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Man who killed Verdun girl denied parole 26 years after the murder

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The girl, who was babysitting for a woman Cobb knew, had been stabbed through an eye and bruises were found on her slit throat. The prosecutor in the case, André Vincent, who is now a Superior Court judge, said at the time that it was “one of the most horrible crimes I’ve ever seen.”

The violent death of a child followed by the indignity to her body shocked Montrealers. But that reaction was multiplied when media revealed that, just five weeks earlier, the Crown abandoned a murder case Cobb was charged in.

In June 1993, Cobb’s trial before a jury was well underway when Justice Henry Steinberg, the judge who was presiding over it, was suddenly promoted to the Quebec Court of Appeal. Steinberg declared a mistrial before moving on to the higher court.

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COVID-19 Update: Teachers anxious about return-to-school plans | Public adapts to new mandatory masks on first day


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The outbreak was declared on June 13 after a resident tested positive.

But Ken Kozoway said he didn’t learn about the pandemic from GSS until a month later when the first death was reported at the home on July 13. That same day, they told him his 94-year-old mother tested positive for the virus. She died on July 20.

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Saturday

Calgary businesses leave mandatory mask enforcement to city staff

Allison Mones walks out of the downtown Safeway wearing a mask as they became mandatory in Calgary on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia
Allison Mones walks out of the downtown Safeway wearing a mask as they became mandatory in Calgary on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Darren Makowichuk/Postmedia

Some local businesses are hoping Calgarians voluntarily comply with the city’s mandatory mask bylaw as they have no plans to enforce the rule that came into effect Saturday.

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More Cops on Chicago’s Streets Isn’t the Answer

More Cops on Chicago’s Streets Isn't the Answer

(Tyler LaRiviere/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

With shootings and murders on the rise and President Trump sending federal agents to the city, community organizers and criminologists point to a police hiring spree from just four years ago to show that more cops on Chicago’s streets aren’t the answer.

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‘Too big a step’: Montrealers apprehensive about 250-person gatherings

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“Because people will think, ‘OK, it’s fine,’ and then go crazy. It won’t be worth it.”

Gravel said she feels for people who have missed big life events during the pandemic, noting some families have been waiting to celebrate milestones or anniversaries since March.

“If I’m invited to a big ceremony that’s worth it, then yes I would go,” she said. “But I would make sure to keep my distance and make sure everything is clean.”

Steven Fagan, 71

“I think it’s the wrong choice. Actually, I think it’s insane,” said Fagan. “I mean, 250 people. How do you control their distancing from each other? You would probably need a football field in order to distance properly.”

“It’s cuckoo. It doesn’t make sense to me,” Fagan added...

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Firefighters battle multiple blazes Saturday, numerous Calgarians displaced


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Firefighters responded to four fires in Calgary on Saturday, one of which forced the evacuation of a three-storey apartment building in Kensington.

Calgary fire crews responded to multiple calls for a building fire in the 2000 block of Kensington Road N.W. around 6 p.m. Upon arrival, firefighters were met with heavy smoke and flames from a blaze attacking the upper two levels of the three-storey building.

The Calgary Fire Department (CFD) said crews first worked on the exterior of the building before going inside to extinguish the flames. They also deployed an aerial ladder to gain access to the roof.

An apartment building in the 2200 block of Kensington Road N.W. was damaged by fire on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Gavin Young/Postmedia
A home in the 22 block of Kensington Road N.W. was damaged by fire on Saturday, August 1, 2020. Gavin Young/Postmedia /Gavin Young/Postmedia

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Lewis Hamilton wins British GP; Montreal’s Lance Stroll 9th


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“Up until that last lap everything was relatively smooth sailing,” said the six times world champion of a race with two long safety car periods. “The tires felt great.

“I heard that his (Bottas’s) tire went and I was just looking at mine and everything seemed fine. The car was still turning no problem… Those last few laps I started to back off and then just down the straight it just deflated.

“That was definitely a heart in the mouth kind of feeling…I was just praying to get around and not be too slow. I nearly didn’t get around the last few corners. Thank God we did.”

The victory was the 87th of Hamilton’s F1 career — leaving him four short of Ferrari great Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 91 — and his third in a row...

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Calgary driver pursued by RCMP for dangerous driving, charges anticipated


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Charges are anticipated for a Calgary driver who drove head-on into oncoming traffic before clipping a semi-trailer truck, rolling into a ditch and catching fire.

The incident took place early Sunday morning on Highway 22 north of Cochrane, about 40 kilometres west of Calgary. Cochrane RCMP pursued the reckless driver who eventually slammed into the side of a semi-trailer after three other vehicles managed to dodge the suspect vehicle, said RCMP.

Mounties said the suspect vehicle then entered a ditch and rolled before catching fire. Alberta Sheriffs put the fire out with extinguishers and removed the 36-year-old driver from the vehicle.

Charges are anticipated for a 36-year-old Calgary driver who drove head-on into oncoming traffic on Sunday, August 2, 2020 before clipping a semi-trailer truck and catching on fire. The driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.
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Double, Double, Trump’s Toil, Our Trouble

WASHINGTON — Macbeth has his doubts. But his wife taunts him about his manliness until he bloodies his country. It’s hard to believe, four centuries after Shakespeare, that the fear of being unmanned is still so potent that it could wreck a country. But it is. And it has.

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Quebec reports 141 new COVID-19 cases, three more deaths

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Quebec reported 141 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, bringing the province’s total to 59,599.

The province also reported three more deaths, two of which occurred before July 25. A total of 5,681 deaths have now been attributed to COVID-19 in Quebec.

The number of people hospitalized decreased by five to 172. Of those patients, 17 are in intensive care, a reduction of one from the prior day.

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Paying People Not to Work Is Not Economic Stimulus

Back in 2009, Nancy Pelosi infamously declared the best way to revive the economy was to dole out ever more generous food stamps and unemployment benefits. The more people are collecting welfare, the better. At the time, this notion seemed laughable. Now this economic illiteracy seems to have…

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