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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.

READ MORE: Hearing for fisherman charged with poaching endangered turtles postpone

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.

5% of daily calories should come from sugar: Heart and Stroke Foundation

TORONTO – Canadians need to monitor their daily intake of added sugar – found in honey, syrups, fruit juice and in packaged foods – for better cardiovascular health, the Heart and Stroke Foundation is warning in a new position statement.

Canadians should be aiming for a maximum limit of sugar that’s less than 10 per cent of their day’s calories. Ideally, it should be less than five per cent, the organization is suggesting.

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The Heart and Stroke Foundation is the first in the country to provide concrete recommendations on added sugar. Its recommendations match the World Health Organization’s latest guidelines released in March.

Right now, Canadians are consuming more than 13 per cent of total calories from added sugar, the position statement says.

READ MORE: How much sugar should you be eating? How to follow WHO’s guidelines

“The bottom line is that Canadians are eating too much added sugar, and this can result in serious health consequences,” Bobbe Wood, president of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, said in a statement.

She said that excess sugar consumption is linked to heart disease, obesity, and diabetes among other chronic conditions.

When the WHO dropped the gauntlet on consumers with its updated recommendations, it cut sugar intake recommendations in half from its years-old guidelines.

For an average woman who eats about 2,000 calories a day, five per cent of caloric intake is roughly 25 grams of sugar. It’s less than half of a can of pop, about two portions of yogurt or an entire Caramilk bar.

“It’s completely doable to be within that five per cent but it really means not treating yourself all day. Where it gets tricky is the nickelling and diming you can do with foods you may not recognize as having any sugar in them,” Katie Jessop, an HSF registered dietitian, told Global News at the time.

READ MORE: WHO says only 5% of your calories should come from sugar, down from 10%

Ten per cent of a 2,000-calorie diet is 48 grams, or about 12 teaspoons of sugar. Even then, sugary drinks pack about 40 grams or 85 per cent of the daily added sugar limit.

WHO had said that its recommendations would, hopefully, make consumers cognizant that the food they may be eating isn’t fuel, but empty calories.

Added sugars include glucose, fructose, sucrose, brown sugar, honey, corn syrup, maple syrup, molasses, fruit puree and juice, the Heart and Stroke Foundation says.

But they don’t include sugars found naturally in certain foods – fruits and vegetables, milk, grains and legumes and nuts, for example.

READ MORE: How much sugar is in Nutella? Canadian doctor decodes what’s in the hazelnut spread

The position statement came together with input from a panel of national and international experts. It also includes recommendations for consumers, all levels of government, employers, schools and the industry.

Read the full paper here.

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UN says Earth reached record high levels of CO2 in 2013 – National

The U.N. weather agency says carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere reached a record high in 2013.

The World Meteorological Organization says the heat-trapping gas blamed for global warming was at global concentrations of 396 parts per million last year.

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That is an increase of 2.9 ppm from the previous year, which the Geneva-based agency reported Tuesday was the biggest year-to-year change in three decades.

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WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said “we know without any doubt that our climate is changing and our weather is becoming more extreme.”

The report also finds the rate of ocean acidification, which comes from added carbon absorbed by oceans, “appears unprecedented at least over the last 300 million years.”

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UPDATED: Man facing child porn charges arrested near Halifax school – Halifax

HALIFAX – A Halifax man already facing child pornography charges was arrested Monday for allegedly breaching a court order to stay away from school grounds.

Police say Robert William Harris, 47, was spotted near Burton Ettinger Elementary School in Fairview on Friday.

Further investigation revealed Harris had been walking his dog Friday afternoon on Alex Street directly in front of the school.

He was charged with breach of recognizance.

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Halifax Region School Board spokesperson Doug Hadley said there is no evidence to suggest Harris approached or spoke to any of the children who were nearby, but “the mere thought of it would cause a lot of people concern.”

The school board spoke to students at the school about the incident, and informed parents and guardians.

Const. Pierre Bourdages, a spokesperson for the Halifax Regional Police, said although conditions are put in place, police can’t monitor people 24-7.

“They’re put under these conditions to prevent them from re-offending or prevent any further harm from potential victims,” he said.

Harris is a music therapy teacher who specializes in teaching children, people with autism, and people with mental and physical disabilities.

He was arrested in February and charged with making available, accessing and possessing child pornography.

Police said at the time none of the pornography appeared to have been produced locally.

Harris was later released on a recognizance and placed under conditions that included no communication with children under 16 years old and not to be at any daycare, school ground, playground or community centre.

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Parents of students at the school said the news was shocking to them.

“Somebody with that kind of background usually doesn’t stop and  I would hate to have that happen around here,” said Al Singer, who has a 7-year-old grandchild that attends the school.

Evelyn Conrad, who lives across the street, has a child who attends the school.

“I’m quite concerned. I don’t even trust my kids outside without me, because I’m afraid of all these predators that go around,” she said.

Court documents indicate that Harris lives in the same neighbourhood as the school, something police say they have no control over.

