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Notable Canadians who died in 2015

Posted by admin on 14/11/2018
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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.

Fred Ross / Canadian Press Photo

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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.

Dean Bennett,

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.

THE CANADIAN PRESS

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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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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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, 桑拿会所, 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, 桑拿会所 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.

Mass Shootings in the United States in 2015 | FindTheHome

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 桑拿会所’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.

Paris climate deal drafted but still long way to go

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Negotiators adopted a draft climate agreement Saturday that was cluttered with brackets and competing options, leaving ministers with the job of untangling key sticking points in what is envisioned to become a lasting, universal pact to fight global warming.

As the U.N. talks outside Paris reached their midway point, the draft agreement was sent on to environment and foreign ministers who will work on it next week.

“We would have wished to be further along than we are at this point, but the text being forwarded so far reflects our key priorities,” said Maldives delegate Thoriq Ibrahim, who chairs an alliance of small island nations on the front lines of climate change.

WATCH: Justin Trudeau tells world leaders at Paris climate change conference: Canada is back

A host of disagreements remains, almost all related to defining the obligations and expectations of rich and poor countries, as well as those who don’t fit neatly into either category.

Though 184 countries have already submitted national plans to reduce climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions, how to anchor those pledges in a legally binding deal remains to be worked out.

WATCH ABOVE: Climate change ‘an urgent issue’: Robert Redford.

China’s chief negotiator Su Wei told reporters Saturday that “all the provisions, starting from the preamble to the final clauses, would be legally binding.”

That contrasts with the U.S. position, which is for some parts to be legally binding, but not countries’ pledges to limit the greenhouse gas emissions. Binding emissions cuts would likely require the Obama administration to send the deal to the Republican-controlled Congress, where it would likely be struck down.

WATCH: Paris climate negotiations should include a legally binding treaty: May

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After the news conference, Su indicated the issue was still up for negotiation.

“We have to further discuss … try to find some proper solution,” he said.

Jake Schmidt of the Natural Resource Defence Council, a New York-based environmental group, said the issue could be resolved by avoiding words like “shall” in key paragraphs about emissions targets.

The Paris accord is meant to be a turning point in the world’s efforts to fight climate change. Since they started in 1992, the U.N. talks have not been able to stop the rise in emissions, mostly from the burning of fossil fuels, blamed for warming the planet.

READ MORE: Climate change: Why world leaders want to stop Earth from warming 2 C

Previous agreements only required rich countries to reduce their emissions. The new agreement would apply to all countries, but many developing nations are resisting language that would indicate a shift in responsibilities.

The U.S. and other developed countries have traditionally been the only ones expected to provide financing to help poor countries deal with rising seas and other impacts of climate change. They want the new agreement to expand the donor base to include the most advanced developing countries.

Major developing countries including India and China are pushing back, amid worries that wealthy countries are trying to dodge their responsibilities.

The developing bloc says the parts of world that industrialized first — the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan, Australia and New Zealand — have a historical responsibility to address climate change.

HALIFAX – A 43-year-old man has escaped from custody while being transferred to a sheriff’s van in Nova Scotia, and it’s not the first time the man has slipped from authorities.

The latest incident happened at 5:45 p.m. Friday at the parking lot of the Truro Justice Centre.

According to the Department of Justice, Marc Joseph Pellerin was being transported from Shediac jail in New Brunswick to Halifax for a Monday court appearance.

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He was to appear on a variety of charges, including theft of a motor vehicle, theft over $5,000, break and enter, possession of stolen property, evading police, unsafe storage of a firearm and resisting arrest.

READ: Police looking for man who stole $8,000 in jewelry from Dartmouth store

Prisoner not handcuffed or in shackles

Fred Hildebrand, the executive director of Sheriff Services, says Pellerin was not wearing handcuffs or shackled when he was being transferred between the two vehicles, which is against policy.

“Normally in a transport, they have the handcuffs and shackles on all the time. That’s the routine,” he said.

“We want to investigate to get the facts we need the facts to determine exactly what happened.”

He says the sheriffs had used an SUV for the drive from Shediac to Truro because of the weather. Pellerin was supposed to be transferred into a van for the remainder of the trip.

“I understand it was one of the SUVs which has 4 wheel drive. The reason being yesterday I guess they had a lot of snow up north and they took the SUV for safety reasons.”

