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Majority of Canadians see their homeland as a top vacation destination: poll

TORONTO – A new poll finds that while most Canadians have lived or travelled abroad, the majority see their homeland as a top vacation destination.

A survey conducted by Ipsos Reid for Historica Canada says 68 per cent of participants agreed that “Canada has something for everyone, so why go anywhere else.”

About a third of respondents, on the other hand, said they think Canada is a great place to live but not that interesting to visit and they’d rather travel outside its borders.

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Among those planning Canadian vacations, most – 32 and 24 per cent, respectively – are headed to Ontario or Quebec, where the bulk of the country’s population lives.

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But a quarter of respondents say British Columbia is their dream destination in Canada, far ahead of any other province, though almost as many (22 per cent) say they long to go on a coast-to-coast road trip.

The poll, administered online to 1,008 Canadians between June 17 and 22, is accurate to within 3.5 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

“Canadians are very happy at home and there’s a lot to choose from in Canada and Canadians in general celebrate that,” said Anthony Wilson-Smith, president and CEO of Historica Canada.

Many respondents (46 per cent) say they would prefer to travel domestically rather than head south of the border even if the exchange rate wasn’t a factor, although 26 per cent say they would choose the U.S. if our dollar was stronger, the poll says.

Close to a third say their preference depends more on the weather, noting they like summer in Canada and winter down south.

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Those at least 55 years old are the most likely to choose based on the season – 36 per cent say that affects their decision, compared to 32 per cent of those 35 to 54 years old and 24 per cent of those 18 to 34.

Nearly four in 10 say they visit the U.S. less often due to safety concerns.

“There’s a lot of general discussion lately of gun issues, of crime issues, how much does that affect you? And you see a high return there of people saying, ‘Actually, yeah, I do think about that and that makes it less likely for me to go there,”‘ Wilson-Smith said.

Still, the average Canadian has lived in or visited five other countries, the poll finds. Most (39 per cent) have been to two to five other countries, while 20 per cent have visited one and 15 per cent have never left the country.

Residents of Alberta were the most likely (22 per cent) to say they’ve never left Canada, followed by those in Atlantic Canada (19 per cent).

Prolific travellers – those who have been to at least 10 other countries – were most likely to be from British Columbia, with Ontario as runner-up and Quebec close behind.

At Three Amigos summit, leaders sound protectionism alarm

OTTAWA – North America’s three political leaders wrapped up their day-long summit meeting Wednesday by presenting a united front against the global forces of protectionism.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto all said it would be a mistake for the continent to shut itself off from an integrated global economy.

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But Obama in particular noted that free trade also needs to be fair trade, and countries need to take steps to ensure that prosperity continues to flow to all of their citizens.

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Trudeau said it’s one of the key themes of the North American Leaders’ Summit, to highlight how trade and international agreements are good for global economy and for people around the world.

He said countries that export more of their goods to markets around the world are wealthier, and citizens are able to share in that growth.

Obama said it’s too late to try to prevent the integration of national economies into a single global entity, because it has already happened.

“The question is not whether or not there’s going to be an international, global economy – there is one,” the president said. “Under what terms are we going to shape that economy?”

Earlier Wednesday, Pena Nieto offered a sharp rebuke of the protectionist forces north of his country’s border and in Britain.

WATCH: Obama arrives in Ottawa for Three Amigos summit

His anti-isolationism message came one day after he and Trudeau trumpeted their bilateral relationship as a model of political and economic co-operation.

They presented the Canada-Mexico relationship as a sharp contrast to the growing strains of protectionism and isolation sweeping the United States and Britain, with its referendum decision to leave the European Union – a theme the Mexican leader placed squarely on the agenda of the summit.

Pena Nieto’s remarks also came one day after Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican nominee to replace Obama, delivered his most explicit threat to smash the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“The world is teaching us lessons,” Pena Nieto said in Spanish at the end of his meeting with Obama, which preceded the three-way talks.

“We need to be very clear in terms of describing the benefits of being an integrated region. Jobs are created, companies are incorporated, trade is free and more development can reach people due to regional integration. Isolationism is not a route towards progress; integration is.”

He said the Obama administration and his government have stressed “the importance and the relevance that working as a team” and standing together.

President Barack Obama walks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Neito at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

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President Barack Obama walks with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Neito at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau welcomes Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto to the North American Leaders’ Summit in Ottawa, Wednesday June 29, 2016.

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U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he arrives at the airport in Ottawa for the North American Leaders’ Summit on Wednesday, June 29, 2016.

