal against the Carolina Hurricanes on October 24, 2014 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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    The Oilers regained the advantage two minutes later as Khudobin mishandled a Nikita Nikitin shot, allowing Joensuu to bang in there bound from the doorstep.

    However, Carolina came right back to knot the game 2-2 with two minutes left in the second as Skinner fought off Martin Marincin and then sniped the top corner for his first of the year.

    Edmonton moved ahead once more four-and-a-half minutes into the third period with a power-play goal as Eberle used Hall as a screen before beating Khubodin glove-side with a slap shot. Carolina complained that there should have been a penalty on the play to Edmonton’s Benoit Pouliot after breaking his stick on a slash of Hurricane defender Brett Bellemore, who then turned the puck over to Eberle.

    The Hurricanes battle back eight minutes into the third as Scrivens got caught out of position after trying to play the puck behind the net, allowing Harrison to score on a wrist shot through traffic.

    Edmonton went up 4-3 with seven minutes left as Draisaitl scored his first NHL goal, picking up his own rebound and sending a backhand into the net. Draisaitl, the third overall pick in the 2014 Entry Draft, was playing his eighth game with one more to go before the Oilers need to decide whether to keep him for the entire season or send him down to junior with Prince Albert of the Western Hockey League.

    The Oilers added some insurance with four minutes left as Hall raced to negate an icing and then crowded the front of the net, allowing Nugent-Hopkins to score his third goal in as many games.

    Hendricks sealed the deal with an empty-net goal. The Oilers play the fifth game of a season-long seven-game homestand against the Montreal Canadiens on Monday. The Hurricanes conclude a five-game road trip in Vancouver on Tuesday.

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Iginla leads Avalanche past Canucks 7-3

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DENVER – Colorado’s best game of the season began with a goal for Vancouver just 10 seconds into the opening period.

The Avalanche dominated the rest of the way.

Jarome Iginla collected his first two goals for Colorado and had an assist, helping the Avalanche beat the Canucks 7-3 on Friday night.

Matt Duchene had a goal and two assists and Erik Johnson had a goal and an assist for Colorado, which broke out of an offensive slump to earn its first home win of the season.

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“We’ve had games where we probably could have scored that many goals and we didn’t,” Duchene said. “It’s frustrating and really nice to see all those go in tonight.”

It also was the first win for goaltender Semyon Varlamov, who returned from injured reserve to make 26 saves. Varlamov missed three games with a groin injury suffered in a morning skate last week.

Daniel Sedin had a goal and an assist for Vancouver. Henrik Sedin and Alex Burrows also scored, and Eddie Lack stopped 41 shots.

“It was a tough game for me,” Lack said. “You are never happy when you give up seven goals.”

Colorado outshot the Canucks 16-9 in a dominating second period. The Avalanche got the only two goals in the frame, with Jamie McGinn tying it at 2 at 6:06 and Johnson scoring on a 5-on-3 power play to give Colorado its first lead of the night.

Daniel Briere’s second goal of the season made it 4-2 lead at 2:05 of the third. Duchene added a breakaway score at 5:55.

“The fourth one was an important one. It was a great play by our D to put it on net,” Avalanche coach Patrick Roy said. “Daniel was right there to put it on net. He has great hands and took advantage of the situation.”

Daniel Sedin scored midway through the third to get Vancouver within two, but Gabriel Landeskog answered with his third goal of the season.

Iginla scored in the final minute for career goal No. 562, passing Mike Modine for 23rd on the NHL list.

“It felt good,” Iginla said of his first goals. “I was getting a little frustrated in the first. I had some great looks from (Alex Tanguay) and Dutch. The one Dutch gave me a nice pass right in the slot. I had it on my backhand and just tried to get it as high as I can. It was very nice to see it go in. It sure felt good to get it and I’ll just keep trying to go from here.”

The Avalanche, who dropped their first two home games, got off to a slow start. Johnson’s clearing attempt off the opening faceoff was intercepted by Daniel Sedin, who fed Henrik Sedin in the slot. His shot 10 seconds into the game beat Varlamov and gave Vancouver a 1-0 lead.

Colorado responded by controlling the next 15 minutes. The Avalanche finally cashed in on Iginla’s first goal of the season at 14:28.

“We really didn’t have a good start. They outplayed us pretty bad the first 15 minutes of the game,” Vancouver coach Willie Desjardins said. “We played better the last five. Started pretty good at the second period and penalties put us back on our heels.”

Burrows gave the Canucks the lead again when Nick Bonino’s pass to the front of the net went off his skate. The referee ruled he kicked it in and waved it off but the call was overturned after a video review.

NOTES: Tyson Barrie had three assists for Colorado. … To make room for Varlamov, the Avalanche assigned G Calvin Pickard to Lake Erie of the AHL. … Avalanche RW Cody McLeod surpassed 1,000 career penalty minutes.

