Forecasters have higher expectations for slow Atlantic hurricane season

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MIAMI – The Atlantic hurricane season will continue to be even quieter than predicted, thanks to atmospheric and oceanic conditions suppressing storm formation, federal forecasters said Thursday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration still expects three to six hurricanes to form during the six-month season that peaks between mid-August and mid-October.

Officials dropped the number of named storms to between seven and 12 in an updated hurricane season forecast issued Thursday.

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    The forecast calls for zero to two of those hurricanes to be major storms with winds greater than 110 mph.

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    “We are more confident that a below-normal season will occur because atmospheric and oceanic conditions that suppress cyclone formation have developed and will persist through the season.” said Gerry Bell, lead seasonal hurricane forecaster at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center.

    Those conditions include the likely development of El Nino, which warms part of the Pacific every few years and changes rain and temperature patterns around the world and typically reduces the number and intensity of tropical storms and hurricanes.

    Relatively cooler temperatures on the surface of the Atlantic Ocean also have lowered the probability of hurricane formation.

    WATCH: Hurricane season forecast from May 2014

    “Nonetheless, tropical storms and hurricanes can strike the U.S. during below-normal seasons, as we have already seen this year when Arthur made landfall in North Carolina as a Category 2 hurricane. We urge everyone to remain prepared and be on alert throughout the season,” Bell said.

    Forecasters said there remains a 70 per cent chance that the season will be less busy than normal. A normal year has 12 named storms, six hurricanes and three major storms.

    There have been two hurricanes so far this year: Arthur and Bertha, which did not threaten the U.S. coastline.

    The Atlantic hurricane season begins in June and ends in November. Forecasters name tropical storms when top winds reach 63 km/h; hurricanes have maximum winds of at least 120 km/hh.

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Triple sex assault suspect arrested; EPS believe there may be more cases

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Watch above: Edmonton police have charged a man in connection with three alleged sexual assaults, and police believe there could be more victims. Eric Szeto reports.

EDMONTON – Police have a man in custody for three alleged sexual assaults, and believe there may be more victims.

Police believe the suspect has been targeting individuals who are smaller in stature. Three women of Asian descent were reportedly attacked in central Edmonton between April and July 2014.

The alleged assaults happened in the following areas:

near Commonwealth StadiumKingsway Avenue and 119 Streetand 111 Avenue and 82 Street

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In each of the three cases, the women noticed the suspect lingering in a public space. Once they were in a more isolated area, they say he sexually assaulted them.

“The complainants are quite lucky…they didn’t have to be hospitalized, so physical injuries were more minor,” said Staff Sgt. Shawna Grimes.

“But…you can imagine the trauma in something like this. You’re in a public area in the early evening hours, I think we would all feel safe in that circumstance.

“The trauma would be quite lasting, I suspect.”

Police would not confirm the name of the suspect, who remains in their custody. They will only say “he appears to be in his late teens to early 20s, [and]  is approximately six feet tall with a thin build.”

They continue to investigate and are encouraging witnesses or anyone who was sexually assaulted to contact them at 780-423-4567. Anonymous information can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

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Man dies in St. Margaret’s Bay Road crash

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HALIFAX – One man is dead after his vehicle veered off the road for unknown reasons in Timberlea.

Cpl. Jadie Spence with Tantallon RCMP said the crash happened around 3:45 p.m. on Thursday in front of 1643 St. Margaret’s Bay Road.

Police at the scene of 1643 St. Margaret’s Bay Road in Timberlea.

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The accident scene in front of 1643 St. Margaret’s Bay Road.

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The vehicle is a Chrysler Cirrus.

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A traffic analyst sets up pylons on the road.

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A traffic analyst snaps a picture of the accident scene.

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RCMP on the scene of the single vehicle accident in Timberlea.

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Police on the scene of the accident.

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Police on the scene of the accident.

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“The car hit the fences [in front of the house] and kept going and flipped over,” Spence said.

“The driver was ejected and was found in the driveway on somebody’s property.”

Spence said the man, who is from Halifax but has not been identified, died at the scene.

Traffic analysts spent time marking points of interest on the road and snapping pictures of the crash.

There’s no word on why the vehicle left the road. The male victim was the only person in the car.

Spence said it is too early to tell whether drugs, alcohol or speed played a factor in the incident.

Police said there was some damage to the fences beside the house. No one was inside the house at the time.

Several blocks of St. Margaret’s Bay Road were shut down for a few hours while emergency crews attended to the scene. It was re-opened around 7 p.m.

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‘I’m not a criminal’: Jailed with no charge, no sentence, no oversight

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Sitting in a glassed-off visiting cubicle, Masoud Hajivand pulls up the sleeve of his orange inmate uniform, rotates wrist upward to show ropy scars up his left arm.

That’s from the second time this year the Canadian Border Services Agency tried to deport him to Iran. The first time, two months earlier, six CBSA officers gave up on trying to drag him out of his cell as he wept and clung to the bars.

This time, they got him as far as a cell at Pearson International Airport, where he tried to slit his wrists with a piece of metal he found in the cell.

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“I tried to kill myself,” he says into the phone connecting him to the other side of the glass.

“I didn’t have a choice – what’s the difference? If I go on the airplane I’m going to die.”

For his pains he spent two days under suicide watch, in a bare cell dressed only in a tear-proof smock.

Hajivand wears the same orange jumpsuit, lives on the same range, uses the same facilities as hundreds of other inmates at the sprawling Maplehurst jail complex in Milton, Ontario, northwest of Toronto.

But unlike the men he lives with, the majority of whom are held on remand, Hajivand has never been charged with a crime.

“I’m not a criminal,” he repeats, like a mantra whose truth needs constant reaffirmation.

“I don’t know what I’m doing here.”

Hajivand is one of more than 200 immigration detainees held in Ontario’s notoriously crowded jails, many of them without charge. Their cases are reviewed monthly, but in practice they could be incarcerated indefinitely.

