Town officials in Swan River have declared a state of emergency in the town north of Winnipeg, due to an ice jam that is stretching more than a kilometre long.

Mayor Glen McKenzie said the state of emergency was called around 8:30 p.m. Saturday, as ice made its way on to properties in low laying areas in the town.

“There’s about 12 to 15 homes that are directly affected by this flood,” McKenzie said.

Fire crews and volunteers have been working through the night sandbagging, and breaking up ice on the Red River. McKenzie said he has never seen an ice buildup like this in Swan River.

“I’ve been around a number of years, we’ve had issues with flooding before,’ McKenzie said. “This is the first time we’ve been affected by ice in my time.”

Officials said they will be checking throughout the day, to see if water levels have dropped.

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Heavy equipment is also being used to break up ice. McKenzie said water levels have been inconsistent in the past twelve hours, and there are no sings that levels will drop anytime soon.

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“They go up a little bit, then come back down.”

Town officials will be holding a meeting Sunday to evaluate the current situation, and find relievers for people who have been sandbagging throughout the night.

“People have been on the go for a number of hours, and they’re starting to tire out,” McKenzie said.

In the meantime officials are advising anyone in the area to stay away from the river.

Data headed to the Urban Planning Committee shows traffic-calming measures in Edmonton’s Prince Charles neighbourhood have been effective in reducing vehicle traffic and city staff are recommending some changes be permanent.

High vehicle traffic, high speeds and concerns for pedestrian safety brought changes to the neighbourhood in July 2015. Curb extensions were installed on 124 Street at 119 Avenue and 120 Avenue as well as at 122 Street and 119 Avenue.

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“We have kids that try to access, from the east, to the park… that would literally have their lives at risk every time they cross the street,” said Ron Jacob, the president of the Prince Charles Community League.

“[124 Street] was a major street and it’s not a major street. This is a residential street so, yeah, there was a lot of anger.”

Traffic barriers were also installed at 124 Street north of 123 Avenue to remove access between the neighbourhood and Yellowhead Trail. The trial measures were to be observed and then assessed for at least one year.

Since the traffic calming measures have been installed, vehicle traffic has fallen dramatically:

At 118 Avenue and 124 Street: from 6,800-7,600 vehicles a day pre-trial to 3,900 vehicles a day post-trialNear Prince Charles Park: from 6,500-6,800 vehicles a day pre-trial to 2,100 vehicles a day post-trialSouth of 123 Avenue: from 6,700 vehicles a day pre-trial to 900 a day

Jacob said the changes have been “incredible.”

“The street is now almost quiet. It’s refreshing. The two sides of the community have fused together now,” he said.

Andy Nadema has lived in the neighbourhood since 2001 and has three young children. He said the changes have been “the best thing the city ever did.”

“Since they closed it, it’s been very quiet. It’s been a nice change,” he said.

“The kids, I let them venture off a lot more, still in eyesight, but at least you don’t have to worry about a car racing by.”

Traffic speeds along 124 Street just north of 120 Avenue have also fallen, going from 63 km/h to 52 km/h.

Many residents support the measures but some also say more needs to be done to mitigate shortcutting through the neighbourhood.

“They need to put stop signs down [124 Street] so people stop using it,” said Ryan Shire, who has lived in Prince Charles for two years.

Jacob said there is talk of raised intersections to curb the speed of motorists travelling through the neighbourhood.

“There’s still folks who are using 124 Street and then the avenues, like 120, 121 or 122 to go to 127 Street on the west side or vice versa,” he said.

Support for the barriers south of the Yellowhead Trail received mixed reviews – while 85 per cent of residents surveyed were comfortable with the measure, 58 per cent of respondents in the business community did not approve.

READ MORE: Edmonton communities split over traffic calming measures 

City staff are recommending 124 Street and 123 Avenue be permanently closed and for curb extensions at 124 Street and 119 Avenue and 120 Avenue to be permanently constructed. They are also recommending the installation of a traffic light at 122 Street and 118 Avenue along with extension of the southbound left turn lane on 124 Street and 118 Avenue.

