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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


CALGARY – Eleven-year-old Brenley Martin is really enjoying a chance to showcase the sport she loves these days.

The latest opportunity came Friday Dec. 4 at St. Philip School in Calgary.

Martin  took centre stage at an assembly,  to dazzle her schoolmates with her acrobatic gymnastics demonstration, performing with her partner, 15-year-old Anastasia Sisov.

It’s the same routine they performed a few weeks ago at the first-ever Pan-American Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships in Puerto Rico, where they won a silver medal.

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Martin is loving every minute of the routines, saying “I go really high and it’s just real fun.”

Sisov says Martin’s commitment to gymnastics plays a big role in their success.

“She’s a good partner,” said Sisov. “She’s a hard worker.”

Martin’s mom Charissa says that love of the sport started showing up early in her daughter’s life.

“Soon as she could walk, she was climbing and jumping on everything. So we put her in gymnastics as soon as we could”.

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TORONTO —; It was a chance for teenagers to see their city differently, and for everyone else to see the streets through their eyes.

A collaboration among several groups gave the teens the opportunity to tour Toronto with a professional photographer.

They got lots of tips and a new perspective on the city they call home.

“It was probably the most amazing experience I’ve ever had,” said 19-year-old Dionne Quintyn.

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“I think I’d probably do it a thousand times over and over again.”

The photo walk was a partnership among Toronto production company, Hinge, Toronto Guardian and the Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club.

Quintyn grew up in Regent Park, but said heading out on the streets to take photos gave her a new appreciation for her city.

“I’m typically the person that takes selfies, but I think taking in the actual surroundings, I think people don’t take in how beautiful your surroundings are,” she said.

The idea was to give the teens a different outlook, not just on their community, but on life.

“We really want to allow kids to explore their creativity and maybe see it as a potential career path for them in the future,” said Dale Tidy, creative director at Hinge.

They wanted the teens to focus on every frame, so to teach them the value of a single photo they traded in digital cameras for disposable ones with film.

They had only 27 shots to last the day.

“We made sure that we slowed them right down, and we made them try and focus in and try and find the special moments, and really use each photo,” said Tidy.

It worked.

“You get to kind of look at the surrounding and think, is this worth the one shot that I have,” said Ellen Klassen, a 13-year-old student from an Etobicoke arts school.

The photos were placed in an exhibit and contest.

But Quintyn said for her it was about meeting new people, and showcasing her hometown.

“I feel like photography lets people and be aware of the beauty of everything around you,” she said, adding it taught her to see opportunity, even in something that doesn’t look perfect and in places others might not see it and pass right by.

“It’s inspired me to chase my dreams.”


Local kiteboarder celebrates 70th birthday

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WINNIPEG —; It’s the kind of birthday celebration Roland Rioux was looking for.

The local kiteboarder carved across a field and landed a few jumps at La Barriere Park just ahead of turning 70 next week.

The 38-year retired Winnipeg firefighter took up the sport 13 years ago and now straps on a board four or five times per week, “It’s something about the wind, about just being out in nature,” he said.

Several kiteboarders joined Roland Rioux for his early birthday celebration. December 4, 2015.

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Rioux was joined by several other kiteboarders Friday afternoon for the pre-birthday party including Martin Roy.

“I’ve been jnspired by him for years because he’s been rocking it the whole time … When I’m 70 I want to be doing just what Roland’s doing,” said Roy.

Rioux began kiteboarding because of his interest in hang gliding and wind-surfing.

He wears light padding, similar to what Motocross riders wear, but doesn’t consider the sport dangerous.

Several kiteboarders joined Roland Rioux for his early birthday celebration. December 4, 2015.

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“I can’t say that I’m thinking of a whole lot of things but I am just kind of enjoying the moment it’s kind of one of my mottos live for the moment,” he said.

Rioux is well-known in the province’s kiteboarding community and has even earned a nickname, “Twenty years ago he was a legend in his own mind but now he is the legend,” said Roy.

“I don’t see that there’s any reason I can’t continue what I’m doing while I’m healthy, till I’m 90 or so,” said Rioux.

