Meet 3 newborn lynxes from Montreal's Biodôme as their mom takes care

Three newborn lynxes have joined a growing family at the Montreal Biodôme.

In a release from Espace pour la vie Montréal, the organization said the kittens were born on May 1 and have been receiving attentive nursing, cleaning, and care from their mother since birth.

The Biodôme said it will be following a strict protocol to ensure the infants are left alone to receive proper nourishment from their mother. The young lynxes will be monitored by camera and kept out of sight until the summer. Visitors will get to see them in their habitat once the organization deems the kittens are ready to safely explore their surroundings.

The facility said it won’t be possible to determine the genders of the newly born animals for a few more weeks.

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The release said this is the second time the female and male lynx have reproduced. The two animals, aged between seven and eight years old, introduced newborn kittens to their Biodôme-habitat for the first time in 2016.

“After her mother was hit by a car near Chibougamau, the young one was found in poor condition: orphaned, injured, dying of hunger and infested with parasites,” read the release when addressing the circumstances leading to the female lynx’s arrival at the site in 2015.

“Thanks to the veterinarian and animal care provided at the Biodôme, her physical health was restored, and she had her first kittens in 2016.”

The male lynx was born at the facility in 2013. His parents were originally rescued from a fur farm by the Biodôme team in 2006.

The release said reproduction at the Montreal facility is encouraged by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums to help grow the captive lynx population. The Canada lynx can live for longer than 20 years in captivity and typically will start breeding at the age of two.

“These lynxes could potentially represent an insurance plan for the wild population in the event that it suffers a major decline,” it said.

The Biodôme has been home to the births of nine lynx kittens since 2012.

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Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price named finalist for Masterton Trophy

Montreal Canadiens goaltender Carey Price is one of three finalists for the 2022 Masterton Trophy, awarded to the NHL player who “best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to the game.”

After helping the Canadiens reach the Stanley Cup final in 2021, the 34-year-old Price suffered numerous setbacks in returning to the game.

The franchise’s all-time leader for games and wins by a goaltender underwent knee surgery last summer.

The Vezina and Hart Trophy winner in 2015 also sought help from the NHLPA/NHL player assistance program in October for substance abuse.

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Price, of Anahim Lake, B.C., returned to Montreal’s net on April 15. It was his first start since July, 2021.

New York Islanders defenceman Zdeno Chara and Philadelphia Flyers centre Kevin Hayes are the other finalists.

The trophy, voted on by members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association, has been awarded since 1968.

It’s named in memory of Minnesota North Stars player Bill Masterton, who died Jan. 15, 1968, of head injuries sustained during a game.

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Clearwater ER closed overnight due to staffing

Staffing shortcomings forced the closure of an Interior Health hospital emergency department overnight.

Clearwater residents were without an emergency department from Sunday at 4 p.m. until 7 a.m. Monday, Interior Health said in a public service announcement.

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The closure at the Dr. Helmcken Memorial Hospital was “due to unforeseen limited staffing availability,” according to the health authority.

Those who were in need of emergency room services were redirected to Royal Inland Hospital.

In January, Interior Health announced temporary service adjustments to a half-dozen communities, and among those facing cutbacks was Clearwater, as well as Invermere, Lillooet, New Denver, Ashcroft and Barriere.

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At that time, Interior Health said service adjustments were due to Omicron-related COVID-19 staffing challenges.

The nature of the staffing shortages this week was not disclosed.

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Kourtney Kardashian, Travis Barker officially get married

Kourtney Kardashian and Travis Barker have tied the knot for real.

The couple, who wed without a marriage licence last month following the 2022 Grammy Awards, finally made their marriage legal on Sunday at a Santa Barbara courthouse.

TMZ reported the news after the reality star and Blink-182 drummer were seen exchanging vows on the steps outside of the municipal building.

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Wearing traditional bride and groom attire, Kardashian was spotted in a white dress that was cut short at the knees and Barker wore an all-black tuxedo.

Following the ceremony, the two rode off in a black low-rider convertible with a sign attached to the front grill that read “Just Married.”

