Huge victory as Alouettes defeat Blue Bombers

MONTREAL – Jonathan Crompton threw touchdown passes to Samuel Giguere and S.J. Green in his first game back from an injury and the Montreal Alouettes defeated the Winnipeg Blue Bombers 35-14 on Sunday afternoon.

Stefan Logan returned a punt for a TD and Boris Bede booted four field goals and added two points on kickoff singles for Montreal (5-6), which has won three of its last four.

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The win put Montreal, last in the East Division, one win ahead of West clubs Winnipeg and B.C. in the race for a crossover playoff spot.

The Alouettes ended a five-game losing run to the Bombers over the last three seasons, and beat them at home for only the second time in their last seven meetings.

Backup quarterback Brian Brohm scored a touchdown and Lirim Hajrullahu had two field goals for Winnipeg (4-8).

Crompton began the season as the Alouettes starter but injured a shoulder in the season opener. He was intercepted twice.

Rakeem Cato, who had taken over as starter, but who missed two games attending to a family matter, went on late in the game.

A crowd of 23,262, the largest at Percival Molson Stadium in nearly two years, saw Montreal get field goals on its first two drives.

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Tracy Morgan makes triumphant return to Emmys stage

LOS ANGELES – Tracy Morgan made a triumphant return to the Emmy Awards on Sunday, telling TV’s biggest stars and power players that he had missed them after spending months recovering from a traumatic brain injury.

Morgan’s presentation of the night’s final award was one of the ceremony’s biggest moments and the culmination of months of rehabilitation and work by the comedian.

“Thank you so much,” Morgan told the crowd boisterously cheering his return. “I miss you guys so much.”

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He referenced words from Jimmy Kimmel, who told last year’s audience that Morgan would return.

Morgan said, “Well, Jimmy, thanks to my amazing doctors, the support of my family and my beautiful new wife, I’m here. Standing on my own two feet.”

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Morgan was seriously injured on June 7, 2014, when a Wal-Mart truck crashed into the limousine Morgan was riding in. The collision killed one of Morgan’s close friends.

Federal investigators determined the truck driver was fatigued at the time and they also faulted the comedian and others in the limo for not wearing seatbelts, which contributed to the severity of the injuries.

After the serious moments at the Emmys, Morgan began cracking jokes again. He said that after waking up from a coma, he was ecstatic to find out, “I wasn’t the one who messed up.”

Morgan was humble and low-key while onstage Sunday night and showed off his fighting spirit while talking to reporters backstage.

Morgan, 46, pointed to scars on his forehead at one point and forcefully told reporters about his recovery, “I don’t give up.

“My father was drafted into Vietnam at 17 and I never see him give up. Even when he had AIDS, he never gave up. We don’t do that as Morgans.”

READ MORE: Driver fatigue cited as cause of accident that injured Tracy Morgan

The comedian’s appearance backstage was a rarity for an actor who hadn’t won an award at the current show.

He said he was overcome with emotions walking out onto the stage Sunday night. “I wanted to let them know I missed them very much,” he said.

Morgan said another key factor in his recovery was his desire to marry his fiance on his own terms.

“I wanted to walk my wife down the aisle, with no cane,” Morgan said. The comedian married Megan Wollover in August.

He also said he hoped his accident would lead to positive changes.

“I just hope the thing that happened to me, can be prevented now from people just dying on the road,” Morgan said. “That’s what I hope.”

AP Entertainment Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.

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Breakfast Buzz: Should Uber be allowed in Saskatoon?

SASKATOON – The Breakfast Buzz is back with it’s new host Carly Robinson! Let’s start with a hot debate that has been raging across the country: Uber.

In cities where the ride-sharing service exists, some people swear by it while others loath the very concept.

When Uber looks to expand to a new city or region it gears up for resistance. That’s because regulation on the service remains unclear, and the cities and provinces need to draft new laws and legislations to deal with the service.

Right now in Saskatchewan, SGI requires all drivers for a rides-sharing service like Uber to have the same licencing and insurance requirements as taxis. Last week, Saskatoon city councillors passed a motion to lobby the provincial government to keep it this way.

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4 ingredients and 20 minutes are all you need for great healthy soup

In the farm-to-table food world of today, we often praise the cook who keeps recipes simple, letting the ingredients speak for themselves. Yet once I get started in the kitchen, sometimes I can’t help but add in a final touch, an extra this or that (or two or three) that will make the whole recipe really sing.

