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Apple’s latest mobile operating system, iOS 9, will officially be available for download Wednesday for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users. And although the update won’t look very different from iOS 8, Apple has added quite a few changes to how it works.

For example, iPhone users will get a new caller ID function that will try to predict numbers that aren’t saved in your contacts using information from emails. iPad users, on the other hand, can take advantage of new multitasking features.

Apple has been allowing the public to test iOS 9 in beta since July – but Wednesday’s release will be the real deal.

But there are a few things you should keep in mind before updating your device:

Check if your device is compatible

Generally, if your device is running iOS 8 you are able to upgrade to iOS 9. To check the version of iOS your device is currently running, open the “Settings” app, then tap on “General,” then “About” and look at the number on the Version line.

Or, you can just refer to this handy guide Apple put together:

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Back up your data

Backing up your device is always a good idea before running any sort of software update – you never know what might happen during the update process.

To make sure all of your pictures, videos and data are safe, do a back up to iCloud or your computer. Apple offers instructions on backing up devices here.

Make sure your device has enough room for the update

Last year, some iPhone users ran into a big problem when trying to upgrade to iOS 8 – they simply didn’t have enough room on their device.

iOS 8 required at least 5.7GB of free space in order to be installed on most iPhone and iPad models. Previous iOS updates have only required about 1GB of free space. Users with 8GB or 16GB devices had problems as the update took up a large chunk of their devices’ storage.

Someone even filed a class action lawsuit against Apple for the issue.

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Users shouldn’t run into the same problem with iOS 9 – this update isn’t nearly as substantial as iOS 8 and shouldn’t require that much space. However, a 1GB update can still take up a lot of space on a smaller capacity phone.

Try backing up some of your pictures and deleting them from your device to make room.

How to update

Once the update is available, users will be notified on their devices. You can either download the update directly from your iPhone, iPad or iPod (make sure you are connected to Wi-Fi), or plug you device into a computer with iTunes to start the process.

On your device, tap “Settings,” then “General,” then “Software Update” to download and install the update.

Be prepared for bugs

While some users may be eager to upgrade right away, it’s important to note that the first version of iOS is often buggy and users may run into a few flaws or hiccups. Users with older devices may also notice their devices slow down when using the newest OS.


Amber Heard gave her mom some advice on the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival Monday night and it wasn’t exactly a nice kind of advice.

The star’s mom was standing beside reporters waiting for her daughter when she was asked who she was, “I’m her mom,” she told Kiss 92.5’s Maurie Sherman with a big smile on her face.

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Before she could say anything else, in came the actress with some advice for her friendly mom, “never make eye contact,” the star said loud enough for everyone around her to hear.

The whole incident was of course caught on camera, which comes as no surprise really because it was a busy red carpet event.

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You’d think Heard would have turned down the volume a bit.

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California has been battling record drought conditions for the past few years, making it extremely vulnerable to fire.

Now, some of the worst fires are spreading across the state.

An apartment complex lies in ruins, burned by the Valley Fire on Sept. 14, 2015 in Middletown, California.

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The National Interagency Fire Center reported that residents in The Valley and Butte areas are still unable to return to their homes after fires quickly spread in the regions. More than 750 homes have been destroyed.

Napa Strike Team firefighters Mike Holmes and Dan Stith cover their eyes from the smoke during a controlled burn on Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Adams, Calif.

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A pair of burned cars sit outside the remains of several homes destroyed by fire along Highway 175, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015, near Middletown, Calif.

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And things aren’t expected to improve: Authorities are forecasting above-normal fire potential across the mountains of southern California from September through to December.

A firefighter stands near a wildfire in Middletown, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015.

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A wildfire burns along a ridge near Sheep Ranch, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015. Two of California’s fastest-burning wildfires in decades overtook several Northern California towns, destroying homes and sending residents fleeing. (AP Photo/Rich

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Deanna Hingst, right, embraces her mother Shirley Leuzinger as they stand at the family’s destroyed home Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, in Middletown, Calif.

