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BOMBING The no-fly list failed to keep the Times Square suspect off the plane. Faisal Shahzad had boarded a jetliner bound for the United Arab Emirates Monday night before federal authorities pulled him back. The night’s events, gradually coming to light, underscored the flaws in the nation’s aviation security system, which despite its technologies, lists and information sharing, often comes down to someone making a right call. Shahzad was aboard Emirates Flight 202, which prepared to take flight until the pilot was notified at the last moment. Shahzad was taken into custody. Shahzad, a Pakistaniborn U.S. citizen, was charged yesterday with terrorism and attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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A Canadian sailor who was deployed for the first time to Afghanistan only a couple of weeks ago has been killed by the blast from a makeshift bomb, the very type of device he was in the country to defuse. Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Blake, 37, is the first Canadian sailor to die in Afghanistan since the mission began in 2002, the military said. Blake was killed Monday by an improvised explosive device while he and his team were walking back to camp after disarming another IED near Pay-eMoluk, a village in the Panjwaii district about 25 kilometres southwest of Kan-

The Simcoe, Ont., native dahar City. Blake was known as a was a navy clearance diver compassionate and ap- based in Halifax but was proachable leader among sent to Afghanistan as an explosive ordnance his military disposal operator. brethren, whose Menard said he pockets he picked adapted to the preat games of chance, carious hardships of the commander of land-based operaCanadian troops in tions with ease. Afghanistan said. “Incredibly fit “Jokingly known with a backbone of as the ‘Poker Pirate,’ Petty Officer steel, Craig put 100 he enjoyed pillag- 2nd Class per cent into everying his army friends Craig Blake thing he did.” during friendly card Blake had 10 years of exgames,” Brig.-Gen. Dan perience working as a Menard said yesterday. “He had a great smile clearance diver for the and a genuine laugh and Canadian Forces, said Capt. his friends considered Stuart Moors, the assistant themselves very lucky to chief of staff for personnel and training for Maritime have known him.”

Clearance diver • Clearance divers are responsible for defusing explosive devices that are underwater, and can be called on to deactivate explosives that have washed up on shore and been found by civilians. Forces Atlantic. Blake’s brother, Chris, said yesterday that Blake was a sailor first and foremost and was apprehensive about serving in Afghanistan, but knew his bomb disposal expertise meant it was something he had to do. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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SETTLEMENTS In the first quarter of this year, the city paid out nearly threequarters of a million dollars in claim settlements relating to injuries and property damages relating to incidents involving OC Transpo. According to a report received yesterday by the city’s corporate services and economic development committee, claim settlements from the city’s transit services department accounted for $721,472.38 out of just over $1 million paid out in the first three months of this year. More than half of that money came from two payments over $100,000, while the rest came from 20 settlements under $100,000. In 2009, the city paid out nearly $6.5 million in claim settlements, nearly $1.75 million of which was from transit services. The committee has asked the city solicitor offices to release a better breakdown of the damages and settlements for the transit services and parks and recreation departments before the start of the next council meeting. The city produces reports indicating the various areas where injuries have been sustained on a quarterly basis. “OC Transpo has that information in order to look at ways to reduce accidents,” said deputy city solicitor Carey Thomson.


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In a $35-million project that breaks ground this week, the Ottawa International Airport will be adding 850 new parking spaces and new features, including a wayfinding system, new signage, an extra ramp for access, a new entrance plaza, an enclosed roof, and the possibility to expand by another 750 parking spaces in the future. The project is expected to be completed by late fall 2011. METRO OTTAWA

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Man charged with possessing child porn COURT A 49-year-old Ottawa man appeared in court yesterday on pornography-related charges. On Monday, Ottawa police responded to a call of suspicious activity in the Merivale Road area. The call resulted in the seizure of a computer and other digital media containing child pornography. The high-tech crime/Internet child exploitation unit charged Harold Coxhead with possession and accessing child pornography and three counts of breach probation. TRACEY TONG/METRO OTTAWA

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monument in Ottawa will remind Canadians of “the price of service” that cost a Canadian sailor, Petty Officer 2nd Class Craig Blake, his life earlier this week, said chief of the maritime staff. Once the monument is complete next year, “many will pause to consider what this monument symbolizes,” said Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden. “And those thoughts will bring to mind ... the mostly young men and women who serve them.” To mark Canada’s naval centennial, about 150 members of the Canadian navy attended the groundbreaking of the national naval monument at Richmond Landing yesterday. The monument “will be an enduring legacy celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Canadian navy,” said master of ceremonies Mark Kristmanson. “The site will pay tribute to the men and women who have served and continue to serve the Canadian navy,” said National Capital Commission CEO Marie Lemay.

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Water from the seven seas is poured into the Centennial Bell during a ceremony yesterday commemorating the centennial of the Canadian navy in the Senate Chamber on Parliament Hill.

“While Canada’s capital region is far from our country’s oceans, it is fitting that our naval history be told here, where millions of Canadians and visitors come each year.” The monument, designed by Vancouver’s Al McWilliams, Joost Bakker and Bruce Haden, will feature “gold spheres that

speak of the sun, the moon, the stars and the global reach of the Canadian navy,” said Lemay. The monument also uses the navy colours and is designed to simulate the feeling of being aboard a ship. While the navy stands ready to respond to aggression, it also acts as a force of good around the world,

as was recently the case in Haiti, said McFadden. “This story of engagement and of growth, of competence and confidence in our ability to make a difference in the world is one in which all Canadians can take great pride,” he said. The monument will be completed next spring.

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If your car broke down on the Queensway at 2 a.m., can you think of two or three people outside of CAA and direct relatives that you could call for help? “If you can’t think of three people, it’s time you

start thinking about getting to know your neighbours and the people you work with,” said Alexandra Keay, the national co-ordinator of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Canadian Mental Health Week. Held this week, the theme of the 59th annual Canadian Mental Health Week is “Building Your

Mental Health one Support at a Time.” The message of the week is to make people think about who they have to support them when they are facing a serious crisis in their lives. It’s not good enough to have 600 friends on Facebook, said Keay, who is based in Ottawa. “We’re

talking about friends who you could call and say, ‘there is a family member who is sick, could you bring over some dinner?’” said Keay. Despite sprawling social networks, Keay said people are not taking the time to cultivate relationships with co-workers, neighbours, and even old friends and family members.

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the area of Crystal Beach may be asked to pay a levy so the city can purchase and renovate a former school, but the community association is advising neighbours not to get too worked up about it. “We’re getting mixed feedback about the levy. Some people are fine with it, others are not,” said Crystal Beach/Lakeview Community Association president Ruth Tremblay. “We’re not sure how much it’s going to be.” Yesterday, the city’s corporate services and economic development committee approved a motion to purchase the former St. Thomas School property, at 9 Leeming Dr. from the Ottawa Catholic District School Board, for $2 million. With the motion passed at city council next week, city staff will negotiate with the community on the future uses for the property, as well as the amount of a special services levy to recover its acquisition costs and related construction costs. Tremblay said they are hoping to make use of the school’s gym and a few of the classrooms. Despite the age of the neighbourhood, there isn’t an indoor multiuse recreation centre in the area. She said there are also some private schools interested in using the building. If an agreement on the use and cost of the levy cannot be reached by February 2011, the property may be put up for sale. TIM WIECLAWSKI/METRO OTTAWA

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It is impossible to hold a ceremony in Ottawa to commemorate the suffering of the Dutch people under Nazi occupation without also paying homage to the sacrifice of the Canadian soldiers who died helping to liberate the Netherlands, the Dutch ambassador said yesterday. “We find it very important to keep on commemorating that and also celebrating that,” said Dutch Ambassador Wim Geerts, who laid a wreath in honour of fallen Canadian soldiers at the Beechwood National Cemetery yesterday afternoon. For 65 years, the Dutch people have marked their Remembrance Day, May 4, with two minutes of silence at 8 p.m. Members of the local Dutch community gathered at the Beechwood National Cemetery for a ceremony at 2 p.m., which is 8 p.m. in the Netherlands. “So many Canadians are buried on Dutch soil,” said Netherlands Defence Attaché Lt.-Col. Henri Schevers. “By doing what we did here today, we are also paying tribute to the all Canadian fallen heroes. Because it is the 65th anniversary of our liberation, it is even more appropriate to have a Remembrance Day ceremony in Canada.” The strong ties that form the relationship with the

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Netherlands and Canada can be traced back to the Second World War, when the Dutch royal family lived in Ottawa in exile during the Nazi Occupation, said Geerts. Princess Margriet of the Netherlands was born in Ottawa. Her birthday, Jan. 19, 1943, was the only time in Canadian history that a foreign flag flew from the Peace Tower. To show their gratitude

to the city, the royal family donated tulips to the city. When Princess Margriet visits Ottawa later this month, she will be visiting with Second World War veterans at the Perley and Rideau Veterans’ Health Centre. Geerts said that was one of the top priorities of her visit. “It’s something that is very heartfelt and very much a part of who she is,” he said.

