Blue Jays clinch home field in first round

The Toronto Blue Jays have clinched the top wild-card seed in the American League and will play their first-round series at Rogers Centre starting Friday.

The Blue Jays locked up the spot Monday night when the Seattle Mariners dropped a 4-3 decision to the Detroit Tigers.

Toronto defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 earlier in the evening in a rain-shortened game.

Major League Baseball changed the wild-card format for this post-season. Three wild-card teams will make the cut in each league this year along with the three division winners.

The Blue Jays, seeded fourth in the American League, will host the fifth-seeded team — either the Mariners or the Tampa Bay Rays — in a best-of-three series. All games will be played in Toronto.

The winner will advance to play the top-seeded Houston Astros in the best-of-five AL Division Series starting Oct. 11.

The sixth-seeded club will open against the No. 3 Cleveland Guardians on Friday in the other AL wild-card series. The winner will take on the No. 2 New York Yankees in the ALDS.

The division series winners will advance to the best-of-seven American League Championship Series. The winner of that series will play the National League champion in the World Series starting Oct. 28.

The Blue Jays last made the playoffs in 2020. Toronto was swept by the Rays in a wild-card series that year.

Toronto won World Series titles in 1992-93.

After winning the Fall Classic for the second time, the Blue Jays didn’t return to the playoffs until 2015. Toronto reached the ALCS that year and returned to the final four in 2016.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 3, 2022.

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NewsAlert: Blue Jays clinch top AL wild-card berth

The Toronto Blue Jays will play host to a best-of-three, wild-card playoff series starting on Friday at the Rogers Centre. The Jays defeated the Baltimore Orioles 5-1 in a rain-shortened game in Baltimore earlier tonight. Then the Detroit Tigers knocked off the Mariners 4-3 in Seattle, to allow Toronto to clinch the top wild-card berth, and home-field advantage in the first round of playoffs. Seattle and the Tampa Bay Rays are the other A-L wild-card teams headed for the post-season.

More coming ….

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Dylan Holloway shines in Edmonton Oilers win over Canucks

Dylan Holloway continued to impress for the Edmonton Oilers, netting a hat trick and picking up an assist in a 7-2 pre-season win over the Vancouver Canucks Monday night at Rogers Place.

“It was one of those nights where everything just seems to go right,” Holloway said post-game. “I owe a lot to my linemates. I was playing with two pretty good players in (Draisaitl) and (Hyman), so I thought we played well and it’s great to get the win.”

All eyes were on the Oilers youngster, who was in the lineup again and this time in the top six, on a line with Leon Draisaitl and Zach Hyman. Holloway would open the scoring halfway through the first, deflecting a shot from Darnell Nurse past Connor Delia.

“He had a heck of a game tonight,” Oilers head coach Jay Woodcroft said. “I thought that line was the best line on the ice. They controlled the puck and didn’t give up a ton against.”

​”He works 200 feet of the rink,” Barrie said of Holloway. “He plays well defensively and then he’s got the skills and the speed, so he’s going to be a big addition.”

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The Canucks finally cashed in on their fifth power play of the game early in the second when Nils Hoglander fired a shot past Jack Campbell. On an Oilers power play, Evan Bouchard made a nice play to glove down a Canucks clearing attempt. A few seconds later, Connor McDavid fed Zach Hyman for a tap-in. Holloway scored 26 seconds later, ripping a sharp angle shot over Delia’s right shoulder. Conor Garland replied with a tip for the Canucks before Tyson Barrie made it 4-2 Oilers after two.

“We definitely took too many penalties, and it killed the rhythm to the game,” Barrie said. “But we did a good job of sticking with it and staying out of the box in the second half.”

Jack Campbell made a spectacular save on Garland in the third, extending his glove to snatch the puck just before it crossed the goal line.

“I thought (Campbell) was really good,” Woodcroft said post-game. “He made big saves when called upon, but I think he made a bunch of really big saves early in the game… he was very good and a big reason why the goals against were only two for the other team.”

Holloway completed the hat trick with 2:41 left in the game. Warren Foegele scored goals 51 seconds apart to round out the scoring.

Campbell finished with 28 saves.

Tyler Benson left the game in the second period with a lower-body injury and didn’t return.

“He tried to come back and take a shift and it wasn’t feeling where he wanted it to,” Woodcroft said of Benson.

