European economy vulnerable to geo-political risks, says Oliver – National

OTTAWA – Finance Minister Joe Oliver says developments in Ukraine and Iraq are endangering the global financial and economic recovery, particularly in still fragile Europe.

The minister, who was nearing the conclusion of his trip to the United Kingdom, Germany and Poland, says he been alerted by Europeans about mounting risks.

He notes that the overall growth rate in Europe remains very low and the latest inflation reading was only 0.5 per cent.

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“So there is a very real risk of deflation and the banking system is more fragile than we would like to see,” Oliver said Friday.

“In this environment additional external shocks can be quite dangerous,” he added, citing the political tensions in the Ukraine and strife in Iraq that has led to a spike in oil prices.

Despite unprecedented low interest rates, governments and companies are not investing, he says, and lenders have again started taking on risk in the search for yield.

He says the gap in yields among countries and companies with very different credit ratings have narrowed, which “suggests that lenders are taking on more risk than they have before.”

Oliver says Europeans are well aware of the challenges confronting them and that they will be discussed at the next G20 meeting in the fall.

Relative to Europe, Canada’s banking system is doing well, as is the economy overall, he said.

On Thursday, Canada’s financial system supervisor, however, expressed similar concerns about Canadian banks going out on the limb with risky loans.

“While underwriting practices may be good today, past experience suggests that it could become very tempting in the current environment for mortgage lenders and insurers to ease up under the enchanting lull of the siren song of market share,” Mark Zelmer of the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions told a housing conference.

Most analysts blame lax lending standards, particularly in the U.S. housing market, for the financial collapse of several American investment banks in 2008 that triggered the global recession.

©2014The Canadian Press

Top 5 tips to protect your bike from theft – Edmonton

EDMONTON – Thieves are targeting high-end bikes around the city, prompting Edmonton police to issue a warning along with tips on how to keep your bike from being stolen.

“It can only take a matter of seconds for a seasoned thief to steal a bike,” said Cst. Terence Mak of the Edmonton Police Service.

“Unfortunately, many fail to protect their asset with a quality lock and/or proper storage and consequently become easy targets for thieves.”

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Here are the top ways cyclists are being encouraged to take in order to protect their bikes:

1. Purchase a quality lock.

“For the cost of a solid U-shaped lock, cyclists can lower the odds of losing their expensive asset to an opportunistic criminal,” said Cst. Mak.

“Spending that extra cost for a decent bike lock and good quality lock it really would prevent thieves from stealing your asset, especially when they’re very expensive bicycles that we see on a day to day basis.”

2. Learn the best way to lock your bike.

Kendt Fredborg of United Cycle shows the proper way to secure your bike in the raw video below:

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3. Lock it up — no matter where it’s parked. 

“A lot of the reports we also see are from garage break-and-enters where they don’t secure the bikes. So they break into the bike…or the garage and that’s where they steal the bike,” said Cst. Mak.

4. Make sure your bike is insured.

“Quite a bit of them are insured up to $500. If you have an expensive bike, make that phone call,” suggested Kendt Fredborg of United Cycle.

Certain locks also carry insurance that would reimburse you up to a certain amount if your bike gets stolen.

5. Record the bike’s serial number upon purchase.

Police say this is a proactive step that could help them reunite an owner with their bike if it is located.

In 2013, 800 bikes were stolen in Edmonton, with most of the thefts happening in the southwest area and downtown. So far this year, 162 thefts have been reported.

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Timeline: Notable dates in Canada’s history – National

A look at some notable dates in the history of Canada, which marks its 147th birthday July 1.

June 24, 1497 – John Cabot claims a new continent in the name of King Henry VII of England after landing near Labrador.

June 30, 1508 – A detailed map of the New World published in Rome lists for the first time Terra Nova – Newfoundland.

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June 11, 1534 – French explorers under Jacques Cartier celebrate Canada’s first Roman Catholic mass, at their camp of Brest on Labrador’s coast.

June 29, 1534 – Cartier sights Prince Edward Island and calls it the “best tempered region one can possibly see.”

Aug. 13, 1535 – Cartier becomes the first European to sail into the St. Lawrence River, which he believes is a route to Asia. Two sons of Iroquois Chief Donnacona, who are guiding Cartier, refer to their native village as Canada, the explorer’s first exposure to the name.

1600 – Pierre de Chauvin de Tonnetuit and Francois Grave du Pont build Canada’s first fortified trading post, at Tadoussac in what is now Quebec.

1606 – Jean de Beincourt, Sieur de Poutrincourt, builds North America’s first water-powered mill, on the Allains River in Acadia, after seeing six men die of exhaustion from grinding grain by hand.

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July 3, 1608 – Samuel de Champlain founds the settlement of Quebec.

July 30, 1609 – Champlain helps Huron and Algonquins defeat a much larger force of Iroquois, exposing them to firearms for the first time.

June 24, 1611 – English explorer Henry Hudson and his crew are set adrift by other mutinous crew members in the massive bay that now bears Hudson’s name.

June 3, 1620 – The Recollet missionaries lay the cornerstone for Notre Dame des Agnes, the first stone church in Quebec.

June 25, 1625 – Father Nicholas Viel, missionary to the Hurons of Ontario, becomes Canada’s first martyr when he is deliberately drowned in the Ottawa River.

