‘Never give up’: Saskatoon police officer trains youth for triathlon

For six young girls, Sunday wasn’t just Father’s Day —; it was competition day.

The three swam, biked and raced their way across the finish line in the Kids of Steel Triathlon, most of the girls competing for the first time.

“It’s not easy, it’s challenging, which makes it fun,” said 11-year-old competitor Laurenne Trottier.

“It’s an accomplishment.”

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    “It was actually pretty cool because it’s the first triathlon I’ve ever done, but it was pretty tiring,” said Grade 4 competitor Riley Pierce.

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    Joel Pedersen, a Saskatoon police officer and owner of Fitness 2J2, has been training the group for two months.

    “I know the importance of sports, recreation and how it all combines into health and wellness,” Pedersen said.

    “When I first started, I didn’t think that I’d be able to do it, but as I trained it seemed easier and easier,” said competitor Layla Stone, 11.

    Beyond competing in a new sport, Pedersen has taught the girls perseverance.

    “To keep going and even when it gets hard, just keep going and don’t give up,” said Neave-Marie Pedersen.

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    Tara Desroches is a teacher at St. Mary’s and has seen the positive psychological transformation the program has made on her students.

    “They realize they can do it. They realize with enough determination and practice they’re capable of performing in a triathlon. Something they weren’t able to do at the beginning of the year. It builds confidence,” Desroches said.

    “I’m so proud of them. They accomplished more than they thought they could and at the end of the day they got to meet new kids and learned a new sport they can do forever,” Pedersen explained.

    Despite a few bumps and bruises, all of the girls say they’re going to continue training for triathlons. Proving the experience not only kept them active, but it showed them they’re capable of overcoming life’s obstacles if they put their minds to it.

Vancouver dragon boaters furious after charter boat interrupts race in False Creek

Organizers of the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival are renewing their call to limit boat traffic in False Creek after an uninvited entry crashed the competition this weekend.

A large charter vessel ran right into the middle of the course during a 2,000-metre race on Saturday.

“Unfortunately during our final race of the day, the women’s Guts & Glory, a local charter operator, chose to power across the course even when given the opportunity to get out of the way of our athletes,” Dragon Boat BC wrote on their Facebook page.

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Fortunately no one was injured.

Festival organizers filed a police complaint against the charter operator.

“We think that his actions were reckless,” Anita Webster of the Concord Pacific Vancouver Dragon Boat Festival said.

“On the waterways…the right of way goes to the non-motorized vessel. He was in the thick of a lot of non-motorized vessels and not obeying the rules of the road.”

Charter captain Andre Filimonov agreed that dragon boats have the right of way, but said the way the festival has taken over the channel also breaks the rules.

“All lanes are blocked,” he said.

“We’re just looking for a safe window to pass through.”

Dragon boaters recently launched a petition to ban moorage in the eastern part of False Creek in order to keep a small area safe for regattas and other non-motorized water sports.

Some dragon boat fans vented their frustrations online, posting negative reviews on the Yelp page for Golden Eagle Boat Charters, the owners of the boat involved in Saturday’s mishap.

A second Dragon Boat BC Facebook post said the Vancouver Police Department is looking for witnesses who were on the water at the time of the incident.

3 generations of dads share how fatherhood has changed

EDMONTON – When Dave Smith first became a dad there were no car seats. The 92-year-old jokes that a lot has changed since he raised his five children in the 1950s and 60s.

Back then fathers did not go into the delivery room and they didn’t change diapers either.

“Goodness no,” Smith laughed. “Number one was to get up in the morning, have breakfast and go to work and stay at work until your work was complete.”

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    Smith, along with his son Mark and grandson Ryan, share a combined 100 years of fatherhood experience.

    By the time Smith’s son Mark became a parent in the early 1980s, times had changed. Dads were more hands on.

    “I was in the delivery room,” the younger Smith said, adding he changed diapers too.

    As the father of a two-year-old and a six-week-old, the youngest of the Smith fathers says dads now play an equal part in parenting.

    “I think we have more pressure, maybe not more pressure, but an obligation to try and be more involved,” Ryan Smith said. “Especially after a mat leave when your wife goes back to work, you’re definitely even.”

    The Smith trio agrees – what hasn’t changed is that it’s the little things that matter.

    “Watching them grow up and succeed at little things and learning all the way through,” Mark Smith said.

    “It’s just when they stand up for the first time or take the first step. Or you go to the park and he learns how to climb something,” Ryan Smith said. “You can see the joy in their face and to me it brings everything back to reality.”

