Microsoft teases new ‘Crackdown,’ ‘Halo’ at E3

LOS ANGELES – It’s all about the games for Microsoft at E3.

Microsoft focused exclusively on hyping titles coming to its Xbox One and Xbox 360 consoles during its presentation Monday ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the game industry’s annual trade show.

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The new Xbox One games included a fresh installment of the open-world romp “Crackdown”; a reboot of the Xbox action game “Phantom Dust”; the original dragon-centric adventure “Scalebound” from developer Platinum Games; a sequel to the 2013 “Tomb Raider” reboot titled “Rise of the Tomb Raider”; and a “Halo” collection that will bring four prior installments of the sci-fi shooter to Microsoft’s latest console.

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Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft’s Xbox division, began the 90-minute presentation by noting that Microsoft changed features of the Xbox One, which launched last November, after listening to consumer feedback.

“You are shaping the future of Xbox, and we are better for it,” Spencer told the crowd and cameras broadcasting the event. “Today, we are dedicating our entire briefing to games.”

When the company initially unveiled the Xbox One last year at its Redmond, Washington, headquarters, Microsoft billed the $499 console as an “all-in-one” entertainment hub for the living room.

Following criticism, Microsoft backtracked on several requirements for the console, including that it must be connected to both the Internet every 24 hours and to its motion-detecting Kinect sensor. The company began selling a Kinect-free version of the Xbox One on Monday for $399.

READ MORE: New PlayStation outpaces Xbox One sales in battle of consoles

Microsoft Corp. has lagged behind Sony Corp. since both companies began selling their latest consoles last November. Microsoft has sold 5 million Xbox One consoles to Sony’s 7 million PlayStation 4 units. However, both companies have outpaced the sales of their predecessor consoles — the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 — during the same time period.

“We will continue to listen to you, our community, and will continue to make Xbox for you,” Spencer told the crowd at the conclusion of Monday’s event. “That’s not just my personal commitment, but the commitment of the entire Xbox team.”

Other upcoming games teased during the event included the futuristic “Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare,” driving sequel “Forza Horizon 2,” original cartoony shoot-’em-up “Sunset Overdrive” and downloadable choreography game “Dance Central Spotlight.”

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New mandate, big headaches: Some of the challenges facing Premier Wynne – Toronto

TORONTO – The Ontario Liberals won their fourth straight mandate Thursday night.

And while many delirious Liberals likely spent the night celebrating, they’ll be back to work by July 2 when Wynne reintroduces her election-triggering budget.

She’ll have her work cut out for her.

Here’s a very short list of the challenges that might make Wynne and her MPPs wish they’d opted for skydiving careers instead.


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Wynne once promised an “adult conversation” on transit funding. It never happened. All three parties promised fancy new transit with zero new taxes on the average Ontarian.

Now that she’s in power with a majority, she may have the cojones to put in a road toll or two to back the $29-billion decade-long transit and infrastructure plan she’s promised – to be funded, she’s said, through debt, the feds and existing funds that are supposed to be made up by hiking taxes on the rich.

She’ll also have to contend with previously made promises that are still up for discussion – notably the Scarborough subway. Olivia Chow, one of the frontrunners to replace Rob Ford as mayor of Toronto, has promised to cancel the Scaborough subway if she’s elected, and replace it with the light rail line the province originally agreed to.

And she’ll have to decide what role Metrolinx, the arms-length expert body that keeps getting overruled by politicians, plays in all this.

But something’s got to be built: Right now the province that loses up to $11 billion a year thanks to gridlock caused by inadequate transit and crumbling infrastructure.

Health Care

Ontarians are old, and getting older. Government estimates find the number of people over the age of 65 will double from about two million (or 14.6 per cent of the population) in 2012 to roughly 4.2 million in 2036.

And a 2010 report from Cancer Care Ontario says the aging population is one of the main contributors to increased cancer rates – people are living long enough to die of cancer.