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Obama praised the U.S. relationship with Mexico on a number of fronts, including their shared membership in the 12-country Pacific Rim trade deal, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which also includes Canada.

“All too often hearing rhetoric that ignores the enormous contributions … by Mexican-Americans and the enormous strengths that we draw from the relationship with our good neighbour to the south,” Obama said.

Trump said he would inform Mexico and Canada of his desire to immediately renegotiate a more favourable deal and if they refused significant concessions, he threatened to withdraw from it all together.

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As Obama was winging his way to Canada, White House spokesman Josh Earnest played down the remarks, saying NAFTA has already been renegotiated in the form of the TPP.

“It includes, obviously, countries in the Asia Pacific as well, but it includes Canada and Mexico and it raises standards related to the environment and to labour conditions in all of the countries that have signed the agreement,” Earnest said.

“It also makes those higher standards enforceable in a way that they weren’t in NAFTA. So the president promised in 2007 and 2008 – this got a lot of attention – that he would work, that he would engage with our partners to make changes to those agreements to make them more fair to U.S. workers and the broader U.S. economy. That’s exactly what we’ve succeeded in doing.”

Trump also made it clear Tuesday he’s no fan of the TPP either, calling it “a continuing rape of our country.”

Earlier, Trudeau greeted Obama with a warm hug Wednesday before the two sat down with Pena Nieto to begin the summit in earnest. Obama praised the setting – the locked-down National Gallery of Canada – and fondly acknowledged the Mounties clad in red serge that helped greet him.

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“It’s good to see Mounties around,” the president said. “It always makes me feel safe.”

Indeed, security was an ever-present theme throughout the morning as the iconic Boeing VC-25, better known as Air Force One, touched down at the Ottawa airport for what is widely expected to be Obama’s last visit to Canada as president.

He was greeted by Governor General David Johnston, Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and a large group of officials and dignitaries.

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A towering convoy of black limousines and SUVs – including the heavily armoured presidential Cadillac nicknamed “The Beast” – ferried the president to the National Gallery of Canada, not far from Parliament Hill.

The Mexican president, who has been on a state visit to Canada since Monday, is to sign on to a Canada-U.S. pledge to cut methane emissions 40 to 45 per cent below 2012 levels by 2025.

North America accounts for about 20 per cent of global emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that the Pembina Institute estimates accounts for a fifth of all man-made global warming to date.

The trio will also announce plans to achieve 50 per cent clean power generation across North America by 2025, including renewable energy, nuclear power, carbon capture and storage and increased energy efficiency.

VIDEO: Preview of ‘Three Amigos Summit’ in Ottawa

Canada has over 80 per cent clean electricity generation, by that measure – North America as a whole is at 37 per cent – meaning the plan could put Canada in a lucrative position to export more power to the U.S.

Obama was to have his own bilateral meeting with Trudeau before capping his day-long visit to the national capital with an address to Parliament.

On Tuesday, Trudeau and Pena Nieto cleared away long-standing trade and travel irritants: Canada will lift its controversial visa requirement for Mexican visitors before the end of the year while Mexico will end restrictions on Canadian beef imports.

Massive rooftop solar array south of Edmonton nearly complete

ENMAX is putting the finishing touches on a project it bills as the largest commercial rooftop solar system in Canada.

The installation at the Leduc Recreation Centre will produce electricity and is a key component in the City of Leduc’s strategy to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

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    “The sheer size of this solar installation as well as the subsequently planned Operations Building retrofit, will lead to emission reductions of over 1,000 tonnes per year, the equivalent of taking about 200 cars off our roads and a significant step towards reaching our future goals,” Mayor Greg Krischke said in a statement Tuesday.

    The 1.14-megawatt system is expected to begin operating before the Alberta Summer Games start on July 31. According to ENMAX, an Alberta utility provider, the panels, which cover the area of about four-and-a-half NHL rinks, will generate about 15 per cent of the recreation centre’s annual energy consumption needs.

    The City of Leduc’s partnership with ENMAX on both its recreation centre and operations centre is projected to cost $3.1 million.

    ENMAX is putting the finishing touches on a project it bills as “Canada’s largest rooftop solar array,” which is expected to begin producing electricity in Leduc by July 31, 2016.


    ENMAX is putting the finishing touches on a project it bills as “Canada’s largest rooftop solar array,” which is expected to begin producing electricity in Leduc by July 31, 2016.


    ENMAX is putting the finishing touches on a project it bills as “Canada’s largest rooftop solar array,” which is expected to begin producing electricity in Leduc by July 31, 2016.


