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Arbitration under fire

Stalemate. Contract negotiations start for firefighters amid tough times for city budgets Scott taylor

London firefighters are entering into interest arbitration to hammer out a new contract. But critics complain that arbitration is biased in favour of workers and is sapping city revenues. MIKE DONACHIE/METRO

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Coun. Denise Brown wants her opinion of firefighters clearly understood. “I have a lot of respect for firefighters,” said the head of the community and protective services committee. “But there’s got to be a point of affordability for the city and we’re at the stage where it’s almost not affordable for emergency services.” Thursday kicked off the first day of interest arbitration between the city and its firefighters, who have been working without a contract since Dec. 31, 2010. While a new contract will be decided, it will almost certainly leave a bad taste in the mouths of many, including that of Mayor Joe Fontana, a vocal opponent of arbitration. Fontana couldn’t immediately be reached for comment. Arbitration is one of the hottest of hot-button issues for municipalities across the province because it has helped to spike the pay of emergency-services

What is arbitration?

• Essential services, such as police, firefighters and paramedics, don’t have the option to strike. • An arbitrator imposes a binding decision only after all other avenues have been exhausted. • Both sides have to agree

workers, to the dismay of cashstrapped cities. Interest arbitration settles contract disputes for emergency-service workers after negotiations over a new collectivebargaining agreement reach a stalemate. The intention is to ensure fair outcomes for employees who cannot strike. Many believe those outcomes are overly fair to the workers. “I wish they would come to the table and look at it from our point of view,” Brown said, as she travelled home from the Association of Municipalities Ontario conference in Ottawa, where this subject was discussed in depth. “I don’t know how we get away from it. I think it’s something we need to look at and to work with the fire department and the police services to try to come up with a compromise. I

on an arbitrator. If they can’t, then one is appointed. • Like a judge in a courtroom, the arbitrator hears both sides and makes a decision. • The cost of arbitration is evenly split by both sides.

have respect for them, but it’s just not affordable anymore.” A release from the City of London stated as much. “Historically, our fire employees have received economic increases that have outpaced inflation and those received by other (city) employee groups,” it said. “The (city) believes that Londoners cannot continue to sustain these increases. We believe the fire-department contract needs to balance the interests of taxpayers and our fire employees while reflecting the current state of the economy.” Overall, there were about 100 firefighters on the so-called Sunshine List last year. The annual list shows how many Ontario public-sector employees earned at least $100,000. “We have no choice over that,” Brown said. “That’s what arbitration is all about.”


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Storybook Gardens looks for its happy ending Theme park. New buildings, characters for popular city attraction MIKE DONACHIE

It hasn’t always been a fairy tale. Storybook Gardens, London’s long-established and much-loved family attraction, has had its share of controversy. Once upon a time it was a little rough around the edges, with some of its parts needing updating, but on Thursday its staff were grinning like the Cheshire Cat as they cut the ribbon for an expanded children’s village. With free entry for kids thanks to vehicle-history reports company CarProof, there were large crowds to see the five new play buildings near the old woman’s shoe. That’s the old woman who had so many children ... oh, you know the story. New this year are a bank,

animal hospital, fire station, market and fairy’s house, each with its own occupant, played by park staff in costume, to interact with the children. “We want the community to recognize that we are moving forward and we are looking for opportunities to make improvements to our facility,” said Storybook Gardens supervisor Diana Rowe. The five new houses cost $15,000 each, she said, with the animal hospital paid for by Sears, and the hope is to find more companies to support additions to the park. Future plans include a trick-or-treat trail for Halloween. “We are definitely looking to try and connect with other places in the community to help us expand it quicker,” added Rowe, who said poor weather had hit attendance this summer, but August has been busy. Around the park, the children were happy and that meant their parents were happy, too. “We come here every year. The kids love it,” said Kathie Avola. “It’s a good investment for the kids and the future.”

Storybook Gardens timeline

• 1915 — Zoo established in Springbank Park with two raccoons and two owls.

• 1990 — Park is handed over to city’s parks and recreation department.

• 1957 — Council approves $150,000 budget for amusement park.

• 2003 — After a $7-million renovation, Storybook Gardens opens again.

• 1958 — Storybook Gardens officially opens on June 26, at 10 a.m.

• 2012 — Three Storybook seals die while being transported to the U.S.

• 1988 — A fire destroys most of the new $389,000 Playworld development.


Brianna Bales, 5, from London, is delighted to meet a real live fairy at Storybook Gardens. Played by Jesslyn Hodgson, the fairy is one of the new characters at the theme park. MIKE DONACHIE/METRO

New school. Fanshawe ventures into safety Public safety is the focus of a new school to be opened at Fanshawe College. The college’s new venture will bring together six publicsafety programs, all with the same theme, and link up with community partners. Titled simply the School of Public Safety, it will open in September and lead to the college launching seven to 10 new program offerings by Septem-

ber 2015, Fanshawe said. The partners involved include local and regional police, fire and paramedic services, community-service agencies, Western University, the Ontario court system, the animal-care community, experts on the prevention of violence against women and children, the City of London, and the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services. METRO

Defence industry

Oxford St. plant to lose workers to layoffs Reports said Thursday that General Dynamics is laying off 67 people from its Oxford Street plant. The job losses affect both salary and contract positions and are due to slowed sales. The 67 jobs make up about three per cent of the workforce. METRO


Local theatre

Cully from T.O.

New play in town

We have been asked to make it clear that musician Matt Cully, of indie rock band Bruce Peninsula, is from Toronto. A headline on Metro’s website incorrectly said he was a Londoner. We apologize for the error. His bandmate Misha Bower is from London and they will perform at the Bag Lady on Friday from 9 p.m. METRO

Simply Theatre is to present a new production, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, at the Arts Project, 203 Dundas St., next month. It examines drug use, suicide, eating disorders, sexual identity and other difficult issues and stars Jeremy Hewitson. It will be staged from Sept. 4 to 7. Call 519-642-2767 for tickets. METRO


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Visionaries get a leg up from Libro

PC leadership

All Ford is saying is give Tim a chance Ontario’s Progressive Conservatives should rally behind Tim Hudak and defeat the Liberal government instead of question his leadership, the mayor of Canada’s largest city said on Thursday. “You gotta give him a chance, and I don’t think you need to review his leadership,” Toronto Mayor Rob Ford said at a swearing-in ceremony for his former deputy mayor, Doug Holyday, as the new PC member for the riding of Etobicoke-Lakeshore. Hudak has recently come under pressure to allow a leadership review from several Tories who say they’re unhappy the party won only one of five byelections held on Aug. 1. “If you look at the five byelections, we went up in every single one of them, and we won one,” Ford said. Conservatives who are pushing for a leadership review should concentrate on ways to defeat the minority government, Ford added. “If you look at the Liberal scandals, the corruption that’s going on at eHealth and Ornge and everything, it’s overwhelming what the governing Liberals have put the taxpayers through,” he said. “Either vote NDP or Conservative, but you can’t condone this Liberal behaviour.” Hudak said he would not agree to change the rules to allow a leadership vote at a Tory policy conference next month, noting he got 78 per cent support in the mandatory review that followed the party’s loss in the 2011 election. “I’ve been asked to lead this party to win the next election ... and that’s the job I’m going to do,” he said. Holyday was the first Conservative elected provincially in Toronto since 1999, and Hudak said he’d rather focus on that historic breakthrough and let party officials deal with a motion that asks for a leadership review in September. “There’s a party process for this,” he said. “My focus is get the province back on track, getting good jobs back, that’s what I’m sticking to.” The Canadian Press

Grants, scholarships. Hundreds of thousands go to young people building a better region Scott taylor