March 16, 1649 – More than 1,000 Iroquois overrun the Huron missions of New France, torturing to death the missionaries who established them.

Aug. 6, 1654 – Fur traders Pierre Esprit Radisson and Medart Chouart des Groseilliers begin their first westward journey.

July 21, 1660 – Canada’s first census puts the population at 3,418.

Feb. 24, 1663 – New France becomes a royal colony of the French crown.

July 7, 1667 – Alexandre de Prouville de Tracy concludes the first genuine French-Iroquois peace treaty in more than five decades of hostilities.

May 2, 1670 – King Charles II of England signs the charter incorporating the Hudson’s Bay trading company.

Aug. 7, 1679 – After being granted permission to explore western North America, Sieur de La Salle launches the Griffon, the first ship to navigate the Great Lakes.

Nov. 19, 1686 – France and England sign the Treaty of Neutrality providing for peace between respective possessions in America and settling the dispute over activities in Hudson Bay.

May 17, 1689 – King William’s War is declared between England and France, which pits New France against New England colonies and their Iroquois allies.

July 19, 1701 – The Iroquois cede territory to England north of Lake Ontario and west of Lake Michigan.

Aug. 4, 1701 – The Iroquois Five Nations sign a peace treaty with New France at Ville-Marie, Que.

April 11, 1713 – Under the Treaty of Utrecht, France recognizes British sovereignty over Hudson Bay, Acadia and Newfoundland. France retains possession of St. Pierre and Miquelon, Ile Royale (Cape Breton) and Ile Saint-Jean (P.E.I.).

Aug. 12, 1728 – Danish sailor Vitus Johassen Bering sails through the strait that now bears his name in an expedition that would prove that Asia and North America are some 60 kilometres apart.

June 8, 1731 – De la Verendrye leaves Montreal with an expedition to establish new trading areas in the west.

1739 – A census of Canada records a population of 42,701.

July 9, 1749 – Edward Cornwallis, governor of Nova Scotia, announces the establishment of Halifax.

April 17, 1750 – A fortified outpost is built on the present site of Toronto. Fort Rouille is intended to encourage Indians to trade furs with the French.

March 23, 1752 – Canada’s first newspaper, the Halifax Gazette, is printed by John Bushell.

1754 – Louis La Corne plants the first wheat in the west, in the Carrot River Valley of present-day Saskatchewan.

Sept. 5, 1755 – Lt.-Col. John Winslow says Acadians who refuse to pledge allegiance to the British Crown will forfeit their property and be relocated from their communities to Louisiana and British American colonies.

May 17, 1756 – The Seven Years’ War begins with Britain declaring war on France. It starts in North America and spreads to Europe.

Sept. 13, 1759 – British Commander-in-Chief James Wolfe dies on the field after being shot three times during the battle of the Plains of Abraham. French commander Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, mortally wounded, succumbs the next day.

Feb. 10, 1763 – The Treaty of Paris ends the Seven Years’ War, with Britain taking possession of Canada.

June 22, 1774 – The British Parliament passes the Quebec Act, establishing among other things French civil law, British-based criminal law and religious freedom for Roman Catholics.

April 1, 1776 – The first of thousands of United Empire Loyalists fleeing the American Revolution arrive in Halifax.

March 29, 1778 – James Cook, George Vancouver and their crews become the first Europeans known to have landed at British Columbia.

April 24, 1779 – The North West Company is formed in Montreal to compete with the Hudson’s Bay Company in the fur trade.

June 10, 1791 – Britain’s Canada Act divides the new country into Upper Canada, with its capital at Newark (later Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont.), and Lower Canada, with Quebec City as its capital.

Oct. 13, 1812 – Gen. Isaac Brock is killed in a counterattack against American forces in the Battle of Queenston Heights, near Niagara Falls.

June 22, 1813 – A Queenston (Ont.) woman, Laura Secord, aided by Indians, treks more than 19 kilometres to warn British forces of plans she overheard of an American attack.

Dec. 24, 1814 – The Treaty of Ghent is signed, ending the War of 1812 and restoring Canada-U.S. borders.

March 21, 1821 – The Hudson’s Bay Company and the North West Company merge after decades of often-fierce rivalry.

1825 – The latest census puts the population of Lower Canada (Quebec) at 479,288, and Upper Canada (Ontario) at 157,923.

March 6, 1834 – York reverts to its original name, Toronto, and is incorporated as a city.

Feb. 4, 1839 – Lord Durham, former governor-in-chief of British North America, recommends in a report to the British Parliament the systematic anglicization of French Canadians to make them a minority.

Oct. 14, 1844 – John A. Macdonald is elected to represent Kingston, Ont., in the Legislative Assembly of Canada.

April 23, 1851 – Canada’s first official postage stamp, the three-penny beaver, is issued.

Dec. 31, 1857 – Queen Victoria names Ottawa as the new capital of Canada.

Sept. 7, 1864 – Maritime delegates at the Charlottetown Conference offer unanimous support for the idea of Confederation. The conference was supposed to focus on uniting the Maritime provinces, but an unofficial delegation from the province of Canada derailed the agenda and delegates agreed to the broad outline of a federal union that would eventually include Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick in 1867.