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So I’ll admit, when I gave myself the task of creating a truly simple weeknight soup, I had to exercise uncharacteristic restraint. In fact, truth be told, I made eight different versions of this soup, half of which I allowed myself to continue to tweak and taste, adding everything from low-fat sour cream and citrus for tang to prosciutto chips and smoked paprika for a smoky edge.

Guess which soup won the taste tests at my house? The simple 4-ingredient version I’m sharing with you today.

Four ingredients is all it takes to create this perfect meal starter. By starting my meals with a healthy veggie-driven soup, I load up my family with vitamins and fiber before the main meal even begins. And since my kids usually arrive at the dinner table racing in from hours of soccer practice or dance rehearsal, they are ravenous. Whatever I feed them first has the highest chance of being eaten, so why not make it uber healthy?

Zucchini — available most of the year despite technically being a summer squash — is full of fiber and offers nice array of vitamins. One medium squash provides vitamin B6, folate and over half our daily requirement of vitamin C, not to mention minerals, such iron and calcium. Zucchini also sports a couple grams of protein, which are always welcomed.

So while you should feel free to tweak this recipe if you must, I urge you to try it as is first. You will be pleased.

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4-INGREDIENT ZUCCHINI SOUP

The soup is great as is, but it’s also a wonderful slate for dressing up with a variety of toppings. It also allows everyone in the family to customize the soup as they see fit. Mini toasts, browned turkey or chicken sausage, sauteed winter or delicata squash, a spoonful of plain Greek yogurt blended with chopped fresh herbs, or bread.

Start to Finish: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

3 medium-large zucchini (about 1 1/2 pounds)Kosher salt and ground black pepper2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth, warmed to hot2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives1 tablespoon lemon juice

Heat the oven to 400 F. Line a baking sheet with kitchen parchment.

Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise, then slice off the nubby ends. Place the zucchini on the prepared baking sheet, then mist with cooking spray. Season with salt and pepper, then roast until tender, about 15 minutes, turning halfway through.

In a blender, combine the roasted zucchini, hot broth, chives and lemon juice. Blend until creamy and smooth. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information per serving: 35 calories; 5 calories from fat (14 per cent of total calories); 0.5 g fat (0 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 0 mg cholesterol; 170 mg sodium; 5 g carbohydrate; 1 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 3 g protein.

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Teenage cyclist airlifted to hospital after collision in Morinville

EDMONTON — A teenage boy was airlifted to an Edmonton hospital Monday morning with life-threatening injuries, after being hit by a truck while riding his bike to school in Morinville.

RCMP said they were called just after 8 a.m. to a collision between a bicyclist and a pickup truck. The 16-year-old was cycling north on 97th Street, and the truck was driving east on 100th Avenue.

The teen was riding across a crosswalk when the truck hit him two blocks from Morinville Community High School.

The boy was flown by STARS Air Ambulance to the University of Alberta hospital in critical, but stable condition. Mounties said he was not wearing a helmet.

“Statistics support the fact that wearing a helmet is one of the best interventions for reducing cyclist injuries,” said Staff. Sgt. Suleman, detachment commander.

“We also wish to remind motorists to be cautious when driving in school areas. It’s back to school time and we need to keep road safety in mind.”

Speed and alcohol were not factors in the crash.  The collision remains under investigation.

Morinville is about 25 kilometres north of Edmonton.

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Harper optimistic ahead of visit to area represented by Dean Del Mastro

ST. JACOBS, Ont. – Stephen Harper suggested Monday as he headed to Dean Del Mastro’s former riding that he doesn’t believe the electoral fraud convictions of his former parliamentary secretary will hurt the party.

The Conservative leader started the day delivering a popular message – touting his plan for a permanent home renovation tax credit – to a friendly crowd at a Home Hardware trade show before wading into trickier territory.

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Del Mastro resigned the seat in Peterborough, Ont., following his conviction for three electoral offences: overspending, failing to report a contribution he made to his own campaign and knowingly filing a false report.

READ MORE: Former Conservative MP released on $5,000 bail

He won the riding three times for the Conservatives by healthy margins, but now the enduring image of Del Mastro is of him being loaded into a prisoner transport van, shackled and handcuffed. He is out on bail while he appeals.

Asked if Del Mastro’s convictions hurt the party, Harper wouldn’t use his former parliamentary secretary’s name.