Administration is also recommending temporary measures at 122 Street and 119 Avenue be removed.

A map showing recommendations from city administration.

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The issue heads to the Urban Planning Committee on Wednesday.

Bombardier continued to face criticism Sunday for a dramatic increase in compensation to its senior executives last year and a public relations expert said the company’s efforts at damage control so far won’t be enough to make the issue go away.

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If the aerospace company hopes to quell the negative publicity it has received, it should follow up on the announcement that board chairman Pierre Beaudoin would scale his compensation back to 2015 levels, said Marjorie Wallens of MJW Communications.

“Beaudoin’s pay cut is a step in the right direction, but the rest of the top executives should follow his lead,” she said.

READ MORE: Bombardier CEO asks directors to hike back his pay amid a public outcry

Public outrage has mounted since it was revealed last week that Bombardier provided a nearly 50 per cent increase in compensation to Beaudoin and five executives in 2016 compared to the previous year while it received hundreds of millions of dollars in government subsidies and laid off thousands of employees worldwide.

In 2016, Bombardier(TSX:BBD.B) received a US$1 billion investment from the Quebec government in exchange for a 49.5 per cent stake, and in February, the federal government pledged $372.5 million in repayable loans to the company – a far cry from the US$1 billion it had been asking Ottawa for since 2015.

Compensation for Beaudoin and the Montreal-based manufacturer’s top five executives was US$32.6 million in 2016, up from US$21.9 million the year before.

WATCH: Trudeau defends Bombardier bailout after execs take home millions in raises

The head of Bombardier’s human resources and compensation committee issued an open letter Saturday explaining the company’s compensation policies and called it “inappropriate” to compare the 2016 compensation to that of the previous year because some of the executives did not start at the beginning of 2015.

Bombardier’s public relations and human resources teams were in a no-win situation in defending the salary increases, Wallens said in an interview Sunday.

“They’re asked to defend something, which from the public’s point of view, is indefensible,” she said. “The only thing they can say is that they want to stay competitive internationally.”

Bombardier’s damage control efforts over the weekend appeared to do little to calm the waters.

A crowd of about 200 people descended on the company’s Montreal headquarters on Sunday, chanting in French “shame to Bombardier!”

WATCH: Demonstrators protest outside Bombardier HQ over CEO bonuses

Jessica Lacombe, a teacher, carried a sign that read “I’m still waiting for my invitation to Bombardier’s shareholders’ meeting.”

She said the company’s actions are especially hard to take after years of government austerity that have included cutbacks to health and education.

“If it’s private money they can do what they want, but now it’s public money,” she said. “It’s our taxes, it’s our money.”

WATCH: Signing off on subsidies like Bombardier is not in line with my values: Bernier

Bombardier has refused to say if the other executives would follow Beaudoin’s lead but the opposition Parti Quebecois is poised to try to force the company’s hand.

The PQ says it intends to present a motion in Quebec’s legislature this week calling on all of Bombardier’s executives to renounce their 2016 compensation increase.

Toronto Mayor John Tory is calling on the federal and provincial governments to help fund the downtown Relief Line for a subway system transit officials say will be “saturated and overwhelmed” by 2031.

“It’s a project that still is 11 or 12 years away, so that means that the more we can be definitive about having the financing in place so that we know for sure it’s proceeding, with three partners on board, the faster we can get it up and running,” Tory told reporters during a press conference at the Yonge-Bloor subway station Monday morning.

With the provincial budget expected to come down in the coming weeks, Tory said he is waiting on funding news as the city cannot move forward with any new transit expansion projects without the help of the Ontario government.

WATCH: Mayor John Tory says future of Toronto transit in the hands of the province. Marianne Dimain reports.

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“Projects which are not funded don’t go anywhere,” Tory said. “If this project can be funded by the other two orders of the government, I think it will put an onus on us to proceed ahead to determine how our share is going to be determined.”

Tory said Toronto was dealt a huge blow earlier this year after the provincial government nixed the city’s plan to implement road tolls on the municipally operated Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway as a way to pay for hundreds of millions in new transit costs.

