Struggling with female voters, Trump has wife stump at Wisconsin rally

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As Donald J. Trump struggles with female voters on the campaign trail the billionaire businessman enlisted the help of his wife Melania to speak at a rally Monday night in Wisconsin.

Trump’s series of misogynist and sexist comments during the campaign has led to women viewing him unfavorably by a more than three to one ratio, according to a New York Times/CBS News poll.

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And with the Wisconsin primary scheduled for Tuesday, Melania Trump joined her husband on stage at the Milwaukee Theater on Monday night for his final rally.

“I’m very proud of him. He’s a hard worker, he’s kind, he has a great heart, he is tough, he is smart, he’s a great communicator, he is a great negotiator and he is telling the truth,” said Melania praising her husband.

“As you may know by now when you attack him he will punch back ten times harder,” she said to a cheering crowd. “No matter who you are, a man or a woman, he treats everyone equal.”

WATCH: Melania Trump speaks for first time at Trump rally in Wisconsin

The decision to solicit his wife’s help comes after a series of recent events that brought Trump’s relationship with women into the spotlight.

READ MORE: War on women? Republicans zip lips as Donald Trump sounds off on abortion

Last month, Melania was thrust into the campaign when an anti-Trump Super PAC supporting Senator Ted Cruz released an ad in Utah featuring a risqué picture of her from a GQ photo shoot in 2001.

Trump shot back at Cruz by Tweeting a photo of his wife with an image of Cruz’s wife, Heidi. The incident set off a firestorm of criticism that Trump later called “a mistake.”

“It’s probably too little too late,” said Ryan Hurl, an associate professor of political science at the University of Toronto, speaking about Trump’s decision to turn to Melania. “It’s hard to make up for some of his earlier missteps.”

READ MORE: Donald Trump backtracks after saying abortions should be banned, women punished

Trump was also sharply criticized after comments made during an interview with Chris Matthews of MSNBC last week when Trump said if abortion became illegal, women who underwent the procedure should face “some form of punishment.” He later backed away from the comments that were even at odds with staunch abortion opponents.

Hurl said while a Republican candidate has to be pro-life Trump approached the delicate abortion issue “in the worst possible way imaginable.”

“I think it has finally become too much. He has approached almost every issue in a way calculated to undermine the Republican Party,” Hurl said. “The Republican Party is going to do everything they can to stop him.”

WATCH: Bernie Sanders Spokesman Jeff Weaver weighed in on campaign expectations Tuesday as Wisconsin voters head to the polls to cast their ballot for who they want to be the next President 

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Band’s stolen truck, including amp from deceased brother, returned thanks to Calgarians

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CALGARY – Gord Barge has never been so happy to see his 1995 Suburban. Last Thursday, he had parked it Calgary’s Foothills hospital parking lot. But when he finished work, it was gone.

“I came out at three o'clock and went to where I parked the vehicle and I'm literally like, 'where's my truck?'”

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Inside the truck was $8,000 worth of equipment. Barge plays guitar in his band, Vintage Express. It was loaded and ready to go for a show he and his bandmates were going to play that night.

Among the items stolen, was an amp given to Barge by his late brother.

“You feel violated. I’m sure somebody knew it was in there. Why would you come up to a 1995—a 20-year-old vehicle and steal it?”

The band features one familiar face for Calgarians: the keyboardist is former children’s television host, Buck Shot. The story spread across social media with people providing tips and offering donations.

Then on Monday morning, Barge got a surprising call.

“My cellphone goes off and there’s a message from one of my coworkers at work. And it says, ‘Gord, I think I see your vehicle in lot six’—the place on Thursday where it was taken from.”

Gord and his wife, Jody, immediately raced to the Foothills hospital. Sure enough, the truck was there and inside was Barge’s amp.

“I don’t know how to explain it; whether it’s a guy with a conscience and he knew what he had and brought it back or didn’t know what he had.”

Vintage Express can’t begin to thank Calgarians.

“Holy man, as soon as we got the news it was like a big, huge, huge weight lifted off,” sighed Jody Barge, another musician in the band.

“It’s amazing. Our city rocks. Like we rock, this is the best city ever.”

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Documents of residential school abuse can be destroyed, court rules

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TORONTO – Survivors of Canada’s notorious residential school system have the right to see their stories archived if they wish, but their accounts must otherwise be destroyed in 15 years, Ontario’s top court ruled in a split decision Monday.

At issue are documents related to compensation claims made by as many as 30,000 survivors of Indian residential schools – many heart-rending accounts of sexual, physical and psychological abuse.

Compensation claimants never surrendered control of their stories, the Appeal Court said.

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“Residential school survivors are free to disclose their own experiences, despite any claims that others may make with respect to confidentiality and privacy,” the court said.

The decision came in response to various appeals and cross-appeals of a ruling by Superior Court Justice Paul Perell in 2014 related to claims made under the confidential independent assessment process – or IAP – set up as part of an agreement that settled a class action against the government.

