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.

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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.”

Edmonton-based developer wins best overall app in provincial contest

EDMONTON — After going through dozens of entries, the provincial government has announced the winners of its “Apps for Alberta” contest and all of the winners are from right here in the province.

“Today we won—I think it was $60,000—that was the Best Overall Award and the Best Made in Alberta award,” said Darkhorse Analytics president Dan Haight . “We have 13 employees in the company and we haven’t talked yet about what to do with the prize money. We’ll probably celebrate somehow as a team.”

The contest, which encouraged developers to use open data to create useful apps for Albertans, received 29 entries from developers across North America.

The winners are:

Best Overall App: “Make the Grade,” designed by Joey Cherdarchuk from Darkhorse Analytics of Edmonton, allows Albertans to visually explore, filter and compare diploma exam results across the province.People’s Choice Award: “Risco,” designed by University of Calgary students (Team R-Squared: Gabriela Jurca, Megha Chopra, Govind Parmar, Omar Addam), helps outdoor enthusiasts access maps and information on outdoor hazards such as known grizzly bear zones, snake zones and active wildfires.Best Made in Alberta App Award: “Make the Grade“Best Student App Award: “Live Alberta” designed by MacEwan University student Karo Castro-Wunsch, combines text and visuals to convey a wealth of easy-to-arrange information on cities across Alberta.
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Haight said many of his staff are parents, and his app answers a question on the minds of many mothers and fathers: “Which school is best for my kids?”

“We used the provincial achievement tests and aggregated them across all subjects and all schools, so you can see how schools fare on those results.”

The apps are now available on the province’s Open Government online portal, which is meant to provide a place for Albertans to easily access government data and information.

“This information belongs to Albertans and I invite everyone to access the wide range of data we now have available on our new open government portal,” said Service Alberta Minister Deron Bilous.

Service Alberta partnered with Alberta Innovates Technology Futures for the competition, which launched in the spring of 2015.

“It’s extremely gratifying to have a project like this be made public and hopefully provide a lot of use for Albertans in understanding their education system better,” said Haight.

Ken King’s email to Flames ticket holders spurs Calgary arena rumours

WATCH ABOVE: An email sent to Calgary Flames ticket holders and a 桑拿会所 account have lead to speculation an announcement of a new arena could come next week. Global’s Brendan Parker reports.

CALGARY –Flames season ticket holders are wondering what “transformative project” the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation is going to unveil next week after receiving an email on Wednesday morning.

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“We would like to share a proposal for a project that will make all Calgarians and Albertans proud,” said the email, signed by president and CEO Ken King. “This has the potential to be one of Calgary’s most transformative projects at a vital time in our city’s history. This will be our first public discussion on this project and it is important that you be among the first to know.”

The email, which is fuelling speculation about a new arena in the city, clarifies the Aug. 18 information session will not be an “official launch” but will share “what has been done to date” and the “vision for the future.”

Mayor Naheed Nenshi’s office declined to comment on the project described in the email.

The domain names for the websites calgarynext桑拿按摩 and calgarynext杭州夜网 were registered to a Calgary company in July.

During a March 5 interview on a local radio station, King alluded to such a project, and said, “when you see our project, people are just going to love it, and we’re not going to sneak in here and steal money from the city.”

WATCH: Ken King’s comments fuel arena speculation

The project, dubbed CalgaryNEXT, also started its own 桑拿会所 account on Wednesday.

It generated lots of reaction online from those in the sports community:

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Theresa Spence resigns as Chief of Attawapiskat; looks for higher office – National

TORONTO – Chief Theresa Spence has resigned her post as chief of Attawapiskat First Nation to run for a higher office.

The Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN), the umbrella organization in Northern Ontario that includes Spence’s home of Attawapiskat, is holding elections for grand chief and three deputy chiefs during the XXXIV Keewaywin Conference in Aroland First Nation Wednesday.

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Spence is in the running for one of the deputy positions. To be considered for deputy chief, Spence had to resign as chief of Attawapiskat First Nation.

She officially announced her resignation on Saturday and it came into effect Wednesday.

Spence is known for her involvement in the Idle No More movement, where she participated in a hunger strike to raise awareness for aboriginal issues in Canada.

READ MORE: Aboriginal leader begins hunger protest 

She was re-elected as chief for a second three-year term in August 2013.

Spence had been in charge during trying times for the Attawapiskat First Nation including a housing crisis and a financial audit last year.

READ MORE: Attawapiskat First Nation must repay $1.8 million, government says

Voting for the deputy chiefs for NAN will get underway Wednesday afternoon after all nine candidates have had a chance to speak before the chiefs in attendance.

