Labour dispute causes traffic disruption at Ontario Food Terminal in Etobicoke

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A labour dispute at the Ontario Food Terminal is causing significant delays on the eastbound lanes of The Queensway in Etobicoke Thursday morning.

More than a dozen workers are on the picket lines blocking the entrance to the produce distribution centre after contract negotiations broke down at midnight.

Union leaders say employees for Fresh Taste Produce received union certification last fall and are negotiating their first contract.

WATCH: Striking employees at the Ontario Food Terminal block vehicles from entering

They say wages, benefits and pension issues are still outstanding.

“I think both sides negotiated in good faith. We weren’t able to get an agreement,” said Teamsters Local 419 representative Ken Dean.

“It’s a first contract so everything is outstanding. Wages, benefits, pension, language.”

Striking employees tell Global News they have not received a pay increase for 14 years.

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“It’s the fundamentals, the grievance procedure. We do have a lot of that ironed out. It’s mostly, frankly, the monetary end of it that’s outstanding right now,” said Dean.

“We feel we have an industry standard down here and we’re trying to get as close to that as we can.”

Workers on the picket lines say they are getting paid $14 to $15 an hour, however unionized workers receive around $20.

The Ontario Food Terminal Board issued a notice for a ‘picket protocol‘ late Wednesday night warning of disruptions on Thursday.

Vehicles at the The Queensway and Parklawn Road exits and entrances will be allowed to enter and leave the terminal grounds but will be stopped periodically.

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Former WWE wrestling star Chyna dies at 46

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REDONDO BEACH, Calif. – Chyna, the WWE star who in the 1990s became one of the best-known and most-popular female professional wrestlers in history, has died, authorities said.

Police in Southern California said they were responding to a 911 call from a friend of former WWE wrestler Chyna when they found her dead in her Redondo Beach apartment.

A friend had gone Wednesday to check on Chyna, whose real name is Joan Marie Laurer, after she had failed to answer her phone for a few days, Redondo Beach police said in a statement. The friend told the 911 operator that Laurer wasn’t breathing.

The 46-year-old Laurer was dead when officers arrived, police said. Several media outlets report that she was 45.

Neither police nor coroner’s officials have released any cause of death.

A coroner’s investigator was still at the location with the body late Wednesday night, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz. He said he had no further information on the death.

The tall, muscle-bound, raven-haired Laurer billed herself as the “9th Wonder of the World” because her wrestling predecessor Andre the Giant had already called himself the eighth.

She was a member of the wrestling squad that dubbed itself “D-Generation X,” often wrestled against men and at one point was the WWE women’s champion.

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On her official website a statement posted Wednesday night reads, “Today we lost a true icon, a real life superhero. Joanie Laurer aka Chyna, the 9th Wonder of the World has passed away. She will live forever in the memories of her millions of fans and all of us that loved her.”

Laurer was a native of Rochester, New York and graduated from the University of Tampa in Florida before taking up wrestling.

She joins a long list of WWE professional wrestlers who have died relatively young, including Rick Rude, Curt “Mr. Perfect” Hennig, the Ultimate Warrior and Owen Hart.

After leaving the WWE in 2001, Laurer posed for Playboy and appeared in adult films and on reality TV, including the shows “The Surreal Life” and “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew.”


This story has been updated to reflect that Laurer was 46, according to a police statement.

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Queen Elizabeth II to spend day at Windsor Castle on her 90th birthday

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WINDSOR, England – Queen Elizabeth II – Britain’s oldest and longest-serving monarch – was celebrating her 90th birthday Thursday with a day at home and a short walk.

Her government and subjects are having gun salutes, fireworks and tributes in Parliament in her honour, and televised retrospectives are being broadcast of a royal life that has stretched from the Roaring ’20s to the Internet age.

WATCH: Queen Elizabeth II celebrates her 90th birthday with fans and family. Jeff Semple reports.

The queen was born Princess Elizabeth on April 21, 1926, and became queen at 25 upon the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952. A majority of Britons have lived under no other monarch.

