Sentencing deferred to July for man convicted of sexually assaulting Barrie woman – Barrie

Written by admin on 06/29/2019 Categories: 上海楼凤

The sentencing of a man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old Barrie woman has been deferred to July.

Quebec man Shawn Roy, who was 38 at the time of the incident, was found guilty of sexually assaulting 20-year-old Kassidi Coyle while she was asleep at a house party in 2016. He was convicted in February of this year.


Coyle took her own life four months after the assault, before the case ever went to trial. However, Justice Robert Gattrell allowed for the statement Coyle gave to police the night of the assault to be admitted as evidence. Those remarks, in combination with forensic evidence from a rape kit, led to Roy’s conviction.

At the sentence hearing Wednesday, Crown attorney Lynn Shirreffs submitted that prosecutors are seeking a jail sentence of 18 months, which is the maximum sentence for a summary sexual assault offence. In addition, they are seeking a two year probation period, and have requested that Roy seek treatment for alcohol abuse and sexual deviance.

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Additionally, the Crown has requested that Roy submit to a DNA order, request that Roy make no contact with Coyle’s family, and that he abide by a 10-year weapons ban.

In her submission, Shirreffs said the Crown is seeking the maximum sentence due to the “extreme impact” Roy’s actions had on Coyle, and the subsequent devastation her family has experienced as a result.

Shirreffs said Roy’s actions did significant psychological harm to Coyle, claiming the sexual assault was a “major precipitating event that led to her suicide.”

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In his submission, defence counsel David Wilcox said that he would not make excuses for Roy’s actions.

However, Wilcox maintained that Roy is an “otherwise good person who has done a very bad thing,” and is a person who understands that his actions have had very significant consequences.

“As much as he would like to take it back, he can’t,” Wilcox said.

Wilcox noted that the incident has also had consequences on Roy’s personal life. He says it has led to the deterioration of his marriage, the visitation with his young child being reduced to bi-weekly, and has impacted his ability to effectively run his business.

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Wilcox said that while the defence recognizes that denunciation and deterrence cannot be upheld without incarceration, it is seeking a minimal sentence of six months incarceration followed by probation.

Justice Robert Gattrell reserved his sentencing decision until July 23.

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City council committee discusses how late to allow cannabis stores to stay open in Edmonton

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Edmonton city councillors will vote next week on how late to allow stores to sell recreational marijuana and one councillor says he believes the city should be “fairly conservative about the closing hours.”

“Whether 11 p.m. or 10 p.m. is the right answer, it’s hard to say, and it’s something we have a week to think about,” Councillor Michael Walters said on Tuesday.

City staff are proposing councillors approve a plan that would see stores selling pot close no later than 11 p.m.


Walters said he’s considering proposing an amendment ahead of the vote to make the closing time 10 p.m. because of “concerns from an enforcement perspective and public health perspective when people co-consume.”

Walters was referring to concerns raised by Dr. Gloria Keays, a medical officer of health with Alberta Health Services (AHS), about people using more than one kind of substance that can be intoxicating. Keays also suggested the city consider only allowing stores selling cannabis to be open for a limited number of hours per day.

“The administration’s report to limit hours to about 12 hours of the day seems a reasonable beginning point,” she said.

READ MORE: Edmonton committee to debate permit, licensing fees for recreational pot shops

Watch below: In April, Julia Wong filed this report about a report heading to an Edmonton committee for debate that recommends the development permit and licensing fees for cannabis stores should cost applicants $8,100.

Also on Tuesday, a city council committee recommended a startup fee of $8,100 for cannabis shops wanting to open in Edmonton. The startup fee includes a $2,500 annual business licence fee. The committee said the price could go down after a business review is conducted in 2020.

Walters said with the large number of entrepreneurs applying to open up cannabis shops, he doesn’t see price being a barrier.

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Watch below: On April 20, 2018, Kim Smith filed this report about how this year’s 4/20 celebration is expected to be the last one before recreational marijuana becomes legal.

Council is set to vote on the hours of cannabis stores and startup fees next week.