All of them, Global News has learned, have been hidden for years from Red Cross attempts to ascertain their well-being and ensure Canada’s living up to its international human rights obligations.

“A greater degree of risk to immigrant detainees”

The Canadian Red Cross has conducted annual inspections of immigration detention conditions since 2008, sending its findings in confidential reports to the federal government. Global recently obtained the reports under access-to-information laws.

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Year after year, its inspectors slammed the practice of putting immigration detainees in provincial jails in British Columbia and Alberta – the provinces they were allowed to see.

And year after year, its inspectors tried and failed to gain access to Ontario’s jails.

Ontario signed an agreement with the CBSA on October 20 allowing Red Cross access.

“Now we are working on finalizing an agreement with the Canadian Red Cross so that they have more regular access to immigration detainees,” said Yasir Naqvi, Ontario’s correctional minister.

(The Red Cross would not confirm it’s in talks with the province)

Getting to that point took years, however.

The 2008-09 Red Cross report describes access to Ontario jails as a “work in progress.”

The 2013 report says the Red Cross “remains concerned that it cannot currently fulfil its mandate to monitor the detention conditions of all places where immigration detainees are being held in Canada.”

Red Cross spokesperson Celine St-Louis wouldn’t comment on these reports, saying they’re “confidential to the government.

“So I can’t discuss the findings, or the recommendations, or any of the aspects of those reports.”

Federal Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney refused to speak with Global News for this story.

What the Red Cross has seen, it has condemned as risking the safety and wellbeing of vulnerable individuals in Canada’s care.

It’s expressed concerns around “co-mingling” immigration detainees with criminals and accused criminals in jails, where they’re often triple-bunked and cut off from family or legal counsel.

Jails “serve a largely punitive function,” the Red Cross report for 2012-13 reads.

Mixing convicted criminals and people on remand with detainees “presents a greater degree of risk to immigration detainees who are co-mingled with a volatile corrections population, some serving, or awaiting trial for violent or gang-affiliated crimes.”

CBSA spokesperson Pierre Deveau did not directly address questions about detainees’ physical safety in jails. Simply put, border officials put immigrant detainees in jails when they need the space or they think they pose a risk.

“The CBSA relies on provincial correctional facilities to detain higher-risk detainees (for example, those with a violent criminal background); lower-risk detainees in areas not served by an immigration holding centre; and for those detained over 72 hours in the Vancouver area,” he wrote in an email.

Perversely, says immigration lawyer Guidy Mamann, a detainee can end up in jail because he or she has health problems that more lenient detention facilities can’t deal with.

“So they send them to somewhere where there are adequate medical facilities – namely, a full-blown jail.”

In fiscal 2013-2014, the CBSA paid Ontario more than $21 million for jail space for immigration detainees, Deveau said. That works out to about $250 per inmate per day.

Navqi couldn’t say whether Ontario could ease crowding in its correctional system by not renting jail space to the CBSA.

“I am not in a position to give you a response because, honestly, I have not thought about that,” he said.

Family photos show Pam and Masoud in happier times before his arrest.

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“This is not a detention centre. This is a high-security jail.”

Deeper within Maplehurst, heavy steel doors click open, then make an echoing boom when they’re locked again.

Hajivand’s status as an immigration detainee makes him something of a pariah, he says. He gets last dibs on the phone and shower, which can mean days without access to either, he says. He recalls being nonplussed when, on first arriving in jail, he was asked if he had anything to smoke.

“I’ve never lived with these people in my life. I don’t know why I’m here,” he says.

“This is not a detention centre. This is a high-security jail.”

But silent treatment and social isolation aside, Hajivand may be one of the lucky ones.

“We have seen people come out of the jails black and blue, literally. Eyes punched, welts on their back, arms bruised,” Mamann said.

“We’ve heard credible complaints of multiple sexual abuse of people who have no criminal record, and who want to say nothing during or after these experiences. During, because no one’s going to care, and you’re in a vulnerable situation, and after, because ‘I just want to put it behind me, I don’t want to remember it, and I certainly don’t want my spouse to find out what happened.’”

Naqvi told Global News he takes these allegations “very seriously.”

“Making sure inmates that are in our care and custody are safe is a responsibility we take very seriously.”

WATCH: Videographer Liam Maloney talked to Pam Shiraldini and Melika Mojarrab, Masoud Hajivand’s wife and stepdaughter, during their long, bleak weekly drive to the Lindsay jail complex.

“They just throw in the towel and go home”

At any given time, between 520 and 550 people are in immigration detention in Canada. About 40 per cent of them end up in Ontario provincial jails.

And those kept in jail are detained, on average, for longer: Detainees in Ontario jails spend an average of 40 days in custody – twice the 20-day average for immigration detainees in general.

People can end up in immigration detention because of a criminal background, doubts about their identity or an immigration officer’s concern they won’t show up if ordered to be deported.

But that could include almost anyone: Refugee claimants frequently lack adequate identification. And CBSA officers could cite virtually any reason as suspicion a claimant is a flight risk or won’t show up for a hearing or deportation.

“When they are called in to Immigration, there are a number of landmines placed in front of them,” Mamann says.

“They say, ‘Your application to stay in Canada has failed, and we’re now thinking of sending you home: How do you feel about that?’ ‘Well, I’m not really crazy about returning to Mexico, or Hungary.’ ‘Why?’ ‘Well, I don’t have a job there, my parents are dead, I don’t really have much to go to.’ ‘Would you like to stay here?’ ‘Oh, sure, I’d love to stay here.’ ‘Okay, can you just wait one minute?’

“Now, the client is feeling pretty good. He thinks: ‘Finally, there’s a human being who might take an interest in my case.’ Then the officer returns with two burly CBSA officers, who put handcuffs on him and detain him.”