A dancer shows her talent at the Grand Academy. Haley Ritchie/For Metro

Theatre school puts students through paces It could be called the tripletraining academy — five intense days for a small group of theatre-loving high-school students to be tutored in dancing, acting and singing. It’s the fifth year in a row for the Grand Academy program, one of many initiatives London’s Grand Theatre puts on to expose young people to theatre. “The first day they showed us around, and it’s really cool. They have all these rooms and costumes and shoes and hats,” said Giulia Gigante, 13, who currently has her heart set on acting in New York City. It’s not just another sum-

mer camp and it’s definitely not for kids with stage fright. In just five days, each student prepares a monologue and dance number with professional theatre coaches. “You get to work with these young people who are really passionate. They walk in and they go: ‘This is going to be work, but it’s going to be amazing in the end,’” said Rick Kish, the program’s singing instructor. The eight students in the program are practising for the end-of-week showcase, when they audition and get feedback from the theatre’s own artistic director. Haley Ritchie/For Metro

Young people in the London area are getting a strong financial leg up thanks to nearly half-a-million dollars in scholarships and grants from Libro Financial Group. In all, 10 students were awarded Community Builder scholarships worth $30,000 each, while 17 local young people playing important roles in community-development projects received a total of $444,356 in grants. The leader of one Londonbased organization that received $40,000 said the money will make a tangible difference. Andrew Fleet, executive director of Growing Chefs Ontario, said the five-year-old organization is starting up a pro-

gram called The Beet, designed to help teens hone their cooking skills and enter the culinary workforce. “We do cooking classes with young people, and a few of them become very good and find they are interested in pursuing a career in culinary, but they don’t have that foot in the door or anything on their resumé,” he said. The young people involved in the program are encouraged to take ownership of what they do. “They’ll be doing the planning, the marketing for it and the delivery as well,” Fleet said. “We don’t even know what it’s going to really look like yet.” So far, the students have catered the July opening of the Libro branch at Col. Talbot and Southdale roads. About 400 people attended. “We had five youth there.... That’s the kind of thing The Beet is looking to do. They want to be a food-service provider of some sort.” The funds now ensure that there will be a program in the future for those kids.

Money well spent

“By supporting youth and their passion for community, we hope to foster confident young leaders who will continue to contribute (to) and build a vibrant region.”

Community scholarships

The scholarships were awarded to youth from the ages of 17 to 25 who demonstrated exceptional commitment to community in a leadership role, had steady academic performance and were enrolled in post-secondary education. $30,000 went to the following Londoners: • Rushi Gandhi, Rachel Boere, James Neal-Ellis, Emily Nunez, Michael Rosehart. Community grants

Grants were awarded to initiatives or projects that provide youth an opportunity to develop leadership skills. The following people were the lead youth representatives involved in the project: • Anna Carroll, The Beet, $40,000; Matt Ross, Sustainability and Capacity Building, $94,726; Behn Strople, El Sistema Aeolian, $30,000; Crystal Kyabaggu, Developing Next Generation of Entrepreneurs & Business Leaders, $10,000.

Kelly McEachen, the chair of Libro’s community-investment advisory panel

Police charge man with packing Smith & Wesson A police photo of the gun they say the man was carrying. Contributed

A known gang member was arrested and charged on Wednesday after he was found with a concealed and loaded .40-calibre Smith & Wesson handgun, London police say. Ayanle Aden, 19, was nabbed by members of the London police street-gang unit in the area of Oxford and Wethered streets at

about 3 p.m. He’s been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon without a licence, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a loaded firearm, unsafe storage of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle. Scott Taylor/Metro


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Tips for servers? Make it an old-fashioned Restaurant biz. London servers would reject New York-style tipping ban Mark Spowart

Will tipping your restaurant server soon be a thing of the past? In New York City there is an upscale sushi restaurant — Thomas Keller’s Per Se — that is taking the first step into the realm of no tipping. The restaurant’s owner, Jay Porter, has told his clientele that they will no longer need to pay a gratuity as Porter has increased the wages of his serving staff. Here in London, servers want no part of it. “I’ll take the current setup hands down,” said Kelly McVicar, who works as a server at La Casa Ristorante on King Street and is experienced at managing restaurants in London. “In England, Ireland and other countries (serving) is a position you go to school for. Quoted

“Restaurants that take away tipping and pay their staff a higher wage will have to charge more to cover the cost.” Waitress Kelly McVicar

Scott Sanderson and Kelly McVicar are two London restaurant staffers who believe the current tip setup is best for patrons and staff alike. Haley Ritchie/for metro

You study mixology, you take different courses to be a fivestar server. It is a career move in itself. “Here you can do the position without a formal education, and it gives people without the formal education an opportunity to earn a decent living. “Restaurants that take away tipping and pay their staff a higher wage will have to charge more to cover the cost.” Which is exactly what Porter did at his New York loca-

tion, raising the menu prices by roughly 15 per cent to cover increased labour costs. A higher meal tab is not the only change McVicar believes restaurant patrons would see. “I think that if you take away tipping, you are going to eliminate some of the best servers you are ever going to have,” said McVicar. It’s a point her La Casa colleague, chef Scott Sanderson, agrees with. “If everyone is working for the same wage, you are going

to have some people who will not hustle as much, and service would go down,” Sanderson said. Garth White, president of the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association in Toronto, added: “You also have to consider that if you increase a server’s wage, then both they and the restaurant will have to pay more in payroll taxes.” White said that food costs still remain the most important expense that restaurants have to control and that often

a percentage of the tips servers receive go back toward the entire “team” that contributes to patrons’ experience. “Many servers, especially here in London, do this as a way to get through school. Then we realize at the end of our education we are good at it and enjoy it more than what we may have studied for in university,” said McVicar, who, when not in London, works as a teacher in South Korea. “When I am in London, this is my career,” she said.

Local designer’s ‘girly’ fashions hit catwalk

Sebastian Gaurin shows off items from his collection. Haley Ritchie/for metro

A fashion designer who doesn’t know how to sew? That might be how he started, but local talent Sebastian Gaurin, 22, has come a long way since his first year in Fanshawe’s fashion-design program. Gaurin’s one-of-a-kind, handmade pieces will be hitting the Club Lavish catwalk Friday night for a full fashion show. His new collection, which

he calls Sunkissed, is a cruisethemed line inspired by the summertime. “I love seeing people wear the clothes that I’ve created. People really like to support local talent,” he said. While Gaurin noted that London doesn’t have the most opportunities for fashion students, businesses like Passion 4 Beauty Jewelry and Wabi Sabi Hair Artistry were happy to collaborate on the

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show. Gaurin said those coming out should expect “bright and really girly” clothing, and a bidding war if you fall in love with one of his most popular pieces. Haley Ritchie/For Metro WEEKEND, August 23-25, 2013

London outrage at Russia

LGBT campaigner joins calls for Winter Olympics acceptance Outrage at anti-gay legislation in Russia has sparked fires of its own with plenty of anger in London and a Canadian petition demanding LGBT acceptance during the 2014 Olympics. The Gold Medal Message campaign is petitioning athletes to emblazon rainbow pins on their uniforms during the opening ceremonies at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games in defiance of Russia’s stance. “It’s a backwards law,” said Lori Ward, a co-facilitator for Parents and Friends for Gays and Lesbians in London. “So any sign that shows the human race stands in acceptance of the LGBT community is helpful. I absolutely would sign a petition like that. We’re talking about basic human rights here. We’re saying no to hate.” Since July 25, the petition started by Winnipeg native Dayne Moyer has already garnered 28,000 signatures and support from New Zealand speedskater Blake Skjellerup, who himself is gay and training in Winnipeg. The International Olympic Committee stresses that athletes shouldn’t be involved in political propaganda, which Ward says is inconsistent. “The Olympics have always been garlanded in politics — when you get people together there’s going to be politics. For them (to ask athletes) to say nothing doesn’t make sense,” Ward said. “We stand by our athletes of all gender identities and expressions (and) orientation,” said Ward, who wouldn’t advocate a ban on the Games themselves in light of the years that athletes have invested in training. Russia has assured the IOC the legislation would not apply to those visiting, attending and taking part in the Games. Jeremiah Rodriguez/For Metro

NEWS WEEKEND, August 23-25, 2013


Justin Trudeau: Yes, he inhaled And he’s not apologizing. Liberal leader says marijuana prohibition policy costs law enforcement $500 million a year

