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The long snapper for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Jorgen Hus, brought raffle tickets and an anti-bullying message to the home of Canadian Red Cross supporters Monday.

Hus is an ambassador with the Red Cross’ Imagine No Bullying campaign.

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    He’s one of the Riders that travel around the province doing workshops with kids about bullying.

    “A lot of it is … the prevention, teaching kids tools, when they see it, what to do,” Hus said.

    For three-year-old Mackenzie Brown and her eight-year-old brother Jordan in Saskatoon, it was a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”

    “It’s a thing you should keep for your entire life,” Jordan said.

    Jordan, a flag football player, had the chance to work on his skills with the Red Cross ambassador.

    “It’s the best part about playing. Game days are fun when you’ve got 30,000 plus fans screaming – that’s fun. But these are the moments you remember years down the road,” Hus said.

    READ MORE: Riders head coach/GM Chris Jones downplays Durant’s comments about contract talks

    Hus’s visit comes as the Red Cross raises money for its 22nd annual Campaign for Kids Raffle, which has over $60,000 in cash prizes for ticket holders in Saskatchewan.

    Tickets are available here.

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A panel of Alberta Court of Appeal justices has reserved its decision as to the fate of Nicholas Rasberry, a Calgary man convicted of killing his neighbour more than three years ago.

READ MORE: ‘I pray every night for justice for Craig’ – Calgary murder victim’s mother

Rasberry was convicted of manslaughter in the death of Craig Kelloway, a Calgary teacher.

The prosecution asked for a murder conviction, while defence proposed Rasberry be acquitted.

Kelloway was stabbed 37 times in Rasberry’s Auburn Bay home on May 4, 2013.

Watch below: Global’s past coverage of the Nicholas Rasberry case

Nicholas Rasberry sentenced in manslaughter of Craig Kelloway

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Nicholas Rasberry sentenced in manslaughter of Craig Kelloway

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Craig Kelloway’s family vows fight for justice isn’t over

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‘He got away with murder’: Mother of Craig Kelloway outraged at lesser charge

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Court reviews video interview of suspect hours after Craig Kelloway was murdered



The Crown pointed to the fact that three knives were used as proof it was not self defence, suggesting Rasberry made a choice to “put Mr. Kelloway down.”

Defence argued Kelloway was threatening to rape Rasberry and that he was provoked.

“Is there a rape victim that’s not provoked?” defence lawyer Hersh Wolch said to the court.

“To be fair—he wasn’t raped,” one of the appeal justices clarified.

Watch below: Global’s past coverage of the 911 call played in court during the Nicholas Rasberry case

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    The 911 call made by Rasberry was again played in court.

    Rasberry told the operator: “Kelloway tried to f—; me in the ass.”

    When the operator guided him through CPR, Rasberry can be heard telling Kelloway he hated him.

    “The guy just tried to rape me,” Rasberry said.

    The original trial judge found Rasberry was not acting in self defence, but also said he didn’t feel there was an intent to kill.

    READ MORE: Court shown video of crime scene knives during Rasberry murder trial

    Last December, Rasberry was sentenced to seven years in jail—but with credit for time served he was left with five years and four months in his sentence.

    Soon after, the Court of Appeal granted Rasberry bail pending the appeal.

    The victim’s family has told Global News they want a new trial.

    READ MORE: Killer Nicholas Rasberry freed on bail pending appeal of manslaughter conviction

    “The best-case scenario would be for the second-degree murder charge to be applied and he be given the maximum sentence,” family friend Keith MacIntyre told Global News Tuesday.

    MacIntyre said Kelloway’s parents have been feeling the stress of the ongoing battle for justice in the case.

    “It’s taken its toll on them mentally and physically,” he said.

    “You never really get past it and we think about Craig every day,” MacIntyre said. “We won’t give up on the fight for justice if this appeal doesn’t give us the results we’re hoping for…we’ll take it to the next step [Supreme Court] if it doesn’t go our way.”

“Happy Birthday Adolf Hitler, Happy Birthday to you,” the voice of a teenager singing to Hitler is jarring.

Then the young woman in the video acknowledges how most people would react.

“I know what you guys are thinking right now, you are going, ‘Like, oh my God, how can you celebrate Hitler’s birthday? Hitler is so evil,’” she says.

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That was just one of dozens of videos posted on social media by Veronica Bouchard, described by some as one of the first female neo-Nazi YouTubers.

The Greater Toronto Area woman may also be among the youngest —; she just turned 19 this month.

Posting videos under a pseudonym, Bouchard uses racial slurs, calls for a “white” only Canada and blames increasing crime rates on immigrants and refugees.

Bouchard is angry that when returning from Germany, the Canada Border Services Agency detained her at the airport.

READ MORE: Rodrigo Duterte apologizes for Hitler comments

She said officers went through her personal diary, then seized her notebooks and laptop.

“They said, ‘We are investigating you for promotion of hate propaganda’ for what they saw I wrote,” said Bouchard.

YouTube shut down Bouchard’s account and has repeatedly pulled her videos off their site, but others have reposted them.

