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Soldier killed in shooting near Parliament Hill identified

Sarah-Joyce Battersby, Cormac MacSweeney, Toronto staff, and The Canadian Press | posted Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014

A Canadian army reservist has died and a gunman was shot dead inside Parliament Hill after armed attackers opened fire on multiple Ottawa targets on Wednesday morning.

The slain soldier, who was standing guard at the War Memorial when he was shot, has been identified as Cpl. Nathan Cirillo, 24, from Hamilton’s Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. He left behind a young son who recently started kindergarten, his friend Mat Petersen said.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was rushed away from the building to an undisclosed location, officials in his office said.

A high-ranking federal official confirmed to The Canadian Press that the dead gunman was Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Little else is known about the man, but one media report said he’s Canadian and was born in 1982.

In a live televised address Wednesday evening, Harper called the shooter a terrorist and said the shootout inside Parliament’s Centre Block was an attack on all Canadians.

“Attacks on our security personnel and on our institutions of governments are, by their very nature, attacks on our country,” Harpers said. “Let there be no misunderstanding; we will not be intimidated.”

Harper said the tragic incident will strengthen Canada’s resolve to track down would-be terrorists at home and to help our international allies rout terrorists in Iraq.

“This week’s events are a grim reminder that Canada is not immune to the types of terrorist attacks we have seen elsewhere around the world,” he said.

“I have every confidence that Canadians will pull together with the kind of firm solidarity that has seen our country through many challenges.”

Police continued combing a locked-down national capital for other potential threats on Wednesday.

“This is an ongoing police operation and there is no one in custody at this time,” Ottawa’s police chief said.

The Ottawa Hospital said that three patients, not including Cirillo, were admitted and discharged later in the day.

In Toronto, police are working to increase security at high-profile areas, including malls, the TTC and Queen’s Park.

MPPs appear to be conducting legislative business as usual.

“There were some suggestions that perhaps we should suspend question period,” Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said during the session.

“Our belief is that people who are using violence to undermine democracy want us to be silenced, and we refuse to be silenced.”

For more details on Toronto’s increased safety measures click here.

In Ottawa, heavily armed tactical officers could be seen searching rooftops in the immediate parliamentary precinct.

Police would only say they are investigating “several shooting incidents in downtown Ottawa.”

Initial reports of incidents at Rideau Centre and a pursuit on a highway were false, Ottawa’s police chief said.

For the latest updates from our reporters in Ottawa follow our live blog.

Parliament Hill reporter Cormac MacSweeney was on the phone with his editor, talking about possible assignments, when the shooting started at Parliament Hill shortly before 10 a.m. He then turned on his recorder, and below is the audio:

He heard screaming and running from the front doors of Parliament followed by gunshots.

A witness told MacSweeney he saw a man wearing body armour walk through the front doors of Parliament Hill with what appeared to be a long gun. He was able to fire a few shots before security guards returned fire.

“There were at least six shots fired. The guy seems to be about middle age, he was wearing a hat, a shotgun or a rifle, I am not sure. We just ran when the firing started and ran down the stairs to the lower level, and we’ve taken shelter in one of the offices of the centre block on Parliament Hill,” the witness, named Frank, said.

MPs are crediting Kevin Vickers, 58, sergeant-at-arms of the House of Commons for saving lives. Vickers reportedly shot the gunman dead as he was moving through the halls of Parliament towards the caucus.

Police herded bystanders off the street into a major office building and warned people to stay away from the windows.

Military bases across the country are reportedly now being closed to the public.

The Prime Minister's Office released a statement ahead of Harper's address.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who were attacked," read the statement.

"The police continue to do their important work and we are still gathering the facts."

Cabinet minister Tony Clement tweeted that at least 30 shots were heard inside the building, where Conservative and Liberal MPs were holding their weekly caucus meetings.

Most of those MPs remain locked down in their caucus rooms.

The NDP caucus was evacuated along with the Liberal Senate caucus.

A witness reported that a man drove up in a black vehicle, got out carrying a rifle and ran into the Centre Block — the seat of the House of Commons under the Peace Tower.

The vehicle, with no rear licence plate, parked directly in front of the Langevin Block.

Witnesses report seeing a man dressed in black with a scarf wrapped around his face, carrying a double-barreled shotgun.

Follow live coverage by reporters of CityNews, 680News and Maclean's magazine.

Drew Barrymore shares her secret to positivity

Dominique Lamberton | posted Wednesday, Oct 22nd, 2014

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There’s such a fixation in Hollywood on looking young forever. What are your views on aging?

You’ve just gotta let it happen, and not fight it. I feel bad for people who are struggling with it because there’s just no winning that battle. I think laugh lines are the sexiest thing on the planet — and freckles and gap teeth and wrinkles. Heavy coverage, foundation, Botox — it’s like putting layers on top of this amazing experience, which is so much prettier to me.

You’ve been in the spotlight your whole life. Do you ever get tired of always having to be “on”?

