Saskatoon band suing woman for defamation following misconduct allegations

Bombargo and band members have launched a defamation lawsuit against a Saskatoon woman who went public with accusations against Nathan and Anthony Thoen, whom she alleged as “overtly sexual and demeaning.”

Tiara Jackle said she was a model hired to participate in a 2016 promotional video shoot for the Yukigassen filming group, featuring the two brothers, in a post shared on Facebook on March 22, 2021.

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The plaintiffs in the case are Bombargo, made up of seven band members, the Thoen brothers and Spencer Chilliak, who is also a member of the band. Jackle is the sole defendant.

The band denied the allegations and is seeking $782,000 in punitive and aggravated damages.

“The actions of the Defendant are malicious, highhanded, callous, reprehensible, and designed to injure the Plaintiffs, including their reputation in the community that offends any sense of decency without regard for any proof and the Plaintiffs’ right to be presumed innocent of any such conduct,” it read in the statement and claim filed to the Queen of Courts Bench for Saskatchewan on June 25.

“The actions of the Defendant have cause the Plaintiffs to experience mental, physical and economic harm, including but not limited to a loss appetite, inability to sleep, shaking and sweating, stomach pains, indigestion, serious headaches, general malaise, destruction of business relationships and loss of economic opportunity.”

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In her Facebook post, which has since been deleted, Jackle said she and two other women — including a minor — experienced inappropriate, unprofessional and sexualized behaviour from the Thoen brothers, and other people involved in the 2016 shoot.

Tiara Jackle has started a GoFundMe Page to help cover any legal costs.

Tiara Jackle has started a GoFundMe Page to help cover any legal costs.

Tiara Jackle / GoFundMe

“The entire experience was extremely distressing and uncomfortable. Throughout the experience, I felt objectified, pressured, disrespected, and any attempt that I made to voice my boundaries or objections was immediately dismissed,” Jackle wrote in her post.

“I had even tried to leave the shoot at one point and several of the men pressured me into staying.”

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According to the statement of claim, Jackle tagged at least 37 businesses in the comment section of her original post.

“Tiara engaged the direct attention of no less than 37 agencies and businesses to her false remarks, ruining the public reputation of the Plaintiffs and destroying the economic relationship that the Plaintiffs had with those agencies and businesses,” read in the statement of claim.

In her Facebook post, Jackle said the modeling agency of two of the women she was working with asked the Yukigassen filming group to delete the obtained footage during the shoot.

She said the agency was told it was deleted by Yukigassen filming group, but was later told otherwise. The plaintiffs are now using the video as evidence in their case.

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“The entirety of the event described in Tiara’s defamatory post was captured by multiple video cameras and two lapel microphones. Such footage and recordings are in the possession of the Plaintiffs. After thoroughly reviewing same, the Plaintiffs confirmed that Tiara’s statements were unequivocally false,” it read in the statement of claim.

“The Plaintiffs moreover confirm that no underage model was involved in the event described. They assert that the statements regarding the sexual harassment and assault of hundreds of women are untrue and have defamed their personal characters and professional reputations.”

Jackle’s statement of defence, filed on July 27, defends her post, saying everything she wrote was factual.

“The Posts were understood to be part of an international cultural movement including but not limited to the #MeToo movement, which encourages individuals to break cultures of silence by rejecting inappropriate, unprofessional, and sexualized behaviour by others in the workplace and elsewhere,” the statement of defence read.

“The movement encourages the sharing of experiences to bring about positive change and greater equality of treatment in the workplace and elsewhere.”

Jackle has started a GoFundMe Page to help raise money to go towards any legal costs associated to the lawsuit filed against her. Any leftover funds will be donated to the Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre. As of Monday, more than $50,000 has been raised.

The Thoen brothers were the only members of the band who were mentioned in Jackle’s post.

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Trudeau did not further interests of lifelong friend Pitfield, ethics watchdog concludes

WATCH: NDP criticizes Liberal government over ethics commissioner's findings on Palantir Technologies Canada

The federal ethics watchdog has concluded Justin Trudeau was not involved in a decision that saw Liberal MPs using their taxpayer-funded budgets to hire the services of a company run by one of the prime minister’s lifelong friends.

In a letter to Trudeau, Mario Dion says he’s satisfied that the prime minister was not involved in the Liberal Research Bureau’s decision to enter into a contract with Data Sciences Inc., a company owned by Tom Pitfield.