“The road tolls decision was a huge setback for us because it would have put the funding in place that would have allowed us to say that our share is guaranteed,” Tory said.

READ MORE: Ontario announces $150M for planning, design of proposed subway Downtown Relief Line

Tory also lashed out at the possibility that the Yonge subway expansion north to York Region may be on the province’s transit priorities ahead of Toronto’s relief line.

“As much as I understand why that is desirable for people in York Region, but it would be irresponsible for me and my colleagues on city council to agree to expand that subway north before we had certainty with respect to the relief line because the subway is already stressed out,” Tory explained.

Toronto Transit Commission CEO Andy Byford said the Yonge-Bloor exchange station will be unable to deal with the projected growth in ridership by 2031 if a relief line is not in place by then.

READ MORE: Toronto mayor fumes at being treated like ‘little boy’ after Ontario nixes road tolls plan

“So although we’re taking additional measures up until that point to keep the service moving and that’s with these rocket trains and automatic train control which will be end-to-end on Line One by the end of 2019,” Byford said. “If by 2031 the relief line has not been constructed and it’s not opened than this station will not be able to cope.”

Tory said city officials cannot be satisfied and rest on their laurels with regards to current projects such as the Toronto-York Spadina Subway Extension in Vaughan, which is expected to open by the end of the year, and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT.

“We must be building and planning and designing continuously and the relief line has been on the priority list for a long time,” he said.

“It is on the council approved priority list submitted to the federal government together with the Scarborough East LRT, the Waterfront LRT and SmartTrack and those are projects that must move forward.”

Westmount Mayor Peter Trent has announced he will be stepping down from public office.

“It’s time for the next generation to take over the mayoralty,” he said in a statement released Monday.

The political veteran first took public office as a city councillor in 1983, before being elected as Westmount mayor in 1991.

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    In 2001, he left politics over the forced merger with the City of Montreal on Jan. 1, 2002.

    “If it weren’t for Peter Trent, all 14 independent cities on the island of Montreal — including Westmount — would still be part of the City of Montreal,” explained city councillor Victor M. Drury.

    The merger was part of an ongoing re-organization of municipalities in Quebec by the Parti Québécois (PQ) from 2000 to 2006.

    Trent later documented the merger in his book, The Merger Delusion, which was named a finalist for the best Canadian political book in 2012.

    He was again named Westmount mayor by acclamation during the Nov. 1, 2009 municipal elections.

    “This is an incredible man who has applied himself in municipal affairs heart and soul for over 25 years,” said Montreal mayor Denis Coderre.

    “It is not only a friend, but a brother, who is stepping down today. I wish him a wonderful retirement from Montreal politics and hope he enjoys a well-deserved rest after so many years of service to Westmount residents.”

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    The 71-year-old was the driving force behind the Westmount Recreation Centre, completed in 2013, which houses what the city claims are the world’s first underground rinks.

    He has served five terms as Westmount mayor, always being elected without opposition.

    “I want to leave while still at the top of my game,” Trent, who is originally from Loughborough, Leicestershire, U.K., said.

    “A run at it in November would mean seeking a sixth term. That’s just too long.”

    Trent said he will step down in the next few weeks to allow Westmount city council to elect an interim mayor until the November election.

Beaconsfield native Ted Ty has a lot to boast about when it comes to his 22-year career as an animator in Hollywood.

After graduating from Concordia University’s communications studies program, Ty went on to study animation at the California Institute of the Arts, a Disney-founded school.

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    Soon after, he landed a job as an animation drawer for Walt Disney Animation Studios, where he worked for 10 years before moving to DreamWorks as a CG (computer generated) animator.

    Over the course of his career, Ty has worked on many familiar animations, including Disney blockbusters The Lion King, Mulan and Kung Fu Panda.

    “It was called King of the Jungle...everyone was thinking it would be less of a hit than Aladdin,” he told Global’s Laura Casella on Global News Morning.

    “Things turned out a little differently.”