-With files from 630 CHED’s Scott Johnston and Global News’ Kendra Slugoski

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Manitoba Liberal Party members resign with byelection looming

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The Manitoba Liberal Party has suddenly lost some of its key members in the lead-up to a byelection where leader Dougald Lamont is seeking a seat in the legislature.

Party president Paul Brault, communications director Ian McCausland and a co-ordinator for byelection volunteers, Michelle Finley, all resigned this week. Also leaving is Karen Taraska-Alcock, who chaired the party’s election readiness committee.


Fundraising director Scott Newman appears to have also departed. His name was removed Monday night from the online list of party board members. In a written statement, Brault said he is quitting with considerable thought to his health, family and the future of the party.

“The Manitoba Liberal Party has experienced tremendous and positive change since the election of our new leader Dougald Lamont last fall. It is important that everyone supporting the party is empowered to contribute to the best of their abilities and in ways that fit with their own personal values.”

McCausland said he is leaving to focus on personal and professional commitments.

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“I’m just not able to dedicate the time and the energy that something like (communications) during a byelection requires, and I just decided that somebody else would be better suited for that role.”

Finley and Taraska-Alcock declined to comment, Newman was not immediately available Tuesday, and Lamont did not respond to interview requests.

Royce Koop, who teaches political studies at the University of Manitoba, said the sudden departures point to ongoing strife in the Liberal party, which has only three of the 57 legislature seats.

“The fact that the Liberal party has been this third party in Manitoba politics helps to explain why we’ve seen these sorts of ongoing internal issues,” Koop said.

“Power is good for disciplining people, it’s good for giving them something to keep them in line. When you haven’t had power for a long time, you tend to have more of these internal disagreements, internal battles, and you can have what looks to be a mini mass resignation amongst the people that actually work for the party.”

The Manitoba Liberals have failed to win the four legislature seats needed for official party status for more than two decades. Former leader Jon Gerrard survived a revolt in 2009 but stepped down under pressure two years later. His replacement, Rana Bokhari, resigned after the party won three seats in the 2016 election.

Lamont, who lost to Bokhari in the party’s 2013 leadership race, was chosen party leader last October. He was nominated last week to carry the party’s banner in a byelection in the St. Boniface seat in Winnipeg that was vacated by former NDP premier Greg Selinger in March.

The Progressive Conservative government has not yet set a date for the byelection but it must be held by Sept. 3 at the latest under provincial law.

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Ex-Young Canadian staffer Philip Heerema to serve 10-year prison term for sexually abusing 6 teenage boys

Written by admin on 09/28/2019 Categories: 上海楼凤

A former employee of the Calgary Stampede’s Young Canadians performance group has been taken into custody and will begin serving his prison term.

Philip Heerema was given a 10-year sentence for sexually abusing six teenage boys on Wednesday.

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In handing down his decision, Queen’s Bench Justice Larry Ackerl called Heerema’s conduct “morally despicable.”



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    “Mr. Heerema identified, targeted, relentlessly pursued and groomed these boys,” Ackerl said.

    “The boys he chose were especially talented and especially vulnerable.”

    The justice specifically pointed to the courage of the young men who came forward in this case.

    “May you all continue to heal. May you dance. May you sing.”

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    But the mother of one of the victims, who cannot be identified because of a court-imposed publication ban, said that’s impossible for her son to do.

    “My son was in The Young Canadians and it was his whole life,” she said outside court. “He got up in the morning–he loved singing and dancing. He pirouetted around our house and he sang all the time. “He doesn’t sing and he doesn’t dance anymore.”

    The mother went on to explain her son has dropped out of university–a stark contrast from the over-achieving, scholarship-winner he once was.

    “My son is not doing very well at all,” she said, adding he recently came home to “get help getting out of bed.”

    “He said, ‘I need to come home and be taken care of,’ at 20 years old.”

    The 10-year sentence was what the Crown and defence had proposed in a joint submission to the judge Tuesday.

