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Gunmen rob Kim Kardashian West in Paris

Angela Charlton, The Associated Press | posted Monday, Oct 3rd, 2016

Kim Kardashian West was unharmed after being robbed at gunpoint of more than $10 million worth of jewelry inside a private Paris residence Sunday night, police officials said.

A spokeswoman for Kardashian West said the reality TV star was “badly shaken but physically unharmed” after masked men dressed as police officers also tied her up in the flat’s bathroom before fleeing the scene.

Paris police official said five armed, masked men, who were still at large, stole a jewelry box containing valuables worth 6 million euros ($6.7 million) as well as a ring worth 4 million euros.

The two officials confirmed Kardashian escaped uninjured and that an investigation was underway. They were not authorized to be publicly named speaking about ongoing investigations.

Police said the robbers tied up Kardashian and locked her in the bathroom before escaping on bikes.

Kanye West was performing at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival in New York at the time. He abruptly ended his set Sunday night after telling his fans had a family emergency.

“I’m sorry, family emergency I have to stop the show,” West told the audience.

Kardashian West has been in Paris for fashion week. She attended the Givenchy show Sunday evening.

She was also ambushed last week by a serial celebrity accoster who attempted to assault her as she was entering a restaurant. Kardashian West was also attacked outside of a Paris fashion week show in 2014. She wasn’t hurt in either incident.

Paris has been a special place for the Kardashian West and her husband, who spent the weekend there before marrying in Florence in May of 2014.

Kardashian stayed at the residence near Paris’ Madeleine church. Police said the thieves entered the building after the concierge let them in. Handcuffed and at gunpoint, he then led them to the starlet’s flat.

It’s unclear whether the couple’s two children, 3-year-old daughter North and 10-month-old son Saint, were with Kardashian West when the robbery happened. Police said the actress’ family was placed under police protection at the George V palace after the incident.

AP entertainment writer Sandy Cohen in Los Angeles contributed to this story

Trial of activist who fed water to pigs en route to slaughter resumes today

The Canadian Press | posted Monday, Oct 3rd, 2016

A woman who gave cool water to hot pigs on their way to slaughter last year is expected to take the stand in her own defence today.

Anita Krajnc, an activist with the group Toronto Pig Save, has pleaded not guilty to a mischief charge in the June 2015 incident.

Krajnc freely admits to feeding water to the pigs, but contends it wasn’t illegal for her to do so.

Today is the third court date in the trial, which started in late August.

On previous days, the court heard from the truck driver who was transporting the pigs to a Burlington slaughterhouse.

Jeffrey Veldjesgraaf testified that it wasn’t unusual for Krajnc and other animal rights activists to offer water to the pigs, and the Fearman’s Pork slaughterhouse has never turned away the animals he hauls there because of it.

Figures show Liberals set to fall short on promise of 5,000 green jobs for youth

Diana Pereira | posted Monday, Oct 3rd, 2016

The federal Liberals are falling short of their promise to create thousands of green jobs for young Canadians.

On the campaign trail just over one year ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau vowed to create 5,000 green jobs for young Canadians annually, with thousands slated to be guides and interpreters at Parks Canada.

The pledge was part of a larger strategy to give young workers more opportunities to earn money and to combat youth unemployment rates that were double the national average.

Despite pouring millions into the federal youth employment strategy in their first budget, figures provided from Parks Canada show the agency employed 1,636 students this past summer, an increase of 435 over the students employed during summer 2015 — but only one-third of the total promised by Trudeau.

The green jobs the Liberals promised are expected to surpass 2,000 by the end of the fiscal year next March, based on figures provided by Employment and Social Development Canada, which oversees the federal youth employment strategy. The final tally won’t be known until fall 2017, the department said.

Internal government documents suggest the result shouldn’t have surprised the government and warn that Parks Canada may be unable to help meet the promise in the remaining three years of the Liberals’ mandate.

The agency warned federal officials shortly after the election that it was going to have “significant capacity challenges” in meeting the campaign commitment of hiring 5,000 young people as guides and interpreters.

The concern was mentioned as part of a briefing note provided to a senior official at Employment and Social Development Canada in November, obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act.

Parks Canada did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It was during a campaign stop one year ago in Burnaby, B.C., that Justin Trudeau promised to create 125,000 jobs annually for young Canadians by spending $1.5 billion over four years on the youth employment strategy.

The commitment came just one day after NDP Leader Tom Mulcair promised to spend $400 million over four years to create more than 40,000 youth jobs, paid internships and co-op placements.

The Liberals’ first budget included $165.4 million for the youth employment strategy, but didn’t tie any specific employment figures to the money.

Last week, the government announced $35 million for 96 programs as part of the youth employment strategy that will fund 3,400 jobs for youth, people with disabilities and immigrants looking for employment.

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