BMW owns Alphabet.com and has no plans to give it up to Google – National

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TORONTO – It seems Google should have done some more Googling when it came to picking a name for their new holding company, Alphabet Inc.

On Monday, Google announced a radically different operating structure under the new name that would separate its well-known web companies — like its search engine, YouTube, and Chrome — from its research and investment divisions.

READ MORE: Google to be part of new holding company called ‘Alphabet’

But turns out, BMW operates a fleet service by the name of Alphabet. The auto maker also owns the domain Alphabet杭州夜网 and reportedly has no plans of giving it up to Google.

Alphabet chose abc.xyz as the URL for its domain – a choice that proved very popular with the tech crown online.

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According to Business Insider, BMW is already looking into whether there are any trademark implications with Google’s new identity; however, a company spokesperson noted there are currently no plans to take legal action against the tech giant.

But BMW isn’t the only business that might take issue with the tech giant’s new name.

Both Bloomberg and The New York Times pointed out that many of small and midsize companies use the name Alphabet. There is even an Ohio-based company that uses the name Alphabet Inc.

Alphabet doesn’t even have control of the @alphabet 桑拿会所 account – the account belongs to Cleveland, Ohio, resident Chris Andrikanich.

Andrikanich’s account was inundated with tweets following Monday’s announcement. His follow up tweet which read, “Well, that was an interesting way to end a Monday…,” garnered over 7,000 retweets.

The 桑拿会所 user has since changed his bio to read, “I’m not affiliated w/ Google/Alphabet Inc.”

Redevelopment moving forward at Edmonton’s former City Centre Airport – Edmonton

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WATCH ABOVE: The first phase of the Blatchford redevelopment project has begun. Mayor Don Iveson was on hand for Wednesday’s ground breaking.

EDMONTON – Ground has been broken on the first phase of the Blatchford redevelopment project. Work has begun on underground utilities at the site.

The project will turn the site of the former City Centre Airport into one of the world’s largest sustainable communities, eventually becoming home to 30,000 people.

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“We do think we have something unique here, something in between urban and lower density residential communities that I think is going to be very, very family friendly and people are going to want to be close to the amenities,” said Mayor Don Iveson.

The Blatchford community will include gardens, energy-efficient buildings and custom-designed streets for walking and cycling.

Iveson is confident the development will be a success despite some economic uncertainty.

“It’s important to realize that this is a 30-year project, and there’s a lot of developers who are moving ahead in servicing right now so that they’re ready for when oil comes back and demand comes back up,” said Iveson.

“So housing starts may be down but that doesn’t mean that private developers aren’t investing as well.”

The project has been moving forward better than expected so far. Demolition and environmental re-mediation were completed at $290,000, which was well below the anticipated $1-million cost.

Alberta: Liberals have opportunities in Calgary, NDP in Edmonton

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For many years, deep-blue Alberta wasn’t really on the radar during federal elections. The Conservatives (and before them, the federal PCs) didn’t have to work all that hard to lock down nearly every seat in the province, and the other parties took resources elsewhere.

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But times have changed, as a startling NDP majority victory earlier this year indicates. In the aftermath, Conservatives have found themselves playing defence in parts of Calgary, once a stronghold, the NDP’s thin organization has been stretched to its limits, and the Liberals are smelling opportunity.

“The NDP is going to make gains in Edmonton, and the Liberals are going to make gains in Calgary,” predicts Mount Royal University political scientist Duane Bratt.

“I think the rest of Alberta will go blue.”

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While the NDP did well in Calgary provincially, Bratt says, they will find it hard to match that in a federal election:

“One of the reasons the Liberals did so poorly in the provincial election is that some of its MLAs dropped out to run federally, and they’re taking that base of support with them – think Darshan Kang in Calgary Skyview and Kent Hehr in Calgary Centre. The absence of those guys running provincially – they probably would have won their seats provincially for the Liberals. The fact that they didn’t (run) swung it to the NDP.”

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Calgary Confederation is also competitive for the Liberals, Bratt says.

