Update: One person in hospital after fire breaks out in Saanich home – BC

VANCOUVER – A 20 year-old man has been taken to hospital after a fire broke at a Saanich home Friday night.

Sgt. Steve Eassie with Saanich police says the fire may have originated in and around the living room of the home in the 3800 block of Saanich Road around 10 o’clock last night.

The Saanich Fire Department responded with 18 firefighters and upon arrival found smoke and flames showing from the main floor area.

Police found a lone man inside the residence. He’s been taken to hospital and remains in custody.

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Aside from the man, one caged bird was also removed without injury from the building.

Investigators say it appears the fire was deliberately set.

Eassie says the incident is an ongoing arson investigation.

He says it appears an accelerant was used to start the fire.

The home has been rendered uninhabitable. It’s estimated the fire has caused more than $100,000 in damages.

“At this time the residence is not occupied by the family that owns the home,” says Eassie. “They are taking steps to return to the home relatively quickly.”

He says the 20-year-old suspect is a member of the family.

“It would appear that there are some mental health components to this investigation.”

Eassie says the man suffered non-fire-related injuries and there was indication of attempted self harm.

The suspect has had no prior police contact or criminal record.

Police are looking at a possible charge of arson in this case.

Eassie says the fire is an isolated incident, and is not connected to other fires that occurred in the Greater Victoria area in recent weeks.

UPDATE: Edmonton’s 2014 Folk Fest sold out of adult and youth passes – Edmonton

Watch above: The demand to buy Folk Fest tickets was so high Saturday, the festival’s website crashed.

UPDATE: As of Wednesday, June 18 – All weekend passes and all individual day passes for adults and youth to the 2014 Edmonton Folk Music Festival are sold out. There are still tickets available for seniors. There have been some changes to the lineup and schedules. For details, click here.

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EDMONTON – Hundreds of people lined up at Telus Field bright and early Saturday morning in hopes of snapping up tickets to the Edmonton Folk Music Festival. Those purchasing tickets online hit a bit of a roadblock, though, when the festival’s website crashed Saturday afternoon.

Just over 1,000 people were able to purchase tickets to the festival in person at Telus Field, after winning a lottery – the festival’s way of fairly distributing tickets.

At 2 p.m., the rest of the tickets were made available for purchase online via the Edmonton Folk Festival website and Ticketmaster. However, sometime before 3 p.m. the Folk Festival’s website crashed, due to the sheer volume of people hoping to get their hands on tickets to the highly-popular event.

“There’s worse things than, you know, your site crashing because you’ve got too much demand for tickets,” said festival producer Terry Wickham. “I always say there’s one thing worse than a sell out and that’s when no one shows up. That’s a lot worse.”

Due to the sheer volume of people attempting to buy tickets to Folk Fest, the festival’s website crashed Saturday, June 7, 2014.

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The tickets held by the Folk Fest were transferred to Ticketmaster to go on sale at 4 p.m.

The festival announced its highly-anticipated lineup at the end of May. Ben Harper, Blue Rodeo, James Vincent McMorrow, Michael Franti, Dan Mangan, Vance Joy, Los Lobos and many others will hit the stage in Gallagher Park August 7th to 10th.

Edmonton Folk Music Festival lineup.

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You can see the Folk Fest schedule here.

Of course, there was no shortage of reaction to the lineup on social media:

“I know when the festival gets to be this size, people can have expectations that we’re going to be everything to everybody musically — we’re not,” said Wickham.

“We look first and foremost: ‘are they a folk artist?’ Second question we ask is: ‘how good are they?’ Not how much they cost.

“You know, a million dollars goes a long way with folk music and that’s what we’ve spent — that and a bit more.”

You can see some of the ticket prices for adults (aged 18-64) below:

Personal Pass: $169

4-Day Transferable: $199

Thursday or Friday evening: $57

Saturday or Sunday full day: $67

Seniors over 80 can still attend for free.

Up to half of the 11,000 four-day passes were allotted for in-person purchase at Telus Field. The rest are up for grabs online through Ticketmaster.

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Massive apartment fire in Vancouver displaces dozens of residents – BC

VANCOUVER – Firefighters were on the scene of an East Vancouver fire for hours on Saturday following a massive apartment fire.

Flames broke out just after midnight at 748 East Broadway, between Prince Albert and Fraser Street, and dozens of residents have been forced from their homes.