Edmonton councillors concerned ride-sharing companies potentially breaking rules

The same day the Alberta government rolled out its new insurance plan for ride-sharing companies in the province, councillors at Edmonton City Hall were discussing concerns those same companies are already going against the bylaw that governs them.

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    Edmonton’s vehicle-for-hire bylaw came into effect on March 1 and stipulates only taxis are allowed to pick up passengers hailing a ride on the street.

    However, on Tuesday, several municipal lawmakers, including Coun. Dave Loken, said they are concerned ride-sharing companies are picking up street hails.

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    Loken suggested the size of the decals on ride-sharing vehicles may be confusing for customers.

    “You can see them from blocks away,” he said. “If it looks like a taxi, they’re going to try and hail it, right? So that’s a problem and something we need to address because that’s something that we told the taxi industry we would be watching for. Clearly it’s in the bylaw so we need to enforce it.”

    Loken acknowledged that council originally required the decals to easily identify ride-share drivers but said the decals may be too large and that the rules on decals may need to be reconsidered altogether.

    Mayor Don Iveson also said he thought council would need to revisit how the bylaw deals with decals on ride-share vehicles.

    “Right now, because you have vehicles that have decals, even if someone’s prearranged a trip on their phone and is now flagging the vehicle that they’ve prearranged that trip with, that can look to a third party like a street hail,” the mayor said. “But if you’re just waving at a car that has a very small decal on it that you couldn’t reasonably see from the curbside, then it’s clear to everyone that you’re just having a private interaction between a couple of vehicles and you’re only waving at them because you know who they are or you’ve pre-booked that trip.

    “I think there’s a perception right now, rightly or wrongly, that there’s hailing activity happening.”

Have higher speed limits made B.C. roads more dangerous?

Two years ago, the provincial government increased speed limits on 33 stretches of road in B.C. in an effort to make them safer.

A report on the changes released Tuesday by the Transportation Ministry found that crash rates have dropped or are unchanged on 19 of 33 sections of highway where speed limits were increased.

Accidents were up on 14 of the 33 stretches of road where speeds were increased, but speed wasn’t necessarily to blame in all but two cases.

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“The top three contributing factors in collisions in British Columbia, particularly during this period, is driver inattentiveness; weather or road conditions that can change very quickly; and thirdly, it’s driving too fast for the road conditions,” Transportation Minister Todd Stone said.

However, he said at least three years worth of data are needed to determine whether speed has been a major factor.

Stone believes roads that have seen an increase in accidents could be made safer through engineering and other measures so the higher speed limits could remain.

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But speed limits will be lowered in a couple of areas — on Highway One from Hope to Boston Bar, where 90 km/h will replace the 100 km/h limit, and Highway 5A from Aspen Grove to Princeton, where the 90 km/h speed limit will drop to 80 km/h.

A stretch on the connector from the Penask Summit to Peachland will see new variable speed limits.

Stone says the 120 km/h speed limit on the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Kamloops will remain because that section has had low collision rates.

– With files from Ted Chernecki and

Reality check: Could Donald Trump pull the plug on NAFTA? It’s not as easy as he says

Fuelled by Britain’s vote to leave the European Union — the Brexit — presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is on the warpath against trade agreements he sees as holding America back.

“Our friends in Britain recently voted to take back control of their economy, politics and borders,” Trump said Tuesday during a campaign stop at a metal recycling plant in Monessen, Pennsylvania.

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    “Now it’s time for the American people to take back their future. We are going to take it back.”

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    And topping his enemy list is the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). If elected, he’s saying it’s his way or no way when it comes to NAFTA.

    “I’m going to tell our NAFTA partners that I intend to immediately renegotiate the terms of that agreement to get a better deal for our workers,” The Hill reported him saying.

    “If they do not agree to a renegotiation, then I will submit notice under Article 2205 of the NAFTA agreement that America intends to withdraw from the deal.”

    He makes that sound simple but, obviously, that’s not the case.

    “This is just another example of Donald Trump not knowing what he’s talking about,” said Carlo Dade, a senior fellow at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences and director of the Centre for Trade and Investment Policy, Canada West Foundation.

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    Dade said you can theoretically say you want the 22-year-old treaty renegotiated, or you’re going to walk, but the reality is much more complex.

    “It’s a deep web of not just what’s been negotiated in NAFTA, but what’s been done outside NAFTA,” he explained,” referencing agreements like Beyond the Border Action Plan, the Regulatory Cooperation Council and other bilateral agreements.

