Superheroes, zombies and Trekkers invade Edmonton for Expo

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EDMONTON — If you enjoy embracing your inner Sci-Fi geek, you should be in Alberta’s Capital City this weekend. The 2015 Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo is here at last.

It’s happening from Sept. 25 to 27 at the Edmonton EXPO Centre. The Expo celebrates some of modern pop culture’s biggest genres, like science fiction, horror, fantasy, and, of course, comics.

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The Edmonton Expo is only in its fourth year, but attendance is expected to be high. Forty-seven thousand people came to last year’s Expo, and this year’s numbers are expected to rise. More than 500 volunteers will be on hand to help run the event.

There are several events for Expo-goers, including artist workshops, costume contests, and theatrical performances. There will also be speeches and lectures on pop culture-related topics, several panel discussions with artists and writers, even martial arts classes and Quidditch practices.

READ MORE: Professional Lego builder’s life-sized Homer heading to Edmonton Expo 

In addition to the events, several notable guests will be featured at the 2015 Edmonton Expo.

Cast members of Orange is the New Black, Doctor Who, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Walking Dead, and Star Trek: The Next Generation will be in attendance.

In addition, fans will have the opportunity on Saturday to take part in a spotlight panel and autograph session with comic godfather Stan Lee.

The Expo starts at 3 p.m. Friday and closes up on Sunday at 5 p.m.

It’s the DeLorean!

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Some scary characters at the 2015 Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo, Sept. 25, 2015.

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Some scary characters at the 2015 Edmonton Comic and Entertainment Expo, Sept. 25, 2015.

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The Walking Dead wedding cake for these two love birds.

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‘Exuberant’ college mascot sends Arizona councilman to hospital

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A case of bad timing and extraordinary bad luck sent a Tempe, Arizona city councilman to hospital last week.

The culprit behind the accidental “attack”? An overly “exuberant” college mascot.

Tempe, Arizona city councilman David Schapira was at an Arizona State University football game last Friday along with the mayor and the rest of city council.

Schapira says he was down on the sidelines before the game taking pictures when two extremely unfortunate events occurred within a few seconds.

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The first involved the ASU Sun Devils’ mascot, Sparky, jumping on his back. The second, just moments before, involved Schapira putting down his cane.

Yes, his cane. That’s because Schapira was still recovering from major back surgery, and Sparky’s jump, from behind and out-of-the-blue, couldn’t have come at a worse time.

“I told my wife to take one more and handed her the cane, I didn’t want it in the shot.” Schapira told ABC-15 News in Arizona.

A hilarious series of photos shot by Schapira’s wife shows what happened next, as Sparky tries to photo bomb the man who, by all appearances, is just standing by the sidelines posing for a photo.

“I kind of laughed at first, then my expression changes to terror as I felt that pop,” Schapira said.

The surprise jump caused Schapira to tear a muscle in the exact location where he had surgery for a herniated disc in his back two months prior.

As a result Schapira collapsed to the ground and had to be carted to a local hospital. He’s now looking at another round of physical therapy and rehabilitation.

Arizona State has agreed to pay his medical expenses, and issued a statement apologizing for the accidental actions of their “exuberant” mascot.

“ASU sincerely apologizes for Sparky’s excessive exuberance at Friday night’s game. University officials have been in regular contact with Councilman Schapira since the incident and we have offered our fullest assistance and cooperation in getting his bills paid and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

Schapira jokes that next time, he’ll take extra precautions.

“I’ll wear a shirt saying ‘Be gentle’ or ‘Fragile, handle with care’,” he joked.

For the record, Arizona State defeated New Mexico 34-10 that night, a victory that would have undoubtedly been sweeter for the councilman if he wasn’t watching it from the hospital.


‘Playwright in a Shop’ welcome on Broadway

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SASKATOON – What do you think would happen if an entire neighbourhood collaborated on a story? We’ll soon find out because the first ever ‘Playwright in a Shop’ is underway.