Immigration lawyer Max Berger goes over a carefully worded response with his clients in which they balance enthusiasm for Canada with a willingness to be deported until they can repeat it perfectly.

“I sit with my client, I have them rehearse that line back to me three or four times, so I’m sure that he has it straight,” Berger said.

Almost three-quarters of male immigration detainees in Ontario jails are held in the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay, far from Toronto-based family, counsel or support networks. Detainees in Lindsay stay an average of 82 days there (allowing for early release, that’s equivalent to a four-month jail sentence for someone in the criminal justice system).

Some detainees in Lindsay have been boycotting their monthly detention reviews, says immigration activist Syed Hussan.

“They say that the reviews are bogus, that they are stacked against them, they feel that their voices are not being heard, that every time they show up they get the same decision, month after month after month,” he said.

In September, the advocacy group No One Is Illegal estimated 50 inmates were participating, but, Hussan says, it’s hard to get an accurate number: “people are often moved around, and the numbers are constantly shifting.”

Often, Mamann said, being held in jail indefinitely convinces would-be refugees to simply give up and go home.

“The reality is that the situation becomes so expensive, so frustrating, we’ve denied really effective access to counsel, we’ve cut him off from his family, they just throw in the towel and go home,” he said – even “ in situations where they have good rights of appeal, they have good grounds for staying, where there are serious reasons that they’re going to be harmed abroad.”

Ontario plans to move immigration detainees to a Toronto-area jail in 2015, Naqvi said. In the meantime, the province has set up a shuttle bus system for detainees’ visitors.

At the visitor’s entrance to the Central East Correctional Centre, in Lindsay, ON, Pam and Melika stash personal possessions, mobile phones and other items prohibited from being taken inside the prison in a locker. Their weekly visit with Masoud lasts 20 minutes.

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“I’m used to seeing him every day, and hugging him”

Before being arrested and jailed without charge, Hajivand had been living in Canada for seven years – his status perpetually shaky.

The Immigration and Refugee Board rejected his initial 2007 claim, that he was fleeing a police crackdown on protest that had already killed his younger brother, because of inconsistencies in his statements (although the tribunal officer “generally observed that the claimant’s demeanour while testifying was satisfactory, and that the claimant was otherwise generally credible”).

A spousal sponsorship fell through when Hajivand’s relationship with his then-Canadian common-law spouse went sour.

Immigration officials ordered him to present himself for deportation in August, 2011. He didn’t – while he admitted in an affidavit that “my conduct was wrong,” he claims to have been “in a complete panic” and didn’t know what else to do.

At that point, a warrant was issued for Hajivand’s arrest. But he continued to live and work in Canada for years after.

He fell in love with Iranian-Canadian Pam Shiraldini and, with her, evangelical Christianity, which he said in an affidavit offered him “a sort of home” when he felt adrift in a new and not always welcoming country.

They met at a party in 2012.

“It was a connection. We talked, and felt comfortable with each other,” Shiraldini said. “We were best friends before he moved in. It was a great connection between us. ”

Shiraldini was delighted that Hajivand bonded with her daughter Melika Mojarrab, then 13.

“I was so grateful that there was a connection so fast between these two. She was so happy to have someone besides me that she could rely on. That was a very good feeling for me, as a mother.”

Melika Mojarrab, Masoud’s 15-year-old stepdaughter, at the rally in Toronto’s Dundas Square to protest his impending deportation.

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“It’s really hard for me, because I’m used to seeing him every day, and hugging him, and talking to him face to face, and now I have to travel an hour and a half to see him, and I have to talk to him through glass,” she reflects. “It’s hard.”

Hajivand and Shiraldini were baptized at a Toronto church on New Year’s Eve, 2013.

This, he and his advocates argue, poses an additional danger should he be deported. The Iranian state, which frowns on any religious alternative to orthodox Shiite Islam, saves a special wrath for ex-Muslims.

According to UN diplomat Ahmed Shaheed Iranian law “allows for the application of capital punishment in cases of apostasy.

Between July 2013 and June of 2014, Shaheed estimated, Iran executed at least 852 people – more than 16 a week.

And thanks, ironically, to his supporters, Hajivand’s religious conversion is now all too public should any Iranian border officer care to check.

“These online campaigns began after I was detained by the CBSA, but now that I have learned of them, I am very worried about how they will affect my safety in Iran,” Hajivand wrote in an affidavit.

But the Immigration and Refugee Board rejected his latest argument on these grounds. Hajivand claims he didn’t know what documents he needed.

This puts one arm of a government that’s pulled its ambassador from a country its Prime Minister has declared has an “appalling record of human rights abuse” and “frightens me” in the position of forcing a man to go back there.

It wouldn’t be the first time: Canada has deported 423 people to Iran since 2004; last year, it sent 31 people there.

Blaney’s office referred a question regarding the apparent contradiction to the CBSA.

“Everyone ordered removed from Canada is entitled to due process before the law and all removal orders are subject to various levels of appeal,” spokesperson Esme Bailey wrote in an e-mail.

“Prior to being removed, those under removal order are entitled to have their risk of returning to their country assessed through: the refugee determination process, a pre-removal risk assessment or an application for permanent residence based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.”

Hajivand doesn’t buy it.

“I never ever, ever, ever thought that any country would do this to people,” he said.

“This is human rights? … Lock up people who haven’t done anything and tell them you have to go to Iran?”

TORONTO, ON: Pan Shiraldini at the rally in Toronto’s Dundas Square to protest her husband Masoud Hajivani’s impending deportation. About 20 members of the community held signs and stood silently in the square at 5PM, occasionally answering questions from curios bystanders.

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“They are using my taxes to keep me here.”

Immigration officials claim Hajivand’s a flight risk because of the missed 2011 removal date. But he claims he hasn’t exactly been on the run.

He has a common-law partner, treats her daughter as his own, is actively involved in a church and has been working as superintendent at a construction site for years.

