Dartmouth, N.S. massage therapist charged with another sexual assault

A massage therapist from Dartmouth, N.S., who was convicted of a violent sexual assault in June has been charged with another sexual assault.

In a statement, Halifax Regional Police spokesperson Const. John MacLeod said members of the police force’s sexual assault investigation team arrested Trevor Jordan Stevens, 34, on Tuesday.

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“On April 12, 2021, police received a report of a sexual assault that had occurred in Dartmouth by a massage therapist during appointments,” said MacLeod. “As a result of the investigation, SAIT members arrested the man today.”

The alleged incidents happened between 2017 and 2019. Stevens was scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court on Tuesday to face one count each of sexual assault and aggravated assault.

“Out of respect and concern for the victim’s privacy and wellbeing, we are not releasing any further details regarding the incident,” the statement said.

Second sexual assault charge

In June, Stevens was found guilty of sexual assault, assault, overcoming resistance by attempting to choke, suffocate or strangle another person, and one count of uttering threats to cause death or bodily harm.

The offence happened in January 2013 at Stevens’ home in Dartmouth, which is also where he operated his massage practice. Stevens was charged in 2018.

Stevens was a member of the Massage Therapists’ Association of Nova Scotia and his membership was suspended in late May after the association learned of the charges against him.

Stevens is due in court for a sentencing hearing in that case on Nov. 26.

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Construction headaches on Harbour Bridge in Saint John expected to last six years

This summer’s construction woes surrounding Saint John’s Harbour Bridge appear to be far from over – with years left in the province’s planned facelift.

Both the bridge’s eastbound lanes have been closed since early June, with traffic headed both ways now sharing the two westbound lanes to cross the harbour.

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The biggest headache, drivers say, has been merging into the two packed lanes at rush hour.

“I sometimes say a little prayer because you can see the traffic backed all the way down,” says Naomi Drummond, who crosses the bridge to get to work every day.

And with the bridge’s Chesley Drive exit out of commission, she says the detours can be a bit confusing.

“I timed it, because why not, and it took me 23 minutes,” Drummond says. “It’s normally like a seven-minute jaunt.”

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The bridge is considered provincial infrastructure, with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure overseeing the project in three phases.

Phase 1 is set to set to wrap mid-October, with Phase 2 to follow in 2022.

The work being done this summer is focused on the west side of the bridge – removing expansion joints and replacing them with link slabs.

The department says the bridge’s concrete beams will also be repaired, with bearing blocks replaced before a fresh pave job.

Phase 1 of work being done by New Brunswick's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is set to wrap in October.

Phase 1 of work being done by New Brunswick's Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is set to wrap in October.

New Brunswick Department of Transportation and Infrastructure

Saint John Mayor Donna Reardon says, despite the disruption, the work is welcome in the city.

“It’s been 10 years since they last did any work on that bridge,” Reardon says.

“So if somebody else wants to come in, pay for things, upgrade things, I’m like: great, come on in and we’ll make it work.”

Reardon says Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Jill Green was in town last week to see the site when she told the mayor the job appears to be on schedule.

Commuters like Drummond are still in disbelief their daily drive will be impacted for years to come.

“I’m no expert by any means,” she says. “I don’t think they need it to take six years to uproot people’s lives every season.”

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First Surrey Police Service officers to be deployed by end of November

The new Surrey Police Service (SPS) has set a date for when it plans to have boots on the ground.

The first group of 50 officers will be deployed on or before Nov. 30, the SPS said Tuesday.

As part of a phased transition process, SPS officers will be assigned positions within the Surrey RCMP. More officers will be brought in throughout 2022 and 2023.

The transition process has been agreed to by the Surrey Police Service, Public Safety Canada, the province and the City of Surrey.

The Surrey Police Service is reminding the public that the RCMP remains the police agency of jurisdiction in Surrey during this point of the transition.

The SPS has been actively recruiting for several months.

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More than 3,100 new COVID-19 vaccines given in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

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Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health reported Tuesday that 3,166 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered in the area over the long weekend.

More than 500 of the shots were first doses and just about 2,650 were second doses, public health said.

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The additional doses mean that nearly 194,000 residents over the age of 12 are considered fully vaccinated with two shots, which equates to about 72 per cent of the eligible population.

About 82 per cent across Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph have received at least one dose, with that figure seeing only slight increases since the middle of June.