July 1, 1867 – The Dominion of Canada, uniting Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, comes into existence, with John A. Macdonald as first prime minister.

May 15, 1870 – Manitoba becomes Canada’s fifth province.

April 2, 1871 – The first census of the Dominion of Canada lists the population as 3,689,257.

July 20, 1871 – British Columbia enters Confederation as the nation’s sixth province.

July 1, 1873 – Prince Edward Island enters Confederation.

Aug. 3, 1876 – The first telephone call between separate buildings is made by inventor Alexander Graham Bell, in Mount Pleasant, Ont., to his uncle, David Bell, in Brantford, Ont.

Feb. 8, 1879 – Sir Sandford Fleming presents a paper to the Royal Canadian Institute proposing that the world be divided into 24 time zones.

Nov. 7, 1885 – Rail director Donald Smith drives the ceremonial last spike home for the Canadian Pacific Railway, linking Montreal to Port Moody, B.C.

Nov. 16, 1885 – Metis leader Louis Riel is hanged for high treason as a result of the North West Rebellion.

Oct. 30, 1899 – More than 1,000 Canadian soldiers set sail from Quebec to South Africa and the Boer War.

Nov. 7, 1900 – Liberal Wilfrid Laurier becomes prime minister after defeating Charles Tupper’s Conservatives. Laurier goes on to be one of Canada’s most lauded prime ministers.

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Oct. 19, 1903 – Canadian representatives on the Alaska Boundary Commission refuse to sign the commission’s decision setting the boundary between Alaska and Canada, saying virtually all American positions had been accepted.

May 14, 1904 – Canada competes in the Olympics, in St. Louis, for the first time.

Canada’s Etienne Desmarteau poses with his gold medal won in the shot put event at the 1904 St. Louis Olympics.

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July 20, 1905 – Acts proclaiming Alberta and Saskatchewan as Canada’s newest provinces receive royal assent.

Jan. 2, 1908 – The first coin is struck at the new Royal Mint building in Ottawa, ending years of importing Canadian currency from England.

Feb. 23, 1909 – John Alexander Douglas McCurdy makes the first airplane flight in the British Empire, travelling about 10 metres above the ground for almost a kilometre at Baddeck, N.S.

Dec. 4, 1909 – The University of Toronto defeats the Toronto Parkdale Canoe Club 26-6 in the first Grey Cup game for a Canadian football championship.

May 14. 1912 – Ottawa divests itself of responsibility for vast tracts of northern land, granting boundary extensions to Manitoba, Ontario and Quebec.

Aug. 4. 1914 – Following Germany’s invasion of Belgium, Britain declares war on Germany. Canada, as part of the British Empire, is engaged in the war as well.

Feb. 4. 1916 – Fire partially destroys the Parliament buildings in Ottawa.

April 9, 1917 – The Canadian Corps attacks German positions on Vimy Ridge in France, a key piece of land held by the Germans since 1914. Six days later, fighting ends with the Canadians victorious despite the loss of 3,600 troops.

Dec. 6, 1917 – Mont Blanc, a French munitions ship, explodes in Halifax Harbour, killing more than 1,000 people and destroying some 6,000 homes.

May 24, 1918 – Canadian women win the right to vote in federal elections.

Nov. 11, 1918 – The First World War ends; Canada has lost 60,000 troops.

May 15, 1919 – A general strike begins in Winnipeg in support of striking workers in building and metal trades. It ends six weeks later, after two deaths in skirmishes.

Feb. 1, 1920 – The Royal North West Mounted Police and Dominion Police merge to form the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Oct. 24, 1921 – The Lunenburg fishing schooner Bluenose defeats the American vessel Elsie to win the international schooner championship.

Dec. 6, 1921 – Agnes Macphail becomes the first woman elected to Parliament.

Jan. 3, 1922 – The Royal Mint produces Canada’s first five-cent pieces, made mostly of nickel.

Oct. 25, 1923 – Frederick Banting and J.J.R. Macleod are first Canadians to win a Nobel prize, for their work that led to discovery of insulin.

Nov. 19, 1926 – The Commonwealth adopts the Balfour Report, specifying that dominions such as Canada are autonomous from and equal to Britain.

March 2, 1927 – The British dominion of Newfoundland wins a 25-year boundary dispute with Canada. Labrador, which had been claimed by Quebec, is awarded to Newfoundland.

April 24, 1928 – The Supreme Court rules that women are not persons, and therefore are not eligible to sit in Senate. The government later amends the British North America Act to allow women to enter Senate.

Feb. 5, 1930 – Canada’s first woman senator, Cairine Wilson, is appointed.

Oct. 1, 1930 – After negotiations with Ottawa, Alberta gains control of its natural resources. Saskatchewan and Manitoba also receive the same power that same year.

July 6, 1931 – Federal officials and the Red Cross announce plans to aid victims of a drought that has gripped the Prairies for more than a year.

Dec. 11, 1931 – The Statute of Westminster, giving dominions of the Commonwealth full legal freedom, is passed by British Parliament. At Canada’s request, Britain retains power to amend the British North America Act.

May 24, 1932 – Legislation brings the Canadian Radio Broadcasting Commission into existence.

