Security guards monitoring northwest Calgary home after fire

Security guards are monitoring a home in the northwest Calgary neighbourhood of Rosedale after a serious fire early Sunday morning.

According to footage sent to Global News, the fire happened at 1 a.m. in the 1600 block of 6th Street N.W. near 16 Avenue. The fire damaged parts of the home and the garage, along with a gazebo and a number of other items in the backyard.

Friends of the homeowner told Global News that nobody was inside the house at the time of the fire.

Calgary Fire Department crews are still investigating the extent of the damage and the cause of the fire.

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Jewish Heritage Month shines spotlight on Winnipeg's music scene influence

Jewish people have had a major influence on the Winnipeg music scene, from big bands to rock and roll, and historians gathered at Temple Shaloam to take a look back for Jewish Heritage Month.

Stan Carbone of the Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada says these figures shaped a century of local music.

“Today we are dedicating the program to the contributions Jews have made to the music industry in Winnipeg most specifically jazz, rock, and folk music,” Carbone said.

“This is one of the areas in which Jews were given the opportunity to join the mainstream of Canadian society because there were a lot of professions and activities that were closed to them.”

And many of the names are familiar to these historians who actually knew some of them personally, however many go by different names now.

“Musicians in a lot of cases had to change their names in order to get work in non-Jewish bands,” says Owen Clark, music historian.

Clark says he thinks it’s good for young musicians to know what the Jewish artists did and how they laid the groundwork.

“I think it’s important to know what went on in our city, especially for young musicians who are trying to make a living at doing this in this age of technology,” Clark said.

There was plenty of work to be had at the jazz clubs and dance halls including the legendary Club Morocco which stood on Portage Avenue until it was destroyed by fire last year.

And while that part of history is now lost, its influence is still felt by Winnipeg musicians today.

“I worked with so many of the Jewish musicians and so many of them were mentors to me and as you grow you mentor others, so it’s a long-term thing. Historical knowledge and musical knowledge is constantly passed down to the next generation,” said Clark.

And with stats suggesting hate crimes and antisemitism are on the rise, Carbone says it’s more important than ever to ensure this history is preserved and shared.

“Education is really the best way — the most important vehicle when it comes to combating antisemitism. To make people realize that this community has been here from day one.”

with files from Global’s Katherine Dornian

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Rollover claims life of passenger in Sandy Hook, Gimli RCMP investigating

RCMP in Gimli, Man., say they are investigating after a tragic rollover collision claimed the life of a passenger.

On Sunday, at 6 a.m. RCMP responded to a single-vehicle rollover on Highway 9, at the intersection of 9th Avenue, in the community of Sandy Hook.

Police say officers saw the vehicle on the scene with two occupants, both women from Winnipeg who had been travelling southbound when it left the roadway, entered the ditch and rolled.

The 20-year-old driver received minor injuries while the 23-year-old passenger was ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead on the scene.

RCMP continues to investigate the incident.


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Family refuses to let Edmonton homicide victim become another statistic

Family and friends of Edmonton homicide victim Lauren Jarvis hosted a Justice for Lauren walk on Sunday in an effort to share her story.

“She was a sassy, kind person. She really had a strong, big personality that really brightened any room,” said Megan Jarvis, Lauren’s sister.

The 27-year-old was found dead in her Westmount home on April 2. Police said she died of asphyxia. Jarvis’s downstairs neighbour, 32-year-old Ryan Farrell, has since been charged with second-degree murder for her death. Both rented suites in the house and they did not know each other, according to police.

The family said Jarvis’s death shouldn’t define her, no matter how devastating it was.

“We don’t want her to be just a statistic. There’s a lot of crime that’s happened in this city and a lot of homicides unfortunately that aren’t going to be noticed,” said Jarvis’s best friend Casandra Wildermuth. “This one is going to be noticed.”

“It’s really sad. It was the most awful way to go, so we want her name to be more than just a name on the news,” said Megan.