When broken down into municipalities, roughly 78 per cent of Guelph’s eligible residents are fully vaccinated, while 67 per cent have had two doses in Wellington County and 64 per cent in Dufferin County.

More than 409,500 doses have been administered in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph since the vaccine rollout began locally on Jan. 6.

Meanwhile, WDG Public Health announced 10 new cases of COVID-19 in Guelph on Tuesday, while three new cases were reported in Wellington County.

Active cases in the city increased to 16, while the county is dealing with only three. There have been 37 fatal cases in Wellington County and 44 in Guelph.

Across Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph, there are only two confirmed cases being treated in the hospital.

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Free outdoor movie nights return to London, Ont.

Folks in London, Ont., finally have a chance to enjoy free family-friendly films in the Forest City’s outdoors.

City officials announced on Tuesday that free outdoor movie nights are back with the launch of Through the Decades.

Taking place on a weekly basis between Aug. 13 and Sept. 17, the complimentary collection of cinema will treat audiences to films from the 1980s up to the 2020s.

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The city notes that health protocols and practices related to COVID-19 will be in place. This includes having to wear a mask or face covering when guests are not seated.

Each movie night has a capacity limit of 300 people and those who wish to attend will have to register online if they want to reserve a spot. Registration opens at 8 a.m. the day of each movie night.

The move nights are weather-dependent and will be cancelled in the event of rain, thunderstorms or high wind. Registrants will be informed of cancellations via email and the city will also post the information on its Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts.

A full schedule of movies and parks can be found below. Each movie will start at dusk.

  1. The Princess Bride (1987) – Friday, Aug. 13 – Storybook Gardens
  2. The Sandlot (1993) – Saturday, Aug. 21 – Labatt Park
  3. Shrek (2001) – Friday, Aug. 27 – Southeast Optimist Park
  4. Coco (2017) – Saturday, Sept. 11 – University Heights Park
  5. Raya and the Last Dragon (2021) – Friday, Sept. 17 – Ed Blake Park

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Hawkesbury, Ont. man charged with child luring: OPP

Provincial police in Hawkesbury, Ont., have charged a 35-year-old man after receiving reports about inappropriate messages sent to a youth over social media.

Police said in a release that witnesses had come forward to the Hawkesbury OPP detachment this past weekend to report the illicit behaviour over a “popular social media platform.”

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Police investigated the claims and announced Tuesday that they had arrested and charged a suspect.

Michel Lalonde, 35, of Hawkesbury faces charges of luring a person under 18 years of age and making sexually explicit material available to a youth.

The accused is set to appear in L’Orignal court on Aug. 25.

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2021 Ticats games to be broadcast on 900 CHML starting with season opener against Winnipeg

The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have found a new home on radio as the CFL franchise has reached an agreement with 900 CHML to broadcast home and away games in 2021.

Broadcasts will feature veteran play-by-play voice, RJ Broadhead, and former Tiger-Cats all-star receiver, Luke Tasker.

The Ticats first game is set for Thursday against the defending champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers at IG Field 8:30 p.m. ET from Winnipeg.

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It will be the first CFL game since the Bombers defeated the Ticats 33-12 in the 107th Grey Cup game at Calgary’s McMahon Field on Nov. 24 of 2019.

The Blue Bombers will unveil their 2019 Grey Cup Banner prior to the game on Thursday.

“We’re lucky to have assembled an outstanding cast of talented individuals that are eager to provide exclusive audio content to our fans,” said Matt Afinec, president and chief operating officer of the Tiger-Cats.

“From Xs and Os, to lifestyle content, to player and alumni hosted series, it’s an exciting opportunity to deliver this volume of content to our tremendous fans.”

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The CHML broadcasts will include a one-hour pre-game show and be followed by the Fifth Quarter post-game show with Rick Zamperin.

On-demand audio content will also be available as part of the launch of the Ticats Audio Network set for Aug. 5 on the Ticats website and Ticats All Access app.

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18- to 29-year-olds now lead the COVID-19 vaccination charge in Waterloo Region

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The much-maligned 18 to 29 age group now has the highest percentage of residents with at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Waterloo Region’s COVID-19 distribution task force says 87.95 per cent of those living in the region between the ages of 18 and 29 have now had at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

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That number is now ahead of those over the age of 80 (87.65) and dwarfs the provincial average of 71.5 per cent.

