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The thousands of young people graduating from Atlantic Canada’s colleges and universities every year shouldn’t have to look for work outside the region’s borders now that technology has made it so much easier for the world to come to them, says Dino Trevisani, president of IBM Canada.
While it’s true the region continues to lose young people to out-migration, IBM’s decision to create a series of entrepreneurial hubs with the help of provincial governments, colleges and universities has helped stem the tide of lost talent, Trevisani said in a speech Monday to a group of academics, business leaders and politicians gathered at the Halifax Central Library.
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“You have 20,000 graduates coming out of colleges and universities every year, and that’s music to our ears when we hear about that kind of talent,” he said. “What better environment to work in than to look out at the bay and participate in the culture, the history and the beauty of this environment – not to mention the lobster. That’s what people are looking for. They’re looking for that lifestyle.”
Trevisani, who is originally from Hamilton, Ont., said IBM’s Client Innovation Centre in Halifax, which opened in 2013, serves as a good example of how the best talent doesn’t always gravitate to the big cities.
When the centre opened, it had 70 employees and three local clients. A little over three years later, the centre employs 500 people serving more than 30 clients from around the world.
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“That centre is the best performing delivery centre for IBM in the world,” he said. “That’s where our market is. It’s the world. And we want to serve that market from right here with our talented people.”
He said the workers in Halifax are young, well-educated, loyal to the company and well paid.
“They want to stay here and be part of the community,” the senior executive said. “I’m sitting in Toronto saying, ‘They don’t need to come here.’ We can create jobs and opportunities for them there.”
Trevisani also pointed to the company’s cyber security research and customer support centre in Fredericton, which was established in 2011 after IBM acquired Q1 Labs. Its QRadar security intelligence platform was developed in Fredericton, in partnership with the University of New Brunswick.
The acquisition prompted IBM to form its security division, which has grown into a $2-billion business employing 7,500 researchers, developers and security experts in 36 locations worldwide.
“QRadar is the hottest cyber security product in the world – and it’s built in Fredericton,” said Trevisani.
The Fredericton office started with 40 employees. It now has 400.
Trevisani also cited top-notch work being done in St. John’s, N.L., at the Centre for Health Informatics and Analytics, which was developed in partnership with Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Trevisani’s 28-year career at IBM has included stints in finance, business management, sales and marketing and global executive assignments. He holds MBAs from both Queen’s University’s School of Business in Kingston, Ont., and Cornell University’s Johnson School of Management in Ithaca, N.Y.
READ MORE: Program aims to keep N.S. job seekers in the province
He told the crowd his parents left Italy and arrived at the Port of Halifax to start a new life in Canada in 1952. His mother picked fruit and later worked as a cook, and his father worked at the Stelco steel mills in Hamilton.
“I wish I could have stayed in Hamilton and had a career there,” he said.
When he was hired in early 2015 to oversee IBM Canada’s 14,000 employees, he said he noticed that far too many Canadians were having to uproot themselves to succeed in high-tech.
“My ambition, when I came here, was to change that,” he said. “That’s been my inspiration.”
He said most Canadian universities are doing their part to help, and most provincial governments have stepped up to do the same.
As for IBM, he said the company is committed to building entrepreneurial networks by making technology available to universities and colleges, giving students potential access to global markets.
“That way, they never have to leave Canada … That’s my vision and that’s my aspiration.”
Health Canada says the seizure of liquid fentanyl in Hamilton, Ont., earlier this month was not the first time it was discovered in Canada, contrary to reports from Hamilton police.
Police announced Wednesday a liquid drug sample found during a raid on a Marilyn Court home May 26 had tested positive for the potentially fatal painkiller, after recovering a small container they originally thought was GHB or the “date rape drug.”
Police charged three suspects in the raid and seized a large amount of hash, cocaine, psilocybin “magic” mushrooms, ritalin, oxycodone, hydromorphone, synthetic THC, marijuana and cash worth an estimated $230,000.