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Beechwood National Cemetery president Grete Hale, left, Dutch Ambassador Wim Geerts, centre, and Lt.-Col. Henri Schevers, defence attaché for the Netherlands, right, stand for a moment of silence after laying a wreath to Canadian veterans during the Dutch Remembrance Day ceremony.

RACING The new owner of an Ottawa-area raceway is revamping the facilities in hopes of drawing old and new fans this coming season. The Capital City Speedway is getting an overhaul that includes new asphalt in preparation for the

opening of the season on May 26. The speedway, which draws stock car drivers and fans from Ottawa and area, features races in five divisions: Late model; thunder car (which are built to look like cars from the ’70s); legends car (based on ’30s-style hot rods); mini stock (including Honda Civics and Dodge Neons); and 4 for

Fun, an entry-level mini stock division. In the past few years, stock car racing has experienced a slight decline in popularity, but track owner Jeremy Coulter is hoping to turn that around. Coulter, who grew up attending the Peterborough Speedway, bought a car and started racing after moving to Ottawa to work in the high-tech sector.

Dragon Boat Festival earns EcoLogo certification GREEN The Tim Hortons Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival has become the first festival to achieve certification by EcoLogo, one of North America’s most respected environmental standard certifications. The largest dragon boat

festival in North America has met the criteria in a variety of categories, including waste reduction and disposal and the use of greener products and services, and will undergo onsite audits to ensure compliance.

Held over three days from June 18 to 20 at Mooney’s Bay, the Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival is expecting to host 5,000 paddlers on 190 teams and 73,000 spectators. The event is free to spectators. TRACEY TONG/METRO OTTAWA


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Ignatieff promises Internet access for all Michael Ignatieff is promising high-speed Internet access for all rural, remote and northern communities. The Liberal leader says he’d ensure 100 per cent access within three years of taking power, at a cost of about $500 million. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Canadian spacewalker finds NEEMO The first Canadian to walk in space is going to take on a different challenge, leading the next NASA undersea mission as commander of the crew of NEEMO14. The Canadian Space Agency has announced that astronaut Chris Hadfield, left, will lead the 13day mission that begins next Monday. The space agency says the mission will use the ocean floor off the Florida coast to simulate exploration missions to the surface of asteroids, moons and Mars. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Street gangs linked to international organized crime NATHAN DENETTE/THE CANADIAN PRESS

A nine-month investigation culminated early yesterday morning as police conducted several raids across Ontario, arresting 78 people and exposing the “tentacles” of a Jamaican criminal organization known as the Shower Posse. More than 1,000 police officers fanned out across Ottawa and the Greater Toronto Area yesterday morning as they executed 105 simultaneous, predawn searches. The raids yielded at least 78 arrests, as well as $30,000 cash, $10,500 in casino cheques, 19 firearms, diamonds, cocaine, marijuana, hashish oil, vehicles and more than 10,000 ecstasy pills. The police investigation, dubbed Project Corral, was instigated in August 2009 as a response to a spike of violence in northwest Toronto. The investigation was initially aimed at two

Toronto police Chief Bill Blair said the investigation leading to yesterday’s raids revealed “significant organized crime involvement” with two street-level gangs.

street-level gangs — the Falstaff Crips and the Five Point Generals — but police were eventually led to an umbrella organization called the Shower Posse, a Jamaican criminal organization police described as an “international organized crime group that has

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Leading Seaman Chris Peters holds son Brady after returning home aboard the HMCS Fredericton yesterday morning. The ship returned to port in Halifax after a six-month anti-piracy mission. The streets of the city were filled with sailors as the navy marked its centenary with events across the country and a royal proclamation recognizing those who have served.

tentacles into this streetlevel group ... and is profiting from their criminal activities.” “Over the course of this investigation, a more significant organized crime involvement has been identified,” said Toronto police Chief Bill Blair at a press

conference yesterday. “We’re very hopeful that by incapacitating these organizations ... we can make our communities safer.” Police allege the Shower Posse has been supplying local street-level gangs with drugs and weapons and have a reach extending to Sault Ste. Marie to the north, Windsor to the west, and Ottawa to the east. The Shower Posse also has links overseas and Project Corral has led to the seizure of cocaine coming into Toronto from Panama and the United States, said Staff Insp. Mike Earl. Project Corral investigators also assisted in the seizure of 72 kilograms of cocaine in the Dominican Republic, Earl said, leading to the arrest of three Torontonians who are currently being held in custody overseas. TORSTAR NEWS SERVICES

Funding cut was driven by ideology, group claims ABORTION A women’s rights group says the Harper government has cut funding for 11 women’s groups in the last two weeks — just as it prepares to champion maternal health at next month’s G8 summit. Kim Bulger, executive director of Match International, says her group is one of 11 to lose funding. International Co-operation Minister Bev Oda says performance issues were behind Match’s funding cut. But Bulger says the cut is part of a pattern of “ideologically driven” punishment against feminist

People watch from the Cambie Bridge as the world’s largest air-supported dome, which sat atop B.C. Place for the past three decades, was deflated yesterday in Vancouver.

groups — particularly those that support funding for abortion as part of the maternal health initiative. The government has said it will pay for family planning but not abortion. The funding cuts came to light yesterday, one day after Conservative Senator Nancy Ruth warned women’s groups they risk a backlash from the government if they don’t “shut the f--k up” on the abortion issue. Transport Minister John Baird called Nancy Ruth’s remarks “unacceptable.”

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ents with more education are less likely to let their daughters get vaccinated against HPV. Researchers at the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control say public health needs to do a better job informing those parents and countering anti-vaccination information on the InTHE CANADIAN PRESS ternet.

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An oil spill off Canada’s East Coast would threaten millions of seabirds and fragile fish populations, warns a marine biologist who says governments and operators have failed to prepare for such a disaster, especially in light of recent events in the Gulf of Mexico. Ian Jones, an expert in seabird populations, said a variety of marine birds flock to the nutrient-rich waters on the continental shelf about 250 kilometres off the Newfoundland coast. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Further delay in N.B. nuclear reactor refurbishment The head of Canada’s flagship nuclear company says the refurbishment of a New Brunswick reactor will take “months” longer than planned. Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd., president Hugh MacDiarmid says work on the Point Lepreau nuclear power plant will not finish by October as planned. THE CANADIAN PRESS

McGuinty: HST will hit family budgets HST

News in brief MEDICAL Chief executive officers at Ontario hospitals will soon see their salaries tied to performance targets that result in better outcomes for patients, but critics said the Liberals blew a chance to lower those pay packages. Health Minister Deb Matthews has herself expressed concerns about the high salaries paid to CEOs, many of whom make over $500,000 a year, but even she admitted new legislation won’t really tackle the problem. The bill will take a portion of a CEOs’ current salary and tie that to improved patient outcomes.

ple to pay more to help create jobs and a better future. The premier says he believes he’s doing the right thing, and notes people will be able to make a call on that in next year’s election. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath says McGuinty is shifting taxes from businesses to families, which she believes is the wrong approach when people are still hurting from the recession. The Progressive Conservatives say the HST is the wrong tax at the wrong time. THE CANADIAN PRESS

RCMP tightens Taser policy POLICY

The Mounties say that from now on they will fire stun guns only when people are hurting someone or are clearly about to. Accused of overusing Tasers, the RCMP introduced new policies yesterday to restrict use to preventing violent confrontations. The new operational manual says officers should limit Taser use to incidents in which a person is “causing bodily harm” or will “imminently” lash out.

