•   
  •   
  •   

Canada Button-pushing Edmonton toddler wins his parents a free trip to Tokyo

23:05  11 november  2019
23:05  11 november  2019 Source:   msn.com

Edmonton police budget taking $5M hit due to Alberta budget

  Edmonton police budget taking $5M hit due to Alberta budget The police service didn't give any details on how it would make up for the funding shortfall. Immediately following the tabling of the budget, Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson cancelled a planned trip to Holland so he could work with councillors and city staff to fully understand the impacts the budget's "broken promises" would have on the city.The Calgary Police Service also said this week it was taking a hit of about $10 million as a result of the government's decision to take more ticket revenue from the city, as well as having to pay for casework and training officers on cannabis enforcement.

When Lee Tappenden got a call from his cable company telling him he'd won a free trip to Japan, he thought it was a scam. He felt this way despite the Shaw employee's assurance that the Edmonton father was the grand prize winner of a summer contest the company ran for anyone who ordered the

Toddler Anthony Tappenden inadvertantly entered a contest for – and won – a trip to Japan for his parents "He loves playing with the remote, and pushing buttons over and over again. Whatever his motivation, the result is that his parents get to fly to Tokyo and stay in a four-star hotel for a week.

a group of people posing for the camera© Provided by Canadian Press Enterprises Inc

EDMONTON — Lee Tappenden thought it was a scam when he got a call last week saying he had won a free trip to Tokyo.

The caller was from Shaw, his cable company, and the prize was for ordering "Alita: Battle Angel" — an action movie based on a Japanese comic series and produced by Hollywood producer James Cameron.

Strange thing was neither Tappenden nor his wife, Amy, had seen the movie.

"Of course the first thing that rolled through my mind is a little bit of disbelief with all the scam calls going around lately," Tappenden recalled from his Edmonton home Monday.

But a check of emails sent by the caller suggested the prize was legitimate and a call back to the company verified the good news.

Toddler stabbed in Winnipeg has died: family

  Toddler stabbed in Winnipeg has died: family Three-year-old Hunter Haze Straight Smith has been taken off life support and has died, according to his family. He was stabbed on Wednesday morning while he slept in his Pritchard Avenue home.He was rushed to hospital, but his aunt Bianca Smith says he was brain dead and was taken off life support Saturday afternoon. She says he took his last breath around 4 p.m.READ MORE: Winnipeg toddler stabbed while he slept to be taken off life support: Family Daniel Jensen, 33, was arrested and is facing charges of aggravated assault and attempted murder.

Edmonton . Guelph. Kitchener. Toddler 's button pushing wins parents a free trip to Tokyo . War epic 'Midway' wins down week at the box office.

Toddler 's button pushing wins parents a free trip to Tokyo . Stamps fans brave cold for west division semifinal. Edmonton parents going to Tokyo after toddler 's button pushing wins them contest.

As it turns out, Tappenden's 20-month-old son Anthony had "ordered" the movie without the couple knowing — twice — in August, which made them eligible for the giveaway.

"For the most part, you hear about these stories and it is all something negative that happens when kids play with your electronics," Tappenden said. "But this time it seems to have really worked out for us."

Tappenden said Anthony loves anything with buttons. The boy had managed to set the family's PVR accidentally in the past. Tappenden checked his bills and noticed the tot had ordered yet another movie earlier in the summer.

"A lot of the time he's grabbing our phones and remotes and pretty much anything with buttons that he can get his hands on."

The week-long trip is valued at $8,500 and includes four-star accommodation, airfare and a bit of spending money.

Despite Anthony's role in landing the prize, his parents say the boy is going to sit this one out.

"I am not sitting on a plane for 14 hours with him and I don't want to do that to anyone else," his mom laughed. "He's way too busy to sit for 14 hours."

"He gets a week at grandma's house," Lee Tappenden said. "We'll bring him back something."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 11, 2019.

Tim Cook, The Canadian Press

Closing arguments delivered in case of woman accused of murdering toddler .
Lawyers delivered closing arguments Friday in the Tasha Mack second-degree murder trial. Mack and her former boyfriend, Joey Crier, are charged with second-degree murder in the April 2017 death of Crier's 19-month old son, Anthony Raine.The 28-year old wore a pink kimono and bright yellow Pikachu hooded scarf as she listened to lawyers make final submissions in the second-degree murder case.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!