Google Canada starts layoffs as parent company cuts 12,000 workers globally

WATCH: Google lays off 12,000 workers as tech sector job cuts expand

Google sent layoff notices on Monday to affected Canadian employees after its parent company Alphabet announced earlier this year it was cutting 12,000 of its global workforce.

Google Canada spokesperson Lauren Skelly said notifications had been sent to staff impacted by the cuts announced last month. It wasn’t immediately clear how many Canadian jobs were impacted.

Skelly said the company could not comment on specifics around the layoffs.

“Canada remains an important priority market for Google,” Skelly told Global News in an email.

Google, which has offices in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ont., Vancouver, Ottawa and Edmonton, announced last month that it was laying off 12,000 workers, joining several tech companies trying to trim staff amid economic uncertainty.

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet, the parent company of Google, informed staff on Jan. 20 that cuts were coming.

“Over the past two years we’ve seen periods of dramatic growth,” Pichai said.

“To match and fuel that growth, we hired for a different economic reality than the one we face today.”

He added that the layoffs reflected a “rigorous review” carried out by Google of its operations. The jobs being eliminated “cut across Alphabet, product areas, functions, levels and regions,” Pichai said, adding he was “deeply sorry” for the layoffs.

It’s one of the company’s largest rounds of layoffs and adds to tens of thousands of other job losses announced by Microsoft, Amazon and Facebook parent Meta, among others. In January, there were at least 48,000 job cuts announced by major companies in the tech sector.

The layoffs in the industry continued Monday. Dell Technologies Inc. announced it will eliminate about 6,650 jobs, or five per cent of its global workforce, as the PC maker grapples with falling demand and braces for economic uncertainty.

When asked about Canadian jobs, a spokesperson for Dell told Global News in an email the reduction will impact teams across the world, but did not have specific details to share.

“We have already started these conversations and the (layoff) dates vary based on local laws and regulations. We have nothing additional to add,” they said.

— with files from The Associated Press and Reuters

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Police investigating death of man found shot outside Dartmouth home

Global News at 6 Halifax from February 3, 2023.

Halifax Regional Police have released more information about a suspicious death investigation from the weekend, and say the victim had been shot.

Officers responded to a report of a shooting on Lahey Road on Saturday at around 11:20 p.m.

According to police, they found a man outside of a residence who had been shot. A 36-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“At this time, investigators do not believe that this was a random incident,” HRP said in a release.

An autopsy has been scheduled for Monday and the Special Investigations Section of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division are still investigating the case.

Anyone with information or video from the area at the time of the incident is asked to call 902-490-5020 if they haven’t already spoken to police.

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West Kelowna, B.C. McDonalds being sued in trip-and-fall incident

A McDonald’s in West Kelowna is being sued by a Vernon woman who was left injured after falling on the establishment’s property.

Susan Lynne Doble claims she was walking across the parking lot of the McDonald’s on Gellatly Road in West Kelowna on March 16, 2022, when she tripped and fell, leaving her injured.

The plaintiff says her injuries included cuts to both hands, an abrasion to her right knee, headaches and injuries to both wrists, her left thumb, both hips, her chest and her ribs.

As a result of these injuries, she claims she can no longer perform regular household duties and has lost the enjoyment of life.

The retiree also states in the suit, submitted Feb. 1, that the incident is due to the restaurant’s negligence, and that the property was not maintained sufficiently.

The lawsuit also indicates that because of the injuries sustained, Doble is at a higher risk of future injury.

Doble continues to receive medical care as a result of the injuries, and while it is not clear how much financial compensation she is seeking, it does state that she is looking for relief for “general and special damages.”

At this time, Mcdonald’s has not filed a formal response to the claim.

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Kicking Horse Canyon to fully open for Family Day weekend

B.C.’s Kicking Horse Canyon will fully reopen for traffic during Family Day Weekend, the province announced.

The winding section of the Trans-Canada Highway near the mountainous border between B.C. and Alberta has been under construction for upgrades since April 2021.

Phase 4 is the current phase and the portion of highway it affects will be fully open from Friday, Feb. 17 at noon until Tuesday, Feb. 21 at noon.

Usually, throughout the winter, traffic management has involved 30-minute stoppages between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., and in the evening from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are overnight closures from 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. also.

The Kicking Horse Canyon Project was established to improve safety, widen and realign the highway. It will inevitably require traffic disruptions and, at times, full highway closures.