Joel Bernbaum, Sum Theatre artistic director and playwright, set up in the window of Foster’s Shoes on Broadway Avenue to write short plays with the help of Saskatoon residents. The stories are projected on a large television monitor from inside the store. The hope is to attract the attention of passers-by and get them involved in the collaboration process.

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“We at Sum Theatre believe that theatre should be exciting and that it should bring people together. What we have with Playwright in a Shop is the opportunity for anyone who is walking down the street to be involved in the playwriting process,” said Bernbaum.

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The idea started in the spring when Bernbaum and his colleague met with the Saskatchewan Arts Board to develop a project to improve the Nutana neighbourhood. After brainstorming with residents, Playwright in a Shop was born.

“We believe that theatre and the arts in general present a real opportunity to empower and engage people in their own confidence, in their own self worth. Art is a public act, art is for everyone and everyone is an artist,” explained Bernbaum.

This unique artistic experiment provides people with the opportunity to go outside their comfort zone, interact with the community and try their hand at play writing.

Watch below: Sum Theatre is setting up shop on Broadway Avenue and inviting passers-by to help pen the stories. Morning Live reporter Joelle Tomlinson learned more about the community initiative.

“I think what is really important to emphasize is that if you can think, if you can feel, you can write a play. If you have a story to tell, you can write a play. Of course everyone can think and feel, so everyone is a playwright,” said Bernbaum.

Some participants were really excited about the idea, others were a bit hesitant at the start.

“I’m a creative guy. I recognize everyone is an artist so my mind is all over the place thinking about where this can go,” said one participant, Grant Unrau.

Unrau and his family worked together with Bernbaum to put a modern twist on their father’s childhood story.

After this week at Foster’s Shoes, Playwright in a Shop will move down Broadway to The Better Good, where writing will continue.


Alberta Culture Days offers free admission to historic sites, museums

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CALGARY – Friday marks the start of Alberta Culture Days, a three-day festival celebrating history, art and the culinary industry across the province.

Created in 2008, the festival offers free admission to Alberta’s provincial historic sites and museums, plus family-friendly events and activities.

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“All of our provincial sites are free for the weekend so that’s how we kicked it off, but now you see such things as block parties in [Calgary’s] Inglewood and just things that’ve grown out of the ground, which is what we were hoping for,” said Minister of Culture and Tourism David Eggen.

Eggen emphasized the diversity highlighted in the different events, and said more than 100 will take place over the weekend in the Calgary area alone. The City of Edmonton is also offering free admission on Sunday at locations like the Prince of Wales Armouries, Fort Edmonton Park, and the Edmonton Valley Zoo.

For a full list of free City of Edmonton events on Sunday, click here

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For a full list of free Alberta Culture Days events across the province, click here

Highlights selected by the province include:

Head Smashed-in Buffalo Jump in Fort MacLeod: Free interpretive tours, demonstrations by First Nations artists and buffalo-themed culinary treats.

Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin: Step behind the velvet ropes with the special White Glove Tour of the museum, and you can make your own thaumatrope.

Frank Slide Interpretive Centre in Crowsnest Pass: Activities include an evening under the stars accompanied by a concert and presentation on the night sky by the Lethbridge Astronomy Society.

Oil Sands Discovery Centre in Fort McMurray: Activities include interactive exhibits and interpretive films at the Dr. Karl Clark exhibit.

“We have so much to celebrate here, both our history through natural history—cultural history as well—but also block parties, music festivals…Alberta has taken up the torch,” said Eggen.

Albertans can also use the Alberta Culture Calendar or download the calendar mobile app for iOS to plot their own Culture Days adventures from Friday to Sunday.


Knox looks to inspire struggling Roughriders with his play, and his words

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REGINA – Through the first 13 weeks of the CFL season, Jeff Knox Jr., has made a name for himself with his sharp play on the field.

What may have been overlooked is his sharp tongue away from the game.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders’ linebacker is tied for the league lead in tackles with 75 and has been one of the few bright spots on an otherwise dismal season.

