Owner of Fuzz, the malnourished cat euthanized last month, charged under Animal Protection Act

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HALIFAX – The owner of “Fuzz” the cat, who was brought to a vet and euthanized last month, has been charged under the Animal Protection Act.

Fuzz was brought to the Lady Hammond Animal Hospital on September 13, very ill and in bad physical shape.

Kim Jenkins, owner of the cat, has been charged with failing to provide the animal with adequate medical attention when the animal was wounded or ill and issued a ticket for $406.45.

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“We took the cat to the Department of Agriculture and had a necropsy performed, and, based on the results of the necropsy and our findings, we decided that it was appropriate to charge the owner,” said Jo Anne Landsburg, Chief Provincial Inspector of the NS SPCA.

Kara Jenkins, daughter of Kim, made a public plea for her cat after not having seen him for a while.

Sarah Fraser admitted on 广州桑拿网 to having brought Fuzz to the vet and that the cat had been euthanized shortly after.

The SPCA launched an investigation into the matter.

READ MORE: Halifax woman upset after her cat was mistakenly euthanized

“I decided the most humane thing to do would be to euthanize the cat,” Fraser wrote in a post on 广州桑拿网, explaining her decision.

The post explained that Fraser believed Fuzz was a stray, and that she brought the cat to the veterinarian out of concern for her health and safety.

Today, Fraser said she was feeling  “very vindicated” by the process. “There was a lot of doubt, I think before, and, if anything, this really proves what terrible condition the cat was really in and that the right decisions were made,” said Fraser, who added that, since Global News broke the story last month, her family has received threats of physical harm.

In September, the veterinarian who examined the cat said it was in very bad shape. “It was very malnourished, had matted fur all over the body, high grade heart murmur, open-mouthed breathing, extremely emaciated and dehydrated, gingival bleeding with many rotten teeth,” Dr. Umer Khan of the Lady Hammond Animal Hospital told Global News in September.

After further examination, Dr. Khan said the cat was in extreme pain, and eventually it was recommended that the cat be put down, a decision that Kara Jenkins did not agree with.

“We should have been responsible to make that decision, not a stranger,” Kara Jenkins said in September. “I think there needs to be some sort of justice served.”

Halifax Regional Police also launched an investigation into the matter, but they concluded their investigation and didn’t lay any charges.

If you find an animal in need of care, The NS SPCA asks that you contact them at 1 (888) 703-7722.

With files from Steve Silva.

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Take your Halloween entertaining to the next level with these tutorials

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Hosting a Halloween party this week? There are a few easy DIY decor and menu ideas you can use to make your shindig “spooktacular.”

Sara Lynn Cauchon, aka The Domestic Geek on YouTube (where she has nearly quadruple the following of Martha Stewart), really set the bar with her epic feast.

The whole setup took her five days, but she’s confident you won’t need that long.

“You can definitely pull that off in an afternoon if you had some extra hands.”

Part 1 of her Haunted Hallowed Party tutorial, which covers all the little devilish decor details, has been viewed more than 25,000 times in less than 24 hours.

Here are her tips for how you can pull off what she did:

1. Scour your house

“There’s nothing you can’t do with a mason jar, in my humble opinion.”

Anything in your home that looks old or antique could work. If you can’t find anything, drop by a thrift shop for some vintage decanters.

2. Hit a dollar store

“I have to say the dollar store has really upped its game.”

You can probably find close to everything you’ll need there. Even if something doesn’t look exactly like you want it to right out of the bag, a little imagination and creativity goes a long way. Cauchon’s black creepy-crawly place-mats, for instance, called for some super glue and spray paint. Cauchon glued the small snakes together to form a place-mat. They originally looked like this:

3. Stock up on candles

The candles give the skeletons a ghoulish glow.

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“Candles are so inexpensive but so creepy.”

The more candles you can add, the better. They really set the mood.

“Anything liquid looks incredible by candlelight,” she adds.

4. Menu

Poison apples are a sinister twist on candied apples.

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The blood-red spider cider is to die for.

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Oven-roasted brains “that even Hannibal Lecter would approve of.”

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“Menu is really important.”

Cauchon points out that you tend to see a lot of kid-friendly menus this time of year.

Part 2 of Cauchon’s Haunted Hallowed Party tutorial below offers three “eerie but irresistible recipes that will both spook and satisfy” adults’ tastebuds.

Happy entertaining!