Fire crews believe everyone got out safely and without injury, but the building is destroyed.

Neighbouring buildings suffered smoke and water damage.

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“When crews arrived on scene, flames were showing, heavy smoke,” says assistant chief Joe Foster from Vancouver Fire Rescue. “It went from a one-alarm assignment to a working fire very quickly and a second-alarm even faster.”

“It was a very challenging fire because the two buildings on either side of the fire building, it was only a six-inch space so our goal was to keep those uninvolved buildings from burning.”

Residents who do not have family or friends to stay with will be housed at a local hotel until they can return to their homes.

But it is unclear when that will happen.

“My first instinct was to wake my girlfriend up, get her out of the house and run around the rest of the apartments and wake up everybody I could,” says resident Mike Dewall. “So I went and knocked on all the doors and the one family above me was passed right out and the only reason they woke up is because I went and knocked on the door.”

The cause of the three-alarm fire is unknown and under investigation.

All residents have now been accounted for.

Broadway between Prince Albert and Fraser was shut down to traffic for a number of hours, but it has since reopened.


Fire on 756 East Broadway in Vancouver.

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Residents evacuated after massive fire on East Broadway.

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Walk for ALS draws hundreds to Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park – Edmonton

Watch above: Hundreds of Edmontonians laced up their walking shoes Saturday, in support of ALS research. 

EDMONTON – Hawrelak Park was packed Saturday morning as hundreds gathered to take part in the annual Walk for ALS.

ALS, also commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rapidly degenerative neuromuscular disease. It attacks the nerves that the body would normally use to send messages from the brain to the muscle. Most patients die within two to five years of diagnosis and there is no cure.

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Edmonton’s Walk for ALS raises money for the ALS Society of Alberta, which supports people living with and affected by ALS across the province.

People of all ages, and even a few pups, took part in Saturday morning’s walk, which gives people the opportunity to come together to support those living with ALS.

“The spirit is hopeful and it’s joyful and it’s optimistic and it’s a community,” says Tara Pentney, chair of the ALS Board of Directors with the ALS Society of Alberta. “This is definitely a community that are working together, walking together, they are sharing memories today.

“It’s a wonderful day to celebrate the individuals that are living with ALS.”

In 2013, there were 11 Walks for ALS across Alberta. The walks raised over $1,089,300. For more information, visit the ALS Society of Alberta’s website.

For more information on other festivals and charity events happening in and around the city this summer, visit Global Edmonton’s festival page.

2014 Walk for ALS at Hawrelak Park Saturday, June 7, 2014.

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2014 Walk for ALS at Hawrelak Park Saturday, June 7, 2014.

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2014 Walk for ALS at Hawrelak Park Saturday, June 7, 2014.

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2014 Walk for ALS at Hawrelak Park Saturday, June 7, 2014.

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2014 Walk for ALS at Hawrelak Park Saturday, June 7, 2014.

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2014 Walk for ALS at Hawrelak Park Saturday, June 7, 2014.

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2014 Walk for ALS at Hawrelak Park Saturday, June 7, 2014.

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Stroman wins second start, Jays down Cards

TORONTO – Marcus Stroman pitched six strong innings and Jose Bautista and Brett Lawrie hit home runs as the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 on Friday for their sixth consecutive win.

Bautista also lined into a triple play in the sixth inning, the seventh turned by a Blue Jays’ opponent. It was the first triple play against Toronto since May 12, 2008, in the second game of a doubleheader at Cleveland.

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READ MORE: Toronto Blue Jays win again, 8-2 over slumping Tigers

Stroman (3-0) held the Cardinals to one run on seven hits, two walks and a hit batter while striking out seven in his second major-league start, both wins. The right-hander was lifted after a leadoff single in the seventh by Tony Cruz.

Casey Janssen pitched the ninth for his 11th save of the season.

Right-hander Lance Lynn (6-4) took the loss, allowing six hits, including two home runs, and four walks while striking out six in five innings.

The Cardinals (31-31), who have lost two in a row, scored a run in the first. Matt Carpenter led off with a walk and took third on Matt Holliday’s ground-rule double to right. Allen Craig singled to right to score Carpenter but Holliday was thrown out at home by Bautista.

