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Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall pushing pipeline on Eastern Canada trip

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is taking his push for the Energy East pipeline to a place where it may not be welcome – Montreal.

Wall will be in Montreal next Thursday to discuss the pipeline and other matters with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

“I think in part we have lost ground in terms of perhaps the brand of our energy sector in our country amongst fellow Canadians because we haven’t been proactive enough,” Wall said.

“So that’s what I want to do.”

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    Wall said he and leaders in the energy industry need to focus more on being upfront about the project’s economic benefits, and work done in the sector to preserve the environment.

    “[Couillard and I will] talk about our own carbon capture and sequestration. That’s something Premier Couillard has been very supportive of,” Wall said.

    READ MORE: Wildrose sabotaging Energy East pipeline: Alberta NDP

    Wall said the pipeline is expected to generate $55 billion in economic benefits for Canada, including $4.3 billion in Saskatchewan and $9.3 billion in Quebec.

    On social media, Wall has been at odds with mayors from the Montreal area who oppose Energy East.

    Opposition leader Trent Wotherspoon, who also supports Energy East, said this method is long overdue.

    “We see a premier that often takes to 桑拿会所 or inflames debate… grandstands at times; as opposed to engaging those that have concerns in a serious way,” Wotherspoon said.

    Wall is also to travel next week to Toronto and Saint John to speak in support of the $15.7-billion project, proposed by TransCanada (TSX:TRP).

    READ MORE: TransCanada files first part of Energy East impact study with Quebec

    The company says the line would transport more than a million barrels of western Canadian oil a day to refineries in Eastern Canada and a marine terminal in New Brunswick.

    With files from David Baxter


Meet Jasmine Lorimer, Canada’s first-ever ‘Bachelorette’

Canada has had two Bachelors over the past few years, but never a Bachelorette.

Jasmine Lorimer, 27, a hairstylist who currently calls Pemberton, B.C. home, is our country’s first Bachelorette, and she’s ready to find love on W Network’s The Bachelorette Canada.

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Based on the format of the U.S. version of the show, Lorimer will go on group and individual dates with a group of 20 male suitors over multiple weeks, hoping to find her soulmate and perhaps future groom.

READ MORE: The Bachelorette Canada coming soon to a TV near you

“It is such an honour to be Canada’s first bachelorette,” said Lorimer. “This opportunity came at the perfect time for me and I couldn’t be more prepared to embark upon this lifelong adventure.”

Originally from Kenora, Ont., Lorimer was drawn to the beauty industry by a passion for art, nature and adventure, and her radiant disposition makes her a great candidate to find love.

To get an idea of what Lorimer is like, here are a few photos from her Instagram page.

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Thank you @theskingirls for my oxygen facial today! I’m all dewy and stuff. 💁🏼

A post shared by Jasmine Lorimer (@jasmine.lorimer) on Apr 5, 2016 at 2:45pm PDT

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This morning 🌕

A post shared by Jasmine Lorimer (@jasmine.lorimer) on Jan 25, 2016 at 8:12am PST

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I thought this horse was loving me so much but in actuality, he was just trying to eat my hair. #notasawesomeasithoughtiwas @wildandheart 📷 @saraspectrum

A post shared by Jasmine Lorimer (@jasmine.lorimer) on Dec 28, 2015 at 8:22am PST

Fellow Canadian Noah Cappe, best known for his roles on Carnival Eats and The Good Witch, will be hosting The Bachelorette Canada for this inaugural season.

After a two-week campaign with fans voting across the country, Eddie, an oilfield logistics coordinator from Saint John, NB, was chosen as Canada’s Crush, meaning that he and 19 other bachelors will vie for Lorimer’s heart. Here’s his picture, below.

The Bachelorette Canada is starting up in Fall 2016 on W Network.

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Going to Garth Brooks? Six things Saskatoon concert-goers need to know

It’s the biggest concert event Saskatchewan has ever seen.

Starting June 9, the Garth Brooks concert series in Saskatoon will kick off – six sold-out shows with 15,500 concert-goers at each of Garth Brooks’ performances, a total fan base of 93,000 within 96 hours. That’s larger than the population of Red Deer, Alta.

READ MORE: Sask. FCAA issues concert tickets warning

So what are the rules and recommendations if you have one of the hottest tickets in town?

Here’s the top six:

1. Make sure you check your ticket to ensure you’re heading to the right performance.

    Be patient and choose an alternate route to get there. There are two specific routes concert-goers are urged to use getting to SaskTel Centre:

from south and west neighbourhoods: use Idylwyld Drive to Highway 16 (exit to the Battlefords)from north and east neighbourhoods: use Wanuskewin Road (or Millar Avenue) to Marquis Drive

WATCH: Garth-mania hits Saskatchewan 

Left turns onto Marquis Drive from Idylwyld Drive will not be permitted starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Drivers will be re-routed to 71st Street for access.

3. Listen to law enforcement and parking officials once you get close to the site. Park where you’re told to park, don’t come with a spot in mind.