READ MORE: Liquid fentanyl found in Canada for first time after Ontario drug raid: police
Hamilton police investigators then sent the liquid sample to Health Canada’s Drug Analysis Service (DAS) laboratories and said after consulting with the RCMP they had determined it was the first time that fentanyl was identified in Canada in liquid form.
But Health Canada said Monday that not only was this not the first case of liquid fentanyl in Canada, but that the sample had been returned to police months before the announcement was made.
“In the past, liquid samples have tested positive for fentanyl,” Health Canada spokeswoman Renelle Briand said in an emailed statement to Global News.
“The DAS returns results to the submitting officer within the 60-day service standard. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the DAS has the capacity to complete rush requests within 48 hours.”
READ MORE: Canadian couple charged for allegedly importing, exporting fentanyl
Briand could not specify when, where or how much liquid fentanyl had previously been identified by Health Canada in the past.
She added the Hamilton sample was submitted to the DAS laboratory on June 20, more than a month after the initial raid, and a rush request had not been submitted by police.
“On July 8, 2016 DAS contacted the Hamilton Police Services by phone to inform them of the result,” Briand said, which was almost four months before the announcement was made by police.
“The certificate of analysis was returned to the submitting officer on July 12, 2016 by Canada Post.”
READ MORE: Experts sound alarm after 40% increase of fentanyl-laced street drugs tested in Canada
Hamilton police and the RCMP did not immediately respond for requests for comment.
The Hamilton Spectator received an emailed message attributed to Det.-Sgt. Frank Mossuto that acknowledged the service was notified about the liquid fentanyl in July and that the discovery spurred “research” into the various forms of the drug, as well as an unspecified proposal related to anti-overdose kits.
Police said fentanyl can show up on the Canadian black market either by legal prescriptions being diverted illegally or through the smuggling of bootleg versions of the drug from countries such as China.
Global News obtained data from Health Canada late last month that showed fentanyl was found in 2,503 drug samples submitted by Canadian law enforcement agencies so far in 2016, a 43 per cent increase from the 1,749 drug samples submitted in all of 2015.
WATCH: Fentanyl identified in more than 40 per cent of street drugs tested in Canada
Ontario saw a dramatic 35 per cent spike in the number of drugs containing fentanyl this year compared to last year, according to Health Canada, with 609 samples testing positive for the drug to date in 2016 up from 450 last year.
In 2014, more than 700 people died in Ontario from opioid-related overdoses, a 266 per cent increase since 2002, according to the ministry. The latest data from Ontario’s chief coroner for 2015 showed there were 529 opioid overdoses in Ontario — 162 of which involved fentanyl.
A Health Canada spokeswoman previously said the drugs analyzed likely represent a “subset” of those seized by law enforcement agencies, which would in turn speak to a larger number of drugs available on the black market.
Police said a lethal dose of the painkiller is estimated by Health Canada to be as little as two milligrams in a typical adult —; the equivalent of two grains of salt.
READ MORE: Ontario expands use of Suboxone to battle growing opioid crisis
Fentanyl is also estimated to be up to 100 times more powerful than morphine and police said the drug could easily be absorbed through the skin in its liquid state.
The opioid “public health crisis” has spread across the country touching almost every province, with several provincial health agencies rushing to implement new measures to battle the deadly drug amid increased police reports of fentanyl mixed with illicit drugs.
On Oct. 12, Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins announced a new opioid strategy in the province to combat the increasing number of overdoses and deaths. The plan includes offering the opiate overdose medication naloxone free of charge going forward.
As the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve, many people search for the all-important New Year’s Eve kiss — maybe with a significant other or a mysterious stranger.
If you choose to celebrate the age-old tradition by locking lips with someone, get inspired by some of the best on-screen clock-strikes-midnight lip-locks from movies and TV.
1. When Harry Met Sally
How often does “I hate you” lead to a kiss? Harry (Billy Crystal) gives an adorably dorky speech and gets to seal the deal with a kiss from Sally (Meg Ryan).
Spoiler alert: This movie ends with one of the most famous New Year’s Eve kisses of all time.
