Boston Marathon bombing survivor dances with bionic leg at Ted Talks Vancouver – National

TORONTO – Boston Marathon survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis took a big step on her road to recovery on the TED Talks Vancouver stage Wednesday night – many steps to be exact.

The professional ballroom dancer and instructor took to the stage to perform a short rumba to the tune of Enrique Iglesias’ “Ring My Bells.” It was the first time she had danced publicly since losing her lower left leg in the April 2013 bombing.

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Supporting Haslet-Davis was a custom designed bionic leg built to help her move just as she did before.

The performance was done as part of a TED Talk by Hugh Herr, director of the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab, in which he discussed the field of prosthetics and his vision for the future of bionic limbs that would allow full rehabilitation of patients.

Herr teamed up with Haslet-Davis after meeting her at a rehabilitation hospital and hearing her story.

His lab participated in over 200 days of research to understand the dynamics of dance – they studied how dancers move and where force is applied to the limbs as they create different movements.

They then took that research and used it to build Haslet-Davis a bionic leg.

“In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor,” he said during the talk Wednesday. “In 200 days, we put her back.”

Haslet-Davis mid-dance.

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According to the TED Talks blog, the Center for Extreme Bionics at the MIT Media lab is where Herr and his team study the science and technology that allows the “repair of humans across a broad range of brain and body issues.”

The team has a large focus on bionic limbs.

Herr, a double amputee who uses prosthetic legs to walk, also discussed how his lab uses precise science to attach the limbs and how they use electricity to make prosthetics that move like flesh and bone.

“I imagine a future so advanced that we could rid the world of disability—in which neuroimplants allowed the blind to see, in which the paralyzed could walk with exoskeletons,” he said.

“We need to do a better job in bionics to allow full rehabilitation.”

The team studies how people walk and run to get a full understanding of what the muscles are doing and how they are being controlled by the brain. This helps them to create limbs that move more naturally.

READ MORE: TED Talks Vancouver brings some of tech’s brightest minds to Canada

“On heel strike, the system modulates stiffness and then lifts the person into walking stride just like the muscles in the calf region,” read the TED blog post detailing Herr’s work.

“These bionics allow wearers to walk up stairs easily, even run up steep inclines.”

According to the blog, Herr’s team is also working on “exoskeleton-like devices” that users could wear in the future to protect their limbs during physical activities like running – including a version made for people who aren’t missing limbs, which would help apply torque and power to the user’s movements.

”We’re beginning the age in which machines attached to our bodies will make us stronger and more efficient,” said Herr.

Haslet-Davis previously appeared on a Dancing With the Stars segment where she accepted an invitation to dance on the show once further along in her recovery. She is said to be making an appearance on the show sometime this season.

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New Samsung tablet offers laptop experience, but comes with a hefty price tag

NEW YORK – Samsung’s new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 tablet blurs the distinction between a laptop and a tablet computer.

Its on-screen keyboard has capabilities that are more common with laptops, and its screen is larger than what many laptops have. People can run several apps side by side, and multiple users can share the device with separate profiles.

Samsung also tries to make the Note Pro something professionals can use on the road, while leaving the laptop behind. It’s packed with business tools such as a WebEx virtual conferencing app, a one-year subscription to Bloomberg Businessweek’s digital magazine and one year of Wi-Fi access on airplanes through Gogo.

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It’s an impressive lineup of features. Unfortunately, it also has a price tag that exceeds that of many laptops — $750 for the base model with 32 gigabytes of storage, and $850 for 64 gigabytes.

If your primary reason for owning a tablet is to consume content, such as video, music, books and magazines, the Note Pro isn’t for you. There are plenty of cheaper options out there.

The Note Pro is for those who want to mimic a laptop experience, yet don’t want to purchase —or carry— a laptop.

Its screen measures 12.2 inches diagonally, giving it about 50 per cent more surface area than Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad Air. The Note Pro is also larger than another tablet billed as a laptop replacement, Microsoft’s 10.6-inch Surface Pro 2. It’s also cheaper; the Surface Pro 2 costs $899.

With the Note Pro’s larger screen, television shows and other content come to life. Digital magazines are closer in size to printed editions — though one drawback is that some magazines haven’t been designed to be that large, so text looks fuzzy blown up.

WATCH: Samsung tablet preview

The larger screen also means having an on-screen keyboard that comes closer to replicating a physical keyboard. Keys are spaced in a way that I can type with all 10 fingers, the way I learned in high school eons ago. On smaller tablets, I have to inefficiently peck with two fingers.