Edmonton

Edmonton, where the federal NDP already has a foothold in Edmonton-Strathcona, is much more fertile ground for the party. Even in a simulation of Alberta’s provincial election in which Wildrose and PC votes are combined, all nine Edmonton ridings light up bright orange.

WATCH: Provincial Affairs reporter Tom Vernon takes a look at the six new ridings in Alberta for the federal election and what shifting boundaries could mean for voters and candidates.

“The NDP has always had its roots in the city of Edmonton. It’s been tied into the labour movement, both trade unions and public sector unions. Edmonton is much more of a union town.

“We joke in Calgary that it’s made up out of public sector workers and refinery workers. Whereas the white-collar jobs, the engineers, the businessmen, the head offices, are all in Calgary. The people that built the rigs, that commute to the oil patch, and the people that work for the Alberta government tend to be in Edmonton. So Edmonton’s been a much more progressive, Liberal/NDP city for decades.”

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“The other to watch is Edmonton Centre. (Chrétien-era Liberal cabinet minister) Anne McLellan won it very narrowly – she was in a dogfight every time. That Liberal support is gone – it’s all NDP. They’ve recruited a star candidate named Gil McGowan, who’s a former president of the Alberta Federation of Labour.”

A riding prediction map produced by Wilfrid Laurier University political scientist Barry Kay shows Edmonton Strathcona, Edmonton Centre and Edmonton Griesbach as solidly NDP, and Edmonton Mill Woods, Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan and Edmonton Manning as too-close-to-call blue/orange races.

St. Albert-Edmonton, where ex-Tory independent MP Brent Rathgeber will run against Conservative Michael Cooper, creates an unusual opening for the NDP.

In a one-off way, St. Albert-Edmonton may have a version of the divided-right dynamic that marked the provincial election. (In a united-right simulation of the provincial election, nearly all polls in St. Albert-Edmonton stay orange.)

“Can an independent win? Usually they don’t, but the situation in which they do, it’s when you have an independent who’s already an MP, and an independent who left on a point of principle, as opposed to being thrown out of his party or losing a nomination battle,” Bratt reflects.

“Rathgeber walked away because he felt that the Conservative party wasn’t conservative, and that it was anti-democratic. We’ll see how that plays out.”

Kay’s map shows Lethbridge as leaning NDP. Bratt predicts it will stay Conservative, despite a strong NDP performance there provincially.

“In Lethbridge, they had a local candidate who had been campaigning for multiple years, who was well tied into the community. There are some vulnerabilities in Lethbridge (for the Conservatives), but in the end I think they will go through.”

Conservative Jim Hillyer won in 2011 despite a reclusive campaign in which he avoided all-candidate forums and refused to speak to the media.

“A potted plant won for the Conservatives,” Bratt says.

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Despite (and in some ways because of) the NDP’s sweeping provincial win, the party’s resources remain very thin in Alberta, Bratt says.

“The NDP does not have a strong organization here.”

“Even the people who won provincially – they were winning nomination battles with under two dozen people. They had paper candidates who didn’t have signs out, who didn’t campaign, who got elected.”

“The situation may be different in Edmonton, because they have more resources. But the reason they had to bring in so much of the Premier’s staff, and communications people, and chiefs of staff for ministers, was because they didn’t have the people in the province.”

Politics in print: Why candidates write their memoirs before an election – National

It’s not enough to be a politician these days – you also have to be a published author.

At least, that’s the conclusion you could draw from some of the titles released over the past year: Common Ground by Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, Who We Are by Green Party leader Elizabeth May, and the just-released Strength of Conviction by NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.

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All three of these books trace the personal story of their authors, from childhood to federal politics. Conservative leader Stephen Harper’s 2013 book, A Great Game, is the exception among the political oeuvre: it covers the early history of hockey in Toronto.

But party leaders are busy people and writing a book takes time, so what are they getting out of it?

The writing process

Well to start with, they might not write everything themselves. According to Jennifer Lambert, editorial director of HarperCollins Canada, which published Trudeau’s memoir, “he had a few writers that worked with him, and his political team as well. His wife was very involved. Sophie was very involved, she read a lot of drafts and contributed.”

