3 more women come forward accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault

Actresses Eden Tirl and Linda Ridgeway were joined by former flight attendant Colleen Hughes at a news conference today, where they added their voices to the growing number of women to accuse Bill Cosby of sexual assault, many of whom told their stories to New York magazine.

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Ridgeway, who appeared in the 1972 Charles Bronson action flick The Mechanic, claimed she was attacked by Cosby in 1971 when he offered to give her advice about her acting career, reports The New York Daily News.

“His attack was fast with surgical precision and surprise on his side,” Ridgeway said at a news conference organized by attorney Gloria Allred. “I couldn’t breathe. I was in shock,” she added, saying the star forced her to perform oral sex on him, an act that made her feel like “a small animal that had been hit by a car.”

RELATED: Report: Bill Cosby’s Wife Refuses To Believe Her Husband Is A Rapist

Hughes, an American Airlines flight attendant, recalled drinking a glass of champagne offered by Cosby and then blacking out, waking up several hours later to find semen on her back. “I was confused and ashamed and never told anyone about what happened to me,” she said.

Allred also represents Judith Huth, who claims in a civil lawsuit that Cosby molested her at the Playboy Mansion in 1974 when she was only 15. Cosby has been ordered to appear at at a deposition for Huth’s suit on October 9.

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Boundary changes could help Toronto keep up with population growth: report – Toronto

WATCH ABOVE: A city-commissioned report has put forward five options aimed to even out population/ward distribution that could be implemented before 2018 election. Erica Vella has the story.

TORONTO — A city commissioned review of Toronto’s boundaries has put forward a report that includes five options that aim to re-align the city’s ward system by the 2018 municipal election.

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Currently, there are a total of 44 wards with 44 city councillors representing them.

“I said this back in January and I’ll say it again, not one member of the public has said to me ‘we need more government and more politicians’… The last thing we need is more politicians,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement.

“I think the public wants to see the politicians we already have focus on working together to get things done for Toronto, like building more transit, cutting traffic congestion, building more affordable housing and attracting jobs and investment to the city.”

The report suggests different options that could see ward population and number of councillors change to support an anticipated population growth that would total more than three million.

The options are as follows:

Option one: Minimal change, average population 61,000, number of wards: 47Option two: 44 wards, average population 70,000, number of wards: 44Option three: Small wards, average population 50,000, number of wards: 58Option four: Large wards, average population 75,000, number of wards: 38Option five: Natural/Physical boundaries, average population 70,000, number of wards: 41

The report says in 2014, there was a large range in ward populations.

Toronto-Centre Rosedale [Ward 27] has the highest population with 94,597 people within in the ward.

The lowest populated ward is Toronto Danforth [Ward 29] with 44,404 people.

Twelve public meeting will be held across the city in September and October and a final report is scheduled to go to the Executive Committee and City Council in May 2016.

Third person charged after woman found dead in shopping cart in Edmonton alley – Edmonton

WATCH ABOVE: Two people have been charged following the June death of a 42-year-old woman. Shallima Maharaj reports.

EDMONTON – A third person has been charged in connection with the death of a 42-year-old woman who was found in an Edmonton alley in June.

Police announced Tuesday afternoon they have charged Sophie Isabelle Frenchman, 48, with second-degree murder in Andrea Marie Berg’s death.

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Police discovered Berg’s body in a shopping cart in the area of 124 Street and 113 Avenue on June 16. Her legs, arms and mouth were taped, police said.

An autopsy confirmed Berg died of blunt force trauma. Her death was deemed a homicide.

READ MORE: Woman found dead in shopping cart died of blunt force trauma

In mid-August, police charged Lana Jane Pelletier, 36, with second-degree murder in Berg’s death, and John Charles Kisil, 50, with accessory after the fact to murder.

Berg was a member of the Hope Mission community and friends described her as kind and loving.

Anyone with information on Berg’s death is asked to contact police at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online.

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Wednesday, Aug. 12. It was updated at 3:14 p.m. MT Tuesday, Sept. 22 to include information about a third person being charged. 

High number of violations in Lethbridge commercial vehicle inspection

WATCH ABOVE: A three-day safety blitz is underway for commercial vehicles, 40% of those inspected on day one were taken off the road. Kimberly Tams reports.

Lethbridge -Unsafe commercial vehicles are the target of a three-day inspection blitz. The joint-forces effort saw vehicles pulled over on 43 Street South on Wednesday.

