LONDON – The richest 1 per cent of the population will own more than half the world’s wealth by 2016, Oxfam International said in a report released as the World Economic Forum begins in Davos, Switzerland.
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Oxfam said the world’s richest people saw their share of global wealth jump to 48 per cent last year from 44 per cent in 2009. Rising inequality is holding back the fight against global poverty as the world’s biggest companies lobby the U.S. and European Union for beneficial tax changes at a time when average taxpayers are still paying the bill for the financial crisis, Oxfam said.
“Do we really want to live in a world where the 1 per cent own more than the rest of us combined?” Winnie Byanyima, Oxfam’s executive director, said in a statement.
“The scale of global inequality is quite simply staggering, and despite the issues shooting up the global agenda, the gap between the richest and the rest is widening fast.”
While world leaders such as President Barack Obama and International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde have talked about tackling extreme economic inequality “we are still waiting for many of them to walk the walk,” Byanyima said.
The healthcare and financial services industries spent almost $900 million to lobby the U.S. government for favourable legislation in 2013, and more than $200 million was spent on lobbying in the EU, Oxfam said.
At the same time, one in nine people don’t have enough to eat and more than a billion people live on less than $1.25 a day, Oxfam said, ticking off statistics that paint a grim picture for all but the world’s richest.
The charity is calling for a crackdown on tax avoidance by corporations and rich people, as well as increased investment in health and education and equal pay legislation.
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WINNIPEG – Dogs trained to find bedbugs and drugs went missing in Winnipeg after a vehicle with 10 animals in it was stolen early Monday. All 10 dogs were found before noon.
“Just relieved that I didn’t lose my kids,” said James Artibello, who owns A-scent K-9 Detection Service in Toronto and was in Winnipeg on business. “They’re treated the same way as family. It’s good to have them back.”
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The yellow ambulance-style vehicle the dogs were in was stolen from the Four Points by Sheraton Winnipeg South on Pembina Highway early Monday morning. The dogs were inside the locked vehicle but Artibello said he had to leave it running all night to keep the dogs warm.
“I don’t think anyone knew there were dogs in the thing. They just took it because it was running, got into it fast and left,” said Artibello.
Police got their first inkling something was wrong when they got a call at about 6:30 a.m., reporting several dogs running loose in a Parkville Drive yard in St. Vital. Police went to the home and rounded up eight dogs.
Not long after, they found out about the theft of the vehicle with the 10 dogs in it.
Dave Reimer found the two remaining dogs, Titan, 5, and Bailey, a seven-month-old pup, in his neighbour’s backyard near Dunkirk Drive and Moore Avenue.
“I brought a little bit of meat out to them. I was hoping they’d come up to me, but I couldn’t get close to them to check their tags. That’s when I called animal services,” said Reimer.
Artibello and police thanked the public and the media for helping to find Baile and Titan.
Artibello has had detection dogs since 2010 and said each dog is worth more than $10,000.
The vehicle the dogs were in was found abandoned in the alley of the 400 block of Young Street at about 4:20 p.m. No arrests have been made.
TORONTO — Clint Eastwood’s war drama American Sniper blew away the competition — and industry expectations — by taking in $90 million over the weekend, according to studio estimates.
The film, based on the memoir of real-life sniper Chris Kyle and starring Bradley Cooper, shattered the previous record for a January opening held by last year’s Ride Along.
American Sniper had a limited release on Christmas Day to ensure it qualified for Academy Awards consideration. To date, the movie has grossed an estimated $119 million worldwide, making it the second highest-grossing film nominated for Best Picture this year.
The Grand Budapest Hotel has earned $174 million.
American Sniper is on track to be the top-grossing film directed by Eastwood, 84. Only three of his movies — Gran Torino, Million Dollar Baby and Unforgiven — have made over $100 million domestically.
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The second biggest opening on the weekend belonged to The Wedding Ringer, a comedy starring Kevin Hart and Josh Gad. It made $21 million, according to studio estimates.
The family film Paddington was third with $19.3 million at the box office. It has already earned $122 million overseas, where it opened last November.
Taken 3, which opened in first place a weekend earlier, added $14 million to take fourth place.