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With the Montreal Alouettes (5-6) set to visit the Riders (1-11) on Sunday at Mosaic Stadium, Knox’s second calling as a motivational speaker may become valuable down the stretch for a team that could use a pick-me-up.

“I’ll throw in my two cents in the locker room from time to time, but we have other guys who will throw their two cents in as well,” said veteran linebacker Tyron Brackenridge. “Every little bit helps because it might be something you hear from another guy that enlightens you and opens your eyes to different things. (Knox) is that kind of guy.”

Following the Week 13 matchup with Montreal, Knox said he plans to pay a visit to his hometown in Pittsburgh and speak to approximately 150 kids who are involved in one of that city’s minor football leagues. Knox was raised in the inner city and faced several challenges in his young life, including getting kicked off his university football team as a freshman. Poor grades and questionable behaviour nearly lost him his roster spot as a senior.

That’s when Knox chose to take his life in a more positive direction.

The message he wants to share with the youth is the same one he’s trying to send to his teammates at the pro level.

“No matter what people tell you, no matter what people say about you, never give up on yourself,” Knox said. “You’re going to come across people your whole life that are going to tell you that you can’t do this or you can’t do that or that you’re never going to make something of yourself. In your heart, you have to write your own story.

“I come from a bad environment and a lot of us didn’t make it out of that. There are a lot of guys before me and probably a lot guys after me who were better football players than I am, but they’ll never get a chance to tell people their story because of the circumstances we live in.”

The Riders have experienced their share of adversity this season. A season-ending injury to franchise quarterback Darian Durant in the first week of the regular season cast a dark cloud over the team. Injuries to backup quarterback Kevin Glenn and a host of other key starters quickly led to a downward spiral and eventually to the basement of the West Division.

Despite the league’s worst record, the Riders remain mathematically alive in the playoff chase. They trail the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and B.C. Lions by just six points.

“In tough times, you really see the true colours of a man,” Knox said. “This is a tough time for all of us. We’ll see what we’re made of in the next few weeks. Right now, we’re sticking together and staying positive. That’s what we need to do.”

Brackenridge said the season has been a challenge and echoed Knox’s thoughts on testing a player’s true character.

“You might not win every day, but your mindset is to win every day,” he said. “It’s all about how you accept that challenge, that curveball.”

He added that Knox has the tools to rise above the adversity.

“Guys that work and play like he does make a name for themselves really fast,” he said. “He’s making plays and flying around the ball. Guys like him can stick around for a long time. Guys like him get an opportunity to go down south and play ball.”


Lethbridge woman’s death determined to be a homicide

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RCMP have now ruled Victoria Joanne Crow Shoe’s death a homicide.

The 43-year-old’s body was found on Sept. 13 near Pincher Creek, Alta. along the shore of the Oldman River Reservoir at the Windy Point Campground.

READ MORE: Body of Victoria Crow Shoe found along Oldman River

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Lethbridge Regional Police originally reported Crow Show as missing on Sept.15, but eight hours later changed the status of the case after an autopsy from the Calgary medical examiner determined it was her body found at the campground.

The investigation was then handed over to RCMP, who concluded she was murdered.

Police are asking for anyone who may have knowledge of her activities and whereabouts prior to when she was last seen by associates on Aug. 31 to come forward.

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Crow Shoe is described as an Aboriginal woman from Lethbridge, 5’7″, 160 pounds, medium build, with brown eyes and long brown hair with highlights. There’s a possibility she may have been wearing eye glasses. She was last seen wearing a black “Fox Racing” pullover hoodie with black pants and carrying a purple bag, and/or over-the-shoulder duffle bag.