The Note Pro’s on-screen keyboard also has functions that aren’t typically found on tablets. For instance, you can use the control key the way you can on laptops, such as CTRL-C to copy text and CTRL-V to paste. And instead of having to toggle between keyboards for letters and symbols, you can access commonly used symbols such as the dollar sign and the asterisk by pressing the corresponding letter key for about one second. Arrows on the lower right side of the keyboard let you move the cursor with more precision than tapping on the touch screen.

That said, it’s not the same as a physical keyboard. I still have to look at the keys when I type with 10 fingers, whereas with a regular keyboard, I can navigate by feel while keeping my eyes on the monitor. Samsung does sell a wireless keyboard for $60 and a mouse for $40.

READ MORE: Samsung aims to topple Apple as No. 1 in tablets

While I’m on prices, I’ll add that Verizon has a cellular version of the 32-gigabyte Note Pro for $100 more, or $850. It’s $750 with a two-year service contract. Samsung Electronics Co. also sells a variety of cheaper, Wi-Fi-only versions. Unlike the Note Pro, these Tab Pro models don’t come with a stylus for writing on the screen. A 12.2-inch version goes for $650, while $500 gets you 10.1 inches and $400 gets you 8.4 inches. The 8.4-inch model doesn’t have the laptop-like keyboard I just described.

To further confuse matters, Samsung also has the Galaxy Note 10.1 — 2014 Edition tablet, though it came out in 2013. The $550 tablet does have the stylus, but lacks the new keyboard.

When I wrote about the Note 10.1 in October, I marveled at how tablets were getting some of the functionality typically associated with PCs. In particular, I liked the various multitasking features, though one called Multi-Window limited you to two apps side by side.

The Note Pro lets you run up to four apps that way. That means having Gmail on the upper left portion of the screen, while YouTube video plays on the upper right, a Web browser opens on the lower right and a chat app runs on the lower left. You can change how much space each app takes and save configurations so that you don’t have to open the four apps individually each time.

If you want to run more than four, you can activate Pen Window. Apps open in a window that floats over the main app on the screen. You can have several apps open at once, and you can temporarily set an app aside by minimizing it into a small dot.

However, the multitasking capabilities work only with selected apps. That includes more than two dozen of the common ones, but not Netflix or Hulu. I wish I could have streaming video going while I do other stuff on the side.

On Windows 8 tablets, you can run up to four apps side by side, depending on the size of the screen, and there are no restrictions on which ones. You also get access to a wider range of software designed for traditional computers, including Microsoft’s Office. The Note Pro is fundamentally an Android tablet with some interface changes and apps to give it a laptop feel.

READ MORE: Parents more likely to buy tablets: study

What’s nice about the Note Pro is its compatibility with Android phones and Google services. You’ll have to weigh whether that’s more important than running Windows software and whether all that is worth the $750 price. And keep in mind that compared with Apple’s iOS system, Android still doesn’t have as many apps specifically designed for the tablet’s screen size. Many tablet apps are simply larger versions of phone apps. The iPad is also cheaper, starting at $499, though the base model comes with half the storage available in the Note Pro’s $750 model.

If you’ve settled on an Android tablet, the Note Pro is a decent device, albeit a pricey one. Although it isn’t quite ready to replace your laptop, it gets you closer to that experience than any other Android tablet I’ve tried.

©2014The Canadian Press

Public Safety Minister mulls taking gun decisions away from RCMP – National

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney wants to change the rules around gun control, potentially taking decision-making power away from the RCMP in the wake of gun-owners’ wrath over a new rifle ban.

“The Minister has ordered an urgent review of this unfortunate decision,” spokesperson Jean-Christophe de le Rue said in an e-mail. “The Minister has announced that he will bring forward measures in the coming weeks to protect all law-abiding firearms owners from these types of retroactive and unpredictable decisions.”

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On February 28, the RCMP changed the Firearms Reference Table gun database to prohibit all semi-automatic rifles made by Swiss Arms and all semi-automatic CZ858 rifles made since 2007.

According to notes in the database, the Swiss Arms rifles were banned for being a variant of the already-banned SG550 rifle and the CZ858s were banned because they “can be converted into a full automatic firearm in a relatively short period of time with relative ease.”

