Quebec floods: Can future flooding be prevented in the province?

Is all this flooding due to a watershed management problem? Quebec is the only province without a provincial watershed authority, said one Quebec climatologist.

“Right now, the government’s preoccupation聽is the day-to-day,” said Francine Charbonneau, minister responsible for seniors, adding the most important priority is taking care of flood victims until the water goes down.

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    But the opposition would like the government to start thinking about the future. Experts say climate change is causing more extreme weather.

    “We’re now in the phase where catastrophic meteorological聽events will happen more and more, so we have to step up our game in terms of prevention,” said Parti Quebecois Leader Jean-Fran莽ois Lis茅e.

    Part of the problem, said Concordia University professor and climatologist Jeannine St-Jacques,聽is that in the early 2000s, Quebec downloaded responsibility for water management to municipalities.

    READ MORE:聽Quebec floods: How is the province managing all the water?

    “A聽watershed will be containing many municipalities,” said St-Jacques. “So there needs to be a provincial body, public body to be managing water. We’ve lost that in Quebec.”

    That being said,聽a recent report聽found urban flooding has become a Canada-wide problem. Flooding is now more costly than fire or theft for property owners. Almost two-million households in Canada are at “very high risk” of flooding. Federal disaster relief has almost doubled in the last few years and it’s projected to rise to as much as $650 million annually.

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    On Wednesday, Quebec’s finance minister assured flood victims that provincial disaster programs would provide up to $150,000 per residence.

    “Those programs are open-ended, so there is no time limit,” said Carlos Leitao.

    However, authors of the report suggest major flood assistance encourages homeowners and municipalities to continue building on flood plains.

    READ MORE:聽Canadian cities wary of identifying flood-prone areas due to political fallout, documents show

    “We really need to take a lesson from what happened the last few weeks. In the future, for the building of houses close to water, we have to be careful,” said CAQ Leader Francois Legault.

    But the opposition leader is not blaming the Liberals; he said the government is responding to the natural disaster as best as it can.

New Brunswick, Ottawa announce $3M to clean up Parlee and Murray Beaches

The improvement of water quality at Parlee and Murray beaches by New Brunswick is getting federal help, with the province and Ottawa investing a combined $3 million.

Environment Minister Serge Rousselle made the announcement Wednesday.

“This investment supports a total 18 projects, including new shorter term actions and studies, some of which are already underway,” Rousselle said.

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Some of the projects to be funded include upgrades to two pump-out stations used by boats to empty their holding tanks, as well as educating and enforcing responsible dog care at the beach, upgrades to the Murray beach sewage lagoon, and studies to help determine the cause of water contamination.

READ MORE: New testing protocol to start at New Brunswick’s Parlee Beach this summer

Rousselle said money had also been set aside to specifically target an issue at Parlee Beach.

“We are setting aside $500,000 to upgrade the Parlee Beach provincial park sewage station,” he said.

Environmental groups say a lift station was draining its overflow in a lagoon, adjacent to the Parlee Beach parking lot, that would eventually wind up in Shediac Bay.

This announcement comes on the heels of a last month’s announcement that the province said it would introduce tougher, federal, water quality testing at Parlee Beach. Over the last three years, figures showed that water quality at Parlee was considered poor on over twice as many days as was indicated.

Arthur Melanson is from the Red Dot Association, a group that wants the government to stop all developments in and around Parlee Beach.

“The announcement has positive things, at least they’re listening, but they ‘re not going far enough,” he said. “There’s two things in there for us … the wetland delineation and the moratorium because we view those two things going hand in hand. You need to delineate, you need to know where you can build, and then you can look at where you can build in the right environment.”

READ MORE: N.B. looking to improve water testing guidelines at Parlee Beach

The group also presented a petition to the minister, signed by more than 1,300 visitors to Parlee Beach, asking the government to stop all development until the issue of poor water quality is resolved.

“They’re spending the money to fix the problem, and yet they’re not doing anything to stop the problem from occurring,” Melanson added.

Toronto bride’s rushed wedding for dying dad saved by stranger’s skirt

Amanda Dawson never thought her wedding would be saved by a complete stranger and her blush skirt.

The 29-year-old Toronto native originally planned on getting married this summer, but after her father was diagnosed with an aggressive brain cancer last year, she moved the wedding up to June 2016, giving her just two months to plan.

“We wanted him to be there,” she tells Global News. “We wanted a small wedding with just close family and friends.”