She said even the video where she sings Happy Birthday to Hitler shouldn’t be seen as offensive.

“I did it because it was funny,” she said.

She was asked if she thought it was funny to Jewish people whose families died in the Holocaust.

“I think if they had a sense of humour they would find it funny,” she replied. “I made that video to guide to another video where I talked about Adolf Hitler in a different [way], the German side of the story.”

Berl Nadler, Co-Chair for the Toronto Council of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs said while Canada isn’t immune to racism, Bouchard’s videos are more disturbing in that they are so “explicit” in their hatred.

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“This is Hitlerian Nazi propaganda,” Nadler said “Not only is it anti-Semitism, she hates everybody that isn’t her.”

Bouchard said she doesn’t hate, she just believes races shouldn’t mix. She said she developed her views by growing up in the multicultural community of Markham.

Nadler’s response was pretty straightforward.

“Get an education, grow up,” he said.

Bouchard argued it’s about freedom of speech and that she should be able to express her opinion, even if it goes against popular opinion.

“We are very different, and that’s OK,” she said. “It shouldn’t be taboo.”

There are a number of ways to honour the men and women who have fought for Canada this Remembrance Day in Calgary, including the Field of Crosses ceremony.

Since 2009, the field along Memorial Drive west of Centre Street has been filled with white crosses memorializing over 3,000 southern Alberta soldiers who have died in battle since the Boer War in 1899.

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READ MORE:  Volunteers gather to display 3,200 Field of Crosses along Memorial Drive in Calgary

There were sunrise and sunset ceremonies leading up to Friday, when there will be a family-friendly Remembrance Day ceremony starting at 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

There will be a few road closures to accommodate the ceremony Friday. The lower Centre Street Bridge will be closed northbound and westbound Memorial Drive at 4th Street will also be closed.

WHERE: Field of Crosses, 200 Memorial Drive N.W.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

For more information on the Field of Crosses click here.

Watch below: D-Day Veteran Kenneth Sturdy speaks to Global News Thursday about his experiences and why Remembrance Day is so important.

The Hangar Flight Museum (formerly the Aerospace Museum)

Arrive before 10:15 a.m. to ensure you get a seat. Service begins at 10:30 a.m. This year they are hoping to hold the event outside, however the ceremony will move inside if weather is poor.

Following the service the museum will remain open to the public until 4 p.m., admission is free.

WHERE: The Hangar Flight Museum, 4629 McCall Way N.E.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

For more information click here.

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Battalion Park

Many people have seen the rocks along Signal Hill that form the numbers 137, 113, 151, and 51. This is now called Battalion Park.

The rocks represent the regimental numbers of the local battalions that trained at that location in preparation for the First World War.

There will be a ceremony on the hill Friday morning hosted by the King’s Own Calgary Regiment.

Parking is limited but there is some space in the Signal Hill Shopping Centre.

WHERE: Battalion Park at Signal Hill, 3001 Signal Hill Drive S.W.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

For more information click here.

Canadian Pacific Memorial Square

A ceremony is held at the Canadian Pacific (CP) Memorial Square which was built to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War.

Over 33,000 CP employees served in the two world wars last century and the company was put at the disposal of the war effort during the Second World War.

There are a number of military personnel and service organizations participating in the ceremony, which is open to the public.

WHERE: Canadian Pacific Memorial Square, adjacent to the parking lot by the 69 Avenue and Ogden Dale Road S.E. entrance

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:40 a.m.

For more information click here.

Central Memorial Park

There is a military parade and ceremony at Calgary’s oldest park in the heart of the Beltline.

The Calgary Highlanders will host the parade along 4 Street S.W. between 12th and 13th Avenues.  The ceremony is in the Memorial Park area around the cenotaph.

WHERE: Central Memorial Park, 1221-2 Street S.W.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

WATCH:Thousands pausing to honor the men and women who fought for our freedom. There were many ceremonies around the city that paid respect to those who served and survived. As Jill Croteau reports, there was a very poignant and unique addition to the service in the heart of downtown at central memorial park.

For more information click here.

Fort Calgary

The RCMP Veterans Association facilitates a service at Fort Calgary Friday morning.

Following the service there is an Artisan’s Fair. Admission is free with a non-perishable food donation to the Veterans’ Food Bank.

WHERE: Fort Calgary, 750-9 Avenue S.E.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For more information on the ceremony or the fair click here.

Jubilee Auditorium

There is a ceremony inside the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, followed by a march along the outside of the building along the west side.

Wreaths will be laid by political, veterans’, military, civic and community organizations. Parking is free to anyone attending the ceremony, and admission to the Jubilee is also free.

WHERE: Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415-14 Avenue N.W.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (doors open at 9:30 a.m.)

For more information click here.

Kerby Centre

 The Kerby Centre hosts a free Remembrance Day ceremony followed by a musical performance by Johnny Summers. It is open to the public.

WHERE: Kerby Centre gymnasium, 1133-7 Avenue S.W.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:50 a.m. (doors open at 10:30 a.m.)

For more information click here.