The highway carries more than 10,000 vehicles daily during the summer, with up to 30 per cent of the traffic being commercial vehicles moving millions of dollars in goods.

The province said three phases of work have transformed 21 kilometres of narrow, winding, two-lane highway into a four-lane, 100-kilometre-an-hour standard.

Construction of the fourth and final phase to complete the remaining – and most difficult – 4.8 kilometres is expected to be substantially complete in winter 2023-24.

This project is part of the comprehensive Highway 1 – Kamloops to Alberta – Four Laning Program.

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Trial underway in Edmonton for soldier accused of trying to kill her 3 children

The trial for a Canadian soldier charged with attempted murder in connection with a fire that broke out at the home where her children were sleeping got underway in Edmonton on Monday.

The trial is expected to last two weeks.

Because of a publication ban to protect the identity of the children, the name of the accused cannot be published. She has elected to be tried by a judge instead of a jury.

Just before 1 a.m., on July 20, 2015, a fire broke out at the woman’s home at CFB Edmonton.

The former corporal at CFB Edmonton was charged with three counts of attempted murder in 2019. The accused also faces charges of intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to a property knowing the property was inhabited and intentionally or recklessly causing damage by fire to a property belonging to the Canadian Forces.

During Monday’s session in court, Crown prosecutor Dallas Sopko said he plans to show the accused set the fire herself, arguing “she would rather kill herself and her three children than comply with a court order that would give custody to her ex-husband, who she despises.”

Sopko said at the time of the fire, the accused’s children were sick and fell asleep watching movies in their mother’s room. Before they fell ill, they were supposed to go to camp the day before the fire, after which their father was to gain custody of them.

The Crown said that after the fire started, neighbours heard the children yelling for help and sprung into action to save them and their mother. Sopko added that the court will hear that there is evidence of a letter to a friend signed by the accused that states “by the time you get this, I will either be in jail or dead.” He said the note was written on stationary from a hotel at West Edmonton Mall where the accused had been with her children the two nights before the fire.

More to come…

–With files from Sarah Ryan, Global News

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Lawyer for man convicted in stabbing death of Calgary chef wants leniency for client

The lawyer for a man convicted of killing a Calgary chef in 2020 says his client should be eligible for parole within three to five years.

Tommie Holloway was convicted of manslaughter while his accomplice, Anthony Dodgson, was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Christophe Herblin, who was stabbed to death in the parking lot outside his soon-to-be opened cafe following a break-in.

The Crown says Holloway should serve 12 years in prison before being eligible for parole.

However, Holloway’s lawyer told the judge his client has been making efforts to turn his life around and didn’t have a criminal record before he was arrested for Herblin’s death.

Kim Ross says his client will eventually be returned to the community and is unlikely to break the law again because it has been an eye-opening experience for him.

The Crown had already argued that Dodgson should serve 15 to 18 years before he is allowed to apply for parole.

© 2023 The Canadian Press

Winter cycling an affordable, convenient transportation option, say Winnipeg advocates

WATCH: "I love it and I also think it's a great way to get my exercise in." Brazilian-born Patty Boge commutes daily via bike, frequently braving Winnipeg's frigid temperatures.

Despite bone-chilling temperatures and often treacherous snowy conditions on city streets, many Winnipeggers are embracing living in a winter city by choosing cycling as their year-round mode of transportation.

Bike Winnipeg’s Mark Cohoe said for some, it’s the only affordable transportation option.

“A car, a vehicle is a huge expense,” Cohoe told Global News. “(With) transit, the hours of the day are restricting you. The beauty of a bike really is that it’s point-to-point.

“The cost to you is really owning and maintaining the bike — so riding is no cost to you at all, you’re getting health benefits from it, and certainly you’re not worried about that storage, so it makes a huge difference.”

Cohoe said he’s convinced we’d see many more cyclists hitting the streets year-round if the city consistently cleared and maintained bike paths through the winter.

“I’m hoping that the new mayor and new council can really look at increasing that investment we have in our active transportation pathways in our walking and our cycling,” he said.

“We really need to get more people walking and biking if we’re to have a response to climate change. We need to get less people driving and the way to do that is that people need to feel they have a comfortable route.”