2. About a Boy
Will Freeman (Hugh Grant) and Rachel (Rachel Weisz) share a super-sweet New Year’s Eve kiss in this movie. The two meet at a New Year’s Eve party where the romance begins and Will lies to her about having a son.
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Spoiler alert: All it takes for Will to grow up is a kiss from Rachel.
3. Gossip Girl
Serena (Blake Lively) and Dan (Penn Badgley) share a super sweet smooch on New Year’s Eve in the Upper East Side of New York.
Spoiler alert: This episode in particular is good, but is full of flashbacks that may leave some viewers confused.
You can always count on Friends. Chandler (Matthew Perry) and Monica (Courteney Cox) were secretly dating, and desperately wanted to kiss when the clock hit midnight. Joey (Matt LeBlanc) helped them seal the deal by organizing kisses between all the friends on New Years Eve.
Spoiler alert: Joey is the ultimate matchmaker, “Who you kissing at midnight?”
5. The OC
Before Marissa (Mischa Barton) switched schools and moved into a trailer on The O.C., she and Ryan (Ben McKenzie) were busy being very in love. Just as Marissa unhappily comes to terms with the fact she’ll be spending the rest of NYE with her friend Oliver, Ryan rushes to the party. He gets there just in time to kiss Marissa.
Here is the slow-motion kiss that will go down in history for teen dramedies.
Spoiler alert: If cheesy slow-mo running makes you anxious, this isn’t the New Year’s Eve episode for you.
6. Bridget Jone’s Diary
This post-Christmas kiss between Bridget Jones (Renee Zellweger) and Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) can warm anyone’s heart on a cold winter night. She runs down the street in her underwear to get that New Year’s Eve smooch.
Spoiler alert: This movie starts on one New Year’s Eve and ends on the next.
7. New Year’s Eve
Paul (Zac Efron) and Ingrid (Michelle Pfeiffer) share a passionate New Year’s Eve kiss. Paul helps Ingrid cross off a cute item on her resolutions list. This movie grabbed a lot of headlines after showcasing the kiss between Efron, who was 24 years old at the time of filming, and Pfeiffer, who was 53. Efron claims the kiss is “the best part of the movie!”
Spoiler alert: There was no actual kiss in the original scene, but the two suggested it to director Garry Marshall.
8. The Godfather II
It’s not a romantic kiss but it is one of the most famous kisses of death. It happens when Don Corleone (Al Pacino) gives his brother, Fredo Corleone (John Cazale), a smooch after he discovers Fredo betrayed him by taking part in an assassination plot.
Spoiler alert: This crime drama about the Italian mob in the first half of the 20th century isn’t your typical holiday film but the kiss of death happens during a New Year’s Eve scene.
9. The 5 Year Engagement
Tom Solomon (Jason Segel) and Violet Barnes (Emily Blunt) meet at a “make up your own super hero party” on New Years Eve. She dressed as Princess Diana and he dressed as some sort of super bunny. Their relationship kicked off with a New Year’s kiss.
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Spoiler alert: 365 days later they get engaged just as New Year’s Eve fireworks begin.
10. Charlie Brown
Charlie Brown attempts to read War and Peace by Leo Tolstroy for a book report on Dec. 31, but instead of keeping him awake, the book ends up putting him to sleep. Though he misses the countdown, he still gets a kiss on the cheek from Marcie when she and Peppermint Patty show up at his house after midnight.
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Spoiler alert: No holiday would be complete without a Charlie Brown special.
Half of Canadians don’t trust Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, but a slight majority of them would still vote for her, according to a new poll.
An Ipsos poll for Global News found that 51 per cent of respondents would vote Clinton if they could vote in the U.S. election. This is far more than the percentage who said they would choose Republican Donald Trump – 13 per cent.
According to the poll, more people would abstain from voting entirely or choose a third party candidate than vote Trump. One in five people said they would stay home.
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CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs Darrell Bricker thinks that this could indicate dissatisfaction with the choices. “It’s not like there is a particularly inspiring choice like a Barack Obama on the ballot,” he said. However, he points out that 32 per cent of Canadians decided not to vote in their own election in 2015.
