Winnipeg man recalls close brush with 9/11 terror attacks

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WINNIPEG – A Winnipegger who narrowly avoided becoming a victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in New York City is sharing his story.

Evan Kuz was visiting New York for the first time in 2001 and had plans to be at the World Trade Centre the morning of the attacks.

He had visited the Twin Towers the evening before with a woman named Camilla whom he had met on his travels. But the view from the observation deck was obscured by clouds, so the pair made plans to meet again at the same spot to take pictures at 8:30 the following morning.

“We really only planned on meeting at the World Trade Centre because her hotel was nearby,” Kuz recalled.

But when the fateful morning came, Kuz opted to go for a run with another friend instead of meeting his date early in the morning.

“I still don’t know why, but I decided quickly I would go for the run.”

Kuz returned from the run to a worried call from his sister in Winnipeg, which is when he found out about the 9/11 terror attacks. At 8:46 and 9:03 a.m., hijacked aircraft slammed into both towers of the World Trade Centre, killing more than 2,600 people in the towers and on the ground.

Evan Zuk’s ticket from his visit to the World Trade Centre in New York on September 10, 2001

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For a day and a half Kuz was unable to reach Camilla to ensure she was okay. When he finally got a hold of her, he found out she had slept in that morning and also missed the date at the ill-fated Twin Towers.

“It was the most bizarre reunion I’ve ever had in my life. I think we knew we were going to be connected through this incident forever.”

Kuz lost touch with his travel friend but is still often reminded of that day, especially on the anniversary.

“You never know what could trigger it, it could even be looking at the clock and seeing it’s 9:11,” Kutz said. “There’s always going to be reminders, which pretty much just ensures me that it’s something that’s never really going to go away. It’ll always be present.”

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Rob Ford transferred to Mt. Sinai hospital for ‘subsequent treatment’

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TORONTO- Mayor Rob Ford has been transferred to Mt. Sinai Hospital from Humber River Regional Hospital for what officials are calling “follow-up investigation and subsequent treatment.”

“We did a CT scan and biopsy of the mass in the abdomen. We also did a CT of the chest and an ultrasound examination,” said Dr. Zane Cohen, an internationally recognized colorectal surgeon overseeing the clinical team for Ford. “Tomorrow (Friday) we need to do further examinations in the form of an MRI.”

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Cohen added results from these examinations will not become available for approximately one week but says Ford is resting comfortably, surrounded by family.

Ford was first admitted to Humber River on Wednesday after complaining of abdominal pain that had persisted for “at least three months” but which had worsened in the past 24 hours, Dr. Rueben Devlin said in a press conference on Wednesday.

READ MORE: What’s next for Rob Ford and Toronto’s mayoral race?

Ford was admitted for further examination, at which time doctors established a working diagnosis of a tumour after doing a CT scan.

“The tumour is in his abdomen. It’s being investigated further to determine what type of tumour it is,” Devlin said.

Doug ford made a brief and emotional statement at the press conference where news of the tumour was announced.

“It saddens me that I have to be here today,” Doug told reporters.

He said Rob was in “good spirits” and asked that the family be given a few days to deal with the news.

WATCH: Mayor Ford’s director of communications Amin Massoudi said there was no update on the mayor’s condition 

When asked if Ford plans to drop out of the mayoral race to focus on his health, Doug said “no comment.”

Recent polls have put Ford in second place among those surveyed, with John Tory in first and Olivia Chow in third.

Tory said he does not want to make any comments based on speculation but hopes Ford gets better and can continue his bid for mayor.

“I want whatever is ailing him to get fixed and I want him to be where he wants to be because he wants to be back at these debating tables,” said Tory. “You can see the passion and the joy he has for participating in these debates, for right or for wrong, in terms of his points of view.”

As of Thursday afternoon, neither candidate has publically stated exactly how Ford’s health will affect the election going forward.

Tory has told Global News that his campaign “will continue with their plans and planned events.”

Olivia Chow has postponed a campaign announcement today and has not yet stated when it will be held.

READ MORE: Doctors weigh in on Rob Ford in hospital for tumour in his abdomen

Both candidates have also announced they will be speaking at an 8 p.m. on Thursday at 28 Distillery Lane.

At City Hall, a spokesperson for Ford gave a brief statement today, calling it business as usual at the mayor’s office.