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Justin Bieber cleans up in Europe at MTV EMAs with 5 awards

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MILAN – Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber dominated the MTV EMAs with five European music awards Sunday night, including for best male performer, best collaboration and best look.

“It’s been a long couple of years. I just feel it’s awesome to be recognized for my music,” Bieber, who was up for six awards, told the crowd.

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Clad in a boyish red ensemble, Bieber performed his single “What Do You Mean?” for screaming fans — many of whom surely helped him win the best fans category — inside the Mediolanum Center in Italy’s fashion capital of Milan.

“Make some noise!” he exhorted the crowd as he sang, as if they needed to be told.

As he picked up his award for best collaboration, Bieber said “it’s been a pretty good night.” By the time he took the fifth award, for best look, he just said “Wow.”

“I don’t know what to say, I got these looks from my mamma,” Bieber added.

He also won the worldwide act: North America category.

Host Ed Sheeran had a busy night, keeping the show going with co-host Ruby Rose, performing with Rudimental on their hit “Lay It On Me,” and taking home two awards himself, for best live act and best world stage.

Taylor Swift, who led all artists with nine nominations, took just one prize, best song, for “Bad Blood,” featuring Kendrick Lamar. Rihanna won best female performer while Nicki Minaj took best hip hop. One Direction won for best pop group, preventing Bieber from sweeping all the awards for which he was nominated. None of those acts were on hand to accept, and only Minaj sent along a video “thank you.”

Best video went to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, who opened the show with their award-winning song “Downtown,” with Eric Nally flying against a full moon backdrop. They thanked fans for supporting their music without the backing of a big label.

Pharrell Williams closed out the ceremony, singing a rousing rendition of his anthem “Freedom” with dancers in brightly colored swing skirts. As the broadcast wrapped up, cameras cut to the Piazza Duomo in Milan’s centre, where fans unfurled a huge “Freedom” banner to raise awareness about Europe’s refugee crisis.

New Wave rockers Duran Duran were honoured with the first-ever MTV video visionary award honouring music video pioneers.

“Music lovers around the world, when we started, there was us and MTV, and we blazed a trail and we were there for each other,” Simon Le Bon told the crowd.

Andrea Bocelli made his MTV EMA debut, lulling the Italian crowd into a sing-along of his hit “Con te partiro” before singing a duet with best newcomer nominee Tori Kelly.

“It’s been such an honour just to be around him and just see how he works and it’s really cool to see his wife and kids,” Kelly said on the red carpet, calling it “a huge honour” to share the stage with Bocelli.

The awards ceremony travels to a different European city each year and winners are selected by fans across the continent.

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Northern Ontario’s Nipigon River Bridge partially reopens to traffic

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NIPIGON, Ont. —; A multimillion-dollar bridge offering the sole east-west route across part of northern Ontario has been partially reopened after sustaining serious damage over the weekend, provincial officials said Monday.

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“[We] turned the corner, everything was intact. Got a little closer, and the whole bridge just lifted. Like there was a gust of wind that came underneath it and poof! It was crazy,” said Ashley Littlefield, who witnessed the incident firsthand with her husband and daughter.

“I knew there was something wrong. I panicked. My child, who’s six, was in the backseat and she was freaking out.”

A statement from Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said one lane is available to cars and regular-weight transport trucks, but said engineers were still working to determine whether the Nipigon River Bridge can sustain the weight of oversized trucks.

Del Duca said staff worked through the night in order to reopen a route that the province’s premier described as critically important.

“As soon as I heard about the closure of the bridge I was concerned because it is the lifeline in terms of product and transportation in northwestern Ontario,” Kathleen Wynne said. “It connects the east to the west, and there is only that one route.”

WATCH: ‘The situation’s really crazy’: NDP MP talks Nipigon bridge splitting, city feeling disconnected from country

The OPP closed the bridge indefinitely on Sunday afternoon when part of the steel decking on the western side separated about 60 centimetres from the rest of the structure. There were no injuries reported, and pedestrians were still able to make use of the bridge.

Word of the partial reopening came as a relief to local businesses, said Dan Bevilacqua, manager of the North of Superior Travel Association.

He said companies were bracing to function without bridge access for anywhere from two days to a full month, adding that the flow of supplies wasn’t even the main concern.

“I think what people were worried about is just essentially the country being split in two,” he said.

“Here in Nipigon, we are at the middle of the country. Everything has to come through this area. … It was more concern for travellers.”