    Ty describes the field of animation as “being an actor with a pencil,” but with the changing times, now sees himself more as an actor with a computer.

    Most recently, the veteran animator moved back to Montreal to take a position as animation director at l’Atelier Animation.

    A much smaller production house compared to behemoths Disney and Dreamworks, Ty said he enjoys the synergy that comes from a more tight-knit team.

    “It’s different in the sense that we have a smaller budget,” Ty said.

    “But it’s much better in the sense that it’s very flexible and quick and we can react quickly to story changes or anything artistic. We have a really good team there.”

    L’Atelier Animation’s 3D feature, Ballerina (Leap in the U.S.), is slated to be released in North America later this year.

    The film tells the story of Félicie, a young orphan girl with a passion for dancing.

    With the help of her best friend, Victor, she manages to escape from an orphanage and travel to Paris, where many challenges and intriguing encounters await her.

    It has already earned more than $70 million in box-office sales since its release in Europe on Dec. 14.

By late Monday night, the House of Commons will have five new MPs.

It’s federal byelection day in Canada, with races underway to replace a crop of familiar faces that includes four former cabinet ministers and a former prime minister.

In Toronto, Markham-Thornhill opened up when John McCallum left cabinet earlier this year. The same happened in Montreal’s Saint-Laurent riding when Stephane Dion bowed out of political life. In Ottawa-Vanier, the death of Liberal MP Mauril Belanger triggered the race.

WATCH: The rough road to the Saint-Laurent byelection 

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Finally, there are the two Calgary-area ridings, once held by Jason Kenney, who jumped to provincial politics, and former PM Stephen Harper.

Whoever wins these seats, the House will see a generational shift of sorts, as newcomers replace the old guard in Ottawa.

Controversy

The road to the polling station hasn’t been smooth, especially in the ridings currently held by the Liberals.

READ MORE: Trudeau tours Montreal riding ahead of federal byelection

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came under fire late last month for campaigning in the byelection races. The opposition Tories said it created questions about who is paying for the visits and puts public servants in a tough position.

There were also questions surrounding the Liberals’ refusal to allow a borough mayor to run for the nomination in Saint-Laurent, followed by a stunning upset. Emmanuella Lambropoulos, a 26-year-old high school teacher, bested former Quebec cabinet minister Yolande James for the nomination.

And finally, over the weekend, the National Post reported on potential rule-breaking behaviour by the NDP in Ottawa-Vanier, where a third-party organization was allegedly provided with guidance and research assistance as it worked in support of the local NDP and Green candidates.

Chance of an upset?

Most experts and pollsters agree that there’s little chance one or more ridings will swing to a different party. The Ottawa-Vanier seat has been held by a Liberal MP since it was created in 1935, so an upset there would be unprecedented.

Seeing the Calgary strongholds swing away from the Conservatives is also unlikely, but slight movement up or down for the major parties in each of the ridings — especially McCallum’s coveted GTA riding — could prove interesting.

WATCH: Do Liberals stand a chance in byelections in historically Conservative Calgary?

With the government nearly 18 months into its mandate, results of Monday’s races could provide a midterm report card. If the Liberals lose ground in any of their strongholds, it could indicate trouble ahead for Team Trudeau. But the opposite could be true if the Liberals make a stronger than expected showing in Alberta.

The NDP, meanwhile, have been pushing hard to make gains in Ottawa in particular, telling the Canadian Press they are being realistic.

“We’re not expecting a major upset, but at the same time … there are lots of folks feeling that the government has taken them and their support for granted,” said Robert Fox, national director of the NDP, who said the Liberals’ broken promise on electoral reform is getting some traction.

A recent poll conducted on behalf of Global News for Ipsos Public Affairs revealed that if a federal election were held tomorrow, Justin Trudeau’s party would again form government. That said, the poll also suggested that Trudeau himself has seen a slide in his approval ratings.

READ MORE: Trudeau would win another federal election tomorrow, poll suggests

In addition, extremely low approval ratings for Kathleen Wynne’s Ontario Liberals could rub off on her party’s federal cousins as people head to the polls.