As a result, Dion says he has no reason to believe Trudeau acted in any way to improperly further Pitfield’s private interests.

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The ethics commissioner says an inquiry is not warranted and he will not pursue the matter any further.

Conservative MP Michael Barrett had asked Dion to investigate after the Globe and Mail reported that most Liberal MPs were paying NGP VAN Inc. and Data Sciences Inc. to help them manage constituency casework.

NGP VAN Inc., an American company, provides the Liberal party with the software it uses to run its campaign database; Pitfield’s Data Sciences Inc. is the only Canadian provider of support services for the software.

The party says a strict firewall is maintained between the political services the two companies provide to the party and those they provide to MPs to help them with their constituency work.

Dion says NGP VAN Inc. has been helping Liberal MPs manage their constituency casework since 2009. He says it was decided that the additional services of Data Sciences Inc. were required in 2016, due to the increased size of the Liberal caucus after the 2015 election.

Documents show Liberal MPs’ payments for the services of the two companies are co-ordinated by the Liberal Research Bureau and the House of Commons chief financial officer, Dion says.

While Trudeau is the member responsible for the research bureau, Dion says Trudeau has delegated his authority to the bureau’s managing director, including the authority to enter into contracts.

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“Given the timeline of events and the information provided in your written representations, including in supporting documents, I am satisfied that you were not involved in the decisions for the LRB to enter into contracts with either NGP VAN Inc. Data Sciences Inc.,” Dion says in a letter sent Tuesday to Trudeau.

“As a result, I have no reason to believe that you acted in any way, in the performance of your parliamentary duties and functions, to improperly further the private interests of Mr. Pitfield.”

Pitfield and Trudeau have been friends since childhood. Pitfield ran the Liberal party’s digital operations during the last two elections. His wife, Anna Gainey, is a former president of the Liberal party.

© 2021 The Canadian Press

Climate change could be a key issue in 2021 Nova Scotia provincial election

In 2019, students around the world held a series of climate strikes, calling on their respective governments to address climate change.

On Sept. 27, 2019, an estimated 10,000 people took part in a student-organized protest calling for climate action. Now many of those students will have their chance to vote in a provincial election for the first time.

Among them is Willa Fisher, who helped lead that massive march three years ago. She is looking forward to getting a chance to cast her ballot — and climate change will be one of the things she considers when looking at the different parties and candidates.

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“It’s really about who is going to make the change because some change is better than empty words and no change,” said Fisher.

All three of the main parties have talked about climate change and outlined their plans and promises to help the environment.

On Tuesday, Liberal Leader Iain Rankin highlighted his party’s goals for tackling climate change.

“The centrepiece of our platform is our commitment to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions by 53 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030,” he said, noting that it’s the most ambitious target in the country.

“And we will also become the first province to become net zero before 2050.”

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An NDP government led by Gary Burrill would have a similar target.

“We’ll introduce a new greenhouse gas emissions reduction level for Nova Scotia, which will be at the level of 50 per cent below 1990 levels by 2030,” Burrill said on July 27.

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If elected, the PC Party led by Tim Houston would focus on renewable energy.

“We’ll take the fight against climate change to a new level by moving Nova Scotia power supply to 80 per cent renewable by 2030 and designate 20 per cent of all Nova Scotia land and water mass for conservation by 2030 as well,” Houston said on July 23.

Fisher says she’s glad that everybody is talking about climate change and believes that the student strikes helped spark that conversation, but she says these lofty goals are not the right approach.

“Oftentimes there’s no specifics there. They don’t know how they’re going to do that; we don’t know how they’re going to do that. They say they’re going to do that but they probably aren’t if they don’t have a plan,” said Fisher.

The first-time voter says instead she’d like to see parties also focus more on local attainable issues.

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“Putting real policies in about how they’re going to phase out coal and when each step is going to happen, and stopping Alton Gas and stopping the sale of Owl’s Head,” said Fisher.

Fisher says she’s eager to cast her ballot and will be considering various issues before choosing who best to represent her, and she is also hopeful that this election will bring out more younger voters than in previous years.

“I think the school strike movement really changed a lot of people’s thinking about how we can have an effect in these real-life situations and how we’re a lot more powerful than how thought we were before.”

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'Bring it home': Family cheers on B.C.'s Julia Grosso as Canada goes for gold in women's soccer

WATCH: We hear from the family of 20-year-old Team Canada Soccer player Julia Grosso who is playing for an Olympic gold medal in the final game against Sweden on August 5th. Dad Carlos Grosso gives an exclusive interview.