“As long as they respect the conditions imposed by the courts there’s nothing preventing them from living wherever they want,” said Bourdages.

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Canadian Tire money goes digital, but says cash still king – National

Retailer Canadian Tire is rolling out a new loyalty program next month, as a way for customers to earn rewards in addition to the much-loved Canadian Tire money.

It says the digital rewards program, accessible through a card or a phone app, will allow customers to collect and redeem Canadian Tire money without carrying bills.

The program will launch in Nova Scotia on October 10, and in the rest of Canada on October 28.

But the retailer adds that paper Canadian Tire money will continue to remain in circulation.

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‘As Canada’s oldest loyalty program , we know Canadian Tire ‘Money’ holds an extraordinary place in the hearts of Canadians’

Canadian Tire money was introduced in 1958 and was conceived by Muriel Billes, wife of Canadian Tire’s co-founder A.J. Billes.

The bills are available in denominations of 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, $1 and $2 and allow consumers to use them toward eligible purchases.

“As Canada’s oldest loyalty program, we know Canadian Tire ‘Money’ holds an extraordinary place in the hearts of Canadians,” said Allan MacDonald, chief operating officer.

“We’re building on it by introducing another way to reward loyal customers who prefer the ease and convenience of digital currency and rewards, further improving the Canadian Tire shopping experience and ultimately helping our customers tackle the jobs and joys of everyday life in Canada.”

Long-lost ship from Franklin expedition found – National

WATCH: It’s being described as one of the most important land-based archaeological finds in modern times. One of the ships from the doomed Franklin expedition has been found after more than 160 years. Eric Sorensen has the story.

OTTAWA – A Canadian search team has unlocked one of the world’s great exploration mysteries with the discovery of one of two lost ships from Sir John Franklin’s doomed Arctic expedition.

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The remarkable find completes one half of a puzzle that long ago captured the Victorian imagination and gave rise to many searches throughout the 19th century for Franklin and his crew.

The search team confirmed the discovery on Sunday using a remotely operated underwater vehicle recently acquired by Parks Canada. They found the wreck 11 metres below the water’s surface.

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It is not known yet whether the ship is HMS Erebus or HMS Terror.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who recently came close to the search area on his annual northern trip, could barely contain his delight Tuesday as he delivered news of the “great, historic” breakthrough.

WATCH: An emotional Prime Minister Stephen Harper announces that one of the lost ships from the Franklin expedition has been found

“For more than a century, this has been a great Canadian story and mystery,” Harper said.

“I’d say it’s been the subject of scientists and historians and writers and singers. So I think we have a really important day in mapping together the history of our country.”

The ship appears to be well-preserved. A sonar image projected at a media conference showed the ship five metres off the sea floor in the bow and four metres in the stern.

Ryan Harris, a senior underwater archeologist and one of the people leading the Parks Canada search, said the sonar image showed some of the deck structures are still intact, including the main mast, which was sheared off by the ice when the ship sank.

WATCH: Take an underwater tour of the discovery of one of the Franklin expedition’s lost ships.

The contents of the ship are most likely in the same good condition, Harris added.

The discovery came a day after a team of archeologists found a tiny fragment from the expedition in the King William Island search area. Until Tuesday, those artifacts were the first ones found in modern times.

The two ships of the Franklin Expedition and their crews disappeared during an 1845 quest for the Northwest Passage.

They were the subject of many searches throughout the 19th century, but the mystery of exactly what happened to Franklin and his men has never been solved.

The expedition has been the subject of songs, poems and novels ever since.

“We’ve got half the story here,” said John Geiger, president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

“It’s very exciting. It’s a big break.”

Since 2008, Parks Canada has led six major searches for the lost Franklin ships. Four vessels — the Canadian Coast Guard ship Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Kingston and vessels from the Arctic Research Foundation and the One Ocean Expedition — led the search this summer.

Officials recently said it was only a matter of time before the ships were found.

WATCH: How scientists discovered a missing piece of Canadian history 

On his annual tour of the North last month, the prime minister got a first-hand look at some of the tools being used in the hunt for the ships. Harper helped lower an autonomous underwater vehicle into the frigid water near Pond Inlet.

The Conservatives have made Arctic sovereignty a key theme since coming to power in 2006. Harper recently told journalists aboard HMCS Kingston the Franklin search was part and parcel of asserting Canada’s control over its North.

“It ultimately isn’t just about the story of discovery and mystery and all these things,” Harper said last month.

“It’s also really is laying the basis for what’s, in the longer term, Canadian sovereignty.”

One observer says the Franklin search has more to do with Canadian nationalism than Arctic sovereignty.

“The discovery of two historical wrecks from the 1840s that sailed under the authority of Britain before Canada was even a state doesn’t really extend our claims of control over the waters of the Northwest Passage,” said Rob Huebert, an Arctic expert at the University of Calgary.

What the discovery does, Huebert added, is help cement a commitment to developing the North as part of Harper’s legacy.

“The Arctic is going to be one of his major legacies when people look back on his leadership period.”

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