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Snow, high winds cause near whiteout conditions Alberta again felt the fury of a spring not sprung on Tuesday as snow swirling sideways blanketed a landscape that only a few days ago was busting out green While it was Red Deer, Calgary and points south that got dumped on twice in the last half of April, it was Edmonton's turn to receive a blast from the winter past. The snow began early in the provincial capital. By the morning rush it was a full-fledged, wind-whipped whiteout more typical of January than May. Slushy roads were the bane of drivers who had already optimistically headed to the garage to get their snow tires removed. A man and two children were killed when their vehicle was hit by a Via Rail passenger train in the city's west end. Police did not immediately link the crash to the weather, but it happened while the storm was raging. The main highway between Edmonton and Calgary was closed to traffic heading north when a semi-trailer jackknifed. Pedestrians in downtown Edmonton used umbrellas in vain to seek shelter from

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Premier Dalton McGuinty admits Ontario families will pay more in taxes because of the HST, but says the new tax is vital to help businesses compete. The New Democrats released a study showing families will pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars more in taxes once the 13 per cent harmonized sales tax starts July 1. McGuinty says the HST will help Ontario businesses compete in the global marketplace, and he’s asking peo-

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Family sues province over beating death of inmate

A pedestrian struggles to cross a street through snow and wind in Calgary yesterday.

family of a 32-year-old man beaten to death in a Toronto jail is suing Ontario’s Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services and Toronto police. Three men are charged with first- The police and degree ministry have murder in 30 days to file a Jeff statement of Munro’s defence to the beating — allegations allegedly made in the sparked by lawsuit, which a dispute have not been over a bag proven in court. of potato chips — last November. The family says Munro, who had drug and mental health problems, should not have been sent to the Don Jail for allegedly violating a probation order. Family lawyer Barry Swadron says the suit isn’t about money, it’s about accountability. The statement says police and the ministry should have known about Munro’s mental illness and sent him for treatment instead of jailing him.

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Send Queen packing TheWestView Paul Sullivan metronews.ca/thewestview

Her Majesty’s a pretty nice girl, But she hasn’t got a lot to say. – The Beatles

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hat little ditty nails, in a nutshell, Her Majesty Elizabeth R. II, unless you count her annual Christmas cliché dump, in which she expresses the view that “Phillip and I” are not amused by the suffering of the peasants somewhere in the world and someone should do something about it. End of message. So why does she continue to be featured prominently on our currency as the Queen of Canada? And why do we go through the ritual every five years of finding her a governor general,

who we dutifully install as our head of state? The whole nonsense should have been abolished in 1867 when we allegedly became a real country, or in 1982 when Pierre Trudeau smuggled the constitution past the corgis and brought it back home safe to Ottawa. The last two governors general have qualified for the job by first apprenticing as CBC journalists. By that standard, I qualify as the next governor general of Canada, and as it’s time to pick another one, I dutifully submit my name for consideration. I can stuff a vice-regal uniform as splendidly as any former CBC journalist,

which isn’t saying much. Seriously, I have nothing against Michaëlle Jean or the individual touted as her replacement, Canada’s Man in Motion, Rick Hansen. True, Hansen doesn’t come with as much baggage as Jean, who had to deny that she was a separatist and renounce her French citizenship. True, Hansen does live in British Columbia, which is almost as far from Ottawa as France, but the “British” part works in his favour. Now, Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff is trying to stir the pot by recommending Jean’s term be extended, contending that she’s a more

meaningful, meaningless figurehead than any replacement meaningless figurehead. Attaboy Iggy, you sure know how to pick an issue. It’s not as if we don’t have any real problems. Every five years, I hope — in vain, it turns out — we will seriously look at retiring the vestigial servitude that goes with a constitutional monarchy and emerge as the True North Strong And Free To Be Us. And every five years, it turns out we still don’t have the jam to take our place among the real nations of the world. Still, it’s not too late. We’ve just had a shot of real national pride by staging the greatest Olympic Games the world has ever seen. It’s time to build on that and give the Queen, her ridiculous family and her ceremonial hand puppets their walking papers. God save us from the Queen. Paul Sullivan is a Vancouver-based journalist and owner of Sullivan Media Consulting; vancouverletters@metronews.ca.

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A: An interesting character: Gordon Ramsay, because I’m a budding chef ... He’s from the TV shows Hell’s Kitchen and Restaurant Makeover.

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Quote of the Day “You could hardly find a more sensitive area in the world where you would be doing this kind of activity. This is one of the densest concentrations of marine birds of anywhere in the world.” — IAN JONES, AN EXPERT IN SEABIRD POPULATIONS, WHO SAID AN OIL SPILL OFF CANADA’S EAST COAST WOULD THREATEN MILLIONS OF SEABIRDS AND FRAGILE FISH POPULATIONS, ADDING GOVERNMENTS AND OPERATORS HAVE FAILED TO PREPARE FOR SUCH A DISASTER. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Spill changes Governator’s mind Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will find another way to help close California’s $20-billion US budget deficit after the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused him to withdraw his support for a plan to expand oil drilling off the state’s coast. He said TV images of the spill made him change his mind about the safety of ocean-based oil platforms.

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Three workers who survived an explosion aboard an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico have filed a lawsuit claiming they were kept floating in lifeboats at sea for more than 10 hours. The lawsuit filed in Galveston, Texas, says the men couldn’t even call home to say they were OK. It seeks damages for them and the family of a crane operator who died aboard the Deepwater Horizon. Attorneys for the rig workers say those most seriously injured were evacuated by helicopter, but the others had to wait on lifeboats and some didn’t make it home for 40 hours. They also had to give the company statements at a

Cap the leak? • BP’s chief executive says that a containment dome designed to cover the Gulf oil leak will be on the seabed Thursday, and will be hooked up to a drill ship over the weekend.

Louisiana hotel. Rig owner Transocean Ltd. defends its response and notes 115 people survived. In the meantime, cleanup and containment of a massive oil slick resumed yesterday as winds eased in the Gulf of Mexico and people along beaches and bayous waited to find out just how badly it might damage the delicate coast. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

A South Korean woman reads messages attached to portraits of deceased sailors from the sunken South Korean naval ship Cheonan, in Seoul yesterday. President Lee Myung-bak ordered a thorough review of South Korea’s military readiness, calling the March sinking of a warship no “simple accident” as officials inched closer to blaming North Korea in the incident.

GREECE Protesters unfurled banners yesterday over the defensive walls of the ancient Acropolis, the country’s most famous monument, to protest harsh new austerity measures as strikes began across the country. About 100 protesters

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World’s oldest person dies a week before her 115th birthday The world’s oldest person, a Japanese woman on the southern island of Okinawa, has died a week before her 115th birthday, a spokeswoman said. Kama Chinen, who witnessed three centuries, died Sunday, according to Kaoru Shijima, a spokeswoman at her care facility. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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CHINA Frustrated by their inability to get compensation in China, parents whose children were poisoned in a tainted milk scandal yesterday took their cases to Hong Kong, a former U.K. colony that maintains a Western-style judicial system. The four parents are suing New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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change, which could cost his party support in elections due by the end of the year, said Martin O’Shannessy, chief executive of the market research company Newspoll. Labour has led the conservative coalition in the respected Newspoll — which is produced every two weeks by the Sydney-based company part-owned by

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Britain’s Prime Minister and Labour Party Leader Gordon Brown delivers a speech in London Monday. Britain’s national election looks likely to deny any of the three major political parties an outright majority, creating the first minority government since 1974. Britain goes to the polls tomorrow.