“We are dealing with the constituents who are calling us, helping Toronto residents, and doing the work of the mayor’s office as we were,” said Amin Massoudi, communications and media relations for Ford. “There has been a lot of calls coming in, a lot of support and again, we are grateful for that but we have to ask for some privacy for the family.”

Ford has been hospitalized twice before during his mayoralty: For a kidney stone in 2011 and once with asthma problems in 2012.

He also had a tumour removed from his appendix while he was a councillor in 2009.

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City says Emterra responsible for finding market for broken glass

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For more than one year, Reginans have been doing their due diligence and paying for the privilege to make the city a little greener – placing glass items on their curb to be recycled. But as it turns out, some of that glass is instead going to the landfill.

“This will probably change as we have more discipline and less contamination of the material, we’ll be able to extract the glass that’s broken and find a market for that as well,” Mayor Michael Fougere said Thursday.

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Glass makes up about six per cent of each blue bin. Intact glass is recycled by Emterra, but broken glass goes to the landfill.

The city can’t say how much, but it’s estimated the majority of the 650 tonnes of glass that’s collected by Loraas each year doesn’t withstand the collection process and is shattered by the time it arrives at Emterra’s facility.

“We can tell by the volume of glass that’s broken in the pile. The problem is that that glass is mixed with dirt and pottery and other materials that really are not recyclable, and trying to separate things like organics from that glass can become difficult – but we can see that there’s a large volume,” said Karen Gasmo, Regina’s executive director of transportation and utilities.

The city uses broken glass that residents bring to the landfill as road material. But if it arrives through the recycling program, it ends up unused – for now. The municipality says it’s the responsibility of the service provider to find a market for that material.

“To make it very clear here, for Emterra, it’s in their financial interest to get rid of that broken glass because they pay hauling charges to the landfill,” said Mayor Michael Fougere. He added, “So there’s a financial hit to them as well. They want that broken glass out and so do we as the city. So there’s an incentive for them to do that, and they are going to do that.”

Global News reached out to Emterra to find out how much the company is paid by the city to process glass for Regina. That information wasn’t released, as the company cited it as commercially sensitive and confidential material.

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Rotman school retracts, apologizes for allegedly sexist assignment

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WATCH: University of Toronto students are surprised at the allegedly sexist assignment from Rotman. Marianne Dimain reports.

TORONTO – The Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto has apologized and retracted an assignment after backlash from MBA students who called it sexist.

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The assignment was handed out to the first-year class and reportedly depicted a fictional female business student as materialistic, ditzy and confused about a job offer and its perks. She then turns to her Yale educated boyfriend to help her crunch the numbers, all the while daydreaming about shoes and jewelry.

The school says the character named “Elle Forest” was based on a pop culture figure. In the movie “Legally Blonde” the main character’s name is “Elle Woods.” Her boyfriend is not in Yale law school but Harvard law.

The Women’s Executive Network says such a controversial assignment is a step back in the fight for equality in the corporate world.

“When women go to business school like I did they’re really wanting to go into business thinking that there aren’t these kinds of biases that exist,” said Pamela Jeffery. “This is a good example of the fact that biases do exist and that these biases are preventing women from moving up to leadership roles.”

Jeffery used to work at Rotman as a teaching assistant for nine years and says overall the school has a good reputation.

“I think like organizations they make mistakes but what really matters is that they showed that they were leaders by saying we’ve made a mistake,” said Jeffery.

Still, students were reportedly told not to comment on the incident to protect the school’s image and brand. Marketing and strategy expert Brynn Winegard of Winegard Company says it will take a lot more than one assignment to tarnish the reputation of a school like Rotman, but that doesn’t mean it will be forgotten.

“It’s unlikely that an isolated incident like this would affect the brand though absolutely with social media the way that it is today we’re likely to see some reverberation through the students,” said Winegard.

In a statement to Global News, a spokesperson for the Rotman School of Management said “we deeply regret issuing the assignment.”

“The assignment has been retracted and will not be used again,” said Ken McGuffin. “The professors have acknowledged that the case is inappropriate and apologized to each section of the class who received the assignment.”

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Demolition begins on old Sylvan Lake arena

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Demolition crews have begun tearing down a building that used to be part of the heart and soul of Sylvan Lake, north of Calgary.

The roof of the community’s arena collapsed nearly one year ago, likely because of heavy snow.

The town’s mayor and councillors were on hand for the start of demolition as was the man who managed the facility for 35 years. Graham Parsons remembers the NHL players who took part in the arena’s hockey school.