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British Prime Minister David Cameron said the queen “has lived through some extraordinary times,” from World War II to the moon landing, the end of the Cold War and the advent of peace in Northern Ireland.

WATCH: David Cameron leads British parliament in wishing Queen Elizabeth a happy birthday

Cameron led tributes Thursday in the House of Commons to the monarch and her “unshakable sense of duty,” pointing out that the queen had provided counsel to 12 British prime ministers and met a quarter of all the U.S. presidents in history.

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“Her Majesty has been steadfast – a rock of strength for our nation, for our Commonwealth and on many occasions for the whole world,” he declared.

At dusk, the Parliament building will be lit up in the red, white and blue of the Union Jack.

The queen is spending the day at Windsor Castle and will greet well-wishers on a walk through the town west of London. Hundreds have lined up hours beforehand, carrying cakes, cards, balloons and Union Jack flags.

WATCH: Queen Elizabeth II was presented with a birthday cake on Thursday, made by the winner of the TV show the Great British Bake Off Nadiya Hussain

“She’s such an icon and a real role model for the children of today. And I think everybody should respect her for all the years that she’s given for her country,” said Donna Werner, an American tourist from New Fairfield, Connecticut. “I wanted to honour that by coming over here and being able to wave and show some love.”

Elsewhere, the day was being marked with an eruption of pomp. Artillery companies will fire gun salutes from Hyde Park and the Tower of London, while the bells of Westminster Abbey will ring out in celebration. Later, the queen will light the first in a chain of 1,000 beacons to blaze across Britain and around the world.

WATCH: Queen Elizabeth lights beacon in celebration of 90th birthday

Buckingham Palace has issued three portraits by photographer Annie Leibovitz to mark the day. One shows the queen surrounded by seven young grandchildren and great-grandchildren. The queen cradles 11-month-old Princess Charlotte in her lap, while Mia Tindall – 2-year-old daughter of the queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips and her husband Mike Tindal- stands clutching the monarch’s black handbag.

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Another shows the queen with Princess Anne, her only daughter. The third shows her on the steps of Windsor Castle with four of her beloved dogs: corgis Willow and Holly and dorgis (corgi-dachshund crossbreeds) Vulcan and Candy.

VIDEO: Prince William recalls time Queen Elizabeth got very angry with him

The queen will receive more birthday greetings on Friday, when she hosts U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama for lunch at Windsor Castle.

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The Queen surrounded by her two youngest grandchildren and her five great-grandchildren #Queenat90 This is the first in a series of official photographs released today to mark The Queen’s 90th birthday. They were taken at Windsor Castle just after Easter by renowned portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz. From left: James, Viscount Severn, Lady Louise, Mia Tindell, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Charlotte, Savannah Phillips, Prince George and Isla Phillips.

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But not everyone in Britain was succumbing to royal-mania. The anti-monarchist group Republic published a resolutely undeferential message headed “Happy Birthday Mrs. Windsor.”

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The Queen with her daughter, The Princess Royal, in the White Drawing Room at Windsor Castle #Queenat90

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“A long life is no reason for a long reign,” it said.

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The Queen is 90! #HappyBirthdayYourMajesty #Queenat90 The Queen with her beloved pets Willow, Vulcan, Candy and Holly at #WindsorCastle

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Associated Press writer Jill Lawless contributed from London.

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Obama meets with Arab nation leaders on security in Persian Gulf

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia – President Barack Obama met Thursday with top officials from six Arab nations to discuss regional security issues in the Persian Gulf including the fight against the Islamic State militant group.

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The meetings in Riyadh are meant to build on a similar summit convened last year at Camp David, the American president’s Maryland retreat. They reflect an effort by the White House to reassure and co-ordinate with important but wary Mideast allies that harbour serious doubts about Obama’s outreach to Iran and U.S. policy toward the grinding civil war in Syria.

