Notable Canadians who died in 2015

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From accomplished athletes and entertainers, to those who dedicated their lives to public service, here is a look back at some of the notable Canadians who died in 2015.


Don Harron September 19, 1924 – January 17, 2015

Canadian actor and writer Don Harron, shown above in 2009.

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Don Harron, who entertained generations of Canadians with his comic alter ego Charlie Farquharson and helped bring the Canadian classic novel Anne of Green Gables from the page to the stage, died at the age of 90 on Jan. 17.

He passed while surrounded by family at his Toronto home. He had been suffering from cancer.

Michel Guimond, former Bloc Quebecois MP, died Jan. 19 at the age of 61 from heart failure.

Toller Cranston April 20, 1949 – January 24, 2015

Toller Cranston skates in front of Toronto’s city hall in February, 1973.

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Canadian figure skating legend Toller Cranston, a bronze medallist at the 1974 world championships and 1976 Olympics, died at his home in Mexico from an apparent heart attack at the age of 65.

Joseph Rotman, philanthropist and business world trailblazer, died Jan. 27 at the age of 80.

Claude Ruel, hockey coach who guided the Montreal Canadiens to a Stanley Cup in 1969, died Feb. 9 at the age of 76.

Alison Gordon, a pioneer for women in sports journalism, died at the age of 72 on Feb 12.

Allan Rowe October 16, 1956 – March 16, 2015

A Global News journalist turned Nova Scotia MLA, Allan Rowe died at the age of 58, weeks after suffering a brain aneurysm.

His funeral was attended by the province’s lieutenant governor and premier, politicians, journalists, friends and neighbours.

Alberta Watson March 6, 1955 – March 21, 2015

After a battle with cancer, actor Alberta Watson passed away at the age of 60.

Watson was an accomplished TV and film star, appearing in La Femme Nikita, 24, The Newsroom and Away from Her.

Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte, who spent 22 years as the Archbishop of Montreal, passed away Apr. 8 after a lengthy illness related to diabetes at the age of 78.

WATCH: Funeral in Montreal for Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte

Jonathan Crombie, Anne of Green Gables actor died Apr. 15 at the age of 48 after suffering a brain hemorrhage.

Pierre Claude Nolin, Speaker of Canada’s Senate died Apr. 23 after a battle with cancer at the age of 64.

Elizabeth Whittall, legendary swimmer, died May 1 at the age of 78.

Esther Ghan Firestone, the first female cantor in Canada, died May 28 at the age of 90.

Jacques Parizeau August 9, 1930 – June 1, 2015

Former Quebec Premier Jacques Parizeau addresses delegates at the Option nationale party congress in Montreal, Saturday, March 2, 2013.

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Jacques Parizeau, one of the most influential Quebecers of his generation, hailed from a prominent family in the upscale Montreal suburb of Outremont.

An outspoken sovereigntist, he nearly led the province to independence in 1995 while serving as Quebec premier.

He died at the age of 84.

Archie Alleyne, legendary jazz drummer and Member of the Order of Canada, died June 8 at the age of 82.

Jean Doré December 12, 1944 – June 15, 2015

Montreal Mayor Jean Dore raises a pen before signing the City Register after being sworn in, Montreal, Que., Nov. 20, 1986. The former Montreal mayor has passed away from pancreatic cancer.

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Jean Doré was elected mayor of Montreal in 1986, and during his tenure he oversaw the renewal of the Old Port and the parks and beaches of Île Ste-Hélène. Doré was also the mayor of the city during the École Polytechnique massacre —; his family’s babysitter was one of the victims.

He was a founding member of the Montreal Citizens’ Movement (MCM) and was mayor of Montreal until 1994.

He passed away at the age of of 70 after a battle with pancreatic cancer.

Jon Vickers, an opera singer nicknamed “God’s tenor”, died July 10 at the age of 88.

Flora MacDonald June 3, 1926 – July 26, 2015

Flora MacDonald speaks after receiving the Pearson Peace Medal from Governor General Adrienne Clarkson at a ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Friday, March 24, 2000.

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Canada’s first female foreign minister, Flora MacDonald was heading the department during the Iranian hostage crisis.

A senior cabinet member in two Conservative federal governments, she made a run for the party’s leadership in 1976. She died at the age of 89.