Dubai court throws out car sex conviction A Dubai appeals court has thrown out a public indecency conviction and a month’s prison sentence for a Pakistani couple accused of having sex in their car after the pair claimed they were together in a private place, their lawyer said yesterday. Majid Al Kabban, a lawyer working for a firm representing the husband and wife, said the ruling by the lower court was overturned last week. “We’re definitely happy and a little bit surprised,” Al Kabban said. “Usually this type of thing goes in a different way.” Police nabbed the pair in May 2009 and accused them of having sex in their car at a beachfront retail centre. A lower court sentenced them in November to a month in jail and ordered them deported. The pair were free while they appealed the case. The 28-year-old man and his 24-year-old wife, who remain in Dubai, successfully argued in the appeals court that their car should be treated like a private house. Their lawyers argued that because of the car’s tinted

Decency laws • The ruling is the latest in a string of cases involving sex in Dubai, a cosmopolitan city with the most lenient social codes in the Persian Gulf but a tendency to sometimes crackdown on frisky foreigners. In March, a British couple were sentenced to a month in jail for passionately kissing in public while an Indian couple was sentenced to three months in jail for exchanging steamy text messages. In 2008, two Britons accused of having sex on the beach got three months in jail, though their sentences were later suspended.

windows, a policeman who had raised the charge could not have seen what the couple were doing inside. Police initially suspected something was awry when they spotted the car at the centre’s parking lot after dark and twice attempted to see inside the vehicle. They then knocked and saw a naked man rolling down the window, the lawyer said. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

News in brief PENNSYLVANIA There’s no evidence a school district used school-issued laptops to spy on students despite its questionable policies and its lack of regard for students’ privacy, ac-

cording to a report issued by attorneys hired by the district. A student and his family had alleged webcam images were taken without their knowledge. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS


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Penguins 2 Canadiens 0

VS Evgeni Malkin scored on a power play to break a scoreless draw early in the third period and Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a mostly uneventful 2-0 victory over the Montreal Canadiens in the NHL playoffs last night. Pascal Dupuis added a late empty-net goal for the Penguins, who showed they can play defensive

Sharks up 3-0 • Patrick Marleau scored 7:07 into overtime, lifting the San Jose Sharks to a 4-3 comeback win over the Detroit Red Wings last night and a 3-0 lead in the second-round series. The Red Wings led 31 with 13 minutes left in regulation.

in a losing effort as Pittsburgh outshot Montreal 25-18. The chants of “Ha-Lak, Ha-Lak!” went up from the crowd of 21,273 as soon as the Canadiens took to the ice, but unlike the first two games in Pittsburgh,

the Canadiens goaltender faced only three first-period shots as the Penguins gave Montreal a taste of its own medicine by hanging back, blocking shots and protecting Fleury. Sidney Crosby was held without a point for a second straight game despite an energetic performance and didn’t let his frustration show as he did in Game 2 when he smashed a stick on Halak’s goalpost. Since scoring twice in his first game at the Bell Centre in 2006, the Penguins captain has no goals and five assists in eight games in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Struggling Tiger still searching for game The 18th hole on the TPC Sawgrass is not nearly as daunting without wind, which was the case on a muggy morning yesterday when Tiger Woods set up over the tee shot with a three-wood in hand. The ball never had a chance to stay dry. It started down the left side with a severe hook and splashed down some 20 yards to the left of the water’s edge. With a mild curse under his breath, Woods asked his caddie for another ball. It was his fifth ball in the water during nine holes of practice at The Players Championship. He lost two in the water on the front nine the day before. There have been flashes of brilliance, as always, but far more shots that hardly resemble golf from the

world’s best player. “It’s just a matter of ... getting my mind where it needs to be,” Woods said. “And, certainly, I’ve made a lot of adjustments in my life, and I’ve gone through a lot — a lot. “Just trying to make sure I get everything organized so I can play.” Woods is capable of making some form of history at just about any golf tournament, and The Players Championship is no exception. Only now, the question is whether Woods will miss the cut in consecutive tournaments for the first time in his career. He didn’t just miss the cut last week at Quail Hollow, he missed it by a mile. With a 79 in the second round — his second-highest score in his career — Woods posted his highest 36-hole total (153) in 14

years on the PGA Tour. Two days of practice this week did little to change the notion that his game — not to mention his head — is not in a good spot. After three days of rampant speculation that he would ditch his swing coach, Woods said nothing has changed with Hank Haney, who was not at Sawgrass. Haney rarely goes to tournaments outside the majors. “I’m still working with him, yeah,” Woods said. Phil Mickelson has a chance for the first time in his career to rise to No. 1 in the world if he wins The Players Championship (which he did in 2007) and Woods finishes out of the top five. Mike Weir of Bright’s Grove, Ont., and Calgary’s Stephen Ames are the two Canadians in the field. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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hockey as well as Montreal. The Pens lead the bestof-seven Eastern Conference semifinal 2-1 with Game 4 set for tomorrow night at the Bell Centre. Malkin, who had been quiet in the first two games in Pittsburgh, ended a four-game scoring drought to help the Penguins wrest back the home-ice advantage they had given up with a 3-1 loss at home Sunday afternoon. It wasn’t pretty hockey as neither team opened up its attack, and the Penguins allowed few good chances on Fleury, while Jaroslav Halak was strong

Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury makes a pad save against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of last night’s Game 3 in Montreal.

Howard avoids foul trouble to help Magic roll past Hawks (Magic lead series 1-0)

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Tiger Woods chips from the rough yesterday on the 14th hole during a practice round for The Players Championship golf tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.

The Orlando Magic showed they could survive with Dwight Howard in chronic foul trouble. With him on the floor, they were dominant. Howard had 21 points and 12 rebounds in one of the most crushing playoff wins in Magic history, a 114-71 victory over the Atlanta Hawks last night in Game 1 of their Eastern Conference semifinal. Howard added five blocks and avoided the fouls and frustration that overwhelmed him in the first round, helping the

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The Phoenix Suns will wear “Los Suns” on their jerseys tonight for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals. Owner Robert Sarver, left, says it’s “to honour our Latino community and the diversity of our league, the state of Arizona, and our nation.” The decision to wear the jerseys on the Cinco de Mayo holiday stems from a law passed by the Arizona legislature and signed by Gov. Jan Brewer that has drawn widespread criticism. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Former Tigers broadcaster dies Longtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Ernie Harwell, beloved by generations of fans who grew up listening to his rich voice, Southern cadence and quirky phrases on the radio, has died after a months-long battle with cancer. He was 92. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

VS Ten years after the Flyers counted on Brian Boucher to help bail them out of an 0-2 playoff hole, they’re needing the goalie to deliver again. Boucher was in the net the last time — and one of only two times in team history — Philadelphia rallied from an 0-2 hole to win a round. He’ll get the start against Boston in Game 3 tonight with the Flyers facing the same deficit. The Flyers won four straight games against Pittsburgh in the 2000 Eastern Conference semifinals, including the classic five-overtime Game 4. In 2000, the Flyers dropped the first two at home. This year, they lost two in Boston.

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Magic go ahead by as many as 46 points. Vince Carter finished with 20 points as Orlando showed no signs of rust after an eight-day layoff. “We’re trying to accomplish something this year. We want to come out sharp, in tune with what needed to be done. We wanted to deliver the first blow,” Carter said. “We wanted to get in rhythm, for our intensity level more than anything to be at a really high-level.” Josh Smith scored 14 points and Zaza Pachulia had 12 for a Hawks team that had little playoff poise. Game 2 in the bestof-seven series is tomorrow night in Orlando.

NFL Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis has a new longterm deal from the San Francisco 49ers. He signed a $50-million US, five-year contract extension with the Niners yesterday that takes him through the 2016 season and includes $29 million in guaranteed money. He is set to make $10 million per season. MLB Stephen Strasburg dominated in Double-A. Now it’s time to see what he can do at the next level. The Washington Nationals promoted their No. 1 overall draft pick to triple-A Syracuse yesterday, keeping him on pace for a major league debut in the next month or so. MMA UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will return from a year-long absence to meet interim champ Shane Carwin on July 3. The UFC announced yesterday that Lesnar and Carwin will headline UFC 116 at the MGM Grand Garden in Las Vegas.

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“We were pretty down going to Pittsburgh, feeling pretty bad about ourselves,” Boucher said. “We had not played well the first two games. We’re at home here. That’s one of the advantages. To be honest, we could probably play a bit better.” The Flyers were beaten, but not terribly outplayed, in their first two losses to the Bruins. The Flyers hope a return to home ice and a rowdy arena for Game 3 tonight can help get them back in the series. But it will take more than a hostile crowd and a dose of pre-game nostalgia to spark the Flyers. “It’s not that we’ve played bad, but just play with more desperation than we’ve shown the last two games,” forward Danny Briere said. “We need a little bit more of the way we played in the first round against Jersey, kind of take their will away. I think we

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YESTERDAY’S RESULTS Pittsburgh 2 Montreal 0 (Pittsburgh leads series 2-1) San Jose 4 Detroit 3 (OT) (San Jose leads series 3-0) TODAY’S GAMES Boston at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Chicago at Vancouver, 9:30 p.m.