An amnesty allows the owners of the semi-automatic rifles to own them for another two years, during which period they can only be transported to be sold to a museum or someone with a rare prohibited-firearm licence, or to be turned in to police for destruction.

(The public announcement of the amnesty has few details. The Privy Council Office has not responded to Global’s request for the actual text of the order, which was given to us by a source.)

Blaney plans a “permanent solution in the near future,” de le Rue said in his email.

What could that look like?

The most radical solution, often raised in the past on the gun-rights side of the debate, would involve taking the power to ban firearms away from the RCMP.

Parliament could also create the authority to unban a gun, something the Minister can’t yet do.The most radical solution, often raised in the past on the gun-rights side of the debate, would involve taking the power to ban firearms away from the RCMP.

Or regulatory changes could simply change definitions enough to give RCMP less leeway in deciding to ban a gun.

How will the RCMP enforce new long-gun ban with no long-gun registry?

Blaney appeared to have been caught off-guard by the most recent controversy.

“Vigilant individuals with access to the FRT database have been continuously checking those guns, knowing that they were in the RCMP’s crosshairs,” says Ottawa firearms lawyer Solomon Friedman. “Maybe they thought that they’d update the FRT and issue a press release some time later, but gun owners were watching for this.”

This wouldn’t be the first time the RCMP has differed with the Public Safety Minister over gun regulation, with police advocating stricter rules the minister appears unwilling to put in place.

Last September, senior RCMP officials invited Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney to a briefing on gun control at a police range in Ottawa, at which they seemed to be nudging him toward stricter rules in some cases.

READ MORE: December, 2013: Briefing note to Public Safety Minister hints at tighter gun control

Meanwhile, the National Firearms Association is prospering.

“We’ve gained thousands of members and we’ve gained thousands of dollars in donations because we’ve been seen to be leading the fight against this reclassification,” says communications director Blair Hagen*.

The NFA claims 70,000 members, of which Hagen says 10,000 have joined in recent weeks because of the controversy.

“Whenever there’s a perceived threat against firearms owners in Canada, we see our fundraising and membership grow.”

According to a redacted copy of the national firearms database made before long-gun data was deleted, obtained by Global News under access-to-information laws, this ban appears to affect about 8,000 rifles – just over 60 per cent of them in B.C. and Alberta.

Compensating all affected owners would cost about $8.8 million.

But that data reflects the long-gun registry data as it was in mid-2012.

* An earlier version of this story attributed the quote to Sheldon Clare, the NFA’s president.


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New poll sees support for Liberals surging in run up to debate – Montreal

MONTREAL – The latest Quebec election poll shows growing support for the Liberal Party in the run up to the first televised leader’s debate.

Conducted for the Toronto Star on March 19, the Forum Research survey revealed that the Liberal Party has gained six percentage points since a Leger Marketing poll conducted on March 11 and 12 in Quebec City. 

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Support for the Parti Quebecois remained stable at 32 per cent, while Coalition Avenir Quebec dropped six percentage points to 13 per cent.

The results of the poll tallied as follows:

Quebec Liberal Party: 45% (39% on Mar. 5)
Parti Quebecois: 32% (32% on Mar. 5)
Coalition Avenir Quebec: 13% (19% on Mar. 5)
Quebec Solidaire: 7% (7% on Mar. 5)

The poll also revealed a significant leap in the approval ratings of Legault – from 32 per cent to 48 per cent since March 5, while Liberal leader Couillard also saw a 10-point jump. 

The poll surveyed 1,650 people on March 19, 2014, with a margin of error of 3 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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Group that helps homeless veterans gets $40,000 donation – Halifax

HALIFAX – A locally founded organization that helps homeless and at-risk veterans got a major funding boost Thursday.

Wounded Warriors Canada, which helps veterans who have been wounded or injured in service, presented VETS Canada with a $40,000 cheque.

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“We are so excited today to make this presentation as part of our commitment to the wonderful work that VETS Canada has already done,” said Phil Ralph, the organization’s national program chairman. He said the money would also help in “ensuring this service is offered from coast to coast.”

Scott Maxwell, the executive director of Wounded Warriors Canada, said the announcement was not just about the money.

He said it was “about a partnership between two organizations that are going and believe in exactly the same thing.”

VETS Canada aims to help veterans who have not made successful transitions from their service careers to civilian lives, including some who have lost everything and are living on the streets.

Jim Lowther, the president and founder of VETS Canada, said those are the people his organization will try to help with the donation.

