Street-involved Winnipeg musicians hoping to produce second album

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WINNIPEG —; It’s rehearsal day for JD and the Sunshine Band; a day that has a unique meaning to each member.
“Everything drops away, and you can just get into the music,” Shirly Ross, band member said.  “You don’t have to be yourself, you can pretend you’re someone else.”

Getting lost in the music helps the members, who are living on the streets, escape from some of their challenges.

“I love coming here, it’s like a family to me,” Kirby Boucher, another band member said.


This isn’t your typical group of musicians. The band was created two years ago at The Sunshine House – a drop in centre for people living on the streets. These friends came together through the centre’s creative programming. Since then, they’ve made a music video, played shows across Winnipeg and released an album.

“There have been bigger and bigger successes since then, we’ve had no real reason to stop going,” JD Ormond said. Ormond sings in the group and plays the keyboard. He is also the project coordinator at The Sunshine House.
The band’s second album is now in progress, despite their limited resources. JD and the Sunshine Band started an online fundraiser to get some help with the production, hoping to continue bringing people of all walks of life together through their music.

“The stories are very rich, and unique to our city and unique to the people who live here,” Ormond said.

Their stories will be told even if they don’t reach their financial goal. The band says they’re determined to create their second album with whatever resources they have.

Adrian Spence- guitar/bass/vocals

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Kirby Boucher- percussion

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Gilbert Spence- drums

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Shirly Ross- percussion

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JD Ormond- vocals/keyboard/bass

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B.C. to hire more than 1,600 nurses by the end of March

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B.C. government is going ahead with the plan to hire more than 1,600 nurses by the end of March, a promise officials made three years ago.

“In 2012, the BCNU negotiated a contract,” says BCNU President, Gayle Duteil. “It called for 2,125 new nurses to be hired by March 31, 2016. Some were, but many more are needed.”

B.C. Health Minister Terry Lake says 1,643 nurses will be hired, with the majority being employed by Fraser Health.

Here’s the full breakdown:

Fraser Health: 400 nurses


Interior Health: 300 nurses
Island Health: 290 nurses
Northern Health: 100 nurses
Providence Health Care: 80 nurses
Provincial Health Services Authority: 238 nurses
Vancouver Coastal: 235 nurses

Duteil says they hope to hire most of the nurses from the 7,000 casual nurses who are already working in the system.

“We have an urgent appeal to casual nurses,” she said. “If you want a regular job, please apply today.”

All types of nurses will be hired, even though the greatest need currently is for specialty nurses.

There are currently more than 1,000 vacant specialty nursing positions, which has led to cancelled surgeries in the past few months.

But because there are so few specialty nurses available in the province, many of those positions may need to be filled from out of province, or even out of country.

The Health Employers Association of BC and the BCNU will contract with HealthBC to work with the health authorities on a recruitment campaign. It’s expected to cost about $500,000.

The health authorities have already budgeted to hire the more than 1,600 nurses, which is expected to cost at least $160 million.

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Pasternak with goal, assist as Bruins avenge Classic, top slumping Canadiens

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MONTREAL – Patrice Bergeron broke a tie in the second period as the Boston Bruins downed slumping Montreal 4-1 on Tuesday night, leaving the Canadiens winless in five games.

Max Talbot, David Pasternak and Brad Marchand, with an empty-net goal, also scored for the Bruins (24-16-5), who won a third straight game and avenged a 5-1 loss to Montreal in the NHL Winter Classic on Jan. 1. The team’s wore their Winter Classic jerseys in the rematch.


Mark Barberio scored for the Canadiens, who led their division with a 19-4-3 record in early December, are in a 4-16-1 funk. Montreal outshot the Bruins 39-24.

There was a report that coach Michel Therrien may be fired if the Canadiens lost the game, and a trade has been anticipated to shake Montreal out of its lethargy.

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But the Canadiens showed no sign of having given up as they came out strong, if only to fall behind at 13:08.