NBA PLAYOFFS YESTERDAY’S RESULTS Orlando 114 Atlanta 71 (Orlando leads series 1-0) Utah at L.A. Lakers TODAY’S GAMES San Antonio at Phoenix, 9 p.m.

BASEBALL YESTERDAY’S AL RESULTS Toronto 8 Cleveland 5 Boston 5 L.A. Angels 1 N.Y. Yankees 4 Baltimore 1 Detroit at Minnesota Kansas City at Chicago White Sox Texas at Oakland Tampa Bay at Seattle YESTERDAY’S NL RESULTS N.Y. Mets 5 Cincinnati 4 Philadelphia 2 St. Louis 1 (10 ings) Pittsburgh 3 Chicago Cubs 2 Washington 6 Atlanta 3 San Francisco at Florida Arizona at Houston Colorado at San Diego Milwaukee at L.A. Dodgers

Philadelphia Flyers’ goaltender Brian Boucher, shown here before a home game against New Jersey during the first round of the NHL playoffs, will look to help his club bounce back in it series against Boston. The Bruins are up 2-0 heading into tonight’s Game 3.

can do a better job of that.” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette gave the team the day off to rest. The Bruins held an optional practice in Massachusetts and most of the top players took the day off.

Biting incident over and done with? • Both teams were ready to move on from a supposed biting incident in Game 2. Flyers forward Daniel Carcillo accused Bruins forward Marc Savard of biting his finger. Savard called it a “nonissue” yesterday. “It’s the last game, it’s over and, hopefully, I get matched up against his line,” Carcillo said.

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Stamkos ready to assume leadership role Canadian players back at HOCKEY Steven Stamkos has a score to settle at the the event for a second IIHF World Hockey Cham- straight year. A new tournament has brought on pionship. The talented centre was different expectations for 20-year-old having a dream run at last the year’s event until it was in- Stamkos, who tied terrupted by a hot Russian Sidney Crosby for goalie who stunned Cana- the NHL’s goal-scorda and stole the gold ing lead this season medal. Stamkos still has with 51. A year ago, he clear memories of the disappointment that fol- was surprised lowed the final game, to even rewhere Russia edged Cana- ceive an invida 2-1 despite being out- tation to the world chamshot 38-17. “I thought we deserved pionship. the to win,” he said in a recent Now interview. “(Ilya) Bryzgalov Canadian played a hell of a game, I brass has esthink we outshot them sentially identwo to one. We just could- tified him as team’s n’t get anything by him.” the He’s in search of a hap- top forward. pier ending this time around in Germany. Stamkos and goaltender Steven Stamkos Chris Mason are the only

“Obviously, I had a good year this year and I proved last year at the world championships that I can be counted on offensively,” he said. “That’s the kind of pressure that I want. I definitely am going to be going over there trying to produce as much offence as I can and help this team win.” Once his season ended with the Tampa Bay Lightning April 11, Stamkos took about a week off to relax and play some golf. Since then,

Setting the tone • Forward Corey Perry had two goals and an assist to power Canada to a 4-1 win over Germany in an exhibition warm-up for the 2010 IIHF World Championship, which is set to begin for the Canadians Saturday.

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he’s been skating each day in Florida with Lightning teammate Steve Downie, who is also heading to the world championship. It’s taken some work to stay sharp and get ready for the event. “It’s amazing what a week off can do to your game,” said Stamkos. “You don’t think it’s too long, but you get back on the ice and you definitely notice a substantial difference.”

MLB Jose Bautista homered for the second straight game and the Toronto Blue Jays benefited from nine walks in an 8-5 win over the Cleveland Indians last night. Bautista’s two-run homer in the fourth was his sixth of the season and continued Toronto’s power surge. The Blue Jays have homered 14 times in winning five of their last six games. The damage could have been worse yesterday, but Toronto stranded 13 runners. Jays starter Ricky Romero won despite not having his best stuff. Romero (3-1) struck out nine, but gave up a seasonhigh five runs in six innings.

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Secrecy shrouds visit Kim Jong Il spotted in China, but officials remain tightlipped North Korea’s reclusive leader Kim Jong Il was making his way yesterday to China’s capital on a rare overseas trip meant to be so secret that Beijing refused to confirm it — despite videos shot by foreign media showing him leaving a Chinese hotel. Kim is expected to meet with President Hu Jintao and other top Chinese leaders just as South Korea inches closer to blaming the North for the recent sinking of a navy ship that

Blame game • If South Korea declares North Korea responsible for the sinking, it could look to China to back new United Nations sanctions aimed at punishing the North. killed 46 sailors. Kim’s visits to China — North Korea’s chief benefactor — are usually not officially announced until he leaves the country, but he

was photographed leaving a hotel after reportedly arriving in the Chinese port city of Dalian aboard a luxury 17-car armoured train. Kim, North Korea’s absolute ruler, is known to shun air travel. Kim’s visit comes amid increasing speculation in South Korea that his hardline communist regime may have torpedoed the South Korean warship in disputed waters near their maritime border in March. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Neil Shepherd, father of Robert and Christianne Shepherd, right, and his partner Ruth Beatson arrive at a court in Corfu island yesterday. A court on the Greek holiday island of Corfu convicted four people over the fatal carbon monoxide poisoning of two British children at a local luxury hotel in 2006.

Biblical river drying up quickly: Report MIDEAST Christian pilgrims who flock to the Jordan River to immerse themselves in the water where Jesus was baptized may have nothing left to dunk in next year. A team of Israeli, Jordanian and Palestinian environmental scientists says large stretches of the biblical river could dry up by 2011. And much of what remains is nothing but a canal of sewage, they said in a report released Monday. “You can almost jump across this river. In other

places, you don’t need to even jump — you can just cross it. It’s ankle deep,” said Gidon Bromberg, Israeli director of Friends of the Earth Middle East, the organization that commissioned the report. “You struggle to see the water.” Sadly, it is one of the efforts to save the river that has helped doom it, the report said. Israel and Jordan have agreed to stop dumping waste into the river and instead treat it in plants expected to be running in both countries in 2011. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

News in brief CHURCH SCANDAL A German

man who says a priest sexually abused him when he was an altar boy has sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI seeking financial compensation from the church. Wilfried

Fesselmann told The Associated Press he is also demanding an apology from the pope and asking for a personal audience at the Vatican. Fesselmann said he sent the letter yesterday. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Death toll could rise in U.S. storm aftermath WILD WEATHER

Rescuers feared even more bodies would emerge As of as mudyesdy flood terwaters day, ebb 29 people were refrom ported to have torren- died in the weektial end floods. weekend rains that swamped Nashville, much of Tennessee and two neighbouring states. The Cumberland River that has submerged parts of Nashville’s historic downtown was expected to start receding yesterday after being swollen by flash floods in creeks that feed into it. Residents said they are dreading even more devastating discoveries. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Quebec construction rules too tight: Report A report by the Montreal Economic Institute says Quebecâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heavily regulated construction industry is a serious factor driving up the cost of building projects in the province. The report says all of Quebec would benefit if the provinceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strict rules were relaxed. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Upbeat, but concerned Businesses not yet running at capacity Canadian businesses are gaining confidence that the economic recovery is real, but they remain concerned that theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not seeing the results in their individual operations. A new survey by the Conference Board of Canada shows that business confidence, rather than rising with the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economic fortunes, has stalled over the past six months. The latest survey shows

the confidence index actually dropping slightly from 96 to 95.6 as businesses fret that they continue operating well below capacity due to weak demand. Canadaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s economy grew by a surprisingly strong five per cent in the last three months of 2009, and is believed to have recorded the biggest quarterly gain in a decade during the first three months of this year â&#x20AC;&#x201D; in the neighbour-

hood of six per cent annualized. But the survey, conducted between March 8 and April 6, found just 21.5 per cent of respondents said their firm was operating near capacity, while 37.1 per cent said their firm was â&#x20AC;&#x153;substantially belowâ&#x20AC;? capacity. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Confidence will not resume its climb until more firms start operating close to capacity.â&#x20AC;? THE CANADIAN PRESS

Transcontinental buys Lipso Systems COMMUNICATIONS

Printing and publishing giant Transcontinental said yesterday that it has acquired Montreal-based Lipso Systems Inc., a developer and

marketer of technology that facilitates communications and transactions between organizations and mobile users. Terms of the deal for Lipso, whose more

than two dozen employees will be integrated into Transcontinentalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s marketing communications sector, were not disclosed. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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Rick George, CEO of Suncor Energy, addresses shareholders in Calgary yesterday. The oilsands giant reported better-than-expected first-quarter profits, with $716 million for the first three months of the year. The firm booked a net loss of $189 million for the first quarter of 2009.