“They’re obviously an unfortunate reflection on the actions of that individual,” he said after making remarks to the Home Hardware crowd.

“We have a good, strong organization of candidates and I’m very optimistic about that area. It has the same needs as the rest of the country, which is a government that is committed to growing our economy through lowering taxes, balancing our budget and making affordable investments.”

The Liberals and NDP, however, were quick to connect Del Mastro’s actions to Harper’s judgment. In visiting Peterborough, Harper is “returning to the scene of yet another one of his scandals,” the Liberals said in a press release.

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The party connected Del Mastro to “a growing list of Harper affiliates” who have been charged.

Former Tory senators Patrick Brazeau and Mike Duffy have been charged with fraud and breach of trust. Duffy pleaded not guilty to 31 counts of fraud, breach of trust and bribery at his trial, which is set to resume in November.

Brazeau’s trial is scheduled to begin March 29, 2016. He has already pleaded not guilty.

He also pleaded guilty this month to reduced charges of assault and possession of cocaine after a more serious charge of sexual assault was dropped.

Sen. Pamela Wallin, who was suspended along with Brazeau, Harb and Duffy, has been under RCMP investigation but has not been charged.

Bruce Carson, a former top aide to Harper, is awaiting a judge’s decision in his influence-peddling case.

“Birds of a feather flock together, as the saying goes,” the Liberals said.

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NDP Leader Tom Mulcair noted that Del Mastro was Harper’s ethics point man.

“There is something curious about Stephen Harper’s choices,” Mulcair said in Halifax. “People got to see Mr. Harper’s ethics spokesperson in shackles being taken off to jail, so I don’t think anything more needs to be said.”

The NDP rolled out ads connecting Del Mastro and others to Harper even before the marathon election campaign began.

With an ominous soundtrack playing, the ads show the faces of a series of Conservatives who’ve been charged, convicted or investigated for various offences, including the senators, former cabinet minister Peter Penashue and Conservative campaign worker Michael Sona, the only person convicted for orchestrating misleading robocalls during the last election.

The ads wrap up with video footage of Del Mastro, shuffling in leg irons and handcuffs into a police vehicle.

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When are AMBER Alerts issued ?

WINNIPEG — It was the question on many minds when 12-year-old Tristan McMahon was allegedly abducted by his biological mother Charlotte McMahon on Saturday morning . Why was no AMBER alert issued?

The young boy had been on an overnight supervised visit with his mother Friday night. When his father and stepmom contacted the boy’s grandmother in the morning, they were told both of them were gone.

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“She had taken her car, keys, purse, all her money, packed the cats up and some belongings and all his photos and they were gone,” said stepmom Wendy Tronrud.

READ MORE: Police search for missing Tristan McMahon

Police were immediately contacted and within hours pictures of the two and the car they were believed to be travelling in were blasted out to media and police organizations across the country. But no AMBER alert was issued.

According to the WPS the scenario came very close, but fell short of meeting all requirements needed.

If a person under the age of 18 years is abducted, then the Winnipeg Police service will consider issuing an Amber Alert. However, there are four specific requirements that need to be met before it will be activated.

The abduction has been confirmed (by witnesses or supporting evidence).It is believed that the victim is in imminent danger of serious bodily harm or death.There is sufficient descriptive information about the victim, the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle to ensure the public can identify these elements.The Alert can be issued in a time frame that would provide a reasonable expectation that the victim could be returned or the suspect could be apprehended prior to fleeing.

Police told Global News they had no evidence to believe the 12-year-old was in life-threatening danger.

“We were concerned for the well being and safety but that one criteria was not met,” said Constable Jason Michalyshen. “We have to have some very specific evidence to support that. Are we talking about a weapon, have threats been made, is there anything historically that we need to delve in to? 3 out of the 4 criteria were met and that one wasn’t.”

Since the AMBER Alert program started within Canada in 2002, the WPS has never issued an AMBER alert.

The RCMP also specifies on its website that an AMBER alert is not used for cases involving runaways or parental abductions, except in life-threatening situations. Again, this specific case did not meet that requirement because it was not believed McMahon was in imminent danger

Background

The AMBER Alert program originated in Arlington, Texas, in 1996 after nine-year-old Amber Hagerman was abducted while playing in her yard. She was found murdered a few days later following an extensive search.

