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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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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


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.

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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


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.”

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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.

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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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-With files from Eric Sorensen

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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.

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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.


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.

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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.

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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.