Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: June 2016

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June 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Suzy Pilat after Friday’s hail storm at Turtle Lake.

Suzy Pilat / Viewer Supplied

June 2: Stephanie Styles took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Govan.

Stephanie Styles / Viewer Submitted

June 3: Aicha Bitam took this Your Saskatchewan photo of their newly filled dogout at Moreland.

Aicha Bitam / Viewer Submitted

June 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Anton Lariviere at Patuanak.

Anton Lariviere / Viewer Submitted

June 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped in Lillestrom by Juan Cardama.

Juan Cardama / Your Saskatchewan

June 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken taken by Kirsten Morin at Île-à-la-Crosse.

Kirsten Morin / Viewer Submitted

June 7: Brent Bell took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Maidstone.

Brent Bell / Viewer Submitted

June 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a robin’s nest full of eggs was taken in Saskatoon by Lucas Winiewski.

Lucas Winiewski / Viewer Submitted

June 9: Helen Waller took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Montmartre of the “Paris of the Prairies.”

Helen Waller / Viewer Submitted

June 10: Doug Sarnes took this Your Saskatchewan photo from a hot air balloon over the Delta Bessborough.

Doug Sarnes / Viewer Submitted

June 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jeanette Thoms at Wakaw Lake.

Jeanette Thoms / Viewer Submitted

June 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo of an eagle nest was snapped near Aberdeen by Diane Kacher.

Diane Kacher/ Viewer Submitted

June 13: Steve and Tina Leeks took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Regina of cedar waxwings.

Steve and Tina Leeks / Viewer Submitted

June 14: Jenny Hagan took this Your Saskatchewan photo 2500 feet above Eatonia where a group of hang gliders were trying to break a Canadian distance record.

Jenny Hagan / Viewer Submitted

June 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Harvey Carberry at Jackfish Lake.

Harvey Carberry / Viewer Supplied

June 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dawn Williams of her pea fields starting to flower southwest of Kyle.

Dawn Williams / Viewer Supplied

June 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Charlie Lemaigre at Clearwater River Provincial Park north of La Loche.

Charlie Lemaigre / Viewer Supplied

June 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Linda Phillips at Long Lake.

Linda Phillips / Viewer Supplied

June 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tracey Cholin near Kerrobert.

Tracey Cholin / Viewer Supplied

June 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by Mat Williams.

Mat Williams / Viewer Submitted

June 21: Brent Bell took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Maidstone.

Brent Bell / Viewer Submitted

June 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo of the strawberry moon was taken just north of Regina by Darcy Conn.

Darcy Conn / Viewer Submitted

June 23: Kirsten Morin took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Meadow Lake of a moose having a soak.

Kirsten Morin / Viewer Submitted

June 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dianne Mursell near Regina Beach.

Dianne Mursell / Viewer Submitted

June 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cary Fischer at Wascana Lake in Regina.

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June 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Pablo Benitez near Outlook.

Pablo Benitez / Viewer Supplied

June 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by April Moosomin.

April Moosomin / Viewer Submitted

June 28: Duran Bruno snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo at Fond-du-Lac.

Duran Bruno / Viewer Submitted

June 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a Saskatoon sunrise was taken by Lisa Dutton.

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June 30: Logan Bereti took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a loon having a snack at Fishing Lake.

Logan Bereti / Viewer Submitted


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VPD hoping for tips in 2 cold cases involving murders of women

Vancouver Police are looking for any information in two cold cases.

The body of 28-year-old Chantel Gillade was found in a downtown Vancouver alley in the early morning hours of Sept. 1, 1995.

She was wrapped in a blue tarp and a maroon-coloured blanket.

Investigators learned that she was last seen getting into a black pick-up truck with a canopy, believed to have been a 1989 Chevrolet. It had tinted windows and a distinctive red stripe painted on the sides of the canopy.

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At the time of her death, Chantel was going through gender reassignment surgery. She was 5’11” and about 150 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black, double-breasted blazer, a black mini-skirt, black stockings and black heels.

In a separate case, Mary O’Donnell was heading home just after midnight on July 28, 1988, when she was robbed and beaten to death on the grounds of Templeton High School. The petite 53-year-old had lived alone since losing her husband of 14 years to a heart attack the year before. She also struggled with mental illness.

Both cases have now been added to the department’s cold case website, dedicated to generating tips to solve these crimes.

Since the site launched two years ago, investigators have received 72 tips, but none have led to solving one of the 15 cold cases currently featured on it.

“In most of these cases, there is at least one person out there who knows something,” said Cst. Brian Montague in a release. “They may not even realize they’re holding an important piece of information in their memory. Sometimes that little piece of information is all we need to crack open a case and solve it.”

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Nova Scotia concerned over possible change to northern shrimp quota

Nova Scotia wants a federal panel reviewing the northern shrimp quota off Newfoundland and Labrador to maintain a policy that protects the interests of the fishery’s pioneers.

The panel, which is scheduled to hold a hearing Friday in Halifax, is examining whether the Last-In, First-Out policy should be continued, modified or scrapped as shrimp stocks decline.

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Provincial Fisheries Minister Keith Colwell said the northern shrimp fishery was actually developed several years ago by Nova Scotia’s offshore fleet and accounts for a large part of the overall shrimp catch, which is worth $131 million to the province.

Under the current policy, the last entrants to a fishery are the first to leave when a quota is cut.

Colwell said any drastic change to the rules would be unfair and would have a major impact on a fleet with a heavy investment in the fishery.

