Canadiens acquire winger Jonathan Drouin from Lightning

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The looming NHL expansion draft helped make Jonathan Drouin a Montreal Canadien.

The Canadiens plucked the skillful 22-year-old winger from Tampa on Thursday afternoon in exchange for 2016 first rounder Mikhail Sergachev and a conditional second round pick in 2018.

The Lightning made the move with next week’s expansion draft and salary cap in mind.

Drouin gives the Canadiens a much-needed dose of offensive upside and creativity. The third-overall pick in 2013 and a native of Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts, Que., Drouin had a career-best 21 goals and 53 points last season, including nine goals and 26 points on the power play.

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He’s a speedy, shifty and plenty skilled force on the wing (perhaps at centre too) and someone who instantly upgrades a Montreal lineup that sometimes struggled to score last season and was knocked out in the first round by the New York Rangers.

The clock is ticking on the Habs’ competitive window with Shea Weber due to turn 32 this summer, Max Pacioretty closing on 30 and Carey Price approaching potential free agency next summer.

The trade ends a rocky four-year tenure in Tampa for Drouin, who clashed with head coach Jon Cooper and was suspended by the club at one point last season following a trade request. He ultimately rejoined the group for the 2016 playoffs, piled up 14 points and 17 games and had his most productive NHL campaign this past season.

Drouin is due a pricey, new second contract this summer, which – along with expansion – was a likely factor in Tampa’s decision to part with him. Lightning general manager Steve Yzerman has a tight rope to walk with regard to the cap in the coming weeks, with Tyler Johnson and Ondrej Palat also both due new deals.

Trading Drouin allows Tampa, which also netted a conditional sixth rounder in 2018, to protect one more player ahead of next Wednesday’s expansion draft with protection lists due for submission on Saturday. They were faced with potentially losing promising 24-year-old centre Vladislav Namestnikov for nothing.

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While Drouin is a big loss to their long-term talent pool, they get a high-upside 18-year-old defenceman in Sergachev who is exempt from selection by Las Vegas. The ninth overall pick in 2016 won the OHL’s defenceman of the year award after the 2015-16 season when he had 17 goals and 57 points in 67 games for Windsor.

The Canadiens announced the signing of Charles Hudon to a two-year, one-way contract. The 22-year-old Alma, Que., native had 27 goals and 49 points in 56 regular-season games with the American hockey League’s St. John’s IceCaps last season.

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Donald Trump says ‘crooked Hillary’ the one guilty of obstruction of justice

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Hours after railing against his investigation by the FBI as “the single greatest witch hunt in American political history,” U.S. President Donald Trump redirected his 上海夜生活 ire towards his rival in the 2016 presidential election, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic Party.

Trump is being investigated for obstruction of justice over allegations he fired former FBI director James Comey because of the bureau’s probe into the Trump campaign’s collusion with Russia.

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But the president suggested he was being unfairly put under the microscope, in a pair of tweets published Thursday afternoon.

The second tweet refers to Clinton’s use of a private email server to conduct state business during her tenure as secretary of state, an issue that dogged her during her ultimately failed presidential campaign.

It also revisits Trump’s previous criticism of Clinton for deleting over 30,000 emails, although Clinton defended herself by saying the messages she erased were of a personal nature.

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The tweet also alludes to the controversial meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch – who was overseeing the Clinton email probe – and Bill Clinton, which took place shortly before the Democratic presidential candidate was cleared of all criminal charges.

Lynch described her meeting with Bill Clinton at Phoenix airport as a chance encounter, and claimed the pair discussed grandchildren and golf rather than the Hillary Clinton email probe, ABC15 reported at the time.

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ANALYSIS: Trudeau government puts its agenda at risk unless it fixes broken appointments process

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OTTAWA — The laughter from the opposition benches was enough to silence Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and force the intervention of House of Commons Speaker Geoff Regan.

It was Question Period on Tuesday and NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair had just asked Trudeau if the PM would support an NDP proposal to improve the process by which the government fills positions as mundane as a port authority board member to those as lofty as a chief justice of the Supreme Court.


Trudeau rose to reply. “Mr. Speaker, when we came to office, we did improve the nomination process ….”