Rowdy Roddy Piper April 17, 1954 – July 31, 2015

WWE wrestler Roddy Piper arrives at the World Wrestling Entertainment SummerSlam kick off party in Los Angeles on Friday, Aug. 21, 2009.

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Born and raised in the Prairies, “Rowdy” Roddy Piper rose to fame in the wrestling world, making a name for himself in high profile bouts with the likes of Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.

Piper died of cardiac arrest at his California home at the age of 61.

WATCH: Remembering Rowdy Roddy Piper

Christopher Hyndman March 3, 1966 – August 3, 2015

Christopher Hyndman speaks at a design show in Toronto, Ont., June 7, 2015.

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An interior designer and animated television host, the untimely death of Chris Hyndman at the age of 49 was a shock to many.

Found in the alleyway behind his penthouse condo, Hyndman plunged to his death Aug. 3. His mother says she believes he was sleepwalking. Police determined no foul play was involved.

WATCH: “Christopher had a big problem with sleepwalking”

Arnold Scaasi, fashion designer who dressed the likes of Elizabeth Taylor and Barbra Streisand, died Aug. 3 at the age of 85.

Todd Ewen, former NHL enforcer called ‘The Animal’ for his rugged play, died Sept. 19 at the age of 49.

Michael Burgess, a tenor known for his stage work as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables and for his rendition of “O Canada”, died Sept. 28 at the age 70 after a cancer battle.

Ken Taylor October 5, 1934 – October 15, 2015

Former Canadian ambassador to Iran Ken Taylor of documentary “Our Man in Tehran” poses for a photo during the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.

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The former Canadian ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor was known for his role in the so-called “Canadian Caper” during the U.S. hostage crisis.

Taylor and the story of his involvement in the rescue of six Americans from Tehran, following the seizure of the U.S embassy in 1979, was the basis for the 2012 Academy Award-winning film Argo. Many said his role was largely under-portrayed in the film, but his legendary status as the quintessential diplomat would not be shaken.

WATCH: Archives: Ken Taylor speaks after Iran hostage crisis

“Ken Taylor was a great ambassador and a true Canadian hero for his lifesaving actions during the Iranian revolution. He’ll be missed.” Tweeted Justin Trudeau.

“Ambassador Taylor’s courageous actions exemplify the enduring nature of the special relationship between the United States and Canada,” said U.S. ambassador Bruce Heyman.

Taylor died, surrounded by loved ones, at the age of 81 after a cancer battle.

WATCH: “Canadian Caper” hero Ken Taylor laid to rest

Ron Hynes, Newfoundland and Labrador folk singer-songwriter, died at the age of 64 from complications due to cancer on Nov. 19.

Dan Halldorson, golfing legend, died Nov. 19 at the age of 63 after suffering a major stroke.

Manmeet Singh Bhullar March 1, 1980 – November 23, 2015

Alberta Human Services Minister Manmeet Bhullar.

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His family said Manmeet Bhullar died doing what he loved —; helping others.

The Alberta MLA was struck and killed by a vehicle after he stopped to help a motorist after their vehicle rolled over.

Bhullar was just 35.

WATCH: Condolences pour in for MLA Manmeet Bhullar

Bill Bennett August 18, 1932 – December 4, 2015

Former British Columbia premier Bill Bennett, shown in this 1979 file photo, known as an architect of financial restraint in the province, has died in his hometown of Kelowna at the age of 83.

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British Columbia premier from 1975 to 1986, under Bill Bennett’s leadership the Coquihalla Highway was built, as was the drive to Expo 86 in Vancouver, including the building of the Vancouver Trade and Convention Centre and SkyTrain.

Bennett, who had been in ill health for several years with Alzheimer’s disease passed away at the age of 88 at his home in Kelowna.

Dickie Moore, January 6, 1931 – December 19, 2015

Montreal Canadiens hockey legend Dickie Moore played with the Habs for 12 seasons, and won six Stanley Cups with the team.

Described as a humble and loyal family man, Moore later started a successful construction equipment rental business.

He passed away at the age of 84.

WATCH: Honouring the life of Montreal Canadiens great Dickie Moore

Allan Sapp, celebrated and much-honoured Saskatchewan artist, died at the age of 87 on Dec. 30.

Howard Pawley, former NDP premier of Manitoba, passed away Dec. 30 at the age of 81.

