WATCH: Anti-Pipeline protest on World Oceans Day

VANCOUVER – Today is World Oceans Day and to mark the occasion, the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs organized an anti-pipeline protest aimed at protecting our coasts, they say. With the federal government’s decision on Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline project expected within the next ten days, the timing is particularly poignant.

Protesters gathered at Sunset Beach and marched over the Burrard Street Bridge to Vanier Park, where a rally was held. The bridge was closed temporarily, disrupting traffic in the area. A police officer escorting the group on motorcycle was struck by a vehicle doing a U-turn. He requires surgery to repair a fractured knee resulting from the accident.

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Protesters march over the Burrard Street Bridge in protest of pipelines on World Oceans Day.

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Protesters march over the Burrard Street Bridge in protest of pipelines on World Oceans Day.

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Protesters march over the Burrard Street Bridge in protest of pipelines on World Oceans Day.

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Protesters march over the Burrard Street Bridge in protest of pipelines on World Oceans Day.

Ben West, @BenWest

Protesters march over the Burrard Street Bridge in protest of pipelines on World Oceans Day.

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Protesters march over the Burrard Street Bridge, rallying against pipelines.

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The master of ceremonies at the rally was Cecilia Point of Musqueam Nation. According to organizers, the goal of the event was to raise awareness about the dangers the pipeline poses to the country’s waters and to send a message to the provincial and federal governments that, “we will not jeopardize our children’s future for corporate profit.”

Enbridge spokesperson Ivan Giesbrecht had the following statement about the protest: “Northern Gateway respects the fact that people want to voice their concerns on the issue of responsible resource development. We share those concerns. As an energy transportation company, we look to be part of the dialogue on these important issues. We all need to come together to find workable solutions on a shared responsibility that affects us all.”

The pipeline would carry diluted bitumen, described as a molasses-like substance. Some studies suggest it sinks in turbulent water conditions and in the event of a spill, could not be properly cleaned up. Hundreds of scientists have also taken on the cause, sending a letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper urging him to reject a  federal panel report supporting the proposal. They say the analysis by the joint review panel did not properly evaluate the increase in global greenhouse gas emissions, which would result from expanded oil sands production. However, supporters of the pipeline point to its economic benefits and new regulations which hold the pipeline companies liable for all costs and damages related to oil spills. In B.C., the provincial government has set out five conditions for supporting any oil pipeline project, which include a “world-leading” oil spill response and prevention on both land and at sea.

With files from the Canadian Press.

Facts and figures on the Northern Gateway pipeline

VANCOUVER – Some facts about the Northern Gateway pipeline project:

— Its estimated cost is $7 billion and rising.

— The 1,177-kilometre twin pipelines would run from Bruderheim, just outside Edmonton, to a tanker port in Kitimat, on the northern coast of B.C.

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— One pipeline would carry up to 525,000 barrels a day of oil sands products west to Kitimat for export. A second heading east would carry 193,000 barrels per day of condensate, a form of natural gas used to dilute the molasses-like bitumen to allow it to flow through pipelines.

— The westbound pipeline would carry synbit, a blend of refined synthetic oil and bitumen, two types of dilbit and synthetic oil.

— The Kitimat Marine Terminal would include two ship berths and 19 tanks to store oil and condensate. The facility would have the capacity to serve around 220 tankers per year.

— The pipeline would be worth an estimated $300 billion in additional gross domestic product over 30 years.

— Governments would net an estimated $80 billion in tax and royalty revenues over those three decades: $36 billion for Ottawa, $32 billion for Alberta and $6.7 billion for B.C. Saskatchewan would net an estimated $4 billion.

— The company says the project would result in 3,000 new construction jobs in B.C. and 560 long-term jobs.

— Northern Gateway Pipelines is a limited partnership. Calgary-based Enbridge (TSX:ENB) has a 50 per cent stake. The rest belongs to 10 private investors.

— Four of those investors remain confidential. National Energy Board documents reveal the other six are: French oil company Total; Suncor (TSX:SU); MEG Energy; Cenovus (TSX:CVE); Nexen (TSX:NXY), the Calgary company taken over last year by Chinese state-owned China National Offshore Oil Co.; and Sinopec, China’s largest oil company.

