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Frederic Pelletier strongly predicts that he and his team will receive the new Horizons spacecraft exactly where it is supposed to be on New Year's Day – 1.6 billion miles beyond Pluto to meet with a space rock known as Ultima Thule.

NASA's mission is to pass through the area known as the Kuiper Belt and send data back to Earth that can help explain the origins of the solar system. "Ultima's thesis is described by Space Agency as" the farthest investigation of any planetary body in history " .

NASA says by exploring the Pluto transit region, scientists can learn more about comets, small planets and other materials that dates back to the era when planets were formed – 4.5 billion years ago.

When the new Horizons spacecraft receives its closest approach to Ultima Tula, scheduled for 12:33 am on January 1, 2019, the vehicle will be 6.6 billion kilometers from Earth.

"It's very difficult, we do not have a lot of information about (Ultima Thule)," said Pelletier in a recent interview with the Canadian newspaper. "I'm a bit nervous, but I feel safe … all the stars are aligned."

NASA clinched Montreal's Pelletier to become the main navigator of the mission to New Horizons, whose original plan was to fly to Pluto, where the team reached its target when the vehicle was successfully flown by the dwarf planet on July 14, 2015, New insights into Pluto and its moon, "according to the space agency's Web site.

The journey beyond Pluto to the Kuiper belt is part of the extended mission.

Pletier said that scientists estimate that the Ultima Hula will be about the same size as Washington.

"It's estimated to be a 30-kilometer diameter now," said Pelletier, "We suspect it will not be spherical, that there will be some strange shape, and there is also a possibility that it will be a binary asteroid – two objects touching each other or in a nearby structure."

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28 December 2018 / 6:28 am | a story:
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Finishing the fourth inelection is not usually a cause for celebration.

But the pleasure was in the air for Elizabeth May and the Green Party of Canada for their candidate's fourth place in the last election in Ontario riding east of the Leeds Granville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes.

Not because they came anywhere near the seat in the seat – conservative Michael Barrett went to a slight victory – but because the Germans finished only 24 shy votes from the NDP.

"A virtual tie between the Greens and the NDP," the headline screamed in an article published the following day.

The number was 883 to 859, each drawing three percent of the vote. But for the Green Party it was a sign that they were now sitting at the big children's table, and maybe, perhaps, they would be competing for more than the rest of next October.

"The wind in our sails," May said in an interview with the Canadian press shortly before Christmas.

It has long been coming to a party that many still see as a fringe entity. The Green Party has existed in Canada on paper since 1983, but there is only one MP ever elected: May won both the 2011 and 2015 elections in Vancouver Island riding on the Saanich-Gulf Islands.

The party has often been well studied among the elections but when the voting day arrives, their vote scatters to other parties and Canadians feel there are more shots on the victory. In 2015, admits May, they lost half of their vote in the last week of the campaign. She won her seat again, but Victoria's green candidate, who surveyed the polls, ended up with a disappointing second in the NDP's Murray Rankin, nearly 7,000 votes behind.

But with the nine Greens selected at provincial level in four provinces, and the party leading the liberals who dominate the recent polls on Prince Edward Island, the Greens enjoy a new impetus and confidence, not to mention the public profile, that is spring.

The Greens are also rising as NDP and their new leader, Jagmeet Singh, are struggling to find their place. May, who has been the green leader since 2006, seems to be better known than Singh. The two were linked to a recent poll by Abacus, with 11% of Canada supporting each of them as their favorite prime minister. In a survey conducted by Nannus in October, the month of May was before Singh, when Canadians are asked who are most qualified to deal with US President Donald Trump.

The federal party is still attacking the Greens in the election, but some political parties are openly debating whether May and Greens are going to be spoiled for the effort of Justin Trude to win a second election.

"I'm beginning to think that Justin Truude's big threat is Elizabeth May, not Gamit Singh," the CEO of Abacus Data, David Colato, squeaked a few weeks ago.

The reviewer said that the Greens are still relatively poor surveys, somewhere around seven or eight percent. But he said more than a third of Canadians were willing to consider the vote in Green, and the next elections would be taken with climate change as a top issue, which is the bread and butter of the Greens.


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The year 2019 will decide whether NDP's Prime Minister Rachel Nutelli gets to finish the job of obtaining more oil for the market or being the first party in provincial history to be the one and made.

"I know the opposition wants to savor what they insist on hoping to be defeated, but we have made more progress in getting a tidewater pipeline than any other government in the last 70 years," Nutelli told the Canadian newspaper in an end-of-year interview.

