Authorities investigating mysterious flag swap atop Brooklyn Bridge

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WATCH: The mysterious appearance of two large white flags flying over the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City Tuesday morning has the city scrambling to find out how it happened

NEW YORK – Two large American flags atop the Brooklyn Bridge — one of New York City’s most heavily secured landmarks — were replaced sometime during the night with white banners that were spotted Tuesday morning fluttering in the wind.

Police crime scene and intelligence detectives were investigating how the flags were switched out on the famed span that connects Brooklyn and Manhattan, and there were no reports of suspicious activity, police said. Officers in patrol cars are stationed at both ends of the bridge, which is constantly monitored by surveillance cameras.

New York City Police officers stand at the base of a white flag flying atop the west tower of New York\’s Brooklyn Bridge, Tuesday, July 22, 2014.

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Investigators are reviewing security footage for clues, police said. The police commissioner was scheduled to brief reporters on the investigation later Tuesday.

More than 120,000 vehicles, 4,000 pedestrians and 3,100 bicyclists cross the Brooklyn Bridge every day, according to the city’s Department of Transportation, which maintains the bridge.

Police removed the white flags just before noon from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge. One of the flags, viewed via video, appeared to have faint traces of stars and stripes on it.

The flags fly from above the pillars year-round and are replaced by Department of Transportation workers when they become frayed, police said. They are lit from the bottom by a lamp at the base of each tower at night.

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Meet Edmonton’s $50M lottery winners

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WATCH ABOVE: What would you do if you won the lottery? One couple in Alberta took a long time to think about that, keeping the $50-million win a secret for seven months. Mike Drolet reports.

EDMONTON – The owners of the $50 million Lotto MAX ticket from Dec. 20, 2013 knew they won two days after the draw, but decided to keep it a secret.

Andrea and Bill Groner were presented with their $50 million cheque on Tuesday, more than seven months after buying the lucky ticket.

The Groners purchased the ticket from the Shefield Express store inside Londonderry Mall.

Once she heard the winning numbers called, Andrea checked the ticket at a self serve scanner at the mall on Dec. 22.

“When I checked the ticket, the first thing I should have had was my glasses on,” she joked. “I didn’t have those with me. I had to get the retail clerk there to tell me what it said on the self scanner. She was more excited than I was at the time. I was in disbelief.”

Then, she waited until she got home to tell her husband the news in person.

Andrea and Bill Groner, Edmonton’s $50 Million LOTTO MAX winners

Supplied, Western Canada Lottery Corporation

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    “We had to maintain a normal lifestyle until we could get all our ducks in a row that we had to take care of in our own lives,” said Andrea.

    While they held off on claiming the winning ticket for months, they told some close family and friends.

    “The people that we wanted to know already know.”

    A spokesperson for the Western Canada Lottery Corp. said in June that it’s possible that winners know, but choose to delay collecting on the ticket for some reason. However, the length of time the ticket remained unclaimed was unusual.

    “This is the longest that a $50 million jackpot has gone unclaimed,” said Andrea Marantz.

    READ MORE: Wanted: unknowing Edmonton multi-millionaire 

    The Groners say they plan to support friends and family as well as donate to charity.

    The couple has been married 25 years, but never went on a honeymoon. They plan to spend some of the money on a honeymoon now.

    Andrea, who is 47, will be retiring in December from her job with an electrical supply company.

    Bill, 54, just retired from his job as a heavy equipment operator.

    “The strong, silent type,” he said with a smile.

    “We’ve got our whole lives to think what we’re going to do with the win,” Andrea added. “It’s not anything we’re going to rush into. I think we did go out for dinner that night, didn’t we?”

    This is the largest win from a ticket sold in Edmonton. It is the second largest win in Alberta.

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    The Groners say they regularly bought lottery tickets, and have continued to play since the big win.

    During the seven months in which the ticket was unclaimed, the couple would watch news stories asking where the winner was and would say, “we’re right here.”

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Patient safety concerns raised after nursing staff reduction at SJ hospital

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SAINT JOHN – Patients with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia say reductions to nursing staff at the Saint John Regional Hospital are putting their health at risk.