Olympic campaign boosts Molson-Coors BREWING Molson Coorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; advertising drive tied to the Vancouver Olympics helped to ignite flagship brand Molson Canadianâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first growth in four years. The Winter Games boosted sales across the Canadian beer industry as fans celebrated a record gold medal haul. Molson Coorsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sponsorship of the sporting event contributed to a five per

cent increase in sales to retail, stronger than the 3.8 per cent industry gain. As a result, the CanadianAmerican brewerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s market share increased about half a percentage point from a year ago. Gains by Coors Light, Molson Canadian, Molson Dry and Richardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s were partially offset by a decline of Molson Export and non-strategic brands. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Deal may mean more U.S. TV BROADCASTING

An analyst says Canadian TV viewers could see better U.S. programming on Canwest Global TV stations now that Calgary-based Shaw Communications has acquired the stations in a $2-billion deal that shakes up the countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s broadcast sector. Desjardins Securities ana-

lyst Maher Yaghi says the transaction could lead Shaw to buy more and better American programs to help increase Globalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ratings and make the stations more competitive. THE CANADIAN PRESS

National regulator may finally be coming REGULATION Finance Minister Jim Flaherty says he will have a draft bill on a new national securities regulator ready to send to Parliament and for a Supreme Court reference in a matter of weeks. Flaherty has committed to seeking the Supreme Courtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s judgment on whether Ottawa has the constitutional power to enact such legislation after Quebec and Alberta objected. The issue is also going to court in Quebec, where the provincial government, supported by Alberta, has challenged Ottawaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s authority to intervene on what the two governments believe is provincial jurisdiction. Federal governments have sought to create a national securities regulator for years, but the project has always ground to a halt over provincial sensitivities and suspicions the new national office would be dominated by Ontario. Flaherty, however, appears to be closest to making the project come to reality. THE CANADIAN PRESS

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NLC to close campuses, lay off staff Faced with a $2.5 million shortfall, B.C.-based Northern Lights College has had to close campus operations in Atlin and Dease Lake and reduce staff, both non-unionized staff and unionized faculty and support staff. METRO NEWS SERVICES

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FNUC plans to sell campus First Nations University of Canada president Shauneen Pete announced this week that the institution will sell its satellite campus in Saskatoon as part of a major financial overhaul. Cuts to faculty and staff are also expected to take place at FNUC’s other campuses in Regina and Prince Albert. All students from the Saskatoon campus will be able to complete their degrees. REGINA LEADER-POST

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Paws, Claws and Jobs JON TATTRIE for Metro Canada

is hands-on and students work with real animals within weeks of starting. “There’s a lot to learn so it’s generally an intense course,” Evans says. Evans is originally from Australia and has worked in several countries as a small-animal vet. The employability is a huge plus to the field, she says. “I don’t think I’ve ever met an unemployed vet,” she says. “There’s a veterinary shortage throughout the world.” Serge Messier, a faculty member at the University of Montreal, says they take about 90 students a year and 85 per cent are female. The mostly French-lan-

guage programs are largely set, but students can chose electives in later years to point to more specific career paths. The fifth year is clinical rotations and everyone emerges with the same qualification as a general veterinary practitioner, whether they want to work with cats and dogs or cows and horses. “Those that go on the job market don’t have any difficulty finding places to work,” he says. Douglas Freeman, dean of the Western College of Veterinarian Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan, adds that it’s true, so long as you’re flexible about field and lo-

cation. Saddled with student loans and desiring to live in a city, many graduates seek more lucrative work in urban or suburban small-animal clinics that cater to pets. “We have a hard time across North America of attracting and keeping veterinarians in rural, production-animal practice,” he says. Along with a passion for medicine, students should have a love for all animals, including humans, as dealing with an animal means dealing with its owner. Vets also blend compassion with pragmatism for the hard side of the job. Putting down a healthy animal, be it a dog with behaviour problems or a cow that isn’t worth fixing, is never easy, Freeman says. For more of the Paws, Claws and Jobs exclusive series check Workology every Wednesday or stop by:

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There’s an old saying that doctors treat ailing humans while veterinarians deal with everything else. “We say real doctors work on more than one species,” laughs Kylie Evans, director of student services at the University of Calgary’s faculty of veterinarian medicine. Becoming a vet requires a mix of academic achievement and personal disposition. Calgary, like most vet programs, selects students based on strong grades and a strong interview convincing them the potential student can make the cut. Only about 30 of the 150 annual applicants are accepted. The four-year program

“I don’t think I’ve ever met an unemployed vet. There’s a veterinary shortage throughout the world.” U of C’s Kylie Evans

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Creative teams soar post-recession

Most marketing and advertising executives say their teams are stronger now than they were before the recession began.

There may be one upside to the challenging economic conditions of the past few years: Creative teams are stronger now than before the recession. Sixty-one per cent of advertising and marketing executives polled said the caliber of their firms’ creative talent is higher than it was three years ago. Ac-

cording to this Creative Group study, only six per cent felt the level of talent within their firm had declined. “Businesses hold on to their best people, even in a difficult economy. But many companies are also taking the opportunity to enhance the overall skills of their teams by upgrading their talent bench,”

said Donna Farrugia, executive director of The Creative Group. “High unemployment levels have left many talented creative professionals in search of jobs.” Farrugia added that retaining top creative talent will become more of a concern as the economy gains momentum. “Many employees are biding

their time, waiting for new opportunities to open as the recovery takes hold,” she said. “It’s important to identify key staff members now and make sure these workers know they are appreciated and that there is a career path for them within the organization.” METRO NEWS SERVICES


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B.C. to oversee UBCâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s land-use planning Last week, the B.C. government introduced legislation to transfer control of local land-use planning for the University of British Columbiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Vancouver campus from the Metro Vancouver regional government to the province. METRO NEWS SERVICES

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mployees faced with changes to their jobs used to just deal with the problem and move on. Seldom did they protest and if they did â&#x20AC;&#x201D; it often did not matter. Now, armed with the knowledge that they can resign instead and sue for constructive dismissal, employees faced with a problem at work will call their lawyer. What is a constructive dismissal and when will this claim succeed? Changed hours of work If a specific shift or certain hours have become customary, an employer cannot make any real change without that employeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consent. In a recent Ontario case, the court found that Ken Blair was constructively dismissed because, after nine years of

working only rotating shifts, his company suddenly forced him to work nights. Reduction in compensation Pay cuts, even minor ones, can permit an employee to leave and then sue for severance. There are cases where a five per cent reduction in overall pay was viewed as a dismissal, but there are also cases where a 13 per cent decline was rejected. As well, since

compensation is made up of benefits, bonuses or any other perquisite, a change to these terms can also amount to a dismissal. Temporary layoff Unless a contract provides otherwise, there is no right to lay off an employee. If not recalled back to work in a reasonable time period, that employee can view the job as at an end and sue for severance. Harassment or discrimination

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Volt steps up General Motors took its Chevrolet Volt to another level at the Beijing auto show by showcasing a crossover utility vehicle based on the upcoming range-extended electric vehicle. METRO NEWS SERVICES

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Going on a road trip with your best friend TRAVEL

Spring and summer are great times to go on road trips with the entire family — including Fido and Felix. Here are a few travel Dos (and one travel Don’t) to prepare for your pet's big adventure.

• Do visit your veterinarian before you leave to ensure your pet is travelready. Request an updated health certificate with information on vaccinations, and if necessary re-stock on your pet’s medication.

The 2010 Mazda Tribute has some nimble moves and is a good fit for an urban environment.