Obama and officials from the U.S.-allied countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council opened up talks Thursday morning by posing for a group photo. The leaders, meeting around a circular table in an ornate meeting room in the Diriyah Palace, made polite conversation and smiled for cameras, but offered no remarks.

Defence Secretary Ash Carter, Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Adviser Susan Rice and CIA Director John Brennan also attended the meeting.

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The summit follows bilateral talks that Obama held with Saudi King Salman on Wednesday shortly after arriving in the kingdom. Besides Saudi Arabia, the GCC includes the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman and Bahrain.

The White House has said the summit meeting will include three sessions. One is aimed at fostering regional stability and another at counterterrorism efforts including efforts to defeat al-Qaida and Islamic State militants. A third session will focus on Iran, which Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states see as a destabilizing rival in the region.

Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and other Gulf countries share the U.S. view that IS militants pose a threat, and have joined the U.S.-led bombing campaign against the group. But they want the U.S. to do more to attempt to remove Syrian President Bashar Assad from power.

The Gulf states are also deeply skeptical of Obama’s willingness to negotiate with Shiite powerhouse Iran, and fear that last year’s nuclear deal with the Islamic Republic will lead to a rebalancing of regional stances at their expense.

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Several of the Sunni-ruled Gulf states view Tehran’s backing of Shiite militias in Lebanon, Yemen and Iraq as the main driver of sectarianism and instability in the region.

Disputes over Iran were a major part of Obama’s talks with Saudi King Salman on Wednesday. The president spent two hours with the king and top Saudi officials amid strains in the relationship.

Obama also held direct talks Wednesday with Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the powerful crown prince of Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. U.S. military aircraft are based in the Emirates, the second largest Arab economy after Saudi Arabia, and its Jebel Ali port in Dubai frequently hosts visiting Navy warships.

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Thursday’s talks are likely to touch on fighting in neighbouring Yemen. A U.N.-brokered cease-fire that started earlier this month has been repeatedly breeched – by the Saudi-led coalition fighting on the side of Yemen’s internationally recognized government and by the Shiite rebels and their allies.

The Saudi effort has sought to drive the Shiite rebels from the capital and other parts of the deeply impoverished country. The U.S. is not carrying out airstrikes in that campaign but has provided refuelling and other logistical help.

Following his meetings with Gulf leaders, Obama planned to depart Saudi Arabia late Thursday for Britain and Germany, the final two stops on his trip.


Schreck reported from Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

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Volkswagen reaches deadline in diesel car fix but repair, compensation timing still unknown

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SAN FRANCISCO – Time is up for Volkswagen to meet a federal judge’s deadline to detail how it will make nearly 600,000 diesel cars rigged to cheat on emissions tests comply with clean air laws.

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Senior U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer said he wanted to know the timing of the fix and any planned payments to vehicle owners by a court hearing set for Thursday. That is when a deal is expected to be announced between Volkswagen, the U.S. government and private lawyers for the automaker to buy back some of the vehicles and spend just over $1 billion to compensate owners, a person briefed on the matter said.

The agreement would give some owners the choice of having VW repair their cars or buy them back, but it does not include plans on how to repair the vehicles, according to the person, who asked not to be identified because the deal hadn’t been made public.

Those plans, and the cost of the fixes, apparently are still under negotiation.

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Compensation for car owners was among the details Breyer was seeking, but the judge was more focused on ending the ongoing pollution by getting the vehicles to comply with clean air laws.

He said last month that issue at the very least “must be resolved” and threatened a trial this summer if Volkswagen didn’t meet his deadline. It was unclear whether the deal would satisfy Breyer.

The “deal in principle” includes a maximum amount of spending, but the final details, such as how much each owner would get, are still being worked out, according to the person briefed on the matter.

With $1 billion to spend, it works out to about $1,700 per car. But some owners of newer models who get just a software fix may receive little. About 325,000 owners of older cars that require more extensive repairs likely will get more, because the repairs could affect mileage and performance.

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The owners and the U.S. Department of Justice sued the company after it acknowledged in September that it intentionally defeated emissions tests and put dirty vehicles on the road.