However, she said, Trudeau was involved in every word on the page, in both the French and English editions. “Justin was constantly revising and adding and rewriting, ensuring that it really was his voice, his choice, his words.”

And, the book went through a normal back-and-forth with the editor too, so that revisions were made.

Branding the leader

Having an autobiography on the shelf serves an important political purpose, said Alex Marland, associate professor of political science at Memorial University of Newfoundland. “It’s a way to get information out that may otherwise get missed.”

It’s all about building a leader’s brand and image control, he said. “In branding you have to have a story. You have to have a narrative. So it allows you to say well, this person is a human being, this person has an interesting story, here’s their background, here’s their values and their beliefs and where they’re coming from, but they’re ultimately a human being and a person.”

Building a brand is especially important for Mulcair, according to John Crean, national managing partner for National Public Relations. “I think for Mr. Mulcair, more than perhaps the other candidates, he’s less well-known to Canadians. And part of their broader strategy I think is going to be to introduce him and create a brand for him that will appeal to a broad swath of Canadians and perhaps be seen to be informing the policy directions and motivations that he might have for Canada.”

And so, candidates write their life stories and try to look like an ordinary, relatable person. “Ordinary is exactly what they’re trying to communicate in some ways. You’re trying to suggest you’re not an elitist,” said Marland.

Harper had different goals for his book, he said. “It still fit the brand narrative about him, in that even though it wasn’t his story, it was about hockey, which connects very much into his image. It’s kind of policy wonkish and intellectual in that respect, which kind of goes along with his image. And then there’s the conservative, traditional aspect and the potential connection to Toronto, which is all things that they want to communicate.”

Harper wanted to expand his brand, said Crean, and did it in the most Canadian way possible: by writing about hockey. “So Mr. Harper, who’s well-known to Canadians, well-established, I think they’re probably trying to broaden his brand a little bit, to demonstrate that he has interests and knowledge and abilities that transcend the political sphere.”

It’s no accident that Mulcair’s book was coming out during the early days of the campaign either, said Marland. “It’s a long campaign, they’ve got to come up with, what do we talk about today? This is a good way to show him sitting there, signing books. It’s going to take a few days of news coverage where they don’t have to make spending promises, they don’t have to make policy commitments. It can be light, it keeps the story out there. It’s kind of smart.”

Who’s reading?

HarperCollins, which published both Trudeau’s and Olivia Chow’s autobiographies, doesn’t release sales figures, said Lambert. “I can say that they’re both Globe and Mail bestsellers,” she said. “I’m very, very pleased with both of their performances.”

“I think there’s a strong market of people who are curious to know what the people are really like behind the very public face,” she said, people like diehard party supporters, people who might be on the fence, and people who buy the books as gifts for friends and family.

Marland disagrees. “The ultimate audience in many ways is journalists. Even though the publisher won’t say that, the end game, the real goal, is to try to influence how the media may report on them.”

Crean also thinks that the audience is the media, as a conduit toward reaching the broader public. “Their hope is that journalists will go through the book as part of their research to try to find snippets into his personality and his life history that in a sense informs why he’s saying the things he’s saying today.”

Maybe not a page-turner

The big question though is, are the books any good?

“I flipped through a few of the books and I find many of them, I have a hard time keeping my attention on the entire book,” said Crean. “I don’t really have a strong opinion on the quality of the books per se other than I’m not one of the many thousands who are buying these books.”

Marland was more definitive: “Usually in my experience, the better books are the ones that come out when they’re done. They write reflections once they’ve left office.”

Although you can never fully trust an autobiography, he said, those written by retired politicians are more revealing and more willing to tackle controversial topics. On Mulcair, he said, “Really what adventures does he have that are so interesting? But if Mulcair was prime minister for ten years, and produced a book after that reflecting on ten years, that would be pretty interesting.”

Fentanyl fact sheet: what it is and what it does

What is fentanyl?

Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate narcotic, primarily used for pain management. It is a pharmaceutical that is legal with a prescription, and can be used via patches, lozenges or even a nasal spray.

It is anywhere from 50 to 100 times stronger than other opioids like morphine, heroin, or oxycodone.

You can’t see it, smell it or taste it.