Tribute one for ages

Mazda SUV’s winning formula has stood test of time MARK ATKINSON for Metro Canada

When it comes to the old line, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” there are several auto manufacturers who have one or two offerings that have stood the test of time. The Ford Escape and the Mazda Tribute — a pair of compact SUVs — are two prime examples. However, they continue to sell like hotcakes, despite the aging bones hiding underneath the botox’d sheet metal. Of the two, the Tribute is the one aimed at a more urban environment. Given Mazda’s penchant for creating solid driving machines, it’s also the more satisfying one to pilot. The 2010 version we had on test was the entry-level GX, powered by the company’s new 171-hp 2.5-

2010 Mazda Tribute Type: Compact SUV Price: From $23,450 Engine: from 2.5L 4-cylinder HP: 171 Fuel economy: 10.1/7.2L/100

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Highlights • Plenty of safety systems • Good gas mileage

litre four-cylinder engine, mated to an optional sixspeed automatic transmission. While it is possible to get all-wheel drive with the base engine, ours sent power only to the fronts. But winter tires and a bunch of safety systems, like traction and stability control, meant there was little that could get the Tribute really stuck. The upside of driving a four-banger is good gas

mileage, and the Mazda doesn’t disappoint, with ratings of 10.1/7.2 L/100 km (city/highway). Compared to the firmly tuned CX-7 crossover that’s roughly the same size and uses the same four-cylinder engine, the Tribute is softer and more comfortable on the highway, but still maintains some nimble moves. It does feel quicker, though, because it has significantly less weight to haul around. It’s inside the cabin where the Tribute falls down compared to its rivals. While Mazda has applied its own touches — like the glossy pianoblack inserts on the centre console — on a design largely created by Ford, the results are underwhelming. There’s only so much you can do when you’re restricted by a body that hasn’t changed substantially in 10

• Do ask your veterinarian what to include in your pet's first aid kit (ointments, bandages, etc). • Do update your pet’s tags with your cell phone number, or have Fido and Felix microchipped. Bring a current photo and description of your loved one; in case they get lost, you won’t be scrambling. • Do reserve ahead at a petfriendly hotel chain. Ensure they know to expect your pet, and confirm the details of your reservation before you leave. • Do schedule regular breaks during your road

years. Room in the second row is pretty good, and the rear seats do fold completely flat after popping up the rear seat cushions first. Cargo room is competitive, but don’t expect sheets of drywall to fit properly thanks to the Tribute’s narrow width. Starting at nearly $23,450, the Tribute’s very close to the technically superior offerings from Honda and Hyundai. And if you opt for the 240-hp V6, expect to be shelling out nearly $28,000.

trip to take Fido and Felix on regular walks. It’s just as important for dogs, cats and other travelling companions to stretch their legs as it is for humans. Remember the pooper scoopers. • Do bring water for the long road trip ahead to keep your furry friends hydrated. • Do bring the comforts of home for your pet, such as their bed, favourite toy(s), regular food and treats. • Do plan activities with your pet so they don’t stay alone in the hotel room. Many Canadian hotels provide suggestions on local area pet-friendly attractions, nearby off-leash dog parks, and other fun things to keep Fido and Felix, as well as the whole family, entertained. • Don’t leave your furry friends in the car. In warm or hot weather, even if the windows are left slightly open the car can quickly become an inferno and give your pet heat stroke. Always have someone stay with your pet, or, take them with you. NEWS CANADA

Going on a road trip with Fido can be fun if you follow a few simple tips to keep your canine friend in good cheer.

Audi A8 L makes space for more comfort NEW

The new Audi A8 L.

MODEL Audi has stretched the bounds of luxury sedan comfort even further in the new long wheel base version of its flagship A8 sedan, which incorporates an additional 130 mm of wheelbase and body length, the latter concentrated at the rear to provide even more

exceptional passenger accommodation. The new Audi A8 L will also be further refined by an extensively reworked version of the 12-cylinder W12 gasoline engine offering further improved power and efficiency. The 130 mm increase takes the length of the

new A8 L to 5,267 millimeters, and the wheelbase has grown by the same amount to 3,122mm. The A8 L W12 can cruise to 100 km/h in just 4.9 seconds, and continue to a seemingly effortless governed top speed of 155 mph.

And with the help of FSI technology, fuel economy belies these figures, with up to 23.5 mpg achievable according to the combined cycle test — a 12 per cent improvement over the outgoing model which results in CO2 output of 278g/km. FROM CARGUIDE


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Few cities take their coffee more seriously than Turin. And if Wikipedia describes coffee as “a brewed drink prepared from roasted seeds,” then it’s safe to assume the writer has probably never been to Italy. In Italy, coffee is an art form; a cornerstone of cultural and social life, and an intrinsic part of the daily ritual. And nowhere is it taken more seriously than in Turin — home of Lavazza. Here’s our favourite five.

1Caffè San Carlo

God’s own coffee shop — this place has as much Carerra marble as St. Peters and is twice as opulent. A gorgeous, gilded, chandelier-heavy establishment which has provided amazing service since 1822. Coffee at $1 a cup seems like stealing. (Piazza San Carlo 156)

2Baratti e Milano

Looking like a relative youngster at only 151years-old, the Baratti e Milano is similarly steeped in classiness and history. There’s an old fashioned pride in the way the coffee is served. (Piazza Castello 27)

3Caffè Torino

This one is only about 70-years-old, but still hugely impressive. There’s a gold bull inlaid in the

Mokita is a popular spot for the after-work business crowd. Turin coffee is closer to an art form than anything its museums have to offer.

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pavement outside promising good luck to those who step on his, ahem, cajones. Huge welcome and superb coffee. (Piazza San Carlo 204)

• Chelsea: The lovely, familyoperated Hotel Chelsea offers all its guests welcoming and elegant environment. Just recently renovated, the hotel offers all the modern comforts to suit the needs of both business and leisure travelers, without an uptight feel that some area hotels have. • Town House 70: The hotel Town House 70 boasts a strategic location in Turin city center, just behind the main square of the city – the famous Piazza Castello. The area features opulent Baroque churches and interesting museums. • Hotel Residence Sporting: Hotel Residence Sporting in Turin has a limited number of rooms, but they are all finely furnished with a luxury design. Every room is equipped with kitchen facilities, AC, heating unit, safe deposit, shower, satellite TV and internet access.

4Bar Mokita

It doesn’t try to compete with the history of the big boys, but this bar’s ’70s boutique style is very Turin. It attracts a very cool business/media type of drinker and serves excellent coffee. Great place for a pre-dinner prosecco. (Piazza San Carlo 217)

5Caffè Mulassano

It’s a small but perfectly formed coffee shop that is well-used by serious coffee lovers. It has a lovely decor, plush furnishings and countless objets d’art, and, for me, the best espresso in the city.

• Pacific Hotel Fortino: Cosy little flats and 92 different rooms available that will assure you a pleasant stay in Turin, at short distance from the airport Sndro Pertini. The Pacific hotel is a four-star hotel with rooms equipped for physically handicapped guests. • Principe di Piemonte: The hotel Principe di Piemonte is an elegant five-star hotel, with luxury suites available and a golf ground nearby; located near one of the most famous shopping venue, Via Roma, and the railway station Porta Nuova • Artuà & Solferino: The hotel Artuà & Solferino is situated in one of the most elegant areas of the historical centre of Turin, Piazza Solferino, in a quiet and little street close to the famous Egizio Museum and the Royal Palace. The area is very safe even at night , ideal for women.