“Money that we get goes directly to the veteran,” he said. “We want to make sure the essentials — food, clothing, lodging — are taken care of right away.”

Since launching in Nova Scotia four years ago, VETS Canada has spread to every province across the country. The organization has helped more then 175 veterans get back on their feet, and operates solely on donations.

“The $40,000 is a substantial injection of money into our account,” said Barry Yhard, the executive director of VETS Canada. “I’m the business end of the organization, so I’m constantly worried about [if] we have enough money to get where we need to be. This gives me a huge breathing space to get us to our next major donation.”

Ralph said even with Canada having withdrawn its military presence in Afghanistan, some of the veterans who were there will need help from organizations like his within the next decade.

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Canada Border Services Agency adds six more names to wanted list

TORONTO – The names of six men have been added to the Canada Border Services Agency’s wanted list.

The agency says four of the men – Anthony Alexander Clarke, Mario Ilic, Phuc Doan Nguyen and Neigabe Joel Stewart – are wanted on a Canada-wide warrant because they are inadmissible to the country due to a serious criminal history.

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The other two men – Ayodele Sunday Peters and Turhan Oleck – are inadmissible because they have been convicted for an offence outside of Canada that would constitute as an offence if committed in this country.

The Wanted by the CBSA program, which was launched in 2011, is designed to apprehend individuals who have violated the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

The agency also announced two arrests of individuals on the wanted list: Wei Can Xie was arrested in Toronto in January and removed from Canada on March 2 while Alfredo Reynoso was arrested in Toronto on March 5 and has not yet been removed.

CBSA says so far Canadians have helped locate 55 wanted individuals in Canada, of whom 43 have been removed from the country, and 14 individuals abroad.

Roxanne James, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of public safety, said the fact that nearly half the people on the wanted list have been located shows not only the program’s usefulness but also the level of the public’s engagement.

“Identifying these individuals and bringing them out of the shadows is a further step to strengthening the integrity of our immigration system,” she said at a news conference in Toronto.

©2014The Canadian Press

Dave Hancock will serve as Alberta’s interim premier

Above: Dave Hancock addresses the media after being named interim premier

EDMONTON – Deputy Premier Dave Hancock has been chosen to serve as interim premier following Alison Redford’s resignation.

Redford announced she would resign effective Sunday evening at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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Alberta’s Progressive Conservative caucus chose Hancock – the longest-serving minister in cabinet, currently serving his fifth term as the MLA for Edmonton-Whitemud – as interim leader and premier. Hancock’s official title until Redford officially resigns Sunday will be interim leader of caucus.

“It’s been a strange day or two,” said Hancock Thursday morning. “But I am humbled and privileged to have the confidence of caucus to provide leadership for government as we go forward until the party process to select a new leader has been concluded.”

Hancock says he will continue to govern on the agenda that has already been set forward, including the budget that was tabled earlier this month.

“Caucus, of course, and Cabinet make the decisions about what comes forward and when it comes forward. We are working on the agenda for the spring session, in terms of the things that we’ve approved. The focus primarily and now certainly, is on the budget.

“It is our job as MLAs to continue to govern on behalf of Albertans, to do the job Albertans have asked us to do,” he said. “We will go forward from here, we will provide good government to Albertans.

“We will provide stability, and we will work hard to continue to have the trust of Albertans as we move forward.”

Watch below: Tom Vernon speaks to Interim Leader Dave Hancock

He was appointed as Deputy Premier and Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education on Dec. 13, 2013. Prior to that, Hancock served as Minister of Human Services and Government House Leader and Minister of Education. He is a lawyer by profession.

Hancock, who supported Redford as she tried to weather the turmoil around her, had said he wouldn’t mind taking on the interim role for continuity’s sake. However, he said he didn’t want the job permanently. Hancock said he didn’t think he was the best long-term choice for a party that says it wants to turn over a new page.

READ MORE: What’s next for Alberta following Alison Redford’s surprise resignation 

Other PC caucus members offered their thoughts prior to Thursday morning’s meeting.

“What am I sad about?  We have a person who busted her ass for two and a half years, right?  Worked very hard for all of Albertans,” said Stephen Khan.

“Growing up on the farm, whenever you had tough times my grandpa always reminded me if you don’t know what the solution is right away then you just get back to work,” said Doug Griffiths.   “Just keep on working, and we have a lot of work to do, so that’s what I focused on.”