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Young cadet continues to stand guard for Nathan Cirillo at Port Coquitlam cenotaph

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WATCH: Cadet standing guard – minus uniform

For the second day in a row, a 13-year-old cadet from Port Coquitlam stood guard at the city’s cenotaph in memory of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot and killed by a gunman at the National War Memorial in Ottawa on Wednesday.

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Jackson Reid recently joined the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Army Cadet Corps. But even though he is new to the cadets, he was moved by the tragedy and wanted to pay his last respects.

Jackson’s mother Heidi Roggero Reid says her son comes from a long military line and was very touched by the fact Cirillo left behind a young son.

On Friday, Jackson braved the cold weather and stood guard for two hours. He returned Saturday, although he chose not to wear his uniform following a sweeping new directive issued by National Defence instructing troops across the country to stop wearing their uniforms in public.

Jackson says he had mixed feelings as he stood guard.

“I feel proud because I’m doing what I think is right, but I also feel sorrow for the fallen soldier,” he says. “It’s not about me, it’s all about them so I really just feel sorrow. I feel like this is what I needed to do. I need to finish what he has started.”

“I’m basically doing what I think all soldiers would do,” he adds.

Roggero Reid says she is not surprised by her son’s decision to honour Cirillo, but she has been surprised by the positive response he has received from the public.

“It’s a little overwhelming to find out suddenly that, within a 24-hour period, something that is commonplace behaviour for your child has inspired a number of people,” she says.

“People are coming down to the cenotaph today who might not have otherwise because Jackson is doing what he is doing,” says Port Coquitlam Mayor Greg Moore. “We know that it’s now happening across the country and across the world.”

Veterans in many Canadian cities, including Vancouver and Edmonton, opted to stand guard at their local cenotaphs.

READ MORE: Many veterans prepare to stand guard at their local Cenotaphs on Saturday

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Did deleted long gun data tell the story of Ottawa gunman’s rifle?

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How did a man under a court order not to possess firearms, with a long criminal record that would have put a gun licence out of reach in any case, living in an Ottawa homeless shelter with little privacy, manage to get his hands on a hunting rifle and conceal it?

Residents of the Ottawa homeless shelter where Michael Zehaf-Bibeau spent his final days were asking themselves the same thing.

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“How the hell do you bring a rifle inside,” a shelter with such scant privacy, where six or eight men sleep in bunks in one room, resident Robert Duval asked Global News reporters yesterday.

“You can’t even smuggle a beer up there without somebody knowing.”

And who owned the lever-action Winchester rifle before it came into his hands? There are a couple of possibilities.

Zehaf-Bibeau got the rifle used to kill a soldier at Ottawa’s Cenotaph by: stealing it, being given it, or buying it from an individual. (He’s very unlikely to have bought it from a business, which would have asked to see his gun licence.)

If he bought it from an individual, the seller had very few responsibilities, other than not having a reason to believe that the buyer does not have a gun licence, and making sure the buyer seems sober.

Michael Zehaf-Bibeau is shown here in his high school yearbook photo.

Courtesy of La Presse

The lever-action rifle, the earliest practical repeating rifle to be invented, went into large-scale production in 1873 and has changed very little since then.

Here’s how they work:

A shooter loads up to seven rounds into the rear of a long tubular magazine under the barrel, one by one. After firing, the shooter flips the lever forward and back to eject the spent casing and chamber an unfired round.

In 2012, before the long gun registry was deleted outside Quebec, 775,278 lever-action rifles were registered across the country. They are Canada’s third most popular type of rifle, after bolt-action and semi-automatic rifles.

In general, they are classified legally as ‘non-restricted firearms,’ along with most mainstream rifles and shotguns used by hunters and farmers. Non-restricted guns had to be registered until 2012, when ownership records outside Quebec were destroyed. The destroyed data may have included the purchase and ownership history of Zehaf-Bibeau’s Winchester.

The fate of Quebec’s long gun registry is still before the courts. The Supreme Court heard arguments on Oct. 8 about Quebec’s registry, which the federal government wants to destroy and the Quebec government want to save, and reserved judgement.

However, the Quebec registry is still a tool investigators could potentially make use of, if the rifle was owned by a Quebec resident at some point.

In principle, lost or stolen firearms should be recorded in CPIC, the national police information database. In practice, retired OPP Staff-Sgt. Doug Carlson explained last year, that depends on good record-keeping on the gun owner’s part, which may or may not happen.

While a lever-action rifle’s action can be cycled – fired and reloaded – very quickly, rounds must be loaded individually, a time-consuming process. In other words, once Zehaf-Bibeau had used up his ammunition he had no way of quickly reloading, as he would have with a magazine-fed semi-automatic rifle, or (conceivably) loading a bolt-action rifle with a stripper clip.