July 18, 1932 – Canada and the United States agree to develop the St. Lawrence River into a seaway capable of taking ships into the Great Lakes.

July 3, 1934 – Parliament passes the Bank of Canada Act, creating a central bank.

Sept. 10, 1939 – Canada declares war on Nazi Germany.

June 27, 1941 – The federal government allows women to enlist in the army.

Dec. 7, 1941 – Canada declares war on Japan after its attack on Pearl Harbor.

Feb. 26, 1942 – The Canadian government announces plans to move all Japanese on Canada’s West Coast inland to camps.

April 27, 1942 – Canadians voting in a plebiscite support conscription, but the vote badly divides the country: 70 per cent of Quebecers reject it.

May 11, 1942 – A German U-boat in the St. Lawrence River torpedoes two freighters, the first time the war has come to Canadian territory.

Aug. 19, 1942 – Canadian troops sustain major losses in a raid on the French port of Dieppe. Nearly 1,000 Canadians die and another 1,800 are taken prisoner.

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Members of the Royal Canadian Medical Corps evacuating Allied soldiers from the beach after the Dieppe, France raid during the Second World War.

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June 6, 1944 – Allied troops storm the beaches at Normandy – Canadians take Juno Beach – in the largest amphibious operation in history.

June 15, 1944 – T.C. (Tommy) Douglas leads the CCF to power in Saskatchewan, becoming Canada’s first socialist premier.

May 7, 1945 – Victory comes for the Allies in Europe as the Germans surrender. News of V-E Day touches off wild celebrations in Canada.

Aug. 15, 1945 – The Japanese emperor announces Japan’s surrender, ending the Second World War.

May 14, 1946 – The Canadian Citizenship Act is passed, meaning a Canadian citizen is no longer classified as British subject first.

Oct. 14, 1946 – The government introduces Canada Savings Bonds.

Feb. 13, 1947 – Drilling begins at Leduc No. 1, a huge oil find in north-central Alberta.

March 31, 1949 – Newfoundland officially enters Confederation.

Dec. 18, 1950 – The 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, begins disembarking in Pusan as Canada enters the war between North and South Korea.

May 7, 1951 – Parliament passes a motion seeking a constitutional amendment that would create pensions for all Canadians over 70.

Sept. 6, 1952 – Canada’s first television station, CBFT Montreal, begins broadcasting.

June 6, 1956 – A pipeline bill authorizing the creation of a western section of pipeline to transport natural gas to Ontario from Alberta passes second reading in the Senate. The bill has caused an uproar after the Liberal government invoked closure – a time limit on debate – for the first time in history.

June 26, 1959 – Queen Elizabeth, Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower officially open the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Aug. 10, 1960 – The Bill of Rights, specifying the rights of Canadians, becomes law.

Jan. 19, 1962 – The government announces a new immigration policy intended to remove any racial discrimination from the system.

July 1, 1962 – Saskatchewan’s Medical Care Insurance Act takes effect, creating Canada’s first comprehensive public health-care program.

March 26, 1964 – Defence Minister Paul Hellyer releases a report that recommends merging Canada’s army, navy and air force into a single force.

Dec. 15, 1964 – A new Canadian flag – red maple leaf on white background between two red bars- wins the approval of Parliament.

– A new Canadian flag – red maple leaf on white background between two red bars- wins the approval of Parliament.

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April 28, 1967 – Expo 67, a world’s fair built on the theme Man and His World, opens in Montreal.

July 1, 1967 – Canada celebrates its centennial with parties and building projects across the country. The government institutes the Order of Canada to recognize exemplary achievement by Canadians.

Oct. 17, 1968 – Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau introduces the Official Languages Act, making English and French the country’s two official languages.

Oct. 5, 1970 – The October Crisis begins as the Front de Liberation du Quebec kidnaps British diplomat James Cross and, later, Labour Minister Pierre Laporte. Trudeau invokes the War Measures Act, which allows government to temporarily suspend civil liberties. Cross is released 60 days later but Laporte is found dead.

Sept. 28, 1972 – Team Canada, on Paul Henderson’s goal with 34 seconds remaining in final game, defeats the Soviet Union four games to three, with one tied.

June 22, 1976 – The House of Commons approves, by just eight votes, a bill abolishing the death penalty.

July 17, 1976 – Montreal hosts the Summer Olympics.

Nov. 15, 1976 – Rene Levesque’s separatist Parti Quebecois wins a stunning election victory in Quebec.

July 14, 1978 – The federal government agrees to pay $45 million to 2,500 Inuit of the Western Arctic in return for Inuit surrendering aboriginal rights to 270,000 square kilometres of land they traditionally used.

May 27, 1980 – By a 60-40 margin, Quebecers vote against sovereignty association in a referendum.

Sept. 1, 1980 – Terry Fox’s Marathon of Hope, his one-legged run across Canada to raise money for cancer research, ends abruptly near Thunder Bay, Ont., when his cancer returns.

Nov. 5, 1981 – Ottawa and all provinces but Quebec reach agreement to patriate the Constitution.

April 17, 1982 – With the stroke of a pen by the Queen in Ottawa, Canada has its own Constitution.

Oct. 26, 1982 – Legislation changes the name of the annual Dominion Day holiday to Canada Day.

