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    WINNIPEG—Rookie politician and Indigenous author Wab Kinew is the new leader of the Manitoba NDP who members hope will lead them back to power.

    Party members elected Kinew over veteran cabinet minister Steve Ashton as the province’s official Opposition leader in a vote of 728 to 253.

    Kinew, who is 35, went into Saturday’s vote with majority support among delegates elected in the province’s 57 constituencies who cast ballots at Saturday’s leadership convention.

    “It’s a new day for the NDP and it’s a new day for Manitoba,” Kinew declared to cheers following the vote. “This is a tremendous honour.

    “I will take this role tremendously seriously and conduct myself with the greatest honour, integrity and honesty.”

    Kinew also went into the vote facing controversy over domestic violence charges that were stayed by the Crown in 2004 and only recently revealed.

    The complainant in that case, Tara Hart, went public this week and told The Canadian Press Kinew “flung” her across a room in the apartment they shared, which caused her to suffer severe rug burns.

    Kinew said he never hit or threw Hart.

    Kinew has also been convicted of assaulting a taxi driver and impaired driving — decade-old offences for which he recently received pardons.

    “I am not the man I was,” Kinew told delegates before the vote with his wife, Lisa Monkman by his side.

    “To my two sons . . . be better than me. Be good men.”

    His only opponent, Ashton, had been using the revelations to try to swing delegates to his side up until the vote. He said Kinew’s history would make it harder for him to lead the Opposition New Democrats into the next election, slated for October 2020.

    “If Wab Kinew is elected leader, we run the risk of the next election being about Wab Kinew,” Ashton’s campaign team wrote in an email to party members this week.

    But Ashton did not criticize Kinew during his 30-minute speech before votes were cast Saturday. He focused his attention on Premier Brian Pallister’s Tories, who were elected last year.

    “Brian, if you’re actually watching ... take a look around because we’re going to make you the next one-term Conservative premier,” Ashton said as he criticized Tory cuts to health care, changes to labour laws and a wage freeze being imposed on public-sector workers.

    But Ashton carried political baggage of his own.

    This was Ashton’s third run at the party leadership — the 61-year-old ran unsuccessfully for leader in 2009 and 2015 and lost his legislature seat in last year’s election.

    He was criticized by the provincial ombudsman for trying to circumvent normal contracting rules to buy flood-proofing equipment from a supplier who was a family friend and campaign donor.

    The ombudsman said civil servants were pressured in 2014 to not allow other companies to bid for the contract, an idea that was quashed by the Treasury Board.

    Political observers say Kinew’s victory gives the governing Progressive Conservatives a lot of fodder for attack ads. Kinew weathered some controversy in the last election over his criminal history, as well as social media posts, and homophobic and misogynistic rap lyrics.

    The New Democrats are choosing a replacement for former premier Greg Selinger, who stepped down after the party lost last year’s election to the Progressive Conservatives and saw 17 years in power come to an end.

    The NDP currently holds 13 of the 57 legislature seats.

    “I will carry forward the very important role of uniting the Manitoba NDP,” Kinew told the crowd.


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    Mike Wilson, a Leafs superfan whose basement was filled with more than 1,700 collectibles, has sold most of his massive collection to the Canadian Museum of History in Ottawa.

    Most of the memorabilia, which includes hockey photos, paintings, personal letters, trophies, and original contracts, was sold to the national museum for just under $2 million.

    Until last month, Wilson’s full collection was stored in his 1,000 square-foot basement. But he and his spouse, Debra Thuet, both knew that once the kids moved out and the couple retired, there would come a day when they would leave their house and downsize.

    “I was never going to store it,” Wilson said of the collection. “So we kind of had to move the collection first, before we make any other moves about retirement.”

    The couple began chatting with a number of different organizations about four years ago: the Leafs themselves, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and several real estate agents, among others.

    Neither of them initially thought of the Canadian Museum of History as a possibility, until one of their curators visited their house several years ago to ask about borrowing a few pieces of the collection for a hockey-related exhibit (called “Hockey: More Than Just A Game”).

    As the curator walked around their basement, she asked what the couple planned to do with the collection when they moved. Wilson explained that he and Thuet had been asking themselves that very question.

    “And she said: What about us?” Wilson said.

    “I said: ‘You guys?’ And Debbie said: ‘You guys?’ And she said: ‘Well, we could do this stuff.”

    The museum invited Wilson and Thuet to Ottawa for a tour and discussion a few days later. Wilson said they didn’t just ask to buy the collection — the curators also offered to let Wilson retain curatorial control, naming rights, and an emphasis on preserving and displaying his collection’s history.

    “They offered me, pretty much, everything I wanted,” Wilson said.

    Wilson said the “collector gene” took hold of him when he was about 7 years old. His dad’s cousin gave him one of defenceman Carl Brewer’s sticks that had been signed by the entire team. Other items followed — cards, Leafs-related clippings from Star Weekly, and other memorabilia.

    The last of the sold collection left the couple’s house a month ago.

    “When reality sets in and that truck pulls into the driveway, and they start taking stuff off the walls, the reality really starts hitting home,” Wilson said. “So it’s been a pretty emotional ride for me.”

    Wilson still owns about 500 items, for the time being. He said that appraisers found it difficult to value the price of the one-of-a-kind items he has, especially contracts. His collection includes those for Tim Horton and George Armstrong.

    “If we couldn’t agree on a price, we kept them,” Wilson said.

    His biggest concern, he said, wasn’t money. It was the chance for his collection to still be on display to the public and for him to retain some curatorial control.

    “The first day Deb and I sat down with them in Ottawa at lunch, they wanted me as a part of it. And that was the biggest thing,” Wilson said.


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    WASHINGTON—With a rally in support of U.S. President Donald Trump scheduled to take place on the Mall Saturday, one of the best-known icons of the white nationalists who helped propel Trump to power said conservatives should be demonstrating against the president, not for him.

    Richard B. Spencer, the Alexandria, Virginia, resident who coined the term “alt-right” and has become its omnipresent spokesman, said he had no plans to join the pro-Trump forces mustering in Washington in light of the president’s new willingness to shield illegal immigrants brought to the country as children from deportation.

    “If anything, I would be protesting Trump this weekend,” Spencer said in an interview.

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    His comments came as the nation’s capital prepared to host what may be the year’s most motley collection of political rallies Saturday, including the demonstration in support of the president, anti-Trump counter protests and a demonstration by fans of the rap-metal group Insane Clown Posse, who are protesting their FBI designation as a criminal gang.

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    Police in the District have worried about friction among the groups along the lines of the clashes between white supremacists and left-wing demonstrators that led to deadly rioting in Charlottesville last month.

    Spencer, who helped lead the white-nationalist rally in Charlottesville, said he doesn’t expect those who share his conservatism to show up in force Saturday.

    “It’s a residue of an older conservatism,” he said of the scheduled pro-Trump demonstration. “It really doesn’t have much of anything to do with the alt right.”

    Such distinctions could be lost on left-wing demonstrators in an overwhelmingly Democratic D.C. A Facebook group called “White Supremacists Out of Washington!” that was planning to gather at Farragut Square to protest the pro-Trump rally.

    “The counter protest is to say, how can you defend someone who won’t condemn white supremacy,” said Nelini Stamp, an organizer of the counterprotest. After the violence in Charlottesville, Trump was heavily criticized for blaming protesters on “both sides” of the political spectrum rather than focusing on white supremacists.

    Authorities had plans in place, including street restrictions, to keep order and separate the groups as necessary. Looming over them is the response in Charlottesville, where police were faulted for a slow reaction as the protest turned violent.

    The D.C. Office of Police Complaints said in a statement that it would be monitoring the department’s handling of the rallies. The office was planning to deploy its staff with video and audio recording equipment throughout downtown Saturday.

    D.C. police said there would be about 15 road closures around the Mall between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., including the 9th and 12th street tunnels. Parts of C, D and E streets NW near the Mall are also among the closures.

    Metro announced that the Smithsonian station on the Mall will be closed. Trains on the Orange, Blue and Silver lines will run through the station Saturday but not stop.

    The day’s most anticipated events are the march of the Juggalos—as Insane Clown Posse fans call themselves—and the pro-Trump rally, which its organizers have dubbed the “Mother of All Rallies.”

    Jason Webber, an organizer of the Juggalo rally, said the group is apolitical but noted that many of the band’s songs decry bigotry. He said 3,000 people are planning to attend.

    Peter Boykin, president of Gays for Trump and a speaker at the conservative rally, said he expects a crowd ranging from 1,000 to 2,000.

    Webber and Boykin said they aren’t expecting brawls.

    “We think Washington D.C. is a great, safe place to have a rally, and I’m not looking for a fight,” Boykin said.


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    The actions of the Burmese government against the Rohingya “looks a lot like ethnic cleansing,” says Canada’s foreign affairs minister, who vows to apply pressure on the international community at the UN General Assembly next week.

    “This is an issue that matters to me very much. It matters very much to our prime minister,” Chrystia Freeland told a crowd of about 100 people in Matt Cohen Park at a protest on Saturday organized by the Burma Task Force and several Canadian Muslim organizations.

    More than 400,000 Rohingya refugees have fled the military crackdown in Burma, a crisis that the United Nations human rights chief has called “a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.” The Burmese government has reported that 176 out of 471 Rohingya villages are now abandoned, with satellite images showing stretches of villages burnt to the ground.