Honouring the memory of Jack Layton Olivia Chow, right, looks on as Sarah Layton and her daughter Beatrice sit on a bronze statue of former NDP leader Jack Layton, after its unveiling at Toronto’s ferry terminal on Thursday. The revealing of the statue, which is a gift from the Ontario Labour Federation, coincided with the city renaming its ferry terminal after the popular politician. Chow said the statue and the renaming of the ferry terminal is a huge honour and would have meant a lot to her husband. Chris Young/the canadian press

Justin Trudeau says, yes, he’s inhaled a few times and, yes, he was already a member of Parliament the last time he did and, no, he has no regrets about it. The Liberal leader laid out his past marijuana use in a lengthy interview and in an exchange with reporters Thursday in which he made no apologies. He said he’s smoked pot five or six times in his life — including three years ago during a backyard get-together — and never really liked it much. B:10” Now that he’s come clean T:10”about using pot, he said, he’d like to move on and talk about S:10”

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the hundreds of thousands of people who have a criminal record for it. Trudeau sought to shift the focus onto his policy of legalizing marijuana when asked by reporters about his drug use and whether it had been a mistake. “No, it wasn’t a mistake,” Trudeau told journalists in Quebec City. “I’ve never tried other types



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Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau

of hard drugs. I am not a consumer of marijuana but, yes, I’ve already tried it. I used it — maybe five or six times in my life.” He said he believes public opinion has moved on and he’s confident that Canadians will judge him less harshly than his political opponents. What matters now, Trudeau said, is ending a marijuana prohibition policy that he says costs law enforcement $500 million a year and has left 475,000 people with criminal records since the Conservatives took office in 2006. He has said that issue touched his own family. Trudeau originally made the marijuana admission in a candid interview with the Huffington Post, in which he also revealed that his youngest brother, Michel, was charged with marijuana possession shortly before his 1998 death in an avalanche.

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Father of autistic boy offers $100 to ID letter-writer The father of a boy with autism is offering $100 to anyone who can positively identify the author of a letter that sparked outrage in Canada and abroad this week. The letter was sent last Friday to the boy’s grandmother in Newcastle, Ont., telling her to move or have the teenager euthanized. the canadian press Sick at the CNE

Nearly 100 now reporting illnesses The number of people reporting symptoms of foodborne illness after attending the CNE in Toronto has reached almost 100, public officials said Thursday. A spokeswoman for Toronto Public Health said its investigation is focused on Epic Burger and Waffles, known for its Cronut Burger. THE CANADIAN PRESS


Privacy in Canada

Did agency spy on ordinary citizens? Critics are urging the Conservative government to lift the veil from Canada’s electronic-eavesdropping agency after a report suggested ordinary Canadians may have been spied on. Commissioner Robert Decary says some of the spying at Communications Security Establishment Canada may have affected Canadians in the past year. the canadian press

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Motorcyclist’s collision with bear caught on camera A motorcyclist on a B.C. highway appeared to be too busy aiming his helmet camera to notice a bear run across the road right into his path. Footage of the accident captured on the helmet cam has been posted online by the RCMP in an effort to warn distracted drivers. the canadian press WEEKEND, August 23-25, 2013

Rob Ford ‘can’t wait’ to arm-wrestle the Hulkster A little over the top? Controversy-plagued Toronto mayor to take on his ‘hero’ Hulk Hogan in friendly match at city’s Fan Expo Toronto’s mayor often takes on the media, but on Friday morning he’ll face an even more intimidating opponent — his “hero,” Hulk Hogan. Rob Ford says he “can’t wait” to arm-wrestle Hogan in a friendly event. The legendary shirt-ripping wrestler will be in Toronto for Fan Expo, where he is set to hold an “uncensored” question-and-answer session on Friday evening. But first, the 14-time wrestling champion will arm-wrestle Toronto’s mayor, Ford’s spokesman announced on Twitter.


“(If) he starts swinging, I’m going, man. I’m right out the door.” Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, on arm-wrestling his “hero” Hulk Hogan

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford is set to arm-wrestle Hulk Hogan on Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS FILE/GETTY IMAGES FILE

“The Hulkster ... he’s a good guy,” Ford said Thurs-

day. “(Hogan) has been my hero for a long time.

“When I was a little guy — the wrestling and stuff — it was good.” Ford was asked about the event while at the Ontario legislature for the swearing-in ceremony of Doug Holyday, the former deputy mayor of Toronto who was recently elected as a provincial Progressive Conservative. Specifically, Ford was asked if he had seen a scene in the movie Rocky III, in which Hogan fights Rocky. “(If ) he starts swinging, I’m going, man. I’m right out the door,” Ford said, laughing. “I’m not going to sit there and take him on.” the canadian pres

‘You’re not going to die’. ‘I am Chelsea Manning.’ Alberta woman describes WikiLeaks source wants 12 days lost in woods to live life as a woman Jeremy nolais

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Her jaw was broken, her clothes were drenched and she was face-to-face with a bear. It was the night of July 14, the first of 12 the woman — whose name Metro is withholding because she is the victim of an alleged sexual assault — would spend lost in the bush in rural Alberta. According to RCMP, the woman had been sexually assaulted hours before by a friend after the truck they were travelling in became stuck. It’s alleged he punched her in the face, breaking her jaw, but she managed to escape. Speaking for the first time since the incident on Thursday, the woman said she became disoriented after she was hurt. Then the rain started coming down. “I found a den,” she said. “I went inside and then a bear came. She smelled me up.... I kept my eyes locked (on her), I didn’t even want to blink.” The victim claims the bear then walked away but she continued to hear it nearby. By morning, it was gone.

But the ordeal was far from over — family members believe the woman trekked up to 30 kilometres over the next 12 days, sticking close to the river and feeding off berries that she foraged. “I just kept telling myself, ‘You’re not going to die,’” she said. The woman said her boyfriend is a fan of survival TV shows and she occasionally watches with him. Her father is also a hunter and had taught her some tricks about staying alive in the wilderness. She made sure to keep her clothes dry but also hopped into the river from time to time to ride the current, a faster method of moving than by foot. Finally, on July 26, the woman was found by an oilfield worker on a rural road, just four kilometres from a major highway. She was rushed to hospital and spent weeks recovering. Even now, her jaw is not healing properly and may require further surgery. Still, she’s just happy to be alive. “I’ll never forget the bear,” she said, before adding, “I have got a second chance at life and am so grateful for that.”

Bradley Manning plans to live as a woman named Chelsea and wants to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible, the U.S. soldier said Thursday, a day after being sentenced to 35 years in prison for the biggest leak of classified material in U.S. history. Manning announced the decision in a written statement provided to NBC, asking supporters to refer to her by her new name and the feminine pronoun. The statement was signed “Chelsea E. Manning.” “As I transition into this next phase of my life, I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible,” the statement read. Manning’s defence attorney David Coombs told NBC he is hoping officials at the military prison will accommodate Manning’s request for hormone therapy. If not, “I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure they are forced to do so,” Coombs said. The army said it doesn’t

In this undated photo, Bradley Manning, who has announced he wants to be called Chelsea and live as a woman, poses wearing a wig and lipstick. u.s. army/the associated press file

provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery. “All inmates are considered soldiers and are treated as such with access to mental-health professionals, including a psychiatrist, psychologist, social workers and behavioural science noncommissioned officers,” army spokesman George Wright said. the associated press

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Let UN team investigate alleged chemical-weapon attack: Chief Syria. United Nations head calls on government to allow investigation into reports assault killed at least 100 people Secretary-General Ban Kimoon on Thursday called on the Syrian government to allow a UN team now in Damascus to swiftly investigate an alleged chemicalweapon attack outside the capital that killed at least 100 people. UN deputy spokesman Eduardo del Buey said Ban remains “deeply troubled” Quoted