“We have a fantastic budget, we have the best policies, and we’re just going to carry on down that road,” he added.

“I think it’ll be to the benefit of Albertans and the future of this province.”

“I’m just reassuring people that we have a phenomenal team and we have some great policies,” echoed Steve Young, “and we just have to continue moving forward.”

“I’ve made no decisions about my future in this point in time,” said Finance Minister Doug Horner.  “Yesterday was kind of a shock to a lot of people and we’re going to take stock and make some decisions in the future about my future.”

“We were elected to govern, we’ve got to continue to do that,” he added.

“We’ve got a good budget on the table – I’m very proud of that – I’m very proud of the group that’s put that together.”

Another minister, Heather Klimchuk, said the government will continue moving ahead.

“Parties learn and evolve and we’re going to move forward and keep government and keep doing the good work Albertans expect of us.”

Redford announced she would step down after two-and-a-half years leading the province.

“Quite simply, I am not prepared to allow party and caucus infighting to get in the way of building a better future for our province and for all Albertans.”

“That is why I am announcing today that – with profound optimism for Alberta’s future – I am resigning as premier of Alberta effective this Sunday evening.”

More to come… 

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With files from The Canadian Press

©2014Shaw Media

Dutch-bred retailer gsus eyes North American expansion – Toronto

TORONTO – You can add gsus sindustries to the ever-growing slate of international fashion chains seeking to broaden their reach within the North American market.

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“We just launched this year, fall ’14, in the American market,” country manager Everton McDougall said backstage at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week. “We’re taking it slow because right now, the economy is still pretty tough. We want to make sure we don’t make any mistakes this time around, so we’re taking our time expanding.”

The provocatively named Dutch-bred retailer presented its fall-winter collection on Wednesday. Its newest line dubbed “Tour Des Alpes” fuses two seemingly disparate influences, with McDougall saying the collection is based on “the Boy Scouts meets Alps folklore.” Channelling inspiration from both the outdoors and cultural heritage, the collection features folklore prints and knits, he added.

For newcomers to the label, McDougall said he sees the brand as being representative of diversity in both its distinctive style and potential client base.

“There’s no age limit to fashion and we bring that to the table. And that’s what I’m trying to send as a message – that fashion is for everybody. And that’s what gsus is about.”

©2014The Canadian Press

5 questions Rob Ford has yet to answer

WATCH ABOVE: The mayor remained silent about new allegations of illegal activity. Jackson Proskow reports.

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TORONTO – It’s been 10 months since Gawker published “For Sale: A Video of Toronto Mayor Rob FORD Smoking Crack Cocaine,”  five months since Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair confirmed the mayor appears in the alleged crack video, and five months less a week since Ford admitted he has smoked crack cocaine in the past.

But how the mayor got the drug, whether he was trying to get the video back, and why his lawyer and his brother Doug Ford appear to be antagonizing police are all unknown.

Here’s a look at five key questions that Ford has yet to answer.

1. Did you ask Alexander “Sandro” Lisi to recover the alleged crack cocaine video?

Lisi, Ford’s friend and former occasional driver, was charged with extortion, only weeks after an arrest on drug charges. Police allege Lisi threatened two young men into giving him the alleged crack video.

Court documents released Oct. 31 exposed an extensive police investigation of Lisi and Ford. Those documents revealed police had been following Lisi for months and had photographed him multiple times meeting the mayor at gas stations, parking lots and parks around the city. Nothing in the documents has been proven in court.

If Ford was involved, he could also face an extortion charge.

WATCH: Toronto Mayor Rob Ford runs away from reporters at city hall on March 19.

2. What was in the packages you exchanged with Lisi?

Toronto Police surveillance showed Ford and Lisi with packages at an Esso gas station twice in July 2013, according to CCTV stills and descriptions recorded in 300 pages of information used by police to obtain a search warrant. The documents include allegations that have not yet been proven in court.

On one occasion, the documents allege, Ford entered the station and headed straight to the washroom. Soon after, Lisi entered the gas station holding a manila envelope. He made purchases, left the station, walked along the passenger side of Ford’s Escalade and walked out of frame of the surveillance cameras. At about the same time he left the frame, Ford came out of the washroom, made a purchase, and then got into his Escalade and drove away, according to the documents.

In documents released Wednesday, police characterized some of Ford’s meetings and communications with Lisi as “indicative to that of drug trafficking.”

Ford ran away from reporters at city hall on Wednesday afternoon following the release of these allegations. (See video at top of story).