“From the day I got a job, I’ve been paying taxes,” he says, and chuckles darkly.

“They are using my taxes to keep me here.”

Nevertheless, he was arrested at a June 27 meeting with immigration officers. He’s been held ever since – first at Lindsay, then at Maplehurst, now at Lindsay again.

That creates particular hardship for Shiraldini and Melika, now 15, who make the trek to Lindsay from Toronto every weekend.

“It takes about an hour and a half, an hour and 45 minutes to come to see Masoud,” Shiraldini explains. Sometimes there are lockdowns, and we don’t have a chance to see him. We can only talk to him for 20 minutes.”

Pam Shiraldini’s face is reflected in the rear-view mirror near Lindsay as she drives to the Lindsay jail.

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 “He’ll be out of reach”

In the meantime, he’s in limbo: The most recent of Hajivand’s monthly hearings took place last week in a busy industrial area near Toronto’s Pearson International Airport.

Hajivand attended via video feed and had a Farsi translator but no lawyer (Hajivand’s lawyer Anthony Navaneelan said he didn’t show up because they had no viable plan to get Hajivand bail).

Shiraldini and Melika are there, however, watching Hajivand on the monitor. ‘Minister’s counsel’ Matthew Tong, who acts as a prosecutor, tells the hearing the CBSA is “actively working” to find a way of deporting Hajivand to Iran.

Because Hajivand arrived on an Air Canada flight without valid documents, the government wants the airline to pay for his ticket out of the country, Navaneelan says.

Air Canada wouldn’t comment on specific cases, and wouldn’t say how many flights like this it pays for.

Hajivand’s lawyer says the stalemate is whether CBSA can oblige Air Canada to pay for a charter flight for Hajivand, since his bitter resistance makes it impractical to put him on a commercial flight. He estimates the cost at about $300,000.

In the meantime, lawyers for the government say Hajivand’s fear of being deported to Iran make him enough of a flight risk to warrant his continued incarceration.

Christopher Marcinkiewicz, the Immigration and Refugee Board member overseeing the hearing, agrees. Hajivand is sent back to his cell until November 24 – or until the CBSA and Air Canada reach an agreement on a charter flight. He has no idea which will come first.

As of today, he’s spent 180 days in jail, equivalent to about a nine-month sentence.

Shiraldini, a Canadian citizen, has applied to sponsor Hajivand.

But that will take months – maybe more than a year, his lawyer says. In that time he could still be deported.

“[A CBSA] officer said that you can apply for him from outside the country,” Shiraldini said, fighting to control her emotion.

“I said: ‘I think you don’t understand exactly what’s happening here. If he leaves Canada, how could I apply for him? He’ll be out of reach – it will be impossible.”

In the meantime, Hajivand says, he has nightmares of men in CBSA uniforms coming into his cell to take him to the airport.

“Two days a week I can relax – the CBSA won’t come for me on Saturday or Sunday,” he said.

“I ask for sleeping pills, but when they give them to me the same nightmares return. … It just keeps playing, like a tape.”

With files from Anna Mehler Paperny and Leslie Young

The Canada Day deportation attempt
A CBSA e-mail describes the failed attempt to get Hajivand out of his cell and on a plane to Iran on Canada Day. On September 18, a second deportation was cancelled when Hajivand tried to slit his wrists with a piece of metal he found in his cell at Pearson International Airport. “I didn’t have a choice – what’s the difference?,” he later explained. “If I go on the airplane I’m going to die.”
Click on the excerpt to read the whole thing.

PC=”person concerned,” ie. Hajivand, IHC=”Immigration Holding Centre,” LBPIA=”Lester B. Pearson International Airport,” MCC=”Maplehurst Correctional Centre,” “GTEIOD“=Greater Toronto Enforcement and Intelligence Operations Division (CBSA’s Airport Road headquarters), “A&D“=Arrivals and Departures (at Airport Road), “G4S“=a private security company.

READ: Affidavit of Masoud Hajivand

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READ: Red Cross report on Canada’s immigration detention, 2012-13

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Top 5 tech tricks to make your Halloween extra spooky

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TORONTO – It’s time to bust out the decorations – the spookiest night of the year is almost upon us.

But if Halloween has crept up on you, don’t worry – there are plenty of last-minute ways to scare trick-or-treaters using everyday household gadgets.

From costumes to homemade decorations, here are five tech inspired ideas to make this year the scariest Halloween yet.

Animated costumes

No need to worry if you don’t have a costume picked out yet – all you need is an old t-shirt and your trusty smartphone. Costume company Digital Dudz sells special smartphone pocket t-shirts that come with a free download of one of their creepy animations – but if short on time or money, you can create an at-home version.

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    To create a creepy animated costume, all you need to do is create a pocket for your smartphone in an old t-shirt, cut out a hole about the size of your smartphone screen and decorate the front of the shirt with fake blood.

    Then create the effect of an open wound with a beating heart animation, or go for a cyborg effect with an animated eye by downloading an animation or finding a video to loop on YouTube.

    Animated pumpkins

    The same idea can be used for upping the scare-factor of your pumpkin.

    Try buying a smaller pumpkin to accompany your larger carved pumpkins – but only carve a hole big enough for your smartphone screen. All you need to do is download an eye animation, place your phone inside and wait for trick-or-treaters.

    DIY creepy glowing eyes

    Want to scare your trick-or-treaters big time on a small budget? Get ready to raid your recycling bin.

    All you need for this DIY project is a few toilet paper rolls, some battery powered LED lights (which you can find at most hardware stores) and a pair of scissors. Simply cut out a few different eye shapes on each roll, stash the LED lights inside and hide them in your bushes. Here is a similar tutorial using glow sticks.

    Ghoulish projections

    Don’t have the energy to drape your house in cobwebs, or turn your front lawn into a fake graveyard?  Turn your house into a haunted haven by hooking up your computer to a projector, or flat screen TV.

