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Surrey mother gets 1 year in jail after child found starving to death – BC

VANCOUVER – A Surrey mother has been jailed for one year after her young child was found starving to death. The now 25-year-old woman, who cannot be named, was charged with failing to provide necessities and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

The woman’s son was 27 months old at the time and is now in foster care.

The mother also received two years probation.

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“From what we heard from investigators, this is one of the most severe cases that they have investigated,” said Cpl. Bert Paquet of the Surrey RCMP, in 2014.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between April 7 and June 14, 2014.

“We became aware of this case on June 16 [2014] after a local-area hospital contacted our investigators…making allegations of child neglect,” said Paquet. “Our investigators became involved as soon as they received the call. Our Special Victim’s Unit took the investigation over. The child was apprehended, has been removed, was removed that day from the mother’s care and has been improving since.”

Paquet said a publication ban is in effect in order to protect the victim.

“What we’re trying to do here is ensure the child’s safety,” he added.

“The child has been improving since being removed from the care of the mother.”

WATCH: Global News’ report on the case from 2014:

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Robert Latimer’s lawyer asks court to overturn travel restrictions

VANCOUVER – For more than 20 years – on bail, in prison, on parole – Robert Latimer has followed every rule and condition imposed upon him, without transgression, his lawyer told a Federal Court judge on Wednesday.

Jason Gratl asked the court to overturn a parole board decision that bars Latimer from travelling outside Canada without express permission, saying it is an unreasonable limitation on the Saskatchewan farmer who was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of his severely disabled daughter.

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“Mr. Latimer really has done about as much as it is possible to do to demonstrate that he complies with all his conditions,” Gratl said. “The risk is essentially non-existent.”

Latimer, 60, killed 12-year-old Tracy in 1993 by piping exhaust into the cab of his truck on the family farm in Wilkie, Sask. She suffered from severe cerebral palsy and Latimer has always maintained he wanted to end her chronic, excruciating pain.

A 1994 conviction was overturned by the Supreme Court of Canada, but he was convicted again in 1997. Latimer was sentenced to the mandatory life in prison with no chance of parole for 10 years, despite a jury recommendation for less.

He was released on full parole, with conditions, in 2010. In July 2013, a parole board panel denied Latimer’s request to travel freely outside Canada without having to apply first for a limited-time passport.

Latimer, who did not attend the brief hearing in Vancouver, applied to the Federal Court for a judicial review of that decision.

The circumstances in Latimer’s case were unique, Gratl told Judge Michael Manson.

“His daughter was born to him with cerebral palsy,” he said. “He cared for her deeply, on a practical level and emotionally, for 13 years.

“His daughter was in unbelievable agony as her skeleton degenerated over a period of years.”

Latimer is not an advocate – no Jack Kevorkian – Gratl told the judge, referring to the now-deceased American euthanasia activist.

Should the parole board lift the travel ban, Latimer will still check in monthly with his parole officer, Gratl said, and inform the parole officer of any travel plans. He would also check in over the telephone or electronically while he’s away.

Chris Bernier, the lawyer for the federal Crown, said Latimer can apply on a case-by-case basis for permission to travel. That restriction is absolutely reasonable, he said.

“This is a life sentence for murder that he’s still serving,” Bernier said.

The parole board recognized that Latimer poses no risk to reoffend but they took into account the severity and nature of his offence, he told the judge.

“He’s still able to travel,” Bernier said. “He would need to provide information on the place, purpose and duration of his travel. I don’t think that’s unduly onerous for him to provide that information.”

Last year, the board gave Latimer permission to attend a debate on assisted suicide and mercy killings in Britain, but United Kingdom Border Services denied him a visa.

He tried to apply to travel to South America to do some work with Habitat for Humanity, but that also fell through.

“The difficulty is that international travel restriction imposes a level of red tape and certain bureaucratic hurdles that make travel, practically, very difficult,” Gratl said outside court.

The judge reserved his decision. If successful, the parole decision will be sent back to the board to reconsider.

©2014The Canadian Press

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Reports contradict PM’s view on aboriginal women victims

OTTAWA – Dozens of federal, provincial and community studies compiled by the Conservative government appear to contradict the prime minister’s contention that the problem of missing and murdered aboriginal women isn’t a “sociological phenomenon.”

But some in the aboriginal community don’t quibble with the government’s other main response to calls for a public inquiry – that there has been more than enough research.

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Officials point to a non-exhaustive list of 40 studies conducted on the issue between 1996 and 2013.

A closer look at the research shows that in nearly every case, the authors or participants highlight the “root” or systemic causes of violence against aboriginal women and their marginalization in society.

READ MORE: Premiers, native leaders call for forum on missing and murdered aboriginal women

The legacy of colonization, including the displacement and dispossession linked with residential schools and other policies, are cited frequently in the reports. The impact of poverty and lack of housing are also cited as root causes of violence against aboriginal women.

“There are root causes of violence in the aboriginal communities that include things like poverty and racism and this is why it’s incredibly important for us to work with organizations, aboriginal organizations, across the country…,” Rona Ambrose, then status of women minister, told a parliamentary hearing in 2011.

Harper has offered a different perspective.

“I think we should not view this as sociological phenomenon. We should view it as crime,” he said last month.

“It is crime, against innocent people, and it needs to be addressed as such.”

WATCH:Almost 1,200 aboriginal women and girls have been killed or gone missing in Canada over the past decades. Now, the country’s premiers say something needs to be done. Ross Lord explains.

The government’s related position has been that there have been enough studies – the focus needs to be on action.

“What we don’t need, is yet another study on top of the some 40 studies and reports that have already been done, that made specific recommendations which are being pursued, to delay ongoing action,” Justice Minister Peter MacKay said last week.

Some inside the aboriginal community agree there have been enough studies, but there are varying opinions on whether an inquiry would just go over the same ground.

One 2005 report prepared by three B.C. community groups, entitled “Researched to Death,” pointed to the “striking similarities” in research and recommendations done up to that point.

“The only outstanding element is action,” the authors wrote.

Dawn Harvard, president of the Ontario Native Women’s Association, agrees there has already been substantial research on the sociological causes of violence against aboriginal women.