    Freeland told the crowd that she had spoken to the foreign minister of Bangladesh, as well as former UN General Secretary Kofi Annan.

    “Our ambassador is seeking access to the Rakhine State (in western) Burma, so that Canadians can see first hand what is happening,” Freeland said.

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    Anwar Arkani, president of the Rohingya Association of Canada, was in the crowd — representing one of 34 Rohingya families who have settled in Kitchener-Waterloo in the last two decades. There are 25 Rohingya families in Quebec City, and 20 more in Vancouver. All of them are refugees; most have moved here from refugee camps in Bangladesh.

    “We want to mobilize the Canadian government,” Arkani said in an interview. “I’ve been screaming this for many, many years. People only woke up . . . when they saw massive numbers of people crossing the border in just a day.”

    Arkani has called his relatives in Burma every day for the past 20 years, since he first moved to Canada as a government-assisted refugee. Last year, in July, his youngest sister and her husband were killed by military forces. Three years before that, his nephews were taken by the same forces — never to be heard from again. Arkani thinks they were buried alive in a mass grave or drowned in a river.

    “You assume everyone you know there is dead,” he said. “You’re lucky if you only know who’s alive.”

    Ethnic Rohingya have long faced discrimination in Burma and are denied citizenship, even though many families have lived there for generations.

    Habibur Rahman, a teacher who has served one of the refugee camps in Bangladesh for over 20 years, told the Star in a phone interview from overseas that he has never witnessed this many people at the camp before.

    “There are more people here than there is room to walk,” he said through a translator.

    People are sleeping in his classrooms, not studying, anymore.

    Speaking from Bangladesh, Rahman said he is worried because of the severe rainy season in the region, with cold temperatures around the corner.

    “There’s not enough food or clothes, people are starving,” he said. “People are weak, children are very weak. We don’t have medical supplies.”

    “People are coming here with nothing but a horror (story) of their houses burned down,” he added.

    One of those people was Sayed Ahmed’s uncle, who fled from Maungdaw in Burma to Bangladesh a week ago with thousands of people. He called Ahmed with Rahman’s phone.

    “He told me that they don’t feel safe anymore in his own country,” said Ahmed, a longtime resident of Kitchener-Waterloo, who hasn’t seen his Burmese relatives since he moved to Canada in 2006.

    “He said that people are running for their lives. Whoever is left behind are burned in fire.”

    In the crowd were several other politicians, including MPs Rob Oliphant (Don Valley East), Salma Zahid (Scarborough Centre), Michael Levitt (York Centre) and Ali Ehsassi (Willowdale); and city councillors Kristyn Wong-Tam and Neethan Shan.

    “This is a Canadian issue,” Oliphant said, to strong applause from the crowd.

    Oliphant promised that the Rohingya crisis would be the first issue that parliament would tackle when it goes back into session next week.

    Another grassroots rally gathered at the Legislative Assembly Grounds at Queen’s Park to also call for the end of the “genocide” of the Rohingya. Protests are also set to take place in Ottawa and Edmonton on Sunday.


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    WASHINGTON—A European official said Saturday that the Trump administration has softened its stance on the Paris climate agreement and may not completely withdraw from it after all.

    But the White House quickly rebutted the report.

    “There has been no change in the United States’ position on the Paris agreement,” said Lindsay Walters, a White House spokesperson. “As the president has made abundantly clear, the United States is withdrawing unless we can re-enter on terms that are more favourable to our country.”

    At a ministerial summit in Montreal, where the United States was an observer, the European Union’s top climate official said the Trump administration had backed away from its announcement in June that it was abandoning the 2015 agreement.

    The U.S. “stated that they will not renegotiate the Paris accord, but they try to review the terms on which they could be engaged under this agreement,” said Miguel Arias Canete.

    It was not immediately clear how far that statement would go. Trump, when announcing his decision to withdraw, was adamant about the U.S. ignoring goals on limiting greenhouse gas emissions and other elements believed to contribute to global warming.

    At the time, it was seen as another abrogation of the United States’ pre-eminent role as a global leader.

    But Trump argued that the deal was bad for U.S. businesses and that it made Washington foot too much of the cost.

    Global warming is an issue with renewed political currency after Hurricane Harvey left epic floods in Houston and the Gulf Coast, and Hurricane Irma devastated parts of the Caribbean and left millions in Florida without power. Scientists say warmer waters may have intensified the force of the storms.


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    A bullet-riddled painting of Justin Bieber has gone missing, and perhaps stolen, after making its debut at a Toronto International Film Festival event last week.

    Viktor Mitic, known for shooting a gun at his paintings, said he was notified early last week that his artwork, appraised at $18,000, is missing from the Campbell House Museum at Queen St. W. and University Ave.

    “I got the email and I was like, ‘What the . . . ? Was it stolen by Bieber fans or something?’ I almost thought it was a joke,” the Toronto artist said.

    He said he had about 10 pieces in the week-long TIFF exhibit and that he was told on Tuesday that “Green, shot up portrait of Justin Bieber” was missing as there was initial confusion about who moved it.

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    Mitic said he’s been in touch with Campbell House, as well as the co-producers of the event, Aujla Inc. and Mongrel Media, whom he said have been “very helpful.” But as of Saturday, his painting hasn’t been found.

    Mitic said he’s “more interested than upset” his artwork disappeared since the event had hundreds of attendees monitored by security. He’s also curious as to how no one noticed it went missing because of the size of the painting, which is 30 by 40 inches.

    “I think this is just weird. It’s not the biggest painting but it is quite big, so this person is like a Houdini to have taken it and not been caught,” he said.

    Raji Aujla, artistic director of Aujla Inc., and who got Mitic in touch with Campbell House, told the Star that a police report was filed Friday.

    “We take so many precautions to secure the site,” she said. “So for this to happen is startling and we are really working on getting to the bottom of what happened.”

    Toronto police Const. Caroline de Kloet confirmed that police were notified Friday and that they’re still trying to gather more information.

    Aujla believes the painting was moved either on Sept. 9 or 10. She said she was told by a security company representative that a guard at the event spotted someone with a painting at the intersection of Queen St. W. and University Ave. and they were questioned but let go.

    Aujla said it’s still not clear who the person was, or if it was Mitic’s painting.

    “This whole situation is just very confusing and we’re all so startled by it. But police said they’re currently trying to access the security cameras so we can find out more.”

    This is the first time Mitic’s Bieber painting has been in an exhibit. He created it in 2011 when he thought Bieber was a rising star and was “all over the place.”

    “At that time it was like either people loved him or hated him — almost like they wanted to shoot him down.”

    Mitic, 47, decided now was the time to show the piece to the public because he thinks Bieber has become a major celebrity and an icon.

    He has been shooting bullets into his paintings since 2007 because he was interested in how people view weapons, and the divided reaction to it being incorporated into artwork.

    Mitic said this is the first time a painting of his has gone missing.

    “I’m upset it is gone but these things happen, things go missing and get stolen. I’ve had bikes of mine stolen about 10 times before. These things just happen.”


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    TOKYO—The anti-missile batteries deployed on the sprawling grounds of the Japanese defence ministry are a stark reminder that here, the dispute with North Korea goes beyond bombast and rhetoric.

    These PAC-3 portable batteries are a version of the Patriot missiles deployed against Iraqi Scuds during the Gulf War, upgraded to defend against ballistic missiles, the kind that North Korea is now believed to have in its arsenal.

    The batteries are meant to protect this sprawling city, one part of a defensive system to guard the country against anything fired from its erratic and provocative regional neighbour — a system that Japan is under pressure to upgrade in the face of North Korea’s increasingly capable missile and weapons technologies.

    Experts say the chances of an actual attack are low, but North Korea’s stepped-up weapons testing — including Friday’s missile launch — and Washington’s fiery response has put many on edge here, saying the threat is now at a new level.

    Ryoichi Oriki, a retired general who headed Japan’s self-defence forces, says the risk is “unprecedented.”

    “It’s really a critical time of crisis on the Korean peninsula,” said Oriki, who now serves as an executive adviser at Fujitsu.

    “North Korea’s missile technology has advanced. They can achieve longer range now and they can launch a missile anywhere now. They can even place a nuclear warhead — perhaps they have the technology now. Those changes are significant and those pose serious threats, not only to East Asia,” he told the Star during an interview in his Tokyo office prior to the most recent missile launch.

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    Those concerns were driven home anew Friday as Japanese residents woke to word of yet another North Korean test that sent a missile arcing high over their country’s northern island of Hokkaido.

    Residents in the region were warned to take shelter while in Tokyo politicians protested North Korea’s continued provocations.

    “It is totally unacceptable that North Korea has once again conducted such an outrageous act,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters. “We have to make North Korea understand that if it continues along this path, it will not have a bright future.”

    It was a repeat of a test in August that sent a missile on a similar flight path over Hokkaido before splashing down in the northern Pacific.

    And like that test — conducted with no warning — this most recent missile launch sparked civil defence warnings, normally reserved for earthquakes and tsunamis, telling Japanese residents near the flight path to take cover.

    Just hours before the launch, North Korean had threatened to sink Japan. It was typical sabre-rattling from Pyongyang. But behind that bombast, an increasingly sophisticated weapons program has been taking shape.

    “We cannot deny their technological advancements,” Ryusuke Wakahoi, deputy director, strategic intelligence analysis division in Japan’s defence ministry.