Volkswagen told its shareholders last year it had set aside $7.3 billion to help defray the potential costs of a recall or regulatory penalties. Most outside observers have said that figure is likely far too low. The company faces as much as $20 billion in fines for Clean Air Act violations alone, before paying to fix the cars or compensate their owners.

Representatives for Volkswagen, the lawyers, and the government all declined comment Wednesday. Wyn Hornbuckle, spokesman for the Justice Department said federal officials would wait until Thursday’s hearing before speaking. John Gersten, a spokesman for a law firm representing hundreds of Volkswagen owners, said a confidentiality order barred the firm from making any comment.

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Breyer could order an early trial if he’s unhappy, but that would divert resources that should be committed to finding a solution, said Michael Steel, an attorney at Morrison & Foerster who has advised car manufacturers about air quality matters.

“If an early trial is scheduled, the parties will put all their energy into preparing for battle instead of negotiating to settle,” he said. “So the tool has to be used with great care. It is perhaps more effective as a threat than an actual order.”

Volkswagen says in court documents that it does not believe a trial is appropriate.

The first item on Thursday’s agenda is a report on the status of fixing the cars and “related discussions.” It also includes a request to add the Federal Trade Commission to the case. The FTC has sued VW alleging deceptive advertising. The owners’ lawyers also are seeking documents that Volkswagen provided to the law firm Jones Day, which the company has hired to investigate how the cheating happened.


Associated Press auto writer Krisher reported from Detroit.

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Mike Duffy to learn his fate today in Senate expense scandal

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OTTAWA – A judge will issue a long-awaited ruling today on more than two dozen criminal charges against Sen. Mike Duffy.

The 31 counts of fraud, bribery and breach of trust were laid in July 2014.

The bribery charge stems from a decision by Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, to personally pay $90,000 in living expenses Duffy claimed by declaring his long-time home in an Ottawa suburb a secondary residence.

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    The 30 fraud and breach of trust charges relate to Senate money the Crown alleged Duffy either received for trips that had nothing to do with Senate work or that he funnelled through a friend’s company to cover costs the Senate wouldn’t pay for.

    Duffy has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges before Ontario Court Justice Charles Vaillancourt.

    READ MORE: Timeline: Key dates in the Mike Duffy trial and Senate expense scandal

    The saga began in 2012, when the auditor general issued a report that recommended taking steps to ensure members of the upper chamber were submitting enough proof their expense claims were for legitimate parliamentary business.

    Two other senators – former Liberal Mac Harb and former Conservative Patrick Brazeau – are currently awaiting trial for their own expenses – while Sen. Pamela Wallin is still waiting to learn whether she will face charges.

    READ MORE: Mike Duffy: A few familiar and not-so-familiar faces from his trial

    If Duffy is acquitted, he can return as soon as the upper chamber convenes again. If found guilty, he will remain on a leave of absence without pay until sentencing.

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Justin Trudeau goes boxing in NYC ahead of signing Paris climate deal

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NEW YORK – Justin Trudeau went boxing in New York City on Thursday – metaphorically sparring with students before doing the real thing in a famous Brooklyn gym.

The prime minister held a question-and-answer session at New York University where some queries packed a punch. One student asked how he could justify backing new oil pipelines after campaigning on climate change.

The prime minister replied that he was very explicit before the election, noting he backed the now-cancelled Keystone XL project and didn’t actually campaign against the fossil-fuel industry.

WATCH: Trudeau talks tough on pipelines ahead of signing Paris Climate Change agreement

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    Halting fossil fuel development is “a simplistic solution that can be very appealing,” Trudeau said.

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    “If it does then involve everyone leaving their car at home, and everyone stopping to use fossil fuels tomorrow, our world would come to a crashing halt. So we have to be a lot more thoughtful and reasonable.”

    His political opponents were throwing their own jabs, using the daily question period in the Commons to dismiss the prime minister’s decision to “fly to New York and work out in front of TV cameras,” in the words of Conservative interim leader Rona Ambrose.

