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City committee OKs increased fines for Winnipeg snow zone parking – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG – A city council committee has approved a proposal that parking fines be doubled in snow zones during snow-clearing operations.

The Infrastructure and Public Works Committee on Tuesday accepted four changes to Winnipeg’s snow clearing policy, including fines of $300 ($150 with early payment) for illegal parking and reprioritizing sidewalk snow removal.

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“Unfortunately, people need to feel it in the pocketbook if they leave their vehicles on the street,” said Brad Sacher, the director of public works. “We feel fines would make a difference.”

There are 5,000 tickets handed out every time Winnipeg does a major snow-clearing operation, Sacher said, and the numbers are going up, not down.

“We’re not getting the compliance we thought we would.”

St. Boniface Coun. Dan Vandal was the only councillor to vote against the fine increases. He said he wants the city to better inform the public about snow-clearing operations.

“Communication is not getting out there like we want it,” he said.

The proposals do include suggestions for improving communication about when neighbourhoods will be cleared.

The recommendations will now go to the city’s Executive Policy Committee, and if they pass that hurdle, city council will vote on whether to make them law.

The changes include adjusting snow zones so streets can be plowed on schedule, specifically referring to streets in Osborne Village that haven’t been cleared regularly.

There’s also a provision for punitive measures against contractors who dump snow on sidewalks or private property.

The proposals come with a $672,000 increase to the 2014 snow clearing budget and another $1.66 million in the 2015-17 budgets.

READ MORE: Higher fines, more equipment recommended to improve snow clearing

5 things you need to know about Apple’s iPhone event

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TORONTO – Apple unveiled a slew of new products in Cupertino, California Tuesday, including two new versions of its flagship smartphone and its first foray into wearable tech.

Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced the iPhone 6, 6 Plus and the Apple Watch during a nearly two-hour long special event at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, the same venue where Apple founder Steve Jobs unveiled the game-changing Mac computer 25 years ago.

WATCH: Apple CEO Tim Cook announced not one, but two new iPhone models – both of which have larger screens.

Though the new iPhone lineup was touted as the “biggest advancement in the history of the iPhone,” the majority of the excitement surrounding the event was focused on the long-rumoured Apple Watch.

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Here is a look at what the technology giant has in store for its users:

Apple Watch

Wearable tech fans finally got a glimpse of perhaps the longest-rumoured Apple product ever – the Apple Watch.

“It’s the most personal product we’ve ever made,” said Cook of the company’s first smartwatch.

The device works as a companion to the iPhone to send messages, check notifications, interact with other Apple Watch users and use Apple Maps.

Apple’s product designers repurposed the traditional watch dial to be a “Digital Crown” that allows users to scroll, zoom and navigate the screen. The watch can also sense when the user is raising their wrist to automatically illuminate the screen.

WATCH: Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the company’s first foray into wearable tech – Apple Watch.

Apple Watch will be available in three different collections – Apple Watch, Apple Watch Sport and Apple Watch Edition – and will come in two different sizes, 42 mm and 38 mm for those with smaller wrists. There is even an 18-karat rose or yellow gold version.

Apple Watch will also feature its own messaging system that will allow users to send each other “touches” in the form of a vibration, drawings and even share each other’s heartbeat, which is read directly from the user’s wrist.

Apple has not yet announced an official release date for the watch, but said it will go on sale in “early 2015,” starting at US$349.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Cook began the event by unveiling what he called the “biggest advancement in the history of iPhone,” the much-anticipated iPhone 6. The phone is available in two sizes: the iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen and the larger version, the iPhone 6 Plus, with a 5.5-inch screen.

The iPhone 6 also features new Retina HD display screens. The models are the thinnest ever in the iPhone series at 6.9 mm and 7.1 mm.

The devices will also have longer battery lives – the 6 will get up to 50 hours of audio playback, while the 6 Plus will get up to 80.

Both phones have upgraded 8MP iSight Cameras with 1.5 micron pixels. The iPhone 6 camera will include a new feature dubbed “Focus Pixels” that allow the camera to focus twice as fast.

WATCH: Apple’s Phil Schiller provides a look at some of the new and exciting features of the iPhone 6.

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For Canadian consumers, the iPhone 6 will start at $759 for the 16GB model and $859  for the 64GB model without a contract. For the first time, Apple will not offer a 32GB iPhone; however, a new 128GB model will be available for $969 outright.