Non-pharmaceutical fentanyl is created with varying toxicities and is often combined with caffeine, heroin and methamphetamine.

Drug dealers may sell fentanyl as fake oxycodone. Buyers may think they’re getting oxycodone, but they’re getting another opioid drug that has fentanyl and other substances in it.

Street names

On the street, fentanyl can have nicknames like:

beansgreen applesapplesshady eightieseightiesfake oxygreenies

How is it hitting the streets?

According to RCMP, fentanyl is finding its way to the Canadian illicit drug market via two means:

Diversion of pharmaceutical fentanyl products (primarily transdermal patches) from domestic supply and distribution channelsImportation or smuggling of pharmaceutical-grade fentanyl and fentanyl analogues into Canada from abroad, notably China

Can fentanyl kill me?

Yes, as little as two milligrams of fentanyl is enough to cause overdose and death. That amount is as small as two grains of salt.

Early signs of fentanyl poisoning may include:

sleepinesstrouble breathing (it may sound like snoring)slow, shallow breathingcold, clammy skinunresponsiveness to pain or a person’s voice

Is fentanyl addictive?

Yes, fentanyl can be addictive. According to Alberta Health Services, if you use opioids a lot, you may find that you develop a tolerance and need more and more to feel the same effects. You can become mentally and physically dependent on fentanyl.

People addicted to fentanyl may have withdrawal symptoms when they quit, including:

cravingssweatingrunny nose and yawningrestless sleep or trouble sleepingweaknessnausea or vomitingstomach crampsdiarrheamuscle spasms or bone painchills or goose bumpsfeelings of irritation
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What if I think a friend has fentanyl poisoning?

Call 911 right away.

Start CPR right away if the person stops breathing or has no pulse.

Take any remaining pills from the person’s mouth or patches from his or her skin so the person doesn’t absorb any more fentanyl.

If you have naloxone (an antidote for opioids), give it to the person as soon as possible.

Where to get help

If you’re concerned about your own or someone else’s misuse of fentanyl, or would simply like more information on drug use, contact the Addiction & Mental Health 24 Hour Helpline at 1-866-332-2322.

You can visit the Alberta Health Services fentanyl information page here.

– With files from Yuliya Talmazan, Alberta Health Services, RCMP and the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse

57 animals seized by BC SPCA in Surrey – BC

WATCH: Nealy 60 animals have been seized by the BC SPCA from a farm in Surrey. All of the animals were found in poor health and in terrible living conditions. Catherine Urquhart reports

The BC SPCA has seized 57 animals following an investigation into animal neglect complaints in Surrey.

In total, 35 dogs of medium and small breeds, 16 horses and six cats were taken from a property. The animals were kept in substandard living conditions without proper access to water, food or shelter, and were found suffering from severe malnutrition. The horses found on the property also had chipped, cracked and overgrown hooves.

WATCH: Meet Leonard and Nicholas, two of the dogs now up for adoption

An animal cruelty investigation is also underway by the SPCA.

Among the 57 animals removed from the property were 16 horses with chipped, cracked and overgrown hooves

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According to BC SPCA chief prevention and enforcement officer Marcie Moriarty, the dogs had been transferred to the Vancouver SPCA shelter and hospital for initial care Tuesday, but will be distributed to SPCA shelters across the Lower Mainland this week for further care and adoption.

The cost for rehabilitating the animals is estimated at $20,000.

“Whenever we have a large seizure of animals it puts added strain on our financial and staff resources,” said Moriarty.

The SPCA will be relying on donations and possible adoptions for the rehabilitation of the animals.

“The BC SPCA would be grateful for any donations to help support the ongoing care and treatment for these animals and we hope that new, loving homes can be found for them as soon as possible,” said Moriarty.

She noted that it is particularly challenging to find homes for horses, given the specialized needs and costs associated with equine care.

3 British Navy sailors charged in alleged gang rape can return home to U.K.

WATCH ABOVE: Three of four British Navy sailors charged in connection with an alleged gang rape in our region are looking to go home. After two days of testimony from several witnesses, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge has made a decision. Global’s Natasha Pace reports.

