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‘Oldest ship I’ve ever sailed’: Captain describes Calgary’s S.S. Moyie – Calgary

WATCH ABOVE: Global’s Sarah Offin sailed around the Glenmore Reservoir in a smaller replica ship of the S.S. Moyie, which launched its ceremonial voyage in 1965.

CALGARY – A special ceremony was held at Calgary’s Heritage Park on Monday to celebrate the 50 years the S.S. Moyie has been in the water.

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    It’s full steam ahead for the S.S. Moyie

The original S.S. Moyie was built in 1898 to ferry miners to the Klondike gold rush. The Heritage Park website says the boat was instead used by the Canadian Pacific Railway to ferry passengers from the Kootenay Landing rail terminal to Nelson, B.C.

The vessel was named Moyie after a mining community in the region, which got its name from the French word for wet, “mouillé.”

With a slow four-and-a-half-hour trip across the lake traveling at about 11 km/h, the S.S. Moyie was eventually replaced and demoted over the next 40 years.

“In 1957, she was North America’s oldest sternwheeler still in service, and was retired and sold to the city of Kaslo, B.C., where she was made into a museum,” reads the Heritage Park website. “In 1965, Heritage Park commissioned the building of a half-size replica of the S.S. Moyie, which uses a diesel engine.”

Captain Andrew Hooper said sailing the ship around the reservoir keeps him “pretty busy.”

“By far and away the oldest ship I’ve ever sailed,” he said. “As far as actually sailing the ship, there are a lot of maintenance and upkeep issues, hiring and training the crew issues…it’s more than just sailing the ship around the reservoir. It’s actually a little project, if you like, for the summertime.”

Familiar faces greet Montrealers on the federal campaign trail – Montreal

WATCH ABOVE: If the slate of candidates running for federal office looks eerily familiar, that’s because several of them have stood for office before. Global’s Billy Shields reports.

MONTREAL – If the slate of candidates running for federal office looks eerily familiar, that’s because several of them have stood for office before – some of them multiple times.

Melanie Joly became the Liberal nominee in the riding of Ahuntsic-Cartierville Sunday.

READ MORE: Former mayoral candidate Melanie Joly to represent Liberals

She’s best known as the come-from-nowhere mayoral candidate who came closest to beating current Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre in 2013.

She’s been a Liberal favourite for months now.

Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau and MeŽlanie Joly arrive at the annual Saint Jean Baptiste Day parade in Montreal, Wednesday, June 24, 2015.


The same day Joly won her nomination, former journalist Anne Lagacé Dowson became the NDP’s selection to run against Liberal party leader Justin Trudeau in the riding of Papineau.

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  • Former mayoral candidate Melanie Joly to represent Liberals

  • Gilles Duceppe says getting no respect after political return as Bloc leader

  • Anne Lagacé Dowson to run against Justin Trudeau in Papineau riding

This is Lagacé Dowson’s third campaign – she unsuccessfully ran for the Dippers in 2008 in the riding of Westmount-Ville Marie, and was defeated in a bid to become chairwoman of the English Montreal School Board last year.

READ MORE: Anne Lagacé Dowson to run against Justin Trudeau in Papineau riding

When asked if she ran the risk of being considered a career politician, she said simply:

“You can’t expect to effect change if you don’t get involved in politics.”

Other politicians familiar to Montrealers include Gilles Duceppe, who has returned as leader of the Bloc Québécois after losing in the 2011 federal election.

He’s running in his old riding of Laurier-Sainte-Marie.

Bloc Québecois leader Gilles Duceppe, right, talks with Parti Québecois leader Pierre Karl Péladeau prior to setting off on their bicycles in Repentigny, Que., Wednesday, July 29, 2015, for a tour of some regions of Quebec.


The riding of Mount-Royal could almost be described as a “two-for” so far as familiar candidates go.

READ MORE: Clash of the titans – two political foes battling it out for coveted federal seat

Former Equality Party MNA (and former Côte-St-Luc mayor) Robert Libman is running for the Tories against current Côte-St-Luc mayor, Liberal candidate Anthony Housefather.

Camera captures moment treasure hunters find 300-year-old gold coins – National

TORONTO – A group of treasure hunters happening upon a trove of ancient loot, lost beneath the ocean waves.

It’s the stuff of pulp fiction cliché – but camera footage shot on July 30 showed a team of scuba divers from Queens Jewels, LLC, a Florida-based treasure hunting and salvaging group, making the real-life find: over 350 gold coins, each of them dating back over three centuries.

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The loot was found as part of the group’s exploration of the famous “Treasure Fleet,” which set sail in 1715 from Havana, Cuba towards Spain when it ran into a hurricane near what is now present-day Florida.