And that’s when the laughter, loud and derisive, erupted from one end of the opposition benches to the other, Conservatives and New Democrats reacting to what, in their view, was a statement so far detached from reality as to surely be a grand joke.

For Trudeau’s claim to be true, he would have to have been able to point to a full slate of officers of Parliament, to a new RCMP commissioner , to new CEOs and chairpersons of Crown Corporations like the CBC, Canada Post, and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.

But he could not.

In fact, a review by Global News shows dozens of important leadership positions are vacant or about to be vacant. These are posts within Parliament, at Crown Corporations, and federal agencies and institutions that play vital roles in many aspects of Canadian life. Without permanent leaders, many of these institutions will struggle to fulfill their mandates from Parliament and, sooner rather than later, these vacancies will be the chief symptom of a dysfunctional government unable to deliver on its own agenda of change.

The most alarming vacancies are among the eight independent officers of Parliament. These officers are watchdogs, responsible to Parliament only and charged with keeping the executive branch — i.e. Trudeau and his cabinet — on its toes. But of the eight, five have retired, are about to retire, or would have moved on if only Trudeau had appointed a successor.

And it’s not as if these vacancies came upon the PMO without warning, catching them unawares. Officers of Parliament are appointed for set terms and anyone with a calendar can easily tell when a replacement will be needed.

And yet, the position of Chief Electoral Officer — one of those independent officers of Parliament — remains vacant more than a year after Marc Mayrand signalled his intention to move on.

Graham Fraser, the last Official Languages Commissioner, has long since departed and when Trudeau tried to replace him — a role which requires the incumbent to be an independent parliamentary watchdog ready to take on the prime minister — Trudeau chose a nominee who had just quit as an Ontario Liberal MPP, who had donated money to Trudeau’s leadership campaign, and who had two former employees working in the office of Trudeau’s Heritage Minister.

The opposition howled, naturally, that there was no way such a candidate could be perceived as independent and non-partisan but it was the Senate that finally did in the candidacy of Madeleine Meilleur for official languages commissioner. The independent senators whom Trudeau had appointed along with former Liberal senators like Serge Joyal were merciless in their grilling of Meilleur and it was clear they found her candidacy wholly unacceptable.

Meilleur was forced to withdraw.

Access to Information Commissioner Suzanne Legault is on her way out at the end of the month. She has done an exemplary job holding Parliament to account for the vital Access to Information Act but she will not seek to have her term extended precisely because she is not willing to submit to the nomination process Trudeau claims to have improved since the Liberals took office.

Suzanne Legault, Information Commissioner of Canada, holds a press conference the the National Press Theatre in Ottawa on Thursday, June 8, 2017, to discuss the tabling of her 2016-2017 Annual Report in Parliament. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Ethics Commissioner Mary Dawson was set to retire July 8 but agreed to a request by the PMO to serve until the end of the year. This was her third six-month extension.

Her docket right now includes an investigation into Trudeau’s Christmas-time travel to the Bahamas Island owned by the Aga Khan to her successor. It’s up to a prime minister to choose her successor but, recognizing the impossible conflict-of-interest of choosing a new ethics commissioner might still be investigating his travel, Trudeau has said he will recuse himself from the choice and leave it to his Government House Leader Bardish Chagger. Apparently it has escaped Trudeau that Chagger, like all cabinet ministers, serve at Trudeau’s pleasure.

Lobbying Commissioner Karen Shepherd also agreed to serve until the end of this year — like Dawson, this was also her third six-month extension — because Trudeau has not found her successor.

“It calls into question the fact whether this government really wants people looking over them or not and that’s critically important to how this place functions,” said Conservative MP John Brassard.

The vacancy rate at Parliament’s eight independent watchdogs may be exceeded though by the vacancy rate in leadership roles at our law and order and national security institutions.

RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson is set to retire at the end of this month and no replacement has been named.

The head of the Canadian Air Transport Authority, another crucial security agency, is an interim appointment and the Trudeau government had to extend the interim appointment of Michael Saunders in March.

The nominal head of Parliament Hill security is the Sergeant-At-Arms but that position has been vacant since January, 2015 when the last guy to hold that job, Kevin Vickers, was named Ambassador to Ireland.

