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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.”

READ MORE: Tracy Morgan weds long-time fiancee

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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Brampton woman remembered after being killed by flying dump truck tires

TORONTO — A Brampton woman killed after being hit by two tires that flew off a dump truck in Mississauga is being remembered by friends and her employer as a “wonderful, loving soul.”

Peel Region Police say 49-year-old Diane Tsialtis was on a sidewalk, near Meadowvale Boulevard between West Credit Avenue and Syntex Drive, just before 8 a.m. Friday when she was hit.

Tsialtis was rushed to a hospital where she died on Saturday.

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READ MORE: Woman in serious condition after struck by flying tire

Friend Jean-Paul Bedard said the two met after sharing a passion for running.

“Diane had one of the kindest hearts of anybody that I’d ever met. There was no BS with Diane — you got what you got and there was no hidden agenda,” he said, adding that Tsialtas was vegan and loved animals.

“Huge family person, her kids and her grandkids were such a big part of her life and she seemed to be able to transfer her love of running to her grandkids as well.”

Tsialtas’ employer Mary Kay Cosmetics, said in a statement that they were “devastated” by the tragic loss.

“Diane Tsialtas was a wonderful, loving soul, and our hearts go out to her family at this difficult time,” a spokeswoman for the company said.

Toronto police Const. Rachel Gibbs said the vehicle “clearly wasn’t well maintained.” Under provincial law, the driver is responsible for ensuring the truck is in safe operating condition and the truck owner could be liable for a fine of up to $50,000.

Peel Regional Police Const. George Tudos added the incident is not something police see on a regular basis.

He said on Friday that the dump truck, which came to a top after the woman was hit, was going through a mechanical inspection conducted by the Ministry of Transportation.

The findings of the inspection would determine how the police investigation moves forward.

Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca released a statement Friday expressing condolences to the victim’s loved ones and stressing provincial efforts to improve truck safety.

“I was saddened to hear of today’s incident. My thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim,” it read.

“We have introduced legislation that includes more rigorous inspection and an absolute liability law for wheel separations. Ontario continues to be a leader in truck safety standards and enforcement and we will continue to work with all our road and safety partners to keep it that way.”

With files from David Shum and

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Saskatoon police getting a handle on violence in the city

SASKATOON – Saskatoon police say they are getting a handle on violence in the city which is being credited to a redeployment of officers. In April, the service created the guns and gang unit after a surge in drive-by shootings, police chases and drug activity and redeployed officers to the new unit.

Police Chief Clive Weighill said he never thought any city in the province would need such a unit but they saw a need here and it’s paying off.

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“We’ve seen a real plateau of violence that was happening in the spring,” Weighill told Global News.

“We had about 14 shootings and five homicides in the spring. Things are really starting to settle down from that until we had that unfortunate one … a couple of weeks ago.”

A 15-year-old boy was killed on Sept. 7 after being shot at a residence in Pleasant Hill. A 14-year-old is facing numerous charges including manslaughter.

READ MORE: More charges laid in Saskatoon shooting death

Weighill said despite that shooting, police are making progress on violent crime in the city.

“I think we’re making a lot of progress on that, we’re really starting to see that some of the violent crime, we’re getting a corral on it.”

Weighill will be presenting his preliminary 2016 budget to the police commission on Tuesday. He is asking for a $3.8-million increase from 2015, mainly for salary increases, and eight new officers.

Rena Montgomerie contributed to this story

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Liberals pull ahead of NDP, as support in Ontario grows: Ipsos poll

With just four weeks to go before Canadians choose their next prime minister, burgeoning Liberal support in Ontario has pushed party support past the NDP for the first time in the campaign, according to a new Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News.

Approximately 33 per cent of Canadians prefer the Liberal Party, according to the poll – three percentage points ahead of the NDP, and six points ahead of the Conservatives.

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It’s the first time since the campaign began that the NDP hasn’t been the most popular party. And the Liberals’ gains have largely been driven by growing support in Ontario, according to Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos.

“Ontario… the most seats are up for grabs there,” Bricker said. “It’s critical that you’re doing well in that province, especially if you’re not doing well in other places.”

READ MORE: Undecided voters could be ‘decisive’ in this federal election, say experts

Bricker noted that the Liberals built their dynasty in the 1990s on Ontario, and to a lesser extent Quebec, and despite not doing well in the rest of the country, they were able to form government.

And most of the Liberal gains over the last week have come at the expense of the NDP, not the Conservatives.