“It devastates a small community,” said Darlene Sim, board member of the Victims of Homicide Support Society of Edmonton. “It’s not just the immediate family — it’s people’s coworkers, it’s all of their friends. It probably impacts 50 or more people every time we lose one person.”

The walk is raising funds for the support society, an organization helping people like Jarvis’s loved ones navigate the grief that comes with a homicide. Counselors, police and other families gather at the regular meetings to offer support.

“Sometimes you just need somebody there to talk to that’s not a family member, because everyone that’s a family member is grieving differently,” said Sims.

— With files from Mason DePatie, Global News

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'Precious' musical instruments removed from Montreal heritage building after fire

WATCH - May 26: Fire still burning in Montreal heritage building 24 hours after it started

A pair of valuable musical instruments have been removed from a Montreal heritage building that caught fire last week, raising hopes that they can be saved to play again.

Simon Blanchet, programming director at the Chapelle du Bon-Pasteur, said Sunday a Fazioli concert grand piano and a 1772 Kirckman harpsichord were both removed from the concert venue inside the chapel of the 19th century former monastery a day earlier.

Firefighters respond to a five-alarm fire at the former Monastere du Bon Pasteur, a 19th century heritage building on Friday May 26, 2023 in Montreal.

Firefighters respond to a five-alarm fire at the former Monastere du Bon Pasteur, a 19th century heritage building on Friday May 26, 2023 in Montreal.

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Blanchet said he became emotional when piano technician Oliver Esmonde White played a few chords on the Fazioli just before it was moved, as the piano notes blended with the sound of the water running down from the ceiling and puddling on the floor.

“At least it sounded, it played,” he said in a phone interview. “So that’s positive. There’s still hope.”

He said both instruments — especially the piano — sustained some moisture damage and will have to dry out before they can be fully assessed.

But he said both were protected by covers and he’s hopeful technicians will be able to restore them.

The Kirckman was also moved to a workshop, where harpsichord specialist Benoit Beaupre is optimistic that it can be returned to its full glory.

While there is moisture in the instrument, Beaupre said he doesn’t believe any water penetrated the interior, which could have caused it to warp or rot.

He said there are some spots on the varnish and the decorative marquetry, and the glue holding the instrument together may have weakened. However, he believes most of the damage is cosmetic and the instrument should be “completely fixable,” he said Sunday in a phone interview.

“Everything seems to be holding OK, so it’s very good news and hopefully in two weeks maybe we can begin the repair,” said Beaupre, who has a workshop he runs alongside his father, Yves.

In addition to being one of the oldest harpsichords in Canada, the 250-year-old instrument has some special features that were added at the time of construction which give it a unique sound, he said.

“It’s a very special instrument,” he said. “We don’t have two like it in Quebec or in Canada.”

Blanchet said the instruments’ survival is a small bright light in a devastating week that has seen Montreal musicians lose one of their most important concert venues.

He said the concert hall in the former chapel offered mostly free concerts, often showcasing emerging musicians that would go on to successful careers.

The scene on Saturday was “apocalyptic,” he said.

“Water was running everywhere, from the ceilings, and everything is destroyed, the stage was like a lake.”

The blaze broke out Thursday at the 19th century building, which also includes a residence for seniors, a housing cooperative and a daycare centre in addition to the concert hall.

The blaze that broke out on Thursday quickly became a five-alarm fire requiring the intervention of 150 firefighters who battled the flames for 42 hours.

Both the cause of the fire and an estimate of damages remained unknown, Montreal’s fire department said Saturday.

While it’s fortunate that nobody was hurt, Blanchet said members of the artistic community are “in mourning” for the concert space and looking for other places to carry out their programming.

© 2023 The Canadian Press

Calgary couple breaks world record by running a marathon handcuffed

A Calgary couple had an extreme bonding experience during the Servus Calgary marathon on Sunday. They celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary by breaking a world record for running a marathon handcuffed. Carolyn Kury de Castillo has more.