Teachers’ vote may not prompt immediate strike

VANCOUVER – A pivotal strike vote this Monday and Tuesday by British Columbia’s teachers is no schoolyard game of chicken, and experts advise that tiptoeing, rather than stampeding, towards a strike or back-to-work legislation may settle the dispute far more quickly.

Frustrations in what will likely be a strong union vote of support for a full strike could be channelled into pressure at the bargaining table, said University of the Fraser Valley Associate Prof. Fiona McQuarrie.

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“With the emotions running as high as they are, whoever decides to escalate this first is going to take a big risk,” said McQuarrie, who’s in the university’s school of business. “If the dispute then blows up totally out of hand, they’re going to be seen as the ones who made that happen.”

The B.C. Teachers’ Federation’s call-to-arms comes after weeks of incrementally rising tactics that haven’t resulted in the movement from the government to the extent the union wanted.

McQuarrie is expecting a successful vote, which she said gives union negotiators more leverage. Completely shutting down the workplace, however, she said would be the “last big thing” teachers could do.

Charles Ungerleider, a former B.C. deputy minister of education, said he, too, doesn’t expect an affirmative vote will prompt the union to issue immediate notice.

“The fact that you’re taking a strike vote doesn’t indicate that you’re necessarily going to a strike,” said Ungerleider, a bureaucrat under the New Democrats from 1998 to 2001 and now professor emeritus with the University of British Columbia.

The union has typically gone back to its members for a strike mandate over the years he’s witnessed bargaining, he said, in order to move up the ladder of escalation in a way that gives teachers some control.

But what has been different in this round of negotiations, Ungerleider said, is the “encouraging” government pledge to hold off legislating a settlement. He believes the union’s chief concern isn’t wages but getting traction around classroom conditions.

He has some sympathy for teachers, he added.

“There’s no question that teachers have lost ground in terms of their own purchasing power,” he said. “I’m pretty sure they’ve lost ground relative to other similarly educated people working in the public sector.”

The parties have appeared consistently divided over wages and whether classroom size and composition has a place in contract negotiations.

The union says it’s asking for a 9.75 per cent wage increase over four years, but the government calculates that including cost of living increases and other benefits the demand is closer to 19 per cent.

The government’s bargaining arm has offered 7.3 per cent over six years, along with a $1,200 signing bonus if the deal is made before the end of the school year.

The government is expected to save $12 million in teachers’ salaries and $4.5 million in support staff pay for each day of a potential strike, according to the education ministry.

So far, rotating strikes have saved the government $16.5 million each week. An additional $1.2 million per day has accrued by cutting teachers’ pay 10 per cent based on an employer-imposed lockout.

Teacher Aeryn Williams is still hoping a strike can be averted with a change of heart from the government.

“Everybody is emotional about this. It’s our kids and our jobs and our life being impacted,” said Williams, who teaches Grades 2 and 3 in Vancouver.

“I would support a strike where we would walk out now.”

The union initiated its first stage of job action on April 23, then launched stage two with rotating strikes a month later. It announced the prospect of a full-scale strike last Wednesday.

The employer announced late Friday it has applied to the B.C. Labour Relations Board asking the tribunal to designate the marking of exams for students in Grades 10 through 12 as essential.

Results of a strike vote are expected Tuesday night. The union is required to give three days notice before members walk off the job. The earliest possible date for school closures across B.C. would be June 16.


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CFL, CFLPA reach tentative agreement

TORONTO – A tentative agreement has been reached in the CFL labour dispute, averting a possible players’ strike.

The CFL and CFL Players’ Association issued a joint statement Saturday night saying they’ve reached a tentative contract. The statement added the deal is pending ratification by players and the league’s board of governors, “which will be scheduled as soon as possible.”

“Further details will not be made public until these votes have taken place,” it concluded.

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A league source requesting anonymity said the CFL and union agreed to the deal Saturday after two days of bargaining with the help of a mediator. Then the CFLPA executive committee presented the deal to team reps during a four-plus hour conference call Saturday night.

