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Help-Portrait gives free family photos to those in need

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SASKATOON – Hairstylists, makeup artists and photo shoots. For some it is a day they could only imagine in their dreams. Those dreams came true Saturday with the hard work of Help-Portrait.

Help-Portrait is a global initiative that first came to Saskatoon six years ago. The mission is to empower photographers, hairstylists and makeup artists of all skill levels to give back to their local community.

“It means a lot because I didn’t get their school pictures this year so this means a lot to us,” says Lauren Reid, a mother of two.

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The event finds people in need, takes their picture and then delivers the printed copies to them – all free of charge.

“It’s for people who may not be able to afford portrait photography. Because even the big chain stores you can still walk out with a sixty or seventy dollar bill. That could be rent for somebody,” said Help-Portrait co-chair Bruce Johnson.

On top of the photos, those in need can pick out a new outfit donated by Value Village, have lunch and play with toys while they wait for the photos to be developed.

“It’s exciting, you know it’s an opportunity lots of people don’t have every day,” says Value Village district manager Jacqui Ferguson.

“To come in and be able to choose from some clothing, maybe they didn’t have an outfit that they were prepared to wear today. To be able to choose something, have their hair done, it’s fabulous. It’s exciting and it makes them feel special and I’m glad to be a part of that.”

It takes an 80-person volunteer team six months to organize the day, but it’s all worth it in the eyes of those involved.

“The smiles are great, the posed photos are wonderful, but it’s those moments that you don’t always see that are the best. The kids smiling, having a good time, enjoying themselves here and then there are the volunteers. Seeing the volunteers enjoy the reward of working with these people,” says Help-Portrait co-chair Jay Scott.

Organizers Jay Scott and Bruce Johnson say they’re planning to expand Help-Portrait to two events next year, giving twice as many people a reason to smile during the holiday season.


March against domestic violence winds down Main Street

Posted by admin on 15/08/2019
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WINNIPEG —; In the wake of three high profile domestic violence homicides, in as many months, North Point Douglas Women’s Centre took to the streets on Saturday afternoon to speak out.

The march began at the shelter and wound its way down Main Street, in the heart of the city. The group hopes to shed light and awareness of domestic violence in Winnipeg.

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“It needs to stop. We need to work together for that chance,” said Ashlyn Stevenson of North Point Douglas Women’s Centre.

In October, 20-year-old Selena Keeper was allegedly brutally beaten and killed by her former boyfriend. She had previously been denied a protection order in May.

Later in the month, police said Camille Runke was shot and killed by her estranged ex-husband in St. Boniface. He later turned the gun on himself before a police standoff.

In November, police said Candace Monias died after being badly beaten in an argument with her partner. The accused was previously ordered by a judge to stay away from Monias after an assault charge in February.

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Bianca Ramos said it is important for people who witness violent episodes can speak up.

“Everybody’s story is different. But we’re all facing this issue and coming together shows people’s support, at a time when they may feel alone and hopeless, Ramos said.

Winnipeg Police said officers respond to roughly 14,000 domestic dispute calls every year and 2,000 of those cases turn into charges.


Fashion Magazine’s Western Editor Joy Pecknold shows off her favourite locally made holiday décor items and gifts.

Wall decor – Brighten up your home with these fun and festive handmade signs and adornments.

-The Wood Type Shop: (Vancouver, BC) Handcrafted wooden “Nice” marquee sign ($400.00) this sign is hand-painted and the “Nice” lights up – perfect for those who are on the NICE list! Marquee “C” letter ($160.00) hand-painted and made from pine -the “C” lights up.

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– Shuswap Decor: (Salmon Arm, BC) Wooden Christmas countdown chalkboard sign ($48.95) handmade with felt, up-cycled wood and chalkboard paint. The Grinch sign ($44.95) handmade with up-cycled wood and paint.

–Shauno (Vancouver, BC) “Ho Ho” Christmas painting ($54.94) hand-painted on stretched canvas with acrylic paint.

–BB Craftlandia (Vancouver, BC) Homemade wreath

Keeping cozy– Snuggle up by the fire with these warm and snuggly festive favourites.

–Ink & Linen Co. (Vancouver, BC) Throw Pillows ($28.84). Hand-sewn holiday plaid pillow. Metallic gold + white polka dot throw pillow made with cotton duck canvas.

–Mood Design Studio (Kamloops, BC) Throw blanket ($203.27) Hand-knit throw blanket made with recycled cotton fibres and a pine tree design. A great holiday piece that can transition into everyday winter home décor

–Shop Woodlot: (Vancouver, BC) Mini “Cinder” candle ($30.22). Large “Wildwoods” candle ($43.95) in a whiskey rocks class. All candles made from coconut wax, cotton wicks and essential oils.

Stockings– Hang these personalized stockings by the chimney with care!

–Lovely Orchard: (Vernon, BC) Personalized stockings. Stockings come in different colours and can be personalized with shoppers name. These stockings are perfect if you’re looking for a classic stocking style.

–Mitani Designs: (Squamish, BC) Customizable children’s stockings ($41.00). Whimsical kids stockings made out of cotton, flannel and grosgrain ribbon – includes a unicorn stocking, elephant stocking and a Whistler black bear stocking. The locally- inspired Whistler black bear stocking is a big seller this year!