The only full-time nurse treating and educating patients at the bleeding clinic was cut back to a part-time position in May. The New Brunswick Hemophilia Society says there are not enough resources to treat the roughly 250 patients needing care.

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The society’s acting president, Bucky Buchanan, injured his elbow a few months ago and was in and out of the hospital for five days due to complications.

He says spontaneous joint bleeds are common in patients with a bleeding disorder.

“For me I have a mild case, so it doesn’t happen that often but for any of the hemophiliacs that are severe it happens a lot. So, preventative medicine is key.”

He says one part time nurse at the bleeding clinic is not enough to offer patients quality care.

“I think it is going to be a disaster myself. Who is going to look after those 250 people on a full-time basis?”

Buchanan adds that patients need help managing costly medications to avoid lengthy hospital stays like he’s had to endure.

“If you can eliminate 90 per cent of those, you are saving taxpayers’ dollars. but more importantly in my mind. you are helping these people lead a better life.”

Buchanan calls it investing in preventative medicine.

But Executive Director of the Saint John Regional Hospital, Brenda Kinney, says the bleeding clinic nurse moved to a part-time position two months ago because while there are about 250 patients on file at the bleeding clinic, the clinic only sees about 100 patients per year.

“We don’t anticipate any impact to patient care. The way this clinic is set up – it is a support system for patients and we have many processes and protocol in place if there are any emergencies with these patients where the emergency room staff and other clinic staff are able to manage those needs.”

But Buchanan isn’t buying it. He recently sent a formal letter to the province’s Health Minister, Ted Flemming, expressing his concerns over the cuts and is waiting for a reply.

“If you think of it in dollars and cents, a couple of emergency room visits is going to pay for her wage. It just boggles my mind. All the pluses and I don’t see a negative to keeping her.”

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Striking a deal with CP over Arbutus Corridor could mean financial windfall for the city

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The city of Vancouver is looking to get its hands on a very pricey piece of real estate.

In a letter to residents living along the Arbutus Railway corridor, mayor Gregor Robertson announced the city’s intention to buy the land along the corridor for “fair market value” after an independent appraisal.

This comes after CP rail said it’s looking at once again running trains along that line after a 14-year hiatus.

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CP has already notified more than 15,000 residents to remove community gardens and any other property that runs along the tracks by the end of this month, so they can re-start cargo train service. 

Robertson says CP has not been receptive to the city’s offers.

As Mayor, I strongly believe that the Arbutus Corridor should remain as it is today  – an enjoyable route for people to walk, run and bike along, as well as a home to the many community gardens that contribute to our neighbourhoods. We do not believe there is any business case for CPR to reactivate trains along the Corridor, says Robertson.

Real estate experts say striking the right deal could mean a financial windfall for the city.

Realtor Lorne Goldman says the value the city is looking at depends on how it plans to use the land.

“If the city is saying it is for transportation only, it has a very small value. But if it has use for townhouses or apartments, it has a much higher value,” says Goldman.

He says under the current zoning, the land could be worth around $24 million.

But it could be worth ten times as much if the city decides to use it for residential or commercial purposes down the road.

CP told Global News they responded to the mayor last week in writing, noting that they are prepared to enter into meaningful conversations with the city.

If the city of Vancouver wishes to make an offer at fair value, CP would be pleased to receive it. CP has had a number of independent appraisals over the years done on the corridor and we are prepared to discuss. In the meantime, unless there is an offer for real constructive conversations, we will continue to move forward with our plan to use our corridor.

WATCH: Arbutus corridor rebirth?

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If crime is down, why are jails crammed with legally innocent people?

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Crime is down  – violent crime, especially. But provincial jails are overflowing with a growing number of people who are legally innocent and awaiting trial, a Canadian Civil Liberties Association report finds.

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The report, by Abby Deshman and Nicole Myers, was published Wednesday and indicts a bail system it says is “setting people up to fail” without actually making the public safer.

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Canada’s provincial jails are notoriously overcrowded: While double-bunking has been decried at the federal level, “triple-bunking” has become the norm in many provincial jails.