    NAFTA, Dade said, may actually be more difficult to disassemble than it was to put it together in the first place, as Trump would have to undo all the regulations that have been put into place over the past two decades.

    “Twenty years of working together. Twenty years of building businesses that are predicated on having NAFTA in place. It’s a hell of a lot to do that’s not readily apparent,” Dade said.

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    Trump would also have to go to great lengths to actually pull the U.S. out of NAFTA.

    “Presidential powers are limited but a president with this kind of a trade agenda could easily make life difficult for trading partners by pushing presidential executive powers to the limit,” Toronto lawyer Mark Warner told the Canadian Press.

    He described Trump as the most protectionist presidential candidate” in nearly a century. But he warns the protectionist rhetoric could have a negative side effect — one that might affect Canada.

    “The worst case for Canada is that he might push (Hillary) Clinton to be more protectionist in border states if the contest narrows,” Warner said.

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    Trump’s comments come as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hosts U.S. President Barack Obama and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto for discussions about NAFTA, in what’s become known as the Three Amigos Summit. All three leaders are aiming to strengthen their trade relationships, not break them apart.

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    But, there may actually be some support for some of Trump’s anti-NAFTA sentiment here in Canada — at least when it comes to renegotiating the agreement.

    A recent Angus Reid poll found Canadians were divided on whether the treaty benefitted them: 26 per cent of respondents believed the deal was bad for them, while 25 per cent though it was a good thing.

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    And much like the generational divide in the U.K. during the Brexit vote, the outcome of which Trump is trying to capitalize on, older respondents view NAFTA more negatively than younger respondents.

    But, unlike the support for the Brexit, only nine per cent of Canadians want to nix NAFTA, while more than three times as many people, 34 per cent of respondents, would like to see the deal renegotiated.

    South of the border, a Gallup poll in April found 28 per cent of Americans favoured pulling out of free trade deals like NAFTA and the Trans-Pacific Partnership and an equal number of people preferred the U.S. to continue their participation in such deals.

    — With files from Global’s Rebecca Joseph and the Canadian Press

‘Please! Forgive me!’: 911 calls capture moments before Texas mother killed 2 daughters

FULSHEAR, Texas -Authorities say a Texas mother who fatally shot her daughters before being killed by police had called them and her husband to a family meeting.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office says Christy Sheats’ husband and two daughters, 22-year-old Taylor and 17-year-old Madison, joined her in the living room Friday. Authorities say during the meeting, Sheats shot both girls.

An officer who responded to the shooting saw the daughters lying in the street and Sheats with a gun in her hand. Sheats refused orders to drop the gun and the officer fired one shot, killing Sheats.

The sheriff’s office says it has responded to 14 calls at the house since January 2012. Some of the calls were over alarms, but the sheriff’s office wouldn’t describe the reasons for the other calls.

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On Tuesday, authorities released 911 calls that capture the panic in the home of a Houston-area mother before she killed her two daughters, as well as in the home of a neighbour after the shootings.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office released recordings of two 911 calls from Christy Sheats’ home and one from a neighbour’s home. Sheats fatally shot her two daughters before an officer killed her.

In the first call, a woman is heard crying, “Please! Forgive me! Please! Don’t shoot!” After a scream, she cries, “Please! I’m sorry!” and “Please! Don’t point that gun at her!” Another woman is heard saying, “I promise you, whatever you want,” before the call is disconnected.

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In the second call, a woman is heard saying, weakly, “She shot ’em.”

In the third call, a neighbour describes 17-year-old Madison Sheats and 22-year-old Taylor Sheats, apparently still alive, lying in the street in front of their house. The neighbour describes Christy Sheats kneeling over her eldest daughter and shooting her dead. Madison Sheats later died at a hospital.

An officer killed Christy Sheats after she refused demands to drop her gun.

A Facebook profile consistent with Sheats’ biographical details included a pro-gun post, alongside posts about how much she loved members of her family.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s neighbours grumble about new wall

HONOLULU – Some of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s neighbours are grumbling about a rock wall he’s having built on his property on the north shore of the Hawaiian island of Kauai.

Retiree Moku Crain said Tuesday the wall looks daunting and forbidding. Crain hopes and expects Zuckerberg will soften the wall’s look by planting foliage around it.

The wall began going up about four to six weeks ago. It runs along the property next to a road in the semi-rural community of Kilauea.

“Whereas before when we drove along the road we could see the ocean and see through the property, it’s closing off that view,” Crain said. “So I think that’s part of it. Nobody likes change.”