Half of respondents said that they don’t trust Hillary Clinton, according to the poll results. But for a politician, that’s not bad, said Bricker. “Most politicians don’t get that high,” he said. “In fact when you go and ask people about federal politicians in general, not naming anybody specific, it’s usually in the single digits.”
Only about 17 per cent of Canadian respondents say that they trust Donald Trump.
Trump just rubs a lot of Canadians the wrong way, said Bricker. “Tolerance is one of those things in Canada that we see as being really, really important. If there is a defining element on how Canadians feel about their country and their values, tolerance is a big part and to them, he’s come across as a very intolerant candidate.”
“And just the hucksterism, the very loud ugly American kind of part of it, is obviously something that we in our bones, that Canadians respond negatively to.”
READ MORE: Canadians would consider voting for Donald Trump-like candidate – Ipsos poll
Whatever the outcome, Canadians are watching. Fifty-eight per cent of respondents said that they were closely following the election. “It’s pretty compelling television,” said Bricker.
News media has been following the ups and downs of the campaign, but it’s also dominating social media, he said. “You’ve got people doing and saying things in national politics in the United States that normally you would only see out of very extreme candidates.”
“It’s the ultimate reality TV series.”
Exclusive Global News Ipsos polls are protected by copyright. The information and/or data may only be rebroadcast or republished with full and proper credit and attribution to “Global News Ipsos.”
This Ipsos poll on behalf of Global News was an online survey of 1,007 Canadians conducted between Oct. 28-31. The results were weighted to better reflect the composition of the adult Canadian population, according to census data. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is considered accurate to within plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre is defending himself against accusations he triggered an investigation by city police into a journalist’s sources.
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La Presse reported that columnist Patrick Lagacé was targeted twice by city police for surveillance – once in 2014 and again this year.
READ MORE: Mixed reaction at Montreal City Hall over police spying scandal
According to the La Presse columnist, the police opened a criminal investigation to determine which officers spoke to him, after he was looking into a ticket given to Coderre in 2012.
READ MORE: La Presse says Montreal police placed journalist Patrick Lagacé’s phone under surveillance
Coderre said Monday he contacted then-police chief Marc Parent in 2014 to ask questions after he was worried that he might be under surveillance.
He said the incident with Lagacé was the final straw in what appeared to be a string of leaks from police sources about him.
“Sometimes you rightfully have the capacity to ask questions. It doesn’t mean because you ask a question, you are saying go after that person,” he said. “I will never do that.”
READ MORE: 3 other journalists allegedly under surveillance by Montreal police
Coderre said he never asked Parent to investigate a reporter or another officer, but simply wanted to tell the chief he felt he was being unfairly targeted.
“I never mix police and politics,” he said. “No matter what some people try to interpret.”
But opposition parties insist he should apologize and acknowledge he made a poor decision.
Latest on Lagacé: @projetmontreal calling on @DenisCoderre to apologize ASAP for making “requests” to #SPVM.
— Felicia Parrillo (@feliciaparrillo) November 7, 2016
“”What a total lack of judgement,” said Luc Ferrandez, interim leader of Projet Montréal and Plateau Mont-Royal borough mayor.
“A simple citizen that can make a convocation with the director of the police, who votes on the budget of the police, who can fire the director of the police at any time.”
“A simple demand by the mayor is not a simple demand by a citizen.”
[email protected] says Coderre admitted to being implicated in spying scandal so that’s why he’s been so supportive of Pichet.
— Felicia Parrillo (@feliciaparrillo) November 7, 2016
“He can’t jump in and out of mayorship and citizenship as it suits him,`explained political analyst Karim Boulos.
“I think, when it’s something that involves him, he must recuse himself of his mayoral duties in a particular file.”
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– with files from .
Award season began in Hollywood on Sunday with the 20th annual Hollywood Film Awards.
Winners such as Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro used their speeches to urge American voters to vote this Tuesday.
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Accepting an award for his documentary “Before the Flood,” DiCaprio talked about climate change as “an urgent threat to life on earth as we know it.”