The takers will take the voters to the polls in the spring after 2018 who saw her wrapped tightly in the Gordian knot of the mountain pipe extension. He received a green light two years ago and was triple the amount of oil to pass BC. The beach and from there to abroad where he can bring a better price.

Takers, while fighting challenges in court and B.C. The government on the project, pulled him back from the abyss after the owner of the pipeline began to ask if it would ever be built. It got the federal government to buy it for $ 4.5 billion

Immediately with the opening of the champagne corks, more than in the Federal Court of Appeals in the fall, Ottawa did not properly consult with the nation or first examined the impact on marine life.

The project is in limbo until they are treated.

"(The verdict) says he slowed down, but he's still alive and I think he's going to be done," said Nutelli.

The line comes not only to Alberta's struggle to obtain resources for the market, but also to frustration over a stubborn slow rebound in an oil-based economy.

In recent weeks there have been pro-duct demonstrations and a renewed interpretation by Alberta of leaving the Confederation.

Nutelli was able to snipe at Quebec for criticism of Alberta's "dirty energy" and joined critics who say that the federal government of Justin Trudeau has failed – and offers sympathy but quite a bit – to sustain one of the main factors of the national economy.

Political analysts and recent opinion polls indicate that Natalie remains popular. But Jason Kenny and his united conservatives will take the fight when elections are held, by law, sometime in March, April or May.

Kenny suggests takers is the author of her troubles by bringing carbon tax and working with Trudeau, which makes it difficult to get approval for energy megapjects.

"I can understand why they tried to do it (working with Trudeau) but that was a total failure," Kenny said in an interview. "Even the prime minister now recognizes this, by changing the tone of her voice, too little, too late."

Kenny has a more militant approach and promised to take the federal government to court for its carbon tax program.

Polls and political observers say that the dominant election issues will be the economy, jobs, and who can help put the food on the table.

"If we had elections today, we would have an overwhelming majority of the UCP," said Gerry Brown, Calgary's reviewer.

"Albertians are uniquely focused on the economy and what it takes to move the economy, and right now they think Jason Kenny and the UCP will be better at managing these things."

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27 December 2018 / 5:15 pm | a story:
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The Ontario Regional Police in Ontario charged a 59-year-old man with historical sex offenses allegedly involving two children.

The police said Richard Rose of Fort Colburn, Ont, was arrested on December 14 and charged with four counts, each of the sexual assaults and sexual disorders.

He is due to appear in court on January 18.

The police said the investigation began earlier this month when an adult came on an alleged incident that occurred when he was a young boy.

Officers from the York area, north of Toronto, later took over investigations of other alleged incidents at Fort Colburn in 2017 and were transferred to the Niagara police.

Police say the defendant "had access to children in many areas of his life."

They say between 1991 and 2015 he lived in Markham, Ont, where he worked as a priest and ran a hockey team.

In a news release, police say daycare centers operated outside the home of his family.

Police say the defendants also have connections with Nova Scotia, Montreal and Rimby, Alta, southwest of Edmonton.

The investigators said they had released a picture of the defendant in an effort to ensure there were no other alleged victims.

Ontario Provincial Police investigating after a man and woman went snowmobiling on Christmas Day in Apsley Ontario, and did not return.

O.P.P. Shows that the duo went on a walk and last seen at 11:00 pm Christmas Day.

The researchers say that they received a phone call on Wednesday at 10 am that the snowmobiles were spotted in Lake Lake.

Officers have since positioned the man and woman about 30 meters from the shore, they have been declared dead in the arena.

Police say their identity will not be released until the family is informed and the investigation continues.

With files from the Canadian press


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RCMP says Mount-based Regina was charged with forced force and eliminating threats.

Police opened an investigation on December 18 after reporting a meeting that took place last week.

According to them, the officer was not on duty when committing the offenses.

The officer, who was not called to protect the identity of the victims, made a brief appearance in court after being arrested and released from detention under many conditions.

RCMP says the officer was placed on administrative positions and is to appear in Regina District Court on January 3.

The investigation code was also commissioned by RCMP.


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The Toronto police chief said that a particularly violent year in the city had hit the house more closely because of most of the mass killings.

Mark Saunders says a deadly van attack in April Massive shooting in the bustling Danforth neighborhood caused residents question about their city safety.

Ten people died when a 25-year-old man allegedly drove a hired truck down a busy street on Jung Street in Toronto.

