Lethbridge massage therapist sentenced to 90 days for sexual assault

A Lethbridge massage therapist was sentenced to 90 days in prison on Friday, after being found guilty of one count of sexual assault in November 2020.

Cyprien Mudenge will serve his sentence intermittently on the weekends. He’s also been sentenced to one year probation.

The crown asked for the higher end of a six month to one year sentence. The defense asked for three to six months, but pushed for 90 days to be served intermittently due to family circumstances.

During the sentencing hearing, the defense raised concerns over Mudenge’s daughter and her care if he were to go serve his full sentence in prison. They continued she is disabled and requires 24/7 care and support, a task Mudenge has taken on due to him currently not working.

His wife works over 60 hours a week to support the family and cannot provide the support their daughter needs.

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Justice Johnna Kubik said she took his family situation into consideration when handing down her sentence, adding that “sexual assault is a serious and grave offense.”

Mudenge is to have no direct or indirect contact with the victim, cannot come within 250 meters of her residence, must attend counselling, provide a court-ordered DNA sample and is on a firearms prohibition for 10 years.

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The incident occurred in November of 2018 when Mudenge inappropriately touched a woman during her massage.

It was the first time the victim, whose name is protected under a publication ban, had received a massage from the now 56-year-old.

During the trial last year, court heard Mudenge massaged the woman without a top sheet and exposed her bottom, touching her backside, breasts and vagina.

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RCMP charge 4 individuals after seizing 1.16 kg of meth in Saskatchewan town

Multiple charges have been laid by police after a drug bust on Tuesday in the community of Bruno, Sask.

A RCMP report on Friday shares that Humboldt, Sask., RCMP officers were patrolling at about 1:30 p.m. in Bruno when they noticed a suspicious parked vehicle.

Four occupants were found inside the vehicle, where police found a weapon in plain sight.

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Officers began searching the vehicle and located 1.16 kilograms of suspected methamphetamine and nearly 38 grams of suspected gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), which is an illicit psychoactive substance.

RCMP also seized drug trafficking paraphernalia, ammunition, brass knuckles and pepper spray.

The four individuals that were arrested are 20-year-old Trinity McKenzie of Little Red River Cree Nation, Sask., 20-year-old Tyra Ratt of La Ronge, Sask., 54-year-old Victor Bairos of Saskatoon and 58-year-old Lindsay Siemens of Saskatoon.

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McKenzie was arrested on warrants from Saskatoon police and will make her next court appearance on Sept. 20.

Ratt was also arrested on warrants from Saskatoon police. She will appear in court next on Sept. 20.

Siemens and Bairos are scheduled for their upcoming court dates on Nov. 22.

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Grand opening honours Lethbridge school's namesake: 'He'd be overjoyed'

WATCH ABOVE: Lethbridge’s newest school, Dr. Robert Plaxton Elementary, celebrated its grand opening Friday. The school bears the name of the longest serving Lethbridge School Division superintendent, and as Erik Bay tells us, his family believes the new school embodies Plaxton’s educational philosophy.

Dr. Robert Plaxton Elementary School held its grand opening ceremony Friday, recognizing the school’s namesake.

Plaxton was the longest-serving superintendent in Lethbridge School Division history, and his son David believes having a school that bears his name is the best way to honour a man who dedicated his life to education.

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“He did contribute a great deal to the schools, the teachers and especially the students in Lethbridge and in Alberta,” David said. “It’s just wonderful to see his legacy continued in such a great building.

“His legacy is that idea that every kid matters and every kid should be learning.”

The school’s design includes elements involving renewable energy and sustainable resources, including solar panels that generate electricity. School division board chair Christine Light says those aspects will be used in the students’ education.

“We want them to be hands-on with experiencing it, hands-on growing an understanding of how sustainable resources affect our community and affect our world,” Light said.

Plaxton Elementary will relieve the pressure on two other schools within the division, which Light says were overcapacity.