“Accused who are innocent are pressured into pleading guilty just to escape the overcrowded ‘dead time’ of provincial jails,” the paper reads.

About 54 per cent of those in provincial jails across the country are legally innocent. But the situation’s worst in the territories and Manitoba, where two-thirds of people incarcerated in provincial jails haven’t been convicted of anything.

In Ontario, the report says, 60 per cent of provincial inmates are on remand.

Rate of provincial residents in remand has doubled since 1999, from 20 per 100,000 to 40. During that same time period, the rate of people sentenced declined – as did the crime rate.

“It’s not what most Canadians think jails are for. It’s not what jails should be for,” Deshman said in an interview.

And it’s expensive to keep these people behind bars: Canada’s provinces and territories spend a total of $1.9 billion a year on adult corrections, according to the paper.

Ontario knows this.

“The need to improve bail processes has already been identified as a priority for all justice participants, and has been an area of focus for the Ministry’s Justice on Target strategy,” said Emilie Smith, spokesperson for Ontario’s Ministry of the Attorney-General.

Its “Bail Experts Table” has released a report calling for committees to identify local issues causing bail court delays; improving communication between various players, including courts and detention centres; finding interpreters faster; and possibly making Legal Aid available within institutions.

“Senior leaders across the criminal justice sector have endorsed these recommendations, which are being implemented using a collaborative, phased approach,” Smith said.

“Some initiatives, such as the creation of local bail committees, are being implemented now.”

A page highlighting the province’s “Justice On Target” achievements notes it now takes an average of 8.5 court appearances and 192 days to bring a charge to completion, down from 9.2 appearances and 205 days in 2007 (but still more than double what it was 20 years ago).

Of course, those figures grow significantly if you don’t plead guilty.

But a persistent problem, advocates argue, is that releasing people on bail without conditions has become the exception, rather than the rule – even though Canadian law dictates that should be the default.

“It’s shocking that it’s not the default, because that is the law and the law is clear,” Deshman said. “There’s clear presumptions of unconditional release. … Unfortunately, the practices in our bail courts just aren’t matching.

Smith said the province is “carefully reviewing the results of the report that was released today.  We have no further comment at this time.”

The Civil Liberties paper contends, the bail system and stringent conditions it imposes “disproportionately penalizes – and frequently criminalizes – poverty, addiction and mental illness.”

It imposes abstinence conditions on addicts, requires fixed addresses from homeless people, curfews that interfere with jobs and sureties from people impoverished or without family members who can afford to even reach the courthouse from often remote communities.

“Even individuals with significant family support and a steady income find it extremely difficult to live under severely restrictive bail conditions for the months – or years – that it usually takes to resolve criminal charges,” the report reads.

“Even when the original substantive charge is withdrawn or dismissed, the Crown will still frequently pursue a conviction for the failure to comply.”

The rate of people charged with failing to comply with a bail order quintupled nationally between 1999 and 2012.

Many of these bail restrictions, the paper charges, are unconstitutional and violate the accused’s Charter rights.

“The release conditions being imposed are too numerous and restrictive, frequently unnecessary and, at times, directed towards behaviour modification and punishment.”

In Ontario, crammed remand centres are swamping the system to the point of total dysfunction, the paper finds: Over the course of three weeks, 20 people were sent back to jail without having their bail hearings simply because there was no time.

“The continued systemic violation of constitutional rights in Ontario bail courts is unacceptable.”

Accused from remote communities face even greater obstacles: They’re often flown to detention centres hundreds of kilometres away, can wait a week or more for their first bail hearing and must rely on family members’ ability to pay for transport in order to have a surety appear in person.

“Counsel in northern Manitoba report that Aboriginal clients regularly spend more time in pre-trial detention than they would if they were just sentenced for the crime, and will frequently plead guilty just to be released from custody and return home.”

Catherine Latimer, head of the inmate advocacy John Howard Society, argues the growing number of people in remand is also symptomatic of an overloaded system.

“There are some really serious infrastructure problems – the capacity of the provinces to deal in a timely way with charges,” she said. “It’s slow to get things heard and there are just far too many people behind bars.

“The crime rate’s going down: You would expect to see fewer people being brought into the system.”

