WATCH: Boonstock reviews trickle in

PENTICTON, BC – Boonstock has come and gone, but reaction to the music festival is just starting.

“I thought it was amazing,” says festival-goer Milla Downing. “I definitely think there should be one next year.”

But Boonstock has not won over Penticton Councillor Katie Robinson.

She’s the liaison to the city’s protective services committee and has expressed security concerns from the very beginning.

“I thought it was a disaster looking for somewhere to happen and that’s what happened,” says Robinson.

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A 24-year-old woman from Alberta died of a suspected drug overdose early Saturday morning.

Two others remain in critical care for apparent drug overdoses.

Interior Health Authority reports there were 80 emergency room visits from Boonstockers over the three-day event – most of them drug and alcohol-related.

Robinson believes the security was almost non-existent, and as a result, about 20 more RCMP officers had to be called in to police the festival grounds.

“If it hadn’t been the RCMP and emergency personnel stepping up and taking over the security, I think we would’ve seen more deaths,” she says.

The locatee, whose family owns some of the land the festival ground is on, believes the festival went very well and there were many happy customers.

But he admits that growing pains are expected for Boonstock’s Okanagan debut.

“The second year gets better and the third year gets better than the second year,” says Pierre Kruger.

In the coming days, the local Chamber of Commerce and Boonstock organizers will have more information on the economic impact of the three-day event.

LA Kings’ Jarret Stoll visits Saskatoon with Stanley Cup – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – Hundreds of loyal hockey fans got a rare opportunity to see the Stanley Cup on the August long weekend along with one of their favourite Saskatchewan NHL stars.

Jarret Stoll, 32, paid the Bridge City a visit on Sunday and spent time with enthusiasts as part of a fundraiser.

Royal University Hospital (RUH) Foundation will benefit greatly from the visit thanks to the generosity of the Los Angeles Kings forward.

He created the now $1.1-million Jarret Stoll Patient Comfort Fund Endowment as the result of six celebrity golf classics for RUH from 2005 to 2011.

“We put a lot of time into having a successful golf tournament, and raising a lot of money, and this is exactly where the money goes. And it’s good to see that and see what they’ve done and see how happy it makes everybody,” said Stoll.

“I’m honoured to come back and spend some time with the kids and their families and that’s what the whole endowment fund that we all created here wanted to do.”

The endowment’s investment earnings have provided over $105,000 in furniture, equipment and resource rooms for local patients and their families.

Stoll also visited Kiwanis Memorial Park Sunday afternoon, giving fans the opportunity to take a photo with the NHL championship trophy and make donations.

READ MORE: 5 oddest and craziest adventures of the Stanley Cup

During his previous time holding Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2012 with the Kings, he visited southeastern Saskatchewan.

Stoll was born in Melville, Sask. and grew up playing for hockey teams in Yorkton and Saskatoon.

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WATCH: Owner denies her dogs are killers

A Joe Rich family is living in fear after their dog was attacked and killed last week.

They say their pet was fatally attacked by a pack of dogs that belong to their neighbour.

“I saw her standing right there, shacking. Blood all over her.”

Hanna Lambert recounts what she saw last week when she arrived home — her dog bleeding and mangled after being attacked. But Lambert didn’t know by what. Her mind was racing.

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“At the time, we thought it was coyotes, wolves coming onto our property but on Friday when those three dogs came on our property we knew those were the dogs that attacked her.”

Lambert says the three dogs came back the next day for another kill.

“They went after our other dog. One of them still had blood all over its chest,” says Lambert.

The fact that the three dogs came back has the Lamberts on edge.

“We’re afraid to go outside we have to carry a bat with us,” she says.

And the Lamberts are not alone. The three dogs recently paid their neighbour a visit.

Allen Pauls says his wife had a close encounter with one of the roaming dogs last week. It was aggressive. Now they too are in fear.

“My wife was watering the lawn last night and I wanted to go somewhere and she asked me if I would stay until she finished doing the watering. So it’s a little unnerving.”

Global News located the owner of the dogs. They had posted a sign on a local billboard that two of their dogs are missing — one matching the description of the dogs that were found on the Lambert’s property.