“This represents, no matter what conclusions are (reached), a serious escalation with grave humanitarian consequences and human consequences.” UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson

by the alleged attack on the eastern suburbs of Damascus on Wednesday and believes it needs to be investigated “without delay.” Syrian anti-government activists accused President Bashar Assad’s regime of carrying out an attack using toxic gas and have reported death tolls ranging from 136 to 1,300. Even the lowest figure would make it the deadliest alleged chemical attack in Syria’s two-and-ahalf-year civil war. The government has denied that it used chemical weapons, calling the allegations “absolutely baseless.” Del Buey said the secretary-general “takes positive note” of the UN Security Council meeting Wednesday that backed his initial call for “a thorough, impartial and prompt investigation.” He said the secretarygeneral has been in touch with world leaders since Wednesday and is sending UN disarmament chief Angela Kane to Damascus to press for a UN investigation. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


‘Reaction of force’ needed if chemicals used: Minister

This image provided by Shaam News Network on Thursday, which has been authenticated, purports to show a young victim of an attack on Ghouta, Syria, recuperating in a hospital. Shaam News Network/the associated press

Nigerian state fights Islamic sect

In this photo taken in early August, Borno state deputy Gov. Zanna Mustapha listens to a question from a journalist during an exclusive interview in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Officials in the state are desperately trying to reach an important demographic — angry and rootless young men, who are easily recruited by Islamic extremists. Sunday Alamba/the associated press

Using every resource from psychologists to agriculture experts and security forces, the Nigerian state at the heart of an Islamic uprising hopes to reach a reservoir of angry and rootless young men easily recruited by Islamic extremists and transform them into productive members of society. “We are trying to look inward at what is the immediate cause and who are these people” in the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, that has morphed into a terrorist network, Zanna Mustapha, the deputy governor of Borno state, told The Associated Press. Mustapha heads a highranking committee that is seeking to stem the root causes of extremism in Borno, one of three northeastern states under a three-month-old state of emergency. One way to prevent further radicalization of the population is by “transforming” the lives of thousands of unemployed, restive young people

Large numbers

Ordinary residents of a typically poor neighbourhood — a warren of mud-brick buildings without running water or electricity — told a reporter that more than half the people living there before the military crackdown that began May 14 were members of Boko Haram.

disenchanted with life, the committee concluded. “A hungry man is an angry man,” Mustapha said. “The angriness of youth in society has made it easy for whoever wants to recruit them,” especially Boko Haram — the extremist group whose name means “Western education is forbidden” and which is blamed for the deaths of more than 1,700 people since 2010, according to a count by The Associated Press. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

France’s foreign minister on Thursday raised the possibility of the international community using force in Syria if it is proven that Bashar Assad’s regime used chemical weapons in an attack the opposition says killed more than 100 people. Laurent Fabius, speaking on RMC radio, didn’t make clear how the use of chemical weapons might be proven. But if there is proof of an attack by the regime, “we need a reaction by the international community ... a reaction of force,” he said. He excluded boots on the ground, “but a reaction that can take a form, I don’t want to be more precise, of force.”

Montrealer. Man convicted of human trafficking after 2011 abduction of girl, 17 A 23-year-old Montreal man has been convicted on human-trafficking charges in Ottawa. It’s the first time someone has been convicted under human-trafficking laws in the country’s capital since they were added to the Criminal Code in 2005. Jamie Byron was accused of abducting a 17-yearU.S. school cafeteria

Gun goes off inside kindergartner’s bag A gun went off inside a young student’s backpack in a Memphis, Tenn., school cafeteria Thursday, but no one was hurt, officials said. The student was a kindergartner, or about five years old. The child was being questioned by police and

old Windsor girl from her home in 2011, and forcing her to perform sexual acts on more than 100 men over a two-month period. Byron was caught by an undercover Ottawa police officer. He is due back in court on Sept. 6 to set a sentencing date. THE CANADIAN PRESS/cfra

could be expelled. A news release from the Shelby County school district said school staffers immediately took control of the backpack. The statement said there was no evidence of harmful intent. The gun fired as students were waiting for the opening bell. The child was detained and was being questioned by officers. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


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When an unemployed Palestinian programmer named Khalil Shreateh hacked into billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s personal profile on the social network, the message he posted was respectful. “Dear Mark Zuckerberg,” it began, “first sorry for breaking your privacy ...” The 30-year-old from Hebron had discovered a glitch that allowed him to post on any wall on the network. Facebook usually provides $500 US rewards for identifying such a weakness, but did not pay out in Shreateh’s case, saying that he had violated protocol. In stepped the eth-

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ical hacker community, and more than $12,000 US has been crowdsourced to reward the Palestinian, who was in a good mood when we spoke. You could have written anything. Were you tempted to make the message spectacular? No, because it was a serious vulnerability, but I was forced to write after Facebook ignored my first and second reports. I was frustrated.

Were you angry with Zuckerberg? I admire Mark, and anyone who starts a project like that. Mark built Facebook in college, it did well, he got famous and everyone would want to be like him. I have a lot of respect. Does this inspire you to hack more famous people and companies? I will keep watching for new vulnerabilities and report them, as I have done many times before. I will not break anyone’s privacy and hope that every hacker uses what they find the right way and not for the black market. Is this type of hacking very popular where you’re from? Will you inspire more of it?

I can’t answer that because intelligence people will come after me (laughs). But many are doing this everywhere. I hope it will inspire not only in Palestine, as everybody needs these skills. How have your friends and family reacted? I want to say thanks to the hacker community for their donations, I really appreciate it. My family was worried I would be in jail and never have another job, but I thought I was helping people. What are you planning to do with the money? You cannot keep money in Palestine — I am very popular now. My family want me to get married, but I don’t. Market Minute

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Some weeks you just have to shake your What a mother. Meanwhile, back in Canada, the grandmother of autistic teen head. Max Begley got an anonymous letter from a This is one of those weeks. person who signed it “One pissed off mothSarin insanity. France’s foreign minister er,” complaining about the noises Max suspects that the Syrian regime has makes and demanding that they move out used sarin nerve gas on its own people at of the neighbourhood or “euthanize him.” least once, and likely multiple times as the Police refuse to consider the letter a hate civil war has intensified. It’s hard to even crime, but a love note it ain’t. There has think about, never mind look at the heartbeen a gratifying outpouring of support for breaking pictures of little kids reportedly Max since the letter surfaced, but “pissed gassed to death. But look we must. off mother” has so far eluded justice. She’ll We were bored. Then there’s the story THE METRO LIST have to live with herself, and that can’t be out of Duncan, Okla., about three teenfun. agers who allegedly decided to drive by Paul Sullivan someone and shoot him dead, just for fun. The prince of pot. In the same week we The unlucky random “target” was Chris learned he’ll be a father for the third Lane, a 22-year-old Australian who was out for a jog. Guns time, Justin Trudeau, the heir apparent to the national don’t kill people; they just help the people who do kill throne, also said he last smoked pot three years ago. There people. was a time when that admission would have sent any polit-

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ician’s ambitions down in f lames (or is that up in smoke?), but it only seems to increase the number of cool colours in his pretty aura. I am NOT a Canadian. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican senator and the latest Tea Party Great Partially Hispanic Hope for President, has a birther problem. He was born in Calgary, which despite some reports, is not in the United States, and holds dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship. Obviously reluctant to invite comparisons to other Canadian politicians such as Justin Trudeau, Cruz has quickly renounced his Canadian citizenship. But if you’re born in Calgary, you’re one of us, eh? Goodbye, Dickens of Detroit. Elmore Leonard, who apparently could only write bestsellers, including Get Shorty, which was made into a great movie starring Shorty, er, John Travolta, has died at 87. If I had a dog, I’d name it Elmore, even if it was a girl dog. Follow The Metro List on His bark had plenty of bite. Twitter @TheMetroList




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• Richard: ••••• • Mark: ••••• A strong female character is central in the eerie and disturbing You’re Next. CONTRIBUTED