    Nearly half the students at the forum were Canadian – including one young man in a red Maple Leaf-emblazoned hockey jersey who asked Trudeau about Lester Pearson’s peacekeeping legacy.

    Trudeau replied that one reason Canada had the international clout to shape the creation of the United Nations and the design of its peacekeeping system was that it had previously fought in conventional wars.

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    How did the students react? They applauded warmly – even if they found some of his answers a bit light on detail.

    “This was a good introduction,” said Sundus Nasir, a first-year dentistry student originally from Toronto.

    “There wasn’t a lot of specifics …. Just that he’s here, to engage in a dialogue, I think that’s an important step.”

    She said expectations for Trudeau are high. Nasir said he’s well-known abroad – her friends, for example, saw the recent video of him talking about quantum computing.

    WATCH: Justin Trudeau gives reporter quick lesson on quantum computing during visit to Waterloo 

    Trudeau slid on the boxing gloves later Thursday for another viral-video moment.

    He jabbed for the cameras at the legendary Gleason’s Gym, where champions Muhammad Ali, Jake (Raging Bull) LaMotta and Mike Tyson trained, albeit in the gym’s previous locations.

    The regulars all have their favourite stories about famous boxers who drop in to the gym near the Brooklyn Bridge. Tyson still swings by. Ali wandered in a few years ago.

    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spars with professional boxer Yuri Foreman at the Gleason’s Boxing Gym in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Trudeau was there to train with kids from the “Give A Kid A Dream” program that works to provide mentorship to disadvantaged youths through the sport of boxing.

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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spars with Justin, 15, at the Gleason’s Boxing Gym as they are instructed by professional boxer Yuri Foreman, left, in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Trudeau was there to train with kids from the “Give A Kid A Dream” program that works to provide mentorship to disadvantaged youths through the sport of boxing.

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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spars Gleason’s Boxing Gym in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Trudeau was there to train with kids from the “Give A Kid A Dream” program that works to provide mentorship to disadvantaged youths through the sport of boxing.

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    The gym owner received a phone call last week asking if the prime minister could train there. He agreed – and contacted Frosso Adamakos, a Canadian-raised doctor he knows, to stand ringside lest the photo op go horribly wrong.

    Trudeau sparred with former WBA super welter weight champion Israeli Yuri Foreman. They also trained with some kids participating in a youth program.

    He arrived in New York a day early for Friday’s signing ceremony of the global Paris climate agreement at the United Nations.

    It’s the prime minister’s fourth trip to the U.S. since last month, including stops at a White House state dinner, a nuclear arms-control summit and meetings at the UN after announcing Canada’s bid for a seat on the security council. But a fifth U.S. visit this spring is not in the cards.

    On Thursday, Time magazine named him one its 100 most influential people for 2016, a media accolade that includes an invite to a gala. Trudeau’s not expected to attend that soiree.

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Cities seek more power as service demands rise

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VANCOUVER – When a town in British Columbia couldn’t get federal funding for bicycle lanes, Greg Moore says it fudged the paperwork.

Officials applied to pave the roads again instead, and when the cash flowed from Ottawa the town made over its streets with wider shoulders to circuitously achieve its goal, said the mayor of Port Coquitlam, who was told about the quandary in confidence.

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The anecdote illustrates how cities are at the mercy of Canada’s higher-levels of government because of a lopsided fiscal and power dynamic, say some experts.

“You’re always chasing their programs, which might not be best for your community,” said Moore, who is also the chairman of Metro Vancouver, the regional government representing 23 local authorities.

“But there’s a strong argument that local governments should be funded appropriately and allowed to make the decisions that are right for their community.”

Providing infrastructure and services without adequate financial tools has been a major stress for municipalities of all sizes, and that’s not the only obstacle they face, said Moore.

Mayors have used the change in the federal government to call for more autonomy for cities, which are straining under the weight of downloaded responsibilities from rental housing to daycare. Earlier this year, big-city mayors met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and urged Ottawa to directly fund building projects, bypassing the provinces altogether.