The newlyweds were surrounded by a few people, including Kardashian’s grandmother, Mary Jo “MJ” Campbell, and Barker’s father Randy.

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After saying “I do” in April in front of an Elvis impersonator, the Poosh founder confirmed that the early morning Vegas chapel nuptials were not real.

Now that Kardashian, 43, and Barker, 46, are officially married, they have plans to celebrate.

“They had to legally get married first ahead of their big Italian wedding, which is happening very soon,” a source told People. “All the details are set and the whole family, including all the kids, are very excited.”

The couple, who are both parents, plan to have their own baby, as discussed on this season of The Kardashians.

Barker asked Kardashian to marry him in October 2021 after less than a year of dating.

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Police investigating homicide of 41-year-old man in Thunder Bay, Ont.

Police say a 44-year-old has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a 41-year-old man in Thunder Bay, Ont.

They say officers were called on Sunday evening for a shooting.

Police say a 41-year-old Thunder Bay man was located with serious injuries.

He was sent to a hospital, where police say he died of his injuries.

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Police say a 44-year-old individual from Thunder Bay has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder and breach of recognizance.

They say two suspects — who are considered to be armed and dangerous — remain outstanding.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police.

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What is white replacement theory? Police probe conspiracy's role in Buffalo shooting

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A racist ideology seeping from the internet’s fringes into the mainstream is being investigated as a motivating factor in the supermarket shooting that killed 10 people in Buffalo, New York.

Most of the victims were Black.

Ideas from the “great replacement theory” filled a racist screed supposedly posted online by the white 18-year-old accused of targeting Black people in Saturday’s rampage.

Authorities were still working to confirm its authenticity.

Certainly, there was no mistaking the racist intent of the shooter.

Simply put, the conspiracy theory says there’s a plot to diminish the influence of white people.

Believers say this goal is being achieved both through the immigration of non-white people into societies that have largely been dominated by white people, as well as through simple demographics, with white people having lower birth rates than other populations.

The conspiracy theory’s more racist adherents believe Jews are behind the so-called replacement plan.

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For example, white nationalists marching at a Charlottesville, Virginia, rally that turned deadly in 2017 chanted “You will not replace us!” and “Jews will not replace us!”

more mainstream view in the U.S. baselessly suggests Democrats are encouraging immigration from Latin America so more like-minded potential voters replace “traditional” Americans, says Mark Pitcavage, senior research fellow at the Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism.

How long has racism existed? Broadly speaking, the roots of this “theory” are that deep.

In the U.S., you can point to efforts to intimidate and discourage Black people from voting — or, in conspiracy theorists’ views, “replacing” white voters at the polls — that date to the Reconstruction era, after the 15th Amendment made clear suffrage couldn’t be restricted on account of race.

In the modern era, most experts point to two influential books.

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One is The Turner Diaries, a 1978 novel written by William Luther Pierce under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald, which is about a violent revolution in the United States with a race war that leads to the extermination of non-whites.

The FBI called it a “bible of the racist right,” says Kurt Braddock, an American University professor and researcher at the Polarization and Extremism Research & Innovation Lab.

Renaud Camus, a French writer, also published a 2011 book claiming that Europe was being invaded by Black and brown immigrants from Africa.

He called the book Le Grand Remplacement, and a conspiracy’s name was born.

To some of the more extreme believers, certain white supremacist mass killers — at a Norway summer camp in 2011, two Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques in 2019, a Pittsburgh synagogue in 2018, a Black church in Charleston, South Carolina, in 2017 — are considered saints, Pitcavage says.

Those “accelerationist white supremacists” believe small societal changes won’t achieve much, so the only option is tearing down society, he says.

The Buffalo shooter’s purported written diatribe and some of the methods indicate he closely studied the Christchurch shooter — particularly the effort to livestream his rampage.

According to apparent screenshots from the Buffalo broadcast, the shooter inscribed the number 14 on his gun, which Pitcavage says is shorthand for a 14-word white supremacist slogan.

A written declaration by the Christchurch shooter was widely spread online.

If the message attributed to the Buffalo shooter proves authentic, it’s designed to also spread his philosophy and methods to a large audience.