March 4, 1986 – The federal government announces it will outlaw mandatory retirement for civil servants and discrimination against homosexuals.

May 2, 1986 – Expo 86, a world’s fair on the theme of transport, opens in Vancouver.

June 30, 1987 – The $1 coin, which quickly earns the nickname “loonie,” is introduced.

Jan. 2, 1988 – The Canada-U.S. free trade agreement is signed by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and President Ronald Reagan.

Jan. 28, 1988 – The Supreme Court overturns the law that required a panel at an accredited hospital to determine if a woman’s life or health was endangered before allowing her to have an abortion. The decision paves way for abortion on demand.

Feb. 13, 1988 – The Winter Olympics open in Calgary.

Jan. 14, 1990 – The Via passenger train The Canadian makes its final crosscountry trip after the federal government orders the railway to cut service.

Jan. 1, 1991 – After months of protest, the GST takes effect. The federal tax adds seven per cent to the cost of many goods and services.

Jan. 19, 1991 – Canadian CF-18 jet fighters fly an offensive mission in the Persian Gulf war, marking the first time Canadian forces have engaged in battle since the Korean War.

July 2, 1992 – With cod stocks dwindling, Fisheries Minister John Crosbie announces a two-year shutdown for Newfoundland’s northern cod fishery.

Jan. 1, 1994 – The North American Free Trade Agreement between the U.S., Canada and Mexico takes effect.

Oct. 30, 1995 – Quebecers narrowly reject separation, with 50.6 per cent voting “no.”

Feb. 19, 1996 – Canada’s new $2 coin, dubbed the “toonie,” is introduced.

May 1, 1996 – The Commons approves changes to the Canadian Human Rights Act to prohibit discrimination against gays.

May 31, 1997 – The Confederation Bridge opens, linking Prince Edward Island to the mainland.

Aug. 4, 1998 – A treaty gives the Nisga’a First Nation ownership of 2,000 square kilometres in northern British Columbia. Some critics complain the deal paves the way for aboriginal self-government.

April 1, 1999 – Canada’s newest territory, Nunavut, is carved out of the eastern Northwest Territories.

Jan. 12, 2000 – Beverly McLachlin becomes the first female chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.

Oct. 7, 2001: Prime Minister Jean Chretien announces Canada’s participation in an international anti-terrorism mission in Afghanistan

April 18, 2002 – Four soldiers, part of Canada’s contribution to the war on terrorism after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, are killed when a U.S. fighter jet mistakenly bombs them in Afghanistan. They are the first soldiers killed in a combat zone since the Korean War.

Dec. 16, 2002 – Canada signs Kyoto Accord, committing it to lower greenhouse gas emissions.

July 20, 2005 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in Canada.

Mar. 13, 2007 – Census data collected the year before puts Canada’s population at 31,612,897.

Jun. 11, 2008 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper issues a formal apology for the abuse suffered by aboriginals in the residential school system.

Dec. 5, 2008 – Canada marks the 100th military death as a result of its ongoing mission in Afghanistan.

Feb. 12, 2010 – The Winter Olympic Games begin in Vancouver. Freestyle moguls skier Alexandre Bilodeau becomes the first-ever athlete to claim a gold medal on Canadian soil. Canada goes on to win 14 gold medals – an all-time high for a host country in a Winter Olympics.

March 12, 2014: The Canadian flag is lowered at the NATO headquarters in Kabul, marking the formal end to Canada’s operations in Afghanistan.

SOURCES: Canadian Press archives, Chronicle of Canada (1990, Chronicle Publications), Canadian Facts & Dates, Jay Myers (1986, Fitzhenry & Whiteside)

©2014The Canadian Press

Gino Odjick’s rare disease: What is AL amyloidosis?

WATCH ABOVE: Former Vancouver Canucks player Gino Odjick has posted an open letter to fans, saying he has a rare terminal disease and has just months, possibly weeks, to live.

He’s a Vancouver Canucks legend remembered as an enforcer for the team. But former hockey player Gino Odjick says he’s now in for the “biggest fight of his life.”

Two months ago, he was diagnosed with a rare terminal disease called AL amyloidosis. Doctors have told the 43-year-old he may have only weeks to live.

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“I’m telling you about this now because news is beginning to leak out and I wanted you to hear it from me,” Odjick wrote in a letter published Thursday night on the Canucks website.

“I also want you to know that my spirit is strong even if my body isn’t. I’m going to use all of my time to be with my kids and everyone I love.”

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Odjick said he first noticed something was wrong when he grew short of breath. He went to hospital, and within 48 hours, he was handed the tragic news.

What is AL amyloidosis?

It’s a rare blood disorder and its exact cause is often unknown, according to Dr. Diego Delgado, a cardiologist at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.

Substances called amyloid proteins – produced by cells in your bone marrow – build up in your organs and deposit in tissue or organs. The proteins are very sticky and take hold on your organs causing serious damage.

The disease can affect different organs in different patients, but it typically occurs in the heart, kidneys, liver, spleen, or gastrointestinal tract.

“It’s causing abnormal protein to be produced and deposits are being formed on my heart. It’s hardening my heart and my doctors aren’t sure how long I have to live,” Odjick said.