“Some of these boats are $60 million to $80 million and some of them are relatively new, so it would be a pretty significant impact on the industry overall,” said Colwell.

He said he had also expressed concerns to federal fisheries officials about the composition of the panel, which has three members from Newfoundland and only one from Nova Scotia.

Colwell didn’t reject the notion when asked whether the deck was stacked against his province.

“It’s hard to say,” he said. “I would hope not. We believe that the (federal) minister has the final decision on whatever change, if any change is made.”

The fisheries union in Newfoundland and Labrador has said the policy could spell the end of the shrimp fishery in that province.

The Fish, Food and Allied Workers Union says smaller inshore trawlers in the province are bearing almost all of the burden of cuts in the shrimp quota, and is urging Ottawa to make changes.

Colwell said because the stocks are depleted it’s clear that something has to change, although he believes that can be done to everyone’s satisfaction within the existing agreement.

“Last-In, First-Out was a good approach – it has worked for a long time. Now that the stocks are reducing they want to review it again and hopefully it will be positive for Nova Scotia when they are done.”

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Severe thunderstorms roll across Saskatchewan

Severe thunderstorms possible in Saskatchewan today before a sunny Friday and wet weekend.S

Severe Thunderstorm Watches/Warnings

Prince Albert, La Ronge, Pelican Narrows, Hudson Bay, Melfort, Nipawin, Humboldt, east-central Saskatchewan as well as southeastern Saskatchewan are all under a severe thunderstorm watch this afternoon for conditions favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms.

Environment Canada says these storms are capable of producing damaging wind gusts, damaging hail and heavy rain.

Thunderstorms are expected to develop this afternoon and continue through early this evening as a low pressure system moves across the province.

LIVE BLOG: Follow along with the latest on the storms below.

Saskatoon Forecast

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Today

Thunderstorms rolled through Saskatoon around 3 a.m. this morning before temperatures fell back to around 17 degrees early this morning.

Mostly cloudy skies started the day followed by some partial clearing midday as temperatures pushed up into the high 20s with humidex values making it feel like 30 with humidity by noon.

Winds will remain breezy from the west-southwest through the day at sustained speeds of 30 km/h with gusts upwards of 50 km/h at times with a chance of thunderstorms later in the day as temperatures rise up toward 30 with humidex values in the low 30s.

Tonight

There is a chance of thunderstorms early this evening before clouds clear out and winds ease off overnight.

Temperatures will fall back to around 12 degrees or so tonight.

Saskatoon’s SkyTracker 7-Day Forecast.

SkyTracker Weather

Friday

Tomorrow looks start off sunny with just a few clouds moving through midday into the afternoon associated with an upper disturbance moving through.

The mercury will also fall back behind the low pressure system bringing in the rain and thunderstorm risk today, with an expected high only in the low-to-mid 20s tomorrow afternoon.

Weekend

Cloud will move back in for Saturday with rain starting up in the afternoon.

We’ll likely see those showers taper off early Sunday before clouds move out later in the day.

Daytime highs through the weekend will also drop back into the low 20s both days.

Work Week Outlook

Next week will start off drier and sunnier with daytime highs back in the mid-20s.

Helen Waller took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Montmartre of the “Paris of the Prairies.”

June 9: Helen Waller took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Montmartre of the “Paris of the Prairies.”

Helen Waller / Viewer Submitted

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Caught on camera: Teen saves 3-year-old from drowning in Florida pool

Surveillance camera at a public pool in Titusville, Fla., captured a scary moment June 3 when a three-year-old girl fell into the water and nearly drowned.

Luckily, a quick-thinking teen was able to pull the unconscious girl from the water and deliver the CPR that saved her life.

“Never in my mind did I think I’d be in a situation like that where I need to perform CPR on a child,” Breanna Moseley, 18, told WESH-2 News.

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    Surveillance video from the Timber Trace apartments in Titusville shows the girl, whose name is being withheld, playing around the edges of the apartment complex’s pool.

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    It’s not clear whether she slips or jumps in, but once in the water the girl quickly becomes distressed, frantically flailing her arms and kicking as she tries to stay above water.

    Amazingly, no one else in or nearby the pool notices for nearly two minutes, long enough for the child’s body to slip beneath the water.

    “You can see in the pool people are around this young girl and she goes under and they don’t even notice,” Amy Matthews, a spokesperson for the Titusville Police Department, told CBS News 6 in Orlando.

    But the child’s nine-year-old cousin did notice and pulled her unmoving body from the pool, whereupon Mosely immediately began to render first aid.

    “I saw that she wasn’t breathing, so first instinct was to mouth-to-mouth and just give her air,” Moseley told WESH-2 News.

    “She was able to cough up some water. Once I saw she was breathing, I was definitely relieved.”

    Paramedics transported the child to a local hospital as a precautionary measure, and Titusville police credited Mosely for helping save the girl’s life.

    “Breanna Moseley, 18, of Titusville, who was poolside and did not know the victim, began CPR on the child, who was lifeless and not breathing.” The department said in a press release.

    WATCH: Florida man calls 911 to report he’s out of vodka

    Local media is reporting that the child’s aunt, Jasmine Johnson, is facing charges of child neglect for allowing the toddler to play by the pool with only Johnson’s 14-year-old daughter and her friend supervising.

    The Florida Department of Children and Families is investigating the incident.

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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.

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    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

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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. 💁🏼

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This morning 🌕

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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.”

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

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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

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