Ambadassador? No! Embarassdor.

Canada’s Ambassador to Ireland made news recently by tackling a protester at an Easter Uprising memorial.

The protester, who had an official invitation, was acting well within the legal limits of peaceful protest and dissent when the Ambassador tackled him.

Kevin Vickers, the Ambassador, is best known for stopping and killing a terrorist attacking Canada’s Parliament when he then Sergeant-at-arms.

Mr. Vickers was a hero in that circumstance. He is an embarrassment in the Irish one.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/kevin-vickers-protester-dublin-1.3601127

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Ambassador Kevin Vickers, former House sergeant-at-arms, tackles protester in Dublin
Justin Trudeau unwilling to comment on Vickers’ actions during protest at Eastern Rebellion event
By John Paul Tasker, CBC News Posted: May 26, 2016 11:06 AM ET Last Updated: May 27, 2016 3:55 AM ET

Canada’s ‘AmBadAssador’ to Ireland receives mixed reaction after tussle with protester

Canada’s ambassador to Ireland, the man hailed as a hero for shooting Ottawa gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau after he stormed Parliament Hill in 2014, tackled a protester at a ceremony in Dublin Thursday morning.

Canada’s ‘AmBadAssador’ to Ireland receives mixed reaction after tussle with protester
Kevin Vickers, the former House of Commons sergeant-at-arms, was at the event commemorating the 100 British soldiers who died during the Easter Rising, also called the Easter Rebellion, when Irish republicans tried to overthrow British control of the country by force.

A male protester, wearing an Easter Rising T-shirt, stood up during the invitation-only event and could be heard yelling, “This is an insult.”

Vickers was the first to respond to the disturbance, tackling the man and leading him away from the ceremony. Police later arrested the protester.

“This man just ran forward and started screaming, ‘It’s a disgrace.’ He was tackled by somebody and it was only after that I realized it was the Canadian ambassador,” an unnamed eyewitness told the Irish Independent.

“The whole thing lasted about a minute,” the eyewitness said. “The Canadian ambassador grabbed him. There was a struggle and gardaí [the police] wrestled him to the ground. Without hesitation, [Mr. Vickers] jumped out from the middle of dignitaries.”

Thursday’s ceremony was being held at a time of heightened security, in the centennial year of the uprising that sought to establish an Irish republic. The British MI-5 recently raised the threat level for Northern Ireland-related terrorism from moderate to substantial, adding there is a “strong possibility” of an attack from “dissident” Irish republicans.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to wade into whether Vickers would be subject to any discipline when asked about the incident at the G7 summit in Japan.

“I’ve been very much engaged in discussions around here and I’m not fully apprised on all the details of that particular incident and will not be commenting on it,” he said.

When pressed further, Trudeau said “if it lands on my table, I’ll take a look at it.”

The protester was identified as Brian Murphy by the Irish Republican Prisoners Welfare Association (IRPWA), of which he is a member. The group, which claims it is not aligned with any political party, is a support group for the families of imprisoned republicans.

In a Facebook post, the group chided Vickers for what it called his “assault” on their member. Murphy can be seen wearing the IRPWA logo across his chest.

As the protester was being handcuffed by police, attendees at the ceremony were hearing these words from the speaker at the podium, quoting from the Irish government’s foreword to the Ireland 2016 centenary program.

“All lives are equal in value, and 2016 must be a year in which the narratives of everyone on this island of Ireland are included and heard. This is how we can truly honour the vision of the 1916 proclamation (of the Irish Republic).”

‘It was impressive’

A spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada said in a statement that Vickers intervened to intercept the protester from running up to the speakers’ podium. He was not injured during the incident, the department confirmed. The Canadian Embassy in Ireland would not comment.

“We were all kind of surprised, to put it mildly, that a dignitary kind of beat the Irish police in wrestling this guy to the ground,” Colin Keegan, a photographer covering the event, told Vanessa Vander Valk, host of CBC Radio’s Shift.

“I have to hand it to him. It was impressive … he was in action within a split second of it happening.”

But Keegan said Murphy, the protester, seemed more disgruntled than a security risk.

“I wouldn’t say it was threatening, really, it was more disruptive than threatening. He didn’t lunge at anybody, or he didn’t have a weapon. I presume the gentleman was just disgusted that we were commemorating the death of British soldiers on Irish soil.”

Global Affairs Canada has a code of conduct for its diplomatic staff abroad, last updated in 2014.

Under a broad heading of “Canada’s reputation: Personal behaviour,” it notes in part: “Regardless of any legal immunity conferred upon representatives abroad, their conduct and actions will be subject to a greater degree of scrutiny and public interest than they would be at home.

“The potential for public scrutiny requires that representatives use good judgment and common sense.”

Vickers was representing Canada at the ceremony as a guest of the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Charles Flanagan.

He was appointed ambassador to Ireland early last year, just months after he played a key role in ending the shooting attack on Parliament Hill.