“Initially they thought years, but now they think it could be a lot less. I could be down to months or even weeks,” he said.

Amyloidosis Foundation says AL amyloidosis is a rare disease with only 1,200 to 3,200 new cases reported each year in the United States. Delgado said it affects about five to 10 people per million per year. And typically, its victims are 45 to 70 years old.

The tricky part about this disease is that its symptoms are too generic.

“It’s very difficult to recognize because it usually affects multiple organs so there can be a long range of symptoms that are non-specific, like tiredness and weight loss,” Delgado told Global News.

Because the warning signs aren’t caught early on, most people head to specialists too late in the course of the disease.

“There’s not much to offer in some of these patients. But if it’s detected in the early stages, the prognosis is relatively good,” Delgado explained.

Shortness of breath, which tipped Odjick off that something was wrong, is a common symptom, the Mayo Clinic says. As the proteins build up in your heart, the organ’s ability to fill with blood in between heart beats weakens.

Less blood is pumped with each beat and your body has a hard time managing blood flow. If the amyloidosis plays with the electrical system of your heart, it affects your heart’s rhythm.

Delgado doesn’t treat Odjick or know specifics about his case, but in other scenarios, treatment can include chemotherapy or stem cell transplants.

“I presume that the disease is very advanced meaning the protein is probably deposited in many organs but most likely his heart is affected. If his heart function is abnormal, it’d make him high risk for any treatment,” Delgado said.

In the meantime, Odjick is in hospital under the care of doctors. He’s also surrounded by his kids, sisters, family and friends, he said.

“I feel very fortunate for my life. During my career, I played in some great NHL cities, including Vancouver, Long Island, Philadelphia and Montreal,” he said.

But he singles out Vancouver: “In my heart, I will always be a Canuck and I have always had a special relationship here with the fans. Your ‘Gino, Gino’ cheers were my favourite. I wish I could hear them again. You have been amazing,” he said.

Read more about how you can help here: Gino Odjick fans planning rallies in Vancouver

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– With files from Yuliya Talmazan

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Vancouver Canucks trade Ryan Kesler to Anaheim Ducks

The Vancouver Canucks have traded Ryan Kesler to the Anaheim Ducks for Luca Sbisa and Nick Bonino, plus a 24th pick.

The Canucks are also getting the 85th pick in 2014 and the Ducks get the Canucks’ third-round pick in 2015.

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For the 85th pick, the Canucks have acquired right-wing Derek Dorsett from the New York Rangers.

Kesler says he has nothing but nice things to say about Vancouver and his experience with the Canucks:

The Kesler trade is not as big a shock as when the Cory Schneider trade happened. Ryan Kesler has been talked about as being on the chopping block for a while and as he has no trade clause he can take any trade offer.

Who are Luca Sbisa and Nick Bonino?

Bonino (centerman) – goals 22, assists 27, points 49 last season with Anaheim, signed three-year contract extension in 2013 through the 2016-17 season, worth $5.7 million, yearly cap hit of $1.9 million.

Sbisa (defenceman) – goals 1, assists 5, points 6 last season with Anaheim, signed four-year contract extension with the Ducks in 2011, worth $8.7 million with a yearly cap hit of $2.175 million.

The Vancouver Canucks have also traded Jason Garrison to Tampa Bay for the 50th overall pick, the rights to Jeff Costello and Vancouver’s 7th round pick in 2015.

Global BC Sports anchor Jay Durant had the following to say about today’s trades:

Nick Bonino certainly can’t fill Ryan Kesler’s shoes right away, but he has developed into a solid second line centre in Anaheim scoring 22 goals and 49 points last year. At 26, he’s a few years younger than Kesler and much cheaper coming with a $1.9 million cap hit until 2016-17.

Luca Sbisa is a former first round pick who hasn’t lived up to his billing.  He has battled injuries and has one year left on his deal, so the Canucks aren’t tied down if he doesn’t pan out.

The Canucks have created more Cap space dealing Garrison to Tampa Bay. He has four more years with a $4.6 million Cap hit.

Garrison returns to Florida after coming to Vancouver after a stint with the Panthers.  The sunshine state is a popular destination for snowbirds and ex-Canucks defencemen: Mattias Ohlund, Sami Salo and now Jason Garrison.

Derek Dorsett is a gritty fourth line who played for Canucks Coach Willie Desjardins in Medicine Hat.  He helped lead the Tigers to the Memorial Cup final in 2007 before losing to Milan Lucic and the Vancouver Giants.

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Wild chase in Saskatoon leaves trail of destruction

Watch above: man with lengthy criminal record arrested after wild chase in Saskatoon

SASKATOON – A man with a lengthy prison record who had recently been released from prison is facing numerous charges after a wild chase in Saskatoon late Wednesday afternoon.

Timothy Gunn, 25, appeared in Saskatoon provincial court Thursday after the chase left a path of destruction across Saskatoon.

It began around 4:40 p.m. when police received a report of a black truck driving erratically.

“Saskatoon police had received calls of a black half-ton chasing another grey half-ton and the driver of the black half-ton was wearing a hoodie, had a bandana around his face,’ said police chief Clive Weighill.