Rich and Megan MacDonald are celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary and they are still inseparable.  It helps that they’re handcuffed.

The couple ran the 2023 Servus Calgary Marathon on Sunday morning bound together by a chain on their wrists.

“It was amazing,” Rich said after the race. “Megan did great. At about 36 kilometres she said ‘for a 10 year anniversary you got me diamond earrings and for our 20 year anniversary you made me do this.'”

The Calgary couple broke a Guinness World Record for the fastest marathon by a mixed couple handcuffed together. The MacDonalds’ finished the 42.2 km event in 3:18:38, 25 minutes faster than the previous world record.

The couple already has five GWRs between them.

Their efforts raised more than $8,000 for MitoCananda, a charity that helps support and protect Canadians living with or at risk of developing mitochondrial disease.

“It was pretty special to do it with Rich,” Megan said.

“It’s a pretty neat way to celebrate and seal our bond a little bit more. It was tough out there. I felt like I was pushing pretty hard but Rich was a good cheerleader.”

The couple said one of the biggest challenges is keeping the rhythm for that long a period of time.

“They are both exceptionally fit people. It can’t be understated how big of an accomplishment that is,” said Jon Bird, interim executive director for Run Calgary.

Fortunately, Calgary runners did not have to suffer through terrible air quality as a result of the wildfires.

Last week, the full marathon in Red Deer was canceled and runners were moved to the half marathon.

“We were deeply concerned that we would be faced with 7+ (air quality) and have to reduce and modify or cancel,” Bird said.

Some people moved their training indoors and some marathoners scaled back to compete in the 10k instead.

“We saw a reduction in our numbers. I would say about 500 or 600 runners less than we were projecting. We still have a really strong year – stronger than pre-pandemic … We’re excited about that,” Bird said.

The women’s marathon was won by Maria Zambrano in 2:48:02. Lance Risseeuw won the men’s event in 2:36:04.  Both winners are from Calgary.

A total of 9,259 runners, wheelers and walkers participated in the Servus Calgary Marathon on Sunday.

The event raised more than $475,000 for charity. Over 1,000 volunteers were involved.

To top it off, 22,000 Rum and Butter chocolate bars were handed out this year.

That was part of the 130,000 excess bars Canadian Candy Nostalgia gave away in Alberta after pandemic delays left the local company with a surplus.

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Favourite Family Recipe: Christelle’s Pork Vindaloo

WATCH: Favourite Family Recipe finalist Christelle Vaz shows Joe Fortes executive chef Wayne Sych how to make the traditional Goan dish and explains why it's not too spicy despite the number of chili peppers in the recipe.

Favourite Family Recipe finalist Christelle Vaz shows Joe Fortes executive chef Wayne Sych how to make the traditional Goan dish and explains why it’s not too spicy despite the number of chili peppers in the recipe.

Pork Vindaloo Main Ingredient: 

  • 1 Kg Pork chops
  • 2 Big Onions
  • Salt as per taste

Pork Vindaloo paste/masala Ingredients: 

  • 15 Kashmiri chilies (red and dried), deseeded
  • 4 – 6 Garlic flakes,
  • 1″  piece of ginger
  • 2 Teaspoons of cumin seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons of turmeric powder
  • 1″ piece of cinnamon
  • 3 – 6 peppercorns
  • 3 – 6 cloves
  • A tablespoon of sugar
  • Vinegar preferably malt if you don’t have goan (palm or cashew vinegar)


In a mixing bowl add your fine chops of pork along with some salt this should help dry the pieces.

Grind the chilies with the rest of the dry spices along with some vinegar not too much into it and a little bit of water too.

Once you have your paste/masala ready you can add it to the pork chops and mix it up well.

Make sure all the pieces of meat are evenly mixed with the paste/masala.

Add a little vinegar to the meat, mix it up, and leave it to marinate overnight in the fridge.

When ready to cook, chop and blend large onions and then add to the pork. Add the blended onions, here it gets its specific colour because we used the same blender that was used for the vindaloo paste/masala.