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The blitz started on Tuesday, when 97 vehicles were inspected – 40% of them taken off the road for safety violations. A total of 164 violations, 85 traffic violations and 13 dangerous goods violations were found, while 27 vehicles required some form of maintenance before being allowed back on the road. Lethbridge police say the high numbers of non-compliance is very concerning

“On average, we are usually finding more than half of the vehicles that we check require some level of attention or they are completely out of services, meaning the violations are so severe that the vehicles is not permitted to continue,” says Constable Stewart Seefried.

Police say while it can be costly for drivers, it can be even moreso for the company. The dwindling economy is blamed, in part, for the high number of violations as some companies look to cut corners.

“I know from speaking with drivers that many companies run the risk of maintaining the vehicles and they just pay the fine when they are caught. Too many companies don’t maintain their equipment,” adds Seefried.

The blitz continues on Thursday at an undisclosed location.

Your Neighbourhood: keeping the old, feeling new in Riversdale – Saskatoon

Watch above: It became a village in the 1900s then amalgamated with two other existing neighbourhoods to form Saskatoon. Wendy Winiewski takes a look at the history of Riversdale and how far it’s come.

SASKATOON  – Riversdale was officially incorporated as a town in 1905. One year later, in 1906 the community merged with downtown and Nutana to form the City of Saskatoon.

Few neighbourhoods in Saskatoon have a longer, or more storied history, than Riversdale. Some elements are best left as a memory, others continue defining this unique community, presently.

In 1903, more than 1500 Barr Colonists from the Britannia Colony arrived here by rail. The were on their way to Lloydminster. The colonists bought supplies and prepared for the remainder of the trek. This provided a financial boost to the area. In addition, some of the group stayed behind.

Barr Colonist Tent Camp

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Around the same time, J. H. C. Willoughby and John Butler began subdividing land in the area and selling it as a commercial enterprise, the intention was to make a profit. By splitting the land into small sections, City of Saskatoon archivist Jeff O’Brien explained, the neighbourhood’s foundation was set.

“Unlike Nutana and the downtown, the streets are narrower, the lots are smaller and consequentially the houses tend to be smaller so what happens with Riversdale is, it’s more affordable,” said O’Brien.

READ MORE: Riverhouse Art Gallery a colourful landmark in revitalized Riversdale

Over the decades, the transient community became home to the notorious Albany and Barry hotels. Crime ran rampant and vacancy climbed to 42 per cent.

A recent revitalization has taken Riversdale back to its glory days. The unprofitable pre-First World War Farmers’ Market has a new identity.

Lively Wednesday at Saskatoon Farmers’ Market

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“Our role is huge in this neighbourhood,” said Farmers’ Market operations manager Martin Dyck. “We have markets Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday and we have lots of people coming in.”

According to Dyck, it attracts residents from all over Saskatoon, and some from the communities surrounding the city.

“It makes a lot of the local restaurants a little busier when people are out in the neighbourhood,” said Dyck, adding that’s the added bonus of the market.

It has become the heart of the neighbourhood. The Farmers’ Market is a place residents go to hang out, stroll along River Landing, and watch the fast advancing construction of The Banks condo/townhouse project.

Sales are soaring according to Chris LeFevre, the mastermind behind the project. Residing in British Columbia, this land developer touts The Banks as his most sought after project so far, giving much credit to the location.

With the Farmers’ Market as the heart of Riversdale, 20th Street can be defined as the backbone.

“Fundamentally, 20th Street is the same as it always has been,” said O’Brien.

“You look up and down 20th Street, go through the old directories and you see all these little mom and pop businesses all these little family run businesses and all these people with non-anglo names,” similar to what dominates in the area to this day according to O’Brien.

New businesses abound, entrepreneurship flourishes, restaurants and coffee shops add to the ambiance of the neighbourhood.

Through it all, the Roxy Theatre remains a community staple. Opening in 1930, the Roxy closed in the mid ’90s until it was purchased by Magic Lantern Theatres and reopened in 2005.

The Roxy Theatre is one of only three historic Atmospheric movie theatres remaining in Canada

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“There’s many theatres you go to now when you sit down and the curtain opens up,” explained the general manager, Jordan Delorme. “That’s a really nice aesthetic and something unique about this theatre”.

The theatre’s popularity is thriving with attendance numbers increasing steadily since 2008 according to Delorme.

The increasing popularity theme applies to the whole neighbourhood over the past decade, as a rejuvenation and revitalization keeps the old, feeling new in Riversdale.

HRM decision not to install 4-way stop leaves residents disappointed – Halifax

WATCH ABOVE: Residents living near Edward and Binney Streets are upset that the municipality has decided not to install a four-way stop at what they call a very dangerous intersection. Julia Wong explains.