READ MORE: Regina moves to adopt Truth and Reconciliation Commission recommendations

The federal government and Truth and Reconciliation Commission fought destruction of the documents, saying they should be kept – with appropriate safeguards – to preserve the historical record of residential schools. Catholic parties argued for their destruction.

“This is a once-and-for-all determination of the rights of all parties relating to these issues,” the court said. “There will be no future cases like this one.”

Writing for the Appeal Court majority, Chief Justice George Strathy decided Perell was reasonable to order the records kept for 15 years and then destroyed, unless claimants chose to have their own accounts archived.

Survivors who opted for confidentiality should not face a risk that their stories would be stored against their will in a government archive and possibly disclosed at some time, even far into the future, the Appeal Court said.

The court rejected the idea the documents were “government records” but said the material fell under the court’s control.

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“It is critical to understand that the (independent assessment process) was not a federal government program,” the Appeal Court said.

“Although Canada’s administrative infrastructure was required to carry out the settlement, it was vital to ensure that the court, not Canada, was in control of the process.”

The Appeal Court did part ways with Perell on who should be responsible for a notice program that would allow claimants time to decide whether they wanted their records archived or destroyed. Perell had given the task to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation.

Strathy called that unreasonable. Instead, the court ruled, the notice program should fall to the chief adjudicator of the claims process.

In a dissenting opinion, Justice Robert Sharpe said the claims documents Canada has in its possession are indeed “government records” that should not be destroyed but turned over to Library and Archives Canada subject to normal privacy safeguards and rules.

The process was an “important moment in Canadian history when all Canadians, aboriginal and non-aboriginal, confronted the shocking treatment of generations of aboriginal children in the residential school system and searched for ways to repair the damage,” Sharpe said.

READ MORE: Residential schools subjected students to disease, abuse, experiments – TRC report

“If the IAP documents are destroyed, we obliterate an important part of our effort to deal with a very dark moment in our history.”

Dan Shapiro, the chief adjudicator, said he was pleased the court recognized the confidentiality of the claims process.

“This will be comforting to thousands of claimants…many of whom were distressed at the prospect that the most personal details of the abuse they suffered at residential schools could one day be made public,” Shapiro said in a statement.

About 150,000 First Nations, Inuit and Metis children were forced to attend the church-run residential schools over much of the last century as part of government efforts to “take the Indian out of the child.” Many suffered horrific abuse.

Material collected by the truth commission, which also heard from thousands of survivors, are being housed at the National Research Centre at the University of Manitoba.

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De Grasse captures Canadian 100-metre title in Edmonton

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Andre De Grasse crouched in the starting blocks with Aaron Brown one lane to his right, and knew he’d need his season’s best race to beat his new rival.

The 21-year-old from Markham, Ont., dipped below the 10-second mark for the first time this season en route to winning the 100 metres at the Canadian Olympic trials on Saturday.

De Grasse, an orange blur in his Puma singlet, pulled away from Brown over his first blistering few strides, then crossed in 9.99, thrusting one triumphant finger in the air.

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    “It’s always pressure coming back the defending champion,” De Grasse said afterward. “Aaron gave me a little bit of pressure, to see him run sub-10 seconds right before Canadian trials, so I thought ‘I’m going to have to run sub 10 to beat this guy.’

    “I’m just happy I came out here and performed well.”

    Brown crossed in 10.07, while Akeem Haynes of Calgary was third in 10.21.

    The men’s 100 was the highlight of an action-packed Saturday night that saw reigning world champions Shawn Barber, in the pole vault, and Derek Drouin, in the high jump, win gold, and Gabriela Stafford win a fierce women’s 1,500-metre final.

    Brown recently ran 9.96 to become just the second Canadian man in 17 years to dip below the elusive 10-second mark. De Grasse was the first, in a spectacular 2015 season that saw him win world bronze, then turn pro, signing a lucrative US$11.25 million deal with Puma.

    The two have drawn comparisons to Donovan Bailey and Bruny Surin, who co-hold the Canadian record of 9.84.

    “This is a perfect opportunity for me and Aaron, Canada hasn’t had two sub-10 sprinters for a long time, so I think me and him are going to do big things,” De Grasse said.

    Brown was similarly honoured.

    “Those are two pillars of Canadian track and field so to be compared to them is a blessing,” Brown said. “I’m really honoured to be in the same breath as those types of sub-10 runners.”

    De Grasse and Brown will go head to head again Sunday in the 200 metres, an event that saw De Grasse break Brown’s Canadian record last season.

    READ MORE: Canadian sprinter Andre De Grasse has his eyes on a medal at Rio Olympics

    De Grasse has his sights on the national 100-metre record now. Conditions were a bit too chilly for a record run Saturday.

    “I talked to Donovan today, he was asking me about (the record),” said De Grasse. “I said ‘I don’t know about it today, but I’m going to go for it (later in the season).’”

    De Grasse has ridden a meteoric rise up the global sprint rankings, and not only officially clinched a spot on his first ever Olympic team Saturday, but should challenge for a medal against sprinting’s big guns in Rio.

    “It’s been a whirlwind,” he said. “I didn’t expect to be in this position right now, making my first Olympic team, it’s a dream come true for me, I just want to keep that momentum going towards Rio, and make myself proud, and this country.