I’ve had a very bizarre life in that way. I feel like Norm from Cheers — everyone recognizes me wherever I go. The only time it sucks is when you’re having a fight with someone, or you’re having a stressed-out moment, or your kids are acting out and you’re going, “Oh my God, everybody’s staring at me, this is awful.” I feel a little raw sometimes, but it’s all worth it.

When are you happiest?

When everything is in balance in my life. If it’s a good morning and I’ve gotten to really spend time with the kids [daughters Olive, 2, and Frankie, 6 months] so they’re happy, and my husband is feeling good, and I’m balancing it all in my house — that’s when I don’t have that worried frown on my face.

I heard you’re learning to cook. What are your go-to dishes?

Pastas and soups. One-pot, one-bowl things. I’ve learned to bake some really great fish dishes — I don’t know how to use a grill, though. But who the hell is grilling at night? It’s nine at night, I’m exhausted, the kids finally went to bed — there’s no grilling tonight. Throw it in a glass dish with some simple seasoning and dinner’s ready. Or better yet, this takeout menu looks amazing, and it will be here in 30 minutes.

What’s your favourite way to stay fit?

A good yoga class will give you a frickin’ glow like nothing else in the world — you need a quarter of the makeup after one. I’m not Miss Exercise Queen; I’m an eat-what-you-want-and-enjoy-life kind of girl, but there’s something to sweating and stretching a little bit.

When you have only 30 seconds to put your face on, what do you prioritize?

That’s me every day! For me, concealer is everything. I feel like I could find berries on a bush to give me some colour, and I could light a wine cork on fire, turn it into charcoal and create a smoky eye, but concealer I cannot find out in the world or nature. Getting that coverage, and a nicer, cleaner canvas, always puts me in a less self-conscious mood. I can do it all with concealer and lipstick.

What prompted you to create your makeup line, Flower?

I’m a girl who dances in my closet — it’s mostly sweatpants in my life, but I think we all need to remember that we’re women and do it up every once in a while. We all want this wonderful glamour, but it should be an attainable glamour. It’s not fantasy scenarios, it’s you. It’s just the best version of you, the happiest version of you, the most empowered version of you — and makeup can do that. It makes us feel good about ourselves.

You’ve been criticized for saying women can’t have it all. What’s your take on work-life balance?

I appreciate why people get so mad when I say that, but I think it’s actually that you can’t do it all. You can have it all, but you can’t do it all. I constantly feel torn up inside. Every time I feel like I’m doing something well at work, it’s time away from my kids. And all the time I spend with my kids — and I’m really giving them most of my time now — I feel like my work is suffering. I’ve definitely had to stop doing certain things in my career. If I did everything, I wouldn’t be with my family enough. You start to prioritize and eliminate. It feels like you’re making sacrifices, and it’s hard, but ultimately being with the people you love has to be the highest priority because it’s going to be the most fulfilling.

You have so many things on the go — from the makeup line to your production company — how do you keep up with it all?

I’m an overachiever in every area, and I expect so much from myself. Most important are my kids, but then I demand so much of myself from my work. I have an ethic where I don’t think that things just come out of hoping or expecting, especially expecting.

You always come across as such a positive, upbeat person. What’s your secret?

It’s other people. I can’t believe how much power there is in people’s exchanges. Everyone is so fast-paced and curt and they’ve got to get to their stuff, but when you just stop and you’re courteous and friendly and your energy shifts from one person to another, you walk away going, “Okay, great! Thank you! Da da da!” Those are my highs throughout the day — positive exchanges with other human beings.

Have you travelled much in Canada?

Yes! I love Toronto; what a constantly evolving place. And Montreal is such a chic, amazing city. I’ve worked in Saskatchewan. I’ve spent a lot of time in Vancouver. I’ve always wanted to be dropped off in Banff and left to my own devices. I really want to go to Nova Scotia. You guys have the best nature; I would love to go explore it all.

See Drew’s favourite Flower products.

Photo, Sara Jaye Weiss.

Help your kids be street-smart this Halloween

Donna Sevilla | posted Tuesday, Oct 21st, 2014

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“Trick or treat, smell my feet! Give me something good to eat!”

I remember what it was like to be able to go trick-or-treating. Every year at my school, police would come to help remind us about the importance of safety on the streets. It’s the one time of the year where kids filled the streets and rang doorbells for sweet or sour treats, with the occasional trick.

Safety is just important today, and if you’re a parent sending your little ones out trick-or-treating, there are a number of issues you should keep in mind.

Dressing safely

Make sure your child’s costume is visible to motorists. One of the many ways is by adhering reflective tape to the costume, or ensuring they’re wearing bright colours (not head-to-toe black). The Rogers Pumpkin Patrol (now in its 30th year) recommends using face make-up — preferably bright make-up — or cutting larger holes for the eyes on a mask so your child can see clearly in all directions. If your child does wear a mask, make sure to tell them to push it up on their head while walking and especially when crossing the street.