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With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, this isn’t just a reminder to order flowers, buy a card and book brunch for dear mumsy; it’s also a reminder that, at least in Hollywood, moms are still trying to get out of the kitchen. “We’ve made some strides certainly as a culture,” states University of Toronto Cinema Studies Professor Corinn Columpar. “But I think there’s a lot of holdover from the past.” The traditional image of on-screen mothers has surely evolved since the mid-’60s when pre-feminist films like The Thrill of it All portrayed Doris Day as a mom who makes it in the working world only to

The lesbian/parental comedy The Kids Are Alright is a more progressive examples of motherhood.

concede to her begrudging husband that she wants to “go back to just being a doctor’s wife.” However, as Columpar contends, most mainstream movies still feature maternal roles that fit into

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Oh look, Sienna’s smitten, again Sienna Miller turned heads at Monday’s Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute gala in NYC. Miller walked down the red carpet with ex Jude Law — their first major appearance since getting back together last year, usmagazine.com reports. METRO NEWS SERVICES

Celebrity Buzz

Thanks medics for the fresh socket WHAT? YOU DIDN’T HEAL IN SIX MINUTES? JACK WOULD HAVE

HE CHEATED ON HER. A LOT

quick … They did a phenomenal job and I was back at work six or seven days later.” Shooting on the eighth series of the action drama ground to a halt to allow the actor time out to treat the ruptured cyst near his kidney. METRO NEWS

and his wife have fired back at reports they’re on the verge of divorce, insisting they haven’t even contemplated such a thing, femalefirst.co.uk reports. The actor and Brooke Mueller have been largely estranged since a Christmas Day fight landed Sheen behind bars in Colorado. The couple checked into separate rehab facilities earlier this year for unre-

leased and unrelated reasons, and when Sheen headed home recently, Mueller moved out of the estate they shared before the winter prob-

lems. But the pair’s representatives insist there will be no divorce, despite stories to the contrary. “They are not seeking a divorce nor has one been contemplated,” a joint statement from the reps reads. “There has been no financial agreements between the parties of any sort. Stories to the contrary are false.” METRO NEWS

former First Lady Laura Bush have on her iPod? The answer may surprise you, people.com reports. “My mom’s a secret Rastafarian,” her daughter Jenna said in an interview on the Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday. She plays

White House, shmite house

Bob Marley around the house. Appearing on the show with her sister Barbara and mom Laura, who was promoting her new memoir Spoken from the Heart, Jenna explained what a typical night at the Bush family ranch in

Crawford, Texas, is like. There’s the music (the family also listens to old country (songs), says Jenna), family activities and plenty of food. METRO NEWS SERVICES

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CelebTweets PARIS HILTON is looking for a Lost tutorial, LINDSAY LOHAN is bracing for a visit from Dina Lohan, and JOHN CUSACK is weeding out the fans he doesn’t like.

@ParisHilton Going to catch up on LOST. I have a couple on my Tivo that I haven’t seen yet. Can someone please explain to me what the heck is going on? @lindsaylohan oh, mother daughter time... here we go lol @johncusack would love if all flag sucking halfwits who saw lloyd dobbler as apolitical would unfollow — they didnt pay attention to film anyway METRO

NO REALLY, SHE DOESN’T THINK SHE’S BETTER THAN YOU, MICHELLE. SHE KNOWS IT An-

gelina Jolie once again snubbed Barack Obama by not attending the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, according to Popeater. “Angelina is always invited by several media outlets to sit at their table, but she always refuses,” a source says. “Angie is filming in Europe at the mo-

ment, but that isn’t the reason she didn’t attend. She didn’t go because on her weekends off she would rather spend her time helping those who really need it rather than sitting, drinking champagne and laughing at bad jokes in a fancy D.C. ballroom. “Angie doesn’t judge other celebrities for wanting to rub shoulders with President Obama. It’s just she is someone who thinks your actions are more important than words.” METRO WORLD NEWS

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The former First Lady likes the down beat IT’S A SMALL STEP FROM LIKING REGGAE TO THE LEGALIZATION OF MARAJUANA What does

David Boreanaz admits he’s cheated on his wife. “Our marriage has been tainted with my infidelities,” the Bones star tells People magazine. “I just want to be open and honest. I was irresponsible.” Boreanaz also admits he’s coming forward because a former mistress threatened to go to the media. “She asked for money,” he explains. “I felt as though I was being blackmailed or there was some sort of extortion.” METRO WORLD NEWS

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They’re sticking it out THAT’S NICE, BUT HOW IS BOTH OF THEM GOING TO REHAB ‘UNSheen RELATED’? Charlie

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Kiefer Sutherland has publicly thanked the medics who helped him get back to work on TV drama 24 just six days after he ruptured a cyst on his abdominal wall, femalefirst.co.uk reports. The actor spoke out for the first time about his emergency surgery in February on Monday’s Ellen show in the U.S. — because he missed an appearance on the program be-

cause of his health scare. Explaining his absence, Sutherland told host Ellen DeGeneres, “I had an adrenal cyst on my abdominal wall. “About 75 per cent of us have cysts in our bodies and I was doing a scene on 24, where I picked up a dead body, and the weight of that, combined with, apparently my age, ruptured the cyst and it started to bleed into my abdomen … so they had to take it out. “It all took place pretty

No bones about it

Diaz hits a dining home run STILL DON’T GET THIS PAIRING. TO EACH THEIR OWN Cameron

Diaz and Alex Rodriguez have been keeping mum on their reported relationship, but all appears to be going well. The couple dined with pal Kate Winslet over the

weekend, according to Page Six. “They all shared a delicious meal and several bottles of French red wine,” a source says. And after dinner, Diaz reportedly stayed over at the Yankees slugger’s home, as she was spotted leaving Sunday morning. METRO WORLD NEWS

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He’s 21-JumpStreet trained HE’S ALSO AN EXPERT IN BANDANA TIEING AND JEANS RIPPING Johnny Depp

apparently has enough star power to thwart a mugging, according to the Sun. The actor and a friend were recently leaving an L.A. recording studio when the friend was approached by a man brandishing a broken bottle. But when the would-be mugger spotted the Pirates of the Caribbean star, he backed off. “He looked at Johnny and said, ‘I ain’t stealing from Captain Jack’ and put the bottle down,” a source says. “Johnny gave him a few bucks and told him to straighten up his life.” METRO WORLD NEWS


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Broiled Salmon with AvocadoMango Salsa

PREVIOUS DAY’S CROSSWORD AND SUDOKU ANSWERS:

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INGREDIENTS:

2 1/2 tsp paprika 2 tsp ground coriander 3/4 tsp salt 4 skinless, boneless salmon fillets 1 large mango, peeled and cut into 1-cm chunks 1 hass avocado, peeled and cut into 1-cm chunks 1 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed 1/3 cup chopped cilantro 1 tsp grated lemon zest 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice 2 tsp olive oil 6 cups mesclun or frisée lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces METHOD:

1. In large bowl, stir paprika, coriander and salt.

Horoscopes by Sally Brompton sallybrompton.com

Measure out 2 tsp spice mixture and sprinkle over salmon, rubbing it into fish. Place salon, skin-side down, in broiler pan. 2. To remaining spice mixture, add mango, avocado, chickpeas, cilantro, lemon zest, lemon juice, and oil; toss to combine. 3. Broil salmon 15 cm from heat 5 minutes for medium. Serve salmon and salsa on bed of frisée lettuce. SERVES 4

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ARIES

TAURUS

GEMINI

CANCER

LEO

VIRGO

Just because others are going all out to make money does not mean you have to follow their example. What’s right for them may not be right for you.

Where you are coming from is of no importance. What matters is where you are going to – and with the Sun in your sign you can really go places now.

Your confidence may be fragile at the moment but that does not mean you should stay at home with the door locked and the drapes closed.

Think about what you are going to say before you actually say it. You may be in an high-spirited mood at the moment but not everyone will appreciate it.

It may be frustrating that you cannot do what you want to do but even a Leo has to accept that sometimes the world does not revolve according to their needs.

You may think that someone is behaving badly, and maybe they are, but it is not your job to point it out to them.

LIBRA

SCORPIO

SAGITTARIUS

CAPRICORN

AQUARIUS

PISCES

What happens today may shatter a few illusions but at least you’ll know where you stand. Social activities may have to take a back seat for the moment.

You have allowed worries to grow so that you can think of nothing else. In the greater scheme of things, our everyday cares are of little consequence.

If you are finding it difficult to sit down and talk things over with others you should take it as a sign that this is not the right time.

Stay alert and don’t get angry when events you had not anticipated disrupt your routine. Like it or not you cannot possibly control each and every detail.

Put loved ones first today. Whatever it is that you desire can easily be put off to a later date, but what they want has to be dealt with now.

If you are hoping for a breakthrough in your job or career then things will start to move quickly over the next few days.

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1260: Kublai Khan becomes ruler of the Mongol Empire. 1891: The Music Hall in New York City (later known as Carnegie Hall) has its grand opening and first public performance, with Tchaikovsky as the guest conductor. 1921: Coco Chanel introduces Chanel No. 5 1961: Alan Shepard becomes the first American to travel into outer space, making a sub-orbital flight of 15 minutes. 1981: Bobby Sands dies in the Long Kesh prison hospital after 66 days of hunger-striking, aged 27. METRO NEWS SERVICES


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