Fiorina’s GOP debate performance leads to surge in support, scrutiny

What a difference a debate makes: Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina has seen a major bump in support following last week’s CNN debate and now sits second, behind front-runner Donald Trump.

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The former Hewlett-Packard CEO and the sole woman in the race for the Republican nomination saw a 12-percentage-point jump in support, rising from 3 per cent support before the debate to 15 per cent, according to a national CNN/ORC poll released Monday.

The poll of Republican and Republican-leaning voters was conducted between Sept. 17 to 19, the three days following the debate.

READ MORE: What you need to know about GOP debate star Carly Fiorina

The increased show of support can be attributed in part to her strong performance and her show of force against outspoken Trump, who dropped to 24 per cent support from 32 per cent in the previous CNN/ORC poll conducted between Sept. 4 to 8.

But it was also Fiorina’s first time speaking to a primetime audience, having been at the earlier debate for less popular candidates in the last round. The primetime CNN debate was watched by 23 million people, while Fiorina’s showing in the so-called “Happy Hour” debate on Aug. 6 was viewed by just six million people.

Fiorina’s rise also came as Ben Carson, securely in second place going into the debate, faltered.

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The former neurosurgeon dropped from 19 per cent in the earlier CNN/ORC survey to 14 per cent — one point below Fiorina — after what many saw as a weak performance in his second debate.

Rounding out the top four candidates, those with double-digit support, is Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who was also seen as one of the more formidable performers on the stage last Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, in Simi Valley, California.

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Being in the spotlight is also puts Fiorina’s credentials and beliefs under the microscope. Now that she’s seen as a serious contender in the race, although primary and caucus season doesn’t get underway until February and it’s still another 413 days until Election Day, her comments are subject to much more scrutiny.

Two comments she made during the debate have been debunked, although her right-wing base may not see it that way.

Taking on a personal tone, Fiorina discussed the 2009 death of her stepdaughter, Lori Ann, who struggled with substance abuse and bulimia.

“We must invest more in the treatment of drugs. I agree with Sen. [Rand] Paul. I agree with states’ rights. But, we are misleading young people when we tell them that marijuana is just like having a beer. It’s not.”

But as the Washington Post. later reported, a 2010 study published in the widely respected medical journal The Lancet found marijuana is less dangerous than harder drugs and even alcohol.

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The second comment to stoke controversy was one the 61-year-old candidate made about Planned Parenthood and a series of undercover videos purporting to show doctors discussing the sale of fetal tissue for profit and which fuelled a successful Republican-led Congressional vote to defund the organization for one year.

“Anyone who has watched this videotape, I dare Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama to watch these tapes. Watch a fully formed fetus on the table, its heart beating, its legs kicking while someone says we have to keep it alive to harvest its brain,” Fiorina said during the debate.

The series of videos she was referring to were put out by an anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress.

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The videos (even the ones claimed to be unedited) are manipulated. But the footage Fiorina described was not taken during the Planned Parenthood stings and its circumstances surrounding it are in question.

“The Center for Medical Progress says the source of the footage is the Grantham Collection, an organization that hopes to stem abortion by promoting graphic images of the procedure. We don’t know the circumstances behind this video: where it came from, under what conditions it was obtained, or even if this fetus was actually aborted (as opposed to a premature birth or miscarriage).”

Planned Parenthood, an organization the provides abortions as well as sexual and women’s health care, including cancer screening, does collect and provide fetal tissue for research. But, it can only legally receive minimal money for costs associated with the collection, storage and transport of the materials.

There’s also the question the sale of HP printers to Iran while Fiorina was at the helm of the Fortune 500 company and while U.S. companies were prohibited from doing trade with the Islamic Republic.

Appearing on Fox News Sunday, she said she had no knowledge of the sale because it was a third-party company that was responsible for the deal.

Fiorina, on the campaign trail, has been critical of the deal the Obama administration struck to ease sanctions on Iran in exchange for the Iranian government curbing its nuclear ambitions and opening up to international inspections.

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Donald Trump’s Twitter Q&A #AskTrump backfires in hilarious fashion

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump took to 桑拿会所 Monday to host a question and answer session, and it appears it didn’t go so well.

“#AskTrump Send me your questions to answer live from @桑拿会所NYC later this afternoon,” Trump tweeted.

It didn’t take long for the hashtag to begin to trend worldwide.

Some social media users used the time to ask Trump more serious questions, which he responded to.

While others took the time to call Trump out on past controversial comments or to poke fun at the GOP candidate with ridiculous questions.

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‘These students have so much to offer’: Edmonton teacher showcases inner city school on Instagram

EDMONTON — One positive moment; that’s what teacher Dan Scratch hopes to document each and every day of this school year.