The news was equally welcome to 20-year-old Mariah Veneziano, who had travelled to Thunder Bay, Ont., for the weekend to help her sister catch a flight.

She avoided a night shivering in her car by staying with friends, but set out for her home in Schreiber, Ont., home as soon as she heard traffic was moving again.

Veneziano said she initially felt nervous about crossing the structure, but found the scene less harrowing and more efficient than she expected.

“It was probably only a 10-minute wait because they were letting both sides of traffic go by,” she said. “We were going about 25 kilometres an hour across.”

No one has yet offered an estimate as to when the bridge, which is part of the Trans-Canada Highway and spans the Nipigon River, will be fully functional.

Nor is there any word as to what caused the separation, an issue Wynne said the government is determined to “get to the bottom of.”

The Ontario government began building what it touts as the province’s first cable-stayed bridge in 2013 and opened westbound lanes to two-way traffic in November. The project, which the government pegs at $106 million, is due to be completed in 2017.

Ontario Northern Development and Mines Minister Michael Gravelle was planning to visit the site on Monday to assess the extent of the damage, and Del Duca is planning to inspect the site on Wednesday.

“Apparently the bolts that hold the girders in place broke in some fashion and that lifted the bridge up,” Gravelle said.

“There’s been tremendous work done overnight and as one can see now the bridge is now open 17 hours after the incident happened to one lane traffic in both directions, all forms of traffic, which is a good thing.”

The nearby municipality of Greenstone declared a state of emergency on Sunday out of what deputy Mayor Eric Pietsch describes as an abundance of caution. He said the community itself was not threatened, but wanted to be in a better position to assist stranded travellers if necessary.

Pietsch said the state of emergency will likely remain in effect until Tuesday morning.

Ontario’s New Democrats said the failure of the bridge “shows the Liberal government’s mismanagement of northern Ontario’s roads and highways.”

“Many companies in northern Ontario depend on the bridge to transport product across the country,” said Wayne Gates, the party’s transportation critic. “This will hurt industry, and many small communities will be economically impacted with less motorists passing through.”

Progressive Conservative transportation critic Michael Harris called for an explanation, noting the bridge failed only 42 days after opening the new westbound lanes.

“This is a route that sees between 5,000 and 10,000 vehicles per day – many that can’t simply divert through the United States to get from east to west,” said Harris. “Where was the backup plan to prevent the potential of a failure that effectively splits Canada in two?”

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— chris cartwright (@CCartwright1971) January 10, 2016

Nipigon Bridge looks wavy – 6 wks old and does not look good – Canada spit in 1/2 pic.twitter广州桑拿网/pPRwaq20No

— AHolyGhost (@aholyghost1) January 11, 2016

Over 200 metric tonnes weight holding #NipigonBridge deck down so traffic can use 1 lane alternating. @globalnewsto pic.twitter广州桑拿网/ELZj5MJACJ

— Christina Stevens (@StevensGlobal) January 11, 2016

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This 1989 documentary on Asian investment in Vancouver shows how little the debate has changed

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“What do you think of Asian investment in Vancouver?” asks a reporter to a young couple.

“We talk about this every day,” says the woman with a laugh.

“I am totally opposed, totally. I don’t think it’s fair at all. People like us, a young married couple and we’ve lived here all our lives, and we can’t afford to buy a house. We save and we save, and it doesn’t matter, because the prices keep going up because the foreign people keep coming in and keep buying.”

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It’s an exchange that could have happened this week, as people in Metro Vancouver continue to deal with soaring real estate prices and the unknown effect foreign investment has on the housing market.

READ MORE: Study suggests overseas buyers impacting Vancouver real estate market

But it’s not a new debate – that exchanged happened in 1989.

It’s one of many illuminating conversations in a documentary aired by this station – then known as BCTV – more than 26 years ago.

In the previous year Vancouver experienced a real estate boom. Prices for homes on the west side of the city rose by 40 per cent, and the average age of residents was quickly rising.

At the same time, a growing contingent of immigrants from Hong Kong were arriving in Vancouver (up to 10,000 a year) and purchasing property. In 1986, the Bank of British Columbia was acquired by HSBC. In 1988, Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing purchased the Expo 86 site along False Creek.

“Something’s going to have to be done about all the things they’re buying up. Some kind of law being passed, because they’re buying everything,” said one person to BCTV reporter Colleen Leung, who presented the series.