Texas organized a system that encouraged law enforcement agencies to alert the media following a confirmed child abduction.

The name of the program is an acronym for America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response System.

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Harper asks ‘what planet’ Trudeau was on after F-35s plan announced

OTTAWA – The politics of military procurement preoccupied the federal leaders today as they fired rhetorical missiles at each other over the future of Canada’s ill-fated attempt to buy new fighter jets.

Stephen Harper and Tom Mulcair both blasted Justin Trudeau for announcing yesterday that he would scrap the multibillion-dollar purchase of F-35 stealth fighters to replace the current aging fleet of CF-18s.

The Conservative and NDP leaders both said it showed a lack of judgment by the Liberal leader.

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Harper questioned “what planet” Trudeau was living on, while Mulcair said Trudeau was pre-judging the public tendering process.

Experts say the F-35 purchase would cost taxpayers about 44-billion dollars over the four-decade lifespan of the Lockheed Martin jets.

The F-35 project is on hold after the auditor general offered a scathing critique of the procurement, so the military is working to extend the lifespan of the current CF-18 fleet.

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Top Knotch: Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson turning heads with unique hairstyle

Toronto Blue Jays star Josh Donaldson has been called a lot of things this season – clubhouse leader, fierce competitor, MVP. Add trendsetter to that list.

The third baseman’s unique hairstyle has garnered almost as much attention as his stellar season. A hybrid between a mohawk cut and samurai tail, the do is buzzed short at the sides with lines sometimes shaved in above his ears, trimmed into a V-shape at the back, and long at the top with his light brown locks gathered in a small bun or ponytail at the crown.

It’s a unique look that Jays fans have been emulating. Donaldson says he often receives photos of similar cuts via 桑拿会所 and isn’t surprised it has caught on.

“I knew that would happen,” Donaldson said in a recent interview. “When my barber was first cutting my hair like this he was like ‘Hey, people are going to start getting this haircut all over the city,’ and they did. I think it’s pretty funny.”

Toronto Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson celebrates after sliding safely into third base with a triple against the Cleveland Indians during fifth inning AL baseball action in Toronto on Monday, August 31, 2015.

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Donaldson, whose MVP-calibre season has helped propel the Blue Jays to the top of the American League East, hasn’t really thought about a name for the cut. He has enough trouble just describing it.

“I kind of think of it as more of a top knot than a man bun,” he said pensively. “But it’s also got a bit of a samurai look to it, which is what I wanted.

“I’m sure a fan will come up with a name for it. Maybe we should do a poll or something.”

No matter what it’s called, it doesn’t require much maintenance.

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He’ll typically shave the sides down once a week to “keep it looking clean,” and add a line or two if the mood strikes. But aside from occasionally running some mousse through it “to make it look not so terrible,” he doesn’t use many styling products.

Donaldson has experimented with his look in the past. During his stint with the Oakland Athletics he famously rocked a rat tail, which he sometimes braided, in addition to his mohawk.

The two-time all-star, known for his intense demeanour on the field, uses his hair to help show off a more playful side.

“I like to have fun with it,” Donaldson said. “Thankfully I’ve been a part of two organizations that have given me leeway as far as what I want to do to express my personality.”

READ MORE: Blue Jays fans make hilarious parody of Taylor Swift’s ‘Blank Space’

So what do his teammates think?

“I was kind of expecting to get (teased) about it but I think the guys actually really like it,” he said. “I’m sure I’ll change it eventually, but I’m not going to do anything different right now.”

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Trudeau says Elizabeth May should be allowed to take part in leaders’ debates

TORONTO – Green Leader Elizabeth May should be allowed to participate in the Munk debate later this month, her Liberal rival said Monday, as she tried a last-ditch effort to get into the discussion on foreign policy.

The Greens have filed a complaint with the Canada Revenue Agency alleging the Munk debate format violates the agency’s policies that limit the political activities of charities.

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The Aurea Foundation, a registered charity with the CRA, is helping fund the debate.

“I’m going to let the lawyers hash out the details of this one, but I will say that I was disappointed,” Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau said in Toronto.

“She should be in the Munk debate because we know of all the different international issues facing Canada and the world, climate change is possibly, certainly one of the very top ones when we look at the future that we’re building for our kids and our grandkids.”

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Trudeau also said the decision to exclude May from last week’s economic debate in Calgary, hosted by the Globe and Mail, touched him on a personal level.