By the time the pursuit ended, four patrol cars had been damaged along with multiple private vehicles. One person was sent to hospital with minor injuries.

Map of a wild police chase through Saskatoon on June 25, 2014.

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Gunn is also alleged to have attempted to steal two taxis.

At least two shots were fired at the truck that had been stolen from Rosthern after Gunn allegedly drove straight at a police officer.

Gunn is facing a string of charges including possession of a stolen vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle and assault with a weapon for ramming police cruisers. He will remain in custody until his next appearance on July 2.

He was wanted in Lloydminster, Alta. for an armed robbery in a hotel parking on June 11.

Timothy Gunn is facing numerous charges after a wild chase in Saskatoon on June 25, 2014.

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Mounties said the robbery was not a random event and has ties to the drug trade in the border city.

One other person wanted in the robbery remains at large.

Police are looking for Sara Elizabeth Manners, who is known to frequent the Lloydminster, Edmonton and Saskatoon areas.

She is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.

Police are on the hunt for Sara Elizabeth Manners, who is wanted for an armed robbery in Lloydminster, Alta. on June 11, 2014.

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8 crossing guard posts in Halifax cut for 2014-15 school year – Halifax

HALIFAX – Kids walking to school in Halifax this fall will have fewer crossing guards to help them navigate city streets.

The Halifax Regional Police confirmed the staffing reduction in a news release Friday, saying it will affect eight intersections spread across Halifax, Dartmouth, Cole Harbour and Sackville for the 2014-15 school year.

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The police said assessments were conducted to determine which areas to target, and aspects such as the number of students using the crosswalk, the presence or absence of signage, and the volume of vehicular traffic were considered.

The results showed that 21 intersections did not meet the necessary criteria for having a crossing guard, but police said only eight spots will be eliminated from the list due to safety concerns at the others.

Separate from the assessment, the intersection of Pinehill Drive and George Street in Sackville will also lose its crossing guard due to the closure of Sackville Centennial elementary school.

The police say they can assess or re-assess the need for crossing guards in a any area of the city, and residents can contact them directly or reach out to their city councillor for help.

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The intersections that will no longer be staffed with a crossing guard for the 2014-15 school year:

Duffus & Agricola Streets, St. Stephen’s Elementary School, HalifaxInglis & South Park Streets (currently vacant), Inglis Street Elementary School, HalifaxFlamingo Drive & Oriole Street, École Rockingham School, HalifaxKearney Lake Road & Wedgewood Drive, École Grosvenor Wentworth Park School, HalifaxMount Edward Road & Brigadoon Avenue, Mount Edward Elementary School, DartmouthWaverley Road & Montebello Drive, Michael Wallace Elementary School, DartmouthColby & Delta Drives, Colby Village Elementary School, Cole HarbourRiverside Drive & Candlewood Lane, Sycamore Lane Elementary School, Sackville

Top 5 things to do when you can’t watch World Cup – Toronto

TORONTO – After 48 matches and at least 72 hours of screen time for FIFA’s World Cup tournament, soccer has become a mainstay in Canadian living rooms and bars.

Here’s the top 5 things you can do with your free time:

Rib Fest

Eat ribs and feel good about it. The annual Etobicoke rib fest supports a number of humanitarian causes.

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A $2 entry fee grants you access to 16 barbeque vendors, live music and if you can’t stay away from World Cup, there is a screen for group viewing.

The festival runs June 27 to July 1.

World Pride

This year is the 33rd Pride Toronto parade since it started in 1981 as a protest to bathhouse raids.

The festival’s main draw is this Sunday between 2 and 4 p.m starting at Church Street and Bloor Street East. The parade marches south on Yonge Street ending at Dundas Street West.

READ MORE: Two Calgary Flames players to march in Toronto Pride parade

Canada Day Celebrations

It may just be a stereotype that Canadians love doughnuts, but on July 1, you can get them for free.

Von doughnuts will be handed out at Harbourfront centre between 1 and 6 p.m.

The celebrations also feature a dj set, a roller derby demo, a drumline, and more live bands.

Fireworks start at 10:40 p.m.

Jazz Fest

There’s still two more chances to hit up Toronto’s Jazz Fest. The festival ends Saturday, June 28.

The festival uses a pay-per-show format and there are plenty of options for those who prefer a no cover concert.

WATCH: Free weekend events in Toronto

Toronto Urban Photography Festival

The festival kicks off today at 918 Bathurst Street at 6-11 p.m. The festival runs at different venues until July 12.

The festival guide can be seen here.

Canada’s Andrew Wiggins top of the class in 2014 NBA draft

Watch above: For the second year in a row, a Canadian was the number one draft pick in the NBA. Eric Sorensen has the story.

TORONTO – Andrew Wiggins’ swagger and confidence was apparent the moment he donned the much-talked-about black floral print suit and walked on stage to accept his throne as the 2014 No. 1 NBA draft pick.

“We just wanted to do something different, really stand out, try to win it on both ends, the stylish points and to come No. 1,” Wiggins said after shaking NBA Commissioner Adam Silver’s hand Thursday night in Brooklyn.

The 19-year-old baller from Vaughan, Ont. was chosen first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers a year after the club selected fellow Canadian Anthony Bennett at the same top spot.