Crain estimated the wall was about 6 feet tall and that another existing wall on the property was only about 4 feet. Few would complain if the new wall was built at the same height, Crain predicted.

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Lindsay Andrews, a spokeswoman for the billionaire’s Kauai property operations, says the rock wall is designed to reduce highway and road noise. Similar walls are routinely used for this purpose, she said. The wall follows all rules and regulations, she said.

“Our entire team remains committed to ensuring that any development respects the local landscape and environment and is considerate of neighbours,” she said in a statement.

Other neighbours told The Garden Island newspaper on Kauai that the wall was oppressive, blocks breezes and views and “doesn’t feel neighbourly.”

But software engineer Brian Catlin said the fence looks nice. He said it’s an improvement on the barbed wire fence that was there. He said the complaining was limited to “just a few crybabies” and “nobody else cares.”

“If they wanted to protect the view, they should have bought that land,” Catlin said. “He paid a lot of money for that so he can do what he wants with it.”

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Catlin insisted the rock wall was less than 6 feet tall because that’s how tall he is and he can see over it.

Forbes reported Zuckerberg paid over $100 million for the property, which spans more than 700 acres on the coast, in 2014.

Catlin said it was a good thing Zuckerberg bought the property because a previous landowner had plans to build a housing development on part of it, which would have increased cars and traffic. The Garden Island newspaper reported in 2014 that a 357-acre section of the property called the Kahuaina plantation had been subdivided for 80 luxury homes of up to seven acres a piece.

Justin Trudeau condemns Istanbul airport attack that killed 36

OTTAWA – Canada is condemning the suicide bombing attack on Istanbul’s Ataturk airport that killed at least 36 people and wounded many others.

Officials in Turkey are blaming the attack on three suspected Islamic State bombers.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on 桑拿会所 that Canada “strongly condemns tonight’s deadly attack in Turkey,” adding that his “thoughts and prayers” are with the victims as “we stand with our allies against terrorism.”

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A spokesperson at Global Affairs Canada said Canadian officials based in Ankara and Istanbul were closely monitoring the situation and working to determine if any Canadian citizens had been affected.

Austin Jean said that so far, the department had no reports of any Canadians being injured in the attack.

Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion also issued a statement strongly condemning what he called an “appalling” attack.

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Dion offered condolences to the family and friends of the victims and wished a speedy recovery to the wounded.

“We stand with the Turkish people as they deal with this most recent and appalling terror attack,” Dion said. “We reaffirm our commitment to work tirelessly in the fight against terrorism.”

‘He did something terrible’: Bolsa shooting victim relieved after sentencing decision

A notorious Calgary gangster was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 16 years Tuesday for the high profile shooting and killing of an innocent man.

43-year-old Keni Su’a died New Year’s Day 2009. He was shot as he tried to escape from gunfire at the Bolsa Restaurant.

The target of the shooting was gang member Sanjeev Mann and his associate Aaron Bendle.

Real Honorio pleaded guilty to the second degree murder of Su’a and more than seven years after the shooting was given his sentence in a Calgary courtroom.

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    “It does bring some closure, however I don’t think there will ever be full closure. It won’t bring Keni back, he’s still gone,” Su’as former wife Lenni Folden-Su’a said.

    In a written decision, Justice W.A. Tilleman noted Honorio had “a ruthless disregard for life” and shot an innocent man. But he also noted that Honorio is remorseful about his actions.

    “This justice gave a thoughtful decision. It wasn’t what we were hoping for however the Crown was seeking a 20-year sentence,” defence lawyer Tonii Roulston said.

    Co-counsel Andrea Urquhart added, “He’s looking forward to focusing on his future now, putting this behind him. He’s taken responsibility for his actions and he’s just happy to have this chapter of his life over.”

    Folden-Su’a said she was hoping Honorio wouldn’t be eligible for parole for 20 years but says she’s satisfied with the decision.

    “Real [Honorio] does seem remorseful and I do hope that he does turn his life around and does made a difference in his life but at the same time I still feel he did something terrible, he took somebody’s life and a person should pay for that,” Folden-Su’a said.

    Honorio’s sentence will be considered to have begun the day he was arrested and taken into custody June 8, 2009. That means he will be eligible to apply for parole in another nine years.

    Folden Su’a said she’ll never fully heal from the senseless tragedy but she holds onto her former husband’s memory tightly.

    “Keni was a really kind generous person, was everybody’s best friend people could depend on him. He looked after his family,” she said.

    With files from Paul Rodgers