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Be afraid, be very afraid, cuz You’re Next! Home-invasion horror. Lack of redeeming social values aside, this disturbing movie will have you peeking through your fingers Richard: Mark, I don’t know what it says about me, but I really liked You’re Next. It’s disturbing, violent and without any redeeming social value, but I enjoyed sitting in the theatre with my hands over my eyes, afraid of what I might see next. I’m not usually a fan of head trauma, but from what I saw as I peeked through my fingers,

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it worked well. You? Mark: Richard, I found it one of the best movies of its type ever. Home invasion films are my kind of scary because it could — and does — happen. But I did find some redeeming social value in it. I thought it turned out to be a sly satire on family dynamics and materialism. Without revealing too many plot twists — and I loved them all — this movie starts as one thing and becomes something a little deeper. And, yes, I don’t like to admit it, but I was scared through and through. RC: It’s hard to discuss without giving away a major plot twist, but I will say there is a Manson Family aspect to the

story that really creeped me out. That and the anxiety-inducing John Carpenter style score throbbing in the background. It’s all effective but it is the idea behind the movie that is truly disturbing. MB: Let’s not leave out the creepy animal masks! And I learned a lot from the movie, like how much can be accomplished with a two-by-four and a simple set of nails. In fact, I just got back from the hardware store. I’m ready! RC: It is a lesson in survivalism to be sure, but keep in mind how it works out for everyone. I think I’ll stick to calling 911. Lessons aside, I did like that while there are a number of hysterical charac-


Nothing ruins a family reunion like an invasion of masked killers. On the occasion of their parents’ 35th wedding anniversary, the Davidson kids and assorted significant others gather at a remote Tudor mansion — is there any other type in these kinds of movies? — to enjoy dinner and one another, but instead end up in a fight for their lives. Only one of the guests, Erin (Sharni Vinson), has the know-how to protect herself. But will it be enough?

ters here — who wouldn’t be upset when your friends and family are being randomly murdered? — the hero, if you can use that word to describe someone who kills a person with a blender, is a woman. So often in these movies women are the scream queens while the men do the heavy lifting. Here, the only person with any self-preservation instincts is female. MB: I think a blender is a perfect murder weapon for a woman — very Martha Stewart, in fact. Yes, this movie does have a strong woman at its centre, and it’s set up nicely in the beginning, with the family sneering at her for her survivalist training.



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Blue Jasmine

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Woody Allen’s latest film centres on the single most annoying character of any recent film. Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) is the widow of a Bernie Madoff type (Alec Baldwin) who is now out of money and options. Leaving NYC behind for a free place to stay with her sister (Sally Hawkins) in San Francisco, her self-centered, haughty attitude combined with her toxic past make it near impossible to build a future. Less a comedy in Allen’s traditional vein, this is a character study brilliantly performed. The movie meanders somewhat, but expect an Oscar nomination for Blanchett. richard crouse

A teenage pub crawl with four mates was the highlight of Gary King’s (Simon Pegg) life. Twenty years later an attempt to relive that past glory becomes less about nostalgia and more about survival when the locals are revealed to be robots. Entertaining and inventive, The World’s End isn’t as laugh-out-loud funny as the first two parts of director Edgar Wright’s trilogy, Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, but its thematic core — the difficulty of growing up — makes it the most mature of his films.

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••• • • Paul Raymond became Britain’s richest man by selling sex. As played by Steve Coogan, he’s the impresario behind a series of sexy shows and nightclubs in London’s Soho District; a flamboyant representation of Swingin’ England. The movie examines his business interests — Live! Nude! Girls! — and family connections — great performances from Imogen Poots as his doomed daughter Debbie and Tamsin Egerton as the beautiful mistress who broke his heart — but never rings true. richard crouse

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Wong Kar Wai takes on the Grandmaster China’s past gets intense makeover. Chinese director gives an action movie spin to the history of modern kung fu with The Grandmaster ned ehrbar

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Chinese filmmaker Wong Kar Wai takes a fantastical look at the history of his nation through the lens of kung fu with The Grandmaster, about Yip Man (Tony Leung), the father of modern kung fu who eventually taught Bruce Lee. But first, according to the film, he had to wrestle with China’s changing political climate and go through a lot of gorgeously staged fights.

remarkable women coming from all walks of life. Before then women were taking a much more minor role.

This film is “inspired by a true story.” How much historical accuracy did you go for? It’s quite accurate. The only thing I invented was the character of Gong Er (played by Zhang Ziyi). This is a fictional figure, it’s not a real person. But in fact this character is based on several remarkable women at that time. When China was going through the changes from the monarchy to the republic, there were a lot of great men, and at the same time there were also

The film examines how kung fu used to be incredibly exclusionary — solely an upper class pursuit. In the traditional sense, martial arts were not for poor people. To practise martial arts you needed to be extremely wealthy because you couldn’t do anything else. You had to practise — like, they had specific hours, like three o’clock in the morning and then three o’clock in the afternoon. Not too hot, not too cold. And then there are

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so many formalities. People visit you, you have to have a big party. When they leave, you have to send them with gifts. All these expenses, it’s a big thing. What does the Chinese film industry make of Hollywood films like Iron Man 3 participating more with the country’s filmmaking world and audience? A welcome growth or a threat? I always find it very silly to say, “As we are invaded by Hollywood” because we’ve been in this business for a long time. The only thing that’s important is to keep the audience coming back to the cinema.

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We’re here, we’re queer, but at the movies we disappear GLAAD study. Group finds that LGBT people still underrepresented on the big screen, TV is doing OK We may be seeing more prominent gay and lesbian characters on TV shows, but the movie industry lags well behind the small screen, an advocacy group reports. In its first study of LGBT roles in major studio releases, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation found that compared with TV, where there has been a significant shift over the past decade, “major studios appear reluctant to include LGBT characters in significant roles or franchises.” In its report released Wednesday, GLAAD found that of the 101 releases from Hollywood’s six major studios in 2012, just 14 included characters identified as lesbian, gay, or bisexual. Most were no more than cameos or minor roles, it said — and none of the films tracked had transgender characters. “Until LGBT characters appear more regularly in these studio films, there will be the appearance of bias,” said Wilson Cruz, GLAAD’s national spokesperson, in an interview. He added that his organization will be meeting with studio executives to dis-

cuss the findings. The report — called the 2013 Studio Responsibility Index — rates each of the six studios according to the number of LGBTinclusive films they released. Faring worst: 20th Century Fox and Disney, which each receive “failing” grades; the other four — Paramount, Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. — receive grades of “adequate.” Asked in advance Tuesday afternoon about the report, the studios had no immediate comment. As part of its index, the group developed criteria to measure the quality of the LGBT roles. They included: whether a character was identifiably LGBT; whether it was not sole-

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ParaNorman got props from GLAAD for its character Mitch, a football hero who references a boyfriend. contributed

ly or predominantly defined by its sexual orientation or gender identity; and whether it was tied into the plot in such a way that its removal would have a significant effect. One of the best examples of an LGBT-inclusive film in 2012, according to GLAAD, was, interestingly, an animated family film: ParaNorman, about a misunderstood boy who can communicate with the ghosts of dead people. In the film, which c a m e from the Portlandbased studio LAIKA, Norman’s cheerleader sister asks the hunky football hero Mitch for a movie date. He casually makes a reference to his boyfriend. The film’s writer and codirector, Chris Butler, said the filmmakers, while determined to include the scene, had worried that it could cost them a PG rating and get them a PG-13 instead, which would have been inappropriate for the movie. In the end, they got their PG rating. Butler said he was disappointed with some negative commentary about the scene - including one viewer’s online review that praised the film for its anti-bullying message of inclusion - but said it ruined matters by making a character gay. “I was surprised at all the fuss,” Butler said. “But on the flip side was the positive reaction.” The movie was the first animated film nominated for a GLAAD award.