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Spirit of Calgary lives on, despite hateful graffiti spree

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WARNING: This story contains graphic language. Discretion is advised.

CALGARY – It started out as an act of hatred.

Brian Durocher returned to his car in Calgary’s Tuscany LRT commuter lot Thursday night to find the words “Kill Muslims” painted on the side.

“My mind is boggled; I just don’t understand why someone would do that, I just don’t get it,” Durocher said.

“What’s written on the side of it is really disappointing to me as a Canadian, and a Calgarian. This is not us; this is not how we behave.”

Durocher’s car was one of five targeted by the offenders, along with the walls, doors and windows of the nearby CTrain building.

Calgary police are investigating after several graffiti messages with derogatory messages to Syrians and Muslims were sprayed around the city on December 3, 2015.

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The words “F—k Muslim Goofs, “f—k Syria”, and “f—k Syrian ‘refs’’ are clearly hate speech, according to Sgt. Eric Levesque of the Calgary Police Hate Crimes Unit.

“This case is not grey at all. In this case, it’s very clear this was motivated by hate–the message speaks for itself really.”

Watch below: Global’s Nancy Hixt reports on the graffiti found throughout the Tuscany LRT station Dec. 3

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Police collected forensic evidence; the two men who committed the crime were caught on CCTV footage.

Once the suspects are identified, investigators plan to prosecute the incident as a hate crime.

The two men who painted the words have accomplished the goal of causing hurt among Syrian Calgarians like Jamal Hammadieh.

“That’s a hate crime,” Hammadieh said. “We (are) all Canadian, just some of us came here first before the others, and to be in this manner to a fellow Calgarian and Canadian? You never thought you’d see this in your own backyard.”

Just as quickly as the messages went up, they were washed away by city workers. But other Calgarians were compelled to do more.

Commuters at the Tuscany Station were greeted with messages of love Friday morning, as university students held up giant red hearts.

READ MORE: Calgarians spread messages of love at LRT station where hateful graffiti appeared

“We were trying to almost reverse the actions that happened yesterday in such a quick fashion, that they (transit riders) were happy to see in just a day’s difference what we can do as a community,” Nadir Khan said.

In the end, the true spirit of Calgary shined through for Durocher, when a northwest auto body shop cleaned the graffiti off his car free of charge.

“Let’s get beyond last night,” Durocher said. “I want this story to be about how people help one another.

“When situations like this happen, people do take care of one another and this is a great city to live in.”

Watch below: Global’s Jenna Freeman reports on the messages of love shared in the CTrain station Friday morning.

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Social media, the new megaphone for violent perpetrators

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PALO ALTO, California — Tashfeen Malik, the woman involved in this week’s Southern California mass shooting, has another claim to notoriety: She’s the latest in a growing line of extremists and disturbed killers who have used social media to punctuate their horrific violence.

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A Facebook official said Friday that Malik, using an alias, praised the Islamic State group in a Facebook post shortly before — or during — the attack. Malik’s posting echoes similar bids for attention by violent perpetrators, including a disgruntled Virginia broadcaster who recorded himself shooting two co-workers and then posted the video online and a Florida man who killed his wife and shared a photo of her body on social media.

Facebook, 老域名怎么购买, YouTube and other social media companies do their best to block or remove posts that glorify violence. But experts say it’s an uphill battle, and the advent of new services that let people stream live video from any event will only make the task more challenging.

READ MORE: FBI investigating San Bernardino mass shooting as ‘act of terrorism’

“Now everyone has the opportunity to talk to a larger audience,” said Karen North, a professor of digital social media at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School. “If you commit an act and you want people to know about it, you now have a way to promote it.”

Social media didn’t invent extremist violence. But the Islamic State and similar groups have become deft at using social media to spread their message, both to recruit followers and to threaten their perceived enemies. “They can rapidly and easily identify others who share their beliefs,” said Marcus Thomas, a former assistant director of the FBI’s operational technology division.

Like many young adults, the 27-year-old Malik and her 28-year-old husband, Syed Farook, seemed comfortable with social media. A U.S. intelligence official said Farook had been in contact with known Islamic extremists online. But there is no sign anyone from the Islamic State communicated with Malik or provided any guidance for the attack on a San Bernardino social service center, which left 14 people dead and 21 wounded.

San Bernardino shooting suspects Tashfeen Malik and Syed Farook are seen in undated handout photos.