    Friday’s missile launch was its farthest yet. And its Sept. 3 nuclear test was its biggest to date.

    “We see the technical maturity of their technologies. They may be able now to have a smaller nuclear warhead which can be mounted on the missile,” he told the Star, speaking through an interpreter.

    “Based on these facts, we understand that North Korea’s threat is immediate and at a grave level,” Wakahoi said.

    Until recently, Canadians tended to view the provocations of the North Korean regime as a regional problem. That perception is changing.

    MPs heard this week that it’s only a matter of time before North Korea has developed a nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missile able to reach North America.

    While the Kim Jong Un’s regime poses a “grave threat” to global security, for now there is no direct threat to Canada, federal officials told a defence committee meeting on Thursday.

    “On the contrary in recent contacts with the North Korean government . . . the indications were that they perceive Canada as a peaceful and indeed a friendly country,” Mark Gwozdecky, assistant deputy minister, international security and political affairs at Global Affairs Canada, told the committee.

    That might be cold comfort given the blunt warning that the U.S. is under no obligation to defend Canada against an incoming missile — errant or deliberate — that might be headed for its northern neighbour.

    “We’re being told . . . that the extant U.S. policy is not to defend Canada,” said, Lt.-Gen. Pierre St-Amand, the Canadian officer who serves as deputy commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command.

    Whether the U.S. would intercept a missile inbound to Canada is a decision that would be made by the Americans “in the heat of the moment,” he said.

    While North Korea is an isolated regime, cloaked in secrecy, experts say there’s no mystery in its motives to develop advanced weapons.

    “We should take what they say quite literally. They want to be accepted as a nuclear weapons state,” said Akihiko Tanaka, president of Tokyo’s National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies.

    “I think they believe acquiring that status will guarantee the survival of the regime.”

    Having nuclear capabilities and the missiles able to strike the United States resets the balance of power with Washington and helps keep his regime in place, experts say.

    “I don’t believe Kim Jong Un is interested in actually using nuclear weapons but his ultimate goal is establishing this system of having ICBM and nuclear weapons so he could show them as deterrence,” Oriki said.

    That viewed is echoed in Canada, too, where officials say North Korea is motivated by “its desire to survive.

    “While their rhetoric is colourful and their behaviour occasionally strikes us as peculiar, they’re no fools and they understand the consequences of that kind of an action,” Stephen Burt, assistant chief of defence intelligence, Canadian Forces Intelligence Command, told MPs in Ottawa.

    Still, U.S. President Donald Trump has openly talked of war with North Korea, vowing at one stage that threats from the isolated regime would be met with “fire and the fury like the world has never seen.”

    And he has warned that, “all options are on the table.”

    Here in Japan, views are divided on Washington’s tougher tone.

    “The attention that the Trump administration gives to the North Korea issue is, I think, positive,” Tanaka said.

    “What was called the strategic patience by the previous administration of the United States virtually allowed North Korea to do whatever it likes,” he told the Star in his university office.

    Others though fret that Trump’s heated rhetoric is now the wild card equation.

    “From the period of Bill Clinton to Bush junior to Obama, whatever the rhetoric was, the U.S. shared that this situation must be resolved by peaceable means,” said Hiroshi Nakanishi, dean of the School of Government at Kyoto University.

    “The biggest change is that the rhetoric and the attitude of the Trump administration . . . (is) talking openly about the military options,” he said in his university office.

    “That makes the confrontation rather different for us.”

    Canada is among those pressing for diplomatic efforts to resolve tensions, warning that heated rhetoric could cause events to spin out of control.

    “Currently, the risk is significant that misinterpretation of intent or miscalculation could lead to an escalation, including military conflict,” Gwozdecky told the Commons’ defence committee.

    And he warned that if such a conflict erupts, thousands could die “in a matter of minutes.”

    Experts shudder at the prospect of Western militaries attempting to strike at North Korea, saying the cost of such a move would be horrific.

    This week, the United Nations further tightened sanctions on North Korea, part of a continuing effort to use economic pressures to force the regime to comply with international orders to curb its weapons programs.

    And yet the country has seemingly been able to defy past sanctions to continue weapons development at an ever-increasing pace, raising questions how North Korea is able to skirt barriers.

    Tanaka said Canada and other Western nations can assist by helping developing nations that still trade with North Korea abide by sanctions.

    “In many developing countries, the export control of sensitive issues is generally very, very lax,” he said. “We might co-operate to help them to make export controls more effective.”

    But tightening sanctions carries its own risks. By cracking down on Chinese companies that trade with North Korea, Washington risks upsetting leaders in Beijing. “To kill one dragon, maybe we are producing another dragon,” Nakanishi said.

    And the economic pain could force North Korea further into a corner, he said. “The problem is that all the options are lousy, to say the least.”


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    The father of a six-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert this week is staying overnight in an Ontario hospital after he sustained injuries Saturday afternoon following the court’s decision to transfer him back to Quebec.

    The man appeared in court Saturday morning for his bail hearing, and was awaiting the vehicle expected to transfer him when he became injured.

    At 1:30 p.m., the courts had made a decision upon releasing him into the custody of the Sûreté du Québec, Québec’s provincial police force. By 3:30 p.m., Sgt. Carolle Dionne, a spokesperson with the Ontario Provincial Police, had been told that the man had been taken to hospital by ambulance.

    “At this point there’s no information as to the type of injuries or the extent of his injuries,” said Dionne. She could not say how the injuries were sustained, but said that police were not looking for suspects regarding the injuries.

    The new timeline on transferring the father back to Quebec will depend on further medical evaluations to be done Sunday morning.

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    The six-year-old boy vanished from St-Eustache, Que., on Thursday and his father was apprehended in Ontario nearly 24 hours later. By then, the body of the boy’s mother had also been discovered in the family home.

    Ontario police said they couldn’t comment on what charges the man might face in his home province, and police in Quebec did not respond to requests for comment on that matter. The Ontario Provincial Police say an investigation in their province is ongoing.

    Quebec provincial police are combing an area around Lachute for a missing 71-year-old man who previously used the car in which the missing child was found safe.

    Sgt. Claude Denis says a ground and air search is currently underway for Yvon Lacasse, adding that finding him is considered a top priority for the investigation.

    “For us, it is an emergency to find Mr. Lacasse,” Denis said from the scene of the search.

    Police have speculated that the child’s father may have dropped Lacasse off somewhere in his flight to eastern Ontario.

    The boy’s father made it from St-Eustache to the town of Griffith, Ont., about 150 kilometres west of Ottawa, before he was arrested.

    Police said they used ground and air support and deployed a spike belt to stop the father’s vehicle and that he was arrested after a short foot chase.

    Police said the child was found in the vehicle in good physical health and had been placed in care.

    The boy’s mother, who was married to his father, was found dead Thursday night in a home in St-Eustache, north of Montreal.

    Police said she had four children, including three before her relationship with the six-year-old’s father.

    With files from Alexandra Jones


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    The public was wiser, sooner, because of Mr. Justice Ian Nordheimer’s belief in open court decisions.

    From ordering the release of search warrant information linked to mayor Rob Ford to naming Ontario’s top-billing physicians, Nordheimer’s involvement in Superior Court rulings has, in key cases, granted the larger community access to information that some parties wanted to remain secret.

    Now, Nordheimer, a proponent of the public’s right to know, has a seat in the province’s top court.

    Justice Minister and Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould has appointed Nordheimer a judge of the Court of Appeal of Ontario. The Toronto native spent 18 years as a judge of Toronto’s Superior Court of Justice and administrative judge of the Divisional Court.

    Toronto defence lawyer Daniel Brown said losing Nordheimer from Superior Court is bittersweet.

    “There are some judges the defence lawyers are happy to see in the courtroom and there are some judges the Crown attorneys are happy to see in the courtroom,” Brown said.

    “It seemed as though both defence lawyers and Crown attorney (were) happy to see Justice Nordheimer presiding over a case . . . . He’s balanced and fair and you feel like your argument is being heard when you appear before him and you feel like the result is a just one.”

    In a Department of Justice Canada statement released Friday, Nordheimer was described as rendering “numerous precedent-setting judgments in civil and criminal law, grappling with issues at the heart of Canada’s constitutional democracy, such as open court principle, the rights of the accused and treatment of lawfully assembled protesters.”

    Earlier this year, Nordheimer ruled on Canada’s practice of indefinite immigration detention in ordering the release of Kashif Ali, whom the government was unable to deport. The West African man, who had not been convicted of a crime, had spent more than seven years in a maximum-security jail.

    Nordheimer called the detention “unacceptable” and ruled that it violated Ali’s charter rights.

    “One thing is clear, and that is that Canada cannot purport to hold someone in detention forever,” Nordheimer said, reading from his decision in April.

    In 2013, Ford’s troubled life — there was a cellphone video of him smoking crack and allegations of drinking and driving, snorting cocaine, abusing staffers — was under scrutiny. The police were investigating the then-mayor and his friend, Sandro Lisi, in Project Brazen.

    Nordheimer presided over key rulings that ordered police documents to be made public. Following legal challenges from media outlets, including the Star, the judge wrote in a late November 2013 ruling:

    “We are dealing with the actions of the duly elected Mayor of the country’s largest city and the extensive investigation undertaken by the police into those actions,” Nordheimer said in his decision. “In terms of legal proceedings, it is hard to conceive of a matter that would be of more importance to the public interest, at this particular point in time, than the one that is presented by this case in the context in which is has unfolded.”