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As a filmmaker, Butler said he was not optimistic that there would be an inevitable wave of more onscreen LGBT characters as time goes on and society changes, as on TV. “It’s a mistake to assume it’s inevitable,” he said. “The only way to make change is to do something about it. It takes hard work.” “We are moving in the right direction,” Butler said. “But not nearly quick enough. It’s not enough.” Kane, at GLAAD, said the new report would help reinforce its longtime claims that Hollywood studios need to do more. “Over the years we have met with studios, and it’s always a point we make,” Kane said. “Now, we have the numbers to take to them.” The Associated Press

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Diaz and Segel keep us all guessing in the Hamptons While Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel did enjoy a dinner together in the Hamptons this week, apparently Life & Style magazine’s claim that it was a date was a bit off-base. “Jason and Cameron were not romantic at all towards each other; very

casual and friendly,” a source tells E! News, adding that they were joined at upscale restaurant Nick & Toni’s by another gentleman. The friends and Bad Teacher costars were also spotted shopping for groceries together earlier that day.

Poor Brandy. The singer performed to an empty, 90,000-capacity stadium last weekend in Johannesburg, South Africa, as part of the Mandela Sports & Culture Day. Due to poor publicity, the crowd left after the football and rugby matches, not realizing — or maybe they did? — that Brandy was set to perform. Per the tweet of @Kabomo, a South African musician,

“Brandy performed to an empty stadium. With the stadium lights on. She sulked after two songs and walked off.” Which, you know, is more than I would have done. I would have looked out and hightailed it to a bar where I would then sit for the next 30 years of my life and think about how it all went wrong.

Lawsuit against Kanye in pipeline after he allegedly punched paparazzo Kanye West is facing a lawsuit from a paparazzo over allegedly attacking him outside Los Angeles International Airport, according to TMZ. Plaintiff Daniel Ramos claims that “without warning or provocation,” West “suddenly attacked, punching (the plaintiff) and attempting to wrestle

the camera from” Ramos’ hands, according to the filing. Ramos’ attorney, Gloria Allred, claims that Ramos fell to his knees on the ground “with enough force that he sustained injuries to his right hip, as well as accompanying pain and emotional distress.” He is seeking unspecified damages.

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Hot dogs must hate hamburgers. Though they’re the yin and yang of the home barbecue scene, take a step off your deck and gourmet burgers are selling for a premium at fancy boutique restos while dogs are relegated to the kids menu. Not that hot dogs can’t hold their own when it comes to haute cuisine. In my mind, the whole concept of a meal in an elongated bun was designed for getting creative with elaborate toppings (and I’m not just talking mustard, relish and ketchup). Finding a wine that will stand strong against a barrage of eclectic flavours piled on top of a well-cooked wiener is a challenge worthy of The Amazing Race. I like the versatility of the moscato grape. Originating in Italy, it’s synonymous with a slightly sweet style of white wine that’s become the darling of winemakers the world over. Australians love it, and Jacob’s Creek 2012 Moscato ($9.95 to $13.49) offers a lightly tropical mix of melon and pineapple that’s a perfect foil for anything that will add a spicy, sharp, salty or sweet layer across your designer dog. PRICES REFLECT THE RANGE ACROSS THE COUNTRY. SOME PRODUCTS MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE IN ALL PROVINCES. WEEKEND, August 23-25, 2013

It’s gettin’ hot dog in here Remember when all it took to dress a dog was a squiggle of neon yellow mustard and a splash of ketchup? We’ve come a long way and now it’s an exciting time to eat a hot dog. To help you create your own delicious masterpiece, here are some creative ways to adorn your dog THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Hawaiian • Thin slices of fresh pineapple • Jalapeno peppers • Bacon


French picnic • Whole-grain mustard • Chopped cornichons • Aioli (garlic mayonnaise), served on a baguette

• Sauerkraut • Thousand Island dressing • Swiss cheese • Caraway seeds

The Italian


Green Garden

• Wrap the hotdog in salami • Garlic pickled peppers • Sharp provolone

• Pepper jack cheese • Fresh corn kernels • Pickled jalapenos • Diced red bell pepper

• Scallion mayonnaise • Thinly sliced cucumber • Fresh tarragon • Arugula

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• Chopped fresh or frozen peaches • Shaved red onion • Barbecue sauce • Fresh cilantro

• Baked beans • Bacon • Caramelized onions

• Sliced tomatoes • Miniature fresh mozzarella balls • Torn fresh basil • Drizzle of balsamic glaze

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Keep it as cool as a cucumber Have you noticed how big and bold and robust salads have become? It’s as though salads no longer can be content to be on the side and complement the rest of the meal. Most recipes these days seem to insist the salad be the meal. Which can be nice, particularly in the heat of summer. But sometimes a salad needs to play another role. Sometimes it just needs to help us appreciate the other foods. That’s where this Pressed Cucumber Salad with Sour Cream comes in.


Slice both cucumbers and the onion as thinly as possible, then mix them together in a large bowl. Sprinkle the salt over the vegetables.

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Side. Pickled Green Beans

2. Using your hands, gently

knead and press the vegetables. Don’t crush or mash them, just gently work the vegetables in the bowl.


After 2 to 4 minutes of kneading, there should be a large amount of water in the bowl. Pour off and discard the water.


Stir in the sour cream, dill, lemon zest and juice, garlic powder and black pepper. The salad can be made up to 4 hours in advance. If so, prepare the dressing separately and refrigerate in a separate container from the cucumbers. Just before serving, drain the cucumbers again, then mix in the dressing. The Associated Press

Ingredients • 2 large English cucumbers • 1 small red onion • 1 tsp salt • 1/2 cup sour cream


• 2 tbsp chopped fresh dill • Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon • 1/2 tsp garlic powder • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high, combine the vinegar, sugar, salt, shallot, allspice, black pepper, red pepper flakes, mustard seeds and dill seeds. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 5 minutes.

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2. Add the green beans and simmer for another 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow to cool. 3. Once cooled, the green beans can be jarred (with some of the liquid) and refrigerated for up to 5 days.

Ingredients • 3/4 cup white balsamic or cider vinegar • 1/3 cup sugar • 1 tsp salt • 1 large shallot, sliced • 1/2 tsp allspice • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper • Pinch red pepper flakes • 1 tsp yellow mustard seeds, lightly crushed • 1/4 tsp dill seeds, lightly crushed • 1 lb green beans, trimmed

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Electrifying recruits could spark a Lightning 3-peat


NBL Canada. Recently minted Canadian Williamson, American Baker expected to make an immediate impact DAVE LANGFORD

Lightning general manager Taylor Brown is expecting big things from 25-year-old shooting guard Garrett Williamson. CONTRIBUTED


So far, Lightning has struck twice in London. Now, after the National Basketball League of Canada team’s most recent signings, they could be well on their way to a third-straight league title. And they may even have found a way to help Canada’s national men’s team along the way. On Thursday, the Lightning announced they have come to terms with two shooting guards for the upcoming season, Garrett Williamson and Marquiz Baker. Williamson, a six-foot-five shooting guard from Lower Merion, Pa., is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. He led the Hawks with 33 minutes played per game and averaged 12 points, four rebounds and four assists as a senior. He was twice named to the Atlantic 10 all-defensive team. After graduating, he played a season in the NBA Developmental League for the Austin Toros. Most recently he played professional basketball in Germany. But Williamson, 25, recently became a Canadian — his mother, Shelly, is a Canadian

who hails from the Toronto area. “When speaking with Garrett’s agent, Steve Mountain, we uncovered the fact that Garrett recently acquired his Canadian citizenship,” Lightning general manager Taylor Brown said Thursday. “Steve wasn’t aware that we require a minimum of three Canadians on our roster so we offered Garrett a contract on the spot.” Brown said Canada Basketball officials, including new general manager Steve Nash and head coach Jay Triano, will be pleasantly surprised. “Once Canada basketball finds out about Garrett’s citizenship, I would assume he would eventually be a candidate for the national team.” Brown said. “That was pretty well one of the main reasons I wanted to come to London,” Williamson said of his national-team prospects in a phone interview. “Also, (the Lightning) have a winning culture, a winning team. That appeals to me a lot.” Williamson said his strong suit is defence. “But I have been trying to expand my game.” Brown said one of the Light-


“With the addition of Antwi (Atuahene) last season and Garrett this season, we feel our Canadians will be key contributors.” Lightning GM Taylor Brown

ning’s major goals is to have three Canadians on the roster who can play “legitimate minutes.” His other new addition, Baker, is a six-foot-two guard from Houston and a recent graduate of Alcorn State University, near Lorman, Miss. He averaged 16 points and four rebounds per game as a senior and led the team with 35 minutes per game. “Baker has a great work ethic and was a top-three scorer in the Southwestern Athletic Conference,” Brown said. Training camp begins Oct. 7, and the regular season begins in Windsor on Nov. 1. The first home game is the following night against the Mississauga Power. Game time is 7 p.m.