While more virulent forms of racism are widely abhorred, experts are concerned about extreme views nonetheless becoming mainstream.

In a poll released last week, The Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that about one in three Americans believe an effort is underway to replace U.S.-born Americans with immigrants for electoral gain.

On a regular basis, many adherents to the more extreme versions of the “great replacement” theory converse through encrypted apps online.

They tend to be careful.

They know they’re being watched.

“They are very clever,” Braddock says. “They don’t make overt calls to arms.”

At least one of the prominent figures involved in the convoy that occupied the Canadian capital of Ottawa for three weeks earlier this year has spoken about the conspiracy theory.

Pat King, who has been denied bail and faces multiple charges for his role in the convoy now widely referred to by police and lawmakers as an “occupation,” could be seen repeating racist conspiracy theories in a video clip posted on Twitter.

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In the video, King said, “there’s an endgame, it’s called depopulation of the Caucasian race, or the Anglo-Saxon.”

“And that’s what the goal is, is to depopulate the Anglo-Saxon race because they are the ones with the strongest bloodlines,” he continued.

“It’s a depopulation of race, okay, that’s what they want to do.”

He then talked about men with the first names “Ahmed” and “Mahmoud” who he claimed are trying to “not only infiltrate by flooding with refugees, we’re going to infiltrate the education systems to manipulate it” so there is “less procreation” which leads to “less white people — or you know, Anglo-Saxon. Let’s say Anglo-Saxon, because when I say white, all the ANTIFA guys call up the race card.”

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In particular, Tucker Carlson, Fox News’ most popular personality, has pushed false views that are more easily embraced by some white people who are concerned about a loss of their political and social power.

“I know that the left and all the gatekeepers on Twitter become literally hysterical if you use the term ‘replacement,’ if you suggest the Democratic Party is trying to replace the current electorate, the voters now casting ballots, with new people, more obedient voters from the Third World,” he said on his show last year.

“But they become hysterical because that’s what’s happening, actually, let’s just say it. That’s true.”

A study of five years’ worth of Carlson’s show by The New York Times found 400 instances where he talked about Democratic politicians and others seeking to force demographic change through immigration.

Fox News has defended the host, pointing to repeated statements that Carlson has made denouncing political violence of all kinds.

The attention paid by many Republican politicians to what they see as a leaky southern border along the United States has been interpreted, at least by some, as a nod to the concern of white people who worry about being “replaced.”

House Republican Conference Chair Elise Stefanik’s campaign committee was criticized last year for an advertisement that said “radical Democrats” were planning a “permanent election insurrection” by granting amnesty to undocumented immigrants who would create a permanent liberal majority in Washington.

Stefanik represents a New York district.

Pitcavage says he’s concerned about the message Carlson and supporters are sending: “It actually introduces the ‘great replacement theory’ to a conservative audience in an easier-to-swallow pill.”

With files from Global’s Rachel Gilmore.

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney in Washington to talk North American energy security

WATCH ABOVE: Premier Jason Kenney will take off for Washington, DC this weekend, to push high-ranking members of congress on Canadian energy. He wants to see more Alberta oil flowing south. Tom Vernon reports.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is in Washington in an effort to convince Capitol Hill lawmakers that his province is their best bet for North American energy security.

Kenney is meeting with journalists Monday in advance of his testimony Tuesday before the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

That hearing, to explore the “energy and minerals” partnership between Canada and the U.S., will also feature virtual testimony from Natural Resources Minister Jonathan Wilkinson.

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Nathalie Camden, Quebec’s deputy minister of mines, and Electricity Canada president Francis Bradley are also scheduled to testify.

Alberta Energy Minister Sonya Savage and Environment Minister Jason Nixon are part of Kenney’s delegation.

Tuesday’s hearing comes at the invitation of the committee’s chairman, West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin — a moderate Democrat and a critical swing vote in the evenly divided Senate — who paid a high-profile visit to Alberta last month.

Kenney has long been a vocal champion of the role Alberta plays as a reliable and trustworthy source of energy to the U.S., a message he believes resonates even more since the Russian invasion of Ukraine began in February.