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Civil rights drama (and Best Picture nominee) Selma earned an additional $8.3 million to bring its total since Christmas Day to $26 million.
The thriller Blackhat was a flop, opening in 10th place with a mere $4 million.
WATCH: One of the 13 Dalhousie dentistry students involved in the Facebook controversy has spoken out against his fellow classmates. Ross Lord has the story.
HALIFAX – One of the Dalhousie University dentistry students who was a member of a controversial Facebook group has come forward.
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In a video interview posted Sunday on the website of the Chronicle Herald newspaper in Halifax, Ryan Millet explained why he blew the whistle on his fellow classmates.
He said there were “foolish, boyish” posts, but nothing as offensive as the violent and misogynistic posts from the “DDS Gentlemen’s Club” Facebook group publicized in December that led to the university to suspend Millet and 12 other fourth-year dentistry students from clinical activities.
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“The extreme inappropriateness and disturbing nature of the specific ‘hate post’ that eventually came out — there was nothing of that insane level that caught my eye,” he said in the video, which was recorded as he sat next to his lawyer, Bruce MacIntosh.
Millet, 29, said he was added to the group, which was created in 2011, and had previously reported posts directly to Facebook to have them removed.
Some have pushed for an external investigation into the scandal, while an academic and professional standards committee will review the clinical suspensions handed out to the students.
Following a senate meeting Monday afternoon that was not open to the public, Dalhousie president Richard Florizone said the university is now considering having an external presence on the committee for each of the hearings for the dentistry students.
Dalhousie Student Union vice-president Jacqueline Skiptunis said the closed-door nature of the senate meeting was unprofessional and showed the university was lacking transparency.
The students have been permitted to attend classes remotely, but cannot graduate without sufficient clinical hours.
MacIntosh told Global News in an email that his client would not be speaking to the media until after a disciplinary hearing on Tuesday night, where Millet will share his side of the story with the university. He said Millet had made a decision to focus on his studies and preparation for the hearing.
In a separate three-page public letter, MacIntosh said Millet wants to clear his name and move on with his career. He said Millet and his classmates have been “publicly pilloried and secretly convicted, without due process or the right to be heard.”
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He said Millet left the Facebook group after a “repugnant hate ballot” was posted and gave a female friend access to his account in order to collect evidence for a complaint.
In a public letter of apology Millet wrote dated Dec. 18, 2014, he explains how “eternally sorry” he is to the alleged victims, who “deserve far more respect.” To the members of the “DDS Gentlemen’s Club” Facebook group, Millet wrote he apologizes “for not stepping in sooner and stopping this.”
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The newspaper story stated Millet was the only one of the 13 accused students to opt out of the university’s restorative justice process. Some female students had previously come forward and said they felt the university had forced them into the process, which was discouraging them from pursuing a formal complaint.
A formal complaint filed by four professors was rejected by the university on the grounds that a restorative justice process was being pursued.
Halifax Regional Police said last week they had received material from Dalhousie pertaining to the Facebook group and found no reason to launch a criminal investigation into the matter.
With files from Marieke Walsh, Global News
ABOVE: Watch Spandau Ballet’s Tony Hadley and Martin Kemp on Global’s The Morning Show.
TORONTO — Spandau Ballet singer Tony Hadley, who recorded the now-classic pop song “True” in 1983, has given his stamp of approval to a cover version by Canadian band Eleven Past One.
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“We just heard it in the car,” Hadley said Monday during an appearance on Global’s The Morning Show.
“It’s really good.”
(Eleven Past One’s version of “True” appears on Sounds of the 80s, a compilation of cover songs that will be released Feb. 10.)
Hadley said “True” was written by Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp, who was inspired by his unrequited love for Altered Images lead singer Clare Grogan.
“He kind of loosely based the song on that and there’s references to Marvin [Gaye] and stuff because we were all into the soul thing as well.”
The UK band that sold more than 25 million records broke up in 1990 and Hadley and bandmates Steve Norman and John Keeble sued Kemp for a cut of royalties. They lost and had to sell their shares of the rights to the Spandau Ballet name to pay Kemp’s legal fees.
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Time apparently heals all wounds, though, and Hadley said he is ready to sing Spandau Ballet’s songs again.
