Donald Trump says US should consider profiling Muslims

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump suggested Sunday that the United States should “seriously” consider profiling Muslims inside the country as a terrorism-fighting tool, the latest example of the Republican presidential nominee-in-waiting increasingly backing positions that could single out a group based on their religion.

“We really have to look at profiling,” Trump said in an interview broadcast Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” ”It’s not the worst thing to do.”

The presumptive Republican presidential nominee added that he “hate(s) the concept of profiling, but we have to use common sense.”

The statements are consistent with Trump’s other, long-expressed views on how to stop terrorism in the United States, including a temporary ban on foreign Muslims from entering the country until the U.S. can figure out “what is going on.”

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Trump on Sunday cast the use of profiling as a matter of “common sense” over “political correctness.”

Civil libertarians, Muslims and others have strongly disagreed, arguing that profiling is unconstitutional and discrimination based on race, religion and other factors.

Attorney General Loretta Lynch on Sunday said law enforcement should remain allied with groups that might have helpful information.

“It is very important for to us maintain our contacts within the Muslim community, because, often, individuals, if they’re from that community and they’re being radicalized, their friends and family members will see it first. They will see activity first. And we want that information to come to us,” Lynch said on CNN’s “State of Union.”

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Tornado reported in central Saskatchewan

UPDATE: All advisories mentioned in this story have ended

Environment Canada is tracking a severe thunderstorm that has possibly produced a tornado in central Saskatchewan Sunday. The agency issued a tornado watch, saying this is a dangerous and potentially life-threatening situation.

At last report, the tornado was northeast of Naicam, Sask., and moving northeast at 20 km/h.

Damaging winds, large hail and locally intense rainfall are also possible.

READ MORE: How you can stay safe and save lives this severe weather season

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Anyone who hears a roaring sound or observes a funnel cloud, swirling debris near the ground is advised to take shelter immediately. Go indoors to a room on the lowest floor, away from outside walls and windows, such as a basement, bathroom, stairwell or interior closet.

As a last resort, lie in a low spot and protect your head from flying debris.

To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected]长沙夜网 or tweet reports to #SKStorm.

Anyone with photos of extreme weather can email them to [email protected]长沙夜网.

For weather on the go download the Global News Skytracker weather app for iPhone, iPad or Android.

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Two grizzly bears seen roaming Cochrane neighbourhood

Some Cochrane residents had two surprise visitors this past weekend when they looked out their kitchen window in the Rolling Range Estates neighbourhood.

The Rieberer family spotted two grizzly bears roaming their backyard on Friday and Saturday. One bear chased Joanne Rieberer’s dogs up the stairs to the upper deck of her home.

“It was interesting. They were really cute at first, until they chased my dogs and me up the deck. I was a little frightened then. I was within 30 feet (of them),” Joanne Rieberer said. “The bear came around quite a few times throughout the day. So I spent the evening inside after he chased us up the deck.”

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She said one bear went into their garage, pond and other neighbours’ yards, bird feeders, chicken coops and compost bins.“At first, when you’re watching him from afar you think wow, this is really majestic. He’s cute. But when he aggressively pursues those two big 100-pound dogs, that’s not so cute anymore. Now it’s kind of scary,” Rieberer said. “They got into our garbage. He was rolling the propane tanks around. They were drinking out of the dog dish and they got into this oil can. There are teeth marks in it.”Rieberer said one of the bears was trapped Friday by Fish and Wildlife and the other was still roaming at large as of Sunday morning.

Joanne’s husband, Will Rieberer, was watching when the animal was trapped Saturday.

He said the second one came to check out the one in the trap.

“It all started on Friday morning with one of my neighbours, he got into his chicken coop and that’s when Fish and wildlife and the peace officers were alerted. They got one of them on Friday night and they left it in the trap to try to attract the other one but he’s not going in, he’s too smart,” Will Rieberer said.

“So since Friday night, all day yesterday, he’s been in and out of our yard and around all of our neighbours’ tearing up compost in bird feeders, garbage at our place whatever he can get into.”

“The second bear, he’s a good size was probably about three or 400 pounds. He was on top of the bear trap where the other one was and you could hear the other one crying out. And the other one was up on top but he wasn’t going to go in,” Will Rieberer said.

Cochrane resident Darren Wilkinson said one of the bears ate two of his chickens.  He says all the bear left behind were the feet.

“I saw a grizzly bear on top of my chicken coop. I walked down to put my chickens in last night just before dark, and I came around the corner and he was on top of my chicken coop bouncing up-and-down like a baby trying to get in,” Wilkinson said. “I panicked and ran back into the house as quickly as I could. I was about 20 feet away. It was scary. We could hear him on the back deck, we could hear him breaking into the chicken coop. It was a shock. At first I was looking at it and wondering if I was really seeing what I was seeing.”

Sunday, a forestry helicopter was circling overhead of the area and RCMP shut down a few roads in hopes of trapping the bear still at large.Dan Laville, spokesperson for Alberta’s Justice and Solicitor General, says although grizzlies are not common in the Cochrane area, they are known to frequent the are and it is not uncommon to see grizzlies south of Cochrane.“Two grizzlies were spotted in the Cochrane area on Friday, between the neighbourhood of Fireside and Cochrane proper,” Laville said. “Residents are reminded to stay away from bear traps and sightings can be reported to the 24-hour Report A Poacher line at 1-800-642-3800.”Laville offered the following helpful tips for bear safety;To help prevent bears from coming near your house, remove pet food and feeders at night. Consider electric fencing if your garden or stored produce attracts bears. Consider removing fruit trees and berry-producing bushes from your property. Remove bird feeders from your yard between April and October. Be sure to clean up any spilled bird feed off the ground. Keep your garbage in bear-resistant, airtight containers. Keep your compost indoors. Outdoor compost attracts bears. Look into using an indoor composter. Clean your barbecues. Scrub your barbecue clean after each use and store it in a bear-resistant building, such as the garage or shed. With files from Carolyn Kury de Castillo

Psychiatrist says Health Canada forces First Nations patients try outdated meds

OTTAWA – Health Canada makes some on-reserve patients jump through hoops or wait longer than non-indigenous Canadians to access prescription drugs their doctors believe they need to treat mental illnesses, a psychiatrist who has worked in First Nations communities says.