Savanna Malone lives just up the road from the Lamberts. She says she’s offended the Lamberts are pointing the finger at her dogs.

“I think it’s sort of offensive. Yeah, our dogs were on their property.”

Malone says it’s impossible that her dogs killed Lambert’s dog because they were out of town at the time. She says the dogs were with her but now they’re missing.

“At this moment our dogs are gone,” she says.

Not what the Lamberts wanted to hear. They want the dogs captured.

“I think they should be put down. If they’re capable of attacking a dog, they’re fully capable of attacking a human,” says Lambert.

The Regional District has fined Malone for letting her dogs run at large but no action will be taken for the killing because there’s no proof Malone’s dogs are responsible.

NYC hospital testing patient who visited West Africa for Ebola – National

NEW YORK – A New York City hospital says it’s performing Ebola tests on a patient who recently travelled to West Africa.

Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan says a male patient with a high fever and gastrointestinal symptoms came in Monday. The hospital says it placed him in strict isolation and he’s undergoing medical screenings.

Officials at U.S. airports are watching travellers from Africa for flu-like symptoms that could be tied to the recent Ebola outbreak there.

The Ebola virus causes a hemorrhagic fever that has sickened more than 1,600 people, killing nearly 900 mostly in Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone. It’s spread through direct contact with bodily fluids.

A spokesman for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says at least three Americans have been tested in the U.S. He says all three tested negative.

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Saskatchewan marks 100th anniversary of WWI

REGINA – The first World War changed the face of the world, Canada and Saskatchewan.

Monday marks 100 years since the start of Canada’s involvement in the Great War.

“Young and enthusiastic Canadians set out for Europe, confident that the war would end quickly and they’d be home by Christmas. They had no idea of the horrors to come,” said Lieutenant Governor Vaughn Solomon Schofield, at a ceremony commemorating the anniversary on Saskatchewan legislative grounds.

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Over 60,000 Canadians would not return home alive, including 6,400 from Saskatchewan.

According to the commander, for all the army in western Canada, the impact from WWI is still felt today.

“A lot of the trouble that we see in the Middle East and that area is a result of the fallout of the post-war settlement,” said Brigadier-General Wayne Eyre, commander of 3 Division.

“It’s very important to understand that context, that history, but also recognize and understand our own history.”

Saskatchewan’s war memorial project began in 1988 with the names of about 5,000 Saskatchewan soldiers who passed away. On Monday, 1,200 more names were added to the list of WWI casualties.

“We thought we had everybody. But little did we know people went from Saskatchewan over to Manitoba and signed up there, or in Alberta to sign up, or home to England and signed up. So we missed a whole bunch,” said Terry Lyons, chair of the Saskatchewan war memorial committee.

The province’s war memorial on the legislative grounds is unique in Canada.

“Nowhere else in Canada is there a memorial that commemorates the province’s war dead,” said Jason Quilliam, chief of protocol for the province.

“As a man who served in the military, who went to Afghanistan, who fought for Canada, it’s all about stepping in the shoes of my forefathers.”

The ceremony also included the premiere of the “Saskatchewan March”, which was a song commissioned by a Regina composer for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“What a great community of people that we have here (in Saskatchewan) and this march celebrates that,” explained composer David L. McIntyre.

COMMENTARY: Economic summit is key to bay area’s future – Hamilton

Today is a special day and an important day for the Hamilton/Burlington area and our economic future.

The third annual Bay Area Economic Summit is happening at the Royal Botanical Gardens, which straddles the two growing communities.

There was a time, not too many years ago, when the two cities looked at themselves as competitors for jobs and business growth, in spite of the fact that there is far more that binds the two cities together than separates them.

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For years now, community organizations such as the YMCA, the Realtors Association and the United Way have seen the benefits of collaboration between our two cities and lately, the economic partnerships between Hamilton and Burlington have paid huge dividends.

Numerous urban planning and economic publications have designated Hamilton and Burlington as two of the best cities in which to invest and the new developments and investments by the private and public sector show that we’re making progress.

But we still have  immense challenges with affordable housing and poverty and skills training for the jobs of tomorrow, to name just a few.

But we can accomplish much more together than we can separately and  today’s Bay Area Economic Summit will help develop  plans to face those challenges head on and chart a course for a brighter economic future for both cities.

