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June, 2019

Cherryvale’s 87-year-old covered bridge being disassembled – New Brunswick

CHERRYVALE, N.B. – Debris from the Cherryvale covered bridge is being be removed from the Canaan River this week, after flooding and ice broke the bridge free in the spring.

Flooding in April washed the bridge 20 kms downstream, wedging it below a span of the Trans-Canada Highway. The bridge has sat there until now.

Crews are disassembling the bridge and throwing most of it away.

“Mother Nature is cruel and when you get older, she’s crueler,” said foreman Gordon Mitten.

“It was built in 1927 and ice took it out.”

But a part of the bridge is being preserved. Crews managed to salvage a 40-foot portion of the historical structure which will be saved and stored by the province.

They may use the wood to built another structure someday. But there are no plans right now to replace the 165-foot piece of New Brunswick history.

One of New Brunswick’s 59 covered bridges.

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Moncton’s Heritage and Culture Coordinator Lawren Campbell said it’s another heartbreaking loss for the province.

“They are part of the fabric of every corner of our province so little bits of our heritage are being lost every time we lose one of these bridges to fires or floods or what have you,” Campbell said.

Of the hundreds of bridges that once spanned rivers across the province – 59 are left standing.

The province says it recognizes the heritage and tourism value of covered bridges and can provide funding to municipal and non-profit groups to assist with preserving covered bridges.

But the Cherryvale bridge one is gone for good.

“I hope a day doesn’t come when all we are doing when we talk about the history of covered bridges is that we see pictures and photographs and memories,” said Campbell.

Piece by piece – crews dismantle and pluck the Cherryvale bridge from the Canaan River.

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Hampstead celebrates its 100th anniversary – Montreal

ABOVE WATCH: Hampstead’s 100th anniversary parade

MONTREAL — The Town of Hampstead pulled out all the stops to celebrate their 100th anniversary on Sunday.

Despite the wet weather, hundreds joined the festivities, including our Global Montreal team, Camille, Richard and Jessica, Jamie Orchard and Elysia Bryan-Baynes.

A parade kickstarted the celebrations. Starting at Queen Mary Road and Northcote at noon, it headed east on Fleet and ended in Hampstead Park with a full afternoon of music and fireworks in the evening. 

The parade showcased over 60 groups and more than 850 participants, including 15 ethnic dance groups, antique and exotic cars, salsa groups, bands, circus performers, celebrities and dignitaries, free giveaways and an amazing birthday cake float created by local public works employee Olivier Roy.

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The Town of Hampstead is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a float made by a local municipal worker.

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Montreal Auxiliary Fire Department at the Hampstead parade

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The Damned Truth join the festivities in Hampstead.

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Kids celebrating Hampstead’s 100th birthday

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Montreal police on duty at the celebrations in Hampstead

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The reviewing stand at Hampstead’s 100th anniversary

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Despite the rain, hundreds came out to celebrate Hampstead’s 100th anniversary

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The festivities kicked off with a parade to celebrate Hampstead’s 100th anniversary.

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The concert in the park featured Ginette Reno (singing the national anthem), special guest Guy Lafleur and several well-known acts, including local rock’n’roll band The Damn Truth, two-time Grammy nominated American R&B, pop, soul, and house singer Martha Wash, American house music singer and songwriter Crystal Waters and the Montreal Backbeat Show Band.

Ginette Reno arrived in spectacular fashion, via helicopter accompanied by Montreal mayor Denis Coderre and former hockey player and NHL superstar, Guy Lafleur.

WATCH: Denis Coderre, Guy Lafleur and Ginette Reno fly into the festivities on a helicopter 

The Royal Montreal Regiment also attended in full regalia with close to 100 soldiers to exercise Hampstead’s Freedom of the City bestowed in 2008.

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Parkland to buy Chevron fuel assets for $1.5B

Fast-growing Parkland Fuel Corp. has struck a $1.5-billion deal to buy Chevron Canada‘s downstream fuel business, including 129 retail gas stations in the Vancouver area and the Chevron refinery in Burnaby, B.C.