    “I’ll be ready to run the race of a lifetime.”

    Crystal Emmanuel of Toronto won the women’s 100 in 11.26, but politely said she had to cool down and couldn’t speak to reporters.

    Phylicia George and Kim Hyacinthe were second and third, respectively.

    Drouin, from Coruna, Ont., easily won gold in the high jump, clearing 2.30 metres, while Barber, from Black Creek, B.C., won the pole vault with 5.61.

    Victories were never really in doubt for the duo, who were using the trials both to secure their spots on the squad, and as a tuneup for Brazil.

    “I just wanted to come out and jump and show that I was fit and ready for Rio,” Barber said. “I’ve been waiting quite a while for this. I had a chance in 2012, I just wasn’t jumping quite high enough. And now to be able to come out and make the team, it means the world to me.”

    Earlier in the night, Stafford pulled away down the final 100 metres to win a thrilling women’s 1,500.

    The 20-year-old from Toronto held off Nicole Sifuentes and Hilary Stellingwerff to win gold in four minutes 18.51 seconds. The trio booked their spots on Canada’s Olympic team.

    “I was in London 2012, as a fan, never thinking I could ever dream beyond national championships and since then, I’ve made national teams and thought ‘Maybe Olympics will be in the cards,’ thinking Tokyo (2020) would be it,” Stafford said. “Last year, I was half a second off the Olympic standard and I was like ‘wow, Rio can happen.’

    “And now I’m Canadian champion.”

    Stafford said she’s idolized middle-distance veterans Sifuentes and Stellingwerff.

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    “It’s just an honour to be battling with them, and really strange at the same time,” she said. “I never thought of an equal to them, and here I am running neck and neck with them.”

    Stafford’s victory came despite some less-than-ideal pre-race preparation.

    “I ate a bit too much, so I did puke right before the race,” she laughed, about her spaghetti and meatballs lunch. “But my stomach felt lighter after, so I thought ‘OK, my stomach feels good now. Now I can race fast.’”

    Stafford said the moment was special, coming close to the eighth anniversary — July 7 — of her mom’s death. Her mom Maria Luisa died of leukemia when Stafford was just 13.

    “My mom was just an amazing person, she was a teacher at my high school, I got a message from one of her students not too long ago. She was the type of woman who touched the life of every person that she met,” she said. “She raised us well in the short time we had together.

    “I like to think she’s up there watching, and give me a little push when I need it in a race.”

    READ MORE: Montcalm earns Olympic spot at track & field trials in Edmonton

    Among other athletes punching their ticket to Rio, Charles Philibert-Thiboutot won the men’s 1,500, while Carline Muir raced to victory in the women’s 400, and Heather Steacy won the women’s hammer throw.

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Canada’s Milos Raonic loses in straight sets to Andy Murray at Wimbledon

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LONDON – Canada will have to wait a little longer for it’s first Grand Slam singles champion.

Milos Raonic of Thornhill, Ont., lost to Andy Murray in the Wimbledon final Sunday in the first major singles championship match to feature a Canadian man.

Murray, the local favourite, topped the 25-year-old Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (2) to capture his second Wimbledon title and third major championship. Murray also won at Wimbledon in 2013.

READ MORE: Canadian Denis Shapovalov wins boys’ title at Wimbledon

“This one’s going to sting,” Raonic told the BBC on the court moments after the match.

“I’m going to make sure as the grass on these courts is green that I do everything that I can to be back here for another chance.”

Andy Murray of Britain holds up his trophy after beating Milos Raonic of Canada, right, in the men’s singles final on day fourteen of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 10, 2016.

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Milos Raonic of Canada holds his runner’s up trophy after being beaten by Andy Murray of Britain in the men’s singles final on the fourteenth day of the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Sunday, July 10, 2016. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

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Raonic beat Swiss superstar Roger Federer in a five-set semifinal thriller on Friday to reach the final.

“It’s been a phenomenal two weeks at this tournament … I keep plugging away, trying to get better to give myself these chances,” Raoinc said. “I’m going to continue to do the same because there’s nothing I want more than to be back here.”

Eugenie Bouchard of Westmount, Que., is the only Canadian female to play in a Grand Slam singles final. She lost to Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon in 2014.

READ MORE: Eugenie Bouchard’s struggles point to double standard, say experts

Toronto’s Daniel Nestor is an eight-time major champion in doubles.

Murray broke Raonic’s serve only once in the match, while the Canadian had some chances in the third set but failed to convert.

Murray came into the tournament after losing to Novak Djokovic in the finals of both the Australian Open and French Open this year.

Three years ago, Murray became the first British man since 1936 to win the singles title at the All England Club. He also won the U.S. Open in 2012, a few weeks after winning the Olympic gold medal at Wimbledon.

Earlier Sunday, Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov won the Wimbledon’s boys’ title, defeating Australia’s Alex De Minaur in three sets.

The 17-year-old Shapovalov, from Richmond Hill, Ont., bounced back from a 6-4 loss in the first set to take the next two, 6-1, 6-3 respectively.