Latimer admits that some people feel uncomfortable at the idea of catching alleged criminals, then letting them go to await trial. But that’s their constitutional right – the alternative is simply to incarcerate everyone, just in case.

“You’re presumed innocent until you’re convicted. ”

Among the paper’s recommendations:

Avoid restrictive or onerous bail conditions unless you absolutely need them – for case-specific reasons of public safety, for example;Don’t impose abstention conditions for addicts; (the paper also argues that including treatment or medical care as a condition is unconstitutional, and suggests making that treatment available but not mandatory)Don’t make fixed addresses a bail condition for homeless people;Consider decriminalizing failure to comply with bail conditions;Take systemic discrimination against aboriginal people into account when considering bail and bail conditions;Police should release people more often pending first court appearance, and improve conditions in holding cells, where accused may spend several days while awaiting trial;Get people bail hearings sooner – at least by limiting adjournments, and keeping a courtroom open until people awaiting a bail hearing that day get one;Rely less on sureties, especially in more remote communities;Give Justices of the Peace special training for dealing with bail hearings.Follow @amp6

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Tim Bozon set to play hockey again

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SASKATOON – Tim Bozon, a Montreal Canadiens prospect whose hockey career was in question after being diagnosed with meningitis after a WHL game in Saskatoon, is back on the ice and set to play in an international tournament.

NHL广州桑拿网 is reporting Bozon, 20, is set to compete for France at an under-23 tournament starting July 31 in the Czech Republic.

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    The news comes just over four months after Bozon was taken to Royal University Hospital on March 1 after a game between his Kootenay Ice and the Saskatoon Blades.

    He was diagnosed with Neisseria meningitis and placed in a medically induced coma to reduce the swelling around his brain.

    Bozon was listed in critical condition but improved and was slowly woken from his coma while continuing his recovery.

    The prognosis for Bozon playing hockey again was guarded at the time of his release four weeks later.

    The 2012 third-round pick of the Canadiens has been working with the team’s training staff since his release and started skating again on June 5.

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IN PHOTOS: ‘Grandma elm’ cut down at Assiniboine Park

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WINNIPEG – One of Winnipeg’s beloved old elms has been cut down after it was infected with Dutch elm disease.

“Grandma elm” was removed from Assiniboine Park on Tuesday to keep the insect-borne disease from spreading to other elms in the park.

“It means a significant loss of history to the park in particular and this city as a whole,” said Dave Lutes, an arborist who chopped the tree down.

The tree, near Assiniboine Park’s duck pond, has been a popular spot for shade for generations.

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“I probably have 50 million pictures of it,” said Brittany Restall, who stopped by the site Tuesday. “I felt it was important to take one more.”

Grandma elm was believed to be a meeting place for a young couple in the 1800s.

John Lewis has his own memories of the tree. It was where he watched his grandchildren grow up.

“They would come over and play right here from when they were young,” said Lewis.

Ruth Erb, who is now 50 years old, remembers going to the park as a kid and seeing the tree with her parents.

“It is like all my childhood memories are all gone,” said Erb.

Dutch elm disease is caused by a fungus carried by elm bark beetles. It essentially cuts off a tree’s circulation system, eventually killing it.

Global Winnipeg documented the loss of the tree in photos Monday and Tuesday:

‘Grandma elm’ still stands on Monday.

Christopher Stanton / Global News

Marks indicate ‘Grandma elm’ will be removed.

Christopher Stanton / Global News

‘Grandma elm’ was felled after it was discovered the tree had Dutch elm disease.

Rudi Pawlychyn / Global News

‘Grandma elm’ is cut up after the tree was cut down Tuesday.

Tamara Forlanski / Global News

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Home invasion, chases keep Prince Albert police busy

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PRINCE ALBERT, Sask. – It’s been a busy 24 hours for Prince Albert, Sask. police officers as they dealt with a home invasion, two stolen vehicle chases and a break and enter.

The home invasion happened around 7:30 p.m. Monday at a home in the 200-block of 9th Street East.

Officers were told that a man and two women had forced their way into the unlocked home and started assaulting people before fleeing on foot.

None of the victims required medical attention.