YouTube, 老域名怎么购买 and other online services use automated software to help detect posts that violate their terms of service, including those that depict or encourage violence. They also encourage users to report such material, so it can be reviewed and removed.

Facebook declined comment Friday. But the page containing statements posted by the woman involved in this week’s San Bernardino shootings was taken down. Malik and her husband, Syed Farook, died hours after the attack in a gun battle with police.

The social network has done “a fairly good job of making sure that users understand” that posts or videos glorifying violence will be taken down, said Stephen Balkam, head of the nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute, which works with Facebook and other sites to promote safe practices for children.

Still, he cautioned: “All the policies in the world won’t help” unless companies also devote staff and resources to enforcing them. Even then, he said, it’s not always easy to determine whether taking something down is the right thing to do.

Two years ago, Balkam publicly criticized Facebook when the giant social network reversed its own decision to take down a graphic video of a masked man beheading a woman. In that case, Facebook said it decided to allow the video because users were sharing it as a way of condemning the violence attributed to Mexican drug gangs. But the company eventually concluded the post was too offensive and removed it again.

Another problem: Violent posts can resurface even after they are taken down. When a fired TV reporter with a grudge killed two former co-workers in Virginia over the summer, he videotaped his own actions and then uploaded the clip to Facebook. The company took it down, but not before someone else had copied it and re-posted it on other sites, North said.

Facebook explicitly bans content being shared by “dangerous organizations” engaged in terrorist activity or organized crime. But even that requires a judgment call, because not everyone around the world defines terrorism in the same way, said David Greene, civil liberties director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a digital rights group.

“Most of these areas are more gray than black or white, and that can put these companies in a very difficult position,” Greene said.

Lawmakers in the U.S. Senate recently considered a bill that would require social media companies to report any “terrorist activity” they found on their site to government authorities. Opponents questioned whether private companies were qualified to decide what constitutes terrorist activity. Tech representatives also warned the bill would have resulted in excessive reports to law enforcement and an overload of unhelpful data. The provision was later dropped.

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Given the pervasiveness of social media, it’s perhaps no surprise that some criminals have posted evidence of their own acts. Authorities say teenagers in Illinois, Michigan and California have posted clips of themselves committing rape and assault — apparently to brag to their friends. Law enforcement officials say Florida resident Derek Medina posted a photo of his wife’s body on Facebook with a note accusing her of abusing him. He was convicted of second-degree murder this year.

Dealing with these problems is inherent for any social network, said Brian Blau, a tech analyst with Gartner. “They are in the business of connecting people and, unfortunately, there are a lot of terrible people in the world.”

And with the advent of live-streaming apps like Meerkat and 老域名怎么购买’s Periscope service, safety advocates like Balkam worry that someone will use them to broadcast violence as it occurs. Facebook is also testing a similar service, which lets anyone broadcast live smartphone video to the world.

That will up the ante for social media companies, which will need to expand their systems for users to report violent content as it’s streaming, as well as their ability to respond.

“We’re talking in real time, stuff that you broadcast will have to be reported and taken down in a matter of seconds or minutes,” Balkam said.

Associated Press writer Anick Jesdanun in New York, writer Tami Abdollah in Washington and researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York contributed to this report. Michael Liedtke reported from San Francisco.

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Winnipeg church uses refugee sponsorship as educational opportunity

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WINNIPEG —; A Winnipeg church is giving back and sponsoring a family of refugees to come to Canada but it’s also using the journey as a teaching lesson to educate its parish.

In the next 3 months, a Congolese family of 7 will land in Winnipeg thanks to the support of roughly a dozen families from the Meeting Place.

The decision to sponsor a family came together a few months ago, after the conflict in Syria started making major headlines.

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READ MORE: Syrian refugees are arriving in Manitoba, residents opening up homes

“We knew we wanted to do something,” said Kevin O’Coin, the Pastor of community life at the Meeting Place. “When we contacted the organization they asked if we would be open to helping a family from another region. With the Syrian crisis everyone wants to support the Syrians but there are other people, some of whom have the application pending, that are not experiencing that process going forward because others are jumping the queue a bit.”

During last Sunday’s service, the Meeting Place handed out blue leaflets that not only gave an update on the family it is helping to relocate, but included a small quiz.