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Liberals leads in Ontario, NDP leads in Quebec, Tories take Alberta

The Liberals enjoy 41 per cent support in Ontario, a sizeable lead over the Conservatives at 32 per cent and the NDP at 24 per cent. The Green Party has three per cent support.  The Liberal Party also has a solid lead in Atlantic Canada with 49 per cent support.

“[Ontario] is the place where Thomas Mulcair really hasn’t broken through, the Liberals also hold on to a really strong lead in Atlantic Canada but as anyone who follows politics knows, there’s not a lot of seats in Atlantic Canada, you have to win in other places,” Bricker said.

The NDP retains its dominance in Quebec with 37 per cent support, 14 percentage points more than the Liberals, 15 more than the Bloc Quebecois, and 24 more than the Conservatives.

The NDP has an eight-point lead in British Columbia with 36 per cent support, to the Conservatives’ 28 per cent, and the Liberals’ 24 per cent. The Green Party has 10 per cent support, their most in any province.

The Conservatives still dominate in Alberta with 39 per cent support, and Saskatchewan and Manitoba where they have 44 per cent support.

Nationally, the Liberals and NDP have switched places over the last seven days with the Liberals picking up two percentage points, while the NDP lost two. The Conservatives too lost two points since last week, according to the Ipsos poll. The Green Party and Bloc Quebecois, bring up the rear with four per cent and three per cent support, respectively.

“[The Liberals] had a good week,” Bricker said.

But that doesn’t mean Trudeau has cemented his lead – far from it. The 42nd election campaign is the longest ever and, to use a cliché, more of a marathon than a sprint – and no one has pulled away.

“What it shows is that, it’s almost like watching runners in a long race. At one point one person gets at the front of the pack, everybody drafts off of them for a while, and then somebody else moves to the front of the pack. That’s what we have right now,” Bricker said.

“It looks like it is the Liberals’ week to lead the pack.”

The desire for change remains strong with 71 per cent of respondents saying it’s “time for another federal party to take over” compared with just 29 per cent who say the “Harper government has done a good job and deserves re-election.”

And who won the debate?

The Liberals’ bump in the polls follows Trudeau’s strong showing at the Globe and Mail debate on the economy last week. Most respondents to the Ipsos survey say Trudeau, despite lower expectations of him than the other two, won the debate.

WATCH: Watch all the highlights as Stephen Harper, Justin Trudeau and Tom Mulcair dropped the gloves in Thursday’s leaders debate.

Mulcair, Harper, Trudeau still neck and neck and neck on other metrics

Despite Trudeau’s strong showing at the debate, he’s failed to pull ahead in other key metrics – like which leader would make the best prime minister.

Mulcair still has a sizable lead over his two opponents in that key metric – 38 per cent see the NDP leader as the best candidate for prime minister. Thirty-two per cent say Trudeau, and 28 per cent say Harper.

“But all three of them, just like they are in terms of party support, are pretty competitive on that question,” Bricker said. “A marathon is being run, the leaders switching from week to week, nobody is really breaking away from the pack.”

Similarly, Mulcair is seen as the candidate best able to deal with Canada’s shaky economy – though he is tied with Trudeau at 34 per cent.

“This is something that usually the Conservatives own,” Bricker said. “The big card that the Conservatives have to play is that they’re the best economic managers, if you throw that into question, then everything else kind of tends to fall apart.”

Harper, despite his insistence that Canadians should stay with the status quo, is ranked third with 31 per cent seeing him as the best leader to deal with the economy.

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Edmonton’s Culture Days celebrating art history and modern art

EDMONTON – Edmonton’s Culture Days kicks off Friday and it will be a celebration of the city’s arts history.

The three-day event will be held at Sir Winston Churchill Square and the Arts District. The lineup has both free and paid events.

The Citadel Theatre will host the Heartbeat Anniversary Indoor Street Party Saturday night.

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The Citadel will also celebrate its 50th anniversary with ‘Hug the Citadel’, which will have hundreds of theatre fans surrounding the building and creating a link of arms. It’s being called an affectionate homage to a great arts venue.

“Our 50th anniversary is just kind of tying together what someone started a long time ago,” said Penny Ritco, Citadel Theatre Executive Director, “and in this Culture Days weekend, we’re seeing the kind of fruition of that through the partnership we have with the other arts organizations.”

The Catalyst Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary, while Rapid Fire Theatre is enjoying its 35th year in existence.

WATCH: ‘It’s going to be a massive spectacle’: Edmontonians given sneak peek of Nuit Blanche exhibit 

On Sunday, the cranes high above the Ice District performed a synchronized routine to music in a display of urban artistry. It’s one of several large scale art installations those in attendance will be able to check out during Nuit Blanche.

