Edmonton Oilers motor to victory in Detroit with 5-2 win over Red Wings

Warren Foegele scored twice as the Edmonton Oilers toppled the Detroit Red Wings 5-2 Tuesday night.

The Oilers are 8-0-1 in their last nine games. Jack Campbell made 30 saves. He’s won his last eight starts.

The Oilers played well in the first few minutes of the opening period but the Red Wings were strong after that.

They broke through on a goal by Tyler Bertuzzi halfway through the session.

It looked to be a 2-0 edge not long after as Robby Fabbri was staring down an open net. However, he didn’t get much on his shot and watched the puck nudge off the post.

Philip Broberg set up Ryan McLeod for his ninth early in the second, then Foegele finished off a two-on-one with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins just 36 seconds later.

Foegele made it 3-1 when Vincent Desharnais’ point shot ticked in off his pants. The Red Wings got a big goal from Joe Veleno with nine seconds to go in the period.

Jack Campbell came up with a big glove save halfway through the third, denying Jonatan Berggren on a breakaway. He stopped Dominik Kubalik in tight a couple of minutes later.

Nugent-Hopkins snapped in a power play with 4:22 on the clock. Evander Kane wrapped it up with a shorthanded empty netter.

Connor McDavid assisted on Nugent-Hopkins’ goal to extend his point streak to 13 games.

The Oilers, 29-18-4, will play in Philadelphia on Thursday. The 630 CHED Face-off Show begins at 3:30 p.m., puck drops at 5 p.m.

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Pedestrian seriously injured in Vaughan, Ont. hit-and-run

A pedestrian has sustained serious injuries after an alleged hit-and-run in Vaughan, Ont.

In a tweet, York Regional Police said a pedestrian had been involved in a collision with a vehicle at around 8:30 p.m. in the area of Townsgate Drive and Emerald Lane.

Police said the vehicle fled the scene, adding that the pedestrian had sustained serious injuries.

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Sorrento, B.C. woman wants improved highway safety after truck crashes into house

WATCH: A woman in the Shuswap is calling for improved safety measures on the Trans-Canada Highway after a semi-truck left the road and barreled into her house. The crash happened one week ago, and as Catherine Urquhart reports, the wreckage is still there.

A woman in British Columbia’s Shuswap is calling for improved safety measures on the Trans-Canada Highway after an out-of-control 18-wheeler truck slid off of Highway 1 and crashed into her house.

On Jan. 31, around 3:00 p.m. Hilda Freimuth was awoken from a nap by the truck veering into her garage in Sorrento. One week later, the truck remains lodged inside her house

Freimuth was uninjured and the driver only suffered a few minor cuts — and she says the incident could have been a lot worse.

“I heard this loud rustling, cracking noise and then a huge bang and then the whole house shook like an earthquake,” she told Global News.

“I was just in shock and I saw lots of people coming down from the highway, bless their souls, to help.”

She’s now on a mission to prevent something like this from happening again.

Freimuth believes a barrier on that particular stretch of roadway could prevent future incidents.

The Ministry of Transportation could not confirm if that is under consideration.

“Hopefully we can work with the highways or someone to see if we can get those barriers up, so we feel better about things,” said Freimuth.

“I think it needs to happen, just for everyone’s safety here.”

In the coming days, a structural engineer will try to remove the cab of the truck, which is currently jammed into her garage, which took the brunt of the impact.

The engineers have told her the roof of her house is resting on the truck, and will need to be propped up before it can be removed.

Once the rig is out, then they will do a reassessment.

Despite the close call, she hopes to move home in the coming days after spending the last seven in a hotel.

Work is scheduled to start on Wednesday.

“I am (unlucky) that this happened but lucky it turned out the way it did. Police and fire say (it was) the best-case scenario,” said Freimuth.

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Luxury car stolen at gunpoint near Mississauga, Ont. mall, police say

Two young men have been arrested after an alleged armed carjacking near a mall in Mississauga, Ont.

At around 8:20 p.m. on Monday, a man reportedly drove to the Square One Drive and Hurontario Street area, near where Square One Mall is located, in downtown Mississauga.

Police said he was in the area for a business meeting.

Three people then drove up to him while he was sitting in his car, a vehicle Peel Regional Police described as “luxury.” After a brief conversation, the three allegedly demanded the vehicle at gunpoint.

Police said the three suspects drove off, leaving the victim physically unharmed.