    AtmosFEARfx has downloadable digital decorations that appear as life-sized ghostly images – from ghosts, to headless horsemen – at $10 each. Simply connect your computer to your TV and place it in front of a big window where trick-o-treaters can see it.

    Scream-worthy sound effects

    If you aren’t feeling crafty enough for any of the above, why not make your own spooky soundtrack?

    Using a program like Apple’s Garage Band, download some scary Halloween music and record a few evil laughs, cackles and maybe the occasional “Boo” overtop. Save the track as a song on your smartphone and play it through a BlueTooth speaker you hide somewhere outside.

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‘Thanks Alcohol!’ New Alberta awareness campaign targets binge drinking

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EDMONTON – A new awareness campaign is using posters showing people in bad situations following a night of binge drinking to educate people about the issue.

The campaign – titled ‘Thanks Alcohol!’ – was created by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission (AGLC).  It officially launches on Friday and will run until Nov. 24.

The posters show a young woman in a very emotional state, a man with injuries from a fight, another man vomiting on someone, and two people in bed together looking quite awkward.

Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission’s ‘Thanks Alcohol!’ campaign. October 2014

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Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission’s ‘Thanks Alcohol!’ campaign. October 2014

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Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission’s ‘Thanks Alcohol!’ campaign. October 2014

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Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission’s ‘Thanks Alcohol!’ campaign. October 2014

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    The AGLC says the campaign targets binge drinking “in a clever way” to remind young adults “they need to think about their drinking choices.”

    “We went out with an edgy creative campaign to really demonstrate the types of situations you can find yourself in as a young person if you’re not on your guard and you’re not really paying attention to the amount that you’re drinking,” said AGLC President Bill Robinson.

    The ‘Thanks Alcohol!’ website includes the tagline: ‘it can’t always be the alcohol’s fault.’

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    There is also a quiz posted online to determine what kind of drinker you are.

    “The quiz is a bit of a fun way to bring a very important point home,” said Robinson.

    “It’s a way of going [online] and really asking yourself some questions through the quiz and really seeing the type of ways you can go out and exercise moderation.”

    Robinson said the campaign targets the 18-24 age group.

    “If you find yourself overindulging or you find yourself in a situation you’re not comfortable with, you should really review your choices.”

    The site also includes tips on how to take control – like eating a full meal, slowing down the alcohol consumption, setting aside a specific amount of cash for the night, and making sure you’re with a good group of friends – and links to other resources.

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Hundreds of sailors return home to Halifax aboard HMCS Athabaskan

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HALIFAX – It was an emotional day in Halifax as families were reunited when HMCS Athabaskan returned to its home port.

The ship had been deployed as part of Operation CARIBBE, which is Canada’s contribution to a multinational campaign against illegal trafficking by organized crime in the Caribbean basin and eastern Pacific Ocean.

HMCS Athabaskan helped support multiple aircraft patrols and participated in six intercept operations, one of which resulted in the seizure of 820 kilograms of cocaine.

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    “What we did down there, it’s something to be proud of for sure,” said Master Seaman Allan Wrathall. “We flew the flag proudly down there and we accomplished what we wanted.”

    The Royal Canadian Navy has deployed seven warships as part of the operation this year. In total, more than six metric tons of cocaine has been seized to date.

    The Canadian Armed Forces has been conducting Operation CARIBBE since November 2006.

    HMCS Athabaskan spent 53 days away from home, 37 of which were spent at sea.

    “It’s been our longest [deployment] so far,” said Denyse Walker.

    WATCH: HMCS Athabaskan applauded in Parliament after returning home

    Walker has two young children and says it was a difficult two months, but she’s proud of her husband.

    “It’s a little difficult, but we got through it,” she said. “A lot of emails exchanged, and when they could, he called, so that kept them in contact and happy.”

    Once the ship carefully made its way into port, families and loved ones of the sailors were invited to climb aboard.

    “We like to welcome the families on board because they’re part of our extended family,” said Cmdr. Matt Plaschka.

    Cpl. Alex Amirault met up with his wife, who is expecting the couple’s second child.

    “It’s good. It’s always good to be back home,” he said.

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Islamic State group kills dozens of former Iraqi police

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BAGHDAD – The Islamic State group wanted to send a warning against anyone who might plot against its rule.

Back when the extremists took over the northern Iraqi city of Mosul in June, police Col. Mohammed Hassan was among some Sunnis in the security forces who surrendered, handed over their weapons and pledged to cut ties with the police. In return, the militants gave them “repentance badges” granting them some safety. But now, the Islamic State group suspected Hassan was engaging in activities against it.

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    So last week, IS fighters stormed Hassan’s house at night. Hassan and his son fought back, killing three attackers before they were gunned down. The militants then hung his mutilated body from a fence for several days near his home as an example, according to two residents who witnessed the battle and were aware of the events leading up to it. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.

    READ MORE: Canadian jets join anti-ISIS campaign in Kuwait

    The past few weeks, the Islamic State group has been hunting down former policemen and army officers in areas it controls, apparently fearing they might join a potential internal Sunni uprising against its rule.

    While world attention has been focused on the battle to fend off the extremists’ assault on the town of Kobani across the border in Syria, the group has killed dozens of its opponents this month in Iraq. In several instances, Sunnis have been lined up in public squares and gunned down or beheaded as a warning.

    The aim is to prevent the Baghdad government and the U.S.-led alliance from finding Sunni allies against it at a time when Kurdish fighters and Shiite militias backed by U.S.-led airstrikes have made some gains, taking back several towns from the militants.

    The campaign of killings adds a new bloody chapter in the Islamic State group’s legacy. In its blitz capturing a swath of Iraq and neighbouring Syria, it gained a grisly notoriety for butchering its opponents and members of sects it considers heretical.