The refugee quiz, designed by the Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba, included just six questions, yet the pastor wasn’t surprised to see how many people couldn’t answer the questions.

“I didn’t know half of these things,” said O’Coin.

The multiple choice quiz questions ranged from asking the average length of stay for people living in refugee camps to the number of newcomers Manitoba has welcomed as permanent residents since 2000.

“A lot of people came up and said they didn’t know,” said O’Coin. “There was some astonishment and recognizing we clearly don’t have any vision of what refugees are going through.”

The family the church has chosen to sponsor has been living in a refugee camp in Tanzania for the past 18 years after fleeing tensions in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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All 5 of their children (ages 3,7,11,15,18) were born in the camp and know no other life.

“When you actually think to your self, ‘what would it be like for me and my family to experience that kind of length of stay in a place where potentially all of their kids have been born away from their home’ it makes it a bit easier to understand their experiences,” he said.

The church is raising $30,000 to cover not only the cost of the relocation to Winnipeg but to help furnish a place and provide the family with winter clothing to get them on their feet.

Refugee Quiz (Answers below)1. Since 2000, Manitoba has welcomed how many newcomers as permanent residents to Canada?(a) 30,000  (b) 110,000  (c) 150,000 +2. A refugee is a person who can claim refugee status if they:(a) are escaping poverty and famine(b) have a well-founded fear of persecution(c) have been victims of war(d) can return home but refuse3. The average length of stay for people:(a) 5 years  (b) 17 years  (c) 21 years4. In 2014, the top 4 source countries for people who come as Government Assisted Refugees to Manitoba were:(a) Somalia, Syria, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo(b) Eritrea, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Afghanistan(c) Somalia, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea5. A family who is brought to Canada as Government Assisted Refugees will: (a) start their lives in Canada in debt – a family of 5 would have a $9,000-$10,000 transportation loan to repay to the government(b) have to find work within 2 weeks of coming to Canada(c) will automatically get their Canadian Citizenship after 3 years6. In Canada, we can keep refugee claimants in mandatory detention centres (some of which are former prisons), surrounded by barbed wire, surveillance cameras and guards, where families are seperated – women and children in one wing, fathers in the other.TrueFalse

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1. c2. b3. b4.c5. a6. True

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Connor McDavid to captain Team Canada at IIHF world hockey championship

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Edmonton Oilers forward Connor McDavid will serve as Canadian captain at the upcoming IIHF world hockey championship.

McDavid, who led the NHL with 108 points this season, helped Canada win gold at the 2016 tournament.

READ MORE: Edmonton Oilers captain McDavid headlines Canada’s world championship roster

Buffalo Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly and St. Louis Blues forward Brayden Schenn will serve as alternate captains at the May 4-20 competition in Copenhagen and Herning, Denmark.

“We have a mix of youth and veterans on our team, and the three players chosen to wear a letter know what it takes to be successful in international competition and that will help us be successful in our ultimate goal,” Canada head coach Bill Peters said Monday in a release.

Canada’s Connor McDavid skates with the trophy following his team’s gold medal victory over Team Russia at the IIHF World Junior Championship in Toronto on Jan. 5, 2015.

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Canada is staging its pre-tournament camp in Riga and will play the Latvian national team in a pre-tournament game Tuesday.

Sweden is the defending champion at this year’s competition. Canada settled for silver last year after taking gold in 2015 and 2016.

READ MORE: Canada beats Finland 2-0, wins world hockey championship

Canada will open the tournament Friday against the United States.

Team Canada has won gold at two of the last three IIHF World Championships, going undefeated during the 2015 tournament in the Czech Republic and shutting out Finland in the gold-medal game in 2016 in Russia.

Last year, Canada skated to silver after falling to Sweden in the gold-medal game in Cologne, Germany.

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Streaming dominates Internet traffic in North America: report

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TORONTO – Streaming has taken over the Internet and now accounts for more than 70 per cent of North American downloads at peak times, up from less than 35 per cent in 2010, according a report from broadband services company Sandvine.

Netflix makes up a huge part of Internet downloads, the company said, with the streaming service accounting for 37.1 per cent of all downstream traffic in North America during September and October.

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Youtube accounted for the second-largest share of download traffic, at 17.9 per cent, followed by regular Internet browsing at 6.1 per cent.