Mike Condon stopped Talbot on a breakaway, but Andrei Markov’s weak pass went straight back to Talbot for a shot in off the goalie’s glove.

Barberio tied it 8:48 into the second frame with a one-timer of a P.K. Subban feed from a tight angle that beat Tuukka Rask, who usually struggles against the Canadiens and is now 5-15-3 against them in his career.

Condon was bowled over by teammate Alexei Emelin as his clearing pass was picked off by Pasternak and fed to Bergeron for a goal at 16:49. Bergeron mover past Cam Neely into eighth place in Bruins history with his 591th career point.

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Condon was slow to get to the far post as Pasternak, returning from an injury, circled the net and tucked one in at 12:14 of the third.

Montreal lost defenceman Nathan Beaulieu to a lower body injury in the first period and winger Paul Byron to a lower body injury in the third.

Notes – Denna Laing, the Boston Pride player who suffered a severe spine injury in the women’s game at the Winter Classic, was honoured in a pre-game scoreboard montage. Jerseys signed by players from both teams will be auctioned to raise funds for her. . . Boston’s David Krejci (upper body) missed a 10th game. Pasternak returned after missing three games.

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Minister ‘pleased’ about $1B infrastructure boost for Alberta, Saskatchewan

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CALGARY – Alberta Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Brian Mason said Tuesday the province is in the process of identifying projects for a $1-billion funding boost from Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government.

“We are pleased that the federal government is looking to quickly allocate $1 billion for infrastructure projects in Alberta and Saskatchewan. Investment in major infrastructure projects will help create good paying jobs and stimulate economic growth,” Mason said in a statement to Global News.



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    “The federal plan builds on our strategy, and experts agree that investing in infrastructure at this time is the right way to go,” Mason said.

    Stephanie Rubec, a spokeswoman for the Department of Finance in Ottawa, said Edmonton MP and Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi is leading the work in close collaboration with municipal, provincial, and federal partners.

    Rubec said the federal government will announce its plans to implement infrastructure commitments in the coming weeks.

    In a statement to Global News, a spokesperson for the minister of infrastructure said: “We are working with all provinces, including Alberta and Saskatchewan, to move on existing infrastructure spending as quickly as possible.”

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    A request for comment from Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s office was not immediately answered, but he has previously emphasized the need to capitalize on low interest rates and declining construction costs by building more.

    “What we need to do is ride the cycle, take advantage of the few good things that happen at the bottom of the cycle, in short — invest in infrastructure while construction is cheap and interest rates are low, put people back to work as best we can and reap the benefits of the bad part,” Nenshi said in November.

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    Linda Duncan, NDP Transport Critic, is asking for clarification about what priorities are being applied in decisions about federal infrastructure spending in Alberta.

    “Valid concerns are being raised with the implications of this fast tracking,” Duncan said.

    “Higher priority projects, such as LRT or social housing, may not qualify as shovel-ready. While other worthy, but lower priority projects could potentially be fast tracked, a number of questions remain unanswered. Will timelines for completion be cast in stone?

    “It’s clear Alberta’s economy needs a boost at this critical time, but will this affect funding for important projects down the road? Must two thirds of these projects costs be borne by the province and city?”

    “All of these factors will play a role in the long term capabilities to deliver on Alberta’s and Edmonton’s infrastructure needs,” Duncan said. “Wise investment in infrastructure remains critical to our economy.”

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Selinger makes several announcements ahead of election blackout

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WINNIPEG —; Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger promised money for a park, a non-profit agency and flood protection Tuesday as he capped off a pre-election announcement blitz that by law had to stop by the end of the day.

The NDP enacted legislation in 2009 that all government advertising and announcements must stop 90 days before a provincial election — a date that is fixed and comes this year on April 19.


As a result, the government has been making several announcements a day — often more than a dozen — since the start of the year. The blitz had Opposition Leader Brian Pallister accusing the NDP of trying to “spend its way to popularity.”

“There’s always a certain advantage … to having your hand on the reins of power,” Pallister said Tuesday.