4. SaskTel Centre has acquired more parking for the six-shows.

Black & McDonald lot;the New Holland Training Centre;the lot across from the New Holland Training Centre; plusCostco for concert-goers but only for the late-night Friday and Saturday shows.

*For the dual performance days, parking will be strictly reserved for each show time.

5. Arrive early, there is no opening act for the first show of the night on both Friday and Saturday. Doors will open an hour-and-a-half early for most shows.

Thursday, June 9: Doors will open at 6:00 p.m./Show time is at 7:30 p.m.Friday, June 10: Doors will open at 5:30 p.m./Show time is at 7:00 p.m.Late night show on Friday, June 10: Doors are expected to open at 10:00 p.m. but due to the nature of the dual performances, there could be delays. There will be an outdoor pre-scan area at the South End Parking Lot near Highway 16Saturday, June 11: Doors will open at 5:30 p.m./Show time is at 7:00 p.m.Late night show on Saturday, June 11: Doors are expected to open at 10:00 p.m. but due to the nature of the dual performances, there could be delays. There will be an outdoor pre-scan area at the South End Parking Lot near Highway 16Sunday, June 12: Doors will open at 6:00 p.m./Show time is at 7:30 p.m.

6. Don’t want to drive? You have two options:

Use Saskatoon Transit from the downtown terminal, for those going to the late show arrange for a ride once you’re returned to the downtown district since Saskatoon Transit is not extending its hours. The regular fare applies.Use the Shuttle Service Park & Ride, available locations for this include Market Mall, Lawson Heights Mall, Confederation Mall. Preston Crossing near the Old Navy will be added to the list for the late shows on Friday and Saturday. It’s five dollars roundtrip per person and services begin at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, 5:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9:00 p.m. for the late shows.
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‘I’m with her’: Barack Obama endorses Hillary Clinton for president

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama formally endorsed Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House on Thursday, praising his former secretary of state’s experience and grit, and urging Democrats to unite behind her in the fight against Republicans in the fall.

“Look, I know how hard this job can be. That’s why I know Hillary will be so good at it,” Obama said in a web video circulated by the Clinton campaign. “I have seen her judgment. I have seen her toughness.”

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Obama called for unity among Democrats and vowed to be an active force on the campaign trail.

READ MORE: Facing calls for him to quit, Bernie Sanders meets with Barack Obama at White House

As it circulated the Obama video, the Clinton campaign announced their first joint appearance on the campaign trail will be Wednesday in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The campaign said Obama and Clinton will discuss building on the progress made during his presidency “and their vision for an America that is stronger together.”

Obama’s testimonial came as the Democratic establishment piled pressure on Clinton’s primary rival, Bernie Sanders, to step aside so Democrats could focus on defeating presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.

Sanders emerged from a meeting with Obama earlier Thursday and inched closer in that direction. Although he stopped short of endorsing Clinton, the Vermont senator told reporters he planned to press for his agenda at the party’s July convention and would work with Clinton to defeat Trump.

“Needless to say, I am going to do everything in my power and I will work as hard as I can to make sure that Donald Trump does not become president of the United States,” he said.

WATCH: President Obama endorses Hillary Clinton, says ‘I’m with her.’ Jackson Proskow reports.

Sanders, standing in the White House driveway with his wife, Jane, at his side, said he would compete in the Washington, D.C., primary on Tuesday, the party’s final contest, but noted his interest was largely in pushing for statehood.

Sanders’ remarks came after a longer-than-expected Oval Office sit-down with Obama, part of Democratic leaders intensifying effort to unite behind Clinton as the nominee of the party.

Clinton declared victory over Sanders on Tuesday, having captured the number of delegates needed to become the first female nominee from a major party.

READ MORE: Bernie Sanders under pressure to quit as Democrats look to unite

Though Sanders has shown signs he understands the end of his race is near – he was about to layoff off about half his team – he has vowed to keep fighting, stoking concern among party leaders eager for the primary race to conclude. Still looking like a candidate, Sanders planned a rally Thursday evening in Washington, which holds the final primary contest next week.

As he met with leaders on Capital Hill at midafternoon, Sanders ignored a reporter’s question about the president’s endorsement.

The situation has put Obama, the outgoing leader of his party, in the sensitive position of having to broker detente between Clinton and Sanders without alienating the runner-up’s supporters, many of whom are angry over what they see as the Democratic establishment’s efforts to strong-arm him out of the race. Clinton is counting on Sanders’ supporters backing her to defeat Trump.

WATCH: Bernie Sanders plans to compete in Washington DC primary

Obama has been trying to give Sanders the courtesy of exiting the race on his own terms.

“It was a healthy thing for the Democratic Party to have a contested primary. I thought that Bernie Sanders brought enormous energy and new ideas,” Obama said Wednesday during a taped appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” “And he pushed the party and challenged them. I thought it made Hillary a better candidate.”