Bill Kelly is the host of Bill Kelly Show on AM 900 CHML and a commentator for Global News.

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Alberta silent on decisions about who speaks at energy hearings

EDMONTON – The Alberta government has refused to release documents on its decisions about who gets to speak at public hearings on energy development.

The issue of public input has generated increasing concern and at least one court case.

The Canadian Press filed a freedom-of-information request nine months ago seeking paperwork on the eligibility of groups or individuals to address Alberta Energy Regulator hearings. The request yielded 260 pages of correspondence, reports and briefing notes. Every page was blank.

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“A package consisting of 260 pages with no disclosure” is how Alberta Environment’s freedom-of-information office described the release in a letter received by the news agency last week.

The request was made after a Queen’s Bench judge ruled in late 2013 that the department wrongly refused to grant an environmental coalition the right to appear at a hearing into a proposed oilsands development.

The judge concluded that documents from a disclosure hearing suggested the group was shut out because of its critical stance on the oilsands.

Since that ruling, environmental groups and First Nations have been denied standing to speak at public hearings at least nine times.

In one case, hearings on a proposed oilsands expansion were cancelled after six groups that had asked to speak were turned down.

The issue has spread beyond energy regulation. On June 25, the office of the province’s consumer advocate was turned down after it asked to address an Alberta Utilities Commission hearing into alleged electricity price manipulation.

That same month, two aboriginal bands took the government to court after they were refused standing at Alberta Energy Regulator hearings.

Legal experts have voiced public concerns about what they call a restriction on public input. The judge in the case that brought the issue to light urged the government to draw its circle of consultation as wide as possible.

Alberta Environment says the rules haven’t changed, even though many of those shut out had previously been routinely granted the right to address hearing panels.

Wade Clark, director of policy and regulatory alignment for both Alberta Environment and Alberta Energy, said all documents were kept secret because they could reveal how legislation creating the new energy regulator was developed.

“What I’m referring to there are the various drafts of the legislation,” he said. “That’s the type of thing that’s routinely not disclosed.

“As I interpreted the request, it related more to the deliberations during that time frame, which related to the (new) regulations and rules.”

No officials during the time the request was under consideration suggested that interpretation to The Canadian Press. No attempt was made to clarify the request, although the news agency contacted the government numerous times to check its progress.

Clark suggested the ruling could be reconsidered.

“I think we could sit down and work out the wording (of the question).”

Rachel Notley, environment critic for the New Democrats, said the difficulty in getting information on how important decisions are made is typical of the governing Tories.

“Only in Conservative Alberta would a public body, tasked with consulting the public, in public, keep its rules around how to do that secret,” she said.

Magnetic brain stimulation shows promise in treating depression and PTSD – Toronto

TORONTO- In an armed forces career that lasted more than 30 years David, whose family has asked his last name not be released, helped many comrades deal with depression and post traumatic stress disorder. By 2010 it was clear that he had also fallen victim to it.

“I was spiralling out of control,” he told Global News. “I couldn’t go to work anymore and not only that, I basically stayed in my garage for almost two years.”

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David sought conventional treatment through medication and counselling sessions with psychiatrists and psychologists but it was only this year that he found real progress after participating in a research project at Toronto Western Hospital.

“It’s given me a new start,” he said.

It is called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, or rTMS. It was demonstrated for a Global News camera by researcher Dr. Jonathan Downar, an assistant professor at the University of Toronto.

With the help of an assistant, he showed how they make a detailed map of a patient’s brain and use it to pinpoint powerful and focused magnetic pulses to an area linked with depression. Dr. Downar pointed out that these kinds of techniques were pioneered in the 1990s, but it is only recently that new, more sophisticated technology has allowed clinicians to reach deeper inside the brain, to a region called the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex.

His team studied its effects on 47 volunteer patients, including David, and the results were surprising. 24 saw a dramatic improvement in their symptoms.

It had minimal effect on the other 23. Some of the best results were with people suffering from eating disorders or PTSD.

“The area that we’re stimulating is not so much a happy button, where if you stimulate it you boost the person’s mood,” said Dr. Downar. “What this circuit in the brain does is helps us self regulate our thoughts and our behaviors and our emotions.”