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The National Interagency Fire Center has reported that eight fires are burning over an area of 381,430 acres as of Sept. 15. One fire alone, in the Rough region, is burning over 139,133 acres.

Firefighters monitor flames while battling the Butte fire near San Andreas, California on September 12, 2015.

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A firefighter douses flames from a backfire while crews continue battling the Butte fire near San Andreas, California on September 12, 2015.

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Meanwhile fires also continue to rage across large parts of six other states, with Washington being the worst hit so far this year with 912,510 acres burned.

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Employees at a Colorado pizza restaurant were surprised to discover an unexpected customer in the store’s back room Monday afternoon.

But after the kind of day she had, you can’t really blame her for wanting some comfort food.

Experts at Colorado Parks and Wildlife believe the bear had been orphaned or abandoned by its mother. In addition, the cub had a broken paw, which authorities believe may have been caused by an automobile accident.

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After being sighted several times Monday morning in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the cub eventually made its way through the propped-open door of Louie’s Pizza, where it caused quite a commotion amongst staff and customers.

“We asked [employees] what was up and they said there was a bear in there and it was eating all the icing,” customer Andy Shinholt told KOAA News in Colorado. “He was soft and he had icing all over him. He was eating all the icing.”

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According to employees, after helping herself to all the icing she could handle, the cub did what many of us do after a big meal: she took a nap.

The staff at Louie’s Pizza called police and wildlife officers, who tranquilized the bear so it could be safely removed from the restaurant.

In addition to its injured paw, the bear was found to be underweight, an even more significant problem this time of year as bears try to fatten up in advance of hibernation season.

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Wildlife officers say the cub will be sent to a rehabilitation facility to treat its injured paw and help stabilize its weight before being released back into the wild.

As for the icing, well, let’s just say the staff at Louie’s is likely more than happy to have the bear owe them one.

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WINNIPEG — A health-care aide’s alcohol addiction qualifies as a disability, and her employer was wrong to fire her for drinking off the job, a Manitoba human rights adjudicator has ruled.

Linda Horrocks is entitled to be reinstated, receive three years back pay and an additional $10,000 for injury to her dignity, independent adjudicator Sherri Walsh said in a report released Tuesday.

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“The issue for determination in this matter is not whether the complainant was drinking on a given day but rather whether (the employer) made reasonable efforts to accommodate the complainant as soon as it was aware that she had a disability and special needs associated with that disability,” Walsh wrote.

Horrocks was suspended from work at a personal care home in Flin Flon run by the Northern Regional Health Authority in June 2011 after a co-worker complained that she was drunk at work, according to evidence presented at the human rights board hearing.

She signed an agreement that allowed her to return to work on several conditions, including that she abstain from alcohol both on and off the job and seek counselling.

Horrocks was fired a year later when her employer received two reports that she had been drinking outside of work — once in a grocery store and once during a phone call with a manager.

Horrocks denied consuming alcohol and said she had been undergoing addiction counselling. She eventually filed a complaint with the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, which appointed Walsh to hear the matter.

The regional health authority told the hearing that it had tried to accommodate Horrocks but also needed to protect the safety of people in the health care system.

Walsh ruled that alcohol addiction amounts to a disability under the human rights code, citing a 2013 ruling in a similar case.

She also ruled the health authority failed to accommodate Horrocks’ disability because it did not seek advice from experts in drawing up conditions for her return to work in 2011.

“Instead, I find that members of the (health authority’s) staff relied on their experiences with other staff who had required accommodation relating to addiction and on their own personal experiences,” Walsh wrote.

“Information of that sort is precisely the type of information that cannot be relied on as the basis for accommodating an employee. Each individual is entitled to an accommodation which is based on an individualized assessment of his or her specific needs.”

A spokesperson for the health authority said there would be no immediate comment.