    READ MORE: Is the world ready to deal with a generation of ISIS child soldiers?

    Human Rights Watch on Thursday said that the extremists carried out a mass killing of around 600 Shiite Muslim inmates being held in Mosul’s main prison when the group captured the city in June. The Shiites were separated from several hundred Sunni and Christian inmates who were set free, then the Shiites – along with a number of Kurds and Yazidis – were forced to kneel on the edge of a nearby ravine and were mowed down with automatic weapons, Human Rights Watch said in a report, based on interviews with survivors.

    But killings of former police are of a new, different sort – a campaign to eliminate those who the extremists fear could become the nucleus of a revolt against their control.

    In new killings, the militants on Wednesday paraded 30 Sunni tribal fighters through the western city of Hit then shot them all to death on a main street, according to a provincial official and other residents. Their bodies were found later that day, followed by another mass grave of 48 tribal fighters discovered on Thursday. The fighters, mostly from the Al Bu Nimr tribe, were captured when the extremists overran Hit earlier in the month.

    READ MORE: Syrian rebels enter Kobani to help in fight against ISIS militants

    Mosul, the largest city in the group’s self-styled “caliphate,” has seen increased killings. Last week, Mosul’s governor, Atheel al-Nujaifi, who was driven out of the city in the militant takeover, said pro-government Sunni militias were being formed in the city, made up of mainly of former army and police officers.

    Soon after, Islamic State group militants rounded up 20 former police officers from villages south of Mosul. Hours later, their bodies – all with gunshots to the head – were handed over to the morgue, according to morgue officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation.

    In a separate incident, the militants shot to death police Col. Issa Osman after parading him through Mosul’s streets. Osman’s battalion was the last unit to give up fighting in Mosul during the June takeover, and afterward he also renounced ties to the security forces, receiving a “repentance badge” from the extremists.

    Military spokesman Brig. Gen. Saad Maan Ibrahim also said anti-IS militant groups have been formed in Mosul. Whether they are part of armed groups or not, former police and army officers are a potential threat to the militants because they “have the expertise on how to plan an armed uprising and they have good knowledge of weapons and military operation,” Maan told AP.

    There have been similar slayings elsewhere under the extremists’ domain the past week. Three days ago, IS fighters shot to death two former army officers and three policemen in a public square in the northern city of Beiji, residents said. They announced to a crowd that the men had carried out mortar attacks on the militants’ positions in the city, according to the residents.

    At the same time, about 20 former policemen and army officers were rounded up by IS fighters in the town of Shurqat and taken to an unknown location, with no word since on their fate, said an official in Salahuddin provincial council.

    On Wednesday, IS fighters beheaded policeman Bahjat Salman in a public square in Ana, a town west of Bagdad, proclaiming him a “traitor,” residents said. The residents of Ana and Beiji and the Salahuddin official spoke to AP on condition of anonymity for their own safety.

    So far, there has been little sign of an armed revolt in Mosul or other parts of northern and western Iraq under IS control. But the killings could be a sign the extremists’ confidence has been shaken by the air campaign.

    The group was able to expand with lightning speed across Sunni-dominated regions of Iraq starting in June, in large part because of the minority community’s deep hatred of the Shiite-dominated government in Baghdad. Sunnis have long complained the government discriminates against them and marginalizes them. Government forces collapsed as the extremists swept over Mosul, then south toward the capital, capturing towns and cities along the way.

    But there has been resentment among some Mosul residents fueled by the group’s enforcement of its extremist interpretation of Islamic law, a lack of public services and stagnation in business.

    “Most Mosul people want to get rid of this savage organization,” said a resident speaking on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. “We are waiting for any effort to save us.”

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Canada’s Yazidi community begs Stephen Harper for help in Iraq

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OTTAWA – Yazidi-Canadians begged Prime Minister Stephen Harper to help their people in Iraq in an emotional rally on Parliament Hill Friday as the United States dropped bombs on the country’s Islamic militants.

Iraq’s minority Yazidi community has been terrorized by Islamic militants in the country’s north to a point some have called a genocide. 

Kajtoon Shammo, an Iraqi-born Canadian who travelled overnight from London, Ont., dropped to her knees holding a sign reading “Save the children.”

“Please Canada, I’m on my knees. Please Canada, I’m begging you: These are our families, these are our children dying by seconds. Please,” she cried.

“I’m begging you. Please Canada, please, stop this genocide. Stop. We want to live.”

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    Shammo wants Canada to pressure countries bordering Iraq to open their borders and allow the Yazidi people to flee.

    In a statement, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird said Canada supports the U.S. but has no plans to step in militarily.

    “Canada supports all efforts, including United States supply drops and airstrikes, to protect civilians from ISIS terrorists. We continue to stand with those who support the Iraqi people, including the Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers who are bravely fighting this brutal terrorism,” Baird said.

    “Canadian officials, including Canada’s ambassador to Iraq, who is based in Jordan, will be working to determine how best to support the Iraqi people with the current security and humanitarian challenges. We have received no request for military assistance and will continue to monitor the situation in concert with our allies.”

    Thousands of Yazidi people have been trapped with limited food and water in Iraq’s Sinjar mountains after fleeing the northwestern town of Sinjar, seized by militants last week.

    Foreign Affairs estimates up to 200,000 Yazidi, Christian and other religious communities in Iraq have been displaced. 

    On Friday U.S. fighters began to bomb Islamic militants after Obama authorized the airstrikes late Thursday.

    Harper will be in Edmundston, N.B. Friday afternoon to deliver remarks at the opening ceremony of the World Acadian Congress.

    The Prime Minister’s Office referred questions about whether Canada was prepared to help the Yazidis to Baird and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander.

    In an email, Alexander’s spokeswoman said the government has resettled more than 18,200 Iraqi refugees in Canada since 2009, and committed to resettle 5,000 refugees out of Turkey by 2018, the majority of which are Iraqi.

