Jul 16

Johnny Depp’s wife Amber Heard files for divorce

Amber Heard has filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, citing irreconcilable differences.

The two have been married for about 15 months.

READ MORE: Johnny Depp visits children’s hospital as Capt. Jack Sparrow

Heard, 30, filed the papers in Los Angeles earlier this week. She is seeking spousal support from Depp, 52; the pair have no children together.

The marriage was Depp’s second and Heard’s first.

Their separation date was listed as Sunday, May 22, according to an Associated Press report.

Depp has a new film coming out Friday, Alice Through the Looking Glass. Heard appears to have been absent for both Monday’s premiere in L.A. as well as the London premiere of the film on May 10.

WATCH: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard appear in videotaped apology for Australian court 

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Recently the pair was embroiled in legal trouble with Australian officials after Heard smuggled their two pet dogs into the country. Heard pleaded guilty to falsifying documents to conceal the pets while arriving via private jet.

They appeared in a bizarre PSA video for the government of Australia to avoid a conviction for Heard.

Following the legal battle, Depp became embroiled in a war of words with Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce, which included Depp suggesting the lawmaker was inbred with a vegetable.

WATCH: Johnny Depp says Australian Deputy PM was “inbred with a tomato”

On Wednesday, Joyce told reporters that Depp’s comments proved he had gotten into Johnny Depp’s head like fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter.

WATCH: Australia’s Deputy PM says he is Johnny Depp’s Hannibal Lecter

Joyce followed up those comments a day later saying he would not joke about the couple’s “relationship breakdown.”

WATCH: Australia’s Deputy PM refuses to ‘revel’ in Depp, Heard’s divorce

Depp and Heard met while filming The Rum Diary in 2011.

Jul 16

Unexpected travel costs: How to stay on budget

Unexpected travel costs can put a dent in your vacation budget.

The thrill of finding a great hotel deal can turn sour if you get hit with extra fees. Case in point, the mandatory resort fee. Close to 750 hotels in the U.S. now charge this fixed rate.

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“It’s for what people expect. For the use of the gym, internet, the pool towels and you can’t get out of it,” says Claire Newell of Travel Best Bets. “If you’re booking a hotel room, ask if there is a resort fee, how much is it going to be and how it’s payable because usually it’s added on at the end of your stay.”

You may also want to think twice about ordering room service.

“Not only is the cost of the actual meal on your menu, but you also have to pay a mandatory tip, which is in the neighbourhood of around 20 per cent, and then the take-away tray fee which can be up to $25 on some menus,” says Newell.

If you have to rent a car, avoid the convenience of picking up the vehicle at the hotel or airport because it can be double the price.

What are the cheapest places for Canadians to fly? (Hint: not in Canada)

If you plan on eating on your flight, order online before takeoff.

“It’s cheaper to plan ahead for anything that’s four hours or less where you have to buy your meals onboard,” says Newell.

Depending on where you travel, you may have to pay an entry or departure fee, which is sometimes included in the price of the airfare.

“I would definitely check the Government of Canada website because they will have all that information on there. Be prepared,” says travel writer Joanne Sasvari.

She also cautions to watch your weight limit for baggage.

“If you are looking at a discount airline like Ryanair, their restrictions are quite different than a major international airline like Air Canada. So if you are paying for a cheap flight, chances are you are going to pay for it along the way.”

Jul 16

‘This is the only thing that is ours’: Weyburn, Sask. residents rally to keep KFC buffet

REGINA – The local KFC restaurant in Weyburn, SK  is no ordinary fast-food joint.

“We’ve had people in here from all over the world,” Front cashier Irene Gautier says.

For the past six years she’s been working at KFC, Gautier has  always been the first to greet customers and is proud to reveal the restaurant’s special ingredients.

“Weyburn is Weyburn, they’re the greatest people there is and they’re passionate about their buffet.” Gautier adds.

The beloved Weyburn KFC buffet, that includes a variety of food options

The Weyburn KFC buffet was the first to open among the Canadian franchises in 1988. However, since then almost all have been shuttered across the country and only two remain, one in Humbodlt, SK and the one in Weyburn.

“This is the only thing that is ours,” Gautier says.

For many fried-chicken lovers, the buffet is filled with fond memories.

“I was always excited when my parents told me we were coming to KFC and the buffet,” student Jaime Wagner says.

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However, unsavoury news came this week as rumours began swirling that the beloved buffet could be shutdown.