The source said the agreement calls for a $5-million salary cap. Although the exact term of the deal wasn’t immediately known, the source added the two sides had discussed a four-year contract early Saturday that called for cap increases of $50,000 annually.

However, after the league and union ended their formal talks in the afternoon, the source said two additional options were brought into play prior to the conference call with player reps: a contract covering five years or five plus a one-year option.

The CFLPA had initially wanted a $6.24-million cap before amending its demand to $5.2 million. Last year, the CFL salary cap was $4.4 million.

Players will also reportedly receive signing bonuses of $7,500 for veterans and $1,500 for rookies. The CFL minimum salary also increases $5,000 to $50,000, something the two sides had agreed to earlier.

The league did get a major concession from the union on the gross revenue formula that would trigger the renegotiation of the cap or entire collective agreement.

The players, who initially wanted the CBA to include revenue sharing, had called for the cap or entire agreement to be renegotiated if league revenues increased by more than $18 million — excluding the Grey Cup — in the third year of the deal. The CFL wanted that figure to be $27 million and the union ultimately agreed.

The source added the agreement also calls for the elimination of the option year on CFL contracts, excluding rookies, which the union had wanted. Also, the players’ practice day goes from 4.5 hours daily to a maximum of six hours with just one padded practice a week during the season.

But that was of little solace to some players.

“There is no way we agreed to THAT,” Calgary Stampeders receiver Maurice Price tweeted.

“How it works in the 21st century: Unions are dead,” Calgary running back Jon Cornish, the CFL’s outstanding player last year, said on his 桑拿会所 account.

The players appeared to be headed towards the picket line only a couple of days ago as no face-to-face meetings had been held since May 29, the day the previous agreement expired.

But the source said they began talking Friday with the help of a mediator and continued through the night exchanging proposals before reconvening Saturday.

The tentative agreement ends tumultuous negotiations, which began in February and broke down several times along the way.

Despite the ongoing negotiations, Calgary and Edmonton Eskimos players held their respective strike votes Saturday. Players on the other seven clubs had cast their ballots already and were in a legal strike position heading into the weekend.

The union was expected to launch a work stoppage Sunday, threatening an exhibition game Monday night between the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The game will now go ahead.

If the agreement is ratified, the regular season will kick off June 26 as scheduled with Toronto visiting Winnipeg again.

Getting a new collective agreement in place is crucial for the league, which is entering the first year of a new five-year television agreement with TSN that’s reportedly worth an average of $42 million a year.

But games had to be played for the league — and ultimately its teams — to receive the money. The deal will reportedly net clubs an extra $2.75-million in revenue.

The increased cap provides some financial gains for players, who wouldn’t have received their game cheques if on strike.

The start of the season also allows the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to move into their new stadium and the CFL to celebrate the return of Ottawa to the league. The expansion Redblacks will also be playing in a refurbished facility in the Canadian capital.

Deadline nears for federal pipeline decision

VANCOUVER – Some time in the next 10 days, the federal government is supposed to announce its final decision on the Northern Gateway pipeline — the multibillion-dollar political minefield dividing the West.

Even detractors expect the federal government to give the $7-billion project the go-ahead.

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But the nod from Ottawa would not be the crest of the mountain Northern Gateway must climb before the oil — and the money — begin to flow. The path to the British Columbia coast has many hurdles left for Calgary-based Enbridge (TSX:ENB) and its partners.

A joint review panel of the National Energy Board and the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency recommended approval of the project six months ago, subject to 209 conditions.

“The bottom line is there are 113 conditions that need to be met before construction can begin. That’s going to take a lot of time,” said company spokesman Ivan Giesbrecht.

If approved, that would be merely one more step in an ongoing process, Giesbrecht said.

“We have a lot of work to be done before we would be able to begin construction.”

There are also the five applications before the Federal Court for judicial review of the federal panel recommendation, and further court challenges are likely.

The opposition of environmental groups was always a given. Expansion of Alberta’s oil sands has become an international target for climate activists.

“Approval seems obvious. At the same time, opposition is so strong,” said Nikki Skuce, a resident of Smithers, B.C., and a campaigner for the environmental group Forest Ethics Advocacy.