“My daughter watched my debate last Thursday night and it kind of bugs me that when she sees the people who could become prime minister, there wasn’t a woman among them,” he said.

“I think that’s yet another reason why Elizabeth May should be in the Munk debate and all debates.”

WATCH: Miss the debate on the economy? This three-minute video has everything you need to know. 

The Greens argue that excluding May from the debate has put the Aurea Foundation in violation of the Income Tax Act. The law says it’s illegal for a charity to directly or indirectly support or oppose a political party and are calling on the CRA to conduct an immediate audit of the charity’s activities.

WATCH: In this full-length interview Elizabeth May discusses her party’s role in a minority situation, and how long she’s prepared to stay on as party leader.

The party says it will withdraw the complaint if May is invited to the debate, scheduled for next Monday at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto.

In a letter sent to the CRA, Green party executive Emily McMillan writes that May was excluded from the debate because organizers only wanted to have the leaders of parties recognized as such under the Parliament of Canada Act.

READ MORE: Elizabeth May pleads with party leaders to participate in televised debates

With only two seats in the Commons, the Greens don’t have party status. But McMillan argues there is nothing in the Parliament of Canada Act to limit the meaning of “political party” that would justify May’s exclusion.

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Zachary Levi goes dark for ‘Heroes Reborn’

Zachary Levi switches gears from playing the goofy star of Chuck to something much darker in his new thriller, Heroes Reborn.

The gregarious actor admits the role is a bit of a left turn for those familiar with the hero of his defunct beloved spy dramedy.

“The tone of these two shows is very different. In Chuck there was a lot of lightheartedness, there was a charm, there was a heart,” Levi said during a stop in Toronto to promote the series in June.

“And Heroes is a dark and complicated world and I play a dark and complicated guy.”

Since his cult NBC series left the air in 2012, Levi has tackled material on big and small screens including the stop-motion comedy Robot Chicken and the super-hero spectacle Thor: The Dark World, in which he played the warrior Fandral.

But Heroes Reborn arguably resets his career with his darkest role yet — his character Luke is a vigilante bent on exacting vengeance for the death of his son.

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The show continues Tim Kring’s saga of ordinary people suddenly bestowed with superhuman abilities, introduced in the four-season Heroes.

Levi said the new story picks up five years later, with a war brewing between those with abilities and those without.

Jack Coleman reprises his role as HRG, a.k.a. Noah Bennet, while other returning characters include Greg Grunberg as Matt Parkman and Masi Oka as Hiro Nakamura.

New characters include the awkward teen Tommy, played by Robbie Kay, who learns of a new ability that terrifies him; and Tokyo’s quiet Miko, played by Kiki Sukezane, who is searching for her missing father while hiding an extraordinary secret.

Without detailing his own character’s arc, Levi noted this is a world where many regular humans are shaken by the fact their neighbours possess what could be dangerous powers.

“Lots of bad things are happening. Some people with powers abuse them and some people without abilities are afraid of them and fighting back.”

Heroes Reborn debuts Thursday on Global and NBC.

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Wynne urges elementary teachers to accept same deal as high school colleagues

TORONTO – Elementary teachers escalated their work-to-rule campaign Monday and threatened one-day strikes as Premier Kathleen Wynne urged them to accept essentially the same deals as their colleagues in high schools and the Catholic system.

“I’m not happy about the fact there’s increased disruption in our public elementary schools,” said Wynne. “I don’t think kids should be caught in the middle.”

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The government is offering the elementary teachers virtually the same deal that was ratified last week by the Ontario Secondary School Teachers’ Federation and the Catholic Elementary Teachers Association, added Wynne.

READ MORE: Elementary teachers union threatens rotating strikes in October if deal not reached

“The fact is we have been able to come to agreements with all of the other teacher groups,” she said.

The two other large teachers’ unions voted to approve agreements that included a one per cent bonus and a 1.5 per cent pay increase, while the union representing teachers in Francophone schools also reached a tentative contract.

There are special situations in elementary schools that will be addressed, but teacher must be willing to accept what their colleagues have accepted, said Wynne.

“Obviously it will be a similar agreement to the other teachers because…the parameters are set,” she said. “So my hope is that we’ll be able to get there quickly.”

The Elementary Teachers’ Federation said its members will not take part in parent-teacher meetings or class trips and will not fill in for absent colleagues. Teachers may also wear shirts or buttons protesting the lack of a contract, and the union warned it would start one-day rotating strikes within two weeks if there’s still no deal.