The iPhone 6 Plus will run you $859 for the 16GB model, $969 for the 64GB model and $1079 for the 128GB model. Both phones will be available in space grey, silver and gold.

The new phones will go on sale in Canada Sept. 19.

Mobile payments

Apple also unveiled its new mobile payment process called Apple Pay. The new system will be built into every iPhone 6 and 6 Plus using Near Field Communication (NFC). Security for the new payment system features Touch ID and a new chip called ‘secure element.’

Users can store their credit card numbers in Apple’s Passbook App; however, the company was quick to note that card numbers are encrypted and card numbers are never stored on the device. Apple was also careful in explaining that Apple never stores, or has access to payment information – the transaction information stays between the user, the merchant and the bank.

WATCH: Apple Pay is a new mobile payment platform built into every iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

If the phone is lost or stolen, users are able to protect themselves by using the “Find My iPhone” app to suspend all mobile payments.

Apple has already teamed up with a number of U.S. retailers, including Macy’s, Walgreens, Whole Foods and the Disney Store, to introduce Apple Pay. Online retailers including Uber and the MLB have also signed on.

However, its unclear when Canadians will get to use Apple Pay. The company has not yet done any work on the system outside of the U.S.

iOS 8

Where there’s a new iPhone, there’s a new operating system. Apple users already got a sneak peek at the latest mobile operating system, iOS 8, at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

iOS 8 is the first major software change since Apple released the totally redesigned iOS 7. The new software will sport interactive notifications, so you can respond to a message without having to leave another app. It will have new gestures, such as double tapping to see a list of frequent contacts.

iOS 8 will also feature new additions that have long been associated with the Android platform. For example, the new “quick type” feature promises predictive typing suggestions. Some pointed out that Android has also supported similar notification features before Apple.

One small feature that many users seemed to be excited about was the option to remove yourself from group messages.

The new operating system will be available for download Sept. 17.

Live stream difficulties 

Apple’s event wasn’t without it’s missteps, however.

The live stream of the keynote, which was available only on certain Apple platforms, experienced a number of technical blunders throughout the two-hour event. In fact, many viewers missed the majority of the iPhone segment because the stream would only show a special event slate listing technical information.

Apple fans and tech reporters took to 桑拿会所 to complain about the troubles.

Planning to renovate instead of move? You’re far from alone

Big box renovation chains like Rona, Home Hardware and Home Depot appear poised to be direct beneficiaries of the next boom in Canada’s housing market – renos.

CMHC, the country’s government-backed home loan insurer, said Tuesday that the pace of home construction cooled in August, with most experts suggesting they expect a further deceleration ahead.

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Why? Because while “the housing party continues for now, it can’t last forever,” Brian DePratto at TD Economics said.

That’s something we’ve been hearing for some time now.

But experts say there isn’t much more leverage left in the tank for borrowers to absorb, and a new report from CIBC this week suggests many buyers over the last few years will be hard-pressed to move on from starter homes they’ve already paid a lot for.

That’s because the so-called “move up” dream homes many first-time buyers look to purchase later on, mostly in the single-detached category, have been rising in price through Canada’s current boom at a much quicker rate than other housing segments like condos, townhouses, semis or even smaller single-detached houses.

CIBC points to Toronto’s heated market as a main example, but says the price inflation story is “ditto for other cities such as Ottawa, Calgary and Edmonton where the move up category has risen notably faster” than lower priced starter homes.

So instead of moving up into those larger four-bed, three-bath bungalows, many have started to add extensions and redo their current homes, according to CIBC.

“With limited move up options, it’s no surprise then that many Canadians choose to renovate their existing homes,” CIBC’s Benjamin Tal said.

He notes that since 2009, reno projects as a slice of the overall residential investment pie in Canada (the all-in amount of cash – or debt — businesses and individuals spend on homes and real estate) has risen to 46 per cent, annually – or nearly half of all spending in the sector each year.

“By far the largest share on record,” the economist said (see chart).

And spending on renos may well increase.

“Renovation activity will remain robust,” Tal said, “and, in fact, might accelerate in the coming years.”

Riders QB Darian Durant out for the season

REGINA – The Saskatchewan Roughriders have announced quarterback Darian Durant will be out for the rest of the 2014 season.