The Oilers will continue the pre-season in Abbotsford against the Canucks on Wednesday (630 CHED, Face-off Show 6 p.m., game at 8 p.m.)


— ​With files from Brenden Escott, 630 CHED

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Motorcyclists seriously injured in two separate collisions on QEW: OPP

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) say two motorcyclists were seriously injured in separate crashes on the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) Monday afternoon.

In a social media post, Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said in both instances the riders were sent to hospital.

The first instance happened early afternoon in Burlington, Ont., on the QEW ramp to Centennial Parkway.

“A single motorcycle rider lost control and ended up with serious injuries,” Schmidt said.

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Later around 3 p.m. police responded to a motorcycle collision on the eastbound QEW approaching Winston Churchill Boulevard in Oakville.

“Again, a single motorcycle rider reported by witnesses traveling erratically or aggressively prior to the collision,” said Schmidt.

“No other vehicles involved that we’re aware of at this time.”

Halton paramedics say that male rider, believed to be in his 40s, was sent to a trauma centre.

The crash stunted eastbound traffic on the QEW between Ford Drive and Winston Churchill Boulevard for hours.

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Air Canada passenger’s bag arrives destroyed. A nightmare followed

An Air Canada customer who received little compensation from the airline after his luggage and contents were destroyed turned to Consumer Matters for help in his fight for fair compensation. Anne Drewa has his story.

An Air Canada customer is sharing his luggage nightmare after his bag arrived destroyed while in the airline’s care.

Ori Wolk said he submitted a claim, but the initial compensation he received from Air Canada fell far short of the total value of his damaged belongings.

“It just makes me feel that I’m not important, “said Wolk.

The Ottawa resident’s compensation battle with Air Canada started this past March when he flew business class with the airline to Israel following a death in the family.

On his return flight home from Montreal to Ottawa, Wolk says he was told by an Air Canada agent the plane to Ottawa had minimal storage capacity and recommended he check in his carry-on bag.

“I was so exhausted. I was happy to be in Canada, sure I will do it,” said Wolk.

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However, when he landed in Ottawa, he was directed to the baggage claim area where he received his carry-on luggage in a plastic bag.  Wolk says he was speechless.  The carry-on bag and its contents were heavily damaged.

“Everything was shredded and soaked,” Wolk told Consumer Matters.

Some of those destroyed items included headphones, prescription eyeglasses, prescription sunglasses and irreplaceable family photos and bank documents.

Wolk said he didn’t get much of an explanation from Air Canada. “They say it got caught in a conveyer belt,” he said.

When Wolk filed his claim and wrote Air Canada, he also outlined the value of his damaged items which were over $1,000. However, days later, Air Canada responded to Wolk stating after evaluating his claim an etransfer in the amount of $180  would be issued along with 15 per cent off his next flight as a goodwill gesture.

“They said this is our final response and do not reply to us anymore,” said Wolk.

President of the Air Passenger Rights advocacy group Gabor Lukacs said Wolk’s case is a clear violation of the law.

“While the airline was supposed to be guarding your bag, they failed to do so because it was damaged by the conveyer belt so they are liable up to about $2,300 CDN,” said Lukacs, adding, “the airline is liable for damage to checked baggage from the moment the baggage is handed over to the airline until you get back the baggage,” said Lukacs.

Wolk rejected Air Canada’s offer and turned to Consumer Matters for help. One day later, Wolk was contacted by Air Canada and received an apology and full compensation.

“I’m being compensated $1,190 plus they gave me a $300 voucher for my next trip,” said Wolk.

“They literally closed my case, but thanks to Consumer Matters they reopened it,” Wolk added.

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Air Canada stated to Consumer Matters: “We can confirm this passenger submitted a total claim for $180, which was fully paid and therefore considered resolved. Air Canada has since contacted the customer again.” – Air Canada Media

However, Wolk said he’s shocked by Air Canada’s response since he had submitted a claim outlining in detail all his damaged belongings and their value from the very beginning. “It’s kind of alarming in a way,” he said.

Lukacs added it’s very important passengers enforce their rights.

“Airlines feel they are untouchable, that nothing will happen to them if they break the law. That is the source of the problem,” said Lukacs.

He also suggests if passengers are being unfairly compensated by the airline to stand their ground.

“Don’t give up, don’t be a push over and don’t be afraid to assert your rights. Take them to small claims court,” said Lukacs.