Results are expected to be announced before the end of the day.

Alvin Fiddler is the unofficial winner for the office of Grand Chief.

Parapan Am promotion offers $5 tickets in final events – Toronto

TORONTO — Parapan Am Games organizers are hoping to own the bleachers as well as the podium, offering a special promotion to entice more fans to attend.

TO2015 promoters have unveiled a “$5 Friday” campaign, offering fans deeply discounted tickets to both the final athletics and swimming sessions on Friday afternoon.

When asked if the promotion might reflect disappointing ticket sales, a Parapan Am Games spokesperson said it’s strictly part of a larger push to show strong fan support for the Games.

READ MORE: Canada’s Michelle Stilwell and Benoit Huot race to Parapan Am gold

A #SoldOutSaturday 桑拿会所 campaign has Mayor John Tory and Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne joining the chorus to encourage full stands.

“The aim of the $5 ticket promotion on Friday and the #SoldOutSaturday campaign is to finish the Games strong and let all Parapan Am athletes know the region is 100 per cent behind them,” TO2015 spokesperson Heather Irwin said in an email.

The #SoldOutSaturday remains a work in progress. The wheelchair basketball finals will play to a full house, but tickets are still available for the goalball and football seven-a-side matches. Irwin says the Parapan Am Games have sold “nearly” 85,000 tickets to date.

Canada currently sits second in the medal standings, behind a dominant Brazil and just ahead of the third-place U.S.

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Patrick Kane investigation: EA Sports drops Blackhawks star from NHL 16 cover – National

VANCOUVER – EA Sports is pulling Patrick Kane from the cover of its “NHL 16” video game after police confirmed last week the Chicago Blackhawks star is the subject of an investigation.

Kane was to be featured on the cover alongside teammate Jonathan Toews.

EA Sports says that “in light of the ongoing investigation involving Patrick Kane, he will no longer be a spokesperson for the launch of EA Sports ‘NHL 16.”‘

The company says Kane will not be on the cover of the game or attend any promotional events.

The new cover will feature an image of Toews alone hoisting the Stanley Cup.

WATCH: Patrick Kane – A look at the Chicago Blackhawks star’s career and allegations

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Hamburg police confirmed the investigation last week, saying it involved an incident that may have happened at Kane’s home outside Buffalo on Aug. 2. Chief Gregory Wickett said police were gathering information and awaiting results of forensic tests.

A person familiar with the investigation told The Associated Press on Monday that it involves something that occurred between the player and a woman in her 20s.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because authorities have not revealed any details of the investigation.

Kane is from Buffalo and was selected first overall by Chicago in the 2007 draft. He has helped the Blackhawks win three Stanley Cup championships in the past six seasons, including one earlier this year.

“NHL 16” is scheduled for release in North America on Sept. 15.

Kane was also on the cover of the game in 2009.

– With files from The Associated Press

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UPDATE: NDP raises concerns about bedbug infestation at Regina seniors complex – Regina

REGINA –  The Saskatchewan NDP is asking the province to properly get rid of bedbugs at local seniors housing complexes after one resident spoke out about the issue.

Adele Bryson, 80, lives in an apartment at 2121 Rose Street that she said has been crawling with bed bugs for months.

Bryson hasn’t been bitten herself, but when her family comes to visit they leave with numerous bites. Her granddaughter appears to be their favourite victim.

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“When she stays with me overnight, the next day she’s just full of bites on her arms,” said Bryson.

“There’s thousands in there, thousands! You can’t go in there without seeing one,” said daughter-in-law Karren Jackson. “You just touch the bed and you see them crawl.”

Jackson has collected dozens of the bugs in traps to prove the infestation.

“It’s quite embarrassing. Not very pleasant really,” said Bryson.

By July the situation became so bad the senior felt she needed to leave her home, so she moved in with a friend.

Jim Gusul took Bryson in, but admits he’s worried about the bed bugs transferring to his home from hers.

“I won’t go in there. I don’t want her to go in there either. I don’t want to take the chance of coming back to my place with one or two or five in the cuff of my pants,” he said.

Exterminators are scheduled to treat Adele’s apartment, one on each side, as well as on top and bottom. But Bryson’s family doesn’t think that goes far enough in addressing the bigger problem.

They’ve put traps in other seniors’ units further down the hall and found bed bugs there too.

Bryson’s family is concerned that unless the whole building, including common rooms, is treated for bedbugs that the money will be wasted because the bed bugs could return.

“I just want my mom to be safe and comfortable,” said Bryson’s son, Jim Bryson.