*More to come. 

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Touring Auschwitz with Justin Trudeau an emotional journey for Holocaust survivor

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AUSCHWITZ, Poland – Holocaust survivor Nate Leipciger has toured the concentration camp where he once lived as a teenage boy several times, but Sunday was more special than ever.

The Toronto native was part of a small group that gave Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a walking tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

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“To be here with a Prime Minister and to announce my mother’s and my sister’s names in pray was the moment of greatest impact on me today,” he said.

Leipciger and his father survived the tortuous years in the camp where over 1.1 million people were exterminated in gas chambers over the course of several years.

The 88-year-old walked with Trudeau as Dr. Piotr Cywinski, director of the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, led the group through the numbered brick buildings.

READ MORE: Justin Trudeau tours Auschwitz with 88-year-old camp survivor 

Inside Block 4, they stopped at the display filled with locks of hair shaved off female prisoners at the death camp.

In the courtyard where hundreds of Polish and Jewish prisoners were shot dead, Trudeau laid a wreath in remembrance of the dead.

Leipciger said he hoped the tour would help Trudeau to fully understand the tragedy of “what man did to man, the hatred that drove one group of people to murder another.”

WATCH: Justin Trudeau with sombre visit to Auschwitz. Mike LeCouteur reports.

Later, standing at the foot of the ruins of one gas chamber, the Prime Minister wiped away tears as he walked off by himself and let the emotion of the day wash over him.

It was a poignant moment Leipciger said he will never forget.

“He shed tears with me, that’s the greatest expression of understanding and feelings that he could have done to me,” he said.

Looking back on his time at Auschwitz, Leipciger still can’t believe he made it out.

“Each day was a struggle,” he said.

“My father saved me by rescuing me from the gas line, from the group of the people who were destined to go to the gas chamber, unbeknownst to me.”

His father had begged a Nazi guard to let the then 15-year-old to move into the line for workers.

Everyone in the other line was murdered.

Seventy-four years later, Leipciger looks back at his captors with a level of empathy, confusion and anger as he tries to come to grips with the largest genocide the world has ever seen.

“The Nazis that did this, who did operate the gas chambers and the concentration camps … were human beings like us, they had emotions,” he said.

“I’m sure that they went home and loved their wives and were kind to their children, and yet, they murdered human beings by the thousand.”

WATCH BELOW: PM Trudeau tours the Auschwitz concentration camp

Leipciger will never forget the pain and torture he suffered in all those years at Auschwitz, yet he still has hope for the future, especially after the visit with Trudeau.

“If we convince our leaders of the impending dangers in the world that we live today we have hope. You cannot ignore or write them off,” he said.

“You have to face reality in the world that we live today.”

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Violence resumes in South Sudan after more than 100 killed in gunfire

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JUBA, South Sudan – Renewed gunfights broke out across South Sudan’s capital Sunday between forces loyal to the president and those of the vice-president, officials said Sunday, causing widespread casualties and raising fears that the country is returning to civil war.

The fighting hit a U.N. camp for displaced people hit by the violence, according to witnesses.

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Sunday’s fighting is a resumption of the conflict on Friday in which more than 100 people died. A precarious calm was restored on Saturday- the day South Sudan was to celebrate its fifth independence day – that was shattered by heavy gunfire Sunday.

South Sudan is trying to emerge from a two-year civil war caused by political rivalry between Vice-President Riek Machar and President Salva Kiir.

READ MORE: Armed group kills more than 140 near South Sudan in April

The two leaders issued a joint call for calm after Friday’s fighting which began outside the presidential compound where Kiir and Machar were meeting and soon spread through the city.

“The condition is really very bad. We have a lot of casualties this side, I think around 50 to 60 besides those of yesterday,” said Budbud Chol who oversees security at a clinic in the base. “We have civilian casualties. We have rocket-propelled grenades that have landed in the camp which has wounded eight people.” Among the wounded are five children and two women while the rest were men, he said.

At least one person has died in the camp, he said, but he did not know about casualties outside where the fighting is heavy.

READ MORE: African Union report cites mass graves, cannibalism in South Sudan

Government forces attacked a rebel base in the Jebel area of the capital Sunday morning, said William Gatjiath Deng, a spokesman for the rebel forces.

“Three helicopter gunships have just come now and bombed our side,” he said.

The army confirmed the Sunday clashes but it is not clear how the fighting started, said army spokesman Lul Ruai Koang, who is in the SPLA general headquarters at Bilpham.

The fighting appears to be mainly in two areas: Jebel, where there is one opposition base and a U.N. base which houses thousands of internally displaced people, and in Gudele, where the rebels have another opposition base, including Machar’s compound. There have been huge explosions in Gudele and people are leaving the area by foot, said a resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear for her safety.

“I’ve gotten calls that I should leave but there was so much gunfire nearby I decided to stay in,” she said.

United Nations security radio reported fighting near the house of army chief of staff Paul Malong.