Hildebrand adds there were four staff members taking part in the transfer and that they gave chase when Pellerin escaped.

“They chased him for several blocks in Truro and they couldn’t catch him,” he said.

Police partnering in search

Truro Police, RCMP and Sheriff Services have joined together in the search for Pellerin.

“We are still actively looking for him,” said Cst. Andrew Frost of the Truro Police Service on Saturday morning.

A media release from the justice department describes Pellerin as a white male with brown eyes and brown hair. He is 5’7” and weighs 155 lbs. At the time of the incident, he was wearing a dark jacket, blue jeans and sneakers. He also has tattoos on both arms.

Pellerin, who is from New Brunswick, escaped from custody briefly back in May. He had been arrested by Halifax Regional Police for allegedly selling stolen items at a pawn shop in Dartmouth and somehow escaped from the police vehicle while being transferred to the cells.

He ran away but police were able to catch him a short distance away.

Pellerin is charged with multiple property-related crimes involving pawn shops and jewelry stores in Dartmouth and Chester, including a theft at Mic Mac Mall in March.

NEW YORK – The New York Times is using space on its front page to call for greater gun regulation in the wake recent deadly mass shootings.

Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. says the newspaper is running its first Page 1 editorial since 1920 on Saturday to “deliver a strong and visible statement of frustration and anguish about our country’s inability to come to terms with the scourge of guns.”

The piece is a response to recent gun violence in the United States, including the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado, last week and  a shooting that killed 14 people Wednesday at a social services centre in San Bernardino, California.

WATCH: U.S. President Barack Obama reacts to the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California and says the country is facing a pattern of mass shootings and that laws have to change.

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The editorial follows an editorial by the New York Daily News which skewered politicians’ responses to the San Bernardino shootings on twitter, saying “God isn’t fixing this.”

The Times says the editorial suggests drastically reducing the number of firearms and even “eliminating some large categories of weapons and ammunition.”

“It is a moral outrage and a national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed specifically to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency,” writes the Editorial Board, which has the byline for the editorial.

The editorial even goes as far as to say U.S. politicians “abet would-be killers by creating gun markets for them.”

Fatalities and Injuries from Mass Shootings in the U.S. | FindTheBest

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NEW DELHI – Severe floods that have hit the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu killed 18 hospital patients this week after rainwaters knocked out generators and switched off ventilators, officials said Saturday.

State authorities were investigating complaints of negligence by officials at MIOT International hospital in the state capital of Chennai, which is reeling from massive floods.

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The 18 patients were in the intensive care unit when a power outage affected ventilators in the hospital, leading to their deaths over the past two to three days, said state Health Secretary J. Radhakrishnan.

READ MORE: Flood waters inundate homes and buildings in southern India

He said that floodwaters entered the room with the generators, cutting off power to the building and switching off the ventilators.

More than 280 people have died due to the floods in Chennai, a city of 9.6 million, and nearby districts, including several who were killed due to electric shocks from power distribution boxes that had been submerged by floodwaters. Authorities have turned off power supplies in some areas to prevent accidental deaths.

Army soldiers using boats have rescued thousands of residents marooned in high-rise buildings and launched massive relief operations to provide food and medicine

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Although floodwaters have begun to recede, vast swaths of Chennai and neighbouring districts were still under 2 1/2 to 3 metres of water, with tens of thousands of people in state-run relief camps.

As officials struggled to supply drinking water and food packets, people were complaining that relief had not yet reached several neighbourhoods, four days after they were marooned or stranded on rooftops. With no electricity for more than four days, they had no way to charge their cellphones, they said.

“We feel quite helpless,” said Malti Soman, standing in knee-deep water in Mambalam, a residential area in central Chennai. “The landline phones are not working. And my cellphone is dead because there is no electricity to charge it.”

READ MORE: India’s Tamil Nadu grapples with worst floods in a century

Radhakrishnan, the health secretary, said Saturday that while the immediate rescue operations were tapering off, the main focus of the administration in the coming days will be to prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

In many areas, sewage drains have overflowed due to the rising floodwaters, posing a health hazard for residents who have had to wade through the water, Radhakrishnan said.