“Please vote on November 8th,” said the 41 year-old. “Vote for people who believe in the science of climate change.”
READ MORE: De Niro says he’d like to punch Trump ‘in the face’
Robert De Niro openly urged support for Hillary Clinton on stage.
The 73-year-old used his speech to compare the possibility of a Donald Trump president to the “insane” character in the Stanley Kubrick movie ”Dr. Strangelove” from 1964.
“Wacky comedies right? Well, not so fast”, said the actor.
“We have the opportunity to prevent a comedy from turning into a tragedy,” he said.
WATCH: Robert De Niro compares Trump to ‘lunatic’ leaders in ‘Dr. Strangelove,’ ‘Duck Soup’
-With files from The Associated Press
More than one hundred people came together to pray for the safe return of a missing New Westminster mother in a special gathering in Stanley Park Monday night.
Thirty-two-year-old Florence Leung went missing on Tuesday, Oct.25. She was last seen leaving her home in New Westminster, alone in her white Audi Q5. Her car was found abandoned in Stanley Park the next day. North Shore Rescue searched for Leung in Stanley Park until Thursday afternoon before police suspended the search after finding no signs of her.
On Oct. 30, police released surveillance footage of Leung in a West End convenience store the night of her disappearance.
The footage, recovered from the City Park Express store on the 700-block of Denman Street, shows Leung purchasing Gatorade and a banana with cash on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at around 6:15 p.m.
WATCH: The family of a missing New Westminster mother is appealing to the public after new surveillance video surfaced showing Florence Leung hours after she disappeared last Tuesday
New Westminster Police say they don’t suspect any foul play.
However, investigators looking into Leung’s disappearance say she may be experiencing postpartum depression and they are concerned for her well-being.
Postpartum depression is a condition that may start during pregnancy or at any time up to a year after the birth of a child.
It is estimated anywhere from six to 13 per cent of moms in Canada experience the condition.
WATCH: Understanding postpartum depression
Leung is described as Chinese, approximately 5’6” tall, with a slim build, long black hair and black eyes. Officers are actively investigating locations where Leung may be and are following up on all possible leads.
Rally organizers say dozens of family, friends and complete strangers have come together to canvass for Leung over the past two weeks.
Leung’s husband, Kim Chen, spoke at the rally and thanked the community for its support, adding the past two weeks have been the hardest time of his life.
“I miss Florence terribly,” said Chen. “We want to let Florence know that so many people care for her, love her and want her to be safe and well.”
Kimi Nomura Schwab, one of the rally organizers with Vancity Mom Squad, says she didn’t know Florence or her family, but being a mom to an 11-month-old boy, she wanted to help out any way she could.
“I am just out there to help support the family. It completely hits home,” said Nomura Schwab.
She says the Vancity Mom Squad held a postpartum depression awareness event in July.
“That was right around the time when Florence had her baby,” said Nomura Schwab. “If we only had been able to reach out to her, have her there and listen to other moms share their stories and say it will get better, we feel this would have been a different outcome.
A list of candidates for the upcoming Blood Tribe Chief and Council election was released over the weekend.
Five people are running for chief:
Roy FoxJordan Mathew HeadWallace Mountain HorseChristopher ShadeShannon Anndrea Wells
Current Chief Charles Weaselhead isn’t seeking re-election after being elected to three terms in 2004, 2008 and 2012.
Election day is Nov. 22, with an advance poll in Calgary on Nov. 15.
READ MORE: Chief and council election coming soon for Blood First Nation
There are 115 candidates for the 12 councillor spots.
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UPDATE (Nov.7, 2016): Christopher Malloy was handed a prison sentence of two years less a day in court Monday morning for causing a crash that left a Surrey dad paralyzed in 2015. He will also face a three-year driving ban after he completes his prison sentence. More to come.
Sentencing decision has been adjourned on Wednesday for the impaired driver who left a Surrey hockey dad paralyzed following a serious collision.
Gurb Aujla was driving his 10-year-old son home from a hockey practice in January 2015 when another vehicle, driven by a drunk driver, slammed into his car from behind while fleeing from another accident.