As streaming sites have risen in popularity, the BitTorrent file-sharing service – which some blame for the proliferation of pirated content online – has declined in its share of overall Internet traffic.

READ MORE: Canadians who illegally download movies may be risking more than previously thought

BitTorrent still accounts for more than a quarter of upload traffic, which is substantially lower than download traffic, in part because of the its peer-to-peer design that sees users share parts of files with each other.

Yet the file-sharing service now accounts for less than five per cent of total Internet traffic, down from 31 per cent in 2008.

Despite data caps and small screens, audio and video streaming is also the biggest slice of mobile Internet traffic, accounting for 36.98 per cent of overall traffic at peak times.

YouTube was the biggest contributor to mobile downloads, followed by Facebook and web browsing.

Sandvine provides traffic management services to more than 250 Internet providers around the world, and regularly compiles the traffic data from its customers into reports.

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Holy Hunter: Catholic nun hunts down 10-point buck

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Benedictine Sister John Paul Bauer prayed the rosary in her tree stand the first morning of hunting season. Then she shot and killed a 100-kilogram, 10-point buck.

A photo showcasing the Roman Catholic nun holding the enormous deer’s remains has made her an online sensation.

Sister John Paul poses for a photo with the 10-point buck she killed. This photo and post have since been removed after harsh criticism.

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The local diocese claims the photo was seen more than two million times on Facebook before they felt forced to remove it after harsh criticism.

But Bauer, a teacher at Elk County Catholic High School in St. Mary’s, PA, believes her hunt promotes conservationism.

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“In St. Marys, this is what you do. You go hunting. Everybody goes hunting — the coach, myself, the students,” Bauer told FOX 6.

“If you don’t kill the deer, they will starve. You have to maintain the population that can be fed naturally off the land,” the nun said on the diocese’s website. “If you get an overabundance, then the deer starve. Likewise, if you overkill, then that’s not good either. So there’s a balance.”

The diocese says Bauer had the deer butchered and is sharing the meat with local families. She’s also having the buck’s 40-centimetre rack mounted.

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Leaked document outlines Islamic State’s ‘blueprint’ for establishing a state

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A purportedly leaked document outlines the “blueprint” for the establishment of the Islamic State.

The document, which appeared on the Guardian website Monday, was reportedly composed last year and is not the usual call to rise up against those the so-called Islamic State group sees as infidels —Western governments, Shiite Muslims, Christians and anyone else who doesn’t adopt their Islamist ideology.

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Titled “Principles”, according to the Guardian, it lays out how the Islamic State group (IS) would function as a government and details policies on health care, education, natural resources and even foreign relations.

“Indeed external relations are key to knowing the international politics surrounding the Islamic State, and alliances should be as a guarantee of force and leverage that the Islamic leadership can use in all its matters with the external world,” the document reads.

The Guardian reported a 23-year-old researcher named Aymenn al-Tamimi acquired the document from a businessman living in the Islamic State.

The 24-page document, written in Arabic but translated to English by the Guardian, was one of 30 obtained by the publication that create a “picture of a group that, although sworn to a founding principle of brutal violence, is equally set on more mundane matters.”

IS has carried out horrific atrocities against minority groups and adversaries in Iraq and Syria and in the past six weeks, has claimed responsibility for, or served as the inspiration for, terrorist attacks in Egypt, France, Lebanon and the United States.

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The document also outlines how IS will manage its wealth and resources for the so-called caliphate it declared in the swathes of territory it has seized in Iraq and Syria. IS declared the formation of a caliphate in June 2014; It’s believed the document was composed between July and October of that year, the Guardian reported.

A new report from IHS Conflict Monitor estimates IS rakes in $80 million each month through the collection of levies, land and property confiscations, oil and gas smuggling, bank robberies, kidnapping ransoms, the sale of stolen antiquities, drug trafficking and money acquired through state-run businesses and small enterprises.

The so-called “blueprint” also details some of IS’ military plans, including the training of child soldiers, as well as its aggressive media operations, that glorify some of the group’s most brutal acts.

Some analysts believe this document serves to show IS’ state-building aspirations should be taken seriously.

“It seems a far cry from something produced by an organisation that routinely commits horrific acts of seemingly mindless brutality. And that may be the most chilling aspect. If the west sees [IS] as an almost stereotypical band of psychopathic killers, we risk dramatically underestimating them,” retired U.S. General Stanley McCrystal told the publication.