And, of course, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Beverly McLachlan, recently announced her intention to retire. That’s only the highest-profile vacancy. There were 53 other federal judicial vacancies across the country, including two on the Federal Court of Appeal and three on the Federal Court of Canada. Those numbers were current as of June 1 according to data published at the Office of the Commissioner for Federal Judicial Affairs Canada.

And let’s not forget that the second-in-commend of Canada’s Armed Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Norman, was suspended and stands accused leaking cabinet secrets.

Crown Corporations are also desperate for new CEOs, chairpersons, and boards of directors, without which most will have responding to the mandates given to them by Parliament.

For example, when board of directors of The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation meet, it can barely get the quorum required to transact business because of the vacant seats. Not only that, the government is overdue in naming a new chairperson and a new president for CBC.

There are others. New CEOs needed at Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd.  Directors are needed at the Canadian Commercial Corporation, Export Development Canada and Canada Post.

While Trudeau’s PMO searches for executives to fill those leadership spots at Crown Corporations, he’s also trying to find an inaugural CEO and board of directors for the controversial Canada Infrastructure Bank.

Over at the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission — one of the most influential and important regulatory agencies of the government — chair Jean-Jacques Blais just announced he’s done. The broadcast and telecom industries regulated by the CRTC were still waiting for vice-chair and other commissioner vacancies to be filled.

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal — the key body that adjudicates international trade disputes — needs a chairperson. The First Nations Tax Commission needs commissioners and the First Nations Financial Management Board needs directors.

And then there’s the biggest and most important job of all that’s soon to be vacant: The Governor General.

Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon have bought a place in Manotick, Ont., south of Ottawa, and are keen to begin their retirement in September when Johnston’s term ends. Governors General do not serve for a fixed term but the modern tradition has been to think about a replacement after five years. Johnston, this September will have served seven years.

Given the vital role that the Governor General plays as the representative here of Canada’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth II, this is an appointment Trudeau can neither afford to be late with or get wrong.

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Hudson jogger critically injured by alleged drunk driver beats all odds

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Weightlifting and stepping on and off tall wooden cubes are not an easy feat for the average person.

But it’s even harder for a young woman who was told she would never walk again.

Tina Adams, 22, was struck by a car June 12, 2015 when she was jogging in Hudson.

She was in critical condition and ended up in a wheelchair.

Now she’s bouncing back in a big way.

When Adams first walked into CrossFit De la Cité in Vaudreuil six months ago, she was on crutches.



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    Now she is walking again and even training.

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    Her high spirits and positive energy drive her recovery.

    “You know, I have some difficult days but you need to remain positive through everything, that’s why I am the way I am today, because I stayed positive throughout the whole recovery” Tina Adams said.

    But it hasn’t been easy.

    Adams was in a medically-induced coma for six days to recover from a fractured skull and spine.

    She suffered from a blood clot in her brain, several fractured ribs, punctured lungs and internal bleeding.

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    Her hip and pelvis were completely destroyed.

    Adams has been through 16 surgeries and has a many more to go.

    She has memory issues and physical limitations.

    Her trainer Jeanie Harbour says Adams’ attitude makes up for her body’s restrictions.

    “Her future? The sky’s the limit for her, honestly she can do anything she puts her mind or heart to it,” Harbour said.

    Everything except for Adams dream of becoming a police officer.

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    The man who was charged with drunk driving after Tina was struck is soon going to court.

    And after a two-year wait, Adams says she hopes justice is finally done.

    “I have a life sentence, I got pain, suffering I’m going through for the rest of my life. And nothing has been done for the guy who did this to me. I don’t understand that,” Adams said.

    While the case goes to court in December, she’s plowing away.

    Her next challenge? Heading back to school this fall to become a gym teacher.

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No more fees to unlock cellphones among changes to Canada’s wireless code

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Cellphone companies will soon no longer be allowed to charge customers to unlock their devices, Canada’s telecom regulator said Thursday as it unveiled sweeping changes to the wireless code of conduct.

The new code from the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission also says as of Dec. 1, all newly purchased devices must be sold unlocked – one of several other changes aimed at giving people more control over their wireless services.