“It’s going to be caught up in the courts for years and it’s going to be ugly on the ground. People are willing to do what it takes.”

That is no idle threat in a province that saw a decade-long War in the Woods over logging of old growth forests, which ended with new government regulations.

And opposition is not limited to environmentalists and First Nations.

Another crippling blow to the project came from the residents of Kitimat — the B.C. city with the most to gain as the pipeline terminus — when they voted to reject the project in a non-binding plebiscite.

Kitimat is no stranger to industry, born of an aluminum smelter in the 1950s, but for a majority of those who voted the risks outweigh the rewards.

Even the provincial government officially opposed the project at review hearings.

Victoria appears poised to reverse itself, deploying key ministers to a flurry of recent federal announcements on marine and pipeline safety. But the Liberal government may be waiting to see which way the political wind is blowing before they change direction.

“There’s a question of whether going along with the approval of the Northern Gateway pipeline will make LNG development in B.C. more challenging by angering First Nations so adamantly opposed to the oil sands pipeline,” said George Hoberg, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s school of forestry and founder of UBCC350, a group pressing for action on greenhouse gas emissions.

There is deep resistance in B.C., he said.

“I think it’s likely to be approved, but I would not be shocked if it was delayed or even denied,” Hoberg said.

The product that the pipeline would carry is a hurdle.

The pipeline west would transport molasses-like diluted bitumen. Studies and previous spills have found that dilbit sinks in turbulent water conditions.

Opponents like Art Sterritt, director of Coastal First Nations, have said a tanker spill is possible — even likely — and cannot be cleaned up. His coalition of nine aboriginal communities remains vehemently opposed.

The greatest obstacle is the unflagging opposition of First Nations. Hamstrung by the federal government’s failure to negotiate treaties in decades of talks, the company has been left in a legal limbo.

The company said the project has 26 aboriginal equity partners and consultations continue but Clarence Innis, acting chief of the Gitxaala Nation on the North Coast, said they haven’t heard from anyone and no talks are planned.

“We’re going to do whatever we need to do to protect our territory,” said Innis, whose community is located on an island at the mouth of the Douglas Channel.

The Gitxaala are already preparing a legal challenge.

“We played by the rules,” Innis said. “We’ve been ignored.”

The fight is far from over on either side. There are hundreds of billions of dollars at stake, the company has said.

“It’s in the national interest to be able to diversify the markets that we have for our most valuable natural resource,” Giesbrecht said.

“We believe the project is the right thing for Canada, we’ve felt that way right from the very beginning and that’s why we’ve pursued it.

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Silicon Valley’s interns enjoy perk-filled summer – National

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Sitting in a kitchen stocked with free food, a handful of 20-something Google summer interns weigh their favourite perks, but where to begin? With bikes, buses, massages, swimming pools, dance classes, nap pods, parties and access to their tech heroes, it’s a very long list.

“Unlimited sparkling water?” someone says.

In the end, however, the budding Googlers are most excited about the work.

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“The project I’m working on is super high impact, and I’m looking for ways to make my mark,” says Rita DeRaedt, 20, studying visual communication technology at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She admitted to being a bit star-struck after she was assigned to a team headed by a designer she’s long admired.

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With summer’s arrival comes an influx of thousands of Silicon Valley interns. Well paid and perked, young up-and-comers from around the world who successfully navigate the competitive application process are assigned big time responsibility at firms such as Google, Facebook, Dropbox and 桑拿会所.

Silicon Valley tech firms pay their interns more than any other sector in the U.S., according to a Top 25 list of 2014 intern pay by online career website Glassdoor.

Palantir Technologies, a Palo Alto-based cybersecurity firm, topped the list with $7,012 average monthly base pay. Also on the list: 桑拿会所, LinkedIn, Facebook, eBay, Google and Apple, all of which pay more than $5,000 a month, or $60,000 annually if these were full time jobs.

And that’s not counting the perks, which at Facebook even include housing in this high rent region.