The impact of the collision spun Aujla’s car into oncoming traffic, where it was struck on the passenger side by another vehicle.
Aujla was left paralyzed from the chest down and was told he will never walk again. His son escaped with minor physical injuries.
The driver involved, Christopher Malloy, pleaded guilty to three counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm and one count of failing to remain at the accident scene.
At a sentencing hearing earlier this month, the court heard Malloy’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was more than three times the legal limit.
Court also heard Malloy has struggled with alcohol addiction since he was 17 years old. He’s now 52. Malloy’s lawyer said he has sought counselling since the crash and has not gotten behind the wheel of a vehicle. He’s also been sober for the past 18 months — the longest stretch of sobriety to date.
Crown is asking for 12 to 18 months in prison on the bodily harm convictions and 60 days for failure to remain at the scene, as well as a three-year driving ban.
Today, the judge made the decision to adjourn the case because he was concerned the sentencing range recommendation was not appropriate.
But Amy Aujla, Gurb’s wife, wants to see a tougher sentence.
“I am very disappointed that they’re asking for a lower sentence,” Amy said.
Through tears, members of the Aujla family read victim impact statements in court. Amy described how their four children have struggled to cope with the diagnosis. While their son suffered only minor physical injuries in the crash, Amy said his spirit was crushed, describing him as withdrawn.
Their youngest child — the Aujla’s only daughter — has struggled the most.
In his own statement, Gurb said he’s been given a life sentence.
“Because he chose to drive like a speeding bullet, I’ve lost three-quarters of my life.”
A long history of offences
Malloy’s driving record shows convictions for careless driving and speeding in the past, as well as six prior 24-hour driving prohibitions, three of which involved alcohol.
As far as MADD Metro Vancouver’s Bob Rorison is concerned, Malloy’s licence should have been revoked years ago.
“He just simply didn’t care and what he did that night, he’s done it repeatedly,” Rorison said. “He was heading down the highway at 150 kilometres an hour – 100 miles an hour – and it was only a matter of time, you could see.”
Crown said his driving record is a key aggravating factor in the case.
Defence agreed with Crown’s sentencing submission, but is asking for a sentence on the lower end of the spectrum.
Speaking in court, Malloy apologized for what happened.
“I can never say or do anything to repair what I’ve done,” he said. “This has been most difficult for not just me but for everyone involved.”
~With files from Nadia Stewart
WASHINGTON — Every presidential race has its big moments. This one, more than most.
A look back at some of the historic, amusing and cringe-inducing events of Campaign 2016.
Donald Trump’s long ride down the escalator at Trump Tower to announce his presidential bid in June 2015 wasn’t huge news at the time. It only merited a mention on page 16 of his hometown newspaper, The New York Times. But his 45-minute speech laid out a road map for the next 500 days.
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It had denunciations of rapists from Mexico, the promise to build a border wall, complaints that the United States doesn’t win anymore, assertions that the U.S. should have taken Iraq’s oil before the Islamic State group got it, rants against “stupid” trade deals and many more themes Trump has hammered on ever since.
Raise you hand
WATCH ABOVE: Trump steals spotlight in Republican Presidential candidates debate
Trump jolted the first Republican debate in August 2015 when he was the sole candidate among 10 men on the stage to raise his hand to signal he wouldn’t pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee.
The best he could offer: “I can totally make the pledge if I’m the nominee.”
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This was the same debate where Trump mixed it up with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly over his history of intemperate comments about women, foreshadowing a running campaign theme. Trump answered Kelly’s question about whether he was part of the “war on women” with a riff against political correctness.
Those ‘damn emails’
WATCH ABOVE: FBI will not change decision regarding Hillary Clinton’s emails
Hillary Clinton got a gift from Bernie Sanders in the first Democratic debate, in October 2015, when he seconded her dismay at all the focus on her use of a private email setup as secretary of state. “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails,” Sanders said.
READ MORE: FBI says review of Clinton emails over, she should not face charges
That took some air out of the controversy, but it never fully went away. In July, FBI Director James Comey announced he would not recommend charges against Clinton over the email issue, but said she and her aides had been “extremely careless” in handling classified information.