    The dads agree, it’s a joy that transcends generations.

    With files from Laurel Gregory, Global News

Hollywood reacts to the death of Anton Yelchin

Anton Yelchin, a young, up-and-coming actor best known for his role as Chekov in the Star Trek franchise reboot, was killed in a car accident Sunday.

Though Yelchin, 27, was just beginning to make his mark in the industry, Hollywood’s reaction shows the impact he had in his short-but-respected career. News of the accident sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry, with friends and co-stars sharing their grief on social media.

John Cho and other co-stars of the Star Trek franchise expressed shock over the news, calling the actor “curious, beautiful, courageous.”

Actors Kat Dennings, Anna Kendrick and Olivia Wilde grieved over the loss of a friend.

Others in the entertainment industry who admired Yelchin’s work also took to 桑拿会所 to express sadness over the loss of a talented colleague.

Filmmaker Guillermo del Toro, who was set to direct Yelchin in the upcoming Trollhunters called Yelchin “a great creative partner” while Justin Li, who directed Yelchin on Star Trek Into Darkness, praised the actor’s “passion and enthusiasm”.

Yelchin died after his car rolled backward down his driveway pinning the actor against a brick mailbox.

The actor’s publicist confirmed his death and said his family is requesting privacy.

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Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: June 2016

Every day on Global News at 6 and Global News at 10, we feature a viewer submitted photo for Your Saskatchewan.

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GALLERY: Your Saskatchewan – Saskatoon: May 2016

June 1: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Suzy Pilat after Friday’s hail storm at Turtle Lake.

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June 2: Stephanie Styles took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Govan.

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June 3: Aicha Bitam took this Your Saskatchewan photo of their newly filled dogout at Moreland.

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June 4: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Anton Lariviere at Patuanak.

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June 5: This Your Saskatchewan photo was snapped in Lillestrom by Juan Cardama.

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June 6: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken taken by Kirsten Morin at Île-à-la-Crosse.

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June 7: Brent Bell took this Your Saskatchewan photo at Maidstone.

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June 8: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a robin’s nest full of eggs was taken in Saskatoon by Lucas Winiewski.

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June 9: Helen Waller took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Montmartre of the “Paris of the Prairies.”

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June 10: Doug Sarnes took this Your Saskatchewan photo from a hot air balloon over the Delta Bessborough.

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June 11: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Jeanette Thoms at Wakaw Lake.

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June 12: This Your Saskatchewan photo of an eagle nest was snapped near Aberdeen by Diane Kacher.

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June 13: Steve and Tina Leeks took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Regina of cedar waxwings.

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June 14: Jenny Hagan took this Your Saskatchewan photo 2500 feet above Eatonia where a group of hang gliders were trying to break a Canadian distance record.

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June 15: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Harvey Carberry at Jackfish Lake.

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June 16: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dawn Williams of her pea fields starting to flower southwest of Kyle.

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June 17: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Charlie Lemaigre at Clearwater River Provincial Park north of La Loche.

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June 18: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Linda Phillips at Long Lake.

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June 19: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Tracey Cholin near Kerrobert.

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June 20: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by Mat Williams.

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June 21: Brent Bell took this Your Saskatchewan photo in Maidstone.

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June 22: This Your Saskatchewan photo of the strawberry moon was taken just north of Regina by Darcy Conn.

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June 23: Kirsten Morin took this Your Saskatchewan photo near Meadow Lake of a moose having a soak.

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June 24: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Dianne Mursell near Regina Beach.

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June 25: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Cary Fischer at Wascana Lake in Regina.

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June 26: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken by Pablo Benitez near Outlook.

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June 27: This Your Saskatchewan photo was taken in Saskatoon by April Moosomin.

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June 28: Duran Bruno snapped this Your Saskatchewan photo at Fond-du-Lac.

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June 29: This Your Saskatchewan photo of a Saskatoon sunrise was taken by Lisa Dutton.

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June 30: Logan Bereti took this Your Saskatchewan photo of a loon having a snack at Fishing Lake.

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Memorial in Montreal marks one week since Orlando attack

MONTREAL —;  A week after the worst mass shooting in U.S. history, which killed 49 people, Montrealers are showing that the Orlando victims are very much in their thoughts and prayers.

Sunday afternoon, dozens of people attended a special mass at St. James United Church in downtown Montreal.

The message was clear: in the face of terror, love will always prevail.

“It’s not something that has only affected the people of Orlando, or just the LGBT community,” said Reverend Arlen John Bonnar, who presided the service.