“This is a concern,” he said. “We are working with the local water and sewage agencies to disinfect the worst-hit areas.”

Sanitation workers have begun spraying insecticide in many places to prevent the spread of vector-borne diseases such as malaria and dengue due to the stagnant water collected in large parts of the city.

Chennai’s airport was closed for a fourth day Saturday, although some flights operated from a nearby air force base.

Railway services resumed partially, with a few trains running from Chennai’s main train station.

India’s main monsoon season runs from June through September, but for Chennai and the rest of the southeastern coast, the heaviest rainfall is from October to December, also called the retreating monsoon.

This year’s deluge — which experts linked to the El Nino weather pattern, when the waters of the Pacific Ocean get warmer than usual — caught Chennai completely unprepared.

LOS ANGELES – A family who suffered serious injuries in a fatal traffic collision involving Caitlyn Jenner earlier this year sued the Olympic gold medallist on Friday.

The Wolf-Milesi family of Malibu sued Jenner in Los Angeles Superior Court for negligence in the February crash, which killed one woman after Jenner rear-ended her car and pushed it into oncoming traffic on the Pacific Coast Highway.

A sport utility vehicle driven by Peter Wolf-Milesi family struck a car driven by Kim Howe, killing her. The lawsuit states the four members of the Wolf-Milesi family and another occupant of their vehicle sustained serious injuries in the crash.

WATCH: Caitlyn Jenner will not face charges over a car crash in February that left one woman dead and several other injured. Amy Johnson reports.

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Peter Wolf-Milesi suffered serious wrist injuries and his one-month old son was unresponsive after the accident, according to the lawsuit. Wolf-Milesi’s wife also sustained blunt-force injuries and requires ongoing treatment, the suit states.

“The emotional effects of being involved in a collision that has taken the life of another has caused tremendous distress and suffering for the Wolf-Milesi family,” the suit states.

Jenner’s publicist Alan Nierob declined comment Friday.

Sheriff’s investigators determined Jenner was travelling at an unsafe speed for the traffic conditions. Prosecutors declined to file a vehicular manslaughter charge against the 66-year-old Jenner, who was born as Bruce Jenner.

The accident occurred before Jenner announced she is transgender and transitioned into her new identity as Caitlyn.

After the accident, Jenner released a statement expressing sympathy to those involved in the accident.

“It is a devastating tragedy,” the statement read. “I cannot pretend to imagine what this family is going through at this time. I am praying for them.”

Jenner is also facing separate lawsuits by Howe’s stepchildren and the driver of the other car involved in the collision.

EDMONTON – The Edmonton Oilers finally look to have their go-to goalie.

Anders Nilsson made 42 saves and Jordan Eberle to score 45 seconds into overtime as the Oilers toppled the NHL’s top road team, coming away with a surprising 2-1 victory over the Dallas Stars on Friday.

“If Anders wasn’t the first, second and third star, he should have been,” Edmonton coach Todd McLellan said of the 25-year-old Swede, who has started in eight of his club’s last nine games over Cam Talbot.

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“It was a hell of a performance. He stole the game.”

Taylor Hall also scored for the Oilers (10-15-2), who won their second game in a row after beating Boston 3-2 in a shootout to start their homestand on Wednesday in a game where Nilsson made 38 stops and was perfect in the shootout session.

“These are a big confidence boost for us to win these last two games,” Nilsson said. “Two very tight games and to win both of them, one in overtime and one in a shootout is huge for us. It shows we have good character and a good team.”

READ MORE: Jordan Eberle stars in Oilers’ shootout win

Mattias Janmark replied for the league-leading Stars (20-5-2), who have lost two of their last three to drop their road record to 11-2-2.

“We had some really good scoring chances and we should have scored early in the game, but we had to grind it and got a point,” Janmark said. “We’ll take that, but we wanted to get two.”

Nilsson was forced to be sharp in the early going, making a huge glove save on Tyler Seguin 48 seconds in and denying Jamie Benn on a breakaway a couple minutes later.

Those saves allowed the Oilers to take a 1-0 lead with five minutes to play in the first period as Hall picked the pocket of defender Patrik Nemeth and then picked the top corner behind Stars goalie Antti Niemi for his 10th of the season.

Dallas tied the game with 1:37 left in the second period as Janmark was allowed to take a couple of cracks at a rebound in front of the Edmonton net before slipping it past Nilsson.