    Investigative reporter Kevin Donovan, who led the Star’s coverage of Ford, said Nordheimer’s “decisions over the years have given him the well-deserved reputation for championing the public’s access to the court system.”

    “He understands, in my opinion as an observer of some of these cases, the vital role of the media in informing the public about the goings on of the judicial system and the citizens caught up in it,” Donovan said.

    “We saw that at work in the Project Brazen-related search warrant cases.”


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    WASHINGTON—Even Insane Clown Posse couldn’t quite believe it.

    “We’re the good guys here today,” Violent J, one half of the widely loathed face-painting “horrorcore” rap duo, told the fans, known as “Juggalos,” who had gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial. “We’re actually in the right this time!”

    The Juggalos, so easy to make fun of, had a case: the feds were the real clowns. And for a surreal Washington afternoon, the colourful people of one of America’s most-mocked subcultures were being seen by powerful people as freedom fighters, weird makeup and all.

    Profane freedom fighters, yes. Two of the Juggalos’ Saturday refrains of choice: “You f---ed up” and “F--- that s---,” which they occasionally chanted in the direction of police helicopters, fingers extended skyward.

    But this was the exception. They were so cheerful that some of them insisted on hugging journalists. And their favourite chant was a single upbeat word: “family.”

    It was their response to the term the FBI insists describes them: gang.

    “We’re different,” said rally host Kevin Gill. “We’re not dangerous.”

    Hundreds of Juggalos had assembled for the demonstration and march in protest of a curious six-year-old FBI decision to include the Juggalos in their official national gang list, alongside such indisputably dangerous entities as MS-13.

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    The gang classification, Juggalos said, had led employers to force them out of jobs, convinced judges to deny them custody of their kids, and subjected them to police harassment for their Insane Clown Posse tattoos. One Virginia woman, Jessica Bonometti, said she had been fired as a probation officer because of Facebook posts about the band.

    “If horrorcore’s so scary,” she said, “why isn’t Stephen King in jail?”

    The classification was based on what the FBI called “sporadic, disorganized, individualistic” violence by people identifying as Juggalos. At the rally, Juggalos said criminals could be found among Justin Bieber’s “Beliebers,” Grateful Dead “Deadheads,” or any other large group.

    “I mean, look at the government. You’ve got bad people in there, right?” said Ryan Lee, 35, a Virginia construction worker, homeowner and father of three. “We’re here because we’re not bad. It’s all love and all family.”

    Many Insane Clown Posse fans are low-income white people. They said the Juggalos are a loving band of misfits, supportive and inclusive, mischaracterized by a mainstream society that rejected them even before some of them started painting their faces.

    “People fear what they don’t understand,” says Amy Puterbaugh, 36, of Ohio, whose sign read “F--- the FBI.”

    “We listen to scary music. People don’t know what to think about us. We just love our band, man,“ said Lee’s friend Jeff Feken, 33, whose sign read “Make America Whoop Again,” a reference to the “whoop whoop” call Juggalos use to say hello and applaud, because…

    Juggalos will be Juggalos. This was probably the only Washington protest in history at which marchers sprayed cheap pop into the air: Faygo, the Detroit beverage beloved by the Michigan-bred group.

    “America is a country of weirdos. Celebrate it,” Jacob Roman, 18, shouted into a megaphone, a bottle of Faygo in hand.

    Violent J and partner Shaggy 2 Dope cast the Juggalos as the defenders of Americans of all kinds, warning that the persecution of America’s “most hated people” would inevitably lead to the persecution of others. As usual, they railed against racism, homophobia and economic segregation.

    And, as usual, they cursed a lot. They also discussed “buttholes.” And they said the Juggalo activists should be so proud that they should perform sex acts on the “governmently-fine” lawn.

    “Let’s march, mothaf-----,” Violent J said to end the rally, and off the Juggalos went, demanding their rights.


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    A man is in life-threatening condition after being shot in an upscale steakhouse in the area of Simcoe St. and Adelaide St. W.

    Police arrived at the scene just before 9 p.m. Saturday. The victim was rushed to hospital after being found without vital signs inside Michael’s on Simcoe. Witnesses told police they heard four to five shots fired, and that the shooting took place within the restaurant, which is located in Toronto’s entertainment district.

    One suspect fled the scene on foot. Police are looking for a man with a black handgun, possibly wearing a dark hoodie that may be grey. He was last seen travelling west on Pearl St.

    According to media reports, several witnesses who were in the restaurant said they heard gunshots, then ducked under their tables. One witness, who told CP24 that he was in the dining room at the time of the shooting, said the victim was shot in the restaurant’s lounge area. Another woman told CP24 she helped apply pressure to the victim’s wound.

    Police ask that anyone who witnessed this shooting or might have information to contact 52 Division at 416-808-5200, or call Crime Stoppers.

    Michael’s on Simcoe was the scene of another dramatic shooting almost two years ago.

    Police said that shooting, on Sept. 20, 2015, was a targeted act.

    Two masked men entered the restaurant and opened fire, hitting a man and woman in their late 20s sitting at the back of the restaurant, police said at the time. Both victims survived the shooting.


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  • 04/10/10--21:01: How Terry Fox changed Canada

  • In April of 1980, not long after Terry Fox started his Marathon of Hope in St. John’s, Nfld., the Star assigned a reporter to follow him weekly in a feature called Running with Terry, becoming the first newspaper to regularly cover his progress. The reporter was Leslie Scrivener, a Star feature writer who would go on to write the definitive book on the young amputee – Terry Fox: His Story.

    Monday is the 30th anniversary of the launch of the Marathon of Hope and we asked Scrivener to catalogue the many ways Fox’s run changed the country.

    It was so early that June morning there was no hint of a sunrise when Terry Fox stepped on to Highway 17 in eastern Ontario. No one in the van with him had said a word. It was a time of waiting, of preparing. A long day, a marathon of running lay ahead. The moon bathed the fields in a silvery light. Alone, without the crowds who would later wait on the highway, he moved smoothly and contentedly through the dark. It was a good day, one of the rare ones.

    The image from that morning endures, 30 years on. It’s imprinted, somewhere, part of who I am.

    In the three decades that have passed Canada too carries the imprint of the graceful young man with the awkward amputee’s gait. He became a part of us, part of our bedrock. He is in our geography, in awards that honor outstanding young Canadians, as a role model for athletes — especially the unsung grinders — and in cancer research funded as it had never been before.

    April 12 marks the start of Terry’s Marathon of Hope, the day in 1980 when he dipped his artificial limb — looking back it was a cobbling of leather and aluminum, like suspenders — in the harbour at St. John’s, Nfld., and turned westward. He ran for 143 days until cancer caught up to him. He was 22 when he died June 28, 1981.

    His impact is incalculable, until you start to calculate it: 32 streets, one mountain, 1,164 cancer research grants and awards, $451,737,662 invested in cancer research...

    How did it happen? In small steps, some of which send shivers.

    Roshni Dasgupta was a little girl growing up in Regina as she followed Terry’s run in the summer of 1980. “I remember watching it on TV all the time. You saw a kid who was hurting and kept going.”

    Always interested in working with kids with disabilities, at 17 she won a coveted Terry Fox Humanitarian Award that paid most of her undergraduate tuition and living costs at McGill University.

    One opportunity led to another. “The award provided the inspiration to dream big,” she says. Dasgupta went on to study medicine at the University of Toronto, where she was captain of the track and field team. She later went to Harvard, became a Rhodes Scholar and landed a fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children.

    Now 36, she’s a pediatric surgeon at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital where she specializes in kids with cancer.

    “His determination pervades your psyche,” she says, thinking back on Terry. “He had all these things against him. If he could do what he did with all those obstacles ....”

    On Wednesday at 7:30 a.m., she began a three-hour-long surgery. Her patient was an 18-year-old boy. He had osteogenicsarcoma, bone cancer, in his right leg. It had spread to his lungs.

    Terry was 18 when he learned he had bone cancer. It was in his right leg. And it had spread to his lungs.

    Dasgupta had come full circle. “I’m operating on someone just like Terry,” she thought. “I felt privileged that I could give back.”

    Number of Canadians who have won the Terry Fox Humanitarian Award since 1982

    Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., where Terry studied kinesiology, has given its Gold Medal Award to 23 students, who like Terry, have set goals some might say are beyond their grasp.

    The 2007 winner, Jessica Des Mazes was left paralyzed below the waist when she was thrown from a truck while working as a firefighter in the Northwest Territories in 2004.

    “Instead of ‘athlete,’ ‘forest-fire fighter” or ‘backpacker’ I was now the ‘girl in a wheelchair’”, she wrote on a Simon Fraser University web site. “I didn’t know how to relate to people who didn’t know me before. All they could see was the ‘after.’ It was heartbreaking for me to think that most people would see the chair before they saw me.”

    She became a competitive wheelchair athlete representing Canada internationally. “Strength isn’t how much you can lift or how fast you can run,” she wrote, “it’s having a goal that seems impossible, but knowing that it is entirely within your grasp… It is deciding that enough people have suffered from cancer and you will do something about it.”

    For the last 28 years the town of Prince Albert, Sask., has given its Terry Fox Award to young people who, like Terry, contributed to their community.