    “Our government has made special efforts to lend assistance to victims of violence and to those suffering political and religious persecution in Iraq,” spokeswoman Codie Taylor said.

    She said the government is looking at providing more support through existing refugee resettlement programs.

    “Our government takes this situation very seriously and will continue to build on our record of taking decisive action to resettle this religious minority facing persecution by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorists.”

    The Yazidis, who follow an ancient religion with ties to Zoroastrianism, fled their homes after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (also called the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) issued an ultimatum to convert to Islam, pay a religious fine, flee their homes or face death.

    Samir Kawal,18 has family members in Iraq. He wants the Canadian government to step in and stop the slaughter.

    “Please Stephen Harper, help us out now. People are dying. Kids are being murdered, women are being sold, women are being raped, men are being killed. Please help us all out now. People are starving to death, people are being murdered, men are being slaughtered,” he said.

    “It’s already too late. Open your eyes, open your heart. Please help the Yazidis back home. These are our people, these are our men, these are our women, these are our children.

    “We need help now and we need to stop the ISIS Islamic state terrorism group once and for all before it’s too late.”

    – With files from the Associated Press

    Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s full statement:

     “Canada continues to condemn the repugnant killing of innocent civilians including women and children from Christian, Yazidi, and other religious and minority communities in northern Iraq by the terror group ISIS.

    “Canada supports all efforts, including United States supply drops and airstrikes, to protect civilians from ISIS terrorists. We continue to stand with those who support the Iraqi people, including the Kurdish Peshmerga soldiers who are bravely fighting this brutal terrorism.

    “Canadian officials, including Canada’s ambassador to Iraq, who is based in Jordan, will be working to determine how best to support the Iraqi people with the current security and humanitarian challenges. We have received no request for military assistance and will continue to monitor the situation in concert with our allies.

    “Canada will continue to support the Iraqi government’s fight against ISIS. We call on Iraqi leaders to come together to govern for all Iraqis, regardless of religion, and for the sake of the security, democracy and prosperity of the Iraqi people.”

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Off-duty Niagara police officer killed in Welland crash

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ABOVE: Global’s Mark Carcasole reports live from the scene of a fatal crash which claimed the life of a Niagara police officer

TORONTO – The Niagara Regional Police force is mourning the loss of one of their own after an off-duty officer was killed in a motorcycle collision in Welland early Friday morning.

Police say 33-year-old Constable Joe Mellen was traveling home on his motorcycle from a night shift in Niagara Falls when he somehow collided with an oncoming vehicle around 5 a.m. on Highway 406 at Woodlawn Road.

“It appears the vehicle came in contact head on,” said OPP Sergeant Kerry Schmidt.

“The rider of motorcycle was ejected from the motorcycle, struck the car, and sustained fatal injuries.”

Police say the female driver of the vehicle was airlifted to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

“It’s very tragic right now,” Sgt. Schmidt told reporters on scene. “Any fatal collision is very somber and because it is an off-duty officer, it hits home for any officer dealing with fatalities like this.”

Niagara Police Chief Jeff McGuire remembers Cst. Mellen as a “good cop” and a “hard-working civil servant.”

“Very fun guy to be around,” Chief McGuire told reporters outside Niagara police headquarters Friday morning. “The impact on our members will be great.”

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Cst. Mellen joined the police force as a cadet in 2004 and friends describe him as a “wannabe actor, musician and comedian.”

Detective Sergeant Clifford Priest, the president of the Niagara Police Association, told Global News Cst. Mellen was extremely well liked in his community.

“He helped out with kids events, charity events, just an all around popular guy,” the Det. Sgt. said.

“He had a great sense of humour. He was able to help a lot of his colleagues get through dark times.”

Det. Sgt. Priest said the officers who first responded on the scene knew Mellen well.

“The guys were telling me that when he left [his shift,] he was in extremely good spirits,” Det. Sgt. Priest said.

“It was our officers that discovered it was a friend that had been killed in the collision.”

The officer leaves behind two children, aged 5 and 7. He was divorced.

WATCH: Niagara Regional Police chief Jeff McGuire confirms that officer Joe Mellen was involved in a crash on his way home from a night shift and was killed in the accident.

Ontario Provincial Police say they are investigating the cause of the fatal crash and are asking any member of the public who may have witnessed the incident to come forward.

Highway 406 between East Main and Woodlawn was closed for several hours during the police reconstruction but it was fully reopened at 10 a.m.

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Orange zone grey areas clarified

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Watch above: drivers reminded to slow down in construction zones

SASKATOON – The City of Saskatoon and Saskatoon Police Service are clarifying the grey areas of work zones.

Although the law asking motorists to slow to 60km/h in constructions zones seem straight forward, it isn’t according to the city’s transportation manager, Angela Gardiner.

“We are seeing people speeding past the construction workers that do have the flashing lights,” said Gardiner.

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Gardiner is referring to the orange beacons on pilot vehicles. When workers are setting up a construction zone and haven’t yet posted signs, the orange lights must be regarded as a warning to motorists to slow to 60km/h.

Saskatoon Police Service enforces the traffic bylaw with fines beginning at $210.

Even if you don’t see officers patrolling in the work zone, drivers who speed could still be ticketed. Police encourage construction workers to report any motorists they see breaking the law. According to Staff Sgt. Tony Nadon, all police need to be provided is a licence plate and an eye witness in order to proceed with a charge.

“With the technology of phones these days, it’s pretty easy to get that information,” said Nadon, who confirmed the service has laid a number of charges this way in the past three years.

SGI’s preliminary numbers for 2013 show there were 73 collisions in a work zone on our province’s highways and 126 within city limits. Saskatoon Police Service expects these numbers to decline in 2014, saying motorists in the city have been increasingly compliant this year.