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    “Brian Sutter was involved in the start,” recalls Parsons. “His brothers all became involved and Jarome Inginla was there for six years  – lots of pros.”

    Sylvan Lake’s mayor says the arena has been the hub of the community for generations.

    “And so when the arena collapsed, certainly there were a lot of feelings coming out,” says Sean McIntyre. “People had built a lot of memories in there.”

    The arena was built in the early 1970s and even before the roof collapsed, there were plans to build a new arena and complex.

    “It just rushed our timelines a little because the arena came down a little sooner than expected,” explains Amy Komarniski, who has been helping to coordinate a fundraising campaign.

    “That enhanced our need to move the plan along a little sooner than expected, but it also encouraged our community to step up in a huge way.”

    Those fundraising efforts for the new $32 million complex are well underway and it’s anticipated construction on a new arena will start in the spring.

    It’s likely some items salvaged from the old arena, including speakers, the score clock and rink netting, will be incorporated into the new arena.

    The roof of the arena in Sylvan Lake collapsed Jan. 20, 2014

    Fletcher Kent, Global News

    The roof of the arena in Sylvan Lake collapsed Jan. 20, 2014

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    The roof of the arena in Sylvan Lake collapsed Jan. 20, 2014

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    The roof of the arena in Sylvan Lake collapsed Jan. 20, 2014

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    The roof of the arena in Sylvan Lake collapsed Jan. 20, 2014

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949 school zone speed violations in Edmonton last week

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WATCH ABOVE: Last week nearly 950 violations were recorded around Edmonton school zones. Vinesh Pratap has more on the sobering statistics.

EDMONTON – Nearly 950 drivers sped through Edmonton school zones last week, according to the city’s office of traffic safety.

Local schools recorded 949 violations last week, which is nearly double the amount recorded in the first week school zone speed limits took effect in September.

The violation rate was 10 per cent for Dec. 1 – 5. That means that one vehicle in every 10 was speeding through school zones.

“I do see that speeders are not really paying attention to that zone and slowing down as much as we’d like them to,” says Kristy Desmarais, assistant principal at St. Monica Catholic School.

In a tweet, the Catholic district shared the shocking number of violations in all local schools zones for four days last week.

“Our school district has made signs for all of our schools to put out there that give us the opportunity to let the public know that we want them to slow down and take a minute, not a life,” adds Desmarais.

St. Monica School is one of the more challenging locations.

“It makes me think that it’s our location,” she says. “Our location is on a very busy street that comes right off the Whitemud freeway.

“I think that speed limit from 80 to 30 is hard for people to remember to do.”

Driving 10 km/h over the 30 km/h speed zone limit could result in a $78 fine. Driving 15 km/h over could mean a $89 fine. Driving 20 km/h over the limit translates to a $124 fine and 25 km/h over could mean a $150 fine.

St. Monica Catholic School in Edmonton, Dec. 8, 2014

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St. Monica Catholic School in Edmonton, Dec. 8, 2014

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During the first week the new school zone speed limits were in place, the city’s office of traffic safety said there were 401 violations in front of 21 different elementary schools.

“We were disappointed to see a higher number of violations overall than we were expecting,” said the office’s executive director, Gerry Shimko, on Sept. 5.

READ MORE: Edmonton expects to be $10M over 2014 snow removal budget 

On Thursday, Nov. 27, the first heavy snowfall of the season, the city counted 210 speeding violations in school zones.

“Despite snow, we had 210 school zone violations on Thursday during the height of the snowstorm,” said Dennis Tetreault with the Office of Traffic Safety.

He said the school zone around St. Monica School on 53 Avenue between Whitemud Drive and Riverbend Road, there were 144 violations.

READ MORE: Snowfall amounts in Edmonton, northern Alberta 

“It’s worse now that the weather is bad. Your stopping distance at 50 km/h, you’re adding an extra 10-13 metres just on top of that on wet pavement, that’s not saying icy road conditions, snowy road conditions,” explained Tetreault.

“Even if you see a pedestrian, you can’t slow down enough.”

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Selling Acadia Park military homes in blocks was the best choice: councillor

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MONCTON – A Moncton city councillor says the federal government’s plan to sell off local military houses in large blocks could benefit the community.

Coun. Charles Leger said given the fact most of the homes in Acadia Park have been vacant for years, selling them in blocks is the best option.

“We can’t go back six years ago when things started to wind down in this area,” he said. “We’re faced with it now and I think what we’re trying to come together with is something that can work.”