Executives hope that a fun and stimulating summer will motivate them to come back after graduation to launch careers. It’s money well spent in a field fighting for talent, says Keck Graduate Institute professor Joel West in Claremont, who hired interns when he ran his own software company, and now helps place students at internships.

“When you’re an employer, interns are a win-win, because you get relatively cheap labour and you get a first look at talented and ambitious people,” he says. “You get first dibs on them.”

Indeed, many of the internships turn into careers.

Max Schireson, CEO of database startup MongoDB, with offices in Palo Alto and New York, says they nurture former interns, 35 this summer selected from a pool of 3,000, when they return to their respective schools — primarily Brown, MIT, Stanford and Princeton.

“We try to keep in touch with them both to keep that relationship warm but also because they can help us in identifying our next crop,” Schireson says.

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Schireson says that while there’s solid pay, with food, drink and candy around the office, there are limits. Ultimately, he says, “we want people attracted mostly by the workplace challenges.”

Typically, interns are assigned to collaborative teams working on specific projects; computer science student might be writing software code to make failed passcode attempts erase data, while a human resources student might be creating online learning modules for new hires.

Serial entrepreneur Jon Bischke, currently CEO of San Francisco-based Entelo, a tech recruiter, said interns better arrive ready to hustle.

“Companies in Silicon Valley are growing faster than literally any companies anywhere since the beginning of time,” he said. “The energy is palpable and for people who appreciate fast-paced environments, you won’t find anything faster than what’s going on in Silicon Valley right now.”

But there is an effort to keep hours reasonable, and many said East Coast financial sector interns work longer hours for less pay.

“We believe in paying for work and paying our interns, full stop, but we don’t believe in making interns work all hours of the day unnecessarily, and think there are lessons to be learned in terms of managing time and workflow,” said Google spokeswoman Meghan Casserly. Overtime is allowed, however, for projects that warrant it, she says.

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Chris Crawford was 18, a student at University of California, Santa Cruz, when he landed his first internship at nearby Cupertino-based Apple. He spent the next five summers interning at Apple, two in public relations, three at iTunes.

“I love Apple technology, I’m a musician and I loved what they were doing in the music industry, and I got real life business experience there,” says Crawford, who went on to launch his own startup,, in 2009, an online service where musicians can sell cover songs and original music to fans, or through iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and other sites.

Now and then, he says, their little firm of eight even gets an intern.

Google’s head of global staffing Kyle Ewing says the biggest misconception about their interns is that they are all computer scientists from elite universities. Instead, Google, and many other firms, have outreach programs to both diversify their workforce and provide opportunities for non-technical students.

As for the new class of interns, thousands of them, Ewing says she expects them to be tackling major challenges as they sip their sparkly water over the next three months. “Our hope is that we can offer a job to anybody who has a successful summer,” she says. “We have a very, very successful pipeline.”

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Massive manhunt for three inmates who escaped Quebec prison

WATCH: It seems unlikely, but it happened again. Three inmates from a Quebec prison were scooped up by a helicopter and are now on the run. MIke Le Couteur reports.

MONTREAL – The search widened Sunday for three Quebec inmates facing murder charges who used a helicopter to make a brazen escape from jail a day earlier.

Authorities were put on alert across the province, in the rest of Canada, and in the United States, said Quebec provincial police.

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But police offered few details on the manhunt, for fear the escapees could be monitoring media reports.

“We have many, many officers who are scattering all the areas possible,” said Sgt. Gregory Gomez.

“Investigators are, of course, checking every lead.”

It’s the second helicopter jailbreak in the province in just over a year.

Gomez wouldn’t say whether the helicopter had been located or whether they had an idea of where the men had headed.

The escapees were identified as Yves Denis, 35, Denis Lefebvre, 53, and Serge Pomerleau, 49.

Yves Denis is shown in this police handout photo

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Serge Pomerleau is shown in this police handout photo.

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Denis Lefebvre is shown in this police handout photo.

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The men fled from the Orsainville Detention Centre barbed wire in suburban Quebec City around 7:45 p.m. on Saturday with the help of a green-coloured helicopter.

The facility is lined with a series of fences and barbed wire, and features a watch post.