HALIFAX – The head of a group of concerned residents said he is disappointed with a HRM staff report that said a four-way stop at a downtown intersection is not warranted.

READ MORE: Residents start petition to turn ‘dangerous’ Halifax intersection into 4-way stop

Dr. Rob Green lives near the intersection of Edward Street and Binney Street. He said there have been several accidents there in the past year. The intersection is currently a two-way stop. Green said a four-way stop will force drivers to slow down and subsequently there will be fewer accidents.

The aftermath of a collision at Edward and Binney Streets.

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The vehicle flipped upside down before smashing into a tree.

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The car hit a tree in McKenzie’s front lawn.

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One vehicle crashed into a house at the corner of Edward and Binney Streets.

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One crash sent a vehicle slamming into the corner of McKenzie’s house.

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There have been several collisions at the intersection in the past year.

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“We’re very disappointed [with] the response,” he said. “Certainly we don’t think it represents the true amount of dangerous behaviour that goes around this corner.”

The report concluded there was not enough vehicle and pedestrian traffic to warrant a four-way stop. It also found that, in each collision, “the stop sign was clear and visible. These are not collisions that would be eliminated by the installation of an all-way stop”.

“While we understand how any accident would be upsetting for residents, the reason for the collisions wasn’t the absence of an all-way stop, but rather inattentive drivers not aware of their surroundings,” the report states.

“That certainly may be true but it doesn’t escape the fact people are not stopping and this is a dangerous intersection,” said Green, who is the medical director of Trauma Nova Scotia.

“Whether it’s driver inattentiveness or not, that would be a common problem of all major trauma. Probably a quarter of all of our trauma is from driver inattentive. Any measures we institute to slow down drivers to make intersections more safe is beneficial to community in general.”

Municipality says four-way stop a “no go”

HRM spokesperson Jennifer Stairs said staff looked at traffic volume, pedestrian traffic, speed and collision data before coming to their conclusion.

“All of these things combined show a four-way stop is unwarranted based on national standards both for collisions and for traffic volume,” she said.

However, she said the municipality will take some extra precaution at the intersection.

The intersection of Binney and Edward Streets is currently a two-way stop. Residents want to see that turned into a four-way stop.

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“We are going to replace the two stop signs that exist at that intersection to make sure they’re proper reflective material. People will be able to see them. We’re also going to paint bars on the street to ensure drivers know they are approaching a stop sign.”

Stairs said the work should be done by the fall.

Transportation research responds

There are downsides to four-way stops, according to Ahsan Habib, the director of the Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory.

“It would obviously add to the safety if you have a four-way stop or signalized intersection, but the reason why we don’t put it in all intersections is we also have to maintain the traffic flow. We will see the building up of the queues on the road and Edward Street is connected to very important arterials like Robie Street,” he said.

He disagreed when asked whether maintaining flow on the Halifax peninsula was more important than safety.

“What I see from the report and the pedestrian and vehicles counts, we are prioritizing flows but we are not prioritizing flows at the expense of safety,” he said.

Habib said the design of the intersection is not the determining factor, he said there needs to be more enforcement at problem intersections and more education for drivers.

“We are seeing collisions. That’s more the fault of the user itself, the driver or the pedestrian. We have to bump up those kinds of awareness campaigns. Engineering, enforcement and education – that can really contribute to the road safety of it.”

Habib said he agrees with the changes the municipality will make at the intersection but said more can also be done. He said even more reflective signage, reflective painting and advisory signs will work to maintain flow as well as ensure safety.

Stairs said the decision is final, however the municipality may revisit the issue if more data or more information becomes available.

Man charged in Texas killings said kids were ‘growing up to be monsters’

HOUSTON — A man charged in the deaths of a couple and six children at a Houston home has professed love for one of the victims — his son — but said he thought the children were “growing up to be monsters.”

David Conley, who was being held without bond Wednesday on capital murder counts, was formerly in a relationship with the children’s mother, Valerie Jackson. Authorities say the two had a 13-year-old son together.

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READ MORE: Man who killed 8 members of a Texas family had a dispute with woman victim

Conley, 48, gave jailhouse interviews to several Houston television stations, saying he loved his son “to death” but that he and the other children weren’t being raised properly and acted unkindly toward others.

“They were growing up to be monsters, they were disrespectful, rude in school,” Conley told KPRC-TV.

“I’m not saying they’re dead because of that. I’m not even saying I killed them. God says in the Bible do not disrespect your mother and father or your days will be short, but I’m not saying that’s what happened.”