    “He will never actually serve 10 years in jail…Ten years in jail might have been enough of a sentence if he was actually going to be in for that, but he won’t be,” the victim’s mother said.

    Heerema pleaded guilty mid-trial on Jan. 30. He admitted to eight charges, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation, making child pornography and luring.

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    All six victims were former members of The Young Canadians.

    The earliest offence happened in 1992, which was one count of sexual assault.

    “He seriously, repeatedly violated his position of trust,” Akcerl said in sentencing, adding Heerema “preyed upon their vulnerability.”

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    Ackerl said he questions how genuine Heerema was in his remorse–a sentiment echoed by the mother of the victim.

    “In my opinion, he did not accept responsibility,” she said. “There was no remorse for what he did; he’s remorseful that he got caught.”

    “His apology was not genuine. He never once said, ‘I’m sorry’ to the children. He made it sound like he was taken down a path by the children…he did not accept responsibility for the fact that he lured them.”

    Heerema can never be around kids under the age of 16.

    He is also subject to a mandatory DNA order and weapons ban.

    The judge noted forensic psychologist Dr. Patrick Baillie recommended Heerema take specialized sexual offender treatment that’s only available at Bowden Institution. The judge also noted he doesn’t make recommendations on where Heerema will serve his sentence.

    Ackerl suggested Heerema’s defence said he has an interest in exploring access to that treatment.

    “I hope your interest is legitimate and I hope it is pursued,” Ackerl said in concluding his sentencing decision.

    The Calgary Stampede sent Global News a written statement Wednesday saying the organization is “supportive of the courts, their processes and their decision.”

    “We understand that this process has been difficult. We respect the bravery of those impacted.”

    The Stampede said it continues to work hard to provide the best safety measures and programs for all of its educational learning programs.

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Meewasin Valley Authority names new CEO

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The board of the Meewasin Valley Authority (MVA) says its new CEO has experience in a number of areas it felt were important to lead the organization in achieving its long-terms goals.

Andrea Lafond will take over leadership of the MVA on May 7.

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    “Ms. Lafond brings over 18 years of successful and progressive leadership roles across profit, non-profit and charitable organizations,” said Colin Tennent, chair of the MVA’s board of directors.

    “She has led many high level multi-year strategies, most recently at Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies where she held the position of vice-president operations.”

    Lafond, who is also Métis, is working on a visioning exercise to determine the best ways for Meewasin to deliver on its mandate.

    “The visioning will be crucial to Meewasin’s future and will require an open and on-going dialogue with all of our important stakeholders – our partners, donors, staff, and the public,” Tennent said.

    “Ms. Lafond has a demonstrated ability to build relationships and we are very hopeful this exercise will result in a sustainable long-term plan for Meewasin.”

    Meewasin has faced financial uncertainty in recent years.

    The Saskatchewan government cut funding by over $400,000 in the 2017-18 budget and amended the Meewasin Valley Authority Act to remove the statutory funding requirement for the province and the University of Saskatchewan.

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    The City of Saskatoon has committed to $1.3 million in annual funding to the MVA.

    Meewasin has closed its interpretive centre and changed hours at the Beaver Creek Conservation Area in response to the provincial cuts.

    The MVA has also lost five employees since September 2017 due to funding uncertainty.

    -With files from Ryan Kessler

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Stony Plain RCMP use spike belt to catch stolen truck suspects

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Alberta RCMP chased and caught three people west of Edmonton using spike belts and service dogs after getting a report of a stolen vehicle.

Stony Plain RCMP said early Saturday morning, they received a complaint about a stolen vehicle. Officers found the stolen vehicle and what they describe as a getaway truck.

Police said they were able to get ahead of the two trucks and deploy spike belts.



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    Two people inside the getaway truck were arrested, while the only person inside the stolen vehicle fled the scene but was arrested with the help of RCMP Police Dog Services.

    Matthew McKay, 32, is facing five charges, including possession of stolen property, driving while disqualified and three counts of failing to comply.