“Now those schools — as well as this school — we have smaller class sizes, we have more rooms within our building for classes to explore and be creative with their spaces.”

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David says the new building is the perfect representation of his father’s mantra, which was that every student should be given the opportunity to excel, with no child left behind.

“It’s really about a school that’s for kids and it’s an innovative, interesting school,” David said.

“Kids were so important to my dad and kids learning was so important to (him) and this is what this school represents.”

Plaxton helped open Nicholas Sheran Elementary, Lethbridge’s first school on the city’s west side and served as superintendent from 1973 to 1991.

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Montreal police seek public’s help in 20th homicide of 2021

Montreal police are asking for the public’s help in connection with the city’s 20th homicide of 2021.

The events date back to the night of Sept. 12, when the suspects broke into an apartment in Montreal’s LaSalle borough.

In a news release, police said that during the break-in, a 75-year-old man was assaulted.

Police confirmed he died in hospital of his injuries on Friday.

Before fleeing the scene, the suspects shattered the patio door, as well as several objects inside the home.

Police said they have reason to believe the victim was not the intended target.

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News of the city’s 20th homicide comes on the heels of two arrests made in connection with the 19th homicide of the year.

Montreal police said it happened in a residence in Lachine around Sept. 6.

Officers, however, were only alerted to the incident four days later on Sept. 10 when they received a call from a person claiming their friend had been kidnapped and witnessed the assault of a 27-year-old man.

That information led officers to a home in Lachine where they discovered the 27-year-old man’s body.

The tenant, Véronique Manceaux, was arrested that same day on initial charges of aggravated assault and forcible confinement.

On Sept. 15, she was formally charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to a body.

Police say the other accused, a minor,  was arrested on Sept. 15. He appeared in youth court on Thursday and was also charged with first-degree murder and committing an indignity to a body.

Anyone with information pertaining to either homicide is asked to call the anonymous and confidential info-Crime line at 514-393-1133.

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Montreal municipal election campaign officially underway

WATCH: The federal election campaign isn't over yet but Montreal municipal party leaders are already switching gears. The 2021 municipal election campaign officially kicked off on Friday. As Olivia O'Malley reports, party leaders marked the start in different ways, promising for a riveting next 50 days.

The federal election isn’t over yet, but Montreal is already preparing for one of its own. The city’s municipal election campaign officially began on Friday.

At midnight, the campaign commenced. Shortly after, poles alongside Montreal’s busiest streets were plastered with political posters for the mayoral candidates.

Valérie Plante started her morning with Projet Montréal candidates at the party’s headquarters. Her enthusiasm carried over to her first press conference of the official campaign.

“We’re a team, a strong team. We’re working together. We’re ready to win this,” said Plante.

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But it didn’t take long for her to start taking shots at opponent Denis Coderre. “Montrealers have a choice between yesterday’s man or a bold, ambitious future,” she said.

To which Coderre replied, “sometimes we have to make a difference between past and experience.”

The former mayor handed in his nomination papers at Montreal City Hall on Friday afternoon. Speaking to reporters after, he said, “I feel great. I feel honoured. I feel humbled.”

Coderre said he needed time to reflect after losing to Plante in 2017. Now, in his third run for mayor, Coderre promises his party, Ensemble Montréal, will bring back the magic he says is missing.

“I believe that this is not a Montreal for everybody,” said Coderre.

For Coderre, the biggest issue in this election is safety. He says rampant gun violence needs to be tackled.

“Because from now on, it’s shoot everywhere. So it’s not a matter of a street. It’s a matter of every type, every territories of the metropolis. So let’s talk about the issue. People want hope. They want a plan,” he said.

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Plante argues that she is acting on it, and said Coderre only says Montreal is dangerous to win electoral points.

“I don’t like somebody coming and saying, like, Montreal is dangerous and kind of demeaning all the work that is being done,” she said.

While it may seem like a two-way race, Mouvement Montreal leader Balarama Holness says it’s really anyone’s election to win.