Amanda with her father Steve.

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Dawson’s father Steve got to see his daughter get married on June 24, 2016. He passed away six months later.

Something borrowed

But Dawson also had another must-have on her big day. A blush skirt by designer Carol Hannah, a skirt that was only sold in one Canadian location.

WATCH: Minna Rhee looks into the act of kindness that will last a lifetime.

She called the store and was originally told the skirt would be ready in time for her wedding date. However, after she arrived to the store, the designer told her it would be impossible.

“I was crushed. It was just heartbreaking because I just wanted this beautiful day with my dad, my husband and the dress of my dreams.”

Amanda with her father Steve.

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Leaving the store heavy-hearted, she didn’t give up.

She called multiple locations in the U.S. and reached out to seamstresses to see if they could recreate the skirt. Nobody had the answer she wanted.

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“I was almost ready to give up and I had this idea to call the wedding photographer [of] a bride named Katie who lives in Pennsylvania.”

Katie on her wedding day.

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Dawson had originally seen pictures of Katie Kennedy’s wedding dress ensemble online and instantly fell in love with the skirt.

“I didn’t know her at all and saw pictures of her day and it reminded me of what I was picturing for our day.”

A stranger responds

Not expecting anything to happen, she reached out to the photographer who put her in touch with Kennedy. That same night, Dawson received the following email:

“I’m so glad you found my pictures. I’m sorry to hear about your father’s illness and I’ll be happy to give you the skirt. I just have one request. If you decide to wear it, I would love a picture of you in the dress so I could put it beside a picture of me in the dress,” it read.

When Kennedy first heard from Dawson, she says she was in shock.

“I was impressed that she was able to track me down,” she tells Global News. “As soon as I read her email and heard her story — I knew I had to give her the dress.”

Both brides in their blush skirt.

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Kennedy adds that while the skirt is a reminder of her own big day, this was the right thing to do.

“I have photos from the day, I have the memories from that day… the dress is just an object,” she says. “You never really know what a person is going through and a little gesture can make a big difference in someone’s life.”

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Days later, Dawson received the skirt and did a happy dance.

“I still can’t believe she even did that without even thinking about it,” Dawson says. “She didn’t even think, ‘This is my special dress, this is mine.’ She gave it with her heart.”

The travelling skirt

After the wedding, Dawson sent Kennedy a photo of herself wearing the dress.

Amanda had sent this framed photo to Katie.

Courtesy of Katie Kennedy

In a caption on the frame, she quoted Amelia Earhart: “A single act of kindness throws roots in all directions and the roots spring up and make new trees.”

Kennedy got married in January 2015, in Bethlehem, Pa.

Katie on her wedding day.

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And now that the skirt lives with Dawson in Toronto, the two have come up with a plan — they want the skirt to keep travelling.

“The dress is a little piece of cloth —; I would love for it to keep going, to keep changing hands. I’m sure there will be many love stories behind the dress,” Dawson says.

Amanda and her husband in June 2016.

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Dubbing it the “sisterhood of the travelling wedding skirt,” (named after the famous book about jeans), the skirt, Dawson adds, has a life of its own.

“It’s beautiful to look at and touch — and to wear — it’s a dream but it has a life of it’s own because of the hands that it’s touched.”

—; With files from Minna Rhee

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Feed Nova Scotia wants poverty addressed during election

Poverty in Nova Scotia is an issue that the provincial food bank hub wants front and centre during the election campaign.

“When those candidates come knocking on your door, ask them what their plan is around how to reduce hunger in this province,” said Nick Jennery, the executive director of Feed Nova Scotia.

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Jennery said food bank use and poverty go hand-in-hand.

“Out of all the provinces, we have the highest level of food insecurity, outside of the Territories,” Jennery said.

A national report from 2016 showed Nova Scotia had the highest increase in food bank use than anywhere else in the country.

Policy expert Christine Saulnier said addressing the issue of poverty in Nova Scotia requires a comprehensive plan that the province needs to lead and implement.

“We need to be connecting the dots across government departments, to really address the root causes of poverty,” Sauliner said.

READ MORE: ‘We cannot feed our way out of this crisis’: Feed Nova Scotia

She said a “poverty-strategy” needs to include much more than just an increased minimum wage.

“[We need] to figure out how to not just provide people with income supports, who aren’t able to work. Help people who are in the work force, help them to afford what they need in their lives. It requires a full poverty-reduction strategy,” Saulnier said.