A huge proportion of the province’s ballooning health-care bill, which takes up roughly 41 per cent of the province’s funds, is spent on palliative costs. Calls are multiplying for better policy on managing end-of-life care.

At the same time, a growing body of evidence shows that if you really want a healthier population and a cheaper health-care bill, you need to invest in preventing illness to begin with. That means communities designed to reduce obesity, targeting poorer people more at risk of everything from diabetes to cancer to heart disease and improving health care education for kids.

Wynne’s also promised to expand the province’s mental health care system. A worthy goal, if her government has the will (and the cash).

The Federal Government

Wynne said early in the election she isn’t afraid of a fight with the feds. That’s a good thing, because she’s sort of set herself up for one.

Ontario, still getting used to being a “have-not province,” wants more transfer funds. It’s also peeved at getting less money for immigrant support as more new Canadians head to western Canada (although Ontario still gets the plurality of immigrants).

Wynne came out swinging against Harper, spending the first few days of the campaign loudly criticizing the Harper government while touting an Ontario pension plan she says wouldn’t be necessary if the feds expanded CPP like she asked. And Finance Minister Charles Sousa called the reduction of transfer payments to Ontario “a complete assault on the province.”

But these two levels of government need to learn to work together. Otherwise, how awkward would that make first ministers’ meetings?


Easier said than done: Cutting taxes doesn’t necessarily create jobs; neither do corporate grants, no matter how targeted. And as recent Statscan numbers show, the issue isn’t with the number of jobs but with their quality: Part-time gigs are replacing full-time ones. The pay’s lower, the uncertainty’s greater, there are no benefits. That new precarity of work has real impacts on communities, health and the economy. Tackling that will be beyond any election slogan.

Wynne’s vowed to keep giving corporations cash even though there’s no indication that creates jobs in the long run. She’s promised to help people with disabilities find work, which would be great if it worked and didn’t force people into a workforce that makes them sicker. But if she’s worried about Ontarians’ financial stability she’ll also have to figure out how to deal with precarious employment that’s become the new labour market normal.

Rob Ford

Sure, he was in rehab for the duration of the provincial campaign. But Ford’s brushes with the law, his unsavoury friendships and his all-too-well-documented episodes of bigoted drunkenness will haunt whoever is elected premier – more so if Ford is re-elected Oct. 27.

Wynne avoided any interaction with Ford ever since his crack cocaine admission last November. He apparently claims he tried to call her from rehab to say congrats; she didn’t take the call. Will she continue that silent treatment next fall if he wins the election?

Will she be able to push past the Ford noise to get things done in Toronto?

“Premier X, enough about health care. What do you think of Rob Ford’s return to city hall?”

The Pan-Am Games

Scandal-sparking tea, Union Station behind schedule and over budget, ongoing road closures, the extension of the Yonge-University-Spadina line, the Union-Pearson express, $239 million bill for security, and $478,000 in severance pay for the ousted Pan Am Games CEO are among the headaches associated with just getting ready for the 2015 Pan Am Games.

Then there’s the more obvious question: As the Toronto region agitates for a second hockey team, or an NFL team, and some masochists advocate another Olympic bid, does anyone actually care about the Pan-Am games?

The curse of Premiers Past

Tim Hudak and Andrea Horwath tried to tie Wynne’s time in government to the gas plants scandal – and well, any of the McGuinty governments many scandals.

But Ontario voters didn’t seem to care, electing Wynne to lead a majority government on Thursday. Now the question is, will the spectre of the McGuinty government continue to haunt Wynne or has his scandalous reign at Queen’s Park finally been exorcised?

So, good luck with all that.

Kings, Rangers facing fatigue in tough Stanley Cup final – National

NEW YORK – The New York Rangers had just suffered a difficult loss to the Kings in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup final, but coach Alain Vigneault didn’t use the long plane ride home from Los Angeles to drill his players on how to get back into the series.