Those killed at the house Saturday were: Jackson, 40; her husband, Dwayne Jackson; and her children, 13-year-old Nathaniel; 11-year-old Honesty; 10-year-old Dwayne; 9-year-old Caleb; 7-year-old Trinity; and 6-year-old Jonah. All were shot in the head. Police have said most had been handcuffed and some had been shot multiple times.

A message left with Conley’s attorney was not immediately returned Wednesday.

Court records show Conley had a history of domestic violence against Jackson. Conley said Jackson’s husband was a “monster” and had harassed him, and said previous charges of domestic violence against him were “all lies.”

Authorities have said Conley told them he discovered on Saturday morning that the locks had been changed at the home after he had moved out. He entered the home through an unlocked window, according to an arrest affidavit.

Conley said in the interviews that he recently agreed to move out of the home, but went back to the residence because he believed he should at least be able to stay in one room since he had paid rent.

He said he was upset he was locked out, but declined to talk about what happened inside the home at the advice of his attorney.

Conley is next scheduled to appear in court Sept. 15. Prosecutors haven’t decided whether they’ll seek the death penalty.

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City of Vancouver challenges CP Rail’s claim on Arbutus Corridor – BC

The battle for the Arbutus Corridor continues, with the City of Vancouver applying to the Canadian Transportation Agency to order CP Rail to discontinue trains on the railway.

It comes in the aftermath of large red and black CP Rail signs announcing the recommencing of railway operations.

The City of Vancouver claims CPR has breached the Canadian Transportation Actwhen they abandoned rail operations on the corridor in 2001 and did not offer it to governments for purchase at its net salvage value.

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Based on that, the City has requested to put in place two orders.

One order would cancel CPR’s 2014 amendment of its Three-Year Plan, when they removed the Arbutus Corridor from the list of lines they intended to discontinue.

The second order would require the CPR to make an offer for the corridor at the 2004 value.

The city’s application to the CTA comes a week after Canadian Pacific Rail announced that the Arbutus Rail Corridor was ready for use.

READ MORE: Arbutus Rail Corridor ready for moving trains: CP Rail

The city has also requested CPR make sure steps are taken to protect the interests of people living along the corridor.

The conflict around reinstating the Arbutus Rail Corridor dates back to 2014.

After a 14-year hiatus, the Canadian Pacific Railway began asking people to clear any property that ran along the train tracks in April 2014, in order to explore the possibility of making the line operational.

Right after CPR showed interest in re-opening it, the City of Vancouver expressed an interest in buying the property.

The two sides have long been in a deadlock over how the 11-kilometre stretch running from False Creek to the Fraser River would be used. The city has wanted the corridor to remain a greenway, but CPR did not share those plans.

Negotiations eventually broke down, and the city filed an injunction in October 2014 to block any further attempt by CP to re-activate the line.

However, in a B.C. Supreme Court ruling in January 2015, Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson denied the application, saying the city cannot claim any property interest in the corridor.  

READ MORE: City of Vancouver loses Arbutus Rail Corridor fight

The initial call for removal of all property along the railway by CP Rail was met with protests by homeowners who live along the corridor.

After losing at court, the city rescued and relocated trees that were being uprootedwhile CP made the corridor safe for rail use.

Actress Greta Gerwig takes a screwball turn in ‘Mistress America’ before her directing debut – National

NEW YORK – Greta Gerwig is sitting in a Greenwich Village cafe trying to explain how she goes from being fully enmeshed in creating a film – co-writing it, producing it – to stepping into the story and inhabiting a character.

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“My job is to almost get a bit unconscious about the whole thing,” says Gerwig. “It’s an odd paradox of completely knowing what you’re doing – the language is in you, it makes sense – and also feeling like you’re riding something but you don’t have control of the speed.”

She pauses. “I keep thinking of jet ski. I don’t know why.”

Mistress America, which opens Friday, is the second film Gerwig has co-written with director Noah Baumbach, who is also her boyfriend of several years. Together with Frances Ha, the two movies have established a wider view of Gerwig, who was already widely seen as among the finest, most authentic actors of her generation.

Mistress, an ’80s-movie inspired farce, and Frances, a French New Wave-inspired tale of 20s struggle, prove that Gerwig is as deliberate as she is intuitive. Though her sincere, confused characters have the messy blurred lines of life, that doesn’t mean they aren’t finely drawn.

WATCH: Trailer for Mistress America

“She’s broadening the scope of what she’s doing,” says Baumbach, who first cast her alongside Ben Stiller in Greenberg before the two became closer while making Frances Ha. “She’s a real voice. It wouldn’t be wrong to say she has an authorial voice before she’s actually directed a movie.”