The main provincial parties haven’t rolled out their campaign platforms yet, but each party is addressing poverty through their own lens.

“I believe that when we get the cost of living down to an affordable level, that will be reflected in a much lesser need for food banks and it’s something that I would love to see and I think we have a plan to at least help in that direction,” said Jamie Baillie, the leader of the N.S. Progressive Conservative party.

“We have to have a comprehensive investment across the board and a very key component of that is going to be to end the situation where we have 45,000 people who don’t even have enough [money] coming into the house that they’re able to buy their food,” NDP Leader Gary Burrill said.

“You have to work with people where they are, you have to meet their challenges and you have to make sure that other challenges in their lives are supported. Such as addictions, mental health and housing. Those are all root causes of poverty,” said Liberal candidate Joanne Bernard, on behalf of the party.

7 destinations for affordable wedding dresses under $1,000

Most brides will tell you that the most fun part of planning a wedding is getting the dress.

But shopping for a wedding dress can also come with a host of headaches, especially when you’re trying to stick to a budget. And it seems more and more women are shopping with a limit in mind. According to a survey conducted by online retailer Lyst, the average amount of money spent on a wedding dress is US$998, down from $1,334 as reported last year.

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Thankfully, a number of retailers, from stalwart department stores to fast-fashion empires, understand the constraints brides-to-be deal are under, and offer stylish and affordable wedding dresses to fit modest budgets.

Here’s a round-up of seven retailers that offer dreamy and affordable wedding dresses for brides of all styles.

Topshop

The British fast-fashion retailer introduced their bridal line this year and it’s everything a hip gal could want: trendy, adorable and oh-so-affordable.

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Reformation

The limited-edition and sustainable styles from Los Angeles-based Reformation ensure you’ll be a one-of-a-kind bride. Even better: their dresses don’t break the bank.

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BCBG

BCBG has long been a go-to destination for on-trend women, and their bridal offerings don’t disappoint: they’re stylish, comfortable and very affordable.

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READ MORE: How to shop for wedding dresses on a budget

BHLDN

The all-things-bridal offshoot of popular boho chic fashion destination Anthropologie, BHLDN (pronounced “beholden”) has everything you need for the big day, including a wide array of affordable wedding dresses to suit every style of bride.

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Etsy

No longer just a low-budget online destination for odd one-off items, Etsy has blossomed to include a plethora of bridal “boutiques” that offer handcrafted and unique wedding dresses, like this one from White Studio Bridal, designed and handmade in Toronto. (They also ship worldwide.)

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Asos

Known for their trendy selection of clothing and accessories from a variety of private labels and brand names, Asos offers a distinct and classic round-up of wedding dresses for the modern bride.

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ModCloth

For an array of cute and vintage-inspired wedding dresses to suit all body types, look no further than ModCloth. You can choose from a variety of styles that will meet all your bridal aesthetic needs.

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If RCMP can’t say how many Canadians have minor pot convictions, how will amnesty erase records?

Canada’s national criminal database can’t clearly break out people with a record for possession of marijuana from other drug possession offences, an RCMP spokesperson told Global News this week.

While police forces can enter the type of drug someone is charged with possessing into data which is sent to the RCMP, they don’t have to and often don’t, spokesperson Cpl. Annie Delisle wrote in an email.

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    So data maintained by the RCMP — but collated from police forces from across the country — can show whether someone has a record for possessing an illegal drug, but not necessarily which one.

    READ: Minor pot charges are down by half since the Liberals came to power

    In an interview in April, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said, more or less directly, that the government was looking at an amnesty for Canadians with criminal records for possessing small amounts of pot, which would take effect in the summer of 2018 after recreational marijuana is legalized.

    “We’ll take steps to look at what we can do for those folks who have criminal records for something that would no longer be criminal,” he said. “We will move forward in a thoughtful way on fixing past wrongs that happened because of this erroneous law that I didn’t put in place and that I’m working hard to fix.”

    In the context of other comments, Trudeau seemed only to be referring to people convicted of possessing under 30 grams of marijuana. (The law assumes that amounts under 30 grams are for personal use, not trafficking.)

    Someone found with a small amount of pot could be charged under one of two sections of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, one of which relates to marijuana specifically, and one of which is more generic.