Nuit Blanche will be one of the feature shows, and it will be held overnight from Saturday to Sunday.

Also, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will perform the Bedrock of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony at the Winspear Centre.

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New study raises questions about outcomes in a universal child care system

OTTAWA – Newly released research on Quebec’s low-cost child-care system suggests children who go through it may do well academically, but have worse outcomes when it comes to health, life satisfaction and crime rates.

In a paper released Monday, a group of university researchers say that children exposed to the province’s child-care system were more likely to have higher crime rates, worse health and lower levels of life satisfaction as they have aged than their counterparts in other provinces who didn’t have access to the same type of system.

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The new research is likely throw a political wrench into the federal election, where the New Democrats have made bringing Quebec-style child care to the rest of the country a key plank in their platform.

READ MORE: What we know about the NDP’s childcare plan

The party’s plan is to spend $5 billion a year after an eight-year phase-in to pay for a million existing and new child-care spaces that cost parents no more than $15 a day. NDP Leader Tom Mulcair repeatedly says his party’s plan would create quality, affordable child-care spaces in each province.

The working paper by three university researchers, however, questions whether such a universal system – accessible all income levels – can deliver on that promise of quality.

The Quebec system is the largest program of its kind in North America. The province spends about $2.2 billion a year to support the system, which costs parents up to $20 a day.

There has been no question about its financial benefits to Quebec in the short-term. Research from economist Pierre Fortin from the University of Quebec at Montreal has shown the program helped grow the provincial economy, increased women’s workforce participation and employment rates, and boosted income tax and consumption tax revenues flowing to provincial and federal coffers. Work by Fortin and others suggests government recoups between $1.50 and $3 for every dollar invested in child care in Quebec.

But there have been lingering questions about program quality.

In their paper made public Monday, Kevin Milligan from the University of British Columbia, Michael Baker from the University of Toronto, and Jonathan Gruber from MIT in Cambridge, Mass., update work from 2008 to see if children in the Quebec care system kicked their troubling behaviours over time.

READ MORE: What does child care actually cost in Canada?

What the trio found instead was “striking evidence” that exposure to the program was associated with higher crime rates, with the effects most acutely seen in boys. Boys were more likely to have higher levels of hyperactivity and aggression, the researchers wrote, while girls showed declines in prosocial behaviour, which captures many altruistic activities like donating and volunteering. All of those behaviours fall under the heading of “non-cognitive” abilities, such as impulsiveness and emotional stability.

Exposure to the program was also associated with “worsened health and life satisfaction,” the study says.

There was no such lasting effects on math, science and reading abilities, the researchers write.

The findings are similar to research on some of the best known and studied child care programs in the United States that found children in one program had increased cognitive abilities that faded over time, but positive, non-cognitive changes lasted a lifetime. In turn, their crime rates were lower than their counterparts who didn’t go through the same types of programs and they tended to do better economically later in life, by having better-paying jobs and more education, for instance.

“Non-cognitive outcomes really seem to matter for later life outcomes,” Milligan said in an interview.

So why did Quebec children have worse outcomes?

“Not quite sure what it is about the program, whether it’s staffing, whether it’s curriculum, whether it’s funding. I don’t know the answer,” Milligan said. “But I think the important thing about our paper is that it really does focus in that these non-cognitive skills are ones that maybe we ought to think about targeting.”

Those non-cognitive skills can be measured as children are in the program, he said, meaning officials could make changes to curriculum, for instance, to reverse a slide in bad behaviour.

Oilsands water plan short-sighted: Athabasca River study

A new study says rules governing how much water oilsands plants can take from the Athabasca River aren’t based on enough information and don’t account for how low flows can get in the crucial waterway.

It’s the second recent paper that questions assumptions about water use in the region and comes after withdrawal permits from the river were suspended due to low levels.

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“There’s much more variability than what we’ve experienced, or than what we’ve measured,” said David Sauchyn of the University of Regina, whose paper was published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Sauchyn said allocations from the Athabasca have been based on flow data from monitoring stations set up in the river. He points out that data only goes back a few decades and that good, consistent information doesn’t exist before the 1950s.

READ MORE: Alberta Energy Regulator restricts river water use by oil sector, cites drought 

Official statistics don’t even include the drought of the 1930s, one of the driest periods in the historical record.

Sauchyn and his colleagues used a scientifically well-established method of using tree rings to estimate water flows going back 900 years. They found the river level has fluctuated much more widely than the last 62 years of records suggest.