READ MORE: No endorsement from police chiefs for aboriginal women inquiry

But she says a national inquiry wouldn’t be about the sociology, but rather about determining what specific policies and initiatives are needed to address specific community problems – in-depth research that smaller groups don’t have the resources to do.

“The sociological studies have identified that there is a problem, so your inquiry is going to get into the nitty-gritty nuts and bolts of what is this problem all about,” said Harvard.

“And one would hope that therefore we would have a much more effective response when we come out of it.”

For Michelle Audette, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, an inquiry would be an accountability exercise in a non-partisan forum – akin to the Gomery commission on the sponsorship scandal or the current Charbonneau commission into corruption in Quebec’s construction industry.

WATCH: Walk for inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women

“Do we do another research (report)? No,” said Audette. “But this inquiry will bring us together and say, why didn’t we implement those (prior) recommendations? Why are we not putting in place legislation that will force our police forces to automatically exchange data?”

Kate Rexe, who worked on the Sisters in Spirit research and policy initiative on missing and murdered aboriginal women, takes a different perspective.

She says that while an inquiry would provide public recognition for the victims’ families, it won’t necessarily reach the required level of detail.

“If we’re looking at a 30-year time span over a number of different police services, in various communities that have had varying levels of response of police to the families and the communities, you’re not going to get the answers that you would hopefully need,” said Rexe.

“I don’t necessarily agree with just having more research for the sake of research.”

©2014The Canadian Press

Walk to End Knife Violence targets criminal code changes – Saskatoon

Watch above: a tragic incident involving a knife in Saskatoon prompts awareness walk

SASKATOON – Six months after losing his brother, Chad Boulet has organized the awareness ‘Walk to End Knife Violence’ in Saskatoon.

Boulet has arranged the walk to pay tribute to his brother Dustin who was fatally stabbed in the 2400-block of 22nd Street West in March.

Family and friends say Dustin was celebrating his 29th birthday when he attempted to break up a fight and was stabbed. He died later in hospital.

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The walk is scheduled for Thursday starting at 6 p.m.

Organizers are asking people to gather at Cowtown, behind the Co-op gas bar off Fairlight Drive in the Fairhaven neighbourhood. The route will head east toward Bridges bar on 22nd Street.

Boulet says the walk aims to raise awareness but ultimately the goal is to change the law.

“No doubt if my brother wasn’t killed, I wouldn’t be researching the Criminal Code of Canada,” Boulet admits.

“But it’s unbelievable what is allowed. You can’t go into a public place carrying a gun but yet you can walk around with a knife.”

Boulet has emailed every provincial MLA, the leader of every federal political party across Canada, Federal Justice Minister Peter MacKay and even Stephen Harper.

He is asking for mandatory minimum sentences and for a change to the criminal code, making it illegal to carry a knife.

Watch below: Chad Boulet explains why he wants tougher knife laws

Knife crimes are down this year in Saskatoon. From Jan. 1 to July 31, there were 79 assaults with a knife. Over the same period in 2013 there were 98 and over the past decade the average is 89.

Alyson Edwards with the Saskatoon Police Service says Chief Clive Weighill would like to see prohibitive legislation.

“Any tools we can add to our ability to deal with crime would be a good thing,” said Edwards, adding knives are the weapon of choice in Saskatoon.

Edwards says the number of violent crimes in the city is down but the severity is up.

Boulet encourages everyone to be part of the walk. It’s expected to take an hour.

He feels the effectiveness of the walk will be partially determined by the number of people who take part, stating the message will be stronger with more people behind it.

Drop-off location for six-year-old deemed dangerous, gets corrected – Saskatoon

Watch above: Concerns expressed by a Saskatoon mother result in school bus route changc

SASKATOON – The school year is barely underway but already one local family says it has its concerns over their son’s bus route.

The six-year-old’s drop-off is just a few feet away from his home but on the opposite side is a busy stretch of road.

“When I was told where our new stop would be I was really happy about the time and I was really happy about the location,” said Jessica Isaak, mother of two.

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“That’s across from my house but I was concerned that my son would have to cross McClocklin Road which is a very busy road.”

Concerns were heightened after Isaak sent her son Jacob off for his first day of school on Tuesday.

“The afternoon was a disaster, I think the bus driver, as well as myself, almost had a heart attack with the number of vehicles going either around the bus or from this direction passing by the bus, with my son clearly visible that he needed to cross the street.”

A small change but one this family says had the potential to be devastating.

“I feel like if he has to do this all year, he will be hurt, that bothers me,” said Isaak.

An alternate route was suggested by the family’s new bus provider but Isaak said she wasn’t comfortable with the suggestion since Jacob would be out of her sight.

In order to safely cross the street, her son would need to walk close to two blocks in either direction then back.

“I have a four-year-old at home that isn’t always awake and that is not responsible for me to leave him at home, so then I guess it would require me waking him, bundling him up, walking them both down and back.”

Luckily for the family that won’t have to happen.

The bus driver on Jacob’s route for Hertz Northern Bus agreed with Issak’s safety concerns and changes were made Wednesday afternoon.

“The bus driver was very concerned that it was a busy stretch of the road and it’s all been resolved as of this afternoon, the bus has been rerouted and it will stop on the opposite curb in front of the child’s home,” said Ablina Kille, owner of Hertz Northern Bus.

First Student Canada works with 10,000 students a day and says it will make every effort to drop a child off in front of their home.

“Even if we have to go around a Crescent or block to end up on the correct side of the street where the children live so they do not have to cross the street especially if it’s a busy street, we want to avoid crossing in 99 percent of the cases,” explained Chanda Lockhart, location manager for First Student Saskatoon.

Approximately four city blocks is the furthest distance a child is required to walk back home with their age taken into consideration.

The company also has safety protocol in place regarding how children should safely exit the bus at the end of the school day.

“They will go six to 12 feet from the bus, they will freeze, the driver will count them, they will make sure they are present and accounted for, they will then close the door and proceed, once the bus proceeds ahead, the children know it’s safe to walk,” added Lockhart.