In the campaign’s closing days, Clinton’s momentum slowed after the FBI announced it was investigating whether there was classified information in newly discovered emails. Then, just two days before the election, Comey said the new batch of emails hadn’t changed the FBI’s conclusions that Clinton shouldn’t face charges. Republicans in Congress were sure to have more questions.
Small hands. Eww!
WATCH ABOVE: Donald Trump rejects small hands claims, calls them ‘beautiful’
A Republican debate last March strayed into cringe-inducing territory when Trump brought up GOP rival Marco Rubio’s mocking reference to his “small hands” and then volunteered some reassurance about the size of his genitals.
Trump told his debate audience and millions of TV viewers: “He referred to my hands, if they’re small, something else must be small. I guarantee you: There’s no problem, I guarantee.” The arbiters of good taste had a problem with that.
A ceiling shattered
WATCH ABOVE: Hillary Clinton explains what she believes in at the DNC
She wore white, the colour of suffragettes. Clinton stood before voters at the Democrats’ Philadelphia convention in July and at last claimed the presidential nomination of a major party for women. “I’m so happy this day has come,” she told cheering supporters.
READ MORE: ‘We just put the biggest crack in that glass ceiling yet,’ Clinton says
“Happy for grandmothers and little girls and everyone in between. Happy for boys and men, too. Because when any barrier falls in America, for anyone, it clears the way for everyone.” Clinton had finally shattered that “glass ceiling” she cracked in the 2008 campaign.
WATCH ABOVE: Clinton labels half of Trump supporters as ‘deplorables’
Clinton drew laughter when she told supporters at a private fundraiser in September that half of Trump supporters could be lumped into a “basket of deplorables” — denouncing them as “racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, Islamophobic, you name it.”
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No one was laughing when her remarks became public. Clinton did a partial rollback, saying she’d been “grossly generalistic” and regretted saying the label fit “half” of Trump’s supporters. But she didn’t back down from the general sentiment, saying, “He has built his campaign largely on prejudice and paranoia and given a national platform to hateful views and voices.”
A real stumble
WATCH ABOVE: video shows Hillary Clinton leaving 9/11 ceremony after becoming ‘overheated’
There are always stumbles in a presidential campaign. Clinton took a real one in September when she became overheated while attending a 9/11 memorial service in New York. It turned out she was suffering from pneumonia, a condition she’d hidden from the public and most of her aides. That gave Trump an opening to press his case that Clinton lacks the “stamina” to be president.
‘You can do anything’
WATCH: Donald Trump caught making vulgar comments about women in 2005 leaked tape
Trump’s living-large persona is part of his appeal for many people. But the leaked release in October of a 2005 video in which Trump boasted about groping women’s genitals and kissing them without permission threw his campaign into crisis. Politicians in both parties denounced Trump and some said he should drop out of the race.
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Trump apologized, but wrote off his videotaped comments as mere “locker-room banter.” He denied engaging in the kind of predatory activity he’d laughed about. But a string of women came forward to say he’d made unwanted sexual advances toward them.
He went there
WATCH ABOVE: Trump goes on the offensive against Bill Clinton
Trump toyed throughout the campaign with bringing up allegations about Bill Clinton’s past sexual misconduct. Trump went there in a big way in October at the second presidential debate, seating three of the former president’s accusers in the front row for the faceoff. “Bill Clinton was abusive to women,” Trump said. “Hillary Clinton attacked those same women and attacked them viciously.”
He wouldn’t go there
WATCH ABOVE: Trump promises to accept election results, if he wins.
As Trump’s standing in the polls faltered, he cranked up his claims that the election was being rigged against him. Asked in the final presidential debate if he would accept the results of the election, Trump refused to go there.
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Pressed on the matter by the debate moderator, Trump said: “I will tell you at the time. I’ll keep you in suspense.” It was a startling statement that raised uncertainty about the peaceful transfer of power after the election. Even the Republican National Committee disavowed Trump’s statement.