Anyone with information related to Crow Shoe’s activities, whereabouts, friends or acquaintances is asked to send an email to Cst. Allison Blue at [email protected]苏州纹眉. In your email, police ask you to include your name, contact details and tip information. You can also call the Pincher Creek RCMP detachment at 403-627-6010. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers with information at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

Victoria Joanne Crow Shoe

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Victoria Joanne Crow Shoe


Justin Trudeau might repeal some mandatory minimums if elected

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If elected, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau says he’d consider repealing some of the mandatory minimum sentences introduced by the Conservative government.

“Where we have concerns is in the overuse and quite frankly abuse of mandatory minimums,” he said in an interview with The West Block’s Tom Clark Friday.

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“It’s the kind of political ploy that makes everyone feel good, saying, ‘We’re going to be tough on these people,’ but by removing judicial discretion, and by emphasizing mandatory minimums, you’re actually clogging up our jails for longer periods of time and not necessarily making our communities any safer.”

And while he said a Liberal government would “trust our judges to make reasonable choices,” he didn’t say which mandatory minimums he’d consider striking down.

A Liberal government would also reverse provisions of Bill C-24, which allows the government to rescind the citizenship of dual citizens convicted of terrorism, treason or espionage, or those who take up arms against Canada.

Trudeau said he rejects “[t]hat idea that you can create two classes of citizenship – for two individuals who commit the same crime, there might be a different penalty for one than the other depending on where their parents were born.”

“I think it’s a very slippery slope to have to have a state be able to say, ‘You know what? You’re no longer a Canadian citizen,’ because what that does, however heinous the crime one person might commit, it makes citizenship conditional on good behaviour for everyone else.”

Current criminal penalties are tough enough without needing to revoke citizenship, he said.

“If a Canadian commits a terrible crime against this country, well we have penalties for that. We have life imprisonment, we have severe consequences that I don’t know, probably shouldn’t include a plane ticket to some faraway country.”

You can watch the full interview with Justin Trudeau on The West Block with Tom Clark on Global Saturday at 7 p.m. in all markets and again on Sunday morning. Trudeau and Clark also discuss the environment, supply management and Trudeau’s plans to run a budgetary deficit.

Blue Jays’ Tulowitzki making progress but no return date set yet

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TORONTO – Blue Jays shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, recovering from a cracked shoulder blade, tested his arm again Friday prior to Toronto’s game against Tampa.

Under the watchful eye of head trainer George Poulis, Tulowitzki looked relaxed in fielding grounders and throwing to first base. Still, there’s no timetable for his return.

“We’re not that far — yet. Hopefully we do talk about that soon, but that’s not been talked about yet,” the 29-year-old Tulowitzki said.

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“Progress,” echoed Jays manager John Gibbons. “No date yet, but progress.”

Tulowitzki was hurt Sept. 12 in a fielding collision with teammate Kevin Pillar at Yankee Stadium.

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While he has been fielding balls, his hitting has been restricted to a couple of sessions off a tee since the injury.

He fielded Friday but did not pick up a bat.

“Ground balls went well, and I feel like I’m moving a lot better,” he told reporters. “From the beginning, I said swinging was going to be the last thing. I’m just going in there, light swings off the tee, nothing major yet. But definitely I’m excited in the direction that I’m headed. It’s definitely a good sign.”

“I felt more like myself out there,” he added. “More aggressive. Felt normal.”

Tulowitzki, who also suffered bruising to his upper back, says he feels the injury away from the ballpark.

“I think I probably feel it more when I’m laying in bed than I do when I’m taking ground balls, to be honest,” he said.

Gibbons, meanwhile, looked to lighten Josh Donaldson’s load by having his third baseman play designated hitter Friday.

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Cliff Pennington started at third, with Ryan Goins at shortstop, Darwin Barney at second and Edwin Encarnacion at first.

“He (Donaldson) needs it, he definitely needs it,” Gibbons said before the game. “We wanted to do it the last week but we weren’t able to. This way it keeps his bat in there. I mean he’s been going every day.”

In other injury news, Gibbons said surgeons took care of a cyst in second baseman Devon Travis’s shoulder and did some general cleanup Wednesday. “No real damage,” he said.