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Collision in Richmond, B.C. leaves motorcyclist dead

RCMP are investigating a fatal collision involving a motorcycle in Richmond, B.C., on Monday.

Emergency crews were called to the area of Russ Baker Way and Inglis Drive around 12:30 p.m. to the crash involving the motorbike and a “transport bus,” police said.

Images from the scene showed what appeared to be a private ambulance, labelled “event paramedics,” as one of the vehicles involved in the collision.

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Police said the motorcycle rider died at the scene, while the operator of the other vehicle was unhurt.

Richmond RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team is leading the case.

Anyone who witnessed the crash or with video shot at the scene is asked to contact Richmond RCMP at 604-278-1212.

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'Bone chilling': Witness describes random attack in lobby of Vancouver apartment

Another random violent stranger attack in downtown Vancouver. This time it happened at Howe and Davie. Vancouver police say a woman was followed into the lobby of her apartment building. Emad Agahi has more on the attack and how bystanders jumped in.

Vancouver police are praising the efforts of a group of bystanders who intervened in the city’s latest apparent stranger assault.

According to police, the victim, a 29-year-old woman, was returning home to her apartment near Davie and Howe around 6 p.m. when the suspect followed her into her lobby.

Police say the man threw her to the ground and assaulted her, before the woman was able to break free and run out of the building.

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When the suspect followed her outside, a half-dozen bystanders rushed to the woman’s aid, tackling the man and holding him down until police arrived.

“(I) can’t say enough about the courageousness of the victim, can’t say enough about the bravery of the bystanders who got involved, who did the right thing who grabbed this guy and held him until police arrived,” Vancouver police spokesperson Sgt. Steve Addison said.

One of those bystanders, a woman who lives in the building and who did not give her name, told Global News she remains shaken by the violent scene.

The bystander said she was coming down the building’s elevator with her roommate when she heard screaming.

“When you live downtown you get used to all sorts of sounds and noises all the time, but this was super, super different. Bone chilling. We knew right away something was wrong,” she said.

She said when the elevator doors opened at the lobby level they saw flyers and debris scattered around the area and the struggle in progress.

“There was this huge guy on top of this girl, she was on her back and he was laying on top of her,” she said, adding that the following moments were a blur.

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“We made it outside, some other people helped us take him down, get him on the ground, hold him down,” she said.

“Super disturbing. I’m still shaking today. It was 24 hours ago and I’m still mortified.”

Vancouver police say the victim in the attack was left shaken, but not seriously hurt.

The suspect, 19-year-old Bryce Michael Flores-Bebington, has been charged with assault and uttering threats to cause death.

Vancouver police said they recommended that he be held in custody, however he was released by the courts with conditions and a promise to appear at an upcoming court date.

Police say they are investigating whether the attack cold be connected to other unsolved assaults in the city.

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Another West Kelowna, B.C. family alleges shoddy work, misleading documents in new home purchase

WATCH: More tonight about what an Okanagan family describes as a nightmare construction job on their new home. From shoddy work to misleading occupancy documents, the pre-construction purchase has left the family in a very difficult situation. And now another family has come forward to share similar problems with the same builder.

From alleged shoddy work to misleading occupancy documents, a West Kelowna, B.C. family says their pre-construction purchase has left them in a ‘nightmare situation.’

And now another family has come forward with similar complaints about the same builder: AHA Custom Homes Ltd or also known as Silverway Custom Homes Ltd.

Watkins and Sarah Livsey say they found 22 pages of deficiencies including what appeared to be second-hand material and exposed pipes. But according to the couple, the builder responded to their concerns saying that the city of West Kelowna granted unconditional occupancy.

“The document that we received from our builder implied that there was unconditional occupancy but the actual document, that exists and that we have a copy of, shows that there was actually conditional occupancy,” Livsey told Global News on Thursday.

“So they didn’t have unconditional occupancy, there was a list of at least six things including glass railing across the rooftop deck.”

City officials confirmed on Monday that the builder was not granted unconditional occupancy but rather a conditional one.

“I can only tell you what we’ve got in our files and our file shows that it was a conditional occupancy. That’s all we’ve ever approved,” said City of West Kelowna chief administrative officer Paul Jibbs.