3. How did you come to know the people who provided you with crack cocaine?

While it’s unclear who provided the mayor with crack cocaine, court documents allege Ford had visited a “trap house” with ties to a Toronto street gang. The gang, referred to as the “Dixon Bloods” or the “Dixon Goonies,” operated in northwest Toronto near Kipling Avenue and Dixon Road, and was the focus of a police raid called Project Traveller.

Lisi’s extortion charge sheet alleges he “did induce Mohamed Siad or Liban Siyad by threats or violence or menaces to deliver said digital video recording.” Siad and Siyad are charged in connection with the Project Traveller raid, which was part of a larger group of raids throughout southern Ontario.

INTERACTIVE: Who’s who in the Rob Ford documents

Siad was charged with three counts of participation in a criminal organization, fourteen counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, four counts of trafficking in cocaine, trafficking in firearms, unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, and possession of firearm obtained by the commission of an offence.

Siyad was charged with conspiracy to commit an indictable offence and participation in a criminal organization.

They were among 28 people arrested during raids on June 17, 2013, when police seized over $500,000 and approximately $3 million in drugs. Over the span of the raids, 44 people faced approximately 224 charges – a significant number of which were related to trafficking guns and drugs and participating in a criminal organization.

4. How many times have you smoked crack cocaine or used other illegal drugs since becoming mayor of Toronto?

Ford’s initial denial was on May 24, 2013: “I do not use crack cocaine, nor am I an addict of crack cocaine.” He changed his answer Nov. 5 to “yes, I have smoked crack cocaine” but that it was “probably in one of [his] drunken stupors … about a year ago,” a time when he held the position of mayor. Ford said reporters in the past “didn’t ask the right questions” and that he was answering because Global News reporter Jackson Proskow—who had asked the same question many times before—had asked the question “properly.”

On Nov. 7, 2013 a video of Ford was posted online that appeared to show him in an agitated rage, slapping his legs and making death threats. Ford said he was “extremely inebriated” in the video.

WARNING: There is graphic language contained in the below video, purchased by the Toronto Star and obtained by Global News.

The following week, city councilor Denzil Minnan-Wong asked Ford if he had purchased illegal drugs in the past two years. Ford answered yes.

A second video showing Ford drunkenly rambling profanity in Jamaican patois emerged Jan. 21, 2014 in the face of his claims to have sworn off booze.

Since Ford’s initial admission, Proskow and others have asked about the frequency of the mayor’s drug use, to which he has said repeatedly he doesn’t currently “do drugs” and is not “an addict.”

5. Why won’t you agree to an interview with police or take police up on their offer to view the alleged crack video?

According to the documents released Wednesday, Detective Gary Giroux spoke with the mayor’s lawyer Dennis Morris between Oct. 28 and Nov. 7. Giroux offered to let the mayor view the video under two conditions: He couldn’t discuss the video with anyone and couldn’t comment on the video.

“As per Denis [sic] MORRIS – The Mayor would not be coming in to see Police,” the documents read. (Ford has also refused to be interviewed by police, citing his lawyer’s advice).

Ford refused comment Wednesday, but Morris called the police offer “baloney.” Morris said for police to show the mayor but not allow him to discuss it with anyone was “absurd.”

READ MORE: Mayor Rob Ford calls on Chief Blair to release video

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With files from Jackson Proskow, James Armstrong and Anna Mehler Paperny

©2014Shaw Media

Police seek witnesses in Deerfoot Trail shooting – Calgary

CALGARY – Police are hoping to identify witnesses of a recent officer-involved shooting on Deerfoot Trail who haven’t yet come forward to speak with them.

Officers opened fire on a pickup truck travelling on southbound Deerfoot Trail last month, after the vehicle rammed into several police cruisers following a dangerous joyride.

The shooting on Friday, February 28th killed 34-year-old Jason Gary Roy and injured 26-year-old Ashley Jennifer Silver.

Although police say several witnesses have contacted them, they still need to speak with the occupants of one vehicle in the area at the time.

On Thursday, police released a photo of the vehicle – asking the public to help them identify the occupants.

The car was travelling on southbound Deerfoot Trail, just south of McKenzie Lake Boulevard S.E. on February 28, 2014 at approximately 10:15 p.m.

If you were one of the occupants in this vehicle or know who the occupants were, you’re asked to contact the Calgary ASIRT office at 403-592-4306.

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