“The government controls the purse strings and the government controls the timing of their announcements.”

Opinion polls suggest Selinger is facing an uphill battle in his bid for re-election. Several recent polls have pegged support for the NDP some 20 points behind the Progressive Conservatives and in a close contest with the third-place Liberals.

On Tuesday, Selinger promised $15 million for a new garden conservatory that is supposed to be cost-shared with the federal government and the private sector. The announcement was made even though the federal government has yet to commit.

The premier also announced up to $1.5 million a year for the United Way, and led a media tour of a new office for the province’s flood forecasting staff.

A day earlier, Selinger announced millions of dollars for a public square in downtown Winnipeg, as well as new funding for francophone programs. His cabinet ministers have been touting projects ranging from new housing to sewage upgrades.

Selinger said it’s necessary for the government to outline its plans.

“What we’ve been trying to do is put out the vision we presented in the (November) throne speech — a good five-year plan to keep Manitoba moving forward.”

The announcement-blackout period used to be much shorter, but the New Democrats lengthened it to 90 days from 35. The idea was to level the playing field so that the party in power could not use government funds to make what amounted to election promises.

Such rules vary among provinces. Saskatchewan has restrictions similar to Manitoba’s. Ontario has no ban on announcements until an election campaign officially starts.

Selinger said the media and voters would be able to tell if a government tried to game the system.

“I think the media create the level playing field. They act as a watchdog on everything we do,” he said.

“You can do as many announcements as you want. Unless they make sense in terms of the values and priorities of Manitobans, we’re going to get criticism for it or we’re going to get skepticism about it.”

When the blackout kicks in, Selinger and other politicians are restricted to announcements and advertisements organized and paid for by their respective parties. Limited exceptions include matters of public safety and advertising tenders for government contracts.

— With files from Jennifer Graham in Regina and Keith Leslie in Toronto

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Regina mom camped out for answers outside police HQ

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REGINA – Richelle Dubois isn’t taking ‘no’ for an answer from the Regina Police Service.

She believes not all is as it seems in her son’s death that was ruled accidental, and says she’ll camp outside police headquarters until she gets to see a full report on the investigation.

“They think I’ll be happy with the coroner’s report they gave me and I’ll just leave it at that,” Dubois said.



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    Dubois questions which leads police have followed up on.

    “We cannot provide her with a copy of the file,” said deputy chief Dean Rae. “We can sit in a room and discuss the file, but a copy will not be provided to Richelle.”

    Rae says it could jeopardize the investigation and the privacy of people who have provided tips. Police will only offer an edited summary of what happened.

    Racially motivated?

    Flanked by members of the Saskatchewan Coalition Against Racism on Tuesday morning, Dubois suggests there may be other factors involved.

    “I feel I was mistreated. I feel I was given the runaround. I feel I wasn’t taken seriously because I’m First Nation,” Dubois said.

    Posters cover the windshield of Richelle Dubois’ van, parked outside Regina Police headquarters.

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    Rae admits the RPS has a “strained relationship” at times with the Aboriginal community, but is working on “establishing and creating a better relationship with all groups.”

    “It’s something the Regina Police Service takes pride in, something the Regina Police Service is committed to,” he said.

    But police are adhering to policy, Rae says, telling reporters that police files will not be provided without sensitive information being redacted.

    Dubois says she’ll remain outside the police service until she’s satisfied with the information she’s provided.

    “If this is what I’ve got to do to get a police report, then this is what I’ve got to do.”

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Matt Hunwick scores in closing seconds to lead Maple Leafs past Flyers

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PHILADELPHIA – Matt Hunwick’s slapper with 7.5 seconds left lifted the Toronto Maple Leafs to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night.

Hunwick’s first goal of the season snapped Toronto’s five-game losing streak.

Joffrey Lupul and Roman Polak also scored for the Maple Leafs.

Matt Read and Shayne Gostisbehere scored the Flyers, who lost for just the second time in seven games and failed to crack the Eastern Conference playoff standings.