If a child has to cross the street they are to wait until they reach a safe crossing area and not jaywalk. Motorists are also reminded to obey the rules of the road and stop for school buses with flashing lights.

“The motorist should remain behind the bus until the bus has proceeded to go. They should also remain at caution cause there may be children on the sidewalk to cross the street to a friend’s house, so they should still use caution but they should definitely stop behind the bus,” said Lockhart.

Crossing arms or stop signs are no longer used by regional buses as a signal to drivers to stop since they are against a city bylaw.

Man charged after altercation at Rob Ford’s campaign office – Toronto

TORONTO – Rob Ford and his brother Doug Ford are defending a campaign volunteer who faces assault charges following a video stunt involving a masked man on Wednesday afternoon.

The mayor said all his campaign staff do a “phenomenal job” while Doug Ford was a little more forthright, saying the 60-year-old campaign worker “did the right thing.”

The campaign worker, William Byers, was charged with assault, mischief and theft after a confrontation with 43-year-old Paul Benoit. Benoit allegedly entered the campaign office around 3:30 p.m. wearing a Rob Ford mask, carrying a camera and videotaping inside.

The video of the incident posted on YouTube shows Benoit walking into the office where he was met by Byers.

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“Put that camera away. Get out of here. I’m calling the cops,” a man in the background is heard yelling.

Police said in a media release that Byers escorted Benoit from the premises and then a fight broke out in front of the campaign office.

It is alleged Byers kicked Benoit’s camera out of his hand, punched him in the face and took his microphone.

“I thought that I would be asked to leave but I did not think that I would get shoved, kicked and punched and basically assaulted for doing my Citizen Journalism,” wrote Benoit in his YouTube video description.

Benoit was initially taken into custody but was later freed Wednesday evening after showing police his footage.

“I was questioned by Police at 41 Division and released without charges after this video exonerated me.”

Benoit claims he was attempting to find someone who would actually vote for the mayor.

Doug Ford, the mayor’s brother and campaign manager, was furious about the incident when Global News caught up with him Wednesday evening.

“We live in a democratic society. You don’t go out and start barging into people’s campaign offices and disrupt,” he said.

Ford’s Scarborough campaign office is located in a strip mall on Lawrence Avenue East near Avenue.

Byers is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 7.

Nanaimo woman sexually assaulted after offering ride to stranger – BC

Nanaimo RCMP are hoping someone recognizes a composite sketch of a man who sexually assaulted a woman who gave him a ride from one shopping mall to another.

Police say that on August 17, a 24-year-old woman was approached by an unknown, “clean cut” man in the parking lot of the Shoppers Drug Mart at Country Club Centre. He asked her for a ride to Woodgrove Centre.

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She agreed to his request, and drove him to Woodgrove, where he asked to be dropped off at the cinema. While she was driving, the man made small talk with her, saying he had attended a wedding the night before in Nanaimo and also owned a small business that was not doing well.

Once they arrived at the cinema, the man began to make overt sexual gestures towards her. Then he locked the doors, choked her and tried to remove her shorts. She screamed and fought back, which caught the attention of a Good Samaritan. The suspect fled the parking lot on foot.

“The actions of the Good Samaritan caused the suspect to stop, run from the car and he was last seen running in the direction of the Island Highway,” says Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

The woman drove home and after consulting with her family, called RCMP.

The suspect is described as white, 25-30 years old, approximately 5’10” with short brown hair. He was wearing dress pants, a white dress shirt, pink tie and a ball cap. There was a white emblem on the front of the cap. Police say the victim was extremely upset and remembers little about the Good Samaritan who assisted her, other than he was older white male.

Police hope the Good Samaritan will come forward and help solve the case.

“Investigators are hopeful the Good Samaritan will be identified and can assist investigators with providing further details about the assault and the suspect male,” says Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP.

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WATCH: Penticton senior accused of defaming city staff

PENTICTON, B.C.  — Elvena Slump, 75, feels a responsibility to keep Penticton council and city staff accountable for their actions.

Her criticisms and concerns are regularly published in the letter to the editor sections of local newspapers.

But now those letters may be getting her into trouble.

“Free speech is dead in Penticton,” Slump declares.

Last week, she received a letter from Vancouver law firm Harper Grey LLP, accusing her of defaming three top bureaucrats at the city of Penticton.

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The letter says: “Your allegations are defamatory and unfounded…the employees are entitled to damages for the defamatory statements made about the and collectively reserve the right to seek damages from you.”

In Slump’s letters, she accuses one city staff of being addicted to power and bullying city council members, and says another stumbles from one mistake to another.

Deputy Mayor Judy Sentes explains that city staff felt harassed and threatened by Slump, and hiring a lawyer was a result of following WorkSafe BC protocols to ensure a safe work environment.

“Where that authorization came from? I’d imagine the city’s H.R. had a great deal to do this because that is their function in the defense of staff who feel like they’ve been victimized,” says Sentes.

Councillor John Vassilaki attended Slump’s press conference and says city council was not informed of the potential lawsuit.

He also admits that this may not have been the best course of action.

“Do I think a citizen should be taken to task because they’re putting their views forward? I don’t think so, that’s my personal view,” Vassilaki says.

Slump says she felt bullied when she received the letter.

The city’s lawyer says: “I expect to be a recipient of a full apology and retraction within the next week.”

The letter was dated August 28, which means the deadline is tomorrow.

But Slump will not be retracting her statements or saying sorry.

“I will not apologize for something I didn’t do,” she says.

Montreal newsmakers of 2014 – Montreal

MONTREAL — Over the past year, Montreal has seen the rise and fall of political leaders, political parties and political ideas.

We’ve heard grueling details on crimes committed in our own neighbourhoods in the past few years and in 2014 many of them came to shocking conclusions with judge and jury sentences, re-trials and guilty pleas. 

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Montreal has also seen its share of athletic role models who’ve made us proud to be from the same city, winning our hearts with their determination and unbeatable skills.

We’ve been inspired, moved and even motivated by everyday people in our community, who’ve been taking a stand for what they believe in, defending others and helping those in need.

Here’s a look at a few of Montreal’s heroes and villains of 2014.