Carlos Grosso of Coquitlam, B.C., is overflowing with pride that his daughter Julia is about to play the biggest game of her life.

“We’re very, very proud, very excited,” he said.

Grosso is a midfielder on Canada’s women’s soccer team, which shook up the football world Monday, defeating the United States 1-0 to advance to the finals of the women’s soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Carlos thinks the team has what it takes to bring home gold.

“I think that they’re there now. I think, to me personally, they’re going to win because they believe.”

Carlos and his wife have stayed up late every night to watch Canada’s games live. The family is relieved the final game against Sweden will be broadcast at 7:30 p.m. local time instead of 3 a.m.

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The family has watched each step of Julia’s footballing journey, starting with youth soccer to the Vancouver Whitecaps FC Girls Elite to her current club, the University of Texas Longhorns.

Carlos says Team Canada team captain and Burnaby native Christine Sinclair has helped 20-year-old Julia on her journey.

“They’ve got a pretty good bond,” Carlos said. “She has a special place for her because Christine’s always treated her really good ever since she got there when, I think, she was 17 years old.”

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Carlos said Julia’s dream of representing her country was sparked by the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which held several matches in Vancouver, including the final.

“When the World Cup was here, we went to the games and she envisioned and she wanted to be in the World Cup,” Carlos said.

Within five years, she went from a fan in the stands to centre stage. Carlos, for one, can’t wait for Thursday night.

“Just go, Canada, bring it home,” Carlos said. “The gold medal.”

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Man on trial for murder of Toronto nurse admits to hitting her with crowbar during break-and-enter

WATCH ABOVE: A trial has begun for two men in connection with the murder and sexual assault of a Toronto nurse. As Catherine McDonald reports, the Crown told the jury Rhoderie Estrada was killed during a break-and-enter.

WARNING: This story contains graphic details that could be disturbing to some readers.

Yostin Murillo, one of two men accused of first-degree murder and sexual assault in connection with the death of 41-year-old nurse Rhoderie Estrada, wiped away tears as he testified about the night of May 25, 2018, when he broke into a home in East York, and only later realized that three children and a woman were inside the home and asleep.

Murillo told the jury he walked through the house, going into a number of bedrooms where children were sleeping. He stole two iPhones, a laptop and two purses as he skulked through the home and when he was in the master bedroom, struck Estrada with a crowbar in a panic when he heard someone wake up and utter the words, “Oh no.”

The accused in the case said he thought she was asleep and testified he hit Estrada three times and she started making noises.

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“After I hit her, she stopped making noises,” he said.

Murillo, as he choked back tears, explained he didn’t know why he hit her, saying he just “freaked out.”

During his testimony, Murillo said he was homeless for about three years by 2018 and was only 21 years old at the time. He told the jury that he and David Beck, his co-accused, had been friends for about five months and had a common purpose of partying, listening to music, smoking cannabis and working out.

The jury heard that Murillo already had a long history of convictions for break-and-enters dating back to 2012 and Murillo explained he would steal to feed himself and support his drug habit.

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Both Murillo and Beak, who was 22, have pleaded not guilty.

Prior to the break-in at the Estrada home, Murillo’s lawyer Brian Ross showed his client surveillance video taken from earlier in the night, asking him what they were up to.

Murillo testified he was high on crystal meth, marijuana, cocaine and alcohol, and said he and Beak were breaking into garages, sheds, and the storage room of an apartment on Gamble Avenue, looking to steal property.

“Electronics, work tools, hacksaws, bicycles, things of that nature,” Murillo explained.

When they arrived at Estrada’s home on a nearby street, Murillo said there was a light in the basement, but there was no car in the driveway and it was very dark between the houses.

When he looked into a basement window, he testified he saw gravel and construction stuff and thought it was being renovated.

After unsuccessfully trying to get in through a kitchen window, Murillo told the court he got in through the basement window, after breaking the screen and sliding the window open. He testified Beak followed him in.

Murillo said when he later struck Estrada in her bedroom multiple times, he recalled what he told Beak.

“What the f— just happened? What did I just do? We need to get out of here,” he said, adding he wasn’t sure if Estrada was dead or alive.

“All I know is she was not making any sound after I hit her.”

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Murillo said he left the house, got outside, went down a few houses and threw the crowbar in a black garbage can. He said he broke down and started lamenting and went through the stolen property before remembering he had left a prybar that he had earlier taken out of his pocket inside Estrada’s bedroom.