Getting the deal done

Agent Steve Mountain was introduced to Williamson by his friend, Orlando Magic point guard Jameer Nelson. He also represents ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith and several NHL players. • “Everything our research


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has shown is that they (the Lightning) make a total effort to do everything right,” Mountain said. • GM Taylor Brown said there will be more major player announcements coming soon.

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Max Domi Knighted London MVP OHL. 2013 NHL pick, teammates awarded well-deserved honours for winning season DAve Langford

Max Domi’s hockey career is far from over, but you had a sense Thursday he will never forget his days with the London Knights. Domi, a 2013 NHL firstround pick by the Phoenix Coyotes, is an even-money choice to make the Coyotes this year or return to the Ontario Hockey League Knights for a final season. But that’s tomorrow. Thursday was the Knights’ awards ceremony and championship-ring presentation — rings they earned by winning the OHL title last year and their second-straight trip to the Memorial Cup. And Domi was named the team MVP, not an easy MLB

Yankees continue to dominate Jays Andy Pettitte pitched six effective innings, Curtis Granderson homered, and the New York Yankees beat Toronto 5-3 on Thursday after a 3 1/2-hour rain delay for their 10th straight victory against the Blue Jays. Eduardo Nunez hit a two-run single, and the surging Yankees took advantage of a missed call to win their fifth consecutive game and 10th in 12 overall. New York improved to 12-1 against Toronto this season with its second fourgame sweep of the Blue Jays. the associated press MLB

Verlander off the hook in Tigers loss Detroit Tigers ace Justin Verlander benefited from a four-run rally that got him off the hook for what would have been his first loss to the Twins since April 2010. However, that didn’t brighten his mood because an eighth-inning run was enough to give the Twins a 7-6 win over his Tigers. the associated press

choice from a group that also featured captain Scott Harrington, top playoff performer Bo Horvat and goalscoring star Seth Griffith. “It takes a lot of most valuable players on a team to win a championship,” Knights general manager Mark Hunter said, “and I really believe we had a lot. It was hard to pick. There was no right answer.” Nobody was secondguessing the choice. “Max is a great player and he’s only going to get better. He entertains fans.... He brings people into the seats on a regular basis.” Domi was clearly enjoying the evening with his friends reunited, many going to this year’s camp and some who have graduated and will go elsewhere. “It’s amazing both years. We were all brothers,” Domi said with a wide grin. “It’s a bunch of best buddies having fun every day and playing hockey.” Domi said there are some good reasons why they have been successful the past two

Award winners

• Intensity: Olli Maatta • Sportsmanship and ability: Seth Griffith • Best defensive forward: Bo Horvat • Hardest-working player: Brett Welychka • Most improved: Chris Tierney, Josh Anderson • Heart Trophy: Matt Rupert, Ryan Rupert

seasons. “Full of a lot of talent and a lot of character as well,” he said. “Every guy on that team wanted to win a championship and ... managed to figure it out.” “Hunts (GM Mark and head coach Dale Hunter) did a great job of (bringing) them all together. Every one is an MVP. We all work hard every day, we all push each other and we had fun.”

Olympic hockey. High insurance costs keeping Canadian team off the ice Steve Yzerman would prefer to get Canada’s players on the ice at the upcoming orientation camp for the Olympic men’s hockey team. But the price tag to insure players against injury is too high for Hockey Canada, so the four-day camp starting Sunday in Calgary will consist of informational meetings about the Games in Sochi, Russia, and fostering team chemistry off the ice. “Not going on the ice isn’t the end of the world,” says Yzerman, the executive director of the national men’s team. “There’s lot of other things that need to be done in preparation, logistically going through how we’re going to get there, where we’ll stay ... drug-testing policy, a lot of informational things we need to go through and get out of the way ...” Forty-seven players are scheduled to arrive in Calgary on Sunday and head to Hockey Canada’s headquarters at Canada Olympic Park on the city’s west side. Canada can take three goaltenders and 22 skaters to Sochi. Players invited to the same orientation camp in the summer of 2009 skated daily and

Max Domi celebrates a goal scored by Seth Griffith against the Barrie Colts during Game 5 of the OHL finals at Budweiser Gardens on May 10. Domi was named last season’s MVP on Thursday. Dave Chidley/the canadian press






Boston Tampa Bay Baltimore New York Toronto

W 75 72 68 68 57

L 54 53 58 59 71

Pct GB .581 — .576 1 .540 51/2 .535 6 .445 171/2

Atlanta Washington New York Philadelphia Miami

W 74 69 64 56 51

L 53 58 61 70 74

Pct GB .583 — .543 5 .512 9 .444 171/2 .408 22

Pittsburgh St. Louis Cincinnati Milwaukee Chicago

CENTRAL DIVISION Detroit Cleveland Kansas City Minnesota Chicago

Hockey Canada’s executive director Steve Yzerman THE CANADIAN PRESS file

finished with an intra-squad game that drew a sellout crowd to the Scotiabank Saddledome. It’s up to each country’s federation to insure NHL players against injury at summer camps. Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson has said that would cost more than $1 million for the invited 47, whose combined 2013-14 salaries total $259 million, according to USA Hockey has also decided against an on-ice component to its men’s camp in Arlington, Va. the canadian press

W 77 63 58 56 48

L 49 64 67 70 78

Pct GB .611 — .496 141/2 .464 181/2 .444 21 .381 29

74 73 73 55 54

52 53 55 72 73

.587 — .579 1 .570 2 .433 191/2 .425 201/2

75 65 59 57 56

52 61 69 70 70

.591 — .516 91/2 .461 161/2 .449 18 .444 181/2


WEST DIVISION Texas Oakland Seattle Los Angeles Houston


W 74 71 59 55 41

L 53 55 67 71 85

Pct .583 .563 .468 .437 .325

GB — 21/2 141/2 181/2 321/2

Thursday’s results N.Y. Yankees 5 Toronto 3 Minnesota 7 Detroit 6 Chicago White Sox at Kansas City Wednesday’s results N.Y. Yankees 4 Toronto 2 Texas 5 Houston 4 Baltimore 4 Tampa Bay 2 Chicago White Sox 5 Kansas City 2 Seattle 5 Oakland 3 Cleveland 3 L.A. Angels 1 Detroit 7 Minnesota 1 Friday’s games All times Eastern Oakland (Straily 6-7) at Baltimore (Norris 9-10), 7:05 p.m. Minnesota (Deduno 7-7) at Cleveland (Jimenez 9-7), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 11-8) at Tampa Bay (Archer 6-5), 7:10 p.m. Washington (Gonzalez 7-6) at Kansas City (Chen 5-1), 8:10 p.m. Texas (Perez 6-3) at Chicago White Sox (Sale 9-11), 8:10 p.m. Toronto (Redmond 1-1) at Houston (Lyles 5-6), 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Richards 3-5) at Seattle (Hernandez 12-6), 10:10 p.m.