Politics 

Denis Coderre

He began trending in Montreal from the moment he was elected the city’s new mayor. From #Coderring to challenging the mayors of opposing NHL cities and even participating in the infamous ice bucket challenge, Coderre has proved to be someone with a great sense of humour. Still, he managed to maintain his seriousness when it came to pension protests and the trashing of City Hall. Denis Coderre is definitely one of Montreal’s most recognizable newsmakers of the year.

Denis Coderre began trending the moment he became Montreal’s new mayor.

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PKP

From #LeShove to #FistPump, media magnate, Pierre Karl Péladeau made his way into the headlines during the Quebec Elections and despite the Parti Québécois’ loss, he continues to find his way into the spotlight. With controversies like the conflict of interest related to his media company, Quebecor Inc. and his announcement to seek the PQ leadership, we’ll definitely be hearing more from PKP in 2015.

Pierre Karl Péladeau gestures during a press conference in Saint Jerome, Que., Sunday, March 9, 2014. Péladeau has announced his candidacy for the riding of Saint Jerome for the Parti Quebecois on day five of the Quebec provincial election

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Bernard Drainville

Ah yes, who could forget the Quebec Charter of Values, the Parti Québécois’ proposed bill to ban ostentatious religious symbols in the province’s public sector. It was an issue that quickly made it into the headlines when it was proposed in 2013. The face behind the bill  was of course, Bernard Drainville who had to deal with an overwhelming amount of backlash during the Bill 60 hearings from religious groups, hospitals, school boards and government officials. Drainville continues to make the news with his launch for the PQ leadership bid and a proposal for a new “softer” Charter of Values that will be released over the next few months.

Quebec Minister Bernard Drainville speaks at a legislature committee studying the proposed Quebec Charter of Values Friday February 7, 2014 in Quebec City. Drainville is confirming he will seek the leadership of the Parti Quebecois

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Pauline Marois

This year marked the end of the Pauline Marois era. From the controversial #Charte, to the revival of sovereignty, Marois made headlines across Canada running as leader of the Parti Québécois. After the party’s loss in the provincial elections this past April, Marois announced that she would step down from her post and leave politics. Her rise and fall proved to be a major news buzz of 2014.

Parti Quebecois leader Pauline Marois.

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Philippe Couillard

As Pauline Marois bowed out of politics, in came Liberal leader, and now Premier of Quebec, Philippe Couillard. Despite putting the sovereignty movement and the identity debate on the back burner, Couillard has had his fair share of controversy in 2014. For one, the parliamentary session wrapped up with the Liberals being accused of betraying the middle class, municipal workers were slapped with a pension reform and parents, with higher daycare fees, controversial changes to the healthcare system were introduced and access was cut to in-vitro fertilization programs. Still, Philippe Couillard is confident the Liberals are on the right path, promising healthy public finances and lower income taxes as early as 2017.

Quebec Liberal Leader Philippe Couillard

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Gaetan Barrette

We were first introduced to Gaetan Barrette in 2012 when he ran with the Coalition Avenir Quebec, and lost to a Parti Quebecois candidate. In 2014, he re-appeared into the spotlight after he switched allegiances to run for the Quebec Liberal Party. Barrette won his riding of La Pinière beating out long time MNA, Fatima Houda-Pepin. Now, as Quebec’s health minister, he’s constantly under fire, particularly with the Quebec Doctors Federation. From pushing back pay increases, cuts to English healthcare services, and now his proposed healthcare reform, we’ll definitely be seeing more of Gaetan Barrette in the coming year.

Quebec Health Minister Gaetan Barette is sworn in during a ceremony, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at the legislature in Quebec City.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Fatima Houda-Pepin

She was most recognized as the long-time MNA for the La Pinière riding on the South Shore, a position she held for nearly 20 years. But in January, Houda-Pépin left the Quebec Liberal party, after making clear her support for the Parti Québécois’ proposed secular values charter, which would impose restrictions on the wearing of religious garments in the public sector. Her position put her at odds with Liberal Party leader Philippe Couillard, who wanted all party members against it. She then ran as an independent in her riding but lost to Gaetan Barrette.

Independant MLA Fatima Houda-Pepin announces her decision to run as an independant candidate for the coming election, at a news conference, Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at the legislature in Quebec City.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Jean François Lisée

Goatee or no goatee, JF Lisée is probably one of the most recognized members of the National Assembly. When he first took office in 2012, he was appointed as minister in charge of improving government relations with the province’s anglophones. Who could forget all those complaints filed by the language police in 2013, #Pastagate anyone? But after the Liberals took office at the beginning of 2014, Lisée stepped out of the spotlight for some time. His name made it back into the headlines after he threw his name in the Parti Québécois leadership race, as rival to media mogul Pierre Karl Péladeau.

The Parti Quebecois (PQ) MNA Jean-Francois Lisee

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Justin Trudeau

Aside from welcoming his third child, Hadrian in February, 2014 was a busy year for Justin Trudeau.  For one, he got a new haircut and now that he that he’s playing with the big boys in Ottawa as Liberal Party leader and trying to prove he can be the next Prime Minister of Canada, Trudeau is dealing with much bigger issues than when he was MP for the riding of Papineau. This year he’s had to take positions on controversial topics like abortion, marijuana, and most recently, sexual harassment accusations against MPs in his own party.

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau is shown during a news conference Wednesday June 11, 2014 in Ottawa. .

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Anne Lagacé-Dowson

Anne Lagacé-Dowson may have been a familiar voice for Montrealers as a longtime broadcaster but she quickly became a familiar face this year when she announced she was entering the race for Chair of the English Montreal School Board. Although Lagacé-Dowson’s priorities included more French in English schools, protecting special-needs funding and a need for more transparency at the school board, the EMSB campaign was quickly dominated by mud-slinging between her and opponent Angela Mancini. A war of words was sparked between the two candidates on past allegations involving Lagacé-Dowson’s team member, Julien Feldman. In the end, Lagacé-Dowson was defeated, and Angela Mancini was re-elected as Chair of the English Montreal School Board.