Although the Athabasca’s flow rate has never had a yearly average of less than 200 cubic metres per second during the recorded period, Sauchyn found it has dropped below that level 36 times since about 1100 AD.

The 200-level translates into a winter flow of about 46 cubic metres per second.

Over the next decade, the Alberta government estimates oilsands demand will grow to 16 metres per second, meaning industry could be removing more than a third of the river’s entire winter flow.

Sauchyn also found that low-flow periods sometimes lasted more than a decade.

“We’ve been able to withstand single-year droughts pretty well,” he said. “But if it gets to three, five, 10, 20, like we saw in the past, that is a much more challenging scenario.”

The study also exposed the role of long-term, large-scale climate cycles in the Athabasca’s flow.

North America is currently in the wet phase of a 60-year cycle. When the dry phase returns, it will do so with the Athabasca already experiencing declining average flows.

“It’ll compound the problem. It’s a double whammy.”

Sauchyn’s paper follows one in August that concluded climate change will further decrease flows in the Athabasca by reducing the amount of water stored as snow in the river’s headwaters.

That paper in the publication Climate Change suggested that by mid-century — well within the expected lifespan of most oilsands developments — low water levels leading to withdrawal disruptions could increase by up to 40 per cent.

That study was released the same week Alberta’s energy regulator cancelled 72 industrial temporary water withdrawal permits for the Athabasca. The regulator cited water levels that were 43 per cent below normal.

Industry is taking steps to reduce its dependence on the Athabasca. Oilsands producers have committed to cut water use by 30 per cent by 2022. Some facilities store water on site for use when flows are low.

Sauchyn said his research applies to allocations of water from other rivers as well.

His study was funded by Environment Canada with the endorsement of Canada’s Oilsands Innovation Alliance, an industry group that seeks to share research. The alliance has been given a copy of his work.

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Crown pushes for 20-year sentence for B.C. pimp

VANCOUVER – A British Columbia man found guilty of luring teenage girls into prostitution should spend more than 20 years behind bars, says a Crown lawyer.

Prosecutor Kristin Bryson argued in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday that Reza Moazami should serve back-to-back sentences for each of his 11 victims, who ranged in age from 14 to 19.

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In the first human-trafficking conviction in the province, Moazami was convicted last September of 30 of 36 charges laid against him, including sexual exploitation, sexual assault and living off the avails of prostitution.

The court heard during his trial that Moazami recruited vulnerable girls by promising them drugs, alcohol and, in one instance, a puppy.

“Crime must not get cheaper by the dozen,” Bryson told the court, quoting an earlier judgment to bolster her case.

Moazami was arrested in 2011 and spent three years and seven months in custody, meaning the Crown’s proposed sentence would amount to a further 17 years imprisonment.

A sentencing hearing was scheduled initially for early December but was delayed after Moazami fired his counsel.

Moazami was present for the sentencing hearing and wore jeans and an untucked, neatly pressed, blue dress shirt. When not staring ahead passively he fidgeted in his seat and periodically hunched forward to scribble notes on a yellow pad of legal paper.

One of Moazami’s two lawyers began Monday’s hearing by asking that Justice Catherine Bruce reconsider her judgment on his client’s five convictions of living off the avails of prostitution.

Lawyer Jeremy Fung argued those convictions were no longer constitutional because the Supreme Court of Canada’s one-year delay in overturning the country’s prostitution laws had expired since Moazami’s conviction.

The country’s top court struck down Canada’s prostitution laws in December 2013, but gave the government a year to establish new legislation.

Bruce rejected Fung’s argument, saying what mattered was that the laws were constitutional at the time of Moazami’s conviction.

“Mr. Moazami may have an appeal,” she said. “But I’ve convicted him and I’m going to sentence him.”

Speaking outside the courtroom, defence lawyer Brian Coleman said he would push for a sentence of “significantly less” than 17 years, but declined to provide specifics.

Moazami testified in his own defence at his trial, saying he didn’t know the teens were underage and that he hadn’t been living off the money they earned while having sex with a dozen men a day on average.

He is scheduled to appear in court next month to face additional charges of breaching his bail conditions and obstructing justice.

In both instances he allegedly made contact with victims, once online while on bail and once through a third party while in custody at a pre-trial centre.

“Batman” cleans up at soapbox derby race, wins 4 races in “Batmobile”

Moncton held its annual APEGNB Soapbox Derby over the weekend bringing nearly 40 drivers out to the event, but it was a real-life “Masked Crusader” and his devoted father that really cleaned up at the event.