Police were able to track down the suspects a short distance away.

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Gerald Aaron Bear, 27, is charged with break and enter, assault and breach of an undertaking.

Shakira Lucky Ratt, 20, is charged with break and enter, assault and assault with a weapon while Sharlise Justice Sutherland-Kayseas,19, is charged with break and enter and assault.

All three appeared in Prince Albert provincial court Tuesday morning.

The first chase took place just before 1 a.m. Tuesday when police spotted a vehicle at 6th Avenue and 15th Street East that had been reported stolen a short time earlier.

The vehicle went north to River Street and then took off at a high rate of speed east on River before turning south on Central Avenue.

A brief chase then ensued and the vehicle proceeded to 5th Avenue where the driver left the vehicle and left it to roll into a line of parked cars, damaging two.

The canine unit was called in but was unable to locate the suspect.

Then just after 4:30 a.m., officers spotted a dark-coloured vehicle travelling in the 1200-block of 14th Street West with no lights.

An attempt was made to stop the vehicle but the driver evaded police. The vehicle was then located minutes later in the 800-block of 15th Street West.

Officers tried to stop the vehicle but the driver refused and a chase ensued. The driver eventually lost control and hit a street sign on Marquis Drive.

The driver fled on foot while two passengers were taken into custody.

The canine unit was called in and the area was contained by police which resulted in the capture of the 20-year-old driver.

He has been charged with theft of a motor vehicle, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, evading police, impaired operation of a motor vehicle, exceeding .08, obstruction of a peace officer and two counts of breach of probation.

One passenger, a 19-year-old man, has been charged with possession of stolen property obtained by crime and two counts of breach of probation while the second passenger, a 17-year-old female, is charged with possession of stolen property.

Also on Monday, a man entered an unlocked home in the 300-block of 13th Street East and stole a purse.

The thief was spotted by a neighbour who alerted police.

A search of the area by a canine unit failed to turn up the suspect but the purse and contents were recovered.

Police are looking for an Aboriginal male, 14 to 15 years old with collar length hair. He was wearing a faded green hoodie and faded blue jeans.

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INTERACTIVE: Why College Street is Toronto cyclists’ ‘dooring zone’

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Watch above: The number of so-called ‘doorings’ in Toronto is on the rise – but the number of charges aren’t. Mark McAllister reports. 

Of the 1,308 Toronto cyclists hit by opening car doors between 2005 and 2013, most were hurt but only one was killed: A 57-year-old man biking east on Eglinton Avenue West on a May afternoon in 2008 when a 43-year-old woman opened her car door and sent the man flying into traffic, where he was hit by a truck. He died in hospital.

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The woman was charged with “Open Vehicle Door Improperly” – the same charge applied, in theory, to any driver careless or callous or harried or busy enough to open a car door on a cyclist.

There have been more dooring incidents every year for the past seven.

But police are laying fewer charges for every dooring incident annually, Global News analysis has revealed.

We obtained records of every dooring incident and every charge laid between 2005 and 2013. The map of these “door prizes” is telling: Streets with the most incidents are narrow and busy and boast a treacherous combination of streetcar tracks and streetside parking.

College Street had more than any other stretch of road, with 73 incidents between 2005 and 2013.

“Have you ever ridden alongside parked cars near streetcar tracks?” asks Daniel Egan, the city’s head of cycling infrastructure.

“It’s a challenging issue for cyclists, because the only safe place to be is the middle of the centre lane, in the middle of the streetcar tracks. If you’re riding outside the streetcar tracks between the parked car and the streetcar tracks, you’re right in the dooring zone.”

Interactive: Explore our map of Toronto’s dooring incidents. Click a bubble for details. Enter a location in box to search. Double-click to zoom; click and drag to move around.

Reported dooring incidents, 2005-13 »

Reported dooring incidents, 2005-13

But the city has no plans to fix that.

“Politically it’s pretty tough to remove parking in any commercial area. You’re not going to narrow the sidewalks, you’re not going to move the buildings, and the streetcars aren’t going anywhere. ”

Paola Loriggio’s familiar with that “dooring zone.”