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Wiggins makes it four Canadians playing in Cleveland with forward Tristan Thompson of Brampton, Ont. picked fourth overall in 2011.

Power forward Dwight Powell, a native of Toronto who played four years in Stanford and was chosen by the Charlotte Hornets with the 45th pick, was traded to the Cavaliers along with veteran center Brendan Haywood in return for small forward Alonzo Gee.

READ MORE: Cavaliers win No. 1 lottery pick for second straight year

“I played with Tristan for a summer of AAU, and I played with Anthony for a while on the AAU circuit and on the national level too, so I’m just excited,” Wiggins said. “The chemistry is already there with those guys because I played with them already. I think big things are to come.”

Wiggins declared his eligibility for the NBA draft after spending just one year at the University of Kansas where some critics say he had an inconsistent season.

Regardless, many scouts believe his elite physical attributes and work ethic may just make him the best player Canada has ever produced.

“Going to high school and college, the opportunity and possibility of going No. 1 came into talk. And now I accomplished that, so it’s just a crazy feeling right now,” said Wiggins.

The six-foot-eight guard is genetically gifted with his father being a former NBA player and mother an Olympic sprinter.

Dad Mitchell and mom Marita were both on hand at the Barclays Center for their son’s shining moment.

“Especially because my parents were pro athletes before, now they can kind of live the dream again through me, and just watch their youngest son do something special with his life, and play at the highest level of basketball,” Wiggins said. “We cherish moments like this. It’s great, great for us.”

Wiggins joins a Maple-Leaf-clad 2014 class along with Nik Stauskas of Mississauga, Ont., who went eighth to the Sacramento Kings and Tyler Ennis of Brampton, Ont., selected 18th by the Phoenix Suns.

“It opens doors for all the youth in Canada, it gives them hope,” Wiggins said. “Coming up when I was in Canada, I wasn’t ranked, I wasn’t known. I didn’t really have any offers or anything like that. I just kept my head straight, kept working on my game, and look where I am today.

“I just think it gives everyone in Canada hope that they can do the same thing and accomplish whatever I do. Because it’s possible if they work hard.”

With files from The Canadian Press

Canada expands aid targets; no new money for foreign development – National

OTTAWA – The Harper government is expanding its foreign aid priority list by five countries, widening the pool of recipients to the level set by the previous Liberal government.

It has added the Philippines, Burma, Mongolia, Burkina Faso, Benin, Congo and Jordan to the list and dropped Pakistan and Bolivia.

However, the reshuffling of aid priorities is not accompanied by any new funds to cover the expansion of the list of target countries to 25 from 20.

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Last month, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon called on Canada, along with its rich Western allies, to boost overall foreign aid spending to 0.7 per cent of gross domestic product from its current level of less than 0.3 per cent.

Development Minister Christian Paradis told The Canadian Press that the government will shuffle existing funds to cover priorities while putting in place new accountability measures to ensure the money is well spent.

“We will have to reshape things to make sure we do address the needs,” Paradis said in an exclusive interview.

He said the government will continue to pursue other sources of aid partnerships, including tapping into private corporations.

“We believe that we can unlock sleeping money in the private sector and philanthropists. We have to be proactive.”

The government shortened the list of priority countries to 20 in 2009 and drew fire for cutting several African recipients.

The new list includes Congo, where rape as a weapon of war has been criticized by Canada and many others.

READ MORE: World leaders praise Harper for mom and child health efforts

The new alignment jettisons Pakistan, a country that was the staging ground for al-Qaida attacks on Canadian troops based in Afghanistan. Canada ended its combat contribution to the Afghan mission in 2011 and withdrew the last of its military trainers in March.

“It’s no longer a focus because there is a lot of instability, huge security issues and we think that at this point, given the circumstances, we can concentrate on other places where we can make a real difference,” Paradis said. “We want to focus on results.”

As for adding Congo, Paradis said this aligns with the Canadian foreign policy priority of ending the forced marriage of young girls and the use of rape as a weapon of war.

New Democrat MP Paul Dewar, the Official Opposition’s foreign affairs critic, has for several years called on the government to recognize the carnage in Congo, which has claimed an estimated three million lives over the last decade.

Congo’s rich mineral deposits may have helped spark the conflict there, but Paradis said they also give the huge central African country its greatest hope.

“The needs are there, big time,” he said, noting that the country is among the lowest on the United Nations human development index.

“On the flip side, Congo has a lot of resources. So there’s a way to eradicate extreme poverty both with aid and after that, if they could focus on good governance and resource development.”

Iraq has also been added to a secondary list of development partners, countries that aren’t of primary focus, but that still receive some bilateral funding.

Paradis said Canada will continue to assess how it can make aid contributions there in light of the recent offensive by the al-Qaida Sunni militant offshoot, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

The Palestinian territories also retain their spot on the list, while the tiny desert kingdom of Jordan has been added for the first time.

Jordan has been inundated by a massive influx of refugees from the civil war in neighbouring Syria and has been the recipient of some major Canadian assistance in recent years to help it cope.

“Supposing the Syria crisis was going to end tomorrow, the region will have years to recover from this,” Paradis said.

“Even if you say this is a middle-income economy, well they have major, major challenges and this why we put them (Jordan) as a country of focus.”

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