Anne Lagacé Dowson was a candidate for chair of the English Montreal School Board

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Angela Mancini

She is most recognized by parents of children who attend the English Montreal School Board, as Angela Mancini has been chair of the board since 2007. For the first time, parents got to decide who they wanted the leader of their school board to be. During the elections, it became a two-way race when Mancini was challenged by Anne Lagacé-Dowson. Despite constant mud-slinging between the two candidates and personal-attacks made against Maninci’s team, she was re-elected as chairperson of the English Montreal School Board.

Chairperson for the English Montreal School Board.

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Michaëlle Jean

Known best as the former Governor General of Canada, Michaëlle Jean was recently named the first woman leader of la Francophonie. She will oversee the organization of 57 member states for the next four years.

Former Governor General Michaelle Jean smiles after being chosen as the new Secretary-General of La Francophonie during the Francophonie Summit in Dakar, Senegal on Sunday, November 30, 2014.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Crime

Luka Magnotta

It was one of the most notorious murder cases our country has seen. We first heard of 32-year-old Luka Magnotta in May 2012, when he was accused in the gruesome slaying and dismemberment of Chinese engineering student Jun Lin. The case involved the grisly discovery of a human torso in a suitcase, a video depicting the murder posted online and an international manhunt. After a lengthy trial this year and a week-long deliberation, a jury found Magnotta guilty of first-degree murder, committing an indignity to a human body, publishing obscene material, criminally harassing Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other members of Parliament, and mailing obscene and indecent material. The court sentenced him to life in prison for murder and handed Magnotta the maximum sentences for all other charges.

Guy Turcotte

Known as the former Quebec doctor who stabbed his two children to death in 2009, Guy Turcotte made it back into the headlines this year when he was granted bail in the lead up to his second trial. He said that he wanted to be released so that he could care for his family and take on volunteer work at a food bank on Montreal’s South Shore. In a controversial verdict in 2011, he was found not criminally responsible due to a mental disorder for the murder of 3-year-old Anne-Sophie and 5-year-old Olivier. Turcotte is now a free man, awaiting the new first-degree murder trial which is scheduled for September 2015.

Former cardiologist Guy Turcotte, accused of killing his two children, was granted bail on September 12, 2014 in Ste-Jerome, Que.

Earl Jones

You may remember him as the investment advisor who defrauded more than a hundred clients, mostly seniors, of about $50 million in 2009. The Ponzi Scheme got him an 11-year sentence in jail but he was released from jail in March 2014, after serving only four years. Jones is out on parole under several conditions, including avoiding contact with his victims or their families. He is now reportedly living with his wife in Westmount.

Earl Jones is shown in Montreal, on July 27, 2009.

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Lise Thibault

She was the Queen’s representative to Quebec from 1997 to 2007 but now ex-lieutenant-governor Lise Thibault is in the province’s bad books after she pleaded guilty to charges of fraud and breach of trust in December. The Crown alleges that Thibault spent $700,000 of taxpayer money on trips and meals unrelated to her official duties. The Quebec government is also suing Thibault in a separate civil case for $92,000 for what it calls unjustified expenses.

Former Quebec lieutenant governor Lise Thibault leaves a courtroom, Monday July 28, 2014 in Quebec City. The fraud trial of Thibault will resume Oct. 2.

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Nikolas Stefanatos

In 2012, Brossard-native Nikolas Stefanatos threw corrosive acid at his 29-year-old girlfriend Tanya St-Arnaud. She suffered serious burns to her head, arms and upper body, and was put in a medically-induced coma. In November of this year, Stefanatos pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. He was handed a 57-month sentence but has already gotten credit for serving 41-months, meaning Stefanatos will be out of jail in 16 months.

Following an argument, Stefanatos allegedly threw an industrial drain cleaner Tanya St.Arnaud’s face

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Anthony Alfieri

In February 2010, Anthony Alfieri got behind the wheel drunk and high on marijuana. While driving at nearly twice the speed limit, he crashed into a lamp post on De La Concorde Boulevard in Laval. The impact was so violent, the vehicle split in two. Alfieri survived the crash but according to police, he fled the scene and left his two passengers to die. In May 2014, his trial came to a surprise end when the 30-year-old pleaded guilty to four criminal charges: two counts of criminal negligence causing death, and two counts of leaving the scene of a crash. The parents of both victims as well as MADD Canada were up in arms when a Laval judge handed him a four-year prison sentence, calling the sentence a joke, arguing that it simply wasn’t enough based on the crimes he committed. By law, Alfieri could have faced a maximum life sentence.

Anthony Alfieri (right) pled guilty to four criminal charges including criminal negligence causing death.

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Emma Czornobaj

Few criminal cases have generated as much debate as the one known as the “stopping-for-ducks” case. In 2010, 25-year-old Emma Czornobaj stopped her car in the left lane of the highway to help some ducks cross safely. A motorcyclist and his passenger daughter slammed into her parked car and died. In June 2014, she was found guilty by a jury on two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing death. By law, Czornobaj could have faced up to life behind bars but in December, a superior court judged sentenced her to 90 days in prison for causing the deaths of André and Jessie Roy. Czornobaj will also be required to perform 240 hours of community service and will not be allowed to drive for 10  years.

Emma Czornobaj, who caused a fatal traffic accident after stopping her car to help ducks on a busy highway, arrives at court in Montreal Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014.

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Howard Krupp

A 68-year-old West Island resident, Howard Krupp was first arrested in November 2013, after waiting for students at bus stops and then following them home. His wife, a teacher at Hillcrest Academy in Laval even had to take a leave of absence after the child predator was stopped by police outside her elementary school. In March 2014, he was re-arrested and is now facing two charges of indecent assault that relate to incidents in place between 1970 and 1976. This was not the first run-in with the law for Howard Krupp. About 13 years ago, he was arrested in a massive child pornography case.

Howard Krupp was arrested by Montreal police for criminally harassing schoolchildren in November 2013.