The Stars outshot Edmonton 15-4 in the scoreless third period, but Nilsson stood on his head to send the game to extra time.

Edmonton forward Leon Draisaitl came up big in the overtime session, stealing the puck twice before setting up Eberle, who used a screen to send the puck past Niemi.

“It’s huge getting these consecutive wins,” Eberle said. “We just want to keep rolling. We played a good game against Boston and got the points. We didn’t play our best tonight, but we found a way to win.”

The Oilers continue their homestand with a game against the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. The Stars have a bit of a break, not returning to the ice until Tuesday when they host the Carolina Hurricanes.

CHICAGO – Police officers who watched a colleague shoot a black Chicago teenager 16 times filed reports depicting a very different version of events than what dashcam footage showed, portraying the teen as far more menacing than he appeared in the video.

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The city released hundreds of pages of documents late Friday pertaining to the October 2014 killing of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by Jason Van Dyke, a white police officer. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder last month, only hours before the department released the video under a court order, sparking protests and accusations of a coverup.

The video, which the city kept from the public for more than a year, shows McDonald veering away from officers on a four-lane street when Van Dyke, seconds after exiting his squad car, opens fire from close range. The officer continues shooting after McDonald crumples to the ground and is barely moving. The video does not include sound, which authorities have not explained.

In the newly released police reports, several officers including Van Dyke and his partner described McDonald as aggressively approaching officers while armed with a knife. At least three other officers, including his partner, supported key details in Van Dyke’s portrayal of events.

The officers’ version, recorded in more than 300 pages of handwritten and typed reports, prompted police supervisors to rule at the time that McDonald’s death was a justifiable homicide and within the use of force guidelines, even though the dashcam video also was available to them shortly after the shooting.

Van Dyke told an investigator McDonald was “swinging the knife in an aggressive, exaggerated manner” and “raised the knife across the chest” and pointed it at Van Dyke, according to one report. Multiple officers reported that even after McDonald was down, he kept trying to rise while holding the knife.

“In defence of his life, Van Dyke backpedaled and fired his handgun at McDonald, to stop the attack,” one report reads. “McDonald fell to the ground but continued to move and continued to grasp the knife, refusing to let go of it.”

Van Dyke told an investigator he feared McDonald would rush him with the knife or launch it at him. He also noted a 2012 Chicago Police Department warning about a knife capable of firing a bullet, according to the reports. The reports included a copy of the warning issued by an unidentified “Midwest intelligence organization” that was circulated to officers.

The reports add to questions about the department’s handling of the shooting. The U.S. attorney’s office is investigating, and several officials have called for the U.S. Justice Department’s civil rights division to open a wider investigation of police practices, similar to ones conducted in Ferguson, Missouri, and elsewhere.

The shooting happened while protests were still roiling Ferguson months after the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black 18-year-old, Michael Brown. His death revived questions about police treatment of minorities throughout the United States and energized the national Black Lives Matter movement.

Chicago officials fought in court for months to keep the McDonald video from being released. The city’s early efforts coincided with Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election campaign, when he was seeking African-American votes.

Emanuel has said he didn’t see the video until it was released publicly. He and a number of aldermen have said they relied on the city attorney, who did view it, when they signed off on a $5 million settlement with McDonald’s family even before the family filed a lawsuit.

In an op-ed article, Emanuel denied a coverup and said he “strongly” rejects any alleged connection to his re-election campaign. He said the city was following a longstanding practice of releasing such material only after an investigation was complete.

Emanuel fired Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy on Tuesday.

Van Dyke’s attorney, Dan Herbert, maintains the video doesn’t tell the whole story, and says the officer feared for his life and acted lawfully. Herbert didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

What’s on video and what the officers reported could all be true, said Dean Angelo, president of the Chicago police officer’s union, because each officer had “a different perspective,” which could vary significantly from the fixed car camera.

It’s unclear whether the newly released documents could lead to more officers being prosecuted. The officers would have Fifth Amendment protection for anything they said during an internal investigation, but their initial police reports could be used in an obstruction of justice case against them, said Phil Turner, a former federal prosecutor in Chicago.

“You’ve got police reports that say the guy lunged and a video that says that didn’t happen at all,” Turner said.