International urbanism consultant Brent Toderian said consensus is growing that Canadian cities are the key to national success, but they are not positioned to succeed.

“Cities are the engines of our economy, the overwhelming home for our populations, the centres for creativity, the solutions to sustainability,” said Toderian, a former chief planner for Vancouver and president of the Council for Canadian Urbanism.

“Yet we treat them like a third-class citizen, at best.”

Cities face barriers when it comes to delivering public facilities and services that are structural, financial and political, the experts say.

Canadian cities are dubbed “creatures of the province,” referring to the 19th century constitutional legacy that granted their powers. The provinces dictate which tools they can use to generate revenue — in most cases only property taxes and user fees.

“It’s very difficult for municipalities — under the current fiscal regime, but also in terms of the kinds of legal powers they have — to do the things that are really necessary,” said Prof. Warren Magnusson, who specializes in urban government at the University of Victoria.

A prime example of obstructed municipal power is a failed transit plebiscite in the Vancouver area in 2015 that asked citizens to vote on a sales tax to fund rapid transit, more busses and a bridge replacement.

Toderian believes the “province threw the cities under the bus” by forcing the vote in a compressed time frame of 10 weeks. Voters snubbed the tax, despite numerous businesses, unions and environmental organizations advocating fiercely for its benefits.

Gordon Price, who directs The City Program at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, B.C., said cities in Canada should be reimagined, but he doesn’t have high expectations.

“Cities are cash cows for provinces, but they don’t need to be nice to the cow,” he said. “In fact, they can show contempt for the cow.”

Shifting power has its limits, he said, because cities tend to only manage their own interests. Provinces would argue the only way to build infrastructure like roads and bridges is to think provincially.

Another cautionary tale comes from the United States, where cities like Detroit were allowed run deficits and went bankrupt, Price said.

“That doesn’t tend to happen in Canada,” he said. “But that’s because of the discipline imposed by the senior government.”

There are examples across the globe where cities are gaining greater independence, said Price, citing Norway where an equal level of services is guaranteed in urban areas, and Denmark and Sweden “where cities really do have significant more power.”

The U.K. government has steadily devolved key powers to some cities in England, said Toderian.

He also highlighted the Ministry for Cities created in Australia by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who declared urban planning a matter of quality of life. The move at least recognizes the importance of urban regions, Price said.

In Canada, the Liberal party’s recent budget announced plans to boost a funding formula so that Ottawa covers up to half the cost of public transit projects, and water and wastewater systems. Before its share was one-third.

Magnusson said the Liberals’ promise to run deficits to fund new local infrastructure could signal that the government sees a need to shift the balance of power.

“Maybe things have gone too far in the direction we’ve been going in the last 30, 40 years,” he said. “Some kind of course correction is required.”

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Sharks score 3 power-play goals to beat Kings 3-2 in Game 4

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski scored power-play goals in the second period and the San Jose Sharks again moved to the brink of eliminating the Los Angeles Kings from the playoffs with a 3-2 victory Wednesday night in Game 4 of their first-round series.

Patrick Marleau added a power-play goal in the third period and Martin Jones made 26 saves against his former team to put San Jose up 3-1 in the series heading into Game 5 on Friday night in Los Angeles.

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But knocking the Kings out is never easy. The Sharks blew a 3-0 series lead to Los Angeles in the first round two years ago, becoming the fourth NHL team ever to lose a best-of-seven series after winning the first three games.

Trevor Lewis and Luke Schenn scored and Jonathan Quick made 26 saves for the Kings. But Los Angeles was done in by San Jose’s potent power play after shutting that unit down in a Game 3 overtime win.

Kings coach Darryl Sutter described the first three games as a “power-play series” and was proved prophetic with the way Game 4 went. The Sharks converted on their first two chances with the man advantage and stopped Los Angeles to take control of the game.

