Female employee dies after stabbing at Maxi grocery store

MONTREAL – Police are searching for a suspect after a stabbing Sunday night that left 20-year-old Clémence Beaulieu-Patry dead.

Around 8:30 p.m., police received a 911 call about a stabbing at the Maxi grocery store on the corner of Papineau Ave. and Crémazie Blvd. in the Saint-Michel borough.

“Officers arrived on the scene and located a 20-year-old woman on the ground in distress,” said Abdullah Emran, a spokesperson with Montreal police.

Clémence Beaulieu-Patry, as seen in a Facebook picture.

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Witnesses said she was stabbed by a man, who then fled the scene on foot

WATCH: Raw footage as police look for a suspect after a grocery store employee was stabbed in Saint-Michel.

Beaulieu-Patry was rushed to hospital, but died of her injuries.

“A perimeter was established around the business,” said Emran.

“Major crimes, the K9 unit and crime scene technicians are on the scene to determine the circumstances.”

A 20-year-old woman was stabbed at a Maxi grocery store, Sunday, April 10, 2016.

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There have been no arrests so far.

It is the city’s second homicide of the year.

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Curling community rallies to bring Mexican fan to Canada

CALGARY – We know that Canadian curling fans were cheering on Kevin Koe’s Alberta rink, as they took gold over Denmark in the World Men’s Curling Championship Sunday morning.

But one woman at home in Guadalajara, Mexico was cheering just as loud. Gabriela Fernandez just might be curling’s biggest fan.

For most Canadian curling fans, standing on pebbled ice is just second nature. Some have grown up on it, others have made careers on it.

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But never has the simple touch of it brought out the kind of emotion Fernandez showed when she first touched the ice.

“Touching the ice was the most incredible thing that has happened to me in my whole life,” Fernandez said. “As soon as I went out of there I went into the bathroom and started crying, because I couldn’t believe it.”

Fernandez  is one of curling’s biggest fans you’ll ever meet   – and she lives in Mexico.

She discovered the sport 17-years-ago in an apartment she was renting, that happened to have Canadian satellite TV.

“I was flipping through channels and came across this strange game,” said Fernandez.

After falling in love with that game, it became her goal to see it in person. Then it was announced the Continental Cup was coming to Las Vegas.

“I can go, I can go to Las Vegas. I can go. I can go. So I started saving for a whole year,” Fernandez said.

Then this past January, she returned to Vegas but this time, she got to meet some of her favourite curlers.

“Incredible, I cannot find another word for it,” said Fernandez.

“You know when you talk to all the people who love the game as much as we do as players and the broadcast team and everything. To see someone who does that to come watch a game of curling and they enjoy it that much, it was really a great thing to see,” said Cheryl Bernard, an Olympic curling silver medallist.

The dream isn’t over though, the curling community – now fans of her, are coming together to bring her to Edmonton for next year’s World Championship.

“I don’t think she realizes what a world’s (curling championship) in Canada will be like, she’s going to get the full Canadian experience,” Bernard added.

“It’s a matter of taking a crazy Mexican that loves curling to realize her dream,” said Fernandez laughing.

To top it all off, Sunday just happens to also be her birthday, which coincidentally also happens to fall during the World Curling Championship next year.

“I’m going to be 73-years-old in Edmonton, and I’m going to celebrate with them. It’s a way of me, thanking them. I want to spend my birthday with them,” said Fernandez.

Horse racing aids Alberta’s rural Economy

LETHBRIDGE – Over the past century, Alberta has made a name for itself in the sport of horse racing.

Two of the greatest jockeys of all time, George Wolf and Johnny Longdon, grew up racing on the bush tracks in Alberta.

Albertans have embraced the sport ever since the first recorded race in Millarville, in 1905.

The future of the industry, which had been tumultuous, has recently received renewed support from the provincial government.

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    Nearly two weeks ago, the Government of Alberta and Horse Racing Alberta signed a new 10-year agreement, to support rural communities and the agriculture sector.

    READ MORE: Government of Alberta announces funding plan for horse racing

    The agreement replaces the old funding agreement which was set to expire in March.

    Funding for horse racing will continue to come to the industry using a portion of slot machine revenues from Racing Entertainment Centres, like the Rocky Mountain Turf Club in Lethbridge.

    “It provides up to 40% of the net revenue to support and assist horse racing,” said Max Gibb, CEO Rocky Mountain Turf Club.

    The sport is not only a fun past time, but a revenue generator in southern Alberta, with over $300 million of economic development in the province being attributed to horse racing.

    “Horse racing is a significant employer of people,” said Gibb. “Agricultural development, rural development, hay, grain, transportation, tourism, all kinds of economic development.”

    The agreement will allow many to enjoy horse racing for years to come.

    “It’s a way of life, it’s generational, it’s many things,” said Rose Rossi, General Manager Rocky Mountain Turf Club. “It also means that this community gets to keep this racetrack, it’s something unique.”

    The funding also supports Albertans who have built their lives around the sport, to continue to pursue their passion.

    “I can continue doing what I love, what I’ve done for years, without any fear,” said trainer Dallas Birdrattler. “For the past couple of years we haven’t known what is going to happen, now with the new contract, we do have a guarantee for a bit.”

    Spectators in Alberta also get a renewed opportunity to experience horse racing.

    “You get people coming out with hats,” said Rose Rossi, General Manager Rocky Mountain Turf Club  “It’s just a new form, well, an old form of entertainment becoming new again.”

    Horse racing has been a strong part of Alberta’s heritage and with this new arrangement it offers the opportunity to engage, amuse and employ new generations of Albertans.