As for the cold, Cohoe — who has been cycling year-round for more than 25 years — said it’s really a matter of dressing for conditions and making sure your ride is properly set up. His own bike, he said, has studded tires for traction in the snow, as well as proper fenders for when things start to melt, and good lighting.

Longtime Winnipeggers aren’t the only ones venturing out into the cold on two wheels. Brazilian-born Patty Boge told Global News she gets to work daily via bike, year-round — a 45-minute commute each way.

“If you can go for a walk, you can go for a bike ride.”

“In winter, you just have to put on more layers,” Boge said. “It’s a little bit more challenging because you have to worry about whether the paths are clear and whether the bike lanes are clear as well. You just have to contend with a little bit more.”

Boge said winter cycling saves money she would have spent parking downtown, and is a great way to get her daily exercise in, but there are definitely some challenges.

“It depends on whether they have cleared the snow onto the bike lane. I feel a bit safer when I’m on the bike lane.

“The truth is, in the winter, the drivers seem to get a little bit more impatient. They don’t want us on the road … but I’m just trying to get somewhere as well — just as much as they are.

“I’m not out here just for fun. This is how I get to work.”

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London, Ont. boxing tournament fundraiser collected $300K for Y.O.U., organizers say

A fundraising event in London, Ont., last fall aimed at raising money for Youth Opportunities Unlimited (Y.O.U.) and its Joan’s Place project collected $300,000 from the community, organizers have announced.

The 2nd Fight to End Homelessness boxing event was held in November at RBC Place London, with 32 local entrepreneurs, community leaders and politicians facing off in a sanctioned amateur boxing tournament in support of Y.O.U.

On Thursday, Y.O.U. officials were presented with a cheque during a ceremony outside the agency’s main building at the corner of Richmond and York streets in London’s downtown, across from where Joan’s Place is being built.

News of the final tally comes ahead of Y.O.U.’s annual breakfast event, set to get underway Friday morning. Fight to End previously raised $80,000 in 2019 in support of Y.O.U.’s youth shelter, located on Clarke Road in the city’s east end.

“After raising $80,000 in 2019, our goal was $120,000 this year, with the hopes that we were going to be able to provide the furniture for Joan’s Place for the units that they have there,” said Brett Lucier, co-founder of Fight to Life and owner of Provincial Glass and Mirror, one of the event’s many sponsors.

“With the $300,000, we feel very confident that we’re going to be able to do that and a lot more. What it sounds like now is we’ll also be able to furnish appliances and blinds and increased lock systems for the doors, and a lot of other items that we’ll be announcing as they come about.”

When it opens, Joan’s Place will have 39 affordable housing units and a youth wellness hub that will offer services and programs for young people, including mental health, addictions, employment and training. Y.O.U. officials say the facility will be able to serve more than 200 people daily.

Construction began in November on the building, named after Joan Smith, a former city councillor and MPP who also served as Ontario’s first female solicitor general.

“I was with some other board members as the announcement was being made and we kept watching the tally going up and up and I thought – is there a technology glitch?” said Terry Gillis, Y.O.U.’s board chair, in a statement.

“This is such an incredible boost to Joan’s Place and helping us meet our collective goal of building a safe and affordable home for youth, young mothers, and mothers-to-be who are experiencing or are at risk of experiencing homelessness.

“Once again, the London community outdid itself. And to that we say thanks.”

Lucier says the plan is for Fight to End to be an annual event, and work is already in the very early stages for this year’s tournament, set to be held in November. Those looking to participate will be able to apply starting in May.

“When Adam (Malamis) and I started Fight to End, it grew from a small seed to what it is now, and it’s really expanded to incorporate the business community within London, and you’ll see a lot of larger name builders and developers that are involved in this event,” he said.

“One of our major sponsors this year was Drewlo Holdings, and they came through at a major level for us and were a huge part of our last event.”

In a statement, Jerry Drennan, chief operating officer of Drewlo, said the developer, and others in the city, “understand there’s a need and we want to do our part.”

“Partnering with Fight to End, and seeing our own Carrie O’Brien in the ring, was a great way to continue to give back and support the mission of Joan’s Place.”

Corus Entertainment, parent company of Global News, was also a sponsor through FM96, with Brad Gibb, the station’s longtime program director and on-air voice, going head-to-head against A.J. O’Connor of Lynn’s Bakery and Deli.

Lucier wouldn’t say who won the match, noting that, at the end of the day, there were no losers.