But as Gerwig said on a recent summer morning, “That, sir, is in the works today.” Following this interview over coffee, she’ll finalize plans to direct a screenplay she wrote called Lady Bird that’s set in her hometown of Sacramento, Calif. She’ll shoot it in March, with Scott Rudin producing.

So, by jet ski or whatever watercraft metaphor you like, Gerwig is on the move. Up until now, her career, which began in the low-budget “mumblecore” films of Joe Swanberg (some of which she co-wrote) and has dabbled in failed sitcom pilots and larger studio films like Arthur and No Strings Attached, has often been depicted as a pinballing between indie and mainstream.

But in films of any size, working either in front of or behind the camera, Gerwig’s aesthetic – awkward, funny, without artifice – is remarkably consistent. It’s kind of like the reverse of The Purple Rose of Cairo; instead of a movie character stepping off screen, she’s like a real person stepping onto it – and one happy to join any genre.

For Mistress America, the template was movies like Jonathan Demme’s Something Wild and Martin Scorsese’s After Hours – comedies of unexpected adventures propelled by domineeringly charismatic characters.

It was conceived around Gerwig’s character, Brooke, a 30-year-old whirlwind of truly felt but poorly planned ambitions. She does interior design, teaches spin classes and is trying to open a Manhattan restaurant called Mom’s.

Her intoxicating orbit draws in Tracy (Lola Kirke), her stepsister to be, a freshman and budding writer at Barnard College (where Gerwig also went, with playwright aspirations). The two fall in together in New York before, with a car-full of characters in tow, a trip to Connecticut yields a lengthy, manic screwball set piece.

“We wanted to emulate those movies where things go crazy. Maybe our investors would prefer we did not make movies that way,” says Gerwig, chuckling. “But I don’t know. Nobody was going to make any money, anyway. It seemed pointless not to amuse ourselves.”

At the heart of the film in the friendship between Brooke and Tracy, who’s infatuated by the larger-than-life Brooke. She begins writing stories glorifying but also humbling Brooke, who has been moving too fast to notice her youth slipping away.

Like Baumbach’s latest film, While We’re Young, and Frances Ha, much of the drama comes from characters growing into or accepting their place in life.

WATCH: Trailer for Frances Ha

“I don’t know many people who are like: ‘I’m 36 and feeling awesome with that, and not trying to be older than I am or younger than I am,”‘ says Gerwig, 32. “I perpetually always feel old and older than I should be and am slightly embarrassed about that. The first time I ever lied about my age I was seven and I said I was six. It was somehow feeling like I was already behind.”

Gerwig is quick to note she’s more Tracy than Brooke, but her personality seems wholly infused in both Mistress and Frances – both exuberant New York movies that celebrate the lives of young creative strivers not so unlike Gerwig.

“It’s one of the great triumphs of my life that I get to live her,” she says, looking toward the street. “I feel like I’m one of those characters that they date for an episode of Sex and the City who says, ‘I’ll never leave Manhattan,’ and they’re like, ‘She’s crazy.”‘

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On the trail to a cure

Saddling up her horse, Molly Hill remembers how close she came to losing her life.

It was just over a year ago the 63-year-old was diagnosed with breast cancer, the most terrifying thing she has ever been through.

“Sure it’s scary for any woman, for the family,” she said. “I was worried about my horse, because if I died, who would look after my horse.”

Hill had a double mastectomy and is now remission. However, she did not want to stop the fight there.

She decided to join the Wild Pink Yonder 500 KM horseback trail ride. The 23-day event raises funds and awareness for breast cancer research.

“I’m riding for my two granddaughters and my great granddaughter, in hopes that something comes for them,” she added.

Wild Pink Yonder in Pincher Creek, AB.

Jane Hurl, who started the ride in 2009, is also a survivor.

“Initially I thought I’d only do one year, but it was so successful I thought maybe I’ll do two,” she said. “Halfway through our second year my step daughter died from breast cancer. At that point you got to be pretty mad at breast cancer.”

It was then that finding a cure became her top priority, turning Wild Pink Yonder into an annual event.

Map of Wild Pink Yonder 2015 Tour.

The ride is hosted by 23 different municipalities across Alberta, each helping raise funds for the ride and getting their communities involved in the hopes to be named The Pinkest Little Town in the West.

“They are going above and beyond, I just love it,” added Hurl. “It just helps us so much, and when it helps us every single person that gets told ‘you have cancer.’”

If you would like more information on the fundraiser go to: Wild Pink Yonder.

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