    Justice Crabbe, 19, has eight charges against him, including theft of a truck, possession of stolen property, driving while disqualified and five counts of failing to comply.

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    RCMP said the third person accused of being involved in the incident is a minor and has been charged with possession of stolen property.

    McKay and Crabbe are scheduled to appear in Stony Plain Provincial Court Wednesday.

    The youth will appear in court at a later date.

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Facebook fires employee who used special access to stalk women

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Facebook has fired an employee who used special access to the site to stalk women.

In an email statement to Global News, the social networking giant’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, said the company is urgently investigating the situation.

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“It’s important that people’s information is kept secure and private when they use Facebook,” the statement read.

Stamos also explained how Facebook determines which employees get access to information.

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“We have strict policy controls and technical restrictions so employees only access the data they need to do their jobs – for example to fix bugs, manage customer support issues or respond to valid legal requests,” he said.

“Employees who abuse these controls will be fired.”

The claim that a Facebook employee was abusing access was first made on 上海夜生活 Sunday by cybersecurity expert Jackie Stokes.

“I’ve been made aware that a security engineer currently employed at Facebook is likely using privileged access to stalk women online,” she wrote. “I have Tinder logs. What should I do with this information?”

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She posted a screenshot of a text message conversation, in which the unnamed individual described himself as a “professional stalker.”

The New York-based expert explained that she determined the individual was a Facebook employee by cross-referencing his Tinder and LinkedIn profile photos.

Stokes later tweeted that many Facebook executives reached out to her.

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“I’d like to thank the many Facebook employees who reached out to me personally to find out what they could do to help, and especially their CSO @alexstamos for deft handling of a dicey issue during a time when words and actions matter more than ever,” she tweeted.

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#GreatMTLer: Nathalie Bondil is an icon of Montreal’s art scene

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As director and chief curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA), Nathalie Bondil is a busy woman.

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“This museum is also a mirror of the dynamism of the city and I think everything is possible because the city makes it possible,” she told Global News.



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    Born in Spain and raised in Morocco, Bondil is a dual Canadian and French citizen. Montreal has been her home for almost two decades now.

    “I decided 18 years ago to come to Montreal and I really feel in love with the city and the country and now I’m a very proud Canadian citizen,” she said.

    Bondil has worked at the museum since 1999 and was appointed to the top job in 2007 — the first woman ever to hold that position.

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    The museum welcomed a record 1.3 million visitors last year.

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    She said she’s not afraid to take creative chances, inviting fashion houses into the museum with retrospectives of Yves Saint Laurent and Jean-Paul Gauthier — a collection that has now toured all over the world.

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    “Jean-Paul did accept [to collaborate] with us, with me, at the very beginning of this fabulous adventure,” Bondil told Global News.

    “Now, I’m so happy because after almost a decade, the exhibition is still on the road and we just opened in Buenos Aires last week.”

    The Gauthier exhibit was just one in a series of innovative ideas that helped put the MMFA on the world stage — others include the introduction of music and the opening of a new pavilion for peace in 2016.

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    For us, it was obvious that we have to open the doors to all the people to see this,” she said.

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    “The mission of a museum is not just about making exhibitions, keeping good collections, but also improving your life.”

    Her work hasn’t gone unnoticed; Bondil has been awarded a diamond jubilee and received a medal from the Quebec national assembly and the Order of Canada.

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Kanye West shocks with slavery remark: ‘400 years? That sounds like a choice’

Written by admin on 08/27/2019 Categories: 上海楼凤

WARNING: This story contains graphic language.

After releasing an extensive sit-down interview with radio host Charlamagne Tha God, Kanye West appeared on Tuesday’s episode of TMZ Live with founder Harvey Levin.


West began by defending his support of Donald Trump and his posting of a photo of himself on social media wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.

The Life of Pablo rapper said he loves his “boy” Trump and added: “So many rappers [used to] love Trump, but then he get into office, and now they don’t love him. Trump is one of rap’s favorite people.”

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West then transitioned to the discussion of race, stating, “When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years? That sounds like a choice. Like, you were there for 400 years and there’s all of y’all? It’s like we’re mentally imprisoned.”