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Dr. Cornelia Wieman, who spent eight years as a community-based psychiatrist at Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, a reserve near Brantford, Ont., said some prescriptions used to treat severe mental illnesses are not covered by Health Canada unless the patient has tried other antipsychotic agents first and experienced no improvement or suffered adverse reactions.

“I would often have to try the older versions of medications that according to the clinical practice guidelines were out of date, and I would have to have a patient fail on those older medications before they received funding for newer medications that were available on the market,” Wieman, a psychiatrist at the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health in Toronto, told the parliamentary committee studying the high suicide rate in indigenous communities.

READ MORE: Ottawa slammed on First Nations funding for child welfare, suicide prevention

The issue is linked to Health Canada’s non-insured health benefits program which provides about $1 billion in annual coverage to eligible First Nations and Inuit people for a limited range of prescription drugs, dental care, vision care, medical supplies and equipment, medical transportation and mental health counselling not covered by private or provincial or territorial health insurance plans.

The drugs benefit list includes four antipsychotic drugs that can be used only under limited conditions and require pre-approval from Health Canada. All four of them, however, are covered under general benefits in the Ontario drug plan.

Wieman said when it comes to remote indigenous communities, their chances to see a psychiatrist are often few and far between.

“That may be the one and only time I am in contact with that patient for, say, the next six months or a year or even more,” she said in an interview.

That means it could take even longer for the patient to finally get approved for the medication the doctor wanted to prescribe in the first place.

“I think there is this extra layer that First Nations and Inuit people, who are funded under non-insured health benefits, may have to go through in order to get the treatment that they require that would be equivalent to the standard of care that we provide in urban settings and that’s an inequality,” said Wieman, the first indigenous woman to become a psychiatrist in Canada.

READ MORE: Urgent action needed to curb chronic diseases in First Nation communities: Cancer Care Ontario

Yvonne Jones, the parliamentary secretary to Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett, told earlier this year that the Liberal government is aware of the issues with the non-insured health benefits program and is considering reform.

A spokesperson from Health Canada was unavailable for comment.

Another problem, said Dr. Alika Lafontaine, president of the Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada, is that it takes the decision-making power away from clinicians.

“Fiscal restraint should never be an excuse for non-patient-centred care,” said Lafontaine.

Wieman said as frustrating as the obstacles to prescription medication can be, she thinks the even bigger problem is how comparatively little money goes to counselling.

The 2014-2015 report on the non-insured health benefits program shows that 41 per cent of the $1 billion spent that year went to pharmacy claims, compared to just 1.5 per cent to mental health. The program covers up to 20 one-hour sessions, following an initial assessment.

In response to an order paper question, which is like an access-to-information request for MPs, Health Canada said that only two per cent of pharmacy claims are subject to pre-approval, meaning the department asks for “additional information to confirm that certain criteria are met before providing coverage.”

READ MORE:Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces $69M for indigenous mental health services

Dr. Michael Kirlew, a family doctor who works in indigenous communities surrounding Sioux Lookout, Ont., pointed out that some of the drugs requiring prior approval are commonly used to treat things like asthma or heart disease and that patients and their pharmacists have to deal with paperwork – and delays – that non-indigenous Canadians do not.

“The standard of health care that people receive is far inferior to what other people get and this is just another example of that,” Kirlew said.

“The system is not equal,” he said.

Man behind Rachel Notley golf target apologizes

EDMONTON – Ernest Bothi admits he made the cutout of Rachel Notley’s head and used it as a golf target at the Big Country Oilmen’s Golf Tournament in Brooks Friday.

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    “I apologize if I offended anybody in any way shape or form, it was meant to be a light-hearted attempt to make a few members laugh,” Bothi said. “It was a private function held by the Big Country Oilmen’s invitational. We were at the golf course for the day and at the last minute I decided to get a cardboard cutout of her and set it up on one of the holes just for humour. Everybody had a small chuckle.”

    A passerby took a photo of the cutout, sharing it on 桑拿会所 Saturday. The tweet has since been deleted.

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    The image created a firestorm online.

    The president of the Big Country Oilmen’s Association says he wasn’t aware of the recent murder of British MP Jo Cox and in light of her death regrets his decision greatly calling it “bad timing.”

    “If I offended anybody I apologize, that was never my goal.”

    Several 桑拿会所 users shared their disgust for the photo– calling on Wildrose MLA Derek Fildebrant who was mentioned in the tweet to respond.

    Fildebrant represents the Brooks area.

    Late Saturday afternoon Fildebrant took to Facebook where he shared a lengthy response.

    Bothi did go on to share his displeasure with some of the Premier’s recent decisions including the Carbon Tax.

    “Ms. Notley, I’m sure is a wonderful person to drink coffee with but I wish she’d adjust some of her policies,” Bothi said. “In southern Alberta here we’re really having a tough go of it and our industry down here is doing horribly, a lot of people are losing their homes, a lot of people are wondering how they’re going to make their next mortgage payment or put food on the table. I just wish that Ms. Notley would actually start listening to us- granted we didn’t vote for her- but she still is the leader of our province and I wish she would start helping out and not just raising taxes or implementing new forms of taxation on us when we can ill afford it.”