“The situation in Juba has significantly deteriorated,” said a statement by the United States embassy. “There is serious fighting between government and opposition forces, including near the airport, U.N. mission locations, Jebel and elsewhere throughout Juba. U.S. citizens in Juba should remain vigilant … shelter in a safe location, preferably away from doors and windows, and avoid non-essential movements.”

The U.N. Mission in South Sudan is on a high security alert with no movement of U.N. personnel whatsoever, said Shantal Persaud, spokeswoman for the U.N. mission.

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Patinkin reported from Nairobi, Kenya.

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Price shaming: Health advocates hope new legislation keeps drug prices low

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Frustrated by the rising cost of prescription drugs, California health advocates hope sunlight and a dose of shame will discourage drugmakers from raising their prices too quickly or introducing new medications at prices that break the bank.

They’re promoting legislation that would require drugmakers to provide advance notice before making big price increases. Pharmaceutical companies have come out in force against the measure, warning it would lead to dangerous drug shortages.

Attention to prescription drug pricing has mounted since Turing Pharmaceuticals bought an old drug commonly used with HIV patients and raised the price from $13.50 per pill to $750. The company’s combative chief executive, Martin Shkreli, was widely castigated for the price hike.

READ MORE: More charges against ex-pharmaceutical executive Shkreli

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“Yes, they should make a profit, but not so much they gouge the public at the expense of the consumer and the taxpayer,” Sen. Ed Hernandez, a Democrat from Azusa who wrote the legislation, said of drug companies. “There needs to be a balance.”

Vermont passed the nation’s first drug price transparency legislation earlier this year, and similar measures were introduced in at least five other states, including California.

California voters also will decide in November on a ballot measure that would prohibit the state — which covers millions of poor people, inmates and government retirees — from paying more than the U.S. Veterans Administration for drugs. The VA’s massive negotiating power allows it to secure some of the lowest rates for drugs.

Both presumptive presidential nominees have cited drug prices in their campaigns. Republican Donald Trump suggested ending a restriction on Medicare’s ability to negotiate drug prices. Democrat Hillary Clinton has slammed drug pricing she labels predatory.

READ MORE: Martin Shkreli’s price increase strategy not uncommon for drug distributors

Drug costs represent about 10 per cent of overall health care spending and about 19 per cent of costs for employer-sponsored health plans, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation. After several years of modest growth in drug spending, which even decreased in 2010 and 2012, pharmaceutical spending spiked 11.4 per cent in 2014, according to the Kaiser’s analysis of data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Estimates for 2015 suggest prices rose 6.8 per cent.

Experts attribute the recent rise in drug spending to the proliferation of new specialty drugs, many of them used to treat cancer, and fewer patent expirations that allow for generic competition.

Sovaldi, which can cure Hepatitis C without the excruciating side effects of earlier treatments, debuted in 2014, at a shocking cost of more than $80,000 per course of treatment. The price has since come down.

California’s SB1010 would require pharmaceutical companies to provide advance notice to drug purchasers before increasing the price of a drug by 10 per cent or $10,000 a year. For generics, the threshold is $100 a month or 25 per cent. Insurance companies would be required to report data on drug prices to state regulators, including the portion of premiums attributable to pharmaceuticals.

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Proponents hope the advance notice will give governments, insurers and pharmacy benefit managers a chance to negotiate.

But drugmakers warn it could create regional shortages of some drugs if large pharmacy chains or distributors horde medications to beat the price increase. That would create an environment for speculators to drive prices up, not down.

Drug manufacturing is a highly regulated industry with complex supply chains that relies on predictable demand, said Brett Johnson, director of state and local policy for the California Life Sciences Association, an industry group.

“This isn’t an industry where they can really react quickly to surges in demand,” Johnson said. “So that creates complications when we’re talking about things like price signalling.”

Drugmakers also say the transparency requirements would create a distorted view of drug pricing, failing to account for negotiated discounts or price decreases.

The bill’s supporters dispute the risk of shortage, noting many of the specialty drugs that would trigger the notification have a short shelf life and require careful handling, making it difficult to stockpile them.

The measure has cleared the Senate and is moving through the Assembly, which tends to take a much more skeptical view of business regulations.

The measure barely survived a hearing in the Assembly Health Committee last month and faces an even tougher test in the Appropriations Committee when lawmakers return to the Capitol following a July break.

“These medications are not like other products,” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access, one of the advocacy groups sponsoring the measure. “People and patients and insurers are often cases not in a position to say ‘no.’”

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Ex-Canadian prison guard at centre of unique suit against famous painter

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TORONTO – A painting that could either be worth millions, or be relatively worthless, is the subject of a court fight involving a retired Canadian correctional officer and a world famous artist who disavows the art work.

The unprecedented battle, set to play out in a Chicago courtroom next month, involves a claim by Robert (Bob) Fletcher, of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., that the canvas he owns was painted by Peter Doig in 1976.

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Doig, whose works have sold for millions of dollars, argues the acrylic landscape was in fact painted by a Peter Doige, a man who once spent time locked up in Thunder Bay, Ont., for a drug offence. Doig further claims he has never been in the northern Ontario city and only began painting on canvas in 1979, according to his legal filings.