The band, reunited in 2009, is kicking off a world tour on Friday in San Francisco that includes only one Canadian stop — at Toronto’s Massey Hall on April 27.
Hadley’s bandmate, bassist Martin Kemp, said he remembers Spandau Ballet’s previous concert in the historic venue more than three decades ago.
“That one in particular stands out because … there was a whole swath of young girls and they were all taken backstage,” he said. “But we were walking around half-naked backstage and I remember as they were coming around they were looking up, seeing us, and then falling back and fainting again.”
Hadley also reflected on the ’80s.
“It’s kind of weird when you think about it. ‘True’ has gone to No. 1 in 21 countries around the world, all of a sudden we’re touring all over the world,” he said. “It’s very young to have all that success.”
It wasn’t overnight success, though. Spandau Ballet was formed in 1976 and released two albums before True, which spawned hits like the title track and “Gold.”
“It was a big change for us. We had been a kind of club band playing electronic music led by synths,” Kemp explained. “Then we went to Bahamas … and all of a sudden our music just became so much more laid back. That was the sound of True.”
Hadley added: “A lot of people didn’t get into Spandau until True so they saw these blue-eyed soul boys with sharp suits.”
A documentary, Soul Boys of the Western World, goes back to the early days.
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Kemp said he looks back fondly at Spandau Ballet’s unique fashion sense.
“I’m really proud of everything we wore,” he said. “In those days, nobody told us what to wear. It was just us. What we were doing was showing what fashions were happening in the clubs and then we were representing it on TV cuz we were those kids in the clubs.”
Hadley said he’s thrilled to still be singing at 54.
“I love music. I love singing. I love performing,” he said. “We had a 20-year breakup but we’re a lot better off as people because we finally managed to have the good sense to get us back together again.”
Kemp agreed. “If you are lucky enough to be able to turn your hobby into your job then that is success.
“And that’s the way to have a nice life.”
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ABOVE: Elaine Kupser, James Fell and Rich Hesketh join Global Calgary with their picks for the best fitness class in Calgary.
Global News is showcasing the best of Calgary in a series on our Morning News.
This week, we’re bringing in experts to help us find the city’s leading fitness class.
Each of our three judges will submit their choice for Calgary’s best workout and then YOU have to vote for the winner.
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Publisher, IMPACT Magazine
Elaine launched IMPACT Magazine in 1991. The magazine is a guide to sport, fitness and active living. It’s published every two months with a circulation of over 540,000 magazines annually in Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto.
Certified strength & conditioning specialist
James is a certified strength and conditioning specialist. He’s the author of the syndicated column In-Your-Face Fitness for the Chicago Tribune and Tribune Newspapers, a regular contributor to the health column 5 Questions for the Los Angeles Times and the author of Mission: Motivation: A Realistic Guide to Getting and Staying Fit.
Athletic Development Strength & Conditioning Coach
Rick is a Athletic Development Strength & Conditioning Coach. He was a Canadian National Track & Field Team Member for nine years and ranked in the top three Canadian decathletes from 1988-1997. He also worked as the strength and conditioning coach for the Calgary Flames for 19 years.
TKO with The Fitness Guy Pete Estabrooks (Elaine’s pick)
TKO is a boxing-based sports conditioning group circuit class. Pete Estabrook’s gym is located at Building B5 – West Entrance, 2514 Battleford Ave S.W.
WATCH: Amber Schinkel tries the TKO workout
SPIN at World Health – Edgemont (James’ pick)
SPIN is a group cycle class that is broken up into songs of different terrains, speeds, and intensity. Located at 7222 Edgemont Blvd N.W.
WATCH: Scott Fee tries a SPIN class
Turn & Burn at Heavens Fitness (Rich’s pick)
Turn and Burn is a blend of indoor cycling and strength training. Located at 637 11th Avenue S.W.
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The winner, with 43 per cent of 1,201 votes, was TKO with Pete Estabrooks!
EDMONTON – The suggestion that the third Monday of January is the most depressing day of the year goes in line with a new poll on how Albertans are feeling this month.
Nearly half of Albertans are feeling more stressed in January compared to the rest of the year, according to a poll by ATB Financial. Lack of sleep and financial stress are cited as the top two reasons for feeling higher levels. Health issues, back-to-work pressure and the weather are other reasons for higher stress.