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The updated code, which originally came into effect in 2013, now stipulates:

Unsatisfied customers will be able to cancel contracts within 15 days, as long as returned devices are in near-new condition and customers haven’t used more than half of their monthly usage.Only the wireless account holder on family or shared plans can consent to overage and roaming charges, unless others on the plan are expressly authorized to approve the costs.Data caps be tied to single accounts, no matter how many devices are listed on a shared plan.Wireless service providers cannot unilaterally change the key terms of a contract with a customer for voice, text or data services.

The changes come six months after the regulator heard from consumer groups who accused some cellphone companies of violating the code, either passively or actively, and called for the rules to be tightened and enforced.

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“The changes and clarifications we are announcing today will give Canadians additional tools to make informed choices about their wireless services and take advantage of competitive offers in the marketplace,” CRTC chairman Jean-Pierre Blais said in a statement.

“While they appreciate the code, (Canadians) told us loudly and clearly that it could be more effective. We have listened to them,” said Blais, whose term at the helm of the regulatory body ends this week.

Banning unlocking fees could cost the big wireless providers a cumulative $37.7 million, which is what they collected in fees in 2016, according to disclosure documents provided to the CRTC.

Consumer rights advocates applauded the changes, predicting they will provide Canadians with greater clarity about what to expect when they sign up for wireless services.

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“The wireless code marked a huge step forward for consumer protections, and these updates will further prevent mistreatment of Canadian cellphone users at the hands of the big telecom companies,” said OpenMedia digital rights advocate Katy Anderson.

“The changes … will go a long way to ensuring Canadians know what their rights are when it comes to cellphone plans.”

Consumer groups told hearings in February that some cellphone companies were offering data and voice as optional services, despite stipulations in the code that key services be clearly spelled out in wireless contracts.

The code review was launched after the CRTC received complaints from consumers about excessive cellphone data charges and wireless service cancellation fees.

The changes should eliminate “cheating” by wireless providers to ensure contract holders are in control of any data overages they encounter when using their devices, says John Lawford with the Public Interest Advocacy Centre.

The message to service providers is “the code means what it says, so stop reading it with a squint,” said Lawford.

“The spirit of the code is to save people money.”

The original code effectively killed three-year phone contracts, limiting them to 24 months. But that led, in many cases, to higher monthly bills as the service providers were forced to recoup the cost of subsidized smartphones over a shorter period.

Telus Corp. had suggested the CRTC allow for a three-year contract option, arguing the extended terms could reduce monthly bills by amortizing the cost of so-called zero-dollar phones over 36 months. But other service providers, including BCE Inc. and Rogers Communications Inc., didn’t make the same argument and the regulator made no changes to that portion of the code.

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Some carriers also want to be able to recoup the cost of items offered free to customers as incentives to sign a contract, but the CRTC made no mention of subscriber incentives in its revisions.

Following Thursday’s announcement, Bell Mobility, Rogers, and Telus told Global News they were reviewing the CRTC’s decision.

“It is a complex and wide-ranging decision that requires a thorough review on our part,” said Johanne Senécal, senior vice president of federal government and regulatory affairs at Telus, in an email.

“To that end, we are analyzing the impact it will have on our systems and operations, and how best to implement the decision in the timelines provided.”

—; With files from Global News

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Average hourly wages in Canada have barely budged in 40 years

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The average wage Canadians are paid per hour has hardly changed since the 1970s, even as an increasing number of people become increasingly educated, according to recent Statistics Canada data.

In 2016, the average hourly wage paid to full-time employees was $27.70, wage data released Thursday found.


An analysis of historical data from Statistics Canada, meanwhile, found that minimum wage and the average hourly wage have remained, more or less, unchanged since the 1970s.

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“While Canada has undergone important economic, social and technological changes since the 1970s, the minimum wage and the average hourly wage are essentially unchanged,” according to the agency.

“Taking inflation into account, the minimum wage peaked in 1976 at just over $11 and hour in Canada. The following year — 1977 — average hourly earnings peaked at close to $24.”

Meanwhile, a look back at education trends among Canadians aged 15 years and older, shows the number of people earning degrees — whether high school, university bachelor or doctorate degree — increased consistently over 20 years, according to census data between 1986 and 2006.