Fletcher’s suit alleges Doig’s disavowal has potentially cost him millions, because auctioneers have refused to put the painting up for sale.

“All we wanted to do is find out if it’s his or not so we could go ahead and sell this painting,” Fletcher, 62, told . “We are so convinced that we have the right person that we’re going to go ahead with this.”

The origins of the dispute, records show, date back 40 years, when Fletcher worked at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre and also attended classes at Lakehead University. At the school, he met a teenager named Peter Doige, who ended up in jail for possession of LSD and, during art classes at the institution, painted the disputed work: An 86 cm by 105 cm canvas that depicts a desert scene with a pond. It is signed “Pete Doige 76.”

As his parole officer, Fletcher helped Doige find work, and, to help him out, bought the painting for $100.

WATCH: Painting of Toronto icon sells for millions

It was only five years ago, Fletcher said, that a friend noticed the canvas.

Artist Peter Doig waits to be presented during a preview of an exhibit of his work at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Tuesday, January 21, 2014 in Montreal.

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“He said, ‘Bob, that guy’s a real famous artist’,” Fletcher said. “He starts showing some videos of (Doig) and I said, ‘I do recognize him’ — even though we didn’t have the long hair we had back then. I said, ‘My God, it is him’.”

Subsequent research turned up “uncanny convergences” between Doig and Doige: Both were born in the 1950s in Scotland; Doig’s family immigrated to Canada when he was a child; and Doig has admitted to having dabbled in LSD as a teen.

“The work has uncanny commonalities in composition and execution with known works by Doig,” the claim, first filed in 2013, further states.

Fletcher and Chicago-based Bartlow Gallery allege Doig and his agents have “wilfully and wrongfully interfered” with their efforts to sell the painting.

The New York Times recently cited Doig, who calls the lawsuit a “scam,” as saying he had seen a photograph of the canvas and thought: “Nice painting. Not by me.”

READ MORE: WATCH: Peter Doig painting of Toronto rainbow tunnel sells for $15M

Doig, 57, who says he splits his time between Trinidad and London, denies ever being in Thunder Bay or in a prison. He says he lived and attended high school in Toronto at the time in question — assertions his parents, brother and friends back in affidavits.

In addition, Doige’s sister Marilyn Bovard, of Hinton, Alta., says she believes her brother, who died in Edmonton in February 2012, was the painter.

“The desert scene appears to be from around the area in Arizona to which our mother moved,” Bovard says in a court filing.

Fletcher’s lawyer, William Zieske, however, is unconvinced.

“Every portion of Mr. Doig’s life is documented in written official documents — from his teen years to his present day — except for an 18-month window (that) comprises almost all of 1976 and the first half of 1977,” Zieske said from Chicago.

The case is unprecedented, Zieske said, in that it’s the first time someone has tried to “impose authorship” of a work on a famous artist, who has then denied the claim.

U.S. District Court Judge Gary Feinerman will hear the case starting Aug. 8.

Fletcher, who admits to losing sleep as the trial date nears, acknowledges he faces the prospect of having to pay court costs and possibly damages if he fails to prove Doig’s authorship.

“There’s a gamble,” he said. “But we are so convinced and positive that we are correct.”

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Dallas police shooting suspect mocked authorities during 2 hours of negotiations

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DALLAS – The suspect in the deadly attack on Dallas police officers taunted authorities during two hours of negotiations, laughing at them, singing and at one point asking how many officers he had shot, the police chief said Sunday.

Micah Johnson, a black Army veteran, insisted on speaking with a black negotiator and wrote in blood on the wall of a parking garage where police cornered and later killed him, David Brown told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Johnson, who was apparently wounded in a shootout with police, wrote the letters “RB” and other markings. Investigators are now trying to decipher the writing by looking through evidence from Johnson’s suburban Dallas home, Brown said.

WATCH: Decision to use robot to kill Dallas protest shooter sparks debate

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The chief defended the decision to kill Johnson with a bomb delivered by remote-controlled robot, saying negotiations went nowhere and that officers could not approach him without putting themselves in danger.

Brown said he became increasingly concerned that “at a split second, he would charge us and take out many more before we would kill him.”

Johnson had practiced military-style drills in his yard and trained at a private self-defence school that teaches special tactics, including “shooting on the move,” a manoeuvr in which an attacker fires and changes position before firing again.

He received instruction at the Academy of Combative Warrior Arts in the Dallas suburb of Richardson about two years ago, said the school’s founder and chief instructor, Justin J. Everman.

Everman’s statement was corroborated by a police report from May 8, 2015, when someone at a business a short distance away called in a report of several suspicious people in a parked SUV.

READ MORE: Killer robot used by Dallas police sparks ethical debate

The investigating officer closed the case just minutes after arriving at a strip mall. While there, the officer spoke to Johnson, who said he “had just gotten out of a class at a nearby self-defence school.”

Johnson told the officer he was “waiting for his dad to arrive” and pick up his brother. No one else was apparently questioned.

On Friday, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings described Johnson as “a mobile shooter” who had written manifestos on how to “shoot and move.”

