Rory McIlroy moves to world No. 1; Tiger’s back problems linger – National

WATCH ABOVE: Rory McIlroy rises to the top with win at Bridgestone

Rory McIlroy rose to become the top player in the world, Tiger Woods hurt his back and Graham DeLaet caught the flu.

All three stories played out on Sunday at the Bridgestone Invitational, part of the World Golf Championships, in Akron, Ohio, where McIlroy, who won last month’s British Open, continued his stellar play, bettering Sergio Garcia by shooting a 66 in the final round. The win elevated McIlroy past Adam Scott, who was the No. 1 golfer on the planet for 11 weeks.

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“You just try to win golf tournaments and my goal between now and the end of the year is to win as many tournaments as I can, not to finish number one in the world,” he said.

The win comes after the 25-year old Irishman won the British Open in dominant fashion at Royal Liverpool. Asked if this is the best he’s played, McIlroy said it’s close.

“I mean, it’s the most comfortable I’ve ever felt trying to close out a golf tournament out there today,” he said. “I felt normal. I felt like it was the first round or the second round. It didn’t feel like a fourth round. When I say mentally it’s the best I’ve ever been, I didn’t get ahead of myself.  I didn’t start to think about score.  I didn’t think about where I was in the tournament.  I just kept playing my shot after shot after shot.”

Graham DeLaet of Canada hits off the 17th tee during the third round of the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club South Course on August 2, 2014 in Akron, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Canadian Graham DeLaet started the tournament strongly, but ended spending it in bed trying to recover from the flu. DeLaet, from Weyburn, Sask., started feeling poorly earlier in the week, and withdrew from the tournament on Sunday. He was resting, his agent said, in an attempt to recover from a fever.

But McIlroy’s win was overshadowed in some ways by Tiger Woods. The former world No. 1 was playing for only the third time since returning from disc surgery on his back. Woods had struggled all week at the tournament (which doesn’t have a cut like a standard PGA Tour event). Woods appeared to hurt his back on a shot during his second hole on Sunday, but he soldiered on, attempting to play through the injury.

“I just jarred it and it has been spasming ever since,” Woods told tour officials after withdrawing on the eighth hole.

Woods’ caddy drove him to his car, where he struggled to remove his golf shoes before driving away.

Many questioned Woods’ quick turnaround from major back surgery. He played one tournament before the British Open, where he finished at 6-over par in 69th place and showed little of the flair that led to 14 major championships.

Woods had a similar back surgery to the one DeLaet underwent in late 2010 after his rookie season. DeLaet tried to come back mid-way through the 2011 season, but struggled with his game and elected to stop playing. He returned in 2012 and emerged as one of the game’s great ballstrikers.

Woods now faces some significant uncertainties for the rest of the year. He is 217 on the FedEx Cup rankings and currently does not have a spot on the Ryder Cup team. U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson is on record as saying Woods would be on the team if he’s healthy or playing well. Right now neither is true. And if he doesn’t make the FedEx Cup, it is quite possible Woods won’t play again until later in the year, when he could potentially play in the final World Golf Championship of the year.

Death toll from strong earthquake in southern China rises to 398 – National

WATCH ABOVE: Rescuers were racing against time to carry out search and rescue operations in the quake-hit Ludian County in southwest China’s Yunnan Province

BEIJING – Rescuers dug through shattered homes Monday looking for survivors of a strong earthquake in southern China’s Yunnan province as the death toll rose to at least 398 people, with more than 1,800 injured.

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About 12,000 homes collapsed when the quake struck Sunday afternoon in impoverished Ludian county, around 370 kilometres (230 miles) northeast of Yunnan’s capital, Kunming, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported.

Ma Yaoqi, an 18-year-old volunteer in the quake zone, said by phone that at least half of the buildings had collapsed on the road from the city centre of Zhaotong to the hardest hit town of Longtou. The rest of the buildings were damaged, she said.

“I saw dead bodies being wrapped in quilts and carried away,” said Ma, who had arrived with 20 other volunteers Monday. “Some were wrapped with small quilts. Those must be kids.”

Overhead footage of the quake zone shot by state broadcaster CCTV showed older houses flattened but newer multistory buildings still standing.

The magnitude-6.1 quake struck at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday at a depth of 10 kilometres (6 miles), according to the U.S. Geological Survey. China’s earthquake monitoring agency put the magnitude at 6.5.

Rain and thunderstorms were forecast for the area Monday afternoon, complicating efforts to bring tents, water, food and other relief supplies to survivors. Roads had caved in, and rescuers were forced to travel on foot.

Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong’s Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong.

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Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong’s Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong.

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Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong’s Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong.

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Local people evacuate the area after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong’s Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong.

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Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong’s Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong.

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Rescue workers try to rescue the wounded on August 4, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong’s Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong.

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Armed police rescue the wounded after a 6.5-magnitude earthquake on August 3, 2014 in Zhaotong, Yunnan province of China. A 6.5-magnitude earthquake hit Zhaotong’s Ludian county at a depth of 12 kilometers. The quake struck Longtoushan Township at 4:30 pm, Beijing time on Sunday, about 50 kilometers from the city center of Zhaotong.

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Repeated aftershocks also were making the rescue work dangerous. The USGS showed four aftershocks of magnitude 4.5 and higher hitting after the initial quake.

The Yunnan Civil Affairs Bureau said on its website that 398 people were killed and 1,801 injured. Another 29,400 people were evacuated, CCTV said. The death toll is expected to rise after rescuers reach remote communities to assess casualties.

Many of the homes that collapsed in Ludian, which has a population of about 429,000, were old and made of brick, Xinhua said, adding that electricity and telecommunications were cut off in the county.

The mountainous region where the quake occurred is largely agricultural, with farming and mining the top industries, and is prone to earthquakes.

Relief efforts are underway, with more than 2,500 troops dispatched to the disaster region, Xinhua said. The Red Cross Society of China allocated quilts, jackets and tents for those made homeless by the quake, while Red Cross branches in Hong Kong, Macau and neighbouring Sichuan province also sent relief supplies.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reached the worst-hit area Monday afternoon to oversee quake relief, Xinhua said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon offered “his condolences to the Chinese Government and the families of those killed,” according to a statement from his office. The statement said the U.N. was ready to “lend its assistance to efforts to respond to humanitarian needs” and “to mobilize any international support needed.”

The White House also offered its condolences.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those that lost their lives,” said National Security Council deputy spokeswoman Bernadette Meehan. “The United States stands ready to assist.”

CCTV said the quake was the strongest to hit Yunnan in 14 years.

In 1970, a magnitude-7.7 earthquake in Yunnan killed at least 15,000 people, and a magnitude-7.1 quake in the province killed more than 1,400 in 1974. In September 2012, 81 people died and 821 were injured in a series of quakes in the Yunnan region.

In May 2008, a powerful quake in Sichuan province left nearly 90,000 people dead or missing.

Associated Press news assistant Fu Ting contributed to this report.

PHOTOS: Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage on Toronto set of ‘Pixels’ – Toronto

TORONTO — Josh Gad and Peter Dinklage were armed and ready for battle Monday afternoon on Toronto’s Bay Street.

The two stars, along with Ashley Benson (Pretty Little Liars), were shooting scenes for Pixels, a sci-fi action comedy in which a team of “Arcaders” takes on invading aliens disguised as characters from popular ’80s video games.

In the movie, Gad (Frozen) is a conspiracy theorist and Dinklage (Game of Thrones) is a felon. The two are recruited, along with their friend Sam (Adam Sandler), by the U.S. president (Kevin James).

Benson plays a sword-wielding character named Lady Lisa.

Peter Dinklage runs in a scene for ‘Pixels’ in downtown Toronto on Aug. 4, 2014.

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Josh Gad in a scene for ‘Pixels’ in downtown Toronto on Aug. 4, 2014.

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Bay Street from Wellesley Street to Grosvenor Street was transformed into a city block in Washington, D.C. and littered with wrecked vehicles and giant holes in the pavement. The Ontario government’s Hearst Block doubled as a federal office building in Washington.

Ashley Benson and Peter Dinklage on set of ‘Pixels’ in downtown Toronto on Aug. 4, 2014.

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Gad, Dinklage and Benson could not see the aliens they were aiming their weapons at and running away from — the creatures will be added later using CGI.

Pixels, which also stars Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox and Jane Krakowski, is directed by Chris Columbus (Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Home Alone).

Last March, Global News was first to report that Pixels would be filmed in Toronto.

The three-month film shoot is scheduled to wrap up Sept. 8. Pixels is due in cinemas next May.

Josh Gad on set of ‘Pixels’ in downtown Toronto on Aug. 4, 2014.

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Josh Gad, Ashley Benson and Peter Dinklage on set of ‘Pixels’ in Toronto on Aug. 4, 2014.

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Rock guitarist Dick Wagner’s West Island connection

MONTREAL – The last ever song Dick Wagner recorded in March of 2014, was a cover of Kiss’ Every Time I Look at You to help raise funds for a palliative care home just outside of Montreal.