“Something people who watch the political tea leaves will be looking to see, is if there is any impact the provincial numbers may be having on federal ridings,” said Greg MacEachern, a former Liberal strategist who is now at lobby firm Environics Communications.

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An Ontario woman says the federal government is letting down residents with disabilities by forbidding staff at Passport Canada from helping applicants fill out their forms.

Rebecca Blaevoet of Windsor, Ont., says she learned of the policy last month when she went to have her passport renewed.

Blaevoet, who is totally blind, requested that Passport Canada staff write out her form according to the responses she provided, but was informed that doing so would violate official guidelines.

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Staff offered her a braille form, which would only have allowed her to read the application rather than complete it, only to retract the offer upon realizing they did not have any in stock.

In the end Blaevoet says she was asked to handwrite the form as a staff member placed a writing guide – an aid to show her where to write – on each individual line, an option she said wouldn’t have been available to people whose disabilities prevented them from holding a pen or writing in print.

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Passport Canada says the rule barring staff from filling in forms on behalf of others is applied across the country, adding there is no exemption in place for Canadians with disabilities.

Blaevoet, who has filed an official complaint about her experience with Passport Canada, said the policy represents a complete failure to accommodate those with disabilities.

“There is no excuse for such ethical laxity in providing decent services for all Canadians regardless of disability, race, ethnic origin, whatever,” she said in an interview.

“I just think it’s reprehensible that they have such a gap.”

Blaevoet said her experience took place on March 22 when she and her husband went to renew their passports.

READ MORE: Canada’s new passport requirements come into effect this month

Blaevoet, unaware of the existing policy, said she anticipated that having a Passport Canada employee complete the one-page, double-sided form would be the most efficient way of processing her application.

Upon arrival, however, a clerk informed her that he could not fulfil her request, adding doing so was “not his job.”

Blaevoet escalated the matter to a supervisor, who said Passport Canada staff could not complete the form for fear of “leading the applicant” to provide inaccurate answers. When Blaevoet offered to sign a document authorizing staff to assist her, she said no such accommodation could be granted.

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Blaevoet was offered a braille form, which would have allowed her to read the application but would not provide a means of filling in answers. Staff then discovered they had no braille forms in stock.

Blaevoet was ultimately told she could handwrite the form, an option she said she accepted to illustrate what she called the absurdity of the policy.

READ MORE: DNC hack exposed U.S. passport numbers of Canadian residents

“I said, ‘fine. I’m going to stand here and handwrite it, it’s going to take me a long time, and good luck to anybody who can read my handwriting. This is outrageous,”‘ she said, adding the majority of visually impaired people do not have sufficient handwriting skills to make use of that option. The same would hold true for those with physical disabilities limiting their movements.

Blaevoet said a staff member placed a handwriting guide on each line of the form to ensure the proper fields were being filled out. To Blaevoet’s surprise, however, the staff member volunteered to take over once they reached the “references” section of the form, willingly filling in fields and even offering to look up addresses online.

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During this time, Blaevoet said staff approached her husband asking if he would complete the application on her behalf. He declined on principle, saying it was not appropriate for staff to assume a person accompanying a disabled applicant could be trusted to complete the task.

“He could have been a taxi driver who just helped me find the office and I just paid to wait for me. Or he might have been my husband, but completely dyslexic.”

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The government said staff are barred from helping applicants fill out forms as a security measure to protect against forgery.

“Generally, any addition, modification or deletion of information on an application form must be completed by the applicant and initialled,” reads a statement from Service Canada, the agency that oversees the administration of passports.

“Although the policy in place speaks to amendments to the application form and does not reference providing assistance to visually impaired applicants, it is understood that any annotations on the application form should be completed by the applicant themselves, when possible.”

The statement said visually impaired Canadians can designate a friend or family member to complete the form for them.

The Passport Canada site also offers an accessible online form that can be completed in advance. Service Canada said, however, that there are no accessible terminals for those with disabilities at passport offices – meaning those without an Internet connection or appropriate technology would have issues. Blaevoet noted that in her case, staff at the Passport Canada office did not point her to an online form.