    “Most have battled some form of adversity to have success in their lives,” says Jody Boulet, the city’s recreation manager. “You wouldn’t think most would come through so positively. But they do.”

    The most recent winner is 17-year-old Michael Lyons, who lost his sight as a teenager. Since then, his grades have improved, he’s become more involved in volunteer work. “He refused to have it affect his life in a negative way. He refuses to see himself as disabled.”

    Number of Olympians honoured in Fox’s name

    This year, Vancouver’s Olympic committee created the Terry Fox Award, in collaboration with Terry’s parents, Betty and Rolly Fox. It honors athletes who show the qualities that Terry lived by: courage, perseverance, determination. The winners were figure skater Joannie Rochette, who continued in competition despite her mother’s sudden death — and won a bronze medal — and Slovenian cross country skier Petra Majdic, who broke four ribs in a disastrous fall in warmups, but rallied to win a bronze, her country’s first Olympic medal.

    Who can say the number of people who Terry inspired? All of us? It’s unknowable. But he is frequently cited by Olympians.

    “What he did was get into your brain and it was inspiring, and whether you know how it affects the decisions you make or how you behave, it’s impossible to know,” says Kristina Groves, speedskater and winner of four Olympic medals.

    At her parents’ home in Ottawa, she still has the books about Terry she read as a child. “Reading about him as an athlete, the way he pushed himself, whether he had two legs or one... he wasn’t the best basketball player. He was the worst. He worked his butt off to become, still not the best, but successful.”

    She sees parallels.

    “When I look back and I didn’t start off as the strongest or the fastest speedskater. Or the most talented. I can identify so strongly with his effort to become the best.

    “Terry said that before he got cancer he was a selfish kid. (Afterward) he was able to see the bigger picture and create a cause bigger than himself. Now, I ask myself: in my career, how can I utilize the success I’ve had. What can it be?”

    There’s also the common granite core that Groves, who’s 33, shares with Fox. “He didn’t stop when people didn’t care, even when people tried to run him off the road. I never strayed in my belief that I could make it to the Olympics.

    “Since then I can’t tell you how many people have said they couldn’t believe that I made it. So, I still have him on my mind.”

    Amount given by Rick Hanson’s foundation to spinal cord research

    Rick Hansen, who circled the world in his wheelchair in his Man in Motion tour, was inspired by Terry, who was a friend from their wheelchair basketball days.

    “He represents what people with disabilities can do,” says Hansen. “He showed that life doesn’t end, it can be a new beginning. It’s definitely a role he played in my life — that you can dig deep and fulfil more potential than you feel possible.”

    When Terry started training he was embarrassed about his artificial leg and ran in the dark around a school track near his Port Coquitlam house. That changed. He began to show his leg boldly, sending a message that those with disabilities could still be strong, still be athletic, still be beautiful.

    “He didn’t need his leg back to be whole as a human being. He got to the point where he was comfortable. Though it wasn’t without a struggle. He was proud of his body and of himself.”

    You can see that pride in other athletes, including the magnificent wheelchair racer Chantal Petitclerc, who wheeled into the Olympic opening ceremonies, stunning, sexy, in a red, flowing, off-the-shoulder dress.

    Prosthetists say Terry changed the way amputees used their artificial limbs.

    “He brought amputees out of the closet. People were ashamed to show their artificial limbs, they hid them under their pant legs. He opened the world for amputees ... a lot of people don’t even want to hide the mechanics,” says Vancouver prosthetist, Ben Spiecher, who made Terry’s artificial leg says. He adds: “It would have been nice if a small part of the research could have gone into prosthetic research, it would have helped.”

    Hansen, who reportedly turned down a chance to be Canada’s next Governor-General, has another thought about how Terry changed Canada.

    “Terry has helped unify the country,” Hansen says. “We’re a large country spread from east to west along a thin corridor. Not only geographically, we’re also a multicultural society and very few things can bring the country together. But the country is yearning to be brought together. And through his Marathon of Hope and later the Terry Fox runs, the country has truly connected on something we can share.”

    Number of streets named after Terry

    That number above, which includes The Terry Fox Courage Highway near Thunder Bay, is our count, assembling files from the Terry Fox Foundation provincial offices, Google searches and government of Canada documents.

    What’s interesting, most are in Quebec, the province that ignored Terry as he ran through. The reckless motorist who drove him off the road — the one Groves refers to above — was in Quebec.

    Amount invested into cancer research over 30 years by the Terry Fox Foundation

    “It was sort of like the Marathon of Hope again,” says Victor Ling, who in 2005 was the vice-president of research for the B.C. Cancer Agency. “We had the legacy of Terry to do something big.”

    Terry’s brother Darrell, a practical man with a visionary nature and then head of the foundation, assembled a working group of Canada’s leading cancer researchers. “We had brain storming sessions,” Ling recalls. “What did we think was the most important thing to make the biggest impact on cancer research? There were a lot of ideas. Some said big projects. Others said enhance the regular programs.”

    They decided on innovation and so the Terry Fox Research Institute, based in Vancouver, was born. With additional grants from some of the provinces and other institutions, they opened their doors in 2007, with $115 million. They settled on an area that had little funding, translational cancer research — which accelerates the transfer of discoveries in the lab to the clinics.

    “Drug companies have their own agenda,” Ling, an Order of Canada winner, renowned for his work on drug resistant cancer cells. “A Terry Fox Research Institute would do it without wanting to own intellectual property, they could do it as Canadians and by collaborating together.”

    So far, 42 cancer research institutions in Canada have signed a memorandum of agreement to work together. They will agree, for example, to share information, and use the same protocol to collect tissue samples. Instead of a sample of 50 or so from one study, they may have 1,000 samples from across the country.

    “It’s because of the high esteem in which people hold Terry Fox,” says Ling.

    Number of cancer research grants and awards

    Number of “researcher years” or full time equivalents of work

    “The Cancer Society has always felt that they are the main funders of cancer research in Canada and that other organizations canvassing for a particular cancer, such as prostate or breast cancer, were competing for the donor dollar,” says cancer researcher Rennie. “During the period when the Terry Fox Foundation and the Canadian Cancer Society were working together they were happy campers, but when that changed, this competition recurred; which is too bad, because obviously both organizations are dealing with the same disease.”

    Over the last decade, cancer society funding devoted to research declined: dropping from 40 per cent in 1999 to 24 per cent in 2009. (The society maintains that funding has remained stable, but reporting methods have changed.)

    Though Michael Wosnick wasn’t at the cancer society in 1980, he knows that the unexpected arrival of $24 million from the Marathon of Hope ushered in a new era of cancer research. Then, much of the work was in molecular biology, understanding how cells work, what made a cancer cell different from others. The exciting part of Terry Fox funding was that it encouraged teams of investigators from different fields of science to work together. “It put cancer research back on the map for Canada.” says Wosnick, now vice-president of research for the cancer society and director of research for the new Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute.

    He agrees that cancer organizations compete for donor dollars, but it’s different in research. “We collaborate in the research area,” he says.

    Amount of seawater gone from the Atlantic Ocean

    Donna White still has the copy of the Vancouver Sun from the day he died. “Eleven years ago, at the age of 34, I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” she wrote recently to the Star. “I underwent a mastectomy, chemotherapy and radiation treatments and it is because of the funds that Terry worked so hard to raise that I am a survivor of this disease.”

    Every September up to three million Canadians do something together — they join the Terry Fox Run, most of them schoolchildren. In Toronto, it’s a gorgeous multicultural spectacle of young Sikhs in turbans, dignified women in hijab, teens in shorts on rollerblades and so on.

    And in our day-to-day life, we walk in parks and stand on lookouts named after him. Our kids go to schools named after him. Children seem to know and love him and cleave to his story. He is in their textbooks. But he is also one of them.

    His story is woven into ours. “He was handsome, photogenic, wholesome. Here was a graceful, well spoken, poignant kid from Port Coquitlam, whose cause was above reproach and personal courage was above reproach,” says Andrew Cohen, president of the Historica/Dominion Institute.

    We tend to besmirch our heroes, he adds. “It’s very hard for us to agree because of our fragmented sense of self,” says Cohen, author of While Canada Slept.

    “But in a country with few heroes, subconsciously we embrace Terry because we have so few.”

    Another question: how different would his story be, if he ran today?

    “He might not have died. He might not have had an amputation,” Dasgupta reflects from Cincinnati. Now the survival rate for osteogenicsarcoma is about 90 per cent, compared to about 50 per cent when Terry was running. Mostly, it strikes young athletes, kids like Terry, who have had some kind of injury.

    “He might not have become the person he was. How he lived his life, was in part, a reaction to the adversity he faced. With limb-preserving surgery, he might have gone on to do other amazing things.”

    A different story, for sure, and Canada would have been a different country.

    The Terry Fox Foundation is encouraging people to share their stories of meeting or seeing Fox during his Marathon of Hope. To take part go to www.terryfox.org/cgi/page.cgi/shareyourstories.html.


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    MINNEAPOLIS—Asked about nearing 40 home runs earlier this week, Justin Smoak marvelled at the number.

    For your average big leaguer, 20 homers is big. Thirty? That’s really big. Reaching 40 is elite.

    But when it comes to Josh Donaldson, numbers like those have come to be expected. There isn’t so much talk about the third baseman closing in on that “really big” 30-homer mark after hitting his 27th and 28th dingers of the year in the Blue Jays 7-2 win over the Minnesota Twins here Saturday night.