Three months later, an 18-year-old woman and a 10-year-old girl were killed when a man sprayed bullets along Danforth before shooting himself.

Toronto rose to its previous record of murders per year, with 95 recorded so far in 2018 compared to 89 in 1991.

But Saunders says the city remains a safe place to live, describing this year as "unique," and predicting violence will begin in 2019.

The community climbs one of their own grieving ice on Thursday.

CTV News reports that the ice climber from the Canmore-Alberta body was discovered after he went to the ice-climbing area near Banff on Christmas Day.

RCMP confirmed details of the death, but did not mention more about the circumstances and what led to the climber's death.

The identity of the victim is not released However, those in the climbing community close say the victim worked in an outfitters shop outside in Kenmore called Vahalla Pure.

– With files from CTV News


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An internal investigation shows that bullying by senior management at the Winnipeg-based hemp producer has contributed to an unauthorized herb to be sent to stores.

Health Canada issued memoirs of two varieties of Bonify cannabis sold in three stores in Saskatchewan earlier this month.

Manitoba regulators then seized all Bonify Convis that shipped to authorized stores.

RavenQuest Technologies, CEO of RavenQuest Technologies, who conducted Bonify's internal investigation, says that front-line employees have noticed product adaptations quickly, but they have been forced to remain silent.

Three senior executives and a board member have been fired, but Robinson says the pots will retain Canadian health licenses.

On Christmas Eve, the company faced another round of recollections – this time because of keeping records or labeling problems.


27 December 2018 / 10:41 am | a story:
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"We took a 1 percent growth rate under conservatives and turned it into a three percent increase, we have created 700,000 new jobs in the last three years, and we currently have the lowest unemployment rate in recorded history in Canada." – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decided that the end of 2018 is a good time to look back at the economic and business gains since he took office. "We took" low growth and sent it higher, he said. "We created 700,000 new jobs," he added.

All these raise the question: Does the prime minister – and the policy of his government, therefore – take credit for all the economic advantages the country has experienced since the end of 2015?

The Canadian press Baloney Meter is a condescending examination of political statements culminating in a precision of "no balloons" scale to "fill a balloon". This one earns a rating of "a little baloney." Here's why.

Canada's economy grew by 1 percent in 2015 – down from 2.9 percent in 2014 – when liberal troubadours replaced Harper Conservatives in the fall.

The Liberal Democrats' first budget in 2016 estimated that economic effects on their spending would bring Canada's gross domestic product up by 1.5 percent between 2016 and 2018 and create or maintain 143,000 jobs.

In 2016 the economy grew by 1.4%. The economy is getting warmer by 3 percent in 2017 and is expected to finish 2018 with further growth of around two percent.

An analysis of Canada's statistics shows that 792,000 jobs have been created in Canada since the Liberals took office. Nearly 690,000 of these jobs were full-time, and the remaining 102,000 part-time.

The unemployment rate fell from 7 percent, with the Liberals taking the job to 5.6 percent, the lowest since the first data were available in 1976. The state recorded an unemployment rate of 5.4% in 1974 in the previous statistical approach.

Former federal budget officer Kevin Page said there is room to make higher government spending on infrastructure and child benefits in Canada, modestly increasing economic growth. Liberals have increased federal spending as a percentage of the economy, and the $ 34.3 billion increase amounts to about 0.6 percent of GDP.

Ejlika Ivanova, senior economist with B.C. The branch of the Canadian Center for Policy Alternatives said some public spending, such as child care to enable parents to enter the labor force, has broader effects than others, such as tax measures.

"When the government spends money, it does not enter a black hole, it becomes someone's income and then this person spends it," she said. "It may exaggerate this to say that the government is responsible for all economic growth, because obviously other things are happening, but they definitely played a role."

President of the Fraser Institute, Niels Waldehuis, said that federal infrastructure spending would have been a blow to the economy, but that much of it would not have the same economic effects that investments have generated by building or improving trade infrastructure.

Philip Cross, a senior fellow at the MacDonald-Lorier Institute, said the benefit to the child in income could have a greater economic impact than infrastructure spending. He said it is unclear how many billions of payments were spent, which will help the economy, and how much is maintained, which economists refer to as a "leak".

The Canadian economy has also enjoyed a strong global economy in the past two years, Cross said, warning that there are signs that the world – and Canada – are slowing down.

"Things happen in the business sector, especially in a global integrated economy, where governments do not control as well as they did," Cross said.