The Blue Jays (38-24) left the bases loaded in the bottom of the first and stranded two in the second. But they tied it 1-1 in the third when Bautista led off with his 15th homer of the season, a high drive to left on a 2-1 fastball.

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The Blue Jays loaded the bases again with two out in the fourth. Anthony Gose, who tripled in the second inning, reached first in the fourth on an error by second baseman Daniel Descalso. After Jose Reyes singled with one out and Bautista walked two out, Adam Lind grounded out to second.

Lawrie lined his 11th homer of the season to centre on a 2-1 fastball with two out in the fifth to give the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead.

Bautista hit into a triple play in the sixth inning on a liner to second base.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases against right-handed reliever Seth Maness with singles from Gose and Reyes and Carpenter’s error on a grounder to third by Melky Cabrera. Bautista lined a 2-0 sinker to Descalso who threw to shortstop Jhonny Peralta who caught Reyes off second. Peralta then threw to Craig who stepped on first before Cabrera could return to the base.

The Blue Jays scored a run in the eighth. Lawrie and Dioner Navarro singled against right-hander Jason Motte to put runners at first and third. Reyes singled to right to score Lawrie and send pinch-runner Kevin Pillar to third.

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Police say no sign of gunman at Burnside Industrial Park

WATCH ABOVE: Officers cordoned off an industrial area around noon after receiving reports of a man with a gun.

TORONTO/HALIFAX – Halifax Regional Police say there was no sign of a reported gunman at an industrial park in Dartmouth.

Heavily armed police locked down the Burnside Industrial Park after receiving reports of a man with a gun just after 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.

WATCH: Police lock down area in Dartmouth after gunman sighting

Halifax Regional Police Sgt. Jeff Carr said a man called police to report a man with a gun on the roof of a business.

Carr said police have spoken with that witness several times to confirm the story.

“He was very confident it was a long gun that the person was carrying. We responded with several police units. We originally had a large perimeter not knowing what we were dealing with,” he said.

Police spent hours scouring the area but, just before 6 p.m. Atlantic time, confirmed that no gunman had been found and there was no evidence related to the report of a gunman.

“The scene is contained. They’re confident there’s nobody in the building,” said Staff Sgt. Bill Morris.

Morris said police seized a long gun and two pellet guns but they have yet to determine if the weapons were involved in the report of the gunman.

“There were no shots fired. We’re going to follow up on some eyewitness accounts that we had to determine what exactly happened here to bring us to this point,” Morris said.

Morris adds that no one is in police custody in relation to the incident.

Carr said other people nearby told police they had not seen a man with a gun.

“Hopefully what this person believed they saw was not in fact the case,” he said.

Police officers talk during an investigation into a report of a gunman in Halifax on Saturday, June 7, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Pittman

Earlier police arrested and released two men; one man reportedly hopped a fence at the scene after hearing about the investigation on social media, and the other said he was working in the building and had not known about the evacuation.

“I was told to stay inside until the officers came to get me,” said Ivan Hill.

“I just come out to the door and of course they handcuff me and told me to walk backwards, the whole scenario,” he said.

“Now I’m all scared like everybody else.”

READ MORE: Hundreds attend vigil for fallen RCMP officers

No charges are expected against either men.

People working in the building where the gunman was supposedly spotted describe a hectic scene.

“The officers just [came up to us] and told us we have to evacuate,” said Freddy Croke.

“They said that there were reports he was on the yellow building on the roof. Then they lost him from that point,” said Anna Isenor.

“It is nerve-wracking after everything that’s been on the news the past couple days,” she said, referring to the shootings in Moncton.

The New Brunswick town is still mourning after three RCMP officers were shot to death and two others were wounded.

Carr said the incident is still fresh on the minds of officers.

“It has been a tense time in the last week in policing. What I can say is all times we take the utmost in relation to the safety of the public and also in relation to the safety of our officers,” he said.

Global Halifax journalists Julia Wong and Cory McGraw reported live from the scene.



Clippers owner Sterling reluctant to sell team unless NBA revokes ban – National

LOS ANGELES – Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Donald Sterling still hasn’t signed off on the deal to sell the team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer because the NBA won’t revoke its $2.5 million fine and lifetime ban, according to a person with knowledge of the negotiations.