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For centuries, the lost fleet captivated the minds of salvagers, treasure hunters, and privateers hungry for gold. The booty contained on the 12-vessel fleet was so immense that according to urban legend, gold and silver washed up on Florida beaches in the days after the famous wreck.

Foremost among the team’s find were nine special coins known as the “Royals,” specially designed for Spanish King Phillip V.

According to Queens Jewels, each “Royal” is worth around $300,000 U.S., and their find of nine represents 30 per cent of all such coins that are known to exist.

The team purchased the salvaging rights to the “Treasure Fleet” in 2010 from the heirs of famous treasure hunter Mel Fisher.

Incredibly enough, this most recent find was made in shallow waters just off the coast of Vero Beach, Florida.

Mystery Nazi train full of gold and treasure claimed to be found in Poland

Patients may need additional hepatitis C testing: Saskatoon Health Region – Saskatoon

SASKATOON – The Saskatoon Health Region is advising doctors in the region that patients may require additional hepatitis C testing. Officials say a test that had been used since 2012 was not meeting an acceptable standard.

“In March of this year, it was discovered that our confirmatory test that we have used since 2012 was based on an older technology and was not meeting an acceptable standard of patient care,” said Dr. Joseph Blondeau, the interim head for pathology and laboratory medicine for the region.

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A large-scale review was undertaken after 26 patients tested positive between January and April of this year for the liver disease, and who in the end, did not have hepatitis C.

Officials said there was no clear indication why the 26 tests came back positive, but it identified an issue with the test.

“Once we discovered this problem, we immediately ceased this testing,” said Blondeau, who added they have informed doctors that follow-up tests should be done on patients if they feel it is clinically necessary.

READ MORE: Saskatchewan government to cover new hepatitis C drug

Around 4,000 hepatitis C tests were carried out between January 2012 and April 2015 using the older technology, but officials say the number of patients it represents is smaller as some were tested several times.

Testing is carried out in two steps: a patient’s blood is tested for antibodies, and if positive, supplemental testing is carried out.

Hepatitis C is a contagious liver disease ranging in severity from a mild illness lasting a few weeks to a serious life-long illness that attacks the liver.

Watch below: Megan McGrath from AIDS Saskatoon explains what hepatitis C is, how it is contracted and prevention steps.

Ontario man chugs his way to victory in San Francisco ‘Beer Mile’ competition

TORONTO — An Ontario athlete is heading home a champion, of sorts, after winning first place in a running competition in San Francisco that involves chugging a pint of beer before every quarter mile.

The Beer Mile World Classic is an annual social event that starts with participants drinking four full-sized pints of beer while running four quarter miles (1.609 km).

Lewis Kent, a student at Western University in London, Ont., took home first place in the race with a time of 5:09 on Treasure Island in San Francisco Bay on Saturday.

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He said he got into the competition by participating in similar events with teammates from his university track team as a way of unwinding at the end of the season.

“We just kind of do one for fun and it mixes things up because usually the best athletes aren’t the best ones in the Beer Mile so it gives everyone a chance to win,” he said.

Kent said he ran a Beer Mile with a time of 5:14 and the organizers of the international event contacted him in April and offered to fly him down to the race if he participated.

WATCH: ESPN’s ‘The Beer Mile Buzz’

“It was pretty awesome to be honest, while we were they down there we were kind of treated like mini celebrities, everyone that was there at the event knew who we were,” he said.

“It was amazing it was such a cool atmosphere there was over 1,000 people there at the race.”

This year was the first time the race has been open to the public, as organizers said they have been producing underground Beer Miles in San Francisco for over a decade.

The race was open to men and women and saw Kent, who holds the current Beer Mile world record time of 4:55.09, charge ahead after two of his toughest competitors were penalized for breaking the rules.

American James Nielsen and Australian Josh Harris, both former record holders, weren’t among the top finishers due to the fact that Harris was penalized for vomiting and Nielsen was disqualified for not finishing his beer, Runner’s World reported after the race.

“Going into the race I kind of knew there were easily four or five guys that could have won it,” Kent said.

“So I was kind of shocked at how the race played out in the end.”

Kent brought a local beer to the competition, Amsterdam Blonde, which may have helped him take the lead over American competitors who largely opted for Budweiser instead.

“It’s just something I’d used before and I’d tried a bunch of different types and that’s the one that worked best, so me and the rest of the Canadians flew down with it because we knew it worked well,” he said, adding that Budweiser was not his favourite beer for competition.

“I tried using that in Texas at the world championships and  it didn’t go well for me so I decided this time I would fly down with my own beer.”