“She’s on a small pension and doesn’t have the ability to take everything she owns to a dry cleaner or to move her own furniture. What about all the seniors in that building that don’t have family that can help? Those seniors will suffer, and the bugs from their suites will come right back into mom’s suite making the cost, the effort and displacement of mom all for nothing.”

The NDP is also calling for the entire building to be treated for pests.

“Families are approaching [us] to describe horrible bedbug infestations in seniors housing, and have a real struggle getting the government to properly treat the problem,” said NDP Housing critic David Forbes. “Do it once, so you’re not constantly coming back and having those expenses.”

But Saskatchewan Housing says that’s not reasonable, or necessary.

“It really isn’t practical to treat that many units at any given time,” said Dianne Baird, the executive director of the housing network.

She added the cost for a single treatment is around $1500 and so far this year, Saskatchewan Housing has spent over $700,000 on bed bugs.

She said officials were only recently made aware of Bryson’s issues.

“When an incident is reported, the housing authority jumps on it very quickly so the bed bugs are contained within a particular suite and do not spread,” said Baird.

Before the extermination happens, the home needs to be prepared, and furniture and clothing moved out.

Bryson’s son Jim Bryson, is worried about how other seniors could do that without the assistance of family or friends: “If I wasn’t here, in the city, to do this for my mom – there’s so many seniors that can’t get this done.”

“It’s not like they’re expecting an 80-year-old to do that. But they do reach out to the family and hope they help their family prepare the unit for treatment,” said Baird.

But Saskatchewan Housing said they would never leave anyone in a lurch. They will help individuals who do not have family to assist in cleaning their suites out.

According to the NDP, the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation has had its maintenance budget cut to $48.3 million in 2014 from a peak of $93.4 million in 2011.

Two charged in Yorkton, Sask. drug bust

YORKTON, Sask. – Two people have been charged after a drug bust in Yorkton, Sask. The bust happened Tuesday at a residence on Victoria Avenue.

Mounties say they seized marijuana, hydromorphone, drug paraphernalia and weapons while executing a search warrant.

Kenneth Peepeetch, 34, has been charged with trafficking cocaine, possession of cannabis marijuana for the purpose of trafficking, possession of hydromorphone, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and assault.

Alisha Peepeetch, 25, is charged with trafficking cocaine, production of cannabis resin, possession of cannabis marijuana and possession of hydromorphone.

READ MORE: Three charged after RCMP seize 100 grams of cocaine in Carlyle

Hydromorphone is a controlled drug under Schedule I of the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act.

Both are scheduled to appear in Yorkton provincial court on Wednesday.

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Edmonton group pushing for regulation of medicinal marijuana – Edmonton

WATCH ABOVE: Should medical marijuana dispensaries be regulated and allowed in Edmonton? One group took its perspective to city hall Wednesday. Vinesh Pratap reports. 

EDMONTON – A local society is pushing the City of Edmonton and the Alberta government to establish regulations that would allow for the legal sale of medicinal marijuana.

Members of Macros  – the Mobile Access Compassionate Resources Organization Society – held a rally outside city hall Wednesday morning.

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“We’re here to talk to Don Iveson, to tell him that he’s turning his back on people that need this medicine,” said Aaron Bott, Macros president.

“We’ve been here 11 years and we’ve had no chance to have any regulations at all. We’re here to see if Don Iveson, Mayor Don Iveson, can get us regulations.”

READ MORE: Clients upset after police raid Edmonton marijuana dispensary

In July, police raided a marijuana dispensary run by Marcos. Robert Syre, Janice Syre and their son Aaron Bott are now facing numerous charges including possession and trafficking.

The non-profit group sold medicinal marijuana to people who had a prescription.

The couple is taking the matter to court, arguing it was providing a necessary service for people who need medicinal marijuana.

“Any time law enforcement detracts from a person’s ability to access their own medicine, that is a violation of the constitution, and that’s what we’re here today,” said Robert Syre.

“It’s a necessity service. It covers a lot of people that the government does not cover in their program,” added Janice Syre.

READ MORE: Medical marijuana comes to Alberta as Health Canada grants grow licence

It’s illegal to operate a dispensary in Canada.

However, in some communities police have looked the other way. Earlier this year, Vancouver city council voted to regulate dispensaries despite being illegal under federal law. Dispensaries in Vancouver must now pay licensing fees and abide by zoning rules.

The City of Edmonton said there are no plans to take similar measures.

Police investigating after man, 27, fatally shot near Toronto Marriott Hotel

WATCH ABOVE:  Police are investigating another shooting outside Toronto Marriot hotel. Lama Nicolas reports.

TORONTO – The city’s Homicide Squad is investigating after a man was gunned down early Sunday morning in front of a downtown hotel.