Vigneault wanted the Rangers to rest and re-energize, and after a tiring start to the series the Kings had the same idea.

“You should’ve seen the plane ride over here,” Kings winger Justin Williams said. “It was all lights out and guys were sleeping.”

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Kings coach Darryl Sutter voiced some concern about fatigue earlier in the series, but the true test is how these teams will react moving forward after two overtime games and then cross-country flights Sunday. Neither team practised on the day before Game 3 because rest is now at a premium.

“I think the longer series go, the longer the playoffs go, (it’s about) courage, determination, extra effort,” Sutter said.

“You’re never going to feel fresh. You’re never going to feel as good as you did in November. That’s the way it works. That’s for sure. They’re people.”

Williams doesn’t consider fatigue a problem. For now.

“We’ll be fine,” he said. “It’s the Cup finals, there’s no excuse for not being ready or not being prepared or being tired. You can get yourself ready.”

That’s easier said than done after it took until midway through the second overtime before Dustin Brown finished off Game 2 to give Los Angeles a two games to none lead in the series.

Despite Williams scoring 4:36 into overtime in Game 1, there’s a build-up of extra hockey going on for the Kings. That was their third overtime game in a row.

“It’s pretty tough,” Kings winger Marian Gaborik said. “To play this many periods the last three games, it’s a lot of hockey. But everyone will find the energy.”

The Rangers had a handful of days off after beating the Montreal Canadiens in the Eastern Conference final, but that doesn’t mean players could immediately re-adjust to the time change by the time they took the ice at Madison Square Garden on Monday morning.

Trying to explain the mood around the team, forward Brian Boyle noted that it’s still early in the morning. But he wasn’t worried about being tired.

“You just try and get your rest and plenty of fluids,” Boyle said. “It’s the same for probably everybody. It’s an even playing field. So you just do your best.”

Even though it is an even playing field, it takes some work.

“I think on the days off is where you take care of a lot of the physical fatigue, get as much liquids into you as possible and take a step back and relax a little bit,” Kings forward Dwight King said Sunday at the team hotel. “As far as prepping for games, everybody has been in this situation long enough to know what they need to do to bring what they need to bring in order for our team to be successful.”

Defenceman Drew Doughty, who played a game-high 41:41 on Saturday night, has his own strategy.

“I’m the best couch-sitter in the world, so I make sure to do a lot of that,” he said.

That’s one way to physically re-charge. But 14 players in this series also participated in the Olympics, so the grind is no joke.

“I think it’s my longest season ever,” said Kings defenceman Slava Voynov, who played for Russia in Sochi. “But I feel like last season, a couple of years ago, same thing, it’s not big deal for me. Just try to play games.”

And there have been a lot of games. Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist has played 91, counting the Olympics. He thinks the bigger concern is the mental aspect of playing so many games, including the overtimes.

“Physically we can all do it,” Lundqvist said. “It’s about how you recharge mentally. You have to make sure you’re in the right place. No letdowns here.”

NOTES: Injured Rangers backup goaltender Cam Talbot did not skate Monday morning, and David LeNeveu is expected to continue serving in that role. Vigneault did not provide an update on Talbot’s status. … Injured Kings defenceman Robyn Regehr, who hasn’t played since May 3, continues to skate but his status is uncertain. Sutter said the team will continue to see what happens as warm-ups and games go on.

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Security measures loosened for Quebec inmates who escaped by helicopter

ABOVE: Quebec’s deputy premier said security measures for three men who escaped from prison in a helicopter were loosened just a day before their daring getaway. Global’s Caroline Plante has more. 

MONTREAL – Security measures for three men who escaped from prison in a helicopter were loosened just a day before their daring getaway, Quebec’s deputy premier said Monday.

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Lise Theriault said a judge granted a request by the trio on Friday to have more flexible detention conditions, including the possibility they no longer had handcuffs.