“We are going to establish that it’s a three-way race and we’re going to see this in many ways, particularly from the ground game,” said Holness.

Holness spent his first day of the campaign on the ground putting up posters promoting his grassroots organization.

“We really have a party that reflects Montreal and we’re looking forward to going out and meeting Montrealers to share our vision from Montreal and to address the real needs of Montrealers during this campaign,” he said.

Montrealers go to the polls on Nov. 7.

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Tidal bore surfer pens song for new Petitcodiac River bridge

A Riverview man known for surfing the Petitcodiac River tidal bore has released a song. It’s about the new bridge, which he says is already giving life back to the river. Shelley Steeves has more.

A Riverview, N.B., man known for surfing the Petitcodiac River tidal bore has released a song that’s about the new bridge, which Melvin Perez says is already giving life back to the river.

Perez has been surfing the tidal bore for years, and on Friday he walked across the new bridge that spans the river he holds so dear.

The new bridge is part of a $61.6-million construction project, which replaced the causeway with a four-lane bridge and widened the river channel.

The river channel is about 175 metres wide, restoring the previously cut-off tidal flow.

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Perez wrote the song called ‘The Bridge’ about the new span that he says has set the river free just before the bridge’s official opening on Friday.

Originally from Costa Rica, Perez settled in New Brunswick in 2012 and instantly felt a connection to the river, which he says is showing signs of life since the water has been rerouted under the new bridge.

“The first new weeks I started to see more activity of life than in a whole year,” said Perez, which he describes in his song and music video.

The music video for the song was produced by Colleen Furlotte, which she called the bridge “a real representation of the river finally getting to heal and try to return back to its former glory”

Along with its tidal bore that is also returning to its former glory says Perez, he’s already noticing a rise in water levels in its wave.

“The river it is flowing down downstream free so that rush of water meeting that tidal bore creates more power and more rush,” Perez said.

This means also a better surfing experience, but his love of riding the waves and of writing music still doesn’t override his love of the river itself.

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Untreated wastewater flows into river on Meadowbrook Golf Course

Watch: Concerns are growing about an environmental hazard that's been brewing for decades. Untreated wastewater and raw sewage is being dumped directly into a small river than runs through a Montreal-area golf course. As Global’s Tim Sargeant reports, environmentalists and conservationists are sounding the alarm.

As golfers tee off at the Meadowbrook Golf Club in Montreal West, there is an unsightly river flowing right next to the greens.

Untreated wastewater and raw sewage is filling the waterway that meanders across the course.

The problem is due to cross-connecting pipes in the neighbouring cities of Montreal West and Côte Saint-Luc.

Wastewater from people’s homes is supposed to be connected to dedicated sewage lines but, in some cases, that’s not happening.

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“Frustrated, for sure,” André Bélanger, the director general of Fondation Rivières, told Global News.

Bélanger wants local municipalities to correct the problem at the source.

“Can Côte Saint-Luc and Montreal West take a stand and say, OK, we will resolve it in the next three years,” he said.

The mayor of Côte Saint-Luc says city officials are aware of the problem and it has plans to correct the issue.

Mitchell Brownstein says there are four cross-connecting pipes on people’s homes and five city-owned sewage lines that leak.

“Of course, it’s a big concern and we’re going to, number one, repair those cross connections and have our residents do the same.” Mitchell said.

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In an email to Global News, a Montreal city spokesperson writes that the city plans to build a dike for the untreated wastewater so that raw sewage mixed with rainwater runoff is no longer exposed in the river.

But some conservationists fear the city’s solution will dry up the river.

“There won’t be a river anymore. They’re taking away 96 per cent of the river’s watershed,” Louise Legault, of Les Amis du Parc Meadowbrook told Global News.

Bélanger has written to the ministers of municipal affairs and the environment but there has been no commitment to help clean up the environmental mess.

“I feel discouraged from this provincial government,” he said.

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Saskatchewan Roughriders ready for first game with vaccine verification program

Game day will look different on Friday for Riders fans when the Saskatchewan Roughriders host the Toronto Argonauts at Mosaic Stadium.