Leung portrays Vancouver as an anxious city, emotional over the rapid pace of development.

“Vancouverites were shocked to learn that some condos sold out in Hong Kong before they were built, and before Canadians had a chance to buy them,” she says at one point.

“[Immigrants] look at properties, they decide what they want very quickly, they make all cash offers, if they have to do any financing, it seems some of them want to do them in their own banks in Hong Kong…dozens of houses on the west side are being bulldozed.

“Chinese Canadians thought discrimination was gone forever, but with the arrival of the new asia money, they realize the old battles will have to fought all over again.”

This was portrayed as what would happen to Vancouver “if developers get their way.”

And while today the parts of the debate tinged with racism have mostly moved to the internet, in 1989 people seemed to be more willing to speak with vitriol to the camera – and our station dispassionately gave them equal air time.

“Thirty per cent have finally admitted they’re racist. When when another 30 per cent do, we’ll get some action on this immigration thing,” said one elderly woman at the Scottish Cultural Centre.

“As soon as we stand up and speak and try to express ourselves on what we’re trying to do, it’s slammed as racism. Well by god if that’s racism, then I’m racist!” said another person at the meeting.

READ MORE: Petition urges Christy Clark to restrict foreign investment in Vancouver real estate

But it wasn’t just the elderly – teenagers at Magee Secondary School also were less than thrilled at the changes to their city.

“And beside the classrooms changing, our whole neighbourhods are changing too. They come in and buy old houses, knock them down, and some of them they build are nice, but some of them our monstrosities, they don’t fit in with our neighbourhood,” said one student.

“I think they should keep their customs and whatnot, but if they’re going to come to Canada, they need to learn like Canadians,” said another.

Leung explains that some politicians have raised the idea of putting in restrictions on building codes, or even emulating Australia’s laws on housing investments.

However, politicians were loathe to make any changes, because 26 years ago, there simply wasn’t enough data available on the topic.

“The problem we have right now is we don’t have the information to enable us to come to some conclusions. For us to come to a conclusion before having information is somewhat backwards,” said John Jansen, Minister for International Business and Immigration.

READ MORE: B.C. Finance Minister throws cold water on real estate speculation tax

The documentary aired over the course of five editions of the News Hour in February, 1989.

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WATCH: Winnipeg Jets call 4-2 loss to Buffalo Sabres disappointing

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WINNIPEG – Rookie Sam Reinhart picked up his first career NHL hat trick against the Winnipeg Jets (19-20-3) to help his Buffalo Sabres (16-22-4) to a 4-2 win at MTS Centre on Sunday. The victory not only snaps Buffalo’s six-game slide but also hands Winnipeg it’s second straight loss.

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Reinhart opened the scoring early in the first period by beating Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck glove side with a wrist shot for his tenth goal of the season. He later used a power play to notch his second of the frame and put Buffalo back in front after Blake Wheeler evened things up with his team leading 41st point. Wheeler’s goal marks his first in exactly a month. He had gone 12 straight games without finding the back of the net.

Mathieu Perreault put away a rebound in the second period on a man-advantage to make it a 2-2 game. Bryan Little grabbed his second assist of the game on the play.

Buffalo retook the lead in the third by scoring two unanswered goals. Hellebuyck gave up a huge rebound off a Brian Gionta shot allowing Marcus Foligno to put away the game-winner. Reinhart added his third of the match in the final minute by hitting an empty net.

WATCH: Breaking down Evander Kane’s controversial actions from the Winnipeg Jets to the Buffalo Sabres

The game was Evander Kane and Zach Bogosian’s first in Winnipeg since being traded to Buffalo last February. Kane, who was the subject of many taunts, finished the game with an assist. Bogosian was left pointless but logged two shots, four hits and 23:23 of ice time.

Jets forward Mark Scheifele did not suit up against the Sabres. He was a game-time decision with a lower-body injury. Winnipeg head coach Paul Maurice expects Scheifele to play the next game. Perreault’s status meanwhile is up in the air after a second period collision with Sabres defenceman Jake McCabe. Perreault went to the dressing room following the hit. He returned for the third period but was in a considerable amount of pain every shift he took.

Winnipeg continues its three-game home stand Tuesday against the San Jose Sharks.

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Edmonton’s Deep Freeze Byzantine Winter Festival draws big crowds

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EDMONTON- Despite a bitterly cold start to the weekend, thousands of people ditched the comforts of the couch to check out the Deep Freeze Byzantine Festival.