WATCH: Vigil held in honour of Dallas officers killed at protest 

Authorities have said the gunman kept a journal of combat tactics and had amassed a personal arsenal at his home, including bomb-making materials, rifles and ammunition.

The academy website refers to one of its courses as a “tactical applications program,” or TAP.

READ MORE: Dallas shooting: What we know and don’t know about the ‘ambush’ on police officers

“Reality is highly dynamic, you will be drawing your firearm, moving, shooting on the move, fixing malfunctions, etc. all under high levels of stress,” the website says. “Most people never get to train these skills as they are not typically allowed on the static gun range.”

The TAP training includes “shooting from different positions,” “drawing under stress” and “drawing from concealment.” Everman declined to specify which classes Johnson took.

“I don’t know anything about Micah. I’m sorry. He’s gone. He’s old to us. I have thousands of people,” Everman told The Associated Press on Saturday.

The two men, however, were friendly and talked in 苏州美甲纹绣培训 conversations in August 2014. Everman knew Johnson had been out of the country. Army officials said he had been deployed in Afghanistan around that time.

Everman suggested that Johnson “let me know when you make it down this way.”

“Will be great to get you back in the academy,” Everman said, according to a comment thread saved by the AP before Johnson’s 苏州美甲纹绣培训 profile was taken down.

“I concur!” Johnson replied.

More recently, a neighbour reported to investigators that Johnson had been seen practicing some sort of military drill in his backyard in the Dallas suburb of Mesquite, said Clay Jenkins, the Dallas County judge, the county’s most senior elected official.

WATCH: Gunman kills 5 police officers in Dallas

Johnson donned a protective vest and used a military-style semi-automatic rifle for the shootings, which marked the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

In all, 12 officers were shot just a few blocks from where President John F. Kennedy was slain in 1963.

Johnson was a private first class with a specialty in carpentry and masonry. He served in the Army Reserve for six years starting in 2009 and did one tour in Afghanistan from November 2013 to July 2014, the military said.

The attack began Thursday evening while hundreds of people were gathered to protest the police killings of Philando Castile, who was fatally shot near St. Paul, Minnesota, and Alton Sterling, who was shot in Louisiana after being pinned to the pavement by two white officers.

READ MORE: Black Lives Matter: Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and what the social movement is demanding

Video showed protesters marching along a downtown street about half a mile from City Hall when shots erupted and the crowd scattered, seeking cover.

Marcus Carter was in the area when people started running toward him, yelling about gunshots. Carter said the first shot sounded like a firecracker. But then they proceeded in quick succession, with brief pauses between spurts of gunfire.

“It was breaks in the fire,” he said. “It was a single shot and then after that single shot, it was a brief pause,” followed by many shots in quick succession.

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‘It’s 10-years worth in six weeks’: Fort McMurray’s landfill manager on amount of debris he’s receiving since wildfire

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When you’re pounded with the big waves, you’d better learn to surf.

“The demolition material is going to come in pretty much in a tsunami-like effect,” says Fred Thompson-Brown, manager of Fort McMurray’s landfill. “We’ve been busy throughout and it’s just getting busier.”

The wildfire that ravaged the oilsands city is finally under control and many of its more than 80,000 evacuees are back in their homes. Services are restored and residents are working to bring life back to normal.

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    But normal is a long way off for the man at the centre of a mind-bogglingly large and occasionally toxic clean-up still very much under way.

    Put this in your garbage truck and haul it: A typical urban home generates between 97 and 175 tonnes of waste after a fire. Fort McMurray lost 2,400 homes and buildings.

    Give or take, that’s 338,400 tonnes of ash, soil, concrete, metal and miscellaneous bits and bobs — some of it as caustic as oven cleaner or loaded with toxic lead or arsenic. That’s fully a third more waste than the landfill accepted in all of 2015. It’ll take up to 47,000 truckloads to haul it.

    If that isn’t daunting enough, consider that in June, the landfill took in 11,437 fridges and freezers. All had to be emptied of rotting food, drained of their gas and crushed.

    “It’s not a simple commodity,” deadpans Thompson-Brown, a genial Brit whose ringtone plays “The British Grenadiers.”

    “And they’re still coming in. It’s 10-years worth in six weeks.”

    He’s earned the right to be calm. Throughout the entire blaze, the landfill was closed for exactly four days, from May 6 to May 10. By the time residents began to filter back on June 1, a lot of rubble had already been cleared and homeowners had big, empty bins waiting to haul away waste and let them rebuild.

    “There was a bit of a mini-tsunami of that material,” says Thompson-Brown, using a word he repeats a lot.

    “All of the bins had been left for all the commercial properties that had to be cleared. All the big stores were just churning material in our direction pretty much from the get-go.”

    Fort McMurray’s landfill was built to handle waste from not only the city, but from surrounding communities as well as nearby work camps. So it’s big.

    “We’ve got more than enough capacity and more capacity down the line,” Thompson-Brown says.

    It’s also modern, with a system in place to collect whatever bad stuff that will inevitably leach through. That will go to the municipality’s water treatment plant.

    But the toxins do create challenges.