It will be the first time that fans will be required to show COVID-19 vaccine verification or a verified negative test before entering the gates to watch the game live.

Earlier this week, the club shared the final details of its vaccine verification program, which received guidance from the Ministry of Health and the Saskatchewan Health Association (SHA).

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The Riders said the process not only addresses needs from a health perspective, but also considers the game day experience for fans.

“We want our fans to know that they have to be prepared,” said Miriam Johnson, director of marketing and fan engagement for the Roughriders.

“If you have your ID and have your MySaskHealthRecord, you can actually screenshot it on your phone and make things a whole lot smoother.”

Fans are encouraged to show up to the stadium early with Mosaic Stadium gates opening two hours ahead of kickoff at 7:45 p.m. CST.

SHA staff will be on-site and available to help the Riders throughout the verification process on game day.

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Once fans gets the thumbs-up during the pre-screening process, they will receive a bracelet to show they were approved to come through at the gates.

“The SHA said they can be there to verify,” shared Johnson. “We were blown away on Thursday because over 3,000 fans showed up to get pre-screened, and it’s the same today. It’s incredible.”

Haztech will have a rapid test station set up at the stadium as an option to gain entry, but fans will be charged the cost of the test, noted Johnson.

As for mask use, fans are encouraged to wear a mask while in the stands, but it’s not required.

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However, people will need to wear a mask within indoor spaces at the stadium including suites, the Harvard Studio 620 Lounge, media level and the AGT Lounge.

“The city had already implemented a mask mandate for indoor spaces prior to the Labour Day Classic, but the outdoor experience at this point is not impacted,” Johnson added.

Johnson said she has three tips for football fans heading to Mosaic Stadium.

She encourages fans to have their tickets loaded and ready to go, their vaccine verification or negative test result ready to go and to make sure people are following the baggage rules listed at the club’s website.

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Edmonton Oilers rookies jump into game action Saturday night

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It’ll be the young guns’ Battle of Alberta Saturday night at Rogers Place when the Edmonton Oilers rookies meet the Calgary Flames rookies.

“We want them to play towards their strengths. We’ve spent the last two days going over just minimal parts of structure to give them some sort of a structure,” said Jay Woodcroft, who will coach the Oilers’ rookies.

“We know there are going to be mistakes, and that’s OK. It’s about how we respond to mistakes, learn from mistakes.”

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The Oilers’ lineup will feature 2019 first round draft pick Philip Broberg. He spent last season with Skelleftea in the Swedish Hockey League and was in Edmonton in December and January for the for World Juniors.

“I had a knee injury and a shoulder injury during the time I was at World Juniors. Of course, it was difficult, but you’re always honoured to play for your country,” said Broberg.

“I had a good opportunity this summer to get strong and get faster and get ready for this season.”

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The Oilers’ top offensive line on Saturday is expected to include Xavier Bourgault (22nd overall, 2021) and Raphael Lavoie (38th overall, 2019).

“I think they’re both skilled players. Raff has the dimensional size for a forward. He has a great shot and a bit of professional experience under his belt,” said Woodcroft. “In the first two days on the ice, (Bourgault) has impressed me with his level of compete.

“He does a lot of little subtle things that may go unnoticed by the general public, but little things that coaches appreciate and certainly his teammates appreciate.”

The third member of that line will be Edmonton native James Hamblin, who played for the AHL’s Bakersfield Condors last season.

Woodcroft didn’t indicate how he’ll deploy Ilya Konovalov, Olivier Rodrigue and Ethan Kruger, who are the three goalies in camp.

Forward Jake Chiasson left Friday’s practice favouring his shoulder. Woodcroft didn’t have an update on Chiasson, who was drafted 116th overall out of Brandon earlier this year.

Saturday’s game starts at 5 p.m. at Rogers Place. Fans will be not permitted to attend. The two teams will also play Monday night in Calgary.

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