READ MORE: KFC confirms all-you-can-eat buffet in Weyburn, Sask. not closing – yet

“If we lose this, we lose people, we lose staff and that’s not good for community,” Gautier explains.

The news drew the attention of Canadian celebrities, the Premier and ironically even Health Minister Dustin Duncan who worked there as a teen.

“All things in moderation except when it comes to a buffet,” Dustin joked. “There’s been attempts over the years to try and kill our buffet in Weyburn and we’ll fight it one more time.”

That chance came Wednesday afternoon as dozens of residents held a sit-in rally as corporate executives came to town to tour the restaurant.

“YUM! [KFC Canada’s parent company] always told me that they’re always going to listen to the voice of the customer and this was a great opportunity for my customers to share their voice,” KFC Sask. regional manager Larie Semen says.

“The buffet is open and obviously I can’t guarantee it will be open forever but we appreciate all the support we are getting from the local community,” KFC Canada operations director Liann Free said.

For Gautier it’s a small short-term win for Weyburn, where a buffet is much more than just food, it’s community.

“That’s right, it is the community centre,” she said, tearing up.

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Jul 16

B.C. First Nations master carver Norman Tait dead at 75

VANCOUVER – Norman Tait, a Nisga’a First Nation artist whose work is displayed around the world, has died at the age of 75.

Tait was known for carving totems, but the self-taught artist’s work also includes masks, jewelry and photos.

He died of cancer in Vancouver on May 21, one day after his birthday.

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Valerie Tait, his oldest child, said in an interview Wednesday that her father’s totems are on display in many locations, including his Nisga’a home in northwest British Columbia, Chicago and Japan, and he even carved a pole for the Royal Family in London.

She said he was thrilled by the Royal commission.

“Especially when he was invited to go see her,” she said, referring to Queen Elizabeth.

The totem pole sits in Bushy Park, a royal park in London, and features at its base a killer whale, considered the monarch of the sea, and on the top, an eagle, the monarch of the air.

Norman Tait graduated from the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s millwright program in 1963 and later worked for the paper mill Skeena Cellulose in Prince Rupert, B.C.

He moved his family to Vancouver in 1971 and while waiting for millwright work, began to carve.

But Valerie Tait said there were no Nisga’a carvers alive to teach him how it was done.

“That’s when he started looking in all the museums. He said he went through every place that he could find within his reach to study the work, the masters.”

She said he soon began making more money carving than he did as a millwright.

Tait was the first person to have a solo exhibit at Vancouver’s Museum of Anthropology with 125 pieces, a show which his daughter said he was extremely proud of.

His work was featured in three books, and showcased in numerous exhibitions, performances and videos.

In 2012, he was presented with a British Columbia lifetime achievement award for his First Nations’ Art.

Valerie Tait said her dad’s legacy will be long lasting because of his unique style and through the many he taught to carve, including her son, his grandson, Kristopher.

She said her father hadn’t finished a piece for a while before his death.

“It really hurt to him have idle hands,” she said.

Norman Tait leaves behind his daughter, his son Micah, brothers and sisters, grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

Jul 16

Preeceville, Sask. residents attend fiery debate on health care

REGINA – A group of more than 50 Preeceville, Sask. residents descended on the legislative building Wednesday to protest the upcoming closure of ER services in that town.

READ MORE: ER services to be suspended in Preeceville, Sask.

A fiery debate took place in question period as the opposition NDP slammed the Saskatchewan party in front of the concerned residents.

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“In 2005, [Preeceville] was assessed as needing a hospital,” NDP health critic Danielle Chartier said.

“They got a hospital and now it’s a bigger place, it serves not just Preeceville but a broader area and they need acute and emergency services there.”

The premier defended what the province has done to protect rural health care.

“We cannot force a doctor to stay, neither can we force doctors to locate to certain communities. What we can do is provide incentives [and] we’ve added to those bursaries,” Wall said.

According to the Saskatchewan government, the Rural Family Physician Incentive Program pays $120K over 5 years to recently graduated physicians who practice in a community of 10,000 people or less.

READ MORE: Saskatchewan getting better at convincing new doctors to stick around

However, talk of incentives are not quelling concerns for the residents affected most.

“Everybody in our whole community, surrounding area, they’ve fundraised huge dollars. $3.5 million was fundraised,” Preeceville resident Tammy Pantiuk said.

“We want it, we deserve it.”