Decorations and accessories – Deck the halls with these one-of-a-kind holiday accessories and decorations!

–Mouse and Moose: (Vancouver, BC) Wool ornaments (prices vary). All ornaments are made from 100 % eco-friendly wool and are child friendly.

–Honey Canada: (Vancouver, BC) Felt Christmas trees ($54.94). An alternative option to the traditional Christmas tree, these trees are made entirely of felt balls.

–Golem Designs: (Vancouver, BC) White ceramic candleholders ($28.84 each). Each candleholder is translucent and made out of porcelain, perfect for holding tea lights and emanating a Christmas glow. White + gold snack bowls ($42.58) made out of porcelain and perfect for holding festive snacks and candies at holiday parties.

–From the Seeds: (Surrey, BC) Holiday canvas bags and storage buckets (various sizes – ranging from $14 to $35) perfect for staying organized over the holidays while also keeping with festive spirit. Great for holding everything from keys, toys and mittens, hats and scarves. Red + Green Garland ($20.00) made from wool felt + twine.


WASHINGTON — The U.S. government’s ability to review and analyze five years’ worth of telephone records for the married couple blamed in the deadly shootings in California lapsed just four days earlier when the National Security Agency’s controversial mass surveillance program was formally shut down.

Under a court order, those historical calling records at the NSA are now off-limits to agents running the FBI terrorism investigation even with a warrant.

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Instead, under the new USA Freedom Act, authorities were able to obtain roughly two years’ worth of calling records directly from the phone companies of the married couple blamed in the attack. The period covered the entire time that the wife, Tashfeen Malik, lived in the United States, although her husband, Syed Farook, had been here much longer. She moved from Pakistan to the U.S. in July 2014 and married Farook the following month. He was born in Chicago in 1987 and raised in southern California.

FBI Director James Comey declined to say Friday whether the NSA program’s shutdown affected the government’s terrorism investigation in California.

“I won’t answer, because we don’t talk about the investigative techniques we use,” Comey said. “I’m not going to characterize it.”

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the FBI was poring through records for the married couple: “This includes things like their foreign travel, their contacts with other individuals, their use of social media,” he said. “There are some details of that investigation starting to dribble out, sometimes in garbled form.”

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Amid questions about whether it was constitutional and under pressure from lawsuits and recommendations by two federal panels, the Obama administration agreed to end the NSA phone program. It had secretly collected the daily calling records — but not contents of conversations — for most Americans, including those never suspected of any crime, since at least 2006. Investigators could see who suspected terrorists might be dialing, who else those people might be calling and so on. The government kept five years’ worth of each person’s phone records, deleting older ones on a rolling basis. NSA contractor Edward Snowden revealed the program’s existence in summer 2013.

Under a shutdown order by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the government was prohibited from collecting phone records in wholesale ways starting Nov. 29.

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“After November 28, 2015, no access to the BR (business record) metadata (phone records) will be permitted for intelligence analysis purposes,” U.S. District Judge Michael W. Mosman of Portland ruled. “Hence, queries of the BR metadata for the purpose of obtaining foreign intelligence information will no longer be permitted. ”

The California shootings happened four days later. The court revealed the order publicly just hours before the shootings.

Under the new law, passed in June, investigators still can look for links in phone records but they must obtain a targeted warrant to get them directly from phone companies, which generally keep customer records for 18 months to two years, although some keep them longer. The U.S. Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board, which studied the program at Obama’s direction, had recommended that the White House reduce the NSA-held phone records from five years to three years even before the program could be shut down.

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The FBI was investigating whether the couple in California plotted the attacks with anyone — or each other — in ways that U.S. or allied intelligence surveillance programs might have detected. The FBI director cited “indications of radicalization by the killers, and of potential inspiration by foreign terrorist organizations,” but he said there was no evidence the killers were part of a larger group or terrorist cell. The FBI said it found discarded, crushed cellphones that belonged to the couple near the site of the shootings, and agents were examining the phones’ contents.

An American Civil Liberties Union lawyer, Alex Abdo, noted the California shootings were another case where the NSA’s inspection of Americans’ phone records failed to stop the plot before it happened.

“This could only be an example of the failure of that program,” Abdo said. “If this were a planned attack and the program did what they claimed it did at the time, they would have detected this attack. It’s not surprising the bulk-collection program didn’t detect it.”

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A man who was sentenced to jail for fatally striking a flag worker in southeast Saskatchewan has been released on bail after an appeal was filed. On Friday, Keith Dunford, 47, was sentenced in a courtroom in Weyburn, Sask. to two years less a day.

The Regina resident was found guilty in October of dangerous driving causing death.

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Ashley Dawn Richards, 18, was killed on Aug. 24, 2012 while working as a construction company flag person near Midale, Sask.

The court heard that Richards, who had recently moved from Lakeside, N.B., was thrown about the width of a Canadian Football League field when she was struck by Dunford’s speeding SUV in a construction zone on Highway 39.

Aaron Fox, Dunford’s lawyer, filed an appeal of the conviction and sentence. He said on Saturday that the conviction has been appealed on a number of grounds including an issue as to right to counsel and whether Dunford’s driving constitutes criminal conduct.

Fox doesn’t expect the appeal to be heard until late this spring or possibly the summer.

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