The Military Museums

The Military Museums on Crowchild Trail hosts an outdoor event and organizers recommend people dress accordingly and arrive early.

Parking is limited at the site but spots are also available at the Flames Community Arena south of the museum.

The museum will remain open after the service and admission is free. There will be containers to drop off nonperishable food donations to the Veterans’ Food Bank.

Watch below: Thousands of Calgarians gathered at the Military Museum on Remembrance Day to honour those who served out country.

WHERE: The Military Museums, 4520 Crowchild Trail S.W.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

For more information click here.

Burnsland Cemetery

Many heroes representing the Canadian Military and Royal Canadian Mounted Police have been laid to rest here. Join us for a free walking tour at 2 p.m. Explore the history and stories behind some of the non-Canadian units whose members are buried in the Burnsland Field of Honour.

WHERE: 27 Ave. and Spiller Rd. SE

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m.

For more information click here.

Chinook Centre

Live buglers will perform prior to a moment of silence at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11.

WHERE: 6455 Macleod Tr. SW

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m.

For more information click here.

Kerby Centre

Doors open at 10:30 a.m. and service begins at 10:50 a.m.

WHERE: 1133 7 Ave. SW

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:50 a.m.

For more information click here.

Poppy Plaza

This park commemorates those who have served to protect our freedom and security and is open from 5 a.m.–11 p.m. daily.

WHERE: Memorial Drive at 10 St. NW

WHEN: 5 a.m.–11 p.m. daily

For more information click here.

Royal Canadian Legions

Legion members across the country organize Remembrance Day ceremonies in over 1,400 communities across Canada, including Calgary.

To find the location of a branch near you click here.

YYC Calgary International Airport

For those people travelling Friday there will be a procession and service in the domestic terminal at the YYC Calgary International Airport.

The Airport Pipe Band and Honour Guard will be joined by members of the Calgary Police Service, RCMP, Calgary Emergency Medical Services, Calgary Fire Department, Royal Air Force, British Army, Canadian Corp of Commissionaires, 604 Royal Canadian Air Cadats, Canada Border Services Agency and the United States Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection.

WHERE: Main terminal, departures level (adjacent to Montana’s Cookhouse), YYC Calgary International Airport, 2000 Airport Road N.E.

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m.

For more information click here.

Getting Around

All veterans and accompanying family members will be able to ride transit for free on Friday.

Veterans wearing uniforms or with veteran identification cards are eligible.

For more information from Calgary Transit on this or the amended service schedule click here.

LOS ANGELES – Real estate heir Robert Durst pleaded not guilty to murder Monday in the death of a friend who authorities said Durst wanted to keep from talking to investigators looking into the disappearance of his first wife.

The 73-year-old Durst, wearing a neck brace and seated in a wheelchair, entered the plea during a long-awaited appearance in a Los Angeles courtroom in the death of Susan Berman 16 years ago.

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“I do want to say here and now, though, I am not guilty,” a pale and frail-looking Durst said in court. “I did not kill Susan Berman.”

Durst’s statement came after his attorney unsuccessfully argued to ban news media cameras from the courtroom.

Prosecutors said they would not be seeking the death penalty against Durst.

Durst was already a well-known figure in his native New York. But he became a national name when HBO aired the documentary The Jinx that followed his life and cast suspicion on him involving several crimes.

WATCH: Millionaire Robert Durst back in court for another, more bizarre reason

Los Angeles County prosecutors have been seeking to bring Durst to California since shortly after his arrest in March 2015.

But he first faced a federal weapons charge in New Orleans, where he pleaded guilty in April then began serving a seven-year prison sentence in Indiana.

The arrest came just as the final episode of The Jinx was airing. The HBO documentary examined alleged ties to the killing of Berman and the death and dismemberment of his neighbour Morris Black in 2001.

READ MORE: Video appears to show murder suspect Robert Durst urinating in a CVS pharmacy

Durst testified that he killed Black in self-defence and was acquitted of murder.

Durst’s attorney, Dick DeGuerin, said Durst has been wanting to face the Los Angeles charge for the past year and a half.

“We’re glad to be here, glad to get the proceedings underway,” DeGuerin said. “Bob is not guilty. He did not kill Susan Berman, he doesn’t know who did and he’s eager to go to trial.”

The lawyer declined to answer questions from reporters, including inquiries about his client’s health.

Prosecutors also declined to comment.

Gloria Allred, a prominent attorney, told reporters that she was speaking on behalf of a woman who thought of Berman as a mother and is still devastated by her loss.

“She has been waiting a lot longer than Robert Durst’s attorneys for this day to happen,” Allred said. “She wants to have justice in this case.”

Durst, an estranged member of the family that runs 1 World Trade Center in New York, will have a hearing on Feb. 17.

FBI agents tracked Durst to a New Orleans hotel on the eve of the finale of “The Jinx.” Durst was formally arrested early on the day of the broadcast, before viewers saw him in a washroom, still wearing a live microphone and muttering, “There it is. You’re caught! What the hell did I do? Killed them all, of course.”