“Saturday was very cold and we had tons of people it was amazing,” said Allison Argy-Burgess, the festival producer. It’s estimated between 10 and 15 thousand people headed out into the bitter cold to enjoy the winter fun.

The festival takes place along 118 Avenue between 90-94 Streets. It features an ice slide, snow and ice carvings as well as a hot dog and marshmallow roast. There’s also ice skating and the Festival’s signature ‘deep freezer races’ in which teams push and slide an empty old freezer along the street.

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“It’s been a fantastic year better than we ever expected,” said Argy-Burgess, adding the kitchen sold out of poutine on Francophone-themed Sunday. While the final numbers are still being added up, organizers expect this year’s attendance to be a record breaker.

“Every year we listen to the community, we listen to Edmontonians. What they want to see, what could be better and it just grows naturally,” says Christy Morin, the festival’s artistic director. “People just want to be part of the festival.”

This year the festival expanded it’s program to include a day of delicious Ukrainian food and dancing on Saturday and a Francophone-themed day on Sunday.

All the fun is free but a $10 donation is appreciated. Donations have kept the festival growing and going for nine years now.

“I’m excited because I think people are getting how much fun you can have at a winter festival. It’s just wonderful,” said Argy-Burgess.

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Laval’s Matthew Schreindorfer shares sad news in Facebook post

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MONTREAL – For Laval’s Matthew Schreindorfer, it looked as though 2015 would end on a high note.

In August 2014, just two months after getting married to his high school sweetheart, Schreindorfer was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

After treatment failed in Quebec, he took part in a costly experimental treatment in New York while his wife, Katia Luciani, turned to the generosity of strangers to save the love of her life.

The expensive gene therapy was funded by an online campaign organised by Luciani that raised over $800,000.

He then underwent a successful bone marrow transplant and in October of 2015, was given a clean bill of health.

WATCH BELOW: Global’s Jessica Brown catches up with Matthew Schreindorfer and wife Katia Luciani to talk about what it feels like to be cancer-free after a year of devastation.

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    The couple was slowly starting to enjoy a return to normal life, looking forward to spending the Christmas holidays together. However, a routine 6-month post transplant bone marrow biopsy on Dec. 9, 2015, changed all that.

    In a Facbook post, Schreindorfer said “I feared the worst, and sadly the worst was confirmed.”

    Doctors announced the cancer was back.

    Schriendorfer spent the greater part of the holidays in hospital, mostly in isolation. The hope is that he will qualify for CAR-T cell immunotherapy treatment at the government-run National Institute of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland.

    Sadly, the treatment is still not available locally, but Schreindorfer and Lucaini have been working tirelessly to change that.

    READ MORE: Matthew Schreindorfer lobbies for better cancer treatment in Quebec

    In collaboration with the McGill Super Hospital, the Cedars Cancer Foundation and Dr. Laneuville the couple have been planning a gala event. The proceeds from the soirée will be  donated to Dr. Laneuville and his team and used towards the development of immunotherapy treatments in Montreal.

    For more information on how you can help, visit the Cedars Cancer Foundation website.

    WATCH BELOW: Matthew Schreindorfer’s journey

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Canada Post suspends community mailbox program

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Canada Post announced Monday it was temporarily suspending its conversion of door-to-door mail delivery to community mailboxes, in a move that will affect about 460,000 addresses across the country. The union representing postal workers said it’s “ecstatic” but hopes to see restored service for those who’ve already lost home delivery.

“All conversions planned for November and December 2015 and those announced for 2016 will be placed on hold,” said a statement from spokesperson Anick Losier.

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READ MORE: ‘We assumed it was OK’ – Canada Post under fire for setting up community mailbox

Canada Post said it would work with the federal government to create a plan, and customers impacted will receive a letter within the next few weeks, “advising them of the status of their mail delivery service.”

“In neighbourhoods where the 10-month internal and community conversion process is complete, customers will collect mail and parcels at their community mailbox,” said the statement. “This includes customers set to begin receiving their mail and parcels in their boxes in October.”

WATCH ABOVE: Canadian Union of Postal Workers ‘ecstatic’ over suspension of mailbox program

The union representing postal workers had been urging Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau to contact Canada Post to halt the process. Canadian Union of Postal Workers national president Mike Palecek said his group had been campaigning for the change for over a year and a half, and called Monday’s announcement “a complete reversal of [Canada Post’s] position.”