He continued: “I like the word ‘imprisoned’ because slavery goes too directly to the idea of blacks … so prison is something that unites us as one race. Blacks and whites being one race. That we’re the human race.”

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This caused Van Lathan, a TMZ employee, to speak up and voice his disapproval for West’s “absence of thought.”

“Kanye, you’re entitled to your opinion, you’re entitled to believe whatever you want but there is fact and real world, real life consequence behind everything that you just said. While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives,” Lathan said to West.

Lathan continued: “We have to deal with the marginalization that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice. Frankly, I’m disappointed, I’m appalled, and brother.”

“I’m unbelievably hurt by the fact that you have morphed into something to me is not real,” Lathan concluded.

West responded by approaching Lathan and saying, “I’m sorry I hurt you.”

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Many people were shocked by West’s remarks on TMZ Live. 

Director Spike Lee took to Instagram to call out West, writing, “OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Stolen From Mother Africa. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Ripped Of Our Religion, Language, Culture. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Murdered, Lynched, Castrated, Raped, Burnt At The Stake, Families Sold Apart.”

Lee’s post continued: “OUR Ancestors Built This Country (On Land Stolen From The Native Americans) From The Ground Up Under The Institution Of SLAVERY. Where Is This Brother In The Picture Next To Me??? I Would Not Be Surprised If OUR Ancestors Are Not Pleased With Your Uneducated Comments. P.S. Your Retraction Does Not Undue The Harm You Cause To Our Beloved ANCESTORS. WAKE UP.”

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“SLAVERY…A CHOICE”❓❓❓My Brother,OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Stolen From Mother Africa. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Ripped Of Our Religion,Language,Culture. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Murdered, Lynched,Castrated,Raped,Burnt At The Stake,Families Sold Apart. OUR Ancestors Built This Country (On Land Stolen From The Native Americans)From The Ground Up Under The Institution Of SLAVERY. Where Is This Brother In The Picture Next To Me❓❓❓I Would Not Be Surprised If OUR Ancestors Are Not Pleased With Your Uneducated Comments. P.S. Your Retraction Does Not Undue The Harm You Cause To Our Beloved ANCESTORS. WAKE UP.🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

A post shared by Spike Lee (@officialspikelee) on May 2, 2018 at 3:21am PDT took to 上海夜生活 to write, “@KanyeWest #slavery vs #prisons Reality: its not & never was by choice. This wickedness was done by force & strategic conditioning. & education deprivation is at the root. The fact that the USA builds prisons & not schools, is not our choice.”

Tatyana Ali, who played Ashley Banks on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, wrote “Remember when we got a list of books to read over the summer? Could we all please send @KanyeWest a list? One suggestion: Slavery and Social Death by Orlando Patterson. Reading is fundamental. #KanyeInterview #SlaveryWasAChoice.”

Musician Talib Kweli, wrote: “I will always have love for @kanyewest but bro out here putting targets on our backs. Slavery was not a choice.”

Musician John Legend, who got into an exchange with West over his support for Trump last week, retweeted many people criticizing the rapper.

One of the tweets Legend included was from civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson, who wrote, “Kanye’s rhetoric continues to fuel the racist right-wing folks who believe that black people are responsible for their oppression.”

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After receiving a great deal of backlash, West then turned to 上海夜生活 to clarify his comments about slavery.

“To make myself clear. Of course I know that slaves did not get shackled and put on a boat by free will,” he wrote.

West sent a follow-up tweet, saying, “My point is for us to have stayed in that position even though the numbers were on our side means that we were mentally enslaved.”

“They cut out out tongues so we couldn’t communicate to each other. I will not allow my tongue to be cut,” West wrote.

West also explained that he mentioned “400 years” of slavery, since slavery lasted 246 years.

“The reason why I brought up the 400 years point is because we can’t be mentally imprisoned for another 400 years. We need free thought now. Even the statement was an example of free thought. It was just an idea.”