    READ: As marijuana legalization looms, Trudeau hints at amnesty for possession convictions

    But the issue with the RCMP’s criminal record data raises questions about how an amnesty would actually work. If records for pot possession can’t be easily found in a national database, how can they be easily deleted?

    There may be no alternative to going through the data manually, case by case, and cross-referencing it to the original documents, says criminal defence lawyer Paul Lewin.

    “It might require some further investigation. I don’t think it would be incredible in terms of the amount of work, but it would be more than pushing a button.”

    “If someone had entered it and all you had was ‘possession,’ the information is in the charging document, the official record of what happened with the case.”

    “Even if it’s a bit of work, this is people’s lives.”

    Once a marijuana possession record has vanished in Canada, it may still exist on the U.S. side of the border due to past information-sharing between the two countries, warns immigration lawyer Fadi Minawi.

    “We see this quite a bit, especially when it comes to pardons,” he explains. “People have maybe never travelled to the U.S. in the interim. They go to the border and lo and behold, the officer has information predating their pardon. It was supposed to be pardoned, but there’s information in the system that that person still is inadmissible, if the conviction makes them inadmissible.”

    READ: Pot use after it’s legalized in Canada could still get you barred from U.S., lawyer warns

    Once data crosses the border, Canada permanently loses control over it, says immigration lawyer Guidy Mamann.

    “Once the Americans have that information, they have that information. How is it going to be erased on the American side? You can erase it on the Canadian side, but that data has already been sent over.”

    “They have the information, they have saved the information, they have that now for all of time.”

Quebec floods: Pierrefonds resident arrested during relief efforts to remain behind bars

Alain Furlano, a Pierrefonds-Roxboro resident who was arrested Tuesday after piling up sand bags to fix a leaking dike in the flood-stricken borough on Montreal’s West Island, will remain behind bars.

He appeared in court via video-conference Wednesday afternoon.

Furlano was charged with obstruction of justice, after allegedly failing to heed the instructions of an official who told him he wasn’t allowed to fix the dike.

“It could have been avoided,” he told Global News Tuesday prior to being handcuffed.

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    “That’s the problem. It should have been avoided.”

    Furlano argued he was only helping his neighbours who, like him, were tired of waiting for help to arrive and took matters into their own hands.

    WATCH BELOW: Residents affected by the intense Quebec floods in Montreal’s Pierrefonds-Roxboro borough are angry, saying they’ve been abandoned by the city. 

    Global News legal analyst Philip Schneider said charges against Furlano should be dropped.

    “This has got to be one of the smallest, pettiest cases possible in the province of Quebec right now – and one of the most unsympathetic,” said Schneider.

    “Sure, he was angry, you could see it on TV. But he wasn’t aggressive with the police, he wasn’t aggressive with anybody. He just wanted to unload sandbags and prevent water from rising.”

    Furlano and others who live at the intersection of 5th Avenue and Gouin Ouest are livid with how the borough has handled flooding on their street.

    They claim they know where the water is coming in from.

    They explain it’s right next to nearby train tracks, which is the AMT’s jurisdiction.

    Borough mayor Jim Beis told Global News that officials asked the AMT if they can build a dike near the tracks, but the transit agency said it never got an official request.

    Meanwhile, residents say the back and forth is driving them nuts and they just need a solution.

    “That’s all we want to do – build a little dike, 30 feet long, six feet high and this could be gone in a day,” said resident Martin Boisvert.

    On Wednesday, “Free Alain” signs popped up in Pierrefonds-Roxboro, in support of the volunteer helper.

    Furlano’s bail hearing is scheduled for Thursday.

Arizona radio station airs PSA on ways to ‘hide your child pornography’

A sheriff’s office in Arizona is seeking legal advice after being notified that a local radio station aired what officials called a “disgusting” and “disturbing” Public Service Announcement (PSA) offering advice on ways to hide child pornography.

On Monday, officials in Cochise County, a district just outside of Tucson, began investigating local radio station KAVV – The Cave 97.7 FM for airing a PSA on ways to hide child porn.

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According to a statement from Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, the PSA said “hide your child pornography from your computer by keeping all content on an external hard drive and hide it where no one can find it.”

“The radio station owner advised that possession of child pornography should not be illegal,” reads the statement.

According to local NBC affiliate KVOA News, the PSA also advised to “never keep paper pictures, tapes or films of naked juveniles where anyone else can find them.”