READ MORE: Elementary teachers’ union reject Wynne’s ‘cookie-cutter’ approach to deal

“Despite what the government is implying, it has not offered our members the same conditions as secondary teachers,” ETFO president Sam Hammond said in a release.

Hammond said there is “a significant disparity” in how elementary and secondary schools are funded.

“That funding gap results in larger class sizes, fewer student supports and poorer working conditions in our elementary schools,” he said. “The deal the government insists ETFO accept does absolutely nothing to close that gap.”

Wynne insisted she was not concerned by the union’s decision to call the one-day rotating walkouts “Wynne Wednesdays,” insisting it’s never personal for her.

“It’s being personalized because that’s a political tactic,” she said. “It’s not about my personal feelings. It’s about how do we get an agreement that’s in the best interests of kids in this province.”

Wynne said she was prepared to explain to her granddaughter why a teacher may have the premier’s picture or name across the front of a T-shirt.

“What I’ll say to her is: ‘Livvy, we’re trying to get this agreement in place, to work with the teachers so that you can have the best year possible in Grade 1,”‘ she said.

Hammond said ETFO’s last contract expired in August 2014, and no new negotiations have been scheduled.

“If the Liberal government had stayed at the table and not walked away, it’s possible we could have reached a deal by now, and the escalation of ETFO’s work-to-rule could have been avoided,” he said.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is also trying to negotiate a new contract for 50,000 non-teaching staff in Ontario schools.

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VW Canada suspends sale of some models as emissions probe widens

Volkswagen Canada Inc. has suspended the sale of several models amid a U.S. investigation into whether the car-maker purposely rigged vehicles to trick emissions tests.

“Volkswagen Canada has issued a stop sale order for all vehicles affected by this issue,” a statement from VW Canada spokesperson Thomas Tetzlaff said.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency alleged last week that the German car maker used software that allowed cars sold in the United States to release fewer smog-causing pollutants during tests than in real-world driving conditions.

The cars, built in the last seven years, include the Audi A3, VW Jetta, Beetle, Golf and Passat models.

Tetzlaff said the affected models in Canada carry the 2.0-litre TDI engine and pertain to Jetta vehicles made between 2009 through this year; Golf models between 2010 and this year; 2013 to 2015 Beetle models and Passets manufactured in 2012 and this year.

Models with that engine were sold both in Canada and the United States. The EPA alleges about 500,000 diesel cars in the United States contained the software.

“We will work with our colleagues at Volkswagen of America as well as our parent company in Germany to resolve this matter in the most timely fashion,” Tetzlaff said in an email message.

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On Sunday, the CEO of Volkswagen apologized. “I personally am deeply sorry that we have broken the trust of our customers and the public,” Volkswagen chief Martin Winterkorn said in a statement. He said VW has ordered an investigation and promised that the company would co-operate with regulators.

The U.S. agency has ordered VW to fix the cars at its own expense but said individual car owners do not have to take any immediate action. VW also faces fines that could add up to billions of dollars. Volkswagen shares plummeted 20 per cent Monday in reaction to the controversy.

Industry analysts said the VW CEO also faces difficult questions himself in the coming days, particularly at a scheduled board meeting Friday.

“At the moment, I’d be surprised if Winterkorn can ride this out, but in Germany there’s often a slightly slower process in these matters,” said Christian Stadler, professor of strategic management at Warwick Business School.

Environmentally friendly

Volkswagen marketed the diesel-powered cars, which account for about 25 per cent of sales, as being better for the environment.

The EPA insisted that the violations do not pose any safety hazard and said the cars remain legal to drive and sell while Volkswagen comes up with a plan to recall and repair them. However, it said the cars pose a threat to public health.

The EPA also indicated the scale of the fines that could be imposed. It said the carmaker could be hit with up to $37,500 per vehicle for the violations — a total of more than $18 billion.

The California Air Resources Board is also investigating, while German authorities are looking into whether the company bent the rules there too.

“The auto manufacturers have to work closely with U.S. authorities to comprehensively clarify the matter,” Michael Schroeren, a spokesman for Germany’s environment ministry told reporters in Berlin. “We expect reliable information from the car manufacturers so that (German authorities) can check whether comparable manipulation has happened in Germany or Europe.”

— With files from Global News