“I walked back to the house and noticed David outside on the street and asked him, ‘Where did you go? what’s going on?’ He didn’t answer me, ignored me. I told him I had to go back into the house. I left a prybar,” Murillo said.

He went on to testify that when he got into the bedroom, he noticed that Estrada was naked.

“She was not like that before I left,” Murillo told the jury, saying he only stayed inside the room for 30 to 40 seconds and never found the prybar.

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He explained he went back outside and met Beak.

“He was on a bike. He was ahead of me,” Murillo said, adding they went to a coffee shop and drank more before he questioned Beak.

“‘Why she was naked?’ He said, ‘I f—ed up. I tried to have sex with her.'”

An autopsy determined Estrada’s cause of death was a head injury. She had suffered a minimum of eight blows to the head and had 10 separate lacerations that were characterized as defensive in nature.

Murillo said after that night, he didn’t see Beak again. Murillo was arrested on May 27, 2018, and was in possession of two cellphones, including one that had bloodstains on it.

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Impaired driving charges laid after fatal pedestrian crash in Lethbridge

The Lethbridge Police Service charged a person with impaired driving causing death after a fatal pedestrian crash on Monday.

On Aug. 2 at around 10:15 a.m., police responded after a southbound truck struck a female pedestrian in the 1200 block of Mayor Magrath Drive S.

The pedestrian was taken to hospital where she later died of her injuries, LPS said in a news release on Tuesday. Police did not provide her age.

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Shannon Good Striker, of Lethbridge, was charged with impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing death with a blood alcohol level over 0.08 and dangerous driving causing death.

Good Striker is scheduled for court on Aug. 24.

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Serious COVID-19 outcomes falling as vaccinations continue: Saskatchewan government

The Saskatchewan government says serious outcomes from COVID-19 have “dramatically” declined as more people in the province receive their vaccinations.

In an update on Tuesday, officials compared June 1-25 and July 1-25, which showed new infections fell from 1,848 to 894. For this same reporting period, COVID-19-related deaths declined from 25 to eight.

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The comparison also saw the number of COVID-19 patients were roughly halved from 105 to 55 while intensive care unit admissions decreased from 21 to 13.

“This week, the Ministry of Health will provide an update on the COVID-19 vaccination and breakthrough information for the month of July,” read a statement from the government.

“It is anticipated that the previously observed trend will continue: vaccinations continue to prevent the most serious illness and deaths due to COVID-19.”

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A total of 1,417,902 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Saskatchewan, provincial government officials said. They added roughly 654,500 are fully vaccinated.

On Tuesday, the government reported 24 new cases and 58 hospitalizations, and that the death toll remained at 578 in the province.

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Pointe-Claire’s Sunnyside Park to get a new rain garden

WATCH: A new water-collection project in Pointe-Claire's Sunnyside Park is expected to not only beautify the grounds but help fix an often soggy situation. Global's Brayden Jagger Haines explains.

Sunnyside Park in Pointe-Claire, Que., will soon have a new rain garden for residents to enjoy.

Work crews began the preliminary work clearing the lot for the city’s new rain collection project on Tuesday.

The city is installing what they describe as a new ecological and environmentally-friendly drainage system, which diverts rainwater from the oversaturated ground using gravity and vegetation.

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Already fenced off, the garden will be placed in the western portion of the park near the corner of Coolbreeze Avenue and Belmont Street.

“All the water from the area drains into this particular gully and the walking paths are continuously underwater,” Mayor John Belvedere said.

A natural valley, Sunnyside Park’s walking trails are often covered by water during the spring and fall.

The city says the creation of the garden will help mitigate that by retaining most of the water.

Belvedere says the issue of stagnant water in the park has been a problem for years, making it unusable at certain times of the year.

“It’s a well-used park but it couldn’t be used because it was always wet. Now it will be environmentally-friendly and it will be good for the animals in the area,” Belvedere said.

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The work will involve excavating the site, creating a natural basin to hold the water paired with drainage pipes that will divert it into the city drains.

The city will also be planting some 2,150 perennials flowers and 180 shrubs as well as multiple trees to assist in the collection process.

A wooden footbridge will also be erected for pedestrians to cross and enjoy the new green space.

“I think that will be very pleasant I think it’s a really nice park, but it could be even better,” Pointe Claire resident Patritia Fortier said.