Police said they were called to the Dundas St. W. and Bay St. area around 2:45 a.m. after reports of gunshots. A man found with gunshot wounds was found in front of the Toronto Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel at 525 Bay St and was pronounced dead on scene, according to paramedics.

Toronto Police identified the man as 27-year old Kabil Abdulkhadir.

Police say Kabil Abdulkhadir, 27,was killed in the early hours of Sunday morning in downtown Toronto.

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Bay St. was closed between Dundas St. W. and Queen St. W. as police continued their investigation, before being re-opened at around 1:30 p.m.

Detective-Sergeant Joyce Schertzer told reporters at a morning press conference the investigation is at “the beginning stages” and called on witnesses to contact police.

“We are appealing to the public,” said Det. Joyce Schertzer. “There were perhaps people out, given the fact that this is part of the entertainment district and it is a hotel. We are asking anyone with information to contact [investigators].”

Police said they are conducting a witness and video canvass throughout the Bay and Dundas area.

Guests staying at the Marriott could leave the Marriott on foot, but not by car. And guests who have exited the hotel are not allowed to re-enter and check-in is suspended until further notice from police.

Several guests were caught off-guard by the police investigation and not being allowed to re-enter the hotel.

Chris Sherry, who was staying at the Marriott, said she stepped outside to have a cigarette and wasn’t allowed back into the hotel, with his daughter still in their room.

“I finished my smoke and turned around to go back in and they wouldn’t let me in the door,” Sherry said. “I was a little concerned, and I said ‘if it’s not safe enough for me could you please go get my daughter.’”

Police have not released a suspect description or the number of shooters involved.

Schertzer urged any witnesses to “take the initiative” and call 52 Division at 416-808-5200 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.

This is Toronto’s 32nd homicide of the year and a post-mortem examination has been scheduled for Monday morning.

*With files from Lama Nicolas

WATCH: Tongue-in-cheek video advocates against leaving dogs in hot cars – BC

WATCH: A PSA reminding people to not leave their dogs in hot cars is making rounds online. WARNING: Offensive language. Courtesy: bchizzle, YouTube.

The creators of a tongue-in-cheek video reminding people to not leave their dogs in hot cars are hoping to spread the important message.

The two-minute video that features local YouTube celebrity Peter Chao shows men clad in balaclavas and black sunglasses, smashing out the window of a car, with a dog trapped inside.

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“We are everywhere. We see everything,” says one man wielding a hammer. “We see your dog in distress and you are not around to open the door, we are going to let the hammers fly.”

“We’d like to remind you that a broken window is nothing compared to an animal’s life,” he adds.

However, the video ends with a disclaimer, saying anyone who sees a dog in distress in a hot car should try to locate the owner or contact their local authorities for assistance.

“Breaking a window can be seen as a last resort in an urgent situation,” it says. “Remember, we are just a YouTube channel, not legal advice.”

One of the people behind the video, Brian Cheung of Vancouver, says it was always meant as a joke.

“We were playing with the concept of disheveled dog owners who would go all out and start smashing car windows,” says Cheung. “We thought that would be terrifying. But then we thought we could maybe sugar coat it and make it entertaining to create the discussion.”

Cheung says he and his friends have personally witnessed a lot of cases of dogs stuck in hot cars and wanted to raise awareness about the problem. But before doing that, they wanted to make sure they get the right message across.

“It is a very strong message, so we did not want to promote the wrong one, which is to go out and smash windows,” he says. “It is just to make people talk about it, that’s all.”

READ MORE: Video shows man lashing out when confronted about dog in hot car

READ MORE: Actress Jennifer Beals confronted after leaving dog in West Vancouver car

Randy Fincham, a media relations officer with Vancouver police, told Global News the video is “an interesting and dramatic approach” to educating the public about the dangers of leaving pets in a hot car.

He says in the event that someone comes across an animal in distress inside a car in the city of Vancouver, they should call 9-1-1 and the VPD will dispatch one of their officers to the scene to assess the need to gain access to the vehicle and determine the associated liability involved in intentionally damaging another person’s property.

For their part, Lorie Chortyk with the BC SPCA says they admire the creativity that went into making the video and getting the message out.

“Anything that draws attention to the issue of dogs in hot cars, we are certainly all for that,” says Chortyk. “We obviously can’t condone people breaking the law and taking matters into their own hands.”

Anyone who sees a distressed animal inside a hot car is asked to call the Animal Cruelty Hotline at 1(855)6BC SPCA (1-855-622-7722) and the BC SPCA will send an officer to investigate.

Since the beginning of this year, the BC SPCA have recorded 1,201 calls about animals trapped in hot cars province-wide.