NEW YORK – Subway co-founder Fred DeLuca died Monday evening after being diagnosed with leukemia two years ago, the company said Tuesday. He was 67.

DeLuca’s death came weeks after the 50th anniversary of Subway, which has become the world’s biggest restaurant chain by locations.

DeLuca decided to open a sandwich shop at the age of 17 to help pay for college after graduating high school. The idea came from a family friend, Peter Buck, who was co-founder and provided the $1,000 to start the business.

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“I knew nothing about making sandwiches, nor the food industry,” DeLuca later wrote in a book.

DeLuca and Buck opened their first store in Bridgeport, Connecticut, in August 1965 under the name “Pete’s Super Submarines,” with the priciest sub selling for 69 cents. The name was changed to the snappier “Subway” in 1968, and the pair decided to start franchising to fuel the chain’s growth.

By 1988, the company had 2,000 locations. By 1990, it reached the 5,000-store mark. And by 1994, it had more than 8,000 locations.

Subway, based in Milford, Connecticut, is privately held and has given the public few glimpses into its inner workings. But in July 2013, the company announced that DeLuca had been diagnosed with leukemia. It said DeLuca was in regular contact with his management team, but on a reduced basis as he received treatment.

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Earlier this summer, Subway announced that DeLuca’s younger sister, Suzanne Greco, would take over as president and oversee day-to-day operations.

In his book “Start Small Finish Big: Fifteen Key Lessons to Start – and Run – Your Own Successful Business,” DeLuca recalled living in public housing in the Bronx as a child. His father hadn’t graduated high school, but his mother had stressed the importance of education while growing up.

After he graduated high school, DeLuca had planned on becoming a doctor. That was why he started the sub shop with Buck – to support his college education.

“It wasn’t intended to support me forever,” DeLuca wrote.

DeLuca is survived by his wife, son and sister, according to Subway.


Phyllis Whitsell was always told her biological parents had died of tuberculosis, but she never really believed it.

“Throughout my childhood I was convinced, somehow, that my mother was alive. I told myself that one day, when I was old enough, I would track her down,” the 59-year-old told the Birmingham Mail.

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Abandoned at eight months old and adopted at age 4, Whitsell was raised in Birmingham, U.K., and grew up to become a nurse.

Determined to find her birth parents, she tracked down her original birth certificate and even found a staff member at the orphanage where she was left as a baby.

“She was reluctant to tell me much about my mother but it was clear that she disapproved of her,” said Whitsell. “I had no idea why – I thought it was just because she had handed me over to the orphanage at such a young age.”

After more investigating, Whitsell found her mother, Bridget Ryan. She was an alcoholic living in the red light district of Birmingham, known locally as “Tipperary Mary.”

“She wasn’t the fairy-tale figure I had imagined, but she was still my mother,” said Whitsell.

As a district nurse, Whitsell decided on her own to include Bridget in her daily visitation route, taking care of her ill mother.

“I took her clean clothes, bathed her wounds and got her to talk about the five children she had given away, including me,” said Whitsell.

“The day she spoke affectionately of ‘little Phyllis’ and told me my birth date accurately was the best, and the worst, day of my life.”

From 1981, Whitsell took care of Bridget until her death in 1990. She never told Bridget who she really was.

Whitsell continues to take care of others in a nursing home and has written a book called Finding Tipperary Mary about finding and getting to know her mother.


Stephen Colbert asked tennis star Novak Djokovic – fresh off his U.S. Open grand slam win – to help him start Monday night’s show and you might get a kick out of how Colbert protected himself.

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“Champion Novak Djokovic is going to fire tennis balls at me,” The Late Show host explained as he headed to the rear of the stage to retrieve a hidden object. “While I protect myself with Captain America’s shield.”

“In this scenario, I’m the new Captain America and you’re the captain of Hydra’s tennis team.”

‘Cap’ went on to ask the world’s top-ranked male player how hard his serve can be.

“130 miles per hour,” Djokovic replied. That’s 209 kilometres per hour.