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The bearded Burns got it started after Jeff Carter got sent to the box for roughing Marc-Edouard Vlasic after the whistle in a scrum near San Jose’s net. Joel Ward froze quick before sending a cross-ice pass to Burns, who launched a one-timer that beat Quick before he could slide across the crease for his second goal of the series.

Then, after the Sharks killed two penalties, they struck again when Rob Scuderi was called for tripping Tomas Hertl. Joe Thornton got the puck behind the net and put a centring pass right on Pavelski’s tape for the goal. Pavelski has four goals in the series.

Marleau added his first goal of the series just seconds into another power-play chance when he gathered in Logan Couture’s blocked shot and beat Quick with a backhander to make it 3-0.

Los Angeles got back in the game with two goals in less than five minutes thanks to point shots from Schenn. The first was deflected by Lewis for a goal and the second went through a screen to beat Jones.

But the Kings couldn’t get anything else by Jones and now must win three straight to win the series.

The game got off to a fast start as the teams went end to end in a first period that was played entirely at even strength. Both teams had good chances, with the Kings getting the better of the play in the opening half of the period and the Sharks answering after that.

But Drew Doughty made a diving stop in the crease to rob Thornton and Quick stymied Marleau on a 2-on-1 to keep San Jose off the board.

Anze Kopitar handcuffed Jones with a tricky shot just after that, but Jones managed to cover up the loose puck in the crease before a big scramble. The Kings then didn’t get another shot on goal in the final 6:56 of the period.

NOTES: Pavelski has 30 career playoff goals. … The win by the Sharks was the first by a home team this series. … Both teams kept the same lineup as in Game 3.

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Edmonton 420 rally goers cautiously optimistic about Liberal government plan to legalize pot

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EDMONTON – Thousands of people converged on the Alberta Legislature grounds Wednesday as they do every year on April 20, but this year, the massive pro-cannabis rally came on the same day the Liberal government laid out a framework for when it hopes to introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use.

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The Liberal government’s announcement appears to have been timed to occur on April 20, otherwise known as “420” by pro-pot activists who organize events around the world to promote the legalization of marijuana, to protest the arrests of marijuana users and to provide information about cannabis.

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While at a special session of the United Nations General Assembly, Health Minister Jane Philpott said her government plans to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in the spring of 2017.

“I think this is one of the most enthusiastic 420s I’ve ever been at,” Aaron Bott, a rally attendee, said. There’s been a lot of activists that have stepped up in the Edmonton area, brought forth this 420 to the people to educate.”

“Lots of things are happening in the cannabis industry with Justin saying legalization.”

Bott also referenced other recent legal gains for cannabis users as additional cause for excitement at this year’s 420 rally. In February, a Federal Court judge struck down government regulations that limited the rights of medical marijuana users to grow their own cannabis in a case known as Allard vs. Canada.

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“They (federal government) have until 2017 to do it- that’s only one year away,” Bott said. “A lot of these people here are really excited about legalization.”

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Donna Mackenzie, another pro-pot activist at the rally, said she used marijuana as medicine when she had cancer and that while she is glad to hear the federal government’s plans, she had hoped the move would come sooner.

“A year is too long,” she said. “There’s people dying every day and everyday that it’s not legal and accessible for everyone all the time.”

Melissa Finlay said she and other pro-cannabis advocates are hopeful after hearing about Philpott’s announcement, but she would like to learn more about what the government has in store.

“Is it going to be over-regulated and are we going to be infringing on our Charter of Rights and Freedoms as the government has in the past with the medical regulatory systems?” she asked. “I’m really interested to see how Trudeau proposes that but currently he’s continuing arrests and prosecution for cannabis.”

“If you’re going to promise legalization than you need to at least decriminalize in the meantime until you implement your regulations,” Finlay added.

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Sietse Sowan suggested he was confident the federal government will come through with legalization because of the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

“Mr. Trudeau has kept a lot of promises so far of things he said he was going to do,” he said. “If that pattern repeats, then it will be legalized.”

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