Premier promises consequences after teen’s death

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VANCOUVER – British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says there will be consequences for the tragic death of a teenager in government care.

Clark said the agency in charge of caring for 18-year-old Alex Gervais didn’t inform the Ministry of Children and Family Development that he was staying in a hotel.

The premier brushed off questions about a lack of confidence in Children’s Minister Stephanie Cadieux, saying both she and the minister agree the agency made a “real mistake” and should face repercussions.

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“She’s working really hard to make sure that the ministry’s working as it’s supposed to. She and I see eye to eye on this,” Clark said Friday.

“(The agency) did not follow policy. It was wrong. It had tragic, tragic outcomes, and there are going to be consequences for that.”

Clark said the province will take the time to understand what happened, report to citizens and then make sure appropriate steps are taken to prevent a similar occurrence.

She said that while it is sometimes necessary to house a child in a hotel, the ministry wants to ensure that happens as rarely as possible, adding that is why it requires notification from agencies.

“The reason we require that is because we don’t want — as a policy — we don’t want vulnerable kids to end up in hotels,” Clark said. “We want them in homes. Ideally, we want them in their own homes.”

Between November 2014 and September 2015, there were 23 reported instances of children staying in a hotel, said a Children’s Ministry spokesman who asked not to be named.

They stayed an average of about five days, he said.

Children’s representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said Gervais was living in a hotel for about two months.

Jeff Rud, a spokesman for Turpel-Lafond’s office, said they believe that between 30 and 50 kids in government care stay in hotels at some point every year.

Turpel-Lafond has said she believes the boy who fell from a fourth-floor window at an Abbotsford hotel took his own life.

The children’s advocate has said she was misled into believing that no kids in care were being housed in hotels, and has demanded the ministry assure her it won’t happen again.

Currently, the province’s director of child welfare knows of one youth who is staying in a hotel with a caregiver, the ministry spokesman said.

“The director is confident this short-term placement is appropriate given the circumstances, and that the young person will be moved to more suitable accommodations imminently.”

Opposition NDP Leader John Horgan has called for Cadieux’s resignation after yet another controversy to beset the troubled ministry this year.

In one case, a lawyer for a mother identified only as J.P. has filed an application to block the government from holding an internal review of the actions of social workers in her case.

The mom noted that a B.C. Supreme Court judge already determined that social workers behaved inappropriately when they seized her children and violated a court order banning the kids’ father from unsupervised visits, enabling him to molest their daughter in care.

The ministry is appealing Justice Paul Walker’s decision.

Church wants to turn part of property into apartments – Halifax

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HALIFAX – A local church wants the city to let it turn a portion of its unused property into a mixed-use addition, including 67 homes, to help it achieve financial stability.

“We usually run a deficit,” said Valeria MacDonald, an elder at The Presbyterian Church of Saint David.

The proposal, which can be found on the city’s website [PDF], was seen by the Heritage Advisory Committee on Wednesday.

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The plan was a approved with a few minor changes and will eventually go before city council.

The land, about 1.3 hectares in size, has a hall that isn’t being used by the church.

“While we definitely aren’t in it to make a profit, we do have to pay our bills,” said MacDonald.

The proposed seven-storey building would include some commercial space. The church would get $4,000 a month in lease payments.

That income would help offset the $2 million cost of repairs needed in the next 10 years.

“When I first starting coming to Saint David’s in 1975, this building would have been full on a Sunday,” said MacDonald of the church. “But, now, we’re probably averaging between 60 and 70 [people].”

Part of the land under the hall is a graveyard; a crypt is under construction in the basement of the church to eventually house the contents.

The Cathedral Church of All Saints faced a similar challenge years ago.

“People today have perhaps less disposable income that they can access,” said Paul Smith, rector at the church.

The church decided to build a seniors residence next door three years ago.

“This became one of the ways that we could generate both some income to […] sustain the ongoing maintenance of the building,” said Smith. “And, in turn, offer something to the community around us.”