“During the process and towards the end … the developer came in and received what we call a conditional occupancy or provisional occupancy, where as long as certain things are taken care of, they’d be allowed to occupy the building.”

Homeowner Jessie Angus, whose home was built by the same company, says after talking to Watkins and Livsey she believes her occupancy letter appears to have been cropped.

“ I actually found out from the city over the phone that my occupancy report that I received from my builder actually had 15 items on it that made it conditional occupancy,” said Angus.

“The occupancy report that I received from my builder is cut off at the bottom and there’s nothing listed there. So I just found that out , and I don’t have a copy yet of the occupancy report.”

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Angus and her family have been living in the home since August and are now anxiously awaiting to find out what those conditions are.

“I moved in here with my five-month-old baby and my husband and my mother to a home that was incomplete. I was led to believe that there was only a few things left to finish and that occupancy would be provided,” said Angus.

“I’m fearful of what these 15 items are and what that means for my family and that my baby was living here with no idea if all the health and safety concerns were met.”

Meanwhile, Angus says they also found similar deficiencies as her neighbour throughout their home, including drywall issues, windows with bubbles and what she says is a faulty garage door.

“The city inspector has been back to our home about three times. And each time that they’ve come they’ve said that that door needs to be shutting automatically on its own and that’s to code. So I’m thinking that that’s one of the reasons that we still don’t have final occupancy in our home,” said Angus.

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The City of West Kelowna inspects homes for the building code, but Jipps says builders should be going beyond the minimum requirements.

“The building code generally looks after your basic building components, the structural components, your health and safety standards like handrails, guardrails, smoke detectors, openable bedroom windows,” said Jipps.

“If somebody says they’re building to meet building code, that’s the worst way to build something and get away with legally because it is the minimum standard. People are allowed to build better than that. And then we always encourage them to reach higher than just the minimum standard.”

He went on to say that there are steps that homeowners can take when they feel the end product is not meeting standard, adding that homeowners can work with the city and the Homeowner Protection Office (HPO). Every new home built in B.C., must be registered with HPO by a developer registered with them.

“If this was to continue, and we were to hear more complaints about this developer, the process would come back to the city,” said Jipps.

“Then we could look at if this is a standard way they deal with people then we may refuse to issue my business licence because they shouldn’t be doing that kind of work in our community.”

Both families have been in contact with the city regarding their concerns.

“We feel regrettable when this situation happens to especially a young family moving in. This is our community, these are our residents and we don’t like to hear stories like this,” said Jipps.

“So anything we can do, we will be trying to support them as much as possible.”

According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), no complaints have been filed against AHA Custom Homes Ltd or Silverway Custom Homes Ltd.

However in a statement, the organization encouraged consumers to consider a few tips when hiring someone to work on your home.

  • Research and gather information
  • Ask for references and inspect prior work
  • Keep a hardcopy of everything
  • Think about future warranty / service issues.

Global News reached out to the builder AHA Custom Homes again, but they did not respond to our request for an interview.

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Police search for 20-year-old girl missing since August

Winnipeg police is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing 20-year-old girl.

Michelle Grozelle was last seen on August 25 in the William Whyte area of Winnipeg.

She is 5’4″ and 125 pounds with a thin build, long brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the WPS Missing Persons Unit at 204-986-6250.


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Demolition begins on New Westminster's storied Canada Games Pool

WATCH: It's definitely the end of an era for the Canada Games pool in New Westminster -- the wrecking ball was lowered today. as Aaron McArthur shows us -- many residents will forever have fond memories about the facility.

For five decades, the Canada Games Pool stood at the heart of sports and activity in New Westminster. On Monday, demolition crews got to work tearing the beloved facility down.

The pool originally opened on March 9, 1973, with partial federal funding as New Westminster and Burnaby held the Canada Summer Games. It was originally scheduled to be decommissioned in August 2023.

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But a flood amid heavy rains in 2021 exposed significant damage, and with just two years left in its lifespan the city decided repairing it would be too expensive with too little benefit.

Residents who came to watch crews get to work Monday got nostalgic about the venerable building, sharing memories of the pool and surprise at how fast time had passed.

While the Canada Games Pool is no more, the city is already working on its replacement, the 10,644 square-metre təməsew̓txʷ Aquatic and Community Centre, being built on an adjacent site.

The new $107-million facility is slated to open in late 2023, while demolition of the old pool is expected to be complete by summer 2024.



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