Durant was injured in the third quarter of the Riders win over the Bombers when Bombers defensive end Bryant Turner hit the Riders quarterback on a dead play.

Tests in Regina after the game revealed that Durant suffered a torn tendon in his right elbow and will require surgery.

Durant has been added to the teams six game injury list. Tino Sunseri will get the start against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday.

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Ravens, businesses offering exchange programs for Ray Rice jerseys – National

ABOVE: One day after the NFL suspended Rice indefinitely, Baltimore Ravens fans are finding unique ways to get rid of their Rice jerseys

TORONTO – The Baltimore Ravens say they will offer an exchange for former Raven player Ray Rice jerseys at stadium stores.

Ravens made the offer on 桑拿会所 Tuesday morning saying details about the exchange are still to come.

The announcement comes one day after a deeply disturbing video surfaced of Rice punching his then-fiancee Janay Palmer in a hotel elevator in Atlantic City. He can then be seen dragging her unconscious body out the elevator.

Rice was released by the Ravens Monday afternoon and suspended indefinitely by the NFL in the wake of the video being made public.

WATCH: What the Ray Rice controversy could mean for NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello tweeted that commissioner Roger Goodell made the decision to ban Rice “based on new video evidence that became available today.” Goodell had faced a firestorm of criticism for initially issuing a two-game ban for Rice.

Outrage over video was swift and severe with many NFL players taking to social media to speak out about domestic violence and the league’s handling of the case.

In addition to the Ravens severing ties with Rice, the NFL Shop discontinued all jerseys of the running back from their online store Monday.

Rice’s alma mater, Rutgers, began disassociating itself with the former star by removing Rice from all promotional videos, according to local media reports.

In Baltimore, local businesses also offered promotions to satiate the city’s outrage, offering free food and drink for Rice jerseys.

Hersh’s Pizza and Drinks is offering free pizza for any unwanted Rice jerseys, and will donate $2.70 for every jersey to the House of Ruth, a non-profit that helps victims of domestic violence.

No Idea Tavern tweeted they will offer a $10 bar tab for all Rice jerseys, no questions asked.

The Baltimore bar later said they received so much support for the promotion they will follow suit and match the donation of $2.70 to the House of Ruth.

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WATCH: ‘Neighbour from hell’ knocks man from wheelchair, runs it over – National

TORONTO – A California woman who often records her “neighbours from hell” watched in shock after an allegedly drunken woman knocked a man from a motorized scooter before running it over with her truck.

Sarah Oliver recorded Sunday’s incident and posted the disturbing footage on YouTube, calling it a “common weekly occurrence with this insane neighbour.”

The video allegedly shows Laura Cox yelling at her live-in partner and hitting and kicking the back of a vehicle before knocking the man from the scooter.

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Cox then got into the vehicle and allegedly backed the truck up and over the scooter before driving away.

“You can usually hear banging and screaming…I can usually watch the whole [fight],” Oliver told CBS News. “It’s crazy.”

Cox’s boyfriend, who did not want to be identified, told NBC News he was trying to prevent the woman from driving while intoxicated and refused to press charges.

“Do you see a mark on me? Do you see any marks on the scooter? If you actually really look at the video, she bumps me with her hip,” the man said. “I think people have way to much idle time on their hands and too much to gossip about.”

Oliver said she felt bad for the man and wanted people to see the video to hopefully bring some peace to the neighbourhood.

“He gets taken advantage of and she does attack him a lot, you know, and he doesn’t deserve it,” Oliver said.

Longueuil accident causes traffic chaos – Montreal

LONGUEUIL — Traffic was at a standstill on Tuesday morning after a 53-foot transport truck flipped over, blocking all three lanes of eastbound traffic on Highway 132 near the Roland-Therrien interchange.

The accident happened at 7:15 a.m., when the truck collided with a Honda Civic and flipped on its side.

Traffic was at a standstill in Longueuil on after a 53-foot transport truck flipped over on September 9, 2014.

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Sûreté du Québec spokesperson Ingrid Asselin told Global News that the driver of the truck likely tried to brake following a sudden slowdown in traffic and lost control of his vehicle.

Firefighters were on hand to extricate the driver of the truck from his cab.

Traffic was at a standstill in Longueuil on after a 53-foot transport truck flipped over on September 9, 2014.