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Data released Thursday offered a look at average hourly wages in ten broad groups (management, health, manufacturing, etc.) as well as in dozens of specific jobs (bartenders, hairstylists, greenhouse workers, etc.).

Broadly speaking, the highest wages in 2016 were paid to managers, with an average of $40.25. The range in this category was vast, going all the way from $64.45 for managers of mining and oil and gas extraction to $18.10 per hour for restaurant and food services managers.

Among the broad categories, the second spot went to full-time employees in natural and applied sciences jobs, where the average pay was $33.45 per hour, followed by occupations in education, law and social, and community and government services, were full-time employees drew an average hourly wage of $33.20.

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On the other side of the coin, those in the sale and service industries were the lowest paid, earning an average of $18.85, followed closely by those in manufacturing and unities with an average $21.90 hourly wage, and those in natural resources and agriculture with an average $22.15 hourly wage for full-time workers.

Drilling down into the specific job listings, specialist physicians, dentists and petroleum engineers were the occupations with the highest average full-time hourly wages, clocking in at $88.75, $72 and $62.75 respectively.

The lowest full-time wages in 2016, on average, were paid to bartenders, food servers and restaurant hosts or hostesses, which Statistics Canada pegged at $11.50, $11.85 and $12.85 respectively.

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Selective Traffic Enforcement Program will see hundreds of motorists pulled over in Swift Current

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Swift Current drivers would have noticed a heavy police presence in the city for the past two days. The Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) was aiming to pull over hundreds of motorists.

STEP brings police officers from across the province together to combine resources to take traffic enforcement to various Saskatchewan cities.

“We are taking traffic safety seriously in the province of Saskatchewan,” Swift Current RCMP Cpl. Mike Young said.


This is the second time in under five years the program has been in Swift Current. Police look for everything from serious incidents like impaired driving to seat belt violations.

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“We also look at the highway traffic act, speeding, so aggressive driving, stop signs, cell phone usage, seat belts and child seat restraints,” Young said.

Also present at each of the four locations were child restraint technicians to help drivers ensure their car seats are strapped in correctly.

There are about 50 police officers in the city, and they talked to over 250 drivers

“That’s a lot in an eight-hour period. Normally the traffic unit wouldn’t be able to make those contacts. It’s not necessarily the enforcement, it’s the educational and the preventative aspect that we are also looking for,” Young said.

On Wednesday, Cody Luepke was one of those drivers pulled over. Police were very concerned about his completely cracked windshield. That could be a $115.00 ticket, still Luepke sees the value in these check stops.

“I think people need to be safe and have their windshields replaced if they’re cracked. Just general inspections if the cops see something you may not,” Luepke said.

He got lucky this time and was let off with a warning to get his windshield fixed right away.

On Wednesday and Thursday, not everyone was that fortunate and they had to learn the expensive way. Police hope every talk, warning and ticket works in the effort to make roads in Saskatchewan safer.

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About $1 million of meth-laced lollipops discovered in ‘foiled’ Texas burglary

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Police in Texas made an unexpected discovery during what seemed to be a routine home burglary call — a car packed with meth-laced lollipops.

The car belonged to two suspects found at the home, Evonne Mick and David Salinas, who have since been charged with possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Harris County Sheriff’s Office in Texas discovered bags of meth-laced candy.

Harris County Sheriff's Office/Facebook

The Harris County Sheriff’s Office found about 272 kilograms of lollipops during the “foiled” robbery, they wrote on Facebook while sharing photos of the bust.

“It appears the candy was intended to be distributed among children and/or sold to juveniles,” they warned in the post, telling residents to “be on alert.”

Harris County Sheriff’s Office discovered these meth-laced treats while responding to a burglary call.

Harris County Sheriff's Office/Facebook

The candy — found in shapes such as butterflies and Star Wars characters — was packed in large plastic bags, seemingly ready to be distributed or sold. Police noted that the street value of the entire discovery was about US$1 million (C$1.3 million).

Police spokesman Ruben Diaz told the Houston Chronicle he estimates each lollipop could be sold for about US$20-40.