Wagner, who died last week of respiratory failure aged 71, was a skilled guitarist who worked with Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, Kiss and Aerosmith, and also co-wrote many of Cooper’s hits.

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He became involved with the fundraising project for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence at the behest of local rock reporter and project organizer, Mitch Lafon.

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Lafon was on the Global Montreal Morning News with  Richard Dagenais last year to launch the first album A World With Heroes, which raised over $30,000 for the cancer care home in Hudson.

A World with Heroes was released in 2013 and has raised over $30,000 for the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence in Hudson.

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The album featured artists from big name bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Black Sabbath, Cinderella, Whitesnake, Honeymoon Suite, Slaughter, Brighton Rock,  Slaves On Dope, Great White, and many more.

Find out more about the A World With Heroes album here.

Over the past 25 years, Lafon has developed enduring friendships with some of rock’s elite, but he told Global News that he still finds it incredible so many stars would volunteer their time and their music to this very local project, for nothing in return.

“They just did this out of the kindness of their hearts,” Lafon said.

For him, the biggest take-away from this endeavour has been the realization of how important it is to give back to your community.

“You can go to the care home and see how the money was used. You can see that they hired a new nurse, and you can see concrete results.”

Lafon’s father-in-law passed away at the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence, and last Aug. 27, he released the first album to mark what would have been his 75th birthday.

The new EP, which Dick Wagner collaborated on, will mark the one-year anniversary of Lafon’s  father-in-law’s death and will again be released on his birthday.

Ferry carrying hundreds capsizes in Bangladesh – National

LOUHAJONG, Bangladesh – A passenger ferry carrying hundreds of people capsized Monday in central Bangladesh, killing at least two people and probably many more as horrified villagers watched from the shore, authorities said.

It was unclear exactly how many people were on board the M.V. Pinak because ferry operators in Bangladesh rarely maintain passenger lists. Local media said there were about 250 passengers, but the figure could not be immediately confirmed.

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Azizul Haque, who was among at least 44 people who survived by swimming to shore, said he jumped overboard when it became clear the ferry was going down.

“The ferry went out of control due to wind and current, tilting from one side to the other,” Haque, 30, said. “Then the captain jumped out because he probably understood it was sinking. The river was rough, and there were many passengers on board.”

The ferry capsized in the Padma River in Munshiganj district, about 44 kilometres south of the capital, Dhaka.

More than four hours after the ferry capsized, authorities said they were still waiting for a larger vessel needed to launch a proper rescue operation. Local police officer Khalid Hossain said two bodies had been recovered so far.

“We are waiting for a big rescue vessel which is on its way,” said Nurul Alam Dulal, a local fire official. “It’s very difficult to go there at the scene and stay afloat.”

Jasim Uddin, 35, was among a crowd of people who watched the vessel go down from the shore, recording it on his cellphone as it disappeared.

When the survivors began to come to shore, he said they were exhausted and panicked.

“One woman swam nearly to shore and was picked up by a speedboat,” he said. “She was crying, saying she has two daughters. It was panic. Everyone was praying to God.”

As news spread of the accident, about 500 people including relatives of the missing gathered by the water, many of them weeping and holding photos of their loved ones.

Scores of people die in ferry accidents every year in Bangladesh, where boats are a common form of transportation. The Padma is one of the largest rivers in Bangladesh, a delta nation crisscrossed by more than 130 rivers.

Poor safety standards and overcrowding are often blamed for the accidents. In May, about 50 people died in a ferry accident in the same district.

On Monday, the Ministry of Shipping ordered an investigation into the latest tragedy, giving a 10-day deadline.

Guidelines for Ontario campers with pets – Toronto

TORONTO – Bandit is a miniature Eskimo-Pomeranian cross who snuggles under blankets in a tent, lies close to the campfire and begs for toasted marshmallows at every chance he gets.

For his owner, Kelly Bennett, camping with a dog is fun, and perhaps more importantly, practical – there’s no need to worry about leaving Bandit at home.

“He loves going camping, he loves being outside and snuggling with us at night,” Bennett said. “He’s a great little furnace for us, too.”

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All of Ontario’s provincial parks are pet-friendly, with a few guidelines for owners to follow, although some may be more attractive to those bringing their furry friends along than others.

Twelve provincial parks have both a pet exercise area and a pet-friendly beach, while seventeen have one or the other.

A few favourites include Bon Echo Provincial Park in southeastern Ontario, Sharbot Lake east of Toronto, Rock Point on the north shore of Lake Erie, and Wasaga Beach on the shores of Georgian Bay.