Given the clear disparity in results, his team is now investigating whether a detailed mapping of the brain can indicate in advance whether the treatment is likely to be successful. But for David, 30 treatments have made a dramatic difference in his life.

He still has his bad days but now finds he is better able to bounce back.

“At least now I feel there’s some light again and I feel like I can move forward.”

Ukrainian soldiers enter Russia with both sides giving conflicting reasons – National

MOSCOW – A Russian border security official said Monday that more than 400 Ukrainian soldiers have crossed into Russia, although both sides gave conflicting accounts as to why they did it.

The Russian official said the soldiers deserted the Kyiv government and the Russian side opened a safe corridor. A Ukrainian military official, who did not give a number for the soldiers involved, were forced into Russian territory by rebel fire after running out of ammunition.

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READ MORE: Ukraine’s army advances on rebel stronghold of Donetsk

Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have been battling the Kyiv government since April, a conflict that has claimed at least 1,129 civilian casualties, according to a U.N. estimate. Ukraine and Western countries have accused Russia of providing the rebels with equipment and expertise, a claim that the Russian government has repeatedly denied.

The West has also accused Russia of most likely providing the insurgents with surface-to-air missiles that may have been used to shoot down a Malaysia Airlines passenger jet over rebel-held territory on July 17, killing all 298 people on board.

A Dutch plane carrying victims’ remains from the disaster took off from Kharkiv on Monday. The plane was also carrying personal belongings of victims back to the Netherlands.

The Interfax news agency reported Monday that Russia’s air force began military drills in central and western regions of the country, a move that could spark further fears that Moscow is ready to flex its military muscle in Ukraine.

The drills will start Monday and last through Friday, air force chief Igor Klimov was reported as saying, and will involve more than 100 fighter jets and helicopters.

Vasily Malayev, head of the Federal Security Service’s border patrol in the Rostov region, said that 438 Ukrainian soldiers had crossed into Russian territory on Monday. He said the Russian side had allowed the soldiers to safely enter the country overnight.

Malayev later said that 180 of them requested to return to Ukraine and were being sent there in buses. He said the move was not an exchange, but did not give further details.

Russia’s Defence Ministry couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.

The Ukrainian military confirmed that part of a brigade had most likely crossed into Russian territory, although it disputed Russia’s version of events and wouldn’t say how many soldiers went over.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian military operation in the east, Oleksiy Dmitrashkovsky, said troops from the army’s 72nd Brigade were penned into their position and came under a sustained barrage of fire from separatist forces. Rebel fighters used tanks, mortars, artillery and Grad missile launchers over four hours, Dmitrashkovsky said, and eventually the brigade was forced to divide up into two sections.

“One was meant to break out and join forces with a support unit. The other unit had the task of providing fire cover,” Dmitrashkovsky said. “In doing that they fired their weapons until no ammunition remained, after which they abandoned their position and reached a place near a border crossing on Russian territory.”

Dmitrashkovsky said it was too early to confirm how many soldiers had crossed into Russia.

“We do not have such information. The Russians are capable of claiming anything they want,” he said.

Yuras Karmanau contributed to this report from Donetsk, Ukraine.

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Burlington area highways reopen after Monday’s flooding – Toronto

WATCH: Cindy Pom has incredible pictures of flooding Monday night in Burlington, that shut down major roads and highways. Meterologist Ross Hull has an update on the weather and rainfall in the area.

TORONTO – Many highways in the Toronto area have reopened after Monday’s flooding that was caused by severe weather.

GO Transit also had to suspend service throughout the evening hours yesterday.

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Environment Canada had issued severe thunderstorm warnings for Toronto and parts of the surrounding GTA Monday afternoon.

Flooding on Appleby Line south of the QEW Monday, August 4, 2014.

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Several Burlington residents reported flooded basements and power had to be cut to many homes in the Cheviot Ct. area as sewage backed up.

A flooded basement in the Cheviot Ct. area of Burlington Monday, August 4, 2014.

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Four people were struck by lightning at Scarborough’s Morningside Park earlier in the day.

All four victims were transported to hospital with “non-life threatening injuries.”

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