This is true Canada has seen increases in the economy and jobs since 2015, but experts say no government can take full credit for all the good economic news. If this was the case, then the economic downturn should also be the fault of the government, they say.

Trudeau's comments, then, have a "little baloney" – the facts are accurate, but taking credit for everything is a step too far down the baloney road.

"On the political side, we get a lot of spin and it's not liberal or conservative or NDP (thing)," Waldehuis said. "They will look at things, and some will preach them for themselves, and I think you saw it here in a quote from the prime minister."


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The Edmonton police said a suspect who shot them died after he refused to leave a vehicle.

Police said in a statement that the officers were following the truck Wednesday afternoon because there was a person inside who had outstanding orders, and was believed to be armed and dangerous.

The statement said the police arrested the vehicle and two passengers left without incident.

But the police say that the man with the orders was "not compatible and remains in the vehicle," and that "the incident occurred" between the 34-year-old suspect and the officers.

The police say the officers shot him and he was declared dead at the hospital.

No one else was injured.

Alberta's watchdog says she's investigating.


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Christie Fitch knows that she made a stupid mistake, a minute mistake.

And she feels she has paid enough for it for the past eight years.

Winnipeg's former high school teacher made headlines worldwide about their participation in mock imitation dancing with another teacher during the 2010 school rally. The online dance videos of the dance have recorded millions of hits and become talk shows and tabloids, including Howard Stern and TMZ.

Pieter lost her job, then her apartment, and eventually lived outside her car and slept on couches of friends. She was rebuked repeatedly by strangers, and she said she had to commit suicide.

"I've definitely thought of suicide a couple of times," said Fitch Ner. "I just wanted to escape everything that was happening.

"I feel people thought: 'Oh, she'll just pick up and keep working.' It's not happening, I've lost everything, really, really."

In her first media interview, the 41-year-old said she had lived outside Canada for several years and had built a wonderful new life as the wife of a fireman and a mother for two girls. She gets occasional job as a substitute teacher, although she uses her husband's last name at work.

She is afraid that lap dancing seen around the world will continue to hurt her life.

She is not expected to get a full-time job again, she said. And although she wants to, she probably will not return home to Manitoba.

The daughter of a nurse and NHL player became a teacher, said Fitchener she came from a good family with good values. She worked as a teacher at various Winnipeg schools in seven years-the last two at the City High School, where she taught fitness and health and trained the girls' volleyball team.

During a demonstration in February 2010, she was summoned with teacher Adil Ahmed, who recently joined the school in a short-term contract. The couple, dressed in soccer uniforms, were competing against other teachers in dance-off costumes at the school gym.

They did not prepare a routine, said Pietznar, and she was afraid to dance in front of the staff and the students. She said it was Ahmed who suggested that she sit on a chair while he danced around her.

She agreed.

What happened was a disaster. Ahmed staggered over Peach and smashed into Pich's candle, then imagined her in oral sex. Students cheered and laughed. Pieter Ner said she was caught right now and began to play a role, moving into music in the chair and encouraging Ahmed with her hands.

When the dance was over, Nitzan shook her head and shrank.

"At that moment I realized that it was not good, I was so embarrassed, and then my colleague stood up, his hands raised, as if this were the most glorious moment to be proud of."

There was anger from parents and the public. The two teachers were suspended. Pieter said she had to resign. Ahmed's contract was not renewed.

She received most of the publicity. Her name was published and her face was plastered everywhere. A holiday pic of the same bikini she led from Facebook became the front page of one newspaper. It was next to a picture of Canada's women's hockey team winning gold at the Vancouver Olympics.

Ahmed's name did the news later, but Fitzcher believes the criticism and harassment focused on her.

"The way they treated me like a female in this … there was so much inequality and so shame," she said.

"I felt like I was dancing alone or like a pole dance or something."

The Canadian press was unable to locate Ahmed. Nather said she had recently heard that he was teaching in Ontario, but she had not spoken to him since the last day at the Church School.

For all the responses, Pieter said, she also received the support of some teachers and students who felt her punishment was too severe. Their words helped as she guided months and years of depression and anxiety.

She eventually landed some alternative teaching jobs in small communities outside Winnipeg, but was told she would never work full-time as a teacher again. She said she could not find a full-time job in any province profession.

"This incident hit me."

Her family had brought her happiness, said Fitch, but she lacked a professional part in her life. She still has anger and resentment. She hopes it will change someday.

"I'm just a good person who made a mistake."

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