James Reimer stopped 31 shots for Toronto.


The Flyers had won five of six entering Tuesday and thrust themselves into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Based on results from other games, the Flyers had a chance to sit in eighth place in the East. While a modest achievement for late January, it would have been a nice step for a Flyers team that missed the playoffs last season and whose coach, Dave Hakstol, never coached in the NHL and made the jump from college.

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The Flyers instead left two huge points on the ice and trudged to the locker room to boos from the crowd.

Hunwick’s shot appeared to hit off defenceman Michael Del Zotto and past a surprised Steve Mason. Mason stopped 32 shots.

The Maple Leafs entered with the fewest wins in the NHL and had a punchless offence over their recent losing skid. They led 2-1 until Gostisbehere came through for the Flyers late in the third.

Gostisbehere picked off a pass deep in the zone right above the circles, streaked the length of the ice and buried the puck through Reimer’s legs for an amazing goal that tied it 2-all.

Gostisbehere, a rookie defenceman, has been sensational at times since the Flyers called him up from the AHL in November. He’s been a key piece in Philadelphia’s turnaround that has the Flyers thinking of the post-season instead another year sitting out the playoffs.

The Maple Leafs appeared to go up 2-1 early in the second when they scored off a Flyers’ turnover. But the goal was reviewed and overturned on an offsides penalty against the Maple Leafs.

They wasted little time taking the lead again, and this time it stuck. With 4:50 left in the period, Lupul, a former Flyer, made it 2-1 with his 10th goal of the season and first since Dec. 21.

Both teams scored a goal in the first.

Read scored his seventh of the season when he flipped the puck past Reimer with 6 seconds left on a power play. Mason, who has been fantastic in stretches this season, lost track of a shot late in the first and Polak poked in the puck for his first goal of the season.

Notes: The Maple Leafs had scored one goal three times, were shutout and only scored two goals one time over their previous five games. … Flyers C Jordan Weal was a healthy scratch for the sixth straight game since he joined the team in a Jan. 6 trade.

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Red Deer calls on province for decision on new courthouse

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EDMONTON — More than five years after securing land for a new courthouse, the City of Red Deer says it is looking for commitment from the provincial government to deal with increasing pressures at the city’s existing building.

A June letter from the Red Deer mayor’s office to Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kathleen Ganley congratulated her on her appointment, and called attention to the problem.



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    “We understand that the department has completed its study of court house needs in Alberta and some preliminary site evaluation,” the letter reads. “In that study we understand Red Deer is near the top of the list requiring a new or expanded court house.”

    The letter explained a site had been held downtown, close to the Remand Centre, which includes the currently vacant former RCMP headquarters. The mayor’s letter said minimal maintenance had been done to make sure it’s available for future relocation, but said there have been significant carrying costs as a result.

    “We appreciate that there may not be certainty around the capital commitment or definitive date for a new court house in Red Deer, but the government’s intent regarding securing this site is what is most important to us at this time.”

    Red Deer’s current courthouse is bursting at the seams and has been for years. In March 2014, the city’s traffic court – which services all of central Alberta – was moved to a nearby hotel in hopes of alleviating some of the pressure. But in an April 2015 interview, lawyers said the pressure hadn’t let up.

    “In fact, I think over the last year things have gotten worse,” Chris Rickards with the Central Alberta Bar Society said.

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    Earlier this month, Red Deer Mayor Tara Veer said the overcrowding has led to a delay in justice being served.

    “Our ultimate concern is we recognize that the new government needed to find its legs in order to make a decision on this request before them, but ultimately we are concerned about outcomes for justice, for Red Deerians and the region that we serve,” Veer said.

    “Our concern is that justice delayed ultimately could be justice denied if dockets are backed up too far.”

    In a statement to Global News Tuesday, Ganley said the province is aware of the capacity pressures within the Red Deer courthouse.