The Serbian nailed Colbert with his first shot. And even though it looked like he took some steam off of it, that’s much better than having to look for a new Late Show host…again.


EDMONTON – An Edmonton Catholic School Board meeting got extremely heated Tuesday evening as trustees were expected to vote on a proposed policy regarding gender identity and inclusion.

After several hours of back and forth, the topic was eventually put off until next month’s meeting. That decision had a member of Edmonton’s transgender community calling on Alberta’s education minister to step in.

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“I call on the Minister of Education, David Eggen, to immediately address this issue by imposing an appropriate policy or desolving (sp) the ECSD Board of Trustees. Further, I call on the Minister to set guidelines for all school boards in Alberta to follow in such cases,” Marni Panas wrote in a blog following the meeting Tuesday.

The proposed policy, which Panas was involved in drafting, would allow students to use the washrooms and change rooms with which they identify, play on sports teams of their choosing and change their school records to align with their gender identities.

Panas said via 桑拿会所 she was in tears watching the meeting online from overseas.

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The policy was developed after controversy arose over a transgender elementary school student who wanted to use the girls’ washroom. She was told by a teacher that she had to use the school’s gender-neutral bathroom instead.

Education Minister David Eggen said Wednesday morning he found the comments made by some of the trustees. to be “entirely unacceptable and quite disturbing.”

“What is a sensitive, important issue in regards to human rights broke and dissolved into acrimony,” said Eggen. “I don’t expect that I will see that again and if it does so there will be consequences.”

“I expect a higher standard from all elected officials here, generally in Alberta, and specifically with Edmonton Catholic.”

Eggen said he spoke with board chair Debbie Engel Wednesday morning and she assured him the board “will move forward to build a coherent transgender policy.”

Eggen said he will be monitoring the situation very carefully and expects it will be dealt with as soon as possible.

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“We know that it is our responsibility under the School Act and the responsibility of Edmonton Catholic under the School Act to ensure that we have safe, caring and secure places for all students.”

The girl’s mother, who has asked her name not be published, spoke before the meeting Tuesday to say she was there “not only for my child but all the transgender children in the Catholic system.”

“Today is not only about the rights, responsibility and obligations of care of all children, it’s also about accountability of our actions,” the mother said before getting cut off due to a three-minute time allowance.

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Before discussions on the policy began Tuesday, Trustee Cindy Olsen hoped to pass an amendment to drop the topic from the agenda. Olsen said the board needed more time to discuss the draft policy and consult with parents.

“My intention was to give the board time to discuss and provide an opportunity for consultation on an inclusion policy.  My comments and intent last night was to remove the item temporarily from the agenda which would give us time to discuss and consult with our community,” Olsen said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.

After pushback from other trustees – Vice-Chair Marilyn Bergstra in particular – a vote was held and the discussion went ahead as planned. Tempers in the room and on social media quickly flared, with a clear divide on the topic.

In the end, trustees voted in favour of referring the vote on the policy until Oct. 15 with the hope that more discussion and consultation can take place.

The trustees then voted to end the meeting. All other issues on Tuesday’s agenda were put on hold.

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Following the meeting, Archbishop Richard Smith released the statement below, saying in part, “The Council of Catholic School Superintendents of Alberta has approved a resource document intended to assist Catholic school divisions in formulating policies and procedures to address the needs of students around gender identity and expression.”

The Archbishop encouraged trustees to consider CCSSA resources when drafting district policies.

Read the full statement below. 

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With files from Kent Morrison, Slav Kornik, Global News.


MONTREAL – The head of the Quebec Bar Association is stepping down.

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Lu Chan Khuong made it official in a joint statement Tuesday with the association, just days after both sides said they reached a mediated agreement over her suspension.

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Khuong was suspended by the board on July 1 after it was revealed she had been the subject of a shoplifting complaint at a Laval clothing store in April 2014.

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She was never charged in connection with the incident and the matter was dealt with non-judicially at the time.