HALIFAX  – Three of four British Navy sailors charged in connection with an alleged gang rape are being allowed to return home pending their trial.

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The four accused are Simon Radford, Joshua Finbow, Craig Stoner and Darren Smalley. The men were in Nova Scotia as part of a hockey tournament in April. It’s alleged they committed a group sexual assault against a young woman in the military barracks at CFB Shearwater.

All four were granted bail earlier this year, and have been staying with a British military training group at CFB Suffield in Alberta.

Joshua Finbow, Simon Radford and Craig Stoner then asked the court for changes to their bail terms to allow them to return to the United Kingdom. The fourth accused, Darren Smalley, did not ask to change his conditions and remains in Alberta.

Wednesday afternoon, a Nova Scotia Supreme Court judge decided Finbow, Radford and Stoner could vary their conditions and return to the UK.

Justice Josh Arnold told the sailors they must abide by a number of terms, including providing $10,000 cash bail each, staying away from the alleged victim and surrendering their passports to the British Royal Navy when they return to the United Kingdom. The British Royal Navy has stipulated in court that they will not deploy the men until June 2017, unless their court appearances conclude sooner.

The three must also report each Friday by phone to Dartmouth Provincial Court and be in Canada a minimum of five days before their next scheduled court appearance.

Scott Morrison, the Crown Attorney handling the case, said he was concerned about the men being a flight risk, but the extra conditions the court imposed provides more reassurance.

“The court has put together a bail plan that is far more restrictive and specific then what was proposed, at the end of the day if the court is satisfied this will bring these men back to court, then the crown is equally satisfied,” Morrison said following the bail decision.

Morrison said he was also concerned about what would happen if the men were to leave the United Kingdom or be deployed. “I think the unique situation that could shape up here is if these men had ever been deployed, jurisdiction would have been a very difficult issue to resolve, so as long as they remain in the United Kingdom, Canada has a good relationship with the United Kingdom, and at this point we’ve had good cooperation so there’s nothing to lead us to conclude that wouldn’t continue,” said Morrison.

Pointe-Claire parents on lookout for possible predator – Montreal

WATCH ABOVE: Police are on high alert after receiving a report of a man who approached three young girls near Viking Pool in Pointe-Claire. Global’s Kelly Greig reports.

POINTE-CLAIRE  – Police are on high alert after a report of a man who approached three young girls near Viking Pool on Saturday.

Two 11-year-old girls and one nine-year-old girl said a man in a vehicle stopped and talked to them as they walked to their home nearby.

The three fled into a house and locked the door.

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“They had the good reflex to go home and tell their parents as soon as possible,” said Jean-Pierre Brabant with Montreal police.

“Parents came over to the police station and filed a complaint.”

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An investigation is underway, but police cannot give a description of the man or the vehicle because no criminal act was committed.

They have stepped up security in the area.

“All the patrol officers in the West Island and on the island of Montreal are aware of the situation so they’re patrolling parks, swimming pool, places where people or children could go,” said Brabant.

Lessons and free swim were uninterrupted Wednesday at the members-only pool.

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But for the early-morning swimmers, the news came as a shock.

“I was surprised because each morning for two weeks I’ve seen public security around and I was wondering why they were walking around and checking the place,” said Madelene Dover, who has been swimming at the pool every morning for 39 years.

“This is a very quiet area, Pointe-Claire, and particularly this part where the swimming pool is,” added Jolanth Sapieha.

“It’s quiet and safe for kids, for adults, for everyone. So I’m very surprised.”

Police commend the children and the parents for filing a report and said that the best prevention is education.

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“If you talk to your children, make them aware of those situations. If a person is trying to approach them, make sure they say ‘no’ and they continue,” said Brabant.

“Make sure that your children are moving around parks not by themselves and to know an exit or a person that they can go to see.”

Police are encouraging parents to teach their children about “stranger, danger” and ask anyone with information on the alleged predator to call them.

NDP quick to link campaign, Duffy trial – National

WATCH: Mike Duffy’s trial case has political ramifications well beyond the courtroom, especially for Stephen Harper. He is the man who appointed Duffy to the Senate and he’s the man who was in charge when the whole expenses scandal blew up. Eric Sorensen looks at how this is hitting him.