    “Renovations are underway to address the current short-term needs of the facility. We are reviewing the need for new courthouse construction, but a final decision has not been made. The project will be evaluated alongside other critical infrastructure projects such as schools and hospitals. Our government is committed to ensuring Albertans have access to justice, and that includes access to court facilities,” Ganley said.

    Veer said the former PC government indicated the report into courthouse needs would be released in October. The report has yet to be released by the NDP government.

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Saint Mary’s University offers Arabic classes for beginners – Halifax

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Saint Mary’s University is offering new class this year for people to learn basic Arabic at The Language Centre.

“It’s not difficult at all to learn any language if you have the will or the motivation to do that,” said Muhammad Elhabibi, an ESL support specialist, Tuesday evening.

He teaches one of three classes, made up of 14 students each, Tuesdays and Thursdays for a month-long period that began last week.


Although the classes have been in the works for months prior, he noted it’s a particularly topical addition because of the influx of Syrian refugees, many of whom only speak Arabic at the moment, to Canada.

The students range widely in age, and some work in the government and private sectors.

Part of the aim of the $150 program, which is open to the public, is to educate students on Arabic culture in ways some mainstream media isn’t: “Sometimes, people are misled, if I can say that,” Elhabibi said.

“Most of the world is not white, and most of the world does not speak English or French, and so I am extremely interested, especially as a person of colour,” said Evelyn White, a Halifax journalist.

She is taking the class to learn to speak conversational Arabic to help her in work and social situations.

“Our job is to engage with the world and with individuals from all walks of life,” White added.

Bob Doherty, another student, is part of a committee of churches working to bring a Syrian refugee family to Nova Scotia.

“I’ve taken Italian, I’ve taken French, I’ve taken Spanish, I’ve taken Greek. [Arabic] is probably the most difficult language I’ve ever encountered in my life,” the retiree said .

Doherty said he can empathize with the newcomers because he lived in Germany before when English wasn’t as widely spoken.

His aim is to learn enough words and phrases to ask the family, expected to arrive in a couple of months, about the things they need, how their trip went, and the like.

“It would fill them with some degree of warmth about arriving in the country, especially after the long journey and what they’ve gone through in their own circumstances in their own land and where they’ve been in refugee camps,” Doherty said.

The classes are being held on a trial basis; the plan is to continue offering them as demand dictates.

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Pregnant women using social media to get Alberta Health’s attention

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Some pregnant women in Alberta have launched a social media campaign to get the provincial government to fund more midwives.

They are showing up on various feeds holding up signs that say things like: “Every woman should be able to freely choose where/how she gives birth.”

The campaign mainly focuses on women’s experiences with midwives, and how they believe that the midwifery option should be more widely available to all women.

In September 2015, the NDP government announced that it would add $1.8 million in funding this fiscal year to support another 400 births through midwifery across the province. That funding ends March 31, 2016.

According to the president of the Alberta Association of Midwives, Nicole Matheson, that additional funding still does not meet the demand coming in from soon-to-be mothers.


She says that money will bring the number of Alberta Health Services (AHS) midwifery births in our province to 2,774, which leaves 1,300 requests not granted.

Matheson says there are enough midwives available, but the funding is not keeping up with the demand.

Midwifery is a field that has grown considerably in the province in recent years. The Alberta government first started to fund care for midwifery births in 2009. At that time Matheson says there were 32 midwives in Alberta. Currently there are 105 licensed midwives working with more set to graduate from Mount Royal University in the spring.

Matheson says that the Alberta Association of Midwives is in negotiations with Alberta Health Services in anticipation of their latest contract ending soon. And she wants to be clear that they “are looking forward to sitting down with Alberta Health Services and the Alberta government to look at the funding model and see how midwives can help save obstetric dollars in Alberta.”

Health Minister Sarah Hoffman responded to our request for comment with the following: “We want to make sure parents in our province have access to the right supports and choices, both as they prepare to welcome their babies into the world and in the days and weeks to follow. As Health Minister, I will continue to review the best available evidence about how we can help ensure Albertans have the right care at the right time in the right place for the right investment.”

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