VIDEO: Air Canada passenger denied boarding flight

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Michael Prince, professor of social policy and disability studies at the University of Victoria, said the proposed solutions are typical of too many customer service experiences across Canada that limit a person’s ability to take independent action on their own affairs.

He said Blaevoet’s case exemplifies the need for federal legislation to ensure accessible customer service standards across all services provided by government, adding the ideal scenario would result in universal access in everything from banks to stores to voting booths.

“Many people with disabilities will find the existing limited set of options demeaning and insulting,” Prince said. “As a country committed to equality and to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, we can do much better.”

Changes to Saskatchewan’s provincial sales tax took effect over the weekend, meaning prices have increased on liquor, tobacco, restaurant meals and children’s clothing.

It appears the tax increase is hurting Premier Brad Wall’s approval rating in the province.

A new poll out on Monday morning conducted by Mainstreet-Postmedia claims Wall’s rating has dropped, following the release of the provincial budget in March.

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    According to the poll, Wall’s overall approval rating fell 6 points, from 52 to 46 per cent since last October.

    “We‘re seeing very different results for the Saskatchewan NDP than we saw in the last election. The NDP now leads in both Regina and Saskatoon where the Saskatchewan Party is running second. But outside those two urban centres the Saskatchewan Party holds a dominant lead. Of course, an election isn’t being held anytime soon and we still don‘t know who will be leading the NDP into the next campaign – the numbers could increase, or decrease, once there is a new leader at the helm,” said David Valentin, Executive Vice-President of Mainstreet Research.

    “Driving these numbers are the impact of the budget which has a net disapproval rating of -19 (approval-disapproval). Regina residents are the most likely to disapprove (57%) while Saskatoon residents are the most likely to approve (26%).”

    The poll also shows that 66 per cent of Saskatchewan residents oppose the PST increase and 51 per cent disapprove the closure of the STC.

The Tragically Hip received the high honour of Group of the Year at the Juno Awards on Sunday night, but the band’s acceptance speech was cut short.

Frontman Gord Downie didn’t attend the ceremony, but other band members Rob Baker and Paul Langlois were there to accept on the group’s behalf.

As Langlois’ speech ran past the allotted time, the show’s producers tried to play him off stage with music.

READ MORE: Tragically Hip, Drake, Leonard Cohen collect hardware at Juno gala

He asked, “Oh, you’re actually going to play me out?” and continued to deliver his speech, while the producers changed the music to the Hip song Ahead by a Century. Langlois continued talking, saying, “Go to commercial, go ahead. This is my arena, not yours.”

He proceeded to thank Downie, which was met with thunderous applause and cheers from the audience. Many people took to 杭州桑拿会所 to share their disapproval about the beloved Canadian band’s cut-off.

Late Monday morning, the band’s official 杭州桑拿会所 account sent one last jab in the Junos’ direction.

READ MORE: Gord Downie joins Blue Rodeo on stage for surprise appearance in Toronto

For his part, Downie took home Songwriter of the Year for his solo project, Secret Path.

He appeared in a video message, thanking the crowd for the support Secret Path received and “recognizing our friends who were here before us.”

“Thank you for following the sound you’ve sort of been hearing your entire life, for recognizing that we aren’t completely Canada yet,” Downie said. “My dream would be that this record might help people.”

WATCH BELOW: The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie among the winners at the 2017 Juno Awards

The solo multimedia project recounts the life of 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack, who died in 1966 after running away from a residential school. Downie revealed in May 2016 that he has glioblastoma, an incurable and rare form of brain cancer.

The band went on a final tour for their latest album Man Machine Poem this summer, selling out every show. Man Machine Poem won the Juno for Best Rock Album of the Year.

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After a delayed start to game six of the first round of the 2017 WHL Playoffs the Kelowna Rockets defeated the Kamloops Blazers 4-2 on Sunday night in Kamloops to advance to the second round. 