OTTAWA – The NDP wasted little time Wednesday in using the return of Mike Duffy as political leverage against the Conservatives, while Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau seemed to want to wash his hands of it.

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With Nigel Wright, Stephen Harper’s former chief of staff, on hand to testify at the disgraced senator’s trial, Charlie Angus – the New Democrat point man on ethics – was promising to be there to discuss his testimony.

With NDP Leader Tom Mulcair campaigning in Quebec, Angus was also expected to step into the renewed media spotlight to promote an NDP plan to fight corruption in the embattled upper chamber.

Throughout the Senate scandal, Angus has been a gadfly to Harper, who was attending a campaign event Wednesday in B.C. But his leader got things going during a morning appearance in Levis, Que.

There is more at stake than just Wright and the $90,000 he gave Duffy to repay questioned expenses, Tom Mulcair told NDP supporters.

“Nigel Wright may be on the witness stand, but it’s Stephen Harper who is on trial,” Mulcair said.

“Mr. Harper has time and again said one thing and its opposite during this whole Duffy-Wright affair. And when you say one thing and its opposite, it’s quite obvious that both can’t be true.”

WATCH: Mulcair says Nigel Wright might be on witness stand but it’s Harper who’s on trial
The Conservatives have been convicted of wrongdoing in the last three elections, Mulcair noted. “With a record like this, Canadians can’t let Stephen Harper get away with it again.”

WATCH: Trudeau focused on “fixing Canada” not Duffy trial

Trudeau, however, suggested at a campaign event in Regina that instead of looking at all the mistakes that were made, he wants to move in a different direction – focusing in particular on the economy and the middle class.

“What we see right now is Ottawa is going to be entirely focused on what’s coming out of that trial; people are going to be talking about all the things that went wrong with the Harper government,” Trudeau said.

“I’m going to be talking about how we fix Canada and how we build a strong economy for the future of Canadians.”

WATCH: Harper sticks to the script on Mike Duffy’s expenses

The Conservatives are out of steam and out of ideas, and Harper’s plan is to stick with a program that hasn’t worked, Trudeau said, repeating one the main themes of his campaign messaging.

“When a plan isn’t working, the real risk is sticking with the status quo.”

©2015The Canadian Press

Top 10 worst intersections for collisions in Winnipeg: MPI – Winnipeg

WINNIPEG — More than 9,000 collisions happened over the last five years at the city’s top 10 collision prone intersections.

According to MPI, 9,058 collisions took place between 2010 and the end of 2014. That equals out to nearly five collisions a day.

Map showing top 10 intersections for collisions in Winnipeg, click dots for details:

More than a quarter of these collisions, 2,401 or 27 per cent, happened on Bishop Grandin, some resulting in fatalities. Bishop Grandin is a part of number 5, 6 and 8 on the top ten list.

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Two young women were killed and three others were injured, two critically after a 17-year-old female ran a red light at Bishop Grandin and St. Mary’s Road in 2010. A 17-year-old female entered guilty pleas to two counts of criminal negligence causing death and two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm while impaired driving charges were dropped.

RELATED: Texting, speeding driver given two years in jail for fatal crash

Two 11-year-old girls were struck and seriously hurt while walking to school at Bishop Grandin and St. Anne’s Road in 2013.

RELATED: Girls were walking to class at different school when they were hit

Another 25 per cent or 2,226 of the crashes happened on Kenaston Boulevard. The intersections to watch out for on Kenaston are McGillvray Boulevard coming in at number 2, and Grant Avenue following at number 3.

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Top 10 list: 2010-2014

    Leila Avenue and McPhilips Street1,319Kenaston Boulevard and McGillvray Boulevard1,265Grant Avenue and Kenaston Boulevard961Lagimodiere Boulevard and Regent Avenue W956Bishop Grandin Boulevard and St. Mary’s Road876Bishop Grandin Boulevard and St. Anne’s Road806Archibald Street and Marion Street763Bishop Grandin Boulevard and Waverley Street719Portage Avenue and St James Street701Portage Avenue and Moray Street692