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And Manchin has proven a valuable ally, as a vocal critic of U.S. President Joe Biden’s Day 1 decision to cancel the controversial Keystone XL pipeline expansion between Alberta’s oilsands and refineries on the Gulf Coast.

“The Keystone XL pipeline is something we should have never abandoned. Now we wish we hadn’t,” Manchin said during his visit.

The White House, meanwhile, has repeatedly rejected the idea that allowing the project to go ahead would have eased the pressure on gasoline prices in the U.S., which have spiked due to rampant inflation and widespread international bans on the import of Russian energy.

But Kenney’s visit this week may have as much to do with turbulent domestic politics in Alberta as with the shifting global geopolitical landscape.

Kenney returns home Wednesday, when he will learn the results of a United Conservative Party vote on whether he should continue as leader and premier.

Just last week, he rejected “unequivocally, period, full stop” the idea of calling an election a full year ahead of schedule in hopes of restoring a measure of party unity and maintaining his grip on power.

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The governing party has been roiled by bitter infighting in recent months, including public criticism of Kenney from within his own caucus, that will culminate Wednesday in the results of the leadership review.

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Guelph man charged with impaired driving and drug offences after found asleep in car: police

Police say a 68-year-old Guelph man is facing impaired driving and drug-related charges.

They said officers were called to the area of Silvercreek Parkway and Paisley Road on Sunday just after 6 p.m., where they found a man slumped over the steering wheel inside of a running vehicle.

The man was reportedly woken up and arrested before officers searched his car.

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While searching the vehicle, police said they found small amounts of suspected cocaine and meth, among other drugs.

They said officers also found ecstasy and Xanax, in addition to more than $1,100 in cash.

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The accused has been charged with impaired operation, possessing a controlled substance and possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.

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Ontario party leaders set to square off at election debate Monday night

WATCH ABOVE: Ten days into the Ontario election campaign and the parties are trying to spotlight their efforts to make your life more affordable. As Alan Carter reports, one party is hoping to swipe seats away from the NDP.

The leaders of Ontario’s four main political parties are set to face off at a televised debate this evening.

Progressive Conservative Leader Doug Ford, NDP Leader Andrea Horwath, Liberal Leader Steven Del Duca and Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner will all be participating.

The debate, set to get underway at 6:30 p.m., will be held at TVO in midtown Toronto and will be streamed by Global News on this page.

900 CHML will also carry live audio of the debate here.

The four leaders squared off last week at a debate focused on issues specific to northern Ontario, an event organized by the Federation of Northern Ontario Municipalities.

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The consortium of regional broadcasters that organized tonight’s debate says the event is open to parties running candidates in “all or almost all” of the province’s ridings.

The rules ensure Del Duca’s participation after the Liberals were forced to drop a handful of nominees last week and now have candidates running in 122 of 124 ridings.

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Quebec reports 5 COVID-19 deaths as hospitalizations take small dip

Quebec was the first province in Canada to impose a mask mandate after the COVID-19 pandemic hit, and on Saturday, after two years, it became the last province to allow residents to go maskless in most indoor public places.

Quebec recorded five new deaths and a small drop in hospital numbers Monday as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.

Hospitalizations related to the health crisis totaled 1,611, a decrease of 11. This comes after 64 admissions and 75 discharges in the last day.

The number of people being treated for the disease in intensive care units stood at 51, a drop of four.

The daily tally shows 457 new novel coronavirus cases, though this isn’t an accurate representation of the situation since PCR testing is off limits to most of the population.

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The province administered 9,529 tests at government-run testing sites on Saturday, the most recent day for which that information is available.

Officials say the results of 172 additional rapid tests were declared by Quebecers in the latest update, including 139 positive results.

The COVID-19 immunization campaign gave 5,076 doses of the vaccine in a 24-hour period for more than 19.7 million to date.

Meanwhile, 5,331 health-care workers were off the job for pandemic-related reasons.

Quebec has recorded 1,058,066 official cases and 15,284 deaths over the course of the health crisis.

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