“There’s only winners, because it’s all going to Youth Opportunities Unlimited.”

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Woman seriously injured after object pierces windshield in Cannington, Ont.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was seriously injured when an object went through a vehicle’s windshield in Cannington, Ont.

Durham Regional Police said officers received a report of a collision which occurred on Jan. 27 between 7:30 and 8 p.m.

Police said the victim was in a vehicle in the area of Cameron and Albert streets when an object was thrown and pieced the windshield of the vehicle.

Officers said the woman was taken to a trauma centre in the Toronto area in serious condition.

Police said her condition has since been upgraded to stable.

“Anyone who witnessed this event either before, after or during is asked to reach out to investigators,” officers said in a news release.

Officers said anyone with dashcam or other video footage is asked to contact police.

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Bail hearing postponed for 'Dances With Wolves' actor in sex abuse case

WATCH ABOVE: (From Feb. 1, 2023) Police in Alberta are investigating whether there are any victims in the province following a disturbing case south of the border. An American actor is accused of sexually assaulting Indigenous girls over the past two decades. Craig Momney has more.

The bail hearing was postponed Monday for a former “Dances With Wolves” actor who is accused of sexually abusing and trafficking Indigenous girls.

The delay until Wednesday to allow Nathan Chasing Horse, 46, to change lawyers was announced in a North Las Vegas courtroom full of his friends and relatives who had hoped to see him released on bail.

Chasing Horse, who also uses the name Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, played the role of young Sioux tribe member Smiles a Lot in Kevin Costner’s 1990 Oscar-winning film.

Since then, Chasing Horse built a reputation among tribes across the United States and in Canada as a “medicine man” who performs healing ceremonies.

He was the focus of a months-long investigation into allegations of sex trafficking, sexual assault and child abuse before he was arrested Jan. 31 near the North Las Vegas home that he shares with several wives. He has not been formally charged in the case.

He was banished from the Fort Peck Reservation in Poplar, Mont., nearly a decade ago following similar allegations.

Former actor Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, also known as Nathan Chasing Horse, appears in North Las Vegas Justice Court, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, in North Las Vegas, Nev. Chasing Horse was arrested Jan. 31 on possible charges related to sex trafficking, sexual assault of a child younger than 16 and child abuse, according to court records.

Former actor Nathan Lee Chasing His Horse, also known as Nathan Chasing Horse, appears in North Las Vegas Justice Court, Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023, in North Las Vegas, Nev. Chasing Horse was arrested Jan. 31 on possible charges related to sex trafficking, sexual assault of a child younger than 16 and child abuse, according to court records.

(AP Photo/Ty O'Neil)

Chasing Horse appeared briefly in court last Thursday, but did not speak as his public defenders invoked his right to a detention hearing. Nevada law requires prosecutors to present convincing evidence that a defendant should remain in custody.

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Clark County Chief Deputy District Attorney Jessica Walsh told the judge Thursday that she expected testimony from Las Vegas police detectives, FBI special agents and victims.

A North Las Vegas justice of the peace could also hear from Chasing Horse’s relatives, who last week filled an entire row in the courtroom gallery in a show of support.

Chasing Horse was born on the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, which is home to the Sicangu Sioux, one of the seven tribes of the Lakota nation.

Las Vegas police said the allegations against Chasing Horse date to the early 2000s and span multiple states including South Dakota, Montana and Nevada, where he has lived for about a decade.

In a 50-page search warrant obtained by The Associated Press, police described Chasing Horse as the leader of a cult known as The Circle, whose followers believed he could communicate with higher powers.

Police said he abused his position, physically and sexually assaulted Indigenous girls, and took underage wives over two decades.

According to the police warrant, Chasing Horse trained his wives to use firearms and instructed them to “shoot it out” with any authorities who tried to “break their family apart.” If that failed, or if he was ever arrested or died unexpectedly, he told his wives to take “suicide pills,” the document said.

Police SWAT officers and detectives took Chasing Horse into custody last week and searched the family’s home. Investigators found guns, 18.5 kilograms of marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, and a memory card with multiple videos of sexual assaults, according to an arrest report that said additional charges could be filed related to the videos.

Las Vegas police said at least six victims had been identified, including one who was 13 when she said she was abused, and another who said she was offered to Chasing Horse as a “gift” when she was 15.

© 2023 The Canadian Press

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