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West hinted at the interview on 上海夜生活 earlier in the day, which teased that conservative commentator Candace Owens would be joining himself and Levin.

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During his time at TMZ, West also revealed that his 2016 hospitalization —which was widely attributed to mental heath issues induced by exhaustion — was also due to struggling with an opioid addiction.

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“I was drugged the f**k out, bro,” he told TMZ’s Levin, before standing up and shouting to the news room. “[…] Hey, everyone listen to this please! Two days before I was in the hospital, I was on opioids. I was addicted to opioids. I had plastic surgery because I was trying to look good for y’all.”

West continued: “I got liposuction because I didn’t want y’all to call me fat, like y’all called Rob [Kardashian] at the wedding, and made him fly home before me and Kim got married. I didn’t want y’all to call me fat, so I got liposuction, and they gave me opioids.”

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West went on to say that he was prescribed two pills a day and continued taking them through the Saint Pablo Tour. He said he decided to quit the drugs after one of his team members expressed concern.

“When he handed [the pills] to me, he said, ‘You know, this is used to kill genius.’ Right, so I didn’t take it,” West revealed. “Two days later, I’m in the hospital. I was taking two pills a day at that time. When I left the hospital, how many pills you think I was given? Seven! I went from taking two pills to seven.”

West also admitted he was high during his infamous visit to Trump Tower and during many of his controversial 上海夜生活 rants.

“So the reason why I dropped those tweets and everything, is because I was drugged the f**k out, bro. And I’m not drugged out [now],” he said. “These pills that they want me to take three of a day, I take one a week maybe — two a week. Y’all have me scared of myself, of my vision; so I took some pills so I wouldn’t go to hospital and prove everyone right.”

Watch Kanye West on TMZ Live in the video above.

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Royal wedding carriage chosen by Meghan Markle, Prince Harry

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Prince Harry and bride-to-be Meghan Markle have selected the carriage for their royal wedding on May 19.


Kensington Palace confirmed in a statement Wednesday that the couple chose an open-top Ascot Landau royal carriage for their procession through Windsor, U.K., after their nuptials.

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“There will be one horse-drawn carriage in the Carriage Procession from St George’s Chapel, which will take the newly married couple through Windsor Town returning to Windsor Castle along the Long Walk,” read the statement in part. “The carriage will be escorted by a travelling Escort of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. Prince Harry and Ms. Markle are very much looking forward to this short journey which they hope will allow them to express their gratitude for everyone who has gathered together in Windsor to enjoy the atmosphere of this special day.”

The Long Walk is a famous, tree-flanked straight promenade that leads to the castle gates.

Two horses — specifically Windsor Grey horses — will be pulling the carriage during the procession.

“Windsor Grey horses play an important role in the ceremonial life of The Royal Family and the nation, and have been drawing the carriages of successive Monarchs and Members of The Royal Family since Queen Victoria,” read the statement.

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(See the carriage for yourself in the video, top.)

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2 demonstrators at Halifax May Day rally arrested for breach of the peace

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Two demonstrators taking part in a May Day rally were arrested by Halifax police on Tuesday evening.

According to Halifax Regional Police (HRP), about 40 protesters were walking down the middle of Gottingen Street at around 6:20 p.m.

“Police requested the group which included young children, to move to the sidewalk as it was a safety and traffic concern,” said Staff Sgt. Stephanie Carlisle in a news release.


“Some members of the group complied with the police request but several declined to move to the sidewalk.”

Two of the demonstrators were arrested for breach of the peace, and released from custody a short time later.

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A post on the Facebook page of the Industrial Workers of the World, K’jipuktuk (Halifax) calls the incident an “unwarranted confrontation, escalation, and detention” of their members.

“The atmosphere was jovial despite the rain, as the workers, including families with young children, chanted and sang while their small group made its way up Gottingen Street,” the post reads.

The group says police physically “forced the workers off the street.” Video posted by the group shows an officer pushing a demonstrator back onto the sidewalk from the roadway (28 second mark).