Theriault, who is also public security minister, told a news conference she doesn’t know why the judge agreed to the request.

“On Friday, the prisoners petitioned a judge to have their measures of confinement loosened and the judge agreed,” she said.

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Yves Denis, Denis Lefebvre and Serge Pomerleau escaped from the Orsainville Detention Centre in suburban Quebec City on Saturday evening when a chopper landed in a courtyard, scooped them up and quickly took off.

Police say the three men were originally arrested on drug-trafficking and gangsterism charges in 2010.

The Quebec provincial police website also says Denis, 35, is facing first-degree murder charges, while Lefebvre, 53 and Pomerleau, 49, are facing charges of murder and conspiracy to murder.

Watch: Three inmates escape Quebec prison

“The No. 1 priority right now is to capture the three fugitives and get them back behind bars,” Theriault said in Nicolet, Que.

Theriault defended police as they continued their search for the convicts.

“It’s not easy,” she said. “Quebec is big. There are a lot of places where people can hide.”

Watch: Provincial police update on prison helicopter escape

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

A helicopter pilot was forced at gunpoint to fly to a prison in a St-Jerome in March 2013.

Two convicts 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.

Police cars are shown in front of the Orsainville Detention Centre near Quebec City on Saturday June 7, 2014. There has been another jailbreak in Quebec involving a helicopter. Quebec Provincial Police say three inmates have escaped from the Orsainville Detention Centre.


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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Police cars are shown in front of the Orsainville Detention Centre near Quebec City on Saturday June 7, 2014.

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Violent start to the week in Edmonton – Edmonton

EDMONTON – A man was sent to hospital after being stabbed in central Edmonton.

The victim suffered non life-threatening injuries after being stabbed Monday morning in the area of 106 Ave. and 124 St.

Edmonton police investigate stabbing that has sent one man to hospital, Monday, June 9, 2014.

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Police say the suspect and victim know each other, but no arrests have been made.

Police continue to investigate the incident.

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WATCH: Jimmy Rankin talks country music, fake nails – Halifax

TORONTO — Singer Jimmy Rankin might know where all the best nail salons are in Canada.

“I’m dependent on these things,” Rankin said, referring to his artificial finger nails.

“So every town I go to I have a list of nail places in case.”

Rankin’s long nails allow him to do a lot of finger-picking on his guitar.

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The 50-year-old Nova Scotia native appeared Monday on Global’s The Morning Show to talk about his latest album, Back Road Paradise.

His sixth solo release includes guest vocalists like country star Alison Krauss and Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy.

“I like to collaborate with people,” said Rankin. “I’ve known Jim for many years and I sent him a song I thought he’d be perfect for. Luckily for me he agreed, and took time out of his busy schedule and laid down his beautiful vocal.”

Rankin said the album is “totally country” because it was recorded using traditional country instruments.

“Going back to the early days of making recordings with my siblings, we always included a country song and we always played some country music growing up,” he recalled.

He and his siblings, known as The Rankin Family, collected six Juno Awards, 15 East Coast Music Awards and three Canadian Country Music Awards between 1989 and 1999.

The family music act was rocked by the death of John Rankin in a car accident in 2000, the sudden death of Geraldine Rankin in 2007 and the loss of Raylene Rankin to breast cancer in 2012.

Still, Rankin said the remaining siblings try to reunite every summer in Cape Breton.

Do they sing together?

“It’s funny, sometimes,” he admitted. “But it’s not like we break out in song at the table when we’re having a barbecue.”

Sick Kids doctors treat baby with rare skull condition

Watch above: How a doctors at Sick Kids hospital treated a baby with a rare skull conditions. Crystal Goomansingh reports. 

She’s dressed in pink, with a mop of blonde hair and big blue eyes. Despite being born with a rare skull condition, baby Bella is a happy little girl.