Another area officials are clarifying is construction zones where you don’t see workers present. There may be equipment or other safety hazards in the zone and drivers are still asked to obey the posted speed limits.

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PHOTO GALLERY: Chamblin proud of Roughriders’ gutsy win over Bombers

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WINNIPEG – Corey Chamblin watched his Roughriders fight for a Grey Cup victory last year, but the Saskatchewan coach said Thursday’s 23-17 win over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers was a gutsy performance he’ll never forget.

“It was tougher than any Grey Cup I’ve been in and all the other things, in terms of us just battling,” Chamblin said. “This team battled. I mean, they had us on the ropes.”

“Just happy for us to win that game,” he added. “That’s huge, that’s probably the biggest of my career.”

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Saskatchewan cornerback Terrell Maze intercepted Drew Willy and ran 28 yards for a touchdown with 2:20 left in the game.

Saskatchewan (4-2) tried a two-point passing play following Maze’s TD, but Darian Durant’s pass was incomplete and the score stayed 22-17.

Robert Marve #16 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers gets past the Saskatchewan Roughriders for a five yard gain on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Terrell Maze #20 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders is congratulated by teammates after scoring a touchdown on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Aaron Woods of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers gets by Samuel Hurl of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Quarterback Drew Willy #5 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers is held by Trevor Guyton #92 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders at Investors Group Field on Thursday.

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Kicker Lirim Hajrullahu #70 jumps to grab hold of a high pass on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Louie Richardson #52 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stops Tristan Jackson #38 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Head coach Corey Chamblin of the Saskatchewan Roughriders gestures from the sidelines on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Head coach Michael O’Shea of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers walks down the sidelines on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Jason Vega #98 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers knocks the ball out of the hands of Darian Durant #4 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Will Ford #30 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders goes for yards on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Louie Richardson #52 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers stops Tristan Jackson #38 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Darian Durant #4 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders looks to throw the ball on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Saskatchewan Roughriders fans cheer on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Nic Grigsby #32 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers gets caught up with Mark LeGree #28 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Clarence Denmark #89 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers breaks free from the grasp of Rod Williams #37 of the Saskatchewan Roughriders on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Head coach Michael O’Shea of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers looks up at a replay on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Receiver Clarence Denmark #89 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers awaits the ball as he is held on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Drew Willy #5 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers prepares to throw the ball on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Clarence Denmark #89 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers throws the ball in the air after gaining yards on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Rory Kohlert #87 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers grabs the ball for a touchdown on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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Quarterback Drew Willy #5 of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers runs in for a touchdown on Thursday in Winnipeg.

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With his teammates yelling around him in the locker-room — calling him “amazing” — Maze said the defence never lost hope.

“Everybody stuck together, we never gave up,” Maze said.

“We were in the zone, I was the lone man. I wouldn’t want to say I baited (Willy), but I was hoping he threw it.”

Willy blamed himself for the costly mistake.

“Can’t throw in the flat like that late, that’s the reason we lost,” Willy said. “Bad read.”

And he says he’ll take full responsibility and try to improve.

“It stings to let the guys down like that,” Willy said.

The turnover came after the Bombers (5-2) had gained the upperhand when receiver Rory Kohlert got behind a defender and hauled in a 12-yard pass from Willy in the end zone to go ahead 17-16 with 5:25 left.

His two-point convert attempt was unsuccessful in front of Winnipeg’s first sellout crowd of the season of 33,234 loud fans at Investors Group Field.

On Winnipeg’s next series after the Maze TD, Willy was intercepted by defensive back Mark Legree, who also intercepted him in the first quarter.

Chamblin praised his defence.

“That was a game from the soul,” Chamblin said. “They were all out. They left everything on that field.

“They’re going to be tired, coaches are tired. We had a lot against us, but we made it.”

Riders kicker Chris Milo attempted a 32-yard field goal with 30 seconds left in the game, but missed and added a single for the final 23-17 score.

Willy completed 23 of 39 pass attempts for 303 yards, three interceptions and one TD.

Durant was 13-of-21 for 115 yards, with no interceptions and no TDS.

Bombers head coach Mike O’Shea said the turnovers were costly, but they did have time to try to pull out another late victory as they’ve done twice before this season.

“We’re down with (some) time on the clock, we’ve got the ball back and we’ve still got the chance to possibly win it,” O’Shea said.

“So a couple other games we did that and this one we didn’t.”

But he wasn’t coming down hard on Willy.

“Drew is committed to be being the best quarterback he can possibly be so this doesn’t change,” O’Shea said.

Winnipeg had led 10-3 at half-time, thanks in part to Saskatchewan’s eight penalties for 83 yards (they finished with 17 for 173 yards), but then luck turned the Riders’ way.

With Willy at his own 28-yard line, Riders George Tearrius forced him to fumble and teammate David Lee picked up the ball and ran seven yards for the touchdown at 12:51 of the third quarter.

Winnipeg defensive back Demond Washington then fumbled the kickoff when he tried to run through some defenders and Saskatchewan receiver Chaz Schilens recovered the ball.

The turnover led to Milo booting a 10-yard field goal 15 seconds into the fourth quarter for the 13-10 lead.

Winnipeg kicker Lirim Hajrullahu added a punt single and Milo booted a 40-yard field goal to up Saskatchewan’s lead 16-11 with just over seven minutes remaining in the game.

Milo was also good on a field goal from 42 yards and missed a 48-yard attempt.

Willy scored a touchdown on a seven-yard run in the second quarter and Hajrullahu also made a 41-yard field goal and added a 50-yard punt single for Winnipeg’s other points.

The rookie Hajrullahu has now connected on 16 of 17 field-goal tries this season.

Saskatchewan has won 11 of the last 13 games between the clubs heading into the match.

The teams play each other two more times this season, next in the Labour Day Classic in Regina and a week later in Winnipeg for the Banjo Bowl.

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