Possessing child porn is covered under Arizona’s “Sexual Exploitation of a Minor” law. The law states: “The crime is committed if any person knowingly records, films, photographs, duplicates, develops, sells, purchases, transports, or electronically transmits or receives any visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexual conduct or exploitive exhibition.”

A person can face 10 to 24 years in prison for each violation. The law also notes that penalties are higher if the child is under 15 years old.

Speaking with KVOA News, radio station owner Paul Lotsof said he disagrees with the state’s child porn laws.

“There’s no picture in the world that’s that dangerous,” Lotsof told the news outlet. “Pictures of whatever you want to call them. They’re minors, they’re pictures of minors and you go to prison for the rest of your life for possessing them.”

The radio station owner said there’s a difference between making child porn and having pictures depicting child porn.

“The difference is one case, you’re molesting children and abusing them, causing children to do things that are not natural for children to do and the other case, they’re just possessing pictures. There’s no connection between those two,” Lotsof told KVOA News.

The sheriff’s office said the PSA apparently aired late in the evenings or in the very early morning hours.

“This is very disturbing to know that a member of our local media, who should be one of the responsible groups of people to provide factual information to our public to keep them safe, is promoting and encouraging criminal behaviour,” Sheriff Mark Dannels said in a statement. “This is a disgusting and unacceptable public service announcement and this type of propaganda encourages evil behaviour. Freedom of speech does not include telling people to commit crimes and continuing to pass on this information could lead to judicial action being taken.”

A Change杭州龙凤 petition, with over 950 supporters, was created, calling for the radio station to be shut down.

“We are mothers, fathers, children. We are families that do not have to put up with this garbage. Let’s stand together and make sure this never happens again!!” the petition reads.

The sheriff’s office said it’s seeking legal advice “on actions that can be taken for the content that has already been released and to ensure this kind of information in not released again.”

Some New Brunswick cancer patients upset over loss of specialized surgeon

Some cancer patients in New Brunswick are worried their care may be compromised after a highly specialized surgeon recently shut down his practice in Moncton.

Ingrid and Bruce Munn of Holtville, N.B. say they received a letter last week from Ingrid’s surgeon that made them both very anxious.

According to the letter, Dr. Paul Renfrew, a specialist who she says operated on her liver cancer and saved her life – shut down his practice at the end of February.

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“He’s one good doctor, that one,” Ingrid said.

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“Oh it’s been hard, it keeps you worried all the time” Bruce said.

In the letter, Renfrew wrote that as his practice grew it put a greater demand on hospital resources.

“I have faced mounting pressure from the Moncton Hospital and the Horizon Health Network, regarding the length of my surgical procedures,” he said in the letter.

Renfrew wrote that the Horizon Health Network put restrictions on the lengthy Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary (HPB) surgeries he performs on people with liver, and other abdominal cancers. He wrote, “This put me in a difficult situation as I felt I could not provide proper care without violating these conditions/restrictions.”

So he chose to close his practice in Moncton.

“I think what he was doing was costing them more.  But it was worth it to save people’s lives,” Bruce said.

Renfrew could not be reached for comment, but Horizon Health has confirmed that he has resigned.

“For confidentiality reasons, we cannot comment on the circumstances surrounding Dr. Renfrew’s departure except to confirm that Dr. Renfrew resigned from his position at the Moncton Hospital. We would also like to thank Dr. Renfrew for his service. We are currently in recruitment for a permanent replacement,”  stated Dr. Édouard Hendriks, the network’s vice president of medical, academic and research affairs.

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Renfrew’s close colleague Moncton Oncologist Dr. Mohammed Harb said it is a big loss.  He said Renfrew is the only doctor in the province who performs more complicated HPB surgeries.

“I am really sad to see my colleague leaving. He was really an excellent surgeon and he really did help us a lot with his knowledge and input,” Harb said.

He said losing Refrew will put a heavier workload on him as he now coordinates with a surgical team in Halifax to perform his HPB surgeries until a replacement is found.

But he assures his patients that their care won’t be impacted.  He says he has formed a close working relationship with the “highly skilled” Halifax HPB surgical team and is confident his patients will be cared for quickly.

“So far I have been sending a couple of patients and there was no delay whatsoever.”

Harb said it will be a challenge to fill Dr. Renfrew’s position because there are not many surgeons in the country skilled in performing such complex surgeries.  But he said he is confident the position will be filled.