Gunman Michael Zehaf-Bibeau shot and killed 24-year-old Cpl. Nathan Cirillo at the National War Memorial on Oct. 22, 2014, then entered the halls of Centre Block and continued shooting, as security staff and frightened parliamentarians raced through corridors. Vickers was lauded for his efforts in halting the attacker.

Canuck the crow steals crime scene weapon from jaws of the police

Did Canuck the crow swoop off with a knife from a Vancouver crime scene?
Crow in question appears to be the notorious Canuck
By Tamara Baluja, CBC News Posted: May 25, 2016 5:46 PM PT Last Updated: May 27, 2016 5:56 AM PT

Murder most foul! Vancouver crow attacks mapped in new project
Canuck the crow, Vancouver’s most notorious bird, is being accused of flying away with a knife from a crime scene.

The crow has quite a reputation in Vancouver and its antics are regularly chronicled on social media, including a dedicated Facebook page that has a profile photo of the bird holding a knife in its beak.

Earlier on Tuesday, police had shot a man near Hastings and Cassiar streets. They were called to the scene of a car engulfed in flames. When they arrived, police said, they were confronted by a man with a knife.

Shots were fired and the man was arrested.

Police shooting, car fire, shut down Hastings and Cassiar

Vancouver Courier reporter Mike Howell said he saw the bird — which had a red tag on its leg as does Canuck — swoop in and pick up an object from inside an area cordoned off by police tape.

“A cop chased it for about 15 to 20 feet, and then the crow dropped it and took off,” Howell told CBC.

“It was really strange. In my 20-plus years reporting from crime scenes, I’ve never seen anything like that crow trying to take a knife.”

Vancouver police confirmed a bird did indeed take off with crime scene evidence.

“The crow was persistent, but the knife was eventually gathered as evidence,” Const. Brian Montague said in an email.

The bird was also spotted sitting on the roof of the burned car and trying to get into a camera operator’s gear.

Infamous bird

Among its other exploits, Canuck attacked a cyclist in East Vancouver last year and posed for a mock interview with CBC journalist Dan Burritt.

It was also spotted riding the SkyTrain.

This particular crow was raised by humans and is a common fixture around its East Vancouver neighbourhood.

Anatomy of a crime

Crows are known to be curious and intelligent creatures, so why would it pick up a knife?

Wayne Goodey, a zoology lecturer at UBC, said city crows are sometimes attracted to shiny things.

“They might associate a shiny foil with edibles or food wrapping from a restaurant,” he said. “And they have no way of knowing it’s not food until they put it in their beaks.”

He also said the knife’s green handle might have appeared like food to the crow and piqued its interest.

“It was a crime of opportunity.”

Gingers of the world unite!

If you belong to on of the numberous gaggles of Japanese schoolgirls who have already gone Cosplay and dyed your hair red, rejoice.

A worldwide casting call for a red-haired girl to play the latest incarnation of Anne has gone out.

Worldwide, I say. Worldwide.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/casting-call-anne-gables-1.3551046
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Worldwide search begins to find CBC’s next Anne of Green Gables
Casting call includes in-person and online auditions, production to begin this summer
CBC News Posted: Apr 27, 2016 12:15 PM ET Last Updated: Apr 27, 2016 4:01 PM ET

If you know a spunky girl with that je ne sais quoi, she could become the star of a new CBC series.

Online and in-person auditions are being held to cast the lead role in the upcoming Anne. It’s based on the beloved Canadian novel Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery.

“We are looking for a certain unique quality, a girl that can help define Anne for a new generation,” series producer Miranda de Pencier told CBC News.

That includes someone who isn’t old-fashioned or too precious. But she’ll still have many of the traits fans have grown to love in the original version — imaginative, forthright and interesting.

“She’s a modern girl with a massive heart,” said de Pencier. “She is also a deeply wounded kid — she bears the emotional scars of the abusive life she’s led so far. Anne is full of contradictions.”

The people behind the series know they can’t “replace the image of Anne” that comes from the classic 1985 mini-series starring Megan Follows as the precocious red-head. But they’re hoping to find an equally charismatic character.

“I’m looking for an Anne who is contemporary: smart, quirky, fierce and spirited, but also insecure and wildly emotional. Anne is mercurial and complicated,” said screenwriter and excecutive producer Moira Walley-Beckett, an Emmy-winner whose credits include Breaking Bad and Flesh and Bone.

“I can’t wait to fall in love with an auditioning actress and say ‘That’s my Anne.'”

Ideally, the new Anne will be 11-14 years old and red hair is a bonus, but not a necessity.

“We are curious to see who responds to this open call and hope that it reflects not only Canada’s diversity but also the world’s,” said de Pencier.

The search for Anne will start with open casting calls in Toronto May 7-8, Charlottetown on May 28, Halifax on May 29-30 and Vancouver May 14-15.

The casting call website can be found here.