Obama had planned to use Thursday’s meeting, which the White House emphasized was requested by Sanders, to discuss how to build on the enthusiasm he has brought to the primary, the White House said. That’s a diplomatic way of saying Obama wanted to know what Sanders wants.

Sanders also was headed to a meeting with Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid, who endorsed Clinton weeks ago. The Vermont senator was to meet with Vice-President Joe Biden, too.

READ MORE: Clinton vs. Trump: How the two candidates matchup in a White House bid

Even some of Sanders’ staunchest supporters have started looking to Clinton. Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, the one Senate Democrat to endorse Sanders, said Clinton was the nominee and offered his congratulations. And Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Sanders backer from Arizona, suggested the time to rally behind Clinton would come after the District of Columbia primary on Tuesday.

“Bernie’s going to do the right thing,” Grijalva said.

Now head-to-head in the presidential race, Clinton and Trump have one thing in common: Both are working to woo Sanders supporters. Trump has said he welcomes Sanders’ voters “with open arms” while Clinton has vowed to reach out to voters who backed her opponent in the Democratic primary.

“He has said that he’s certainly going to do everything he can to defeat Trump,” Clinton said of Sanders in an Associated Press interview. “I’m very much looking forward to working with him to do that.”

Trump, despite a string of victories this week that reaffirmed his place as the GOP nominee, was still working to convince wary Republicans that he’s presidential material. Looking ahead to an upcoming speech attacking Clinton and her husband, Trump tried to turn the page following a dust-up over his comments about a Hispanic judge’s ethnicity.

That controversy and others before it have led prominent Republicans, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, to openly chastise their party’s nominee. Yet Trump’s dominance in the GOP race is hard to overstate: He now has 1,542 delegates, including 1,447 required by party rules to vote for him at the convention. It takes just 1,237 delegates to win the Republican nomination.

About half his campaign staff is being laid off, two people familiar with the plans said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak publicly about the layoffs.

Obama’s aides have said he’s itching to get off the sidelines and take on Trump. The key question is whether voters who helped elect him twice will follow his lead now that he’s not on the ballot. Democrats have yet to see that powerful coalition of minorities, young people and women reliably show up for candidates not named Obama.

“It’s going to be hard to get African-American turnout as high as Obama got it, and to get youth turnout as high as Obama got it,” said Celinda Lake, a Democratic pollster. “We have to work really hard.”


Associated Press writers Ken Thomas, Erica Werner, Laurie Kellman and Lisa Lerer contributed to this report.


Mary Dawson says she probably would have said ‘no’ to Trudeau’s Aga Khan trip

OTTAWA — The former House of Commons ethics watchdog says that if she knew what she knows now, she probably would have advised Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to skip the now-infamous vacation he took on the Aga Khan’s private island in late 2016.

“I probably would have said no, depending on the amount of information I was given,” said Mary Dawson during testimony on Wednesday before the House of Commons ethics committee.

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“If I knew everything I knew (subsequently), that’s the advice I would give.”

Dawson also testified that her recent report on Trudeau’s controversial family vacation is a warning to the prime minister and other politicians that they should exercise caution when they meet people they consider old pals.

READ MORE: Bill Morneau cleared of wrongdoing linked to family shares

Dawson’s decision that Trudeau and the Aga Khan, a wealthy spiritual leader, couldn’t be considered “friends” as defined under the ethics law meant the December 2016 family vacation wasn’t exempt from an ethics review.

Dawson said the exemption around gifts from friends should be removed from the Conflict of Interest Act entirely.

READ MORE: Justin Trudeau’s Bahamas vacation broke multiple ethics rules: commissioner

She said doing that, and applying the same stringent rules around accepting gifts to friends and non-friends alike, would remove “a bunch of confusion” for public office holders. She noted that the word “friend” isn’t even clearly defined in the law to begin with.

But regardless of whether the Aga Khan was truly a friend of Trudeau’s, Dawson noted, “one way or another, there was going to be a problem” with the vacation.

Dawson concluded Trudeau violated four provisions of the Conflict of Interest Act when he and members of his family accepted the trip to the Aga Khan’s private island, which Dawson said could be seen as a gift designed to influence the prime minister.

WATCH: Trudeau asked what it feels like to be the first PM to ‘commit a crime’

She also found Trudeau should have recused himself from two meetings focused on a $15-million grant to the endowment fund of the billionaire philanthropist’s Global Centre for Pluralism.

She found no evidence that Trudeau used his position to further the Aga Khan’s private interest.

On Wednesday, Dawson said no political leader should be kept “prisoner” and prevented from vacationing, but that if there is any doubt about the ethical issues surrounding a trip, the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner should be consulted.

She was pressed repeatedly by members of the committee to expand on her findings or offer personal interpretations of the prime minister’s behaviour. Dawson remained cautious in her responses.

Asked by the NDP’s Nathan Cullen if Trudeau’s violations of the act were “a big deal,” she replied simply that “they’re contraventions, yeah.”

Dawson finished her term as ethics commissioner this week, handing the job over to Mario Dion.

-With files from the Canadian Press