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“For lots of people a pet is part of the family,” said Anne Craig, a spokeswoman for Ontario Parks.

There are certain rules those with pets need to adhere to when bringing their four-legged friends on a camping trip, Craig noted.

Pets should not be left unattended on a site and should not make excessive noise. Dogs should remain on a two-metre leash whenever they aren’t using an off-leash exercise area or beach, she said.

Public health regulations also don’t allow pets inside roofed accommodations, showers or comfort stations, she said.

They can, however, roam freely at designated off-leash areas which are clearly marked at all parks, she said.

There are also limitations on pet access to certain trails, said Craig.

“Environmental conservation is one of our top priorities,” she said, noting that pets may not be permitted in certain areas with vulnerable vegetation, which would be clearly marked.

Owners must also clean up after their pets, Craig added, noting that its a provincial offence not to.

Park wardens are authorized to mete out penalties for non-compliance if posted signs are disobeyed.

Jeanette Arminio, who camps annually with her three poodles at Bon Echo, said those hoping to bring their pets along on a camping trip just need to ensure the animals are well trained.

“You can’t have a wild and crazy dog at home and expect it not to be wild and crazy when you go camping,” she said.

Arminio suggested raising a dog to be comfortable with camping from a young age.

“From the time we got our dogs as puppies at eight weeks we’ve travelled with them,” she said.

If a dog hasn’t been exposed to wildlife before, she said, the sight of a chipmunk could set its predatory instinct into high gear.

Chasing wildlife, making too much noise, leaving a mess behind – these could all get your dog kicked out of the park, she said, but as long as the pups are “good canine citizens,” they make excellent travel companions.

Even so, there are pet-free campgrounds in designated sections of some parks for those who don’t want to deal with fellow campers’ furry companions, Craig said.

Achray, Canisbay, Mew Lake and Pog Lake campgrounds in Algonquin Park are a few options for those who want a pet-free camping experience.

Former European enemies unite during ceremonies marking start WWI – National

WATCH: Countries paused today to remember the moments back in 1914, when the world began to stumble into the darkness of World War One. Mike Le Couteur reports.

LIEGE, Belgium – Former enemies united Monday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I, with Belgium, France, Britain and Germany standing together in a spirit of reconciliation.

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Belgian King Philippe and Queen Mathilde welcomed German President Joachim Gauck under cloudy skies for the late-morning ceremony at the Cointe allied memorial amid pomp and military honour. During the ceremonies, the former enemies sat united, listening and applauding each other’s speeches.

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Germany invaded neutral Belgium on Aug. 4, 1914, as part of a planned attack on France. By nightfall, Britain had joined the war.

“It opened Pandora’s Box,” said Gauck who acknowledged that it “is anything but self-evident to stand and talk to you on this day.”

The war wasn’t expected to last long. But instead of weeks, the continent was plunged into hardship and misery for more than four years.

Gauck will join British Princes William and Harry at the Saint Symphorien cemetery late Monday for a similar remembrance. In Britain, there was a ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland, and a late-evening candlelit vigil at London’s Westminster Abbey.

The Great War, as it came to be known, is now often depicted as senseless slaughter without a big moral cause that claimed an estimated 14 million lives, including 5 million civilians as well as 9 million soldiers, sailors and airmen from 28 countries. At least 7 million troops were left permanently disabled.

British Prime Minister David Cameron sought to debunk that notion.

“Although there was an enormous amount of waste and loss of life, there was a cause that young men rallied to at the beginning of the war, which was the idea that Europe shouldn’t be dominated by one power. That a country, a small country like Belgium, shouldn’t be simply snuffed out,” Cameron told the BBC.

On Sunday, an intense hug between Gauck and French President Francois Hollande during a remembrance ceremony in eastern France close to the German border sealed again the friendship between the two neighbours, who have become the cornerstones of the European Union.

Monday’s ceremony in Liege was significant since the battle for the forts around the city meant the first delay for Germany’s enveloping move through Belgium, the so-called Schlieffen Plan strategy to defeat France in a matter of weeks.

Liege held much longer than expected and allowed the allied forces to gather strength and keep Germany at bay within dozens of kilometres of Paris.

Gauck called the German plan “hapless” and deplored German actions against civilians and cities its forces passed through during the early weeks of the war.

By the end of autumn 1914, both sides dug in, and from the early battles, the war quickly changed into trench warfare on the Western Front, with hundreds of thousands of casualties in a barren landscape where poison gas often wafted through the air.

