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Sainte-Anne locks in need of overhaul: Mayor

SAINTE-ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE – Mayor Paola Hawa is calling for some major changes to the locks in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue.

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She complained the locks and property on Parks Canada land have been neglected for decades and she wants changes to be made.

The mayor insisted it’s time to revitalize the area and bring it into the 21st Century.

READ MORE: Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue commuter access to A-40 improved

The current locks opened in 1884 and are the busiest in Canada with close to 16,000 recreational boats passing through annually.

READ MORE: Two Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue overpasses are coming down

Hawa insisted she’s spending hundreds of thousands to revitalize her town and it’s time Parks Canada did the same with its property.

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Rocker Ryan Adams said covering Taylor Swift’s entire 1989 album was “incredibly humbling” and helped him explore himself more deeply as a musician.

Adams’ version of 1989 was digitally released Monday. Swift released the original album — her first full-blown pop record — last October.

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“It’s actually incredibly humbling to find a connection with someone else’s words and someone else’s songs and to open yourself up and to feel them fully, and find out where those stories take you,” Adams, 40, said in an interview last week.

“It felt no less genuine than any song I’ve ever written for myself.”

So far, Swift’s fifth album has sold 5.2 million units and launched multiple hits, including No.1 hits like “Shake It Off,” ”Blank Space” and “Bad Blood.” Adams’ interpretation of 1989 offers a slowed-down take on her upbeat anthems.

“I got to work different parts of my brain, different parts of my heart and different parts of the musical aspects of my personality,” Adams said of covering Swift’s music. “It’s really its own thing. …It’s not the same record.”

After completing his version, the singer-songwriter-producer played it for 25-year-old Swift before taking it any further. He namedropped Bob Mould as one his favourite musicians, but added in the same breath: “But then I also love all those songs on (Swift’s) Fearless (album). I don’t really have a place where my music begins and ends.”

Adams said he has known Swift for about 4 years and counts himself as a fan.

Adams released his debut album, Heartbreaker, in 2000. His 2014 self-titled record, his 14th studio release, earned him two Grammy nominations earlier this year, including best rock album. He has also found success as a producer for acts like Willie Nelson and Jenny Lewis.

Adams says in 1989 — the year, not the album — he remembers being in love with music and being aware he wanted to make a career out of it.

“I was already collecting albums. By 15, I was skateboarding, I had gotten my first guitar,” he said. “I had my first record player and I remember I got my first couple of real albums that were my own records and I was really excited about them.”

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SASKATOON – Three teens and two men have been arrested in three separate incidents in Saskatoon over the weekend. Both air support and canine units helped patrol officers make the arrests.

The first incident happened Saturday morning around 4 a.m. CT. Mounties asked Saskatoon police for help locating a stolen vehicle that was heading into the city from Clavet at a high rate of speed.

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The air support unit tracked the vehicle to the 1100-block of Colony Street where a 16-year-old teen abandoned the vehicle and attempted to flee on foot. He was tracked down by a canine officer.

Police officials said the teen suffered injuries consistent with a dog bite.

He is facing charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000, failing to stop for police and marijuana possession.

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Then around 1 a.m. CT Saturday, the air support unit was checking compounds in the north end of the city when members spotted a suspicious vehicle.

The vehicle was tracked to an apartment building on Duchess Street where a traffic stop was made. The driver fled but was found hiding under a deck. A second man was arrested at the scene.

Both men, 38 and 29, are facing charges of possession of stolen property over $5,000 and breach of undertaking.

The air support unit was called back into action 90 minutes later after police received reports people were checking out vehicles in the north end.

Two teens attempted to run from patrol officers but were spotted by air support members at the intersection of Wanuskewin Road and Goerzen Street. The pair were found hiding in a bush by canine officers.

A 17-year-old is facing charges of mischief and possession of a weapon while a 13-year-old is facing mischief and breach of undertaking charges.

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The man relentlessly pursued by photographers is stepping into their shoes for his latest movie role.

British heartthrob Robert Pattinson plays photographer Dennis Stock in Anton Corbijn’s Life – which follows the relationship between Stock and a young James Dean (played by Dane Dehaan) who is on the brink of superstardom.

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The 29-year-old Pattinson talked to The Associated Press about the transition from celebrity to photographer and the onset of fame after his roles in the blockbuster Harry Potter and Twilight film series. Life comes out on Friday in the United Kingdom and Dec. 4 in the U.S.

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Q: “You spend your life in front of the camera, how was it to be behind the camera?”

PATTINSON: “It is interesting to feel the power trip, especially when I was shooting the scene on the red carpet, when you are part of the massive throng of people, and not only are you part of the crowd and hidden but you have something you can hide your own face (with). You just see all the pressure is on someone else. It is kind of nice, you feel all secure in your little pack. It is very different.”

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Q: “Did it spark an interest in photography? Are you now a budding photographer or were you interested in photography before the film?”

PATTINSON: “I wasn’t really interested in photography before. And then I started shooting on the same Leica that Dennis Stock had, I think it’s the same one I’m using in the movie. I took about 20 rolls of film, and then got them all developed, and I was really into it before I saw the photos. I really thought that when someone tells you the fundamentals you think that it’s all going to come out and be amazing. When they’re not you like ‘I don’t understand why aren’t they like genius photos?’ I kind of lost interest afterwards.”

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Q: “What is interesting is Dean’s journey … he is on the brink of fame and he is considering the impact that fame is going to have on his life. Was there a moment like that with you?”

PATTINSON: “No. I guess Dean had, in the movie anyway, a very strong idea of how he wanted to be and what he felt it was going to be. Whereas I didn’t have any idea like what was going on at all. The first period of getting famous was incredibly strange to me and really fun at the beginning because you didn’t realise the consequences of anything. You could say or do whatever you wanted and it just didn’t matter. I only really realised what being famous was about three years after I got famous, four years afterwards.”

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Q: “When you are choosing your roles, do you consider your fan base?

PATTINSON: “I don’t think about it at all. I will go through periods where I will think ‘Oh maybe I should do a commercial movie’ and then I just think, someone gave me a really great piece of advice, someone from my agency weirdly, they said the only clients that are happy are the ones that just do what they want to do. … So I just kind of do everything for myself.”

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Q: “If you could hang out with Dean for a day, what would you do?”

PATTINSON: “I would take a bunch of photos of him because then you would have a whole career, sell a bunch and license them out afterwards. I don’t know, he’s just a 23-year-old guy. He would probably be really annoying.”

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PENTICTON — Family and friends of a Vancouver woman who was murdered in the Okanagan are holding another demonstration, but this one is different.

Roxanne Louie, 26, went missing last Christmas while visiting family in the South Okanagan.

Louie’s body was found in a wooded area near Naramata on Jan. 12, 2015.

Grace Elinor Robotti, 65, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of Louie.

Grace Elinor Robotti is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Louie.

The two were related through Louie’s three-year-old son.

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Grace’s brother, Pier Louis Robotti, 61, was charged with being an accessory after the fact to murder and performing an indignity on a human body. That charged was recently dropped and upgraded to second-degree murder.

Native leaders from various bands including the Penticton Indian Band have held demonstrations in the past, demanding swift justice for Louie’s alleged killers.

Today, they’re organizing a ride to the Penticton courthouse on horseback.

“We are gathering to raise awareness for the fight for justice on behalf of Roxanne Louie and other missing and murdered First Nation women and their families,” organizers say in a release. “Let’s ride for justice together as a nation and be heard for our people.”

Organizers say they’re upset that Louie’s accused killers are both out on bail.

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