Scratch teaches at Inner City High School in Edmonton. The school, which sits north of the city’s downtown, is a not-for-profit that provides educational programming outside a traditional high school environment to high-risk youth, or, as Scratch describes them, “at-promise youth.”

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“It started off with a conversation I had with a few other educators who teach in similar environments in different cities,” said Scratch, a social studies teacher. “We talked about how we’re constantly talking about the negative stereotypes our schools receive in the public, what an inner city school is traditionally like.

“We wanted to kind of break that narrative and talk about some of the more positive things students do here.

“What are some stories of individual students doing great things in their lives? Overcoming the barriers they’re overcoming and just what we do here at Inner City that makes us unique compared to most traditional schools.”

“Just coming to school, for a lot of students, is a huge success,” added Scratch. “They value education, they want to come to school to better improve their lives and give a positive life for themselves. I wanted to honour that with our students and show the greater public, if we could, that these students have so much to offer the community.”

So, Scratch started an Instagram account to do just that.

“I wanted to tell a story through pictures because I think it has more of an emotional appeal to people when they see a picture of a student working hard in class, or they see a picture of staff coming together to put on this program for students.”

The @innercityhigh Instagram account will feature one positive moment in the class or school every school day this year. The students have total creative control over the photos. They even get to edit the caption and choose the filter used.

“They’re getting really into it,” said Scratch. “Each day, they’re asking, ‘how many likes did it get?’ that kind of thing.

“It’s a nice thing to see. When people comment on the photo, I tell them the positive feedback there. It’s a little uplifting, and it’s nice for them to hear those kinds of stories.”

He has also created a project on Make Something Edmonton called ‘One Positive Moment.’ He hopes the project will encourage more people to check out the Instagram account, follow the class’ progress, and include the students in any community events or initiatives they think would be a good match.

In a blog post, Scratch explained further why he decided to start the Instagram account.

“I want to show people that my students are not just victims of a society that has neglected and abandoned them, but that they are positive community members, philosophers, artists, gardeners, and some of the most caring and compassionate students I’ve ever worked with,” he wrote.

Check out the Inner City High Instagram account here.

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Bank of Canada governor addresses dropping commodity prices in Calgary

CALGARY – Bank of Canada governor Stephen Poloz spoke to a Calgary audience on Monday afternoon, saying dropping commodity prices should not deter long-term investments in the resource sector.

The head of the central bank delivered the keynote address at Calgary Economic Development’s 2016 Economic Outlook.

Poloz said investment decisions made years ago by players in the commodities sectors were no mistake, even though prices have dipped in recent months.

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Poloz’s address reminded its audience how the Canadian economy had benefited significantly in recent years from rising commodity prices. As an example, he highlighted how the price of copper had tripled while oil and nickel doubled between 2008 and 2010.

“We shouldn’t ignore the resources that we have been blessed with,” Poloz said. “Without those investments (years ago), we would never have been able to capitalize on the higher prices, which boosted Canada’s aggregate income.”

The event marked Poloz’s first public speaking engagement in Calgary since his appointment in 2013.

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His speech comes on the heels of a difficult period for the economy, which contracted over the first two quarters of 2015 and pushed Canada into a technical recession.

The steep drop in the price of crude oil, which closed just below US$47 a barrel Monday after falling from a high of US$107 last year, has been slapped with much of the blame for the shrinking economy. The economy has also been hindered by slower than predicted rebounds in other sectors.

As a result, the oil-price shock forced experts, including the Bank of Canada, to downgrade growth projections for the country.

The gloomier economic conditions have also become a focal point for much political debate in the current federal election campaign.

Business leaders in the oil industry told the central bank earlier this year they would be cutting investments by about 40 per cent because of the steep price drop, which has not recovered as quickly as anticipated, Poloz said.

He added that in recent weeks these companies were still revising their longer-term forecasts for the price of oil.

The resource sector, he said, is still adjusting to the tougher conditions – a process he believes will take “considerable time.”

None of the volatility, however, should deter Canadians from continuing to seek benefits from the country’s resources, Poloz said.

“We’ve adjusted to rising prices – we can adjust to falling ones,” Poloz said in the speech being delivered in a province where, he noted, resources make up more than a quarter of economy.

“While an abundance of raw materials may complicate the management of companies and the conduct of economic policy, it’s far better for a country to have resources than not to have them.”

“Even when prices are falling, as they have been recently, our endowment represents a store of value and a source of future riches.”

Other speakers at the event included Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, ATB Financial chief economist Todd Hirsch and Conference Board of Canada Chief Economist Glen Hodgson.

With files from Global News reporter Melissa Ramsay

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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.

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

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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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Ryan Adams says covering Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’ was ‘incredibly humbling’

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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Five arrested in three separate Saskatoon incidents

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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Robert Pattinson talks about fame, photography in ‘Life’

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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Native leaders want swift justice for accused killers

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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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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