“He’s my son and I would go over the top for my son anytime,” said Robichaud Gautreau.

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Robichaud and his son Brandon Gautreau spent three longs weeks huddled in their secret imaginary “Batcave” to build a soapbox car “Batmobile. The dynamic duo believed their car was worthy of the one and only dark knight himself.

“When we were kids that is all we watched was Batman and Spiderman and the car fit into the Batman material and we went with it.” said Robichaud.

“I just like Batman, he is my favorite superhero.” said Brandon

The boys say they spared no expense.

“We have a satellite radio and a C.B. radio and a tube running up that he can actually drink from when he is driving.  He’s got horns he’s got bells and I was even going to give him a head of nails if he wasn’t winning and then he would spin out” says Robichaud.

He was joking of course, Robichaud opted out on the nails and to getting behind the wheel too.

“I will leave that to him, I am over the 200 (lb) weight limit”

The right of competing was reserved for Brandon’s alter-ego, the “Caped Crusader” himself. For the races Brandon, was in full costume, confident that he and his teammate would clean up at the derby.

The dynamic duo’s hard work paid off, the “Bat” and his mobile cleaned up, winning all four races and the contest for the most creative ride.

But Brandon says his dad is the real super hero for putting so much effort into building him the car in the first place.

Robichaud says it was the time spent with his son Brandon to build their prized car that was the most precious prize of all.

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Cadillac Fairview renaming Toronto Eaton Centre

TORONTO – The city’s most iconic retail property is getting a new name.

Real estate giant Cadillac Fairview is rebranding the Eaton Centre – and 19 other malls across Canada – as part of a newly revealed corporate makeover.

Each mall is getting a CF appended to its name, meaning the downtown Toronto mall is becoming the “CF Eaton Centre.”

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All the company’s malls, including other Ontario locations like Sherway Gardens, Ottawa’s Rideau Centre and Vancouver’s Pacific Centre will similarly get the new “CF” before its name.

The renaming comes as part of a larger overall image makeover, which introduced a new logo and slogan – “Where it all comes together” – for the multi-billion-dollar developer, which is owned by the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan.

The move is just part of a larger effort to “establish a more direct connection with Canadian shoppers,” according to a company release.

“Putting a new logo on the door is the easy part,” says Jason Anderson, the company’s senior vice president of marketing. “The real work is designing and implementing changes to the way consumers experience our shopping centres. We know technology and unique and engaging experiences will play a big role in changing the way people think of the shopping mall.”

The Eaton Centre hasn’t actually contained an Eaton’s store since the company went bankrupt and converted the last of its locations to Sears stores in 2002.

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City of Montreal wants safer streets for cyclists and cars

MONTREAL – The City of Montreal has announced a number of proposed changes to Quebec’s Highway Safety Code.

The proposals were made Monday morning in the hopes of protecting pedestrians cyclists, vehicles and even animals following countless accidents.

The changes would allow cyclists to ride on sidewalks in certain circumstances, while cracking down on those who ride under the influence of alcohol.

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One proposal will also seek to reduce the number of cyclists who talk on cell phones or wear headphones while riding.

The city is also recommending that cyclists be allowed to ride in reserved bus lanes.

No proposal was made to make helmets mandatory.

READ MORE: Reserved bike lane opens on Saint-Denis Street

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre said the changes are about tailoring the provincial Highway Safety Code to the particular needs of Montrealers.

“I want to make sure that we reflect the reality of the field, but at the same time I want to make sure that the cyclists, like the drivers, will be responsible,” he said.

“The one who is most vulnerable needs to be protected. We are focusing on prevention, but when the worst happens, you want to make sure that there are consequences attached to it.”

Critics welcomed most of the changes, but were concerned with cuts to public transit.

“We think that less cars on the road means an easier sharing of the space and more safety,” said Marianne Giguere, VP of the City Hall transport committee.

“Alternatives really should be promoted and effectively financed.”

READ MORE: Has Peel street become a cycling hazard?

Montreal cyclists also weighed in.

“I was drunk biking the other night and I got this injury on my face and on my hand,” said one cyclist.

“I thought I was in control, but I should have listened to my friends.”

Some mentioned the proposed changes should think about protecting everybody.

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“We need changes so that cyclists don’t crash into people, crash into cars, cause more damage, injure themselves, hurt other people, hurt cats, hurt dogs,” said another cyclist.

“I prefer to use the bike paths, not sharing with cars or buses.”

The Quebec transportation minister is expected to table the proposed changes by the end of the year.

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