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    Donaldson is 8-for-13 in this series, which Toronto now leads 2-1. Nineteen of his home runs have come since the all-star break. His 17 long balls and 42 RBIs in the second half of this year — 55 games to date — already best the 14 home runs and 36 RBIs he managed over the final 66 games in 2016. Donaldson is one dinger away from matching the 20 he produced in the latter half of his 2015 MVP season.

    The only difference between those two years and 2017, where Donaldson’s overall number aren’t quite so spectacular, is the calf strain that kept him sidelined for much of the first half, said manager John Gibbons.

    “One thing about Josh, he’s as motivated as any player you’re ever going to run into,” Gibbons said. “It’s always important to him. He comes, shows up every night. He looks to punish the baseball. He looks to be one of the best players in the league.”

    Donaldson, whose future is likely to dominate off-season talk, is reminding that while this season may be more a forgettable one, the Blue Jays’ remain spoiled to have the third baseman within their ranks.

    He showed that in front of another pro-Toronto crowd early on Saturday night, hitting the first pitch he saw — a 93.5 mile per hour four-seam fastball from lefty Twins’ starter Adalberto Mejia — 438 feet, into the second deck at Target Field.

    Donaldson wasn’t the one Blue Jays player who looked back to their best after a topsy-turvy year. Right hander Marco Estrada allowed a pair of solo homers to Eddie Rosario and Eduardo Escobar but nothing else on the night. He gave up just three hits and a walk, notching four strikeouts over eight innings, his longest outing sine June 2016.

    “It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish,” the soon-to-be free agent said of his up and down year. “If I can finish strong, open up some eyes maybe, hopefully I get the chance to come back here.”

    Estrada, who has never thrown a complete game in his decade-long career, said taking him out a 101 pitches was the right move by Gibbons.

    Ever the competitor, though, he added: “Obviously I wanted the game.”

    By the time Minnesota put up its first run, Toronto had three. Donaldson scored the Blue Jays’ second run in the top of the fourth frame, cashed in by a Smoak double. The first baseman move to third after a single from Jose Bautista, who went 3-for-4 on the night, before Kendrys Morales hit an RBI single to put Toronto up 3-0. It was the end of the line for Mejia, who allowed the three runs off five hits over three frames.

    Toronto reached its final tally with a three-run eighth inning against reliever Trevor Hildenberger, twice loading the bases. Bautista, an error by Twins’ second baseman Brian Dozier and Morales scored pinch hitter Ezequial Carrera, Donaldson and Smoak, respectively.

    Donaldson’s second homer went over the centre field wall in the ninth. It was his 14th career multi-homer game and his fourth this season.

    “He’s starting to swing it a lot better as of late,” Estrada said. “It’s good to see; we need guys like that. Hopefully he keeps going.”

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    What would American fashion designer Zac Posen whip up if he’s cooking dinner for you and actress Susan Sarandon?

    The answer to that cost a guest at Artists for Peace and Justice’s ninth annual Festival Gala between $25,000 and $60,000 to find out — one of numerous prizes in a celebrity-saturated charity auction at the ritzy evening affair held at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

    Fancy a hike up Peru’s Rainbow Mountain alongside supermodel Petra Nemcova? No problem. Itching for a VIP night with Paul McCartney in New Mexico, Paul Haggis and Ben Stiller on either arm as dates? Sure.

    All tallied, last Sunday’s razzle-dazzle list of perplexing activities raked in more than $300,000. Throw in $25,000 price tags for a table, $2,500 for a single ticket, plus sponsorships and pledges, and this year’s fundraising total hit $1.1 million, with all proceeds going to a school the organization built in Haiti.

    At one point, actor Cuba Gooding Jr. offered a visit to the set of his next project, serenading the audience with a rendition of “O Canada” and imploring them, of course, to show him the money.

    Many of the evening’s hosts — including Stiller, Haggis, Gooding, Morgan Spurlock, Yannick Bisson and George Stroumboulopoulos — pitched in to serve dinner to the well-heeled guests.

    This is what it takes to elicit donations during the Toronto International Film Festival, which is piggybacked each year by numerous charitable events, making good use of all the boldface names and media coverage already in town.

    “Before the earthquake hit in Haiti (in 2010), half the people didn’t even know where Haiti was,” co-organizer and PR magnate Natasha Koifman said, chatting with the Star by phone in the days before Sunday’s event.

    A decade ago, a fundraising event would be fortunate to pull in $50,000, Koifman says. Film festivals weren’t, in her eye, a traditional place to elicit charity. Most attendees were more interested in going to parties than being “particularly philanthropic.”

    “Often you see charity events where you spend more on the gala than you’re giving back,” she said, proudly noting that “every single dollar” spent at the annual APJ gala is accounted for.

    Using the sheen of the film festival to elicit donations isn’t unique to Artists for Peace and Justice. TIFF itself is a registered charity, and hosts a charitable Soiree the night before the event begins. This year’s featured actress Priyanka Chopra as guest of honour. The festival’s advancement office declined to speak about its charitable endeavours until after TIFF concludes on Sunday.

    Of course, not every TIFF-linked charity event piggybacking appears in the form of a gala — nor are they all particularly glamorous. As per tradition since 1998, the Canadian Film Centre founder, director Norman Jewison, hosted a barbecue on the first Sunday of the festival to celebrate its alumni. In recent years, the event has morphed into more of a fundraiser — “out of necessity,” spokesperson Cory Angeletti-Szasz explained.

    “It’s a very crowded market for fundraising, and we had to make use of the assets we already had,” she said. “We had the barbeque already in place.”

    This year’s event promised a glimpse of celebrities like Tatiana Maslany (who appeared this year in Stronger, opposite Jake Gyllenhaal), The Carter Effect director Sean Menard and the cast of Murdoch Mysteries.

    “It’s a major fundraising event for us,” Angeletti-Szasz said.

    The CFC declined to disclose the amount it raised during 2017’s sunny affair, or previous years, but said it was its second largest philanthropic event after an annual gala in February. Proceeds went to multidisciplinary programs for film, television, screen acting, music and digital media.

    Primarily, she added, the event was there to thank their sponsors and donors.

    “They benefit from recognition at the event,” she said, “because it’s a very popular event that draws a lot of individuals who are in town for TIFF.”


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    LONDON—A second man has been arrested in connection with the London subway attack, the city’s police said Sunday in what was the clearest indication yet that authorities do not believe the person who planted the bomb acted alone.

    The Metropolitan Police force said a 21-year-old man was arrested shortly before midnight on Saturday in the west London borough of Hounslow. The force said the suspect was being held under the Terrorism Act and questioned at a south London police station Sunday, but has been neither charged nor identified.

    Police on Sunday also launched an urgent search of a property in the southwestern suburb of Stanwell that authorities said was linked to the latest arrest. They continued searching a home in Sunbury, another southwestern London suburb where neighbours were evacuated on Saturday.

    Two men are in custody for possible roles in the bombing attack on a rush-hour subway train Friday morning that injured 30 people in London, including an 18-year-old man who was arrested Saturday in the departure area of the port of Dover,

    The two arrests indicate police and security services believe the attack at the Parsons Green station was part of a co-ordinated plot, not the act of a single person.

    “We are still pursing numerous lines of enquiry and at a great pace,” Metropolitan Police counterterrorism co-ordinator Neil Basu said.

    Britain’s terror threat level remains at “critical” — the highest level — meaning that authorities think another attack is imminent. The official threat level is not likely to be lowered until police believe all of the plotters have been taken into custody.

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    Residents of the Sunbury neighbourhood where an armed police search started Saturday were evacuated in a rush and kept away for nearly 10 hours before they were allowed to return to their homes.

    The property belongs to an elderly couple who have for years taken in foster children, including refugees from conflict zones in Syria and Iraq.

    The pair — Ronald Jones, 88, and his wife, Penelope Jones, 71 — have been honoured by Queen Elizabeth II for their work with children in need of a stable home.

    A friend, Alison Griffiths, said the Joneses are “great pillars of the community” who have taken in several hundred children in the last 40 years.

    Neighbours said two young men had been staying with them recently. Police have not provided details about the extensive search, which began several hours after an 18-year-old suspect in the subway bombing was arrested at Dover’s ferry port.

    Daesh, also known as ISIS and ISIL, said Friday’s subway attack was carried out by one of its affiliated units. The improvised explosive device placed on the subway train only partially detonated, limiting the number of injuries.

    The National Health Service says all but one of the 30 people treated for injuries has been released from the hospital. One person is still being treated at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, which has a special unit for treating burns.

    Officials have raised the number of injured from 29 to 30. That includes 19 people who were taken from the explosion site at Parsons Green station to the hospital and 11 who came in for treatment later on their own.

    Home Secretary Amber Rudd said the casualties would have been far higher if the bomb had fully detonated. Frustrated by the string of terrorist attacks in recent months, she said officials will have to work harder to make bomb components more difficult to obtain.

    Britain has endured four other attacks this year, which have killed a total of 36 people. The other attacks in London — near Parliament, on London Bridge and near a mosque in Finsbury Park in north London — used vehicles and knives to kill and wound.


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    BANGKOK—Bangladesh, facing an unprecedented influx of ethnic Rohingya, plans to build a vast camp to house about 400,000 refugees who have poured into the country during the past three weeks.