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Benoit Roberge

He was a Montreal sergeant-detective who had been assigned to investigate organized crime — but this year we learned that Benoit Roberge was, in fact, selling information to the Hell’s Angels over a period of several months, ultimately pocketing about $125,000. In March, he tearfully pleaded guilty to a charge of gangsterism and explained that he’d been threatened into cooperating with the gang and had made a mistake by not reporting it to his superiors. He was handed an eight-year prison sentence.

Benoit Roberge was arraigned on Monday at the Montreal courthouse after being accused of being an infomant for the Hells Angels for years.

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Pamela Porter

While Arthur Porter is still sitting in a Panama jail after being accused of accepting millions of dollars for fraudulently awarding a contract to build the new McGill University Health Centre superhospital, his wife Pamela is next in line. In December 2014, she pleaded guilty to two counts of laundering the proceeds of crime and has been sentenced to 33 months for her role in an alleged bribery scandal. The 54-year-old is one of several people charged in the fraud and bribery case related to the MUHC superhospital contract.

Pamela Porter pleads guilty and has been sentenced to 33-months in jail

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Sports

Anthony Calvillo

After an illustrious 20-year career, the CFL’s best quarterback announced his retirement in January. Calvillo became the Alouettes’ starter in 2000 and led the franchise to Grey Cup wins in 2002, 2009 and 2010. The Los Angeles native set records for passing yards with 79,816, completions with 5,892, pass attempts with 9,437 and touchdown passes with 455. In October, he had his No. 13 jersey retired in a ceremony at half time of the Montreal Alouettes’ game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders. But it doesn’t mean it’s the last we’ve seen of Calvillo. In December, he was appointed the position of offensive coach for the Montreal Alouettes.

Former Montreal Alouettes quarterback Anthony Calvillo waves to fans in Montreal, Monday, October 13, 2014, prior to a ceremony to retire his jersey

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Alexandre Bilodeau

He may only be in his late twenties, but Alexandre Bilodeau already has quite the impressive resume, mostly consisting of Olympic gold medals. Not only was he was the first athlete to win a gold medal on Canadian soil during the Olympic games in Vancouver, he won his second gold medal this year in Sochi, making him the first mogul freestyle skier to do so twice in a row. In October, Bilodeau announced he would hang up his skis for good to focus on his career. If you’re lucky you may even bump into him studying at John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.

Canada’s gold medalist Alex Bilodeau celebrates on the podium during the Men’s Freestyle Skiing Moguls Medal Ceremony at the Sochi medals plaza during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 11, 2014.

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Dufour-Lapointe sisters

You could say mogul skiing runs in this family. These golden sisters won our hearts during the Sochi Olympics when they became the first Canadian set of three siblings to compete in the same event at the same games. Justine won gold and Chloé took silver. Their post-Olympic life hasn’t been all too bad either. When they’re not training, the sisters are showing off their passion for fashion with a new après-ski accessory line, collaborating with Montreal-retailer, “Call It Spring.”

Justine, Maxime and Chloe Dufour-Lapointe are pictured in Montreal, April 1, 2014.

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P.K. Subban

Let’s be honest, he’s probably the most famous guy in Montreal. The defensemen and alternate captain for the Montreal Canadiens is loved on-and-off the ice.  This year, fans were on-edge while the 25-year-old was going through a suspenseful hearing to determine his next contract. The team finally agreed to an eight-year $72-million contract extension with jersey number 76, which runs from 2014-15 to 2021-22. Oh, and who could forget, Subban also won a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympics – and a place in all our hearts with this video. It’s no wonder they call him “the Subbanator.”

Montreal Canadiens’ player P.K. Subban skates during a practise session in Montreal, Tuesday, January 7, 2014. Subban has been selected to play for team Canada at the 2014 winter olympics in Sochi.

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Eugenie Bouchard

Even though hockey dominates most of the sports scene in Montreal, one person in particular has brought our attention to a different sport: tennis. Not only is Eugenie Bouchard Quebec’s sweetheart, she’s also one of the most famous athletes in the world; so much so that even has her own “Genie Army.” The Westmount resident was recently named ‘Top female of the year’ by the Canadian Press, for the second year in a row. Not only has she made it to the semifinals of the Australian and French Opens but at the 2014 Wimbledon Championships, she became the first Canadian to play in a Grand Slam final. The 20-year-old is currently ranked number 7. rising quickly from number 32.

Eugenie Bouchard of Canada smiles after winning the women’s quarterfinal match against Alize Cornet of France at the WTA Wuhan Open tennis tournament in Wuhan, China’s Hubei Province, Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014.

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Our community heroes

Akshay Grover

As Montrealers, we know just how long the drive to Toronto can be. Now imagine running there… and that’s exactly what this Pierrefonds Comphrensive High School student did over the summer. The 16-year-old went the extra mile for his end of year school project, when he decided to run a 550 kilometre journey in just two weeks: the equivalent of a marathon a day. His goal was to raise $10,000 for Childhood Cancer Canada, but he managed to raise over $14,000. He’s now working on film documenting the run, to be released online in January.

Pierrefonds resident Akshay Grover ran from Montreal to Toronto to raise money for Cancer.

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Matthew Tod

Seventeen-year-old Matthew Tod didn’t let an intimidating and embarrassing situation prevent him from doing the right thing. In September, he stopped by the Sears bathroom at Fairview Pointe-Claire Mall, when a man peeped into his stall and took a photo of him. Tod reported the incident and the solicitation writings on the bathroom walls to security. Despite being told not to go to the police, he did in fact file a report and spoke to Global News about the terrifying experience. In doing so, Tod could have actually uncovered an underground sex ring. Upon further investigation, police arrested a 53-year-old man on charges of sexual voyeurism. 

Matthew Tod was the victim of a Fairview Pointe-Claire Peeping Tom.

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Charel Bergeron, Melizanne Bergeron, Marc-André Côté and Charlène Plante 

It’s a story that involved hundreds of thousands of Quebecers on social media, working together to help find an abducted baby. In May, a woman dressed as a nurse allegedly entered Mélissa McMahon’s room at a hospital in Trois-Rivieres and took her day-old baby girl, Victoria. Within hours her baby was returned to her, all thanks to four quick-thinking teenagers: Sharelle Bergeron, Marc-Andre Coté, Charlène Plante and Mélizanne Bergeron. They recognized the photo of the suspect circulating online and went looking for her. After going to her home, they immediately called police. The four teens were hailed as heroes for reuniting the baby with their parents, and were even honoured by the Sécurité publique de Trois-Rivières for their detective work.