Front-door safety

It’s all about the treats and it’s understandable that the kids want what that person at the door has to offer. But make sure your youngster knows to only visit well-lit homes that are clearly open for trick-or-treating business, and to never go inside. Also: it’s essential that kids travel in groups. Ensure your kids plan a route that keeps them close to home, with a designated time for them to return home. Parents should always accompany younger children.

Hitting the streets

The Rogers Pumpkin Patrol will be out in force once again to help keep all trick-or-treaters safe on October 31st. Employee volunteers will be riding around in red Rogers vans and will be available in case your children need assistance.

A special reminder to all motorists to be on the lookout this Halloween. The children might have their noses in their bags in excitement and might not be paying attention to the roads. Keep your eyes out for pint-sized ghouls and goblins, stick to the speed limit, and slow down at intersections to make sure that children crossing can do so safely.

Have a safe and spook-tastic Halloween!

For more Halloween content, check out Cityline.ca’s feature section here.

NHL hockey dads: Parenting lessons from the ice

Haley Overland | posted Thursday, Oct 9th, 2014

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Wayne Gretzky

“I always tell my kids, ‘You know what? The biggest thing you can have in life is passion,’” he has said. “If you have a passion for going to school and becoming a doctor or if you have a passion for being a good hockey player, or a good baseball player. What happens with passion is that you take that extra step, you put in that extra work, you put in the extra time because you have a dedication and a love for it. People come up to me and say, ‘Could you tell my son how many hours you used to practise?’ I say, ‘No, I can’t tell them because I didn’t think I was practising.’”

Read on for more great parenting quotes from hockey greats>>>>>

Rogers’ GamePlus puts hockey fans on ice during NHL games

BT Toronto | posted Tuesday, Oct 7th, 2014

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Imagine having the capability to replay key moments of NHL games at your fingertips, or being able to get exclusive camera angles of a game.

Rogers Communications Inc. announced Monday the launch of GamePlus, part of Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE, which will let mobile users watch a hockey game in a revolutionary way.

GamePlus features various camera feeds and multiple-angle replays, allowing fans to feel like they are on the ice, in the centre of the action. It will also include exclusive video of interviews, analysis, and original video-on-demand content.

The mobile service’s “second-screen hockey experience” provides users to watch the game live on television while they engage the unique camera angles and other features on their mobile devices.

“GamePlus is a game changer. It combines the latest in broadcast technology together with mobile app technology and we’ve invested more than $10 million to create this outstanding experience,” Keith Pelley, president of Rogers Media said in a release.

Fans will have access to different camera angles that they can use in various ways at games. They include:

  • Follow the puck from one end to another at six metres per second via a Sky Cam, which sits at the 200 level in the Air Canada Centre
  • Referee’s helmet features a Ref Cam that lets fans see the face-offs, breakaways and goals
  • Goal Line Cam gives a overhead view of the ice, right above the offensive rush
  • Get an inside view of the players’ benches, and catch the action from inside the blue line, which is what separates one team’s defensive end from the another
  • Follow any player during the game via a Star Cam

NHL Hall of Famer Mark Messier, who is Rogers’ NHL Ambassador, said the “view from the ref’s helmet makes me feel like I’m back on the ice.”

“The new camera angles really bring you inside the game, and give you a feel for the speed and intensity the players experience. Each camera gives the fan a different and unique perspective,” he said in the release.

One of the star features of GamePlus, with its multiple camera angle capability, allows fans to act like a referee and decipher tough calls, and also get different views of goals, power plays, and penalty kills.

“It puts customers in control and gives them access to angles they’ve never had before on any screen. Fans who disagree with a ref’s call can now see the game exactly as the ref sees it. They can also watch multiple replay angles of the main plays in the game,” Pelley said.

Pelley said a crew tested Game Plus last week. They were able to “create up to eight camera replay angles of major plays and have them available on mobiles and tablets in less than three minutes after the action happened.”

The service will be available on select NHL games each week, as well as the Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL All Star Game, and the 2015 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic.

Customers who subscribe to Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE will be able to access GamePlus on their mobile devices and tablets. Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE is already available for download on Google Play and the App Store.

The beta version will launch on Oct. 8, in time for the NHL season opener and the puck drop between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.

Rogers GameCentre LIVE

Rogers GameCentre LIVE will live-stream more than 1,000 NHL games throughout the 2014-2015 hockey season, live including all playoff games. It can be accessed through a new mobile app as well as NHL.com, and is also available on desktops, smartphones and tablets.

Rogers wireless data and Hi-Speed Internet customers will get a free subscription until Dec. 31, 2014. For non-Rogers customers, NHL GameCentre LIVE will cost $199.99 for the full season. A French-only package that includes les Canadiens (60 games) and les Sénateurs (54 games) regional games for $59.99 will also be available.

Click here for more information on Rogers GameCentre LIVE

Rogers is the parent company of this station and website.

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