    The new settlements will be built within the next 10 days on 2,000 acres in the Cox’s Bazar district near Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar, officials have said. Officials plan to construct 14,000 shelters, each with the capacity to hold six families, with the help of international aid organizations and the Bangladesh military.

    Restrictions will be placed on any inhabitants of the planned settlement, the government said.

    Rohingya will not be permitted to leave the camp, even to live with family or friends. They will also be barred from travelling by vehicle in Bangladesh, landlords will be prohibited from renting to them and only those registered as refugees will qualify for official assistance.

    Poor and overpopulated, Bangladesh is no haven for the Rohingya, a long-persecuted Muslim minority from Buddhist-majority Myanmar. Camps were already overflowing with at least 400,000 Rohingya before the current exodus was provoked by Rohingya militants’ attacking Myanmar police posts and an army base on Aug. 25.

    The Myanmar military then began a campaign of village torchings, extrajudicial killings and gang rape, according to survivors and international rights groups. Witnesses and rights organizations have also accused the military of using helicopters to unleash a scorched-earth campaign, burning Rohingya villages.

    The United Nations described the actions against the Rohingya as a “textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”

    With a record number of Rohingya fleeing over the border into Bangladesh, arrivals have been forced to line the streets of local villages, begging for food and water, and the current settlements have reached capacity.

    Bangladesh stopped designating new refugees in the early 1990s, forcing hundreds of thousands to fend for themselves by cobbling together bits of tarpaulin and bamboo to build makeshift homes. This year, the government even debated a plan to confine all Rohingya refugees on a flood-prone uninhabited island.

    Aid groups have expressed worry about hunger and diseases such as cholera spreading through the squalid settlements in Bangladesh. The lack of an adequate sewage system is also compounding fears about public hygiene. The Bangladesh Department of Public Health Engineering said it would construct 500 temporary latrines, while the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has plans for 8,000 more.

    On Sept. 12, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina of Bangladesh visited a Rohingya camp in Kutupalong, where she hugged refugees and lamented the deaths of women and children.

    “We want peace; we want good relations with our neighbouring countries,” she said. “But we can’t tolerate and accept any injustice.”

    Hasina is scheduled to attend the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday, where she is expected to ask for help from the international community to tackle the situation.

    Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of Myanmar’s civilian administration, announced she would skip the annual meeting. Suu Kyi, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, has been criticized for defending the Myanmar military’s crackdown and for staying silent about the plight of the Rohingya.

    Hasina has urged Myanmar to take back the Rohingya who have fled to Bangladesh, much as Myanmar did during some earlier waves of displacement. Much smaller populations of Hindus, Buddhists and animists living in Rakhine state in western Myanmar have also been displaced by the violence.

    On Friday, the Bangladesh government lodged a formal complaint with Myanmar about alleged violations of Bangladesh airspace by Myanmar military aircraft and drones. Myanmar dismissed a similar airspace protest this month.

    The Bangladesh government has also been holding two Myanmar photographers covering the Rohingya crisis for a German magazine.

    The two, Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat, are accused of entering the country under false pretenses, on tourist visas. The Bangladeshi authorities have suggested that the two may be spies, a charge denied by their lawyers and families.


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    A man who was found without vital signs following a shooting inside a downtown restaurant Saturday evening has died.

    Police rushed to Michael’s on Simcoe near Simcoe St. and Adelaide St. W. around 9 p.m. after reports of shooting. When emergency services arrived, they found a man without vital signs.

    Paramedics rushed him to a hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries, police said.

    Witnesses told police they heard four to five shots fired when the shooting took place within the restaurant, which is located in Toronto’s entertainment district.

    Police are looking for one male suspect who fled the scene on foot. He is described to be in possession of a black handgun, possibly wearing a dark or grey hoodie. He was last seen travelling west on Pearl St.

    The Homicide Unit has taken over the investigation. They are asking for anyone who might have witnessed the shooting to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

    The restaurant was the scene of another dramatic shooting almost two years ago. Police described that incident as a targeted act.

    Two masked men entered the restaurant and opened fire, hitting a man and woman in their late 20s sitting at the back of the restaurant, police said at the time. Both victims survived the shooting.

    With files from Alexandra Jones


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    Right now, the city is conducting a survey about its parkland strategy (you can fill it out online or attend public meetings about it around the city). At the same time, it is entertaining a proposal from Councillor Mary-Margaret McMahon, chair of the parks committee, to allow people to buy and drink beer in public parks.

    So it seems an opportune time — as we enjoy the last few weeks of prime Toronto park season and reflect on our experiences of the summer — to offer a few suggestions. These are small ones — nothing so grandiose as a plan for new parks, or even new types of parks, and nothing so expensive, either. But from my picnic blanket under the trees, they seem like they’re small things that would make a huge difference to our enjoyment of park spaces.

    First off, yes, let people drink beer (or wine, or whatever) in parks. But don’t bother limiting it to some kind of rotating “beer truck” special events — as the proposal seems like it might — or otherwise bog it down in quicksand of overregulation. As my colleague at Metro, Matt Elliott, recently wrote, there’s every danger that the city will put up all kinds of fenced-off beer holding pens in corners of parks, or put so many rules and permits onto what can be drunk or sold and how that they suck all the fun out of what should be a way for people to have fun.

    Golf courses can already have their licensed area include all the playing areas and the grass around the clubhouse —essentially the whole course— so people can wander around with a beer while they play. The same seems like it would work just fine in public parks.

    Right now — famously at Trinity Bellwoods, but also even at my local family playground — many, many people routinely bring a bottle of wine or a tall can of IPA to the park. And it causes few problems that anyone can see. All the city has to do is change the law to conform to a relatively uncontroversial common practice.

    And then, to complement this, the city can go ahead and license sales concessions — truck-based or otherwise — as a service to park users and a source of cash, too.

    It was after I had kids that I realized parks serve roughly the same purpose in a community as pubs: they’re convenient local places to relax, blow off steam, celebrate, meet people, and catch up on neighbourhood news and gossip. Seems like there are relatively few reasons not to add another similarity to the list by letting people do those things over a beer if they want.

    Which brings us to my second suggestion. You know what else bars have? Bar stools. Chairs. Places for people to sit down while they socialize and pass the time.

    You know what Toronto’s parks don’t have enough of? Places to sit down, or things to sit on. Sure, there are a few wooden benches affixed in place here and there, and the odd well-placed rock. But as I wrote last summer, there really are relatively few places to have a seat in our public places, including in our parks.

    In New York City and Paris, cheap, movable chairs are a ubiquitous and well-used fixture of parks and public squares. And they are better than park benches specifically because there are lots of them and you can move them around — into the shade, or into conversation circles, or whatever — as you like. “People don’t care about the architectural design of a public space,” writer Jonathan Rowe observed, summarizing the work of legendary urbanist William H. Whyte. “What they do care about is one simple thing: places to sit.” We need more of them in our parks, particularly local neighbourhood drop-in parkettes where people stopping in spontaneously are less likely to have packed a picnic blanket or beach towel with them.

    Finally, if people are sitting around enjoying themselves and having a drink, they need something else. Something very basic in which the city has, in my experience, failed spectacularly. They need a decent place to go to the washroom.

    “A 5-year-old little girl needed to use the washroom,” a Toronto resident named Betty Lynn wrote me recently about a trip to High Park — one of the city’s flagship destination parks. “She went ahead of me and I was surprised to see her back off, and so hesitant to go into a stall and wouldn’t enter. I looked in and agreed . . . and, frankly was horrified at the sight. Not only unflushed and horribly smelly, but with huge amounts of toilet paper all over the floor, little clean toilet paper, water all over the floor and no lock on the doors! Of the wash basins only one had water (cold), the sinks were filthy and rusted and the floor looked like it hadn’t be cleaned (never mind painted) in decades.”

    If you’re from Toronto, it’s likely nothing about Lynn’s description will surprise you. It seems like in our public parks in particular, there are two states in which you find a public washroom.

    The first state is disgusting. As Lynn describes.

    The second state is locked. For much of the year, the toilets in many parks are closed unless they are attached to a specific facility like a pool or a skating rink that is open. I recall with amazement this spring, while the cherry trees were blooming in High Park, on the same weekend as the park’s baseball and soccer leagues opened their seasons, the park was full of people. Police had gated the entrances to car traffic because there was gridlock on the park roads. The walkways were like Union Station during the morning rush hour. The park was predictably full for the event-packed weekend. And the public washrooms were . . . not yet open for the season.

    Almost every fast-food joint and mom-and-pop diner in the city manages to keep restrooms open, and relatively clean, stocked with toilet paper, with functioning sinks and locking stall doors. It isn’t difficult or unreasonable to expect the city to manage the same thing in public facilities.

    There’s the three-point plan: let people have a drink, let them have a seat while they do it and give them a decent washroom facility for when they need it. It isn’t a grandiose parkland strategy, but it is an easy way to make our existing parks much better.

    Edward Keenan writes on city issues ekeenan@thestar.ca . Follow: @thekeenanwire


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    Money for nothing?

    Offering up to $1,400 a month with no strings attached to someone living in poverty may sound easy, says Kwame McKenzie, special adviser to Ontario’s basic income pilot project.

    “But it’s not,” says the respected psychiatrist, researcher and international expert on the social causes of illness, suicide and health equity.