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The individual, who wasn’t authorized to talk publicly told The Associated Press that Sterling had agreed to sell the team Wednesday and drop his $1 billion federal lawsuit against the NBA assuming “all their differences had been resolved.” But now he’s considering continuing the suit after being told by intermediaries the NBA won’t budge on the punishments doled out by Commissioner Adam Silver after Sterling’s racist comments were publicized.

READ MORE: Donald Sterling attends predominantly black church service in L.A.

Sterling’s consent to his wife Shelly Sterling’s potentially record-breaking $2 billion deal was the first sign of an end to weeks of uncertainty. The NBA’s owners must approve the deal.

Donald Sterling’s comments to V. Stiviano included telling her to not bring black people to Clippers games, specifically mentioning Hall of Famer Magic Johnson. They resulted in a storm of outrage from the public and players and even prompted President Barack Obama to comment on what he called Sterling’s “incredibly offensive racist statements.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver ultimately decided to ban Donald Sterling for life and began efforts to force Sterling to sell the team.

READ MORE: Shelly Sterling agrees to sell Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Ballmer

The lawsuit alleges that the league violated his constitutional rights by relying on information from an “illegal” recording that publicized racist remarks he made to a girlfriend. It also said the league committed a breach of contract by fining Sterling $2.5 million and that it violated antitrust laws by trying to force a sale.

For weeks, Donald Sterling said through his attorneys that he would fight the NBA’s decisions to try to force his ouster as a team owner. But last week Shelly Sterling utilized her authority as sole trustee of The Sterling Family Trust, which owns the Clippers, to take bids for the team and ultimately negotiate a deal with Ballmer. And though his attorneys said that Donald Sterling had agreed, days of radio silence followed when he didn’t put ink to paper.

The NBA hasn’t officially commented on the deal yet, but the individual said it appears that the ball is now back in Donald Sterling’s court.

©2014The Canadian Press

Frost advisory issued for central and southern Saskatchewan

A frost advisory has been issued for all of central and southern Saskatchewan including the City of Saskatoon and the City of Regina.

Frost is expected across the region overnight into Saturday morning.

A cool and dry airmass coupled with light winds will give the likelihood of patchy frost in the early morning hours of Saturday.

Residents are being warned to cover up plants, especially those in frost-prone and low-lying areas.

Weather advisories for frost are issued when temperatures are expected to reach the freezing mark during the growing season, leading to potential damage and destruction of plants and crops.

This frost advisory is the first of its kind ever issued in Saskatchewan with a new warning system now used by Environment Canada that came into place in early April.

Temperatures in the Saskatoon and Regina may be slightly warmer, however plant owners are urged to take precautionary measures to cover any plants as necessary.

The cool airmass settling in overnight was the same one that brought snow to parts of Northern Saskatchewan overnight Thursday into Friday morning.

Many Northern Saskatchewan communities woke up to a blanket of Snow the morning of Friday, June 6, 2014.

Ryan Wunsch – McArthur River, SK

Conditions are expected to rebound significantly through the day Saturday with temperatures approaching 20 degrees across much of the province by mid-afternoon.

The risk for frost will likely not be an issue after Saturday morning as overnight lows return to the mid-single digits for most areas on Sunday.

Frost Advisory for:

City of SaskatoonCity of ReginaPrince Albert – Shellbrook – Spiritwood – Duck LakeMelfort – Tisdale – Nipawin – Carrot RiverMartensville – Warman – Rosthern – Delisle – WakawOutlook – Watrous – Hanley – Imperial – DinsmoreHumboldt – Wynyard – Wadena – Lanigan – Foam LakeMeadow Lake – Big River – Green Lake – PiercelandThe Battlefords – Unity – Maidstone – St. WalburgSwift Current – Herbert – Cabri – Kyle – Lucky LakeMoose Jaw – Pense – Central Butte – CraikFort Qu’Appelle – Indian Head – Lumsden – Pilot ButteYorkton – Melville – EsterhazyMoosomin – Grenfell – Kipling – WawotaKamsack – Canora – PreecevilleShaunavon – Maple Creek – Val Marie – Cypress HillsLeader – Gull LakeKindersley – Rosetown – Biggar – Wilkie – MacklinEstevan – Weyburn – Radville – MilestoneAssiniboia – Gravelbourg – CoronachCarlyle – Oxbow – Carnduff – Bienfait – StoughtonHudson Bay – Porcupine Plain