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The start of the game was delayed an hour as the referee’s were stuck in a road delay on the Coquihalla during their commute to the game, so an outside ref squad was called in. 

At 11:57 of the opening frame Dillon Dube ripped home his fourth of the post season to give the Rockets a 1-0 lead that they held into the second period. 

Reid Gardiner notched his third of the playoffs at 5:36 of the second period and the Rockets took a 2-0 lead into the final frame. 

After the Blazers had a goal disallowed due to a high stick, Collin Shirley got Kamloops on the board at 16:49. Then at 17:46 Brodi Stuart scored to knot the game at 2-2. That momentum was quickly dashed as Gardiner potted his second of the night at 18:03 to regain the Rockets lead. Gardiner then completed his hat trick with 23 seconds remaining to secure a 4-2 Rockets victory. 

Michael Herringer made 21 saves in a winning effort as the Rockets ousthot the Blazers 35-23. 

Reid Gardiner led the Rockets with three goals. Dillon Dube (1G, 1A), Cal Foote (2A), and Nick Merkley (2A) also enjoyed multi-point nights. 

Reid Gardiner says he couldn’t have enjoyed tonight’s success without his linemates. 

“I have to give credit to my linemates. On my second goal Devo (Devante Stephens) had a great push and opened up a little seam and Merks (Nick Merkley) found me there,” said Gardiner. “And then on the empty netter we buckled down and got the job done so all the credit to those guys. Thurks (Calvin Thurkauf) had a good game again too.” 

Kelowna wins the series 4-2 to advance to the second round. They await the winner of the Prince George Cougars versus the Portland Winterhawks series to determine their next opponent. Portland currently leads that series 3-2. 

Scheduling for the second round has yet to be determined. Stay tuned for updates on ticket information.

Sex has numerous physiological and psychological effects, including supporting immune function, lowering blood pressure and easing stress. It also tends to inspire pillow talk, the exchange of deeply personal information with the person we’ve just been physically intimate with.

But if you’ve ever kicked yourself for opening up too much with your new squeeze post-sex, don’t be so hard on yourself: science has found there’s a reason we do this.

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In a study published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, researchers from the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya in Israel found that people were more apt to self-disclosure with a prospective romantic partner after being exposed to sexual stimuli.

Through a series of studies that placed heterosexual people in situations where they were subliminally or explicitly exposed to stimuli like erotic pictures and movie scenes, or non-sexual material, and then asked to divulge a personal event to an opposite-sex stranger via Instant Messenger or face-to-face, those exposed to sexual stimuli were more prone to sharing.

“These findings suggest that activation of the sexual system encourages the use of strategies that allow people to become closer to potential partners,” researchers concluded.

This supports what we already know about human sexual proclivities and how they affect intimacy. For example, as opposed to animals, humans typically have sex in private and tend to favour sexual positions that involve face-to-face contact. All this points to a desire to establish a connection with the person we’re having sex with. And what better way to connect than by disclosing intimate information about ourselves?

“After humans orgasm, we release a hormone called oxytocin, which is also known as the ‘attachment hormone,’” says Nicole McCance, a psychologist and relationship expert. “We feel more attached and more likely to trust the person we’ve just been intimate with.”

We’re also inherently more relaxed and less inhibited after sex, so we’re more likely to flap our gums. Plus, we’re vulnerable, both literally and figuratively.

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“Our brain likes to match the circumstance — we are literally naked after sex and our brain equates that with emotional nakedness, which could lead you to unleash private details about yourself,” McCance says.

Interestingly, she’s come across more men in her practice who are prone to saying “I love you” immediately after sex than women.

“I think that’s honestly how they feel in the moment,” she says. “They feel bonded to the person they’ve been with and laying in bed naked gives them permission to be vulnerable in ways that the real world doesn’t give them.”

To those who tend to fall into the overshare trap after sex and regret it afterwards, McCance offers this piece of advice: “Ask yourself how you feel in this person’s presence on a regular basis. Is this sense of wanting to share your heart and your feelings consistent, or does it only come up when you’re in bed?”