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Acadia Park includes 74 military homes, two vacant lots and one building zoned for residential use. The homes are set to start hitting the market in January.

The Department of National Defence and Public Works and Government Services Canada recently released details of its plan to residents living near the homes.

Residents had been worried about what could happen if the homes went up for sale all at once or ended up as low-income housing.

Last week, they heard the federal government plans to sell off the properties to developers in blocks and in four-week segments.

The government says selling them this way reduces the impact on local home sellers.

Leger says selling to developers could benefit the surrounding the area.

“They might remodel the homes and they might put them back on the market which might be a really good thing,” he said.

Homes that aren’t sold could be broken down and sold in smaller bundles.

Heather Merrett used to live in one of the homes and said they provide a good place to live, and they could still benefit families on a limited income.

“If they could get picked up at a reasonable rate people could make a nice family home out of them,” she said.

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2015: Year of the (continued) pipeline debate

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In 2014 we saw government ads, international talks, protests and arrests related to four major proposed pipeline projects. Will 2015 be the year any of these finally break ground?

For the most part: no. Almost all of these projects are still awaiting one form of approval or another – a process which takes years. While it’s possible that decisions might be made on some of them in 2015, it’s still too soon for construction to begin.

The exception is Enbridge’s Line 9, which could in theory start full operation this year.

Here’s where the projects are at:

Keystone XL

A route map for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

Courtesy: TransCanada

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    This pipeline will carry oil from Hardisty, Alberta, to Steele City, Nebraska, with a capacity of 830,000 barrels per day.

    According to the National Energy Board, the project has been approved on the Canadian side, and now, it’s up to the Americans.

    The Senate rejected a fast-track approval in November. However, there will be a new Senate next year, with more Republicans who are expected to be more in favour of the project. There have also been a variety of legal challenges to the project, which would have to be dealt with.

    Still, the ultimate decision-making power rests with U.S. President Barack Obama, and despite heavy marketing and diplomatic efforts from the Canadian government, it’s still uncertain which way he will go.

    It’s entirely possible he will make a decision in 2015, though as the Keystone XL website notes, the pipeline isn’t projected to be in service until two years after a presidential decision. So, 2016-2017 at the earliest.

    Energy East

    The proposed Energy East pipeline route.

    Courtesy: TransCanada

    This pipeline, if built, will carry oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan to Quebec and New Brunswick. The capacity is 1.1 million barrels per day, according to TransCanada, the operator.

    The bulk of the pipeline is actually a conversion – changing an existing natural gas pipeline into an oil one. Some additional sections of oil pipeline will be constructed too, largely to extend it further east. Some oil terminals will also be built.

    This pipeline is extremely early in the approvals process. They only filed an application to the NEB in October 2014. If the application contains everything it is supposed to, says the NEB, then the board will announce hearings sometime in the first quarter of 2015, and the hearings process will continue throughout the year.

    Once that hearing order is issued, the NEB has 15 months to deliver a report, which would easily bring us to the middle of 2016. Then, the government has three more months to review the NEB’s recommendation and deliver a final decision. Construction of this project is a long way off.

    Trans Mountain expansion

    The proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion route.

    Courtesy: Trans Mountain

    This project is an expansion of Kinder Morgan’s existing pipeline, which runs for 1,150 kilometres between Strathcona County in Alberta and Burnaby, B.C. The expansion will essentially twin the pipeline, increasing its capacity to 890,000 barrels per day.

    The company filed a project application in December 2013, and the NEB pushed back the hearing schedule to ask for more information from Trans Mountain. Part of this process had the company out drilling to assess the geological composition of Burnaby Mountain, where they were met by protests.

    Still, because of the revised timeline, while there will be comments and hearings in 2015, the NEB is not required to issue a decision until January 2016. So, there will be no construction this upcoming year.

    Northern Gateway

    The proposed Northern Gateway pipeline route.

    Courtesy: Enbridge

    The Northern Gateway pipeline will run 1,177 kilometres (“rational and respectful” kilometres, according to the project’s website) from Bruderheim, Alberta, to Kitimat, B.C. It will be a twin pipeline, with the westbound route carrying up to 525,000 barrels of oil per day, and the eastbound route carrying up to 193,000 daily barrels of condensate – a chemical used to thin bitumen to make it more easily transportable.