Officers were quick to find the vehicle, locating it “immediately” near Finch Avenue and Highway 400, police said. A multi-jurisdictional operation involving Ontario, York and Toronto police led to the arrest of two of the three suspects, according to police.

Police said they found firearms in the vehicle and ammunition.

Emmanuel Ezbon, a 19-year-old man from Toronto, was charged with a list of offences including robbery with a firearm and careless storage of a firearm.

“At the time of the offence Emmanuel Ezbon was bound by a Probation Order with conditions not to possess any weapons and a weapons prohibition order,” police said.

The second man arrested was 21-year-old Demouy Blair from Oshawa. He also faces a range of charges, including robbery with a firearm.

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Burnaby Urban Search and Rescue off to Turkey to help with earthquake relief

WATCH: The volunteer Burnaby Urban Search and Rescue team is heading to Turkey to help in the desperate efforts to save people from the debris of thousands of collapsed buildings. Grace Ke reports.

The Burnaby Urban Search and Rescue Team is heading to Turkey to help in the aftermath of the deadly earthquakes that devastated Turkey and northern Syria on Monday.

As of Tuesday, the death toll from the 7.8 and 7.5 magnitude earthquakes and multiple aftershocks is now at least 7,000 and the number of injured is estimated to be in the tens of thousands.

It’s one of the most powerful earthquakes to hit the region in a century and the frigid weather is complicating the search for survivors.

Armed with medical and rescue equipment, 10 volunteers with BSAR are making the 15-hour flight hoping to aid in recovery efforts and search for buried victims.

“We are all volunteers. The reason we are doing this is because we feel lucky to live where we are, and so when we see stuff like this, we want to help,” said Ryan Berry with BUSAR.

“We’re a technical search team. We have equipment that can help locate buried victims that have been trapped in collapsed rubble. We’re bringing a whole bunch of first aid equipment. We have some recovery equipment, some water, basic supplies and some technical rescue equipment.”

The team was previously dispatched to Nepal after the 7.6 magnitude earthquake in 2015, which killed about 9,000 people and injured 100,000 others.

They also travelled to the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian in 2019.

Berry says the team is not sure yet exactly where in Turkey they will be assigned — but time is of the essence.

“I think there are six or seven major city centres that are really struggling for help, (we will) probably be assigned there and meet with the local people in charge and they will assign us.”

Most of them are firefighters from Burnaby and one is from White Rock.

It’s estimated more than 5,700 buildings have collapsed in Turkey, and it’s now a race against time as the global community offers assistance for a massive rescue effort.

Meanwhile, other volunteers like Shawn Mohammed are putting their home life on hold to help with the recovery.

“I am leaving my five-year-old’s birthday but I promised him a couple of really good transformers when I get back,” he said.

“I have a really understanding wife and kids so they know this is the right thing to do.”

After being given the green light by the Turkish Consulate, the Burnaby USAR will be taking off tonight (Monday) and will be there for a week, returning on Feb. 14th.

“What we witness is that the destruction, what happened in one day it’s like it’s like a war zone and it happened overnight,” said Mehmet Taylan Tokmak with the Turkish Consulate General in Vancouver.

“Right now even the remaining buildings are collapsing. But (the volunteers) make me so happy. (It is) encouraging and it makes me so emotional at the same time.”

Turkish Airlines is also carrying 11 pallets and two tonnes of donations collected in just one day from the local Turkish community.

with files from Catherine Garrett, Global News

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Charges laid in fatal B.C. tugboat sinking that claimed 2 lives

WATCH: Charges under the Workers Compensation Act have been laid in connection with a fatal tugboat sinking near Kitimat in 2021. But as Kristen Robinson reports, the victims' families say it's not enough.

Genevieve Cragg is pleased to see charges laid in the tragic tugboat incident in 2021 that claimed two lives, including her son Charley’s.

“It’s not going to bring Charley back,” she told Global News Tuesday.

But she said she will continue her fight to stop small tugboats from hauling massive barges.

“Justice and change in the name of Charley and Troy are vital. “It can’t be for nothing.”

The MV Ingenika sunk on Feb. 11, 2021, while pulling a barge through the Gardner Canal towards the Rio Tinto Kemano Generating Station south of Kitimat, B.C.

Troy Pearson, 58, and crew member Charley Cragg, 25, died in the frigid waters during a raging storm with wind gusts of more than 70 knots per hour. Only the vessel’s first mate, 19 years old, survived.

Cragg said her son dreamed of working for the Coast Guard and had no training before he boarded the tugboat that fateful day.

