Manitoba premier to hold media availability Monday afternoon

Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister has scheduled a media availability Monday.
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Pamela Anderson Sells Malibu Mansion, Will Live On Vancouver Island
Pamela Anderson is planning to sell her multi-million Malibu mansion and settle down in the Vancouver Island town she was born and raised in, the New York Post reports.The former “Baywatch” actor told the outlet that she decided to move back to Canada following her surprise wedding to her bodyguard, Dan Hayhurst, last Christmas Eve. “I feel more settled on my sustainable ranch on Vancouver Island with space to rescue more animals. It’s still beachfront. One foot away from the water — and I’m lost,” Anderson said. Her Malibu beachfront is listed by Tomer Fridman of The Fridman Group for $14.9-million USD, or $18.8-million CAD. Anderson originally bought the property in 2008; she’s tried to sell it before and has previously rented it for upwards of $50,000 a month, according to the Los Angeles Times.Before moving into that home, she lived in a “shabby chic” Malibu home, which that was featured in an episode of “MTV Cribs” that aired in 2000.Anderson wanted to get back to her roots in Ladysmith, B.C., where she owns property that once belonged to her grandmother.“I left my small town in my early twenties for ′Playboy,′ travelled all around the world, just to come home — one of the most beautiful places on earth,” she told People. “I made it home in one piece, a miracle. I’m a lucky girl.”  I left my small town in my early twenties for 'Playboy,' travelled all around the world, just to come home — one of the most beautiful places on earth.Pamela Anderson via PeopleAnderson and her husband have stayed in Ladysmith since 2019, often visiting pre-pandemic to fix up the property, as it had fallen into disrepair after her grandmother’s death.Rumours that she planned to re-develop or build condos in town were shut down in a 2019 interview with local outlet Ladysmith Chemainus Chronicle.The Canadian star has posted glimpses of her life on Vancouver Island on social media. She enjoys spending her time there in the great outdoors with her pets. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Pamela Anderson ? (@pamelaanderson) View this post on InstagramA post shared by Pamela Anderson ? (@pamelaanderson)The 53-year-old environmental activist has always had a special place in her heart for Ladysmith. She told the Wall Street Journal that she’s been busy there renovating her grandma’s land, building a greenhouse and pickling vegetables. As far as B.C. life goes, sounds like Anderson fits right in.Also on HuffPost:MORE ON LIFEWalter Gretzky, Father Of 'The Great One,' Dead At 82How The Pandemic-Stressed Teens I Work With Got Their Sleep Back On TrackWe Compared Ikea’s New Plant Balls To The Classic Meatball
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Trudeau Defends Sajjan Amid Fallout Over Military Sexual Misconduct Allegations
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he “absolutely” has confidence in the judgment of his defence minister while fallout continues over sexual misconduct allegations levied against Canada’s former top soldier, Gen. Jonathan Vance.Testimony from the military’s former ombudsman Gary Walbourne to the House of Commons’ defence committee this week described a “hostile” 2018 meeting with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan about the allegations.. The ex-watchdog appeared to contradict Sajjan’s own earlier testimony that he was as “surprised” as anyone by when misconduct allegations were first reported last month by Global News.Trudeau told reporters Friday that he supports Sajjan, who has served in the role since Liberals came to power in 2015. Watch: Prime minister says chief’s leave shows misconduct claims heeded. Story continues below video. Asked to respond to military survivors of workplace harassment and sexual misconduct, the prime minister said his government has taken “significant steps” to enable people to come forward. “We understand that there have been challenges and incidents and problems around sexual harassment and sexual assault and intimidation and inappropriate behaviour in our military, like in so many institutions and organizations around this country,” he said.  “We will continue to work with survivors, to respect their wishes, to hear them, and to improve the systems that both support them when things happen but even more importantly, create cultures where incidents of the sort don’t happen from the very beginning.”Global News first reported allegations that Vance had an inappropriate relationship with a subordinate that continued after he was named chief of defence staff in 2015. Global also reported that Vance sent an email to a younger female officer in 2012 suggesting they go to a clothing-optional vacation resort. Vance has denied wrongdoing, according to Global.The allegations triggered the Canadian Forces National Investigative Service (NIS) to launch an investigation. Trudeau’s government has been repeatedly asked to explain the appropriateness of the military investigating itself on the matter.The controversy expanded after Vance’s successor, Admiral Art McDonald, voluntarily stepped aside from his role last month after being informed by the NIS he was under investigation for unspecified misconduct allegations. I reached into my pocket to show him the evidence I was holding. He pushed back from the table and said, ‘No.’Former military ombudsman Gary WalbourneWalbourne told the committee that no formal complaint was filed. He said the collection of “irrefutable, concrete evidence” merited a direct meeting with the minister on March 1, 2018.