Waterloo Region’s top doctor singled out the group for praise during her weekly update with media on Friday.

“I also want to give a special shoutout to the 18- to 29-year-olds in our community,” medical officer of health Dr. Hsiu-Li Wang said.

“Waterloo Region has one of the highest number of first doses in this age group in the province.

“What we do now helps determine our future. And helps. So let’s keep protecting.”

While those young adults who are fully vaccinated (67.95 per cent) still trail other age groups in the region aside from those aged 12 to 17 (51.93 per cent), they are still above the provincial average of 55.8 per cent.

In fact, every age group under the age of 50 is currently above the provincial average while those over the age of 50 are playing catchup.

The task force did not report any numbers over the holiday weekend, and says there have now been 770,721 vaccinations done in the area, 12,378 more than it announced Friday.

It also says 360,819 residents (61.27 per cent) are now fully vaccinated, 10,651 more than it reported on Friday.

While the number of vaccinations in the area continues to climb at a slower but still steady pace, the number of new cases has flattened over the past week.

With no report Monday due to the holiday, Waterloo Public Health reported another 26 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, raising the total number of cases in Waterloo Region to 18,427.

This pushes the rolling seven-day average number of new cases back up slightly to 17.9. A week ago, that number had fallen down to 13.

Another 22 have also been cleared of the virus, lifting the total number of resolved cases to 17,989.

It has now been 11 days since Waterloo Public Health reported a COVID-19-related death, so the death toll continues to stand at 282. There were 17 deaths reported in the area last month.

This leaves the area with 145 active COVID-19 cases, including 17 people in area hospitals, with nine of those patients in need of intensive care.

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Elsewhere, Ontario reported 168 new COVID-19 cases on the Civic Holiday Monday and 164 on Tuesday. The provincial total now stands at 550,986.

The province released two sets of data due to the holiday.

Monday and Tuesday’s case counts break a four-day trend that saw daily case counts higher than 200 but testing for both days was significantly lower. However, test positivity was at the highest levels seen in about a month.

According to Monday’s report, 43 cases were recorded in Toronto, 19 in Peel Region, 16 in both York Region and Hamilton, 12 in Halton Region and 10 in Durham Region.

According to Tuesday’s report, 45 cases were recorded in Toronto, 23 in York Region, 22 in Peel Region, 14 in Waterloo Region and 13 in Windsor-Essex.

All other local public health units reported fewer than 60 new cases in the provincial report.

—With files from Global News’ Gabby Rodrigues

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Charlie Puth Reacts To Past Attempt At Comedy

Charlie Puth has a hilarious reaction to resurfaced videos of her comedy Youtuber days.

Before making it into the music industry, the 29-year-old singer-songwriter tried his hand at comedy, specifically musical comedy about “sexy shades”.

While Puth has never willingly shared details about his past, the “See You Again” crooner was forced to address the clips, which were posted on YouTube, as they made rounds on TikTok over the weekend.

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“I’ve been waiting for this day to come. I lasted five years without anybody knowing this,” he said in a TikTok response. “Before I was a signed artist, I used to make YouTube comedy songs, and, bro, they’re so hard to watch. We tried so hard in the beginning when I first got signed to hide all of these videos, but, TikTok!”

He added, “So, if you want a good laugh, type in my name plus old videos and have fun. Ugh!”

@charlieputh

#stitch with @itsizail I knew this day was coming.

♬ original sound – Charlie Puth

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Other than “Sexy Shades”, Puth’s videography also includes “The Pickle Song” and “Red Hyundai”.

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Camila Cabello Stars In First Trailer For Amazon Prime Video’s ‘Cinderella’

Camila Cabello is living out the ultimate fairytale in the first trailer for Amazon Prime Video’s “Cinderella”.

In the first trailer for the highly anticipated retelling of the classic story, the singer, 24, stars as Ella, a budding fashion designer being held back by her evil stepmother and stepsisters.

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“I don’t want a life stuck waving from a royal box any more than a life confined to a basement,” she says in the trailer.

The new version, which features some modern twists, is Cabello’s movie debut.

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Billy Porter, Minnie Driver, Pierce Brosnan and Idina Menzel also star. Nicholas Galitzine stars as Prince Charming.

“Cinderella” hits Amazon Prime Video on Sept. 3.

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