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CALGARY – Would you know how to respond if someone told you they were sexually assaulted?

You’re almost twice as likely to have a positive, supportive reaction since the awareness raised by a campaign by the Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services (AASAS), according to a poll conducted by Leger, a research and strategic marketing firm.

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This fall, the association launched #IBelieveYou, which included public service announcements on TV, radio and on social media. The hope was to give victims the courage to come forward and, for those they confide in, tools to help.

Deb Tomlinson, the CEO of AASAS, said positive responses to allegations include, “I’m sorry this happened to you. It’s not your fault. I believe you. How can I help? When you’re ready, can I connect you to some resources, like counseling?”

WATCH: Mother of alleged sexual assault victim defends Anonymous video

In a poll of over 1,000 Albertans, 21 per cent said they would respond with some of these positive, supportive words before the campaign began in September.

After it finished in October, 44 per cent of those polled – almost twice as many people – had positive responses.

Negative responses, meanwhile, might include questions like, “are you sure?”

“What you don’t want to do is ask questions, doubt, or to judge,” Tomilson said. “That’s not our job as family and friends – we’ll leave that to police.”

False reporting for sexual assault is about the same as any other crime – between two and five per cent. For many, the fear the person they confide in won’t believe them means they don’t ever report it. It’s part of the reason why sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in Canada.

READ MORE: Canada sees decline in all crimes but sexual assault rates

But now, five times as many Albertans say they would include the words “I believe you” in their response.

“After the third time of disclosing and finally being believed, it was like a weight had been lifted off,” said a young woman who wished not to be identified. She was the victim of sexual assault as a child.

“All of a sudden I’m not being interrogated, I’m not being treated like I’m the one who did something wrong.”


TUCSON, Ariz. – A jury convicted an Arizona couple Friday of kidnapping and child abuse charges for imprisoning their three daughters, monitoring them through video feeds and forcing them to urinate and defecate in their closets.

The jury found Fernando and Sophia Richter guilty on three counts each of kidnapping and child abuse. Fernando Richter was also convicted of two counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. The jury is now deliberating the addition of aggravating circumstances to all of the charges, which could increase the length of sentences.

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Pima County Superior Court Judge Paul Tang has not yet set a sentencing date.

READ MORE: Police examine journal Arizona teen kept while she was imprisoned

The girls testified to having been physically abused, taken out of school and held captive for several months before the two younger girls escaped through a window in November 2013. Police rescued the oldest girl, who was held in a different room.

They were 12, 13 and 17 at the time. The Associated Press does not generally name minors who authorities say are victims of crimes.

All three testified in the trial that began over two weeks ago. They described months of abuse and bizarre rules imposed by their parents. The girls were forced to wake up at 2 a.m. every day to march in place, sometimes for so long that their legs ached, they said. They said they were fed rancid food and forced to overeat or face punishment.

The youngest said Fernando Richter made her recite the dictionary at all hours and beat her if she mispronounced words. She described being moved around from bedroom to hallway to closet before her parents let her live in a room with her older sister. The oldest said she was not allowed to leave her bed, had to listen to a loud radio at all hours and hadn’t seen her sisters in months when she was rescued.

Authorities say the abuse began in a house in Catalina in nearby Pinal County, where the Richters face separate criminal charges. They pleaded not guilty in both cases. The defence said prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence and that the girls were free to roam about the house.

Sophia Richter testified in court on Tuesday that the girls were free to leave their rooms and were fed properly. She denied all of the accusations against her, including that she force fed the girls a rancid pasta-type meal. She wept in court after the verdicts were read. Her husband did not show emotion.

“They had fruit daily, they had snacks daily. They were never without. I always had fruit for them,” she said.

Attorneys for the Richters were under an order to not speak about the case.

The Richters moved to a Tucson house about four months before the girls escaped.

Police officers who testified described a house that smelled so bad of urine and feces they had to open all the windows to conduct their investigation.

The girls said they were rarely allowed bathroom breaks, forcing them to urinate and defecate in their bedroom closets.