“I did tell the minister what the allegation was,” Walbourne told the committee Wednesday. “I reached into my pocket to show him the evidence I was holding. He pushed back from the table and said, ‘No.’”Sajjan told the Commons defence committee on Feb. 19 that he was “shocked” by the allegations against Vance.The defence minister released a written statement following Walbourne’s testimony. He said he disagreed “with parts of the testimony that occurred in committee” but did not provide additional explanation for which points he had an issue with. According to two unnamed sources cited by The Globe and Mail, an advisor in the Prime Minister’s Office was briefed about the allegations against Vance days after Sajjan’s meeting with Walbourne in 2018. Trudeau has previously said he learned about the allegations after reading reporting by Global News. “As I have said, I only became aware of specific allegations against Gen. Vance through the work done by Global investigative reporters over the past weeks and months,” he said again Friday.Maj. Kellie Brennan came forward to Global News as one of the women accusing Vance of inappropriate behaviour. Brennan said she had a sexual relationship with Vance, which started before he was named chief of the defence staff in 2015 and continued after his promotion.When she brought information about her relationship with Vance to superiors, Brennan said the situation was handled like a “hot potato.” Walbourne used the same language to describe his own experience witnessing a lack of accountability when the topic was raised at the time.“This was tossed like a hot potato,” he said.The allegations throw the integrity of the Canadian Armed Forces’ top brass into question after Vance himself issued the order to initiate Operation Honour shortly after his appointment as chief of defence staff. It was the mission’s objective was to eliminate “harmful and inappropriate sexual behaviour” in the military.With files from The Canadian PressRELATEDEmail From Sajjan Aide Suggests He Knew About Vance Allegations For 3 YearsSajjan Knew About Vance Misconduct Allegations In 2018: Ex-WatchdogO’Toole Wants Pay Freezes, Independent Probe Into Military’s ‘Unsafe Culture’Canada’s Chief Of Defence Staff Is Under Investigation, Minister Says
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Walter Gretzky Invited Canada Into His Home, Because That's Just Who He Was
In memory of Walter Gretzky, who died today at age 82.I expected nothing as I knocked gently on the door of the two-story house on Varadi Avenue.It was Spring 2002. I was in Brantford, Ont., driving a university friend back to his home after a long journey from Ottawa. A long-time Wayne Gretzky fan, on a whim I asked if he knew where Wayne grew up. He did, and after a bit of convincing, my friend agreed to take me there so I could knock on his door.The door opened and the most famous hockey dad suddenly stood in front of me.  “Hello, Mr. Gretzky. I’m a big fan of your son’s,” I said.He nodded.“If you don’t mind, sir, I would love to see the trophy room in your basement.”He shook his head.“I’m sorry son, it’s all at the Hockey Hall of Fame.”I reached out for a handshake and said: “OK. No problem. It’s an honour to meet you, sir.”He looked us in the eye, paused, and said: “Well, we do have some stuff left.” He waved us in.We took off our shoes and followed.To my left, a black Roots winter coat commemorating the ’98 Olympics hung on a dining room chair. I could see straight through to the back of the house and a sliding glass door, with the backyard shining through.Walter made a right and led us down a flight of surprisingly raggedy stairs.He stopped at the bottom where a pile of sticks rested in the corner of the basement, a sight familiar to many a Canadian growing up in suburban Canada.“You know what this one’s from?” he asked.The stick was small.“That famous picture of your son with Gordie Howe as a kid, and the stick around his neck?”“Yup.”The basement contained a plethora of Wayne Gretzky memorabilia. And in no order. From very expensive collectibles, to random life-size posters. There was stuff everywhere.Walter told story, after story, after story. He was accessible, relatable, local and everyone loved him. We checked out replica Stanley Cups. A bench made from some of “my kid’s” old sticks. Cereal boxes with Wayne’s picture. NHL jerseys with Gretzky on the back. Endless medals and trophies.At one point, Walter lay on the ground and started signing a stack of Wayne Gretzky posters, dozens of them.He signed “W. Gretzky” on all of them.“I can still get away with that!” he howled.And then this.“You know why I speak to all these groups, and do all this community work?” he asked, motioning us to come closer.“Because the wife… she don’t listen no more,” he whispered, motioning upstairs.Months later, a box arrived at my apartment in Ottawa, where I was just about to start my fourth year of university. I had also been hired to serve as the editor-in-chief of the Fulcrum, the University of Ottawa’s student paper.The box was from Walter. Inside were two hardcover Wayne Gretzky books, one signed by Wayne, the other a nice message from “the Gretzky family.” There was a signed plastic drinking pint from Kraft with “JELL-O Pudding Shaker” written in red, along with the logo of each NHL Team — the sort of memento they would give at the gate to every person who attended a Junior A hockey game. I drank out of it for years.Most importantly, a handwritten message on a small piece of lined paper.I taped the note to the wall behind my desk at the Fulcrum. It lived with me every day and guided me through.Walter is a legend. Countless people all over the world have Walter Gretzky stories. He was accessible, relatable, local and everyone loved him. Now, as I build my own backyard rink, I often think about the hours Walter spent perfecting the craft that birthed the greatest player (in my opinion) who ever was.He spoke at so many charity events, lending his fame to causes and raising who knows how much money. He was patient and real.He was a good, kind person. The type of person I want to be.He represented a different era of celebrity. I admire him and cherish the memory he gave me.  Walter has nothing left to give.Thank you, Walter. You sure did have some stuff left in that old basement.Have a personal story you’d like to share on HuffPost Canada? You can find more information here on how to pitch and contact us. Also on HuffPost:RELATEDWalter Gretzky, Father Of 'The Great One,' Dead At 82Hockey Culture Wants 'Good Canadian Boys,' Just None That Look Like MeHockey Never Wanted 'You People' Like Us. Don Cherry Was A Constant Reminder.
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