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the city’s Independent Police Review Authority, not the police department, conducts investigations of officer-involved shootings and the agency was given all evidence from the scene. The authority has not released its report on McDonald’s death.

“If the criminal investigation concludes that any officer participated in any wrongdoing, we will take swift action,” Guglielmi said.

The Rev. Jesse Jackson said the documents show police “misrepresenting” what happened and called for an escalation of protests Sunday in the city’s business district.

Requests for comment to representatives for Emanuel, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and the police review authority weren’t immediately returned.

McDonald was being chased by police after reports he was burglarizing vehicles.

The police reports refer to him as the “offender” and Van Dyke and other officers as “victims.”

Van Dyke’s partner, identified as Joseph Walsh, told an investigator that he repeatedly yelled “Drop the knife!” at McDonald and backed up as the teenager “continued to advance toward the officers.” He said McDonald “swung the knife toward the officers in an aggressive manner” before Van Dyke shot him and that he believed McDonald was “attempting to kill them.”

Walsh said McDonald attempted to get up after falling, “while still armed with the knife.” He said he eventually kicked the knife away from McDonald and then told the dying teenager “Hang in there” as an ambulance was called.

When announcing charges against Van Dyke, Alvarez said McDonald’s knife, which had a 3-inch blade, was folded when recovered from the scene. One of the police reports said the knife’s blade was open.

One report said McDonald showed “irrational behaviour,” such as ignoring verbal directions, “growling” and making noises. A medical examiner’s report said the hallucinogen PCP was found in his system.

Redactions in the police reports cover signatures, a reporter’s cellphone number, the serial number of the officer’s gun and McDonald’s address.

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Associated Press writers Michael Tarm and Don Babwin contributed to this report.

BERLIN — Germany stepped up its contribution to the fight against the Islamic State group on Friday, with lawmakers overwhelmingly voting in favor of sending reconnaissance jets, a tanker plane and a frigate to provide broad noncombat support to the U.S.-led coalition flying airstrikes against the militants.

The move answers a call for help from France following last month’s deadly attacks in Paris. IS militants claimed responsibility for the Nov. 13 attacks that killed 130 people and wounded hundreds.

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READ MORE: Kerry says Syrian ceasefire could lead to IS’ defeat in ‘months’

On Friday, Belgian and French authorities said they were hunting two new suspects in the Paris carnage. The men used fake identity cards and sent money to a relative of the man who orchestrated the attacks the day before the ringleader died in a shootout with French police, the Belgian prosecutor’s office said.

The German Parliament voted 445 in support of the mission against IS and 146 against, with seven abstentions. The plan received wide support from the ranks of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition, a week after the German leader assured French President Francois Hollande that Germany would “act quickly” to help its ally.

German opposition lawmakers, however, questioned the effectiveness of military operations against the extremists.

“You won’t fight IS that way. You’ll only strengthen it,” Left Party lawmaker Sahra Wagenknecht told Parliament.

Her criticism echoed the concerns voiced by Nicolas Henin, a French journalist who was held hostage by Islamic State militants for 10 months until being freed in April 2014. Henin told The Associated Press that while using military muscle against the group shouldn’t be ruled out, it should only be a small part of a broader strategy.

“The party that will win is not the party that will have the most powerful, the most modern or the most expensive weaponry or even the bravest fighters,” Henin said.

“The side that will win … is the party that will have the Syrian people on its side. By bombing Syria, we are pushing the Syrians into the hands of IS.”

The 134 million-euro ($145 million) German mission will see two Tornado reconnaissance planes sent to Turkey’s Incirlik base as early as next week. The frigate is already en route to join French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle.

“The goal… is to fight and contain IS, and destroy their safe havens and their ability to lead worldwide terror operations,” Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen told reporters Thursday before heading to Ankara for talks with her Turkish counterpart.

She also met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to talk about stationing German troops there and other aspects of the deployment, the Defense Ministry said Friday.

In all, Germany plans to send up to six Tornado reconnaissance planes and a tanker aircraft, as well as the frigate to help protect the French aircraft carrier, but won’t actively engage in combat.

READ MORE: Britain launches Syria airstrikes against Islamic State as US adds to forces

A maximum contingent of 1,200 soldiers was also approved, serving as support troops in Turkey and elsewhere, including at headquarters operations in Qatar and Kuwait. The German mission is open-ended, but needs annual parliamentary approval.