The battlefront scars would slowly and agonizingly rip across Europe, ravage whole communities and millions of families. It produced a moral wasteland in Germany that would become fertile ground for the rise of Nazism. Four empires would disappear.

The U.S. joined the allies against the German and Austro-Hungarian empires in 1917 and provided a decisive impetus to break the deadlock before the Nov. 11, 1918, armistice.

Raf Casert reported from Brussels.

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Saskatoon business fights human trafficking – Saskatoon

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SASKATOON – According to the U.S. State Department, child trafficking is one of the fastest-growing crimes in the world and a Saskatoon entrepreneur is trying to change that.

Sarah Greenlaw worked in a government job for a decade before a trip to southeast Asia changed her life.

“I heard about children being sold for sex in Cambodia and I didn’t even know that happened,” said Greenlaw.

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According to UNICEF, 35 per cent of Cambodia’s 15,000 prostitutes are children under the age of 16.

The organization says many are often held captive, beaten and starved.

“You know, I saw little towns – where it was pointed out to me – like ‘in that building right there, there are children that are being sold into brothels’,” said Greenlaw.

She refused to just be another passerby and brought her cause to Saskatchewan.

“I got in touch with some people that were actually doing skills training for women, to help them get out of the sex trade. And I started buying their product and importing it here,” Greenlaw explained.

Greenlaw has a booth on Broadway Avenue at Saskatoon’s Fringe Festival to raise money and awareness for the cause.

Her profits from go to the Ratanak International, an organization that helps free Cambodian children from sex slavery.

“When people hear what it is, they are much more drawn to the product,” she said.

The jewellery for sale is made by women who have been freed from sex trafficking and are trying to make better lives for themselves.

Fringe Festival organizers said fundraising booths at the event have seen a lot of success this year.

“You can communicate with people on a one-on-one basis, as opposed to being the person at the end of a phone call,” said Colin Grant, the festival’s publicist.

For every item Greenlaw sells, she hopes a bit of freedom is in store for those who have none.

The Freedom Collection booth will be open on Broadway Avenue during the festival, which runs until Aug. 9.

Quebec murderer Robert Gaudette back in police custody – Montreal

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MONTREAL — Robert Gaudette is back in police custody after escaping from a minimum security federal unit in Laval last Tuesday.

Gaudette was noticed missing early Tuesday during a morning count at the Montée St-François Institution, where he was serving a life sentence for the murder of his wife, Cindy Bouchard, in 2000.

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He was apprehended Sunday night in Quebec City after being recognized on the street.

According to authorities, he did not resist arrest and is expected to appear in a Quebec City court on Monday.

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A 59-year-old man named Claude Hamelin was arrested on Thursday in connection with Gaudette’s escape. He was charged as an alleged accessory in the Valleyfield court on Friday.

Corrections Service Canada has launched an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

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Man attacked by bear near Smoky Lake, sent to hospital

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EDMONTON – A man is recovering at the University of Alberta hospital in Edmonton after being attacked by a bear near Smoky Lake, Alberta.

Alberta Fish and Wildlife said a 56-year-old man was attacked by a Black bear about 13 kilometers northeast of the town of Smoky Lake Sunday evening.

According to Fish and Wildlife, the hunter lawfully shot the bear before the attack. He then chased the bear, which is when the bear attacked him.

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The bear began to maul one of the man’s arms. The man managed to grab his firearm and shoot the bear again.

The wounded hunter managed to make his way back to a nearby truck where his friends were waiting and called 911.

“There was bite marks obviously on him and claw marks, so we knew it was definitely a bear attack,” Deputy fire chief Chris Schwab, Smoky Lake Fire Department. “He was obviously in a lot of pain and covered in blood.”

“It’s survival when he’s got a hold of you. Most people are a lot tougher than you think. Put in the right circumstance people can do amazing things,” said Mike Ewald, Alberta Fish and Wildlife.

The man was coherent before being flown to the U of A hospital by STARS Air Ambulance.

“He was in stable condition for the flight. Other than that I think it was just superficial injuries, so just on top of the skin and some puncture wounds,” explained Sherry Brooks, STARS Flight Nurse.

Wildlife experts said the hunter made some critical mistakes. After shooting the bear he shouldn’t have chased after it so soon, nor should he have gone into the bush by himself.

“It’s a very fortunate set of circumstances. It easily could have ended completely opposite…very fortunate and very thankful that it ended this way,” said Ewald.

The man was to undergo surgery on one of his arms, but is expected to make a full recovery.

Wildlife officials say Black bear hunting is permitted year round, and is allowed on private property with the owner’s permission.

Smoky Lake is 117 kilometres northeast of Edmonton.