Four quick-thinking teens saw a photo circulating on Facebook and jumped to action.

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Sugar Sammy

Okay, so he hasn’t exactly saved anyone’s life or cracked an on-going police investigation, but Sugar Sammy still deserves an accolade for his ability to make Montrealers laugh out loud, on-and-off the stage. In fact, what makes him a community hero is that he’s probably the only person in Montreal who can get away with publicly poking fun at Quebec’s language laws. For example, this year the Côte-des-Neiges native placed a billboard advertisement in about a dozen metro stations that read “For Christmas I’d like a complaint from the Office de la Langue Française.” Still, he remains popular among both anglo and francophone communities. Since launching his bilingual “You’re Gonna Rire” show in 2012 and “En Français SVP!,” he’s sold 275,000 tickets in the province. He’s also been voted comedian of the year at Quebec’s Olivier awards for two years in a row. In February, Sammy launched a new hit TV series, Ces gars-là on Quebec’s French “V” network. The series did so well that it was extended to a second season, which kicks off February 24, 2015.

Sugar Sammy, winner of the category for Spectacle d’humour de l’année, “En français svp!” and Olivier de l’année at the annual Gala des Oliver in Montreal Sunday, May 12, 2013. Christmas.”

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Sue Montgomery

#BeenRapedNeverReported was a hashtag that began a global discussion about rape, consent, and what sexual assault really means and it’s all thanks to Montreal Gazette justice reporter, Sue Montgomery. After assault allegations began rolling in against the CBC’s Jian Ghomeshi, she was one of the first public figures to break her silence and share her own personal story of sexual assault by her own grandfather and by a former co-worker. It caused a ripple affect around the world, causing millions of men and women to come forward with painful experiences they had kept under wraps for years.

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Ginette Reno

Habs fans may have countless superstitions, but by far one of the best ones this year was a 68-year-old award-winning singer belting out Canada’s national anthem before a game. Ginette Reno won our hearts during the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, when she sang a memorizing rendition of “O Canada.” All this after Reno suffered a heart attack in January! But Montreal’s good luck charm pulled through and was given the go-head by her cardiologist to keep singing for the Canadiens. Her presence on home ice led team to win after win during the spring playoffs. Let’s hope she agrees to sing more winning notes for us in 2015.

Chanteuse Ginette Reno is considered a lucky talisman for the Montreal Canadiens during the NHL playoff series.

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Mai Duong

At first glance, you wouldn’t exactly know that Mai Duong had been fighting a deadly form of leukemia for the second time in two years. That’s because you’ll always find her with a big smile on her face. Earlier this year, Duong was in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant, but of the 16 million donors around the world, only one per cent of the international donor bank is of Asian origin. She took to the media with her message, prompting Vietnamese communities around Canada to rally together to help save 34-year-old mother. In September, a miracle happened. Duong received stem cells from umbilical cord blood donated by a mother and was finally healthy enough to leave the hospital. Duong is a perfect example of someone who never gave up hope that she would one day get better and finally be able to spend time with her daughter Alice. Not only is she a survivor but she also created awareness on the importance of non-Caucasians to enlist in donor registries around the world.

Mai Duong smiles following a news conference in Montreal, Tuesday, September 16, 2014. Quebec woman\’s desperate online plea for a compatible stem-cell donor in her bid to fight cancer a second time is shedding light on the lack of minorities on official lists in Canada and abroad.

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Sama Al-Obaidy

This Muslim Montrealer took a challenging experience and turned it into something positive. While the heated debate over the proposed Charter of Values was taking place in Quebec, Sama Al-Obaidy was on the metro when a woman violently attempted to rip off her hijab — and that’s when Sama found out that she wasn’t the only religious minority being targeted in the province. She decided to start a campaign called “Support Another,” which encouraged people to wear a religious symbol for a day in order to make a statement about the controversial Charter of Values. The event encouraged a discussion and motivated people to be accepting of other faiths.

Sama Al-Obaidy is one of the co-founders of the “Support Another” campaign in Quebec.

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Brawl between bouncers and bar patron prompts investigation – Calgary

CALGARY- Police have been called in to investigate a fight that broke out in front of a pub on 17 Avenue S.W., which sent a man to hospital.

Cell phone video captured the scene outside of Jamesons Irish Pub on Sunday night, and shows two bouncers fighting with a man outside the front door.

One of the men who took the video says staff were using too much force.

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“It was so savage, like two on one, no one deserved to be treated like that regardless of what they did,” says witness Bikrum Kandola. “When I ran up they stopped and looked up at me, and got off of him.”

The man was seen with a bloodied head, and was taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Management at Jamesons say the man had been told to leave the bar, hit a doorman as he was leaving, then came back and started the fight. Surveillance footage taken at a nearby business shows a man running towards the bar, then throwing punches and attacking the doormen.

Police plan to review the video, before deciding if charges should be laid.

“Anything’s possible at this point,” said Sgt. Jason McDonald. “We can only make that judgment call once we have all the information, and gathered gone through all of that. But at this point nobody has been charged.”

He adds that it appears the bouncers were simply doing their jobs.

“The victim slash offender in this incident was very aggressive and assaultive toward the bar staff,” McDonald explained. “So the door staff felt they had to make themselves safe, and make their patrons feel safe as well.”

Jamesons is speaking with the doorman to determine if he wants to press charges.

10 cases of E. coli in South Zone

Alberta Health is calling the number of E. coli cases in this province an outbreak. More than 100 cases have been reported in Alberta but health officials haven’t been able to pinpoint the cause.

“We are seeing a higher number of cases than normal and that’s why it’s considered an outbreak,” said Karin Goodison, Medical Officer of Health for the south zone

So far a single cause of the outbreak has not been identified. Alberta Health is investigating and are trying to link the cases here in Lethbridge to the others across the province.