The implication is that Zehaf-Bibeau wasn’t able to pick and choose the rifle for his attack, but had to make do with what was available. Once he’d fired the seven rounds in the rifle’s tube magazine, and police were confronting him, his options were basically to surrender or die.

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Former acquaintance questions what led Michael Zehaf-Bibeau to attack

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Watch above: More details emerge about the Ottawa shooter and his time in B.C. John Daly reports.

David Bathurst learned from a reporter that Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, someone he attended mosque with about three years ago, was the man behind the deadly attack in the nation’s capital.

Bathurst didn’t know the 32-year-old that well, but he did give him a chance to work with his family’s sprinkler business in the spring of 2011.

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    “Just a brief stint” for about a couple of days, Bathurst told Global News.

    They saw each other regularly back then, for the three to four months Zehaf-Bibeau attended the Masjid al-Salaam and Education Center — a mosque in Burnaby, B.C. — but the two men drifted apart over time.

    The last time Bathurst saw Zehaf-Bibeau was in August, when they crossed paths at Masjid al-Salaam.

    Like many who know someone accused of such a brazen attack, Bathurst was completely shocked when he heard his former acquaintance was blamed for the murder of 24-year-old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, who was shot while on guard at the National War Memorial.

    READ MORE: Slain soldier Cpl. Cirillo makes final journey home along Highway of Heroes

    Bibeau-Zehaf was shot dead in the corridor of the House of Parliament’s Center Block, steps away from where Prime Minister Stephen Harper was meeting with members of the Conservative caucus Wednesday morning.

    With the attack happening just two days after a separate targeted attack on Canadian soldiers, questions quickly arose about Zehaf-Bibeau, a Libyan-Canadian born in Quebec, and whether he had ties to or was inspired by extremist groups.

    Bathurst wasn’t so sure about that.

    He said he doesn’t know what would have driven Zehaf-Bibeau to carry out Wednesday’s attack, but he described the man as mentally “unbalanced” and recounted how Zehaf-Bibeau had his own way of studying Islam.

    WATCH: In this extended interview, David Bathurst speaks with John Daly about Ottawa gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau

    “[Zehaf-Bibeau’s] viewpoint was that the Qur’an could be protected by God, however the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad were preserved by human beings. So, the Devil could have misled them and therefore he rejected all traditions of the Prophet Muhammad,” he said.

    “He was probably difficult for most of the attendees of the mosque.”

    By some accounts, he was. Masjid al-Salaam spokesperson Aasim Rashid on Friday told reporters Zehaf-Bibeau didn’t like the mosque’s acceptance of other faiths and was eventually asked to leave after he tried to sleep there following his 2012 release from jail.

    READ MORE: Prominent imam says new Islamic converts need to be vetted

    Bathurst confirmed Zehaf-Bibeau had one link to someone suspected of having travelled abroad for terror-related purposes: 25-year-old Hasibullah Yusufzai, of Burnaby, who was the first person to be charged under a recent law that prohibits leaving the country to take part in extremist activities.

    Bathurst knew Yusufzai as well, but he thinks they were two very different people.

    “They did know each other and they did talk to each other. But, I think they’re not really two peas from the same pod. With Michael, obviously he had drug addiction problems and mental health issues. Whereas with Hassib, he was self-radicalized through the Internet.”

    READ MORE: Zehaf-Bibeau told B.C. court he wanted to go to jail to kick crack cocaine habit

    RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson said Thursday Zehaf-Bibeau’s email was found in a hard drive belonging to someone charged in connection with terror-related activities, but didn’t specify who that individual was.

    Bathurst said he’s spoke with the authorities about Zehaf-Bibeau, and previously about Yusufzai, but didn’t want to detail those conversations as they are matters of national security.

    Zehaf-Bibeau told Bathurst, when they met in August, he wanted to travel to Libya to study.

    Bathurst said Zehaf-Bibeau assured him he wasn’t intending to take part in any sort of militant activity.

    When Zehaf-Bibeau carried out his attack on Parliament Hill, he was in the process of getting a passport. In the days leading up to the shooting, he was reportedly “agitated” about the delay in getting the travel document.

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    Bathurst doesn’t think Zehaf-Bibeau “fits the typical profile of a fundamentalist or extremist.”

    “He really never opened up to anybody that he had these extreme views. I’m still not convinced that’s why he did it.”

    Bathurst said the Muslim community is among those horrified by what happened in Ottawa — a sentiment shared by officials at Masjid al-Salaam, who condemned Zehaf-Bibeau’s actions.

    While the attacks this week have led to some backlash directed at the Muslim community, Bathurst hopes people will be able to share the positive and peaceful side of Islam, not the extremist views and actions of some individuals.