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“It has touched a lot of people. So there needs to be a time of quietness, a time of healing, a time of looking forward to hope.”

People of all faiths and backgrounds were invited to take part in Sunday’s collective mourning.

Through song, prayer and words, those in attendance paid their respects to the victims of the attack.

Forty-nine candles burned during the service, one for each of the 49 victims whose names were read out loud throughout the ceremony.

READ MORE: Montrealers spread messages of hope after Orlando shooting

“Having such a service to reemphasize again that there is no place for homophobia, racism, for Islamophobia, it is always necessary to redo it again once in a while when such an event comes,” said Jean-Luc Safari, who was in attendance.

As people walked out of the church Sunday afternoon, they sang a song of support for the LGBTQ community, and prayed that this sort of gathering is never needed again.

READ MORE: Vigils for Orlando organized in Hudson, Beaconsfield

“We shouldn’t have to do this kind of terrible mourning together for these kinds of things,” said Reverend Bonnar.

“So we are trying to take one more step to healing and moving us forward.”

Although a week has passed since the heinous massacre, Montrealers proved once more that the Orlando victims may be gone, but they will never be forgotten.

‘It’s like losing a brother’: Friends grapple with death of man in SW Edmonton

Family and friends are coming to grips with the homicide of Armando Cosmea-Aspillaga, who left his family behind in Cuba to start a new life in Edmonton.

“I don’t accept it at this moment yet,” said Ernesto Rodriguez, who had known the 38-year-old since they were kids growing up in Havana and considered him his best friend.

“It’s like losing a brother. I don’t have words to say what I’m feeling [at] this moment.”

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Police said Cosmea-Aspillaga was killed Friday night in his house near Whitemud Road and 53 Avenue. They had been responding to a report of a domestic dispute.

His father-in-law, Roberto Robles, 73, is charged with second-degree murder and two counts of possession of an offensive weapon.

An autopsy determined Cosmea-Aspillaga “sustained stab wounds during a life-ending assault.” However, police said the medical examiner needs to conduct “further analysis” before formally confirming the cause of death.

Friends said Cosmea-Aspillaga lived with his estranged wife, Flavia Robles, and their two-year-old daughter. The couple was in the process of divorcing.

Police spokesperson Scott Pattison said there are no other suspects at this time. He wouldn’t say whether anyone else was inside the house at the time.

Rodriguez said Cosmea-Aspillaga had no relatives in Edmonton besides his wife, the executive director of the Kidney Foundation of Northern Alberta and former executive director of CrimeStoppers.

Cosmea-Aspillaga worked in a warehouse when he first moved to Edmonton in 2011, then took a position in shipping and receiving.

“He was happy [after moving to Edmonton],” said Rodriguez, who now lives in Miami, and would speak on the phone with Cosmea-Aspillaga for an hour or two several times a week.

“The first [little while] he concentrated on work. He worked hard all the time to try [to] provide everything [for the family].”

Jensy Menendez met Cosmea-Aspillaga through his little sister when she was seven years old.

Jensy Menendez met Cosmea-Aspillaga through his little sister when she was seven years old.

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The pair stayed in touch growing up in Cuba and especially after both moved to Edmonton. She said Cosmea-Aspillaga met Robles at her wedding.

Menendez said she saw Cosmea-Aspillaga almost every day and they spoke several times a day on the phone.

Friday was her birthday and Cosmea-Aspillaga was expected to attend the party she had planned. At noon, he called and the two spoke briefly. It would be the last time she ever heard his voice.

“I rushed it, that conversation. Because I was at work I said, ‘I’m sorry, I have to go.’ ”

She said she started to worry after friends had trouble reaching Cosmea-Aspillaga by phone around 5 p.m. that day.

“We were very upset. Then, by the time the hour passed, it was no longer [about being upset], it was worrying. We were worried about him. We kept on calling and calling until [a friend] got a call from police saying he was dead.

“I couldn’t believe it. I just couldn’t believe it.”

Menendez said it has been tough trying to process his death.

“[Cosmea-Aspillaga] didn’t have a mean bone in his body. He was a peacemaker, not a fighter. He was a very friendly person. Everybody that met him got to love him because he had a great personality, very friendly, very trustworthy personality.

“He was my family here. I think he’s going to call me again or he’s going to text me. This is not real. I ask, ‘Why him?’ He was a good person. We lost a good person.”

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.”

WATCH: Father of Orlando shooting suspect delivers message to Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton

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.

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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