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Both the truck driver and the driver of the Honda Civic were transported to hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Highway 132 was re-opened to traffic at around 10 a.m. after fire crews cleared the road of debris.

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Snail, believed extinct due to climate change, found ‘alive and well’ – National

NAIROBI, Kenya – The Seychelles Islands Foundation says a snail previously thought to be extinct has been rediscovered “alive and well” at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aldabra Atoll in the Indian Ocean island nation of Seychelles.

The conservation group said in a statement seen Monday that before the Aug. 23 discovery, the last living individual of the Aldabra banded snail – which is endemic to Aldabra – was recorded in 1997.

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The group said two mollusk experts confirmed the discovery of several young purple and pink snails.

The snail’s apparent demise was linked to declining rainfall on Aldabra, and was widely considered to be one of the first species whose extinction could be directly tied to global warming.

The species was declared extinct in 2007.

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WATCH: Michael Moore shows his love for Canada – Toronto

TORONTO — Canadians need to stop electing politicians who want to make the country more like its neighbour to the south, filmmaker Michael Moore said Monday.

“I’m really disappointed that you have been electing people that want to be more American-like — and I mean that in the worst ways,” Moore said in an interview with Leslie Roberts on Global’s The Morning Show.

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“Why have you elected politicians that are going to take away the essence of what you are as Canadians? Why would you do that to yourselves?”

In fact, Moore said, Americans should try harder to emulate Canadians.

“What if we just adopted a little bit of your way? We’d be a nicer people. We’d be nicer to each other. We’d be nicer to the world,” he added. “What would be wrong with that?

Moore, who was born and raised in Flint, Michigan — across the river from Ontario — has long expressed admiration for Canada.

“I don’t know what it is about you but it can’t be that the Detroit River has some magical powers that we have 500 murders and year and then you go to Windsor and there’s zero murders a year,” he said.

“How does that happen? How is it that you don’t want to kill each other? Why is it that you believe that if somebody is sick they have a human right to see a doctor and not have to worry about losing their house?”

Moore is marking the 25th anniversary of his first feature documentary Roger & Me, which was screened at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1989 a few days after its world premiere in Telluride.

His other films include Bowling for Columbine (which was partly shot in Canada), Fahrenheit 9/11 and Capitalism: A Love Story.

The 60-year-old, whose 1995 scripted comedy Canadian Bacon portrayed a fake war between the U.S. and Canada, insisted he is optimistic about the future of both nations.

“The next generation … they don’t want to inherit a planet like this. They’re not bigots, they’re not haters. They don’t believe that you shouldn’t get married because you love somebody of the same gender,” said Moore.

“The kids aren’t like that. So I’m very hopeful for what will happen.”

Change coming to Cardston? – Lethbridge

Patricia Woodward never misses an opportunity to get a slice of pizza from her favorite place in town, Sauce.

However, businesses like this one are suffering in the town of Cardston, as it remains under a prohibition law, preventing any establishments from selling liquor.

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“I don’t know if it’s hurt the town of Cardston. But I don’t think it’s helped either,” said Woodward , who is part of the Cardston Citizens for Positive Progress. The group is challenging the town’s prohibition law set in place by the provincial government over a century ago.

“People are still afraid of lifting it. The fear is what’s governing the decision. They’re afraid of they effect of alcohol. They’re afraid of losing their values.”

On October 6, a plebiscite could see a change in some of the town’s long held beliefs. The vote will address whether sports facilities should be rented on Sunday’s, if fluoride should be allowed in the drinking water and perhaps raising the most eye-brows whether the provincial prohibition law should be removed to allow for the sale of liquor.

Mayor Maggie Kronen explained this is just a small piece to a much larger puzzle.“They want to be sure to have council’s support, town support through a plebiscite, none binding and they also want to know what surrounding communities feel and think about it. So it is not a done deal, by a long shot,” she said.

Barbra Fox owns a western wear store in Cardston and doesn’t see a reason why the law should be lifted. “I don’t feel that I would see an increase in business or tourism from having alcohol sales in town,” she said.

“As a small town, we still have our problems. We have our law enforcement problem. We have our problems with street people. This isn’t going to go away and it’s only going to get worse with alcohol.”

For Woodward, she feels it comes down freedom of choice. “I don’t think that it’s a community’s right to restrict others in choosing what they want to consume and what they don’t,” she said.

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