“This sounds like a really good idea.”

At a cost of $400,000, Belvedere said this is the cheapest way for the city to deal with the seasonal issue.

Alternative plans would involve “costly and drastic “changes to the park connecting it to the current infrastructure, according to Belvedere.

During the work, the sidewalk and street parking along Coolbreeze Avenue that runs the length of the park will be inaccessible.

The intersection of Coolbreeze and Belmont avenues will be closed to traffic from Aug. 16 to 20.

The work is expected to be completed by October.

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London, Ont. police issue public appeal in homicide investigation

London, Ont., police are appealing to the public for assistance as officers continue to investigate the shooting death of an 18-year-old over the long weekend.

On Tuesday, police issued a brief update stating that the homicide investigation is continuing and encouraging “any members of the public with information” to contact them at 519-661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Police say around 1:15 a.m. Saturday, officers were called to a large gathering in the area of Pack Road and Grand Oak Cross, just north of Lambeth, for a person with serious injuries.

The victim was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries that were determined to be caused by gunshot, police say, and pronounced dead soon after in hospital.

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Police have yet to identify the victim, but the London Free Press reports it was Josue Silva, currently a Western University student and a graduate of Saunders secondary school.

An obituary for Silva says he died July 31 and that private services are planned for next week. In posts to an online book of condolences, Silva was described as a respectful, kind and positive individual.

Plumbing, drainage and waterproofing company Best Contractors described Silva in a Facebook post as “an incredible young man” who “worked hard every day.”

As of Tuesday, police have yet to report any arrests, nor have police provided any information on any possible suspect or suspects.

A police spokesperson told Global News that “our investigation is still very active and we anticipate more updates to be coming out within the coming days.”

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COVID-19: Ontario data shows unvaccinated people 60+ were 15 times more likely to be hospitalized

Amid a possible fourth wave of COVID-19, Ontario data shows that unvaccinated adults aged 60-plus were 15 times more likely to be hospitalized due to the virus than those of the same age group who were fully vaccinated.

Ontario chief medical officer of health Dr. Kieran Moore revealed the data during a COVID-19 update Tuesday.

“We all know that the Delta strain — currently the dominant strain in Ontario — is more transmissible than the original COVID-19 strain and more likely to cause severe disease,” Moore said.

“This data shows that these vaccines are safe and very effective at preventing you from being hospitalized, admitted to the intensive care unit, or dying from this disease.”

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Moore said the data is from the past month.

Moore also said that over the past month, those who were unvaccinated were eight times more likely to get infected with COVID-19 compared to those who were fully vaccinated.

He said breakthrough cases — referring to those who get infected 14 days after receiving their final dose of a COVID-19 vaccine — “seem to be very, very rare” in Ontario.

For those who are fully vaccinated and do get infected, Moore said their illness is less serious than for those who are unvaccinated.

“The symptoms will be milder, they’ll be shorter, they’ll resolve quicker, you’ll have typically less virus in the front of your nose and the ability to spread virus will be less,” he said.

His remarks came amid concerns of a possible fourth wave of COVID-19 in the province in the fall.

“It worries me and it’s my job to worry on behalf of all Ontarians,” Moore said.

“I met with experts at the science table today to look at, given our level of protection today — the great immunization protection of 80 per cent that we’ve achieved — what does the fall look like?”

Moore said experts do see the possibility of a rise in cases in September, potentially into October and November.

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“But it’s our job as a community to mitigate that, to minimize its impact in particular on the hospital sector,” he said

“We don’t want people having to be admitted, having to go to our intensive care unit settings and we want our community to remain safe and that’s why we’re being prudent and cautious…

“We have another six months that could be difficult, but we’ll get through it together.”

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Over the past week, COVID-19 cases have risen slightly, with the province reporting more than 200 cases for several days in a row after weeks of being below that level.

On Tuesday, 164 cases were reported, up from 129 on July 27.

As of 8 p.m. Monday, 19,591,917 COVID-19 vaccines had been administered in Ontario, marking an increase of 31,015 over 24 hours.

Of those aged 12-plus in the province, 80.5 per cent have received at least one vaccine dose and 69.8 per cent are fully vaccinated.

The province plans to lift more public health measures once 75 per cent of the eligible population is fully vaccinated, no public health unit has less than 70 per cent of their eligible population fully vaccinated, and other health indicators remain stable.

Ontario will exit the reopening roadmap after that, though masking is expected to remain for indoor public places.

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