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Bella was born was frontonasal dysplasia – a skull condition so rare, doctors say it occurs in one of every 100,000 births. Some babies born with the condition have a flat, wide skull, their eyes wide-set. In Bella’s case, a part of her skull had fused in place, leaving little room for her brain to develop.

Her mom, Lisa Stone, remembers when she first gave birth to Bella: “They had all kinds of people around her and they weren’t saying anything and then they took her out of the room,” Stone told Global News.

What concerned the new mother more was that Bella had no brain activity. But Lisa and her husband Gerry – both hopeful parents – hung on.

“I asked for a chance of recovery and [the doctor] said highly unlikely,” she said. The couple kept looking after their baby – they combed her hair, they sang to her.

About three days later, Bella showed improvement.

“Somehow we got lucky,” Stone said. Now, baby Bella is slowly progressing, both neurologically and physically.

She’s also in the hands of Sick Kids Hospital doctors who are looking after her development.

“The structure of the skull which allows the growth of the skull has fused prematurely and if we allow this to continue to grow on its own, she would run into some serious issues in terms of skull shape,” Dr. Christopher Forrest, chief of the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery, explained.

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He made an incision in Bella’s skull and attached “destractors” on both sides of her head. They’re akin to little antennas – kind of like braces – that apply gentle pressure to create more space to reshape the baby’s head. Twice a day, her parents turned the antennas to help with the reshaping.

Sick Kids is considered a world leader for its cranio-facial program. Forrest says the hospital will do about three of these intricate procedures each year.

Forrest receives emails from families around the world asking for his opinion on their unique circumstances.

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The experience has been taxing on the young family – but Bella’s family has support. Her website has garnered more than $30,000 to help cover off medical expenses and travel costs to take Bella from Newfoundland to Sick Kids.

Bella’s parents are also cognizant of how their baby will be treated by the world. When Stone takes her out on everyday errands, such as buying groceries, she already gets “looks” from others. But the family is staying positive, Stone said.

Bella recently had the destractors and bolts removed from her head. Her skull used to be flat, but Forrest had successfully rounded the frame and made room for her brain to grow.

This summer, the doctors will work on creating eyebrow bones and rebuild her nasal bridge so she has a more natural face.

“I want to show her off to the world because she’s come to far. She’s an angel,” Stone told Global News.

Her full story is shared on her website here.

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Albertans asked to become organ donors when they renew driver’s licence

ABOVE: Kendra Slugoski explains the new way to become and organ and tissue donor.

EDMONTON – Alberta has taken another step to make it easier for people to become organ and tissue donors.

People will now be asked if they wish to become a potentially life-saving donor whenever they renew their driver’s licence.

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The government says about half the province’s registry offices will be part of the driver’s licence program by the end of the month, with the other half to follow before April.

Alberta has one of the lowest organ donation rates in Canada, and about 75 people die each year waiting for a transplant.

To improve on those numbers the government rolled out an online organ and tissue donation registry in April.

Alberta Health Minister Fred Horne says the government continues to work to establish a provincial agency to co-ordinate organ and tissue donations.

“Becoming an organ and tissue donor is one of the greatest gifts you can give,” Horne said Monday in a release.

“Every individual who consents to donate may save up to eight lives and improve the quality of life for up to 75 more.”

The government says since the online registry was launched in the spring, more than 4,100 Albertans have registered their consent to become donors.

Their information is saved in a computer database that can be quickly consulted by health professionals.

Federal Finance Minister worried provinces will reverse gains since recession

Watch: Finance Minister Joe Oliver on Quebec

MONTREAL – Finance Minister Joe Oliver says he’s concerned that provincial governments and Canada’s global allies will reverse five years of gains since the 2008-09 recession by taking the pedal off efforts to cut budgetary deficits and debt.

“Canada cannot arrive at its potential if the biggest province remains in difficulty.”