When American scientists announced they’d conceived the world’s first “three-parent baby,” the world waited with bated breath for more details.

Now, for the first time, the doctors behind the controversial technique that combines DNA from three people are shedding light on their decision-making.

While global health officials are approaching the scientific milestone with skepticism, the scientists say they’re optimistic about the technique they’ve pioneered and ushered into the world.

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    “This is it. We did it, finally. This brilliant technology is exciting for mankind,” Dr. John Zhang, the lead author of the paper said in a press release.

    READ MORE: Baby boy born with DNA from 3 people, a first from new technique

    His research was published Monday in the journal Reproductive BioMedicine. In the paper, Zhang and his team explain that they helped Jordanian parents conceive a healthy baby boy last April even though he was at risk of inheriting DNA for Leigh syndrome, a severe neurological disorder that usually kills within a few hours of birth.

    They’ll have burning questions moving forward, though. Zhang’s paper concedes that the baby boy’s parents refused any further DNA testing on him unless it’s medically necessary.

    Zhang’s team won’t know how the baby will fare moving forward and what the long-term implications may be from his novel conception.

    READ MORE: 3-parent babies? U.K., U.S. officials debate controversial technique

    But they explain how and why they tested out the experimental procedure. For starters, the baby boy’s mom lost two children to Leigh syndrome. His mother is a carrier of the genetic disorder but she’s asymptomatic. About one-quarter of her mitochondria passes on the genes for Leigh syndrome, the study revealed.

    Zhang’s team implemented a new IVF technique using mitochondrial replacement therapy – or MRT. The technique involved removing the nucleus from a healthy donor egg and placing it into the egg cell of the mother in an attempt to weave out any risk of genetic issues.

    The egg was then fertilized by the father’s sperm and transferred to his mother’s womb – the baby was born at 37 weeks after an “uneventful” pregnancy.

    Tweaking the egg and fertilizing it were done in a private clinic in New York. The embryo was then frozen and taken to a clinic in Mexico where doctors met with the parents for implantation.

    READ MORE: UK may allow babies with DNA from 3 people

    “Now, for the first time, an egg with abnormal mitochondria can be changed to contain mostly normal mitochondria from a healthy egg donor. This is a major change of technology and an obvious advantage for women who are at risk of passing such diseases on to the next generation,” Bart Fauser, editor in chief of the journal, said in a statement.

    For years, British and American health officials have been debating “three-parent babies” made from the DNA of a man and two women. It was dubbed as a medical breakthrough, a promising way to create babies free from certain diseases, but critics said this technology is playing God in making designer children.

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    Scientists believed that three-person IVF could help women who carry DNA mutations have healthy babies. With a third person’s DNA worked into the baby’s genes, defects like blindness or epilepsy won’t be passed on.

    In initial reports, DNA from a donor egg amounts to less than one per cent of the resulting embryo’s genes. Essentially, the baby is made with the genes of the intended mother and father, with the help of the healthy mitochondrial DNA from the donor embryo.

    By February 2015, the United Kingdom became the first country that allowed three-parent babies. So far, no other country has introduced laws to permit the technique.

    The U.K.’s health minister at the time, Earl Howe, said the move offered “real hope” to families.

    “Families can see that the technology is there to help them and are keen to take it up, they have noted the conclusions of the expert panel … it would be cruel and perverse in my opinion, to deny [families] that opportunity for any longer than absolutely necessary.”

    Because it’s “treating a disease,” medical ethicist Art Caplan says it’s fair game.

    “These little embryos, these are people born with a disease, they can’t make power. You’re giving them a new battery. That’s a therapy. I think that’s a humane ethical thing to do,” Caplan, the director of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, told CNN.

    READ MORE: Creating IVF babies from 3 parents garners public support says UK fertility regulator

    What Caplan’s more concerned with is the “slippery slope” that might follow once health officials open the door to manipulating genetics to make a healthy baby.

    “The big issue over the next five to 10 years is going to become how far do we go in pursuit of the perfect baby,” said Caplan.

    Read Zhang’s full paper.

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