    The NEB approved the project in June 2014. However, the board imposed 209 conditions on the approval – 113 of which must be completed before construction can begin. These include things like meeting with First Nations groups along the route to discuss employment opportunities and fish habitat compensation, and building fences around burial sites.

    Documentation related to many of these conditions must be submitted to the NEB a year in advance of construction. Given that the NEB doesn’t have this yet, it’s unlikely that construction could begin in 2015.

    Line 9

    The route of the Line 9 reversal.

    Courtesy: Enbridge

    Unlike many of the other major projects, this is not a brand-new pipeline. Rather, Enbridge wishes to reverse the flow of an existing pipeline between Sarnia, Ontario, and Montreal, Quebec, and expand its capacity.

    The project was approved with conditions in March 2014 and most of the work has been completed. However, in October, the NEB told Enbridge that it was not convinced that all the safety-related conditions have been met. They were concerned about one in particular: shut-off valves along major water crossings. As such, the pipeline’s opening date was delayed.

    Enbridge responded in late October, but the NEB is still reviewing the response, and there is no timeline for when it has to deliver a decision. And, the board says that Enbridge is required to submit a final “leave to open” application, which it has yet to do. So although oil is currently flowing in a small section of the pipeline, the rest has yet to be started up. This could possibly happen in 2015 though.

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Demolition begins on Connaught School

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REGINA – After 105 years, Connaught school is being torn down – but some of the masonry on the building is being salvaged.

The school board hopes the historic pieces will be incorporated the new school design.

Connaught was slated to be torn down this year after the school board ruled in favour of rebuilding a new school instead of preserving the current one.

Currently, students that attend Connaught are going to Wascana Community School.

It is expected that the new Connaught school will be ready for students in 2017.

After 105 years, Connaught school is being torn down – but some of the masonry on the building is being salvaged.

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After 105 years, Connaught school is being torn down – but some of the masonry on the building is being salvaged.

Matt Myers / Global News

After 105 years, Connaught school is being torn down – but some of the masonry on the building is being salvaged.

Matt Myers / Global News

After 105 years, Connaught school is being torn down – but some of the masonry on the building is being salvaged.

Matt Myers / Global News

After 105 years, Connaught school is being torn down – but some of the masonry on the building is being salvaged.

Matt Myers / Global News

After 105 years, Connaught school is being torn down – but some of the masonry on the building is being salvaged.

Matt Myers / Global News

After 105 years, Connaught school is being torn down – but some of the masonry on the building is being salvaged.

Matt Myers / Global News

After 105 years, Connaught school is being torn down – but some of the masonry on the building is being salvaged.

Matt Myers / Global News

After 105 years, Connaught school is being torn down – but some of the masonry on the building is being salvaged.

Matt Myers / Global News

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Edmonton mayor wants more federal funding to battle homelessness

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EDMONTON – Mayor Don Iveson covered a gamut of issues during a meeting with the federal NDP caucus.

Among the priorities for Edmonton’s mayor is more funding to deal with housing and homelessness, especially after the federal government has slowly backed away from a promised $1.7 billion in housing funding, he said.

“We’d like to see that stabilized and then have a conversation nationally about the need for subsidized housing in this country for people who are on the margins.”

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    Iveson said there are 10,000 housing units in Edmonton that are at risk over the next 10 to 20 years.

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    Funding for transit was another topic Iveson discussed during his pitch to the federal party.

    He would like the city to build $5 billion worth of transit projects in Edmonton over the next two decades, but requires more federal money to make that a reality.

    Iveson said municipalities receiving an increased share of gas tax revenue would be a solution.

    “Additional funding is required, specific I think to our large cities, to deal with transit.”

    Read More: Alberta’s premier-designate meets with big city mayors

    It’s the second time this summer Edmonton’s mayor has met with a federal party on behalf of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, having met with the federal Liberal caucus last month.

    With two-thirds of Canadians living in Canada’s 22 largest cities, Iveson said it will be important for federal parties to win over support in the major centres.

    “The more and more the country urbanizes, the more inevitable it becomes for that any governing party will have to respond to urban needs and urban priorities.”

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Josh Hutcherson disgusted by nude photo hack

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ABOVE: Watch Josh Hutcherson on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival.

TORONTO —; Actor Josh Hutcherson said Thursday he is disgusted by the publication online of hundreds of intimate photos of female celebrities —; including his Hunger Games co-star Jennifer Lawrence.

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    “These are crimes,” he said of the massive hack. “These are absolutely crimes against human rights.”