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The minister reminded an international economic conference that Canada will post a $6-billion surplus in 2015-2016, but said the average budgetary deficit among G7 countries is 5.9 per cent of gross domestic product.

Oliver applauded Quebec’s recent restraint budget and, on the eve of an Ontario election, called on that province to make a similar move.

Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives are promising deep cuts in public sector jobs if elected, but Oliver says he’s not trying to intervene in Thursday’s vote.

“No matter which party wins the election, I will encourage the new government to make a serious commitment to growth and a balanced budget,” he said Monday.

Oliver later told reporters that facts need to be recognized: “Canada cannot arrive at its potential if the biggest province remains in difficulty.”

He said the eventual rise in interest rates and potential downgrades by credit rating agencies will cause debt payment costs to balloon.

“These are inescapable mathematical calculations. It’s about arithmetic.”

However, the minister said he is not concerned that fiscal restraint by the two largest provinces will provoke a national economic slowdown, saying “acting responsibly” won’t be a drag.

Oliver also said he’s optimistic that weak Canadian exports and stagnant capital investments will recover.

He said the world is at a “pivotal moment” for the global economy where recovery remains weak and the outlook is uncertain.

Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver was at the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal on June 9, 2014.

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Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver was at the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal on June 9, 2014.

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Federal Finance Minister Joe Oliver was at the International Economic Forum of the Americas in Montreal on June 9, 2014.

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But in uncertain times, Oliver said it is essential that governments achieve a solid fiscal grounding by focusing on “strong, sustainable and balanced growth.”

The G20 will discuss this fall, Canada’s proposal to increase the GDP of the member countries by two per cent above current trends, a “game-changer” that would add $2 trillion to the global economy.

The former natural resources minister used the meeting to pitch to more than 3,000 delegates the large oil and natural gas reserves in Western Canada – 168 billion barrels of proven oil reserves and 37 trillion cubic metres of natural gas – that can be exported to Europe and Asia, if Canadian pipelines are built.

He said the resource sector accounts for 18 per cent of the Canadian economy, contributing two million jobs and $30 billion in government revenues. But the oil is landlocked, causing Canadian oil to sell at a discount to the world price, costing the economy $30 billion.

“Canadians need to understand the consequences of not moving our resources to tidewater. “

He accused opponents, including opposition political parties, of making up their minds before regulators provide “objective recommendations.”

“So the choice is stark. Head down the path of economic decline, higher unemployment, limited funds for social programs like health care, continuing deficits and growing debt or achieve prosperity and security now and for future generations through the responsible development of our resources.”

However, Oliver declined to say if the cabinet will soon approve the Northern Gateway project that would allow oil to be exported from British Columbia to Asian markets.

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Accused in deadly stabbing spree appears in Calgary court – Calgary

CALGARY – A man charged in a violent double homicide in Penbrooke Meadows last month made his first court appearance on Monday.

Hari Pal is accused in the stabbing deaths of his 36-year-old ex-wife Sanjula Devi and her 29-year-old friend Fahmida Velji-Visram, at a home along Penbrooke Drive on May 4th.

It’s alleged Devi and Velji-Visram were attacked by Pal while collecting some of Devi’s belongs.

A third woman was wounded.

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Pal appeared in court in person. He hadn’t been able to appear in court previously because he had been in hospital recovering from self-inflicted injuries.

The court appearance was an emotional one for Velji-Visram’s husband, who came to watch the proceedings; Monday would have marked the couple’s second wedding anniversary.

“Today is our second year anniversary,” said Rahim Visram outside the courthouse. “Instead of seeing my wife, I have to see the person [accused of murdering her] … how do you put that into words?”

“I didn’t even get two years with my wife and she’s taken away from me. All I hope is justice is served and I hope Calgary is a better place for knowing how wonderful she was.”

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Through a Hindi interpreter, Pal said he has no lawyer or money to hire one, so the judge told him to get legal aid.

Pal is scheduled to appear in court again on June 16th.