Police in Texas discovered bags of meth-laced candy.

Harris County Sheriff's Office/Facebook

While it’s unclear why the police department believes the candy was meant for children, concerns have been raised about drug-infused treats being ingested by them.


Admissions to Colorado’s children’s hospital for marijuana exposure roughly doubled after legalization, and about half of the cases involved edibles.

READ MORE: The hidden risks of eating marijuana

The issue has been discussed in Canada as well. A federal discussion paper obtained by in 2016 flagged dangers edibles pose to children as a specific concern.

While marijuana is set to be legalized in Canada next year, sales of edibles will come later, once regulations for production and sale can be developed.

– With files from Global News reporter Patrick Cain and

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Pilot treated for ‘serious burns’ after blimp crash during U.S. Open

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ERIN, Wisconsin – An advertising blimp at the U.S. Open golf tournament in Wisconsin deflated and crashed on Thursday, burning as it fell and injuring the pilot, authorities said.

The pilot, who was not identified, was being treated for serious burns and injuries, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. No one else was on board the blimp.

The incident occurred near Erin, Wisconsin, about 45 miles northwest of Milwaukee. The sheriff’s office said the blimp may have experienced mechanical problems prior to the crash.


The blimp crashed in an open field about a half mile (one km) from the Erin Hills golf course around 11:15 a.m CDT (1615 GMT), according to a statement from the U.S. Golf Association.

Some witnesses reported on social media that the blimp was on fire and smoking before it hit the ground, and smoke was visible rising among the trees after the crash.

The blimp, not affiliated with the U.S. Open, was operated by Airsign, a Florida-based company, to display advertising, Airsign sales manager Catherine Walsh said.

The National Transportation Safety Board said it would investigate the incident. According to the sheriff’s office, the blimp had been airborne for several hours prior to the incident and was lawfully operating at the proper altitude.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the pilot at this time,” the USGA statement said.

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University of New Brunswick researcher looking into elder financial abuse

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With the highest percentage of seniors in the country New Brunswick could be experiencing a high level of financial elder abuse, a topic that one researcher at the University of New Brunswick is now digging deeper into.

Financial elder abuse comes in a variety of forms such as investment fraud, misuse of funds or theft and can be committed by strangers, new acquaintances and even family members.

Doctoral research student Stephany Peterson has studied the subject at length though most of the data was compiled in the United States.


Now, coinciding with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, she is starting a province wide tour of public information sessions to gather homegrown data.

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“To date what we’ve been able to sufficiently establish from the field is that the abuse is occurring and it’s occurring at an increasing rate as we experience that population growth,” explained Peterson.”As the demography of both Canada and New Brunswick shifts so that we have a greater senior population than any other demographic, it’s a growing and prevalent concern.”

Peterson hopes her research will equip experts with the necessary tools to stop elder financial abuse from happening.

“This is a newer form of abuse relative to other types of social constructs,” Peterson explained. “So when we look at this, we can take a page from the other types of abuse and the research that’s been done with those to focus not necessarily on what’s occurring in the stages afterward but to look at mitigation, prevention.

“We have some great resources that are available, right here in the province through a variety of different stakeholders.”

The Financial and Consumer Services Commission of New Brunswick has been working to keep seniors and their money safe through education.

FCNB says a recent study of New Brunswickers found that 25 per cent reported knowing a senior who has or may have been the victim of financial abuse.

Marissa Sollows, FCNB’s senior education coordinator, warns seniors that many of the dangers can seem harmless and how to protect themselves from an unwanted situation.

“Recognizing risk becomes more difficult as we get older,” Sollows explained. “So just kind of keeping in check these new people that are coming into your life, any new requests or sales pitches or investment opportunities they’re presenting you with, just to be vigilant for some of those types of situations.”

READ MORE: How to thwart the growing threat of elder financial abuse

As it’s been called the least reported form of abuse, FCNB wants the public to be aware of what the warning signs are and not be afraid to step in and contact authorities in the event they suspect someone is committing elder abuse against someone they know.

“If there’s somebody new that all of a sudden has a real interest in their finances or a real interest in helping out,” she said. “Make sure that they’re there with the right intentions.”
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