“Far from being an army of irrational, bloodthirsty fanatics, IS is a deeply calculating political organisation with an extremely complex, well-planned infrastructure behind it,” Charlie Winter, a senior research associate at Georgia State University, told the Guardian.

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Edmonton Catholic schools cancel all international trips amid terror attacks

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EDMONTON – Twenty field trips planned between December and the end of May 2016 will no longer go ahead for Edmonton students.

Edmonton Catholic Schools announced Monday it’s cancelling all international trips in the wake of recent terrorist attacks.

“Due to recent events in Europe and the United States, our decision is made with our top priority being student safety,” a letter from the district to staff read.

The letter explained the decision was a very difficult one, made by the district administration.

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Several factors were considered in making the decision, the letter explained, including “the uncertain world climate that we now live in.”

“Recent media reports advise that there have been 355 mass shootings in 336 days in the United States which confirms that acts of violence can occur anywhere at any time.”

Lori Nagy, spokesperson for Edmonton Catholic Schools, explained the recent mass shooting in San Bernardino really impacted the district.

“For us, I do think San Bernardino was something that did make a difference because it showed that acts of violence can take place at any time, anywhere, when least expected, obviously.”

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The administration also took input from principals, teacher supervisors, parents and recommendations from the Alberta School Boards’ Insurance Exchange into consideration.

“With recent events in Paris and California and heightened concerns in other cities, we feel it best to limit our travels to within Canada for the remainder of the school year.”

The district will take another look at the issue of international travel later in the school year.

Last week, Edmonton Public Schools put its international travel plans on hold.

“We need to step back, take a look at everything, and take a close look at travel advisories,” spokesperson Brad Stromberg said.

“For the present and foreseeable future, all international field trips are on hold.”

The move comes the same day the Calgary Catholic School District (CCSD) announced it would put a moratorium on international trips, cancelling 11 planned events.

READ MORE: Calgary Catholic schools halt international trips due to recent global events

Meanwhile, the Calgary Board of Education said Monday a decision on whether to stop international travel for public school students will be made before the winter break. It had announced a pause on international trip planning Nov. 26.

EPSB and Calgary boards are not cancelling any out-of-province student trips within Canada; only international travel will be affected.

“I totally understand that we’re going to have a lot of disappointed parents, children and staff,” Nagy said, “but we had to make the decision based on safety.”

Edmonton Catholic Schools is working with tour operators and individual schools to try to recoup as much money as possible. Nagy said the majority are insured by one company that indicates it will provide refunds, however it will take some time to go through all of the trips.

A hockey trip to Faribault, Minnesota that is organized by parents at St. Francis Xavier High School is going ahead on Wednesday. Nagy said coaches are independent contractors so they will also be going. No staff are going on that trip.

Parents at JH Picard School are also organizing a Dec. 17-22 basketball trip to Hawaii.

The Black Gold Regional Division south of Edmonton will discuss options Wednesday after sending an online survey to parents asking for feedback. The survey asks if the board should suspend all international travel as a result of recent terrorism.

An official said answers have been mixed, but some parents of junior and senior high school students are worried.

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Parts of Manitoba enjoy record breaking weekend

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WINNIPEG —; The calendar reads December 7th, but if you avoid looking at the Christmas decorations in the the streets you might just think it’s spring.

In fact, over the weekend many Manitobans (especially those living in the south) enjoyed record breaking temperatures.

On Saturday, the provincial hot spot was 10.9 Celsius in McCreary. On Sunday, Morden took the honour, recording a high of 10.6 C.

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The areas that have little or no snow cover got the warmest. The sun’s energy wasn’t wasted on snow melt so the atmosphere warmed much faster producing warmer temperatures.

The coming week continues to look mild and well above seasonal for the most part.

The normal daytime high is -9 C but we are staying above zero until the weekend hits when we are expected to cool to normal temperatures.

Overnight temperatures are still remaining on the “milder” side. Normal lows are -18 and we won’t be anywhere near that over the next seven days.

It’s pretty rare to see rain in the forecast in Winnipeg for December but come Wednesday that could be the case.

Clouds will move in with a forecast high of 2 C with rain during the day, and rain and/or snow in the evening.

Here’s a list of some of weekend records through the province old records are in brackets.