“In the escalation, two of our fellow workers were detained without cause by Halifax Regional Police. The first had complied with the orders and physical force used by the police and was on the sidewalk before being arrested,” it goes on to read.

HRP Insp. Dean Simmonds spoke to Global News on Wednesday afternoon and confirms the two people arrested were not charged.

“Public safety is important to us. We’re there to provide assistance to our community and make sure our community is safe,” he said.

He could not say, however, whether the protest had a permit.

“At this particular time, we’re looking into this particular matter,” he said.

When asked about the images of a police officer pushing a protester, he had a similar response.

“Again, we’re looking at this particular matter at this particular time.”

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The rally was part of annual events highlighting workers’ rights, and included supporters of employees at the Smiling Goat coffee shop, where workers have alleged the chain’s owner has not been paying them.

According to rally organizers, the employer has since agreed to a payment plan for workers from the two unionized locations but those from the four locations that do not have their union certification yet “remain with little guarantee of pay.”

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Ottawa River water levels rising, risk of ‘minor flooding’ – Ottawa

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The regulation board in charge of flood protection along the Ottawa River is warning the river may reach “minor flooding levels” later this week, as temperatures rise and more rain is expected.

In its latest online forecast for river conditions, the Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board warned that spring runoff from the north is accumulating.


“Water levels and flows will continue increasing over the next few days from Deep River down to the Montreal Region due to warm temperatures and forecast rainfall,” the board said Wednesday morning.

The board said “minor flooding levels may be reached” as of Thursday in “flood-prone areas” including Lake Coulonge, Chats Lake and Britannia.

Gatineau has issued similar warnings about rising water levels in Aylmer and began handing out sandbags to residents Tuesday.

This morning, the Quebec city reported the water level in Aylmer reached 59.29 metres above sea level — just one centimetre away from warranting an alert.

Affected residents in and around Aylmer can get sandbags in Parc Louis-Roy, the city said — at the same time confirming that no other areas of Gatineau are currently at risk.

Last spring, communities in the Ottawa and Gatineau regions were left reeling after record-breaking rainfalls caused serious flooding of the Ottawa River. Hundreds of streets and houses were left submerged under water.

The Ottawa River Regulation Planning Board is expected to issue another update at 2 p.m.

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Donald Trump’s former doctor claims White House aide ‘raided’ office, took medical files

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U.S. President Donald Trump‘s former doctor says his New York office was raided last year by members of the president’s team.

Dr. Harold Bornstein, who was Trump’s doctor for decades, made the claims to NBC News Tuesday, saying the president’s medical files were taken without consent.

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He explained the “raid” took place two days after he revealed Trump had been prescribed a hair growth medication, and it made him feel “raped, frightened and sad.”

The incident was carried out by then White House aide Keith Schiller and another “large man” on Feb. 3, 2017, Bornstein said.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Tuesday that obtaining a president’s medical records is “standard operating procedure,” and the incident should not be described as a raid.

“It would be standard procedure for the president, a newly elected president’s medical records, to be in possession by the White House medical unit,” she said. “And that’s what was taking place.”

But Bornstein told NBC that the two men did not present an authorized form signed by the president that would have made handing over the medical files legal.

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Trump cut ties with Bornstein following the New York Times article, Bornstein told NBC, adding that he didn’t think revealing his medication was a big deal.

“I couldn’t believe anybody was making a big deal out of a drug to grow his hair that seemed to be so important,” Bornstein said.

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Who is Dr. Harold Bornstein?

The 70-year-old had been Trump’s doctor for about 35 years prior to him becoming president.

He was also a staunch supporter of the businessman’s presidential campaign.

In 2015, he penned a letter on behalf of the Trump campaign saying that he would be the most physically fit president in history and described his health as “astonishingly excellent.”

Dr. Bornstein told CNN in an exclusive interview Tuesday that the president dictated the 2015 letter he wrote declaring Trump the “healthiest individual ever elected to the presidency.”

“His physical strength and stamina are extraordinary,” wrote Dr. Harold Bornstein in the letter.

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