The chopper landed in a courtyard of the detention centre then quickly took off again heading west, perhaps toward Trois-Rivieres or Montreal, police said.

The three men were originally arrested on drug trafficking and gangsterism charges in 2010, according to police.

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Denis is also facing first-degree murder charges, while Lefebvre and Pomerleau are facing charges of murder and conspiracy to murder, according to the Quebec provincial police website.

As the search continued Sunday, police added the escapees to the list of Quebec’s 10 most wanted.

The status of the men’s cases in the court system was not immediately clear. Provincial jails in Canada normally house people awaiting trial or those sentenced to offences of two years or less behind bars.

Police said the men were swept up in a major 2010 police operation called Operation Ecrevisse (Project Crayfish), aimed at bringing down a drug trafficking ring in northwestern Quebec.

During the raid, police made 51 arrests and seized $905,000 and 2 kilograms of cocaine, along with other drugs, police said. They also seized a plane and a helicopter.

Police released photos of the three men on social media and appealed to the public for help, but warned anyone who spotted them not to approach and immediately contact police.

Audrey-Anne Bilodeau, another police spokeswoman, said Saturday police were working with surrounding airports and Quebec’s Valcartier military base to help track down the chopper.

The Orsainville Detention Centre, about 10 kilometres from the centre of Quebec City, can hold up to 710 offenders.

In 2010, it was the scene of a fire and a violent skirmish that ended with two inmates dead and another six rushed to hospital.

It was also the scene of a riot in February 2008, which was apparently triggered by a smoking ban at the facility.

Saturday’s helicopter escape had similarities to another bold jailbreak.

Two inmates made a similar break from a St-Jerome, Que., prison in March 2013.

A helicopter pilot was forced at gunpoint to fly to the prison on a Sunday afternoon.

Two inmates at the facility, which is about 60 kilometres from Montreal, climbed a rope ladder into the hovering helicopter and fled.

The two escapees and the two men accused of hijacking the chopper were picked up by police in Mont-Tremblant, about 85 kilometres away, within a few hours of the escape.

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Winnipeg magician Darcy Oake falls short on ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ – Winnipeg

ABOVE: Watch Darcy Oake perform on the finals of Britain’s Got Talent.

WINNIPEG – As Winnipeg magician Darcy Oake dangled upside-down and wriggled to escape a hinged trap with spikes that threatened to impale him, the audience members and judges of Saturday’s finale of Britain’s Got Talent were on the edge of their seats.

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Oake, 26, debuted on the variety show contest with a dazzling display of slight-of-hand tricks with doves, which wowed even notoriously blunt judge Simon Cowell.

However Saturday’s performance, where Oake competed 10 other variety acts, was a lot more risky and had to be completed under the pressure of a burning piece of cord, which was all that held the trap’s arms from closing on him.

Oake escaped and survived. But when the British television audience voted, Oake wasn’t in the running and the top prize of 250,000 British pounds (about $456,000) went to Collabro, a musical theatre group.

“Win or lose. This has been the most amazing experience of my life,” the magician tweeted just moments after his performance.

The routine was called “The Jaws of Death.”

The audience weren’t the only ones holding their breath as the cord burned thinner and thinner. Oake’s father, Hockey Night in Canada broadcaster Scott Oake, followed up-to-the minute social media updates of how the act was going while riding a bus to Staples Centre in Los Angeles to cover Game 2 of the NHL Stanley Cup final.

Oake’s mother followed the happenings at the family’s cottage in Manitoba.

“I’ve seen him do that routine before, but it never fails to create a sense of anxiety,” Scott Oake said, speaking by cellphone from the bus.

“He’s skilled enough that he can do it successfully each time,” he added. “We honestly never expect that he’s going to get killed.”

On a video screen behind the stage, an image of a younger Darcy Oake next to his late brother was shown. Bruce Oake died three years ago from a drug addiction.

Scott Oake explained that Darcy is greatly motivated by trying to make his brother’s life mean something. The performer has committed to trying to establish a drug treatment centre in Winnipeg that’s similar to one in Calgary, Simon’s House, where his brother underwent treatment.

“Bruce is never far from Darcy’s mind and it’s just an example of how close they were as brothers,” Oake said.

