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

Evan Zuk

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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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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.”

READ MORE: 13 years later, changes surround 9/11 anniversary commemoration

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.

PHOTO GALLERY: Peace Arch ceremony to remember 911 victims

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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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How Spiderman, Captain America and the Hulk are fighting bullying

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TORONTO – Superheroes fight crime, gangsters and evil villains, but now Marvel’s buff, brawny characters are taking on bullying.

To mark October’s National Bullying Prevention Month, the comic book giant is teaming up with STOMP Out Bullying, a U.S. anti-bullying organization for kids and teens. They enlisted the help of a string of heroes – Spiderman, Captain America and the Guardians of the Galaxy – who will be addressing bullying in series of special issues.

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“The centre of Marvel’s storytelling history is the eternal struggle between good and evil, with many of its greatest superheroes having to contend with – and rise above – bullying, in all its forms,” Axel Alonso, Marvel Comics’ editor in chief, said in a statement.

READ MORE: Could these changes stop cyberbullying? Youth share their suggestions

It’s true: When he isn’t Spiderman, Peter Parker is a bespectacled teen who’s teased by his classmates. The Guardians of the Galaxy are a team of misfits, and Captain America couldn’t pass the physical exam to enlist in the army.

The emotionally charged covers are likely relatable to victims of bullying. In one instance, Captain America is stopping a bully from beating up his classmate by the lockers, in another, the Incredible Hulk is cheering up a boy as his peers make fun of him across the field. In other cases, the superheroes are there to accompany kids sitting alone in the cafeteria or during recess.

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Another cover even touches on cyberbullying, with the heroine consoling a young girl surrounded by nasty text messages about her.

“Bullying and cyberbullying have reached epidemic proportions with one out of every four kids being a victim. And bullying transcends race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation,” Ross Ellis, STOMP’s founder and CEO, said in a statement.

READ MORE: Understanding bullies, shedding light on why they need help, too

“But just as Spider-Man, Captain America, and Marvel’s many other super heroes were able to triumph and go on to combat evil, so can every one of us be a Super Hero in our own right by standing up and joining the fight to eradicate bullying.”

Read more about the collaboration here.

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Toronto Morning: What you need to know today

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IN THE NEWS…

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford will undergo an MRI today to determine the exact nature of his condition and the results won’t be known for about a week. Ford has also yet to say whether he’ll continue his campaign for re-election. Candidates have until 2 p.m. Friday to either enter or withdraw from the municipal election campaign.It’s really too early to know what the mayor has and whether it’s a form of cancer. The reality is that there are hundreds of questions that still require an answer in order to make a diagnosis.A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. Prosecutors said they were disappointed by the ruling but would decide on whether to appeal only after sentencing.There will be a number of road and TTC subway closures this weekend. The Yonge-University-Spadina line will be closed between St. Andrew and Union station on Sept. 13 to 14 for platform construction. Meanwhile, several road closures will be in effect due to special events across the city.

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Cloudy. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud this morning. High 16. UV index 6 or high.

More on current weather conditions and a 7-day forecast. 

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Maple Ridge man arrested for luring 13-year-old girl online

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VANCOUVER – A 59-year-old Maple Ridge man has been arrested for trying to lure a 13-year-old girl online.

The BC Integrated Child Exploitation (BC ICE) unit started an investigation in August when a covert police investigator, posing as a 13-year-old girl, was approached online by the Maple Ridge resident, David Anderson.

Anderson said he was a teenage boy and after indicating an interest in meeting the girl, even went on to arrange a date and time.

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He was arrested on Sept. 4 at his home after surveillance conducted by the Integrated Sexual Predator Observation Team (ISPOT).

Anderson is now facing two counts of luring a child online. He is also charged with breach of probation from a previous luring incident where the court imposed conditions that included no Internet access or contact with any female child under the age of 16 unless in the company of a responsible adult.

“This is just one of the many successful proactive investigations conducted by the BC ICE unit and our partner units,” said Inspector Rick Greenwood of BC ICE. “Parents should remain vigilant about who their children are chatting with online. The best way to protect your children is to be informed and involved in their online lives.”

The BC Integrated Child Exploitation unit encourages everyone to report any suspicious online activity to Cybertip广州桑拿论坛. Educational resources about how to prevent becoming a victim of online child exploitation are readily available at sites such as protectchildren广州桑拿论坛,thedoorthatnotslocked广州桑拿论坛 and kidsintheknow广州桑拿论坛.

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WATCH: Okaganan teachers react to arbitration vote

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VERNON – Teachers in Vernon are back on the picket lines today.

Last night the BC Teachers Federation announced the result of a province-wide vote.

Teachers were asked if they would be willing to end the strike if conditions including binding arbitration were met. 99.4 per cent of union members who voted said yes.

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鈥淚t鈥檚 wonderful to have some action being taken by the teachers and [it鈥檚] putting the ball back in the government鈥檚 court. It is their call. We are ready to go,鈥?says Vernon Secondary School teacher Laurie-Ann Lorge.

The local teachers’ association sees it as an overwhelming endorsement of seeking binding arbitration.

鈥淭hat’s a strong message to the government that teachers have provided a solution. They want to get back to work,鈥?says Vernon Teachers鈥?Association president Heather Malcolm.

鈥淚 think it鈥檚 clear teachers want to go back to work,鈥?adds Lorge.

Even before teachers voted, the province had said no to binding arbitration.

The government says the “best” way to resolve the labour dispute is at the negotiating table.

鈥淟et鈥檚 get at the table. I don’t want to see any third party or any mechanism that would prevent us from getting a proper fair negotiated settlement and getting kids back in school,鈥?says Education Minister Peter Fassbender.

After the vote results were released the minister put out his own statement, saying binding arbitration would lead to unacceptable tax increases.

鈥淚t’s a nice political sound bite when you say it’s going to cost taxpayers money because it puts the fear in everyone,鈥?says Lorge.

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