WEST DIVISION Los Angeles Arizona Colorado San Diego San Francisco

Thursday’s results Cincinnati 2 Arizona 1 Washington 5 Chicago Cubs 4 (13 inn.) L.A. Dodgers 6 Miami 0 Colorado at Philadelphia Atlanta at St. Louis Pittsburgh at San Francisco Wednesday’s results San Diego 2 Pittsburgh 1 St. Louis 8 Milwaukee 6 Cincinnati 10 Arizona 7 Philadelphia 4 Colorado 3 Atlanta 4 N.Y. Mets 1 (10 inn.) Washington 11 Chicago Cubs 6 L.A. Dodgers 4 Miami 1 Boston 12 San Francisco 1 Friday’s games — All times Eastern Arizona (Miley 9-8) at Philadelphia (Hamels 5-13), 7:05 p.m. Detroit (Fister 10-6) at N.Y. Mets (Torres 2-2), 7:10 p.m. Colorado (Chacin 11-7) at Miami (Koehler 3-8), 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Gallardo 9-9) at Cincinnati (Bailey 8-10), 7:10 p.m. Atlanta (Medlen 10-11) at St. Louis (Wainwright 14-7), 8:15 p.m. Boston (Lackey 8-10) at L.A. Dodgers (Nolasco 9-9), 10:10 p.m. Chicago Cubs (Jackson 7-13) at San Diego (Volquez 9-10), 10:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Morton 4-3) at San Francisco (Bumgarner 11-7), 10:15 p.m.

Toronto Hamilton Montreal Winnipeg

GP W 7 5 7 3 7 2 7 1

L 2 4 5 6

T 0 0 0 0

PF 230 166 156 153

PA Pts 174 10 205 6 201 4 210 2

L 1 2 2 6

T 0 0 0 0

PF 234 226 169 161

PA Pts 150 12 186 10 164 10 205 2

WEST DIVISION GP W Saskatchewan 7 6 Calgary 7 5 B.C. 7 5 Edmonton 7 1

Thursday’s result B.C. at Montreal Friday’s game — All times Eastern Calgary at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Saturday’s games Winnipeg at Hamilton, 1 p.m. Saskatchewan at Edmonton, 4 p.m.

MLS EASTERN CONFERENCE Kansas City New York Montreal Philadelphia Houston New England Chicago Columbus Toronto D.C.

W 11 11 11 10 10 9 9 8 4 3

L 8 8 7 7 7 9 10 11 12 17

T GF 6 36 6 36 5 36 8 36 6 29 6 29 4 29 5 29 8 21 4 14

GA 25 31 35 32 23 23 34 30 33 40

WESTERN CONFERENCE Salt Lake Colorado Portland Los Angeles Vancouver Dallas Seattle San Jose Chivas

W L T GF 12 8 6 44 10 7 9 33 9 3 12 37 11 9 4 39 10 8 6 36 9 7 9 34 10 8 4 30 9 10 6 26 4 14 6 21

GA 33 27 25 32 32 36 26 35 43

Pts 39 39 38 38 36 33 31 29 20 13 Pts 42 39 39 37 36 36 34 33 18

Note: 3 points for victory, 1 point for tie. Wednesday’s results Dallas 3 Chivas USA 1 Portland 3 Salt Lake 3 Friday’s game — All times Eastern Kansas City at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Saturday’s games Houston at Montreal, 7 p.m. Toronto at D.C., 7 p.m. Los Angeles at Vancouver, 9 p.m. San Jose at Dallas, 9 p.m. Columbus at Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.





April 21 - May 21 Are you working too hard? According to the planets you are and the best thing you can do today is take an hour off from your schedule to review what you are trying to achieve.


May 22 - June 21 This should be a wonderful time for you and if it isn’t, it soon will be. A few days from now, your world will be turned on its head and you’ll be standing the right way up!


June 22 - July 23 Family issues will take up a lot of your time today and the sooner you deal with them, the sooner you will be free to do your own thing. Loved ones won’t be as difficult to talk to as you appear to believe.


July 24 - Aug. 23 You need to get out more. Short trips will be especially beneficial today and over the weekend. You may encounter one or two less than friendly people but you will meet many more who delight you.


Aug. 24 - Sept. 23 Mercury, your ruler, joins the Sun in your sign today, making this potentially one of the best long weekends of the year. Personally and professionally you’ll soon be moving ahead.

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March 21 - April 20 A colleague may be a bit pushy today and your first instinct will be to push back. Don’t. It will be counter-productive, not least because they have more power than you. Stay calm and fit in with their needs. WEEKEND, August 23-25, 2013


Sept. 24 - Oct. 23 The thing you fear most is the thing you should be doing the most. That may not be what you want to hear but there it is. Once you take that first step, the rest will come easy.


Oct. 24 - Nov. 22 You sometimes expect too much of yourself and then feel depressed when your efforts fall short. If so you feel that now, lower your expectations and learn to live with who you are.


Nov. 23 - Dec. 21 If you get the chance to join forces with like-minded people today, take it. Yes, you may have to give up some freedom but in return you’ll get the opportunity to change the world.


Dec. 22 - Jan. 20 With Mercury, planet of the mind, joining the Sun in one of the best areas of your chart, you have a clear idea what it is you want to accomplish — and the personal and professional tools to make it happen.


Jan. 21 - Feb. 19 The planets urge you to think the unthinkable today. But keep in mind that thinking and doing do not always go together at the same time. The more you think now, the more success you will enjoy later.


Feb. 20 - March 20 You like to see the best in people but the planets warn that today you should operate on the assumption that no one is on your side. It may not be true but you cannot afford to take chances. SALLY BROMPTON

Across 1. Pirate’s transport 5. Internet pioneer, Vint __ 9. “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me)” band 14. Vintner’s prefix 15. Cooking oil, to Rachael Ray 16. Falcon-headed deity 17. __ and void 18. Showroom model, commonly 19. Michelle Robinson’s married name 20. Series for Canadian actress Sandra Oh: 2 wds. 23. English and Irish (Arf!) 24. Groovy factor 28. “__ Haw” 29. Sotheby’s offers 30. Connect 31. Particular poem 33. Particular pickle 35. “On the __ hand...” 37. “Would you like to see _ __?” ...asked the waiter 39. First word in Inferno by Dante 40. Green 41. Organ 42. Come clean, __ up 44. Tavern stock 45. Antacid brand

46. Witty remark 48. Chum 50. Reprimand officially 52. Wireless telegraphy innovator, b.1874 - d.1937 56. Calgary __ Orchestra 58. In “Thank U”, one of the things Alanis Morissette is thankful

Yesterday’s Crossword

By Kelly Ann Buchanan

for 61. Geek 62. Prefix with ‘sphere’ 63. More rational 64. Oscar-winner Mr. Jannings 65. Animated TV show, for short 66. Ten Commandments bit, “Though __ not...”

67. Lovely flower 68. Donald Sutherland/Elliott Gould spoof flick, “_*_*_*_” (1974) Down 1. Barry Manilow tune: “I Write the __” 2. “Quelle __ est-il?” (What time is it?) 3. Cove


How to play Fill in the grid, so that every row, every column and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1-9. There is no math involved.

Yesterday’s Sudoku


4. “__ Pam” by The Beatles 5. Like a wood-shingles roof 6. Makes straighter 7. Tomato type 8. Pre-spotting The Rockies sights 9. Manitoba city, ‘The Hub of the North’ 10. Single-named Swedish songstress

11. Southern constellation near Telescopium 12. ‘Consort’ suffix 13. Org. in Edward Snowden headlines 21. Look 22. ‘Fact’ finisher 25. Strong work __ 26. Kitchen device 27. Desert-like 29. TV censor’s sound 31. GNR’s “Sweet Child _’ __” 32. Nunavut’s __ Island 34. Baseball position 36. Men’s formalwear pieces 37. Mr. Baldwin 38. Canadian writer, Jane __ 43. “__ & Shine” by Econoline Crush 47. Mr. Geller 49. Branch 51. Sales pitch 52. Baseball great, Roger __ 53. Traditional folk tune: “__ of Old Smoky”: 2 wds. 54. Shatner’s famous co-star 55. Symbols 57. __ milk 58. Mag. edition 59. “Nope.” 60. Genetic letters


PLAY WEEKEND, August 23-25, 2013



AUGUST 23–25

To fiND A STorE NEAr YoU, viSiT Restrictions apply. Excludes Everyday Low Price items. Free item must be of equal or lesser value. Valid 8.23.2013–8.25.2013.

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