An association representing active and former members of the German military said it wouldn’t discount the possibility that Germany might eventually send ground troops to Syria. “A few weeks ago the government had also ruled out an active role of the air force against IS, and we know where things stand now,” the chairman of the German Bundeswehr Association, Andre Wuestner, told public broadcaster Bayerischer Rundfunk.

But Merkel’s government reiterated that the mission was one of noncombat support.

“There’s nothing in this mandate about the deployment of ground troops,” the German leader’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, said. “It’s not planned, and nobody in the German government is planning it.”

Meanwhile, Hollande visited the Charles de Gaulle, France’s only aircraft carrier, in the eastern Mediterranean where it was dispatched a week before the Paris attacks. The French carrier has been launching raids against Islamic State bases as part of the U.S.-led coalition’s strikes against the group — 110 sorties so far. It carries 2,000 people on board.

READ MORE: US-backed alliance faces challenges as it becomes a force against ISIS

British jets flew their first missions as part of the coalition’s anti-IS efforts on Thursday, striking oil fields in eastern Syria that help finance IS.

On Friday, the Belgian federal prosecutor’s office said authorities were searching for two new suspects in the Paris attacks.

The men, carrying bogus IDs in the names of Samir Bouzid and Soufiane Kayal, were traveling in a Mercedes with another Paris attacks fugitive, Salah Abdeslam, when the car was checked Sept. 9 at the Hungarian-Austrian border, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.

It said the Kayal ID was also used to rent a house in the Belgian town of Auvelais that authorities have searched as a possible site for making the suicide bombs used in the Paris attacks.

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WATCH: Man tries to snort cocaine during traffic stop

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A man pulled over by a police officer in Seattle, Washington this week, allegedly tried to snort cocaine right in front of the officer.

The 73-year-old man was initially stopped for not having on his headlights.

Officer Nic Abts-Olsen was intending to give the driver a warning due to his clean record, but when he returned to the vehicle after checking the man’s license and record, he spotted him scooping cocaine out of a glass vile.

After arresting the man, the officer questioned the driver over his actions.

“Are you kidding? You’re about to snort coke on the side of the road? Why…What would possess you to do that on a traffic stop, with a police officer right behind you? I just don’t understand.”

“I don’t understand either,” the man replied.

The man was arrested and booked for drug possession.

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David Suzuki looks back as his foundation turns 25

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If David Suzuki hadn’t read Rachel Carson’s seminal book Silent Spring, he doesn’t know where his life might have taken him.

“It’s hard to imagine what the world was like when her book came out, but there was no department of the Environment anywhere in the planet,” he says.

It awoke Suzuki’s inner activist, beginning a career that would make the UBC biology professor an environmental advocate known the world over.

“It was a very exciting time. In 1988, the environment all over the world was at its absolute top. And that’s when Brian Mulroney was re-elected Prime Minister, and to show that he cared about the environment, he appointed his brightest star, Lucien Bouchard.”

Soon after, Suzuki asked Bouchard how serious he thought global warming was.

“These were his exact words: It threatens the survival of our species. We have to act now,” he said.

WATCH: Linda Aylseworth’s extended interview with Suzuki

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So Suzuki did. In 1990, after meeting with a group of like-minded people, it was decided that there was room for one more environmental organizations. But

“We said this organization should look at root causes to find solutions to change direction, and we would base it on science, the best science we could find.”

The David Suzuki Foundation’s message wasn’t just directed to adults, but to future generations.

“If children are being educated to understand the value of air, water, soil and so on, then if kids say ‘dad, I’m really worried about what’s going on with the atmosphere, then it seems to me if you love your children, you have to act,’” he says.

Much has changed since those early days – but then again, much hasn’t. And yet Suzuki still has hope for the future, especially after the recent federal election.

“I lived in tremendous anger and frustration under the Harper government. the government had never acknowledged the severity and reality of climate change. Changing governments on October 19 was huge.”

There was a time when Suzuki felt the world rested on his shoulders, but not for a long time. The foundation has shown him that there are many others who share his convictions.

“With a lot of people, we’re each a drop in the bucket. But with enough drops, you can fill any bucket there is.”