    Landfill workers operate machines in closed cabs with positive air pressure, so no outside air gets in. High-efficiency filters in those cabs are changed daily. Hazmat suits are available and nobody gets on-site without a particulate filter mask.

    “Guys not wearing (personal protective equipment) are basically turned around.”

    The massive clean-up will also escalate costs.

    Federal money has already bought new dozers and compactors. Two new scales have been added and approach roads to the landfill have been rebuilt to keep truck traffic flowing. Sampling and testing for toxins will have to be tripled or quadrupled. Staff budgets will be doubled as the landfill moves to 24-7 operation.

    READ MORE: Fort McMurray wildfire: Federal government commits $300M in disaster recovery funds to Alberta

    “We’re mindful of the pennies, but quite a few dollars are going to have to be spent,” Thompson-Brown says.

    “It’s hard to quantify at the present time. The main demolition phase is still an unknown quantity.”

    For now, Thompson-Brown finds himself in a lull between tsunamis, after the wave of home clean-up and before the swell of demolition debris. He knows what’s coming, and before long expects to see trucks dumping a load every 60 seconds for weeks — “like Heathrow on a bad day.”

    “It’s frenetic,” he says. “But it’s orderly and it’s going to flow.”

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Alberta government hopes to build off tourism boom in the Rockies

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Alberta’s Rocky Mountains are once again bursting with visitors in what could be another banner year, but the government is hoping to get more tourists spending in other areas of the province as well.

“The Rockies are often the hook to get those international travellers to come,” says Shelley Grollmuss, vice-president of industry development at Travel Alberta.

“And then we work very hard with our industry partners to try and build road trips or other itineraries, where they can go into other areas of the province and explore.”

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    It’s all part of the province’s plan to boost tourist spending from the $8.3 billion in 2014 to $10 billion by 2020, and to increase jobs in the industry as it works to further diversify an economy that has been heavily reliant on oil and gas.

    Last week, Premier Rachel Notley announced $33.5 million in funding for an expansion of the Fort Edmonton historic site as part of the Alberta jobs program.

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    “Our government will expand tourist sites to bring in more visitors from around the world, the rest of Canada, and Alberta,” Notley said.

    The new Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grande Prairie, Alta., has already seen 100,000 visitors in its first 10 months of operation.

    The older Royal Tyrrell dinosaur museum in Drumheller, Alta., has already topped 135,000 visitors since the start of April, while it set an attendance record last year with 479,000 visitors from more than 130 countries.

    Grollmuss says tourist numbers are helped by a low dollar that makes travelling abroad for Canadians more expensive than a few years ago when the loonie was higher.

    Similarly, the loonie’s fall helps make Canada less expensive and more attractive to international visitors.

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    An increase in direct international flights is also helping, Grollmuss says.

    Hainan Airlines recently launched a direct flight from Beijing to Calgary at the end June, while WestJet started flying direct to London in May.

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    “We do have more tour operators and online travel agencies globally selling Alberta now than we’ve ever had before,” Grollmuss says.

    But attendance at national parks in Alberta is making other attractions pale in comparison.

    Banff saw an eight per cent jump to 3.9 million visitors, Jasper was up five per cent to 2.3 million, and Waterton Lakes rose 16 per cent to 486,000 visitors for the financial year ended in March.

    Lake Louise at Banff National Park was so busy on the Canada Day long weekend that police temporarily shut down access to the town to everyone but residents and those with reservations at hotels.

    Dave Kaiser, head of the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association, says most of province’s tourism industry has been hit hard by the recession, but the resorts are seeing strong results.

    “You wouldn’t know we’re in the same province,” Kaiser says.

    He said hotels in Alberta outside the Rockies in the past year have seen a 25 per cent drop in revenue per room, but in the mountain resorts, revenue is actually up 12 per cent.

    “We just need to find ways to get some of those tourists to not only go to Banff and the mountains, but to get them travelling to other parts of the province as well,” said Kaiser.

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Bahamian officials warning people visiting U.S. to ‘exercise appropriate caution’ around police

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NASSAU, Bahamas – The Bahamas on Friday issued a rare travel advisory for any of its citizens visiting the United States, recommending that young men in particular take care in cities affected by recent tensions over police shootings.

A statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs warns visitors to “exercise appropriate caution” in light of recent episodes involving police officers and black men. It also advises people not to get involved in demonstrations and to avoid crowds.

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“In particular young males are asked to exercise extreme caution in affected cities in their interactions with the police. Do not be confrontational and co-operate,” the statement said.

The advisory comes after two black men were shot this week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, and five police officers were killed and seven others wounded at a protest in Dallas – marking the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

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The U.S. regularly issues travel advisories for Americans visiting other countries. In January, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau put out a warning over crime in the Bahamian capital, which prompted complaints from business owners in the tourism-dependent island nation.

The statement from the Bahamian foreign ministry also provided a list of consular offices in the U.S. for its citizens to contact in case issues arise.

“Pay attention to the public notices and news announcements in the city that you are visiting,” the advisory said. “Be safe, enjoy the holiday weekend and be sensible.”

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