The oldest sister described the plastic water jugs they were given as mouldy and the meals they were fed twice a day as rancid.

“It was nasty. Gagging nasty,” she testified. “We would have to lick our plates if we wanted them clean and if not my mom would just throw more food on it if I didn’t lick it.”

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.

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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 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.

DORVAL — Stakes that have appeared on the Dorval Municipal Golf Course have created a buzz of speculation that digging could begin soon.

However, an attorney representing an ad hoc organization to save the course says the stakes actually represent a positive step for people who want the course to remain.

Ricardo Hrtschan says they are there because an environmental survey is taking place as part of the end-of-lease terms.

“If any work started we would immediately request an injunction,” he said.

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The environmental work, he believes, actually bolsters his legal position that the corporation that manages Trudeau Airport is subject to local and provincial law.

Dorval learned almost one year ago that the airport is ending its lease with the city and planning to expand onto the course land.

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Desjardins wants Canucks to keep the faith

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VANCOUVER – Vancouver Canucks head coach Willie Desjardins is imploring his team to keep going.

Losers of four straight and 12 of 15, the Canucks are just 9-10-8 so far in 2015-16 after topping the 100-point mark last season. Desjardins says staying the course with a system that has worked in the past is key, especially for a team that is 3-6-8 in games decided by one goal.

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“It’s hard to believe sometimes that it’s going to turn around,” the coach said Friday after practice. “It’s like if you climbed a mountain and there’s fog at the top. You might be one step away when you quit. You don’t know. The only thing you know is you can’t quit.”

Desjardins showed more emotion than usual moments after the Canucks dropped a 4-2 decision to the Dallas Stars on Thursday in a game where Vancouver was outshot 34-16, including 18-6 in the second period.

“We need better performances,” he said at the time. “That’s not good enough.”

Canucks forward Alexandre Burrows said despite the results, there’s no disconnect between players and coaches in terms of what’s being asked.

“I think guys really believe in the structure,” said the veteran winger. “Sometimes when things aren’t going your way maybe you’re trying to cheat the system a little bit and trying to do things on your own. That’s the wrong thing.”

Vancouver has been hamstrung by a lack of secondary scoring and sloppy play at critical times.

The first line of Henrik Sedin, Daniel Sedin and Jannik Hansen has 46 points over the last 12 games, but the rest of the forwards have combined for just 18 points over that span.

Henrik Sedin said the lack of chances coupled with the defensive zone breakdowns over the last six weeks are directly correlated.

“We have to realize we haven’t followed our system 100 per cent,” said the Vancouver captain. “Until we do that and play a 60-minute game where we do the right things it’s tough to tell where this team is.”

The loss of Brandon Sutter to an abdominal injury that will keep him out until January has hurt Vancouver’s attack, forcing second-year centre Bo Horvat and rookie Jared McCann further up the lineup. But the Canucks aren’t using that injury or anything else as an excuse.

“Adversity only makes you stronger,” said Burrows. “I’ve seen that throughout the years. It wasn’t always nice, but we found ways to get out of it and we got better. That’s the way we’ve got to approach it.”

The Canucks will try to take a step in the right direction on Saturday when they host Boston. Not many players remain on either roster from the 2011 Stanley Cup final, which the Bruins won in seven games, but it still means something to Vancouver’s veterans.

“Any time you face teams you’ve been up against in the playoffs late you get a little bit of rivalry,” said Henrik Sedin. “It’s games you always get up for.”

Desjardins, in his second year behind the bench, said having Boston come to town could be that extra jolt his team needs.

“Those guys will always remember that series,” he said. “It could have gone their way with a couple different breaks. For us it’s good. There should be some emotion with it.”

Notes: Canucks rookie defenceman Ben Hutton declared himself fit to play after missing the last seven games with a lower-body injury. … Vancouver defencemen Luca Sbisa and Dan Hamhuis, and forward Brandon Prust missed practice. Desjardins said Hamhuis and Prust were out for maintenance days, while adding that Sbisa’s hand injury isn’t thought to be serious.


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