“Unfortunately it’s too late for the tens of thousands who lost their door-to-door delivery this morning,” he said, adding the union will be pushing for a public review of Canada Post’s mandate.

“The Liberals have promised to have a study about the role of Canada Post. We want to make sure that’s done in a public manner so the public can have input into this, because after all, Canada Post is owned by the public.”

READ MORE: Canada Post under fire for setting up community mailbox

Trudeau promised during the election campaign to reverse cuts to door-to-door mail delivery that were begun under the Harper Conservative government. A Liberal Party spokesperson would not confirm if Canada Post had received direction from the new government Monday, but referred Global News to its platform, which promises to maintain door-to-door delivery.

There have been several protests against the box installations since the federal election, with some people standing or lying on dirt piles to prevent workers from placing cement foundations for the mailboxes.

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre even took a jackhammer to a slab of concrete designated for a community mailbox in Pierrefonds-Roxboro back in August. Watch the video of his protest below:

READ MORE: Edmonton man wins battle against Canada Post over community mailbox

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In Tofino community reeling from fatal boat accident, whale watching is big business

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Tofino, on the west coast of British Columbia’s Vancouver Island, is one of Canada’s most sought-after destinations.

Tourists from around the world descend on the small community of just under 2,000 residents for surfing, hiking, fishing, and whale watching every year.  Tofino is also surrounded by national and provincial parks including the Pacific Rim National Park preserve featuring Long Beach a popular year-round destination.

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READ MORE: Boat with 27 people on board sinks off B.C. coast; five British nationals confirmed dead

An estimated 430,000 cetacean-seekers visited B.C. in 2008, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, generating more than $113 million for local economies through direct and indirect contributions. Tourism is big business for the province of British Columbia generating $13.5 billion in revenues in 2012 for the province, according to 2013 B.C. Statistics, the most recent available.

The Torino-Ucluelet area is just one of many established whale-watching industries in the area.

But on Sunday tragedy struck when the whale-watching boat Leviathan II sank near Vargas Island, just west of Tofino, with 27 people on board. At least five people were killed. The search for one person who was still missing was called off Sunday night and the RCMP was handling it as a missing-person case.

British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond confirmed in a statement that the five killed were U.K. nationals. He said consular officials in British Columbia were supporting family members of those who died.

READ MORE: First Nations among rescuers credited with saving lives after boat sinks off B.C. coast

“My thoughts are with the family and friends of all those affected by this terrible accident,” Hammond said.

James Bray, owner of Jamie’s Whaling Station, which operated the vessel, said in a statement he’s “heartbroken” by the incident.

“It has been a tragic day. Our entire team is heartbroken over this incident and our hearts go out to the families, friends and loved ones of everyone involved,” he said in a statement Monday.

“We are doing everything we can to assist our passengers and staff through this difficult time. We are cooperating with investigators to determine exactly what happened.”

But this isn’t the company’s first fatal accident: In 1998 a boat was swamped, leaving the operator and one passenger dead.

The Transportation Safety Board is investigating the incident.

WATCH ABOVE: Tofino mayor Josie Osborne discusses the community response to the tragedy.

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UDPATE: Penticton Search and Rescue targeted by thieves

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UPDATE: There is a bright spot in a recent break-in that took place at Penticton Search and Rescue (PENSAR).

Penticton Honda Centre is donating a brand new 1,000 watt Honda Generator to PENSAR after hearing about the group’s recent theft.

“We sell outdoor equipment; some people get lost; it’s an important thing that we help out by getting [PENSAR] a new generator to get them looked after,” says store manager Glen Hall.

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PENSAR says the generator may not be a specialized piece of equipment, but it is a valuable one that assists volunteers to charge car batteries, flood lights and other gear during searches.

PENTICTON–Penticton Search and Rescue (PENSAR) members are shocked to find they have been targeted by thieves.

The members met for training early Saturday morning at their hall, only to find two of their trailers had been broken into.

The culprits made off with a 1,000 watt Honda generator and a number of gas cans used for the UTV’s.

” It’s certainly disheartening considering we are a volunteer and self funded organization. Everyone here gives so much to help others,” says Dale Jorgensen, President of PENSAR.

Now besides having to spend money on a new generator, the team will be looking at adding more security measures.

PENSAR is hopeful someone in the community has information on the theft, and will contact the Penticton RCMP or Crimestoppers.

The serial number of the generator is EZGA 116325.

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