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“What you are looking at is dietary and exposure histories for a variety of people across a variety of places in Alberta. A lot of the cases are from Calgary and Edmonton and they are looking at at where they’ve eaten, whether they’ve gone swimming, recreation facilities or what water source they are drinking from. It’s a lot of detective work,” adds Goodison.

Tests have revealed that this particular strain isn’t found outside Alberta, meaning whatever is making people sick was produced or grown in the province.

Here is the breakdown of numbers across Alberta

– North Zone 7
– Edmonton Zone 53
– Central Zone 6
– Calgary Zone 73
– South Zone 10

There are a total of 149 cases in Alberta

Alberta Health Services says it hasn’t found the source of the E. coli, which is usually found in the intestines of humans and animals. Health officials say E. coli has a three to seven day incubation period, meaning people could be infected for days before experiencing any symptoms.

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Dieppe fire illustrates importance of tenant insurance – New Brunswick

DIEPPE, N.B. – Four days after a devastating fire in Dieppe that left 49 people homeless, many residents are still struggling to get their lives back to normal.

Eddine Goufi was making dinner in his second-floor apartment with a friend, when he heard the fire alarm go off Sunday.

Before leaving, he grabbed his passport, immigration papers and computer.

“I have no status without my papers,” Goufi told Global News. “I told my friend to get his papers too.”

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Goufi, an immigrant from Algeria, had been a tenant of the building since he arrived in Canada two years ago. He said his entire life was in that apartment and he doesn’t have any family in the country.

Tuesday afternoon, firefighters allowed him to return to his apartment for 15 minutes to gather personal belongings. Almost everything was destroyed by smoke and water.

“My clothes were black. All my electronic stuff, we can forget about it. Really, when I entered my house, I was crying,” he said.

And Goufi didn’t have insurance.

“I don’t have words. I don’t know what’s going to happen now,” he said.

The confusion around insurance is common for tenants according to Stephen Olmstead, manager of Government Relations for the Insurance Bureau of Canada.

“It’s an on-going assumption,” he said. “When I was renting, I never thought about insurance. No landlord I ever rented from told me about it. I never asked about it. I just assumed.”

In fact, the Red Cross said of the 46 tenants who registered for help from them after the fire in Dieppe, only nine of them indicated they had tenant’s insurance.

Olmstead said tenant’s insurance is relatively cheap compared to homeowner’s insurance.

“There’s a range of costs, so you might be able to find something as low as $30 a month, something like that,” he said.

“If you rent your apartment, tenant’s insurance is available to help you replace your belongings after loss to theft, fire or water damage,” he said.”Your package will outline if there’s support for hotel stays or other things while you’re getting resettled.”

He cautioned that there might be a deductible or exclusions of coverage and that these details should be discussed with an insurance broker.

As for Goufi, the Red Cross has agreed to cover the cost of his hotel until Saturday. The organization also gave him some money to buy some new clothes. He said he was also grateful to his employer who gave him three days off and a cheque to cover some emergency expenses.

SIAST ensures Great Western beer ingredient lives forever

SASKATOON – Science has partnered up with Saskatoon’s Great Western Brewing Company (GWBC) to help its beer have the same great taste forever.

GWBC beers will never lose their unique taste once the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology (SIAST) identifies the DNA in a key ingredient.

Researchers at the SIAST BioScience Applied Research Centre (SBARC) have commenced a project that will analyze a yeast’s genetic profile and work on cryogenically freezing a sample for future culturing if needed.

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“Yeast is a single-celled organism that is within the fungi group, with about 1,500 species described,” said Lance Wall, SIAST instructor and primary overseer of the project.

The Saskatoon brewery, located on 2nd Avenue, uses the same strain it purchased from a yeast bank in 1995 for all of its brands of beer.

This specific strain of yeast purchased by a GWBC brewmaster is a mystery.

“A few years ago, we had a situation where our yeast was in jeopardy and that was a wakeup call,” said Anita Fuller, GWBC’s manager of corporate quality assurance.

Also, a sample of the original yeast culture from 1995 that was housed in an ultra-low temperature freezer at the University of Saskatchewan had been lost due to departmental changes.

Coincidentally, SIAST was in the process of expanding its role as a post-secondary school into applied technological research.

“Our bioscience technology program is quite heavily involved with applied research, we look for industry partners that have a question or a problem and we take the technology we have on site to figure it out,” said Wall.

“It helps our program build capacity and expertise and it’s a fabulous opportunity for our students to be more job-ready.”

A $25,000 grant was secured by SIAST through a federal agency, enabling the collaboration between the two to move forward.

GWBC says there are trade secrets to making their beer and one is yeast.

“Right now, our yeast is delivering the flavour profile that we want for our brands and in terms of its fermentation and post-fermentation characteristics it is an ideal yeast strain,” said Fuller.

GWBC currently produces a dozen different beers including Original 16 and Brewhouse.

“As the yeast becomes more unique over time it contributes those characteristics to the flavour and the character of the beer, so potentially this is different than yeast used anywhere else,” said Wall.

“It’s been pretty much separated from mixing with any other yeast and is kept alive, so each batch you keep a little bit and use it in the next and it grows up more, the same thing can be done traditionally in a bakery.”

David Thiessen, a student from SIAST’s bioscience technology program, is using DNA techniques to characterize the genetic identity of GWBC’s proprietary yeast culture.

“Then they will see how close a match it is to an existing strain at yeast banks,” said Fuller.

Once identified, GWBC plans to freeze a sample off-site to ensure the continuity of its recipes.

“This baseline information and cryogenized culture are critical to recovering the yeast if it were damaged or contaminated,” said Fuller.

“As long as the freezer maintains a constant ultra-low temperature, if it doesn’t vary too much, it should pretty well last forever.”

The brewery says it’s common of others in the industry to genotype their yeasts and preserve them.

GWBC has over 90 employees and says it’s on stride to fill 38 million cans of beer by the end of 2014.

“This is our last big commercial brewery in Saskatchewan, so if we can benefit employee-owned Great Western, if we can do anything to keep that going we’ll be happy,” said Wall.

The research project is expected to be done by early fall.