    “The Qur’an calls for us to be patient in these situations,” he said. “I think that Muslims have to be patient and show the good side of Islam. … Be good neighbours, be good people in our communities.”

    With files from John Daly

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Egypt declares a state of emergency in northern Sinai; 30 killed

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EL-ARISH, Egypt – A co-ordinated assault on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula killed 30 Egyptian troops on Friday, making it the deadliest single attack in decades on the military, which has been struggling to stem a wave of violence by Islamic extremists since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

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Officials described it as “well-planned” attack that began with a car bomb which may have been set off by a suicide attacker. Other militants then fired rocket-propelled grenades, striking a tank carrying ammunition and igniting a secondary explosion. Roadside bombs intended to target rescuers struck two army vehicles, seriously wounding a senior officer.

State-run TV said clashes between troops and militants followed the bombing, without providing further details. The car bomb exploded at the check point at around 3:30 p.m. Cairo time, and took place some 9 miles (15 kilometres) from the northern Sinai city of el-Arish, in an area called Karm el-Qawadees.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but officials said the assault bore the hallmarks of the country’s most active militant group – named Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or Champions of Jerusalem – which has claimed a string of past attacks on security forces.

The officials said the death toll is expected to rise because 28 people were wounded and several were in critical condition.

Egypt’s National Defence Council declared a three-month state of emergency in areas near borders with Israel and the Gaza Strip in the northern part of Sinai Peninsula and ordered a three-hour curfew starting Saturday. State TV also announced closure of the Rafah crossing, Gaza’s only non-Israeli passage to outside world.

Headed by Egypt’s President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the council vowed that the army would take “revenge for the shedding of dear blood.” It instructed authorities to take measures which it described necessary to protect lives of civilians.

El-Sissi, the former defence minister and army chief who overthrew Morsi last year, announced a three-day mourning period. He has said in the past that the militants hide in populated areas, making it difficult for the military to combat them.

The United Nations Security Council released a statement condemning the attack and reiterated its determination to combat all forms of terrorism.

“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of this terrorist attack to justice,” the statement said.

An official said the government is considering the eviction of residents living in small northern Sinai villages that are considered the “most dangerous” militant bastions, and declaring certain areas to be closed military zones. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to media.

The TV presenters dressed in black and displayed a black ribbon at the top of the screen while patriotic songs played.

Egypt’s official news agency MENA said military helicopters ferried the dead and wounded to Cairo hospitals. Egypt’s top Islamic authority, Grand Mufti Shawki Allam, condemned the attacks and said those who carry out acts of terrorism “deserve God’s wrath on Earth and at the end of days.”

Islamic militants have been battling security forces in the Sinai for a decade, but the violence spiked after the military overthrew Morsi in July 2013 amid massive protests demanding his resignation. Suicide bombings and assassinations have also spread to other parts of Egypt, with militants targeting police in Cairo and the Nile Delta.

The government has blamed the violence on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood group and launched a sweeping crackdown against his supporters, killing hundreds in street clashes and jailing some 20,000 people. Authorities have tried to link the group to Ansar Beit al-Maqdis by airing confessions of people alleged to belong to both.

The Brotherhood officially renounced violence decades ago and has denied involvement in the recent attacks, saying it is committed to peaceful protests demanding Morsi’s reinstatement.

Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for a car bomb attack on a security headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura that killed 16 people, almost all policemen, in December 2013. It also claimed the attempted assassination of Egypt’s interior minister in September of that year.

Authorities say it was responsible for the killing of 25 policemen who were bound and blindfolded before being shot dead on a Sinai roadside in August 2013. The government also blamed the group for an attack on Egyptian troops patrolling the remote western border with Libya in July, which left 22 soldiers dead. No one claimed either attack.

In January Ansar Beit al-Maqdis released a video of its fighters downing a military helicopter over Sinai with a shoulder-fired missile, an attack that killed all five crewmembers and raised concern over the group’s growing military prowess.

The group was initially inspired by al-Qaida, but in recent months it has expressed affinity with the al-Qaida breakaway group that refers to itself as the Islamic State, and which controls large parts of Syria and Iraq. In January, the leader of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, Abu Osama al-Masri, praised the Islamic State in a recording posted on jihadi forums. The group has also released videos of the beheading of men it accused of being informants.

Sinai-based militants have exploited long-held grievances in the impoverished north of the peninsula, where the mainly Bedouin population has complained of neglect by Cairo authorities and where few have benefited from the famed tourist resorts in the more peaceful southern part of Sinai. The police in northern Sinai largely fled during the 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, as militants attacked stations and killed scores of security forces.

Egypt has a long history of Islamic militancy. Former President Anwar Sadat was assassinated by Islamic militants in 1981, and extremists carried out a wave of attacks targeting security forces, Christians and Western tourists during the 1990s.

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Michael reported from Cairo, Egypt

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