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“Low oil prices and the impact that will have on Alberta are likely reasons financial stress scored so high,” says Robert Roach, Senior Analyst from ATB’s Economics & Research team. “An economic slowdown is forecasted for our province in 2015 and for a lot of us, that brings uncertainty.”
The research team notes a difference between residents of Calgary and Edmonton. In Edmonton, 37 per cent of respondents say they feel back-to-work stress in January, while 25 per cent of Calgarians feel the same way. And 24 per cent of Calgary respondents say they worry about the economy, while 15 per cent of Edmontonians give the same answer in the survey.
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Some of those who took part in the survey said they’re dealing with the added stress by participating in fitness activities, spending less, paying down debt and trying to save more.
The week of January 19 is typically seen as the most depressing of the year, in part due to incoming Christmas bills, broken New Year’s resolutions and gloomy weather.
“The lack of daylight, the temperatures and the grey. Colour revs us up and we are not getting a lot of colour at this time of year,” said Candace Giesbrecht with the Canadian Mental Health Association.
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TORONTO — Ryan Reynolds is coming home.
The 38-year-old actor is set to shoot the X-Men spin-off Deadpool in his hometown of Vancouver beginning in late March.
Reynolds will reprise his role as Wade Wilson/Deadpool from 2009’s X-Men Origins: Wolverine for the movie, which has booked two months at North Shore Studios.
No other casting information has been announced.
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The new father — with actress wife Blake Lively — played the title character in 2011’s Green Lantern, which was slammed by critics. It made about $220 million worldwide.
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Reynolds hasn’t made a movie in Canada since last year’s The Captive, which was shot in Ontario.
He was born in Vancouver and still has family in the city. Last October, Reynolds was in Toronto to be inducted on Canada’s Walk of Fame.
Deadpool, directed by Tim Miller, is scheduled for release in February 2016.
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Across the country, in Montreal, cameras will be rolling this summer on X-Men: Apocalypse.
Last year’s blockbuster X-Men: Days of Future Past was also shot in Montreal.
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Toronto is playing host this summer to production of the Suicide Squad movie (aka Bravo 14), starring Will Smith and Jared Leto. It will be directed by David Ayer (Fury).
NBC is also filming the series Heroes Reborn, starring Zachary Levi, in Toronto this year.
Reynolds will be in good company in Vancouver. The TV series Arrow and The Flash are both filmed in the city.
In December, Reynolds tweeted the news that he is playing Deadpool:
Uh… It’s Chimichanga Time. pic.twitter苏州夜网/ZlknW4HOtj
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 4, 2014
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WINNIPEG – A new downtown pub has garnered a lot of attention for all the wrong reasons.
The Pint Winnipeg came under social media fire after a customer tweeted a photo of a racy beer ad poster.
The poster depicts a nearly naked woman bent over and exposed while reaching into a beer fridge.
The ad is accompanied by the headline “Why guys always keep their beer on the bottom shelf.”
Ben Wickstrom tweeted a photo of the questionable decor with the comment, “Hey @pintwinnipeg what year is this? Would you put up a picture of a man doing the same thing? Please do better.”
Within hours the comment had been retweeted and shared dozens of times with comments about the racy and explicit photo.
@mworoniak @justthegoods @benwickstrom @pintwinnipeg agreed. Women are people, too! Not just a set of parts to sexualize.
— Eco Fluffy Mama (@EcoFluffyMama) January 17, 2015
Thanks for calling this out, @benwickstrom. Cancelling plans to check out @pintwinnipeg this week…. #winnipeg #notbuyingit
— Just the Goods (@justthegoods) January 17, 2015
Saturday night, nearly 24 hours after the poster was first tweeted out, The Pint responded on social media, apologizing to anyone who may have been offended, and said they would remove the poster.
@benwickstrom We apologize to all those offended, and we appreciate you reaching out to help us get better. Thanks again.
— Pint Winnipeg (@pintwinnipeg) January 18, 2015
@benwickstrom You made a good call. Unfortunately, some of these old beer ads are not appropriate and we will be removing the poster.
— Pint Winnipeg (@pintwinnipeg) January 18, 2015
The poster has since been removed.