Nearly two years later, the tug’s owner, Wainwright Marine Services and James Geoffrey Bates were charged with eight offences under the Worker’s Compensation Act, including failing to ensure the health and safety of workers, failing to maintain protective equipment, devices or clothing in good condition, failing to provide workers with necessary training and supervision and failing to ensure young or new workers were properly trained on personal protective equipment.

“Without criminal charges, the message that’s going out to industry and marine workers is that death in the workplace is the cost of doing business,” Cragg said.

Transport Canada has already issued $62,000 in fines to the Ingenika’s owners but the union representing tugboat workers said more needs to be done to ensure industry safety.

“When the price of business currently is $62,000 for two fatalities, that does not act as a deterrent for employers to start doing better,” Jason Woods, ILWU Local 400 Marine Section president said.

Tugs under 15 gross tons are exempt from certain federal regulations.

Judy Carlick-Pearson, who lost her husband Troy, also wants better and properly enforced safety rules.

“From day one, it was the importance of carrying on the legacy and doing right by Troy and Charley because of how diligent and honourable they were as mariners,” she said.

“Two years have passed since these two men were killed in this incident on our coast and yet not a single safety measure has been strengthened,” Taylor Bachrach, Skeena-Bulkley Valley MP and NDP Transport Critic said.

Both Cragg and Carlick-Pearson said they will keep fighting until changes are made.

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Okanagan real estate feeling the impact of higher interest rates

The real estate numbers are out for January, and they show single-family home prices are down around the Okanagan compared to this time last year. Higher interest rates are being blamed. But that's not the whole story. Megan Turcato gives us a deeper look at the data.

The Okanagan single-family home market appears to be feeling the impact of higher interest rates.

The Association of Interior Realtors released data for January, showing that benchmark home prices were down in January throughout the region.

Prices dropped between five and nearly eight per cent compared to January 2022.

“Last year when a client could afford a purchase of let’s say $380,000, at an income of $80,000 for their year, this year it is only about $340,000 so it is a big difference,” said Deb White, owner of White House Mortgages in Vernon.

Single Family Home Benchmark Prices January 2023.

Benchmark prices for single-family homes compared to January 2022.

While the detached home prices are down, they haven’t plummeted and aren’t expected to.

“In the Okanagan we are probably not going to see a massive plummeting of home prices because we are one of the most desirable areas to live in climate-wise in Canada and demographically there is a large section of the population that is ready for retirement and will probably look to the Okanagan,” said real estate agent Maria Besso.

White paints a similar picture, saying the Okanagan real estate market is continuing with people just finding more creative ways to buy a home in the higher interest rate climate.

“Whether they sell a vehicle for their down payment, or they are borrowing money from their family, they are finding it more affordable to buy a home rather than rent,” said White.

Meanwhile, trends in condos and apartments are mixed depending on where in the region you look.

In January, benchmark prices dropped four per cent in the Central Okanagan while rising almost six percent in the North Okanagan.

January 2023 benchmark prices for condos and apartments in the Okanagan compared to prices in January 2022.

January 2023 benchmark prices for condos and apartments in the Okanagan compared to prices in January 2022.

In the North Okanagan specifically, with interest rates up, there appears to be a clear trend of buyers opting for smaller more affordable properties. Detached home prices were down in January while condo and townhouse prices rose.

“What we are seeing is seven percent stress tests and so there is a finite amount of money that people can qualify for and so there is more demand in the lower part of the price ranges,” said Besso.

“Also there is competition because the retirees are also coming here, maybe wanting to downsize, and also looking under $800,000. So they are competing for the same houses perhaps as the younger generation.”

January 2023 benchmark prices compared to January 2022.

January 2023 benchmark prices compared to January 2022.

A variety of trends to watch out for as the Okanagan heads into the traditionally hotter spring real estate market.

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Used car offer from Renfrew Chrysler leaves some Calgarians feeling used

WATCH: A Calgary car dealership is apologizing to customers after a cash-back offer backfired and led to a lot of backlash. Tomasia DaSilva reports.

A Calgary car dealership is apologizing for a letter to customers that’s drawn a lot of online backlash.

The outside of the envelope from Renfrew Chrysler had the words, “Urgent — Open Immediately Rent Subsidy.” But inside, there was a cash back offer from the dealership for the sale of used cars.

Some people took to online discussion forum Reddit to react to the letter, and some of the comments were scathing.