Biking homewards around 8 p.m. a July evening in 2008, Loriggio was on Ossington Avenue just south of College Street – slowing down on a slight uphill – when she noticed the lone parked car. Its driver was reaching for something while opening his door.

She had a split second to realize she was in trouble.

“Next thing I remember, I was in the ambulance.”

She remembers nothing of the impact itself. But the long crack along her helmet indicates just how hard she hit her head.

Loriggio got a concussion when she fell. But it took hours in pain at Toronto Western Hospital before medical staff realized her collarbone was broken.

That meant six weeks with her right arm in a sling, waiting for the bone to heal – and six weeks getting help with the most basic tasks. (Have you ever tried to make a ponytail one-handed? “It’s just impossible.”)

“At first, it was incredibly, incredibly painful. Afterward it just got to be extreme discomfort,” she said.

“You can never be comfortable when you have a broken collarbone.”

One thing she didn’t have to worry about was the charge against the driver: There were plenty of witnesses, people enjoying the summer night from their porches, who called 911 after the crash (and locked her crumpled bike to their fence afterward).

Loriggio filled out a police report while waiting in the emergency room.

“So many people had seen it, and, really, there was nothing else on the street – it was dead,” she said. “There were no other cars, there was no traffic. It was basically me going up a hill and this dude in a car.”

Since 2005, on average, about 120 Toronto drivers a year have faced a dooring charge, according to statistics provided to Global by the Ministry of the Attorney General.

But the ratio between charges and incidents is widening. As recently as 2008, recorded doorings and dooring charges were at almost a 1:1 ratio; by 2012, that number had fallen to 73%.

Click here to view data »

“One of the determining factors would be whether the witness* would attend court, or the cyclist,” said Toronto Police Sgt. Shane Stevenson. “There has to be someone there to describe the incident and describe what happened.”

It’s ultimately up to an individual officer to decide whether to lay a charge. Stevenson said they take into account all the evidence there, but wouldn’t say why police are laying fewer of them when it comes to dooring.

But Loriggio isn’t sure a fine, even a steeper one, will prevent future incidents.

“The problem is that people just don’t think about it. It’s not a calculated risk, it’s not like somebody who runs a red light and knows that it’s wrong but does it anyway because they know they won’t get caught. This is just people being careless and not thinking about it,” she said.

“I honestly don’t know. I mean, how hard is it to just look before opening your door?”

With files from Mark McAllister and Anna Mehler Paperny

Do you have a door-prize horror story? We want to hear from you.

*This word was originally ‘victim’ due to a transcription error.


Update, August 1: Download our dooring data

You can download a copy of our dooring database here. A guide to the numeric codes used in the data is here. (Control-S to download.)

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EXCLUSIVE: West Kelowna girl attacked by bulldog

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WEST KELOWNA —; A four-year-old West Kelowna girl was rushed to hospital by ambulance for emergency surgery Monday afternoon for a severe dog bite.

Summer Schneider returned home Tuesday morning after getting plastic surgery to re-attach her scalp, which was torn away in the attack by an American Bulldog weighing over 50 kilograms.

She was playing with a neighbourhood friend inside their house when the dog lunged without provocation.

Neighbours, including nurses, heard the screaming and rushed to try to stem the excessive bleeding and help pull the dog away.

“It was horrendous,” says Pat Price.  “There was no facial damage but it took quite a bit of her scalp off and there was a deep gash above her ear.”

Summer’s mother says she doesn’t blame the dog or its owners.

RAW: Global Okanagan’s Blaine Gaffney speaks with young girl and her mother as they arrive from hospital.

“He was just territorial.  I think he doesn’t like small animals or children and my daughter is afraid of big dogs.  She may have jumped back and the dog smelled the fear and jumped at her,” says Shantelle Schneider.

Summer doesn’t remember anything of the incident.

“She’s doing a lot better, happy and smiling,” says her mother.

The dog’s owner has reportedly since left for Alberta taking his pet with him.

“I can’t believe the cops and the bylaw officers left the dog last night with another little girl living in the house”, says neighbour Rachelle O’Halloran, adding her small dog was attacked a month ago by the same dog.

Dog Control continues to investigate.

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