    The 21-year-old star told Maurie Sherman of the Roz and Mocha Show on KiSS 92.5 in Toronto that the spread of the hacked images says something about society as a whole.

    “The fact that people react the way they do and look at that,” said Hutcherson, who was allegedly the victim of a privacy violation last year when a nude “selfie” he sent to someone was posted online.

    “It’s so unbelievably embarrassing to have somebody look into your private life,” he said. “It’s really disheartening to see that this is where the world of entertainment has gone and it’s gone that way because of greed and media and people feeling like they deserve something and have a right to something that they absolutely do not.”

    Hutcherson said he hasn’t spoken to Lawrence since her explicit photos were posted online.

    “Everybody deals with those sort of situations on their own, in their own ways,” he said.

    READ MORE: Investigators probe leak of 100s of celebrity nude photos

    Hutcherson said celebrities should have the same right to privacy as everyone else.

    “None of us signed up for our private lives to be made public,” he said. “I started acted when I was nine years old, Jen started when she was 12. You don’t have this idea of celebrity at that age. You have the idea of wanting to make movies and have a passion for storytelling. It’s what we’re good at. It’s what we do. It’s not like we just made this choice and decided ‘Oh yeah, I want to be an actor because I want to make movies but also there’s a fame element…’ No, we didn’t think like that. At least I didn’t and I know Jen didn’t.”

    Hutcherson went on to slam the paparazzi.

    “The whole thing about we’re allowed to be followed by paparazzi and be stalked only because we’re in the public eye is such bullshit,” he said. “The laws only protect paparazzi —; they don’t protect the actors or celebrities or anything.

    “They were designed to keep track of politicians to make sure the government wasn’t doing shady things, not to follow an actress and terrify her and make her feel paranoid and make her check her mirror every second to see if someone’s following her or to know if someone is hacking their computer to steal their personal information.”

    Hutcherson plays Peeta Mellark in the wildly successful Hunger Games movies, which are based on the books by Suzanne Collins.

    The actor said he recently saw the finished The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, which is set for release in November (“I loved it. I’m so proud of it”). Part 2 is due out in November 2015.

    “I’m so glad that they split it into two movies because there’s so much that happens in that third book that if you tried to squeeze it into one two hour movie you would have lost so much,” he told KiSS 92.5.

    Hutcherson insisted fans will be thrilled by Mockingjay.

    “It’s really dark, it’s really intense and the way you see how these characters try to recover and then build up a counterstrike against what they’ve experienced is really intense,” he said. “You’re absolutely going to love it.”

    READ MORE: Josh Hutcherson talks to ET Canada about the nude photo scandal

    The star said it was hard to wrap production and walk away from cast and crew who worked together for a big part of the past four years.

    “We’ve gone through some big changes together, just personally and professionally, that it’s hard to know that you’re not going to be 12 hours every day for months at a time with them,” said Hutcherson. “We’re still close, we’re still friends, we talk all the time —; but it’s not the same so I’m definitely going to miss it.”

    Did Hutcherson take a souvenir from District 12?

    “I actually took the pendant that I gave Katniss —; the one that opens and has the picture of her family, from that scene on the beach. I took that. It’s my one memento,” he confessed.

    “It’s in my house in my desk drawer. I’m going to try to purposefully lose it —; but in a way that I know I will find it in the future.”

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9/11 victims remembered in a special ceremony at Peace Arch

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A memorial ride to the Peace Arch border crossing on the 13th anniversary of 9/11 honoured those who have lost their lives in the terror attacks.

Hundreds of motor cyclists, first responders, as well as border and customs personnel took part in the event, including five first responders from various agencies in New York City.

“To see the turnout that happened here today from the folks who are so far away, it was touching,” said Lieutenant Steven Goldstein with New York City FD.

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The ride was founded in 2002 to commemorate the nearly 3000 people who died in the attacks, including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.

“We will never forget no matter where we are, whether it is on the west coast of North America or the east coast,” said Chairman of the 9/11 memorial Ride and Service Howard Blank. “We are here for our brothers and sisters, and we know they will be there for us, God forbid something happens on our soil.”

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A number of local police departments have also paid tribute to their fallen comrades today.

In New York City this morning, a moment of silence was observed at ground zero.

For the first time, the National September 11 Museum, which includes gut-wrenching artifacts and graphic photos of the attacks, will be open on the anniversary.

Fences around the memorial plaza have now been removed, integrating the sacred site more fully with the streets of Manhattan.

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