One person wrote; “The company responsible for such ads should feel a sense of disgrace.”

Another questioned how Renfrew believed this kind of advertising tactic would encourage sales.

“Who in their right mind would buy from them after they just tricked them?”

Renfrew Chrysler’s General Manager Shawn Fennell told Global News the letter was not intended to trick or mislead anyone. In fact, he said, it was supposed to do the reverse.

“It was totally set up to help people in times when everything is inflamed,” he said. “That’s really what it is.”

Fennell said most of the dealership’s customers are looking for cash back to offset other expenses — such as food and rent — and this could help them achieve that.

“For example, you buy a vehicle, your rent is x amount. That amount of money comes off of the vehicle. That’s cash to them.”

As for the urgency of the message, he admitted that was an unfortunate mistake.

“It’s definitely not bait and switch. If it came across that way, I totally understand that. I apologize,” he added.

“Wording could definitely have been different. It wasn’t malicious by any means. From the bottom of my heart — I’m sorry.”

Calgary car dealership at the centre of controversy following "cash back" offer

Calgary car dealership at the centre of controversy following "cash back" offer

Tomasia DaSilva

Marketing expert Neil Brigden told Global News a sincere apology is an “important first step” towards getting back trust. However, the assistant professor of marketing with Mount Royal University also said the letter was a bad idea from the start.

“I think it’s clearly deceptive,” Brigden said. “I don’t think most consumers would consider a discount on a vehicle to be rent relief.”

“Unfortunately, once consumers actually opened that letter and discovered that it was actually not what they considered rent subsidy, they’re going to feel tricked.”

Brigden said it may be a challenge for Renfrew to win back customers’ trust, especially since it’s in the business of selling large ticket items. He suggested the company look into some “restorative” measures, which could include donating to rental relief causes.

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Ottawa spends $2M for international agency to offer advice on Indigenous unmarked graves

An update on a $2.8 billion class action settlement brought by members of a British Columbia Indigenous band who attended residential schools as day scholars. The government has agreed to pay that money into a trust fund, with more details of the agreement set to be released next month. Neetu Garcha reports on how those funds may be used.

Ottawa is spending $2 million for an international organization to provide First Nations with options around identifying possible human remains buried near residential schools.

A statement from the office of Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller says it is signing a technical agreement with the International Commission on Missing Persons.

Based out of The Hague, the organization works in different countries to help identify the remains of those who have disappeared or been killed in conflicts and disasters, including after the 2013 Lac-Megantic rail disaster in Quebec.

Miller’s office says the organization will undertake a “cross-country outreach campaign” with Indigenous communities interested in options to help identify or repatriate the possible remains of children who were forced to attend residential schools.

It says the group will provide expert information on DNA analysis and “other forensic approaches for consideration” and then prepare a final report for the federal government.

Miller’s office says the organization’s work will be independent from the government and that “local Indigenous facilitators will lead every step of the process” to ensure discussions happen in a sensitive way.

“Indigenous communities across Canada are leading the difficult and important work of uncovering the truth at the sites of former residential schools, and our government will continue to support them in that process, whether they choose to use the services of the (organization) or not,” the minister said in a statement.

The Canadian Press first reported last November that government officials had been looking at contracting the international organization to assist on the matter, according to a heavily redacted briefing note obtained under federal access-to-information laws.

The internal document said First Nations were seeking a national strategy when it comes to addressing unmarked graves and officials felt the organization was a trusted voice.

At the time, Kimberly Murray, who is serving as an independent special interlocutor on the issue, said she expressed concerns because it was unclear whether the request for the organization’s help was coming from Indigenous communities.

The former executive director of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which investigated the residential school system, was appointed to her role in June 2022 and is meant to advise the government on how to protect possible gravesites.

First Nations across Western Canada and Ontario have been using ground-penetrating radar technology to search land near former residential schools for the existence of possible graves.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission estimated around 6,000 Indigenous children died while being forced to attend the church-run, federally funded institutions.

The Indian Residential Schools Resolution Health Support Program has a hotline to help residential school survivors and their relatives suffering trauma invoked by the recall of past abuse. The number is 1-866-925-4419.

The Hope for Wellness Help Line provides immediate, toll-free telephone and online-chat based emotional support and crisis intervention to all Indigenous Peoples in Canada. This service is available 24/7 in English and French, and upon request in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut.

Trained counsellors are available by phone at 1-855-242-3310 or by online chat at hopeforwellness.ca.

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