Dr. Shiva Jayaramn of Toronto is president of the Canadian Hepato-Panreato-Biliary Association.  In a telephone interview with Global News  he said, “There are only about 60 to 70” surgeons trained in performing complicated HPB surgeries in all of Canada.  He said most of the surgeons work in teams, so unless New Brunswick is considering hiring two surgeons, recruiting one to fill a sole position in Moncton “may be a challenge.”

In the meantime, Bruce said traveling to Halifax will be a burden on his wife, who was recently told there are two new spots on her liver and she may require a second surgery.

READ MORE: Highlights from New Brunswick budget 2017: more spending, more debt

“To have to drive to Halifax and stay down there and cost ya more money when you go,” Bruce said.

Meanwhile, Ingrid is holding out hope that Renfrew will return and is calling on Horizon Health to “bring him back.”

Child psychiatrist believes Hannah Leflar’s killer has ‘psychopathic tendencies’

A child psychiatrist believes Hannah Leflar’s killer has ‘psychopathic tendencies,’ and in dealing with the youth found him to be “arrogant” and “narcissistic”.

On Wednesday, the Crown called expert witness, Dr. Brent Harold to the stand. Dr. Harold has been a practicing psychiatrist since 1998. He met with the youth several times after Leflar’s death.

He testified that the teen displayed a sense of “always about me” type of thinking.

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    Dr. Harold’s first meeting with the youth took place back in August 2015, eight months after the death of honour roll student Hannah Leflar.

    He explained the youth told him he was suffering from depression and psychotic episodes, like “hearing voices, voices that told him to do it”. The youth believed himself to have schizophrenia.

    However, as the meetings continued, Dr. Harold said the youth was unable to describe or show any other symptoms associated with schizophrenia.

    The doctor does not believe the youth has schizophrenia.

    Dr. Harold was also concerned about the “lack of empathy” shown, adding the youth was manipulative —; leaving him to believe he had psychopathic tendencies.

    “[He] didn’t demonstrate any remorse for it… my interactions with the youth didn’t see it,” he said.

    In the 5,600 patients he’s treated over 19 years, only about four or five people exhibited those psychopathic tendencies, and he believed Leflar’s killer to be one of them.

    When the crown asked why, Dr. Harold explained the youth “didn’t show any remorse,” was “unable to demonstrate empathy,” tended to view things as “always being about him,” and had “no problems breaking the rules.”

    Unsealed court documents had revealed the youth, now 19 years old, stalked and obsessed over Leflar for months, before ultimately killing her.

    Leflar died from a stab wound to the back of the head, along with at least 9 other incisions on the torso, forearm, mouth, hands and body.

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    The youth also told Dr. Harold he was being bullied in prison, and was suicidal. The psychiatrist said he didn’t believe him to be clinically depressed, adding there was a difference between self-harming and being suicidal.

    During cross-examination, the defence asked Dr. Harold if he had a good rapport with the youth.

    He replied he did not, adding it was difficult to have a good rapport with someone with that type of behaviour.

    The Crown prosecutor is seeking an adult sentence which carries an automatic life sentence in prison for 25 years with no chance of parole for ten years.

    “We’re of the view that this crime merits an adult sentence, not a youth sentence. And that’s why we’re here,” Crown prosecutor Chris White said.

    “I feel there’s a bit of optimism for no other reason than we’re coming towards the end for one of the two,” he added.

    Dr. Harold was one of two psychiatrists who testified in court Wednesday.

    The day began with testimony from a court ordered pediatric psychiatrist —; Dr. Oladapo Soyemi.

    Dr. Soyemi said he only met the youth once, and the meeting lasted about two hours.

    He testified his role was to determine if there were any psychiatric illnesses.

    On the stand, he recalled the youth being cooperative but expressed worry about an adult sentence.

    READ MORE: ‘Agreed statement of facts’ reveal events before and after Hannah Leflar’s death

    The psychiatrist said the teen was concerned about the lack of supports to “fix his problems,” and afraid he would “rot in jail,” if given an adult sentence.

    Dr. Soyemi also expressed that it was well known that the youth had said he would commit suicide if he was given an adult sentence.

    The Crown asked if that was manipulative, in which Dr. Soyemi replied it “appears to be,” but he also added that he was conscientious of the fact that he only spoke to the teen for two hours.

    He said he considered that the youth could have illnesses like low grade depression and borderline personality disorder and he took those into consideration but there was no definitive conclusion.

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