    “We have spent a lot of time teaching people that if it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” McKenzie says. “You have to build techniques and strategies to reassure people that they aren’t going to be let down and it isn’t a scam.”

    About 28,000 residents in the Hamilton-Brantford and Thunder Bay areas have received 40-page application packages in the mail since Premier Kathleen Wynne launched the three-year initiative in late April. Recruitment in Lindsay, the third trial site, begins later this fall.

    The pilot is expected to cost $50 million a year and help the government determine whether a less intrusive and more trusting approach to delivering income support improves health, education and housing outcomes for low-income workers and people on welfare. The government also wants to see if providing an income floor below which nobody can fall improves job prospects for those living on low incomes.

    But so far, the randomized weekly mail-outs have resulted in relatively few applications and even fewer cheques in the hands of low-income Ontarians.

    Based on feedback from public information meetings over the summer, many of the packages landed in the mailboxes of people who aren’t eligible, either because they are too old or earning too much money.

    Up to 4,000 individuals ages 18 to 64 with after-tax incomes under about $34,000 (or under $48,000 for couples and under about $46,000 for a single person with a disability) will receive the provincial cash. Up to 4,000 others will get no extra money, but will be tracked as a control group.

    People with disabilities will receive an additional $500 a month. And the basic income will be reduced by 50 cents for every dollar earned until a participant is no longer financially eligible.

    The government won’t say how many have signed up or how many cheques were issued in July and August. But community agencies partnering with the government to raise awareness and help potential participants apply, say few low-income people with application forms have come forward for assistance.

    Mackenzie, who heads the Wellesley Institute health think-tank and is director of clinical health equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, says this isn’t unusual and that studies of this kind use randomized mail-outs as much for advertising as recruitment.

    It helps to get the word out, so when people are tapped in more targeted enrolment efforts, they know something about it, he says.

    “If you want to reach more marginalized populations you need a number of different ways of getting people talking about it,” he says.

    Last month, provincial officials began setting up open and targeted enrolment sessions in food banks and community agencies in Thunder Bay and Brantford. Lakehead Social Planning Council in Thunder Bay is also reaching out to potential participants over Facebook. Open enrolment sessions will start in Hamilton next week.

    The weekly mail-outs have changed to a “less intimidating” one-page letter inviting people to request an application package or visit the government’s basic income website for more information, said Karen Glass, the government’s senior bureaucrat on the file. Reminder postcards are being sent to those who received the initial package. And now, anyone living in the household, including an adult son or daughter — not just the person named on the envelope — will be eligible to apply.

    “What we learn from this pilot will help inform our longer-term plans for income security reform,” said Social Services Minister Helena Jaczek and Housing Minister Peter Milczyn, who are jointly leading the project.

    “At the same time, we will continue to look for ways to improve social assistance to better support the individuals and families who are relying on this system today,” they added in a joint statement.

    Trevor Beecraft, executive director of the Welcome Inn Community Centre, Brantford’s only emergency homeless shelter, hopes the pilot project’s targeted enrolment efforts reach his clients.

    “The people we serve have no addresses so those who could potentially benefit the most from the basic income have had no access to the application form,” said Beecraft. The centre’s 36-bed shelter in a local church provided 8,000 sleeps last year and has served 232 individual users so far this year.

    “It’s going to be a skewed result if they don’t have the homeless involved in the demographics of their study,” he said.

    In addition to having no address, many homeless people lack government-issued identification and most probably haven’t filed their 2016 taxes and won’t have a T1 tax return document needed to verify their income.

    “The other barrier for the demographic I work with is literacy . . . . There are a lot of barriers for those who could use this the most.”

    Beecraft says the study needs to learn what support homeless people would need if they suddenly saw their incomes jump.

    This comes from a greater concern among anti-poverty advocates that if the basic income proves successful for higher functioning people on low-incomes and eventually replaces welfare, services for the most vulnerable would be cut to pay for the change.

    “Just because you give them more money doesn’t take away the challenges of mental health or addictions that many of them face,” Beecraft says. “But it would make it much easier for organizations like ours to find them suitable housing that meets their needs.”

    Convincing them to apply for the pilot project, however, is another matter, he noted.

    Some are afraid to try it because there is no guarantee they will be chosen to get the extra money. Others can’t imagine moving into more secure housing and beginning to live a better life, only to see it taken away when the project ends in three years.

    “Everything they would have built up through the pilot would be lost. People with foresight are saying they don’t want to be in that situation, even if they would be better off in the short term,” Beecraft says.

    And for others it’s just paranoia. “It is hard for them to trust.”

    Thunder Bay resident Taras Harapyuk, who hasn’t worked since 2015 when he fell while lifting a ladder off his truck, received an application package in July and completed it about three weeks ago.

    The 57-year-old former heating and fireplace installer, who has been living on about $700 a month in welfare payments, is “praying” he will be among 4,000 chosen to receive the cash.

    “I was very happy to get (the application) because I really need temporary help,” he said by phone from his modest bungalow where he has lost heat, hydro and even water due to mounting bills he can no longer pay.

    A visiting nurse, who has been helping Harapyuk with pain management after back and shoulder surgery related to his injury, assisted with the application.

    “I know how to save. I know how to make money last. It would help me get back on my feet,” he said Friday after a physiotherapy appointment. “I am strong. I never give up. But I just need a little bit of help.”

    McKenzie, who is not being paid for his research advice to the government, says the project, believed to be the largest in the world at the moment, is a huge opportunity.

    “The people who are part of this basic income pilot are going to be helping Ontario set its course, but also leading Canada and maybe parts of the world in a different way of looking at how to provide securer lives for people in low income,” he said.

    “I hope all of the people who sign up will be thinking: Wow. This is big, eh? To be part of history.”


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    SOMERSET, N.J.—President Donald Trump mocked the leader of nuclear-armed North Korea on Sunday as “Rocket Man” while White House advisers said the isolated country would face destruction unless it shelves its weapons programs and bellicose threats.

    The warnings came a day after Kim Jong Un pledged to continue those programs, saying North Korea is nearing its goal of “equilibrium” in military force with the United States.

    North Korea will be high on the agenda for world leaders this coming week at the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly, Trump’s biggest moment on the world stage since his inauguration in January.

    Trump is scheduled to address the world body, which he has criticized as weak and incompetent, on Tuesday.

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    Trump, who spent the weekend at his New Jersey golf club, tweeted that he and South Korean President Moon Jae-in discussed North Korea during their latest telephone conversation Saturday.

    Asked about Trump’s description of Kim, national security adviser H.R. McMaster said “Rocket Man” was “a new one and I think maybe for the president.” But, he said, “that’s where the rockets are coming from. Rockets, though, we ought to probably not laugh too much about because they do represent a great threat to all.”

    McMcaster said Kim is “going to have to give up his nuclear weapons because the president has said he’s not going to tolerate this regime threatening the United States and our citizens with a nuclear weapon.”

    Asked if that meant Trump would launch a military strike, McMaster said, “He’s been very clear about that, that all options are on the table.”

    Some doubt that Kim would ever agree to surrender his arsenal.

    “I think that North Korea is not going to give up its program with nothing on the table,” said Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, a member of the Senate intelligence committee.

    Kim has threatened Guam, a U.S. territory in the Pacific, and has fired missiles over Japan, a U.S. ally. North Korea also recently tested its most powerful bomb.

    The UN Security Council has voted unanimously twice in recent weeks to tighten economic sanctions on North Korea, including targeting shipments of oil and other fuel used in missile testing. The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, said North Korea was starting to “feel the pinch.”

    Trump, in a tweet, asserted that long lines for gas were forming in North Korea, and he said that was “too bad.”

    Related: How Canada can help to defuse North Korean crisis: Walkom

    Haley warned of a tougher U.S. response to future North Korean provocations, and said she would be happy to turn the matter over to Defence Secretary Jim Mattis “because he has plenty of military options.”

    Mattis said after Kim tested a hydrogen bomb earlier this month that the U.S. would answer any threat from the North with a “massive military response, a response both effective and overwhelming.”

    Trump has threatened to rain “fire and fury” on North Korea if the North continued with its threats. Haley said that wasn’t an empty threat from the president but she declined to describe the president’s intentions.

    “If North Korea keeps on with this reckless behaviour, if the United States has to defend itself or defend its allies in any way, North Korea will be destroyed and we all know that and none of us want that,” Haley said. “None of us want war. But we also have to look at the fact that you are dealing with someone who is being reckless, irresponsible and is continuing to give threats not only to the United States, but to all their allies, so something is going to have to be done.”

    The White House said after Trump’s tweet that he and Moon were committed to strengthening deterrence and defence capabilities, and maximizing economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea.

    But Haley said the Security Council had “pretty much exhausted” all its options.

    In other developments Sunday:

    • McMaster said “the president’s ears are open” to possible participation in a new global climate agreement that addresses his concerns about the original 2015 deal, when Barack Obama was president. The White House has denied reports that Trump has changed his mind about withdrawing the U.S. from the accord.

    • McMasters suggested that Friday’s bomb attack in London could lead Trump to introduce a stronger travel ban. Trump’s original travel ban has been tied up in court, with the Supreme Court scheduled to hear arguments next month in a legal challenge.

    Haley and Feinstein spoke on CNN’s State of the Union and McMaster appeared on ABC’s This Week and Fox News Sunday.


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