Heat a large cooking pot with cooking oil and add the paste, gradually adding the marinated pork chops. Refrain from adding water at this time.

Now add a few peppercorns, a little cinnamon, and a few cloves to the dish when frying the meat and you can render the fat as well at this time.

After a little while of frying, gradually add some water and let it cook on a slow flame.  Add a tablespoon of sugar to balance the flavours.

Let the vindaloo simmer on a low flame as the meat soaks in the masala and it gets cooked. Alternatively, you can braise it in the oven for around two hours.

Serve with steamed rice and roasted potatoes.

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Firefighters battle blaze in Winnipeg house on Pritchard Ave

Five residents have been displaced following a fire at a two-storey home in the 600 block of Pritchard Avenue in Winnipeg on Saturday evening.

At 7:15 p.m. firefighters went to the home and saw smoke and flames. They attacked the fire from the inside and it was declared under control by 8:10 p.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of the fire but a cat and dog were found dead and the City of Winnipeg Animal Services went to the scene to assist.

Additionally, the city’s Emergency Social Services team came to the home to help the five residents find temporary accommodations.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation and no damage estimates are available.

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Alberta election boils down to Calgary voter turnout: Ipsos

A new Ipsos poll done for Global News shows little change in party rankings and the results are in the hands of voters as the province gets ready for Monday’s election.

The poll surveyed 1,300 Albertans, 51 per cent of whom favoured the United Conservative’s Danielle Smith over the NDP’s Rachel Notley (46 per cent).

According to the poll, the race is tied in Calgary with both parties sitting at 49 per cent, and the NDP leading in Edmonton with 57 per cent versus 40 per cent for the UCP. The UCP “dominates” the rest of the province with a staggering 34-point lead (65 percent versus 31 per cent for the NDP).

“The campaign ends pretty much where it began with the UCP having a slight lead over the NDP in terms of voter preference,” said Kyle Braid, Senior Vice President of Ipsos public affairs. “The race is really up for grabs in the Calgary CMA where the parties are tied.

“It’s advantage UCP, it’s their election there to win, but there are still uncertainties based on these numbers.”

Braid added that it really comes down to voter turnout. The NDP tends to attract a younger voter demographic, while the UCP sees a larger turnout from older generations, he said.

The poll shows a 17-point margin among older voters with the UCP leading with 57 per cent, while the NDP has a 9-point lead amongst younger voters 18 to 34-years-old. The parties are essentially tied 50 percent (UCP) to 47 per cent (NDP) amongst Albertans aged 35-54 years.

Braid said it wasn’t surprising that the results were similar to those at the beginning of the election.

“The campaign really got officially underway long before the writ was dropped earlier this month. The parties have been staking out their positions, there haven’t been a whole lot of new promises made during this campaign that weren’t made before.

“Let’s face it: These are two leaders that Albertans have known well, and they’ve known more many years. It was unlikely that people’s impressions were going to change much of these two leaders,” Braid said.

“It really does come down to who wins in Calgary, and at this point,” he said. “It’s voters that determine the outcome — they actually need to turn up to vote in order to have their party win.”

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Saturday night stabbing leaves man dead, Vancouver homicide unit investigating

WATCH: One man has died after a reported stabbing in the West End, Saturday night.

One man has died after a reported stabbing in the Vancouver West End neighbourhood.

Vancouver police officers responded to the stabbing around 10 p.m. Saturday near Davie and Bute streets.

The man was taken to hospital where he later died. Police have not identified the victim.

Pictures from the scene show an area sectioned off by yellow police tape.

An investigation is ongoing looking into the killing of a man in downtown Vancouver.

An investigation is ongoing looking into the killing of a man in downtown Vancouver.

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A number of evidence cones are scene scattered around the scene.

“No arrests have been made and the investigation remains ongoing,” said Const. Tania Visintin.

Anyone with information is asked to call VPD’s homicide unit at 604-717-2500.

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