READ MORE: Chevron considers selling its stake in Alberta oilsands project: report

The Red Deer, Alta.-based company says the new stations will complement its existing 44 Chevron-branded sites in British Columbia and cement its position as one of Canada’s largest fuel retailers with more than 1,800 service stations.

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The sale also involves 37 commercial cardlock and three marine fuelling locations, as well as three terminals in B.C. and a wholesale business that includes aviation fuel sales to the Vancouver International Airport.

“I believe we’ve found an opportunity that is an ideal next step for Parkland on its growth trajectory,” said CEO Bob Espey on a conference call.

“I’m certainly excited for the road ahead for Parkland.”

He said the acquisition will support Parkland’s existing operations in B.C., leading to between $35 million and $50 million in annual operating cost savings within three years.

The purchase of the refinery gives Parkland access to the Trans Mountain oil pipeline from Alberta as well as a marine dock on Burrard Inlet that will open new opportunities in fuel imports and exports, Espey said.

Parkland plans to issue 24 million shares to raise $660 million to help finance the Chevron purchase, which is expected to close at the end of the year.

READ MORE: Calgary-based Chevron Canada Resources to cut 130 jobs

In August, Parkland announced it would pay about US$750 million to acquire the Canadian retail fuel assets of Texas-based CST Brands.

Last March, Parkland bought Esso stations in Saskatchewan and Manitoba as part of a deal by Imperial Oil to sell its remaining 497 Esso retail stations in Canada to five fuel distributors for $2.8 billion.

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Tickets for next year’s Women’s World Cup final to go on sale tomorrow – BC

Beginning tomorrow, soccer fans will be able to purchase tickets for the final match of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which will be played right here in B.C.

The tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The match will be played July 5 at BC Place in Vancouver.

Prices start at just $50 for Category 4, $85 for Category 3, $125 for Category 2, and $165 for Category 1.

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The Women’s World Cup landed at the center of controversy last month when international women’s soccer stars threatened legal action against FIFA and Soccer Canada, demanding the World Cup be played on natural grass rather than artificial turf.

Many of the Canadian venues, including BC Place, have artificial turf.

The women say FIFA would never allow men to play on artificial turf and having the women’s World Cup on a second class surface amounts to gender discrimination.

Forty athletes have sent a letter, claiming it is gender discrimination because they are being forced to play on a substandard and widely-held inferior surface.

Hollywood actor Tom Hanks even waded into the debate, saying female players deserve to play on real grass.

The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup runs June 6 to July 5 in six Canadian cities, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montréal and Moncton.

WATCH: Canada’s Women’s National Soccer Team Coach John Herdman talks about next year’s World Cup and Canada’s chances

Neil Yakimchuk guilty of contempt of court in murder trial – Saskatoon

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SASKATOON – A convicted murderer has been found guilty of contempt of court for refusing to testify at the trial of three men accused in the murder of Isho Hana in 2004.

Neil Yakimchuk was called as the first Crown witness Monday in the murder trial of Jonathan Dombowsky, Kennith Tingle and Long Nam Luu.

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Yakimchuk, who was found guilty earlier this year of the first-degree murder of Hana and is serving two life sentences for that murder and another in Alberta, refused to testify.

On Tuesday, the Judge Richard Danyliuk told Yakimchuk “considering your two first-degree murder sentences, the consequences of your contempt may not seem daunting to you.”

Danyliuk went on to say the “refusal of a witness to testify is an offence … as it affects citizens of Canada.”

He went on to point out that as a key witness, the refusal to testify has implications on the Crown’s case against the three other men accused of their involvement in Hana’s death.

Danyliuk handed Yakimchuk a two-and-a-half year sentence for contempt to be served concurrently to his two life sentences.

Yakimchuk testified during preliminary hearings in January 2013 and court is deciding whether those statements can be used as admissible evidence in the current trial.