Cowell told Oake on an earlier appearance of Britain’s Got Talent that he’s “the best magician” they’ve ever had on the show, called him a “star” and praised him for presenting magic in a non-corny way.

A YouTube clip of the performance with the doves has garnered over 25 million views.

Oake has said he’ll likely settle down in London for a while, and ultimately hopes to make it to the level of famed illusionist David Copperfield.

“Thank you everyone for your love and support,” Oake tweeted after Saturday’s results were announced.

“You have all been incredible throughout this journey. See you soon!”

©2014The Canadian Press

Woman dies after being shot in Lachine – Montreal

MONTREAL – Police are investigating a crime scene on Camille Street after a woman in her 60s was shot and killed in Lachine.

At around 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Montreal police responded to a 911 call concerning gunshots heard on Camille Street near Richmond.

Upon arrival, officers found a woman with serious injuries to the upper body. She was transported to the hospital and later died.

A second victim, a man in his 20s, was also found on the scene with minor injuries.

A 34-year-old man was later arrested and was being questioned by police officers.

This was Montreal’s 11th homicide of the year.

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Global News picks up 11 RTDNA awards

TORONTO – Global News has won 11 National and Network RTDNA (Radio and Television Digital News Association) awards, the most among Canadian broadcasters.

The awards hailed Global News for its coverage on issues ranging from the 2013 Alberta flooding to an in-depth look at epilepsy and the medical efforts to understand, treat and explain the disorder that affects one in every 100 Canadians.

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“These awards represent the success of the diligence, passion, and dedication from our news teams across the country,” said Troy Reeb, senior VP of news and station operations. “We’re honoured to be recognized by industry leaders for our outstanding achievements in broadcast.”

The awards were presented at the RTDNA annual gala in Toronto Saturday.

The big winner Saturday was Global Calgary after taking home three national awards, including the Bert Cannings Award for Best Newscast and Charlie Edwards Award for Spot News for their coverage of the 2013 Alberta floods. In addition, their story The Africa Project: From Canada to Sierra Leone, won the Adrienne Clarkson Award  for diversity.

The work of Global News’ online reporting was also recognized, with Globalnews桑拿按摩 seizing the Digital Media Award for their feature, Crude Awakening, an investigative piece on Canada’s oil industry.

“This award recognizes the importance of data journalism at Global News, and its ability to generate investigative storytelling that hits home with Canadians,” said Ron Waksman, senior director of online news and current affairs. “We are fortunate that some of the top data journalists in the country work in our newsrooms.”

Global Toronto and Global Regina both added two awards, with Toronto’s story First Person winning the Dave Rogers Award for Long Feature, and their Focus Ontario: Inside Epilepsy special winning the Trina McQueen Award for News Information Program. Global Regina’s features Saskatchewan Comic Culture and Restored Memories were also winners this evening.

Global’s investigative program 16×9 was honoured with the Adrienne Clarkson Award for their story Gender Identity. And Global National took home the Gord Sinclair Live Special Events Award for in-depth coverage of the Alberta Floods, helmed by anchor and executive editor Dawna Friesen.

Below is a full list of Global’s RTDNA awards.

RTDNA National Awards:

Trina McQueen – News Information Program
Global Toronto
Focus Ontario: Inside Epilepsy

Dave Rogers – Long Feature
Global Toronto
First Person

Charlie Edwards – Spot News
Global Calgary
Alberta Floods 2013: Flash Floods Day 1

Adrienne Clarkson – Diversity
Global Calgary
The Africa Project: From Canada to Sierra Leone

Bert Cannings – Best Newscast
Global Calgary (Large Market)
Alberta Floods 2013: State of Emergency

Sport Award
Global Edmonton
Esks Kitchen

Hugh Haugland – Creative Use of Video
Global Regina
Saskatchewan Comic Culture

Dave Rogers – Short Feature
Global Regina
Restored Memories

RTDNA Network Awards:

Digital Media Award
Global News
Crude Awakening

Gord Sinclair Award
Global National
Alberta Floods Special

Adrienne Clarkson – Diversity
Gender Identity