Saturday:

Gretna 7.3 C (5.0 C 1963)Gimli 7.1 C (3.9 C 1975)Carberry 6.2 C (5.0 C 1967)Emerson 5.8 C (5.0 C 1979)Island Lake 2.5 C (1.6 C 1988)

Sunday:

Gretna 9.9 C (6.2 C 1999)McCreary 9.3 C (7.7 C 1999)Pilot Mound 9.0 C (6.3 C 1999)Portage la Prairie 8.9 C (6.3 C 1999)Emerson 7.1 C (4.8 C 1999)

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Alberta to see modest growth despite low oil prices, says Conference Board

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CALGARY – The Conference Board of Canada says Alberta should see modest economic growth next year despite persistently low oil prices.

It predicts the province will see real GDP growth of 1.2 per cent in 2016 after the economy shrank by 1.2 per cent this year.

READ MORE: Calgary post-oil plunge – uncertainty and opportunity

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The Conference Board said low oil prices led to a 15.2 per cent drop in energy investments this year and will mean $11 billion less in the province’s economy by the end of next year.

Saskatchewan’s energy-reliant economy is also expected to bounce back out of recession next year with two per cent GDP growth, while Newfoundland and Labrador’s economy is expected to shrink by 0.8 per cent.

British Columbia is anticipated to lead the country with 3.6 per cent growth in 2016, thanks especially to strong construction and housing sectors.

Manitoba is forecast to be the second-fastest growing province with 2.5 per cent growth, while Ontario’s economy is projected to grow by 2.3 per cent.

Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick are both expected to see modest growth of 1.6 per cent, while Nova Scotia is expected to see 2.3 per cent growth, in part due to the federal shipbuilding contract for the navy.

READ MORE: Oil crash not a repeat of 1985, says University of Calgary report

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WATCH: Donkey grins after rescue from floodwaters in Ireland

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That’s one happy ass.

The eight-year-old donkey escaped from his enclosure in Kerry, Ireland, after the shed, fence and gate were washed away in a storm that’s been hammering Ireland and the UK.

He wandered off but became trapped in floodwaters on Sunday.

The donkey’s owner called search and rescue for help, but they weren’t able to come through, UK magazine Horse and Hound reports.

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That’s when Animal Heaven Animal Rescue stepped in.

The organization put out a call for help on Facebook. Mike Fleming, who belongs to a rowing club nearby, volunteered to bring out his small motor boat with the help of another volunteer named Declan.

But time was running out. By the time help arrived, the donkey had been trapped in the floods for around 12 hours.

“We knew we only had an hour before the floods got worse, so we wanted to give him a chance,” Suzanne Gibbons, owner of Animal Heaven Animal Rescue, told Horse and Hound.

“When we got to the donkey we saw that if he stepped a couple of inches in either direction he would have drowned.”

The rescuers placed an orange ring buoy around the donkey’s neck and slowly towed him to shore.

The donkey’s owner was “crying and jumping up and down” when he saw that his donkey was safe, Gibbons said.

“We named him Mike after his hero who had brought the boat out for him,” she said.

Mike is resting and recovering at the rescue centre and will be headed home soon.

“All he needs is loads of TLC,” Gibbons said.

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Quebec Labour Board rules in favour of city to stop wildcat strike

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MONTREAL – Quebec’s Labour Board sided with the City of Montreal after blue collar workers failed to show up to a hearing on Monday morning.

The City of Montreal had decided to take the workers to the board in an attempt to stop a wildcat strike planned for Tuesday.

Even without the workers present, the Labour Board went ahead and heard arguments from the city; it ruled in favour of Montreal’s request.

Blue collar workers protest in downtown Montreal, Monday, December 7, 2015.

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Blue collar workers protest in downtown Montreal, Monday, December 7, 2015.

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The union representing the blue collar workers refused to comment on the boycott, but several workers were spotted at a massive municipal sector protest in Montreal on Monday morning.

The conflict between the city and its blue collar workers erupted over an illegal union meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 8 at 8 a.m.

“We will not accept illegal actions, nor that city property be used to get to the meeting,” said Pierre Desrochers, President of the city’s Executive Committee in a press release.

The blue collar workers’ collective agreement expires on Dec. 31, 2017.

If the union meeting goes ahead as planned on Tuesday morning, the hundreds of employees who were planning to take time off work to attend it could face disciplinary measures.

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